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Hello, welcome to a full day of
coverage from the Winter Winter
Olympics. If you're going to win
gold it is not just about battling
the course, it is about battling the
elements. The first Monday of the
Winter Olympics and if it is
anything like we have seen over the
weekend, it's going to be a cracker.
She has been getting better as the
day has gone on. She is tearing down
the course. The first French woman
to win the Olympic mogul.
Gold in the luge. Red Gerard on whom
all American hopes are pinned. Yes,
Red. You can be the
favourite but you have to deliver
when it counts and that is what he
has done. What a win for the German.
We knew it would be cold, but I
don't think anyone realise how much
the wind can get up. You can see the
problem on gondolas, really
struggling to be safe enough. Wind
speeds up to are 45mph. The women's
giant slalom had to be postponed and
that will take place on Thursday. As
well as the men's down hill. The
women's slopestyle did go ahead, but
many think it was a mistake. Nearly
all the competitors had at least one
fall. None could do their most
difficult tricks, because of the
conditions. We are lucky here in the
studio in Salford, there is no wind.
You can see what a problem it can
be. Even right at the top I think
competitors worrying about what
might happen at the jumps and
therefore being tense and with the
snowboarding events whether
slopestyle or half pipe, the best
are completely relaxed and that is
when they managed to do the cool
stuff. But lovely conditions here.
It is fap is fantastic. We will show
row the women's slopestyle, Jamie
Anderson of Canada was defending her
title and we have a lot coming up
between now and 1 o'clock.
between now and 1 o'clock. Jamie
Anderson defending her title. Also
lining up was Aimee Fuller of
Britain. And Laura Dahlmeier is
trying to win the sprint pursuit
double. Felix Loch finished out of
the medals in the men's luge. Canada
are there to the final of the mixed
doubles curl. Ing. They will play
Russia or Switzerland. Canada will
hope for more good new in the men's
mogul. These timings can change,
because of the weather. Here is the
So let's look at the headlines so
far. Canada have won their first
gold with their figure skating team
upgrading from the silver they won
four years ago. The athletes from
Russia took silver.
Russia took silver. Britain's Laura
Deas will be the one to watch in the
Skelton, finishing first and second.
After an up and down season, Lizzie
Yarnold is looking nearly back to
her best. She was third and fourth
in the first two training runs.
Which is tremendously exciting, as
soon as they get on the ice, the
I'ms don't lie and they have a --
the times don't lie. It is great
both Laura and Lizzie have got their
kit right, they're in fantastic
conditions and getting to grips with
the track. We will talk more about
that later. We are going to go to
ice hockey shortly. But here is the
best of what has happened so far.
Switzerland against Jes pan. --
It goes in! Something of nothing
It goes wide and then
Sara Benz picks it up and Fujimoto
does not expect this. She thinks
Benz will pass it back to the point.
Meier will walk into one and that
was too easy. Simply blocked. Meier
is in trouble in her own end. What a
pass and a chance and a goal as
well. Benz, second of the game.
at presence of mind from Meier,
firing it all the way to the blue
This has just happened in the
third period - Switzerland on the
attack and that is Muller scoring
for Switzerland. They lead 3-0
against Japan. That match is live on
the red button. The big story has
been about the women's slopestyle.
Should it have taken place? Very
difficult conditions. Jamie
Anderson, the defend champion, they
had their qualifying runs cancelled.
. Ed Leigh is our man. COMMENTATOR:
The women's slopestyle finals after
the cancellation of qualifiers we
have a full quota of riders, 26
women dropping today. Instead of
getting three runs and the best
score counting, they will only get
two. Klaudia Medlova one of trail
blazers of recent years. She dropped
first ever double rodeo. Big gap out
on the double kink rail.
Setting up for that final module.
Into the first of the jumps.
Super-corked. Goodness me.
incredible. She got...
essentially jumped off the roof of a
house and landed on her back.
Whether that was the wind? It caught
her board and stalled the rotation.
Jessica Jensen dropping in.
Jessica Jensen dropping in. There is
a very strong American contingent
who have made their way into
The Americans all qualified through
their own Grand Prix series. Jessica
got a fifth place there. Highest
result this season.
Killing speed into the ramp. The
body language - both hands held out
This is I feel a bit...
Nervous watching her. That was a
nice solid switch 540. That is more
like it. Into jump two. Now, keep
your composure. Keep tucked in here.
A big backside 720. First place.
Definitely first place. We haven't
seen a run completed over all three
First place, easy.
Fuller is about to drop. The rider
who burst on to the scene with her
incredible double black flip and the
cab double under. Been getting to
grips with this course throughout
training. The 50/50 on that big down
Come on Aimee, Fuller. Coming
off early on the kink rail.
The results she has been pushing, a
top 10 would be a good result for
Speed is her friend
The under flip. That is the
single version there. Didn't feel
like she had the speed.
almost hear her say, it's so windy.
You can see the wind socks
horizontal on that second kicker.
Just making it over the small side.
Again wind an issue. It is a shame
Pray the wind stops.
can hear her saying, waiting for the
wind to stop. Back up to the top.
Nornedahl is a very tidy competitor.
Really difficult switch grind
through the kink 180 out.
technical on the kink rail. She got
three X games medals in a row.
Switching to this first jump. Coming
up a little short. Needs to tuck in.
No speed checks.
No speed checks.
Front side 360
clears it, despite losing her
composure. Backside 720 and you see
the fist of the rider -- first of
the riders, she has got the control
and able maybe not in the prettiest
way, but she has made it through
comfortably. 73.91, she moves ahead
of Jessica Jensen.
Here is a rider who thinks this
competition shouldn't have run in
these conditions. But pound for
pound the bet slopestyle rider in
the world. Last year she landed the
best run anyone has seen by a woman
in slopestyle. Let's see what she
has got. 270 to front side board
side opt on the end of the double
She is going without a jacket.
So thinking about the wind. Looking
very good from Gasser.
under flip. That is how you do it.
Oh, my goodness! She wants this.
Sent it huge there. She got the big
trick out of the way early.
adopted the Hayley Lang land
approach, it is just watch this.
Heroic effort from Anna Gasser
though. She has dominated women's
slopestyle for the last decade and
knocked Jenny Jones off her perch
back in 2012. If anyone can ride
this course and find a way around
the wind it will be this woman. The
reigning Olympic champion. The gold
medallist at X Games, Jamie
Just when you think she will hang up
Just when you think she will hang up
her snowboarding boots, she finds
new tricks. Look at that, liquid
It is an absolutely
different league through the rails.
So, so stylish, so smooth.
Confidence and experience shining
through, but what will it look like
Oh my goodness, legs
forged from steel. Boxed clever
there. Opened up, I think that was
going to be a double under. Look at
that! That's exactly what we said.
The experience, the confidence, and
the trust in her tricks, the ability
to understand, spatial awareness
that every point. And she knows it
wasn't pretty all the way through.
That wasn't pretty but experience
got her through it. 83 the Jamie
Anderson. A big smile for her there
and a very, very well deserved gold
medal position after the first run.
So good to see.
Very good to see.
The Americans sitting in gold and
bronze. Ladies slopestyle after the
first run, Jamie Anderson, Silje
Norendal and Jessika Jenson in the
medal positions but a lottery after
that. Second runs here at the Fina
's Park venue for all of the
A few of the
Like a basking shark. You
can see, not a cloud in the air,
this is snow being blown off the
hill. More than 45 kilometres of
dusts. Jamie Nicholls, good to have
you back. Aimee Fuller says let's do
this. So, certainly at the moment
the wind socks saying it's good.
Let's see how she can go on these
rails. 50-50 all the way to the end
there, great start.
Nice all the way through the double
Nose pressed on the final
section. And through the rails nice
and smooth. Snapped that backside
Pumping into this. -- good
grab. Through the 360. Now just the
last jump. Again, gone huge. Oooh!
hope she's OK. What a shame, too
That picture says it all.
There is a snowstorm, a blizzard
almost happening down at the bottom.
You can see a spiral of snow
on a mini tornado. Next up, Hailey
Langland. The girl who said you
can't judge a book by it's cover but
you can judge a snowboarder by their
method is on course. There is that
lovely r around, tapping the corner
of the close out rail.
No one else
Not as tidy as she would
have wanted to be on the double
kink. Almost surfing into that
about it. That lovely double grab
through the 360. Come on Hailey
Just made it over the knuckles. She
has enough speed...
Look at how
stoked she is. The Americans
cheering very, very justifiably. One
of the smallest and lightest riders
in the field has landed a full run.
Do you think its top three?
Definitely top three for me. The
only question is if it is a gold
medal. I don't think it's gold. I
think, I actually think it might be
That's a shame.
So, Jessika Jenson stays in third
place. Laurie Blouin, the Canadian.
She has the double nine as well.
Interestingly, I don't think it's
about your best tricks here. It's
about what can you put together
under the circumstances, what is
your best stock run? Interesting
comparing Hailey Langland with
Laurie Blouin. Hailey Langland with
fluid between each feature. -- was
fluid between each feature.
Sitting back a tiny bit. This is
where it counts, though.
on. Just making it over the
Into the last jump. Switch... Yes,
There you go, second.
Look at the
black eye sustained in training.
Second place. Next in, one of the
riders who really was not happy
about this course after the first
run, Enni Rukajarvi. Silver
medallist in Sochi.
Keep it simple.
Is that your advice?
I think so, on
a day like today, I think it is best
to keep it simple.
rainbow transition tuck on the
broadside and then coming through
the hardest section. Backside 180.
Really, really nice. Come
on Enni. Using the classic line and
the Finnish mended. Dropping right
for the take-off. Lovely.
for the take-off. Lovely. Cab 540.
She has gone big, backside 520. This
is good! Frontside 360, goes smart
and bounces off the knuckle, on the
spot, on the spot, where is that?
Currently bronze medal
position. I think Silje knows that's
the end of her medal hopes. She
slots into third position. Anna
Gasser As ridden in four contest and
won all of them. Ten months ago at
the US Open, she lay down the best
slopestyle run we have ever seen in
women snowboarding. What can she do
today? There is no question she has
I think she should,
either she does the cab under and
plays it safe... I still think a
good chance of making the podium.
Blazing through the rail section.
That is so good.
Picking up speed.
Such a hard line, doing
the 180 and switching to the edge
quickly to get on the Braille.
single... Frontside 720 and she has
Oh my gosh! That is just
so annoying. One of the best
slopestyle riders there is.
another rider who again has the
firepower of tricks to take this
down. Julia Marino currently in 11th
place. In the world rankings only
one spot behind Jamie Anderson,
currently in second.
smooth. Lovely 50-50 to frontside
I think that is up there, one
of the best top sections.
720. Clipped the knuckle. Jamie
Anderson knows that she has claimed
a second consecutive Olympic gold
medal. Look at that!
the one thing I would say, you know
what, silver and bronze, they could
have gone anywhere, but Jamie
Anderson, the cream has risen to the
top of the slopestyle today, against
the odds... Against the conditions,
she managed to land the run and she
wanted to do and her experience has
told. Look at it.
Maybe she does want to do something
good and not just ride down. I hope
she goes down and does methods of
Let's have a look.
Lovely first rail. The only rider
transferring from the big kick into
All of these, it is muscle memory,
isn't it, with Jamie Anderson
question up lovely switch backside
And you think why, why
did you biscuit?
Yeah. -- why did
you risk it?
Exposing to the wind
even more with the board.
be so happy, especially in these
conditions as well.
Tripod over the
knuckle. Jamie Anderson rounds out
the women's slopestyle final here
and her boyfriend, the Canadian
slopestyle rider is the first in the
area to congratulate her. Jamie
Anderson crowns what has been a very
well decorated career, with a second
That tells more
of today's story than the finish
area. The wind whistling through
this half pipe course. The courage
of the women should be saluted.
Jamie Anderson, Laurie Blouin and
Enni Rukajarvi taking gold, silver
Enni Rukajarvi taking gold, silver
and bronze. Jamie, double Olympic
champion, how does that feel?
Honestly, it feels insane. I of
course believe in myself and have
dreams and goals but the level of
riding has changed so much in the
last couple of years, it wasn't
nearly as much... In Sochi I knew I
had a really good chance. Here I was
like, I have no idea. There are so
many girls who could land a run and
win this contest. Just let it go.
the end of the day at the Olympic
final and everyone wanted to ride.
It's not how I would have expected
on how I planned and how I'd
plagiarised four years of prep work
to go into today. I think if you
were lucky with the wind, there were
some calm windows, but the majority
of it was super inconsistent. I
don't think it was a true show of
women's female slopestyle, which is
a real shame for our sport at the
end of the day we have big air next
week. Have to pick ourselves back up
is Bastareaud, have a good rest and
-- pick ourselves up and
Almost terrifying to watch. Ben is
alongside me along with Chemmy
Alcott. Then went to two games with
his snowboard. Have you ever seen
conditions quite that tricky?
always had to deal with the warmer
climates in Sochi and Vancouver.
Obviously it is a lot here in pond
Pyeongchang but the wind is the
The shame of it if they
weren't given the chance to show
what women's slopestyle is all
They are all saying it has
progressed so much in the last four
years, this is where one time to
show the world what they can do but
they weren't able to do that. It was
not a test of skill but a test of
courage but the best girls did win.
Even so, Jamie Anderson, brilliant
as she is, first woman to defend her
title, it almost seemed like she was
dialling it back, as they say.
think a lot of the girls were
holding back purely to just stay on
their feet. You can really tell with
some of the runs they were affected
by the wind. It is almost as if
someone was tugging them back.
Obviously they weren't clearing the
landings. Sometimes they were
overshooting. The wind was playing a
They wear these big baggy
clothes and acts as a parachute,
doesn't it? Sometimes they are just
pulling out of it...
