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Doesn't that just set the mood? We
will be rocking and rolling between
Carling and two man bobsleigh,
joining the Nicola Minichiello and
Rhona Martin, while you are away,
you watched Lizzy Yarnold, what did
you make of that?
mental attitude, she was not in
first place going into that run but
knew she could do it, did not matter
what anyone else could do. She
focused on what she could do and did
And the great to live under
With the gold medal
from Lizzy Yarnold and three bronze
medals across the board Great
Britain are already level with the
total medals achieved in Sochi,
could there be more to come? It
might come from curling or
bobsleigh, here is what is coming up
between now and 1pm.
between now and 1pm. As mentioned,
controversy at the curling, we will
catch up with the latest ahead of
the British women in their must win
match against Switzerland, and CD
conclusion of the two man bobsled,
Great Britain currently seventh.
Rowan Cheshire has been through the
mill since Sochi four years ago and
has qualified for the final and
Aimee Fuller trying to book her
place in the final of the women's
snowboard big air. And we will look
at a dramatic short programme in ice
dancing, Nick Buckland and Penny
Coomes in action for Great Britain,
Jayne Torvill will join us for that.
Jayne Torvill will join us at 1030.
It's all happening in ice dancing.
Live and an corrupted coverage of
the women's curling will start just
after 11 on the red button, we will
dip in and out of it but we want to
show you the third run of the two
man bobsled to see if GB can improve
on seventh place. The first curling
medal of the games was awarded to
the Olympic athletes of Russia but
Alexander Krushelnitskiy has tested
positive for meldonium and returned
home. He and his wife Anastasia
Bryzgalova took the bronze medal in
the mixed doubles. Meldonium is what
Maria Sharapova tested positive for,
it increases blood flow and improves
exercise capacity. The B sample will
be coming today. It's pretty rare in
curling to even think of taking
performance enhancing drugs.
do not know what you would take to
become a better curler. Maybe he was
trying to slow down his heart rate?
It's a new discipline, they are
sweeping more, Sobhi heartrate is a
lot more high. Who knows?
lot more high. Who knows? The world
curling Federation coming into these
games with all the issues with
Russia and anti-doping, they put a
lot of money into doing extra doping
tests on all Russian curlers to make
sure they were clean and did a lot
of tests over the last week while.
Every test was clean.
He was tested
on January, middle of January, and
was clean. But something has come up
in this sample, the B sample will
confirm it or not. Russia as a
country have been banned but the OAR
is made up of athletes from Russia
who have been consistently tested
and come up clean so they have meant
to be the clean ones. Hugely
embarrassing for Russia if this is
confirmed because I think they were
hoping to march together under the
Russian flag at the closing
Was the controversy about
meldonium not that it was able to be
used as a masking agent for
You must have been
tested a lot in bobsled?
Yes, it's a
power sport, if you can gain more
power, it is massive. The number of
tests this year, so many. Hopefully
the sport is getting cleaner.
are you tested?
Yeah, fairly often.
Even though you know you are 100%
clean and have not taken anything
you are always nervous. You just
don't know. Did somebody mix up the
Look at Alan Baxter, the
wrong kind of nasal inhaler and he
is coming up positive something he
did not know what was there.
not taking performance enhancing
drugs, you're just trying to feel
better, it was a tragedy.
when he won your gold medal.
think this controversially with
Russia will be an issue. Russia as a
country, they allow the clean
athletes to compete but this is a
major setback for them if it proves
to be a positive test.
It will cast
doubt on every person competing
under the OAR, as if there is not
already enough, now it will blow
peoples minds. It is embarrassing
for the IOC because they have
trusted them and let them compete,
it is embarrassing for curling and
the Winter Olympics. Today the
second test, the results of the
second test will come back. So to
the actual ice, just over the
halfway stage here, it is very
tense, top four from the round-robin
matches will qualify for the
semifinals, the winners of that go
for the gold medal, the losers play
for the bronze medal. Here is what
has happened so far. No medals in
Pyeongchang will take longer to win
than those in curling. So far we
have had five days with 56 matches
which have seen 731 points scored.
And we are only halfway through the
group stage! Those stones move
slowly. New brooms representing
Britain in the men's competition and
Kyle Smith 's young crew got an
early doors of pressure, a
tie-breaking end against
Switzerland. Examination passed. No
greater test than the next, Canada,
curling 's superpower. Too much too
soon for Team GB perhaps? Japan
pushed them to the end of the final
end, right on cue some perfect
curling. Then the storm turned
again, Britain swept aside by the
supreme Swedes. Worse still the
calamity against Korea. Britain
shuffled in to a corner.
this means to the crowd.
that they beat Italy and an out of
short skipper make this shot. What
might that be worth? Strange going
on on the women's ice, Canada,
curling is a sure thing losing three
from three. Animation reels. They
are recovering now, ominously for
Team GB, most of the bronze winning
band in Sochi back to work on new
material. They took OAR 14. But then
they tried to crack America. Despite
best efforts it was difficult second
album territory. That loaded
pressure on the next match against
China who took it into an extra
tense extra end.
tense extra end. Beat Denmark next
and looked well set but then they
slept, against Korea they came up
That's a big
It made a tough
match against Sweden and even more
tough, they took two in the last saw
into the decider, GB's final shot
all important but the storm stopped
by a red light. She had not released
before the hog line, a curling no
I have never seen that before.
The headlines will be about the hog
line but they cannot afford to dwell
on it, things change faster than you
think in curling.
We had drama here were some spilled
We had drama here were some spilled
coffee. These are the standings
before today's matches. Sweden going
really well, unbeaten in five. South
Korea only losing once. China Great
Britain and Canada who are having a
surprising shocker of lost three.
It's very tight in the middle. Let's
look at the men and remember, Kyle
Smith and his team at the first
Olympic Games and they are forth.
Sweden again unbeaten, they are
dominant between the men and women
at the moment. The Canadian men have
lost twice. Great Britain Japan and
Norway losing three so it's really
tight. Other results will come into
tight. Other results will come into
play. What happened?
Nothing to do
Yeah, don't worry.
line headlines. Rhona has brought
this with her, it is the rules of
curling and we need to discuss what
is happening with the hog line and
try to ignore the mess on the floor.
You really did spill a lot. It's OK.
Keep it on a tight shot! Let's talk
Keep it on a tight shot! Let's talk
about Eve, this was a really
important stone against Sweden, her
final stone. The red light comes on,
the technology in the Stone
signifying she's gone over the hog
line but she is saying it's wrong,
what do you think?
You can see here
is she clearly releases the stone
before the hog line that as her
fingers touched the back of the
handle its triggered the red light
handle its triggered the red light
because, you are allowed to double
touch the handle. She releases it
there and as you can see, just her
finger touched as the storm went
over the line.
No one, the sweepers,
the skip, no one is allowed to touch
it once it's gone over the hog line?
No. As soon as it over you cannot
The beginning of the
storm, not the whole story?
The beginning of the
storm, not the whole story?
a centre in the stone and a centre
any hog line, and they are both the
same, when a player goes to clean
the stone at the start as long as it
turns 75 degrees that activates the
sensor in the stone so the green
lights flash. If those green lights
don't flash and the red than a
player knows the stone is faulty.
And batteries don't run down?
can do, but it flashed green before
she played it or else she would have
stopped and they tested it
afterwards saw the sensor in the
stone and the hog line was fine,
it's just one of these unfortunate
things. You are allowed to double
touch the handle but not after the
hog line. It's really unfortunate,
it's one of these things that Eve
will never do again.
She said she
had never done it before. In all my
years I have never seen a faulty
sensor, any lights coming
years I have never seen a faulty
sensor, any lights coming on have
been a hog line violation. I've not
seen issues in all my years of
curling. This is what she put on
social media. It's a great shame.
But they have to regroup. They have
But they have to regroup. They have
to move on. They still have a chance
of making it through. How do crucial
is this morning and what would you
regard as ideal preparation and an
ideal start to this game against
The last game against
Sweden it was an unfortunate ending
but Sweden had the last stones or
Britain could have lost it anyway
and Sweden are top of the board.
This game against Switzerland,
Switzerland are struggling in this
championship. The British girls just
need to do exactly what they have
been doing in every other game, go
and play well, they have been
playing consistently well. They just
need to go and prove they are the
Sometimes when things
go against you and you feel a bit, I
think Chloe Kim described herself as
hungry and angry but when you feel
like the world is against you it can
fire you up?
That is the biggest
thing, adrenaline can help elevate
us and help us be more focused and
sharp, lift cars of babies and those
kind of things. When you have that
adversity you will get adrenaline on
and that can help us go to the next
level. You see it time and again.
This could be the making of it.
do you think? Look at your face!
thoroughly believe they will beat
Switzerland. They still have Japan
and Canada quite far of the
leaderboard as well. It's all still
to play for. It is in Britain's
hands, they know what they need to
do, they do not need to rely on
anyone, they just need to win.
game will start on the red button
and we will be joining it on BBC
One. You will give us a chance to
mop this up because the Great
Britain men have been in action
against Denmark, this is what I woke
up to this morning, watching this
game, really good finish, we will
join it in the tenth end, commentary
coming from Logan Gray and Steve
COMMENTATOR: They have swept it for
the nose. The boys know that there
could be a double after this one,
but it is an extremely difficult
Kyle Smith has two stones
left, Rasmus Stjerne just the one.
He knows this one, can push it out,
and sitting on top where that yellow
currently is, there is a big gap
across to the other side of the
house between those two British
stones. He will undoubtedly try to
take both of them, 97% accuracy for
If they are feeling
particularly brave, they could try
to roll away from the red stone, but
they must keep this in the house.
Just got a little inch roll the
other way. And how does he luck,
Rasmus? Surely he has just got to
hit and hope for a mistake here?
other option is they could draw
around that one played by Kyle.
Rasmus having a good look at whether
it is even possible. He could give
it a fair lash, Rasmus.
lie second shot, assuming he gets it
in the right place, doesn't go too
long. He is looking at whether we
can raise that red back into it. If
he hides it, it is not so easy for
Kyle Smith to take it out himself.
But he only needs to nick it and
take it out, because we have two
stones in. He has got to do two
things, hide behind that red ...
What is he doing? He is going for
the takeout. Scrap all that I was
This is going to be flying
down the ice.
If he doesn't get this
right, it will be a chance the Great
Britain to get the two. It would be
an incredible shot if he makes it,
it is going to slide by. It was a
great try, Rasmus Stjerne came
within a couple of inches of making
that. That was an incredible try.
What an attempt from the Danish
Unbelievable effort, and they
over swept it in the end. Maybe just
one more millimetre, and maybe it
could have pushed it out of the side
door. I don't know if we will get
another chance to see that, the
speed he hits it, it almost rebound
is up over. On the turn it has,
enough of a turn to go past the red
stone in such a way that Great
Britain now just need to draw into
the house to win this match against
Denmark. This will be a huge win for
Kyle Smith and his team. A
straightforward shot. His nerves
will be jangling no doubt, but he
has played really well in these last
three or four ends to manufacture
this opportunity, and if they win
this, which looks as though they are
going to do, they will be sitting in
a very good position in terms of
qualification, so Kyle Smith
watching this stone into the house.
It is going to be there. Fist pumps
all around for the guys, and the
handshakes to the Danish team. It
has been a great match, both teams
have played really well, but Great
Britain are getting better and
better as this competition goes on.
They get this one across the line,
so important that they made it, they
beat Denmark 7-6, that is now four
wins for Great Britain and three
losses, and that is a very good
position in terms of qualification.
What a match that was.
Well done both of you. The reaction
at the end probably sums up how you
It was a little bubble, but we
put in a lot of good curling, we
were two down on the fifth end
break, so we did a lot to get back
into the game, and I'm pleased with
how we finished that.
You have had a
lot of close matches now, but it
must be a good feeling to be getting
them over the line.
Yes, it is
something we practice a lot, and I'm
happy that the whole hard work is
starting to pay off. We have done
the scenarios hundreds of times on
ice, so we are glad we have taken it
in and can do it on ice.
listening to Victor at the halfway
point saying, come on, guys, get
your heads up. Was that a feeling
that you were maybe a little flat at
He made a couple of good
shots under pressure early against
two or three, and we just didn't
convert our twos, so definitely a
feeling of frustration, but we did
quite well and came back in the
second half of the game with a
really strong performance to seal
So you have to matches to
go, in a good position.
Yes, we are.
Can you try and make sure they are
not as close, please?
We will try!
Thank you, guys, well
CLARE BALDING: They have got the bit
between their teeth now, and Great
Britain moving up into joint third
place. Canada lost today against the
USA, so that is helping them as
well. Let's have a look at the
remaining fixtures, because Rhona
have a lot of questions for you.
What happens if there is a joint
third situation or joint fourth
Great Britain have no way still to
come, the women have Japan and then
Canada. If it is two of them in
third, do they go to a points
difference to decide who plays?
will do it on ranking, which if they
are third equal, they have won the
same number of games, so it will be
the drawer shot challenge that they
all do that every game, so it goes
And what is that?
throw a draw to the house, and it is
measured, and the person with the
advantage gets that end of the game,
so they are all added up, and the
person with the best draw shot
challenge would be ranked above, so
the country with a better draw shot
will be ranked above the one below.
There could be three teams equal.
So the one in the draw shot
challenge gets the by.
And they do
that at the start of every game?
Every game. A who gets the hammer
for each game, because it is very
important to have a hammer, so that
draw shot challenge is now a skill
We need to see that! We
need to be joining the curling
earlier to see the draw shot
challenge. And tell me something has
been happening with the Stones.
a couple of days, the players were
not complaining but just stating
that the Stones weren't curling as
much, so the ice men and technicians
have been playing about with
sandpaper and grinding them a bit,
to give more curl, and you can see
in the men's game today, that caught
them out a little bit.
So they were
running to smooth?
The curlers want
a good curl, they want lots of
stones in play, and various
controversy as well, should they
mess about with stones halfway
through a competition? Because all
the teams have had practice on every
sheet with every stone, so now if
they change the stones halfway
through, but they were saying it is
better to have swinging stones so
all the players do want that adage
is the same for everybody, so there
has been a wee bit of sanding going
on on the stones.
It is all
happening! And to take your own
stones would be too much in baggage?
Excess baggage would be a bit
Do all the stones until
they are played about with, do they
run the same? Or they also to
There will be very slight
differences in each stone, severing
at the fifth player gets to
practice, and they will test the
stones, so they will match them so
that each player will try to have...
They might give the skipper number
one and number eight because they
might match as a pair, but there
isn't a lot of difference.
that we are going to get heavily
into curling over the next few days,
if we are not already, I think we
had better have an Ask Rhona, don't
you? And here is a curling stone. Be
careful on the table, they are
How much does that we?
It is really heavy!
put some safety things under the
bottom, but you can see there, can I
just feel that? That is what they
This bit here is the
bit that is running on the ice. So
that's what will be ground.
they are just sanding this area
Yes. And that makes them curl
To be clear, the white spots
are obviously not on it.
just the studio purposes so we can't
throw them up and down the studio.
