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BBC One Day 11: Christie in Speed Skating Qualifying

09:15-13:00: Clare Balding hosts live coverage from day 11, including the 1,000m speed skating preliminary heats, the women's bobsleigh, biathlon, Nordic combined and ice hockey.


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And again, turmoil for Christie.

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And again, turmoil for Christie.

I

can't believe that. She has been

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penalised again.

Elise Christie gets

the chance to race for gold. A

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nation holds its breath.

Christie

tries to make it on the inside and

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she crashes out. Christie is out of

that once again.

Elise Christie,

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trying to get to the Olympic final.

She has crashed again on the final

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bend, yet again she ends up in a

distraught heap

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The Olympic flame burning brightly

in Pyeongchang on day 11 of these

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Winter Games and a fire in Elise

Christie's belly means she is out on

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the ice, hoping to skate in this

morning's heats of the 1000 metre.

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She suffered a nasty ankle injury

after crashed a night of Saturday's

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1500 metres semifinals and after

spending some time in visible

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discomfort the 27-year-old left the

Gangwang Ice Arena in tears on a

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stretcher after her bid for a first

Olympic medal once again ended in

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despair. You she is this morning in

the 1000 metre heats, hopefully

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later on, she has been on the ice

practising today and in an hour's

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time we expect to see her on the

start line. She is going in the

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fifth heat. Let us get the news from

the camp. The performance direct for

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short track speed skating is Stuart

Blanco. -- is Stewart Laing. The

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news is that a lease is going to try

and raise. What does that mean

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western market we've worked really

hard over the last two days to get

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into the position she is in now and

what we have said all the way

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through is that we take each step as

it comes.

She is heading an here,

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going to get on the warm up ice, see

how her ankle is, and make a

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decision after that.

If you were to

assess her fitness in percentage

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terms for the layperson, where we

did he?

Good question, we don't work

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in percentages like that. I would

say she is strong, able to do the

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majority of the things we would be

looking for in the thousand metres

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and I would say she is probably

going to take to the ice around

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80-90% fitness.

Our Uihlein lead to

look at her when she gets the ice

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and say she is 80-90% and say we

will give it a go, what you have to

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be satisfied with?

Do be fair, the

decision is with her, we have done

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the medical reviews up at HQ, the

performance and medical team are

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happy with where she is out, now

it's a confidence and safety thing

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which is why she will come down, get

onto the warm up ice and we will

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reassess and make sure the ankle is

OK and then we will take it from

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there.

How is she? She seems quite

chirpy on social media, is she well

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mentally?

Absolutely, you know what

she is like, her usual playful self,

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she's been on social media, wishing

all the other Team GB members good

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luck and well done but their

performances, she was singing on the

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eyes this morning in training, she's

in the best place that she can be.

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That is good news for all her fans

and good news for her friends, Sarah

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Lindsay was part of the short track

speed skating family for over a

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decade, you've known her since she

was 15, she came down from Scotland,

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left school, set herself up in

Nottingham, what is your ink of the

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situation?

Firstly how amazing she

is back on the ice after being

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stretchered off on Saturday, she has

an amazing support team, and they've

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got her back on today, she skated

this morning and she feels good.

In

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this day and age, the way athletes

communicate with the public is not

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through press officers, is through

the medium of social media and this

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is what she had to say today.

To

everyone, at I'm just about to go

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and try and compete, I skated this

morning for the first time and it

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went quite well considering the

circumstances. I'm looking forward

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to seeing if I can get out there

today, and like to thank everyone

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who helped me get to this point and

everyone for their support back

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home.

She was smiling, she was

singing on the eyes this morning,

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this is remarkable, isn't it?

She's

tough, she has one race today, she

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has to get out there and get through

the race, she's not going to be 100%

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but that gets very today she buys

herself a couple of extra days

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recovery before she has to scape the

quarters and semis and the final on

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Thursday. Let's head out to the

arena.

Wilf O'Reilly will be the

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expert analyst. He can join us now.

We'll 80-90% be good enough to get

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through her heat?

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through her heat?

I would have

thought so, on paper she should get

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through quite comfortable, she is in

the fifth heat, she will know what's

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happened at the races prior to her

heat, getting through first second

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will qualify, 80-90% should be

sufficient even though it's an

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Olympic first round.

Who else should

we look out for?

I think at the

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moment, the Chinese are having a

real disaster games. The first time

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there's never been a Chinese skater

in the final. They will be looking

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to make amends. The Canadian timber

town has had a medal in the 500

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metres and the 1500 and I think

Choi, she was looking amazing in the

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1500. Quite a large pool of people

that could take medals on Thursday

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and as there is said, if Elise

Christie skates today she will buy

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herself another 48 hours' time to go

into the quarterfinals on Thursday.

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You've seen her, I assume today, how

do you think she is looking?

She

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looked quite comfortable, the 1000

metres, I say, it's an elongated

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Sprint, the start would be quite

important, I think that is where the

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problem is going to be, to be able

to start comfortably and get on the

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pace run the word go.

I'm assuming

we can definitively said she will

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start because they were telling us

earlier if they were going to pull

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her out they would have had to have

said by 9am our time which would be

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25 minutes ago.

That's right,

ultimately she could not show up on

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the start line, she would get a did

not finish, it's called that she has

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to make herself, does she feel

confident and comfortable enough,

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all the medal support team are quite

happy that it's not going to be a

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long-term injury if she skates.

Just

a word on Charlotte Gilmartin and

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Kat Thomson, Charlotte has had two

heavy falls, is she in a physical

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and mental state, and good enough to

get through?

Again, on paper, I

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think both of the skaters are quite

comfortably capable of getting

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through to the next round, it is the

Olympic Games. One of the things in

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the Olympics that is different from

the World Championships, the World

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Championships is an accumulation of

points, the Olympics is a one-off

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hit and unfortunately it hasn't been

going too well so far.

Thank you, we

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will hear you in commentary and we

will be joining many of those heats

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to give you the full story. Sarah,

from the point of view of someone

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who understands short track speed

skating and has been in these

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situations with heavy crashes,

trying to get up, to skate with

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pain, when do you feel it and how

does it affect you, do you feel it

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at the start?

The ankle problem is

going to be at the start of the

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race, there is a lot more impact,

luckily this is not 500 metres, the

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start in the 1000, it's important to

get into a good position early on

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but she has great speed and she

can't make moves and can overtake,

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even if she's not 100% from the

start it is not crucial.

She is

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going to be in-line two, the way

she's been skating, I remember you

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said in the semis you felt she was

leaving it a bit too late and

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therefore got herself into a slight

panicky situation which ended up in

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the crash. Would you rather she

simplify things?

I think for her in

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the next race she needs to skate

clean, get through and I think if

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she makes an early move and gets to

the front, takes control of the

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race, she is going to lead in and

coast through quite nicely.

The 500

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metres, ad is really frightening,

the 1500, she sort of dismissed, all

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the way she's been saying 1000 is my

aim.

Yes, she likes the thousand

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metres, considers at her best

distance but I really think we need

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to look at one race at a time and be

happy that she has recovered so

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quickly from a nasty crash and she's

back on the ice which is great.

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Exactly, incredibly impressive.

We'll hear more from Sarah later,

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here are some of the other names to

look out for this morning.

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look out for this morning.

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As we mentioned, 22-year-old Kat

Thomson fighting for a place in the

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quarterfinals, Charlotte Gilmartin

has had two two events. Huge day for

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both curling the men face the fancy

pants of Norway and the women got

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the game is back on track with a win

against Japan, we've should you a

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record-breaking ice dance

competition as two of the very best

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went head-to-head and the costumes

stayed intact. Mica McNeill and make

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a more who have been helped by cried

funding campaign are the only

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British arbours and will be live for

the wrong this morning and we will

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see how the Jamaican bobsleigh team

there. The coach but, taking the Bob

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with them but they are by contract,

literally. Nigeria, the first

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African nation to compete in

bobsleigh are there too. We'll catch

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up on the latest in a curling in

case you weren't up in the early

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hours, the men and women from

Britain had crucial qualifying

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matches, we

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Britain had crucial qualifying

matches, we look at the ice dancing

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before going to the short track

speed skating. All the great British

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women in action. The fast and

furious 500 metres men's qualifying

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and we will see the gold decider in

the 3000 metres relay for the women.

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Catching up on everything else. We

will head onto BBC Two after 1pm,

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concentrating on the women's

bobsleigh and ice hockey.

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And the news from ice hockey, the

men's ice hockey player from

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Slovenia Seagate year glitch has

tested positive for a banned

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substance. The Court of Arbitration

for Sport confirmed he tested

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positive for fenoterol, a drug which

opens up the airways, he has

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accepted it and will leave the

Olympics within 24 hours.

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Olympics within 24 hours. Three

Olympic old medallists, Torvill and

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Dean which is wonderful.

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Olympic old medallists, Torvill and

Dean which is wonderful. Rhona

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mentioning the drugs story with the

Slovenian ice hockey star.

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Slovenian ice hockey star. -- Ziga

Jeglic. It looks as if the athletes

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might lose the medals, a drug, Maria

Sharapova tested was a dearth for,

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meldonium. What is that men to do? I

have no idea! LAUGHTER I would not

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have a clue, once the B sample is

in, they will make a decision.

The

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Russian athletes were all to be

clean, you know.

It helps with the

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insurance, that drug, doesn't it?

It

may not help but the actual sport

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you are playing it's all about

training and getting ready for it.

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Absolutely. But as appointing, given

that the Olympic Athletes from

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Russia are supposed to be clean.

Given everything that we have gone

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through to get to this point, it's

disappointing.

His wife will be

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furious. She knows it's her bronze

level as well and that is not good

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news. Let's have a look at the

standings. This is one of the

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biggest days or British curling, bar

none, here is work the British men

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were willing into their game today

and in very good third place, to be

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honest. Playing really well, Kyle

Smith in his rink, getting stronger,

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joint third with Canada. But they

did need another good result and

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they were up against Norway and

Rhona, you called Norway... Fancy

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pants. They were very exciting

trousers. With the hammer in the

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first end, Kyle Smith with this shot

to take three.

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first end, Kyle Smith with this shot

to take three.

Yes, an open draw for

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three, not a hard shot, Norway just

did not make the shot in the first

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end. What an opportunity for

Britain. Open draw for three, thank

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you.

The start, going 3-0 up, into

the second end, Norway with the

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hammer.

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Yes, so again just struggling in

this game to get off the mark. And

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he is saying, come on, do it more.

And he caught the top one, and gave

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Britain won, so 4-0 up for Great

Britain.

So that is pretty close. Do

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they have to get the measuring stick

out? Great Britain had stolen one,

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so they went 4-0 up into the fourth

Ed.

And again, going into this

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fourth end, it is so imported from

Britain to score when they have got

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their last stone and keep that

advantage of the lead. So again,

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really nice shot from Kyle. Just a

wee Nick, and perfect for Britain.

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And into ends six with Great Britain

now leading 6-3, and this was pretty

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impressive.

Again, Norway trying to

throw

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throw everything at them again,

Britain had the hammer and yet

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again, a great shot from Kyle, the

draw for three. And thanks very

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much.

And 9-3 is a really big lead.

Norway carried on.

They did.

But

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they needed something massive to

happen here.

Yes, throwing

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everything at it, trying to score a

big end to get back in the game, and

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it just wasn't working for Thomas

Ulsrud today, everything he tried,

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he struggled.

And that pushes the

red right into the centre of the

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house, so it gives Great Britain the

steel. Under that point, Norway

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conceded. So, the handshakes were

made, and that means Great Britain

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are now into second equal with

Canada and Switzerland, so looking

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really safe. One more round robin

match left against the USA. Would

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you expect them to win that anyway?

Certainly the way the boys are

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playing, definitely.

Sweden have

already qualified, eight matches,

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just one loss. But the Great Britain

men getting stronger as the

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competition goes on?

They are

definitely gaining in confidence,

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their shot play is much more

accurate, they are making a few half

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shots before but now they are really

on top of it. The ice is winning

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more with the stones being sounded a

little, and the boys are playing

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well and looking confident.

Rhona

was saying earlier on, the question

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she was asked on Radio 2 by Chris

Evans. What did he ask you?

Can you

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curl on skating ice? Because there

are quite a few skating rinks in

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England...

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are quite a few skating rinks in

England...

Sacrilegious! For the

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curlers, that is. They need the ice

very smooth. We have turned up at a

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curling before saying could we just

get our feet on the ice, and they

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gasp. No we.

Torvill and Dean, get

out of here, you can't skate on our

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ice! Let's have a look at the

women's standings. Many people may

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have woken up to see Eve Muirhead in

action, and again, with the women,

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they have had their ups and downs,

they had a really unlucky incident

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against Sweden with a hog line

violation against Muirhead. But

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basically they needed a win. It

would settle the nerves and leave

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their fate in their own hands. It

was against Japan, and they have had

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a very good game so far. But at the

end of ends six with the scores dead

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level, what happens here?

They had

taken three, Japan, and Britain had

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fought back well.

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taken three, Japan, and Britain had

fought back well. They had fought

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back and really went for it in the

sixth end, but they don't have the

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hammer. But Japan are lying, and

they have got that second and third

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counter, so it is so important for

Eve to lie second shot, which she

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does perfectly behind cover.

So the

Japanese skip now needs to do what?

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She could lift this double to take a

three, which I feel is a turning

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point in the game, because it

certainly turned it in Britain's

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favour now, because they swept this

the whole way and just further the

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guard.

And that knocked it off line,

and meant that Britain stole.

They

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had a steal. To steal three is a

massive point in the six then.

Japan

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got right back in on their tails

again, Britain now leading 6-5 with

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the hammer in the eighth.

And this

is where Japan set up the end well,

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they are actually lying three at

this point, and this is a key shot

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Eve

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this point, and this is a key shot

Eve.

And again, you want to not

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touch that guard, which she doesn't.

And she comes in and that the yellow

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back and lies in the shot, and that

is fantastic there. It really puts

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the pressure on Japan.

So, into the

tenth end, Britain now with 85-

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lead. -- now with an 8-5 lead.

And

open take out, just needs to put it

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anywhere and she has won the game.

Perfect. So, a little edgy at times

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from both skips, but some great shot

play by the British team, and

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another win on the board.

And you

sense that the more urgent it gets,

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the better Eve Muirhead plays. Great

Britain up to third equal now with

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Japan. South Korea, the host nation,

have already qualified, so it is

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semifinals next and that will decide

who goes into the gold medal match

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and who goes into the bronze medal

match, but Great Britain have one

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more match against Canada, who are

struggling.

Absolutely, they lost

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the first three and won the next

three, but they lost this morning,

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so they are on a sticky wicket right

now, they know they have Britain to

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play, Rachel Homan and Eve Muirhead

have played a lot of games against

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each other and they know each other

well.

New light on what is their

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head-to-head record?

It is pretty

even, I don't know exact numbers. So

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this game coming up is a big game,

more sofa Canada than Britain.

I

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know how supportive all of those

Olympic athletes are to each other,

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and I know Eve Muirhead and all the

guys will be sending all their

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positive vibes towards Elise

Christie. She really does look happy

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on the exercise bike. I think the

relief that that soft tissue damage,

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it might hurt, but it is not going

to prevent her skating, and she will

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be out there in heat five of the

1000 metres at around about quarter

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past ten this morning, that is a

remarkable recovery facility who was

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taken off on a stretcher after the

semifinals of the 1500m and thought

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that her were over. She is looking

very strong, so let's just hope, to

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be honest, it is time for her luck

to turn, please? Right, let us

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discuss the record-breaking ice

dance competition, which after the

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short programme now moved into the

free programme. For in a half

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minutes for the two best couples in

the world to freely express

0:23:000:23:05

themselves, and you can see that the

French pair had such trouble there,

0:23:050:23:10

because

0:23:100:23:17

because Gabriela's dress had a

trouble which stopped producing her

0:23:170:23:21

best, they were up against Tessa

Virtue and Scott Moir. Let's join

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Robin Cousins and Katherine Downes.

COMMENTATOR: This is the ice dance

0:23:260:23:30

free dance here at the Gangneung Ice

Arena, and we will see gold, silver

0:23:300:23:37

and bronze handed out on this final

day of the Olympic competition.

0:23:370:23:41

Silver medal position at the moment

for the two-time world champions

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Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume

Cizeron, the reigning European

0:23:460:23:51

champions, and they are less than

two points behind Tessa Virtue and

0:23:510:23:55

Scott Moir, who lead the way at the

moment. That wardrobe malfunction,

0:23:550:23:59

her dress falling off during the

performance yesterday, really

0:23:590:24:06

knocked them, but still less than a

point in it.

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APPLAUSE

0:28:130:28:15

Its silky, it's smooth, it's

sublime. From the off, this was

0:28:220:28:26

billed as a battle for goal between

them at their training partners,

0:28:260:28:31

Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue.

Papadakis and Cizeron saying, be

0:28:310:28:39

that.

Individually strong, good,

solid skaters. Together, it's

0:28:390:28:45

special, and that's what happens.

The music will start and then you

0:28:450:28:49

see, and it is the detail for me,

even the way the fingers intertwined

0:28:490:28:55

in the opening move, it just draws

you in, come answer your attention.

0:28:550:29:01

And they feel every moment that they

are together, there is that

0:29:010:29:06

connection.

0:29:060:29:13

connection.

A new season's best, a

new world

0:29:130:29:26

new world record, 123.35. And it is

going to be a very big ask now for

0:29:260:29:30

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to claim

their second Olympic title. Tessa

0:29:300:29:38

Virtue and Scott Moir, then, the

world champions, the 2010 Olympic

0:29:380:29:43

champions, in the gold medal

position coming into this free

0:29:430:29:46

dance, but they are going to be

extraordinary if they want to win

0:29:460:29:51

this gold medal. They are going to

need to beat the new world record

0:29:510:29:55

laid down by Gabriella Papadakis and

Guillaume Cizeron just two routines

0:29:550:29:59

ago.

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CHEERING

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CHEERING

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CHEERING

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CHEERING

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It's brilliant but is it enough for

Olympic old?

0:34:110:34:14

The world champions from Canada.

They wanted to deliver and they

0:34:140:34:20

certainly did! I tell you, I am

looking at the screen is trying to

0:34:200:34:26

do the maths and it is tight at the

top. Goodness me.

They know they

0:34:260:34:33

could not have done any more. Tessa

Burchill and Scott Boyer had no

0:34:330:34:39

wriggle room, there was nothing for

them to play with, they could not

0:34:390:34:43

leave it out on the ice.

They

didn't, they absolutely smashed it.

0:34:430:34:50

-- Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. They

have done it!

The comeback is

0:34:500:34:57

complete. Silver in Sochi four years

ago, they took two years away from

0:34:570:35:05

competition, they returned to win

World Championship gold last year

0:35:050:35:11

and now it's Olympic gold!

Absolutely thrilling. Phenomenal.

0:35:110:35:21

Amazing champions, an amazing

performer is! Yes, very different to

0:35:210:35:25

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume

Cizeron. These two are supreme.

I

0:35:250:35:34

don't think we could have skated any

better and with the pressure

0:35:340:35:38

mounting we sort of felt the weight

of the world as we took to the ice

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and we looked at each other and

said, let's skate for us, we deserve

0:35:410:35:46

this already and we love this

programme, least we were able to do

0:35:460:35:49

that.

He went into the programme

knowing you needed a massive

0:35:490:35:55

performance to beat a world record

scorer.

We train with Gaby and her

0:35:550:36:07

partner, we had to come out hungry

and have our day we did that, that's

0:36:070:36:13

what we are most proud of, a lot of

things can go different ways, we

0:36:130:36:17

stuck to our plan, we are proud to

come out of this competition with a

0:36:170:36:20

gold.

When you do a world record

performance and you don't get the

0:36:200:36:24

gold, what do you feel about that?

You know, it's... It's sport, it's

0:36:240:36:31

like that. What is done is done, the

points are what they are, we are

0:36:310:36:39

proud of what we did today. We had

such a good feeling on the ice, it

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was one of the most incredible

experiences we have ever had so far.

0:36:440:36:49

We are just really trying to enjoy

that.

What a competition. And for

0:36:490:36:55

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, there

are third Olympic gold medal, they

0:36:550:37:01

won one in the team competition in

Pyeongchang, in Vancouver in front

0:37:010:37:05

of their home crowd but this, the

tightest of the lot, you see the

0:37:050:37:09

brother and sister payer, Maia

Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, only

0:37:090:37:18

the second brother and sister

pairing to get the medal. Who were

0:37:180:37:24

the others? It was a French team. I

have always loved the Canadian

0:37:240:37:33

pairing, the fact they happen

dancing and skating together since

0:37:330:37:36

they were kids, over 20 years, this

was the gold medal winning

0:37:360:37:40

performance in Vancouver, a huge

moment for Canada. They got beaten

0:37:400:37:44

in Sochi, retired, came back again

and the only player that have beaten

0:37:440:37:50

them are Gabriella Papadakis and

Guillaume Cizeron. This was billed

0:37:500:37:55

as the big clash and they were so

far clear up the bronze medallist,

0:37:550:37:59

it was about a big two.

Amazing

event, I got tingles watching both

0:37:590:38:06

performances, completely different

styles of skating. The French

0:38:060:38:11

pairing have that beautiful clarity

of line, almost like ballet and then

0:38:110:38:15

you have the drama, the emotion that

Scott and Tessa bring to the ice.

0:38:150:38:20

Those two styles were completely

different. It was a choice. The

0:38:200:38:26

judges are looking at it technically

and artistically and in actual fact,

0:38:260:38:34

Gaby, they won the free dance but it

was all to do with the short dance,

0:38:340:38:39

but sort of lost them the medal

because they were just one and a

0:38:390:38:43

half points behind and it was so

tight in the free dance. That was

0:38:430:38:46

the result at the end.

I have to ask

you, Chris, it was so dramatic when

0:38:460:38:53

she stood on her partner's legs when

he was squatting, surely the blades

0:38:530:38:57

heard their legs.

It does, trust me.

I stood on his legs a few times.

But

0:38:570:39:04

it's all about holding tone.

You two

love this routine. Beautiful to

0:39:040:39:11

watch, fluid, organic. And you could

just watch it and not worry about

0:39:110:39:16

anything happening. No dress

malfunction today, it was just,

0:39:160:39:22

yes...

We have an empathy with these

guys, I have worked with them on

0:39:220:39:29

their short dance, such a lovely

couple, very gentle, good sense of

0:39:290:39:34

humour, their style of skating is

not representative of them because

0:39:340:39:37

they are good-humoured and fund but

the quality of skating is second to

0:39:370:39:42

none.

Robin Cousins said and

commentary when they stayed together

0:39:420:39:46

something special happens.

Yes, they

have a special aura about them and I

0:39:460:39:52

think they don't realise it, do

they, how good they are?

Would you

0:39:520:39:56

say the reason they didn't win the

gold-medal, Tessa Virtue and Scott

0:39:560:40:08

Moir won the free dance, they lost

it because her dress broke.

That's

0:40:080:40:13

taking it away from Scott and Tessa,

they had an amazing performance.

0:40:130:40:17

What they have done for skating is

amazing but look at the clinically,

0:40:170:40:21

it all happened in that short dance.

It did, didn't it? As for Nick

0:40:210:40:27

Buckland and Penny Coomes, they have

done so well to get here to

0:40:270:40:31

Pyeongchang, you think they'll be

happy enough with their performance,

0:40:310:40:35

making it through to the free,

finishing 11th?

I think for them,

0:40:350:40:39

they would have liked to have

finished higher but given the

0:40:390:40:43

adversity they have had with pennies

bashing her kneecap in eight lasers,

0:40:430:40:48

Nick has had his heart issues, a

couple of years before that, getting

0:40:480:40:53

to this Olympics is an Olympic event

in itself. -- Penny smashing her

0:40:530:40:59

kneecap in eight places.