Only nine out
of the 52 girls managed to land a
Nine out of 52 runs.
mental. Look at the height.
be terrifying when you suddenly get
a gust and you are up there.
guys have done this most of their
lives, so they know what speed is
required to clear these jumps. For
them to get it so wrong shows how
much wind there actually is. We
can't see wind, we just use the
flags as a guidance as to either put
on the brakes a little bit or two
The Olympic organisers
defended it saying they didn't
believe it was dangerous. There are
some athletes who were injured and
badly injured in qualification or in
training for this because
qualification was cancelled, who
said they should never have
It is really tough. It is up to the
riders to speak up in times like
this. A few of them are upset that
it did go ahead.
There is a meeting
before the start to say, does
everyone agree it should take part
and no one spoke up.
Like Aimee was
saying, that they had a meeting, the
winds died down and that was the go
ahead. But they ended up picking up
Here is Aimee Fuller's run.
She didn't get a lot of chance to
practice. She gets her shot in the
final, what happens?
Here we are,
the top section is quite good. She
got the rail features good. But then
here obviously she just...
Completely got taken out by the
wind. Over shot the jump and you can
see it tilting her on her wrong
axis. The first thing to hit the
floor looked like her hip.
no coming back from that.
No, it is
an invisible assassin, the wind.
Jamie Jones won bronze in Sochi and
is there this Pyeongchang. Good
evening to you. How would you sum up
that competition and what we saw
It was just a shame. These
girls are such good snowboarders and
the level is so high now and that
didn't get shown today, because of
the wind and the conditions. It
simply is so gusty, the wind. You
can ride when there is a tail wind
or a constant wind. But this was
gusting in and out. I'm ju gutted
for the girls. They have trained for
four years for this and they get
just a two-run final. It was I guess
In your view was it too
dangerous. Should they have
It's so hard to
say. When you're not up there and
riding yourself. To me, it looked...
It did look dangerous to me. When
they initially started that
training, there was a little window
of opportunity, you could see the
wind socks had died down slightly
and the gusts were not happening.
But if you notice as we got closer
to the end of run one, heading into
run two, the wind really picked up
and even was you know, they were
struggling so much. Some of the runs
that were landed were all in the
first run. Whether it was too
dangerous, snowboarding is an
extreme sport and you do take risks,
but this was a big risk. I'm
surprised some of the girls didn't
speak up at the top when you have a
rider meeting. You have talked about
that, but they speak with the
coaches and the judges and make a
decision and a call about whether it
should go ahead. I wonder if they
all got so in the moment with the
training session that that was maybe
overlooked to consider that hey,
hang on, this is... This wind is
really picking up now.
maybe some of that comes down to
experience, if you have, if your
sport has been in the Olympics for a
long time, you feel more confident
saying no, not today. Equally if you
have got a lot of younger riders who
want to get on with it, they're not
necessarily going to stand up to
Olympic organiser say, don't fancy
Yeah, there is a
question over some of the girls
maybe tried to and maybe some
didn't. I think that is Las question
of some of the -- - that is also a
question of some of the coaches. We
don't know, everything is hearsay on
that conversation. Did they feel
pressure from the TV?
Are there any
serious injuries because of falls
today or is everyone OK.
everyone is OK. There has been some
bumps and bruises and girls were
coming up short and catching the
edge. Fortunately there weren't any
bad injuries. The event did happen
and the contest did happen. We have
to remember that. Some girls did
land a run. But those runs you were
seeing, they were almost identical
to the runs that we saw in Sochi. We
know these girls can do such good
runs. For snowboarding it is a
A word on Jamie Anderson,
defending her title.
Anderson of course has so much
experience and she really dropped
down her level of riding to lapped a
run. -- land a run. That was the
key. She could land a run in almost
any conditions. She will be over the
moon she battled through that. Even
herself, she was would have liked to
have show cased the high new tricks.
But she is now a two-times Olympic
champion. That is pretty cool.
you. Thanks for staying out late for
us. Let her go inside I think now.
It is fantastic. It is rare, I know
it is almost part of psyche of
snowboarders not so say things that
are controversial, it is quite rare
to hear people say, that was
dangerous, irresponsible, shouldn't
Yes, there is
pressures there. If they say Ben
Kilner you're next to drop and it
was bad conditions, I wouldn't say
no, because I have trained for four
years and I won't say no to a run
and disappoint people. I think that
they have obviously felt the
precious and don't want the say no.
Once the riders start dropping in,
they can't go back.
In ski jumping
they have all of these machines
measuring the wind and if it is too
much of a side wind, they have the
technology to tell them and the
decision is made by the judges.
Maybe they should bring in this
technology if it is a problem in the
Today, the girls were
starting and on the rail and the top
it was OK and then it was so gusty.
Even that might not have picked it
The other more established
sports, the men's down hill
cancelled because of the wind.
that an ego things, do the girls
don't want to say no. In the heads
they're doing something crazy and
difficult and don't want to be the
ones who say this isn't safe.
ones who say this isn't safe. The
giant slalom was cancelled and you
guys, they charge that and they
I'm not sure why they
haven't gone forward with it to the
IOC and tried to postpone it
further. But it is one of those
things it is hard once the event
starts, they can't draw back. They
make it unfair if five people go and
the rest have to follow.
Anderson did cleverly was just
contain it and get your run done,
they're difficult conditions, a lot
of people won't complete. Jenny
Jones said in the run up, the tricks
she did in Sochi wouldn't have got
her on the podium. But with that she
would have won gold.
is experienced and went in with a
It takes confidence to
do that and knowledge to back up.
was thrilling to watch, but not for
the reasons we wanted. A huge shame
they weren't able to show their most
difficult tricks. They can do it.
But big air still to come and
women's half pipe and that is a
different set. So we are going to go
inside. That sheeps the safe efs --
that seems the safest thing and show
you the grace and finesse of ice
? COMMENTATOR: Our first look at the
Russia wonder kid. The prodigy.
She is something else.
Into the first jumping path and it
is the most difficult combination we
will see. A triple loop combination.
Double axel, triple toe loop.
Here is the triple flip. Double toe,
double loop combination.
And another triple flip. Last jump,
You have a bonus for
having the jumps in the back end to.
Start as she does always, footwork
sequence, beautiful spins and lay
the jumps down, it is fantastic.
just pops up from the ice, doesn't
she? You don't even see them coming.
It is the identical
It is the identical technique that
Mediva has. I would love to go and
watch and see how these teach these
youngsters, because they are
She is 15 years old and
she can do that at the Olympics!
the talent is undeniable. It is not
childish in its performance. She is
15, but there is such maturity in
the choreography and the way she
moves. What is also very clever is
there's pretty much not a single
movement in this programme that is
not designed to get them points.
has such confidence, that belies her
age. She steps out on to the ice and
you think there will be no mistakes.
And even when, and I have seen her
mistakes, it doesn't carry through
into the rest of the performance, it
is left behind and after you go.
Fantastic to hear this could be a
medal performance with the music of
Don Quixote, the music that won the
gold medal in 1976.
157.97 is her season's best.
lights from the judges, green across
the board, so everything will count.
There is Medvedeva, standing behind.
158.08, a new season's best for
15-year-old Alina Zagitova. Surely
looking for a medal in the
individual as well.
Medvedeva will be her nearest rival.
Our final skaters represent Canada.
The gold is already in the bag, so
just a masterclass then from the
world champions, Virtue Tessa and
Moir Scott. The gold around their
necks when this is done.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
From the Mulan Rouge to the top of
the podium, that will put Canada out
of sight. The gold is already there
is but Virtue Tessa and Moir Scott
are head and shoulders above the
Everything that they do, every
detail of this is designed
specifically and only with this
music. It wouldn't work anywhere
else. I think the time they took to
do it, plus technically they are
That's what that
stance is all about -- ice dance is
all about, the theatre, the
performance. 118.10 for the
Canadians. Easily on top of the
stack. And as if they didn't already
know, confirmation that team Canada
are the Olympic champions.
Now you see why Virtue Tessa and
Moir Scott came out of retirement
after Sochi. Oh my word. Patrick
Chung, on the left, his first-ever
Olympic gold medal. A three-time
champion that the first time he has
got an Olympic gold around his neck,
which will happen later. Patrick
Virtue Tessa and Moir Scott have
been dancing together since she was
seven and he was nine or something.
You can see it in the synchronicity.
They get given the Tiger, the
mascot, at the venue and then there
is a medal ceremony later. Germany
out in front at the moment with
three gold medals so far but Canada
get on the board with that gold
medal. And it is possible, highly
possible, that Germany could add to
their gold medal tally. Coming up
shortly as the women's biathlon. We
will be heading there and joining
commentary very soon. Adjustments
and -- I just want some quick
I look at that I think it
must be the most difficult winter
sport out there and then I look at
slopestyle and think that is the
most difficult was that each has
their element but that is stunning.
I think the way they perform, they
almost mirror each other's
They think the same. It
is just so elegant. When you watch
their feet, you don't realise how
much they are turning, pivoting.
is like they live it with every of
their being, it is so emotive. Oh my
gosh! We should try it.
shouldn't! Let's had out quickly
back to Pyeongchang because we have
live sport coming your way and is
women's by Rotherham. It is the
pursuit and Germany's Laura
Dahlmeier trying to do the double.
This is first past the post
COMMENTATOR: The first to cross the
line for the medal and the standings
from the sprint race are of vital
importance. We have four visits to
the shooting range, two lying down,
prone, and two standing up. The key
fact as far as the German fans are
concerned, a great attendance
despite being bitterly cold, -12,
and quite windy. When you take the
wind chill into account you are
probably looking closer to minus 20.
But there is Laura Dahlmeier. She
will begin with a 24 second head
start. That was her winning margin
in the Sprint and all of the women
preparing and warming up behind her
will be chasing down the German. The
times you can see on the screen is
how far behind Laura Dahlmeier they
finished in the Sprint on Saturday.
And just to reiterate, if you are
watching biathlon for the first
time, Laura Dahlmeier getting her
quest for a golden double underway.
It is a ten kilometre race, this
one. Five circuits of two
kilometres, then they visit the
range at the end of laps one, two,
three and four. The real sting in
the tale is that for every miss at
least shooting range, they will have
two ski one penalty loop of 150
metres, that equates in time to
around 23-25 seconds of skiing.
Number two, a
brilliant silver medical for her.
The veteran from France got a bronze
The figure to watch on the
lime-green is the defending winter
pursuit champion, Darya Domracheva,
who is capable of closing the
deficit. The shooting range was the
reason we had some unlikely
medallists, no disrespect. Because
in the race on Saturday of the 87
women who took part, only three shot
clean. Shooting clean means they hit
ten out of ten targets at the range.
So it is up to these women who are
starting some 1.5 minutes behind
Laura Dahlmeier to be as accurate as
they can at the range and hope that
those in front run into one or two
problems. But here is Dahlmeier.
These are great races, I've really
been looking forward to this one.
When you first start watching
biathlon, you can't believe that the
two sets of skills go so well
together. Because the men and women
who compete here need incredible
speed, stamina and technical ability
for the cross-country skiing, but
they then need to come into the
shooting range, lower their pulse
and be as calm and composed and
collected as possible, aiming at a
tiny target, when they are lying
down it is 4.5 centimetres. That is
about the same width, diameter as
the carbon cheek -- cardboard tube
of a toilet roll. Then they are back
out on what is a very, very tough
course here, ready for another lung
bursting 2.5 kilometre loop. There
is a little something for everyone.
35 seconds adrift now, Darya
Domracheva. That thousands she has
closed down by 11 seconds and Laura
Dahlmeier. We would expect the field
to start coming together a little
bit. Very, very hard to lead, albeit
with a 24 second head start. You
know that the rest of the field are
quite well bunched and at some
stage, you would think, Laura
Dahlmeier will come under pressure,
especially in the shooting range for
the first of her four visits.
The course for the cross-country
biathlon are stunning. I had a
little jog round last week whilst we
were doing our prep. By daylight, it
is a beautiful, beautiful setting.
No time for these women, including
Darya Domracheva in the lime-green,
to enjoy the surroundings. Absolute
focus required when they get into
the range for the first time.
great aerial view. Of the home
stadium. Darya Domracheva, she will
be using this opportunity just to
try and get that pulse down, even if
it's down from about 180 to 160,
150, 140. She is unlikely to be
taking a full breath in
efforts at the range. A surprise
silver and bronze medallists from
the Sprint on Saturday are locked
together. There was about seven
seconds, two seconds separating them
on the podium on Saturday night.
Dahlmeier trying to block out the
cheering and the noise from the
crowd. Experts call these moments,
building the position. Getting
themselves ready. This is about
rhythm. There is no set order,
whether you left to right or right
to left. White means a hit target. A
flash of red means a miss and a
penalty loop of 150 meet es. This is
good from Dahlmeier. The last one
can be trickiest. She has shot
clean. She is out pretty much at the
same time Olsbu hit her target. She
has a flash and red, so will have at
least one penalty loop. Vitkova has
shot clean wearing bib No 3. Habert
has two penalty loops there.
Dahlmeier leading. Vitkova in
second. Remember, this is first past
the post, that makes it easier to
understand. That was Vittozzi, the
Italian. A couple of missing for
Semerenko. Domracheva has shot clean
and that is significant.
and that is significant. Braisaz of
France is fifth. Some of the big
names are going well.
names are going well. Dahlmeier
still in front.
still in front. Here is the
standings. Kuzmina is doing well.
Olsbu has the one next to her name,
because she has had one miss.
because she has had one miss. It is
the inner circle, that is the four
and a half centimetres, the outer
circle is the one they will be
aiming at when they come in for the
standing shoot. Lovely rhythm from
the German. A 17-second advantage at
the beginning of her second circuit.
