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Hello, good morning. Chemmy Alcott
is bag from Pyeongchang. Ben Kilner
is with us as well and we are
spinning around. We have one weekend
left to revel in the weird and
wonderful sports of the Winter
Olympics. It is like going to a
festival where your classical music
in one corner, hard-rock in another,
There is everything.
Yes, and the vibe is amazing. You
have so many different kinds of
athletes, some who want to party and
some who like to drink tea.
looked at you when she said that.
I like fizzy pop. One
expert and snowboarding, one ounce
meaningful /1 and skiing. They can
mix and match is required. New to
the game this year has been the
sport of big air. It has taken
everyone by storm by Team GB's
representative, Billy Morgan, warmed
up for it with a trip around
Pyeongchang on his scooter. His
balance is amazing. As a kid he was
a gymnast. He started snowboarding
on the dry slope in Southampton when
he was 14 and did not go into the
snow until he was 17. He is making
the most of it. At the age of 28 he
was the oldest competitor in the
field as the big air took centre
stage. Ed Leigh and Tim Warwood
would in the commentary box. Cue the
stage. Ed Leigh and Tim Warwood
would in the commentary box. Cue the
The British bands are now cheering.
Yes, this is good news for us. Billy
Morgan took a big hit in training.
The fact he is a pure is great news.
Hamish midnight and his team-mate,
Rowan Coultas, next to him. Billy
watching the flanks. He made it
through with a big backside 1440
triple core. It immaculate and huge.
Bringing lots of speed into
this front John. It is massive. It
was huge. Backside triple core, with
the nose grab. He was clinging to
that with his fingernails. It was
like hanging off the edge of a
cliff. Huge. The prejudice on Billy.
Landed on the bottom line.
Landed on the bottom line. 30
points. Billy Morgan has it all to
do on his final two jumps.
been in the game for more than a
decade. Toutant. So strong. The
Canadian, considered a veteran at
25, but he can ride everything. He
has had street rail parts. He has
been a feature of podiums but of
late, year as been eclipsed on the
Canadian team by the likes of Max
Parrot and Mark McMorris.
front side. 1620. The first rider to
send it properly deeper into the
That is very, very nice.
That is massive. In massive trick.
Sebastien Toutant has put himself
very much in the running for this.
That is a massive trick. There you
go. The judges leaving themselves
somewhere to go.
somewhere to go.
Next it is the
Norwegian, Torgeir Bergrem. We
watched him yesterday. He was
sniffing around Max Parrot's trick.
He took a massive hit from the
landing, flat on its face, but good
to back today.
massive, massive trick. Look at the
Norwegians. Here's a snowboarder's
snowboarder. He is the Ryan Giggs of
snowboarding, the one widely
considered to be skilful.
that, keeping the board straight on
the take-off. The judges were like
that, using the grab rails on the
board to full effect.
He is happy.
First place for Bergrem, and
deservedly so. Back to the top, and
this man is the king of big air.
So, the Canadian dropping in normal,
forwards. Backside triple court
1620. -- cork.
That was a work of
art. The whole trick is done on the
take-off. He is not fighting it. The
whole trick is done on the take-off.
The 180 looks like it is part of the
trick. Max Parrot, we know he has
got the army below 1820 in his bag.
He now has to make at the Brexiteer
1800. Two Canadians and Norwegian.
Kyle Mack is the only other rider to
score more than 80. Billy is under
pressure. He has worked so hard to
get here. He has had a tale of the
lateral cruciate ligament. It kept
him off his board for a month before
Come on, Billy.
again. And he holds it up. It was
huge. He put the nose grab on it,
the hardest grab.
really nice. A massive triple. If
the judges are wording size, they
have got to give him a big present
for that one. My goodness. He
borrowed Chuck Norris's size to put
this one down. And relief for the
British fans watching.
British fans watching.
82.5. That is
a school run the board. Billy Morgan
has a serious shot. Next, Sebastien
Toutant. The Canadian is sat on a
very, very powerful 84.70 five.
bit of breathing room.
bit of breathing room. I think it is
fair to say that this kid is a video
game snowboarder. He is going to go
Backside 1620. How
did he hold onto that? He was like a
rodeo clown at the bottom.
massive second hit.
The man from
call-back. He looked like he was
hanging onto Palomino at a rodeo
under way out but somehow the
jihadist stayed in contact with the
snow. This is very precious. That
puts him in a very, very strong
I want to see this boy do well, Kyle
Mack, a powerhouse. He is so
He is a human track. If
you have got a set of wire gates you
need smashing down, drive this boy
at them. Come on. He has already got
the backside 1440. No. That is a
bloody Dracula. I am not swinging.
That is the name of the grab. Both
hands on the tail. I have never seen
it in 14. I have seen him do it in a
I have seen him do it in 1080. I
do not think he can believe he has
put that down. Full rotation, both
hands back on the tail. He is
fizzing after that one.
but we saw what happened with riders
stepping out of the ordinary and
pulling off a different grab in
Sochi. It dominated slopestyle
frame. I think Cal Mac can do the
same. This will be close to 90.
same. This will be close to 90.
big scores. Second place at the
Max Parrot, an incredible
work ethic. The second man after
Billy Morgan to land a quad cork.
Been accused of lacking style at
times but he has certainly address
that. Are we going to see the
Brexiteer 1800? So much speed. Is
He has gone. He has landed
hundreds of those in training and
suddenly everything is wide open.
knew he landed his take the final
was put to bed. And we have got that
lovely finish. We are coming to the
boil. We have that lovely finish
where the pressure is on Max Parrot.
The game goes down. Right on his
face. Do you want any grated cheek
on your cheese on toast?
like sandpaper. Let's take a look at
the standings after the second run.
So, Billy Morgan, I think, is going
to go for the front side 1440 triple
cork. If he lands this year is well
within the medal scores. Billy is
the second of 12 riders to drop in
the third and final jumps of men's
-- men's big air. We know the
whole of Southampton is watching
this. They have rented the sports
He needs to go
stratospheric. That is not something
he struggles with, to be honest.
Come on, Billy Morgan. Double grab.
Yes. The double grab 14. That is
massive. That is huge. My goodness.
He slammed in practice and dropped
his first jump. He has delivered the
second and third John.
This is very,
very precious. The double grab. He
is grabbing the pale. They will love
it. Luke O'Dea papers. One line, two
lines. Beautiful. He stands up like
Michael Matt from Knight Rider. Yes,
Billy Morgan. -- Michael Knight.
Billy Morgan moves into bronze medal
position. It is a very long and
nervous wait for the man from
Southampton. This man is in very,
very nice position. He is at the top
with one jump to spare. Weight is
Toutant going to take this third and
How about this? I think
the judges have been leaving plenty
Having not landed to
Michael Johns, would you trust that
Chris Corning would not land
No. He was doing it in
Minchin Gladbach. For fun. He has
He tried to tidy up
the first jump use from him. The
Brexiteer 16. He tried to go even
bigger. He wanted to add to that
84.7. This would be such a massive
result. Yule look back over his
results yesterday and he -- you look
over his results in the last year
and it was only in call-back like he
was the winner. That looked like
visualisation of the quadruple cork.
This jump is too small to see
that trick. It looks like it. Surely
not. I think he's going for it.
will be history. The first Olympic
quad. It will be the first quad in
I think is going. I
have never seen him this site got.
Let's see. He is going to have to
rip this so hard.
He nearly made it.
My goodness. The backside quad cork.
It makes its appearance at the
Olympics. We have been talking about
it since day one at the slopestyle
and we finally see it. Chris Corning
has been building his entire career
on the idea that he is going to come
to the Olympics and land a quad
cork. Then the jump is too small
when he gets here.
Stockton? No. He has ripped it.
credit to this man. Two, three. He
dips late. He actually gets it down.
He only needed a tiny bit more.
Chris Corning has bent physics. Next
in, Karl Mac, currently in silver
medal position. An improvement of
his first jump, the backside 1440
Japan which scored 82. If he can
bump that up, he will need an 87. He
can pull this up to an 87 or higher
and he can move into gold medal
I don't think we can see a 1440 that
He either needs a 16 or grab that is
truly out this world. I think we
have seen as high as that can go.
He very nearly ran to 18.
I think he was trying to take that
I am looking at this and of all the
riders left, Mark McMorris, Boesiger
and Garcia Knight have all dropped
their first jumps, there is only one
man left who can knock everyone out.
Seb Toutant is guaranteed a silver.
Kyle Mack is guaranteed a bronze.
Billy Morgan can only get blasted by
You are looking at that
The whole of the UK now needs to
watch this jump through their eyes,
of course through their eyes!
Through their fingers. That is how
besides myself I am, I am so torn
between my friend in bronze medal
position and one of the best
snowboarders in the world about to
try to do business here on this big
The hardest trick we will see today
after Chris Corning's attempt at the
Make no mistake, he is here for a
He is coming in
backwards. Oh, no! He has gone.
What! Max Parrot scaling back, he
scales back his jump and Mrs! He has
gone for gold and has gone home with
nothing -- and misses. We said it
was a long shot, Billy Morgan,
Southampton's finest snowboarder
will go home a bronze medal.
In exactly the same way that Jenny
Jones worked so hard and was able to
crown and impressive career with the
glory of an Olympic medal, Billy
Morgan has done the same. The man
who has pioneered so many tricks but
really struggled for that acceptance
from the sport, has come here and
landed two breathtaking tricks under
pressure to take it over medal. The
story is not so different for
Sebastien Toutant in gold medal
position. It is so lovely seeing
these two big powerhouse nations,
Canada and America, matched very
closely by Britain, one of the
minnows in snowboarding. Billy
Morgan, one of the most courageous
and pioneering of snowboarders will
stop he has earned his abroad here
with the first ever big air in
Korea, a bronze medal,
You legend! What a wild ride that
What are you thinking this
second? I don't know. I had such bad
training, I felt on the first, I
thought it was game over. I went
into the rest hoping I won't fall
over three times. All my mates are
in a bar at home watching. I don't
want to fall over three times. That
was your mind set.
If I land at least one I will be
But it was two. You had that
crash, second one you landed, what
were you thinking in the third?
I thought I needed another go.
Hamish was going, going a little bit
slower and time it right. I landed
on and I didn't know what to do.
it sunk in you will a bronze
It will hit me later. I
never expected it. If you come in
thinking I am shooting for a medal,
you are ready for it.
I didn't. Two
weeks ago and the situation with
No, as I said, I would
have been stowed just to make the
finals. Happy Days.
He had his knee reconstructed two
years ago. There he is.
So, that bronze for Billy Morgan
means that the 2018 Winter Olympics
is the best performance by a British
team in the history of these Games
since they began in 1924.
Five already and potentially six to
come. Eve Muirhead will be doing all
she can. Let us talk about Billy
Morgan. How respected is he in the
world of snowboarding?
Massively, he is such a nice guy.
The riders absolutely love him. He
has worked so hard. He had to
overcome injuries. He is so critical
about his own snowboarding. I don't
think he realises how big it is yet
winning a bronze medal. I am sure it
will sink into night.
He creates new tricks. We saw on the
first one he was trying something
that didn't quite
he went for a backside triple cork.
That jump is holding him back in
Sorry, that is the one he did land,
landing two out of three.
It must build the pressure when you
know you have two.
He has not helped himself, he failed
all his runs in training so he has
really left it to the very end to
put it down. You can tell how
overwhelmed he is when he is riding
away. I don't think he can quite
believe it. He has managed to fight
to stay on his feet.
That trick is so new to him. He has
managed to learn this just recently.
For him to put it down in an Olympic
run is amazing.
He has only ever landed that trick
that got him the bronze just once
He did that on Saturday. Just once.
He never tried it again.
We have a
He is right foot forward. He comes
up the jump, triple cork means you
are on an ex-access, not quite
upside down but on a diagonal.
upside down but on a diagonal. -- X
What is impressive is it is a Blind
side landing, coming in backwards.
Coming through and he gets to turn
his head that way and land.
How much cost and that it take to
land that when you had to judge the
It is huge, they are not getting
much visual in the air. They are
going purely by feeling. To do that
takes practice which Billy didn't
It is very impressive.
Sebastien Toutant took the gold for
Canada, therefore the snowboarding
gold medal of the Games. Canadian
fans have been going up to Americans
saying you keep beating us and
ruining our Games! But it is OK in
the world of snowboarding.
For the British, five medals won so
far. Could it be six? Eve Muirhead
is determined to make the best of a
campaign that has been full of ups
The gold medal at the Olympics is
the one I am missing in my
collection. To stand on top of the
podium would be extra special.
COMMENTATOR: A tricky start for the
British quartet. She has done it
We outplayed the Russians and to get
a win on the board is nice.
COMMENTATOR: It has gone through,
USA win the match.
Goodness me, we can all breathe a
huge sigh of relief.
That is a big disappointment. I
guess any loss is tough but bosses
like that are even harder.
It has got the red light on it.
first stone I think I have ever
hoped in my life. -- hogged.
COMMENTATOR: What a shot, that was a
peach. A superb team performance,
Great Britain have cemented their
place in the final four.
To get a spot in the semifinal was
our goal, I am delighted.
COMMENTATOR: We are ready to rumble
against Sweden. A very good shot
And Great Britain's hopes at such a
low point in that end.
We still have a medal to play for.
Here they go, they will be taking on
Japan. Lauren Gray is the lead.
Always smiling Vicki Adams and
bubbly Anna Sloan who takes the
penultimate two stones before Eve
Muirhead takes over for the final
two deliveries. Just after 11am we
will be live with that bronze medal
So, Football Focus will now
be on BBC Two from 12.
Now, though, on BBC One,
it's time for the fast show!
Bobsleigh world champion
Nicola Minichiello is with me
to discuss a developing
story from Pyeongchang.
Earlier in the week,
we saw the best ever result
for a women's bob when Mica McNeill
and Mica Moore finished eighth,
despite being dropped
from the funding programme
by the British Bobsleigh
we had two crews in the four-man
bob, a final chance for glory in the
Let's first see the best
and the worst of the first two runs
from the Alpensia Sliding Centre
with the man who piloted
We have had the luge and skeleton,
but this is where the big guys moved
into town, the four-man. Next, a
powerful team from Germany.
