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And again, turmoil for Christie.
And again, turmoil for Christie.
can't believe that. She has been
Elise Christie gets
the chance to race for gold. A
nation holds its breath.
tries to make it on the inside and
she crashes out. Christie is out of
that once again.
trying to get to the Olympic final.
She has crashed again on the final
bend, yet again she ends up in a
The Olympic flame burning brightly
in Pyeongchang on day 11 of these
Winter Games and a fire in Elise
Christie's belly means she is out on
the ice, hoping to skate in this
morning's heats of the 1000 metre.
She suffered a nasty ankle injury
after crashed a night of Saturday's
1500 metres semifinals and after
spending some time in visible
discomfort the 27-year-old left the
Gangwang Ice Arena in tears on a
stretcher after her bid for a first
Olympic medal once again ended in
despair. You she is this morning in
the 1000 metre heats, hopefully
later on, she has been on the ice
practising today and in an hour's
time we expect to see her on the
start line. She is going in the
fifth heat. Let us get the news from
the camp. The performance direct for
short track speed skating is Stuart
Blanco. -- is Stewart Laing. The
news is that a lease is going to try
and raise. What does that mean
western market we've worked really
hard over the last two days to get
into the position she is in now and
what we have said all the way
through is that we take each step as
She is heading an here,
going to get on the warm up ice, see
how her ankle is, and make a
decision after that.
If you were to
assess her fitness in percentage
terms for the layperson, where we
Good question, we don't work
in percentages like that. I would
say she is strong, able to do the
majority of the things we would be
looking for in the thousand metres
and I would say she is probably
going to take to the ice around
Our Uihlein lead to
look at her when she gets the ice
and say she is 80-90% and say we
will give it a go, what you have to
be satisfied with?
Do be fair, the
decision is with her, we have done
the medical reviews up at HQ, the
performance and medical team are
happy with where she is out, now
it's a confidence and safety thing
which is why she will come down, get
onto the warm up ice and we will
reassess and make sure the ankle is
OK and then we will take it from
How is she? She seems quite
chirpy on social media, is she well
Absolutely, you know what
she is like, her usual playful self,
she's been on social media, wishing
all the other Team GB members good
luck and well done but their
performances, she was singing on the
eyes this morning in training, she's
in the best place that she can be.
That is good news for all her fans
and good news for her friends, Sarah
Lindsay was part of the short track
speed skating family for over a
decade, you've known her since she
was 15, she came down from Scotland,
left school, set herself up in
Nottingham, what is your ink of the
Firstly how amazing she
is back on the ice after being
stretchered off on Saturday, she has
an amazing support team, and they've
got her back on today, she skated
this morning and she feels good.
this day and age, the way athletes
communicate with the public is not
through press officers, is through
the medium of social media and this
is what she had to say today.
everyone, at I'm just about to go
and try and compete, I skated this
morning for the first time and it
went quite well considering the
circumstances. I'm looking forward
to seeing if I can get out there
today, and like to thank everyone
who helped me get to this point and
everyone for their support back
She was smiling, she was
singing on the eyes this morning,
this is remarkable, isn't it?
tough, she has one race today, she
has to get out there and get through
the race, she's not going to be 100%
but that gets very today she buys
herself a couple of extra days
recovery before she has to scape the
quarters and semis and the final on
Thursday. Let's head out to the
Wilf O'Reilly will be the
expert analyst. He can join us now.
We'll 80-90% be good enough to get
through her heat?
through her heat?
I would have
thought so, on paper she should get
through quite comfortable, she is in
the fifth heat, she will know what's
happened at the races prior to her
heat, getting through first second
will qualify, 80-90% should be
sufficient even though it's an
Olympic first round.
Who else should
we look out for?
I think at the
moment, the Chinese are having a
real disaster games. The first time
there's never been a Chinese skater
in the final. They will be looking
to make amends. The Canadian timber
town has had a medal in the 500
metres and the 1500 and I think
Choi, she was looking amazing in the
1500. Quite a large pool of people
that could take medals on Thursday
and as there is said, if Elise
Christie skates today she will buy
herself another 48 hours' time to go
into the quarterfinals on Thursday.
You've seen her, I assume today, how
do you think she is looking?
looked quite comfortable, the 1000
metres, I say, it's an elongated
Sprint, the start would be quite
important, I think that is where the
problem is going to be, to be able
to start comfortably and get on the
pace run the word go.
we can definitively said she will
start because they were telling us
earlier if they were going to pull
her out they would have had to have
said by 9am our time which would be
25 minutes ago.
ultimately she could not show up on
the start line, she would get a did
not finish, it's called that she has
to make herself, does she feel
confident and comfortable enough,
all the medal support team are quite
happy that it's not going to be a
long-term injury if she skates.
a word on Charlotte Gilmartin and
Kat Thomson, Charlotte has had two
heavy falls, is she in a physical
and mental state, and good enough to
Again, on paper, I
think both of the skaters are quite
comfortably capable of getting
through to the next round, it is the
Olympic Games. One of the things in
the Olympics that is different from
the World Championships, the World
Championships is an accumulation of
points, the Olympics is a one-off
hit and unfortunately it hasn't been
going too well so far.
Thank you, we
will hear you in commentary and we
will be joining many of those heats
to give you the full story. Sarah,
from the point of view of someone
who understands short track speed
skating and has been in these
situations with heavy crashes,
trying to get up, to skate with
pain, when do you feel it and how
does it affect you, do you feel it
at the start?
The ankle problem is
going to be at the start of the
race, there is a lot more impact,
luckily this is not 500 metres, the
start in the 1000, it's important to
get into a good position early on
but she has great speed and she
can't make moves and can overtake,
even if she's not 100% from the
start it is not crucial.
going to be in-line two, the way
she's been skating, I remember you
said in the semis you felt she was
leaving it a bit too late and
therefore got herself into a slight
panicky situation which ended up in
the crash. Would you rather she
I think for her in
the next race she needs to skate
clean, get through and I think if
she makes an early move and gets to
the front, takes control of the
race, she is going to lead in and
coast through quite nicely.
metres, ad is really frightening,
the 1500, she sort of dismissed, all
the way she's been saying 1000 is my
Yes, she likes the thousand
metres, considers at her best
distance but I really think we need
to look at one race at a time and be
happy that she has recovered so
quickly from a nasty crash and she's
back on the ice which is great.
Exactly, incredibly impressive.
We'll hear more from Sarah later,
here are some of the other names to
look out for this morning.
look out for this morning.
As we mentioned, 22-year-old Kat
Thomson fighting for a place in the
quarterfinals, Charlotte Gilmartin
has had two two events. Huge day for
both curling the men face the fancy
pants of Norway and the women got
the game is back on track with a win
against Japan, we've should you a
record-breaking ice dance
competition as two of the very best
went head-to-head and the costumes
stayed intact. Mica McNeill and make
a more who have been helped by cried
funding campaign are the only
British arbours and will be live for
the wrong this morning and we will
see how the Jamaican bobsleigh team
there. The coach but, taking the Bob
with them but they are by contract,
literally. Nigeria, the first
African nation to compete in
bobsleigh are there too. We'll catch
up on the latest in a curling in
case you weren't up in the early
hours, the men and women from
Britain had crucial qualifying
Britain had crucial qualifying
matches, we look at the ice dancing
before going to the short track
speed skating. All the great British
women in action. The fast and
furious 500 metres men's qualifying
and we will see the gold decider in
the 3000 metres relay for the women.
Catching up on everything else. We
will head onto BBC Two after 1pm,
concentrating on the women's
bobsleigh and ice hockey.
And the news from ice hockey, the
men's ice hockey player from
Slovenia Seagate year glitch has
tested positive for a banned
substance. The Court of Arbitration
for Sport confirmed he tested
positive for fenoterol, a drug which
opens up the airways, he has
accepted it and will leave the
Olympics within 24 hours.
Olympics within 24 hours. Three
Olympic old medallists, Torvill and
Dean which is wonderful.
Olympic old medallists, Torvill and
Dean which is wonderful. Rhona
mentioning the drugs story with the
Slovenian ice hockey star.
Slovenian ice hockey star. -- Ziga
Jeglic. It looks as if the athletes
might lose the medals, a drug, Maria
Sharapova tested was a dearth for,
meldonium. What is that men to do? I
have no idea! LAUGHTER I would not
have a clue, once the B sample is
in, they will make a decision.
Russian athletes were all to be
clean, you know.
It helps with the
insurance, that drug, doesn't it?
may not help but the actual sport
you are playing it's all about
training and getting ready for it.
Absolutely. But as appointing, given
that the Olympic Athletes from
Russia are supposed to be clean.
Given everything that we have gone
through to get to this point, it's
His wife will be
furious. She knows it's her bronze
level as well and that is not good
news. Let's have a look at the
standings. This is one of the
biggest days or British curling, bar
none, here is work the British men
were willing into their game today
and in very good third place, to be
honest. Playing really well, Kyle
Smith in his rink, getting stronger,
joint third with Canada. But they
did need another good result and
they were up against Norway and
Rhona, you called Norway... Fancy
pants. They were very exciting
trousers. With the hammer in the
first end, Kyle Smith with this shot
to take three.
first end, Kyle Smith with this shot
to take three.
Yes, an open draw for
three, not a hard shot, Norway just
did not make the shot in the first
end. What an opportunity for
Britain. Open draw for three, thank
The start, going 3-0 up, into
the second end, Norway with the
Yes, so again just struggling in
this game to get off the mark. And
he is saying, come on, do it more.
And he caught the top one, and gave
Britain won, so 4-0 up for Great
So that is pretty close. Do
they have to get the measuring stick
out? Great Britain had stolen one,
so they went 4-0 up into the fourth
And again, going into this
fourth end, it is so imported from
Britain to score when they have got
their last stone and keep that
advantage of the lead. So again,
really nice shot from Kyle. Just a
wee Nick, and perfect for Britain.
And into ends six with Great Britain
now leading 6-3, and this was pretty
Again, Norway trying to
throw everything at them again,
Britain had the hammer and yet
again, a great shot from Kyle, the
draw for three. And thanks very
And 9-3 is a really big lead.
Norway carried on.
they needed something massive to
everything at it, trying to score a
big end to get back in the game, and
it just wasn't working for Thomas
Ulsrud today, everything he tried,
And that pushes the
red right into the centre of the
house, so it gives Great Britain the
steel. Under that point, Norway
conceded. So, the handshakes were
made, and that means Great Britain
are now into second equal with
Canada and Switzerland, so looking
really safe. One more round robin
match left against the USA. Would
you expect them to win that anyway?
Certainly the way the boys are
already qualified, eight matches,
just one loss. But the Great Britain
men getting stronger as the
competition goes on?
definitely gaining in confidence,
their shot play is much more
accurate, they are making a few half
shots before but now they are really
on top of it. The ice is winning
more with the stones being sounded a
little, and the boys are playing
well and looking confident.
was saying earlier on, the question
she was asked on Radio 2 by Chris
Evans. What did he ask you?
curl on skating ice? Because there
are quite a few skating rinks in
are quite a few skating rinks in
Sacrilegious! For the
curlers, that is. They need the ice
very smooth. We have turned up at a
curling before saying could we just
get our feet on the ice, and they
gasp. No we.
Torvill and Dean, get
out of here, you can't skate on our
ice! Let's have a look at the
women's standings. Many people may
have woken up to see Eve Muirhead in
action, and again, with the women,
they have had their ups and downs,
they had a really unlucky incident
against Sweden with a hog line
violation against Muirhead. But
basically they needed a win. It
would settle the nerves and leave
their fate in their own hands. It
was against Japan, and they have had
a very good game so far. But at the
end of ends six with the scores dead
level, what happens here?
taken three, Japan, and Britain had
fought back well.
taken three, Japan, and Britain had
fought back well. They had fought
back and really went for it in the
sixth end, but they don't have the
hammer. But Japan are lying, and
they have got that second and third
counter, so it is so important for
Eve to lie second shot, which she
does perfectly behind cover.
Japanese skip now needs to do what?
She could lift this double to take a
three, which I feel is a turning
point in the game, because it
certainly turned it in Britain's
favour now, because they swept this
the whole way and just further the
And that knocked it off line,
and meant that Britain stole.
had a steal. To steal three is a
massive point in the six then.
got right back in on their tails
again, Britain now leading 6-5 with
the hammer in the eighth.
is where Japan set up the end well,
they are actually lying three at
this point, and this is a key shot
this point, and this is a key shot
And again, you want to not
touch that guard, which she doesn't.
And she comes in and that the yellow
back and lies in the shot, and that
is fantastic there. It really puts
the pressure on Japan.
So, into the
tenth end, Britain now with 85-
lead. -- now with an 8-5 lead.
open take out, just needs to put it
anywhere and she has won the game.
Perfect. So, a little edgy at times
from both skips, but some great shot
play by the British team, and
another win on the board.
sense that the more urgent it gets,
the better Eve Muirhead plays. Great
Britain up to third equal now with
Japan. South Korea, the host nation,
have already qualified, so it is
semifinals next and that will decide
who goes into the gold medal match
and who goes into the bronze medal
match, but Great Britain have one
more match against Canada, who are
Absolutely, they lost
the first three and won the next
three, but they lost this morning,
so they are on a sticky wicket right
now, they know they have Britain to
play, Rachel Homan and Eve Muirhead
have played a lot of games against
each other and they know each other
New light on what is their
It is pretty
even, I don't know exact numbers. So
this game coming up is a big game,
more sofa Canada than Britain.
know how supportive all of those
Olympic athletes are to each other,
and I know Eve Muirhead and all the
guys will be sending all their
positive vibes towards Elise
Christie. She really does look happy
on the exercise bike. I think the
relief that that soft tissue damage,
it might hurt, but it is not going
to prevent her skating, and she will
be out there in heat five of the
1000 metres at around about quarter
past ten this morning, that is a
remarkable recovery facility who was
taken off on a stretcher after the
semifinals of the 1500m and thought
that her were over. She is looking
very strong, so let's just hope, to
be honest, it is time for her luck
to turn, please? Right, let us
discuss the record-breaking ice
dance competition, which after the
short programme now moved into the
free programme. For in a half
minutes for the two best couples in
the world to freely express
themselves, and you can see that the
French pair had such trouble there,
because Gabriela's dress had a
trouble which stopped producing her
best, they were up against Tessa
Virtue and Scott Moir. Let's join
Robin Cousins and Katherine Downes.
COMMENTATOR: This is the ice dance
free dance here at the Gangneung Ice
Arena, and we will see gold, silver
and bronze handed out on this final
day of the Olympic competition.
Silver medal position at the moment
for the two-time world champions
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume
Cizeron, the reigning European
champions, and they are less than
two points behind Tessa Virtue and
Scott Moir, who lead the way at the
moment. That wardrobe malfunction,
her dress falling off during the
performance yesterday, really
knocked them, but still less than a
point in it.
Its silky, it's smooth, it's
sublime. From the off, this was
billed as a battle for goal between
them at their training partners,
Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue.
Papadakis and Cizeron saying, be
Individually strong, good,
solid skaters. Together, it's
special, and that's what happens.
The music will start and then you
see, and it is the detail for me,
even the way the fingers intertwined
in the opening move, it just draws
you in, come answer your attention.
And they feel every moment that they
are together, there is that
A new season's best, a
new world record, 123.35. And it is
going to be a very big ask now for
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to claim
their second Olympic title. Tessa
Virtue and Scott Moir, then, the
world champions, the 2010 Olympic
champions, in the gold medal
position coming into this free
dance, but they are going to be
extraordinary if they want to win
this gold medal. They are going to
need to beat the new world record
laid down by Gabriella Papadakis and
Guillaume Cizeron just two routines
It's brilliant but is it enough for
The world champions from Canada.
They wanted to deliver and they
certainly did! I tell you, I am
looking at the screen is trying to
do the maths and it is tight at the
top. Goodness me.
They know they
could not have done any more. Tessa
Burchill and Scott Boyer had no
wriggle room, there was nothing for
them to play with, they could not
leave it out on the ice.
didn't, they absolutely smashed it.
-- Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir. They
have done it!
The comeback is
complete. Silver in Sochi four years
ago, they took two years away from
competition, they returned to win
World Championship gold last year
and now it's Olympic gold!
Absolutely thrilling. Phenomenal.
Amazing champions, an amazing
performer is! Yes, very different to
Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume
Cizeron. These two are supreme.
don't think we could have skated any
better and with the pressure
mounting we sort of felt the weight
of the world as we took to the ice
and we looked at each other and
said, let's skate for us, we deserve
this already and we love this
programme, least we were able to do
He went into the programme
knowing you needed a massive
performance to beat a world record
We train with Gaby and her
partner, we had to come out hungry
and have our day we did that, that's
what we are most proud of, a lot of
things can go different ways, we
stuck to our plan, we are proud to
come out of this competition with a
When you do a world record
performance and you don't get the
gold, what do you feel about that?
