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We have all gone curling crazy
again. Welcome to BBC One, we will
be catching up with the overnight
action from the winter Olympics and
also we will have live curling, a
match that has taken an even more
significant is the Great Britain
women face China, everybody sliding,
gliding and sweeping. Here is what
is coming up today.
Reaching speeds of over 80 mph, it
is the fastest of all the alpine
disciplines, and no one is braver
than five times world champion the
Aksel Lund Svindal. Britain's Dom
Parsons has been setting some super
training times in the skeleton. Can
he translate that into the runs that
count? And we will be seeing the
stones that matter as we catch up
with curling before joining Eve
Muirhead's rink live. They are up
against China. So this is how it
looks through the course of the
morning. Next we will have the full
review including figure skating, the
skeleton and the men's downhill
finally to place today. Then we will
be joining, at 11am, the women's
curling, China against GB will be
live. On the red button, coverage of
the Bath. But right now, Chemmy is
with me and Christopher Dean. We
need a bit of a masterclass from you
in the downhill skiing.
And I am
giving that Chris, he taught me to
ice skate, and he is a skier.
So show me your fast downhill
aerodynamic tuck. We need to adjust
this a little bit. You need to get
rid of this amazing posture, pull
your belly button to your back, that
is faster. Your legs are beautiful,
you want flat skis ahead of you.
can feel the speed already.
mean your knees have to be over your
You both have your toes
pointing out slightly, which on skis
is disastrous. Feet parallel, and
your hands towards your chin. You
should just be able to look out of
the front of your eyes. Pull that
back, go into a jump! We are getting
dynamic here. How's that?
will leave that with you.
And I am
also take you from this that
downhill skiers have to be a bit...
Don't base that on me!
many injuries have you had?
I have a
metal right leg, I broke my leg when
I was 11. This is part of parcel of
And what is the common injury
Definitely that ACL
Do you have really strong
The GE Force that these
guys are carrying, it is so strong,
the skis, they are having to flex
through ripples that are going 90
And you don't want the ski
coming off to easily.
But when you
crash, you do want it to come off,
so that is an area where we have
technicians, and that is their
realm. They spend a hundred hours on
the skis before they are ready to
race. So then it is up to the skier.
So you don't do your own wax? There
is a science in it?
There is, and as
much as I love to know everything
about everything, that area is so
And we were talking
about temperature of the ice
yesterday. What is the best
temperature of us know when you are
skiing? Sometimes it gets really
The best temperature and
the best snow grain of those ice
crystals is what you have on that
Olympic day. You don't choose,
because you don't want it in your
header that I am good on this or
that. Already we have seen cold,
grippy snow, today it warmed up so
now it is slick and bumpy, so that
is what you have to ski on.
positioning that you draw, which is
the best position, at the front end
of the runs all the backend?
they look at the weather conditions
for the next day, if it is likely to
warm up, that will make it slower,
so that is very much on the day, but
they do tend to draw early now.
only is she an expert in all things
to do with winter sport, she is also
a very good weather forecaster,
because last night Chemmy said it
will be a bluebird day, and for the
first time out in South Korea, we
really did have the most gorgeous
day, perfect conditions.
The downhill run, one and a half
miles in length.
The men's downhill
promise to be a race that could make
The good, clean start. That is the
best thing on a downhill like this
where it is kind of a lottery. The
fastest man ever.
Phil Johnson, the all-American boy
The only way to win
this is to take a huge amount of
You are watching the greatest
ski racer in the world an Olympic
day, and he's doing it again.
Tracing the course, he has to
remember every bend, every turn.
Skiers now feel they are reaching
the upper limits of speed, but
whoever controls it best, the
Olympic medal will be his.
Johnson has done it again on race
Into the lead, and he is going
to win the gold.
I knew I had to go all-out and to
try everything I knew to win, and I
couldn't keep anything under
control. I had to ski the fastest
this mountain could be skied.
And you get a sense of the history,
the tradition of the men's downhill.
This is the ultimate in alpine
skiing, and I think one of the best
and bravest bits of television that
happens all year is Graham Bell
going down the course with a camera.
Here he is with his guide to this
downhill in South Korea.
So let's go and have a look at this
men's Olympic downhill here at the
Alpine Centre. A beautiful view from
the top, but this is what the racers
have to focus on. It starts pretty
much straightaway, because you come
around this right footed turn, and
you dive down onto this bumpy part.
Really important to carry the speed
through the bumps here. You have to
really let it fly, and we are
approaching the first job. Now onto
the roller-coaster section. The
steepest part of the course here,
there are tunnels underneath the
track and you have to absorb the
rollers. Coming up to the second job
now, the Dragon claw, straight up
and heading down towards the forest
road. This turn here is crucial. It
brings you from the steep onto the
flat. It is the third jump. Heading
towards the blue Dragon Valley.
Really important to keep the speed
going as you go into this almost
like a halfpipe section of the
course, just rolling from edge to
edge, coming out of the Blue Dragon
Valley and over the role, heading
towards the magic tree. That is it
on the left of the course. Going to
the finish onto this fall away
section, carrying speed through the
last turn. Heading towards the last
jump. A big flight, and across the
Well, the course conditions are
absolutely perfect. These freezing
temperatures have made it excellent
for making snow. It is fast and
grippy, and it is going to be a
I still can't get over how he does
that with cameras and microphones on
the lot. It will take the racers
about one minute and 40 seconds, a
relatively short course by Olympic
standards. Matt Chilton is in the
Conditions are now perfect for the
blue ribbon event at the winter
games, men's downhill. Tommy
games, men's downhill. Tommy dress
-- Dressen is a wafer Germany. He
made his mark in Kitzbuhel. Here he
goes on to the Dragon range. Gravity
sends you to the left, and you have
to fight against that. The others
following down the course, he finds
the job. Now, Dressen was first to
ski in the downhill stage of the
Olympic combined, won by Marcel
Hirscher in the week, the quickest
man on the mountain, no one was able
to ski quicker than Thomas Dressen.
He stands on that right foot, into
the paradise turn, just lost a
little bit of ground there. It goes
flat here. After the Paradise turn,
he had the big drop, now heading
towards the Blue Dragon Valley. Down
towards the Magic Tree, he gets
airborne again and we will keep an
that job, because Mayer absolutely
flew an here, and so did Marcel
Hirscher. Dressen is almost home
now, the first man on the course. He
takes off and flies over the final
job, and the time is 1:41.03.
Dominik Paris, said that of the
start by the Italian team members,
and he is like a speed skater there.
Eight hundredths quicker than
Dressen on that first date there.
Adverse camber, trying to stay as
high as he can. Big, controlled
flight on that first drop. Now
heading to the Dragon claw part of
the course. Dominik Paris is the
third best downhill skier of the
season. He had a win on home snow
just before the New Year, on a
similar rough and bumpy course. That
was a difficult landing, Paradise
Turn could sort them out today.
Paris didn't make the best of it at
all. An towards the Blue Dragon
Valley, it was green all the way,
and it is still green, despite the
mistake. He might have taken a new
line which others may not be able
to. Now he is going to fly, keeps it
quite low, and we will see it that
brings him the reward now. 1.26,
quite low, and we will see it that
brings him the reward now. 1.26,,
the next split. It is this final
time that really matters. Paris
taxing for the line, and he leads
the Olympic downhill by a quarter of
One of the big favourites, Feuz from
Switzerland, the best downhill so
far with three victories. He won in
November and he claimed the final
downhill before the Olympics at
Garmisch-Partenkirchen. He skied
solidly in training didn't give much
away because he was standing up and
going gently on the bottom half of
his training runs, but make no
mistake, he is a serious threat
today, huge unit of a man.
Incredible control as he slammed the
inside edge of that right skied down
onto the snow to continue on his
way. Feuz is living dangerously. It
is the Olympic downhill, and he is
bringing all the risks into this
Just about hanging in. Needed a huge
amount of strength. 120 kilometres
an hour. Flying down towards the
Blue Dragon Valley. Paris's time...
And he is faster. By point to one.
And he enters the Blue Dragon
Valley. Sets up for the final
quarter. What a
quarter. What a flight from Feuz.
Magnificent downhill skiing, he is
going to go close and he may well go
into gold medal position. Feuz has
put down a magnificent Olympic
downhill run, huge jump to finish.
Feuz is first. Fantastic skiing from
Feuz. Into gold medal position. Full
of risk, he took so many chances. He
got the reward. Look at that. Almost
horizontal on the snow. How did he
keep that ski carbon? Aksel Lund
Svindal is ready to race. On his
way. Silver medallist in Vancouver,
2010. In the Olympic downhill.
Decent start for the multitalented
Aksel Lund Svindal. Slightly low on
the adverse camber. Trailing Feuz by
a 10th. Flattening it. The
coursework are going up to make the
repairs. Svindal is throwing
everything at his last Olympic
downhill competition but he might be
pushing too hard, winding down the
windows on that big jump. Svindal
will have to take the riskiest
possible line. Cut off the corners
as tightly as he Bears if he is to
get into contention. What a shot
that is of the great man in full
flight. Lands at 111 kilometres an
hour, a quarter of a second off the
pace but now he is in front. The
gamble may be paying off. Into the
Blue Dragon Valley. Off and away,
big flight, off-balance, did not
seem to lose any speed. Recovered
his poise, got his dynamic posture
back and he leads Feuz by a quarter
of a second. Svindal scheme for
gold-medal position for Norway. A
long flight. He tucks in and he has
gone into gold. Svindal steals the
lead from Feuz. Magnificent Aksel
Lund Svindal. This was textbook
downhill jumping. -- this was not
textbook downhill jumping. But he
knew the risk might bring reward.
And he is off! Maximum forward
report Shannon. And he has got the
early green light. Quicker than his
great rival. A little low on Dragon
Ridge. The speed is good. 111. Long
jump, stood immediately. Wonderful
anticipation and control.
anticipation and control. The
32-year-old Norwegian. He is flying.
Huge again. He knows he has got to
roll the dice. Take a chance with
this. Svindal leads. Feuz second.
Harris third. Watching keenly.
Coming into the Paradise Turn out
for pelts and absolutely pushing.
112 on the landing. Travelling 38
metres. Green again. He could deny
Svindal the one thing that is
missing. The gold medal. Goodness
me! Upper twisting like a freestyle.
Seemed to land cleanly, green all
the way. Only just. For hundreds of
a second between the two Norwegians.
Which way will this go? The jump to
come. He takes off, Lance, and he is
second! So close. The jump was
unorthodox. Lost control of his left
ski pole. The ninth best downhill of
the season. Not without a chance.
Pretty solid in training. Seven four
years ago in Sochi.
years ago in Sochi. Became the 1st
Battalion to win the World Cup
downhill. Two years in a row.
downhill. Two years in a row. His
team-mate currently in fourth. Off
to a flying start.
to a flying start. Fill on the
course with number 13. And he is in
front. At the next intermediate.
100th behind. 100s in front. Fill
pushing hard. Looking for straight
line speed. Taking allsorts of
gambles. And he almost flattened the
turned heading into the Paradise
The bottom part of the track. The
key split. Fill a quarter of a
second removed from Svindal's time,
putting him outside bronze medal
position. He needs a direct line.
That was to the left. In the soft
snow, I don't think that is going to
hamper. -- help him. Off the pace,
that will pushing down to around
fourth or fifth position. The last
jump, Fill lands, crosses the line,
he is sixth, missing the medals.
35-year-old Aksel Lund Svindal is
the Olympic champion. Switzerland's
in amongst the medals.
the Olympic champion. Switzerland's
in amongst the medals. A really high
quality competition, sometimes you
get a surprise winner but not this
We know the Norwegians
dominate in speed. For so long. For
them to delivered today. Norway have
never won the men's Alpine downhill
and when you think, there were 13
Olympic medals, this was the one
they all wanted and Svindal goes,
well deserved, he took risks, it was
not easy or
not easy or comfortable, Janrud
pushed him all the way. -- Jansrud.
Let's look at this
pushed him all the way. -- Jansrud.
Let's look at this midway through.
He looks relatively untidy. It is
really messy but such a great touch.
He works with gravity really well,
standing on the ski at the top of
the turn. Big flight. Getting that
connection with the snow and works
the ski. That this work Jansrud
threw away the race. He was not able
to work the terrain, so many little
rollers made eye tunnels, it's not
natural, and put tunnels underneath
and although it was messy he worked
at the outside ski the top and he
just dominated. Outside the blue
line, it does not matter, not a
disqualification, those are their to
show the general line for a patient.
When they do jump do you want to get
down as quick as possible?
although airtime looks really good
it's actually slow. You have it the
cause of the terrain, you have to
jump but you want the connection
because you have to make speed.
Paradise Turn looks critical, you
right into the bend straightaway.
You have the Magic Tree. We saw the
other day, Matthias Mayer, you want
to throw your body forward. So you
can charge the outside ski.
can charge the outside ski.
was the defending champion, where
did he finish? Ninth. Svindal, the
oldest ever Olympic gold medallist
in alpine skier, a man who came back
from so many injuries, you would
think it is a young man's game but
clearly it is not.