Indeed, because Chemmy has gone back
to South Korea, but she would have
tried that! Look at you, butter
wouldn't melt! Let's bring in
Nicky's expertise, you can ask
questions about bobsleigh. Brad Hall
is piloting the men's GB two-man bob
alongside Joel. Let's catch up on
how they got on and who the leading
We are under way, the men's two-man
bob. Brad Hall and Joel Fearon, a
lovely clean run one would be
This is a good run from
Brad. That won't cost them too much
time. This is a really good run from
Brad Hall. What a lovely start, and
Great Britain are off and running
with a very decent time, 49.30
Brad Hall going for Great Britain.
This is what he did on the first
run, but hopefully he can start
pulling back towards the Austrians,
and we can see the British leg stay
where it is, and get the number one
spot as it comes up the hill.
see if that turns green as they go
home. It does, just! They are
definitely going to end the first
day not worse than seventh place.
-- Johannes Lochner, this is the run
he needs to put the pressure on the
Is he going to extend away
from Brad Hall now? He goes straight
to the lead. And obviously they
start this run to, let's see if they
He is really putting in
a run, he is not worrying about his
team-mate. And he has crashed on the
corner, but that won't affect his
time. You can see he's got his head
down because he is trying to get the
best aerodynamic profile as
And Justin Kripps can
afford to go a tenth slower than his
first run and still hold the lead.
This will be right down to the wire
as they come in. Just losing speed.
Are we going to have a slight change
to the order here? Walter stays in
front by a tenth, and Justin Kripps
lost a little there. The distance
between himself and the others in
the race for gold. He might even
drop behind to third or fourth place
here. This could be a big mistake.
So we see Walther make a mistake,
the Latvian has made a mistake, and
is only fourth.
How were the lines?
Two nice, solid,
good heats, and into tomorrow.
so proud of Brad, he has overcome a
lot of things in a short time, and
he is here and competitive. I wanted
him to smile, and so far he is still
smiling! So I am over the moon for
I love that interview because it
shows the brake does so much more.
He is there as support. What do you
make of the leaderboard and how much
it changed and how it may again?
Everything is changing around the
second curve, the velocity is
knocking people by up to ten
commenters per hour if you get the
right line. These are not the
medallists so far. Nico
right line. These are not the
medallists so far. Nico Walther has
been great throughout the season.
I think it was his weight,
and another was runners.
violation? Because there are limits?
Yes, because I think he may be had a
bit too much dinner. Justin Kripps
was always going to be a challenge.
The Germans are strong, they have
worked through their equipment. But
this track is throwing out the form
book. Brad in seventh is a fantastic
day, so consistent, nailing the
second curve which is the key
day, so consistent, nailing the
second curve which is the key to the
A fast start is not always
essential because you might come
into curve two too fast?
how much velocity you can take to
the top corners. Curve two is very
open in the beginning. It's almost
like two corners in one which is
designed to throw you into the wall
and knock off your speed before a
flat section. So the more experience
you have on the track the better you
will be an Britain missed the final
training. But every run Brad is
getting more and more solid and
consistent. When a pilot makes the
run look good it looks easy and
effortless. Here the slide is
flowing and he is building more and
more speed. They did not start
fastest but every single split they
got faster and faster.
What do you
make of it Rhona?
It is incredible.
When Britain have lost so many
training runs that must have a huge
impact on the ability to read the
Absolutely but Brad is a
talented pilot with fantastic
feeling, he has been driving better
in four man but he is dialling it
in. They say it takes about eight
years to be a world-class pilot and
he has only been driving I think it
is four years maximum. He's just
starting to come into his own. This
Olympics was always an opportunity
with him going as favourite in
Beijing, the next one.
with him going as favourite in
Beijing, the next one. But he could
set some records here.
And they have
got much better equipment in the
four man, I don't know why. John
Jackson a world-class pilot himself
and bronze medallist in waiting from
Sochi, still nice and cold?
actually feeling quite tropical
today, it's short of three degrees
so it is warmer than the low teens
we've been used to.
What did you
make of the first couple of runs and
what would you want to see from
Great Britain today?
More of the
same. They are in a real battle, the
sled behind them are only a
hundreds, the Koreans are on the
100th, any little twitch and they
could move forward or back. I want
to see Brad go out and enjoy it and
slide well and take the momentum
into the four man.
Fearon said, that he wanted to see a
smile back on the face of Brad Hall,
what was that about?
He had a big
crash last season and sliced the
back of his hand and it tore through
a lot of his attendance as he hit
his hand -- tore through a lot of
his tendons. He missed a lot of the
season, a lot of driving time and he
could not push for some time and put
pressure in the hand so it's good to
see him back and doing business.
four man is the target, right?
Definitely, the four man equipment
is world-class. I have been in the
sled that Brad will be in, the other
one is world-class, we know it
works. The British two man equipment
is not the best but Brad is making
it work and if they can do it in the
two man, hold on for the four man.
Is there a pecking order, which is
Crewe one and which is crew to?
Crewe one and which is crew to?
the time they get into the training
runs the coaches will have to make a
decision, who is better in training
regardless of ranked highest coming
into the competition, who is better
in training, who will get the result
at the end of the day, they should
be given the better equipment but
that is for the selectors to decide.
And the four man starts on Saturday,
one of the last medals to be
decided, we will catch up on Jamaica
so I will come back to you in a
moment. But the women only have the
two, there is a British team in it
but not funded by British bobsleigh,
am I right?
It all changed. Last
summer GB went through a torrid time
with funding, underspend and
overspend. I am sure a lot of it we
still don't even know but the long
and short of it is they were told
they would not be funded. They would
fund the men's programme because
they had the best chance of medals
but they would not fund a women's
programme. Four weeks out until the
season they had to try to raise all
the funds to go and try to qualify.
She had qualified technically but
had to compete throughout the season
and she did it. That is proud
funding. They did it, backed by the
people and she has had an amazing
season. Her results have been up
there, compatible if not sometimes
better than the men.
And we find out
how they are going in training but
let's meet them and find out more
about Misha McNeill and Mica Moore,
the team powered by the people.
All of the hard years you have
worked thinking this is an Olympic
year we want to go in the best shape
possible and then it gets stopped.
It was heartbreaking.
It was heartbreaking.
understands that British bobsleigh
are set to withdraw funding from the
women's team just five months before
the Winter Olympics. Mica McNeill
says she is gutted and shocked to
see there is no money to fund the
team because of an overspend.
my career very low, as low as you
can get. You are crushed and you
don't know if you can turn around
from it. Athletes don't just give
up, we have to be positive and put
our all into things. I thought that
has to be something we can do so we
had to try.
Obviously learning we were not going
to get funding for the winter was
very difficult but I think we
instantly came together with a plan
that we could move forward swiftly
with because the season was coming
around very quickly and I think we
did that very well.
I did not know what it was going to
work honestly. I thought we might
get a terrible response, we might
get criticism for setting it up but
set it up and it just kind of
started rolling. I think it was the
sixth day we hit 28 grams and I was
so emotional -- 20 8000. I was
shopping with my mum and I just
started crying because it was so
overwhelming. It's such a small
sport, you don't think people are
watching or are looking out for your
Learning that people were
willing to support us and help us on
our journey was amazing. We want to
say thank you for all your
contributions, we are so grateful.
We have had a good few days back on
the ice and are so excited for the
rest of our season.
would have put money in not known
how much it does mean to our team.
At any major championships anything
can happen and it to ever perform is
on the day I think the two of us,
what we have been working towards is
getting that consistency and making
sure we can perform on the day.
Olympics are every athletes dream.
That's the highest level you can
compete at and it would just mean,
to get there, it's so special and to
be competing for a medal is
They have been through so much just
to get there. Who paid for the
bobsled? Who owns it?
Mica owns it
herself. She has kept focused and
improved, a lot of athletes would
have given up a long time ago and a
massive credit to her and the team
around her around her and her family
and everything that she is still
there and still performing.
happens with the support team out
there, the representatives of
British bobsleigh at the Olympics?
It is the same staff, the staff
technically employed by the
programme are still looking after
them, they still get support when
they are out there, it was the
funding to travel, to fly the slide
to America will be £7,000, it is
expensive. It's all of those costs
which were not going to be funded.
This is going to be a story one way
or the other but it could end up as
one of the great successes because
if we go back, can you tell us the
latest from training, how are they
They were, I think, two
top five finishes yesterday, second
and third today. It shows that, Mica
or misled the track at the start of
the Olympics so she's not had many
runs but she has gelled with the
track. I think they are working
quite hard at the top and some of
the stronger nations, the Americans,
Canadians and Germans are holding
back a little bit. But for the
British team it shows if they get a
decent start and improve the start
in the years to come they can mix it
with the best in the world because
she's beating some of the best
So they can prove they are
not worth only their spot at this
Olympics but future investment, this
is huge for them?
Yes and what a
story it would be if they got the
top five result that British
bobsleigh need to keep their UK
Sport funding, had a meeting that
be? I funded myself to my first
Olympics and its miserable, going
through the heartache and trying to
sponsorship. For Mica and Mica to
potentially be looking at a top six,
top five, top eight result is
We look forward to seeing
them, 1150 tomorrow the first run on
this programme. Give us the story of
the Jamaican women?
They had a bit
of a falling out between the staff,
including the coach and backroom
staff which ended up in the court
should feeling she could no longer
work and the environment and
resigning horror edition.
resigning horror edition. --
resigning her position. A beer
company bought the sled, they have
been sliding, I saw them on the
first day and one of the things I
heard was Jasmine saying she really
needed to focus on the track. I
don't think we have got a coach
unless they have started working
with one of the other nations to try
and get some assistance.
be a lot of interest in them, 30
years after the Jamaican men first
competed and the film Cool Runnings,
I sense another movie plot going on
It certainly looks that way.
The Jamaican team, the pilot sled
for the US prior so it's not like
she's brand-new to the circuit
itself but there is a lot of drama
around the team at the moment and
the Jamaican always attract a lot of
attention regardless of its being
men or women. Hopefully things can
settle down and they can get a good
performance which is what they
Thank you for your time.
Back for the third and fourth runs
of the men's two man Bob coming up.
Now, the importance of bobsleigh for
the fact that Nigeria can compete.
They are the first African nation.
Jamaica could be represented. It is
a sport that is reaching out.
be real about it. There are three
elements, the equipment, the drive
and the start. Athletically, you
need to be fast. You need to be
powerful. And you don't need to be
living next door to a bobsleigh
track to develop those skills. Yes,
the driving, but the physical
elements of it, you just need to be
fast and powerful, and you want
going to get many faster people than
Jamaica, so it's not a huge
disadvantage as long as they got the
funding to be able to get there into
the winter. But if we look at the
wider story of it, agenda 2020 is
all about gender equality making it
easier to access the sports, winter
sport especially bobsleigh, it is
expensive. You are talking 150
million euros to build the bobsleigh
track in Sochi, and that is not
sustainable if the gender numbers
are not where they need to be.
Africa has been the missing
continent in bobsleigh, but now we
have four continental grip
presentations in bobsleigh for the
first time ever, so the significance
of it is massive, it is opening up
opportunities the people who perhaps
didn't think it was for them before,
countries who perhaps didn't have
access before, and this is just the
start, the more people who are able
to do that ground-breaking work, the
more people will come.
about tracks, this one was built in
Pyeongchang brand-new, and cost not
far off what it cost in Sochi,
because you can't scrimp and save on
a sliding track. How many are there
around the world?
ten, 12 tracks around the world. Of
which, they are used regularly, but
we have seen in Italy, the Cortina
track was closed, the cheering track
where the 2006 Olympics was closed,
Vancouver had three years of almost
a blackout where they didn't get
used. The more tracks don't get
used, the more pressure comes from
the IOC to get rid of the sliding
sports out of the Olympics. It is by
far the most expensive sport, so we
need to make sure we have as many
people competing as possible and as
much gender equality as possible. I
think it was 79 to 21%, so that
brings in the dynamic of the four
person bobsleigh, and until it is
more closer to equal numbers, men
and women, there will be a
Could you technically
have a mix. Technically it is the
four-man bob, but is it for people?
Could you have women?
women who are taking part, Kayleigh
Humphreys, Alana Myers, it is
chicken and egg because you can't
put on a forewoman competition
because there aren't enough nations
competing, but you can't stop it, so
they decided that the four person
bobsleigh would be gender neutral,
Segan have mixed teams, a female
driver, it doesn't matter. That is
amazing, but it's also, it's kind of
a double edged sword, because if you
think of a relay, just literally the
physiological difference between men
and women, four men is always going
to be faster than four women, so it
is a challenge. Women are doing the
ground-breaking work, but finishing
last in the races, and it is
demoralising. So it is a real tricky
situation. I do develop into a bit
opportunity? -- how do you develop
it? The women just want to take
And I think Rhona in curling
the mixed competition has brought
something fresh, hasn't it?
because that is always the question.
How often can men and women play
against each other? Can they ride
against each other? Yes, they can,
and there is no reason why in a
bobsleigh, obviously speed is
crucial, but would it help in a
bobsleigh if you had a lighter
female in that four and had a mix,
would that help with speed?
really, because gravity also plays a
big part, so the heavier the crew,
even forgetting the start of the
driving, it will travel downhill and
pick up speed faster. But I think
the start of the Excel oration and
speed that they can get off, that
will also be down, so it is a
challenge, but until more people do
it, it's not going to...
member associations are there in
bobsleigh just now?
Again, off the
top of my head, maybe 40, 50.
call all of them enter the Olympics?
Do they have a richer qualifying
There are two development
circuits, one in North America and
one in Europe, and then the World
Cup which is kind of like the
Premier League. So they qualify
through the development circuits,
and the top 20 in women and 30 in
men would qualify for the Olympics,
but they go through a series of
qualification criteria, so so many
get three macro, two and one,
continental representation and host
nation get theirs as well.
the Olympics has been trying to
expand and develop is the freestyle
snowboarding and skiing event, and
the skiing halfpipe came in four
years ago in Sochi. During
qualification and training for that
qualification, Rowan Cheshire had a
heavy crash that left with
concussion, and that brought on all
sorts of problems like severe
anxiety, she went through a whole
period where she couldn't get out of
the house and she has done
incredibly well to get herself back
on skis, competitive enough to be at
her second Olympic Games. We will
have a look at her and all those
trying to qualify to reach the top
12. Murray and Tim pick up the
To the top for Brita Sigourney. They
have super pipes throughout the
nation, which helps them qualify.
Very well there, 900, that is the
first one we have seen. Another
straight. Coming into her last hit,
and a big 720. That is why she is
the World Cup leader.
Number one on
the jersey, and what a run that was
from Brita Sigourney. There you go,
Cassie Sharpe now, expecting big
things from the Canadian here. 25
years of age. A singsong as she
rides into the halfpipe here.
straight with the mute grab, nice
and solid. The first of the 900s,
hopefully. Big flare, landing right
on top of the wall.
She wants to
speed it up a little bit here.
Switch 360. Straight air. And a big
Solid. So she had 900s on both
walls, spinning in both directions.
Good run from Cassie. Beating the
Canadian flag. Very clean, 93, there
you go. We have a new leader. Silver
medallist from Sochi, see this first
Straight air, 540. Maybe
not going as high as she would have
Marie Martinod then.
Marie Martinod then.
good run so far, 720 to finish.
