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Afternoon and welcome to coverage on
BBC two, Day ten of the winter
Olympics in Pyeongchang. If you were
watching the curling on BBC One the
eighth end is under way. Let's catch
up with the only other action this
morning, the two man bobsleigh,
captained by Brad Hall with Joel
Fearon on board. We will see their
fourth and final run and we will see
the medals being decided. For now
let's head straight back to the
Curling Centre, Great Britain's
women need to win this game against
Switzerland's otherwise it will be
too tense for all of us. Jackie
COMMENTATOR: thank you. Our nerves
have been frayed a fair bit already.
Close matches all the way through.
While you were away for eight few
moments, things switched around in
this way, Micky Adams played a great
shot, we had a red tucked in behind
the yellow came close on that. The
second shot sprung the British red,
I see one left on the left, still
trying to build this opportunity,
using the guard out there.
Esther Neuenschwander starting to be
a bit suspect, this is that Mike
Skipper has rescued the situation.
Another chance for Anna Sloan. Still
out there, the yellow one. This is a
shot Vicki Adams played with her
first stone very well.
first stone very well. Still a
chance here. Need a good shot here.
Need a good shot here.
Got a couple of options, you hear
the girls saying, the other way.
Good that they are looking at both
options. Just got it on the nose.
Still high. If Switzerland's head
that they really need a road to get
in the house and if they don't get
in the house for counting red
Britain could come round behind the
centre or the corner. Depending
where the Swiss stone finishes.
Depending where the
Swiss stone finishes.
Keep updating you with the match is
going on elsewhere, 6-4, in the
Denmark match, not affecting the
table too much, Sweden and Japan
hardly scoring at all.
hardly scoring at all. The USA
waiting to close out their match
against China. They had a time out,
China, I was wondering what on earth
they were saying, so little left.
Jackie, though on.
I hate to say
this, China had another issue with
the stones. And the ice technician
came out with his Allen key, that
famous Alan Kay, we have seen many
times this week, I don't know what
happened, I was trying to
concentrate on our game but I saw
there was a situation and the umpire
was there. I'm guessing the ladies
out here have to be careful to keep
an eye on the stones to make sure
they are working and activated
before you play them, tilt the stone
up as she played it, that activates
Not in there. Did not get the
Great opportunity for us to
pull one in, right into the middle.
Keeping it in the top four, don't
slip behind, girls.
Eve Muirhead has
been an excellent form. She just
needs to draw a little better, one
or two of the drawers have not been
top-notch although most of her
shotmaking has been. Trying to pull
her team through this match. Eve
Muirhead. With her drawer to try and
come in with a bit of protection.
See if she can tempt Silvana
We want to get two here.
We want to try and get cover, we see
Lauren trying to sweep this as hard
as she can. A little bit more.
Just covering the
other side. Well done, sweeping and
She's looking to play the front
One more stone for Switzerland's.
Great Britain wouldn't really want,
necessarily, to take one, what do
you think about blanking it, if she
ends up cleaning these two?
guess she would. She doesn't want a
one, she wants two.
one, she wants two. It Silvana
Tirinzoni cactuses, the trouble is
if she gets it right, she will be in
a yellow card. -- yellow card. If
she takes them all out, nothing in
She hasn't come down with
too much weight here.
She has played
very well, not a lot of call, is it
right? She's got it.
Eve could still blank verse. She
could still take this out. Coming to
have a look and a discussion about
what to do. She has the option of
taking one or trying to blank the
end and if she blanks the end, they
take the hammer into the ninth, it
will of course mean that
Switzerland's will have the hammer
into the tent.
into the tent. -- into the tenth.
She's saying... A big decision here.
That is what evil is saying, will I
take one but if I take that she is
going to try and force them... Who
has got the hammer?
But on the other
hand what she was saying, she was
also saying if we blank it she will
try and force one, it might enable
us to get two.
I think first and
foremost, in the normal situation
you would say let's like it, take
the hammer into the ninth, hopefully
the girls can try and get two in the
ninth end and be one up. Or they
have got the opportunity to blanket.
She is going to try and force one.
In the ninth. And then trust herself
to get two in the tenth because
obviously, if they do get two in
obviously, if they do get two in the
ninth, it's getting hard, isn't it?
Anyway, after eight, it's 6-5, the
point to remember is Great Britain,
if it's all tied, if we don't get it
across the line in the tenth and it
ends up I two to Switzerland's and
one to great written, we forced the
one, we are all tied up at ten, we
go into an extra end if it stays,
the scoring with the hammer stays
this way. Switzerland's would have
the hammer in the extra end. I and
still reasonably happy, I think you
keep your nose in front, make them
make the shots, the play.
Ivo is backing herself to get two.
Any time... I am looking at the
scoreboard as well! Have we got this
Did you not think she...
Sorry, Jackie! LAUGHTER I wondered
why you were looking puzzled at me.
They did take one.
Honestly, I don't
think I am concentrating, I thought
she was going to blank the end.
were talking about if she blanked
the end for the options were. She
took the one. And as I was trying to
explain, if it goes with the two
explain, if it goes with the two and
I apologise, it is late at
night here, it is early in the
morning back at home!
I tell you
what we will do, there are economics
students and a banker on the Swiss
team, with a bit of luck they have
got this sorted and they know what
they have to do.
It's finished between the USA and
China, 10-4. They shook hands after
the eighth. That will put the USA on
four wins. That is what Great
Britain are trying to get, four wins
and three losses, sadly from a
British perspective if we end up on
the same record as the USA they beat
us earlier in the week and to break
ties and ranking, you cannot go out
if you are tied for fourth, it will
go to a tie-break match if there are
two teams tied for fourth. For
instance, fourth and fifth place
with the same record, if it's a case
of breaking a tie when there are
more than one team with a same
record, the decision in the
round-robin goes in the favour of
the team, let's say it was 5-4 to
the USA and there was another team
involved, the USA would be ranked
higher than Great Britain.
It's all come to cater, anyway.
Hopefully it won't come to that!
What Switzerland's are doing...
Everyone is being a little bit... A
bit cagey. I just remembered the
words of Glenn Howard at half time
saying to the British team, just
don't go too long with those guards,
that is ringing in their ears. Four
stones. And only now can they be
removed. If Eve wants them to be.
Going to try and come round here.
There isn't a lot of space between
the stones. But get one in. Down the
This is very, very close. Going to
tap it in.
I love the expressions of Vicki
Adams, the same way that the
expression of Anna comes...
exasperated. They did not want to
push that too far back into the
open, they were trying to keep it
tight. Top half of the house.
After the China USA match, a nice
little play on that stone, knocking
the British stone further back into
the house, after the China USA match
we did not have a full house but we
have lost about half of what we had
and this is as empty as I have seen
the arena during round-robin. It's
gone a little quiet in here, the
British women need to keep their
concentration, you can hear every
single word, everyone in the arena
can hear the guys. I think the other
teams are turning and listening.
What did she say? What did she say?
OK, so were not going to go and
chase the yellow at the moment, we
are going to try and tap up the red
at the front into the forefoot.
almost playing the short that she
inadvertently played last time.
Really just about the angle she
hates this on.
A little bit of a
chance. Eve wants to sweep the same,
get this in just a little bit more.
Take a little bit of weight of that,
she had too much on the first one.
We have got two counters in there.
It could be useful. A lot of stones
out front which should be to our
advantage if we were to try and
steal but we have to get in. This
won't be the end that Switzerland's
like because they know there's lots
of stones out there. At the
They are looking at the
To raise in or tap up. She is
looking a little nonplussed at the
moment, Tirinzoni. Plenty of stones
left to play. She is trying to think
ahead, what could happen.
I'm trying to think where we are on
the time-out situation. We haven't
had a time-out, have we?
No, I don't
think we have had a time out.
has Switzerland. Each team are
allowed one. He's telling us what he
thinks but they can't see that.
want to create a two. They have to
clear up that front area. She has to
make sure she has a guarantee. She
wants to score here, that's for
It is still Siegrist to play,
who is playing second tier. This is
now coming down to almost every
stone being crucial for both teams.
A must win for Britain, but if it
can be, even more of a must win... I
say Mass went because Britain's last
three matches have been so tough,
Canada last one. This one against
Switzerland. No easy games coming
up, I suppose there are no easy
games at this stage of the
competition. This is well out there.
Is it heavy? It might pull up, but
I'm not sure by how much.
on its way. A bit of a wasted stone
Switzerland, we have got
second and third.
Sorry, I was
trying to work it out.
trying to come into the four foot.
Playing a really dangerous game when
she'd got last stone here. There's a
wall of stones at the front. If we
can get in behind first.
trying to make a better attempt than
that that we just saw. -- Anna.
to make sure it is past the guard.
don't think it is, I don't think it
was ever out far enough, never. You
could argue we have just had two
stones that haven't changed things
too much, although the Swiss one is
in the house. It's not, it's Paul
Stone at the moment, Britain lying
two and three. She has asked, have
another go. This is Neuenschwander.
She will want this to finish on the
eight foot, the white part of the
circle, but she won't want it to go
too far back.
This might have split
the difference between those two
previous shots. It looks a bit
better. One to help it on its way.
Just gets enough.
Just gets enough.
So Switzerland to
lying two shots at the moment.
wants to follow it in. Anna needs to
make the correction from that first
stone. I don't think she likes it
I guess even if you touch this, or
That's good. The one
Switzerland just played is tucked in
right behind. Anna wouldn't be able
to see anything of it, especially as
a left-handed player, setting on the
right-hand hack. This is probably a
better choice here.
Vicky said we
know what the ice stars here. Going
to come down and trying to up one of
those front reds, on the right-hand
side as we look at it down the ice
from Ana's point of view. Needs to
turn quite a lot here.
Has she got
enough of it, though?
enough of it, though? Well swept,
Well swept, just on there,
counting shot. Well done from Anna
Sloan. All that does is changes the
dynamic of what Tirinzoni can ask
Neuenschwander to do because Great
Britain have one in there. Not by
much. As you said, although stones
out front now, she's looking to see
which one she wants to use or to
clear a path.
She probably should
have done it earlier but we have one
Only three stones left, if
she wants to score two... This one
has to be really effective. She has
stones to use in the house. Britain
have also got three in their hanging
around. That one just at the top of
the four foot line, only just.
think she has to look at the shot
which is the most dangerous, and
that is the red at the top, just to
the left hand side of the
centreline. Because if she goes for
yellow and she doesn't make it,
she's still left unguarded. I think
she has to go for the one, if she
doesn't make it, she probably clears
it a little in the middle. Now, were
they also looking at the shimmy,
where they can get two of them in
the middle of these two reds?
Do a jingle between them and write
in? A strange word, shimmy!
the viewers could see what you are
doing! Let's see.
Catch two of the
Straight through, straight
My goodness, I never
thought I could happen!
head for Switzerland.
head for Switzerland. Neuenschwander
just clips the tiniest, just look at
that, just gave it enough,
completely missed the British stone.
Trying to hit that first red. Well,
well, well stop
You could try that -- you couldn't
do that if you tried!
sliding straight through the house,
through the gap. Like you said, if
you wanted to do it, you couldn't.
There comes a smile from the
Tirinzoni. It's not over yet for
them, but it just makes her job more
difficult to stop she has two stones
left. So has Eve Muirhead.
just going to try and block route
in, put another guard up. Just right
on the centreline is what we're
they've got the one played by
Neuenschwander, Eve Muirhead has
gone OK, fair enough, let's block
that off, which she has done
perfectly well. And even more stones
out in front now. She has to pick
something here to move. She
desperately needs to try and get
two. Great Britain, a lying shot.
Which one does she choose question
what she can't get brand anything
there to get into the four foot.
She's looking at moving the centre
reds if she can. She wasn't
initially looking at a yellow, but
there is an opportunity for her to
promote her own yellow into the
house. I think she would probably
want to leave that with her last.
Should she clear up the front, Eve
can't cover both, the centre and the
rays on the yellow. It depends what
she does with this stone here.
is key for her, what she needs to be
able to do. She has called a
time-out. With her last stone, a
move that out the way. She wants to
have a clear or some sort of run at
it. Here comes Gerry Adam to have a
look. Taking his time whilst he is
walking, to give them more time to
think about it. Once he arrives, the
Time out starts.
He gets 45 seconds
to get to the head and then gets a
one minute to speak to the girls.
The match between Japan and Sweden,
incidentally, is a cracking match.
Probably one of those that might
have gone match of the day at the
end as a bore draw but it is an
important match for all.
Looks pretty natural... It is either
play red, yellow and that one or
In an attempt end Sweden
with the hammer, Sweden with a five
and one record. So that is the shot
she is going to try. Risky.
She's only got one opportunity at
this. Reds at the front there. I
guess this is the old risk versus
reward, go for it just now, if you
get this right, Great Britain are
lying three against the few. Push
the red through. If you don't, we
could have an opportunity to steal a
one and go two up without the
Big shot here for Tirinzoni.
A lot of pressure on the Swiss skip.
She has played some great shots. One
or two really nice take outs. That
is thin. Just catches it, doesn't
sit, though. She has improved the
situation, definitely improved the
situation. Where does Eve put this
question much you could take one
away and then only get two. That is
the best option.
The yellow is wide
Nearly missed altogether.
the yellow and roll into the four
foot, behind all the red guards
I don't know what they're
laughing at. She did catch it so
thin. Not quite sure... They've just
asked them to move that stone that
was still out there. What she did do
was clear a path into Eve down the
side. So Eve Muirhead can remove
this stone, and that means at best,
at best, Sweden will get two and
will lead by one. Great Britain will
have the hammer on the final end.
Oooh... That was a shame. Just over
Doesn't affect things too
much. There is no way she can take
both of those stones. Great Britain
second and third stone.
There is not
a lot of room to draw in there so
she has chosen to hit this. Hitting
it on the nose would be good enough.
She needs to catch the inside edge.
You can see, the red stone at the
top of the eight but the Great
Britain is half in and half out of
the eight foot and the 12 foot. So a
hit and roll required here if she
wants to pick up a two, otherwise
Switzerland will only get a wonder.
Either way -- only get a one. This
is still a match Great Britain can
win here. Where is this going to
stop? Just catches it on the nose.
Just enough of a roll and gets two.
Switzerland keeping this match very
much in the balance. They know Gow
into the lead. It has been a seesaw
scoring match between these two.
Both playing well, particular reader
two Skips. It is Switzerland who now
have the slim advantage, 7-6 as we
move into the tenth and final end,
unless it is tied, and then we would
move to an extra end. Great Britain,
you would say one is not good enough
here. In a sense it would keep the
advantage with Switzerland into that
extra end. They want to win it here,
get your two.
get your two. A bit unfortunate. If
Eve's shot had done something
similar there, it would have had a
chance. She played a really
good rays with her yellow. We had
another opportunity to get it
rolling, just didn't get it going.
It is all to play for. Great Britain
in a real tussle. It is also 7-7 in
the match between Denmark and OAR
and 4-4 between Japan and Sweden. We
would like Sweden to win that match,
they have the hammer in the final
end. Sweden, five wins, we expect
them to go on and secure their place
in the semifinal. A win for them
would keep Japan in the mix
mid-table, four wins an four losses.
If Britain win this, that is the
record they would have. So a Swedish
victory there would be in favour of
Lauren Gray with the corner guard
This is all very
exciting, Jackie, but I wouldn't
have minded the odd 8-4, 10-3, walk
Every game the girls have
played has been very close. And the
guys. The guys. The talent out here
is extremely high.