You tend to be
technical when you are younger and
then you are allowed to start doing
speed and in super cheap or so much
about tactics and line, the more
experience you get the better you
are. Someone like Svindal, he's been
doing it for so long, he missed the
test event through injury. That is
where his compatriot Jansrud one, he
watched it on TV and maybe by doing
that he picked up some line
successes that got him the win.
successes that got him the win.
worked for him. Fascinating. Let's
go to your area of expertise, Chris,
the first figure skating of the
games went to Canada, now it is time
for the medal deciding programme,
the long programme. The leaderboard
going into it was China, Olympic
Athletes from Russia, Germany in
fourth making a mistake in the short
programme that we thought pushed
them out of the medals. They were
You were helping them.
I choreographed her long programme.
Watch this correctly. Commentary
from Kat Downes and Robin Cousins.
Looking for the skate of their
A great performance. It could be a
third bronze medal for Aliona Vilani
a first for Bruno.
Opening with the triple twist and
watch the height.
She's got it on one foot, that's
The triple Sako, double toe loop,
double toe loop. Today, perfection.
Side-by-side triple toe loops. Well
This is looking good.
The triple salko. That is the
difficult elements done for them.
Brilliant strength and control.
Through the lifts.
Perfect! The race for bronzes on.
think the race for gold is on.
were out of the medal positions
before this free skate.
going to be fighting for a bronze
medal place, but that performance
has put them on a podium. What
colour that medal will be, we will
wait to find out, but I think that
is going to be a really tough one to
beat. Beautiful transitions, you
might recognise the because they
were choreographed by Christopher
Dean. He spent time with them last
year in the autumn. Helping to clean
and fix these transitions between
them, and it was for me the detail
which is going to separate this from
some of the others.
It is going to be big, absolutely.
That is the best they have skated
that. 159.31, season's best. Is that
how they clinch the Olympic title?
They have broken their own world
Well, it was sensational
skating, wasn't it? And this is the
couple with whom they were tussling
for the bronze medal position. Megan
to Hamilton and Eric Radford of
Canada, already team champions going
away from this games with a gold
medal. And the pressure is on these
two now to hang onto a spot on the
They have the hardest side by side
job element, and that is a side by
side triple. Hands down for a Megan,
not sure it was fully rotated,
either. So that will be reviewed.
And now the quadruple Salchow. And
she has got it.
she has got it. Nine points from
that one element.
that one element. Side by side
triple Salchow, double toe loop.
And now the triple Lutz.
Fighting for a medal, fighting to
hold on to a podium spot, Eric
Radford and Megan Duhamel.
thrilled with that skate, she landed
But there was that
Slightly on the Lutz. There
triple twist is not the strongest or
the highest, they were given level
three, where Bruno and Aliona were
given the level for. It is so good
to be able to see them come out and
deliver that quad.
It is not enough to go ahead of the
Germans. They are in the silver
medal position. Megan Duhamel and
Eric Radford. And they needed a new
world record to chase down the
Germans, in fact everyone needs a
new world record to chase down the
Germans. So, the world champions
from China, Sui Wenjing and
Hank Cong Han, and when they are at
their best, they are world beaters.
And they will open their free
programme with eight quadruple
twist, so four revolutions in the
air from take-off.
Side by side triple toe loops. The
triples were fine, but not the
combination they wanted afterwards,
just singles from Cong Han.
just singles from Cong Han. And off
the triple Salchow, that was a
problem in the warm up, as well, two
The beautiful lift.
The triple flip. Absolutely
The same there with the triple
Rousing stuff but is it enough to
hold onto their lead? The Germans
were sublime. The second half was
superb but a couple of very costly
mistakes on the side-by-side triple
jumps. One, two, three, four... She
fell on the salko in the warm up.
They are is that hand, the back of
the heel, no one can touch them for
the throws. Is the work they did in
the short programme going to be
enough? It is not.
enough? It is not. It is not enough
for them to hang onto the gold
medal. Savchenko and Masoe out in
front. The final skaters in the free
skate competition. Able be looking
to jump up into the medals. Team
silver winners already. The Olympic
Athletes from Russia. They were in
the silver medal position after the
short programme. They are relying on
Christina Agarwal error for a medal!
Label open other bid for gold with a
quadruple twist. That was lovely.
He did, she didn't.
The triple salko now... That's gone
Need to get the composure back now,
the side-by-side triple toe loops.
With the two double toe loops to
The triple loop. Beautiful.
It's not going to be good enough for
gold or silver, will it be good
enough for a medal at all?
I think they might struggle to be on
the podium, to be honest. Certainly
did not have their normal pizzazz or
champion feel about it. Tentative.
The double salko...
Always strong with the throws.
Overcooked on that. Way too far
forward. For the landing.
Is it a
medal for the Olympic Athletes from
Russia? No! It is not.
143.20 five. And that means
Savchenko and Massot are the Olympic
champions. What a fight, what metal!
To jump from fourth position to the
top of the podium. And they are
worthy winners. What a performance
out there, they born in a battle
with Meagan Duhamel and Eric
Radford, they laid it on the ice and
they were foot perfect, weren't
Warriors and she has
been fighting for this moment for
some years now. Even with Robin, did
not quite happen.
Two Olympic bronze
medals in the past but she is now
the Olympic champion at the age of
the Olympic champion at the age of
34. Savchenko and Massot crying but
you are willing up as well.
Extraordinary. It was. They were in
fourth, they know they have got to
go up there and go for broke, the
other couples in front, the top two
after the short programme were going
out maybe a little conservative,
holding the position and they made
those mistakes. What a turnaround!
They skated sublimely, that is the
best I have seen them skate.
must make you so proud, you played a
huge part in that, it's a new world
Yes, no, we spent the
summer, they came over to Florida,
we went to work for a week, we put
the routine together, it has evolved
over the past seven months from
competition. The main elements were
there, they really, I got chills
We are going to get you
to talk through the whole routine, I
thought the look of it, the
A little bit bolero. One
piece of music from beginning to
piece of music from beginning to
This infinity sign.
It was all
about holding. But almost became a
run at the end.
He had something to
prove, didn't he, Chris?
the mistake in the short programme,
doubling the triple, look at the
height, he is so strong.
height difference do you have to
take that into account when you plan
the routine so they look good?
are definite things that suit them
and things that don't but one of the
things that they talked to me about
for their brief, they said they
wanted to make it more than ice
dance routine in a Paris programme
and that is why they got in touch
with me. I have known Ali on for
such a long time, she is such a
Her first Olympics, two
bronze medals, Bruno is her third
thing, she was born in the Ukraine.
No is French. -- Bruno is French.
She skated for Germany. She had
German citizenship. They retired, he
is the Russian coach now. Bruno came
along and he just got his
citizenship and so they were able
Just before the games?
This looks very you.
Deep turns. The pencil left.
Four hours on the ice. And
she will say no, we can stay and he
will be, we are done. But he does
all the lifting.
Bringing that is
dance flavour, does it mean more
fluid, more emotion, more beautiful?
A combination, the choice of music,
the style of skating, the quality of
skating. You can see, she bends her
knees, that creates power and the
look of being effortless across the
ice. They worked on that lift, the
Visually this was
very different from the three long
programmes we saw afterwards.
say, the music has this fluidity and
flow over the ice and we wanted to
make it as soon as from transition
to transition, that is the sort of
part of choreography that I work on
with them. Did you pick the music?
They came to me with the music and
as I listened to it it conjured up
ideas of moving forward. Going
somewhere. Who is the composer? That
is a good question you are going to
ask me and I should know that.
is were I thought, that looked so
good, but height that they are.
the top of her, creates a beautiful
line, interesting exit, still
entwined in his legs as he rotates,
trying to keep that fluidity.
of green squares top left.
got a positive mark, or being judged
as positive, the reverse lift. Any
yellow or red we don't want those.
Deductions. Deductions. The other
skaters made plenty of deductions,
threading the needle. And this is
the point, they are sucking on air
but at the same time, they have
still got to make it look beautiful
Physically you are
tired by now.
Very tired, and we did
not give them much of a break, it
It is building again.
Listen to the music. This big, final
lift that goes around the ice,
something like a 20 second left.
said he is an ox!
He is strong. So
strong and I am so pleased for both
of them. For her, five Olympics, 16
years at this level, ringing home a
gold medal and as you can see, the
That is almost how Jayne
delight. You realise it has come
And you have done everything
you can, you scored the highest
score you can.
The confirmation of
the scorer made them realise how
good that performance was.
would not have known that they could
have won gold, three pairs to go.
They only won by half a point. Look
at the height of that.
another revolution if she wanted.
She could have had a cup of tea when
she was up there.
So speaks the
The people in front of her,
the other competitors, if they do a
clean routine who knows? On the
night, he pulled it together and the
others did not. That is what
competition is all about.
figure skating gold medal for
Germany since the fall of the Berlin
Wall and both of them had
represented other countries, for
Germany, and eighth gold medal of
these games and they are flying.
Savchenko is married to a Brit.
is married to Liam, I got to know
them through the summer. His father
was in the Army and they train
scheme, for we used to train. That
is where she was an bad as ever they
How come she did not take Great
Britain as her country, you could
have organised that?
I know, I
should have on that.
Is there no
poaching in ice skating?
they have taken Ukrainian and French
people and put them together.
you been in touch with Nick Buckland
and Kenny Combs?
They are in great
spirits and their defenders coming
up, skating really well. And doing
their third Olympics. -- penny
Thank you so much for being
with us. Congratulations. We will
let Chris disappear. He can wallow I
think in the reflect that gory.
Wonderful. We focus on curling. The
competition started yesterday and
the British men had a win over
Switzerland. Bath-macro Penny
Coomes. A win and a loss for them,
the great British women started with
an emphatic three over the Olympic
Athletes from Russia, today they had
two matters, intense and at midnight
our time, Eve Muirhead's rink were
out there on the ice in a very tight
game. We will show you the closing
stages against the USA with Logan
Gray and Jackie Lockhart in the
COMMENTATOR: So, chance for two in
this end. Just need to stay in the
line is looking fairly good. Lauren
Gray just trying to get it to that
stone, and it has got to stop, it
has got to stop. Unfortunately, she
ended up with, it did stop, but the
USA stone Harborne, so just the one.
-- the USA stone hung on.
Well played, great shot, so a double
takeout from Eve Muirhead, the
British skip, leaving Great Britain
lying three here. Great Britain
could have the hammer in the last
end. Admittedly they will be one
down and they will have to deliver
in that final end.
She has held her nerve here, played
a nice shot.
So, USA pick up one in
the ninth end, they have the lead
but crucially Great Britain will
have the hammer in the tenth and
final end. They can win with two,
one will be enough to take it into a
final end. This perfect shot right
into the bottom, looks a bit
anxious, looks nervous. Watching
this one carefully. This needs to
curl a lot. They are not sweeping
it, and it needs to curl an awful
lot. It will have a chance, but it
might be too much. It has gone
through. USA win the match, Eve
Muirhead not able to pick up the one
in the final end. The USA have
played very well, shut Great Britain
at, and they pick up two, so the
final score will be USA 7-4 Great
CLARE BALDING: The next game is on
Saturday against Denmark. Meanwhile
the men were up against Japan. Very
tense closing stages here as well.
And we are joining it with the score
at 5-5, Logan and Jackie describing
COMMENTATOR: So, the guard by
Morozumi perhaps a little further
down the ice than they would have
So he is not at all bothered
about that, just wants to make sure
the yellow stone at the top of the
house goes, and the shooting stone
that Kyle is about to throw with, he
doesn't want that to stay in the
front of the house either.
he is not bothered about it, but I
bet he wants it. And he gets it. A
great shot by Kyle Smith.
So, the only real cover that
Morozumi has here is behind the two
red stones that Great Britain have,
the Corner red stones.
the Corner red stones. He has to
make that shot, and it will leave it
open for Kyle myth to draw too. But
first, Morozumi with the draw.
have called a time-out here, but I
think it is not really needed. They
are just giving themselves a little
bit of extra time to focus on the
shot, perhaps putting a little bit
of ice on Kyle as well.
They only have 51 seconds on the
clock, so they were just giving
themselves a little bit of extra
insurance that they weren't going to
run out of time. This draw looking
pretty good, but still GB have been
in full control of this final end.
They made every single shot, and
that is really testament to Cammy
Smith who has made it so easy for
his team-mates. They have made the
first seven, but we need to make
that eighth one to get on the board.
This is the one that really counts,
and he does have the whole of the
eight foot to play with.
eight foot to play with. He has just
got to lay it and let the sweepers
take it into the house. This is a
shot that skips will play, and I'm
sure it will be playing on his mind
that he has to make this for the
win. He is taking his time and
So, here it is. Hold
your breath. The final stone of the
tenth end, we have seen some great
draws from Kyle Smith today. It just
needs to be fully in the eight foot
Circle to put another win on the
board for GB. The boys are looking
quite confident at the minute, just
cleaning. Should be good enough for
the win, and it is. Gets the second
win of the week for GB, in what was
a very, very tight game throughout.
CLARE BALDING: They are settling
into their Olympic experience, and
standing pretty well on the
leaderboard, Great Britain having
played three, won two and lost one,
and some of those teams including
Sweden with only two games played so
far, but more to come. Jackie
Lockhart has been part of our
commentary team in Pyeongchang, and
she is there. How are you?
well, thank you very much. I am
missing your company out here.
you. Let's talk about Eve Muirhead.
