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Hello, welcome to the programme. It
is day 7 of the Winter Olympics and
today for us it is all about the
skeleton. Just you and a tray and
the bends and being thrown off
course. It is exciting to watch and
we will reflect on a competition in
which Dom Parsons was bidding to
become Britain's first medallist at
the Olympics and then we will see
the first two runs of women's
skeleton as Lizzie Yarnold begins
the defence of her women's title.
When I look back at Sochi, it was
like a tunnel.
like a tunnel. There was light
somewhere at the end.
somewhere at the end. There was one
Here goes Lizzie Yarnold.
This competition has got off to a
blistering start. She is half a
second up coming to the line. Oh,
wow. This is a big margin to be
leading the Olympics in.
This was my
opportunity. I was fighting for the
It is a magnificent
start. It is her fastest start so
far. It is a track record in this
This was the day I
had had in any calendar for my past
four years. It was the moment of my
Lizzie Yarnold goes for gold
for Great Britain. She is still in
the lead by a comfortable margin.
She is going to win the gold medal
surely. She can crash now and win
it. She is going to do it!
Lizzie Yarnold is the Olympic
champion - oh, my goodness!
champion - oh, my goodness!
the Alpensia Sliding Centre where
Yarnold aims to twist, turn, slide
and glide into the record books.
After Sochi, she completed the Grand
Slam and added the World
Championships to the Europeans and
the Olympics and the World Cup. She
was the first British athlete to do
that and now she is trying to nail
another first - the first to
successfully defend a Winter Olympic
title. And Laura Deas has been
flying in training and has the
podium in her sights at her first
Olympics. The tradition of British
women in skeleton is in safe hands.
Here the timing for those runs.
We will be there and we will be
live, both are going well. The
skeleton will be the main feature of
our programme this morning. But we
will also catch up with how Dom
Parsons got on in the early hours of
morning. That is what we are doing
next. As well as some good action
from alpine skiing from, women's
snowboard cross and the figure
Britain are playing Sweden. That is
starting on the red button. We will
catch up with that. If you want to
watch it live, it is on the red
You're going to get a mix of Winter
Olympic sport and we are going to
benefit from the expertise of Chemmy
Alcott and Alex Coomes. She said to
me, it not a tray, it is a sled. I
know that. Dom is a former 400
metres athlete. She switched to
skeleton when he was about 20 and
went to his first Winter Olympics
four years ago. His dream is to
stand on the podium and he sits in
fourth place after the first two
runs. For Jerry Rice, a top ten
finish is the aim. The former rugby
player only started sliding in 2012.
But the favourite and clear leader
is Yun Sungbin. He is coached by
Britain's Richard Bromley.
Let's join our commentary team.
Let's join our commentary team. Yun
could be a superstar in the making.
The speed skaters have had excellent
games and they have been propelled
into superstardom in this country.
But what a big moment this is for
Korea. No Asian skeleton athlete has
ever won a medal. Now watch Yun go.
Watch the times. He is usually
electric off the blocks. He is
slightly slower. But he is under
He is on the the sled, a
slightly slower start, but it is
still the fastest start we have
seen. I can't see anything wrong. It
is important to get the first four
corners, get the speed from the
start. And look at him go. This is
how to slide.
how to slide.
This the first mistake
we have seen him make. Is it the
difference in the ice temperatures.
The sliders may have made
Can he go under 50
seconds? He comes to the line, not
quite. But 50.18 reinforces his
position here as the gold medallist
in waiting. That was another
wonderful run from the Korean.
Currently in second place from the
Olympic athletes of Russia.
Olympic athletes of Russia. Tregubov
sets off and he is one that Dom
Parsons will have to tussle with.
Tregubov in Sochi came sixth and
there he held it together there from
start to finish.
That was with his
home track. He is in the, the
Koreans are in the same position as
the Olympic athletes of Russia were
in. He is a second behind that.
Shows the dominance of the Korean
sliders. He makes a mistake into
They have improved since
yesterday. Look how clean, look at
his body position - feet together.
Doing a little adjustment with his
50.05. He has done that each
run. That enhances his position as
well. One of the greats for Latvia.
Martin Dukurs rubbing his hands
together, a wonderful exponent of
the art of skeleton. In Jun he will
probably find an athlete too good
for him. Dukurs is probably the last
person you want to scrap out for
with medals. His third run is under
Watching his start from
yesterday morning. Put down an
incredible start time. He has just
got to hold it together.
hopefully! We were speaking to the
Latvian leader and he told them he
made a lot of mistakes with his set
up yesterday. He will have made
changes. So has he gone the right
way. Hopefully from the British
point of view that is not what we
Maybe when we talk about the
set up, we have a bow in the
runners, that depends how much
contact the runner has on the ice,
the more contact the more grip you
have and that could mean you're
He could be going second.
Into second place. A whole second
off Yun, but ahead of Tregubov.
Decurse Dukurs has done what he
needed to do.
Our guys in the crowd watching on
hoping it will be their year.
if he can't get past Dukurs or
Tregubov, he can't allow that gap to
grow between himself and the other
two. He is 1.14 seconds off Yun at
He has not got quite as
fast a start. But he has incredible
speed down the track. He needs to
hold it together and find the speed.
He looks like he is unsettled a bit.
He looks like he is sometimes a bit
side ways. Maybe that is working for
him. He named that one. He needs to
find speed at the bottom. That is
what he was doing yesterday.
looked like a skiddy track today.
Come on Dom.
He is two tenths off.
He need a very fast accurate finish.
Look at that.
Come on Dom!
ahead of Tregubov into third and he
is breathing down Dukurs neck for
silver. A wonderful run from Parsons
again and he goes third with Dukurs
Now, Tomass Dukurs. Fourth in Sochi
and fourth in Vancouver tells you
what you need to know.
brothers have been the ones to watch
for years. They just think and mould
into their sled, the perfect body
position. They're really good
position to watch if you're a
budding athlete or you're on the
skeleton programme. He has good
lines. Everything is going well. Is
there too much for him to make up.
don't think he has the momentum he
needs to pull himself back up
towards the Olympic athletes of
Russia and Dom Parsons. I think
unless there is any mistake the top
four are set.
Tomass Dukurs could be
half a second off Dom Parsons, that
is great news for Parsons. We set
out with potentially four going for
the remaining two medals, it looks
as though it is down now to
Tregubov, Dukurs, Martins and
Parsons for the two medals. What a
great competition this is the
turning into. There is perhaps
another young man we shouldn't
discount on the chase for medals. It
is this youngster Jisoo Kim. He has
overachieved, like so many of the
Korean athletes have done. He is
bidding to draw some inspiration
from what Yun has achieved up until
this point. Kim under way starting
in sixth place for Korea.
in sixth place for Korea.
is the home crowd bring. He is doing
well. But he knows the ice so well
it is to his advantage. ?
These athletes get three days
of training, they would all have a
World Cup competition last year and
three weeks of training. So every
nation apart from the Koreans have
had an equal amount of time and lots
of people have said why is Dom so
good. We are so good at learning
The good news for Parsons is that
Kim seems to be slowly and surely
getting further away. He is six
That was his quickest
run so far of this competition, so
the Korean himself is improving on
Number two in the world,
he will be disappointed to find
himself in seventh place. Axel
Jungk. He described his last run is
the worst one of the entire week,
even in training.
These German boys
are really wanting a medal. They
have never brought home an Olympic
medal, the girls have, but not the
guys. So they are fighting, they
want it so bad. The Germans have
also equipment, they always find
speed at the bottom part of the
track, but these guys haven't quite
made it in the top part, such a
unique track with uphill sections,
and it looks like he hasn't quite
got it, he is making tiny mistakes
on the exits and entrances of these
He was the untidy Esther
through the Dragons
through the Dragons tail there.
that was the little mistake, just at
the end of the Dragon's Tail, as it
is known, you have to work so hard
to turn the sled, and that slows you
down. You can see by his body
language he is not happy at all.
Jerry Rice now goes for Great
Britain. He has had a fantastic
Games. He's so once this top 12
position to be secured, so let's
just see. It would be lovely if he
could now jump ahead of the likes of
Alexander Gassner, that is what we
want from the 27-year-old from high
He only started sliding in
2002, they pushed him off in
Lillehammer, and look at him now. He
really wants to get into that top
ten, and this is our talent, the
performance and development
programme we have in Great Britain
is working, and we really know how
to bring medals in and athletes like
to bring medals in and athletes like
Top ten is possible. He just
lost it late. 12th.
I am going to
give him the next run and say he
will get into that top ten.
hope so. His third run time was
51.04, the quickest of his three so
far. The run for the medals is on.
Dom Parsons, currently in the bronze
medal position, Yun looks assured of
gold. Excitement to come in the
men's skeleton. Dom Parsons looking
completely relaxed. So, for Britain,
Jerry Rice is under way. Lovely if
he can secure this top 12 position,
or maybe do even better than that.
And the fact that you are mentioning
his name in the same breath as
Matthew Antoine and the German shows
how good he is, they are all season
athletes and he is a young athlete
developing into his game, so that is
Really good lines, he
is holding it together, his body
position is really good. We keep
going on about that, almost perfect
through that section, and he is
controlling it really well, holding
it together and just doing his best
Can he get under 51 seconds?
The final bends, 15, 16. What a
Games he has had, and he is under 51
seconds. A marvellous run the Jerry
Rice, and who knows? Maybe top ten
might be just waiting for him.
has put down a personal best on his
fourth run, improving with every
single run and that is all you can
ask for. He has a huge fan club out
there, and look at the smile on his
face. He has achieved what he came
here to do.
On we go to the top six,
this is Kim Jisoo, he is in sixth
place. To have any chance of getting
in the medals, he needs to go close
to the track record held by Axel
Jungk, he has to get near 50
He is a good slider and he
knows this track well. We will see
some incredibly good lines here.
This is going to be a phenomenal
result for the Korean team if they
can get two sleds in the top five or
six. This is their programme really
moving forward, and that is what
This fellow was numb 25
in the world, talk about over
That is what it is like when
you you have had hundreds of runs on
your home track, you know every inch
of the track, you know where to get
speed, you know the corners, and
look at that. Look at that
50.8. It is not
going to trouble Dom Parsons and
Tregubov and Dukurs, but an
incredible result for Korea. And
Thomas took, world-class, fourth in
Sochi, fourth in Vancouver. --
Tomass Dukurs. He needs time of near
50 seconds, 50.8 will not do for
him, he needs to be electric.
Latvians haven't got to grips like
we thought they would on this track.
They are still the world's best
sliders, winning every week, really
incredible to watch how they slide,
how they are so smooth on the sled,
you can't even see them steering.
They steer through the shoulders,
putting pressure on to the sled. He
will come back fighting because he
wants a medal.
I don't think he is
going to get it. He is quicker than
Kim, but his final time needs to be
in the low 50s, Rey Lee-Lo 50s to
put any pressure on
put any pressure on at all, and that
won't cut the mustard. That was a
good run from him, he will be happy
enough. Look at all those times
added up. The medals will be sorted
out by the next four. Four times
world junior champion, Nikita
Tregubov, in fourth place. Maybe the
medals between him and Dom Parsons.
This fellow has been so consistent,
he has gone 50.5 every run so far.
One mistake could be costly for him.
Let's see how he gets an.
That was a
really good start time, and that is
what you need on this track. Get a
great start, get you through those
first few corners and hold it
together. So far looking good, he is
Just starting to lose
a little bit of time on Dukurs.
a little bit of time on Dukurs. He
did lose a little on his first run,
but that was good. We need him just
to make a little twitch or mistake
somewhere to help Dom Parsons out a
Here is 15, lovely and
clean, final curve, and he has done
all he can. He has knocked in
another 50.5, that is four on the
bouncer him. We know Parsons can go
quicker, though. Sit tight,
everybody, he says he thrives on the
pressure. His nickname is the
Wizard. Let's now see if he can work
some Winter Olympics magic and get
himself a medal. The equation is
simple. Directly against Tregubov,
and you will follow their times
together now. If his time goes green
under Tregubov's name, he is in good
You have just got to hold it
together, stay calm and not
concentrate on the end result. He
has just got to do his process just
like he did on the last three runs.
The lines are good at the moment,
this is good sliding, Dom, just keep
it together. Now we are starting to
build into the fast part of the
track. This corner is key. Is this
the one where we build it into the
medal? Has he got enough pace as we
come into this? This will be key as
we come down the track. Is this the
run that is going to get Great
Britain their first Olympic medal at
the Winter Olympics?
marginally in front of Tregubov, but
it is uphill now. Off Ben 16, is
best to beat? No! He misses out by
two hundredths of a second. Tregubov
has a guaranteed medal, and Dom
Parsons may be about to agonisingly
Oh, my word.
it. He knows he has missed it.
two sliders have put a lot of
pressure on this man, but has he got
the bottle to keep it?
the bottle to keep it?
second place. If he makes a mistake,
Parsons might be back, and Dukurs
has not produced many mistakes over
a glittering career that has seen
him win silver medals at two Olympic
And verities! That was a big
mistake he has never made before. Is
he now able to keep the time, or
will he dropped vital split seconds
down this track?
He has made two
mistakes at the top of the track, he
is coming in late in starting to
drop off. This is where Dukurs might
lose the speed, because of the
mistakes at the top. It is only two
hundreds, that is all we need.
has dropped back behind Parsons! Dom
Parsons, unbelievably, has his
medal! Come on, Great Britain! Dom
Parsons has a bronze medal because
of Martins Dukurs, The Great Gatsby,
couldn't hold it together.
Delightful Parsons, and Dukurs now
feels the pain. -- the great Latvian
couldn't hold it together. We settle
back now and enjoy what we think
will be the gold-medal performance
from Yun of Korea, who starts miles
ahead of his competitors. This will
put Asia on the map for the first
time in Skeleton. No Asian athlete
has ever won a medal. Yun is seconds
away from gold.
This is a victory
lap for him, he is so far ahead. He
has been the quality at the Sliding
Center Sanki are, and for the crowd
to see this, they are going to go
wild at the bottom.
He has a second
and a half to play with, he just has
to stay on his sled on the last two
An incredible athlete, Yun
is a superstar in Korea, and he wins
by the biggest margin in history, a
track record to finish it off, 1.63
seconds, the winner in Sochi won by
seven tenths. Incredible by Yun.
