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Good morning and welcome to coverage
of the middle Saturday of the Winter
Olympics here on BBC One. We are
with you until 1.45 and this is the
biggest day so far of these games
for the British team. There has been
good news already. Before we get
into skeleton and short track speed
skating, a second medal of the
games, this time won by the youngest
member of the team, 19-year-old Izzy
Atkin landing a clean running
freestyle skiing to secure her place
on the podium.
Next to drop will be
Great Britain's Izzy Atkin.
The biggest one of her life starts
Mechanical with the 450, laid
it down beautifully.
it down beautifully. She comes up
from the side and tilt the skis onto
it. This run is flowing for her now.
Dare I say it, the best rails we
have seen from her. Come on, Izzy
Atkin. Final junta... -- final jump.
And it's super-clean! Its
third-place! 84.6. She's down. Great
Britain's Izzy Atkin takes a bronze.
There were tonnes of
big names in the field. It could
have been anyone's. I was standing
at the bottom after my final run. I
knew I had skied the best I could on
my heart was racing. I can't believe
She held her nerve. She didn't push
it too far. Izzy Atkin, at the age
of 19, lives in Park City, Utah. She
was born in the USA became to the
Britain for the first time in five
months old. Her grandma Betty still
lives in Birmingham and her dad
Mike, who is out there with her mum
Zoe, they said that grandma Betty
would have recorded it and watched
it all this morning. And that is
what she has been rewarded with, a
bronze medal, seeing her
granddaughter on the podium. Katie
Summerhayes, by the way, finished
seventh. That is the start of what
could be an exceptional day here for
the British team. There is so much
to look forward to on a very special
Three medals for Great
Britain! What a night.
jump champion Greg Rutherford.
Farah for Great Britain!
Ennis is the Olympic champion.
It's funny how these things tend to
happen on Saturday. Six years on
from Jess Ennis-Hill, Greg
Rutherford and Mo Farah, it's time
for Elise Christie, Lizzy Yarnold
and Laura Deas to skate and slide
into the limelight. It's the midway
point of these Winter Olympics, the
biggest and best British team ever
sent to a winter games, and it has a
chance today to make history. Never
has a British athlete retained a
winter Olympic title. Never have
British athletes filled two places
in the top three of a Winter
Olympics boards. Never has a skater
from these shores won a gold medal
in short track speed skating. In
2014 and 15, Lizzy Yarnold was the
skeleton supremo. She was Olympic
champion, world champion, European
champion and World Cup champion.
Then she stepped away, exhausted.
She had achieved everything. She got
married, she do a course in
book-keeping, she made lampshades.
Then two seasons ago, she got back
on a sled with one goal in mind -
retaining her Olympic title. She is
third at the halfway stage, one
tenth of a second behind the leader.
And right on her tellies her
team-mate and friend, 29-year-old
Laura Deas. She is lapping up the
experience of her first Olympics and
setting hugely impressive times. She
was the second fastest on 12 to move
up to fourth place, tantalisingly
close to the podium. When Elise
Christie was at school, she was
teased and bullied for being pale
and thin. They called her skeleton.
She took up bigger skating and then
switch to a sport where she thought
she could control the outcome -
short track speed skating. She has
been through the best and worst of
experiences in the last ten years. A
ten time European champion, 12
medals at world level, three World
Championship titles, including the
coveted overall gold medal. And yet
at the Olympics, she has a score to
settle. Buoyed by support from Jess
Ennis-Hill and Kelly Holmes,
Christie has a first Olympic medal
in mind. You have to go back to
February three, 1924 to find the
last time that a British team won
more than one medal on the same day
at a Winter Olympics, and if one of
them was to become champion... Well,
they would join this very exclusive
list of ten. In 1924, the men's
curlers took Britain's first ever
Winter Olympics gold. In 1936, it
was the men's ice hockey team. Then
figure skater Jeannette Altwegg won
told in 1952. In 1964, bobsledder 's
Tony Nash and Robin Dixon topped the
podium. At Innsbruck in 1976, the
late, great John Kerry was the star.
And four years later, Robin Cousins
too was all gold on the ice. In
1984, Jayne Torvill in Christopher
Dean's Bolero was legendary. Salt
Lake City saw Rhona Martin and
co-win curling gold. Then skeleton
sliders Amy Williams in 2010 and
Lizzy Yarnold in Sochi topped the
podium. And there are the three
faces of the women who today could
step into those history books, Elise
Christie, Laura Deas, Lizzy Yarnold.
We have got a couple of hours of
live sport here that will thrill
you, excite you. Anything could
happen. These are sports in which
nothing is guaranteed, but the first
round of the 1500m is at 10.15,
followed by Elise Christie at 11.10
and in the final is at midday. The
skeleton runs, ran three.
If you want to get in touch, use the
hashtag # BBC Olympics.
hashtag # BBC Olympics. We have
experts in short track with us,
Sarah Lindsay and Jon Eley have
competed at three Olympics each in
short track speed skating. They know
Elise Christie well. They know what
happens. And Alex Coomber was the
woman who in the 21st century
restarted this revolution in
skeleton. She won a bronze medal and
since then, it has been silver and
gold all the way for the skeleton
sliders. It's a big day, Sarah. Some
of what you hope for form today.
just want a -- Elise to do her best
so she can be happy with what she
Yeah, some great
performances and everyone coming
away with a smile.
Alex, how would
you describe the skeleton
I can't wait. The girls
are so different. It will be so
exciting. We will see changes
amongst the top sliders and the last
run will be incredible.
yesterday it could be the most
exciting skeleton competition we
have ever seen. Here is what has
happened so far.
She is a quality athlete, but she
has the pressure on in these games
of wanting to retain her title. Is
she going to lose speed? This could
be the run that puts her at the top
of the pile.
It's going to be close.
Needs to be cleaned. She goes first!
Quicker than Loelling. Clearly,
Lizzy Yarnold is here for business.
Obviously, it's not going to help,
but I think she's used to this. At
least it has happened before, so
it's not like it's the first time.
Her team will know what to do to get
Come on, Laura, keep this
together. She has just got to stay
relaxed. I think she is going to
hold onto the lead.
She has got to
go under 52 seconds at the finish.
Again, a wobble.
I'm only seven
hundredths away from a medal
position. This is a sport where
anything can happen and things can
change in a split-second. I want
Is this enough for
her to stay in front? She might drop
behind the Austrian.
between Loelling and Lizzy Yarnold,
who has dropped back to third place,
a tenth of a second off the leader.
I have a sore sinus thing going on.
I'm struggling to breathe enough. It
is very cold here. I am doing lots
of steaming. I think I am still well
in the mix.
She is well in the mix.
She is in third place, a tenth of a
second behind the leader. This
morning, she said, I have my eyes on
the prize. She is the big race
performer, Alex, and although in the
last two years her form has been in
doubt, she has struggled to get back
to the heights of 2014-15. What do
you think we saw yesterday and what
can we expect from her?
The season has not been great for
her, but she has come back. She set
a track record on the first run when
she wasn't feeling great. What can
she do when she is fine? Hopefully,
she had last night to sort herself
out, maybe had a good rest. She is
ready for this.
She has had this
balance problem and a slight
blacking out during a run. We are
not worried about that, we?
am assuming she has a great team who
will keep an eye on that. They will
not let her do anything that will
endanger her or injure her. She has
had this for a long time and they
are used to dealing with it.
is always so calm and methodical.
Laura Deas, we know less about. Many
have never heard of her until
And now she is forth. Her
improvement was exceptional.
been really impressed with her. I
did think the nerves would get to
her, but seeing her interviewed
yesterday, she was calm and
motivated. You can see she knows
what she wants to do. She is in the
perfect place in fourth. She is not
in a medal position at the moment.
The same thing happened with Dom.
People talk about being under the
radar and having no pressure. The
pressure is only what you put on
yourself. She wants a medal, so
fourth place for her is a
Definitely. The fact
that her first run was not great and
she came back fighting, and she had
the second best time on the second
run. Most of the girls had a worse
second run and it is a four run
race, so if she can keep improving,
I would be amazed if she is not up
there in the medals at the end.
have had lots of questions about
skeleton. Alex, you are so
knowledgeable. Let me repeat what
you said about why it is called
It was originally called
the skeleton bobsleigh, meaning you
stripped everything off a
bobsleighed and what have you got
left? Just the bottom and the
runners. Then as skeleton tried to
find its own identity, we became
skeleton bob, then we dropped the
word Bob and we are skeleton.
is just the bare bones. Rosie and
Johnny have been watching carefully
and they want to know, how do they
slow down and is it saw when you
At the end of the track,
once they have come of the finish
line, you will see that all of the
women are pushing up. The track also
goes uphill and eventually, they
will hit a bit of foam or a mat and
you go from sliding really fast to
coming almost to a complete stop.
Falling off is common. You can come
right off your sled, but you can get
back on it. The hits look worse on
TV than when it happens in reality,
because you ping off and you have
protection on the sleds. Right at
the front, there are metal bumpers.
So although it looks like the
athlete is slamming into the wall,
it is normally the sled.
And what do
you need as qualities to be a good
Skeleton is one of
the most difficult sports to teach.
I have taught on novice courses and
you can tell within the first one or
two runs whether someone will be
good, because you have to be so
quick thinking. It has to be so
instinctive. You can't teach someone
to think fast. Everything is coming
at you so quickly. You need to be
steering for the band that is coming
in 20 or 30 metres, early. If you do
it later, it is too late. So it is
about quick thinking, staying calm
in a pressured situation, having a
fast start, maintaining your
aerodynamic position, not getting
worried and fiddling about. So it is
a combination, but ultimately, a lot
of it is just instinctive. That is
where the Britons have tended to be
good in identifying people who seem
to be able to do it naturally.
Laura Deas and using Arnold came
through the talent ID programme. --
Lizzy Yarnold. Lizzy talks about
listening to an orchestra of
information. So she really does
highlight the speed at which your
brain is working. But also
physically, you have got to be
Yeah. Ultimately, it's a
contradictory sport. You have to be
fast and explosive as you are
starting, but in a split-second you
then have to be relaxed and you have
to try and let yourself work as one
with the track. You can't fight it
as you go down, because it will
always win and slow you down. So it
is a contradictory sport. It is
hugely mental. The mental side of it
is probably more important than the
physical side. It is just that
combination of attributes. If you
get a good package together, you
have a good slider.
Laura Deas and Lizzy Yarnold came
from other sports. They are
competitive. The World Cup is not
exactly glamorous, you don't go into
it if you want to be mollycoddled.
You are talking about driving
halfway around Europe and the world,
hours on the road, staying in places
that you would not go on holiday. It
is cold and early start, late
starts, it is a brutal sport. You
are going out, and you are often
getting battered as you go down this
cold, icy, unforgiving track. But
weirdly, that is what the draw is.
And you want to do it again.
say so! You saw Lizzy at the end of
the run, Jen Ryan helping her off
the track, undoing the top of her
suit, because she was struggling to
breed. But she recovered quickly and
looked happier as she walked off the
track. -- Tabriz.
If you can do that when you are not
feeling great, what is she capable
of when she feels better today?
will focus fully on skeleton from
11:30 on BBC One. Let's turn our
attention to short track speed
skating. You can't guarantee
anything in this sport. It's
roughest, toughest, most
unpredictable event of the lot.
Tight corners, slipping and sliding,
shoulders charging, it is ruthless.
Last Tuesday, Elise Christie was on
the deck in the final of the 500
metres, she finished fourth in the
end and is trying to stay positive.
Is this to be her moment?
It's tough, I worked so hard for the
500, and it has been taken away from
me. I know it's short track and I am
supposed to be prepared for this,
but it still hurts, you know?
I don't know Will it is I can't see
living with this feeling, you know?
I think that night was obviously
pretty rubbish, but after that, the
next day, I woke up and I thought
about everything. I have said to you
guys before, it's short track, it
out of my control. My hand was
kicked and it was an accident, short
track, nothing I can do about it.
For me, my focus is mainly on the
1001st, I have the 1501st, I will
see what I can do without and pick
up a medal. The 1000 is the one I
will try to get the gold in.
seems like you are philosophical and
I know this is experience helping
you get over this.
was nowhere near as dramatic as
Sochi. What happened, I couldn't
have done anything about. I know
that, as frustrating as it is, I
have to move forward now.
Thanks to everyone who has sent me
lovely messages of support, I never
expected that, so it's amazing. My
two eras, Jessica Ennis-Hill Kelly
Holmes both sent me a tweet, that's
amazing -- Heurelho Gomez.
Sportsmen and women understand sport
is crazy and harsh at times, but
they've gone through things like
this before, and I can get through
this and come out the other end.
this before, and I can get through
this and come out the other end.
So good to hear Elise speaking with
so much more confidence, to be
honest, she get over these things
quickly and shares her emotions with
all of us. She, let's not forget, is
supreme in this sport. She won three
gold medals at World Championships
in 2017, including the overall
title, first European skater to do
that. But at the Olympics so far, it
has not gone well. Disqualified in
all three events at the Winter
Olympics in Sochi, and crashing in
the 500 metre final at the Olympics.
But this happens all the time,
doesn't it, in short track speed
skating. This is her today.
It is part and parcel of sport,
things go wrong. It happens in a lot
of sport. For us, this is not an
unusual circumstance, like we said,
but today she will come again and
focus. I know there was a lot of
talk after Tuesday about what the
team have got to do to help Elise
switchback in, she would know what
switchback in, she would know what
to do. There has been no divine
intervention. It is the plan as
usual, we will crack on and get on
with it, coming back to be ready
Does her approach need to be calm,
or is it good to have anger there?
Who knows with Elise. One day she
will bounce off the walls and
perform brilliant, other times she
is focused and doesn't talk a lot.
You are never sure with her, but she
has refocused. Word from camp is she
is in a good place and feeling
positive, and is ready to go today.
Given what happened on Tuesday,
John, she fell, yes, didn't win a
medal, but finished and got a
Completely different to
Sochi, she finished fourth, our best
result in the sport since 1994, that
is a massive positive for the team.
It was a disappointment she didn't
get the medals you wanted, but she
had another chance to go again, and
Today is three times the
distance. On Tuesday, it is over so
Today is three times the
distance. On Tuesday, it is over so
quickly. Looking at it again, she
was fighting to try to get up there
to win a medal.
Watching the race
back over and over, she didn't do
one thing wrong. She couldn't have
made a better decision. Sometimes
the decisions go against you. She
did a good start, but got boxed in
because of Lane four. She took
advantage and responded well to
that. It created something else to
happen. All the things that went
wrong, nothing was to do with her
performance. She is performing
really well, I hope she takes
confidence from it, even though it
was not the result she wanted.
boyfriend there, Nicky Gooch coming
in, they said to her, don't go
through the interviews. She said she
wanted to, because
through the interviews. She said she
wanted to, because the quicker she
does them, the quicker she gets
She is an emotional
athlete, she likes to go out and be
upset, but that is how she turns
things around so quickly. One of the
few people I know that can switch
energy quickly. If I was like that
after a race, I would be knackered.
She feeds of that.
can't change your personality, you
can't become a completely different
individual because you are a
sportswoman. Making the most of who
you are is sometimes the key.
think some of that can be the reason
why she does so well, and the reason
why she can also make mistakes. That
big personality, and all that
emotion, she just has to channel it
in the right way.
We will see her
heat in a couple of minutes. They
are running a bit behind. We have
the opportunity to see Team GB's
second medal of the Olympic Games.
Izzy Atkin, you will see her on the
right-hand side, she is about to
receive her bronze medal from the
freestyle skiing slopestyle. That
will give everybody confidence, two
medals already does help. Gold went
to Sarah Hoefflin of Switzerland.
I'm liking their outfits. I love the
officials, the volunteers, helping
to put the officials in place.
Just a reminder, down there, coming
up next, Elise Christie going in
lane three. She will still be racing
fearless. Also, Charlotte Gilmartin
and Cap Thomson, catching up what
happened in their heat as they try
to make their way to the semifinals.
It is a busy day for Elise, not a
bad thing that three races come
quickly after each other, there is
no time to think. For Izzy Atkin, 19
years old, youngest member of Team
GB. She knew exactly what she had to
do, because everybody was falling,
basically, all over the place. They
were going for big tricks and jumps,
and she thought, as Jenny Jones did
four years ago, land a run that is
clean and she could land a medal.
That is exactly what happened. On
the right there.
Bronze medallist, Great
Britain. Izzy Atkin.
