BBC One Day 8: Yarnold and Deas in Women's Skeleton Final Action Winter Olympics


BBC One Day 8: Yarnold and Deas in Women's Skeleton Final Action

10.00am-1:45pm: Clare Balding presents super Saturday, as Lizzy Yarnold and Laura Deas compete in the skeleton final, while Elise Christie races in the 1,500m speed skating.


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Good morning and welcome to coverage

of the middle Saturday of the Winter

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Olympics here on BBC One. We are

with you until 1.45 and this is the

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biggest day so far of these games

for the British team. There has been

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good news already. Before we get

into skeleton and short track speed

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skating, a second medal of the

games, this time won by the youngest

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member of the team, 19-year-old Izzy

Atkin landing a clean running

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freestyle skiing to secure her place

on the podium.

Next to drop will be

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Great Britain's Izzy Atkin.

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The biggest one of her life starts

now.

Mechanical with the 450, laid

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it down beautifully.

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it down beautifully. She comes up

from the side and tilt the skis onto

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it.

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it. This run is flowing for her now.

Dare I say it, the best rails we

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have seen from her. Come on, Izzy

Atkin.

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Atkin. Final junta... -- final jump.

And it's super-clean! Its

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third-place! 84.6.

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third-place! 84.6. She's down. Great

Britain's Izzy Atkin takes a bronze.

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Talk spirit.

There were tonnes of

big names in the field. It could

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have been anyone's. I was standing

at the bottom after my final run. I

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knew I had skied the best I could on

my heart was racing. I can't believe

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it.

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She held her nerve. She didn't push

it too far. Izzy Atkin, at the age

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of 19, lives in Park City, Utah. She

was born in the USA became to the

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Britain for the first time in five

months old. Her grandma Betty still

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lives in Birmingham and her dad

Mike, who is out there with her mum

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Zoe, they said that grandma Betty

would have recorded it and watched

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it all this morning. And that is

what she has been rewarded with, a

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bronze medal, seeing her

granddaughter on the podium. Katie

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Summerhayes, by the way, finished

seventh. That is the start of what

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could be an exceptional day here for

the British team. There is so much

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to look forward to on a very special

Saturday.

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Saturday.

Three medals for Great

Britain! What a night.

Olympic long

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jump champion Greg Rutherford.

Mo

Farah for Great Britain!

Jessica

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Ennis is the Olympic champion.

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It's funny how these things tend to

happen on Saturday. Six years on

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from Jess Ennis-Hill, Greg

Rutherford and Mo Farah, it's time

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for Elise Christie, Lizzy Yarnold

and Laura Deas to skate and slide

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into the limelight. It's the midway

point of these Winter Olympics, the

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biggest and best British team ever

sent to a winter games, and it has a

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chance today to make history. Never

has a British athlete retained a

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winter Olympic title. Never have

British athletes filled two places

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in the top three of a Winter

Olympics boards. Never has a skater

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from these shores won a gold medal

in short track speed skating. In

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2014 and 15, Lizzy Yarnold was the

skeleton supremo. She was Olympic

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champion, world champion, European

champion and World Cup champion.

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Then she stepped away, exhausted.

She had achieved everything. She got

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married, she do a course in

book-keeping, she made lampshades.

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Then two seasons ago, she got back

on a sled with one goal in mind -

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retaining her Olympic title. She is

third at the halfway stage, one

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tenth of a second behind the leader.

And right on her tellies her

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team-mate and friend, 29-year-old

Laura Deas. She is lapping up the

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experience of her first Olympics and

setting hugely impressive times. She

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was the second fastest on 12 to move

up to fourth place, tantalisingly

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close to the podium. When Elise

Christie was at school, she was

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teased and bullied for being pale

and thin. They called her skeleton.

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She took up bigger skating and then

switch to a sport where she thought

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she could control the outcome -

short track speed skating. She has

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been through the best and worst of

experiences in the last ten years. A

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ten time European champion, 12

medals at world level, three World

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Championship titles, including the

coveted overall gold medal. And yet

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at the Olympics, she has a score to

settle. Buoyed by support from Jess

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Ennis-Hill and Kelly Holmes,

Christie has a first Olympic medal

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in mind. You have to go back to

February three, 1924 to find the

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last time that a British team won

more than one medal on the same day

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at a Winter Olympics, and if one of

them was to become champion... Well,

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they would join this very exclusive

list of ten. In 1924, the men's

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curlers took Britain's first ever

Winter Olympics gold. In 1936, it

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was the men's ice hockey team. Then

figure skater Jeannette Altwegg won

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told in 1952. In 1964, bobsledder 's

Tony Nash and Robin Dixon topped the

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podium. At Innsbruck in 1976, the

late, great John Kerry was the star.

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And four years later, Robin Cousins

too was all gold on the ice. In

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1984, Jayne Torvill in Christopher

Dean's Bolero was legendary. Salt

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Lake City saw Rhona Martin and

co-win curling gold. Then skeleton

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sliders Amy Williams in 2010 and

Lizzy Yarnold in Sochi topped the

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podium.

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podium. And there are the three

faces of the women who today could

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step into those history books, Elise

Christie, Laura Deas, Lizzy Yarnold.

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We have got a couple of hours of

live sport here that will thrill

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you, excite you. Anything could

happen. These are sports in which

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nothing is guaranteed, but the first

round of the 1500m is at 10.15,

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followed by Elise Christie at 11.10

and in the final is at midday. The

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skeleton runs, ran three.

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If you want to get in touch, use the

hashtag # BBC Olympics.

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hashtag # BBC Olympics. We have

experts in short track with us,

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Sarah Lindsay and Jon Eley have

competed at three Olympics each in

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short track speed skating. They know

Elise Christie well. They know what

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happens. And Alex Coomber was the

woman who in the 21st century

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restarted this revolution in

skeleton. She won a bronze medal and

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since then, it has been silver and

gold all the way for the skeleton

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sliders. It's a big day, Sarah. Some

of what you hope for form today.

I

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just want a -- Elise to do her best

so she can be happy with what she

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has done.

Yeah, some great

performances and everyone coming

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away with a smile.

Alex, how would

you describe the skeleton

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competition?

I can't wait. The girls

are so different. It will be so

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exciting. We will see changes

amongst the top sliders and the last

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run will be incredible.

You said

yesterday it could be the most

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exciting skeleton competition we

have ever seen. Here is what has

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happened so far.

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She is a quality athlete, but she

has the pressure on in these games

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of wanting to retain her title. Is

she going to lose speed? This could

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be the run that puts her at the top

of the pile.

It's going to be close.

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Needs to be cleaned. She goes first!

Quicker than Loelling. Clearly,

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Lizzy Yarnold is here for business.

Obviously, it's not going to help,

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but I think she's used to this. At

least it has happened before, so

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it's not like it's the first time.

Her team will know what to do to get

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her ready.

Come on, Laura, keep this

together. She has just got to stay

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relaxed. I think she is going to

hold onto the lead.

She has got to

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go under 52 seconds at the finish.

Again, a wobble.

I'm only seven

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hundredths away from a medal

position. This is a sport where

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anything can happen and things can

change in a split-second. I want

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stay positive.

Is this enough for

her to stay in front? She might drop

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behind the Austrian.

Very close

between Loelling and Lizzy Yarnold,

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who has dropped back to third place,

a tenth of a second off the leader.

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I have a sore sinus thing going on.

I'm struggling to breathe enough. It

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is very cold here. I am doing lots

of steaming. I think I am still well

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in the mix.

She is well in the mix.

She is in third place, a tenth of a

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second behind the leader. This

morning, she said, I have my eyes on

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the prize.

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the prize. She is the big race

performer, Alex, and although in the

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last two years her form has been in

doubt, she has struggled to get back

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to the heights of 2014-15. What do

you think we saw yesterday and what

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can we expect from her?

It's true.

The season has not been great for

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her, but she has come back. She set

a track record on the first run when

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she wasn't feeling great. What can

she do when she is fine? Hopefully,

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she had last night to sort herself

out, maybe had a good rest. She is

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ready for this.

She has had this

balance problem and a slight

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blacking out during a run. We are

not worried about that, we?

Well, I

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am assuming she has a great team who

will keep an eye on that. They will

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not let her do anything that will

endanger her or injure her. She has

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had this for a long time and they

are used to dealing with it.

And she

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is always so calm and methodical.

Laura Deas, we know less about. Many

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have never heard of her until

yesterday.

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And now she is forth. Her

improvement was exceptional.

I have

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been really impressed with her. I

did think the nerves would get to

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her, but seeing her interviewed

yesterday, she was calm and

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motivated. You can see she knows

what she wants to do. She is in the

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perfect place in fourth. She is not

in a medal position at the moment.

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The same thing happened with Dom.

People talk about being under the

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radar and having no pressure. The

pressure is only what you put on

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yourself. She wants a medal, so

fourth place for her is a

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disappointment.

Definitely. The fact

that her first run was not great and

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she came back fighting, and she had

the second best time on the second

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run. Most of the girls had a worse

second run and it is a four run

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race, so if she can keep improving,

I would be amazed if she is not up

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there in the medals at the end.

We

have had lots of questions about

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skeleton. Alex, you are so

knowledgeable. Let me repeat what

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you said about why it is called

skeleton?

It was originally called

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the skeleton bobsleigh, meaning you

stripped everything off a

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bobsleighed and what have you got

left? Just the bottom and the

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runners. Then as skeleton tried to

find its own identity, we became

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skeleton bob, then we dropped the

word Bob and we are skeleton.

So it

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is just the bare bones. Rosie and

Johnny have been watching carefully

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and they want to know, how do they

slow down and is it saw when you

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fall off?

At the end of the track,

once they have come of the finish

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line, you will see that all of the

women are pushing up. The track also

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goes uphill and eventually, they

will hit a bit of foam or a mat and

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you go from sliding really fast to

coming almost to a complete stop.

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Falling off is common. You can come

right off your sled, but you can get

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back on it. The hits look worse on

TV than when it happens in reality,

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because you ping off and you have

protection on the sleds. Right at

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the front, there are metal bumpers.

So although it looks like the

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athlete is slamming into the wall,

it is normally the sled.

And what do

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you need as qualities to be a good

skeleton slider?

Skeleton is one of

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the most difficult sports to teach.

I have taught on novice courses and

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you can tell within the first one or

two runs whether someone will be

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good, because you have to be so

quick thinking. It has to be so

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instinctive. You can't teach someone

to think fast. Everything is coming

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at you so quickly. You need to be

steering for the band that is coming

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in 20 or 30 metres, early. If you do

it later, it is too late. So it is

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about quick thinking, staying calm

in a pressured situation, having a

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fast start, maintaining your

aerodynamic position, not getting

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worried and fiddling about. So it is

a combination, but ultimately, a lot

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of it is just instinctive. That is

where the Britons have tended to be

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good in identifying people who seem

to be able to do it naturally.

Both

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Laura Deas and using Arnold came

through the talent ID programme. --

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Lizzy Yarnold. Lizzy talks about

listening to an orchestra of

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information. So she really does

highlight the speed at which your

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brain is working. But also

physically, you have got to be

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brave.

Yeah. Ultimately, it's a

contradictory sport. You have to be

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fast and explosive as you are

starting, but in a split-second you

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then have to be relaxed and you have

to try and let yourself work as one

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with the track. You can't fight it

as you go down, because it will

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always win and slow you down. So it

is a contradictory sport. It is

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hugely mental. The mental side of it

is probably more important than the

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physical side. It is just that

combination of attributes. If you

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get a good package together, you

have a good slider.

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Laura Deas and Lizzy Yarnold came

from other sports. They are

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competitive. The World Cup is not

exactly glamorous, you don't go into

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it if you want to be mollycoddled.

You are talking about driving

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halfway around Europe and the world,

hours on the road, staying in places

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that you would not go on holiday. It

is cold and early start, late

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starts, it is a brutal sport. You

are going out, and you are often

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getting battered as you go down this

cold, icy, unforgiving track. But

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weirdly, that is what the draw is.

And you want to do it again.

If you

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say so! You saw Lizzy at the end of

the run, Jen Ryan helping her off

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the track, undoing the top of her

suit, because she was struggling to

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breed. But she recovered quickly and

looked happier as she walked off the

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track. -- Tabriz.

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If you can do that when you are not

feeling great, what is she capable

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of when she feels better today?

We

will focus fully on skeleton from

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11:30 on BBC One. Let's turn our

attention to short track speed

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skating. You can't guarantee

anything in this sport. It's

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roughest, toughest, most

unpredictable event of the lot.

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Tight corners, slipping and sliding,

shoulders charging, it is ruthless.

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Last Tuesday, Elise Christie was on

the deck in the final of the 500

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metres, she finished fourth in the

end and is trying to stay positive.

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Is this to be her moment?

It's tough, I worked so hard for the

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500, and it has been taken away from

me. I know it's short track and I am

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supposed to be prepared for this,

but it still hurts, you know?

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I don't know Will it is I can't see

living with this feeling, you know?

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I think that night was obviously

pretty rubbish, but after that, the

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next day, I woke up and I thought

about everything. I have said to you

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guys before, it's short track, it

out of my control. My hand was

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kicked and it was an accident, short

track, nothing I can do about it.

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For me, my focus is mainly on the

1001st, I have the 1501st, I will

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see what I can do without and pick

up a medal. The 1000 is the one I

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will try to get the gold in.

It

seems like you are philosophical and

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I know this is experience helping

you get over this.

Definitely. It

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was nowhere near as dramatic as

Sochi. What happened, I couldn't

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have done anything about. I know

that, as frustrating as it is, I

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have to move forward now.

Thanks to everyone who has sent me

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lovely messages of support, I never

expected that, so it's amazing. My

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two eras, Jessica Ennis-Hill Kelly

Holmes both sent me a tweet, that's

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amazing -- Heurelho Gomez.

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Sportsmen and women understand sport

is crazy and harsh at times, but

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they've gone through things like

this before, and I can get through

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this and come out the other end.

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this before, and I can get through

this and come out the other end.

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So good to hear Elise speaking with

so much more confidence, to be

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honest, she get over these things

quickly and shares her emotions with

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all of us. She, let's not forget, is

supreme in this sport. She won three

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gold medals at World Championships

in 2017, including the overall

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title, first European skater to do

that. But at the Olympics so far, it

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has not gone well. Disqualified in

all three events at the Winter

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Olympics in Sochi, and crashing in

the 500 metre final at the Olympics.

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But this happens all the time,

doesn't it, in short track speed

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skating. This is her today.

It is part and parcel of sport,

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things go wrong. It happens in a lot

of sport. For us, this is not an

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unusual circumstance, like we said,

but today she will come again and

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focus. I know there was a lot of

talk after Tuesday about what the

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team have got to do to help Elise

switchback in, she would know what

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to do.

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switchback in, she would know what

to do. There has been no divine

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intervention. It is the plan as

usual, we will crack on and get on

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with it, coming back to be ready

today.

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Does her approach need to be calm,

or is it good to have anger there?

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Who knows with Elise. One day she

will bounce off the walls and

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perform brilliant, other times she

is focused and doesn't talk a lot.

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You are never sure with her, but she

has refocused. Word from camp is she

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is in a good place and feeling

positive, and is ready to go today.

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Given what happened on Tuesday,

John, she fell, yes, didn't win a

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medal, but finished and got a

result.

Completely different to

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Sochi, she finished fourth, our best

result in the sport since 1994, that

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is a massive positive for the team.

It was a disappointment she didn't

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get the medals you wanted, but she

had another chance to go again, and

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refocus.

Today is three times the

distance. On Tuesday, it is over so

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refocus.

Today is three times the

distance. On Tuesday, it is over so

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quickly. Looking at it again, she

was fighting to try to get up there

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to win a medal.

Watching the race

back over and over, she didn't do

0:23:170:23:22

one thing wrong. She couldn't have

made a better decision. Sometimes

0:23:220:23:26

the decisions go against you. She

did a good start, but got boxed in

0:23:260:23:31

because of Lane four. She took

advantage and responded well to

0:23:310:23:34

that. It created something else to

happen. All the things that went

0:23:340:23:38

wrong, nothing was to do with her

performance. She is performing

0:23:380:23:42

really well, I hope she takes

confidence from it, even though it

0:23:420:23:45

was not the result she wanted.

Her

boyfriend there, Nicky Gooch coming

0:23:450:23:51

in, they said to her, don't go

through the interviews. She said she

0:23:510:23:57

wanted to, because

0:23:570:23:57

through the interviews. She said she

wanted to, because the quicker she

0:23:570:23:58

does them, the quicker she gets

through it.

She is an emotional

0:23:580:24:01

athlete, she likes to go out and be

upset, but that is how she turns

0:24:010:24:06

things around so quickly. One of the

few people I know that can switch

0:24:060:24:10

energy quickly. If I was like that

after a race, I would be knackered.

0:24:100:24:14

She feeds of that.

Sometimes you

can't change your personality, you

0:24:140:24:20

can't become a completely different

individual because you are a

0:24:200:24:24

sportswoman. Making the most of who

you are is sometimes the key.

I

0:24:240:24:28

think some of that can be the reason

why she does so well, and the reason

0:24:280:24:33

why she can also make mistakes. That

big personality, and all that

0:24:330:24:38

emotion, she just has to channel it

in the right way.

We will see her

0:24:380:24:42

heat in a couple of minutes. They

are running a bit behind. We have

0:24:420:24:46

the opportunity to see Team GB's

second medal of the Olympic Games.

0:24:460:24:52

Izzy Atkin, you will see her on the

right-hand side, she is about to

0:24:520:24:58

receive her bronze medal from the

freestyle skiing slopestyle. That

0:24:580:25:04

will give everybody confidence, two

medals already does help. Gold went

0:25:040:25:08

to Sarah Hoefflin of Switzerland.

I'm liking their outfits. I love the

0:25:080:25:18

officials, the volunteers, helping

to put the officials in place.

0:25:180:25:22

Just a reminder, down there, coming

up next, Elise Christie going in

0:25:220:25:31

lane three. She will still be racing

fearless. Also, Charlotte Gilmartin

0:25:310:25:37

and Cap Thomson, catching up what

happened in their heat as they try

0:25:370:25:43

to make their way to the semifinals.

It is a busy day for Elise, not a

0:25:430:25:47

bad thing that three races come

quickly after each other, there is

0:25:470:25:51

no time to think. For Izzy Atkin, 19

years old, youngest member of Team

0:25:510:25:58

GB. She knew exactly what she had to

do, because everybody was falling,

0:25:580:26:04

basically, all over the place. They

were going for big tricks and jumps,

0:26:040:26:09

and she thought, as Jenny Jones did

four years ago, land a run that is

0:26:090:26:14

clean and she could land a medal.

That is exactly what happened. On

0:26:140:26:20

the right there.

0:26:200:26:28

ANNOUNCER:

Bronze medallist, Great

Britain.

0:26:310:26:37

Britain. Izzy Atkin.

0:26:410:26:48

All of Izzy Atkin's family out there

watching her, and her grandma Betty,

0:27:060:27:11

watching from Birmingham, this is a

wonderful moment. A second medal of

0:27:110:27:16

these games for Team GB, for Izzy

Atkin, her first experience of an

0:27:160:27:21

Olympics, she is coming back with a

medal. Based in Utah most of the

0:27:210:27:27

time, but she showed bravery there

and a bit of Knauss. We have talked

0:27:270:27:31

about intelligence in skeleton, and

how much you have to think, how

0:27:310:27:34

instinctive do you have to be in

short track speed Skating making

0:27:340:27:38

decisions quickly and changing your

mind?

You can have your race tactics

0:27:380:27:42

planned to a tee, but there are so

many people on the ice with you that

0:27:420:27:46

can change those things for you. You

had to be able to adapt to other

0:27:460:27:50

people's decisions.

Four years ago

in

0:27:500:28:03

Sochi, in 1500 metres, Elise

Christie won her semifinal

0:28:070:28:08

relatively easily, but put her left

skate, as she pushed it forward, she

0:28:080:28:11

put it to the left of the finishing

line, and the cameras picked that

0:28:110:28:14

up. Officially, she hadn't crossed

the line. It was the weirdest

0:28:140:28:16

disqualification of the lot.

It is a

rule in our sport. The camera picks

0:28:160:28:19

it up because it is used for the

photo finish.

0:28:190:28:21

it up because it is used for the

photo finish. It is classed as a

0:28:210:28:22

non-finish. As we said earlier the

week, you can go anywhere you want

0:28:220:28:25

on straight ways when you race, but

at the finish line, you have to

0:28:250:28:28

crossed the finish line.

With two

laps ago, moved into second place.

0:28:280:28:33

Arianna Fontana, who won on Tuesday,

she is in this race, not in the same

0:28:330:28:40

heat, but in the 1500 metres again.

Elise Christie, easy as you like,

0:28:400:28:45

thinks she has qualified for the

final, no panic at all. She looked

0:28:450:28:48

up at the board, didn't she, and saw

a penalty.

Just devastating. It is a

0:28:480:28:59

rule, but it is not something that

you think is going to happen.

I

0:28:590:29:04

talked to her about it when I went

to see her, and she said she had

0:29:040:29:08

never done it before. Usually, the

cameras wouldn't pick that up. But

0:29:080:29:12

you can see it there. Let's handover

to heat five, Elise Christie, let's

0:29:120:29:17

join Simon Brotherton.

COMMENTATOR: Elise Christie on the

0:29:170:29:21

ice for the first time since the 500

metre final the other day. A quick

0:29:210:29:25

run through of the runners and

riders, Zhou Yang from China,

0:29:250:29:35

currently in second position there,

number 137. Zhou Yang is the

0:29:350:29:42

two-time and defending Olympic

champion at this distance. Bianca

0:29:420:29:50

Walter. It is a 13.5 lap race. Elise

Christie there, just tucked in in

0:29:500:29:58

third place.

The game, the skaters

here jostling for position. Volta is

0:29:580:30:02

in the lead. Ten laps remaining.

Nothing to worry about now.

Three of

0:30:020:30:15

the six will go through.

0:30:150:30:19

The Olympic silver medallist in the

relay four years ago in second. Zhou

0:30:260:30:31

Yang is third. In fifth place at the

moment, Elise Christie biding her

0:30:310:30:35

time. Zhou Yang moves around the

outside. Bianca Walter from Germany

0:30:350:30:40

tries to follow her up into second

place at the moment, behind the

0:30:400:30:48

defending Olympic champion.

Elise is

comfortable at the speed at the

0:30:480:30:51

moment. Six laps to go, one, two and

three will qualify. She really needs

0:30:510:30:58

to start thinking about making a

move. The Canadian also having that

0:30:580:31:02

thought as well. Moving through on

the outside.

Now they start to wind

0:31:020:31:07

it up with five to go. Zhou Yang on

the front. Bianca Walter skating

0:31:070:31:10

well. Christie in five. She tries to

go on the inside. A little bit of a

0:31:100:31:19

gap back to them from the front

three. Zhou Yang staying out of

0:31:190:31:24

trouble, the Olympic champion on the

front. Christine now starts to show

0:31:240:31:30

some of her speed that we know she

has got in her legs. Christie around

0:31:300:31:34

the outside, draws up level with the

Olympic champion from China. Elise

0:31:340:31:39

Christie sweeping round at the Bell

into first place. That's more like

0:31:390:31:45

it from the World Champion. Elise

Christie now can ease up a little

0:31:450:31:48

bit. She knows she's going through.