You know, it's... It's sport, it's
like that. What is done is done, the
points are what they are, we are
proud of what we did today. We had
such a good feeling on the ice, it
was one of the most incredible
experiences we have ever had so far.
We are just really trying to enjoy
What a competition. And for
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, there
are third Olympic gold medal, they
won one in the team competition in
Pyeongchang, in Vancouver in front
of their home crowd but this, the
tightest of the lot, you see the
brother and sister payer, Maia
Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, only
the second brother and sister
pairing to get the medal. Who were
the others? It was a French team. I
have always loved the Canadian
pairing, the fact they happen
dancing and skating together since
they were kids, over 20 years, this
was the gold medal winning
performance in Vancouver, a huge
moment for Canada. They got beaten
in Sochi, retired, came back again
and the only player that have beaten
them are Gabriella Papadakis and
Guillaume Cizeron. This was billed
as the big clash and they were so
far clear up the bronze medallist,
it was about a big two.
event, I got tingles watching both
performances, completely different
styles of skating. The French
pairing have that beautiful clarity
of line, almost like ballet and then
you have the drama, the emotion that
Scott and Tessa bring to the ice.
Those two styles were completely
different. It was a choice. The
judges are looking at it technically
and artistically and in actual fact,
Gaby, they won the free dance but it
was all to do with the short dance,
but sort of lost them the medal
because they were just one and a
half points behind and it was so
tight in the free dance. That was
the result at the end.
I have to ask
you, Chris, it was so dramatic when
she stood on her partner's legs when
he was squatting, surely the blades
heard their legs.
It does, trust me.
I stood on his legs a few times.
it's all about holding tone.
love this routine. Beautiful to
watch, fluid, organic. And you could
just watch it and not worry about
anything happening. No dress
malfunction today, it was just,
We have an empathy with these
guys, I have worked with them on
their short dance, such a lovely
couple, very gentle, good sense of
humour, their style of skating is
not representative of them because
they are good-humoured and fund but
the quality of skating is second to
Robin Cousins said and
commentary when they stayed together
something special happens.
have a special aura about them and I
think they don't realise it, do
they, how good they are?
say the reason they didn't win the
gold-medal, Tessa Virtue and Scott
Moir won the free dance, they lost
it because her dress broke.
taking it away from Scott and Tessa,
they had an amazing performance.
What they have done for skating is
amazing but look at the clinically,
it all happened in that short dance.
It did, didn't it? As for Nick
Buckland and Penny Coomes, they have
done so well to get here to
Pyeongchang, you think they'll be
happy enough with their performance,
making it through to the free,
I think for them,
they would have liked to have
finished higher but given the
adversity they have had with pennies
bashing her kneecap in eight lasers,
Nick has had his heart issues, a
couple of years before that, getting
to this Olympics is an Olympic event
in itself. -- Penny smashing her
kneecap in eight places.
issues they had, is there another
Olympics in them?
I think they have
decided, this is the third Olympics,
You know what? Never say
never. That is a neighbour. We
thought that after 84 and you know,
ten years later, we said, let's give
it another go.
Crazy people! It can
happen. For a Tessa and Scott, they
have been skating together such a
long time, the comeback has worked,
two gold medals from these games,
look at how young they were. My
Nine and six. It's
endearing, in competition now a lot
of people change partners but to see
these guys from such an early age
staying together for that length of
time, it clearly helps.
They are 28
and 30, that's not ancient.
it shows the passion they have for
it to be determined to come back and
not finish where they were as silver
medallists, they wanted to get back
to being gold medallist.
Olympics, we were 35... It would be
a third gold medal but a fourth
How old did you say you
35. I wasn't!
She was older! I
knew he was going to do that. Thank
you both so much, thrilling
competition, dutiful to see that
Elevated to such a high
Do you fancy it, run?
watching it, so
Do you fancy it, run?
watching it, so dramatic, but not
for me, thanks.
An awful lot of
skaters in different disciplines
started off as skaters which is what
Elise Christie did, she got fed up
with the judging process, and she
wanted to switch to a sport work she
could control the outcome, she chose
short track, we have seen you can't
always control bad, she will be
skating on the 1000 metre heats,
taking to the ice in around 15
minutes for her heat, she's just got
to survive nine laps of the track
and through we hope, to the
and through we hope, to the
semifinals on Thursday. We will also
have the keys of the men's 500
metres and the first-run of the
women's bobsleigh, a British team in
that, Mica McNeill and Mica Moore,
help from a cramped funding project
to get out there. Cars help from a
crowdfunding project. We will
concentrate on short track speed
skating and women's Bobsleigh.
skating and women's Bobsleigh.
COMMENTATOR: they've gone done.
Turmoil from Christie. I can't
believe it. Christie has been
Elise Christie gets
the chance to race for gold.
nation holds its breath.
tries to make it on the inside, she
crashes out. Christie is out once
Elise Christie to get into
the Olympic final. Christie has
crashed again on the final bend, yet
again she ends up in a distraught
heap on the floor.
And I think it's fair to say these
Winter Olympics have shown us all
too clearly that with every glorious
winner comes the despair of those
who lose. Elise Christie has had
more than her fair share of that
feeling. Penny Coomes and Nick
Buckland are going out to support
her, and in the next 15 minutes we
will see her back on that ice,
because she knows that sport and
indeed life doesn't always go to
plan. It's how you deal with the
setbacks that defines you, and Elise
Christie is saying, fine, I can do
this, and just wonderful to see her
smiling, happy, laughing ahead of
her heat on the bike, and there she
is heading out into the prerace
area. Do they call it a hotbox?
And maybe what has
happened actually freeze Elise up
mentally, because she has nothing to
prove, just by being out there,
being fit enough and strong enough
to line up in her heat, she can
think of anything else that happens
is a bonus.
She can be happy that
she is just back out on the ice and
it didn't end on Saturday for her.
John, hello, good morning. What is
your take on what you would like to
see from Elise Christie and indeed
Charlotte Gilmartin and Cap Thompson
in these heats?
I think it is about
getting up to the front of the race,
there was talk about how well Elise
would get off the start with the
ankle, but I want to see the girls
get up there, it is quick from the
start, they need to be as soon as
possible and it will keep all of our
And Sarah Yu was then
it is the push from the start that
might be the most painful bit if she
still has this heavily bruised and
If the ankle is not
100%, potentially the impact of the
run at the start might be
uncomfortable for her commerce as I
said, luckily it isn't the 500
metres that she is left with, it is
the 1000, so I think to get out
there and get up near the front
would be a good move.
Give us all a
little bit, we will let you guys
relax, they are firmly behind Elise,
all the rest of the team just
ribbing her luck could change,
because her Olympic story so far has
been one of terrible knock backs,
Elise Christie came to Pyeongchang
is the overall short track world
champion, with high hopes of an
Olympic medal, and after her triple
disappointment in Sochi four years
ago, it looked like that success
might just come in her first event,
the 500 metres.
Christie tried to make
it on the inside, but she is out of
it once again!
I know it is short
track and I am supposed to be
prepared for this, but it still
hurts, you know?
heartbreak in the final, and sadly,
the 1500 metres would be even worse.
Christie in third place, and it is
between her and Christie as they
come round the final bend, and
Christie has crashed again now in
Fortunately, no bones
were broken, but her right ankle
still isn't 100%.
With short track speed skating, the
boot is moulded around the ankle,
and it is a very delicate area,
because of the pressures you are
going through when going around the
corner. So on the shimmering they
will be looking at Cannes she handle
the pressure which will be put on
the ankle by the boot and also the
pressure that has been created when
she goes round the corner at 40 mph.
Fortunately, Elise's injury has
improved enough to allow her to
return to training over the past 48
She is strong and able to do
the majority of the things we would
be looking for in the 1000m, and I
would say she is probably going to
take to the ice at around 80 or 90%
Elise has received
thousands of messages of support
from members of the public as well
as from some of her heroes such as
Dame Kelly Holmes and Jessica
Ennis-Hill, all of which, if she is
fit, could provide the boost she
needs to get that elusive medal.
am just about to leave to go down to
the rink to try to peak today. I
stated this morning for the first
time and it went quite well
considering the circumstances, so
I'm looking forward to seeing if I
can get out there to race today. I
want to thank everyone who has
helped me get to this point and
everyone from the spore background.
helped me get to this point and
everyone from the spore background.
That look back on Elise Christie's
story so far. What kind of
personality is she, Sarah, you never
She is a huge
personality. She is a bit kooky and
are out there, she is lots of fun
but she does know how to switch it
on and be a professional, and she is
very professional when it comes to
And it clearly matters to
her so much that other athletes are
supporting her, people who know what
it's like to be in this position.
That is really lovely. Nobody really
understands what it feels like
unless they've been there
themselves, so I think when it comes
from people like that, I think it
means an awful lot.
John, as a
skater, is she the best the Britain
has ever produced?
I would say so,
yes. The results back that up. She
just needs to put in that
performance over the next few days
that will reiterate that, and it is
great to see all the team around
her, Joe and Gemma, making her feel
comfortable, just as we see that she
can be as relaxed as possible. It is
not about winning medals today, it
is about qualifying and just doing
And full credit to the team,
they have done a great job patching
her up again.
And that is what they
are therefore, they are there to get
her around. They have planned a
different scenarios and well
rehearsed and trained on their side
of things as well, so that is their
side of the job.
And what is the
latest on Charlotte Gilmartin,
because she has had a couple of
She is good, looking
forward to the 1000m again, we talk
about it being more hustle and
bustle, and she likes that, she has
a good race and hopefully she can
get into the competition and build
Charlotte goes in
heat eight, Elise in heat three,
because you get a sense of the
hustle and bustle of the pacing of
the 1000m. 500 metres you never get
a chance to recover, 1500 metres
seems to hurt a lot, 1000m is in the
Tactics in the race early on
a very important, to get a good race
from the start.
And lane two for
Elise, is that a good position for
We want to see her in the lead
with about six laps to go, it
doesn't always play out like that,
but she has strengthened a good race
to start with, and you would want to
make it as simple as possible.
suspect there will be a big crowd as
well, because main
well, because main -- Choi Minjeong
is going in this heat, South Korea
is the very heart of short track
speed skating, they love it, and
that is Choi Minjeong there. We will
find out how she got on and join the
third heat live.
COMMENTATOR: Welcome to the gangland
Ice -- gangland Ice Arena. We're
just waiting to see whether there is
any late Riparelli in this last
heat. And we are just watching now
the highlights of the previous heat,
this is Choi Minjeong, in the 1500
metres, and she looks comfortable
and confident as you would expect
from someone who has a gold medal in
her pocket already. Here we go, the
confirmation of the result, with
Choi Minjeong going through. The
skaters are out for the third heat.
The Korean who moved to Kazakhstan a
few years ago, Suzanne Schulting
from the medal and
from the medal and Netherlands, and
Petra Jaszapati from Hungary who
made the final of the 1500 metres,
she is at the back of the moment,
going wide on the outside. She is a
new name in the sport, she has had a
very good race so far.
Ashley athlete from Russia still
raising the speed here with six laps
to go. Suzanne Schulting, a former
world junior champion, leading the
way at the moment. Kim is right
behind her. Jaszapati just hanging
at the back by now.
Nobody seems to
want to take this race on. Suzanne
Schulting tried to shut the door on
a Katharina Fritsch kova there. She
is on the front, and Jaszapati is
still on the back for hungry as they
take the bell, Kim in the blue of
Kazakhstan, Suzanne Schulting
staying in the front, she will lead
them home, and relatively
unchallenged, she is ahead of
Efremenkova, the Olympic Athlete
from Russia, those two pretty
And it shows
the conditions of the ice, it is
looking very good. Almost a second
outside of the Olympic record, said
to have skated sobbing like that in
the second row shows the conditions
And next we will have the
fourth heat, but let's just have a
look at this one. This was a rare
thing in short track speed skating,
a race devoid of controversy.
athletes are bit more relaxed, they
know what they need to do, and we
have had in the last three short
track days, 34 penalties from 12
different countries, just to give
you some idea how many issues have
been going on, and how many
penalties have been awarded to all
of these countries.
And who would be
a judge or head judge? So, that is
confirmation of the results from the
third heat, Suzanne Schulting and
Efremenkova safely through, no video
review, a pretty straightforward
thing, and there they are marching
away from the arena, and the
quarterfinals are on Thursday.
Kathryn Thomson is in this next one,
the 22-year-old who has raised all
three distances here. A quick look
at the line-up for Kathryn Thomson,
it is pretty tough, she has Jessica
Kooreman of the United States who
was fourth in this event in this
event four years ago. Valerie
Maltais, and Arianna Fontana who won
the 500 metres earlier in
competition here in Pyeongchang.
Kathryn Thomson moves around the
outside, she knows that Arianna
Fontana will be challenging at the
end. Using that speech he has got
from the 500 metres, so really she
knows that is the place where she
needs to be. Valerie Maltais from
Canada moves up the inside.
Kathryn Thomson knows she has to try
to mix it because she is very much
the outside of these four, but she
is staying as near to the front she
can, and she is still in the running
here at the moment. Valerie Maltais
leads, biding her time in third
place, Arianna Fontana.
Italian moves into first place.
Arianna Fontana in blistering form
goes to the front, two laps to go
over the line, with Valerie Maltais
in second place, Kooreman in third,
and Kathryn Thomson losing place
with the others. This is going to
form, Kooreman is trying to mix it
to see if she can upset the odds,
she is going to try to get away on
the inside. And Maltais stays on her
feet, Kooreman has but has to settle
for third, and in fourth Kathryn
Thomson of Great Britain.
That was a
superb piece of skating by Arianna
Fontana. Valerie Maltais will have
to wait and see what the official
result is. I wouldn't have thought
that the American had right of way,
so to speak, so the referees are in
fact going over to the replay, and
we will have to wait and see what
their final decision is, that you
can see the Italian Arianna Fontana
on the inside track moving through
very comfortably, and this is the
discussion really between the
Canadian and the American, who was
really right, and she is just moving
up the inside, and Kooreman of the
United States clearly not pass the
Canadian, and I don't think they
will be any court on that.
Fontana is so consistent, six
Olympic medals, but now on the track
as Kathryn Thomson departs the
Olympic Games, her first Olympics,
having had the experience of all the
events, Elise Christie, the world
champion, is coming up onto the
track next. That is confirmation of
the results of the fourth heat. No
video review required. There is
Elise Christie, clearly not fully
fit with that ankle damage. Picked
up in the crash in the semifinal of
the 1500 metres the other day. But
keen to have a go here. If she can
just get through this heat, she will
have another couple of days to
recover. Lara Van Ruijven is ranked
12th in the world, Andrea Kessler of
Hungary, and Magdalena Warakomska
And away they go, Christie goes down
before they reach the very first
corner. Her races over before it
started, she is still on the ground
as the race continues, the officials
go to check on her, the other
athletes are coming to a halt, I
think we will be restarting the
race. But whether Elise Christie
will be able to restart the race, we
cannot be sure. Her team-mate
Charlotte or Martin will be in heat
number eight, here it is again.
think she put her toe on the right
skate into the ice, she caught the
blades of Kessler. No words for
this. She clips the back of the
blade of Kessler as she goes on the
bend, they are allowed to restart.
Now the question is, do they feel
that the fall, I think it's over.
I think the Olympic Games is finally
over for Elise Christie. She is
skating over to the side of the
I don't think it is, they are
checking the blades, they are
allowed to do this, they are
repairing the eyes. Just checking
the blades. When I had my problem in
Lillehammer I had to leave the ice,
here they are allowed to check the
blades to make sure everything is
She is going to go again. Elise
Christie is not finished. I wondered
before the camera was on her, she
spoke to one of the officials, who
pointed to where the exit was. The
crowd started applauding, I think
they thought it was over, Elise
Christie will take to the start
again. Heat five.
Away they go. Christie at the back
of the field, at least she has
avoided trouble, she can get up to
speed, I think the start was going
to be the hardest.
particularly after the fall, she
can't put pressure on it, now it's a
question, nine laps, skaters won and
two will go through, we are hoping
and praying for her to qualify.
and a half laps to go, Van Ruijven
from the Netherlands in front,
Kessler from Hungary second. Elise
Christie should not have a problem
getting through. The draw, pretty
kind to her, relatively speaking,
can she get up to full speed, can
she find a way through to finish in
the first two?
