BBC One Day 7: Women's Skeleton first run and Freestyle Skiing Winter Olympics


BBC One Day 7: Women's Skeleton first run and Freestyle Skiing

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Hello, welcome to the programme. It

is day 7 of the Winter Olympics and

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today for us it is all about the

skeleton. Just you and a tray and

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the bends and being thrown off

course. It is exciting to watch and

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we will reflect on a competition in

which Dom Parsons was bidding to

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become Britain's first medallist at

the Olympics and then we will see

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the first two runs of women's

skeleton as Lizzie Yarnold begins

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the defence of her women's title.

When I look back at Sochi, it was

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like a tunnel.

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like a tunnel. There was light

somewhere at the end.

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somewhere at the end. There was one

way out.

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way out.

Here goes Lizzie Yarnold.

This competition has got off to a

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blistering start. She is half a

second up coming to the line. Oh,

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wow. This is a big margin to be

leading the Olympics in.

This was my

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opportunity. I was fighting for the

gold medal.

It is a magnificent

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start. It is her fastest start so

far. It is a track record in this

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penultimate run.

This was the day I

had had in any calendar for my past

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four years. It was the moment of my

life.

Lizzie Yarnold goes for gold

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for Great Britain. She is still in

the lead by a comfortable margin.

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She is going to win the gold medal

surely. She can crash now and win

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it. She is going to do it!

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Lizzie Yarnold is the Olympic

champion - oh, my goodness!

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champion - oh, my goodness!

This is

the Alpensia Sliding Centre where

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Yarnold aims to twist, turn, slide

and glide into the record books.

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After Sochi, she completed the Grand

Slam and added the World

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Championships to the Europeans and

the Olympics and the World Cup. She

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was the first British athlete to do

that and now she is trying to nail

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another first - the first to

successfully defend a Winter Olympic

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title. And Laura Deas has been

flying in training and has the

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podium in her sights at her first

Olympics. The tradition of British

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women in skeleton is in safe hands.

Here the timing for those runs.

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We will be there and we will be

live, both are going well. The

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skeleton will be the main feature of

our programme this morning. But we

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will also catch up with how Dom

Parsons got on in the early hours of

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morning. That is what we are doing

next. As well as some good action

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from alpine skiing from, women's

snowboard cross and the figure

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skating.

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Britain are playing Sweden. That is

starting on the red button. We will

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catch up with that. If you want to

watch it live, it is on the red

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button.

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You're going to get a mix of Winter

Olympic sport and we are going to

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benefit from the expertise of Chemmy

Alcott and Alex Coomes. She said to

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me, it not a tray, it is a sled. I

know that. Dom is a former 400

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metres athlete. She switched to

skeleton when he was about 20 and

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went to his first Winter Olympics

four years ago. His dream is to

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stand on the podium and he sits in

fourth place after the first two

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runs.

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runs. For Jerry Rice, a top ten

finish is the aim. The former rugby

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player only started sliding in 2012.

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But the favourite and clear leader

is Yun Sungbin. He is coached by

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Britain's Richard Bromley.

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Let's join our commentary team.

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Let's join our commentary team. Yun

could be a superstar in the making.

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The speed skaters have had excellent

games and they have been propelled

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into superstardom in this country.

But what a big moment this is for

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Korea. No Asian skeleton athlete has

ever won a medal. Now watch Yun go.

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Watch the times. He is usually

electric off the blocks. He is

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slightly slower. But he is under

way.

He is on the the sled, a

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slightly slower start, but it is

still the fastest start we have

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seen. I can't see anything wrong. It

is important to get the first four

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corners, get the speed from the

start. And look at him go. This is

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how to slide.

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how to slide.

This the first mistake

we have seen him make. Is it the

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difference in the ice temperatures.

The sliders may have made

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adjustments.

Can he go under 50

seconds? He comes to the line, not

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quite.

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quite. But 50.18 reinforces his

position here as the gold medallist

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in waiting. That was another

wonderful run from the Korean.

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Currently in second place from the

Olympic athletes of Russia.

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Olympic athletes of Russia. Tregubov

sets off and he is one that Dom

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Parsons will have to tussle with.

Tregubov in Sochi came sixth and

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there he held it together there from

start to finish.

That was with his

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home track. He is in the, the

Koreans are in the same position as

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the Olympic athletes of Russia were

in. He is a second behind that.

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Shows the dominance of the Korean

sliders. He makes a mistake into

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bend 12.

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bend 12.

They have improved since

yesterday. Look how clean, look at

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his body position - feet together.

Doing a little adjustment with his

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feet.

50.05. He has done that each

run. That enhances his position as

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well.

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well. One of the greats for Latvia.

Martin Dukurs rubbing his hands

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together, a wonderful exponent of

the art of skeleton. In Jun he will

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probably find an athlete too good

for him. Dukurs is probably the last

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person you want to scrap out for

with medals. His third run is under

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way.

Watching his start from

yesterday morning. Put down an

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incredible start time. He has just

got to hold it together.

Or not

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hopefully! We were speaking to the

Latvian leader and he told them he

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made a lot of mistakes with his set

up yesterday. He will have made

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changes. So has he gone the right

way. Hopefully from the British

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point of view that is not what we

want.

Maybe when we talk about the

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set up, we have a bow in the

runners, that depends how much

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contact the runner has on the ice,

the more contact the more grip you

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have and that could mean you're

slower.

He could be going second.

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Into second place. A whole second

off Yun, but ahead of Tregubov.

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Decurse Dukurs has done what he

needed to do.

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Our guys in the crowd watching on

hoping it will be their year.

Even

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if he can't get past Dukurs or

Tregubov, he can't allow that gap to

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grow between himself and the other

two. He is 1.14 seconds off Yun at

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the moment.

He has not got quite as

fast a start. But he has incredible

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speed down the track. He needs to

hold it together and find the speed.

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He looks like he is unsettled a bit.

He looks like he is sometimes a bit

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side ways. Maybe that is working for

him. He named that one. He needs to

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find speed at the bottom. That is

what he was doing yesterday.

I

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looked like a skiddy track today.

Come on Dom.

He is two tenths off.

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He need a very fast accurate finish.

Look at that.

Come on Dom!

He goes

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ahead of Tregubov into third and he

is breathing down Dukurs neck for

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silver. A wonderful run from Parsons

again and he goes third with Dukurs

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to come.

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Now, Tomass Dukurs. Fourth in Sochi

and fourth in Vancouver tells you

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what you need to know.

The Dukurs

brothers have been the ones to watch

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for years. They just think and mould

into their sled, the perfect body

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position. They're really good

position to watch if you're a

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budding athlete or you're on the

skeleton programme. He has good

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lines. Everything is going well. Is

there too much for him to make up.

I

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don't think he has the momentum he

needs to pull himself back up

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towards the Olympic athletes of

Russia and Dom Parsons. I think

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unless there is any mistake the top

four are set.

Tomass Dukurs could be

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half a second off Dom Parsons, that

is great news for Parsons. We set

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out with potentially four going for

the remaining two medals, it looks

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as though it is down now to

Tregubov, Dukurs, Martins and

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Parsons for the two medals. What a

great competition this is the

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turning into. There is perhaps

another young man we shouldn't

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discount on the chase for medals. It

is this youngster Jisoo Kim. He has

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overachieved, like so many of the

Korean athletes have done. He is

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bidding to draw some inspiration

from what Yun has achieved up until

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this point. Kim under way starting

in sixth place for Korea.

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in sixth place for Korea.

This what

is the home crowd bring. He is doing

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well. But he knows the ice so well

it is to his advantage. ?

Nice and

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neat.

These athletes get three days

of training, they would all have a

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World Cup competition last year and

three weeks of training. So every

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nation apart from the Koreans have

had an equal amount of time and lots

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of people have said why is Dom so

good. We are so good at learning

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tracks quickly.

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The good news for Parsons is that

Kim seems to be slowly and surely

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getting further away. He is six

tenths off.

That was his quickest

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run so far of this competition, so

the Korean himself is improving on

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the track.

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the track.

Number two in the world,

he will be disappointed to find

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himself in seventh place. Axel

Jungk. He described his last run is

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the worst one of the entire week,

even in training.

These German boys

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are really wanting a medal. They

have never brought home an Olympic

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medal, the girls have, but not the

guys. So they are fighting, they

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want it so bad. The Germans have

also equipment, they always find

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speed at the bottom part of the

track, but these guys haven't quite

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made it in the top part, such a

unique track with uphill sections,

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and it looks like he hasn't quite

got it, he is making tiny mistakes

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on the exits and entrances of these

corners.

He was the untidy Esther

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through the Dragons

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through the Dragons tail there.

And

that was the little mistake, just at

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the end of the Dragon's Tail, as it

is known, you have to work so hard

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to turn the sled, and that slows you

down. You can see by his body

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language he is not happy at all.

Jerry Rice now goes for Great

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Britain. He has had a fantastic

Games. He's so once this top 12

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position to be secured, so let's

just see. It would be lovely if he

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could now jump ahead of the likes of

Alexander Gassner, that is what we

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want from the 27-year-old from high

Wycombe.

He only started sliding in

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2002, they pushed him off in

Lillehammer, and look at him now. He

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really wants to get into that top

ten, and this is our talent, the

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performance and development

programme we have in Great Britain

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is working, and we really know how

to bring medals in and athletes like

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Jerry

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to bring medals in and athletes like

Jerry.

Top ten is possible. He just

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lost it late. 12th.

I am going to

give him the next run and say he

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will get into that top ten.

Let's

hope so. His third run time was

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51.04, the quickest of his three so

far. The run for the medals is on.

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Dom Parsons, currently in the bronze

medal position,

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medal position, Yun looks assured of

gold. Excitement to come in the

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men's skeleton. Dom Parsons looking

completely relaxed. So, for Britain,

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Jerry Rice is under way. Lovely if

he can secure this top 12 position,

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or maybe do even better than that.

And the fact that you are mentioning

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his name in the same breath as

Matthew Antoine and the German shows

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how good he is, they are all season

athletes and he is a young athlete

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developing into his game, so that is

really good.

Really good lines, he

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is holding it together, his body

position is really good. We keep

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going on about that, almost perfect

through that section, and he is

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controlling it really well, holding

it together and just doing his best

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run.

Can he get under 51 seconds?

The final bends, 15, 16. What a

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Games he has had, and he is under 51

seconds. A marvellous run the Jerry

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Rice, and who knows? Maybe top ten

might be just waiting for him.

He

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has put down a personal best on his

fourth run, improving with every

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single run and that is all you can

ask for. He has a huge fan club out

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there, and look at the smile on his

face. He has achieved what he came

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here to do.

On we go to the top six,

this is Kim Jisoo, he is in sixth

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place. To have any chance of getting

in the medals, he needs to go close

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to the track record held by Axel

Jungk, he has to get near 50

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seconds.

He is a good slider and he

knows this track well. We will see

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some incredibly good lines here.

This is going to be a phenomenal

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result for the Korean team if they

can get two sleds in the top five or

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six. This is their programme really

moving forward, and that is what

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they think.

This fellow was numb 25

in the world, talk about over

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before?

That is what it is like when

you you have had hundreds of runs on

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your home track, you know every inch

of the track, you know where to get

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speed, you know the corners, and

look at that. Look at that

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incredible time.

50.8. It is not

going to trouble Dom Parsons and

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Tregubov and Dukurs, but an

incredible result for Korea. And

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Thomas took, world-class, fourth in

Sochi, fourth in Vancouver. --

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Tomass Dukurs. He needs time of near

50 seconds, 50.8 will not do for

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him, he needs to be electric.

The

Latvians haven't got to grips like

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we thought they would on this track.

They are still the world's best

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sliders, winning every week, really

incredible to watch how they slide,

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how they are so smooth on the sled,

you can't even see them steering.

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They steer through the shoulders,

putting pressure on to the sled. He

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will come back fighting because he

wants a medal.

I don't think he is

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going to get it. He is quicker than

Kim, but his final time needs to be

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in the low 50s, Rey Lee-Lo 50s to

put any pressure on

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put any pressure on at all, and that

won't cut the mustard. That was a

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good run from him, he will be happy

enough. Look at all those times

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added up. The medals will be sorted

out by the next four. Four times

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world junior champion, Nikita

Tregubov, in fourth place. Maybe the

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medals between him and Dom Parsons.

This fellow has been so consistent,

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he has gone 50.5 every run so far.

One mistake could be costly for him.

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Let's see how he gets an.

That was a

really good start time, and that is

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what you need on this track. Get a

great start, get you through those

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first few corners and hold it

together. So far looking good, he is

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looking clean.

Just starting to lose

a little bit of time on Dukurs.

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a little bit of time on Dukurs. He

did lose a little on his first run,

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but that was good. We need him just

to make a little twitch or mistake

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somewhere to help Dom Parsons out a

little bit.

Here is 15, lovely and

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clean, final curve, and he has done

all he can. He has knocked in

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another 50.5, that is four on the

bouncer him. We know Parsons can go

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quicker, though. Sit tight,

everybody, he says he thrives on the

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pressure. His nickname is the

Wizard. Let's now see if he can work

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some Winter Olympics magic and get

himself a medal. The equation is

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simple. Directly against Tregubov,

and you will follow their times

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together now. If his time goes green

under Tregubov's name, he is in good

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shape.

You have just got to hold it

together, stay calm and not

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concentrate on the end result. He

has just got to do his process just

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like he did on the last three runs.

The lines are good at the moment,

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this is good sliding, Dom, just keep

it together. Now we are starting to

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build into the fast part of the

track. This corner is key. Is this

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the one where we build it into the

medal? Has he got enough pace as we

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come into this? This will be key as

we come down the track. Is this the

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run that is going to get Great

Britain their first Olympic medal at

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the Winter Olympics?

He is

marginally in front of Tregubov, but

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it is uphill now. Off Ben 16, is

best to beat? No! He misses out by

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two hundredths of a second. Tregubov

has a guaranteed medal, and Dom

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Parsons may be about to agonisingly

missed out.

Oh, my word.

He knows

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it. He knows he has missed it.

These

two sliders have put a lot of

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pressure on this man, but has he got

the bottle to keep it?

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the bottle to keep it?

Starts in

second place. If he makes a mistake,

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Parsons might be back, and Dukurs

has not produced many mistakes over

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a glittering career that has seen

him win silver medals at two Olympic

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Games.

And verities! That was a big

mistake he has never made before. Is

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he now able to keep the time, or

will he dropped vital split seconds

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down this track?

He has made two

mistakes at the top of the track, he

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is coming in late in starting to

drop off. This is where Dukurs might

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lose the speed, because of the

mistakes at the top. It is only two

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hundreds, that is all we need.

Hay

has dropped back behind Parsons! Dom

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Parsons, unbelievably, has his

medal! Come on, Great Britain! Dom

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Parsons has a bronze medal because

of Martins Dukurs, The Great Gatsby,

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couldn't hold it together.

Delightful Parsons, and Dukurs now

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feels the pain. -- the great Latvian

couldn't hold it together. We settle

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back now and enjoy what we think

will be the gold-medal performance

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from Yun of Korea, who starts miles

ahead of his competitors. This will

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put Asia on the map for the first

time in Skeleton. No Asian athlete

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has ever won a medal. Yun is seconds

away from gold.

This is a victory

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lap for him, he is so far ahead. He

has been the quality at the Sliding

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Center Sanki are, and for the crowd

to see this, they are going to go

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wild at the bottom.

He has a second

and a half to play with, he just has

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to stay on his sled on the last two

corners.

An incredible athlete, Yun

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is a superstar in Korea, and he wins

by the biggest margin in history, a

0:27:000:27:07

track record to finish it off, 1.63

seconds, the winner in Sochi won by

0:27:070:27:15

seven tenths. Incredible by Yun.

What an athlete.

Absolutely smashing

0:27:150:27:22

it. But most importantly, we have a

bronze medal for Great Britain by

0:27:220:27:27

Dom Parsons. The camp is going to be

ecstatic, and what are we to have

0:27:270:27:32

these Games, and to have Dom here

doing his best, his aim was to get a

0:27:320:27:38

medal, no one thought that was

possible, but he has loved this

0:27:380:27:42

track from the moment he arrived at

the start of this week. And look at

0:27:420:27:48

it, third place for Great Britain.

What a thrilling climax. Dom

0:27:480:27:56

Parsons, the Wizard, delivered his

magic, albeit with a little bit of

0:27:560:27:59

help from one of the greats, Martins

Dukurs, who drops out of the top

0:27:590:28:05

three. Dom Parsons can now cherish,

aged 30, a bronze medal at his

0:28:050:28:11

second Olympic Games.

Congratulations.

Thanks.

Bronze

0:28:110:28:18

medal at the Olympic games, first

medallist Team GB here in

0:28:180:28:21

Pyeongchang. Give us your reaction.

It hasn't really sunk in yet. I

0:28:210:28:27

thought I had lost it after that

second run, fourth run.

Did your

0:28:270:28:35

heart sink?

Yes, I looked up at the

time, I made a couple too many

0:28:350:28:42

mistakes in that run, but Martins

made more mistakes, and he is the

0:28:420:28:47

last person I thought would make

mistakes.

You have been mixing it

0:28:470:28:50

with the very best in the sport and

going toe to toe with them, it is

0:28:500:28:54

fantastic.

Yes, all the work we put

in has paid off, all the help from

0:28:540:28:59

everyone in the Federation, friends

and family, even people playing the

0:28:590:29:03

national lottery where our funding

comes from, so a big thank you to

0:29:030:29:07

all of them.

What a moment Dom

Parsons. He becomes Great Britain's

0:29:070:29:14

first medallist of the Pyeongchang

Olympics 2018. And he is thrilled

0:29:140:29:21

with that. Lovely for him to be

sharing a podium with the champion

0:29:210:29:26

yens Singh

0:29:260:29:34

yens Singh -- Yun Sungbin. British

women have won medals at the last

0:29:340:29:41

four games, but Dom Parsons is the

first male medallist for 70 years,

0:29:410:29:46

the last one being John Crammond

back in 1948, and he worked as a

0:29:460:29:51

stockbroker in the city of the

common he was also a qualified

0:29:510:29:55

pilot, and amateur yachtsman, he

served in the RAF during the Second

0:29:550:29:58

World War, and he was 41 years old.

And actually remains the oldest

0:29:580:30:03

skeleton medallist in winter Olympic

history. John Crammond was the last

0:30:030:30:10

man to stand on the podium after the

skeleton. Fantastic helmet! Good

0:30:100:30:16

stuff. There were six runs in those

days, and he was leading at the

0:30:160:30:21

halfway stage and slipped back. We

heard her in commentary, a

0:30:210:30:26

tremendous job, by the way, Amy

Williams is out there now at the

0:30:260:30:29

slide centre. Didn't we see him go

through that full range of despair

0:30:290:30:37

and delight?

0:30:370:30:41

Yes and we were doing the same in

the commentary box. He put down such

0:30:410:30:47

good runs and that final run, he

just slipped down and we saw Martins

0:30:470:30:52

Dukurs come down and we could not

believe it. One minute he thinks he

0:30:520:30:58

has lost the bronze and then there

he is knowing he has his medal.

That

0:30:580:31:03

is going to have given the whole

team confidence and it is quarter to

0:31:030:31:08

7 in the evening,, what are your

feelings about what Lizzie Yarnold

0:31:080:31:15

and Laura Deas need to do and what

do you expect of them.

Well, the

0:31:150:31:21

excitement in the camp is as you can

imagine just huge. Everyone is up on

0:31:210:31:26

cloud nine and the girls, they have

been concentrating on their race.

0:31:260:31:32

They're excited for Dom to have done

that. But they have got to go out,

0:31:320:31:37

run one, run two, do what they have

been doing in training. Both have

0:31:370:31:40

been putting down the fastest runs

and they're in a good place. At the

0:31:400:31:45

track, it is really cold. The ice

will be very hard and cold and I'm

0:31:450:31:52

guessing it is about minus 8. They

have to have the right settings to

0:31:520:31:58

give them enough grip, because the

ice will be hard. I know that sounds

0:31:580:32:04

silly, but it does get very hard.

They know they're good enough, these

0:32:040:32:08

two girls are good enough to bring

home a medal. Day one, we are very

0:32:080:32:12

excited.

Lizzie in particular looked

rattled about the question marks

0:32:120:32:16

over the suit and other competitors

trying to stir it up, do you sense

0:32:160:32:21

that has passed and everybody is

back to being calm and collected?