Strong run. I don't think she will
trouble the likes of Cassie
Strong run. I don't think she will
trouble the likes of Cassie, but she
could potentially knock Brita
Second, good score. So,
Rowan Cheshire. Her second Olympics,
nasty crash in training in Sochi and
she was unable to compete. Since
then she has battled through injury,
concussion. She is just coming off
the back of an ankle injury now and
is excited to get into this pipe.
She is back skiing well, which is
great to see. Big 540. Huge
That is almost her
900, holding on.
Straight air there.
Come on, Rowan.
Switch 360. And a nice little
straight air to finish.
Very good run. Amplitude was good
and consistent. Good grabs. Solid
run from Rowan. I would hope that
would be enough.
there we go. Well done.
So, ninth position.
Cassie Sharpe from Canada in top
spot from Marie Martinod, Brita
Sigourney, Annalisa Drew and Maddie
Bowman. It is USA three, four, five.
Next up, she landed a good run on
the first one as well, hopefully she
can put it up a bit and make it into
the final. Come on, Molly
Summerhayes from Sheffield. Big
straight air, nice grab. Big
alley-oop, that was better. Left
540, nice and high. Write 540, that
was good. She got a grab on that
one, that looked like, switch three.
Coming into the seven, good seven.
Last hit. Switch straight air.
Last hit. Switch straight air.
switch air, normal to the bottom,
looked like she got blocked off a
little bit. She watched her sister
compete in the Slopestyle, and you
have got to say that coming into
these games, that would have been
her aim, really. To make the finals.
66, up from her first run.
It is a
nodding acknowledgement there, good
experience for her.
enough, but she has definitely skied
very well today.
came out swinging in that first run.
Sixth place in Sochi four years ago.
Second place at X Games aspen couple
of weeks ago.
Big straight air. Huge
alley-oop. Carrying her Speedwell
for the 900, massive 900.
Straight air, just missing the
grab a little bit, left 540 with a
mute grab. What has she got for us
last hit? Right to 720 to finish,
really good run from Brita
last hit? Right to 720 to finish,
really good run from Brita.
good, solid run.
I think that will
be better than her first run score.
Let's see what the judges do with
Exactly the same.
She sounds a
little bit disappointed with that.
So, Cassie Sharpe at the top.
cruise, or does she go for it?
can't see her being bombed out. --
bumped out. She will send shivers up
the spine of every athlete here by
showing what she can do.
Right side 900, back to we didn't
see that the first run. There is the
flare, write three higher this time.
Switch three. A lot cleaner. Big
straight air, and what has she got
to finish? Left ten? Yes.
I'm not saying that she is ahead of
the game, but when Mark Zuckerberg
invented Facebook, there was a
friend request waiting for him from
She is light years ahead of
She has almost got
the keys to the safe that contains
the gold medals.
So, a big improvement of 0.40. So,
the defending silver medallist from
Sochi finds herself in the
qualifying silver position, second
place at the moment. It means
nothing until the finals, of course.
But skiing very well, skiing
confident, the French girl.
much so. Big straight air, tell
grab, left 540, coming in with a lot
of speed. Right side 540, very
clean. Left 900. Right side flare,
just sitting on her tail is a little
So, Marie Martinod also
upping her game a little bit there,
stretching her legs.
Annalisa Drew, she doesn't really
have a switch in there. So it might
be something she could may be polite
for the finals.
Yes. 33 years of
Rowan Cheshire in ninth position.
Would be nice to improve your.
think she will try. Hitting the
right wall first.
right wall first. Nice 540. Big
alley-oop. So smooth. 900. Solid.
Losing amplitude slightly but
holding on. Left seven. What has she
got for us? Switch three. Straight
air. She will be happy with that.
Managed to add in the right five.
Got a glimpse of Cassie sharp
watching on from the bottom.
done really well, had a really nasty
ankle injury but is just about back
to full speed. She had a tough
summer, a lot of rehab, a lot of
work getting her back, had a great
start to the season.
start to the season.
It's not an
I think it was her
These are the results.
Cassie Sharpe light years ahead.
Rowan Cheshire qualifying in a very
I was trying to keep composure, he
chilled and relaxed mindset. Up
there with the cameras and
everything and the crowd, the nerves
do get to you a little. It was a bit
scrappy but after the first one it
was a bit more relaxing and I now
feel more relaxed going into the
Can you sum up what it meant
to get out there and compete in
front of this crowd given we know
what happened four years ago?
means the world, four years ago I
could not sure anyone what I could
do. I have had such a whirlwind four
years with injuries, my head and
ankle and everything so I've not
been scheme as much as I would have
liked. So do come out here, even
though it was a bit scrappy I'm so
proud and so happy to get to finals
because that was the goal.
proud and so happy to get to finals
because that was the goal.
see how excited she was. Says she
could put down a run and get to the
final, and amazing to have her
parents out there, a big thank you
to everyone who stayed awake, stay
awake tonight again,
to everyone who stayed awake, stay
awake tonight again, 130 you can see
her. The snowboarders in action, the
first time we get to look at big
air, qualification for the women's
competition, in the slopestyle they
were upset about the weather
conditions but it was a lot brighter
and more still in terms of wind for
this one, let's go there with a
Aimee Fuller one of the riders who
battled the conditions in
slopestyle. Lest it will be
interesting to see which direction
she drops in. Coming in switch and
she has a cab double under Flip.
She's going for it. Just sat back on
the landing. The first double of the
day goes down. So close. Just got
the grab, timely tackle.
Hello everyone at home, thank you
for waking up early.
Julia Marino, winner of the silver
medal at X Games.
Cab double under
Flip. Coming in switch. A little bit
more rotation on it now, very
difficult to tell if that is cab
double cork 900 or cab double under
Flip. 83.7 five.
Has been dominating this discipline,
heartbroken to miss out in
slopestyle, she redefines what
women's slopestyle is ten months
ago. But look at the result. Gold at
X Games two weeks ago.
X Games two weeks ago. She has won
every contest she has entered.
Switch double under flip. Very tidy.
Very big. First go making it look
very easy. Anna Gasser all smiles
today. She moves for and a half
points into the lead. Silver medal
in slopestyle and she did it in some
style, the course better off and
gave her a decent black eye, Laurie
Blouin. Sporting a proper shiner on
her left eye. As is so often the
case, you see one person take a
medal and then the find of
confidence, there are more Joe, that
could be the case with Laurie Blouin
here. Cab double under 900, we saw
that, really nice horizontal
rotation mixed with the backflips.
Much more of a corkscrew to that. .
The cab double under. Clean on the
landing. Confidence has got her on a
roll. Very, very impressive. Julia
Marino, Anna Gasser and Laurie
Blouin in the top spots.
Blouin in the top spots. Aimee
Fuller 25th but are going for the
cab double under flip, if she lands
that it will push her to the
opposite end of the leaderboard. We
are going to see that again. The
regular footer dropping in switch.
She went up to camp in Mount who'd.
16 birthday, gone early. So big on
the first hit, tried to rotate a bit
more slowly on the second. She's
opened out. She's not been able, not
getting the grab has meant she is
opened up which has slowed the
rotation but at the same time she's
not got the same amount of speed.
This appointment for Aimee Fuller.
Julia Marino currently
in fourth place.
Lovely, the cab double under flick,
more 900 at that time, more
horizontal axis. The Americans
making their voices heard.
making their voices heard. Drifting,
floating in. Nasty split in her
pants there. The outfits were not
built for snowboarding. Cab double
under flip. Into fourth place.
under flip. Into fourth place. Next,
the Japanese rider who has taken
2018 by storm with the trip we will
hopefully see now, Reira Iwabuchi.
Currently ninth. It is a gamble if
she cannot better the score. I think
she will be very lucky to hold onto
qualification if she cannot better
80 points. Drops in switch. We are
not going to see the big trick she's
been warming up. Another switch 900.
Switch frontside 900. The stale
fresh grab. Perfect landing.
Absolutely stomps it. 92.7 five.
First place. Wow.
First place. Wow. Personally? I
disagree with that. But the judges
award the very clean landing. The
pop and size of the jump. Next, the
31-year-old Yuka Fujimori. The
second oldest here.
second oldest here. Winds up lovely.
Backside 900. Very, very nice. This
is brilliant, we are starting to see
exactly what the women are capable
of. Look coast joked Yuka is. --
on the strength of scores we've
seen, this is going to be a big one.
94.2 five. It is just qualifying but
we are going through the gears very
nicely. Anna Gasser in the start
gate, currently in sixth place. She
was in second place at the end of
run one but way more consistency
from some of the big guns has seen
her drop down. Can she reinstate
herself at the top of the standings?
Switch frontside double Cork ten a
day, that's the top spot. This is
heating up very nicely. -- 1080.
This is what we missed out on in
slopestyle the other day. Anna
Gasser managing, did she keep the
trailing arm of the snow? No, tiny
touch but on a trek that big and
progressive, look at that smile. 98.
The judges sending it now. I have
been looking at those top spots,
very interesting mix. Currently
fifth. She's gone huge. Send it all
the way to the bottom. Not as tidy
as some of the cab double under flip
's we've seen but only because she
went enormous. What do the judges
make of it? Do they want to see it
clean or do they want to see it big?
She moves up one spot. Anna Gasser
takes the lead and will drop last in
the finals. The two Japanese women.
Aimee Fuller not making it after two
Should be a great watch. The final
of the women's big air. The medal
table has not yet changed today
because there is nothing going on at
the moment. No medals decided yet on
day ten, things will start again
around 11 o'clock which is when we
will join it, going between curling
and the bobsleigh. One gold medal so
far for Great Britain, three bronze
hopefully tomorrow we will
far for Great Britain, three bronze
hopefully tomorrow we will see back
on the ice Britain's biggest ice in
short track skating and if she could
make a comeback it goes to the top
of the charts of biggest story.
COMMENTATOR: They have gone down!
And again, turmoil for Elise
I can't believe it, she
has been penalised again.
Christie does get the chance to race
for gold. The nation holds its
Christie tries to make it on
the inside, and she crashes out, she
is out of it once again.
Christie to get into the elliptic
final. Christie has crashed again on
the final bend. Yet again, she ends
up in a distraught heap on the
And my word, she is going to have to
get back up if she is to win a medal
at these Olympics. Her favourite
distance, the 1000 metres, the heats
are tomorrow. Let's get the latest
on her condition.
Yesterday we were told Elise
Christie have suffered soft tissue
damage. Today Team GB say she has
been back on the ice in training and
has made good progress, but that
they will wait until tomorrow before
deciding if she will be in those
1000 metres heats tomorrow evening.
Wealth, what do you make of it?
has been a very wise decision what
they have now decided. They have no
urgency to make any decision today.
In terms of the racing, the racing
will start tomorrow evening.
Formerly, you have to withdraw an
athlete 20 minutes before the race,
but if they don't do that, it isn't
a crime, you can actually just not
show up the start line and she will
get a did not start. So I think they
are taking the right decision.
injury is in the ankle area. What
will the doctors be wanting to be
satisfied about before they let her
take to the start line.
making my assumption on this. With
short track speed skating, the boot
is moulded around the ankle, and it
is a very delicate area because of
the pressures you are going through
when going around the corner. The
boot itself, I believe she is having
problems getting it on because it is
such a tight fit, so I assume they
will be looking at, can she handle
the pressure being put onto the
ankle by the boot, and the pressure
being created when she's going
around the corner at 35, 40 mph? And
it seems a sensible choice to wait
and see what happens tomorrow, see
how the ankle from skating today,
and then go from there.
And if she
can take to the start line, pressure
of a different kind, because that
will be her last chance here to get
an Olympic medal.
We have seen Dan
Jansen compete in 98, 92, even in 94
when he was the red-hot favourite
and it went to his last event, and
if she can be inspired by this sort
of message, and also enjoy this
event, she will look back 20 years
from now and say, I gave it my best
shot, and that is all she can re-ask
So Elise Christie
carrying an injury but encouraging
news that she has been training
today. We all hope that she can make
the start line of those 1000 metres
And we will know by about 10am
tomorrow. We have been joined by
Jayne Torvill, hello. What is your
take on Elise Christie and the
terrible luck she has had so far?
is unbelievable. My feeling is that
she will give it a go tomorrow. I
hope so, anyway.
You must've skated
with injuries in the past?
at the Olympics you have only got
one chance, and just take it. Unless
it is physically impossible, I think
she would regret not having a go.
And adrenaline can help, can't it.
There are times when you don't feel
pain any more.
Yes, like we'll said
about getting her foot into the boot
if it is slightly swollen in any
way, that will hurt. But eventually,
the adrenaline kicks in the pain
goes away, and when you take your
foot out of the boot, that is when
it hurts again.
She won't be able to
bandage it up, either, if the boot
is that tight.
The boot will give
her the support.
Yes, the boot, she
showed me she is wearing her old
favourite boots, so they have been
moulded to the shape of her foot,
and it is at the ankle, and they
don't have a lot of padding, you
know. It is not like they have loads
of protection under those suits. So
it is not surprising that she has
got so much bad soft tissue damage.
Anyway, the reason that Jayne is
here is not to talk about short
track speed skating, but figure
skating, and the ice dance has just
begun. We will be looking of the
action from there. Britain has one
couple in this. Nick Buckland and
Penny Coomes, we have been talking
about tough journeys to the
Olympics, and here is another one,
to be honest.
to be honest.
It is so hard to train
for an Olympics when you're healthy.
You push your body to the absolute
limit everyday. There is only so
much your body can deal with.
much your body can deal with. In a
second, my life changed.
Figure skater Penny Coomes has
softened a career threatening injury
which could end her hopes of
competing at the Winter Olympics.
Like that, I'm on the floor with
half of my kneecap up here. I
remember crying, not from the pain,
but from what it could be. And I've
had the hardest year and a half of
my life, but at the same time, it is
the strongest I have ever had to be,
and it has been a really rewarding
That is a career ending injury
for 99.9% of people.
Definitely. We just didn't know what
the way forward was, I think, once
it happened. It put everything into
perspective little bit, you know? It
is only ice-skating, but it is
something that we have grown up with
and we absolutely adore, so there
was only one thing that we were
going to do, and that was come back
and pick up from where we left off.
So many people were like, that's it,
done, you can't come back from this.
And I just remember reading those
things and being so mad, and I
channelled that energy. I remember
thinking I will come back and use
that energy, and being out parent
thinking that this is for all the
people who thought I couldn't do
this, because I can.
Not every day was a good day, and I
didn't do it on my own. When I was
down, I had my physio, my
psychologist, and then of course
Nick. For me, at 1.I said to him, I
don't know if I could do this, I
don't know if minute will ever be
strong enough again. And he said,
that's OK. And I think I needed to
hear that in order to get that over.
We are here in Michigan where you
have been based now for a few years.
Michigan is an ice dance
hub. There are three big ice dance
camps, and the best dance coaches in
the world, so we have come here for
three years, and we train with a lot
of our rivals, which spurs us on
every day in training, which is an
interesting dynamic, but we all get
on really well, so it is cool.
does Pyeongchang represent for you?
I'm sorry. It's just so emotional,
because this has always been my
goal. When we first set out, it was
always like, let's do three Olympic
Games, and Pyeongchang was always,
let's be the best here. And then to
kind of have that... Taken away. I
feel like I've earned it tenfold
before I've even got there.
out there after all we've been
through is just going to be a real
fitting end to this period of our
lives, but the best bit is yet to
They are just so sweet together as
well! I really love them, Jayne!