Switzerland trying to come down,
come in behind their. The high
It's about as good as she's ever
managed to do actually, to get them
What a time to do it, in
the last end!
We can't touch
that centre yellow outfront because
it is in the free guards own but we
can try and catch the one in the
house and push it back and get a
little bit of a roll. She won't be
able to see much of it, so she has
to play a delicate, controlled
weight down here. Playing clockwise
rotation of the stone.
asking, where is it going?
They really need to connect with the
stone, Vicki Adams is trying to help
this. Going to catch some of it.
Well swept. Well swept, Laurent was
a little concerned when she let that
Lauren I contrast with Van, known by
her facial expressions. Vicki Adams
never gives anything away. -- by
contrast with Anne.
Manuela Siegrist playing second in,
quietly gone about her business.
Going to tap that in a little bit
more. She is not too pleased with
that. Getting quieter and quieter in
the arena. As other matches have
The British bands behind the far
end. -- the British fans. A clutch
It's a nice shot, that, well played.
They did not want to knows
that, the other red.
She was saying
exactly what I thought, she had
overcooked it, as she put it there.
The first part of the job in this
end, working out, Manuela Siegrist,
next to go. Her second stone.
Jackie, almost holding our breath
with every shot.
Defensive stop she
wanted to try and get onto the top
of that there are, I did wonder if
she would try and hit some of the
Reds, the last thing she wanted to
do was lose two. We have two in the
Time out. I think what is
happening here, Eve is saying we
have a good situation, I want to
make sure we make the right decision
about where we put the stones, the
chance of a two, you come to this,
almost halfway through, we have five
stones, they have four. Let's hear
what Glenn Howard has to say.
what Glenn Howard has to say.
get a third shot?
I think so. You
could rip the guard, it's not going
to be pretty. We got five to come.
We could come and stuff it on top.
On top of the red? I like that
If we stuff that, she has to
She locks it on top, then we
have to do a little top stuff. Stuff
it on top, she runs at.
that back one.
that back one.
Eve had a good one
down here before.
That's going to
hurt us. If she makes that...
is a bit of stuffing going to go on
That's another word for it,
stuffing, said it on top of the red.
There was an opportunity to take the
centre of. That could be a danger to
you but he did say, you have got to
run the whole end, ensuring you have
two always in the house. This is a
really clever call from Glenn
But is what he is therefore,
to give them the right strategy.
It's not about, they then have to be
relied upon to deliver the shop is
but he's trying to get them to think
ahead, think three, four, five
Stone placement is
key, to get past the guard and she
has to be on top of that.
curling locks, an awful lot.
passed? Just passed, well swept!
That was a super sweep by Team GB.
Every shot that we make, in that
way, makes it more difficult for
Switzerland, not just because the
situation in the game. But as this
pressure ramps up, noisy shops,
don't give any easy shots away, they
made a mistake running right
through, trying to capitalise on
We are sitting on the bottom,
one high, on the forefoot, that is
the area you want to protect. Going
to catch the guard... Going to catch
the guard. Switzerland, at the
moment, not in a very good position.
No, and Eve is going to try and make
it a little bit worse, she will
happily use that, use what she was
trying to do. Rohler cross and head
out right one and sit in front of
the two red stones, if she can. A
bit more protection upfront. Try to
catch this on the right side. A bit
like that. Not quite what you
Plan B, that will do fine!
Switzerland going to run the red
into the red pack in the house, try
and move several of them. She needs
to try and create a way in here for
herself because at the moment, she
is in trouble.
She could get there
is absolutely right and Britain
might still be left with one in here
but if she doesn't, that looks
really... She has done well, they
still have three. Partial result,
partial result, no better. Eve is
now happy to take this brand guard
away. When you are hitting stones
like that, to get everything going
the way you want it to, absolutely
perfect. That situation was one they
had to do something.
Didn't want to hit her stones there,
Great Britain lying one, two and
three. She's going to move some more
here, going to try and come in and
freeze on that back one.
trying to work out which way to do
She has two make it difficult
for Great Britain to get more than
one, two here.
She's Guptill emit
them to one.
That might be 40 men.
Yes, sorry, she is trying to freeze
one in there.
-- she's lot to limit them to one.
Silvana Tirinzoni, two stones left.
This is their Olympic Games, in
terms of the result, put them out of
contention. For Eve Muirhead, Anna
Sloan and the other team, you can
see an opportunity building here.
Silvana Tirinzoni, that trauma keeps
at 100%, I'm still not sure if it's
true, she has got a good chance of
making this. Trying to come and
freeze against the British red.
Turning now, turning.
not enough, she hasn't got enough.
That's still two, maybe even three
for Great Britain. And she knows,
she will come and have a little
look, I am sure.
I think we go here.
Eve does not want her to have the
option to play that again.
especially when she has just come
down that line, if she puts one to
the other side and says OK, I am
drawing you away from the corner
pocket, she needs a cover in the
back of that.
Actually, by being
slightly over to the right as you
and I look at it, she has room to
come in and freeze on the bottom
red. Eve will want to make sure that
does not happen.
If Eve closes the
door on this pocket that makes it
that the gold, silver and will not
have anywhere to go. -- Silvana
Maybe not sure about
The trouble is if we go too
far, we leave a bigger pocket.
a short be better here, surely?
Perhaps the other side, even if she
makes the pocket, you still got the
draw for one to get...
A chance if
she wants it. That's probably why
Ken Howard was shaking his head.
Given her an opportunity again, that
I can tell you there
are cheers next to this house, Japan
have stolen in the final end, not a
good result for Great Britain, Japan
beaten Sweden, that means Japan have
five wins, two losses, they will
have the same record as Sweden after
seven matches, Great Britain have
two tough matches to finish, yes I
said one of them was against Canada
but the other one is against Japan.
Well, Great Britain need to win this
one first. And that's far from
certain. So, the final stone for
Silvana Tirinzoni, trying to make
life difficult for Eve Muirhead
here, Great Britain are lying, we
think two, this is a perfect shot...
Will get inside those two. Where is
this going? Where is this going?
It's got a chance, it's wider, will
it catch the red on the way in, it
won't, will it go by and the other
side, I don't think so, it might
They offer swept that.
might bump, that means it can be
pushed out. Eve Muirhead a chance to
Silvana Tirinzoni looking
gutted, that was sleeping there,
they were just not wait too quickly,
they needed to leave it until it got
the poll. Could this be an
opportunity for Great Britain to tap
She needs to do is move
that back. Just checking whether, if
she moves that, the shooter would be
in. We've got another one counting.
Ahead of that yellow, at least if
the other one, the sort of three
o'clock lying isn't the same.
like she's playing a head to check
Here we go. This is going to
be good. Just got to get rid of the
Clean is always good. Good,
this could be good. Excellent.
enough, I'm pretty sure. Not much in
it, the handshake. They aren't going
to bother measuring that. They
decided it was close enough, Eve
Muirhead finally manages to get the
victory for the British team, in a
match which went both ways, Britain
on top, then Switzerland, it was a
seesaw all the way, finally two in
the tenth end means great written
come out on top, 8-7, much-needed
victory keeps their hopes very much
alive of guaranteeing a place in the
semifinals, two more matches to
come, tough ones against Japan and
Canada but they beat Switzerland,
STUDIO: It was a terrific match to
watch. Rhona Howie is next to me.
The Swiss gave Eve a chance and she
took it stops are absolutely. If she
hadn't rolled off, Eve would have
had a drop of one.
Just that's like
miscommunication in their sweeping
gave Eve a chance and she nailed it.
We will get an interview with the
four very soon. I am sure we will be
back with them. Let's just have a
look at the dying ends of the tenth
end, and talk us through what you
are thinking as a skip, what you
need to do.
It is one of these
shots, you can see the whole stone
and no more. She couldn't be tight
and hit the guard, she could afford
to be on the wide side and roll out,
as she did. She had two other
counters in there. She knew the side
to air on Angie didn't play down
weight but positive weight.
look at the standings. We have Japan
and Canada still to come. Great
Britain, and there have been match
is going on at the same time. You
were following what was happening.
And exciting lead Japan and Sweden
had a big ding dong game and Japan
beat Sweden. Though it means Japan
and Sweden are now on the same
record, five wins and two losses.
Great Britain currently in joint
fourth place with the USA. In terms
fourth place with the USA. In terms
of what that means, basically
Britain still in control of their
own destiny and that is the
important thing. Not looking around
thinking I hope so and so beat them.
You don't want to rely on other
people to win or lose. Destiny is
still in their own hands. They have
Japan and Canada, they are capable
of beating both these countries and
if they do that they are in the
Overall, how do you
think they played?
A bit of an edgy
game, some great shots and some
silly shots from both teams. It came
down to that tenth end. Britain
played a fantastic tenth end and put
the pressure on Switzerland.
played a fantastic tenth end and put
the pressure on Switzerland.
back, the final two stones. The
Swiss had the hammer and Britain
were leading 5-3 at this stage. I
think what a lot of people will be
impressed with is how Britain came
back after that controversial hog
line issue that even. They have come
back strongly but the Swiss were
making life testing all the time.
Yes, this was a great freeze by Eve
making life testing all the time.
Yes, this was a great freeze by Eve,
she came right in, froze on top of
the yellow and lay shot. Not an easy
So the pressure was on
Tirinzoni. Explain why it is so
Because the British stone
is frozen on the yellow Swiss stone,
she has to hit it exactly in the
right place and she does it
perfectly to score two.
the scores back to 5-5. And all the
time you are thinking, the build-up,
the build-up, the build up.
Sometimes the Swiss were in really
strong positions and make good
decisions. There was one stone, if
they played at 50,000 times they
couldn't have missed it the way they
did. This was bad luck as much as
She was trying to go
through the gap here. It would have
put Britain in big trouble. They
didn't sweep and she just rubbed the
top one. That was the key shot per
Switzerland to make that. If they
Switzerland to make that. If they
had, Britain in big trouble, but
Miss called sweeping.
maybes. Eve Muirhead and her team
getting the win. Let's hear the
reaction from them.
Well done, but you're not making
this easy, are you?
No. That was a
tough game and a game of inches.
Both teams played really well, a lot
of good shot making. We knew, I
think we have two win about every
game now. I think we stepped up a
dear friend yesterday and if we can
keep this going until tomorrow.
good point there, Lauren. It looks
like everyone was on their game from
the start tonight?
Yes, that was our
intention. We knew we pretty much
needed to win every game from here
and we wanted to be as professional
and play as well as we could. We
feel like we did that and it was a
very tight game and we are very
happy to have won.
Does it get
frustrating when you know you are
playing well on the opposition keep
Yes, I think you get a
bit of frustration that we have
worked a lot on how to compose
ourselves, refocus and concentrate
on one stone at a time and that is
what we did.
Two games to go, tough
games. Japan got a win tonight
against Sweden. You have them and
Yes, we do. I think we've
taken every game here down to the
wire. Obviously that is what we are
going to be expecting for our next
two games. We are going to go back,
debrief, relax and come out fighting
have a look at the standings.
have a look at the standings. Japan
and Canada, the matches still to
come for Great Britain. The
Canadians, having started badly,
have come into form and could be
difficult. They lost their first
And then they won the next
three. They are on their way up.
Japan in second place. Republic of
Korea going well, lots of home
support them. Sweden in joint second
in Great Britain currently in joint
fourth. Two games still to come, and
fourth. Two games still to come, and
it will be fairly tense tomorrow.
Say and they're what you said about
the importance that the men and
Very important. Wins tomorrow
would put us that in the semifinals
for both men and women. We are still
in the running. Losses will make us
all very nervous.
You said it is one
of the biggest days of British
what you said! Thank you for talking
so expertly for it. Let's bring you
up to date on the state of affairs
for Elise Christie. After her
incredibly painful looking crash and
departure, the latest issue will
undergo a fitness test tomorrow to
determine if she can compete in her
final bid for winter Olympic Glory
in the 1000 metres. The hits are
tomorrow. She was on the ice today
purely to see if she could put the
boot on and skate around a bit. She
will go through a training session
tomorrow. If she comes through that
and that is still a big if, she will
compete tomorrow evening Korean
time. To be honest, UK time we will
know at around 2am, 2:30am whether
or not Elise Christie will be lining
up at ten o'clock tomorrow morning
for the heat of her 1000 metres. He
also said she absolutely wants to
and if medically we are happy and it
is clear, the decision will be hers
to skate. Indications I got just
now, she is very keen to do so.
Michaela Shiffrin has had to change
plans a bit because the Alpine
schedule has become very packed.
Games organisers have announced the
women's combined event is moved
forward a day to Thursday and that
has persuaded Michaela Shiffrin to
skip Wednesday's downhill. She said,
as much as I wanted to compete in
the Olympic downhill, with the
schedule change it's important to
focus my energy on preparing for the
combined. Remember, she has already
combined. Remember, she has already
won gold in the giant slalom. She
skipped the super-g. She wanted to
skate on the downhill but because it
is getting very tight, she is going
to concentrate on Thursday's
combined. That is the news and the
American superstar. Right, we are
going to be focusing on the two man
Bob. The final run to co-and they
are in reverse order, Great Britain
hoping for a place in the top ten.
Let's see what happened in the third
COMMENTATOR: We're underway, the
men's two-man bob.
men's two-man bob.
Watch for the
start time, five seconds dead is
routine for them. 5.05 slightly
slower. This is where he tipped it
over yesterday, but he is fine now,
49.30 two. But that the slowest of
his three runs. Just opens the door
a little bit, maybe.
a little bit, maybe. Justin Kripps
and Alexander Kopacz. A usual
cracking start. 4.90 three.
a big run from these guys and they
will keep coming away from the
Germans. This is their move towards
the front but it is still going to
be within hundredths at the end.
Kripps Well that 300s evaporate
slightly? A good lead by over a
tenth. Kripps has put the pressure
on. Now Francesco Friedrich and
Thorsten Margis. Needs a 4.90 start
to get him under to get any chance
of matching what Kripps did. The
world number six pairing come to
their finish now. Let's see where
they are. Alongside Kripps and
second. World number two, a
four-time world champion in the
two-man bob. Can they get it right
now I'd keep themselves in medal
Phenomenal equipment, he
is not usually this barbaric and he
will have to fight to become Olympic
champion from this point.
hundredths of a second. Ragged
through 16 but he has closed. Look
at that, a track record for him and
he is now breathing down Kripps'
neck. Here we go for Great Britain.
Good luck to Brad Hall. What an
overachiever and this has been up
until now. He has never finished
higher a World Cup than 13th in a
two-man bob. Here he is seventh
place in Olympic Games. Can he get
under five seconds for his start? He
is bang on.
Not the rani needed out
of that corner. Just settling into
this. We know he can write this.
Mistakes at two and four have cost
him, falling a second behind the
Canadians on gold medal position at
the moment. STUDIO: From seventh
place after two runs, the GB pair
Brad Hall in 11th place. They will
go in reverse order. You drove at
go in reverse order. You drove at
two Olympics, three Olympics?
The problem at this course comes
very early on.
It is. The dangerous
track of very fast but very
technical, you can lose speed in so
many places. Curved two is where
it's happening. You need the
velocity but curved two it is like
velocity but curved two it is like
two corners and one. The start is
very open. It right up. At the end,
this thread is high and it tightens
up, it is designed to throw you into
the wall where you lose your speed.