That miss could prove costly for
Olsbu. 50 metres away in minus 12,
harder than it looks. Laura
Dahlmeier is aiming to become the
third German to win is in fantastic
Dahlmeier swept all before her at
the World Championships last year
and a few people were wondering
whether she may have lost a little
bit of that sparkle on the World Cup
circuit this year. A couple of wins,
six podiums. Now 13 just got a
glimpse. Three is Vitkova. 33 is
Kuzmina. She won in Vancouver and
Sochi. Seven podiums this season.
The speed is key for her today and
she is going brilliantly. Just to
put that into context, Kuzmina 17
seconds adrift of Dahlmeier, when
she left the shooting range at the
end of that first circuit, she was
32 seconds adrift. So she is going
brilliantly. Domracheva is the
defending champion. Olsbu is
struggling after that penalty loop.
Good shotting, I make it -- good
shooting. Six of the leading 11 shot
clean on their first visit. Of
course, it can all change. But the
drama is beginning to unfold,
because Kuzmina is moving
brilliantly. There is Kuzmina.
Second in the World Cup standings.
She was bitterly disappointed to
finish 13th. She missed three
targets - two in the prone and one
in the standing. That is why she
started a minute adrift of
Dahlmeier. Now she is only 14.5
seconds adrift. Braisaz of France
going well in these early stages.
Olsbu is 44 seconds adrift now.
Domracheva is OK, but needs to start
picking up the speed. She started 46
seconds behind Dahlmeier and has
drifted three seconds further back.
Kuzmina however is getting closer.
We could see some nerves here
fluttering as well as the flags. If
Kuzmina is continuing to ski as well
the last time we saw her, she will
be coming into the range and will be
lying down next to Laura Dahlmeier
before the German has finished her
second set of five shots at the
target and the psychological
pressure starts to mount on the
Dahlmeier is the first to shoot. She
is going left to right and she has
got a miss slam she has been put
under pressure. But so too has
Kuzmina with her first attempt at
the target. They could well be
coming out of their penalty loop at
the same time. Kuzmina taking her
time over her last effort. It is
often the fifth that causes the
problem. She is really taking her
time. Kuzmina only has one penalty
loop. Vitkova could go into the lead
here if she shoots clean. Talking
about the athlete in lane 3. But
there is a miss from the bronze
medallist and a miss from Olsbu.
medallist and a miss from Olsbu. Can
Braisaz go clean? The lady who was
last out on the course has shot
clean. Bescond is a class act and is
ninth in the World Cup standings.
Dahlmeier in the lead with Kuzmina
nine seconds behind her. Cadurisch
is fourth. The next time they come
into the range they will be shooting
Such a brutal combination of tests.
Got to lower their pulse.
Domracheva, she has that one miss.
So she is in eighth place now and 58
seconds off the pace. Kuzmina is
looking good. That is Dahlmeier. She
and Kuzmina both missing early on
with this second visit to the range.
But it was only one personality loop
each. Dahlmeier still leading. But
Kuzmina is a very quick skier. That
is why the two of them are now,
well, pretty much only a ski length
apart. Dahlmeier leads, Kuzmina in
second. What a great battle this
could turn out to be. Plenty of time
for one or two of the other women to
get in the mix, depending on how
these two get on their their second
two visits to the range.
Kuzmina now decides to take it on.
Her daughter, Olivia, was born in
2015. So she has come back from
childbirth, trying to recapture her
very best form.
very best form. First Slovakian to
win a winter Olympic gold, she was
representing Russia up until 2008.
Dahlmeier, the five-time world
champion, having to hang on a bit.
Bescond is going well, five finishes
in the top ten on the World Cup
circuit this season. Got an
individual silver at the world
champs a few years ago.
Cadurisch is going well. Vitkova and
Dahlmeier and Kuzmina has won this
at the range. If you're just joining
us the air temperature is about
minus 12 and it will feel colder for
these women at the Alpine Centre. In
the men's sprint yesterday, there
were people crossing the finishing
line with icicles hanging off their
beards - those of them who have got
a beard. It was incredible to see.
Just little pieces of spittle that
had frozen solid on their way around
the course. Kuzmina and Dahl hire
out on their -- Dahlmeier out on
their own. Bescond is 23 seconds
adrift and she is a bit adrift. All
can change. There are still two
visits left to the range. Standing
next time. So they're aiming at a
bigger target. Dahl hire clearly
felt -- Dahlmeier clearly felt the
pressure of Kuzmina being alongside
her the last time. But where she
missed, so too did Kuzmina. Which
one will be able to hold nerve at
this third visit to the range? With
Bescond at the beginning of that
straight behind them.
So Kuzmina getting herself poised,
getting herself ready. There she is.
Going right to left. Oh there is a
miss from Kuzmina. Two misses from
Kuzmina. Dahlmeier just needs to
focus on what she is doing. She is
two away from having a sizeable
lead. One away. The last one is
often the most difficult. Yes,
Dahlmeier shoots clean. Kuzmina with
two penalty loops. That will equate
to around 50 seconds. All that hard
work she produced to close the gap
all undone by a matter of
millimetres, not once, but twice.
Cadurisch with two misses now. Oh,
three for Cadurisch. That is such a
shame. She was going so well.
Bescond still with just the one
miss. If Vitkova could shoot clean,
she would be in second place I
think. That is good shooting from
the woman from the Czech Republic.
The defending champion, Domracheva,
we may have forgotten her. But a
clean shoot would give her a chance.
She has missed one.
She has missed one. Kuzmina in
second and 37 seconds adrift. They
were side by side. The reason is
because she missed two at the range.
Vitkova is in third and Bescond in
World junior silver in the pursuit
couple of years ago. Watch out for
Herman, a former cross-country
skier, she's in eighth. We know
Kuzmina will go absolutely hell for
leather now to try and close the gap
down an Dahlmeier, and we know she
is a quicker skier than the German.
Disappointment on the face of the
Slovakian, she was way off with that
one. Two misses proving so costly.
Dahlmeier clean on that visit. Still
just the one.
Dahlmeier leading, Kuzmina in
second. Vitkova in the bronze medal
position. Anais Bescond with a
penalty loop. Dahlmeier once again
has a bit of breathing space.
You can hear the German coaches
roaring her on, giving her the
information. She will have been
aware, of course,
aware, of course, Kuzmina had a
couple of penalties, but wouldn't
know how much her lead was. She will
now, courtesy of the coaches. Once
again, Kuzmina having to push really
hard here, in terms of the skiing,
to make up for that inaccuracy at
the range. Maybe she is tiring,
because she was 37, nearly 38
seconds adrift and she hasn't
managed to close on that first
little section of that climb out of
the stadium. Bescond trying to close
in on Veronika Vitkova. The cosy
left the range 1.09 address.
A good target for the Frenchwoman.
21 on the left, Denise Herrmann.
There she is. She got a bronze in a
brilliant cross country race four
years ago in Sochi. If she can bring
that cross-country speed to be for
here and if she can shoot clean on
her next visit to the range, maybe
she has a chance. There is
Domracheva, the defending champion.
She was one minute and 34 off the
pace when she left the shooting
range for the third time. She has
missed twice. So, Dahlmeier
attempting the double here. This is
her last visit to the range. If she
can shoot clean here she has a
chance of producing history on this
stunning course. Two misses from
Kuzmina allowing Dahlmeier a little
bit of breathing space here, but she
has to maintain her focus and her
concentration. It looks as though
she is peaking at exactly the right
time, which is what she did at the
World Championships last year when
she took an unprecedented five gold
medals. Five gold medals at the
worlds. Can she go two out of two at
the early stages of the biathlon in
the Winter Games, when the stakes
are even higher? 24 years of age,
Laura Dahlmeier. She was ill early
on this season. She looks as though
she is fully recovered. The Germans
in the crowd are holding their
breath. Surely five clean shots here
and the gold will be within her
grasp. Good start, going right to
left this time. A little pause. Last
one is sometimes the most difficult.
Not today! That was sensational
shooting. And before Kuzmina has
even taken her first effort,
Dahlmeier is on her way out of the
range and heading for her last two
kilometre circuit. Kuzmina now under
enormous pressure, and that's
perhaps why she has missed with her
first effort. She knew she couldn't
afford a single mistake. Now just
trying to block out the context and
the other two who have arrived
alongside her. One penalty loop for
Kuzmina, still in with a shout of a
medal, of course. Bescond and
Vitkova side by side. Remember,
Denise Herrmann, the German, if she
can shoot clean, she has a chance. A
very fast cross-country skier.
Vitkova has missed one, now two.
Olsbu also coming unstuck. Bescond,
good shooting from her. If Denise
Herrmann can... She has just missed
one. I was going to save she could
just get that last one with her
skiing speed she might be in with a
shout. Dahlmeier from Kuzmina with
Bescond, those two very close
together. They are the three
medallists at the moment. This is
Domracheva. Sheep this time has left
it too late. She is a wonderful
champion. She will have other
opportunities as well as the relay.
Dahlmeier has a lead of almost a
minute out on the course. What will
be a moment of history for her and
Disappointment this time for
Domracheva, but don't write her off,
she is a wonderful champion. The
Frenchwoman, Marie Dorin Habert, so
close to a medal in the Sprint is
not so this time. Dahlmeier from
Kuzmina. Bescond headed out onto the
range just a second behind the
Slovakian. Olsbu, a surprise silver
medallist from the Sprint is in
fourth. Marie Dorin Habert in fifth.
The third medallists look on paper
like they have a big enough gap to
assure themselves a place on the
podium. Number 22, the
podium. Number 22, the Estonian,
podium. Number 22, the Estonian,.
Dahlmeier bidding for an
unprecedented double here in the
history of women's biathlon in the
Winter Olympic games. Nobody has
done the Sprint pursuit double yet.
Brilliant shooting, brilliant
composure. She just needs to
maintain her rhythm here. She will
be tired, it is a really tough
course. Kuzmina and Bescond in
second and third. This has been a
wonderful effort from Anastasiya
Kuzmina. Her wrongdoing, missing at
the range. These two, when they left
the range for the fourth time, had a
gap of a roundabout half a minute
and Marte Olsbu who was in fourth.
They are closing and Dahlmeier but
surely it will be too little too
late. 45 seconds, the gap. It was 55
for Kuzmina when she left the range,
so she has managed to take ten
seconds out of that lead, but this
is Dahlmeier's to lose now. It will
be, you suspect, another Winter
Olympic medal for Anastasiya
Kuzmina, but will it be a bronze or
a silver? Anais Bescond tracking her
every move. When you bear in mind,
Bescond started, she was one minute
and 15 behind Laura Dahlmeier. Only
19th, that is why her bib says 19,
only 19th in the sprint. Kuzmina was
13. This has been much better from
the two women currently occupying
the other medal positions. And now
the Frenchwoman trying to go for it.
Kuzmina has got real quality. Two
Golds in the sprint and she knew the
shorter races were her best
opportunity perhaps to get on the
podium. And here she comes. Laura
Dahlmeier, all on her own, in a
class of her own and she has done
the unprecedented double. She grabs
the German flag. Delight once again,
the 24-year-old absolutely superb
tonight, in brutally cold
conditions. She saunters over the
line, a little look up. She is now a
double Winter Olympic champion and
she is the first woman ever to win
the sprint and the pursuit and there
are still so many more chances of
gold to come. And what about this
battle for the silver? Kuzmina on
the left, just edging the
Frenchwoman. It has been a fantastic
effort and a great battle. Oh my
goodness me, this is so close! I
think Kuzmina got it just by two
tempts second. They took almost half
a minute out of Dahlmeier and that
last lap. Not enough for gold, but
Kuzmina and Bescond are worthy
Winter Olympic medallists. A great
battle to the line between the two
of them. It was so, so close. Olsbu
driving those arms, really good
strength from the Norwegian. She is
having a fabulous games. An
unexpected silver for her in the
sprint and that is a fantastic
effort. She is forth.
effort. She is forth. 21 is Denise
Herrmann, the fantastic
cross-country skier. When you bear
in mind how recently she converted
to biathlon, sixth place is
fantastic. She will have other
chances to come as well. Laura
Dahlmeier has done the double. That
is barometer Vitkova. Cutting a
rather tired figure coming across
the line. Lena Haecki inside the top
ten. A great skier.
ten. A great skier. Linn Persson
there. And Lisa Vittozzi. Dorothy
. Disappointment for the rest. A
really, really tough night. A good
effort from the Canadian, inside the
top 20, Rosanna Crawford.
The rest, absolutely shattered, but
I think Laura Dahlmeier will have a
little bit of energy left. Just got
a quick glimpse there. She has done
it! What a fantastic Games it is
turning out to be for the
turning out to be for the German
biathlon. Laura Dahlmeier has made
history on a freezing night here in
South Korea. And she will have more
opportunities to come for further
glory. Kuzmina takes the silver,
Bescond the bronze. A great race and
brilliant celebrations from all
STUDIO: Pretty impressive from
Dahlmeier and Germany, they are
having a wonderful Games so far.
They are at the top of the medals
table, that is their fourth gold
medal. We can see they are moving
ahead of the Netherlands, who have
two gold medal so far, USA with two.
Norway, Canada, France, South Korea,
and Sweden will have won gold medals
at this time tomorrow, could Great
Britain make their way onto the
Being disqualified in Sochi her.
They have gone down!
I thought about
never skating again fostered it took
me two years to get over that. It
made me tougher than I ever thought
I could be.
Christie aiming to be the first
woman to win a short track title.