What a story. In that situation, it
is frustrating for the partner who
is fit and well, and for him to have
the patience to deal with that and
help her along rather than get
frustrated, that he must know, he's
thinking, we should be training now,
we should be doing so many hours a
day, and we can't.
And some of them,
Jayne, would look around for another
partner! Some of them would! And
with Nick, four years ago we were
talking about him being the issue
because he had this in regular fast
heartbeat going on and he had to
have a pacemaker put in.
was quite a scare for them already,
and I guess she was equally patient
with him through that, so as a team
they have done so much together, and
I'm really hoping that they have a
And why are they the
only British figure skaters Albert
Costa I'm not entirely sure, but I'm
assuming that the other categories
didn't qualify, because it changes
all the time in ice-skating, that
you have to finish in a certain
position at world level or European
level to qualify for an Olympics,
and I guess none of our other
disciplines qualified. Now, Tessa
Virtue Scott Moore, they have been
skating together since they were
seven and nine years old, they have
won gold on the board already. Would
you make some hot favourites for
this ice dance?
Absolutely, the big
battle is between them and the
French team, the French team of the
new kids on the block, and for the
last three or four years, they have
really earned their place out there.
Let's see how this, Tish and
developed overnight. Commentary from
Olympic gold medallist, Robin
Cousins, alongside Katherine Downes.
So, here they are, Great Britain's
comeback kids. 20 months ago, Penny
shattered her kneecap into eight
pieces. They missed most of last
season, she was reconstructed and
rehabilitated, it has been a battle
to qualify for these games and defy
the odds. Skating together for the
third time at an Olympic Games.
She was told she would never skate
again, but Penny Coomes and Nick
Buckland are back on Olympic ice.
But here they are, Robyn, and what
will it mean to them to be back?
Amazing, their first event of the
season was the qualifying event in
Germany, they won that event, got
Team GB the spot.
And that was the
last possible chance to qualify for
the games. They needed to come back
and win it, and they did. They've
done everything asked of them.
68.36, a season's best of 71.39, but
we have seen the scores from the
judges, a couple down from what you
would expect, and Penny and Nick
leapt to the top of the leaderboard
with that performance. They have the
qualification mark against their
name, and they are through to
tomorrow's free skating.
So, Maia Shibutani and Alex
Shibutani for the USA. And we are
joined in the commentary box by Nick
Buckland. These two on Marmite when
it comes to ice dance. You either
love the fact that they are brother
and sister and that dynamic it
brings, or you find it a little
uncomfortable to watch.
something they have had to deal with
their whole career, they have found
themselves dealing with that in the
last couple of years, but they have
had a very good season, and they are
always super-clean, these guys, they
are like machines.
A little bit of a stumble. We will
see if that plays a part.
Struggling a little bit with speed
here. The last part of the programme
looks a little slow to me, but
again, super clean.
A lot of tempo changes within the
music, going up and down depending
on what they need for the specific
element they are doing.
All the precision you would expect
from them. Neat as pins.
from them. Neat as pins.
I think it
was a very strong performance, they
did what they needed to do, they
have a Medline step sequence which
is level format which is very high
scoring. But I expect nothing less
We have a new leaders. They have
laid down the marker for their
countrymen. Time to say thank you so
much for joining us, best of luck
For the first
time we will see the two best teams
back-to-back. Cat and mouse between
these couples in this sport for the
last couple of seasons, time to find
out who will come out on top when it
comes to the Olympics.
In the short
Over the next two days we
will find out who comes out on top
because it will be a battle between
these two, Tessa Virtue and Scott
Moir and the French couple who will
skate after. Training partners,
Safely through the twizzle 's.
Rotational left to finish.
The world champions want that
Olympic title. It was only silver in
Sochi, they took a couple of years
away from competition but they were
still training, still working. Came
back last year to win the World
Quite a stark contrast
between the Canadians and the French
team but they absolutely exude the
style. It has an element of
spontaneity with the performance
itself. It has to be precise and
clean. The timings throughout.
Seasons best. In the short dance at
the Olympic games. They are out for
that gold medal.
The New World top
scorer for short dance.
Record-breaking, they have put
themselves in the best position to
claim the Olympic title to go with
the gold medal they won in 2010.
Beat that, when it comes on ice
dancing you are either team Tessa
Virtue and Scott Moir, or team
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume
Cizeron. They missed out on a place
in Sochi last out so this their
Oh! Did not want that to happen
Some costly mistakes creeping in,
they will have lost ground on their
training needs and rivals Tessa
Virtue and Scott Moir.
surprised, they have still been
given level format on the twizzle's
but the pattern dance just sequence
level three. Slightly off on the
step into the second twizzle.
step into the second twizzle.
The French pair go second. Into the
free dance tomorrow. Three other
couples after them. These two beat
Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani to
win the US national championships
this year. Skating at their first
Olympics this year. Looking to come
out on top in the Team USA rivalry.
They were second in the short dance
but second in the free dance and
became national champions overall.
The leg line is not close to
matching which is one of the key
Some mistakes then from Madison and
Zachary as well.
They made the
correct terms within the Rumba
sequence, but one straight leg, one
bent leg within the middle of the
key point was a bit odd for me to
It is a new season's best for
them, 77.75, and they are up to
third place in this short dance
programme. So we are all set for an
exciting competition tomorrow.
Confirmation of the qualification
standings: Madison Hubbell and
Zachary Donahue in the bronze medal
position phone now.
position phone now. Tessa Virtue and
Scott Moir who with a new world
record chasing down a second Olympic
title, and looking to come away from
these games with two more gold
Gabriela and Guillaume, tell us
about your journey so far.
Gabriela and Guillaume, tell us
about your journey so far.
been tough, but we have managed to
keep our focus and enjoy the moment.
It could have been better, for sure,
but what is done is done, and we
have to look forward now.
always really tight right now
between yourselves and Tessa
between yourselves and Tessa Virtue
and Scott Moir.
Yes, we have trained
together, too, so it is taken into
consideration, but we came here and
we wanted to do our best, and that
is what we are going to focus on.
Tessa and Scott, a fantastic
We knew we needed it,
to be honest, it is not extremely
comfortable skating first after the
warm up, but it is good in a way
that we know who is skating after us
and we had to be strong, so we are
ready for that, happy the way we
executed, but we know there is a
tonne of work to be done tomorrow,
tomorrow is the main skate and we
have to make sure we come out ready
And how important is every
single point, given that the French
couple are so strong.
The field is
extremely deep and we knew when we
came back that we would have a lot
more to do to get back in the mix,
so we are pleased with our
performance today and looking
forward to executing the free dance
tomorrow. We believe in our material
and the planned that the coaches set
out for us at the beginning of the
season, and so far we are on track.
How happy are you with that?
happy. It is something that we have
worked on for a long time to get
back on the elliptic stage, so to
get out there and put out a good
performance, one more to go but to
get a good performance at this stage
is really great.
knows the journey you have been
through, both of you. What is it
like being back on the Olympic
It is definitely a different
feeling going into competition. I
have competition pressure, but I'm
just excited to get back out again
and just thankful and so happy to be
here. I was just going round when
they were reading out the other
guys' scores, and I smile to my
soft, because after everything I've
been through, I made it, and that is
the most important thing.
expect tomorrow from the free dance?
Watching you to enjoy yourselves out
there, you have put a lot of work
into getting here. What are we going
Our free dance is set to
music by Muse, and it is a piece of
music we love so much, we decided to
come back to it because we wanted to
perform it one last time or couple
of last times at the Olympic Games
and world, and it is a programme
that we love, there are some cool
elements in there and I can't wait
to perform at.
We can't wait to see
you. Well done today, can't wait to
see you out there again tomorrow.
Look at those smiles! Nick and Penny
are through to the free dance top
20, easily through intense. But
Jayne Torvill, we have to the
wardrobe malfunction, because you'd
definitely saw that it made a
difference to the French couple, you
could see Gabriella Papadakis, it
made her feel uncomfortable.
you saw that he must've when he held
her in the back of the net, he did
something that would have held open
the competition, and that just
messes with your head and they did
amazingly well to continue the way
You can see her holding it
a couple of times. Could they have
stopped and restarted almost?
are not allowed to stop. Normally
you would stop and fix it, but they
are not allowed to stop and do that,
they have to carry on regardless.
Have you had any issues in the
bobsleigh? Yes, the infamous racer's
split. Let's say sometimes Lycra at
-20 doesn't stretch as well as it
could do, so final World Cup race
before the Sochi Games, my break
woman bent over, just about to
start, and she had the racer's
split, and exposed her rear end to
the entire world. We had more hits
on YouTube in the first 24 hours
than we did for winning the World
Championships in my whole career.
Does it ever happening curling,
Rhona? UI down on one knee.
Sometimes if the trousers are too
tight, we have seen the trousers
split if you are sliding out with
Has it ever happen to
And it has happened once
already at the Olympic, so when you
are thinking about the design, that
is a really important part of it. Do
you get a chance to test them, and
how many times?
Absolutely. I have
noticed recently in competitions
that people will wear their actual
competition in the training session,
just to wear it again and get used
to it. But even if you haven't, you
would have worn it at home in
training. Most people would have to
go through that. I remember months
we will performing as professionals
in Madison Square Garden, and I had
had a slight alteration, I had a
halterneck dress, we were skating to
Fred and Ginger, beautiful feathers,
everything. And right at the
beginning, I do know how it
happened, but the Hulk was squashed
and it came open -- the hook was
squashed. And I was dancing like
this the whole time. We could've
stopped because it was a
congratulations to our editing team,
they managed to show that without
offending anybody, they pixelated!
So, Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue are
leading, going into the free
programme, can that change? Can the
French couple flip it and get into
gold medal position?
far this season, they have had the
highest score in free dance of all
the teams, and I think Scott and
Tessa have only achieved a so that
could be the difference, but let's
hope it doesn't knock the French's
And Tessa Virtue were
saying after the short programme
that they had a plan and they were
executing it. What did you make of
their short programme?
I enjoyed it.
Sometimes I feel that some of their
movements... The quality is
brilliant, but sometimes I feel
their movements are a bit forced,
where I feel the French are more
natural and organic. But it is so
close, because the standard is so
high, so it could be
are the rules? For costumes?
Latin, the girl has to cover 40% of
her body, and sheer material doesn't
count as being covered, so there is
a slight question here over whether
the midriff of her costume is a
sheer material, but I don't know who
invents these rules, because it
doesn't take away from the beautiful
So what happens if
it is 40% of your body and the same
thing happens that just happens, and
you start with that percentage
covered, and as the dance
progresses, you have only got 20%
In this case, I believe
there were no deductions for the
malfunction. The deductions were for
slight unison issues in the terms,
and also one of her terms was quite
Well, the Canadian
sitting pretty at the top of the
leaderboard so far, and just a word
on Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes.
Thrilled to see them there, but how
well do you thing they performed?
think they did really well. I felt
like towards the end of the routine,
again the unison was out a little
bit, and perhaps not the speed of
terms that we have seen from some of
the higher up couples. But a
tremendous start. I think it will
give them confidence to go into the
free dance knowing they have made
the start and it has all gone well.
And Chris has been helping them?
Yes, Chris choreograph this short
dance, and they explicitly wanted to
use the music that we used our Rumba
in 1994, and there are also a couple
of steps in there that were from...
Here we go. They were from our
routine in 1994. They asked Chris if
they could please put them in as a
So it is a homage to you?
And they talked about the music
they are using for their free
They have gone back to a
previous routine. They started the
season with one routine, and then
they preferred an older routine so
they have revamped that, I guess
they are more comfortable with it.
top ten finish them would be
extraordinary given what Penny has
been through with that shattered
Now we have a little time before we
head off to live action, we have the
runs in the men's bobsleigh coming
up and also curling at the moment
live on the red button but we will
be going to it here on BBC One. But
Ask Rhona, tell you what, put up a
hashtag Adobe questions come
flooding in! This is a good one from
Julie McIlroy. She says, can the
teams change the order they throw
, you can't change the order
during a game, unless your fifth or
alternate player comes off the
bench, and that is tutor injury or
illness only usually, so you can put
the alternate player on. In Mixed
Doubles, they can change after each
end, they can change who throws two
stones and who throws three stones.
Stephen Chesters asks, what is the
most you can score in one end? We
saw a six?
In mixed? Sixes most, and
in a team game, it is eight. If you
score eight, that is a big score.
that is like a 180 in darts, a 147
in snooker. Have you done it?
never scored an eight! I have had an
eight taken off me.
Who did that to
The manager of a curling club
that either member of did that to
me. Can you believe that? Two weeks
before the Olympics. They are
supposed to be helping!
And one final one, Len Dempsey said
all the brooms have bristles are
They are smooth now.
Last year the world curling
Federation had to bring in a ruling
because different countries were
using different types of brush heads
to try to help of the stone, they
were moving it too much, curling it
one way or the other, so they were
interfering too much so the World
Curling Federation brought in
standard brush heads that everybody
has to use.
She knows everything
there is to know about curling!
there is to know about curling!
Jayne, thank you very much, I
suspect if people want to ask you
questions this afternoon when you
are here with Hazel, they can. The
next two hours will be a bit of fun,
because the medals are going to be
decided in the two-man bob, and Eve
Muirhead, it is ice time.
# It oh, so quiet.
# It's oh so still
# You're all alone
# And so peaceful until?
# You're all alone
# And so peaceful ...
# You fall in love
# The sky up above
# You want to cry, you cross your
heart and hope to die...
# Till it's over...
One minute. It is going to be a
contrast in styles and noise and
speed, but Great Britain as you see
have the hammer in their first end
against Switzerland. And you can see
how they get an on the red button,
live coverage, and we will be
joining it shortly. Just want to
have the cat the house. -- have a
look at the house. But now we see
the leading sliders in the third and
penultimate run of the two-man bob.
COMMENTATOR: Welcome back to the
slide -- Sliding Centre. This is
going to be a decisive 15 minutes,
because as you alluded to, the
leaders go first on this absolutely
critical third run, Brad Hall the
Great Britain, a wonderful seventh
place for him, he is along shortly.
John Jackson is alongside us, and
before the Germans get going, there
is a real air and eyes
Yes, the ice
is -11 and the air temperature zero,
so this could plate some people's
strings with their equipment, and
not for others.
not for others.
Walther is the
leader, five seconds dead is routine
for them, they lead the way, so fast
on their first run. They are way
slightly slower. Walther is proud of
his record coming up.
This is the
key part of the track, he gets
through it beautifully. Just makes a
little mistake, but he was one of
the most consistent pilots
yesterday, which is why he is in the
lead, although he did have a moment
where he tipped over on the final
bend, but he needs to get this
straight right. You just see a
little tweak with the steering edge,
trying to get into the right place,
but this is another good run, and
this will put pressure on the guys
coming behind him as he comes down
into the speed trap.