Francesco Friedrich famously dead
heated for the two and gold.
A new stop record.
That is what one
of these teams bring to the party,
these are the top starters with so
much velocity. He nailed the corner.
As long as he gets things right,
being in contention. He has been
flying in training. He has been good
in this part. One of the best lines
we will see. Just losing a bit of
speed. Maybe now there have been a
handful of sleds, that line through
the chicane has helped him.
A little tap off 15. Maintaining the
Hats off to the Koreans, they have
clearly done well. You can see what
it means to Friedrich chasing
another gold medal.
A little bit of a shift towards the
left of the screen as you look at
it. But that was a really good run,
he got through their clean. They are
all packed in through that corner. A
little touch. Almost touching.
That really was the only mistake.
Lamin Deen, the first of the great
British pairings we see. With Toby
Olubi from London, Ben Simons from
Shrewsbury and Andrew Matthews from
Slough, all in their 30s. Laming
Dean is 36, probably his last Games,
fifth in the World Championships
three years ago. Their second
Olympic Games. After their training,
it looked like there was room for
The British team have not found a
speed down the track. Hopefully the
runners will work well on the ice
temperatures they have got.
see it start time. Inside five
seconds. But one of the slowest way
of those we have seen so far.
did not look clean. This is the
issue he has been having all the way
through training. Conor two has been
causing problems. That is going to
throw speed away. I think Lamin Deen
will be struggling to stay within
the top 12 at the moment. We know
how much that cost time at the top.
Hopefully he can get is run right.
It is not looking clean. I think we
will see the British Rohingya drop
well back in the order which is not
what they want.
Things ebbing away
again. Not the happy start we were
hoping for. Lamin Deen and his three
colleagues. He flashes through, less
than a second away from the leader.
You can see that Ben Simons messes
up as they are getting in which
delays the team getting in. Toby
tries to get his big arms in and
that is why they had the big switch
at the top. That is 630 kilos Andy
Hall Rohingya is not on the ice. Any
chance of Britain winning a medal on
that run is gone. They need to set
their sights on the top ten at
The second team for Great
Britain, ranked 12th in the world,
Brad Hall, 12th in the two-man event
with Greg Cackett. Joel Fearon and
The opening World Cup event of the
season. One of only two top ten
finishes. Can they put in a better
run than Deen? Let's keep our
That is a lot
better start from them. This is
where they need to get through. Brad
Hall has been having trouble all
week. That is the first rung he has
got it right so good ever to get it
right in the race. We saw from two
man that he can drive this track
well. He finished in eighth place
last year in a World Cup race or he
drive this track. He needs to relax
into it and CV can get through
cleanly. That is as good as any of
the top pilots we have seen. Just
coming a little bit late. This is a
good run from Brad Hall to give the
Brits a little bit of a chance of
having a top ten finish.
coming out of 15. The top ten might
elude him. He finishes in 15th.
is good from the guys. I think Joel
Fearon had taken some steps to fire
but this is the best run that Brad
Hall has had down here in a four man
this week. This will give him
confidence he has nailed Conor two.
Hopefully we can start to pull back.
The Brits are in 15th and 16th at
the moment. Certainly Lamin Deen was
expecting to be around the top five
when we spoke to him yesterday.
There is the leaderboard. Friedrich
leads from the Koreans.
Obviously the Germans are always
going to be strong, but from a
British point of view, very
disappointing performance. It was
below par. They should be fighting
for medals, not the top 20.
how it has worked out for the
British pair, Brad Hall and Lamin
Run number two stands for Great
Britain. Lamin Deen, very
disappointing with his 19th place
after the first run, together with
Ben Simons, Toby Olubi, and Andrew
Matthews. What do they need to put
right this time around?
Run on was
such a disappointment. On the band,
Ben Simons had trouble getting in,
he was overbalanced. On the whole,
Lamin Deen needs to sort out corner
They will push away. 4.98 was
their start time in the first run.
They've seen the Americans go
They have done exactly the
same. Not great velocity. He has
been having issues again. He may
struggle for claim against the
Americans. That was the same
mistake. Lamin Deen has not been
driving well. It is difficult to get
these Rohingyas into the slide. They
are so planted but once you do, you
know the pilot is making big
mistakes. Again, it he comes in
late. You have seen him flick into
the corner. He has the conditions to
pull away from the Americans.
pull away from the Americans.
extended his lead over the Americans
That was a lot better.
Toby Spence too long for me. Just a
little tab as you see the noise
coming to corner 12. The big mistake
for Lamin Deen was exit two, exit
four. The bag looks like it is going
to roll in. A little bit further and
that would have been a crash.
goal for Great Britain, Brad Hall,
with Nick Gleeson, Joel Fearon and
Greg Cackett. They start 16th after
run number one. Overall, the mood
was similar to Lamin Deen. One of
slight frustration that it was not
quicker down the hill.
is frustration for them. Brad Hall
is a young pilot, he has only been
driving for four years. He does not
have the experience in the four man.
Around 16 is a relatively good
result, although on paper it does
not seem like that for his
development. They had a good start,
the Kerry did velocity and they are
one of the best grilled teams. 94
again, that is where they need to
be. They have got did velocity. He
has just made a mistake in two. That
cost in the mistaken four, which
cost in the mistaken five. This is
the difference between the top
pilots. We have seen another tiny
little mistake. All these little
differences cost time. This track is
so easy to lose speed are hard to
find it. He will drop back at least
a couple of spots.
a couple of spots.
You probably saw
Mica Moore and Mica McNeill giving
them a good sendoff, but the run was
not a particularly happy one.
Regular mistakes for Brad Hall.
Everybody driving ban the bars.
Stepping in, loading. The little
twitch by the pilot keeps it
straight. He has already made
mistakes at the top. This is another
one. It is a knock-on effect from
corner two. That is cause them to
move back down the order.
pressure is on the Korean team. Won
Yunjong, with Jun Junglin, and Seo
Youngwoo and Kim Donghyun. A
brilliant first run, but they went
first. How much of an advantage was
that an fresh ice? We will see now.
It was a tremendous time. Surely
they cannot get around that this
time around on a deteriorating
It will be interesting.
Sometimes you have to take those
opportunities and by going first
they gave themselves an opportunity
to get any makes. Listening to
everybody else driving these lines,
Hemant Nico Walther are some of the
best. He is coming through the
corners quickly because he knows the
track so well. He is staying ahead
of the Germans but the Germans were
so quick at the bottom of the track.
He is keeping himself in contention.
He absolutely threads that. I did
not expect them to stay in front of
the Germans, because of the
difference in the track but he is
doing a great job.
He was nine
hundredths ahead of Walther. The gap
closes a little bit. The Koreans
have done brilliantly. Tomorrow any
medal chase they are right in the
thick of things.
Look at what it
means to the hometown team. This is
a great view into the first corner.
The team have already loaded. He
takes a different line, but lately
are all headstone, shoulders, heads,
That is a big
one. Francesco Friedrich goes for
Germany. A 4.8 start time would send
them on their way. They currently do
is after the first run.
He has been
fast. We know he is fast because he
has already won a gold medal. He has
got the poles perfect. You can
hardly hear him. You can see the gap
opening out. It is because of the
stark difference. It may be that he
will keep that and start moving
away. If he does the gold medal is
sewn up. In the middle, AV has not
found the speed, maybe everyone else
has a chance of catching him. If he
comes down with more than two pairs,
he will be hard to catch.
clean and 15. Does this give
Friedrich a great chance of the gold
medal? He is nearly three pairs in
front of the Koreans. Look what it
meant to the coaching teams.
Friedrich already has a gold medal
from the two-man event.
It is a
professional team, all the way down.
No real mistakes. A real high line
into two and you see adjust the
stealing. Just a little tab before
he goes in. It did not cause him any
speed. I think the gold medal is
theirs to lose. It is about fighting
for silver and bronze.
with a really big lead over Won
Yunjong of South Korea in second
I surprised to be back where you
are. Most definitely. We had quite a
surprise a few days ago in regards
to equipment so we had to change and
equipment. We had a setup that
worked very well.
But we had to
change that. Why did you have to
change your runners?
I runners, yes.
We had to change because there was a
technicality with one of the rear
runners. Again, the rules are the
rules. We had to change. We could
not train or test the sets we wanted
to test but that is how it is, that
to test but that is how it is, that
Actually, to explain
more, what he is pointing out,
Matthew Ellis John Jackson about
Matthew Ellis John Jackson about
what went wrong. The two British
Rohingyas further back in the field.
Both of them have talked about their
equipment not been great, not
getting on with it. Lamin Deen
particularly has talked about
runners. We have got the best prop
in the world, we have got a runner.
What are we looking at? This is a
two-man runner. It was from one of
the Rohingyas that Brad raced in in
the two-man event. You can see the
difference, the profile. It is
interchangeable. They can do what
they want with that. The length of
the -- the length of the runner,
they can put a slight bowing to
change what it is.
It is not sharp,
it surprised me. It is smooth to the
You spend hours sanding them.
Yes, we spend hours polishing them
to a mirror finish, not like the
luge. It is more of a jihadist. --
it is more of an edge.
The issue that the British team have
had, it is this depth. His has been
under the legal limit. That is why
it is deemed as illegal. Do we know
how much by? It is from years and
years of polishing but I do not know
how much by. It takes fractions of a
millimetre of every time you polish
Eventually you run out of
material. Might they have known that
we be close coming into the game,
perhaps at the back of your mind?
They have been close in the past.
But a different part of the
technical examination team has
looked at it and said, we are not
accepting that for the Olympics.
the outsider, what is the big deal?
You find more, put them on the
bottom of your sled and crack on.
What is the problem? This is worth
£6,000. A set of four-man runners
can set you back £8,000. People do
not give you good sets lying around
at the Olympic Games because they
want to beat you. And they would not
have spares? They might have spares
but not as the same standard as what
has been deemed illegal if they were
the top race runners.
Not a great
position for the Great Britain
sleds. Both with equipment issues.
How can they improve overnight? Is
this competition beyond them?
Realistically, we are looking at the
top 15 at best. Hopefully one of the
sleds can move within that.
suppose, difficult conversations
around the sport. Not within the
crews at the moment, but horrendous
port and funding and performance.
This is nowhere near where they
wanted to be?
They were all
confident coming into this Games.
They both had podiums this year.
They were ranked 11th and 12th
coming into this. At least you would
think, fight for a top ten position.
To be sat two words, just managing
to scrape into the top 20, the high
teens, it is not acceptable.
is an important cut off. Only the
top 20 sleds get to go to the last
With -- the Management would need to
have a look at how things are
running in their programme.
Thank you. Let's get the reaction of
Nicola, how can this happen so late
your runners are deemed illegal and
you don't have a spare set to mark
they would have known they were
It does happen, over the years of
use they can wear down but it is not
something, now they are
disqualified, it doesn't work like
that. I have worked with athletes
who have got to that point, you are
getting down to the last millimetre.
To get to the last day of training
and searching around and ask other
crews, can I use your runners, it
seems crazy, at an Olympic Games.
take the point they are expensive
but there is the funding for the
cycle so you would have thought
honours might be prioritised.
You would think so. Each team
normally would have at least three
sets, competitive sets. I am not
saying it is easy to get a
world-class set but with the
investment and research and
technology and producing their own
runners, it seems crazy at this
point on the last day of training a
team, Great Britain, would be asking
other nations for runners.
Deen has that excuse, Brad Hall, as
far as we know his runners are fine,
what you think of the reasons both
are so low down the leaderboard when
we thought they would be easy top
At this point, there has to be some
in-depth questions. I am stumped.
The starts were good for both teams.
They were OK but not great. In past
years we have had the athletes and
starts have been better. The drive
was OK. When you consider for Brad
Hall the two man was preparation and
everything has been focused on this
four-man event. So it seems crazy
the top half that -- the top half of
the corner was scrappy.
crews been long enough together?
There has been swapping. Both have
raced together. Lamin Deen has got
his best result with that team. Brad
Hall has raised three times with
that team. But it was still all
changing, and quite last-minute they
got the final team set.
finish with the women's bob being
the highest performing some one
British bobsleigh decided not to
fund, how does that reflect on the
way the sport is run in this
There has to be investigations. They
were told they would not invest in
women's teams. They kept fighting
all the way. Some heads have got to
roll. There have to be some hard
questions and answers about what has
happened, why are the men finishing
17th and 18th, with one of the best
funded programmes in the world,
phenomenal athletes and equipment,
it doesn't add up.
Thank you for your expertise. We
will tell you a story now about
Ester Ledecka of the Czech Republic.
Esther Ledecka of the Czech Republic
was the surprise winner
of the super-G last Saturday.
She was so surprised to post
the fastest time that she didn't
believe the clock at the bottom
of the slope.
At the press conference afterwards,
she complained that it was taking up
time, she should have been spending
on snowboard training!
She is already the first athlete
to compete on skis and snowboard.
And this morning she was trying
to do something no woman has ever
done, win gold medals in two
different sports at
the same Winter Olympics.
Ledecka is the double world champion
at parallel giant slalom,
so she was much better fancied
for this one.
She walked her way through to the
final and it was a head to head for
the gold medal.
COMMENTATOR: This is it, the final
of the women's parallel giant
slalom, the snowboard event, and it
is a matchup between Selina Joerg
and Ester Ledecka. She has already
made history, the first athlete to
compete in both snowboarding and
alpine skiing at an Olympic Games.
She has already won a medal. Will
she win a gold will she double the
gold medal tally?
They are off and they are underway.
Ledecka is on the red course, Joerg
on the blue, and Snedeker has the
Ledecka is doing it, one
slip and it will go away. A little
bit of a skid.
A wobble on the under
She still has the lead.
It is about
two tenths of a second.
smooth through these last through
gates. Snedeker will make history.
Three gates to do as she has done
Absolutely incredible, gold medal in
the Alpine skiing super-G, edition
and now gold medal in the parallel
giant slalom snowboard competition.