What an athlete.
it. But most importantly, we have a
bronze medal for Great Britain by
Dom Parsons. The camp is going to be
ecstatic, and what are we to have
these Games, and to have Dom here
doing his best, his aim was to get a
medal, no one thought that was
possible, but he has loved this
track from the moment he arrived at
the start of this week. And look at
it, third place for Great Britain.
What a thrilling climax. Dom
Parsons, the Wizard, delivered his
magic, albeit with a little bit of
help from one of the greats, Martins
Dukurs, who drops out of the top
three. Dom Parsons can now cherish,
aged 30, a bronze medal at his
second Olympic Games.
medal at the Olympic games, first
medallist Team GB here in
Pyeongchang. Give us your reaction.
It hasn't really sunk in yet. I
thought I had lost it after that
second run, fourth run.
Yes, I looked up at the
time, I made a couple too many
mistakes in that run, but Martins
made more mistakes, and he is the
last person I thought would make
You have been mixing it
with the very best in the sport and
going toe to toe with them, it is
Yes, all the work we put
in has paid off, all the help from
everyone in the Federation, friends
and family, even people playing the
national lottery where our funding
comes from, so a big thank you to
all of them.
What a moment Dom
Parsons. He becomes Great Britain's
first medallist of the Pyeongchang
Olympics 2018. And he is thrilled
with that. Lovely for him to be
sharing a podium with the champion
yens Singh -- Yun Sungbin. British
women have won medals at the last
four games, but Dom Parsons is the
first male medallist for 70 years,
the last one being John Crammond
back in 1948, and he worked as a
stockbroker in the city of the
common he was also a qualified
pilot, and amateur yachtsman, he
served in the RAF during the Second
World War, and he was 41 years old.
And actually remains the oldest
skeleton medallist in winter Olympic
history. John Crammond was the last
man to stand on the podium after the
skeleton. Fantastic helmet! Good
stuff. There were six runs in those
days, and he was leading at the
halfway stage and slipped back. We
heard her in commentary, a
tremendous job, by the way, Amy
Williams is out there now at the
slide centre. Didn't we see him go
through that full range of despair
Yes and we were doing the same in
the commentary box. He put down such
good runs and that final run, he
just slipped down and we saw Martins
Dukurs come down and we could not
believe it. One minute he thinks he
has lost the bronze and then there
he is knowing he has his medal.
is going to have given the whole
team confidence and it is quarter to
7 in the evening,, what are your
feelings about what Lizzie Yarnold
and Laura Deas need to do and what
do you expect of them.
excitement in the camp is as you can
imagine just huge. Everyone is up on
cloud nine and the girls, they have
been concentrating on their race.
They're excited for Dom to have done
that. But they have got to go out,
run one, run two, do what they have
been doing in training. Both have
been putting down the fastest runs
and they're in a good place. At the
track, it is really cold. The ice
will be very hard and cold and I'm
guessing it is about minus 8. They
have to have the right settings to
give them enough grip, because the
ice will be hard. I know that sounds
silly, but it does get very hard.
They know they're good enough, these
two girls are good enough to bring
home a medal. Day one, we are very
Lizzie in particular looked
rattled about the question marks
over the suit and other competitors
trying to stir it up, do you sense
that has passed and everybody is
back to being calm and collected?
think it is still going on behind
the scenes. Yes, it does seem quite
sad and a shame that all other
nations are trying to ruffle our
feathers and get into the girls
psychologically, but the team are
confident and everything's been OK
by the jury members. We are good at
being innovative and thinking
outside the box and seeing how we
can find those hundredths of a
second. The girls, a bit annoyed,
but it won't affect them. They will
put that to the back of their mind
and go out and deliver some fast
pushes that we know in particular
Laura has and just nail this track
like they know they have and can do.
You have been in the same position,
there were question marks about your
helmet in Vancouver, which you knew
had been passed, can you remember
what you did at the time to almost
turn that annoyance into something
positive to put out there on the
I just ignored it. It does
hurt and I'm reading comments from
old sliders, old friends that were
part of that wider family and it is
does hurt they're thinking that we
are cheating and bringing us back
why do Britain win medals, it is
because we are good and we are good
at preparing and peaking at the
right time. We are innovative, but
that is what makes us good and
across all sports in the summer and
winter. So yeah, it is hard to hear.
It is upsetting, but we are
confident and the team are confident
and we would never use anything that
hasn't been OK ed by the jury. The
girls have to forget about it and
concentrate on themselves and their
performance and putting down all the
processes they do day in day out and
don't do anything differently.
will be sending you plenty of
positive vibes. You're doing a
terrific job as well and good luck
to Laura and Lizzie. Amy who just
had her one break of the day
interrupted. She had to get to the
top of the mountain and interrupt
her dinner. Alex Coomber started off
this 21st Century success when you
won bronze, do you remember in Salt
Lake City, was there that feeling, a
bit of niggle that GB have got good
From my point of view I had
won the World Cup for three years in
a row. The technology at that stage
was quite basic. I went to the
Olympics with two sets of runners
and a sled and a reasonably simple
race suit. There were not many
arguments. No one was doing anything
particularly significant. It wasn't
anything that came into play us
When you look at the
investment in the sports, there is a
lot going into skeleton, if it
wasn't going into the technical
side, you would be thinking where it
We have the talent and the
athletes, so you spend the money on
the equipment and being ahead. The
athletes know this will happen and
they will go to Olympics in their
prime and people will be going, what
can we pick apart here?
It is all
mind games, trying to upset them.
Was know we are strong and that
hopefully we are not going to let
that affect us.
Let's reflect on
what Dom Parsons has done this
morning, in starting after in
fourth, he needed to improve his
final run wasn't the improvement he
was looking for. He had to get a
mistake from Martin Dukurs, Alex,
from your point of view, what do you
see from him?
He is there at the
start. We know his start great. He
had consistent starts. He was
between 16th and 21st at the start.
But this is a driver's track. It is
not a track where you can start fast
and win. He proved this. Having a
fast start doesn't help you. He is
driving cleanly and he has beautiful
body position. You can see the knees
going. He is shifting his body
weight. He is looking where he is
going and steering and letting the
sled run. That is important. If you
start fighting and moving about and
that is when people make mistakes.
Dukurs panicked a bit. He tried to
over steer and Dom managed to hold
it together to the end. At the end
of his last run, he will have gone
to the depths of hell and back to
ecstasy in the space of a minute,
thinking he has lost the medal. But
that is the thing that is great
about this track. I think the team
who designed the track should get a
medal. It is such a competitive
track. You don't know until the last
person has been down who will win.
The girls, the mix will be greater,
they will chop and change all the
way. So very exciting.
Let's look at
Dukurs and the mistake he made. The
fact if this hadn't happened,
obviously we would be looking at Dom
Parsons having just missed out.
two hundredths of a second.
say, it is a track you don't know
until the end and for the Latvian,
who has been so experienced and been
in this position. We were not
expecting him to make a mistake.
was second and third fastest starter
on each run. The possibility is he
went too fast. Bend 2 is tricky, if
you go into it too fast, you lose
control. There is a big mistake
there. He comes out of the bend and
he is having to fight to regain his
composure, get his line straight and
you're playing catch up at 80mph.
But as I say, a tenth of a second
was all that mattered at the end. I
think it is sad for him. He is kind
of, this was his Usain Bolt moment,
he is retiring after the Olympics,
it would have been nice to get on
the podium again, but never mind!
Someone's got to feel like that.
There is still the celebrations from
the Russian athlete and Dom a bit
more subdued. Just saying, God, that
means I'm in there.
I think he
hadn't, it hadn't dawned on him. You
have to do the quick maths.
he thought I'm off this podium now.
I think he did.
But the winner.
The winner, this was
phenomenal. Questions coming from
people about the benefit and the
advantages of it being your home
Clearly, it is obvious there
are advantages. He will have trained
on this track since it was built as
often as he could. You see when you
see Korean sliders, they use their
toes to steer a lot and they have
learned a slight steer with your
toe, that normally might lose your
time actually gains you time and you
can set your line up cleaner. He
There you I is a it there.
Just stuck his toe out. He had the
fastest time on every split on every
run. But interestingly, Dom Parsons
has the top speed of the entire
The Koreans, yes, huge
advantage, it is great for them to
have a winner. He is the first
Korean Olympic medallist in
Their first Olympic
champion that isn't on the the ice
rink. I doubt if there has ever been
a bigger crowd for skeleton.
pressure, he is still young. The
whole of his country was waiting for
him to win. So you know, it is great
that he managed to do it.
women have been watching this? And
will they have been able to pick up
on what he has done, because clearly
he has had more time on that track
I am not sure. The
difference between a male and female
slider is different, you have
different weights and starting
speeds. So it is difficult to look
at a male slider and go, well, I'm
going to do is same. The sleds will
be different. They have different
runners and different weights. I
think the best thing is to look at
your own runs and reflects on your
own runs and get your coaching staff
to assess that.
Although we have
seen that foot tapping technique is
the winning line, our athletes won't
try and adopt that, because you need
to practice that?
They may do. They
have found that was a good line.
This is the thing with skeleton,
particularly in a track that you're
not familiar with, you get six
minutes of training to learn the
track. You get six runs about a
minute each. They have have tried
the first run, got the feel of the
track and each run you're trying to
tweak and tweak.
What the British
sliders have been good at is
learning new tracks. Because we
don't have our own track. We are not
a one track pony if you like, we the
go to a new country, six runs and if
you look at Lizzie Yarnold's
training, he was getting more
comfortable with it and getting
faster. What do you see that she
will try and take into the
As she gets on the
sledge she has got to be calm. We
know this is a technical track. You
have got to try and let the track
guide you in a way. There are some
very important bends in here, bend 2
and 9 have been the ones that have
been causing problems. You can see
her putting on a steer there. The
principles of skeletons are you get
into a bend early and get out of the
bend early. You want a flat line.
You don't want to move your head and
shoulders. She is doing that. It is
just a case of doing what you have
always done and don't let anything
faze you. Nice and relaxed.
Is in is
era of visual reality learning and
the frabgt ing and the fact they
have only had six runs, is that the
future, making the goggles to have a
learning ability to feel where the
lines are and the gravity will pull
To be honest almost day-by-day
the track can change. The track is a
giant fridge F you went in the
summer it would be a lump of
concrete. They ice it in the winter.
The way the ice is cut can vary. Out
of the competition, they will have a
track workers who are shaving the
ice and creating the curve. One day
a curve could be quite flat and the
next be bent and that will alter how
you come in and out of the bend and
how high you go.
Once it is sets it
will be the same?
went back next year, it may be a
completely different cut and you
have to start again from square one.
If you have questions about
Skeleton, we are building up on that
very much this morning as we prepare
to watch Lizzy and Laura. And people
are saying, why are we so good at
Skeleton, but we have got no luge
Luge is where Skeleton was
20 years ago, because they haven't
had a breakthrough athlete who has
won something, so they haven't got
the funding. When I went into Salt
Lake, we didn't have funding, the
funding came from the first medal
which led to the next one, so it is
a bit of a chicken and egg
situation, you need the athlete to
win to get the funding, but without
the funding, you don't get the
And a lot of the focus goes
on the runners.
Yes, a lot of it is
very different. You could
scientifically somehow share the
information, but you can't protect
Mac one on the skeleton or vice
Never before at a Winter
Olympics has Great Britain won two
medals in the same event, so we
obviously had bronze and silver in
men's and women's curling, but I'm
talking about the same event, the
same competition, the same day, two
people on the podium. It could yet
happen in skeleton, because Laura
Dees has been going super fast in
training. She came into these games
under the radar because all the
attention was on Lizzy, she carried
the flag at the opening ceremony and
is the defending champion, but
Laura's results in the last year
mean that she in theory is our
number one chance here.
On paper you
have to say that. Her World Cups
this year have been incredibly
consistent. She has been up there in
the top six or seven. She finished
above Lizzy in the rankings, and a
combination of doing that and coming
here and doing some good training
runs means you would actually say
that she has probably got a more
significant chance. However, she has
not experienced, and Lizzy's
experience with the pressure, she
has been there before in an Olympic
race, Sara Hope it doesn't faze her
too much and she keeps a calm head
on her and keeps a calm, it would be
incredible if we could get both of
them on the podium, it would be
Lot a of it is research
into the track, but there are indeed
a shape and weight and mental
approach as well of the skeleton
slider that is going to put you into
a position that could help. But the
training times will give them huge
confidence. So at the moment.
You can see Laura has been the
fastest on some runs and Lizzy on
the others, they are there or
As I said earlier, this
track, anyone in the top ten, I
honestly think, could end up on the
podium. To produce four runs without
any mistakes is almost impossible,
any mistakes is almost impossible,
so it is who can produce the fewest
mistakes with the fastest times,
keep calm and just be consistent,
and I think it is going to be really
exciting to see what happens.
talking about building body shape.
Let's have a look at Lizzy's
statistics. You are tiny, and I
would've thought that perhaps is the
best shape for a skeleton?
something that has really changed in
our sport over the last 20 years.
When I competed, I was small but I
wasn't far off the average. Lizzy is
a lot bigger than me, stronger than
me, taller than me, and a track here
where you have a uphill sections,
that will be a huge advantage. The
women's field as a whole have all
got a lot bigger. So it is
something, I think it is common
across a lot of female sports now.
Tennis players are getting bigger
and stronger. We do well in rugby
and women's football where you have
In skeleton, you need a good power
to weight, so you are small but
strong, and you need aerodynamics as
And Laura is a little shorter
and lighter, the same age, and her
experience in skeleton, even though
this is her first Olympic Games, she
has had a lot of race time.
Definitely. And all of that is
building muscle memory, so every
time you go down the track, each
time you do it, your brain gets a
bit quicker, you learn more, your
automatic systems of steering and
how to control yourself and not
react if something goes wrong, all
of those systems improve over time.
Lots of questions!
questions. In terms of their leg and
back legs, they will log -- long
legs for the sprinting, then do they
want a short back to get down onto
I think the front is more
important. You want to be not high
and wide at the front, that makes
you not aerodynamic, and also if you
hit going down the track, some
people's shoulders come outside the
sled, so they are hitting
themselves, one of the things I used
to like about being quite small was
that I never hit myself, if I ever
hit the side, it was only the sled.