Given the

issues they had, is there another

0:40:590:41:07

Olympics in them?

I think they have

decided, this is the third Olympics,

0:41:070:41:12

isn't it?

You know what? Never say

never. That is a neighbour. We

0:41:120:41:21

thought that after 84 and you know,

ten years later, we said, let's give

0:41:210:41:26

it another go.

Crazy people! It can

happen. For a Tessa and Scott, they

0:41:260:41:33

have been skating together such a

long time, the comeback has worked,

0:41:330:41:37

two gold medals from these games,

look at how young they were. My

0:41:370:41:41

goodness.

Nine and six. It's

endearing, in competition now a lot

0:41:410:41:49

of people change partners but to see

these guys from such an early age

0:41:490:41:53

staying together for that length of

time, it clearly helps.

They are 28

0:41:530:41:59

and 30, that's not ancient.

No, no,

it shows the passion they have for

0:41:590:42:03

it to be determined to come back and

not finish where they were as silver

0:42:030:42:08

medallists, they wanted to get back

to being gold medallist.

Third

0:42:080:42:12

Olympics, we were 35... It would be

a third gold medal but a fourth

0:42:120:42:18

Olympics.

How old did you say you

were?

35.

0:42:180:42:26

were?

35. I wasn't!

She was older! I

knew he was going to do that. Thank

0:42:260:42:32

you both so much, thrilling

competition, dutiful to see that

0:42:320:42:35

level.

Elevated to such a high

level.

Do you fancy it, run?

I love

0:42:350:42:44

watching it, so

0:42:440:42:45

level.

Do you fancy it, run?

I love

watching it, so dramatic, but not

0:42:450:42:45

for me, thanks.

An awful lot of

skaters in different disciplines

0:42:450:42:51

started off as skaters which is what

Elise Christie did, she got fed up

0:42:510:42:56

with the judging process, and she

wanted to switch to a sport work she

0:42:560:43:01

could control the outcome, she chose

short track, we have seen you can't

0:43:010:43:06

always control bad, she will be

skating on the 1000 metre heats,

0:43:060:43:11

taking to the ice in around 15

minutes for her heat, she's just got

0:43:110:43:15

to survive nine laps of the track

and through we hope, to the

0:43:150:43:20

semifinals

0:43:200:43:21

and through we hope, to the

semifinals on Thursday. We will also

0:43:210:43:22

have the keys of the men's 500

metres and the first-run of the

0:43:220:43:27

women's bobsleigh, a British team in

that, Mica McNeill and Mica Moore,

0:43:270:43:31

help from a cramped funding project

to get out there. Cars help from a

0:43:310:43:37

crowdfunding project. We will

concentrate on short track speed

0:43:370:43:42

skating and women's Bobsleigh.

0:43:420:43:45

skating and women's Bobsleigh.

0:43:450:43:47

COMMENTATOR: they've gone done.

Turmoil from Christie. I can't

0:43:560:44:03

believe it. Christie has been

penalised again.

Elise Christie gets

0:44:030:44:08

the chance to race for gold.

A

nation holds its breath.

Christie

0:44:080:44:15

tries to make it on the inside, she

crashes out. Christie is out once

0:44:150:44:20

again.

Elise Christie to get into

the Olympic final. Christie has

0:44:200:44:26

crashed again on the final bend, yet

again she ends up in a distraught

0:44:260:44:30

heap on the floor.

0:44:300:44:37

And I think it's fair to say these

Winter Olympics have shown us all

0:44:380:44:42

too clearly that with every glorious

winner comes the despair of those

0:44:420:44:46

who lose. Elise Christie has had

more than her fair share of that

0:44:460:44:49

feeling. Penny Coomes and Nick

Buckland are going out to support

0:44:490:44:55

her, and in the next 15 minutes we

will see her back on that ice,

0:44:550:44:59

because she knows that sport and

indeed life doesn't always go to

0:44:590:45:02

plan. It's how you deal with the

setbacks that defines you, and Elise

0:45:020:45:07

Christie is saying, fine, I can do

this, and just wonderful to see her

0:45:070:45:12

smiling, happy, laughing ahead of

her heat on the bike, and there she

0:45:120:45:17

is heading out into the prerace

area. Do they call it a hotbox?

The

0:45:170:45:29

heat box.

And maybe what has

happened actually freeze Elise up

0:45:290:45:39

mentally, because she has nothing to

prove, just by being out there,

0:45:390:45:43

being fit enough and strong enough

to line up in her heat, she can

0:45:430:45:46

think of anything else that happens

is a bonus.

She can be happy that

0:45:460:45:50

she is just back out on the ice and

it didn't end on Saturday for her.

0:45:500:45:54

John, hello, good morning. What is

your take on what you would like to

0:45:540:46:00

see from Elise Christie and indeed

Charlotte Gilmartin and Cap Thompson

0:46:000:46:06

in these heats?

I think it is about

getting up to the front of the race,

0:46:060:46:12

there was talk about how well Elise

would get off the start with the

0:46:120:46:18

ankle, but I want to see the girls

get up there, it is quick from the

0:46:180:46:25

start, they need to be as soon as

possible and it will keep all of our

0:46:250:46:28

nerves calmed.

And Sarah Yu was then

it is the push from the start that

0:46:280:46:31

might be the most painful bit if she

still has this heavily bruised and

0:46:310:46:36

battered ankle.

If the ankle is not

100%, potentially the impact of the

0:46:360:46:41

run at the start might be

uncomfortable for her commerce as I

0:46:410:46:45

said, luckily it isn't the 500

metres that she is left with, it is

0:46:450:46:50

the 1000, so I think to get out

there and get up near the front

0:46:500:46:53

would be a good move.

Give us all a

little bit, we will let you guys

0:46:530:47:02

relax, they are firmly behind Elise,

all the rest of the team just

0:47:020:47:05

ribbing her luck could change,

because her Olympic story so far has

0:47:050:47:12

been one of terrible knock backs,

frankly.

0:47:120:47:20

Elise Christie came to Pyeongchang

is the overall short track world

0:47:200:47:24

champion, with high hopes of an

Olympic medal, and after her triple

0:47:240:47:27

disappointment in Sochi four years

ago, it looked like that success

0:47:270:47:31

might just come in her first event,

the 500 metres.

0:47:310:47:35

COMMENTATOR:

Christie tried to make

it on the inside, but she is out of

0:47:350:47:40

it once again!

I know it is short

track and I am supposed to be

0:47:400:47:46

prepared for this, but it still

hurts, you know?

Once again,

0:47:460:47:52

heartbreak in the final, and sadly,

the 1500 metres would be even worse.

0:47:520:47:57

Christie in third place, and it is

between her and Christie as they

0:47:570:48:03

come round the final bend, and

Christie has crashed again now in

0:48:030:48:08

the semifinal.

Fortunately, no bones

were broken, but her right ankle

0:48:080:48:14

still isn't 100%.

With short track speed skating, the

0:48:140:48:17

boot is moulded around the ankle,

and it is a very delicate area,

0:48:170:48:21

because of the pressures you are

going through when going around the

0:48:210:48:24

corner. So on the shimmering they

will be looking at Cannes she handle

0:48:240:48:27

the pressure which will be put on

the ankle by the boot and also the

0:48:270:48:32

pressure that has been created when

she goes round the corner at 40 mph.

0:48:320:48:37

Fortunately, Elise's injury has

improved enough to allow her to

0:48:370:48:41

return to training over the past 48

hours.

She is strong and able to do

0:48:410:48:46

the majority of the things we would

be looking for in the 1000m, and I

0:48:460:48:50

would say she is probably going to

take to the ice at around 80 or 90%

0:48:500:48:55

fitness.

Elise has received

thousands of messages of support

0:48:550:48:58

from members of the public as well

as from some of her heroes such as

0:48:580:49:03

Dame Kelly Holmes and Jessica

Ennis-Hill, all of which, if she is

0:49:030:49:06

fit, could provide the boost she

needs to get that elusive medal.

I

0:49:060:49:13

am just about to leave to go down to

the rink to try to peak today. I

0:49:130:49:19

stated this morning for the first

time and it went quite well

0:49:190:49:22

considering the circumstances, so

I'm looking forward to seeing if I

0:49:220:49:24

can get out there to race today. I

want to thank everyone who has

0:49:240:49:28

helped me get to this point and

everyone from the spore background.

0:49:280:49:32

helped me get to this point and

everyone from the spore background.

0:49:320:49:32

That look back on Elise Christie's

story so far. What kind of

0:49:320:49:37

personality is she, Sarah, you never

really well.

She is a huge

0:49:370:49:41

personality. She is a bit kooky and

are out there, she is lots of fun

0:49:410:49:50

but she does know how to switch it

on and be a professional, and she is

0:49:500:49:54

very professional when it comes to

her sport.

And it clearly matters to

0:49:540:49:57

her so much that other athletes are

supporting her, people who know what

0:49:570:50:01

it's like to be in this position.

That is really lovely. Nobody really

0:50:010:50:06

understands what it feels like

unless they've been there

0:50:060:50:10

themselves, so I think when it comes

from people like that, I think it

0:50:100:50:14

means an awful lot.

John, as a

skater, is she the best the Britain

0:50:140:50:21

has ever produced?

I would say so,

yes. The results back that up. She

0:50:210:50:25

just needs to put in that

performance over the next few days

0:50:250:50:28

that will reiterate that, and it is

great to see all the team around

0:50:280:50:32

her, Joe and Gemma, making her feel

comfortable, just as we see that she

0:50:320:50:37

can be as relaxed as possible. It is

not about winning medals today, it

0:50:370:50:41

is about qualifying and just doing

enough.

And full credit to the team,

0:50:410:50:45

they have done a great job patching

her up again.

And that is what they

0:50:450:50:48

are therefore, they are there to get

her around. They have planned a

0:50:480:50:53

different scenarios and well

rehearsed and trained on their side

0:50:530:50:56

of things as well, so that is their

side of the job.

And what is the

0:50:560:51:01

latest on Charlotte Gilmartin,

because she has had a couple of

0:51:010:51:03

crashes.

She is good, looking

forward to the 1000m again, we talk

0:51:030:51:08

about it being more hustle and

bustle, and she likes that, she has

0:51:080:51:11

a good race and hopefully she can

get into the competition and build

0:51:110:51:14

their confidence.

Charlotte goes in

heat eight,

0:51:140:51:22

heat eight, Elise in heat three,

because you get a sense of the

0:51:250:51:29

hustle and bustle of the pacing of

the 1000m. 500 metres you never get

0:51:290:51:34

a chance to recover, 1500 metres

seems to hurt a lot, 1000m is in the

0:51:340:51:43

middle.

Tactics in the race early on

a very important, to get a good race

0:51:430:51:47

from the start.

And lane two for

Elise, is that a good position for

0:51:470:51:54

her?

We want to see her in the lead

with about six laps to go, it

0:51:540:51:59

doesn't always play out like that,

but she has strengthened a good race

0:51:590:52:02

to start with, and you would want to

make it as simple as possible.

I

0:52:020:52:06

suspect there will be a big crowd as

well, because main

0:52:060:52:23

well, because main -- Choi Minjeong

is going in this heat, South Korea

0:52:230:52:27

is the very heart of short track

speed skating, they love it, and

0:52:270:52:31

that is Choi Minjeong there. We will

find out how she got on and join the

0:52:310:52:35

third heat live.

0:52:350:52:36

COMMENTATOR: Welcome to the gangland

Ice -- gangland Ice Arena. We're

0:52:390:52:52

just waiting to see whether there is

any late Riparelli in this last

0:52:520:52:57

heat.

0:52:570:53:04

heat. And we are just watching now

the highlights of the previous heat,

0:53:040:53:08

this is Choi Minjeong, in the 1500

metres, and she looks comfortable

0:53:080:53:19

and confident as you would expect

from someone who has a gold medal in

0:53:190:53:25

her pocket already. Here we go, the

confirmation of the result, with

0:53:250:53:38

Choi Minjeong going through. The

skaters are out for the third heat.

0:53:380:53:44

The Korean who moved to Kazakhstan a

few years ago, Suzanne Schulting

0:53:440:53:50

from the medal and

0:53:500:54:00

from the medal and Netherlands, and

Petra Jaszapati from Hungary who

0:54:000:54:02

made the final of the 1500 metres,

she is at the back of the moment,

0:54:020:54:07

going wide on the outside. She is a

new name in the sport, she has had a

0:54:070:54:16

very good race so far.

And the

Ashley athlete from Russia still

0:54:160:54:29

raising the speed here with six laps

to go. Suzanne Schulting, a former

0:54:290:54:37

world junior champion, leading the

way at the moment. Kim is right

0:54:370:54:40

behind her.

0:54:400:54:49

behind her. Jaszapati just hanging

at the back by now.

Nobody seems to

0:54:490:54:54

want to take this race on. Suzanne

Schulting tried to shut the door on

0:54:540:55:02

a Katharina Fritsch kova there. She

is on the front, and Jaszapati is

0:55:020:55:12

still on the back for hungry as they

take the bell, Kim in the blue of

0:55:120:55:19

Kazakhstan, Suzanne Schulting

staying in the front, she will lead

0:55:190:55:22

them home, and relatively

unchallenged, she is ahead of

0:55:220:55:28

Efremenkova, the Olympic Athlete

from Russia, those two pretty

0:55:280:55:33

comfortable qualifiers.

And it shows

the conditions of the ice, it is

0:55:330:55:36

looking very good. Almost a second

outside of the Olympic record, said

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to have skated sobbing like that in

the second row shows the conditions

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are good.

And next we will have the

fourth heat, but let's just have a

0:55:480:55:53

look at this one. This was a rare

thing in short track speed skating,

0:55:530:55:58

a race devoid of controversy.

The

athletes are bit more relaxed, they

0:55:580:56:03

know what they need to do, and we

have had in the last three short

0:56:030:56:10

track days, 34 penalties from 12

different countries, just to give

0:56:100:56:13

you some idea how many issues have

been going on, and how many

0:56:130:56:17

penalties have been awarded to all

of these countries.

And who would be

0:56:170:56:22

a judge or head judge? So, that is

confirmation of the results from the

0:56:220:56:29

third heat, Suzanne Schulting and

Efremenkova safely through, no video

0:56:290:56:34

review, a pretty straightforward

thing, and there they are marching

0:56:340:56:37

away from the arena, and the

quarterfinals are on Thursday.

0:56:370:56:43

Kathryn Thomson is in this next one,

the 22-year-old who has raised all

0:56:430:56:46

three distances here. A quick look

at the line-up for Kathryn Thomson,

0:56:460:56:55

it is pretty tough, she has Jessica

Kooreman of the United States who

0:56:550:56:59

was fourth in this event in this

event four years ago. Valerie

0:56:590:57:09

Maltais, and Arianna Fontana who won

the 500 metres earlier in

0:57:090:57:11

competition here in Pyeongchang.

Kathryn Thomson moves around the

0:57:110:57:18

outside, she knows that Arianna

Fontana will be challenging at the

0:57:180:57:21

end. Using that speech he has got

from the 500 metres, so really she

0:57:210:57:24

knows that is the place where she

needs to be. Valerie Maltais from

0:57:240:57:30

Canada moves up the inside.

And

Kathryn Thomson knows she has to try

0:57:300:57:34

to mix it because she is very much

the outside of these four, but she

0:57:340:57:38

is staying as near to the front she

can, and she is still in the running

0:57:380:57:42

here at the moment. Valerie Maltais

leads, biding her time in third

0:57:420:57:53

place, Arianna Fontana.

And the

Italian moves into first place.

0:57:530:57:59

Arianna Fontana in blistering form

goes to the front, two laps to go

0:57:590:58:03

over the line, with Valerie Maltais

in second place, Kooreman in third,

0:58:030:58:09

and Kathryn Thomson losing place

with the others. This is going to

0:58:090:58:15

form, Kooreman is trying to mix it

to see if she can upset the odds,

0:58:150:58:18

she is going to try to get away on

the inside. And Maltais stays on her

0:58:180:58:26

feet, Kooreman has but has to settle

for third, and in fourth Kathryn

0:58:260:58:30

Thomson of Great Britain.

That was a

superb piece of skating by Arianna

0:58:300:58:34

Fontana. Valerie Maltais will have

to wait and see what the official

0:58:340:58:41

result is. I wouldn't have thought

that the American had right of way,

0:58:410:58:44

so to speak, so the referees are in

fact going over to the replay, and

0:58:440:58:50

we will have to wait and see what

their final decision is, that you

0:58:500:58:56

can see the Italian Arianna Fontana

on the inside track moving through

0:58:560:59:00

very comfortably, and this is the

discussion really between the

0:59:000:59:04

Canadian and the American, who was

really right, and she is just moving

0:59:040:59:10

up the inside, and Kooreman of the

United States clearly not pass the

0:59:100:59:18

Canadian, and I don't think they

will be any court on that.

Arianna

0:59:180:59:24

Fontana is so consistent, six

Olympic medals, but now on the track

0:59:240:59:29

as Kathryn Thomson departs the

Olympic Games, her first Olympics,

0:59:290:59:33

having had the experience of all the

events, Elise Christie, the world

0:59:330:59:38

champion, is coming up onto the

track next. That is confirmation of

0:59:380:59:42

the results of the fourth heat. No

video review required. There is

0:59:420:59:48

Elise Christie, clearly not fully

fit with that ankle damage. Picked

0:59:480:59:53

up in the crash in the semifinal of

the 1500 metres the other day. But

0:59:530:59:57

keen to have a go here. If she can

just get through this heat, she will

0:59:571:00:03

have another couple of days to

recover. Lara Van Ruijven is ranked

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12th in the world, Andrea Kessler of

Hungary, and Magdalena Warakomska

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from Poland.

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And away they go, Christie goes down

before they reach the very first

1:00:241:00:28

corner. Her races over before it

started, she is still on the ground

1:00:281:00:34

as the race continues, the officials

go to check on her, the other

1:00:341:00:42

athletes are coming to a halt, I

think we will be restarting the

1:00:421:00:46

race. But whether Elise Christie

will be able to restart the race, we

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cannot be sure. Her team-mate

Charlotte or Martin will be in heat

1:00:531:01:00

number eight, here it is again.

I

think she put her toe on the right

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skate into the ice, she caught the

blades of Kessler. No words for

1:01:071:01:14

this. She clips the back of the

blade of Kessler as she goes on the

1:01:141:01:20

bend, they are allowed to restart.

Now the question is, do they feel

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that the fall, I think it's over.

APPLAUSE

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I think the Olympic Games is finally

over for Elise Christie. She is

1:01:331:01:39

skating over to the side of the

track.

I don't think it is, they are

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checking the blades, they are

allowed to do this, they are

1:01:441:01:48

repairing the eyes. Just checking

the blades. When I had my problem in

1:01:481:01:53

Lillehammer I had to leave the ice,

here they are allowed to check the

1:01:531:01:58

blades to make sure everything is

OK.

She is going to go again. Elise

1:01:581:02:05

Christie is not finished. I wondered

before the camera was on her, she

1:02:051:02:09

spoke to one of the officials, who

pointed to where the exit was. The

1:02:091:02:15

crowd started applauding, I think

they thought it was over, Elise

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Christie will take to the start

again. Heat five.

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Away they go. Christie at the back

of the field, at least she has

1:02:371:02:44

avoided trouble, she can get up to

speed, I think the start was going

1:02:441:02:48

to be the hardest.

Absolutely,

particularly after the fall, she

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can't put pressure on it, now it's a

question, nine laps, skaters won and

1:02:521:02:58

two will go through, we are hoping

and praying for her to qualify.

Six

1:02:581:03:02

and a half laps to go, Van Ruijven

from the Netherlands in front,

1:03:021:03:11

Kessler from Hungary second. Elise

Christie should not have a problem

1:03:111:03:13

getting through. The draw, pretty

kind to her, relatively speaking,

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can she get up to full speed, can

she find a way through to finish in

1:03:181:03:24

the first two?

The last lap time,

nine points 75, she moves through

1:03:241:03:32

into third place, one and two to

qualify.

Christie ready to make a

1:03:321:03:36

challenge, three laps to go, Van

Ruijven comes round, Christie has a

1:03:361:03:41

look at the inside, stays on her

feet, she sees a little gap, forced

1:03:411:03:46

out why, staying third, Van Ruijven

taking around with three laps to go,

1:03:461:03:50

Christie taking a long way around,

goes into the back of her opponent,

1:03:501:03:57

forcing her way into second place. A

battle, Van Ruijven from the

1:03:571:04:03

Netherlands leading but have they

love to go, Christie in position to

1:04:031:04:06

qualify, Van Ruijven first over the

line, risky in second, Kessler

1:04:061:04:10

forth. At the second attempt, the

race was completed. She picks

1:04:101:04:17

herself up from the ice, literally,

to have a second goal and this time,

1:04:171:04:22

she manages to get the job done, she

is through the heat and Elise

1:04:221:04:27

Christie, the world champion, still

in the women's 1000 metres, she

1:04:271:04:32

limped away from the start, doing

this hardware.

She certainly is,

1:04:321:04:38

squeezing through. Wouldn't be

surprised if Kessler gets a penalty

1:04:381:04:44

here, she of course was the skater

on the outside of Christie, Visteon

1:04:441:04:48

was going down again, manages to

stay up, the River Reeves looking at

1:04:481:04:53

the video replay to find out whether

or not Kessler, in my opinion

1:04:531:05:00

blocked on Christie but of course

Christie finished in a second

1:05:001:05:02

qualifying position, she will go

through to the quarterfinal on

1:05:021:05:08

Thursday.

Quite a physical race as

she is carried from the arena. At

1:05:081:05:12

least not on a stretcher. Running

repairs for Elise Christie. We await

1:05:121:05:19

the judges verdict on the race. Was

a physical race that she was

1:05:191:05:24

involved in and involved in the

physicality.

Absolutely, showing the

1:05:241:05:28

courage this young lady has, sheer

determination, it would have been

1:05:281:05:33

quite easy to turn round and say I

am going to stop, I am injured, but

1:05:331:05:38

there was another incident.

Kessler,

and then there was another one.

1:05:381:05:43

Kessler comes in onto Christie.

Doesn't Christie get involved...

A

1:05:431:05:49

little bit as well. There are two

issues, you are not allowed, if

1:05:491:05:53

someone comes up the inside, you are

not allowed to change lanes, block

1:05:531:05:58

the skater coming up the inside.

Looking anxiously at the scoreboard.

1:05:581:06:08

High above the rink. The review is

taking place but I'm hoping it's

1:06:081:06:17

coming close to reaching a

conclusion now. Elise Christie has

1:06:171:06:23

left the scene of the race. But the

result has not been confirmed. As of

1:06:231:06:28

yet.

The referee has gone across.

Yellow card Elise Christie.

That is

1:06:281:06:41

really amazing. I cannot believe

they have awarded her a yellow card.

1:06:411:06:46

That really puts the tin hat on her

Olympic Games. It's hard to think

1:06:461:06:51

how it could have got any worse. But

it just has. Elise Christie is out

1:06:511:06:58

of the Olympic Games. She finished

the race in second place, came over

1:06:581:07:02

the line in a qualifying position,

she's been given a yellow card, that

1:07:021:07:07

means she has been thrown out of the

competition.

Of the 1000 metres.

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Over for her. The final event.

That's it. We'll have to reflect on

1:07:111:07:19

that shortly. Meanwhile the racing

continues. Heat number six.

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The Netherlands in fourth place, the

athlete in red from China, going to

1:07:321:07:38

the front, the Olympic silver

medallist. Six laps to go.

I'm still

1:07:381:07:43

in shock about the yellow card. For

Liz Christie. There is a massive

1:07:431:07:52

crash and there is only one skater

still up. Seidel up as well.

