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BBC One Day 4: Christie in Women's 500m Speed Skating

Clare Balding presents live coverage of day four of the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea, including in the women's 500m speed skating.


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Hello and welcome to Day 4

of the Winter Olympics.

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Today, Elise Christie

takes to the ice -

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Britain's only hope of multiple

medals and first chance to win

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a gold at these Pyeongchang Games.

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She will fly around at speeds of 30

miles an hour on blades

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just a millimetre wide.

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Short track is notoriously rough

and Christie was on the wrong side

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of the judges in all three

of her races four years ago.

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As we know, sport can be defined

by the finest of margins both

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in millimetres and milliseconds.

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This morning, millions of us

will be cheering her on.

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In Korea we are very superstitious.

We hate the number four. Try to stay

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away from that.

They've all gone

down!

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I had quite a lot of abuse over the

Internet that I had to deal with.

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It's been very tough. I'm finding it

quite hard.

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Toward off bat luck, we make kites.

On them, we write down our name and

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birthday. -- two ward off bad luck.

And just like that, the bad luck is

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gone.

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South Korea is the hotbed and heart

of short track speed skating. They

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love it.

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That is the Gangneung Ice

Arena where our focus

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will be this morning.

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In her heat on Saturday,

Christie set a new Olympic record

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as she won comfortably.

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That time was eclipsed

by South Korea's Choi Minjeong,

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who's a six time world champion.

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Christie is in the

second quarterfinal.

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Sarah Lindsay was part of the

British Short track team for nearly

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20 years. Chemmy Alcott has been to

four Olympic Games. They both know

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what it's like to deal with this

situation. Sarah, let's talk about

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the intensity of short track. The

fact you are there with other

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competitors, having to be physical.

Yeah, four people on the track

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altogether. I think for Elise, she

gets out in front and then people

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will be fighting behind her. She

gets a clear run and she can just

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cruise through the first couple of

rounds.

When it comes to your

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moment, Chemmy, she admitted how

nervous she was before the

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qualifying heat, how do you control

yourself during the day to produce

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your best performance?

Elise has

such a big personality. It's about

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distraction. She doesn't look like

she's staying in the zone for long.

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You get so fatigued just thinking

about your event. She's had a few

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days since qualifying to look at

everybody's else form. Instead of

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being Elise Christie with the hopes

of a nation on her, she has to be a

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girl enjoying the moment.

You know

her well, tell us more about Elise

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Christie. How would you define her

and what is she like?

She is a huge

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character. We have seen a little bit

of that. I hope we see more. She can

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be a little bit kooky and crazy. You

almost have to be in all winter

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sports. But she knows how to switch

on. She's a real professional and

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works so, so hard. And every single

day is so important to her.

She has

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worked an awful lot on her fitness.

Where are your key muscles for short

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track, what do we need to work on?

Obviously you use your whole body.

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There isn't a lot of upper body

involved, apart from your core. It's

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mostly all legs and your glutes.

And

she has worked a lot on that big

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muscle appear, the mind. Who has

helped her, and how she used her

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resilience as the strongest quality?

She has a very good support network.

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There's a support staff in all

areas. She's well looked after now,

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and everything she needs is taken

care of. She has worked really hard

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on that side. She is naturally quite

emotional. It's nice for us. If she

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loses, she will lie on the floor and

cry. But if she wins then she will

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really celebrate so you will feel

that emotion.

There doesn't seem to

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be any guard. But when she takes to

the ice, she is so

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be any guard. But when she takes to

the ice, she is so effective. We can

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look at her feet on Saturday. At the

time this was an Olympic record.

Her

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start has not been her strongest

point historically, but she has

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worked really hard on it. She worked

to get out in front ahead of the

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pack, and they then have to work to

catch up before they can even think

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about overtaking. They can catch up

and stay in her slipstream, but they

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don't have the speed to overtake.

Her lines into and around the bend?

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She goes into and quite wide to

build up speed as fast as possible.

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She knows nobody can overtake her in

the first two or three laps so she

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is clear to take any line she wants.

In the last couple of laps she was

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shot down the track and skate

tighter so people can't consider

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overtaking. There is no space to

try.

The world record-holder over

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500 metres. In your opinion, is any

medal on OK result, or do you think

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it's gold or nothing?

I think any

medal is a result for Team GB and

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the result for our sport, because

it's been quite a long time since we

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achieved that. But for Tempo Mac, I

think only gold will do for her. --

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but for Elise.

Even in the 500?

I

don't think it's her best event. In

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the 1000 and 1500 I am more

confident in because there is no

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room for mistake in the 500 metres.

Just one little slip, if she tries

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to make a move and kills her speed,

anything like that could interrupt

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her race and there is no time to

recover. That's the only difference

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with the 500, it's exciting and

fast, but there is no room for

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with the 500, it's exciting and

fast, but there is no room for

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error.

Having qualified as fast as

she did, what does that mean for the

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quarterfinals? Does she need to win

that quarterfinal to get a good lane

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in the semifinals?

It's the time,

she got second-fastest time to give

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her lane one, which is a huge

advantage, she can just time trial

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the first round, hopefully. She can

get to the front and skate how she

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wants in the race. She doesn't have

to deal with anyone else's tactics

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or variables and she can float

through that. The faster time gets

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you a better lane draw for the next

round and it makes qualifying

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easier.

She has tried to make it

clear, and I don't know if it's a

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psychological trick, or if it's true

in her head, winning three medals at

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the World Championships was her

redemption, that's the top of the

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individual sport, but she wants to

do it at the Olympics for everybody

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else.

That's true. She is completely

her own person and is very

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headstrong. She believes the World

Championships is harder on paper to

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achieve what she has done there.

There are fewer people in the

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Olympics. The top 30 or so have

already been selected and they are

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racing at the Olympics, so there are

less rounds to do. On paper it

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should be easier but the Olympic

Games is the Olympic Games and it's

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huge. There are lots of things to

deal with that not

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deal with that not your normal

preparation.

There is more light and

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attention on the ice rink at the

Olympics.

If it is really bright in

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there and you don't judge the corner

at the exact same way you normally

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would, you take this much difference

in how you go into the corner and

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the line you take down the straight,

and it can impact the next corner.

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Little things like that, but at

least we don't have to deal with the

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weather!

Wilf O'Reilly will Beer the

commentary box, the first British

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man to bring short track skating to

the fore.

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into this country's sporting

history, by winning only

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the 11th gold in British

Winter Olympics history.

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And we are all getting excited.

In our commentary box

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will be Wilf O'Reilly,

the first British short track speed

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skater to make an impact.

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He won two gold medals when short

track was a demonstration sport

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at the 1988 Olympics.

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He's been talking to David McDaid.

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What did you take away from her

performance the other night?

What

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was nice to see was how relaxed she

was. I was watching her and watching

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her boyfriend in the final of the

1500 metres after she skated the

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Olympic record, and she was so

relaxed. One thing she has to

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realise, she has three races, the

quarterfinals, she has drawn lane

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number one. After that, go to the

dressing room and relax. I'm hoping

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for the semifinal, and many of us

are predicting, many commentators,

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former top sport short track speed

skaters, including Apollo, and we

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all think Elise Christie will win

gold.

Not just the BBC expert but

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many short track experts are

predicting Elise Christie.

Choi

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Minjeong of Korea skated an Olympic

record after Elise. She is in the

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last heat, so the second

quarterfinal. That means Elise will

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have about ten minutes longer

recovery time, assuming she gets

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through to the semifinal, which I

think she will. All these aspects

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will help. The fact she is so

relaxed. Nicky is looking relaxed as

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well. The whole GB camp is looking

very good.

We hope she will stay

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relaxed. We hope you and the other

experts are right and Elise Christie

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will be standing on the podium, if

not on top, then at least somewhere.

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Wilf O'Reilly is feeling good about

this.

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Wilf O'Reilly is feeling good about

this. 12 World Championship medals,

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ten European titles, 17 European

Championship medals. The World Cup

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title holder and the 500 metre world

record-holder. All the stats behind

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Elise Christie.

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So Elise and short track

speed skating is our main

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focus this morning.

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Here's what else is coming up

here on BBC One until 1:00pm.

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Austria's Marcel Hirscher

is proclaimed as one

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of the greatest skiers of all time,

but he has yet to secure

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an Olympic gold medal.

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The combined offers

him a first chance.

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Germany's Natalie Geisenberger

defends her title in the women's

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luge and she's in pole position

with two runs to come.

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Her great friend Felix Loch threw

away that position -

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it's a slippery old sport.

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We've got more cross-country action

with the men's and women's sprint,

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featuring Britain's Andrew Young

in his third Olympics

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and his favourite event.

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And over on the red button,

it's the gold medal match

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in the mixed doubles

between Canada and Switzerland.

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Coming up next, the best of the

men's combined competition before

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building up to Elise Christie.

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Let's take a look at some of the

headlines on day four...

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Snowboarder Chloe Kim,

an American teenager

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with South Korean parents,

lit up the Phoenix Snow Park

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with a brilliant display to claim

gold in the women's half pipe.

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The first-ever medal in mixed

doubles curling has gone

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to the Olympic Athletes from Russia

- they won the bronze

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play-off against Norway.

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Japanese short track skater

Kei Saito has become the first

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athlete to be expelled from these

Olympics for a doping violation.

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He tested positive for a banned

masking agent prior to the Games.

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It was interesting, Sarah, just ask

you one more thing about Elise

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Christie and her mental state this

morning. She said after

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qualification heats, she had almost

never felt nerves like it. How will

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she control things this morning?

They will go back to a much more

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familiar format now, so her feet was

one race on its own on the day and

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you have a huge build-up over weeks

and weeks to perform in that first

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race. Now they are going back into

heats, semis and finals within a

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couple of hours, so you don't have a

lot of time to overthink things and

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psych yourself out. She can go into

her normal routine that she has

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practised a million times before.

It's better for her today.

Before we

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head off for the Alpine events, they

have all been cancelled and

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postponed. We finally get some

action. And great news from the

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skeleton training runs.

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Everyone says it is just training,

but they have so much confidence and

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we are seeing all the equipment and

technology is working. On that track

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they're a force to be reckoned with.

They have new suits. They have just

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revealed. Whistling like the

Austrian skiers. The times look

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good. Laura Deas is posting fast

time. Laura Deas was the... You know

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sliding under the radar. But very

like what Amy Williams did in

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Vancouver and came through and won

the gold. Lizzie Yarnold was only

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sixth in run three. On the the four

training run she moves up. Right up.

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She is getting more familiar with

that track. She is looking stronger.

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And Laura, not such a quick run, but

still very encouraging. The men, Dom

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Parsons has said well, listen, all

of it is about the women. So I have

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no pressure. But he has been

consistently the fastest and he was

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on run 3 and run 4 he just was a

little bit further down. But fifth

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fastest. Only seven hundredths

behind the New Zealand leader. So

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encouraging stuff from the training

runs in skeleton and those times are

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significant. All the pros look at

the training times, because you

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can't hold back in skeleton.

They're

so confident and they're exploring

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new lines. Laura didn't look fast,

because she was trying a new

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entrance. It takes guts to try

something new. Dom is right in

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there. It is so exciting.

It is.

That kind of confidence spreads

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through the team. That is great.

From Andrew Musgrave's record finish

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in a cross country race to what

Ellise might do and the skeleton

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athletes and the four-man bob. Just

in a sentence, could you explain

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what the men's combined competition

is?

It is the original alpine

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competition, show casing the

different skills, the down hill and

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the technical agility of slalom.

The

favourite has never won a gold in

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the Olympics, although he is

regarded as one of the greatest of

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all time. To take us through the

men's combined, Matt and Graham.

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The first alpine ski racer at the

2018 Olympic Winter Games. With all

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the delays with the wind we have had

to wait until this Tuesday for the

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men's alpine combined to get under

way. It is a shortened course,

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because of the wind. Graham Bell

will take you through it.

We are

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starting on top of the roller costar

section. There are tunnels under the

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course coming up on what would be

the second jump

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the second jump in the down hill.

That is paradise turn and heading

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towards the blue Dragon Valley.

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towards the blue Dragon Valley. This

combined race is a match of two.

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There is still a bit of wind about.

Coming to the final jump now.

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Coming to the final jump now.

He has

a couple of reasonable results on

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the World Cup this season. But there

will be plenty of interest now. As

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he prepares to race.

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he prepares to race. Hirscher in

action for the first time since the

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last winter Olympics when he claimed

a silver in the slalom. In the World

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Championships in 2015 he got gold.

The next year he claimed silver in

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the alpine combined event.

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In training his runs... That was a

big jump there. Luckily he was

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balanced as he took the air. This is

a good run from Hirscher. Can he can

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afford to give away time as long as

he stays in the top 30. That is the

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most important thing he has to do

today. Put down a damage limitation

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run.

That is good.

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He will be pleased. That was a jump

that took him by surprise however.

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He flew!

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What happened to him? He must have

had an incident. Not often you see a

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guy straddling a gate. The binding

exploded there. Goodness me.

That

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ski off as well.

Thankfully both

skis are off. He got tangled in the

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safety netting.

It is so grippy this

snow, his ski overloaded and pinched

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him in on the gate.

Now to some down

hillers. These guys will be

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interesting. They will have an

impact into what is happening with

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the slalom.

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Svindal won't be turning up for the

other competition. The down hill day

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has been moved to Thursday.

Oh, he

is late in the line going into the

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blue Dragon Valley. His knee is no

good enough to race slalom. You get

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that short, sharp pressure in on the

gate. Down hill, you can build the

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pressure and get away with being

strong and slow and powerful. Look

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how much looser and more relaxed he

is than the slalom skiers we have

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seen.

35 years young now, Svindal.

Here with one thing in mind - to win

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the Olympic down hill on Thursday.

He is in second position at the

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moment. That is just another

training run. Here is the Olympic

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down hill champion. Meier claimed

the gold in Sochi four years ago and

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became as a result a national hero

in Austria. As all previous Austrian

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Olympic down hill champions do.

I

think there is seven in total.

He

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will defend that title on Thursday.

Mayer tackles the alpine combined.

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Away he goes.

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Away he goes. Dressen's split 14.08.

Mayer is in front at the first

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intermediate.

Looking for signs of

wind on the track. It looks like

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Mayer's having a fairly clean run

with no gusts. Through the paradise

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turn. That is the left-hander where

people have been cutting it off and

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going through the gat. It looked

there was a bit of a head wind

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there.

Next intermediate for

Dressen. He is in touch. Six

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hundredths off the pace. It is clean

it is fast - oh, it is huge! What a

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jump! He almost put an old school

twister in there. Spectacular skiing

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from Mayer.

He has some air time and

he has got some speed.

Still the

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fastest time from the first man down

the mountain. But Mayer has come

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close. Good finish. Mayer has skied

into third position. Via a

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spectacular jump which gave him a

huge amount of height and distance.

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Jansrud on his way. He along with

Svindal, the trail blazers for the

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Norwegian men's team.

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Norwegian men's team. Jansrud with a

chance to win one, two, possibly

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three medals - if everything goes

according to plan.

What's happened

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is the tail wind that Dressen had

has died away, rather than the guys

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getting a strong head wind, it is

more a lack of tail wind. Jansrud is

0:25:160:25:21

doing a good job in difficult

conditions. He does haven't that

0:25:210:25:27

advantage of a tail wind.

Within

half a second of Dressen's lead.

0:25:270:25:34

This could set things alight rather.

There is his great team mate, his

0:25:340:25:41

mate, Svindal, he is in second. He

has skied into fourth.

0:25:410:25:50

has skied into fourth. Innerhoffer

the bronze medallist in Sochi.

0:25:540:25:58

Innerhofer came in for bronze nor

Italy. He has got to put down a

0:25:580:26:04

serious run. He has to go close, if

not quicker than Dressen and he is

0:26:040:26:10

quicker at the first split.

Good

stuff in the Italian. He does like

0:26:100:26:17

it icy and he has got that today.

Innerhofer had a difficult time in

0:26:170:26:28

January. Did the double, crashing

twice in the two biggest down hill

0:26:280:26:34

races of the season. Got away with

it. No injuries. How close is he to

0:26:340:26:38

Dressen here? It is a good run, he

is fifth with start No 25 Innerhofer

0:26:380:26:46

is in the mix. No change. It is

still Dressen who leads.

0:26:460:26:53

The race is under way. He should be

the first man to complete the

0:27:050:27:15

course. He has won a World Cup

combined event already this season.

0:27:150:27:23

He is starting on a nice, clean

track.

There is a lot of offset in

0:27:230:27:28

this slalom run. And he has an early

start number. He will need to put a

0:27:280:27:33

good run down. It is 2.23 down on

the winner of the first run,

0:27:330:27:38

Dressen. So he will be disappointed

with his down hill. But he could

0:27:380:27:43

gate medal from this position if he

puts a great slalom run.

No one has

0:27:430:27:48

gone before him. He has a nice fresh

canvas and he is carving some sweet

0:27:480:27:56

turns the French man. His combined

time added to slalom is 2.07.54.

0:27:560:28:07

That is the bench mark now. Here he

is, a regular slalom specialist. He

0:28:070:28:17

will attack the first part of the

course. You can tell the difference

0:28:170:28:21

between those who ski regularly top

level slalom and those who

0:28:210:28:25

occasionally dabble. He is still in

the green, but nearly all the

0:28:250:28:28

advantage has gone.

He is really

skidding. You can see that from the

0:28:280:28:35

snow coming out from under the skis.

This is the tricky undergate, the

0:28:350:28:40

banana as he comes on to the final

pitch.

Still potentially God enough

0:28:400:28:46

to go into -- good enough to go into

silver medal position. First to

0:28:460:28:55

second separated by 0.43. With swarz

finish with a flourish? He has come

0:28:550:29:04

close, within 0.33.

0:29:040:29:10

Now the Hirscher. Skied a beautiful

down hill leg this morning. The one

0:29:170:29:25

thing that is missing from his

trophy cabinet is an Olympic gold.

0:29:250:29:30

Can he put that right today?

It is

looking good. But not as clean as

0:29:300:29:36

the Frenchman on the top part of

course. He is going for it now.

0:29:360:29:44

Risking everything on this second

run.

He is adding to his lead. He is

0:29:440:29:48

doing what he does best in the

alpine skiing world - the wind is

0:29:480:29:53

there, but he is battling through

it. He doesn't seem to car. The wind

0:29:530:29:59

is whipping up, trying its best to

distract Hirscher. Can he do enough

0:29:590:30:05

to move into gold medal position?

Yes, comfortably, more than a

0:30:050:30:12

second! Glorious skiing.

0:30:120:30:21

There is the man who could change

things around. Alexis Pinturault

0:30:230:30:26

from France. He pushes hard out of

the start gate but doesn't have an

0:30:260:30:33

awful lot over Hirscher coming into

the second leg of today's Alpine

0:30:330:30:38

combined. 0.28 is the lead, starting

well enough. Counter rotated as he

0:30:380:30:44

went on the turn, but it's a great

recovery from Pinturault. Again, the

0:30:440:30:50

same mistake, jutting out on the

turn. Hirscher was so good on the

0:30:500:30:54

lower part of the course.

0:30:540:30:57

It's still good enough potentially

for silver medal position. But

0:31:030:31:07

Marcel Hirscher was so quick in the

bottom half. There is no way

0:31:070:31:11

Pinturault can move into gold. He

has gone into second.

Didn't have

0:31:110:31:17

the wind Hirscher had on the lower

part of the course. He could catch

0:31:170:31:21

up some but I think it's all decided

now. Hirscher, gold. Pinturault,

0:31:210:31:26

Silver.

Pinturault gave it

everything. Back to the top.

0:31:260:31:37

everything. Back to the top. With

just want to come, Hirscher and

0:31:390:31:43

Pinturault are guaranteed medals.

Can Muffat-Jeandet be beaten to

0:31:430:31:56

bronze?

Can he squeeze into the

bronze medal position?

If he wants

0:31:560:32:04

the bronze, he has to finish within

1.01 seconds of Marcel Hirscher.

0:32:040:32:10

Trailing the great Austrian at the

split. But that was tidy.

That was

0:32:100:32:14

OK.

0:32:140:32:19

OK.

It's growing, 1.566 and almost

certainly out of reach. The French

0:32:190:32:25

are starting to think they will take

two medals out of the men's Alpine

0:32:250:32:30

combined. Thomas Dressen living

dangerously, but finishing in ninth.

0:32:300:32:36

The medals are decided. At last,

Marcel Hirscher is an Olympic

0:32:360:32:41

champion. He takes the men's Alpine

combined gold medal. Pinturault with

0:32:410:32:46

silver. And the bronze medal goes to

Muffat-Jeandet. STUDIO:

0:32:460:32:56

It's very difficult to switch from

downhill to slalom skiing.

They are

0:32:570:33:02

changing their whole equipment,

dynamic really charging skis and

0:33:020:33:10

it's really different skills. It's

been favouring the slalom and

0:33:100:33:14

technical skiers in last few

seasons. We saw the podium today,

0:33:140:33:18

out and out slalom skiers. The

downhill was shortened. I read that

0:33:180:33:24

they took ten gates out of the

slalom to try to make it fair. The

0:33:240:33:28

downhill was slower than it should

be. Apart from Matthias Mayer, who

0:33:280:33:35

had huge air, a lot of them had less

air than in the downhill special

0:33:350:33:38

because they went around the top of

the jumps. It changed the line.