The last lap time,
nine points 75, she moves through
into third place, one and two to
Christie ready to make a
challenge, three laps to go, Van
Ruijven comes round, Christie has a
look at the inside, stays on her
feet, she sees a little gap, forced
out why, staying third, Van Ruijven
taking around with three laps to go,
Christie taking a long way around,
goes into the back of her opponent,
forcing her way into second place. A
battle, Van Ruijven from the
Netherlands leading but have they
love to go, Christie in position to
qualify, Van Ruijven first over the
line, risky in second, Kessler
forth. At the second attempt, the
race was completed. She picks
herself up from the ice, literally,
to have a second goal and this time,
she manages to get the job done, she
is through the heat and Elise
Christie, the world champion, still
in the women's 1000 metres, she
limped away from the start, doing
She certainly is,
squeezing through. Wouldn't be
surprised if Kessler gets a penalty
here, she of course was the skater
on the outside of Christie, Visteon
was going down again, manages to
stay up, the River Reeves looking at
the video replay to find out whether
or not Kessler, in my opinion
blocked on Christie but of course
Christie finished in a second
qualifying position, she will go
through to the quarterfinal on
Quite a physical race as
she is carried from the arena. At
least not on a stretcher. Running
repairs for Elise Christie. We await
the judges verdict on the race. Was
a physical race that she was
involved in and involved in the
Absolutely, showing the
courage this young lady has, sheer
determination, it would have been
quite easy to turn round and say I
am going to stop, I am injured, but
there was another incident.
and then there was another one.
Kessler comes in onto Christie.
Doesn't Christie get involved...
little bit as well. There are two
issues, you are not allowed, if
someone comes up the inside, you are
not allowed to change lanes, block
the skater coming up the inside.
Looking anxiously at the scoreboard.
High above the rink. The review is
taking place but I'm hoping it's
coming close to reaching a
conclusion now. Elise Christie has
left the scene of the race. But the
result has not been confirmed. As of
The referee has gone across.
Yellow card Elise Christie.
really amazing. I cannot believe
they have awarded her a yellow card.
That really puts the tin hat on her
Olympic Games. It's hard to think
how it could have got any worse. But
it just has. Elise Christie is out
of the Olympic Games. She finished
the race in second place, came over
the line in a qualifying position,
she's been given a yellow card, that
means she has been thrown out of the
Of the 1000 metres.
Over for her. The final event.
That's it. We'll have to reflect on
that shortly. Meanwhile the racing
continues. Heat number six.
The Netherlands in fourth place, the
athlete in red from China, going to
the front, the Olympic silver
medallist. Six laps to go.
in shock about the yellow card. For
Liz Christie. There is a massive
crash and there is only one skater
still up. Seidel up as well.
skaters are all over the place. At
the front of the race, the Chinese
athlete the only one who avoided the
crash. She has three to go, the
others scampering around behind her.
I'm not sure of what happened, I
think Seidel was going on the inside
of the bed, collided, both skaters
went down, taking them both down,
the skater from Russia went down as
well with one and a half laps to go.
A lap to go.
The Chinese skater will
glide home effortlessly in first
place. She wins the heat, the others
are still racing and the Olympic
Athlete from Russia, I think will
take second. Ahead of the
Netherlands. But I think certainly
the Olympic Athlete from Russia
hurting as she crossed the line,
high-speed, spectacular speed for
the three of them.
We are now up to
36 penalties in four days, a yellow
Can you explain what that
yellow card means, in football if
you get a yellow lid means you get a
warning but you can carry on as
before. Cars yellow card. Tell us
exciting for the means and why they
have given her.
It means, short
track speed skating there is a
Labour on Bing and barging, some of
that intentional, some of it not,
when a skater is given a yellow card
they are taken out of the petition,
1000 metres in this instance. That
is because the referee felt it was
intentional as opposed to
What was intentional?
I already said, the camera decision
we are seeing here are not the
camera positions that the referees
have available to them. It this
makes it very difficult, they are
seeing stuff from different camera
angles van der Voort we are seeing.
-- than what we are seeing.
happened so quickly we have no time
to reflect but I am sure Clare
Balding will be able to do that in
the studio when the seats have
finished. Two more heat is to come,
we are waiting for the verdict from
heat six, that is quite the skaters
are standing, not disappearing to
the dressing room. Just to clarify,
a yellow card means you are thrown
out of that distance. Absolutely. A
red card would mean you are thrown
out of all the competition.
distance. Absolutely. We are seeing,
the Chinese skater moves, quite
comfortably, Seidel of Germany moves
into the front, there is no issue
there. I think the issue really
happens a lot later in the race.
This is after the initial fall.
We are not really seeing the
footage, what is really happening.
Both girls waiting for the official
result from the referee. It's almost
like the figure skating, the
deliberation zone as I would call
The scowling stops when it does
not go your way. Kirchhoff was the
skater who finished in the silver
medal position and profited from the
crash that Elise Christie had in the
first race, the 500 metre final.
There may be two penalties, two
different incidents, two different
When we get to a final in
short track speed skating, if enough
of them I disciplined you can have a
medal going to someone in the B
Do you have
any complaints with that decision?
This is an issue we have been
discussing. Rob Wotton we can see, I
think it was a relatively fair call.
-- from what we can see.
infringement. Here is heat number
An Olympic relay gold medallist from
Sochi, three-time World Championship
medallist, won an Olympic bronze in
Vancouver. The penultimate heat in
the women's 1000 metres.
tactics by the Canadians.
tactics by the Canadians. Kim from
Korea takes the lead.
Korea takes the lead. St Gelais and
Kim swapping the lead.
Making her way into the Olympic
team, other than John Henry Kruger,
on the blades that the United
States, it's not been a great
Olympics. St Gelais looking
comfortable, winning three silver
medals at the World Championships,
including one in the housing
bidders. St Gelais overtaken on the
outside I Kim from Korea. The gap
starts to open.
Superb piece of
overtaking on the outside. St Gelais
stretching back to him from Korea in
A lap to go. Really spread
out around the track, we can clearly
see who is going to be one and two.
Kim and St Gelais. The Japanese
skater in third. The United States
bringing up the rear.
A much more
straightforward race. I don't think
there will be any issues there, no
video replay necessary. We are
looking at the referees, this
American referee Alan Grisham is
going over to the video replay so we
will have to wait for this official
result, I think that's the incident,
just tries to move up the inside,
normally speaking, if you do get
advanced to the next round you have
to be in a qualifying position,
either one or two, even if there is
a penalty awarded she was not in a
qualifying position. Therefore it
just means that skater gets a
Those two crossed the line,
clearly better than the other two.
One more heat to come, it features
Charlotte Gilmartin from Great
Britain. 27 who crashed out of both
her events so far. Best result in
the thousand metres in the World Cup
competition this winter was seventh
in the Netherlands. A four time
European Championship medallist. Kim
leaves the arena, we have a last
look at this race. Kim and St Gelais
were the first two.
problems. Really about whether there
should be a penalty. Awarded to the
There is a penalty, and it is just
being announced now. And the
American gets the penalty, and Samir
Rachel remains, but she wasn't in a
position to potentially qualify
anyway. Let's get on with the last
final. Kim Boutin has a medal
already. Charlotte Gilmartin
therefore Great Britain. Hitomi
Saito from Japan, bronze medal last
year, and CMascitto from Italy is
straight down already, and she
wasn't involved with anybody else,
so they will not restart the race.
It was like what happened to Elise
Christie, so therefore the starter
will not restart the race.
So you will say that Kim Boutin is
the most likely to win this race,
but Charlotte Gilmartin needs to
stamp authority on to this.
British camp are extremely down
after what happened to Elise
Christie, but it is important now
that Charlotte Gilmartin tucks into
that second place and maintains her
Five to go, Charlotte
Gilmartin in second place behind Kim
Boutin of Canada. It is Hitomi Saito
and Cynthia Mascitto she needs to
keep behind her now. Kim Boutin has
got the speed she needs to come out
on top in virtually every scenario
She makes it look so easy, Kim
Boutin, even in the curve, two arms
on her back. It is important that
Charlotte really hangs onto the back
of her tail now.
This will be a big
race for second place, Charlotte
Gilmartin being put under pressure
from Hitomi Saito of Japan. She is
in a fight now to qualify, one lap
to go. Kim Boutin leads the way, and
it is Hitomi Saito in second place,
Charlotte Gilmartin losing a bit of
ground now. It doesn't look like she
will be able to close the gap, she
can't, and Kim Boutin wins that
heat, as one would expect. It went
to form, but Hitomi Saito, ranked 23
in the world at this distance in the
end just had too much speed for
Charlotte Gilmartin, who goes out of
the competition at the first hurdle.
We can see that for by the Italian,
she jumps back up, of course she
fell on her own, she is only skating
the 1000m, she didn't take part in
the 500 or the 1500, so I guess the
nerves got the better of her, and
Charlotte Gilmartin they're just
being taken over by the Japanese.
her best, Charlotte Gilmartin has
the ability to get through a heat
But it wasn't
to be, and Kim Boutin looking pretty
confident with a couple of medals in
her pocket already. And here's the
confirmation pretty quickly, Kim
Boutin and Hitomi Saito going three,
Charlotte Gilmartin in third place,
so Kathryn Thomson, Charlotte
Gilmartin and Elise Christie all
failing to make it through from the
heats of the women's 1000m.
So, let's take a quick look now,
qualification of the
quarterfinalist. Suzanne Schulting,
a medallist last year, Efremenkova
who got up off the floor to qualify,
and the rest of those who have made
it through, including Yara Van
Kerkhof and Kim Boutin.
Kerkhof and Kim Boutin. Shim Sukhee
won a medal in Sochi four years ago.
Those quarterfinals will be on
CLARE BALDING: And just huge sadness
that Elise Christie won't be among
them, and nor will Charlotte
Gilmartin and nor will Kathryn
Thomson, but for Elise Christie to
be brave enough to get back out
there on the ice, having a fall on
the first start of her heat, still
getting up and going out again,
finishing second and then to get
disqualified, that just seems pain
beyond... It's not fair, John.
is what sport is, and that is why we
keep wanting to watch it, because we
just don't know what is going to
happen. She gave it a good go today,
and what happened on the start is
another twist in the tale, but she
gave it her best shot and that is
all we can ask for.
wasn't feeling. If, because she went
for it, on this first start, to try
and get out in front.
Yes, she did,
I thought she would skate off and
try and do something later, but she
caught the skate of the other girl
and tripped, and she looked a little
bit shaken, probably, from that
fall, because she wouldn't have been
expecting that to happen. And to get
back up and go again, it probably
rocked her confidence a little bit.
I think going into that race before
that she would have been feeling
quite happy that she was in a good
place, and the medical team had done
a great job and cleared her to race,
but I think then that would have
shook up, and then when we go on to
see the actual race.
She takes a
You can see the
confidence is not there. If she was
going to sit in the race, you would
want to see her go around the
outside in keep it as clear as
possible, because we talked about
trying to get to the front and after
that start that wasn't going to
happen but then she starts making
smaller inside moves.
So on the
restart, you can see that she
deliberately going for a slow start,
to build up the pace gradually, not
going to get involved in the
argy-bargy, but unfortunately makes
the decision to go around the inside
to overtake rather than sweeping
round the outside, and therefore
gets into trouble twice.
And that is
where she has ended up getting a
yellow card, because although
mentioned by Will you do get a card
or dangerous skating, but I don't
think that was this one, it was the
fact that she picked up two
penalties in two different
incidents, and I think that amounted
to the yellow card. She looks
confident the back, and looks like
she is winding up the Yuchen see
where she is not as confident as she
would be in a race like this, she is
taking up the inside options and
moving up the track slowly.
shorter to go on the side but more
Definitely. Around the
outside you have more space but you
do need the strength, and that is
where not having as much confidence
probably meant that she went the
So that undertake was
Yes, and you wonder shisha
granny tax eye but she gets caught
in an incident there, and I think
she does make quite good speed
coming out of the corner to make the
overtake, but obviously the
Hungarian girl shuts the door on
And had their just been that
one incident, it might have been all
By the sounds of it she would
have got a penalty for that, and
then she gets another penalty here
when Chi double pushes against the
Polish girl, and then that leads to
a double penalty which further
So she hasn't done
anything dangerous? It is a double
infringement, so effectively in
football it would be two yellow
cards and therefore the red
football it would be two yellow
cards and therefore the red? Oh,
And I think they are she can't
carry on her speed, obviously the
girl that is in front, the Dutch
girl, hasn't gone quick enough to
open that gap for Elise to slot
into, so then Andrea Kessler from
Hungary is able to shut the door.
She has almost come across the track
Nicky Gooch, the coach,
carrying her off to protect as much
as possible. In your opinion, John,
is the disqualification just?
It is a racing incident, and we talk
about trying to make it as clear as
possible, because if you don't you
come into the hand of the referee,
and they have a chance to watch the
video back and that didn't had two
We are going live back to
Pyeongchang to talk to Elise
Just tell us what is going through
your mind right now.
To be honest,
not much. A few days ago, I didn't
think I would be getting on the ice.
I did everything I could to turn
this around, I had ligament damage
in my ankle, and putting a skate on
with that is not the comfiest thing
in the world. And we did everything
we could to turn this around, and it
just wasn't meant to be.
If it was
any other competition, would you
have been on that start line today?
No, I would've been off the ice for
five or six weeks. I would have been
in rehab. I wouldn't have got on if
it was the World Championships, and
that wouldn't have been my choice, I
would have been told I wasn't
getting on. The only reason they
gave me the choice is because it was
the Olympics. The worst that could
happen is that I fell off the start,
but to me that didn't matter. I
trained all my life this, it was
everything to me, and... It's done.
I think everyone watching will think
that you've got a hell of a lot of
Thanks. I don't know. I just
felt like I owe it to Britain, you
know? I can put my hands are right
now and say I don't know why I have
got the yellow card. When I watched
the race, I was kicked on the start
and fell over, I have never had a
yellow card in my life, never mind
penalties, I barely get penalties. I
went to the inside, and on the
video, I am past the girl, so I have
no idea. The only thing I can think
of is possibly the referee doesn't
think it's safer meter race with my
ankle wages, because he was in
courage in me to get off the ice
after the fall at the start, and if
that is it, then fair enough, I can
see why he might not want me to race
like that, because it might not be
We know how much work
you put in, and you're talking about
putting short track out there, I
think you have done that, you are
the world champion. How do you some
up these games? Because I think it's
fair to say that it hasn't gone very
You'll have to ask me
tomorrow, I think. Right now I'm a
bit shell-shocked. I worked hard to
come back from this injury, most
people wouldn't have skated with my
ankle the way it was, I can barely
bend my knee. The only thing I can
say is I can promise Britain that I
will fight back from this and I will
come back for Beijing, and hopefully
I can do Britain proud of then.
to Beijing, so I know that after the
last time, you felt like you
couldn't go on, but this time you
don't feel that? It's different this
time, you can go to Beijing?
have so much belief in the programme
and myself, none of that was my
physical capability. You know, it
was just short track. What else can
I say? Everyone has been such a
massive support to me, Team GB, to
turn this around. Everyone at home,
most of the people, anyway, I can't
believe how supportive they have
been, and I definitely think I can
come back and medal in Beijing, it
is frustrating having to wait four
years. It wasn't to be this time.
Listen, despite what has happened,
we are all immensely proud of you,
and you are the world champion, and
lots of people come to the Olympics
and don't win medals, so we're
really proud you had the guts to get
out on that start line, and we are
looking forward to seeing you back
Thank you, and I would
like to thank all the kids that have
sent me messages. I really
appreciate it, the kids that have
sent messages saying they are
inspired by me, they have no idea
what that means to me, but it is
amazing that five-year-olds and
seven-year-olds can find me
inspiring, that brings tears to my
eyes, you know?
Thanks very much.
Elise Christie admitting she is
still shell-shocked, doesn't
understand why she got the yellow
card, but confirming this is not the
end of her Olympic challenge, she
will be back in four years' time.
She will be 31 by then, still
determined to win a first Olympic
medal, but her Olympics for this
year, for 2018, is over. Sarah, what
did you make of what she said there,
and of what has happened to her
I think it was a really nice
and honest interview from her, and I
think she probably is a little bit
shell-shocked, and she needs to let
things sink in. And book a holiday!
Take a little bit of time off. She
has four years until the next games,
and lots to do in between them, but
I think maybe a bit of downtime.
mentioned that the referee was
having words with her after the
first false start, after she fell on
the first start for her heat, and is
that the referee there with the
That would have been one
of the referees, yes.
And do you
think he's checking she's all right?
Would think he's saying.
have been just checking, the duty of
care being the head referee for the
girls, he would've come over and
checked if she was OK, and
obviously, would have been asking
her how she is doing, to find out
whether she is ready to go again.
there any right of appeal?
this instance, no. They have checked
the video numerous times, we don't
see the same footage as they get to
see, the referees will see it
overhead and in front and down the
straight, so we don't get to see
that footage may be until after the
event, but yes, there is no right of
Sarah, she was saying she doesn't
understand why she got the
infringement, there were undertakes
that were not illegal, not worthy of
She has not had the
chance to have a look at the video,
how you feel when you get off, all
the adrenaline, what happens during
the race, it flashes past you very
quickly, she might feel differently
when she looks at the video replay
and she has gone and analysed it.
think she has a point with racing
against Kessler, the Hungarian girl,
she probably may feel a bit harsh on
that because she got alongside her
and she tried to make space but
unfortunately it was not there. With
the Polish girl, I would say that
was a clear penalty.