The

1:07:521:08:02

skaters are all over the place. At

the front of the race, the Chinese

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athlete the only one who avoided the

crash. She has three to go, the

1:08:071:08:12

others scampering around behind her.

I'm not sure of what happened, I

1:08:121:08:17

think Seidel was going on the inside

of the bed, collided, both skaters

1:08:171:08:23

went down, taking them both down,

the skater from Russia went down as

1:08:231:08:28

well with one and a half laps to go.

A lap to go.

The Chinese skater will

1:08:281:08:37

glide home effortlessly in first

place. She wins the heat, the others

1:08:371:08:42

are still racing and the Olympic

Athlete from Russia, I think will

1:08:421:08:48

take second. Ahead of the

Netherlands. But I think certainly

1:08:481:08:56

the Olympic Athlete from Russia

hurting as she crossed the line,

1:08:561:09:00

high-speed, spectacular speed for

the three of them.

We are now up to

1:09:001:09:06

36 penalties in four days, a yellow

card.

Can you explain what that

1:09:061:09:12

yellow card means, in football if

you get a yellow lid means you get a

1:09:121:09:16

warning but you can carry on as

before. Cars yellow card. Tell us

1:09:161:09:22

exciting for the means and why they

have given her.

It means, short

1:09:221:09:26

track speed skating there is a

Labour on Bing and barging, some of

1:09:261:09:30

that intentional, some of it not,

when a skater is given a yellow card

1:09:301:09:35

they are taken out of the petition,

1000 metres in this instance. That

1:09:351:09:40

is because the referee felt it was

intentional as opposed to

1:09:401:09:43

accidental.

What was intentional?

As

I already said, the camera decision

1:09:431:09:52

we are seeing here are not the

camera positions that the referees

1:09:521:09:55

have available to them. It this

makes it very difficult, they are

1:09:551:10:01

seeing stuff from different camera

angles van der Voort we are seeing.

1:10:011:10:07

-- than what we are seeing.

It

happened so quickly we have no time

1:10:071:10:14

to reflect but I am sure Clare

Balding will be able to do that in

1:10:141:10:17

the studio when the seats have

finished. Two more heat is to come,

1:10:171:10:21

we are waiting for the verdict from

heat six, that is quite the skaters

1:10:211:10:27

are standing, not disappearing to

the dressing room. Just to clarify,

1:10:271:10:32

a yellow card means you are thrown

out of that distance. Absolutely. A

1:10:321:10:38

red card would mean you are thrown

out of all the competition.

Any

1:10:381:10:41

distance. Absolutely. We are seeing,

the Chinese skater moves, quite

1:10:411:10:51

comfortably, Seidel of Germany moves

into the front, there is no issue

1:10:511:10:56

there. I think the issue really

happens a lot later in the race.

1:10:561:11:02

This is after the initial fall.

1:11:021:11:03

We are not really seeing the

footage, what is really happening.

1:11:101:11:17

Both girls waiting for the official

result from the referee. It's almost

1:11:171:11:24

like the figure skating, the

deliberation zone as I would call

1:11:241:11:28

it.

The scowling stops when it does

not go your way. Kirchhoff was the

1:11:281:11:37

skater who finished in the silver

medal position and profited from the

1:11:371:11:39

crash that Elise Christie had in the

first race, the 500 metre final.

1:11:391:11:46

There may be two penalties, two

different incidents, two different

1:11:461:11:49

labs.

When we get to a final in

short track speed skating, if enough

1:11:491:11:56

of them I disciplined you can have a

medal going to someone in the B

1:11:561:12:00

final.

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final.

Two penalties.

Do you have

any complaints with that decision?

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This is an issue we have been

discussing. Rob Wotton we can see, I

1:12:181:12:22

think it was a relatively fair call.

-- from what we can see.

Both cost

1:12:221:12:28

infringement. Here is heat number

seven.

1:12:281:12:41

An Olympic relay gold medallist from

Sochi, three-time World Championship

1:12:451:12:52

medallist, won an Olympic bronze in

Vancouver. The penultimate heat in

1:12:521:12:57

the women's 1000 metres.

Typical

tactics by the Canadians.

1:12:571:13:06

tactics by the Canadians. Kim from

Korea takes the lead.

1:13:071:13:13

Korea takes the lead. St Gelais and

Kim swapping the lead.

1:13:151:13:20

Making her way into the Olympic

team, other than John Henry Kruger,

1:13:251:13:30

on the blades that the United

States, it's not been a great

1:13:301:13:32

Olympics. St Gelais looking

comfortable, winning three silver

1:13:321:13:38

medals at the World Championships,

including one in the housing

1:13:381:13:40

bidders. St Gelais overtaken on the

outside I Kim from Korea. The gap

1:13:401:13:46

starts to open.

Superb piece of

overtaking on the outside. St Gelais

1:13:461:13:55

stretching back to him from Korea in

the lead.

A lap to go. Really spread

1:13:551:14:02

out around the track, we can clearly

see who is going to be one and two.

1:14:021:14:10

Kim and St Gelais. The Japanese

skater in third. The United States

1:14:101:14:14

bringing up the rear.

A much more

straightforward race. I don't think

1:14:141:14:20

there will be any issues there, no

video replay necessary. We are

1:14:201:14:27

looking at the referees, this

American referee Alan Grisham is

1:14:271:14:31

going over to the video replay so we

will have to wait for this official

1:14:311:14:37

result, I think that's the incident,

just tries to move up the inside,

1:14:371:14:43

normally speaking, if you do get

advanced to the next round you have

1:14:431:14:47

to be in a qualifying position,

either one or two, even if there is

1:14:471:14:52

a penalty awarded she was not in a

qualifying position. Therefore it

1:14:521:14:56

just means that skater gets a

penalty.

Those two crossed the line,

1:14:561:15:01

clearly better than the other two.

One more heat to come, it features

1:15:011:15:08

Charlotte Gilmartin from Great

Britain. 27 who crashed out of both

1:15:081:15:14

her events so far. Best result in

the thousand metres in the World Cup

1:15:141:15:19

competition this winter was seventh

in the Netherlands. A four time

1:15:191:15:23

European Championship medallist. Kim

leaves the arena, we have a last

1:15:231:15:30

look at this race. Kim and St Gelais

were the first two.

Clearly no

1:15:301:15:38

problems. Really about whether there

should be a penalty. Awarded to the

1:15:381:15:42

American.

1:15:421:15:47

There is a penalty, and it is just

being announced now. And the

1:15:501:15:54

American gets the penalty, and Samir

Rachel

1:15:541:16:04

Rachel remains, but she wasn't in a

position to potentially qualify

1:16:041:16:09

anyway. Let's get on with the last

final. Kim Boutin has a medal

1:16:091:16:14

already. Charlotte Gilmartin

therefore Great Britain. Hitomi

1:16:141:16:19

Saito from Japan, bronze medal last

year, and CMascitto from Italy is

1:16:191:16:30

straight down already, and she

wasn't involved with anybody else,

1:16:301:16:35

so they will not restart the race.

It was like what happened to Elise

1:16:351:16:40

Christie, so therefore the starter

will not restart the race.

1:16:401:16:46

So you will say that Kim Boutin is

the most likely to win this race,

1:16:461:16:53

but Charlotte Gilmartin needs to

stamp authority on to this.

The

1:16:531:16:57

British camp are extremely down

after what happened to Elise

1:16:571:17:00

Christie, but it is important now

that Charlotte Gilmartin tucks into

1:17:001:17:03

that second place and maintains her

position.

Five to go, Charlotte

1:17:031:17:08

Gilmartin in second place behind Kim

Boutin of Canada. It is Hitomi Saito

1:17:081:17:13

and Cynthia Mascitto she needs to

keep behind her now. Kim Boutin has

1:17:131:17:17

got the speed she needs to come out

on top in virtually every scenario

1:17:171:17:21

here.

She makes it look so easy, Kim

Boutin, even in the curve, two arms

1:17:211:17:28

on her back. It is important that

Charlotte really hangs onto the back

1:17:281:17:32

of her tail now.

This will be a big

race for second place, Charlotte

1:17:321:17:36

Gilmartin being put under pressure

from Hitomi Saito of Japan. She is

1:17:361:17:40

in a fight now to qualify, one lap

to go. Kim Boutin leads the way, and

1:17:401:17:46

it is Hitomi Saito in second place,

Charlotte Gilmartin losing a bit of

1:17:461:17:50

ground now. It doesn't look like she

will be able to close the gap, she

1:17:501:17:54

can't, and Kim Boutin wins that

heat, as one would expect. It went

1:17:541:18:00

to form, but Hitomi Saito, ranked 23

in the world at this distance in the

1:18:001:18:07

end just had too much speed for

Charlotte Gilmartin, who goes out of

1:18:071:18:11

the competition at the first hurdle.

We can see that for by the Italian,

1:18:111:18:17

she jumps back up, of course she

fell on her own, she is only skating

1:18:171:18:22

the 1000m, she didn't take part in

the 500 or the 1500, so I guess the

1:18:221:18:27

nerves got the better of her, and

Charlotte Gilmartin they're just

1:18:271:18:31

being taken over by the Japanese.

At

her best, Charlotte Gilmartin has

1:18:311:18:36

the ability to get through a heat

like that?

Absolutely.

But it wasn't

1:18:361:18:41

to be, and Kim Boutin looking pretty

confident with a couple of medals in

1:18:411:18:48

her pocket already. And here's the

confirmation pretty quickly, Kim

1:18:481:18:53

Boutin and Hitomi Saito going three,

Charlotte Gilmartin in third place,

1:18:531:18:57

so Kathryn Thomson, Charlotte

Gilmartin and Elise Christie all

1:18:571:19:00

failing to make it through from the

heats of the women's 1000m.

1:19:001:19:11

So, let's take a quick look now,

qualification of the

1:19:141:19:18

quarterfinalist. Suzanne Schulting,

a medallist

1:19:181:19:25

a medallist last year, Efremenkova

who got up off the floor to qualify,

1:19:251:19:29

and the rest of those who have made

it through, including Yara Van

1:19:291:19:34

Kerkhof and Kim Boutin.

1:19:341:19:39

Kerkhof and Kim Boutin. Shim Sukhee

won a medal in Sochi four years ago.

1:19:401:19:47

Those quarterfinals will be on

Thursday.

1:19:471:19:50

CLARE BALDING: And just huge sadness

that Elise Christie won't be among

1:19:501:19:56

them, and nor will Charlotte

Gilmartin and nor will Kathryn

1:19:561:19:58

Thomson, but for Elise Christie to

be brave enough to get back out

1:19:581:20:01

there on the ice, having a fall on

the first start of her heat, still

1:20:011:20:05

getting up and going out again,

finishing second and then to get

1:20:051:20:09

disqualified, that just seems pain

beyond... It's not fair, John.

That

1:20:091:20:16

is what sport is, and that is why we

keep wanting to watch it, because we

1:20:161:20:20

just don't know what is going to

happen. She gave it a good go today,

1:20:201:20:24

and what happened on the start is

another twist in the tale, but she

1:20:241:20:28

gave it her best shot and that is

all we can ask for.

She clearly

1:20:281:20:31

wasn't feeling. If, because she went

for it, on this first start, to try

1:20:311:20:36

and get out in front.

Yes, she did,

I thought she would skate off and

1:20:361:20:41

try and do something later, but she

caught the skate of the other girl

1:20:411:20:43

and tripped, and she looked a little

bit shaken, probably, from that

1:20:431:20:49

fall, because she wouldn't have been

expecting that to happen. And to get

1:20:491:20:53

back up and go again, it probably

rocked her confidence a little bit.

1:20:531:20:57

I think going into that race before

that she would have been feeling

1:20:571:21:01

quite happy that she was in a good

place, and the medical team had done

1:21:011:21:05

a great job and cleared her to race,

but I think then that would have

1:21:051:21:09

shook up, and then when we go on to

see the actual race.

She takes a

1:21:091:21:14

different tactic.

You can see the

confidence is not there. If she was

1:21:141:21:18

going to sit in the race, you would

want to see her go around the

1:21:181:21:22

outside in keep it as clear as

possible, because we talked about

1:21:221:21:24

trying to get to the front and after

that start that wasn't going to

1:21:241:21:28

happen but then she starts making

smaller inside moves.

So on the

1:21:281:21:31

restart, you can see that she

deliberately going for a slow start,

1:21:311:21:35

to build up the pace gradually, not

going to get involved in the

1:21:351:21:42

argy-bargy, but unfortunately makes

the decision to go around the inside

1:21:421:21:44

to overtake rather than sweeping

round the outside, and therefore

1:21:441:21:46

gets into trouble twice.

And that is

where she has ended up getting a

1:21:461:21:51

yellow card, because although

mentioned by Will you do get a card

1:21:511:21:56

or dangerous skating, but I don't

think that was this one, it was the

1:21:561:21:59

fact that she picked up two

penalties in two different

1:21:591:22:04

incidents, and I think that amounted

to the yellow card. She looks

1:22:041:22:08

confident the back, and looks like

she is winding up the Yuchen see

1:22:081:22:10

where she is not as confident as she

would be in a race like this, she is

1:22:101:22:20

taking

1:22:201:22:20

taking up the inside options and

moving up the track slowly.

It is

1:22:201:22:22

shorter to go on the side but more

risky?

Definitely. Around the

1:22:221:22:24

outside you have more space but you

do need the strength, and that is

1:22:241:22:28

where not having as much confidence

probably meant that she went the

1:22:281:22:32

easier route.

So that undertake was

fine?

Yes, and you wonder shisha

1:22:321:22:39

granny tax eye but she gets caught

in an incident there, and I think

1:22:391:22:42

she does make quite good speed

coming out of the corner to make the

1:22:421:22:46

overtake, but obviously the

Hungarian girl shuts the door on

1:22:461:22:50

her.

And had their just been that

one incident, it might have been all

1:22:501:22:54

right.

By the sounds of it she would

have got a penalty for that, and

1:22:541:22:57

then she gets another penalty here

when Chi double pushes against the

1:22:571:23:01

Polish girl, and then that leads to

a double penalty which further

1:23:011:23:05

yellow card.

So she hasn't done

anything dangerous? It is a double

1:23:051:23:14

infringement, so effectively in

football it would be two yellow

1:23:141:23:17

cards and therefore the red

1:23:171:23:21

football it would be two yellow

cards and therefore the red? Oh,

1:23:211:23:21

dear.

And I think they are she can't

carry on her speed, obviously the

1:23:211:23:26

girl that is in front, the Dutch

girl, hasn't gone quick enough to

1:23:261:23:30

open that gap for Elise to slot

into, so then Andrea Kessler from

1:23:301:23:37

Hungary is able to shut the door.

She has almost come across the track

1:23:371:23:43

too much.

Nicky Gooch, the coach,

carrying her off to protect as much

1:23:431:23:48

as possible. In your opinion, John,

is the disqualification just?

Yes.

1:23:481:23:55

It is a racing incident, and we talk

about trying to make it as clear as

1:23:551:23:59

possible, because if you don't you

come into the hand of the referee,

1:23:591:24:01

and they have a chance to watch the

video back and that didn't had two

1:24:011:24:06

penalties.

We are going live back to

Pyeongchang to talk to Elise

1:24:061:24:10

Christie.

1:24:101:24:11

Just tell us what is going through

your mind right now.

To be honest,

1:24:141:24:18

not much. A few days ago, I didn't

think I would be getting on the ice.

1:24:181:24:26

I did everything I could to turn

this around, I had ligament damage

1:24:261:24:32

in my ankle, and putting a skate on

with that is not the comfiest thing

1:24:321:24:35

in the world. And we did everything

we could to turn this around, and it

1:24:351:24:42

just wasn't meant to be.

If it was

any other competition, would you

1:24:421:24:46

have been on that start line today?

No, I would've been off the ice for

1:24:461:24:50

five or six weeks. I would have been

in rehab. I wouldn't have got on if

1:24:501:24:55

it was the World Championships, and

that wouldn't have been my choice, I

1:24:551:24:58

would have been told I wasn't

getting on. The only reason they

1:24:581:25:01

gave me the choice is because it was

the Olympics. The worst that could

1:25:011:25:05

happen is

1:25:051:25:10

happen is that I fell off the start,

but to me that didn't matter. I

1:25:101:25:14

trained all my life this, it was

everything to me, and... It's done.

1:25:141:25:19

I think everyone watching will think

that you've got a hell of a lot of

1:25:191:25:24

guts.

Thanks. I don't know. I just

felt like I owe it to Britain, you

1:25:241:25:35

know? I can put my hands are right

now and say I don't know why I have

1:25:351:25:41

got the yellow card. When I watched

the race, I was kicked on the start

1:25:411:25:46

and fell over, I have never had a

yellow card in my life, never mind

1:25:461:25:50

penalties, I barely get penalties. I

went to the inside, and on the

1:25:501:25:57

video, I am past the girl, so I have

no idea. The only thing I can think

1:25:571:26:01

of is possibly the referee doesn't

think it's safer meter race with my

1:26:011:26:04

ankle wages, because he was in

courage in me to get off the ice

1:26:041:26:08

after the fall at the start, and if

that is it, then fair enough, I can

1:26:081:26:13

see why he might not want me to race

like that, because it might not be

1:26:131:26:16

the safest.

We know how much work

you put in, and you're talking about

1:26:161:26:24

putting short track out there, I

think you have done that, you are

1:26:241:26:27

the world champion. How do you some

up these games? Because I think it's

1:26:271:26:33

fair to say that it hasn't gone very

well.

You'll have to ask me

1:26:331:26:41

tomorrow, I think. Right now I'm a

bit shell-shocked. I worked hard to

1:26:411:26:50

come back from this injury, most

people wouldn't have skated with my

1:26:501:26:54

ankle the way it was, I can barely

bend my knee. The only thing I can

1:26:541:26:58

say is I can promise Britain that I

will fight back from this and I will

1:26:581:27:02

come back for Beijing, and hopefully

I can do Britain proud of then.

Back

1:27:021:27:09

to Beijing, so I know that after the

last time, you felt like you

1:27:091:27:12

couldn't go on, but this time you

don't feel that? It's different this

1:27:121:27:17

time, you can go to Beijing?

Yes, I

have so much belief in the programme

1:27:171:27:23

and myself, none of that was my

physical capability. You know, it

1:27:231:27:29

was just short track. What else can

I say? Everyone has been such a

1:27:291:27:38

massive support to me, Team GB, to

turn this around. Everyone at home,

1:27:381:27:42

most of the people, anyway, I can't

believe how supportive they have

1:27:421:27:47

been, and I definitely think I can

come back and medal in Beijing, it

1:27:471:27:53

is frustrating having to wait four

years. It wasn't to be this time.

1:27:531:27:58

Listen, despite what has happened,

we are all immensely proud of you,

1:27:581:28:03

and you are the world champion, and

lots of people come to the Olympics

1:28:031:28:07

and don't win medals, so we're

really proud you had the guts to get

1:28:071:28:10

out on that start line, and we are

looking forward to seeing you back

1:28:101:28:13

in Beijing.

Thank you, and I would

like to thank all the kids that have

1:28:131:28:17

sent me messages. I really

appreciate it, the kids that have

1:28:171:28:23

sent messages saying they are

inspired by me, they have no idea

1:28:231:28:26

what that means to me, but it is

amazing that five-year-olds and

1:28:261:28:31

seven-year-olds can find me

inspiring, that brings tears to my

1:28:311:28:34

eyes, you know?

Thanks very much.

Thanks.

1:28:341:28:38

Elise Christie admitting she is

still shell-shocked, doesn't

1:28:411:28:44

understand why she got the yellow

card, but confirming this is not the

1:28:441:28:47

end of her Olympic challenge, she

will be back in four years' time.

1:28:471:28:51

She will be 31 by then, still

determined to win a first Olympic

1:28:511:28:55

medal, but her Olympics for this

year, for 2018, is over. Sarah, what

1:28:551:29:01

did you make of what she said there,

and of what has happened to her

1:29:011:29:04

today?

I think it was a really nice

and honest interview from her, and I

1:29:041:29:09

think she probably is a little bit

shell-shocked, and she needs to let

1:29:091:29:14

things sink in. And book a holiday!

Take a little bit of time off. She

1:29:141:29:18

has four years until the next games,

and lots to do in between them, but

1:29:181:29:22

I think maybe a bit of downtime.

She

mentioned that the referee was

1:29:221:29:26

having words with her after the

first false start, after she fell on

1:29:261:29:30

the first start for her heat, and is

that the referee there with the

1:29:301:29:35

headphones?

That would have been one

of the referees, yes.

And do you

1:29:351:29:40

think he's checking she's all right?

Would think he's saying.

He would

1:29:401:29:45

have been just checking, the duty of

care being the head referee for the

1:29:451:29:48

girls, he would've come over and

checked if she was OK, and

1:29:481:29:52

obviously, would have been asking

her how she is doing, to find out

1:29:521:29:55

whether she is ready to go again.

Is

there any right of appeal?

No. In

1:29:551:30:01

this instance, no. They have checked

the video numerous times, we don't

1:30:011:30:09

see the same footage as they get to

see, the referees will see it

1:30:091:30:13

overhead and in front and down the

straight, so we don't get to see

1:30:131:30:16

that footage may be until after the

event, but yes, there is no right of

1:30:161:30:20

appeal here.

1:30:201:30:25

Sarah, she was saying she doesn't

understand why she got the

1:30:251:30:29

infringement, there were undertakes

that were not illegal, not worthy of

1:30:291:30:34

a penalty.

She has not had the

chance to have a look at the video,

1:30:341:30:37

how you feel when you get off, all

the adrenaline, what happens during

1:30:371:30:42

the race, it flashes past you very

quickly, she might feel differently

1:30:421:30:46

when she looks at the video replay

and she has gone and analysed it.

I

1:30:461:30:50

think she has a point with racing

against Kessler, the Hungarian girl,

1:30:501:30:58

she probably may feel a bit harsh on

that because she got alongside her

1:30:581:31:03

and she tried to make space but

unfortunately it was not there. With

1:31:031:31:07

the Polish girl, I would say that

was a clear penalty.

I think when

1:31:071:31:12

your intentions are good and you are

not intending to cause trouble or

1:31:121:31:16

cause a penalty, it doesn't feel

there, because that's not what you

1:31:161:31:19

are trying to do.

Do you think she

would have raced differently, a

1:31:191:31:26

fully fit Elise Christie, despite,

if the ankle was and still hurting,

1:31:261:31:30

a belief that Elise Christie would

have gone round the outside and gone

1:31:301:31:33

I'm better than you lot.

Without a

doubt, who she was racing against,

1:31:331:31:38

she would have sat at the back and

gone round the outside is not gone

1:31:381:31:42

to the front at the start and

dominated. She can clearly see where

1:31:421:31:46

she is out, she was obviously

disappointed in that interview but

1:31:461:31:49

she realises maybe today she was not

at full fitness and there's nothing

1:31:491:31:53

else you can do. She gave it her

best shot, today wasn't meant to be,

1:31:531:31:59

she probably realised that with the

injury.

Desperately disappointing

1:31:591:32:04

for British fans, desperately sad

for Elise Christie but so impressive

1:32:041:32:07

she can come out and say after that

I am going again, going to try for

1:32:071:32:13

another Olympics. Let's go out to

Pyeongchang and speak to Wilf

1:32:131:32:17

O'Reilly, how do you sum up today?

Basically, immense courage that she

1:32:171:32:26

has shown to get on the ice, clash

blades with the Hungarian Kessler,

1:32:261:32:31

to go back to the start of the 1000

metres, 20-30 metres off the pace

1:32:311:32:36

and close the gap in a qualifying

position and what I believe, I

1:32:361:32:41

happened to seeing the actual replay

that the video referee sees but what

1:32:411:32:45

I understand is there are two issues

that have happened during the course

1:32:451:32:49

of the race and because one was a

penalty and the other was a penalty,

1:32:491:32:54

I actually don't feel it was a

penalty at all but I haven't seen

1:32:541:32:58

the video footage to confirm that.