Curve four a key point also. Easy
describes loose in that top section,
they are dropping down.
examples here of them coming into
It throws you in and it is
flat through curve three, so if you
lose the velocity, you can't gain it
We can look here at Brad Hall,
who has been driving this course
Doing great, but it drops
into the wall and pushes him away.
He has a ready lost ten kilometres
an hour. Really sad. I think it just
unsettles him, pushes him of his
rhythm and the the run of the two
days, a real shame.
You can see the
speed builds as they go down the
course. This is what is so is so
cool about the Bob Tway rather than
skeleton and luge, you can see where
they are on the course.
curves 15 and 16. There are three
key areas, the two combination, two,
three and four and as you come off
curve nine you need to come off left
and get through the bend straight.
There are two curves, not a straight
line, carry your speed through the
uphill section and hopefully you
minimise the loss.
The great thing
about the bob, so much room you can
even fit a camera on the front. This
gives me slight motion sickness I
can't watch! I will let you talk us
Curve one is short,
curved two, it tightens up and it
wants to throw you into the wall and
then a flat section. Curve four very
different to how it has been for all
the training so catching a lot of
pilots out. Curve five and six
combination corners, trying to carry
your speed through. As you start to
get through curve eight and nine,
you go into that straight, you try
to carry as much speed as possible
and avoid the wall. He we see it. It
is actually two curves although
bendy street as we it. Ten, 11, if
you can continual speed, a couple of
big corners and then uphill.
ever go so high on the side you run
out of ice?
You do. A lot of the
times the sleds are crashing,
yesterday someone was right up
there. It throws you up. A sled will
always get to the bottom, but how
you manipulate the pressures depends
which way up you get.
If you get a
bit Karthik like me, that is not...
I find that
I find that really quite queasy
Canada but they beat Switzerland,
When you are what when you are
watching it, you're focusing one
corner to the next.
feel the rhythm, feel the ride.
the rhythm, feel the ride, correct.
I wanted to ask, the organisers, is
that of to them to decide the track
or are the regulations they have to
There are regulations,
especially after Vancouver, a fatal
accident before it even started. Now
they have really tightened up there
is a track commission, the track
commission have to analyse plans and
constantly go back and say... For
last three Olympics the maximum
addict speed has been blown by 15-20
kilometres an hour. Technology and
athletes evolve, as much as at this
.6 years out from an Olympics, that
is the optimal speed, every nation
is pushing to get faster and
technology progresses on a weekly
Let's find out who is the
fastest on the fourth and final run
and further Britain can move up from
11th place into ten. We join it, the
commentators John Jackson and John
COMMENTATOR:. Holding a big lead
over at the Frenchman. At the start
of this run. Although he has not had
the happiest of competitions, he is
a class act when he gets it right.
He went very well here at the World
Cup in the four man event, finishing
second. No real excuse, he knows the
track, he has been a little bit
He has done well, had
podiums. A quality pilot but
sometimes his style is a little bit
loose in terms of when he is
driving, he can be very good are
buying off all the walls. He still
creates speed and you think how is
he doing that. A pilot of his
standard should not make that
mistake and is standard and it will
be the little mistakes that cost him
and potentially dropped the French
but have the French done enough?
That was a good line. He should be
able to hold onto the lead but it's
not about the French, it's about
trying to move forward into the top
ten. He needs a quick one here.
Lovely and clean through 15, if a
little high. That is the quickest
he's been at this Olympic Games.
That just shows high-quality the
French team is, they were three
hundredths quicker. The runs prior
to that let them down.
to that let them down.
So Brad Hall
to come. Peter starting again, he's
getting older, less easy to jump
into that front seat.
the tricky transition. Two, three, a
really good shot, a good idea they
have put into these sleds. As you
get older it's more difficult to
maintain speed, to keep up with the
best pilots in the world but getting
into this lead is easier once you
have the technique.
Next to go for
the United States.
the United States. Olsen/Weinstock.
Olsen had his appendix out two weeks
ago. Can he threw in his strongest
run to put pressure on Brad Hall who
Evan on the back just
lifted the sled slightly, his foot
not going forward, that was a great
start. That is why he is an Olympic
athlete, transferred into the front
seat and he's been the most
consistent American pilot out of all
three, he really gets this track but
it's his little bit of an
experience, sliding on the corner
but he needs to put on a good run
especially through this part, a
little bit high, losing speed a
little. That's due to him doing too
much in the track.
Round the Olympic
Bend, you can see he has stopped
behind. Goes first at the moment.
One in eight nine to the line from
here and he drops further back,
ultimate disappointment for Olsen
who drops behind the French man.
Heinrich improves another position.
That is bad news for Olsen, it's
good news for Brad Hall who comes
Potentially what happened with
Brad on the first run, he lost a
little bit of control all the way
down but the ice was -11, it was not
that cold yesterday, for what it
could be doing, lost a little bit of
control, you see the athlete on the
back lifting the sled. For Brad,
because the ice is a lot warmer,
this is the condition these runners
working. Hopefully he will have more
control and food in a run like you
did on the first two yesterday,
that's what he needs to stay in
front of the Swiss.
I think Brad
halt to come for Great Britain. He
has got all of Sussex right behind
him. All of Great Britain behind
him, it would be a major
disappointment of few drops behind
Olsen after what we have seen from
the American. The key here is can he
get himself up to the top ten. Brad
Hall, Christopher Spring to come,
one of the world's best, seems as
though it's between those two for
top ten. Hall needs a really good
one here, his start time... For .97,
Needs to get through
the corner and that won't help him,
that little tap. A big lead over
this was but I don't know whether
that tap at the top will help him
out. He needs to try and tune in to
the track and be perfect from now
on. He's been good on this track, a
lot of feel for it, been good at
this point on the track, a little
bit late coming in, don't know
whether he has the speed to stay
ahead. We want Brad to be in the top
ten, dropping away, going to be down
to the hundredths, can he do enough?
Going to be close. Fading away. Not
to be. Not to be. Recall Peter goes
ahead. Olsen was not the problem.
Peter was. And Peter, such an
experienced Swiss rider was two
tends behind Brad Hall before the
fourth run and Hall has lasted.
Nothing much wrong with that run
other than the little knock at the
top, great push from the guys. That
little exit from two into three that
cost him. Brad gets hold of it
quickly but we are not going to get
to see it. He had already lost the
speed from the top at that point,
all in all, I think he has had a
good competition, to finish sort of
top 12 or however he finishes, he
could still finish top ten if others
move around him, I had him down for
a top 12, good result.
He is 11th at
the moment. I think Chris Spring, he
is next for Canada, I think he is
probably the only one if he were to
be untidy, Brad might get ahead of
him but I think it's a long shot.
Let's just see. As Chris Spring is
about to go for Canada. The former
100 metres sprinter in Australia.
Third Olympic Games, remember, that
potentially upgraded fifth-place in
Sochi in this event. Been a
disappointing week for him relative
to what he achieved in Russia.
is, the first time he made that
mistake, between this pairing they
have the most Olympic experience of
everybody, looking at eight Olympic
Games between them and Chris is a
quality pilot, I was expecting him
to be one of the medal favourites,
looking at training and he's making
little errors, is he going to have
enough to stay in front of the
Swiss, that is enough. I don't know
whether he has the speed, well he
dropped behind Brad and Brad moved
back? Chris is holding onto his
speed a little better but I think
it's going to be down to the
hundreds. Look at that. He has gone
ahead of Peter. Brad Hall drops
slightly further back. Chris Spring
showing some of his renowned quality
there. Not that quick but good
enough just to take him to the front
at the moment.
You could see him out
there having a little bit of banter
with the Swiss, pointing out,
showing that, a little margin.
is great competition between the
guys, me and Chris have had some
great races against each other over
the use, you can see how much the
steering is working, there were too
many mistakes. He would have wanted
to push forward more. Rather than
scraping in in front of the Swiss.
Brad Hall, 12th place, that is where
he will finish, top 12. Getting
very, very interesting now. Next to
go for Canada, don't forget, shortly
Canada will try and win gold. That
will be down to Justin Cripps. Nicky
in ninth place. He is far too far
off. Now he has his
eyes on whatever to.
He can put in a
good run. He could pull himself up a
couple of places but definitely out
of the medals. Trying to see if
these guys can get into the top
eight, top six sort of area. The
Canadian equipment is working well,
good run so far, nice and clean, all
about the key area, not just about
coming to corner 12 a little bit
late. You can see speed building as
he comes through the big Olympic
corner and building to the speed
trap, this will be a big margin.
Let's see how he finishes, confirmed
a top ten performance. Nice and
consistent. From Poloniato. Nick
confirmed ninth, that's how it
feels, your first Olympic Games. The
man who has better two man results
rather than four and this was his
moment, to a large extent he has
For his first Olympic
Games, you can see this led sliding
as it drifts across, coming late,
big wave in the final corner but
again, a top ten result for a pilot
of his level of driving, that's not
bad at all, I would be happy with
Eight more to go, it looks as
though Ben Meyer and the next two,
Kibermaris, are too far off the
medals. The leading five have a
significant break over these three.
Ben Meyer, a tenth behind Kibermaris
who is ahead of him at the moment.
Ben Meyer, knocked in 49 points
three, if he can find a 49 point to
and produces best run, that's his
chance to improve from his current
eighth place. He needs a good start,
usually very quick, can he break the
Marcus Rand a long way on
the back of the sled, these are some
of the best athletes that Austria
has put his sled is set up really
soft, you see the way he came into
the corner, the suspension
compressed on the front, he likes a
soft settle, the faster the sled
will be but it's about being able to
control the outcome he can't, he has
a good feel for the sled. Building
speed, has he got enough to get
through here to hold onto the
position? That was a good run by
Nick, the gaps are minimal, he
cannot afford to make any mistakes.
I think he's going to drop back
behind the Canadians.
might be about to go eighth at the
Olympic Games, Meyer rocking and
rolling on the final turn, he misses
out. Miaow three punches the air,
eighth for him. Not going to get any
worse. -- Poloniato.
probably ran a cycle to four, and by
a cycle I mean two steps. A little
bit earlier the sled would not have
jolted to the right and touched the
wall, by running two for you kill
the velocity, the driver loads in,
takes a couple of steps to far, he
just ran too far and not the sled
over towards outside, that's a great
view of the first corner through the
nose camera put in there, into the
tricky corner. As the athletes are
further down the track in corner 12,
these are really small margins, a
couple of hundredths of a second and
it's less than the blink of an eye
and you can see, Canadian athletes,
saying the twitch at the top.
So now, Oscars Melbourne Ardis
Oskars Melbadis --. A
So now, Oscars Melbourne Ardis
Oskars Melbadis --. A 24-year-old.
Number four in the world. Usually a
superb starter. Fourth in the World
Championships. His best World Cup
finished this year was third. He was
really hopeful of bettering that.
Oskars Melbadis, let's see this
usual cracking start. 4.90 for him.
He is rock with the starting.
a lot of work at the top of the
track. You could see... That will
cost a lot of time. If he wanted to
put a run towards the medals, that
wasn't the move he needed to take.
This is now possibly holding onto
Benjamin Maier and Nick Pollin
Artur. Good Poloniato move in front
of this because of the mistake of
the top? That is uncharacteristic of
the Latvian. And because it is so
close, he is going to fall back two
Yes, looking as though
Poloniato and Maier might come past.
Will end badly for the Latvian? It
does. They both go past him.
Poloniato improving his edition and
Maier going up a place. Poloniato
guaranteed to seventh, Maier
Six to go.
Hopefully we will get a replay of
turn two. Look at the front of the
sled, where the front runners are.
You can see the black running shoes
on the ice. Look at how much work he
is doing. Can you see? They turn so
much. The ice is not reacting,
because he has tried so hard, it is
just sliding across the ice rather
than digging in and turning.
should have understood?
steer too much too quickly on the
runners couldn't purchase.
in sixth place is the Korean,
Yunjong Won. His rate, on is
Youngwoo Seo. These athletes are
good. One was rated number one in
the world. He's been hiding his
light under a bushel in the Olympic
Games. He can't get himself a medal
but he is quick way. And he has been
improving every run. His first run
average, that the second and very
quick on the third run. Almost as if
he has timed it slightly wrong.
gambled. They gambled hoping because
one of they were one of the lowest
ranked they would be one of the
last. First run was average. Good
through that curve. We should not
see any mistakes from this pilot at
all. He knows this track inside out
like the back of his hand. He is now
pushing to stay in front of
Poloniato at the bottom. I don't
think he's got enough in this led to
move up towards the top five, who
are all covered by 13 hundredths of
a second as they head towards the
medals. This is a good run, a clean
run. This is what we should be
expecting from this Korean pilot who
knows the track so well.
He is up
from 15 to the finish. 1:49.36 his
time. He has dropped back to
something like run two for
time. He has dropped back to
something like run two for. They
don't care, do they?
This is what I
was saying about the differences in
temperatures between the first and
second His fastest run was when the
mine ice was minus 11. Did they
purposely turn it down a little bit
to make it colder, to suit the
Korean equipment? It is a home
games, home advantage. I'm sure the
coach will have had a word with the
track manager, come on mate, help us
out. As they come into curve seven
and over the finish line.
and over the finish line.
Won stays in sixth place. Strap
yourself in for a fantastic race for
the medals now. The top five are
separated by just 13 hundredths of a
second. Going now for Germany, we
have three medal contenders. Nico
Walther. Spectacular when leading
after run number one. He has dropped
back to fifth place as they begin
this final assault on the medals.
The question here, has he put
himself under too much pressure to
re-establish his position?
have been the equipment that didn't
work on -11 and this is the sort of
temperature it worked in yesterday.
He is an absolute magician in the
front of the sled. You don't
normally see him make mistakes. He
has the best feel out of all the
pilots coming up next. So, into the
last five. Don't be surprised if you
still see a German one, two three on
the podium. They haven't had any
medals at the last Olympics. They
are coming out fighting. They medals
at this games. Germans cannot go
away from an Olympic Games... That
is a perfect line. Nothing wrong
with this run at all. It is
absolutely perfect. Just a little
tap but it won't cost him any speed.
Will he ducked his head as he comes
round the final bend?
He has to get
really close to 49 seconds to put
the pressure on. 49.35. His slowest
of four. I think that is him done
I think you could be right, I
really do. He is looking at the
clock. He has come down first. That
is all he can do now. He has put the
best run in that he can. Maybe his
equipment was set up better for
yesterday, not quite working today,
but he can do no more. His Olympic
run is over. Now we just need to
watch the other celebs come down and
see where he ends up. -- the other
sleds come down.
component to bobsleigh piloting that
has a medal just dropped away? We
have been long enough here this
fortnight to never write any
possibility off. Strange things have
But Melbadis, who comes next starts
just 100th of Nico Walther. We need
the same sort of time to confirm
that position. I think he needs to
go a good deal quicker to put the
medal chase up in the air.
needs to put in a clean run. The
time will be the time, whatever it
is at the bottom. You can have a run
like you did on his second run
yesterday when he absolutely messed
up on some of the top curves. If he
has a good run, the rest are under
pressure because he is one of the
quickest guys on the field. Twice he
has been 49.0 eight. That is
required. First you need his usual
4.9 start. Let's see if he gets it.
The gap will open up initially
because of the gap between the
German in the lead and this thread
here. He will stop pulling away.