Christie leading the charge, it will
be tight. She has done it. Elise
Christie! Here comes Christie on the
inside, it is another gold.
something to the world. One gold,
three golds, three golds. When
something breaks your heart, it
takes awhile to love again but I'm
smiling now. I'm ready for the
This is when the spotlight will
shine on Elise Christy. She was
second fastest in qualifying. Her
quarter final is tomorrow at 10. We
know things can go wrong in short
track, but hopefully her semi-final
at 10 past 11. The final is tomorrow
at 5 past 12.
A we have a chance
before we go before to the
Pyeongchang for a section that we
are going to call, Ask Chemmy. She
knows everything there is to know
about winter sports. We set you the
challenge to ask her questions. Who
knows where this may take you. Not
restricted to alpine sports. You c
turn to Ben. First from ice hockey,
how do you get the lines on to the
It is a good question, if the
lines were on the top they will
dull. There is a huge vat of
powdered paint that is mixed with
water and they have these power
brooms that sprays it on to the ice
and seal it with a layer of water.
It is unlikely where it is pointed
on to the grass in rugby it gettious
ing on your legs.
When speed is
an element of success, why do the
mogul skiers not wear slim suits.
lot of it is speed. You think maybe
they would long for the
aerodynamics. But they're not in the
tucked position and not reaching
that high velocity, they don't need
skin tight suits. However in down
hill and I have one to show you.
This what is we wear. This is a
really thin Lycra suit that Clare
wanted to wear and I said not today.
This is very retro and this is Salt
Would mogul skiers wear
that or watching the slopestyle
style they could haven't got caught
by the wind.
You would take the
Are you saying we don't
That is exactly what she
is saying. The technology of the
speed suits has advanced.
performance director in Britain is
be hind wind tunnel testing and
these suits have come a long way.
You you see the Austrians go past,
you can hear their skis. This is my
bib from Sochi. It is like Blue
Peter. Here is one I made earlier.
The men don't get their bibs, nor do
the girls until the day of the race.
Because they would spray it to give
it less wind resistance and it was
said to be cheating.
Back to the
Austrian suits, the whistling is
created from what?
All the suits
have to be tested to make them fair.
This has a small metal plum and
they're tested to led air through.
If they stop air, if they fall, they
will fall so fast. They try to
monitor them. But the Austrians,
this suit is one material and the
Austrians have a tiny divot hole to
pass through the speed trap and wear
one piece under this. But this is
100th of the a second - it could
first or nothing at all.
done a lot of testing in wind
Yes you're hand goes out
and it can make 0.7 of a second of
difference over 100 minutes.
Snowboarding, you have just got to
It is just part of
parcel. Baggy clothing...
Red Gerard, not only does
he look cool, if we see him. This is
the ceremony at the event. A lot of
people have been asking why are they
getting Teddy bears.
This is a
reaction in the crowd for the
athlete to enjoy that first moment
when they know they have won gold.
They will be getting a medal. There
is a medal ceremony. But the medal
weighs half a kilo the gold. You can
see the texture that is to replicate
the sacred trees in this region and
the ribbon is part of the design and
created using a traditional South
And you get your
chance to celebrate twice?
think obviously you want to
celebrate as many times as you can.
I'm sure he will be celebrating
again at home. And I remember
again at home. And I remember in
Vancouver it took a while to build.
We have some very exciting news,
because in a lot of the sports you
can tell so much from the training
runs, but particularly in the
sliding sports. In skeleton we have
a strong female team that includes
Laura Deas and she has been getting
better results than Lizzie Yarnold.
In the second training run Laura was
fastest. She is setting the pace.
Flock is strong. Lizzie fourth
fastest at the moment. And here are
the men's training runs and under
the radar, the men's team has not
been talked about at all, you see
Don Parsons on his second run, he is
at the top by a long way. It is
telling us the kit is spot on.
The athletes are spot on. They're
getting to know the track and they
will build in confidence, because
those times matter.
although Dom is a surprise, he has a
good start. He is going under the
radar. We are all talking about
Lizzie. And Laura is in the same
boat. They can fulfil their
expectation without the expectation
of country. Dom is a quiet guy.
is very quiet. In Sochi and
Vancouver he is quiet. Now he has
the training runs.
He has had some
good results and he is getting
closer. He could be a threat. The
men's skeleton starts Thursday
morning and finishes on Friday. The
women's starts on Friday and
finishes on Saturday. It is going to
be fascinating and we will be
hearing from the expertise of Amy
Williams. Now to the Sliding Centre.
It is the fist run first run of
women's luge. We saw Felix Loch fail
to win. Who could win in the women.
Let's first out.
After the watching the guys, will
they take it steady?
She was the first female luger to
win a medal for America. And the
first European to win a medal. Last
year, she raced here in the World
Cup and did OK without being
brilliant and finished tenth. She is
getting married this summer and
America at the moment flying high.
Can Hamlyn start her Olympic
campaign in style. Erin Hamlyn for
the United States, under way. First,
a different start from what we were
used to with the men.
lower down the track and come into
bend 4. Their start is shorter so
they're straight into the bend and
it has caught a couple of them out.
She has her eye in and this is
getting the first run to get rid of
any sort of pre-race nerves and we
will see what the speed is. 122K an
hour. That is 70mph.
That is a
decent start. The coach happy.
is a new track record. We will see
how fast it is as the next few sleds
come down. The top four have been
close. But it shows how cold it is,
the ice is fast and that could make
for good racing. And there could be
You can't stress it
enough what you need, they get four
runs, you need consistency. There is
so many of the men who had three
good runs and a shocker and that put
them out of it. Here one of most
consistent of all time.
consistent of all time. 34-year-old
Huefner, she is the oldest
competitor in the event. She has won
all three medals at the last three
Olympics, silver, bronze and gold in
Vancouver. If she could get a medal
she would be the most decorated
competitor in luge history. She is
trying to run down Hamlin's time.
She had a better first bend than
Hahlin. You can see how quickly the
women have to get down on to the
sled. The men have more time to
settle. That is just the way the
track is designed. She starts to
build speed into the most important
part. That is the line you have, you
just miss the wall. As she comes
down, that is building that speed
and that is all relevant to the
start. She has got similar speed to
Should beat Hamlin, but only
just. These two have started
strongly. Visually I Huefner very
She lost speed as she
came into the big Olympic corner.
She was a tenth up. As she come
across the line, she has lost seven
hundredth, that doesn't sound like
much, but in four runs will that
cost her a medal? That is the
perfect line. You come out and
you're pointing back to the left
hand wall. As show you skimmed both
Third down Sandra Robatscher. She is
the world No 9. The standard has
been set. This is her first run of
A good exit. You can
see the difference in the start.
That is why she is down in the red
light already. The lines are looking
good so far. Speed just building all
the time. Trying to get a nice line
into 8. The line drops down as you
come into this important corner.
Maybe because they have got reduced
speed at this point it is making the
track easier. But she is losing time
down the bottom of the track.
finishing her run for Italy. That
14th corner very popular with the
spectators. She has fallen a little
way behind. As you said, John w that
loss of speed very late on in her
run. Strange isn't it you would have
thought loss of speed would be hard
to achieve once you're on the second
half of the run.
It is quite a
strange thing, you can see into
sliders in almost identical lines
and one is doing more to achieve
than. That is down to their driving
styles and equipment and how they
come into that corner.
Next art for America is from a
Britchner. Like many, she struggled
early in her training, only 13 here
last year. She reported earlier in
the week Shirov corded herself to be
very low after her first week of
training that on Sunday morning,
went quickest of all. A real mixed
bag. Don't know what to expect
Back here. She has found a
consistent failure that she leave.
She is there and the start, but how
will she cope with the speed and how
will she build it? Is she a little
nervous in just over driving it to
make sure she is on the right lines
customer still dropping back, but
that could be relevant to the start
time. Still building speed. This is
the first one where we've seen
having a bit of trouble, feet down
and that will cost a lot of trouble
as she comes down to the bottom.
That is probably not what she was
wanting. You can see straightaway,
she went into straight about a tenth
down and now three tenths dumb.
Disappointed to be half a second
behind. You can still see clattering
into the walls after the US man was
walking away there. I could sort of
see that coming. Her body language
all week was not great. She was very
vocal about the fact her four runs
on training had got to her.
those poor runs on training are
still in her head now. This is the
whole psychological part of this
sport. She knows how to drive. You
can see in her face, she knows she
has messed up, got it wrong, not got
as much air time as some of the men
last night. Even a little mistake at
that point in the corner could cost
you nearly two or three tenths and
that's what happened to her. Lost
nearly four tenths because of that
She looks gutted. She looks
really upset. That was the coach
with that arm round her. Another one
for Germany now. Dajana Eitberger.
Seven top six finishes in the World
Cup this year and comes into the
Olympic games ranked number two in
the world. As she gets underway, she
has reported a couple of times that
she is having terrible difficulties
after bend nine into the Dragons
tale, it is key for her.
everyone. It is a tricky corner,
nine is like no other corner on any
other track on the world. You have
to drive it completely differently
to what they are used to. It is
hard. She has gone a little bit
flat. You can see her steering the
sled and working too hard to get
through that, but she has got
through fairly clean. She will go
the speed at the bottom. This may
keep her in contention. She has got
good speed. It might give her a
little confidence for the next run.
A little nudge on the wall at bend
15. But to be so close to Hamlin and
Tatjana Huefner, a perfectly
satisfactory first go for Eitberger.
She will be policed the Dragon's
tale didn't cause any particular
problems. Interesting to watch,
whereas Tatjana Huefner went through
it like an arrow, she had to correct
herself halfway down.
she is not confident with the track
at that point and her ability to
drive it. What she's doing is just
making sure that she gets through
their clean and by that, she is just
overriding and costing herself some
speed. If she goes with the
confidence of what she knows she can
drive, she will be quicker on the
That is the early order,
the top three separated by precious
little. Next up, this is the best in
the world, the Olympic champion from
Sochi in Russia. Natalie
Geisenberger absolutely destroyed
the field. Let's see what shape she
is in. She, of course, is ranked
number one in the world and has been
for the last six years. She is the
one they all have to beat, on paper,
as she begins her quest for another
gold medal here at the Olympic
Games. Geisenberger underway. This
could be a real sprinkling of top
We shall see. She has not
been off the podium all year and the
most consistent pilot throughout the
whole season, but it's now, none of
that matters, this is about the
Olympic Games and about making sure
that she leaves here with the gold
medal again. That is the only thing
she has come for. This is the
section of the track she needs to
get right. She's down with a lot of
speed. Don't know if that caption
was right for the speed, she was
starting to pick up on the women in
front of her. She has great speed
coming up the hill. She should be in
the lead here by a few hundredths.
Much quicker than Hamlin at that
stage and she is seven hundredths of
a second ahead of the field. So
Natalie Geisenberger praise her
first-hand of the Olympic Games, and
it was a pretty tidy hand, as well.
She sets the early standard. You
could just see as she came up to get
off her sled, looks like she took a
deep breath, almost like, OK, first
one is out the way, I know what the
track feels like, I will open the
traps on the second one and put the
Look at the hips
and thighs working to keep the
This is the difference
between two pilots. You can see
almost exactly on the same line.
That is hours and hours of training
and getting used to wake you need to
be on the corner. Those two pilots
are both Olympic champions from
different Olympics, so they know how
Some very smart talent
still to come here. A mixed bag
through the 30 that next is Kimberly
McRae, who is an excellent second
here in Pyeongchang last winter in
the World Cup. That was a fine run
in sixth place and she is underway.
And having that result at the test
event will give people a little
confidence that the track sort of
suits their style of driving and
their equipment. It depends now
whether she can handle the pressure
of what those five Olympic rings
rings. It is the same race, just
over two days but it depends how she
handles it. It looks like she is
doing really well at the moment. She
has the line, slightly more wavy in
12 but it looks nice and clean and
she is doing a good job. Staying in
contention, within a tenth.
Hamlin at their respective stages.
Down the bend to the 16th and final
corner. Lost a tiny bit late on but
only a fraction. She goes third.
That is the way to celebrate! The
Canadians in good voice.
these athletes now will thrive on
the next run. Some of them will be
nervous, especially if it is their
first or maybe even their second
Olympics and they are making a big
jump up in the standard. Overall,
that was a really good run. You can
see she has dived into the track. A
little bit of pressure, just try to
cut the middle out too much but it
worked for her. Maybe that is the
style she has an she is not
overworking the sled too much, still
keeping herself in medal contention
at the end of the first run.
Geisenberger, Tatjana Huefner and
Kimberly McRae separated by one
tenth. Now Italy, Andrea Voetter.
19th in Sochi and world ranked 16
coming in here. She did finish sixth
in Innsbruck but that was the first
World Cup race of the entire winter
back in November. To be honest,
hasn't done a lot since and normally
not a fast start-up either.
have seen, it doesn't necessarily...
It is not necessarily how fast you
start but how well you get through
this section of the track here,
where you are coming down the big
steep drop into nine. It is all
about this corner. She has that nice
clothesline against the wall and
straight through. That is a good
line. That is the line working for
the women at the moment. The men
have a little more speed and it
challenges them a little bit more.
As she comes down to the bottom of
the track, the speed is good but it
is how close you can keep to these
Six for her, Andrea
Voetter. Probably as good as she
could have expected bearing in mind
what she did in Sochi. The fact she
has had a relatively quiet season so
far also. Andrea Voetter going six
for the moment.
far also. Andrea Voetter going six
for the moment.
So the defending champion Natalie
Geisenberger setting the pace. Three
Germans in the top five after the
first run of the luge. Back to see
more of the second run. You may
notice my guests have deserted me.