That was a tremendous return to the

0:31:480:31:53

ice after what happened the other

day. Safely through to the

0:31:530:31:56

semifinal. Elise Christie of Great

Britain.

It showed how confident she

0:31:560:32:03

was in this race, just took her

time, waited and waited, and waited.

0:32:030:32:08

Didn't do an awful lot of work. When

she put the foot down, it was around

0:32:080:32:12

the outside and left everybody

standing.

Very assured performance

0:32:120:32:16

from the World Champion.

We can see

the move from Christie around the

0:32:160:32:24

outside of the Olympic champion. She

made that look so easy, sitting down

0:32:240:32:29

deep on the straight, getting the

maximum leg extension. And just

0:32:290:32:36

totally concentrated on the process

rather than the medal.

Pace, control

0:32:360:32:44

and dominance in that heat from

Elise Christie. A reminder that this

0:32:440:32:48

event goes all the way from the heat

to the final in this session, here,

0:32:480:32:55

so we will have the semifinals. They

go straight from this, no

0:32:550:32:59

quarterfinals, they go straight into

the semifinals and the final.

0:32:590:33:07

The three you would have expected to

go through with the three who went

0:33:140:33:17

through. We have the sixth and final

heat here in the women's 1500m to

0:33:170:33:23

go. The skaters are on the ice

already. The three-time World

0:33:230:33:29

Championship medallist is in the

field. Also the Hungarian, the

0:33:290:33:35

19-year-old.

0:33:350:33:40

19-year-old. Choi Minjeong of Korea.

Sofia Prosvirnova, the Olympic

0:33:400:33:50

Athlete from Russia, and the Chinese

athlete on the outside on the

0:33:500:33:54

left-hand side. Away they go.

0:33:540:34:02

left-hand side. Away they go. It is

fair to say that Choi Minjeong is

0:34:020:34:08

the favourite for gold here.

Well,

we have seen so many turn ups for

0:34:080:34:11

the books in the last few short

track days, so I wouldn't put my

0:34:110:34:15

money on anyone at the moment. That

was a superb piece of skating by

0:34:150:34:18

Elise Christie.

The good thing about

this event rather than the 500 is

0:34:180:34:25

that once they have started, they

have time to get settled in. No need

0:34:250:34:29

to panic in this one.

0:34:290:34:35

to panic in this one. At the front

is Kaminaga from Japan. Choi

0:34:350:34:42

Minjeong moves around the outside.

And before you know it, all the way

0:34:420:34:47

to the front of the race.

It's all

about jostling for the right

0:34:470:34:54

position, as the Chinese skater

moves through.

0:34:540:35:00

moves through. Li Jinyu is leaving

for China -- she is leading.

0:35:040:35:15

for China -- she is leading. Choi

Minjeong seems very comfortable in

0:35:150:35:17

third place. And Prosvirnova, the

Olympic Athlete from Russia, tries

0:35:170:35:23

to move on the inside. Everyone is

still pretty much in contention.

0:35:230:35:29

Lana Gehring from the USA is up into

fourth, a bit of jostling.

0:35:290:35:39

fourth, a bit of jostling. As Choi

goes around the outside, Prosvirnova

0:35:400:35:44

is stuck in third place. Superb

piece of skating from her. Can she

0:35:440:35:51

retain that third spot to qualify

for the semifinal?

Choi Minjeong is

0:35:510:35:56

looking good. Her form has looked

superb this week. Prosvirnova is

0:35:560:36:04

third at the moment. There will be

one lap to go. Choi Minjeong staying

0:36:040:36:11

out of trouble at the front. There

will be a battle for the other two

0:36:110:36:17

places. Choi Minjeong is trying to

ease off the gas. She slides over

0:36:170:36:21

the line. It is a photo finish

between the Hungarian and the

0:36:210:36:28

Chinese athletes.

She made that look

very comfortable. That means that

0:36:280:36:37

two of the Korean skaters are now

through to the semifinals. That will

0:36:370:36:43

help Elise Christie. Normally, there

are always three Korean skaters in

0:36:430:36:47

the final. And I wouldn't say they

are teams getting, but they will not

0:36:470:36:51

hinder one another.

So a strong

skate from Elise Christie and from

0:36:510:36:55

Choi Minjeong.

0:36:550:37:06

It could be Super Saturday! But the

first thing that has happened

0:37:170:37:26

smoothly is Elise Christie winning

her heat. It is such a different

0:37:260:37:29

pace in the 1500m. They go very

steady

0:37:290:37:33

pace in the 1500m. They go very

steady. But when she swept through

0:37:330:37:35

to overtake, she can turn on the

afterburners, can't she?

Did she

0:37:350:37:40

make that look easy? Just trying to

save a bit of energy. She didn't do

0:37:400:37:44

a lot of work until later in the

race, when she did a nice overtake.

0:37:440:37:49

Loads of speed, and that she settled

down for the finish.

She has talked

0:37:490:37:54

a lot about the 1000m. She is

putting a lot of expectation on

0:37:540:37:59

herself for that, her favourite

distance. But she is world champion

0:37:590:38:02

in this. Is that just a way of

telling people not to concentrate on

0:38:020:38:06

the 1500?

It is a bit of a

protection mechanism, but she is

0:38:060:38:12

world champion in the 1500m and it

does play to her strengths because

0:38:120:38:16

the field opens up at the end. And

although she is strong, she is fast

0:38:160:38:20

as well.

0:38:200:38:26

as well.

Does she not enjoy the

1500? It does start to hurt a bit?

0:38:260:38:32

The legs start to hurt at the last

five laps. So I think that is why

0:38:320:38:36

she prefers the shorter distance.

The lovely thing is that her success

0:38:360:38:40

has prompted more athletes to get

involved in short track speed is --

0:38:400:38:47

's skating.

0:38:470:38:53

There were others in action in the

heats of the 1500m. Let's find out

0:38:540:38:58

how they got on.

0:38:580:38:59

Next, heat two featuring Kathryn

Thomson from Great Britain, the

0:39:040:39:10

22-year-old Scot in the middle of

your picture.

0:39:100:39:16

Han Yutong was fifth in the World

Championship a couple of years ago.

0:39:210:39:25

Anna Seidel is from Germany.

0:39:250:39:33

Anna Seidel is from Germany. And

Capcom Thompson goes to the front.

0:39:350:39:45

-- Kat Thomson.

The helmet numbers

signify their ranking at the World

0:39:450:39:48

Championships. We can see that

Marian Saint July -- Marian Saint

0:39:480:39:56

Delay is wearing the number two,

signifying that she was second at

0:39:560:40:01

the World Championships last year.

She is competing on her 28th

0:40:010:40:04

birthday today. She is considered

one of those capable of winning a

0:40:040:40:10

medal in this event. At the front

for the United States, Jessica

0:40:100:40:15

Kooreman. And there is Kathryn

Thomson from Great Britain. She is

0:40:150:40:23

at the front with nine to go.

0:40:230:40:29

You can feel the pressure coming

from the back as St Gelais moves

0:40:370:40:43

through to take the lead.

0:40:430:40:49

through to take the lead.

Kat

Thomson is now in fifth place.

0:40:530:40:58

Valcepina has yet to make a move,

letting everybody else do the

0:40:580:41:02

bumping and jostling and barging for

position. St Gelais in second place.

0:41:020:41:14

And the German goes down, tangling

with Kooreman of the United States.

0:41:140:41:23

Thomson in with a chance, but now

Valcepina makes a move.

Valcepina

0:41:230:41:34

moving through comfortably. The

first, second and third will qualify

0:41:340:41:40

for the semifinals with one lap to

go.

Han Yutong from China is

0:41:400:41:48

leading. Valcepina of Italy is in

third. There is a bit of a gap to

0:41:480:41:53

the United States and Kooreman.

Thomson comes through in fifth

0:41:530:42:00

place, meaning she will not go

through.

0:42:000:42:05

through. But you could be

reinstated.

Here is the first

0:42:100:42:14

problem that was caused. You can see

the American, Jessica Kooreman,

0:42:140:42:20

changing the line, coming from the

outside into the inside. Anna Seidel

0:42:200:42:25

then tried to move up the inside and

collides skates.

0:42:250:42:34

Cleanly away this time. Charlotte

Gilmartin from Great Britain moving

0:42:470:42:56

around on the outside.

0:42:560:43:01

On the inside is the Singaporean,

trying to nudge her way through.

0:43:120:43:19

trying to nudge her way through.

And

on the outside, the Australian, who

0:43:240:43:28

has trained in Korea with a Korean

coach.

It will be interesting to see

0:43:280:43:34

how she fares, the Queensland from

Brisbane. Perhaps not surprisingly,

0:43:340:43:39

she decided that elsewhere there

would be a better standard of

0:43:390:43:41

training and facilities for her.

0:43:410:43:49

training and facilities for her. The

Dutchwoman is in second. Efremenkova

0:43:500:43:54

having a look on the inside.

0:43:540:44:03

having a look on the inside.

Seven

laps to go. A lot time of 10.82, so

0:44:030:44:09

at some point, the pace has to be

picked up as Schulting of the

0:44:090:44:14

Netherlands goes into the lead.

There was a sudden change in tempo.

0:44:140:44:20

Charlotte Gilmartin is in second

place at the moment for Great

0:44:200:44:24

Britain. Efremenkova goes down. A

slight collision with Deanna Lockett

0:44:240:44:32

of Australia.

0:44:320:44:38

of Australia. Schulting leads the

way. They will have three laps to go

0:44:380:44:42

this time.

And unfortunate for by

the skater from Russia. At the

0:44:420:44:49

front, Schulting is making this look

easy. Charlotte Gilmartin was to

0:44:490:44:53

finish in second place to get a

better seeding for the next

0:44:530:44:57

semifinal.

There is going to be a

battle for second place. Schulting

0:44:570:45:02

leads the way for the Netherlands.

Charlotte Gilmartin holding second

0:45:020:45:07

place. Deanna Lockett from Australia

in third. They are the first three

0:45:070:45:10

over the line.

0:45:100:45:16

over the line. Charlotte Gilmartin

is safely through to the semifinal.

0:45:170:45:21

Let's have a look at the race again

here, Wilf.

We can see Lockett

0:45:210:45:27

battling to retain third place.

Under Russian skater again in the

0:45:270:45:31

same

0:45:310:45:36

same turn that saw the Korean fall.

I am still questioning the quality

0:45:380:45:41

of this ice.

0:45:410:45:46

We can see Charlotte Gilmartin

coming across the line. Interesting

0:45:460:45:52

to see what, in fact, her final

position would be. If she has given

0:45:520:45:57

away second place.

Which she may

have done.

There is no need for that

0:45:570:46:02

whatsoever. She should have skated

to the line.

Ekaterina Efremenkova,

0:46:020:46:08

the Olympic Athlete from Russia, is

penalised. Gilmartin going through

0:46:080:46:13

in third place.

0:46:130:46:18

Gilmartin qualifies, but she got a

ticking off for not finishing

0:46:180:46:21

properly.

Always skate to the line.

Long-standing rule, skate to the

0:46:210:46:25

line.

She had a crash in the heats,

hurting her ribs when she whacked

0:46:250:46:30

into the wall. She was determined to

do better. She will be thrilled.

She

0:46:300:46:35

will be pleased. She has really good

skills in the 1500 metres, she comes

0:46:350:46:39

late at the end and attacks. She

will be up for it and she has had a

0:46:390:46:44

week off to prepare, so she will be

ready to go. In the next round,

0:46:440:46:49

let's skate to the line.

Exactly.

You want to get that message to

0:46:490:46:53

let's skate to the line.

Exactly.

You want to get that message to her.

0:46:530:46:53

Let's look at the qualifiers. Kim

Boutin benefited so much from the

0:46:530:47:02

disqualification of the Corrie and

in the 500 metres to get a bronze

0:47:020:47:04

medal for Canada. Elise Christie has

been drawn in semifinal three. Choi

0:47:040:47:15

Minjeong is in her semifinal. She

will have a lot of home support. Who

0:47:150:47:21

are the

0:47:210:47:21

will have a lot of home support. Who

are the dangers? The top two go

0:47:210:47:24

through to the final.

The top two go

through. Obviously, Elise and

0:47:240:47:30

Charlotte in the same race. That

will separate the field a little

0:47:300:47:33

bit.

We are loving short track, and

we will get straight back out there,

0:47:330:47:37

because it is the men's 1000 metres.

Elise Christie will watch closely

0:47:370:47:44

because her other half is competing

in the fourth quarter final, let's

0:47:440:47:49

rejoin Simon Brotherton.

0:47:490:47:56

COMMENTATOR: Will come back. We are

almost ready to go with the

0:47:560:47:59

quarterfinals in the men's 1000

metres, four races to win it. They

0:47:590:48:04

had the heats the other day, we have

the quarterfinals now and two heats

0:48:040:48:09

of four in the semifinals to go

through to the final.

0:48:090:48:17

through to the final. Shaolin Sandor

Liu was the World Cup winner this

0:48:170:48:20

winter, but he's not in this first

quarterfinal. It is a strong

0:48:200:48:23

line-up. We have the gold medallist

in the 1500 metres. We have Thibaut

0:48:230:48:34

Fauconnet. The world ranked number

two from Korea, Hwang Daeheon. And

0:48:340:48:45

we have the World Champion. All

three of them in the quarterfinal.

0:48:450:48:52

Including, the Olympic gold

medallist from the 1500, and the

0:48:550:49:01

current World Champion.

0:49:010:49:06

Fall is start for this first

quarterfinal.

It's very unusual to

0:49:240:49:32

have three Koreans. We can see it

again. I'm not sure if

0:49:320:49:41

again. I'm not sure if it was

Daeheon, the second skated from the

0:49:410:49:43

outside. Position three, one false

start.

Hwang Daeheon didn't finish

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the other day. Cleanly away this

time. Scuffling into the first

0:49:560:49:59

corner. Fauconnet, the Frenchman,

outnumbered here.

Nine laps, and

0:49:590:50:10

extended sprint as Fauconnet needs

to do something if he wants to go

0:50:100:50:13

through to the next round. Skaters

one and to qualify.

At the front it

0:50:130:50:18

is Hwang Daeheon. Fauconnet in third

place. Six laps to go. Over the line

0:50:180:50:26

this time, in second

0:50:260:50:32

this time, in second place... As

Fauconnet was forced wide.

0:50:320:50:40

The Koreans really not playing teams

skating, but they are so dominant,

0:50:400:50:48

they make it impossible. They are

changing the lead.

Like a team

0:50:480:50:55

pursuit, doing a bit on the front.

At the

0:50:550:51:09

At the front is Lim Hyojun. Leading

is Lim Hyojun from Korea, followed

0:51:100:51:15

closely. All three going for it.

Sweeping through on the inside to

0:51:150:51:18

take first place, the World

Champion, who we didn't see until

0:51:180:51:24

the end of the race, he timed his

race to perfection, and ending up on

0:51:240:51:32

the.

0:51:320:51:36

the. Fauconnet fourth,

provisionally.

Running exceptionally

0:51:380:51:43

well. Skating very wide, very

relaxed early on. Saving his energy.

0:51:430:51:48

He is the World Champion. He has

skated better than I have seen him

0:51:480:51:52

all week so far.

A tough draw for

the Frenchman here.

You've got the

0:51:520:51:57

world number one, the Olympic

champion, the world ranked number

0:51:570:52:00

one. It was almost an impossibility

for him.

You are not supposed to

0:52:000:52:08

race as a team, but questions would

have been asked if they had messed

0:52:080:52:12

it up and the Frenchman went

through.

0:52:120:52:23

Hwang ended up on the floor.

The

skate has to be flat on the ice.

0:52:250:52:29

They could award a penalty to the

third skater. The hand coming across

0:52:290:52:35

the inside.

0:52:350:52:38

All about the skate that crosses the

line.

A perfectly timed effort from

0:52:400:52:46

Seo Yira, the World Champion. He

looked unruffled, unlike the other

0:52:460:52:49

two as they stretched.

0:52:490:52:53

And a penalty for Hwang of Korea.

0:52:530:53:03

Hwang out, and the second of these

quarterfinals coming up very

0:53:080:53:10

shortly. The running repairs to the

ice here.

That's right. As Hwang was

0:53:100:53:17

going over the finish line, he is

trying to push his skate out in

0:53:170:53:22

front of him, because that is the

marker when the stopwatch is

0:53:220:53:27

stopping, and whether he is going to

qualify or not, and the back of his

0:53:270:53:31

skate bug deep into the ice. What

they will do is prepare the ice --

0:53:310:53:41

repair the ice.

They have a spray,

it looks like a fire extinguisher.

0:53:410:53:46

That's right.

I can see one of the

officials is about to spray the

0:53:460:53:53

eyes.

0:53:530:53:58

eyes. Once the fresh eyes has been

plastered down onto the surface...

0:53:590:54:04

There we are.

0:54:040:54:09

There we are.

Quite a deep rut in

the ice before the finish line. I

0:54:100:54:15

hope the remaining skaters don't

have any problems with that

a feud

0:54:150:54:20

Dutch fans in tonight Derek

Campbell, former Olympian and

0:54:200:54:29

Olympic gold medallist, coaching the

Canadian team for 12 years now.

0:54:290:54:36

Amazing success is back in

Vancouver.

0:54:360:54:42

Vancouver.

Hopefully, the repair is

almost complete now. We will be able

0:54:420:54:45

to continue the quarterfinals.

Farrell Treacy will go in the third

0:54:450:54:50

quarter final in a few minutes time.

Really is quite a nasty gouge out of

0:54:500:54:57

the ice made by Hwang in his

desperate attempt to finish in the

0:54:570:55:02

first two in that first

quarterfinal.

Incredibly

0:55:020:55:09

disappointed to have drawn his own

team-mates in this. The races are

0:55:090:55:13

made up conceding points. It's only

recently that the seeding points

0:55:130:55:19

don't matter any more. When I

skated, they kept skaters apart from

0:55:190:55:24

one another. That was a little bit

unfair. Now it is all about your

0:55:240:55:29

world ranking, and based on a world

ranking, that is where you are

0:55:290:55:32

placed into the race.

You can see

they are refreezing the rut in the

0:55:320:55:37

ice. Repairs complete and we are

almost ready to go. A packed house

0:55:370:55:45

inside the Ice Arena again tonight.

They love short track racing in

0:55:450:55:50

Korea. Locally, it is one of the hot

tickets, short track.

Almost one of

0:55:500:55:54

the impossible tickets.

0:55:540:55:57

Samuel Girard is the world silver

medallist from 2016.

0:56:130:56:19

A World Championship gold medals

last year. Six laps to go, this time

0:56:250:56:33

over the line. Kazuki Yoshinaga

moving up. A lot of work to do.

0:56:330:56:46

Samuel Girard comes around the

outside, moving up the inside.

0:56:460:56:49

Samuel Girard finishing in fourth

place the other day. One that the

0:56:490:56:54

Canadians have high hopes for in the

years ahead, just 21 years of age

0:56:540:56:59

from Quebec. Samuel Girard looking

comfortable on the front at the

0:56:590:57:01

moment. Having a look on the inside

was Kazuki Yoshinaga, Yuri

0:57:010:57:08

Confortola, the XP rinsed Italian,

31 years of age.

0:57:080:57:14

31 years of age.

Two that is to go,

Samuel Girard still on the front

0:57:150:57:18

with Yuri Confortola in second

place. DeLaet in third place.

Samuel

0:57:180:57:25

Girard looking comfortable still.

Yuri Confortola ahead of the Lark,

0:57:250:57:31

who looks annoyed at himself at

that.

A comfortable skate from

0:57:310:57:36

Samuel Girard from the front,

controlling the race. Talat making

0:57:360:57:41

the slip early on in the race and

has to pay the penalty now by not

0:57:410:57:45

qualifying.

It has been a long time

since Confortola was at the top of

0:57:450:57:50

his game.

0:57:500:57:56

his game. Bags of experience, and he

used it in this quarterfinal.

We can

0:57:560:58:03

see Girard moving through very, very

comfortably indeed. Here is the

0:58:030:58:07

challenge for the line. A lot trying

to squeeze up the inside.

0:58:070:58:20

to squeeze up the inside. Confortola

has qualified for the semifinal.

0:58:200:58:21

Girard looked good, but DeLaet will

be frustrated because his form is

0:58:210:58:25

better than that.

Absolutely.

Confirmation that Confortola from

0:58:250:58:30

Italy goes through behind Samuel

Girard of Canada. Next up on the

0:58:300:58:35

track will be the third

quarterfinal, featuring Great

0:58:350:58:41

Britain's Farrell Treacy, second in

his heat behind John Henry Kruger of

0:58:410:58:45

the United States.

0:58:450:58:54

Farrell Treacy Ryosuke Sakazume. A

tough one for Tracey.

Big guns in

0:59:000:59:13

this 1000 metres. Farrell Treacy

moving through comfortably to the

0:59:130:59:19

front with eight laps to go. It's

all about jostling for positions.

0:59:190:59:24

Farrell Treacy comes through.

John-Henry Krueger of America

0:59:240:59:34

cruising around the outside.

Farrell Treacy trying to get

0:59:340:59:42

involved and lost a little bit of

speed as John-Henry Krueger is in

0:59:420:59:51

second.

0:59:510:59:57

John-Henry Krueger moving through up

the inside with three laps to go,

1:00:021:00:07

looking comfortable indeed. These

two skaters fighting for that

1:00:071:00:11

qualifying position.

Two laps to go,

in third is Ryosuke Sakazume from

1:00:111:00:20

Japan. A gap back to John-Henry

Krueger and Farrell Treacy hanging

1:00:201:00:23

off the back at the moment.

1:00:231:00:29

I was looking at the referees, and

it could go anyway, to be honest,

1:00:361:00:44

Simon.

Knegt was involved in an

incident the other day as well, for

1:00:441:00:52

which he was penalised. The Dutch

look a little unsure in the crowd.

1:00:521:00:56

But Elistratov has shown that his

form is really good so far with the

1:00:561:01:00

bronze medal in the 1500. This

distance is shorter than that, but

1:01:001:01:05

again, he had the experience to

stand his ground at the front. There

1:01:051:01:11

you see Farrell Treacy getting

involved early on.

And here is the

1:01:111:01:16

move on Knegt. He seems to be coming

out to make sure he is going into

1:01:161:01:24

the term.

Knegt looks as though he

forced John-Henry Krueger out wide.

1:01:241:01:30

That could be a possible penalty for

Knegt. He won the bronze medal four

1:01:301:01:36

years ago at this distance.

Which I

think was the first Dutch medal in

1:01:361:01:40

short track at the Olympic Games.

That is true.

Which is a very

1:01:401:01:46

different scenario to the Dutch

dominance in long track speed

1:01:461:01:49

skating, which has continued across

the way in the Oval, right next to

1:01:491:01:54

this ice Arena. So do you think

Knegt will be concerned?

I saw him

1:01:541:01:59

giving John Henry a pat on the back

as if to say sorry.

John-Henry

1:01:591:02:04

Krueger is standing out just beyond

the padding, waiting for a decision

1:02:041:02:10

which he hopes might give him a

reprieve. But provisionally,

1:02:101:02:15

Elistratov and Knegt where the first

two. And yes, Knegt has been

1:02:151:02:19

penalised. He is out, so one of the

medal favourites has gone. Semen

1:02:191:02:26

Elistratov goes through. Ryosuke

Sakazume the advances as well and

1:02:261:02:34

the victim of the move by Knegt is

John-Henry Krueger of the United

1:02:341:02:38

States. And in fourth place, Farrell

Treacy of Great Britain.