Your legs, as long as you have got
good control in your legs and it is
one of those kind of...
This is you,
actually. You can see what you are
saying here. You are very
aerodynamic because there is not
much of you, so I guess that becomes
And you will see when
I get on my sled, my bumpers are
outside the width of me. I used to
watch some of the bigger guys coming
out of training, and they would have
ripped the side of their race suit
and torn their skin to shreds
whereas you see that, my shoulders
are inside my sled.
And is that sled
built for you?
No, it was a standard
race lead. We can modify some things
in the sled, but the dimensions are
set by what was the FI BT.
has got one here.
So much science
goes into this, and the runners and
everything, but we have noticed,
first of all it is very heavy, I
understand the need for that. But
although science, and we have loads
of household duct tape. Why is that?
Basically, the internal workings of
the sled, you need to access them
quite regularly because you can
change things, you could put weights
in, so if you are light, like I was,
I was allowed to put weights in my
sled to make it heavier to equal it
out of it.
What is the maximum for
slider and sled combined?
kilograms if the slider is female is
over 80 kilograms. If you're under
that, I was allowed up to 35 kilos
in my sled. But you can also change
the flexibility of the metal in the
internal workings of the sled, so
sometimes you want it really stiff,
and sometimes you really need to be
able to move it, and the only way to
do that easily and cheaply on a
regular basis, which might be daily,
is to have something that you can
take on and off.
You'd think there
would be some kind of plastic thing
that could flip open.
that is the one bit of technology
that has not changed at all since I
competed. That is exactly the same.
And how much would this be worth?
The actual sled? A top racing sled
is about 15,000. Don't drop it!
it down gently! We have borrowed it,
we have to take it back, it is a
Fascinating insights from the woman
who has done it and knows what this
is all about. Alex Coomber, our
special guest in the studio, as we
build up to the first two runs in
the women's skeleton, we have Lizzy
Yarnold and Laura Dees, both going
at 11:20am for their first run. We
will be there live. But between now
and then, we will be catching up on
what happened in the women's slalom,
the snowboard cross, the figure
skating, and then we will go on BBC
One for a quick dip into the men's
curling, Great Britain against
Sweden, but if you just want to sit
back and settle into the curling,
you can do that from 11 o'clock on
the red button. Then the second run
for the women's skeleton is at 20
past 12, before we catch up
basically again on everything that
is happening on day seven. It is a
very exciting programme, and we have
had an awful lot going on overnight,
which means it every morning when
people wake up, I tell you exactly
what I do, I turn on my BBC app on
my phone, it is brilliant, because
you can get all the little bite-size
video bits of everything that has
gone on overnight. But if you don't
have the, here are the headlines.
119 men started the men's
cross-country 15 K, but it was super
Dario who came out on top, winning
the title for the third consecutive
Olympics. Huge disappointment for
Britain's medal hope Andrew Musgrave
who finished down in 20 Eighth Place
after what he called a pretty
shocking performance. In the women's
curling, defending champions Canada
are in big trouble after losing
their third game in a row. They were
beaten by Denmark in an extra end.
They now sit bottom of the
standings. And the men's ice hockey,
the USA team bounced back from is
are praising opening match defeat to
beat Slovakia 2-1.
All of that has been happening, but
Chemmy is our Alpine skiing star,
and the one person we have been
talking about in the build-up to
these games is Mikaela Shiffrin. She
had won gold in the bag, and heading
into the slalom, just explain how
hot favourite everyone thought she
She has dominated in this
discipline for so long, over 30
World Cup wins in slalom alone, and
being that she is so young, is
really impressive. She had a
really impressive. She had a little
whoopsie in the last Olympics, which
is unlike her, she DNF-ed. Did not
finish. We thought her confidence
would build and build.
women, the fastest after the first
run then go in reverse order. Alex
Tilley had crashed out of the giant
slalom. What happened here, there
isn't a lot of coverage from our
host broadcasters, so we will get
that again in slow motion.
tragic, you can see coming in,
getting on the back-seat, so little
time going into a Hairpin, a
formation of gates with a shorter
distance, so you have to move
forward into it, so she gets pulled
on the tails and is not able to
And this is Charlie
Yes, she battled her prerace
nerves, she has never been to the
Olympic start gate.
And what age is
She is 24, and she broke her
back really badly three years ago.
Her comeback is incredible, a couple
of levels down from World Cup this
year. You can see she is a bit
frustrated with herself, but she
vented her straight and is well on
the second run.
And here is Mikaela
Shiffrin's first run.
She had a problem on her first
split. She did vomit before the
start of the race, she said it
didn't affect performance, but if
you look at her speed of movement,
there is so precision normally with
her skiing, and for me, there is a
little bit of, she is a little
tentative, twisting her feet, and
you can see snow coming off the
skis, uncharacteristic for her to
see herself 0.48 of the league at
And she could have come
back from that?
is Frida Hansdotter.
She is always
the runner-up, she came sixth
yesterday, but she has five
consecutive podiums before the
Olympics, all in second place. She
has never had her moment to shine,
but she took the advantage.
looks very relaxed.
She was very
settled and poised today.
hopes were pinned on Wendy Holdener.
Very strong, good solid work with
her inside me, deflect the gate and
moves forward and down. She started
the first run first, clean track and
she used that to deliver the exact
line that she wanted.
So no rats for
her at all.
her at all. -- no ruts for her.
another generation, it would all be
about Wendy, but it has not been so
Lets see how the second run
will play out. We will head out to
the mountains and joined Matt
COMMENTATOR: Wendy Holdener leads
the way, and Frida Hansdotter the
second, with Anna Swenn Larsson
holding third position. Katharina
Gallhuber holding advantage over her
team-mate after the first leg. And
she is away. .
she is away. . 1:03.48 at the spit,
and Gallhuber has just about
troubled her lead at the
intermediate time. She has a huge
amount of power. She can drive
through the ruts underfoot, that is
terrific slalom skiing from
Gallhuber here. She could give the
Austrians first and second, she is
building all the time, it just gets
better and better through every
turn. This could be a second and a
half, her lead at this rate.
Gallhuber is flying through the
final terms, and her advantage is
1.62 seconds. That is massive for
Katharina Gallhuber, ninth quickest
after the first run. I wonder if
this second run, which was full of
fire, might move her up into the
Haver-Loeseth won the team event in
Stockholm. The lead has been halved.
She heads off into the wind, which
is blowing right up the hill. It can
only slow them down. Now she is
behind by two hundredths of a
second. Gallhuber still leading. I
wonder if she might go on to take a
medal. Haver-Loeseth is finding some
speed. But the damage is already
done. She is 0.6 down. She may get
among the provisional positions. I
don't think she will trouble gold
medal. Look at what she was dealing
with - the brutal gusts at the top
of the course.
of the course. Thaksin Mikaela
Shiffrin her advantage over
Gallhuber is significant. It looks
like the wind has eased off. Now she
finds the worse of it.
First mistake for Mikaela Shiffrin.
The most recent double gold medal
winner was in Salt Lake City. She is
hoping the defend the slalom gold
she won four years ago in Sochi. She
is finishing with incredible speed.
She has gone second and Shiffrin
will not make it two gold medals.
Shiffrin made that mistake. That is
the error that cost her the chance
to lead this race. Three to come.
Swenn Larsson and then Hansdotter
and Holder in. -- Holdener. Into the
breeze, she won't mind that much.
She has got incredible strength. She
is maintaining most of her lead,
even as she battles the wind. I
heard her scream there in an effort
to encourage herself back on to the
racing line. Still in front. If she
goes into first position here she
will be guaranteed an Olympic medal.
Swenn Larsson pushing for the line.
Has she done enough? Oh, she is
third. Gallhuber is guaranteed a
medal. That is extraordinary.
Gallhuber was only ninth after the
first run will finish with bronze at
worst. Hansdotter poised to race for
the final time today. Her advantage
over Gallhuber is significant. On
her way. Aggressive skiing at the
top. She had a solid first run and a
good giant slalom day yesterday.
Likes this hill. The majority of her
advantage is intact. The worst of
the wind is at this part of the
course. Hansdotter drops in and
starts to go to work and still in
front. Hansdotter has never won an
Olympic medal. Can she put that
right today? Sixth in yesterday's
giant slalom. She is the former
World Cup slalom champion. Half a
second the lead. Gallhuber's lead is
1. 38n't 95. Can she beat it? Yes,
she can. She moves into gold. She is
guaranteed silver at worst. Sensible
skiing. She knew she had that hefty
advantage over Gallhuber after the
first run. She used it to good
effect. Now they have to wait and
watch. The last skier. Wendy
Holdener from Switzerland, who has
had so many tight battles with
Hansdotter in the World Cup last
season and this season. But now it
is down to second run of the Olympic
slalomment Holdener has an advantage
of two tenths. Hansdotter's split.
Holdener trails by one hundredth of
a second. She has the worst of the
wind, it absolutely whipping in and
into the goggles of the skier. She
hasn't done too much more damage.
From here she can start to relax a
little more. She is out of the
breeze. She has got to push through
every one of these turns. Only four
hundredths down. She can still take
the Olympic title. Wendy Holdener
takes the silver. Hansdotter is the
Olympic champion. The gold to Frida
Hansdotter. Holdener takes silver
and Gallhuber has the bronze with
Mikaela Shiffrin pushed out of the
medals down to fourth. Frida
Hansdotter is the Olympic slalom
champion. After two sensational runs
here. Hansdotter, who so often has
been the runner up to Mikaela
Shiffrin in the last couple of
seasons in the World Cup races,
finally gets her moment in the spot
light. I don't think she quite
light. I don't think she quite
STUDIO: That is a fourth gold medal
for Sweden. Christopher Dean has
joined us to analyse... I'm joking.
Frida Hansdotter that is a massive
She has won that, Shiffrin
didn't lose it. She was challenged
all the way to the line by Holdener.
There was amazing skiing and she
pulled out her best skiing at the
right time. She has so often been
the bridesmaid and not the bride.
She has quite a loose upper body,
you see the upper body charging in
the gate and the legs swinging from
side to side. Such short, sharp
We can see the leg and
hand guards so they can push and
almost kick the poles out of way.
They want to track as little
distance down the mountain as
possible. There is a set of gates,
that is why they deflect this so,
they're skiing less neat at each
gate. That is she is doing well, her
upper body is driving are and there
is so much activity. That is where
she won it. Gallhuber had the most
amazing run. It is the fact that
Frida came in with that lead. I
think she thought she would be
coming second. She still celebrated.
It was a great win. We think of what
Pearson did with Swedish sport and
to see Frida find her own and to be
on the podium is so well deserved.
She is ten years older than Mikaela
Shiffrin who, four years ago became
the youngest champion. The big
surprise, not so much, Shiffrin
would have been challenged, but for
her not to finish on the podium?
That was the biggest surprise. I
think that she thought going into
this, even on a bad day, she would
get on the podium. She has quoted
saying that I didn't feel like
myself at all. I have to say that is
reflected with the naked eye in her
skiing. That speed of movement is
not there. She made a mistake on
this second run. And she was only
eight hundredths off the bronze. But
I don't know. She know she loves her
rest and last night with the
ceremony, perhaps that ate into her
pre-race preparation. But it wasn't
good enou today and the other women
completely delivered. This is
normally where see her excelling,
even if she is behind, you think she
would make up time. But it looks a
little bit calculated and clinical.
Obviously, the Americans are going
to be disappointed, she was going to
be their big story. But actually for
the sport it is not a bad thing is
it? That she is not there on the
No I think for young people
getting into the sport, you don't
want somebody dominating, you want
to see there is a field out there of
athletes on any given day who would
win and that showed today. As soon
as she was out of question it opened
up the excitement. After that first
run, should Shiffrin come in, she
was only 0. 48 behind. As soon as
you saw her skiing that second run,
you thought this is exciting.
she reconsidered her programme?
don't know. Maybe that shows her
fatigue. So many of her races were
delayed. It might be that her body
has just said, I need a day off. You
can't expect this from me.
wasn't able to up to first. But the
pairs skating, Christopher Dean's
pairs, you're their manager, the
Germans did come up from fourth to
gold. Have you spoke on the them?
Through her husband a bit. I think
they're inundated with with demands.
It was a big day for them and for
Germany winning that gold medal. But
they're elated obviously. It was a
fantastic performance. She
deserveped it so much. -- deserved
it so much. She has been a five
times Olympian and won everything
except an Olympic gold and to win it
in the style they won it, coming
from behind, what a day to be on
We have more skating to
enjoy with you and hear your
thoughts on the men's singles
skating. Now Japan and the Japanese
media were all over Hanyu, everybody
is greeting him at the airport, he
is t reigning Olympic champion. But
he has been injured. Here he is on
the ice, take us through this men's
short programme, Robin.
the ice, take us through this men's
short programme, Robin. COMMENTATOR:
Whatever happens, Hanyu will be
carried through his programme on a
wave of adoration. There are
Japanese flags 360 degrees, where
ever he looks in this Ice Arena. The
defending Olympic and world
Made more difficult from the entry
from the spread-eagle before and
after the jump.
Glorious trim axel. -- triple.
Quadruple toe loop. There it is.
There is the roar.
And the roof comes off the rink!
Absolutely sublime from the
defending Olympic champion Yuzuru
Hanyu of Japan.
That was absolutely
glorious and faultless, my hands are
And look at this mass
Winnie the Pooh sacrifice! And look
at those fans. He loves Winnie the
Goodness me, he delivered, and
it wasn't the programme he planned,
either. He was going to think about
the quadruple roup, but that
Salchow, glorious, glorious. He is
and serial being when he is on the
It's like he's from another
Regularly over 100, where is
-- 111.68, if you needed any
confirmation, not far off the world
record today. And here comes his
countrymen, Shoma Uno, world silver
medallist, skating in his first
Olympics years old.
Love this short
Two quadruple jumps planned for
Shoma in this programme. There is
the first, quadruple flip.