I think when
your intentions are good and you are
not intending to cause trouble or
cause a penalty, it doesn't feel
there, because that's not what you
are trying to do.
Do you think she
would have raced differently, a
fully fit Elise Christie, despite,
if the ankle was and still hurting,
a belief that Elise Christie would
have gone round the outside and gone
I'm better than you lot.
doubt, who she was racing against,
she would have sat at the back and
gone round the outside is not gone
to the front at the start and
dominated. She can clearly see where
she is out, she was obviously
disappointed in that interview but
she realises maybe today she was not
at full fitness and there's nothing
else you can do. She gave it her
best shot, today wasn't meant to be,
she probably realised that with the
for British fans, desperately sad
for Elise Christie but so impressive
she can come out and say after that
I am going again, going to try for
another Olympics. Let's go out to
Pyeongchang and speak to Wilf
O'Reilly, how do you sum up today?
Basically, immense courage that she
has shown to get on the ice, clash
blades with the Hungarian Kessler,
to go back to the start of the 1000
metres, 20-30 metres off the pace
and close the gap in a qualifying
position and what I believe, I
happened to seeing the actual replay
that the video referee sees but what
I understand is there are two issues
that have happened during the course
of the race and because one was a
penalty and the other was a penalty,
I actually don't feel it was a
penalty at all but I haven't seen
the video footage to confirm that.
Basically two penalties means you
get a yellow card which is a warning
for dangerous skating.
Do you feel
at all because Elise Christie is as
high-profile as she is, because she
had the issues are ready, aren't the
judges watching her more closely
than anyone else?
If you are one of
the favourites you are always being
watched a lot more closely than any
other skaters, generally in my
opinion what happens, a lot of the
well-known names skaters are quite
often given, sort of, the chance, if
you like, the benefit of the doubt
and are allowed to go through but
clearly the referees are under such
pressure, they are basically saying,
based on the footage what they see,
they are the people, Babel be giving
To be fair, they have
been pretty brave, they took choice
the home favourite out of the medal
winning position in the 500, it's
not like they are making unpopular
decisions for everybody. Elise
Christie mentioned she thought the
referee might have given her a
yellow card because they perhaps
might have thought it wasn't safe
for her to race but they can't do
that, can they?
I wouldn't think so,
if he felt that wasn't safe for her
to start and he should never have
allowed her to start the race, as it
were. I don't really know, there is
something that we are going to
Seville for the ISU conference in
June and the rules and regulations
will be voted upon and it is
something I will be putting forward
to try and emphasise to the rest of
the world if somebody is given a
This is a big load to
British Short track speed skating
not just because there won't be a
single representative left in any
race for the women but also because
of the way the funding structure is,
you know, whatever you think about,
the World Championship nettles, the
gold medals that Elise Christie she
has won, they don't count, its
Olympic medals. Mothers have a
massive effect for the future of
British are track speed skating?
British are track speed skating? --
will this have a massive effect?
whole world has seen what has
happened and hopefully Babel realise
the sport is about investing in the
future, finding new talent,
hopefully my successes in the past,
Nicky Gooch, and Elise Christie's
success will all continue and
contribute to future funding.
Christie has said she wants to be
back in four years' time, can you
and you know... I did hear that. I
mean, the weight Short track speed
skaters go on the pattern of their
career, is it possible to come back
in your 30s and still be the best?
Absolutely. It's all about
experience. I mean, somebody was
asking me, what should she do after
this and I said maybe she should
take a year doing long track speed
skating, working out and training
but taking a break from the
high-profile level that she has
within the sport and hopefully three
years into Beijing, 2022, start
focusing maybe take another route.
have to say that long track speed
Skating looks quite tempting, nobody
else in the way. Absolutely! Thank
you so much and I'm sorry for you
guys out there that it's been such a
disappointing day but thank you for
everything you have contributed.
Thank you very much. And it is,
gosh, so much to take in, as Elise
Christie said, she can't begin to
think rationally about this, you are
in the moment, you will have an
emotional response, some up how
strong you think she has been,
Sarah, to want to do this today and
also after the first of all, to say
no, I am not giving up right now.
Yes, we should be really, really
proud that she is back on the ice
today and she gave it everything she
had, it was her one last shot. She
had quite a lot of pressure on -- on
her, the golden girl of the sport,
emotionally this build-up for years
that leads into the Olympic Games,
this has been a plan for her for a
long time. I think she needs to come
back down and relax before deciding
what to do next.
I went to see her
in Korea before the games and she
kept talking about how she had to
risk it all to gain gold. Do you
think she has risked too much in the
500, 1500 and today doesn't really
count because she wasn't fit and
therefore was making decisions
because she didn't feel strong
enough but particularly the 500.
really. We talk about her being
world champion, when she became
world champion last year she
finished fourth in the 500 metres
and she did this time. With place
Olympic was what she got at the
worlds, that's no mean feat, very
impressive. I think in the 1500 we
spoke, we underestimated the quality
of the semifinal she was in and
obviously having a silver and gold
medallist in your semifinal will be
tough and watching the replay back
from the 1500 metres, she was half a
metre out of mailing the overtake
and go to the final.
You are right,
there was Lee and Choi and they
ended up gold and silver in the
final. She was up against it to
finish first two, she had to take a
risk in the 1500.
When we talk about
taking a risk, that's not settling,
make sure you keep moving, you
attack to win the race, be in the
medals, if you start settling, the
more you save, you are not moving
up, you are moving backwards, things
you need to try out. Take a risk and
want to win but that does not mean
you risk everything, we are not
putting it all on the gold medal,
she still wanted to be successful
and take a risk in the race to do as
best as she possibly can.
of talent, training, commitment to
the sport, Sarah, she came into
these games, you know, nothing is a
certainty in short track speed
skating because it seems to be
incredibly rough, it's a very rough
sport, but to leave it now with
nothing, with no medal at all, you
are right, fourth place is best
Olympic finish in the 500 metres but
she goes home with nothing. Doesn't
that seem cruel? And if you look now
at her Olympic experiences, in the
last two games, I mean, that is
desperate. I mean, even in short
track speed skating, that is
unlucky, isn't it?
It's all part of
the story, isn't it, for when she
wins, I think.
They will make a
movie. Do you believe that can
happen? If this ligament damage is
bad and if it has been made worse
today, she's going to take a long
time to recover.
With recovery for
things like that it depends how you
treat it initially. She doesn't have
to do anything else, no other
commitments, she can focus on that
recovery, making sure it's back to.
And then decide about training.
Where are the younger short track
speed skaters coming through, John,
and where are they now? What has
Elise done to increase interest in
To have a world champion
in the sport, so few people
competing in the country, it's
massive, everyone wants to emulate
what Elise has done and go on and be
successful in the World
Championships and the Olympics. We
set up an academy in the last couple
of years since she became world
champion, we've found a new athletes
from other sports but improving the
athletes currently in the sport from
recent levels, down to club level,
in the last week alone we've had
over 150 people register their
interest in the sport, it's not in
the fairy tale story we wanted
people are excited about short track
speed skating, they are enjoying
watching it for some reason.
great to watch.
Some of that
excitement. They want to have a go,
it has been massive over the last
four years and we've been able to
move forward, the sport is growing,
enjoying watching it, let's go back
for more with
enjoying watching it, let's go back
for more with Simon. COMMENTATOR:,
we have a crash, the Netherlands,
they have stopped the race. It's not
the first time we have had a race
stopped this evening, local time.
Daan Breeuwsma, from the
Netherlands. Sprawling on the ice.
What do you make of this?
skates with the skater from
Kazakhstan. You can see it from the
reverse position. Clash blades as
Daan Breeuwsma stamps on the
Daan Breeuwsma stamps on the blade
of his opponent, they are checking
the blades are OK, they are a
changing them completely, changing
the blade. I think all three
including Charles Hamelin.
that we have missed so far, an
Olympic athlete said a new record. A
Polish surprise qualifier. There was
a crash, predictably. A United
States athlete was penalised but
would not have gone through. In the
second of the
second of the heats, Samuel Samuel
Girard from Canada went through very
comfortably. In heat
number three Seo Yira went through.
It was chaotic and untidy. We are
almost ready. The running repairs on
the track have been frequent. As
they fill the gaps, they spray them
Talking about running
repairs, Simon, the Kazakhstan team
really working on the
really working on the blades of
Denis Nikisha. They get up to speeds
of 50 kilometres an hour, it's
important they have their equipment
Have you had any more time to
reflect on the race of Elise
I am still in shock, I
came up from downstairs, still in
shock to see she got a yellow card,
I will probably ask someone this
evening can I see the official
reason why, they will probably said
no but at least I will be able to
Packed in here again once more
as we wait for the rerun of this
heat number four in the men's 500
metres. Such a mad dash, no room for
error whatsoever. Particularly in
the first round, these heats, the
seeding order is randomly done by
the computer. After this, it's done
by the fastest skater drawn in the
number Lane. They will come up to
the line shortly. Daan Breeuwsma has
never finished better than 14th in
the World Championship. Denis
Nikisha six in the world last year.
Limb from Korea, the Olympic
champion. Away they go. Clearly this
time. Denis Nikisha from Kazakhstan
goes to the front.
He has seen a little gap, and he
goes sliding through it.
Nikisha is storming away now.
Hyojun has gone very wide here,
Charles Hamelin tries to get through
on the inside. As they come round
now, Lim Hyojun takes the bell with
the advantage of some considerable
distance back to second place, and
the career wins it.
the career wins it. Charles Hamelin
of Canada is in third.
I wouldn't be
surprised to see Charles Hamelin get
a penalty therefore an infringement
on Denis Nikisha. And that
on Denis Nikisha. And that is why
Daan Breeuwsma got through into
Once again, we saw Lim
Hyojun who is in the form of his
young life here.
When you have an
Olympic gold medal in your pocket,
it is easy to take risks, and you
feel a lot more relaxed. You see him
go through, making it look so easy,
and this is where the problem
happened with Charles Hamelin and
It is because Lim had
gone very wide on the corner, and
Charles Hamelin saw the opportunity
and try to go through.
what happens in short track, if you
are good on the 1500m it doesn't
necessarily mean you will be good of
500 metres, we start to see more and
more specialist. Charles Hamelin
knows he is the culprit, he has
walked off the rink.
That was more
of the scowl and stop box for him as
he disappears. He was ninth and 13th
in the other two vents, it is not
really been his Olympics. And he
does get a penalty, he knew it, that
is why he walked off. And Denis
Nikisha from Kazakhstan is advanced,
so Daan -- Lim Hyojun, Daan
Breeuwsma and Denis Nikisha all go
And skaters who are
advanced are advanced to the outer
And a reminder that we have
eight heat here. Now, next up, we
have the Olympic Athlete from Russia
on the right-hand side. And the
false start gives me a chance to
complete this line-up.
complete this line-up. Ren Ziwei
there in the red, and Knegt is the
world champion at this distance, he
is the big Hope for the Dutch
is the big Hope for the Dutch here
all the skaters will now have to
wait. It was skate and other two who
was given the false tarte.
Turbat two from Kazakhstan, he has
done well to get into second place,
Ren Ziwei is in second, a bit of a
gap back to Sjinkie Knegt, the
Dutchman, putting himself into
position, one would think.
similar situation as Elise Christie,
at the back. You don't need to
panic, you still have two laps to
There will be one lap to go next
time over the line, Sjinkie Knegt
squeezes in on the inside of
Alexander Sheldon. It is really
tight, and Sjinkie Knegt is out of
it there because the Chinese athlete
Ren Ziwei wins it, and the Russian
athlete benefited from the battle
between Sjinkie Knegt and
Sjinkie Knegt coming
from third place, moving into
second, and it can go any way.
you say with an athlete as good as
Sjinkie Knegt in a race like this,
would it not be better for him to
put himself towards the front
earlier where he avoids this sort of
scenario where he was in a more
desperate situation on the last lap
when he was really under pressure?
As I was saying before, when you are
drawn in the heat on the very
outside lane, this is the Olympic
Games. It is so tight, the level of
short track speed skating is so
tight amongst the athletes, that can
make the difference just from your
lane draw, so obviously he is coming
back from fourth place going into
third place, moving up slowly. So we
have to wait and see now what Peter
Worth, the referee from Great
Britain, has to make of this.
Ren Ziwei provisionally first. And
just waiting for confirmation of the
result from this 500 metres. The
judges have reached a conclusion,
thankfully it didn't take too long,
so let's have a luck again as
Sjinkie Knegt try to find a way
through. And Sjinkie Knegt is given
a penalty, and the Dutchman is out,
and Zhumagaziyev of Kazakhstan is
advanced to go through as well as
Ren Ziwei, and Aleksandr Shulginov.
That is the confirmation.
flabbergasted with that decision.
You could see him moving across,
closing the gap, and then they
awarded the penalty.
Plenty to talk
about with your short track friends
over dinner later on with the
decisions tonight! And now, heat
number six. The Japanese skater was
fifth in the 1000m here. Pavlasek
nick, the athlete from Russia --
Pavel Sitnikov, and,
Pavel Sitnikov, and, with Shaoang
Liu taking control of this early.
One or two go through to the
quarterfinals, and Abzal of
Kazakhstan taking control.
from Japan, he wasn't going to take
any chances in that race, he got
away well, he stayed there, but he
got away from the others, not least
for Pavel Sitnikov, for a while he
was in a good position, but then he
lost his balance is the challenges
grew in ferocity.
But Shaoang Liu of
Hungary led from start to finish,
blocking well, not allowing any
skaters to come past him, compose,
you can just see there, he almost
got knocked down as they approached
this bend, you could see the hand on
the backside of the Hungarian
skater, Liu. And as he is coming out
of the bend, knocked off balance,
both skates on the ice, really
carving into the turn to make sure
he goes across the line first.
he goes across the line first.
of pressure put on Shaoang Liu as
Pavel Sitnikov has been given a
penalty, so Shaoang Liu qualifies,
as does Ryosuke Sakazume from Japan,
and the Kazakhstan skater advances
as well, so some of these races in
the court of finals are going to
have additional skaters, it will be
more traffic. Until this afternoon,
this evening, we had 34 penalties
from 12 different countries. I think
it is probably up to about 45
penalties now, and now we have a
North Korean speed skater in the
red, Jong Kwang Bom. And the North
Korean skater goes down, and we will
have a restart.
have a restart. I don't understand
that, he fell with nobody in the
way, no contact with any other
skater whatsoever, and they are
having a restart. , so the second
opportunity afforded here. Let's
watch this once more.
He dug his toe
from the right skate, and clearly
you can see here there is no contact
The only contact comes
after he has fallen with the
Japanese skater, who manages to stay
on his feet.
That will be the reason
why they have restarted, we are up
in the stands and we can't really
see that far down to the ice.
was a very nervous start for the
loan North Korean short track racer.
And he will have garage a couple of
divot out of the ice with his
blades, so the repairs are pretty
quick here. They pack some ice in
and then spray it so that it hardens
instantaneously and we shouldn't
have too much of a delay here. Hwang
Daeheon is fourth ranked in the
World Cup in this distance, he is up
athlete they have high hopes of, but
it hasn't worked out so far. For
one, it has been brilliant, and for
Hwang Daeheon it hasn't been quite
so good, 14th and 17th in the two
events so far.
considering his World Championships
Thomas Hong of the
United States is in this field as
well. The tracksuit tops are off
once again. And they will go once
more. Cato Watanabe of Japan, and
the North Korean is on the deck and
out of the race very quickly.
Leading the way by a mile here is
Hwang Daeheon of career, being
chased by Watanabe of Japan, quite a
gap back to Thomas Hong of the
And it is all about
the time, they are trying to skaters
fast as possible because the time
they set in the heat will determine
the lane they draw in the
It looks like Hwang
Daeheon is really going for it, he
will win this by a mile, and
Watanabe will go through to the
quarterfinals, soap Hwang Daeheon in
first place, Watanabe in second,
Thomas Hong of the United States in
three, and still skating around,
getting ready to come into the
finish is Jong Kwang Bom of North
Korea, but his race was over very
quickly. He got into a bit of an
elbow match almost from the very
They didn't take part in the
limit qualifying events, and the IOC
awarded them an extra spot to try to
promote the event in North Korea,
but it clearly he has very little
experience at this level, and that
could be dangerous for the other
skaters. You can see him there
pushing that right hand. And
Watanabe on the outside, he is just
pushing him away, and again, he is
just knocked off balance, and it
will be interesting to see what
Peter Worth has to make of this. But
this man had no trouble whatsoever.
He is a class act, isn't he? Really
comfortable, a great start for him
in these 500 metres. The short visit
to the competition for Jong Kwang
Bom of North Korea. First
international event of any note as
far as we can tell from him. Yet
again, the judges are reviewing the
action. And I think he will be the
culprit in this one. Of receiving a
penalty, I really think we do, I
think we are up to number 47 by now.