1:02:381:02:42

Disappointment for the Dutch.

The

national coach of Hollund will not

1:02:421:02:47

be happy with that decision at all.

That is twice that Knegt has been

1:02:471:02:52

involved in incidents at these and

begins. Here comes the fourth

1:02:521:02:55

quarterfinal.

1:02:551:03:05

And we have a false start.

I am not

sure if that was the number one,

1:03:251:03:32

Hamelin, on the inner lane. Of

course, not forgetting the racers

1:03:321:03:43

are only allowed one false start. If

they do it again, they have to leave

1:03:431:03:47

the ice. It was very close.

1:03:471:03:52

the ice. It was very close.

I think

it is Dajing for China.

1:03:531:04:01

it is Dajing for China. Away they

go. Scrapping for that first place.

1:04:011:04:14

Hamelin trying to move through the

inside.

Wu Dajing is looking very

1:04:331:04:41

comfortable, controlling the race

from the front, a tactic I used to

1:04:411:04:46

enjoy. If you are going to tire

towards the latter part of the race,

1:04:461:04:50

it's better to be at the front than

at the back.

1:04:501:05:00

at the back.

Hamelin in second

place. Still looking good for

1:05:011:05:05

Canada. The two Latvians are hanging

the coat-tails of this group. A bit

1:05:051:05:13

of barging. Hamelin was forced out

wide, managed to stay on his feet.

1:05:131:05:27

Charles Hamlin was there and the

Latvian was also involved in a photo

1:05:271:05:35

finish.

'S stunning skating from all

the skaters. The way Peter Worth is

1:05:351:05:42

calling these races, it wouldn't

surprise me if there are possibly

1:05:421:05:45

two penalties here, maybe one from

Charles Hamelin and one for Wu

1:05:451:05:52

Dajing.

Hamelin almost ended up on

the deck.

You can see the Hungarian

1:05:521:06:01

crossing over, forcing easy and onto

the inner of the rink. And this was

1:06:011:06:08

later, when Hamelin tries to squeeze

around the outside. And then exactly

1:06:081:06:14

the same thing happens here with Wu

Dajing trying to go around outside.

1:06:141:06:21

He is not allowed to cut inside.

1:06:211:06:27

He is not allowed to cut inside. You

can see Wu Dajing making a mistake

1:06:271:06:29

on the right pivoting leg.

1:06:291:06:36

on the right pivoting leg.

Pretty

close on the line here, with Hamelin

1:06:361:06:39

from Canada.

1:06:391:06:46

from Canada. That was close.

We will

have to wait and see for the

1:06:461:06:55

official result, because if Charles

Hamelin does receive a penalty, that

1:06:551:07:02

will mean Pukitis of Latvia will

move through to the semifinal.

This

1:07:021:07:10

is the final judges' liberation from

these quarterfinals.

1:07:101:07:18

these quarterfinals. Wu Dajing,

trying to dive in at the front of

1:07:211:07:23

the race. It was all or nothing for

him.

The Chinese are having a

1:07:231:07:29

disastrous game so far.

1:07:291:07:36

disastrous game so far.

This is an

event that Korea has dominated over

1:07:361:07:39

the years. Only twice as anyone

other than a Korean won this event.

1:07:391:07:44

Here comes the referee's decision.

There is a penalty and Wu Dajing is

1:07:441:07:55

penalised for his attempt to chop

his way into the front. Shaolin

1:07:551:07:59

Sandor Liu from Hungary goes

through, as does Charles Hamelin

1:07:591:08:04

from Canada. And Wu Dajing finishes

last.

1:08:041:08:16

So here were with the line-ups,

those who have gone through.

1:08:171:08:30

It is a day that promises so much.

Six minutes away from the semifinals

1:08:541:09:00

of the 1500m in short track speed

skating, but this is the scene at

1:09:001:09:04

the Alpensia Sliding Centre ma Laura

Deas in fourth place at the halfway

1:09:041:09:10

stage of the skeleton competition.

And Lizzy Yarnold just in front of

1:09:101:09:13

her in third. The British and Welsh

fans are out in force. That is Laura

1:09:131:09:18

Deas' camp cheering her on, and

Lizzy has made it clear that she is

1:09:181:09:22

here to defend her Olympic title. So

we just want to give everybody who

1:09:221:09:28

is watching around the country a

little smile, a little cuddle,

1:09:281:09:32

because the white tiger which is the

mascot of Pyeongchang of these

1:09:321:09:36

Winter Olympics, we have our two at

the front of the table and I know a

1:09:361:09:40

lot of people are watching at

Nottingham eye centre. Hello to you

1:09:401:09:43

and good luck to both Charlotte

Gilmartin and police Christie --

1:09:431:09:49

Elise Christie. There is also

curling at the moment. The British

1:09:491:09:52

women are in action against the host

nation, South Korea. That has just

1:09:521:09:56

started and it is on the red button

and will be uninterrupted coverage.

1:09:561:10:00

But we will tell you what has

happened a little later. Oh, my

1:10:001:10:04

word. Let's head out to the sliding

centre shortly. You know about Lizzy

1:10:041:10:09

Yarnold. She is the defending

champion. She carried the flag at

1:10:091:10:13

the opening ceremony, but what about

her team-mate, Laura Deas? Who is

1:10:131:10:22

she and how did she get into

discussing? Nick Cudd has been

1:10:221:10:25

finding out about her mindset, and

she is ready for liftoff.

Ignition

1:10:251:10:27

sequence start.

1:10:271:10:32

sequence start.

You never quite know

what's going to happen. It's down to

1:10:341:10:37

you in that moment. There's nobody

else.

Talk about not feeling like a

1:10:371:10:45

skeleton athlete. You weren't always

a skeleton athlete.

Yes, it was

1:10:451:10:52

unusual in the fact that I came from

an equestrian background.

How big a

1:10:521:10:56

switch was that? Your whole life,

your mindset must have changed.

I

1:10:561:11:01

had never been in that sort of gym

environment before. I had literally

1:11:011:11:05

never stepped inside a gym until I

was put through my paces for the

1:11:051:11:08

skeleton trial. So it was a massive

shock for my body. The focus also

1:11:081:11:12

became different because as a rider,

it was much more about how the horse

1:11:121:11:17

feels, how they are moving and what

is happening underneath me. All of a

1:11:171:11:21

sudden, it was about, how am I

feeling? In a way, there are

1:11:211:11:24

parallels as well, with that

sensitivity to what is happening

1:11:241:11:29

underneath you and having to plan a

route and think quickly. Those

1:11:291:11:33

things transfer well, so was a good

crossover in some ways.

How much

1:11:331:11:37

does your relationship with Lizzy

helped? She says you are her best

1:11:371:11:41

friend, but to work together must

also help you both perform.

It's

1:11:411:11:45

nice to have someone with you who

understand everything you're going

1:11:451:11:50

through. If you have a tough gym

session together, there is always

1:11:501:11:54

someone to have a cup of tea with

and talk about it with, which is

1:11:541:12:00

nice. We push each other in a

positive way as well. As soon as we

1:12:001:12:04

step on the track, we are

supercompetitive. We both want to

1:12:041:12:06

win. And the fact that we both see

ourselves as podium contenders means

1:12:061:12:13

we are constantly pushing each other

forward. But we are part of a wider

1:12:131:12:18

team and everybody could bring their

A-game on race day.

There has been

1:12:181:12:22

so much British success in skeleton

at recent Olympics. Have you watched

1:12:221:12:28

while Amy Williams has won her gold

medal and a Lizzy Yarnold in 2014?

I

1:12:281:12:34

vividly remember sitting and

watching Amy do her first two runs

1:12:341:12:37

at Vancouver. And I remember this

powerful feeling of thinking, wow,

1:12:371:12:43

I'm in the same programme as this

athlete who is leading at the

1:12:431:12:47

Olympics. If she can do it, I can. I

have always carried that with me.

1:12:471:12:52

The fact that Lizzy then went on to

do the same thing has just

1:12:521:12:55

reinforced that. It is an exciting

time for our programme.

And what do

1:12:551:13:01

you feel is possible for you?

I

definitely feel I can win a medal. I

1:13:011:13:06

have beaten every person in that

field, so I know if things go right

1:13:061:13:12

and I bring my A game, I can be on

the podium.

Laura Deas, full of

1:13:121:13:18

confidence and really enjoying

herself. Every shot we have seen of

1:13:181:13:23

her, she looks relaxed and excited.

She looks to be smiling, but this is

1:13:231:13:28

the serious end of the competition.

She is in fourth place. She is 17

1:13:281:13:33

hundredths behind the leader,

Loelling. And in third place is the

1:13:331:13:39

defending champion, Lizzy Yarnold.

Let's head out to Alpensia because

1:13:391:13:43

Amy Williams is there. It's going to

be chilly, but it's a hot night of

1:13:431:13:48

action on the track. What can we

expect?

Like you say, we can't wait.

1:13:481:13:55

We are going to have two of our

British girls fighting for those

1:13:551:13:58

medals, both wanting to win, both

wanting gold, silver, bronze. The

1:13:581:14:07

atmosphere including credible. We

have loads of supporters behind me.

1:14:071:14:09

I can't wait for the races to start.

They haven't had a chance to slide

1:14:091:14:15

on it today, but they have walked

the track. What does that tell them

1:14:151:14:19

and what do you expect to see Laura

and Lizzy trying to do on their

1:14:191:14:22

third run?

To be able to walk the

track on the morning of your race is

1:14:221:14:29

a good feeling. You want to be able

to look at the ice. It actually just

1:14:291:14:36

calms your nerves. I didn't track

walk before my race in Vancouver,

1:14:361:14:40

and it settles you. It is something

to do as well, because you have a

1:14:401:14:43

lot of hours to kill before the

evening race. So you are going

1:14:431:14:48

through the mental imagery of the

track in your head. They have only

1:14:481:14:52

had six runs to learn the track

here, so the more times you can go

1:14:521:14:55

through it in your head, shut your

eyes and go through every corner. It

1:14:551:15:01

is like replaying your perfect lines

in your head.

We have seen lots of

1:15:011:15:06

shots of Laura in the warm-up area.

She looks fine. Lizzy set a track

1:15:061:15:11

record in her first run yesterday

and then looked dizzy and said she

1:15:111:15:14

was short of breath. How is she?

1:15:141:15:19

Back here,

1:15:191:15:20

Back here, she said she was short of

rest.

And she has a cold. She said

1:15:201:15:26

she found it hard to breathe. She

looked fine throughout the run. I

1:15:261:15:31

was watching her eyes, everything

was spot on, it was just coming up

1:15:311:15:35

to the finish line that she needed

to get her breath back, which is

1:15:351:15:39

fine. The team are happy and

confident. Laura is in a good place.

1:15:391:15:45

Yeah, we are looking forward to it

so much.

Great copper Tichit naked.

1:15:451:15:51

-- competition ahead. We will bring

you everything and we will go

1:15:511:15:56

through from

1:15:561:16:01

through from the leader, third will

be Lizzy Yarnold, and fourth Laura

1:16:011:16:04

Deas. Alex, you know what it is

like. The whole which the

1:16:041:16:09

competition, they want to get on

with it.

It. Definitely. This is it,

1:16:091:16:13

this is D-Day. This is what they

have been working for, the

1:16:131:16:18

combination of four years is now.

As luck would have it, we have

1:16:181:16:21

action all the way, they are ready

for the short track semifinals,

1:16:211:16:25

three semifinals in the 1500 metres,

Charlotte Gilmartin will be in the

1:16:251:16:30

second, and believes Christie will

be in the third. Sarah, I love

1:16:301:16:34

asking you, what would you whisper

in Elise's if you could?

Get the job

1:16:341:16:39

done. She needs to

1:16:391:16:44

in Elise's if you could?

Get the job

done. She needs to get through

1:16:441:16:45

without incident or problem. She

needs to float through and get into

1:16:451:16:49

the final.

What would you say to

Charlotte Gilmartin?

Get in there.

1:16:491:16:53

This is her strength, she loves to

race, and she is one step away from

1:16:531:16:57

aching the final.

The first of the semifinals.

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COMMENTATOR: They are almost ready

to go, just lining up down below us

1:17:031:17:08

on the ice here. Kim Alang has

number one position, Kim Boutin

1:17:081:17:17

second. Pierron from France.

Marianne St Gelais from Canada

1:17:171:17:29

currently on the outside in second

place. St Gelais, the 2016 World

1:17:291:17:33

Champion.

1:17:331:17:39

Champion. Anna Seidel from Germany

won the European Championship 1000

1:17:391:17:43

metre bronze medal earlier this year

already. 13.5 laps of the track.

The

1:17:431:17:51

skaters jostling for position as you

1:17:511:17:53

Kim Boutin, bronze medallist from

the 500 metres.

Two Canadians at the

1:18:071:18:11

front going around the outside.

Marianne St Gelais leading from her

1:18:111:18:17

compatriot Kim Boutin at the moment

with Han Yutong of China third. Kim

1:18:171:18:24

Alang of Korea, an Olympic gold

medallist in the relay four years

1:18:241:18:28

ago in the white Jersey of Korea in

fourth. Seidel of Germany in five.

1:18:281:18:37

Pierron and Valcepina at the back.

The crowd warming as the Korean Kim

1:18:371:18:44

goes through and takes the lead.

She

makes that look very easy. Very

1:18:441:18:49

comfortable. A lap time of 9.2

seconds. Not incredibly fast. She

1:18:491:19:02

comes around the outside.

The first

two go through to the final. Kim

1:19:021:19:08

Boutin leading the way. Kim Alang in

second place with Marianne St Gelais

1:19:081:19:14

third the Canada. Work to do the Han

Yutong of Korea. The other two are

1:19:141:19:19

out of it. Sliding out of contention

was St Gelais. Amazing that

1:19:191:19:24

Valcepina and also Pierron didn't

come into collision with her.

1:19:241:19:30

Leading the way, now trying to catch

up Han Yutong. Almost level now. A

1:19:301:19:41

scrap to the line. Kim Boutin in

second for Canada. She maintains

1:19:411:19:48

second spot, but the Korean over the

line in first place, Kim Alang.

1:19:481:19:55

Boutin in a photo finish. What a

disappointment for Marianne St

1:19:551:20:02

Gelais, the 2016 World Champion

ended up smacking against the

1:20:021:20:05

padding at the side of the eyes.

Interesting to see what the referees

1:20:051:20:09

make of that from Marianne St

Gelais. She collided going up the

1:20:091:20:13

straight with Kim Alang. Kim Alang

moving around the outside. Kim

1:20:131:20:20

Boutin having a look and letting her

come through comfortably as the pace

1:20:201:20:24

increases.

1:20:241:20:28

increases. Seidel going down there.

This appointment for her. This is

1:20:291:20:34

where the question really is, is Kim

Alang moving inside, protecting the

1:20:341:20:39

inside lane? What will the referee

make that? I have seen a lot of

1:20:391:20:45

decisions in the men's racing when

the skater, what we used to do when

1:20:451:20:50

I skated, cross track, now it is

called blocking, preventing the

1:20:501:20:58

skater. If you change your line, you

run the risk of getting a penalty.

1:20:581:21:03

Might there be an issue for Kim

Alang?

There could very well be. I

1:21:031:21:08

can see the referees talking to one

another, looking at that pass of

1:21:081:21:13

Marianne St Gelais moving up the

inside. I can see the video referee

1:21:131:21:18

from Holland shaking his head. We

will have to see what the official

1:21:181:21:24

result will be.

Let's look at it

once again. Hopefully, this is the

1:21:241:21:29

key incident. Yes, it is.

You can

see, Kim Alang, she was very

1:21:291:21:38

fortunate.

One of the officials was

almost wiped out, and two

1:21:381:21:42

backmarkers could have collided with

her.

The Canadians having a battle

1:21:421:21:48

here with the Koreans. If this

Korean gets a penalty then there

1:21:481:21:56

really will be war on the ice.

1:21:561:22:00

Kim Boutin and Marianne St Gelais,

Boutin and Han Yutong in a photo

1:22:041:22:12

finish for second place as it

stands. St Gelais also waiting,

1:22:121:22:16

hoping that maybe she might be

advanced.

That would mean, of

1:22:161:22:22

course, so far, one advantage, they

would be seven people in the final.

1:22:221:22:26

Despite talk of around the table and

viewing of video evidence, is this

1:22:261:22:32

one position in the end?

Yes, the referee makes the final

1:22:321:22:35

call, he can be advised by the video

referee, but ultimately, it's down

1:22:351:22:43

to the final referee to make that

decision. The chief referee, as it's

1:22:431:22:50

officially known.

They are writing something down. So

1:22:501:22:55

it would appear there has been a

call, that maybe on St Gelais or

1:22:551:23:00

Kim.

What is your feeling?

I would

have thought the Korean crossed into

1:23:001:23:05

Marianne St Gelais, so I would call

that it would go with a penalty to

1:23:051:23:09

Kim.

1:23:091:23:13

And the result is that Marianne St

Gelais has been penalised. Kim

1:23:181:23:22

Alang, Kim Boutin both going

through.

As I already said, the

1:23:221:23:31

angles the referee looks at are

completely different to the angles

1:23:311:23:34

we see here and you see at home, the

view was on TV. That always makes it

1:23:341:23:38

more difficult.

They should look at

that, so we can see what they are

1:23:381:23:43

making the decision on. Charlotte

Gilmartin for Great Britain, Suzanne

1:23:431:23:48

Schulting on the right-hand side of

the screen, Fontana from Italy, the

1:23:481:23:52

Olympic 500 metre champion. Ter Mors

has already won a medal here. Deanna

1:23:521:24:00

Lockett for Australia, Charlotte

Gilmartin from Worcestershire and

1:24:001:24:06

Kikuchi from Japan.

If Lockett of

Australia wants to make anything of

1:24:061:24:12

this race, in fifth place at the

moment, she needs to make the race

1:24:121:24:17

as quickly as possible, because she

is not good leaving it to the last

1:24:171:24:21

3-4 laps when high-speed kicks in.

Schulting of the Netherlands and Ter

1:24:211:24:26

Mors in one and two.

The difference

between the pair of them is in the

1:24:261:24:30

helmet, the orange one for Suzanne

Schulting. Ter Mors, who was so

1:24:301:24:38

impressive on the oval across the

Plaza the other night still looking

1:24:381:24:41

for an Olympic medal in short track.

She has twice finished fourth.

1:24:411:24:47

Charlotte Gilmartin in second place

in behind the very much informed

1:24:471:24:51

figure of Ariana Fontana. Fontana a

six time Olympic medallist finally

1:24:511:24:58

getting a gold the other day. Going

to the front is Ter Mors with 8.5

1:24:581:25:02

laps to go.

Ter Mors, of course,

doesn't like the argy-bargy. She

1:25:021:25:08

prefers long track speed skating.

She proved her fitness is good, so

1:25:081:25:12

she will try to do negative splits,

every lap getting quicker. The last

1:25:121:25:16

lap was 10.3.

Gilmartin with work to

do with seven laps to go, but still

1:25:161:25:23

in the group is Ter Mors... O! Down

she goes again! Charlotte Gilmartin

1:25:231:25:27

has crashed out as she did in the

heats of the 500 metres. But she's

1:25:271:25:34

back on her skates and back up and

running on the ice, but a lap behind

1:25:341:25:39

everybody else. Meanwhile at the

front, Ter Mors. Ter Mors on the

1:25:391:25:44

front ahead of Fontana, Schulting in

third place. Bringing up the rear is

1:25:441:25:53

Kikuchi of Japan.

We are going to

see Ter Mors move through again into

1:25:531:26:00

first place with relapsed to go. We

have to wait and see what happens

1:26:001:26:03

here. Schulting tried to go into the

back of Fontana.

Fontana wasn't

1:26:031:26:08

about to give way. Ter Mors leads

the way on the front. Fontana in

1:26:081:26:12

second place, Lockett trying to make

a challenge, but she goes wide. Ter

1:26:121:26:18

Mors of the Netherlands leads.

Fontana in second place. Kikuchi

1:26:181:26:22

challenging in third. The first two

over the line, Ter Mors and Arianna

1:26:221:26:30

Fontana. Deanna Lockett of Australia

crashed just going into the final

1:26:301:26:35

bend, and unfortunately, the

Queensland unable to challenge for a

1:26:351:26:37

place in the final.

That was superb

skating by Arianna Fontana. She has

1:26:371:26:44

got one gold in the pocket. Ter Mors

has another gold in the pocket, two

1:26:441:26:50

gold medallists going through to the

final.

We have A and B finals. It

1:26:501:26:59

determines the final placing. This

is the second semifinal, and

1:26:591:27:04

Charlotte Gilmartin.

I couldn't see

what happened there. Schulting

1:27:041:27:08

trying to come up the inside.

1:27:081:27:14

trying to come up the inside. The

Italian completely blocking her out.

1:27:141:27:17

We have to weight, still, for the

official result there.

Arianna

1:27:171:27:22

Fontana finished with the bronze

medal in this event in Sochi. This

1:27:221:27:29

was the end of the race for Lockett

from Australia. Disappointment for

1:27:291:27:36

Charlotte Gilmartin, though. Crashed

out of her other event as well.

1:27:361:27:41

Yeah, incredibly disappointing. As I

said, had she finished second in the

1:27:411:27:45

race, might have meant that she

would have gone into another

1:27:451:27:49

semifinal, which could have been a

little bit easier.

Once more, the

1:27:491:27:55

judges deliberating. Hopefully, not

for too long. Next onto the track

1:27:551:28:03

will be the final of the semifinals,

the last one featuring Elise

1:28:031:28:06

Christie.

The move from Fontana, she

just moves across, we have to weight

1:28:061:28:16

for the official result, of course.

So, Ter Mors and Fontana are

1:28:161:28:25

qualifying for the semi... From the

semifinal. Confirmation of the

1:28:251:28:31

result. Kikuchi and Schulting into

the B finals. Here we go.

1:28:311:28:43

Elise Christie needs to finish in

the first two to get into the

1:28:431:28:47

Olympic final. Choi Minjeong, the

world record-holder, seven time

1:28:471:28:52

World Championship gold medallist on

the inside. Petra Jaszapati. Valerie

1:28:521:29:04

Maltais from Canada.

What will

Christie do here? Will she adapt the

1:29:041:29:11

same tactics as she did in the first

round, not doing very much, and

1:29:111:29:15

leave it for a final burst of speed

at the end? I'm fairly convinced,

1:29:151:29:20

looking at the field, there's no

real specialist 1500 metres gators

1:29:201:29:23

in this race. That is horribly the

tactics, the race plan, what she

1:29:231:29:28

will adapt to. Choi sat behind

Christian fifth, China one and two.

1:29:281:29:39

In the first race of the day,

Christie was confident enough in her

1:29:391:29:45

speed to bite her time early on in

the laps, which is what she has done

1:29:451:29:49

initially here. Moving up a little

bit now. Moving in front of Valerie

1:29:491:29:53

Maltais into second place. We have

Li Jinyu and Zhou Yang of China at

1:29:531:29:59

the front at the moment with

Christie in third. She has got to

1:29:591:30:02

finish in the first two here. Just

moves into second place behind Li

1:30:021:30:08

Jinyu, world bronze medallist in the

junior championship last year. Tight

1:30:081:30:13

up the front, not too much room

there. Two Chinese athletes continue

1:30:131:30:17

to dominate up until now.