I see the performance director has
described their performance as
Yes, and that is a real
shame, they came out in their first
game and they were clinical, they
played really well, but today they
just didn't bring their A-game
against the USA, and to be fair,
they tried really hard. They tried
to push and push and ask questions
of the USA skip, but every time Eve
asked the question, they had an
answer. It just wasn't going to
They had the chance to
go to an extra end, and Eve had that
stone right at the end, had landed
in the middle of the house, things
would have been different.
so. A really difficult shot she had
to play. She had to be inch perfect
right on the one foot, or she could
have played the slash across the top
and tried to move those stones out
of the house, but she tried the draw
and it didn't come off, so they are
going to have to put that game to
bed and, later on tonight against
China with a better game.
will be joining that game live.
Sometimes it is about resetting your
mind and how quickly you can recover
from a disappointment like that.
Very much so, they have a real team
of support people behind them,
sports psychologist, a great
tactician with Glenn Howard,
four-time world champion himself, so
these girls will just have regrouped
back at the village, looked at all
the shots, and they are very
experience, they are going to come
out strong later on tonight, I'm
convinced of it.
You make them
strong favourites to win that game,
Yes. China isn't going to be
an easy game. They had a chance to
win it in the last game and throw it
through the back, gave it away to
OAR, but if you look at the girls
performance on what they can do, if
they believe, they can win this
And the major shock, the one
thing we always think, curling is
Canadian, but today they got beaten
by the South Korean team.
and I didn't get the chance to watch
the game because I was concentrating
on ours, but every time I had a
little close look across, there were
lots of stones in play, so that
really was a real shocker, and one
that nobody expected to see. But
let's not forget the Canadians are
very good at coming back, and they
will get stronger as this
competition goes on, so I don't
think we can read a lot into that at
And the Canadian men are
free from three, the British men are
two from three, they have both
Yes, the Canadian men
actually to be fair were a little
bit shaky, I thought. I thought they
would come out with a stronger
performance, but just as I said
about the girls, Canada, you can
never rest on your laurels, because
they just grow as the competition
goes on. They were kind of
appropriate the beginning, maybe
this ice doesn't swing as much as
they are used to, but it is one to
watch, and let's not write them off.
And if there were marks for artistic
impression in curling, we know the
Norwegian men would get plenty of
them. What have they been wearing
today? We liked their Valentine's
Day outfit yesterday.
were wearing a tropical palm tree
print in blue and white, and it had
a kind of red poppy in it.
A little more reserved than
their pink fancy pants from
yesterday for Valentine's Day. But
what wonderful guys were showing of
the sport, and they do it with such
fun and energy, yet with such
professionalism. So wait till we see
what they bring out later.
those trousers because they go
better with the red tops, which we
weren't sure the pink did. In terms
of a progress report, for the
British men, are you happy with the
way they have started, and for all
of them it is their first experience
of an Olympic Games?
Do you know
what? It is. They are young guys,
this is a huge stage to be
performing on, and if we looked on
paper, I knew they were going to
have a tough start, so to come out
of that with two wins, they beat
Switzerland, they just won their
game this morning, that is a great
start for them.
Good stuff, and they
will be in action again at midnight
tonight. Jackie, thank you for now,
keep wrapping up warm, and enjoy it.
I will do, thanks.
Let's have a look
at the timetable for what we have
coming up for the rest of this
morning and into the early
afternoon. We are going to be
looking at the first two runs of the
men's skeleton, that is next, in the
company of a woman who started the
whole skeleton revolution here in
Great Britain. Then we will be
reflecting on the women's giant
slalom, and Chemmy will be telling
us about the competitors in that.
Then we go live for that curling
game, China versus GB in the
women's, and then the men's
snowboard cross. We love that, that
is chaotic. So, let's go to the
Laura Deas, one of the fastest
starters in the field.
The name of Dominic Parsons, and boy
can he run.
Lizzy Yarnold is the Olympic
champion, oh, my goodness!
Yes, Lizzy Yarnold is the defending
champion, and Amy Williams won goal
before that, but this is Alex
Coomber who started it all off with
her gold medal from Salt Lake City,
which you have got with you.
Gray and Jackie Lockhart in the
Most of us did not know what
skeleton was. We thought that was
sliding down a mountain on a
I must admit I didn't know
what it was. I have my novice week,
I did really well, got selected for
the team, competed in my first World
Cup, the last 20 years have in the
Did you know it was an
It wasn't a bad time,
someone said to me the other day,
why didn't I compete in Nagano? And
I thought why didn't I? 2002 was the
first time for men's and women's
skeleton. The men's skeleton had
been on previous occasions, 2002,
the first time for women's skeleton
When did you last see
your run from Salt Lake City?
a presentation at school last week
for the Olympics, it took me about
six years before I could actually
watch it having done the race. The
cause? Because there'd been quite a
lot of pressure and it built up
quite strongly. Such a massive thing
to happen. I thought I need to step
away from this for a little bit.
that why it was your one and only
As Chemmy knows, winter
sports or all or nothing, you can't
go down at the weekend and practice,
you can't pick it up when you want,
then stop, you have to be away, out
of the country, six months at a
time, away from your family, it's
hard emotionally, mentally,
physically, and to think of doing
another cycle, to be honest, I had
an Olympic medal, I had 30 World Cup
podium finishes, the British
Championships, World Championships
medal and it's hard to say to
yourself I am going to go out and do
this again. I was satisfied with
what I achieved.
I think we are all
pretty satisfied with what you
achieved, we are going to look back
at it, Salt Lake City, 2002, winner
of the Bronze
COMMENTATOR:, Alex Coomber from
Great Britain. Great Britain on the
verge of a medal. As yet, we do not
know what colour it will be. Gold is
on the cards. She is a supreme
competitor as she proved
consistently over the last three
years. Here she goes for the last
time. Still the Americans to come.
Starting off well. Pretty good
This snow absolutely throwing itself
down on this course, going to be a
clean run. She has dropped a second.
The German leads, can she ride the
course well? This could be a
situation which will be nerve
tingling as it always has been with
Alex, back in first, can she hang
on? She took a real big hit, almost
the same position as in the first
run, still in first place, getting
faster. Come on, keep it going
cleanly, dropped a little, into the
finish, the last chance, she is in
first place, Great Britain has a
medal! Such relief for the team.
Points 16 head, that does not
matter. An Olympic medal. Something
she has not managed to achieve in
major championships, she has cracked
STUDIO: difficult conditions. It was
snowing really hard.
STUDIO: difficult conditions. It was
snowing really hard.
Day 13 was the
only day it snowed in Salt Lake
City, I am a small slider, I did not
have much weight, to get through the
snow, it changes the way you slide
the track. We had training in
beautiful sunshine, I had not raised
in the snow on that track ever, we
turned up in completely new
conditions, new track, speed,
If we have a look at how
women have performed in skeleton,
you lead the way with your Bronze
medal. Since then, a silver medal
from Shelley Rudman, gold from Amy
Williams and Lizzy Yarnold, who is
trying to become the first British
athlete ever to successfully defend
a Winter Olympics title and that is
a very impressive list of results.
The other impressive thing, Laura
Deas are pushing Lizzy Yarnold, both
posting good training times, they
start tomorrow. Laura has done
really well in the World Cup.
Finishing above Lizzy Yarnold, in
the top ten in most of the races,
they work well together, both
strong, this track suits a British
slider, it's a new track, not many
people know the way of the curves
and everything, it's not like a
German in Germany or an Austrian in
Austria, far more of a level playing
field and as the Brits, we don't
have our own track, that suits us,
we are going dude at going out to
somewhere, learning and unfamiliar
All the team members have
said that. All the fuss about the
suits that have been passed.
knew they would be. Of course.
come down to race time.
the track, pressure, the world is
watching Team GB in skeleton because
we are a force to be reckoned with.
They love the fact there is four
runs in the Olympic sliding,
normally two in World Cups, Lizzy
Yarnold likes the fact there is more
pressure for every run.
attention in the skeleton has always
been on the women but can the main
feature? Dom Parsons and Jerry Rice
featuring, Dominic featuring in
training, let's pick up the
commentary. Amy Williams joining
John Jackson and John Hunt.
COMMENTATOR:. The favourite for
gold. Yun Sungbin. Listen to the
raw. Had an unbelievable clash with
You will see the difference
in his sliding compared with the
others. A lot cleaner. You don't see
much going on on the sled. The last
two sliders that came down the
left-hand group on your TV screen, a
little bit of a wobble, the lines
are perfect, the helmet this guy
has, brilliant, look at the lead.
Going to smash them out. He will be
the one to set the standard, we
expected this, clean and fast and
he's offered a second quicker than
Next up, young, for Germany. --
Starting with his hand in the
middle, that is a risky option.
that happen? Yes, these athletes
train so hard on their start and you
hope it's a good groove cut out. You
have to do what you feel
comfortable, whether you feel more
comfortable running on the right or
left and fought groove are you going
to choose. He has to be careful,
make sure his core is strong, and
not putting too much weight on the
handle, Germany getting some clean
rides so far. Using his feet. To toe
tap, change the angle of the sled.
Looking good but his time relative
to Jungk, way off, perhaps
illustrating how good Jungk was. A
high-class athlete. Made to look
ordinary by Yun Sungbin. Dukurs
beaten by a Canadian in Sochi. Now
he tries again. Fourth Olympic
Games. The narrative here, is he
going to be beaten by a Korean?
Absolutely fantastic to watch,
power, then relaxes, his feet dart
to the left very early. Jacko,
usually he is absolutely mustered.
lot of people coming out of the
left-hand groove, seems to give them
a little bit of issues, they are
struggling to control the sled.
Between him and the Korean, it's for
gold and silver. Bronze is
potentially up for grabs with
anybody else. Just made a little
mistake, will bat be the difference?
Normally so good at finding speed on
this track, let's see how
unforgiving this track is.
going to go second, Dukurs, he
dropped right off. Jungk stays ahead
of him. Yun Sungbin with that
devastating first-run already has a
massive advantage over his key
competitors. Can any of this next
wave of athletes do anything about
this amazing lead that Yun Sungbin
has already? The Olympic Athletes
from Russia, 23 years old, this man,
yesterday. Four time world champion,
coming into these Olympic Games
ranked number five in the world.
Clearly up there in
the rankings with nothing to lose.
Let's just see how he does, so far,
looking like he has some really good
lines down this track, all about
getting the oscillation, the highs
and lows of the corner, what you are
trying to do with each corner is
cancelled them out, no real highs or
knows, keep the fastest line. Corner
looking good. Clean line into 13,
got to hold it together for the
uphill section coming through. As
long as he doesn't make any
mistakes, he will go second. Pretty
decent run, there he is, into
second. Behind Yun Sungbin, three
tenths the hind him.
goes next, Great Britain, the 30
year rule from London, his second
Olympic Games, been flying in
training, Tyne Amy Williams to put
that into practice.
Deep breath, the
nerves are here. -- Timon Amy
Good runs out Winter Berg and Saint
Moritz. Get a good start. We could
be in for a really excellent 50
Not too bad, not brilliant,
could be extra tension in his legs,
got on really well with this track
in training, but it is race day. The
pressure of the runs. So far, not
looking too bad, his legs are a
little bit all over the place,
having to fight a bit, let's hope he
stays relaxed. Good line, slightly
different than those going into
corner 12, this is the part of the
track he needs to hold it together,
a little clip which probably will
cost him, the uphill section into
Still going to be top ten, may
be nearer five or six, he is better
than that. Into fourth. Gone ahead
of the magnificent Two, less than a
10th of a second off the bronze
This is what we have
seen, when he has got it right he is
faster than the chorion. He has to
mail the technical part. Exit nine,
down the street, move himself into
the bronze medal position.
will be the second Briton, Jerry
Rice. Rated 19 in the world. His
first Olympic Games. Reading if you
of his biographies, he sounds like a
bit of a character, likes fun and
games but now his Olympic Games get
He did a team-building fun
I was part of the GB setup and he is
a really nice guy.
Sled a lot in San
Moritz. Great start. Has to stay
cool, calm and collected. But
looking really good.
19th in the
World Championships last year. Going
very well. Lovely first half. One of
When he gets it
right, he can put himself in the
mix. A little bit late.
needed to put his head down a
little. Looking too much at the next
corner but this looks like a really,
really good run.
Could easily be top
ten, round two 16, wonderful run,
goes 10th! Yun Sungbin a big leader.
Dom Parsons a share of fifth stop
11th, Jerry Rice. Some real victims
to be fired over the next ten
minutes. Dukurs, fourth in Sochi and
Vancouver. Make no mistake, his
brother is the headline of the
double act but this man wants to get
He is really wanting this, get down
fast, hold it together. It is really
steep to start with, then a flat
section between four and five, you
have to keep it together, get a
perfect exit line down this
straight, he is just letting it
drift but he knows how to control it
into the 12th corner.
One thing the
Latvians do have, a beautiful style,
nice and relaxed, and they just let
the corners do the work for them.
