Clare Balding presents highlights of the Opening Ceremony of the XXIII Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea.
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What is this thing
that enthralls us?
A frozen world but full of life.
Massive forces at play.
But there's creativity,
passion and delight.
This is where sport,
science and humanity collide.
And the result is truly spectacular.
There's the battle with gravity,
those who wish to harness its pull.
The search for aerodynamic
and technical superiority,
with speed the ultimate motivation.
Klammer's done it and
this crowd go wild!
And those for whom gravity...
They're chanting Eddie.
..is the enemy.
Where the demand for spatial
awareness and extrasensory
perception is palpable
What a marvellous set of marks.
A smile and a tear
for Robin Cousins.
Where ice is the battlefield
but the competition is human.
The energy is intense.
It is combustible, unpredictable
and utterly enthralling.
This is a marriage of old and new,
tradition and modernism.
Where memories of what has gone
before shape what is to come.
Sport, science and humanity collide.
But this is a celebration
of all three.
Welcome to the Winter Olympics.
At the Winter Olympics,
the forces of nature
and the laws of science combine
with the strength, precision
and skill of athletes to deliver
the most gripping drama.
Over the next 16 days we will bring
you the highs and lows
of the 23rd Winter Olympics.
A team of 59 from these shores have
travelled halfway round the world
to South Korea hoping to indelibly
write their name onto
a very exclusive list.
The list of British Winter
Hello and welcome to
Today at the Games.
It is now just after 4am,
and about 20 below in South Korea,
which is why we are basing ourselves
in the UK from the, ahem,
Alpine studios of Salford.
We'll be here every evening at 7pm
to bring you all the highlights
from Pyeongchang with a little help
from our dedicated team
out in the Far East.
This is what we have for you over
the next hour.
This is what we have
for you over the next hour.
GB are sending their biggest team
to a Winter Olympics -
we'll assess our medal chances.
Then we'll bring you highlights
of the opening ceremony -
in South Korea, expect
As she travels her road
to redemption, we speak
to Elise Christie.
Five and a half thousand miles away
is where over 100 medals will be
decided over the next fortnight
or so, and this is where it's
all going to happen.
The area around Pyeongchang might be
known as the Korean Alps
but it's much chillier.
The temperature is below zero
for four months of the year.
Here to tell you more about the host
city is our snowboard
commentator, Tim Warwood.
Hello and welcome to Pyeongchang,
or, as the locals would say...
Home to the 2018
Winter Olympic Games.
And the first to be
held here in South
We are roughly 200 kilometres east
of the capital city, Seoul, and
we'll be spread across four
locations where there will be plenty
Oh, he's down!
And excitement over
the next two weeks.
In Pyeongchang in 2018 so far,
the majority of recorded
temperatures have been
-10 Celsius or lower.
So we look on course for the coldest
Winter Olympics to date.
South Korea is one
of the world's leading
providers of technology and that is
being embraced here at the Winter
I am ready.
Am I ready?
I'm not, actually, this
is a little bit scary.
Nice to meet you.
Nice to meet you too.
Go, and he's out of the gate.
What a start by Warwood here.
There is also a chance to be a pilot
in the dangerous world of
Don't worry, I've got my lucky egg.
That was insane!
The food here in
South Korea is superb.
Chicken ramen and of course beef.
And kimchee, which is
Everything you need before
heading out for a good
You could find yourself here,
microphone in hand, singing along to
some of your favourite K-pop.
Out the way, then.
# Eh, sexy lady!
# Oppan Gangnam style!
Over the course of the next two
weeks, the most amount of
medals ever will be handed out
inside the Pyeongchang Olympic
It promises to be
Strap yourselves in.
This is Pyeongchang 2018.
I think #2i78 is having a lot of fun
out there. Soon to fly out to Korea
Amy Williams, Jeon In-kwon who
carried the flag and Chemmy Alcott.