Basically two penalties means you

1:32:581:33:02

get a yellow card which is a warning

for dangerous skating.

Do you feel

1:33:021:33:08

at all because Elise Christie is as

high-profile as she is, because she

1:33:081:33:12

had the issues are ready, aren't the

judges watching her more closely

1:33:121:33:15

than anyone else?

If you are one of

the favourites you are always being

1:33:151:33:22

watched a lot more closely than any

other skaters, generally in my

1:33:221:33:26

opinion what happens, a lot of the

well-known names skaters are quite

1:33:261:33:31

often given, sort of, the chance, if

you like, the benefit of the doubt

1:33:311:33:35

and are allowed to go through but

clearly the referees are under such

1:33:351:33:38

pressure, they are basically saying,

based on the footage what they see,

1:33:381:33:43

they are the people, Babel be giving

penalties to.

To be fair, they have

1:33:431:33:50

been pretty brave, they took choice

the home favourite out of the medal

1:33:501:33:53

winning position in the 500, it's

not like they are making unpopular

1:33:531:33:57

decisions for everybody. Elise

Christie mentioned she thought the

1:33:571:34:02

referee might have given her a

yellow card because they perhaps

1:34:021:34:06

might have thought it wasn't safe

for her to race but they can't do

1:34:061:34:09

that, can they?

I wouldn't think so,

if he felt that wasn't safe for her

1:34:091:34:13

to start and he should never have

allowed her to start the race, as it

1:34:131:34:17

were. I don't really know, there is

something that we are going to

1:34:171:34:24

Seville for the ISU conference in

June and the rules and regulations

1:34:241:34:26

will be voted upon and it is

something I will be putting forward

1:34:261:34:30

to try and emphasise to the rest of

the world if somebody is given a

1:34:301:34:36

penalty, why?

This is a big load to

British Short track speed skating

1:34:361:34:41

not just because there won't be a

single representative left in any

1:34:411:34:45

race for the women but also because

of the way the funding structure is,

1:34:451:34:48

you know, whatever you think about,

the World Championship nettles, the

1:34:481:34:51

gold medals that Elise Christie she

has won, they don't count, its

1:34:511:34:56

Olympic medals. Mothers have a

massive effect for the future of

1:34:561:35:02

British are track speed skating?

1:35:021:35:07

British are track speed skating? --

will this have a massive effect?

The

1:35:071:35:09

whole world has seen what has

happened and hopefully Babel realise

1:35:091:35:15

the sport is about investing in the

future, finding new talent,

1:35:151:35:18

hopefully my successes in the past,

Nicky Gooch, and Elise Christie's

1:35:181:35:23

success will all continue and

contribute to future funding.

Elise

1:35:231:35:29

Christie has said she wants to be

back in four years' time, can you

1:35:291:35:33

and you know... I did hear that. I

mean, the weight Short track speed

1:35:331:35:38

skaters go on the pattern of their

career, is it possible to come back

1:35:381:35:41

in your 30s and still be the best?

Absolutely. It's all about

1:35:411:35:48

experience. I mean, somebody was

asking me, what should she do after

1:35:481:35:53

this and I said maybe she should

take a year doing long track speed

1:35:531:35:57

skating, working out and training

but taking a break from the

1:35:571:36:01

high-profile level that she has

within the sport and hopefully three

1:36:011:36:06

years into Beijing, 2022, start

focusing maybe take another route.

I

1:36:061:36:10

have to say that long track speed

Skating looks quite tempting, nobody

1:36:101:36:14

else in the way. Absolutely! Thank

you so much and I'm sorry for you

1:36:141:36:23

guys out there that it's been such a

disappointing day but thank you for

1:36:231:36:26

everything you have contributed.

Thank you very much. And it is,

1:36:261:36:33

gosh, so much to take in, as Elise

Christie said, she can't begin to

1:36:331:36:38

think rationally about this, you are

in the moment, you will have an

1:36:381:36:43

emotional response, some up how

strong you think she has been,

1:36:431:36:47

Sarah, to want to do this today and

also after the first of all, to say

1:36:471:36:52

no, I am not giving up right now.

Yes, we should be really, really

1:36:521:36:57

proud that she is back on the ice

today and she gave it everything she

1:36:571:37:01

had, it was her one last shot. She

had quite a lot of pressure on -- on

1:37:011:37:09

her, the golden girl of the sport,

emotionally this build-up for years

1:37:091:37:12

that leads into the Olympic Games,

this has been a plan for her for a

1:37:121:37:16

long time. I think she needs to come

back down and relax before deciding

1:37:161:37:21

what to do next.

I went to see her

in Korea before the games and she

1:37:211:37:25

kept talking about how she had to

risk it all to gain gold. Do you

1:37:251:37:29

think she has risked too much in the

500, 1500 and today doesn't really

1:37:291:37:35

count because she wasn't fit and

therefore was making decisions

1:37:351:37:39

because she didn't feel strong

enough but particularly the 500.

Not

1:37:391:37:42

really. We talk about her being

world champion, when she became

1:37:421:37:48

world champion last year she

finished fourth in the 500 metres

1:37:481:37:51

and she did this time. With place

Olympic was what she got at the

1:37:511:37:56

worlds, that's no mean feat, very

impressive. I think in the 1500 we

1:37:561:38:02

spoke, we underestimated the quality

of the semifinal she was in and

1:38:021:38:07

obviously having a silver and gold

medallist in your semifinal will be

1:38:071:38:10

tough and watching the replay back

from the 1500 metres, she was half a

1:38:101:38:15

metre out of mailing the overtake

and go to the final.

You are right,

1:38:151:38:20

there was Lee and Choi and they

ended up gold and silver in the

1:38:201:38:23

final. She was up against it to

finish first two, she had to take a

1:38:231:38:28

risk in the 1500.

When we talk about

taking a risk, that's not settling,

1:38:281:38:33

make sure you keep moving, you

attack to win the race, be in the

1:38:331:38:38

medals, if you start settling, the

more you save, you are not moving

1:38:381:38:42

up, you are moving backwards, things

you need to try out. Take a risk and

1:38:421:38:47

want to win but that does not mean

you risk everything, we are not

1:38:471:38:52

putting it all on the gold medal,

she still wanted to be successful

1:38:521:38:56

and take a risk in the race to do as

best as she possibly can.

In terms

1:38:561:39:01

of talent, training, commitment to

the sport, Sarah, she came into

1:39:011:39:06

these games, you know, nothing is a

certainty in short track speed

1:39:061:39:09

skating because it seems to be

incredibly rough, it's a very rough

1:39:091:39:14

sport, but to leave it now with

nothing, with no medal at all, you

1:39:141:39:19

are right, fourth place is best

Olympic finish in the 500 metres but

1:39:191:39:22

she goes home with nothing. Doesn't

that seem cruel? And if you look now

1:39:221:39:28

at her Olympic experiences, in the

last two games, I mean, that is

1:39:281:39:35

desperate. I mean, even in short

track speed skating, that is

1:39:351:39:39

unlucky, isn't it?

It's all part of

the story, isn't it, for when she

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wins, I think.

They will make a

movie. Do you believe that can

1:39:451:39:51

happen? If this ligament damage is

bad and if it has been made worse

1:39:511:39:55

today, she's going to take a long

time to recover.

With recovery for

1:39:551:39:59

things like that it depends how you

treat it initially. She doesn't have

1:39:591:40:04

to do anything else, no other

commitments, she can focus on that

1:40:041:40:10

recovery, making sure it's back to.

And then decide about training.

1:40:101:40:14

Where are the younger short track

speed skaters coming through, John,

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and where are they now? What has

Elise done to increase interest in

1:40:191:40:24

the sport?

To have a world champion

in the sport, so few people

1:40:241:40:29

competing in the country, it's

massive, everyone wants to emulate

1:40:291:40:33

what Elise has done and go on and be

successful in the World

1:40:331:40:36

Championships and the Olympics. We

set up an academy in the last couple

1:40:361:40:40

of years since she became world

champion, we've found a new athletes

1:40:401:40:44

from other sports but improving the

athletes currently in the sport from

1:40:441:40:48

recent levels, down to club level,

in the last week alone we've had

1:40:481:40:55

over 150 people register their

interest in the sport, it's not in

1:40:551:40:58

the fairy tale story we wanted

people are excited about short track

1:40:581:41:03

speed skating, they are enjoying

watching it for some reason.

It's

1:41:031:41:06

great to watch.

Some of that

excitement. They want to have a go,

1:41:061:41:12

it has been massive over the last

four years and we've been able to

1:41:121:41:16

move forward, the sport is growing,

that's fantastic.

People are

1:41:161:41:21

enjoying watching it, let's go back

for more with

1:41:211:41:23

enjoying watching it, let's go back

for more with Simon. COMMENTATOR:,

1:41:231:41:27

we have a crash, the Netherlands,

they have stopped the race. It's not

1:41:271:41:37

the first time we have had a race

stopped this evening, local time.

1:41:371:41:49

Daan Breeuwsma, from the

Netherlands. Sprawling on the ice.

1:41:491:41:52

What do you make of this?

He clashes

skates with the skater from

1:41:521:41:58

Kazakhstan. You can see it from the

reverse position. Clash blades as

1:41:581:42:06

Daan Breeuwsma stamps on the

1:42:061:42:16

Daan Breeuwsma stamps on the blade

of his opponent, they are checking

1:42:161:42:18

the blades are OK, they are a

changing them completely, changing

1:42:181:42:22

the blade. I think all three

countries,

1:42:221:42:28

including Charles Hamelin.

The heat

that we have missed so far, an

1:42:341:42:42

Olympic athlete said a new record. A

Polish surprise qualifier. There was

1:42:421:42:46

a crash, predictably. A United

States athlete was penalised but

1:42:461:42:53

would not have gone through. In the

second of the

1:42:531:43:00

second of the heats, Samuel Samuel

Girard from Canada went through very

1:43:031:43:08

comfortably. In heat

1:43:081:43:22

number three Seo Yira went through.

It was chaotic and untidy. We are

1:43:231:43:32

almost ready. The running repairs on

the track have been frequent. As

1:43:321:43:35

they fill the gaps, they spray them

frozen again.

Talking about running

1:43:351:43:44

repairs, Simon, the Kazakhstan team

really working on the

1:43:441:43:58

really working on the blades of

Denis Nikisha. They get up to speeds

1:43:581:44:03

of 50 kilometres an hour, it's

important they have their equipment

1:44:031:44:06

right.

Have you had any more time to

reflect on the race of Elise

1:44:061:44:12

Christie?

I am still in shock, I

came up from downstairs, still in

1:44:121:44:16

shock to see she got a yellow card,

I will probably ask someone this

1:44:161:44:21

evening can I see the official

reason why, they will probably said

1:44:211:44:24

no but at least I will be able to

ask.

Packed in here again once more

1:44:241:44:32

as we wait for the rerun of this

heat number four in the men's 500

1:44:321:44:38

metres. Such a mad dash, no room for

error whatsoever. Particularly in

1:44:381:44:44

the first round, these heats, the

seeding order is randomly done by

1:44:441:44:51

the computer. After this, it's done

by the fastest skater drawn in the

1:44:511:44:55

number Lane. They will come up to

the line shortly. Daan Breeuwsma has

1:44:551:45:03

never finished better than 14th in

the World Championship. Denis

1:45:031:45:06

Nikisha six in the world last year.

Limb from Korea, the Olympic

1:45:061:45:15

champion. Away they go. Clearly this

time. Denis Nikisha from Kazakhstan

1:45:151:45:20

goes to the front.

1:45:201:45:25

He has seen a little gap, and he

goes sliding through it.

Denis

1:45:271:45:35

Nikisha is storming away now.

Lim

Hyojun has gone very wide here,

1:45:351:45:41

Charles Hamelin tries to get through

on the inside. As they come round

1:45:411:45:48

now, Lim Hyojun takes the bell with

the advantage of some considerable

1:45:481:45:51

distance back to second place, and

the career wins it.

1:45:511:46:02

the career wins it. Charles Hamelin

of Canada is in third.

I wouldn't be

1:46:021:46:07

surprised to see Charles Hamelin get

a penalty therefore an infringement

1:46:071:46:15

on Denis Nikisha. And that

1:46:151:46:21

on Denis Nikisha. And that is why

Daan Breeuwsma got through into

1:46:211:46:25

second.

Once again, we saw Lim

Hyojun who is in the form of his

1:46:251:46:29

young life here.

When you have an

Olympic gold medal in your pocket,

1:46:291:46:33

it is easy to take risks, and you

feel a lot more relaxed. You see him

1:46:331:46:38

go through, making it look so easy,

and this is where the problem

1:46:381:46:40

happened with Charles Hamelin and

Denis Nikisha.

It is because Lim had

1:46:401:46:48

gone very wide on the corner, and

Charles Hamelin saw the opportunity

1:46:481:46:52

and try to go through.

Particularly

what happens in short track, if you

1:46:521:46:57

are good on the 1500m it doesn't

necessarily mean you will be good of

1:46:571:47:01

500 metres, we start to see more and

more specialist. Charles Hamelin

1:47:011:47:05

knows he is the culprit, he has

walked off the rink.

That was more

1:47:051:47:09

of the scowl and stop box for him as

he disappears. He was ninth and 13th

1:47:091:47:18

in the other two vents, it is not

really been his Olympics. And he

1:47:181:47:22

does get a penalty, he knew it, that

is why he walked off. And Denis

1:47:221:47:28

Nikisha from Kazakhstan is advanced,

so Daan

1:47:281:47:37

so Daan -- Lim Hyojun, Daan

Breeuwsma and Denis Nikisha all go

1:47:371:47:40

through.

And skaters who are

advanced are advanced to the outer

1:47:401:47:44

lane.

And a reminder that we have

eight heat here. Now, next up, we

1:47:441:47:51

have the Olympic Athlete from Russia

on the right-hand side. And the

1:47:511:47:58

false start gives me a chance to

complete this line-up.

1:47:581:48:08

complete this line-up. Ren Ziwei

there

1:48:081:48:14

there in the red, and Knegt is the

world champion at this distance, he

1:48:141:48:20

is the big Hope for the Dutch

1:48:201:48:29

is the big Hope for the Dutch here

all the skaters will now have to

1:48:291:48:31

wait. It was skate and other two who

was given the false tarte.

1:48:311:48:44

Turbat two from Kazakhstan, he has

done well to get into second place,

1:48:451:48:48

Ren Ziwei is in second, a bit of a

gap back to Sjinkie Knegt, the

1:48:481:48:54

Dutchman, putting himself into

position, one would think.

Very

1:48:541:48:58

similar situation as Elise Christie,

at the back. You don't need to

1:48:581:49:02

panic, you still have two laps to

go.

There will be one lap to go next

1:49:021:49:07

time over the line, Sjinkie Knegt

squeezes in on the inside of

1:49:071:49:12

Alexander Sheldon. It is really

tight, and Sjinkie Knegt is out of

1:49:121:49:21

it there because the Chinese athlete

Ren Ziwei wins it, and the Russian

1:49:211:49:30

athlete benefited from the battle

between Sjinkie Knegt and

1:49:301:49:34

Zhumagaziyev.

Sjinkie Knegt coming

from third place, moving into

1:49:341:49:39

second, and it can go any way.

Would

you say with an athlete as good as

1:49:391:49:44

Sjinkie Knegt in a race like this,

would it not be better for him to

1:49:441:49:47

put himself towards the front

earlier where he avoids this sort of

1:49:471:49:51

scenario where he was in a more

desperate situation on the last lap

1:49:511:49:54

when he was really under pressure?

As I was saying before, when you are

1:49:541:49:59

drawn in the heat on the very

outside lane, this is the Olympic

1:49:591:50:02

Games. It is so tight, the level of

short track speed skating is so

1:50:021:50:10

tight amongst the athletes, that can

make the difference just from your

1:50:101:50:13

lane draw, so obviously he is coming

back from fourth place going into

1:50:131:50:17

third place, moving up slowly. So we

have to wait and see now what Peter

1:50:171:50:25

Worth, the referee from Great

Britain, has to make of this.

So,

1:50:251:50:30

Ren Ziwei provisionally first. And

just waiting for confirmation of the

1:50:301:50:45

result from this 500 metres. The

judges have reached a conclusion,

1:50:451:50:47

thankfully it didn't take too long,

so let's have a luck again as

1:50:471:50:54

Sjinkie Knegt try to find a way

through. And Sjinkie Knegt is given

1:50:541:51:00

a penalty, and the Dutchman is out,

and Zhumagaziyev of Kazakhstan is

1:51:001:51:05

advanced to go through as well as

Ren Ziwei, and Aleksandr Shulginov.

1:51:051:51:13

That is the confirmation.

Again,

flabbergasted with that decision.

1:51:131:51:20

You could see him moving across,

closing the gap, and then they

1:51:201:51:24

awarded the penalty.

Plenty to talk

about with your short track friends

1:51:241:51:29

over dinner later on with the

decisions tonight! And now, heat

1:51:291:51:36

number six. The Japanese skater was

fifth in the 1000m here. Pavlasek

1:51:361:51:49

nick, the athlete from Russia --

Pavel Sitnikov, and,

1:51:491:52:06

Pavel Sitnikov, and, with Shaoang

Liu taking control of this early.

1:52:061:52:13

One or two go through to the

quarterfinals, and Abzal of

1:52:131:52:22

Kazakhstan taking control.

And Sakho

from Japan, he wasn't going to take

1:52:221:52:35

any chances in that race, he got

away well, he stayed there, but he

1:52:351:52:42

got away from the others, not least

for Pavel Sitnikov, for a while he

1:52:421:52:46

was in a good position, but then he

lost his balance is the challenges

1:52:461:52:50

grew in ferocity.

But Shaoang Liu of

Hungary led from start to finish,

1:52:501:52:56

blocking well, not allowing any

skaters to come past him, compose,

1:52:561:53:00

you can just see there, he almost

got knocked down as they approached

1:53:001:53:07

this bend, you could see the hand on

the backside of the Hungarian

1:53:071:53:14

skater, Liu. And as he is coming out

of the bend, knocked off balance,

1:53:141:53:18

both skates on the ice, really

carving into the turn to make sure

1:53:181:53:23

he goes across the line first.

1:53:231:53:32

he goes across the line first.

A lot

of pressure put on Shaoang Liu as

1:53:321:53:34

Pavel Sitnikov has been given a

penalty, so Shaoang Liu qualifies,

1:53:341:53:37

as does Ryosuke Sakazume from Japan,

and the Kazakhstan skater advances

1:53:371:53:47

as well, so some of these races in

the court of finals are going to

1:53:471:53:53

have additional skaters, it will be

more traffic. Until this afternoon,

1:53:531:53:58

this evening, we had 34 penalties

from 12 different countries. I think

1:53:581:54:04

it is probably up to about 45

penalties now, and now we have a

1:54:041:54:09

North Korean speed skater in the

red, Jong Kwang Bom. And the North

1:54:091:54:23

Korean skater goes down, and we will

have a restart.

1:54:231:54:30

have a restart. I don't understand

that, he fell with nobody in the

1:54:311:54:34

way, no contact with any other

skater whatsoever, and they are

1:54:341:54:37

having a restart. , so the second

opportunity afforded here. Let's

1:54:371:54:43

watch this once more.

He dug his toe

from the right skate, and clearly

1:54:431:54:49

you can see here there is no contact

whatsoever.

The only contact comes

1:54:491:54:53

after he has fallen with the

Japanese skater, who manages to stay

1:54:531:54:56

on his feet.

That will be the reason

why they have restarted, we are up

1:54:561:55:02

in the stands and we can't really

see that far down to the ice.

That

1:55:021:55:05

was a very nervous start for the

loan North Korean short track racer.

1:55:051:55:13

And he will have garage a couple of

divot out of the ice with his

1:55:131:55:19

blades, so the repairs are pretty

quick here. They pack some ice in

1:55:191:55:25

and then spray it so that it hardens

instantaneously and we shouldn't

1:55:251:55:32

have too much of a delay here. Hwang

Daeheon is fourth ranked in the

1:55:321:55:43

World Cup in this distance, he is up

athlete they have high hopes of, but

1:55:431:55:47

it hasn't worked out so far. For

one, it has been brilliant, and for

1:55:471:55:53

Hwang Daeheon it hasn't been quite

so good, 14th and 17th in the two

1:55:531:55:58

events so far.

Very disappointing

considering his World Championships

1:55:581:56:01

performance.

1:56:011:56:08

performance.

Thomas Hong of the

United States is in this field as

1:56:081:56:11

well. The tracksuit tops are off

once again. And they will go once

1:56:111:56:17

more.

1:56:171:56:22

more. Cato Watanabe of Japan, and

the North Korean is on the deck and

1:56:231:56:35

out of the race very quickly.

Leading the way by a mile here is

1:56:351:56:40

Hwang Daeheon of career, being

chased by Watanabe of Japan, quite a

1:56:401:56:47

gap back to Thomas Hong of the

United States.

And it is all about

1:56:471:56:51

the time, they are trying to skaters

fast as possible because the time

1:56:511:56:55

they set in the heat will determine

the lane they draw in the

1:56:551:56:58

quarterfinals.

It looks like Hwang

Daeheon is really going for it, he

1:56:581:57:04

will win this by a mile, and

Watanabe will go through to the

1:57:041:57:10

quarterfinals, soap Hwang Daeheon in

first place, Watanabe in second,

1:57:101:57:14

Thomas Hong of the United States in

three, and still skating around,

1:57:141:57:18

getting ready to come into the

finish is Jong Kwang Bom of North

1:57:181:57:23

Korea, but his race was over very

quickly. He got into a bit of an

1:57:231:57:27

elbow match almost from the very

gun.

They didn't take part in the

1:57:271:57:32

limit qualifying events, and the IOC

awarded them an extra spot to try to

1:57:321:57:36

promote the event in North Korea,

but it clearly he has very little

1:57:361:57:42

experience at this level, and that

could be dangerous for the other

1:57:421:57:45

skaters. You can see him there

pushing that right hand. And

1:57:451:57:51

Watanabe on the outside, he is just

pushing him away, and again, he is

1:57:511:57:56

just knocked off balance, and it

will be interesting to see what

1:57:561:57:59

Peter Worth has to make of this. But

this man had no trouble whatsoever.

1:57:591:58:03

He is a class act, isn't he? Really

comfortable, a great start for him

1:58:031:58:09

in these 500 metres. The short visit

to the competition for Jong Kwang

1:58:091:58:16

Bom of North Korea. First

international event of any note as

1:58:161:58:24

far as we can tell from him. Yet

again, the judges are reviewing the

1:58:241:58:30

action. And I think he will be the

culprit in this one. Of receiving a

1:58:301:58:39

penalty, I really think we do, I

think we are up to number 47 by now.

1:58:391:58:47

And the skater from the peoples were

of career, Jong Kwang Bom, receives

1:58:471:58:52

a penalty from the referee, but it

doesn't affect the result at all,

1:58:521:58:58

and that is confirmation of the

result. One more heat to come, and

1:58:581:59:04

my goodness me, what a high-quality

one it is as well, this is almost

1:59:041:59:09

worthy of an Olympic final. Han

Tianyu

1:59:091:59:20

Tianyu of China, Shaolin Sandor Liu,

John-Henry Krueger who won Silver in

1:59:201:59:26

the 1000m the other day, and what a

field. Someone will have to make way

1:59:261:59:33

here.

1:59:331:59:39

here. Shaolin Sandor Liu thinks he

needs to get to the front, and he is

1:59:391:59:43

being chased by Han Tianyu.

John-Henry Krueger from the USA at

1:59:431:59:47

the back just has to wait, there is

nothing he can really do.

