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Glorious slalom skiing from Marcel
Natalie Geisenberger has won gold.
phenomenal run from Chloe Kim. Wow.
At last, Marcel Hirscher is an
Christie up the
inside line. In her quest for gold,
Elise Christie ends up on the floor
Contrasting emotions of sport
at the highest level. The good news
this morning is that Elise
Christie's tears have turned into
motivation. As she said on social
media, onwards and upwards. She will
be back on Saturday for the heats
and hopefully the final of the 1500
There is no elbowing -
we hope - in curling,
but plenty of shouting and brushing.
It's all about accuracy and tactics
and Britain have strong
teams in both the men's
and the women's competitions.
Let's glide into action.
MUSIC: Albatross by Fleetwood Mac.
I think you could be lulled into a
false sense of security with
curling. It can seem so calming but
in fact it's incredibly intense.
That's the arena -
or the "house" in curling terms -
we are going to be spending a lot
of time there over
the next 12 days or so.
Back in 2002, 6 million people
stayed up until past midnight to see
Rhona Martin skip GB to gold -
now Rhona Howie, the canny, calm,
commander of curling,
is with us this morning.
She delivered that Stone of destiny
to win great British gold in the
curling. Good morning, and we have
the bubbling force of nature Chemmy
Alcott alongside me.
inspired me. I was staying in Ogden
for the Alpine events and you blew
me away with your focus and nerves
of steel. I was so surprised you are
so nice because on that day you
were, I have got this, I will bring
Let's live it again.
It's on its way! So much depending
on 1's stone. It needs to be
absolutely perfect. It needs to be
right in the centre of the house.
It's looking good. She's done it!
Its Olympic gold for Great Britain.
You will never see a better stone
under greater pressure.
Dougie Donnelly talking about the
pressure. What were you saying to
yourself in that moment?
I'm glad I
couldn't hear him! You are so
focused and have done all the
psychological training over the
years so you are focused on the job
in hand you have to do and you don't
know what the crowd is shouting. You
don't hear any of it. You are so
focused. For me as a skip, all I
want is a shot to play to win. The
team played the end perfectly to
give me the opportunity. If I hadn't
done it then I would have been in
trouble from them. I had the
opportunity, so I was happy.
age did you start curling? Eve
Muirhead, the current skipper, she
was barely walking.
I wanted a hobby
for the weekend when I left school.
It wasn't an Olympic medal sport
when I started playing it.
been in 1924, but then went out and
didn't come back until 1998.
as it came back in, I thought, I
And now you have the gold
medal. We will talk about plenty
more later in the programme. We have
had a moment of history in South
had a moment of history in South
Korea with United Korean team in ice
hockey doing this...
A good chance of a goal, and they've
done it! Korea have scored their
first ever goal in Olympic ice
hockey tournament. And this arena
stands, they wave their flights.
Randy Griffin, what a moment it is.
Griffin battled and battled. In the
end it slip through, not a thing of
beauty, but a moment of history for
this combined Korean team. Whether
you are from the north or south, you
will be on your feet cheering that
STUDIO: Their last group game
against near neighbours Japan, and
you can see the North Korean
cheerleaders are there in force. Can
Korea score again? Let's rejoin Seth
and Kent. COMMENTATOR: They are
giving it everything they can. They
have gone so close. It was North
Korea who went the
Korea who went the closest, they
have Japan rocking. -- it was a
North Korean who went closest. They
are doing what they can to level
things up, and are playing
brilliantly. They beat them 8-0 in
their opening two games. Today they
have been electric, Kent.
been remarkable. The head coach
Sarah Murray has said to embrace the
final 20 minutes and do whatever you
can to make it as memorable as
possible and Korea is doing that in
the third period.
wearing the blue shirts against
Japan. These two already missed out
on a quarterfinal place. This is for
bragging rights in Asian ice hockey.
Something the Koreans would love to
have. This would be a real step
forward, as Griffin, the
goal-scorer, steps towards the zone.
Just to put this in perspective,
Seth, if Korea could come back, and
it looks like they will take a
penalty here, if they came back to
win this game it would be the
equivalent of a gold medal for
Korea. To win a game at these
Olympics would be massive. But they
have some work ahead of them. They
will go to the penalty box. Randi
Griffin is would
Griffin is would wondering whether
she will be taking a penalty.
not a Korean name but it's a name
that will go down in Korean sporting
history, Griffin. Just a couple of
weeks before the start of the
tournament there was a political
deal done. You see the penalty on
Griffin for interference. There was
a deal done politically that the
North Korean and South Korean
women's teams would play together.
And the IOC would allow the roster
to be extended to include 12 North
Korean players. It was agreed three
of them would be North Korean in
every game, at least three of them
would be. These teams are going in
different directions in women's
hockey. The North Koreans have been
up there but are on their way down.
The South Koreans have invested
money in their programme and are
going in and upwards trajectory.
They got promoted at the last World
Championship. Randi Griffin takes
the penalty box.
It was an enormous
announcement. It sent waves
throughout the sporting and
political worlds. And how the
unified Korean team has unified
those waters has been exemplary.
They are down to their final ten
minutes of these games.
possession again. The power play.
They escaped with five out skaters
to four and they will try to use
that play advantage.
Japan have it on the blue line. It's
put towards the net. A good blocking
save from the net keeper, who has
stayed controlled on the rebound is.
Korea trying to clear.
Japan holding the zone. The captain
into the side of the net. Couldn't
finish it off. Japan were leading
2-0 before Korea hit back. Trying
again with another opportunity that
might put it to bed. A great block.
The Koreans putting everything on
the line here. Brilliant from Park.
Japan with 20 more seconds of a
player advantage. It goes all the
way through and Japan have it. In
the power play.
the power play. Not quite smashing
Korean hearts into smithereens, but
certainly giving them a good shot
here. Japan should now be on their
way towards a first ever victory in
a match at an Olympic Games. It
could well now be out of reach of
Wonderful puck movement
from team Japan. Two Japanese
players in front of the net causing
havoc for the Korean netminder. It
was a blast through everybody, right
through the ice, getting between the
legs of the Korean goalie.
do the Koreans have here? Can they
go any more gung ho than they have
I think they have to
go the exact same way. Getting three
goals in one game is a pretty tall
order, but they have had their
chances. They will get a few more
before this eight minutes is up.
Japan with Toko, almost with a
chance to finish it off. Toko tries
again herself. It will be taken
away. A good save download from
Shin, who has had a terrific game.
Making some great saves in this one.
That's fired too high. Korea will
try to force this over the line.
Kubo does enough.
Kubo does enough. Griffin trying to
help it on its way.
help it on its way.
You talk about
the differences between Japan and
Korea, and it's the presence of a
heavy duty points shot.
heavy duty points shot. The shot on
the third goal, careered Dulac that.
-- Korea do lack that.
will not stop making any noise. The
atmosphere has been so good. What a
pass and what a save. That was
incredible. Hori picked out the pass
to the back door and somehow Shin
Sojung spread herself out to make
It might be the save of
the tournament, absolutely
remarkable from the Korean
netminder. Down and out, and she
flings her blocker to keep the puck
Worked out of the zone by the
Koreans. And now they have to go
It will be a penalty against Japan
with Kim Un Hyang taken down. A
The coach tries to give his players
some experience playing in Olympic
Games. You see Jun take a breather
as she gets a break.
This is the
Pressure on the
backside and then the right skate up
ending Kim. Here is the save. Just
got it with her shoulder. Would have
been a question whether that was
going to go in or not. But it was a
beautiful pass. Here is the long
shot right through everybody.
Slipping under the pad of Shin and
the bow of respect after the goal.
Good shot and it was through a lot
of legs. The save 37 of 40. Good
stats that for the Korean net
minder. It has been a great game. If
it stays like this for the remainder
it still has been a really good
exhibition of women's ice hockey.
Maybe not had some of the skill of
the other games we have seen, but
it's made up for it with everything
Both teams giving it
everything they have got. Especially
Korea. Just playing with terrific
emotion as well.
Offside given as
Park tried to cut all the way across
the blue line.
the blue line.
Sarah Murray, you
wonder how hard and how fast her
heart is beating right now. Looks
pretty calm on the inside. We will
talk about the athletes, we talk
about their experience, but what a
thrill for the coaching staff and
especially Sarah Murray, what she
has had to navigate through over the
You feel like there is a
film to be made in this somewhere
down the line. Korea still on that
power play, but can't do enough with
65 seconds of one player advantage.
Six on five, five or four they skate
to should I say. You only count the
out skaters. You don't worry about
The Koreans digging in. A big
deflection. It was taken out of the
air, wouldn't have counted, it was
off a high stick of Im.
job by the Koreans, winning that
battle. You see this puck gets
deflected up. You can't touch the
puck with your stick above your
shoulders. That was close, but the
referee had already called it a high
stick. Anywhere around the chest is
fine. But above the shoulders is a
It is outside the lines. Not able to
keep it in this time was Jun.
cause problems for Korea when
they're so aggressive on the power
play. They're overloading on the
puck side and it was too much. The
puck came inches over the blue line,
but that's enough. To be called
offside and a face-off to take place
outside of Japanese territory.
skating into the zone, back to full
strength, the penalty expires.
You hear the decibels rise every
time there is an opportunity.
time there is an opportunity. Japan
maybe looking for one more insurance
marker. Korea will keep working and
now they will come forward with a
bit of speed.
Kubo should finish it. Misses the
net. What an opportunity that was.
Taka went hard to the ice. That is a
long range effort that goes into the
glove and gets a bit feisty as the
whistle blows. We're into the
closing stages. She will be part of
a pub quiz question somewhere down
the line as to who was beaten for
the first ever Korean ice hockey
goal. Shin has had had a great game.
Yes, I love the passing from Team
Japan. Taka tries to go high glove.
Just a little too excited and misses
on the far side.
on the far side. Jung taking a lock
on the big screen at her work. It
has been a busy evening for her. She
has been really solid. Only three
goals surrendered up until now.
set plays being drawn out on the
board. What they're looking for is
something from the face-off. If they
can look at something here, they're
looking for a structure. There you
go. You can see what they're trying
to explain here.
They want No 3, at
the top at the blue line. We have
said that is the hardest shot. You
saw him look up at the clock and I'm
sure they're going to pull the net
minder when it gets down to a minute
and a half and he was directing
where the sixth skater is going to
go once they come out on to the ice.
There is Koike, one goal, one
assist. And they have already pulled
the net minder. So six attackers
against five for Korea. It all
starts with the face-off, you need
that puck possession and try to move
it around from there.
Japan have the
opportunity if they get any puck
possession to throw this at
ununguarded net. -- at ununguarded
That goes wide and it will be an
icing call. This is like a game of
jeopardy, if you are the Japanese
theme, you have that carrot of the
empty net, but the stick of icing
the puck and giving away a face-off.
The rule is if you're up by two,
you're not too worried about icing
the puck, because you have that
cushion. But typically if it is just
a one-goal lead, you do not want to
ice it. That stops the puck and
allows the team to set up their
Japan try and
overload and it is helped away.
Ukita with an empty net. You can
stick this one in the books - Japan
are going to skate to victory over
Korea. But it has been a way more
difficult game than they could have
imagined. Ukita returns from
suspension and makes the most of the
Just taking too much
time to decide where to move that
puck. Ukita is just a good skater.
Was able to take away her pass. And
then skate on to the empty net.
You're right, Seth, I don't think
going into this one Japan thought it
would take an empty net for them to
have a huge sigh of relief. But with
a minute and 27 left, I think Japan
can know they're skating to their
first Olympic victory.
We knew this was going to be an
historic day, turns out we have had
our cake and eaten it! Because the
Koreans have done so much. Can they
get one more? That would have been a
cherry on top of this performance.
They have worked ever so hard in
this game. Japan the better side,
hands down. But the Koreans have
made it very difficult, as Japan
come in. Here is Kubo. The final 30
seconds. Shin will grab hold of that
Japan definitely the
better side, ranked No 9 in the
world, Korea at No 22. You look at
Japan taking Sweden 2-1 and taking
Switzerland 3-1. Both teams beating
the Korean side by 8-0 scores. We
saw terrific effort from Korea.
Feeding off telephone crowd and off
everyone else. And another offensive
zone face-off for the Koreans. Still
fixtures to come for both of these
sides. You play for the minor
placings in the Olympics.
Japan know they're 10 seconds away.
Can they score one more? Time will
run out. And it is game over.
History-makers, Japan skate to a
first Olympic victory. Whilst Korea
get their first ever goal. It was
played in a sensational atmosphere.
Two teams that never gave up, never
gave in, never backed down and both
in the end got their just rewards,
but it is the name of that girl
Randy Griffin who will take the
applause. She is the history-maker
for a Korean perspective and it
could have been so much closer.
wonderful moment for hockey in
general, for this unified Korean
team, as both clubs shake hands.
Korea getting the goal. Japan
getting the victory in a hard-fought
game. Sensational goaltending from
the Korean side and there is
Griffin, the goal scorer, the
Harvard Grad. Putting the whole
nation of Korea on their feet.
will be heading to Duke University
soon to go and continue her studies,
but this was an opportunity she
didn't want to pass up. And goodness
me, she won't over pass up an
opportunity like this again in her
life. It was phenomenal for Randy
Griffin. That goal made it three.
She finished that one off from
range. Still there was plenty of
pressure on and the North Koreans,
they went close before Ukita sealed
things for Japan. First Olympic
victory for them on a sensational
day. Bows all around. As Japan
finish 4-1 victors here.
STUDIO: Wonderful shots of Korean
teams thanking their fans and
everybody who got the hottest ticket
in town. Everyone said they were
trying to get a ticket to the ice
hockey, because they felt it was
such an important moment. Great to
see them score their first goal as a
united Korea team. Here what is is
coming up this morning.
All new team had a tense match with
Switzerland. They're back on the ice
soon. Eve Muir head is an old hand
at this now.
at this now. At 31 Shaun White
attempts to win the title for the
third time. And Wust aims for a six
gold in speed skating. Next all
We will see whether Ireen Wust can
make a bit more history. And curling
will continue over on BBC One,
starting on the red button, before
we pick it up on BBC One.