All of Izzy Atkin's family out there
watching her, and her grandma Betty,
watching from Birmingham, this is a
wonderful moment. A second medal of
these games for Team GB, for Izzy
Atkin, her first experience of an
Olympics, she is coming back with a
medal. Based in Utah most of the
time, but she showed bravery there
and a bit of Knauss. We have talked
about intelligence in skeleton, and
how much you have to think, how
instinctive do you have to be in
short track speed Skating making
decisions quickly and changing your
You can have your race tactics
planned to a tee, but there are so
many people on the ice with you that
can change those things for you. You
had to be able to adapt to other
Four years ago
Sochi, in 1500 metres, Elise
Christie won her semifinal
relatively easily, but put her left
skate, as she pushed it forward, she
put it to the left of the finishing
line, and the cameras picked that
up. Officially, she hadn't crossed
the line. It was the weirdest
disqualification of the lot.
It is a
rule in our sport. The camera picks
it up because it is used for the
it up because it is used for the
photo finish. It is classed as a
non-finish. As we said earlier the
week, you can go anywhere you want
on straight ways when you race, but
at the finish line, you have to
crossed the finish line.
laps ago, moved into second place.
Arianna Fontana, who won on Tuesday,
she is in this race, not in the same
heat, but in the 1500 metres again.
Elise Christie, easy as you like,
thinks she has qualified for the
final, no panic at all. She looked
up at the board, didn't she, and saw
Just devastating. It is a
rule, but it is not something that
you think is going to happen.
talked to her about it when I went
to see her, and she said she had
never done it before. Usually, the
cameras wouldn't pick that up. But
you can see it there. Let's handover
to heat five, Elise Christie, let's
join Simon Brotherton.
COMMENTATOR: Elise Christie on the
ice for the first time since the 500
metre final the other day. A quick
run through of the runners and
riders, Zhou Yang from China,
currently in second position there,
number 137. Zhou Yang is the
two-time and defending Olympic
champion at this distance. Bianca
Walter. It is a 13.5 lap race. Elise
Christie there, just tucked in in
The game, the skaters
here jostling for position. Volta is
in the lead. Ten laps remaining.
Nothing to worry about now.
the six will go through.
The Olympic silver medallist in the
relay four years ago in second. Zhou
Yang is third. In fifth place at the
moment, Elise Christie biding her
time. Zhou Yang moves around the
outside. Bianca Walter from Germany
tries to follow her up into second
place at the moment, behind the
defending Olympic champion.
comfortable at the speed at the
moment. Six laps to go, one, two and
three will qualify. She really needs
to start thinking about making a
move. The Canadian also having that
thought as well. Moving through on
Now they start to wind
it up with five to go. Zhou Yang on
the front. Bianca Walter skating
well. Christie in five. She tries to
go on the inside. A little bit of a
gap back to them from the front
three. Zhou Yang staying out of
trouble, the Olympic champion on the
front. Christine now starts to show
some of her speed that we know she
has got in her legs. Christie around
the outside, draws up level with the
Olympic champion from China. Elise
Christie sweeping round at the Bell
into first place. That's more like
it from the World Champion. Elise
Christie now can ease up a little
bit. She knows she's going through.
That was a tremendous return to the
ice after what happened the other
day. Safely through to the
semifinal. Elise Christie of Great
It showed how confident she
was in this race, just took her
time, waited and waited, and waited.
Didn't do an awful lot of work. When
she put the foot down, it was around
the outside and left everybody
Very assured performance
from the World Champion.
We can see
the move from Christie around the
outside of the Olympic champion. She
made that look so easy, sitting down
deep on the straight, getting the
maximum leg extension. And just
totally concentrated on the process
rather than the medal.
and dominance in that heat from
Elise Christie. A reminder that this
event goes all the way from the heat
to the final in this session, here,
so we will have the semifinals. They
go straight from this, no
quarterfinals, they go straight into
the semifinals and the final.
The three you would have expected to
go through with the three who went
through. We have the sixth and final
heat here in the women's 1500m to
go. The skaters are on the ice
already. The three-time World
Championship medallist is in the
field. Also the Hungarian, the
19-year-old. Choi Minjeong of Korea.
Sofia Prosvirnova, the Olympic
Athlete from Russia, and the Chinese
athlete on the outside on the
left-hand side. Away they go.
left-hand side. Away they go. It is
fair to say that Choi Minjeong is
the favourite for gold here.
we have seen so many turn ups for
the books in the last few short
track days, so I wouldn't put my
money on anyone at the moment. That
was a superb piece of skating by
The good thing about
this event rather than the 500 is
that once they have started, they
have time to get settled in. No need
to panic in this one.
to panic in this one. At the front
is Kaminaga from Japan. Choi
Minjeong moves around the outside.
And before you know it, all the way
to the front of the race.
about jostling for the right
position, as the Chinese skater
moves through. Li Jinyu is leaving
for China -- she is leading.
for China -- she is leading. Choi
Minjeong seems very comfortable in
third place. And Prosvirnova, the
Olympic Athlete from Russia, tries
to move on the inside. Everyone is
still pretty much in contention.
Lana Gehring from the USA is up into
fourth, a bit of jostling.
fourth, a bit of jostling. As Choi
goes around the outside, Prosvirnova
is stuck in third place. Superb
piece of skating from her. Can she
retain that third spot to qualify
for the semifinal?
Choi Minjeong is
looking good. Her form has looked
superb this week. Prosvirnova is
third at the moment. There will be
one lap to go. Choi Minjeong staying
out of trouble at the front. There
will be a battle for the other two
places. Choi Minjeong is trying to
ease off the gas. She slides over
the line. It is a photo finish
between the Hungarian and the
She made that look
very comfortable. That means that
two of the Korean skaters are now
through to the semifinals. That will
help Elise Christie. Normally, there
are always three Korean skaters in
the final. And I wouldn't say they
are teams getting, but they will not
hinder one another.
So a strong
skate from Elise Christie and from
It could be Super Saturday! But the
first thing that has happened
smoothly is Elise Christie winning
her heat. It is such a different
pace in the 1500m. They go very
pace in the 1500m. They go very
steady. But when she swept through
to overtake, she can turn on the
afterburners, can't she?
make that look easy? Just trying to
save a bit of energy. She didn't do
a lot of work until later in the
race, when she did a nice overtake.
Loads of speed, and that she settled
down for the finish.
She has talked
a lot about the 1000m. She is
putting a lot of expectation on
herself for that, her favourite
distance. But she is world champion
in this. Is that just a way of
telling people not to concentrate on
It is a bit of a
protection mechanism, but she is
world champion in the 1500m and it
does play to her strengths because
the field opens up at the end. And
although she is strong, she is fast
Does she not enjoy the
1500? It does start to hurt a bit?
The legs start to hurt at the last
five laps. So I think that is why
she prefers the shorter distance.
The lovely thing is that her success
has prompted more athletes to get
involved in short track speed is --
There were others in action in the
heats of the 1500m. Let's find out
how they got on.
Next, heat two featuring Kathryn
Thomson from Great Britain, the
22-year-old Scot in the middle of
Han Yutong was fifth in the World
Championship a couple of years ago.
Anna Seidel is from Germany.
Anna Seidel is from Germany. And
Capcom Thompson goes to the front.
-- Kat Thomson.
The helmet numbers
signify their ranking at the World
Championships. We can see that
Marian Saint July -- Marian Saint
Delay is wearing the number two,
signifying that she was second at
the World Championships last year.
She is competing on her 28th
birthday today. She is considered
one of those capable of winning a
medal in this event. At the front
for the United States, Jessica
Kooreman. And there is Kathryn
Thomson from Great Britain. She is
at the front with nine to go.
You can feel the pressure coming
from the back as St Gelais moves
through to take the lead.
through to take the lead.
Thomson is now in fifth place.
Valcepina has yet to make a move,
letting everybody else do the
bumping and jostling and barging for
position. St Gelais in second place.
And the German goes down, tangling
with Kooreman of the United States.
Thomson in with a chance, but now
Valcepina makes a move.
moving through comfortably. The
first, second and third will qualify
for the semifinals with one lap to
Han Yutong from China is
leading. Valcepina of Italy is in
third. There is a bit of a gap to
the United States and Kooreman.
Thomson comes through in fifth
place, meaning she will not go
through. But you could be
Here is the first
problem that was caused. You can see
the American, Jessica Kooreman,
changing the line, coming from the
outside into the inside. Anna Seidel
then tried to move up the inside and
Cleanly away this time. Charlotte
Gilmartin from Great Britain moving
around on the outside.
On the inside is the Singaporean,
trying to nudge her way through.
trying to nudge her way through.
on the outside, the Australian, who
has trained in Korea with a Korean
It will be interesting to see
how she fares, the Queensland from
Brisbane. Perhaps not surprisingly,
she decided that elsewhere there
would be a better standard of
training and facilities for her.
training and facilities for her. The
Dutchwoman is in second. Efremenkova
having a look on the inside.
having a look on the inside.
laps to go. A lot time of 10.82, so
at some point, the pace has to be
picked up as Schulting of the
Netherlands goes into the lead.
There was a sudden change in tempo.
Charlotte Gilmartin is in second
place at the moment for Great
Britain. Efremenkova goes down. A
slight collision with Deanna Lockett
of Australia. Schulting leads the
way. They will have three laps to go
And unfortunate for by
the skater from Russia. At the
front, Schulting is making this look
easy. Charlotte Gilmartin was to
finish in second place to get a
better seeding for the next
There is going to be a
battle for second place. Schulting
leads the way for the Netherlands.
Charlotte Gilmartin holding second
place. Deanna Lockett from Australia
in third. They are the first three
over the line.
over the line. Charlotte Gilmartin
is safely through to the semifinal.
Let's have a look at the race again
We can see Lockett
battling to retain third place.
Under Russian skater again in the
same turn that saw the Korean fall.
I am still questioning the quality
of this ice.
We can see Charlotte Gilmartin
coming across the line. Interesting
to see what, in fact, her final
position would be. If she has given
away second place.
Which she may
There is no need for that
whatsoever. She should have skated
to the line.
the Olympic Athlete from Russia, is
penalised. Gilmartin going through
in third place.
Gilmartin qualifies, but she got a
ticking off for not finishing
Always skate to the line.
Long-standing rule, skate to the
She had a crash in the heats,
hurting her ribs when she whacked
into the wall. She was determined to
do better. She will be thrilled.
will be pleased. She has really good
skills in the 1500 metres, she comes
late at the end and attacks. She
will be up for it and she has had a
week off to prepare, so she will be
ready to go. In the next round,
let's skate to the line.
You want to get that message to
let's skate to the line.
You want to get that message to her.
Let's look at the qualifiers. Kim
Boutin benefited so much from the
disqualification of the Corrie and
in the 500 metres to get a bronze
medal for Canada. Elise Christie has
been drawn in semifinal three. Choi
Minjeong is in her semifinal. She
will have a lot of home support. Who
will have a lot of home support. Who
are the dangers? The top two go
through to the final.
The top two go
through. Obviously, Elise and
Charlotte in the same race. That
will separate the field a little
We are loving short track, and
we will get straight back out there,
because it is the men's 1000 metres.
Elise Christie will watch closely
because her other half is competing
in the fourth quarter final, let's
rejoin Simon Brotherton.
COMMENTATOR: Will come back. We are
almost ready to go with the
quarterfinals in the men's 1000
metres, four races to win it. They
had the heats the other day, we have
the quarterfinals now and two heats
of four in the semifinals to go
through to the final.
through to the final. Shaolin Sandor
Liu was the World Cup winner this
winter, but he's not in this first
quarterfinal. It is a strong
line-up. We have the gold medallist
in the 1500 metres. We have Thibaut
Fauconnet. The world ranked number
two from Korea, Hwang Daeheon. And
we have the World Champion. All
three of them in the quarterfinal.
Including, the Olympic gold
medallist from the 1500, and the
current World Champion.
Fall is start for this first
It's very unusual to
have three Koreans. We can see it
again. I'm not sure if
again. I'm not sure if it was
Daeheon, the second skated from the
outside. Position three, one false
Hwang Daeheon didn't finish
the other day. Cleanly away this
time. Scuffling into the first
corner. Fauconnet, the Frenchman,
Nine laps, and
extended sprint as Fauconnet needs
to do something if he wants to go
through to the next round. Skaters
one and to qualify.
At the front it
is Hwang Daeheon. Fauconnet in third
place. Six laps to go. Over the line
this time, in second
this time, in second place... As
Fauconnet was forced wide.
The Koreans really not playing teams
skating, but they are so dominant,
they make it impossible. They are
changing the lead.
Like a team
pursuit, doing a bit on the front.
At the front is Lim Hyojun. Leading
is Lim Hyojun from Korea, followed
closely. All three going for it.
Sweeping through on the inside to
take first place, the World
Champion, who we didn't see until
the end of the race, he timed his
race to perfection, and ending up on
the. Fauconnet fourth,
well. Skating very wide, very
relaxed early on. Saving his energy.
He is the World Champion. He has
skated better than I have seen him
all week so far.
A tough draw for
the Frenchman here.
You've got the
world number one, the Olympic
champion, the world ranked number
one. It was almost an impossibility
You are not supposed to
race as a team, but questions would
have been asked if they had messed
it up and the Frenchman went
Hwang ended up on the floor.
skate has to be flat on the ice.
They could award a penalty to the
third skater. The hand coming across
All about the skate that crosses the
A perfectly timed effort from
Seo Yira, the World Champion. He
looked unruffled, unlike the other
two as they stretched.
And a penalty for Hwang of Korea.
Hwang out, and the second of these
quarterfinals coming up very
shortly. The running repairs to the
That's right. As Hwang was
going over the finish line, he is
trying to push his skate out in
front of him, because that is the
marker when the stopwatch is
stopping, and whether he is going to
qualify or not, and the back of his
skate bug deep into the ice. What
they will do is prepare the ice --
repair the ice.
They have a spray,
it looks like a fire extinguisher.
I can see one of the
officials is about to spray the
eyes. Once the fresh eyes has been
plastered down onto the surface...
There we are.
There we are.
Quite a deep rut in
the ice before the finish line. I
hope the remaining skaters don't
have any problems with that
Dutch fans in tonight Derek
Campbell, former Olympian and
Olympic gold medallist, coaching the
Canadian team for 12 years now.
Amazing success is back in
Hopefully, the repair is
almost complete now. We will be able
to continue the quarterfinals.
Farrell Treacy will go in the third
quarter final in a few minutes time.
Really is quite a nasty gouge out of
the ice made by Hwang in his
desperate attempt to finish in the
first two in that first
disappointed to have drawn his own
team-mates in this. The races are
made up conceding points. It's only
recently that the seeding points
don't matter any more. When I
skated, they kept skaters apart from
one another. That was a little bit
unfair. Now it is all about your
world ranking, and based on a world
ranking, that is where you are
placed into the race.
You can see
they are refreezing the rut in the
ice. Repairs complete and we are
almost ready to go. A packed house
inside the Ice Arena again tonight.
They love short track racing in
Korea. Locally, it is one of the hot
tickets, short track.
Almost one of
the impossible tickets.
Samuel Girard is the world silver
medallist from 2016.
A World Championship gold medals
last year. Six laps to go, this time
over the line. Kazuki Yoshinaga
moving up. A lot of work to do.
Samuel Girard comes around the
outside, moving up the inside.
Samuel Girard finishing in fourth
place the other day. One that the
Canadians have high hopes for in the
years ahead, just 21 years of age
from Quebec. Samuel Girard looking
comfortable on the front at the
moment. Having a look on the inside
was Kazuki Yoshinaga, Yuri
Confortola, the XP rinsed Italian,
31 years of age.
31 years of age.
Two that is to go,
Samuel Girard still on the front
with Yuri Confortola in second
place. DeLaet in third place.
Girard looking comfortable still.
Yuri Confortola ahead of the Lark,
who looks annoyed at himself at
A comfortable skate from
Samuel Girard from the front,
controlling the race. Talat making
the slip early on in the race and
has to pay the penalty now by not
It has been a long time
since Confortola was at the top of
his game. Bags of experience, and he
used it in this quarterfinal.
see Girard moving through very, very
comfortably indeed. Here is the
challenge for the line. A lot trying
to squeeze up the inside.
to squeeze up the inside. Confortola
has qualified for the semifinal.
Girard looked good, but DeLaet will
be frustrated because his form is
better than that.