This is where he tipped it over
yesterday but he is fine now. That
was the slowest of his three runs
and it opens the door a little bit
for his rivals. It was fascinating
the way the track changed from the
first run to the second round
yesterday. Everyone seemed to go
faster on the first run and times
dropped off in the second.
could be due to the track. By that
time it has been 50 sleds and they
break up the ice and slow it down
and it naturally slows over time
just because it is broken on the
surface. There was a little mistake
he made but I don't think it will
cost too much. He did that yesterday
put his head under the Kowloon on
the second runner just rolled over
because his steering point was right
because he could see.
are off the track and we will see in
the next few minutes how good a time
that 49.32 was. Evidence of the
previous runs, that is not
spectacular. This man, Justin Kripps
with his brakeman Alexander Kopacz
went 49.1 on one number one and Alex
Hawke -- Justin Kripps has been
quoted as saying podium or bust. He
is not interested for full worse. He
is the overall World Cup winner and
he usually has a cracking start. He
is capable of 4.9.
He has to be
careful with his mentality. It is a
lovely line Audi carries a lot of
velocity. This green light is
because of the stark differential
but Nico Walther can drive better
and keep ahead of him at the bottom.
The mentality of win it all been it
could be what cost him in Sochi and
he doesn't need that in these games.
He is a medal contender and he needs
to play safe as well. This is a big
run from these guys. They are
pulling away from the Germans said
this is that move towards the front
but it will be within one hundredths
towards the end.
towards the finish, the time
evaporates slightly but it was only
slight and he is a good leader by
over one tents. He is the world
number one and he takes the lead
from Nico Walther.
That was 100
quicker than his first run yesterday
but the little mistake we saw from
Nico Walther where he had attacked
between four and five and that is
the difference between those runs
and that has cost him nearly 20 51
hundredths, that type of time there.
You can see the steam whether guys
have warmed up. The guys have done
what they need to in the sled. You
can see the runners turn a little
bit. They are using all the corner
to push themselves across. He is a
real challenge for the gold medal.
Canada haven't won the gold for 20
years but they are in a great
position with their fourth and final
run to come. Justin Kripps and
Alexander Kopacz, a very
satisfactory third run. The Germans
fill three of the first bite places
as things stand. The second German
plan -- had to go. Johannes Lochner
and Christopher Weber. The world
number six. He will be a big force
in the four-man event as well, so
here goes Johannes Lochner and like
Justin Kripps he can start really
well. Justin Kripps is put the
pressure on here. Johannes Jonker
needs a 4.9 start to get underway to
give him any chance that all of
matching what Justin Kripps did.
Only just behind and it keeps him in
contention. He is slightly behind on
the times from yesterday. The ice
temperature of -11 is colder than
yesterday and maybe that will affect
Nico Walther at the start. His
equipment is not quite suited to ice
being that cold. Will it be the same
for these Germans? This is one of
the top pilots and he has been
perfect so far. Look about for line,
that is one of the best lines with
scene, but has he overdriven the
sled and can catch up with the
Canadians and his team-mate at the
bottom or will he keep dropping
The world number six bearing
come to their finish now. Let us see
where they go second. Nico Walther
has dropped back to third place
after having held the lead a few
moments ago. Justin Kripps then Joe
Johannes Lochner and Nico Walther
and that is the new order as run
three really develops. It was a good
run for them and a new time of
49.09, exactly the same as Justin
Kripps. Great work.
This will be the
difference between the top guys.
They are one hundredths slower than
the Canadians at the start but
exactly the same time at the bottom.
It is exactly nothing so all of
these top pilots, the first one to
flinch will lose out on a medal and
at the moment that is Nico Walther.
Johannes Lochner and Christopher
Weber in good shape. Next one of two
leading pairings who have been
talking greatly about how they are
struggling with the second corner.
It is vital for the Latvians. Oskars
Melbardis and Janis Strenga is the
brakeman. World number eight and
they are looking forward hopefully
for some ratification from the IOC
to see if they get their bronze in
the two man from Sochi and gold in
the four-man, that is for the future
but their immediate problem now is
to get of Justin Kripps and Johannes
Their medals cannot be won
at this particular point but they
can certainly be lost. If he doesn't
get this second corner right it
could be his medal chance gone so he
really needs to focus on getting it
right. They are good starting pair
and they have good equipment. It
drives phenomenally well. He is an
Olympic medallist in two man and
Olympic champion in for but he did a
lot of work there and I am not sure
he will get through OK. It is good.
We did a lot of work on won by you
got through the corner OK and he is
in touch and within one tents. These
guys were quick yesterday but they
made mistakes of the second run so
as long as they can smooth things
out he should be able to stay in
contention and maybe even moved back
into the first spot, but can he get
close enough to the leaders.
first run was the quickest we've
seen so far but the second run was
really disappointing. Which Oskars
Melbardis will we see here?
was nothing between these top
Justin Kripps looks to be
holding a decent lead and that is
maintained. The Latvian goes into
third place them. Oskars Melbardis,
49.08, there has been 100th of a
second in this third run between the
That is identical to his
top run yesterday so there is
consistency there when they get the
second corner right. The problem may
now have is that there is only
hundredths between them so one of
them has to put in an outstanding
run if they are to challenge Justin
Kripps for the gold on the next run.
One of those people could be coming
Friedrich is the German. Brad Hall
will come in three athletes time the
Great Britain. He starts in seventh
place. Francesco Friedrich has also
been talking about how corner too
has been messing with his mind. He
has been under steering and over
steering. The world number two and
the four-time world champion in the
two-man bob. Can Francesco Friedrich
get it right now and keep himself in
starting team. If he gets this right
we are in trouble. He is through
their clean this time. He has worked
it out. Now normally in the two-man
sled Everyman at the championships
in the last 40 years, this guy has
been top. It didn't work for him in
Sochi because the equipment for the
whole German team wasn't quite
running properly but is this where
he will close in and put pressure on
the other menace? A little tap but
he is starting to close. He has
phenomenal equipment. He is not
usually this back and he will have
to fight to become Olympic champion
from this far point.
He is very high
and ragged through 16 that he has
closed and look at that turn record
for him. He is now breathing down
the neck of Justin Kripps, the great
Francesco Friedrich, Germany
desperate want to win this Olympic
title back. They have made no show
at Sochi but Francesco Friedrich
sits back in again.
You can see what
that means to him. He knows and they
both know what that run was. It was
perfect and that was run he should
have had yesterday. If he had that
run yesterday there would be no one
in contention for the gold at this
point. That is the quality that this
guy brings and this team brings
because they are both world
champions in two man. This will be a
thriller down to the wire.
main contenders are now separated
from gold medal position to fifth by
13 one hundredths of a second.
line shows you the difference
between the pack. They are almost
identical with just inches between
the difference in lines and that
could be the equipment and how they
find speed in the corners. That was
the run he needed to put down to put
pressure on everyone else.
brakeman was thrilled there. Now,
not out of it but with having to up
his game massively is Oskars
Kibermaris with Matiss Miknis his
brakeman. This pairing world number
four and they were fourth in the
World Championships. The best World
Cup finish was a third. They are
usually superb starters together.
Their second Olympic Games for young
Oskars Kibermanis who is just 24.
Let's see what they can do.
Let's see what they can do.
the start they needed. They got good
velocity at the top but a little
mistake there with a little tap and
that is not what he needs if he
needs to put himself forward. A
mistake there, the same as others
and it cost them a bit of time. They
are just little mistakes. He needs
to drive better than this to put
himself towards the medals if he
wants to be in contention and
unfortunately at the moment, as he
just now is that Per Spett, this is
not going to work for him and he
will not put it back and that was
another mistake there. Little bits
here and there are just costing time
and it is the difference between the
top five pilots and him and he will
Look at that, half a
second off the top guys.
second off the top guys.
He just might, if Brad
Hall can have a flyer now, he might
nick ahead of him for sixth place.
It is a possibility. Yellow
McCreight is a possibility. Brad has
been driving really well but he
needs to have a good run because
behind then it is 100th and it is
really packed and condensed in this
seventh to 12th so any mistakes and
he could drop back three or four
places and then you have to do all
of the work again for the final run.
Strange that after turn four, that
bump that Oskars Kibermanis had. It
has cost him and Nico Walther there.
That is a great shot and I wish they
would use it more. They only used it
That might be if or
today then! I hope you enjoyed it
even though it was brief.
thousands of pounds to create. Here
we go for Great Britain.
that Brad in this two-man event is
world ranked number 19 and he has
never finished higher in a World Cup
on two-man bob than 13th. Here he
on two-man bob than 13th. Here he is
in seventh place at an Olympic
Games. Canny get under five seconds
for his start? He is bang on.
is a good start for those guys. Now,
when we talk about little bits of
history, that was not the run he
needed out of that corner. Settle
into this, Brad, we know you can
drive this track. Another tap. The
same mistakes that Oskars Kibermanis
was making. When we talk about the
history of this event it might not
be down to the medals. The brakeman
here is probably the first man to
compete in the 100 metres in the
summer Olympics and beer brakeman
here in the winter. If the first
person to do that. Brad just needs
to keep this together.
two and four have cost him and he
has fallen one second behind the
Canadians in the gold medal position
at the moment. Brad Hall then, his
heat three time was 49.67 and I am
afraid that is a long way short of
his 49.37 in-run number one.
said, the Austrian coming up next is
100 behind him and one behind him is
100th. Everybody is condensed and
that run could drop Brad back a few
places and that is unfortunate.
Great lines in some parts of the
track and he is still driving
relatively well. You can see one of
the most animated coaches on the
circuit there. A British guy and
ex-Royal Air Force and this is is
tense Olympic Games. He competed in
two Olympic stadia 's been coaching
for that money as well.
Hall, and as you said, just
breathing right down his neck, the
Austrian pair. Benjamin Meyer going
together with Markus Sammer. They
start this third run just 100th of a
second behind Brad Hall.
And they go again, 4.93.
That is a
big start, can cared to Joel and
Brad, and this could which puts them
in front of of the British bearing.
He has got a really soft setup on
this, you can see by the front of
the college and how the runners are
just sinking into the corners, but
that is what you want, you need as
soft they setup as you can get to be
as fast as you need to. Sometimes
it's just finding that balance
between the setup, as we now come to
the fastest part of the course.
Little slide there into the big
curve 14 and into the speed trap.
Just going at 86mph.
I think they're
going to fall behind slightly. Yeah,
they go seventh.
Anybody who can get that sort of
time from here on in is going to do
themselves a huge favour.
see as the Rico Peter comes up this
straight, you can see his face
physically screwed up in the helmet
as he is working hard. -- as the
brakeman comes up. Big Markus Sammer
on the back and he's really
struggling to stop the sled.
rear-view of the start into turn
number one. Very hard to get through
that chicane clean. Benjamin Maier,
getting married soon, of course. To
this Gellert an athlete from Canada.
The ice and pitcher, really
important, is currently -11. The
Korean pairing had a fairly moderate
run number one but they went a good
deal quicker with a much faster
second run. Are they just warming to
their task, do you think?
certainly are, and I'm just
thinking, with the ice being this
cold, does it suits the Korean
equipment? Maybe they've said, this
is what our runners work best in -
can you just crank the ice up a bit
for us, please? You wouldn't expect
any mistakes from this pilot,
because he's the one who has had the
most runs around this track. A
couple of years ago he won the World
Cup, and they were really on the
crest of a wave, and then they've
just dropped off a little bit over
the past couple of seasons when
their head coach passed away
suddenly, and you can see how
perfect he is through there but this
is not the run which he needs to put
himself up towards the medals.
it's not. He has got his eyes
potentially on sixth, maybe seventh.
Coming out of 15 clean and here's
the finish... The big crowd cheering
all the way. And they go sixth. With
a time of 49.1, you can't argue with
that, that is a splendid run,
they're getting quicker and quicker.
They are and that is the fourth
fastest run of the day. When the ice
was soft, yesterday, at about -6,
their equipment wasn't running so
well so they might have cranked it
up a little bit today. As we have a
great view into the first corner
from the camera on the noise around
the big curve. -- on the nose. And
this is coming into the final corner
now. The Koreans getting plenty of
Yeah, as you would
expect. I bet they are wishing they
could have six runs, not four Tricia
certainly! So, Yunjong Won and
Youngwoo Seo do really well. Now,
Brad Hall is down in ninth. The
Canadian support has been very
strong all Olympics long.
strong all Olympics long. Now, Nick
Poloniato and Jesse Lumsden are
about to go together just their
first Olympics, world-ranked number
nine. Regular sub-5 starters and
they have done it again.
Poloniato has been a bit
inconsistent on this track and when
he has got it right he has been one
of the fastest. So, he can driver
distracted or he's just a little bit
inconsistent, with his inexperience.
If he puts a run in here, there is
no reason why he can't move up a few
spots. We see him working hard into
corner eight. A bit of a tweak to
keep off the wall added that was as
good as we've seen from anybody.
This is a good, clean run but is it
fast enough? Is the temperature
helping his equipment? There is
nothing between these top riders.
No-one is getting 15 wrong
nothing between these top riders.
No-one is getting 15 wrong, which
can be tricky. We saw that in the
event last year. And he nips ahead
of Brad Hall, who is now in tenth.
That was relatively speaking
disappointing, costing him places.
Just a few too many mistakes, but
when we look at the difference in
ice temperatures, the control that
Brad did not seem to have today
could be because the ice is that
much colder today. Because all of
these guys are now coming down three
tenths faster than Brad whereas they
were a tenth behind him. So it would
not surprise me if we see Brad back
in 12th place, but hopefully not,
hopefully he will stay where he is.
So, from one Canadian to another,
this is Christopher Spring together
with Lascelles Brown. World-ranked
number three, this page if spring at
his third Games. Fifth in Sochi. --
this pair. Brakeman Lascelles Brown,
at his fifth Olympic Games, is 43
years old. They beat Kripps at
Whistler in November. Kripps, our
leader at the moment.
leader at the moment.
One of the
oldest competitors, Lascelles Brown
is an absolute machine! Chris makes
a couple of mistakes at the front.
What a phenomenal athlete, who
trains are so well to keep himself
in shape, and he's stellar quality
athlete, still one of the world's
best even with him being slightly
older, almost OAP status in the
sport. But this is a tidy run from
Chris, apart from those little
mistakes at the top, but he's not
really gaining where he needs to. Is
this going to put him in front of
bad or not? That's what we need to
focus on at the moment.
going to be very little in that. And
as he crosses the line... He is
tenth. And Brad Hall drops another
place to 11th. But Spring, having
come in as world number three, it is
clear his medal chance has
completely gone. This is a
disappointing Games for him.
and in training he's been really,
really vast. Sometimes he is in the
top three. And he was one of the
guys that I had down for a potential
medal, because the top six were so
consistent that he was one of them.
But it's just not happening for him
in the race. Again, maybe it's just
down to publicly hasn't quite found
the line, or his equipment is not
working as well, or it is now race
day and he is not so relaxed. Maybe
he's now saving it for the former
next week and he is just going to
tune himself back in.