It has never been done before, two
sports in one Olympic Games. What an
Probably the biggest story of these
Some pretty good designs on
She has two separate
Coming into this, you were favourite
for this condition but we have seen
from the Alpine side favourite joke
of an wing, Mikaela Shiffrin,
Lindsey Vonn, how did you cope?
Exactly. I was watching Shiffrin,
and many others. So, this is very
specific, a very specific race
because you have just one chance, it
is not like the World Cup where you
have more races and in the end it
So, you need some luck. And I
believed I had this luck today.
You go back to the 1928, 1924, with
cross-country skiers winning the
Nordic combined but that is a
similar sport. This is something
completely different. How do you
prepare for Alpine skiing and
snowboarding in the same year?
Well, my biggest goal was just to
get their and race in both sports,
my favourite sports. And I have to
say that I have got such a great
team and such support from the
people around me. They just let me
win. You know, I was just standing
there and all I had to do was write
down and it was all their job.
Pain credit to her team.
This is an extraordinary
achievement. The fact she is the
first e-mail athlete to do this in
the Olympic Games, two completely
different sports, everyone is
looking and thinking the body
positions are saying, in skis we
have four edges, in snowboarding, is
different. She forgot her make up
bag again! It is impressive because
her coaches have put pressure on her
to choose discipline and she stood
her ground believing she could do it
in both and that takes a lot of
confidence when your whole team is
saying, no, you are diminishing your
chance of a gold in one.
she can do this. She might spark a
new philosophy. I was reading an
American article saying should we be
looking at this, are we narrowing
people down too soon. In Norway they
encourage kids to do loads of sports
until they are at least 13.
building back into the British
system, because these are the skills
you need to adapt under pressure.
She can look at a terrain in a
different way than someone who has
just hit slalom gates all their
She is amazing. The athlete of
the Games. Jorien Ter Mors did that
also, with different kit but the
first to win gold in two different
sports is amazing. Eve Muirhead is
multitalented. Her handicap in golf
is about three but she is
concentrating on curling and we will
see her try to win a sixth medal for
Team GB, thanks to Billy.
COMMENTATOR: We have the final of
men's big air. Billy Morgan I think
we'll go for the frontside chewable
cork and if he lands that he is well
within the medal scores.
And he needs to go absolutely
stratospheric -- frontside triple 14
Billy Morgan, yes! With a double
grab frontside triple 14, that is
massive, that is absolutely huge.
Oh, my goodness. 85.5, Billy Morgan
moves into bronze medal position and
it is a very nervous wait.
of the UK need to watch this jump
through their fingers.
He has gone! Billy Morgan has got a
bronze medal. Congratulations,
And that bronze medal
from Billy Morgan means that
Pyeongchang 2018 is the most
successful Winter Olympics
of all time for a British team,
thanks to the fearless five.
Lizzie Yarnold defended her skeleton
title in sensational style to become
Britain's first ever double gold
medallist at the Winter Olympics.
Behind Lizzie in bronze medal
position was Olympic
debutante Laura Dees,
meaning that Britain filled
two spots on the podium
for the first time.
Team GB's first medal of Pyeongchang
was won by Dom Parsons,
the first male skeleton medallist
for 70 years.
The youngest member of the team
delivered one of the best results,
a bronze for Izzy Atkin
in ski slopestyle.
And passing the record British
medal mark earlier today,
Billy Morgan soared into the sky
to take bronze in the big air.
Just a few minutes ago this was the
scene at the Medal Plaza,
28-year-old Billy Morgan, the oldest
man in that big air competition, he
has won a bronze battle in what will
be his last Olympic Games, his knee
has been constructed, he said at the
top of that slope for his third run,
he said, banish the fear, if I land
in a heap, it doesn't matter, just
go for it, and he did.
Five medals for the first time in
the Winter Olympics.
Now it is over to the curlers to see
if we can increase that to six.
Keep calm and Karl on. On the final
weekend four years ago in Sochi,
Dave Murdoch won the last middle of
those Games, when you took silver in
the curling. How difficult is it for
Eve Muirhead and the team to pick
That is the hardest part, you have
trained for four years, they came
for a gold medal, that didn't
happen. Try to pick yourself up is
very difficult. A hard thing to
discuss within the team as to what
you would do in that scenario. I'm
sure they have had discussions
today, they will be ready to go, I
know they want a medal and want to
get something for all that training.
We need to see them come up with
some real fire and intensity and try
to push everything they can to make
Usually it is quite polite at the
curling, but not this morning. Lots
of USA fans, including Evandro
Trump, were there to watch the USA,
who won the gold medal. They play
the game in such a different style.
It feels like it is American
football. It has been crazy. No one
really saw the USA winning this
event. It has come as a shock to
Carlingford John Shuster and the
American guys to achieve that. It is
a fantastic story for him. He has
at his fourth Olympics, he had a
bronze medal in 2006, and together
gold-medal against the field that
was there, which was very strong, it
is great stuff.
And in beating
Sweden, who are powerhouse of
curling. How many gold medals have
the one? The women have won two at
the last three Games.
The men have
Yes. That was a big shock
and it will cause headlines around
the USA. A little bit like South
Korea getting through to the women's
final, it is good for the game.
that is the market that curling was
hoping to hit, to get into the
States. We are seeing growth out in
the east as well, and Korea doing
the east as well, and Korea doing
well in the women's, it is brilliant
for curling and C.
This was the
moment. Sweden sent down the rock
and give the opportunity for the USA
to turn this match around.
is still really tight. There was
lots of discussions as to what
Niklas Edin would play with the
stone. There are lots of USA stones
and play. He was trying to rolling
back der Garde. Unfortunately, he
rolled to the worst spot possible,
left it wide open. Under great
pressure, John Shuster makes a
Five, count them up. This is
what I mean about the noise.
. There was lots of USA, USA. I was
waiting for someone to say, in the
hole. Go to the USA, the silver
medal to Sweden. You were talking
about how you want to see Eve come
and play against Japan. And it is
about the Japanese themselves. Here
the girls, Lauren Gray, Vicki Adams
and Anna Sloan, and Eve Muirhead,
they are tight-knit group. It is
good that they know each other so
well. Anna and Eve in particular are
best friends. They can keep each
Eve is so strong. These
girls have been here before in the
bronze medal game. They know what it
is like, they know the pressure of
what it means today. They looked
happy, ready to go. They will have
had a great team talk. They will be
fired up for the game against Japan.
Japan seem to have taken to curling
is a sport. They are really enjoying
I had the
pleasure of working with these
ladies a few months ago in Canada,
the Japanese team. They are a fun
bunch to work with, they put a lot
of work in.
It is incredible. Inside
info, what is their weakness? How
can we win this?
In some ways, they
are just such a happy bunch. They do
not have a weakness mentally. Maybe
shotmaking, but if Great Britain can
put them under pressure, shot after
shot, the consistency throughout the
team, that will be the key to
In our team, the
disappointment of not going for the
gold medal match, who is in the team
to bring them up? Is it Eve's roll?
Will she be the positive influence.
She is the skipper of the team. She
is such a collected person. She
leads a team extremely well, but the
real line for me is Anna Sloan. She
goes between Eve and the others.
always looks like formation sliding,
building up to the first stones
being delivered in this bronze medal
match, Great Britain against Japan.
Let's join our commentary team, led
by Steve Cram.
Thank you. Jackie Lockhart is with
me for this bronze medal match. Eve
and her team ready to go. They need
to be at their very best. This
Japanese team played superbly well
against Korea. Before you joined as
we were told that 43% of the Korean
population watched the girls, the
garlic girls as they are known, beat
Japan to get to the gold-medal
match. They will meet Sweden in that
match midnight local time in the UK.
The match between Korea in Japan
went to an extra end. It was a
really exciting affair. The place
was jumping with the excitement. The
Korean fans managed to get their
team into the final. After that
cracking gold-medal match, USA
against Sweden, it was a little
quieter bit end -- a little quieter
in the arena at the moment. Just
filling up for this match. Plenty of
British support for Eve and team.
So, so hard for them to pick
themselves up after the match
yesterday. Once they did in
interviews, they say the right
things, then they go away to the
quiet of the rooms, back to the
village and then it sinks in that
the gold medal is gone.
They go back
to the village and reflect on what
could have been, what might have
been. For me, I am a little bit
worried that four years ago in
Sochi, when we had to come into this
position, there is a hunger, no
question, but when they lost the
semifinal game yesterday, it was a
double blow to them. It will be hard
for them to pick themselves up.
Their professionalism will show
through. They have got psychologist,
they have got support behind them. I
really want to see the whole team
knitting together. We have just seen
little snippets of that through the
week. If they wanted to happen it
has to happen in this game today.
agree with you. This is going to be
a cover bronze medal to win for the
very fact that the target year was
always trying to get into the
gold-medal match. This is no
secondary target, which they have to
focus on, because this Japanese team
would have been delighted to make
it. They are the only Japanese
women's team, or any team from
Japan, to make it into the medal
match. They have finished fifth on
two occasions before. They have
always made it through in the
women's side but the men working as
well. It is the first time they have
had two teams, both sides
represented, since Nagano, when
Japan was the host, in 1998. It is
quiet. There is not so much
atmosphere. It does not feel like
the medal match they would have
envisaged if they were going for the
gold medal. Lots of things, if they
are not careful, will add up to
making this a difficult match.
Hopefully, one thing they said to
us, as they were leaving the mix
zone last night, we definitely want
to go with something. We do not want
to go home with nothing. That is
what befell Canada, the men's side.
They got into the bronze medal match
and did not play as well.
Switzerland, to be fair, played very
well. By Canadian standards, they
did not come up to scratch. No
Canadian women's team are either in
the semifinals. For the first time
ever. We have seen Lauren Gray. The
lead. They have traded a couple of
stones. Vicki Adams.
Just getting in each other's way,
the skipper wanting to sweep that
Listening to David back in the
studio, saying how much he has
enjoyed working with this Japanese
team, how much fun they were, the
skip, Fujisawa, has been getting
praise in the Korean press. That is
quite a rivalry in sport between
Japan and Korea. It is often taken
quite seriously and she has been
getting lots of praise for the way
she has been smiling lots, really
enjoying it, even in that tense
match against Korea, there were lots
of smiles. She has become pretty
Yes, they do not
really show a lot of frustration out
there. They take very good shots
exactly the same as the bad ones.
She has not always skip to this
team, Fujisawa. The alternate use to
skip this group, then she became
pregnant. She went to AlterNet. In
the meantime, Fujisawa has stepped
up to be the skip, and she is kept
that position ever since. The two
Yoshida sisters. The younger one
plays the lead.
If you remember how the teams
qualified for the Olympic Games,
they had to pick up qualification
points in the World Championships in
2016-2017. Japan won the silver
medal in 2016. That was an offer
them to secure their Olympic
qualification, pretty much. Chinami
Yoshida. Followed by Anna Sloan. I
do not think Anna has had her best
tournament. She did play well in the
second half of the match against
Canada. When Anna is on fire, her
demeanour is such that you know
about it as well.
Yes, and the third
player, it is a key position. You
heard David in the commentary, just
saying that they are the linchpin,
the pain between the front end and
the back-end, and the communication.
There is lots to take in. You have
got to be playing well,
communicating well, sharing the rink
well with the rest of the players.
She has had a couple of games where
she has not been at full capacity.
She knew that more than anybody. She
has said it in a couple of injuries.
I just need to step it up.
were just watching this first end.
Gently breaking UN to this bronze
medal match. Great Britain have the
hammer. They finished higher in the
table but they both lost semifinals.
There was no last stone droid to
determine who had the hammer in the
semifinals and the medal matches.
That is determined by who finished
tied in the round-robin. That was
Britain's we have the hammer.
More often than not, in these tense
medal matches, the semifinal
matches, we have seen the first end
On red guard out there.
If you listen, one thing we have
found in dealing from the Japanese
team, when they play a good shot,
now use goes around.
now use goes around. Satsuki --
Fujisawa played a great couple of
shots at the end of that match. It
looked all over. They were 7-4 down,
they picked up two, one, a steal.
They took it to the extra end. They
just run that one out. Eve might
fancy asking a little question if
she can get this jammed on the
yellow, and sit just counting. That
might not be a bad position to be
in. They might even get the two.
Yoshida finished that match so well.
The Korean skip had a shot at the
end of the tense. It looked like it
might have been another and it
rolled off the bottom. They got the
steel. It was still closed in the
Fujisawa, even under the most
extreme pressure and an audience
full of Koreans, she played a really
good draw to the button to make it
very difficult for Korea to win. But
the Korean skip countered that with
an even better shot to get
themselves into the final.
Muirhead trying to come around the
guide, getting to the edge of the
house, taking it behind the guard.
That is not getting round as much as
she would like. That can be seen
fairly easily, I think. Eve Muirhead
not quite able to manufacture an
opportunity. She will still have the
chance to blank the end if she wants
after this stone from Japan.
She has left it high enough should
Japan overthrow this and catch the
left-hand side, she may well jam.
She will be very unfortunate. She
can see all of the stone. But it is
She might want to make it difficult
for Eve Muirhead to shift this out.
Wouldn't mind if Britain
accidentally picks up one, as it
Nice and straightforward for her.
Eve has to be careful here.
Eve want to blank this end, she
doesn't want to jam it herself.
can see plenty of that stone, we're
not directly behind them, we are
sitting behind a sheet seed which is
the best view for us.
the best view for us. -- sheet C.
Eve Muirhead doesn't want to leave a
shooter in get rid of the and
current red. -- the yellow and her
own red macro.
Well, that is one for Great Britain
but not quite the start Eve Muirhead
So, actually, Fujisawa with that
shot, it had started with Eve's
first in which didn't go where she
wanted, Fujisawa took hers in a
little bit more, made it more
difficult for Eve Muirhead. She
still should have made it. If Yves
-- if Eve had been playing well, she
would have. Great Britain held to
If you don't get the start you want,
you just haven't got to start
saying, here we go again.
Her normal game, she is quite an
offensive player, there was a high
red guard, she took her opportunity.