Confirmation that Confortola from
Italy goes through behind Samuel
Girard of Canada. Next up on the
track will be the third
quarterfinal, featuring Great
Britain's Farrell Treacy, second in
his heat behind John Henry Kruger of
the United States.
Farrell Treacy Ryosuke Sakazume. A
tough one for Tracey.
Big guns in
this 1000 metres. Farrell Treacy
moving through comfortably to the
front with eight laps to go. It's
all about jostling for positions.
Farrell Treacy comes through.
John-Henry Krueger of America
cruising around the outside.
Farrell Treacy trying to get
involved and lost a little bit of
speed as John-Henry Krueger is in
John-Henry Krueger moving through up
the inside with three laps to go,
looking comfortable indeed. These
two skaters fighting for that
Two laps to go,
in third is Ryosuke Sakazume from
Japan. A gap back to John-Henry
Krueger and Farrell Treacy hanging
off the back at the moment.
I was looking at the referees, and
it could go anyway, to be honest,
Knegt was involved in an
incident the other day as well, for
which he was penalised. The Dutch
look a little unsure in the crowd.
But Elistratov has shown that his
form is really good so far with the
bronze medal in the 1500. This
distance is shorter than that, but
again, he had the experience to
stand his ground at the front. There
you see Farrell Treacy getting
involved early on.
And here is the
move on Knegt. He seems to be coming
out to make sure he is going into
Knegt looks as though he
forced John-Henry Krueger out wide.
That could be a possible penalty for
Knegt. He won the bronze medal four
years ago at this distance.
think was the first Dutch medal in
short track at the Olympic Games.
That is true.
Which is a very
different scenario to the Dutch
dominance in long track speed
skating, which has continued across
the way in the Oval, right next to
this ice Arena. So do you think
Knegt will be concerned?
I saw him
giving John Henry a pat on the back
as if to say sorry.
Krueger is standing out just beyond
the padding, waiting for a decision
which he hopes might give him a
reprieve. But provisionally,
Elistratov and Knegt where the first
two. And yes, Knegt has been
penalised. He is out, so one of the
medal favourites has gone. Semen
Elistratov goes through. Ryosuke
Sakazume the advances as well and
the victim of the move by Knegt is
John-Henry Krueger of the United
States. And in fourth place, Farrell
Treacy of Great Britain.
Disappointment for the Dutch.
national coach of Hollund will not
be happy with that decision at all.
That is twice that Knegt has been
involved in incidents at these and
begins. Here comes the fourth
And we have a false start.
I am not
sure if that was the number one,
Hamelin, on the inner lane. Of
course, not forgetting the racers
are only allowed one false start. If
they do it again, they have to leave
the ice. It was very close.
the ice. It was very close.
it is Dajing for China.
it is Dajing for China. Away they
go. Scrapping for that first place.
Hamelin trying to move through the
Wu Dajing is looking very
comfortable, controlling the race
from the front, a tactic I used to
enjoy. If you are going to tire
towards the latter part of the race,
it's better to be at the front than
at the back.
at the back.
Hamelin in second
place. Still looking good for
Canada. The two Latvians are hanging
the coat-tails of this group. A bit
of barging. Hamelin was forced out
wide, managed to stay on his feet.
Charles Hamlin was there and the
Latvian was also involved in a photo
'S stunning skating from all
the skaters. The way Peter Worth is
calling these races, it wouldn't
surprise me if there are possibly
two penalties here, maybe one from
Charles Hamelin and one for Wu
Hamelin almost ended up on
You can see the Hungarian
crossing over, forcing easy and onto
the inner of the rink. And this was
later, when Hamelin tries to squeeze
around the outside. And then exactly
the same thing happens here with Wu
Dajing trying to go around outside.
He is not allowed to cut inside.
He is not allowed to cut inside. You
can see Wu Dajing making a mistake
on the right pivoting leg.
on the right pivoting leg.
close on the line here, with Hamelin
from Canada. That was close.
have to wait and see for the
official result, because if Charles
Hamelin does receive a penalty, that
will mean Pukitis of Latvia will
move through to the semifinal.
is the final judges' liberation from
these quarterfinals. Wu Dajing,
trying to dive in at the front of
the race. It was all or nothing for
The Chinese are having a
disastrous game so far.
disastrous game so far.
This is an
event that Korea has dominated over
the years. Only twice as anyone
other than a Korean won this event.
Here comes the referee's decision.
There is a penalty and Wu Dajing is
penalised for his attempt to chop
his way into the front. Shaolin
Sandor Liu from Hungary goes
through, as does Charles Hamelin
from Canada. And Wu Dajing finishes
So here were with the line-ups,
those who have gone through.
It is a day that promises so much.
Six minutes away from the semifinals
of the 1500m in short track speed
skating, but this is the scene at
the Alpensia Sliding Centre ma Laura
Deas in fourth place at the halfway
stage of the skeleton competition.
And Lizzy Yarnold just in front of
her in third. The British and Welsh
fans are out in force. That is Laura
Deas' camp cheering her on, and
Lizzy has made it clear that she is
here to defend her Olympic title. So
we just want to give everybody who
is watching around the country a
little smile, a little cuddle,
because the white tiger which is the
mascot of Pyeongchang of these
Winter Olympics, we have our two at
the front of the table and I know a
lot of people are watching at
Nottingham eye centre. Hello to you
and good luck to both Charlotte
Gilmartin and police Christie --
Elise Christie. There is also
curling at the moment. The British
women are in action against the host
nation, South Korea. That has just
started and it is on the red button
and will be uninterrupted coverage.
But we will tell you what has
happened a little later. Oh, my
word. Let's head out to the sliding
centre shortly. You know about Lizzy
Yarnold. She is the defending
champion. She carried the flag at
the opening ceremony, but what about
her team-mate, Laura Deas? Who is
she and how did she get into
discussing? Nick Cudd has been
finding out about her mindset, and
she is ready for liftoff.
You never quite know
what's going to happen. It's down to
you in that moment. There's nobody
Talk about not feeling like a
skeleton athlete. You weren't always
a skeleton athlete.
Yes, it was
unusual in the fact that I came from
an equestrian background.
How big a
switch was that? Your whole life,
your mindset must have changed.
had never been in that sort of gym
environment before. I had literally
never stepped inside a gym until I
was put through my paces for the
skeleton trial. So it was a massive
shock for my body. The focus also
became different because as a rider,
it was much more about how the horse
feels, how they are moving and what
is happening underneath me. All of a
sudden, it was about, how am I
feeling? In a way, there are
parallels as well, with that
sensitivity to what is happening
underneath you and having to plan a
route and think quickly. Those
things transfer well, so was a good
crossover in some ways.
does your relationship with Lizzy
helped? She says you are her best
friend, but to work together must
also help you both perform.
nice to have someone with you who
understand everything you're going
through. If you have a tough gym
session together, there is always
someone to have a cup of tea with
and talk about it with, which is
nice. We push each other in a
positive way as well. As soon as we
step on the track, we are
supercompetitive. We both want to
win. And the fact that we both see
ourselves as podium contenders means
we are constantly pushing each other
forward. But we are part of a wider
team and everybody could bring their
A-game on race day.
There has been
so much British success in skeleton
at recent Olympics. Have you watched
while Amy Williams has won her gold
medal and a Lizzy Yarnold in 2014?
vividly remember sitting and
watching Amy do her first two runs
at Vancouver. And I remember this
powerful feeling of thinking, wow,
I'm in the same programme as this
athlete who is leading at the
Olympics. If she can do it, I can. I
have always carried that with me.
The fact that Lizzy then went on to
do the same thing has just
reinforced that. It is an exciting
time for our programme.
And what do
you feel is possible for you?
definitely feel I can win a medal. I
have beaten every person in that
field, so I know if things go right
and I bring my A game, I can be on
Laura Deas, full of
confidence and really enjoying
herself. Every shot we have seen of
her, she looks relaxed and excited.
She looks to be smiling, but this is
the serious end of the competition.
She is in fourth place. She is 17
hundredths behind the leader,
Loelling. And in third place is the
defending champion, Lizzy Yarnold.
Let's head out to Alpensia because
Amy Williams is there. It's going to
be chilly, but it's a hot night of
action on the track. What can we
Like you say, we can't wait.
We are going to have two of our
British girls fighting for those
medals, both wanting to win, both
wanting gold, silver, bronze. The
atmosphere including credible. We
have loads of supporters behind me.
I can't wait for the races to start.
They haven't had a chance to slide
on it today, but they have walked
the track. What does that tell them
and what do you expect to see Laura
and Lizzy trying to do on their
To be able to walk the
track on the morning of your race is
a good feeling. You want to be able
to look at the ice. It actually just
calms your nerves. I didn't track
walk before my race in Vancouver,
and it settles you. It is something
to do as well, because you have a
lot of hours to kill before the
evening race. So you are going
through the mental imagery of the
track in your head. They have only
had six runs to learn the track
here, so the more times you can go
through it in your head, shut your
eyes and go through every corner. It
is like replaying your perfect lines
in your head.
We have seen lots of
shots of Laura in the warm-up area.
She looks fine. Lizzy set a track
record in her first run yesterday
and then looked dizzy and said she
was short of breath. How is she?
Back here, she said she was short of
And she has a cold. She said
she found it hard to breathe. She
looked fine throughout the run. I
was watching her eyes, everything
was spot on, it was just coming up
to the finish line that she needed
to get her breath back, which is
fine. The team are happy and
confident. Laura is in a good place.
Yeah, we are looking forward to it
Great copper Tichit naked.
-- competition ahead. We will bring
you everything and we will go
through from the leader, third will
be Lizzy Yarnold, and fourth Laura
Deas. Alex, you know what it is
like. The whole which the
competition, they want to get on
It. Definitely. This is it,
this is D-Day. This is what they
have been working for, the
combination of four years is now.
As luck would have it, we have
action all the way, they are ready
for the short track semifinals,
three semifinals in the 1500 metres,
Charlotte Gilmartin will be in the
second, and believes Christie will
be in the third. Sarah, I love
asking you, what would you whisper
in Elise's if you could?
Get the job
done. She needs to
in Elise's if you could?
Get the job
done. She needs to get through
without incident or problem. She
needs to float through and get into
What would you say to
Get in there.
This is her strength, she loves to
race, and she is one step away from
aching the final.
The first of the semifinals.
COMMENTATOR: They are almost ready
to go, just lining up down below us
on the ice here. Kim Alang has
number one position, Kim Boutin
second. Pierron from France.
Marianne St Gelais from Canada
currently on the outside in second
place. St Gelais, the 2016 World
Champion. Anna Seidel from Germany
won the European Championship 1000
metre bronze medal earlier this year
already. 13.5 laps of the track.
skaters jostling for position as you
Kim Boutin, bronze medallist from
the 500 metres.
Two Canadians at the
front going around the outside.
Marianne St Gelais leading from her
compatriot Kim Boutin at the moment
with Han Yutong of China third. Kim
Alang of Korea, an Olympic gold
medallist in the relay four years
ago in the white Jersey of Korea in
fourth. Seidel of Germany in five.
Pierron and Valcepina at the back.
The crowd warming as the Korean Kim
goes through and takes the lead.
makes that look very easy. Very
comfortable. A lap time of 9.2
seconds. Not incredibly fast. She
comes around the outside.
two go through to the final. Kim
Boutin leading the way. Kim Alang in
second place with Marianne St Gelais
third the Canada. Work to do the Han
Yutong of Korea. The other two are
out of it. Sliding out of contention
was St Gelais. Amazing that
Valcepina and also Pierron didn't
come into collision with her.
Leading the way, now trying to catch
up Han Yutong. Almost level now. A
scrap to the line. Kim Boutin in
second for Canada. She maintains
second spot, but the Korean over the
line in first place, Kim Alang.
Boutin in a photo finish. What a
disappointment for Marianne St
Gelais, the 2016 World Champion
ended up smacking against the
padding at the side of the eyes.
Interesting to see what the referees
make of that from Marianne St
Gelais. She collided going up the
straight with Kim Alang. Kim Alang
moving around the outside. Kim
Boutin having a look and letting her
come through comfortably as the pace
increases. Seidel going down there.
This appointment for her. This is
where the question really is, is Kim
Alang moving inside, protecting the
inside lane? What will the referee
make that? I have seen a lot of
decisions in the men's racing when
the skater, what we used to do when
I skated, cross track, now it is
called blocking, preventing the
skater. If you change your line, you
run the risk of getting a penalty.
Might there be an issue for Kim
There could very well be. I
can see the referees talking to one
another, looking at that pass of
Marianne St Gelais moving up the
inside. I can see the video referee
from Holland shaking his head. We
will have to see what the official
result will be.
Let's look at it
once again. Hopefully, this is the
key incident. Yes, it is.
see, Kim Alang, she was very
One of the officials was
almost wiped out, and two
backmarkers could have collided with
The Canadians having a battle
here with the Koreans. If this
Korean gets a penalty then there
really will be war on the ice.
Kim Boutin and Marianne St Gelais,
Boutin and Han Yutong in a photo
finish for second place as it
stands. St Gelais also waiting,
hoping that maybe she might be
That would mean, of
course, so far, one advantage, they
would be seven people in the final.
Despite talk of around the table and
viewing of video evidence, is this
one position in the end?
Yes, the referee makes the final
call, he can be advised by the video
referee, but ultimately, it's down
to the final referee to make that
decision. The chief referee, as it's
They are writing something down. So
it would appear there has been a
call, that maybe on St Gelais or
What is your feeling?
have thought the Korean crossed into
Marianne St Gelais, so I would call
that it would go with a penalty to
And the result is that Marianne St
Gelais has been penalised. Kim
Alang, Kim Boutin both going
As I already said, the
angles the referee looks at are
completely different to the angles
we see here and you see at home, the
view was on TV. That always makes it
They should look at
that, so we can see what they are
making the decision on. Charlotte
Gilmartin for Great Britain, Suzanne
Schulting on the right-hand side of
the screen, Fontana from Italy, the
Olympic 500 metre champion. Ter Mors
has already won a medal here. Deanna
Lockett for Australia, Charlotte
Gilmartin from Worcestershire and
Kikuchi from Japan.
If Lockett of
Australia wants to make anything of
this race, in fifth place at the
moment, she needs to make the race
as quickly as possible, because she
is not good leaving it to the last
3-4 laps when high-speed kicks in.
Schulting of the Netherlands and Ter
Mors in one and two.
between the pair of them is in the
helmet, the orange one for Suzanne
Schulting. Ter Mors, who was so
impressive on the oval across the
Plaza the other night still looking
for an Olympic medal in short track.
She has twice finished fourth.
Charlotte Gilmartin in second place
in behind the very much informed
figure of Ariana Fontana. Fontana a
six time Olympic medallist finally
getting a gold the other day. Going
to the front is Ter Mors with 8.5
laps to go.
Ter Mors, of course,
doesn't like the argy-bargy. She
prefers long track speed skating.
She proved her fitness is good, so
she will try to do negative splits,
every lap getting quicker. The last
lap was 10.3.
Gilmartin with work to
do with seven laps to go, but still
in the group is Ter Mors... O! Down
she goes again! Charlotte Gilmartin
has crashed out as she did in the
heats of the 500 metres. But she's
back on her skates and back up and
running on the ice, but a lap behind
everybody else. Meanwhile at the
front, Ter Mors. Ter Mors on the
front ahead of Fontana, Schulting in
third place. Bringing up the rear is
Kikuchi of Japan.
We are going to
see Ter Mors move through again into
first place with relapsed to go. We
have to wait and see what happens
here. Schulting tried to go into the
back of Fontana.
about to give way. Ter Mors leads
the way on the front. Fontana in
second place, Lockett trying to make
a challenge, but she goes wide. Ter
Mors of the Netherlands leads.
Fontana in second place. Kikuchi
challenging in third. The first two
over the line, Ter Mors and Arianna
Fontana. Deanna Lockett of Australia
crashed just going into the final
bend, and unfortunately, the
Queensland unable to challenge for a
place in the final.
That was superb
skating by Arianna Fontana. She has
got one gold in the pocket. Ter Mors
has another gold in the pocket, two
gold medallists going through to the
We have A and B finals. It
determines the final placing. This
is the second semifinal, and
I couldn't see
what happened there. Schulting
trying to come up the inside.
trying to come up the inside. The
Italian completely blocking her out.
We have to weight, still, for the
official result there.
Fontana finished with the bronze
medal in this event in Sochi. This
was the end of the race for Lockett
from Australia. Disappointment for
Charlotte Gilmartin, though. Crashed
out of her other event as well.