0:33:380:33:42

Marcel Hirscher with his first

Olympic gold medal.

I know!

People

0:33:420:33:48

talk about him as one of the

greatest technical skiers of all

0:33:480:33:51

time. Talk us through him.

0:33:510:33:56

greatest technical skiers of all

time. Talk us through him.

Look at

0:33:560:33:57

this confidence, only Hirscher could

charge through that wind gust. You

0:33:570:34:00

couldn't even see the bottom of the

gate. He accelerated through the

0:34:000:34:06

bottom section. His position and

attention to detail, he is on the

0:34:060:34:10

edge

0:34:100:34:10

attention to detail, he is on the

edge of the angle. You can see the

0:34:100:34:12

base of the skis more than other

skiers because he lays over the top

0:34:120:34:16

of the turn and there is a big risk

in that.

Switching from downhill to

0:34:160:34:21

slalom.

0:34:210:34:22

in that.

Switching from downhill to

slalom. Matthias Mayer, the

0:34:220:34:24

defending downhill champion, he

started in the slalom, Svindal

0:34:240:34:30

didn't, but...

That is just a

struggle, but he fell really well,

0:34:300:34:36

he didn't panic.

I don't know about

the cameraman!

We believe the course

0:34:360:34:42

worker is OK, the one he took out.

It is very icy and steep. He's

0:34:420:34:48

looking where he's going, he's

chilled out. The worst thing to do

0:34:480:34:52

when you fall in skiing is digging

in your feet. That's why so many

0:34:520:34:57

tourists injure their ACL because

they try to stop themselves falling.

0:34:570:35:01

You have to relax your body.

Jelly

time, don't dig your feet in.

0:35:010:35:09

Lessons in how to fall. Let's look

at the medal table.

0:35:090:35:22

It's not want to see whether Great

Britain can make it onto the table.

0:35:240:35:28

That's coming up this morning. --

it's not long to see.

0:35:280:35:39

They've gone down!

Can Elise

Christie make a clean start?

0:35:420:35:52

Christie is out of the gate quickly.

Christie leads.

Christie wins it.

0:35:520:36:04

STUDIO: This is Elise Christie's

morning, and she will compete in

0:36:040:36:08

that arena in less than 13 minutes.

Counting down to her quarterfinal in

0:36:080:36:14

the 500 metres. About a week ago I

went out to Seoul to chat with her.

0:36:140:36:22

Four years ago in Sochi our own

Elise Christie had high hopes of

0:36:220:36:25

glory. But her Winter Olympic dream

turned into a nightmare.

0:36:250:36:36

They've gone down! Christie might

receive a penalty for that.

When I

0:36:400:36:46

got off the 500, I was upset.

Christie has been penalised again.

0:36:460:36:51

Can't believe this has happened.

In

the 15 I was actually confused.

Oh

0:36:510:37:00

no, I can't believe it.

What on

earth is going on?

When I got off

0:37:000:37:09

the 1000, I was more numb than

anything else.

0:37:090:37:20

After that, there was a lot of death

threats and online abuse. It's

0:37:200:37:24

mostly came from Korea. I spent six

months afterwards feeling scared of

0:37:240:37:29

being in my house on my own and

going out on my own. So many at once

0:37:290:37:34

made it feels so real. It was a very

difficult time.

Do you think you are

0:37:340:37:39

more resilient is now to all of

that, and to the outside world?

Yes

0:37:390:37:46

and no. Definitely more resilient in

terms of, I get that people are

0:37:460:37:52

hiding behind their computer screen

now.

How different do you think you

0:37:520:37:56

are now mentally to four years ago?

Very different. I was naive four

0:37:560:38:03

years ago and less confident than I

am now. My mental state back then

0:38:030:38:06

relied on my outcomes. So if I

didn't do well, it would affect my

0:38:060:38:12

whole season. Because I lost a lot

of confidence and couldn't fight

0:38:120:38:15

back from it. One of the biggest

changes for me was accepting

0:38:150:38:20

failure. Now I feel I am prepared to

go out and put everything into

0:38:200:38:24

winning. If I don't win than I am

still happier than if I had just

0:38:240:38:28

settled for a medal.

We are in

Korea, and they are very keen on

0:38:280:38:34

short track speed skating.

It's very

cool. Even on the streets I get

0:38:340:38:38

stopped and people want to take

pictures. They just really happy to

0:38:380:38:41

see you. It makes you feel a lot

better about that online abuse

0:38:410:38:45

because you know in the street

everybody is just happy to see you.

0:38:450:38:50

You seem incredibly relaxed.

Definitely. There's nothing I could

0:38:500:38:54

have done more to put myself in a

better place. It is what will be. I

0:38:540:39:00

have no control if somebody wants to

take me out in the first round to

0:39:000:39:03

get me out of the competition.

There

will be so many people rooting for

0:39:030:39:07

you, and it could yet be one of the

great tales of redemption. It would

0:39:070:39:12

be great.

Yeah. I got my redemption

at the World Championships.

She's

0:39:120:39:20

done it, the world champion, Elise

Christie.

But I see the Olympics as

0:39:200:39:24

a way to give back to everybody who

supported me through that hard time

0:39:240:39:28

and I would love to come home with

the gold medal so everybody who has

0:39:280:39:33

supported me thinks it's worthwhile.

They are the reason I kept going. I

0:39:330:39:36

didn't want to do it any more.

Everybody was full of compliments

0:39:360:39:40

and support and I felt I had to do

it because everybody had put so much

0:39:400:39:44

into it and believed in me. I had to

at least try. That's important,

0:39:440:39:52

everybody must know that I tried my

best and did everything I could. So,

0:39:520:39:55

yeah, that's the goal.

STUDIO: She

knows what she needs to do, she

0:39:550:40:03

knows what she wants to do. In the

warm up area, Elise Christie with

0:40:030:40:07

her coach, Nicky Gooch, going

through that routine, Sarah,

0:40:070:40:12

practising her start and getting

relaxed.

She's getting into the

0:40:120:40:16

game, getting ready for the start.

You need to be really focused and

0:40:160:40:21

get the absolute right level of

arousal. You have to be ready to go

0:40:210:40:24

from the gun and relax into it and

get the laps done.

She was so

0:40:240:40:33

interesting, that line between being

safe and contained and doing what

0:40:330:40:36

you know you can do, because she

could win a medal almost with her

0:40:360:40:40

eyes shut. But then racing with the

idea that the same thing could

0:40:400:40:43

happen again and she could get

disqualified.

She has to take

0:40:430:40:47

whatever risks to win. She isn't

going there for a bronze or silver

0:40:470:40:52

medal. You have to fully commit to

the gold. If she was in second

0:40:520:40:56

place, for example, and there was

the risk of her making an overtake

0:40:560:41:00

for gold, she will not settle for

silver and I think she will go for

0:41:000:41:03

it. Although its killer for us, I

think it means she can then walk

0:41:030:41:08

away knowing she gave it everything.

If she settled, she would not be

0:41:080:41:12

happy.

She said at the World

Championships just after the

0:41:120:41:17

Olympics that she did sort of settle

for playing safe. And her boyfriend,

0:41:170:41:21

who is also a world champion, got

cross with her.

We know what she can

0:41:210:41:27

do, we know her potential. But with

Elise, it comes down to confidence.

0:41:270:41:32

We talked about Marcel Hirscher

being a great ski of all time, that

0:41:320:41:38

is never having had a gold medal at

the Olympics.

Elise Christie is

0:41:380:41:45

similar, she is the best, and she

has a shelf full of trophies and

0:41:450:41:49

medals and there is no other title

left to be won apart from the

0:41:490:41:53

Olympics.

What are the rules in

terms of interference? It might take

0:41:530:41:57

you a date to explain it, but what

are you allowed to do Testa with

0:41:570:42:03

regards overtaking and contact with

other skaters.

Contact is

0:42:030:42:09

inevitable, but it can't be

deliberate. You normally overtake on

0:42:090:42:13

the inside in the faster races

because going round the outside is

0:42:130:42:16

further and nobody has the speed.

You overtake on the inside and you

0:42:160:42:20

have to be level with the person you

are overtaking going into the corner

0:42:200:42:24

otherwise that person could shut

down the track. If you make it level

0:42:240:42:27

then you have to do is leave the

Space.

I suspect that arena will

0:42:270:42:37

keep filling as we get closer to the

final with South Koreans very keen

0:42:370:42:41

on short track speed skating. A lot

of Japanese fans there as well and a

0:42:410:42:45

lot of British fans have travelled

over to support Elise Christie and

0:42:450:42:49

Charlotte Gilmartin and the others.

Elise normally has a good crowd

0:42:490:42:54

following her. She has a very close

family and lots of support from GB

0:42:540:42:59

will stop Elise Christie will be in

the second of the four

0:42:590:43:02

quarterfinals.

The commentary team

are in position, primed and waiting

0:43:020:43:07

for what could be a moment of Winter

Olympic history. Wilf O'Reilly is

0:43:070:43:12

alongside Simon Brotherton.

0:43:120:43:17

COMMENTATOR: Good morning, everyone.

We are hovering above the finishing

0:43:170:43:23

line, and we wonder who will cross

it first in a couple of hours' time.

0:43:230:43:28

Not long until the quarterfinals in

the women's 500 metres. Elise

0:43:280:43:32

Christie in the second of the

quarterfinals. Less than three

0:43:320:43:36

quarters of a minute for each one,

they are so fast and so much can

0:43:360:43:41

happen in a short space of time. But

when you look at Elise Christie's

0:43:410:43:46

draw for the quarterfinal, Wilf

O'Reilly, let's be honest, it's as

0:43:460:43:49

good as she could have hoped for.

Absolutely. I think she has drawn an

0:43:490:43:54

excellent race, depending on the

others, of course. She has the first

0:43:540:44:00

in a lane, the shortest distance to

the first block. She had a superb

0:44:000:44:05

start on Saturday, so I expect

nothing else than for her to make it

0:44:050:44:09

comfortably through the

quarterfinals.

What is the key to

0:44:090:44:13

the 500 metres? Is it getting the

first bend in the first place?

It

0:44:130:44:17

does help. If you have nobody in

front of you, you can get to the

0:44:170:44:21

first bend first, and she is so good

at high speed and she can skate away

0:44:210:44:26

from the rest of the group.

The

skaters are getting ready. Arianna

0:44:260:44:35

Fontana is the Italian skater with

whom Elise Christie collided in the

0:44:350:44:40

Olympic final four years ago.

Thankfully they are not together in

0:44:400:44:43

the last eight this time, in the

quarterfinal, I should say. There is

0:44:430:44:48

Fontana.

0:44:480:44:56

I was calculating - two winners will

go into two semi-finals, the other

0:44:560:45:02

will go into the other semi-final.

If Fontana win and Christie, they

0:45:020:45:09

will probably meet in the

semi-final.

0:45:090:45:15

semi-final.

Fontana five-time

Olympic medallists, she is yet to

0:45:160:45:19

win a gold. Van Kerkhof is there and

St Gelais. Her form is really good.

0:45:190:45:32

She was second

0:45:320:45:38

She was second in the World

Championship. Maliszewska on the

0:45:380:45:45

outside. Four and a half laps of the

track. The quarter-finals are under

0:45:450:45:49

way and... Not at the first attempt.

I think that was Fontana from Italy

0:45:490:45:57

on the inside. Of course, the race

is only allowed one false start.

0:45:570:46:03

This means we can see on the inside

in the blue, Fontana was the first

0:46:030:46:08

one I think... As the skaters come

back to the line, the referee, the

0:46:080:46:14

starter will inform which skater was

given the false start.

It is

0:46:140:46:21

actually Maliszewska from Poland who

was just trying to steal a march on

0:46:210:46:26

the others. Here we go and they're

away. Fonn tana... Van Kerkhof has

0:46:260:46:38

gone down. Fontana on the front and

they stop the race, because she fell

0:46:380:46:45

to the ice so early.

The skaters

have to go through the first turn

0:46:450:46:52

without colliding, without any

problem, otherwise the starter will

0:46:520:46:55

restart the

0:46:550:47:01

restart the race and I must say St

Gelais was very aggressive there.

0:47:010:47:06

You can see it here again. She got

that left arm just in front of her,

0:47:060:47:12

although she wasn't completely past

her, you see van Kerkhof of the

0:47:120:47:16

Netherlands going down.

St Gelais

was not going to give an inch there.

0:47:160:47:23

So important to get the right

position going into that first bend.

0:47:230:47:32

It could be interesting that St

Gelais could receive a penalty.

We

0:47:320:47:39

have seen a lot of video reviews. We

saw them on the first night on

0:47:390:47:44

Saturday. But usually at the end of

the race. This time as early as the

0:47:440:47:50

first corner.

That's right. The

referee from the United States

0:47:500:48:01

looking at this video replay. It was

an aggressive piece of skating by

0:48:010:48:06

the Canadian. I would be very

interested to see whether or not she

0:48:060:48:10

will receive a penalty.

0:48:100:48:16

will receive a penalty.

Somebody's

night could be over already here. A

0:48:160:48:20

very prominent skater indeed.

Absolutely.

How will this affect the

0:48:200:48:26

others nut later heats in terms of

their state and mind and warm up

0:48:260:48:31

time? Will it affect much for them?

We should a decision by the way

0:48:310:48:37

shortly.

I think that this young

lady will have to leave the ice. We

0:48:370:48:41

have to wait for the official

result.

0:48:410:48:49

result.

Anxious moments for St

Gelais as we wait for the outcome of

0:48:490:48:55

this first video review.

0:48:550:49:00

this first video review. A Mariann

St Gelais has been penalised and the

0:49:010:49:08

three-time Olympic silver medallist

is forced to leave the ice before

0:49:080:49:13

the quarter-final.

Frederick

Blackburn, the Canadian coach not

0:49:130:49:17

looking very happy at all. It is

very unusual to see this. But she

0:49:170:49:23

was so aggressive into that first

turn. The referees had no option

0:49:230:49:27

really.

She blocked van Kerkhof off

with that left arm and shoulder. So

0:49:270:49:37

two of these three will go through

to the semi-final.

0:49:370:49:46

to the semi-final. Let's if they can

get around the first bend at the

0:49:460:49:49

third time of asking. Fontana has

the speed to go out in front. Van

0:49:490:49:55

Kerkhof in second. The outsider is

Maliszewska and Fontana leading the

0:49:550:50:02

way. It is a four and a half lap

race. The absence of St Gelais has

0:50:020:50:08

made life easier for Fontana and

given van Kerkhof an opportunity to

0:50:080:50:13

go through as well. Maliszewska is

staying in the running. I'm not sure

0:50:130:50:19

if she will have the speed the get

past the Dutch woman. Fontana all

0:50:190:50:23

the way. She looks as if she will

lead from start to finish. Van

0:50:230:50:29

Kerkhof in second and third

Maliszewska. Fontana, the silver

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medallist in 2014 and van Kerkhof

are through.

Not a very quick time.

0:50:360:50:43

43.14. That will mean Fontana will

she goes through, I predicted she

0:50:430:50:51

would win and if Elise Christie does

win, depending on her time and the

0:50:510:50:58

remaining times, that Fontana could

meet Christie in the semi-final.

0:50:580:51:03

Here we are again. Watching the end

of this first quarter-final. That

0:51:030:51:09

was in the end straight forward for

Ariana Fontana.

0:51:090:51:21

Ariana Fontana.

She made it look

easy. You try to conserve your

0:51:210:51:26

energy, because you're coming back

out in half an hour to do another

0:51:260:51:31

full sprint of 500 metres.

Now it is

Elise Christie.

0:51:310:51:40

There is Elise Christie, the world

record holder at this distance.

0:51:480:51:58

The start needs to be good. Away

they go the first time. Boutin

0:52:040:52:13

leads. Christie second. Seidel with

plenty of work to do. Christie,

0:52:130:52:22

smart move, sliding through on the

inside. Takes the advantage over

0:52:220:52:25

Boutin. These two are the favourites

to go through from this. They should

0:52:250:52:30

be the class of the field and at the

moment that is kwha it looks like.

0:52:300:52:35

It will be interesting to see the

time. Christie leading the way.

0:52:350:52:40

They're on the last lap. At the

moment she is going through. Boutin

0:52:400:52:44

is behind her. Up to the line and...

Elise Christie takes it. Boutin

0:52:440:52:51

slides over the line on her

backside. But Elise Christie has

0:52:510:52:56

successfully negotiated the first

hurdle of the day.

That was a superb

0:52:560:53:00

time, a new Olympic record I think

if that time remains.

The unofficial

0:53:000:53:11

time says 42.71. Let's look at the

race again here.

Superb start from

0:53:110:53:21

the Canadian, it worked well for

Christie. She had the first one and

0:53:210:53:26

a half laps to relax. She is

normally, you have the heats, the

0:53:260:53:31

quarter-finals and the semi-finals

and the final all in the same time.

0:53:310:53:35

This quarter-final for her was

trying to get into the racing and we

0:53:350:53:41

can see Keszler sliding out coming

into the last turn. I don't think

0:53:410:53:45

the referees will have any say to

that. It is Christie No 1 and Boutin

0:53:450:53:49

No 2.

It is confirmed as a new

Olympic record, 42.703 seconds.

0:53:490:53:59

Christie and Boutin are through and

Christie is going faster and faster

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here.

0:54:030:54:13

Away they go in this third

semi-final. Fan from China is in

0:54:350:54:39

this and she is at the front. She is

the five-time world champion.

0:54:390:54:49

Prosvirnova in second. Biney

bringing up the rear. She was third

0:54:510:54:55

in the world junior Championships

only last year. So a big step up for

0:54:550:55:01

her. Prosvirnova goes to the front.

Kexin parked up in second place. The

0:55:010:55:16

two Chinese athletes are

challenging, but Kexin and

0:55:160:55:23

Prosvirnova are the first two over

the line.

A superb bit of skating

0:55:230:55:28

from Prosvirnova and a surprise the

two Chinese skaters didn't

0:55:280:55:32

qualified. They have Dom nayed this

-- dominated this 500 metres over

0:55:320:55:37

the last four Olympics and now one

has been knocked out. A superb start

0:55:370:55:46

from Fan. A bit of argy-bargy

through the first turn and Christie

0:55:460:55:54

having skated that Olympic record,

she will be for sure on the inside

0:55:540:56:00

for that semi-final.

0:56:000:56:08

for that semi-final.

Maame Biney

couldn't be competitive, but

0:56:080:56:12

Prosvirnova, that is a sensational

result for her. That is her best

0:56:120:56:19

performance of season. There is

confirmation. Fan through in second

0:56:190:56:23

place. Behind the Russian athlete.

We lose Han Yutong. The home crowd

0:56:230:56:35

getting excited. Another of the

favourites to take the gold here.

0:56:350:56:43

The 19-year-old.

0:56:430:56:48

The last quarter-final. Clean start

and Valcepina goes to the front. Qu

0:57:020:57:18

in second. No panic from Choi

Minjeong. Still Choi had a look and

0:57:180:57:29

couldn't find a way through.

Valcepina is looking good here. A

0:57:290:57:35

bit of air and Minjeong is still

searching and sliding and trying to

0:57:350:57:39

find a way through. She has the

speed and Valcepina is now under

0:57:390:57:46

pressure. Qu is there. But Valcepina

is back. It will be a photo finish.

0:57:460:57:51

What a sensational final lap.

Amazing skating this. The Koreans

0:57:510:57:58

and the Chinese have dominated this

event over the years. Now the

0:57:580:58:05

Europeans, Valcepina was my outside

winner for getting into the final.

0:58:050:58:09

We are going to have to wait for the

photo.

Qu looked as if she was first

0:58:090:58:17

across the line. What a desperate

lunge to line that was. They're away

0:58:170:58:27

cleanly first time. Minjeong you

could see was having a look and

0:58:270:58:32

finally she made her move.

She did

and it looks like Choi has made it.

0:58:320:58:39

The roar tells you that Choi

Minjeong has gone through in second

0:58:390:58:45

place behind Qu and Christie is by

the fastest qualifier.

She will be

0:58:450:58:52

ensured of having the inner lane for

the semi-final.

The European

0:58:520:58:58

champion, Valcepina going out, for a

long time, she looked good.

She did.

0:58:580:59:06

It all went wrong for the Italian at

the end. There is the photo finish

0:59:060:59:13

and Choi Minjeong one of the

favourites joining Chunyu Qu in the

0:59:130:59:23

Cem Ji final. -- semi-final. There

is confirmation of the result of the

0:59:230:59:29

fourth quarter final.

0:59:290:59:33

Next up is the men's 1,000 metres.

0:59:420:59:51

They're just resurfacing the ice.

Elise Christie is the fastest

0:59:510:59:57

qualifier in a new Olympic record

time. From her point of view, so far

0:59:571:00:03

so good, potentially two races to

go.

1:00:031:00:10

STUDIO: And the reaction from Sarah

Lindsay on how she did.

She built

1:00:181:00:25

her speed. She had a little gap to

build her speed into. Sets it up

1:00:251:00:31

perfectly. Lots of speed into the

corner, flies out and straight up

1:00:311:00:35

the inside. Not any kind of contact,

going through completely cleanly

1:00:351:00:39

with lots more speed than the other

girls. Perfect execution of the

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overtake.