I

0:32:210:32:28

think it is still going on behind

the scenes. Yes, it does seem quite

0:32:280:32:32

sad and a shame that all other

nations are trying to ruffle our

0:32:320:32:37

feathers and get into the girls

psychologically, but the team are

0:32:370:32:42

confident and everything's been OK

by the jury members. We are good at

0:32:420:32:47

being innovative and thinking

outside the box and seeing how we

0:32:470:32:51

can find those hundredths of a

second. The girls, a bit annoyed,

0:32:510:32:56

but it won't affect them. They will

put that to the back of their mind

0:32:560:32:59

and go out and deliver some fast

pushes that we know in particular

0:32:590:33:04

Laura has and just nail this track

like they know they have and can do.

0:33:040:33:09

You have been in the same position,

there were question marks about your

0:33:090:33:15

helmet in Vancouver, which you knew

had been passed, can you remember

0:33:150:33:18

what you did at the time to almost

turn that annoyance into something

0:33:180:33:24

positive to put out there on the

track?

I just ignored it. It does

0:33:240:33:32

hurt and I'm reading comments from

old sliders, old friends that were

0:33:320:33:38

part of that wider family and it is

does hurt they're thinking that we

0:33:380:33:42

are cheating and bringing us back

why do Britain win medals, it is

0:33:420:33:47

because we are good and we are good

at preparing and peaking at the

0:33:470:33:52

right time. We are innovative, but

that is what makes us good and

0:33:520:33:57

across all sports in the summer and

winter. So yeah, it is hard to hear.

0:33:570:34:02

It is upsetting, but we are

confident and the team are confident

0:34:020:34:05

and we would never use anything that

hasn't

0:34:050:34:13

hasn't been OK ed by the jury. The

girls have to forget about it and

0:34:130:34:18

concentrate on themselves and their

performance and putting down all the

0:34:180:34:22

processes they do day in day out and

don't do anything differently.

We

0:34:220:34:29

will be sending you plenty of

positive vibes. You're doing a

0:34:290:34:32

terrific job as well and good luck

to Laura and Lizzie. Amy who just

0:34:320:34:41

had her one break of the day

interrupted. She had to get to the

0:34:410:34:46

top of the mountain and interrupt

her dinner. Alex Coomber started off

0:34:460:34:54

this 21st Century success when you

won bronze, do you remember in Salt

0:34:540:35:02

Lake City, was there that feeling, a

bit of niggle that GB have got good

0:35:020:35:09

at this?

From my point of view I had

won the World Cup for three years in

0:35:090:35:14

a row. The technology at that stage

was quite basic. I went to the

0:35:140:35:20

Olympics with two sets of runners

and a sled and a reasonably simple

0:35:200:35:24

race suit. There were not many

arguments. No one was doing anything

0:35:240:35:30

particularly significant. It wasn't

anything that came into play us

0:35:300:35:33

with.

When you look at the

investment in the sports, there is a

0:35:330:35:38

lot going into skeleton, if it

wasn't going into the technical

0:35:380:35:41

side, you would be thinking where it

is going?

We have the talent and the

0:35:410:35:46

athletes, so you spend the money on

the equipment and being ahead. The

0:35:460:35:52

athletes know this will happen and

they will go to Olympics in their

0:35:520:35:55

prime and people will be going, what

can we pick apart here?

It is all

0:35:550:36:02

mind games, trying to upset them.

Was know we are strong and that

0:36:020:36:06

hopefully we are not going to let

that affect us.

Let's reflect on

0:36:060:36:11

what Dom Parsons has done this

morning, in starting after in

0:36:110:36:16

fourth, he needed to improve his

final run wasn't the improvement he

0:36:160:36:20

was looking for. He had to get a

mistake from Martin Dukurs, Alex,

0:36:200:36:26

from your point of view, what do you

see from him?

He is there at the

0:36:260:36:31

start. We know his start great. He

had consistent starts. He was

0:36:310:36:43

between 16th and 21st at the start.

But this is a driver's track. It is

0:36:430:36:49

not a track where you can start fast

and win. He proved this. Having a

0:36:490:36:55

fast start doesn't help you. He is

driving cleanly and he has beautiful

0:36:550:37:02

body position. You can see the knees

going. He is shifting his body

0:37:020:37:07

weight. He is looking where he is

going and steering and letting the

0:37:070:37:12

sled run. That is important. If you

start fighting and moving about and

0:37:120:37:17

that is when people make mistakes.

Dukurs panicked a bit. He tried to

0:37:170:37:29

over steer and Dom managed to hold

it together to the end. At the end

0:37:290:37:34

of his last run, he will have gone

to the depths of hell and back to

0:37:340:37:40

ecstasy in the space of a minute,

thinking he has lost the medal. But

0:37:400:37:45

that is the thing that is great

about this track. I think the team

0:37:450:37:53

who designed the track should get a

medal. It is such a competitive

0:37:530:37:56

track. You don't know until the last

person has been down who will win.

0:37:560:38:03

The girls, the mix will be greater,

they will chop and change all the

0:38:030:38:07

way. So very exciting.

Let's look at

Dukurs and the mistake he made. The

0:38:070:38:14

fact if this hadn't happened,

obviously we would be looking at Dom

0:38:140:38:20

Parsons having just missed out.

By

two hundredths of a second.

As you

0:38:200:38:25

say, it is a track you don't know

until the end and for the Latvian,

0:38:250:38:32

who has been so experienced and been

in this position. We were not

0:38:320:38:43

expecting him to make a mistake.

He

was second and third fastest starter

0:38:430:38:48

on each run. The possibility is he

went too fast. Bend 2 is tricky, if

0:38:480:38:55

you go into it too fast, you lose

control. There is a big mistake

0:38:550:39:01

there. He comes out of the bend and

he is having to fight to regain his

0:39:010:39:07

composure, get his line straight and

you're playing catch up at 80mph.

0:39:070:39:13

But as I say, a tenth of a second

was all that mattered at the end. I

0:39:130:39:18

think it is sad for him. He is kind

of, this was his Usain Bolt moment,

0:39:180:39:25

he is retiring after the Olympics,

it would have been nice to get on

0:39:250:39:30

the podium again, but never mind!

Someone's got to feel like that.

0:39:300:39:38

There is still the celebrations from

the Russian athlete and Dom a bit

0:39:380:39:42

more subdued. Just saying, God, that

means I'm in there.

I think he

0:39:420:39:48

hadn't, it hadn't dawned on him. You

have to do the quick maths.

I think

0:39:480:39:52

he thought I'm off this podium now.

I think he did.

But the winner.

Poor

0:39:520:39:59

Dukurs.

The winner, this was

phenomenal.

0:39:590:40:10

phenomenal. Questions coming from

people about the benefit and the

0:40:100:40:13

advantages of it being your home

track.

Clearly, it is obvious there

0:40:130:40:18

are advantages. He will have trained

on this track since it was built as

0:40:180:40:24

often as he could. You see when you

see Korean sliders, they use their

0:40:240:40:29

toes to steer a lot and they have

learned a slight steer with your

0:40:290:40:34

toe, that normally might lose your

time actually gains you time and you

0:40:340:40:40

can set your line up cleaner. He

was...

There you I is a it there.

0:40:400:40:45

Just stuck his toe out. He had the

fastest time on every split on every

0:40:450:40:50

run. But interestingly, Dom Parsons

has the top speed of the entire

0:40:500:40:56

field.

Wow.

The Koreans, yes, huge

advantage, it is great for them to

0:40:560:41:02

have a winner. He is the first

Korean Olympic medallist in

0:41:020:41:08

skeleton.

Their first Olympic

champion that isn't on the the ice

0:41:080:41:13

rink. I doubt if there has ever been

a bigger crowd for skeleton.

The

0:41:130:41:20

pressure, he is still young. The

whole of his country was waiting for

0:41:200:41:24

him to win. So you know, it is great

that he managed to do it.

Will the

0:41:240:41:29

women have been watching this? And

will they have been able to pick up

0:41:290:41:33

on what he has done, because clearly

he has had more time on that track

0:41:330:41:41

than anyone?

I am not sure. The

difference between a male and female

0:41:410:41:46

slider is different, you have

different weights and starting

0:41:460:41:49

speeds. So it is difficult to look

at a male slider and go, well, I'm

0:41:490:41:54

going to do is same. The sleds will

be different. They have different

0:41:540:42:00

runners and different weights. I

think the best thing is to look at

0:42:000:42:03

your own runs and reflects on your

own runs and get your coaching staff

0:42:030:42:08

to assess that.

Although we have

seen that foot tapping technique is

0:42:080:42:15

the winning line, our athletes won't

try and adopt that, because you need

0:42:150:42:20

to practice that?

They may do. They

have found that was a good line.

0:42:200:42:23

This is the thing with skeleton,

particularly in a track that you're

0:42:230:42:27

not familiar with, you get six

minutes of training to learn the

0:42:270:42:30

track. You get six runs about a

minute each. They have have tried

0:42:300:42:38

the first run, got the feel of the

track and each run you're trying to

0:42:380:42:43

tweak and tweak.

What the British

sliders have been good at is

0:42:430:42:47

learning new tracks. Because we

don't have our own track. We are not

0:42:470:42:52

a one track pony if you like, we the

go to a new country, six runs and if

0:42:520:42:58

you look at Lizzie Yarnold's

training, he was getting more

0:42:580:43:02

comfortable with it and getting

faster. What do you see that she

0:43:020:43:05

will try and take into the

competition?

As she gets on the

0:43:050:43:10

sledge she has got to be calm. We

know this is a technical track. You

0:43:100:43:14

have got to try and let the track

guide you in a way. There are some

0:43:140:43:20

very important bends in here, bend 2

and 9 have been the ones that have

0:43:200:43:25

been causing problems. You can see

her putting on a steer there. The

0:43:250:43:30

principles of skeletons are you get

into a bend early and get out of the

0:43:300:43:35

bend early. You want a flat line.

You don't want to move your head and

0:43:350:43:40

shoulders. She is doing that. It is

just a case of doing what you have

0:43:400:43:48

always done and don't let anything

faze you. Nice and relaxed.

Is in is

0:43:480:43:56

era of visual reality learning and

the frabgt ing and the fact they

0:43:560:44:03

have only had six runs, is that the

future, making the goggles to have a

0:44:030:44:09

learning ability to feel where the

lines are and the gravity will pull

0:44:090:44:13

you?

To be honest almost day-by-day

the track can change. The track is a

0:44:130:44:19

giant fridge F you went in the

summer it would be a lump of

0:44:190:44:22

concrete. They ice it in the winter.

The way the ice is cut can vary. Out

0:44:220:44:28

of the competition, they will have a

track workers who are shaving the

0:44:280:44:33

ice and creating the curve. One day

a curve could be quite flat and the

0:44:330:44:38

next be bent and that will alter how

you come in and out of the bend and

0:44:380:44:43

how high you go.

Once it is sets it

will be the same?

Yes.

Good.

If you

0:44:430:44:51

went back next year, it may be a

completely different cut and you

0:44:510:44:54

have to start again from square one.

0:44:540:45:00

If you have questions about

Skeleton, we are building up on that

0:45:010:45:07

very much this morning as we prepare

to watch Lizzy and Laura. And people

0:45:070:45:14

are saying, why are we so good at

Skeleton, but we have got no luge

0:45:140:45:18

athletes?

0:45:180:45:23

athletes?

Luge is where Skeleton was

20 years ago, because they haven't

0:45:240:45:27

had a breakthrough athlete who has

won something, so they haven't got

0:45:270:45:31

the funding. When I went into Salt

Lake, we didn't have funding, the

0:45:310:45:36

funding came from the first medal

which led to the next one, so it is

0:45:360:45:40

a bit of a chicken and egg

situation, you need the athlete to

0:45:400:45:47

win to get the funding, but without

the funding, you don't get the

0:45:470:45:54

athlete.

And a lot of the focus goes

on the runners.

Yes, a lot of it is

0:45:540:46:00

very different. You could

scientifically somehow share the

0:46:000:46:04

information, but you can't protect

Mac one on the skeleton or vice

0:46:040:46:08

versa.

Never before at a Winter

Olympics has Great Britain won two

0:46:080:46:13

medals in the same event, so we

obviously had bronze and silver in

0:46:130:46:17

men's and women's curling, but I'm

talking about the same event, the

0:46:170:46:21

same competition, the same day, two

people on the podium. It could yet

0:46:210:46:25

happen in skeleton, because Laura

Dees has been going super fast in

0:46:250:46:29

training. She came into these games

under the radar because all the

0:46:290:46:33

attention was on Lizzy, she carried

the flag at the opening ceremony and

0:46:330:46:36

is the defending champion, but

Laura's results in the last year

0:46:360:46:40

mean that she in theory is our

number one chance here.

On paper you

0:46:400:46:46

have to say that. Her World Cups

this year have been incredibly

0:46:460:46:50

consistent. She has been up there in

the top six or seven. She finished

0:46:500:46:54

above Lizzy in the rankings, and a

combination of doing that and coming

0:46:540:46:59

here and doing some good training

runs means you would actually say

0:46:590:47:04

that she has probably got a more

significant chance. However, she has

0:47:040:47:09

not experienced, and Lizzy's

experience with the pressure, she

0:47:090:47:13

has been there before in an Olympic

race, Sara Hope it doesn't faze her

0:47:130:47:16

too much and she keeps a calm head

on her and keeps a calm, it would be

0:47:160:47:26

incredible if we could get both of

them on the podium, it would be

0:47:260:47:29

amazing.

Lot a of it is research

into the track, but there are indeed

0:47:290:47:35

a shape and weight and mental

approach as well of the skeleton

0:47:350:47:41

slider that is going to put you into

a position that could help. But the

0:47:410:47:47

training times will give them huge

confidence. So at the moment.

0:47:470:47:52

You can see Laura has been the

fastest on some runs and Lizzy on

0:47:560:48:01

the others, they are there or

thereabouts.

As I said earlier, this

0:48:010:48:07

track, anyone in the top ten, I

honestly think, could end up on the

0:48:070:48:11

podium. To produce four runs without

any mistakes is almost impossible,

0:48:110:48:16

so it

0:48:160:48:17

any mistakes is almost impossible,

so it is who can produce the fewest

0:48:170:48:19

mistakes with the fastest times,

keep calm and just be consistent,

0:48:190:48:23

and I think it is going to be really

exciting to see what happens.

I was

0:48:230:48:28

talking about building body shape.

Let's have a look at Lizzy's

0:48:280:48:32

statistics. You are tiny, and I

would've thought that perhaps is the

0:48:320:48:35

best shape for a skeleton?

This is

something that has really changed in

0:48:350:48:40

our sport over the last 20 years.

When I competed, I was small but I

0:48:400:48:47

wasn't far off the average. Lizzy is

a lot bigger than me, stronger than

0:48:470:48:52

me, taller than me, and a track here

where you have a uphill sections,

0:48:520:48:55

that will be a huge advantage. The

women's field as a whole have all

0:48:550:48:59

got a lot bigger. So it is

something, I think it is common

0:48:590:49:05

across a lot of female sports now.

Tennis players are getting bigger

0:49:050:49:09

and stronger. We do well in rugby

and women's football where you have

0:49:090:49:13

that strength.

0:49:130:49:19

In skeleton, you need a good power

to weight, so you are small but

0:49:190:49:23

strong, and you need aerodynamics as

well.

And Laura is a little shorter

0:49:230:49:31

and lighter, the same age, and her

experience in skeleton, even though

0:49:310:49:35

this is her first Olympic Games, she

has had a lot of race time.

0:49:350:49:39

Definitely. And all of that is

building muscle memory, so every

0:49:420:49:46

time you go down the track, each

time you do it, your brain gets a

0:49:460:49:49

bit quicker, you learn more, your

automatic systems of steering and

0:49:490:49:55

how to control yourself and not

react if something goes wrong, all

0:49:550:49:59

of those systems improve over time.

Lots of questions!

Loads of

0:49:590:50:06

questions. In terms of their leg and

back legs, they will log -- long

0:50:060:50:13

legs for the sprinting, then do they

want a short back to get down onto

0:50:130:50:16

the sled?

I think the front is more

important. You want to be not high

0:50:160:50:21

and wide at the front, that makes

you not aerodynamic, and also if you

0:50:210:50:25

hit going down the track, some

people's shoulders come outside the

0:50:250:50:29

sled, so they are hitting

themselves, one of the things I used

0:50:290:50:32

to like about being quite small was

that I never hit myself, if I ever

0:50:320:50:36

hit the side, it was only the sled.

Your legs, as long as you have got

0:50:360:50:46

good control in your legs and it is

one of those kind of...

This is you,

0:50:460:50:50

actually. You can see what you are

saying here. You are very

0:50:500:50:55

aerodynamic because there is not

much of you, so I guess that becomes

0:50:550:50:59

an advantage.

And you will see when

I get on my sled, my bumpers are

0:50:590:51:04

outside the width of me. I used to

watch some of the bigger guys coming

0:51:040:51:10

out of training, and they would have

ripped the side of their race suit

0:51:100:51:13

and torn their skin to shreds

whereas you see that, my shoulders

0:51:130:51:19

are inside my sled.

And is that sled

built for you?

No, it was a standard

0:51:190:51:24

race lead. We can modify some things

in the sled, but the dimensions are

0:51:240:51:29

set by what was the FI BT.

Chemmy

has got one here.

So much science

0:51:290:51:40

goes into this, and the runners and

everything, but we have noticed,

0:51:400:51:43

first of all it is very heavy, I

understand the need for that. But

0:51:430:51:48

although science, and we have loads

of household duct tape. Why is that?

0:51:480:51:55

Basically, the internal workings of

the sled, you need to access them

0:51:550:51:58

quite regularly because you can

change things, you could put weights

0:51:580:52:03

in, so if you are light, like I was,

I was allowed to put weights in my

0:52:030:52:07

sled to make it heavier to equal it

out of it.

What is the maximum for

0:52:070:52:11

slider and sled combined?

29

kilograms if the slider is female is

0:52:110:52:18

over 80 kilograms. If you're under

that, I was allowed up to 35 kilos

0:52:180:52:25

in my sled. But you can also change

the flexibility of the metal in the

0:52:250:52:30

internal workings of the sled, so

sometimes you want it really stiff,

0:52:300:52:34

and sometimes you really need to be

able to move it, and the only way to

0:52:340:52:38

do that easily and cheaply on a

regular basis, which might be daily,

0:52:380:52:41

is to have something that you can

take on and off.

You'd think there

0:52:410:52:47

would be some kind of plastic thing

that could flip open.

Ironically,

0:52:470:52:54

that is the one bit of technology

that has not changed at all since I

0:52:540:52:58

competed. That is exactly the same.

And how much would this be worth?

0:52:580:53:03

The actual sled? A top racing sled

is about 15,000. Don't drop it!

Put

0:53:030:53:13

it down gently! We have borrowed it,

we have to take it back, it is a

0:53:130:53:18

real one.

Fascinating insights from the woman

0:53:180:53:21

who has done it and knows what this

is all about. Alex Coomber, our

0:53:210:53:25

special guest in the studio, as we

build up to the first two runs in

0:53:250:53:30

the women's skeleton, we have Lizzy

Yarnold and Laura Dees, both going

0:53:300:53:35

at 11:20am for their first run. We

will be there live. But between now

0:53:350:53:40

and then, we will be catching up on

what happened in the women's slalom,

0:53:400:53:46

the snowboard cross, the figure

skating, and then we will go on BBC

0:53:460:53:50

One for a quick dip into the men's

curling, Great Britain against

0:53:500:53:53

Sweden, but if you just want to sit

back and settle into the curling,

0:53:530:53:56

you can do that from 11 o'clock on

the red button. Then the second run

0:53:560:54:01

for the women's skeleton is at 20

past 12, before we catch up

0:54:010:54:05

basically again on everything that

is happening on day seven. It is a

0:54:050:54:10

very exciting programme, and we have

had an awful lot going on overnight,

0:54:100:54:13

which means it every morning when

people wake up, I tell you exactly

0:54:130:54:17

what I do, I turn on my BBC app on

my phone, it is brilliant, because

0:54:170:54:21

you can get all the little bite-size

video bits of everything that has

0:54:210:54:25

gone on overnight. But if you don't

have the, here are the headlines.

0:54:250:54:33

119 men started the men's

cross-country 15 K, but it was super

0:54:330:54:38

Dario who came out on top, winning

the title for the third consecutive

0:54:380:54:44

Olympics. Huge disappointment for

Britain's medal hope Andrew Musgrave

0:54:440:54:48

who finished down in 20 Eighth Place

after what he called a pretty

0:54:480:54:52

shocking performance. In the women's

curling, defending champions Canada

0:54:520:54:58

are in big trouble after losing

their third game in a row. They were

0:54:580:55:02

beaten by Denmark in an extra end.