Will he drive well enough? Good
through there. Made a mistake there
yesterday. Will he be good enough to
stay in front of the German at the
bottom, who had a perfect run? All
these top pilots, there is nothing
between them, absolutely nothing.
The skill level these guys have is
amazing. That is another perfect run
corner. He has a absolutely nailed,
slightly better than Nico Walther
through this part of the track. No
tap. Has he got enough to hold on?
He starts to lose a little ground.
think he will, 15 clean, 16, does he
take the lead, Melbadis? He does.
Guaranteed fourth at worst. Melbadis
has done all he can. He has finished
15 hundredths ahead of Nico Walther.
It is a good effort. Will it be
enough for a medal? We will see
These next three,
Johannes Lochner has been very
consistent this season but no
Olympic experience. Francesco
Friedrich and Olympic champion but
struggled at the last Olympic Games.
If he puts a run in like his first
run, he will absolutely put pressure
on Justin Kripps, the last pilot to
come down and has been the most
consistent this season and won the
overall World Cup. These last three
will be fighting for hundredths and
hundredths of a second.
like Nico Walther is going to miss
out. Melbadis currently with the
lead. Free to come. Johannes Lochner
had three hundredths of an advantage
over Melbadis going into this fourth
and final medal run. Silver
medallist at two World
Championships. He is world number
six. He is slightly overachieving
here. Karen he get himself a medal?
His starts have been perfect. Just
gone a shade quicker.
will be very good. It looks like as
they come into the sled, it jumped
forward as they both loaded. That is
what you want, good velocity at the
top. Not so much about the start
time but how much speed at the top
you are carrying into the first
couple of corners. He has driven
them perfectly. A nice high line,
right on the limits as he pushes
himself across. A little bit high
but early... That is going to cost
him. Is he going to fall behind the
Latvians at the bottom? They do find
a lot of speed at the bottom of the
track. Another mistake, this is
falling away from him. They will not
get a medal at this rate.
Latvian is. The final run gets
ragged and he drops further back
behind Nico Walther. He has blown
it, Lochner. Melbadis has himself a
guaranteed medal for Latvia.
what we have seen in all of the
competition so far. Certainly in
these single competitions, the last
three or four coming down have all
moved around because somebody has
made a mistake. Is that the pressure
that has just got to this young
pilot, Johannes Lochner? Not really
any mistakes until he got to that
exit nine into 12, that little tap
as you come down the Dragon's tale
is what cost. Everything was
perfect. This is what cost him a
potential Olympic medal. A couple of
centimetres the other way and he
would have been down in front of the
Latvians and his team-mates.
well, well. This means... The
Germans so want to get this gold
medal. They had three chances. They
only have one more chance of gold
and it remains at the hands of
Francesco Friedrich, the man who had
a nightmare in Sochi went so well
fancied. He is a superb, superb
pilot. But can he now put his name
alongside the greats? Let's see how
One thing we know for
certain, Germany are going to get a
medal because Nico Walther is set in
second. Whatever happens here, if he
comes down in front or behind him,
they have a medal, which is what
they need. But he is not bothered
about Nico Walther winning a bronze
medal, what he is worried about is
getting the gold. He licked the
afterburners on run one. A new track
record. The any person we have seen
go on ducks that 49 seconds. Is this
going to be the run that will win
it? That was almost perfect but he
is starting to pull away. Has he
come into that corner a little late,
which will cost him speed? A little
tap. It is dropping of.
Down to six
hundredths, clean out 15, has here
-- got enough customer just moved
ahead of the Latvian. Friedrich goes
to the front, guaranteed silver.
Melbadis guaranteed bronze. Are we
going to get one final upheaval, as
Justin Kripps for Canada waits on
the sidelines? Friedrich has done
all he can.
One thing Justin Kripps
has to do now is absolutely nailed
this. If he doesn't, he could drop
out of the medals, because
everything is so tight at the
moment. He has two tents. If he
wants a medal he has to come in
front of Nico Walther. He has been
the most consistent pilot, he should
be able to stay in front of the
Germans but you never know. One
mistake is so costly at this level,
because everybody has been
going to win gold with Francesco
Friedrich Horwill Canada win gold --
Horwill Canada win gold with this
man, Justin Kripps, who is in the
next 60 seconds or so attempting to
win gold in this two man event for
Canada for the first time since 1998
when Pierre did it. Friedrich in his
sights. Kripps has had identical
starts on each of his three runs.
4.93 the figure to watch out for. He
is capable of a 49.09, which, of
course, we'll do it if he can repeat
it. The start all-important. 4.93 as
Kripps goes for gold for character.
4.9 two. You will see initially in
fall back into the red as they have
done because of the start deficit
between these and Friedrich. Watch
now. Justin is going to have to
drive the run of his life to come
down. He has been so consistent this
year. He has been on the podium
almost every race and has had two
top fours. His worst result is top
four. He is mailing lists. Starting
to pull in front of the Germans.
They had made mistakes at this
point. He cannot afford any
mistakes. This will be gold for
Canada unless he makes a mistake
down at the bottom. Definitely a
gold medal run.
Go Kripps, the world
number one for Canada, can he do it?
It is a dead heat, it is a dead heat
with Friedrich! For the first time
in 20 years we have a dead heat.
That is absolutely extraordinary! In
1998, the Italian dead heated with
the Canadian and we have the same
scenario again. Kripps and Friedrich
shared the gold.
Astonishing drama. At the Sliding
Centre. What an amazing finish. You
just don't get any closer than that
and you can see straight away, the
camaraderie between these teams. The
first people to congratulate the
Canadians was the German payer, they
are sharing the gold medal with,
what an absolute corker of a race.
Maybe if Friedrich thought it had
gone, maybe he was saying to
himself, Cripps is going to beat us,
he did not appear to do much wrong.
He didn't, but maybe he over drove
the last couple of curves to find
the right line. What an amazing
competition. This is what bobsleigh
is about, close racing.
fantastic. Germany back with the
gold, Friedrich can forget all about
what happened at Sochi. And Justin
Cripps, 31, gives Canada gold as
well at the end of a stellar season
for him. Onerous
for him. Onerous -- honours even,
both strike gold.
It couldn't go to
four nicer people. The two
four nicer people. The two Germans,
amazing people, you can see what it
means to everybody, especially the
Germans, they potentially thought
they could have missed out and they
thought it was not happening for
them but he is the man doing the
business. Will this give him the
confidence to do the business in the
four man as well?
People will be
asking back home, why not have a
run-off, a run head-to-head, for
gold? These are great scenes, they
We have just had a four
run run-off, why have one? You could
say, why don't we go down to this
thousands like the luge doors. But
this is great. Why change it?
Fair point from John Jackson, it
produces drama, shared gold medal,
Canada and Germany, bronze to Latvia
who had the fastest with run, how
extraordinary Germany came into the
final run six hundredths of a second
behind and went exactly six
hundredths of a second faster.
Nicola let's reflect on the position
and a run of Brad Hall and Joel
fearing, finishing 12th.
disappointed after yesterday but
what an amazing result, that is
Brad's best ever result on
what an amazing result, that is
Brad's best ever result on a global
scale. His best ever result, this
was all about reparation for the
He still has joined us.
Let's hear from Brad and Joel, they
have in speaking to Matthew Pinsent.
Brad, run three three Mac and four,
how was it?
Not as good as
yesterday. Pretty solid runs. Made a
mistake in each run, you can't make
a stake on this track and I suffered
Joel, what did you
make of diving tonight?
Like I said,
always really proud of Brad, come
such a long way, what is it, 12? I
mean, we cannot be upset about that,
we know they two man is not where we
shine, that's been -- beat our
position by a place. If we do that
in the four man, we are going to be
number one so you can't be too upset
There is a rumour going
around you are under the weather.
little bit under the weather but
good guys around me, looking after
me, we had to deal with that today
but it means I just get fed and well
for the four man, get out there and
smash it up.
I can see the smile is
there, we reckon that the top two
man position in the Olympics for
Is it? I didn't know.
Like Joel said, my personal best in
the World Cup is 13th, before the
competition me and the coach we had
a chat, and we said if we beat that,
that's the main aim, we finished
seventh after the first day, we
still beat our target, I guess I
have got to be happy.
Guys, thanks for the
Lovely to see them smiling,
Lovely to see them smiling,
some of the highlights of the final
run. They slipped from seventh down
to 12 but Nicola, it's all a
learning experience, it's about the
four man and the two teams that will
go for that.
This was preparation,
we know Brad is hugely talented,
relatively inexperienced compared to
the other guys, on the driving four
or five years, it's about
preparation for next week and for
Beijing in 2020.
Let's look at the
crews who assured the gold, the last
time this happened and 98, Canada
involved there as well but Germany,
what a drive from Friedrich.
exciting. Cripps, kept swapping and
changing, or over four miles of ice.
You see the Germans jumping for joy.
Latvia, that bronze medal was great.
Canada have really started to put
the metal down as last season,
Cripps, World Cup champion this
year. It was hit and miss, second,
third, he was there or thereabouts,
really just pulled it together, so
Actually when they came
over the line, they looked up for
the green light, it wasn't green,
neither was it read, because it was
exactly the same score and I love
the shots of the Germans and the
Canadians, everybody hugging, it
seems like a really tight that
community, bobsleigh. Look at that,
real sportsmanship, the Germans
celebrating with the Canadians, they
get a gold medal each, that is a
tenth gold medal of the Olympic
Games for Germany and for Canada, a
six gold, no silver awarded. Then it
goes bronze for Latvia. Nida Dar
when it was a dead heat for gold
there was a dead heat for bronze and
GB were one of the teams that were
in the dead heat.
It's family, we travelled together
for five months of the year, same
hotel, travel, these guys know each
other in and out and it's amazing to
see everyone celebrating. Fantastic
but Germany, they had a shocker in
Sochi. Allowed to get on the top
podium first but here come the
Canadians. For men in the gold medal
At least they didn't have
to stretch the podium, it was set up
for the four man Bob. Always space
for four people. I love that.
Afterwards Matthews spoke to the
congratulations, what quite a debut.
To win an Olympics. Incredible. How
close did you think it was going to
be before that last run?
start, we knew it was going to be a
knife fight and we tried to squeeze
out every second we could. Justin
had an amazing run, it was enough.
It must have been an amazing
feeling, especially to stand
together with two great sliders on
Incredible. After seeing
for Friedrich did in the first run,
sliding well today, super fast run,
setting the track record, I knew I
needed everything for that last run,
mentally and physically. We managed
to do it, come down in a tie with
those guys was incredible, winning
the Olympics and sharing it with
The last time
people so you sliding on the BBC,
the Canadian bobsleigh was on its
side in Sochi.
You just need to put
it on TV more often, we had a couple
of good results from then. Quite a
Thank you. Congratulations, Germany
and Canada sharing that, the
commentators said it doesn't get
Funny enough that was
one of the closest in history,
because only the second time in
Olympic history, the five sleds
going into the final run were all
within a quarter of a second,
extraordinary. We had a dead heat in
another speed event in Sochi, the
women's downhill, alpine skier,
speed events, extraordinarily, it
In the cross country
skiing, we have to go to a photo
finish and you think how can this be
this close at the end of 35 minutes
of huff and puff.
Get your binding
in front, that is the key. Thank you
so much, been great. I am going to
take you through some of the
highlights, I think Nicola you are
with me some of that, you go and
have a well earned lunch.
for her and coffee cups. I heard
If you want squeaky on
time when it comes to this as Sir
Alex Ferguson quaintly printed --
put it, you can go no better than
ski jumping. I did a feature there,
right place, right time, turned out
to be one of the greatest
competitions in Olympic history and
it was won by the host nation.
Absolute mass hysteria particularly
when this guy, the man who flunked
his final jump four years earlier to
throw away a gold medal in
Lillehammer, he out jumped the hell,
137 metres, tens of thousands of
people went bananas and I still get
goosebumps thinking about it. The
middle of a blizzard. I don't know
how they did it. I'm not the only
one who loves this team event, I
know you do as well, whose jumpers
would fly today? As we join this in
the last round, it's very tight. The
Norwegians have never won this
event, Germany in second, the Polish
team who have the double individual
big hill champion in their team in
bronze medal, the Japanese insects.
We have a jump per team and they are
cleared for takeoff. With Ollie
COMMENTATOR: solid jump. He reacts
immediately. That keeps Poland in
contention. You heard almost a
springboard sound of them leaping
into the air. Like a fighter jet
engine soaring down that hill. Look
how quickly he lands this.
Immediately knows it's good. You can
see the green line when you jump,
you know what you are trying to
beat. That gives Poland to offer
jobs gone. Keep in mind, when we see
the German score, after this job. In
the first round, he had 128 metres
and just over 124 points. This is
round two. Now... 129 metres. Was
that a little short? Of what he
thinks he needs? When I say
mistakes, they can change
everything, I'm not talking about
the kind of mistake that sees you
only jump 30 metres, I talk about if
you lose 3-4 metres, that could be
enough. Five points were in it
between three teams at the start of
the final round, there is a member
of the German team providing some
encouragement. I don't know, he
doesn't know! Poland goal ahead of
Germany. With two jumps to go. Well.
The last of the second group. From
Norway. He needs to keep his
composure. And keep them ahead. Will
he do it?
Big jump, good jump, that looks as
if it will be enough. Mr
reliability. Has not been anywhere
near the medals, unlike most
Norwegian team members who have had
such a good Olympics on the ski jump
but top 15s in both events, fourth,
consistency across the members that
are so important, because you cannot
get rid of any scores, you can't
count three of them, you need four
and that is for someone like Andreas
comes in and that's why he gets that
kind of reaction.
They will be buzzing in Norway right
now. Here is the score, still in
first, it is a 30 point gap with two
to go. That leaves it all to do.
Look at this, Poland and Germany are
slipping. If Norway could stay just
about faultless with these last two
jumps they will have their
first-ever team gold medal. Austria,
a shade ahead of Slovenia for
fourth. Japan out on their own in
sixth. And we have two sets of
jumpers left to go. Norway, so far,
dominating this Olympic team final
and well on their way to that first
ever team Olympic ski jump gold.
A joy to watch this Norwegian team
jump. We have a couple more
opportunities to carry on. This is
your start list for group three out
of four. Austria have the job of
118 metres in the first round. And
that is not brilliant, 113.5. Not an
improvement on his first round.
When you land that far back, you can
see how far behind you are. The
coach looks and despondently. You
have do stand here and wait for the
score but not much fun, a bit of a
sorry way to end your Olympics. But
only 23, he will be back.
He had 115 metres in the first
round. And practically the same in
the second round. Again, not at the
top end of world-class.
top end of world-class. All the
Russian jump so far have been within
about 115-123 metres.
about 115-123 metres.
If you are
wondering why is style apart of
this, why are there judges? It has
always been this way. Kasai
Preparing for his jump. There has
always been a debate as to whether
there should be style but that voice
has been and that status quo
prevails right now. The judges are
watching this, not just for
distance. Roundabout 125 metres for
Kasai. 125 and the money. The
landing was a bit scruffy. This is
what the judges are looking at,
looking at your form and the way you
lean over those skis. The poise.
Every ski jumper holds themselves so
still, knees bent. Nice landing for
Kasai. Some people have suggest get
rid of the judges and just do it and
distance, the danger with that is
safety. Japan to second. There are
issues or there have been issues
around ski jumping with weight
because the less you wait, the
further you can jump. Laws have been
brought in as to how athletes
control their weight.