His shoulders haven't once lifted
off the sled. Down in first place,
three tenths of a second quicker
than his first run, and that will
shoot him well forward. He was
already beautifully sat in second
place, and that is now what Dom
Parsons has got to do. He is next
for Great Britain. Here he is,
second run. Tomass Dukurs has just
throwing down a big statement run.
The same start time as his other
one, a very consistent slider, just
have to keep it together.
50.85 in the first run, and 50 .7,
given what we have just seen from
Tomass Dukurs would be fantastic
He has also been fast when he
hasn't quite got it right, and his
first run wasn't quite right in
places, but this is where it counts.
That is one of the best lines we
have seen, so is he now going to
start pulling himself forward
towards the medals and forget about
the Latvians behind him? This is
what we need.
He is catching Tomass
Dukurs Nehra. Looking smooth to the
finish, and Dom Parsons goes to the
front. What a finish that was! And
he has done exactly what Dukurs did,
and that puts pressure on those
above him. The medal chase for
Britain is on here.
Also in equal fifth place, Martins
Dukurs, the legendary Martins
Dukurs, twice won a silver medal at
the Olympic Games, and now he is
going to have to try to chase down
He has had the fastest push
of the day, jointly with the Korean,
and these guys are now just going
for it. Medals are up for grabs,
they know they want to go into the
next day of races as fast as they
He looks like he is losing a
lot of time to Dom at the top of the
track, but is there enough track
left for Dom Parsons to rein in the
legendary Latvian speeder?
Around the 15 final curve, only
three hundredths in it. Can you
believe Dom Parsons is only three
hundredths of the magnificent
Martins Dukurs? He knows how close
ears. Make no mistake, he is in the
Currently in second place, the
Olympic athlete of Russia, this is
Nick de Jager Bob -- this is Nikita
Tregubov, it was his birthday
yesterday, and I hope his
celebrations were not too heavy
because he needs a good run here.
Solid start time in fifth place, so
the start of the pushchair is so
important. These athletes train that
whole lives, also, to really get as
fast and strong as they can, that
explosiveness off the blocks, and
then they have to learn how to slide
and drive and know how to feel
comfortable on the sled. Just using
his feet to steer through that
section of ten and 11, good clean
lines. He has not made any major
mistakes, I think we are going to
see him with a fast time here.
mistake, Nikita Tregubov is a
contender for sure, and he is over a
tenth of a second ahead of Dukurs,
and ahead of Parsons. The Korean
Sungbin Yun will be the last ago. We
have been talking about hundredths
of a second, tenths of a second,
this guy after the first run was
three tenths of a second clear of
anybody else. If he can put that in
again, we could already half but the
gold around his neck.
And there you
are, his start time, I could hear
the phenomenal start time, a
This is great. This
is what he has come to do, and new
start record and it wouldn't
surprise me to see a new track
record as well. He is going to open
the taps, but the afterburners on.
You can see him lifting his
shoulders, he doesn't look quite
subtle, but it is working.
hundredths in the lead.
tenths, the league! And growing all
the time as well. No mistakes, a
little bit of steering with his
right foot, magnificent.
hundredths, and a new track record,
you can hear the crowds outside,
absolutely spectacular run. He was
using his feet, so he wasn't
thinking he was on the perfect
lines, but that is how to slide this
It is incredible, he
has come for business. Sungbin Yun
has taken the first two runs a here
in Pyeongchang, and is massive
favourite to now go on and win gold.
But the great news for Great Britain
is that there are five others going
to chase the other two medals, and
Britain's Dom Parsons in fourth
place is one of those. He has put
himself in a great position, as
Jerry Rice is 12th. Bobbie let's get
the views of Alex Coomber.
Most home tracks give a massive
advantage, because that athletes can
train way more times there that
other nations can. If you go for a
World Cup, you might get six
training runs maximum. If you are in
the country, you can train months of
time. So he will have made sure he
has a lot of advantage from that.
Dom Parsons, he is just on the edge,
he needs to improve a little bit
more. He could get a medal. Talk us
through his second run, and
particularly his start.
Unfortunately for Dom, I'm not quite
sure what is going on at the moment.
Here he is at the start, but he was
quite slow, 4.88, if which you
compare it to Sungbin Yun, 4.59, he
is losing three tenths of a second
start. He is not working the sled
too hard, relaxing, not going to
high into the corners, not going in
coming out too late, and what that
means is he is not having to steer
very much at all, and the less
steering you can do, the the run.
Quite often you see the men being
very physical, a lot of movement in
the legs and feet compared to the
This is that I have noticed
in the past as well, the men try to
fight their way down the track, they
try to beat the track, whereas the
women tend to trust the track a bit
more and relax and go with it. And
that does make a big difference,
because as I say you don't want to
be slowing yourself down by
steering. The good thing about this
run is he had a top speed out of
everyone, 80.9 miles per hour, the
only athlete to break the 130
kilometres per hour barrier, so if
he can improve on his start, he has
a good chance.
And it is also
starting to believe as well. This
isn't a position that he has been in
before at an Olympic Games. Not even
in World Cups he has that close to
He has been on the podium
in a World Cup, but he was eighth at
the last Olympics, so he is
definitely time to progress his way
up the field. He has been doing that
occasionally, but in the big life of
the elegance, that is something
transition those training ones where
he was really fast and an underdog
into that, that was impressive.
got a lot of media attention
quickly, because he was fast, but
you don't know what the other
athletes were doing.
And you are
saying about that track, it takes a
lot of understanding, and a fair bit
This track is a
drivers track, there are some in the
world where you could take Linford
Christie, he could blast of the top
and hold on a get down, probably do
quite well, but you can't do this on
this track. You have got to be over
to drive it. If you're not able to
drive, you will crash and have bad
But equally he needs
more speed up the top. He need a bit
more speed up the top. He need a bit
If he could find a
tense, maybe, I think he has a
And that is
surely easy to win, start? If he is
excelling with a driving on all
these difficult corners, a little
bit of power other started
everything could change.
what makes this track so exciting. A
lot of tracks you could say even if
you had a too tense lead, it is
taken as read that that person will
win. -- a two tenths lead.
run is at 12:30pm, and medals
decided from 2:15am, and this time
tomorrow morning we could be sitting
here with a British medal in the
bag, and hopefully more to come
because the winner will be Goering
at this time tomorrow for their
first runs, -- gearing up for their
first runs. Lizzy Yarnold is the
defending champion, but what about
Laura Deas, our other contender?
Nick Hope went to see her and knows
that she is ready for liftoff.
You never quite know what is going
to happen. It is down to you in that
moment. Nobody else.
moment. Nobody else.
Talk about not
feeling like a skeleton athlete, you
won't always a skeleton athlete? You
had quite a different background?
was unusual in the fact that I came
from an equestrian background.
big a switch was that? Your whole
mindset must have changed.
never been in a gym environment that
before, I had literally never
stepped inside a gym until I was put
through my paces the Skeleton
trials, so it was a shock for my
body. And the focus also was
because, when I was the rider, it
was about how is the horse feeling,
how are they moving, what is
happening underneath me? And all of
a sudden it's about how am I feeling
and what am I doing. There are a lot
of parallels, but that sensitivity
with what is happening underneath
you, having to plan the route, think
quickly, all of those things
transfer really well, so in some
ways it was quite a good crossover.
How much does your relationship with
Lizzy help? To work together must
help you both perform.
It is good to
have summary to work with who
understand everything you are going
through, if you have a tough session
together or a tough day at the track
together, there is somebody you can
go and have a cup of tea together
and talk about it, which is really
nice. And I think we push each other
in a really positive way as well. As
soon as we step on the track, we are
super competitive and we both want
to win, and I think the fact that we
are both seeing ourselves and each
other and podium contenders means we
are constantly pushing each other
forward as well, but we are both
part of a wider team, and every body
tries to bring their A-game on race
There has been so much British
success in Skeleton a recent
Olympics. Have you watched on whilst
Amy Williams has won marigold, and
Lizzy Yarnold in 2014?
very vividly sitting and watching
Amy do her first two runs in
Vancouver, and I remember feeling
this powerful feeling that I was in
this same programme as this athlete
currently leading the Olympics, and
if she could do it than I can as
well. On the fact that Lizzy went on
to do the same thing reinforce that,
so it is exciting.
And for you, what
do you feel is possible?
definitely feel that I can go and
win a medal. I have beaten every
single person in that field, so I
know that if things go right and I
bring my a game, then I could be on
She knows it even more
now, because her training times have
been very good. She is right there.
Lizzy has been improving, getting
faster and faster, but law is
capable of winning a medal.
hasn't really had the limelight
before so I hope the pressure
doesn't get to her, she hasn't had
the position where every body is
looking at her and see if she can do
it and prove a point, so hopefully
she just needs to stay strong and
remember what she could do, which is
start really well, drive really well
and keep her head, and I think she
has a great chance to be one of
those, you would expect at her name
to be there and she might be there
at the end.
How did you control it?
When you are standing at the top of
your first Olympic run, it has got
to feel different, the whole thing
It was quite
strange, even from the opening
ceremony I can remember standing
there, we were outside the stadium
and coming in, and I'm thinking,
this is really weird, this is just
like the Olympics. And to try to say
to yourself, it isn't like the
Olympics, it is actually the
Olympics. And that stayed with me
all the way through, because a week
before I had been to Bob track
racing skeleton with all these
people, and here I was again doing
it again with these people, but
there were lots of crowds. So I'm
not sure I really got the enormity
of it at the time. I think it takes
a little while afterwards future
relies that this is something really
And Laura made
reference to it, Chemmy, the joy of
having a team-mate with you, and
sadly you didn't have the luxury of
that most of the time you are
racing, somebody with you from your
country was understanding and
supportive and is your friend.
tough at the top, and they are going
through these emotions of
excitement, disappointment, success,
and they can share all that, and it
is the first time we have a two
females at the top of Skeleton
working so closely together, and
look at what it is doing to them. In
this high-pressure environment, they
have got each other to disclose
their fears, because there are
fears, especially when you have done
well in training runs. You want to
say to someone, I am scared I would
deliver on race day. And your friend
is saying the same back to you, so
it is nice to have that.
And it is
now eight o'clock in the evening in
South Korea, so they are getting to
that couple of hours we are going to
going to go to bed and tomorrow
morning when we up, this is our
chance. And at 11:20am tomorrow, UK
time, that is when you need to be
watching this programme. That will
be there first and second runs, and
then come Saturday, we have got a
whole, one hopes, let's hope the
first two runs a red tie, we have
both Lizzy and Laura going again,
and Elise Christie as well,
hopefully a great Saturday morning.
double act but this man wants to get
The Jamaican OB slave women, the
coach has been sacked. -- the
Jamaican bobsleigh women... She was
a hugely destructive force, that is
from the Jamaican bobsleigh
President. Actually she has worked
really well with the athletes, the
latest is that she has actually left
the camp, she was saying she was
going to take the bobsleigh with
her. Sandra is her name, she is
German and won a medal in Turing,
she said it was her bob, she could
take it with, this is still to be
It's so sad for the
actual girls themselves. What are
they going to do. It has all come
down to now, I would have liked it
to be resolved in a different way.
Alex, you are on tonight. Yes. Hope
to see you then. The curling is just
about to start. We will be there
shortly, live, here is the British
team, the four of them, really
experienced, working well together,
the car relaxed Vicky Adams is. They
smile so much, Anna Sloan is the one
playing those keystones before she
hands the hammer to Eve Muirhead,
they need a win having lost against
the US a this morning. They have got
to win the game against China, we
will be there later, the Alpine
programme has kicked off armour we
are spoiled for riches. We are going
to talk about the women's giant
slalom. Top to us about Alex Tilley.
She is an the form of her life. --
Tok to us. She pushed herself. The
Tok to us. She pushed herself. The
only link turned, a little bit of
pressure underneath the gate but her
technique is spot-on. Using the
terrain really well, getting their
skis working like a pendulum. From
here down, the line went slightly,
she is doing too much underneath the
gate, she is still digging. The
blink of an eye, she comes through
the banana gate, knows she has to
carry the speed from steep to flat.
She had a little bit too much
pressure on the tail of the ski.
flipped really fast. Steep and I
see. You cannot control that, you
have got to charge this key, bend
the ski after, too many forces, you
see it, it catches, there is no
coming back from that.
What a shame.
You have got to finish first run to
have a chance of going in the
She would have been in the
top 30. You get the benefit of a
clean course skiing first on the
second run. She has got the slalom
Angus crossed. Let's have a
look at the three who posted the
fastest times. -- fingers crossed.
Super clean track. One thing I
thought that Manuela did well, so
much rain. Steep flats, rollers in
the middle. So smooth. A mistake at
the end. In terms of a top to bottom
rung, solid and clean, setting the
She looks like she bends
with the movement. A really light
athlete. Here is Michaela Shifrin.
The slalom got postponed. Her first
chance to lay down a marker. She
looks really strong. She made some
So soft and supple, so
if fish and. But she said afterwards
she kept something back, she knew
she could go harder, this was the
Olympic Games, she was prepared to
put it all on the line. Italy did
Bignoni showed her strength across
the disciplines. She stop before the
finish line. That is a real Ricky
mistake. That is what that noise
I think it was someone in the
crowd with a would-be cushion.