And the skater from the peoples were
of career, Jong Kwang Bom, receives
a penalty from the referee, but it
doesn't affect the result at all,
and that is confirmation of the
result. One more heat to come, and
my goodness me, what a high-quality
one it is as well, this is almost
worthy of an Olympic final. Han
Tianyu of China, Shaolin Sandor Liu,
John-Henry Krueger who won Silver in
the 1000m the other day, and what a
field. Someone will have to make way
here. Shaolin Sandor Liu thinks he
needs to get to the front, and he is
being chased by Han Tianyu.
John-Henry Krueger from the USA at
the back just has to wait, there is
nothing he can really do.
going to be really tight, one lap to
go and over the line. Shaolin Sandor
Liu from hungry leads the way, and
Han Tianyu is in second place,
Seaman Elistratov trying to steal it
at the end, I'm not sure if he will
find a way through, I'm not sure if
he found it, such a high-quality
field, nothing John-Henry Krueger
could do about it in terms of moving
up from the back, it was a high
paced, high quality race, on the
first two over the line, Shaolin
Sandor Liu and Han Tianyu.
I think it says it all, the way they
started, one, two, three, four on
the line. Shaolin Sandor Liu paced
himself by going round the outside
and then it was game over the.
the near shaped it, in a race like
this with four really good skaters,
the lottery of how they start, will
that be the decisive factor?
Probably. The sport is still growing
and learning. We need to look at the
rules and regulations of the first
round pick, because the seeding of
the races is based on the World
Cups. In World Cup status, this is
correct, but in terms of the lane
draw they get on the 1000 metres, it
is done by the computer on the very
first round. And he looked very
loop going through in qualifying, as
well as Han Tianyu from China.
Elistratov won a bronze the other
day in another event. And that
completes the men's 500 metre heats.
The quarterfinal line-up, who has
impressed you so far?
I think Wu
Dajing is the man to look to. Like
the long track yesterday, the 500
metres is such a top event, so many
people that can qualify. And can
take home gold. I don't like to say
any name, because probably after
Thursday evening, they will go out
in the quarterfinals.
The crowd have
a chance to grab a drink, a stack,
and catch their breath. They are
resurfacing the ice and then later
on we have the potential mayhem of
the ladies 3000 metre relay finals
with four times as many athletes on
the track. STUDIO: We will certainly
be back for that. Amazing for the
short track speed skating. If you're
tuning in wondering what happens to
Elise Christie, at nine o'clock this
morning it was confirmed she would
line-up for her heat in the 1000
metres. This was the event in which
she is world champion. John and
Sarah alongside me to analyse what
happened. In the first starchy tried
to take the lead. What happened?
to run, she went off hard. And she
caught blades with the girl next to
from Hungary and tripped over and
fell. Probably a little bit rattled.
What are the rules on the restart?
They will restart the race if there
is a clash before the apex block,
the middle block of the first
corner. If police had fallen there,
it disturbs the race because she
would have stopped Andreas Kessler
moving forward in the race. The race
has been disturbed. We have seen
other races where they have fallen
on their own and carried on.
pretty hard impact on the ice. She
holds the right ankle, which is
where the problem has been since a
fall in the semifinals of the 1500.
Nicky Gooch, the coach, made
adjustments to her skates and the
referee talks to her as well. The
assumption was it was over and she
was out, but she lined up again.
all thought that, we sat back in our
hearts sank, we thought it was
finished. She went over to the side,
sorted out her blades and then
started the race again. Different
tactics this time. She wanted to
give it her best shot, but we know
in 1000 metres she can still make up
It looked like when she
got going she was skating quite
nicely. She catches up with the pack
and starts to make moves and then
you see that she is not her usual
Her options are
either sweet whites to go round them
all or pick them off one by one on
I think she was trying
to make it easy for herself, make
the overtaking easy without making a
big move round the outside. She
looks very conscious of her ankle
while she is skating round.
see from the first overtake, she
makes it quite nicely, comfortable,
the gap appears and she slots in.
She read it well and makes it look
easy. We start to think, here we go.
But no, the next one is very first
real issue comes. She makes the
overtake, she gets alongside her,
and that's where a lease in her
interview mentioned she didn't think
it was a penalty.
But the problem
is, she causes the crash, and that
is the first penalty.
She looked a
bit wobbly, did well to recover and
then goes for the undertake again.
She makes this one quite nicely but
I think it's when she starts to
block and is too forceful on her
blocking to shut the track down. And
that means penalty number two,
resulting in the yellow card.
knows there, the Bell has gone and
somebody has taken over her on the
inside and there is not enough time
to get back to second place to
qualify. She was deathly trying to
hold her position to get through to
the next round.
She is alongside the
Hungarian girl there, but she can't
get enough space to make it
comfortable. And that causes the
crash. She is pushing and using her
arm a little bit. She doesn't want
to get back pastor. Nicky Gooch
carrying her off, that was always
the plan because we didn't want her
to walk in her skates. Walking round
in speed skates with long blades is
not the most comfortable, so with a
sore ankle, the idea was to get her
off the ice and get her as quick as
possible with her skates off,
because fingers crossed she was to
redo the next round.
It is to Elise
Christie's credit that she lined up
twice and went straight to David
McDaid after to give this interview.
First of all, tell us what's going
through your mind.
To be honest, not
much. A few days ago I didn't think
I would be getting on the ice. I did
everything I could to turn this
around. I had ligament damage in my
ankle. Putting a skate on with that
is not the comfiest thing in the
world. We did everything we could to
turn this around. It obviously
wasn't meant to be.
If it was any
other competition, would you have
been on the start line today?
would have been off the ice for five
or six weeks. I wouldn't have gone
back if it was the World
Championships, and that would have
been my choice... That wouldn't have
been my choice, I would have been
told I couldn't go back. But the
only reason I got the choice was
because it was the Olympics. To me
being kicked and falling at the
start didn't matter. I had trained
all my life for this, it was
everything to me. And, yes, it's
I think everyone watching will
think you have a hell of a lot of
Thanks. I felt I owed it to
Britain, you know? I want to get
short track out there. It's an
amazing sport. At times it can do
this to you. I can put my hands up
right now and say I have no idea why
I got the yellow card. When I
watched the race I was kicked at the
start and fell over. I have never
had a yellow card in my life. I very
rarely get penalties. I went up the
inside. I went past the girl on the
video. I have no idea. The only
thing I can think is possibly the
referee doesn't think it is safe by
race with my ankle the way it is
because he was encouraging me to get
off the ice when I fell at the
start. If that is it then fair
enough. I can see why he might not
want me to race like that, because
it might not be the safest. But,
We know how much work you
put in and you are talking about but
in short track out there. I think
you have done that, you are the
world champion. How do you sum up
these games? I think it's fair to
say it hasn't really gone very well.
You would have to ask me tomorrow.
Right now I'm a little bit
shell-shocked. I worked so hard to
come back from this injury. I think
a thousand people wouldn't have
skated with my ankle the way it was.
The only thing I can say is I can
promise of Britain that I will fight
back from this and I will come back
for Beijing. And hopefully I can do
Britain proud then.
Back to Beijing.
I know after the last time you felt
you couldn't go on, but this time
you don't feel that. It's different
this time, you can go to Beijing.
Yes, I have so much belief in the
programme and myself, and none of
that was my physical capability. It
was just... Short track! What else
can I say? Everyone has been such a
massive support to me. Team GB has
turned this around. Everybody at
home, most people, anyway, I can't
believe how supportive they have
been. I definitely believe I can
come back to medal in Beijing, but I
just have to wait for more years. It
just wasn't to be this time.
what happened, we are all immensely
proud of you. You are the world
champion. Lots of people come to the
Olympics and don't win medals. We
are really proud you had the guts to
get out of the start line and we
look forward to seeing you in
Beijing. Thank you.
Thank you, and I
would like to thank all the kids who
have sent me messages. I really
appreciate all those kids sending me
messages saying they are inspired by
me. They have no idea what that
means to me, but it's amazing that
five-year-olds and seven-year-olds
can find me inspiring. It brings
tears to my eyes.
Thanks very much.
STUDIO: Elise Christie doing well to
hold it together and be as
philosophical as she can be. This is
the rule infringement she committed.
If there is more than one
As John and Sarah made clear, there
are two incidents. The first, John,
was this 50-50 or was this a lease's
As she goes down the straight
and across the start line, she gets
alongside Andrea. -- or was this a
lease's fault. But then the
Hungarian girl is back in front. You
put your hands... Your fate in the
referee's hands. The second one was
Elise Christie trying too hard to
shut the door and making sure the
girl doesn't come past. It's the
last lap and she's trying as hard as
possible. For me that was a clear
You have seen a lot of
short track skating between you and
have been involved ourselves. Were
you surprised when the yellow card
Surprised to see the
yellow card because like Elise says,
she's never had a yellow card and
it's probably the one thing we
haven't seen yet from her. It's
another one that we throw into the
mix. We talk about it being a tough
sport and not fair on Elise, but she
finds different ways to put us
through the mill, sort of thing. We
talk about that sport, it's unfair,
but for it to keep happening to the
same person over and over again,
However many times we
watched that interview come you
don't get desensitised to the
emotion of it. Every time you watch
it, you have a lump in your throat,
tears in your eyes. It's a sad end
for this Olympics for her.
anyone watching at home who doesn't
know Elise, they will be feeling
that emotion. And you feel it keenly
because you know her so well.
feel the butterflies before she goes
out to race. I have sweaty palms, I
can't breathe watching the race as
it unfolds. And afterwards, when she
wins, I have tears in my eyes happy
for her, screaming the room down.
And when she fails or falls or
crashes or loses, I feel that too.
Such is the interest in Elise
Christie, this is a global story,
not just a British story. The
overall World Cup champion, the
world jabbing at 1500 and 1000
metres. All the rest of the press
wanted to talk to her. And you could
hear in the crowd, the shock when
she went down at the start of the
heat. The crowd have been supporting
her. She spent a lot of time in
South Korea and they understand
their short track speed skating. You
could see the time she gave to all
the media outlets to answer the
questions that they had. That in
itself is draining. The whole
experience has been exhausting, and
yet, within those interviews, to be
able to say, I am prepared to come
back in Beijing and take even more
That's a testament to what
she said about the programme behind
her, the support she had and what
she has been through since Sochi.
You have seen how she has been able
to face up to her issues in these
games. She has been emotional, but
that's her coping mechanism. The
team around have put everything in
place and that will be there when
she comes on, probably more so, so
she can come back and they will make
sure she's in the best possible
place, especially in the next couple
of months because she will have to
go through rehab and make herself
fit healthy again.
Wilf O'Reilly was
asking if she might make the
decision to go to long track skating
or indeed cycling. Are those
She loves sport, I think she is an
athlete, I don't think she will move
into another sport. I can't speak
for her but I think she will want to
do activity and she might want to go
and play some sport but I don't
think she will switch - due loves
And you can't
underestimate the skills that are
involved in another sport, sort of
things and I think she would like to
have a go at other things edit if it
gives her that mental break and that
freshen up sort of thing and
hopefully we will see her back on
the ice and raring to go.
go through your big debrief with
British short-track, do you try and
work out, why does this happen at
the Olympics specifically, when
clearly, there might be
disqualifications but the same
things do not happen at the World
Yes, there will be a
big review and hopefully there will
be some clear evidence that we can
point our fingers to certain things
but at this moment in time I can sit
here and say pretty confidently that
the guys have done everything they
possibly can. Yes, we have had some
bad luck but that is part of sport
and we plan for different scenarios,
but the guys will be sitting there
tonight absolutely devastated but
they were no getting up tomorrow
that they did everything they
possibly could to get a lease,
Farrell and Josh and all of the
others in the best possible
condition to compete.
Sport is so
unpredictable and we have got all of
our hopes pinned on one athlete. The
stronger the depth in our sport and
the more people we can get involved,
then we're not in that situation
hopefully in four years' time, and
there is a much stronger team going
in and more than one person can be
our medal hope. And we have seen
that in skeleton, with Laura Davies
backing up Lizzy Yarnold.
have got some great grassroots, some
great clubs doing fantastic work
with some young kids, and we're
really seeing that improving but
they need the support and help like
any other sport. If we get that as
well, we can really move forward,
we've got some fantastic athletes in
our sport, we just need to keep them
Elise Christie's exit from
these Olympic Games will be the
headline on day 11, but here's what
else has been happening today. Great
Britain's men's curling team look to
be on course for a semifinal spot
after a convincing 10-3 win over
Norway. It was also a very good day
for Britain's female curlers, who
beat Japan eightsix, and they're now
well placed to qualify, with a just
one match, against Canada, to come.
Talking of Canada, Tessa Virtue and
Scott Moir became the most decorated
figure skaters in Olympic history
after winning a second gold medal of
these games in the ice dance,
pipping Gabriella Papadakis and
Guillaume Cizeron, who took the
silver. And Penny Coomes and Nick
Buckland finished in a creditable
11th position, their third Olympics
together. They have both had to
overcome serious injury issues.
Cassie Sharpe lived up to her
billing as favourite by taking the
women's freestyle skiing halfpipe
gold the Canada. Great day for them.
Meanwhile Britain's Rowan Cheshire
completed her comeback from a
horrible crash in so cheap with an
impressive seventh placed finish.
But in qualifying for the men's ski
halfpipe, Murray Buchan and Peter
Speight narrowly missed out on a
place in Thursdays final. The
American trio topped the standings.
Now, there was more breaking news
this morning, with the Court of
Arbitration for Sport and announcing
that a player from the Slovenia
men's ice hockey team, Ziga Jeglic,
had tested positive for a banned
substance. He will leave the Games
within 24 hours after accepting a
positive test for the band asthma
medication. And that news became
publicly just before Slovenia's game
against Norway this morning, and
this is how they get on with out
Can Norway use their energy, or will
it be Slovenia, with the superior
skill, to reach the quarterfinals
and a blood chilling matchup with an
OAR side who have been a class apart
in this tournament so far? Slovenia
will want to start this one quickly.
That one is held onto.
That one is held onto. Goes across
the zone, and that is over the top.
Another shot and a goal! Or is it?!
It is! Took some time for the
referee to recognise that! 28
seconds of the power play have gone
and Slovenia have the lead!
and Slovenia have the lead! Well, he
was set up three separate times and
the first two went right over the
net. Then the captain Mursak tried
for a third time. And Norway score!
And Tommy Kristiansen will get the
credit! This game is up in the! A
place in the quarterfinals very much
What a pass and that was
wave too nonchalant from the
Slovenian defender Kovacevic. Tommy
Kristiansen driving hard to the net.
It is going to be power play time if
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SETH BENNETT: CAPNEXT we are going
into overtime - 60 minutes can't
split these two!
split these two! Thoresen, can he
finish in style! Could be a chance
now... They score!
now... They score! Norway have won
it in overtime!
it in overtime!
There is no-one in
the blue paint, you've got to think
this is a good goal.
this is a good goal. Norway are
quarterfinalists after beating
Slovenia in overtime here at the
Winter Olympics. And Kent Simpson
joins us, he was a professional ice
Winter Olympics. And Kent Simpson
joins us, he was a professional ice
hockey player for nine years,
represented Canada and has played in
the UK for Sheffield Steelers.
talk you first of all about how
Slovenia were affected by missing
Ziga Jeglic and also more on what it
is he has tested positive for wanted
you can imagine this was a big blow
to the team just a couple of hours
before they took to the ice if one
of their best players taken to the
court of arbitration and it is
anti-doping, an asthma medication.
And the bed biggest thing is puddle
and banned substances but because
this person might have asthma, all
you have to do is disclose it and if
you does so, typically you can carry
on playing. So it almost seems like
this was Miss communication, the
team officials did not let the
anti-doping officials know that he
was taking this which means it is a
violation. And actually he put his
hand up and said, yes, guilty, I'm
Exactly. It does not sound like
he opposed it was said, I didn't do
this. He admitted guilt, which leads
you to believe that he thought he
was innocent. This was something
that he thought he was allowed to
take. But in this day and age, with
all the anti-doping, it's just
incredible. It's just a mistake of
And talking doing --
talking to Amy Williams last night
she said she would not even drink
from a bottle of water if it had
already been opened. She would start
a fresh one in case something had
anything you're consuming you've got
to let your team doctor note and
make sure they're B officials know,
it is that simple.
Bring me up to
speed on the ice hockey as it
stands. In the women's final we have
got final everybody predicted?
it is Canada against USA. It has
been a wonderful tournament. We have
seen other teams playing very well,
just not quite to the level of the
Americans and Canada, and as is
usually the case is now going for
And in the men's?
working our way towards the
quarterfinals and Norway came from
behind to beat Slovenia, so, a tough
day for Slovenia. And you've got the
likes of Sweden, Canada, Czech
Republic, they're waiting for their
teams' qualification today.
we've seen some fantastic action in
it already. I noticed at the end of
the USA-Canada game in the heat, did
you see the fight, in the women's
game? It adds to the action!