They now sit bottom of the

0:55:020:55:06

standings. And the men's ice hockey,

the USA team bounced back from is

0:55:060:55:13

are praising opening match defeat to

beat Slovakia 2-1.

0:55:130:55:17

All of that has been happening, but

Chemmy is our Alpine skiing star,

0:55:210:55:26

and the one person we have been

talking about in the build-up to

0:55:260:55:30

these games is Mikaela Shiffrin. She

had won gold in the bag, and heading

0:55:300:55:37

into the slalom, just explain how

hot favourite everyone thought she

0:55:370:55:40

was.

She has dominated in this

discipline for so long, over 30

0:55:400:55:45

World Cup wins in slalom alone, and

being that she is so young, is

0:55:450:55:49

really impressive. She had a

0:55:490:55:57

really impressive. She had a little

whoopsie in the last Olympics, which

0:55:570:55:59

is unlike her, she DNF-ed. Did not

finish. We thought her confidence

0:55:590:56:07

would build and build.

Two British

women, the fastest after the first

0:56:070:56:12

run then go in reverse order. Alex

Tilley had crashed out of the giant

0:56:120:56:16

slalom. What happened here, there

isn't a lot of coverage from our

0:56:160:56:21

host broadcasters, so we will get

that again in slow motion.

This is

0:56:210:56:26

tragic, you can see coming in,

getting on the back-seat, so little

0:56:260:56:29

time going into a Hairpin, a

formation of gates with a shorter

0:56:290:56:33

distance, so you have to move

forward into it, so she gets pulled

0:56:330:56:37

on the tails and is not able to

finish it.

And this is Charlie

0:56:370:56:41

Guest.

Yes, she battled her prerace

nerves, she has never been to the

0:56:410:56:46

Olympic start gate.

And what age is

she?

She is 24, and she broke her

0:56:460:56:52

back really badly three years ago.

Her comeback is incredible, a couple

0:56:520:56:57

of levels down from World Cup this

year. You can see she is a bit

0:56:570:57:02

frustrated with herself, but she

vented her straight and is well on

0:57:020:57:07

the second run.

And here is Mikaela

Shiffrin's first run.

0:57:070:57:10

She had a problem on her first

split. She did vomit before the

0:57:140:57:17

start of the race, she said it

didn't affect performance, but if

0:57:170:57:20

you look at her speed of movement,

there is so precision normally with

0:57:200:57:26

her skiing, and for me, there is a

little bit of, she is a little

0:57:260:57:33

tentative, twisting her feet, and

you can see snow coming off the

0:57:330:57:38

skis, uncharacteristic for her to

see herself 0.48 of the league at

0:57:380:57:44

that time.

And she could have come

back from that?

Definitely.

And this

0:57:440:57:49

is Frida Hansdotter.

She is always

the runner-up, she came sixth

0:57:490:57:57

yesterday, but she has five

consecutive podiums before the

0:57:570:58:00

Olympics, all in second place. She

has never had her moment to shine,

0:58:000:58:05

but she took the advantage.

She

looks very relaxed.

She was very

0:58:050:58:11

settled and poised today.

The Swiss

hopes were pinned on Wendy Holdener.

0:58:110:58:16

Very strong, good solid work with

her inside me, deflect the gate and

0:58:160:58:20

moves forward and down. She started

the first run first, clean track and

0:58:200:58:26

she used that to deliver the exact

line that she wanted.

So no rats for

0:58:260:58:31

her at all.

0:58:310:58:36

her at all. -- no ruts for her.

In

another generation, it would all be

0:58:390:58:42

about Wendy, but it has not been so

far.

Lets see how the second run

0:58:420:58:46

will play out. We will head out to

the mountains and joined Matt

0:58:460:58:49

Chilton.

COMMENTATOR: Wendy Holdener leads

0:58:490:58:55

the way, and Frida Hansdotter the

second, with Anna Swenn Larsson

0:58:550:59:03

holding third position. Katharina

Gallhuber holding advantage over her

0:59:030:59:09

team-mate after the first leg. And

she is away. .

0:59:090:59:21

she is away. . 1:03.48 at the spit,

and Gallhuber has just about

0:59:210:59:23

troubled her lead at the

intermediate time. She has a huge

0:59:230:59:28

amount of power. She can drive

through the ruts underfoot, that is

0:59:280:59:38

terrific slalom skiing from

Gallhuber here. She could give the

0:59:380:59:42

Austrians first and second, she is

building all the time, it just gets

0:59:420:59:45

better and better through every

turn. This could be a second and a

0:59:450:59:50

half, her lead at this rate.

Gallhuber is flying through the

0:59:500:59:54

final terms, and her advantage is

1.62 seconds. That is massive for

0:59:541:00:01

Katharina Gallhuber, ninth quickest

after the first run. I wonder if

1:00:011:00:06

this second run, which was full of

fire, might move her up into the

1:00:061:00:10

medals.

1:00:101:00:15

Haver-Loeseth won the team event in

Stockholm. The lead has been halved.

1:00:231:00:31

She heads off into the wind, which

is blowing right up the hill. It can

1:00:311:00:36

only slow them down. Now she is

behind by two hundredths of a

1:00:361:00:43

second. Gallhuber still leading. I

wonder if she might go on to take a

1:00:431:00:54

medal. Haver-Loeseth is finding some

speed. But the damage is already

1:00:541:00:59

done. She is 0.6 down. She may get

among the provisional positions. I

1:00:591:01:07

don't think she will trouble gold

medal. Look at what she was dealing

1:01:071:01:12

with - the brutal gusts at the top

of the course.

1:01:121:01:20

of the course. Thaksin Mikaela

Shiffrin her advantage over

1:01:221:01:27

Gallhuber is significant. It looks

like the wind has eased off. Now she

1:01:271:01:33

finds the worse of it.

1:01:331:01:45

First mistake for Mikaela Shiffrin.

The most recent double gold medal

1:01:511:02:04

winner was in Salt Lake City. She is

hoping the defend the slalom gold

1:02:041:02:09

she won four years ago in Sochi. She

is finishing with incredible speed.

1:02:091:02:13

She has gone second and Shiffrin

will not make it two gold medals.

1:02:131:02:23

Shiffrin made that mistake. That is

the error that cost her the chance

1:02:231:02:27

to lead this race. Three to come.

Swenn Larsson and then Hansdotter

1:02:271:02:39

and Holder in. -- Holdener. Into the

breeze, she won't mind that much.

1:02:391:02:51

She has got incredible strength. She

is maintaining most of her lead,

1:02:511:02:57

even as she battles the wind. I

heard her scream there in an effort

1:02:571:03:04

to encourage herself back on to the

racing line. Still in front. If she

1:03:041:03:12

goes into first position here she

will be guaranteed an Olympic medal.

1:03:121:03:23

Swenn Larsson pushing for the line.

Has she done enough? Oh, she is

1:03:231:03:32

third. Gallhuber is guaranteed a

medal. That is extraordinary.

1:03:321:03:40

Gallhuber was only ninth after the

first run will finish with bronze at

1:03:401:03:44

worst. Hansdotter poised to race for

the final time today. Her advantage

1:03:441:03:54

over Gallhuber is significant. On

her way. Aggressive skiing at the

1:03:541:04:02

top. She had a solid first run and a

good giant slalom day yesterday.

1:04:021:04:08

Likes this hill. The majority of her

advantage is intact. The worst of

1:04:081:04:13

the wind is at this part of the

course. Hansdotter drops in and

1:04:131:04:18

starts to go to work and still in

front.

1:04:181:04:26

front. Hansdotter has never won an

Olympic medal. Can she put that

1:04:261:04:29

right today? Sixth in yesterday's

giant slalom. She is the former

1:04:291:04:36

World Cup slalom champion. Half a

second the lead. Gallhuber's lead is

1:04:361:04:44

1. 38n't 95. Can she beat it? Yes,

she can. She moves into gold. She is

1:04:441:04:54

guaranteed silver at worst. Sensible

skiing. She knew she had that hefty

1:04:541:05:01

advantage over Gallhuber after the

first run. She used it to good

1:05:011:05:04

effect. Now they have to wait and

watch. The last skier. Wendy

1:05:041:05:15

Holdener from Switzerland, who has

had so many tight battles with

1:05:151:05:21

Hansdotter in the World Cup last

season and this season. But now it

1:05:211:05:25

is down to second run of the Olympic

slalomment Holdener has an advantage

1:05:251:05:32

of two tenths. Hansdotter's split.

Holdener trails by one hundredth of

1:05:321:05:37

a second. She has the worst of the

wind, it absolutely whipping in and

1:05:371:05:48

into the goggles of the skier. She

hasn't done too much more damage.

1:05:481:05:52

From here she can start to relax a

little more. She is out of the

1:05:521:05:57

breeze. She has got to push through

every one of these turns. Only four

1:05:571:06:03

hundredths down. She can still take

the Olympic title. Wendy Holdener

1:06:031:06:12

takes the silver. Hansdotter is the

Olympic champion.

1:06:121:06:21

Olympic champion. The gold to Frida

Hansdotter. Holdener takes silver

1:06:211:06:28

and Gallhuber has the bronze with

Mikaela Shiffrin pushed out of the

1:06:281:06:33

medals down to fourth. Frida

Hansdotter is the Olympic slalom

1:06:331:06:39

champion. After two sensational runs

here. Hansdotter, who so often has

1:06:391:06:49

been the runner up to Mikaela

Shiffrin in the last couple of

1:06:491:06:53

seasons in the World Cup races,

finally gets her moment in the spot

1:06:531:06:57

light. I don't think she quite

believes it.

1:06:571:07:00

light. I don't think she quite

believes it.

1:07:001:07:02

STUDIO: That is a fourth gold medal

for Sweden. Christopher Dean has

1:07:021:07:10

joined us to analyse... I'm joking.

Frida Hansdotter that is a massive

1:07:101:07:19

moment.

She has won that, Shiffrin

didn't lose it. She was challenged

1:07:191:07:25

all the way to the line by Holdener.

There was amazing skiing and she

1:07:251:07:31

pulled out her best skiing at the

right time. She has so often been

1:07:311:07:37

the bridesmaid and not the bride.

She has quite a loose upper body,

1:07:371:07:44

you see the upper body charging in

the gate and the legs swinging from

1:07:441:07:48

side to side. Such short, sharp

pressure.

We can see the leg and

1:07:481:07:53

hand guards so they can push and

almost kick the poles out of way.

1:07:531:07:57

They want to track as little

distance down the mountain as

1:07:571:08:00

possible. There is a set of gates,

that is why they deflect this so,

1:08:001:08:05

they're skiing less neat at each

gate. That is she is doing well, her

1:08:051:08:10

upper body is driving are and there

is so much activity. That is where

1:08:101:08:15

she won it. Gallhuber had the most

amazing run. It is the fact that

1:08:151:08:20

Frida came in with that lead. I

think she thought she would be

1:08:201:08:25

coming second. She still celebrated.

It was a great win. We think of what

1:08:251:08:33

Pearson did with Swedish sport and

to see Frida find her own and to be

1:08:331:08:38

on the podium is so well deserved.

She is ten years older than Mikaela

1:08:381:08:43

Shiffrin who, four years ago became

the youngest champion. The big

1:08:431:08:51

surprise, not so much, Shiffrin

would have been challenged, but for

1:08:511:08:55

her not to finish on the podium?

That was the biggest surprise. I

1:08:551:08:59

think that she thought going into

this, even on a bad day, she would

1:08:591:09:02

get on the podium. She has quoted

saying that I didn't feel like

1:09:021:09:06

myself at all. I have to say that is

reflected with the naked eye in her

1:09:061:09:12

skiing. That speed of movement is

not there. She made a mistake on

1:09:121:09:17

this second run. And she was only

eight hundredths off the bronze. But

1:09:171:09:23

I don't know. She know she loves her

rest and last night with the

1:09:231:09:31

ceremony, perhaps that ate into her

pre-race preparation. But it wasn't

1:09:311:09:36

good enou today and the other women

completely delivered. This is

1:09:361:09:42

normally where see her excelling,

even if she is behind, you think she

1:09:421:09:45

would make up time. But it looks a

little bit calculated and clinical.

1:09:451:09:51

Obviously, the Americans are going

to be disappointed, she was going to

1:09:511:09:54

be their big story. But actually for

the sport it is not a bad thing is

1:09:541:09:59

it? That she is not there on the

podium.

No I think for young people

1:09:591:10:03

getting into the sport, you don't

want somebody dominating, you want

1:10:031:10:06

to see there is a field out there of

athletes on any given day who would

1:10:061:10:11

win and that showed today. As soon

as she was out of question it opened

1:10:111:10:15

up the excitement. After that first

run, should Shiffrin come in, she

1:10:151:10:19

was only 0. 48 behind. As soon as

you saw her skiing that second run,

1:10:191:10:25

you thought this is exciting.

Has

she reconsidered her programme?

I

1:10:251:10:32

don't know. Maybe that shows her

fatigue. So many of her races were

1:10:321:10:39

delayed. It might be that her body

has just said, I need a day off. You

1:10:391:10:46

can't expect this from me.

She

wasn't able to up to first. But the

1:10:461:10:53

pairs skating, Christopher Dean's

pairs, you're their manager, the

1:10:531:10:56

Germans did come up from fourth to

gold. Have you spoke on the them?

1:10:561:11:03

Through her husband a bit. I think

they're inundated with with demands.

1:11:031:11:08

It was a big day for them and for

Germany winning that gold medal. But

1:11:081:11:15

they're elated obviously. It was a

fantastic performance. She

1:11:151:11:19

deserveped it so much. -- deserved

it so much. She has been a five

1:11:191:11:23

times Olympian and won everything

except an Olympic gold and to win it

1:11:231:11:28

in the style they won it, coming

from behind, what a day to be on

1:11:281:11:32

your game.

We have more skating to

enjoy with you and hear your

1:11:321:11:37

thoughts on the men's singles

skating. Now Japan and the Japanese

1:11:371:11:44

media were all over Hanyu, everybody

is greeting him at the airport, he

1:11:441:11:56

is t reigning Olympic champion. But

he has been injured. Here he is on

1:11:561:12:01

the ice, take us through this men's

short programme, Robin.

1:12:011:12:08

the ice, take us through this men's

short programme, Robin. COMMENTATOR:

1:12:081:12:12

Whatever happens, Hanyu will be

carried through his programme on a

1:12:121:12:16

wave of adoration. There are

Japanese flags 360 degrees, where

1:12:161:12:21

ever he looks in this Ice Arena. The

defending Olympic and world

1:12:211:12:27

champion.

1:12:271:12:32

Made more difficult from the entry

from the spread-eagle before and

1:13:051:13:09

after the jump.

1:13:091:13:19

Glorious trim axel. -- triple.

1:14:091:14:20

Quadruple toe loop. There it is.

There is the roar.

1:14:311:14:37

CHEERING

And the roof comes off the rink!

1:15:231:15:32

Absolutely sublime from the

defending Olympic champion Yuzuru

1:15:321:15:39

Hanyu of Japan.

That was absolutely

glorious and faultless, my hands are

1:15:391:15:45

shaking.

And look at this mass

Winnie the Pooh sacrifice! And look

1:15:451:15:53

at those fans. He loves Winnie the

Pooh.

Goodness me, he delivered, and

1:15:531:16:00

it wasn't the programme he planned,

either. He was going to think about

1:16:001:16:04

the quadruple roup, but that

Salchow, glorious, glorious. He is

1:16:041:16:12

and serial being when he is on the

ice.

It's like he's from another

1:16:121:16:17

planet.

Regularly over 100, where is

he today?

Hundred

1:16:171:16:23

-- 111.68, if you needed any

confirmation, not far off the world

1:16:311:16:35

record today. And here comes his

countrymen,

1:16:351:16:47

countrymen, Shoma Uno, world silver

medallist, skating in his first

1:16:471:16:50

Olympics years old.

Love this short

programme.

1:16:501:17:02

Two quadruple jumps planned for

Shoma in this programme. There is

1:17:041:17:17

the first, quadruple flip.

1:17:171:17:20

Quadruple time -- toe loop,

fantastic stuff. Just the triple

1:18:431:19:02

axel. Did very well to hold on to

that.

1:19:021:19:11

Schomer Uno, the dark horse of this

competition, lays

1:19:401:19:49

competition, lays down his mark for

a place on that podium.

A little

1:19:491:19:52

tight in the shoulders, but down in

the knee.

He is such a compact

1:19:521:20:00

skater as well, short but strong

looking.

1:20:001:20:06

104.17, just short of his season's

best, but he does become the second

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skater today to break the 100

barrier, still a few points behind

1:20:161:20:23

Yuzuru Hanyu, who leads the way. So,

here is Yuzuru Hanyu's long-time

1:20:231:20:30

rival and training mate,

1:20:301:20:37

rival and training mate, Javier

Fernandez, two-time world champion,

1:20:371:20:39

who recently won his sixth

consecutive European title. And this

1:20:391:20:44

is his last time at an Olympics. He

has already said this is his last

1:20:441:20:49

season, he has had enough at the age

of 26. Retirement beckons.

1:20:491:20:58

He will open with the quad toe loop,

triple toe loop, lovely stuff right

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in front of the judges.

1:21:191:21:23

Second jump, the quadruple Salchow.

Gorgeous.

1:21:291:21:41

And a beautiful triple a, -- triple

axel, the jump elements are all

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done.

1:22:251:22:26

CHEERING

Here we go!

An Olympic medal is the

1:23:311:23:41

only thing missing from his

collection, and it looks like Javier

1:23:411:23:46

Fernandez is out to put that right

at the last time of asking.

Goodness

1:23:461:23:50

me, where do we start? Look at that

perfect landing position from the

1:23:501:23:55

quad to take on the triple, down on

the knee on the take-off for the

1:23:551:24:01

quad Salchow, doesn't quite have the

overall finesse of Yuzuru Hanyu

1:24:011:24:08

technically for me.

1:24:081:24:16

technically for me.

107.58, just a

fraction of a mark of his season's

1:24:161:24:18

best. And he slots in between Yuzuru

Hanyu and Shoma Uno of Japan in

1:24:181:24:25

second place.

1:24:251:24:35

second place. So, Jin Boyang, bronze

medals at the last two European

1:24:351:24:39

Championships, he completes this

short programme. He has been one to

1:24:391:24:43

watch in the last two years.

1:24:431:24:45

Our final skater will plan to

deliver two quadruple jumps in this

1:24:571:25:03

short programme as well. Here is the

first.

1:25:031:25:13

first. A quadruple lutz, triple toe

loop, and he's got it.

1:25:131:25:23

And there is the quadruple toe loop,

very nice indeed.

1:25:361:25:40

Triple axel!

APPLAUSE

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.

1:26:251:26:31

CHEERING

Don't forget me, says Jin Boyang!

1:27:291:27:34

Don't count me out just yet.

Thrilling.

Is it enough to catch

1:27:341:27:43

Shoma Uno on 104.7?

It will be very

tight, definitely behind Javier

1:27:431:27:55

Fernandez.

It is a new season's

best, he breaks through that 100

1:27:551:28:01

point barrier. So let's have a look

at the results from today: Javier

1:28:011:28:10

Fernandez chasing his first Olympic

medal in second, but Yuzuru Hanyu

1:28:101:28:14

back to his untouchables best, and

favourite now surely to retain his

1:28:141:28:19

title. The short programme is the

building block, and Yuzuru Hanyu has

1:28:191:28:22

laid down the surest foundation here

today.

1:28:221:28:26

It is unbelievable to watch. The

free programme still to come, but

1:28:261:28:30

down in 17th place was Nathan Chen,

what happened to him?

He was won

1:28:301:28:39

every event he has been in this

year. The US have put so much on

1:28:391:28:43

him, their hopes, after Lindsey Vonn

I think it would have been Nathan

1:28:431:28:50

Chen whoever Boddy said would bring

home a medal. I read he said that it

1:28:501:28:57

just didn't fit tonight. Some days

you can step onto the ice and it is

1:28:571:29:02

just not there. Everything doesn't

line up, and for him, it was just a

1:29:021:29:06

disaster. Even in practice, he

sometimes comes to the Springs where

1:29:061:29:13

I coach and choreographed, and he is

so consistent, and to have the worst

1:29:131:29:19

skater of your life at an Olympic

Championships. I think it most

1:29:191:29:24

probably was the pressure.