Quadruple time -- toe loop,
fantastic stuff. Just the triple
axel. Did very well to hold on to
Schomer Uno, the dark horse of this
competition, lays down his mark for
a place on that podium.
tight in the shoulders, but down in
He is such a compact
skater as well, short but strong
104.17, just short of his season's
best, but he does become the second
skater today to break the 100
barrier, still a few points behind
Yuzuru Hanyu, who leads the way. So,
here is Yuzuru Hanyu's long-time
rival and training mate,
rival and training mate, Javier
Fernandez, two-time world champion,
who recently won his sixth
consecutive European title. And this
is his last time at an Olympics. He
has already said this is his last
season, he has had enough at the age
of 26. Retirement beckons.
He will open with the quad toe loop,
triple toe loop, lovely stuff right
in front of the judges.
Second jump, the quadruple Salchow.
And a beautiful triple a, -- triple
axel, the jump elements are all
Here we go!
An Olympic medal is the
only thing missing from his
collection, and it looks like Javier
Fernandez is out to put that right
at the last time of asking.
me, where do we start? Look at that
perfect landing position from the
quad to take on the triple, down on
the knee on the take-off for the
quad Salchow, doesn't quite have the
overall finesse of Yuzuru Hanyu
technically for me.
technically for me.
107.58, just a
fraction of a mark of his season's
best. And he slots in between Yuzuru
Hanyu and Shoma Uno of Japan in
second place. So, Jin Boyang, bronze
medals at the last two European
Championships, he completes this
short programme. He has been one to
watch in the last two years.
Our final skater will plan to
deliver two quadruple jumps in this
short programme as well. Here is the
first. A quadruple lutz, triple toe
loop, and he's got it.
And there is the quadruple toe loop,
very nice indeed.
Don't forget me, says Jin Boyang!
Don't count me out just yet.
Is it enough to catch
Shoma Uno on 104.7?
It will be very
tight, definitely behind Javier
It is a new season's
best, he breaks through that 100
point barrier. So let's have a look
at the results from today: Javier
Fernandez chasing his first Olympic
medal in second, but Yuzuru Hanyu
back to his untouchables best, and
favourite now surely to retain his
title. The short programme is the
building block, and Yuzuru Hanyu has
laid down the surest foundation here
It is unbelievable to watch. The
free programme still to come, but
down in 17th place was Nathan Chen,
what happened to him?
He was won
every event he has been in this
year. The US have put so much on
him, their hopes, after Lindsey Vonn
I think it would have been Nathan
Chen whoever Boddy said would bring
home a medal. I read he said that it
just didn't fit tonight. Some days
you can step onto the ice and it is
just not there. Everything doesn't
line up, and for him, it was just a
disaster. Even in practice, he
sometimes comes to the Springs where
I coach and choreographed, and he is
so consistent, and to have the worst
skater of your life at an Olympic
Championships. I think it most
probably was the pressure.
You have that moment of thought
about everybody's hopes on new, he
has always been the underdog coming
in, but now everybody is looking to
him to be the champion.
globally, there wouldn't be many
with much more pressure on them than
Hanyu. He needed five escort
officers at the airport, such was
the attention on him.
He has done it
And he was so
He makes quads looked
like triples and triples look like a
single. He is so tight in the air,
and as you can see, doing that
second triple, hands up in the air,
gets more technical marks for that.
I notice he is wearing this
necklace, and I worry that when he
is doing his quads and triples, it
is going to smack him in the face.
Whenever I work with any students, I
always say, get rid of your
jewellery, take the chewing gum out,
it is not a fashion show!
didn't seem to hold him back.
it is his lucky charm. He is for
sure going to pull off that skate
later. He has got the experience, he
has been here before. This may be
his second time around defending his
championships, so he has got
everything going for him. But not
far behind is Fernandez, and he is a
great storyteller, people love his
style of skating, he is always
telling a story with this particular
routine, this was like Charlie
Chaplin. He really connects with the
audience. Whenever he is out there,
the audience with him, and he
encourages the audience to be part
of it. And that can lift the skater,
lift the judges' idea of how you
have just skated.
connection is imported?
so. And this is what he has in
They must know each other inside out
in the sense of what the other is
What else do you think
might be nudging up to challenge
Fernandez and Jin, it will be
a jump fest.
Now Shoma Uno. It looks
risky, bit is coming off.
It is a
performance, you connect with him in
the sense you're with him emotional
andly internally. He has
andly internally. He has the deepest
knee bends. He is trained by the
same coach as.
Japan have a strong
Yes they're huge.
China? Boyang is their hope.
He is a
young pretender, nothing to Lues. --
lose. Definitely for the future. If
one of those boys ahead of him makes
the slightest mistake, he is there
to take a medal.
We saw that in the
long programme with the pairs, going
in, fourth moving up to first.
it can happen. Hanyu looks out
there. He has got a lot of points,
111, there is four between him and
Fernandez. The next three are very
Early hours we will see the
programmes. They have four and a
half minutes to show what they can
do. Does story telling become more
I think so, if you're
engaged with the audience and you're
having a good performance the
audience get behind you eight is one
of those emotional moments, you
Does that affect the
judges the audience being behind
You would be surprised,
they're watching it technically, but
they have component scores.
have a huge ovation.
Between a 5 and
a 7.5, it goes up in 25 increments
so you can go from a 9 to...
Just that bit more can put
it over the edge.
Thank you. Right
we are going to focus on curling
now. And head over to the curling
arena. Because Jackie Lockhart has a
short break before she starts
commentating. What is going on in
the women's competition? What are
Canada doing Luesing again? --
Would anybody have
expected that result? To lose to
Sweden... Would have been hard, but
to lose... To lose to Denmark and to
Korea, that was really, really such
Sorry I can tell you're
struggling a bit with talk back. Can
I ask you about the British women.
They have had a break today, but
they will have analysing what
happened yesterday. Do you expect
them to be feeling good after their
performances and also are they
keeping half an eye on what Canada
They will definitely be
keeping an eye on what Canada are
doing. They have had break today and
I think they will just relax. Logan,
who is my co-commentator here... He
is concerned they're sitting about
and watching movies in the Olympic
Park. A question
What do you expect
from the men, they have Sweden
coming. Will they beat Sweden?
will be a really tough game for the
guys. If you asked me last week
before they started, they would have
been happy to be sitting on 2 and 2.
But I'm hoping they will be sitting
on 3 and 2 after this. They're very
confident and they're going to have
a good game I'm sure tonight.
you. Sorry about the problems.
Clearly I think hearing a bit of an
echo back. Live coverage of that
game with Sweden will start at 11 on
the red button and we will dip into
it before the skeleton runs. We are
about half an hour from first of the
women heading out on the to the
sliding track and we have Lizzie
Yarnold and Laura Deas. But we love
the variety of the Olympics and in
women's snowboard cross there has
been no more dramatic story than
Jacob bell lis, she went for that
show boat toe grab and fell in the
closing stages in
closing stages in us Turin in 2006.
Since she has been trying to win the
gold. But she did make it through to
the final in the early hours of this
morning of snowboard cross. Here
morning of snowboard cross. Here
what is happened. COMMENTATOR: Now
the women's snowboard cross final.
The fastest six women who have
battled through to this point.
battled through to this point.
could go any way.
They're all very
They're neck and neck.
woman may have the lead. Jacobellis
up the front. Different lines being
taken. Jacob bell lis is out in
front and she needs to hold on. Look
at De Souza.
at De Souza.
Jacobellis moves across
and they're back-to-back. Moioli is
there. This is the most technical
section of the course. Can they get
some drag on her? They come into
this section. Moioli so fast all
Look at the youngsters, de
Sousa has come from fourth, the
16-year-old. Samkova starts driving.
It is neck and neck. Who will get
it? They're all down. It's all over
Who doubting who took the
gold, it is Moioli, but it says de
Sousa in second. They have given
everything they have got to this
course. They're laid down. None of
them know. Moioli limping, but
celebrating. That was as intense as
sport gets. One of the closest races
not just in Olympic women's
snowboard cross history, but of all
time. This is on board with Samkova
and you get such a brilliant idea of
just how tight this racing is.
Samkova very smart, staying out of
There is nothing
between Jacobellis and Sam Voe Ca
Oh, it was Samkova and
Jacobellis. Goodness, gracious, what
a final. Thank you. The official
results are in.
results are in.
STUDIO: Stewed Chaos as usual, but a
second gold for Italy. I love that
kit of Moioli. How much do you enjoy
watching that, and what will the
qualities you need to win?
it. If you're going in with a target
on you and you get pushed anything
can happen. We saw one limping over
the line. This is the royal. This
start coming out, dropping into a
three metre drop, having to work all
this terrain and with snowboarding,
some are facing each other, like a
direct battle. They're goofy all the
way around. It is so aggressive.
They know each other and that any
mistake and the medal will be thrown
away. Anything can happen. Because
it is such a long track. Zoe did
well, 13th. She narrowly missed out
on the semi-final. But look at the
aerodynamics, you want to get out
front. The least challenged position
is out front. But they're taking
over all the time. It is like a
baton for who will be in front. It
is so exciting. As an alpine racer
seeing how much air they get, I
can't tell you. The TV dives down
everything about this. They put
everything on line. All of these
girls were in contention for a third
They all go over.
Just missing out. Right,
second of the men's alpine events
today, we have had the down hill
that was won by Svindal. Finished
second was Jansrud, his team mate.
Talk us through the Super-G.
a newer element of a discipline, the
Norwegians have dominated this and
won five of the eight golds on
offer. All eyes were on them.
Jansrud coming in with amazing form.
He skied tidy and neat, but as we
saw yesterday, this is all about
risk. Super-G there is no training
runs, the down hill is the fastest
discipline. It is a real battle of
confidence. You have an inspection
and then you have to execute that
line at 70mph. It is ruthless.
saw Svindal becoming the oldest
alpine gold medallist, he is 35. He
has built his body back together.
And this was his run.
He wanted to
do the double. The double to be the
king of speed at the Olympics is
everyone's dream. There were a few
line errors. Against gravity. Too
much hard snow. Coming out, off the
skis. He is finding the flow and
linking the turns. He knows he has
to have his best run and down hill
comfortable on the longer skis. But
in Super-G it is about confidence
and knowing what he has been
through, he is not expected to have
the same confidence in Super-G as
Jansrud. But he has a great run and
comes down, clattering the gates.
Norway have a great record and have
won five of the eight previous
Just catching an edge there.
Focussed to the finish line.
still in front. Let's have a look at
Meier, who was a surprise winner
four years ago.
Yes since then he
has built his confidence over the
speed distance. But he was angry
from not being able to defend that
title. He had the fire in the belly
today and the speed in the skis. We
weren't thinking he could win. We
know he has the opportunity to get
on that podium. But the way he skied
today, his ankles and knees were
rolling. He exkumented the perfect
line and -- executed the perfect
line. He was making sure the skis
were initiating the turn with a lot
of pressure at the top and searching
for aerodynamics. Look what
happened! Jansrud is gutted. Totally
gutted. That is the Norwegian medal
gone and... Impressive, because a
few days ago he had a nasty crash.
We know his body was hurting.
Now, Beat Feuz, was he a contender?
He took loads of risks, and that is
a relatively easy piste for these
guys to ski on. Beat Feuz is going
to be disappointed when he looks
back to his splits in this Olympics,
because in section he was the best
man on the hill, but he wasn't able
to have that clean run top to
So, doesn't catch the time
of Mateus Meyer, who wins his second
gold-medal, but the Feuz fans. Two
Olympic medals in the speed
Olympic medals in the speed events,
Jansrud is the same. It is so
exciting, anything can happen in
Super-G, and these guys, they really
found their level.
found their level. And when they are
going through the air, and up the
lists, the track looks beautiful.
excited for the female athletes
coming on later. They will be
knowing that this is an exciting
hill and they need to find that fire
and go for it, they need to unleash
And you will want to get
out on that's no?
Apparently it is
very grippy, it is now getting icy.
I can't wait to go out there in
Good stuff. Let's have a
look at the timetable and see where
we are going and what we're going to
be showing you over the next of
hours. We are headed live to the
women's skeleton very shortly, the
first run for defending champion
Lizzy Yarnold, for Laura Deas as
well from Great Britain. That is
where we are going next. If you want
to watch the curling, Great
Britain's men are playing Sweden,
that will start on the red button.
If you want to watch an interrupted,
you most certainly can. The second
run for the skeleton should be
starting at 12.20, and we will be
there. We will also have skeleton
obviously and curling, and freestyle
skiing, ice hockey, ski jumping,
everything like that all the way up
to and after one o'clock when we
changed channels over onto BBC Two.
Well, it is Korean New Year today,
and it is time to get into the zone
and breathe deeply as we enter the
And that is the Alpensia Sliding
Centre where in 20 minutes or so,
two British women will try to become
the first two dual medallists in one
event, it is never happened that we
have had two people standing on the
same event in the same podium, and
the tone was set this morning. This
Is this the run that will get Great
Britain their first medal of these
He is in front
marginally of Tregubov. Is it to be?
No! He misses out by two hundreds of
a second. Tregubov is the man who
celebrates a guaranteed medal, and
Dom Parsons may be just about
agonisingly missed out.
This is where Dukurs might miss the
This is in the red, how much
is he going to drop? Yes!
back by hind Parsons, and Dom
Parsons, unbelievably, has his
medal! Come on, Great Britain! Dom
Parsons has a bronze medal because
of Martins Dukurs, the Latvian,
unable to hold it together. So from
abject misery to Parsons,
delightfully him, and Dukurs now
feels the pain, and he misses out.
And you have to feel for Latvia's
Martins Dukurs, for him to think he
is nailed on fire medal and then to
be slipping back, but it meant that
Dom Parsons becomes Britain's first
medallist of these games.
Is a very understated guy, he came
in enjoying the fact all the
attention was on the women, then he
started to post really fast training
times, and we were all thinking,
this guy could do it, and he did.
And this was his reaction
Bronze medallist at the Olympic
Games, first medallist of the Team
GB here in Pyeongchang, first men's
skeleton medal in British history.
Give us your reaction.
really sunk in yet. I thought I had
lost it after that second round,
Did your heart
I thought it had got away. I
looked up at the time, I made a
couple too many mistakes in that
run. But Martins made some mistakes,
and he is the last person I thought
would make those mistakes.
been mixing it with the very best in
the sport, and going toe to toe with
them. It must feel fantastic.
been great, all the work we have put
in has paid off, all the help
everyone in the Federation, friends
and family, even people playing the
national lottery, where all our
funding comes from, so a big thank
you to all of them.