The game we saw this morning with
the men, Nicholas never took the
game on. It was as if he played the
game not to lose it. We saw Eve
trying to get into that corner which
is what I like to see, positivity.
We have said it before, this team
definitely get stronger as the enzo
go on. -- ends.
They had their press conference and
I was hearing the American
journalists chatting, saying, I
can't believe Edin let the USA play
that messy game, they called it.
Lots of things going on, stones in
play, doubles, and that suited John
Schuster, not getting into his own
The one thing you have to do is give
your opposition due respect and
although Nicklas Edin did that I'm
thinking he was thinking the USA
might make more mistakes but they
didn't, they make very few.
A good point, it was as if Edin was
saying, I am Mr consistent, I will
play a steady game and you will give
me this gold medal.
me this gold medal. He never went in
there to show them how good he was
and he allowed John Schuster and his
team to make the good shots and
every shot they made, they grew in
confidence, were prepared to take on
even more, some really difficult
shots as well.
Anyway, let us hope that is the case
for Eve Muirhead here.
Kelly Schafer and Glenn Howard.
So many people have been enjoying
the curling coverage, thanked you
for watching it all, and all of your
comments, let us hope we can finish
off with a medal here. It has been a
long journey to get to this point.
If you think about the players,
there are some medals here one in
second spot in the curling, 11
matches, 33 hours of play before you
have the chance to say you are a
medallist at the Olympic Games. I'm
not sure how many more hours we have
been commentating, it has been an
awful lot but an enjoyable
experience here. For some people it
is only every four years. But it
seems to grab people in the wake
that maybe most people are surprised
why. I think it is the
straightforward nature of it, versus
the intricacies of shot making an
strategy and chat, the dynamics
between the teams. In essence, is
simple sport to understand.
The dynamics come in about how you
played to get that score, that is
what makes it intriguing. It is not
always a race to the centre, there
is a lot of strategy, building up an
end, waiting to be able to play that
final shot to create two or more.
Fujisawa with those fluorescent,
shocking pink gloves.
She waves that right hand in the
air, always waving. She has lots of
Anna Sloan tried to catch as much as
she can so she doesn't roll out.
They have the yellow out, the
primary target. Didn't manage to...
There wasn't too much of that stone
We just need the girls to settle
down. You can feel that tension in
the air, it is one of these games,
one of the hardest to play. Off the
back of a defeat and you have to get
yourself picked up to play this
bronze medal match.
Japan will try and replace that
stone pretty much although this will
come up against the guard.
come up against the guard. It just
gets in. But not the shot they
wanted. Yumi Suzuki who placed
second, in between the two sisters,
Yurika Yoshida plays first.
When Anna is on her game, this team
really sings. Let us hope that is
what happens today.
Japan trying to decide whether she
still wants to use her corner but
she doesn't have an awful lot of
room to come through. Or whether she
wants to hit the red and get a role
Electing the latter.
Or is she?
Just looking to catch this right.
Not a particularly easy shot but a
good effort at it. They may have
been trying to get the other red as
I think she was trying to get less
of the top red so she could have
come underneath her own yellow on
the left side.
Not an easy shot.
You can't get them both and I am a
bit wary of that. Do you like that?
Michael Wolff that all draw to the
edge. -- either that or draw to the
Wanting to block the opportunity for
Japan to come in, that would be
good. Keeping it I would also be
very good, at the top of the house.
From the other side of the pack,
left-handed Anna Sloan. Giving
herself room to come around these
two, she wants to try to tuck in.
Pulling already hard. Trying to work
it past. By half an inch! Well, that
is not a bad effort from Anna Sloan,
it was very close. Those were the
shots the other day that weren't
quite going for us.
It was really
well swept by the girls.
Did it catch it slightly? A feather.
Anyway, they have done well, it is
tucked in there.
I just wonder whether we are seeing
more turned on the ice down the
middle. They didn't seem to be much
in the men's match.
I think this will move now.
So, Japan, you can see by that
yellow arrow by their name on the
top left, have the hammer. Great
Britain only taking one, forcing the
one, a little mistake from Eve
Muirhead. She wants two good stones
this time, to try to do the same if
The very least is to not give Japan
two if possible.
That is just biting.
Looking at the double here. But
would like to get rid of both of
these, a fair bit of distance
If she can catch that read and roll
across to the left just to be high
of the back red, that is a really
good shot for Japan.
Let us see if
she gets this right. They need a bit
more weight than the previous couple
of stones. We have seen them turn a
little. Fujisawa, the Japanese skip.
Trying to take both British stones.
It is very straight. That ended up
almost flush in the face there. So,
Eve can either flop in behind that
yellow, get rid of that one. And
given we have three counting there,
force the one.
She is saying, a wee half roll. That
is not a lunch!
I could be doing with some lunch!
Have you not had any noodles? I took
so many noodles I am sick of the
site of doodles!
She would like to hit this and Rolan
behind the yellow at the front of
the house. She has got two in there.
It does not affect things much, it
is just confidence.
right. If she had stayed in the
house, Japan are facing three, and
she could have easily gone to the
forfeit against the three are two,
but it is your confidence and you
have got to play the shot and
Yes, when you draw
into the forfeit and you're facing
three, she would have been on the
edge of the eight foot. You're
asking her to make a half decent
shot. It has just become easier. It
is a straightforward draw either
Satsuki Fujisawa, the 26-year-old
skip for Japan. She's trying to even
things up after two ends.
things up after two ends. She has
not given this too much. They can
sweep if they need to. They are
happy with this, letting it go. It
will come in for the one. Bergrem is
looking interested. Very interested.
Is it going to sit? It is funny
because they were sweeping that
early and stopped, realising it
certainly had plenty. It builds up
just in time. Again, Eve managed to
get the hit in role, if she had, it
could've been a steel. Ifs and buts
do not matter. It is tied after two.
Have you noticed any celebrities? I
have not. I am looking today. No.
You missed my joke. I am not
bringing you any more.
Here we go. End three. Great Britain
with the hammer. Reset after two
ends when they both were forced to
take on. -- one.
Remember that match we were
watching, the gold medal match. It
started at such a high level of
proficiency in terms of the shots
that were being made. It dropped off
a little bit, but the excitement was
always there. The shots that were
not made were just little mistakes.
People were trying very difficult
shots, and it was a high-quality
match, which was good for a gold
medal match. They start is a little
I was surprised that
Muirhead did not put a corner run.
They look like they are going to run
this end. She has put on in the
house and Japan is following by
heating it out.
heating it out. -- hitting it out.
She is just taking it away from the
centre line and trying to get it
across the house a little because we
have got the hammer in the third
Fujisawa, you saw what she was
asking from Suzuki.
Just hit this one nicely and roll
back towards the centre line. Nice.
You heard it. It was indeed.
easy. -- throw easy.
traded a few of these.
traded a few of these. Eve Muirhead
and Cal Smith will not get much rest
after these Olympic Games. Whatever
the result. That was a good shot
from Vicki. Yes, the Scottish world
championship play-offs will take
place, is it next week? Early March?
At the ice rink in Paris, yes,
play-offs on the third and 4th of
They take on the teams who
won the Scottish Championships.
Hannah Fleming is the skip that Eve
Muirhead will face, and the winners
of that will head off to the World
Championships in Canada. For the
women. Las Vegas for the men.
It could well be heading towards a
blanked end at this rate.
Eve will not minded it delivers a
quiet start to this bronze medal
match, to get the nerves out of the
way, is there are any. It is almost
the opposite. They need to get
things fired up, a couple of good
shots, it is like making a good
tackle, you might not have scored a
goal, but it gets the crowd going. A
couple of good shots. They might not
get the chance in this end, but
let's hope that happens.
We would like to hit this one and
roll across to the wing. We do not
want to stay on the nose.
Some decent support for the British
women. I can see the guys rate at
the very back at the fireside.
Heading down to the far end, some
other team members from some of the
other events you as well.
We have got the men's final that
happened earlier today. The women's
finals tomorrow. The medals will be
presented after that. Whoever wins
the bronze medal today has to wait
till tomorrow for the ceremony.
Maybe they are not saying nice,
maybe it is something else. Maybe
someone can help me out. I do not
understand Japanese. Maybe it is
I like nice. We are
just looking to hit this and clear
the house. They are not bothering to
stay here at all.
A big GB contingent end. All
Both teams are being a little bit
cagey at the moment. They have been
trying to set up the end, but it
just takes one small mistake Andy
Hall end changes. This is going to
be run through.
be run through. Japan will put a
stone in and Great Britain will hit
it straight back out.
It is funny, when you're watching
these blanked end is, you just want
everyone to go, let's get on with
the next one, but occasionally, you
get a silly mistake, somebody not
Conducting the orchestra, in behind.
The ideas you leave that one there.
That horrendous mistake I was
talking about, you think, what if
she misses? Then there would be a
chance of two. I do not think that
is likely, but you never know.
also good, we have got the hammer.
We won something on the wings just
in case there is a mistake. That was
a good stone by Eve. She played a
nice stone and it rolled across the
house, which is what she asked for,
which is always good for confidence
Lots of work.
Eve does not want to make the same
mistake that she made, it was a much
more difficult shots in the first
end, but this time very easy to get
rid of this stone and make sure she
does not sit in the house herself,
so she can blanked the end and carry
the hammer to the next one.
Exactly. They have worked it out.
That was just what we did not want.
We wanted to blank the ends a week
ago Fourie two. It is early, but all
of these little things well adult
for Eve Muirhead. She has got to get
these shots out of her head. She has
had two ends were she has picked up
on Richey did not want to. She is
leading 2-1 but it is the manner in
which that has happened is
The curling is
continuing on BBC One. It is
Saturday, Football Focus on BBC Two.
Interviews with most Saller of
Liverpool and Wayne Rooney from
Everton. A big day in the north-east
as well, Sunderland playing
Middlesbrough. This curling bronze
medal match, we are sticking with
it, obviously. They normally last
about three hours, these matches. If
you're heading off to the football
this afternoon you have plenty of
time to stay with us before you go,
Those were two, I hesitate to call
them mistakes. You're scoring. Both
of those shots, that one was even
easier than the first one. They
discussed what happened the first
time and still did not make the
The first time she
played it in turning, and the second
time they tried the out time -- the
outturn because the first one had
pulled a lot. It did not hit and run
out as she wanted it. But as long as
they are reading the mistakes they
have made on the ice and they make
the correction is the next time they
have the opportunity, that is
The fourth end, Lauren Gray, leading
out. We have now got Japan with the
hammer. Yurika Yoshida, the younger
of the two sisters, you can see just
there, 67%. She caught a guard in
the previous end, or one before, was
it? Someone is banging. The
Canadians are having a party
alongside us. Something has tickled
them. Everyone keeps saying that
Canada have not won a medal at the
curling. They did, the gold medal at
the mixed doubles, the new event. We
should not forget that. Switzerland
the silver medal, and the Norwegian
pair, who were originally forth, and
with the disqualification of OAR,
because of the failed drugs test,
the Norwegian team are coming out.
They will be here in time to get
their medal in a special ceremony
It was nice they got down back to
get their medal. Both the Norwegian
pair thought it was more fitting to
collect it at the actual Games and
That bronze medal and early wedding
present to one of the Norwegians.
I think I am right in saying I read
somewhere Norway have had it may
well be their best ever Winter
Yes. They hit their target and more.
As a country they were delighted.
Vicki Adams being asked to play an
upturned tap here. Being an
anticlockwise rotation of the stone,
if she can catch this and roll it
into the centre.
into the centre. It almost goes
behind the yellow.
behind the yellow. It can be seen
between the gap. That is what
Fujisawa wants. It would have been
nice if it had sat on the centre
It rolled enough so Japan couldn't
see the inside edge so they had to
go for the other side.
She has rolled over a little further
than she wanted. So, another
opportunity here. To try to hit this
and tuck in. And on to the centre if
Vicki Adams watching the line. That
is not turning enough. A little bit.
Again, just not quite the shots
being played, to be fair, neither
team are performing with a high
level of accuracy. Decent shots but
not quite going exactly or finishing
where they want them to.
Three or four attempts here. Suzuki
here again. It looks a little wide.
They are all getting the wrong side
of these stones. They may well be
scared to drop their wait a little
because if you do too much, you
could miss it. They are airing on
the side of caution at the moment.
This is the fifth attempt from both
teams. Both trying to tuck one in
behind that guard that is out there.
A better chance with this one. That
A nice shot.
Anna Sloan getting it
right. Flags waving in the
background. Family members all
huddled together up there almost in
Japan, I am sure, try the run back
She might end up with that
yellow pretty much where the red is
upfront. She wants to catch it
almost on the nose, she misses it
but does take the back bed. That
goes. The front one is still there.
She has taken it from the centreline
so she has left a shot visible.
so she has left a shot visible. They
will just replace the high guard
again down the centreline.
If you do get this right in the
middle with those two yellow stone
is fairly high, it makes drawing in
a lot easier.
A good first shot from Anna Sloan --
from Anna Sloan.
Just trying to get the sweeping
right, it has a good chance of
getting it right where she wants it.
It just needs that to come across
onto the centreline, a little bit
more. That is a good shot. A little
close. It will make it easier to
remove them. Just keeps asking the
question, though, Yoshida, the
chance to get both here. It is
staying out on that side and coming
in a little now. Just hung on to it.
I thought it was maybe going to stay
on that right-hand side and catch it
a little thin.
Eve can still come in here.
That was the danger for Anna Sloan,
she played a good god but it was
much closer to her red stone. -- she
played a good stones.
Only the second draw Eve has had to
Where is the wait?
The line is good.
This is sitting
high at the moment.
Eve is saying it
needs to call.
We know when the
weight comes off it does finish.
weight comes off it does finish. --
needs to curl.
They would have liked
it to be a little higher in the
Japan will be able to sing or than
half of that from the other end. --
Japan will be able to see more than
half. She will be checking with a
rugger players how much they can see
from the back.
If she can see more
than half, she wants to try to get
behind those two yellow stone is
bothered them leave their own
sitting very visible -- she was to
try to get behind those two yellows.