1:29:241:29:29

You have that moment of thought

about everybody's hopes on new, he

1:29:291:29:33

has always been the underdog coming

in, but now everybody is looking to

1:29:331:29:36

him to be the champion.

Mind you,

globally, there wouldn't be many

1:29:361:29:40

with much more pressure on them than

Hanyu. He needed five escort

1:29:401:29:48

officers at the airport, such was

the attention on him.

He has done it

1:29:481:29:52

here before.

And he was so

beautiful.

He makes quads looked

1:29:521:29:58

like triples and triples look like a

single. He is so tight in the air,

1:29:581:30:03

and as you can see, doing that

second triple, hands up in the air,

1:30:031:30:08

gets more technical marks for that.

I notice he is wearing this

1:30:081:30:13

necklace, and I worry that when he

is doing his quads and triples, it

1:30:131:30:17

is going to smack him in the face.

Whenever I work with any students, I

1:30:171:30:22

always say, get rid of your

jewellery, take the chewing gum out,

1:30:221:30:25

it is not a fashion show!

But it

didn't seem to hold him back.

Maybe

1:30:251:30:30

it is his lucky charm. He is for

sure going to pull off that skate

1:30:301:30:36

later. He has got the experience, he

has been here before. This may be

1:30:361:30:42

his second time around defending his

championships, so he has got

1:30:421:30:45

everything going for him. But not

far behind is Fernandez, and he is a

1:30:451:30:52

great storyteller, people love his

style of skating, he is always

1:30:521:30:55

telling a story with this particular

routine, this was like Charlie

1:30:551:30:59

Chaplin. He really connects with the

audience. Whenever he is out there,

1:30:591:31:04

the audience with him, and he

encourages the audience to be part

1:31:041:31:07

of it. And that can lift the skater,

lift the judges' idea of how you

1:31:071:31:13

have just skated.

So emotional

connection is imported?

Very much

1:31:131:31:17

so. And this is what he has in

bucket loads.

1:31:171:31:24

They must know each other inside out

in the sense of what the other is

1:31:251:31:29

capable of.

What else do you think

might be nudging up to challenge

1:31:291:31:34

Hanyu.

1:31:341:31:41

Hanyu.

Fernandez and Jin, it will be

a jump fest.

Now Shoma Uno. It looks

1:31:411:31:53

risky, bit is coming off.

It is a

performance, you connect with him in

1:31:531:32:00

the sense you're with him emotional

andly internally. He has

1:32:001:32:12

andly internally. He has the deepest

knee bends. He is trained by the

1:32:131:32:17

same

1:32:171:32:22

same coach as.

Japan have a strong

hand.

Yes they're huge.

What about

1:32:221:32:29

China? Boyang is their hope.

He is a

young pretender, nothing to Lues. --

1:32:291:32:41

lose. Definitely for the future. If

one of those boys ahead of him makes

1:32:411:32:47

the slightest mistake, he is there

to take a medal.

We saw that in the

1:32:471:32:51

long programme with the pairs, going

in, fourth moving up to first.

Yes,

1:32:511:32:57

it can happen. Hanyu looks out

there. He has got a lot of points,

1:32:571:33:03

111, there is four between him and

Fernandez. The next three are very

1:33:031:33:07

tight.

Early hours we will see the

programmes. They have four and a

1:33:071:33:13

half minutes to show what they can

do. Does story telling become more

1:33:131:33:17

important?

I think so, if you're

engaged with the audience and you're

1:33:171:33:22

having a good performance the

audience get behind you eight is one

1:33:221:33:27

of those emotional moments, you

sense that.

Does that affect the

1:33:271:33:32

judges the audience being behind

them.

You would be surprised,

1:33:321:33:36

they're watching it technically, but

they have component scores.

If you

1:33:361:33:44

have a huge ovation.

Between a 5 and

a 7.5, it goes up in 25 increments

1:33:441:33:53

so you can go from a 9 to...

They

love it.

Just that bit more can put

1:33:531:34:00

it over the edge.

Thank you. Right

we are going to focus on curling

1:34:001:34:04

now. And head over to the curling

arena.

1:34:041:34:11

arena. Because Jackie Lockhart has a

short break before she starts

1:34:121:34:15

commentating. What is going on in

the women's competition? What are

1:34:151:34:21

Canada doing Luesing again? --

losing again.

Would anybody have

1:34:211:34:26

expected that result? To lose to

Sweden... Would have been hard, but

1:34:261:34:35

to lose... To lose to Denmark and to

Korea, that was really, really such

1:34:351:34:44

a shock.

Sorry I can tell you're

struggling a bit with talk back. Can

1:34:441:34:52

I ask you about the British women.

They have had a break today, but

1:34:521:34:55

they will have analysing what

happened yesterday. Do you expect

1:34:551:34:58

them to be feeling good after their

performances and also are they

1:34:581:35:02

keeping half an eye on what Canada

are doing?

They will definitely be

1:35:021:35:07

keeping an eye on what Canada are

doing. They have had break today and

1:35:071:35:11

I think they will just relax. Logan,

who is my co-commentator here... He

1:35:111:35:22

is concerned they're sitting about

and watching movies in the Olympic

1:35:221:35:26

Park. A question

What do you expect

from the men, they have Sweden

1:35:261:35:35

coming. Will they beat Sweden?

This

will be a really tough game for the

1:35:351:35:41

guys. If you asked me last week

before they started, they would have

1:35:411:35:45

been happy to be sitting on 2 and 2.

But I'm hoping they will be sitting

1:35:451:35:51

on 3 and 2 after this. They're very

confident and they're going to have

1:35:511:35:59

a good game I'm sure tonight.

Thank

you. Sorry about the problems.

1:35:591:36:03

Clearly I think hearing a bit of an

echo back. Live coverage of that

1:36:031:36:16

game with Sweden will start at 11 on

the red button and we will dip into

1:36:161:36:21

it before the skeleton runs. We are

about half an hour from first of the

1:36:211:36:26

women heading out on the to the

sliding track and we have Lizzie

1:36:261:36:32

Yarnold and Laura Deas. But we love

the variety of the Olympics and in

1:36:321:36:39

women's snowboard cross there has

been no more dramatic story than

1:36:391:36:48

Jacob bell lis, she went for that

show boat toe grab and fell in the

1:36:481:36:53

closing stages in

1:36:531:36:59

closing stages in us Turin in 2006.

Since she has been trying to win the

1:36:591:37:02

gold. But she did make it through to

the final in the early hours of this

1:37:021:37:10

morning of snowboard cross. Here

what is

1:37:101:37:12

morning of snowboard cross. Here

what is happened. COMMENTATOR: Now

1:37:121:37:16

the women's snowboard cross final.

The fastest six women who have

1:37:161:37:22

battled through to this point.

1:37:221:37:28

battled through to this point.

Think

could go any way.

They're all very

1:37:281:37:32

quick.

1:37:321:37:41

They're neck and neck.

The French

woman may have the lead. Jacobellis

1:37:421:37:52

up the front. Different lines being

taken. Jacob bell lis is out in

1:37:521:38:00

front and she needs to hold on. Look

at De Souza.

1:38:001:38:09

at De Souza.

Jacobellis moves across

and they're back-to-back. Moioli is

1:38:131:38:23

there. This is the most technical

section of the course. Can they get

1:38:231:38:31

some drag on her? They come into

this section. Moioli so fast all

1:38:311:38:37

season.

Look at the youngsters, de

Sousa has come from fourth, the

1:38:371:38:45

16-year-old. Samkova starts driving.

It is neck and neck. Who will get

1:38:451:38:51

it? They're all down. It's all over

the place.

Who doubting who took the

1:38:511:38:58

gold, it is Moioli, but it says de

Sousa in second. They have given

1:38:581:39:05

everything they have got to this

course. They're laid down. None of

1:39:051:39:14

them know. Moioli limping, but

celebrating. That was as intense as

1:39:141:39:23

sport gets. One of the closest races

not just in Olympic women's

1:39:231:39:29

snowboard cross history, but of all

time. This is on board with Samkova

1:39:291:39:34

and you get such a brilliant idea of

just how tight this racing is.

1:39:341:39:41

Samkova very smart, staying out of

the traffic.

There is nothing

1:39:411:39:49

between Jacobellis and Sam Voe Ca

there.

Oh, it was Samkova and

1:39:491:39:57

Jacobellis. Goodness, gracious, what

a final. Thank you. The official

1:39:571:40:08

results are in.

STUDIO:

1:40:081:40:18

results are in.

STUDIO: Stewed Chaos as usual, but a

1:40:181:40:23

second gold for Italy. I love that

kit of Moioli. How much do you enjoy

1:40:231:40:30

watching that, and what will the

qualities you need to win?

I love

1:40:301:40:34

it. If you're going in with a target

on you and you get pushed anything

1:40:341:40:41

can happen. We saw one limping over

the line. This is the royal. This

1:40:411:40:48

start coming out, dropping into a

three metre drop, having to work all

1:40:481:40:55

this terrain and with snowboarding,

some are facing each other, like a

1:40:551:40:59

direct battle. They're goofy all the

way around. It is so aggressive.

1:40:591:41:07

They know each other and that any

mistake and the medal will be thrown

1:41:071:41:11

away. Anything can happen. Because

it is such a long track. Zoe did

1:41:111:41:18

well, 13th. She narrowly missed out

on the semi-final. But look at the

1:41:181:41:28

aerodynamics, you want to get out

front. The least challenged position

1:41:281:41:31

is out front. But they're taking

over all the time. It is like a

1:41:311:41:37

baton for who will be in front. It

is so exciting. As an alpine racer

1:41:371:41:46

seeing how much air they get, I

can't tell you. The TV dives down

1:41:461:41:53

everything about this. They put

everything on line. All of these

1:41:531:41:59

girls were in contention for a third

place.

1:41:591:42:07

place.

They all go over.

It is

crazy.

Just missing out. Right,

1:42:071:42:15

second of the men's alpine events

today, we have had the down hill

1:42:151:42:21

that was won by Svindal. Finished

second was Jansrud, his team mate.

1:42:211:42:28

Talk us through the Super-G.

That is

a newer element of a discipline, the

1:42:281:42:35

Norwegians have dominated this and

won five of the eight golds on

1:42:351:42:38

offer. All eyes were on them.

Jansrud coming in with amazing form.

1:42:381:42:50

He skied tidy and neat, but as we

saw yesterday, this is all about

1:42:501:42:54

risk. Super-G there is no training

runs, the down hill is the fastest

1:42:541:43:01

discipline. It is a real battle of

confidence. You have an inspection

1:43:011:43:06

and then you have to execute that

line at 70mph. It is ruthless.

We

1:43:061:43:13

saw Svindal becoming the oldest

alpine gold medallist, he is 35. He

1:43:131:43:22

has built his body back together.

And this was his run.

He wanted to

1:43:221:43:26

do the double. The double to be the

king of speed at the Olympics is

1:43:261:43:32

everyone's dream. There were a few

line errors. Against gravity. Too

1:43:321:43:38

much hard snow. Coming out, off the

skis. He is finding the flow and

1:43:381:43:45

linking the turns. He knows he has

to have his best run and down hill

1:43:451:43:51

comfortable on the longer skis. But

in Super-G it is about confidence

1:43:511:43:55

and knowing what he has been

through, he is not expected to have

1:43:551:43:59

the same confidence in Super-G as

Jansrud. But he has a great run and

1:43:591:44:03

comes down, clattering the gates.

Norway have a great record and have

1:44:031:44:08

won five of the eight previous

races.

Just catching an edge there.

1:44:081:44:15

Focussed to the finish line.

Jansrud

still in front. Let's have a look at

1:44:151:44:23

Meier, who was a surprise winner

four years ago.

Yes since then he

1:44:231:44:27

has built his confidence over the

speed distance. But he was angry

1:44:271:44:30

from not being able to defend that

title. He had the fire in the belly

1:44:301:44:36

today and the speed in the skis. We

weren't thinking he could win. We

1:44:361:44:40

know he has the opportunity to get

on that podium. But the way he skied

1:44:401:44:44

today, his ankles and knees were

rolling. He exkumented the perfect

1:44:441:44:48

line and -- executed the perfect

line. He was making sure the skis

1:44:481:44:52

were initiating the turn with a lot

of pressure at the top and searching

1:44:521:44:59

for aerodynamics. Look what

happened! Jansrud is gutted. Totally

1:44:591:45:03

gutted. That is the Norwegian medal

gone and... Impressive, because a

1:45:031:45:10

few days ago he had a nasty crash.

We know his body was hurting.

1:45:101:45:23

Now, Beat Feuz, was he a contender?

He took loads of risks, and that is

1:45:301:45:38

a relatively easy piste for these

guys to ski on. Beat Feuz is going

1:45:381:45:46

to be disappointed when he looks

back to his splits in this Olympics,

1:45:461:45:49

because in section he was the best

man on the hill, but he wasn't able

1:45:491:45:52

to have that clean run top to

bottom.

So, doesn't catch the time

1:45:521:45:57

of Mateus Meyer, who wins his second

gold-medal, but the Feuz fans. Two

1:45:571:46:08

Olympic medals in the speed

1:46:081:46:14

Olympic medals in the speed events,

Jansrud is the same. It is so

1:46:161:46:22

exciting, anything can happen in

Super-G, and these guys, they really

1:46:221:46:25

found their level.

1:46:251:46:33

found their level. And when they are

going through the air, and up the

1:46:331:46:37

lists, the track looks beautiful.

So

excited for the female athletes

1:46:371:46:41

coming on later. They will be

knowing that this is an exciting

1:46:411:46:44

hill and they need to find that fire

and go for it, they need to unleash

1:46:441:46:49

that Tiger.

And you will want to get

out on that's no?

Apparently it is

1:46:491:46:55

very grippy, it is now getting icy.

I can't wait to go out there in

1:46:551:47:02

support.

Good stuff. Let's have a

look at the timetable and see where

1:47:021:47:06

we are going and what we're going to

be showing you over the next of

1:47:061:47:09

hours. We are headed live to the

women's skeleton very shortly, the

1:47:091:47:14

first run for defending champion

Lizzy Yarnold, for Laura Deas as

1:47:141:47:17

well from Great Britain. That is

where we are going next. If you want

1:47:171:47:21

to watch the curling, Great

Britain's men are playing Sweden,

1:47:211:47:24

that will start on the red button.

If you want to watch an interrupted,

1:47:241:47:30

you most certainly can. The second

run for the skeleton should be

1:47:301:47:34

starting at 12.20, and we will be

there. We will also have skeleton

1:47:341:47:40

obviously and curling, and freestyle

skiing, ice hockey, ski jumping,

1:47:401:47:43

everything like that all the way up

to and after one o'clock when we

1:47:431:47:47

changed channels over onto BBC Two.

Well, it is Korean New Year today,

1:47:471:47:55

and it is time to get into the zone

and breathe deeply as we enter the

1:47:551:47:58

skeleton zone.

1:47:581:48:01

And that is the Alpensia Sliding

Centre where in 20 minutes or so,

1:49:261:49:35

two British women will try to become

the first two dual medallists in one

1:49:351:49:43

event, it is never happened that we

have had two people standing on the

1:49:431:49:47

same event in the same podium, and

the tone was set this morning. This

1:49:471:49:51

happened.

1:49:511:49:52

Is this the run that will get Great

Britain their first medal of these

1:49:551:50:00

Winter Olympics?

He is in front

marginally of Tregubov. Is it to be?

1:50:001:50:10

No! He misses out by two hundreds of

a second. Tregubov is the man who

1:50:101:50:16

celebrates a guaranteed medal, and

Dom Parsons may be just about

1:50:161:50:22

agonisingly missed out.

This is where Dukurs might miss the

1:50:221:50:36

speed.

This is in the red, how much

is he going to drop? Yes!

He drops

1:50:361:50:43

back by hind Parsons, and Dom

Parsons, unbelievably, has his

1:50:431:50:48

medal! Come on, Great Britain! Dom

Parsons has a bronze medal because

1:50:481:50:54

of Martins Dukurs, the Latvian,

unable to hold it together. So from

1:50:541:51:02

abject misery to Parsons,

delightfully him, and Dukurs now

1:51:021:51:06

feels the pain, and he misses out.

And you have to feel for Latvia's

1:51:061:51:11

Martins Dukurs, for him to think he

is nailed on fire medal and then to

1:51:111:51:17

be slipping back, but it meant that

Dom Parsons becomes Britain's first

1:51:171:51:20

medallist of these games.

1:51:201:51:21

Is a very understated guy, he came

in enjoying the fact all the

1:51:251:51:28

attention was on the women, then he

started to post really fast training

1:51:281:51:31

times, and we were all thinking,

this guy could do it, and he did.

1:51:311:51:37

And this was his reaction

afterwards.

1:51:371:51:39

Bronze medallist at the Olympic

Games, first medallist of the Team

1:51:391:51:44

GB here in Pyeongchang, first men's

skeleton medal in British history.

1:51:441:51:48

Give us your reaction.

It hasn't

really sunk in yet. I thought I had

1:51:481:51:54

lost it after that second round,

well, fourth-round.

Did your heart

1:51:541:51:57

sink?

I thought it had got away. I

looked up at the time, I made a

1:51:571:52:02

couple too many mistakes in that

run. But Martins made some mistakes,

1:52:021:52:08

and he is the last person I thought

would make those mistakes.

You have

1:52:081:52:11

been mixing it with the very best in

the sport, and going toe to toe with

1:52:111:52:15

them. It must feel fantastic.

It has

been great, all the work we have put

1:52:151:52:19

in has paid off, all the help

everyone in the Federation, friends

1:52:191:52:25

and family, even people playing the

national lottery, where all our

1:52:251:52:28

funding comes from, so a big thank

you to all of them.

1:52:281:52:32

What we think in the start house

just before, 60 seconds before you

1:52:321:52:36

go, you do that wonderful move with

the heated bottoms, they stripped

1:52:361:52:39

off. What is in your mind just then

a?

To be honest, a couple of weeks

1:52:391:52:46

ago I pulled my adductor muscle, and

so when I just lose off, I am

1:52:461:52:55

holding them against the fronts of

my legs to try and keep that warm so

1:52:551:52:58

it is OK for the push.

It wasn't

just a full Monty move, there was a

1:52:581:53:03

medical need!

I was trying to keep

it as warm as possible. And I didn't

1:53:031:53:07

feel it at all today, so I got

through it.

And I think it is fair

1:53:071:53:11

to say you're starts are in the

lower portion of the field, but

1:53:111:53:16

you're driving is absolutely superb.

Yes, on this track as well, most

1:53:161:53:22

people haven't had many runs on it,

even the Koreans have only had a

1:53:221:53:25

season to train on it, and no one

knows it that well, and for the last

1:53:251:53:30

four years, since we had my coach

who came to Sochi, Chris, he was

1:53:301:53:38

always drumming into us the

importance of track walks, and every

1:53:381:53:44

training day, everyone has gone

home, and I would be most days after

1:53:441:53:48

training walking down the track

again and trying to absorb as much

1:53:481:53:51

as possible so that I could walk

down this track and predict how

1:53:511:53:55

things are going to feel and what

it's going to do.

Hundreds of

1:53:551:53:58

thousands of people have stayed up,

and I also know from your mum and

1:53:581:54:01

dad that great an TLC, I think she

is 93, she has stayed up as well. --

1:54:011:54:07

great aunt Elsie. All the best,

congratulations again.

Thank you.

1:54:071:54:16

Amy Williams giving him a pat of

encouragement and congratulations,

1:54:161:54:20

and good for great aunt Elsie,

because if you want to stay up and

1:54:201:54:25

watch our first medal live, that is

the way to do it. Dom Parsons go

1:54:251:54:30

into 20th place on the leaderboard.

South Korea intense, they had the

1:54:301:54:38

champion Yun Sungbin, so a great

celebration for them. Dom Parsons

1:54:381:54:41

becomes the first British man to win

a skeleton medal since 1948 when

1:54:411:54:46

John Hammond took the bronze, and

here is the full list of Great

1:54:461:54:49

Britain's skeleton medals.