Amy, the success of British athletes
in the sliding event is particularly
Yes, we have brought home
medals in the last four Olympics,
from Salt Lake City, Turin, me in
Vancouver and Lizzy Yarnold. We have
a great development programme, we
know how to win medals and we
maximise our ice time. We have the
best equipment and coaching and we
know how to learn and to kind of get
good on tracks quickly, I think that
is thing, when there is an Olympics
like Vancouver, Sochi was brand-new,
so is this track in Pyeongchang, we
are good at learning quickly, it has
been phenomenal to see like Lizzy
fast track through from almost four
years from starting to slide to
becoming Olympic champion, so we
have got new people coming on in and
it is an exciting time. Once the
Olympics are finished you start with
the development squad and
concentrating on the new lot, and
the new wave of athlete's.
been successful in terms of science
and technology, the money invested
has paid off. Jon, is this the best
venue ever for short track speed
skating is this
It is a big call but
I think it is. To compete in front
of that crowd who are knowledgeable
and passionate, the guy also have a
ball over there, and they will feel
the atmosphere, it is going to be
You had the honour to
carry the flag at the opening
ceremony four years ago, what is
this moment like?
Special. It is
hard to explain but it, just such a
proud most moment for me and having
a strong team behind, it was our
best for 100 year, our best
performance, hopefully that I can
beat that this time but it was
Chemmy we have the traal
alpine events but supplemented by
the events like slopestyle, big air,
it brings a different flavour to the
It is important that the
Winter Olympics is seen to
development we have this creative
side. It is interesting being the
athlete, because the freestyle
athletes they never dreamed about
being an Olympian, you spoke to them
four years and they weren't sure
what they were getting ifrn to. Than
changed with Jenny Jones, they are
dreaming of becoming Olympian,
becoming a medallist, so it is like
the X-Games is good but from Britain
we love the Olympics, that is why we
have a great show here, everyone
gets inspired by the Winter Olympic,
so it is a real big deal for them.
We love watching the huge variety of
sports you are going to see over the
next, well more than two week, the
build up to the games has been far
South Korea's noisy neighbours have
been dominating the front pages
and the fates of Russian athletes
caught up in the doping scandal have
dominated the back pages.
Matt Pinsent assesses a Games
caught up in controversy.
Every addition of the Olympic Games
is going to have its challenges, but
it seems as if Pyeongchang is taking
it to a whole new level.
50 miles across those hills, is
North Korea, and let's be honest,
relations with them recently have
been absolutely appalling. But in
the hast few weeks North Korea
announced they would send a
delegation to the Winter Games to
compete, so are we on the eve of
some Korean good will?
I have been
doing Korea for 30 year, and I
cannot recall when a situation was
as dangerous as in the last year,
the tension between south and north
is becoming more sophisticated and a
bit dangerous. Especially for our
side of Korean peninsula. All this
reconciliation is not going to last
long, because the United States
would be deadly opposing any kind of
economic interaction between two
Still the Korean citizens
has the same his tri, we are one
people, one nation, so we are
rooting for both team, Korea and
north. Hopes in Democratic People's
Republic of Koreaia might have been
high but the rest of the world asked
about attending the gales.
better to come and not boycott. You
have to remember it is the athletes
of occasion, it is the pinnacle of
their career, it is up to us to make
sure we are here accuse loss as we
can guarantee the safety.
problem is that of Russia, and their
doping. This obviously started back
at the last winter Olympics in Sochi
in 2014, but just recently, it's
come to a head.
Russia has been
banned from competing at the Winter
Winter Olympicses in South Korea. It
follows allegations of state
The Court of
Arbitration for Sport has up held
appeals from 28 of those banned
Russian athlete, which leaves a
whole lot more questions, and the
only person who can answer them, is
the President of the IOC.
do into any more detail?
Do you have
any regrets about the intervening
four years and the way it has been
No, we issued the toughest
sanction, which we deissue, on a
National Olympic Committee, this is
the exclusion from the Olympic aims.
But the IOC did clear 169 athletes
who they judged to be drug free,
they compete under an Olympic flag
with neutral kit, and no Russian
anthem if they win.