What we think in the start house
just before, 60 seconds before you
go, you do that wonderful move with
the heated bottoms, they stripped
off. What is in your mind just then
To be honest, a couple of weeks
ago I pulled my adductor muscle, and
so when I just lose off, I am
holding them against the fronts of
my legs to try and keep that warm so
it is OK for the push.
just a full Monty move, there was a
I was trying to keep
it as warm as possible. And I didn't
feel it at all today, so I got
And I think it is fair
to say you're starts are in the
lower portion of the field, but
you're driving is absolutely superb.
Yes, on this track as well, most
people haven't had many runs on it,
even the Koreans have only had a
season to train on it, and no one
knows it that well, and for the last
four years, since we had my coach
who came to Sochi, Chris, he was
always drumming into us the
importance of track walks, and every
training day, everyone has gone
home, and I would be most days after
training walking down the track
again and trying to absorb as much
as possible so that I could walk
down this track and predict how
things are going to feel and what
it's going to do.
thousands of people have stayed up,
and I also know from your mum and
dad that great an TLC, I think she
is 93, she has stayed up as well. --
great aunt Elsie. All the best,
Amy Williams giving him a pat of
encouragement and congratulations,
and good for great aunt Elsie,
because if you want to stay up and
watch our first medal live, that is
the way to do it. Dom Parsons go
into 20th place on the leaderboard.
South Korea intense, they had the
champion Yun Sungbin, so a great
celebration for them. Dom Parsons
becomes the first British man to win
a skeleton medal since 1948 when
John Hammond took the bronze, and
here is the full list of Great
Britain's skeleton medals.
And these are live shots, because
they are waiting to make their way
forward into the medals Plaza to
have the actual medals put around
their neck. They get the mascot, the
White Tiger, Soohorang, at the time,
but then they have the medal
ceremony later. And we haven't seen
a medal ceremony yet, so this will
be rather fun. But just going back
to that list of skeleton medal
winners. Obviously the recent ones
have all been women. Alex Coomber,
Shelley Rudman, Amy Williams,
champion in 2010, Lizzy Yarnold,
champion in 2014. And never in any
winter Olympic sport has a British
athlete successfully defended their
title. That is what Lizzy Yarnold
will be trying to do over the course
of this morning and tomorrow
morning. And Laura Dees alongside
her as well could equally get onto
that podium. Just a reminder as we
see this medal ceremony begins at
curling has started on the red
button. Great Britain's men are
playing Sweden, and they are in the
very early stages of the first end.
And the officials come out to make
this presentation. Alex Coomber is
alongside me here in the studio. You
have been through this medal
ceremony, you got your bronze medal,
and this is some moment, isn't it?
It is incredible. It is everything.
It is what it is all for, and just
amazing. Seeing the flag go up, it
all seems a bit bizarre, like it is
just not really happening. I think
most people who get their medal,
everyone says exactly the same, it
takes a while for it to sink in.
part of the presentation team there,
that gentleman won the table tennis
gold medal in Athens. And the
massive reception here will be for
the champion, because to have a host
nation winning away from the ice
rink for the very first time,
normally it is short track speed
skating in which the Koreans
dominate, but for them to win a
skeleton gold medal is the huge,
huge moment, so there will be a
great reception here. Ivo very part
of the presentation party. And Alex,
the nice thing about being the
bronze medallist means you are the
first one up, the first onto the
podium. You don't have to wait.
get to enjoy the moment longer,
I know you have still
got your bronze medal because you
brought it in the other day.
so exciting for him.
And Chemmy, you
know Dom Parsons, he is very low-key
and understated, but he will feel
such pride right now.
And for him to
have handled that pressure, and the
unknown, with such impeccable poise
is amazing. Is he looking over
thinking, I was two hundreds of that
I think he is
thinking, I'm so glad I moved up
from fourth! Amazing. The moment of
Dom Parsons' sporting career, Great
Britain's first medallist in
Pyeongchang, in skeleton, he takes
the bronze medal, the first British
man to win a medal in this sport
A former 400 metres runner, and he
switched to skeleton in 2007. He was
taken to the push track at Bath
University and thought, this is
quite fun, I could be good at this.
We do his first Olympic Winter Games
in Sochi four years ago, so only the
second time he is experienced the
Olympic feeling. And now he has a
medal around his neck. And the
Olympic Athletes from Russia taking
the silver there. The athlete who
thought Martins Dukurs would
knocking down as well, but because
the Latvian just had a couple of
errors, he moved up to silver, and
Dominic moved into bronze.
Dominic moved into bronze. And they
get a really cool little desktop, I
don't know what you call that.
Chemmy, what you call that thing he
is holding in his hand? Paperweight?
Amazing memories, that is what I
would call that!
Well done. And here
we go, for the host nation, South
Korea, gold in skeleton, and a
thoroughly dominant performance,
hugely impressive, from Yun Sungbin.
Feeling the cold of it, I think. But
I think also emotional. This is
Listen to the cheering. And there
was a big crowd at the Sliding
Centre, probably the biggest crowd
they have had, because he led by two
rounds, extended his lead. And he
has the gold medal.
And it means that certainly for the
first time on the BBC this year, we
will hear the Korean national
anthem. It means our song expressing
love towards their country.
Ladies and gentlemen, the anthem of
the Republic of Korea.
KOREAN NATIONAL ANTHEM PLAYS
Ladies and gentlemen, the Olympic
CLARE: The Korean fans cheer their
champion. Using Ben took the gold in
the skeleton, but the British fans
say, we're off and running, because
Dom Parsons got the first British
medal of these games for our team,
the bronze. It is the best funded
team Great Britain has sent out,
with a target of five medals. And
Dom Parsons, who was on the edge of
that target, he was not unable
forward as a guaranteed medal but
there was hope from the skeleton of
one to two medals, and one is in the
bag. And there are his friends, his
supporters and family. Well done,
Dom! We echo that. We will get more
reaction to Dom Parsons'
performance, but could it get
better? We have the first half of
the women's skeleton coming up.
There are four runs in total, all
the time is added together. What we
have seen in trading suggests that
both Lizzy Yarnold and Laura Deas
have a chance. They have a shot at
winning medals here. Laura Deas,
what will she be thinking at this
Right now, you can see her
adjusting her runners. The front of
the runners is smooth. The back has
the groove in it and she wants to
make sure she has the right amount
of groove on the track. It depends
on the ice conditions. She is making
sure her sled is correct. She will
make sure she has got her kit, her
helmets, things like
helmets, things like her visor being
She was a hockey player and
then an event rider. She says that
being on a course teaches you a lot
about balance and reading something
beneath you, using your body and
core strength. Alex, is there any
intimidation that goes on in this
You saw the Latvian girl
there. She had her headphones on.
She will be listening to music, just
trying not to get overawed by the
crowds and the TV and not be
affected by what others are doing.
Most athletes go into themselves and
make sure they are going through
their preparations as they have done
before and keep it the same.
you want to see happen here?
to see an exciting race, which I
think we are guaranteed. Whoever is
in the top five or six after today
is in with a good shot. It is not
all going to happen today. It will
be a four run race.
A lot of British
support. Let's join our commentary
team, Amy Williams, the champion
from 2010, John Jackson and John
Welcome back to the sliding centre
at 20 women prepared to go for their
first heat of the skeleton. Lizzy
Yarnold is the defending champion.
She will go off 14th in the opening
round. Laura Deas will be tense. The
silver medallist from Sochi is not
here. She has retired. Elena
Nikitina was sent home in disgrace
from the Russian team. The first to
go if the remaining. Low
expectations for her. She is ranked
32 in the world.
She has come
through in the last few years, but
to make it here at the Olympics is
still a great achievement. She has
been falling off the corners, a bit
scrappy at the top, which is the
important part of this track. But
that is the section, corners ten and
11, that is really bleeding time for
the athletes. They have to get it
perfect to get the speed at the
bottom of this track, which is
unique. It's uphill sections from
Kaunas 14 to 15, so you can't make
You can see that Mazilu
has had a fair run without being
spectacular. She is one of just two
in this event who were going at your
time. Can you remember who the other
Katie Uhlaender and Jenny
flock, those are the athletes are
used to slide with. You can see her
now going around corner two. She's
just likely getting the wrong angle
and then hitting the wall. It's a
unique track with uphill sections
and flat sections, so they really
have to take the speed from the push
through to the first few corners.
First Olympic Games for career's
Sophia Jong -- for Korea athlete. A
lot of the Koreans have stepped
forward. Jeong is on her way, again
an unknown quantity.
She is, but she
has started well. She has made a
little mistake. But overall, she has
had more runs than anybody else on
this track, so she should be able to
keep it together. Because it is her
first Olympics, maybe there is a bit
of nerves. That loud noise is her
helmet on the ice. She is losing a
bit of form, but she's putting in a
massive run. This could be a new
track record, although it is still a
That was a beautiful one
until she had that skid going into
corner 12. But it is a track record.
She had an incredible start time,
and then she had that big skid on
the wonky straight ten and 11. Then
you could see she was struggling.
She brought that speed through. That
track record was set last March in
one of the first events to be staged
at this venue. We can see her sled
is literally skidding sideways. That
means the knife on the runners is
cutting into the ice and it is like
brakes. Imagine how fast she would
be if that was a straight down
You can't help thinking how
fast some of these women are going
to be going.
It wouldn't surprise me
if we got close to 51 seconds.
to go is Oguchi from Japan. World
ranked number 23, she has been ever
present on the World Cup seen this
year, with four top 20 finishes.
seemed a bit scrappy of exit two.
Big mistake there as she comes into
the middle part of the track.
Hopefully now, she will settle in.
This is where she needs to get it
right. You can see how much time she
has lost to the Korean slider.
can see the time at the bottom right
hand side of your TV screens. Once
it goes red, it means they are
slower than the rider in front, so
you always want to see it in the
How good was that Jeong ran?
We have two great Canadians coming
The first few athletes to go
are the bottom of the field
generally, and then you have the
best athletes. So yes, we will now
see the World Cup leaders and what
the World Championship leaders are
about. You see her getting into the
perfect body position. All these
sleds are made and designed for
every single athlete. She skids and
it pushes her straight over,
clipping the ice as it comes into
corner 12. If you want to win a
medal on this track, you have to get
that clean. You can't afford to hit
One of the big contenders
next is Elisabeth Vathje from
Canada. She gets married next month
to another bobsleigh athlete. She is
consistent, arguably the most
consistent athlete we have seen this
She has been an incredible
athlete. Hopefully, they have all
got the right setup. The ice is very
hard. You can see the shine on it.
It is evening here, late at night.
The temperature of the ice is minus
six. So far, this is a beautiful,
clean looking one. She has nailed
the top section. We now want to see
her coming out of corner nine.
her coming out of corner nine.
is going to cost her a bit of time.
It was a bit messy down the bottom.
Whoa where did that come from? She
made some scruffy mistakes and I was
expecting to see her stay in the
red, but somehow she got it back and
the speed of her sled came through.
You're right, that was untidy from
an early stage.
But she got away
The Korean slider had
made a few more mistakes higher up.
Have we just found a wild card? The
Korean slider will be the one person
we have not accounted for in these
top medal places.
we have not accounted for in these
top medal places.
Yeah. We just sit
Elisabeth Vathje clipping the site.
She drops low and then rises again.
That is the longer way around the
corner and she has to fight to come
out. She kept clipping early and
almost toppled on her side at one
Another Canadian next, first
Olympic Games for a new look
Canadian team. It is a complete
revamp for them. She is number five
in the world.
Brilliant start time.
These athletes train all summer long
to be explosive on that start.
has nailed the top section here. She
just needs to relax a bit.
Has she got more control than her
She is into the red here.
Looks as though Vathje will hold the
advantage over her. They have just
claimed a bit of speed back.
and having watched the men's race
earlier, if they were in the red
before corner 15, they never got
back out into the lead. And yet the
women here are somehow find a way of
getting that tiny bit more speed.
Maybe there are making slightly less
mistakes on the flat part of the
course. We know how the uphill putt
can lose time.
That was incredible.
You can see they are all wearing
race bibs. They are one size fits
all, so the men would have won
exactly the same size and each
night, you are selling up your
number to make it as tight as
possible. You can see the sewing
marks down the side.
Canadians. Now three superb Germans.
Tina Hermann next. She is world
Did she step out? It
didn't look that smooth. We might
have to see a replay. But one thing
the Germans are good at, they are
not necessarily the quickest but
they are good at finding speed on
the track and they are usually some
of the fastest towards the bottom.
She is one of the smaller, lighter
athletes. Perfect body position,
shoulders down, had down, feet
together. You can see her working
with her head to get through and she
did not skid.
She will start
accelerating because she is so quick
and clean through the main part of
She has put a good
distance of ground between her and
the two Canadians. Tina Hermann has
just made a big statement the
I think we will see this
track record beaten a few times
throughout this race. It will be due
at the end of four runs will have
the track record, but that was a
good run by Tina Hermann. These
athletes are nervous, it is the
first run, so it is interesting to
see how they come out on run two.
Get the first race nerves out of
their legs, so that is the crucial
exit of corner nine. She is a little
bit late out of the corner but she
controls it really well.
of her eyes through the visor. She
has a big lead, Tina Hermann.
heart is pumping, I am so excited to
see these athletes come down.
see these athletes come down.
one, Jacqueline Lolling from Germany
is virtually unstoppable. She won
the World Cup on this track last
March. The pre-event favourite, just
has a bit of corrective work to do
She has, because they are
getting I wobble as they are coming
out. This is one of the best sliders
in the field. This is her style and
she needs that to get the speed in.
She is now building speed into the
This is absolutely
beautiful so far. Her body position,
she looks cool and calm on the sled.
So far, I think we will see another
She is better than her
team-mate, will she pull in front
She just sets the
marker a little bit higher. Tina
Hermann, made a big statement, but
Jacqueline Lolling has more than
She has been
unbelievable for the last few years,
she has pretty much won everything,
has been on the podium in nearly
every single race. Incredible. She
was one to watch, her body position
straightaway, onto the sled. This is
how you need to do this, absolutely
perfect. Concentrated on having her
head down and her shoulders low. You
can see how the two Germans are
different on the sled.