Now they go in reverse
order. This top 30 reversed, the
girls who want the first run,
unfamiliar territory, going to stand
there and wait and watch the skiers
before her. Michaela Shifrin more
comfortable with that position. I am
not sure if the Italian can control
the nerves in the biggest race of
Now let's go to the
commentary from Matt Chilton.
COMMENTATOR: Bignoni in third.
Michaela Shifrin has got the
Look at that. Aggressive, accurate.
Giant slalom skiing. Handling the
jump well. Added three tenths to her
lead. Sensational start for Ragnhild
Mowinckel from Norway. On the podium
in Valdes. Capable of winning here
in Pyeongchang. A little stumble as
she came over at the roller. How has
damaged her time? .38, the advantage
she had last time the clock stopped,
in the red zone, only just. She
knows she has made errors, she has
to take a risk if she is to
to take a risk if she is to remove
Viktoria Rebensburg. Gold medal
position for Ragnhild Mowinckel.
What a finish. And her outstanding
season continues. She leads the
Olympic giant slalom.
Ragnhild Mowinckel has gold at the
moment, Viktoria Rebensburg has
silver. But Fino has bronze.
silver. But Fino has bronze. Bignoni
is away. A superb technician. Also
learned to ski downhill in super-g
in recent seasons and that has
helped her straight line speed. .26
was her lead at the top. That has
been reduced. Ragnhild Mowinckel's
secret was nailing the top ten
turns, the current leader. That is
where she was better than anyone
else. Brignoni, back in the green
area, back in front. Brignoni having
to work hard through some of these
turns, a little late again. Ragnhild
Mowinckel next split... It's only
two hundredths. So tight. The second
run of the Olympic giant slalom, one
could still ski into a medal
position but what colour will it be?
Almost tone for Italy, she tucks in,
goes into silver. With just two
skiers to come, Ragnhild Mowinckel
is guaranteed a medal.
is guaranteed a medal. Now it's the
turn of Michaela Shifrin. .35 per
advantage after the first leg. She
pushes out of the start, pushing
between gate one and gate two. She
is the finest exponent of giant
slalom and slalom skiing in the
world right now, a league of her own
when it comes to the technical
aspect of the sport. They smooth,
error free start, her advantage over
Ragnhild Mowinckel has been reduced
slightly but still green as she
comes into this first section.
comes into this first section. She
is getting after this giant slalom
second run. The slalom champion four
years ago at the age of 18, now at
22 looking for her second Olympic
title. She could win three possibly
four gold medals in Pyeongchang in
2018 and she is on her way to gold
in the position now if she stays on
her feet. Lightning quick from
Michaela Shifrin from top to bottom,
she is good enough, she has got the
gold medal. With one pump editor to
go. She risked everything on the
last six turns. -- with one
competitor to go. She leads the way.
Just one skier to come.
The veteran Italian. 34 years old.
Manuela Moelgg. We have got used
over the years to saying this second
run charges from Manuela Moelgg when
she puts her foot to the floor and
takes chances. Makes a mistake in
the early stages, trails Michaela
Shifrin, not the smoothest start for
Manuela Moelgg but plenty of time
left on this rainbow course. The
Italian, to put herself back in
contention. .63, potentially out of
the medals. The Italian made a
couple of errors, the course has
seen 29 others go before, it has
suffered erosion with all the Steel
ages slicing through and there is no
way back. Michaela Shifrin will be
the Olympic champion, Ragnhild
Mowinckel will take the silver,
Brignoni the bronze. And I think
Manuela Moelgg will leave the giant
slalom empty-handed, can she buy it
back? She is only eight, no luck for
Manuela Moelgg. Michaela Shifrin is
the Olympic champion for the second
time. She begins her quest for a
handful of Olympic medals with
victory in the giant slalom by .30
nine. Temp max one taking the
bronze. Gold to Michaela Shifrin.
Not the biggest surprise, slalom is
the thing for her, she is stepping
She is amazing, winning two
World Cups this year, more
challenging, a bigger field. We
thought it was going to be a big
battle with the German, she does
create sections but she comes forth
which is the first position. E-mail
athletes celebrated the best.
Ragnhild Mowinckel, the first
Norwegian medal since 1936.
Extraordinary. She has fought so
hard, always technically great, to
see her finding her peak, but yes,
the Michaela Shifrin shall have
Too much pressure for a
Manuela Moelgg going last.
winning a medal. That podium making
history, left right and centre,
really great, we waited a long time
for the Alpine female events to
start and they delivered an amazing
course. Testing so many skills which
is what the Olympics is about.
Let's talk about Mikaela Shiffrin.
She is going to be the star. Why is
she such a good skier, everybody
talks about her technique, what is
it she does?
She just has the touch,
which is really hard to learn. It
has been there from her upbringing,
through grassroots sports to where
she is now. She makes it look so
easy. It takes a lot of time and
effort. She has an amazing touch on
the skis. She flows from side to
side and it is incredible. That is
why she is able to change those
skills through the disciplines.
Right now on the red button, the
Biathlon about to start, the men's
toughest and most traditional event,
the 20 kilometre individual.
the 20 kilometre individual. We
promised you live curling and that
is where we are heading now because
Great Britain had a disappointing
loss, the women earlier today. They
are now in action against China. We
are getting to the tricky crucial
end to end one. Let's join Steve
COMMENTATOR: Thank you, Claire. Eve
Muirhead, she catches her own on the
way through. That's not going to sit
in the house. She needed to go past
the yellow. Slight mistake from Eve
Muirhead. And yes, after the defeat
against the USA earlier, this is a
crunch match against China. By their
own admission. They were missing too
many shots this morning. Although
they were always in the game, right
up until Eve Muirhead's last stone
where she could have tied it to go
into an extra end, it just slipped
by. Not by much, but that was
typical for the whole match. Jackie
Lockhart, this first end hasn't gone
their way either?
No, a couple of
errors slipping in already. They had
to settle and think about the shop
they are playing in. If they are not
going to make the first shot, make
sure they have a second shot
It is a very experienced
Chinese team, led by Wang Bingyu.
Former Olympic medallist in 2002 in
Vancouver when Eve Muirhead was just
19. Jackie was there as well. A lot
of experience at the top of this
team. The skip and the third, they
played together for so many years.
Zhou Yan. Olympic medals and
championship medals. Third Olympics
for those two. They have a couple of
young players in this team. They
should have had a couple of
victories because they were leading
Eve Muirhead, she had a
similar shot. They both had chances
to draw and score in the last end to
win the game and neither of them did
it. Great Britain and China both
coming off a defeat and will be
desperate for the win.
One, not what
Eve wanted. I was hoping it was a
chance for two, but you saw, just as
you joined us, catching her own
stone on the way in trying to remove
the Chinese stone. Not always the
best way to start a match, if you do
have a hammer, blank the end and
take it through to the next end,
hopefully get two. They were over on
another sheet this morning. They
struggled early on with the
conditions of the ice. Missed too
many shots. We have already seen one
or two slip by?
Yes, they have the
unfortunate game here of where they
are playing on the outside sheets.
This sheet is closest to the
audience will run slightly
difference to this sheet that is on
the inside of the stones. But they
have to manage that, these are not
inexperienced players. They should
know it is a matter of understanding
what side needs a little bit more
weight and which sides days
If it is the first time
you have watched the women's team,
Lauren Gray, the lead. Vicki Adams
plays seconds, Anna Sloan third. Eve
Muirhead, the skip plays the last
two stones. Lauren Gray, one or two
wayward stones but has generally had
a good competition so far.
this morning, Lauren had a good
game, she said the girls at well. It
wasn't just one person was having an
off game, it was kind of the top
three girls were just having a bit
of an average game. They certainly
were not playing badly, just the
shots they were making or not on the
side they should have been.
one of the youngsters,
one of the youngsters, just 22 Ma
Jingyi. Just putting a guard in
place. She has played very well
indeed. If your league isn't doing
their job, it makes everything much
more difficult. -- lead.
more difficult. -- lead.
Chinese team, as you said, two young
players at the front-end playing
with them this year. It is a good
thing because if you have youngsters
who are inspired by what is skip has
done before, they will play really
well for you, look up to. Anything
you ask them to do, they will
perform the shot. But there's a
little bit high, she had to be a lot
closer to the rings and on the
centre line, not the start we are
looking for. Even though it is in
the second end, they are going to
have to step it up just a little bit
Almost carrying on where they
left off this morning. Not what they
once, but plenty of time.
once, but plenty of time. Just
hitting that out, right on the nose
so it doesn't come across. Even
asking for that shot to be played.
It is a long way out of the guard.
This team, Wang Bingyu took some
time-out, had a baby and had almost
three years out. Came back last year
and put this new team together. And
Zhou Yan, who used to lead for her
over the years, now playing third.
They have had a good last few
months. They had to come to the
Olympic qualifying competition in
December. And they warned. They
played really well and I think they
have had a couple of good
competitions since then, so coming
into this Olympic tournament with a
reasonable amount of confidence. She
said when she came back she was
struggling with her fitness and her
technique. But I think she has had
almost a year now.
Any time-out of
this sport when you are competing
against the top athletes, who are
training every day, is really hard
to come back. You don't lose the
technique overnight, but what you
lose is the ability to recover
quickly. Especially when you are
playing three games a day, long
weeks. Slow and steady has to be the
call here. She certainly isn't
looking unset out there at the
Just watching over Eve
Muirhead. They have played each
other over the years. B was in the
Olympic Games in 2010. -- Eve.
Olympic Games in 2010. -- Eve. So
Vicki Adams, similar shot being
asked to execute.
asked to execute. Almost, this might
be a bit better.
be a bit better. Glenn Howard, the
coach for the British women. He
looks happy enough, doesn't he?
Muirhead decided last day, might
have been 18 months ago, to bring in
Glenn Howard from Canada to look up
the strategy of how they play. They
also have a team psychologist to
help them with the mental side of
the game. There is one thing for
sure, you cannot discredit them with
not putting everything they've got
in place to be the best they could
be here. Very determined to get a
medal, better than the last time
when they got the bronze medal in
Sochi. Nothing but the gold medal
will do for Eve Muirhead.
having to sleep hard to get that in.
It is behind the guard. Don't
forget, China with the hammer. We
are always bringing new fans to
this, when you don't have the
hammer, in general, what are you
trying to do?
If you don't have the
hammer, you are trying to block up
the fourth. If you do have the
hammer you are trying to draw shots
out to the wing, get them protected
by the guards and hopefully you will
have a simple shot to play with your
last stone to score more than two
shots. Unfortunately, Eve Muirhead
and her team are being forced out to
the wing at the moment. He really is
a game of cat and mouse out here.
You are trying one thing and the
opposition is trying something else
to stop you from doing it. Again, it
is as many stones closest to the
centre, out counting your opponents.
There is a lot of strategy about
this. And that is actually too far.
There is a high, yellow guard, but
it's not regarding any of these
It is a long way out.
Should be a straightforward take out
in the centre of these two yellows
in the house and remove both of
them. I hate to say it, but the
girls need to be a little bit
sharper. After all the work and
preparation they have put in place,
you would think they would be
sharper. Just little edges of, they
are feeling edgy, creeping in.
Communication is key. A missed
You were on about the
sports psychologist and we have
talked a lot, through the mixed
doubles, we have married pairs,
engaged couples, brothers and
sisters. Watching body language and
how people were communicating with
each other. Yesterday, they were in
touch with each other. And OAR did
play well. They were relaxed,
everyone was smiling, I wonder if
you can be too relaxed, you need to
stay calm at the Olympic Games, but
then they didn't get going and they
still haven't got going much in this
either. I always think it is like a
football match, it takes one player
to make a couple of good tackles,
get the crowd going.
That is a good
analogy. Couple of good shots under
their belt and it raises their tail
and you get their confidence back. I
hear it in their voices, they are
key Munich 18 well, which is great
but there is a tiny bit of panic in
their voices, I feel.
their voices, I feel.
playing has second stone. Might not
like it down that side too much.
China have the hammer here. Eve
Muirhead wants to work out what to
Just going to try and roll in, I
Yes. If she can catch enough
of the red and maybe even a little
role to sit behind the high yellow
stone we see at the top of the
house, up in the free guard zone.
She was doing what you suggested,
the suggestion was, if I don't play
this right and it rolls of it
further, I would rather it rolled
over behind the two reds. Lee she
has two plans.
What you don't want
to do is overthrow it. This sounds
like it has been overthrown.
That was enough, though, she didn't
catch her yellow in their - is she
lying two, though?
We can see from
here, they have gone to have a look.
It might well be Great Britain
lie-in two, certainly from that
angle. You really need to be
standing over the stone. -- to be
lie-in two. If they forced a one
here, then good.
Wang Bingyu has decided that she is
going to draw in, she's not going to
go for the yellow stones. Great
opportunity to come down here and
corner freeze the yellow just at the
edge of the 4ft.
edge of the 4ft.
One bit of her
game, the takeout seemed pretty good
but the more delicate shots, she's
not doing as well perhaps.
They're just keeping an eye on
this... And now they start to sweep.
Still shifting, isn't it?