We gave a new
and young generation of Russian
athletes, the opportunity to be
invited, to show the Russians that
it pays off to be, to be clean.
one final chapter to the Russian's
trying to get to Pyeongchang, a
further 32 athletes challenged their
bans from December. But, just hours
ahead of the opening ceremony their
appeals were dismid saying the IOC
were within their rights to block
them from competing. No-one's naive
enough to think that a Winter
Olympics is going to solve all the
world's sporting or political
problems, but with world class
events about to beginning, hopefully
we can all take a 17 day break from
We can focus on the sport.
In Sochi GB won four medals -
who can forget Jenny Jones winning
Britain's first medal on snow,
Lizzie Yarnold's sliding to Olympic
gold and our curlers holding
their nerve when it mattered?
Well, the pretender
to Jenny Jones's crown
on the slopestyle was Katie Ormerod.
Katie just missed out on a place
in Sochi four years ago and now
she's out of competition in South
Katie suffered a severe
fracture to her right heel
in training on Thursday.
The 20-year-old medal hopeful
suffered a minor wrist fracture
in practice on Wednesday
but was still intending to compete
in Sunday's slopestyle.
But unfortunately the heel fracture
was too severe and she went
in for surgery earlier today.
She's been on Instagram
and seems very comfortable.
Hink that a Winter Olympics is going
to solve all the world's sporting or
political problems, but with world
class events about to beginning,
hopefully we can all take a 17 day
break from them.
We can focus on the sport. This is
the latest of a long list of
She said it was all about
the Olympics for her, when she broke
her wrist she was positive she could
come back. She has broken her back,
her arm twice, and her shoulder, and
I never miss the Olympics through
injury but I know what she is going
through, it is brutal. She is just a
charger, someone who continues to
take that much risk again and again
knows she can deliver, and that is
why she has taken that risk and we
feel for her, because it is a brutal
position, she is out there, she is
in hospital for another week, she
will be watching. The good news is
her family is represented. Jamie
Nicholls her cousin is competing, so
at least she can cheer him on.
It is unfortunately this is the
problem with Winter Olympic sports.
There is such a thin line twine
success and disaster, we have a
really strong team. That is why it
is hard to predict the medals. They
have to push themselves. Dave Ryding
he has to go to his limit to get on
the podium. If in slalom if you go
half a millimetre wrong, you are
out. So it is brutal, but that is
equally what makes it exciting.
We will talk about those who remain
and could still win medals.
Paddy Geary now takes us
through those British athletes
looking for Olympic glory.
Tis the season, weeks, months, years
spent on eyes just to discipline in
a blur or an error. Winter sprinter
Elise Christie was disqualified for
all three distances in Sochi, close
to quitting but now I had a world
champion or a world record holder in
them all. Things change fast. Drama
does not always unfold at high
speed. The slow story of curling up
Ulreich us in 2002 will stop good
Rhona Martin be followed by Eve
Muirhead? -- gripped us. Up on a
mountain, nobody will jump like
Eddie, but there is a slalom star in
Dave Ryding who learned his craft on
Lancashire Odd less than Alpine
slopes and won a historic silver
medal in the World Cup circuit last
year. Four years ago Andrew Musgrave
made these Bridcutt by
. He is a more competitive animal
this time for the the essence of
freestyle, James Woods, is the
acting and Katie Summerhayes have
all got World Championship medals
since Sochi, and such form means
success is expected. Rocky times in
British bobsleigh, a sport used to
bums but still be outside chance of
a medal from both British men's
four-man crews and who could forget
the skeleton queen? Lizzy Yarnold
four years on from her gold men's
four-man crews and who could forget
the skeleton queen? Lizzy Yarnold
four years on, Goldwasser in Sochi,
this season her team-mate Laura Deas
has become faster. Lizzy Yarnold
spent time away from the reasons of
choice and health, it has been a
roller-coaster but this is her
favourite part of the ride.
We can talk about the sliding
We can talk about the sliding
events. Lizzie is defending her
title, Laura Deas is alongside her.