Got to shrug
that disappointment off. What a
hurly-burly few weeks it has been
for the next pilot, Justin Olsen of
the United States, with Evan
Weinstock, his brakeman. Justin
Olsen had his appendix out on the
5th of February here, hospitalised
for two days. His first training run
was on the 15th, and here he is, the
best of the American three teams
here. Justin Olsen managed to find
speed as well, one of the few teams
to improve his first run time, to
get into second. Here's a great
competitor, he has still got his
hospital tag on his left hand to
spur him on. Away goes Justin Olsen
with Evan Weinstock. And they want a
sub-5 start - they've got it again,
what a competitor he is.
certainly is. And he's the only
American pilot, the least
experienced among them but the only
one who is getting through that
transition. We will see with the
others later run that they have
struggled through that transition
and that is why they are so far back
because of what they did on that
yesterday. Hopefully this is the run
which will help move him forward but
I don't think he has got any chance
of getting into the medals, Justin
And Brad Hall looks like
staying in 11th place here. Olsen
one of the few to hit the wall out
of 15, slightly ragged there. And he
stays 12th. Justin Olsen and Evan
Weinstock, and you fear it is not
going to get much better. As you
say, John, the other two teams have
been doing different, struggling a
I don't know whether he's
trying to take his helmet off... Is
maybe just waiting to for him to get
out, whether he's got something
caught. There is something not quite
right, whether he's just making
sure... Because he has been saying
his stomach still feels a little bit
bruised at times. You can see the
difference in the lines between
Kripps in the Canadian sled and the
American slate of Justin Olsen. How
much the Canadian sled is just
pulling away, and that is real-time
footage through that corner. It
jumps out a little bit here, and
that will knock him back into the
corner. We've got to find a little
more muscle at the start there.
Yeah, they're just hoping to start a
little bit faster to keep them in
the mix. Most of them pilots around
that area will be looking for top
Nice to get some analysis of
his run there from Justin Olsen.
Next is the popular
Next is the popular Swiss Peter
Rico, who also found time between
run one and run two, when he was a
key tenths quicker. You don't
usually get under five seconds,
these two, and they have just missed
it again. By this high Olympic
standard, that is a fairly moderate
Yes, it is but it is keeping
them in the mix with the middle of
the table, and that is sort of where
he is again. Peter Rico has got a
little bit of a the loose style of
driving. He likes to use the walls a
lot. Sometimes you're like, that was
amazing, and the next run he is
smashing off the walls but he is
still quick and you're trying to
work out how. He just hasn't quite
had it in the two-man this year. He
was quick in the four man so maybe
it will be next week for him.
that is a shade quicker than run
two. A bit like the Koreans, he is
improving, but not quick enough, I'm
afraid. And there is not much
movement going along now but
everybody is condensing.
everybody is condensing. It is all
still really close. For the final
run if you make one mistake you can
still fall back, as we see this
great camera shot as we come down
the Dragon's Tail, as it's called.
As we come into the big G-force
They're treating us
today with that point of view cam!
Must have been listening! Next
further Czech Republic, in his
Games, with his regular brakeman.
World ranked number 24, so a a bit
like Brad Hall, to find themselves
in 14th place here is a significant
step forward. Can they hold it
together now for run three?
remember rightly they touched the
wall on both sides yesterday, a
little mistake. But he's a very
inexperienced pilot, he has only
been driving two years, and one of
the reasons why potentially he is in
it is because everybody has had
limited experience on this track,
which almost makes it a level
playing field. And that is one of
the best slides through there. It
shows that he knows the track. He
just hasn't got the skills to get
down without any mistakes. He's just
making little mistakes. On most
He's not going to into
trouble Brad Hall, that's for sure.
Brad Hall will stay in 11th. The
cheque Acra pair are in 14th,
exactly where they started, with a
fairly routine run. -- the Czech
pair. And that is exactly the same
time as Brad Hall had on that run,
and that's why Brad has copped from
seventh back to 11th, and it is
costly - you can't make any
He is using all of the ice there and
a bit of the wood to push himself
across. A great young pairing and I
think towards the next Olympic in
four years these will be a real
Now the 15th
pair to go will be from Austria.
They are my curse track all waiting
together with Kilian Walch together.
-- Markus Treichl. He has been
improving his ranking year-on-year
and he is still only 24. Markus
Treichl normally can be relied on
for a five second start. Let us see
how well years away. 4.9 eight.
think there was a little issue at
the start there. The brakeman didn't
hit in time and he was a bit behind.
They got 4.98 off that and if they
get it right there are maybe a
couple more 100th at the top. He has
had some really good friends down
here. For a guy who has been driving
for a couple of years, for his
experience, wary of that, he is
overachieving on his expectations of
where he wanted to be. You will
never be a medal contender but
certainly to be in the top 15 when
he has not really ever made the top
20 before is a real step up for him
and hopefully that is good, as he
just makes little mistakes here and
there on the way down.
Yes, they are
costly Brad Hall will hold his 11th
position and Markus Treichl will not
get close to him. 14th place for the
Austrian. Now the next few, of
course, all they are really worried
about is not necessarily moving up
the table with any pretensions of
winning anything but to get a fourth
round. Of course you have to be in
the top 20 and we are now down to
the final half of run number three.
See how his hands slipped and that
is because he just went a little bit
early and the brakeman didn't it and
he is almost running into a static
slogan that is not good as the
driver to run into something that is
not moving. You want the brakeman to
move it a couple of inches before
you get onto it and that is what
happens. That combination of errors
there, there was a good chance he
could be pushed on the second run
which is a good start for him.
ago our perilous Romanians I have
taken quite a shine to because they
are so young and so massively
overachieving. Both Mihai Tentea,
the pilot and Nicolae Daroczi, the
brakeman are both still only 19. The
youngest pair in the event and they
find themselves in 16th place. They
have had a little bit of experience
at World Championships but they got
nowhere near the top 30. This is a
real success story from Romania.
certainly is. It is a young pairing
that have come here with no real
experience as we see there, the
brakeman almost fell into the slide,
that was a big mistake, said this
will drop them back down the order
because that will have killed their
velocity. If he could drive well, he
just made a little mistake there, it
is not going as smooth as yesterday,
that might... The driver will have
felt the issue with the brakeman
there and it may be affected him
down the run. He doesn't even know
he is in. It might felt get the
sled. In fact quite eye and that is
because he is a novice and that is
just the way it works. We will see
how this goes for them but they will
be struggling to stay in the top 20.
It is a shame because their first
runs were really good but this has
been really ragged and buy some way
that is their slowest run of the
three so far. But we stress again
that they are so run -- so young and
their inexperience was bound to
catch them at some stage.
we will have a good look at the
start but something like that it is
imperative that the brakeman gets in
the sled because if he falls off or
doesn't get in then they get
disqualified. As he goes to get in
he just catches his feet and the
reason he has done that is because
he has probably ran a couple of
steps to far and he just can't keep
up with the sled.
leads with Brad
up with the sled.
leads with Brad Hall in 11th place.
We will leave that for now and Great
Britain had a disappointing third
run with Brad Hall slipping down
from seventh to 11th and they go in
reverse order on their fourth run.
We will join that as the medals are
decided. We are going to focus now
on curling because the Great Britain
women are in a tie at fourth place
with three games left. They have got
to finish top four to make the
knockout stages. To put it simply,
they really need to beat
They really do because
their two remaining games after this
are Japan and Canada who are both in
the mix with Britain in fighting for
the top four so it would make things
a lot easier if they win this game
We join it lie very shortly but
first we will catch up on the key
moment so far and the end of end one
we have a situation here, just talk
us through this house, Rohner.
Switzerland were lying three and Eve
played a great shot there as she
came in and she came in and I am
surprised that Switzerland are not
just following a rent because she
could draw in and freeze on top of
that but she chose to play Agard.
This is the Swiss skip.
chosen to guard and say that Britain
have won and there is no way they
will get in for two and that is only
the first end and she may be doesn't
want to make take chances but she
plays the guy that she wanted to and
maybe she could have come in and put
pressure on Britain there.
coming to block it further down Eve
would've had no way through but it
still looks very hard to get a stone
anywhere near the centre.
Absolutely. She could have followed
her with the red stone. Switzerland
have struggled this week. They are a
strong team so I think it is just
lack of confidence.
Eve as Amer and
shoot as options, what are they?
not a lot. You can see the red in
the house on the left-hand side and
she is trying to nick it, very thin,
she can't see any of that stone. She
is just trying to make it thin into
four foot so this is a really tricky
shot at the end of the first end.
a scale of one to ten, how tricky?
No very. 9.5. To get the line just
right and just make it. Bear in mind
that this team had a hog line
violation in the last game against
Sweden but they'd taken to in this
first end really against the run of
That was a great result on the
first end. They got off to a great
The second end was
blank to so GB are still 2-0 ahead
and they going into and three but
Switzerland have the hammer.
unlucky when she tried to hit their
and her red just is showing that it
didn't bury behind the guard. It
gives Switzerland an opportunity to
play a thin double full four but
again lack of confidence from her,
she is playing with a shot. A tap
back the two. She is trying to tap
the read through. She could have got
a thin double full four but happy to
take two I think.
Had to come up
with the magic shot Switzerland
would have been 4-2 in front but as
it is they scored 2-2 at the end of
three ends and we will go there
shortly but first I want your
reaction to Brad Hall on that drive,
the third run for the GB men?
Gutting, absolutely gutting. He made
the mistake at Perth to which it
said tricky because it is designed
to throw you into the war. He had a
great start but he got the mistake
of being thrown into the wall
and the unsettled him. It went on
and on and it was his most scrappy
run by far. Let us not be confused,
yesterday was phenomenal. It was
fantastic and we all hoped for the
dream and we coped to continuing
carry on in the top seven or even
climb up some places but I guess
this is still a learning experience
for him and it is not his strong
event and I guess that run there was
more of a reflection of where he is.
It is just a shame because his other
runs were brilliant.
11th place and
going in reverse order some pine
after 2pm we will show you that. Now
let us head to the curling live. We
have had a strong start for the GB
win and it is potentially nervy for
Switzerland but the guys who were
watching every stone being thrown
our Steve Cram and Jackie Lockhart.
Eve Muirhead is sitting and watching
as Anna Sloan, the third, sends down
the first of her two stones in this
forfend. All tied up and Switzerland
are playing pretty well. Great
Britain started well. That is better
and it just picks up a read at the
back and that was a little unlucky
there. It has cleared things up a
little bit out front because this
was starting to look a bit tricky
for Eve Muirhead.
been there well, maybe.
been there well, maybe.
This is the
Swiss third who has had a cracking
game so far. She hasn't put a foot
wrong. A match which Great Britain
really need to win here. They have
got three wins and three losses and
the matches taking place elsewhere.
She won't be too happy about that.
She re-wanted to stay in the middle
there just roll over and just cover
her corner guard but what she has
done is left us an opportunity now.
This is where we capitalised on the
end that we picked up a two and we
played a nice freeze.
Yes, just to
reiterate, Great Britain need to get
at least five wins. Six would be
great but they have a difficult
run-in with three top teams
Switzerland is one of them. They
have to play Canada in their last
match as well so Eve Muirhead knows
how important when it is. This has
got to keep going here, it hasn't
got much on it, they must weep as
hard as they can. Not quite where
she wanted it. Just to underline
that, the couple of matches that are
of interest today are taking place
on the other sheets. China play the
USA and they are both on the same
record as Great Britain so one of
them will end up with four wins and
it is Korea who are leading the
table which is as much of a surprise
to career as anyone else! They have
five wins and one loss in Sweden are
also going well. Korea are not
playing well tonight -- Korea are
not playing tonight so we have less
of a crowded. Britain are added bit
of a logjam in the middle. Several
teams all started this session with
three wins and three losses. Silvana
Turin is only, that says 100% but I
am not sure if that is right. I am
not sure who is marking it. I am not
sure that she has shot 100% here but
she has started well. It is Eve
Muirhead who in the first end had a
couple of great stones.
couple of great stones. Then
limiting Switzerland to two in the
third and it looked like they might
even get more, so just trying to
work something here, even. I think
they are lying two now. Yes, they
are. No I think they are probably
actually lying three at the moment
but we still have a great
Eve played a great
freeze in the first end so we want
to look to something very similar
and right on the T-line. Just in
front of the Swiss yellow stone.
point about that is she will then
try to have it in a position where
it cannot be moved and certainly not
moved easily. Then if you are lying
shot with that you always have the
chance to come in with your last
stone and get your two. I would not
have that they're where it says Eve
Muirhead with 83% accuracy, I am not
sure that is right. Does this have a
chance? It will curl and it will
bounce of this, when it? Just a bit?
That is a real...
80 shot but it can
be moved. It is lying shot but it
can be moved here.
You can hear the
girls saying sorry but it is
difficult. You don't want it to be
short and you don't want it to be
long they are trying their best to
make sure they are managing that
stoned the ice. Eve Posner job is to
lay about to give them another
chance to be able to sweep it to the
All in means really is that
there is a good chance here for
Switzerland to force one rather than
a two. It is pretty open out front
for Eve Muirhead with a last stone.
Hopefully it will still come in for
one. This end cannot be blanked with
all of those stones there. I am
amazed they have given Tirinzoni
100%. Let us see how he comes here.
It might just be on drawers. 100%.
No goodness me!
No goodness me! Where is that? She
is saying, keep fit, keep fit. She
has done well. Eve Muirhead then can
get one here. She has to decide how
to do it.
Straightforward nose hit should do
This is going to move.
hopefully it isn't going to do too
STEVE CRAM: So, all the affirmation
from her team-mates settling Eve
down here. This is not quite the
result she would have wanted from
this end, if it is just the one
shot. Really wanted to try and get
two, the previous stone didn't quite
end up where she wanted it, and
Tirinzoni had a fairly
straightforward takeout, and now Eve
trying to do the same for her one.
And she has managed to do that.
Despite the fact it is only one,
Great Britain now lead 3-2, and I
still think Eve is playing very
well. You want your skip to be
making her shots, because Eve
Muirhead has the ability to carry
this team all the way through. So,
after the fourth end, Britain lead
by one. Who did you spot there?
by one. Who did you spot there?
spotted Eve's mum and brother up in
the crowd and I think Anna's mum
must be in there as well. So, the
parents have arrived to support
their children. And family.
their children. And family.
turning out to be a real good scrap,
isn't it? Both teams are playing
pretty well, the back end if you
like of the Swiss team, Silvana
Tirinzoni and Esther Neuenschwander,
making life a little bit more
difficult than Britain would have
liked. But this is the Olympic Games
and Switzerland are a very, very
good team. They may have a terrible
record here, they have only won two,
but they still have a chance, they
know that, if they can win three
matches, they will have a five and
four record. Play in Great Britain
here, obviously. And their last two
matches are against Denmark, who
most teams are managing to overcome,
and their last match is against
Japan. Japan at the moment are
playing Sweden and that one is 2-1.
And I can tell you, in the other
match involving two teams in the
middle of the pack with Great
Britain, USA against China, USA have
gone 7-1 up in that one after just
JACKIE LOCKHART: China seem to have
come off the boil in the last couple
Yeah, lost heavily to Korea,
although most people have been
losing to Korea!
losing to Korea! Team Kim, as they
are known as bus they all have the
surname Kim, and they have been
sensational. Switzerland have got
the hammer this time.
the hammer this time. Don't forget,
this free guard zone means that
anything outside of the house, until
we have had four stones played, it
cannot move, you can hit them and
your stone can go out of play but if
you move the guard out of play it
will be replaced. So, Lauren Gray
now coming in behind
now coming in behind that front red.
Don't want it to come into far.
That's really good!