Christie

skating and ice lines into the turn.

1:30:171:30:22

Not going in too tight, squeezed

onto the first block, that happened

1:30:221:30:29

in the first final. Looking

comfortable. Multi tries to attack

1:30:291:30:35

around the outside.

Making a move

around the outside. Christie looking

1:30:351:30:40

boxed in as multi makes a move.

Multi, Zou, Leigh and Christie with

1:30:401:30:47

four laps to go. At the front,

Valerie Maltais, sixth in Sochi in

1:30:471:30:53

2014. She has a gap here, multi.

Christie has a little bit of work to

1:30:531:30:59

do now, as Choi Minjeong goes around

the outside. Choi goes towards the

1:30:591:31:03

front. Christie comes through on the

inside, good move from her, two that

1:31:031:31:07

is to go, Christie and Choi neck.

Christie doesn't want to crash

1:31:071:31:16

is to go, Christie and Choi neck.

Christie doesn't want to crash. Choi

1:31:161:31:16

Minjeong leads the way. Zhou Yang

and Christie as they go round the

1:31:161:31:22

front. Christie has crashed again

now! Right on the final bend yet

1:31:221:31:30

again. She ends up in a distraught

heap on the floor. She was almost

1:31:301:31:35

there. She was almost about to

qualify. She could see the line in

1:31:351:31:40

front of her and, once more, Elise

Christie, this time tangling with

1:31:401:31:46

one of the Chinese athletes ends up

on the deck against the padding at

1:31:461:31:50

the side of the track. Choi Minjeong

qualifies first. Petra Jaszapati,

1:31:501:32:00

the defending limply and champion.

1:32:001:32:07

And unfortunately and sadly from a

British point of view, Elise

1:32:071:32:10

Christie is on the ground and hasn't

crossed the line.

My heart goes out

1:32:101:32:17

to this young lady. She skated a

fantastic race. You Seou

1:32:171:32:28

fantastic race. You Seou -- you see

Choi steaming around the outside. A

1:32:301:32:34

collision. It appeared as if Li

might have cut her blade into

1:32:341:32:43

Christie's cut resistant racing suit

on the inner side of the right

1:32:431:32:49

skate. An awful disaster. You can

see it again. Which it looks like

1:32:491:32:58

she might be taken off by stretcher

from the pictures on the ice. A

1:32:581:33:03

disaster here for Elise Christie.

What terrible pictures for the

1:33:031:33:09

second time in a few days. She

finishes on the floor, the world

1:33:091:33:16

champion down. But hopefully in

terms of these Olympic Games, not

1:33:161:33:20

out. Hopefully, she will be able to

pick herself up and go and try again

1:33:201:33:25

in her favourite event, the 1000m.

You see her coming around the

1:33:251:33:33

outside. We only see the angle here

and whether she passed Li of China.

1:33:331:33:39

She has clearly not passed her.

Maybe the knock on the left shoulder

1:33:391:33:46

on Li causes her to go down. We need

to go back a bit. She clearly takes

1:33:461:33:55

Christie out. But the big question

is, is Elise in front of Li at this

1:33:551:34:01

point?

The other question is,

hopefully she is not badly injured,

1:34:011:34:08

either from the impact of the crash

or from the blade of the Chinese

1:34:081:34:13

skater. It goes without saying that

you can do a lot of damage with

1:34:131:34:16

those blades. They are extremely

sharp.

We are waiting for the final

1:34:161:34:23

decision.

Quite a hush. It is the

quietest this arena has been the

1:34:231:34:29

whole time. You can't see Elise

Christie, but we will give you an

1:34:291:34:36

update. She is still on the ice. The

stretcher is there. They are still

1:34:361:34:40

pending to her, but she is out of

our line of vision at the moment. We

1:34:401:34:45

can't quite see. Elise Christie is

now being placed on a stretcher. And

1:34:451:34:50

while the judges reach their

conclusions on that semifinal, Elise

1:34:501:34:57

Christie Yan Valery Maltais have

received a penalty.

1:34:571:35:05

Unfortunately, the sad sight here in

the Gangneung Ice Arena which we are

1:35:071:35:10

watching from the commentary box is

of a stretcher being wheeled from

1:35:101:35:13

the arena with Elise Christie laying

on top of it. They are the

1:35:131:35:18

qualifiers for the A final and

unfortunately, the world champion is

1:35:181:35:25

not among those who will race for

gold later today.

1:35:251:35:29

CLARE BALDING: That is desperately

sad for Elise Christie. She has been

1:35:291:35:37

penalised in that semifinal. There

is always half eight chance in short

1:35:371:35:41

track speed skating that you might

get advanced to the final, but far

1:35:411:35:45

more seriously than whether she is

in the final is how badly she is

1:35:451:35:47

injured. Sarah Lindsay and Jon Eley

are looking at these shots with me.

1:35:471:35:54

We know this is a tough and

unpredictable sport, but she has had

1:35:541:36:00

a rougher end of the draw in two

Olympic Games so far than with have

1:36:001:36:04

ever seen.

It is difficult for her.

We talk about it being part of the

1:36:041:36:11

sport, but for someone to have that

much bad luck is just heartbreaking.

1:36:111:36:15

But again, we always talk about her

coming back and her ability to get

1:36:151:36:19

back on the track and race. Today

around a corner, she just left

1:36:191:36:23

herself a bit too much to do and the

referee saw her as impeding the

1:36:231:36:27

Chinese girl on the last corner. So

it is a tough call, but I can see

1:36:271:36:31

why the referee made that decision.

But as we all feel so passionately

1:36:311:36:34

about Elise, it is tough for her to

take.

Sarah, your immediate reaction

1:36:341:36:41

was that it was not her fault, but

she is not clear, is she?

The

1:36:411:36:47

Chinese falls and takes Elise down

so doesn't look like the Chinesego's

1:36:471:36:55

fault at first glance. Elise has

just left too much to the end. It is

1:36:551:37:02

all down to the finish. On the one

hand, she was relaxed and confident

1:37:021:37:06

and she knew she had the speed at

the end and she let the skaters

1:37:061:37:09

battle it out.

But from that angle,

it looks as if Li Jinyu brings her

1:37:091:37:15

skate across and trips her up.

She

does have to skate, though.

And Li

1:37:151:37:23

is off-balance. Elise is trying to

turn around the corner, so that

1:37:231:37:31

point, Elise has clearly not done it

on purpose. She is trying to get in

1:37:311:37:34

front of Li, but she unfortunately

left it too late and Li goes down.

1:37:341:37:40

The most important thing now is that

hopefully, she is in good health.

1:37:401:37:46

Absolutely. In your mind, what a

fair decision from the referees?

1:37:461:37:50

Very much so. It is just that we are

so passionately behind Elise that

1:37:501:37:58

every call that is against her, we

think negatively, but actually, the

1:37:581:38:01

referee made the right decision.

On

the last shot weasel, it looked as

1:38:011:38:07

if Li Jinyu's blade striker on the

bridge -- on the last shot weasel.

1:38:071:38:13

She is going to feel desperate, but

hopefully in terms of injury, it

1:38:131:38:17

depends whether blade made contact.

How much support and protection is

1:38:171:38:21

there on the shin?

I don't think it

was from the blade. When she held

1:38:211:38:26

her ankle when she first tried to

sit up, you are wearing cut proof

1:38:261:38:36

suits.

Well luckily, in the sport of

skeleton, you are not having to deal

1:38:361:38:41

with anyone else on the track at the

same time. Alex Coomber is now going

1:38:411:38:45

to be discussing the third run of

the skeleton, the situation at the

1:38:451:38:48

halfway stage is that Laura Deas is

in fourth place. Lizzy Yarnold in

1:38:481:38:52

third. We will see their third run

in just a second.

1:38:521:38:57

Laura Deas, one of the fastest in

the field.

1:39:011:39:08

the field.

It's down to you in that

moment. There's nobody else. I love

1:39:081:39:18

this sport. I'm in it because I want

to win.

1:39:181:39:25

Never in the history of the Winter

Olympics have two British athletes

1:39:321:39:35

been on the podium in two positions

in the top three, but we have a

1:39:351:39:41

situation here where it may just

happen. Jacqueline Loelling with the

1:39:411:39:45

way for Germany ahead of Janine

Flock. And just one tenth behind the

1:39:451:39:50

leader is the defending champion

Lizzy Yarnold. And seven hundredths

1:39:501:39:52

behind her is Laura Deas. This

Alpensia Sliding Centre takes an

1:39:521:40:00

awful lot of driving and Alex, it

needs quick thinking as well as good

1:40:001:40:07

technique?

-Ness. Everything is

coming at you so fast, you don't

1:40:071:40:12

have time to think. If you are

thinking, I don't know what I'm

1:40:121:40:16

going to do, that will cause

disaster. That is why you track walk

1:40:161:40:21

and that is why you see them

thinking about their runs in their

1:40:211:40:24

heads.

They will have walked the

track this morning. Lizzy Yarnold is

1:40:241:40:29

in third place, but she was the

fastest on the first run and Laura

1:40:291:40:33

Deas was second fastest on the

second run. They could move up.

1:40:331:40:39

Let's find out what happened in

round three. Commentary comes from

1:40:391:40:42

Amy Williams, John Jackson and

first, John Hunt.

1:40:421:40:49

Welcome to the sliding centre ahead

of round three of women's skeleton,

1:40:491:40:52

everybody trying to get the best

view in the house. Round three goes

1:40:521:40:57

from the leaders down, one to 20.

Ready to go, Jacqueline Loelling.

1:40:571:41:03

Second place at the moment, Janine

Flock of Australia. Lizzy Yarnold,

1:41:031:41:08

the defending champion, goes third,

and Laura Deas is in fourth place.

1:41:081:41:13

John Jackson, double Olympian, and

Amy Williams are with us in the

1:41:131:41:19

commentary box. John Jackson, what

is the news on temperatures?

The ice

1:41:191:41:24

temperature is -8, which is good for

the British equipment. Anything

1:41:241:41:27

below -6 and the British men and

women have been flying, so that is a

1:41:271:41:33

good start.

Look at that study of

concentration on Jacqueline Loelling

1:41:331:41:39

my face. She admitted after her two

runs yesterday that she was very

1:41:391:41:45

nervous. This is the young German

who has dominated this event is at

1:41:451:41:49

the last two years. She leads by

just a fraction, two hundredths of a

1:41:491:41:55

second, ahead of

1:41:551:42:01

second, ahead of Flock. She is one

of the slowest starters. Her best

1:42:011:42:07

start has been 5.34 in the early

rounds. Loelling is under way. And

1:42:071:42:12

she is slow again. But John Jackson,

she has a happy habit of making up

1:42:121:42:16

good speed through the run.

She is

one of the most consistent sliders

1:42:161:42:23

we have. She has won four World Cup

races this year. But is that start

1:42:231:42:28

going to be her Achilles' heel when

it comes to the medals? I think the

1:42:281:42:34

girls that out start her could go

faster. But she did not make one

1:42:341:42:39

mistake yesterday, but is that the

mistake that will allow the other

1:42:391:42:42

girls to move up, especially the

British girls behind her? But she

1:42:421:42:50

has been the best slider so far.

Time is going to be important.

1:42:501:43:00

Time is going to be important. 52.04

is OK, but only average when you

1:43:021:43:04

bear in mind what so many of the

girls did in run the ball one. The

1:43:041:43:08

track seemed to slow down in one

number two yesterday, Aimee, that is

1:43:081:43:13

not a time the other girls should be

worried about.

It's to say. After

1:43:131:43:19

the first run, you can see if it is

a good or bad track. I think she

1:43:191:43:23

will be a bit disappointed with that

because she did do fast yesterday.

1:43:231:43:28

But she did take a big hit in the

crucial part of the track, exit

1:43:281:43:34

nine. That would have bled speed

from her.

And yesterday, she was

1:43:341:43:42

seventh off, which allows you time

to settle.

Second place, Austria's

1:43:421:43:49

Janine Flock. Austria have never won

a medal in this. Flock seems to be

1:43:491:43:53

near her best. She was former world

number one in 2015. Now she has a

1:43:531:43:58

much quicker start.

1:43:581:44:05

She probably has nerves in her legs,

increasing the tension. When she

1:44:101:44:13

gets it right, she flies. On her

first run yesterday, she hit the

1:44:131:44:19

wall coming out of nine. Then she

had a great second run. It is about

1:44:191:44:25

getting the steers in the right

place, minimising the oscillations.

1:44:251:44:32

Way better, that was good from

Janine. She really wants an Olympic

1:44:321:44:37

medal.

1:44:371:44:42

medal.

Two bends to go for Flock.

And she has finished ahead of

1:44:431:44:51

Loelling. She is a tenth of a second

ahead. Janine Flock for Austria

1:44:511:44:56

giving it everything.

That is her

coach, who was my coat in Vancouver.

1:44:561:45:02

He will be thrilled. He wants

another medal. That was a good run

1:45:021:45:10

for Janine. I am happy for her. She

is a good buddy of mine, trains

1:45:101:45:14

really hard in Austria.

1:45:141:45:22

really hard in Austria. That was her

going through corner two, a crucial

1:45:221:45:25

corner as there is a flat section

afterwards. You could see her using

1:45:251:45:30

her body and legs to steer.

She is

in great shape. Lots of British fans

1:45:301:45:38

here. And a key five minutes coming

up for the Britons. Lizzy Yarnold,

1:45:381:45:45

the Olympic champion from Sochi,

goes third, starting this third run

1:45:451:45:51

a tenth of a second off the lead as

was, Loelling. We are looking for a

1:45:511:45:57

start time

1:45:571:46:02

start time of sub 520. Decent start,

John Jackson.

She made mistakes on

1:46:031:46:08

her second run yesterday, which is

why she is now behind. She had the

1:46:081:46:12

lead after the first run. If she

puts in a big one here, she will be

1:46:121:46:16

in the lead at the bottom. Her run

yesterday was phenomenal. She made

1:46:161:46:23

mistakes on the second run, but now

she has got through that part OK.

1:46:231:46:30

That is not bad.

1:46:301:46:35

That is not bad. She is keeping

herself in the mix with the Austrian

1:46:371:46:40

slider.

There is not going to be

much between them. Did that tap on

1:46:401:46:48

ten cost her some speed? Only a bit.

Yarnold is two hundredths off the

1:46:481:46:54

lead. She has moved ahead of

Loelling.

She was lucky. When she

1:46:541:47:03

took that hit, it was parallel, so

her sled wasn't skidding into it.

1:47:031:47:08

She continued straight into corner

12, so it didn't cost her much time.

1:47:081:47:15

That line into corner Twell, if you

get it right, if you get it right,

1:47:151:47:21

you can use the pressure. The line

into 12 pushes you round the g-force

1:47:211:47:26

to create speed. You can see the

differences between the two leaders,

1:47:261:47:30

separated by a couple of hundred.

Slightly different lines, and that's

1:47:301:47:35

why Lizzy lost out.

1:47:351:47:41

From Lizzy Yarnold to Laura Deas,

starting this third run in fourth

1:47:411:47:49

place. She has probably been the

most consistent in terms of time

1:47:491:47:58

wise of all of these athletes over

the first two runs. And again, a

1:47:581:48:02

fast starter. We are looking for

5.10 as a start. She is away nicely.

1:48:021:48:12

She is so strong, so powerful, her

background is in question is, but do

1:48:121:48:18

you know what, she trained so hard

in the gym. -- background is

1:48:181:48:24

equestrian. A fast start on this

unique track. Let's see what Laura

1:48:241:48:29

can do, can she work with the track?

Can she find speed in every one of

1:48:291:48:35

these corners? Brilliant from her

there. She nailed it. That has been

1:48:351:48:39

the best we have seen. She didn't

get it quite right yesterday, but

1:48:391:48:44

she got it back on run two.

Speed

dropping off slightly relative to

1:48:441:48:49

Flock. Flock, Yarnold, Laura Deas

not separated by Matt on the line.

1:48:491:48:54

Speed did drop off rapidly, Laura

Deas. Laura stays in fourth place.

1:48:541:49:02

She is 19 hundredths of the leader,

Janine Flock. A significant five

1:49:021:49:10

minutes, highly significant. Laura

Deas has done fine, the quickest run

1:49:101:49:16

of her three, and Flock leads from

Yarnold, Loelling, Laura Deas in

1:49:161:49:23

fourth place. Heading into the

fourth and deciding run.

I was

1:49:231:49:26

surprised she dropped that file

below. There, that is probably it.

1:49:261:49:31

She definitely had the best exit of

nine. The clip into the corner there

1:49:311:49:36

has to have been the reason for

taking away the speed and giving her

1:49:361:49:41

a slightly lower time. With a start

like that, if she can clear it up on

1:49:411:49:47

her second run, the fourth and final

of the race.

Anna Fernstadt goes

1:49:471:49:52

fifth for Germany, and Olympic

debutant. She is so young, just 21.

1:49:521:49:58

Fernstadt, like Loelling, is not a

good starter. She is slower

1:49:581:50:05

Fernstadt, like Loelling, is not a

good starter. She is slower.

1:50:051:50:08

Fernstadt has put herself under

pressure to close on the front four.

1:50:081:50:13

The difference between a fast and

slow start, with a fast start, you

1:50:131:50:16

can make little errors. Not big

ones, when you have a slow start

1:50:161:50:23

like the Germans, you have to be

perfect everywhere. What the Germans

1:50:231:50:27

are good at doing, because they

build speed, you can see how quick

1:50:271:50:31

they are at the bottom of the track.

You can't hear her as much, and that

1:50:311:50:38

is why Laura lost speed, because you

can see the g-force. She is not

1:50:381:50:42

really gaining. So it is not

working.

Offer the 14th bend, she is

1:50:421:50:54

breathing down Laura Deas's neck for

fourth place. She found some impetus

1:50:541:50:58

late there.

She did. The lines at

the bottom of the track, she is

1:50:581:51:04

finding speed all the time, building

and building. If she had the same

1:51:041:51:09

start as Laura Deas, she would win

the competition by 3AW4-mac tenths,

1:51:091:51:14

easily.

1:51:141:51:15

Her line is perfect. The best line

we have seen out of nine. She did

1:51:181:51:23

clink and have a skid. I think that

was actually the finish. The slides

1:51:231:51:30

are being weighed, there is a

maximum and minimum they can all be.

1:51:301:51:36

Fernstadt has improved her position.

Next, going six, another German,

1:51:361:51:39

Tina Hermann. Her debut Olympics as

well. She is 25, world ranked number

1:51:391:51:48

two. She has been ranked in the top

three in skeleton for the last four

1:51:481:51:53

years. That tells you all you need

to know about her ability and

1:51:531:51:57

consistency. Herrmann has had an

identical start so far, 5.2 four.

1:51:571:52:03

She is wondering left a little bit,

which is a tiny bit slower.

1:52:031:52:08

Struggling to get the perfect line

she wanted. She is an incredible

1:52:081:52:13

driver. I did expect her to be

further up the field, but she did

1:52:131:52:18

not have the best day yesterday.

Let's see what she can do today, day

1:52:181:52:22

two, runs three and four. She will

have thought about it overnight.

1:52:221:52:27

Throughout training runs, you have

videos on entrances and exits, and

1:52:271:52:32

you go home and study them, see the

perfect line, and watch other

1:52:321:52:37

sliders. On race day, you just have

to go out and do it.

Herrmann, then,

1:52:371:52:43

can she close like Fernstadt did? A

remarkable finish by Fernstadt.

1:52:431:52:48

Herrmann now crosses the line. She

has closed a little bit of the

1:52:481:52:53

deficit as well to go a tenth behind

Fernstadt. Those two Germans,

1:52:531:53:00

Fernstadt and Herrmann, they have

kept pressure on Laura

1:53:001:53:06

Fernstadt and Herrmann, they have

kept pressure on Laura.

1:53:061:53:11

kept pressure on Laura. Fernstadt

and Herman have kept themselves

1:53:111:53:13

alive.

The fastest run of the heat

so far. She has picked up her game

1:53:131:53:17

from yesterday. Will she be able to

close in on the likes of Lizzy

1:53:171:53:25

Yarnold, Flock and Loelling as they

come into the fourth and final run?

1:53:251:53:30

It is exciting heading into run

free, even more so now. -- run

1:53:301:53:37

three. Good crowd again tonight. We

now move on to the Latvian, that is

1:53:371:53:44

Lelde Priedulena. Can she find a

stunning run? By that, I mean a

1:53:441:53:51

comfortable sub 52 second run. She

might just apply pressure. If she

1:53:511:53:58

can't find it, I would have thought

that is probably her chances of a

1:53:581:54:03

medal gone. Fast starter usually,

but not as quick this time.

Everyone

1:54:031:54:09

starts a little bit slower.

Sometimes the eyes can be sticky at

1:54:091:54:12

the top of the run, and maybe sleds

aren't moving as freely in that cut

1:54:121:54:18

out that they slot into at the

start.

11th in the world,

1:54:181:54:25

Priedulena. Carrying a knee injury,

and carrying it effectively.

Also,

1:54:251:54:30

this is day two, and we don't

usually have these corporate -- on

1:54:301:54:37

petitions over two days. Her run is

looking really, really good. It is

1:54:371:54:42

maybe the equipment is not working

for her in these conditions.

Final

1:54:421:54:47

couple of bends for Priedulena.

Let's see how close she can get to

1:54:471:54:50

the 52 second Mark.

1:54:501:54:56

the 52 second Mark. Priedulena

doesn't improve her position. She

1:54:571:54:59

has now dropped fully half a second

off the medals. You would think, in

1:54:591:55:06

terms of the medal chase, that is it

for her. Sliding pretty well still.

1:55:061:55:11

That was her quickest run of the

three.

That is all you can ask for,

1:55:111:55:15

improve run on run, get a PB each

time you go down. Watching her at

1:55:151:55:21

the start loading onto the sled.

Each sled is individual to each

1:55:211:55:27

athlete. The saddle is moulded to

their body and fits perfectly. A

1:55:271:55:31

really good line there.

1:55:311:55:37

really good line there.

Priedulena

for Latvia in seventh place.

1:55:381:55:40

Canadian flag is now out for

Elisabeth Vathje. By her own

1:55:401:55:48

admission, she blamed herself fairly

and squarely for a messy first run,

1:55:481:55:52

such a good second run. She was the

quickest of all in heat two. World

1:55:521:55:57

number three, she comes in to the

Olympic Games as one of the

1:55:571:56:04

favourites to do really, really

well. Vathje with a point to prove.

1:56:041:56:11

That is the slowest start of her

three.

Yesterday, she made a mistake

1:56:111:56:17

on the first run.

1:56:171:56:24

on the first run. Her balance point

was out all the way down. On the

1:56:241:56:27

second, she got on the sled very

high on the fighting the sled

1:56:271:56:30

through seven. On the second run

yesterday, she had the fastest run

1:56:301:56:35

of everybody yesterday. This is the

run where she needs to move forward.

1:56:351:56:39

The mistake at seven will cost her

possibly, but I don't think she will

1:56:391:56:46

be able to move up towards the

Germans.

52.01 yesterday, uphill to

1:56:461:56:51

the finish now. Will she get near

that? No. 52.3 seven.