The bobsleigh team, do you feel
there is a sense that they believe
it now and they can win medals?
there is a sense that they believe
it now and they can win medals?
after I won my gold medal Lizzie was
quoted as saying that she watched me
do it and it's not impossible. When
you see somebody in your team
winning and getting a medal, it
proves you can do it. We might not
have an ice track at home in Great
Britain but we can still win medals.
She had done it before. Laura Deas
is right on the end, she studied at
the same time as Lizzie and has a
faster push and she has been
consistently better all season. --
she started. She is good enough to
win a medal and I hope on the day
the pressure does not get to her.
She wants to be the next person in
the team. And in the bobsleigh do
you have the two teams, Lamin Deen
and Brad Hall, Brad Hall it still be
new driver and is still learning but
he can get it right on the date, is
whether he can be consistent. Lamin
Deen as well. The rate is over to
Matt Gohdes, you have four runs but
they all count.
And they only have
one medal -- the race is over two
days. The bonus with short-track
speed skating is lots of action,
Elise Christie had three chances. We
know it can go wrong, but what do
you expect from her?
Just to see
that smile on her face, to get out
there and put in a performance that
she knows she can do and if she does
it, it could be raining medals and
some big history made. Like we said
about team-mates stepping up, we
could see Charlotte Gilmartin
stepping up and Cap Thompson as
well. -- Kathryn Thomson.
the Koreans love their short-track
speed skating and a lot of
competitive skaters so is there a
danger they might block out Elise in
the early rounds?
I think so, it is
part of the sport. They will try to
target Elise to stop her but she is
good enough and she is a world-class
athlete. She is a world champion.
They will target her but she is good
enough to beat them.
across the British team and other
nations of unlikely contenders. Dave
Ryding has to be on that list given
he did not start skiing on the snow
until he was 15.
He becomes from
Pendle dry ski slope, we always have
this excuse that we don't have snow
but we have so much determination as
a nation and sometimes it is nice to
be an underdog. He went to Kitzbuhel
and got his first podium in front of
all the Austrians, beating Marcel
Hirscher will and they hated that!
He had nothing to prove apart from
to go down and do it. But we heard
at the opening ceremony a gentleman
from Ecuador carrying the flag, any
roller skis, practising his event on
tarmac. We have artificial ski
racers like Dave making the
transition and a cross-country skier
from Ecuador who trained on tarmac.
Amazing. We will show you highlights
of the opening ceremony in a moment
or so but carrying the flag for
Great Britain will be Lizzy Yarnold
and she has been talking to Matt
You have been chosen as the flag
bearer, what kind of honour is that
in your career?
It is an honour that
I never really thought about but it
means so much. The flag represents
the whole team. And as a team we
represent everyone in Great Britain
who has watched us and supported us.
For our parents to watch us,
grandparents watching at home, that
is the moment when they say, Great
Britain, your skin tingles and the
They know how to put
on a show in South Korea. It started
with images of wind Lubitz gone by.
Starting in Chamonix -- Winter
Lillehammer, Nagano in 1998,
Salt Lake where our curlers made
a nation so proud with that historic
gold, Vancouver where Amy slid
to glory, and of course four years
ago in Sochi where we were treated
to our greatest ever medal haul.
It seems remarkable that there were
so many Winter Olympics where we
watched other nations but never
considered ourselves contenders. It
is different now, so many different
athletes who are there and want to
make their mark. The opening
ceremony is when we all feel the
We can now join our commentary team
of John Hunt and Robin Cousins.
Here we go, the countdown upon us,
this is the belt of peace, the Bell
Sangwon Temple. And the sound of it
according to legend calmed the waves
and brought peace.
and brought peace. The Olympic rings
lit up multicoloured, the Sliding
Centre in the background. A nice
start, isn't it?
35,000 expected to be here.
over the bridges to come to the
venue, the firework blocks are
frozen into the river.
lovely, isn't it? A really nice
start. So, a journey, five children
we will see throughout the night,
travelling to the past and the
future is tailored about the history
and culture of their land, finding
answers and the question of peace.
