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Is what a win for Great Britain.
Well done, the boys.
This will be a
huge win for Kyle Smith and his
For Great Britain, this has been a
disappointing match. It's so
disappointing match. It's so -- it's
a must win game.
Four years ago in Sochi,
the GB women won bronze
and the men won silver.
The women are into the semi-final
tomorrow at 11am.
The men had to win a play off
against Switzerland to have any
chance of a medal this time around.
We'll show you what
Rhona Howie is here with me.
She's an Olympic gold
at six European Championships,
Scottish National Championships
and has been inducted
into the Scottish Sports Hall
of Fame and she's got an MBE.
I thought I'd better say all of that
because I felt so awful yesterday
not knowing about the worlds.
We are still friends. OK.
Here's what we've got
between now on 1pm on BBC One.
It was win or bust for Kyle Smith
and his rink in a play off tie
breaker against the Swiss.
We'll hear the latest
from Elise Christie on the day
she was hoping to skate for glory
in the 1000m.
Lots of short track from 10am.
Only three alpine skiers have ever
won three gold medals -
Marcel Hirscher was already on two
as he stood at the top
of the mountain for
his favourite event -
Could Dave 'The Rocket' Ryding
crash the medal party?
Having grown up skiing
on the plastic slopes of Lancashire,
he has no issues with the artificial
snow in PyeongChang.
For the first time
in Olympic history,
and almost certainly the last,
the American superpowers on skis
Lindsay Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin
were up against each other
in the Combined.
And its two decades since Canada's
last defeat in the women's ice
hockey. Could arch rivals the USA
deny them a fifth consecutive gold
medal? Oh, there is some good action
here. You will miss this.
medal? Oh, there is some good action
here. You will miss this. There are
only three days left.
The men's curling semifinal will be
on the red button. And you have got
to watch the women's ice hockey
final. You have got to watch that.
It was such an exciting match.
final. You have got to watch that.
It was such an exciting match. So,
Rhona, when you won your gold medal
in 2002, you played two tie-breaks
and you have always maintained that
there is no problem with tie-breaks,
they are good for you?
Yes, it was
good for us to play them. You keep
motivated, you are keeping fighting
and you are continuing to play.
There is no day off, so there is no
I liked to keep playing. I
know you went to bed for a couple of
hours and then you set your alarm
for five past midnight which is when
Great Britain started against
Switzerland. They started well. You
must have been feeling good about
it. Kyle Smith is relatively
inexperienced, IRA young side, all
in their early to mid 20s -- they
are a young side, all in their early
to mid 20s, first time at the
Olympics but they started well.
to mid 20s, first time at the
Olympics but they started well.
started really well. They were 2-1
up by the third and they were in
control of the game, playing really,
really well. Every single shot was
They had gone 4-1 up
there in the fourth. In two and
eight and the schools were very
tight again. Great Britain with the
At end eight, Great Britain
really want to score two here. They
are trying to set a two here. The
Swiss optically here and played
really, really well. So when Kyle
came to play his shot, he was facing
force with stones.
And that was just
for a 1-mac. That was a shame. We
head into the ninth end with things
very tight, Great Britain leading
So that is a lot of eyes they have
taken but these guys just seem to
play a slightly different. I'm not
sure if they put as much rotation.
We will have to see what he's going
to play here.
It sounds like he's got a fair bit
of weight on it. He just wants to
come in a little bit here if he's
coming on that line.
He's just going
to come right on the top of the red.
This has actually sat down.
sure they were sure what to do that.
That's kind of betwixt.
actually sat down a lot.
Can he move
a couple of these? Like you said,
there is a double there. He would
leave one British stone. You would
be asking him to draw in for two. He
would have to be accurate with it.
This one has lined up with the other
There is an opportunity for the
boys to call a time-out here.
have another look. He can see the
double, or he thinks he can. Maybe
it has just tucked in a little more
than he would like.
than he would like.
I think that is
our only shot.
That red might stay
then, though. Wouldn't it?
the guys will have to come down that
right-hand side as we look at the
picture and just popped one another.
You are just going to sit it on the
top but then you are saying to them,
I'm only going to give you two.
Giving the two is fine. We are lying
third shot, so they are sitting two
at the moment. It would be greater
coming on top of those. Is that the
idea, to come on top of the red on
the center line then?
the center line then?
Yes. Or is he?
He's not. Is he going to try to hit
Is he coming across to try to
guard the other two yellows so he
can't try to hit them out? That
might well be the case.
see, I thought that's what Schwartz
might have been doing, to try to
protect himself and coming with his
Yes, that's exactly what
he's doing, he's just trying to
cover these double yellows.
he's going to invite him to draw in
down the other side, isn't he?
there still a hole through that? The
trouble is the yellow it's going to
catch on the back red, it just
depends on the back red.
sure about that choice of shot.
There are plenty of options now
force winds and. That is the one,
just to tap it in. He has got loads
of room to come around. I'm really
not sure about that shot.
think there's enough room to come
around there and get onto the top
bread. You could come around and tap
it for three.
He really wants his
How is your French?
I'd love to tell
you it's good.
I think what he's
saying there is that even if the...
If he misses that top one and
doesn't tap that in, he's got the
I think he's coming
through the tide line to catch the
red just on the forfeit. As much as
he can see, straight into the pack
and the yellow will go. Let's see
how this pans out.
looking on. He's left an opportunity
here. Albeit maybe a difficult one
for Benoit Schwarz to get more than
two. To get three here would put
Switzerland in the driving seat very
much here. He has got through the
gap. Has it? It has.
gap. Has it? It has.
Oh my goodness,
that is an absolute toaster!
a stunning shot. They spotted it, he
played it, and that may well be
curtains for England.
What a shot from Switzerland. They
went into a tenth end but there was
no hope really for Kyle Smith and
his team. What an extraordinary
turnaround. Let's hear from the guys
and then get Rhona's boards.
Guys, you are obviously hugely
disappointed. Kyle, we will start
with you. Talk us through that ninth
It is always a tricky
situation. You don't want to give
them a blank in the ninth end so we
were trying hard to force them to
one and things weren't looking that
great early on and unfortunately we
missed a few and we actually had our
chances to hold them to two in the
end but he played a really nice shot
through the hole and that was the
You guys came out really firing
really well the first three, four
ends, it was going perfectly.
it was probably one of the better
games we've played this week but
unfortunately there were a couple of
half shots in the ninth end out that
whether turning point of the game,
probably. Aside from that, it was
probably our best performance of the
That's a word you will be using a
lot, disappointment. Kyle, probably
the worst experience of your career
so far, I guess?
Yes, worst and
best. We will come back, be back
here in four years and tried to get
back to wherever it is next. We have
played pretty well this week. We had
a couple of chances. We had to beat
USA last night, we never managed it,
and as Tom said I thought we played
pretty well here, but a couple of
shots at this level are enough to
lose a game.
It's disappointed. It's
hard to find those positives
particularly after you've just come
off the ice, but what have you
learnt this week?
I think it's been
a great week moving forward as a
team. We've had the odd missed shot
here and there would have cost us
but moving forward, we need to look
at those and see how not to make
them and do our best moving forward,
Kyle, your reflections on
the week. You are the skip. A lot of
people weren't expecting you to do
particularly well this week. I know
your expectations would have been
higher but what are your reflections
It's tough to reflect so
soon after a loss but we came in our
first Olympics and we gave it our
best shot. We made the play-offs. In
the end, we had a good game today,
but it wasn't to be, sadly. A couple
of things didn't go our way and a
couple of half shots and that's all
it takes against a team as good as
them. So there's plenty to look
forward to, to go forward, and I
just need to take some time and
reflect on this experience and what
we can take from it.
played this week. Bad luck today.
we can take from it.
played this week. Bad luck today.
You can see from their voices and
see on their faces how incredibly
upset they are. Rhona, as they said,
they played very well for the
majority of this match.
The best stats of the week were in
that game. They were in control of
the game up to the eighth. Then
Switzerland seemed to step up again
in the second half. It's a couple of
shots here and there that made the
difference. They didn't play badly
at all. They played solid, clinical
And the trouble with
curling is that you have got
thinking time before the shots and
my word Kyle Smith will have a lot
of thinking time afterwards to try
to formulate what he could have done
He can't change it now.
But he decided to play the
guard. What could he have done as an
I think they had quite
chuffed about it because if he tried
to come in the house, he could have
left Switzerland with an easier
shot. He knew the only chance of a
big end was to leave those yellow is
open. He tried to guard it. He said,
have your tee, I am happy to play
the last end. He was more than happy
to say have your two. We are talking
minimal is here. Kyle's guard over
cold maybe two millimetres. If it
hadn't, Switzerland would not have
had that shot and would only have
We can look at exactly
had that shot and would only have
We can look at exactly what
you meant. You rarely see a house as
crowded as this.
For Kyle to come in
here and try to do anything could
have been dangerous because the
Swiss could have that another one
in. He had to guard bows to yellow
stone is so that Switzerland
couldn't hit them.
He plays the shot, and he is not
that far off, is he?
wanted to be slightly closer to the
house so it was a bigger distraction
for Switzerland, but because it was
lighter, they couldn't sweep it,
would it have over cold even more,
so they just wanted to leave it and
let it stop on that line, but it
just kept going, and even at the
time, they were quite happy with it.
They think it is very difficult to
get a stone through that gap.
leaves a gap, how big?
width, with a millimetre either
For them to try to get
through, to play the master shot. It
has been so close all the way
through, and I think Kyle doesn't
think it could end up awful, I think
he was still thinking, I could do
When did they know was big
trouble? They knew it was big
trouble, but they properly didn't
think it was an easy shot to make,
because when you see this going
through the guards, there was
nothing to spare on either side. He
played the line, and what a shot.
And the Swiss knew that was that.
Great Britain knew that was the
game, and Great Britain didn't do a
lot from there.
And we will Kyle
Smith and the gang go next? Do they
come straight back, do they go to
nationals, what happens with that?
When they go home, the Scottish
championship last week, the winner
of that will play against Kyle's
team in a best of three games, and
the winner of that will be the World
Championships in Las Vegas.
are not guaranteed World
Championships, and nor is Eve
Muirhead? They still have to
They still have to beat the
winner of the championships, but
Kyle has had a great week, and they
have played so well, and a good
thing is they will learn from every
stone that has been played out
there, and they have played some
really good curling. I think a lot
of countries will have noticed just
how they have played the game,
because they will be back even
Exactly, and they will have
been in those ten situations, they
will no far more what it is all
about. So if you were to reflect on
what they have done here, although
they haven't got through to a
semifinal, in the end do they get
Fifth place at the Olympic games, is
that a fair enough result?
finished halfway up the table, and I
think as they said in a interview,
if they had won that last game
against the USA, and gone straight
into the semifinals, they were in
the top four, and that would have
been a great result for them, so
they are one placing behind that top
four. But for a first Olympic Games,
first big multisport event for them
all, it is just a fantastic
performance, and there are so many
positives for them to take out going
They will take awhile to
pick themselves up from this.
And now all attention turns to Eve
Muirhead and her rink. How do you
feel they have been playing so far,
and what is your feeling about the
semi tomorrow against Sweden?
week is gone on, the team have got
more and more consistent, and they
seem happier with the ice and the
stones. Against Anna Hasselborg, it
is a repeat of the European gold
medal game a couple of months ago,
so even came out and taught there,
but Anna Hasselborg is a tough
cookie. They play well, they are
good Swedish team, so Britain will
have to bring their A-game, but I'm
confident they will because of the
way they have been progressing
through the week. They have had this
day off, so it is time to put the
round robin to bed, it is finished
and this is a new competition and
this is what we are going to do. So
I think they will come out the same
as the boys, they will come out
firing and try to stamp their
authority early on.
You know the
team really well, and you have
coached them, you have coached Eve
specifically. When the round robin
finishes they are into knockout, is
she even better?
When they get to
the knockout stages, they just seem
to up their game, the weight is off
their shoulders that they have got
through the big round robin, because
anything can happen in a round
robin, teams start beating each
other but it is in their control
now. They are in control of how to
win a medal now, and hopefully the
gold medal, but hopefully they just
play better and better. When the
pressure is on, she will be firing.
And we can guarantee that this game
against Sweden won't end of the
round robin one did, because this
round robin one did, because this
was the controversial hog line
violation when the red line came on
the stone, indicating that she had
held onto it or even tapped it once
it had already got to the red line,
and it meant that Stone was null and
void, and the end was conceded and
Sweden won that game.
So that went
to an extra end, and
Sweden won that game.
So that went
to an extra end, and these two teams
always have close games, so they
will I'm sure have a very close
semifinal, but hopefully Britain
have just got that edge, and it will
be close for so many ends of the
game, and then that last third of
the game, Eve will step up a gear.
love it when you say things like
that, because I just believe her!
Chinos. Rhona, thank you so much. 11
o'clock tomorrow morning, Great
Britain, if they win it, they are
into the gold-medal game, and who
knows what might happen. We are
going to switch our attention now to
slalom, because David Ryding, who
grew up on the plastic slopes of
Lancashire, was out there in
Pyeongchang aiming to become a first
real medal contender for Great
Britain since Alain Baxter, and we
got so excited about his prospects,
because he really doesn't mind
artificial snow, and quite a lot of
the other contenders don't like it.
Marcel Hirscher has been the
dominant force in the slalom through
the World Cup, and right there
behind him has been Norway's Henrik
Kristofferson, so he is expected to
follow him all the way. Let's follow
the first two runs.
COMMENTATOR: The 2018 Olympic
men's's slalom in Pyeongchang is
under way. Kristofferson, the
23-year-old Norwegian, what can he
produce here? He had a really good
giant slalom, in the medals, and he
started positively here.
started positively here. He is 0.27
in front of Moelgg, and that is
where he stays. The protectors
around the ski pole handles, and
with the Sinn protectors as well,
and he is really moving up through
the gears now. He is really flying
through the final few turns, off the
rainbow roll, and at the foot of the
course, he will lead the first run,
and that is a healthy lead as well,
0.60 eight. He shows his true
colours. He got excellent
acceleration, and he has skied into
Marcel Hirscher next. The double
gold-medal list from these Olympic
Winter Games. He now begins his
quest for a third. The champion in
the combined. The gold-medal winner
in the giant slalom, on his way in
the slalom. Taking a risk or two on
the steep section at the top, but he
is just about matching, and then he
makes a mistake, but doesn't seem to
lose too much speed. Wonderful
ability to recover, but not today.
Marcel Hirscher will not win a third
gold, it is over for him. That is a
He goes out, upper body twisted,
fighting, but gravity took control,
and his slalom is
and his slalom is over next to
skied, Andre Myhrer, one of the
tallest men in the competition. Can
he produce something tasty in the
early stages here? Nice start, just
19 hundredths of a second off the
pace of Kristofferson. The course is
cutting up quite quickly. 0.53,
wonderful shots that you are seeing
in glorious high-definition, with
blue sky, fresh snow on the track,
barely a breath of wind, it is just
about perfect here this morning, and
Andre Myhrer is absolutely flying on
the flat. He is not far away from
the time, and he has gone into
second. That was a brilliant finish
from Andre Myhrer. So, there is our
leader, and the next man to skied,
the number 13, David Ryding from
Great Britain. He was the runner-up
in the Kitzbuhel slalom last season,
became the first man in more than 30
years to stand on a World Cup
podium. He has had a really good
training in the lead up to today's
race here. He likes this hill and
has made a really good start here.
Within half a second of the lead of
Henrik Kristofferson. It is smooth
and accurate for the man who learned
to ski on the dry slopes of Pendle
in Lancashire. Really relaxed style,
this is beautiful slalom racing from
the man they call the rocket. Comes
down off the steep and onto the
flat, and he starts to attack. He
has got to relax and go for it here.
It is a fine finish for David
Ryding. The key is how close he can
go to Henrik Kristofferson's lead.
1.37, he is in the top ten. David
Ryding has a chance to strike for a
medal in the second run. Clean,
accurate, would have hoped to have
been slightly quicker. So, after the
first run, Henrik Kristofferson
leads the way, with Victor
Muffat-Jeandet coming into third.