Still shifting, isn't it? That's not
going to lie shot.
going to lie shot.
Shittu much run in there. I think
the girls probably shouldn't have
been sweeping it but I think they
thought it was going to go past but
of course it has gone too far.
of course it has gone too far.
finishes it and forces the digits
She's going to play a
wide draw and it's pretty tight, do
you know what I mean?
So, why don't
we go for that and if it is hanging
out a bit, we caught it early? Yeah.
I think we go right here.
Even if we
were to set...
I agree, that's first
So, first call here. So, we
just need to be touching...
JACKIE LOCKHART: So, the team
agreed, they just want to calm in
and corner freeze their own stone.
She has to be very careful, she
doesn't want to bounce off it and
give China the opportunity of
removing both of them and getting a
So, Eve playing a out-turn draw,
which is an anticlockwise rotation
of the stone. The stone should turn
to the left.
STEVE CRAM: Came off it, back on
again, going to have to work this...
Going to have to work it hard if
they want to come in the second
It's tied, isn't it? From
this angle it doesn't look like it
is second shot. If you're hearing
cheers, of course, there are other
matches taking place headed home
nation after a shock win over
Canada, they're play in Japan.
Canada, they're play in Japan. So
there will be a lot of noise from
time to time, pretty much a full
house in the grand young Curling
Centre, but atmosphere tonight and
it made big news on all the local
TV, so is, Korea beating Canada!
What do you think? I think Great
Britain have certainly got shot.
Could she take both of those out?
No, I think she can't really see
enough of it so she is forced just
to play a draw.
As I said I'm not
sure this is the favourite shot for
Wang at the moment.
Yeah, because it
narrows down the gap that they have
to come through to get to the 4ft.
If she plays it a little bit wide
it's not going to come enough. Might
actually have been better coming in
the other side, more room to play
with. So, Great Britain lie-in shot
here, at least, and China trying to
take one, which would tie it all up
here. A steal would be great for
Great Britain. It has got the line -
is it too quick? It looks good. Used
the back stone to stop if it -- to
stop it if need be and that was an
excellent shot to tie it up after
two and is. If all of this is new to
you, or the last time you were
watching was four years ago, then
here is a short guide to explain.
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 a stone travels in.
Tactics are crucial, particularly
retaining last stone advantage,
known as the hammer. In the men's
and women's events there are four
players in each team who curl two
stones each and. Only one team can
score each end and matches are over
ten ends. This year sees the
addition of mixed doubles, a
shorter, more dynamic event played
over eight ends instead of ten.
STEVE CRAM: That guide from Eleanor
Oldroyd mentioning the mixed doubles
at the end, and Canada came out as
the winners of that one, beating
Switzerland in the final, but it was
a good addition and a very different
type of curling, if you liked. As
was mentioned, it is a shorter
format with only eight ends and just
two players on each team, we saw
lots of scoring and lots of drawing
into the house and Jackie, very
quickly, this is the more
traditional format with a four
members of a team, and we've seen
lots of times not many stones in a
house, some thanked ends etc?
the game has changed many times over
the years, this is the traditional
team game and many years ago there
was no free guard zone so people
would put a stone in and keep
hitting it out, and to make it much
more interesting they have created
these new rules. The free guard
zone, if it sits out of the house
you're not allowed to hit it. The
team can then use it as a protector
and bring another stone roundabout,
it's just adds now show more
complexity to the game. And actually
the mixed doubles, now, that is
really, really aggressive, the stone
is in play already and it forces you
to draw everything right into the
centre. So, we see lots and lots of
stones in play. It can be quite
edgy, it depends how confident the
girls are in playing the shot.
it when you round in the end, the
mixed doubles, I know that for the
traditionalists... But I enjoyed it,
I thought it was good.
initially for me it messed with my
normal game head but actually,
fantastic highlight it was for the
television, it 5-5 has enthralled
lots of people out there, and I
actually did enjoy it, I'm not sure
I could play it, you really have to
be very fit, one sweeper jumping up
and down to go and sweep your own
stones... It is a young man's sport
thank you but definitely something
that's going to take off for the
future, and great for the sport of
curling, having a new discipline in
So, it is very additional
medal. That's the second time I
think Lauren has done that.
think Lauren has done that.
got a result out of that, though,
because she has almost rolled in
behind our yellow guard. The girls
strung a very good end together in
the last end and they forced to
China to take their one, and that's
what you want to do if you don't
have the hammer, try to force the
opposition to take one. Are the same
token, if you've got the hammer
you're desperately trying to take a
And it wasn't that easy, and
you're just keeping the pressure on.
Always keep the pressure on the
opposing skip if you possibly can,
don't give them an easy afternoon,
or evening. Incidentally, I will
briefly update you, it is important
that we see what's going on
elsewhere. Canada are playing Sweden
and Rachel Holman, the Canadian
skipper, after losing to Korea, was
shell-shocked. Sweden are leading by
two after two ends over Canada. Same
score, Switzerland leading USA. USA,
of course, who beat Great Britain
and Korea are 2-1 up over Japan -
that's why we had those cheers
earlier run in the arena. -- earlier
on if this is looking
on if this is looking OK if they
just want to make sure they get it
passed that guard.
passed that guard.
It's not out of
the house, but the Great Britain
yellows are lie-in two stones there.
They are however open to the Chinese
team, so there is a chance of a hit
and a role in behind these two high
If you're trying to score two,
if you can keep making it more
difficult for the opposition when
you're sitting two, it is better.
But as Jackie was just saying,
you're also trying not to allow them
to take the initiative away from
you, just keep the initiative as the
end is building. She has caught that
straight on the nose again. So, Eve
just saying, you can either just hit
it on the nose or roll over, there
is a guard out there.
Yes, just be
careful because to get the roll she
might jam it onto her own yellow.
You have to be very careful.
hits it too much on the left of
centre, as you were looking, that is
the danger. A little bit more weight
on this one. That's OK.
So, it is getting higher and higher
up the house and Bingyu just having
a look to see whether she wants to
hit an role that high up the house.
She has actually got a good
opportunity here to get inside of
the yellow. -- hit and roll. It just
depends on the weight. She will be
keen to keep her shooter in the
house, the stone that she is having
her player deliver just now.
quickly, I playing third, if you
have played lead for 15 years and
then you move to third, what is the
The technicality of the
shots get harder. Quite often the
lead will have high percentages
because really they're just a
drawing into the house and flowers
and not many stones distracting them
roundabout because they're throwing
early. But by the time you're
throwing third, you've got more
stones kicking about the house, and
they're catching your eye. So,
technically it is a lot harder.
You've also got to be able to do a
bit of everything. You've got to be
able to hit, to draw, you've got to
have the strategy head on and you
have to help your skip as well.
Well, the door has very much been
opened by Zhou there. It could not
have worked out better for Great
Britain. So, Anna Sloan trying to
draw around that guard first of all
and then tucked in behind those two
if she can.
if she can. We have got our Chinese
counterparts commentating next to us
and I looked across to see if there
was any local
was any local frustration, and the
female representative wasn't
Great Britain lying really well at
It is building nicely.
China still have an opportunity to
come in and sit on top of the yellow
stone and that would count out the
two yellows in the wings.
really hard. Not enough. It is
nearly a good shot. Another two
It is enough to out count
the second and third yellow Great
Britain have in the house.
Britain have in the house. We are
We are, Eve Muirhead went
and had a look.
and had a look. We have both noticed
a little subtle difference between
this morning and this evening, is
Eve Muirhead taking a little bit
more control. They are all
experienced and Anna Sloan is great
to have as a person there to discuss
it with, but we felt there was a
little bit of indecision at times.
And now Eve Muirhead has so, I want
your input, but I will make the
You need that as
the skip. It gains you your own
self-confidence when it comes to
shotmaking. It is great if you feel
you need to ask for help, your team
is there and they know what to do.
You have to be careful they are not
always questioning or checking other
It works both ways because
going back to the previous and, if
this one is continuing to build, Eve
Muirhead is more confident she is
making the right decisions and
indeed, the team are as well. Well
done, that is what she asked for.
She has just prevented the raise on
the red. China would have tried to
raise it up on the centre shot.
this is starting to look a little
bit difficult for China now. Wang
Bingyu. The Chinese skip, as I said,
had some time away. Great experience
though. Based in the northern
province of China.
province of China. I think it is
known as the ice city.
known as the ice city. Harbin.
discussing the shot she is going to
play here. I think she is going to
come down with an in-turn draw,
clockwise rotation of the stone.
Perhaps get into the centre. Can't
afford to be too heavy, she has to
play and nice, controlled weight
Did try. Just wanted to roll across
a little bit, if she could. You can
see what Anna Sloan and Eve Muirhead
are looking at playing here. The
Chinese stone is second at the
moment, counting the second shot.
But Great Britain have the final
shot, they have the hammer in this
Just need to have the weight right.
Don't want to roll across too far.
If you just catch it a little bit
She has the whole of the four
foot to roll into and she can stop
at the bottom. As long as she is
still counting second shot.
still counting second shot. I think
she probably should have played a
half weight at this. She was adamant
she wanted to play that controlled
weight. But really didn't move at
I thought she was going to play
it much lighter weight than that.
The girls did ask if she was going
to play half weight with that but
she said no, controlled. She
probably thought, she played it half
weight and got it on the nose.
such a pity because this end had
been building quite nicely. You and
I were talking about Eve is making
the decisions and that one, not
working in her favour.
is sitting short in there, but we
will see Wang Bingyu close this end
out. I think she is going to have to
come right in because she is still
leaving the red shorts. She is going
to try and draw one right into the
four foot. Coming from the other
side of the house. The right-hand
side, as we see it on her left, as
she is delivering.
It is the first
time she has come down this side,
going that way.
going that way. So Wang Bingyu, the
Chinese skip just watching. Not so
easy for her to see, the two
sleepers working hard to bring this
all the way round.
This is going to
come up short. Little bit of a get
out of jail free card, because even
now has a second shot. The shot she
She either needs to
draw in because if he hits it on the
nose, I don't think she will be
lying second. Last time round, it
was hit and roll. Will she replayed
the draw here? I think she is, isn't
I think you are right.
I think you are right.
got, back of the four foot, two.
This will get into the four foot.
Nice draw weight for Eve Muirhead.
And then Britain will take two.
Forget the previous shot, get this
Anna Sloan likes the line. Keep
sweeping, keep sweeping. It is
pulling up. It is going to pull up
I am really surprised she
didn't just try, even the same shot
Just make the corrections. It
was overcorrected. Well, I think she
was heavy with her previous shot.
think she should have played the
same shot but dropped the weight a
little so the girls could control it
Well, we are leading. We don't
want to be too negative about this
but letting opportunity slip and you
can pay for that later on.
Elsewhere, Canada have squared up
against Sweden. So it is 2-2 and it
is squared up between Japan and
Korea. Neither skip playing a very
good shot at the end of the third
end. If you weren't with us earlier,
Britain's men had a good win, two
very narrow wins and the defeat
against Canada. Important win
against Switzerland. Good team,
Switzerland. Japan, as well.
Great Britain's women, one defeat so
far, one win. This is their third
It is so important, isn't it, we
have seen on occasions, the early
part of the match this morning, Eve
Muirhead was keeping them in it,
rescuing shots and picking up a shot
here and there. But here, the last
couple of ends, in that one anyway,
everybody has to be consistently
good. There is always so much
pressure on the skip. Is that going
to stop? Just over the red line.
Trying to put a corner guard up.
Trying to put a corner guard up. The
22-year-old, Ma Jingyi.
22-year-old, Ma Jingyi.
just been asked to draw one down
onto the center line, just outside
of the house.
This is what we see so
often. The team about the hammer,
they play first to the bottom. You
see a corner guard, the lead plays
the next one, hopefully putting a
guard on the centre line. In chess,
there are certain openings and they
have names... Why are you looking at
me like that?
I don't play chess. I
know this is chess on ice.
just going to ask you, is there a
name for these first three shots
which seem pretty normal? Standard?
No, there isn't.
Is it not called
the Lockhart opening?
something we should look into.
something we should look into.
Cram's corner guard opening.
that sound like a plan?
that sound like a plan? Crammy
Absolutely, let's go for it.
The fact I don't do curling, has
nothing to do with it.
I think I
would like to go for a Lockhart Lock
Exactly, start giving them some
names so we know what you are
Vicky being asked to
play nice, controlled weight.
play nice, controlled weight. It is
just enough to tap the stone
through. This one hasn't got the
line. He still left some shots at
the front and they can use them as
protection. One later on.
protection. One later on.
That is in
Britain's favour when you don't have
the hammer. The team with the hammer
will want eventually to try to
remove them. It makes it more
difficult for them to come in and
There is a hole between these
two shots between the red and the
yellow. Should she get through it,
she will get the target in the
It is still staying straight.
Just rifting a little bit now. Just
did enough. Good shot.
Little hit and roll here, hopefully.
Two stone still pretty useful where
Despite the miss from Eve Muirhead,
they say hang on.
they say hang on.
They are ever so
slightly struggling with the ice. I
am not sure whether you had to take
a step back, relax. I know that is
what they will be trying, nobody
goes out there to try and play a bad
shot. They are not bad shots, is
just the errors are always on the
wrong side at the moment.