1:54:491:54:50

And these are live shots, because

they are waiting to make their way

1:54:571:55:00

forward into the medals Plaza to

have the actual medals put around

1:55:001:55:04

their neck. They get the mascot, the

White Tiger, Soohorang, at the time,

1:55:041:55:12

but then they have the medal

ceremony later. And we haven't seen

1:55:121:55:17

a medal ceremony yet, so this will

be rather fun. But just going back

1:55:171:55:21

to that list of skeleton medal

winners. Obviously the recent ones

1:55:211:55:25

have all been women. Alex Coomber,

Shelley Rudman, Amy Williams,

1:55:251:55:31

champion in 2010, Lizzy Yarnold,

champion in 2014. And never in any

1:55:311:55:37

winter Olympic sport has a British

athlete successfully defended their

1:55:371:55:39

title. That is what Lizzy Yarnold

will be trying to do over the course

1:55:391:55:43

of this morning and tomorrow

morning. And Laura Dees alongside

1:55:431:55:48

her as well could equally get onto

that podium. Just a reminder as we

1:55:481:55:54

see this medal ceremony begins at

curling has started on the red

1:55:541:55:59

button. Great Britain's men are

playing Sweden, and they are in the

1:55:591:56:05

very early stages of the first end.

1:56:051:56:11

And the officials come out to make

this presentation. Alex Coomber is

1:56:111:56:15

alongside me here in the studio. You

have been through this medal

1:56:151:56:19

ceremony, you got your bronze medal,

and this is some moment, isn't it?

1:56:191:56:23

It is incredible. It is everything.

It is what it is all for, and just

1:56:231:56:31

amazing. Seeing the flag go up, it

all seems a bit bizarre, like it is

1:56:311:56:35

just not really happening. I think

most people who get their medal,

1:56:351:56:39

everyone says exactly the same, it

takes a while for it to sink in.

And

1:56:391:56:42

part of the presentation team there,

that gentleman won the table tennis

1:56:421:56:46

gold medal in Athens. And the

massive reception here will be for

1:56:461:56:55

the champion, because to have a host

nation winning away from the ice

1:56:551:56:58

rink for the very first time,

normally it is short track speed

1:56:581:57:03

skating in which the Koreans

dominate, but for them to win a

1:57:031:57:06

skeleton gold medal is the huge,

huge moment, so there will be a

1:57:061:57:13

great reception here. Ivo very part

of the presentation party. And Alex,

1:57:131:57:27

the nice thing about being the

bronze medallist means you are the

1:57:271:57:30

first one up, the first onto the

podium. You don't have to wait.

You

1:57:301:57:34

get to enjoy the moment longer,

definitely.

I know you have still

1:57:341:57:39

got your bronze medal because you

brought it in the other day.

It is

1:57:391:57:42

so exciting for him.

And Chemmy, you

know Dom Parsons, he is very low-key

1:57:421:57:48

and understated, but he will feel

such pride right now.

And for him to

1:57:481:57:52

have handled that pressure, and the

unknown, with such impeccable poise

1:57:521:57:57

is amazing. Is he looking over

thinking, I was two hundreds of that

1:57:571:58:02

silver medal?

I think he is

thinking, I'm so glad I moved up

1:58:021:58:05

from fourth! Amazing. The moment of

Dom Parsons' sporting career, Great

1:58:051:58:12

Britain's first medallist in

Pyeongchang, in skeleton, he takes

1:58:121:58:17

the bronze medal, the first British

man to win a medal in this sport

1:58:171:58:21

since 1948.

1:58:211:58:27

A former 400 metres runner, and he

switched to skeleton in 2007. He was

1:58:281:58:36

taken to the push track at Bath

University and thought, this is

1:58:361:58:39

quite fun, I could be good at this.

We do his first Olympic Winter Games

1:58:391:58:43

in Sochi four years ago, so only the

second time he is experienced the

1:58:431:58:51

Olympic feeling. And now he has a

medal around his neck. And the

1:58:511:58:58

Olympic Athletes from Russia taking

the silver there. The athlete who

1:58:581:59:04

thought Martins Dukurs would

knocking down as well, but because

1:59:041:59:10

the Latvian just had a couple of

errors, he moved up to silver, and

1:59:101:59:15

Dominic moved into bronze.

1:59:151:59:22

Dominic moved into bronze. And they

get a really cool little desktop, I

1:59:221:59:26

don't know what you call that.

Chemmy, what you call that thing he

1:59:261:59:29

is holding in his hand? Paperweight?

Amazing memories, that is what I

1:59:291:59:34

would call that!

Well done. And here

we go, for the host nation, South

1:59:341:59:39

Korea, gold in skeleton, and a

thoroughly dominant performance,

1:59:391:59:43

hugely impressive, from Yun Sungbin.

Feeling the cold of it, I think. But

1:59:431:59:52

I think also emotional. This is

massive.

1:59:521:59:54

CHEERING

1:59:541:59:57

Listen to the cheering. And there

was a big crowd at the Sliding

1:59:592:00:06

Centre, probably the biggest crowd

they have had, because he led by two

2:00:062:00:10

rounds, extended his lead. And he

has the gold medal.

2:00:102:00:18

And it means that certainly for the

first time on the BBC this year, we

2:00:182:00:25

will hear the Korean national

anthem. It means our song expressing

2:00:252:00:33

love towards their country.

2:00:332:00:39

Ladies and gentlemen, the anthem of

the Republic of Korea.

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KOREAN NATIONAL ANTHEM PLAYS

2:00:522:01:00

Ladies and gentlemen, the Olympic

medallists!

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CLARE: The Korean fans cheer their

champion. Using Ben took the gold in

2:01:592:02:05

the skeleton, but the British fans

say, we're off and running, because

2:02:052:02:08

Dom Parsons got the first British

medal of these games for our team,

2:02:082:02:14

the bronze. It is the best funded

team Great Britain has sent out,

2:02:142:02:19

with a target of five medals. And

Dom Parsons, who was on the edge of

2:02:192:02:24

that target, he was not unable

forward as a guaranteed medal but

2:02:242:02:27

there was hope from the skeleton of

one to two medals, and one is in the

2:02:272:02:32

bag. And there are his friends, his

supporters and family. Well done,

2:02:322:02:37

Dom! We echo that. We will get more

reaction to Dom Parsons'

2:02:372:02:44

performance, but could it get

better? We have the first half of

2:02:442:02:47

the women's skeleton coming up.

There are four runs in total, all

2:02:472:02:53

the time is added together. What we

have seen in trading suggests that

2:02:532:02:58

both Lizzy Yarnold and Laura Deas

have a chance. They have a shot at

2:02:582:03:02

winning medals here. Laura Deas,

what will she be thinking at this

2:03:022:03:08

moment?

Right now, you can see her

adjusting her runners. The front of

2:03:082:03:16

the runners is smooth. The back has

the groove in it and she wants to

2:03:162:03:20

make sure she has the right amount

of groove on the track. It depends

2:03:202:03:22

on the ice conditions. She is making

sure her sled is correct. She will

2:03:222:03:29

make sure she has got her kit, her

helmets, things like

2:03:292:03:42

helmets, things like her visor being

clean.

She was a hockey player and

2:03:422:03:46

then an event rider. She says that

being on a course teaches you a lot

2:03:462:03:50

about balance and reading something

beneath you, using your body and

2:03:502:03:57

core strength.

2:03:572:04:02

core strength. Alex, is there any

intimidation that goes on in this

2:04:042:04:10

warm-up?

You saw the Latvian girl

there. She had her headphones on.

2:04:102:04:14

She will be listening to music, just

trying not to get overawed by the

2:04:142:04:18

crowds and the TV and not be

affected by what others are doing.

2:04:182:04:26

Most athletes go into themselves and

make sure they are going through

2:04:262:04:30

their preparations as they have done

before and keep it the same.

What do

2:04:302:04:34

you want to see happen here?

I want

to see an exciting race, which I

2:04:342:04:38

think we are guaranteed. Whoever is

in the top five or six after today

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is in with a good shot. It is not

all going to happen today. It will

2:04:472:04:52

be a four run race.

A lot of British

support. Let's join our commentary

2:04:522:04:58

team, Amy Williams, the champion

from 2010, John Jackson and John

2:04:582:05:01

Hunt.

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Welcome back to the sliding centre

at 20 women prepared to go for their

2:05:062:05:14

first heat of the skeleton. Lizzy

Yarnold is the defending champion.

2:05:142:05:18

She will go off 14th in the opening

round. Laura Deas will be tense. The

2:05:182:05:23

silver medallist from Sochi is not

here. She has retired. Elena

2:05:232:05:27

Nikitina was sent home in disgrace

from the Russian team. The first to

2:05:272:05:33

go if the remaining. Low

expectations for her. She is ranked

2:05:332:05:38

32 in the world.

She has come

through in the last few years, but

2:05:382:05:44

to make it here at the Olympics is

still a great achievement. She has

2:05:442:05:52

been falling off the corners, a bit

scrappy at the top, which is the

2:05:522:05:57

important part of this track. But

that is the section, corners ten and

2:05:572:06:05

11, that is really bleeding time for

the athletes. They have to get it

2:06:052:06:10

perfect to get the speed at the

bottom of this track, which is

2:06:102:06:13

unique. It's uphill sections from

Kaunas 14 to 15, so you can't make

2:06:132:06:19

mistakes.

You can see that Mazilu

has had a fair run without being

2:06:192:06:26

spectacular. She is one of just two

in this event who were going at your

2:06:262:06:31

time. Can you remember who the other

one is?

2:06:312:06:39

one is?

Katie Uhlaender and Jenny

flock, those are the athletes are

2:06:392:06:47

used to slide with. You can see her

now going around corner two. She's

2:06:472:06:53

just likely getting the wrong angle

and then hitting the wall. It's a

2:06:532:06:59

unique track with uphill sections

and flat sections, so they really

2:06:592:07:05

have to take the speed from the push

through to the first few corners.

2:07:052:07:11

First Olympic Games for career's

Sophia Jong -- for Korea athlete. A

2:07:112:07:23

lot of the Koreans have stepped

forward.

2:07:232:07:31

forward. Jeong is on her way, again

an unknown quantity.

She is, but she

2:07:312:07:36

has started well. She has made a

little mistake. But overall, she has

2:07:362:07:45

had more runs than anybody else on

this track, so she should be able to

2:07:452:07:49

keep it together. Because it is her

first Olympics, maybe there is a bit

2:07:492:07:54

of nerves. That loud noise is her

helmet on the ice. She is losing a

2:07:542:08:01

bit of form, but she's putting in a

massive run. This could be a new

2:08:012:08:07

track record, although it is still a

bit untidy.

That was a beautiful one

2:08:072:08:12

until she had that skid going into

corner 12. But it is a track record.

2:08:122:08:18

She had an incredible start time,

and then she had that big skid on

2:08:182:08:23

the wonky straight ten and 11. Then

you could see she was struggling.

2:08:232:08:33

She brought that speed through. That

track record was set last March in

2:08:332:08:43

one of the first events to be staged

at this venue. We can see her sled

2:08:432:08:49

is literally skidding sideways. That

means the knife on the runners is

2:08:492:08:52

cutting into the ice and it is like

brakes. Imagine how fast she would

2:08:522:08:58

be if that was a straight down

there.

You can't help thinking how

2:08:582:09:02

fast some of these women are going

to be going.

It wouldn't surprise me

2:09:022:09:07

if we got close to 51 seconds.

Next

to go is Oguchi from Japan. World

2:09:072:09:20

ranked number 23, she has been ever

present on the World Cup seen this

2:09:202:09:25

year, with four top 20 finishes.

She

seemed a bit scrappy of exit two.

2:09:252:09:35

Big mistake there as she comes into

the middle part of the track.

2:09:352:09:46

Hopefully now, she will settle in.

This is where she needs to get it

2:09:462:09:52

right. You can see how much time she

has lost to the Korean slider.

You

2:09:522:10:01

can see the time at the bottom right

hand side of your TV screens. Once

2:10:012:10:08

it goes red, it means they are

slower than the rider in front, so

2:10:082:10:11

you always want to see it in the

green.

How good was that Jeong ran?

2:10:112:10:19

We have two great Canadians coming

soon.

The first few athletes to go

2:10:192:10:27

are the bottom of the field

generally, and then you have the

2:10:272:10:30

best athletes. So yes, we will now

see the World Cup leaders and what

2:10:302:10:35

the World Championship leaders are

about. You see her getting into the

2:10:352:10:41

perfect body position. All these

sleds are made and designed for

2:10:412:10:44

every single athlete. She skids and

it pushes her straight over,

2:10:442:10:51

clipping the ice as it comes into

corner 12. If you want to win a

2:10:512:10:56

medal on this track, you have to get

that clean. You can't afford to hit

2:10:562:11:01

or skid.

One of the big contenders

next is Elisabeth Vathje from

2:11:012:11:12

Canada. She gets married next month

to another bobsleigh athlete. She is

2:11:122:11:20

consistent, arguably the most

consistent athlete we have seen this

2:11:202:11:22

winter.

She has been an incredible

athlete. Hopefully, they have all

2:11:222:11:31

got the right setup. The ice is very

hard. You can see the shine on it.

2:11:312:11:37

It is evening here, late at night.

The temperature of the ice is minus

2:11:372:11:42

six. So far, this is a beautiful,

clean looking one. She has nailed

2:11:422:11:51

the top section. We now want to see

her coming out of corner nine.

2:11:512:12:03

her coming out of corner nine.

That

is going to cost her a bit of time.

2:12:032:12:09

It was a bit messy down the bottom.

Whoa where did that come from? She

2:12:092:12:21

made some scruffy mistakes and I was

expecting to see her stay in the

2:12:212:12:26

red, but somehow she got it back and

the speed of her sled came through.

2:12:262:12:32

You're right, that was untidy from

an early stage.

But she got away

2:12:322:12:37

with that.

The Korean slider had

made a few more mistakes higher up.

2:12:372:12:44

Have we just found a wild card? The

Korean slider will be the one person

2:12:442:12:50

we have not accounted for in these

top medal places.

Yeah

2:12:502:12:55

we have not accounted for in these

top medal places.

Yeah. We just sit

2:12:552:12:56

Elisabeth Vathje clipping the site.

She drops low and then rises again.

2:12:562:13:04

That is the longer way around the

corner and she has to fight to come

2:13:042:13:08

out. She kept clipping early and

almost toppled on her side at one

2:13:082:13:14

part.

Another Canadian next, first

Olympic Games for a new look

2:13:142:13:20

Canadian team. It is a complete

revamp for them. She is number five

2:13:202:13:30

in the world.

Brilliant start time.

These athletes train all summer long

2:13:302:13:39

to be explosive on that start.

She

has nailed the top section here. She

2:13:392:13:49

just needs to relax a bit.

2:13:492:14:01

Has she got more control than her

team-mate?

2:14:022:14:08

team-mate?

She is into the red here.

Looks as though Vathje will hold the

2:14:092:14:15

advantage over her. They have just

claimed a bit of speed back.

Yeah,

2:14:152:14:23

and having watched the men's race

earlier, if they were in the red

2:14:232:14:27

before corner 15, they never got

back out into the lead. And yet the

2:14:272:14:31

women here are somehow find a way of

getting that tiny bit more speed.

2:14:312:14:37

Maybe there are making slightly less

mistakes on the flat part of the

2:14:372:14:40

course. We know how the uphill putt

can lose time.

That was incredible.

2:14:402:14:49

You can see they are all wearing

race bibs. They are one size fits

2:14:492:14:53

all, so the men would have won

exactly the same size and each

2:14:532:14:57

night, you are selling up your

number to make it as tight as

2:14:572:15:01

possible. You can see the sewing

marks down the side.

Two excellent

2:15:012:15:06

Canadians. Now three superb Germans.

2:15:062:15:14

Tina Hermann next. She is world

champion.

Did she step out? It

2:15:202:15:29

didn't look that smooth. We might

have to see a replay. But one thing

2:15:292:15:33

the Germans are good at, they are

not necessarily the quickest but

2:15:332:15:39

they are good at finding speed on

the track and they are usually some

2:15:392:15:43

of the fastest towards the bottom.

She is one of the smaller, lighter

2:15:432:15:48

athletes. Perfect body position,

shoulders down, had down, feet

2:15:482:15:57

together. You can see her working

with her head to get through and she

2:15:572:16:02

did not skid.

She will start

accelerating because she is so quick

2:16:022:16:08

and clean through the main part of

the course.

She has put a good

2:16:082:16:15

distance of ground between her and

the two Canadians. Tina Hermann has

2:16:152:16:20

just made a big statement the

Germany.

I think we will see this

2:16:202:16:26

track record beaten a few times

throughout this race. It will be due

2:16:262:16:30

at the end of four runs will have

the track record, but that was a

2:16:302:16:37

good run by Tina Hermann. These

athletes are nervous, it is the

2:16:372:16:41

first run, so it is interesting to

see how they come out on run two.

2:16:412:16:47

Get the first race nerves out of

their legs, so that is the crucial

2:16:472:16:53

exit of corner nine. She is a little

bit late out of the corner but she

2:16:532:16:57

controls it really well.

Great shots

of her eyes through the visor. She

2:16:572:17:02

has a big lead, Tina Hermann.

My

heart is pumping, I am so excited to

2:17:022:17:11

see these athletes come down.

2:17:112:17:22

see these athletes come down.

This

one, Jacqueline Lolling from Germany

2:17:222:17:23

is virtually unstoppable. She won

the World Cup on this track last

2:17:232:17:30

March. The pre-event favourite, just

has a bit of corrective work to do

2:17:302:17:37

early?

She has, because they are

getting I wobble as they are coming

2:17:372:17:47

out. This is one of the best sliders

in the field. This is her style and

2:17:472:17:54

she needs that to get the speed in.

She is now building speed into the

2:17:542:17:58

crucial corner.

This is absolutely

beautiful so far. Her body position,

2:17:582:18:07

she looks cool and calm on the sled.

So far, I think we will see another

2:18:072:18:13

track record.

She is better than her

team-mate, will she pull in front

2:18:132:18:17

even further?

She just sets the

marker a little bit higher. Tina

2:18:172:18:26

Hermann, made a big statement, but

Jacqueline Lolling has more than

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matched her.

She has been

unbelievable for the last few years,

2:18:312:18:37

she has pretty much won everything,

has been on the podium in nearly

2:18:372:18:41

every single race. Incredible. She

was one to watch, her body position

2:18:412:18:48

straightaway, onto the sled. This is

how you need to do this, absolutely

2:18:482:18:54

perfect. Concentrated on having her

head down and her shoulders low. You

2:18:542:19:01

can see how the two Germans are

different on the sled.

Will there be

2:19:012:19:10

highs and lows for the two British

women to come surely? Next up,

2:19:102:19:15

following on from Jacqueline

Lolling, another German, another

2:19:152:19:21

debut

2:19:212:19:27

debut here for Jacqueline Lolling.

She has a lot to do to match

2:19:272:19:32

Jacqueline Lolling and Tina Hermann.

The faster start re-have had is 5.0

2:19:322:19:42

two. But at the bottom they found

speed.

2:19:422:19:48

speed. The British women are going

to challenge these girls because the

2:19:482:19:52

British women can start well and

fine speed. This isn't going as well

2:19:522:19:58

as planned for Anna. It's not where

she wants to be and she is a little

2:19:582:20:03

bit off the pace, compared to her

team-mates.

That is the difference

2:20:032:20:09

between her pushed time, she's

starting the bit slower. The Germans

2:20:092:20:13

are very strong, Lagai said, at

finding speed up the bottom. That is

2:20:132:20:18

why we were surprised with the men

earlier on today, German guys were

2:20:182:20:22

not the higher up in the field.

Anna

Fernstadt just into third on the

2:20:222:20:33

Canadians fourth and fifth. Getting

very interesting. And after our next

2:20:332:20:39

athlete, Janine Flock from Austria,

we will see Laura Deas.

Loading onto

2:20:392:20:46

the sled and we have been discussing

how the sled slots onto those

2:20:462:20:51

grooves. 20 metres long, depending

on the track. They slot the run into

2:20:512:20:58

it and it keeps it in a straight

position for you to be able to push

2:20:582:21:02

and then you have to load up the

right time. We saw earlier in the

2:21:022:21:07

men's race, it can push out and you

are struggling.

Janine Flock, 28 and

2:21:072:21:17

that her second Olympic Games.

Former world number one in 2015.

2:21:172:21:22

Dropped slightly now to the world

number six.

Great start time by her,

2:21:222:21:30

she trained so hard in the summer

for the start, coached by my old

2:21:302:21:36

coach. She is a hit or miss athlete,

she is either flying and winning or

2:21:362:21:44

she makes a big mistake. Let's see

what she can do here today.

2:21:442:21:52

what she can do here today.