We were chatting this morning about
the fact that sort of halfway
through, the stones had a bit of
treatment. And may be explaining
that people might be surprised to
I was actually surprised
to hear that, because we are using
different stance to what we had in
the mixed doubles. But seemingly
these stones were running a little
bit straighter than the players or
the organisers would have liked. So,
the technicians sandpaper the bottom
of the stone and it gives a bit of
the curl back in the stone on the
ice surface, so updated that the
other night. I think a few of the
teams maybe got caught out with the
swing, but certainly that's what
you're looking for, to get at least
4ft to 6ft swing. Because then you
can get around guards, you can get
delicate little tap backs. If the
stones are running really straight,
it makes for a really boring game.
You can't come in behind.
STEVE CRAM: Still trying to work at
one in. So, Switzerland are going to
try to move some of these outfront
here. Just wants to clear the path
through with the hammer, to see as
much as they can.
We were explaining earlier on that
Manuela Siegrist, playing second
here, would normally play third.
Most of the time she has played with
this team she has played third.
Actually just catches that red and
stays out there.
Yeah, she was
hoping to catch much more of that
yellow to take the two of them.
she's playing second now, partly
weeping because of Aine injury she
has suffered, missed a whole season.
And either she hasn't got back to
good form and has been moved down
the order, or for whatever reason
the knee isn't allowing her...
Except even in second position you
have got to play the same shots. She
has switched places, if you like, in
this team, with Esther
Neuenschwander, but today, Esther
Neuenschwander is relishing that
fall. Vicki Adams, always been the
Yeah, these girls have
held their positions for quite a few
years now. And all actually very
individually strong in their
positions. Vicki, I'm going to call
her a little pocket rocket, because
she's really handy in the team when
they need to clear up double guards
and Fripp guards oft, she's really
good at that and that is what a
second player has to do. Lauren
really good at setting up the other
girls. And, you've got to be able to
be an all-rounder when you are the
vice skipper and then take over, so
everybody has got their own specific
role. But once again, it is a team
event, and they all need each other.
Actually quite like to move both of
those, but going for the long one.
Manuela Siegrist normally is third,
might not have played too many of
these over the years, necessarily,
just removing the guard. That looks
a little higher, doesn't it?
Oh, they've turned the blowers on
again, seriously?! I was feeling
quite toasty here for a change!
will be the ice technicians keeping
the ice temperature right, not
worrying about us getting cold up
here in the commentary position!
it's partly as it fills up again, we
get more people in and that affects
the ambient temperature in the
arena. Anna Sloan saying there that
this one is going to Carl bit too
much. Holding up, just about. Almost
in exactly the same place as the
-- to curl. We're
keeping putting stuff in the centre
as bus we would really like to try
and limit Switzerland to one here,
or even maybe an opportunity to
steal a one. Switzerland with the
hammer, and they don't want
everything covered. They've knocked
off the 4ft down the centre as bus
they want that clear. They want to
try and give themselves an
opportunity of a way in.
You see, in
second, went on fortune, might have
played... But that is a good shot.
Still with some options for Britain.
Three stones out front. Great
Britain still lying shot, that one
closest to the button. So, Eve is
going to ask Anna Sloan to come
round on that side, the open side as
we look at it. On the left, from
Anna's point of view.
Anna's point of view. Sweeping this
really hard. Really hard!
really hard. Really hard!
done the job. It's a little bit high
but it has done what they had to do.
So, leaves a dilemma for Silvana
Tirinzoni, whether she's going to
once again try and take out these
guards at the top or whether she's
going to try and come in now and tap
her yellow back. You can hear her
calling for... She wants back tee
weight, just enough to come in and
tap it. She won't be too bothered if
she gets a split, she just wants to
create a briefly. -- to create a two
here. This looks heavy... And
There was that look on her
face. It is almost embarrassing if
you send it wide AND heavy. This
might go past everything. Oh, she
just catches it! Just notches it in
there as well. Britain still lying
shot. She just about got away with
not having total embarrassment
That actually curled are not
as it came into the house. It did
get a small kiss on the yellow,
which took the running off, and she
is sitting third shot in the
coaching staff, Kelly Schafer, you
see she's putting her jacket on as
well. Four levels down from us!
Yeah! She's getting cold sitting
about doing nothing! Kelly, a very
experienced player for Eve. This is
Kelly's third Olympic Games and she
went to the Vancouver games in 2010
with Eve and there she met her
So, stone placement is really
important here. Bring, as far as you
can into that 8ft. That's nice. --
bring, as far as you can.
improved the situation.
improved the situation. Sju would
love to shift one of these reds.
She's got to shift the one that's...
Well, perhaps maybe get the two of
these, but the yellow, depending on
how she hits it, might almost I want
to say Circle its way back into the
ring is. If she just catches the
outside of it. Or is she just trying
to think about driving it in?
think she is. It is a fair bit of
distance, though. You're going to
see some rocks moving around here.
She's going to try and drive that
yellow in at the top. She will have
one more stone after this, of
course. If it doesn't quite work
out. So, Great Britain just forcing
the issue a little bit. Would love
to get a steal, it would be great to
go in at half-time two up. So,
Tirinzoni will try and use her own
stone and give this plenty of oomph.
Oh, that's going to go past
everything. Well, a mistake there
from a the Swiss skip. It does not
look like her kind of shot.
a great opportunity here for us to
close the door in this end and try
and make a steal, and that would be
a great end for us.
So what do you
do, shot the way in, put a guard
Yep. In fact what you've got to
do is think of the worst shot that
your opposition wants to play, and
probably is that. That run back
again. So, if we can close the door
and put a guard out there and stop
her getting a draw, that's perfect.
If she makes it, she makes it a, but
you've put a lot of pressure on how
to do the hardest shot. And she's
not looking too happy with herself
at the moment.
Great Britain lead Switzerland by
just one shot here but Switzerland
have a hammer so this could be a
crucial end. Even your moat -- Eve
Muirhead needs to make life very
difficult for Tirinzoni with her
last stone I get the steel and at
the very worst limit them to one.
You can see where Anna Sloan has
it... Well you can't because we're
looking down but we will see in a
minute where she had her brush. That
is where the stone was meant to end
up plans it is not far away from
that. Been in good form, the British
skip so far in this match.
skip so far in this match. Now
Tirinzoni, what you fancy here.
She doesn't fancy, the drawn-out Eve
has put that there has closed up
there in terms of a straightforward
shot. What did she decide there? Is
she still going to try?
What can we see from this end?
What can we see from this end? I
think we are in a really good
position here? Will she try and tap
the British red? The top red is
covering the back one. I really do
not know what she is trying here.
The only thing I can see is that she
will try and come through the gap
between the two reds that are out in
the front of the house and come down
on to the top red.
Tap the road onto
the yellow. Use our reds to...
a difficult shot. She has to get
around everything here and she has
done. How is this going to sit? Well
A lovely shot. That is a
cracking shot. They get there one.
That is still a bit of a result for
Great Britain because we were held
to one in the previous sense in the
fifth vendor Switzerland pick up
their one and we reach the halfway
point with this match perfectly
poised. It is Great Britain three,
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If you want to take up curling, you
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you coach a lot of
people, don't you?
I used to.
And no. I just don't. We
don't have to get into politics
The main thing is, you would
still encourage people to get into
curling because you need more
younger people coming in. You'll
absolutely and this is a great
opportunity for curling at every
four years we get this publicity so
everyone should try curling events
and get involved. Both the British
teams out there are very young in
their general make up and it is a
team game because much as we focus
on Eve Muirhead because she is the
skip she is ably supported and Anna
Sloan playing particular well. This
shot here set up the chance of the
steel but it did not come off in the
end because the Swiss skip played a
final stone that was a blinder but
Anna Stone Vicki Adams and Lauren
Gray or play their part because it
is like a game of chess, isn't it?
Absolutely. Teamwork is so
important, the sweeping the weight
calls. You can see that the because
this shot is double guarded in their
house, it really left Switzerland
with a uphill battle and they had to
spend the rest of the end clear the
It was the stone before that
landed in that was really key. Let
us go to the Swiss skip and she is
under pressure with the hammer and
she has to get something out of this
and it is not an easy shot to play.
She is only facing one against but
it is not an easy shot fired to draw
in here, so she is trying to scrape
past the top guard and tap up the
one in the house to tap hose onto
the bottom so it is really tricky to
get the weight and malign right
here. She just passes that top guard
and taps on to the Buckton, what a
It is all square and three all
and the important thing about this
game is that if Great Britain can
win it their fate is in their own
hands but if they don't win it it
depends on the results because this
is the situation. You see all of
those teams tied in fourth place
going into this and actually you
have been across the scores on the
other games so the USA are in action
at the moment against China.
are winning quite comfortably at the
moment so that would put them up.
Japan are playing Sweden.
That is a
close game as well. This is where it
gets to the stage in the competition
that every game matters.
We could do
with them winning so we could
breathe a little easier.
Yes, so it
is nice to watch.
Tomorrow will be
We had last stone
advantage in the sixpence of it is
all good from the British point of
Let us bring you up-to-date
with the headline so far today.
Austria 's reigning world champion
bounces back from her world snowball
disappointment to top the pile in
qualifying with 98 points but Aimee
Fuller sadly failed to qualify for
the final and ended up with a pretty
battered face as well. Less than two
years after shattering her kneecap
into eight pieces, British ice
dancer Penny Coomes and a partner
Nick Buckland finished an impressive
tenth in today's short dance. It
featured a world record from the
Canadian duo of Tessa Virtue and
Scott Meyer. The Court of
Arbitration for Sport has opened an
anti-doping case against a member of
the Olympic Athletes from Russia
team for curling who won a bronze
medal in the mixed doubles.
Lindsey Vonn have been going pretty
well in training. She recorded the
third fastest time and Austria 's
Stephanie Venier eight lead the way
in the training session ahead of the
race on Wednesday. Mikaela Shiffrin
was 15th pup fastest in training but
she has not made a decision about
whether she will complete and she
went straight pass the quarters
without answering any questions
because her partner has been
expelled from the games. The
Frenchman made angry comments about
his team after the giant slalom on
Sunday and they have sent him home
so were very unsettling time for
Mikaela Shiffrin. Britain 's men in
the curling kept their hopes alive
with a dramatic 7-6 win over
Denmark. It was great play from all
of them, particular Kyle Smith.
Canada 's Cassie Shah top qualified
in the ski halfpipe. Team GB Rowan
Cheshire has also progressed to the
final thanks to a score of 74 points
from her first run. That is great
for her because she had a horrible
time four years ago. What about
Elise Christie? The latest news on
is that she will undergo a fitness
test tomorrow to see whether she can
compete in the 1000 metres short
track. This ball in the 1500 metres
left her with damaged soft tissue.
She bared her right ankle. The great
British chef de mission said he is
cautiously optimistic. She was on
the ice today purely to see if she
could put the boot on an skate
around a bit and she will go through
a training session tomorrow and if
she comes through that and is still
a big if then she will compete
tomorrow evening. That is tomorrow
morning our time. He said she
absolutely wants to and if medically
we are happy and it is clear then
the decision will be hers to skate.
Indications I have just got now is
that she is very keen to skate so at
10am tomorrow morning our time we
will find out and we will be going
to see those qualifications for the
1000 metres, and that is the
favourite event for Elise Christie
so fingers crossed for her that she
will be fit enough to get through
the heat and then she has a couple
more days to get ice on it and
recovery time before the semifinals
and the final. A slightly
disappointing third run for the GB
team men's bob but they could still
be in the top ten.
can. It is a fantastic performance
for Greg. We know that the format is
the stronger event of the two, we
know that for him. He got the
classic mistake. Curve two is
designed to throw everyone into
though also they are constantly
trying to overcome that issue and he
got thrown into the wall and
fortunately and it unsettled him and
then it was scrappy all the way down
the hill but he has the talent and
we know with his started his
physical ability as well as with the
driving he will be great but top ten
could be where he is that for these
They will be in reverse
order for the fourth run and we
catch up with that after the
conclusion of the curling. It is
3-3, six and is about to start and
what are you thinking right now?
is all good. We have last stone
advantage here and corner up there
so we can get a two.
advantage here and corner up there
so we can get a two.
Good staff. The
six and is under way so we rejoined
Jackie Lockhart Steve Cram.
Thank you. The first few stones are
played, as you said, and a corner
guard, the red stone for Great
Britain is in place and they are
just removing the other stone that
was in the house. Try to roll that
one in behind the yellow and not
quite able to do so. With the hammer
here. Eve Muirhead has been in fine
form in this match, in fact both
skips have been pretty good.
Tirinzoni picking up a nice two with
a super shot back in the third end
after Britain had picked up a lovely
two in the first end. Eve Muirhead
with a scintillating shot just edged
her own stone in the two. They have
traded ones in the fourth and the
fifth. The key was looking a little
I think she would
really have liked a little hate and
role there. She had the opportunity
to go either way, probably behind
the red would've been better. She
might have only just been biting but
it was an opportunity to have one
hidden behind the guard.
some chat from the team coach, Glen
Howard, the women's coach, during
halfway. We were allowed to listen
in on a bit of it and he was saying
don't get the guards to close. They
have been getting them a bit close
and there is a tendency to want to
either tap and run the men so he is
trying to get them to avoid doing
that. I do not know what else you
say, take your turn... It never
works out that you take your two or
you force your one. I cannot
remember the last time I saw a game
that went like that.
That is what
the strategy guide tells you to do
by your opponents are constantly
trying to outwit you. We will ignore
the Swiss stone in the house because
we want to try and set up a two here
and we will try to utilise the
corner guard we put on. This looks
nice. It sits and is perfect. That
is a well judged stone there.
want to give you a quick update on
what is happening elsewhere because
it is relative -- relevant. Not so
much Denmark against OAR but China
US a are both on the same record as
Great Britain after eight matches,
three wins and three losses. USA are
giving China curling lesson at the
moment. It is 9-3 to the USA. That
one might not go on too much longer.
In the other match Japan and Sweden,
Sweden are joint top with career
with five wins, that one is 2-2
after five ends in that one.
This is going to hit. No Switzerland
out of the way to do the job that
they were asked to so there is the
first mistake we were looking for.
The red is now in their with the
opportunity to hit the yellow and
lie two Reds in the house. There is
no need to do anything to dramatic
here at this point. If you can pick
up the two and get a mistake like
that and then you have two in the
house, one either side. You can
start to look at building the
opportunity. There is no need to get
ahead of yourself.
Yes, if you can
easily play the simple shots and
make them, that is the key here.
What we have to be careful of is the
two corner, there are two centre
guards versus Whitson will be trying
to hit our stones drop into the
centre and use them as protection.
Esther Neuenschwander has had an
excellent game. She is 34 years old.
An accountant. She has been working
things out really nicely. Just buy.
She gets a little run in behind that
guard. A nice shot.
That is a nice shot.
Now we are
questioning what we will actually do
What was your first call?
Here. Try and play the hit and roll
at the centre.
How worried they get
You heard either saying
exactly what Jackie was warning
about. She doesn't really want them
to get a stone in behind. There is
another curling term. There is a
stager, that I presume is because
they are offset.
Yes. We should have
a little book.
I will keep adding
these words to my curling lexicon.
The curling glossary is big enough
as it is without us adding
additional words to it!
Steady! Yeah, very well
Anna has been looking a lot
more settled in this match as well.