The colours of their costumes also
symbolise the five elements, red for
flyer, black for water, blue for
wood, white for metal and yellow for
the Earth. -- red for fire.
Haenarae, Ara, Puri, Bichae and
And the five colours also
symbolise the five colours of the
The tiger makes his way to the
centre of the stage and when he
roars, with his black stripes, you
can see spreading onto the stage,
they transform into the Baekdudaegan
mountain range which begins at Mount
The White Tiger and the children to
be joined now by a vast array
wonderful animals and plants from
land and water. Wild boar, flowers,
The Vermilion Bird.
And now we get our first look at
Ung-nyeo who is a character from the
creation myth, and according to the
myth she was a bear but after
praying for a hundred days she
became a woman. She married the
heavenly King, D, and gave
heavenly King, D, and gave birth to
Dangun, the founder of the Korean
nation. -- the heavenly King,
Hwanung. Two additional characters
joining the stage, the Phoenix and
the curious half man, half bird. The
Phoenix a mythical animal, a bird
that lives a thousand years and
flies between heaven and earth. It
is said that the Phoenix only
appears during a peaceful time.
And now the first use of augmented
reality tonight, the image we are
seeing at home pretty spectacular.
And the formal introductions,
firstly the president, Moon Jae-in
who was sworn in the following his
victory in May 2017 to replace the
country Butt first female president.
-- the country's first female
Please welcome the
President of South Korea and the
president of the Olympic commission.
A key theme tonight of unification
between North and south.
the audience here are loving, crying
at the fact that the unification is
happening in this stadium tonight
with this ceremony and I think hopes
of a longer-term truce are expected
and hoped for but certainly the
crowd here feels very honoured and
blessed that these two great
countries are coming together.
Ladies and gentlemen, please stand
for the national anthem of the
Republic of Korea.
National Anthem of the republic of
NATIONAL ANTHEM OF
THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA.
Nearly 2.5 billion people expected
to watch the games. These are the
potential stars. Greece
traditionally begin the parade.
Tradition dictates they always head
the parade. They are represented by
four athletes, two alpine skiers and
two cross-country skiers.
Officials of course walk with
athletes as well.
Nigeria, their flag bearer. She is
from the sport of bobsleigh and of
course that is the big headline
here, the women's bobsleigh team
will be the first African bobsleigh
to have appeared at a Winter
Here come Norway. The most prolific
of all the Winter Olympic nation,
have won more medals an any other.
329. Their flag bearer
329. Their flag bearer is a four
They have 13 and 12 medals
Now Germany, a mighty team, 154 in
strength, Germany sit third on the
all time Winter Olympic medal table
tee behind Norway and United States.
Watch out for the sliders.
The luge starts tomorrow, Felix Loch
will attempt to win another medal
there. Our flag bearer is Eric
Frenzel. He has won the last five
overall World Cup titles.
Jacqueline Yurling looks to be the
one Lizzy Yarnold has most to fear
for. The United States. The flag
bearer is Erin Hamlin who is the
fourth luger to earn the honour. She
is getting married this year as
well. Quite a time she is having.
The US have a host of favourites.
Shaun White will attempt to win a
third halfpipe title and he is in
form. Chloe Kim is woman's
snowboarding answer to him. A
halfpipe gold medal favourite. She
is sure to get a great reception
given both her parents hail from
Korea. Vancouver 2010 gold medallist
Lyndsey Vonn is back. She warmed up
for Pyeongchang with three
consecutive World Cup victory, the
last came in early February in
Germany, and in Michaela Schifrin
became the youngest champion and is
being tipped to win a host of medals
in Pyeongchang. Switzerland and the
flag bearer is a three time
Olympian. Cross-country skier.
Watch out for iPod, that is the
athlete who upset Shaun White. He
will mark his return from a serious
knee injury and a heavy crash in the
E games by defending his title in
South Korea. We welcome Great
Britain. Lizzy Yarnold. Skeleton
hero from Sochi. What a moment for
Lizzy. Looking to defend her title
despite an inconsistent season to
date. She won in Sochi but nearly a
second. Katie Summerhayes with her
sister Molly who
sister Molly who works in McDonalds
and Izzy Atkin.
and Izzy Atkin. We wish them all
well. Austria have twice hosted the
Winter Olympic, 19644 and 1976
slalom superstar marshall Herscher
has yet to win the Winter Olympics.