The schedule continues to be
disrupted and sadly alpine events
were cancelled again. The women's
slalom postponed until Friday and
the women's biathlon also offer. The
gang Olympic Park had to be
evacuated for safety as well. That's
Those weather gods are
destroying the alpine so far. But
everybody has to keep their heads
up. It's the Olympics, we will run
the events. You rarely cancel an
event for good. We will squeeze it
in somewhere and we will have bumper
days on Thursday and Friday in
Alpine with men and women racing
both days. The forecast is looking
good, but it's brutal. The girls are
preparing every day, waking up and
getting ready for the event, and
then having to release and rest
again. It's so hard to have that
intensity and then back off.
look at what the timetable is meant
to be now and it will mean doubling
up events on
to be now and it will mean doubling
up events on certain days. It's a
boost for TV viewers and spectators.
It's great sport.
the weather forecast saying?
looks good. We thought the American
Michaela Shifrin might come away
with something, but the programme
for her will be stacked. She will
have giant slalom, then slalom and
then super-g within three days. It
takes a lot of adaptability to
change discipline like that. She is
adaptable, but she will have a lot
more challenges than we thought.
if she had any fall then she will
have no recovery time because there
are no days off any more.
off where we don't see them racing
now our training runs on the hills,
so they can learn about the terrain
on the downhills and the airtime
Chemmy knows all things
about winter sports, so we will have
another question and answer session
with her. Use the hashtag AskChemmy.
Bronze medallists in Sochi, the
women's curling team, Eve Muirhead
is the skip. What did you make of
their match against OAR?
game is great. The first game they
came out, they were nervous and you
could tell, it's their first game of
the Olympics, whether they have
could tell, it's their first game of
the Olympics, whether they have been
out or not, it's still
nerve-racking. But very clinical
performance, plain bread and butter
shots very well, putting pressure on
the athletes from Russia. They
really had a convincing win.
important is in your first game to
demolish the opposition?
honest, I don't even think the
scoreline matters, it's the win or a
loss. In their head, a win's win. It
moves them up the scoreboard. It
doesn't matter if it is 10-9 or
10-2. They will have got used the
ice conditions, which are good. You
can tell the Olympic Athletes from
Russia struggled with the ice today
and were not making shots. They are
an experienced team, winning gold at
the European Championships, but they
have struggled with the ice. But the
great British girls were on it from
the word go bust up we can remind
you of the teams and how they line
You will see a repetition of
certain surnames with the Muirhead
family strongly represented.
Good juniors, or making the Olympic
debuts. That's the men's team. The
women are very familiar. They took
bronze in Sochi, and won the
European title in 2017 and took
bronze at the World Championships.
They know each other,
bronze at the World Championships.
They know each other, so how
important is that, to be with people
you completely trust?
important. Team dynamic is a massive
part of success. You are spending
all day every day with these people.
You don't have to like each other.
But you have to have the same goal
and when you step on the ice you
have to work as a team. It's
important to work on the dynamic
because everyone is different and
everyone needs different attention
if they are not playing well or
playing well. It's not the same for
everyone. It's important for Eve
Muirhead as the skip, that she knows
how to speak to her players and her
players know how to speak to her
depending on how they are all
How difficult is
qualification, was it always given
that Eve Muirhead's rink would be
the Olympic team?
In Britain we have
the election process where they
could have had a play-off, but
nobody had achieved at the European
and world level to challenge Eve
Muirhead, so she was automatically
It's an all-new team for
the men this time. How did they get
Again, it was the same
selection process for the men as the
women. Tom Brewster and David
Murdoch were in the running having
been at the world and European
Championships last year. If they had
won a medal then there could have
been a play-off, but Kyle Waddell's
team performed really well on the
world stage at the end of last
season. So they got automatic
selection from the panel. They could
have said, we will have a play-off,
three men's teams were in
Should they have had a
Their arguments both ways.
This young team up and coming, they
finished last season really
strongly. David Murdoch's team and
Anton Brewster's team had
opportunities to win medals last
season, but because they didn't win
any then the selection team went the
way they did.
Canada, how big a deal
is it to get selected to go to the
Olympics? How hard is it to be the
top team in Canada?
It's a massive
win in Canada, to win the Olympic
trials. Every year they have the
tournament of hearts for the women
and the pariah for the men. That's
to get to the world. In the Olympics
they have an Olympic trial with ten
teams, and any of them could win.
It's so tough to come through the
trials. And it's in December time,
so it's the team on form. It's only
this past December where they have
the trials and that team is now at
the Olympics. It is not long to get
their heads around what they will
compete in, but they are playing
well, on form.
Did you look at the
mixed doubles that Canada won and
think, that looks good.
fun. I think it's great the women
are playing the last stones after
A lot of people ask why
Team GB didn't have a team in that.
Can you explain?
It's the first year
in the other Big Sam there are only
eight teams. You qualify by ranking
points from the World Championships.
We finished eighth after the last
two World Championships, but because
career hadn't -- because Korea
hadn't, and the host nation
automatically gets a spot.
So if it
had been Canada, we would have been
We were so close to being there.
It would have been great to be part
of that, but next time, I think all
these nations will be looking at the
structure and process for the mixed
Great Britain have had good
success in curling in the Winter
Olympics. Yourself in Salt Lake City
in 2002, and the British men won
gold in the 1920s. There has been a
silver and a bronze as well. We are
hopeful for a medal from both teams.
Rhona is confident. We can
look at the men from this morning.
Two games today and we will see them
Two games today and we will see them
up against Canada later. But this
was a very tense match against
Switzerland had the last stone
advantage in the tenth end.
Switzerland to bring it level.
and they were tapping it up for two,
and just rubbed the top guard, just
feathered off it. If they had got
past the guard they would have got
two and won the game.
mistake meant it went to an 11th and
extra end. We can join the
commentators Jackie Lockhart and
COMMENTATOR: Thomas Muirhead doing a
good job. What you don't want to do
is stick it. You don't want to hit
it on the nose and leave your own
stones sitting there.
And that's the
difference between the take out and
what they call a peel, where you
peel your own stone away from the
playing area, as well as your own
stone that's away.
Here we go again. Up the centre,
playing lovely and open, exactly as
you would want if you were GB.
That's largely down to the terrific
two shots from Cammy Smith to start
the end. Those little ticked shots
to open things up.
Another nice shot from Thomas
Muirhead. His last three ends have
been very good.
So now Claudio Patz and Peter de
Cruz working out what to do with
their final end.
They will try to
put one in the centre line around a
similar distance to the bottom as
the one in the back. It's about
protecting the back red at the
You can see where he would
like it to finish up. The blowers
have come back on again!
I think Great Britain's cause has
been helped slightly by this sticky
patch that Benoit Schwarz went
through. It will be the last stone
of the tenth end, catching the guard
on the way through as well. Get this
Just want to move that out of the
way. Trying to keep this nice and
clear. The skip for Great Britain
will have a shot at the end, we
assume here, to win the match.
It's gone very quiet in here. The
British contingent, including the
British dignitaries from the British
team, watching this.
Oops, not what they were looking
for, but I guess they get second
prize. All of a sudden, the
difficulty for Kyle Smith's final
end has gone up threefold.
has the chance to draw up behind
that and go close in.
that and go close in. Something for
Kyle Smith to have to work around.
Depends how good he goes here.
Working out exactly where they would
like to be.
It's never over, is it? You just
thought it was going nicely Great
Britain's way, just peel off, leave
the ice nice and clear and draw into
the four foot to win the match.
Still going to have a chance to win
it. It just might have to be a very
good shot. Let's see what Benoit
Schwarz can do here.
Schwarz has struggled with his
weight, but good players come good
when it matters.
Some are just
touching the edge of the button is
what he is looking for.
That line looks good, but they're
having to work this. It just catches
the guard again. It is not even in
the house. That is a real mistake
from Benoit Schwarz. That is a
cardinal error. He has come up, it
was a tight line, but it was short.
They were trying to sweep it in. At
least into the house would have
given Kyle Smith something to think
about. A straight forward shot now
to draw this to anywhere in the
house and Britain will win their
first match. Thomas Muirhead has
come good towards the end and Kyle
Smith has struggled with one or two
of his shots. But this is pretty
straight forward. The British skip
with the chance to draw in in this
extra end, the last stone.
I'm holding my breath as well, I
don't know why. It is such a
straight forward shot. It looks
fine. Well the hand shake comes in
the end. What a win for Great
Britain. It was a tight match all
the way through. Great Britain in
the final end holding Switzerland to
one. Great Britain with the hammer
and they played it brilliantly. One
or two mistakes from both teams
meant it was a bit of a nail-biter.
But what a great way for the men's
team to start. They have won their
first match with Switzerland.
Congratulations, what a way to start
Delighted to get off
with a win. Couldn't be a better
start. Very chuffed.
A tight affair.
How were the nerves?
going to get nervy playing our first
Olympics, but it is keeping them
under control and knowing the
processes to do it right.
like a stock answer, but I bet the
nerves were jangling a bit.
was a few missed shots, but we
played them in the Europeans and it
makes for a good game. It was easier
than we expected. I It was a good
You had a wobble in the
middle. How important was it that
the guys got around you?
struggled for a couple of ends and
lost my feel. The boys had some good
information to pass on. A team
effort and I think every little
You are all giving nice stock
answers, it was a tough first day,
Switzerland and Canada tonight, it
was an important win.
one of the teams you expect to be
near the podium, so pleased to get
off to our first Olympics in such a
good performance. We struggled a wee
bit. But we pulled it together and
pleased to get the win.
Congratulations and good luck
Congratulations and good luck
STUDIO: First appearance and first
win. They're funny in the
Yes, as Steve said stock
answers. First Olympics and they
have got off to a win against a
Up against Canada, what
would she expect?
It will be a tough
game. But they're playing well.
They're playing the shots well
against Switzerland. It is a strong
Canadian team. So they're a strong
team, there is no doubt. But no, I'm
looking forward to it. I think the
British boys have a good chance of
If they can play
the way they can play they can push
Canada to the end.
That will be a
really good match. We will be live
with that. It will start on the red
button and then here on BBC twhun.
BBC1. Now to the speed skating to
see whether the Netherlands greatest
Olympician can add another gold to
Olympician can add another gold to
her tally. COMMENTATOR: We are
across from the Ice Arena where the
short track drama took place. It is
the women's 1,000 metres.
the women's 1,000 metres.
It is two
and a half laps of track and the aim
is to get the maximum speed after
the first 200 metres.
It is a race
against the watch. Two and a half
The Italian ranked 7th in the World
Let's concentrate on this 1,000
A super opening for
Tandiman. She will move to the outer
lane. The skaters have to exchange
every lap, change from the inner to
the outer lane.
Wondering, we have
said it is a sprint, is it flat out
all the way. Or do you need to
measure your effort?
It is a
measurured effort, Tandiman moves
from the outside. The outer skater
has the right of way. But it is a
sprint. It is a maximum effort the
first 200, 99% the second lap and
then the last lap 110%.
the inside lane. . In theory is it
an advantage to be coming around on
the inside lane on the final lap or
A lot of short track
skaters prefer the inner lane.
Because they're used to keeping a
tight line. Some of the,
particularly the men, the speeds are
up to 60 kilometres an hour, they
prefer to have the outer lane at the
When you're here they fly
around this track. It is so
impressive. There is a camera
alongside the finishing straight.
Hopefully we will get some shots
from that to show you the speed.
Wust, second in the 3,000 and won
the other day as well. She is the
greatest Dutch winter sports
Olympician of all time.
Everybody in the stadium will be
rooting for Wust to add another
gold. But I think she will be lucky
to get on the podium.
She has only
ever been the world champion at this
distance once way back in 2007.
distance once way back in 2007. The
most successful speed skater in the
history of the Olympics and it is a
The skaters only
allowed one false start. If they had
another false start they would have
to leave the ice. The skater in the
white arm band was the skater with
the falls start and that was Wust.
Wow, all that experience and it
still happens to her. That shows you
how keen she is and how important
she knows it is to make a fast start
here. This will be a split second
thing in terms of where the medals
go. She missed out by 0.03 in the
3,000. She can't afford to make a
mistake now. Away they go at the
second time of asking. You see this
mad dash to get up to speed. Wust on
the inside for the first lap.
trying to keep as close as possible
to the Italian skater and she is
doing well. Coming through the first
At this early stage,
both inside the previous fastest
time. Still early days. We have 16
pairs. This is only the fourth pair
out. But one of the biggest names in
Wust from the Netherlands as she
comes to take the bell.
almost half a second in fronts. But
it is not about the time that has
been set, but it is about Wust
skating as fast as possible.
the back straight. They're on the
track now. Half way down the back
straight. It is a big, long sprint
for the line. Will it be enough for
her to claim another gold medal?
Well she is going to have a long
time to find out. But I think she is
going to set a new fastest time and
she has. 1.15.32. By over a second
we have a new early leader and it is
the great Ireen Wust.
A great time.
I don't think it will be quick
enough to win the gold. They were
having some test races when I
arrived here a week ago and the time
from another athlete in a test race
was faster. The ice conditions here
are superb. I would expect a faster
time than this time of Wust.
back-loaded, so you have got the
favourites going later on.
correct. Because of of course this
isn't Ireen's favourite distance and
has not skated in many World Cups
so, she will skate earlier on.
so, she will skate earlier on.
is pair five, Jing from China.
is pair five, Jing from China. World
silver medallist. Judith Dannhauer,
eighth in the World Championship a
couple of years ago. She has had a
couple of top ten finishes in the
World Cup. So we will see her later
in the Olympics as well at the
Pair five of 16 away cleany. You can
hear the click-clacking of the
skates as the spring loads on the
skates open and close.
That was a
design invented by the University of
amster Stam and it is a -- Amsterdam
and it gives more pressure for
longer. Yu, 25 hundredths of a
second quicker than Wust.
second quicker than Wust.
the fastest at the first time check.
They will take the bell this time.
This will be the next time check
over the line. See whether Wust's
time will be under threat. It is.