Fighting is part of it sometimes?
Sometimes it is, you have got to
push for every inch, but when it is
Canada-USA, the tension is ramped up
that it more. If you think it is
going to be the gold game and it is
going to be even more.
And you will
be part of that commentary team on
Thursday. We're going to be heading
off to Bobsleigh fairly soon, the
first of four runs in the women's
bobsleigh, with Mica McNeill and
Mica Moore going for Great Britain.
They have had an interesting time
getting to Pyeongchang. Have a look
at this story.
at this story. One of the hard years
that you've worked thinking, this is
the Olympic and is, we want him to
go into it in the best shape was a
ball, and then it kind of gets
stopped. It was absolutely
heartbreaking. BBC Sport understands
that British bobsleigh is set to
withdraw funding from its women's
team just five months before the
Winter Olympics. Mica McNeill says
she is gutted and shocked to be told
by bosses there was no money left to
fund her team because of an
It was my career low,
very, very low, as low as you can
get. You've worked hard and it is
crushed and you don't know if you
can turn around from that.
don't just give up, we really have
to be positive and just put
everything into it and think, there
has to be something that we can do.
So, just had to try.
So, just had to try. Obviously,
learning that we were not going to
get our funding for the winter was
very difficult, but I think that we
instantly came together with a plan
that we could move forward swiftly
with, because the season was coming
around very quickly, and I think we
did that very well, and Nico put a
lot of hard work into it.
lot of hard work into it.
didn't know if it was going to work
and I thought we might get a
terrible response, we might get a
lot of criticism for setting this
up, but we set it up and it just
kind of started rolling. And I think
it was day six, we hit 28 grand or
something, and it was like so
emotional, I just found myself
shopping one day with my mum and she
said, what are you doing? I just
started crying, because everything
was just so overwhelming.
was just so overwhelming. Bobsleigh
is such a small sport, you don't
think that people are watching all
looking out for your results. That
people were willing to support us
and help us on our journey was
amazing. We want to say thank you
for all your contributions to our
campaign, we're a so grateful.
had a good few days back on the ice
and we are so excited for the rest
of our season. We can't thank people
enough McKenna some people would
have put money in there and they
might not know actually how much it
does mean to our team.
does mean to our team.
At any major
champs, anything can happen, and it
is whoever performs on the day, and
I think that me and Mica, what we've
been working towards is getting that
consistency and making sure that we
can perform on the day.
Olympics, it's every athlete's
dream, you know, it's kind of the
highest level that you can compete
at. And it would just mean, just to
there is so special, and to be
competing for a medal is absolutely
We are about seven minutes away from
the first run of four in the women's
bobsleigh, and Nicola Minichiello is
with us, who has competed in the
Olympic Games in the bobsleigh and
also Amy Williams, of course, medal
winner from Vancouver. Did you get a
good night's asleep?
Not too bad,
She flew in last night!
Now, you basically discovered Mica?
Absolutely and something I'm very,
very proud of. The track that I used
to train in in North Yorkshire,
Nicola Tralee came along for a
school taster day, saw her and loved
her and really pushed her to get
involved. Right through to the Youth
Olympics. She is a huge talent and
the biggest thing, mentally, she's a
so strong and so determined.
what do Mica and Mica bring to each
other, what would make them a good
combination, they've clearly gone
through an awful lot...? Actually
just a word on Jamaica. Their coach
left, what was that all about?
whole lot of drama about actually
not that much. So, culturally, yes,
she's German, hugely successful in
her own right, she didn't quite fit
into the team. There were some
issues, a of tensions and so the
Jamaican federation took the very
brave step at this point in the
Olympic cycle, that's not make
mistake, virtually all of the teams
are falling apart at this stage...!
They took the decision to move her
into a role where perhaps she was
more suited and she could use her
skill set, let's put it like that.
And she decided that that was not
what she wanted to do and she was
going to create a whole lot of
drama. She didn't own the sled, she
never owned the sled, it is the same
sled that they had been using all
season, however she decided to go to
the press and cry and talk about
I am off and I am
taking my bob with me!
She made it
her job to destroy the Jamaican
team, which is really sad for
somebody who has contributed so much
to the sport.
And Jamaica are women
competing for the first time in
this, obviously, we had them in 30
years ago! And also Nigeria, first
Obviously these equipment will not
be the same level as the Germans,
the Americans and as, but they are
here and competing in the games and
it's wonderful to see. You want them
to get down safely and you hope they
all have enough coaching to be able
to get down safely. Hopefully the
bobsled stays upright and they get
over the finishing line.
about them winning medals, it's
about them inspiring a generation of
young African children who say, they
like me, I can take part and I can
this. Maybe this is a possibility
and an opportunity.
This is the
course they will have to cope with.
From a driver's point
course they will have to cope with.
From a driver's point of view, where
are the major issues, what is
difficult about it and what do you
need to do?
It's not dangerous or
particularly fast, but it's very
technical. Velocity is key, going
through the top level of the track.
Curves one and two, it's open at the
beginning and it's designed to throw
them into the wall. Curves four is
very different to the training.
Keeping the Riedle this going. The
next challenge is to come off curves
nine and going to a bendy straight,
ten and 11, there is no corner to
it, but it is designed to knock your
speed off. Downhill through the last
two sections, this is where people
were having problems last year, but
they were trying to cope with the
top of the track. Carry as much
speed as possible up the hill
through the last two corners.
sort of speed will they get up to?
Around 125, 128 kph.
Amy, you were
watching the events unfold, and the
track is very exciting and things
The athletes all seem to
love it. There are flat sections,
uphill sections, a unique track with
always something going on. It's very
technical. You can all get down
safely in one piece, but it's how to
get the speed from all those tiny
We want to mention
Humphreys, the pilot of the Canadian
Bob, going for a third successive
Olympic gold medal. She has topped
the time sheets in practice.
a double Olympic champion coming
into this and coming into it you
would have to say it's hers. But she
has had issues with the track and
hasn't really got into it.
hasn't really got into it. It's a
massively open field.
will go 17th, just before Jamaica.
The ice isn't deteriorating as much
here. It's not a disadvantage. The
women's is capped at 20, in the
men's they had 30.
John Jackson and
John Hunt in the commentary box.
Looks like a decent crowd because
there will be a Korean team going
down, and they will be first on the
ice. COMMENTATOR: Indeed, Claire.
Welcome back to the Sliding Centre.
We have had around four and a half
thousand people here every night.
Bobsled is the end of the evening
action in Korea. Welcome back, more
excitement absolutely guaranteed.
The Koreans will be off first. John
Jackson is with me and as ever has
been keeping an eye on the important
air and ice temperatures.
temperatures tonight are around
minus eight. That's consistent with
what we have seen and we know it is
good for the British because their
equipment works well in that sort of
temperature. It's good for us.
action is about to get underway. The
Korean pairing underway first. Kim
and Tim. No relation. -- Tim and Tim
-- Kim and Kim. The pilot is Kim
Minseong. They were on the 18th here
on their World Cup event last March.
They got a pretty moderate 5.66
start that time. They are away to
great roars. We will see if they can
get under that. They will need to,
the start record here is 5.2 five.
5.6 to suggest they will struggle to
improve what they did last year in
the World Cup when they only
Not a great start
through two and three. A little tap
as they go through four and the flat
section coming up. They should know
the track very well but the limited
time in racing this season is
probably why they haven't settled
into it. A great line in 212. This
is the team that will put down a
marker. Maybe the first two or three
will struggle round it but once we
get to the fourth and fifth sled and
onwards, we will see the Afterburn
is put down as the world-class
pilots come down the track.
pilots come down the track.
track record, but we have seen those
records fall regularly. A pat on the
back for that. We will see shortly
how fast that was with the likes of
Humphreys, Meyers Taylor, and the
Germans to come very early on. It
was nice and clean.
At the bottom
was very good. A couple of mistakes
at the top but it could be first
round nerves. It's their first
Olympic games, at that home games.
It has the added pressure. This was
beautiful through here, one of the
best lines we have seen throughout
the competition so far. It's
difficult to thread that through the
eye of the needle.
The Koreans off
to what is a good start. Kim and
Kim. Next, history in the making,
Nigeria. Not just the first from
Nigeria to contest bobsleigher the
Olympic Games, they are the first
from Africa. Moriam Seun Adigun is
the pilot with 25-year-old Akuoma
Omeoga in the brake position. Moriam
Seun Adigun was a former Olympic
hurdler. Raised in 2012 at the
Olympic Games. -- raced in 2012.
They have gone a little bit quicker.
A great start.
They are very good
athletes at the top, but it's now
how she dries. She has driven the
top of the track very well, but we
can hear her cutting a bit of ice
through the entrances into the
corner. Working a little bit too
much, driving out too fast and
hitting the wall. All in all, just
doing too much. You see her nearly
hit the roof. It's not a good line,
but it's because she is doing too
much at the beginning of the corner.
She isn't really an experienced
pilot, which is why she's making
these little mistakes all the way
down. But for the first run of an
Olympic Games, she just needs to
settle into it.
Not too bad, just
getting a little bit ragged the
further she has gone, the Dragons
tale at nine and ten. It was scrappy
thereafter, and she has fallen a
second behind, Moriam Seun Adigun.
The Koreans set the mark. Look at
the joy on the faces of the people
following them. Lots of Nigerian
flags around. They are thrilled to
be here, making a little bit of
You would expect it from a
pilot of her level and experience.
Relatively new in the front seat.
See how low she is, rising and
touching the roof. That's not the
line you need. A big mistake through
the chicane. It's all these little
mistakes that manifest into bigger
mistakes, and then a slow time at
The Nigerian pair clear
the track. Kaillie Humphries
watching on. She goes forth, after
the Olympic Athletes from Russia.
Rodionova, and her brake,
Belomestnykh, who used to be the
brake for Nadezhda Sergeeva.
the transition between two and
three, and four and five, causing
the issues. We saw that a little bit
in the men's race yesterday. The
athletes not getting a transition
right and it's really tricky. Now
she's building speed through the
fastest part of the track. That tap
will not help, a bit of airtime. But
she is holding speeds to stay in
front of the Koreans at the moment.
But time is dropping away. Does she
have enough to stay in front as we
come to the flattest part of the
track up the hill.
Could easily lose
out, the Koreans have a chance of
staying in front. Indeed, Kim and
Kim stay in front of the Russians
and Nigerians. Not an awful lot in
it, but Rodionova goes second at the
moment. But some real quality to
come over the course of the next
half an hour.
You can see how the
track is holding up over the last
few days. Even these sleds, some of
the slowest in the field, are
hitting close to 85 mph. That wasn't
too bad down the straight. A bit of
airtime coming into corner 12. She
had to overdrive it, which would
have cost against the Korean, who
was really nice at that point.
Times are already quicker than the
World Cup event of last March, when
it was much warmer. Everyone
watching on for the brilliant
Canadian Kaillie Humphries. So many
fascinating stories. The big
headline for her is she is chasing a
third consecutive gold medal.
will see that some pilots like to
wear gloves and some don't. Kaillie
Humphries is the only person to
actual goggles, everybody else wears
a visor. That's one of the
differences between her and the rest
of the field.
she has Phylicia George on break, I
want for athlete. A finalist in the
100 meter hurdles in London 2012.
Her old brake Heather Moyse will go
later with Alysia Rissling. They
will go ninth, fascinating pairing.
It's very quick out of the blocks.
But we will see if there are quicker
times from the likes of the
Americans and Germans. Kaillie
Humphries has been a little bit
inconsistent. We have seen some fast
Times and some sort of slow times.
Has she been playing games? It's not
a perfect line through there. But
you can see the gap she is opening
up over the Koreans. She will not be
worried about them now, she will be
thinking of staying in front of the
Germans. But the bottom half of the
track has not been great.
That up to
more than 82 mph. It's a new track
record, half a second quicker than
the Koreans. Kaillie Humphries is
here and means business. Chasing a
third gold medal. And that's a
pretty good start.
It's a pretty
good start, but I think she should
be quicker than that down the track.
I don't think it will be enough. You
can see her going through the track,
some little bits overdriven. Try to
get the muscle memory in there
straightaway. Looks like she catches
the sled... Maybe from the other
angle. A decent marker for the rest
of the teams to follow. But as a run
as a whole, I don't think quick
enough, but we will see.
and with some really good to come.
Bendy 15 was perfect, that line up
the hill is exactly what you want.
Kaillie Humphries, one of the
greats. Her campaign is underway.
The Germans, Jamanka, waiting. And
now, for America, Meyers Taylor,
like Kaillie Humphries, one of the
great names in the sport. She has
won everything, every single big
honour except gold medal at the
Olympic Games. She has been a bronze
and silver medallist, picking up
silver in Sochi. A tremendous
athlete, going away with Lauren
Gibbs, a superb brake.
Five point two to is the
start record. Seven hundredths
quicker than Kaillie Humphries just
went. Meyers Taylor is on fire.
of the top starters all the time.
The only team to maybe challenge
them are the Germans coming up in
eighth position. But if Meyers
Taylor puts in a good run, and she
has focused on the last few years on
her driving, to be consistent.
That's not a great line, but does
she have enough speed in the sled to
stay in front of Kaillie Humphries?
She is starting to move away now,
hundreds by hundreds. It didn't cost
She was 18 hundredths up,
and she has increased its to 20 at
the finish. Two tents up. Meyers
Taylor having a storming run,
despite seemingly making a real hash
of the chicane just down the curve
Their equipment really works and it
really likes these faster tracks,
their sleds just excel, we didn't
really see it yesterday because they
lost so much speed at the top of the
track. If she claims this up, she's
got at least another two tenths is
to find in the track.
She has taken
half the wall with her there, John!
Yeah, and that used to be her style,
and that's why she ended up losing
the gold on the last run in Sochi
and ended up with silver, for
driving like that. She just needs to
tidy that up because she doesn't
need to worry so much about Kaillie
Humphries now, it's her team-mate,
but this is going to be great race
over the next four runs.
for Germany, Mariama Jamanka and
with her, Lisa Buckwitz en brake.
Number three in the world. Mariama
Jamanka, an ex-hammer thrower.
Jamanka, an ex-hammer thrower. She
has not had a particularly good
start, speed wise.
If she gets this
right, though, which... It shows
that this equipment does work, she
knows the track well. She finish
fourth then and now she's getting
through clean, so she could also be
a challenge for the medals.
run so far, everything looks clean,
uses the exit of seven well to push
yourself down. A little bit high
there, though. Can she close in on
Elana Meyers Taylor at this point,
is she going to stay in front of
Kaillie Humphries? It looks like she
is now coming towards it, the
Germany equipment really likes the
speed at the bottom of the track.
This is going to be interesting. Can
she get within a tenth of a second
of Elana Meyers Taylor? She's just a
two hundredths off her. Again,
mistakes through the chicane didn't
prove costly. Mariama Jamanka is in
this race for gold without a shadow
of a doubt. What a consistent year
she has had. We saw her finish top
six in all eight races through the
winter. She never missed a beat, and
she's really on song, starting her
Olympic Games as well.
She is, and
what a great start, what a
confidence builder that is.
JOHN JACKSON: The mistake that she
made coming into exit nine, into the
chicane, wasn't quite as bad as the
one made by Elana Meyers Taylor, and
that's why she managed to close up
towards the back end of the course.
JOHN HUNT: Kaillie Humphries in
third place at the moment.
third place at the moment. Waiting
on the sidelines, Stephanie
Schneider, for Germany. At next up,
another strong American team, Jamie
Greubel Poser together with Aja
Evans. Aja Evans, from South
Chicago. Jamie Greubel Poser, bronze
medallist in Sochi.
medallist in Sochi. And together
with Aja Evans, Jamie Greubel Poser
won the World Cup race here last
March, where sheep eat Elana Meyers
Taylor in an egg citing Phyllis Chan
who is to say they won't be top two
again here? Let's see how Jamie
Greubel Poser can react.
are either a little bit off the
pace, and you would expect that, but
this team are slightly more refined.