She may well be able to try a role
in. Or playing a stronger weight and
rolling to the right-hand side as we
All she can just
sit on the top of it.
She has a couple of options.
down the other end and it can look
different. She would love to be able
to see at least half of that. Now
she's changing her mind.
She had decided she will draw on top
She has got that lovely smile when
things are going well or if it is
going tough. Fujisawa trying to draw
in to this red that Eve Muirhead
sent down. You can see how much it
is turning already but it won't be
far away. Not far away at all, it is
a lovely shot. A difficult situation
for Eve. She could try and come down
exactly the same, sit on top of that
yellow and that will draw in again.
Eve, if she were able to play that
shot and lie shot. Or is she going
to sit on top of it.
to sit on top of it.
She will make
it much harder for Japan to get the
two. But she has to be careful, she
doesn't want to bounce off it, that
is the shore.
Anna Sloan suggesting
she try not come in and touch it.
But why not bump it? Because you are
pulling everything to the bank and
may give Japan a better opportunity
of hitting your red out --
everything to the back.
I think Eve
Muirhead quite like this one.
Muirhead quite like this one. --
quite likes this one. How is the
line? They are watching.
That has over Paul's. It will give
Japan the opportunity. She had to
play a really good shot.
one, that is fine. She is asking
Fujisawa to play a very good shot to
play all the way in.
It just turned at the end.
Japan with a chance of two, it is
very tight. Anything touching the
button, she will have two. She
doesn't want to come into this heavy
and Tapp yellow. Qatar -- and tap
her own yellow.
They are sweeping this early.
Has it got enough weight to take it
into the house?
It is not on the
right nine either.
right nine either. -- line. Four
very close together but the result
is one for Japan. All that is
happening is neither team really
getting hold of an end, not able to
dominate. A couple of mistakes on
both sides. We are trading ones. The
good news from that perspective is
it is tied 2-2. Now, Great Britain
will have the hammer as we go into
This curling match is continuing on
BBC One. If you did not catch my
message earlier, football focus is
on BBC Two now. And you can see an
interview with Mo Salah and one with
Wayne Rooney. We have got the reds
and calling it the silver of Japan
out there? Not favouring one team or
the other, but in terms of colours,
we think we have played better in
We like red. We feel
comfortable with the girls playing
It is that superstitious
thing! Here we go, the fifth end.
Let's get a two here and get a
little bit of a gap. It will be a
good way to go into the halfway
point. Just need something, a little
bit of a Spartan, a couple of big
shots, get the crowd going. More for
their confidence than anything else
but I think Eve will be pleased with
the way she forced the one in that
end and Anna paid a couple of nice
You are right. Both teams are
playing well, but just looking for
one of them to lift it to the next
level. Give themselves, as well as
everybody else a little opportunity
to be excited about what is in front
of them here.
A bronze medal is at
stake. It would be the sixth medal
of a winter Olympic Games and we
have never managed that. Quite a lot
of the British team, certain members
have come in to watch this. Not too
much more action left at these
games. Actually got some snow today,
I cannot call it snowed.
It was a
Down the coast here.
I think almost every day we have had
bright sunshine. That was a nice
draw. Let's see if Lauren
draw. Let's see if Lauren can hit
and roll across that red here.
Lauren has the best stats. 94% so
far in this match. The University of
Glasgow graduate. Her brother Logan
has been commentating with us. Up in
the stands watching. She has passed
to the guard.
to the guard.
That is a really nice
shot. Lauren has been a strong,
strong team member this week. She
was of course the fifth player in
Sochi, when Team GB won the bronze
When I interviewed the team
after their defeat to Sweden in the
semifinal yesterday I said to
Lauren, you do not know how this
feels. I did not mean she had not
been there, but she had not been on
the ice in Sochi. She would have
felt it in Sochi, but not in the
same way I am sure in that match
That was a little
bit fortunate. She has rolled it
behind the centre guard.
out really well. Remember when we
said about the Hamilton shot and I
said if they win the gold medal, and
they did, I said they will be play
the whole match in front of family
and be saying, you did not mean to
do that? No, they will be saying, of
course I did.
The cheeky shot that
caught a high guard. And it rolls
down and eventually helped them
secure some of the shots.
PLAYER: The only other thing you can
do is a similar shot to Lauren.
if we do this.
if we do this.
What Eve is
doing, she wants to hit the second
yellow stone. She is saying if it is
tight and we end up coming onto that
guard, she does not minor. The
weight is important. Just catching
the first guard. It is not in the
house. If they catch it on the way
in, hopefully the red will still
roll into the house but the primary
target is the second red just at the
top of the house.
All the time looking to create.
I think we are going to catch the
high one. Yes.
little bit heavy and it will go
through the back.
They caught the
guard quite a bit, as well. At some
point, that is fine, when you have
not got anything out of the shot. I
know why you say that is fine.
to keep your confidence up. Fine
would have been the nice little hit
and a roll across to the side.
It is a different type of
psychology. You want to be positive
but you also have to recognise when
a bad shot is a bad shot. You will
not emphasise it by saying it is
bad, but I am sure inside they know.
It is just trying to keep supporting
each other. Again a roll-out from
Japan. Another opportunity for Vicki
There is a high yellow guard. If we
can catch the yellow in the house
and a little bit of a roll, that
would be good. That is very nice.
That is better from Vicki.
Just building an opportunity here.
Would love to get the two. We are in
the house, behind the guard.
Trying to run back against that red.
She has got it.
replaces it. Well. A little raise of
the hand from Chinami Yoshida.
PLAYER: if we are doing it this way,
we are jamming over here.
leave another yellow in there, if it
Just leave the centre,
that is all. What do you like?
first, the run to try and get a
The yellow is really high. If
you are confident with your weight,
it is a great opportunity to create
the two. You need to sit somewhere
in the eight foot.
At some point
they have to believe in themselves
to make the shot.
It was like
earlier with Nicholas, he did not go
out to win the game, he tried not to
lose. I think you have to take these
It is pulling hard
already. She might be passed. She
is. Because they swept it hard,
where will it stop? They needed it
Not bad. That is a good
attempt. Unfortunately for us, it
has gone behind the T-line, so Japan
can follow that.
This shot is always
She has played very well so far,
Yoshida, the older of the two
sisters. A calm delivery.
I think she might catch... She did
The crowd will applaud
that. There you go!
that. There you go! Where can Eve
put her stone now? She has the
chance to use this one. We still
have three to go.
We want to try to
get half of that and roll across to
the left as you see on the picture,
try to separate the stones. They
will both be behind the T-line, but
we need to get rid of the yellow
first. This is sitting high on the
line. I think she will try to get
enough of it, but will she stay in
No. A pity the back red
was not closer, it could have helped
it to stay.
it to stay. Sadly, Anna missing an
opportunity. Still have the red
toxins. The second yellow just got
moved to the side slightly. They can
see more of it now.
This is a good
opportunity now for Fujisawa to get
one in there and sit on the teeline.
Even if Anna had made the shot they
were still that shot left for Japan.
Just the little momentum swings just
now. If you do not fulfil your shot
to the best of your ability.
Once it crosses the centre line, it
A lot. It has a good chance.
Just tap sit back. -- taps it. A
pretty good shot.
pretty good shot.
If we can try to
catch as much
catch as much of the nose, maybe a
fraction to the right-hand side of
Have to be careful of the line. You
have to throw well enough on the
right-hand side of the centre line
and let it come across. If you
overthrow it, you see what Anna's
The weight is crucial. She
cannot have too much weight. It
needs enough. A little bit less ice
from Anna Sloan. See if Eve can get
something going. In the fifth end.
Half a chance to get a two but it
needs an excellent shot. Set it up
with this first one. It has to skirt
past the second yellow. This has a
chance, a great chance. Well, it is
a nice shot. It was almost there and
a little bit more, the red would've
tucked in and the yellow go further
back. Almost perfect. The line was
good, it lacked extra, not much. It
caught the angle right and
everything. Great Britain lying the
one. Could have been almost two,
which would have been a marvellous
situation to be in.
She will follow
this in. Still a difficult shot,
because she needs to be sitting on
the nose of it. If she bounces off
it, we have a good opportunity to
pick up our two.
It is almost
identical, the line. Pulling hard.
am not sure she will get past the
second, oh, she house. A wonderful
-- she house. Just a little
Those are the shots she
played in the semifinal the other
day. She is a wonderful draw shot
Eve needs to be aware of
what she is up against, Fujisawa
with these nice draws, she is always
capable of making it. It was a nice
The only thing you can say is that
Eve played this. She
The only thing you can say is that
Eve played this. She just needs to
catch that yellow a little bit just
on the inside. Nudge it back a few
inches and stay...
inches and stay... This is another
delicate little shot.
She has to
play the right weight, just a tiny
edge of that yellow to push it to
the side but keep her shooter in.
With less weight it's going to turn
more at the end. This one is
definitely got a bit more weight on
it, more than Fujisawa's had. She's
got a chance here. Pass the first
one, past the second one. Needs to
nudge that. That's unlucky. That's
very unlucky. Gets one but not two.
A very good shot from Eve Muirhead.
Not quite the result she wanted but
she picks up one.
So that's it after five ends, Great
Britain lead by one. It's a tight
affair, not much quarter being given
by either team.
by either team. CLARE BALDING: we
will be back with the curling
shortly. There are some changes in
the TV schedule. On BBC One we will
be on air and till 2pm. The news
will follow that and Hazel will have
more highlights from 2:15pm. At 4pm
it's Scotland versus England in the
Calcutta Cup clash from Murrayfield.
Football Focus is on BBC Two right
now. We'll be back with the curling
shortly. Eve Muirhead and her team
looking to try and win a bronze
medal for a second Winter Olympics
running. Team GB have been
celebrating success banks to Billy
Morgan. -- thanks to Billy Morgan.
We have a very, very big day for you
today. The final of men's big air.
Billy Morgan I think going to go for
the front side 1440 triple cork. If
he lands this he is well within the
He needs to go
Come on Billy Morgan!
Frontside triple 14.
Frontside triple 14. Billy Morgan!
Yes! Billy Morgan with the double
grab frontside triple 14. That is
Oh my goodness.
Billy Morgan moves into bronze medal
position and it is a long and
nervous wait. The whole of the UK
now needs to watch this jump through
their eyes. He's gone! Billy Morgan
has got a bronze medal!
Congratulations, Billy. CLARE
BALDING: that bronze medal for Billy
Morgan means that Pyeongchang 2018
is the most successful Winter
Olympics of all time for the British
team thanks to these five. Lizzy
Yarnold who defended her skeleton
title to become Britain's's
first-ever double gold medallist at
the Winter Olympics. The hind live
the taking bronze, Laura Deas taking
bronze meaning Britain filled two
spots on the podium for the first
time. Team GB's first medal of these
games was won by Dom Parsons, the
first male skeleton medallist for 70
years. And the youngest member of
the team delivered one of the best
results, a bronze for Izzy Atkin in
ski slopestyle. Passing that record
British medal mark earlier today,
Billy Morgan soaring into the sky to
take the bronze in the big air. This
was receiving his bronze medal. He
said I'm 28 and I've maxed the limit
of what my body can be scared about.
It's the best feeling, the payoff
after you do something you're scared
of. You put the fear to one side
knowing if he landed badly it would
all be over, but he didn't. He made
it and these five have set the pace
for the most successful British
Winter Olympic team ever.
Congratulations to all of them. The
question is, can Eve Muirhead make
Congratulations to all of them. The
question is, can Eve Muirhead make
it six medals from the same games?
It's been a tight start to the
bronze medal match against Japan.
Great Britain leading 3-2. What have
you made of it?
Very much a cagey
affair. Both teams making some
mistakes and probably a sign of some
DEC tell-tale signs and can
you tell if someone is feeling it?
you tell if someone is feeling it?
-- do you see tell-tale signs?
think so. The way they are
communicating, just the way they are
talking. Not quite the communication
we've seen previously.
athletes work on high-pressure
situations, like curling for an
Olympic medal, you can either be
your best friend or worst enemy. Eve
is familiar with these levels of
stress and she should know how to
deal with them.
They've done a huge
amount of work behind the scene 's
and their ability to deal with that
stress and they'll be talking about
that as to the next five ends going
That's Glenn Howard, their
Canadian coach. He came into the
British curling set up to try and
help them build on what they are
doing. They have the advantage of
the hammer on the odd ends. They are
trying to get a situation... It was
interesting early on that Eve was
trying to blank the third end to
give her self chance of getting two
on next. Didn't quite manage it.
quite but they've stayed in control.
They are ahead in the game. The
biggest thing for me now is that
they have to make sure that they can
deal with the pressure. That's the
biggest skill of all, especially in
curling. It's the ability to deal
with the pressure, especially now
it's the medal games and these last
few ends when every single shot
really matters. We are talking about
millimetres. We just need to focus
on what they are doing and work
really hard as a team.
Will be back
shortly but let's take this
opportunity to bring you up-to-date
on all the headlines so far on this
penultimate day of the Winter
Olympics. Britain are out of medal
contention at the halfway stage of
the four-man bob. The German team
lead the way with the GB sleds 17th
and 18th. They weren't helped by
having to change their runners. Both
threads seem unlikely to match the
eighth place finish achieved by the
British women. In the inaugural
Alpine ski team event the GB team
knocked out the USA but with then
eliminated by Norway. The gold medal
eventually won by Switzerland who
beat Austria in the final. Ester
Ledecka has become the first woman
to win gold in two different sports
at the same Winter Olympics. She
wanted a's snowboard giant slalom
week after her shock victory on skis
in the Super-G. The USA began the
men's curling competition ranked 13
in the world but they clinched gold
today beating the world number one
Sweden. That amazing shot from the
skip pulling it off to take five and
they beat 10-7. The Russian
bobsleigh pilot has admitted an
anti-doping violation and being
disqualified from the Winter
Olympics. She tested positive for a
banned heart medication two days
before her race in which she ended
12. The second athlete from the OAR
to test positive and be expelled
from these games. The first of them
in curling which is very rare. Let's
hand you back to the early stages of
the sixth end. It's very, very
tight. COMMENTATOR: It is, one shot
in it with Great Britain leading
3-2. You left us that the figure end
of the half-time break. A few stones
in this sick end and you can see
their Great Britain have won in on
the button there. A couple of stones
upfront which have been removed
since then. We were listening to
Glenn Howard chatting to the
winning's team at half-time, and the
strategy was to force the one, blank
the seventh and get the hammer in
the eighth and tenth. I've heard
that before but it's easier said
than done. Just a little nick there.