Is she is somebody who

bills with confidence and having set

1:00:441:00:50

another Olympic record and winning

her quarterfinal easily?

It's all

1:00:501:00:55

about confidence for Elise. She

knows she has even more speed. Even

1:00:551:00:59

when you are time trialling in

front, there is nothing to judge

1:00:591:01:02

against apart from the clock. Now

she knows she has been behind

1:01:021:01:06

somebody, she can set up and execute

such a perfect overtake.

It was an

1:01:061:01:12

undertaker, actually. And it's

waiting for that moment on spotting

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the gap, so her instinct is sharp.

There is no panicking, no

1:01:161:01:26

There is no panicking, no rushing,

there is no time to think, but trust

1:01:261:01:29

your instincts.

The others are

trying so hard to qualify behind.

1:01:291:01:32

They are trying to keep up.

There

were a few shocks in some of the

1:01:321:01:39

other quarterfinals. Notably, the

disqualification of Canada's

1:01:391:01:43

Marianne St Gelais.

It's a shame,

she is an excellent skater and

1:01:431:01:49

silver medallist in the last

Olympics. Always a huge force in the

1:01:491:01:53

500 metres. She was disqualified

from the start, so she is out, and

1:01:531:01:57

one of the main forces is now out of

500 metres.

We can see from these

1:01:571:02:03

shots, you end up with bodies all

over the place. Canada's Marianne St

1:02:031:02:11

Gelais, on the first corner.

I think

it's a little bit unfair. It was the

1:02:111:02:16

same thing I got disqualified for!

Nobody has the lane or priority

1:02:161:02:21

until you get to the middle block of

the first corner. You always expect

1:02:211:02:26

a bit of argy-bargy at the start

with everybody going for it.

And if

1:02:261:02:30

they fall before the first corner

you get to rerun it, don't they?

1:02:301:02:36

Before the middle block of the first

corner. If you fall over and there

1:02:361:02:39

is contact then they will restart

the race.

So it's worth being

1:02:391:02:44

aggressive at the start?

Normally.

That's what happened to you?

Is the

1:02:441:02:49

second time I have seen it happened.

The judge got band who made the

1:02:491:02:53

decision.

The referee from that

Olympics did serve a two-year ban

1:02:531:02:59

because of his decision. But they

don't rerun the Olympics! That's it.

1:02:591:03:08

Do you feel you are living through

Elise now?

Maybe that's what's

1:03:081:03:13

happening. Me and Elise are very

close and I love her very much. I

1:03:131:03:18

would love to see her do it because

I know how much it means to her and

1:03:181:03:21

I know what it means to be in that

situation. And she has a huge

1:03:211:03:25

turn-off pressure on her to perform.

If she can handle this, then she can

1:03:251:03:29

handle anything. 1110 AM will be the

next time we see Elise Christie.

We

1:03:291:03:40

will have a bit of a break now,

catching up on ice hockey from

1:03:401:03:46

women's group letter A, and the

defending champions Canada who are

1:03:461:03:49

looking for a fifth consecutive gold

medal, so dominant, up against

1:03:491:03:53

Finland. COMMENTATOR: Canada holding

a pretty strong edge. The last

1:03:531:04:02

meeting, crucially, was a 4-3

victory for Finland, so they know

1:04:021:04:07

what it takes in the group phases of

the competition to beat this Canada

1:04:071:04:12

side, having done it not so long

ago. Other meetings between them

1:04:121:04:18

have taken a couple of empty net

gold medals. They have been close

1:04:181:04:23

going into the final few minutes of

games. That'll be one of the keys to

1:04:231:04:27

the game, not making mistakes like

that. This could be an opportunity.

1:04:271:04:33

Brilliant! Going to the back door.

There was the fake.

What a start for

1:04:331:04:41

Canada. Terrific pressure, melody

picks up the pass and creates the

1:04:411:04:50

211 with Augusta.

1:04:501:04:56

211 with Augusta.

Taking control for

Canada. Spooner was offside again.

1:04:581:05:02

What a finish!

1:05:021:05:07

What a finish! Play continues.

This

is remarkable. They thought it was

1:05:121:05:17

in the back of the net. The referee

was standing right there and waved

1:05:171:05:21

it off. You know they will go to a

video replay to see

1:05:211:05:30

video replay to see if the puck went

in and out in the blink of an eye.

1:05:301:05:33

That's a goal.

The puck was wobbling

on her. That happens at the end of

1:05:331:05:39

the period. But this is a goal.

After video review, we have a good

1:05:391:05:48

goal.

They will put the time back on

the clock that elapsed from that

1:05:481:05:52

moment. Canada now leading 2-0.

1:05:521:06:03

Working it back towards the blue

line.

1:06:041:06:11

line. The pressure in the end paid

for Canada.

1:06:111:06:19

for Canada.

You can only stem the

tide for so long.

1:06:191:06:24

Finland think about allying change.

4-0.

Terrific pass from Rebecca

1:06:281:06:36

Johnson. And look at the shop from

Saunier. So precise.

1:06:361:06:48

The good opportunity for Finland is

to try to make something happen. Can

1:06:541:06:59

they use the puck wisely? It's

forced over the line. It's a goal of

1:06:591:07:09

history.

1:07:091:07:13

history. Back and right at it.

Needed three bytes of the cherry,

1:07:151:07:19

but she wasn't going to mess.

Very

fast, terrific execution. Really

1:07:191:07:26

caught Finland on their heels early

on.

1:07:261:07:36

on. Just playing it out. The

netminder, Shannon Szabados, not

1:07:361:07:47

called on enough from a Finnish

perspective.

Canada through to the

1:07:471:07:53

quarterfinals after a strong

performance against the Finland

1:07:531:07:56

side, they hung in their

1:07:561:08:02

side, they hung in their, but

couldn't do enough. STUDIO: Well

1:08:021:08:05

done to Finland for scoring, but

they couldn't do enough to overturn

1:08:051:08:08

Canada. The United States against

the Olympic athletes of Russia, we

1:08:081:08:13

will show that to you later. I

suspect that will be a mean old

1:08:131:08:17

match. In terms of the semifinals

for a Elise Christie coming up at

1:08:171:08:24

11:10am, it looks like she will be

in a separate semifinal to Arianna

1:08:241:08:29

Fontana of Italy, and significantly,

Choi Minjeong of South Korea, going

1:08:291:08:33

into the other semifinal. Is that

good news, Sarah?

It's swings and

1:08:331:08:38

roundabouts. It means she probably

has a slightly easier semifinal that

1:08:381:08:42

you could have had, which is great,

but if you beat those people in the

1:08:421:08:46

semis then you don't have them in

the final.

This is not just a

1:08:461:08:51

1-person short track speed skating

team. We'll see Josh Cheetham at his

1:08:511:08:57

first Olympics and Farrell Treacy.

Their first Olympic games. They both

1:08:571:09:00

have very different tactics. Josh

likes to read and control the race

1:09:001:09:07

where he can, if he's feeling good.

I expect him to be slightly higher

1:09:071:09:12

up in the field. Farrell is happier

to sit back and let the race happen.

1:09:121:09:17

Take advantage of moves. He can let

the race happen. Hopefully he has

1:09:171:09:24

got rid of the nerves in his first

round on Saturday. It's so tough in

1:09:241:09:30

your first Olympic race.

Add you

noticed in the last few years an

1:09:301:09:33

explosion of interest in short track

speed skating because of what Elise

1:09:331:09:37

has done around the world?

I think a

lot more people have been interested

1:09:371:09:41

in the last few years and with Elise

Christie's profile, and the better

1:09:411:09:45

we are and the more medals we win,

the more people are interested in

1:09:451:09:50

watching. And with Elise being such

a character, people are interested

1:09:501:09:54

in her as a personality and that

helps bring attention.

If you want

1:09:541:09:59

to get involved, go to the BBC

website, get inspired, and you can

1:09:591:10:03

find details of a club near you

where you can learn to do short

1:10:031:10:08

track speed skating. It's pretty

exciting.

Absolutely. They are

1:10:081:10:12

trying to recruit new youngsters. We

are quite weak there. At the top end

1:10:121:10:16

it's an amazing team that's very

well funded and looked after, but

1:10:161:10:20

finding the talent for the sport,

there isn't a lot happening there at

1:10:201:10:25

the moment.

There is the start of

the show, the star of the team so

1:10:251:10:30

far, Elise Christie having

successfully qualified for the

1:10:301:10:33

semifinals, 500 metres. Now double

the distance, we can go back to Wilf

1:10:331:10:39

O'Reilly and Simon Brotherton.

COMMENTATOR: Welcome back to the

1:10:391:10:43

Gangneung Oval. This is the first

heat in the men's 1000 metres. The

1:10:431:10:49

1000 metres starting with eight

heats of Paltrow, the first two from

1:10:491:10:53

each heat going through, so

potentially four races to be crowned

1:10:531:10:59

Olympic champion. Britain's Farrell

Treacy is in the first heat against

1:10:591:11:02

the Hungarian world silver medallist

in this event last year. And last

1:11:021:11:08

season's World Cup winner over 1000

metres.

1:11:081:11:14

metres. John Henry Kruger also in

this heat, from the United States.

1:11:141:11:23

Not an easy task for Farrell Treacy.

Has some of the best skaters in the

1:11:231:11:29

world in this first heat.

Farrell

Treacy raced in the 500 metres at

1:11:291:11:37

the weekend, went out in the first

heat. His best result in the 1000

1:11:371:11:41

metres was 15th place in Shanghai

this season.

Nine laps to complete

1:11:411:11:48

for the skaters in this 1000 metre

heat.

Farrell Treacy is the last to

1:11:481:11:55

come to the line. Josh Cheetham is

also racing for Great

1:11:551:12:06

nine laps of the track as they fight

for first place.

1:12:071:12:14

for first place. Kruger of the

United States currently in second

1:12:161:12:18

behind the Chinese. Farrell Treacy

gliding around at the rear.

Kruger

1:12:181:12:25

is at the front at the moment,

trains with the Dutch team. He likes

1:12:251:12:30

to make the race hard.

1:12:301:12:39

to make the race hard.

Krueger was a

little unhappy in the 1500 metres

1:12:391:12:46

over the weekend. He likes to have

the bit between his teeth and make

1:12:461:12:49

things happen.

They are skating

negative splits, every lap getting

1:12:491:12:53

gradually quicker. He is doing what

exactly he is always used to doing.

1:12:531:13:02

A collision, it means Farrell Treacy

finds himself in second place.

1:13:021:13:11

Krueger leading the way with Farrell

Treacy tucked in behind. Those are

1:13:141:13:17

the only two standing at the moment,

as they take the bell. Krueger will

1:13:171:13:22

glide around in first place. Farrell

Treacy, as it stands, he's heading

1:13:221:13:28

through to the next round as they

crossed the line. Real drama with

1:13:281:13:36

the Japanese and Chinese competitors

hitting the

1:13:361:13:42

hitting the deck.

I think the

Japanese skater will be the skater

1:13:431:13:48

to receive the penalty. It's not

about timing, it's about positions.

1:13:481:13:57

Skaters won and two qualify for the

quarterfinals.

Let's look at the

1:13:571:14:04

incident again. What do you make of

that?

1:14:041:14:16

that?

Not quite past, trying to get

the left hand across him. Clearly

1:14:161:14:20

wasn't passed, so I think the

Hungarian will be the skater that

1:14:201:14:27

receives the penalty. Peter Wirth,

the British referee, going to the

1:14:271:14:31

referee review.

And what about

Farrell Treacy? Superb skating from

1:14:311:14:36

him. He stays out of trouble. You

can either go to the front and stay

1:14:361:14:41

out of trouble, or go to the back

and stay out of trouble, and he

1:14:411:14:45

opted for the latter. The referees

having a look at it, not

1:14:451:14:50

surprisingly. It is a penalty for

the Hungarian. That's a big name out

1:14:501:15:01

of the competition very early. This

is last season's World Championship

1:15:011:15:06

silver medal.

1:15:061:15:11

The great news for Britain is

Farrell Treacy goes through in the

1:15:131:15:18

men's 1,000 metres. Sakazume, who

was not at fault for that crash,

1:15:181:15:25

also advances. The pressure here

building.

The skaters of his

1:15:251:15:30

experience shouldn't be making those

sort of simple mistakes.

Here we go

1:15:301:15:39

with the second heat.

1:15:391:15:45

with the second heat. Breeuwsma from

the Netherlands is there.

1:15:471:15:53

Lim Hyojun is there.

The Canadian

leading. It seems to be a new

1:16:071:16:12

strategy, what they do is negative

splits, every lap getting faster as

1:16:121:16:19

Lim storms around.

The crowd are

going wild in this 12,000 arena.

1:16:191:16:30

Cournoyer reasserts his authority.

Exchanging the lead between them.

1:16:311:16:36

Four laps to go. Breeuwsma in the

navy kit of the Netherlands having a

1:16:361:16:42

look on the inside. There wasn't any

way through. Now it is Yoshinaga

1:16:421:16:49

from Japan on the front and the race

is on here.

1:16:491:17:01

is on here. Lim leads from

Yoshinaga. They come around to take

1:17:011:17:05

the bell, one lap to go. Lim leads.

Yoshinaga senses he can go through.

1:17:051:17:16

He will go through. Hyojun and

Yoshinaga go through.

A very fast

1:17:161:17:27

race, a lot of passing and moving

and Lim looks very comfortable and

1:17:271:17:32

relaxed. I don't know why it seems

like it is, but these skaters don't

1:17:321:17:37

seem to be performing to their full

potential.

The thing about Lim he

1:17:371:17:42

was good at the start of the season

and won the World Cup race in

1:17:421:17:48

Hungary, but he had a back injury

which meant he was ruled out of

1:17:481:17:53

everything else. So nobody was sure

what his form was going to be. But

1:17:531:17:58

based on his gold medal at the

weekend, we know now and he has

1:17:581:18:03

carried that form on in the heats of

the 1 thousand metres.

1:18:031:18:11

the 1 thousand metres.

Tactics very

important. If you get caught at the

1:18:131:18:20

back, then...

There is confirmation

of the race. A race that didn't

1:18:201:18:30

require any video review. Now

there's a thing!

The first one of

1:18:301:18:34

the night!

1:18:341:18:43

the night!

Girard a world silver

medallist in 2016.

1:18:441:18:52

medallist in 2016. Elistratov a

former world champion at 15 hundred.

1:18:521:19:00

Nurbergen Zhumagaziyev is in this

field as well. And Watanabe from

1:19:001:19:06

Japan, his best result this winter

ninth in Shanghai in the World Cup.

1:19:061:19:13

Waiting for confirmation as to whose

fault that was. It is position 3.

1:19:131:19:25

Nurbergen Zhumagaziyev is in the

last chance saloon. Girard

1:19:261:19:31

considered one of next big things in

world short track speed skating,

1:19:311:19:35

goes to the front. Just missing a

medal at the weekend. Nurbergen

1:19:351:19:41

Zhumagaziyev gliding through on the

inside to go to the front. This is a

1:19:411:19:47

nine-lap race. Nurbergen

Zhumagaziyev leading from Girard of

1:19:471:19:53

Canada, who goes around the outside

and Elistratov, who is in good form,

1:19:531:19:59

currently in third. Watanabe at the

back and finding it difficult to get

1:19:591:20:04

a look in. Next time over the line

they will have four laps to go.

1:20:041:20:11

Girard controlling this race. He was

He was fourth in the 15 hundred.

1:20:111:20:20

These guys are used to the longer

distances.

The two at the front are

1:20:201:20:25

the two you would expect to go

through on paper.

1:20:251:20:33

through on paper. Watanabe getting

involved now. Elistratov nodded off

1:20:331:20:37

and may pay for it as they take the

bell. Elistratov has got to find a

1:20:371:20:42

way past the Japanese skater, he

just nudges him out of way. And

1:20:421:20:49

Elistratov takes second. He was put

under pressure but responded and

1:20:491:20:53

forced his way through.

1:20:531:21:00

forced his way through.

We say you

snooze you loose and that is what he

1:21:001:21:03

did.

What about Girard? He is a

medal contend sner

er. Yes

1:21:031:21:13

absolutely. His team mate Hamlin got

the penalty on Saturday. The

1:21:131:21:21

Canadians are looking to do some

stuff here.

1:21:211:21:28

stuff here.

Elistratov was put under

pressure, but he kept his cool.

Yes.

1:21:301:21:42

Held his nerve and secured his place

in the next round.

1:21:421:21:50

in the next round. Confirmation of

the result.

1:21:511:22:01

the result. A clean heat between

those athletes as we get ready for

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heat 4.

1:22:091:22:14

heat 4. Thibaut Fauconnet from

France. Ziwei from China. Knegt from

1:22:161:22:24

the Netherlands, about Olympic

silver medallists here. A bronze

1:22:241:22:30

medallist in this event in Sochi.

And Roberts Zvejnieks from Latvia.

1:22:301:22:40

Fauconnet is in good form. Knegt is

the big name in this heat.

1:22:401:22:52

the big name in this heat. Heat No

4. Nine laps. Knegt trying to muscle

1:22:531:23:03

his way in, but Fauconnet, the

32-year-old, settling in second.

1:23:031:23:17

Zvejnieks with the band across his

mid rift at the back.

1:23:171:23:30

Fauconnet usually likes to lead from

the front. Knegt making it look

1:23:311:23:36

easy. Can Ziwei keep second.

1:23:361:23:47

easy. Can Ziwei keep second.

Roberts

Zvejnieks nearly had them on the

1:23:471:23:49

floor. He is doing everything he

can. Knegt is staying out of

1:23:491:23:53

trouble. They have three laps to go.

Fauconnet is back into second. Ziwei

1:23:531:24:00

on his tail. A gap to the Latvian

who is just regrouping and I think

1:24:001:24:06

may be we won't be seeing him again.

They take the bell and Knegt was

1:24:061:24:15

sent wide. Ziwei. Knegt from the

Netherland in first ahead of Ziwei

1:24:151:24:24

of China.

All the skaters, I'm

surprised at the level of

1:24:241:24:30

uncertainty among the skaters,

they're not dominating. Fauconnet

1:24:301:24:37

likes to go to the front. They

seemed to be so nervous and seemed

1:24:371:24:40

to be holding back.

How you tell the

real uncertainty in a skater in a

1:24:401:24:45

race like that?

They're not taking

the initiative of the race and

1:24:451:24:48

taking the race to the others.

1:24:481:24:56

taking the race to the others. Knegt

is not fully committed.

1:24:561:25:04

is not fully committed.

Knegt forced

very wide with a lap to go.

1:25:041:25:15

very wide with a lap to go. It was

touch as go as to whether they they

1:25:151:25:21

were going to touch down.

The China

skater on his left shoulder. The

1:25:211:25:29

referees will be having a look at

that.

Knegt, he is the big hope for

1:25:291:25:33

the Dutch isn't he?

Absolutely. He

won three weeks ago. He won all

1:25:331:25:39

three distances at the European

Championships and the Europeans,

1:25:391:25:45

there are four European leaders in

the semi-finals.

How mainstream is

1:25:451:25:51

short track speed skating in the

Netherland. Not all the viewers will

1:25:511:25:55

know that you have lived there for

20 years. We know long track is a

1:25:551:26:00

big thing. What about short track.

What is the standing?

It is growing

1:26:001:26:06

in popularity and tonight the king

of Holland is in the arena watching.

1:26:061:26:10

He gets around. He was at the long

track last night.

1:26:101:26:23

And here we go once again they're

having a look at the replay. There

1:26:241:26:30

were one or two incidents to look

at. Certainly he was involved.

He

1:26:301:26:35

certainly was. You can see the

skaters all looking at the big

1:26:351:26:40

screen, the big monitor in the

centre of the rink here. We can see

1:26:401:26:46

Wang with the Latvian skater. Didn't

allow him enough space to go

1:26:461:26:50

through. I would probably suspect

that the Latvian would be...

1:26:501:26:56

Receiving the penalty.

At the

moment, Knegt and Ren from China the

1:26:561:27:07

two going through. That is the thing

with these races, it is not a case

1:27:071:27:13

of one incident they're looking at.

Often there are two or three in the

1:27:131:27:18

race. We have the skaters for the

next heat warming up the presence of

1:27:181:27:28

referee. They have reached a

conclusion. A penalty to... Ziwei of

1:27:281:27:39

China. Ziwei is penalised.

1:27:391:27:48

China. Ziwei is penalised. So

Fauconnet of France will go through

1:27:481:27:54

and Zvejnieks advances as well,

having been the victim of the

1:27:541:27:58

illegal manoeuvre.

That means there

has been two advancements now. That

1:27:581:28:03

is the second advancement.

Hamlin

from Canada on the inside, a

1:28:031:28:12

three-time Olympic gold medallist.

Lepape from France. Shulginov from

1:28:121:28:19

Russia. He disappeared from the

start before anyone was ready and

1:28:191:28:30

Dajing, a two-time world champion

nearest the camera. Away they go.

1:28:301:28:36

Hamlin on the inside. Dajing was

quickly trying to take this race by

1:28:361:28:42

the scruff of the neck.