They've working together for so
long, the Americans switch their
women around a lot on the brake but
this is the winning pair from four
years ago, so she is having a good
run so far. Is this where she is
going to open a little bit of over
gap if she does not make a mistake
on this crucial corner? Almost got
away with that, but has she got
enough in the tank to really keep
the speed on at the bottom of the
track, where these sleds like to
accelerate? And she is closing in,
so this is going to be down to the
hundredths of a second again just
Mariama Jamanka and Elana Meyers
Taylor both found Goodspeed at the
And Jamie Greubel Poser is
very similar! She drops in a close
third. The three of them separated
by just seven hundredths of a
second. We're in for another
crackerjack I think he, John, just
like the men's event.
are. You can see now that there's
three sleds lined up, just seven
hundredths between them and there's
still more to come down who can fit
in between them. It really is going
to be a tight run, and it will be
like that until we get to the fourth
run. Is it going to be the same as
every other race that we've seen so
far, where the medals are literally
decided by who makes mistakes as
they're coming down on that last
Been really impressed by the
standard so far. Next, we go for
Germany, the world number five,
Stephanie Schneider, together with
brake Annika Drazek.
brake Annika Drazek. Stephanie
Schneider, formally a brake, injured
the year before last, and in the
World Cup last year funnily enough
was ragged at the bottom end of the
track, made mistakes into 14 and out
of 15, so we will watch out for
That is a team that I thought
would start a little bit quicker
than that, so may be that shows what
form the Americans are in. This will
be another good run, because she's a
very experienced pilot, in some
ways, but can make a lot of
mistakes. It's just about how she
gets down the track. She's been
driving well, when a little bit long
on eight there. But if she gets this
right, again, just that little
tap... But the German sleds like the
bottom of this track and accelerate.
Is she going to start closing it,
like the others? Maybe not enough
track to overtake.
She was better at
15 last year here. Can she improve
like Mariama Jamanka hammered she
has improved but not quite the same
extent and she is in fourth place.
And Kaillie Humphries, trying for
this third gold medal, finds herself
in fifth position within 15 minutes
of the start of the competition!
think the Canadians haven't got that
combination right. I think it is not
their best line up, if that's what
they were looking to go for.
see the Canadians next. Here's a
further look at Stephanie Schneider.
Only real mistake here, she just
runs on top of the ice and almost
touches the wood. You want to behind
on that corner but possibly not that
Stephanie Schneider takes her into
fourth place on her first run. Elana
Meyers Taylor, the leader. Well,
next to go over Canada, a
fascinating combination. The young
driver Alysia Rissling, but look who
is her brake,. Ogilvy,. Ogilvy, a
brilliant rugby player, fantastic
cyclist the Canada Sigel was the
partner of Kaillie Humphries for
those two gold medals. She quit on
Instagram, Alysia Rissling begged
her to come and join her building up
to these Games and Heather Moyse
having thought about it said, OK, I
am up for this challenge. A
brilliant athlete. The youngster
Alysia Rissling is daring as well,
she went really well in Pyeongchang
last March to finish fourth. They
could be a surprise package.
certainly could, she has been
driving well in training so she
likes this track. And got through
their clean. I was waiting for a tap
on the wall but it did not come, she
managed to get through there. At the
moment she's driving really, really
well. She's got form on this track,
she likes it, the equipment works
well, so this is nowhere the key
part is, she needs to get this
right. As she comes into this
straight... And that looks like one
of the better ones we've seen, other
than Korea. Oh, that mistake... She
nearly crashed into that corner
there as she came out, that's not
going to help her move towards the
front, but is it going to be enough
for her to get in front of Kaillie
Humphries at the finish?
going to be close. And she's sixth,
a little bit behind Kaillie
Humphries. So, the Canadians fifth
and sixth at the moment. The
leaderboard all about the Americans
at the Germans -- and the Germans at
the moment. That was a tenth slower
than Kaillie Humphries.
into 13 was not great. The start,
she should have been better, she's a
little bit over the top of its to
driver there, she needs to be more
behind it. Maybe that's her style,
but as she comes down towards nine,
this was almost a really good line,
and then she made a mistake going
into 13, where she tapped on the
wall, I don't know whether we will
get to see that, just on the exit of
this corner... No. Almost where the
back of the sled hit and they nearly
Next up, for Germany,
24-year-old world number seven and
silver medallist in the world junior
championships, an ex skeleton
athlete made the transition to Bob
Slate a few years ago, Anna Koehler.
Made far too many mistakes in the
top half of the track from two to
four. And she is driving the sled a
little bit too much coming into the
corners, which means she is working
too hard with the steering. She's
going to have to do a lot of work.
But you can see how much difference
in time there is compared to the
other sleds, and that's because of
her mistakes at the top of the
track. They are just so costly and
you just can't build speed up.
Anna Koehler not making much
impression, really. There is a gap
between Alysia Rissling and Anna
Koehler, they're sixth and seventh
but there's a cavernous gap between
them. Four tenths, which in this
sport is a massive gap. The front
six are quite tight, then a gap to
Anna Koehler and the others. That
you would have thought gives Mica
McNeill Mica Moore a bit of a chance
of getting into the top ten. There
aren't too many top-class acts to
Little mistake here, just
coming into that corner late and
almost like Nico Walther yesterday
but obviously he tipped over.
to go, the second pair from Russia,
this is Nadezhda Sergeeva, number
eight in the world, her second
Olympics. She didn't really achieve
anything at all at Sochi. Finished
really disappointingly there. In
16th place. Her brake is Anastasia
Kocherzhova. Now, last year at this
track, that World Cup event which we
refer to often, she was pretty
ghastly after that she came in nine.
It completely fell apart for her.
Let's see if she's learned any
lessons. Nadezhda Sergeeva on her
way from Russia, and her start is
OK, not massively explosive but OK.
It certainly puts her in the mix at
the moment with where she did is to
be. Just a little bit of over
driving in three there. You could
just see the sled cutting guys.
Seems to have settled into it now as
we come into six and seven. Little
tap there. -- cutting guys. Coming
into nine she really needs to get
this right. Over driving, sliding
around, this is not really massive
mistakes but it is just little
mistakes everywhere which are making
the time lead away. But she's still
hanging in there relatively well,
considering the German who just came
down before her, making similar
It is better than last
year for Nadezhda Sergeeva lady she
goes seventh, half a second off the
All shaping up pretty nicely. I
can't really see, John, with that
sort of speed, that sort of time,
how the Russian Nadezhda Sergeeva is
going to be a factor here when it
comes to the medal chase tomorrow?
Certainly not for the medals. I
would suggest, you know, at this
point in the competition, maybe is
now trying to get top eight, top
six... She gets very high there. You
can see how much a steering she is
doing, she almost handbrake turns it
round that corner, just doing too
Next ago for Switzerland is
33-year-old Sabina Hafner in her
third Olympic Games, together with
Rahel Rebsamen. Rahel Rebsamen has
got a twin sister evil in who often
breaks as well. Let's see now, world
number nine together, despairing. --
twin sister Evelyn. Let's see how
she goes... Her start is pretty
Yeah, they're not going to
be one of the best starters in the
field but we know that if Sabina
Hafner gets this right and all they
could have a really good run. It
just depends whether their equipment
works. She is good pilot, she has
shown for form in the past. We will
see how it goes. Just ran a little
bit high there and you do need to
use the height of that corner to get
into what a, but that was just a
fraction too high. And that all
we're talking about in these runs.
-- into eight. Again it looks like
she's holding on maybe for that sort
of top ten position, top eight, if
she can find speed at the bottom.
Let's see... And seventh it is the
Sabina Hafner. She found a little
bit, Dinxi? To go comfortably clear
of the Russian Nadezhda Sergeeva and
just a fraction behind Alysia
Rissling. , so the fair first run
for Sabina Hafner, who seems to be
talking to herself and
gesticulating. There must be so much
going through your mind when you
just done a run of 50 seconds like
That was a really good run. Just the
exit of seven, just a little bit
sooner. That wasn't so bad through
there, just a little bit late. You
can see the difference in the lines
between the leading sled and the
Swiss sled. Dropping at different
points. That could be down to style
or their equipment and how it works
and how they fine speed in the
Good start for the Swiss
pair. The Austrians wait to go next.
But before that, we see another
Canadian team. The first Olympics
for Christine De Bruin, the pilot,
who only just squeezed into the
games. At St Moritz she needed to
beat the American Britney Rhein
Bolt. She was in tears, performed
moderately, but then the Americans
performed even worse and those tears
turned to smiles as qualification is
guaranteed. Can she take her
opportunity? This pairing is number
ten in the world.
I would have
thought their start would be sooner
than that. She did a bit of work in
the first bend. Through the second
bend, off she goes.
bend, off she goes. This is the
difference between a top pilot and
one of her standards. It's just
little mistakes. It could be the
thing that costs her time on the run
down. One of the best straits we
have seen so far. It's good, but is
it enough to try to build speed and
pull herself towards the front of
the back and see if she can get into
the top ten?
Will be eighth or ninth
at the moment for the Canadian,
Christine De Bruin, crosses over in
eighth. She found a little bit of
extra speed late on, which is
encouraging for her future in this
Olympic Games. She goes ahead of
Sergeeva, just behind Sabina Hafner.
The defending champion Kaillie
Humphries is currently in fifth
Not a bad run overall, just a
bit of mistakes. Both brakemen and
the pilot running in. What a great
shot, trying to get through that
little gap between two and three. It
tight to fit the big sled through
there without clattering the walls.
Deep into the second half of this
first run. The next for Austria,
Christina Hengster and Valerie
Kleiser. Christina Hengster at her
second Olympic Games. So much
experience and not too many years
ago was one of the best in the
world. However, this year results
have not been great and she has
dropped to number 13 in the world
rankings. She has been up at three
and four in her time. You wonder as
the years to come by, is she
struggling to maintain those high
standards of yesteryear?
been inconsistent. When she was
riding the crest of a wave results
were good. But she went to her home
World Championships and she crashed.
That seemed to knock her confidence
from that point on. Making a little
mistake at the top of the track, the
same as the sled before her. We will
see. She can either be really,
really good or really, really
average. That was a lower line into
the beginning of eight. It's looking
more like one of the average runs,
the speed dropping away. Seven
tenths back already. This is not a
great run from a pilot of her
No. Christina Hengster
through 15, and it will end in
disappointment here. The top ten
missed by a fair margin. She goes
11th. With a few more talented
athletes to come. Christina Hengster
remaining a long way off her best.
lot of that was down to the start.
It was a little bit off the pace.
You would expect being two tents of
the start, they would be at least
six tenths off naturally anyway. She
has lost a little bit in the drive
between three and four and four and
five. Coming in a little bit late
and getting a little nudge. That's
why she lost a bit of speed at the
bottom as well.
Meyers Taylor is a
fraction ahead of Jamanka of
Germany. Greubel Poser is right
there. Schneider goes up. Kaillie
Humphries in fifth. That's the story
so far of the first run. Next for
Belgium, Willemsen and Sara Aerts. A
very clean World Cup run, but they
have been hampered by slow start
times. We will keep an eye on that
as they push away.
as they push away. Again, Willemsen
was one of the top five in the world
a few years ago and has slipped a
little bit recently. A poor start
again. What chance of you got?
haven't. The issue you have now,
used to have some of the best
equipment but it wasn't just a
contractor to the Belgian team, so
everybody has the same equipment
now. So everybody dries relatively
the same. It's hard for them to pick
it up. But she is one of the most
consistent drivers on the circuit.
She goes through a little bit late,
has to work hard. If she can get
four consistent runs then you can
pull your way back up the order. But
she is holding on well here.
15, she should be tenth at the
worst. She just faded back. In
behind Sergeeva, just a heartbeat
away. Willemsen goes tent here. --
goes tenth here.
All in all, not a
bad run, looking at the start time,
she has overdriven it a little bit
and really did well to keep herself
within half a second, and this was
one of the better lines through
there. Not doing much work. She has
a good feel for the front of the
Great slow motion shots. Look
at the way the bobsled moves and
wobbles around. The casing is
presumably relatively light?
it is made of carbon fibre so
doesn't way that much.
looking after her runners. Chatting
things through, in a great position.
The next for Austria is Katrin
Beierl and Victoria Hahn. World
number 19 together. Best run this
year was fifth at Winter Berg. Only
top ten finish. But 12 months ago
here at this track she took almost
every wall and corner with her, one
of the most untidy runs. She started
by smashing into bend number two.
There could be a health warning with
this run the.
We will see how she
goes this time. She looks quite
high. Just manages to get away with
it. Three was a little bit sloppy.
But she just tabs on the wall there
again. Hasn't been driving that
long. It's one of those pilots where
she can put in one good run, but can
she put in four because of the level
of inconsistency she will have? Into
the Dragon's Tail, a big mistake,
one of the worst entrances we have
seen into that. That will scrub away
Katrin Beierl doesn't
seem to have learned very much from
the horrible run here last March.
She is 15th.
She is 15th. Only the Nigerian team
are slower. A room full shake of her
head. She knows it wasn't very good.
-- a rueful shake of her head.
big mistake at the entrance would
have cost her a lot of time. She had
to work really hard to control the
sled. Just little mistakes. This is
the big one that cost her all that
time. A little nudge that puts her
into a big skid which sends her into
the corner the wrong way. And then
she works hard to turn it from that
point and it scrubs off speed.
the high five was quite
half-hearted. Great Britain's turn
now, good luck to Mica McNeil and
Mica Moore on the break. The story
is very familiar, funding pulled
from underneath them last year. They
went crowdfunding. Maybe most of you
watching at home right now sent a
few quid on their way. Nearly 50,000
was raised to help them be here.
Their training runs have been pretty
If they can get into the top
ten or top eight region on this run
then it would be a good first run to
settle the nerves.
They want a good
start. The British girls on their
Mica has only had ten runs,
hadn't driven this track before the
Olympics started. Their Achilles'
heel will be the start. But Mica has
been driving so well on this track.
When she started close to the top
runners she has been up there with
them. She makes a little mistake
there. She hasn't been to the
Olympic Games before and is
absorbing the whole atmosphere and
embracing it. That's what's coming
across in her driving. And that's
one of the best straits we have
seen. She is keeping herself in
contention, but is it enough to stay
in the top ten? Starting to pull
herself back to the front. She has
driven the track well. It's a good
Terrific out of 15. She goes
sixth. My word, despite the little
knock at four and slightly untidy
after and a slow start, what a good
run that was from Mica and Mica.
This sled is quick. The equipment is
quick. They haven't got the start,
but the reason the equipment is
quick is because it is driven well.
Mica is starting to become a really
good pilot. They just need to find a
bit more horsepower at the top and
this is the reason they are flying,
she has nailed the straight every
time. That's one of the best lines.
Five hundredths of a second off
double Olympic champion Kaillie
Humphries. A fabulous first run,
they can be well pleased.
be over the moon. What would be a
great story is if they the funding
Another great story, 30
years after Cool
years after Cool Runnings the
Jamaicans, aiming to be inspired by
what happened 30 years ago. And make
the youngsters of the future
similarly inspired. Jazmine
Fenlator-Victorian has talked
beautifully about the run they had
earlier in the week. They have been
a little bit disabled with the
internal wrangling is. That's now
has to be put to one side. We will
see how the Jamaican pairing gets
Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian is an
experienced pilot. She used to
compete for the US team and has won
medals at World Cup level. She has
got talent behind her, but she is
starting to build a new programme in
the Jamaican setup. A little bit
long in eight. Can she get the
straight right? Coming round the
corner in was a bit too far, and
that's why she had the tap. These
little mistakes are costing time.
Just dropping off as they come into
the bottom part of the track.
think top ten looks unlikely. Maybe
12 or 13. It's gone slightly worse
than that for the Jamaicans, nearly
eight tenths off the pace. They go
along side Rodionova, the Russian,
joint 15th. Only two have gone
slower. I think she will be really
disappointed with that. They were
hopeful they could replicate the
seventh place of Winter Berg.
were, but the difference this week,
they have had issues with their
coaches. She slips on the handle,
maybe one of the reasons she got
excited going into the handle. She
missed one and it caused her to fall
into the bar, if you like. That
shouldn't affect the drive, which
was a little bit messy, but because
they didn't have a coach, they had
no eyes and ears on the track to
help them find tune anything.
help them find tune anything.
Taylor, all smiles, she is the
leader. The next to go, for Romania,
Constantin, and the brake, Andreea
Grecu, she has developed into a
fantastic pilot herself. But
Constantin has the honour here. 17th
in Sochi. Capable of a bit of a
She is a really good
driver. They just haven't had the
starts they have needed. But when
she has got it right, she could be
one of the surprises in that top six
or top eight area. But she has to
have a perfect run. It's looking so
good, so far. Building into seven
and the big drop off on the exit of
eight, as it starts to accelerate.
Into nine, she nearly got away with
that straight. Just centimetres away
from perfect. Hopefully she can keep
on building speed, stained in the
mix of the top ten, top 12. Get the
first run down and then settle into
She takes 12th, the
Romanians doing really well.
The Romanians do really, really
well, a bit like the two
19-year-olds in the men's event
She should be happy with
that, there wasn't many mistakes in
that run at all. Just unlucky on the
big she came to skim the wall, but
this is where their issue is, it is
just at the start. They don't have
the most powerful of athletes on the
sled, so that's why they're off the
pace. Just there, that little skim
off the wall just pushed them
across, otherwise they would have
had the optimal online into that
Looking happy. And rightly
so, they've done very well. It has
flown by, run one. We're down now to
the last pairing. For Belgian, this
is An Vennieuwenhuyse and Tony. Now,
they've been hampered by slow starts
for much of the 12 months just gone.