Here is Bartol
from Slovenia. That is one
consideration. Judging it, the
theory goes, keeps athletes doing
things in a safe manner. Not too bad
from Bartol, but again, 122 metres
is not going to challenge anyone at
the top end of proceedings.
Three years and the World Cup
circuit, Bartol. Slovenia building a
reasonable ski jump team. Maybe in
four years' time when we had to
Beijing, they will have more of a
say in this team final but not right
now. First for the time being, but
not for long.
not for long. Grigore has seen Matt
from Bartol. Slovenia on 8:36.7.
Austria are left now in this mini
battle for fourth place.
battle for fourth place. 2011 world
champion. Two bronze medals,
Vancouver in 2010. Great pedigree,
his form not so good right now. And
again, I think he wanted more from
that jump. 122.5. Just about the
same distance as Bartol. Bartol
scored 111 points, so there is your
reference. Will this be above or
below the 111 points?
below the 111 points?
on, 111.3, and that will be enough
to keep Austria about three points
ahead of Slovenia, fighting it out
for that somewhat sad fourth place.
Into the medal contenders.
Into the medal contenders.
he has been on and off. He needs
consistency now more than ever.
It is OK, it is OK, not quite as far
as his monster 138.5 first-round
jump but it close enough to keep
them in the hunt maybe for a silver
against Germany. Could they even get
past Norway for Goldcrest, we will
need to see mistakes from Norway for
that to happen. Andreas
Kubacki through the outcome holder
until the last minute, you absorb
the landing on the front leg, shift
the weight to your back leg and if
you are happy, do that. Thumbs up
from Kubacki. One 235.3 points.
Poland go first and that puts
pressure on Freitag.
Relatively long jump. He's holding
in his reaction. 134.5 metres. Looks
back up at the hill. Little talking
to himself because that is a good
jump but it is so, so close. We just
saw Kubacki put down 1:35.5. It
comes down to judging and those few
compensation points, no wind out
there tonight hardly. Look at those
German fans, willing on Freitag. And
at the top of the hill, the Olympic
champion looking on. Will he have
that Freitag feeling? Second place.
Rats is the translation from
Freitag. Poland have a .6 lead going
into the last two athletes. Forfang
needs to be solid and long butty has
a bit of a cushion. Our silver
medallist on the normal hills. It is
a good jump. Again, the distance
wasn't quite up there with what we
have seen. 132 metres. So, Norway
might lose a little ground on Poland
and Germany here, or at least lose a
little of that advantage they have
built up. They had about a 30 point
gap. Let's see if those few extra
metres are going to make a
difference. Remember, the judges are
looking at this as well. It is a
good looking jump form wise, start
still until the end. Almost offering
up a little prayer. Johannson dons
the helmet. He will be the last man
down for Norway. They stay in first
place. They preserved that 30 or so
point advantage. Almost a breath of
relief for Forfang. The judges were
happy and you will see now that that
gap has closed to more like 20
points separating Norway and Poland,
with Germany just a fraction behind.
20 points for your last jump is
still a lot to play with but it
means Robert Johannson has to get it
right. We are going into the final
set of jumps, with pressure on
Johannson and Poland and Germany
slugging it out at the top end
behind Norway. We look again at
Forfang's jump. A little shaky on
the landing. You could see the
Norwegian coach is sort of saying,
all right, good enough, good enough.
They get to congregate down at the
bottom, the Norwegian team, because
they are in the lead. Three out of
four down. One group to go, here
they are. These men will decide
their Pyeongchang 2018 team medals.
Up to the top we go. Eight jumps
left. We begin with
left. We begin with Finland, Aalto.
His last jump of this Olympic Games.
A little short of the Cape point.
A little short of the Cape point. --
K-point. 6.5 metres back, he will
lose points from the 60 base score
because of that and then the judges
will give him another score based on
Into the landing. Not too much
distance between those legs, ideally
you would have a little more
separation between those. 16.5s is
OK for the judges. 104 points and
Aalto bowels out of these Olympics.
Olympic athlete from Russia Kliomov.
He scored 111 points in the first
round, and this is the second round.
Just back of that red line. 122
metres. So, lost a metre between his
Straighten up, ankles out, the shape
and the skis, which is the method of
ski jumping adopted by just about
everybody at international level.
And into that landing, which is
mandatory, you don't have a choice,
have to land that way, otherwise the
judges deduct points. 108.8.
Kobayashi from Japan. I know I keep
banging on about him, he has been so
much fun to watch. He has a hill
record with a huge jump earlier.
Will he come anywhere close here?
No. And that reaction tells you he
is a little frustrated not to go
further. 130 metres is still
reasonable. But he has done so much
better, and I think he will do so
much better in future. Remember this
name for four years' time.
A couple of 130 metre jumps for
Kobayashi. That makes uncomfortably
the best Japanese jumper here
tonight. 20 metres or so ahead of
anybody else from his country.
There is the score. Japan will
finish on 940.5, and they are second
right now. Here comes Slovenia.
Prevc, his last chance to have some
kind of impact. They are in a battle
with Austria. Three points behind.
He had 134.5 metres before. That,
again, would help.
It is going to be a relatively close
jump. Maybe a little bit further
back? One metre back. 133.5.
back? One metre back. 133.5. Prevc
did not figure in the middle is the
way he would have liked to. He was
the silver medallist on the normal
hill, the bronze medallist on the
large hill. That never happened for
him here. He was 12th and tenth
instead. Beating Austria into fourth
place. That would at least be
something for Slovenia to leave the
Latics with. They have never won
8-team medal. It is only Peter Prevc
that has made an impression in
recent years. That is the Slovenian
score. We know that Michael Hayboeck
has to get Australia above the
Slovenians. Already stressful enough
for them to beat fighting for
fourth. They don't want to finish
Long! That should be enough to send
Austria into fourth place overall.
Into provisional first above
Slovenia right now. Michael Hayboeck
was the surprise leader after the
first hill. He finished strongly and
took sixth place in the end. It
looks like he has delivered where it
mattered. Austria don't have the
strength to be competing for medals.
But that is at least a promising way
to end their ski jump Olympics.
138.5, and Austria move 11 points
ahead of Slovenia. It looks like
they will settle for fourth. That
means we have three jumpers to go
and three medals to decide. Nothing
those guys can do. It is down to
these. Andreas Wellinger for
He has an Olympic gold and Olympic
silver already. He is going to get
another medal. What colour is it
going to be? It is quite long. He
looks like he wanted a little bit
more. 134.5. It opens the door a
fraction for Poland.
Andreas Wellinger, only 22 years
old, still the only returning member
of the German squad that won team
gold in Sochi. Norway look right now
like they are going to take that
away from Germany this time around.
But what a talent this man is, gold
and silver. His team-mates have been
standing there applauding all week.
Here is Jiminy's final score.
1075.7. -- Germany. We'll see if the
man who won gold on Saturday can
poll above that,
poll above that, Kamil Stoch. Three
times and Olympic champion. He won
the gold on Saturday and they
smuggled crates of beer into the
Olympic Village afterwards. Poland
were just happy to be celebrating.
Will they celebrate again?
Will they celebrate again? 134.5. It
matches Andreas Wellinger. We will
go to the judges.
Well, we had such a nail-biting
finish between Wellinger and Stoch
in the final. You can see Stoch
Pratichetti cheering his nails
through his gloves. In the end, he
won by a narrow margin and Wellinger
settled for silver. Now they are
battling for medals on behalf of
their country. Look at this from
Kamil Stoch. Gliding into the
landing, cushioning it so nicely.
All they can do now is wait for the
score. Look at those faces. Gripped
on the screen. They are going to see
it when you see it. They are second,
1072.4. They will at least take the
bronze medal. But Germany stay ahead
of them. Will it be silver or gold?
Robert Johansson of Norway has about
a 20 point cushion to play with. For
him and for Norway, gold is just
some whiskers away!
Here he goes, for gold. It is long!
It is clean! It is surely enough for
gold. Gold for Robert Johansson.
Gold for the team. They are on top
of him already. He has been
imperious all Olympics long. Two
bronze medals. Now they are going to
be champions at the team event for
the first time in their history,
which is mad, it is crazy! The
Norwegians invented this. They have
won 30 medals at the Olympics, they
have never won the team event. The
man who has captured so much
attention around the world is the
man who gets to glide home to gold
on behalf of a whole nation. It is
not official yet, but it was good.
It was long. It was clean. It had
everything it needed to win a gold
medal. And it is just a matter of
the score coming out in front of our
faces any second now.
There it is! It is gold. 1098.5.
There will be no close shave in this
Olympic team final. Robert Johansson
delivers the gold for Norway. They
will stand on top of that team
podium step for the first time.
There was whiskers are golden.
Norway are your team ski jump
How many more can he dream up? I
think that moustache should get a
gold medal of its own. Absolutely
fantastic. Extraordinary, that is
their first gold medal ever in the
team event. In fact, we have some
bragging rights, as you know, the
Finns love their ski jumping, and it
means that Norway are officially one
ahead of them in the overall gold
medal count in ski jumping in the
Olympics, with 11, to the ten. The
Norwegians are having their best
games ever. When you think about it,
the standards are crazy for them.
They have already won 28 medal so
far, and their previous best was 26.
For Kamil Stoch and the Polish team,
again, a first time on the podium in
the team event. Happy days all-round
for whisker wearers. We are now
going to cut loose with margin,
high-kicking and slashing. It is the
ice hockey, the sharp end of the
women's ice hockey. It is semi-final
time. We have the USA up against
Finland in the first. Finland have
been on the podium twice, but only
with a bronze medal. This US side
contains six of the members of the
team who claimed silver behind
Canada four years ago. They are
itching for the chance to upgrade
that. They guaranteed silver on
offer in the first semifinal,
watched by Kate Simpson and Seth
Game day on semifinals day in the
women's tournament. This is the
opportunity. The opportunity for
four teams to state their case for
This could be a chance? Yes! The
Americans have the lead. Marvin
found time and space. Out in front,
and that is what it means to her in
a semifinal. Huge mistake by the
Finns. The US get the starter this
game they want.
This could be a chance! What a
finish that was!
finish that was! Cameranesi, the US
capitalising on Finnish mistakes.
Two goals could be enough to send
them to the gold medal game. A huge
giveaway in the zone, and before
they had blinked, it was in the back
of their own net. What anticipation
from Cameranesi. Looking to the
middle of the ice. What a shot.
Brant row. Monica could not handle
it again. It went into her skater.
It was a nice play from Brant.
Getting this one all the way across.
Too far wide.
Here is Cameranesi, putting it on a
tight angle. Ten more seconds with a
two player advantage. They want to
go back door.
Another opportunity, and they
convert. Five on three power play.
The USA are steam-rollering towards
the gold-medal game. Too much, too
strong, and Finland cannot handle
them. Great finish from Jocelyne
Lamoureux. And that is another goal.
Finally, it comes.
Finally, it comes. 6.05 remaining in
the second period. For Hilary
Knight, this has been the
Knight, this has been the wait and
the US are well on their way.
will be a message for Team Canada,
to say that this America team came
out and dominated, we have got to
come out and do the same thing
against the LA are in the semifinal.
-- against the OAR. That is a
from the Americans.
from the Americans. They are
sensational right now. There is very
little that Finland can do about
this. Cameranesi claims his second
of the game.
The USA through to the final, but
who would they face? All of Canada
was expecting a semifinal against
the Olympic athletes from Russia to
be easy enough, they are going for a
fifth medal. They thumped the
Russians 5-0 in the group game.
Could they had them for six this
time? Let's see.
Spooner, playing it in front.
Wonderful opening goal for
Wakefield. Again, it is the
creativity of Spooner. So big and
strong. The Canadian forward, whose
family are from just outside
Manchester, delivering a beautiful
pass for Wakefield. Canada are
already on the board.
by the two Canadian forwards. It
looks like she's going to go behind
the net, and then she throws it back
towards Jennifer Wakefield. Look at
the netminder. She just leaves her
post ever so slightly. That creates
a little opening on the short side.
Just couldn't get enough with her
Scores! Something out of nothing.
When Canada needed a shot in the
arm, their inspirational captain
delivered. With a two goal lead,
they have one foot in another
Olympic final. What a nice backhand.
White starts the play, creating a
couple of OAR players coming to her.
Moving it over to Poulin?.
At The Side Of The Net, Wakefield.
She scores. Tight angle effort and
she powers that one
She scores. Tight angle effort and
she powers that one through. They
couldn't close the door, couldn't
keep it out and Canada are on their
way to the Olympic final for a fifth
Winter Olympic gold medal in a row.
Canada will come forward again.
There was a trip there. And another
goal. The players seemed to pause
and wait and Emily Clark cashes in.
Two minutes into the final session,
and Canada score two quick goals,
and they now will be heading without
doubt for a meeting, a date with
destiny, a date with the archrivals,
a date with the USA in the Olympic
final yet again. The Russians can't
clear their own zone. Slap pass. How
did that not go in from Johnson?
This time, she does get there. If at
first, you don't succeed, try, try
and try again. Johnson collected it,
dispatched its second time, third
goal of the tournament for her. And
Canada now have their fifth, and
they have their first power play
goal of the night as they had
comfortably into the Olympic final
I love the second effort
here. Melodie Daoust is a player we
have talked about, and the impact
she has had. Faked shot. Then
Rebecca Johnson does a great job to
stay on the park. With the net
minders behind her, he fired it
high. And that was the know doubt
one, the rebound off the crossbar.
No one knew where it was except for
Canada will be able to celebrate
here because, despite making hard
work of it for much of this game,
they are the ones that will go on
and, once again, they keep that
perfect record, reaching every
single women's Ice Hockey Challenge
gold-medal match. So the reigning
four time Olympic champions will
face the four time reigning world
champions, the USA against team
For the sixth time in seven
occasions in which women's eyes oche
has been included, it is USA against
Canada, surprise, surprise. The IOC
has announced the women's ice oche
competition will be extended from
eight to ten teams in Beijing, 2022.
But it will be the same two in the
final regardless of what they do,
but it should be a great final on
Thursday. Plenty more on ice action,
some of it with a dash of
refinement, some of it with a dash
of raw speed.
Jenny Coomes and Nick Buckland face
the music in the ice dance in their
third Olympic Games, they have
beaten long odds just to be here.
They will be going like the clappers
today in the men's 500 metres,
shortest of the long track races, 35
seconds worth of explosive skating.
Bursting with adrenaline, there is
some testosterone flying around as
well. The final runs in the two man
bob. The snowboard riders have
dropped into the half pipe already,
now the free skiers get their
chance, what could possibly go
And new for 2018, snowboard big air
create a big impression on its games
debut, Britain's Aimee Fuller one of
the women making Olympic history
And we are very delighted to welcome
another woman who made Olympic
history, Jayne Torvill, gold
medallist, bronze medallist,
wonderful to have you with us. We
have been chatting away to your on
ice partner, Crist, what have you in
I have watched as much
as I can. The figure skating, I have
enjoyed watching the snowboarding
and the tricks they do. It's nice to
have new sports in the Olympics.
sure is. When you look at some of
the ice-skating, Chris choreographed
the routine. More than the odd echo
of Bolero in there, we thought.
course. I know he worked with them,
but hadn't seen the routine. I saw
it and they were wearing purple
costumes. I was, like, whoa. It was
Yeah. Good timing on
your part, because you are here for
the ice dance, we will enjoy the
short dance, but you will know over
the last few days, we have been
having a Daly should opt for Bill
and Dean, a scout through the back
archives of your greatest hits.