It is a
good point. Not quite get the shot,
but it is OK. Wearers, they are not
making it, that instance there.
hadn't got the right role, but she
got a role to somewhere else.
has got round, I thought it was
going to pull up short. They swept
It is sitting top of the T.
Eve Muirhead is looking to see if
she can see any of it.
You would have to play a really nice
controlled weight, as she said.
think if it was on the out-turn, you
Will just let Anna say it,
she's got good communication! So,
they've decided that is a really
difficult shot coming down there,
and if she makes a slight error on
it, it could make it worse for them,
so they're going to try the outside
yellow. And will want to get a
little roll in behind, of course,
Great Britain don't have the hammer
here so they need to get the yellow
stone in behind.
stone in behind.
That's a pretty
good shot. And that will make Vicki
feel a better, she has played a
couple of nice shots already this
Yeah, they will still be
able to seize some of that shot.
China just have to decide what
weight they want to play at it.
They're not going to see much of it.
In that Creevy is end, Zhou
struggled a little as well. -- in
that previous end.
that previous end.
She could play
like a back weight, come onto the
face of it and tap it back a little
touch. And she has options coming
both ways, but she has decided to
play the out-turn down here and come
through between the two stones,
which might be quite a difficult
shot to play. The margin for error
isn't very much, but it sounds like
it's close... That's twice now
they've come through that space. Oh,
Not enough! It seemed to
start to curl and then almost
straight and at the end of. I know
it can't do that but... When that
came through the gap...
it would keep on going but it
didn't. It is enough that she has
pushed it out for second shot.
is the one that might move! Just to
let her know, I'm not sure...
be confused, the crowd were cheering
as that stone was coming through,
but they were watching something
else, just to be clear!
else, just to be clear!
close, guys, line's good...
girls trying to come right round
behind them all. That's why it
doesn't look like it has got the
line at all...
Closed that gap! Danny she played a
really nice stone on the previous
one - not that time, though. There's
not much in it. What do you think
and it's close...
and it's close...
I thought the
Romeo of China was lying shot.
Bingyu just having another look at
the shot she wants to ask her team
to play. I want to tilt my head when
So, an out-turn draw down here, a
similar shot that Anna played, and
she didn't quite catch the right
line... This one! Is a little higher
but it does all it's finishing at
the end... That's a nice shot.
Eve won't be able to
see the inside edge of its socially
will be looking to get the yellow to
go onto it and hopefully stick it in
The roof being raised
here, Korea are playing Japan over
on the other side, on Sheet D.
the girls have to keep their
concentration, it is going to be
It is a bit like a football
match in here! That's good, great
atmosphere. We had big crowds in the
mixed doubles, when Korea were
playing. There's hardly any spare
seats in here this evening. Look at
that, game accuracy for Eve
Muirhead, just 46%. She needs a
cracking shot here, to try to use
her own yellow... That looks a bit
Oh! Just nothing seems
to be happening at the moment.
Just what we said there,
It's just a bit straight and
then forcing it... I always say that
if you wanted to play that shot, you
would probably go, no, that's a
difficult shot to play. But then it
works out that way. Shifting her own
stone that was sitting and might
have been lying second, it was
close. Now, China have two.
have the hammer.
I was just going to
say, and they have the hammer.
not over yet, because there's a lot
of cover-up the front, it takes just
one stone from Great Britain, Eve
could play a really good draw. Let's
see where Bingyu places this
Trying to bring it right in
onto their own Romeo that's already
at the front of. Got a chance...
Really well swept. I'm just looking
to see if they can come down the
other side. Even if she stops on
that stone it might cut them down.
But cutting them down is not really
what we're looking for, we want to
try and get one in here.
So, she's going to come down the
So, if ever you needed a
draw, this is where you need to play
Well, Eve Muirhead just needs to
find a confidence building shot
here, it still will be up to China
what happens next, with the hammer,
the last stone. China at the moment
are sitting three.
are sitting three. So, very, very
important shot here for Eve
OK, let's get to the nose!
That's the back of the house of.
Just need to watch this round these
guards... Got to get into that 4ft
if they can, really got to sweep it
hard, sweep it hard... Oh, it's not
quite far enough, another, what,
seven inches, six inches? I'm not
quite sure that would have been
enough. At the moment Bingyu lies
two but still difficult for her to
get a three here.
You would think she would try and
tap that in, surely?
actually know how much she can see.
If she caught the top guard, it
wouldn't be a huge disaster.
Again, we can't see how much of the
stone she can see from the other end
of the ice when she sits on the
hack. That can make a big influence
on what shot you will choose. They
definitely look like they want to
tap that Romeo up.
So, here you go, I'll ask you the
question, you're lying two, take the
Yeah, you can quite easily do
that, we talk about just throwing a
stone away, so she will just deliver
it to the corner and not actually
disturb anything in the house and
lose any more. Sometimes you can try
a big fancy shot and it goes against
you. But I think this is worth a
try. She just wants to get it firmly
on the face of the red just to tap
it straight up.
But not to tap it onto the two that
are lying there.
Yes, if you got the
angles wrong, that could happen.
she has got it on the other side.
Well, she has done it, brilliant
shot. That's going to be three.
Excellent shot. Wang, the Chinese
skip, picking up three, and that was
a delicate shot, it was a risky shot
in some respects civil she played it
with perfect weight. And now, China
have a 2-shot lead after four ends.
Well, snap up against
Well, snap up against it now, Great
Britain. This Chinese team, they
have the chance to win against OAR
which would have had them with two
wins. They've been playing well. --
they had the chance. And certainly
that end there, executed very well
indeed. Certainly, Wang has brought
her again this evening. By some
contrast to Eve Muirhead.
Now is the time!
I spoke to Eve after the match this
morning. It is very easy to speak in
cliches and things, we were talking
about, it's a long week, you've got
nine matches, and one defeat this
morning, but... You look at the week
and you think, who are we
comfortable losing against, how many
matches? And really we want to win
six to guarantee ourselves... No
guarantees but to have a good chance
of the top four. If you win five,
you've got a chance of maybe ending
up in a tie-break. And the other
option, of course, you talked about
Dole's, bronze last time around, you
want to be in the gold-medal match,
you might not want to be playing
somebody like Canada, if you finish
fourth, although Canada themselves
have not got off to the best of
starts. But more often than not you
end up with Canada at the top. Of
the round robin table.
the round robin table.
would like to have seen the girls
playing a lot more confident against
some of these teams at the start of
the week, because I think their
games are going to get tougher.
They've got Sweden, they've got
Switzerland, they've got Japan and
they've got Canada. And even though
Canada aren't playing so well at the
moment, I said that in the interview
when I spoke to Clare, these guys
are so experienced, they may be like
this at the beginning of the week
but they will grow in confidence
certainly, and we have to do exactly
the same. We can't let is half shots
a fact as. We have to turn around
the game and make it to our own
-- affect us.
The idea you build into a
tournament, you build into a
competition and your form improves
and you are playing your best at the
right time, but you cannot afford,
at this format, you cannot afford to
lose too many matches otherwise it
is all over before you have started
Lauren being asked to
play back for weights. She needs to
come up to these reds in the house.
Tap them back and use her stone to
sit in front of them.
sit in front of them. Got to take
this as far as they possibly can. It
is losing line. She wanted to hit
the bread on the right-hand side
first, rather than the left hand.
Not bad shots, even the OK shots
just aren't quite working out for
Great Britain. But you make your own
good luck in this. Eve Muirhead
mention she was unlucky with the
take out attempt, the running back.
Springing her own out a little, but
she still has two sitting nicely.
Great Britain with the hammer.
Just a nose bump. Bump onto the red.
She will be too bothered if they
don't go out but she wants to sit
her yellow stone in front of them.
Nice try. There is still
some space and it should be a
relatively easy shot for China to
hit this. Just slightly off centre,
push it through out of the house.
Keep her shooter in the house.
Keep her shooter in the house.
Jinli, playing second. She is
playing well, but has struggled just
Still hanging on the edge,
but it is behind the horizontal line
we see going through the house. It
shouldn't be a danger to Eve
Muirhead at the moment. She can
utilise them to come in and rest on
top. She decided to ignore the red
in the house at the moment and use
the corner they put up earlier. If
they can get a shot in behind their
and China tried to chase it, make a
mistake, then they can start playing
on the other reds on the other side
of the house.
Bit of strategy here.
It might curl a little bit too much.
So, big decision now but Wang
Bingyu. Does she chase the yellow or
dish you try and protect her red in
the centre? -- does she. She is
going to take the high corner.
She is experienced enough that she
will not get sucked into the corner,
coming round the corner game. Clear
Just checking that Stone didn't
rebound back into those two.
rebound back into those two. They
are lying two. It is all clear in
She is just going to try and hit
this thread on the button and move
across to the other two.
It is a
They need one of these to
be just right, not sneer, not close.
-- not near.
They need to make a
play to set up picking up a two
here. If she plays a nice shot
here... They don't want to bounce
off it. I think they have overslept
Such an easy target.
Again, close. But at this level, you
are going to get punished.
will be happy to go across the
house. They don't want to leave a
big nest that Great Britain can come
and rest on.
Eve Muirhead just having a look to
see if the stone, the yellow, is
third. Two Chinese stones, one on
the bottom, one is touching the red.
He was lying with the third one?
wants to catch the inside of the
red, to move to the right and hit
the other red. It will jam on the
other reds, but hopefully it will
remain in the house, her yellow
shooter, which he is playing just
Another one just... Thinking
that there's a good shot.
that there's a good shot. Needed to
catch that not as flush on the nose.
Move across and push those of the
red Chinese stones away. Certainly
the one nearest.
There is going to be a score in this
It is just how much.
She is trying to get across to the
other side. Not a great position for
Eve Muirhead. That is the shot she
asked Anna Sloan to play last time.
I wondered about the red on the
right hand side of the four foot.
Sitting in front, cornering the
I think we move this
one. I think we do this.
must think that other stone...
is always going to jam.
Is it a
silly call just to do this. Split
the rings to live two?
the rings to live two?
is not confident about her
suggestion. She looked at Eve
Muirhead and then said, I don't
It is a great suggestion. Take
that one, sit on the other side.
referring to lumping Betty. Her
nickname on the circuit.
Eve Muirhead needs to get one
working for her here. Got a chance.
It might be short. It is sitting out
there, not doing what you said.
needed a little role.
Still plenty of opportunity for Eve
Muirhead to get one here. Barring a
mistake from Wang Bingyu.
mistake from Wang Bingyu. But one is
not what they wanted.
not what they wanted. Heading into
the end of the fifth end, trailing
by one, if that is the case.
Bingyu has two hits and stick here.
They are just playing the controlled
weight very nicely here.
weight very nicely here.
just hit and sit in. She will still
be on the wrong side.
No, it needs
to be on the nose or just a bit of a
roll into the four foot, but you
have to execute this shot.
have to execute this shot. Ensure
that you get your one. You
that you get your one. You only go
one down into the fifth.
others have reached that, 3-3, and
it is going to be a Chinese lead
here because Eve Muirhead, at best
can only get one. Has she manage
that? She is trying to hit the
Chinese red and sit by that their
role across towards the bottom. That
looks about right. That will give
her a little bit of confidence. It's
not as good as we would have liked.
Just the one at the end of the fifth
end. China lead at the halfway
CLARE BALDING: It is very tight and
tense, but 4-3, China have the edge.
We will be back for live coverage
and all is not lost. Jemmy, do you
know when Snowboarding came into the
Snowboarding cross? Snowboarding,
All a long time ago. 20
Snowboarding cross is
only the fourth time.
It was the big
hits of 2006. The thing about
Snowboarding cross, they don't have
the bends, they have the bumps and
other borders to worry about, which
means it can be chaotic.
What a fantastic race. Jarryd Hughes
Think the Olympic
champion went down of his own
accord. Who is up, I think it is the
Olympic champion he plays his get
out of jail free card. Hernandez
goes absolutely massive.
bow. It depends who is taking which
colour medal now as Hernandez dies
inside Jarryd Hughes. Vaultier is
out in front.
out in front. Dropping down, Jarryd
Hughes, no way he can reel in
Vaultier but can he defend the
silver medal position?
This is going
to go to a photo finish. They will
have at the same time at the bottom.
It is like formation flying.
Vaultier makes it two gold medals in
a row. Sochi and Korea. He was
breathtaking, nobody can hold a
candle to the Frenchman.
defending his title successfully,
It is how you get
up, he is called Le Boss on social
media. We think how France are
dominating in winter sports.
the first non-American to when a
gold medal at these games in the
No Americans in
Fantastic stuff and we do
I guess big relief physical is the
sport of ice hockey and there was
huge excitement around the united
women's Korean team, but look at
these shots from the men's team
dressing room. When they got out
onto the ice they had the
coordinated Korean cheerleaders to
support them, and they had something
to shout about!
Now, South Korea will move it
away... They've scored!
away... They've scored! Cho-min Ho!
Korea, in their first ever Olympic
Games, score goal and opened the
scoring in this game! Lovely work in
the offensive zone and a snapshot
from Cho-min Ho! He writes his name
in the history books!