1:56:511:57:02

that? No. 52.3 seven. Disappointment

to merely sinful run two. Back to

1:57:021:57:05

disappointment for Vathje. It

clearly will not happen. She is a

1:57:051:57:12

second of the medals.

It hasn't

quite clicked with her. She is

1:57:121:57:16

getting it sometimes. Other times,

she isn't. You have to go for

1:57:161:57:21

consistent runs to be in with a

medal hope. Really good lines there.

1:57:211:57:27

Just, just get away with it.

Sometimes on this track, we are

1:57:271:57:31

talking centimetres to the left or

to the right to completely ruin your

1:57:311:57:34

race.

Vathje is going to struggle.

And obviously, we're now heading

1:57:341:57:42

towards the bottom half of the

leaderboard, so there will be no

1:57:421:57:47

change to the top end with Flock

leading by a whisker from Yarnold,

1:57:471:57:52

the defending champion. Loelling and

Laura Deas. Kimberley Bosch showed

1:57:521:58:00

last March that she knows the track.

She was an excellent third in the

1:58:001:58:03

World Cup, usually quick away,

looking for 513, she gets 517.

1:58:031:58:10

Consistent of the blocks. Very good

start from her. Anything that is

1:58:101:58:16

above 520 is a good start. She is

not quite as experienced as other

1:58:161:58:22

riders. It takes a lot of years to

learn how to slide and feel it

1:58:221:58:26

through the sled, how to become one

being, you and yours sled, to work

1:58:261:58:31

together and not fight each other as

you go down the track.

She is not

1:58:311:58:37

finding the speed. The lines are

really good, but it seems to be

1:58:371:58:42

taking away. She is over driving the

sled.

Looking at her, she might be a

1:58:421:58:52

chipping ahead of Vathje. She does.

Kimberley Bos improves on her

1:58:521:58:58

position.

For a slide of her sort of

training age, if you like, and her

1:58:581:59:07

development, if she finished top

eight in the world, that would be a

1:59:071:59:10

great result.

Not every single one

of these athletes is aiming for the

1:59:101:59:14

medals if they know it is completely

out of their reach. For them, they

1:59:141:59:18

might be after a top ten. They might

be after a top eight, personally,

1:59:181:59:23

for their funding back home, they

might need a top ten, 12 top eight.

1:59:231:59:28

This could be what she is aiming

for, and could be the result she is

1:59:281:59:33

aiming for in her mind.

We move on now to the Swiss, Marina

1:59:331:59:44

Gilardoni, wonderfully consistent. I

think there will be a lot of people

1:59:441:59:50

in the skeleton world who would be

really pleased for her if she could

1:59:501:59:54

maintain a top ten position through

until the end here. She is 30 now.

1:59:541:59:59

She was ranked as high as number

five a couple of years ago. That was

1:59:592:00:05

the year she was fourth in the World

Championships. She has slipped to

2:00:052:00:08

world number 16, but she is really,

really consistent. Slightly slower

2:00:082:00:12

start than we are used to with her,

528, it puts her on the back foot.

2:00:122:00:18

It drops her from yesterday. I am

wondering if she has been recovering

2:00:182:00:23

from a hamstring injury most of the

season, I wonder if that is

2:00:232:00:27

affecting her from yesterday, so she

is pushing hard when she didn't run

2:00:272:00:30

as fast which is why she dropped off

at the start. Her runs were good

2:00:302:00:35

yesterday. When she was doing well,

she was one of the top sliders. Now

2:00:352:00:40

she is not starting at the front,

you can see where her driving isn't

2:00:402:00:44

quite where it needs to be to have

the same effect as what the Germans

2:00:442:00:48

are doing and pulling up the field.

It is just little mistakes here and

2:00:482:00:54

there.

I don't think this will

improve Gilardoni's position.

2:00:542:00:58

We are halfway through run number

one. Flock leads narrowly.

2:01:082:01:21

You can see her going through the

track in her head, through her body,

2:01:252:01:30

that visualisation where you can

shut your eyes and go through any

2:01:302:01:33

track in the world because it is so

much in that mental imagery.

2:01:332:01:42

Confirmation of Flock's narrow lead

over Lizzy Yarnold. So close. That

2:01:432:01:47

leaderboard will not change now as

we move into the second half of the

2:01:472:01:52

standings. Unbelievable view across

to the ski jump. Jane Channell is

2:01:522:02:03

about the fastest starter here. She

has been electric off the blocks,

2:02:032:02:08

but she has been losing it down the

bottom end of the track.

Terrific

2:02:082:02:16

speed to carry her through the top

portion of the track.

2:02:162:02:24

portion of the track. Normally, she

would be starting to go green, but

2:02:242:02:27

because of her style, maybe this

track is in connecting with the

2:02:272:02:31

Canadians because they are not doing

as well as they should. She is

2:02:312:02:35

currently ranked fifth in the world.

You don't expect to see sliders of

2:02:352:02:39

that calibre this far back in the

pack. So something is not

2:02:392:02:43

connecting. You can hear a lot of

noise and that is her helmet

2:02:432:02:46

scraping against the ice.

2:02:462:02:54

scraping against the ice.

She has a

small chance of nipping into the top

2:02:542:02:56

ten. But her speed has fallen away

again. She stays in 11.

She will be

2:02:562:03:06

disappointed with that. When you are

ranked fifth in the world going into

2:03:062:03:09

the Olympics, that means she has had

podiums.

2:03:092:03:17

podiums. She was second place in

Whistler. And she has always been

2:03:172:03:23

around that kind of placing. So to

not get into the top ten, she would

2:03:232:03:28

definitely want to have her fourth

and final run to make sure she is in

2:03:282:03:31

the top ten. A bit of a clip there.

She needs to have steered harder as

2:03:312:03:39

she enters corner 12. Those lines on

your screen need to be as flat as

2:03:392:03:45

possible. You don't want the highs

and the lows as that is a longer

2:03:452:03:49

journey around each corner.

It's not

going to happen at the fourth

2:03:492:03:57

Olympics for America's Katie

Uhlaender. She was fourth in Sochi,

2:03:572:04:02

only 400s of that bronze medal --

only four hundredths off that bronze

2:04:022:04:09

medal. She was in tears earlier as

to how her Olympics has gone, in the

2:04:092:04:15

full knowledge that this will

probably be her last one.

Her

2:04:152:04:19

training runs at the beginning of

the week, she was really quick. She

2:04:192:04:24

was up there with the likes of Lizzy

and Laura. You thought maybe this

2:04:242:04:30

would be her year, and it hasn't

happened, for whatever reason.

2:04:302:04:35

Whether she got the setup wrong

yesterday... She said the ice has

2:04:352:04:43

been good for her, but something has

not quite settled. Again, there were

2:04:432:04:50

no big mistakes, she's just losing

speed all the way the track.

2:04:502:05:00

speed all the way the track.

Exactly

the same.

It's a shame. She wants it

2:05:002:05:07

so bad, and sometimes that could be

no problem. She has that extra

2:05:072:05:12

tension in her body. She is thinking

about it so much in her head that

2:05:122:05:17

she is stopping it flowing through

her body and relaxing.

Can't hide

2:05:172:05:23

the disappointment in her face. She

said she has had a rough week.

She

2:05:232:05:27

has. I don't know whether a lot of

the stuff in her head has come from

2:05:272:05:33

this Russian doping thing, because

it was not long ago that she thought

2:05:332:05:36

she was getting upgraded to a bronze

medal and end up all got changed.

2:05:362:05:40

She has been holding on to the fact

that she was going to get that medal

2:05:402:05:45

for so long and then it got swept

away, but it is still ongoing. So

2:05:452:05:50

that might be playing on the back of

her mind and slowing her down.

2:05:502:05:55

Another of the Canadians. This is

Mimi Rahneva. There is a theme

2:05:552:06:04

developing here. She is really quick

away here. But slowly but surely, it

2:06:042:06:11

ebbs away.

2:06:112:06:16

ebbs away.

Yeah, the Canadian men

didn't do as well as expected, just

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like their women. Not quite sure

whether it is their sleds or whether

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they just haven't clicked. So far,

this is looking like a solid run. We

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predominantly steer through our

shoulders. That was well controlled.

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Sometimes you can just do too much.

You can oversteer the sled. Every

2:06:452:06:53

time you steer the sled, you are

cutting into the ice, which slows

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you down.

2:06:572:07:02

you down.

She nips up to tenth

place.

That was a good run from her.

2:07:022:07:09

I'm not surprised that that is what

has happened.

She is only two

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hundredths lower than Loelling on

that run Thomas the potential is

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there. This is where we speak about

consistency and how the top sliders

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are putting consistent runs in to be

in medal positions, whereas she has

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only had one good run out of three.

That is why she is back where she

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is.

CLARE BALDING: And all of that

means that with just one run to

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come, Lizzy Yarnold is two

hundredths of a second behind Janine

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Flock, the leader from Austria.

2:07:422:07:52

Alex Coomber was watching that third

one closely. Lizzy has moved up a

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position, but Laura is perhaps

unlucky to be where she is.

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I don't think unlucky. She made one

mistake, but that is what this track

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does. Make one mistake, and it will

set you back. She had the fastest

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split until the very last split. If

she can hold it together on that

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second run... Lizzy is not as

settled as she normally is, but she

2:08:202:08:24

is quite a heavy athlete and this

track has a lot of other hills. She

2:08:242:08:28

is ten kilos heavier than Laura and

has the momentum to keep going.

2:08:282:08:34

Lizzy has also got that very calm

outlook. She is here to do one

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thing. She is here to be the first

British winter Olympian to ever

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successfully defend a title. She

doesn't mind putting pressure on

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herself and this is how she

performed in the third one, moving

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from third to second position. She

will go second last and if she can

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set a good time on her final one,

all the pressure goes on to Janine

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Flock. But this was not smooth.

Now,

she took a big hit on the wall.

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Janine Flock has a much smoother

line. The smoother you are, you are

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going a shorter distance. That is

where you want to be. But Lizzy is

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going up and down. She's still

maintaining her speed.

Laura Deas

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has to be proud of what she is

doing.

She is phenomenal. Hopefully,

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she will do what she did yesterday.

Yesterday, she didn't have a great

2:09:292:09:34

first one, but she pulled together

and improved on her second run. She

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will probably be cross with herself.

She was thinking that she could move

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the rankings.

And she was up on the

clock early on.

She was flying, but

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she made one mistake and slid

sideways. That wiped her speed.

But

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you believe that any of those top

six athletes could end up with a

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medal.

We have said this all along.

There are just over three tenths

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between first and sixth place. You

are talking about 20 centimetres

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after they have done their four

miles. It is nothing and it will

2:10:092:10:13

come down to the last few minutes.

12.45 is their final run to decide

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the medals. But the big news from

the short track speed skating this

2:10:182:10:22

morning is that there is to be no

final four Elise Christie. She had a

2:10:222:10:26

horrible looking fall in the

semifinal of the 1500m and she

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looked in real pain afterwards. She

has been taken away from the ice

2:10:312:10:35

rink on a stretcher. She has been

taken to hospital. She was penalised

2:10:352:10:40

for this incident, so even if she

had been fit and healthy, she would

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not have been allowed to escape in

the final. Sarah Lindsay and Jon

2:10:442:10:47

Eley are with me. You have skated

with her and you are friends of

2:10:472:10:51

hers. This is so hard after her fall

in the final of the 1500m and after

2:10:512:10:58

what happened in Sochi. This was her

being taken away. Her physio is with

2:10:582:11:05

her, tried to console her, but it is

so upsetting.

We wanted today to be

2:11:052:11:09

her comeback because her first

distance didn't go to plan. We all

2:11:092:11:13

knew she was skating well, so to see

her being stretchered off to

2:11:132:11:16

hospital is heartbreaking.

Jon Eley,

there is a good team around her, but

2:11:162:11:22

it needs to be a good medical team

as well to check that she is OK

2:11:222:11:27

physically as well as mentally.

That

is the most important thing. Forget

2:11:272:11:31

about the race, let's make sure she

is OK. Fingers crossed, she can

2:11:312:11:35

write again, but if not, the guys

around her will make sure she is

2:11:352:11:39

safe.

Let's head out to the

Gangneung Ice Arena and get the

2:11:392:11:42

latest.

Really unfortunate and

disturbing scenes at the Gangneung

2:11:422:11:49

Ice Arena where a short while ago,

Elise Christie was taken off the ice

2:11:492:11:53

in a stretcher after crashing out in

the 1500m semifinal. We have an

2:11:532:11:56

update. She has been taken to

hospital and she has gone for a

2:11:562:12:03

scan. On what, we don't know. We

will hopefully find out more in due

2:12:032:12:09

course. From where you were sitting,

how did it look?

The penalty was

2:12:092:12:15

right. She gave it her best shot.

She came around outside of the

2:12:152:12:19

Chinese skater and had a bit more

speed, but was not quite past her.

2:12:192:12:23

That means that when the left hand

comes across to stabilise you as you

2:12:232:12:27

go around the corner, she caught the

Chinese girl, knocked her off

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balance. The Chinese girl falls and

takes Christie with her. I was

2:12:332:12:39

concerned about whether she had been

cut on the right ankle. So whether

2:12:392:12:45

it is broken or whether there is a

cut, we don't know. I have been

2:12:452:12:50

trying to contact the performance

director. She has gone to hospital,

2:12:502:12:56

but I have not been able to contact

anybody yet. We will have to wait

2:12:562:12:59

and see.

We certainly hope it was

nothing serious. All we know is that

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Elise Christie has gone to hospital

for a scan.

Fingers crossed, because

2:13:052:13:11

Tuesday would be the heats for the

1000m, her favourite distance. She

2:13:112:13:17

is a tough cookie, though.

She is

really tough and hopefully, she will

2:13:172:13:24

be OK and keep us on the edge of our

seats and save it all for the last

2:13:242:13:28

day.

Jon, in terms of the wider

impact on short track speed skating

2:13:282:13:34

in this country, the development

programme is stretching. You need

2:13:342:13:37

athletes to come into this. How

important is it that we don't just

2:13:372:13:42

focus on Elise Christie as the one

person, because she is not the only

2:13:422:13:51

one?

No, we have had some great

successes.

2:13:512:14:01

successes. Everybody has been really

interested in short track in the

2:14:012:14:04

last few months. If we can continue

to do that through programmes like

2:14:042:14:07

Discover your goal that UK sport are

running and also through our website

2:14:072:14:12

with people registering their

interest, people can join a club.

2:14:122:14:17

South Korea is the place where short

track speed skating is at its most

2:14:172:14:20

popular. They have two skaters in

this final of the 1500m. Let's head

2:14:202:14:25

back out to join will fan Simon.

2:14:252:14:27

Here is the line-up for the final

and the home crowd are beside

2:14:322:14:35

themselves with excitement at the

possibility of Choi Minjeong or even

2:14:352:14:38

Kim Alang claiming the gold medal.

The South Korean president is in the

2:14:382:14:41

stands in front of us, watching

proceedings. Choi Minjeong, the

2:14:412:14:48

overall World Cup winner, a seven

time World Championship gold

2:14:482:14:51

medallist, two-time overall world

champion, is only 19 years old. In

2:14:512:15:01

length two, Kim Alang, Olympic gold

relay medallist from Sochi in 2014,

2:15:012:15:06

two-time world champion in the relay

as well. Imposition three, Kim

2:15:062:15:12

Bhutan from Canada. 500m bronze

medallist at the Olympic Games in

2:15:122:15:17

Pyeongchang. Her world ranking of

this event for this year is three.

2:15:172:15:23

And imposition four, Petra

Jaszapati, world and European silver

2:15:232:15:30

medallist in the relay. Next up, the

youngest in the field at 17 years of

2:15:302:15:38

age. From China, Li Jinyu, a world

junior bronze medallist only last

2:15:382:15:43

year.

2:15:432:15:49

year. And the Netherlands are

represented here. Ter Mors was the

2:15:492:16:00

Olympic champion in the long track

speed skating and came fourth in

2:16:002:16:02

Sochi.

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Arianna Fontana, the 500 metre

Olympic champion, six Olympic medals

2:16:092:16:14

in her career. What a line-up, and a

congested looking field as well.

2:16:142:16:24

This is going to be some race, I can

tell you.

Do you make Choi the

2:16:242:16:32

favourite?

Choi has to be one of the

favourites. Santana has the gold

2:16:322:16:36

medal, she might sit back and wait,

and weight, using her explosive

2:16:362:16:41

speed at the end.

Using her

experience here, keeping everybody

2:16:412:16:46

waiting, taking her time. Getting to

the line when she is ready.

2:16:462:16:55

And away they go. First time of

asking, 13.5 laps of the track. A

2:16:552:17:03

final that we were rather hoping

Elise Christie would have been

2:17:032:17:08

participating in. But unfortunately,

if you have just tuned in, her

2:17:082:17:12

semifinal ending up in the padding

on the outside of the track when she

2:17:122:17:16

crashed on the final end. These

seven are bracing for Olympic glory.

2:17:162:17:21

Choi moves around the outside. Ter

Mors in second. Kim Boutin of Canada

2:17:212:17:30

in third.

Choi Minjeong on the front

for career. Ter Mors in second

2:17:302:17:34

place. Kim Boutin of Canada in red

and black moving to the front of the

2:17:342:17:38

field. Choi Minjeong asserting

authority. Fontana moving around on

2:17:382:17:44

the outside. She wants to make sure

she is at the business end of this

2:17:442:17:48

all the way through. Fontana has the

bit between her teeth having finally

2:17:482:17:52

got that first Olympic gold medal to

adds to her collection.

Nine laps to

2:17:522:17:58

go, it is about getting in the right

place with seven skaters in the

2:17:582:18:02

final, it is always difficult to

come from the back when the

2:18:022:18:06

challenge comes on. Choi will be

looking to do that. Ter Mors moves

2:18:062:18:11

into second place.

Ter Mors making

sure she is at the pointy end of the

2:18:112:18:17

race it. Kim Boutin leads the way.

Ter Mors of the Netherlands in

2:18:172:18:21

three. Choi Minjeong in fourth. Her

compatriot Kim Alang in five. The

2:18:212:18:28

two outsiders, Li Jinyu.

At the

back, Fontana takes the lead now

2:18:282:18:41

with just four laps to go. Boutin

charging around the outside.

Boutin

2:18:412:18:47

wasn't going to give way. Ter Mors

goes to the front for the

2:18:472:18:51

Netherlands. Looking for a first

Dutch gold in short track in the

2:18:512:18:55

Olympics. Choi Minjeong tries to go

around the outside. Choi Minjeong

2:18:552:19:00

makes her move with two laps to go.

Boutin on the front. Choi Minjeong

2:19:002:19:05

has the speed. There is daylight

now. The crowd getting really

2:19:052:19:10

excited here. Choi Minjeong is one

lap from the gold medal at the

2:19:102:19:14

Olympic Games. Choi Minjeong

sprinting away. The battle is now

2:19:142:19:19

for second place. Gold for Choi

Minjeong, second place in the end

2:19:192:19:23

for Li Jinyu of China. Kim Boutin of

Canada takes third. Its bronze for

2:19:232:19:29

her. The home crowd have got what

they wanted to see, gold the Choi

2:19:292:19:34

Minjeong, who was the big favourite

going into this race.

She was

2:19:342:19:39

favourite, favourite going into the

500 metres, she got the penalty, and

2:19:392:19:43

now she's got the gold.

Choi

Minjeong didn't finish the last

2:19:432:19:49

race, she didn't finish the final,

but she finished this one off in

2:19:492:19:53

style.

The coaches there really

enjoying this. 12,000 spectators in

2:19:532:20:01

the arena loving every minute of

this. You can see the emotion on her

2:20:012:20:06

face. She can't believe it.

When she

made her move, what a blistering

2:20:062:20:10

turn of pace she had. Nobody could

live with it.

This is superb

2:20:102:20:15

skating, going around the outside

and clearly firing on all cylinders,

2:20:152:20:21

making it look so easy. Her power to

weight ratio is the nominal.

An

2:20:212:20:29

extraordinary burst of pace, and

then everybody else racing for the

2:20:292:20:34

other medals, four silver, Choi

Minjeong put in a race, the

2:20:342:20:39

17-year-old Li Jinyu of China near

the back for most of the race, she

2:20:392:20:43

timed her effort well. A great

victory, a dominant victory for Choi

2:20:432:20:48

Minjeong. Don't forget, she was the

overall World Champion at the age of

2:20:482:20:54

16. She has seven world titles of

various descriptions and is still

2:20:542:20:58

only 19 years of age. Including,

twice, overall world champion. This

2:20:582:21:03

tops the lot, gold in front of a

home crowd.

It certainly does. Kim

2:21:032:21:09

Boutin also getting a medal.

A

second time in these games, but Choi

2:21:092:21:16

Minjeong takes the gold. Li Jinyu

joiner, China and Korea utterly

2:21:162:21:21

dominated this event, and this is

only the fifth time it has been

2:21:212:21:27

held. Korea have won three of those,

five Olympic finals with China

2:21:272:21:32

taking the other two. And again,

Korea and China first and second.

2:21:322:21:38

This time in that particular order.

Boutin will be delighted with her

2:21:382:21:42

second medal of the games. A second

bronze medal for her. Kim Alang of

2:21:422:21:47

Korea in fourth. Ter Mors of the

Netherlands in fifth, and does a

2:21:472:21:55

patty of hungry insects. The party

starts now for the home crowd.

2:21:552:22:10

-- Petra Jaszapati in sixth.

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STUDIO: A third gold of these Winter

Olympics for the host nation, Choi

2:22:182:22:22

Minjeong taking advantage and

2:22:222:22:24

Olympics for the host nation, Choi

Minjeong taking advantage and

2:22:242:22:24

powering on in the last lap.

She was

impressive. Hugely confident. She

2:22:242:22:30

sat in, she has not done any work,

and used her speed at the end and

2:22:302:22:34

made a massive gap. She looked

really strong.

The disappointment

2:22:342:22:38

for everyone tuning in for the final

was that Elise Christie was not

2:22:382:22:42

there after a heavy fall in the

semifinal. She has been taken to

2:22:422:22:45

hospital and is having an x-ray. The

chef de mission was at the Ice Arena

2:22:452:22:52

and has been talking to David

McDaid.

2:22:522:22:56

I hoped to be chatting in better

circumstances, but unfortunately, we

2:22:562:23:01

hear that Elise has been taken to

hospital. Information is obviously

2:23:012:23:07

thin on the ground, do you have

anything you can tell us about that?

2:23:072:23:11

I was in the stand there, she has

taken a heavy fall into the barrier.

2:23:112:23:17

I have spoken to the performance

director Stuart line, an ambulance

2:23:172:23:20

has taken her to hospital. At this

moment in time, we don't know what

2:23:202:23:26

has happened, but she will get scans

just now. That is all we know at

2:23:262:23:30

this moment in time.

It has been a

good couple of days for Great

2:23:302:23:35

Britain, getting a couple of bronze

medals, but at the short track, it

2:23:352:23:40

has not gone for us.

At the moment,

I am not bothered about medals, I am

2:23:402:23:44

thinking about Elise, and hopefully,

the injury is not a significant one,

2:23:442:23:49

but it is a proportion that she has

gone to hospital to get a scan, but

2:23:492:23:53

it looked a heavy fall.

I spoke to

Charlotte Gilmartin, and she said

2:23:532:23:57

Elise would not be on a stretcher if

she was OK. All we can say is thank

2:23:572:24:02

you for speaking to us, and I hope

we get some good news soon.