And look down there, plenty of
French flags on that first page,
with the Union flag alongside the
name of David Ryding, who is 12th
after the first run. The top 30 will
go in reverse order. From Great
Britain and Northern Ireland, Dave
the Rocket Ryding. Ever so slightly
cautious on the first leg from the
man who learned to ply his trade on
the upturned toothbrushes of the
Pendle dry slope in Lancashire. No
real damage done to the first ten
turns, and his lead remains. Here is
his first split, that gives him an
advantage of 0.08, but now he moves
into the favourite part of the
course, and the Rocket starts to get
acceleration on the flat. This is
where he is at his very best, and he
is opening up a significant lead
over the Norwegian. David Ryding
skiing for gold-medal position in
the Olympic slalom, and his for the
moment. 15 hundredths, David Ryding
leads the elliptic slalom. Michael
Matt next ago, his older brother
Mario Pasalic Champion four years
ago. It is never happened that
brothers have won Olympic gold
medals in successive games.
medals in successive games. Sisters
have done it, 1964, Christine
Goitschel won gold in France, and
four years later her sister Marielle
won in Grenoble. This has started to
unravel very slightly, had to ski
sideways. His advantage over David
Ryding was half a second, now it is
a quarter of a second. Michael Matt
racing through the final few turns,
putting pressure on Dave the Rocket
Ryding's lead here. Has he done
enough to go into gold position for
Austria? He has. Michael Matt into
top spot. David Ryding will leave
the gold-medal enclosure. Andre
Myhrer, tallest man in the race, he
was the winner of the Stockholm
Parallel Slalom just prior to the
Winter Games. -- Zenhaeusern, the
tallest man in the race. He will
meet another big man, Andre Myhrer,
in the final. His lead remains
almost fully intact. Zenhaeusern
isn't built like a typical slalom
skier, but he has incredible skills
from edge to edge, and his ability
to recover is incredible. He is
putting in some fine turns here. Now
he is in the red zone for the first
time, six hundredths of a second,
and back to green for Ramon
Zenhaeusern. And this is a lovely
finish from him. He is carving it
up, and he is skiing into top spot.
The new leader here,
The new leader here, Ramon
Zenhaeusern, and Switzerland have
not won the Olympic men's's slalom
Victor Muffat-Jeandet is ready.
Sixth in the giant slalom, bronze
medallist in the Alpine combined, he
has had an outstanding Olympic
Games. His advantage over
Zenhaeusern is 0.32, can he convert
that into leadership of this Olympic
slalom? The breeze is still up,
still a factor, it has been for
He can't afford any mistakes now. He
is going to have to open the
throttle and drive and push through
the final few turns if he is going
to overturn Romans and Howson 's
lead. He trails by 600th of a
second. Now he is letting it run. Is
this quick enough? Can he beat
1:39.33? Not quite. He is best.
There will be a medal for Ramon
Zenhaeusern. The Swiss are
celebrating that. He is guaranteed a
bronze at worst.
bronze at worst. No luck for Victor
Mo Farah John Daly. Now it is down
to Henrik Kristofferson and Andrei
Mera to sort things out. Romans and
Howson, the tallest man in the lead
leads. The second tallest man in the
race is adding to his lead here.
That is beautiful skiing from Andrei
Meara. There is the first mistake.
It will not catch up with him until
the next clock stop. His lead has
been reduced to a third of a second
after the mistake at the top.
Catching up with Andre Myhrer as he
starts to accelerate. Can he be
first? He can. Gold medal position
for Andre Myhrer. He can finish in
no worse than silver. And the Swedes
are celebrating. Henrik
Kristofferson, staring out of the
start line, visualising what lies
ahead. He has memorised the pattern
of control gates time and time
again. Bronze medallist in such
cheap. His advantage over Andre
Myhrer is two tenths of a second. A
fast start for Henrik Kristofferson,
one of the smaller, lighter men. Oh,
he is down, he has struggled. It is
over 400 Kristofferson. Andre Myhrer
is the Olympic champion, Ramon
Zenhaeusern has got the silver and
Michael Matt whose brother won gold
four years ago celebrates the
bronze. Myhrer, the slalom champion.
The first Swedish winner of this
title since the great Ingemar 's
Denmark in Lake Placid in 1980.
Marcel Hirscher failed to finish the
first run, Henrik list and failed to
finish the second run. It's the
third ranked slalom skier of the
season who has skied to solid runs
to claim the Olympic gold for 2018,
with Ramon Zenhaeusern there to
congratulate him in silver and
Michael Matt takes the bronze with
Dave Ryding of Great Britain and
Northern Ireland finishing in ninth
and Laurie Taylor in 26.
So, Dave, top ten in the Olympics?
Yes, I am not complaining at top
ten. A solid day. I wish I could
have had that little bit of extra
skiing I knew was in me but in the
end I gave it what I had out I did
what I did today.
Was your aim for a
solid performance today? Did you
think you could let it go enough?
thought the second run really suited
me. I just made a couple of mistakes
that cost me the flow of the course.
I know I could have had a bit more
in me but at the same time it is the
Olympics and everyone is feeling the
same thing, probably.
respectable. Were you surprised that
Kristofferson couldn't handle that
I'm not sure if I am
right, but I think that is the first
time he has been leading and not
one. It shows what the Olympics
It is tricky. And word on the
I think I will be a similar
aid at the next Olympics and Matt
was his age at the last one, so
there's hope for us.
But well done
him. Well done, Dave, you did us
proud and would lorry coming up,
that that shows the depth of the
Yes, the future is bright. I
am 31 but there is life in the old
dog yet. It motivates me for another
four years and I know I can improve
on that still.
And you will be the
team leader going into the parallel
at the end of the Olympics. You have
got America in the first round.
do you feel about that? It will be
cool. I'm sure we can give them a
run for the money and I wouldn't be
surprised if we can knock them out.
We have got good skiers. Look
forward to it. Anything can happen
and hopefully I will bring my best.
Well done, Dave.
Chemmy Alcott interviewing Dave
Ryding there. Ed has slipped into
this space Rona vacated and he
competed in nearly everything in
Vancouver. Laurie Taylor finished 26
which isn't bad for the future of
British technical skiing.
British technical skiing.
certainly looks good. The future is
definitely right. Hopefully be speed
boys can pick it up again and
boys can pick it up again and
hopefully some medals next time.
Dave Ryding, a top ten medal for
him. Do you think that was an
opportunity missed or should we be
happy with that?
I think that is a
double-edged sword for him. We
should be immensely proud of a top
ten finish in the Olympic Games but
I am sure Dave will look back at
what could have been with Marcel
Hirscher and Kristofferson not
finishing. The door was wide open.
He was a tiny bit they and when you
are talking about this standard,
safe makes a difference.
It was a
slalom shocks and Kristofferson
going out on the second run,
Hirscher going out on the first run,
but happened ever? They are the top
two at slalom.
Hirscher has one six
out of eight World Cup slaloms this
season. I don't think he has not
finished since February 20 16th, so
that is a shocker. His coach set the
course, so it will have been set to
suit Hirscher and not suit
Kristofferson, so for him to not
finish and none of the Austrians to
do well is a big no-no.
We will look
at it again and hear what went
wrong. When you lose it in slalom,
if the gospel to get it back.
really hard to find their rhythm,
yes. With the snow being artificial,
it's really aggressive. Any tiny
move, you feel it. He loses that
outside ski and it does all the
turning, so when you lose it, that's
it. He will have been absolutely
devastated. There is a rhythm change
here, you want to get right on the
front, the skis pitch and grab and
unfortunately for him, that the
chance of the bird gold medal at
these games done.
standing at the top of his second
run must have thought, I have got
Maybe that is what made
him come unstuck today. He is by far
the second best slalom skier bear
and by far the best left in the
competition, so I wonder if that
played in his mind. He knew he
didn't have to do everything, he
just needed to give what he normally
did, nothing special, because he had
a quarter of a second Myhrer at that
point. I think he may be rested a
little bit on his laurels and came a
Let's talk about the
winner, Andre Myhrer. Who is he? Was
Not really. He has
won World Cups but this season at
classic slalom events, they have not
gone his way. He has won in the city
events where they are head to head
because he is so powerful, he
demolishes the track. He is a big
lad, very, very friendly and it's
nice to see him win.
was watching it all live and she
joins us now. It is looking quite
windy there, Chemmy? Has it picked
I have a chilly left a
waiting for you.
You spoke today
just after and it was think it will
be a double-edged sword because he
might look back thinking, darn it,
that was my chance. What did you
sense was his mood?
concur. It was a massive opportunity
to get on that podium either with
Hirscher and Kristofferson who we
thought were dead cert is on the
podium, there was one position he
could battle for. Especially when
you think that Matt started off just
after Dave, I think there was a
chance, when he finished on the
podium. You had to charge, you had
to take a risk. We saw a lot of
risks not take off, but for those
who took risks, it did pay
He is taking heart from
the fact that Andre Myhrer is a
their bit older than him, though it
is not over for Dave Ryding yet and
actually not either at this games,
because he was talking about the
Definitely. Dave has peaked
quite late in terms of his age. He
has really become quite competitive
in the last be years. He is hungry
for success. He works incredibly
hard. He will still be around in
four years. And by the and Laurie
Taylor were hungry when I
interviewed them about the parallel.
We thought they had a bad draw
against the Americans, but the
American team is actively looking
quite weak, with one skier saying
that he will pull out if Shiffrin
does. I looked at the track, it is
quite flat, we know our guys are
competitive under starts, so I am
excited for that.
American stars, we had the very
rare, I think first time ever, site
of Lindsay Vonn against Mr --
against Mikaela Shiffrin in the
combined. That wasn't short of
What happened? Oh my God, the
most amazing day in the combined for
the beam out of athletes. If Lindsay
had skied the downhill today --
yesterday like she did today, it
would have been a real battle.
Today, she was skiing so hard, and
though she doesn't have that much
training under her belt in slalom,
she was on fire. But Shiffrin really
put one down. And then kissing, who
had a crash yesterday, I thought
that might be on her mind, skied
really well in the downhill and had
a good slalom. Then Lindsay was
standing at that start gate and you
just pushed it too hard and
It is very
difficult. Downhill skiers don't
often make good slalom skiers. We
are just being Lindsay's mistake
here. It is not for lack of trying?
No, slalom is a special discipline.
The athletes whose ski well at
slalom ski day in, day out. Lindsay
put a heart on the line. She was
really bald lead to even take part
today because we know she hasn't
done much slalom training in the
past with all these injuries. She
put herself in a great position to
attack for a podium, maybe not gold,
but it wasn't to be. But a great run
from giving. She was really
emotional yesterday because her
reign as Olympic champion was up, so
the Gisin family lost and Olympic
champion yesterday but did day they
brought it home with Michelle Gisin
and that could be the last ever
Alpine combined we ever see in the
Olympic Games, say she will have
that title for life.
I'm sure it has
happened with brothers, it may have
happened with sisters before as
Once before. The French
Kershaw sisters, they really
dominated our sisters back in the
day. They won both gold and silver
in the giant slalom and slalom. The
other story of siblings was with
Michael Matt today whose brother
four years ago won the slalom. Mario
His other brother won the ski
cross. These things run in the
family, they really do. Chemmy,
thank you so much for your time. And
thank you to Ed as well. We are
going to short track speed skating
now because we have a very busy
programme. Sadly no British skaters
but as you know from watching their
short track, it doesn't mean their
way to be drama and they went to be
crashes and incidents. Our
commentators will make sure you know
plenty about this gated you were
going to be seen. Men's 500 metre
quarterfinal action coming first.
COMMENTATOR: Good morning,
everybody, and welcome to the
Gangneung arena. We can expect some
fantastic racing tonight, starting
with this men's 500 metres, which is
a pretty open field.
is, and I think the fireworks will
take the roof off this arena
tonight. It could go anyway really,
it is all about the start, generally
speaking. Lame one will be the
fastest skater, lane two the second
fastest, and it could really go any
So in this first
race we have Ren Ziwei from China,
with position number one, and
Aleksandr Shulginov from the OAR,
the 19-year-old. Shaolin Sandor Liu,
the world champion from 2016 in
position three, Bartosz Konopko from
Poland in four, and on the far side,
Denis Nikisha from Kazakhstan, who
was sixth in the World Championship
couple of years ago.
The start is key, and a good start
made by Ren Ziwei of China. And the
hunger area and just moving into
third place at the moment, but it is
an excellent start made by Ren Ziwei
from China, the Polish skater
Bartosz Konopko has got away really
well as well, and Shaolin Sandor Liu
from Hungary, the former world
champion, in third place, with a bit
of work to do. The first two
qualify, and Shaolin Sandor Liu goes
through on the inside, he is having
quite a battle with Bartosz Konopko.
Ren Ziwei has a battle at the front
of the race, this is tremendous for
him, and he comes across the line in
first place, and Shaolin Sandor Liu
in second place, 14.05 is the time,
and that was a superb time.
superb, and I think it is a new
official Olympic record. I was
predicting here, the ice is
extremely fast indeed, and that
Olympic record of course has stood
all the way back through to the heat
they had earlier this week, and that
was Wu Dajing of China, so his
team-mate has now skated a new
Let's have a look at
the race here again, and right from
the start, Ren Ziwei made a start,
and the Polish skater causing a
problem, but these two will go
through, Ren Ziwei of China.
Aleksandr Shulginov and Bartosz
Konopko the two to hit the deck then
gouge a nasty carving the ice
surface here. And they prepare to
leave the service from the time
being. Confirmation of the result,
and that Olympic record time, it has
taken a couple of tenths of a second
off the previous record, 40.03 to,
Ren Ziwei and Shaolin Sandor Liu of
Hungary both going through.
course Ren Ziwei has a superb time.
In the semifinal, if nobody escaped
any faster, he will draw all a
number one, and that is really so
important. In the past used to be
drawn randomly by the computer, and
nowadays they have given the
advantage to the fastest skater, and
that skater gets the inside lane.
they are still just patching up the
track, we are very close to the
start line after the first of the
quarterfinals, and the second
quarter finalists are out onto the
track now, and the home crowd with
plenty to cheer for. Hwang Daeheon
has been much hyped in these
Olympics, but he has finished 14th
and 17th so far.
For a Korean, they
have won so many gold medals as a
country, the him to be finishing in
those places is disappointing for
him personally, and obviously he
will be looking to take away goal
here, and later this evening they
have the 5000 metres men's relay as
So, the skaters are waiting to
take to the ice here. Number nine on
the hat, that is another Chinese
skater they're just on the outside
of the upper padding. This is taking
some considerable time here to patch
this up, and it was quite a
collision between the Olympic
Athlete from Russia and the Polish
competitor, and clearly they have
made quite a dent in the ice, but
the magic spray has gone down, and
hopefully we can resume any second
now, just a little bit longer for
those waiting to come out onto the
track. Now, Wu Dajing is in this
one, and Wu Dajing is one of those
we really need to keep an eye on
here. The Olympic silver medallist
from four years ago, won Silver last
year in the World Championships.
Roberts Zvejnieks from Latvia in
two, Nurbergen Zhumagaziyev in
three, finding all of Korea in four,
and Watanabe on the far side, and
they will have to do it again.
Dajing of China on the inside, he
was clearly the culprit, he made the
false start. And this means that
this race is only allowed one false
start, you can see the Chinese
skater on the inside, just
fractionally moving before the rest
of the group.
Position three, the
false start, so that is Nurbergen
Zhumagaziyev from Kazakhstan in the
blue in the middle. They get away
this time, and they certainly have.
Wu Dajing goes to the front, and
Roberts Zvejnieks who has performed
well for Latvia in these Olympic
Games has settled into second place
with plenty of space around him as
well. Nurbergen Zhumagaziyev who
started in position three is in
position three as well. One
position three as well. One -- Hwang
Daeheon has an awful lot to do, but
he is giving it his best go. The
Chinese skater is in the front, but
one day Honda is going around the
outside, desperately trying to catch
up. It was a photo finish, but I
think Hwang Daehon has got it. 39.81
is the time, which would be a new
That is an amazing
time on this ice. That world record
has stood since 2012, believe it or
not. Done at altitude in salt lake
city. I think the ice conditions are
saying at all. I was predicting that
there would in fact be a world
record. Look at it again here. Wu
Dajing led from start to finish, and
we have to wait to see who will get
the second place. That is going to
be a photo finish.
Look at this. We
look at the race again, the amount
of ground that Hwang Daehon in the
white from Korea had to make up, but
here is the new world record holder,
Wu Dajing, he finished second in
Sochi four years ago, and has no
intention of finishing second again
this time round. And the world
record has been confirmed to for Wu
Dajing, and Hwang Daehon from Korea
has qualified as well. So we have
seen a world record, and the home
crowd are happy. Disappointment for
Roberts Zvejnieks from Latvia who
was in a great position all the way
I think he panicked, what am
I doing in second place qualifying,
and of course the Korean athlete
stormed around the outside and
managed to scrape through.
here, Hwang Daehon was one of the
big hopes for Korea, and short track
is popular in this country, of all
the Olympic sports, this is the one
for many of them.