Because it is the of short dance
that they can't we thought we would
pick your last competitive outing in
It was the rumba, and that is
COMMENTATOR: Jayne Torvill and
Christopher Dean skating at their
best. The feeling, the moves, and
some of those neat, little moves
that caught the public's imagination
and those British supporters, I must
say that there are more flowers
coming onto the ice following Jane
and Chris's programme than we have
seen at any time during these
STUDIO: Watching that, what was it
like sitting through that, when did
you last see it?
Not for a long
time. It was interesting to try to
remember the steps as they were
happening, but there are a few
moments in there which I remember
because they work the difficult bits
we had to work on many times.
was officially your last victory,
because you won that small dance.
the ice dance at the time, there was
a compulsory dance section, the
original dance and free dance. In
the original dance, we came first.
Going into the free dance, we were
Lions first overall, but then it
didn't work after then. -- lying
We talked to Chris about the
somersault and how the judges didn't
really seem to go for that, but you
were in a no-win situation. You came
into play by the rules, but were
judged Fritz Lee.
It was a difficult
one, -- differently. Turning
amateur, we wanted to come back and
not be the ones trying to break all
the rules. So we listen to
everything. What they originally
wanted was lots of footwork, going
back to ballroom dancing. At the
European Championships, which we
actually won, we did a lot more
basic dance routines, with not many
lifts. Going out of that, they said
we needed more highlights. We
revamped the whole programme and put
big moves in. We were told the
somersault wasn't allowed, even
though it was at the end of the
programme. Never mind.
If you've got lots of questions, I'm
sure you have, ask
sure you have, ask Jane. The rumba
is something we will hear again,
because the British pair of Penny
Coomes and Nick Buckland will use it
as well. We are looking forward to
Any and Nick asked Chris to
work with them over the summer, and
they wanted to use that music. They
asked if they could use that music.
Within their routine, there are a
couple of steps that they asked if
they could use as a tribute to us,
which is very endearing.
indeed. After a litany of injuries,
the fact they are at a third Olympic
Games is extraordinary. It is a
It's so hard to train for an
Olympics when you are healthy. You
push your body to the absolute limit
every day. There's only so much your
body can deal with.
In a second, my life changed.
Figure skater Penny Coomes has
suffered career threatening knee
injuries in training, which could
end her hopes of competing at the
Like that, I'm on the floor with
half of my kneecap here, and the
other half down here. I remember
crying, not from the pain, but from
what could be. And yeah, I've had
the hardest year and a half of my
life, but at the same time, it's the
strongest I've ever had to be, and
it's been a really rewarding time.
That is a career ending injury for
99 point numbers and people.
Definitely. We just didn't know what
the way forward was, I think, once
it happened, we put everything in
perspective. It is only ice-skating,
but it is something we have grown up
with and that we absolutely adore.
There was only one thing we were
going to do, that was come back and
pick up where we left off.
So many people were, like, that's
it, it is done and you can't come
back from this. I remember reading
those things and being so mad. I
channelled that energy. I remember
at our combat using that energy and
being out there, and being, this is
all the people that thought I can't
do this, because I can.
Not every day was a good day, and I
didn't do it on my own. When I was
down, I had my physio, my
psychologist, Simon, and of course
Nick. For me, at one point, I said
to him, "I don't know if I can do
this. I don't know that my knee will
be strong enough again." He just
said, "That's OK." And I think I
needed to hear that in order to get
In Michigan, this is where
you are based, why here?
Funnily enough, Michigan is an ice
dance hub, there are three big ice
dance camps, and Igor is one of the
best in the world. We have come here
for the last four years and trained
with a lot of our rivals, I guess,
which spurs us on every day in
training, which is an interesting
dynamic. But we get on really well
and it is really cool.
What does Pyeongchang represent for
I'm sorry... It's just so emotional,
because you know, this has always
been my goal. When we first set out,
we said we would do an Olympic
Games, and Pyeongchang, we always
said we would be our best here. To
have that taken away... I feel like
I've learnt it tenfold before I've
even got there.
Going out there
after what we have been through will
be a fitting end to this period of
our lives. But the best bit is, kind
of, yet to come.
Penny has come through a career
threatening knee injury, Nick had
heart surgery. How much do you
admire their efforts just to be in
They have been through
so much. I would just like to wish
them good luck for the free dance.
Indeed, I am sure there will be
delighted to hear this. This is what
they have been working towards, they
have not been able to do them
before, and here they are. Watching
a lot of luck.
How difficult is it as a skater, in
any discipline, to come back after
injuries in your sport? As you said
earlier, it is externally
unforgiving, the surface that you
are working on. You suffered some
1983, we were training for
the European Championships. That was
the year we did the Bolero routine.
In one point, I was flying to the
air horizontally, and Chris had hold
of my arms. He tripped and he could
not twist me to land. I just landed
from a great height, right on my
hip. My first thought was that I had
broken my leg or my hip, because it
was a really big impact. But then I
stood up, I this we had broken my
leg. -- I obviously had not broken
my leg. I was feeling tingling in my
arm and could not lift it. The force
that we had between us, the pull,
had pulled the ligaments around my
shoulder blade and fractured it. The
devastating thing for us was missing
the European Championships. I'm not
sure how long it was before, but it
was not long enough to recover. I
was in constant physio.
I am sure
you remember the physical
difficulties of recovering, but
mentally, I am sure you can
empathise with Penny?
Yes, what she
touched on their is that she has
done so much rehab and physio that,
in some ways, she is probably
stronger, coming back, having all of
that work on it, the rest of the
body, it is probably stronger.
Having that time to train for a bit
longer, having had to miss some of
the competitions. That is how I
felt, going into the World
Championships. I had more time to
train for it somehow. Mentally, that
We will see how they do
in a short dance. The favourites,
Tessa virtue and Scott Moore. They
went away from the sport, but it was
the lure of competition that brought
them back. Jane will remember that!
No phone votes required in the
Olympic version of Dancing On Ice.
Here they are, Great Britain's
comeback kid is, 20 months ago,
Penny shattered her kneecap into
eight pieces. They missed most of
last season and she was
reconstructed, rehabilitated. A
battle to defy the odds, for the
third time at deal of the games.
She was told she would never skate
again, but Penny Coombs and Nick
Buckland are back on Olympic ice.
Here they are. What will it mean to
them to be back?
Amazing. The first
event of the season for them was the
qualifying event in Germany. They
qualified and they won the event.
They got Team GB the spot.
their last possible chance to
qualify for the games, they needed
to come back and win. And they did.
They have done everything asked of
them. 68.36. A season best is 71.9.
We have seen the scores from the
judges a little bit down from what
you would expect. They leap to the
top of the leaderboard with that
performance. They have a
qualification mark against their
name and they are through to
tomorrow's free skate.
One of two Canadian pairs to skate
in this group. Top ten for four
successive years. Not selected
former years ago. They are lucky to
make their mark on this Olympics
instead. I am delighted to say we
are joined in the commentary box by
Nick Buckland and Penny will
hopefully join us in a bit.
Personalised boots, too.
Cleanly through the synchronised
twizzles. Unusual pattern on the
ice, to see them done that way.
They always provide different music
choices. I am always interested to
see what they come out with, Pipe
band Paul. -- Piper and Paul.
That looked like it was a little bit
ahead of the music to me. I don't
know if they will get caught on it.
It had looked a little bit ahead of
Great change of position, there.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is the
voice of Penny Coombs!
Penny, squeezing into the commentary
box just a few seconds before the
end of Piper and Paul's routine.
They always bring something new to
the table, they are very creative.
There was a lot of nice costume
features in that, which always makes
us smile. Definitely an enjoyable
Only Paul could pull those
69.60. Bumped off for now, is that
what you would expect from these
two? They are quality?
always been close with Piper and
Paul. I was expecting something
around that mark. It is definitely
within reaching distance in the free
dance. We will be in the same group
as them, the judges will be able to
They have targets
on their backs now?
second Canadian pair of the ultimate
group in the short programme.
Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje. They
came seventh in Sochi four years
ago. Another quality couple to come
out of Canada, with Tessa Virtue and
Scott Moir yet to come.
They have such depth, the Canadians,
in their high -- I stand squat. --
ice dance squad.
It is a difficult
thing for these two to deal with,
but it is pushed all of the Canadian
teams. I think it is only a good
thing Canadian ice skaters.
These two have chosen slightly
different music to everybody else,
their theme is Cuban street music,
so it is different in flavour.
How difficult is it to choose music
you are happy and excited to dance
too for a whole season?
It is very
important. You make that decision
early in the season. Usually you
keep it to the end. You've got to be
just as happy listening to it, seven
or eight months later, as when you
first played it. That is a big ask.
A couple of yellow boxes in the top
left-hand corner, that means there
are some elements out for review for
A little hesitation on
his first twizzle. That might be an
element which is up for review on
top of the ones that have possibly
They are down for a
level four step sequence, which
means you have to have 100% clear
turns, and that is really difficult.
That is probably why it is under
The blade was so close to his nose!
Changes of position, there were many
changes of position.
It looks like
there is a smear of something on her
side, I wonder if it is lipstick? I
don't think it is blood. It could
easily have been if that was any
closer to his face! Is it funny
sitting up in the commentary box and
watching all of the skaters come
next? Do you normally do that or
We will watch
things. Obviously we watch the
competition to speak about it. Now
we can speak about it to everybody
at home as well.
expertise and insight. Any, since we
have you appear, we have talked
about the recovery and mental
strength it took for you, it was
going to be an emotional moment
stepping onto Olympic ice again. How
did it feel?
Felt amazing. I was
just so proud. I stepped out there
and thought, right, this is it,
nobody can take this away from me. I
am actually here. There were times,
even a couple of months ago, when my
knee was not cooperating with the
training load. You kind of wonder,
am I going to make it, was the last
year and a half with it? Definitely
had a lot of smiles to myself when I
was looking at the Olympic rings.
yours is such a story of
determination and grit, and sheer
There is a smear of
something on his hand. I think it
could be blood on his hand.
A lot of
the time when you do these twizzle
sequences and you catch your blade,
that happens. You just need to catch
the blade as quick as you possibly
can. That's the one thing going
through the skater's mind.
way down on their season best, but
enough to catapult them to the top
of the standings. We have a Canadian
1-2 Finau, with Penny and Nick in
the USA, three time championship
medallists, three medals in the bag
already. These two are Marmite,
aren't they, when it comes to ice
dance. You either love the fact that
they are brother and sister and the
dynamic it brings, or you find it
uncomfortable to watch.
It is a
difficult one. It is one they have
had to deal with their whole
careers. They have found themselves
in the last couple of years. But you
know, they have had a very good
season. They have done some very
good programmes, and they always
super-clean, these guys, like
A little bit of a stumble on that
twizzle, actually. We will see if
that plays a part in their level.
They won bronze at the last World
Championships, do you think they
will be pushing for a podium place
I think so. There are
three really strong American teams,
so there is a miniature competition
within the games themselves with
those three teams. They are battling
it out between themselves as well.
These two are very clean and
everything goes very well to the
As we see right here, right
Just struggling with a bit of speed
here, the last bit of the programme
looked a little slow to me. But
again, super, super clean.
A lot of tempo changes within this
news it as well, the music is going
up and down depending on what tempo
they need for the specific element
they are doing, which is very
All the precision you'd expect. They
are neat as hens, aren't they.
was a strong performance. They did
what they needed to do. They have a
midline sequence, a level four,
which is a high-scoring element, but
you expect nothing less from them.
We have new leaders, then, ten won
and Alex Shibutani of the United
States. Their countrymen come up
next -- Maia and Alex Shibutani.
next team are our favourites because
we train with them.
Penny and Nick
backing these guys, Madison Chock
and Evan Bates. Two time
championship medallists, skating
together for seven years. I believe
they started dating a year ago. So
it will be a different dynamic on
the ice compared to the Shib-Shibs.
They are really nice people to train
and see every day.
See if that spark
makes a difference here, then.
Little mistake on the third twizzle.
It will cost them a level there, I
think. I think that would make that
level two, which will cost them some
Great composure, a nice, clean
As your training mates, you must
know this programme yourselves
inside out, almost on sing along
with it daily in, day out.
nice to train along side them
because we push each other when we
are doing harder training days. It
is competitive as well. You want to
make sure they do a good run through
and perform a good one, too. It is a
healthy version ship we have with
Bags of Latin heat in there. You
said there were a couple of
mistakes, but the judges haven't
marked them down.
We can see that,
actually, they're synchronised
twizzle 's at the moment are not
under review, they are on the system
as level four. That was a big,
obvious mistake on the third
twizzles from Evan. I will be
surprised if they don't pick that
They will be pleased with the
performance. They looked like they
felt the energy of the crowd and got
into it with the dancing section
towards the end. For me, watching
it, I thought it was one of their
better run through is, so I think
they will be very happy.
It is a new
season's best for Madison Chock and
Evan Bates. You were right, guys,
they will be happy with that. 75.45
for the Americans, but it's not
enough to push them above Maia
Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, their
team-mates from Team USA in the lead
for now after that penalty in the
groups. It is time to say thank you
to Nick and Penny. Thank you for
joining us. Best of luck tomorrow.
Thank you for having us.
No, we sleep are, we great
Nick and ten free Mac have headed
off, Robin Cousins is back to claim
his rightful place in the commentary
box for what is going to be a really
great final five skaters in this
short programme of the ice dance
competition. Nick and Penny have
headed off. It has been cat and
mouse between these two couples for
the top spot in the sport over the
last couple of seasons, and it's
time now to find out who will come
out on top when it comes to the
In the short dance.
no. Over the next two days, we will
find out who comes out on top,
because it will be a battle between
these two, Tessa Virtue and Scott
Moir, and the French couple who will
skate afterwards, Gabriella
Papadakis and Aguillon size
Papadakis and Aguillon size wrong --
Terrific control. Headline through
the steps sequence.
Into the Rumba.
Safely through the twizzles.
Occasional lift to finish.
And the world champions won that a
Limerick title, only silver in
Sochi, they took a couple of years
away from competition, but they were
still training, still working. They
came back last year to win the World
Quite a stark contrast
between the Canadians and the French
team, but they absolutely execute
the style. It has a slight element
of spontaneity with the performance
itself. It has to be precise and it
has Doobie clean with the footwork.
The timings throughout the twizzles
-- has to B clean.
A season's best in the short dance
at the Olympic Games. They are out
for that gold medal.
And a new world
top score for short dance.
Record-breaking, they have put
themselves in the best possible
position to claim that Olympic title
to go with the gold they won back in
Vancouver back in 2010. Beat that,
they say. When you come to ice
dance, you are one team or the
other. It is time for you to decide
back home which you prefer. Here
come the two time world champions,
four-time European champions, they
missed out on a place in Sochi last
time out. This is their first
Olympics. Odds on to come away with
Oh! Wouldn't want that to happen
Some costly mistakes creeping in.
They will have lost ground on their
training mates and rivals, Tessa
Virtue and Scott Moir.
surprised, they have still been
given level four on the twizzles.
The pattern dance, though, just to
sequence level three.