Thank

2:24:022:24:05

you.

STUDIO: A good reaction from Mike

2:24:052:24:11

Haley, it is not about medals, it is

about whether Elise Christie is OK.

2:24:112:24:15

We are not getting any information

yet, but we hope the scans does not

2:24:152:24:19

show a break. Both mentally and

physically, we hope she can recover

2:24:192:24:23

from this.

Fingers crossed that she

will be OK. She has a few days

2:24:232:24:29

before the 1000 metres. But it was a

tough fall. She went in hard to the

2:24:292:24:35

barrier, feet first.

As you can see,

she doesn't fall until the fifth

2:24:352:24:41

block which means she is close to

the barriers when she goes down.

2:24:412:24:46

Just there, she has very diddled

time to react and get herself away

2:24:462:24:49

from going in feet first. In short

track, that is normally the worst.

2:24:492:24:54

You try to spin around to go in with

your back?

Yeah.

Possibly that

2:24:542:25:00

happened because she was trying so

hard to stay on her feet. She is

2:25:002:25:06

desperate to finish, trying and

overtaking move to put in the top

2:25:062:25:09

two, only the top two qualify for

the final. She talked all about the

2:25:092:25:14

1500 metres being an irrelevance,

and it being all about the 1000, it

2:25:142:25:19

was a way of deflecting pressure.

This mattered hugely to her, and

2:25:192:25:24

unfortunately for Elise, you can see

there, in real pain. As she was put

2:25:242:25:29

onto the stretcher, both the shock

of it, and huge disappointment of

2:25:292:25:33

not being in the final and the pain.

It can be a surreal moment in the

2:25:332:25:38

Olympics and you fall. I have been

there. It all flashes before your

2:25:382:25:44

eyes very, very quickly. You don't

quite know what has happened. You

2:25:442:25:48

have got all these thoughts about

where you will go in the next race.

2:25:482:25:52

It very quickly hits you so hard

that your day is over. It is such a

2:25:522:25:59

difficult sport, this.

It seems to be that when we go to

2:25:592:26:03

it, something happens. Unfortunately

for Elise, it nearly always involves

2:26:032:26:06

her. Is it ever easier than this?

The final was pretty clear there. It

2:26:062:26:12

was good that it was mentioned

everyone stayed on their feet. In

2:26:122:26:15

the semifinal, Leigh and Troy came

first and second in the final. She

2:26:152:26:20

was pushing them all the way to the

semifinal, sushi was in great form,

2:26:202:26:24

so fingers crossed she can get back

to help and get ready for Tuesday.

2:26:242:26:30

But let's see how she was.

Elise

Christie has said the 1000 is her

2:26:302:26:37

favourite event and the event she is

strongest at. It is the 1000 metres

2:26:372:26:41

now for the men. And this final

features Elise Christie's boyfriend,

2:26:412:26:47

skating for Hungary. He will be

concerned about how she is. She will

2:26:472:26:51

be hugely boosted if he can win a

medal, he is at the back in the

2:26:512:26:55

Hungarian

2:26:552:27:01

Hungarian shirt and his name is

Shaolin Sandor Liu.

2:27:012:27:04

COMMENTATOR: Welcome back, everyone.

What a final in prospect, nine laps

2:27:082:27:13

ahead of these five skaters as they

take to the ice. John Henry Kruger

2:27:132:27:20

took his semifinal by the scruff of

the neck. He hung in at the front.

2:27:202:27:29

Girard was advanced to the final.

Normally there are four skaters in

2:27:292:27:36

the thousand metre final, six in the

1500, because of Samuel Girard being

2:27:362:27:43

advanced, we have five skaters.

Sometimes having five skaters in

2:27:432:27:47

1000 metres can make the race far

more complicated, because you always

2:27:472:27:52

will be attacked from behind because

the fifth skater doesn't sit

2:27:522:27:55

comfortably. Only nine laps, all the

coaches waiting anxiously for the

2:27:552:28:04

start of this race.

2:28:042:28:10

The skaters about to come forward

and be introduced one by one.

2:28:132:28:24

John-Henry Krueger making it through

to the final. He's in bonus

2:28:242:28:31

territory now, having got this far.

He certainly is.

2:28:312:28:40

He certainly is.

Next up, one of the

two Koreans in the final. Seo Yira,

2:28:402:28:46

the current world champion.

Imposition three for this final.

2:28:462:28:56

Imposition three for this final. The

Canadian Samuel Girard, the

2:28:562:28:58

21-year-old. He was fourth in the

1500 metres. Can he get a medal this

2:28:582:29:02

time? Listen to the raw in a moment.

, the national sporting hero, Lim

2:29:022:29:17

Hyojun, the Olympic 1500 metre

champion. Shaolin Sandor Liu from

2:29:172:29:26

Hungary at the 2016 World Champion

over 500 metres, the World Cup

2:29:262:29:30

champion from this year at this

distance. And he was second in the

2:29:302:29:33

World Championship last year.

2:29:332:29:42

The 1000 metre short track final.

2:29:452:29:53

Shaolin Sandor Liu on the outside.

Girard muscled out of it.

2:29:532:30:01

Just making sure he is in the right

place when it kicks off late on.

2:30:082:30:14

Girard on the front. John-Henry

Krueger coming into second place.

2:30:142:30:21

Seo Yira in fourth and come at the

back, Shaolin Sandor Liu.

The move

2:30:212:30:29

by John-Henry Krueger overtaken by

Girard of Canada. It can make the

2:30:292:30:35

difference to whether he gets a

medal or not.

2:30:352:30:41

The boyfriend of Elise Christie is

back in fifth place, but looking

2:30:442:30:47

comfortable.

Looks as if he has

another gear and he will need it.

2:30:472:30:55

Girard of Canada leads the way.

2:30:552:31:02

Girard of Canada leads the way. Seo

Yira is in third. And Shaolin Sandor

2:31:022:31:07

Liu has gone down! There are only

two left. It is Girard in front with

2:31:072:31:13

John-Henry Krueger on the last lap.

And it is Girard of Canada who takes

2:31:132:31:19

the gold medal, and John-Henry

Krueger of the United States wins

2:31:192:31:22

the silver! What an upset, how about

that? The home crowd can't believe

2:31:222:31:28

it. Both of their skaters went down.

They certainly lost one of them,

2:31:282:31:36

limit your junk across the line in

third place. Shaolin Sandor Liu of

2:31:362:31:40

Hungary in what drama.

Both Korean

skaters going down. Girard skated

2:31:402:31:49

the most strategically good race at

the front. John Henry down on his

2:31:492:31:53

knees, he can't believe he has a

silver medal. And what

2:31:532:32:01

disappointment for Liu from Hungary.

Charles Hamelin is congratulating

2:32:012:32:05

his team-mate, and there is

John-Henry Krueger of the USA.

2:32:052:32:08

Everything I read about Samuel

Girard coming into these Olympic

2:32:082:32:11

Games suggested that people felt he

was the next big thing for Canadian

2:32:112:32:15

skating, but even he would not have

necessarily expected to be Olympic

2:32:152:32:20

champion in this race. Superb piece

of skating by John-Henry Krueger and

2:32:202:32:24

Samuel Girard of Canada, as both of

the Korean skaters are looking up to

2:32:242:32:31

the big screen to find out who will

be taking the bronze medal.

2:32:312:32:37

Unofficially, it is Hyojun who takes

the bronze, but we will wait for

2:32:372:32:41

confirmation.

It got really tight.

Seo Yira tries to dive in. And then

2:32:412:32:56

Liu was taken out completely. John

Henry almost went down as well. I

2:32:562:33:03

think the penalty will go to Seo

Yira. I'm not sure whether Lim

2:33:032:33:08

crossed the line third.

That is an

officially what the results as at

2:33:082:33:15

the moment.

But there is the Olympic

champion, Samuel Girard of Canada.

2:33:152:33:21

What a moment for him. And also

John-Henry Krueger, who raced

2:33:212:33:25

aggressively, put himself in a

position to get something and help

2:33:252:33:29

animate the racing all the way

through and got a fantastic reward

2:33:292:33:31

for it. There is the Olympic

champion, Samuel Girard. Shaolin

2:33:312:33:38

Sandor Liu gets a penalty. So after

poor Elise Christie leaving the

2:33:382:33:43

track on a stretcher, he is

penalised in the final. And Seo Yira

2:33:432:33:51

is given as third with the bronze

medal, behind John-Henry Krueger and

2:33:512:33:56

the gold medallist Samuel Girard,

with limits your John, the winner

2:33:562:34:00

the other day in the 500m, down in

fourth place.

2:34:002:34:09

Laura Deas, one of the fastest in

the field.

2:34:142:34:22

the field.

It's down to you in that

moment. There is nobody else.

2:34:222:34:30

moment. There is nobody else. I love

this sport. I'm in it because I want

2:34:312:34:33

to win.

Lizzy Yarnold is the Olympic

champion!

2:34:332:34:41

We are 12 minutes away from the

final and medal deciding one of the

2:34:452:34:49

skeleton with Lizzy Yarnold, the

defending champion, in second place,

2:34:492:34:53

just 200 for the second behind

Janine Flock of Austria and

2:34:532:34:58

tantalisingly close to the podium is

Laura Deas. A good run from her

2:34:582:35:02

could see her move into the medals.

She is 19 hundred behind the leader,

2:35:022:35:09

nine hundredths behind the place.

Alex, you think she could do it?

2:35:092:35:14

Yeah. Both of them arrive there. 19

hundredths is nothing. It was always

2:35:142:35:21

going to come down to this last run.

It is even the last 100m that has

2:35:212:35:28

been the defining moment for these

sliders.

And they go in reverse

2:35:282:35:33

order, so it will all build up to

those final four and we will be

2:35:332:35:37

their lives for the whole of the

fourth and deciding one of the

2:35:372:35:41

skeleton. Looking for a pick me up

after what happened to Elise

2:35:412:35:43

Christie. Our hearts go out to her.

She is in hospital, waiting for an

2:35:432:35:48

x-ray to see how badly hurt she has

been by that fall in the semifinals

2:35:482:35:52

of the 1500m. But earlier this

morning, there was a massive boost

2:35:522:35:56

for the British team because Izzy

Atkin, won a bronze medal in

2:35:562:35:59

freestyle skiing for skiing

slopestyle. This was how she did it.

2:35:592:36:07

Next to drop will be Great Britain's

Izzy Atkin.

The biggest run of her

2:36:082:36:14

life starts now.

2:36:142:36:19

life starts now.

Mechanical with the

450. Laid it down beautifully. Locks

2:36:202:36:24

that in so beautifully. She tilts

the skis on to it.

2:36:242:36:33

the skis on to it. This run is

flowing for her.

There I see it,

2:36:352:36:41

best rails we have seen from her.

Come on, Izzy Atkin.

2:36:412:36:50

Come on, Izzy Atkin. Final jump.

And

it's super-clean! It is the place!

2:36:502:37:06

84.6.

2:37:062:37:15

84.6. She's down. Great Britain's

Izzy Atkin takes the bronze! Talk us

2:37:152:37:21

through it.

There were tonnes of big

names in the field. It could have

2:37:212:37:25

been anyone's. I was standing at the

bottom after my final run. I knew I

2:37:252:37:30

had skied the best I could and my

heart was racing, but I can't

2:37:302:37:33

believe it.

2:37:332:37:38

She made sure she was clean and the

youngest member of Team GB has a

2:37:392:37:43

bronze medal for her efforts.

Congratulations to Izzy Atkin. Her

2:37:432:37:47

Olympic debut, and she will be

holding onto that bronze medal with

2:37:472:37:52

both hands. It means that for the

first time since February the 3rd,

2:37:522:37:59

1924, the British team has a chance

of winning two medals at the Winter

2:37:592:38:03

Olympics on the same day. Laura Deas

and Lizzy Yarnold both hope they can

2:38:032:38:11

be on the podium. That would be the

first time that has happened at a

2:38:112:38:15

Winter Olympics for British athletes

and four Lizzy Yarnold, her main aim

2:38:152:38:18

here was to become the first Briton

to successfully defend a winter

2:38:182:38:21

Olympic title. Could this be the

crescendo of her career?

And often

2:38:212:38:31

scared, sometimes petrified. When I

put my helmet on, I say to myself

2:38:312:38:40

"Why am I doing this? " But fear is

your friend. One step, two steps,

2:38:402:38:51

moving faster, no turning back now.

You need to pinpoint focus.

2:38:512:39:01

Peripheral vision filtering

constantly, taking in an orchestra

2:39:012:39:06

of information. Not just using your

eyes, you are using your sense of

2:39:062:39:14

smell, the pressure in your chest.

You are feeling the G-forces in your

2:39:142:39:20

neck and arms. The slightest move

can change everything.

2:39:202:39:30

can change everything. Working in

fractions. And then, there is

2:39:302:39:38

fractions. And then, there is calm.

Alex Coomber is with us, who won a

2:39:412:39:44

bronze medal in 2002 and started

this 21st century sliding phenomenon

2:39:442:39:48

which has meant that at every Winter

Olympics since you, a British woman

2:39:482:39:52

has won a medal in skeleton. Is it

going to happen again today?

If I

2:39:522:39:56

had to lay my cards on the table,

definitely. Hopefully two.

Well, if

2:39:562:40:03

you want to catch up with Lizzy

Yarnold, you have to go to her,

2:40:032:40:06

because she doesn't spend a lot of

time in the UK. The skeleton sliders

2:40:062:40:10

move around Europe and are often

based in Austria, which was where I

2:40:102:40:14

went to talk to her last month.

2:40:142:40:25

When I'm about to start sprinting,

you're looking at the weather, the

2:40:262:40:30

snow, whether the eyes looks wet or

there was frost forming on the top.

2:40:302:40:34

Everything is completely heightened.

Sound, sight, smell, everything. All

2:40:342:40:44

this information is coming together

to try and have the fastest run.

2:40:442:40:50

It's just a complete orchestra of

information. And then you're lying

2:40:502:40:54

on the sled and the whole thing is

rattling. It is violent.

2:40:542:41:06

She's going to win the gold medal,

surely!

Good to see you!

2:41:112:41:24

surely!

Good to see you! It was the

most amazing two weeks of my life.

2:41:242:41:27

As soon as I saw my parents, it

wasn't just my gold medal, it was my

2:41:272:41:33

family's, my friends' and everyone

who supported me and got me there.

2:41:332:41:38

Elizabeth Yarnold!

2:41:382:41:44

Elizabeth Yarnold!

Perhaps not

surprisingly, after Suchy, you

2:41:462:41:51

needed to step away. Was that always

the plan or did it come after you

2:41:512:41:55

that you went, I can't do this any

more?

I hadn't yet become a

2:41:552:42:01

champion. There were still so many

goals that I had. So I quickly

2:42:012:42:05

knuckled back down and focused in on

the new challenges.

2:42:052:42:13

the new challenges. I was really

pushing myself and expecting a lot

2:42:142:42:18

of myself, and it drove me to a

point of physical and mental

2:42:182:42:21

exhaustion. Trying to drive yourself

to get everything out of every

2:42:212:42:28

training run with the determination

to win, I didn't realise how much of

2:42:282:42:32

a toll it was taking.

And what did

you do with your time away?

We moved

2:42:322:42:38

house. I did a few craft courses

that were so different to skeleton.

2:42:382:42:43

Lampshade making! I did a few

university courses and stuff like

2:42:432:42:46

that.

When you pull on the

superwoman suit and become Lizzy

2:42:462:42:52

Yarnold, the athlete again, do you

feel different?

No. Everything is

2:42:522:43:00

just down to the best of my ability,

so I don't feel like a huge step

2:43:002:43:04

change from Lizzy at home to Lizzy

the athlete. In all of life, I think

2:43:042:43:12

I just have huge expectation or hope

for myself. The reason I came back

2:43:122:43:15

to skeleton after being Olympic

champion is because I love being an

2:43:152:43:20

athlete. I feel hugely honoured to

work with a different team from the

2:43:202:43:27

one that took me to Sochi. There are

still so much to learn and explore.

2:43:272:43:30

It is hard work, but it is fun. You

never know what will happen until

2:43:302:43:34

the finish line, so it will be a

brilliant race.

Lizzy Yarnold, so

2:43:342:43:42

composed as an athlete. She seems so

focused on this massive target, to

2:43:422:43:48

make history.

Yeah. The next 45

minutes could literally change her

2:43:482:43:54

life. It was life-changing winning

one gold medal. To win two is

2:43:542:43:59

incredible. I know what she is like.

She will not be thinking about that.

2:43:592:44:05

She will not think about anything

other than getting herself ready,

2:44:052:44:10

setting her sled up, calming her

nerves. She will not worry about

2:44:102:44:14

what anyone else is doing. She knows

she can do this.

And for the first

2:44:142:44:20

time, we have two skeleton at it in

with a chance. Laura Deas is just

2:44:202:44:24

behind the third placed position

that she would need to get a medal.

2:44:242:44:31

But they have such long and

difficult preparations, so

2:44:312:44:34

unglamorous. All the training, the

being away from home. When it comes

2:44:342:44:39

to these moments, it is there one

shot at glory and out there

2:44:392:44:42

supporting them are friends and

family, always crucial to any

2:44:422:44:47

athlete's life, their mums.

That is

run three done. I wanted to find the

2:44:472:44:55

two important mums, the biggest

supporters. We have sued ease and

2:44:552:44:59

Judith, Lizzy's mum and Laura's mum.

How are you feeling?

Not bad at this

2:44:592:45:07

moment, but during the run, I was

incomplete bits. I didn't know

2:45:072:45:13

whether to be sick or cry or both.

Is it worse today than yesterday?

2:45:132:45:21

Yes. I didn't think it could be, but

it was! I don't know what the next

2:45:212:45:26

one will be like. Don't come near

me.

And how about you, Judith? You

2:45:262:45:33

have been here before.

We have been

through it before. Yesterday, I was

2:45:332:45:40

really nervous. Today, I feel so

much better, really excited. I know

2:45:402:45:44

Lizzy is good under pressure. So I

feel relaxed and I am enjoying

2:45:442:45:51

today. But we were saying earlier

how lucky we are that Lizzy and

2:45:512:45:54

Laura started at the same time and

as families, we have become good

2:45:542:45:57

friends. We are rooting for the

Brits.

2:45:572:46:04

Who are these crazy people behind?

Do you know them?

2:46:042:46:09

My family are here, her dad, her

brother, cousins, people watching in

2:46:122:46:20

New York. People watching all over.

It is fantastic.

She gets married in

2:46:202:46:25

a few months. You are going to be

mother of the bride soon!

2:46:252:46:32

Lizzy got married recently to James,

so we have James up the top. We have

2:46:322:46:37

Lizzy's sisters, and James' family,

hello to the Yarnold and Bolton

2:46:372:46:45

family cheering them on at home.

We

are all cheering Lizzy Yarnold and

2:46:452:46:51

Laura Deas on. It is going mad here

and we have one run left. Who is

2:46:512:46:56

going to bring home the medals? I

Jolly hope it is both of them. For

2:46:562:47:01

their mum's sate!

Fantastic stuff from Amy, and the

2:47:012:47:07

person most concerned for Elise

Christie is her mum Angela, and the

2:47:072:47:12

news on Elise is she has not broken

any thing, and Shaolin, her

2:47:122:47:17

boyfriend, says she will be ready to

race on Tuesday. A desperate day for

2:47:172:47:22

Elise Christie not getting through

to the final of the 1500 and getting

2:47:222:47:26

taken dolls Buttle, but the news at

the moment looks OK. She will

2:47:262:47:30

hopefully recovered to be on the ice

on Tuesday. We hope she will get the

2:47:302:47:37

rub of the luck, because, my word,

she deserves it. We will go to the

2:47:372:47:41

fourth and final skeleton run. Alex,

on this track, you said what and was

2:47:412:47:49

an advantage it is for Lizzy

Yarnold.

She is the heaviest slider

2:47:492:47:54

in the whole field. Some of the

lighter girls are producing meat

2:47:542:47:59

runs, and you wonder why they are

not getting down faster with speed.

2:47:592:48:04

There are uphill sections in this

track. If you are lighter, you don't

2:48:042:48:08

have moment to get you down. For

Lizzy, she can afford to make

2:48:082:48:13

mistakes and it doesn't affect her

that much because she has a momentum

2:48:132:48:16

to keep her travelling. The lighter

girls could potentially catch up but

2:48:162:48:25

don't have time because it is short.

Good news today that she is not

2:48:252:48:29

suffering from the dizziness that

affected her yesterday. After the

2:48:292:48:34

first round, looking disorientated

and admitting she was short of

2:48:342:48:37

breath. She has been steaming to

clear her sinuses. It is dusty and

2:48:372:48:42

very cold. The fourth run will

happen late at night, 9:45 in South

2:48:422:48:49

Korea. But adrenaline always helps.

She won't be worried about that now.

2:48:492:48:58

This is it, the preparation and

training, the worry, and anxiety,

2:48:582:49:03

getting through the first runs

yesterday, getting back on the track

2:49:032:49:07

today, it's almost a time to clear

your mind and not think about

2:49:072:49:10

anything.

She takes her hat off and

looks straight at Zheng, and says it

2:49:102:49:17

is fine. She is feeling strong. At

the top of the run, the elite coach

2:49:172:49:27

shouts them on and says go. If Lizzy

can have a cleaner and smooth the

2:49:272:49:32

run, she has a chance.

This is the

two hundredths, it is the distance

2:49:322:49:38

and it is not far.

Let's look at

Laura Deas, because you have said

2:49:382:49:42

throughout, no one is driving the

track better than her, but she lost

2:49:422:49:47

time in the later section of her

third run.

The first run she was

2:49:472:49:52

flying, first at all the checks. She

had a hit and came out, the angle

2:49:522:49:57

she hit was bad. Instead of hitting

and coming off the side and carrying

2:49:572:50:03

on straight in a parallel, she came

in sideways and came out sideways.

2:50:032:50:07

She was breaking for the element she

was hitting. If she can clean the

2:50:072:50:13

exit up, and she did, it she is 19

hundredths of gold, which she can

2:50:132:50:20

easily do.

She can move to the top.

As I said, the top six, any of them

2:50:202:50:26

can change.

It is really, really

tight, nothing in the timings.

2:50:262:50:31

Hundredths of a second if they can

stay smooth, if they can stay

2:50:312:50:38

relaxed, if they can think of the

thoughts ahead of time they need to,

2:50:382:50:41

they need to be sharp and ready. The

supporters are doing a great job.

2:50:412:50:47

Making them realise they have got an

awful lot of people behind them.

2:50:472:50:51

Whatever happens, they will hug and

love them, but they would love even

2:50:512:50:55

more to celebrate a medal, maybe

two. All still to come in the final

2:50:552:51:00

run of the skeleton.

2:51:002:51:02

Lots of British fans here.

Lizzy Yarnold...

2:51:042:51:12

Yarnold heads to the finish.

Yarnold is two hundredths off the

2:51:142:51:20

lead.

Lizzy Yarnold to Laura Deas.

2:51:202:51:25

A fast starter.

She is so strong, so powerful.

2:51:252:51:31

Brilliant from Herb there!

2:51:312:51:36

Laura stays in fourth place.

-- from her there.