Will there be
highs and lows for the two British
women to come surely? Next up,
following on from Jacqueline
Lolling, another German, another
debut here for Jacqueline Lolling.
She has a lot to do to match
Jacqueline Lolling and Tina Hermann.
The faster start re-have had is 5.0
two. But at the bottom they found
speed. The British women are going
to challenge these girls because the
British women can start well and
fine speed. This isn't going as well
as planned for Anna. It's not where
she wants to be and she is a little
bit off the pace, compared to her
That is the difference
between her pushed time, she's
starting the bit slower. The Germans
are very strong, Lagai said, at
finding speed up the bottom. That is
why we were surprised with the men
earlier on today, German guys were
not the higher up in the field.
Fernstadt just into third on the
Canadians fourth and fifth. Getting
very interesting. And after our next
athlete, Janine Flock from Austria,
we will see Laura Deas.
the sled and we have been discussing
how the sled slots onto those
grooves. 20 metres long, depending
on the track. They slot the run into
it and it keeps it in a straight
position for you to be able to push
and then you have to load up the
right time. We saw earlier in the
men's race, it can push out and you
Janine Flock, 28 and
that her second Olympic Games.
Former world number one in 2015.
Dropped slightly now to the world
Great start time by her,
she trained so hard in the summer
for the start, coached by my old
coach. She is a hit or miss athlete,
she is either flying and winning or
she makes a big mistake. Let's see
what she can do here today.
what she can do here today.
two World Cup victories at St Moritz
and Blake Placid.
When it goes
right, it goes right. Let's hope
with her start time, she can bring
get down to this crazy uphill
section of the track.
Most have been
holding speed up this stage. Is she
going to take the lead ahead of
Jacqueline Lolling? Not quite. Only
small margins, we are talking about.
She goes second.
I thought she would
come through in first place, she was
ahead. But in the last corner,
didn't have the speed of the
It was a good run?
a really good run.
close to Jacqueline Lolling at this
stage of the competition has done a
That is perfect, she is
looking straight into corner 12.
Just clipped at the exit, but it was
right at the timing gates about
wouldn't have made any difference.
British support aplenty and Laura
Deas is next. 29-year-old, her first
Olympic Games, she is from Wrexham,
originally. Has been involved in so
many sports up until now. Used to be
an event rider. What has caught your
I was about to say to
John, Weaver in the restaurant with
her yesterday. I gave her a hug and
I told her to relax and enjoy it.
Start time is exactly what I was
hoping for. She is as strong and
Number seven in the
world, two higher than Lizzy
Yarnold. She has started the first
He has, she is using the
corners to push her around the track
to her benefit. Just get where she
needs to be by not doing too much.
Is she losing a little bit of time?
I could be a costly mistake. Is it
enough to keep her in the mix. We
know these speeds, she will lose a
couple of attempts by the time she
gets across the line.
As long as she
doesn't lose too much. All of a
sudden, she is two tenths of a
second behind Jacqueline Lolling.
costly mid-run mistake. He wasn't
even that bad, it was just a tiny
clip, but that is enough. She held
it together, you could see she did
stay calm and she did not panic. But
she just lost it. It is the uphill
section and it is so unforgiving,
We sought Katherine
Grainger watching on.
This was the
mistake. She was losing time at this
point, but we know the way the sled
will then turn around in the corner,
you have to do a lot of work. That
is what scrubs the time away. Then
you come round the big corner, 12.
Consistent theme through the sliding
sports, not just Skeleton. She is
just off third place at the moment.
Let's see if her speed is still
Great start, she is keeping
herself in the mix. That looks like
a bit of a mistake. It looks like
she's sliding off the exit rather
than using the corners to push out.
She is now building speed into the
crucial corner nine.
Just a little
bit cutting off the corner. She is
just clipping it. That is what we
are going to see.
Same mistake as
Laura Deas, almost identical. These
athletes get six runs to learn this
Two runs a day for three days
prior to race day. They haven't
perfected steering and that will be
the steering they will be going home
to talk to their coaches about.
difference between those two
mistakes, when you looked at Laura
Deas and hers, they were similar.
Laura only lost two tenths, so when
Laura get it right, she will nail it
and put herself back in the medals.
Exactly that. Her whole body leaving
the sled. If Laura nails that, I
have no doubt she will get into the
medal position. I hope she can go
back between runs and sort it out in
her head and know what to do.
most experienced in the field in
terms of Olympic expertise, Katie
Yolande from the United States. She
lost the bronze medal by the then
disgraced Russian athlete. She is on
She is desperate for a
medal, she went away for a bit and
did weightlifting, tried to compete
in the London 2012, but come back to
the sport of Skeleton.
Katie has a
different style to most of the other
sliders. Her ankles are just looking
like they are all over the place,
but that is her style. She has
always been like that. That is the
difference between all of these
athletes, has she got enough in the
back just to keep the speed up the
bottom to stay in the mix? She needs
to stay cool and calm.
with her feet, she is messy on the
I think she is losing time and
will fall behind Laura Deas. She
remains fifth at the moment. Katie
Uhlaender has just gone six.
Jacqueline Lolling leads from Janine
Flock and Tina Hermann.
start was really good. That
start was really good. That is what
we expected from her. It seems like
her legs are moving around quite a
lot. You can see her in slow motion.
The athletes are weighing their
sled, and there is a minimum and
maximum weight sled and depending on
what that is is what your body
weight can be.
Lizzy Yarnold will be
after the Latvian. I understand she
has got to have a knee operation
after The Games, it is giving her
I know all about them.
I know all about them. This
is the top section and then it goes
very flat and then it gets deeper
again before it gets to the uphill
The Latvian, because she
is so slight, this is a gravity
sport. She can only have the sled to
a certain weight. Although she is
looking good and her form is good,
it is a gravity sport. Because she
is lighter, she will naturally lose
speed. That could be the problem.
She weighs 57 kilos, the Germans and
the British girls are more 75, 80
kilos. But a really good, solid run.
She did nothing wrong, but lost time
quite dramatically in the last 400
metres. Certainly from Ben 13
Priedulena is still behind Laura
Deas, who is in fifth place in this
first heat. Loelling leads.
first heat. Loelling leads.
needs to put a good run in. She
can't win a medal on this one, but
she could lose it if you make any
mistakes. She needs one in the bag.
She has been sliding well all week.
But she doesn't appear to have been
sliding well all winter.
that. She couldn't find her rhythm
on the sled, but it all came
together when it matters. All these
athletes have been
athletes have been peaking at this
time. Now she just has to hold it
together and stay calm and
Olympic champion Lizzy
Yarnold is under way.
Just a couple
of mistakes between four and five.
She is a quality athlete, but she
has the pressure on her of wanting
to retain her title.
to retain her title. This could be
the run that puts her at the top of
It is going to be close.
Quicker than Merlin! And clearly,
Lizzy Yarnold is here the business.
That was a good run. I was
interested to see the tiny clip on
that one key straight into 12, how
much was that going to affect the
rest? Le Khalifa Lizzy, it doesn't
-- luckily for Lizzy, it didn't. She
is having a chat, there is a little
issue. She has had the odd in a
problem over the last or two and she
didn't look happy there, but she
looks great on the sled. She looked
in total control.
With some of these
oscillations, whether it has given
her this is a problem, it might give
her a bit of a wobble. But she
looked great there. And she is
number one in the standings.
Brand-new track record by Lizzy
Without wanting to tempt
fate, you would be surprised if any
of the other remaining athletes can
get ahead of her. There is every
chance Lizzy Yarnold will be the
first round leader, which is
excellent for her.
excellent for her. Here goes Kim
Meylemans, the first Belgian to
represent skeleton in the games.
her, is just about building
experience. That was a bit of a high
There are little mistakes everywhere
and it costs them a lot of time.
That is the unforgiving nature of
this track. It doesn't allow any
mistakes. For these less experienced
sliders, they need more runs on the
track to get the knowledge they need
for each of these corners and to get
the speed. Meylemans completes her
first run already well off the pace.
She would have been a surprise
contender, number 13 in the world.
That position is probably all she
can hope for.
It's about building
experience in these games, looking
at for years' time. That is what a
lot of these young sliders will be
Yeah, we have clearly got our
top athletes who want a medal and
will be happy unless they get one.
These are the sliders at the bottom
the field. They are not as
experienced and they are happy to be
here representing their country.
They are wearing the Olympic rings
on their chest. They might want to
be in the top 15 or top ten.
be in the top 15 or top ten.
Gilardoni is really consistent, but
she has found her Christiansen --
consistency at the wrong end of the
top ten. She is not going to
Know, and she is
normally an awesome starter.
normally an awesome starter. And
you're right, she went through a
year or two when she was getting
better and better, and then it seems
to fall off a bit. So whether it's a
bit of injuries or whether she has
changed her equipment, I am not
She had a hamstring injury for
most of the season. So whether she
is in 100% shape... It is what it
is, that she is losing time to
Gilardoni squeezes into ninth
These celebs don't have any
brakes, as you can see. -- the sleds
don't have any brakes. So you have
this very glamorous yellow matting,
which doesn't look the coolest thing
to smash into. Sangakkara just a few
oscillations. Not too bad, but she
was losing speed at the bottom part
of the track. We have seen that a
lot, especially if you don't get
corner 12 right.
So we are coming to
the conclusion of run number one
here. Still four athletes to go.
Lizzy Yarnold has been fastest of
all, despite looking wobbly off the
track at the end. Now back to the
action and the world number 14 is
Kimberley Bos of the Netherlands.
She is at Herbert Olympic Games. She
became the first athlete from the
Netherlands to podium at the World
Cup race with an excellent third
ahead of Yarnold at a World Cup
event here in Pyeongchang last
Perform in training has not
been the same. She has been just
outside the top ten. So now that we
are in the Olympic Games, is it the
pressure is getting to her a bit?
Could she also put a run in that
would bring her towards the front of
the pack which gives her confidence?
A lot of this is about confidence.
Get the nerves out of your system
and realise that you are a good
slider. You are in the top in the
world to be here, and get confidence
She goes in eighth place.
Laura Deas is in sixth place. It's a
pretty good first run for the
British women. There are now just
three more to come.
That wasn't a
bad slide. No real big mistakes.
bad slide. No real big mistakes. But
not the perfect run. She slides one
way and then the other, but that was
one of the better sleds we have
It was. She didn't have the
speed going into it before she
reached the straight at ten and 11
to take it to the bottom, but a
Some noisy American
support on the way in. There is a
brave chap there cheering on Kendall
Wesenberg, who is just 17, the
youngest athlete in the competition.
She is from Modesto on the West
Coast of America. I asked what it
was like clever sliding -- what it
was like for sliding, and she said
there is not a mountain insight.
made a mistake there. That will cost
her some time. The speed is going to
drop away. Another mistake there.
You could see the oscillation
getting a bit out of hand.
getting a bit out of hand. Again,
first Olympics, just a bit messy,
but hopefully she will learn for the
Her gum mother is from
Penzance, a nice British connection.
-- her grandmother is from Penzance.
You get six months to learn this
track, so each time you go down, you
write down the consequences.
We do a
lot of visualisation as well and
track walks. We have special walkers
that we strap over our trainers and
you are studying the ice and working
out where you want to be at which
part of the track. And all of that
comes together to help give you more
knowledge on the track. You could
see that she was way too high. And
the consequences those hits and
It has been an absorbing
watch. Lizzy Yarnold leads with two
to go in this first run of the
Winter Olympics. First Olympics now
for Jaclyn Narracott. She's from
Australia. 27. If you like your
athletics, you will remember her
uncle, Paul Mariner cot, a good
sprinter who one they beat Carl
Lewis, Paul Narracott.
Lewis, Paul Narracott.
This is Dom
Parsons' girlfriend going around
here. Her parents were cheering on
Dom earlier to the bronze medal.
a bad looking start. She is a
quality slider with a lot of
experience over some of the other
women. If she can put a decent run
together... That will cost her a bit
of time. But this should put her in
with confidence for the next run.
You're right, she was looking top
ten at one stage, but it just tailed
off. The mistake midway has proved
costly at the end.
A lot of the
Australian skeleton sliders came
from surf life-saving, so they
transferred their skills across. And
they taught them how to do skeleton.
They had a development programme
like we have in Great Britain. They
poached theirs from life-saving.
There is one more athlete to go. We
have had lots of slices of history
in the sliding events so far.
Another one here as the Nigerian
flags are waved for the 36-year-old
who now makes history. She becomes
the first Nigerian skeleton athlete
to ever compete in the sport. And
later in the week, she will be
joined by the Nigerian bobsleigh
team, part of the first delegation
of Nigerian athletes to compete at
the Winter Games. John, we all wish
her a good run here. I saw a couple
of her training runs. The track was
getting the better of her.
doesn't have experience. But this is
where it will start. She just needs
to get the control. This is just an
experience for her. She has not had
enough experience to settle down.
Again, a heavy hit. She is all over
the place here. Hopefully, she will
get to the top on the next run and
settle in. You conceive the
difference between the top sliders
and how easy the top girls make it
look. These are the common mistakes.
But look, she's competing and she's
To be here, representing your
country and to have qualified for
these games is an incredible thing
It is indeed. Adeagbo
completes her run and hopefully can
build on that experience. The 20
athletes will all get four runs, so
she will have another three cracks.
Let's quickly ask you about Lizzy
Yarnold. Leading after run one, but
looking wobbly when she went back
into the changing room. What is your
take on that, Amy Williams?
didn't seem to affect her run. She
had a great start and she looked in
control until that last bit. As we
so her take her helmet off, she did
look a bit concerned about something
and was holding on the coach's arm
of the bottom. She has this inner
ear problem. It will be interesting
to know whether she was a bit
worried about it all felt a bit iffy
in the bottom corners, but it didn't
seem to affect her performance.
Confirmation, Lizzy Yarnold leads.
Laura Deas in six plays. Amongst the
ones who are struggling, somewhat
surprisingly, the Canadian pair of
Jane Channel and Elizabeth battle.
But Lizzy Yarnold leading and the
second run isn't far away.