Both there,

Lepape moving around. Hamlin as

1:28:421:28:51

well. Wu of China has got other

ideas. Hamlin squeezes back into

1:28:511:28:57

second. First and second to qualify.

Dajing on the front for China. Six

1:28:571:29:04

laps to go. Hamlin of Canada in

second.

1:29:041:29:14

second. Lepape. Tight squeeze with

Lepape being forced out by Hamlin.

1:29:141:29:21

Dajing still leads. Shulginov from

Russia in third. Just a bit of a gap

1:29:211:29:29

opening up. Lepape sneaks inside the

Russian into third. Dajing and

1:29:291:29:40

Hamlin look as if they're a class

above the others. The Russian

1:29:401:29:46

Shulginov is out of contention. They

take the bell. They're on the last

1:29:461:29:50

lap. Hamlin leads. Dajing is there.

Lepape is having a look. They

1:29:501:29:57

stretch for the line and lamb Hamlin

and a photograph between Wu and

1:29:571:30:06

Lepape.

1:30:061:30:13

That would be a new Olympic record,

if ratified. A quick sprint at the

1:30:131:30:19

end with Hamelin of Canada taking

it. We await confirmation from the

1:30:191:30:23

photo finish to see who will join

him going through.

Absolutely, you

1:30:231:30:29

can see on the front, Wu Dajing of

China making it looked very easy.

1:30:291:30:35

Hamelin making it through on the

inside. Unusual for him to come

1:30:351:30:39

through so late. But again, a new

Olympic record with Sebastien Lepape

1:30:391:30:44

trying to squeeze through.

Wu Dajing

has qualified in second. The Olympic

1:30:441:30:51

record has been ratified. Despite

the best efforts of Frenchman

1:30:511:30:55

Sebastien Lepape, he couldn't force

his way through despite a good

1:30:551:30:57

effort on the last lap. Charles

Hamelin and Wu Dajing both going

1:30:571:31:02

through. And we have an Olympic

record set in the process as well

1:31:021:31:08

stop Josh Cheetham of Great Britain

is still to come in these 1000 metre

1:31:081:31:11

heats. A conveyor belt of heats.

1:31:111:31:24

We have the 1000 metre world

champion in this heat, Seo Yira.

1:31:281:31:41

Tommaso Dotti from Italy in this as

well as De Laat of benevolence. --

1:31:411:31:58

of the Netherlands.

1:31:581:32:04

of the Netherlands. Had to settle

for eighth place in the 1500 metre

1:32:041:32:07

final. There were nine skaters in

that final with a real congested

1:32:071:32:10

field. Seo Yira is one of the big

local favourites, tucked in behind.

1:32:101:32:20

De Laat was sixth in the 1500 metre

at the weekend. Seo Yira it's the

1:32:201:32:27

front with four laps to go.

1:32:271:32:35

front with four laps to go.

De Laat

moves into second place with three

1:32:351:32:37

laps to go.

1:32:371:32:47

Stay to Masoe. He is scrambling and

trying to keep in touch.

Seo Yira

1:32:491:32:54

has

1:32:541:32:59

has some work to do without time to

do it. Seo Yira, the 1000 metre

1:33:001:33:06

world Jami, is knocked out at the

first time of asking.

It seems so

1:33:061:33:11

strange that these top performers,

year in and year out, and that these

1:33:111:33:16

Olympic Games, they are not

producing.

That was an extraordinary

1:33:161:33:20

finish. But Seo Yira, with more than

a lap to go, finding himself at the

1:33:201:33:28

back of the field suddenly. This was

the manoeuvre. Even Tommaso Dotti of

1:33:281:33:32

Italy was able to slide through on

the inside of the Korean. Left the

1:33:321:33:39

door open and paid the price.

Absolutely. You can see the crowd

1:33:391:33:44

looking at the action replay, as the

Chinese skater went up the inside of

1:33:441:33:50

Seo Yira. He didn't touch him,

didn't close the door, so I would

1:33:501:33:54

question whether or not Han Tianyu

would make the next round. But it's

1:33:541:34:00

down to the referee to make the

final call.

It's fair to say, the

1:34:001:34:05

home crowd are open-mouthed at the

prospect of Seo Yira not being in

1:34:051:34:12

the competition. Waiting for

official confirmation of the result.

1:34:121:34:16

There is a penalty, we are hearing.

1:34:161:34:23

So, Seo Yira is advance. I didn't

need to tell you, you could work

1:34:301:34:35

that out from the crowd reaction

around the stadium.

1:34:351:34:44

around the stadium. De Laat and Seo

Yira go through. Tantanmen route is

1:34:441:34:50

penalised. -- Han Tianyu is

penalised.

He is raising his hands

1:34:501:34:59

as if to say, I didn't touch him.

Healthy having a home skater into

1:34:591:35:03

the next RAM. It would have been big

news if he went out. In Heaton of

1:35:031:35:07

the seven we have Josh Cheetham from

Great Britain making an Olympic

1:35:071:35:12

debut at the age of 25.

1:35:121:35:18

debut at the age of 25. European

bronze medallist in 2016. Up against

1:35:181:35:25

Confortola of Italy, Bykanov of

1:35:251:35:38

Israel and Hwang Daeheo of career.

-- of Korea. Hwang Daeheo goes to

1:35:401:35:55

the front for Korea. Confortola of

Italy moving through on the outside

1:35:551:36:01

to assume control at the front of

the race. Josh Cheetham swinging off

1:36:011:36:06

the back a little bit with four laps

to go. It's Confortola of Italy

1:36:061:36:11

leading from Hwang Daeheo of Korea.

It'll be interesting to see what

1:36:111:36:18

happens with a fight going on at the

front for first and second place.

1:36:181:36:23

Josh Cheetham is still close enough

to take advantage if there are any

1:36:231:36:27

problems further ahead of him. It's

tight the front. Hwang Daeheo of

1:36:271:36:35

Korea is leading

1:36:351:36:43

Korea is leading the way with

Bykanov of Israel in second. Josh

1:36:431:36:45

Cheetham will not be able to close

the gap.

1:36:451:36:52

the gap.

It will be interesting to

see whether Bykanov of Israel

1:36:521:36:56

doesn't receive a penalty on the

challenge of Confortola. I looked

1:36:561:37:04

down at the referee at the first

bend when the collision took place

1:37:041:37:07

and the referee made a little note.

On his iPad. It'll be interesting to

1:37:071:37:15

see, Bykanov got a penalty in the

1500 metre first round, and he might

1:37:151:37:20

receive a penalty in this race as

well. It will be interesting to see.

1:37:201:37:25

There it is.

Do you think Bykanov

could be penalised on that move,

1:37:251:37:32

after Tommaso Dotti?

Possibly. You

can feel when a skater is coming up

1:37:321:37:38

on the inside.

No doubt about the

winner, Hwang Daeheo, the winner of

1:37:381:37:46

the 2016 youth Olympic gold medal in

the 1000 metres. Now on the biggest

1:37:461:37:51

stage of all, the world number two

at this distance this year. Josh

1:37:511:37:55

Cheetham with his first taste of the

Olympics. Stayed upright and got

1:37:551:38:00

round.

That's right, it was a very

tough race.

There is a penalty. And

1:38:001:38:07

Bykanov is penalised. So Confortola

of Italy goes through instead. And

1:38:071:38:14

Josh Cheetham is credited with third

place. The first two go through.

1:38:141:38:22

place. The first two go through. So

Bykanov, a real quality skater, goes

1:38:241:38:26

out on the penalty. So this is the

final heat, number eight in the 1000

1:38:261:38:31

metres. The Olympic Athlete from

Russia, 19 years of age.

1:38:311:38:44

False start.

1:39:011:39:11

You would expect Shaolin Liu to win

this, and it was he who caused the

1:39:191:39:31

false start. Away they go after the

restart. Nine laps of the track.

1:39:311:39:43

Pukitis at the back for Latvia.

Skated very well in the 1500 metres.

1:39:441:39:51

I expected to challenge early in

this race. Sitnikov on the outside

1:39:511:39:55

goes inside Shaolin Liu of Hungary.

Looks like he could go up another

1:39:551:40:03

gear or two. Suddenly, three of them

on the deck. Shaolin Liu is the only

1:40:031:40:09

one upright at this in time.

1:40:091:40:19

Shaolin Liu has left the other three

on the deck.

I don't know if you

1:40:201:40:29

remember the Olympic final in Salt

Lake City, when all the skaters went

1:40:291:40:33

down. The new rule now is that the

referee can stop the race. He will

1:40:331:40:41

go to the video replay and look who

the culprit is. That person will

1:40:411:40:46

receive a penalty and not be allowed

to restart the race.

Did you see

1:40:461:40:50

anything that stood out to you?

It

looked very much like the Russians

1:40:501:40:57

skater, he might be the one to

receive the penalty

1:40:571:41:02

skater, he might be the one to

receive the penalty. Shaolin goes up

1:41:021:41:05

the inside. From where I'm sitting,

it's the Russian who is getting up

1:41:051:41:11

off the ice. Even before the result

has been announced coming is getting

1:41:111:41:16

off the ice knowing he was wrong,

smashed into JR Celski.

Sitnikov, a

1:41:161:41:29

bit like a player who doesn't wait

for the referee to waive the red

1:41:291:41:33

card in his face, already making his

way off. We will have three skaters

1:41:331:41:39

in the last heat. There was already

a false start. Running repairs on

1:41:391:41:43

the track.

That's right. When JR

Celski went down he bashed his

1:41:431:41:49

skates. You can see the skates being

repaired. I remember in Lily hammer

1:41:491:41:53

when I broke my blade I was not

allowed to change it. Here now, the

1:41:531:41:59

rules and regulations have improved

and got better. It looks like JR

1:41:591:42:04

Celski is changing his blade.

I

don't want to bring up old wounds,

1:42:041:42:08

but isn't that like to be asked to

race with a flat tire?

You could say

1:42:081:42:14

that. You can see the Americans

changing blades. There was a

1:42:141:42:19

collision going into that.

JR

Celski, he seems like he's keeping

1:42:191:42:25

his cool, very experienced American.

Absolutely. They work with this in

1:42:251:42:29

training. It's a bit like in Formula

1, they come into the pit and change

1:42:291:42:35

their tyres. Here they are coming in

and changing their blades.

It would

1:42:351:42:43

be the longest pit stop in Formula 1

history, he has been sat there for

1:42:431:42:46

couple of minutes. JR Celski, eight

time medallist.

1:42:461:43:01

Shaolin Sandor Liu of Hungary, Elise

Christie's boyfriend. Elise Christie

1:43:041:43:12

spends time training with the

Hungarian team in Budapest.

It was

1:43:121:43:16

interesting to see him in the heat

box before the quarterfinal talking

1:43:161:43:19

to the girls from Hungary. It almost

feels like a part-time team-mate.

1:43:191:43:28

The heat box?

That's where the

skaters prepare for the race before

1:43:281:43:32

they physically go onto the ice.

1:43:321:43:40

they physically go onto the ice. JR

Celski, of course...

Finishing

1:43:401:43:46

repairs on the track. The pit stop

for JR Celski continues on the far

1:43:461:43:51

side of the track. A reminder that

the semifinal involving Elise

1:43:511:43:55

Christie in the women's 500 metres

will be coming up in the not too

1:43:551:43:59

distant here. So stick with us,

because around ten minutes after

1:43:591:44:10

midday, we will know who has won the

women's 500 metre gold medal. But

1:44:101:44:15

Elise Christie has to get there

first. Away we go with just the

1:44:151:44:19

three of them, we have lost

Sitnikov, the Olympic Athlete from

1:44:191:44:23

Russia, who knew he would be thrown

out, he just walked off the ice

1:44:231:44:26

straightaway. At the front, the

Hungarian, Shaolin Sandor Liu, the

1:44:261:44:32

World Cup number one. JR Celski of

the USA and Pukitis of Latvia at the

1:44:321:44:38

front.

Now there are just three

skaters in the race, it makes it

1:44:381:44:42

very complicated. Only two of them

will go through to the next round

1:44:421:44:45

and all three of them are very

evenly matched. It's not about who

1:44:451:44:50

can make the race quickly, it's more

of a tactical race. You can see how

1:44:501:44:56

much slower they are going than the

previous races. 10.64 in the

1:44:561:45:00

previous lap.

They look like skaters

keeping their powder dry with

1:45:001:45:06

Shaolin Sandor Liu leading the way

with JR Celski in second and Pukitis

1:45:061:45:12

in third. Pukitis is trying to move

through on the inside with JR Celski

1:45:121:45:16

getting squeezed out.

1:45:161:45:22

Just three laps to go. It looks like

these two might be going through.

1:45:221:45:33

Sandor Liu looking good. They will

take the bell and this time over the

1:45:331:45:37

liner. Here it comes. One lap to go.

And Liu leads. Staying at the front.

1:45:371:45:45

And Pukitis is in second. And Sandor

goes through and Pukitis in second

1:45:451:45:53

and Celski couldn't find a way

through.

That is a very good skate

1:45:531:46:00

by the Hungarian skater. Boyfriend

of Elise Christie and Elise is sat

1:46:001:46:05

in the corner watching that race.

And preparing herself of course for

1:46:051:46:10

the next up and coming semi-final.

Elise Christie just limbering up.

1:46:101:46:16

Doing a few squats a few stretches,

saying as loose as poss kwlibl. --

1:46:161:46:24

possible. I wonder what is going

through her mind. Here are the

1:46:241:46:30

highlights from that last heat which

we finally saw reach a conclusion.

1:46:301:46:35

The favourite of the four was the

man who crossed the line in first

1:46:351:46:39

place. But Pukitis has done well.

He

has.

1:46:391:46:47

has.

Next on the track will be the

semi-finals of the women's 500

1:46:501:46:59

metres. That will come at 12 minutes

past the hour.

1:46:591:47:15

Charles Hamlin is the quartest

qualifier in the men's. Farrell

1:47:191:47:25

Treacy has gone through as well for

Britain. Christie in the second of

1:47:251:47:32

the semi-finals. How long do we have

to break before we go into the

1:47:321:47:37

women's semi-finals. They're just

resurfacing the ice.

You would

1:47:371:47:42

expect about 20 minutes before we

come back to the next. They have in

1:47:421:47:49

fact two breaks.

1:47:491:47:54

fact two breaks.

We have had the

quarter-finals in the women's 500

1:47:551:47:58

metre and the heats in the men's

1,000 metres. Farrell Treacy from

1:47:581:48:04

Great Britain is through to the

quarter-finals in the 1,000 metres.

1:48:041:48:09

Josh Cheetham has gone out. Next out

on to the ice the semi-finals of

1:48:091:48:15

women's 500, including Britain's

Elise Christie.

1:48:151:48:21

STUDIO: Elise very calm. She has

been warming up. Her coach Nicky

1:48:211:48:27

Gooch, who has been to plenty of

Olympics is on hand. She said to me

1:48:271:48:35

she would come through social media.

I think she is probably messaging

1:48:351:48:39

her mum.

Or playing a game.

Playing

a game or talking to her mum.

She

1:48:391:48:47

looks Coombe as a cucumber.

She is

fine. Just getting ready.

Let's

1:48:471:48:54

reflect on Farrell Treacy.

1:48:541:48:55

fine. Just getting ready.

Let's

reflect on Farrell Treacy. You have

1:48:551:48:59

to have a bit of luck. Farrell

Treacy at the back here. Benefits

1:48:591:49:03

from a crash that takes out the

middle two skaters.

I thought that

1:49:031:49:10

would be his tactics. He is trying

to stay out of trouble. He sat there

1:49:101:49:15

and knew there would be moves and a

couple of messy skaters and there

1:49:151:49:21

would be a fall of some sort. He has

taken advantage. If he had done all

1:49:211:49:25

the work he would have been tired by

the end. Not only did he qualify

1:49:251:49:30

through nice and easy. He probably

has saved his legs for the next

1:49:301:49:33

round.

And at his first Olympics he

is into the last 16.

A brilliant

1:49:331:49:39

start for him and he gets at least

one more race. So as much experience

1:49:391:49:44

as possible.

It is fair to say the

man who inspired so much interest in

1:49:441:49:50

short track speed skating is Wilf

O'Riley. You heard him from the

1:49:501:49:55

commentary box. Here is his story.

1:49:551:50:00

I grew up with my mum alone. She

played the roles of being the father

1:50:021:50:07

and the mother. Mum bought me a pair

of these in-line skates where the

1:50:071:50:16

four wheels were in the front. My

mother was helping me from one side

1:50:161:50:22

of the living room at the other at

her despair as the carpet slowly

1:50:221:50:29

moved to one side. He said only

skate one way and then it will move

1:50:291:50:33

back. I was able to in-line skate

from my house to the ice rink in

1:50:331:50:41

about 15, 20 minutes, going down

through the underpasses, the speeds

1:50:411:50:45

and the bumps on the roads, gives a

terrific feeling of freedom. It was

1:50:451:50:52

a natural transition for me from

in-line skating to ice. I started

1:50:521:51:00

figure skating. I remember watching

John Curry with my mother winning

1:51:001:51:10

Olympic gold.

He did not put a foot

wrong.

That was my first aspiration

1:51:101:51:18

to even take up the sport. Somewhere

I realised, I want ed to be that

1:51:181:51:25

more competitive. The rough and

1:51:251:51:32

more competitive. The rough and tum

-- tumble if you like. Figure

1:51:321:51:35

skating didn't give me the thrill.

There was a very good speed skating

1:51:351:51:41

club at Birmingham and they were

called the Birmingham mow Hawkes,

1:51:411:51:46

which now a proud honorary member.

They had a time troo trial and you

1:51:461:51:53

had to go three laps and do that

under 40 seconds. I remember the

1:51:531:51:59

starter calling me to the line,

saying are you ready. I was shaking

1:51:591:52:05

in my skates, not in my shoes. I

made the time and that was my first

1:52:051:52:13

time of joining the Birmingham club.

That it is the dash. O'Reilly wide

1:52:131:52:26

on the outside.

After the first day

when I won the 500 going to bed that

1:52:261:52:31

evening and putting my medal under

the cushion and waking up in the

1:52:311:52:37

morning and making sure it was still

there - I wasn't dreaming or it

1:52:371:52:42

wasn't real. It was very real.

No

one can get near him. O'Reilly wins.

1:52:421:52:49

Then I did it own. The second day.

Can O'Reilly hold on? He has lost an

1:52:491:52:56

edge. O'Reilly gets it. A second

gold.

Winning the 1,000 metres -

1:52:561:53:03

that was amazing in itself. The

sport's given me an incredible

1:53:031:53:10

amount. I was this young lad living

in Birmingham and this has happened

1:53:101:53:15

to me. It can really happen to

anybody.

Now he is a fantastic

1:53:151:53:23

commentator and been a huge

inspiration, including your brother.

1:53:231:53:30

He was the superstar of our sport

when we were children. I remember my

1:53:301:53:36

brother had fallen over and he must

have been maybe six years old. He

1:53:361:53:40

was crying. Wee scrap of a thing and

Wilf scooped him up and told him to

1:53:401:53:49

finish the race. He won the hearts

of my parents.

You have been an in

1:53:491:54:04

spiration to others, notably Chemmy

Alcott. She will try anything.

I'm

1:54:041:54:11

glad we are showing this.

It is very

graceful.

Is it?

You make it look

1:54:111:54:17

difficult which is good. I think you

improved.

I am learning from the

1:54:171:54:23

best. I was a bit close to your

Derry air there. Sorry it is hard to

1:54:231:54:31

keep the hints low. I can see why

their legs get ruined.

When I was in

1:54:311:54:39

Seoul and all the kids were on the

ice. Tiny kids.

Incredible, tiny

1:54:391:54:47

kids from four years old and they're

in this low position. We would go

1:54:471:54:52

for World Cups and see them skating

and this is the sort of thing that

1:54:521:54:55

we are trying to achieve. I'm trying

to get into that position still.

1:54:551:55:00

They're doing I it at such a young

age.

Wilf started as a figure

1:55:001:55:06

skater, so did Elise Christie. She

is now at her third Olympics and

1:55:061:55:11

shortly she will be skating in the

systemy final of the 500 metres. She

1:55:111:55:22

gone diskwaled by the four years --

disqualified four years ago. As you

1:55:221:55:32

can see, they have finished making

all the preparations to the ice rink

1:55:321:55:37

and I think certainly it is filling

up. Huge atmosphere there. It seems

1:55:371:55:45

to me Elise Christie rising to the

occasion. But she has got to finish

1:55:451:55:50

in the first two to get to the

final. There are the skaters for the

1:55:501:55:55

first of semis, let's rejoin Wilf

and Simon.

1:55:551:55:58

first of semis, let's rejoin Wilf

and Simon. COMMENTATOR: Elise

1:55:581:56:04

Christie gathering her thoughts.

Real nerve-jangling moments now. And

1:56:041:56:11

for everyone watching as well. So

fast this event, it is over in three

1:56:111:56:17

quarters of a minute. No room for

errors. Any mistake and there is

1:56:171:56:22

hardly any time to put it right.

Here come the skaters for the first

1:56:221:56:26

semi-final. Choi Minjeong No 6 from

Korea. A multiple world champion.

1:56:261:56:36

Fontana from Italy. Prosvirnova was

impressive in the quarter-final. And

1:56:361:56:49

Fan Kexin the world champion. There

is Prosvirnova getting ready for

1:56:491:56:56

this first semi-final.