Have they timed and measured their
effort correctly? Have they got
plenty left in the tank to keep this
going? They have given themselves a
platform to set a new leading time.
Of course, Ireen, because she is
better at the longer distances, both
are Tiger up coming to that -- tying
You can sense the pain, the
lengths will be screaming. The
German skater as she comes up over
the line, 1.17.41. You can visibly
see she was almost slowing down. In
the end Yu Jing from China set the
second quickst time and Dannhauer of
Germany fourth fastest. But they
couldn't quite bring it home on that
last lap. That was the staying power
and the ability of Wust to keep on
going and going.
You can see the
Chinese skater, nice compact
position, trying to stay as close to
the blue inner line, because that is
the shortest way around. But Wust
still there after her 1,000 metres.
Two and a half laps of the track.
She skated early in the 1,500 metre
and won. So she is in a similar
The Kazakhstan competitor competing
in her third Olympic Games.
Away they go. Tian Ruining with a
very punchy style.
very punchy style.
The right arm
swinging rapidly backwards and
forwards. The left arm out the back,
very unusual for a 1000 metre
skater. They want to get maximum
And Yekaterina Aydova of Kazakhstan,
going very well.
Moving round onto
the inside now.
preferred to skate a little weight.
A little bit more relaxed. Both
skaters already outside the time of
Nine skaters have
already completed their races up
until now. You can see it really
hurting. The Chinese skater, Tian
Ruining, gritting her teeth as they
come round to the finishing
straight. This is where it really
hurts, your legs screaming and
gasping for air. Tian Ruining from
China, fourth fastest so far and she
looks pretty pleased so far. And
Aydova of as extant, fifth fastest.
A personal record for Tian Ruining
of 1:15.3 six. All the training
times they have put in over the last
two weeks, the skaters have been
here since the 1st of February. The
times are really going well.
Here we go with the seventh pairing.
There are 16 pairs but we have the
equivalent of a half-time interval
after eight because they resurfaced
the ice because it will get cut up
the longer more skaters have been on
it. It doesn't take long to
resurface, but then they leave it
for ten minutes or so too harden off
a little bit. Ida Njaatun of Norway
came seventh the other day in the
1500 metres. In really good form.
Her best Olympic performance, 16th
in the race four years ago.
in the race four years ago. And the
23-year-old Kim Hyun-Yung of South
Ireen Wust of the Netherlands has
set the time to beat. A slightly
delayed. Start. They looked like
they were up and away and running.
Interesting to see if it was a false
start or whether it was another
problem, the skater in the white
white, indicating the
skater with the white armband...
That was Kim of Korea.
-- the white
armband. You can see the blades
almost moving as she goes into that
crouched, tucked position.
sensitive as a mechanism, isn't it?
A deep breath, and you move just a
fraction, and it will set it off.
Kim Hyun-Yung has a couple of team
sprint medals this season in World
Cup races. They went and a third
place. Looking to improve on 28th
place over this distance in Sochi
four years ago. She will have to get
this right. You're just one false
start. Cleanly away this time. We
will have the first time check over
the finishing line.
It is Kim of Korea who is currently
fastest in real time-out on the
track. But she has a long way to go.
Already the time is starting to slip
away. But Kim making a superb start
She is, a former short form
skater, didn't make the Korean team,
and is now trying to put together a
good performance over 1000 metres.
big 400 metres coming up for Kim
Hyun-Yung. Still leading the way by
just less than four tenths of a
second. But Ida Njaatun is starting
to come back, the Norwegian. She has
good staying power after performing
well at 1500 metres, the longer
distance. Maybe she can start to
wind it up now.
An advantage for Kim
on the inside lane, but she doesn't
have the legs.
She is really
struggling. And Ida Njaatun's time
is good enough for second fastest.
Kim just faded on the last lap.
Kim just faded on the last lap.
Njaatun of Norway does have the
faster time, but Ireen Wust is still
on top of the leaderboard and in the
gold medal position.
gold medal position.
Ida Njaatun of
Norway is currently in the silver
medal position. A fast start, but
ran out of puff on the final lap.
The blue segment of the line
indicating whether coaches have to
stand where the skaters come along.
Kaylin Irvine from Canada, the
27-year-old from Calgary. Her best
in the World
Championships, 13th at this distance
in 2013. And Angelina Golikova, from
the Olympic Athletes from Russia,
from Moscow herself. Golikova, all
her best results in her career have
come 500 metres. So maybe sustaining
the sprint might be difficult for
her. Golikova in the blue.
say that the starter is holding the
skaters for extremely long before
Irvine looking to
improve on 18th place in Sochi four
years ago. Both inside the fastest
time. Getting off well. We expect
that from Golikova, she is really a
500 metres sprinter.
It's all about
sustaining the speed you have gained
over the first 200 metres.
round the bend and into the first
finishing straight. Look at that
speed, 50 kph. Golikova, over half a
second up on the time of Ireen Wust,
with half a lap to go. This is when
it hurts. This is when you have to
drive on and dig deep. Golikova is
in that zone now, where the lakes
want to tie up and stop, and you can
barely put 1's gate in front of the
Golikova is struggling here
on the last bend. Irvine almost
creeping up the inside.
Irvine is coming on strong at the
end, and it was closed between a
pair of them. Golikova was slightly
quicker, but again, couldn't hold
the speed having given herself the
platform. She has the pure speed,
rather than the ability to keep it
going with a longer sprint.
see Golikova trying to stay as close
as possible to the inner blue line.
Coming up to the line, it's the
skate that crosses the line. We have
the clap skate mechanism, where the
clap skate widens.
By the time they
get to the final bend, they start to
look like they have heavy legs.
That's the difference between the
skaters who specialise in 500 metres
and those who specialise in 1000
metres. There is Ireen Wust, she has
had her race and will go back to the
changing room to wait.
Ireen Wust is
the leader. We will take a break
while the ice is resurfaced, and
then we will come back for the final
eight pairs. STUDIO: It shows you
the effort, it look side she is on
oxygen. We now have a chance to
catch up on some other sports. To
remind you, 11:05am, the great
British male curlers are up against
Canada and that will start live on
the red button and we will join it
here at about 11:20am after the gold
medals in the speed skating. But
first... We are going snowboarding.
We will go to the half pipe, where
flying tomato Shaun White is trying
to win a third Olympic title. He
finished fourth in Sochi, quite
controversial, but has come back
into the Olympic programme,
representing the USA and he has a
great rivalries with Australian
Scotty James. And the Japanese
competitor was the youngest
competitor to win a gold medal at
just 15 in Sochi. COMMENTATOR:
Scotty James, so much has been said
about this man. He looks relaxed. A
smile on his face. He's enjoying
every minute of this.
He has just
seen one of his biggest rivals
The classic run is 12 to
12. Frontside 1260. My goodness,
there it is. Backside 1260.
Back-to-back 12s. Backside nine,
A huge crippler.
There it is, he's done it.
run to lay down first.
ridiculous. Back-to-back 1260s.
Scotty James moves into first place
and Shaun White knows the heat is on
already, and it's only the first
runs. Shaun White has had a little
nudge from Scotty James.
He has his
eyes closed, taking a few deep
breaths. A quick slap and clap with
JJ Thomas, his coach at the top.
This is where Shaun White comes into
his own. He is brilliant under
pressure. 1440 to start. And that
was massive, into the switch 1080.
He skyhook, maybe lost a tiny bit of
speed in the flat bottom. How did he
hold onto that? Frontside 12. He has
two tucked in his head, it was like
he was landing in the barrel a wave.
He has just lost his helmet into the
crowd. He looks like he has been
They are behaving like
it's the third run! I need that
back, he said! Yes you do, it's not
We already know where this
run will improve, and it's there. If
he gets pushed, that will be 1440.
94.25! Shaun White is claiming it,
but this is not the third and final
runs. We are just finishing up the
We are into the three final riders,
and these are the men who are vying
Stratospheric backside air from him.
Frontside 14. Does he have the speed
for the switch 14? Yes, he has.
Back-to-back 1440s and it's a
backside 1260! You knew he would
land it from the moment he took off.
The heat is on, it's on the street!
Shaun White, look at the Japanese
coaches. They deserve that, they
needed some good
needed some good news and Ayumu
Hirano has landed the biggest run in
half pipe snowboarding just now.
Enormous backside air. Five and a
half metres and into the front side.
The grabs are held forever, it helps
him keep tight and spin as fast as
Shaun White is in the biggest
fight of his Olympic career. He has
never been put under this pressure.
Back-to-back 1440s. He follows that
up with what looked like 900 and
then back-to-back 1260s.
He is going
so big, the spins aren't rushed.
final 1260 still has it. That is a
run that would give the scientists
at CERN a headache.
95.25. We have
talked long and hard about where the
judging had to go. Hirano moves into
I'm just going to rip
this script up.
it would happen.
We knew it would be
close. Shaun White has dominated
half pipe riding for the last 12
years since he won his first gold in
Turin. We have seen one drop. This
is the second, Scotty James, the
Australian, who wan so many of the
-- who won so many of the big
contests in 2017. He was furious
when he lost to Shaun White three
weeks ago. He landed the best run of
his life and Shaun White scored a
perfect 100 to steal his glory.
Front side at 1260.
It was massive.
That is the best one ehas ever done
Look enormous front side
1080. Wow! Switch backside 1260. He
tried to claim it at the end.
The biggest trick in
snowboarding now. That is why, it is
hard, it is difficult. Tries to
claim it, but the hand drag was
I would love to see that
score broken down trick by trick. I
think he was on target there. Shaun
White in very uncharted territory.
All change at the top. 95.25 for
Hirano. Shaun White in silver.
Scotty James in bronze. Shaun White
- the most successful half pipe
snowboarder of all time is about to
drop in and he is in unfamiliar
territory. Every time he has taken
the gold it has been with the luxury
of a victory lap. Now he is under
pressure and he needs 95.25 and the
run of his life.
Front side 1440.
Switch. Rvegts rvegts
The sky hook.
The fixture of every winning Shaun
White run. Can he?
Oh! He has landed
it. Oh, my goodness. It is no longer
about the snowboarding, it is about
the judges. Look at him, the first
time Shaun White has landed that run
in competition. Scotty James can't
believe that Shaun's found another
gear and I don't think Hirano can.
Shaun White might have done it.
Let's wait and see what the scores
It was a backside air.
The difference between them is a
backside air and a frontside 440.
This could be history. Judges put
the world out of its misery.
getting the replays first, Tim.
at the direction of the... His head
is looking almost out out rotation.
He is using every ounce of his fibre
to get these tricks around. The
toe-grab there. Frowned upon in
He is not requiring a
body grab to get that around. The
sky hook. The grab on that. This is
his trade mark signature manoeuvre
he unveiled in Vancouver.
McTwist. Here is the other 1260. You
have got to say s Shaun went 1440.
He threw it first hit top of the
He has put that big dangerous
trick in higher up the pipe. That is
more risk, more risk equals more
97.95, Shaun White is the
gold medallist in 2018. Say what you
want about him, think what you want
about him, Shaun White has won
today. That was an incredible
display of half pipe snowboarding
and no one can take that away from
him. Look what it means. He has
played it cool. It is a second
silver medal for Hirano, but I don't
think he can have any complaints, it
was not a difficult decision for the
judges. After a heated season, a
hand shake to congratulate the gold
medallist. Today was brilliant.
Simply brilliant. Shaun White, truly
the rested for the first time in --
tested for the first time in 12
years and he has delivered in some
style. He has put on a master class
here at Phoenix Park to take the
Well done. Just how hard
was that final?
It was tough. My
first run was great. I did the
biggest 14 of my life. That I think
I will ever do. That set the tone
for the rest of the competition. I
was hoping I would hold and skate
into the first. But he did an
amazing run and I had to step it up.
Second run was a wash. I came
through with that last run. The
pressure's on. I put it down, man it
pressure's on. I put it down, man it
STUDIO: He is a big performance guy.
He had to do it.
I'm so impressed by
what that meant to him. He has
achieved so much. He had the fight
for that. It was so exciting. We all
thought it was going to be a battle
between him and Scotty James. But it
wasn't. The Japanese Hirano made
White lift his game. Look at the
height on these 1440s. That is what
is impressive to do it so high up in
the pipe and then he backs it up
with huge 1260s.
He knew he couldn't
put a hand down or have a wobble. He
needed to do this absolutely clean.
Like Tim said, he hasn't been pushed
that hard for so long. The first run
he thought the first run was good
enough. He show boated and threw his
helmet away and then it was far from
over. He got challenged not by the
person he thought he would be
challenged by. It was incredible
riding. Oh, my gosh, the heights and
he just, he stomped it. I know that
a is snowboard term.
to use it. A fourth gold for the
United States all in snowboarding.
What is different about him is he is
older. Two of the winners have been
teenagers, he is 31. He has come
peopled at four lives. He only
finished fourth in Sochi. He is the
come back guy and he is so
He is still inspired.
He is huge in the celebrity world
and he has been in movies, you can
see his passion lies in the pipe. He
still wants to push himself.
your take on the modern sports
coming in, the more showbiz element.
I I this it is -- I think it is
great. They're mad! It is the
younger and the dynamic part.
we head back to the speed skating,
we have some questions, the ask
Chemmy section can be extended to
curling. The South Korean flag,
Pyeongchang, this is what it looks
like. The question is those four
symbols, what do they mean?
about the centre, which is the oom
Yang, representing the red is the
positive and the Cosmic forces and
the blue is the negative. The
outside is interesting. On the left
left we have a sign meaning heaven
and then sun and moon and earth.
The four seasons, the
four elements, they represent the
four virtues. The flag is so
Now curling, how do they
grip on the ice? How are those shoes
designed so they just don't fall.
One shoe is slidy and one gripy. If
you're right handed you wear the
Teflon on your left foot.
the on grip?
Gripping material. It
You don't have...
trainer sole would grip.
decent enough trainer. The
importance is the Teflon, the
thickness of the Teflon determines
how fast it is.
Do you test it
before the games?