She had

two World Cup victories at St Moritz

2:21:522:21:54

and Blake Placid.

When it goes

right, it goes right. Let's hope

2:21:542:22:00

with her start time, she can bring

get down to this crazy uphill

2:22:002:22:03

section of the track.

Most have been

holding speed up this stage. Is she

2:22:032:22:11

going to take the lead ahead of

Jacqueline Lolling? Not quite. Only

2:22:112:22:18

small margins, we are talking about.

She goes second.

I thought she would

2:22:182:22:24

come through in first place, she was

ahead. But in the last corner,

2:22:242:22:28

didn't have the speed of the

Germans.

It was a good run?

That was

2:22:282:22:33

a really good run.

Anybody that

close to Jacqueline Lolling at this

2:22:332:22:41

stage of the competition has done a

good job.

That is perfect, she is

2:22:412:22:46

looking straight into corner 12.

Just clipped at the exit, but it was

2:22:462:22:51

right at the timing gates about

wouldn't have made any difference.

2:22:512:22:58

British support aplenty and Laura

Deas is next. 29-year-old, her first

2:22:582:23:02

Olympic Games, she is from Wrexham,

originally. Has been involved in so

2:23:022:23:09

many sports up until now. Used to be

an event rider. What has caught your

2:23:092:23:17

eye, Amy?

I was about to say to

John, Weaver in the restaurant with

2:23:172:23:20

her yesterday. I gave her a hug and

I told her to relax and enjoy it.

2:23:202:23:32

Start time is exactly what I was

hoping for. She is as strong and

2:23:322:23:36

powerful goal.

Number seven in the

world, two higher than Lizzy

2:23:362:23:43

Yarnold. She has started the first

run well.

He has, she is using the

2:23:432:23:49

corners to push her around the track

to her benefit. Just get where she

2:23:492:23:53

needs to be by not doing too much.

Is she losing a little bit of time?

2:23:532:23:58

I could be a costly mistake. Is it

enough to keep her in the mix. We

2:23:582:24:04

know these speeds, she will lose a

couple of attempts by the time she

2:24:042:24:10

gets across the line.

As long as she

doesn't lose too much. All of a

2:24:102:24:18

sudden, she is two tenths of a

second behind Jacqueline Lolling.

A

2:24:182:24:23

costly mid-run mistake. He wasn't

even that bad, it was just a tiny

2:24:232:24:28

clip, but that is enough. She held

it together, you could see she did

2:24:282:24:33

stay calm and she did not panic. But

she just lost it. It is the uphill

2:24:332:24:38

section and it is so unforgiving,

this track.

We sought Katherine

2:24:382:24:44

Grainger watching on.

This was the

mistake. She was losing time at this

2:24:442:24:51

point, but we know the way the sled

will then turn around in the corner,

2:24:512:24:56

you have to do a lot of work. That

is what scrubs the time away. Then

2:24:562:25:01

you come round the big corner, 12.

Consistent theme through the sliding

2:25:012:25:06

sports, not just Skeleton. She is

just off third place at the moment.

2:25:062:25:22

Let's see if her speed is still

intact.

Great start, she is keeping

2:25:312:25:38

herself in the mix. That looks like

a bit of a mistake. It looks like

2:25:382:25:45

she's sliding off the exit rather

than using the corners to push out.

2:25:452:25:54

She is now building speed into the

crucial corner nine.

Just a little

2:25:542:26:03

bit cutting off the corner. She is

just clipping it. That is what we

2:26:032:26:08

are going to see.

Same mistake as

Laura Deas, almost identical. These

2:26:082:26:17

athletes get six runs to learn this

track.

Two runs a day for three days

2:26:172:26:22

prior to race day. They haven't

perfected steering and that will be

2:26:222:26:29

the steering they will be going home

to talk to their coaches about.

The

2:26:292:26:34

difference between those two

mistakes, when you looked at Laura

2:26:342:26:37

Deas and hers, they were similar.

Laura only

2:26:372:26:48

Laura only lost two tenths, so when

Laura get it right, she will nail it

2:26:482:26:52

and put herself back in the medals.

Exactly that. Her whole body leaving

2:26:522:26:58

the sled. If Laura nails that, I

have no doubt she will get into the

2:26:582:27:04

medal position. I hope she can go

back between runs and sort it out in

2:27:042:27:08

her head and know what to do.

The

most experienced in the field in

2:27:082:27:18

terms of Olympic expertise, Katie

Yolande from the United States. She

2:27:182:27:24

lost the bronze medal by the then

disgraced Russian athlete. She is on

2:27:242:27:32

a mission?

She is desperate for a

medal, she went away for a bit and

2:27:322:27:37

did weightlifting, tried to compete

in the London 2012, but come back to

2:27:372:27:41

the sport of Skeleton.

Katie has a

different style to most of the other

2:27:412:27:48

sliders. Her ankles are just looking

like they are all over the place,

2:27:482:27:51

but that is her style. She has

always been like that. That is the

2:27:512:27:58

difference between all of these

athletes, has she got enough in the

2:27:582:28:03

back just to keep the speed up the

bottom to stay in the mix? She needs

2:28:032:28:09

to stay cool and calm.

She steers

with her feet, she is messy on the

2:28:092:28:16

sled.

I think she is losing time and

will fall behind Laura Deas. She

2:28:162:28:24

remains fifth at the moment. Katie

Uhlaender has just gone six.

2:28:242:28:30

Jacqueline Lolling leads from Janine

Flock and Tina Hermann.

Katie's

2:28:302:28:38

start was really good. That

2:28:382:28:46

start was really good. That is what

we expected from her. It seems like

2:28:462:28:49

her legs are moving around quite a

lot. You can see her in slow motion.

2:28:492:28:58

The athletes are weighing their

sled, and there is a minimum and

2:28:582:29:05

maximum weight sled and depending on

what that is is what your body

2:29:052:29:09

weight can be.

Lizzy Yarnold will be

after the

2:29:092:29:20

after the Latvian. I understand she

has got to have a knee operation

2:29:212:29:24

after The Games, it is giving her

trouble.

I know all about them.

2:29:242:29:40

trouble.

I know all about them. This

is the top section and then it goes

2:29:402:29:42

very flat and then it gets deeper

again before it gets to the uphill

2:29:422:29:48

sections.

The Latvian, because she

is so slight, this is a gravity

2:29:482:29:54

sport. She can only have the sled to

a certain weight. Although she is

2:29:542:30:00

looking good and her form is good,

it is a gravity sport. Because she

2:30:002:30:05

is lighter, she will naturally lose

speed. That could be the problem.

2:30:052:30:13

She weighs 57 kilos, the Germans and

the British girls are more 75, 80

2:30:132:30:18

kilos. But a really good, solid run.

She did nothing wrong, but lost time

2:30:182:30:27

quite dramatically in the last 400

metres. Certainly from Ben 13

2:30:272:30:33

onwards?

2:30:332:30:39

Priedulena is still behind Laura

Deas, who is in fifth place in this

2:30:462:30:49

first heat. Loelling leads.

2:30:492:30:57

first heat. Loelling leads.

Lizzy

needs to put a good run in. She

2:30:582:31:00

can't win a medal on this one, but

she could lose it if you make any

2:31:002:31:03

mistakes. She needs one in the bag.

She has been sliding well all week.

2:31:032:31:09

But she doesn't appear to have been

sliding well all winter.

She admits

2:31:092:31:15

that. She couldn't find her rhythm

on the sled, but it all came

2:31:152:31:18

together when it matters. All these

athletes have been

2:31:182:31:29

athletes have been peaking at this

time. Now she just has to hold it

2:31:322:31:35

together and stay calm and

consistent.

Olympic champion Lizzy

2:31:352:31:39

Yarnold is under way.

Just a couple

of mistakes between four and five.

2:31:392:31:47

She is a quality athlete, but she

has the pressure on her of wanting

2:31:472:31:53

to retain her title.

2:31:532:32:02

to retain her title. This could be

the run that puts her at the top of

2:32:022:32:05

the pile.

It is going to be close.

Quicker than Merlin! And clearly,

2:32:052:32:17

Lizzy Yarnold is here the business.

That was a good run. I was

2:32:172:32:22

interested to see the tiny clip on

that one key straight into 12, how

2:32:222:32:26

much was that going to affect the

rest? Le Khalifa Lizzy, it doesn't

2:32:262:32:33

-- luckily for Lizzy, it didn't. She

is having a chat, there is a little

2:32:332:32:39

issue. She has had the odd in a

problem over the last or two and she

2:32:392:32:45

didn't look happy there, but she

looks great on the sled. She looked

2:32:452:32:49

in total control.

With some of these

oscillations, whether it has given

2:32:492:32:56

her this is a problem, it might give

her a bit of a wobble. But she

2:32:562:33:04

looked great there. And she is

number one in the standings.

2:33:042:33:09

Brand-new track record by Lizzy

Yarnold.

Without wanting to tempt

2:33:092:33:12

fate, you would be surprised if any

of the other remaining athletes can

2:33:122:33:15

get ahead of her. There is every

chance Lizzy Yarnold will be the

2:33:152:33:20

first round leader, which is

excellent for her.

2:33:202:33:27

excellent for her. Here goes Kim

Meylemans, the first Belgian to

2:33:272:33:34

represent skeleton in the games.

For

her, is just about building

2:33:342:33:39

experience. That was a bit of a high

line.

2:33:392:33:53

There are little mistakes everywhere

and it costs them a lot of time.

2:33:542:34:01

That is the unforgiving nature of

this track. It doesn't allow any

2:34:012:34:04

mistakes.

2:34:042:34:09

mistakes. For these less experienced

sliders, they need more runs on the

2:34:102:34:18

track to get the knowledge they need

for each of these corners and to get

2:34:182:34:23

the speed. Meylemans completes her

first run already well off the pace.

2:34:232:34:30

She would have been a surprise

contender, number 13 in the world.

2:34:302:34:37

That position is probably all she

can hope for.

It's about building

2:34:372:34:42

experience in these games, looking

at for years' time. That is what a

2:34:422:34:47

lot of these young sliders will be

doing.

Yeah, we have clearly got our

2:34:472:34:52

top athletes who want a medal and

will be happy unless they get one.

2:34:522:34:57

These are the sliders at the bottom

the field. They are not as

2:34:572:35:01

experienced and they are happy to be

here representing their country.

2:35:012:35:05

They are wearing the Olympic rings

on their chest. They might want to

2:35:052:35:08

be in the top 15 or top ten.

2:35:082:35:15

be in the top 15 or top ten.

Marina

Gilardoni is really consistent, but

2:35:192:35:21

she has found her Christiansen --

consistency at the wrong end of the

2:35:212:35:28

top ten. She is not going to

discredit herself.

Know, and she is

2:35:282:35:35

normally an awesome starter.

2:35:352:35:41

normally an awesome starter. And

you're right, she went through a

2:35:412:35:43

year or two when she was getting

better and better, and then it seems

2:35:432:35:46

to fall off a bit. So whether it's a

bit of injuries or whether she has

2:35:462:35:53

changed her equipment, I am not

sure.

She had a hamstring injury for

2:35:532:35:57

most of the season. So whether she

is in 100% shape... It is what it

2:35:572:36:08

is, that she is losing time to

Lizzy.

2:36:082:36:20

Lizzy.

Gilardoni squeezes into ninth

place.

These celebs don't have any

2:36:202:36:26

brakes, as you can see. -- the sleds

don't have any brakes. So you have

2:36:262:36:36

this very glamorous yellow matting,

which doesn't look the coolest thing

2:36:362:36:39

to smash into. Sangakkara just a few

oscillations. Not too bad, but she

2:36:392:36:48

was losing speed at the bottom part

of the track. We have seen that a

2:36:482:36:54

lot, especially if you don't get

corner 12 right.

So we are coming to

2:36:542:37:01

the conclusion of run number one

here. Still four athletes to go.

2:37:012:37:08

Lizzy Yarnold has been fastest of

all, despite looking wobbly off the

2:37:082:37:14

track at the end. Now back to the

action and the world number 14 is

2:37:142:37:23

Kimberley Bos of the Netherlands.

She is at Herbert Olympic Games. She

2:37:232:37:28

became the first athlete from the

Netherlands to podium at the World

2:37:282:37:31

Cup race with an excellent third

ahead of Yarnold at a World Cup

2:37:312:37:35

event here in Pyeongchang last

March.

Perform in training has not

2:37:352:37:41

been the same. She has been just

outside the top ten. So now that we

2:37:412:37:50

are in the Olympic Games, is it the

pressure is getting to her a bit?

2:37:502:37:55

Could she also put a run in that

would bring her towards the front of

2:37:552:37:59

the pack which gives her confidence?

A lot of this is about confidence.

2:37:592:38:06

Get the nerves out of your system

and realise that you are a good

2:38:062:38:10

slider. You are in the top in the

world to be here, and get confidence

2:38:102:38:17

from that.

She goes in eighth place.

Laura Deas is in sixth place. It's a

2:38:172:38:31

pretty good first run for the

British women. There are now just

2:38:312:38:36

three more to come.

That wasn't a

bad slide. No real big mistakes.

2:38:362:38:48

bad slide. No real big mistakes. But

not the perfect run. She slides one

2:38:482:38:52

way and then the other, but that was

one of the better sleds we have

2:38:522:38:55

seen.

It was. She didn't have the

speed going into it before she

2:38:552:39:02

reached the straight at ten and 11

to take it to the bottom, but a

2:39:022:39:05

solid run.

Some noisy American

support on the way in. There is a

2:39:052:39:10

brave chap there cheering on Kendall

Wesenberg, who is just 17, the

2:39:102:39:16

youngest athlete in the competition.

She is from Modesto on the West

2:39:162:39:24

Coast of America. I asked what it

was like clever sliding -- what it

2:39:242:39:31

was like for sliding, and she said

there is not a mountain insight.

She

2:39:312:39:38

made a mistake there. That will cost

her some time. The speed is going to

2:39:382:39:42

drop away. Another mistake there.

You could see the oscillation

2:39:422:39:49

getting a bit out of hand.

2:39:492:39:57

getting a bit out of hand. Again,

first Olympics, just a bit messy,

2:39:572:39:59

but hopefully she will learn for the

next run.

Her gum mother is from

2:39:592:40:07

Penzance, a nice British connection.

-- her grandmother is from Penzance.

2:40:072:40:15

You get six months to learn this

track, so each time you go down, you

2:40:152:40:20

write down the consequences.

We do a

lot of visualisation as well and

2:40:202:40:25

track walks. We have special walkers

that we strap over our trainers and

2:40:252:40:32

you are studying the ice and working

out where you want to be at which

2:40:322:40:39

part of the track. And all of that

comes together to help give you more

2:40:392:40:43

knowledge on the track. You could

see that she was way too high. And

2:40:432:40:53

the consequences those hits and

skids.

It has been an absorbing

2:40:532:40:59

watch. Lizzy Yarnold leads with two

to go in this first run of the

2:40:592:41:04

Winter Olympics. First Olympics now

for Jaclyn Narracott. She's from

2:41:042:41:09

Australia. 27. If you like your

athletics, you will remember her

2:41:092:41:20

uncle, Paul Mariner cot, a good

sprinter who one they beat Carl

2:41:202:41:26

Lewis, Paul Narracott.

2:41:262:41:32

Lewis, Paul Narracott.

This is Dom

Parsons' girlfriend going around

2:41:322:41:34

here. Her parents were cheering on

Dom earlier to the bronze medal.

Not

2:41:342:41:39

a bad looking start. She is a

quality slider with a lot of

2:41:392:41:46

experience over some of the other

women. If she can put a decent run

2:41:462:41:52

together... That will cost her a bit

of time. But this should put her in

2:41:522:42:03

with confidence for the next run.

You're right, she was looking top

2:42:032:42:10

ten at one stage, but it just tailed

off. The mistake midway has proved

2:42:102:42:16

costly at the end.

A lot of the

Australian skeleton sliders came

2:42:162:42:28

from surf life-saving, so they

transferred their skills across. And

2:42:282:42:36

they taught them how to do skeleton.

They had a development programme

2:42:362:42:40

like we have in Great Britain. They

poached theirs from life-saving.

2:42:402:42:50

There is one more athlete to go. We

have had lots of slices of history

2:42:502:42:55

in the sliding events so far.

Another one here as the Nigerian

2:42:552:42:59

flags are

2:42:592:43:04

flags are waved for the 36-year-old

who now makes history. She becomes

2:43:042:43:08

the first Nigerian skeleton athlete

to ever compete in the sport. And

2:43:082:43:14

later in the week, she will be

joined by the Nigerian bobsleigh

2:43:142:43:19

team, part of the first delegation

of Nigerian athletes to compete at

2:43:192:43:22

the Winter Games. John, we all wish

her a good run here. I saw a couple

2:43:222:43:29

of her training runs. The track was

getting the better of her.

Yeah, she

2:43:292:43:34

doesn't have experience. But this is

where it will start. She just needs

2:43:342:43:46

to get the control. This is just an

experience for her. She has not had

2:43:462:43:55

enough experience to settle down.

Again, a heavy hit. She is all over

2:43:552:44:06

the place here. Hopefully, she will

get to the top on the next run and

2:44:062:44:12

settle in. You conceive the

difference between the top sliders

2:44:122:44:16

and how easy the top girls make it

look. These are the common mistakes.

2:44:162:44:28

But look, she's competing and she's

happy.

To be here, representing your

2:44:282:44:33

country and to have qualified for

these games is an incredible thing

2:44:332:44:36

to do.

It is indeed. Adeagbo

completes her run and hopefully can

2:44:362:44:45

build on that experience. The 20

athletes will all get four runs, so

2:44:452:44:51

she will have another three cracks.

2:44:512:45:01

Let's quickly ask you about Lizzy

Yarnold. Leading after run one, but

2:45:032:45:07

looking wobbly when she went back

into the changing room. What is your

2:45:072:45:11

take on that, Amy Williams?

It

didn't seem to affect her run. She

2:45:112:45:16

had a great start and she looked in

control until that last bit. As we

2:45:162:45:24

so her take her helmet off, she did

look a bit concerned about something

2:45:242:45:30

and was holding on the coach's arm

of the bottom. She has this inner

2:45:302:45:34

ear problem. It will be interesting

to know whether she was a bit

2:45:342:45:40

worried about it all felt a bit iffy

in the bottom corners, but it didn't

2:45:402:45:44

seem to affect her performance.

2:45:442:45:50

Confirmation, Lizzy Yarnold leads.

Laura Deas in six plays. Amongst the

2:45:512:46:01

ones who are struggling, somewhat

surprisingly, the Canadian pair of

2:46:012:46:07

Jane

2:46:072:46:12

Jane Channel and Elizabeth battle.

But Lizzy Yarnold leading and the

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second run isn't far away.

CLARE BALDING: Lizzy Yarnold, out in

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front. Alex, we will see those shots

again getting off the sled, but

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let's talk about her run and what

she got right.

She stayed calm, she

2:46:322:46:38

didn't panic, she made a few

mistakes but she didn't let it upset

2:46:382:46:43

her. She got down nice and safely in

first place, which is where you want

2:46:432:46:47

to be at the end of the first run.

She is the defending champion, she

2:46:472:46:52

doesn't seem to get nervous and

almost grow with the occasion. She

2:46:522:46:58

has talked about this listening to

an orchestra of information as you

2:46:582:47:01

are going down the track, listening

to the track and to yourself?

It is

2:47:012:47:08

about working with the track and not

against it. When it is technical

2:47:082:47:12

like this, that is what you have got

to do. She will take in everything

2:47:122:47:17

around her and you have got to be

quick with your thinking and

2:47:172:47:20

reaction, just to make sure you set

yourself up as perfectly as you can

2:47:202:47:24

for the coming bends.

You cannot win

it on the Thursday, but you can lose

2:47:242:47:30

it. It is no bad thing to post a

mark that says to everybody else, I

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am back, I am in form and I am the

champion.

She has been here before,

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she is experienced at this and she

should go away pretty satisfied.

2:47:422:47:46

This is the bit we are concerned

about. Turn ten were loads of people

2:47:462:47:51

had trouble, she was smooth and

didn't lose time. We will see the

2:47:512:47:56

shots at the end. She has had this

problem, a balance issue, that

2:47:562:48:02

sometimes going down the track, she

hasn't quite necessarily known where

2:48:022:48:07

she is. She actually looks better

but it is the shots when she

2:48:072:48:13

immediately got off the sled, she

looked disorientated.