CLARE BALDING: Lizzy Yarnold, out in
front. Alex, we will see those shots
again getting off the sled, but
let's talk about her run and what
she got right.
She stayed calm, she
didn't panic, she made a few
mistakes but she didn't let it upset
her. She got down nice and safely in
first place, which is where you want
to be at the end of the first run.
She is the defending champion, she
doesn't seem to get nervous and
almost grow with the occasion. She
has talked about this listening to
an orchestra of information as you
are going down the track, listening
to the track and to yourself?
about working with the track and not
against it. When it is technical
like this, that is what you have got
to do. She will take in everything
around her and you have got to be
quick with your thinking and
reaction, just to make sure you set
yourself up as perfectly as you can
for the coming bends.
You cannot win
it on the Thursday, but you can lose
it. It is no bad thing to post a
mark that says to everybody else, I
am back, I am in form and I am the
She has been here before,
she is experienced at this and she
should go away pretty satisfied.
This is the bit we are concerned
about. Turn ten were loads of people
had trouble, she was smooth and
didn't lose time. We will see the
shots at the end. She has had this
problem, a balance issue, that
sometimes going down the track, she
hasn't quite necessarily known where
she is. She actually looks better
but it is the shots when she
immediately got off the sled, she
will go and talk to her team and
support crew. I would imagine she
has experienced this before and they
will know how to do with it. She has
time to have a rest and backed off
from the track and hopefully she
will be ready for the second run.
Laura Deas is in sixth after the
first run. She made a mistake at
turn ten, could you see her, if she
can get things right, moving up the
Definitely. She had a
brilliant start. That corner is
causing a lot of people, a lot of
problems. She posted such good times
in the training run, she can ride
the corner well, she just needs to
do it in the race.
There is nothing
wrong getting the bit between your
teeth after the first run. It is
possibly a good position for her to
She might be angry with
herself for not getting it right
first time but she has three more
runs to get that corner right. Each
time you do the run, you can improve
She just slides from one side
to the other, and the Mace show the
slow motions, there is a shot from
behind where you can see the impact
and her swinging one way and then
crashing into the track.
speed on the bottom section after
That is the right thing
to do, she didn't come up off the
sled, she kept her body nice and
tight with the sled and got straight
back into the steering for the next
You can see it in slow motion.
With your body, when you know you
are going to make the impact, what
do you do?
On that occasion, you
want to tens of the bit, some
people, when they are impacting,
they are coming right off the sled.
Then they will bang back down on it,
skid out of it, if you know you are
going to crash, you should tens of
the pit and as you impact, you
should relax again.
Jacqueline Lolling, who set the
early pace, the World Cup leader
from Germany, even she wasn't
completely smooth through it?
had a perfect run, she was very
clean for the majority of the time.
Here is Laura again. This is a very
difficult bend. It is one of the key
parts of this track.
parts of this track.
Mirela Rahneva, that was one of the
worst, with the speed she hit?
you can almost brush off it and it
won't affect you too much.
how to do it smoothly, Lizzy
Yarnold. From that aerial shot, you
can see how relaxed she is on the
Inner ear issues is painful
for anyone in daily life, imagine
having that at 80 miles an hour?
recovers very quickly, but you could
see her going...
We are not to watch
it and panic and think she cannot
deliver, she will be able to
deliver, she has had this before.
They are used to dealing with it
now, she has had it for a long time.
They were set in motion the plan
they normally do when this happens.
Just to recap, Lizzy Yarnold is in
first position and will go last in
run two and Laura Deas will go sixth
last because she has only five
sliders faster than her after the
first run and she know she can
improve. 12:30pm that will run on
BBC One. We will be suspecting to
BBC Two roundabout when Laura Deas
goes, so Lizzy Yarnold, you will see
her second run on BBC Two. But on
BBC One we have been celebrating
Britain's first medallist from these
games, Dom Parsons, taking the
bronze medal in the men's Skeleton,
moving up to third place because of
a mistake from Martins Dukurs. All
smiles for Dom Parsons. We will be
talking to him very shortly. Right
now, over on the red button you can
follow the curling. Cammy Smith, the
lead for the men's's team, Carl
Waddle and Thomas Muirhead. Thomas
Muirhead, Eve Muirhead's younger
brother. And he goes there before
handing over to the skip, Kyle
Smith. All 25 years and younger.
They are up against Sweden, a
rematch of the European Championship
final from a few months ago which
Sweden one. But the closing stages
and Great Britain are leading having
taken two. This is the Swedish skip.
Experienced side. Sweden have got
the hammer. Looks as if he was just
going to slide in. Now they sleep.
Bit of urgency. Double yellow
stones, let's go to Steve Cram, you
can update us as to what is
COMMENTATOR: Great Britain have been
playing exceptionally well until
last few minutes. One or two
mistakes have allowed Sweden to take
advantage. They have the hammer
here. Britain forced them to take
one in the first end. Played that
one really well. Really good
structured second end. Picked up
two. Then a steel in the third means
they lead 3-1 and we have seen a
couple of wonderful shots from Oskar
Eriksson, the Swedish third. Cammy
Smith, Kyle Waddell, thinking about
a time-out. What you do want to do,
if they can help it, they have given
away the two, they don't want to
allow more than that if possible.
Logan Gray and Jackie Lockhart with
me. Logan, what are the options?
They have just called a time-out.
Horrible position to be in. They do
have a stone in second shot at the
front of the forefoot, but they will
have to do something pretty good not
to lose two or three, anyway.
to lose two or three, anyway. The
British coach is on his way down but
he is also a former team-mate of
I wonder if there will
be a little word or a smile.
Completely ignored him.
He has got a
job to do and he will do it very
well. This is the first time we have
seen the boys under pressure in this
end. The first three ends, we have
been playing very well but the
Swedish boys have been making
errors. In this end, the Swedish
boys haven't made any errors, so
they have come back when our boys
have asked the question, they have
come back and played some good
The thing about the coach, he
comes in and put it back to the
players. If I am a player, I am
looking for a sign from the coach.
They are talking about...
Make that one roll over there. That
one over there. Those of the two
Let's make a call then.
clock is running down. They didn't
even acknowledge him. Didn't even
look over once.
He is telling them
what to do, what they would do.
what to do, what they would do.
coach has gone and what did they
What they are going to do is
the shot with the highest reward,
but also the highest risk. They
going to try to put their own yellow
and rolled over towards the red,
just played by Niklas Edin. The
danger with this shot, and I would
be a bit scared, is that you just
pick out your own yellow stone and
leave a shot for four.
was holding up my forefingers. If
this goes wrong... Let's hope it
doesn't. Kyle Smith has played some
wonderful shots in the match so far
and we are still in the early
Good effort, he
is lying two. There is an option.
Even the double takeout. He wouldn't
be able to pick up... Would he get
three? I am not sure he would.
Almost, almost. The issue really
then the Niklas Edin, is he going to
play double takeout?
Yes, but only
to score two, if he can.
British stone is on the right hand
Super shot by Kyle Smith, you
have do have nerves of steel to make
a shot like that.
Niklas Edin trying
to take out both of these British
stones and then he manages it pretty
well. They take their two. Not sure
it is worth looking at, Thomas
Muirhead has a look around. Now we
are all square, tied up after four
ends. Little bit of momentum swing
back to Sweden. It has been all with
Great Britain up to this point, but
let's remind you, this Swedish team,
many people are saying are certainly
capable of winning the gold medal.
Canada will always be the
favourites, but they have been in
great form over the last couple of
years. Won the grand slam tour in
Canada and major championships as
well. This is Niklas Edin's six
European Championships against Great
Britain in December, against this
Elsewhere, well keeping you
up-to-date. There was a good
atmosphere tonight. Korea are
trailing against Canada but they are
doing a good job against them. The
United States are walking all over
Denmark, 6-1 up at the moment.
Switzerland got off to a good start
against Japan. But they have not got
off to a good start in this
competition. Great Britain face of
the three best teams, Switzerland
included, Sweden here and of course
Canada. And having won two of them
already, a win here would be a major
bonus given the tough start they
have had. So the hammer transfers to
the British team.
It looks heavy.
Smith has done well.
We were talking about the stats
earlier. At one point, he was at
I think that fourth end was a
sign of what Sweden can do. They
played a perfect end and could have
scored as many as four, if Kyle had
not played a fantastic last stone.
Such a dangerous team, the Swedish
But it is a bit tit-for-tat as
well. You can have great shots on
Not as much pressure as they would
have liked to exert.
Looking pretty good here.
Looking miles ahead. I don't know if
it's the advantage that Niklas Edin
has, but playing in lots of
championships rather than playing
against strong Canadian teams, only
one Canadian team can represent
Canada at the Olympic Games. We have
had a situation this time where
people have won before. Canada have
two former medallists this time
around. Would Canada still be your
favourite, or...? I have heard
people say Edin may be the
50-50 for me. It depends
who turns up on the day.
sitting on the fence! I'm going to
send Niklas Edin.
send Niklas Edin.
Just to remind you
that you played in nine matches.
There are ten teams taking part. You
play the other night and the top
four are ranked on a win loss record
and make it through to the
If there is a tie for the fourth
place, there was a tie-break
session. Ideally, to make sure you
will be in the semifinal, you have
to win six matches. If you win five,
you may need a tie-break.
you may need a tie-break.
Edin here's been very clever and
setting loss of stones up at the
We saw that in the last end.
I think GB have spotted the danger
early. It is still very early in the
end as well. So this will give them
a better opportunity to get a better
opening. It does feel like there is
a change in feeling in the Swedish
camp. They have taken a lot of
confidence from that fourth end and
they seem to be attacking more. They
are taking more risks and playing a
game where they feel the GB team are
not quite at the same level.
chatting earlier about this idea
that Great Britain were very relaxed
at the beginning, which was great.
And Sweden had maybe not quite woken
up to the fact that they were in a
game here. Their first three
matches, they jumped to an early
lead and almost cruised home. They
have certainly woken up now. It is
important that Britain continue to
play in the manner in which they
started this match.
started this match.
It feels like
Team GB got a bit of a fright in the
fourth and the mood seems more
But Kyle still played that
I know. It was only
until that Eriksson shot... This
He has found his draw weight. He has
struggled with it, but is much
Talking about freeze, maintaining
the temperature in the arena is
helped by these big blowers near us
which blow out cold air. We are
conveniently set very close and they
are working on full pelt tonight.
Niklas Edin has a few options here.
You saw him indicating the top
yellow. I think he wants to control
the four free to the top of the
house and make it difficult for
Great Britain to score more than
Oskar Eriksson played some great
shots in the previous end.
shots in the previous end.
makes it difficult for themselves.
The trouble is, these guys'
accuracy, they can put one red on to
another red easily.
That is what I
am worried about here.
am worried about here. Just need to
be a bit wary.
Niklas Edin is always
looking to or three shots ahead of
Is that the top red or the yellow?
Now, if his radar back on target?
It's been slightly off in the first
It was when they gave
the steel away.
Well, well, well. We talked about
what he did in the last end.
Overall, the skipper has not been
performing to his high standards.
The only has one more stone.
But if he did that, the boy still
have a free draw. So they are trying
to take him away from the free shop
that is in the house at the moment.
Making chase a different stone.
kind of shot is where communication
They need to get it spot on.
placement is key.
They are not
sweeping it much.
Perfect. Stopped just in time. A
great shot. If you're not sure about
the rules, once it passes that the
line, the horizontal line, Sweden
are allowed to sweep it. One of the
Swedish sweepers was trying to get
it another two or three inches
deeper in the house.
deeper in the house.
definitely forcing Niklas Edin to
chase that shot.
chase that shot.
They caught that
one of its fine, the sweepers. But
they have put it in a prime spot.
Niklas Edin wants to put as much
pressure as he can on the British
He was hoping to roll to the
other side of the red. Great
opportunity here now for a hit and
stick and a two.
Not quite his night
so far. He came into this game with
impressive stats. He had been
shooting at 90% in the matches so
far. Top of the league. He has
certainly not been up to that level
this evening, and that is why Great
Britain have a good handle on this
match now. Now, looking for the
chance to take two.
Nice shot. Kyle Smith continues the
great form he has shown this
evening. They pick up two in the
fifth end. Great Britain lead Sweden
CLARE: They have a break now in the
fifth end. He will be wondering what
he could have done better, because
Sweden trail. That will continue on
the red button. We will be joining
it again at the conclusion of the
second run of the bone shuddering
Laura Deas, one of the fastest
starters in the field.
It is down to
you in that moment. There is nobody
else. I love this sport. I am in it
because I want to win.
Yarnold, is the Olympic champion. My
The Brits have arrived
because Lizzy Yarnold, the defending
champion is the fastest after the
first run. A time of 51.66 seconds
sees her narrowly in
sees her narrowly in front of
Jacqueline Lolling Germany. Laura
Deas is sixth fastest and we were
concerned that Lizzie was mouthing
the words, dizzy, as she got off her
sled. She has been suffering from
these mini blackouts during her
Yes, I think she is used
to this, at least it has happened
before, it is not like it is the
first time. She will have the team
around her and they will know what
to do to get her ready for the
Laura Deas, had a very
good run, had a little bit of a
mistake at turn ten?
This race, has
four runs, every run, the positions
will change, people will go faster,
they will be making mistakes and
they won't be making mistakes.
is well in there at the moment. She
is not far of the spaces in front of
We have had a lot of questions
from viewers who are watching
Skeleton for the first time. Kim
says, when we look at the start, and
there were very good start from both
of our British competitors, how long
can they push the sled before they
jump on it and light on it?
have 50 metres, but as you are
pushing the sled, you are going down
a hill. At some point, the sled
starts to run away from you about is
when you have to get your timing
absolutely perfect. You want to push
as long as possible, but you don't
want the sled to be racing down the
track and leaving you at the top.
Laura Deas was the second fastest
starter. Lizzie's start, you are
tellingly, Alex, when you started
you are behind the sled with two
hands on it?
We used to have both
hands on the sled which puts more
pressure on it. They have changed
and with the one hand, it is faster,
but it is more dangers. Jeff Pain,
Canadian in 2002, he came on the
track and he was doing this groovy,
one-sided thing and we thought, that
will not take off and that is what
everybody does now.