It is because we were having a
conversation about speed. You could
see with those lugers, the suit
built for speed.
built for speed. Chemmy has
persuaded Ben to do something you
never thought he would do.
begging to wear lycra. Let's get on
it. Big jump!
There we go. Can I
just say... This is one of your most
ridiculous ideas, as usual.
gosh, you will love it, it is so
comfortable. Your pecs are little
big. You will want to go out on this
later. This is the future of
snowboarding, the world's first,
snowboarders wearing lycra.
Presumably you got help when doing
No, you just contort yourself.
This is really going to harm my
Looks amazing. Can you
get in a tuck position? Look at
that, he is so streamlined!
Honestly, it feels good, doesn't it?
I don't know.
Shall we just sit down
and do the rest of the show in it?
Whilst you do that, we will look at
some of the headline makers of day
Get me out of this now!
Get me out of this now!
tries to get this off, let's see
what the snowboarders wear. Only
nine of the 25 women in the
slopestyle final completed clean
runs but Jamie Anderson coped best
with the wind to successfully defend
her title. Led by their most
enduring partnership of Tessa virtue
Moir, a gold medal. And also in the
curling they will play
Moir, a gold medal. And also in the
curling they will play Switzerland
or... We will find out soon who they
face. Stay there, stay there, Ben!
After we remind you how the rules of
Curling originated in 16th century
Scotland, and appeared in the very
first Olympic Games in 1924, where
Great Britain won gold. The aim of
curling is to get more stones to the
centre of the scoring area, known as
the house, than your opponent.
Sweeping is a key part. It affects
the distance and direction a stone
travels in. Tactics are crucial, in
particular retailing last stone
advantage, known as the hammer. In
the men's and women's events there
are four players in each team, who
Cole two stones each end. Only one
team can score per end and matches
are over ten ends. This year sees
the addition of mixed doubles, a
shorter and more dynamic event
played over eight ends instead of
the traditional ten.
So let's go and see some live
action. The OA are against
Switzerland in the gold-medal match.
Jackie Lockhart and Steve Cram are
your commentators. COMMENTATOR: You
join us just at the end of this
first end, with one stone left to
play. Switzerland have that hammer
in this first end and have a chance
to score two. You can see we have
just had a shot played by OAR, which
has left a fairly comfortable
opportunity. They're playing the
yellows, Switzerland, OAR playing
red. It should be fairly
straightforward. It is actually
Logan Green with me. It has been
almost a textbook first end for
Switzerland. If you have the hammer
in the first end, scoring one is
find a pick-up Scott Caplan that's
Yes, Kerry with her first of
the game setting the tone and
putting the finishing touches on as
well with the fifth stone. A perfect
start for Switzerland.
They lead by
two after the first end. The hammer
will transfer to OAR. Married
couple. We have a few family
connections in the curling,
including the Smith family and
Muirhead family. These two are
actually married. Just explain mixed
doubles, one man and one woman, the
Russians in contrast to the other
teams, the other seven teams, they
have the women playing the first and
fifth stone, the last stone and the
men playing two, three and four. The
Russians do it the other way round.
Olympic Athlete from Russia, sorry.
It's not a full
It's not a full house this evening,
Korea were in the Roundhouse
competition, and they were in the
round robin. We had a semifinal this
morning, Canada already through to
the gold-medal match tomorrow. The
winners will take on Norway for the
runs medal -- bronze medal, the
losers, apologies, from this match.
That's tonight, or tomorrow, for
you, it all very confusing!
stone there from Jenny Perret, she
actually tapped at the back stone,
if that had gone over the back line,
the throwing stones would have been
removed from play and the
pre-position one replaced. They used
the maximum tolerance for the shot
and goddesses the good position.
got it in a good position.
Krushelnitskiy has struggled with
his shots this week, a little bit
down on his
draws. It will be key if they can
make those first stones, those draw
shots. Then they could give Martin
Rios and Jenny Perret a bit of a
He's become a bit of a
character, Martin. He's had his
troubles on the ice this week.
Kicked a couple of stones, I say
kicked, just touched them with his
foot and brushed them on occasion.
It's a bit of an art sweeping your
own stone, tippy toe around them,
particularly when it gets crowded.
That one has just over cold little
bit. Didn't have a great deal of
rotation on it. When the stone is
spinning, it can drift off a little
bit. You want to get a good
rotation, three or four rotations
for the full length of the ice. That
one was maybe about one another. --
one and a half.
athletes from Russia, like quite a
few of the teams including the
British teams, the men and women's
team competition starting on
Wednesday, they have been preparing
in Japan. A few days before this
mixed doubles. This has still got
plenty on it.
This is looking a
little bit pacey. They would have
liked it to light against the yellow
stone at the top of the button, so
probably six feet too much on that
They are just struggling with
the pace a little bit and both ends.
The coach looks a little frustrated,
shall we say. It's very quiet in
here this evening. When there's only
one match on, when there's four,
there's always shouting, a bit of
noise and atmosphere. Just all eyes
on this particular sheet in front of
this, right in front of where we're
sitting, we've got a great view.
There's positive only having one
game, you can have a bit of crowd
interaction between the games, a bit
of the sick. That sort of thing. I
didn't actually notice -- bit of
music. I was organising the Olympic
Games, I would do that.
trying to come back, a lot more ice
Not actually trying to go
on to the red stone but more likely
onto the face of the yellow and line
them up Onto the red stone.
short of speed. Was that the
deliberate guard out there or has it
come up short?
I think it's quite a
bit shorter than what they would
have liked going by the body
language. A big sweep, throws it,
jumps up and sweeps it.
ice, is that the first time down
I was about to say that,
most of the play has been down the
anticlockwise rotation. If you
rotate it anticlockwise, it runs
straight and turns to the left
whereas if you come on a clockwise
rotation like Martin Rios, it will
do the same but turn right.
to raise this in. And got it, well
done. That's an excellent shot.
She's pretty good at this,
Bryzgalova. As you said, it's
actually the men normally, John
Morris is expert at these kind of
shots, but she has done well.
There's no way that was nominated
shot! They were trying to peel the
two guards there, I would say. If
they were going for that, the real
risk would have been hitting the
yellow guard onto the yellow stone
on the top of the button and jamming
it on the red and leading two
behind. Far too risky shot to call.
They over curled and got lucky.
Lucky or not, it certainly improved
the situation for them. Martin Rios
trying to come back in, close on
-- red. A really nice try
lair, nice line.
A slight tap back
but a good position, still roam
between the two stones.
Sebastien stock, the two-time
European champion for Germany,
coaching Switzerland at clinics.
coaching Switzerland at clinics. --
at the Olympics.
A similar draw for
her head to try and tapped that?
They're going to follow that one
down from Martin Rios and tapped it
back, try and create space to score
on this end because it's very
difficult at the moment. A really
good, strong sweeper, excellent...
Both of them going to try.
excellent position to get full power
through the brush head. Actually
probably overslept that in the end.
One of the dangers in jumping up,
two players out there, you can't
really judge the line. If you have
four players coming have the luxury
of have on someone watching the line
all the time. They over kicked that
one of it.
By the time they stopped
sweeping and they realised the line,
it's too late to do anything about
it. With the hammer here, they would
have wanted to be in a better
position than this.
The way the
stones are lined up there, if
Switzerland are feeling a little bit
frisky, they might be able to make a
double takeout for the two reds and
for themselves in a strong position.
This look like a takeout.
This is hanging high.
it alone. It's just going to catch
and that's improving the situation
dramatically for Olympics athletes
They could have put
some more weight on that and given
themselves a bit more chance to make
it but a bit more tentative there.
This is an opportunity, not that he
has this is only been playing the
draw with that level of accuracy,
but it's not a particularly
difficult shots and they will pick
up two. Easier said than done!
Certainly is. This stone has a bit
more room for error than your
bog-standard drawdown onto the
button. They can use their stone on
the button to take the speed out of
it, but the backstop. That looks
like it will do nicely.
tied after two.
It's never a textbook start. We have
had some shots that are good and
some that are less good. It's been a
quiet start. Almost reflecting the
atmosphere in here. Needs to get
going with that. You don't get too
much hollering going on but when
Korea were playing, a lot of locals
were buying tickets hoping that they
would have made it through to the
semifinals. They started pretty
well, the first two or three games.
I think after three or four
sessions, we were looking at the
four teams and he said, we weren't
trying to be clever, but we thought
there would be no way, Russia,
Switzerland, Canada, they look like
the best teams.
The world rankings
words suggesting that as well. The
OAR team being number one in the
world, in the mixed doubles tour
this season. Norway were second and
the Swiss team were third. So true
to form, really. In the final
stages, we would never write off the
Canadians, two Olympic gold
medallists and already in the final
for this game.
Even though they were
the least experienced pair played
together, competitively rest of the
teams here, that -- compared to the
rest of the teams, that experience
that they bought individually, they
ended up head and shoulders ahead of
everyone else. So far, they are in
the gold-medal match, Norway the
only ones who have defeated Canada
in the round robin. Kaitlyn Lawes
and John Morris, the Canada team. I
think John Morris has become a real
fan of mixed doubles. Kaitlyn Lawes
was a late replacement for Rachel
Holman, who is skippering the
Canadian women's team.
Canadian women's team. It's worked
out very well for the mixed pair,
Interesting to see some of
the nations taking a different
approach to this. Some of the
players out here such as the
American duo, they'll be taking part
of the team event as well. But
Rachel Holman deciding that it would
be better to focus on the team
format. And John Morris found a new
partner and Kaitlyn Lawes isn't a
Here is Bryzgalova, try to come
around and freeze on that yellow
stone on the button.
They'd like to get it down. Great
sweep by Democrat, I think he's just
got that far enough to be in a shot
position. -- great sweep by
You can see how hard
they're working, Martin Rios,
Krushelnitskiy. They're wearing
T-shirts as well. We're wrapped up a
peer, the cold air being blown into
the arena. It's certainly getting
warm down there.
This is the real feature of mixed
doubles for me. He will take the
guard away here. That line, that
betrayal of stones.
-- that betrayal
of stones. They visit didn't like
the situation, trying to change
things up a bit. We have not seen
Martin Rios be particularly accurate
with these big weight takeouts but
pretty good job here. Still leaves
that don't on the centre line,
that's the only criticism of that
shot. So a chance to bury another
Sleep, sleep! -- sweep, sweet!
the Russian for sweep is sweet! It
is funny how the English terms for
the instructions. Was she trying to
catch her own stone there?
there was a little bit of a
contingency in the end and they got
stuck in no man's land and drifted
right through. Important to have a
plan B on this shots. But they
Wanted to be on top
of the first red.
When you throw
that weight, the stones tend to snap
and break a little bit later on.
That's what caused Russia the
What Martin Rios has been good at
this week is on occasions when
Switzerland have been two, three or
fool-mac down in the latter stages,
coming up with the kind of moving
stones around and working the
angles. Under pressure when that
clock is ticking, each team gets 22
minutes of thinking time, time
between playing shop, you've got to
make your mind up quickly what
you're going to play, you've got to
see it quickly and execute the shot.
I think Martin Rios is a clever and
crafty player, moving the stones
around to get the angles at best
benefit Switzerland. That is very
much 's game. Martin Rios is
actually a very good player in the
team format. He played second for
the Swiss team and had a lot of
success, won some competitions on
the world curling tour as well. He
has had a bit of a rejuvenation
since starting to take on the mixed
format. And then moving into the
mixed doubles as well. This is
exactly the same shot, really, as
Anastasia Bryzgalova played. The
stones have moved over half a stone,
maybe, but you'd expect them to make
an adjustment to the speed.
on to their own red. Yes, very good.
That is starting to make things
difficult for Switzerland.
All of a
sudden, they are starting to look
scared, Switzerland. Things are
scary for them.
It is so important
to have your stone above the T-line,
the centre line going away from us.
That is an almost perfect shot.
great thing about it is that two red
stones are bang in line straight up
the centre line onto the yellow
stone said it is difficult to remove
them and difficult for Switzerland
to score here.
Well, he's going to
try to move them around.
Called the angle well,
close to see who is lying shot. They
are having a look.
Martin Rios could
not have done more. He is cutting a
frustrated figure but that is a
fantastic shot by Martin Rios.
that was starting to look ominous
for Switzerland. Again, we will very
quickly explain what you don't do in
mixed doubles is blank and end
because you lose the hammer. Any
normal team game, if the end isn't
working out, you can blank and carry
over the hammer.
That role has been
introduced from the get go to try to
invoke a more high-scoring game, try
to move away from those bank ends
and make every end really
They can still use that stone at the
back, just to make sure that Jenny
Perret... I wouldn't say she is the
best with the final stone, she's
been up and down but she wouldn't be
here if she hadn't done very well.
That is going to ask a question. I
am not sure who is lying second
shot. They are both having a look,
the Swiss are having a very close
I don't think it matters too
much, the only option they have is
to fold it down and score one but a
very nice shot by OAR and good
awareness. If they'd dropped it
short of the T-line, they could have
been a chance for two. To them. They
are forcing Switzerland to draw for
I was going to say, she can be
wrong on both sides and lose two.
This has got to be just right. So,
Jenny Perret... Going to try to
follow that in.
No, I think the
first word out of Martin Rios was
Mac face is never.
It doesn't look
good from where we are sitting,
They are just standing back
and begging for it it is trying.
is curling now. She has just about
done enough. Just about. Well, a
long way down there, she was
worried, Martin Rios was worried.
The heart rate, I bet, was rising.
little fist pump saying well done
but it was close. Anyway,
Switzerland picked up just the one,
leading 3-2 after three ends. The
hammer now moves to OAR.
He is a great character. I have a
lot of fun watching him. I've been
worried a couple of times he was
going to break his brush he was
putting in so much effort, leaning
so heavily. Who said curling wasn't
a physical sport?