2:51:382:51:45

They both started sliding into

thousands nine, and both came from

2:51:492:51:54

different sporting backgrounds, but

both of them at least, both hugely

2:51:542:51:57

competitive. How much does it help,

when you did it, you are on your own

2:51:572:52:01

with no one to support you, but they

have each other.

It is great. When I

2:52:012:52:06

competed, there were other girls in

the team, MS Stuart was the second

2:52:062:52:10

girl in my team. In Salt Lake, we

needed one more race, she pushed out

2:52:102:52:18

of the groove with her sled in

Calgary, which lost our second

2:52:182:52:21

place. We did nearly have two girls

a long time ago. To have someone

2:52:212:52:28

else there, Lizzy said, it is

difficult to understand what it is

2:52:282:52:31

like, because not many people have

done this. To have them both there,

2:52:312:52:35

they know what it is like to go into

a bend well, they know what a good

2:52:352:52:38

run feels like, they know a bad

start or a good start. To talk to

2:52:382:52:44

someone without having to constantly

explain makes a difference, you can

2:52:442:52:48

relax.

Absolutely. The record of

female skeleton sliders from Great

2:52:482:52:55

Britain over the 21st-century

Olympics has been outstanding. Alex

2:52:552:53:00

Cooper in 2002 taking bronze,

Shelley Rudman four years later,

2:53:002:53:03

Silver. Then we had our first

Olympic champion in skeleton, Amy

2:53:032:53:08

Williams in 2010, before Lizzy

Yarnold followed up four years ago.

2:53:082:53:11

Let's join up live.

2:53:112:53:14

COMMENTATOR: Tremendous excitement

here, this final run is well

2:53:182:53:22

underway, and we join the action

live here, watching on. The United

2:53:222:53:29

States athlete, this is Kendall

Wesenberg, in 17th place. She has

2:53:292:53:38

had an Olympics to remember, moments

of really untidy sliding, little

2:53:382:53:44

flashes of excellence as well. She

is one for the future, definitely.

2:53:442:53:48

She's certainly is. A slide of her

experience, it is learning what the

2:53:482:53:53

games can bring and building has

mentally, using this to develop her

2:53:532:54:01

skills. Great line through there

into the big corner, 12. She will be

2:54:012:54:07

happy with this run down the bottom.

One of her tidy ones, pushing into

2:54:072:54:11

the big Olympic corner.

This is bend

15, curve 16 brings them home, of

2:54:112:54:18

course. At the line, Wesenberg goes

52.6 five. Only 17, all still before

2:54:182:54:29

her.

That was a very good final run

from her. She will be happy with

2:54:292:54:33

that. Coming down in first place,

you want to see the fact that you

2:54:332:54:38

are standing there on the

leaderboard and you don't drop any

2:54:382:54:41

places. A good solid run, quite a

new athlete. Not as experienced as

2:54:412:54:47

the top of the field. She has a lot

to learn, but first Olympics, you

2:54:472:54:52

couldn't ask for more. Using her

toes, dropping off the corner too

2:54:522:54:57

much. Corner nine, the tricky

corner, really good. Probably didn't

2:54:572:55:04

have the same speed into it, but she

is all smiles standing on the

2:55:042:55:11

podium.

As each athlete ticks by,

the tension will ratchet up. We hope

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you are enjoying the event at home,

do Jaclyn Narracott of Australia in

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16th place currently. Top 15 finish,

eighth at St Moritz.

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eighth at St Moritz. Narracott needs

a really good one here, close to 52

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seconds. If you can, it would be

lovely.

You can see how beautiful

2:55:392:55:43

the ice is, the shine on it, spritz

with water in between runs, freshly

2:55:432:55:49

prepared, which keeps the ice in a

good condition. It is not breaking

2:55:492:55:54

up or anything, maintaining it. A

really big skid there. It will be

2:55:542:55:59

hard eyes, -7 out there. You have to

have your runners set up and stay

2:55:592:56:04

calm on the sled.

The crowds around

the Olympic bend. The run to bend 15

2:56:042:56:11

can be so tricky. She seemed

2:56:112:56:17

can be so tricky. She seemed slow

through there. 52.80 two. She is

2:56:172:56:20

pleased with her week's work.

Great

supporters there, travelling all the

2:56:202:56:26

way from Australia, her parents are

out there. They are happy to see

2:56:262:56:29

their daughter compete in a and

Olympic Games. Dom Parsons will be

2:56:292:56:38

out there.

I saw him earlier.

We can see her just skidding off the

2:56:382:56:48

corner line. She did her work in the

wrong place in the corner and had to

2:56:482:56:52

fight. She clips the wall there. She

has to work harder into corner 12 to

2:56:522:56:58

control the sled.

A good example of

friendships developing in the sport,

2:56:582:57:04

Narracott and Wesenberg embrace.

Some closest friends are those from

2:57:042:57:07

other nations and countries, closest

friends are splattered all around

2:57:072:57:12

the world for me, because of ten

plus years of being with them

2:57:122:57:15

through the winter months.

Next to

go and currently in 15th is Sophia

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Jong from Korea. The Koreans have

done so well. Many of you were blown

2:57:212:57:29

away by her performance, spectacular

winning the men's skeleton. At 24,

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still time to improve.

Some good

runs at the top of the track. She

2:57:372:57:45

let herself down at the bottom with

speed. She made a couple of

2:57:452:57:49

mistakes, which is why she is so far

back in the pack. I thought she

2:57:492:57:55

would be higher up with the track

knowledge. But her ability has meant

2:57:552:57:59

she hasn't quite got it right. A

heavy knock into the big corner. You

2:57:592:58:04

can hear her feet and helmet on the

ice. Messy as she comes into the big

2:58:042:58:09

Olympic corner under the Olympic

logo.

She will lose a bit of ground

2:58:092:58:13

here because of that. Once you make

a collision like that, speed drops

2:58:132:58:18

off so quickly. Jeong still a good

deal quicker and goes first. Quicker

2:58:182:58:25

than Narracott and those that went

before. A chance now for the next

2:58:252:58:30

3-4 athletes to leapfrog Jeong as

well.

She has had so much pressure.

2:58:302:58:37

She is a young, up and coming

athlete. This is her home track and

2:58:372:58:41

home games, the pressure that comes

with it to do so well. And in the

2:58:412:58:46

men's race, one got gold, so she is

definitely one to watch for the

2:58:462:58:51

future, she has an incredible start

on her. She just needs that

2:58:512:58:55

experience to keep it under control

when the pressure is on. You can see

2:58:552:59:01

there, the two athletes and how

different the lines are. It is only

2:59:012:59:05

a few inches, but it can make a huge

difference.

You can see how much

2:59:052:59:10

faster than the Korean slider she

was. Really starting to overtake.

2:59:102:59:17

Kim Meylemans next for Belgium, the

21-year-old, 14th place for her. She

2:59:172:59:24

slaps her thighs, a little bit like

Michael Phelps at the start. Just

2:59:242:59:27

getting that crucial fast start. Not

blinding off the blocks, 520, 522.

2:59:272:59:39

Her best run of her campaign so far

was on the first run today.

2:59:392:59:46

Hopefully, if she puts another good

run in today, she will be happy with

2:59:462:59:50

her final day and walk away with a

smile and a bit of relief it is all

2:59:502:59:54

over and the pressure has finished

of being at the Olympic Games. It is

2:59:542:59:58

about putting consistent runs in.

Another good one here. She needs to

2:59:583:00:02

get this right. Centimetres the

other way and she would have got

3:00:023:00:06

through clean. She starts to build

speed into the big Olympic corner

3:00:063:00:10

and the exit through the speed trap.

Two top ten World Cup finishes this

3:00:103:00:18

year. Curve 16 will bring her games

to an end as well. 52.26 is her

3:00:183:00:24

time. That is the quickest of all of

her four runs. An excellent way to

3:00:243:00:30

finish your Olympic Games.

3:00:303:00:35

We can see Lizzy Yarnold's dad in

the big red coat. They are all

3:00:353:00:39

waiting in anticipation of what will

happen. That was a good run from

3:00:393:00:44

her. She has good body position on

the sled. Her head is low, her

3:00:443:00:50

shoulders are flat. We do a lot of

work in wind tunnels throughout the

3:00:503:00:54

summer, perfecting body positions.

Even when she takes that hit, look

3:00:543:00:59

how low her shoulders stick on the

sled. That is what you need to do.

3:00:593:01:06

Her coach seems happy as well.

Yes,

the ex-skeleton slider for Austria.

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He has won many medals in his time.

So Meylemans' job is done. The IOC

3:01:123:01:21

president is having a night out, and

why not? This is an exciting event

3:01:213:01:27

and will crank up greatly in the

next 25 minutes. Katie Uhlaender has

3:01:273:01:31

had a games she will want to forget.

If anybody needs a confidence

3:01:313:01:35

restoring good last run, it is her,

in tears after run two yesterday.

3:01:353:01:41

She wanted this so badly. Her

Olympic chase for a medal has been

3:01:413:01:47

many years in the making. She tried

to go to the summer games in London.

3:01:473:01:53

Here, almost because she wants it so

bad, the tension is in her body and

3:01:533:01:57

she doesn't look as relaxed as other

sliders. She has always had a unique

3:01:573:02:03

way to steer, using her legs quite

far apart. I so want it for her and

3:02:033:02:09

I want her to feel happy with how

she has performed.

3:02:093:02:21

she has performed.

That was the

slowest run of the lot.

3:02:213:02:29

slowest run of the lot.

I think out

of all the athletes here, she will

3:02:313:02:34

be the most disappointed because it

is her fourth games. She came fourth

3:02:343:02:40

in Sochi four years ago. She was

flying at the beginning of the week

3:02:403:02:44

in training. She was probably an

outside chance for a medal, but you

3:02:443:02:49

thought she would put pressure on

the front runners. But it hasn't

3:02:493:02:54

worked out for her.

She has made a

few mistakes. She was a bit too

3:02:543:03:01

high. She is having to work harder,

so she has not settled on her sled.

3:03:013:03:06

Nice to see her smile, at least. Two

of the next three are really slick

3:03:063:03:16

off the blocks. Jane Channell will

be next. She is 12th at the moment.

3:03:163:03:21

She has put together three really

consistent runs, assisted, of

3:03:213:03:30

course, with this terrific start. If

anybody is capable of cutting five

3:03:303:03:33

seconds from her start, it might be

her.

3:03:333:03:44

her.

5.05 is consistent with what we

have seen from her. But is that

3:03:443:03:49

going to kill her velocity at the

top of the track? The Canadian

3:03:493:03:55

equipment hasn't really been

working. They have made little

3:03:553:03:57

mistakes all the way down the track.

This is the one that she should have

3:03:573:04:09

been putting in all the way through

competition, but hasn't managed to

3:04:093:04:13

find it.

That was her best effort so

far.

3:04:133:04:26

far. She finishes with a cracking

52.09 and that is more like it. It's

3:04:263:04:32

a little too late, but what a strong

finish.

That was an incredible one

3:04:323:04:38

and she is probably wishing she had

managed it in the other three, but

3:04:383:04:42

she can be happy. She has finished

on a strong one. She had the best

3:04:423:04:48

start in the whole field. She is an

incredible sprinter, training so

3:04:483:04:53

hard in the summer. The Canadians

have a nice Bush House, so all year

3:04:533:05:01

round, they can push their sleds on

the ice, -- they have an ice push

3:05:013:05:06

house.

That run will put pressure on

the next three sliders, because they

3:05:063:05:13

are so close. That was a really good

run. That would be mixing it with

3:05:133:05:19

the top five women.

Here is the

likeable and consistent Marina

3:05:193:05:26

Gilardoni from Switzerland. She

starts her final run in 11th place.

3:05:263:05:32

She is 30 now and this might be her

last Olympic Games. She had a

3:05:323:05:37

distinguished career which took her

as high as number five in the world

3:05:373:05:41

two years ago.

3:05:413:05:49

two years ago.

Her push has always

taken her down the track. She's in a

3:05:493:05:57

strong animal. He has had hamstring

issues in the last few years, and

3:05:573:06:00

her drive is not quite as good. With

some tracks, the push can take you

3:06:003:06:06

quite far. This track is

unforgiving. There are uphill

3:06:063:06:10

sections and you have to drive it as

well as you can push it.

3:06:103:06:19

well as you can push it.

La Dhoni

was ragged after kerbs seven. --

3:06:193:06:25

Gilardoni was ragged after kerbs

seven -- kerbs seven. At the moment,

3:06:253:06:32

Canadian Jane Channell holds the

lead but things will change

3:06:323:06:36

dramatically as we head to the top

ten.

3:06:363:06:42

ten.

The next couple of sliders are

Canadians as well, so this is for

3:06:433:06:46

bragging rights to see who finishes

top in their nation at the Olympic

3:06:463:06:49

Games.

3:06:493:06:56

Games. It is about who will make the

tea and coffee for the next couple

3:06:563:06:59

of weeks when they get home in

training! Great to see the

3:06:593:07:04

difference in the lines between the

leader and the Swiss. She is going

3:07:043:07:13

further around the corner because

all of those ups and downs, which

3:07:133:07:16

cost extra time.

3:07:163:07:23

cost extra time.

Next to go for

Canada is Mimi Rahneva. She is in

3:07:233:07:31

tenth place and a feature of her

sliding is this explosive, terrific

3:07:313:07:35

start.

3:07:353:07:40

start. There have been just 400s

between all of her starts.

Very

3:07:443:07:49

consistent. That is what you want,

four consistent runs added up

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together. And that is what this girl

has, which allows her more mistakes

3:07:543:08:01

on the bottom. But she is having to

fight as she comes out of corner

3:08:013:08:08

nine. Another clip on the same

corner that some of the top riders

3:08:083:08:16

have also been clipping into.

3:08:163:08:22

have also been clipping into.

And

uphill, as we keep stressing, once

3:08:223:08:24

the speed is lost, it's hard to get

back. That speed will be a

3:08:243:08:31

disappointment.

3:08:313:08:37

disappointment. Costly mistakes are

an equation we are getting used to.

3:08:373:08:42

Yes, every athlete here is just

fighting. It is the last run. For

3:08:423:08:47

some people, it means they relax and

have nothing to lose and they have

3:08:473:08:50

the ride of their life. For others,

they are still fighting because they

3:08:503:08:54

still really want to move up and it

is that psychological battle of

3:08:543:08:58

whether it will improve their

sliding or cause mistakes like that

3:08:583:09:02

and give extra tension in their sled

and their body.

We are 15 minutes

3:09:023:09:09

away from knowing if Janine Flock

will win Austria's first-ever gold

3:09:093:09:11

in this event. Or maybe Lizzy

Yarnold to win gold again.

3:09:113:09:16

Jacqueline Lolling for Germany in

third place. Germany have never won

3:09:163:09:21

gold. Laura Deas in fourth place.

All the drama to unfold shortly.

3:09:213:09:28

Elisabeth Vathje of Canada is ninth

at the moment. Bad first run, better

3:09:283:09:32

second run, slightly indifferent

third one.

She has not had the

3:09:323:09:39

consistency that the top sliders

have had. That is where I -- why she

3:09:393:09:45

is back where she is.

3:09:453:09:56

She is going for it. Pretty straight

on the final curve. Well done,

3:10:163:10:27

Elisabeth Vathje. She gets married

next month, and that will send her

3:10:273:10:31

to the ceremony is much happier.

There will be an element of

3:10:313:10:35

frustration as well. If only she had

done that on all four.

3:10:353:10:44

done that on all four.

She is a

really good slider. She has been

3:10:443:10:48

consistently up there, ranked third

in the world. She knows she can do

3:10:483:10:52

better, but she has put down a great

performance.

3:10:523:11:02

performance. A bit too late, but she

has moved up and she is in the lead

3:11:023:11:09

by quite some bit.

To put that into

perspective, the potential

3:11:093:11:13

medallists would love a 51.82 to

round off their runs.

That is the

3:11:133:11:18

fourth fastest run of the whole

competition.

However, we now move

3:11:183:11:23

on. In eighth place is Kimberley Bos

for the Netherlands at her first

3:11:233:11:32

Olympic Games. She is just 24. Can

she finish with a flourish?

3:11:323:11:42

she finish with a flourish? Again,

wonderfully consistent. 400s span

3:11:423:11:47

her starts so far.

She has had a

really good Olympic Games for

3:11:473:11:53

someone so young in her sliding

development. Some of these young

3:11:533:12:01

sliders are just building experience

towards the next Olympics.

3:12:013:12:13

Really going for it. She takes the

lead, for the moment.

What an

3:12:183:12:27

incredible run, finishing on a high.

I think Vathje thought she would

3:12:273:12:34

hang around for a bit longer. But

everyone is giving it their best.

3:12:343:12:41

Seven to go, building up to the

medal chase.

If they're starting to

3:12:413:12:47

be a bit of speed coming into the

track as the night wears on? The

3:12:473:12:52

temperature is dropping as it gets

later. The ice temperature is

3:12:523:12:57

dropping, which will suit some

people's equipment.

Yesterday, no

3:12:573:13:03

one went under 52 seconds. It is

certain to happen soon.

I was

3:13:033:13:09

thinking the same about the ice and

whether the conditions different

3:13:093:13:17

from yesterday, meaning a few

different degrees could make all the

3:13:173:13:20

difference and suit some sliders.

In

seventh place, the last athlete to

3:13:203:13:26

go who can't hold onto medal

potentials. Love the Priedulena.

3:13:263:13:36

She's usually a good starter as

well.

3:13:363:13:45

well.

Very good line into corner

one.

3:13:453:13:56

You have two load onto the sled

after sprinting and be still and

3:13:593:14:07

calm and feel what is happening

through your body.

3:14:073:14:14

through your body.

Priedulena has

been excellent on this final run.

3:14:183:14:29

That is good enough to take her

ahead of Kimberley Bos for the

3:14:313:14:35

moment. Priedulena finishes no worse

than seventh place at the Olympic

3:14:353:14:42

Games.

She would have definitely

taken that at the start. She is 11th

3:14:423:14:49

ranked in the world, so for her to

get in the top ten was probably her

3:14:493:14:52

goal. To be able to finish off in

this position, she has definitely

3:14:523:14:57

come out with her A game and brought

her best performance when it

3:14:573:15:00

matters. That is where she is

managing to get her speed. She has

3:15:003:15:07

done so well to learn this track in

a really six runs you are given.

3:15:073:15:16

14th in Sochi, improved on that with

a vengeance here in South Korea. And

3:15:163:15:23

now, we come to the potential

medallists. Tina Hermann next. She's

3:15:233:15:31

in sixth place. Two tenths of a

second off Jacqueline Loelling. She

3:15:313:15:37

has been improving and improving all

the way. If you are looking for

3:15:373:15:41

times here, 51.8 or better would put

some pressure on Laura Deas and

3:15:413:15:46

Jacqueline Loelling, that's for

sure.

3:15:463:15:52

sure.

A 51.83, one of the quickest.

She has found the settings from

3:15:533:15:56

yesterday that she needed to tweak.

This will put pressure on the next

3:15:563:16:01

2-3 side is coming. Whether it is

good enough to get into the medals,

3:16:013:16:06

I'm not sure. It will put pressure

on Fernstadt and Anna

3:16:063:16:14

I'm not sure. It will put pressure

on Fernstadt and Anna.

The tricky

3:16:143:16:16

15th to negotiate, lovely from

Herrmann. My work, she has had a

3:16:163:16:22

good Olympic Games. She goes 51.8,

which we thought she would need to

3:16:223:16:28

crank the pressure up on the other

five looking for medals.

That was an

3:16:283:16:33

incredible run by her. She has the

fastest push of all the Germans. She

3:16:333:16:38

is tiny, tucks into the sled. That

was a beautiful run, really

3:16:383:16:42

perfectly, almost full list, just to

watch the times and splits get

3:16:423:16:48

faster and faster, and her lead

getting bigger and bigger. Look at

3:16:483:16:51

her, that is how to come out. Her

eyes are looking into corner 12

3:16:513:16:56

where she wants to enter. A very

good run by Tina, the German, there.

3:16:563:17:04

Very impressive indeed. That now

means the likes of Laura Deas,

3:17:043:17:08

Jacqueline Loelling, Lizzy Yarnold,

they really need to be on their

3:17:083:17:12

game. 52 seconds may not be good

enough.

3:17:123:17:21

enough. Carbon copy here, Anna

Fernstadt, improvements seen right

3:17:213:17:23

the way through the competition. She

is just 14 hundredths off Loelling

3:17:233:17:31

in third place. Laura Deas to come

next, of course. Fernstadt needs to

3:17:313:17:36

do what Herrmann has just done.

The

start is a little bit slower, but

3:17:363:17:41

that will be the best out of her

competition so far. She is giving

3:17:413:17:45

110%. She wants to beat her German

rival, the sliders are probable you

3:17:453:17:51

best friends. But when you get here

on race day, you are in your own.

3:17:513:17:55

You had to get to the bottom as fast

as you can. So far, this is looking

3:17:553:18:01

clean and looking good. Little

bit... She is having to control it

3:18:013:18:08

there. Slightly controlled the skid,

but so far, pretty clean. The time

3:18:083:18:12

is bleeding away a little bit more.

Like most of the Germans, can she

3:18:123:18:17

make it back in the bottom three

corners?

They are good at that, good

3:18:173:18:22

at holding speed. Herrmann had her

nose in front, keeps her nose in

3:18:223:18:27

front. Herrmann goes up to fifth

place as Fernstadt drops back.

Wow.

3:18:273:18:33

Maybe the 52 second Mark isn't

enough. These are the small margins.

3:18:333:18:42

Six hundredths of a second is the

blink of an eye. The bottom line is,

3:18:423:18:48

the next four chasing medals have do

be right on it.

You could see she

3:18:483:18:53

was longer on the exit of nine, the

sled and her runners stayed on for

3:18:533:18:59

longer. She didn't have the right

angle. Just had the fight at the end

3:18:593:19:03

of the straight. Hold it together!

How are we all? Laura Deas goes next

3:19:033:19:12

for Great Britain in fourth place.

It doesn't tell the measure of her

3:19:123:19:18

consistency at this Olympic Games.

Let's not forget as well, for Laura,

3:19:183:19:24

her first Olympic Games, aged 29.

Stunningly consistent, good starter.

3:19:243:19:29

We want that 51.8 or better. First,

though, we need the usual good

3:19:293:19:35

start. Can she get under 5.1 here to

get a cracking shot at this? She has

3:19:353:19:40

got it. Laura Deas has a super

start.

She matches her start from

3:19:403:19:47

run three. Can she hold it together

now? She has to stay calm. She will

3:19:473:19:51

have seen everyone leaving the

changing rooms, look at her there.

3:19:513:19:58

Perfect lines and perfect sliding.

Hold it together, Laura.

Four temps

3:19:583:20:03

up on Hermann. She has her eyes on

the middle if she can.

She has to

3:20:033:20:09

come out clean. Little clip, and now

she can't clip into the corner just

3:20:093:20:14

if. Perfect. She has improved on

that. We have do hope the exit of

3:20:143:20:18

nine was enough to keep moving up

the leaderboard.

Lovely, right up

3:20:183:20:24

the middle, dead centre, slightly

high on the entrance to 16. She is

3:20:243:20:30

confirmed at fourth at the very

worst. Laura Deas has done all she

3:20:303:20:35

can. Will it be enough, though?

51.9, I'm not sure. I'm sure she

3:20:353:20:44

would have occurred 51.8.