Indeed, and I
think the blue riband event that
everybody would want is the 5000
metres relay which will be later on
And we look forward to
that, because the women's race was
exciting, if not without its
controversy. Which has been rumbling
on ever since, I have to say. China
are still not very happy about the
outcome, where they were
disqualified. We have this third
quarterfinal coming up now, and this
could be a really good race here. We
have Seo Yira from Korea, who won
the bronze medal here in the
thousand metres as well, Samuel
Girard, the new Olympic 1000m
champion, Ryosuke Sakazume from
Japan, who was fifth in the
thousand, and Han Tianyu who was
fifth in this event in Sochi.
really high quality field, and Seo
Yira of Korea has drawn the inner
lane, so we will see whether he can
lead from start to finish.
with the long hair from Canada,
number three on his helmet. Won
Olympic gold medal, and a fourth
place so far. On go, the first time,
Seo Yira get into the first bend the
lead. Samuel Girard right on his
tail, and bringing up the rear at
the moment is Han Tianyu from China.
A lovely move their by Samuel
Girard, looking smooth and strong
and confident, as you would expect
for somebody who has already won a
gold medal here. And Seo Yira has
crashed, the world champion from
Korea has gone down. Samuel Girard
leading now for Canada, and Ryosuke
Sakazume from Japan in second place,
these two can skate around and
presumably qualify for the
semifinals, unless there is some
skulduggery that is discovered by
the officials that maybe involves
them. But those two cross the line,
Samuel Girard in first place and
Ryosuke Sakazume as well, and the
crowd a little bit stunned, because
Seo Yira hit the deck, and so did
And Han Tianyu tried to
move up the inside after Ryosuke
Sakazume, the Japanese skater, close
the door a little bit of preventing
him coming through, and then they
both at this very high-speed, 55
kilometres per hour, the slightest
touch will knock you off balance,
and it will be interesting to see
who gets a penalty, and maybe
whether a skater will not be
This is going to be an
anxious wait here for Seo Yira, the
world 1000m champion here. Let's
have a look at it again here. As
hand tries to come through, he is
very wide, swipes all the way
across, so I would actually think
Seo Yira would be the culprit to get
the penalty, but of course the
Chinese skater isn't in a qualifying
position, so theoretically, there
should be no advantage, and these
other two skaters who will qualify
through to the final.
looking very comfortable indeed.
seems as if the rivalry on the track
between China and Korea is intense
in the extreme. We have seen that in
other events. We have seen that in
other events. It has not been
greater short track for China, they
are used to winning things, and they
have got just one silver medal here,
whereas Korea topped the medal table
in short track with three golds on
the bronze. But here it is again.
Clearly you can see here, if we are
remaining consistent with the
penalties that have been given
earlier, the skater from the outside
clearly moves in, clashes blades. So
we are still waiting for the
official result, I believe.
official result is as it stands.
Nothing has happened. And the other
skaters are ready for the fourth and
final one of these quarterfinals, so
it was Samuel Girard and Ryosuke
Sakazume going through. Now, we have
got Lim Hyojun, Gold medallist in
the 1500, Shaoang Liu, bronze
medallist with number five on his
helmet, Dylan Hoogerwerf from the
Netherlands, Daan Breeuwsma also
from the Netherlands, and finally,
Abzal Azhgaliyev from Kazakhstan.
Not for the first time, they are
seeking to get going, false start.
It was the skater on the outside,
He is in the worst
It was position three
That is Dylan Hoogerwerf,
European Championship medallist from
last year. Away we go this time, the
mad dash for that first bend, and it
is quite a run. And they are going
to stop the race because of the
entanglement involved in Dylan
Hoogerwerf and the Korean, Lim
Hyojun, and Lim Hyojun has had an
outstanding Olympics so far. Gold
medallist. But he looks as if he had
injured himself there, or been
injured in that incident.
can see him holding that right
shoulder. You can see it here again
in slow motion. Both the Korean and
the Hungarian fighting around that
first corner. And you can see Dylan
Hoogerwerf sort of pushing the
skater away, doesn't want to get
That was Shaoang Liu, the
Hungarian, a real shoulder to
shoulder battle as they fought for
the same space on the ice.
skaters some of them having their
blades checked at the moment. One or
two of them, we saw that earlier,
what are they actually doing?
Checking that the blades are still
sharp and there is nothing in the
clash of blades, you imagine two
knives pitting one another, so some
of the skaters in fact do completely
change the blade, and in the past,
when I was skating, as I said
earlier, this was not allowed, and
this is again a new rule, and
hopefully in the future we will
actually instead of being awarded a
penalty, will actually be told what
the reason was.
Will it be third time lucky here
with this start? Let's hope so.
Let's hope we can have this third
quarterfinal in the men's 500
metres. Good to see that Lim Hyojun
is OK. And away they go. And another
mad bash ensues and this time Lim
Hyojun does come to the front. And
Shaoang Liu in second place and Daan
Breeuwsma has done well to move up.
Lim Hyojun is right where he wants
to be, out of the traffic at the
front, but Shaoang Liu is right
behind him in second place. The
Cavazzani is in third place and the
two Dutchmen are struggling at the
back of the field at the moment. We
are on the last lap here and Lim
Hyojun is going to lead them home.
Second over the line is Daan
Breeuwsma from the Netherlands but
having appeared to injure his right
shoulder in a previous start to the
event, Lim Hyojun was able to pick
himself up and still finish in first
There will certainly be a
penalty, I would have thought,
because one of the skaters was in
second place in a qualifying
position with one lap to go.
position with one lap to go. With
one lap to go, one of those skaters
will have to have a penalty and I
think it might be the skater from
Kazakhstan. This is the first corner
and the rotation of the camera, so
we can see it at speed, coming
through on the inside and he is on
the inside now, so I would have
thought the area would have got the
So you are saying that
Shaoang Liu wasn't wronged in that
No, I would have thought,
at this angle we are seeing it from
now, because the referee is the from
a different angle, I think he
believes he was in the right and I
would agree with that from the angle
we saw it from and that Shaoang Liu
of Hungary would have got the
It is interesting that your
opinion on certain situations can
change depending on which angle you
are looking at. What we need to see,
I think, in the future is exactly
what they are looking at each time
so that we know when a decision is
made, exactly the picture they have
made a decision on. As you can see,
Kazakhstan's representatives and the
skater himself are waiting to see
what the outcome is here. That
challenge coming from Shaoang Liu
from Hungary on the outside. Ahead
of them all was Lim Hyojun, looking
to continue his outstanding Olympic
Games. The two Dutchmen there,
certainly one of them in Daan
Breeuwsma, able to profit having
been right at the back of the field
up until the end. By quite a bit of
a difference as well. -- quite a bit
of a distance as well.
on one side of the screen are seeing
something different from the
referees on the other side of the
They are going to change the
rules so that going forward
hopefully from next season there
will be an announcement on the
Tannoy hopefully by the referee on
the ice like in the NFL, as we have
a look, it looks like there is going
to be a penalty. Looks like there
will be a penalty potentially for
Yes. If they are
remaining consistent with the calls
they have made today, that would
have to be the case.
And a penalty
to Shaoang Liu of Hungary, which
means the skater from Kazakhstan is
advanced so rejoins Lim Hyojun and
Daan Breeuwsma into the semifinals.
That is a decent result for Daan
Breeuwsma, he has never finished
higher than 14th at this distance in
his whole career and he has been
around a while at 30 years of age
now. There is a confirmation of the
semi-finals line-up in the men's 500
metres and we have lots of
tremendous racing to come. Take your
pick from that lot, well.
Koreans have got quick times, so
they will all be in lane one or two.
There are still three of them in
there, so it could go anyway, still.
Next up onto the track is an event
in which Elise Christie in the
current world champion, as we all
make, having been given a yellow
card, despite thinking she had made
it three it is nine laps of the
track here. We have got Kim Alang,
Marianne St Gelais, Kim Boutin, then
we have got there a need the run and
Bianca Walter. Walter is the rank
outsider here having not won any
World Cup races yet. She is very
much the outsider in a high class
Marianne St Gelais in second
and moving up -- in third and moving
up to second. As the Korean moves
smoothly through into third place.
Leading the way is Kim Boutin, as
the Canadians are still smarting
from their disqualification in the
3000m relay the other night. They
felt they haven't done anything
wrong. Kim Boutin first, Kim
wrong. Kim Boutin first, Kim Alang
second, opening up each small
advantage is Kim Boutin, with her
two bronze medals already from these
Olympics. Kim Alang is in second,
Marianne St Gelais is looking to
challenge. In the end, Marianne St
Gelais couldn't find her way
through. Kim Boutin first over the
line, Kim Alang second and despite
her best efforts, Marianne St Gelais
could not get her toe over the line
in time and she finishes third.
will be, of course, last Olympic
Games. This is her third time
competing at the Olympic Games and
one of the all-time best skaters for
the Canadian team. As we can see in
the replay, Kim Boutin really
dominating. Her strength in this
race, leading from the front, making
it look very simple, actually.
Skating away from Kim Alang of
She hasn't had a very good
Olympics, has she, by her own
standards, Marianne St Gelais,
standards, Marianne St Gelais, with
no fairy tale Olympic ending for
You can see she was
stretching trying to get there in
second but couldn't quite make it
and Kim Boutin and Kim Alang are
confirmed as qualifying from that
Just about to line-up for the second
of these quarterfinals now.
of these quarterfinals now. Arianna
Fontana from Italy won the 500
metres last week and is the most
decorated short track skater in
history. She has seven medals now.
Li Jinyu already has a silver model
as well from the 1500m. And more
running repairs on the ice.
fill the give it and then they
It is like a fire
Making sure that none of
the skaters in the next race
accidentally go into the rut.
Worth noting as well that all of the
figure skating is here as well. Do
you think bearing in mind they use
the ice differently, it has worked
Bearing in mind we had a
world-record today, it has been up
to standard for short skating that
they haven't been able to train here
very often, alternating between a
training venue and here.
training venue and here.
Fontana, Valerie Maltais, Li Jinyu,
Hitomi Saito, and away we go first
time. Fontana going straight to the
front, Valerie Maltais from Canada
wasn't having any of that. She
wanted to assert her authority but
Fontana wed be far-away. Hitomi
Saito from Japan bringing up the
rear at the moment and Li Jinyu
already has the silver medal from
the 1500, just 17 years of age.
Fontana having a little look on the
inside and she glides through.
has and I think on paper Fontana and
Valerie Maltais, first and second at
the moment, they should be the two
who qualified through to the
semifinals. As Fontana goes through
again. Keeping this speed up, making
it difficult for skaters coming
around the outside.
At the moment,
these two skaters look to be in
control. The door was closed in the
base their full Li Jinyu rapidly by
Fontana there. Trying to put a spare
time and squeezes on ahead of
Valerie Maltais. Still with Li Jinyu
third and Hitomi Saito bringing up
the rear. Hitomi Saito now trying to
have a go, only one lap to go. Also
Li Jinyu in third place is putting
the pressure on. The Japanese skater
almost crashing into the back of the
Chinese skater. Fontana first and
Valerie Maltais in second place I
think, Li Jinyu just pipped to the
Those are the skaters I was
calling for this race. On paper,
Fontana is tenth racked -- tenth
ranked, followed by Maltais, then Li
Jinyu and Hitomi Saito was 26 in the
world, so almost making up the
numbers. The pace was high enough,
fast enough that it was too
difficult for other skaters to come
How consisted is Fontana?
How consisted is Fontana? --
how consisted is Fontana?
was clearly Maltais. No need to look
at a video replay.
delivers so often in the Olympic
Games. There is competition --
confirmation of the results. Going
with the seeding. That is what we
expected. The ice bucket is out on
the ice again.
Times are not that
important depending on the start
line, because it more, located with
the four and a half laps.
Choi Minjeong has been the star of
the games so far in skating for the
Koreans, and just 19 years of age.
Lara van Ruijven is from the
Netherlands, and Magdalena
Warakomska from Poland.
A clean start this time, and Qu
Chunyu makes a decent start, but it
is Lara van Ruijven from the
Netherlands in front ahead of
Magdalena Warakomska from Poland.
The Chinese have so many penalties,
or it'll be interesting to see
whether they adapt to different
strategy. They need to go to the
front early on in the race.
gone straight to the front, and Lara
van Ruijven from the Netherlands
second, with Choi Minjeong at the
back. We have seen this before, with
Choi Minjeong, she sails along the
back and then suddenly burst of
They want to be in front, but
they don't want to suddenly find
themselves at the back.
It looks as
though she has got rocket fuel
skates when she requires it, Choi
Minjeong, so keep an eye on the back
and the attempted move. As you were
suggesting, Qu Chunyu is getting as
far away from everybody else at the
front as possible, and now Choi
Minjeong starts to have a little
luck. Here comes the move from the
back from the two-time gold
medallist already. She is going the
long way round, but it absolutely
doesn't matter, and she is going
straight to the front. It looks as
if she is just out for a training
skate here now. Taking the bell in
the lead, Choi Minjeong suddenly
opens up a very sizeable gap indeed,
and Qu Chunyu will slide home in
second place. Magdalena Warakomska
inferred, and Lara van Ruijven in
I'm generally not speaking a
betting man, but I would put my
money on Choi Minjeong for the gold
medal in the 1000m.
She licks as if
she hasn't even started the race.
You can see her moving around the
outside, and tactically very good
skating by Qu Chunyu of China,
because she knew she would be
coming, and she was pulling her away
from the other skaters in third and
fourth place at the moment.
intelligent skating there from Qu
Chunyu of China, as you say, and
Choi Minjeong was always the big
threat in that race, but she did
everything she could to prepare for
that, she knew that was coming. So
there is confirmation, Choi Minjeong
and Qu Chunyu both going through,
with Magdalena Warakomska and Lara
van Ruijven both out of the
competition. We have one more
quarterfinal to come, the last heat
coming up any second now. And we
have five athletes in this one. We
have Suzanne Schulting of the
Netherlands, the bronze medallist in
last year's World Championships in
Rotterdam. Ekaterina Efremenkova
from the OAR, Andrea Keszler,
European Championships silver
medallist from Hungary, Shim Sukhee
with three medals in Sochi, and boy
who already has two medals,
including silver in the 500 metres.
And it is Suzanne Schulting from the
Netherlands who was originally at
the front, in the orange helmet, but
coming through is her compatriot,
never 21, boy.
On the Dutch are
playing the same strategy here. It
is all about being in front now,
because when Kim does come around
the outside, it will be all about
who will be in second place at that
time at the moment.
Yes, Shim Sukhee
is from Gangneung originally, she
ended up having to go to Seoul to
further her career, but she is local
and they are rooting for her. So at
the moment, we have got Suzanne
Schulting on the front, and in
second place still is boy.
to really pick this speed up if they
want to finish won and two, the
Dutch. It is a Dutch 1-2 at the
moment, Shim Sukhee on the outside.
Round the outside, Shim Sukhee still
has that gold from the relay, the
crowd roaring. Suzanne Schulting is
holding onto second place, Ekaterina
Efremenkova challenging as well, but
it is a comfortable win for Shim
Sukhee, and a little celebration for
Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands
finishing in second place and going
through to the semifinals. A
comfortable race there for Shim
Sukhee of Korea. It could almost
have been a clean sweep for the
Koreans if they all get to the
final, of course.
We have the
semifinals to come in both the men's
500 and the women's 1000m, but very
impressive there from Shim Sukhee,
impressive once more.
And because of
all the penalties we have been
having, they are not trying to cut
in again, they keep same line on the
outside, and she made it look very
And Shim Sukhee is
still a very young skater, very
interesting indeed. I don't think
there is any controversy surrounding
the fourth and final quarterfinal in
the women's 1000m, which means that
Shim Sukhee from Korea qualifies
along with Suzanne Schulting from
the Netherlands. So, with that
CLARE BALDING: We will be back for
the semifinals very shortly. Johnny
and Sarah are alongside me. Are you
watching these quarterfinals
thinking I wish ill Elise -- I wish
Elise was there?
Of course, but now
we can relax and just watch it.
some of the big names are not
performing so well here, it is not
just Elise Christie.