I think Martin
might need a change of T-shirt at
So, here we go, fourth end. OAR,
they are playing the red stones with
the hammer, meaning they play stone
-- the play stone is at the back of
the house. Normal shot here is tried
to draw right up against that red
stone. I'm already looking at
this... We have a great view where
we are sitting.
This is over
curling. Maybe a little bit short of
speed and it just shows how much
curl there is on the size.
starts to slow, it really is
And the ice conditions can
be different from one arena to the
next, even one ice rink to another,
if you're playing a club at home,
then you have to get really close to
the guard to hide it in behind. In
the arena, you can pass by a good
foot and it still Bankstown and gets
And each sheet is
different. The semifinal was played
over the far side, and we were
saying sometimes the outside sheet
can played differently to the inside
There is a lock to take into
consideration is. There is the
stones as well, which we will go
Swept hard by her husband, keeping
an eye. Your feet can't touch the
stone. Often Martin Rios is sweeping
then he has to get back down the
other end, get his composure back,
heartrate down. He needs a bit of
finis to deliver the stone.
Actually, we were saying that Martin
Rios is sweating but he is sweeping
more stones than anyone, he is
sweeping every single stone. Jenny
is getting a bit of a holiday out
She is keeping an eye
on the line. The role of skip. This
one just curling. Just jamming
against their own.
This is where Martin Rios excels. We
have seen him do so already in this
Starting to get if you stones
in here. Once we have had five play,
the takeout is possible.
Anastasia Bryzgalova, going to bring
another one in.
Yeah, going to come
down and tap those yellow stone is
lined up, and lie in front of them.
By doing so, we call that freeze,
you freeze against the opposition
stone and it makes it difficult to
remove. Russia are in a stronger
position at the moment.
Needs to get into the nose or even
inside the yellow. Witty good. Just
nudges the back yellow. I just think
she wanted it further over because
Switzerland can try to make a freeze
of their own. It is all getting very
intricate and close quarters in
So, Martin Rios again needs Jenny
Perret to give him the line.
Not a dissimilar shot to last time
but he is staying off this one and
now thinking about it.
heavy. 13 points seven on the clock,
I'll tell you about that in a
minute. Nicely done, really good
shot by Martin Rios and that has
really turned the end on its head.
Almost perfect shot from Anastasia
Bryzgalova has been punished by
Switzerland, and it can turn around
that quickly. We saw 13 points seven
on the shot clock. That is the time
between the two red hog lines which
gives us a general idea of the speed
of the eyes and we are thinking
about 14 seconds for a draw that
would land on the T-line.
They are going to movies around a
They are, give it a bit of a
splat and see how many yellow stone
is they can get going.
Is it going to get past the guard?
They got one out of there.
At a bad result and they are still
sitting on the side of the yellow
stone. -- not a bad result.
When they are looking to hit it
further on the outside to try to
spring the yellow at the top of the
button, and one of the main
strategies, if you like, of mixed
doubles curling is if you have the
last stone advantage, you want to
give yourself space to get one in
there and score but when you don't
have the last stone, like
Switzerland, they want to keep
everything closed down and keep the
scoring error small for the
opposition which is what Martin Rios
and Jenny Perret are doing very well
So, should have a pretty good idea
of this shot. He has just played it,
He is playing very well
already, Martin Rios.
Positions them nicely between the
two red stones.
two red stones.
A little look of
consternation between the married
Russian par. Just trying to work out
what to do here and this is one of
the features of mixed doubles. Even
this early on, fourth end, you can't
take too much time. Each team does
have a time-out and each team has a
power-play, which we will talk about
in the second half. In the later
ends, each team has a chance to try
to score more heavily, we will talk
about it later. They have to make up
their minds reasonably quickly.
not too sure, to be honest, they've
got a bit of work to do but
ultimately what they want to achieve
is make sure they score here and
they don't want to fall two or three
points behind. They will definitely
play takeout and try to burst things
open. They've got options to get the
guard back, hit their own on the
yellow and try to open it up that
way. None of those options look
appealing but it looks like they
will go from -- for the run back up
Sharon -- for the run back option.
Which means they will hit the yellow
stone which has been sitting up
there since the beginning, and raise
it up into the house. And cross
their fingers a little bit. No.
One is not two, but not a good
result. The situation for them, when
the hammer is one which you try to
engineer, an opportunity to pick up
two or three, a much better
opportunity for Switzerland here. I
think this is where the dynamic
between the two teams,, if Jenny
Perret doesn't pick up on what
Martin says, it's all been in vain.
Absolutely, and it's an interesting
internal pressure it puts on the
player to finish the job off when
you've got someone out there who is
playing extremely well, making all
the shots. It's not like you were to
be the one to let the heart of down.
Unlike a skipper who has got to
stones to play at the end, you have
got one stone, then your partner
plays two, three and four, and then
you have got to wait. The gap
between the stones you deliver is a
good few minutes. And then you've
got to play a big shot, not easy.
got to say, Martin Rios look like a
man on a mission there tonight.
Extremely focused. I think he's
giving Jenny Perret a lot of
confidence out there as well.
Looking good for settling at the
moment. -- Switzerland at the
Switzerland have a stone
right on the button.
right on the button.
Lying two and
three but they're trying to protect
This is perfect. It
looks like it has over macro to a
little bit but it's a very clever
shot because they've actually
guarded the correct side of the
yellow stone. The top of the fourth
it will go to the Top of the red. I
just looked up to see him coming
down the ice towards me and I
wondered what he was doing! Giving
away one is the best of the bad
situation for OAR and as we reach
the halfway point, Switzerland
Willem Nel have a, I can just
checking -- Switzerland now have a
double. I'm just checking. There's
some repairs being made on the ice.
Switzerland have now got a two shot
As they take a break and repair the
ice, just a reminder that the Great
Britain team sadly missed out on
just one spot to get into the mixed
doubles. The men's and women's teams
start on Wednesday, and they're
aiming to do better than bronze here
We went into Sochi as current world
champions, and I guess, having that
on your CV is always going to make
it a little bit tougher for you.
You're always going to add some
There were expectations
but it's probably more that we put
them on ourselves because it was who
was going to go and get it for that
They fought so hard and this
potentially their last stone of this
much. It's got a chance. And that's
a nice shot from Eve Muirhead.
pressure made us know that we could
perform at that level, we were the
best team in the world we were
capable of hitting the podium.
This to close out the
match against Great Britain. They
have worked it hard. It's pulling up
but will it get there? It is! And
Canada have won it.
When we lost
that semifinal, I'm not going to
like it was probably the most
devastating to the seat of the
Losing the semifinal was the
hardest loss, and at the time, we
thought it was a quick turnover but
that's probably what helped us in
They are the world champions. And
now they could be the Olympic bronze
medallist. The stone will get there
and the brushes go in the air and
Britain have won the bronze medal.
To come home with a medal was
outstanding. I'm still really
pleased with that. But I now I think
I've got a taste of that Olympic
podium and although want to do is go
up it. -- all I wanted to do is go
We have got some unfinished
business and getting the bronze
medal was amazing but you always
want to do better. If we have to
break it down into each game, and
then want to get the play-off
status, that will be a brand-new
We feel like we're in a
good place at the moment. We feel
like we have been working hard and
that's something we have to
constantly say to people, curling is
much harder than it looks. We would
not have to train so much to be at
the top of the game if it wasn't. We
have great win at the European
medallists here in Switzerland.
gold-medal at the Olympics is the
only gold medal I'm missing in my
collection so it would mean a lot of
hard work has paid off for me. I
have put in a tonne of work to get
to the position I'm in just now. To
stand on top of the podium would be
something extra special.
Eve Muirhead and her crew, her Rigg,
very experienced. Their third
Olympics. That brand-new men's team
is there, including two of her
brothers, Thomas and Glen Muirhead.
And another set of brothers, Cammy
Smith and Kyle Smith. They start on
she night, Wednesday morning. The
men a Italy and -- the men play
Switzerland and the women's early
match is against the Olympic
athletes of Russia.
Even Mr T from the 18 has got into
That is sport, the realms of
Your mother-in-law is
Yes, she loved your
impression yesterday. There's
something for everyone in winter
spots. I know that the Scots are
love mad on curling. Every weekend
you can go to an ice rink and the
It's almost like an
religion of sport.
Do you play?
but I have a local pond near my
house that they used to use for
curling. It is everywhere.
going to join this tense mixed
doubles match again, a place in the
final against Canada, alongside
Logan Gray is Steve Cram. Steve, do
they take their own stones out there
That would be a bit of excess
baggage, 20 kilograms each! There's
a lot of funding for curling but I'm
not sure it would stretch to that.
These stones are here for all the
teams to use, they all get to
practice with them beforehand and
work out which stones they like as
well. Each stone is individually
numbered. I think you set out last
year, -- it was sent out last year,
this information. Just to continue
the family thing, Logan Gray, here,
is the brother of Lauren Gray who
was in the film you just watched.
used to be the other way around!
Laura needs to be Logan Gray's
sister but she's kind of overtaking
me now in the performance stakes now
in the last two years!
I know you will be looking forward
to Lauren competing this Wednesday
like everybody else. The men and
women competition getting underway,
both British teams in action on day
one, Valentine's Day. #, love
Base of the teams around
here this afternoon getting their
first taste of the ice and they are
getting familiar with their
surroundings. They have a few days
of following some pregames training
So, so far so good for
Martin Rios. What was interesting in
the semifinal this morning, the
first few stones after the break
were awful. I just wondering if the
break isn't to anyone's liking but
so far so good here.
Doesn't seem to
be happening this time. I was
watching this morning and having a
good chuckle to myself because it's
something you see all the time. You
have that half-time break, but no
players on the ice and the ice gets
a chance to chill again and it gets
a bit faster and it catches
everybody out without fail.
we're always watchers that people
might be watching curling for the
first -- conscious that people might
be watching curling for the first
time, this is mixed doubles, the
first time in the Olympics. Eight
ends, as opposed to ten in the other
competition. The ice is so
important, talking about that little
break. They were out preparing the
ice, can you explain why that
If you took that curling
stone out onto the local skating
rink, they won't go anywhere. They
will not go very ska at all. Skating
ice is a bit warmer and has a very
flat surface. Curling is different,
you can from the BCA a sheen on the
ice, and there are little what we
call -- you can probably see a bit
of a sheen on the ice, and there are
little what we call pebbles, they
come from a watering can kind of
thing, they spray the ice and the
droplets freeze on the ice and that
is what the stones run on, and that
is what curling is, running these
bumps down so the stones go further
interested, as well, don't forget
the BBC website get
the BBC website get inspired, maybe
you can find out more about curling.
I know there are plenty of
opportunities around. I'm always
worried that he's going to slip,
Rios. I've described him as not
being the lightest on his feet but
he's certainly very effective.
That's another big shot from Martin
Rios there. Sometimes a little bit
wary, a couple of stones kicking
around the house.
This semifinal will continue on the
red button. We have naturally got
proper curling stones here in the
studio, and did you know that a
curling stone has a life span of up
to 50 years, all made from
curling stone has a life span of up
to 50 years, all made from granite
in Scotland and they last a long
time, people use them as doorstops.
That's a random fact!
We want to get
light of the men's moguls, the three
finals are starting. Curling will go
to the red button. We will go back
to that later on to see if
Switzerland can go through against
Canada. The moguls, two jumps, they
get marks for turning and jumps and
speed is also a factor. 20 will
start the first final, 12 going to
the second final and Matt Chilton is
with the moguls mingle. -- moguls
Thank you, good evening from the
Phoenix Snow Park. Conditions good
for the first of three finals. We
start off with 20, who will be
whittled down for 12 and then the
super final will involve just six
men who will do battle for the
medals. The judges are in position.
Five of them looking at the terms
which constituted 60% of the overall
score. Two of them looking at the
air. Two kickers, one at the top and
one at the bottom. And then the time
also makes up 20% of the score. The
pace time is 24.27 seconds. So
unique to be close to that to have a
chance. So, the first of the 20 men
dropping in is James Matheson, the
22-year-old Australian. One of two
Australians in this final. He was
the last man in, he just qualified
by the skin of his teeth. That was
following the second qualification
man earlier. Last in and therefore
first out. Final mother one of the
2018 Olympic men's moguls.
He has tend terms to begin with.
Then he goes aerial. Executed
beautifully and these are lovely
turns from the Australian. Has not
put a foot wrong war yet. Then first
mistake, lost control of the left 's
key. Off axis of the second kicker
and the speed is 26.33 seconds. We
will see more bare-chested
Australians and faster runs. I
wonder how long they will last.
James Matheson was there to salute
their courage, the Australian fans,
topless at the course. He gives them
something to cheer about. They
something to cheer about. They also
have Matt Graham to come, the
Australian. That was his second
jump. The wind was a factor here and
you might have seen the women's
slopestyle affected by the breeze
but it is less of an issue for the
mogulists. James Matheson six starts
this first final. -- kick-starts.
Nobuyuki Nishi is fired up and ready
to go. He is a live wire in the
bumps. Away he goes. Click a number
one off axis seven and look at him,
unbelievable pace! He is really
motoring and he has lost control!
And he will not be continuing in the
Olympic final. That is the end of
his Olympics barring a miracle
because only 12 will advance from
the stage. He took it on, to his
credit. It was maximum attack at the
top of the track. He really opened
up a huge amount of speed after his
first jump, which was an off axis
360 but he slightly lost control
halfway through the midsection, the
money terms and couldn't get it
back. He was being left behind the
skis and eventually decided that
self-preservation was the best way
out. So, James Matheson leads so
far. These score will be relevant
for Nobuyuki Nishi. The Japanese
still with Sho Endo to come. And
Daichi Hara, and Ikuma Horishima,
one of the precompetition
favourites. Ikuma Horishima Bob
Champion last year. Nobuyuki Nishi,
photographs of friends, and
emotional time for him. He will bow
out of the Games now.
out of the Games now. Jimi Salonen
next to go, the 23-year-old from
Finland. Could go for a Cork 180 in
the first kicker, let's see what he
does. Write down the middle, Cork
1080 attempted and landed and on he
goes. Good start for Jimi Salonen.