She was

slowly losing time the further she

3:20:443:20:47

got down the track towards the

bottom. She had an incredible start.

3:20:473:20:53

You could see she was not as relaxed

as on her previous run. She knows

3:20:533:20:58

that badly she wants to move up.

Just there, that's what did it. She

3:20:583:21:03

didn't have the perfect line that

she had on the run before. She did

3:21:033:21:08

perfect her steer and didn't clip.

Let's see what's going to happen.

3:21:083:21:12

She has moved on up. She is still up

on the leaderboard, standing in

3:21:123:21:17

first place.

Look how close Hermann

got to her. Laura Deas, confirmed

3:21:173:21:22

fourth, can it get any better for

her? Jacqueline Loelling, two years

3:21:223:21:29

of complete excellence. She admitted

to nerves at the very start of the

3:21:293:21:32

competition, and they have shown.

Loelling, funnily enough, has two 52

3:21:323:21:40

second runs to learning. If she does

that here, Loelling is in trouble.

3:21:403:21:46

She has had a magnificent two years,

really, the world's best.

Loelling

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is ranked number one in the world

and she has a full nominal track

3:21:503:21:54

record. She has been up there

winning medals, week in, week out.

3:21:543:22:00

Four podium finishes. She does truly

believed to be up here on the

3:22:003:22:04

podium.

How does it look to you?

The

deficit is still from the start,

3:22:043:22:10

Laura started quicker. But she is

making little mistakes it. Is this

3:22:103:22:14

going to be the run that sees Laura

Deas move up into a medal? That is a

3:22:143:22:19

big skid there. That could be the

mistake that gives Laura Deas what

3:22:193:22:23

she needs. Still building speed. I

don't know how she comes down to the

3:22:233:22:27

bottom of the track.

Second last

curve, wide on it, nothing between

3:22:273:22:33

Loelling and Laura Deas. Loelling

just touches Laura Deas out. She

3:22:333:22:37

does what she does all of the time,

and that is find speed very, very

3:22:373:22:43

late. She has got amazing

credentials. Loelling guaranteed a

3:22:433:22:49

medal.

The Germans are just so good

at this. They're not the best

3:22:493:22:54

starters in the world, and yet, they

build speed with every single corner

3:22:543:22:59

down every single track in the

world. They get faster and faster

3:22:593:23:04

and find it somehow. Their equipment

works so well for them. Look at her

3:23:043:23:10

there, beautiful position. She

nailed that. She wasn't as straight

3:23:103:23:14

as she wanted to, but it was better

than Laura's run. Look at her there,

3:23:143:23:19

she is world number one, and can she

now creep up and maybe get world

3:23:193:23:24

number one in this Olympics and get

a gold? Is it enough?

Lizzy Yarnold

3:23:243:23:30

next, the Olympic champion, can she

make history and win it again? First

3:23:303:23:34

things first before Janine Flock

goes, Lizzy has got to stay ahead of

3:23:343:23:41

Loelling.

She started well and needs

to focus on her against the track.

3:23:413:23:45

This is what it is all about now.

Don't worry about the German or

3:23:453:23:50

Austrian, she needs a perfect run.

She cannot make a mistake at all on

3:23:503:23:54

this run. Everything is looking good

so far. The lines are good, good

3:23:543:23:58

control. Good speed as the corner

drops away now. Into nine. This is

3:23:583:24:04

crucial. She has the tuck. Look at

the Gap, she's got half a second. Is

3:24:043:24:11

this the run that gives her her

second gold medal and defend her job

3:24:113:24:14

as an Olympic champion?

Just bend 15

to negotiate. A big lead over

3:24:143:24:21

Loelling. This could be silver bull

is the Yarnold. She goes to the

3:24:213:24:25

front and how! Look at the time,

51.46 to pile the pressure on Janine

3:24:253:24:31

Flock!

That is a gold medal winning

run, I'm sure of it. We are looking

3:24:313:24:36

at a two time Olympic champion.

Janine Flock to come, though. What

3:24:363:24:43

pressure now on the Austrian. Lizzy

Yarnold, a sensational final run.

3:24:433:24:48

She knows it as well.

She does know

it. That was a track record,

3:24:483:24:53

unbelievable. She made a mistake

there, but she had so much time in

3:24:533:24:58

her bag to be able to play with.

Janine Flock is going to be up there

3:24:583:25:02

in the changing room, it is silent

in the changing room. She is the

3:25:023:25:06

only one there. She knows this run

has to be the run of her life to be

3:25:063:25:11

able to take over the lead. But I'm

not sure she can do it. I believe

3:25:113:25:16

Lizzy Yarnold has put down

potentially a gold medal run. Come

3:25:163:25:20

on, Janine, hold it together, girl.

You have a good bridge. She can do

3:25:203:25:25

this, mentally, she needs to focus

now.

For Austria, who have never won

3:25:253:25:31

a medal, Janine Flock, former world

number one, needs the run of her 28

3:25:313:25:35

years to tip out Lizzy Yarnold. It

looks a big ask. She has a decent

3:25:353:25:41

enough start, though.

That is not

going to be enough. She made a

3:25:413:25:47

little mistake there. This will drop

away, that is all the time she has

3:25:473:25:50

lost. This is how good Lizzy's run

will have been. Can she build it up

3:25:503:25:58

as she comes down the run? This is

not about her staying in front of

3:25:583:26:03

Lizzy, this is come is you going to

drop behind the silver or even the

3:26:033:26:08

bronze? It is a big gap to Laura

Deas. The run is good, it looks like

3:26:083:26:13

she will hold onto bronze medal

position. Time is dropping away.

3:26:133:26:17

Dropping away all the time. It looks

like Lizzy Yarnold is going to win

3:26:173:26:22

gold again. Has Laura Deas got a

medal in her? Flock goes forth.

3:26:223:26:27

Yarnold wins gold again!

Yes! Yes!

Laura Deas has won bronze as well.

3:26:273:26:36

Lizzy Yarnold, what a performance,

the first British athlete to

3:26:363:26:40

successfully defend her Olympic

title. And for Laura Deas, who

3:26:403:26:44

dream. Medals at Badminton, she has

now got one at the Olympic Games.

3:26:443:26:50

Janine Flock crestfallen, you have

got to feel for her. That, having

3:26:503:26:56

started off in the lead, missing out

on a medal is a killer for her. But

3:26:563:27:01

Lizzy Yarnold's done it again, and a

great day for Great Britain at the

3:27:013:27:07

Winter Olympics!

I just want to

give... I am so happy for our girls,

3:27:073:27:11

but I want to give Janine a hug. I

have slid with Janine my entire

3:27:113:27:16

life. I know how much she wants the

medal. She wasn't able to hold it

3:27:163:27:21

together and she made those tiny

mistakes. My heart goes out to

3:27:213:27:25

Janine, look at her coach, Mickey.

She couldn't keep it together. That

3:27:253:27:31

is where Lizzy is so strong,

mentally. Lizzy is so tough, and she

3:27:313:27:37

knows how to win. We now have a gold

medal again, and we have a bronze

3:27:373:27:42

medal by Laura Deas. She thought she

had lost it like Dom did in the men.

3:27:423:27:47

Her fiance is there. There will be a

big party tonight in Team GB.

In

3:27:473:27:53

Winter Olympics history, Great

Britain have never won three medals

3:27:533:27:55

in a single day. Earlier, of course,

Izzy Atkin's wonderful bronze, and

3:27:553:28:03

two here, continuing Great Britain's

unbelievable run of success in

3:28:033:28:06

women's skeleton. It's a story that

you couldn't have made up, the stuff

3:28:063:28:12

of dreams.

It certainly is. This is

where skeleton now, British

3:28:123:28:16

skeleton, has been a Sport in

women's sport, to dominate in the

3:28:163:28:22

world in both men and women. This

sport is about to move on leaps and

3:28:223:28:26

bounds.

You've just got to take your

hat off to Lizzy. This winter,

3:28:263:28:32

myself included, she had basically

two decent World Cup runs. The rest

3:28:323:28:39

was a bit of disaster, to be honest

with you. How she put herself right

3:28:393:28:44

for the big day when it counts, it

illustrates what a big game player

3:28:443:28:49

she is. Two gold medals. An real.

Only certain athletes can deal with

3:28:493:28:57

the pressure and it is such a hard

place to be, leading, and you had to

3:28:573:29:01

put down the run of your life like

Jenin. I feel for her so badly. She

3:29:013:29:06

so wanted a medal and to get gold.

She wasn't good enough today, and

3:29:063:29:12

she couldn't put down four

consistent runs, like Lizzy and

3:29:123:29:15

Laura. A massive shout out to the

entire British team. The support

3:29:153:29:20

structure that goes behind those two

girls winning those medals from

3:29:203:29:25

Danny hold Croft, the head of

performance, who has been their

3:29:253:29:29

strength and conditioning coach over

the years, Andy Schmidt at the head

3:29:293:29:33

coach at the top, Rachel Blackman

built and designed their sleds with

3:29:333:29:40

James Rock, everyone else within the

team, so many people to thank for

3:29:403:29:46

the performance of the two girls.

Here is Lizzy, then. My word, what a

3:29:463:29:51

moment for British sport. And the

discussions were beforehand, Flock,

3:29:513:29:57

Loelling, superb exponents of this

sport, never have tasted this

3:29:573:30:01

pressure before. Lizzy thrives on

it.

She certainly does. This is what

3:30:013:30:08

happens. A little bit of pressure,

her second run yesterday, she was

3:30:083:30:12

all over the place. She dropped back

from gold into second position. But

3:30:123:30:16

then, today her first run was good.

That last run was absolutely

3:30:163:30:23

phenomenal from Lizzy. You could see

the other three competitors at the

3:30:233:30:26

bottom, when they saw the time, they

were like that... Wow. That is

3:30:263:30:32

phenomenal. That is what champions

are made of.

Jacqueline Loelling

3:30:323:30:35

there. So young, so brilliant, but

second place for her. Germany, of

3:30:353:30:43

course, have effectively no great

track record in this event.

3:30:433:30:54

A couple have finished behind Amy

Williams.

What happened there is

3:30:543:31:03

that potentially, Janine Flock would

have been able to see the clock and

3:31:033:31:06

has put her off.

3:31:063:31:17

Celebrations all-round! CLARE

BALDING: Lizzy Yarnold has done it,

3:31:243:31:29

the only gold medallist from the

Sochi Olympics becomes the first

3:31:293:31:32

winter Olympian from this country

ever to successfully defend her

3:31:323:31:36

title. And Great Britain move to

16th on that board, the first time

3:31:363:31:40

ever that the team has won three

medals on the same day at a Winter

3:31:403:31:46

Olympics. One gold and now three

bronze and for the first time ever

3:31:463:31:50

that two athletes from this country

have finished in the top three of

3:31:503:31:55

the same event. Lizzy Yarnold, at

the age of 29, cannot believe what

3:31:553:32:01

she has achieved. This is a fabulous

comeback from an athlete who had

3:32:013:32:05

achieved everything. In 2015, she

reigned supreme. She was European

3:32:053:32:11

and World Cup holder. She could win

it all. She stepped away, then came

3:32:113:32:15

back. She had to fight her way back.

This is her first win and the most

3:32:153:32:21

important win, the only win that

matters, since she stepped back into

3:32:213:32:26

that team. Full credit to the

skeleton setup, to her family and to

3:32:263:32:31

Laura Deas. Because Laura Deas has

pushed her all year. They have

3:32:313:32:35

trained together and for Laura to a

medal as well is so just. Alex

3:32:353:32:41

Coomber is alongside me, bronze

medallist from Salt Lake City. This

3:32:413:32:44

is a day you must be so proud of,

because you started this happening

3:32:443:32:48

again and now there are two of them

on the podium.

To be honest, when I

3:32:483:32:54

started, I was competing in World

Cups and doing well and nobody knew

3:32:543:32:58

what a skeleton was. You had to

explain yourself constantly. We went

3:32:583:33:03

to races where one man and his dog

might be watching. In the last 16

3:33:033:33:08

years, sometimes I think, what have

I done? I am literally lost for

3:33:083:33:14

words, it is incredible. We said one

medal, hopefully two. On the day,

3:33:143:33:19

they kept their heads look where we

are.

They have both come through the

3:33:193:33:24

talent ID programme, Girls For Gold.

This is a tremendous moment for

3:33:243:33:28

girls everywhere who think, could I

become an Olympic champion? And I

3:33:283:33:32

end up at the Winter Olympics? Well,

you could. The list of success in

3:33:323:33:38

skeleton for the third Olympics in a

row, Great Britain takes the gold

3:33:383:33:41

medal. But Alex Coomber here said

things off.

3:33:413:33:52

things off. I wonder whether this

might be the last time we see Lizzy

3:33:523:33:55

Yarnold at a major competition. What

else would be left to achieve?

Yeah,

3:33:553:34:02

what does she do? I know what Lizzy

is like. If she decides she has

3:34:023:34:07

achieved everything, she will just

find another challenge and I'm sure

3:34:073:34:10

she will be successful.

This is so

impressive. She said they track

3:34:103:34:15

record on her fourth and final run.

She was chasing Janine Flock. She

3:34:153:34:23

didn't have much in hand over

Jacqueline Loelling, but this run

3:34:233:34:27

means she wins the gold medal by

more than half a second.

Of all the

3:34:273:34:32

runs, that last one was her best.

You could see that she knew she had

3:34:323:34:36

nothing to lose. She was confident

that she knew how to drive this

3:34:363:34:42

track to the best of her abilities

and she did her stuff.

Let's see it

3:34:423:34:47

from the beginning again. You said

that her build and although her

3:34:473:34:53

mental attitude have put her in a

good position for this course on

3:34:533:34:58

this day.

Literally, nothing seems

to faze her. She gets on her sled.

3:34:583:35:01

She is not the fastest starter, but

she always has a decent start and

3:35:013:35:07

she is good at relaxing quickly. She

doesn't get fazed by the fact that

3:35:073:35:12

she can't be the perfect run. She

knows there are some tricky corners.

3:35:123:35:18

And in this run, she went through

the difficult areas really well,

3:35:183:35:22

picking up speed constantly.

And

even

3:35:223:35:30

even that speed, she is thinking

ahead.

Definitely. Once you are

3:35:303:35:35

through the tricky bits, the best

thing is to relax, and she never

3:35:353:35:39

loses that. Some of the sliders have

a hit and a panic, but she never

3:35:393:35:43

lets up faze her. She just relaxed

back into it and picked up speed

3:35:433:35:48

down the bottom of the track.

Great

champions are consistent. They work

3:35:483:35:53

hard, have comportment and are

competitive, but the greatest pull

3:35:533:35:57

out the run of their lives at the

moment that it matters the most, and

3:35:573:36:00

that is what Lizzy Yarnold has done

this afternoon. She was short of

3:36:003:36:04

breath and dizzy after her first

run. She has been struggling with a

3:36:043:36:08

sinus problem. She has been

struggling to believe she was still

3:36:083:36:11

the best in the world. Today, it has

all come together in the most

3:36:113:36:15

magnificent way. She can recover

from the odd bump. She is a double

3:36:153:36:20

Olympic champion.

Incredible. Of

course she wanted to win a medal,

3:36:203:36:30

but the relief of actually doing

it... Everyone thought she would

3:36:303:36:34

just turn up and walk away with it,

but that is not what happens. The

3:36:343:36:39

top four all changed places in that

last run. We always said this would

3:36:393:36:43

be an exciting race and would come

down to the last 100m of the track.

3:36:433:36:49

And it meant everyone had a chance.

And Laura Deas, equally, going in

3:36:493:36:54

for fastest, knew that with a good

run she could move up the

3:36:543:36:57

leaderboard. In the end, it took a

mistake from Janine Flock to move

3:36:573:37:01

her up the table. Talk us through

this.

Laura Deas has been so

3:37:013:37:07

consistent on this track

3:37:073:37:08

this.

Laura Deas has been so

consistent on this track. To have

3:37:083:37:12

some of the fastest times in

training, it is a difficult track. A

3:37:123:37:16

lot of the other women took a long

time to learn how to drive this

3:37:163:37:19

track. Six runs is nothing,

literally six minutes of practice in

3:37:193:37:24

preparation for an Olympic final.

But she knew she could control

3:37:243:37:26

herself well. She is good at

understanding the principles of

3:37:263:37:32

driving a sled. She has been in the

sport for a long time and she is a

3:37:323:37:37

very fluid driver, very neat. She

has nailed some of the difficult

3:37:373:37:44

parts of this track, which a lot of

the other girls didn't do. That

3:37:443:37:48

meant she was consistent and all of

her runs were pretty similar and

3:37:483:37:52

really good.

Laura and Lizzy also

started at the same time in 2009.

3:37:523:38:00

They are both 29. Their families are

good friends because they have been

3:38:003:38:05

on the circuit together for so long.

So as a team effort, they are

3:38:053:38:09

together and Lizzy will be as

pleased that Laura has a medal as

3:38:093:38:14

she is to have won it.

Laura has had

to really fight for her place on

3:38:143:38:19

this team. She has done some of the

minor international circuits and has

3:38:193:38:23

had to work her way up into the

World Cup team and qualify for the

3:38:233:38:28

Olympics. At her first Olympics, to

come away with a bronze medal is

3:38:283:38:31

awesome.

It is testament to the

skeleton team. So impressive.

These

3:38:313:38:41

are the lives seems, Laura Deas on

the right, Lizzy Yarnold laughing in

3:38:413:38:45

the middle. They can't believe they

are both on the podium, the first

3:38:453:38:49

time that this has happened with

Winter Olympics British athletes!

3:38:493:38:54

Scenes of joy and happiness as Laura

Deas steps up to receive her mascot,

3:38:543:38:59

the white tiger, the mascot of these

Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. She has

3:38:593:39:05

finished third. She is on the podium

in the women's skeleton. And the

3:39:053:39:12

silver medallist, credit to her,

Jacqueline Loelling of Germany. Real

3:39:123:39:19

strength in this competition from

the Germans. They had three in the

3:39:193:39:22

top six.

3:39:223:39:30

top six. And now we have the double

Olympic champion, the gold

3:39:303:39:35

medallist, Lizzy Yarnold.

First

place, Great Britain! Lizzy Yarnold!

3:39:353:39:49

She was so brave in setting this out

as her target, "I'm going there to

3:39:543:39:59

do one thing, to make history".

Ladies and gentlemen, the athletes!

3:39:593:40:08

So we don't get a national anthem at

this stage. That will happen later

3:40:083:40:12

in the Medal Plaza when she receives

her gold medal, but she is saying to

3:40:123:40:17

Laura and Jacqueline Loelling, come

up here, let's have a hug. It is a

3:40:173:40:22

close community. The skeleton

athletes know what they have been

3:40:223:40:25

through. Look at that shot, look at

that leaderboard. Two British

3:40:253:40:31

athletes in gold and bronze medal

position in the skeleton at the

3:40:313:40:34

Winter Olympics.

3:40:343:40:40

Winter Olympics. What a moment and

it means that Lizzy Yarnold cements

3:40:403:40:42

her place in sporting history.

3:40:423:40:48

The British ice hockey team has been

covering itself in glory at the

3:40:573:41:01

Olympics. They defeated Japan and

Canada, considered the best team at

3:41:013:41:07

Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

When all the

points were added up, Jeannette

3:41:073:41:14

Altwegg has won the Olympic figure

skating title.

It looks like a good

3:41:143:41:20

start. This is a fast run by the

Britons. They could be on their way

3:41:203:41:27

to a gold medal.

3:41:273:41:33

to a gold medal.

Superb artistry,

superb athleticism. John Curry did

3:41:343:41:36

not put a foot wrong.

Robin Cousins

completes his long free skating

3:41:363:41:45

programme to a great round of

applause. Cousins, the gold

3:41:453:41:50

medallist of 1980.

3:41:503:41:55

medallist of 1980.

The people are

standing and applauding. The Union

3:41:563:41:59

Jacks are flying around the rink.

Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean

3:41:593:42:03

have won the gold medal.

3:42:033:42:09

have won the gold medal.

It's

looking good. She's done it! Its

3:42:093:42:12

Olympic gold for Great Britain.

Surely it is gold for Great Britain!

3:42:123:42:22

Oh, yes! Amy Williams is the queen

of speed in Canada.

There goes Lizzy

3:42:223:42:29

Yarnold. She's going to win the gold

medal, surely! Lizzy Yarnold is the

3:42:293:42:37

Olympic champion, oh, my goodness!

The Olympic champion, can she make

3:42:373:42:44

history and win it again? A

sensational final run! Lizzy

3:42:443:42:51

Yarnold, what a performance, the

first British athlete to

3:42:513:42:54

successfully defend her Olympic

title!

So since 1924, Great Britain

3:42:543:43:00

have only won 11 gold medals at the

Winter Olympics and never before had

3:43:003:43:06

anyone won two. Today that changes,

because Lizzy Yarnold has done it.

3:43:063:43:10

She came back to defend her title.

Alex, put into context how difficult

3:43:103:43:16

that was to achieve and how much we

should admire her for doing it.

We

3:43:163:43:22

have said that no female has tried

to retain this title. One reason is

3:43:223:43:26

because it is so hard. The four

years of training, this is a brutal

3:43:263:43:33

sport, physically, emotionally,

mentally. You are away for half the

3:43:333:43:37

year, separated from family. So to

go through all of that having won

3:43:373:43:42

wants and to even come back and try

again when ultimately, she had a

3:43:423:43:47

high chance of failure, having not

done particularly well in the

3:43:473:43:50

season, but to have the mental grip

to come back and say, I don't care,

3:43:503:43:54

I am going to show you what I can

do.

Brilliantly summed up. While

3:43:543:43:59

everyone in skeleton syllabus, the

world of short track speed skating

3:43:593:44:03

cries with Elise Christie, because

Sarah, once again today, it was an

3:44:033:44:09

event that finished in desperate

scenes as Elise Christie was taken

3:44:093:44:13

away on a stretcher after this

incident in the semifinals of the

3:44:133:44:17

1500m.

It's a terrible shame for

Elise. That is two distances down.

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We still have one to go. We have had

the good news that nothing is

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broken. She will be back on Tuesday

and she has put it all down to the

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last day, but we need to all get

behind her and wish her all the

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best. Hopefully, she can pull it out

of the bag.

Jon, we see her being

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taken to hospital for the x-rays. As

Sarah says, the relief is that there

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will be bruises and pain, but she

will be fit to race on Tuesday.

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Fingers crossed. In the next couple

of days, she will hopefully get back

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on the ice and get ready to go. Most

importantly, we hope she can

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overcome this and have one more

crack at her favourite distance.

3:45:033:45:09

Exactly, there is still hope and she

will be back, because these Winter

3:45:093:45:13

Olympics athletes are tough. A Team

GB spokesman said she wants to thank

3:45:133:45:17

everyone for her support and the

hospital staff who assessed her so

3:45:173:45:21

quickly. No broken bones for Elise

Christie. On a day in which history

3:45:213:45:26

was made, Lizzy Yarnold has

successfully defended her title in

3:45:263:45:28

skeleton and for the first time,

Great Britain is bringing home three

3:45:283:45:32

medals from the winter games.

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medals from the winter games.

Great

Britain's Izzy Atkin takes the

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bronze!

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bronze!

Yet again, she ends up in a

distraught heap on the floor!

Laura

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Deas has done all she can.

Yarnold

wins gold again! And

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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.


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