A win for him would be one of the
biggest stories of the games.
Annan Veith. She is the flag bearer.
Now the Olympic Athletes from
Russia. So much talk about Russian
involve skating. Here of course, we
will be hearing from IOC President
Thomas Bach before too long. They up
held the bans of course, today. From
earlier in the month. Among others,
though, they do have some
sensational figure skaters.
two young ladies fighting for a gold
medal, in fact three that could
medal, in fact three that could be
on the podium,
The 1988 Winter
Olympics in Calgariry saw the
Jamaicans have a bobsleigh team. It
ended in tears on the ice with the
four-man crew disqualified. However,
that setback ultimately helped spawn
the film Cool Runnings based on
events in Canada. 30 years on from
that, Jamaica will be represented in
the women's bobsleigh competition
for the first time.
for the first time. She qualifies
for Jamaica as her father is from
the Caribbean island.
Stand by for the roar of the night.
And a truly historic moment. Here in
Welcome the children back from their
time travels earlier.
time travels earlier. The unified
team under a unified flag of Korea.
The flag is held by Chung Gum and
Hwang Yunjong Won. Hard to
understand what this means to South
Koreans who some would agree are
still at war.
But there is nothing
like sport and you say, almost to
point of cliche that you see people
who have one thing in common and
that is is a love of sport that
brings countries and nations
together and athletes together.
Politics and religion out the win
ghoen it comes to sport from the
athletes who performed from the
-- window when. We were told people
were sobbing in the audience,
wanting to be here early and be
round and see this moment happen. It
is incredibly inspiring.
It has attracted some of the major
players on the world political
scene, Mike Pence, US Vice President
is here and also here which some can
scarily believe is the sister of Kim
Jong Un, the leader of North Korea,
here in the stadium tonight.
This will the competition of your
life. Over the next days, the world
will be looking for you to
inspiration. You will inspire us
all, to live together in peace, and
harmony. Despite all the differences
we have. You will inspire us by
competing for the highest honour in
the Olympic spirit of excellence,
respect, and fair play. You can only
really enjoy your Olympic
performance if you respect the
rules. And stay clean. Only then
will your lifelong memories be the
memories of a true and worthy
Move on now to the Olympic
rings, this has been pretty much top
secret how they do this. Just one
aspect of the ceremony they did not
want for anybody to be aware of. Use
of augmented reality again.
Hundred skiers and lights, with
drones racing down the slope, as if
to show the co-existence of humans
Now it had to be. Gold list in
Vancouver. And turned this country
on its head, and became Queen almost
overnight, and she is one of the
most revered athletes this country
She is so charming and so lovely.
Sochi was a big dispoints skating.
For many fan, she skated
beautifully, where she was given the
A perfect choice Robin?
both skated brilliantly, the judges
made their decision.
made their decision. I was in the
Kim Yuna camp.
Kim Yuna camp. A megasuperstar in
A tremendously emotional moment I
suppose for any athlete, Olympian.
Whether you are fortunate enough to
be a torch bearer and I was lucky in
London, I got to carry the torch
during the relay, but to be part of
it, again for these athletes, to sit
down, for the audience to sit, and
this now, the reality, the torch has
been lit. The flame is alight. Yes,
the games are now officially open.
That was a phenomenal opening
ceremony, a beautiful mixture of
traditional stuff like the puppets
and the drumming and the drones!
1218 drones! Turning into
the Olympic rings, I had never seen
anything like that.
That is some
incredible programming, someone has
spent hours doing it.
And they took
a big risk because they never tried
them below -10 Celsius so they kept
them in this warm hub and brought
them out minutes before. Can you
imagine if something went wrong but
nothing went wrong.