Yes you will have
used ethem. A lot of them will
customise their trainers.
design themselves. You don't just go
to a shop for a pair of curling
That what is they have done
for years. In the last couple of
years you will see certain people...
Using their own trainers.
A lot of
questions about relative speeds. At
the Olympics and Chemmy, down hill
skiers are going fast.
100mph is the
fastest. Faster than we can drive in
So the four-man bob?
That is around 93mph. But the world
record is 125mph. Can you imagine
what that feels like on your neck.
Do they not have to wear seat belts?
That is why they're jam packed.
is Britain's four-man bob. What
about the luge?
That is about 87mph.
In Vancouver the top speed was
96mph. That is huge.
We have been
watching the speed skating. How fast
are they going?
The most important
thing is the flats surface. It is
power generated by muscle. They
manage to skate at 35mph. That is
why the legs are substantial.
about a curling stone. How fast that
A normal draw will take about 25
seconds to get from one end to the
other. But to play the fastest hit
you could, I don't know, 5 seconds
maybe. From one end to the other.
Curling started in Scotland with
people playing on frozen lochs, if
it wasn't an enclosed link that
stone would get up to quite a pace.
Yes you have to throw it hard on
frozen lochs. The current ice is
The world record, you in a
loch. Let's make that happen.
were talking about speed skating and
how much power they can generate and
speed they get their on the ice. And
the Dutch have been dominant. But a
lot of questions, given we are
watching the thousand metres and
Wilf will be answer to this, if
Ellise Christie were to switch to
long track, is the 1,000 metres
something she would be able to do or
is it completely different.
Simon and I about that Elise might
do good at taking a year doing long
track. The Koreans very, very
popular with changing from short
track to long track. I think she
would do well.
would do well.
COMMENTATOR: We saw
Park from Korea, that what is the
cheer was. She was a short track
Park from Korea, that what is the
cheer was. She was a short track
skater. A former world and Olympic
short track champion. In the 500
meters four years ago, when Elise
Christie collided with Fontana, Park
was also taken out and that is where
all the unpleasantness on social
media that came Elise's way came
from, from the Korean fans.
Looking at it now, we have a lot of
very good skaters still to come.
What chance Ireen Wust still staying
at the top of the leaderboard?
will be very difficult. Some of the
Japanese skaters at the very end,
and they know what time Ireen Wust
has skated, so that'll be something
to aim for initially. The 1500 metre
champion from four years ago didn't
make the final squad this time, the
Dutch standards are so high, and
they had the trials over the
Christmas holiday, and Ireen Wust
didn't make it.
The bronze medal
here in the 1500 metres won by
Marrit Leenstra the other day. And
Heather Bergsma is the world record
holder at 1500 metres. No doubt
about her staying power in terms of
The skaters are waiting
for the ice to harden up after the
resurfacing. The top surface of the
ice is slightly softer, so to try to
give all athletes the same
advantage, the referees await for
the ice to harden up.
Does that mean
that for example, the first pair to
go now in effectively the second
half of the competition, Park
Seun-Hi and, would they be at a
temperatures in the Oval have been
at around -10 degrees. They want to
ascertain that temperature for the
second group, wait until that is
achieved. -- Park Seun-Hi and
Park Seun-Hi, a seven
time world champion. Gabriele
Hirschbichler from Germany, best
Olympic finish so far for her is
12th in the 1500 metres here. Away
at the first time of asking. It's
two and a half laps of the track.
And it's a wild, flat-out sprint
over the first 100 metres or so to
really get up to speed. As they come
through the finishing line for the
first time, this is when we will get
the first time check. It's green,
meaning Park is set the fastest time
at this point. She is the leader on
the track but has a long way to go.
She will try to catch up with
Hirschbichler. Park movie to the
inside in the blue. She will have
the benefit of the inside lane,
given her short track background.
Hirschbichler at 34 has bags of
experience, but the skater with the
speed in her legs, you would think
would be Park Seun-Hi, with the
crowd roaring themselves hoarse. She
has not had a great season, maybe
saving the best until last. Maybe
it's starting to slip away from Park
Seun-Hi. Ireen Wust will be looking
on anxiously. They would break her
time. Third and fourth quickest.
Park Seun-Hi faded a little on the
last lap. But Hirschbichler came on
strong at the end, timing her effort
well. Third fastest so far, and the
German skater goes into the bronze
medal position. Look at the effort
as they go round the bend and into
the finishing straight.
Hirschbichler of Germany really
working at last bend. You can see
her left arm. Normally skaters try
to stay nice and tucked and compact,
and Hirschbichler was almost all
over the place. The speeds up to
almost 50 kph.
We talked about
aerodynamics the other day, as we
look at Nao Kodaira, one of the
favourites in the warm area in the
centre of the track. We talk about
the aerodynamics and materials for
the skin suits. What about the
They are probably
about one millimetre thick.
Generally speaking they are 40 to 50
centimetres long, depending on how
tall the skaters are, as we move
onto the next pair.
turns 25 last month, fifth last year
in the World Championships over the
shorter distance of 500 metres. A
last chance to compose herself.
Arisa Go from Japan, 12th in last
year's World Championships held here
in this Oval on the coast. Just a
couple of kilometres away from the
beach in Kwandong. They didn't even
get to the point of the gun going
off there. Both of these competitors
have good success over 500 metres.
Arisa Go of Japan ranked seventh in
the World Cup this season, but 520th
at this distance.
It was Arisa Go to
make a false start.
They get away at the second time of
asking. Powerful punching of the
arms, building up the rhythm from
Heather Maclean. Arisa Go of Japan
is furthest from the camera. Down
the finishing straight, look at
speed. Both of them making a fast
start. Almost half a second inside
the quickest times so far.
of Japan moving to the outer lane.
Has almost 1.5 seconds better
personal time than Heather Mclean of
Canada on the inner lane. The
Japanese skater on paper is way, way
The blue line is the time of
Ireen Wust. At the moment, Arisa Go
is skating extremely well, and the
leader on the ice. Can she keep it
Arisa Go needs to get onto
the back of Heather Maclean and try
to streamline her, pulling her
towards the last 200 metres.
moment around the bend. Can they
keep the speed going with the legs
tying up and the lungs are bursting.
Arisa Go with a decent sprint, but
only good enough for the third
fastest time. 1:15.84, just over
half a second slower than Ireen Wust
of the Netherlands. Arisa Go nudges
Gabriele Hirschbichler out of the
bronze medal position.
goes to show you that the time Ireen
Wust has set in the first grouping,
how good that time is. 1:15.32. We
can see Arisa Go of Japan was tucked
tightly onto the inner line. Another
Dutchman is the coach of the
How many nations are not
coached by the Dutch?
they have 14 of these 400 metre
tracks spread around the country, so
they have the facilities and
infrastructure in place.
We will go
ahead with the 11th pair shortly. A
two-time World Championship
medallist in the team pursuit,
Natalia Czerwonka. She has been
training with the short skaters in
this season to improve her
technique. And the defending Olympic
champion, the Chinese Zhang Hong.
The first-ever Olympic speed skating
medallist from China.
medallist from China. 1:15.32 is the
time to beat.
Three shots, just to make sure
everybody knows it's a false start.
That's right. Indicating the white
flag, showing the White armband
making a false start. So it was
Czerwonka of Poland at the inside.
She had a top ten finish here in the
1500 metres. You think the starter
has been holding them for quite
Absolutely. And now both
skaters have to wait, which at end,
we saw in the 5000 metres, two
thousandths of a second was the
Every fraction of a second
counts in a distance like this.
The defending champion underway in
the predominantly black skin suit on
the left-hand side of your screen.
very canny style, the Chinese skater
on the outside. The upper body, if
she can retain that and just keep it
a little more still, she would get
so much more power into the ice.
Zhang Hong, just slightly in front
of Ireen Wust's time at the first
check. Down the back straight for
the first time, switching lanes.
It's important to stay as tight on
the turn. She did that very well
indeed. The green indicating almost
half a second inside the time of
That time under threat
from Zhang Hong, the defending
Olympic champion in the 1000 metres.
Down the back straight, and she
stumbled, almost face planted onto
the ice. She has kept going but it
will cost her time. She lost a bit
of her rhythm, moving to the
outside. I think that has ruined her
chances. It did. And Zhang Hong sees
her Olympic crown disappear.
Czerwonka did well as well, bringing
hers up to fourth place at the
moment. But what happened here?
can see she just becomes very tired
and leans a bit too far forward. And
then the point of the skate just
ground into the ice.
You can see
coming down the finishing straight,
it looked like she could barely lift
one leg in front of the other.
lactate that builds up into the
legs. It's an elongated sprint, this
Ireen Wust is hanging
in at the top of the leaderboard.
We are getting to the business end
of this competition. The women's
1000 metres here at the very
impressive Oval. We have not seen a
400 metre long track. It's a very
impressive sight. The Gangneung
Oval. In the long track, this form
of the sport, a double Olympic
champion in 2014 in the 1500 and
team pursuit, and Brittany Bowe as
well, the 2015 world champion. Ter
Mors, the 2016 world champion.
Mors, the 2016 world champion. This
is a real heavyweight clash in terms
of skating ability at this distance.
This is going to be absolutely
fascinating, to see who has the
speed and staying power between
these two. Both of them former world
champions at this distance. Ter Mors
eight double Olympic champion in
Sochi four years ago. -- Ter Mors, a
double Olympic champion.
Bowe on the outside for America, in
the blue and white, storming away.
Almost half a second already. Ter
Mors, the former 1500 metre world
champion. It will be all about the
last lap. That's where Ireen Wust
did the damage to the rest of the
Brittany Bowe was fifth here
in the 1500 metres over a slightly
longer distance. Quite a big
advantage over the time of Ireen
Wust. That's time under real
pressure here. Brittany Bowe just
has to keep it going. We will see
whether Ter Mors has the strength to
close in and put pressure on.
It looks like the lead will go.
short track experience coming down
the the line.
Ter Mors will set a
new fastest time and the Olympic
record has gone what a skate. A
superb last lap from Ter Mors -
two-time gold medallist in Sochi
four years ago and she was all
business there. Bowe took the fight
to her, but Ter Mors has had the
staying power and the form in her
legs. This was sensational skating
from the Dutch woman.
A superb piece
of skating from Ter Mors. The Dutch
have been dominating this event, the
long track speed skating.
long track speed skating.
STUDIO: Stewed Four more pairs to
come. On the red button, you can see
live coverage of Canada against
Britain in men's curling. We will be
ginning that live at around --
joining that at around 20 past 11.
Now back to the speed skating.
joining that at around 20 past 11.
Now back to the speed skating.
COMMENTATOR: We are not done yet. We
have get some really good skaters to
come. There is Ireen Wust, who was
in the gold medal position. She has
been bumped down to bronze now.
Bokko ready to go and Tu-Ting, the
first female athlete from her
country to compete in this event.
She fell in the 1,500 metres the
other day, finishing in 26th place.
Skaters cleanly away and the
Norwegian on the right-hand side in
Really throwing down the
gauntlet to the rest of the field.
Bokko of Norway almost one tenth of
a second already inside of it. That
will be an interesting, you know,
the skaters know this ice is capable
of those sorts of times.
They come to take the bell. Bokko
and Tu-Ting both outside the fastest
time. Bokko not too far away. Has
Huang a big final 200 metres as they
Bokko moving to the
inner side. You can see these
skaters are tying up and are not
used to the longer distances.
will lead them home and her time is
good enough for fifth place. Two and
a half seconds down. Huang 14th
fastest. It has been all about the
Dutch here, as it so often is in the
long track speed skating. Going into
today, the Dutch had one all four
gold medals on offer. A couple of
bronze and silver as well. No other
country has managed more than one up
And we still have another
Dutch skater to come. Ter Mors will
be very happy with that performance.
We have six skaters still to come.
Including the current world
champion. Ireen Wust wondering if
she will add to her medals.
she will add to her medals. That
lane on the inside where the writing
is is used as the warm up lane. It
is the outside two lanes that are
used for the racing. Takagi won the
silver medal in the 1,500 metres.
This is her last event of the games.
The over all World Cup champion this
winter. And Erbanova, fifth here
last year in the World Championship.
Erbanova from the Czech Republic and
based in the Netherlands.
Takagi, sixth in the World
Championships here last year.
Takagi has a
personal best of more than a second
quicker than Erbanova.
started well, but we have seen that
They need to start hard to
get the speed and cruise this first
Erbanova with the red
sleeves, Takagi in the black and
white as they come around to take
the bell. Have they given themselves
a shot at this. It is close.
Erbanova is skating well. She has
given herself a chance. Takagi
finding it tough.
Erbanova needs to
stay technically good to take that
time. Both skaters tying up.
Takagi found a second wind? As they
come to the line, the clock ticks
away and second fastest time for
Takagi. 1.13.98. Well, Ter Mors'
Olympic record time, the leading
time, came under pressure from
Takagi. That was a superb skate,
putting her into second place. Bowe
stays third. Erbanova is fourth
fastest. Wust now down to fifth.
we said for Wust, it is not her best
distance. As I said, she has thrown
the gauntlet down to the rest of the
field. She has skated the time, Ter
Mors and has no more pressure. Those
are the skater that need to still
We have got two pairs to
come. Skaters in those pairs who are
more than capable still of winning
this title. Not least Kodaira, the
1,000 metre world record holder. And
we have the current world champion.
Vanessa Herzog from Austria. Her
World Cup ranking at this distance
this winter is third. And Nao
Kodaira from Japan at her third
Olympic Games. Second in the World
Cup rankings this winter. No 1 at
500 metres and she is the 1,000
metre world record holder. That was
set in December 2017.
Beautifully timed from Kodaira.
Lovely, smooth, flowing the style as
she gets up to speed.
She makes it
look very easy. This is is the medal
that the Japanese are lacking for.
-- Looking for.
A strong start from
Herzog, who has had an excellent
season. Literally neck and neck. 0.4
ahead of the fastest time.
opened very fast and it might be
even a bit too much.
Kodaira at the
moment is going faster and faster.
Just reached seven tenths of a
second. Coming back slightly now.