Yeah, incredibly disappointing. As I
said, had she finished second in the
race, might have meant that she
would have gone into another
semifinal, which could have been a
little bit easier.
Once more, the
judges deliberating. Hopefully, not
for too long. Next onto the track
will be the final of the semifinals,
the last one featuring Elise
The move from Fontana, she
just moves across, we have to weight
for the official result, of course.
So, Ter Mors and Fontana are
qualifying for the semi... From the
semifinal. Confirmation of the
result. Kikuchi and Schulting into
the B finals. Here we go.
Elise Christie needs to finish in
the first two to get into the
Olympic final. Choi Minjeong, the
world record-holder, seven time
World Championship gold medallist on
the inside. Petra Jaszapati. Valerie
Maltais from Canada.
Christie do here? Will she adapt the
same tactics as she did in the first
round, not doing very much, and
leave it for a final burst of speed
at the end? I'm fairly convinced,
looking at the field, there's no
real specialist 1500 metres gators
in this race. That is horribly the
tactics, the race plan, what she
will adapt to. Choi sat behind
Christian fifth, China one and two.
In the first race of the day,
Christie was confident enough in her
speed to bite her time early on in
the laps, which is what she has done
initially here. Moving up a little
bit now. Moving in front of Valerie
Maltais into second place. We have
Li Jinyu and Zhou Yang of China at
the front at the moment with
Christie in third. She has got to
finish in the first two here. Just
moves into second place behind Li
Jinyu, world bronze medallist in the
junior championship last year. Tight
up the front, not too much room
there. Two Chinese athletes continue
to dominate up until now.
skating and ice lines into the turn.
Not going in too tight, squeezed
onto the first block, that happened
in the first final. Looking
comfortable. Multi tries to attack
around the outside.
Making a move
around the outside. Christie looking
boxed in as multi makes a move.
Multi, Zou, Leigh and Christie with
four laps to go. At the front,
Valerie Maltais, sixth in Sochi in
2014. She has a gap here, multi.
Christie has a little bit of work to
do now, as Choi Minjeong goes around
the outside. Choi goes towards the
front. Christie comes through on the
inside, good move from her, two that
is to go, Christie and Choi neck.
Christie doesn't want to crash
is to go, Christie and Choi neck.
Christie doesn't want to crash. Choi
Minjeong leads the way. Zhou Yang
and Christie as they go round the
front. Christie has crashed again
now! Right on the final bend yet
again. She ends up in a distraught
heap on the floor. She was almost
there. She was almost about to
qualify. She could see the line in
front of her and, once more, Elise
Christie, this time tangling with
one of the Chinese athletes ends up
on the deck against the padding at
the side of the track. Choi Minjeong
qualifies first. Petra Jaszapati,
the defending limply and champion.
And unfortunately and sadly from a
British point of view, Elise
Christie is on the ground and hasn't
crossed the line.
My heart goes out
to this young lady. She skated a
fantastic race. You Seou
fantastic race. You Seou -- you see
Choi steaming around the outside. A
collision. It appeared as if Li
might have cut her blade into
Christie's cut resistant racing suit
on the inner side of the right
skate. An awful disaster. You can
see it again. Which it looks like
she might be taken off by stretcher
from the pictures on the ice. A
disaster here for Elise Christie.
What terrible pictures for the
second time in a few days. She
finishes on the floor, the world
champion down. But hopefully in
terms of these Olympic Games, not
out. Hopefully, she will be able to
pick herself up and go and try again
in her favourite event, the 1000m.
You see her coming around the
outside. We only see the angle here
and whether she passed Li of China.
She has clearly not passed her.
Maybe the knock on the left shoulder
on Li causes her to go down. We need
to go back a bit. She clearly takes
Christie out. But the big question
is, is Elise in front of Li at this
The other question is,
hopefully she is not badly injured,
either from the impact of the crash
or from the blade of the Chinese
skater. It goes without saying that
you can do a lot of damage with
those blades. They are extremely
We are waiting for the final
Quite a hush. It is the
quietest this arena has been the
whole time. You can't see Elise
Christie, but we will give you an
update. She is still on the ice. The
stretcher is there. They are still
pending to her, but she is out of
our line of vision at the moment. We
can't quite see. Elise Christie is
now being placed on a stretcher. And
while the judges reach their
conclusions on that semifinal, Elise
Christie Yan Valery Maltais have
received a penalty.
Unfortunately, the sad sight here in
the Gangneung Ice Arena which we are
watching from the commentary box is
of a stretcher being wheeled from
the arena with Elise Christie laying
on top of it. They are the
qualifiers for the A final and
unfortunately, the world champion is
not among those who will race for
gold later today.
CLARE BALDING: That is desperately
sad for Elise Christie. She has been
penalised in that semifinal. There
is always half eight chance in short
track speed skating that you might
get advanced to the final, but far
more seriously than whether she is
in the final is how badly she is
injured. Sarah Lindsay and Jon Eley
are looking at these shots with me.
We know this is a tough and
unpredictable sport, but she has had
a rougher end of the draw in two
Olympic Games so far than with have
It is difficult for her.
We talk about it being part of the
sport, but for someone to have that
much bad luck is just heartbreaking.
But again, we always talk about her
coming back and her ability to get
back on the track and race. Today
around a corner, she just left
herself a bit too much to do and the
referee saw her as impeding the
Chinese girl on the last corner. So
it is a tough call, but I can see
why the referee made that decision.
But as we all feel so passionately
about Elise, it is tough for her to
Sarah, your immediate reaction
was that it was not her fault, but
she is not clear, is she?
Chinese falls and takes Elise down
so doesn't look like the Chinesego's
fault at first glance. Elise has
just left too much to the end. It is
all down to the finish. On the one
hand, she was relaxed and confident
and she knew she had the speed at
the end and she let the skaters
battle it out.
But from that angle,
it looks as if Li Jinyu brings her
skate across and trips her up.
does have to skate, though.
is off-balance. Elise is trying to
turn around the corner, so that
point, Elise has clearly not done it
on purpose. She is trying to get in
front of Li, but she unfortunately
left it too late and Li goes down.
The most important thing now is that
hopefully, she is in good health.
Absolutely. In your mind, what a
fair decision from the referees?
Very much so. It is just that we are
so passionately behind Elise that
every call that is against her, we
think negatively, but actually, the
referee made the right decision.
the last shot weasel, it looked as
if Li Jinyu's blade striker on the
bridge -- on the last shot weasel.
She is going to feel desperate, but
hopefully in terms of injury, it
depends whether blade made contact.
How much support and protection is
there on the shin?
I don't think it
was from the blade. When she held
her ankle when she first tried to
sit up, you are wearing cut proof
Well luckily, in the sport of
skeleton, you are not having to deal
with anyone else on the track at the
same time. Alex Coomber is now going
to be discussing the third run of
the skeleton, the situation at the
halfway stage is that Laura Deas is
in fourth place. Lizzy Yarnold in
third. We will see their third run
in just a second.
Laura Deas, one of the fastest in
It's down to you in that
moment. There's nobody else. I love
this sport. I'm in it because I want
Never in the history of the Winter
Olympics have two British athletes
been on the podium in two positions
in the top three, but we have a
situation here where it may just
happen. Jacqueline Loelling with the
way for Germany ahead of Janine
Flock. And just one tenth behind the
leader is the defending champion
Lizzy Yarnold. And seven hundredths
behind her is Laura Deas. This
Alpensia Sliding Centre takes an
awful lot of driving and Alex, it
needs quick thinking as well as good
-Ness. Everything is
coming at you so fast, you don't
have time to think. If you are
thinking, I don't know what I'm
going to do, that will cause
disaster. That is why you track walk
and that is why you see them
thinking about their runs in their
They will have walked the
track this morning. Lizzy Yarnold is
in third place, but she was the
fastest on the first run and Laura
Deas was second fastest on the
second run. They could move up.
Let's find out what happened in
round three. Commentary comes from
Amy Williams, John Jackson and
first, John Hunt.
Welcome to the sliding centre ahead
of round three of women's skeleton,
everybody trying to get the best
view in the house. Round three goes
from the leaders down, one to 20.
Ready to go, Jacqueline Loelling.
Second place at the moment, Janine
Flock of Australia. Lizzy Yarnold,
the defending champion, goes third,
and Laura Deas is in fourth place.
John Jackson, double Olympian, and
Amy Williams are with us in the
commentary box. John Jackson, what
is the news on temperatures?
temperature is -8, which is good for
the British equipment. Anything
below -6 and the British men and
women have been flying, so that is a
Look at that study of
concentration on Jacqueline Loelling
my face. She admitted after her two
runs yesterday that she was very
nervous. This is the young German
who has dominated this event is at
the last two years. She leads by
just a fraction, two hundredths of a
second, ahead of
second, ahead of Flock. She is one
of the slowest starters. Her best
start has been 5.34 in the early
rounds. Loelling is under way. And
she is slow again. But John Jackson,
she has a happy habit of making up
good speed through the run.
one of the most consistent sliders
we have. She has won four World Cup
races this year. But is that start
going to be her Achilles' heel when
it comes to the medals? I think the
girls that out start her could go
faster. But she did not make one
mistake yesterday, but is that the
mistake that will allow the other
girls to move up, especially the
British girls behind her? But she
has been the best slider so far.
Time is going to be important.
Time is going to be important. 52.04
is OK, but only average when you
bear in mind what so many of the
girls did in run the ball one. The
track seemed to slow down in one
number two yesterday, Aimee, that is
not a time the other girls should be
It's to say. After
the first run, you can see if it is
a good or bad track. I think she
will be a bit disappointed with that
because she did do fast yesterday.
But she did take a big hit in the
crucial part of the track, exit
nine. That would have bled speed
And yesterday, she was
seventh off, which allows you time
Second place, Austria's
Janine Flock. Austria have never won
a medal in this. Flock seems to be
near her best. She was former world
number one in 2015. Now she has a
much quicker start.
She probably has nerves in her legs,
increasing the tension. When she
gets it right, she flies. On her
first run yesterday, she hit the
wall coming out of nine. Then she
had a great second run. It is about
getting the steers in the right
place, minimising the oscillations.
Way better, that was good from
Janine. She really wants an Olympic
Two bends to go for Flock.
And she has finished ahead of
Loelling. She is a tenth of a second
ahead. Janine Flock for Austria
giving it everything.
That is her
coach, who was my coat in Vancouver.
He will be thrilled. He wants
another medal. That was a good run
for Janine. I am happy for her. She
is a good buddy of mine, trains
really hard in Austria.
really hard in Austria. That was her
going through corner two, a crucial
corner as there is a flat section
afterwards. You could see her using
her body and legs to steer.
in great shape. Lots of British fans
here. And a key five minutes coming
up for the Britons. Lizzy Yarnold,
the Olympic champion from Sochi,
goes third, starting this third run
a tenth of a second off the lead as
was, Loelling. We are looking for a
start time of sub 520. Decent start,
She made mistakes on
her second run yesterday, which is
why she is now behind. She had the
lead after the first run. If she
puts in a big one here, she will be
in the lead at the bottom. Her run
yesterday was phenomenal. She made
mistakes on the second run, but now
she has got through that part OK.
That is not bad.
That is not bad. She is keeping
herself in the mix with the Austrian
There is not going to be
much between them. Did that tap on
ten cost her some speed? Only a bit.
Yarnold is two hundredths off the
lead. She has moved ahead of
She was lucky. When she
took that hit, it was parallel, so
her sled wasn't skidding into it.
She continued straight into corner
12, so it didn't cost her much time.
That line into corner Twell, if you
get it right, if you get it right,
you can use the pressure. The line
into 12 pushes you round the g-force
to create speed. You can see the
differences between the two leaders,
separated by a couple of hundred.
Slightly different lines, and that's
why Lizzy lost out.
From Lizzy Yarnold to Laura Deas,
starting this third run in fourth
place. She has probably been the
most consistent in terms of time
wise of all of these athletes over
the first two runs. And again, a
fast starter. We are looking for
5.10 as a start. She is away nicely.
She is so strong, so powerful, her
background is in question is, but do
you know what, she trained so hard
in the gym. -- background is
equestrian. A fast start on this
unique track. Let's see what Laura
can do, can she work with the track?
Can she find speed in every one of
these corners? Brilliant from her
there. She nailed it. That has been
the best we have seen. She didn't
get it quite right yesterday, but
she got it back on run two.
dropping off slightly relative to
Flock. Flock, Yarnold, Laura Deas
not separated by Matt on the line.
Speed did drop off rapidly, Laura
Deas. Laura stays in fourth place.
She is 19 hundredths of the leader,
Janine Flock. A significant five
minutes, highly significant. Laura
Deas has done fine, the quickest run
of her three, and Flock leads from
Yarnold, Loelling, Laura Deas in
fourth place. Heading into the
fourth and deciding run.
surprised she dropped that file
below. There, that is probably it.
She definitely had the best exit of
nine. The clip into the corner there
has to have been the reason for
taking away the speed and giving her
a slightly lower time. With a start
like that, if she can clear it up on
her second run, the fourth and final
of the race.
Anna Fernstadt goes
fifth for Germany, and Olympic
debutant. She is so young, just 21.
Fernstadt, like Loelling, is not a
good starter. She is slower
Fernstadt, like Loelling, is not a
good starter. She is slower.
Fernstadt has put herself under
pressure to close on the front four.
The difference between a fast and
slow start, with a fast start, you
can make little errors. Not big
ones, when you have a slow start
like the Germans, you have to be
perfect everywhere. What the Germans
are good at doing, because they
build speed, you can see how quick
they are at the bottom of the track.
You can't hear her as much, and that
is why Laura lost speed, because you
can see the g-force. She is not
really gaining. So it is not
Offer the 14th bend, she is
breathing down Laura Deas's neck for
fourth place. She found some impetus
She did. The lines at
the bottom of the track, she is
finding speed all the time, building
and building. If she had the same
start as Laura Deas, she would win
the competition by 3AW4-mac tenths,
Her line is perfect. The best line
we have seen out of nine. She did
clink and have a skid. I think that
was actually the finish. The slides
are being weighed, there is a
maximum and minimum they can all be.
Fernstadt has improved her position.
Next, going six, another German,
Tina Hermann. Her debut Olympics as
well. She is 25, world ranked number
two. She has been ranked in the top
three in skeleton for the last four
years. That tells you all you need
to know about her ability and
consistency. Herrmann has had an
identical start so far, 5.2 four.
She is wondering left a little bit,
which is a tiny bit slower.
Struggling to get the perfect line
she wanted. She is an incredible
driver. I did expect her to be
further up the field, but she did
not have the best day yesterday.
Let's see what she can do today, day
two, runs three and four. She will
have thought about it overnight.
Throughout training runs, you have
videos on entrances and exits, and
you go home and study them, see the
perfect line, and watch other
sliders. On race day, you just have
to go out and do it.
can she close like Fernstadt did? A
remarkable finish by Fernstadt.
Herrmann now crosses the line. She
has closed a little bit of the
deficit as well to go a tenth behind
Fernstadt. Those two Germans,
Fernstadt and Herrmann, they have
kept pressure on Laura
Fernstadt and Herrmann, they have
kept pressure on Laura.
kept pressure on Laura. Fernstadt
and Herman have kept themselves
The fastest run of the heat
so far. She has picked up her game
from yesterday. Will she be able to
close in on the likes of Lizzy
Yarnold, Flock and Loelling as they
come into the fourth and final run?
It is exciting heading into run
free, even more so now. -- run
three. Good crowd again tonight. We
now move on to the Latvian, that is
Lelde Priedulena. Can she find a
stunning run? By that, I mean a
comfortable sub 52 second run. She
might just apply pressure. If she
can't find it, I would have thought
that is probably her chances of a
medal gone. Fast starter usually,
but not as quick this time.
starts a little bit slower.
Sometimes the eyes can be sticky at
the top of the run, and maybe sleds
aren't moving as freely in that cut
out that they slot into at the
11th in the world,
Priedulena. Carrying a knee injury,
and carrying it effectively.
this is day two, and we don't
usually have these corporate -- on
petitions over two days. Her run is
looking really, really good. It is
maybe the equipment is not working
for her in these conditions.
couple of bends for Priedulena.
Let's see how close she can get to
the 52 second Mark.
the 52 second Mark. Priedulena
doesn't improve her position. She
has now dropped fully half a second
off the medals. You would think, in
terms of the medal chase, that is it
for her. Sliding pretty well still.