This is

1:59:471:59:51

going to be really tight, one lap to

go and over the line. Shaolin Sandor

1:59:511:59:56

Liu from hungry leads the way, and

Han Tianyu is in second place,

1:59:562:00:02

Seaman Elistratov trying to steal it

at the end, I'm not sure if he will

2:00:022:00:05

find a way through, I'm not sure if

he found it, such a high-quality

2:00:052:00:09

field, nothing John-Henry Krueger

could do about it in terms of moving

2:00:092:00:12

up from the back, it was a high

paced, high quality race, on the

2:00:122:00:15

first two over the line, Shaolin

Sandor Liu and Han Tianyu.

2:00:152:00:23

I think it says it all, the way they

started, one, two, three, four on

2:00:232:00:28

the line. Shaolin Sandor Liu paced

himself by going round the outside

2:00:282:00:34

and then it was game over the.

For

the near shaped it, in a race like

2:00:342:00:38

this with four really good skaters,

the lottery of how they start, will

2:00:382:00:46

that be the decisive factor?

Probably. The sport is still growing

2:00:462:00:51

and learning. We need to look at the

rules and regulations of the first

2:00:512:00:55

round pick, because the seeding of

the races is based on the World

2:00:552:00:59

Cups. In World Cup status, this is

correct, but in terms of the lane

2:00:592:01:03

draw they get on the 1000 metres, it

is done by the computer on the very

2:01:032:01:09

first round. And he looked very

comfortable indeed.

Shaolin Sandor

2:01:092:01:13

loop going through in qualifying, as

well as Han Tianyu from China.

2:01:132:01:21

Elistratov won a bronze the other

day in another event. And that

2:01:212:01:29

completes the men's 500 metre heats.

The quarterfinal line-up, who has

2:01:292:01:33

impressed you so far?

I think Wu

Dajing is the man to look to. Like

2:01:332:01:46

the long track yesterday, the 500

metres is such a top event, so many

2:01:462:01:50

people that can qualify. And can

take home gold. I don't like to say

2:01:502:01:57

any name, because probably after

Thursday evening, they will go out

2:01:572:02:03

in the quarterfinals.

The crowd have

a chance to grab a drink, a stack,

2:02:032:02:08

and catch their breath. They are

resurfacing the ice and then later

2:02:082:02:12

on we have the potential mayhem of

the ladies 3000 metre relay finals

2:02:122:02:17

with four times as many athletes on

the track. STUDIO: We will certainly

2:02:172:02:22

be back for that. Amazing for the

short track speed skating. If you're

2:02:222:02:26

tuning in wondering what happens to

Elise Christie, at nine o'clock this

2:02:262:02:30

morning it was confirmed she would

line-up for her heat in the 1000

2:02:302:02:36

metres. This was the event in which

she is world champion. John and

2:02:362:02:43

Sarah alongside me to analyse what

happened. In the first starchy tried

2:02:432:02:46

to take the lead. What happened?

She

to run, she went off hard. And she

2:02:462:02:54

caught blades with the girl next to

from Hungary and tripped over and

2:02:542:02:58

fell. Probably a little bit rattled.

What are the rules on the restart?

2:02:582:03:07

They will restart the race if there

is a clash before the apex block,

2:03:072:03:10

the middle block of the first

corner. If police had fallen there,

2:03:102:03:18

it disturbs the race because she

would have stopped Andreas Kessler

2:03:182:03:21

moving forward in the race. The race

has been disturbed. We have seen

2:03:212:03:27

other races where they have fallen

on their own and carried on.

A

2:03:272:03:32

pretty hard impact on the ice. She

holds the right ankle, which is

2:03:322:03:36

where the problem has been since a

fall in the semifinals of the 1500.

2:03:362:03:42

Nicky Gooch, the coach, made

adjustments to her skates and the

2:03:422:03:45

referee talks to her as well. The

assumption was it was over and she

2:03:452:03:49

was out, but she lined up again.

We

all thought that, we sat back in our

2:03:492:03:54

hearts sank, we thought it was

finished. She went over to the side,

2:03:542:04:02

sorted out her blades and then

started the race again. Different

2:04:022:04:04

tactics this time. She wanted to

give it her best shot, but we know

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in 1000 metres she can still make up

some ground.

It looked like when she

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got going she was skating quite

nicely. She catches up with the pack

2:04:142:04:18

and starts to make moves and then

you see that she is not her usual

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confident self.

Her options are

either sweet whites to go round them

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all or pick them off one by one on

the inside.

I think she was trying

2:04:262:04:31

to make it easy for herself, make

the overtaking easy without making a

2:04:312:04:35

big move round the outside. She

looks very conscious of her ankle

2:04:352:04:39

while she is skating round.

As we

see from the first overtake, she

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makes it quite nicely, comfortable,

the gap appears and she slots in.

2:04:452:04:49

She read it well and makes it look

easy. We start to think, here we go.

2:04:492:04:54

But no, the next one is very first

real issue comes. She makes the

2:04:542:05:00

overtake, she gets alongside her,

and that's where a lease in her

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interview mentioned she didn't think

it was a penalty.

But the problem

2:05:042:05:07

is, she causes the crash, and that

is the first penalty.

She looked a

2:05:072:05:12

bit wobbly, did well to recover and

then goes for the undertake again.

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She makes this one quite nicely but

I think it's when she starts to

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block and is too forceful on her

blocking to shut the track down. And

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that means penalty number two,

resulting in the yellow card.

She

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knows there, the Bell has gone and

somebody has taken over her on the

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inside and there is not enough time

to get back to second place to

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qualify. She was deathly trying to

hold her position to get through to

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the next round.

She is alongside the

Hungarian girl there, but she can't

2:05:462:05:52

get enough space to make it

comfortable. And that causes the

2:05:522:05:54

crash.

2:05:542:06:02

crash. She is pushing and using her

arm a little bit. She doesn't want

2:06:022:06:05

to get back pastor. Nicky Gooch

carrying her off, that was always

2:06:052:06:09

the plan because we didn't want her

to walk in her skates. Walking round

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in speed skates with long blades is

not the most comfortable, so with a

2:06:142:06:18

sore ankle, the idea was to get her

off the ice and get her as quick as

2:06:182:06:22

possible with her skates off,

because fingers crossed she was to

2:06:222:06:25

redo the next round.

It is to Elise

Christie's credit that she lined up

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twice and went straight to David

McDaid after to give this interview.

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First of all, tell us what's going

through your mind.

To be honest, not

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much. A few days ago I didn't think

I would be getting on the ice. I did

2:06:402:06:50

everything I could to turn this

around. I had ligament damage in my

2:06:502:06:53

ankle. Putting a skate on with that

is not the comfiest thing in the

2:06:532:06:59

world. We did everything we could to

turn this around. It obviously

2:06:592:07:04

wasn't meant to be.

If it was any

other competition, would you have

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been on the start line today?

No, I

would have been off the ice for five

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or six weeks. I wouldn't have gone

back if it was the World

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Championships, and that would have

been my choice... That wouldn't have

2:07:192:07:23

been my choice, I would have been

told I couldn't go back. But the

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only reason I got the choice was

because it was the Olympics. To me

2:07:262:07:32

being kicked and falling at the

start didn't matter. I had trained

2:07:322:07:36

all my life for this, it was

everything to me. And, yes, it's

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done.

I think everyone watching will

think you have a hell of a lot of

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guts.

Thanks. I felt I owed it to

Britain, you know? I want to get

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short track out there. It's an

amazing sport. At times it can do

2:07:552:08:00

this to you. I can put my hands up

right now and say I have no idea why

2:08:002:08:04

I got the yellow card. When I

watched the race I was kicked at the

2:08:042:08:09

start and fell over. I have never

had a yellow card in my life. I very

2:08:092:08:14

rarely get penalties. I went up the

inside. I went past the girl on the

2:08:142:08:20

video. I have no idea. The only

thing I can think is possibly the

2:08:202:08:25

referee doesn't think it is safe by

race with my ankle the way it is

2:08:252:08:28

because he was encouraging me to get

off the ice when I fell at the

2:08:282:08:32

start. If that is it then fair

enough. I can see why he might not

2:08:322:08:36

want me to race like that, because

it might not be the safest. But,

2:08:362:08:41

yeah...

We know how much work you

put in and you are talking about but

2:08:412:08:47

in short track out there. I think

you have done that, you are the

2:08:472:08:50

world champion. How do you sum up

these games? I think it's fair to

2:08:502:08:57

say it hasn't really gone very well.

LAUGHTER

2:08:572:09:01

You would have to ask me tomorrow.

Right now I'm a little bit

2:09:012:09:07

shell-shocked. I worked so hard to

come back from this injury. I think

2:09:072:09:12

a thousand people wouldn't have

skated with my ankle the way it was.

2:09:122:09:19

The only thing I can say is I can

promise of Britain that I will fight

2:09:192:09:23

back from this and I will come back

for Beijing. And hopefully I can do

2:09:232:09:29

Britain proud then.

Back to Beijing.

I know after the last time you felt

2:09:292:09:35

you couldn't go on, but this time

you don't feel that. It's different

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this time, you can go to Beijing.

Yes, I have so much belief in the

2:09:392:09:45

programme and myself, and none of

that was my physical capability. It

2:09:452:09:53

was just... Short track! What else

can I say? Everyone has been such a

2:09:532:10:01

massive support to me. Team GB has

turned this around. Everybody at

2:10:012:10:06

home, most people, anyway, I can't

believe how supportive they have

2:10:062:10:09

been. I definitely believe I can

come back to medal in Beijing, but I

2:10:092:10:17

just have to wait for more years. It

just wasn't to be this time.

Despite

2:10:172:10:22

what happened, we are all immensely

proud of you. You are the world

2:10:222:10:26

champion. Lots of people come to the

Olympics and don't win medals. We

2:10:262:10:30

are really proud you had the guts to

get out of the start line and we

2:10:302:10:33

look forward to seeing you in

Beijing. Thank you.

Thank you, and I

2:10:332:10:38

would like to thank all the kids who

have sent me messages. I really

2:10:382:10:44

appreciate all those kids sending me

messages saying they are inspired by

2:10:442:10:47

me. They have no idea what that

means to me, but it's amazing that

2:10:472:10:52

five-year-olds and seven-year-olds

can find me inspiring. It brings

2:10:522:10:56

tears to my eyes.

Thanks very much.

STUDIO: Elise Christie doing well to

2:10:562:11:02

hold it together and be as

philosophical as she can be. This is

2:11:022:11:05

the rule infringement she committed.

If there is more than one

2:11:052:11:11

infringement,...

2:11:112:11:18

As John and Sarah made clear, there

are two incidents. The first, John,

2:11:232:11:29

was this 50-50 or was this a lease's

fault?

As she goes down the straight

2:11:292:11:35

and across the start line, she gets

alongside Andrea. -- or was this a

2:11:352:11:40

lease's fault. But then the

Hungarian girl is back in front. You

2:11:402:11:48

put your hands... Your fate in the

referee's hands. The second one was

2:11:482:11:57

Elise Christie trying too hard to

shut the door and making sure the

2:11:572:12:01

girl doesn't come past. It's the

last lap and she's trying as hard as

2:12:012:12:05

possible. For me that was a clear

penalty.

You have seen a lot of

2:12:052:12:10

short track skating between you and

have been involved ourselves. Were

2:12:102:12:13

you surprised when the yellow card

came up?

Yes.

Surprised to see the

2:12:132:12:19

yellow card because like Elise says,

she's never had a yellow card and

2:12:192:12:23

it's probably the one thing we

haven't seen yet from her. It's

2:12:232:12:26

another one that we throw into the

mix. We talk about it being a tough

2:12:262:12:30

sport and not fair on Elise, but she

finds different ways to put us

2:12:302:12:34

through the mill, sort of thing. We

talk about that sport, it's unfair,

2:12:342:12:38

but for it to keep happening to the

same person over and over again,

2:12:382:12:43

it's tough.

However many times we

watched that interview come you

2:12:432:12:48

don't get desensitised to the

emotion of it. Every time you watch

2:12:482:12:51

it, you have a lump in your throat,

tears in your eyes. It's a sad end

2:12:512:12:57

for this Olympics for her.

For

anyone watching at home who doesn't

2:12:572:13:04

know Elise, they will be feeling

that emotion. And you feel it keenly

2:13:042:13:07

because you know her so well.

And I

feel the butterflies before she goes

2:13:072:13:11

out to race. I have sweaty palms, I

can't breathe watching the race as

2:13:112:13:17

it unfolds. And afterwards, when she

wins, I have tears in my eyes happy

2:13:172:13:22

for her, screaming the room down.

And when she fails or falls or

2:13:222:13:27

crashes or loses, I feel that too.

Such is the interest in Elise

2:13:272:13:32

Christie, this is a global story,

not just a British story. The

2:13:322:13:38

overall World Cup champion, the

world jabbing at 1500 and 1000

2:13:382:13:41

metres. All the rest of the press

wanted to talk to her. And you could

2:13:412:13:45

hear in the crowd, the shock when

she went down at the start of the

2:13:452:13:49

heat. The crowd have been supporting

her. She spent a lot of time in

2:13:492:13:52

South Korea and they understand

their short track speed skating. You

2:13:522:13:56

could see the time she gave to all

the media outlets to answer the

2:13:562:14:04

questions that they had. That in

itself is draining. The whole

2:14:042:14:07

experience has been exhausting, and

yet, within those interviews, to be

2:14:072:14:11

able to say, I am prepared to come

back in Beijing and take even more

2:14:112:14:15

of this.

That's a testament to what

she said about the programme behind

2:14:152:14:21

her, the support she had and what

she has been through since Sochi.

2:14:212:14:24

You have seen how she has been able

to face up to her issues in these

2:14:242:14:27

games. She has been emotional, but

that's her coping mechanism. The

2:14:272:14:33

team around have put everything in

place and that will be there when

2:14:332:14:36

she comes on, probably more so, so

she can come back and they will make

2:14:362:14:41

sure she's in the best possible

place, especially in the next couple

2:14:412:14:44

of months because she will have to

go through rehab and make herself

2:14:442:14:47

fit healthy again.

Wilf O'Reilly was

asking if she might make the

2:14:472:14:52

decision to go to long track skating

or indeed cycling. Are those

2:14:522:14:56

realistic options?

2:14:562:14:58

She loves sport, I think she is an

athlete, I don't think she will move

2:15:042:15:08

into another sport. I can't speak

for her but I think she will want to

2:15:082:15:12

do activity and she might want to go

and play some sport but I don't

2:15:122:15:16

think she will switch - due loves

short-track.

And you can't

2:15:162:15:20

underestimate the skills that are

involved in another sport, sort of

2:15:202:15:23

things and I think she would like to

have a go at other things edit if it

2:15:232:15:27

gives her that mental break and that

freshen up sort of thing and

2:15:272:15:30

hopefully we will see her back on

the ice and raring to go.

When you

2:15:302:15:34

go through your big debrief with

British short-track, do you try and

2:15:342:15:39

work out, why does this happen at

the Olympics specifically, when

2:15:392:15:47

clearly, there might be

disqualifications but the same

2:15:472:15:49

things do not happen at the World

Championships?

Yes, there will be a

2:15:492:15:54

big review and hopefully there will

be some clear evidence that we can

2:15:542:15:57

point our fingers to certain things

but at this moment in time I can sit

2:15:572:16:01

here and say pretty confidently that

the guys have done everything they

2:16:012:16:05

possibly can. Yes, we have had some

bad luck but that is part of sport

2:16:052:16:10

and we plan for different scenarios,

but the guys will be sitting there

2:16:102:16:13

tonight absolutely devastated but

they were no getting up tomorrow

2:16:132:16:16

that they did everything they

possibly could to get a lease,

2:16:162:16:20

Farrell and Josh and all of the

others in the best possible

2:16:202:16:22

condition to compete.

Sport is so

unpredictable and we have got all of

2:16:222:16:27

our hopes pinned on one athlete. The

stronger the depth in our sport and

2:16:272:16:31

the more people we can get involved,

then we're not in that situation

2:16:312:16:35

hopefully in four years' time, and

there is a much stronger team going

2:16:352:16:39

in and more than one person can be

our medal hope. And we have seen

2:16:392:16:42

that in skeleton, with Laura Davies

backing up Lizzy Yarnold.

And we

2:16:422:16:48

have got some great grassroots, some

great clubs doing fantastic work

2:16:482:16:51

with some young kids, and we're

really seeing that improving but

2:16:512:16:55

they need the support and help like

any other sport. If we get that as

2:16:552:16:59

well, we can really move forward,

we've got some fantastic athletes in

2:16:592:17:03

our sport, we just need to keep them

coming.

Elise Christie's exit from

2:17:032:17:07

these Olympic Games will be the

headline on day 11, but here's what

2:17:072:17:11

else has been happening today. Great

Britain's men's curling team look to

2:17:112:17:17

be on course for a semifinal spot

after a convincing 10-3 win over

2:17:172:17:22

Norway. It was also a very good day

for Britain's female curlers, who

2:17:222:17:28

beat Japan eightsix, and they're now

well placed to qualify, with a just

2:17:282:17:31

one match, against Canada, to come.

Talking of Canada, Tessa Virtue and

2:17:312:17:38

Scott Moir became the most decorated

figure skaters in Olympic history

2:17:382:17:42

after winning a second gold medal of

these games in the ice dance,

2:17:422:17:48

pipping Gabriella Papadakis and

Guillaume Cizeron, who took the

2:17:482:17:52

silver. And Penny Coomes and Nick

Buckland finished in a creditable

2:17:522:17:57

11th position, their third Olympics

together. They have both had to

2:17:572:18:02

overcome serious injury issues.

Cassie Sharpe lived up to her

2:18:022:18:06

billing as favourite by taking the

women's freestyle skiing halfpipe

2:18:062:18:11

gold the Canada. Great day for them.

Meanwhile Britain's Rowan Cheshire

2:18:112:18:16

completed her comeback from a

horrible crash in so cheap with an

2:18:162:18:19

impressive seventh placed finish.

But in qualifying for the men's ski

2:18:192:18:26

halfpipe, Murray Buchan and Peter

Speight narrowly missed out on a

2:18:262:18:29

place in Thursdays final. The

American trio topped the standings.

2:18:292:18:36

Now, there was more breaking news

this morning, with the Court of

2:18:362:18:40

Arbitration for Sport and announcing

that a player from the Slovenia

2:18:402:18:43

men's ice hockey team, Ziga Jeglic,

had tested positive for a banned

2:18:432:18:47

substance. He will leave the Games

within 24 hours after accepting a

2:18:472:18:53

positive test for the band asthma

medication. And that news became

2:18:532:19:02

publicly just before Slovenia's game

against Norway this morning, and

2:19:022:19:05

this is how they get on with out

him.

2:19:052:19:13

Can Norway use their energy, or will

it be Slovenia, with the superior

2:19:132:19:17

skill, to reach the quarterfinals

and a blood chilling matchup with an

2:19:172:19:26

OAR side who have been a class apart

in this tournament so far? Slovenia

2:19:262:19:30

will want to start this one quickly.

That one is held onto.

2:19:302:19:44

That one is held onto. Goes across

the zone, and that is over the top.

2:19:442:19:51

Another shot and a goal! Or is it?!

It is! Took some time for the

2:19:512:19:58

referee to recognise that! 28

seconds of the power play have gone

2:19:582:20:04

and Slovenia have the lead!

2:20:042:20:10

and Slovenia have the lead! Well, he

was set up three separate times and

2:20:142:20:16

the first two went right over the

net. Then the captain Mursak tried

2:20:162:20:24

for a third time. And Norway score!

And Tommy Kristiansen will get the

2:20:242:20:34

credit! This game is up in the! A

place in the quarterfinals very much

2:20:342:20:38

at stake!

2:20:382:20:44

at stake!

What a pass and that was

wave too nonchalant from the

2:20:442:20:50

Slovenian defender Kovacevic. Tommy

Kristiansen driving hard to the net.

2:20:502:20:59

It is going to be power play time if

as the browser will now go.

2:20:592:21:09

SETH BENNETT: CAPNEXT we are going

into overtime - 60 minutes can't

2:21:092:21:14

split these two!

2:21:142:21:19

split these two! Thoresen, can he

finish in style! Could be a chance

2:21:222:21:28

now... They score!

2:21:282:21:37

now... They score! Norway have won

it in overtime!

2:21:372:21:43

it in overtime!

There is no-one in

the blue paint, you've got to think

2:21:432:21:46

this is a good goal.

2:21:462:21:52

this is a good goal. Norway are

quarterfinalists after beating

2:21:522:21:53

Slovenia in overtime here at the

Winter Olympics. And Kent Simpson

2:21:532:22:00

joins us, he was a professional ice

2:22:002:22:02

Winter Olympics. And Kent Simpson

joins us, he was a professional ice

2:22:022:22:02

hockey player for nine years,

represented Canada and has played in

2:22:022:22:06

the UK for Sheffield Steelers.

Can I

talk you first of all about how

2:22:062:22:10

Slovenia were affected by missing

Ziga Jeglic and also more on what it

2:22:102:22:13

is he has tested positive for wanted

you can imagine this was a big blow

2:22:132:22:18

to the team just a couple of hours

before they took to the ice if one

2:22:182:22:21

of their best players taken to the

court of arbitration and it is

2:22:212:22:26

anti-doping, an asthma medication.

And the bed biggest thing is puddle

2:22:262:22:34

and banned substances but because

this person might have asthma, all

2:22:342:22:39

you have to do is disclose it and if

you does so, typically you can carry

2:22:392:22:44

on playing. So it almost seems like

this was Miss communication, the

2:22:442:22:48

team officials did not let the

anti-doping officials know that he

2:22:482:22:52

was taking this which means it is a

violation. And actually he put his

2:22:522:22:55

hand up and said, yes, guilty, I'm

out.

Exactly. It does not sound like

2:22:552:23:00

he opposed it was said, I didn't do

this. He admitted guilt, which leads

2:23:002:23:06

you to believe that he thought he

was innocent. This was something

2:23:062:23:09

that he thought he was allowed to

take. But in this day and age, with

2:23:092:23:14

all the anti-doping, it's just

incredible. It's just a mistake of

2:23:142:23:16

huge amounts.

And talking doing --

talking to Amy Williams last night

2:23:162:23:24

she said she would not even drink

from a bottle of water if it had

2:23:242:23:29

already been opened. She would start

a fresh one in case something had

2:23:292:23:33

contaminated it.

Exactly right,

anything you're consuming you've got

2:23:332:23:36

to let your team doctor note and

make sure they're B officials know,

2:23:362:23:40

it is that simple.

Bring me up to

speed on the ice hockey as it

2:23:402:23:44

stands. In the women's final we have

got final everybody predicted?

Yes,

2:23:442:23:51

it is Canada against USA. It has

been a wonderful tournament. We have

2:23:512:23:54

seen other teams playing very well,

just not quite to the level of the

2:23:542:23:59

Americans and Canada, and as is

usually the case is now going for

2:23:592:24:02

gold.

And in the men's?

We're just

working our way towards the

2:24:022:24:06

quarterfinals and Norway came from

behind to beat Slovenia, so, a tough

2:24:062:24:13

day for Slovenia. And you've got the

likes of Sweden, Canada, Czech

2:24:132:24:17

Republic, they're waiting for their

teams' qualification today.

And

2:24:172:24:21

we've seen some fantastic action in

it already. I noticed at the end of

2:24:212:24:25

the USA-Canada game in the heat, did

you see the fight, in the women's

2:24:252:24:29

game? It adds to the action!

Fighting is part of it sometimes?

2:24:292:24:35

Sometimes it is, you have got to

push for every inch, but when it is

2:24:352:24:39

Canada-USA, the tension is ramped up

that it more. If you think it is

2:24:392:24:45

going to be the gold game and it is

going to be even more.