-- and Tony. Their best World Cup
finish was tenth. Last year, though,
at this World Cup track, they were
absolutely beautiful through that
key nine and. A slow start, one of
the slowest we have seen.
also had a crush in unofficial
training, then we first got here.
She is one of those drivers who gets
it right and is quick, or she's
almost hitting every corner. So, it
depends on what we are going to see
from her on this run. It is looking
good so far, but is this where it's
going to fall apart if she doesn't
get it right?
She got it right last
That is one of the best lines
that we've seen through there, but
she's just been over driving the top
of the track and again, a little
mistake. A lot of her deficit now is
down to her start, that's all it is.
The run has been relatively good
compared to some of the others we've
She was 19th at the start and
she goes up to 15th. And that is a
tie with Kim, in fact. 0.72 of the
lead. Plenty of support for Sophie
in the crowd here. So, that
completes a run number one, and so
pleased she did well through the
That was a really good run,
very tidy, the only mistake was at
13, and that would not have cost her
too much time. The reason why she's
seven 10oz behind is just the fact
that they were three tenths is
behind on the start, so all in all
she should be happy with that.
think she will be when she reflects.
That is run one done and dusted.
Mica McNeill and Mica Moore in sixth
place. Could hardly have asked for
more. There is our leader, Elana
Meyers Taylor. She leads by two
hundredths of a second from the
German Jamanka, who is right on her
tail, with Greubel Poser in that
bronze medal position again.
Stephanie Schneider, Humphries and
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Two for the second run. Nicky
Minichiello and Amy Williams are
with me. Your reaction to the Great
Britain women posting a time which
is sixth quickest?
Great start to
the competition. We knew she has had
it, she has really connected well
with this track. We know the start
is not up there with Elana Meyers
Taylor, but she's a better driver
and the combination, they just work
really well and it is really
exciting to see. Not the best start
but still able to come back.
what did you make of it?
brilliant, and the fact that they do
get on so well, great chemistry
together in the bob, only 0.25
seconds behind so it is doable. To
come down in sixth place in run one
is probably better than they
imagined, I don't know quite what
their goals were.
I think coming
into it they would have been happy
with top eight but considering how
training has gone this week, we're
looking at top five, top six.
athletes are always moving
As soon is you get into
top five, your goal becomes a medal
China let's have a look to see where
they can improve and what they will
be analysing before they head out
for the second run...
So, the start,
not the fastest at the velocity is
good so there holding it.
that you mean jumping into the bob
when you're still going fast, rather
than levelling out?
Yeah, because as
soon as you actually hold your speed
you're actually starting to slow
down. You want to keep that
momentum. The lines are clear, there
are very few mistakes. You can see
she's just building all the way. It
was a solid line and as we see on
nine, she had one of the best lines
of the competition.
experience does Mica McNeill have of
She started in 2011, so
just before the Youth Olympics in
2012 but at this level, not an awful
lot, she's still developing.
best World Cup finish so far is
fifth, so they are legitimate
contenders for a top five place at
the very least, Amy?
And a really
good top speed, that is right up
there with the best bobs coming
down. I think this shows great
potential and I really think
everyone needs to stay glued to the
TV to see what happens next!
Considering how much Elana Meyers
Taylor started ahead of her, and
that differential at the bottom,
Mica has had one of the best drives
of the competition there.
And as we
have seen in the other sliding
competitions, it is a driver's track
not a starter's tracked.
seems you can get away with not
being in the top three offer start
if you can drive it through the
corners and not make mistakes, you
can still get a medal.
Let's have a
look at the fastest crew out there
from the first run, and this is
Elana Meyers Taylor piloting the US
team, with Lauren Gibbs behind her.
Why are they so strong?
down to three things. You've got to
start - they're phenomenal starters.
Elana Meyers Taylor in herself is a
real athlete and together with
Lauren Gibbs they get huge velocity.
And they have the best sled
technology in the world. And the
driver, she's got better and better.
The start and the equipment has made
a huge difference, but that's not
take anything away from her, she's
training will jump in and this is
now the only one that she doesn't
have. As you can see, it's not as
neat as Mica, she's not quite got
the lines. If Mica had this sled and
that start, she would be destroying
I guess it is
the confidence of. Mica has got
almost nothing to lose, first
Olympic Games. She's happy to be
there, having gone through the
season which was a bit troublesome,
she's here, there's not really the
pressure on her. So she can actually
go a bit hidden and just perform
without the huge pressure on her
shoulders, and just maybe creep on
up there and get confidence with
every single run.
information sharing from the
different sports? Will the skeleton
team be sharing stuff that they've
learnt about the track, about
anything else, with the bobsleigh
We don't normally, generally,
however, there is some stuff that
you are going to be talking about.
But then we do drive it quite
differently, we drive lines quite
Yeah, bobsleigh is
actually more like the luge in terms
of the drive lines, because you've
got more control over the steering.
So there will be some sharing but a
lot of it is not really
Let's talk about
Jamaica. How did you think it went?
Not great, the start was an
fantastic. You can see she slips off
the handle and it settles her, it
takes her another three or four
steps to get in,
steps to get in, and Carrie Russell
will be aware of that.
Yeah, it was just
scrappy, so they will be going back
and sitting down and analysing
exactly how they make it better for
the second run.
They're 17th now out
of 20, which isn't where they should
No, it's not. They would easily
have been looking at top ten, top
eight, and really starting to mix it
in there. So they will be
disappointed but we've seen on this
track, anything can happen.
means they will go third in the
second run, because they're going to
go in reverse order. That will be
shortly after one o'clock on BBC
Two. Just to repeat, the British
pair are in sixth place, the USA
leading the way! And that is a very
good first run! Now, the women's
3,000m relay has been happening in
short-track speed skating, and the
Netherlands actually set a world
record time I winning the B-final.
But they haven't qualified for the a
final. This is not a baton as you
would expect in a relay competition,
and if you thought that short-track
speed skating was chaotic and full
of crashes, well, to be honest, you
haven't seen anything yet. Let's see
the A-final of the women's relay.
They're playing some dramatic
sounding build-up of music in the
arena. I don't think we need it, we
don't need any added drama for this
one. Imposition two, it is Italy.
And Korea going to the front of. Kim
Boutin takes the first position for
Canada. 27 laps Olympic final.
Canada. 27 laps Olympic final. And
away we go! And what a race this
could be, the scramble to that first
corner is taken by Italy, they have
the early lead! Canada in
corner is taken by Italy, they have
the early lead! Canada in second
place. And Marianne St Gelais pushed
into the action early. China in
third, Korea in fourth.
going to be a very tactical race.
The Italians don't want to be
putting the pressure on too early.
And that's obviously why the Dutch
completed that world record in the
B-final because this will be much
more of a tactical race.
biding their time at the back.
Pushed into action now is Kim Yejin,
moving up ahead of the Italians into
second place. And now, potentially
into first. Canada are doing
everything they possibly can to
maintain their position at the front
of the race. Italy suddenly find
themselves at the back.
Boutin is in second place behind the
Chinese. And the Korean, Choi, in
third place at the moment.
no room, because when the change was
made, they did well to avoid all the
traffic around them. They're still
tightly packed, all four teams! 19
laps to go.
The skaters are actually
blocking any of the other skaters
from coming up the inside on the
For China, Li Jinyu on the
front of the race. Still Korea in
third place, second it's Canada.
Valerie Maltais for Canada is about
to make the change, and still,
there's not much room out there at
all. China leading at
all. China leading at the moment,
putting the hammer down and showing
some speed, as change is made once
I think the Koreans are just
waiting for that moment to explode.
Choi just tucked in behind the
Chinese, we've always had China and
Korea challenging for the
Zhou Yang hands over to
Li Jinyu joiner. In second place it
is Canada and it is really hotting
up, it is anyone's gold-medal.
starting to open a slight gap but
the Koreans are stuck in third
place, they can't get through. Have
China really decided to go for gold
and go for the last 12 laps?!
is a little bit of a gap back to Kim
Boutin now. Choi is in third place,
Italy struggling to make an
impression, back in fourth. As one
small, taken up for China and Zhou
Yang. The gap is opening! Korea are
still hanging in there with Choi
Minjeong, who has got a blistering
turn of pace.
That was good tactics
by the Koreans, Canada actually
helped them to come back to the
Chinese team. Looking for some space
around the outside!
the way, there will be five laps to
go as they come over the line! Owing
to the front for the very first
time, almost! China are still
leading! Rear town in second place.
Handed over to Kim Yejin! Four laps
The Koreans are right on the tail of
the Chinese. Korea in a good
position to potentially win this.
Choi Minjeong, you can hardly hear
yourself think. Choi Minjeong
leading the way. I think she should
hang on to win. Choi Minjeong gets
it on the line from Fan Kexin.
don't know what to say about that. I
wouldn't like to be the referee who
has to make the decision. When
Canada went down, they took the
Italians down with them, and it's
short track and very mixed.
stunning race. The Italians are left
very disappointed with two of their
skaters going sliding into the
padding. In the closing laps. They
have not been able to impose
themselves at all. It came down to a
big battle between China and Korea.
What a race it was, what a stunning
We have to wait until the
official result. Everybody
celebrating here. We don't know what
the official result will be. I think
it will take some time before the
referee gets over to the video
replay to actually decide what
With so many athletes
out on the ice at the same time,
there is so much going on. A lot of
emotion coming out. Tears of joy for
some and disappointment for others.
We can take a look at this once
We can see Kim Boutin, the
Koreans missing their exchange. They
come back and exchange and they have
to touch. But they took the
Canadians down, that was the first
instance. In the exchange, the
skater, 128, falling down for Korea,
taking the Canadians with them. It
will be very call.
the Canadians out of contention.
Absolutely. It could well be Korea
get a penalty after winning the gold
medal, and that will move the
Chinese into first place. And then I
think the Italians got second. And
that would mean the Canadians have
third place. The Koreans are waving
as if they have won the Olympic gold
medal, but it has to be formally
confirmed. There has been a penalty.
Which way has it gone? It has gone
very quiet here. Two penalties!
China have been penalised, Korea
win, and Italy end up with Silver!
The Dutch, having won the pea --
having won the B-final...
get a medal for their efforts
without even making the final!
Disappointment for China. Italy were
despondent because they had a couple
of skaters crashing earlier. Maybe
as a result of that incident,
actually. They suffered for it. But
Canada have been penalised here. It
looks to me as if the Canadians were
impeded by Korea.
totally flabbergasted, I can't
Plenty for everyone to
digest at the end of this session in
the Ice Arena. No wonder the Dutch
can't believe it, they were not even
on the ice and they have won a
That has happened before. I
think it was Lillehammer, the bronze
medal in the 500 metres after a fall
in the A-final,...
The Korean team
will be beside themselves with
winning but they will be mightily
relieved. How nervous will they have
been down there?
You have 12,000
Koreans supporting here. To perform
like this in your home country at
the Olympic Games is astonishing.
There is the final result. Korea are
gold medallists in the ladies 3000
meter relay. Italy winning silver
and bronze goes to the Netherlands
because Canada and China both
penalised in the A-final and the
Dutch won the B-final. Apart from
that, nothing happening in the
relay! STUDIO: The crowd there
absolutely loved it. The reaction of
the Netherlands when they realised
they had the bronze stop silver to
Italy and gold to South Korea for
the sixth time in seven runnings of
the women's relay at the Olympics. A
great record. South Korea claiming
three golds from a possible five in
short track speed skating at these
games. The medal table at the Winter
Olympics now looks like this with
Norway out in front ahead of Germany
and Canada. South Korea, four gold
medals for them, and three of them
have come in short track speed
skating. Sarah Lindsay has joined
us, Nicola Minichiello and Amy
Williams. That relay, that was
The relay can be a crazy
event and it's really hard to keep
track when there is so much
happening and so many skaters on the
track at the same time with people
coming on and off the track.
fair to say the referees have been
kept fairly busy at short track.
They have, with a lot of
disqualifications in the last ten
And all for different reasons.
We will look back at what happened
to Elise Christie now. Her Winter
Olympics is over having not
qualified from the heats to get to
the quarterfinals of the 1000
metres, the event in which she is
world champion. It has been a
desperately disappointing day for
her. Sarah, do you have any latest
from the camp?
No. She has been
through a lot. I think today was a
bit of a nail in the Coffin for her.
Her last interview, we saw it was
very difficult for her to reflect so
early. But she has gone out and done
an interview straight after the race
and been honest and open, which is
We will see that
interview in a second, but we will
take you through how events unfolded
for Elise Christie. She made the
decision she was fit enough to
start. This was the heat at around
10:15am this morning, the first
start in the 1000 metres.
straight from the start, the impact
on her ankle might have been
problematic. She took a trip,
clashing with the Hungarian skater
and went down. She grabbed that her
ankle straightaway, and she hit the
right foot. They restarted the race.
We were not sure she was going to
continue. It didn't look likely, but
she went over to the side of the
barrier. Nicky Gooch was fixing her
skates for her, the coach, making
sure they were still sharp.
restarted she took her time,
essentially starting from the back.
But in moving up through the field
she committed two offences.
her confidence was maybe a little
knocked. Normally she would make a
big move around the outside
possibly. She made some moves up the
inside. The first penalty she was
given, she was disqualified for that
the other day. I think that one was
particularly unfair. She got up into
a qualifying position and we thought
she had got through and would have
another couple of days to refocus
and progress with her rehab. But
unfortunately she was given two
penalties and given a yellow card,
which is almost unheard of, she has
never received one before.
the second offence.
disqualified for that. It has gone
against her again.
This is the
With one lap to go, she has
heard the bell and is in qualifying
position. She has held her ground.
She is trying to qualify.
too alarmed of the shots of Nicky
Gooch carrying her off, that was
always the plan shows she wouldn't
have to walk on the skates. --
always the plan so she wouldn't have
to walk on the skates.
It was always
the plan to pick her up and carry
her so she wouldn't have to walk on
those long skates, because it's very
This is what she said to
David McDaid earlier.
everything I could to turn it
around. I had ligament damage in my
ankle. Putting a skate on with that
is not the comfiest thing in the
world. We did everything we could to
turn this around. It obviously
wasn't meant to be.
If it was any
other competition, would you have
been on the start line today?
would have been off for five or six
weeks. I would have been in rehab. I
wouldn't have got on with a World
Championships, and it wouldn't have
been my choice, I would have been
told not to go on. The only reason
they gave me the choice was it's the
Olympics. The worst that could
happen is I would damage it more.
And it will have, I got kicked on it
falling at the start. But that
doesn't matter, I have trained all
my life for this. It was everything
to me. And it's done.
everyone watching will think that
you have got a hell of a lot of
Yeah, thanks. I don't know, I
felt I owed it to Britain. I really
want to get short track out there.
It's such an amazing sport.
Obviously at times it does this to
you. Honestly, I can put my hands up
right now and say I don't know why I
got the yellow card. When I watched
the race I was kicked on the start
and fell over. I've never had a
yellow card in my life. I very
rarely get penalties. I went up the
inside and on the video I went past
the girl, so I have no idea. The
only thing I can think, possibly the
referee doesn't think it is safe I
race with the ankle the way it is.
He was encouraged me to get off the
ice after the faller start. If that
is the case then fair enough, I can
see why he might not want me to race
like that because it might not be
the safest. But, yeah...
We know how
much work you put in, and you talk
about putting short track out there.
I think you have already done that.
You are the world champion. How do
you some of these games, because, I
think it's fair to say, it hasn't
really gone very well!
You would have to ask me tomorrow, I
think. Right now I'm a bit
shell-shocked. I worked so hard to
come back from this injury. I think
a thousand people wouldn't have
skated with my ankle the way it was.
I can barely... The only thing I can
say is I can promise Britain I will
fight back from this. I will come
back for paging. And hopefully I can
do Britain proud then. -- I will
come back for Beijing.
That's the attitude that has made
her a world champion. It hasn't
worked out at the Olympics, in Sochi
and again in Pyeongchang. Coming
into this game is she said it
couldn't possibly be as bad as four
years ago. I fear that it has been.
I think it probably has been,
unfortunately. She is strong. And
she is planning on coming back. I
can't see in a million years her
finishing yet, she has a lot of
business left on the ice.
harsh for all this to happen to one
It does. And from that
interview I'm surprised at how
strong she was able to hold it
together in that interview. To have
downfall after downfall, it can
psychologically break you. There is
so much pressure as an athlete that
you put on yourself to get a medal,
let alone the other pressures where
you want to do well to win funding
for your sport. She said she wants
to get short track out there to the
world and to Britain. She has, and I
think in that sense she needs to not
be so tough on her self. I feel for
She said she has
appreciated that support. We are
heading to the BBC One o'clock news
now. Winter Olympic coverage will
continue on BBC Two. But Elise
Christie's games are
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.