That was her quickest run of the
That is all you can ask for,
improve run on run, get a PB each
time you go down. Watching her at
the start loading onto the sled.
Each sled is individual to each
athlete. The saddle is moulded to
their body and fits perfectly. A
really good line there.
really good line there.
for Latvia in seventh place.
Canadian flag is now out for
Elisabeth Vathje. By her own
admission, she blamed herself fairly
and squarely for a messy first run,
such a good second run. She was the
quickest of all in heat two. World
number three, she comes in to the
Olympic Games as one of the
favourites to do really, really
well. Vathje with a point to prove.
That is the slowest start of her
Yesterday, she made a mistake
on the first run.
on the first run. Her balance point
was out all the way down. On the
second, she got on the sled very
high on the fighting the sled
through seven. On the second run
yesterday, she had the fastest run
of everybody yesterday. This is the
run where she needs to move forward.
The mistake at seven will cost her
possibly, but I don't think she will
be able to move up towards the
52.01 yesterday, uphill to
the finish now. Will she get near
that? No. 52.3 seven.
that? No. 52.3 seven. Disappointment
to merely sinful run two. Back to
disappointment for Vathje. It
clearly will not happen. She is a
second of the medals.
quite clicked with her. She is
getting it sometimes. Other times,
she isn't. You have to go for
consistent runs to be in with a
medal hope. Really good lines there.
Just, just get away with it.
Sometimes on this track, we are
talking centimetres to the left or
to the right to completely ruin your
Vathje is going to struggle.
And obviously, we're now heading
towards the bottom half of the
leaderboard, so there will be no
change to the top end with Flock
leading by a whisker from Yarnold,
the defending champion. Loelling and
Laura Deas. Kimberley Bosch showed
last March that she knows the track.
She was an excellent third in the
World Cup, usually quick away,
looking for 513, she gets 517.
Consistent of the blocks. Very good
start from her. Anything that is
above 520 is a good start. She is
not quite as experienced as other
riders. It takes a lot of years to
learn how to slide and feel it
through the sled, how to become one
being, you and yours sled, to work
together and not fight each other as
you go down the track.
She is not
finding the speed. The lines are
really good, but it seems to be
taking away. She is over driving the
Looking at her, she might be a
chipping ahead of Vathje. She does.
Kimberley Bos improves on her
For a slide of her sort of
training age, if you like, and her
development, if she finished top
eight in the world, that would be a
Not every single one
of these athletes is aiming for the
medals if they know it is completely
out of their reach. For them, they
might be after a top ten. They might
be after a top eight, personally,
for their funding back home, they
might need a top ten, 12 top eight.
This could be what she is aiming
for, and could be the result she is
aiming for in her mind.
We move on now to the Swiss, Marina
Gilardoni, wonderfully consistent. I
think there will be a lot of people
in the skeleton world who would be
really pleased for her if she could
maintain a top ten position through
until the end here. She is 30 now.
She was ranked as high as number
five a couple of years ago. That was
the year she was fourth in the World
Championships. She has slipped to
world number 16, but she is really,
really consistent. Slightly slower
start than we are used to with her,
528, it puts her on the back foot.
It drops her from yesterday. I am
wondering if she has been recovering
from a hamstring injury most of the
season, I wonder if that is
affecting her from yesterday, so she
is pushing hard when she didn't run
as fast which is why she dropped off
at the start. Her runs were good
yesterday. When she was doing well,
she was one of the top sliders. Now
she is not starting at the front,
you can see where her driving isn't
quite where it needs to be to have
the same effect as what the Germans
are doing and pulling up the field.
It is just little mistakes here and
I don't think this will
improve Gilardoni's position.
We are halfway through run number
one. Flock leads narrowly.
You can see her going through the
track in her head, through her body,
that visualisation where you can
shut your eyes and go through any
track in the world because it is so
much in that mental imagery.
Confirmation of Flock's narrow lead
over Lizzy Yarnold. So close. That
leaderboard will not change now as
we move into the second half of the
standings. Unbelievable view across
to the ski jump. Jane Channell is
about the fastest starter here. She
has been electric off the blocks,
but she has been losing it down the
bottom end of the track.
speed to carry her through the top
portion of the track.
portion of the track. Normally, she
would be starting to go green, but
because of her style, maybe this
track is in connecting with the
Canadians because they are not doing
as well as they should. She is
currently ranked fifth in the world.
You don't expect to see sliders of
that calibre this far back in the
pack. So something is not
connecting. You can hear a lot of
noise and that is her helmet
scraping against the ice.
scraping against the ice.
She has a
small chance of nipping into the top
ten. But her speed has fallen away
again. She stays in 11.
She will be
disappointed with that. When you are
ranked fifth in the world going into
the Olympics, that means she has had
podiums. She was second place in
Whistler. And she has always been
around that kind of placing. So to
not get into the top ten, she would
definitely want to have her fourth
and final run to make sure she is in
the top ten. A bit of a clip there.
She needs to have steered harder as
she enters corner 12. Those lines on
your screen need to be as flat as
possible. You don't want the highs
and the lows as that is a longer
journey around each corner.
going to happen at the fourth
Olympics for America's Katie
Uhlaender. She was fourth in Sochi,
only 400s of that bronze medal --
only four hundredths off that bronze
medal. She was in tears earlier as
to how her Olympics has gone, in the
full knowledge that this will
probably be her last one.
training runs at the beginning of
the week, she was really quick. She
was up there with the likes of Lizzy
and Laura. You thought maybe this
would be her year, and it hasn't
happened, for whatever reason.
Whether she got the setup wrong
yesterday... She said the ice has
been good for her, but something has
not quite settled. Again, there were
no big mistakes, she's just losing
speed all the way the track.
speed all the way the track.
It's a shame. She wants it
so bad, and sometimes that could be
no problem. She has that extra
tension in her body. She is thinking
about it so much in her head that
she is stopping it flowing through
her body and relaxing.
the disappointment in her face. She
said she has had a rough week.
has. I don't know whether a lot of
the stuff in her head has come from
this Russian doping thing, because
it was not long ago that she thought
she was getting upgraded to a bronze
medal and end up all got changed.
She has been holding on to the fact
that she was going to get that medal
for so long and then it got swept
away, but it is still ongoing. So
that might be playing on the back of
her mind and slowing her down.
Another of the Canadians. This is
Mimi Rahneva. There is a theme
developing here. She is really quick
away here. But slowly but surely, it
Yeah, the Canadian men
didn't do as well as expected, just
like their women. Not quite sure
whether it is their sleds or whether
they just haven't clicked. So far,
this is looking like a solid run. We
predominantly steer through our
shoulders. That was well controlled.
Sometimes you can just do too much.
You can oversteer the sled. Every
time you steer the sled, you are
cutting into the ice, which slows
She nips up to tenth
That was a good run from her.
I'm not surprised that that is what
She is only two
hundredths lower than Loelling on
that run Thomas the potential is
there. This is where we speak about
consistency and how the top sliders
are putting consistent runs in to be
in medal positions, whereas she has
only had one good run out of three.
That is why she is back where she
CLARE BALDING: And all of that
means that with just one run to
come, Lizzy Yarnold is two
hundredths of a second behind Janine
Flock, the leader from Austria.
Alex Coomber was watching that third
one closely. Lizzy has moved up a
position, but Laura is perhaps
unlucky to be where she is.
I don't think unlucky. She made one
mistake, but that is what this track
does. Make one mistake, and it will
set you back. She had the fastest
split until the very last split. If
she can hold it together on that
second run... Lizzy is not as
settled as she normally is, but she
is quite a heavy athlete and this
track has a lot of other hills. She
is ten kilos heavier than Laura and
has the momentum to keep going.
Lizzy has also got that very calm
outlook. She is here to do one
thing. She is here to be the first
British winter Olympian to ever
successfully defend a title. She
doesn't mind putting pressure on
herself and this is how she
performed in the third one, moving
from third to second position. She
will go second last and if she can
set a good time on her final one,
all the pressure goes on to Janine
Flock. But this was not smooth.
she took a big hit on the wall.
Janine Flock has a much smoother
line. The smoother you are, you are
going a shorter distance. That is
where you want to be. But Lizzy is
going up and down. She's still
maintaining her speed.
has to be proud of what she is
She is phenomenal. Hopefully,
she will do what she did yesterday.
Yesterday, she didn't have a great
first one, but she pulled together
and improved on her second run. She
will probably be cross with herself.
She was thinking that she could move
And she was up on the
clock early on.
She was flying, but
she made one mistake and slid
sideways. That wiped her speed.
you believe that any of those top
six athletes could end up with a
We have said this all along.
There are just over three tenths
between first and sixth place. You
are talking about 20 centimetres
after they have done their four
miles. It is nothing and it will
come down to the last few minutes.
12.45 is their final run to decide
the medals. But the big news from
the short track speed skating this
morning is that there is to be no
final four Elise Christie. She had a
horrible looking fall in the
semifinal of the 1500m and she
looked in real pain afterwards. She
has been taken away from the ice
rink on a stretcher. She has been
taken to hospital. She was penalised
for this incident, so even if she
had been fit and healthy, she would
not have been allowed to escape in
the final. Sarah Lindsay and Jon
Eley are with me. You have skated
with her and you are friends of
hers. This is so hard after her fall
in the final of the 1500m and after
what happened in Sochi. This was her
being taken away. Her physio is with
her, tried to console her, but it is
We wanted today to be
her comeback because her first
distance didn't go to plan. We all
knew she was skating well, so to see
her being stretchered off to
hospital is heartbreaking.
there is a good team around her, but
it needs to be a good medical team
as well to check that she is OK
physically as well as mentally.
is the most important thing. Forget
about the race, let's make sure she
is OK. Fingers crossed, she can
write again, but if not, the guys
around her will make sure she is
Let's head out to the
Gangneung Ice Arena and get the
Really unfortunate and
disturbing scenes at the Gangneung
Ice Arena where a short while ago,
Elise Christie was taken off the ice
in a stretcher after crashing out in
the 1500m semifinal. We have an
update. She has been taken to
hospital and she has gone for a
scan. On what, we don't know. We
will hopefully find out more in due
course. From where you were sitting,
how did it look?
The penalty was
right. She gave it her best shot.
She came around outside of the
Chinese skater and had a bit more
speed, but was not quite past her.
That means that when the left hand
comes across to stabilise you as you
go around the corner, she caught the
Chinese girl, knocked her off
balance. The Chinese girl falls and
takes Christie with her. I was
concerned about whether she had been
cut on the right ankle. So whether
it is broken or whether there is a
cut, we don't know. I have been
trying to contact the performance
director. She has gone to hospital,
but I have not been able to contact
anybody yet. We will have to wait
We certainly hope it was
nothing serious. All we know is that
Elise Christie has gone to hospital
for a scan.
Fingers crossed, because
Tuesday would be the heats for the
1000m, her favourite distance. She
is a tough cookie, though.
really tough and hopefully, she will
be OK and keep us on the edge of our
seats and save it all for the last
Jon, in terms of the wider
impact on short track speed skating
in this country, the development
programme is stretching. You need
athletes to come into this. How
important is it that we don't just
focus on Elise Christie as the one
person, because she is not the only
No, we have had some great
successes. Everybody has been really
interested in short track in the
last few months. If we can continue
to do that through programmes like
Discover your goal that UK sport are
running and also through our website
with people registering their
interest, people can join a club.
South Korea is the place where short
track speed skating is at its most
popular. They have two skaters in
this final of the 1500m. Let's head
back out to join will fan Simon.
Here is the line-up for the final
and the home crowd are beside
themselves with excitement at the
possibility of Choi Minjeong or even
Kim Alang claiming the gold medal.
The South Korean president is in the
stands in front of us, watching
proceedings. Choi Minjeong, the
overall World Cup winner, a seven
time World Championship gold
medallist, two-time overall world
champion, is only 19 years old. In
length two, Kim Alang, Olympic gold
relay medallist from Sochi in 2014,
two-time world champion in the relay
as well. Imposition three, Kim
Bhutan from Canada. 500m bronze
medallist at the Olympic Games in
Pyeongchang. Her world ranking of
this event for this year is three.
And imposition four, Petra
Jaszapati, world and European silver
medallist in the relay. Next up, the
youngest in the field at 17 years of
age. From China, Li Jinyu, a world
junior bronze medallist only last
year. And the Netherlands are
represented here. Ter Mors was the
Olympic champion in the long track
speed skating and came fourth in
Arianna Fontana, the 500 metre
Olympic champion, six Olympic medals
in her career. What a line-up, and a
congested looking field as well.
This is going to be some race, I can
Do you make Choi the
Choi has to be one of the
favourites. Santana has the gold
medal, she might sit back and wait,
and weight, using her explosive
speed at the end.
experience here, keeping everybody
waiting, taking her time. Getting to
the line when she is ready.
And away they go. First time of
asking, 13.5 laps of the track. A
final that we were rather hoping
Elise Christie would have been
participating in. But unfortunately,
if you have just tuned in, her
semifinal ending up in the padding
on the outside of the track when she
crashed on the final end. These
seven are bracing for Olympic glory.
Choi moves around the outside. Ter
Mors in second. Kim Boutin of Canada
Choi Minjeong on the front
for career. Ter Mors in second
place. Kim Boutin of Canada in red
and black moving to the front of the
field. Choi Minjeong asserting
authority. Fontana moving around on
the outside. She wants to make sure
she is at the business end of this
all the way through. Fontana has the
bit between her teeth having finally
got that first Olympic gold medal to
adds to her collection.
Nine laps to
go, it is about getting in the right
place with seven skaters in the
final, it is always difficult to
come from the back when the
challenge comes on. Choi will be
looking to do that. Ter Mors moves
into second place.
Ter Mors making
sure she is at the pointy end of the
race it. Kim Boutin leads the way.
Ter Mors of the Netherlands in
three. Choi Minjeong in fourth. Her
compatriot Kim Alang in five. The
two outsiders, Li Jinyu.
back, Fontana takes the lead now
with just four laps to go. Boutin
charging around the outside.
wasn't going to give way. Ter Mors
goes to the front for the
Netherlands. Looking for a first
Dutch gold in short track in the
Olympics. Choi Minjeong tries to go
around the outside. Choi Minjeong
makes her move with two laps to go.
Boutin on the front. Choi Minjeong
has the speed. There is daylight
now. The crowd getting really
excited here. Choi Minjeong is one
lap from the gold medal at the
Olympic Games. Choi Minjeong
sprinting away. The battle is now
for second place. Gold for Choi
Minjeong, second place in the end
for Li Jinyu of China. Kim Boutin of
Canada takes third. Its bronze for
her. The home crowd have got what
they wanted to see, gold the Choi
Minjeong, who was the big favourite
going into this race.
favourite, favourite going into the
500 metres, she got the penalty, and
now she's got the gold.
Minjeong didn't finish the last
race, she didn't finish the final,
but she finished this one off in
The coaches there really
enjoying this. 12,000 spectators in
the arena loving every minute of
this. You can see the emotion on her
face. She can't believe it.
made her move, what a blistering
turn of pace she had. Nobody could
live with it.
This is superb
skating, going around the outside
and clearly firing on all cylinders,
making it look so easy. Her power to
weight ratio is the nominal.
extraordinary burst of pace, and
then everybody else racing for the
other medals, four silver, Choi
Minjeong put in a race, the
17-year-old Li Jinyu of China near
the back for most of the race, she
timed her effort well. A great
victory, a dominant victory for Choi
Minjeong. Don't forget, she was the
overall World Champion at the age of
16. She has seven world titles of
various descriptions and is still
only 19 years of age. Including,
twice, overall world champion. This
tops the lot, gold in front of a
It certainly does. Kim
Boutin also getting a medal.
second time in these games, but Choi
Minjeong takes the gold. Li Jinyu
joiner, China and Korea utterly
dominated this event, and this is
only the fifth time it has been
held. Korea have won three of those,
five Olympic finals with China
taking the other two. And again,
Korea and China first and second.
This time in that particular order.
Boutin will be delighted with her
second medal of the games. A second
bronze medal for her. Kim Alang of
Korea in fourth. Ter Mors of the
Netherlands in fifth, and does a
patty of hungry insects. The party
starts now for the home crowd.
-- Petra Jaszapati in sixth.