Hopefully she

2:48:132:48:17

will go and talk to her team and

support crew. I would imagine she

2:48:172:48:22

has experienced this before and they

will know how to do with it. She has

2:48:222:48:25

time to have a rest and backed off

from the track and hopefully she

2:48:252:48:29

will be ready for the second run.

Laura Deas is in sixth after the

2:48:292:48:35

first run. She made a mistake at

turn ten, could you see her, if she

2:48:352:48:40

can get things right, moving up the

leaderboard?

Definitely. She had a

2:48:402:48:48

brilliant start. That corner is

causing a lot of people, a lot of

2:48:482:48:55

problems. She posted such good times

in the training run, she can ride

2:48:552:49:00

the corner well, she just needs to

do it in the race.

There is nothing

2:49:002:49:04

wrong getting the bit between your

teeth after the first run. It is

2:49:042:49:08

possibly a good position for her to

be in.

She might be angry with

2:49:082:49:18

herself for not getting it right

first time but she has three more

2:49:182:49:21

runs to get that corner right. Each

time you do the run, you can improve

2:49:212:49:26

on it.

She just slides from one side

to the other, and the Mace show the

2:49:262:49:30

slow motions, there is a shot from

behind where you can see the impact

2:49:302:49:36

and her swinging one way and then

crashing into the track.

She made

2:49:362:49:43

speed on the bottom section after

the mistake?

That is the right thing

2:49:432:49:47

to do, she didn't come up off the

sled, she kept her body nice and

2:49:472:49:52

tight with the sled and got straight

back into the steering for the next

2:49:522:49:55

bend.

You can see it in slow motion.

With your body, when you know you

2:49:552:50:01

are going to make the impact, what

do you do?

On that occasion, you

2:50:012:50:07

want to tens of the bit, some

people, when they are impacting,

2:50:072:50:13

they are coming right off the sled.

Then they will bang back down on it,

2:50:132:50:19

skid out of it, if you know you are

going to crash, you should tens of

2:50:192:50:22

the pit and as you impact, you

should relax again.

Pre-empted.

2:50:222:50:31

Jacqueline Lolling, who set the

early pace, the World Cup leader

2:50:312:50:35

from Germany, even she wasn't

completely smooth through it?

No one

2:50:352:50:41

had a perfect run, she was very

clean for the majority of the time.

2:50:412:50:44

Here is Laura again. This is a very

difficult bend. It is one of the key

2:50:442:50:50

parts of this track.

2:50:502:51:00

parts of this track.

The Canadian,

Mirela Rahneva, that was one of the

2:51:002:51:02

worst, with the speed she hit?

Yes,

you can almost brush off it and it

2:51:022:51:08

won't affect you too much.

This is

how to do it smoothly, Lizzy

2:51:082:51:12

Yarnold. From that aerial shot, you

can see how relaxed she is on the

2:51:122:51:19

sled?

Inner ear issues is painful

for anyone in daily life, imagine

2:51:192:51:26

having that at 80 miles an hour?

She

recovers very quickly, but you could

2:51:262:51:36

see her going...

We are not to watch

it and panic and think she cannot

2:51:362:51:43

deliver, she will be able to

deliver, she has had this before.

2:51:432:51:49

They are used to dealing with it

now, she has had it for a long time.

2:51:492:51:53

They were set in motion the plan

they normally do when this happens.

2:51:532:51:59

Just to recap, Lizzy Yarnold is in

first position and will go last in

2:51:592:52:03

run two and Laura Deas will go sixth

last because she has only five

2:52:032:52:08

sliders faster than her after the

first run and she know she can

2:52:082:52:11

improve. 12:30pm that will run on

BBC One. We will be suspecting to

2:52:112:52:20

BBC Two roundabout when Laura Deas

goes, so Lizzy Yarnold, you will see

2:52:202:52:25

her second run on BBC Two. But on

BBC One we have been celebrating

2:52:252:52:29

Britain's first medallist from these

games, Dom Parsons, taking the

2:52:292:52:34

bronze medal in the men's Skeleton,

moving up to third place because of

2:52:342:52:39

a mistake from Martins Dukurs. All

smiles for Dom Parsons. We will be

2:52:392:52:46

talking to him very shortly. Right

now, over on the red button you can

2:52:462:52:50

follow the curling. Cammy Smith, the

lead for the men's's team, Carl

2:52:502:53:00

Waddle and Thomas Muirhead. Thomas

Muirhead, Eve Muirhead's younger

2:53:002:53:04

brother. And he goes there before

handing over to the skip, Kyle

2:53:042:53:12

Smith. All 25 years and younger.

They are up against Sweden, a

2:53:122:53:18

rematch of the European Championship

final from a few months ago which

2:53:182:53:21

Sweden one. But the closing stages

and Great Britain are leading having

2:53:212:53:32

taken two. This is the Swedish skip.

Experienced side.

2:53:322:53:45

Experienced side. Sweden have got

the hammer. Looks as if he was just

2:53:472:53:53

going to slide in. Now they sleep.

Bit of urgency. Double yellow

2:53:532:53:59

stones, let's go to Steve Cram, you

can update us as to what is

2:53:592:54:05

happening.

COMMENTATOR: Great Britain have been

2:54:052:54:11

playing exceptionally well until

last few minutes. One or two

2:54:112:54:17

mistakes have

2:54:172:54:26

mistakes have allowed Sweden to take

advantage. They have the hammer

2:54:262:54:31

here. Britain forced them to take

one in the first end. Played that

2:54:312:54:34

one really well. Really good

structured second end. Picked up

2:54:342:54:40

two. Then a steel in the third means

they lead 3-1 and we have seen a

2:54:402:54:49

couple of wonderful shots from Oskar

Eriksson, the Swedish third. Cammy

2:54:492:54:56

Smith, Kyle Waddell, thinking about

a time-out. What you do want to do,

2:54:562:55:01

if they can help it, they have given

away the two, they don't want to

2:55:012:55:05

allow more than that if possible.

Logan Gray and Jackie Lockhart with

2:55:052:55:13

me. Logan, what are the options?

They have just called a time-out.

2:55:132:55:21

Horrible position to be in. They do

have a stone in second shot at the

2:55:212:55:28

front of the forefoot, but they will

have to do something pretty good not

2:55:282:55:32

to lose two or three, anyway.

2:55:322:55:38

to lose two or three, anyway. The

British coach is on his way down but

2:55:382:55:41

he is also a former team-mate of

Niklas Edin.

I wonder if there will

2:55:412:55:45

be a little word or a smile.

Completely ignored him.

He has got a

2:55:452:55:52

job to do and he will do it very

well. This is the first time we have

2:55:522:55:56

seen the boys under pressure in this

end. The first three ends, we have

2:55:562:56:01

been playing very well but the

Swedish boys have been making

2:56:012:56:04

errors. In this end, the Swedish

boys haven't made any errors, so

2:56:042:56:10

they have come back when our boys

have asked the question, they have

2:56:102:56:13

come back and played some good

shots.

The thing about the coach, he

2:56:132:56:20

comes in and put it back to the

players. If I am a player, I am

2:56:202:56:25

looking for a sign from the coach.

They are talking about...

2:56:252:56:43

Make that one roll over there. That

one over there. Those of the two

2:56:452:56:50

options.

Let's make a call then.

The

clock is running down. They didn't

2:56:502:56:59

even acknowledge him. Didn't even

look over once.

He is telling them

2:56:592:57:06

what to do, what they would do.

2:57:062:57:13

what to do, what they would do.

The

coach has gone and what did they

2:57:172:57:21

decide?

What they are going to do is

the shot with the highest reward,

2:57:212:57:28

but also the highest risk. They

going to try to put their own yellow

2:57:282:57:33

and rolled over towards the red,

just played by Niklas Edin. The

2:57:332:57:37

danger with this shot, and I would

be a bit scared, is that you just

2:57:372:57:44

pick out your own yellow stone and

leave a shot for four.

Exactly, I

2:57:442:57:50

was holding up my forefingers. If

this goes wrong... Let's hope it

2:57:502:57:53

doesn't. Kyle Smith has played some

wonderful shots in the match so far

2:57:532:57:58

and we are still in the early

stages.

2:57:582:58:05

stages.

Great shot.

Good effort, he

is lying two. There is an option.

2:58:052:58:13

Even the double takeout. He wouldn't

be able to pick up... Would he get

2:58:132:58:19

three? I am not sure he would.

Almost, almost. The issue really

2:58:192:58:35

then the Niklas Edin, is he going to

play double takeout?

Yes, but only

2:58:352:58:41

to score two, if he can.

The other

British stone is on the right hand

2:58:412:58:46

side.

Super shot by Kyle Smith, you

have do have nerves of steel to make

2:58:462:58:53

a shot like that.

Niklas Edin trying

to take out both of these British

2:58:532:58:59

stones and then he manages it pretty

well. They take their two. Not sure

2:58:592:59:04

it is worth looking at, Thomas

Muirhead has a look around. Now we

2:59:042:59:11

are all square, tied up after four

ends. Little bit of momentum swing

2:59:112:59:18

back to Sweden. It has been all with

Great Britain up to this point, but

2:59:182:59:21

let's remind you, this Swedish team,

many people are saying are certainly

2:59:212:59:27

capable of winning the gold medal.

Canada will always be the

2:59:272:59:32

favourites, but they have been in

great form over the last couple of

2:59:322:59:35

years. Won the grand slam tour in

Canada and major championships as

2:59:352:59:42

well. This is Niklas Edin's six

European Championships against Great

2:59:422:59:49

Britain in December, against this

team here.

2:59:492:59:56

Elsewhere, well keeping you

up-to-date. There was a good

2:59:593:00:02

atmosphere tonight. Korea are

trailing against Canada but they are

3:00:023:00:05

doing a good job against them. The

United States are walking all over

3:00:053:00:09

Denmark, 6-1 up at the moment.

Switzerland got off to a good start

3:00:093:00:14

against Japan. But they have not got

off to a good start in this

3:00:143:00:22

competition. Great Britain face of

the three best teams, Switzerland

3:00:223:00:25

included, Sweden here and of course

Canada. And having won two of them

3:00:253:00:31

already, a win here would be a major

bonus given the tough start they

3:00:313:00:35

have had.

3:00:353:00:40

have had. So the hammer transfers to

the British team.

3:00:403:00:52

It looks heavy.

Smith has done well.

We were talking about the stats

3:01:003:01:12

earlier. At one point, he was at

100%.

3:01:123:01:19

100%.

I think that fourth end was a

sign of what Sweden can do. They

3:01:223:01:26

played a perfect end and could have

scored as many as four, if Kyle had

3:01:263:01:31

not played a fantastic last stone.

Such a dangerous team, the Swedish

3:01:313:01:37

side.

3:01:373:01:42

side.

But it is a bit tit-for-tat as

well. You can have great shots on

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either

3:01:503:01:55

either side.

3:01:563:02:05

Not as much pressure as they would

have liked to exert.

3:02:123:02:19

Looking pretty good here.

3:02:243:02:30

Looking miles ahead. I don't know if

it's the advantage that Niklas Edin

3:02:403:02:49

has, but playing in lots of

championships rather than playing

3:02:493:02:54

against strong Canadian teams, only

one Canadian team can represent

3:02:543:02:58

Canada at the Olympic Games. We have

had a situation this time where

3:02:583:03:06

people have won before. Canada have

two former medallists this time

3:03:063:03:11

around. Would Canada still be your

favourite, or...? I have heard

3:03:113:03:23

people say Edin may be the

favourite.

50-50 for me. It depends

3:03:233:03:30

who turns up on the day.

You're

sitting on the fence! I'm going to

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send Niklas Edin.

3:03:383:03:44

send Niklas Edin.

Just to remind you

that you played in nine matches.

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There are ten teams taking part. You

play the other night and the top

3:03:483:03:53

four are ranked on a win loss record

and make it through to the

3:03:533:03:56

semifinals.

3:03:563:04:01

If there is a tie for the fourth

place, there was a tie-break

3:04:073:04:13

session.

3:04:133:04:22

session. Ideally, to make sure you

will be in the semifinal, you have

3:04:223:04:26

to win six matches. If you win five,

you may need a tie-break.

3:04:263:04:35

you may need a tie-break.

Niklas

Edin here's been very clever and

3:04:403:04:43

setting loss of stones up at the

front here.

3:04:433:04:50

We saw that in the last end.

3:04:503:04:58

I think GB have spotted the danger

early.

3:05:053:05:12

early. It is still very early in the

end as well. So this will give them

3:05:143:05:17

a better opportunity to get a better

opening.

3:05:173:05:25

opening. It does feel like there is

a change in feeling in the Swedish

3:05:293:05:33

camp. They have taken a lot of

confidence from that fourth end and

3:05:333:05:36

they seem to be attacking more. They

are taking more risks and playing a

3:05:363:05:45

game where they feel the GB team are

not quite at the same level.

We were

3:05:453:05:53

chatting earlier about this idea

that Great Britain were very relaxed

3:05:533:05:59

at the beginning, which was great.

And Sweden had maybe not quite woken

3:05:593:06:06

up to the fact that they were in a

game here. Their first three

3:06:063:06:10

matches, they jumped to an early

lead and almost cruised home. They

3:06:103:06:14

have certainly woken up now. It is

important that Britain continue to

3:06:143:06:20

play in the manner in which they

started this match.

3:06:203:06:32

started this match.

It feels like

Team GB got a bit of a fright in the

3:06:323:06:35

fourth and the mood seems more

stern.

But Kyle still played that

3:06:353:06:40

cracking shot.

I know. It was only

until that Eriksson shot... This

3:06:403:06:51

looks good.

3:06:513:07:01

He has found his draw weight. He has

struggled with it, but is much

3:07:043:07:12

better tonight.

3:07:123:07:22

Talking about freeze, maintaining

the temperature in the arena is

3:07:233:07:28

helped by these big blowers near us

which blow out cold air. We are

3:07:283:07:33

conveniently set very close and they

are working on full pelt tonight.

3:07:333:07:41

Niklas Edin has a few options here.

You saw him indicating the top

3:07:413:07:50

yellow. I think he wants to control

the four free to the top of the

3:07:503:07:58

house and make it difficult for

Great Britain to score more than

3:07:583:08:03

one.

3:08:033:08:08

Oskar Eriksson played some great

shots in the previous end.

3:08:193:08:30

shots in the previous end.

But that

makes it difficult for themselves.

3:08:303:08:39

The trouble is, these guys'

accuracy, they can put one red on to

3:08:393:08:49

another red easily.

That is what I

am worried about here.

3:08:493:08:59

am worried about here. Just need to

be a bit wary.

Niklas Edin is always

3:08:593:09:07

looking to or three shots ahead of

himself.

3:09:073:09:13

Is that the top red or the yellow?

3:09:363:09:42

Now, if his radar back on target?

It's been slightly off in the first

3:09:453:09:50

three ends.

3:09:503:09:55

three ends.

It was when they gave

the steel away.

3:09:553:10:03

Well, well, well. We talked about

what he did in the last end.

3:10:103:10:24

Overall, the skipper has not been

performing to his high standards.

3:10:243:10:36

The only has one more stone.

3:11:023:11:13

But if he did that, the boy still

have a free draw. So they are trying

3:11:163:11:20

to take him away from the free shop

that is in the house at the moment.

3:11:203:11:27

Making chase a different stone.

This

kind of shot is where communication

3:11:273:11:33

is critical.

3:11:333:11:39

They need to get it spot on.

Stone

placement is key.

They are not

3:11:453:11:55

sweeping it much.

Steady, boys.

Perfect. Stopped just in time. A

3:11:553:12:08

great shot. If you're not sure about

the rules, once it passes that the

3:12:083:12:13

line, the horizontal line, Sweden

are allowed to sweep it. One of the

3:12:133:12:20

Swedish sweepers was trying to get

it another two or three inches

3:12:203:12:23

deeper in the house.

3:12:233:12:30

deeper in the house.

This is

definitely forcing Niklas Edin to

3:12:303:12:32

chase that shot.

3:12:323:12:42

chase that shot.

They caught that

one of its fine, the sweepers. But

3:12:423:12:48

they have put it in a prime spot.

Niklas Edin wants to put as much

3:12:483:13:00

pressure as he can on the British

skip.

He was hoping to roll to the

3:13:003:13:09

other side of the red. Great

opportunity here now for a hit and

3:13:093:13:18

stick and a two.

Not quite his night

so far. He came into this game with

3:13:183:13:30

impressive stats. He had been

shooting at 90% in the matches so

3:13:303:13:35

far. Top of the league. He has

certainly not been up to that level

3:13:353:13:41

this evening, and that is why Great

Britain have a good handle on this

3:13:413:13:44

match now. Now, looking for the

chance to take two.

3:13:443:14:00

Nice shot. Kyle Smith continues the

great form he has shown this

3:14:013:14:04

evening. They pick up two in the

fifth end. Great Britain lead Sweden

3:14:043:14:08

5-3.

CLARE: They have a break now in the

3:14:083:14:16

fifth end. He will be wondering what

he could have done better, because

3:14:163:14:20

Sweden trail.

3:14:203:14:26

Sweden trail. That will continue on

the red button. We will be joining

3:14:303:14:34

it again at the conclusion of the

second run of the bone shuddering

3:14:343:14:37

skeleton.

3:14:373:14:44

Laura Deas, one of the fastest

starters in the field.

It is down to

3:14:473:14:54

you in that moment. There is nobody

else.

3:14:543:15:02

else. I love this sport. I am in it

because I want to win.

Lizzy

3:15:023:15:09

Yarnold, is the Olympic champion. My

goodness.

The Brits have arrived

3:15:093:15:17

because Lizzy Yarnold, the defending

champion is the fastest after the

3:15:173:15:22

first run. A time of 51.66 seconds

sees her narrowly in

3:15:223:15:32

sees her narrowly in front of

Jacqueline Lolling Germany. Laura

3:15:323:15:34

Deas is sixth fastest and we were

concerned that Lizzie was mouthing

3:15:343:15:41

the words, dizzy, as she got off her

sled. She has been suffering from

3:15:413:15:46

these mini blackouts during her

runs, Alex?

Yes, I think she is used

3:15:463:15:52

to this, at least it has happened

before, it is not like it is the

3:15:523:15:55

first time. She will have the team

around her and they will know what

3:15:553:15:59

to do to get her ready for the

second run.

Laura Deas, had a very

3:15:593:16:06

good run, had a little bit of a

mistake at turn ten?

This race, has

3:16:063:16:13

four runs, every run, the positions

will change, people will go faster,

3:16:133:16:17

they will be making mistakes and

they won't be making mistakes.

She

3:16:173:16:20

is well in there at the moment. She

is not far of the spaces in front of

3:16:203:16:28

her.

We have had a lot of questions

from viewers who are watching

3:16:283:16:32

Skeleton for the first time. Kim

says, when we look at the start, and

3:16:323:16:37

there were very good start from both

of our British competitors, how long

3:16:373:16:41

can they push the sled before they

jump on it and light on it?

They

3:16:413:16:47

have 50 metres, but as you are

pushing the sled, you are going down

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a hill. At some point, the sled

starts to run away from you about is

3:16:513:16:55

when you have to get your timing

absolutely perfect. You want to push

3:16:553:17:00

as long as possible, but you don't

want the sled to be racing down the

3:17:003:17:03

track and leaving you at the top.

Laura Deas was the second fastest

3:17:033:17:09

starter. Lizzie's start, you are

tellingly, Alex, when you started

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you are behind the sled with two

hands on it?

We used to have both

3:17:143:17:19

hands on the sled which puts more

pressure on it. They have changed

3:17:193:17:23

and with the one hand, it is faster,

but it is more dangers. Jeff Pain,

3:17:233:17:33

Canadian in 2002, he came on the

track and he was doing this groovy,

3:17:333:17:37

one-sided thing and we thought, that

will not take off and that is what

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everybody does now.

Question from

Luke Arnolds, why is it called

3:17:423:17:45

Skeleton?

It originates from being

called Skeleton bobsleigh. Then it

3:17:453:17:53

became Skeleton Bob. You take a

bobsleigh, strip ever think of it

3:17:533:17:57

and then you are left with just the

Skeleton. Then the word Bob was

3:17:573:18:03

dropped and it just became Skeleton.

Jade says what happens if the slider

3:18:033:18:08

falls off the sled but crosses the

line with a winning time, as we see

3:18:083:18:12

Lizzie coming over the winning line.

They pull up in this and Granollers

3:18:123:18:17

way. Both feet out, it looks like it

will be painful on the toes. Let's

3:18:173:18:23

look at what Lizzie was saying. Just

a bit dizzy. Wanting some support.