Half a second the advantage with one
lap to go here for Kodaira. It is a
case of whether she has got the
staying power here. It is coming
down the advantage bit by bit. As
you can see at the bottom right of
screen. She is almost level and it
may be slipping away. Kodaira has
got to dig deep now. Into the
finishing straight. This is where it
hurts. You have got to empty the
tank here now. Up to the line and it
is good enough for second place.
Kodaira couldn't quite bring it
home. He did give herself a platform
for victory and there is a very
relieved smile on the face of Jorien
Ter Mors. Kodaira now in second
place and Takagi also from Japan in
third. Bowe of the United States
nudged off the podium.
Well that is
a very big surprise here at the
Olympic Games. Kodaira has dominated
all season and again like the 15
hundred metres, that the Japanese
ladies have not performed.
the world champ yn at 500 and the
world No 1 at 500 couldn't quite get
the second 500 rigt there. -- right
there. The last pair will be on the
ice shortly. Ready to go. Ter Mors
there, her anxious wait will last
another couple of minutes and then
she will know and we will all know
who is the champion. It might be one
of her own team mates who makes life
uncomfortable. Lenstra already has a
bronze in the 1,500 here. And the
current world champion at both 1,000
and 1,500 metres and the 1,500 metre
world record holder, Heather
Bergsma. The only two who can
possibly deny Ter Mors. An
interesting and unique start from
Heather Bergsma in terms of style.
Bergsma crouched down almost like a
sprint athlete to start.
come from in-line skating, that is
the way they start. Both know what
time they need to beat.
couple of laps we have before us
now. First time time check coming
up. And both are inside the fastest
That is good for Lenstra. She
will be saving a bit in the tank for
the last lap.
Bergsma getting the
opportunity to slip stream behind
the Dutch woman. Neck and neck into
the finishing straight and as you
can see s it is bang on and it is
going to be very close. There is
nothing in it. Maybe Ter Mors' time
ahead of Bergsma at the moment.
Bergsma having the last outer lane,
that will make it tougher for her.
The coaches urging them on. The
skaters on the left-hand side of the
screen. I think Ter Mors will get
the gold here.
Around the bend for
the final time into the finishing
straight, the crowd on their feet.
Are they tying up? They go up to the
line, no, and Ter Mors from the
Netherlands is the Olympic champion.
Lenstra and Bergsma gave themselves
a chance, but they couldn't keep it
going quickly enough on that final
lap and Ter Mors with two gold
medals in Sochi now has one here as
well in Pyeongchang. That was a
superb skate from the Dutch woman,
setting a new Olympic record time as
Yes, it was nice to see the
actual national short track coach
for Holland there in the middle of
the rink congratulating Ter Mors.
Lenstra coming around that last
Lenstra finished sixth
four years ago. Finishes in the same
position this time. Kodaira and
Takagi celebrate medals for Japan.
SIMON BROTHERTON: So, celebrations
start for Jorien Ter Mors.
winner of the ladies 1000m is from
the Netherlands, Jorien Ter Mors.
CLARE BALDING: The Netherlands
continue to dominate the speed
skating, and in snowboarding it is
the USA who are open and double
having won all four of the old
medals, most recently thanks to
Shaun White, who won the halfpipe
with the most stunning final run and
said afterwards he really had to
bring his A-game. How thrilled he is
to regain that title he won twice in
a row and ended not even make the
podium in Sochi four years ago. He
now becomes the first snowboarder to
win three Olympic title Steph let's
have a look at what that does to the
table... And Germany have had a very
good sport trust so far.
good sport trust so far. -- a very
good Games so far.
Meanwhile, Rhona Howie and Chemmy
Alcott alongside me and Rona has
been keeping her eye on the curling.
This has been on the red button, but
we're just at the closing stages of
the first end, Hannah Dale against
Great Britain - what has been
Canada have got last
stone advantage on the first end so
they're going up to the corner
guards trying to score two and
looking in a good position to do
just that. This is Kyle Smith's last
stone for Britain at the first end.
He is looking to put pressure on
Canada, but Canada have set this end
Great Britain had a very
tense but good win in their opening
game, all of this team, first-time
Olympians. They went to an extra end
and beat Switzerland but Canada are
a very, very tough challenge. Really
early stages here. It is one assumes
ten ends but if the scores are tied
it goes to an 11th. The women opened
their campaign this morning with a
very impressive victory over the
Olympic athletes of Russia. Rona,
you the skip who won the gold - what
do you do if your Canada and what
can they do here? Are they looking
Yep, that's what they want
to do, and Canada are very good at
this, scoring multiples when they
have last stone, they're very good
at forcing that. Here he has got an
open nose hit for two at first end.
Which is a dream position to start
the game at the first end, if you
can get that two. He certainly
doesn't want to hit and roll out
here. No, he's made it perfectly.
So, Canada take me from that first
end and we're going to be picking it
up live after we show you this guide
Curling originated in 16th century
Scotland and appeared in the very
first winter Olympic Games of 1924,
when Great Britain won gold. The aim
of curling is to get more stones
closer to the centre of the scoring
area, known as the house, than your
opponent. Sweeping is a key part and
it affects the distance and
direction that the stone travels in.
Tactics are crucial, especially
retaining the last stone advantage,
known as the hammer. In the men's
and women's there are four players
in each team, known as a rink, who
curl two stones each end. Only one
team can score each end. Matches are
over ten end is. This year sees the
addition of mixed doubles, a
shorter, more dynamic event played
over eight ends instead of ten.
CLARE BALDING: And that new mixed
doubles event was won by Canada,
they are Dominic nation in curling,
it is the sport of Canada and that
is why they are so tough to beat.
So, Great Britain in their second
game in action against Canada,
second game just on the way, Logan
Gray, Jackie Lockhart and Steve Cram
are our commentators.
STEVE CRAM: Thank you, Claire, and
Great Britain will be hoping to
respond in the second end here. It
was a great start to the competition
with that victory over Switzerland
and they came out looking fairly
relaxed, full of smiles, and
everybody knows when you play Canada
it is going to be tough. If you do
manage to get a win against them,
that's a bit of a bonus in the round
robin. I think what they will be
looking for is a good performance
here, whether they win or lose, try
and make sure that they give Canada
a good match. So, very early stages.
They didn't do too much wrong,
perhaps a couple of missed
opportunities to play slightly
better shots but not too much wrong.
Logan and Jackie Long with me.
Logan and Jackie Long with me. Play
aggressive against Canada and try
and score shots, is that the best
policy, do you think, try and be
JACKIE LOCKHART: Yeah, I think as I
said at the beginning of the end,
they have really got to be on there
again if they want to beat Canada
and stone placement is key. That
shot I think is way too high, it
needed to be much closer to the
house to make it harder for Canada
to catch their stone.
LOGAN GRAY: I totally agree. The
other thing is that if they make any
kind of slight mistakes, you know
the Canadians are going to punish
them for eight, and that is exactly
what happened in the first end. They
didn't do too much wrong. They made
one or 2/2 shots, and Canada, just
clinical. -- they made one or two
If this is your four
yearly stint of watching curling,
talking about the four stones, they
can't be moved, but you can keep
placing the guards in place. Cammy
Smith, his brother Kyle is the skip,
just trying to come around that.
Just explain, Logan, when you have
the hammer, what you're trying to
set up to try and score derby OK,
so, the outcome that you're trying
to achieve is to score multiple
points. It is as simple as that. You
want to score two or more.
basically you will play quite
offensively. If it's not really
working out then a blanket end is a
good option because then you can
roll the hammer, the last stone
advantage, over to the next end to
try again, really. But generally, in
the context of the areas where the
two teams play, you will expect to
see the team with the last stone
platelet out of the wings, try and
keep the centre open. Whereas the
team with the last stone, Canada in
this instance, will try to keep the
play in the middle, to choke up the
middle and try and put some pressure
on the team with the last stone to
be able to score.
be able to score.
Kyle Smith, the
skip for Britain. He missed one or
two opportunities in the match
against Switzerland I think
generally, called the game well. And
you made the point, Logan, about
managing the scoreboard, and they
did that pretty well also, blanked a
couple of pence early on. Carrying
that hammer, if you can, to the
eighth and the tenth is always a
help. And just getting almost
blooming success there, certainly
removing one, the other one going to
the back of the house. So, Kyle
Smith just needs to lead his team
well. This is Kyle Waddell playing
Although GB are losing two
in the first end they don't need to
go crazy here.
That was kind of my
point when I was saying about what
kind of game do you play? The more
risky you are the more likely you
are to make mistakes, so do you kind
of, if you're playing Manchester
City, park the bus for a while and
hang on and see if you can get into
the latter stages still close?
Absolutely. They are trailing by two
at the moment and as the game goes
on and they continue to trail, they
will start to move through the gears
and take more risk. But at the
moment still a long way to go, still
nine ends to come, they don't have
to go crazy, and it's all about
hanging on to the Canadians early on
and give themselves a chance down
the stretch against Kevin Koe's
Yeah, I think they don't want
to be too aggressive too early
because they want to play some
simple shots, played well wow, get
their confidence. And then after
that that's when in the latter
stages you can start putting the
And the thing about
playing more risky curling is that
generally the difficulty of the
shots goes up, so a I think that's a
really good point. We saw earlier on
today that they did struggle with
some of those more technical shots,
possibly just learning the new
playing conditions, and also the
bright lights of the big show here
at the Olympic said. So, a few
simple shots might not be a bad
thing for this young British team.
So, Marc Kennedy, Olympic gold
medallist from Vancouver. Really low
delivery from Kennedy.
delivery from Kennedy. The ask here
was to hit and roll across behind
the red sitting at the top of the
house, but he's caught that really
thin. So, a small error there from
team Canada. Yeah, and this is when
you start to Bergsma that you don't
have your car guard -- corner guard
in a good position.
Yeah, the GB
corner guard is really high.
that it is almost not on the screen!
The coach for the GB men's team.
Because they don't have a good
corner guard, it is easy to remove
any stone behind it and is now
having to play down the centre,
which isn't ideal for the team with
the last stone. And this is just
drifting a bit too far - but it IS
hidden behind the guard.
shot that Thomas Bjorn head was just
struggling with a little bit this
morning. Anything with a bit of
weight he was fine.
funny, if there is a shot that you
feel like you are maybe a bit weaker
at, that's the first one to go as
soon as the pressure comes on.
So, Kennedy, then, looking to just
apply a bit of pressure here. The
last three stones for Great Britain,
at some point you have to decide
whether or not you can do anything
about blanking an end but Canada
just starting to turn the screw a
little bit. That's a nice shot. He
just wants him to come in on top of
that, stay above that tee line. Just
needs to find his touch here.
Earlier we were talking about these
draws and the importance of the
sweeper, when he's just about to
throw it. Just saying to Tom there,
just take a second, throw it soft
and let us sweep it down there.
Because as soon as he throws it too
hard, then there's no sweeping it.
That's not bad. Pretty good effort
from Thomas Muirhead.
Yeah, it's a
really good shot, they be if hit at
being a stone shorter then it would
have been absolutely perfect. The
difficulty here is that if Kevin
comes down and freezes on that
yellow, it's going to be a total
nightmare for GB to score.
enough, I saw Kevin Koe deliver a
couple of draws like this this
morning, without the sort of
accuracy you might expect from him,
against Italy. Just wonder whether
he's found his form early in this
match this evening.
They seem to like this one,
Yeah, they're working
That's a lovely stone.
I think the guard needs to go back
up now. Try and pick it out of
up now. Try and pick it out of
Just the difference in that one shot
by Thomas Muirhead. Don't get me
wrong it was a great shot it shows
you the difference in the inches. If
it had been a few inches up towards
us it would have been a different
thing for Kevin Koe to face.
underlines the point about you made
about playing Canada. If you are not
spot on every chance they are going
to respond with a perfect shot, so,
Kyle Smith, trying to run this red
back, against the other red.
Partial success but obviously that
is making things difficult. One
stone left is best, they are going
to get one here.
At least he has
moved them all behind the back half
of the circle, and that shouldn't be
a problem to him when he has last
It looks like a bad shot in that
they have lost their stone from the
house and are lying four against,
but in the context of the final
score of the en, they have a better
chance to score one here.
These are the chats I love.
out loud telling Kyle Smith which
shot he is not very good at. Which
shot he is not happy with.
very much open in their
communication and happy to, but I
guess that is one of the strategies
of the game, is making sure you are
making your opposition play the shot
they least like or they are not
having a good day with. Make it as
difficult as possible for your
Correct me if I am
wrong, one of options there was to
high the tee line there, meaning it
wasn't not possible for Kyle Smith
just to take it out, because they
have two stones inside the white
circle, it wouldn't be close enough
to count, to force him to draw for
You would make a good skip
one day Crammy. Somewhere nooking
into the circle there in front. With
them being up there, not only do
they want to put in a position where
Kyle can't hit it to score one, but
they want to put it on a line that
is a nuisance for the draw.
Let us see how close he is.
Not going to be far away is it
want it to finish where Kennedy has
Coming in a bit more. --
If he hit that... He can take the
one at the back out as well? He
might lie shot then? Just going to
have a look at it. See if he hits
that right on, just off the left as
we look at it, left of the nose as
It is going to be rally
close, if they nose it would be
enough, it would outcount that back
red. I am going to say they took it
an inch too far. Just a tad. That is
where, that is where these games are
going to be won and lost, stone
Well you heard there, probably, if
you did hopefully you here, they
think nose is good enough, going to
be close enough to count. It looks
as though that would be correct.
Never and easy shot. He is playing
against five stones in the house. As
a skip you maybe have to go up the
other end and think there is only
one shot in the house, you don't
want it playing on your mind there
five other stones there.
other than right on the nose and
sits... It is not going to be good
enough. Kyle Smith asking them to
sweep this, try and get the line
That might just be good enough.
think it is.
For the one.
That is agreed by Marc Kennedy. A
bit of a pressure shot there, not
two, but one, better than giving up
So Canada after two ends lead this
2-1. Kevin Koe looking cool, calm
and collected, isn't he.