Now he needs to make the second
landing, he has done well with the
first kicker and the mid-runtimes
have been good. He is over and down
and through in a fast time, 25.16
seconds. That is more than a second
quicker than James Matheson, who
leads the way. So, Jimi Salonen
really raised the bar with this Cork
1080, three lateral twist 's off
axis. There was a slight delay on
landing before he got back into the
rhythm of the track but the terms
world worth watching. -- turns were
worth watching. Lots to enjoy, will
that be enough to give him the lead?
It is 72 points and six, so the
landing after the first jump was
costly for him. James Matheson still
leading the way. Sho Endo next up
for Japan. Lots of experience, Sho
Endo, and he is away. First ten
turns leading to the opening kicker.
Full twisting back somersault, he is
a joy to watch when in full flow.
Seventh in Vancouver, 15th in Sochi,
can he push for a medal in
Pyeongchang tonight? Second kicker.
Around he goes, soft landing, good
terms to finish, 24 point for two
seconds -- 24 point two seconds,
easily the fastest man to night.
Pace time, just outside of that.
That is 15.8 time points more than
anybody else has achieved so far in
the final. The key is a place in the
top 12, and the opportunity to
advance to the men's moguls final
number two. Nice finish, styled it
out with a little iron cross. Sho
Endo will almost certainly lead the
way here. What will the judges give
him? 82 points 72, that I should
think will be good for
qualification. Mixed fortune for the
Japanese tonight. Big mistake from
Nobuyuki Nishi but Sho Endo has
taken the lead with 82 plus. Now the
Bob Champion, Anthony Benna, in 2015
when the world Championships were
held in Austria. Off axis and into
the bumps. The French got the only
medal so far when the -- with the
women's moguls last night. Steaming
through the course. They also have
Sacha Theocharis coming later. The
backflip with a grab, slight mistake
just before the finishing line. The
judges will see that and they might
mark him down fractionally because
he went slightly off the ski on his
right. His time, 24.85. Still, Sho
Endo the fastest man on the course,
24.42. Anthony Benna, 30 years old.
French fans, French coaches
delighted last night with
19-year-old prenup from is gold
medal. Anthony Benna will hope the
results go his way, I think. Sho
Endo leading. Next to ski, the
Canadian Marc-Antoine Gagnon, first
of the Canadians, he might go for a
Cork 1080 of the second kicker. He
is on his way.
is on his way. Full twisting back
somersault, elegant, beautifully
landed and look at him fly now,
Marc-Antoine Gagnon is tearing it up
on this course. A huge amount of
experience, 30 years of age, 30th in
Vancouver, 23rd in Sochi, there is
the 1080 off axis, that has lifted
the noise levels at the course. They
enjoyed that. Gagnon, with one of
the toughest aerial manoeuvres of
them all at high speed. Always safer
at the bottom of the course. This
was his first jump, straight out of
the aerials, freestyle aerials, fall
twisting back somersault. Lost
control of the left pole for a split
second and I wonder if the judges
spotted that. Probably because they
don't miss much. Here is the second
jump, cork 1080. One, two, three
spins laterally. Beautiful jump from
Marc-Antoine Gagnon. Where will that
put him? The score to beat... He has
scored 78 points 38.
scored 78 points 38. He is almost a
second slower than Sho Endo, who
leads the way. The first of the
Americans, Bradley Wilson. We still
have Troy Murphy to come later.
Bradley Wilson skied beautifully
earlier today. He has gone 1080,
back seated on landing and now he
will try to make up for it with
electrifying turns. He is out of
control, Wilkie finished? He won't
make it...! Oh my goodness me, what
a leap from Bradley Wilson! No one
in the entire competition has gone
higher or longer. He put in a
backflip during that final jump.
Incredible courage! There was the
first jump. Cork 1080, slightly out
of control but he became more and
more out of control until the end he
was just straight lining it, really,
hoping for the best but he didn't
duck out and he put in an iron
cross, what a monumental leap that
it was. That was Bradley Wilson but
I don't think he will be heading to
the next round. Almost certainly
that will not be enough but what
entertainment from him, brilliant.
It was fun, he says, and it was fun
for us as well. Casey Andringa might
try the 1080 as well. From the
United States of America, Casey
Andringa is on his way, just 19
years old, coming down the middle of
the course, a bit of grab on the
somersault. The turns are
beautifully executed by Casey
Andringa, just a slight problem with
one of his ski poles for a second,
but it is fast and accurate. There
is the 1080, down he goes, and he
crosses the line. That gives him 14
points 73 time points. Bradley
Wilson is the quickest man on the
scoreboard, but then he was straight
lining for the second half. Casey
Andringa was in full control. The
cat that grab. -- look at that grab.
Makes my hands hurt just watching
that happen. So, the youngest man in
the competition is hoping for a
decent score now to give him a
chance of progressing through to the
next round where only 12 will
compete. He has 80.73, that has got
to be good enough!
Vinjar Slatten is next up for
Norway, didn't score on Friday
night, then had to return to make a
qualifying score earlier tonight and
skied beautifully, the 27-year-old
Norwegian. He is away. First kicker,
full twisting back somersault, nice
and straight and high. Solid form in
the air and flying through the
turns. He is travelling with real
purpose, knees are absorbing
everything that comes his way, the
second kicker, grabs the tail of his
skis, off axis, finish is fast,
24.99, giving him 15.05 time points,
that is a good speed from Vinjar
Slatten. Sho Endo leads for Japan
with a score of 80.72. Casey
Andringa is second, Marc-Antoine
Gagnon has scored 78.38, as Vinjar
Slatten waits for the judges, they
have scored 79.18. He will have a
nervous wait to see if that finishes
in the top 12. There will be a bit
of noise because this is the first
of the Koreans.
Oh, you didn't get the landing as
smoothly as he would have liked! The
Terence R exquisite. -- the terms
are exquisite. Just on the
borderline between control and lack
of it. That was an unusual second
jump, cork 720 four Choi Jae Woo
from Korea. Qualified to curb the
earlier tonight with an image of
fine wine. They enjoy him here. --
qualified earlier tonight with an
enjoyable ride. He was in control
for most of his run, a couple of
mistakes which have been highlighted
in this replay. He went on with an
old school daffy with a cork 720 and
a grab. Might be enough, might be
Only two are definitely, fine, Sho
Endo and Casey Andringa, as we get
to the better skiers. These guys
came to directly after the
qualifying round number one on
Friday. France's coming right down
the centre line of this course.
Probably the best chance for France
tonight. Approaching the second
ticker, landed quite heavily. That
is fast. The quickest time of the
contest so far and he gets the
highest mark in the tide points
bracket. Full twisting back
somersault on the first kicker. And
then he got to work accelerating,
upper body nice and still. Off he
went off the second kicker. Got a
double cab driver grabbed on the
tips of his skis, landed and skied
awake. That Beth Rigby skied away.
That's got to be right up there.
That puts him in about seventh
position at this stage.
Matt Graham from Australia next to
go. 23 is old.
Seventh in Sochi, not far from the
medals four years ago. Full twisting
back somersault of the first kicker.
Beautiful skiing from Matt Graham.
Now he approaches the second kicker.
Can he make discount? It is a 1080,
beautifully executed. Down it goes,
superb from him. It wasn't fast as
well, under 25 seconds. And the
Aussie fans are fully appreciative.
One of the highest scores of the
night so far. He didn't make a
mistake at all on landing it. I was
struggling to spot any areas where
there were mistakes with the turns.
Fantastic skiing from Matt Graham.
Got to be right up there in the top
five. Possibly even higher. The
Aussies are hoping for a good score.
They have got it, he goes into
second! So, Matt Graham is through
to the next round. That's
guaranteed. We have three definite
qualifiers, Sho Endo of Japan, Casey
Andringa of the USA and Matt Graham.
Next up, Philippe Marquis. The
Canadian, 28-year-old. On his way.
Ninth in Sochi four years ago. Full
twisting back somersault, not a good
landing, though. He's in trouble.
And he bailed out. And that's where
his Olympic Games end. Thankfully
the snow is pretty soft at the side
of the course. Although I think you
might have just hurt himself,
Philippe Marquis. He's coming down
very gingerly and he's done some
damage along the way. Let's hope
it's nothing serious. Bump skier's
unease can be fragile. -- Deniz Acar
be fragile. And his took pounding --
their knees can be fragile and his
took pounding there. The qualifiers
are now, Sho Endo, Matt Graham,
Vinjar Slatten, Casey Andringa,
Marc-Antoine Gagnon now has
convocation. -- qualification. The
trouble started on his first jump.
He was fighting for balance. He knew
it was going to end at the side of
the course. So it eventually opted
out. He came to a half stop, and had
to put in another turn. He's all
right, I think keep fighting. He
will not be skiing again tonight.
Pavel Kolmakov is ready to go, the
man from Kazakhstan, whose team-mate
Yulia Galysheva took the bronze last
night on this course. 21 years old.
Gone for the 1080 corked and landed
it beautifully. I love the way this
guy skis, look at his knees, the
blue band is designed to give the
judges the best possible view of the
work it does. Not many do a forward
flip but he does.
One of the slowest of the night so
fast, not the slowest but not as
quick as he would have liked. Only
netting 13.87 time points. He will
have to rely on aerial marks and the
scores from the turning judges. They
will surely award him positively
after this display. Skis and knees
absolutely locked together. A front
flip with a double grab. Superbly
He's got a 78.22. And that puts him
into seventh. With seventh position
for him, we still have six guys to
come so nothing guaranteed for him.
Next to ski from Japan, Daichi Hara.
He is ready to go. Watching attack
the bumps. What an exciting
prospect. Unusual aerial, little
grab, tweaked out, and the terms are
magnificent so far from Daichi Hara.
He's flying. And now he goes Hi,
back somersault with a grab.
So far, the quickest man on the
course, his team-mate Sho Endo leads
the way. Jump all of his design,
that. A score in excess for 78.26 or
varying near that would guarantee
qualification. He's got to wait now.
They've given him 81.29. Right up
there. So, the Japanese in control
here. First and third at the moment.
Ikuma Horishima was the world
champion a year ago in Sierra
Nevada. He is an astonishing bump
skier when he gets it right. Full
twisting back somersault, and
spectacular skiing again. A little
mistake midway through. A pole plant
costing him but look at the speed,
astonishing velocity through the
bumps. What a jump, finished and
landed, 24.0 nine. Fantastic
landed, 24.0 nine. Fantastic run
from Ikuma Horishima. The Japanese
team on fire tonight. Ikuma
Horishima might well move into that
position with this run. First jump,
full twisting back somersault,
elegant. Skis are locked together,
lovely form. Barely twitched on
landing. Flowed from mogul to Mogul.
Here's his second jump. 720 spin
with the iron Cross as well. A huge
amount of distance.
That has put him fifth. But that's
good enough to
good enough to qualify and that's
all that matters. Sho Endo leads
Four to come on this first group of
20. Next up, Troy Murphy from the
Troy Murphy, first kicker, two full
twist in that single back
somersault, first one we have seen
tonight, beautifully executed by
Troy Murphy who wasted no time
getting into the rhythm of the
course. The second kicker, full
twisting back somersault, a little
back-seat on landing. Lots to enjoy
their from Troy Murphy.
their from Troy Murphy. 25 years
old, mercy. -- Murphy. Member of the
Park city freestyle ski team in
Utah, two lateral twist in that back
somersault. So it was a double
fault. Beautiful terms. -- beautiful
turns. He went through the aerial
route with a single twisting back
somersault is to conclude. A big
degree of difficulty on the jumps,
landing on the second is not his
Troy Murphy needs to get high 70,
78, 79 to be sure of qualifying.
He's been marked down. Poor landing
off the second jump. Might have cost
So, it's two Japanese and two
Australians making the top four.
This is Dmitriy Reikherd now, second
of the Kazakhstan skiers.
of the Kazakhstan skiers. In this
first final of 20.
first final of 20. 720 corked off
the first kicker. Beautiful turns,
he is one of the finest skiers in
the world. Absolutely ripping it up
here. Sensational style, big grab on
the back somersault. The time is K.
-- OK. Dmitriy Reikherd qualify
directly for the first final,
finishing third in the opening
convocation run on Friday night with
only Alexander Schmidt Schleyer and
Mikael Kingsbury out -- ahead of
him. -- Alexander Schmidt
18th in Vancouver, fifth in Sochi,
can he gets another medal for
Kazakhstan after the bronze courtesy
of Yulia Galysheva last night? He's
into the next round.
To make to come in the first of the
three finals we will see tonight. --
two to come. Aleksandr Smyshliaev.
He is ready to go.
From the Olympic Athletes from
Russia team, under Russian colours
he was the bronze medallist four
years ago in Sochi on home soil.
Skied beautifully on Friday night to
qualify directly. The second-highest
scorer in the first men's moguls
run, and he is absolutely tearing
down the cause, no mistakes from
Smyshliaev. Oh, he's slightly
overcooked that flight on the second
kicker, rather muted celebrations
from him as he landed, a single
Russian flag-waving. Good elements.