STUDIO: A third gold of these Winter
Olympics for the host nation, Choi
Minjeong taking advantage and
Olympics for the host nation, Choi
Minjeong taking advantage and
powering on in the last lap.
impressive. Hugely confident. She
sat in, she has not done any work,
and used her speed at the end and
made a massive gap. She looked
for everyone tuning in for the final
was that Elise Christie was not
there after a heavy fall in the
semifinal. She has been taken to
hospital and is having an x-ray. The
chef de mission was at the Ice Arena
and has been talking to David
I hoped to be chatting in better
circumstances, but unfortunately, we
hear that Elise has been taken to
hospital. Information is obviously
thin on the ground, do you have
anything you can tell us about that?
I was in the stand there, she has
taken a heavy fall into the barrier.
I have spoken to the performance
director Stuart line, an ambulance
has taken her to hospital. At this
moment in time, we don't know what
has happened, but she will get scans
just now. That is all we know at
this moment in time.
It has been a
good couple of days for Great
Britain, getting a couple of bronze
medals, but at the short track, it
has not gone for us.
At the moment,
I am not bothered about medals, I am
thinking about Elise, and hopefully,
the injury is not a significant one,
but it is a proportion that she has
gone to hospital to get a scan, but
it looked a heavy fall.
I spoke to
Charlotte Gilmartin, and she said
Elise would not be on a stretcher if
she was OK. All we can say is thank
you for speaking to us, and I hope
we get some good news soon.
STUDIO: A good reaction from Mike
Haley, it is not about medals, it is
about whether Elise Christie is OK.
We are not getting any information
yet, but we hope the scans does not
show a break. Both mentally and
physically, we hope she can recover
Fingers crossed that she
will be OK. She has a few days
before the 1000 metres. But it was a
tough fall. She went in hard to the
barrier, feet first.
As you can see,
she doesn't fall until the fifth
block which means she is close to
the barriers when she goes down.
Just there, she has very diddled
time to react and get herself away
from going in feet first. In short
track, that is normally the worst.
You try to spin around to go in with
happened because she was trying so
hard to stay on her feet. She is
desperate to finish, trying and
overtaking move to put in the top
two, only the top two qualify for
the final. She talked all about the
1500 metres being an irrelevance,
and it being all about the 1000, it
was a way of deflecting pressure.
This mattered hugely to her, and
unfortunately for Elise, you can see
there, in real pain. As she was put
onto the stretcher, both the shock
of it, and huge disappointment of
not being in the final and the pain.
It can be a surreal moment in the
Olympics and you fall. I have been
there. It all flashes before your
eyes very, very quickly. You don't
quite know what has happened. You
have got all these thoughts about
where you will go in the next race.
It very quickly hits you so hard
that your day is over. It is such a
difficult sport, this.
It seems to be that when we go to
it, something happens. Unfortunately
for Elise, it nearly always involves
her. Is it ever easier than this?
The final was pretty clear there. It
was good that it was mentioned
everyone stayed on their feet. In
the semifinal, Leigh and Troy came
first and second in the final. She
was pushing them all the way to the
semifinal, sushi was in great form,
so fingers crossed she can get back
to help and get ready for Tuesday.
But let's see how she was.
Christie has said the 1000 is her
favourite event and the event she is
strongest at. It is the 1000 metres
now for the men. And this final
features Elise Christie's boyfriend,
skating for Hungary. He will be
concerned about how she is. She will
be hugely boosted if he can win a
medal, he is at the back in the
Hungarian shirt and his name is
Shaolin Sandor Liu.
COMMENTATOR: Welcome back, everyone.
What a final in prospect, nine laps
ahead of these five skaters as they
take to the ice. John Henry Kruger
took his semifinal by the scruff of
the neck. He hung in at the front.
Girard was advanced to the final.
Normally there are four skaters in
the thousand metre final, six in the
1500, because of Samuel Girard being
advanced, we have five skaters.
Sometimes having five skaters in
1000 metres can make the race far
more complicated, because you always
will be attacked from behind because
the fifth skater doesn't sit
comfortably. Only nine laps, all the
coaches waiting anxiously for the
start of this race.
The skaters about to come forward
and be introduced one by one.
John-Henry Krueger making it through
to the final. He's in bonus
territory now, having got this far.
He certainly is.
He certainly is.
Next up, one of the
two Koreans in the final. Seo Yira,
the current world champion.
Imposition three for this final.
Imposition three for this final. The
Canadian Samuel Girard, the
21-year-old. He was fourth in the
1500 metres. Can he get a medal this
time? Listen to the raw in a moment.
, the national sporting hero, Lim
Hyojun, the Olympic 1500 metre
champion. Shaolin Sandor Liu from
Hungary at the 2016 World Champion
over 500 metres, the World Cup
champion from this year at this
distance. And he was second in the
World Championship last year.
The 1000 metre short track final.
Shaolin Sandor Liu on the outside.
Girard muscled out of it.
Just making sure he is in the right
place when it kicks off late on.
Girard on the front. John-Henry
Krueger coming into second place.
Seo Yira in fourth and come at the
back, Shaolin Sandor Liu.
by John-Henry Krueger overtaken by
Girard of Canada. It can make the
difference to whether he gets a
medal or not.
The boyfriend of Elise Christie is
back in fifth place, but looking
Looks as if he has
another gear and he will need it.
Girard of Canada leads the way.
Girard of Canada leads the way. Seo
Yira is in third. And Shaolin Sandor
Liu has gone down! There are only
two left. It is Girard in front with
John-Henry Krueger on the last lap.
And it is Girard of Canada who takes
the gold medal, and John-Henry
Krueger of the United States wins
the silver! What an upset, how about
that? The home crowd can't believe
it. Both of their skaters went down.
They certainly lost one of them,
limit your junk across the line in
third place. Shaolin Sandor Liu of
Hungary in what drama.
skaters going down. Girard skated
the most strategically good race at
the front. John Henry down on his
knees, he can't believe he has a
silver medal. And what
disappointment for Liu from Hungary.
Charles Hamelin is congratulating
his team-mate, and there is
John-Henry Krueger of the USA.
Everything I read about Samuel
Girard coming into these Olympic
Games suggested that people felt he
was the next big thing for Canadian
skating, but even he would not have
necessarily expected to be Olympic
champion in this race. Superb piece
of skating by John-Henry Krueger and
Samuel Girard of Canada, as both of
the Korean skaters are looking up to
the big screen to find out who will
be taking the bronze medal.
Unofficially, it is Hyojun who takes
the bronze, but we will wait for
It got really tight.
Seo Yira tries to dive in. And then
Liu was taken out completely. John
Henry almost went down as well. I
think the penalty will go to Seo
Yira. I'm not sure whether Lim
crossed the line third.
That is an
officially what the results as at
But there is the Olympic
champion, Samuel Girard of Canada.
What a moment for him. And also
John-Henry Krueger, who raced
aggressively, put himself in a
position to get something and help
animate the racing all the way
through and got a fantastic reward
for it. There is the Olympic
champion, Samuel Girard. Shaolin
Sandor Liu gets a penalty. So after
poor Elise Christie leaving the
track on a stretcher, he is
penalised in the final. And Seo Yira
is given as third with the bronze
medal, behind John-Henry Krueger and
the gold medallist Samuel Girard,
with limits your John, the winner
the other day in the 500m, down in
Laura Deas, one of the fastest in
It's down to you in that
moment. There is nobody else.
moment. There is nobody else. I love
this sport. I'm in it because I want
Lizzy Yarnold is the Olympic
We are 12 minutes away from the
final and medal deciding one of the
skeleton with Lizzy Yarnold, the
defending champion, in second place,
just 200 for the second behind
Janine Flock of Austria and
tantalisingly close to the podium is
Laura Deas. A good run from her
could see her move into the medals.
She is 19 hundred behind the leader,
nine hundredths behind the place.
Alex, you think she could do it?
Yeah. Both of them arrive there. 19
hundredths is nothing. It was always
going to come down to this last run.
It is even the last 100m that has
been the defining moment for these
And they go in reverse
order, so it will all build up to
those final four and we will be
their lives for the whole of the
fourth and deciding one of the
skeleton. Looking for a pick me up
after what happened to Elise
Christie. Our hearts go out to her.
She is in hospital, waiting for an
x-ray to see how badly hurt she has
been by that fall in the semifinals
of the 1500m. But earlier this
morning, there was a massive boost
for the British team because Izzy
Atkin, won a bronze medal in
freestyle skiing for skiing
slopestyle. This was how she did it.
Next to drop will be Great Britain's
The biggest run of her
life starts now.
life starts now.
Mechanical with the
450. Laid it down beautifully. Locks
that in so beautifully. She tilts
the skis on to it.
the skis on to it. This run is
flowing for her.
There I see it,
best rails we have seen from her.
Come on, Izzy Atkin.
Come on, Izzy Atkin. Final jump.
it's super-clean! It is the place!
84.6. She's down. Great Britain's
Izzy Atkin takes the bronze! Talk us
There were tonnes of big
names in the field. It could have
been anyone's. I was standing at the
bottom after my final run. I knew I
had skied the best I could and my
heart was racing, but I can't
She made sure she was clean and the
youngest member of Team GB has a
bronze medal for her efforts.
Congratulations to Izzy Atkin. Her
Olympic debut, and she will be
holding onto that bronze medal with
both hands. It means that for the
first time since February the 3rd,
1924, the British team has a chance
of winning two medals at the Winter
Olympics on the same day. Laura Deas
and Lizzy Yarnold both hope they can
be on the podium. That would be the
first time that has happened at a
Winter Olympics for British athletes
and four Lizzy Yarnold, her main aim
here was to become the first Briton
to successfully defend a winter
Olympic title. Could this be the
crescendo of her career?
scared, sometimes petrified. When I
put my helmet on, I say to myself
"Why am I doing this? " But fear is
your friend. One step, two steps,
moving faster, no turning back now.
You need to pinpoint focus.
Peripheral vision filtering
constantly, taking in an orchestra
of information. Not just using your
eyes, you are using your sense of
smell, the pressure in your chest.
You are feeling the G-forces in your
neck and arms. The slightest move
can change everything.
can change everything. Working in
fractions. And then, there is
fractions. And then, there is calm.
Alex Coomber is with us, who won a
bronze medal in 2002 and started
this 21st century sliding phenomenon
which has meant that at every Winter
Olympics since you, a British woman
has won a medal in skeleton. Is it
going to happen again today?
had to lay my cards on the table,
definitely. Hopefully two.
you want to catch up with Lizzy
Yarnold, you have to go to her,
because she doesn't spend a lot of
time in the UK. The skeleton sliders
move around Europe and are often
based in Austria, which was where I
went to talk to her last month.
When I'm about to start sprinting,
you're looking at the weather, the
snow, whether the eyes looks wet or
there was frost forming on the top.
Everything is completely heightened.
Sound, sight, smell, everything. All
this information is coming together
to try and have the fastest run.
It's just a complete orchestra of
information. And then you're lying
on the sled and the whole thing is
rattling. It is violent.
She's going to win the gold medal,
Good to see you!
Good to see you! It was the
most amazing two weeks of my life.
As soon as I saw my parents, it
wasn't just my gold medal, it was my
family's, my friends' and everyone
who supported me and got me there.
surprisingly, after Suchy, you
needed to step away. Was that always
the plan or did it come after you
that you went, I can't do this any
I hadn't yet become a
champion. There were still so many
goals that I had. So I quickly
knuckled back down and focused in on
the new challenges.
the new challenges. I was really
pushing myself and expecting a lot
of myself, and it drove me to a
point of physical and mental
exhaustion. Trying to drive yourself
to get everything out of every
training run with the determination
to win, I didn't realise how much of
a toll it was taking.
And what did
you do with your time away?
house. I did a few craft courses
that were so different to skeleton.
Lampshade making! I did a few
university courses and stuff like
When you pull on the
superwoman suit and become Lizzy
Yarnold, the athlete again, do you
No. Everything is
just down to the best of my ability,
so I don't feel like a huge step
change from Lizzy at home to Lizzy
the athlete. In all of life, I think
I just have huge expectation or hope
for myself. The reason I came back
to skeleton after being Olympic
champion is because I love being an
athlete. I feel hugely honoured to
work with a different team from the
one that took me to Sochi. There are
still so much to learn and explore.
It is hard work, but it is fun. You
never know what will happen until
the finish line, so it will be a
Lizzy Yarnold, so
composed as an athlete. She seems so
focused on this massive target, to
Yeah. The next 45
minutes could literally change her
life. It was life-changing winning
one gold medal. To win two is
incredible. I know what she is like.
She will not be thinking about that.
She will not think about anything
other than getting herself ready,
setting her sled up, calming her
nerves. She will not worry about
what anyone else is doing. She knows
she can do this.
And for the first
time, we have two skeleton at it in
with a chance. Laura Deas is just
behind the third placed position
that she would need to get a medal.
But they have such long and
difficult preparations, so
unglamorous. All the training, the
being away from home. When it comes
to these moments, it is there one
shot at glory and out there
supporting them are friends and
family, always crucial to any
athlete's life, their mums.
run three done. I wanted to find the
two important mums, the biggest
supporters. We have sued ease and
Judith, Lizzy's mum and Laura's mum.
How are you feeling?
Not bad at this
moment, but during the run, I was
incomplete bits. I didn't know
whether to be sick or cry or both.
Is it worse today than yesterday?
Yes. I didn't think it could be, but
it was! I don't know what the next
one will be like. Don't come near
And how about you, Judith? You
have been here before.
We have been
through it before. Yesterday, I was
really nervous. Today, I feel so
much better, really excited. I know
Lizzy is good under pressure. So I
feel relaxed and I am enjoying
today. But we were saying earlier
how lucky we are that Lizzy and
Laura started at the same time and
as families, we have become good
friends. We are rooting for the
Who are these crazy people behind?
Do you know them?
My family are here, her dad, her
brother, cousins, people watching in
New York. People watching all over.
It is fantastic.
She gets married in
a few months. You are going to be
mother of the bride soon!
Lizzy got married recently to James,
so we have James up the top. We have
Lizzy's sisters, and James' family,
hello to the Yarnold and Bolton
family cheering them on at home.
are all cheering Lizzy Yarnold and
Laura Deas on. It is going mad here
and we have one run left. Who is
going to bring home the medals? I
Jolly hope it is both of them. For
their mum's sate!
Fantastic stuff from Amy, and the
person most concerned for Elise
Christie is her mum Angela, and the
news on Elise is she has not broken
any thing, and Shaolin, her
boyfriend, says she will be ready to
race on Tuesday. A desperate day for
Elise Christie not getting through
to the final of the 1500 and getting
taken dolls Buttle, but the news at
the moment looks OK. She will
hopefully recovered to be on the ice
on Tuesday. We hope she will get the
rub of the luck, because, my word,
she deserves it. We will go to the
fourth and final skeleton run. Alex,
on this track, you said what and was
an advantage it is for Lizzy
She is the heaviest slider
in the whole field. Some of the
lighter girls are producing meat
runs, and you wonder why they are
not getting down faster with speed.
There are uphill sections in this
track. If you are lighter, you don't
have moment to get you down. For
Lizzy, she can afford to make
mistakes and it doesn't affect her
that much because she has a momentum
to keep her travelling. The lighter
girls could potentially catch up but
don't have time because it is short.
Good news today that she is not
suffering from the dizziness that
affected her yesterday. After the
first round, looking disorientated
and admitting she was short of
breath. She has been steaming to
clear her sinuses. It is dusty and
very cold. The fourth run will
happen late at night, 9:45 in South
Korea. But adrenaline always helps.
She won't be worried about that now.
This is it, the preparation and
training, the worry, and anxiety,
getting through the first runs
yesterday, getting back on the track
today, it's almost a time to clear
your mind and not think about
She takes her hat off and
looks straight at Zheng, and says it
is fine. She is feeling strong. At
the top of the run, the elite coach
shouts them on and says go. If Lizzy
can have a cleaner and smooth the
run, she has a chance.
This is the
two hundredths, it is the distance
and it is not far.
Let's look at
Laura Deas, because you have said
throughout, no one is driving the
track better than her, but she lost
time in the later section of her
The first run she was
flying, first at all the checks. She
had a hit and came out, the angle
she hit was bad. Instead of hitting
and coming off the side and carrying
on straight in a parallel, she came
in sideways and came out sideways.
She was breaking for the element she
was hitting. If she can clean the
exit up, and she did, it she is 19
hundredths of gold, which she can
She can move to the top.
As I said, the top six, any of them
It is really, really
tight, nothing in the timings.
Hundredths of a second if they can
stay smooth, if they can stay
relaxed, if they can think of the
thoughts ahead of time they need to,
they need to be sharp and ready. The
supporters are doing a great job.