I wonder if the sweepers might get a
slap on wrist from Kevin Koe, the
Canadian skip. There is, Kyle Smith
should not have had that option,
they carried that stone too far.
Just slid a little but in the right
direction. You can see how much that
was meaning to him, he was shouting
at them to try and hold the line.
That will give them a bit of
confidence. It was a bit of get out
of jail, but they may sure they
capitalised on it. A slight mistakes
from Canada but Kyle Smith delivered
The fact they have
scored there is good but I think
probably in the back of your mind
you have to be thinking OK, I was
facing five, so I don't have the
hammer in this next end so we will
have to step it up.
I think one of the things I would be
discussing with my team after that
is OK, we're on the score board here
but we need doe a better job of the
set up. Because we didn't have a
chance in that last ten because we
didn't get the first couple of
stones in the right spot.
You guys said at the beginning
making life difficult for themselves
with Cammy Smith who sent this stone
down. Coming up a bit short last
time. So trying to place the guard
here. Again, it is going to be a
long way off the house but right on
the center line.
I think... So they just, you might
be able to hear the British players
trying to work out what is going on
with that stone. They are trying to
determine whether it is human error
or whether that is a bit slower than
Getting pretty busy in here, good
good atmosphere, buzzing a little
bit. Korea are play, they are
already two down. Two ends against
They are considered a threat for
Canada and of course, Great Britain
and everybody else. On the next
sheet. Switzerland and Italy. Italy
scored one in the first end. It is
tied between Norway and Japan one
Better effort from Cammy Smith.
It is locked on that red, so that
making it a bit harder for Dan to do
anything with it.
-- Canada to do anything with it. So
they are going to play a back eight
weight, which is heavier and they
will try and catch it and move the
Push the red to the back.
It he is looking very tanned Benoit
Schwarz, whether he has been on
holiday or the sun beds.
If he has
been on the sun beds, I wouldn't
blame him. You could have almost
done sunbathing this afternoon.
Afternoon. Kevin Koe disappointed
with that shot. All he has done is
pushed the yellow in behind goodbye
A couple of indifferent shots there
from backbench Benoit Schwarz. So
Kyle Waddell playing second for
-- Ben Hebert.
Skip watching this.
Doesn't stick the shooter though.
was going to say a little unlucky.
Just spins out the house.
In the previous end I talked about
guards being too long. The Canadians
are saying that guard is not even in
play, so, although it is in line of
sight, they know that the stones
will curl round it and they make
take outs where ever the stones are.
Just as you said that, that is a
commentators curse. Well done Logan.
Well... It may
have been right out there, but he
still caught the guard on the way
in, just enough. Just a little nick,
sends it wide. Cammy Smith is having
a chuckle to himself, perhaps.
Really nice situation for GB all of
I was about to say you
talked about capitalise on any
mistakes Canada make, they won't
make many but when they do...
is going to overcurl, which is a bit
of a shame. It was a nice weight but
it's just on the wrong side of the
You can see that.
So, pity there.
If they manage to get that guard in
line they are in greater shape.
Canada have to start peeling the
high guards off and it turns into a
chance to steal here.
He needs to make a compensation for
that previous throw.
Happy to try and take it grey the
centre Canada with the hammer, so
they are looking for some shots away
from the forefoot at the moment.
was going to say, whether Thomas
Muirhead can just hit and roll in
behind the two yellow stones.
He has the same delivery as his
sister, with he tongue out.
Concentration, I know.
Unlucky. Good try.
Now Canada, see if they can play
that shot better. Marc Kennedy.
A bit of frustration there from
Just saw him tapping hiss hip there,
that is an indication of the weight.
When you tap the hip, is that
Yes, it is half way. Bumper,
I do read the odd thing now and
The crazy thing about the weights is
all the teams call it different
thing, different ways, there is not
a generally accept terminology but
we try our best.
A soft weight, bump
If you went, as I understand
it the lower down if you tap your
foot, so coming all the way up it
has more weight.
Over your head is a
If you are tapping your
hip or backside. Half weight.
I'll go with that.
They want to make sure they hold on
to the shooter here.
That is coming out the other side.
They were hoping for it to stop
somewhere where in the middle so the
two yellow cards, you can only see
one at the moment, they will be
using that as protective cover.
he played two shots there and he
wanted something on either occasion
that was somewhere in between the
Again, this idea of OK, but not
The problem they have
though, is that the Canadians are
tactically astute, and they know
that that yell however there in the
side of the house, although it is in
a scoring position isn't really
doing anything, so they are going to
completely ignore it, draw one round
and try and create another score of
two to open up the game by four
shots to one.
This is their
offensive tactic here. Great Britain
haven't made it in behind these two
guards, so Canada is going to make
sure they are there first. Might
have come out a fraction too far. He
has been right on the tee line.
It is in a similar position to
Thomas's draw in the previous end,
actually. So a very similar
So Kyle just showing Thomas Muirhead
where to hold the brush, where he
wants how much ice he wants to take
Somebody there, not sure who it was
saying what you said, Logan, same
These are the shots that, if they're
going to stay in this game, they've
got to start laying without any
Thinks it's a bit tight...
line! Hard line!
Looks short as
Well, he said as soon as he
threw it he knew it was tight for
line, and maybe a bit under throne
as well. So, not a good effort from
He's just making the point that one
thing it has done is perhaps... He's
only got one stone left, Kyle Smith,
so Kevin Koe...
What are you thinking?
make it easier this way, this isn't
the way he wants to draw.
STEVE CRAM: Again, telling Kyle
Smith what he's going to play next!
He's got a couple of options here,
he could probably hit the yellow and
come onto the inside of it, it is
just how far he hits his own red
across. Or he could come from the
left-hand side into the centre. But
you heard him say he is worried if
he brings it in there is a raise on
the yellow, and that's the kind of
shot that Kyle Smith likes, so he's
trying to make it as difficult as
possible. And they will go through
every scenario before they decide
which one they want to go for.
I think there are initial
inclination was to come down the
right-hand side and draw another one
around, but I think they're worried
about either Kyle playing the freeze
down the left-hand side onto the one
which is already there, or even
setting up some sort of run back
double possibility. I think they
sense a real chance to score
potentially as many as three here,
so they want to maximise their
chances. Of course something like a
3-wood give them a huge advantage in
this game and make them almost
certain winners. Even at this early
stage in the game, a great chance if
Canada. -- chance for Canada.
JACKIE LOCKHART: They haven't been
playing down this side as much for
the drawing game. Can just hear him
checking the ice that he has been
given by his vice skipper at the
other end just to check it is the
That is a great view of the sweeping
action from these two.
Oh, and they've just made it - I
I'm not sure.
LOGAN GRAY: Ben kind of left that
one a bit early.
Jackie, I don't know if you saw the
shot that Jacques Kevin Koe through
to win in Manitoba, but it looked
short all the way down and those
guys just went to town on it! -- the
shot that Kevin Koe played. It
demonstrates the importance of the
gym work and the trading that they
have had to do for the sweeping.
Because that commitment made the
difference between getting them to
the Olympic Games and not getting
Yeah, they can
definitely take that stone five or
six feet more...
May be even more.
Maybe even more than that, when you
see the power that they're putting
And I think as a skip it
gives you so much confidence to know
that if you just drop it down there,
your sweepers can put it too much
wherever you want it to be.
wherever you want it to be.
going back to the draw. I think the
worry, firstly, I think he might be
worried he gets the weight of wrong
on the draw, and then they've got
Yeah, there's a possibility
that he is just going to jam that
Yeah, he's gone back.
He's going down the other and, he
doesn't like that at all, he is now
saying he prefers the draw.
the skip's preference, because once
you get down the other end sometimes
the stones look completely
I don't know about you,
Jackie, but this potentially says to
me that Canada may be our only lying
That's what I think if it is
very, very close. Well, you see what
we see. The yellow of Great Britain
we think is lying second shot. Very
close. It would definitely go to a
measure. Just asking for a little
more ice. He's going to try and draw
an come around and get to the back
of the button if he can.
of the button if he can.
This is a
really important shot here.
really important shot here.
Smith, then, he's a sort of had one
good one, one bad one and one
average one if you like - this needs
to be brilliant here. It's got a
chance, got to keep sweeping, bring
it in... Further than that... Well
This is going to be an easy
hit for a three, I think.
want to be tight there, either. And
I think taking that little bit more
ice further out to the outside, and
he just hasn't given it enough.
fairly straightforward, you can see
that British stone. That's the
target for Kevin Koe. And then just
to sit in and count three. And if he
is successful with this, then Great
Britain would have amounted to climb
against Canada. -- would have a
mountain to climb.
mountain to climb. Even if he got
this horribly wrong they would still
pick up two.
That's not going to go... Two. Well,
they got away with one there. That
British stone just spun away, the
one sitting at the top of the...
Well, they had just got inside the
8ft, so it's not as bad as it might
have been, but it still means that
Great Britain are trailing by three.
That's after three and, and just not
quite capitalising on any
opportunities they get. And in some
ways they've been slightly fortunate
that Canada on occasion as well have
not quite delivered the stones,
either. Kevin Koe perhaps the one
who hasn't been quite 100% on form.
So, Great Britain will have the
hammer in the next, but either this
end or certainly pretty soon, they
need to have something dramatic
happens. It's been a fairly blowy,
blustery day but I'm pleased to say
the winds have abated somewhat. You
can see the media centre on your
left, and those other tents and
marquees, a lot of which were taken
down, and for a lot of people on the
part it was a little bit of run for
cover this afternoon! Thankfully
things have calmed down. We didn't
have a clue in here, it was all
calm! So, Great Britain, then, with
the hammer in the fourth, trailing
Yeah, it was a little bit of a
disappointing outcome on the third
end, because really for the first
time in the game they had the chance
to take the upper hand and maybe
could even have gone on to steal it
if they had strong a few shots
together. But if you can fall three
behind you might as well do it at
the start of the game and give
yourself plenty of time to get that
How often do you see Canada give up
a 4-1 lead? This is the first time,
Let's not talk about it!
Corner guard from Cammy Smith.
They're still discussing that stone
It's getting gradually
further away, from one end to the
I think part of the problem that
Kyle Smith's team has been having
with Cammy's stones is that they
can't actually work out if they are
different or not, because Cammy has
been releasing them different each
time. So, when you throw multiple
factors into the equation, it's
difficult to pinpoint exactly what
the issue is.
He's just hoping this can curl
enough to get behind that guard.
very important for Team GB that the
next score in this game is a score
of two. If they get the last stone
advantage for anything less then it
will be almost an insurmountable
task for them.
JACKIE LOCKHART: Yeah, we spoke
about it earlier when we watched the
girls' game, the stone placement is
key if you want the rest of the end
to be successful, the placement of
that lead stone. So, the guard taken
STEVE CRAM: I said earlier on, a
defeat to Canada is by no means
unexpected, but it is how you play.
You want to just play well, make
your shots. If you walk off and
Canada have played better than you,
great. That's not a problem, you're
in the Olympic Thames, there are
going to be teams that might be
better than you on the day, but you
want to find your form, coming back
tomorrow, if you haven't played
well, you've suffered a heavy
defeat, carry that through to
So, quite clearly, Canada have
switched to a more kind of defensive
mindset. When you're defending a
lead a new play a lot more takeouts,
just removing the opposition stones
to limit the amount that they can
score in the end. Another mistake
here for Brent Laing.
just left that
just left that there. Yeah, I guess
any traffic out front helps the
The green lights come on the top of
the handle to signify a clean
release before the line.
to hit and roll behind that guard
which has been left out there
inadvertently, but not able to do
so. A little shake of the head from
That is a good shot, they're
still very much in a setup phase, so
what they need to do is to try and
build something up and get a few
yellow stones kicking around.
That is a serious haircut isn't it?
You make the point Logan, you can't
just let this drift along, you have
to try and force the issue a bit. If
they do let it drift along Canada
are capable of making the shots they
need to keep it safe.
They won't mind giving away one
I like the split.
So what they want to do here is move
their own yellow stone out the way
while getting another one into the
house, so the problem at the moment
for them is yellow stone is directly
in front the one closest to the
button, they want to remove that at
some point, sos... It looks like
they may have changed it up. They
are still trying to achieve the same
thing but they are going to play a
raised take out instead. Which may
suit Thomas Muirhead.
Has he got
this right in
they had more options with the
lighter weight, with the split. You
still, two two shots are going to be
remain manager the house. I think
they are calling long shots at the
You are hearing the cheers
go up. Four matches are being played
in this session.
Every team plays each other in the
You play nine matches in all.
And then the top four teams go
through to the semifinals, the team
that will finishes top plays the
team who finishes fourth, and second
and third play each other, the
winners of that go into the gold
medal match, and the losers in the
semifinals go into the bronze medal
match. So although a defeat to
Canada would be obviously
disappointing, this evening, in the
grand scheme of things, as far as
the week is concerned, I think
Britain are going to be more
bothered about the other teams the
Koreas and the Italies and the
Norways an Japans, you want to
really try and win five, if you win
five, you have a pretty good chance
of qualifying, certainly at least
being into a tie-break situation, if
there are ties then the round-robin
results in terms of who beat who
comes into play.
But there is is a lot of curling to
happen before we start looking at
the different permutations.
That is better.
It is a better shot.
It it is the
opportunity has gone though.
reeling a bit from it to be honest.
The shot call was fine but you have
to make it or the whole end is over.
You have the opportunity of blanking
Keep the hammer.
Try and build a better opportunity,
there is still time.
It is not as though we are eighth
Think we are going to see this end
If you were watching mixed doubles,
that was a feature that one of the
rules that are different, one man,
one woman and eight end but no
blanked ends so you don't carry the
ham e you don't carry it through to
the next end. It is different in
If you blank an end you
roll your end over into the next end
and continue to have the hammer.
The guys need to settle a bit. It
tends to have been one accident
shot, then not so good. Kyle Smith,
like all of them, has struggled to
find consistency in this match.
That is an OK shot. But he has just
not been confident with how he is
playing the shot, you can see it in
his face, his demeanour.
It may be he needs goat really good
shot and it raises his little tail
and kneels more confident, but he is
not looking as confident as he
should be at the minute.