And you will

2:24:452:24:48

be part of that commentary team on

Thursday. We're going to be heading

2:24:482:24:53

off to Bobsleigh fairly soon, the

first of four runs in the women's

2:24:532:24:56

bobsleigh, with Mica McNeill and

Mica Moore going for Great Britain.

2:24:562:25:02

They have had an interesting time

getting to Pyeongchang. Have a look

2:25:022:25:04

at this story.

2:25:042:25:10

at this story. One of the hard years

that you've worked thinking, this is

2:25:112:25:14

the Olympic and is, we want him to

go into it in the best shape was a

2:25:142:25:18

ball, and then it kind of gets

stopped. It was absolutely

2:25:182:25:21

heartbreaking. BBC Sport understands

that British bobsleigh is set to

2:25:212:25:28

withdraw funding from its women's

team just five months before the

2:25:282:25:31

Winter Olympics. Mica McNeill says

she is gutted and shocked to be told

2:25:312:25:37

by bosses there was no money left to

fund her team because of an

2:25:372:25:40

overspend.

2:25:402:25:45

overspend.

It was my career low,

very, very low, as low as you can

2:25:462:25:49

get. You've worked hard and it is

crushed and you don't know if you

2:25:492:25:54

can turn around from that.

Athletes

don't just give up, we really have

2:25:542:26:02

to be positive and just put

everything into it and think, there

2:26:022:26:06

has to be something that we can do.

So, just had to try.

2:26:062:26:14

So, just had to try. Obviously,

learning that we were not going to

2:26:172:26:19

get our funding for the winter was

very difficult, but I think that we

2:26:192:26:24

instantly came together with a plan

that we could move forward swiftly

2:26:242:26:29

with, because the season was coming

around very quickly, and I think we

2:26:292:26:32

did that very well, and Nico put a

lot of hard work into it.

2:26:322:26:40

lot of hard work into it.

I honestly

didn't know if it was going to work

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and I thought we might get a

terrible response, we might get a

2:26:442:26:47

lot of criticism for setting this

up, but we set it up and it just

2:26:472:26:51

kind of started rolling. And I think

it was day six, we hit 28 grand or

2:26:512:26:58

something, and it was like so

emotional, I just found myself

2:26:582:27:01

shopping one day with my mum and she

said, what are you doing? I just

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started crying, because everything

was just so overwhelming.

2:27:052:27:16

was just so overwhelming. Bobsleigh

is such a small sport, you don't

2:27:162:27:18

think that people are watching all

looking out for your results. That

2:27:182:27:21

people were willing to support us

and help us on our journey was

2:27:212:27:25

amazing. We want to say thank you

for all your contributions to our

2:27:252:27:31

campaign, we're a so grateful.

We've

had a good few days back on the ice

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and we are so excited for the rest

of our season. We can't thank people

2:27:352:27:39

enough McKenna some people would

have put money in there and they

2:27:392:27:43

might not know actually how much it

does mean to our team.

2:27:432:27:50

does mean to our team.

At any major

champs, anything can happen, and it

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is whoever performs on the day, and

I think that me and Mica, what we've

2:27:532:27:57

been working towards is getting that

consistency and making sure that we

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can perform on the day.

The

Olympics, it's every athlete's

2:28:012:28:05

dream, you know, it's kind of the

highest level that you can compete

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at. And it would just mean, just to

there is so special, and to be

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competing for a medal is absolutely

incredible.

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We are about seven minutes away from

the first run of four in the women's

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bobsleigh, and Nicola Minichiello is

with us, who has competed in the

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Olympic Games in the bobsleigh and

also Amy Williams, of course, medal

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winner from Vancouver. Did you get a

good night's asleep?

Not too bad,

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thank you.

She flew in last night!

Now, you basically discovered Mica?

2:28:422:28:50

Absolutely and something I'm very,

very proud of. The track that I used

2:28:502:28:53

to train in in North Yorkshire,

Nicola Tralee came along for a

2:28:532:28:59

school taster day, saw her and loved

her and really pushed her to get

2:28:592:29:02

involved. Right through to the Youth

Olympics. She is a huge talent and

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the biggest thing, mentally, she's a

so strong and so determined.

And

2:29:082:29:12

what do Mica and Mica bring to each

other, what would make them a good

2:29:122:29:16

combination, they've clearly gone

through an awful lot...? Actually

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just a word on Jamaica. Their coach

left, what was that all about?

A

2:29:202:29:26

whole lot of drama about actually

not that much. So, culturally, yes,

2:29:262:29:35

she's German, hugely successful in

her own right, she didn't quite fit

2:29:352:29:38

into the team. There were some

issues, a of tensions and so the

2:29:382:29:43

Jamaican federation took the very

brave step at this point in the

2:29:432:29:45

Olympic cycle, that's not make

mistake, virtually all of the teams

2:29:452:29:50

are falling apart at this stage...!

They took the decision to move her

2:29:502:29:54

into a role where perhaps she was

more suited and she could use her

2:29:542:29:57

skill set, let's put it like that.

And she decided that that was not

2:29:572:30:01

what she wanted to do and she was

going to create a whole lot of

2:30:012:30:04

drama. She didn't own the sled, she

never owned the sled, it is the same

2:30:042:30:09

sled that they had been using all

season, however she decided to go to

2:30:092:30:13

the press and cry and talk about

this ambassador.

I am off and I am

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taking my bob with me!

She made it

her job to destroy the Jamaican

2:30:192:30:25

team, which is really sad for

somebody who has contributed so much

2:30:252:30:27

to the sport.

And Jamaica are women

competing for the first time in

2:30:272:30:32

this, obviously, we had them in 30

years ago! And also Nigeria, first

2:30:322:30:35

time ever?

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Obviously these equipment will not

be the same level as the Germans,

2:30:432:30:49

the Americans and as, but they are

here and competing in the games and

2:30:492:30:52

it's wonderful to see. You want them

to get down safely and you hope they

2:30:522:30:56

all have enough coaching to be able

to get down safely. Hopefully the

2:30:562:31:00

bobsled stays upright and they get

over the finishing line.

It's not

2:31:002:31:04

about them winning medals, it's

about them inspiring a generation of

2:31:042:31:08

young African children who say, they

like me, I can take part and I can

2:31:082:31:14

this. Maybe this is a possibility

and an opportunity.

This is the

2:31:142:31:17

course they will have to cope with.

From a driver's point

2:31:172:31:21

course they will have to cope with.

From a driver's point of view, where

2:31:212:31:22

are the major issues, what is

difficult about it and what do you

2:31:222:31:26

need to do?

It's not dangerous or

particularly fast, but it's very

2:31:262:31:31

technical. Velocity is key, going

through the top level of the track.

2:31:312:31:36

Curves one and two, it's open at the

beginning and it's designed to throw

2:31:362:31:42

them into the wall. Curves four is

very different to the training.

2:31:422:31:49

Keeping the Riedle this going. The

next challenge is to come off curves

2:31:492:31:52

nine and going to a bendy straight,

ten and 11, there is no corner to

2:31:522:31:58

it, but it is designed to knock your

speed off. Downhill through the last

2:31:582:32:03

two sections, this is where people

were having problems last year, but

2:32:032:32:06

they were trying to cope with the

top of the track. Carry as much

2:32:062:32:11

speed as possible up the hill

through the last two corners.

What

2:32:112:32:14

sort of speed will they get up to?

Around 125, 128 kph.

Amy, you were

2:32:142:32:24

watching the events unfold, and the

track is very exciting and things

2:32:242:32:30

can change.

The athletes all seem to

love it. There are flat sections,

2:32:302:32:34

uphill sections, a unique track with

always something going on. It's very

2:32:342:32:37

technical. You can all get down

safely in one piece, but it's how to

2:32:372:32:41

get the speed from all those tiny

details.

We want to mention

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Humphreys, the pilot of the Canadian

Bob, going for a third successive

2:32:482:32:52

Olympic gold medal. She has topped

the time sheets in practice.

She is

2:32:522:32:59

a double Olympic champion coming

into this and coming into it you

2:32:592:33:02

would have to say it's hers. But she

has had issues with the track and

2:33:022:33:08

hasn't really got into it.

2:33:082:33:13

hasn't really got into it. It's a

massively open field.

Great Britain

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will go 17th, just before Jamaica.

The ice isn't deteriorating as much

2:33:192:33:27

here. It's not a disadvantage. The

women's is capped at 20, in the

2:33:272:33:33

men's they had 30.

John Jackson and

John Hunt in the commentary box.

2:33:332:33:38

Looks like a decent crowd because

there will be a Korean team going

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down, and they will be first on the

ice. COMMENTATOR: Indeed, Claire.

2:33:412:33:46

Welcome back to the Sliding Centre.

We have had around four and a half

2:33:462:33:51

thousand people here every night.

Bobsled is the end of the evening

2:33:512:33:55

action in Korea. Welcome back, more

excitement absolutely guaranteed.

2:33:552:34:01

The Koreans will be off first. John

Jackson is with me and as ever has

2:34:012:34:06

been keeping an eye on the important

air and ice temperatures.

The ice

2:34:062:34:14

temperatures tonight are around

minus eight. That's consistent with

2:34:142:34:17

what we have seen and we know it is

good for the British because their

2:34:172:34:21

equipment works well in that sort of

temperature. It's good for us.

The

2:34:212:34:28

action is about to get underway. The

Korean pairing underway first. Kim

2:34:282:34:34

and Tim. No relation. -- Tim and Tim

--

2:34:342:34:49

-- Kim and Kim. The pilot is Kim

Minseong. They were on the 18th here

2:34:502:35:00

on their World Cup event last March.

They got a pretty moderate 5.66

2:35:002:35:06

start that time. They are away to

great roars. We will see if they can

2:35:062:35:11

get under that. They will need to,

the start record here is 5.2 five.

2:35:112:35:17

5.6 to suggest they will struggle to

improve what they did last year in

2:35:172:35:22

the World Cup when they only

finished 18th.

Not a great start

2:35:222:35:28

through two and three. A little tap

as they go through four and the flat

2:35:282:35:31

section coming up. They should know

the track very well but the limited

2:35:312:35:38

time in racing this season is

probably why they haven't settled

2:35:382:35:41

into it. A great line in 212. This

is the team that will put down a

2:35:412:35:46

marker. Maybe the first two or three

will struggle round it but once we

2:35:462:35:52

get to the fourth and fifth sled and

onwards, we will see the Afterburn

2:35:522:35:57

is put down as the world-class

pilots come down the track.

2:35:572:36:05

pilots come down the track.

A new

track record, but we have seen those

2:36:052:36:08

records fall regularly. A pat on the

back for that. We will see shortly

2:36:082:36:14

how fast that was with the likes of

Humphreys, Meyers Taylor, and the

2:36:142:36:21

Germans to come very early on. It

was nice and clean.

At the bottom

2:36:212:36:28

was very good. A couple of mistakes

at the top but it could be first

2:36:282:36:31

round nerves. It's their first

Olympic games, at that home games.

2:36:312:36:35

It has the added pressure. This was

beautiful through here, one of the

2:36:352:36:41

best lines we have seen throughout

the competition so far. It's

2:36:412:36:45

difficult to thread that through the

eye of the needle.

The Koreans off

2:36:452:36:49

to what is a good start. Kim and

Kim. Next, history in the making,

2:36:492:36:58

Nigeria. Not just the first from

Nigeria to contest bobsleigher the

2:36:582:37:04

Olympic Games, they are the first

from Africa. Moriam Seun Adigun is

2:37:042:37:11

the pilot with 25-year-old Akuoma

Omeoga in the brake position. Moriam

2:37:112:37:18

Seun Adigun was a former Olympic

hurdler. Raised in 2012 at the

2:37:182:37:25

Olympic Games. -- raced in 2012.

They have gone a little bit quicker.

2:37:252:37:31

A great start.

They are very good

athletes at the top, but it's now

2:37:312:37:35

how she dries. She has driven the

top of the track very well, but we

2:37:352:37:39

can hear her cutting a bit of ice

through the entrances into the

2:37:392:37:43

corner. Working a little bit too

much, driving out too fast and

2:37:432:37:47

hitting the wall. All in all, just

doing too much. You see her nearly

2:37:472:37:52

hit the roof. It's not a good line,

but it's because she is doing too

2:37:522:37:56

much at the beginning of the corner.

She isn't really an experienced

2:37:562:38:00

pilot, which is why she's making

these little mistakes all the way

2:38:002:38:03

down. But for the first run of an

Olympic Games, she just needs to

2:38:032:38:07

settle into it.

Not too bad, just

getting a little bit ragged the

2:38:072:38:12

further she has gone, the Dragons

tale at nine and ten. It was scrappy

2:38:122:38:17

thereafter, and she has fallen a

second behind, Moriam Seun Adigun.

2:38:172:38:22

The Koreans set the mark. Look at

the joy on the faces of the people

2:38:222:38:27

following them. Lots of Nigerian

flags around. They are thrilled to

2:38:272:38:31

be here, making a little bit of

history.

2:38:312:38:37

history.

You would expect it from a

pilot of her level and experience.

2:38:392:38:42

Relatively new in the front seat.

See how low she is, rising and

2:38:422:38:47

touching the roof. That's not the

line you need. A big mistake through

2:38:472:38:52

the chicane. It's all these little

mistakes that manifest into bigger

2:38:522:38:57

mistakes, and then a slow time at

the bottom.

The Nigerian pair clear

2:38:572:39:02

the track. Kaillie Humphries

watching on. She goes forth, after

2:39:022:39:11

the Olympic Athletes from Russia.

Rodionova, and

2:39:112:39:25

Rodionova, and her brake,

Belomestnykh, who used to be the

2:39:252:39:30

brake for Nadezhda Sergeeva.

Again,

the transition between two and

2:39:302:39:38

three, and four and five, causing

the issues. We saw that a little bit

2:39:382:39:42

in the men's race yesterday. The

athletes not getting a transition

2:39:422:39:45

right and it's really tricky. Now

she's building speed through the

2:39:452:39:49

fastest part of the track. That tap

will not help, a bit of airtime. But

2:39:492:39:55

she is holding speeds to stay in

front of the Koreans at the moment.

2:39:552:39:58

But time is dropping away. Does she

have enough to stay in front as we

2:39:582:40:03

come to the flattest part of the

track up the hill.

Could easily lose

2:40:032:40:07

out, the Koreans have a chance of

staying in front. Indeed, Kim and

2:40:072:40:11

Kim stay in front of the Russians

and Nigerians. Not an awful lot in

2:40:112:40:19

it, but Rodionova goes second at the

moment. But some real quality to

2:40:192:40:23

come over the course of the next

half an hour.

You can see how the

2:40:232:40:28

track is holding up over the last

few days. Even these sleds, some of

2:40:282:40:33

the slowest in the field, are

hitting close to 85 mph. That wasn't

2:40:332:40:41

too bad down the straight. A bit of

airtime coming into corner 12. She

2:40:412:40:48

had to overdrive it, which would

have cost against the Korean, who

2:40:482:40:51

was really nice at that point.

The

Times are already quicker than the

2:40:512:40:55

World Cup event of last March, when

it was much warmer. Everyone

2:40:552:41:00

watching on for the brilliant

Canadian Kaillie Humphries. So many

2:41:002:41:04

fascinating stories. The big

headline for her is she is chasing a

2:41:042:41:10

third consecutive gold medal.

You

will see that some pilots like to

2:41:102:41:13

wear gloves and some don't. Kaillie

Humphries is the only person to

2:41:132:41:18

actual goggles, everybody else wears

a visor. That's one of the

2:41:182:41:22

differences between her and the rest

of the field.

Another difference,

2:41:222:41:26

she has Phylicia George on break, I

want for athlete. A finalist in the

2:41:262:41:32

100 meter hurdles in London 2012.

Her old brake Heather Moyse will go

2:41:322:41:39

later with Alysia Rissling. They

will go ninth, fascinating pairing.

2:41:392:41:47

It's very quick out of the blocks.

But we will see if there are quicker

2:41:472:41:52

times from the likes of the

Americans and Germans. Kaillie

2:41:522:41:56

Humphries has been a little bit

inconsistent. We have seen some fast

2:41:562:42:00

Times and some sort of slow times.

Has she been playing games? It's not

2:42:002:42:05

a perfect line through there. But

you can see the gap she is opening

2:42:052:42:08

up over the Koreans. She will not be

worried about them now, she will be

2:42:082:42:13

thinking of staying in front of the

Germans. But the bottom half of the

2:42:132:42:20

track has not been great.

That up to

more than 82 mph. It's a new track

2:42:202:42:24

record, half a second quicker than

the Koreans. Kaillie Humphries is

2:42:242:42:28

here and means business. Chasing a

third gold medal. And that's a

2:42:282:42:34

pretty good start.

It's a pretty

good start, but I think she should

2:42:342:42:38

be quicker than that down the track.

I don't think it will be enough. You

2:42:382:42:42

can see her going through the track,

some little bits overdriven. Try to

2:42:422:42:46

get the muscle memory in there

straightaway. Looks like she catches

2:42:462:42:49

the sled... Maybe from the other

angle. A decent marker for the rest

2:42:492:42:55

of the teams to follow. But as a run

as a whole, I don't think quick

2:42:552:43:00

enough, but we will see.

We will,

and with some really good to come.

2:43:002:43:06

Bendy 15 was perfect, that line up

the hill is exactly what you want.

2:43:062:43:10

Kaillie Humphries, one of the

greats. Her campaign is underway.

2:43:102:43:20

The Germans, Jamanka, waiting. And

now, for America, Meyers Taylor,

2:43:202:43:31

like Kaillie Humphries, one of the

great names in the sport. She has

2:43:312:43:35

won everything, every single big

honour except gold medal at the

2:43:352:43:41

Olympic Games. She has been a bronze

and silver medallist, picking up

2:43:412:43:48

silver in Sochi. A tremendous

athlete, going away with Lauren

2:43:482:43:53

Gibbs, a superb brake.

The start

record.

Five point two to is the

2:43:532:44:00

start record. Seven hundredths

quicker than Kaillie Humphries just

2:44:002:44:04

went. Meyers Taylor is on fire.

One

of the top starters all the time.

2:44:042:44:09

The only team to maybe challenge

them are the Germans coming up in

2:44:092:44:13

eighth position. But if Meyers

Taylor puts in a good run, and she

2:44:132:44:20

has focused on the last few years on

her driving, to be consistent.

2:44:202:44:24

That's not a great line, but does

she have enough speed in the sled to

2:44:242:44:27

stay in front of Kaillie Humphries?

She is starting to move away now,

2:44:272:44:34

hundreds by hundreds. It didn't cost

too much.

She was 18 hundredths up,

2:44:342:44:40

and she has increased its to 20 at

the finish. Two tents up. Meyers

2:44:402:44:46

Taylor having a storming run,

despite seemingly making a real hash

2:44:462:44:51

of the chicane just down the curve

nine.

2:44:512:44:53

Their equipment really works and it

really likes these faster tracks,

2:44:592:45:02

their sleds just excel, we didn't

really see it yesterday because they

2:45:022:45:08

lost so much speed at the top of the

track. If she claims this up, she's

2:45:082:45:14

got at least another two tenths is

to find in the track.

She has taken

2:45:142:45:18

half the wall with her there, John!

Yeah, and that used to be her style,

2:45:182:45:23

and that's why she ended up losing

the gold on the last run in Sochi

2:45:232:45:29

and ended up with silver, for

driving like that. She just needs to

2:45:292:45:32

tidy that up because she doesn't

need to worry so much about Kaillie

2:45:322:45:37

Humphries now, it's her team-mate,

but this is going to be great race

2:45:372:45:40

over the next four runs.

Next up,

for Germany, Mariama Jamanka and

2:45:402:45:47

with her, Lisa Buckwitz en brake.

Number three in the world. Mariama

2:45:472:45:50

Jamanka, an ex-hammer thrower.

2:45:502:45:57

Jamanka, an ex-hammer thrower. She

has not had a particularly good

2:45:572:46:00

start, speed wise.

If she gets this

right, though, which... It shows

2:46:002:46:05

that this equipment does work, she

knows the track well. She finish

2:46:052:46:09

fourth then and now she's getting

through clean, so she could also be

2:46:092:46:13

a challenge for the medals.

Great

run so far, everything looks clean,

2:46:132:46:17

uses the exit of seven well to push

yourself down. A little bit high

2:46:172:46:24

there, though. Can she close in on

Elana Meyers Taylor at this point,

2:46:242:46:28

is she going to stay in front of

Kaillie Humphries? It looks like she

2:46:282:46:33

is now coming towards it, the

Germany equipment really likes the

2:46:332:46:36

speed at the bottom of the track.

This is going to be interesting. Can

2:46:362:46:39

she get within a tenth of a second

of Elana Meyers Taylor? She's just a

2:46:392:46:45

two hundredths off her. Again,

mistakes through the chicane didn't

2:46:452:46:47

prove costly. Mariama Jamanka is in

this race for gold without a shadow

2:46:472:46:53

of a doubt. What a consistent year

she has had. We saw her finish top

2:46:532:46:59

six in all eight races through the

winter. She never missed a beat, and

2:46:592:47:03

she's really on song, starting her

Olympic Games as well.

She is, and

2:47:032:47:07

what a great start, what a

confidence builder that is.

2:47:072:47:11

JOHN JACKSON: The mistake that she

made coming into exit nine, into the

2:47:112:47:15

chicane, wasn't quite as bad as the

one made by Elana Meyers Taylor, and

2:47:152:47:21

that's why she managed to close up

towards the back end of the course.

2:47:212:47:25

JOHN HUNT: Kaillie Humphries in

third place at the moment.

2:47:252:47:33

third place at the moment. Waiting

on the sidelines, Stephanie

2:47:342:47:35

Schneider, for Germany. At next up,

another strong American team, Jamie

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Greubel Poser together with Aja

Evans. Aja Evans, from South

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Chicago. Jamie Greubel Poser, bronze

medallist in Sochi.

2:47:482:47:56

medallist in Sochi. And together

with Aja Evans, Jamie Greubel Poser

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won the World Cup race here last

March, where sheep eat Elana Meyers

2:47:592:48:04

Taylor in an egg citing Phyllis Chan

who is to say they won't be top two

2:48:042:48:07

again here? Let's see how Jamie

Greubel Poser can react.

This team

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are either a little bit off the

pace, and you would expect that, but

2:48:172:48:21

this team are slightly more refined.

They've working together for so

2:48:212:48:26

long, the Americans switch their

women around a lot on the brake but

2:48:262:48:30

this is the winning pair from four

years ago, so she is having a good

2:48:302:48:35

run so far. Is this where she is

going to open a little bit of over

2:48:352:48:40

gap if she does not make a mistake

on this crucial corner? Almost got

2:48:402:48:44

away with that, but has she got

enough in the tank to really keep

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the speed on at the bottom of the

track, where these sleds like to

2:48:482:48:53

accelerate? And she is closing in,

so this is going to be down to the

2:48:532:48:56

hundredths of a second again just

Mariama Jamanka and Elana Meyers

2:48:562:49:02

Taylor both found Goodspeed at the

end...

And Jamie Greubel Poser is

2:49:022:49:06

very similar! She drops in a close

third. The three of them separated

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by just seven hundredths of a

second. We're in for another

2:49:122:49:18

crackerjack I think he, John, just

like the men's event.

We certainly

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are. You can see now that there's

three sleds lined up, just seven

2:49:212:49:26

hundredths between them and there's

still more to come down who can fit

2:49:262:49:30

in between them. It really is going

to be a tight run, and it will be

2:49:302:49:34

like that until we get to the fourth

run. Is it going to be the same as

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every other race that we've seen so

far, where the medals are literally

2:49:372:49:42

decided by who makes mistakes as

they're coming down on that last

2:49:422:49:45

run?