Yes, we have
seen some of the girls go out there
and not do so well, and one of the
Korean guys who did well at the
World Championships, he has had a
shocker as well, so it is the
pressure of the games. They have got
great form coming into it, but when
it matters to deliver, they have
found it difficult, and every body
else has upped their game as well.
And it is such a tough sport, as we
have come to recognise the last
couple of. Now, what of Elise
Christie? How is chic
psychologically? We will show you
the full interview just after 11,
but he is a taster. Backstage with
her boyfriend, he is through to the
semifinals of the 500, she is on
crutches with a boot to protect her
ankle, and this is what she has been
It has obviously been a
tough few days, I have been in quite
a lot of pain, not feeling very well
from all the pain. I have been up
and down, I don't feel like I did
after Sochi, and I have had so much
support back home which has been
incredible, overwhelming, just like,
so I'm doing OK, I have my moments,
when I realise I have got injured at
an Olympic Games, and that sucks,
but it is done now, I can't do
anything about it except focus on
the next four years.
And in terms of
your ankle, you are sitting here
with the boot on. We saw what
happened in the 1000m heat. What is
the prognosis and treatment plan?
The prognosis I was given originally
was 4-6 weeks completely off the
ice. My brain was telling me, you
can't be in the picture now, but my
heart was telling me otherwise, and
I didn't think I could win now, but
I thought I was still capable of
meddling, and I believe that.
Everyone back home, there were
messages from everyone, but there
was one specific message in my head
from a young girl who had got her
mum to say, can you text Elise and
tell her she is my hero, and that
stayed with me, and I knew she would
be watching, and I had to try, and I
tried, and as far as I have is
concerned, I had qualified, and I
thought it was unbelievable, I
finished the second place in an
Olympics, top 16 with ligament
damage to my ankle, and I think that
shows you how physically strong I
Elise Christie, still fighting
talk from her, and we will see the
full interview just after 11, but
one of the major headlines is she
has committed her future to short
track speed skating, there won't be
any dipping off to a different sport
or indeed dipping out.
And you can
see the determination, and as soon
she came off the ice, she was
saying, I want to do this again, she
hasn't had a full crack at that
1000m, and she wants to have a go.
She is aware of her ability to
influence young girls, and I wonder
if that is because she had such a
rough time as a kid at school.
Maybe, she had some bullying and
stuff when she was younger, and it
is nice that people look up to
her and can be inspired by her
strength and determination, and her
ability to try and turn things
around, and she is ready talking
about the next four years of the
next Olympics. I would like to see
her have a little bit of downtime,
sometime away its time to reflect
and get her head around what happens
before she starts to focus, because
after Sochi she didn't have a time
off, and I think this time round she
really does need a break.
the injury will force that break,
Yes, she needs to get back
and have some recovery and start a
rehab, but it is so nice that as an
athlete you trained so hard, you
work so hard for the games, the
World Championships and so on, and
many have these other things that
you are inspiring young kids, and it
is something you don't think about
but when you hear their messages it
is so nice that you are working hard
for your goals and it is paying off
other people to see that.
to happen in the modern world is the
better name you get, the more people
love you and the more people hate
you, and you have to keep that in
perspective. Do you think Elise
having promised before the game is
not to go on social media, she
hasn't followed that rule. Would you
like to see her be firm and not see
some of the rubbish that is written
that she shouldn't give credit to?
It is so tempting when you are given
positive messages, you want to read
them and reply and respond to
people, and show them that that is
helping you and say thank you. But
obviously she is naturally if you do
that you are going to see some of
the negativity as well, but
hopefully she just ignores that.
Sometimes you can use it to channel
your energies, you can use anger in
a positive way if you want to.
think what she said there, it
inspired her to get on the ice for
that last go and really give it her
best shot, so it does work in
positive ways, but it is difficult
at an Olympic Games, because
normally for us in World
Championships, she has got time in
between where if she has had a bad
day, you have got three days to wait
to put it right, so it is a very
different format, and somewhere she
would have to get used to finding
time to relax and switch from
She needs to get into box
sets! Sit and watch the Crown
endlessly. Britain's won gold
medallist so far from the games
Lizzy Yarnold took a long time off
after she completed the grand slam
and won the World Championships on
the World Cup and all of that. She
just went completely away from the
sport. How would you plan Elise 's
programme between now and Beijing?
She needs to work out watch was to
do. She has a great team around her,
but every athlete is different and
it is how she will find time now to
be able to switch the mindset and
find that courage and motivation to
go for four more years, because it
is all well and good to speak after
a race when emotions are high and
say, I am going to do it again, but
when you sit down and think about
it, it is another long four years of
results being up and down, and she
needs to find a way to keep
motivated for that time.
I think she
will need to be held back a little
bit to start with, because she is
motivated, and she is going to want
to get back out there and start
doing her thing and doing what she
does best, but I think the support
staff probably need to force a
little bit of rest on her. She has
this injury so she will take a few
weeks off, but I think she needs
more than that.
So you think until
the end of the year maybe?
months or something, a significant
amount of time to mourn what has
happened, get over that and spend
some time away, see her family and
friends, because you don't get to do
those things when you are training
all the time.
What is the next major
event, John? Porcini to be back for?
They have the World Championships in
the middle of March which she won't
be able to compete at with the
injury, so fast that is the end of
season. It would be good to see her
other home championships in April,
but that won't happen. So it won't
be until the autumn, September,
So a six-month break
is perfectly possible?
And she won't
want to come back without doing
awful lot of training, she is very
competitive so she went come back
until full strength.
And she enjoys
training? Physically she is in
traffic nick apart from the ankle.
She is a very hard worker. She
really does put the grafted, and a
lot of emotion goes with that, on a
day you are skating very fast and it
feels amazing in your winning the
Olympics, then on a day when you
don't compete quick, it feels like
it is all falling apart, so you can
get addicted to the highs and lows
that happen training just as
that happen training just as much as
We can see the crowd
getting involved ahead of the men's
500 semifinals, and Elise is there,
and we have seen her backstage,
supporting her boyfriend Shaolin.
Let's hand you back to the team.
COMMENTATOR: The synchronised
support echoes around the stadium.
We are concentrating on this
We are concentrating on this race
now, Wu Dajing, the new
record-holder, in this first
semifinal, and Shaolin Sandor Liu as
well,, Samuel Girard, Danbury Huws,
and it is quite a battle already.
You saw somebody pointing Dann and
it will be interesting to see what
The Canadian skater there
will be allowed to change his blade.
They are picking the piece of blade
off of the eyes.
A broken blade.
broken blade. I know one about it.
But he is in a rather more fortunate
position than you. I don't want to
bring up old problems. It must come
flooding back to you in a situation
Can you explain? It was
that the 500 metres quarterfinals in
Lillehammer when I clashed blades
with an American. You can see it
here again, you can see the Canadian
just looks down at his blade. He
can't but his left foot down on the
ice almost. These blades are one
millimetre thick. You can see a
clash of this gate. So everybody is
redoing their blades now. Because of
these speeds being so high, it is
dangerous to allow the skaters to
continue on in the race with a
broken blade. It would be like
sending someone out on Formula 1
with a punctured tyre.
wouldn't litter the track with knife
blades or tax or nails, would you?
That's what the situation was,
because that's the area where their
hands could end up going down. A
quick repair of the track and blades
sorted out shortly and they will be
able to continue. That was quite a
tussle between Shaolin Sandor Liu
and Girard going into that first
What a lot of the skaters will
do, they change their blades in
He looks quite relaxed
It is something they tried
to get down and the Dutch team have
a record of how fast they can change
Hopefully we will be ready
to go shortly. Girard knew
straightaway there, didn't he? He
didn't even attempt to skate on.
hope there are no pieces of blade
secretly left on the ice. All of the
stewards looking onto the ice making
sure it is completely clear.
we are ready to go now and the
skaters are all sliding up to the
start line. There is Girard ready to
race. Wanting to get into this final
and add to the fourth place he has
already had. And the gold. Shaolin
Sandor Liu, Samuel Girard and it is
a fast and clean start this time.
Girard centres and opening and
slides into second place at the
moment. Leading the way at the
moment is Wu Dajing, looking on
fantastic form at the moment.
Followed by Girard of Canada and
Shaolin Sandor Liu in third at the
moment. So far at the moment, as
Gallia can't get involved. It is not
looking good for Shaolin Sandor Liu
as Wu Dajing crosses the line.
Girard not terribly happy with his
Chinese opponent, waving his finger
at him. But Shaolin Sandor Liu who
won this distance four years ago
just couldn't get into the top two.
Wu Dajing winning that race will
ensure he gets lame one or two. They
will go into the a final whilst
skaters three and four go into the B
final. You can see that Liu from
Hungary makes a slight mistake
there. Possibly, he has got a new
blade. That always a slightly
different. You are talking about
thousandths of a millimetre. Would
you notice that? Yes, you certainly
would notice that.
There is the
official result. Wu Dajing and
Samuel Girard will get to race for
gold later on. Shaolin Sandor Liu
and Daan Breeuwsma will be in the B
final. Second semifinal coming up
What will be interesting is
whether the Chinese skater can
finish first. That would mean China
were one and two in the final.
are not meant to race as a team, are
Not really, but I think the
Chinese have had such a poor result
until now that you never know.
Ziwei, Lim Hyojun, who has been a
star for career in these games.
Ryosuke Sakazume for Japan in three,
stumbled at the start there, and it
is Lim Hyojun in second place at the
moment. Ren Ziwei will take this one
out from the front. Second place for
career is Lim Hyojun. There will be
quite a battle between the two
Koreans and the Chinese skater in
front and at the moment, the skater
but Japan can't get involved in the
race at all. One and a half laps to
go. Skating through on the inside.
Can he hold back inside lane? Now
the Chinese skater finds himself out
of it. It is Korea one and two up to
the line. Tremendous skating from
the two Korean skaters and Ren Ziwei
from China who was in such a good
position for a long time that.
were so relaxed. They waited and
waited, straight up three the inside
of Ren Ziwei of China. That left a
gate open for weighing to also move
through as well.
These two came into
the games as the next big things in
the Korean team but lym is the only
one who has so far delivered in the
That's right. We can see Lim
Hyojun comes through there, in my
opinion, quite safe, no problem at
all. Comes through here. That isn't
a problem. I is only problem here at
all. This could be... Oh, we are not
seeing it. When he came out of that
bend, he came quite wide because he
went in narrow and tide of the
They both qualified for the
a final four the eight final and Ren
Ziwei and Ryosuke Sakazume have to
settle for a spot in the B final.
What a final that will be. That was
tremendous stuff there in that
semifinal and coming next, we will
have the women's 1000 metres
semifinals. Here is the line-up for
final A. And for final beep. Not
where Shaolin Sandor Liu wanted to
be. He certainly felt he was capable
of getting a medal in this event.
course the level is so high at these
Olympic Games. We have had an
Olympic record. And the final will
be obviously, the world-record
holder in division one. It is the
question of whether he has the guts
to go out and take it from the gun.
Conveyor belt of action that it is
here, they are lined up already for
the women's metres semifinal. Kim
Boutin from Canada, we mentioned
before in our coverage this morning
she has two bronze medals from these
games already. She is on the inside
lane. Number 24, Arianna Fontana in
the blue of Italy next to her.
Valerie Maltais, number 47, from
Canada as well. And Kim Alang from
This is going to be a battle
of who is prepared to go to the
front, very much like John Henry
In his 100 metres
-- his 1000 metres. They will all be
going as fast as possible. It's
about saying, who can be at the
front at the right time?
Here we go
then. Semifinals of the women's
thousand. Nine laps, two to go
through to the a final. Away first
time. And leading into that first
corner is Kim Boutin of Canada. No
surprise there, she is a very quick
Very quick indeed. Arianna
Fontana was just in front of their
There is a real confidence in
the way Fontana skates and Maltais
was just sliding through there. It
is Canada one, two at the moment,
Boutin, Maltais, and then Fontana.
If the Korean skater going to loiter
at the back there and then going to
make a move? Boutin leads with
Slowly, the pays
winds up here. Boutin is in the best
place here in my opinion. She likes
to skate from the front. Fontana Way
to be trying to challenge her yet.
Boutin still leading the way,
Fontana though stalking her prey, at
the pointy end of the race. No sign
of Kim Alang yet.
of Kim Alang yet. Leading the way as
they take the bell, Kim Boutin,
Arianna Fontana, Kim Alang now tries
to make a challenge. Maltais is out
of it at the back. Rambo come
towards the bell. Kim Alang from
Corriere didn't quite make it. Kim
Boutin wins that semifinal and hair
and Arianna Fontana are through to
the final. She had the chance to go
for her second gold medal of these
games. She already has a gold and
What will be interesting if
there was a collision earlier in the
race between Kim Alang and Maltais.
That is what caused him from Korea
to drop back off the pace. That was
Fontana moving into second place and
we not seen the here. There was
clearly an incident where Valerie
Maltais gated through and may have
clipped Kim Alang's skate and that
actually caused the problem.
actually caused the problem. Clearly
Kim Boutin has no doubt whatsoever
that she will be going through to
There was a little bit of
discussion going on near the judges
table at the moment below us here in
our commentary position in this
There is Fontana
looking pretty relaxed.
It's a very
assured way that she skates. It
maybe they will show incident now.
We can see it again.
Valerie Maltais and it almost caused
a fall therefore Kim Alang.
had to wait for the official result.
Kim Alang has qualified for the B
final. Boutin and Fontana through as
expected and Maltais is penalised.
And of course had Kim been in a
qualifying position that, she would
then have been advanced to the a
final. We will see higher in the B
final with the other two remaining
skaters. That means the B final will
be skated at the moment with
What a cracking line-up
we have got here. And we have a
false start. No, we don't. They are
carrying on. I thought it was a
false start, they were going so
slowly that for a moment, but they
carry on. At the front, Choi
Minjeong from Korea with huge new of
China in second place, Schulting of
the Netherlands in third.
moving around and with two Koreans
behind you, that is the family the
best tactic. The the lap time, six
laps to go.
Schulting I think is
going to try to take this from the
front just as she did in the
quarterfinal, stay at the front for
as long as you possibly can. She
knows the speed that is behind her
but it is not behind her any more
because Choi Minjeong moves in
If Choi Minjeong really opens
up now in terms of opening up the
speed, but she's not doing that at
all. She's staying consistently at
the front with the Chinese athlete
in second place. Eugene you pushing
through an Schulting the pay gap and
she's going to go for it here. She
hits the front of the last lap and
Schulting goes up to the line first
with sim Suky second. What a shock
there, Choi Minjeong down in third
place. If that result stands, she is
not in the final and will not have a
chance to go for a hat-trick of gold
medals here at the Olympic Games.
That has stunned the crowd into
I think there was a little
bit of frustration, because Choi
Minjeong was at the front and didn't
turn her turbo speed on, allowing
Schulting to come round on the
A little bit complacent?
This is sensational
20 years of age in an
Olympic final. We still need to wait
for the official result.
know if you heard booing in the
background but the crowd just saw a
little incident there. The officials
having a look but Schulting they're
celebrating. That is quite a scalp
for her, beating those two, and as
you can see there is deliberation
going on. It's not unusual to have a
video review of the action and quite
often there's an awful lot for to
review. A clear incident, but
unofficially Schulting and sim Suky
were first and second. Here it is
between them, shoulder and shoulder.
It is amazing how they don't end up
on the ice or into the padding were
often when ECB physical contact
between the skaters on the ice that
such high speed.
Absolutely and it
is all about keeping your line. You
are not allowed to change line and I
think there will be a penalty,
possibly even on cue from China.
They are awaiting the announcement
now. They have come to a decision.
There is a penalty and you are spot
Qu Chunyu has been penalised, and
Choi Minjeong has been advanced to
the Afinal. Other reaction is as
though they have won gold-medal. So
there is the line-up for that
there is the line-up for that final.
So, two Koreans in the women's
1000m, and two Koreans in the men's
500 and is. They love it, they
really understand it, and they are
hugely supportive, and Choi has been
I think I can see why
the referee has made that decision,
but a bit soft. She got stuck into
the racing and sometimes that
doesn't pay off, but she has had
that call from the referee.
We saw a
fair few incidents there, and we saw
the Canadian, Samuel Girard, having
his blade replaced. You can see how
slender and shop that blade is.
is 1.1 millimetres thick, and they
will be sharpened between races to
make sure they are as sharp as
possible. When you do clash, like we
have seen, they are likely to break.