So just play the stones out,
If you didn't see any of the mixed
doubles Canada won the gold medal
and Switzerland took the silver.
OAR took the bronze.
I was saying at the beginning of
this match, let us see this stone
here from Kyle Smith.
I was saying the two players in this
Canadian team, Ben Hebert and Marc
Kennedy have a gold medal from
Vancouver in 2010. They were beat on
the accolade of having two gold
medals by Kaitlyn Lawes and John
morery who won the mixed doubles
goal. The two of them previous mixed
doubles players. So, Canada then,
still 4-1 after four ends, it there
will be a break after five, of a few
minutes and that break Great Britain
would want certainly, would really
want to be within touching distance,
pick up a couple if they can. They
have carried the hammer over into
the fifth end.
They don't quite need to force the
issue yet, but maybe round the sixth
end they will need to make sure they
get a couple of points of between
You both have talked about
having the hammer in the -- even
ends and in the second half of the
match, 6, 8, 10.
So I guess if they do score on the
fifth, that is, advantage is going
to be given back to Dan.
of ideology is only really
appropriate when it is a very close
game. They need to score and they
need to make full use of every end
they have left in this game. There
is no point in deliberately blanking
to stay three shots down because you
are wasting an opportunity to put
more points on the board.
I think it becomes key when you get
to maybe the sixth and seventh end,
thinking who do I want to score? You
definitely want to be having the
hammer in the eighth and trying to
score so you can force in the ninth
and have the hammer going down the
Just about time and it is waiting
for the appropriate time to...
Change over the happened hammer or
try and force the hammer.
So Ben Hebert the lead for Canada,
just sent one in to the centre of
the house and Cammy Smith is trying
to set a guard and it is still quite
He has per veered with that stone.
-- persevered with that stone.
the guys are really having to work
that stone there.
Just explain Logan, the stones, the
how they choose the stones they want
to play with, I know the question,
do the players bring their stones
out. The stones have been here a
year, explain how that works and why
they are different.
Yes, all the
stones are supplied by the royal
curling federation, the
international governing body for
curling, they transport them out
here to whatever international event
it is, and they all come from, they
are all stored at Greenacres ice
rink just outside Paisley in
Scotland. They are made of granite
so they are a natural material and
they are all different. So what the
process is, is that once they are
turned into curling stones they are
matched into pairs, where they are
reasonably similar, and then still,
when they get out to the
competitions you may find some of
them are slightly different to each
other, some might go a bit faster,
or go further than other one, some
might curl more, some might run
straighter. There is an art of game,
trying to pick them out and using
Brent Laing playing second for
Canada, maybe not playing as well as
one or two of his team-mate,
particularly with the draw.
Brent is down in the '70s. He is
75% in comparison with the 93 and 88
and the 91.
As I said by comparison, not saying
he's, you know... A shocking day.
Past the guard. Yeah.
His team-mates setting high standard
and again, if this is all a bit new
to you, and each player is actually,
each shot, the, the shot that has
been called, it is the statisticians
are giving them marks out of four.
You can get zero but one, two, three
If we are looking for a
positive in this fifth end it is
that Canada aren't just skitling the
stones off, they are leaving a few
kicking round, that is always good
for the team chasing game. The more
stones in play, then the more
opportunity there is to make
As you say that,
this guard is going to be removed.
He is quite quiet for a skip, Kevin
We are usually a boisterous
bunch aren't we Jackie?
Yes, he is
very quiet. He doesn't say very much
I think both teams are... Well they
are both questioning some of the
stones. And the thing is, both teams
have nine minutes practise before
they come on to play this game, to
throw their stones and make sure
they are happy with them. Run of the
roles of the alternate with them,
that his go on at night and practise
on the sheet they are going to play
in and help match the stones so the
fifth man's role is important to be
looking at the stones, not that you
can, you can't remove a rogue stone,
if will is is a rogue stone on the
sheet you have to learn to adapt to
it and play withel.
By a role stone I mean may curl too
feet more than the others, in that
instance the skip has to give you a
bit more ice.
This is Cammy's rock.
There you see,
Cammy, who is playing one and two,
he is given a stone to Kyle to play
at the second player, rather than
playing it himself.
I think they just wanted Cammy to
make it curl more, that is what they
They have now
shuffled them round, as far as I
That is the understanding I
had. When you said that, I was
starting to think...
You are right. Because remember when
that first guard that Cammy did
play, it still was a bit a question
mark, it did get a bit further down
They can make the stones run a bit
straighter or curl more depend long
is sweeping and in what position.
remember Kaitlyn Lawes, John Morris
switched one of her stones for one
of his. A miss. Taken one out.
What do we reckon? Three may be
Three I think.
are going to have to start moving
some red stones.
On the nose, it is pretty good.
So they think this hit this on the
nose, it hits the rebehind, comes
across... Past the tee line and
across the button.
On the face of it, that sort of
looks OK, but it wasn't the shot
It is not exactly what they called
but it is not diss a through, it is
not a formality of a double takeout.
I like the one I just threw. It
curled a little bit.
STEVE CRAM: I'm trying to think who
reminds me of, it is nagging me.
Great shot by Marc Kennedy.
LOGAN GRAY: Absolutely deadly with
those big weight takeouts.
STEVE CRAM: Yeah, he got everything
Well, betwixt and between again.
Don't forget, Great Britain with the
hammer here, this is the fifth end,
trailing by three, they really
wanted to score at least two here.
The end is not building in their
favour. Canada lie-in shot at the
moment. They've also got two others,
that single British yellow... That
can easily be moved as well. And
that's what is going to happen.
Again, pretty easy to spray this one
Yeah, it just sat up
nicely with that gap there for the
The difficulty here
for GB is that they're getting the
odd stone in the house, but they're
not making it difficult for Canada
at all, it's really just like a
firing range at the moment.
they've got their eye in. Kevin Koe,
hands in pockets. The epitome of a
man enjoying his work. And relaxed
at it as well.
at it as well. Easy day at the
office so far for the Canadian skip.
Well, there's no opportunity here
for GB to blank, way too many red
stones kicking around the house. So,
they're going to try something a
little bit more creative, on that
red stone closest to the button.
It's been a difficult match so far
for Great Britain's skip Kyle Smith.
Needs to start making something
happen - and quickly. Just trying to
come right up against this Canadian
stone, they've got to work it,
though. Got to keep going, bring it
right in... It's not for the want of
This might look a little
bit scary in a minute for GB, they
needed to get down at least onto
that red stone. Couldn't afford to
be short and block the way in to the
What does he do with the yellow?
He's just going to hit it for one.
Where? What do you think is easier,
the hit or the drop?
STEVE CRAM: I love this chat! I'm
sure they don't need to do this,
they've called a time-out. Kyle
Smith is 32% on a drawers at the
moment, it not going well for him.
And surely that's what they want him
to have another go at. I mean, 4-1
up, calling a time-out? Is it
JACKIE LOCKHART: I think if they
want to talk about it it saves their
actual thinking time.
actual thinking time. Coach Scott
Pfeifer will come out.
is a four-time world champion, not a
bad guy to call out!
bad guy to call out!
I think the
easiest shot is the draw for the...
If he plans it, we score... If not,
it's a two score, maybe one...
STEVE CRAM: You see, Marc Kennedy
does the whole thing, if he misses
it... Putting the thought into Kyle
It's just it's not the
Even then it's
I'm trying to think of any other
sport where you get the time to
really think and strategically
decide just before... A sport like
golf or something, you've got to
work out your shot, have a bit of a
discussion with your caddie, pick
I can only really think
of a couple and it would be North
American sports like basketball or
the NFL or something like that -
they can call time-out and they can
draw up the plate and then they go
and do it.
I get that, a kind of
time-out in a... But this constant
chatter during the match, the
constant discussion all the time
about strategy and indeed within
earshot of your opponents as well. I
think it's fascinating.
LOGAN GRAY: Saw a really nice
picture on social media earlier in
the week, and Scott Pfeifer is just
leaving the playing area, him and
Marcel voc, who's the national coach
for the Chinese team, we saw a
picture of them together. And of
course they were the legend of a
sweeping compilation, the huffed and
puffed sweeping combination of the
famous four who won four world
titles between 2001 and 2005 I think
it was. It was a great picture.
JACKIE LOCKHART: So, a lot of chat
about what they're going to play.
Yeah, what was the decision in the
No idea! Was too busy trying
to answer your question, Steve!
So, Kevin Koe... I think the idea
was just to tap theirs back...?
think they're just going to try and
put a guard on the other side?
put a guard on the other side?
Pfeifer felt that the cold straw was
the easiest way for Kyle to score,
so they're kind of taking that one
away, or definitely making it a bit
more difficult by putting one over
Yeah, it was all open on that
side, so just trying to close it out
a little bit. Suppertime for Great
Britain to do a bit of thinking
here. You will have seen the clock
which keeps coming up. Each team has
38 minutes total time during the
match between shots, doesn't matter
how it is spread, if you like. If
you get stuck in your thinking, then
as we've just seen with Canada, you
can use a time-out, but you only get
one to use in the match with an
extra one if it goes to an extra
end. That's why you will see that
clock ticking, it stops when you
start to push off.
start to push off. So, Kyle Smith
here, how risky is this...? Well, he
did well to get the one there, just
accepted that one was better than
nothing. Nice double takeout, any
other time that would be a pretty
good shot, and I gas under the sort
of pressure he's been under, not
playing particularly well, that was
well executed. So, we reach the
halfway point, Great Britain have
been in a bit of a struggle against
Canada, are still very much in
been in a bit of a struggle against
Canada, are still very much in
TED LERNER: And we will be back for
the conclusion of that much. --
CLARE BALDING: And we will be back
for the conclusion of that match.
His name is Dominic Parsons, and boy
can he run?!
- Yarnold is the Olympic champion!
And later tonight, Dom Parsons will
start, early hours of the morning,
his first run, and then he will
follow up 24 hours later. The
skeleton, that is on in our
programme, so you're going to see
all of these on BBC One. But
essentially you will not have to
stay up late or set your alarm early
for those. But here's what has been
interesting in the last week, all
three of them have at one stage or
another finish to top of the
leaderboard in the training runs,
and that has come as something of a
surprise, because Laura and - have
not had a great season, finishing
third in World Cup races but no
higher than that, and Dom Parsons is
ranked 12th in the world but it is
amazing shock, because he has hardly
been in the top ten, only twice all
season. So for him to be top of the
leaderboard, write a shop, and it is
causing waves of discontent amongst
the skeleton fraternity. We sent
Mappin sent to the Alpensia Sliding
Center to find out more.
The sport skeleton has a proud
recent history for Team GB, number
also than - Yarnold's fantastic gold
medal in Sochi four years ago.
It has to be said, though, in the
past couple of years, - and Laura
Deas and Dom are leading skeleton
riders have been a bit hit and miss.
However, on arrival here the Brits
have gone from outside contenders to
the ones to beat, topping times in
training, and it has left some of
the other nations wondering what on
earth is going on.
I was notified
this morning about the speed suits
and I'm curious to know if it is
legal. It has nothing to do with the
athletes at all. Amy is one of my
best friends and her helmet in 2010
was in question. I just think it
seems to be a recurring thing and I
would rather address it before we
We are always thinking
outside the box, where can we find
these 1% differences, where can we
improve our equipment, our helmets,
our race suits, everything. But
there is a very strict rule book,
and everything gets checked by a
jury, the same jury that checks
every single nation. So I have no
worries whatsoever, I would just
say, people just don't want you
winning, do they?
You know that the
British are going to bring out some
new developments on race day,
everybody does, whether it is Sled,
helmet, racer suit, a different
start technique! There are many,
many different combinations that you
can bolt on, as long as you don't go
into territory which is illegal,
Is this a track that suits
them? They don't really know it that
well compared to the European
tracks, do they?
Sometimes you just
get here and start sliding and you
just get a feel for it and it bonds
with the way that you slide and your
equipment and everything. Some of
the people who have come here are
not getting on with the track at
There has been some chat about
these British suits in the papers -
is that a factor in what is making
I don't think so. There
may be something in the way they
have designed the suits, but they
put a vest over the top of it so
that would negate any aerodynamics
they're potentially getting from the
material. Similar to British
Cycling, they could just mention it
and it is a little bit of smoke and
mirrors that they have actually
worked on another element of their
equipment and it is putting people
off the scent.
There has been a lot
of chat about the suit, how is it?
As a British team of course we push
the Olympic Games, no-one sleeps,
every nation will be getting the
best kit that they can, and we're a
exactly the same.
Have you cleared
it before racing?
equipment is cleared and agreed and
checked and everything, absolutely.
Very similar in fact to the
campaigns in 2010, and 2014. If the
results are anything like these two
Olympics we will be in for a very
And I am used to this from cycling,
it is the same people who have made
the suits so the technology, the
work goes in, and at the last minute
they make it available. The rule is
the suits have to be available to
everybody but I doesn't matter if
you make them available the day
before competition starts
technology is there for everyone to
push the boundaries on within the
rights of the legal book, because we
are at the forefront of that, we saw
the investment we have put into
skeleton, a lot of that has gone
into aerodynamic, you saw with Amy's
melt, for me I think the competitors
are getting worried and that started
this ripple, I am being
controversial, this ripple of play
to play into our Fleetwood threes
heads, because they are fast, and
they are having to defend
Yizy is never like that.
She speaks calmly, and I am hoping
they are not letting this panic in,
make it is a psychological thing, I
hope not but this is the Olympics,
everyone wants to win, we are the
Biggs threat in skeleton right now
and they are trying to, you know,
Now they have to settle
down, believe in the times and put
it in action, so Dom Parsons will
set off for his first and second
runs and tomorrow night he will have
the third and fourth, tomorrow, no,
the morning, Friday morning, what is
tomorrow? Friday morning our time,
we will have the women for their
first two runs and Saturday morning
the medals will be decided. Right,
After all that controversy. His
first and second runs and tomorrow
night he will have the third and
fourth, tomorrow, no, the morning,
Friday morning, what is tomorrow?