Choi has an

ideal race. She was start on inner

1:56:561:57:00

lane. The lanes behide it side it,

the fastest time in their previous

1:57:001:57:14

late allows them to line up.

So

Christie has the No 1 spot.

1:57:141:57:19

Absolutely.

The crowd excited at the

presence of Choi Minjeong, but being

1:57:191:57:28

asked to quiet endown for the start.

Away they go. Four and a half laps

1:57:281:57:37

and Fontana makes the best start.

Five-time Olympic medallist leads.

1:57:371:57:47

At the back Fan has a lot to do. But

Fontana is putting the pressure on.

1:57:471:57:57

Fontana and Choi Minjeong leading.

And Fan has got ground to make up.

1:57:571:58:01

Can she do it here? Fontana is being

put under pressure by Choi Minjeong.

1:58:011:58:08

They came to the line and Minjeong

takes the front, Fontana in second.

1:58:081:58:14

Fan is not going to make it into the

final. Choi Minjeong looked strong

1:58:141:58:23

and she won. Fontana is through to

the final again and Fan finishing in

1:58:231:58:33

third place. Prosvirnova from the

Olympic Athlete from Russia is

1:58:331:58:41

fourth.

A surprising result. Fontana

made it look easy. You see all sorts

1:58:411:58:52

of problems. She slowed the race

down and as soon as the collision

1:58:521:58:58

happened there, with the Russian

skater, taking Fan out completely, I

1:58:581:59:03

would be surprised to see whether a

penalty is awarded and she will be

1:59:031:59:07

advanced.

We await confirmation of

the time it could be an Olympic

1:59:071:59:13

record time. We saw the record go

earlier on today. To Elise Christie

1:59:131:59:21

with a 42.07. The record may have

gone. Choi Minjeong first over the

1:59:211:59:27

line. Fontana in second. Just

waiting for the official

1:59:271:59:34

confirmation of the result.

1:59:341:59:41

Slight delay. These skaters for the

second semifinal were waiting to

1:59:411:59:46

start but they've been told to hang

on for a moment. They are waiting

1:59:461:59:53

for confirmation of that Olympic

record time, and that there is an

1:59:531:59:57

open tea, and it looks like there is

a chance there might be. -- there is

1:59:572:00:02

no penalty. Hopefully, the

discussion will not last for long.

2:00:022:00:06

It is a penalty.

2:00:062:00:12

It is a penalty. Fan Kexin

penalised, the world champion

2:00:132:00:15

penalised, she didn't go through

anyway and the Olympic record has

2:00:152:00:18

gone. Choi Minjeong, 42.4 to two her

time, she is in fantastic form.

2:00:182:00:27

Now... Elise Christie, 4.5 laps to

make it into the Olympic final and a

2:00:272:00:38

chance to race for gold. Away they

go and they are away first time and

2:00:382:00:46

Christie second to that first

corner. The Canadian, Kim Boutin

2:00:462:00:50

taking it. Qu Chunyu in third place

and Yara Van Kerkhof at the back.

2:00:502:00:55

Christie closing the door as Qu

Chunyu had a look but Boutin got out

2:00:552:01:02

of the blocks quickly. Christie

challenging on the inside. Forced

2:01:022:01:05

wide. Qu Chunyu has gone down. Yara

Van Kerkhof is at the front.

2:01:052:01:12

Christie in second place at Van

Kerkhof leads from Christie who is

2:01:122:01:20

holding off the challenge, Boutin.

Around the bend they come, up

2:01:202:01:25

towards the line, Christie and Van

Kerkhof in a photo for first place.

2:01:252:01:30

Boutin I think that over the line.

Well, amazing race! Elise had a

2:01:302:01:36

little bit of a problem at the start

allowing Boutin to get in front of

2:01:362:01:40

her so it will be a decision for the

referees to make. What will happen

2:01:402:01:45

here? We can see it again. Boutin

got a superb start, Christie

2:01:452:01:53

stumbled through the first corner.

Boutin was knocked off balance and,

2:01:532:01:58

of course, if Christie is remaining

in second place, if I was the

2:01:582:02:04

referee here, I would clearly be

penalising Boutin.

So, number 67 on

2:02:042:02:12

the deck, the 2016 world champion,

Qu Chunyu, but you can see it is

2:02:122:02:19

parents care staff and you can

easily get caught up in it.

2:02:192:02:24

Absolutely. And your chances of gold

can go in an instant. There was the

2:02:242:02:29

desperate luge for the line.

Yara

Van Kerkhof and Elise Christie

2:02:292:02:33

stretching for it. Just waiting for

official confirmation. Van Kerkhof

2:02:332:02:41

marginally in front of the Christie.

It is still a provisional result.

2:02:412:02:47

43.19 the time. And you just never

know with these video reviews, do

2:02:472:02:55

you? It is a bit of an anxious wait.

I think that Boutin will probably be

2:02:552:03:04

the skater that gets the penalty.

And it could be that the Chinese

2:03:042:03:10

skater advances to the final.

Or I

is on to the scoreboard that hangs

2:03:102:03:17

high in the centre of this

impressive arena. -- all eyes on the

2:03:172:03:25

scoreboard. We are almost ready for

the decision. And we have a penalty.

2:03:252:03:31

Qu Chunyu is penalised and will

finish last. And Kim Boutin

2:03:312:03:39

thoroughly delighted, she has

advanced from third place into the

2:03:392:03:43

final. Yara Van Kerkhof, Elise

Christie and Kim Boutin all going

2:03:432:03:50

through into the final. Here is the

confirmation of the result from the

2:03:502:03:54

second semifinal. Elise Christie

gets the chance to race the gold.

2:03:542:03:59

Two down, one to go.

2:03:592:04:02

So, we will just have the ladies 500

metres semifinals, this is the

2:04:102:04:15

line-up for the final, Choi

Minjeong, who set a new Olympic

2:04:152:04:21

record in that semifinal, Arianna

Fontana, Yara Van Kerkhof, Elise

2:04:212:04:27

Christie and Kim Boutin, they are

the skaters going for gold. And in

2:04:272:04:37

the B final, Sofia Prosvirnova. She

will take the next placing. So,

2:04:372:04:43

Christie going for gold later on.

2:04:432:04:47

So, she will be drawn fourth of

five?

Yes, she's never going to win

2:04:472:04:55

the start from blame four but she

has proved she has a strong overtake

2:04:552:04:59

but I think it will get messy. We

all wanted it to happen easy but

2:04:592:05:06

that is the truth!

Just keep your

heart rate high! Let's have a look

2:05:062:05:11

at her semifinal. Bearing in mind

Choi Minjeong and Arianna Fontana

2:05:112:05:19

windproof in the first semifinal,

Elise Christie, has start in this

2:05:192:05:23

semifinal.

She was a little slow off

the line in this race. Not too bad

2:05:232:05:27

but then she slept which killed her

speed. She had to build back up and

2:05:272:05:35

close the gap. She was under

pressure because she knew the

2:05:352:05:39

Chinese was behind her looking

2:05:392:05:40

pressure because she knew the

Chinese was behind her looking to

2:05:402:05:41

take the second place. She flew

through with loads of speed and,

2:05:412:05:47

actually, Boutin close the door a

little bit even though Elise was

2:05:472:05:52

through, which I think caused the

crash.

Maybe that is why she looked

2:05:522:05:58

so relieved afterwards.

Yes, I

thought she thought she was going to

2:05:582:06:03

get disqualified. So, there will be

five in the final.

Elise Christie

2:06:032:06:09

was clearly passed and not given the

space. Then there was a pile-up

2:06:092:06:12

kind.

Is it better if

2:06:122:06:22

kind.

Is it better if -- there is

more people in the final? Does she

2:06:222:06:24

have a clearer run? If she doesn't

get the lead, which I'm not

2:06:242:06:29

convinced she will, then she's going

to be one of those people scrapping

2:06:292:06:35

for position.

You can the slow

motion what's because you can see

2:06:352:06:40

the desperation of how much she

wants it, the Golden Boots, only

2:06:402:06:45

world champions allowed to

2:06:452:06:46

wants it, the Golden Boots, only

world champions allowed to wear the

2:06:462:06:47

golden straps on their boots. And

she is going to have to fight for

2:06:472:06:50

it. She is going to have to be

hugely confident under lucky.

Yes,

2:06:502:06:56

she has been thrown a curve ball, so

we hope she's going to go through

2:06:562:07:00

nicely. She does have great

overtaking skills and great top

2:07:002:07:05

speed so let's have a bit of faith.

Let's have a look at two of her

2:07:052:07:09

major dangers. Arianna Fontana, the

skater she took out four years

2:07:092:07:15

major dangers. Arianna Fontana, the

skater she took out four years ago

2:07:152:07:15

and got disqualified, and also on

the inside Choi Minjeong, who was

2:07:152:07:19

going to have the support of the

home crowd.

Yes, she will have the

2:07:192:07:24

whole crowd behind her, so you have

to pretend that cheering is for you.

2:07:242:07:28

Arianna has a strong start, but not

the same top speed as Elise so I

2:07:282:07:36

think Arianna Fontana might lead the

race, tired towards the end which is

2:07:362:07:42

where the overtaking might happen.

And you said Choi Minjeong is

2:07:422:07:47

looking powerful, so her top speed

is incredibly good.

Yes, she went

2:07:472:07:52

round the outside of Arianna in that

last race and took a gap out on her

2:07:522:07:57

and then Arianna Fontana did the

work. That would make her more

2:07:572:08:03

tired, and she was slipstreaming, so

she did have an awful lot of speed

2:08:032:08:09

at the end.

So she is a little

thread. Might give you a chance to

2:08:092:08:14

send Elise a little text! It is

going to be an incredibly exciting

2:08:142:08:20

and tense final 4500

2:08:202:08:21

going to be an incredibly exciting

and tense final 4500 metres and

2:08:212:08:22

it'll happen at around 12:10pm, and

we will bring it to you live with

2:08:222:08:27

all of the build-up, all of the

reaction as well. Who knows what'll

2:08:272:08:32

happen? In short-track speed skating

nothing is guaranteed. In the

2:08:322:08:36

women's halfpipe we had one of the

hottest favourites for gold these

2:08:362:08:39

Games. A teenager, from the USA

representing the USA, both her

2:08:392:08:47

parents are South Korean, David

Habluetzel, so she had a load of

2:08:472:08:51

attention, said she felt like Kim

Kardashian. Everyone else was trying

2:08:512:08:54

to keep up with Chloe Kim. Eddie

Jones is the commentator.

2:08:542:09:07

Such a relaxed rider, Liu Jiayu. She

has been taking her cues from some

2:09:072:09:13

of the most creative riders. She

opens up with one of the hardest

2:09:132:09:21

tricks, the switch method.

This is a

celebration of snowboarding. Get

2:09:212:09:24

ready.

2:09:242:09:31

Beautiful, nice height on the second

hit. And there is the 900...

She is

2:09:312:09:38

so high!

Here is the front ten...

And she is gone! If she had landed

2:09:382:09:47

that, we would have had a big game

on our hands.

Difficult and big and

2:09:472:09:56

hard, and if you were to award

standout trick of the day, that

2:09:562:10:00

would be the switch method.

89.75.

Come on, Arielle Gold.

2:10:002:10:12

Interestingly, her dad said to her

when she first got into

2:10:122:10:16

snowboarding, he said, look, most

girls do things the way girls do

2:10:162:10:20

things but you need to snowboard

like the boys do, follow your

2:10:202:10:25

brother, who is also a pro.

That is

an interesting comment... Yes!

2:10:252:10:35

Absolutely huge 1080 to kick things

off, switch seven, building up the

2:10:352:10:41

speed, building the amplitude, then

the crippler.

She has lost some

2:10:412:10:44

amplitude.

She really has. Frontside

nine... Huge McTwist, heave Ho at

2:10:442:10:54

the bottom, her hands are in the air

and is it enough?

2:10:542:11:01

Lovely crab, lands high. 85!

That is

an 11 point shift, that is huge.

2:11:012:11:18

Chloe Kim will be gifted the lap of

honour.

She tweeted this before she

2:11:182:11:26

realised. She has tweeted, I wish I

had finished my reckless to sandwich

2:11:262:11:32

but my stubborn self decided not to

and now I am getting h-angry.

She is

2:11:322:11:39

eating this pipe up for breakfast,

though.

Please do the back-to-backs.

2:11:392:11:45

She's not holding back. She is

going! Yes! Back-to-back tens. Big

2:11:452:11:53

front line to the flat, had her legs

turned on, there is the McTwist

2:11:532:11:59

defying logic, and the final seven,

your Olympic champion.

While...

2:11:592:12:10

While... Following the footsteps of

Shaun White in Vancouver, landing

2:12:102:12:16

back-to-back 1080s when she didn't

need to. The composter when she was

2:12:162:12:22

over the board, you need to know

that you are landing that 1080.

2:12:222:12:32

98.25! A phenomenal run from Chloe

Kim. Look at that, look at what it

2:12:332:12:39

means to her. It isn't just the

Americans in the crowd. The South

2:12:392:12:45

Koreans, who have claimed her as

their own, now she has claimed gold

2:12:452:12:51

for two nations.

So, confirmation of the result. In

2:12:512:13:02

bronze medal position, Arielle Gold.

Just missing out, Kelly Clark.

2:13:022:13:08

Silver, Liu Jiayu. In gold medal

position, dominating the women's

2:13:082:13:14

snowboard half-pipe, it is Chloe

Kim.

2:13:142:13:22

Chloe Kim!

2:13:222:13:30

Well done. How are you feeling? How

you feeling with the support here?

2:13:332:13:39

Someone just hooked me up with some

ice cream so I am down with that.

2:13:392:13:44

You tweeted you are h-angry earlier

on, did it help that final pipe run?

2:13:442:13:49

You know, I was getting very h-angry

and just not stoked because my

2:13:492:13:54

stomach was rumbling and I had to be

like I should hold it because I'm

2:13:542:14:00

going to get drug tested but I had

to do it. But, you know, I think I

2:14:002:14:07

transferred all that anger from

having an empty stomach into my

2:14:072:14:10

third run and it worked.

Massive

congratulations.

2:14:102:14:13

STUDIO: I had a gold medal, I will

talk about too much information, and

2:14:172:14:22

by 19 days, Chloe Kim is the

youngest person to win a gold-medal

2:14:222:14:30

on the snow. Her father later said

when I came to the United States,

2:14:302:14:36

this was my American hope. Now this

is my American dream.

Amazing and

2:14:362:14:42

female riding needed that because we

saw the slopestyle, they needed to

2:14:422:14:46

back off because of the conditions.

Chloe Kim didn't back off. She

2:14:462:14:52

showed everyone what the sport of

snowboarding is right now, how

2:14:522:14:57

progressive and amazing it is. In

that interview, so raw and young.

I

2:14:572:15:01

love that, h-angry and angry, hungry

because you are angry. When you are

2:15:012:15:07

a teenager... You only think about

food and when to go to the loo! I

2:15:072:15:13

love the fact she says all of that

in her interview. Well done, she was

2:15:132:15:18

sensational. On the Red Button at

the moment, if you want to watch an

2:15:182:15:22

alternative to the short-track speed

skating, if you can't take the

2:15:222:15:26

pressure of the short-track, it is

the gold-medal match in the mixed

2:15:262:15:29

doubles and it is Canada and

Switzerland, 2-2.

2:15:292:15:37

I like the mixed doubles, the way

they shout at each other.

2:15:392:15:43

Especially when they are married!

What can we expect, how should we

2:15:432:15:48

cope?

I'm not sure. She knows Elise too

2:15:482:15:56

well.

She has lain four which is an ideal

2:15:562:15:59

but you don't know how the race will

go. She has such good speed, you had

2:15:592:16:05

to stay calm with her and trust her

to do her thing.

2:16:052:16:10

To settle down, we will see the 5000

B2 relay heats for the men. To warm

2:16:102:16:18

ourselves up into it.

I don't know how relaxed.

2:16:182:16:24

We don't have a British team in?

We

didn't have a strong enough

2:16:242:16:30

selection to make up a team.

There is no baton change, the

2:16:302:16:36

changeover is done by your team-mate

coming in, in front of you, and you

2:16:362:16:42

have to push them to give them the

speed. Four already on the track and

2:16:422:16:48

four have to get in front of their

skaters, it can get messy.

2:16:482:16:53

We can enjoy this and

2:16:532:16:54

loads of people will be tuning in to

Elise Christie's final but you want

2:16:582:17:04

to understand short track and who

belted to explain than Wilf

2:17:042:17:07

O'Reilly.

It can get messy out there. It can.

2:17:072:17:18

These 5000 metre relayed. In the

first semifinal, Kazakhstan,

2:17:182:17:24

Netherlands, Canada and China. China

on the front, with Woo. Girard for

2:17:242:17:34

Canada at the front.

2:17:342:17:39

Kadlec starred in the blue,

Kazakhstan going down. A gap opening

2:17:472:17:51

back to the Netherlands.

The Kazakhstan have lost a little

2:17:512:17:57

ground.

45 laps of this 111 metre

track, still 40 laps to go. No built

2:17:572:18:07

danger even though the Kazakhstan

team went down. Canada likes to lead

2:18:072:18:11

this from the front.

Cournoyer

there. He has Wu behind him. What is

2:18:112:18:24

the usual of time a skater will be

active in the race, how long is a

2:18:242:18:29

turn?

Normally 1.5 laps, they exchange to

2:18:292:18:33

the next skater, the last two have

to be completed by the same skater.

2:18:332:18:39

It is not compulsory to use 1.5

laps, quite often teams will do

2:18:392:18:45

another two then back.

Will they always take it in turns?

2:18:452:18:52

If you have a weaker skater, will

they miss a turn?

2:18:522:18:55

Absolutely.

Change as often as you

like, everyone has to be involved

2:18:552:19:02

for at least one lap at some point

but there are no changeovers in the

2:19:022:19:07

final two laps. A version of the

Madison in cycling.

2:19:072:19:17

Do they have to change over in a

certain manner?

2:19:252:19:30

Imagine, connecting around the

outside, going to the front of the

2:19:302:19:35

race. The Netherlands still in

second place.

De Laat, not one of

2:19:352:19:43

the biggest names in the squad, has

very good form, he has performed

2:19:432:19:48

credibly in these Games. Canada at

the front with Cournoyer leading the

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way. Behind him, the Chinese team.

The Netherlands in third. Breeuwsma

2:19:552:20:05

who we saw in the 1000m heats, for

the Dutch. Who will be the overall

2:20:052:20:10

favourites?

The Dutch team have won the wild

2:20:102:20:15

championships last year. These

skaters on the ice, they will be the

2:20:152:20:22

four finishing skaters that complete

two laps.

2:20:222:20:26

The Netherlands challenging, not

much room. Almost colliding with one

2:20:262:20:32

of the Chinese skaters. China on the

front, Canada second. Ren leading

2:20:322:20:38

the China.

2:20:382:20:43

the China. In second place, Canada

in the shape of Cournoyer.

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Kazakhstan in third. The changeover

now.

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The last 20 laps. The skaters coming

in on the inside, changing, trying

2:21:042:21:10

to stay as smooth as possible, it is

about weight transfer, you don't

2:21:102:21:15

want to lose speed during the

transfer. As the skaters, round, and

2:21:152:21:21

push the skaters through.

It's a wonder they stay upright as

2:21:212:21:24

often as they do. It is so

congested. At the moment, Ren at the

2:21:242:21:33

front, Dion for Canada. On the

outside, China leading from Canada.

2:21:332:21:39

The Dutch bringing up the rear at

the moment. Not finding it easy.

2:21:392:21:45

Finding their way through the

traffic. The Dutch in third place.

2:21:452:21:57

Girard is there, in second place.

As the gap has been closed by the

2:21:582:22:07

Dutch at the back... There is a

fall, Kazakhstan have gone down.

2:22:072:22:14

China, Canada and the Netherlands on

the track. China have Ren leading

2:22:142:22:19

the way from Canada. The Dutch have

caught back, in third. On the

2:22:192:22:25

coat-tails of the others. Racing for

the Netherlands is Visser.

2:22:252:22:31

Struggling in third place. We hope

the concept on team stay wide on the

2:22:312:22:38

track. -- the Kazakhstan team.

Kazakhstan are back up and running

2:22:382:22:45

but out of contention in this

semifinal, with eight laps to go.

2:22:452:22:49

Girard in second place. Hannant of

China. The Dutch on the back. Han of

2:22:492:22:59

China. The Dutch have not been able

to assert any authority on this

2:22:592:23:02

race.

The Canadians in second look

2:23:022:23:09

comfortable, with five

2:23:092:23:15

comfortable, with five laps.

So congested on the track. China

2:23:152:23:18

need from Canada. With Xu. Just

avoiding the change over was Hamelin

2:23:182:23:30

of Canada. Looking to make the

change. Girard into the race. Next

2:23:302:23:40

time, one lap to go. On the front,

it is Han.

2:23:402:23:53

it is Han. As they crossed the line.

But at the expense of the Canadian

2:23:532:23:59

being deposited into the cushioning.

Girard.

2:23:592:24:08

Girard. Connect Magra did whatever

he could to make sure he got

2:24:082:24:10

through. Knegt.