Making them realise they have got an
awful lot of people behind them.
Whatever happens, they will hug and
love them, but they would love even
more to celebrate a medal, maybe
two. All still to come in the final
run of the skeleton.
Lots of British fans here.
Yarnold heads to the finish.
Yarnold is two hundredths off the
Lizzy Yarnold to Laura Deas.
A fast starter.
She is so strong, so powerful.
Brilliant from Herb there!
Laura stays in fourth place.
-- from her there.
They both started sliding into
thousands nine, and both came from
different sporting backgrounds, but
both of them at least, both hugely
competitive. How much does it help,
when you did it, you are on your own
with no one to support you, but they
have each other.
It is great. When I
competed, there were other girls in
the team, MS Stuart was the second
girl in my team. In Salt Lake, we
needed one more race, she pushed out
of the groove with her sled in
Calgary, which lost our second
place. We did nearly have two girls
a long time ago. To have someone
else there, Lizzy said, it is
difficult to understand what it is
like, because not many people have
done this. To have them both there,
they know what it is like to go into
a bend well, they know what a good
run feels like, they know a bad
start or a good start. To talk to
someone without having to constantly
explain makes a difference, you can
Absolutely. The record of
female skeleton sliders from Great
Britain over the 21st-century
Olympics has been outstanding. Alex
Cooper in 2002 taking bronze,
Shelley Rudman four years later,
Silver. Then we had our first
Olympic champion in skeleton, Amy
Williams in 2010, before Lizzy
Yarnold followed up four years ago.
Let's join up live.
COMMENTATOR: Tremendous excitement
here, this final run is well
underway, and we join the action
live here, watching on. The United
States athlete, this is Kendall
Wesenberg, in 17th place. She has
had an Olympics to remember, moments
of really untidy sliding, little
flashes of excellence as well. She
is one for the future, definitely.
She's certainly is. A slide of her
experience, it is learning what the
games can bring and building has
mentally, using this to develop her
skills. Great line through there
into the big corner, 12. She will be
happy with this run down the bottom.
One of her tidy ones, pushing into
the big Olympic corner.
This is bend
15, curve 16 brings them home, of
course. At the line, Wesenberg goes
52.6 five. Only 17, all still before
That was a very good final run
from her. She will be happy with
that. Coming down in first place,
you want to see the fact that you
are standing there on the
leaderboard and you don't drop any
places. A good solid run, quite a
new athlete. Not as experienced as
the top of the field. She has a lot
to learn, but first Olympics, you
couldn't ask for more. Using her
toes, dropping off the corner too
much. Corner nine, the tricky
corner, really good. Probably didn't
have the same speed into it, but she
is all smiles standing on the
As each athlete ticks by,
the tension will ratchet up. We hope
you are enjoying the event at home,
do Jaclyn Narracott of Australia in
16th place currently. Top 15 finish,
eighth at St Moritz.
eighth at St Moritz. Narracott needs
a really good one here, close to 52
seconds. If you can, it would be
You can see how beautiful
the ice is, the shine on it, spritz
with water in between runs, freshly
prepared, which keeps the ice in a
good condition. It is not breaking
up or anything, maintaining it. A
really big skid there. It will be
hard eyes, -7 out there. You have to
have your runners set up and stay
calm on the sled.
The crowds around
the Olympic bend. The run to bend 15
can be so tricky. She seemed
can be so tricky. She seemed slow
through there. 52.80 two. She is
pleased with her week's work.
supporters there, travelling all the
way from Australia, her parents are
out there. They are happy to see
their daughter compete in a and
Olympic Games. Dom Parsons will be
I saw him earlier.
We can see her just skidding off the
corner line. She did her work in the
wrong place in the corner and had to
fight. She clips the wall there. She
has to work harder into corner 12 to
control the sled.
A good example of
friendships developing in the sport,
Narracott and Wesenberg embrace.
Some closest friends are those from
other nations and countries, closest
friends are splattered all around
the world for me, because of ten
plus years of being with them
through the winter months.
go and currently in 15th is Sophia
Jong from Korea. The Koreans have
done so well. Many of you were blown
away by her performance, spectacular
winning the men's skeleton. At 24,
still time to improve.
runs at the top of the track. She
let herself down at the bottom with
speed. She made a couple of
mistakes, which is why she is so far
back in the pack. I thought she
would be higher up with the track
knowledge. But her ability has meant
she hasn't quite got it right. A
heavy knock into the big corner. You
can hear her feet and helmet on the
ice. Messy as she comes into the big
Olympic corner under the Olympic
She will lose a bit of ground
here because of that. Once you make
a collision like that, speed drops
off so quickly. Jeong still a good
deal quicker and goes first. Quicker
than Narracott and those that went
before. A chance now for the next
3-4 athletes to leapfrog Jeong as
She has had so much pressure.
She is a young, up and coming
athlete. This is her home track and
home games, the pressure that comes
with it to do so well. And in the
men's race, one got gold, so she is
definitely one to watch for the
future, she has an incredible start
on her. She just needs that
experience to keep it under control
when the pressure is on. You can see
there, the two athletes and how
different the lines are. It is only
a few inches, but it can make a huge
You can see how much
faster than the Korean slider she
was. Really starting to overtake.
Kim Meylemans next for Belgium, the
21-year-old, 14th place for her. She
slaps her thighs, a little bit like
Michael Phelps at the start. Just
getting that crucial fast start. Not
blinding off the blocks, 520, 522.
Her best run of her campaign so far
was on the first run today.
Hopefully, if she puts another good
run in today, she will be happy with
her final day and walk away with a
smile and a bit of relief it is all
over and the pressure has finished
of being at the Olympic Games. It is
about putting consistent runs in.
Another good one here. She needs to
get this right. Centimetres the
other way and she would have got
through clean. She starts to build
speed into the big Olympic corner
and the exit through the speed trap.
Two top ten World Cup finishes this
year. Curve 16 will bring her games
to an end as well. 52.26 is her
time. That is the quickest of all of
her four runs. An excellent way to
finish your Olympic Games.
We can see Lizzy Yarnold's dad in
the big red coat. They are all
waiting in anticipation of what will
happen. That was a good run from
her. She has good body position on
the sled. Her head is low, her
shoulders are flat. We do a lot of
work in wind tunnels throughout the
summer, perfecting body positions.
Even when she takes that hit, look
how low her shoulders stick on the
sled. That is what you need to do.
Her coach seems happy as well.
the ex-skeleton slider for Austria.
He has won many medals in his time.
So Meylemans' job is done. The IOC
president is having a night out, and
why not? This is an exciting event
and will crank up greatly in the
next 25 minutes. Katie Uhlaender has
had a games she will want to forget.
If anybody needs a confidence
restoring good last run, it is her,
in tears after run two yesterday.
She wanted this so badly. Her
Olympic chase for a medal has been
many years in the making. She tried
to go to the summer games in London.
Here, almost because she wants it so
bad, the tension is in her body and
she doesn't look as relaxed as other
sliders. She has always had a unique
way to steer, using her legs quite
far apart. I so want it for her and
I want her to feel happy with how
she has performed.
she has performed.
That was the
slowest run of the lot.
slowest run of the lot.
I think out
of all the athletes here, she will
be the most disappointed because it
is her fourth games. She came fourth
in Sochi four years ago. She was
flying at the beginning of the week
in training. She was probably an
outside chance for a medal, but you
thought she would put pressure on
the front runners. But it hasn't
worked out for her.
She has made a
few mistakes. She was a bit too
high. She is having to work harder,
so she has not settled on her sled.
Nice to see her smile, at least. Two
of the next three are really slick
off the blocks. Jane Channell will
be next. She is 12th at the moment.
She has put together three really
consistent runs, assisted, of
course, with this terrific start. If
anybody is capable of cutting five
seconds from her start, it might be
5.05 is consistent with what we
have seen from her. But is that
going to kill her velocity at the
top of the track? The Canadian
equipment hasn't really been
working. They have made little
mistakes all the way down the track.
This is the one that she should have
been putting in all the way through
competition, but hasn't managed to
That was her best effort so
far. She finishes with a cracking
52.09 and that is more like it. It's
a little too late, but what a strong
That was an incredible one
and she is probably wishing she had
managed it in the other three, but
she can be happy. She has finished
on a strong one. She had the best
start in the whole field. She is an
incredible sprinter, training so
hard in the summer. The Canadians
have a nice Bush House, so all year
round, they can push their sleds on
the ice, -- they have an ice push
That run will put pressure on
the next three sliders, because they
are so close. That was a really good
run. That would be mixing it with
the top five women.
Here is the
likeable and consistent Marina
Gilardoni from Switzerland. She
starts her final run in 11th place.
She is 30 now and this might be her
last Olympic Games. She had a
distinguished career which took her
as high as number five in the world
two years ago.
two years ago.
Her push has always
taken her down the track. She's in a
strong animal. He has had hamstring
issues in the last few years, and
her drive is not quite as good. With
some tracks, the push can take you
quite far. This track is
unforgiving. There are uphill
sections and you have to drive it as
well as you can push it.
well as you can push it.
was ragged after kerbs seven. --
Gilardoni was ragged after kerbs
seven -- kerbs seven. At the moment,
Canadian Jane Channell holds the
lead but things will change
dramatically as we head to the top
The next couple of sliders are
Canadians as well, so this is for
bragging rights to see who finishes
top in their nation at the Olympic
Games. It is about who will make the
tea and coffee for the next couple
of weeks when they get home in
training! Great to see the
difference in the lines between the
leader and the Swiss. She is going
further around the corner because
all of those ups and downs, which
cost extra time.
cost extra time.
Next to go for
Canada is Mimi Rahneva. She is in
tenth place and a feature of her
sliding is this explosive, terrific
start. There have been just 400s
between all of her starts.
consistent. That is what you want,
four consistent runs added up
together. And that is what this girl
has, which allows her more mistakes
on the bottom. But she is having to
fight as she comes out of corner
nine. Another clip on the same
corner that some of the top riders
have also been clipping into.
have also been clipping into.
uphill, as we keep stressing, once
the speed is lost, it's hard to get
back. That speed will be a
disappointment. Costly mistakes are
an equation we are getting used to.
Yes, every athlete here is just
fighting. It is the last run. For
some people, it means they relax and
have nothing to lose and they have
the ride of their life. For others,
they are still fighting because they
still really want to move up and it
is that psychological battle of
whether it will improve their
sliding or cause mistakes like that
and give extra tension in their sled
and their body.
We are 15 minutes
away from knowing if Janine Flock
will win Austria's first-ever gold
in this event. Or maybe Lizzy
Yarnold to win gold again.
Jacqueline Lolling for Germany in
third place. Germany have never won
gold. Laura Deas in fourth place.
All the drama to unfold shortly.
Elisabeth Vathje of Canada is ninth
at the moment. Bad first run, better
second run, slightly indifferent
She has not had the
consistency that the top sliders
have had. That is where I -- why she
is back where she is.
She is going for it. Pretty straight
on the final curve. Well done,
Elisabeth Vathje. She gets married
next month, and that will send her
to the ceremony is much happier.
There will be an element of
frustration as well. If only she had
done that on all four.
done that on all four.
She is a
really good slider. She has been
consistently up there, ranked third
in the world. She knows she can do
better, but she has put down a great
performance. A bit too late, but she
has moved up and she is in the lead
by quite some bit.
To put that into
perspective, the potential
medallists would love a 51.82 to
round off their runs.
That is the
fourth fastest run of the whole
However, we now move
on. In eighth place is Kimberley Bos
for the Netherlands at her first
Olympic Games. She is just 24. Can
she finish with a flourish?
she finish with a flourish? Again,
wonderfully consistent. 400s span
her starts so far.
She has had a
really good Olympic Games for
someone so young in her sliding
development. Some of these young
sliders are just building experience
towards the next Olympics.
Really going for it. She takes the
lead, for the moment.
incredible run, finishing on a high.
I think Vathje thought she would
hang around for a bit longer. But
everyone is giving it their best.
Seven to go, building up to the
If they're starting to
be a bit of speed coming into the
track as the night wears on? The
temperature is dropping as it gets
later. The ice temperature is
dropping, which will suit some
one went under 52 seconds. It is
certain to happen soon.
thinking the same about the ice and
whether the conditions different
from yesterday, meaning a few
different degrees could make all the
difference and suit some sliders.
seventh place, the last athlete to
go who can't hold onto medal
potentials. Love the Priedulena.
She's usually a good starter as
Very good line into corner
You have two load onto the sled
after sprinting and be still and
calm and feel what is happening
through your body.
through your body.
been excellent on this final run.
That is good enough to take her
ahead of Kimberley Bos for the
moment. Priedulena finishes no worse
than seventh place at the Olympic
She would have definitely
taken that at the start. She is 11th
ranked in the world, so for her to
get in the top ten was probably her
goal. To be able to finish off in
this position, she has definitely
come out with her A game and brought
her best performance when it
matters. That is where she is
managing to get her speed. She has
done so well to learn this track in
a really six runs you are given.
14th in Sochi, improved on that with
a vengeance here in South Korea. And
now, we come to the potential
medallists. Tina Hermann next. She's
in sixth place. Two tenths of a
second off Jacqueline Loelling. She
has been improving and improving all
the way. If you are looking for
times here, 51.8 or better would put
some pressure on Laura Deas and
Jacqueline Loelling, that's for
A 51.83, one of the quickest.
She has found the settings from
yesterday that she needed to tweak.
This will put pressure on the next
2-3 side is coming. Whether it is
good enough to get into the medals,
I'm not sure. It will put pressure
on Fernstadt and Anna
I'm not sure. It will put pressure
on Fernstadt and Anna.
15th to negotiate, lovely from
Herrmann. My work, she has had a
good Olympic Games. She goes 51.8,
which we thought she would need to
crank the pressure up on the other
five looking for medals.
That was an
incredible run by her. She has the
fastest push of all the Germans. She
is tiny, tucks into the sled. That
was a beautiful run, really
perfectly, almost full list, just to
watch the times and splits get
faster and faster, and her lead
getting bigger and bigger. Look at
her, that is how to come out. Her
eyes are looking into corner 12
where she wants to enter. A very
good run by Tina, the German, there.
Very impressive indeed. That now
means the likes of Laura Deas,
Jacqueline Loelling, Lizzy Yarnold,
they really need to be on their
game. 52 seconds may not be good
enough. Carbon copy here, Anna
Fernstadt, improvements seen right
the way through the competition. She
is just 14 hundredths off Loelling
in third place. Laura Deas to come
next, of course. Fernstadt needs to
do what Herrmann has just done.
start is a little bit slower, but
that will be the best out of her
competition so far. She is giving
110%. She wants to beat her German
rival, the sliders are probable you
best friends. But when you get here
on race day, you are in your own.
You had to get to the bottom as fast
as you can. So far, this is looking
clean and looking good. Little
bit... She is having to control it
there. Slightly controlled the skid,
but so far, pretty clean. The time
is bleeding away a little bit more.
Like most of the Germans, can she
make it back in the bottom three
They are good at that, good
at holding speed. Herrmann had her
nose in front, keeps her nose in
front. Herrmann goes up to fifth
place as Fernstadt drops back.
Maybe the 52 second Mark isn't
enough. These are the small margins.
Six hundredths of a second is the
blink of an eye. The bottom line is,
the next four chasing medals have do
be right on it.
You could see she
was longer on the exit of nine, the
sled and her runners stayed on for
longer. She didn't have the right
angle. Just had the fight at the end
of the straight. Hold it together!
How are we all? Laura Deas goes next
for Great Britain in fourth place.
It doesn't tell the measure of her
consistency at this Olympic Games.
Let's not forget as well, for Laura,
her first Olympic Games, aged 29.
Stunningly consistent, good starter.
We want that 51.8 or better. First,
though, we need the usual good
start. Can she get under 5.1 here to
get a cracking shot at this? She has
got it. Laura Deas has a super
She matches her start from
run three. Can she hold it together
now? She has to stay calm. She will
have seen everyone leaving the
changing rooms, look at her there.
Perfect lines and perfect sliding.
Hold it together, Laura.
up on Hermann. She has her eyes on
the middle if she can.
She has to
come out clean. Little clip, and now
she can't clip into the corner just
if. Perfect. She has improved on
that. We have do hope the exit of
nine was enough to keep moving up
Lovely, right up
the middle, dead centre, slightly
high on the entrance to 16. She is
confirmed at fourth at the very
worst. Laura Deas has done all she
can. Will it be enough, though?