The first jump, full twisting back
somersault. Got that right. Made no
mistakes with the landing, but the
second jump, he seemed to possibly
change his mind about what he was
going to do. As he got airborne, I
was expecting a little more. Back
seated, down on his left ski, might
be scored down, 74.57, he is 14th,
with one to come, he is out of the
Olympics. So, now the world
number-1, Mikael Kingsbury, silver
medallist four years ago behind his
team-mate, who won his second
successive gold who has now retired.
Mikael Kingsbury the most successful
Bob skier of all time. Where he
goes, 1080, lands its weekly.
Kingsbury goes to work. This is what
he does best. Absolutely eating up
the ground. And if he lands this
second jump will surely have one of
the biggest scores of the night.
Soft, smooth landing, it is fast and
high-scoring from the world
number-1. He will certainly qualify
for the next round, he will be one
of the top 12 heading into the
final, number two. He's got to wait
for the judges to make their
assessment. Beautiful dees then --
decent bin D spin, enough to see him
through to the group of 12. 720 iron
cross off axis, magnificent skiing
once again from Mikael Kingsbury.
Silver medallist four years ago, he
is here in search of gold and he is
through to the next round in fourth
position. He has a score of 81 point
27 -- age 1.2 seven.
An incredibly tense finish in the
semifinal of the mixed doubles
curling, they are having the hammer
in this end but Switzerland to lead
6-5 for the right to meet Canada in
the final. We rejoin them now.
Anastasia Bryzgalova watching this
stone come down, this is the climax
of this final stone. They need two
to win. Her husband and playing
partner looks up to the sky with
frustration. It hasn't paid off. He
was trying to move those stones a
little bit, wasn't able to do it,
they moved one of the Swiss stones
and this has been a tight affair all
the way through. Switzerland
deploying the power play in the
seventh end, picking up two moving
into the lead. The OAR were very
much taking control of this but this
is now anybody's match.
It is and a
great reaction from Martin Rios.
Switzerland not out of the woods,
they've got some work to do to
prevent OAR from scoring the two to
win the game.
Switzerland with the
yellow stones, this is the final
stone from Martin Rios. Sweeping is
owned stone, he is all action, isn't
he, Martin Rios? The world champion,
trying to hang on.
That is a beauty.
Well, they have the OAR surrounded.
Of course, they have the hammer,
they've got the last stone, they
always want to give themselves the
upper junior teacher take this to an
Anastasia Bryzgalova playing the
fifth stone. Last one will be played
by her husband. Just make sure you
get one now? Set yourself up for
Absolutely not. There is still
definitely a chance to score a
couple. They can hit this on the
inside and maybe even remove all
three of these yellows. Anastasia
Bryzgalova giving it the old heave
Ho and see how much she can get
moving. Fit it too thin. -- hit it.
So tight that guard. It is thin and
therefore two have gone but one
still sitting there. So now it is
over to Jenny Perret. They are
sighing. Look at the look there.
Turns away. Married couple. Could be
Don't forget, OAR will have the last
stone here. It is 6-5 to
Switzerland. This semifinal winner
goes through to meet Canada in the
gold-medal match. Losers will play
Norway in the bronze medal match.
Jenny Perret with what could be her
last stone. She hopes it will be.
She will not want to come back in
the extra end. One more stone for
OAR. Is she going to try to lie on
top of the OAR stone or is she
blocking the guard in?
the guard up and I'm not sure that
is a bit negative. What it does do
it leaves the opposition a shot to
win the game. If you drop onto the
other side and get it perfect, you
can score one. Where is now, even if
OAR can't come around and tapped the
yellow stone, they can drive the
guard back - two. -- and score two.
They've been so good all week at
picking their shots, deciding what
to play, and I guess what they are
saying is go on, make it.
Easier said than
done. So, OAR, Alexander
Krushelnitskiy and his wife,
Anastasia Bryzgalova, watching on.
He has the chance to win this. That
Swiss stone needs to be moved. It
goes quiet. The two of them watching
the line. No, they are going for the
one, not for the win.
I think they
were, they just have not played it
Still going, it is still
going. And it is Switzerland who
win. A huge error from Alexander
Krushelnitskiy. Well, they asked
them to play the shot and he
couldn't. That is what pressure
curling is all about. It is the
world champions Switzerland going
into the gold-medal match against
Canada. It has been a match that has
been to and fro. The married pair
from OAR are now into the bronze
medal match. It is a win for
That was so exciting, so tense! We
will head straight back to the
moguls. Men's moguls second final,
12 starters here, the top six will
go through to the ultimate final at
which the medals will be decided.
You've seen already how much
pressure it puts on their knees and
if they start to lose control they
can go of course. Matt Chilton is in
our Mogul commentary box.
So, two have gone. The first guy,
Sacha Theocharis, failed to finish.
The city first man who has made it
to the foot of the course, the,
Kolmakov, who has skied solidly
tonight. Choi Jae Woo from Korea, he
prepares to ski for what he hopes
will not be the last time. He has to
put one down. Will he go for the
1080? Here we go, 1080 off axis with
a good landing. Ripping it up. The
crowd are thinking this is going to
be good enough for the lead but
there is work to be done. Oh, no!
Landed on his face!
Landed on his face! Well, take your
hat off to the young man for having
a real go, 23 years of age, he
decided in his home Olympics he
really had to throw it down and he
went for a massive 720 with a couple
of grabs but the rotations were too
demanding. His spatial awareness
mid-flight was all over the place
and I think he may well be seeing
stars at the moment. He is minus one
piece of hardware and let's hope he
hasn't hurt himself. It was a huge
shunt for Choi Jae Woo. Just
gathering his thoughts behind the
inflatable finish line. He has made
his way to the finish area but it is
all over for Choi Jae Woo. He
started so well. The 1080 D spin was
executed exquisitely at the top and
the turns mid-course were
magnificent for most of the way
down. I don't know what happened,
whether there was a sudden rush of
blood to the head or whether he
thought he had to do something extra
spectacular to be sure of making the
final six but this won't horribly
wrong. Once round, twice around,
down heavily, bounced back up and he
took a little while to recover after
that heavy fall. Of the three that
have skied so far, only one has
finished, and it is Pavel Kolmakov
leading the way with a tally of
76.10. It is all over for Choi Jae
Woo. Goodness me, he kept the crowd
entertained. That is the end of the
Korean involvement in tonight's
final. Next up, the first of two
Canadians, Marc-Antoine Gagnon. 26
years old, he is away.
Full twisting back somersault,
lovely landing! Didn't flinch before
he got stuck into the moguls and he
is skiing them quite beautifully, no
mistakes at all, this is the best of
this final so far from Marc-Antoine
Gagnon. Can he hold it together? Big
cork 1080, wonderful run, 25.53 four
Marc-Antoine Gagnon, who just missed
a medal four years ago. He was
fourth in Sochi. That is the best we
have seen from Marc-Antoine Gagnon
The timing on the landing at the top
was absolutely perfect. One little
mistake which they have highlighted
in the replay. But apart from that,
it was excellent. Here is the
dig-mac 1080 D spin, pulling the
skis around in plenty of time to
make the landing. Will that be
enough to take first position? It
is! Only just, 77.4 compared to
Vinjar Slatten. Next To Go For
He is the only Norwegian in the
final, full twisting back
somersault, slightly lost control on
the landing. Now he's back in the
groove and these terms are good. Is
the place too much, will it catch up
with him before he reaches the final
kicker? He's never looked
particularly comfortable. The
landing was good enough, the speed
will be fine. That's the fastest
time of this second finals so far.
I'm not convinced he was ever
completely comfortable. Here's his
first jump, testing back, salt. The
make -- twisting back somersault.
The major probably had is just after
the landing, his skis got away with
him. As a result he was absolutely
flying. Second jump. Not the neatest
aerial manoeuvre he's ever
performed. But the landing was good.
And he scored the highest number of
time point is in this second final
so far with 15.94. Marc-Antoine
Gagnon is currently the leader.
They're making him wait for awhile.
Obviously a difference of opinion
within the judges Tower. Its first!
So, only six will go forward from
this round. And with seven guys are
still to come, nothing guaranteed
yet. Now the world champion, Ikuma
Horishima. Wasn't at his best in the
previous round. Will he starts to
turn it on here? You can bet your
bottom dollar it will be fast and
entertaining. That was a little
ragged and now he's out of control
and he's not going to get a medal
here tonight. If, Ikuma Horishima,
he gave it everything. Maximum speed
at the top of the course but his
speed let him down.
speed let him down. Well, plenty
more chances to come tonight for
Japan. Still got Daichi Hara to ski,
and Sho Endo will be the last man on
the Hill. He finishes with a
flourish but the world champion will
not become the Olympics champion.
Six to go. With just six places up
for grabs in the super final where
the medals will be decided. This is
where it started to unravel, he
never got to grips with that first
jump. He might have changed is mind
as to what he would do and he
already fails to qualify by this
stage there he knew that the
sensible thing was to try and stop
as gracefully as possible. But it's
not easy. He lost his pole, his
glove. Rather losses dignity as
well. So, Vinjar Slatten leads,
hasn't been a particularly high
scoring round so far. Marc-Antoine
Gagnon is second. Pavel Kolmakov
holds third. We may well expect some
higher scores as the final six make
a run. Another Kazakhstan were to be
true right card. -- another
Kazakhstan athlete, Dmitri
Kazakhstan athlete, Dmitri Dmitriy
Reikherd. Can he be the first man to
score over 80? A big de spin 1080,
landing sweet. Write down with those
yellow bands on his knees showing
exactly what he's doing to the
judges. A lack of control for a
split-second but he's has recovered,
huge! Me, poor finish. -- goodness
me, poor finish. That will not be
enough to get him through but he
threw everything at it. Go big or go
home, they say but sadly, he'll be
going home. Dimitri Reich started
really solidly with a big core ten
D-spin. A little mistake but he
never really got back on top of his
skis. I now think Vinjar Slatten,
who leads the way, will become
double that he will be making his
way to the final six. There was too
much wrong with this for Dmitriy
Reikherd to be scored highly enough.
It puts him down in fourth position.
I guess it's still mathematically
possible that he will see the next
five guys fall over. Next ago is
Casey Andringa. The American
22-year-old. Getting ready to race.
On his way.
On his way. First jump landed
beautifully, right down the middle
of the course, one of the tallest
man in the competition. His back is
so still, his arms doing all the
work. The skis calving beautifully
underneath him. This could be quick.
Big D-spin 1080, magnificent mogul
skiing from Casey Andringa of the
United States of America.
At the moment, we just have one
qualifier. Vinjar Slatten leads the
way, the only man qualifying
I have a feeling that Casey Andringa
might be joining him. One little
movement from the parallel. Here is
his big 1080 jump to conclude.
Three lateral twists, in credible
special awareness. He leads the way.
The first man to break the 80 mark
in the second final and he will
qualify for the super six. On paper,
he's got a 50% chance of getting a
medal. Six will ski for free medal.
-- three medals. Now Michael
Kingsley, not at his best in the
previous round. Kingsbury of Canada.
Silver medallist in Sochi four years
ago. On his way.
ago. On his way. A big 1080 D-spin,
Kingsbury lands solidly and settles
in. The turns art sheer perfection
so far and he has not put a foot
wrong. Controlling the speed,
managing the moguls perfectly. Final
jump lands sweetly. An exhibition
run from Mikael Kingsbury. That's
got to be early 80s. That's got to
be the new lead. May not have been
at his best in the previous round,
but he really moved it up through
the ears here. -- through the gears.
Big 1080 D-spin, look how straight
his body was. The execution of that
is the best we've seen at the
Olympic bands competition so far.
Turns in the mid-part of the course,
maybe one mistake where his timing
was slightly out. And his final
jump. The landing was a sensational.
He skied away with four or five more
turns. It'll be over 80. It will be
the lead, I'm sure. It is .19, with
three to come.
By eg Harrah is next to go. -- date
We have his compatriots to come as
well, but Daichi Hara is next on
course. Got to grab there, nice
stylish jump. Look at his knees go,
looks like he might lose control at
any moment but somehow he finds a
way to keep them calm. He is
blitzing down the tracks, surely
this will be one of the quickest
times of the night so far. He went
high and long, he's got 24.41.
high and long, he's got 24.41. It's
the second fastest run of this
round. 15.81 time points. Look at
the spread there. Old School, mix a
Daichi Hara really three this one
So, Hara landed that hard enough and
he has gone first. He's in first of
Mikael Kingsbury, he leads the way,
qualified for the super final.
STUDIO: they're getting better and
better, two more men will be coming
down the course and we will catch
them on BBC Two, we are about to
leave BBC One, the one o'clock news
coming your way. When we switch to
BBC Two, we will conclude that
second men's final then the super
final, and we will also catch up on
the men's biathlon. The women's ski
jumping, only the second time that
has been in the Winter Olympics and
also we will have a review of
everything so far at 3pm. So if you
missed anything, you will be able to
What happened? We are
postponed again in the grand slalom,
high hopes that he will get the
combined race but they are thinking
the gondola might not even be able
The winds are going up to 45
miles an hour, as soon as it becomes
dangerous to get up to the top to
the mountain, of course you cannot
And with a tail winds it
unfair, it's got to be an equal
playing field for everyone.
we saw in the flip style, when the
wind is bad, don't they can't pull
off their best tricks. Jamie
Anderson from the US. Lizzy Yarnold
has posted a very fast training run,
and Dominic Parsons as well, that
bodes well for the skeleton, starts
on Friday. Loads more to come from
the Winter Olympics but go to BBC
Two and we will be picking up those
men's moguls final.
Clare Balding presents live coverage of day three of the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea. The day's schedule sees eight gold medals decided, including the biathlon women's 10km pursuit, an event which delivered one of three gold medals in Sochi for Belarus's Darya Domracheva.