Clearly, China have

qualified. What exactly happened

2:24:102:24:24

between the Netherlands and the

Canadian team, that will have to be

2:24:242:24:29

decided by the referee looking at

the video replay.

Lots of bumping

2:24:292:24:35

and barging. That was earlier. He

did well to stay up on his skates.

2:24:352:24:45

An element of wacky races out that

at times! Here is the instant with

2:24:502:25:01

Knegt and Girard.

I am a little biased but there is a

2:25:012:25:04

lot of room when Knegt comes

through, he is not on the inside.

2:25:042:25:13

Unfortunately a collision, arms in

the air. There was enough room. If

2:25:132:25:16

the referee sees it that way...

We will have to wait and see.

Girard

2:25:162:25:25

colliding with the side of the

track.

2:25:252:25:31

track. Han clearly first over, China

definitely through to the medal

2:25:312:25:35

race. The Dutch will be nervous,

hoping they get through. Canada

2:25:352:25:42

feeling disgruntled their efforts

came to a premature end, yards from

2:25:422:25:46

the line.

2:25:462:25:51

the line. Watering the ice. No

surprise to see the judge is looking

2:25:512:25:54

at that. Knegt with his right

skates... Clearly there was a gap,

2:25:542:26:07

and I am a little bit biased.

We

will have to leave these decisions

2:26:072:26:13

to the chief referee.

Do you think the Dutch might be in

2:26:132:26:19

trouble?

They could very well be.

Peter,

2:26:192:26:23

having a look at that one. Here it

is once again. Knegt closing in, he

2:26:232:26:32

saw the gap, did he take Girard out.

2:26:322:26:37

It did rather looked that way.

Still waiting for the official

2:26:412:26:45

result. Canada all staying in the

arena hoping there is a reprieve, a

2:26:452:26:54

penalty which means they would go

through. And yes, the Netherlands

2:26:542:26:58

had been penalised. Knegt fouling

Girard coming through on the inside,

2:26:582:27:07

catching him with his skates as he

came past. China and Canada qualify.

2:27:072:27:13

A new Olympic record time is

confirmed for China.

2:27:132:27:20

confirmed for China. Kazakhstan are

in the other final. Only eight

2:27:202:27:25

teams. Everyone gets to race twice,

not on the same day. These

2:27:252:27:31

semifinals are to decide who goes

through to compete for the medals,

2:27:312:27:35

and for placings.

A big blow to the Dutch. It did look

2:27:352:27:42

a fairly straightforward decision.

Welcome to short track at the match

2:27:422:27:48

Mark thrills and spills all the way

through. We get ready for this

2:27:482:27:51

second semifinal.

2:27:512:27:57

second semifinal. The Republic of

Korea.

2:27:582:28:05

Korea. And Hungary, a very good

line-up, very productive, they have

2:28:052:28:13

a good, strong line-up.

2:28:132:28:23

Japan, and the United States.

2:28:252:28:31

45 no doubt incident packed laps

ahead of us here.

2:28:382:28:45

As the Dutch continue to die jest

that last lap in the previous

2:28:452:28:50

semifinal.

2:28:502:28:52

Here we go.

-- digests. Sprinting as if it was a

2:28:532:28:59

two lap race X Knysh Mark Hungary

are on the front, the red shoulders

2:28:592:29:05

on their jerseys.

The Hungarian national colours.

2:29:052:29:14

The Hungarian national colours. The

red dot of Japan on the back of

2:29:142:29:16

their skin suits.

2:29:162:29:23

their skin suits. Kruger for the

United States. As they make the

2:29:232:29:26

first change. Knock for Hungary who

lead.

2:29:262:29:36

Korea have gone from first gear to

third and the crowd is like turning

2:29:392:29:44

on a switch.

It certainly is and

there are still 40 laps to go. They

2:29:442:29:49

have seen who is in the final now

from the previous semifinal, they

2:29:492:29:54

want to stay out of trouble, and the

front place is the best place to be.

2:29:542:30:08

Everyone manages to negotiate the

changeover. A real combination of

2:30:092:30:16

stamina, speed and skill technical

skill, on the ice, bringing the

2:30:162:30:21

elements of short-track speed

skating here.

Note the skaters on

2:30:212:30:26

the inside of the track are

confidently following the skaters on

2:30:262:30:31

the track because if there is a fool

they have to touch the other skaters

2:30:312:30:34

so you can imagine they have a

button they have to hand over in

2:30:342:30:41

track and field, here there has to

be physical contact.

Korea still

2:30:412:30:48

lead, hungry, two, USA, three, Japan

four with 22 laps... 32 laps to go.

2:30:482:31:00

There is an official helpfully

standing in front of the lap board.

2:31:002:31:07

That is handy! The USA moving around

the outside showing their faces out

2:31:072:31:12

front for the first time. It was

Krueger who made that move. Tran on

2:31:122:31:20

the front, Knoch, three, still

tightly packed. 28 laps to go.

2:31:202:31:32

America tucked into second place, a

surprisingly world-record for them

2:31:322:31:37

after their World Cup number three

this year in Shanghai. They haven't

2:31:372:31:41

really produced a lot of good

results this season but in the

2:31:412:31:49

Shanghai World Cup this season, they

did in fact escaped that world

2:31:492:31:52

record.

Hungary still leading, 25

laps remaining in this 5,000 metre

2:31:522:32:00

men's relay semifinal. Viktor Knoch

in second place, United States

2:32:002:32:09

getting more active in the last few

laps and currently on the front. We

2:32:092:32:14

have seen a couple of good times

from Tran. The USA trying to come

2:32:142:32:21

through on the inside with Celski.

You might end up getting overtaken

2:32:212:32:28

by Korea who are right there with

him but the USA hold the

2:32:282:32:32

second-place spot, hungry out in

front with Shaolin Liu.

Hungry

2:32:322:32:40

making this look very easy at the

moment. They were disappointing at

2:32:402:32:47

the European Championships, but have

they got it right here? They look

2:32:472:32:52

composed and unruffled, Hungary.

Very comfortable indeed.

2:32:522:32:59

Very comfortable indeed. Knoch,

chased down by the United States.

2:33:002:33:02

The crowd are wondering when Korea

will start to hit the front. They

2:33:022:33:06

brought every time their team get

anywhere near position one on the

2:33:062:33:12

ice, currently in second place.

Hungary from Korea. 15 laps to go.

2:33:122:33:20

In action for Korea is Kim Dokyoum.

Shaolin Liu in the front for

2:33:202:33:31

Hungary. They've maintained that

first place position for quite

2:33:312:33:35

awhile. Are the Koreans biding their

time here? Haven't seen too from

2:33:352:33:40

Japan.

I would be expecting the

Koreans, in second place... He is

2:33:402:33:55

taking the acceleration out the

outside. Now they go into the lead.

2:33:552:34:02

Ten laps to go and Korea hit the

button. Suddenly Hungary are looking

2:34:022:34:10

ruffled, hassled. Shaolin Liu throw

into the race and it looks as if

2:34:102:34:16

Korea were keeping their powder dry

until the final stages of this

2:34:162:34:20

semifinal. Korea now leading, hungry

and second, Japan three in a battle

2:34:202:34:28

with USA.

Seven laps to go. And, of

course, first and second qualify so

2:34:282:34:34

Hungary are happy to sit there to

try and follow the Korean team, they

2:34:342:34:37

don't need to win, they need to

finish first or second. Japan are

2:34:372:34:43

closing rapidly.

Hungary and second,

Japan working hard, the USA getting

2:34:432:34:51

distanced, there are not in

contention but Japan have not given

2:34:512:34:54

up the chase. It is hungry in second

place. Just trailing Korea. Three

2:34:542:35:05

laps to go, 2.5 laps to go it is

Korea and Hungary leading the way.

2:35:052:35:12

USA in third place but the home

crowd are getting excited now. Korea

2:35:122:35:18

at the moment are heading into the

Olympic final and looking to bring

2:35:182:35:22

it home for them is Lim Hyojun. He

is being chased by Shaolin Liu.

2:35:222:35:28

Korea take it from Hungary. Those

two take it to the final. Both Japan

2:35:282:35:37

and the United States at various

points tried to get involved in the

2:35:372:35:40

front of the races but it was

Hungary and ultimately Korea who won

2:35:402:35:47

the day, safely through to the

final. They will go for the medals

2:35:472:35:50

tomorrow. It was impressive that

when they put the pedal to the floor

2:35:502:35:55

they really did.

It did and Hungary

are very happy.

So, there we are,

2:35:552:36:01

the hosts Korea are through to the

final along with Hungary.

2:36:012:36:06

STUDIO: That crowd will be getting

very excited because they will be

2:36:062:36:14

getting cited for the vinyl of the

women and Elise Christie also has an

2:36:142:36:22

opportunity to win her first Olympic

medal...

2:36:222:36:24

Elise Christie needs to make a clean

start. Elise Christie out of the

2:36:462:36:51

gate quickly. She still leads.

Christie wins it.

And there she is,

2:36:512:37:01

going through the motions, warming

up with her coach keeping her calm.

2:37:012:37:05

She is she's going to have to risk

it all, she is prepared for that,

2:37:052:37:09

despite what happened four years ago

to the day when she was disqualified

2:37:092:37:13

in the final of the 500 metres in

Sochi. Let's tell her story in more

2:37:132:37:17

detail.

I knew I was capable of medalling,

2:37:172:37:25

skating the best I'd ever skated.

Arianna Fontana overhauled by

2:37:252:37:32

Christy, they've gone down.

I had

the speed so I moved up.

2:37:322:37:38

Unfortunately, the girl hit me off

my feet which meant I hit everyone

2:37:382:37:41

else as I went down.

Here comes

Fontana, Christie takes it from

2:37:412:37:53

Fontana.

She's been penalised again.

I'm gobsmacked, don't have a clue

2:37:532:37:57

what happened.

Here comes Christie.

The Chinese skater challengers her,

2:37:572:38:04

and she falls and takes Christie out

again.

2:38:042:38:11

I have had a few people

threateningly and stuff. Cyber

2:38:142:38:17

bullying, basically.

What is it like

to get a death threat?

When it

2:38:172:38:24

happens to you, you believe that

person and those people are

2:38:242:38:28

genuinely threatening your life. So

it becomes very scary and I spent

2:38:282:38:32

about six months after feeling

scared of being in my house on my

2:38:322:38:38

own or going out on my own just

because so many at once made it feel

2:38:382:38:44

so real. For me at the time, it was

such a big loss. It was the thing

2:38:442:38:49

that I'd dedicated everything too.

I'd worked ridiculously hard for it.

2:38:492:38:54

There's nothing anyone could do. I

was just so scared and alone.

As

2:38:542:39:00

parents, you'd want them to cope.

The bubble around the team and the

2:39:002:39:07

bubble around the child, the

athlete, it is difficult for a

2:39:072:39:10

parent because you don't have very

much access to your child at all.

2:39:102:39:14

From a point where you are thinking

I don't want to do this any more to

2:39:142:39:19

becoming the world champion, that is

some turnaround, isn't it?

I think,

2:39:192:39:23

just, the first one was the biggest

deal.

Christie leading the charge,

2:39:232:39:30

it is going to be tight, she's done

it! She is the world champion, Elise

2:39:302:39:36

Christie!

I remember screaming, and

I never act like that.

2:39:362:39:41

My emotions stay in the box. So for

me to scream like that was just

2:39:452:39:51

incredible. When I got crowned

overall world champion, that was

2:39:512:39:57

really when I couldn't take it in

any more. I couldn't believe it. It

2:39:572:40:03

is the biggest achievement in

short-track to be crowned overall

2:40:032:40:09

world champion, bigger than the

Olympics, the biggest thing you can

2:40:092:40:12

do. So it was an incredible season.

Yes, I think... It was a great time,

2:40:122:40:18

you know?

You are obviously very

emotional thinking about it.

Yeah, I

2:40:182:40:25

think... You are on the journey with

them, and on a daily basis you are

2:40:252:40:32

investing that emotion so I think

when she achieves, then that means a

2:40:322:40:36

lot to me as well.

Where are your

medals?

They will be put on display,

2:40:362:40:43

I have to figure out which way I

want to do it yet. Boxed ones are

2:40:432:40:47

all championship.

What would she be

like if she won the Olympic gold?

2:40:472:40:55

Yeah, I think...

2:40:552:40:57

Yeah, I don't know.

When she was a

little girl, it's something hadn't

2:41:012:41:10

gone the whole way, she'd throw her

skate in the cupboard and shoe was

2:41:102:41:12

never going to do it again. Now we

know how much it means to her and

2:41:122:41:16

how much it means to the team and we

are excited and hoping she will

2:41:162:41:20

achieve her dream.

Is there room for

an Olympic one? Three beaks-mac is

2:41:202:41:25

here. The tree is not to go out and

sit in second place and pick up a

2:41:252:41:30

medal. The dream is to go out and

win the gold. That might mean we

2:41:302:41:36

replicate Sochi but I'm not scared.

I'm not scared of doing that in

2:41:362:41:40

terms of how hard I've worked, I

feel like I deserved to go out and

2:41:402:41:45

to win, no matter what anyone else

is going to say about it.

2:41:452:41:49

to win, no matter what anyone else

is going to say about it.

2:41:492:41:52

So much has gone into these moment,

not just for herself, but from her

2:41:522:41:58

parents, her mum, Angela, who is out

there.

She's very close to her mum,

2:41:582:42:04

and she always supports her. Every

competition, she's there. In

2:42:042:42:09

Vancouver, we spent some time

together, so her and her mum are

2:42:092:42:13

very close and she uses her as a

real confidant.

Well, she has passed

2:42:132:42:18

through every step so far, jumped

every hurdle and now it is time for

2:42:182:42:22

the final and this is how Elise

Christie has got there.

2:42:222:42:26

the final and this is how Elise

Christie has got there.

Away they go

2:42:262:42:29

first time in the race to the

opening corner and it is taken by

2:42:292:42:35

Boutin.

Christie in second place.

Christine now, smart move sliding in

2:42:352:42:46

on the inside, takes the advantage

over Boutin, they are the favourites

2:42:462:42:52

to go through, they should be the

class of the field and this is what

2:42:522:42:56

it looks like. This will be

interesting to see, the time that

2:42:562:43:02

Elise Christie posts here. They are

on the last lap, at the moment she

2:43:022:43:06

is going through, Boutin is behind

her, here comes Christie, up towards

2:43:062:43:12

the line! Elise Christie takes it,

Boutin slides over the line on her

2:43:122:43:17

backside but Elise Christie has

successfully negotiated the first

2:43:172:43:19

hurdle of the day.

2:43:192:43:25

hurdle of the day. 4.5 laps to make

it into the Olympic final and a

2:43:252:43:29

chance to race for gold. Away they

go and they are away first time and

2:43:292:43:37

Christie, second to the first

corner, Boutin of Canada are taking

2:43:372:43:43

it. Qu Chunyu in third place, Yara

Van Kerkhof at the back. Christie

2:43:432:43:47

closing the door as Qu Chunyu had a

look. Kim Boutin got out of the

2:43:472:43:55

blocks quickly and Christie

challenging on the inside, goes to

2:43:552:44:00

the front, forced wide, Qu Chunyu

goes down and Yara Van Kerkhof is at

2:44:002:44:04

the front. Christie in second place

but Yara Van Kerkhof leads from

2:44:042:44:09

Christie. Christie holding off the

challenge of Boutin in third. Around

2:44:092:44:14

the bend they come, up towards the

line... Christie and Van Kerkhof in

2:44:142:44:19

a photo for first place. Boutin

third over the

2:44:192:44:22

a photo for first place. Boutin

third over the line. So, no pressure

2:44:222:44:26

in the quarterfinal but the

semifinal was tense. There will be

2:44:262:44:30

five skaters of the 500 metres and

for the first time Elise Christie

2:44:302:44:33

will not be on the inside lane, she

will be drawn four. What does she

2:44:332:44:37

need to do and how much can you plan

your tactics?

It puts her at a

2:44:372:44:42

disadvantage being on the outside

because it is a shorter track to get

2:44:422:44:45

the first block, the closer you are

to the inside. That goes against

2:44:452:44:50

her. She is still fast off the start

so hopefully she will get into

2:44:502:44:55

second or third. And she has a great

top speed, and she has the skills to

2:44:552:45:01

overtake. There will be so much

going on, it is impossible to

2:45:012:45:05

predict. Nobody will sit there and

settle, it'll get interesting.

You

2:45:052:45:09

are part of the British team setup

the nearly 20 years. Can you explain

2:45:092:45:14

to people tuning in for the first

time, what makes a great skater?

2:45:142:45:24

A little bit crazy. You have to

enjoy the feeling of speed. It helps

2:45:242:45:30

to be athletic. The technical side

of things is huge, I don't think

2:45:302:45:34

anyone can be a natural. Getting in

young enough, skating at an early

2:45:342:45:40

age is crucial which Elise obviously

did.

2:45:402:45:42

You know from your expense of skiing

downhill, you have to love your

2:45:422:45:47

sport and, edition -- Experience.

Especially overcoming the adversity

2:45:472:45:55

from four years ago. She does it

because she loves it and not to

2:45:552:45:58

prove a point. You can only do this

risky sport if you love every

2:45:582:46:04

minute.

It is a roller-coaster.

She is emotionally invested. So is

2:46:042:46:10

her coach. Nicky Gooch is the only

man to have had the name in the

2:46:102:46:19

record books, he took bronze in

1994. He is guiding her through.

2:46:192:46:26

Every step of the way from when she

started at 16.

You have a very close

2:46:262:46:31

relationship.

Almost brother- Sister relationship.

2:46:312:46:37

I was watching them prepare before

they left. In between skates, they

2:46:372:46:43

were teasing each other, throwing

blocks at each other, but they are

2:46:432:46:48

very good friends as well.

And that matters. Elise will want to

2:46:482:46:53

do it for Nikki, for her mum, for

everyone watching because she knows

2:46:532:46:58

this is the big stage as far as

public attention is concerned. Wilf

2:46:582:47:04

O'Reilly is the one who got Britain

interested in short track speed

2:47:042:47:07

skating.

Wilf O'Reilly is here from the

2:47:072:47:15

commentary box. In that last

semifinal, Elise under pressure but

2:47:152:47:18

looking good.

She had a slight slip on the first

2:47:182:47:23

corner. I think she panicked a

little bit. Boutin skated away,

2:47:232:47:32

Elise cruised along smoothly behind

her. Yes, the Chinese girl skated

2:47:322:47:39

right the way through. Boutin.

Everyone was everywhere. The Dutch

2:47:392:47:45

girl had the benefit of everyone

being knocked over almost.

2:47:452:47:49

Into the final, no world champion

but we do have Choi Minjeong. And

2:47:492:47:55

Fontana. Elise took Fontana out in

Sochi.

2:47:552:48:03

Five people in that final.

Elise has

only ever had in every round in the

2:48:032:48:11

number one start date. Because of

the collision, and she finished

2:48:112:48:15

behind the Dutch girl, she will have

the fourth start position. Joyce

2:48:152:48:20

will have number one. Then Fontana.

On the outside, Boutin will be

2:48:202:48:30

number five. She has such a good

start. We have to pray she doesn't

2:48:302:48:36

get squashed in. Boutin comes across

the line very quick from the start

2:48:362:48:41

and you can get boxed in between

number three and number five. It is

2:48:412:48:47

important she stays relaxed. She has

so much speed. It is a spent, but

2:48:472:48:53

you have 4.5 laps. She doesn't need

to panic. And doesn't need to take

2:48:532:49:00

unnecessary risks. If she gets her

medal and I am confident she will,

2:49:002:49:07

then she can build on that, gain

confidence, move on to the next

2:49:072:49:11

distance.

Wilf O'Reilly, thank you. We will be

2:49:112:49:20

hearing more shortly.

Putting it in context, with the

2:49:202:49:25

times she was posting, are you

thinking any medal is good news?

2:49:252:49:31

It will always good -- be good news

for the sport. For Elise, if she

2:49:312:49:39

gets a medal, she knows she has two

more. As long as she skates her

2:49:392:49:44

best, she knows she has plenty in

the tank. She will take that

2:49:442:49:49

confidence on. I hope she doesn't

make mistakes. If she is not at her

2:49:492:49:55

best she will be disappointed and I

don't want that to affect her

2:49:552:49:59

confidence.

She has talked about learning to

2:49:592:50:03

embrace failure after Sochi, turning

it into a learning experience, I

2:50:032:50:07

went for it, gave it my best and

failed, that is a cake, I am going

2:50:072:50:14

to try again.

That comes down to taking the risk

2:50:142:50:16

to win. You can't just expect -- you

can't just accept a failure. If she

2:50:162:50:25

doesn't settle the second, it

doesn't matter if she lost but took

2:50:252:50:30

the risk she needed to win, she will

be happier than if she sat behind

2:50:302:50:35

and cruised in second or third for a

medal.

2:50:352:50:40

Looking at what she has done about

turning it into a positive.

2:50:402:50:48

It is important, this final will be

noisy, they have one of their own in

2:50:492:50:53

the final. She has two channel that

sound. They love the sport. There

2:50:532:50:58

are so many fans. You have been

doing training camps there, you have

2:50:582:51:05

to be comfortable with the track and

culture.