Been really impressed by the

standard so far. Next, we go for

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Germany, the world number five,

Stephanie Schneider, together with

2:49:502:49:55

brake Annika Drazek.

2:49:552:50:03

brake Annika Drazek. Stephanie

Schneider, formally a brake, injured

2:50:032:50:07

the year before last, and in the

World Cup last year funnily enough

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was ragged at the bottom end of the

track, made mistakes into 14 and out

2:50:112:50:15

of 15, so we will watch out for

that.

That is a team that I thought

2:50:152:50:19

would start a little bit quicker

than that, so may be that shows what

2:50:192:50:23

form the Americans are in. This will

be another good run, because she's a

2:50:232:50:30

very experienced pilot, in some

ways, but can make a lot of

2:50:302:50:33

mistakes. It's just about how she

gets down the track. She's been

2:50:332:50:37

driving well, when a little bit long

on eight there. But if she gets this

2:50:372:50:43

right, again, just that little

tap... But the German sleds like the

2:50:432:50:48

bottom of this track and accelerate.

Is she going to start closing it,

2:50:482:50:54

like the others? Maybe not enough

track to overtake.

She was better at

2:50:542:50:58

15 last year here. Can she improve

like Mariama Jamanka hammered she

2:50:582:51:06

has improved but not quite the same

extent and she is in fourth place.

2:51:062:51:12

And Kaillie Humphries, trying for

this third gold medal, finds herself

2:51:122:51:16

in fifth position within 15 minutes

of the start of the competition!

I

2:51:162:51:22

think the Canadians haven't got that

combination right. I think it is not

2:51:222:51:25

their best line up, if that's what

they were looking to go for.

We'll

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see the Canadians next. Here's a

further look at Stephanie Schneider.

2:51:292:51:36

Only real mistake here, she just

runs on top of the ice and almost

2:51:362:51:40

touches the wood. You want to behind

on that corner but possibly not that

2:51:402:51:44

high.

Potentially, medallist,

Stephanie Schneider takes her into

2:51:442:51:50

fourth place on her first run. Elana

Meyers Taylor, the leader. Well,

2:51:502:51:57

next to go over Canada, a

fascinating combination. The young

2:51:572:52:04

driver Alysia Rissling, but look who

is her brake,. Ogilvy,. Ogilvy, a

2:52:042:52:13

brilliant rugby player, fantastic

cyclist the Canada Sigel was the

2:52:132:52:19

partner of Kaillie Humphries for

those two gold medals. She quit on

2:52:192:52:23

Instagram, Alysia Rissling begged

her to come and join her building up

2:52:232:52:26

to these Games and Heather Moyse

having thought about it said, OK, I

2:52:262:52:33

am up for this challenge. A

brilliant athlete. The youngster

2:52:332:52:39

Alysia Rissling is daring as well,

she went really well in Pyeongchang

2:52:392:52:42

last March to finish fourth. They

could be a surprise package.

They

2:52:422:52:46

certainly could, she has been

driving well in training so she

2:52:462:52:48

likes this track. And got through

their clean. I was waiting for a tap

2:52:482:52:54

on the wall but it did not come, she

managed to get through there. At the

2:52:542:52:59

moment she's driving really, really

well. She's got form on this track,

2:52:592:53:02

she likes it, the equipment works

well, so this is nowhere the key

2:53:022:53:06

part is, she needs to get this

right. As she comes into this

2:53:062:53:10

straight... And that looks like one

of the better ones we've seen, other

2:53:102:53:13

than Korea. Oh, that mistake... She

nearly crashed into that corner

2:53:132:53:19

there as she came out, that's not

going to help her move towards the

2:53:192:53:22

front, but is it going to be enough

for her to get in front of Kaillie

2:53:222:53:26

Humphries at the finish?

That's

going to be close. And she's sixth,

2:53:262:53:31

a little bit behind Kaillie

Humphries. So, the Canadians fifth

2:53:312:53:33

and sixth at the moment. The

leaderboard all about the Americans

2:53:332:53:38

at the Germans -- and the Germans at

the moment. That was a tenth slower

2:53:382:53:46

than Kaillie Humphries.

That mistake

into 13 was not great. The start,

2:53:462:53:55

she should have been better, she's a

little bit over the top of its to

2:53:552:53:59

driver there, she needs to be more

behind it. Maybe that's her style,

2:53:592:54:03

but as she comes down towards nine,

this was almost a really good line,

2:54:032:54:10

and then she made a mistake going

into 13, where she tapped on the

2:54:102:54:16

wall, I don't know whether we will

get to see that, just on the exit of

2:54:162:54:19

this corner... No. Almost where the

back of the sled hit and they nearly

2:54:192:54:24

rolled in.

Next up, for Germany,

24-year-old

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24-year-old world number seven and

silver medallist in the world junior

2:54:352:54:41

championships, an ex skeleton

athlete made the transition to Bob

2:54:412:54:45

Slate a few years ago, Anna Koehler.

Made far too many mistakes in the

2:54:452:54:48

top half of the track from two to

four. And she is driving the sled a

2:54:482:54:54

little bit too much coming into the

corners, which means she is working

2:54:542:54:56

too hard with the steering. She's

going to have to do a lot of work.

2:54:562:55:02

But you can see how much difference

in time there is compared to the

2:55:022:55:05

other sleds, and that's because of

her mistakes at the top of the

2:55:052:55:09

track. They are just so costly and

you just can't build speed up.

And

2:55:092:55:16

Anna Koehler not making much

impression, really. There is a gap

2:55:162:55:19

between Alysia Rissling and Anna

Koehler, they're sixth and seventh

2:55:192:55:25

but there's a cavernous gap between

them. Four tenths, which in this

2:55:252:55:30

sport is a massive gap. The front

six are quite tight, then a gap to

2:55:302:55:35

Anna Koehler and the others. That

you would have thought gives Mica

2:55:352:55:41

McNeill Mica Moore a bit of a chance

of getting into the top ten. There

2:55:412:55:45

aren't too many top-class acts to

come in.

Little mistake here, just

2:55:452:55:52

coming into that corner late and

almost like Nico Walther yesterday

2:55:522:55:58

but obviously he tipped over.

Next

to go, the second pair from Russia,

2:55:582:56:09

this is Nadezhda Sergeeva, number

eight in the world, her second

2:56:092:56:12

Olympics. She didn't really achieve

anything at all at Sochi. Finished

2:56:122:56:17

really disappointingly there. In

16th place. Her brake is Anastasia

2:56:172:56:24

Kocherzhova. Now, last year at this

track, that World Cup event which we

2:56:242:56:32

refer to often, she was pretty

ghastly after that she came in nine.

2:56:322:56:36

It completely fell apart for her.

Let's see if she's learned any

2:56:362:56:40

lessons. Nadezhda Sergeeva on her

way from Russia, and her start is

2:56:402:56:49

OK, not massively explosive but OK.

It certainly puts her in the mix at

2:56:492:56:53

the moment with where she did is to

be. Just a little bit of over

2:56:532:56:56

driving in three there. You could

just see the sled cutting guys.

2:56:562:57:02

Seems to have settled into it now as

we come into six and seven. Little

2:57:022:57:07

tap there. -- cutting guys. Coming

into nine she really needs to get

2:57:072:57:13

this right. Over driving, sliding

around, this is not really massive

2:57:132:57:19

mistakes but it is just little

mistakes everywhere which are making

2:57:192:57:22

the time lead away. But she's still

hanging in there relatively well,

2:57:222:57:27

considering the German who just came

down before her, making similar

2:57:272:57:29

mistakes.

It is better than last

year for Nadezhda Sergeeva lady she

2:57:292:57:34

goes seventh, half a second off the

leaders.

2:57:342:57:40

All shaping up pretty nicely. I

can't really see, John, with that

2:57:432:57:49

sort of speed, that sort of time,

how the Russian Nadezhda Sergeeva is

2:57:492:57:53

going to be a factor here when it

comes to the medal chase tomorrow?

2:57:532:57:56

Certainly not for the medals. I

would suggest, you know, at this

2:57:562:58:01

point in the competition, maybe is

now trying to get top eight, top

2:58:012:58:06

six... She gets very high there. You

can see how much a steering she is

2:58:062:58:11

doing, she almost handbrake turns it

round that corner, just doing too

2:58:112:58:17

much.

Next ago for Switzerland is

33-year-old Sabina Hafner in her

2:58:172:58:26

third Olympic Games, together with

Rahel Rebsamen. Rahel Rebsamen has

2:58:262:58:32

got a twin sister evil in who often

breaks as well. Let's see now, world

2:58:322:58:38

number nine together, despairing. --

twin sister Evelyn. Let's see how

2:58:382:58:48

she goes... Her start is pretty

average.

Yeah, they're not going to

2:58:482:58:56

be one of the best starters in the

field but we know that if Sabina

2:58:562:58:59

Hafner gets this right and all they

could have a really good run. It

2:58:592:59:02

just depends whether their equipment

works. She is good pilot, she has

2:59:022:59:07

shown for form in the past. We will

see how it goes. Just ran a little

2:59:072:59:13

bit high there and you do need to

use the height of that corner to get

2:59:132:59:16

into what a, but that was just a

fraction too high. And that all

2:59:162:59:20

we're talking about in these runs.

-- into eight. Again it looks like

2:59:202:59:25

she's holding on maybe for that sort

of top ten position, top eight, if

2:59:252:59:30

she can find speed at the bottom.

Let's see... And seventh it is the

2:59:302:59:35

Sabina Hafner. She found a little

bit, Dinxi? To go comfortably clear

2:59:352:59:39

of the Russian Nadezhda Sergeeva and

just a fraction behind Alysia

2:59:392:59:43

Rissling. , so the fair first run

for Sabina Hafner, who seems to be

2:59:432:59:48

talking to herself and

gesticulating. There must be so much

2:59:482:59:53

going through your mind when you

just done a run of 50 seconds like

2:59:532:59:56

that, John.

2:59:563:00:02

That was a really good run. Just the

exit of seven, just a little bit

3:00:023:00:08

sooner. That wasn't so bad through

there, just a little bit late. You

3:00:083:00:11

can see the difference in the lines

between the leading sled and the

3:00:113:00:15

Swiss sled. Dropping at different

points. That could be down to style

3:00:153:00:21

or their equipment and how it works

and how they fine speed in the

3:00:213:00:27

track.

Good start for the Swiss

pair. The Austrians wait to go next.

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But before that, we see another

Canadian team. The first Olympics

3:00:353:00:40

for Christine De Bruin, the pilot,

who only just squeezed into the

3:00:403:00:44

games. At St Moritz she needed to

beat the American Britney Rhein

3:00:443:00:50

Bolt. She was in tears, performed

moderately, but then the Americans

3:00:503:00:57

performed even worse and those tears

turned to smiles as qualification is

3:00:573:01:02

guaranteed. Can she take her

opportunity? This pairing is number

3:01:023:01:06

ten in the world.

I would have

thought their start would be sooner

3:01:063:01:09

than that. She did a bit of work in

the first bend. Through the second

3:01:093:01:14

bend, off she goes.

3:01:143:01:21

bend, off she goes. This is the

difference between a top pilot and

3:01:213:01:24

one of her standards. It's just

little mistakes. It could be the

3:01:243:01:27

thing that costs her time on the run

down. One of the best straits we

3:01:273:01:34

have seen so far. It's good, but is

it enough to try to build speed and

3:01:343:01:38

pull herself towards the front of

the back and see if she can get into

3:01:383:01:43

the top ten?

Will be eighth or ninth

at the moment for the Canadian,

3:01:433:01:48

Christine De Bruin, crosses over in

eighth. She found a little bit of

3:01:483:01:53

extra speed late on, which is

encouraging for her future in this

3:01:533:01:57

Olympic Games. She goes ahead of

Sergeeva, just

3:01:573:02:06

Sergeeva, just behind Sabina Hafner.

The

3:02:063:02:12

The defending champion Kaillie

Humphries is currently in fifth

3:02:123:02:15

place.

Not a bad run overall, just a

bit of mistakes. Both brakemen and

3:02:153:02:21

the pilot running in. What a great

shot, trying to get through that

3:02:213:02:27

little gap between two and three. It

tight to fit the big sled through

3:02:273:02:30

there without clattering the walls.

Deep into the second half of this

3:02:303:02:38

first run.

3:02:383:02:44

first run. The next for Austria,

Christina Hengster and Valerie

3:02:443:02:48

Kleiser. Christina Hengster at her

second Olympic Games. So much

3:02:483:02:55

experience and not too many years

ago was one of the best in the

3:02:553:02:59

world. However, this year results

have not been great and she has

3:02:593:03:03

dropped to number 13 in the world

rankings. She has been up at three

3:03:033:03:08

and four in her time. You wonder as

the years to come by, is she

3:03:083:03:16

struggling to maintain those high

standards of yesteryear?

She has

3:03:163:03:20

been inconsistent. When she was

riding the crest of a wave results

3:03:203:03:23

were good. But she went to her home

World Championships and she crashed.

3:03:233:03:28

That seemed to knock her confidence

from that point on. Making a little

3:03:283:03:32

mistake at the top of the track, the

same as the sled before her. We will

3:03:323:03:36

see. She can either be really,

really good or really, really

3:03:363:03:40

average. That was a lower line into

the beginning of eight. It's looking

3:03:403:03:47

more like one of the average runs,

the speed dropping away. Seven

3:03:473:03:53

tenths back already. This is not a

great run from a pilot of her

3:03:533:03:56

standards.

No. Christina Hengster

through 15, and it will end in

3:03:563:04:03

disappointment here. The top ten

missed by a fair margin. She goes

3:04:033:04:11

11th. With a few more talented

athletes to come. Christina Hengster

3:04:113:04:17

remaining a long way off her best.

A

lot of that was down to the start.

3:04:173:04:25

It was a little bit off the pace.

You would expect being two tents of

3:04:253:04:31

the start, they would be at least

six tenths off naturally anyway. She

3:04:313:04:35

has lost a little bit in the drive

between three and four and four and

3:04:353:04:40

five. Coming in a little bit late

and getting a little nudge. That's

3:04:403:04:47

why she lost a bit of speed at the

bottom as well.

Meyers Taylor is a

3:04:473:04:53

fraction ahead of Jamanka of

Germany. Greubel Poser is right

3:04:533:04:57

there. Schneider goes up. Kaillie

Humphries in fifth. That's the story

3:04:573:05:02

so far of the first run. Next for

Belgium, Willemsen and Sara Aerts. A

3:05:023:05:12

very clean World Cup run, but they

have been hampered by slow start

3:05:123:05:16

times. We will keep an eye on that

as they push away.

3:05:163:05:24

as they push away. Again, Willemsen

was one of the top five in the world

3:05:243:05:28

a few years ago and has slipped a

little bit recently. A poor start

3:05:283:05:33

again. What chance of you got?

You

haven't. The issue you have now,

3:05:333:05:38

used to have some of the best

equipment but it wasn't just a

3:05:383:05:44

contractor to the Belgian team, so

everybody has the same equipment

3:05:443:05:47

now.

3:05:473:05:52

now. So everybody dries relatively

the same. It's hard for them to pick

3:05:523:05:55

it up. But she is one of the most

consistent drivers on the circuit.

3:05:553:05:59

She goes through a little bit late,

has to work hard. If she can get

3:05:593:06:04

four consistent runs then you can

pull your way back up the order. But

3:06:043:06:07

she is holding on well here.

Into

15, she should be tenth at the

3:06:073:06:16

worst. She just faded back. In

behind Sergeeva, just a heartbeat

3:06:163:06:24

away. Willemsen goes tent here. --

goes tenth here.

All in all, not a

3:06:243:06:35

bad run, looking at the start time,

she has overdriven it a little bit

3:06:353:06:40

and really did well to keep herself

within half a second, and this was

3:06:403:06:46

one of the better lines through

there. Not doing much work. She has

3:06:463:06:50

a good feel for the front of the

sled.

Great slow motion shots. Look

3:06:503:06:55

at the way the bobsled moves and

wobbles around. The casing is

3:06:553:07:01

presumably relatively light?

Most of

it is made of carbon fibre so

3:07:013:07:05

doesn't way that much.

Jamanka

looking after her runners. Chatting

3:07:053:07:11

things through, in a great position.

The next for Austria is Katrin

3:07:113:07:19

Beierl and Victoria Hahn. World

number 19 together. Best run this

3:07:193:07:24

year was fifth at Winter Berg. Only

top ten finish. But 12 months ago

3:07:243:07:28

here at this track she took almost

every wall and corner with her, one

3:07:283:07:35

of the most untidy runs. She started

by smashing into bend number two.

3:07:353:07:40

There could be a health warning with

this run the.

We will see how she

3:07:403:07:45

goes this time. She looks quite

high. Just manages to get away with

3:07:453:07:49

it. Three was a little bit sloppy.

But she just tabs on the wall there

3:07:493:07:54

again. Hasn't been driving that

long. It's one of those pilots where

3:07:543:07:58

she can put in one good run, but can

she put in four because of the level

3:07:583:08:04

of inconsistency she will have? Into

the Dragon's Tail, a big mistake,

3:08:043:08:10

one of the worst entrances we have

seen into that. That will scrub away

3:08:103:08:17

any advantage.

Katrin Beierl doesn't

seem to have learned very much from

3:08:173:08:24

the horrible run here last March.

She is 15th.

3:08:243:08:33

She is 15th. Only the Nigerian team

are slower. A room full shake of her

3:08:333:08:36

head. She knows it wasn't very good.

-- a rueful shake of her head.

That

3:08:363:08:44

big mistake at the entrance would

have cost her a lot of time. She had

3:08:443:08:49

to work really hard to control the

sled. Just little mistakes. This is

3:08:493:08:53

the big one that cost her all that

time. A little nudge that puts her

3:08:533:08:58

into a big skid which sends her into

the corner the wrong way. And then

3:08:583:09:02

she works hard to turn it from that

point and it scrubs off speed.

Even

3:09:023:09:08

the high five was quite

half-hearted. Great Britain's turn

3:09:083:09:16

now, good luck to Mica McNeil and

Mica Moore on the break. The story

3:09:163:09:22

is very familiar, funding pulled

from underneath them last year. They

3:09:223:09:25

went crowdfunding. Maybe most of you

watching at home right now sent a

3:09:253:09:31

few quid on their way. Nearly 50,000

was raised to help them be here.

3:09:313:09:36

Their training runs have been pretty

good.

If they can get into the top

3:09:363:09:42

ten or top eight region on this run

then it would be a good first run to

3:09:423:09:45

settle the nerves.

They want a good

start. The British girls on their

3:09:453:09:50

way.

Mica has only had ten runs,

hadn't driven this track before the

3:09:503:09:59

Olympics started. Their Achilles'

heel will be the start. But Mica has

3:09:593:10:03

been driving so well on this track.

When she started close to the top

3:10:033:10:07

runners she has been up there with

them. She makes a little mistake

3:10:073:10:11

there.

3:10:113:10:16

there. She hasn't been to the

Olympic Games before and is

3:10:163:10:19

absorbing the whole atmosphere and

embracing it. That's what's coming

3:10:193:10:22

across in her driving. And that's

one of the best straits we have

3:10:223:10:26

seen. She is keeping herself in

contention, but is it enough to stay

3:10:263:10:31

in the top ten? Starting to pull

herself back to the front. She has

3:10:313:10:36

driven the track well. It's a good

run.

Terrific out of 15. She goes

3:10:363:10:43

sixth. My word, despite the little

knock at four and slightly untidy

3:10:433:10:48

after and a slow start, what a good

run that was from Mica and Mica.

3:10:483:10:55

This sled is quick. The equipment is

quick. They haven't got the start,

3:10:553:11:00

but the reason the equipment is

quick is because it is driven well.

3:11:003:11:04

Mica is starting to become a really

good pilot. They just need to find a

3:11:043:11:08

bit more horsepower at the top and

this is the reason they are flying,

3:11:083:11:18

she has nailed the straight every

time. That's one of the best lines.

3:11:183:11:23

Five hundredths of a second off

double Olympic champion Kaillie

3:11:233:11:26

Humphries. A fabulous first run,

they can be well pleased.

They will

3:11:263:11:30

be over the moon. What would be a

great story is if they the funding

3:11:303:11:35

marker.

Another great story, 30

years after Cool

3:11:353:11:47

years after Cool Runnings the

Jamaicans, aiming to be inspired by

3:11:473:11:49

what happened 30 years ago. And make

the youngsters of the future

3:11:493:11:54

similarly inspired. Jazmine

Fenlator-Victorian has talked

3:11:543:12:01

beautifully about the run they had

earlier in the week. They have been

3:12:013:12:05

a little bit disabled with the

internal wrangling is. That's now

3:12:053:12:08

has to be put to one side. We will

see how the Jamaican pairing gets

3:12:083:12:12

on.

Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian is an

experienced pilot. She used to

3:12:123:12:20

compete for the US team and has won

medals at World Cup level. She has

3:12:203:12:24

got talent behind her, but she is

starting to build a new programme in

3:12:243:12:31

the Jamaican setup. A little bit

long in eight. Can she get the

3:12:313:12:37

straight right? Coming round the

corner in was a bit too far, and

3:12:373:12:43

that's why she had the tap. These

little mistakes are costing time.

3:12:433:12:47

Just dropping off as they come into

the bottom part of the track.

I

3:12:473:12:52

think top ten looks unlikely. Maybe

12 or 13. It's gone slightly worse

3:12:523:12:56

than that for the Jamaicans, nearly

eight tenths off the pace. They go

3:12:563:13:07

along side Rodionova, the Russian,

joint 15th. Only two have gone

3:13:073:13:10

slower. I think she will be really

disappointed with that. They were

3:13:103:13:15

hopeful they could replicate the

seventh place of Winter Berg.

They

3:13:153:13:20

were, but the difference this week,

they have had issues with their

3:13:203:13:23

coaches. She slips on the handle,

maybe one of the reasons she got

3:13:233:13:29

excited going into the handle. She

missed one and it caused her to fall

3:13:293:13:34

into the bar, if you like. That

shouldn't affect the drive, which

3:13:343:13:38

was a little bit messy, but because

they didn't have a coach, they had

3:13:383:13:42

no eyes and ears on the track to

help them find tune anything.

3:13:423:13:50

help them find tune anything.

Meyers

Taylor, all smiles, she is the

3:13:513:13:52

leader. The next to go, for Romania,

Constantin,

3:13:523:14:02

Constantin, and the brake, Andreea

Grecu, she has developed into a

3:14:033:14:07

fantastic pilot herself. But

Constantin has the honour here. 17th

3:14:073:14:13

in Sochi. Capable of a bit of a

surprise.

She is a really good

3:14:133:14:17

driver. They just haven't had the

starts they have needed. But when

3:14:173:14:21

she has got it right, she could be

one of the surprises in that top six

3:14:213:14:27

or top eight area. But she has to

have a perfect run. It's looking so

3:14:273:14:34

good, so far. Building into seven

and the big drop off on the exit of

3:14:343:14:39

eight, as it starts to accelerate.

Into nine, she nearly got away with

3:14:393:14:48

that straight. Just centimetres away

from perfect. Hopefully she can keep

3:14:483:14:53

on building speed, stained in the

mix of the top ten, top 12. Get the

3:14:533:14:58

first run down and then settle into

the rest.

She takes 12th, the

3:14:583:15:04

Romanians doing really well.

3:15:043:15:06

The Romanians do really, really

well, a bit like the two

3:15:113:15:16

19-year-olds in the men's event

yesterday.

She should be happy with

3:15:163:15:24

that, there wasn't many mistakes in

that run at all. Just unlucky on the

3:15:243:15:27

big she came to skim the wall, but

this is where their issue is, it is

3:15:273:15:33

just at the start. They don't have

the most powerful of athletes on the

3:15:333:15:38

sled, so that's why they're off the

pace. Just there, that little skim

3:15:383:15:45

off the wall just pushed them

across, otherwise they would have

3:15:453:15:48

had the optimal online into that

corner.