They always carry spare blades
around with them, and they are
allowed to change them, which is a
new rule that has come in over the
new rule that has come in over the
last couple of years, and the
support team is so important on the
side of the ice.
They had gone quite
far through before they recall the
start, so they had already done a
100% start and then had to take a
few minutes to change blades and get
back on, so your preparation is
quite disturbed. But even if you get
one little scratch on the blade, you
will feel that, and you could lose
the edge and can't corners. When
they have taken out a chunk of the
blade this much, it is impossible to
skate, and they have now changed the
rules so that you can go to the
barrier and change the blade, like a
pit stop if you like.
Which is what
Wilf was expending he wasn't allowed
to do. When we talk about skeleton
or bobsleigh when the technology is
important, some countries invest
more than others in it. Who has the
more than others in it. Who has the
best kick in short track, and where
do you get it?
It is not everybody
that has got better equipment than
anybody else. A lot of the teams
will have the same stuff, this boot
is very similar to what they skate,
the same with the Blades. So it is
not that they have got different
equipment, it is maybe the way they
set them up that is more advanced in
other countries, so the way they set
the skate up on the boot, and it is
down to the feel, so we have a bend
in our skate, so we are only skate
in one direction, so it is setup to
So it is slightly off
And there is a curve in the
blade, so when they get round the
corner and they are leading around
the corner, they are able to still
have full contact with the blade on
the ice, and when you have a piece
missing, it makes a big difference.
So trying to figure skating those
blades, you would fall over very
We wouldn't look very
And how have the suits
We used to skate with just
Lycra, so just normal micro on your
skin, so when you do fall over and
you have got these blades are your
feet, more than one person falls,
there is more of risk of getting
cut. Now they made of Kevlar, which
is a cut resistant material, do much
less likely to get injured.
of people will have noticed the cool
gloves with the buttons on the
bottom, what are they made of?
are made of epoxy resin, and they
are like little ping-pong balls, but
some of the others have got just
like fingertips made of carbon
fibre, and again, it is so that when
they go round the corner and put
their hand down as they lead through
the corner, it is to make it feel
that the smoother, and like I said,
they like to make them look as cool
as possible as well.
And what does
that feel like on the ice?
slide really nicely, and if you
don't have those on and it is just
leather, that can stick to the ice,
so it doesn't feel as good.
have got to be physically incredibly
fit in this sport. Where are the
muscle groups that matter the most
for a short track speed skating? You
are the fitness expert, you train
Legs and Butt, mostly.
Nobody does any upper body work in
the gym, but you have to have huge
strength in the quads and glutes and
around the hips as well for control.
And we saw in the second men's
semifinal, all of
And we saw in the second men's
semifinal, all of that demonstrated,
but also the racing instinct. You
have got to get through gaps, you
have got to take your opportunities
and do it without breaking the
And as Wilf said in the
commentary, it is very difficult
when you are not at the first two
lead in the start, but that comes
down to your skills, you can't just
be in lane four and think my race is
over, so these guys are patiently
waiting for the gaps to open up, and
continuously making speed. And as
you see here, this is a great
overtake, and he sees the gap as he
steps out to go for the corner, he
takes the spot.
And holds his line
there, he is very agile.
I think the
fact that he is small definitely
help so he can fit into the small
gaps, and take advantage of those.
We're just having another look at
that undertake, because it was such
a classy, quick move.
He drift out a
little wide, but comes across
quickly as well. Is as when we're
talking to some of the younger kids
in the sport and talking about the
basics of skating, the skills and
your skates, it is not about skating
round in circles, it is about being
of the change direction and fitted a
gaps, and being able to take bombs
and still carry on your speed.
many clubs are there in the UK if
kids want to get involved?
nine skating clubs across Scotland
and England, so we have some good
clubs out there with great coaches,
and they have been doing such a
clubs out there with great coaches,
and they have been doing such a good
job to develop our skaters, we're
just looking for more numbers to get
involved, and from what we have
seen, it is a great sport and we
would more than welcome anybody to
come and have a go.
It is a very
exciting sport, yet we know you have
to be mentally resilient, because
things are going to go wrong, but it
must be great fun learning to do it,
it looks exciting.
It is, it is a
really exciting sport participating,
and the good thing about being part
of a small sport is that when you go
to a club, you are looked after. We
are looking for new people and new
talent, so straightaway you are
helped, they will lend you skates
and you get a lot of coaching. They
are trying to discover what your
skill set is and how to help you, so
you are well looked after, and
welcomed into part of the short
track family very quickly.
find out your nearest club, have a
look at the BBC website, typing get
inspired and your postcode.
Obviously, the poster girl, the
poster person of short track speed
skating in this country for the last
six years, ten years, maybe? Six
years certainly. Has-been Elise
Christie, and as you will be well
aware, for two
aware, for two Olympics in a row,
she has had time to reflect, to try
to process what has happened in
these games, and David McDaid took
the opportunity to sit down with and
It has obviously been a tough few
days. I have been in quite a lot of
pain, I have not been very well from
all the pain, and I have been up and
down, I don't feel like I did after
Sochi, and I have had so much
support back home, which has been
incredible, overwhelming. So I'm
doing OK, I have my moments. When I
realise I have got injured in an
Olympic Games, and that sucks, but
it is done now, I can't do anything
about it now, just focus on the next
And in terms of your
angle, I can see why sitting here
with a boot on. We saw what happened
in that 1500 metres heat, the 1000m
heat, rather. What is the prognosis
and the treatment plan?
prognosis I was given originally was
4-6 weeks completely off the ice. My
brain was telling me you can't be a
living champion now, but my heart
was telling me otherwise. -- Olympic
champion now. I hoped I was still
capable of getting a medal, I
believe that, and everyone back
home, there were messages from
everyone that really influence this,
but there was one specific message
in my head from a young girl who had
got her mum to say, Kenya text Elise
and tell her she is my hero, and
that resonated with me, stayed with
me, and I knew she would be
watching, and I had to try, and I
tried, and as far as I was
concerned, I had qualified, and I
thought it was unbelievable. I
finished in second place in an
Olympics, top 16, with ligament
damage to my ankle, and I think that
shows you how physically strong I
You mentioned the support you
have had and all the tweets and
messages, overwhelmingly positive,
but not all positive, right? You
have had to respond to some people
who have not been so kind.
happy that people have an opinion,
and I have a right to my opinion and
they have a right to theirs, and
that is fine, they can share it with
me if they like, but it is not going
to affect me, so you might as well
not bother. I know what I've done,
and I know everything I've gone
through to get here, and I know who
I am, and what they say isn't going
to change that, so they are wasting
We have been following
your story for many years now, the
highs and the lows. After Sochi, you
went on to the World Championship,
and you admitted that once you
stopped competing, that is when it
really hit you. How do you feel it
will pan out emotionally once you
get back home after this?
there are times it is going to be
tough, but it's like I said, I am
not in the same place I was then. I
suffered from depression and
everything else at that point, I am
not in that position now, I have got
all my team around me, I still have
a lot of things I want to achieve, I
want to be the first girl to go
under 42 seconds, I want to win that
500 gold that I haven't got, and I'm
improving, I am getting faster.
There was only one girl beating me
of the start, and she is just
insanely fast off the start. But
there are so many things I want to
And you are not done yet,
you said after our last interview,
straightaway you were talking about
Beijing 2022. Was that a spur of the
It was a bit of both,
I had been thinking about retiring,
and it just came out.
but then I knew that I was going to
keep going, because I wouldn't have
said it if I didn't mean it, but I
would like to try and come back and
do both long track and short track
at the next games if I can.
Obviously it is difficult because we
don't have a long track in Britain,
but I want to try and do both, which
probably means sacrificing one of
the short track events, which would
probably be the 1500. But that's OK
because I am going to get myself so
strong, it's not going to matter.
That's interesting, really
interesting. And watching you over
the last week, it has been a lesson
to us all in resilience and grit and
courage. Unfortunately couldn't get
the medal you wanted, but you have
inspired a lot of people back home.
Thank you, and that is just as good
as any medal.
She can certainly look to the
history of someone like Stephen
Babri who was disqualified at
consecutive Olympics and still
managed to win a gold medal in the
end when everyone else fell over,
because that can happen in short
track. And Elise will be there
supporting her boyfriend, Shaolin
Sandor Liu, and you can win a medal
by winning the B final.
COMMENTATOR: Absolutely, we saw that
the other day where the Dutch were
not even in the final, and two of
the four being penalised ended up
with a bronze. Shaolin Sandor Liu,
World Cup number two this season, we
have Ren Ziwei from China, ninth in
the World Championship last year,
this is the second final line-up.
Ryosuke Sakazume from Japan, fifth
in the 1000m here, and Daan
Breeuwsma from the Netherlands,
ninth in this year's World
Championship, Knight in Visio's
European Championships. -- Visio's
This is worth winning, not least
because she might get a medal. False
start. Ryosuke Sakazume remaining
rooted to the spot.
That was clearly
Dan Breeuwsma on the outside from
the Netherlands, when you are on the
outside you are at the slowest
skater. I think that was a little
bit too soon!
bit too soon!
Position four, false
This race has won false
story. Lining up again, ready to go.
Keenly await this time. Shaolin
Sandor Liu gets to the front. Third
is Ryosuke Sakazume. Dan Breeuwsma
from the Netherlands has work to do.
Three laps to go. Shaolin Sandor Liu
leads the way. Renzi Way is ready to
make a challenge given a chance.
Ryosuke Sakazume right on the
backside of the other skater from
China, lost a bit of ground. Dan
Breeuwsma from the Netherlands in
third. Shaolin Sandor Liu will lead
this when from gun to tape and he
takes it despite a late lunch from
Renzi way. Shaolin Sandor Liu wins
the B final. If we have a couple of
penalties, there's not that much of
a chance of that happening, he could
potentially end up with a bronze
That's the best of the rest.
Essentially what happened, the
person moves up in terms of the
classing and ranking of the skaters,
winning this race at the moment, he
will be the ranked fifth skater, if
there were two skaters receiving a
penalty in the eight final, that
means the fifth skater in the B
final, moves up into the third spot.
You just never know with the line-up
we have in the final, a Chinese, a
Canadian, and two skaters from
Korea. It will be tight as you would
expect in an Olympic final. Easy to
find them ending up in a heap on the
floor. One false move. There is the
Now it's time for the big one. The
Olympic final. In the men's 500
metres. It's absolutely packed here.
Just finishing preparing the ice.
Nail-biting stuff, what are your
thoughts? Lim Hyojun from Korea.
Samuel Girard from Canada. Wu
Dajing, who broke the world record
earlier today. Samuel Girard who
already has a gold medal. For
Canada. The two Korean skaters
looked the stringy quick in the
Woo would urging from
China has strong the first lane.
However it good Lim Hyojun and Hwang
The first bend, that
is the key.
And then being
controlled. It's an effort, you need
over four and a half laps. It's not
about an effort happening in the
The skaters are on the
ice, limbering up.
ice, limbering up. Hwang Daeheon,
here is the line-up for the final.
Seeing all the penalties that the
Chinese skaters have had, I think he
may have been told and given
instructions you go from the gun!
They will be introduced, one by one.
Starting with position number one.
From China, the world record holder,
Wu Dajing. Silver medallist in the
World Championship last year. Hwang
Daeheon from Korea, ranked number
four in the World Cup this season.
Lim Hyojun, Gold medallist in the
1500 metres, 21 years of the judge,
a new star in Korean sport. Samuel
Girard, 21, from Canada, gold
medallist in 1000 metres, fourth in
Four and a half laps of the track to
decide the Olympic champion.
Final few moments for the four of
them to compose themselves. Go to
the start. Here we go.
I'm sure that was the
Chinese skaters on the inside, Wu
Dajing. Number six. Skaters only
allowed one false start. Not
remaining perfectly still on the
left of the screen.
Just by a
fraction. Position one, false start.
Looking to gain that millisecond of
an advantage. Await this time. A
struggle for the first corner, Wu
Dajing gets there first. Little bit
of a gap. Signing into closing is
junk. Girard off the back for
Canada, three laps to go. Wu Dajing
will try and take this from the
front for China. To Koreans chasing
after them. Hwang Daeheon is second,
Lim Hyojun is inferred. They come to
take the bell. Would urging leading
the way, the two Koreans cannot
close the gap, Wu Dajing bleeding,
Samuel Girard is out of it, Wu
Dajing takes the gold! He has broken
his own world record!
That was a
superb piece of skating, exactly the
strategy he needed to take. Had a
little bit left, very controlled,
you saw him going down the straight,
two arms up his back, made it look
so easy. The Chinese team extremely
excited about winning that gold
At last, China have a gold
medal in male short track speed
skating through Wu Dajing and for
the first time, I think pretty much
all week, China are smiling because
they haven't really enjoyed some of
the decisions and the judges, they
have been complaining about it, felt
hard on by. They have forgotten
about it now, China have a goal to
go with a silver one earlier in
competition. Confirmation it is a
world record for Wu Dajing. He
bossed the final from start to
That was a perfect race.
Controlled, timed effort. Of course,
the disappointment that the Chinese
team have been having, this is
something, they needed to get and
put behind them. Wu Dajing has shown
the public and the rest of the
Wait for him as well, he
was second in Sochi four years ago,
second in the World Championship
last year, knocking on the door that
has knocked it down. Disappointment
for Lim Hyojun, finishing in third.
Hwang Daeheon gets on the podium
having had disappointing results at
14th and 17th in the other
individual distances but in the NT
was able to stay ahead of his
compatriot and claim the silver
Samuel Girard left dead for
Winning the thousand, fourth
in the 1500, maybe he did well to
get into the spinal with that
shorter, punchier distance. No match
for the other three on the day.
Wu Dajing got away at the second
time of asking.
It means the skater
has two weight on the outside.
is confirmation. The result of the
Samuel Girard leaving empty-handed
on this occasion but he has the
other gold as consolation.
We will be back shortly for the
women's 1000 metre final, the
Chinese first gold medal in short
track speed skating but the first
gold medal of the Winter Olympic
Games here, they will be the host
nation with the next Winter Olympics
happening in Beijing, there will be
an awful lot of attention on this
23-year-old, Wu Dajing, smashing the
world record. John and Sarah, talk
is through the scale of this.
an impressive performance. We were
watching this, the Korean boys could
not keep up, you thought, is Wu
Dajing trying to be tactical? He
cruises through the finish, smashing
the world record like that.
thought he was saving something to
the end, he looks like he's
chilling, we thought he was going to
pick it up and wait for the Koreans
and make sure he has something in
the tank to respond with. They are
of the pace, class performance.
start to finish. He nailed it.
You've got to skate so clean. You
look at the regularity of his lap
Yes, there's nobody involved
in the race with him, Alp, a clear
run, he can time trial it and skater
to his best race, obviously, smashed
the world record.
I think the best
thing about that performance, pretty
much not breaking the world record
but he has gone near it three times
today, to do it within an hour and
20 minutes is proof that Mac
impressive, worthy of a gold medal.
That is it, so little time out.
minutes to get off the ice, take off
your skates, get warmed up, jog, get
your skates on again.
It would be
like asking Usain Bolt to do the
quarters, semifinals and finals in
the one day.
They put everything
into it, not like they are doing a
chilled qualifying round, but the
maximum effort into each race and
had to come back out there quickly
and do it all over again.
I love the
shots we get from these cameras. Is
40 seconds a magic barrier in this
It has only been broken
once before in Salt Lake City,
sorry, Calgary in 2012. For him to
go and do it twice today is
phenomenal. Everybody in that race
broke the 40 barrier, I think. We
have just seen the best of our sport
and the biggest days when it
Lizzy Yarnold, performing
when it matters. The fastest 500
metres ever run. We have witnessed,
gold medal to China. What will
happen in the women's 1000 metres?
COMMENTATOR:. Here they are. You can
see Jong bringing up the rear. Note
the final. Kim from Korea was the
only one who would be skating. One
of them was advanced, Choi was
advanced. And two were penalised.
course she will be ranked as the
number six skater, five skaters in
this final cause of the advancement
of choice. -- Choi.
The skaters are
on the eyes. This will be there
third race of the day. What a
line-up we have.
line-up we have. Probably the best
line-up we have.
Will they go all
the way to win another gold? Or is
it the turn of someone else?
ready for the announcement of a
line-up. Boutin is first. The inside
line. Position number one, that is
watch it once but bad news for
everyone else, a quick starter.
World ranked number one. Fontana
from Italy, gold medallist in the
500, silver in the relay, seven
Olympic medals. Position three, four
the Netherlands. World bronze
medallist last year.