She talked about the death

2:51:052:51:12

threats, the social media. This is

where the sport has changed, Lindsey

2:51:122:51:17

Vonn has had it. Even that she has

learned to control.

2:51:172:51:24

There are positives and negatives.

She has moved past that now and show

2:51:242:51:31

what a hero she is. The resilience

not to shy away from the attention.

2:51:312:51:39

To enjoy the situation rather than

letting it make her nervous.

2:51:392:51:48

letting it make her nervous.

They

have done a lot of training here,

2:51:512:51:54

making sure there are no issues.

Everything seems to be very settled.

2:51:542:52:02

They have done everything they

possibly can to be in the best

2:52:022:52:05

position today. We just have to have

faith everything they have done is

2:52:052:52:09

enough.

Only moments away, we are heading

2:52:092:52:14

back to Pyeongchang, the arena is

starting to fill up because the

2:52:142:52:18

crowd adore their short track speed

skating. To quote Kennedy, only

2:52:182:52:24

those who dare to fail greatly can

ever achieve greatly. We know you

2:52:242:52:29

can't win gold unless you go for it,

that is what Elise Christie is

2:52:292:52:32

prepared to do.

2:52:322:52:35

In Korea, we are very superstitious.

We hate the number four.

2:52:442:52:52

We try to stay away from that.

COMMENTATOR: They have all gone

2:52:522:52:56

down!

2:52:562:53:03

I have had quite a lot of abuse over

the Internet which has been tough as

2:53:032:53:07

well. I am finding it quite hard.

2:53:072:53:18

On the kites, we write our name and

our birthday. We let them fly high.

2:53:192:53:27

As they saw, we release them. And

just like that, it is gone.

2:53:272:53:41

Elise Christie is up against the

home crowd, up against their

2:53:452:53:50

favourite, Choi Minjeong. If you

could whisper something to her, what

2:53:502:53:55

would it be?

Enjoy every second. She is prepared,

2:53:552:53:58

she is ready and had to go out now

and show what she can do.

2:53:582:54:04

We will definitely enjoy watching

this as we had Ubak to Wilf O'Reilly

2:54:042:54:08

and Simon Brotherton for the final

of the

2:54:082:54:16

4.5 laps for Olympic glory for

somebody in this women's 500m, they

2:54:162:54:20

have been gripping the crowd into a

frenzy. Most people joining in with

2:54:202:54:26

the music. The skaters will be

introduced shortly, what is the key

2:54:262:54:31

here? Is it about the psychology?

Keeping your nerve, holding your

2:54:312:54:37

nerve as much as it is about what is

in your legs at this level?

2:54:372:54:43

Absolutely, the psychology on the

ice, waiting in the box where the

2:54:432:54:47

skaters prepare, but in the changing

rooms. The Brits will be close to

2:54:472:54:53

the Korean team, walking past them.

Psychology is happening backstage.

2:54:532:55:00

The skaters come into the arena, it

is packed. Who can keep their nerve?

2:55:002:55:08

We are about to be introduced. What

will Elise Christie have been doing

2:55:082:55:13

since the semifinal?

In the changing room, the equipment

2:55:132:55:17

would have been checked. There was

performed with Boutin. Everything

2:55:172:55:23

will be checked exactly to make sure

everything is OK. She will have gone

2:55:232:55:30

on to the bike, spinning the leg,

getting the lactic acid out. Talking

2:55:302:55:36

about strategy.

How much of an issue

is it that we have five skaters

2:55:362:55:42

instead of four?

It does make it difficult

2:55:422:55:47

particularly for Elise, if she goes

into the first corner in fourth

2:55:472:55:51

place, you have to protect your

place and set the path to take over

2:55:512:55:58

from the skate in front of you.

Another key will be, don't panic,

2:55:582:56:04

early in the race, if you where you

want to be.

2:56:042:56:08

Here we go. What a raw. This is it,

this is what they had been working

2:56:082:56:15

for. And from gun to tape, under

three quarters of a minute. -- What

2:56:152:56:29

a roar. Onto the ice for the first

gold medal race in the women's short

2:56:292:56:35

track. Elise Christie, consistently

good at this distance, silver

2:56:352:56:44

medallist in the World Championships

on two occasions, twice second

2:56:442:56:48

overall at this distance in the

World Cup competitions. This is not

2:56:482:56:53

the event or one of the events in

which she is world champion but she

2:56:532:56:57

is the world record-holder. There is

an element of showbiz about the

2:56:572:57:03

final which was missing from the

earlier rounds, in the

2:57:032:57:06

introductions.

Choi Minjeong, just 19 years of age,

2:57:062:57:17

the overall World Cup world

champion, at the age of 16, seven

2:57:172:57:23

senior wad championship gold medals

for her.

2:57:232:57:30

Silver medallist in Sochi four years

ago, Fontana. Position number three,

2:57:302:57:37

now.

European 1500 metres silver

2:57:372:57:46

medallist this year already, Van

Kerkof.

2:57:462:57:52

There she is. Is this to be her

moment.

2:57:582:58:05

Kim Boutin, writes number one at

1000m this season. 23 years of age,

2:58:102:58:18

from Quebec, the outside.

2:58:182:58:21

Who has looked good today, so far,

for you?

2:58:262:58:33

Choi, after that last semifinal,

looks incredibly good. What has been

2:58:332:58:38

impressive is Fontana has been

starting way better.

It is nearly

2:58:382:58:44

time. The Olympic final of the

women's 500 metres.

2:58:442:58:51

women's 500 metres. The nation holds

its breath.

2:58:522:58:59

Away they go, the final is on, they

get away first time. Van Kerkof not

2:58:592:59:05

with a great start, Christie moving

through on the inside, right behind

2:59:052:59:10

Choi. Fontana leads the way, Boutin

of Canada in second. Elise back in

2:59:102:59:16

fourth, she has work to do to get

into contention. We know she has got

2:59:162:59:22

the speed. Fontana still needs from

Boutin. Christie trying to hug the

2:59:222:59:27

inside line. No room past Boutin,

almost

2:59:272:59:37

Christie is out of it once again!

Fontana! It is a photo finish on the

2:59:382:59:45

line between Arianna Fontana and

Choi Minjeong but in her quest for

2:59:452:59:49

gold, Elise Christie ends up on the

floor again. She crashed out of the

2:59:492:59:54

final four years ago and history

repeats itself in Korea. She doesn't

2:59:543:00:01

finish the race. One chance gone,

ending in bitter, bitter

3:00:013:00:06

disappointment for Elise Christie

who is doubled over at the moment,

3:00:063:00:10

she has two more attempts to claim

an elusive Olympic medal.

Well,

3:00:103:00:18

well, well, what do I say? She's

crossing the line now so she has

3:00:183:00:22

officially finished the race. We

don't know what the decision is

3:00:223:00:27

going to be. Fontana in tears.

She

isn't the only one in tears at the

3:00:273:00:34

end of this race, it was a mad

scramble to the first bend and Elise

3:00:343:00:39

Christie is so, so upset down there

at the moment but let's look at the

3:00:393:00:43

race again. -- but let's look at the

race again.

You can see Boutin

3:00:433:00:52

pushing the Korean but that won't

help Elise Christie at all. It'll be

3:00:523:00:59

interesting to see who crossed the

line first. Was it Arianna Fontana

3:00:593:01:05

or Choi Minjeong?

That wasn't the

angle we needed but it is a photo

3:01:053:01:09

finish for first place and

provisionally Yara Van Kerkhof

3:01:093:01:11

third.

3:01:113:01:17

third. This is the shot we need. And

it is Arianna Fontana.

3:01:173:01:27

it is Arianna Fontana. Arianna

Fontana from Italy is the Olympic

3:01:273:01:32

champion. It is has sixth Olympic

medal and, for the first time in her

3:01:323:01:37

Korea, it is a gold one.

An

outstanding athlete, disappointment

3:01:373:01:43

for Christie but let's not take it

away from Arianna Fontana. She has

3:01:433:01:47

had all the colours and now,

finally, a gold-medal.

Arianna

3:01:473:01:52

Fontana is the Olympic champion in

the women's 500 metres. Choi

3:01:523:01:56

Minjeong second. Yara Van Kerkhof,

provisionally, is third.

3:01:563:02:04

provisionally, is third. Boutin and

Christie in last place in the final.

3:02:043:02:08

A crushing blow for Elise Christie.

She has to go away and put it behind

3:02:083:02:12

her and tried to come back for the

1,000 and 1500 but there is a video

3:02:123:02:19

review going on as you can see so it

is a provisional result at the

3:02:193:02:23

moment.

3:02:233:02:28

moment.

Sometimes the skaters know

if they've been in a little bit of a

3:02:283:02:33

push or shaft and clearly Arianna

Fontana was at the front, she made

3:02:333:02:37

it, and you can see here is Boutin

pushing the Korean on the outside so

3:02:373:02:42

the penalty will go to her. And as

Elise Christie tries to go up the

3:02:423:02:48

inside, you can see the left-hand of

Boutin coming across which is what I

3:02:483:02:52

think stopped Christie going on the

inside.

Still they haven't

3:02:523:03:00

officially announce the winner. We

could see that Fontana cross the

3:03:003:03:05

line in first place. It is a penalty

for Choi Minjeong of Korea! She's

3:03:053:03:11

been penalised and the home crowd

cannot believe it. Arianna Fontana

3:03:113:03:16

is the Olympic champion, Yara Van

Kerkhof takes silver, and Kim Boutin

3:03:163:03:22

from Canada has the bronze!

Well,

that is outstanding, amazing! I've

3:03:223:03:27

never seen anything like that happen

before. The difference is that the

3:03:273:03:33

referee sees the race from a

different angle than what we do or

3:03:333:03:38

the television so he has clearly

seen something we have not.

Let's go

3:03:383:03:43

back to Elise Christie as the

Canadians celebrate, late in the day

3:03:433:03:52

after that video review. Do you

think police was in a position that

3:03:523:03:56

the laps were going by, she wasn't

in the front and she reached a point

3:03:563:04:00

where she thought if I stay where I

am now I'm not going to get a medal

3:04:003:04:04

anyway, I have to do everything I

possibly can and I'll take my

3:04:043:04:08

chance, I've got to make a move? Do

you think that is what was going

3:04:083:04:12

through her mind?

I don't think so.

There was a gap which was going up

3:04:123:04:16

the inside because I think Boutin

was pushing the Korean on the

3:04:163:04:22

outside and I thought Elise was

going to go up the inside and the

3:04:223:04:25

left-hand of Boutin, so from the

angle we are seeing on the

3:04:253:04:30

television, it would've been

clearly... I would have been calling

3:04:303:04:35

Boutin but the referees have other

angles.

You've been there, won a

3:04:353:04:40

lot, had a lot of disappointment

along the way. By the way, we cannot

3:04:403:04:44

show you Elise Christie because we

are on host pictures so the pictures

3:04:443:04:51

are provided for us. Here is the

final again. You've dealt with

3:04:513:04:56

disappointment as well as victory.

She's going to have to be incredibly

3:04:563:04:59

strong mentally now to come back and

perform at her best. This is a

3:04:593:05:05

massive, massive disappointment,

after everything that happened four

3:05:053:05:09

years ago, all the problems that

ensued four years ago, to come back

3:05:093:05:15

and become the world champion and

now this has happened again.

3:05:153:05:19

Amazing, in one word. I'd put her

down for a medal. Superb skating by

3:05:193:05:24

Arianna Fontana and Yara Van Kerkhof

and a big disappointment for Elise

3:05:243:05:29

Christie.

Well, well done, Arianna

Fontana, second four years ago, now

3:05:293:05:36

the Olympic champion. It was a great

skate from her but what a

3:05:363:05:41

disappointment for Elise Christie.

She has two more chances.

3:05:413:05:45

disappointment for Elise Christie.

She has two more chances.

3:05:453:05:46

STUDIO: Hopefully we will be able to

catch up with Elise Christie and get

3:05:463:05:50

her thoughts on it. We were watching

that final. Talk is through what

3:05:503:05:57

went wrong.

She had a good start,

she was aggressive and got away

3:05:573:06:01

fast. It was pretty messy, there is

five people in there. There is no

3:06:013:06:12

room for error.

Her hand gets taken

out.

There is always contact. Little

3:06:123:06:17

bits and pieces you can't do

anything about. I feel terrible for

3:06:173:06:22

her. She was skating is so well, I

am sure she will be very

3:06:223:06:26

disappointed.

The Dutch skater, Van

Kerkhof took her hand out, she lost

3:06:263:06:31

her balance and she fell but you see

this aggression from the very

3:06:313:06:35

her balance and she fell but you see

this aggression from the very

3:06:353:06:35

difficult start position in lane

format, gets to the inside but

3:06:353:06:40

doesn't quite have the pace to do

what we've seen how to do before, to

3:06:403:06:43

undertake.

There are three people in

front of you so when it is close and

3:06:433:06:50

when the skaters are in front of

you, you can't overtake them at one

3:06:503:06:55

time so you wait for the field to

spread out so by the time she has

3:06:553:06:59

caught up, she's biding her time.

She had a little slip which was

3:06:593:07:03

difficult to see.

Looks like she

might get through there, but she

3:07:033:07:08

gets knocked out. Had she finished

fourth, she would have been promoted

3:07:083:07:13

to bronze but in going for it she

has risked everything.

She said she

3:07:133:07:21

would do that, so she's taken a

risk, she has tried her best, and

3:07:213:07:26

today was not per day. But we still

have to make distances to go, her

3:07:263:07:30

favourites.

The home crowd in shock

because Choi Minjeong who just got

3:07:303:07:36

beaten in the photo finish then gets

disqualified so no medal for Korea,

3:07:363:07:40

no medal for Great Britain, gold

going to a stalwart of

3:07:403:07:45

no medal for Great Britain, gold

going to a stalwart of short-track

3:07:453:07:46

speed skating, Arianna Fontana, and

Italy celebrate.

Yes, Arianna

3:07:463:07:49

Fontana has been around for a long

time, she has won everything and

3:07:493:07:53

done Olympic silver for her it is

the same situation where this is the

3:07:533:07:58

last thing she has to win. You can

see from the shots of her

3:07:583:08:03

celebrating and crying this means an

awful lot to her as well.

Going back

3:08:033:08:08

to Elise, in terms of what she can

build on now, how quickly does she

3:08:083:08:13

turned her brain around and say,

right, that's gone, I am back in the

3:08:133:08:18

present, I still have the 1,000 and

1500?

She needs to be methodical,

3:08:183:08:22

watch the racing, make peace with

it, move on and be ready. She has a

3:08:223:08:28

few days left before she competes

against a while sure she will manage

3:08:283:08:31

to turn things around for herself

because the positives from this is

3:08:313:08:36

she is skating really well so it is

just how the skating go somehow

3:08:363:08:41

dead-mac sometimes.

We will hear

from her. She is with David. Well,

3:08:413:08:48

Elise, clearly very disappointed,

tell us, if you can, what is going

3:08:483:08:52

through your mind right now?

I was

knocked over, I didn't follow my

3:08:523:08:57

own... Doesn't give you any benefit

when someone gets a penalty in the

3:08:573:09:06

final. I've worked so hard for the

500. It has been taken away from me.

3:09:063:09:14

Even in the semifinal, I got crashed

in. And ended up in lane format. --

3:09:143:09:23

four. I know it is short-track and

I'm supposed to be prepared for this

3:09:233:09:30

but it still hurts.

I know and we

all feel for you. Millions of people

3:09:303:09:34

watching back home and we have seen

your journey and they are support

3:09:343:09:40

you have everywhere is rarely behind

you but you have come back from this

3:09:403:09:43

before and I am sure you are strong

enough to do it again.

Hopefully.

3:09:433:09:48

I've got a few days to be said.

Obviously, it is a week until my

3:09:483:09:53

best distance. I have to stay

positive. I can't see to live with

3:09:533:10:07

this feeling. I got a bad draw and

got knocked over and that is that.

3:10:073:10:10

You have a lot of strong people

behind you. Charlotte, Martin, your

3:10:103:10:17

roommate, who will be for you

tonight. As you say, there is a lot

3:10:173:10:23

to build on. Two Olympic records,

wasn't to be tonight but your

3:10:233:10:26

favourite distances to come.

There

are positives to take. Yeah,

3:10:263:10:33

definitely, but I don't think I will

be taking much positives tonight.

3:10:333:10:39

Listen, Elise, thank you, and so

sorry about today and we will be

3:10:393:10:44

supporting you for the next

distances.

3:10:443:10:47

Everybody just wanting to reach out

and give her a hug. It is disturbing

3:10:473:10:51

to see how that upset.

Hopefully,

she is emotional, and she has always

3:10:513:11:01

been emotional and hopefully that

gets all of that out and she isn't

3:11:013:11:06

going to hold it in. She doesn't

really have a filter. You always see

3:11:063:11:11

the real Elise, she's always out

there. It is good for people to see

3:11:113:11:18

how much it really means. She is

devastated right now.

She has said

3:11:183:11:23

before I don't want to be remembered

as the girl who cried on TV. You are

3:11:233:11:28

right. She is so raw and she feels

hard done by so let's have a little

3:11:283:11:33

look at that crash because she says

she was taken out. If you watch a

3:11:333:11:38

hand go down, her hand is knocked

away and that unbalances her. She is

3:11:383:11:47

trying to get back outside the

markers on the short bend. Watch her

3:11:473:11:50

hand.

3:11:503:11:56

hand.

A lot of weight is going

through her hand

3:11:563:11:58

hand.

A lot of weight is going

through her hand to steady her. Her

3:11:583:12:01

hand is taken away from her which is

out of her control.

3:12:013:12:05

hand is taken away from her which is

out of her control.

Yara Van Kerkhof

3:12:053:12:07

then gets moved up to a silver medal

position because Choi Minjeong gets

3:12:073:12:11

disqualified. Do you get any right

of appeal?

No, once the race is done

3:12:113:12:19

and the decision is made, then it is

over.

As I mentioned earlier, for my

3:12:193:12:24

key is to the day since this

happened in Sochi. We will take

3:12:243:12:28

another look at that,

3:12:283:12:29

happened in Sochi. We will take

another look at that, just in terms

3:12:293:12:30

of... It isn't history repeating

itself because it is different.

3:12:303:12:34

Arianna Fontana was in the final,

she now has the gold medal from

3:12:343:12:38

Pyeongchang. And Elise was it

different person, and different

3:12:383:12:44

skater, a risk taker, went out the

inner, took out Arianna Fontana and

3:12:443:12:47

got disqualified.

It is another one

of those 50-50 calls. If you are

3:12:473:12:54

level with the skater, you should be

OK, which, to me, it looks like she

3:12:543:12:58

was. But you just don't know. When

there is contact and crashes, the

3:12:583:13:05

referee doesn't always have the same

view as you have and the different

3:13:053:13:09

angles we have on TV so we just have

to accept their decision, as hard as

3:13:093:13:14

it might be.

For the second Olympics

in a row, Elise Christie will feel

3:13:143:13:19

she was robbed.

Yes, because it

wasn't down to her own skating. She

3:13:193:13:24

has to take the positive from that.

She still has two distances to go.

3:13:243:13:30

All

3:13:303:13:30

She still has two distances to go.

All her emotions are into this first

3:13:303:13:32

distance. And there has been so much

expectation on her because she is so

3:13:323:13:37

strong. Hopefully, she will put it

behind her and move on, which she

3:13:373:13:41

will because she is the comeback

queen.

Exactly. You've got to be so

3:13:413:13:46

strong, mentally.

It is so

heartbreaking. We wanted to see an

3:13:463:13:51

interview with her afterwards as a

world champion with her positive

3:13:513:13:55

attitude.

With a medal of any

colour!

Yes, she went for the win or

3:13:553:14:01

she was going to crash. But she

crashed because she got taken out

3:14:013:14:06

and your sport is brutal. It is so

heart-wrenching.

There's this awful

3:14:063:14:12

saying, the short-track in the

Olympic Games...

But it isn't any

3:14:123:14:18

consolation. It is disappointing,

first and foremost for Elise, for

3:14:183:14:25

her family, for her coaching team.

Let's go out to Wilf O'Reilly who

3:14:253:14:29

has had time to digest what has

happened. In your opinion, is Elise

3:14:293:14:34

right to feel that she was robbed of

the chance of a medal?

3:14:343:14:43

the chance of a medal?

As I said,

one of the things I saw from the

3:14:443:14:46

angle we were watching, it looked

more like Boutin should have

3:14:463:14:51

received the penalty. That wouldn't

have helped Elise at all, but

3:14:513:14:56

clearly the camera angles that the

referees C, and this is something we

3:14:563:15:00

have been trying to get changed,

that we also have the same camera

3:15:003:15:05

angles as the referees, it

3:15:053:15:11

angles as the referees, it makes

more sense to the people watching. I

3:15:113:15:13

said Elise was trying to go through

on the inside, you could see that,

3:15:133:15:18

it looked to me that Boutin's left

hand was trying to block Elise and,

3:15:183:15:25

ultimately, Choi Minjeong got the

penalty, and I've lost the plot

3:15:253:15:29

completely!

It is one of those

incidents where short track speed

3:15:293:15:38

skating is more difficult understand

than it should be.