Those are the Little Mix that, when
they start going against you, can
really punish you -- little nicks.
That one catches and runs all the
way through. Still plenty of stones
to come in this end but that's
little advantage to Great Britain.
We haven't got many stones in play
Two, I can count them. So not
Did we notice
what they had at half-time today,
what it bananas and oranges?
They would have been specially
prepared by Kelly Schafer. That is
part of your job as the player.
the orange and cut the banana?
the stones, carry the brushes... Cut
the fruit. And support the team,
most of all. A huge role, fifth man,
As it stands at the moment I don't
think we'll be forcing the one here.
And the option of blanking with
Japan but they don't really want to
blank this end. With Great Britain
still leading, they would have the
hammer in seven and nine. They'll
want to try and get their score in
here. That read out on the wing is
still in play. Might well figure
later on. We've seen the white
stones come into play. Even though
it looks as though they aren't going
to. In the very first end, remember
the one sitting on the side, it
ended up with Eve making a little
error and just picking up one. She
was trying to blank. A quiet start
so far to the second half of this
match. Just following in the same
frame of the type of play we've seen
so far in this cagey affair for the
If either of these teams want to
have that medal, they are both going
to have to maybe step it up a
little. David Murdoch was right when
he said it's a bit cagey, no one
really am willing to take the game
on at the minute.
Now that this end is halfway
through, there's probably no point
for Great Britain, they are going to
play the simple shots, keep
everything in the sense of the house
I think the difference
between this and how that Sweden
match started, it was 3-3 at
halfway. The hammer had gone to
Sweden but we are always trying to
catch up and stay with Sweden in
that match. At least we've got our
noses ahead here. It's only one
shot, that's the first time we've
gone over that side...
looking for that.
Using that stone,
and a little laugh. She's had a few
of them, hasn't she?
It's nice to
see people enjoying themselves.
That's what sport is all about. It
becomes very serious when it's your
job, so nobody would not want to see
the last and the fun. That inspires
people and it makes me happy. I
think sport is something you should
do for the love of it. And for the
Until you get to the
Olympic Games and you're a medal
contender and then it becomes very
serious stuff indeed.
does, especially when you've got a
nation falling behind you.
nation falling behind you.
better from Eve.
This week at the curling I've been
really inspired by many, many
competitors out there. The mixed
doubles, what great fun it was, and
especially someone like Matt
Hamilton today winning the men's
Olympic gold medal. I listened to
his interview and somebody said
you're the joke in the team and he
said, I only play this game because
I enjoy it and I want everyone to
see how much I enjoy it. I think
that inspires people to think they
could have a go at it.
You said you have been inspired,
what sport are you taking up?
see you at halfpipe!
cross? I still curl for seniors but
I struggle with my bowl. I think I
will take up bowls.
A summer sport.
There was no bowls this week!
There was no bowls this week!
bowls. I think I once told Katherine
Grainger I would take up bowls and
she said she would hold me to it.
Keep an eye on me if I do it.
wants to sit here. And try to induce
the mistake from Japan.
it back into the centre, which means
for Japan to hit this and roll out,
she has more of the house to roll
across. You might get a mistake from
We would like her to make the
mistake Eve made and give up the
one. Britain happy to force the one
here. Wants to hit the red and roll
out and carry a hammer into the next
end. Going pretty straight.
end. Going pretty straight. Just
enough. Just straightened up. We
thought for a little while they
might be in bother but she manages
to get out so a blanked end and
Great Britain retain the lead. The
hammer stays with Japan into the
seventh. That is not bad, it means
Great Britain could well have the
hammer in the final end, if we score
through the next three. It needs
something to happen. I know I have
said this, but just... It is a match
which, well I have said it before, I
know it is a Saturday, but it is
like a 0-0 draw, I know it is not
0-0, but you know what I mean.
teams feeling each other out. We
have just come off the back of what
was an extraordinary men's gold
medal match, which had some
fantastic shotmaking with lots of
stones in play, drama.
Worthy of a
gold match. The underdog, if you
like, came through. Always a great
sporting story when that happens.
John Schuster and his team. Not
fancied by anybody to do
particularly well, and even after
six matches here, they lost four,
could not afford to lose any more.
They went on a winning streak that
saw them go through to the gold
medal. We try again.
Lauren Gray again. 94%, so far
today. Very good.
The younger of the year she'd
sisters. -- Yoshida sisters.
trying to force Japan into the
centre by placing the short centre
A good response. Eve would like
Lauren to draw in on the top of
that. We are going to see some
stones in here. If Lauren can be
really accurate. That will force the
issue a little bit.
You feel it is tense in the crowd,
you feel they are absorbed by what
they are watching.
Hard sweeping from Anna Sloan and
Vicki Adams. Wanting to get it top
of the yellow.
That is good, the
girls swept that well.
We will see something similar from
Japan and as I said, we are going to
get some stones in play. It will
follow a similar route down.
Try to sit on top of the red.
They are working this hard.
is joining in. It will overcome --
over curl a little.
over curl a little. PLAYER:
It looks like just high.
Vicki Adams, this is a shot she
Driving her own red shot into the
pack in the house. It looks a little
That is fine, yes.
That is fine.
More support for each other.
A good call would be for Japan to
hit the high yellow onto the red,
onto the yellow, almost split them
and give them space between them to
make it harder for Great Britain to
remove all of them, or at least two.
I think they are discussing perhaps
sitting on top of those. Yes, that
will go that way, that will go that
way, that is what we should do.
Suzuki has already
headed back. I do not think she
needs to sit in the centre. Japan
have a hammer and can afford to hit
the high yellow, I want to save the
left-hand side, and roll across to
the other side, separating shots.
Yumi Suzuki only paying 60% at the
moment for Team Japan.
On the draw,
I do not think I have seen anybody
as low as 38% in the competition.
Just a gentle tap.
She has finished
up in a nice position. I know I said
I thought she should open it up. If
Great Britain try to hit these, we
will lose our red.
A board meeting
called here by the chairman.
Everybody coming down.
Everybody coming down.
might not leave this. I think that
is what we do. -- play a
The front and the back one, if we
can. We probably want to hold the
shooter. This will spring more than
Playing peel weight here.
She did say she would try to hold
the shooter. If it is thin it will
not be possible. Let's see how they
separate. That is a good shot. It
has opened it up nicely, indeed. A
good shot. The British team members,
you can see Glen Muirhead. I think
they are all up there. I saw
they are all up there. I saw the two
Kyles earlier on.
After those early stones, just
starting to build up. That one shot
from Vicki Adams. Back to just one
Japanese stone. They will try to
come across the other side of the
house. They have the hammer. Nothing
out front for them at the moment.
Throw normal, just normal.
This is the scrap for the bronze
medal and it is a scrap at the
Anna Sloan looking to just move off
this yellow. It would be nice to be
close to the other yellow. PLAYER:
That is fine. Unfortunate,
the girls thought it was a little
high and did not sweep it enough and
then they did not get the roll they
were looking for, but there was good
communication. We heard Vicki saying
thin double, but they did leave it.
Watch this. Just jams the red.
Spring is the other yellow out. The
red is in a handy position than it
was. Absolutely nothing to work with
out front for Japan.
This will all pull close to the
That is an opportunity for Japan to
use it as a nest and sit in it. She
really needed to hit and stick
across on the other side to keep
This is another big
chance for Japan.
Three stones left for them. As
Jackie was saying, a nice target to
come up against with the two reds.
Britain would love to force the one
here, get the hammer in the eighth
for two ahead.
She said this a little light? --
Going to have to work it
hard but they just want to sit right
in the pack, not any bounce.
well swept again. A little light but
at least the sweepers can work with
it. Very thin to get it out.
to be careful we do not jam it.
Lauren comes to have a look.
Well, this is going to be a
difficult shot to make. She's going
to try and catch the inside of that
yellow and squeeze it past the red.
As Jackie was saying, she doesn't
want to jam it onto the red and
catch it too thick here. Now Eve is
having another thought.
We need a
little bit inside, but I don't mind
We have decided to go with our
original thought. As a skip
sometimes the first thought you have
is the right one. There's a bit of
debating and thought in her mind so
lets that she concentrates on the
It was interesting Eve asked
Lauren to have a look, almost as if
she's not trusting herself at this
point. I'm sure she is.
She needs to
catch a tiny edge of it... That's
fine, that's all that was needed.
That was good. Didn't want to leave
that yellow in there.
that yellow in there. But the red is
Still the option of a blank end for
Japan. Then will be into number
eight. That was my point about being
one ahead. So crucial...
one ahead. So crucial... It's not
been a high-scoring match... Two or
three of them have come from
mistakes. It's gone.
Great Britain are still trying to
force that one here rather than the
blank. And make it very difficult
for Japan to try and peel it out
without jamming it on the back one.
That stone has temptingly stayed
there. They would love to force the
one here. She needs to jam it up
against that yellow so it can't
really be moved. She needs to be
absolutely perfect hair.
absolutely perfect hair. Where's it
going? That is a cracking shot from
Eve Muirhead. Now then, Fujisawa
heads down the other end. She's got
to come onto the other side of the
red. She wants to blank the end here
if she can. She wants to move the
red, make sure it goes.
red, make sure it goes. She has to
get this just right. Move the red,
it's not going to be easy here, and
leave the house with her own stone.
Plenty of weight on here. As much as
she can. Has she does -- has she
done it? She has. Very good from
Fujisawa. Great Britain still lead
this and that's another end gone.
Three to go but it means Japan will
have the hammer in the eighth and
possibly the tenth. They won't if
they keep blanking ends. They have
to score at some point. A couple of
good shots there in the latter
stages from the British team, Eve
Muirhead now, although her stats say
only 73%, I think she's been playing
reasonably well. It is for the
taking still. But lovely smile from
Family members at the back. They'll
be nervous now, every end that goes
by. They desperately want to win the
bronze medal, to have something to
go home with. After the huge
disappointment of not getting
through to the final. No Canada in
the medal matches, and you would
have been so happy if someone had
told you that before this
competition, that Canada wouldn't be
in the final four. You'd think yes,
that gives us a brilliant
opportunity festival to get into the
final and then to win the gold
medal, but it wasn't to be. This is
as good as it can be, when the
bronze. Emulates what happened in
One of these teams, you just want
them to go and win it. It's been so
cagey. OK, the odd good shot forces
be issued to the other team, and you
don't want to take too many risks.
You don't but sometimes you've just
got to take the bull by the horns,
be prepared to face the challenge. I
just worry at the moment it's a cat
and mouse game.
The danger is you
get to close to the end to respond.
One team gets a big score in and end
it's too late to respond now.
realise you don't want to get sucked
into the opposition's type of game,
but we don't have the hammer and
it's maybe the fact that Japan
really need to take it on a little
I would say that. At this
point, as good as Japan have played,
they have to score. They've got to
score in a way which gives them...
If they don't score here, they've
got a hammer in the ninth. No score
again. It's not doing them any good
not getting a score. We've had to
blank dens -- two blanked ends. I'm
not sure we seen as tense affair as
this one all week in terms of
scoring and the cagey nature of it.
I'm trying to say not been anything
other than engaging, enthralling. If
this had been a round robin match
we'd be thinking, come on.
because it is a medal match and
there is tension. It's because both
teams are desperate to get this game
finished and when it.
That camera is
above the button. Why is right above
that stone, it may just be nibbling.
We see Japan trying to use the
corner on their foot. She almost
gave that too much ice. I don't
think she's going to hide at all in
No. Eve asking for a little
hit and roll. Vicki Adams, you can
see on the draw, only 50%.
With the exception of Lauren Gray
nobody is shooting the lights out
here, that's for sure.
here, that's for sure.
Sadly rolls across a little
too much, but a good try from Vicki
A real nailbiter, this one.
You have to hold your nerve.
with the opportunity to play a nice
controlled weight, catch the top one
and roll across behind her corner
guard. She probably won't be in the
house but it will be a double corner
they can hopefully use...
It's not a
double corner but she takes one.
We've still got one in there. There
are a couple of yellows.
Great Britain deciding to come in
behind these two high yellows. That
down to Anna Sloan.
down to Anna Sloan.
If this has got
enough on it, the line is pretty
good. They've stopped sweeping, they
want to try and get it in around
that guard. Now they need to sweep
it round. It's going to stop. I just
thought it was a little light.
We've never seen, well, we haven't
seen enough of the Anna Sloan smile.
You know, when she plays good shots
and she's really happy. Not enough
this week. Certainly not in the
When she smiles, her
eyes just light up.
This really needs to come a bit
more... She's going to get both of
them. She has as well. It's not
taken it fully out but...!
It is not
the first time she's done that.
She's the one with the flashing
She just overthrew that but
she got a look in. A good result,
her skipper kept an eye on it all
the way down.
Now, will that just sit? It might
do. Just hang on. It spins back in.
It spins back in.
That could be
important. It's always good to have
2-3 in there. As we get down to skip
stones. Still those two guards out
Japan have got the hammer
and they shouldn't be bothered by
these back reds at all. They are
behind the team line. She's got two
corners, she can easily bring one in
-- the T-line.
Now, what is she playing here?
that enough ice to come in?
might be trying to tap the yellow
If she gets two in
she can put her yellow in behind the
corner and roll in across as well.
She can fulfil two shots with one
stone. That's what she's done.
That's a nice attempt. She's happy
Clever little shocked.
That's completely changed the end.
Clever shot. That's the first time
we've seen someone really make a
move to score well.
What response can Eve Muirhead come
up with here? The first one is...
Does she think she can get both?
not sure, you have to be really
careful. If you try and catch the
inside of that you may well jam it
in the back red.