3:18:233:18:30

She comes round quickly and looks

happier coming off the track. But

3:18:303:18:36

the question being, what happens if

you come off your sled and you slide

3:18:363:18:40

over the winning line and your time

is fast this?

It is possible to come

3:18:403:18:44

off the sled on the track and get

back on it. I have done it myself.

3:18:443:18:49

That rules they must be in contact

with your sled when you cross the

3:18:493:18:52

finish line. You can like that as

long as you are in contact with the

3:18:523:18:58

sled.

Would it be the sled's time or

your time?

If you are capable of

3:18:583:19:06

towing your sled in front of you

across the line, that would count.

3:19:063:19:10

But I wouldn't suggest it.

A lot of

questions about the money being

3:19:103:19:15

invested in the technology. White of

the helmets not more aerodynamic?

3:19:153:19:19

They looked like they could be

shaped even more?

The helmet rule is

3:19:193:19:27

one of the rules that states nothing

aerodynamic can be done to the

3:19:273:19:30

helmet. The idea is to make it a

level playing field so the rich

3:19:303:19:37

companies who invest a lot of money

don't gain an unfair advantage.

Are

3:19:373:19:42

you allowed to wear body protection

like on your spine like we do in

3:19:423:19:48

skiing?

You can wear protection that

can stop you injuring yourself, but

3:19:483:19:53

the rules say no aerodynamic

additions whatsoever. It is a

3:19:533:19:57

clear-cut rule. If you try to claim

something was just for protection

3:19:573:20:02

but the jury decided it was

aerodynamic, you would have to take

3:20:023:20:04

it.

All those questions were coming

across on social media, so use a

3:20:043:20:12

hash tag Aske Alex. The second run,

they go in reverse order. So for the

3:20:123:20:19

fourth run they will go leader lass.

Which is better, first or last?

3:20:193:20:25

Depends on the ice, you want the

best ice. Normally the first one

3:20:253:20:29

down get the better ice because it

is cleaner. But it is so cold at the

3:20:293:20:33

moment I don't think it will make

that much difference. The other side

3:20:333:20:38

of it is, going lass, you see

everybody going out of the start

3:20:383:20:42

house. If you are the winner, you

end up on your own in this big room,

3:20:423:20:46

everyone else has finished and that

can be quite frightening experience.

3:20:463:20:52

Amy Williams was talking about that,

she said everybody disappears and it

3:20:523:20:56

becomes quieter and quieter. It is a

different type of tension. We are

3:20:563:21:01

going to head Bullrun two. Coverage

of the curling continues on the red

3:21:013:21:12

button. He is Kendall Wesenberg at

the starting gate.

3:21:123:21:16

Go back to John Hunt. COMMENTATOR:

Kendall Wesenberg going now, sitting

3:21:163:21:23

in 17th place. The 17-year-old from

the United States whose grandmother

3:21:233:21:29

was from Cornwall. She struggled

through inexperience or ability, a

3:21:293:21:33

mixture of both in run number one,

Amy?

Yes, not quite getting the

3:21:333:21:41

steering exactly right. It is very

hard when you are learning. You have

3:21:413:21:45

got to feel the pressure through

your body and through the sled and

3:21:453:21:48

then correct the steering, change

the direction of the sled at exactly

3:21:483:21:53

the right point. It is a lot to take

on but that is how you do that

3:21:533:21:57

corner. She has got hair steering in

corner nine spot on. Let's hope she

3:21:573:22:05

can keep that speed to this unique

uphill section and hold on the end.

3:22:053:22:12

52.77 was her time from the first

run this will be comparable.

3:22:123:22:21

run this will be comparable. 52.96,

slightly slower. Later on, it looked

3:22:213:22:23

cleaner banned the first run?

It

did, certainly down the bottom but

3:22:233:22:29

her mistake was at the top between

two and three. It does cost you a

3:22:293:22:33

lot of time. It is hard to pick the

speed up down the bottom.

You could

3:22:333:22:42

then, like she did, have a clean

bottom section but you haven't got

3:22:423:22:47

the speed out of the second corner.

It is a vital corner to get right,

3:22:473:22:52

to keep that speed through the flat

section, which is three, four and

3:22:523:22:56

five.

Next ago, the young

3:22:563:23:06

five.

Next ago, the young Belgian

Kim Meylemans. She had two top ten

3:23:063:23:09

finishes in Whistler. In Canada she

finished fifth and that was her best

3:23:093:23:16

placing on the circuit for the last

three years. She is world number 13

3:23:163:23:22

and in 16th place.

Her first run

wasn't so bad, just little errors

3:23:223:23:29

here and there. She will be looking

to come down the track and sort them

3:23:293:23:32

out. Nice and clean through two and

three. She will carry has speed to

3:23:323:23:38

the start. Little bit of a high

line, but it works for her. Coming

3:23:383:23:45

to seven, you can hear her head as

she gets a little bit high. Her

3:23:453:23:50

helmet is scraping against the ice.

She was probably literally angled a

3:23:503:23:57

tiny little bit which shifted her

cross. But this is a good, clean

3:23:573:24:02

run.

She comes into corner 15, up

the hill and into 16, the final

3:24:023:24:10

bend.

52.56, bettered by 52.54 which

is consistent and reasonably quick.

3:24:103:24:20

Not the sort of speed that will take

her towards the leaders.

Someone

3:24:203:24:25

asking me on Twitter, I have done a

bit of a hash tag Aske Amy. I will

3:24:253:24:30

try to ask as many as I can. Someone

asked why we don't have a track in

3:24:303:24:37

the UK? They cost millions of pounds

to make and we have the push track

3:24:373:24:43

at Bath University the British

sliders use which is a dry track we

3:24:433:24:47

practice starting on. If we could

make it into an ice has come it

3:24:473:24:51

would be incredible because you

could push these exact sleds on it.

3:24:513:24:55

But we don't have our own tracks so

we have to travel around the world

3:24:553:24:58

all winds of the six months. That

was showing us the different lines

3:24:583:25:03

of different athletes going down the

track.

Meylemans is happy, leader

3:25:033:25:09

for the moment. Next for Australia,

Dom Parsons's partner.

3:25:093:25:18

Dom Parsons's partner. This is

Jaclyn Narracott who goes for

3:25:183:25:20

Australia at her first Olympic

Games. She finished eighth in San

3:25:203:25:24

Moritz and that was the best of her

top 15 finishes this winter.

She is

3:25:243:25:30

an experienced slider and has been

around for a long time, but never

3:25:303:25:35

quite made the mark. Whether she

hasn't got the equipment, that is

3:25:353:25:42

the best weather, the technology or

she is not settling in. She looks a

3:25:423:25:47

little bit tense, like she has not

sunk into the sled. When I am

3:25:473:25:51

teaching you athletes, I tell them

to be like a sack of potatoes on the

3:25:513:25:57

sled, you have to become one being,

you and the sled.

Losing some time,

3:25:573:26:03

those mistakes from nine down.

3:26:033:26:12

those mistakes from nine down.

52.76

is her time, slower than run number

3:26:123:26:16

one. But she goes seconds.

Dom

Parsons, watching his girlfriend,

3:26:163:26:22

they have been dating for the last

few years. He managed to get here

3:26:223:26:26

quickly to watch and everyone is

supporting one another. You can just

3:26:263:26:33

see her going around very high. She

drops off and is almost having to

3:26:333:26:38

skid into the next corner and she

cannot keep control and is hitting

3:26:383:26:42

very hard left into corner 12. Silly

athletes now have to go off into the

3:26:423:26:47

room. On the first run, they get

their sled Wade, their body weight

3:26:473:26:55

weight because there is a minimum

maximum weight sled.

There is some

3:26:553:27:04

snow in the outcome but I don't

think it is coming down hard enough

3:27:043:27:07

to affect things, Amy?

No, it is

that floaty snow. If anything came

3:27:073:27:15

down hard, they do have shades, but

I don't think this will be settling

3:27:153:27:18

on the track.

Next ago, this

29-year-old from Canada. She will be

3:27:183:27:31

disappointed she is as far back as

14th, Mirela Rahneva.

She has got a

3:27:313:27:41

black visor and we have had a lot of

questions about bar. We put shampoo

3:27:413:27:45

on the inside and wipe it off to

help with the fog and misting up.

3:27:453:27:50

Some athletes prefer black, orange,

yellow all clear. We are trying to

3:27:503:27:59

look at the profile of the eyes,

trying to see the textures of the

3:27:593:28:06

ice.

3:28:063:28:11

ice.

Then 15, Mirela Rahneva. She

was very high in the final bend. She

3:28:123:28:19

has gone 52.33, quite a bit quicker

than the first run.

Quite big chunks

3:28:193:28:27

of times. There is a little race

within its own between the top ten

3:28:273:28:33

and the bottom ten. We are coming

out into the top athletes.

Overall,

3:28:333:28:43

it was a lot more tidy, she just

tidied up the mistakes up from the

3:28:433:28:47

first run.

3:28:473:28:54

first run. That is about how one is

faster than the other. Great shots,

3:28:543:28:59

especially when the sleds are

overlaid and you can see them close

3:28:593:29:02

together.

They are good, one good

athlete is compared to one who has

3:29:023:29:07

got it all wrong. There she is.

We

do a lot of video feedback, filming

3:29:073:29:17

the starts and exits into each

corner.

Here is Sophia Zhong, she

3:29:173:29:24

was first to go earlier on and she

did throw down what we thought was a

3:29:243:29:29

good time of 52.40 seven. But so

many women have gone much quicker

3:29:293:29:35

than her. Despite the promise of the

first run, she does have some ground

3:29:353:29:40

to make up.

She was very messy on

the first run, but relatively quick

3:29:403:29:46

to the girls around her. If he puts

in a good run, she could move up

3:29:463:29:50

quite a few places.

She has managed

to make quite a few mistakes, but

3:29:503:29:59

has has done something she is up and

down. She knows this track really

3:29:593:30:05

well. Let's just see if she can go

back into the green. Not quite.

Not

3:30:053:30:12

to be. She goes third, of those who

have gone already. Nearing the

3:30:123:30:20

halfway stage of this second run.

That was to do with the big mistake

3:30:203:30:25

as she came down the little chicane,

the Dragon's tale. There was too

3:30:253:30:31

much for her to do around the

bottom. We know the big corner 12

3:30:313:30:36

costs so much time for the bottom of

the track.

3:30:363:30:43

That was such a hard hit. Her whole

body is coming off the sled and it's

3:30:433:30:47

hard to control, but she did get it

under control. But hitting it with

3:30:473:30:54

that falls would have bled time from

her.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of

3:30:543:30:59

round number one was the

disappointing performance of

3:30:593:31:03

Elisabeth Vathje, the world number

three coming into the Olympic Games.

3:31:033:31:07

She finds herself languishing in

12th place, with much to do.

I

3:31:073:31:14

literally had her as one of my medal

hopes. She will desperately be

3:31:143:31:21

trying to correct the wrong is from

her first run.

3:31:213:31:27

her first run.

Learning aside, she

has probably been the most

3:31:273:31:30

consistent slider of this season.

I

wonder if the Canadians as a whole

3:31:303:31:35

have an issue with their equipment

similar to what the German men had.

3:31:353:31:41

There was no speed in the sled. Is

it just something they have got

3:31:413:31:47

wrong in their development? The

lines were not bad on the first run.

3:31:473:31:53

But she needs to get this right to

pull herself back to the front.

And

3:31:533:31:57

she is doing that. She looks way

more relaxed. Her lines are really

3:31:573:32:04

good. She is at 126 kilometres an

hour.

She wobbled ferociously around

3:32:043:32:13

16. In the first round, we had five

women including Lizzy Yarnold who

3:32:133:32:24

went under 52 seconds. So she still

finds herself off the pace.

That was

3:32:243:32:35

four tenths quicker, so she has

tidied up a lot from her first run.

3:32:353:32:40

Maybe it was first run nerves,

settling into the Olympic Games. But

3:32:403:32:44

you have to be consistent over four

runs.

I fear that first run might

3:32:443:32:54

have taken her out of the medals.

Everyone else is going to be

3:32:543:32:58

consistent unless they make major

mistakes.

Now to another Canadian,

3:32:583:33:05

Jane Channell.

3:33:053:33:14

Jane Channell. She finished fourth

in the 2015 World Championships. She

3:33:143:33:18

is at her first Olympic Games and

she is number five in the world.

3:33:183:33:28

These are all the top athletes that

we see on the podium. She was having

3:33:283:33:32

to fight to not let the sled skip to

the left.

3:33:323:33:43

the left.

She placed 11th after the

first run.

This is a good-looking

3:33:433:33:48

run so far.

3:33:483:33:55

run so far. She needs to nail the

straight to overtake her team-mate.

3:33:553:33:59

You can hear how much her helmet is

scraping on the wall from the

3:33:593:34:04

G-forces. That is causing her to

lose speed.

For a clean run, I'm

3:34:043:34:10

surprised she has not been making up

more time. There was a slight drift,

3:34:103:34:18

but I'm surprised she didn't get

down quicker. They are either trying

3:34:183:34:21

too hard or they haven't got the

runners on. And that is causing her

3:34:213:34:26

to grip too much. To me, that looked

like a solid run. If I didn't see

3:34:263:34:33

the times, I help would have put

that in first place.

I think she has

3:34:333:34:39

come into band 12 and had to steer

too hard.

3:34:393:34:47

too hard. She has had to drive the

led to much. You see the difference

3:34:473:34:52

in the lines between the two

Canadians. She is going a lot

3:34:523:34:56

further around the corner than her

team-mate. It might be an extra

3:34:563:35:01

meter that she has travelled around

the corner, which does cost a couple

3:35:013:35:07

of hundredths here and there.

3:35:073:35:18

Marina Gilardoni is in tenth place.

3:35:213:35:26

She has yet to get close to landing

a big one.

3:35:303:35:42

a big one.

She was a bobsleighed

athlete and then made the transition

3:35:423:35:44

to skeleton. She made some big

inroads but has then plateaued to

3:35:443:35:51

where she is now.

With a lot of the

athletes, we can hear their helmet

3:35:513:35:57

on the ice. We do do a lot of neck

strengthening in the summer with

3:35:573:36:05

cables and police etc to try and

strengthen our neck, but it can be

3:36:053:36:11

hard. Sometimes on corners, you have

pressure pushing your head down onto

3:36:113:36:15

the ice.

3:36:153:36:20

the ice.

How is that for

reliability?

It's good to be

3:36:253:36:30

consistent.

3:36:303:36:35

consistent. But she is consistently

middle of the road rather than

3:36:353:36:38

consistently at the top. But if that

is your limit, then if you can keep

3:36:383:36:43

that together and be good on all the

runs, that is all you can ask for.

3:36:433:36:48

Then you have to upgrade your

equipment. That was not a bad run.

3:36:483:37:02

The athletes are just putting their

sled is against the rails. There

3:37:053:37:09

were now hang around, but their

coats on and watch the rest of the

3:37:093:37:14

athletes come down.

Kimberley Bos of

the Netherlands has happy memories

3:37:143:37:17

of this track. She slid beautifully

when third here in the World Cup

3:37:173:37:21

event last March. She was beaten

only by the disgraced Russian,

3:37:213:37:29

Nikitina. Excellent course

experience for Bos and she starts

3:37:293:37:35

off joint eighth.

It would be an

excellent result if she could stay

3:37:353:37:40

in the top eight.

3:37:403:37:48

in the top eight. She needs to get

this important part of the track

3:37:493:37:51

right.

3:37:513:38:01

She's entering the uphill sections,

which you can't quite see on your TV

3:38:043:38:08

screen. It is a big climb into the

last corner.

3:38:083:38:17

last corner.

She gets second behind

Elisabeth Vathje, who is still

3:38:173:38:20

looking happy.

3:38:203:38:31

looking happy. CLARE: Here on BBC

One, we will be going to the news on

3:38:313:38:34

one o'clock, which will probably

mean the Laura Deas, who is

3:38:343:38:37

currently in sixth place, her run

will be on BBC Two and going in

3:38:373:38:43

reverse order, Lizzy Yarnold will be

last ago. She is the leader after

3:38:433:38:47

run one. So run two will resume on

BBC Two at one o'clock. The red

3:38:473:38:53

button at the moment is showing

Great Britain's men's curling team

3:38:533:38:56

up against Sweden.

3:38:563:39:06

Katie Uhlaender is next to go for

the United States. She was an

3:39:073:39:12

agonising fourth in Sochi. She is at

her fourth Olympic Games. She was

3:39:123:39:17

world champion in 2012. She has had

a tremendously distinguished sliding

3:39:173:39:22

career.

3:39:223:39:27

career.

This is the one she wants.

Maybe she wanted a little too much,

3:39:283:39:38

which is why she gives it 110%, 10%

too much.

She is desperate to get

3:39:383:39:45

this. She has been a slider for many

years. But she has always been a

3:39:453:39:52

messy person, you see her using her

legs a lot more. She never seems

3:39:523:39:56

that settled, but she is a powerful

athlete. She literally was a para

3:39:563:40:04

athlete in the summer, wanting to

become a weightlifter -- a power

3:40:043:40:09

athlete. But she is going to be

disappointed. She desperately wants

3:40:093:40:16

this, but maybe sometimes you just

try too hard. You have to just let

3:40:163:40:20

the sled slide.

She has gone a bit

slower, sadly. There is danger that

3:40:203:40:29

we were and this session -- she will

end this session drifting from the

3:40:293:40:37

medal contenders.

What a run that

was from Elisabeth Vathje. Her first

3:40:373:40:43

run will cost her a potential medal,

because she has moved up quite a few

3:40:433:40:47

places already. She might be able to

knock on the door of where Laura

3:40:473:40:52

Deas is, but hopefully Laura will

push forward.

3:40:523:40:59

push forward.

Next ago is Priedulena

from Latvia, currently in seventh

3:40:593:41:04

place. She went 52.1 in the first

round.

3:41:043:41:14

round. This was the young lady

apparently struggling with a knee

3:41:143:41:17

injury, but there was no sign of

that on run number one. She was

3:41:173:41:24

powerful and onto her sled very

nimbly.

A solid start from her. Just

3:41:243:41:30

having to drop her to. A lot of

athletes get pulled the left-hand

3:41:303:41:36

side.

3:41:363:41:44

side.

Because she is the smallest

female in the group in terms of body

3:41:443:41:49

weight and this is a gravity sport,

against the larger women in the

3:41:493:41:56

sport, she's going to suffer because

she's almost 20 kilos down on them.

3:41:563:42:03

She has gone slightly slower.

That

was a good run.

So Priedulena

3:42:133:42:24

continues to slide consistently.

CLARE BALDING: Latvia take the lead

3:42:243:42:30

in the women's skeleton. Laura Deas

will be the next slider on the

3:42:303:42:33

track. We will be going over to BBC

Two. We will show you that run on

3:42:333:42:38

BBC Two as we continue to count down

to the leader after the first run

3:42:383:42:43

who is the defending champion, Lizzy

Yarnold, aiming to become the first

3:42:433:42:47

British athlete to successfully

defend a Winter Olympics title. She

3:42:473:42:50

has started in style, but she needs

to stay consistent. Chemmy Alcott

3:42:503:42:54

and Alex Kerber will be with me on

BBC Two on the day when Britain won

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their first medal of these Winter

Olympics in Pyeongchang, courtesy of

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Dom Parsons. He moved up from fourth

to third position after four runs of

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the men's skeleton. And in the 21st

century, he is the first British man

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to take a medal in the Winter

Olympics. A tremendous moment for

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Dom. He is out there now supporting

both his girlfriend, the Australian

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slider, who has already gone down,

Jaclyn Narracott, and also offering

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his support for Laura Deas and Lizzy

Yarnold. We have a lot more

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excitement to come from Pyeongchang.

The team are up and running. They

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have a medal in the bag. Could Lizzy

Yarnold and Laura Deas put

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themselves into a position where

perhaps, we could have a situation

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in which Britain have two people on

the podium in the same event for the

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first time? BBC One is now heading

towards the One O'Clock News, but

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our coverage of these Winter

Olympics on day seven continues

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right now on BBC Two.

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Clare Balding introduces live coverage from the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Britain's only gold medallist in Sochi, Lizzy Yarnold, begins the defence of her skeleton title. There is also round-robin curling action, where GB's men are looking to gain revenge on Sweden, who pipped them to gold at last year's European Championships, plus action in the men's ski jumping and women's freestyle skiing aerials.


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