It seemed to be
they got the athletes out quicker
and onto those heated seats but
there were moments of real emotion
and I loved the lighting of the
flame and the cauldron, that was
beautiful and Kim Yuna, there was
definitely a tear in her eye.
athletes, when you see that Olympic
flame it actually means so much and
if you have been part of analytic
torch relay or not, to see the
flame, that is when you know it's
real and it's the Olympics. They
could probably feel the heat off it
and that is the spine tingling
moment, this is the start of the
A lot of athletes don't make
it to the opening ceremony,
competing tomorrow, the short tract
speed skating team were not there,
but Lizzy Yarnold carrying the flag,
you know what it's like.
rate would have been going through
the roof! And about the torch as
well, that is when the athlete
really feel it has begun.
impressed because sometimes she did
it with one hand and you struggled
with that with your muscles!
a lot of changing Japan's! We like
the kit, very smart. Very warm, that
is the main thing.
Warmer than other
The image of the opening
ceremony in terms of athlete was the
United Korean team and Thomas Bach
made reference to it, saying this
was the symbol of the world, and
athlete from its country carrying
the flag and the United team walking
out together. I think that is the
On the highlights programme we're
going to focus on the lighter
side of the Olympics.
Let's go off piste.
We going to see selfies and plenty
of things, this was Team GB just
before the opening ceremony started,
surrounded by the obsolete team and
the skeleton competitors for the
Aimee Fuller got in with the
Jamaican bobsleigh team! I ensure
she will be part of our commentary
team as well. Nick Buckland and
Penny Coomes have the figures they
didn't -- of figure skating ahead of
them. Andrew Musgrave is competing
on Sunday but was getting in the
mood. Norway had a bit of a mix-up
in communications, they thought they
ordered 1500 eggs and got 15,000!
Out then you get the numbers wrong
when you're typing them?
We have a very special
feature every night, calling it Red
Hot, Ice Cold.
We all know preparation is key.
Communication? Not so much.
Teamwork... Bad luck. The
competition has started in the mixed
curling. This was Swiss curling, a
six stone finish. Action underway in
the moguls, a lot of support for the
home competitors. And the start of
the opening ceremony, as he was two
years ago in Rio, Pita Taufatofua of
Tonga, coming in with his oiled
chest, he was definitely red hot!
And it is very cold out in Korea.
Here is Radzi.
Pyeongchang is situated in the
mountains 700 metres above sea level
which the locals claim is perfect
for healthy living. However,
alongside that is the weather, the
buried come very cold weather. --
very, very cold weather.
The Pyeongchang area is the coldest
place in Korea because this place is
a mountainous area. Average
temperature in February is about -11
It really is cold, in fact,
look at this. I know it is supposed
to be cold, it is the Winter
Olympics but the coldest on record
was 1994 in Lillehammer. That Jim
Norwegian thermometers reached as
low as -11 degrees. If temperatures
stay this low, could that effect the
2018 Winter Olympics?
We continue to
ask the operators that each
temperature is possible to operate
the games and they say it depends on
And that situation is
largely determined by the amount of
time the athlete spent outside in
the freezing climates. For an Alpine
racer is less than two minutes. But
a cross-country skier is more like
two hours. Whatever the amount of
time, a crucial element is the kit
they wear to cope with the frosty
conditions. With around 60 Team GB
athletes travelling to Pyeongchang,
that is a lot of sports and a lot of
Four years ago we were walking
around in shorts and flip-flops in
It's great to be part
of an Olympic Games in the winter
when it is cold. Everybody got about
110 items of kit, there is
competition where and generic
village clothing. The puffer
jackets, woolly hats, scarves and
gloves, hand warmers to keep
Do you think the
cold might help or hinder Team GB?
Help. Cross-country is a great
example, the preparations they have
done and the work in the background
getting their skis right, it is
ideal so they are having a great
time on the track. And on the
Sliding Centre, the first few runs
were good so we are in great shape
and the cold weather is looking to
benefit Team GB.
For the first ever
I'm hoping it cold?