51.9, I'm not sure. I'm sure she
would have occurred 51.8.
slowly losing time the further she
got down the track towards the
bottom. She had an incredible start.
You could see she was not as relaxed
as on her previous run. She knows
that badly she wants to move up.
Just there, that's what did it. She
didn't have the perfect line that
she had on the run before. She did
perfect her steer and didn't clip.
Let's see what's going to happen.
She has moved on up. She is still up
on the leaderboard, standing in
Look how close Hermann
got to her. Laura Deas, confirmed
fourth, can it get any better for
her? Jacqueline Loelling, two years
of complete excellence. She admitted
to nerves at the very start of the
competition, and they have shown.
Loelling, funnily enough, has two 52
second runs to learning. If she does
that here, Loelling is in trouble.
She has had a magnificent two years,
really, the world's best.
is ranked number one in the world
and she has a full nominal track
record. She has been up there
winning medals, week in, week out.
Four podium finishes. She does truly
believed to be up here on the
How does it look to you?
deficit is still from the start,
Laura started quicker. But she is
making little mistakes it. Is this
going to be the run that sees Laura
Deas move up into a medal? That is a
big skid there. That could be the
mistake that gives Laura Deas what
she needs. Still building speed. I
don't know how she comes down to the
bottom of the track.
curve, wide on it, nothing between
Loelling and Laura Deas. Loelling
just touches Laura Deas out. She
does what she does all of the time,
and that is find speed very, very
late. She has got amazing
credentials. Loelling guaranteed a
The Germans are just so good
at this. They're not the best
starters in the world, and yet, they
build speed with every single corner
down every single track in the
world. They get faster and faster
and find it somehow. Their equipment
works so well for them. Look at her
there, beautiful position. She
nailed that. She wasn't as straight
as she wanted to, but it was better
than Laura's run. Look at her there,
she is world number one, and can she
now creep up and maybe get world
number one in this Olympics and get
a gold? Is it enough?
next, the Olympic champion, can she
make history and win it again? First
things first before Janine Flock
goes, Lizzy has got to stay ahead of
She started well and needs
to focus on her against the track.
This is what it is all about now.
Don't worry about the German or
Austrian, she needs a perfect run.
She cannot make a mistake at all on
this run. Everything is looking good
so far. The lines are good, good
control. Good speed as the corner
drops away now. Into nine. This is
crucial. She has the tuck. Look at
the Gap, she's got half a second. Is
this the run that gives her her
second gold medal and defend her job
as an Olympic champion?
Just bend 15
to negotiate. A big lead over
Loelling. This could be silver bull
is the Yarnold. She goes to the
front and how! Look at the time,
51.46 to pile the pressure on Janine
That is a gold medal winning
run, I'm sure of it. We are looking
at a two time Olympic champion.
Janine Flock to come, though. What
pressure now on the Austrian. Lizzy
Yarnold, a sensational final run.
She knows it as well.
She does know
it. That was a track record,
unbelievable. She made a mistake
there, but she had so much time in
her bag to be able to play with.
Janine Flock is going to be up there
in the changing room, it is silent
in the changing room. She is the
only one there. She knows this run
has to be the run of her life to be
able to take over the lead. But I'm
not sure she can do it. I believe
Lizzy Yarnold has put down
potentially a gold medal run. Come
on, Janine, hold it together, girl.
You have a good bridge. She can do
this, mentally, she needs to focus
For Austria, who have never won
a medal, Janine Flock, former world
number one, needs the run of her 28
years to tip out Lizzy Yarnold. It
looks a big ask. She has a decent
enough start, though.
That is not
going to be enough. She made a
little mistake there. This will drop
away, that is all the time she has
lost. This is how good Lizzy's run
will have been. Can she build it up
as she comes down the run? This is
not about her staying in front of
Lizzy, this is come is you going to
drop behind the silver or even the
bronze? It is a big gap to Laura
Deas. The run is good, it looks like
she will hold onto bronze medal
position. Time is dropping away.
Dropping away all the time. It looks
like Lizzy Yarnold is going to win
gold again. Has Laura Deas got a
medal in her? Flock goes forth.
Yarnold wins gold again!
Laura Deas has won bronze as well.
Lizzy Yarnold, what a performance,
the first British athlete to
successfully defend her Olympic
title. And for Laura Deas, who
dream. Medals at Badminton, she has
now got one at the Olympic Games.
Janine Flock crestfallen, you have
got to feel for her. That, having
started off in the lead, missing out
on a medal is a killer for her. But
Lizzy Yarnold's done it again, and a
great day for Great Britain at the
I just want to
give... I am so happy for our girls,
but I want to give Janine a hug. I
have slid with Janine my entire
life. I know how much she wants the
medal. She wasn't able to hold it
together and she made those tiny
mistakes. My heart goes out to
Janine, look at her coach, Mickey.
She couldn't keep it together. That
is where Lizzy is so strong,
mentally. Lizzy is so tough, and she
knows how to win. We now have a gold
medal again, and we have a bronze
medal by Laura Deas. She thought she
had lost it like Dom did in the men.
Her fiance is there. There will be a
big party tonight in Team GB.
Winter Olympics history, Great
Britain have never won three medals
in a single day. Earlier, of course,
Izzy Atkin's wonderful bronze, and
two here, continuing Great Britain's
unbelievable run of success in
women's skeleton. It's a story that
you couldn't have made up, the stuff
It certainly is. This is
where skeleton now, British
skeleton, has been a Sport in
women's sport, to dominate in the
world in both men and women. This
sport is about to move on leaps and
You've just got to take your
hat off to Lizzy. This winter,
myself included, she had basically
two decent World Cup runs. The rest
was a bit of disaster, to be honest
with you. How she put herself right
for the big day when it counts, it
illustrates what a big game player
she is. Two gold medals. An real.
Only certain athletes can deal with
the pressure and it is such a hard
place to be, leading, and you had to
put down the run of your life like
Jenin. I feel for her so badly. She
so wanted a medal and to get gold.
She wasn't good enough today, and
she couldn't put down four
consistent runs, like Lizzy and
Laura. A massive shout out to the
entire British team. The support
structure that goes behind those two
girls winning those medals from
Danny hold Croft, the head of
performance, who has been their
strength and conditioning coach over
the years, Andy Schmidt at the head
coach at the top, Rachel Blackman
built and designed their sleds with
James Rock, everyone else within the
team, so many people to thank for
the performance of the two girls.
Here is Lizzy, then. My word, what a
moment for British sport. And the
discussions were beforehand, Flock,
Loelling, superb exponents of this
sport, never have tasted this
pressure before. Lizzy thrives on
She certainly does. This is what
happens. A little bit of pressure,
her second run yesterday, she was
all over the place. She dropped back
from gold into second position. But
then, today her first run was good.
That last run was absolutely
phenomenal from Lizzy. You could see
the other three competitors at the
bottom, when they saw the time, they
were like that... Wow. That is
phenomenal. That is what champions
are made of.
there. So young, so brilliant, but
second place for her. Germany, of
course, have effectively no great
track record in this event.
A couple have finished behind Amy
What happened there is
that potentially, Janine Flock would
have been able to see the clock and
has put her off.
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BALDING: Lizzy Yarnold has done it,
the only gold medallist from the
Sochi Olympics becomes the first
winter Olympian from this country
ever to successfully defend her
title. And Great Britain move to
16th on that board, the first time
ever that the team has won three
medals on the same day at a Winter
Olympics. One gold and now three
bronze and for the first time ever
that two athletes from this country
have finished in the top three of
the same event. Lizzy Yarnold, at
the age of 29, cannot believe what
she has achieved. This is a fabulous
comeback from an athlete who had
achieved everything. In 2015, she
reigned supreme. She was European
and World Cup holder. She could win
it all. She stepped away, then came
back. She had to fight her way back.
This is her first win and the most
important win, the only win that
matters, since she stepped back into
that team. Full credit to the
skeleton setup, to her family and to
Laura Deas. Because Laura Deas has
pushed her all year. They have
trained together and for Laura to a
medal as well is so just. Alex
Coomber is alongside me, bronze
medallist from Salt Lake City. This
is a day you must be so proud of,
because you started this happening
again and now there are two of them
on the podium.
To be honest, when I
started, I was competing in World
Cups and doing well and nobody knew
what a skeleton was. You had to
explain yourself constantly. We went
to races where one man and his dog
might be watching. In the last 16
years, sometimes I think, what have
I done? I am literally lost for
words, it is incredible. We said one
medal, hopefully two. On the day,
they kept their heads look where we
They have both come through the
talent ID programme, Girls For Gold.
This is a tremendous moment for
girls everywhere who think, could I
become an Olympic champion? And I
end up at the Winter Olympics? Well,
you could. The list of success in
skeleton for the third Olympics in a
row, Great Britain takes the gold
medal. But Alex Coomber here said
things off. I wonder whether this
might be the last time we see Lizzy
Yarnold at a major competition. What
else would be left to achieve?
what does she do? I know what Lizzy
is like. If she decides she has
achieved everything, she will just
find another challenge and I'm sure
she will be successful.
This is so
impressive. She said they track
record on her fourth and final run.
She was chasing Janine Flock. She
didn't have much in hand over
Jacqueline Loelling, but this run
means she wins the gold medal by
more than half a second.
Of all the
runs, that last one was her best.
You could see that she knew she had
nothing to lose. She was confident
that she knew how to drive this
track to the best of her abilities
and she did her stuff.
Let's see it
from the beginning again. You said
that her build and although her
mental attitude have put her in a
good position for this course on
Literally, nothing seems
to faze her. She gets on her sled.
She is not the fastest starter, but
she always has a decent start and
she is good at relaxing quickly. She
doesn't get fazed by the fact that
she can't be the perfect run. She
knows there are some tricky corners.
And in this run, she went through
the difficult areas really well,
picking up speed constantly.
even that speed, she is thinking
Definitely. Once you are
through the tricky bits, the best
thing is to relax, and she never
loses that. Some of the sliders have
a hit and a panic, but she never
lets up faze her. She just relaxed
back into it and picked up speed
down the bottom of the track.
champions are consistent. They work
hard, have comportment and are
competitive, but the greatest pull
out the run of their lives at the
moment that it matters the most, and
that is what Lizzy Yarnold has done
this afternoon. She was short of
breath and dizzy after her first
run. She has been struggling with a
sinus problem. She has been
struggling to believe she was still
the best in the world. Today, it has
all come together in the most
magnificent way. She can recover
from the odd bump. She is a double
course she wanted to win a medal,
but the relief of actually doing
it... Everyone thought she would
just turn up and walk away with it,
but that is not what happens. The
top four all changed places in that
last run. We always said this would
be an exciting race and would come
down to the last 100m of the track.
And it meant everyone had a chance.
And Laura Deas, equally, going in
for fastest, knew that with a good
run she could move up the
leaderboard. In the end, it took a
mistake from Janine Flock to move
her up the table. Talk us through
Laura Deas has been so
consistent on this track
Laura Deas has been so
consistent on this track. To have
some of the fastest times in
training, it is a difficult track. A
lot of the other women took a long
time to learn how to drive this
track. Six runs is nothing,
literally six minutes of practice in
preparation for an Olympic final.
But she knew she could control
herself well. She is good at
understanding the principles of
driving a sled. She has been in the
sport for a long time and she is a
very fluid driver, very neat. She
has nailed some of the difficult
parts of this track, which a lot of
the other girls didn't do. That
meant she was consistent and all of
her runs were pretty similar and
Laura and Lizzy also
started at the same time in 2009.
They are both 29. Their families are
good friends because they have been
on the circuit together for so long.
So as a team effort, they are
together and Lizzy will be as
pleased that Laura has a medal as
she is to have won it.
Laura has had
to really fight for her place on
this team. She has done some of the
minor international circuits and has
had to work her way up into the
World Cup team and qualify for the
Olympics. At her first Olympics, to
come away with a bronze medal is
It is testament to the
skeleton team. So impressive.
are the lives seems, Laura Deas on
the right, Lizzy Yarnold laughing in
the middle. They can't believe they
are both on the podium, the first
time that this has happened with
Winter Olympics British athletes!
Scenes of joy and happiness as Laura
Deas steps up to receive her mascot,
the white tiger, the mascot of these
Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. She has
finished third. She is on the podium
in the women's skeleton. And the
silver medallist, credit to her,
Jacqueline Loelling of Germany. Real
strength in this competition from
the Germans. They had three in the
top six. And now we have the double
Olympic champion, the gold
medallist, Lizzy Yarnold.
place, Great Britain! Lizzy Yarnold!
She was so brave in setting this out
as her target, "I'm going there to
do one thing, to make history".
Ladies and gentlemen, the athletes!
So we don't get a national anthem at
this stage. That will happen later
in the Medal Plaza when she receives
her gold medal, but she is saying to
Laura and Jacqueline Loelling, come
up here, let's have a hug. It is a
close community. The skeleton
athletes know what they have been
through. Look at that shot, look at
that leaderboard. Two British
athletes in gold and bronze medal
position in the skeleton at the
Winter Olympics. What a moment and
it means that Lizzy Yarnold cements
her place in sporting history.
The British ice hockey team has been
covering itself in glory at the
Olympics. They defeated Japan and
Canada, considered the best team at
When all the
points were added up, Jeannette
Altwegg has won the Olympic figure
It looks like a good
start. This is a fast run by the
Britons. They could be on their way
to a gold medal.
to a gold medal.
superb athleticism. John Curry did
not put a foot wrong.
completes his long free skating
programme to a great round of
applause. Cousins, the gold
medallist of 1980.
medallist of 1980.
The people are
standing and applauding. The Union
Jacks are flying around the rink.
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean
have won the gold medal.
have won the gold medal.
looking good. She's done it! Its
Olympic gold for Great Britain.
Surely it is gold for Great Britain!
Oh, yes! Amy Williams is the queen
of speed in Canada.
There goes Lizzy
Yarnold. She's going to win the gold
medal, surely! Lizzy Yarnold is the
Olympic champion, oh, my goodness!
The Olympic champion, can she make
history and win it again? A
sensational final run! Lizzy
Yarnold, what a performance, the
first British athlete to
successfully defend her Olympic
So since 1924, Great Britain
have only won 11 gold medals at the
Winter Olympics and never before had
anyone won two. Today that changes,
because Lizzy Yarnold has done it.
She came back to defend her title.
Alex, put into context how difficult
that was to achieve and how much we
should admire her for doing it.
have said that no female has tried
to retain this title. One reason is
because it is so hard. The four
years of training, this is a brutal
sport, physically, emotionally,
mentally. You are away for half the
year, separated from family. So to
go through all of that having won
wants and to even come back and try
again when ultimately, she had a
high chance of failure, having not
done particularly well in the
season, but to have the mental grip
to come back and say, I don't care,
I am going to show you what I can
Brilliantly summed up. While
everyone in skeleton syllabus, the
world of short track speed skating
cries with Elise Christie, because
Sarah, once again today, it was an
event that finished in desperate
scenes as Elise Christie was taken
away on a stretcher after this
incident in the semifinals of the
It's a terrible shame for
Elise. That is two distances down.
We still have one to go. We have had
the good news that nothing is
broken. She will be back on Tuesday
and she has put it all down to the
last day, but we need to all get
behind her and wish her all the
best. Hopefully, she can pull it out
of the bag.
Jon, we see her being
taken to hospital for the x-rays. As
Sarah says, the relief is that there
will be bruises and pain, but she
will be fit to race on Tuesday.
Fingers crossed. In the next couple
of days, she will hopefully get back
on the ice and get ready to go. Most
importantly, we hope she can
overcome this and have one more
crack at her favourite distance.
Exactly, there is still hope and she
will be back, because these Winter
Olympics athletes are tough. A Team
GB spokesman said she wants to thank
everyone for her support and the
hospital staff who assessed her so
quickly. No broken bones for Elise
Christie. On a day in which history
was made, Lizzy Yarnold has
successfully defended her title in
skeleton and for the first time,
Great Britain is bringing home three
medals from the winter games.
medals from the winter games.
Britain's Izzy Atkin takes the
Yet again, she ends up in a
distraught heap on the floor!
Deas has done all she can.
wins gold again! And
Clare Balding introduces live coverage from the busiest day of the 2018 Winter Olympics, where nine gold medals are up for grabs. Super Saturday is a key day for team GB as Lizzy Yarnold and Laura Deas compete in the skeleton final runs, while Elise Christie races in the 1,500m speed skating.