In four, from Korea, Shim Sukhee.
She is local. Gold in the relay. And
she won a medal of every colour in
Sochi. And here, Choi Minjeong from
Korea, going for a hat-trick of gold
medals at these Olympic Games. She
won the 1500 and she won a gold in
the relay, alongside Shim Sukhee.
Final thoughts ahead of the race?
Nine laps, make sure you are at the
front with seven to go. You could
hear a pin drop here. The Olympic
Nine laps, and they are away
first time, and Suzanne Schulting
gets a good start. Kim Boutin at the
front around the first bend. And now
coming around Shim Sukhee. Shim
Sukhee took advantage of a momentary
lapse of concentration perhaps from
one or two of the others. She goes
to the front. One from the back,
Arianna Fontana, content to sit and
watch everybody else for now.
about picking up the speed now.
Negative splits every lap, making it
more difficult for the skaters to
pass from the back.
Schulting and Kim Boutin need to
make this fast all the way?
fighting among themselves, but the
two Koreans are waiting to pounce.
Choi has a blisteringly fast turn
pace. Arianna Fontana starting to
have a look. Suzanne Schulting
leaves with two and a half laps to
go. Three to go. Suzanne Schulting
leaves, Kim Boutin in second, Shim
Sukhee M3. Arianna Fontana in four.
Suzanne Schulting still leading,
nobody able to make a challenge.
It's going to be tight around the
bend. Suzanne Schulting leads the
way, Choi Minjeong tries to go
around the outside. Suzanne
Schulting leads. Second place is Kim
Boutin, Arianna Fontana is finishing
in third. It's a disastrous finish
for Korea. Suzanne Schulting can't
believe it. She is the Olympic
champion. What an upset! What a turn
at! Suzanne Schulting takes gold for
the Dutch, but what a disappointment
for the home crowd. Choi Minjeong
and you couldn't you ending up in a
pile on the floor.
showed her power and strength with
that, taking the race as John Henry
did in his 1000 metres.
race by the scruff of the neck,
showing some guts, some
responsibility. Trying to keep it
fast, trying to stay out of trouble
and say, well, if you're going to
win, you're going to have to come
past me, and nobody did.
being at the front, making it more
difficult, we knew there were five
skaters in the final, it was always
going to be difficult.
disappointment for Shim Sukhee and
You can see Suzanne Schulting
at the front, Choi trying to come
around the outside. Interesting to
see whether there was contact with
Arianna Fontana on the inside from
Italy, and the two Koreans take each
An almighty thump into
The Korean coach, the
hand on the head says it all.
Clearly, Suzanne Schulting was at
the front with Kim Boutin in second,
and I don't know whether a penalty
will be awarded to Arianna Fontana,
but these two will be first and
Suzanne Schulting crossing
the line clearly in first place, and
what an Olympics Kim Boutin have at!
She now has a silver to go with the
two bronze medals she is already
won. Superb. Coming here, not too
many people would have said Suzanne
Schulting would win the women's 1000
metres. Such disappointment for the
Korean skaters, and Shim Sukhee have
been penalised as well, to add
insult to injury. Shim Sukhee, the
local skater, penalised, finishing
at the back of the field. Arianna
Fontana, congratulating Suzanne
Schulting, another medal for Arianna
Fontana, which we should note as
well, because she is now up to eight
Olympic medals. She is the most
decorated female short track skater
in the Olympics of all time.
We seem to have lost Simon, but
we'll be back there shortly for the
3000 metres relay was the less
reflect on that final. Suzanne
Schulting, we are used to seeing the
Dutch wing... Kim Boutin have had a
fabulous games. We are used to
seeing them win gold medals in long
track. They can be successful in
short track but this wasn't
We were not expecting
that from Suzanne but it shows how
important it is to get high up in
the ranking early on in the race, so
that you are near the front of the
race, leading, and out for the
crashes and the bumps it showed that
even the Koreans are not commit you
know, they still have to try and get
into good decisions and they can't
rely on the big overtake.
this! It's brilliant!
They've had a
great couple of days, the Dutch
girls, after their relay record, the
world record they skated in the
She can't believe it.
be a fun night for them. An
impressive skate, and a lesson to
young skaters, a commitment to go
into the front and taking the race
on at the vital time puts pressure
on the goals behind.
can't believe it. That's when it's
so lovely. It's one thing where you
look on paper and you go, Suzanne
Schulting has done well to make the
final, but it thinking in now that
she's the Olympic champion, and she
wasn't prepared for that. -- it's
She was brave, she
deserves it, and it's great to see
somebody when you celebrate.
what it means to her team-mates.
They all probably worked so hard
We saw somebody commit
their relay team and win a medal
with that. Let's look at the race
Four lapsed ago, she moves to
the front, and she was near the
front for most of the race, and then
she starts picking it up, and it
puts more pressure on the girls
behind. They start to think, the
race is getting up now, I need to
move to the front, but is raising a
great race and pushing it on.
are all having overtakes and bumps
behind, and she isn't getting
Fontana is the inside
line, and she's got to hold it.
main thing that Arianna doesn't do
is she doesn't push back. She makes
sure she holds her line. Her arm
looks like she's about to push but
she keeps it strong in that position
and doesn't attempt to push Shim
She makes sure she is
only on one skate, flying through
that turn, to keep her balance?
and she did well to stay on her
feet, having taken a knock.
Shim Sukhee and Choi crashing to the
side barrier, and you can see the
reaction from their coach.
that shows the mental toughness of
Arianna, two Koreans bearing down on
her, and she stayed strong, leading
to her winning another Olympic
For the Dutch, they've won
six medals in speed skating and one
in short track, so their seventh
gold of the games, and now in the
medal table. There will not be many
more loudly celebrated than this
It's really nice to see people
enjoying the celebrations.
like she's not won medals before,
but to see her go out and win a
gold, she's taken it to the others,
She is barely contained
until her team-mates arrived. It's
your fellow athletes, they
appreciate everything you've been
through and they want it so much for
This feeling you are seeing is
what an athlete you are always
chasing. It's not really the medal,
it's the feeling it brings you, and
that's what she's got, and they
understand that and know what she's
been through. They get to share a
bit of it.
Although she's out there
on her own, the training that goes
into it, they train together as a
team. It's so important to have a
good team around you, both on and
off the ice. Very special for a
team-mate to win a gold medal,
because they've contributed.
track have a habit of producing
fabulous stories, and it's done it
over the years, and no story is
better than that of Steven Bradbury,
because he was a guy who got
disqualified in two Olympics running
from his favourite event, a
three-time world champion, he had a
bad injury where he broke his neck
and lost a load of blood, about four
litres on the ice. He came back for
his fourth Olympic Games in 2002.
Let's describe what happened.
Let's describe what happened.
Dear Isabel. -- here Isabel. China
ominously placed. They have all
gone! That has left Steven Bradbury
to cross the finishing line and, if
he has one, that will be the most
amazing gold medal of any Olympic
Games. -- if he has won. Steven
Bradbury skates home first, but who
took out who? And you wouldn't want
to have to sort that out. There is
where it all happened.
where it all happened. Ono timed his
move, there is the contact, the man
in front had the right of way, and
it looks like Lee might have impeded
Ono. It appeared the contact was
with Ono, and it was the Korean who
took him out. And Steven Bradbury
skates home first, and Ono
recovering himself to get over the
finishing line in second place.
finishing line in second place. And
Ono was on his feet at that stage
and would have come home first, and
it was the Korean falling who
skittled him. Steven Bradbury gets
across the line first. Ono sliding
over on his bottom. First of all,
there was contact on Ono from the
Chinese skater, Lee. And then the
Korean fell, and he took out the
Canadian and Ono. The man in front
is always deemed to have the right
of way. 1.29 is the time. It's
incidental. The Chinese skater, Lee,
incidental. The Chinese skater, Lee,
scrambling to try and finish and get
the silver, one of the great names
in the sport, now working for
American TV. You guys must have no
We shared a
changing room at that Olympics, Salt
Lake City, and he and Nicky Gooch,
our current coach, were very close.
He to get through each round a bit
by default, not to take it away from
him, and his coach was asking Nick
for the tactics for each race
because, when you are an underdog,
you want to get stuck in and
yourself a chance. Nick turned round
and said, sits behind, relax,
there's going to be a crash, a fall
or a disqualification, so you'll
pick up a medal, but he didn't
predict it would be gold.
the first Australian Olympic gold
medal, and they have since won the
women's moguls. That was sort of a
typical at the time but, having
watched a lot of short track since,
its more familiar, not that
I think it's the growth of
the Olympic Games for us as a sport
and how important it's become when
athletes are getting into these
competitions and the Olympic finals,
they are pushing as hard as
possible, and things like that
The 5000 metres relay is
coming up, and that might be
chaotic! We will be back for that
just after midday. Let's take a
chance to catch up on some of the
other stuff that's been going on
overnight, and first of all, a
brand-new event to these Winter
Games, the Big Air competition, and
the women had the first chance to
She took a gold
She took a gold medal before, -- in
slopestyle, Jamie Anderson is the
most experienced woman in freestyle
snowboarding right now.
most experienced woman in freestyle
snowboarding right now.
snowboarding right now.
that double gold medal, doesn't she?
Look at this! The grab tail, she
stomps it. Jamie Anderson crankset
with 90. -- cranks it.
strategy from Jamie Anderson. I
think she wanted to come out early
and put pressure on everybody.
That's what she's done to Anna
Yes, perfect. Couldn't have
done that any better.
just tapping the accelerator, going
to 85.5. Back up to the top. Jamie
Anderson puts so much pressure on
everyone with the frontside, flat
speed of 10.80. Wow! How did she
hold on into that? That is years of
experience. Second run, and in the
enviable position of having two huge
scores under her belt. Synnott Zoi
Sadowski, the New Zealander, we saw
a switch back from her in
qualifying, and I think we going to
see it again now.
That was amazing!
I love this. For
me, that was more impressive.
Massive, beautiful, hardest
Yes. 92! So deserved. Anna
Gasser, the Austrian, stands atop
the running for her second jump. A
5-.5 on the board at the minute. --
Eddie 5-.5. She stands it. The
take-off, that was amazing.
her, so deserves this.
her, so deserves this.
thought she would have got a lot
more than that.
Cab 10.80 two the line. How did she
not explode into a million pieces!
That was sick! Unbelievable. She
knew she had to do that. She knew
Anna Gasser was dropping out after
her and she would be doing that same
Jamie Anderson with the drop
has potentially left the door open
for Anna Gasser. This is going to be
one of the most interesting jumps.
Synnott Zoi Sadowski, the switch
No way! The front
Well, this is so good to
watch. Could have been gold. Looks
so relaxed, doesn't she?
Nervous. Not really saying much. Me
too. OK! My gosh! This is coming
down to the wire.
I did not think
she had bad, I thought the first
corkscrew was a little vertigo.
out made up she is. We talked about
this being the best example, the
best exposition of women's riding,
look at this, this is what it means
to them, to be able to lay down in
perfect conditions, what it means to
them. The opposite scenario of what
we saw in women's slope style a week
ago. The style. She went deep as
Watch the back leg through
this second corkscrew. 96! She has
done it! The gold medal!
Gasser. Well deserved. Very, very
well deserved. Did I just called the
point is exactly right again?
STUDIO: always, always right. We
will hear Tim again alongside James
Woods, now he's finished competing
he is actually sounding rather good
as a commentator, this is the main's
ski half pipe. COMMENTATOR: the
defending Olympic champion gets the
respect from the start marshal.
start. Massive switch.
start. Massive switch. This is
incredible. I can't believe this is
Came down really nicely as
far as I could see.
A little bit of
pressure, too much on one ski.
Alex Ferreira back in the
hot seat. Land is flat, keeps his
speed. The switch. Down the pipe,
10.80. Back tens. Ramping it up.
I can't do it. Even
better than his first run! He is
The Harry Potter of the
half pipe world, wizards his way
through this. Ludicrous.
All my God! I think he
will explode if he wins the gold
medal, he will actually explode!
Woods asked me in that break if
nerves were anything in this world.
Ask David Vice right now. Ask him,
he's won more than you could
possibly imagine. Not as clean,
little bit of a wriggle. Left side,
double Cork, and he's put it down.
Perfect. Switch, left, the right
side 12 to finish this. Boom! That's
History here, the first man to
do all four double Cork is. In an
Impeccably done. This,
right here, not a stress run for
him. Switch, double, following the
10.80 with the double 12 points 60.
Dipping very late. Not opening up
but stamping it perfectly.
in the air, his hair flowing.
in the air, his hair flowing.
the defending champion. Post the
proverbial rabbit from the heart!
First after his first run, first
after the second, can he be first
after the third? If ever there was a
time to rip the lead from it, this
Come on, Alex Ferreira.
Absolutely huge. The time he was in
the air. The biggest we might have
seen all day. Perfect.
inside, running on pure adrenaline,
Going so, so big. Squeaking
My goodness, Alex Ferreira has
not knocked it out of the box, he
stripped to a space rocket and has
centred on the outer space.
They grab on the 12th of the top.
way of maintaining that amplitude.
You need to do everything perfectly.
He takes it around, all the way
around to switch and leases at
perfectly at the top of the wall.
Landing right away over the top of
the bindings, generating speed
I am going to
put my head on the line, I am going
to go all an balloon on this. Cover
your eyes, I'm not quite sure of
what is going to happen... Oh! You
can see the message from the judges.
It cannot stand up to David Weiss
is's technicality but everyone on
The main's ski half pipe
final. STUDIO: David Moyes retaining
his title for the USA, if you want
to watch curling, go to the red
button, the semifinal between Canada
and the USA is 1-1. We hoped Great
Britain would have been there but
currently Sweden leading to one
against Switzerland, Team GB having
been beaten in the tie-break and
knock out late last night. This time
tomorrow we will be live on curling,
Eve Muirhead and her rink will go in
the semifinals against Sweden. Quick
quiz question for John and Sarah.
Have you seen the film icon that
tiny? It's really good.
tiny? It's really good. Based on a
true story, a winter Olympic true
story which sort of came to its
culmination in 1994 when Nancy
Kerrigan and Tonya Harding made to
the Olympics. Here is Robin Cousins
to talent. -- to tell it. At the
1994 Winter Olympics in Lily hammer
in Norway, the rival between Nancy
Kerrigan and Tonya Harding came to
its conclusion. Kerrigan was seen as
the all American princess, the ice
cream, Harding the skater from the
wrong side of the tracks, had all
the talent. At the 1991 US
championships she was the first
American woman to perform a triple
axel in competition.
I'm going to
prove to everyone I'm number one.
year later Kerrigan took the bronze
medal at the Olympics am a Harding
By 1994 the girls were the talk of
the town, the US media loved their
contrast in styles but at the US
championships, Nancy Kerrigan was
attacked after a training session.
Hit across the knee by a heavy club,
the injury so horrific it took her
out of the US championships and put
her appearance in a second Olympic
Games in jeopardy. It emerged
Harding's husband had hired a hit
man to take out Kerrigan, Harding
claimed her innocence, saying she
had no prior knowledge of the
assault but admitted afterwards to
hiding pertinent information from
various authorities. The US Olympic
Committee tried to ban Harding but
she threatened to sue.
has just concluded a series of
meetings representing Tonya Harding,
Tonya Harding will skate in the 1994
remarkable resilience, it wasn't
long before she was back on the ice
and on to full training proving to
herself and the Olympic select
Versace was capable of performing at
the highest level and that she
deserved a place in the US Olympic
team, to Lillehammer they both went,
their lives changed forever.
morning, Miss Harding, will you have
a meeting with Nancy Kerrigan this
evening? I don't know. Does this
have an effect on your nerves before
the competition? All this media has
Under incredible scrutiny
from an un-trusting media Harding
was struggling to cope and her form
deteriorated. A disappointing short
programme left in 10th place. And
then, following a bizarre false
start to her free programme she was
allowed to start again, eventually
making up two places, finishing
eighth overall. Let me off. In her
short programme Kerrigan performed
with beauty and athleticism and
going into the free programme she
was third. The crowd loved her even
Tremendous reception. Nancy did not
win the gold, she was big, Nancy did
return to the USA and Olympic silver
medallist and hero. Tonya Harding on
the other hand returned home to an
FBI investigation and a $100,000
fine, she would never escape
competitively again. -- never skate
competitively. Tonya Harding then
competitively. Tonya Harding then
bent and tribe and's boxing for a
while. The most extraordinary story,
I recommend the film. The skating
scenes are so good. The medals will
be decided at the moment's singles
to and it is a battle of Russian
teenagers, the free programme
starting at 1am, and bearing in mind
the Olympic Athletes from Russia
have won 13 medals but no gold, they
look pretty nailed on. The
15-year-old, leading, a fair old app
to third place. You would think one
of them would take a gold medal. We
note Elise Christie started in
figure skating and went to short
track, Sarah, did you start?
not many start in speed skating, you
get talent spotted doing a different
I got spotted as a
hockey boy. But where I started,
decided to have a go at speed
We are going to show the
final in the ice hockey, Canada
against the USA. I don't want to
give it away. I always wondered with
ice hockey, why isn't there more
than to take ice hockey teams from
great written? You would think that
is your chance to involve the most
amount of table who want to be on
It would be fantastic to
have men or women in a team there,
that team sport, then again, a big
sport in this country, bigger than
people think. The Elite League in
Britain is a well followed league,
it is a shame they cannot do that
but I think it is something British
ice hockey will hopefully get right.