How do you protect yourself from the
extreme temperatures? Question
adapted with the last minute?
Absolutely last-minute, we worked
out how quickly our body lost
temperature, they will have electric
things in their salad pets, hand
warmers, it's important to give your
muscles really warm. We would take
air temperature, humidity, ice
temperature and all affect what
equipment you use.
different kit for extreme conditions
for extreme conditions for Alpine
No. The fastest skiers can
go and what they are wearing is
under the like with wet nothing at
all, skin to wind so do you
sacrifice your time by being warmer
or goat for the win? The guys don't
wear much and become the girls
neither, they tape up their faces
from any skin is exposed as with the
wind chill you will get frostbite.
And the boot flexed changes and it
gets brilliant scientific because
the guys are used to skiing at a
certain flex but it is solid and
they take up a hairdryer! We are
trying our ski boots!
We will be
watching out for that. One place the
temperature does not change is
inside the rink at the short-track
Elise starts her campaign tomorrow
qualifying in the 500 metres.
When I'm on the ice I'm free. Speed,
movement, power. On the edge, never
fully in control no one ever can be.
Turmoil for Elise Christie!
disqualified in Sochi hurt. Not as
much as the death threats and
bullying that came with it. I had a
lot of abuse on the intranet and
stuff. -- Ronnie internet.
I thought about never skating again.
It took me two years to get over
that. It made me tougher than I ever
thought I could be. I thought, I can
do this. I will do this. I'm not
Christy aiming to become the first
British woman to win a short-track
I am ready for the
Christie leading the
charge, it's going to be tight,
she's done it! She is the world
champion, Elise Christie! Here comes
Christie on the inside and it is
another gold medal!
something to the world, won gold,
two golds, three golds.
title coup Elise Christie.
something breaks your heart it takes
time to love it again but I'm
You were her team-mate for many
years and she is smiling again. This
could be one of the great sporting
I think so, I think
she will come back strong, she is
smiling but hopefully she will be on
the top step of the podium in a
couple of weeks.
What that she had
to do in qualification? Stay safe?
Yes, it is a sprint event, 500
metres, so people are close together
and things can go wrong but if she
keeps clean tomorrow, she has a good
lane draw so hopefully she will
She will be in heat
four and have the number one on her
helmet as world champion and she
told me that only the world
champions are allowed to wear gold
Isn't that a target on the
It's on her feet!
The coverage starts tonight.
Qualifying for the men's snowboard
slopestyle gets underway.
Jamie Nicholls and
Billy Morgan go for GB.
This is how you can watch.
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Let's find out what you are most
looking forward to.
just amazing to watch but something
like the slopestyle is phenomenal,
they are going higher than a
double-decker bus doing flips and
turns and hoping to land on two
skis. That is one to watch.
to be the short-track, four athletes
competing tomorrow. And hopefully
the girls qualify in the first round
and set themselves up.
It has to be
the agility and risk of the men's
slalom and Dave Ryding but like Amy,
the skier cross, always a great
event, bigger and harder and the
terrain is brutal and so epic to
Just so much to enjoy.
Well, all the action kicks off
in just over four hours on BBC One
with the men's slopestyle.
In the women's slopestyle back
in Sochi, an athlete made history
by becoming the first ever British
medallist on snow.
It's difficult to keep
up with the Jones.
Next up, Jenny Jones. Currently
lying in fifth place.
She is a
bachelor, a champion. --
bachelor, a champion. -- battler.
Great grab, looking very solid.
Jenny Jones has just taken Britain's
first ever Olympic medal on snow.
Clare Balding presents highlights of the Opening Ceremony of the XXIII Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Thirty years after Seoul hosted the summer Games, the Winter Olympics heads to Korea for 17 days of action-packed entertainment. 102 Olympic champions will be crowned over the next two and a half weeks and Great Britain have high hopes of bettering their total of four medals from Sochi in 2014.
Defending skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold is bidding for a second Olympic gold medal while short track skater Elise Christie is hoping to recreate her recent world championship heroics - she won three world titles in 2017 - on the biggest stage of all.