Luke Arnolds, why is it called
It originates from being
called Skeleton bobsleigh. Then it
became Skeleton Bob. You take a
bobsleigh, strip ever think of it
and then you are left with just the
Skeleton. Then the word Bob was
dropped and it just became Skeleton.
Jade says what happens if the slider
falls off the sled but crosses the
line with a winning time, as we see
Lizzie coming over the winning line.
They pull up in this and Granollers
way. Both feet out, it looks like it
will be painful on the toes. Let's
look at what Lizzie was saying. Just
a bit dizzy. Wanting some support.
She comes round quickly and looks
happier coming off the track. But
the question being, what happens if
you come off your sled and you slide
over the winning line and your time
is fast this?
It is possible to come
off the sled on the track and get
back on it. I have done it myself.
That rules they must be in contact
with your sled when you cross the
finish line. You can like that as
long as you are in contact with the
Would it be the sled's time or
If you are capable of
towing your sled in front of you
across the line, that would count.
But I wouldn't suggest it.
A lot of
questions about the money being
invested in the technology. White of
the helmets not more aerodynamic?
They looked like they could be
shaped even more?
The helmet rule is
one of the rules that states nothing
aerodynamic can be done to the
helmet. The idea is to make it a
level playing field so the rich
companies who invest a lot of money
don't gain an unfair advantage.
you allowed to wear body protection
like on your spine like we do in
You can wear protection that
can stop you injuring yourself, but
the rules say no aerodynamic
additions whatsoever. It is a
clear-cut rule. If you try to claim
something was just for protection
but the jury decided it was
aerodynamic, you would have to take
All those questions were coming
across on social media, so use a
hash tag Aske Alex. The second run,
they go in reverse order. So for the
fourth run they will go leader lass.
Which is better, first or last?
Depends on the ice, you want the
best ice. Normally the first one
down get the better ice because it
is cleaner. But it is so cold at the
moment I don't think it will make
that much difference. The other side
of it is, going lass, you see
everybody going out of the start
house. If you are the winner, you
end up on your own in this big room,
everyone else has finished and that
can be quite frightening experience.
Amy Williams was talking about that,
she said everybody disappears and it
becomes quieter and quieter. It is a
different type of tension. We are
going to head Bullrun two. Coverage
of the curling continues on the red
button. He is Kendall Wesenberg at
the starting gate.
Go back to John Hunt. COMMENTATOR:
Kendall Wesenberg going now, sitting
in 17th place. The 17-year-old from
the United States whose grandmother
was from Cornwall. She struggled
through inexperience or ability, a
mixture of both in run number one,
Yes, not quite getting the
steering exactly right. It is very
hard when you are learning. You have
got to feel the pressure through
your body and through the sled and
then correct the steering, change
the direction of the sled at exactly
the right point. It is a lot to take
on but that is how you do that
corner. She has got hair steering in
corner nine spot on. Let's hope she
can keep that speed to this unique
uphill section and hold on the end.
52.77 was her time from the first
run this will be comparable.
run this will be comparable. 52.96,
slightly slower. Later on, it looked
cleaner banned the first run?
did, certainly down the bottom but
her mistake was at the top between
two and three. It does cost you a
lot of time. It is hard to pick the
speed up down the bottom.
then, like she did, have a clean
bottom section but you haven't got
the speed out of the second corner.
It is a vital corner to get right,
to keep that speed through the flat
section, which is three, four and
Next ago, the young
Next ago, the young Belgian
Kim Meylemans. She had two top ten
finishes in Whistler. In Canada she
finished fifth and that was her best
placing on the circuit for the last
three years. She is world number 13
and in 16th place.
Her first run
wasn't so bad, just little errors
here and there. She will be looking
to come down the track and sort them
out. Nice and clean through two and
three. She will carry has speed to
the start. Little bit of a high
line, but it works for her. Coming
to seven, you can hear her head as
she gets a little bit high. Her
helmet is scraping against the ice.
She was probably literally angled a
tiny little bit which shifted her
cross. But this is a good, clean
She comes into corner 15, up
the hill and into 16, the final
52.56, bettered by 52.54 which
is consistent and reasonably quick.
Not the sort of speed that will take
her towards the leaders.
asking me on Twitter, I have done a
bit of a hash tag Aske Amy. I will
try to ask as many as I can. Someone
asked why we don't have a track in
the UK? They cost millions of pounds
to make and we have the push track
at Bath University the British
sliders use which is a dry track we
practice starting on. If we could
make it into an ice has come it
would be incredible because you
could push these exact sleds on it.
But we don't have our own tracks so
we have to travel around the world
all winds of the six months. That
was showing us the different lines
of different athletes going down the
Meylemans is happy, leader
for the moment. Next for Australia,
Dom Parsons's partner.
Dom Parsons's partner. This is
Jaclyn Narracott who goes for
Australia at her first Olympic
Games. She finished eighth in San
Moritz and that was the best of her
top 15 finishes this winter.
an experienced slider and has been
around for a long time, but never
quite made the mark. Whether she
hasn't got the equipment, that is
the best weather, the technology or
she is not settling in. She looks a
little bit tense, like she has not
sunk into the sled. When I am
teaching you athletes, I tell them
to be like a sack of potatoes on the
sled, you have to become one being,
you and the sled.
Losing some time,
those mistakes from nine down.
those mistakes from nine down.
is her time, slower than run number
one. But she goes seconds.
Parsons, watching his girlfriend,
they have been dating for the last
few years. He managed to get here
quickly to watch and everyone is
supporting one another. You can just
see her going around very high. She
drops off and is almost having to
skid into the next corner and she
cannot keep control and is hitting
very hard left into corner 12. Silly
athletes now have to go off into the
room. On the first run, they get
their sled Wade, their body weight
weight because there is a minimum
maximum weight sled.
There is some
snow in the outcome but I don't
think it is coming down hard enough
to affect things, Amy?
No, it is
that floaty snow. If anything came
down hard, they do have shades, but
I don't think this will be settling
on the track.
Next ago, this
29-year-old from Canada. She will be
disappointed she is as far back as
14th, Mirela Rahneva.
She has got a
black visor and we have had a lot of
questions about bar. We put shampoo
on the inside and wipe it off to
help with the fog and misting up.
Some athletes prefer black, orange,
yellow all clear. We are trying to
look at the profile of the eyes,
trying to see the textures of the
Then 15, Mirela Rahneva. She
was very high in the final bend. She
has gone 52.33, quite a bit quicker
than the first run.
Quite big chunks
of times. There is a little race
within its own between the top ten
and the bottom ten. We are coming
out into the top athletes.
it was a lot more tidy, she just
tidied up the mistakes up from the
first run. That is about how one is
faster than the other. Great shots,
especially when the sleds are
overlaid and you can see them close
They are good, one good
athlete is compared to one who has
got it all wrong. There she is.
do a lot of video feedback, filming
the starts and exits into each
Here is Sophia Zhong, she
was first to go earlier on and she
did throw down what we thought was a
good time of 52.40 seven. But so
many women have gone much quicker
than her. Despite the promise of the
first run, she does have some ground
to make up.
She was very messy on
the first run, but relatively quick
to the girls around her. If he puts
in a good run, she could move up
quite a few places.
She has managed
to make quite a few mistakes, but
has has done something she is up and
down. She knows this track really
well. Let's just see if she can go
back into the green. Not quite.
to be. She goes third, of those who
have gone already. Nearing the
halfway stage of this second run.
That was to do with the big mistake
as she came down the little chicane,
the Dragon's tale. There was too
much for her to do around the
bottom. We know the big corner 12
costs so much time for the bottom of
That was such a hard hit. Her whole
body is coming off the sled and it's
hard to control, but she did get it
under control. But hitting it with
that falls would have bled time from
Perhaps the biggest surprise of
round number one was the
disappointing performance of
Elisabeth Vathje, the world number
three coming into the Olympic Games.
She finds herself languishing in
12th place, with much to do.
literally had her as one of my medal
hopes. She will desperately be
trying to correct the wrong is from
her first run.
her first run.
Learning aside, she
has probably been the most
consistent slider of this season.
wonder if the Canadians as a whole
have an issue with their equipment
similar to what the German men had.
There was no speed in the sled. Is
it just something they have got
wrong in their development? The
lines were not bad on the first run.
But she needs to get this right to
pull herself back to the front.
she is doing that. She looks way
more relaxed. Her lines are really
good. She is at 126 kilometres an
She wobbled ferociously around
16. In the first round, we had five
women including Lizzy Yarnold who
went under 52 seconds. So she still
finds herself off the pace.
four tenths quicker, so she has
tidied up a lot from her first run.
Maybe it was first run nerves,
settling into the Olympic Games. But
you have to be consistent over four
I fear that first run might
have taken her out of the medals.
Everyone else is going to be
consistent unless they make major
Now to another Canadian,
Jane Channell. She finished fourth
in the 2015 World Championships. She
is at her first Olympic Games and
she is number five in the world.
These are all the top athletes that
we see on the podium. She was having
to fight to not let the sled skip to
She placed 11th after the
This is a good-looking
run so far.
run so far. She needs to nail the
straight to overtake her team-mate.
You can hear how much her helmet is
scraping on the wall from the
G-forces. That is causing her to
For a clean run, I'm
surprised she has not been making up
more time. There was a slight drift,
but I'm surprised she didn't get
down quicker. They are either trying
too hard or they haven't got the
runners on. And that is causing her
to grip too much. To me, that looked
like a solid run. If I didn't see
the times, I help would have put
that in first place.
I think she has
come into band 12 and had to steer
too hard. She has had to drive the
led to much. You see the difference
in the lines between the two
Canadians. She is going a lot
further around the corner than her
team-mate. It might be an extra
meter that she has travelled around
the corner, which does cost a couple
of hundredths here and there.
Marina Gilardoni is in tenth place.
She has yet to get close to landing
a big one.
a big one.
She was a bobsleighed
athlete and then made the transition
to skeleton. She made some big
inroads but has then plateaued to
where she is now.
With a lot of the
athletes, we can hear their helmet
on the ice. We do do a lot of neck
strengthening in the summer with
cables and police etc to try and
strengthen our neck, but it can be
hard. Sometimes on corners, you have
pressure pushing your head down onto
How is that for
It's good to be
consistent. But she is consistently
middle of the road rather than
consistently at the top. But if that
is your limit, then if you can keep
that together and be good on all the
runs, that is all you can ask for.
Then you have to upgrade your
equipment. That was not a bad run.
The athletes are just putting their
sled is against the rails. There
were now hang around, but their
coats on and watch the rest of the
athletes come down.
Kimberley Bos of
the Netherlands has happy memories
of this track. She slid beautifully
when third here in the World Cup
event last March. She was beaten
only by the disgraced Russian,
Nikitina. Excellent course
experience for Bos and she starts
off joint eighth.
It would be an
excellent result if she could stay
in the top eight.
in the top eight. She needs to get
this important part of the track
She's entering the uphill sections,
which you can't quite see on your TV
screen. It is a big climb into the
She gets second behind
Elisabeth Vathje, who is still
looking happy. CLARE: Here on BBC
One, we will be going to the news on
one o'clock, which will probably
mean the Laura Deas, who is
currently in sixth place, her run
will be on BBC Two and going in
reverse order, Lizzy Yarnold will be
last ago. She is the leader after
run one. So run two will resume on
BBC Two at one o'clock. The red
button at the moment is showing
Great Britain's men's curling team
up against Sweden.
Katie Uhlaender is next to go for
the United States. She was an
agonising fourth in Sochi. She is at
her fourth Olympic Games. She was
world champion in 2012. She has had
a tremendously distinguished sliding
This is the one she wants.
Maybe she wanted a little too much,
which is why she gives it 110%, 10%
She is desperate to get
this. She has been a slider for many
years. But she has always been a
messy person, you see her using her
legs a lot more. She never seems
that settled, but she is a powerful
athlete. She literally was a para
athlete in the summer, wanting to
become a weightlifter -- a power
athlete. But she is going to be
disappointed. She desperately wants
this, but maybe sometimes you just
try too hard. You have to just let
the sled slide.
She has gone a bit
slower, sadly. There is danger that
we were and this session -- she will
end this session drifting from the
What a run that
was from Elisabeth Vathje. Her first
run will cost her a potential medal,
because she has moved up quite a few
places already. She might be able to
knock on the door of where Laura
Deas is, but hopefully Laura will
Next ago is Priedulena
from Latvia, currently in seventh
place. She went 52.1 in the first
round. This was the young lady
apparently struggling with a knee
injury, but there was no sign of
that on run number one. She was
powerful and onto her sled very
A solid start from her. Just
having to drop her to. A lot of
athletes get pulled the left-hand
Because she is the smallest
female in the group in terms of body
weight and this is a gravity sport,
against the larger women in the
sport, she's going to suffer because
she's almost 20 kilos down on them.
She has gone slightly slower.
was a good run.
continues to slide consistently.
CLARE BALDING: Latvia take the lead
in the women's skeleton. Laura Deas
will be the next slider on the
track. We will be going over to BBC
Two. We will show you that run on
BBC Two as we continue to count down
to the leader after the first run
who is the defending champion, Lizzy
Yarnold, aiming to become the first
British athlete to successfully
defend a Winter Olympics title. She
has started in style, but she needs
to stay consistent. Chemmy Alcott
and Alex Kerber will be with me on
BBC Two on the day when Britain won
their first medal of these Winter
Olympics in Pyeongchang, courtesy of
Dom Parsons. He moved up from fourth
to third position after four runs of
the men's skeleton. And in the 21st
century, he is the first British man
to take a medal in the Winter
Olympics. A tremendous moment for
Dom. He is out there now supporting
both his girlfriend, the Australian
slider, who has already gone down,
Jaclyn Narracott, and also offering
his support for Laura Deas and Lizzy
Yarnold. We have a lot more
excitement to come from Pyeongchang.
The team are up and running. They
have a medal in the bag. Could Lizzy
Yarnold and Laura Deas put
themselves into a position where
perhaps, we could have a situation
in which Britain have two people on
the podium in the same event for the
first time? BBC One is now heading
towards the One O'Clock News, but
our coverage of these Winter
Olympics on day seven continues
right now on BBC Two.
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.