You mentioned there are seven short
track speed Skating clubs in the
country, how many ice rinks are
there and how much access do you get
to it if you want to train or play
You have to go to one of
the actual clubs if you want to try
speed skating, can't just put on a
pair of speed skates and go onto the
ice rink, there are lots around the
country but if you want to try speed
skating you have to go to a specific
When I was in South Korea the
kids on the there would be someone
doing figure skating and then they
would be speed skaters from the
Definite lessons that can
be learned, they use the ice so well
there and in this country we talk
about not having many speed skating
sessions or clubs for people to get
along to but if you want to get
along and do any kind of skating get
along to the ice.
There is no
opportunity to do long track.
Unfortunately we do not have a long
track version, it's a 400 metre,
like a running track and the cost of
running one of them would be very
expensive. Unfortunately we don't
but we do have quite a good UK long
track system that is working and
working quite well with the Duchess
is the Asian.
You combine with the
When Elise left school, she went to
Nottingham to base herself there, is
that where you have to be?
where the national ice centre is,
and where the national team are
based. Once you qualify for the
national team, it's best to be in
They've done a great job
of making it feel like home for us,
and they pulled out all the stops in
preparation for the games, and I
know that every night I had been
racing for the short track, there
has been a full house in the arena,
because the staff at the national
ice centre have been great.
young do you have to start?
you should start quite young, as far
as developing some ice skills, but
you can move into speed skating,
like Elise has proved, in your
I didn't start until I was
12, 13. Elise really started at
about 14, 15. They're big
opportunities to move into the sport
later than some of the other
We've just had the
second final of the 5000 metres, the
USA won that, but they are not in
the a final, we've got career macro,
Hungary, China, so you can
anticipate who the crowd will be
supporting. -- we've got Korea.
We've got Hungary in position number
two. Hungary on the outside of
Korea. China, with Wu Dajing, who
won the race over 500 metres
earlier, and a three Olympic gold
medallist, Charles Hamelin, who will
be leading for Canada on 45 laps of
the track. Four men in each team. An
awful lot to keep your eye on, for
us and the judges, in a race like
this, as they slither and slide
their way up towards first. Hungary
on the front, Korea two, China three
and Canada at the back. What happens
is you don't have to do a set amount
of time at the front actively
involved in the race. The team can
work it out as they go along.
Generally, all the teams will change
every one and a half laps. The
teams, if they skater wants to do
two, three, four laps, that's
allowed, but after a number of years
we've come to the conclusion that
one and a half laps appears to be
most effective, allowing the skaters
to skate as fast as possible, but
allowing those on the inside to
recover before they go back out
There will be some tired legs
when they go out at the end.
when they go out at the end. One of
the Korean racers, about to be
thrown into it, huge and limb, just
raced in the final of the 500 metres
-- Lim Hyojun. In Samuel Girard is
out there as well, on the ice,
trying to find a way through, with
Canada in fourth. He hands over to
Pascal Dion, his team-mate. China
one, Hungary two, Korea three.
want to be staying out of trouble,
with all the penalties they've been
receiving at these games, so clearly
they are changing their tactics.
They are saying, come and get us,
very much like in the 5000 metres,
as Korea moving country into first.
Wu Dajing momentarily the much out
of first place by another skater.
The changeover is one of the key
areas the judges need to keep
looking at. Sometimes people can
loiter in the lane, getting in the
way, blocking, not moving out of the
lane early enough, which can cause
Canada moving into third
place. At the moment, still 29 laps
to go, with China on the front.
China still leading from Korea, with
Chen Dequan out of them.
Chen Dequan out of them. China, with
Han Tianyu. A slight slip from
Charles Hamelin from Canada. Charles
Hamelin with ground to make up. He
hands over to Samuel Girard, a good
changeover, as he thrust Samuel
Girard back into the race, still at
the back, but on the tails of
Nine second laps, so it
hasn't really opened just yet. Teams
still juggling oppositions.
still juggling oppositions.
Dequan leading for China. Oh, and a
crash! That is going to cost Korea
in a big way.
A big blow for Korea,
as China are still in front, with 21
laps to go.
China can sense this
could be their opportunity. It will
be a wild chase for Korea, with so
much to do. They are about three
quarters of a lap behind, and no
wonder the place has gone up at the
front. China leading the way, with
Han Tianyu, followed by Samuel
Girard of Canada, and also for
Hungary. Behind him, handovers
Hungary. Behind him, handovers being
made to Viktor Knoch.
It could be
the first medal for Hungary in an
Canada on the front,
with Charle Cournoyer, an
experienced campaigner. Leading the
way, having a look, trying to find a
way through. The handover to Wu
Dajing, the new world record in the
500 metres. Korea not gaining
ground, because the others are in
If one of these three
teams fall down, Korea could still
be in a chance with a medal.
there was a penalty incurred, or by
more than one team, as we saw in the
women's final. A dozen laps to go.
Canada in front, China's second,
Hungary third. Canada trying to pull
away. Hungary have one week skater,
so they are trying to make the race
as fast as possible. China, a bit of
bumping and barging. Canada second,
Hungary hanging on by their
fingernails to third place at the
moment, as Charles Hamelin put back
into the race once more. He had to
get through some traffic there.
Still leading for Canada. Having a
look to get through is the
Hungarian. Korea chasing in vain and
not gaining ground. Leading the way
for Canada, Samuel Girard.
with seven laps to go, Hungary
looked very comfortable. They
haven't done much work on the front,
and they are really relaxing here.
The Hungarian could do something
outmanoeuvred, the Hungarians on the
handover. Rafael Behr once more,
Charles Hamelin thrown into the race
for Canada. He leads. It's now with
Wu Dajing for China, China into
third, Hungary very competitive.
Shaolin Sandor Liu on the track at
the moment. Did well to avoid a
collision with Samuel Girard.
Hungary in the lead, almost lapping
Korea. Canada in second, not for
long. Samuel Girard has been taken.
Read the final bend, and Hungary
have done it. They claim the gold
medal right at the last! Shaolin
Sandor Liu leads them to victory.
What a moment for Hungary, what a
disappointment Korea, and for
everybody else, and Elise Christie
at last has something to celebrate
at the Olympic Games. She is here on
crutches to support her boyfriend,
and there is a gold medal to
As we said, the
Hungarians were there comfortably,
waiting, waiting and waiting, and
sometimes they can panic, but they
clearly didn't, and it was a
fantastic race for the Hungarians.
What a result. They stayed in the
hunt on the way through, without
really showing their cards, right
until the last, but you know what,
as soon as Korea fell, I think China
thought it was going their night.
The Hungarians have been skating
well at the World Championships, the
European Championships, and they
were so relaxed, waiting, as if they
almost knew they were going to win.
What a final, and what a result. Big
disappointment for the home crowd,
but a rare moment of Winter Games
success to celebrate for Hungary,
and it may well be an Olympic record
time. 6:31.99 is the time, which
means, if that's ratified, it will
be a new Olympic record for them to
celebrate as well, to go with those
big, shiny golden medals. But what a
disappointment for Korea. We
expected more from them and they
expected more from themselves.
this crazy sport short track, and
one of the things... We
one of the things... We can see,
Viktor Knoch moving onto the inside,
but that could be very tricky. It
will be a big call for the British
referee. Maybe the incident has
Suddenly they were
all over the place. You could see
that momentary confusion among the
Korean skaters. What do I do? How do
we stay in the race legally? Look at
this pushing and barging. Bittern
involved, that was Xu Hongzhi of
China. -- the two involved. Never
straightforward, the relay, with so
many athletes on the track at the
same time. But look at the joy on
the face of Shaolin Sandor review.
As he crosses the line, arms in the
air. That will more than make up for
his disappointment in the individual
events. And at last a smile and a
joyous moment for Elise Christie as
well, as she celebrates with her
boyfriend. And the result is
confirmed. Hungary the winners in a
new Olympic record time. China wins
silver, Canada take the bronze,
Korea a disappointed for. -- fourth.
That concludes events at the short
track, which has given us
everything, and Sarah and John were
cheering on the Hungarians, because
you know them pretty well.
Shaolin Sandor Liu has come over and
done some training with us, and it's
nice to see him win an Olympic gold.
What a great finish, great overtake
and storming it to the end.
that might be Hungary's first gold
of these games are looking at the
medal table. So no wonder the
celebrations are so strong. It's one
of those things are big team needed,
you need depth in short track, and
at the moment that's what we are
lacking in Great Britain, we don't
have four men that could go out
Not to this quality. We have
some good skaters who will be
training hard for Beijing, but we
need to continue to grow the sport
and find new, talented athletes to
push each other on. There, you've
got great skaters from all the
nations, with multiple opportunities
to win medals. When you finish the
Olympic Games off with a relay
medal, its special for the whole
Yes, almost the best thing
of all. Elise Christie on the
right-hand side, she spent a bit of
time in Hungary. Where is Shaolin
Sandor Liu is?
great support he has been to her,
and with his brother as well.
Keeping it in the family.
brought them home, the final lap, he
took over, and legs must be really
It's the toughest race in
short track, the longest, and they
go in multiple times, so you don't
just have to keep the speed going,
you've also got the time in the
middle where you are trying to
recover to go back in, and that's
when you really get a sense of the
atmosphere, the crowd, those moments
when you switch off and then go
again. Right at the end, the guys
are going full out here. A bit of a
different tactic from the Hungarian
and Canadian teams to the Chinese,
different places of change. In the
last two laps, your real race is on,
and a great entrance from Shaolin
into the corner, to make the speed.
He knocks the Canadian guy's glasses
off, Samuel Girard, probably a bit
shocked, but a great finish, and the
Chinese coming from.
because the Canadian couldn't see
Is where you see, you need
to be short in short track on
things, but with those longer legs,
Shaolin, you are not beating him to
the finish line easily. Rate seems.
To see -- great themes. And to see a
Elise Christie with a smile on her
face is great of a gold medal for
her boyfriend will do.
She spent a
lot of time in Hungary and she knows
the team well. When the relay team
wins, the whole team celebrates, and
she will feel a bit part of that.
is the Asian.
You combine with the
You see here the referee would have
been licking at a lot more footage.
That's work career could not change
over, before the changeover, went
sideways. -- the referee would have
There is no one
covering them for the relay change,
they've got too little time to catch
Do you know what? Watching
that again, I'm not sure that Sam's
classes did not just fall off, I'm
not sure how much they were knocked
Kept his cool, incredible
overtake, the last two labs, did not
panic, what an amazing kick out over
Fantastic, the joy of it. It's not
only hungry's first gold of these
games, their first ever Winter
Olympics gold medal. That is
incredible, huge story! No wonder
they are celebrating as much as they
are an bad guy there are brought it
home for them. What a great result,
what a great way to finish.
nice. It is the blue riband event,
the relay, more people involved, a
real team atmosphere, nothing better
than celebrating on the ice with
The last time they
won a medal was Lake Placid, silver,
1988. This is rare, completely
unique. Let's look at the short
track medal table and the nations
that have done the best. Out in
front... The host nation.
Spread a lot further than one might
have expect that, another medal for
the USA and for the Olympic Athletes
from Russia, not on that table at
all, Great Britain, the target was
1-2. This is how the British got on,
as we note Elise Christie finished
fourth in the 500 metres, got
through, had a fall towards the end
of the race, finished, for the first
time she gets a finished result in
an Olympic race, but should sit
fourth in the 500 metres. In the
1000 metres, disqualified in the
heats and as we saw in the
semifinals of the fifth team hundred
crashed. Charlotte Kilmartin, a
crashed, went out in the heats of
the 1000, crashed in the semifinal
of the 1500, Kathryn Thompson,
younger developing athlete, crashed
and then went out in the heats.
Farrell Tracey and
Farrell Tracey and Josh Chetham, I
think Farrell Tracey would have them
trying to make the quarterfinals but
come the result he did, it's
Look at the statistics,
is appointing the team, brought
their heart and soul to the
preparation, they will be very
disappointed coming out with their
results but as you see, in short
track speed skating, it's very
spread over a lot of nations, it
shows how open the sport is and the
growth around the world.
give you lots of hope and John, you
are involved in the programme,
wanting to develop it further.
Despite what has happened to Elise
Christie have you seen an upturn in
interest from kids?
The sport has
been growing slowly for the last 12
months, over the last two weeks come
through the website we have had over
200 people are disturbed their
interest like you mentioned today,
join a club, come along, try it.
It's not fantastic, not great news
for the results but interest lies,
and what we said earlier, it's
How worried are you as a
set of at your going to be affect it
by the fact Elise Christie could not
win a medal and is it fair it's all
I think it is tough,
especially for her, everyone looking
for her to try and win a medal but
we've had some great performances
from Charlotte over the last couple
of years and she would have liked to
have been in a share of the medal
but for us as a sport we have got to
be patient and see what comes. We
have a great strategy in place for
the next Olympic cycle in Beijing,
we've done the groundwork for that,
we need to be confident we have done
for we have done.
Where does that
funding come from? That's a lot of
money. Over four and a half million.
Where does it gets them?
for the performance end. One of the
real challenges for the development
of the sport, we don't have any
grassroots funding, UK Sport only do
funding for the performance end of
the sport. We don't have any of that
in this country but that for 7
million is for the performance.
is to pay for all the coaches,
kit... You have to pay for ice time?
We are fortunate, we have a deal
with the lottery funded holding, the
National ice Centre, it's a training
centre, that's not one of the costs
we have to incur but to go round
these different places in the world
is not cheap, to get athletes to the
competitions, it's not cheap.
do you think Elise Christie felt not
only the pressure of the attention
she was getting coming into the
games but also that a heavy feeling
you get when you know a whole
programme is dependent on you, all
the others are depending on her to
win a medal for their future.
a lot of pressure, comes from all
different places as well but she has
to try and focus on not putting the
pressure on herself. All the wing is
that aren't in her control, she
wants to win that medal, not just
for her but for everybody so the
sport can continue to grow. Can
continue to get funding. She will
have felt that I'm sure, it's
difficult to pretend that does not
I am sure that's why she came
out and tried to skate in
I am sure that's why she came
out and tried to skate in the
quarterfinals. John, do you think
there are other skaters we haven't
seen who might appear in four years'
time and if so, who realistically
apart from Elise Christie can win
We haven't seen the best of
Kathryn Thompson who came to these
games as a first-time Olympian and I
think she only get better over the
next four years. Farrell Tracey who
finished their teams, new to the
scene. He's only going to grow. --
who finished 13th. We have other
guys rolling up in the sport and
developing. That is the main thing,
we need to get strength in depth to
push from the knees, we don't want
to leave the top athletes to crack
on and bring pressure to the teams.
The best news that your sport has
had, Elise Christie being re-fired,
absolutely wanting to be back in
A lot of unfinished
business, it is early for her to
feel it that, to say she will
continue to Beijing but I think, she
knows her own mind and she know she
does not want to finish now. She is
the fastest in the world, she has
not performed at these Olympics, she
is that good, I don't think you can
quit when you are the best. When you
still feel you haven't had a chance
to show that.
On the biggest stage.
The World Championships for a skater
is the highlight, for you and
everyone else, the Winter Olympics
is where she wants to be. Thank you
both so much for all of your time,
you've been fantastic on your
insight but that connection with
Elise Christie and feeling the
empathy for her and knowing her so
well, and celebrating with Hungary
today. That is our Vic areas gold
medal, if you like. Argue both so
much. Let's catch up with the
headlines overnight and this
morning. This day 13. Great Britain
bowed out of the curling. Losing a
tie-breaker against Switzerland to
played a stunning shot. Austria's
Amat Gasser took the winning gold in
the big air, turning on the style,
relegating Jamie Anderson to Sauber.