She wants to hit and roll in that
case. I think Fujisawa saying the
red at the top is lying shot. It is
She was to see where
it will go. Fujisawa, if she catches
this on the nose, it will not be
second shot so she is looking for a
roll to make sure it is sitting
She would like to roll
writing behind the guard that is out
there. -- right in. Having a look at
everything except... Those reds at
the back, as well. Just checking
this to see... If she catches this
right, it will not jam against
Not sure. All of these shots getting
crucially important. They need to
get their two. This is a chance for
them. Sweeping early. They need to
hold the line. They just want to hit
this red and roll over. Pulling
across the other side. It will miss
the red. She has not even got shot.
Has she got second shot?
I am sorry,
she has shot the first, I meant
second. Eve has gone to have a look.
Very close. I did not hear what they
said. As we look at that, looking at
the one on the right as Eve looks at
it, is second shot. She is going to
try to come around the other side of
the guard and roll into the house.
It is key that Eve hits this shot
and stays in the house. She does not
want to roll out because then it
would be a simple split on the front
yellow for Japan to get the two. We
need to hit and stick.
The question here is who is lying
second shot. They have gone to have
another look. It is not the back
one, I do not think. Surely the
British one on the left.
British one on the left. She is
saying to move that one.
If you play
this sensibly you can split the top
yellow. You could hit one off the
back ones. Britain are lying third
shot, first and third, I think. I
agree with you.
Good. It is not
often you are right!
I just don't
let you think I am wrong.
let you think I am wrong.
more discussion as to whether
whoever is lying third shot. I think
it is Great Britain. I think the
yellow at the top is second.
split is called.
This is a delicate
shot. But, the danger with a split,
is the danger she gives up two?
Why? She wants to try the split.
What they have to remember is the
first shot and second, so if you do
not get the split, make sure you hit
the tap and you are guaranteed a
But if the angles is wrong and
they both go out?
She only has to
move them four, five inches.
understand that. Therefore, she has
to be very delicate. Of course, by
doing that, it will turn more at the
I is fixed ahead as she delivers the
stone. Fujisawa desperately trying
to get her two which would put Japan
in the lead with two ends to go. It
is over curling. I thought that
might happen. The big swing. It is
so difficult. That is a good result
for Great Britain. One more goes on
the scoreboard. It has been
tit-for-tat, one to you, one to me.
Great Britain will have a hammer.
They have hurt to wait for this to
happen. We have had two blanked
ends. They themselves could think
about blanking the ninth and
carrying the hammer into the tenth,
because it is level. Then they would
only need to score a one in the
tenth to win. It does not always
work that way. You cannot set out
from the beginning of the end to
deliberately blanket. You can, but
the opposition know what you are
trying to do. Would it be a plan to
I think Great Britain
would be happy to blank this.
At the moment, the scales are tipped
slightly in Great Britain's favour,
but not much. We have seen often in
curling, one bad shot, one brilliant
shot, perhaps, and things can
The trouble going down this
end, we have the hammer. We would
like to blank it put Japan have the
advantage of starting this off and
they desperately want to force us to
a one. It is who executes the shots
well in this and it is managing the
pressure. We heard Dave Murdoch
earlier saying at the end of the
day, it will be the team that
manages the pressure. And the
pressure in the last couple of ends
will be extremely high. I think you
have to have in the back of your
mind, it is just a curling game, a
match. Pretend you are not at the
That is one way of
thinking. I am more in the Nicholas
Edinburgh, this is the Olympic
Games, this is what I came
Games, this is what I came for --
Edin. I get it, you have to block
the other things out that this is
the Olympic stage. This is what they
have been dreaming about. Japan have
not been in this situation. Imagine
how they are feeling. It is an
opportunity they want to grasp.
Trying to embrace the situation is
better than pretending it is not
We are well aware
not everybody is a curling expert
and you think if you want to blank
the end, why not get rid of stones
at the start but the free guard
zone. Stones placed out there cannot
be moved out of play. You can hit
them, move them around if you want
to, but they cannot be moved out of
play. Great Britain are here
putting... Is that the pressure? She
has had such a good game so far. We
could have done with stopping in the
That is the first stone really that
Lauren, we have been in the
situation when you are asking Lauren
to put a stone tucked in. Overthrew
This is where timing is just
crucial. Play the right shot at the
right time, you are a hero. Play the
wrong shot at the wrong time and it
can go all against you.
This is looking like a nice stone
from Japan. All in the centre line.
Just setting tee hive.
sensing danger so she will remove
the guard. -- tee high. Or both.
One, two, and that is a nice shot
from Vicki Adams. There is still a
red out there. But that has improved
things from a British perspective.
Japan perhaps looking to replace the
She is going to try the
guard. Going the other side because
the red is in the way for getting
onto the centre line.
Suzuki has had a decent game.
Percentages are not great but she
was at 38% and since then she has
been much better.
Wanted it to come across the centre
line and guard the yellow. It has
lined up again for Vicki.
lined up again for Vicki. Let's see
if the Pocket Rocket can lift both
of these. Just got one of them, but
that is fine. They said that before
you did. That is fine!
Japan with that yellow. Halfway
through the stones here. Eve just
trying to work the opportunity.
Would love to get a two. The more
stones that are played, the less
chance of blanking and end.
could be putting one sitting in
front of the back red because if
they are lying two shots in the
house, they are forcing Great
Britain to take the one and giving
Japan the hammer. They are playing
the shots. If you play the shot you
have called for, is great, if you do
not, it is all wrong. They could
come to that back one. They could do
later, they are playing cagey at the
Not many stones left. Anna
Sloan will take the yellow away
If you come to the back one, you
leave Britain the opportunity of
hitting the yellow and a red in
behind the red would make it
difficult for you, so this is
probably the right shot at the
moment, but at some point, I think
they will make a play.
If we get
these two trading, I suspect
Fujisawa, with her first stone, will
look to do that. Otherwise...
Starting to give Great Britain a
good chance of a two. Another guard.
Just on the centre line. A bit of an
angle, better angle, excuse me. Can
Anna Sloan maybe get both of these?
Needs to catch it face on almost. It
has a chance. She has done well. She
has left a red out there but with
Great Britain sitting one. There is
the smile. Have not seen that enough
recently. A nice double takeout from
Anna Sloan. An opportunity
developing. Two stones out in front,
as well. For maybe... They are not
in great positions and will make
perhaps life difficult for Eve when
she comes to draw. Now Japan are
having to think. Where does she want
to put her stone? That has ended up
in a position, the shot you were
talking about, getting onto the back
If she takes the back reds a
little bit negative, then Eve has
the opportunity to ignore it. If
somebody comes around the front
I dearly, they won't have a blank
here. -- ideally. If they don't have
a blank, it really depends who plays
All sorts of options are
still available here, as you said.
Everything from a steel from Japan
but keeping the hammer in the last
half, there'd have to get to. But
would be a mistake. A blanked end
definitely a possibility still. Good
game so far from Fujisawa. Trying to
draw in around that red.
draw in around that red. See if she
can get this on the edge. The red
This is a question of who
wants to win the game. She's played
a really nice shot there. Very nice.
It's nicely in line.
Eve has decided she's going to run
her own redback, right on the nose
as she said. She hopes that red will
sit where the yellow one is, pretty
much knock the yellow out. Great
Britain will have two in. There
might be a chance for Fujisawa to
take them both after that but that
might be a difficult shot. Eve
Muirhead, then. Trying to catch this
pretty much on the nose, her own
red. And run it back onto the
yellow. No, no, no, no. That's given
her the chance of a blanked end.
Yes. It's done the job, it's cleared
everything out the house. They had
to wait for that to come.
going to walk away and say that's
what I meant? No. Not going to claim
So, a little bit of a lucky break
Eve Muirhead, removing all the
stones and the chance of a blanked
end. They'll have to score in the
final bend, -- the final end.
We have seen in the earlier ends
where we thought we were heading for
a blanked end, the straightforward
removal of the stone. She's done
well to get this right in. A bit of
indecision about what to do with
One of two things are going to
happen. Either Eve gets the blank or
she's going to end up sticking this
red in the house. To run back onto
the yellow and end up with a one.
What would you prefer, the blanked
end? Your not sure, are you?
prefer a blanked end, but having
said that even if you give away a
one here, you still have the hammer
going down the last end. Having that
hammer is the key at the moment. If
they blank this end it would be
That's OK, the
girls will have already discussed
this. They play out these scenarios
a lot with hammer, without hammer,
one down, one up. I think having the
last stone advantage in this end,
there is a possibility to pick up
the two. We haven't exchanged twos
at all in this game. Let's see if we
can do it in the last end.
can do it in the last end.
Muirhead heads down the ice on her
own. She will take responsibility
whatever happens here. That was
another mistake from the skip. That
is not the Anna Sloan face we want
to see. It was a nice shot from
Fujisawa which caused Eve again to
have to make a tricky shot, but a
straight run back at the very least
just stick for one.
been drawing so well. We saw that
even in their semifinal game against
Korea. She is doing exactly the same
Our Great Britain going home
with nothing here? It's all on this
final end. They can get one and then
we go into an extra end.
we go into an extra end.
create the two and finish it off in
the last end, but we just have to
wait and see.
When you're trying to
get your two... She looks a little
forlorn at the moment, Eve Muirhead.
She needs to pick herself and her
team up and think right, we are one
down with the hammer in the final
end, we've done this before, we know
how to get two. You're right, we
haven't had a two in this match at
all up until this point.
Photographers are starting to
gather, and they will sit back in
the press centre. They start to
hover, I hesitate to say like
vultures, but they know the result
is going to happen one way or the
other. They all come in for the
The 11th match for Great Britain.
They won six in the Round Robin. The
two crucial matches have been the
semifinal and this one. They lost
the semifinal, a great win against
Canada at the end of the Round
Robin. The semifinal against Sweden,
they couldn't find the standard of
play they had in the second half of
that match against Canada was
superb, perhaps the best all week.
That's a good effort.
That's a good effort. Didn't really
play that well yesterday against
Sweden. It hasn't been great today,
at least it's been a fighting
performance up until this point. Now
they need to scrap for their lives.
This bronze medal they so
I'm not sure Japan should have taken
Good try from Lauren, just trying to
get across there. Doesn't quite
manage it so going to give Japan a
chance to go the other way.
Suzuki playing second. Good recovery
from her after a tricky start.
Nice shot. Just rolled out the other
side, though. And it's beyond the
T-line. Just enough to put it away
Vicki, says Eve Muirhead.
So, Vicki, Anna and Eve need to find
some of their best shots of the
tournament here. They've got to make
everything work for them now.
It hasn't gone, it's just at the
back there. That red called it a
It's a long time, for years, to have
to wait to come back and try and
improve on what you did last time.
It was a brilliant performance to
win the bronze medal. They got
beaten by Canada, Canada went
through completely unbeaten through
to the gold medal. Jennifer Jones
and her team were superb. Britain
were beaten in the semifinal on that
occasion. Then they came good in the
bronze medal match. That's a good
shot again. Japan forcing the issue.
I think this time, this bronze medal
match we said right at the beginning
today was tougher. It's tougher
because they were closer to winning
the gold medal, or they had a better
chance. To have to come up against
this Japanese team for whom the
reward for them is the first ever
curling medal, this winning's team
have only ever finished fifth.
They've been fed on two occasions.
-- they've been fifth on two
I think the difference in weight,
she overthrew that. It was a little
bit heavy. The Japanese girls are
playing that lighter weight.
stones left. Four stones to save
your medal. Four stones to not go
home empty-handed. Anyone will take
it to an extra end although Japan
would then have the hammer in the
extra end -- one would take it to an
extra end. This end so far isn't
going Britain's way.
Every single shot... I said a few
minutes ago that the British women
need to play every shot really well
from here running. It's Japan who
are doing that.
They did exactly the
same in their semifinal game. They
seem to be the ones digging in at
moment. We're still clear up this
front, if Anna Sloan can clear up
this front, give us an opportunity
to get in here.
It wasn't far away, there.
been the story of this. Everything's
not far-away and that's fine. We've
just had not enough shots where
everyone has gone great, well done,
nailed it. Time out? Both teams
still haven't used their time out,
so Japan are the first to go to the
There are other ramifications, not
ramifications, but I guess issues
going forward that could be around
British curling. The medal target
that was set for Team GB certainly
had a curling medal in there.
Although we've won five medals which
is a great result for Team GB, we
want to turn it into six. From a
curling perspective, they wouldn't
want people to be saying curling
didn't deliver. They've got to find
If you make it
perfect she's probably going to have
to play a double role.
If she freezes, you can just blast.
The coach goes after the discussion.
We try to listen to what he had to
say and he said he did not want her
to freeze onto this.
If they make a play. I think
play for two.
aggressive from Eve Muirhead. "We
Are going to play for two."
They are going to put the guard on
A bit of a break. Has Yoshida
listened and is going to be able to
play the shot they want. The coach
did not want them to come on top of
the yellow. This has a long way to
Is that where they wanted it?
They were wanting to put the guard
on initially. Not to play the tap
until the skip's first stone.
until the skip's first stone. Eve
will play aggressively and she will
want to come around both of them.
Oh. Eve just tripped over the stone!
You heard Eve saying, we want to go
for the two. They will play
offensive and come in behind these
Come on, Anna Sloan, now is the
time. Find your draw weight.
Has this got a chance? Come round
the second yellow. And then slow,
curl in and get it right in their --
there. It changes the plan for
It was a great attempt.
It was a great attempt.
she heard what the coach said as she
has changed things up. So that they
cannot follow his initial thoughts.
We have to say that Fujisawa's draw
has been excellent. She has been
drawing really well. The pressure is
on now. One and we are into an extra
end. Two and Great Britain win.
Anything else, the bronze medal goes
to Japan. It will come down to Eve's
last stone. She wants to at least
have the chance to level this, but
she would love the chance of a two.
This has not been the most energetic
of games but what there has been
lately is good shots played well.
The skip for Japan kept them alive
against Korea and almost got them in
the gold medal match. Just enough.