She has had a bit of an up and down
tournament. A thing after the loss
to Sweden, I did an interview with
the team, maybe it was just with
herself and Eve, but she was saying,
hide it not play well. All athletes
do it but she sets high standards
and she knows how important her role
is to support Eve, give Eve the
opportunities. When you start to
build an end like this, don't give
it away. The Britons still lying
two, with the two skips to go now.
It has been a real battle so far.
There's the team stats. Britain
doing well on the draw, Switzerland
better on takeouts.
better on takeouts. So, she just
wants to hit and roll in behind
those yellows. Maybe a bit thin,
this. It's going to keep going.
that one there I think, they could
have been sweeping on it more. But
of course it's now desperately
trying to get that hit and roll and
sometimes you can leave a stone too
much. So, opportunity back with us,
it is just where to go. Normally,
when you've got last stone, you want
to have your stones one on either
side, leave the 4ft open. But
because these two
because these two yellows are up,
you're just worried that Tirinzoni
is going to say, I'm just going to
to come round.
Isn't there a
temptation for Eve to set up, not a
trap but to try and sort of, you
know, give her a tempting shot that
she might not make when you're
sitting two with the chance of
Yeah, there is. This way I
guess you could come around the
front yellows first and as long as
she had to try and move it there may
be a chance that she flops of it and
you do have that chance for the
three. This way we're going out to
the wing and we are leaving it open.
The coach's advice was to make an
They're going to try and
bring this as far back as possible
to make the hit and roll worthless.
That's a good attempt. So, which one
is she going to go for? She has the
option of both, but I think if she
is due to get a roll... No, she's
going to go for I would have said
the easy one of the two. She could
go for the red on the right-hand
side and hit it and move it across
as a machine is higher up in the
house. This one is behind the 4ft
but she has chosen to go for this.
To get a roll into a position which
is going to count here, she's going
to have to catch this just right.
So, she is due to hit this kind of
as she is looking at it, left of
centre. And then it just roll in, if
she can. This is starting to turn a
little bit. It's going to be pretty
good, though. How far is that going
to go? It goes out. Just a bit too
hard. So, still lying shot and a
little chuckle almost two herself to
say, close! So, straightforward for
Eve Muirhead here to draw in for the
two. She's even got that... If she
were a tad heavy, she has even got
that yellow, depending on the line,
as a backstop. But I'm sure we will
see this pretty close to the 4ft
from Eve Muirhead, looking in good
form already this evening
from Eve Muirhead, looking in good
form already this evening. A few
union Jacks being fluttered around
the stands when the bit more sparse
than normally, because Korea not
playing this evening. The Korean
women have set this competition
alike with their play. Eve Muirhead,
then, you can see that little left
of the hand again, as she delivers
the stone, making sure she has let
go. They keep working this, just got
to bring it in.
Is this just going
to stop? Keep working it, keep
Just gets a little nick,
That was a combination of good
sweeping, perhaps not the best shot
laid out thereby Eve Muirhead, but
it was enough. And the flags starts
to fly. The families are in tonight,
the British contingent, and they
will be enjoying what is now seeing
so far. Great Britain pick up their
two and after six ends, they lead
5-3 over Switzerland, a match they
really have to win to give
themselves a good opportunity of
making it through into the
semifinals. That made me feel a bit
better and I think is now playing
pretty well. It is settled and calm,
Eve's making good shots...?
Definitely I'm seeing a much more
confident team out there today, for
sure. Even a couple of times when
Switzerland have asked a question of
us, we've actually answered it,
we've put the freezes on when
necessary, so really impressed by
the girls' play. May be that little
incident yesterday has just been
enough to shake them up and get them
out here in top form which they need
to be in.
If you weren't with us
earlier on, we heard Eve I think it
was in the second end chuckling to
her team-mates, saying, I let go of
that stone about a metre before the
hog line! After that stone when the
red lights came on in that match
against Sweden. Whether or not that
stone would have made any
difference, we don't know. But it
may have done. Nonetheless, it was
taken out of play, Britain lost that
match, Sweden went on to five wins,
and Britain found themselves in a
situation with just three. So it's
going to be a fight all of the way
now, they really could do with
winning all of the three matches
they have left, this one included.
The last match will be against
Canada. That will be tough. Canada
certainly beginning to find their
form, Rachel Hollman, the skip,
under an awful lot of pressure.
under an awful lot of pressure. I'm
looking down the ice, where is the
score? Still 9-3 to the USA after
six ends. That one must have been a
blank. Sweden nosing in front of
Japan, that looks like a tight one.
And similarly, Denmark against OAR,
Denmark pulled one back, it is now
5-4 in favour of OAR.
5-4 in favour of OAR. So, corner
guard. Lauren Gray came in with her
Go, go, go!
It has got to come right into the
That was a bit short, she
really needed to be on the
centreline, and probably in the
12ft, which is turquoise in the
Well, that's quite nice colour,
So, they're going to try and use
this corner guard now to get this
yellow behind, try and bury it right
in behind there. They of course want
to try and create their situation.
No legs on this one, either. Just
How often would the ice change in
the duration of a match? Would you
To be honest, sometimes
you will sense the ice change in the
latter stages of a game and it could
well be that we are on seven... The
pebble starts to come off and it
gets a little bit flat, so when that
happens it is harder, you've got to
put a little bit more weight on it
because it has got
because it has got less pebbly
service to run on. But the girls
will be clocking the weight all the
way through. She is constantly
keeping an eye on the weight so that
she can make adjustments as to how
much I saw how little ice she will
give her team.
That is a good effort
from Vicki Adams. -- as to how much
ice or how little ice she will give
her team. As you're probably aware,
in curling, the hammer, the last
stone advantage, it is not a bad
idea to have it in the sixth, eighth
and tenth, the even ends, if the
scoring does go with the hammer.
That is Britain's favour at the
Yeah, it would be really
nice if we could try and force
Switzerland only to one here, and
then have the hammer going into the
eighth. The girls are playing well
enough at the moment, so let's see
how things go.
That's a nice shot,
just... That red goes out and they
just help to sweep that stone
across. Didn't quite get it over all
away, so Eve can get to this.
that's a clever shot, is now trying
to utilise the corner at every
opportunity. So, at the moment
they've got two yellows in behind
there. They won't be worried at the
moment. It is not about rushing to
the centre. It's about placement.
STEVE CRAM: Screaming down the ice,
Eve Muirhead, the skip, asking them
to keep working on it. They just had
a little luck there, see how it was
going. Just catches that one on the
way. And they're easy to shift, by
the looks of it. If that red moved a
little further over it would have
been better but you can see, she's
got a clear line into it. As Jackie
was saying, that sort of looks good
at this point from a British aspect
if, two in there.
Yeah, but if
Switzerland play this stone well, we
could be lying three again. --
British perspective. That is the
whole strategy of this game. The
Swiss team really wanted to put the
corners on so that if they get the
opportunity to give the centre
shots, then they will do.
Manuela Siegrist, who normally would
be playing third, has been moved
down to second, and just picks one
out. That's not bad.
out. That's not bad. Sitting in a
fortuitous position for Great
I thought she might
have played a little bit heavier
weight to that to try and remove
both of them. But what she's done
now is left double here for Great
That double, down to Anna Sloan.
Yeah, those big Lou eyes of Anna
Sloan watching intently here. Has
been playing well tonight, just not
catching that right, though. Little
apology to her skip.
So, Tirinzoni just deciding how she
is deal this to develop. She will
wants to respond with her two.
wants to respond with her two.
she has to get this red on the
right-hand side and maybe get in
behind her yellow corners, because
if she tries to go the other way
she's going to jam it on her own.
Yep, that's the call.
the other way. Just coming up to
have a look, Neuenschwander, to see
what it looks like - it always looks
different from the other end.
Manuela Siegrist, who used to play
these shots, will be in third.
Hasn't been playing too badly. It is
actually the lead, Marlene Albrecht,
who has got the worst of their
stats. But Esther Neuenschwander,
last couple of ends, hasn't been
quite so accurate.
A little look of puzzlement. It has
all gone quiet. Very quiet. I don't
know why. It just catches enough of
it. That has been pushed out into a
better position for Great Britain.
It slid over. It is still counting
and it is also behind that red that
is out in front.
The girls are lying in one shot at
the moment but hoping to take this
yellow out wide as well to put
pressure on Switzerland.
little half shots, that one promised
Esther Neuenschwander, and things
just changed slightly again. This
needs to be good though. This could
be good. Nicely played. It just
hangs on there.
You always know when Anna is happy.
You no she was has a big smile on
her face. Exactly. I think she
should be. This team are working
well together tonight. A long way to
go to win this but I think the main
thing is just keep the pressure on
the opposition, just keep asking
them to make shots and make it more
difficult shots and the pressure
will obviously tell. This is a match
that Switzerland must win. If they
do not win this their chances of
staying in the competition or
certainly of advancing to the
semifinals is pretty much gone. They
would have had five defeats. They
have had four so far and just two
wins. They are a good team.
well tight and it will catch the
garden tap afternoon.
We have three
in there now.
in there now. The Swiss stone stayed
out in front as well. It is fairly
clear but with all of these red
stones in their...
If we go here, I
don't like leaving a triple. What if
we tell to hear? We can't stop
Almost spoiled for
choice to some extent. Two or three
stones ago you would not have seen
this situation developing.
leaving her triple Dunleavy Jerez
three. -- freeze. -- better leaving
her a triple banner leaving her a
freeze. Leave it further than that.
Always make a very good point. It is
absolutely fine to say, what if I
come right there? If you get right
there it is a brilliant shot but
there was always in the back of your
mind that what if you go a little
bit short or long the? What then?
What happens then?
What is the best?
I think she wants to be in the
house, she doesn't want it to be too
short and actually what Vicki said
isn't a bad call, why don't you just
leave her the triple because at the
moment I don't think she is capable
of playing it but then you might
kick yourself if she makes it but
you have to assume that your
opposition are going to make the
shot so try and make it as difficult
as possible or leave them the shot
that they don't want to play.
think also at the beginning of the
end you might say to yourself, give
them the one, the forced one, and
that is a great result but obviously
this is developing into...
want to force the one then we have
to come into the house. If we are
too high then we leave them the
opportunity of maybe coming and
This is coming all the
way. Tier too far. That was my
point, if you play for whatever
reason, and that is a bit of a
surprise because Eve was playing
very well, and now there is a bit of
a nest there and she has the option
to come right on top of that if she
wanted to. She has got two stones
left so she is trying to manipulate
a position where she is lying shot
and hopefully that then cannot be
improved upon. You need a bitter
We have just made it a
lot easier for Switzerland now.
Anywhere in the 12 foot or that
white part of the circle, the eight
foot, was where we wanted to be but
that ran about six foot more than it
was needing to.
It is frustrating.
It is saying their 100% accuracy on
the drawers as well. She has played
a couple of nice shots, more than a
couple, but let's see if she is 100%
here. She is a big target to aim at,
those two red stones.
those two red stones. It is still
turning and it might just catch one.
It is looking like a good shot. Is
it over? No, she is a good shot
there. They are just seeing if there
is any movement there. It is
possible if she sits on top of it.
What you want to do here is prevent
the two by almost freezing on top of
that so your stone cannot be moved.
Essentially what Tirinzoni has done
Right on the face of it,
right on the nose because if you are
off angle at all she is just going
to hit them and the yellow will
Here is what is going to
happen here, the worse that is going
to happen is they would get two and
we will get tied up. She could get
one or we could steal. Anything
could happen in the next two
Tony never smiles at all
down there. He's the national coach
and he's just sitting there with his
arms folded. He is very stern.
absolute right, I've seen walking
around at night any prowls around
the eyes when they are sending the
stones down and it is a bit scary.
Glen and Kelly have a much more...
Actually, you are not really paying
attention to your coaches on the
bench but you definitely want to
have them looking like they are
interested in the game and they look
This has got a chance.
She is saying it is a big heavy and
it will bounce off.
Looks like a
Bring it in, all the
way, bring it right in.
That is a
fantastic shot. That is a cracker
That is a brilliant shot
from Eve Muirhead. She has played
three or four already in this match
and making life very difficult for
Her mum and her uncle are
all standing up and waving
the British flag up there, that is
They have got a great view,
they are right above the house at
that end. Just a little nudge back
and it sits shot. It has got that
yellow, of course, captain there but
it means that British red cannot
really be shifted there. That is
going to jam up against the yellow.
What is she trying to do here? Does
she think she can move it a bit?
Yes, she's going to try and trace
and granite down at this and try and
spin the read out to the right-hand
side. She might lose her shooter
though, we will see what happens.
Tirinzoni trying to respond here. A
great spot -- shot from Eve
Muirhead. Does she have enough
business? Bullets bring that out?
She has. Goodness me!
shot, my goodness. She hit that
sweet as not. Two to Switzerland
despite the efforts of Eve Muirhead,
a superb response from the Swiss
We are all tied up again, two
for them in the seventh end and it
is 5-5. Get your two, get your two,
says Eve. We have a great match,
very similar this match to the one
which the men played against Denmark
this morning, actually this
afternoon, excuse me. I never get
outside, I never know if it is night
or morning! Lights are always on at
the curling. That was a great shot.
Yes, that was two really nice stones
by both skips and at hopefully that
has not knocked the wind out of the
sails of Team GB because I thought
we were looking really good having
sat that Stone right at the front.
Eve played a cracker but Tirinzoni
followed it up with a wonderful shot
to get two.
Yes, this is turning
into the battle of the skips here,
both of them are playing very well.
Both teams are trying to help to set
Marlene Albrecht is the lead for
Switzerland and we move into the
eight sending Britain the hammer.
Scores elsewhere, USA are now 10-3
up against China and Sweden are 3-2
up against Japan and OAR are almost
a dead rubber really that one, OAR
in Denmark 5-4. That is to OAR.
You can see the difference between
the two leads there, that is a
decent shot that Marlene Albrecht
play this time but it has been
Lauren Gray who has been more
consistent, is looking to put up a
corner guard here. Set this eighth
end up nicely.
really good. Hard, and.
That was a nice shot
from Lauren Gray. It is worked
really hard to get it covered and
that Freegard 's own area.
Switzerland put a short guard on to
start with and now they are going to
try and come around it. This
actually if it comes into far will
come at the other side. There was a
huge swing there and it has done
Yes, she has struggled a
little bit, the Swiss lead. Her team
haven't suffered too much because of
that but she is definitely playing
one good one and one in different
one. Lauren Gray has been much more
Hard. Hard. Harder!
She's to get
past that God and then... She
doesn't get the rolling but takes
that one out. Great Britain have the
hammer here and they just want to
try and build this situation. When
you get down to the eighth and ninth
and tenth ends there was always the
option of blanking in or two.
You reach a point in any of these
ends where that is not a
possibility, depending on how the
Nobody getting the role.
They are going to keep trying.
So the eighth end is all
tied up and it all looks very even
here as Eve Muirhead knows she has a
lot of work to do but plenty of
opportunities still to come. Three
Ten ends total and if the score is
still tied after ten they will play
an extra end. This is a must win
game per Great Britain against
Switzerland. It is very tight to
decide who will be the last ball
teams left in those four will go
through to the semifinals and the
medal deciding matches for the
curling but join us for the
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