I think that coordinated support...
Do you remember the Icelandic fans
in the European Championships, the
old thunderclap?! And at the curling
we have been hearing an awful lot of
noise from one of the other sheets,
because there is a South Korean team
in action, but obviously we have
been concentrating on the GB team,
skippered by Eve Muirhead. And we
are going to stay with live curling
up until one o'clock, and then it
will be moving onto BBC Two. In the
commentary box for us, Steve Cram
and jockey Lockhart, and the crucial
moment seemed to be the end of the
Yeah, Eve Muirhead was
facing three Chinese shots and she
had to play a really difficult raw
and she just came up short. She left
China lie-in two, and there was a
fantastic raise played by Bingyu, so
that was a great disappointment for
the British team.
Do you sense,
Jackie, that evil is just a little
unsure at the moment, not quite in
Yeah, I don't see the
confidence at the minute, and that
is a real shame is in the only
people who are putting Russia on
them are themselves, and I think
they just have to take a step back
and remember why they got here,
they're very good players, they've
got the skills and they just have to
relax and play some good shots.
be fair to China they are playing
exceptionally well. They took three
in this end, and that is good
Yeah, it is very good
Yeah, it is very good
curling, everybody out there is to
your to win, there's nobody coming
here and not with the dream of
winning an Olympic medal and every
game is difficult. You can look at
it on paper and think, we should
beat these girls, but once you get
down on the ice, it's a whole new
Steve Cram, just to let
everybody know that the Czech
Republic have equalised against
South Korea in the ice hockey, but I
will let you take us through the
second half as it were of this
STEVE CRAM: And to continue the
Korean team theme, they are 3-3
against Japan. Actually, I was back
in the hotel this afternoon and I
was watching some of the coverage,
and Korea beating Canada, that's a
massive shot in the world of
curling. And it was all over their
programme. And I also saw a trip of
their commentators from the
skeleton, which was... If anyone
gets a chance to see that, you
should, because leading after two
runs in the skeleton, the Korean
slider any the commentary team were
wonderful. Anyway... You see that
stone there, just from a second I
thought it was not going to get over
the hog line. So, if you're just
joining us, or you just need a
reminder, as the guys were chatting,
Eve Muirhead just struggling a
little. The whole team obviously
look to her, but they've got to make
their shots as well. So, 4-3 to
China, they do have the hammer here.
And a couple of guards been put in
place by Great Britain.
place by Great Britain. Canada and
Sweden are level at 3-3. USA and
Switzerland, Switzerland have a... I
nearly said slender advantage, it is
5-1. USA beat Great Britain, of
course. They would have been
delighted with that victory against
Great Britain. OK, let's concentrate
on this, then. By the way, you may
have noticed in that camera shot
that Jackie Lockhart has got about
four lay eyes on! -- about four
I like to be in sympathy
with the rest of the girls up the
mountains, Eilidh and...
feel the benefit!
That's what my mum
used to say, take your jacket off,
or you won't feel the benefit when
you put it a hit and
-- when you put it on. This arena is
bringing tonight, and we've got
these blowers which blow cold air in
at the upper end, we are at the far
end from where the players are at
the moment, so it can get a bit
chilly up here.
But it is quite nice
tonight. All of the viewing public,
a lot that eyes on that career match
and a lot of Canadian support and a
sprinkling of union Jacks around,
hoping that Eve Muirhead and her
team can improve.
hoping that Eve Muirhead and her
team can improve.
I think we go for that one and then
even if it is hanging high...
you start -- when do you start
playing risky shots, not yet,
I think they have to try and
play a simple end, make sure
everybody plays their shots, throws
them well, and then as you get into
eight, nine and ten, then UK and
looked at starting to play the risky
So, that's actually OK. They've got
two yellow stones there in the top
of the house. It's just how they're
going to get that red moved.
going to get that red moved. Bingyu
looking to hit that yellow just onto
the other yellow, and cross it out
across the house. Hopefully without
touching her red stone.
going to require a very accurate
shot. She was just working out the
angles there. Working back from that
stone she wants to move, the one
sitting above the red after side and
then deciding at what point on that
Oh, this is big weight!
it's high and wide and... Is it
catching anything?! Oh, it has! At
least it has left that yellow in
there. And then the second one did
jam across to the other Chinese red.
I thought that was wide there.
thought that was a little bit of a
rush of blood to the head there. Not
sure she'd needed to play quite that
weight. She got the shot she wanted
but she did jam, rather than taking
both of them out. So, Great Britain
lying in second and third place at
the moment, the Chinese stone right
in the centre.
There are lots of
options when you start to build an
end like this. But the Eve and the
rest of the team, you don't want to
give two away here, and make it 6-3
deficit with just four ends left.
Great opportunity to hit yellow onto
yellow onto red...
worked out, but just split them. And
there you can see the shot that's
available, can move both of those
with a good shot here.
Yeah, it just
did not have the weight to do the
job required. So, another
opportunity for China to get a
double, catch the inside of that
yellow just where Bingyu Shealy --
just web Bingyu's brush is.
long-time playing partner, Zhou...
Just like that.
Oh, well done! One
has stayed in there, but what a good
shot. Well, there's two elements to
this. One is Britain play better,
but if China get even better, which
they seem to be, they're really
hitting their shots well now, and it
makes it even more difficult. There
will be mistakes and, but you have
to obviously be able to capitalise
Great Britain were asking
the question of China, but each time
they have done so, they've delivered
the shot required.
Trying to hold the line here...
Really have to work hard to hold it
past there. Just bought it. And, you
know, it is a game of inches and
centimetres and millimetres at
times, and when it's not going your
way, it all seems to go against you.
Nothing working out for Great
These girls swept as hard
as they possibly could. The sweepers
in your team play a huge part in the
game. Quite often you lay the shot
with the knowledge that your
sweepers are going to help take your
stone down the other end. Either
helping hold it straight, or taking
it further. Can't beat having good
sweepers in your team, I was always
very lucky when I played, Steve, I
had any lead who was my lead she was
a really good sweeper and a great
judge of stone.
judge of stone. But unfortunately
our team there just couldn't hold
it. -- I had Annie Laird as my lead.
It's also that first shot, it's not
just China playing a great shot for
the double takeout, it was the way
the stones broke from Anna Sloan's
shot as well, it wasn't a terrible
shot, it was just the way the stones
ended up. Something has got to
change, something's got to work for
Great Britain, by luck or by their
It probably feels like an uphill
struggle at the moment for team
Great Britain, but actually they
have to take a look at the
scoreboard, it is only 4-3, they're
only one shot damn.
-- one shot
down. Is it just Heitinga?
the fact that it is covering the two
stones in the house. -- is it just
Looking to raise that one
When we were looking at the
overhead, you couldn't see the shot.
Eve Muirhead has got to use her own
stone, which is the yellow on the
right-hand side where we see Anna
Sloan's brush. She is looking at the
angle she needs to hit it at. She
can drive the yellow on to the top
bread to try and catch the red on
the button and split them out.
Hopefully her yellow stone will stay
in the house.
It is one of those
things where all of those things you
have just said need to happen.
Partial success, probably will not
be good enough. Eve Muirhead needs
to use her own yellow. Great shot
and it sits in there, finally Eve
Muirhead gets one working for her.
Great Britain have suddenly improve
the situation dramatically. Good
shot from Eve Muirhead.
It is a
tremendous shot and has completely
turned the end around.
weight as well. Keeps going, keeps
going. Great Britain lying two.
going. Great Britain lying two. I
was getting worried, Jackie?
the shot she was needing.
the shot she was needing.
when you play a good shot, it also
does the other thing, takes a bit of
the wind out of the sails of the
opposition. Things have been going
very well. China have been playing
some wonderful shots. Wang Bingyu is
going to try and draw in. Fairly
open down that side. It is all about
the wait. We have seen two or three
come up short, haven't we?
although the girls seem to be happy
with the stone. They just need to be
careful with the line. Lovely shot
played by Wang Bingyu.
She will not be pressurised by the
two British stone sitting in the
house and she has drawn one onto the
This is the last stone for Great
If you did give up one
here, still as he said, watched the
scoreboard, only two behind and four
ends left. The previous shot has
helped Eve Muirhead.
She has to be
as close as possible to the red and
make it as hard as possible for
China to score their two here.
Remember that last straw she had
this morning when she had the chance
to tie the match. She knew as soon
as she let the stone go, she wasn't
happy with it.
This looks heavy.
This might be similar. It is coming
in, but it is just going to slide
She knew instantly when she let
After one good shot, sliding
by with her second. Opportunity
slides by as well and it opens the
door once more for China. Pick up a
two and they would have a three shot
lead. It becomes very, very
difficult, not just because you are
to be behind but China are playing
They have got to stick in. If
Wang Bingyu makes this shot and they
are three down, they have to think
about, OK, we have got the hammer,
we will get the two straight back
here and we will keep ourselves in
She is trying to help, or
is she just offering encouragement?
Sweeping that matter I think it is
going to come up short.
That has got
to be short. What a let off for
Great Britain. That was an massive
opportunity, not such a difficult
shot. Eve Muirhead made a mistake
prior to that and one following with
an indifferent shot herself. Pulling
up short, despite the efforts of the
sleepers. So Great Britain are
trailing by two, but it could have
been worse. The hammer now reverts
to Great Britain.
to Great Britain. Again, Jackie, it
is one good one, then an indifferent
shot. They have got to find some
consistency. We have seen, if they
put a little bit of pressure, even
though they are playing very well,
everybody has a mistake in them.
Yes, we got away with that one. Eve
Muirhead was disappointed with her
shot, but at the end of the day it
was just one. Like I said, before
the end of that end, team Great
Britain just have to pick up a two
and they are straight back in this
Very quickly elsewhere, Korea
have picked up one and lead 4-3. USA
have closed the gap with
Switzerland. Sweden, 5-3 up over
Canada. So much expectation and
Canada and a lot of expectation on
Britain as well. Great Britain with
the hammer and the first stone from
China just sliding through.
China just sliding through. Just a
little long. Right, so let's have an
end where everybody plays well,
everybody plays well.
corner guard on here.
This looks like it's going to come
into the house. It is just stopping.
Put the brakes on.
Ma Jingyi, this young lead. First
Yes, age 22. Great
experience for her. First stone just
went too far and this one is going
to do exactly the same.
There is a good atmosphere in here
tonight. Full house, pretty much. As
I said earlier on, Korea doing well.
If they win their second match as
well, that would be a little bit of
a turn-up for the books, given they
are playing and Japan.
are playing and Japan. -- Canada.
Just watching this.
Just watching this.
She won't want
to roll off this. That is exactly
what she has done. So Wang Bingyu
asking to remove that yellow stone
of Great Britain. I don't think she
will be too upset if she run
herself. If she hits it on the nose,
she is laying a pocket and that is
something we could utilise. Could
sit on top of the red stones and use
them to protect them removing our
stone. Rolled out to the wings so
that isn't too bad. Eve Muirhead
just calling for a back ring wait to
come onto the red and tap it
slightly back. She won't mind if it
taps and sits, they sit level.
won't be jamming up against their
own back stone.
own back stone. They are never short
of communication, the British
quartet. Keeping the energy levels
up, the body language is good.
We are just not
finishing on the right side. We've
got the wait, we haven't got the
line. If we've got the line, we're
not getting the wait.
I keep saying
about the idea of applying pressure
to the opposition. It just makes
some of their shots a little easier.
They are capable of mistakes, of
course they are. Great Britain and
allowing slightly easier shots to
make. Nearly caught that very
skinny, but just about got away with
All the Chinese stones on the
back of the rings.
Looking for an easy double here.
Nothing has been easy. You see the
shots and you think, just make the
shot. Late call to sweep.
The reason why we like that,
not so easy to move. All about
trying to build an opportunity to at
least take the two.
won't be bothered if she removes her
own back stone. It is a danger to
her at the moment.
They said it was harder to move.
opportunity here for Eve Muirhead to
come round beehive her yellow stone,
which is outside the house that
Lauren Gray played earlier on. Use
it as a protector. This could be an
ideal opportunity for them to pick
up a two here. Just need to make
sure they get this stone behind and
get some cover.
Maybe this time, just about got it
right. Comes in nicely behind the
guard. Nice shot. Well played. Just
feel as if they are starting to get
a little bit more accurate. Anna
Sloan, missing one or two. Three
more stones in this end.
more stones in this end. Zhou Yan,
very experienced. Has played with
Wang Bingyu, very much since their
early days. Looking to take both of
these here. She misses the other
British stone, but rolls across.
So, crucial we can try and get two
here. Anna Sloan, going to come down
with her last stone and it will be
less than two Eve Muirhead. Still
sitting with the advantage to China
leading 5-3 as we come towards the
end of the seventh end.
CLARE BALDING: As Anna Sloan tries
to deliver that stone perfectly into
the house, we are heading into the
one o'clock News.
Clare Balding presents live coverage on another busy day of action at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Eve Muirhead and her rink continue their efforts to reach the knockout stages in the women's curling. Muirhead led the team to victory at the European Championships at the end of last year so high hopes of repeating their medal-winning feat of four years ago. Also taking place is speed skating, biathlon and the women's aerials.