Slightly off on the step into the
Yes, second place for Gabriella
Papadakis. The French pair go second
into the free dance tomorrow. We
have three other couples to skate
Skating at their first Olympics,
they came out on top when it came to
the teen USA rivalry.
second in the short dance and the
free dance. But they became national
The neckline not close to matching,
there, one of the points from the
feet point of view.
A few mistakes from Madison and
Zachary as well.
Zachary as well.
They made the
correct turns within the Rumba
sequence. One straight leg, one bent
leg, within the middle of the key
point was a bit odd to see.
It is a
new season best for Madison Hubbell
and Zachary Donahue. 77.70 five.
They are up to third place.
2018 European silver medallists,
Dmitri Soloviev and Ekaterina
Bobrova. They lost out to Canada at
the start of the games. We saw this
short programme performed back then
as well. I think the earrings are
designed to keep her shoulders
Safely through the synchronised
Just be rotational lift to go.
Well, the Russian cheer squad
getting behind that one, as you
would expect, but it will not be
enough to push the world champions,
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.
have fours for all of the tech
elements. But the green boxes for
the grades of execution are not as
high. Not as many plus scores,
probably no plus threes in there.
The lead line, not matching on the
twizzles. -- late line.
I just think
twizzles is a rubbish name! They are
so technical and difficult, twizzles
makes them sound...
Split the Americans.
Just a marker or so down on the
season's best skate for them, and
they are in fifth. Two American
couples above them. One below them.
This is our final couple to skate
today. Anna Cappellini and Luca
Lanotte of Italy. The 2014 world
champions. They are six time Italian
national champions. They just missed
out on the European medal, in the
recent championships, coming forth.
It's her birthday today.
Another couple for whom the Latin
flavour is not necessarily natural.
It suits him, I think, better than
it does Anna
It suits him, I think, better than
it does Anna.
It was claimed, it was strong. The
birth date performance that Anna
she get the birthday present she
wants? It will be low nines for
their component scores. Skating
skills and transitions, the lowest
at this point. Interpretation and
timing, the highest.
It's a new
season's best for Anna Cappellini
and Luca Lanotte, 76.57. It is a
birthday present she was hoping for.
That puts them up into fifth in this
short programme qualification. We
are all set, Robin, for an exciting
competition tomorrow. Confirmation
of the qualification standing is.
Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donahue
in bronze medal position. The French
pair just behind the leaders with a
new world record, chasing down a
second Olympic title, looking to
come away from these games with two
more gold medals.
Your first taste of the Olympic ice,
talk us through your feelings on the
performance first of all.
It was a
tough one, considering the issue
with the costume that we had. But
you know, it was a totally great
experience. We still managed to keep
our focus and enjoy the moment. It
could have been better, for sure.
What is done is done, and we have to
look forward now.
It is always tight
between yourselves and Tessa Virtue
and Scott Moir. It is quite a
rivalry you have developed.
it's true. In the past two years
since we came back, we train
together, too. We came here and we
want to do our best. And that's what
we're going to focus on.
That was another fantastic
performance, and what a time to put
Yeah, good timing.
know we need it, to be honest. It's
not extremely comfortable skating
first after the warm up, but it's
good in a way that we know who is
skating after us and we have to be
strong. We are ready for that. We
are happy the way we executed but we
know there is a tonne of work to do
tomorrow. Tomorrow is the main
skate, we had to come out ready to
How important is every point given
the French couple are so strong as
The field is extremely deep.
We knew when we came back that we
would have a lot of work to get back
in the mix. And we are pleased with
our performance today, and looking
forward to executing the free dance
tomorrow. We believe in our
material, and the plan our coach set
out for us at the beginning of the
season. So far, we are on track.
How happy are you with how it went
Very happy. It is
something we have been striving for
for a long time to get on the
Olympic Stadium stop to go out and
put a good performance in. It is
You have both been
through it, but you with Yonny, how
was it to be back on the Olympic
It is a different feeling going into
competition. I have competition
pressure, but I am excited to get
out there. I smiled to myself
because after everything I have been
through, I made it and that is the
most important thing.
What can we expect tomorrow from the
free dance? Watching you, you seemed
to enjoy yourself out there. You
have put a lot of work into getting
here, what we don't do see?
dance is set to music by Muse. We
love it so much that we decided to
come back to it because we wanted to
perform it one last time. It is just
a programme that we love, it is
exciting with core lifts and
elements that I can't wait to
We can't wait to see you
perform in it. Well done today.
you tomorrow. Thank you.
STUDIO: Let's talk about
the couple out in front, the
Canadians, Tessa and Scott, that was
a world record. They beat their own
world record in the short dance. For
you, how did you like their Internet
but they did a?
It was, technically,
there twizzles step sequences were
very good and strong.
There were a few moments, I would
question, did she need to be on two
feat. She did things that didn't
need to count. It was part of the
choreography. But thoroughly
deserved to be in first place.
a distinctive style. Completely at
odds with what we saw from the
It is so different. I find
that sometimes they over perform.
The danger of that is that sometimes
you can make mistakes by over
In theatrical terms?
feel they should pull it back a
little bit, because the skating is
the thing that should be speaking,
not the aggressive movements and so
Less is more?
Exactly. I find
watching the French, even though
today watching them was quite
stressful, normally you can watch
them with ease. If anything, they
understate everything. I feel like
the Canadians overstated. Having
said that, the standard skating so
This is Gabriella Papadakis and ten
one. This is a difficult moment, the
dress is coming down here.
no way you cannot think about it. It
is the last thing you want to think
about at this point. You can see she
loses a bit of control and they lose
the Unison on the turns, which I
have seen them do perfectly well in
the past. If your dress is probably
going to spin out in front of you,
you don't know if that is what you
thinking of instead of rotations.
How much professionalism to get
through that? They couldn't stop.
No, they are not allowed to stop in
this case. They had to carry on
regardless. The fact it happened
anyway is a freaky thing, what are
the chances of it happening? They
have used the costume is before many
Has anything like that
happened to you? How do you make
sure it doesn't?
The one thing that
sticks in my mind is, as
professionals, we performed in
Madison Square Gardens, we had
nervous excitement to be there. I
had an adjustment to one of my
dresses, and something happened, the
angle of my body and my neck had
unhooked it, and it was a halter
neck. At least Gabby had straps here
to keep part of her costume. Mine
was ready to do this... I was
dancing the whole routine swapping
hands. There were points where I
needed to hold Chris with two fans,
we missed lifts and scrambled
through it. I came off in tears
because I was so upset and
disappointed. But it never happened
I'm sure it doesn't. I hope
it doesn't happen to her again, but
there are only two points between
the two of them, and they share the
same coach. There is a four point
gap to the first Americans, but it
is the second Americans, the
Shib-Shibs, they have created all
the headlines. They are brother and
sister, the most celebrated of the
They are a great team. As brother
and sister, I think the way they
have handled the Rumba, which is
essentially a love song, I think
they have handled it really well and
made it work for them. They have
their Rumba rhythm in there and
their samba. And they gave a great
performance. But have just been
picked by their team-mates.
picked by their team-mates.
have performed well before, it is
not unheard of. Is it more difficult
for a brother and sister pair to
convey the emotions on the ice?
think it is. The dish a need pole
did it well with the music, but when
you have a rhythm like a Rumba, it
is essentially a dance of love. You
have to do it in a brother and
sister way, because brothers and
sisters love each other, too.
about the interpretation of Nick and
Penny. Did they do it justice today,
it was your son?
I am so pleased for
them. They look like they are
enjoying every moment.
You could see
that really flowing out of them.
They were so happy to be there,
which is great, tents going into the
free dance and we wish them well, of
We have had lots of questions for
you, one or two, and you have been
you, one or two, and you have been
asking Jayne. "I Never had the
honour of watching you get your gold
medals live, but how did you feel
knowing you have the whole country
watching you, did you feel the
pressure? Or did you block it out?"
How did you do it?
At the time, you
are in your bubble. We were in
Surrey Ava, in the Olympic Village,
and that was all there was. There
was nothing outside of there for us,
it was concentrated and focusing.
Coming back many years later you
realise how many people were
watching. It is better if you don't
You are probably right. We
have seen Yuzuru Hanyu with Winnie
the Poohs coming onto the ice. I saw
a documentary, and Meghan says the
same, "You collected all the cuddly
toys and kept them. What have you
done with them?"
All through the
years, turning professional and
doing shows everywhere, I collected
a lot of cuddly toys, and it got to
a point where they needed their own
house. There was too many of them. I
did, as he has, gave a lot to
We shall see who throws the
cuddly toys on tomorrow, or lots of
bouquets. It has been great to have
you with us. We look forward to the
free dance tomorrow.
We are staying on skates, but these
babies don't have the toe picks,
because it is time for some speed
skating. Yesterday, there was a
major, major event in the Oval,
because it was the first time since
2010 that, in a speed skating event,
a Dutch athlete did not get on the
podium, extraordinary. It is a run
of 19 events where there has been an
orange clad skater on the podium. It
was in the women's 500 metres. Today
is the men's 500 metres. It is the
shortest of the long track events,
and 35 seconds for each race. They
go like the clappers, watch by Simon
COMMENTATOR: We have 18 pairs of
skaters getting ready to take to the
track. Daniel Gregg, an Australian,
is on the ice at the same time,
basing himself in the Netherlands,
the first Australian to win a medal.
Away first time, important to get up
to speed as quickly as possible as
they scampered down the finishing
straight. Carving up the eyes now.
It is a very good time by both
skaters, under the ten second
barrier. Of course, it is very
important to get up to maximum speed
as quickly as possible and sustain
the speed all the way around the
final 400 metres.
It gives you the
platform to go on and succeed. Neck
and neck towards the line. Who will
set the time to beat. Marginally
quicker than downgrade from
Colombia represented by Pedro, his
nation's flag bearer at the opening
ceremony. It is good to see a spread
of nations involved in the speed
skating. You don't see many
Colombians out there.
9.66, not far out from the
leaderboard time. Pausil moves onto
the inside of the track. This is the
important bit, keeping the speed
round the final bend.
round the final bend. His time is
the second fastest, Causil, 35.19.
Behind the time set in the last
race. Plenty of skaters still to
come. Roman crept from Kazakhstan,
74 years ago in this race.
Both skaters safely away. No falls
The Finn with quite an upright
sprint. He is not a fast opener.
You'll get people going down in 9.6,
but his flying lap is amazing. He
goes in a straight line. Pedro
Causil hugging the line. Sprinting
away, towards the line. This is a
good skate. Good enough for second
place. Pekka Koskela, 35.19. That is
almost the exact same time as Pedro
Causil. They will have to take down
to thousands of a second. I think if
they do that he has gone ahead of
the Colombian into second place.
Mitchell Whitmore from the United
States, from California, based in
salt lake, as so many of these
American skaters are. Fourth in the
World Championships last year, and
from the Netherlands, Jan Smeekens,
the world champion.
That will cost Smeekens a fraction
of a second. Who switched first?
Away go, this time. One of the big
favourites, Smeekens, the world
champion. Punching his way through
the air. 9.74 is the time for
Smeekens. That is equal to the time
he had, 9.61 he had at the World
Championships last year. This could
be the possibility, having the false
start and having to wait. Charging
around the inside lane.
finishing stretch, all eyes on the
cup now. Smeekens, the world
champion, crossing the line with the
fastest time. 34.90 three. He is the
new leader. With more of the United
States was behind him, but goes into
third place. -- Whitmore.
And it means that Hasegawa is
knocked off the top spot. Georgie
Catto from Japan is the other part
of the pair, the 2005 World
Gao Tingyu from China on the inside.
Both of them going really well.
Tingyu, from China, having a very
good start. One of the commentators
were saying that this guy could take
the gold this evening.
We are about
to find out if we will have a new
leader. Both of them are inside the
previous fastest time. Here they
come, neck and neck, into worlds the
finish. Sprinting for all they are
worth. The Chinese sprinter has done
so well! Gao Tingyu is the new
leader. Joji Kato is the new silver
medallist at this moment in time.
The pair of them, setting a new
standard in the 500 metre final. Gao
Tingyu does not look as impressed as
most of the people sitting around us
are, with this effort. Gao felt
quite heavily earlier in the
evening, in the warm up. There was a
bit of concern how good he would
come back. That is a new track
Came back pretty well, then!
From Canada, Gilmore Junio, and the
Korean, who got a medal in Calgary.
Gilmore Junio of Canada, on the
inner lane, wearing red and black. A
superb opening for both skaters.
Good, fast start from the pair
of them. A little bit of ground to
make. Have they got the power and
the ability to sustain this? The
Korean at the moment is going
quicker anybody else! Can he keep it
going? Are we about to see a new
leader? Here he comes. Yes! The
Olympic record has gone!
Cha Minkyu had everybody on their
feet. The new leading time. The
crowd have gone absolutely wild.
short track background of his, you
saw him coming in. That is the
advantage that you have, but you
have to be able to sustain and keep
really tight. He has skated an
absolutely magnificent flying lap,
as they call it, superb. It could be
a turn-up for the books that the
Koreans could be going away with
The Dutchman, Ronald Mulder, his
twin brother won the gold.
twin brother won the gold. Lorentzen
has had a fantastic season, he is
the world and born at this distance.
Away at the first time of asking.
That maximises the chances of a fast
time from the pair of them. Watch
the time as they go through for the
first time. Mulder, inside the
fastest time so far.
He will come
from the inner lane, he can sit down
a lot deeper. He will prefer the
outer last lane, because he does not
like the tight bends.
Here they come
into the finishing straight.
Lorentzen is going really well,
faster and faster towards the line.
Lorentzen crosses the line with a
new Olympic record time! 34.41
seconds. Mulder, 34.83. And Mulder's
time is only good enough for fourth
place! Harboured Lorentzen has one
hand on the gold medal.
The bronze medallist in the World
Championships in 2015.
Championships in 2015. From Finland,
the 34-year-old, Mika Poutala. Both
skaters away cleanly and first time.
Again, both skaters are inside this
leading time at the moment. We will
have to wait and see how well they
can complete the final 400 metres.
The key is how they come around the
final bend. At the moment, they are
both in with a chance. They can see
the line in front of them. Mika
Poutala is skating well. Is he
skating well enough? You doesn't
quite make it onto the podium. He
ends up in fourth place.
Boisvert-Lacroix ends up further
back in tenth. The man with the
Golden skates tonight is Haavard
Lorentzen from Norway. He is the
Olympic champion and the men's 500
metres. He has had a great season
and capped it in the best way
possible. Reaching the pinnacle of
Of course, those of you who have
followed speed skating, Johann Olav
Kos has always dominated the
long-distance, but this is the first
time they put something down,
really, in the short distances.
broke the Olympic record in the
process. A cracking race and a home
crowd which saw Cha Minkyu winning
the silver medal with 34.40 two. Gao
Tingyu of China, with the bronze.
The new Olympic champion. Haavard
Lorentzen of Norway. Cha Minkyu from
career with silver. Gao Tingyu
The first Norwegian gold medal
winner in that event for 70 years.
Having taken one, two Macron three
in Sochi, the Dutch were not on the
medal table again in this one. The
podium clear of orange clad
athletes. Could the rest of the
world be catching up?