3:15:383:15:44

what we need to understand, looking

at it in a positive way is Elise has

3:15:473:15:51

had these disappointments in Sochi,

the first disappointment here. I

3:15:513:15:56

said before, just to get a medal

would be the way to move forward.

3:15:563:16:00

She has been forced again. She has

the 1500 and 1000 still to go. She

3:16:003:16:09

needs now, and the British camp and

back in the UK, get behind her, stay

3:16:093:16:16

positive. It is just the start of

the Olympics.

3:16:163:16:19

You don't want her slipping into a

feeling, it doesn't work for me at

3:16:193:16:25

the Olympics, I'm OK at the World

Championships.

3:16:253:16:29

Absolutely. The most important thing

now. The thing the British camp has

3:16:293:16:35

to do, be positive. Everything was

according to plan. The final is

3:16:353:16:40

where it didn't work out. It is not

the end, we still have two

3:16:403:16:45

distances.

The next race is on Saturday?

3:16:453:16:49

That is correct. We still have a few

days to get ready. She will have a

3:16:493:16:58

day off from training tomorrow. I

haven't seen any of the GB team but

3:16:583:17:02

I assume she will have a day off to

regather her thoughts, maybe spend

3:17:023:17:07

time with family. That is where she

has had the support. That is where

3:17:073:17:14

she will resort to, I feel.

Thank you.

3:17:143:17:25

So Sensible, always. Let us look at

Elise Christie's schedule.

3:17:253:17:32

Three opportunities to win an

Olympic medal. One of them has gone

3:17:323:17:38

from having made the final, I am

afraid Elise Christie crashing out

3:17:383:17:44

that final, finishing fourth, but no

medal.

3:17:443:17:48

On Saturday, the 1500 metres heats.

On Tuesday, 1000 metres heats.

3:17:483:17:56

Thursday, the semifinal and final of

that.

3:17:563:17:58

I think the next few days are

crucial to her. Hopefully as Wilf

3:18:053:18:11

said, GB will get behind her, be

positive, pick her back up.

3:18:113:18:17

That will be a huge thing for her.

You had been in this position. Who

3:18:173:18:22

do you go to? I imagine her mum, to

be honest, a hug from your mum.

3:18:223:18:31

She has a few close people around

her, her mum is one of them. I am

3:18:313:18:37

sure she will spend time with them,

and with Nick, they will turn it

3:18:373:18:42

into something more practical and

look at the positives, and move on.

3:18:423:18:48

As we have seen in winter sport, it

doesn't matter what, an awful lot

3:18:483:18:55

can go wrong.

This is the women's luge, the final

3:18:553:18:59

run, with Emily Sweeney.

3:18:593:19:05

COMMENTATOR: Any mistake at this

point, and this is what she has been

3:19:393:19:43

doing, a massive mistake, she is

struggling to keep under control,

3:19:433:19:47

she is crashing, a Big Bang. Hitting

her head on the wall. She looks OK.

3:19:473:19:55

She is distraught, poor Emily.

This slide, she starts to turn into

3:19:553:20:01

the corner. Going at such an angle

it will turn have violently back the

3:20:013:20:06

other way and from that point she is

struggling to stay in control. You

3:20:063:20:11

can see the angle, almost 180

degrees, it slips her around. She is

3:20:113:20:18

completely out of control. What can

she do? It hits the bottom. She

3:20:183:20:24

nearly spends all the way around.

She looks OK. She is saying she is

3:20:243:20:31

fine. Probably feeling a bit

claustrophobic with the amount of

3:20:313:20:34

people around her. Hopefully as she

works around, maybe her neck is

3:20:343:20:41

stiff, going to the far side, she

will get a big applause from

3:20:413:20:45

everybody.

Absolutely.

3:20:453:20:52

We were gossiping here, it is rare

they actually come off the sled, the

3:20:523:20:59

sled itself can cause damage. --

gasping.

3:20:593:21:08

It is incredible what the body goes

through.

3:21:083:21:12

Building up to medal contenders.

Germany in second position. You

3:21:123:21:20

would think a gold medal guaranteed.

Let us join our commentators.

3:21:203:21:29

Welcome, a fascinating stage. Down

the run goes Frisch, part of the

3:21:293:21:35

German team not long ago but now

sliding for Korea, and pretty well.

3:21:353:21:40

She has had a great four runs, that

line into 12 was great but is it

3:21:403:21:50

enough? Time is slipping away. Is

the remaining going to pick of

3:21:503:21:54

another position?

Frisch, is she losing it late in the

3:21:543:22:01

day? She is. Ultimate disappointment

for her. The unlikely Stramaturaru

3:22:013:22:08

still leads with now just six to go.

Stramaturaru, to remind you, has had

3:22:083:22:20

two distant finishes in the Olympic

Games before. As Frisch takes the

3:22:203:22:25

acclaim of the Korean crowd.

There was nothing really wrong with

3:22:253:22:30

that run, no big mistakes, just the

remaining slider has put in such a

3:22:303:22:35

fantastic run.

She has been brilliant, the

3:22:353:22:41

32-year-old from Romania.

Frisch has acquitted herself really

3:22:413:22:43

well this week. Just got a little

bit ragged at the end.

3:22:433:22:49

Maybe forcing the bottom too much.

Embracing the crowd and the

3:22:493:22:57

atmosphere. As we head towards the

final sliders.

3:22:573:23:03

This is it, the top six now. MacRae

has a big start over the remaining.

3:23:033:23:09

Going for Canada. Barring a disaster

for her, she should be about to move

3:23:093:23:16

herself to the top of the

leaderboard. Third in the wild

3:23:163:23:23

championships, fifth in Sochi. She

has pedigree.

3:23:233:23:28

She has been sliding well.

You can't

really hear anything from the sled.

3:23:283:23:41

This is the key corner, nailing it

straight, perfect. The running blade

3:23:413:23:47

just touched the wall as it brushed

part but didn't knock her of course.

3:23:473:23:51

That should be the optimum line as

she pulls away, coming into almost

3:23:513:23:56

the final corner and up the hill.

McRae has been excellent, what a

3:23:563:24:02

week for the Canadian. She goes to

the front with a 46.6, really quick,

3:24:023:24:10

excellent work from her. That puts a

little bit of pressure on Hamlin,

3:24:103:24:16

the American bronze medallist from

Sochi. Hamlin you would have thought

3:24:163:24:21

will hold her position but McRae has

done what she should have done, put

3:24:213:24:24

the pressure on.

A great one. No big mistakes.

3:24:243:24:30

Adjusting her hands in the second

corner. This was perfect. The camera

3:24:303:24:36

shows how close she was to the wall.

You can see the difference in the

3:24:363:24:41

lines, the other is slightly

flatter. She is carrying more speed

3:24:413:24:46

so that little wave, trying to find

the optimum balance between a flat

3:24:463:24:50

line and slightly wavy line to carry

the speed.

3:24:503:24:53

The culmination of the women's

individual championship at the

3:24:533:24:57

Games.

3:24:573:25:02

Games. Geisenberger is clear but the

battle of the medals promises to be

3:25:033:25:07

tight. Hamlin amongst the mix,

creating history by being the first

3:25:073:25:12

American to win a medal in this

event back in Sochi. Hamlin gets

3:25:123:25:18

married shortly. This will be one

heck of a wedding present.

3:25:183:25:25

She needs to put a big run in here.

Do not worry about the Canadian. You

3:25:253:25:31

need to worry about the third-place

position. All she wants to see when

3:25:313:25:35

she comes down is at number one

spot. She can't do anything about

3:25:353:25:40

the slide is coming next. A little

bit early. Those other mistakes

3:25:403:25:46

costing people medals. She will

definitely drop behind the Canadian

3:25:463:25:50

but how many more spots will she

drop? Will she hold on? This will be

3:25:503:25:58

close.

Always the buzz ability of

mistakes still to come. Hamlin has

3:25:583:26:03

been untidy. She cannot beat the

Canadian. Hamlin is ALP of the

3:26:033:26:08

medals. McRae just gets a little bit

closer to them. Still with four to

3:26:083:26:18

come. McRae leading.

3:26:183:26:20

This is what we have been seeing

from a lot of the athletes, the

3:26:233:26:27

pressure, they know they have to get

that corner nine write down the

3:26:273:26:32

chicane, named the Dragons tell.

Coming onto nine a bit too early. --

3:26:323:26:40

Dragon's Tail. It is coming early

which is why she puts her feet down.

3:26:403:26:46

That is the difference coming down

the front and being behind.

3:26:463:26:53

Three Germans in the last four.

I'd Burger is in fourth place, her

3:26:533:27:01

first Olympic Games, age 20 seven.

-- Eitberger. She may well get a

3:27:013:27:17

medal heaping stats of pressure on

Huefner and Gough to come.

3:27:173:27:25

-- stacks. Number two in the world.

All these sliders have been so

3:27:253:27:33

consistent, there is nothing between

them in terms of equipment their

3:27:333:27:38

driving styles. It is all about,

they know how to get down the track,

3:27:383:27:43

it is about how they can handle the

mental pressure of the optimum line

3:27:433:27:46

and making sure they are building

speed, especially as they come down

3:27:463:27:53

corner eight and nine which has cost

so many people. And it but late into

3:27:533:27:57

12 but she has got through straight,

this should be enough to hold onto

3:27:573:28:01

the lead and put pressure on the

next person. Holding a big gap.

3:28:013:28:08

Looking as if she will be fourth at

the very worst. We knew from the

3:28:083:28:15

men's anything can happen with the

big three. A strong one. She knows

3:28:153:28:19

it.

3:28:193:28:29

Could we see a clean sweep of the

podium for Germany.

3:28:293:28:34

That was a big one.

She knows it.

That has happened many times in

3:28:343:28:38

history, the last time was 2006.

Eitberger has done all she can and

3:28:383:28:49

waiting in the wings is Alex Gough

who is currently in third place.

3:28:493:28:54

Knees probably trembling.

What Gough

needs to do now is absolutely jewel

3:28:543:29:01

that straight. If she gets back

slightly wrong or slightly out of

3:29:013:29:06

the optimum line, she might struggle

to stay in front. She needs to be

3:29:063:29:12

inch perfect all the way down the

track.

3:29:123:29:16

The crowd here getting so excited

and rightly so. This scrap the

3:29:163:29:21

medals is astonishing.

Alex Gough, fourth in the singles in

3:29:213:29:26

Sochi, fourth in the team relay. She

is not going to finish fourth again,

3:29:263:29:32

is she? She is potentially less than

60 seconds away from a medal.

3:29:323:29:40

Eitberger has stacked so much

pressure on the shoulders of the

3:29:403:29:43

30-year-old from Canada.

We need to keep a look, is it going

3:29:433:29:50

to stay green or will it be read by

the time we get to the bottom? There

3:29:503:29:56

is not going to be much difference.

Going down to the most suitable

3:29:563:30:03

point. Get this right and you will

give yourself a chance -- pivot bolt

3:30:033:30:09

the Icher pivotal point. Will it be

Olympic Ronson for Canada or

3:30:093:30:16

The speed is telling off! Is she

going to miss out on a medal again?

3:30:213:30:31

Eitberger is guaranteed a medal and

Gough will have to rely on two

3:30:333:30:40

absolutely legendary luges to mess

up unless the two because she is out

3:30:403:30:46

of the medals again unless that

doesn't happen.

That is crushing for

3:30:463:30:52

the Canadian. It is so, so tight

between these, it is unbelievable

3:30:523:30:59

how close this is going to be. When

she looks back at this now, the

3:30:593:31:03

little mistakes, did she overdrive

this corner? Did she do too much?

3:31:033:31:08

She knows, you can see how

disgruntled she is. The next two

3:31:083:31:15

people down, and Olympic champion,

and an Olympic champion.

Incredible

3:31:153:31:21

scenes.

They are not used to making

mistakes. This is Tatjana Hufner in

3:31:213:31:27

second place currently. Eitberger,

Gough, McRae. After three runs,

3:31:273:31:38

Hufner was second, she daily legend

of the sport.

3:31:383:31:46

of the sport. Silver, gold in

Vancouver and a bronze. The German

3:31:463:31:50

coaches watch on.

I think it is

unlikely that Hufner can give

3:31:503:31:57

Geisenberger anything to think about

in regard to the gold. Although we

3:31:573:32:00

never know. Hufner usually

rock-solid, can she hold her

3:32:003:32:09

unnerve?

We will find out when we

get to the bottom. Because it is so

3:32:093:32:17

close, if she makes one mistake, it

is easy for her to drop back two

3:32:173:32:22

places bumping the Canadian back-up

into bronze. That could be that

3:32:223:32:28

mistake! She has drilled a straight.

Is it enough? Is it to much to keep

3:32:283:32:34

the curve and speed? This could be

it. This could be the difference.

Is

3:32:343:32:40

she going to lose it up the hill?

This is so dramatic! Up the hill to

3:32:403:32:45

the line! Hufner, Eitberger,

Gough... She's out! The Canadian

3:32:453:32:55

can't believe that! The Canadian has

a medal, the youngster has a medal

3:32:553:33:03

and the magnificent Hufner has blown

it or is there another sting in

3:33:033:33:08

detail yet with Geisenberger to come

yet? That is the best ever Canadian

3:33:083:33:12

result. Never before has a Canadian

been in the three in the women's

3:33:123:33:16

event. So dramatic, of all the

people to blow it, you have thought

3:33:163:33:20

it to be Hufner.

We didn't think it

would be Felix Loch in the men's

3:33:203:33:28

event but he cracked under the

pressure as well. With one person to

3:33:283:33:32

go, is the German ice Queen going to

fall at the last post?

What an

3:33:323:33:38

extraordinary climax to an

extraordinary event. The gold medal

3:33:383:33:42

will be one either by this young

lady, Natalie Geisenberger, to

3:33:423:33:47

create history to win it for the

second time, or if she has a Felix

3:33:473:33:52

Loch moment, the gold will go to an

Olympic debut taunt, also from

3:33:523:33:59

Germany, Eitberger.

She looks

nervous. More nervous than I have

3:33:593:34:06

seen her on any of the other runs.

Is this the point where the pressure

3:34:063:34:10

gets to her? Even though she is an

Olympic champion, is the pressure

3:34:103:34:15

getting to her?

She has three tenths

of a second in hand more than Felix

3:34:153:34:20

Loch can. The best in the world,

Geisenberger, the best many have

3:34:203:34:26

seen in their lifetime.

As you can

see from the caption, she has nearly

3:34:263:34:32

half a second now. We have seen from

people making mistakes at the end of

3:34:323:34:37

the Dragon's tail, it can cost them

over half a second so if she gets

3:34:373:34:41

this corner right now, she is on her

way to be an Olympic champion in

3:34:413:34:48

2018. She is not going to lose that

amount of time in these last few

3:34:483:34:52

corners. She is still holding that

45 hundredths of a second.

Big lead

3:34:523:35:00

for Geisenberger, she will do it

once again, like she did at Sochi,

3:35:003:35:04

she is the tenth German to win and

only the third to win it twice! A

3:35:043:35:14

great day for Germany, than!

Geisenberger wins gold, Eitberger

3:35:143:35:20

the silver, and for Canada, Gough is

third time. Geisenberger deserves

3:35:203:35:25

that, she's been magnificent.

Yes

she has earned the Germans are so

3:35:253:35:30

happy. Possibly certainly as well

after Felix Loch lost the medal the

3:35:303:35:36

other night, their golden girl has

pulled it off.

She has indeed.

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Geisenberger and Eitberger embrace.

The experienced Geisenberger and the

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youngster or the younger Eitberger

together in celebration for Germany.

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The mood in the camp had turned

quite after what happened to Felix

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Loch but the natural order has now

been restored.

Germany have

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dominated the sport for so many

years and it continues. It will be

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the same in another four years, they

put so much into this and you can

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see why. She is a class above the

rest. She's been in a podium in

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every World Cup race. It just looks

effortless. Her lines have been

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perfect, she's been the most

consistent slider all the way

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through the competition, and, as we

know, consistency wins medals and by

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being the most consistent, she has

got the best medal of all.

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Absolutely fantastic. I hope you all

enjoyed that. The German flag flying

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high, Natalie Geisenberger proves

herself unequivocally the best in

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the world.

STUDIO: That concludes the action in

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the luge. Friday and Saturday for

the women in the skeleton. Germany,

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what a Winter Olympics there having,

five gold medals for them.

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what a Winter Olympics there having,

five gold medals for them. We were

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hoping Great Britain would have made

it onto that medal table. Elise

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Christie got through to the final of

her 500 metres but with five skaters

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in it it was a bit of a sense of

deja vu as Elise Christie was taken

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out on the stage, trying to get into

the middle position, watch her hand,

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and the Dutch skater Yara Van

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the middle position, watch her hand,

and the Dutch skater Yara Van

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Kerkhof coming across with her

skates, almost skating over her

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fingers, Sarah.

You are wearing cut

proof gloves, people worry about you

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and your fingers, but that very

rarely happens. She has kicked hand

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from underneath her and you have a

lot of weight going through your

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hand through corners so Elise had no

hope of staying on her feet.

What

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are the rules of interference? The

whole of your body is your line,

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including your hand.

Yeah.

Intentional interference is not

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allowed. You are supposed to pass

the skater cleanly, which she didn't

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do, but the

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the skater cleanly, which she didn't

do, but the referees don't

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necessarily see everything.

There

were angles we've only just seen

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because we saw a special camera

trying to follow it and if the

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referees, and getting the benefit of

the angles, they can't make informed

3:38:283:38:31

decisions.

They have their cameras

and they have certain things they

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have to go by and look at. You just

have to go with their decision.

So,

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no medal for TeamGB, no medal for

Elise Christie, and this was the

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reaction the performance director,

Stuart Lang.

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That was tough to watch, as a

spectator. For yourself, what I'll

3:38:533:38:58

fought on what happened?

So,

watching the race back, it happened

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so quickly, and there was quite a

lot of things that happened with

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overtaking inside, there were a few

grabs from a few people. We haven't

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been able to sit down with our

performance analyst and watch it

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back so I don't want to point

fingers.

3:39:163:39:18

back so I don't want to point

fingers. Elise ended up in the bald,

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hugely disappointed, but some of

that is the nature of short-track.

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There was a penalty which didn't

help Elise.

Unfortunately not. I

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think the collision and the tussle

with Kim Boutin meant Elise lost her

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footing

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with Kim Boutin meant Elise lost her

footing in the corner, Kim ended up

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with the bronze and Belize has the

nicht in soul destroying fourth

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place.

An athlete is distraught, how

do you handle that situation?

We

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have brought our psychologist out

with us and we have scenario planned

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a lot of this. Elise is here to

compete over three different

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distances so we have role-played

what happens if the first one

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doesn't go to plan. We will regroup,

refocus, give her time to die just

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and obviously there is a load of

emotion that goes into making an

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Olympic final and to cope with what

has just happened.

And you are the

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man who is interested in the

psychological side and you have done

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a lot of work with her over the

years about that. Immediately, the

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mind is cast back to what happened

in Sochi and it is almost like it

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has mirrored again. How do you make

sure she doesn't get into that

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mindset?

I think we go back and we

come back to some of the processes

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we play. I won't go into the details

of what those are but, crucially,

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Elise is in a much more robust

place. She hasn't got a penalty and

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she has finished the race in fourth

place. Obviously, none of us wanted

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it to be written this way. But we

come back on Saturday, she has the

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1500 metres, something she is world

champion at, and we will come out

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fighting again.

I take it you'll be

underlining the fact that she broke

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two Olympic records here and she has

to make distances to come in which

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she is on paper, in medals times,

much stronger than she is in the

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500.

We look at her, she has speed,

power, the world record for the 500

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metres but isn't something... As you

can see in the racing, you have to

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give everything. The 1500 metres and

1,000 are her more favourable events

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and we will sit down and focus on

those.

Everyone back home is

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watching Elise and rooting for her

so pleased to underline that to her

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whenever you get to see her.

I will

do, thank you.

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Elise's boyfriend was there, the

first one to put his arms around

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her, and he is saying these things

happen. Is that Nicky Gooch? We

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think so. You just need to be

comforted. As you all know, sport is

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cruel, it isn't about how many times

you fall down but about how many

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times you can get back up again. She

can go away, and cry but she has got

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to be back and on it on Saturday.

The support staff will make sure

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she's there as well. She has a lot

of people helping her and she is a

3:42:253:42:29

tough cookie and she will come back

strong.

And Stuart Lang is very

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sensible. They knew it was going to

go one way or the other, either we

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are celebrating or not.

They have to

prepare for any scenario and there

3:42:383:42:44

could be any outcome. You have to

prepare for these things, you can't

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just prepare to win.

Even if they

prepared to win, they would have had

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to deal with that, too, so that she

isn't over aroused and excited so it

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is amazing they have those plans in

place.

There is her mum, she will

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offer comfort and support because it

has been another dramatic day in the

3:43:003:43:04

life of Elise Christie. We will see

you over on BBC Two shortly.

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When I am on the ice, I am free.

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Away they go, clean start. Up

towards the line! The new Olympic

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record.

Away they go and they are away first

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time. Christie challenging on the

inside, up towards the line!

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Christie into the final. Away they

go, the final is on, they get away

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first time. Christie hugging the

inside line... Christie crashes out

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in her quest for gold! Elise

Christie ends up on the

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