Friday morning our time, we will
have the women for their first two
runs and Saturday morning the medals
will be decided. Right, Rhona.
After all that controversy. Chemmy
is going "I am going to be
controversial". The only thing
controversial is the Norwegian men
teems and we will get a good sight
of their outfits, they are in pink.
I think it is their Valentine's Day
outfit. How do you think the Great
Britain men are performing against
Canada? They have the advantage but
it is not over yet.
It is not. There
is five ends to go. They are only
half way through the game. They are
two down without the hammer. Canada
got off to a good start. Great
Britain have had to try with the
hammer to score, big and it has led
to them forced to take one at the
end and blank an end. They don't
have that draw weight in their back
pocket today. They are about 20%
behind Canada in their draw success
rate. So you know, Great Britain
will have to get the shots in play
if they want to built up their two
and last stone advantage.
It is not
the end of testify world if they
lose this, one would expect Canada
to beat everybody but it would be
important to stay away from Canada
in the semifinals.
Yes, to be honest
nobody wants to play da in a
semifinal of an Olympic Games but if
it gets you in the top four that is
your priority, you have to make sure
you yourself are qualifying for that
top four place. It is not the end of
the world, oh... Well... Misseses
. That was timing!
A lot loss is not
the end of the world. You never know
what can happen, but you know there
is nine games to go, it is a long
week, you have to focus on the here
They have got a win on the
board having beaten Switzerland in
an extra end earlier today, this is
the second game of the day. First
experience of Olympic action for
this rink, let us get to know them
better and see the action develop as
we rejoin Logan Gray, Jackie
Lockhart and Steve Cram. Thank you
I think we should talk pants.
I think we should talk pants.
One or two shots of that nature, but
the Norwegian pants were mentioned.
We were having a closer look, full
of hearts but the colour is a bit
shocking, never mind! Yes, you saw,
you were watching that shot from
Kyle Waddell going through.
That almost epitomises the way
things are going. Going. It has been
the third and fourth players who
have been lagging in terms of
performance against their Canadian
counterparts. That was a bit of a
So Canada with the hammer here with
this two shot lead. Trying to draw
in, they have three in the house
already, if you were, want to have a
good view of that. A bit of a target
for Kyle, that is a much better
shot. Great shot. Well done,
freezing right up against that
Canadian stone. A bit of a sigh of
relief after that previous one.
With the stones being quite close
proximity, in there, then, there is
maybe a chance to play another
freeze on there. Canada is going to
peel the guard.
Come on you two. It's, let us be
positive about this, keep the body
language good up here, it was
mentioned in the studio, this is
Canada they are playing, and, wile a
defeat here is certainly nothing to
be embarrassed about, just want them
to raise their game, play a bit
better here, a better second half.
Take it through to the tenth end. If
Canada win, fine, find your shot
Find your draw weight. Thomas
Muirhead, maybe getting the chance
to play a couple of take outs.
As Rhona said in her commentary,
there is five ends to go. Keep
yourself in the game here.
The score is only 4-2. I may feel
like more than that but it is only
two shots of a difference.
They need to get their stealing
boots on so they don't have the last
advantage and when you score against
the hammer, we call that steal. We
really need to get a couple of steep
steals going to give us a chance. --
It is not bad there, just that
coming just the top of the house.
Things could be, you could be
Switzerland, they lost to Great
Britain. In this very tight game,
went to the extra end and they are
down 3-1 against Italy. Switzerland
one of the fancied teams. Norway are
trailing Japan. Japan with the
hammer, going into their sixth end.
Sweden. They are moving Serb
presently on at the moment --
serenely on at the moment against
the home nation Korea.
If they spend a huge amount of time
on the discussions they will run out
They have used their time
When we are playing with two teams
where there is a British team and a
team speaking a language which maybe
the three of us can't quite, we are
chatting about what they might do,
we have the Canadian four, here,
where all three enthralled to listen
to the discussion going on.
They are kind of doing our job for
us out there.
Even the best curlers
in the world like to listen in to
discussion other teams have. There
is an opportunity for learning.
Kevin Koe's team you have one of the
best teams in the world at the top
of their game. They very much sell
the trends for various techniques or
strategies and that sort of thing,
so every team wants to keep on top
of what the best are doing.
all that discussion, they are going
to peel the top one, they are hoping
to take it through between the
yellow and the red on the left-hand
side of the screen as we were
Which seemed like the
Yes, the first obvious
call, yes, but...
He he has done it.
Exactly what they wanted.
A shrug from Marc Kennedy as if to
say what did you think? Of course I
was going to do that.
I would rather we were a foot short
than a foot heavy.
Freeze here is is
a really good call.
Yes, sorry a
nice communication from Kyle, he is
very clear about where they could
and couldn't be here, he would
rather it was short of that freezes
rather than heavy and bumping them
That comes back to your point
about a message to Thomas, if they
need be they can sweep it in. Be
short not heavy.
It is important as the thrower to
have that clarity about what is a
good shot and what is not.
Because they can just be very small
margins away from the perfect
They are having to work it hard.
Want to bring it right in the they
Yes. Just thought that was going to
slow up a bit but it kept going.
They are happy to leave it high. It
was losing its line.
I think he was afraid there, because
he didn't want to hit his yellow and
push some space between the yellow
and the red. That makes it easier
for the Canadians to throw big
weight at it and spring everything
out of the house.
When those two
stone, explain are sitting straight
like that, so close, it is difficult
to move that yellow. Certainly from
Freeze might be better yes.
going to make this...
your shot, into this?
I think the
Canadians have to try and touch the
yellow on to the red and move the
red themselves, to give themselves
at least an opportunitiment the way
it is sitting right now is in favour
of the GB team.
I am glad you said that because I am
thinking why leave it like this?
What, they are leading?
make a play on it it might be too
late. It seems crazy that Canada
would do that.
They do like to make things
complicated at times would be my
only criticism of the Canadians but
generally they spend a lot of time
discussing the calls and it is not
like it affecting the execution,
they still make it, so let us see
how this one works out for Marc.
Look how hard they are working this.
Starting to turn.
It is over, over curling.
That could have worked out better
It has split the two stones.
It wasn't a good shot from Kennedy,
but... Hasn't done too much damage.
Is he looking to tap that back again
I am thinking any kind of
tap in here he has his own to use?
Is that any good? As good as we make
We have heard that a bit this
week, it's good if you make it.
Positivity off the scale!
It makes it tough. We can call a
Maybe a time out coming here, a
bit of discussion, time out called.
Get Viktor down, see what he thinks.
We have to throw weight. That means
it is either this shot...
And I was
thinking about a guard, a really
close guard. Canada is only sitting
one at moment but you can come off
the up side one.
Whatever they decide to do, they
have worked hard in this end to
create a situation at the very
least, which they haven't had too
many, the one the two times they
have had a situation building they
have to capitalised.
have to capitalised. I like Viktor,
he doesn't say what he is thinking,
he asks them then one of them
answers he says yes.
Might slash it that way.
You could tap it.
I think you
have done a bit of coaching
yourself, you are wear of different
coaching style, I am sure his
coaching style would fall into the
less away fair category.
In a coaching scenario with people
in the game and you are able to
input, I think what you want to do
is to allow the individual to feel
as though they have made up their
own mind and comfortable with what
they have chosen, to always kind of
come in and go, no, you are wrong,
this is what I think you should do,
to me is not, I don't know, you guys
have played this, within reason, not
anywhere what youry they should be
doing, if you can coax someone round
to a way of thinking that they think
they were going do in the first
place, that is the way to go.
JACKIE LOCKHART: I am a firm
believer, as a skip when you're down
there, generally, your first thought
is the one to go with.
STEVE CRAM: Sorry, what did they
It looks like they have
called a tap.
Isn't that what we
said right at the beginning?
LOGAN GRAY: I think there are just
calling a freeze. I have been
pointing my Chapstick at the screen!
Just put it in that
pocket between the yellow stone is,
and that makes it extremely awkward
for Canada! Because it kind of locks
all the yellow stones up. Let's see
how it works here, they need to get
to the nose of that yellow stone,
that's the key here...
It's not far
away, is it? Not far away. Lovely.
That's an excellent shot.
That's an excellent shot. Good
weight. And you can see how happy he
is, that's the first time I've
really seen him smile, a little
comment. I think he was pretty
pleased with himself there. Well,
you can see Kevin Koe thinking, I'm
coming in here, I'm going to shift
of these around a little bit. But
for the first time, Great Britain
able to make him think a little.
I can tell you, this one is not
going to be hanging around.
move that many rocks, that close
together, you've got to do it with a
fair bit of weight.
Drive it back
into the cluster of yellows and see
determination on the face of the
Canadian skip as he watches his
stone try and run that back in...
So, Great Britain still lying two
after that. Well, he's opened them
up, though. Even he couldn't know
where they were going to end up
there. I'm not saying it was hit and
hope, but for him it was a case of,
this situation, I've got to change
it. So, at least he has done that.
I'll say it was a hit-and-hope!
good! Because that's what it looked
It is so difficult when you're
moving so many stones to understand
where they're all going to go. When
you're talking about five or six
stones, then it's impossible to
know. So, for the first time,
really, in the whole match, GB are
actually in strong shape here.
again, you have to capitalise.
You've got to keep that pressure on
Kevin Koe, ask him to make a big
shot, fine, if he makes it, great,
but don't give him an easy option
So, you heard the guys saying,
they just want to finish somewhere
in the 8ft, which is the white heart
of the circle, the house, that you
see. -- the white part.
see. -- the white part. I think they
have to be careful. I would be maybe
wanting to bring it in a little bit
further, because he still has an
angle on the yellow. To lift the
two, depending on how high this
stone is. OK, so this one is going
to come right in.
They keep changing their mind on
whether to sweep this or not.
Well, that might just have given a
chance here to Kevin Koe. Double
takeout, is he going to be able to
see it if he plays that? They're
already lying one anywhere.
think he has to rely with his
shooter, because if he takes these
two yellows out, his chief rates are
counting two shots.
If he removes
both those yellow stone is, they're
going to lose both the shooter and
the one next to it. They just need
to score one here. They've got to
pick the shot to give them the best
chance of doing that.
So, Kevin Koe
looking to take out both of these
British yellows. Oh, just the one!
And that is a steal for Great
Britain! And after a bit of pressure
applied, the Canadian skip doesn't
come up with the goods this time.
Well, that was well played, and at
the end, yes, he had the chance to
make the shot and save the
situation, but for once, it's Canada
who will be doing that missed
opportunity, because it has given a
steal to Great Britain netted that
means that they close to 4-3 after
six ends. It will mean task that
Canada became the hammer into the
seventh end, but again we were
talking about even ends, and that
was just much better. Better
shotmaking, and better
decision-making as well. What was
interesting during that end, you can
both comment on this, was just a
little bit of indecision with
Canada, a lot of chat, they've been
running the clock down as well,
they've used two minutes more
thinking time than Great Britain -
is that going to become an issue
comment we've got four ends to go...
LOGAN GRAY: Yeah, the Canadian team,
they're kind of running things
through pretty quickly now. They're
leading in the game, and generally,
you would be quite happy leaving
about three minutes per end thinking
time. But when you get down to the
business and you want to have a
little bit of extra time in the bank
in case you have a lorry especially
interesting situation to face!
update on the other scores, it is
all square between Norway and Japan
now at 3-3. Sweden look well in
control against our hosts, Korea, at
5-1. And Switzerland, well, they are
really up against it, another steel
for Italy, who now lead 4-1 in that
Maybe we should have seen that one
coming, Italy played very well
against Canada this morning. Similar
to this, they kind of stayed close
enough all the way through to the
tenth end, Canada running out
winners 5-3 in the end. A little
So, all to play for.
right-back in it, only a one shot
game all of a sudden. And it worked
out well in the end, for them to
force that mistake from Canada. It
kind of goes back to those lead
stones, Jackie, the importance of
the setup, and they actually did a
JACKIE LOCKHART: Yeah, it is key as
we have said before, where a place
their lead stones sets up the end.
Still seem to be struggling managing
these stones of Cammy Smith's.
these stones of Cammy Smith's.
Ben Hebert leading for Canada.
Not quite getting that one as far in
as he wanted, and a chance here for
Great Britain to come round those
guards. Kyle Waddell.
The nice thing
about playing against Kevin Koe is
that actually, a lot of time he is
looking to kind of kill the game.
And in doing so, they're leaving
stones around. And that kind of
worked in Great Britain's favour in
the previous end, and it looks like
it will be the same again in this
Sits down! That's even better, good
Well, it has ended up in not a bad
place, really. It is well covered
but it is not the shot he intended
LOGAN GRAY: Another interesting call
Kevin Koe definitely playing a
very offensive game here, he has the
chance to open the house up but he
has chosen to play very aggressive.
He's betting himself almost against
Kyle Smith, isn't he?
Kyle Smith, isn't he? Marc Kennedy
has been playing well, but Thomas
Muirhead and Kyle Smith certainly
got it together in the previous end.
Again, a little opportunity.
Can we throw back line and join
I think we might have to give
RGB boys a little bit more credit,
they had some slack shots at the
beginning but now into the seventh
end, they're settled in and we have
seen a lot better performances after
the fifth end break.
I think we were
saying that they were just not quite
getting there shots and Canada were
capitalising. Maybe the pendulum has
just swung the other way, where
Canada are not quite making their
shots now and Great Britain have
been able to execute better.
longer the game goes on, and GB
manage to stay in it rather in their
mixed performance so far, they're
going to believe that they can still
win this one.
I keep coming back to
the point, I think winning would be
brilliant, if you get beat, OK, but
play well. Play well against Canada.
I'll take the point about Italy this
morning, they've played well against
them, and they've carried that
into... Just watching their match in
front of us, against Switzerland.
They will have
They will have walked off the ice
this morning thinking, we've gave
Canada a good game, win nearly won
it. Still two left up there.
CLARE BALDING: This game is poised
on a knife edge, we're going to
conclude it on BBC Two, because
we're heading to the news on BBC
One. So, curling will continue on
BBC Two and we will also have
women's and men's ice hockey and
something you don't want to miss,
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