Looking happy. And rightly

3:15:483:15:52

so, they've done very well. It has

flown by, run one. We're down now to

3:15:523:16:00

the last pairing. For Belgian, this

is An Vennieuwenhuyse and Tony. Now,

3:16:003:16:09

they've been hampered by slow starts

for much of the 12 months just gone.

3:16:093:16:15

-- and Tony. Their best World Cup

finish was tenth. Last year, though,

3:16:153:16:19

at this World Cup track, they were

absolutely beautiful through that

3:16:193:16:23

key nine and. A slow start, one of

the slowest we have seen.

And she

3:16:233:16:31

also had a crush in unofficial

training, then we first got here.

3:16:313:16:35

She is one of those drivers who gets

it right and is quick, or she's

3:16:353:16:41

almost hitting every corner. So, it

depends on what we are going to see

3:16:413:16:45

from her on this run. It is looking

good so far, but is this where it's

3:16:453:16:49

going to fall apart if she doesn't

get it right?

She got it right last

3:16:493:16:53

year.

That is one of the best lines

that we've seen through there, but

3:16:533:16:57

she's just been over driving the top

of the track and again, a little

3:16:573:17:01

mistake. A lot of her deficit now is

down to her start, that's all it is.

3:17:013:17:06

The run has been relatively good

compared to some of the others we've

3:17:063:17:09

seen.

She was 19th at the start and

she goes up to 15th. And that is a

3:17:093:17:16

tie with Kim, in fact. 0.72 of the

lead.

3:17:163:17:24

lead. Plenty of support for Sophie

in the crowd here. So, that

3:17:243:17:38

completes a run number one, and so

pleased she did well through the

3:17:393:17:44

chicane.

That was a really good run,

very tidy, the only mistake was at

3:17:443:17:49

13, and that would not have cost her

too much time. The reason why she's

3:17:493:17:53

seven 10oz behind is just the fact

that they were three tenths is

3:17:533:17:57

behind on the start, so all in all

she should be happy with that.

And I

3:17:573:18:00

think she will be when she reflects.

That is run one done and dusted.

3:18:003:18:07

Mica McNeill and Mica Moore in sixth

place. Could hardly have asked for

3:18:073:18:10

more. There is our leader, Elana

Meyers Taylor. She leads by two

3:18:103:18:17

hundredths of a second from the

German Jamanka, who is right on her

3:18:173:18:24

tail, with Greubel Poser in that

bronze medal position again.

3:18:243:18:27

Stephanie Schneider, Humphries and

the British girls are next - run two

3:18:273:18:35

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Two for the second run. Nicky

Minichiello and Amy Williams are

3:19:193:19:23

with me. Your reaction to the Great

Britain women posting a time which

3:19:233:19:26

is sixth quickest?

Great start to

the competition. We knew she has had

3:19:263:19:32

it, she has really connected well

with this track. We know the start

3:19:323:19:36

is not up there with Elana Meyers

Taylor, but she's a better driver

3:19:363:19:40

and the combination, they just work

really well and it is really

3:19:403:19:43

exciting to see. Not the best start

but still able to come back.

And

3:19:433:19:46

what did you make of it?

Just

brilliant, and the fact that they do

3:19:463:19:51

get on so well, great chemistry

together in the bob, only 0.25

3:19:513:19:59

seconds behind so it is doable. To

come down in sixth place in run one

3:19:593:20:04

is probably better than they

imagined, I don't know quite what

3:20:043:20:08

their goals were.

I think coming

into it they would have been happy

3:20:083:20:11

with top eight but considering how

training has gone this week, we're

3:20:113:20:15

looking at top five, top six.

The

athletes are always moving

3:20:153:20:19

goalposts!

3:20:193:20:24

goalposts!

As soon is you get into

top five, your goal becomes a medal

3:20:243:20:29

China let's have a look to see where

they can improve and what they will

3:20:293:20:32

be analysing before they head out

for the second run...

So, the start,

3:20:323:20:35

not the fastest at the velocity is

good so there holding it.

And by

3:20:353:20:41

that you mean jumping into the bob

when you're still going fast, rather

3:20:413:20:44

than levelling out?

Yeah, because as

soon as you actually hold your speed

3:20:443:20:49

you're actually starting to slow

down. You want to keep that

3:20:493:20:52

momentum. The lines are clear, there

are very few mistakes. You can see

3:20:523:20:57

she's just building all the way. It

was a solid line and as we see on

3:20:573:21:03

nine, she had one of the best lines

of the competition.

How much

3:21:033:21:07

experience does Mica McNeill have of

driving?

She started in 2011, so

3:21:073:21:11

just before the Youth Olympics in

2012 but at this level, not an awful

3:21:113:21:18

lot, she's still developing.

Their

best World Cup finish so far is

3:21:183:21:21

fifth, so they are legitimate

contenders for a top five place at

3:21:213:21:26

the very least, Amy?

And a really

good top speed, that is right up

3:21:263:21:30

there with the best bobs coming

down. I think this shows great

3:21:303:21:36

potential and I really think

everyone needs to stay glued to the

3:21:363:21:38

TV to see what happens next!

Considering how much Elana Meyers

3:21:383:21:44

Taylor started ahead of her, and

that differential at the bottom,

3:21:443:21:47

Mica has had one of the best drives

of the competition there.

And as we

3:21:473:21:51

have seen in the other sliding

competitions, it is a driver's track

3:21:513:21:55

not a starter's tracked.

Yeah, it

seems you can get away with not

3:21:553:22:01

being in the top three offer start

if you can drive it through the

3:22:013:22:05

corners and not make mistakes, you

can still get a medal.

Let's have a

3:22:053:22:09

look at the fastest crew out there

from the first run, and this is

3:22:093:22:14

Elana Meyers Taylor piloting the US

team, with Lauren Gibbs behind her.

3:22:143:22:21

Why are they so strong?

Bobsleigh is

down to three things. You've got to

3:22:213:22:25

start - they're phenomenal starters.

Elana Meyers Taylor in herself is a

3:22:253:22:31

real athlete and together with

Lauren Gibbs they get huge velocity.

3:22:313:22:34

And they have the best sled

technology in the world. And the

3:22:343:22:39

driver, she's got better and better.

The start and the equipment has made

3:22:393:22:43

a huge difference, but that's not

take anything away from her, she's

3:22:433:22:47

training will jump in and this is

now the only one that she doesn't

3:22:473:22:50

have. As you can see, it's not as

neat as Mica, she's not quite got

3:22:503:22:54

the lines. If Mica had this sled and

that start, she would be destroying

3:22:543:23:00

absolutely everybody.

I guess it is

the confidence of. Mica has got

3:23:003:23:03

almost nothing to lose, first

Olympic Games. She's happy to be

3:23:033:23:08

there, having gone through the

season which was a bit troublesome,

3:23:083:23:13

she's here, there's not really the

pressure on her. So she can actually

3:23:133:23:17

go a bit hidden and just perform

without the huge pressure on her

3:23:173:23:20

shoulders, and just maybe creep on

up there and get confidence with

3:23:203:23:24

every single run.

Is their

information sharing from the

3:23:243:23:27

different sports? Will the skeleton

team be sharing stuff that they've

3:23:273:23:31

learnt about the track, about

anything else, with the bobsleigh

3:23:313:23:34

team?

We don't normally, generally,

however, there is some stuff that

3:23:343:23:40

you are going to be talking about.

But then we do drive it quite

3:23:403:23:45

differently, we drive lines quite

differently.

Yeah, bobsleigh is

3:23:453:23:50

actually more like the luge in terms

of the drive lines, because you've

3:23:503:23:56

got more control over the steering.

So there will be some sharing but a

3:23:563:24:01

lot of it is not really

transferable.

Let's talk about

3:24:013:24:03

Jamaica. How did you think it went?

Not great, the start was an

3:24:033:24:08

fantastic. You can see she slips off

the handle and it settles her, it

3:24:083:24:13

takes her another three or four

steps to get in,

3:24:133:24:22

steps to get in, and Carrie Russell

will be aware of that.

That was

3:24:223:24:25

proper damage.

Yeah, it was just

scrappy, so they will be going back

3:24:253:24:29

and sitting down and analysing

exactly how they make it better for

3:24:293:24:33

the second run.

They're 17th now out

of 20, which isn't where they should

3:24:333:24:37

be.

No, it's not. They would easily

have been looking at top ten, top

3:24:373:24:43

eight, and really starting to mix it

in there. So they will be

3:24:433:24:47

disappointed but we've seen on this

track, anything can happen.

And that

3:24:473:24:50

means they will go third in the

second run, because they're going to

3:24:503:24:54

go in reverse order. That will be

shortly after one o'clock on BBC

3:24:543:24:58

Two. Just to repeat, the British

pair are in sixth place, the USA

3:24:583:25:02

leading the way! And that is a very

good first run! Now, the women's

3:25:023:25:08

3,000m relay has been happening in

short-track speed skating, and the

3:25:083:25:12

Netherlands actually set a world

record time I winning the B-final.

3:25:123:25:15

But they haven't qualified for the a

final. This is not a baton as you

3:25:153:25:21

would expect in a relay competition,

and if you thought that short-track

3:25:213:25:29

speed skating was chaotic and full

of crashes, well, to be honest, you

3:25:293:25:33

haven't seen anything yet. Let's see

the A-final of the women's relay.

3:25:333:25:42

They're playing some dramatic

sounding build-up of music in the

3:25:453:25:47

arena. I don't think we need it, we

don't need any added drama for this

3:25:473:25:51

one. Imposition two, it is Italy.

And Korea going to the front of. Kim

3:25:513:26:13

Boutin takes the first position for

Canada. 27 laps Olympic final.

3:26:133:26:22

Canada. 27 laps Olympic final. And

away we go! And what a race this

3:26:253:26:27

could be, the scramble to that first

corner is taken by Italy, they have

3:26:273:26:31

the early lead! Canada in

3:26:313:26:33

corner is taken by Italy, they have

the early lead! Canada in second

3:26:333:26:33

place. And Marianne St Gelais pushed

into the action early. China in

3:26:333:26:42

third, Korea in fourth.

And it's

going to be a very tactical race.

3:26:423:26:46

The Italians don't want to be

putting the pressure on too early.

3:26:463:26:50

And that's obviously why the Dutch

completed that world record in the

3:26:503:26:58

B-final because this will be much

more of a tactical race.

Korea still

3:26:583:27:03

biding their time at the back.

Pushed into action now is Kim Yejin,

3:27:033:27:09

moving up ahead of the Italians into

second place. And now, potentially

3:27:093:27:12

into first. Canada are doing

everything they possibly can to

3:27:123:27:17

maintain their position at the front

of the race. Italy suddenly find

3:27:173:27:25

themselves at the back.

And Kim

Boutin is in second place behind the

3:27:253:27:28

Chinese. And the Korean, Choi, in

third place at the moment.

There was

3:27:283:27:36

no room, because when the change was

made, they did well to avoid all the

3:27:363:27:41

traffic around them. They're still

tightly packed, all four teams! 19

3:27:413:27:49

laps to go.

The skaters are actually

blocking any of the other skaters

3:27:493:27:53

from coming up the inside on the

exchange.

3:27:533:27:59

exchange.

For China, Li Jinyu on the

front of the race. Still Korea in

3:28:003:28:05

third place, second it's Canada.

Valerie Maltais for Canada is about

3:28:053:28:12

to make the change, and still,

there's not much room out there at

3:28:123:28:15

all. China leading at

3:28:153:28:21

all. China leading at the moment,

putting the hammer down and showing

3:28:213:28:23

some speed, as change is made once

more.

I think the Koreans are just

3:28:233:28:31

waiting for that moment to explode.

Choi just tucked in behind the

3:28:313:28:37

Chinese, we've always had China and

Korea challenging for the

3:28:373:28:40

gold-medal.

Zhou Yang hands over to

Li Jinyu joiner. In second place it

3:28:403:28:50

is Canada and it is really hotting

up, it is anyone's gold-medal.

China

3:28:503:28:56

starting to open a slight gap but

the Koreans are stuck in third

3:28:563:28:59

place, they can't get through. Have

China really decided to go for gold

3:28:593:29:05

and go for the last 12 laps?!

There

is a little bit of a gap back to Kim

3:29:053:29:11

Boutin now. Choi is in third place,

Italy struggling to make an

3:29:113:29:16

impression, back in fourth. As one

small, taken up for China and Zhou

3:29:163:29:22

Yang. The gap is opening! Korea are

still hanging in there with Choi

3:29:223:29:30

Minjeong, who has got a blistering

turn of pace.

That was good tactics

3:29:303:29:35

by the Koreans, Canada actually

helped them to come back to the

3:29:353:29:37

Chinese team. Looking for some space

around the outside!

Canada leading

3:29:373:29:44

the way, there will be five laps to

go as they come over the line! Owing

3:29:443:29:47

to the front for the very first

time, almost! China are still

3:29:473:29:51

leading! Rear town in second place.

Handed over to Kim Yejin! Four laps

3:29:513:29:59

to go!

3:29:593:30:05

The Koreans are right on the tail of

the Chinese. Korea in a good

3:30:073:30:12

position to potentially win this.

Choi

3:30:123:30:19

Choi Minjeong, you can hardly hear

yourself think. Choi Minjeong

3:30:203:30:24

leading the way. I think she should

hang on to win. Choi Minjeong gets

3:30:243:30:31

it on the line from Fan Kexin.

I

don't know what to say about that. I

3:30:313:30:46

wouldn't like to be the referee who

has to make the decision. When

3:30:463:30:50

Canada went down, they took the

Italians down with them, and it's

3:30:503:30:54

short track and very mixed.

What a

stunning race. The Italians are left

3:30:543:31:02

very disappointed with two of their

skaters going sliding into the

3:31:023:31:06

padding. In the closing laps. They

have not been able to impose

3:31:063:31:09

themselves at all. It came down to a

big battle between China and Korea.

3:31:093:31:19

What a race it was, what a stunning

race.

3:31:193:31:25

race.

We have to wait until the

official result. Everybody

3:31:253:31:28

celebrating here. We don't know what

the official result will be. I think

3:31:283:31:33

it will take some time before the

referee gets over to the video

3:31:333:31:38

replay to actually decide what

happens here.

With so many athletes

3:31:383:31:43

out on the ice at the same time,

there is so much going on. A lot of

3:31:433:31:48

emotion coming out. Tears of joy for

some and disappointment for others.

3:31:483:31:54

We can take a look at this once

more.

We can see Kim Boutin, the

3:31:543:32:00

Koreans missing their exchange. They

come back and exchange and they have

3:32:003:32:05

to touch. But they took the

Canadians down, that was the first

3:32:053:32:09

instance.

3:32:093:32:17

instance. In the exchange, the

skater, 128, falling down for Korea,

3:32:173:32:21

taking the Canadians with them. It

will be very call.

Basically taking

3:32:213:32:27

the Canadians out of contention.

Absolutely. It could well be Korea

3:32:273:32:32

get a penalty after winning the gold

medal, and that will move the

3:32:323:32:37

Chinese into first place. And then I

think the Italians got second. And

3:32:373:32:44

that would mean the Canadians have

third place. The Koreans are waving

3:32:443:32:50

as if they have won the Olympic gold

medal, but it has to be formally

3:32:503:32:54

confirmed. There has been a penalty.

Which way has it gone? It has gone

3:32:543:33:03

very quiet here. Two penalties!

China have been penalised, Korea

3:33:033:33:15

win, and Italy end up with Silver!

The Dutch, having won the pea --

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having won the B-final...

The Dutch

get a medal for their efforts

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without even making the final!

Disappointment for China. Italy were

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despondent because they had a couple

of skaters crashing earlier. Maybe

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as a result of that incident,

actually. They suffered for it. But

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Canada have been penalised here. It

looks to me as if the Canadians were

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impeded by Korea.

Absolutely, I'm

totally flabbergasted, I can't

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believe it.

Plenty for everyone to

digest at the end of this session in

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the Ice Arena. No wonder the Dutch

can't believe it, they were not even

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on the ice and they have won a

medal.

That has happened before. I

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think it was Lillehammer, the bronze

medal in the 500 metres after a fall

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in the A-final,...

The Korean team

will be beside themselves with

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winning but they will be mightily

relieved. How nervous will they have

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been down there?

You have 12,000

Koreans supporting here. To perform

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like this in your home country at

the Olympic Games is astonishing.

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There is the final result. Korea are

gold medallists in the ladies 3000

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meter relay. Italy winning silver

and bronze goes to the Netherlands

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because Canada and China both

penalised in the A-final and the

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Dutch won the B-final. Apart from

that, nothing happening in the

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relay! STUDIO: The crowd there

absolutely loved it. The reaction of

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the Netherlands when they realised

they had the bronze stop silver to

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Italy and gold to South Korea for

the sixth time in seven runnings of

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the women's relay at the Olympics. A

great record. South Korea claiming

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three golds from a possible five in

short track speed skating at these

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games. The medal table at the Winter

Olympics now looks like this with

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Norway out in front ahead of Germany

and Canada.

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and Canada. South Korea, four gold

medals for them, and three of them

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have come in short track speed

skating. Sarah Lindsay has joined

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us, Nicola Minichiello and Amy

Williams. That relay, that was

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bonkers.

The relay can be a crazy

event and it's really hard to keep

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track when there is so much

happening and so many skaters on the

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track at the same time with people

coming on and off the track.

It's

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fair to say the referees have been

kept fairly busy at short track.

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They have, with a lot of

disqualifications in the last ten

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days.

And all for different reasons.

We will look back at what happened

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to Elise Christie now. Her Winter

Olympics is over having not

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qualified from the heats to get to

the quarterfinals of the 1000

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metres, the event in which she is

world champion. It has been a

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desperately disappointing day for

her. Sarah, do you have any latest

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from the camp?

No. She has been

through a lot. I think today was a

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bit of a nail in the Coffin for her.

Her last interview, we saw it was

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very difficult for her to reflect so

early. But she has gone out and done

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an interview straight after the race

and been honest and open, which is

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commendable.

We will see that

interview in a second, but we will

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take you through how events unfolded

for Elise Christie. She made the

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decision she was fit enough to

start. This was the heat at around

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10:15am this morning, the first

start in the 1000 metres.

She ran

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straight from the start, the impact

on her ankle might have been

3:37:253:37:28

problematic. She took a trip,

clashing with the Hungarian skater

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and went down. She grabbed that her

ankle straightaway, and she hit the

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right foot. They restarted the race.

We were not sure she was going to

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continue. It didn't look likely, but

she went over to the side of the

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barrier. Nicky Gooch was fixing her

skates for her, the coach, making

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sure they were still sharp.

When she

restarted she took her time,

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essentially starting from the back.

But in moving up through the field

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she committed two offences.

I think

her confidence was maybe a little

3:38:023:38:07

knocked. Normally she would make a

big move around the outside

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possibly. She made some moves up the

inside. The first penalty she was

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given, she was disqualified for that

the other day. I think that one was

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particularly unfair. She got up into

a qualifying position and we thought

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she had got through and would have

another couple of days to refocus

3:38:263:38:30

and progress with her rehab. But

unfortunately she was given two

3:38:303:38:36

penalties and given a yellow card,

which is almost unheard of, she has

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never received one before.

This is

the second offence.

She was

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disqualified for that. It has gone

against her again.

This is the

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second.

With one lap to go, she has

heard the bell and is in qualifying

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position. She has held her ground.

She is trying to qualify.

Don't be

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too alarmed of the shots of Nicky

Gooch carrying her off, that was

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always the plan shows she wouldn't

have to walk on the skates. --

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always the plan so she wouldn't have

to walk on the skates.

It was always

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the plan to pick her up and carry

her so she wouldn't have to walk on

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those long skates, because it's very

difficult.

This is what she said to

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David McDaid earlier.

I did

everything I could to turn it

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around. I had ligament damage in my

ankle. Putting a skate on with that

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is not the comfiest thing in the

world. We did everything we could to

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turn this around. It obviously

wasn't meant to be.

If it was any

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other competition, would you have

been on the start line today?

I

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would have been off for five or six

weeks. I would have been in rehab. I

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wouldn't have got on with a World

Championships, and it wouldn't have

3:39:543:39:57

been my choice, I would have been

told not to go on. The only reason

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they gave me the choice was it's the

Olympics. The worst that could

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happen is I would damage it more.

And it will have, I got kicked on it

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falling at the start. But that

doesn't matter, I have trained all

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my life for this. It was everything

to me. And it's done.

I think

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everyone watching will think that

you have got a hell of a lot of

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guts.

Yeah, thanks. I don't know, I

felt I owed it to Britain. I really

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want to get short track out there.

It's such an amazing sport.

3:40:303:40:35

Obviously at times it does this to

you. Honestly, I can put my hands up

3:40:353:40:40

right now and say I don't know why I

got the yellow card. When I watched

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the race I was kicked on the start

and fell over. I've never had a

3:40:443:40:48

yellow card in my life. I very

rarely get penalties. I went up the

3:40:483:40:54

inside and on the video I went past

the girl, so I have no idea. The

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only thing I can think, possibly the

referee doesn't think it is safe I

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race with the ankle the way it is.

He was encouraged me to get off the

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ice after the faller start. If that

is the case then fair enough, I can

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see why he might not want me to race

like that because it might not be

3:41:133:41:16

the safest. But, yeah...

We know how

much work you put in, and you talk

3:41:163:41:23

about putting short track out there.

I think you have already done that.

3:41:233:41:26

You are the world champion. How do

you some of these games, because, I

3:41:263:41:33

think it's fair to say, it hasn't

really gone very well!

LAUGHTER

3:41:333:41:38

You would have to ask me tomorrow, I

think. Right now I'm a bit

3:41:383:41:43

shell-shocked. I worked so hard to

come back from this injury. I think

3:41:433:41:49

a thousand people wouldn't have

skated with my ankle the way it was.

3:41:493:41:53

I can barely... The only thing I can

say is I can promise Britain I will

3:41:533:41:59

fight back from this. I will come

back for paging. And hopefully I can

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do Britain proud then. -- I will

come back for Beijing.

STUDIO:

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That's the attitude that has made

her a world champion. It hasn't

3:42:133:42:16

worked out at the Olympics, in Sochi

and again in Pyeongchang. Coming

3:42:163:42:21

into this game is she said it

couldn't possibly be as bad as four

3:42:213:42:24

years ago. I fear that it has been.

I think it probably has been,

3:42:243:42:29

unfortunately. She is strong. And

she is planning on coming back. I

3:42:293:42:35

can't see in a million years her

finishing yet, she has a lot of

3:42:353:42:39

business left on the ice.

It seems

harsh for all this to happen to one

3:42:393:42:44

person, Amy?

It does. And from that

interview I'm surprised at how

3:42:443:42:48

strong she was able to hold it

together in that interview. To have

3:42:483:42:52

downfall after downfall, it can

psychologically break you. There is

3:42:523:42:56

so much pressure as an athlete that

you put on yourself to get a medal,

3:42:563:43:00

let alone the other pressures where

you want to do well to win funding

3:43:003:43:05

for your sport. She said she wants

to get short track out there to the

3:43:053:43:09

world and to Britain. She has, and I

think in that sense she needs to not

3:43:093:43:14

be so tough on her self. I feel for

her desperately.

She said she has

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appreciated that support. We are

heading to the BBC One o'clock news

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now. Winter Olympic coverage will

continue on BBC Two. But Elise

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Christie's games are

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Clare Balding hosts live coverage of the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. British short track speedskating star Elise Christie begins her quest for 1,000m gold with preliminary heats, while fellow Britons Mica McNeil and Mica Moore make their Olympic debuts in the women's bobsleigh. The day's schedule also features biathlon, Nordic combined and ice hockey.