It sits on the red, though. Great
Britain still lying shot, but that
yellow will not be easy to move and
they have another one on the
approach into the four foot. Can Eve
come in on top of that? Is that the
It looks like she will
try to follow that. They were very
close to playing a perfect shot.
she had got around the yellow and
got in, as bad as it is.
got in, as bad as it is.
that a little bit. It will be ideal.
If I play a full tee. I gave Anna
I was right out here.
I was right out here.
to remember the Japanese stone did
catch the yellow. You do not want to
take the same ice.
And they are
going to play that little bit more
weight. They want to make a
separation so they have an
opportunity with the last stone.
Thomas is looking nervous, biting
I think we are all
nervous for them.
We are sitting
with our hands...
Sitting on our
hands. It has been, in some ways,
and attritional campaign. Almost
like this match. At times they have
looked really good, at other times
not playing at the level they are
capable of. It did not go their way
in the semifinal and it has been a
scrap in this bronze medal match and
Eve Muirhead with the penultimate
stone, trying to give herself the
opportunity of a two. It has to come
around the second yellow, it has
been a good effort from Eve Muirhead
but she has tapped her own back. It
is a good shot. It tucked in a
little bit. She wants the chance to
draw for two at the end.
That was the most important thing.
Now, Fujisawa is looking, if I come
in and sit on the red, will I be
shot? She probably will be if she
rested on it. If she taps it a bit,
probably not. It will come down
to... I suppose if she did that, Eve
would come back in and tap it a
little bit more.
I am getting ahead
of myself. She cannot cover all
options. If she comes into far, it
is easy for Great Britain to tap it
back. She needs to sit at the front
and force the one but sitting at the
front, she is leaving the other
If she comes in where she
suggests on top of the four foot.
Just about where the brush is, not
right on the centre, just high of
the centre. She needs to sit there.
I am not sure Eve could touch that
yellow. It would go onto back red.
If you were not nervous before, you
must be now. I know we are. Surely
for both sets of players and skips,
a nerve-racking situations. Two
stone is left to play and Great
Britain trail by one. Fujisawa has
the chance to perhaps make it so
difficult that Japan could even win
here. Vicki can hardly look.
chatting to Eve. Japan must be
careful. She does not want to take
it into the back half. It has to be
Fujisawa has been superb
with the draw all the way through
the match. What has she delivered
here? Is it a chance for the bronze
medal, they have never won. This is
turning a lot and might catch the
yellow. Oh, it goes by. Not quite
enough but it might have blocked the
way in. Well, as it sits, Great
Britain have a shot. That would tie
it up, if nothing else happened, if
they walked off the ice now, then we
have one. And we are tied. And we go
to an extra end. Is there anyway Eve
Muirhead can get in for two? Is the
back red third shot? No.
It looks nice.
It looks nice.
thinking to come down with a fair
bit of weight. The yellow onto the
red, which jams against the other
yellow and the first yellow goes out
and we have two. OK. Right, Eve
Muirhead, you have seen the shot. We
have seen it. If you make this, it
is a bronze medal. You get it wrong,
you could give it away. Who would
want to be playing this stone?
great opportunity to finish the game
This is it right here. Eve
Muirhead, final stone, the bronze
medal awaits if she can play a shot
to get herself in for two. She has
to hit the yellow onto the other red
and hope it jams. It has to sit
right and it is not. Oh, my
goodness. That means the bronze
medal goes to Japan, their first
ever medal in curling. Eve Muirhead
had the chance to win it. They were
sitting one, which would have taken
it to an extra end, she went for the
win, it did not come off. There are
tears all around. No bronze medal
for Great Britain. Japan can hardly
believe it. Fujisawa has led the
team brilliantly well. They almost
made it to the final yesterday and
they have been rewarded with a
superb bronze medal. Great Britain
will go home empty-handed. Cannot
believe after all of this, Eve
Muirhead and her team have nothing.
Final thoughts, Jackie?
Final thoughts, Jackie? Yes, it was
not an enthralling game. A steady
not an enthralling game. A steady
game. I would like to have seen more
aggression and an offensive game
early on, but that was a difficult
end. The girls had it, you heard Eve
saying she wanted to go for two. One
would not satisfy her. She has an
opportunity, she did not execute it.
Really sad, they had high hopes of
coming here and getting a gold medal
and the poor girls are going home
Eve Muirhead cutting a
solitary figure as she heads to the
bottom end of the ice to pick up
gloves, drinks and nothing else. No
bronze medal, nothing to show for
four years of hard work. Look how
much it means to Japan. They have
been superb. Two sisters. They have
done brilliantly well. For Great
Britain, that is it, not medal in
the curling, huge disappointment, it
is Japan's day.
STUDIO: What an achievement for
Japan. Credit to them, keeping the
match as tight as it was, but, my
word, you have to feel for Eve
Muirhead, going for the shot to win
the bronze medal and in doing so,
not making it perfectly.
the bronze medal and in doing so,
not making it perfectly. Handing
victory to Japan. Looking at the
stats, Dave Murdoch, is it a case of
mistakes towards the end of the
match or was it coming all the way
I think coming all the way
through. We talked early in the game
there were mistakes and they were
not quite clinical enough. They did
not quite get on the front foot and
because of that, we have not been
able to deliver at the end. Really
heartbreaking for Eve. The shot to
win the game and not the one you
wanted to make a mistake on and
unfortunately she has. It is a
I know how much you must
feel for them. Four years ago, you
got through to the gold medal match
and you know the feeling of being on
the wrong end of it, even if you end
up with a medal. In this case, Eve
and the team end up with nothing.
Talk us through the final stone and
what went wrong.
There was a mistake
from Fujisawa, the Japanese skip. It
came up short. Eve is trying to hit
the outside of the yellow stone is
on the right, onto her own red and
double out both the yellows to win
the game and a shot Eve would make
99 times out of 100. I was confident
of her making this. She just throws
the stone back. It makes it track.
Wide the whole way down and hit it
thin. If it spins out, we win the
It is millimetres. It is
taking the ultimate risk for the
greatest reward and so often we show
when it pays off. Billy Morgan in
big air, go for it big and it comes
off and you celebrate but these
moments, you have to deal with as an
To be honest, you said you play so
many games and you're really happy
to have a tough shot to win the
game. Your skip is relied on to make
that shot. You yourself expect to
make it, and that's the way you play
the game. Unfortunately we just
didn't make that final one today's.
If Eve had taken a different
decision and left herself with the
one from that end it would have left
Japan with a hammer in the extra
Ultimately she has a chance to
win the game. You can never leave an
Olympic Games and say you had a
chance to win and didn't go for it.
It was 100% the right shot to go
for. You're talking a centimetre out
from getting a bronze medal, really.
It's desperate, isn't it?
like the whole game built quite
slowly and then suddenly it was
over. It's brutal.
It was quite a
strange game. Maybe not as
aggressive as I'd have liked to have
seen them play today because we know
they can be quite an aggressive
team. I think there were some nerves
today and the fact it was a big
thing on the line, an Olympic bronze
I saw tears in your eyes at
the end of that game. I suspect the
women's team are feeling pretty
emotional right now. They are with
emotional right now. They are with
Steve. Eve, I have to start with
you. You saw the shot at the end, it
was a chance to win the bronze
medal. I guess that worse it might
have been an extra end and it
couldn't have turned out any worse.
Yes, the shot was there and of
course we went for it. As a skip
it's hard when you missed the last
shot. As a team I'm really proud of
the girls, we've given it our all
this week. Unfortunately, it's hard
to say we are going home with
nothing. We battled so hard and I'm
devastated that it didn't turn out
It seemed as though the
match was very cagey right from the
start. Neither team were managing to
get on top at any point and then at
the end you made a big call, we
heard you say you're going to try
and win it here.
It was a very
patient game and a very simple game.
We went out there and played it
pretty simple. We had control in the
last end, we had hammer, and
unfortunately it didn't turn out.
It's going to take quite a bit of
time to sink in because it's
difficult when you don't make that
last shot and it's what you practice
day in day out. I'm just proud of
all my team and my support staff.
It's been a long journey these last
four years and unfortunately we are
going home with no medals this time.
You've just said you're going home
with no medal, it's impossible to
sum up your feelings at this point
but four years ago the bronze was a
heck of an achievement. You said you
came here for gold this time, how do
you assess this?
Of course it's
difficult when you're training hard
for the last few years day in day
out and put in a lot of hours. The
Olympics is a hard gig. It's
difficult. We all played our hearts
out, we love nothing out there.
Japan played well and unfortunately
it wasn't to be for us today and for
this week. Hopefully as a team will
come back stronger.
You seem to be
taking this very well. I'm sure your
feelings inside must be stronger.
am absolutely devastated. I'm
gutted. I'm gutted for myself, my
team, everyone who's helped us along
the journey. It's difficult. But at
the end of the day, as a team, we
played the best we could. We played
our hearts out and I'm sad we
couldn't do it for Team GB. I'm glad
we've made the medal target but
unfortunately we didn't add to it.
It's difficult and I'm really,
really... It's hard, it's going to
take a bit of time to sink in.
skip always gets the pressure shots,
win or lose.
moments, you have to deal with as an
I think we could not have done any
more out there. We will never think
of it being just one player. We
would not be here without Eve and
each one of us would not be here
without anyone of us. It is hard to
take. We controlled the game well.
As I say, we were going to away from
here proud of the way we conducted
ourselves. And the way we went out,
we literally left nothing. We left
it all in there. It is disappointing
right now. I am glad we have no
regrets. It is difficult to ask you
the questions because what happened
in the match almost seems
irrelevant. Did it ever feel you
were getting on top. That you could
It was a good game, we
were toted toe all the time.
Unfortunately forcing the one back.
We had the chance for the win. We
were all in on the one shot we were
going to play and unfortunately on
the wrong side this time.
different experience. Last time you
were not playing when you won the
Sum it up. We were all
out there going for the same goal
and it is disappointing for us all
to the same level. I guess that
would sum it up for how we feel. We
did our best. We are gutted.
did our best. We are gutted.
It is a
long time since Sochi. Not the time
necessarily to talk about the
Will you come back? We need
to take time to reflect on the hard
work. The great team effort we have
had this week. Sometimes things go
for you. I would like to think I am
still young and have years ahead of
me and the Olympics is something I
dream about every and train everyday
for. I would love to be able to come
back to another Olympics, but it
will take time to reflect and see
what the future holds. I will
probably be in no doubt, hopefully,
you will see my face again.
STUDIO: Incredibly difficult to talk
in those circumstances. Eve did. She
was philosophical about it and
eventually saying, I am devastated.
It was an extremely hard thing to
talk about. I have been there and
done that. What can you say? It is a
brutal moment. And difficult to talk
about, as well.
At least having
given themselves time to reflect,
Eve saying she will be back and to
make the commitment early is a sign
of real inner strength.
It is great
to hear that. She does have the
courage to keep going and she
desperately wants to stand on top of
the podium. Absolutely in four
years. It is a big commitment. Huge
sacrifices. A lot to think about in
that way. I would say Eve would be
back. Sometimes that anger, as they
say, they will not regret the way
they went for it. But they've regret
There was no blame being pointed.
They united as a team. I am sure
once they have reflected their back
Exactly. They did all the work. They
can't say they didn't put in enough
effort. They have done all of that.
Maybe they didn't have the best
When adrenaline kicks in and your
brain is saying the shot matters
more than anything, it's going to
affect the outcome.
more than anything, it's going to
affect the outcome.
That's why we
talked about pressure. The ability
to play under pressure. It's not
just the shots you would play day in
day out and never miss. When were
talking about the Olympic Games and
millions of people watching, the
thing you want the most is a medal.
That really affects your delivery of
Tough to harness that
It is. It's a game of really
fine technique. It's very much a
mental game. You have a lot to
content with with strategy and
working with your team, changing ice
conditions and obviously pressure as
As Japan celebrate a bronze
medal, and I suspect the first time
an Asian nation has won a medal in
curling. There will be want to come
because Korea are in the final. An
amazing performance from them to
make it through to the final of the
womens. Coming up... Hazel is here
later at 2:15pm with a full review
of all of the best of the action
from today including the team event
in Alpine skiing. Also a lot of big
Tomorrow, the final day of the
Winter Olympics. The four-man bob,
the final two runs of that.
the final two runs of that. From
10am tomorrow will be here looking
back on the Games and then taking
you live to the closing ceremony.
back on the Games and then taking
you live to the closing ceremony.
And the big bonus today, although we
feel for the curlers, the big bonus
today is that the record has been
set for a British team going to the
Winter Olympics in
set for a British team going to the
Winter Olympics in terms of total
medals banks to Billy Morgan taking
that total to five. He had three
jumps in big air. He tried to land
the best that he could and the risk
in his case paid off. He took a
bronze medal. At 28, the oldest
person competing in big air. He has
been through so much with injuries,
particularly with his knees. He is a
risk taker and on his second jump he
He faced his fears,
he's done something he had never
done to have the confidence to do
that knowing you might land and get
a medal or you might wrecked your
body. He is so used to wrecking his
body that the fact this came out on
the other side is incredible.
his third and final effort! The gold
medal went to Canada. By having a
mixed games. It's not working out
for them in the events they tend to
dominate like ice hockey and curling
but it is in the other events.
They've won four golds in
snowboarding. Sebastien Toutant
getting the gold. This is Billy get
his bronze. He's such a character.
He has an amazing energy. He is so
true to himself, he never does
anything for anyone else. It's all
about what he feels he needs to do.
He's so athletic, coming from but
gymnastics background. He only ever
went on a snowboard for the first
time at 14 years old.
He didn't see
snow until he was 17! It's quite a
story and a great way to finish our
programme. Hazel is back at 2:15pm.
COMMENTATOR: Eve and her team ready
to go. No medal for Great Britain.
Japan can hardly believe it. Come on
Billy Morgan! Billy Morgan, yes!
Billy Morgan has got a bronze medal!
Clare Balding hosts live coverage of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, including action from the women's curling bronze-medal match.
Four years ago Great Britain claimed bronze by beating Switzerland 6-5, the second games in a row in which the Swiss had suffered heartbreak by ending in fourth place.