The surprise winner of the men's
slalom. Masoe here sure failed to
finish his first run. Dave Ryding
finished ninth. Four years after her
sister Dominique won the downhill in
Sochi, Gizen claimed the Alpine gold
medal ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin.
Lindsay Bonham competed in Ford is
almost certainly her final Olympic
contest, leading after the downhill
race but not risking her as fragile
knees in the slalom, as she tried to
turn, it did not happen and she
tried to ski out.
tried to ski out. The Court of
Arbitration for Sport has announced
Alexander Krushelnitsky who tested
positive for a banned substance has
been stripped of his medal in the
next curling. Those are the
headlines. -- the next curling.
Let's hope Britain has a reason to
Come on, baby!
cam, curl on. This time tomorrow
will look the trying very hard to
keep cam, Great Britain and Anna
Sloan, Vicki Adams, Lauren Gray will
be in semifinal action against
Weedon, the winner of the semifinal
going into the gold medal match. But
we'll come tomorrow. Women's ice
hockey now and for five out of the
last six Olympics the final has been
between USA and Canada, Canada
winning everyone. They are unbeaten
at the Winter Olympics since 98.
This is a stub of a final, don't
take your eyes from it. Here is Seth
COMMENTATOR: hockey superpowers in
the final again, a rematch of four
years ago and eight years ago,
Canada walking away with victory on
both occasions. Four years of hurt
for the Americans. Can they turn the
tide of history? In Pyeongchang.
Good skating to keep it in the zone
for the Canadians. Russell will
blow. Good speed in the zone.
Turnbull coming from the bench. The
putt came around, -- the puck came
around. Short side, along the
backhand, a real nice job for
Rooney, keep tighter to the post,
pad down, Wakefield lurking.
this in. Out to August.
Canada spreading the puck around
well, tipped out in front, a chance
for Megan Agusta. Maybe too tight.
The high-tech, good recognition.
From the defender. Slap the past
right onto the stick, didn't quite
make it through, good job from step
man, she was ready for the shot.
Canada just staying onside. The US
trying to clear that away, huge hit,
penalty coming. Grant comes in,
makes her own body check after the
play. We'll be officials call both
This is Jennifer
Two minutes, illegal
No doubt about it, the body
check, all these women know you
cannot body check in this game, and
just let you know the intensity is
Quiet tournament for this
woman, the shot comes in. Grateful
love. Hangs onto it. 49 seconds for
player advantage for the USA. Ed big
shot. The Canadian defender doing a
good job of making sure there is a
clear lane. I really don't like the
way Canada is managing the puck. A
couple of instances, the Americans
running around in their own zone,
making back passes, putting the puck
into not create situations. The
Americans being able to break it out
from there, Canada got to be
smarter, most taking a deep breath
and looks like they are going to get
their first chance on the power
play. Hannah brand. No, it's purse.
Two minute interference call. He
writes mile from the coach.
Fairly legitimate, tough to argue
that one. That was behind the play,
so a third undisciplined penalty
that Canada has taken, and you can
only play with fire so much.
US built into the zone, what a time
it would be to score. Under a minute
remains in this first period of the
women's ice hockey final. Tipped out
in front. Going hard to the net. The
Americans have a chance. And they
are going to keep looking for more.
Irina night is the player right in
front of the net. -- Hilary knight.
And she scores! 25 seconds remaining
of the first, and it is first blood
to the USA in this Olympic final. So
often, it's been silver for the US,
but is that a golden touch from
Hilary Knight? USA leading by one.
You had a sense this would happen.
Look at all the time and space that
Cindy Moran has. She recognises
where Knight is, and a beautiful
play to the right background of
Knight. She was right on top of it.
Good save. That was a good
opportunity. Very nearly snuck away,
wriggling free again. Round behind
the net. USA in space, too much
space, from a Canadian perspective.
Forced to make the save. Not held in
this time, and now maybe Canada can
win this race. Johnston. Getting all
wrapped up. The USA will come back
the other way. Taken wide. Pushed to
the front of the net by Hannah
brand, and given away. Three on two
braking. The Canadians have done
terribly well. Turnbull puts it to
the net, and it's there! A little
tip, right in front, and Canada are
right back in this, as they level
things up. It was a nothing play as
they went to the net, just enough of
a stain on it to put it home. --
just enough of a sting. What a play
this was on the boards by Turnbull.
What a play by Turnbull, and look at
her going to the net. She picked
this one right out of the air. About
two and a half feet, and she which
is out for that puck gets to Rooney,
and deflected past her on the short
side. You said something out of
nothing. One thing the Americans do
so well is they do not give that
puck away. When it's on their stick,
they know where they wanted and they
are not content throwing it to
anybody. Canada, on the other hand,
sometimes happy just getting it off
2-1! Another Olympic
final goal for Poulin?. The USA
punished and that combination of
Augusta and Poulin? sending Canada
back on track for gold.
than we were praising the Americans,
but it's a problem turnover, right
out of the stick of Augusta. This
pars, -- is pass, a one-time shot
short side, screaming Rooney, the
netminder, terrific shot, love that
pass from Augusta, right through the
legs of Castle.
Quick shot to the
net. Letting it go through traffic.
Quick hands, quick kick. Safe.
pushback from the Americans. The
Canadians were in between line
changes. It wasn't their full unit
out there. The
out there. The likes of Knight? came
through pretty big, and this was an
That has to be a
penalty. Canada still have it.
penalty. Canada still have it. They
work this one up to the top, penalty
coming. Off the outside of the net.
It looked like the USA dropped that
They definitely did. Don't know
how the whistle didn't go.
space. Can she use it? The netminder
massively out of position.
massively out of position. Finally,
the Americans touch up. The
whistle-blowers. First power play of
the game for Canada.
A great job
here. Moved down to the fourth line.
She's got terrific speed. She chips
it past Morin, and a hard knock off
the stick of Johnson. Canada goes to
the power play for the first time
A nice pass to force
it up. Works it to the near side.
Stick goes flying up in the air.
Only three of the four have got
sticks for the Americans. Punched
away. The only thing she can do as
it goes down low. I think she's over
You can't go into the blue
paint if you are a skater unless the
puck is in there. It's an automatic
whistle. Having it explained to her
by the revelry. Rebecca Johnson
tries to throw it in. You can see
the right skate standing in the blue
paint, not allowing Rooney to come
out. Eventually separated, trying to
move the puck round.
to have to build this from distance,
as now they bring it down. What an
opportunity that was!
Now Wakefield. Nurse latches on.
Couldn't find the player out in
Canada get it back towards the blue
line. Through traffic, bounces out.
The Americans can clear, and they
What an opportunity for
Canada. Terrific job. It started
with the point shot, and that got
the Americans running around.
Rooney, the American netminder, add
the stance. The rebound came to
Wakefield, Nurse was there.
Americans come into these big games
as favourites, they come in and play
well, as they did in the semifinal,
yet, combat big moment, the
Canadians just seem to find an extra
gear. -- come that big moment. What
a chance, and now it goes the other
way, two on one. Can the US score?
Great defensive play. Oh, my word!
There's a player down injured on the
ice. A player has her stick gone.
Decker took the full force of that.
It was wonderful play at one end.
Then it comes back the other way.
Two on one, a lovely pass by Knight,
and Decker, how she wasn't able to
finish it, and the coach is going to
have a word in the ear of the
What a remarkable
sequence, back and forth. A huge
save from Rooney at one end, and
then look at this, too on one the
other way. A beautiful backhand
pass, and then Poulin went right
through Khan Decker.
In the men's
game, that's a it to the head who --
that is a hit to the head.
Can Canada withstand
that pressure? Can they get an
insurance marker? Can they clearly
zone? They can. Good save by Rooney.
Is that a golden medal saving save?
At the other end, what a chance!
2-2! Lamoureux levels! Rooney makes
the stock at one end, US breakaway,
and who else do you want it on the
stick of? Lamoureux. Thoughts of
1998 back in focus, thoughts of
Sochi vanishing. The US is gunning
for gold again.
What a save from
Rooney, getting about half of this
puck, and then Lamoureux so
confident, firing that puck over,
under the glove of the opposite
number, an amazing finish.
one more twist? Canada may have one
more chance. They want now. They'll
run out of time on this one. And,
for the second successive Winter
Olympics, we are going to overtime
in the women's ice hockey final.
Next goal wins it. Can they use
this? It goes wide. And now it goes
back the other way. Deflects off a
stick and up into the netting. 2.27
of sudden death overtime it is,
golden goal, literally.
goal wins. Look at this
goal wins. Look at this chance from
Genoa, just loses her handle on it
at the last second. And look at this
shot of the stick.
shot of the stick.
And Canada don't
really have a dynamic defender who
can leak into the play. Keller
nearly wins it.
And what a save. And
what a play from Marvin to spring
the defender, Keller. She tries to
go high blocker, and what a save.
She is absolutely shattered.
She is absolutely shattered. Poulin
taken down on the play. Penalty.
Looking up to these guys. 1.35 to
go, and Canada have a four on three
It's a penalty, it is.
Two minutes, illegal hit.
blue line, there is Fortino, off the
post, I think. Canada nearly win it.
They go again. Fortino has to
control her skate. USA, only three
skaters on the ice. It opens up, and
the shot goes wide. Cleared away.
Surely the Canadians are going to
find a way to get Poulin back out
there. Time ticking down, penalty
shot. Too hard a pass. It's going to
be cleared away. Eight seconds. No
icing here. What a drama. It will
continue. 80 minutes can't split
these two teams in an Olympic gold
medal match, and now it is over to a
The first shooter for
Canada, Spooner, looking to set the
tone early and get a goal and put
the US on the back burner.
British links, from Swinton just
outside Manchester. And an easy one
for Rooney first up.
She came in
with a tonne of speed but just lost
control, not sure what she was
trying to accomplish. You can see
her losing control under her stick.
Very easy for the American
These teams have
practised this an awful lot. In the
build-up, because they know just how
important it could be. Here is the
exploring just -- experienced
Marvin, stepping in with a move and
scoring. The US take the lead.
Marvellous from Marvin.
She lost the handle of it briefly
but was able to hammer it through.
The accidental move.
For the Canadians. So many goals she
scored in Olympic leg. She steps in.
Rifles it home. Canada level!
much confidence on this shooter.
Goals left, goes right, comes in
from the angle.
Upstairs, past the
blogger. Rooney gets outside the
post here. Got taken to wide by the
sister played for the Korean team.
And now, here she is in the final.
Saved. Tied at two after two.
netminder looked behind her, knew
she got a piece of that was not sure
how much, it stays out.
the legs. Shutting the door.
Poulin, can she add a third medal?
Good said, Rooney. Stayed big and
tall. And it raises a smile.
tried to do the same thing, Rooney
was there all the way. Great stop.
The first defence man to go. Walking
in. Great save on the backhand side.
Nothing complicated about that.
Still level. Three Down Main St.
Tries to go to the back side, it was
1-1 after a three
Now, maybe the best Canadian
player in the tournament, composed.
Stepping in. The move! My word! That
was incredible! Shades of 94. With a
shoot out goal to save her.
kidding me right now? You've got to
be. Look at this, amazing.
One-handed. Moves one way, sells it,
with one hand gets it past the
The US trailing 2-1. Here
is Kessel, the American. Scores,
levelling things. That was a thing
The patient wait. Up over
the glove. What a shot.
the glove. What a shot.
Canadians. Can she put pressure on
the Americans? Saved. Rooney smiles.
She knows she's given the Americans
the chance to win gold with the next
shot. Jenner with the move.
stop right there.
stop right there.
She knows, the
coach knows. Hilary Knight, the face
of women's hockey in the USA, this
is the gold medal shot by the US,
saved! And we go to sudden death in
the shoot out. And who do the
coaches picked now? I don't even
know what disabled stop Hilary
Knight, robbed. -- I really don't
know what to say.
know what to say. They might be
taking a little bit of a break.
US goes first.
They flip, don't
Slowly, slowly, great goal! Shake
and bake. The USA go up and now they
anxiously wait to see whether this
is good enough for the gold.
move, what a move. That is just
perfection right there. It's going
to be Megan Agusta.
once. She has two score to keep
Canada in with a chance. Saved! The
USA win gold for the first time
since 98. Canada's run of 24
straight wins in Olympic hockey
matches is over. They are
devastated. As the Americans are
crowned at the Olympic champions for
the second time. The Queens of
the second time. The Queens of ice
hockey, USA, when it on a shoot out
in the most dramatic of
circumstances. 20 year wait for
gold. Ends, back in a shelf where it
all started. And they will start
celebrating with tears of joy. And
on the other side, tears of
disappointment. The Golden girls of
I just took each
player, one at a time, when it came
down to one shooter to win it, I
said like, it is one more. And then
the gold medal. This group of women,
they mean so much to me and I can't
believe we did it, thanks everyone
for the support.
Shoot out, over
time, we knew we were going to get
it, no doubt in that locker room, we
believed, we have played this game a
thousand times in our minds, over
and over, the last four years, we
did not care how we got it done.
sisters there, you heard from, and
Maddie Rooney, the netminder, taking
gold at the Olympics but the first
time. Canada tasting defeat for the
first time. That is extraordinary. A
great final, a great result. And it
means the USA move up onto the tale
of Canada, they have 12-macro gold
medals today, David Wise taking the
half pipe, the ice hockey, 21
overall. Norway and Germany tied at
the top. The USA Canada is a battle
that is continuing right now on the
ice. That scene at the curling, low
scoring semifinal, 2-2 so far, into
end Ed, you will see live coverage
on that when we switched to BBC Two
with Hazel at one o'clock.
on that when we switched to BBC Two
with Hazel at one o'clock. Kent
Simpson is alongside me. How often
does go through extra time with no
goal and penalties and onto that
That was the first time in a
women's gold medal game, 60 minutes
of hockey, 20 overtime, the first
five shooters, nothing, then go to
one extra shooter.
You are Canadian,
what will the impact be, we are used
to seeing them take the gold, it's
normally a take, that will happen.
Looking at the reaction back on,
there is a camp that looks at that
game and says that was outstanding,
one of the best ever played, so
proud of the women on both teams,
remarkable. And then there's the
other side, disappointment, a lot of
people that say do you use penalty
shoot outs to finish the game, it's
a team game? Wide EU have individual
one-on-one but from a Canadian
perspective, were so gassed, going
to a shoot out was probably the best
for them. Some of those players
would normally play about 20 minutes
on the ice, you were saying some of
them had done about 35. They would
have been skating in quicksand.
Nothing left. The skill in the
penalty shoot out, some of these
scored, I just board was immense,
the change of pace and power, look
at that. And then go!
There is only
a handful of people in the world can
pull that off, the magnitude of the
moment, your hands have to be
shaking, your heart is growing like
crazy, to do that, control the puck
and slide it into the net. On the
flip side, to be able to calm
herself, follow the puck all the way
through and make sure she has the
presence of mind to get it with her
glove for it has the potential to go
over the line.
The celebrations for
ice hockey players, he looks so
ungainly, you have all of that kit,
the gloves come off, litter all over
the ice, the helmets, the sticks go
It's kind of let's get as much
as we can offer so we can have the
celebration but you're right. With
the defeat, you're never going to
take your helmet off, you want to
hide behind the mask and the helmet.
It's a fabulous sport to watch,
women across North America
certainly, it is really high of the
list of choices that you make. If
you want to get into a team sport,
ice hockey would be second or third,
in Canada, probably most popular.
This is the exact reason why, so
many young girls that stayed up
late, said to their parents I'm not
ready for bed, five more minutes.
And so, what you are doing, grabbing
these girls at a really young age,
and this is the stuff of dreams. You
are getting them on the ice at an
early age, they are having a blast,
having fun, you see it building. And
a victory like this for the United
States is massive. Four years in a
row, for Olympics in a row.
Heartbreak after heartbreak. A lot
of young girls waking up to say, mum
and dad, I want to do that.
21st great result for the USA. USA
against Canada in progress in the
curling, this time tomorrow, curling
will be taking our attention. Eve
Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams
and Lauren great know it's a game of
patience if they are to win the game
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the only game here that is played
with stones! This game is not! --
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opponent's stones away.
opponent's stones away. And your
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carries heavy mental weight. In
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