We are clock
watching again shortly in the
two-man bob. We have got two
deciding runs. Great Britain have
stormed into the top ten, but
Germany are aiming to storm to the
top of the medal podium after
missing out in Sochi. Dig out your
jargon busters, we are talking Cork,
fake switches and Ali oops in ski
Mesmerising trickery on snowboards
already. But the riders are really
going to push it from here on. Stand
by to see the toughest tricks the
sport can offer. But no tricks, just
pure speed is what it is all about
any two-man bob today. We watched
Lizzy Yarnold going down that ice
flume to a third gold medal for
Great Britain's skeleton sliders in
the last three Olympics. You've got
to go back to 1964 to find the one
and only time that British
bobsledders have ended up on the top
of the podium.
The Greg Mounis Robin Dixon. It
looks like a good start. Dixon is
safely aboard. Tremendous Dixon. A
very good start indeed for Great
Britain. They are slapping about
right down the middle.
Up to about 80 miles an hour now.
Very good line around the bend. Not
twisted an inch.
Hasn't once touched the side. This
is a really fast run. They could be
on the way to their gold medal.
was 54 years ago, blimey. Am I that
What was it like for the pair
of you to look at the Union Jack?
The fulfilment of an enormous
ambition. Without any doubt, the
proudest and most emotional moment
of my life.
They became world champion is the
following year. Nicola Minichiello,
with Phil Cook, becoming the first
to win since the guys in the mid-50s
with their pomp. A long time to
Hearing those guys going out
there now, it seems like a lifetime
ago, but what an exciting time.
gold medal in Innsbruck was achieved
with no little help from the
Yes, the famous story,
about Monty's Bolt. He lent Dixon
the axle bolt, they got down to the
bottom of the run and they were
supposed to go. The slide was
broken. He had somebody go back to
the top of an axle bolt so they
could still manage to race. They
ended up coming down and winning the
gold medal, and the Italians were
relegated to bronze. He was rewarded
four years later, he went and got
the gold medal. But what a story of
sportsmanship, just amazing.
Real karma, you give and get. I
don't think it would be the same
these days. You would hope so, but
fierce competition going into the
last couple of runs. We got three
German crews in the first five. How
much do they want this title?
not just about the three teams, it
is about Germany. It was
embarrassing. Bobsleigh is, as far
as they are concerned, a German
sport, you have more tracks there
than anywhere else. They have won
more medals, they have had more
championships and more performers in
the sport. In Sochi they walked away
without any Olympic medals. It was a
national disaster. There were torn
apart in the press. But they have
done it in football, they have a
disaster, terror and go again. They
have new pilots, the age of the team
has come right down, they are
athletic, they have a new sledge,
they have rebuilt and are looking to
restore some German pride.
after Nash and Dixon, who would take
the gold in the two-man bob? It
turned into quite a race. As you can
see, coming into this, Germany in
pole position, three cruiser the top
Jimmy have won this title two times
in a row. A major shock that they
didn't get any medals in Sochi. They
are back with real purpose now. Who
will take the gold? Two more runs
will tell us.
The leaders, watch for their start
time. Five seconds dead is routine
for them. They lead, they went so
fast on their first run. Let's see
how they are away. Walters is proud
of his record coming up?
really dialled into his truck. Just
makes a little mistake. He was one
of the most consistent pilots
yesterday, which is why he is in the
lead, although he did have a moment
when he tipped over on the final
bend. He needs to get this right. He
has been so consistent. Just a
little tweak with the steering, he
is just trying to put the sled in
the right place. This will put
pressure on the guys coming behind
him as he comes down doing it is its
That was the slowest of his three
runs, it opens the door a little bit
for rivals. Fascinating the way the
track changed from run one to two
yesterday. Everybody seemed to go
fast on run one. Times dropped off
It can be due to the
track. By the time he has got down
the second run, that was almost 50
sleds. They break up the ice and
slow it down. It naturally slows
over time because it is broken on
the surface. That was a mistake he
made. I don't think it will cost him
too much. He did it yesterday, he
just rolled over because he didn't
get the steering point right,
because he couldn't see.
This man, Justin Kripps, together
with Alexander Kopacz, 49.1 on run
number one. Kripps has been quoted
as saying it is podium or bust. He's
not interested in fourth or worse.
He is the overall World Cup winner.
He has the usual cracking start,
let's see how well away he is.
He needs to be careful with
that mentality. As you see him steer
down, carrying a lot of velocity. A
lot of this green light is because
of the start if Rachel, it is
whether Nico Walther will steer it
better. The tactic of minute on
minute cost him in Sochi when he
crashed in the four man. He doesn't
need that at these games. He is a
medal contender, he needs to play it
safe. This is a good run from these
guys, pulling away from the Germans.
This is a run to the front. It will
still be hundredths Vivian.
to bend 15, will the lead evaporate
slightly? Only a slight evaporation.
A good leader by over a tenth.
Kripps, the world 11, takes the lead
from Nico Walther.
mistake that we saw from Nico
Walther where he had a tap between
four and five, that is the
difference between those two runs.
It has cost him nearly 25
hundredths, that type of time. The
steam coming off his back because
they have warmed up. The guys have
done what they need to win the sled.
Again, as they come up here, using
all of the corner to push themselves
across. He is a real challenge for
the gold medal.
Canada haven't won
the gold for 20 years, but they are
in a great position. Their fourth
and final run to come. Next, one of
two leading pairings who have been
talking greatly about how they are
struggling with corner two. Oskars
Melbardis and Janis Strenga, world
number eight. They are of course
looking forward, hopefully, for some
ratification from the IOC to see if
they get their bronze in the two man
in Sochi. The immediate problem is
to get ahead of Kripps and Lochner.
Medals Kolbe won at this point, but
they can certainly be lost. If he
doesn't get the corner too right,
that could be the medal chance gone.
They are a good starting pair, they
have good equipment. He drives
phenomenally well. He is an Olympic
medallist in two man, Olympic
champion, he did a lot of work them
out. That is good. He did a lot of
work in one. He is in touch, within
a tenth. These guys were quick
yesterday, but made mistakes on the
second run. As long as he can smooth
things out, he can stay in
contention, and maybe move into
first spot. Can he get close to the
The first one was the
quickest we have seen so far. Their
second run was really disappointing.
Which Melbardis be going to see you?
He is pulling back. Some really good
Kripps looks to be
holding a decent lead. That lead
maintained. The Latvian goes into
third place, then. Oskars Melbardis,
49.0 eight. There has been 1
hundredth between them, brilliant
Identical to his first run
yesterday. There is consistency
there when they get corner two
right. The problem they have got now
is, because there are hundredths at
Wigan, one of them needs to put in
an outstanding run to make a
challenge for Kripps and the gold on
the next run. -- hundredths between
World number two, four time world
champion in the two man bob. Can
Friedrich get it right now and keep
himself in medal contention?
starting team. If he gets this
right, we are in trouble. And he's
through there clean this time. He
has worked it out. Normally in the
two man sled, every major
championships in the last four
years, this guy has been in touch.
It didn't work in Sochi, the
government didn't run for the whole
German team. Is this the one where
he will put pressure on Melbardis,
Lochner and Kripps? Little tap, but
he is closing. This guy has
phenomenal equipment. He is not
normally this far back. He has to
fight to become Olympic champion
from this point.
12 hundredths of a
second off the Canadians. High-end
Raggett through 16. Look at that, a
record for him, and he is breathing
down Kripps' neck. The great
Francesco Friedrich, Germany want to
win this Olympic title back. They
made no show in Sochi. Friedrich
back in the game.
You can see what
it means to him. They both know what
that one was. That was perfect. That
is the run he should have had
yesterday. If he had that run
yesterday, nobody would be in
contention for the gold at this
point. That is the quality this guy
brings, this team brings, four time
champions in two man.
This will be a
thriller down to the wire. The five
main contenders are now separated
from gold medal position to fifth by
13 hundredths of a second.
shows you the difference. Almost
identical. Inches between the
difference in lines. That can be the
equipment, themselves and how they
find speed in a corner. That was the
run he needed to put down to put
pressure on everybody else.
go for Great Britain, good luck to
Brad Hall, what an overachievement
this has been until now. Brad in
this two man event, he is well
ranked number 19. He has never
finished higher in a World Cup two
man Bob Mann and 13. Seventh place
at the Olympic Games. Can he get
under five seconds for his start? He
is bang on.
That is a good start for
those guys. When we talk about
little bit of history, Brad has a
tap, not the run he needs out of
that corner. Settle into it, Brad.
We know you can drive the track.
Little tap, the same mistakes. When
we talk about little bits of history
in these events, it is not down to
medals. Joel Fearon Ron in the back,
I'm sure, is the first person to run
the 100 metres in under ten seconds
and compete in a Winter Olympics. A
bit of history for Great Britain.
The first person to do that. This is
messy from Brad. He needs to keep it
in, but a top ten results for him
would still be a great result.
Mistakes at two and four have cost
him, he has fallen a second behind
the Canadians in gold-medal position
at the moment. Brad Hall,
at the moment. Brad Hall, then,
4967, and I'm afraid that is a long
way short of his 49.37 from his
That run could drop Brad back a few
places, and that's unfortunate. But
great lines. Great lines in some
parts of the track. Still driving
politically well. John Delahunt
Hebert, one of the most animated
coaches on the circuit.
So, look at
this, then. What a run for gold we
have got, Kripps leads by 6
hundredths. Friedrich in second
place. Melbardis and bolts are still
in it. Who is your money on?
Friedrich can put in a run like his
first, he will put the turbo boots
It will be a compelling watch. I
think Brad Hall now to come for
Great Britain, he has got all of
Sussex right behind him, all of
Great Britain behind him.
The key here is, can he get himself
up to the top ten?
But Brad Hall needs a really good
one here. His start time, four-point
90s, which is decent.
He needs to
get through this corner. That is not
going to hell, a little tap. He has
a big lead over the Swiss, but I
don't know if that tap at the top
will help him out. He needs to try
to chewing into the track and make
sure he is perfect from now on. He
has been really good on this track,
he has the feel for it and has been
good at this point of the track he
is coming up to now. Just a bit late
coming in. I don't know whether he
has got the speed to stay ahead of
the Swiss. We need Brad to be in the
top ten. It is dropping away. Can he
do enough to stay in front?
going to be close, isn't it. It is
fading away, maybe. It is not to be.
Not to be. Rico Peter goes ahead of
him. Rico Peter was the problem.
Peter, such an experienced Swiss
rider, two tenths behind Brad Hall
before the fourth run, but Brad Hall
has lost it late.
Not much wrong
with the run, other than the knot at
the top he had. A great push from
the guys. It was the exit from two
into three. It cost him. Brad gets
hold of it quickly, but we're not
going to get to see it. He already
lost the speed from the top at that
point. All in all, I think Brad has
had a good competition. To finish
top 12 or what ever he will finish
off, he will finish top ten if other
people move around him, but top 12
is a good result for this pair
considering their world ranking.
Going now to Germany, we've got
three medal contenders, Nico
Walther. Nico, spectacular when
leading after run number one. He is
dropped now back to fifth place as
they begin this final, final assault
on the medals. The question is,
John, has he put himself under too
much pressure do re-establishes
position? His might have been the
equipment that didn't work in minus
11. This is the temperature that it
worked in yesterday. He is an
absolute magician in the front of a
sled. You don't usually see him make
mistakes. He has the best feel out
of all of the pilots coming up next.
Into the last five, don't be
surprised if you still see a German
one, two, three on the podium. They
haven't had any medals at the last
Olympics. They coming out fighting.
They want medals at these games.
They have do have medals. That is a
perfect line. There is nothing wrong
with this run at all. It is
absolutely perfect, just a little
tap there, but it is not going to
cost him any speed. Will he ducked
his head under the cover down the
final end? He has do get close to 49
seconds to put the pressure on,
49.35 is his time, the slowest of
four. That is him done for, John.
think you could be right. I really
do. He is looking at the clock. He
has come down first. That is all he
can do now. He has put the best run
in that he can. Maybe his equipment
was settled better for yesterday. It
is not quite working today, but he
can do no more. His Olympic run is
over. He needs to see where he ends
Nico, fantastic exponent of
bobsleigh piloting, but has a medal
just dropped away? We know, we've
been here long enough here this
fortnight to never write any
possibility of. Strange things have
happened consistently. Melbardis,
who comes next, starts off just 1
hundredth ahead of Nico Walther. He
needs the same sort of time to
confirm that position. But I think
he needs to go quicker and 49.35,
John. He needs to go a good deal
quicker to put the medal chase in
He needs to put a clean
running. The time will be the time
whatever it is at the bottom. He
can't have a run like his second,
when he absolutely messed up between
the top curves. If he has a clean
run, the last three sleds are under
a lot of pressure, because he is one
of the quickest guides on the field.
Twice he has been 49.08, which is
required here. First, he needs the
usual start, let's see if he gets
We are going to see the gap open
up initially because of the stark
difference between the German in the
lead and now this sled here. He will
start pulling away, but will he
drive well enough stop he made a
mistake through there yesterday. Is
he good enough to stay in front of
the German at the bottom, who had a
perfect run? All of these top pilots
now, there is nothing between them.
Absolutely nothing. The skill level
these guys have is amazing. Another
perfect run into the corner. He has
that absolutely nailed, slightly
better than Nico Walther through
this part of the track. Another tap,
but does he have enough to hold on?
Losing ground at this point.
clean, 16, does he take the lead,
Melbardis? He does. Guaranteed
fourth at worst. Melbardis has done
all he can. He has finished ahead of
Nico Walther, so it is a good
effort. Is it enough for a medal? We
will see shortly.
These three slides next, Johannes
Lochner, he has been one of the most
consistent two-man pilots this
season. But he has no Olympic
experience. Francesco Friedrich is a
former champion, but he struggle at
the Olympic games. If he puts a
running like his first one, he will
put pressure on Justin Kripps, who
is the last one to come down and has
been the most consistent this
season. The last three slides are
going to be fighting for hundredths
of a second.
It does look like
Nicola -- Nico Walther is going to
miss out. Melbardis with the lead.
Johannes Lochner had the advantage
over Melbardis going into the final
run. Silver medallist at the World
Championships. World number six,
slightly overachieving. Can Lochner
get himself a medal? Your start-up
imperfect. He has just gone a shade
Their velocity will be very
good. As they come into the sled, it
looks like a jump forward. That is
what you want, good velocity at the
top. It is not about the start time,
it is about how much speed at the
top you carry into the first couple
of corners. He has driven it
perfectly. Nice high line, right on
the limit as he pushes himself
across. A little bit high, but early
on. Is that going to cost him? The
Latvians, they find a lot of speed
at the bottom of the track. This is
falling away from him. He is not
going to get a medal at this rate.
The Latvian is, Melbardis on the
sideline, seeing Lochner's final run
getting ragged, and he drops further
back behind Nico Walther. Lochner
has blown it. Oskars Melbardis has a
guaranteed medal for Latvia.
what we have seen in all of the
competition so far. In the single
competitions, the last three or four
sleds coming down have moved around
because somebody has made a mistake.
Is that the pressure that has got to
this young pilot? Not really any
mistakes until he got to that sort
of exit, into 12, that little tap as
he comes down the Dragons tale into
12. That is what cost him, because
everything is perfect. This cost him
a potential Olympic medal. A couple
of centimetres the other way and he
would have been down in front of the
Latvians and his team-mates.
this now means that the Germans so
wanted to get this gold medal. They
had three chances. They only have
one more chance of gold and it
remains at the hands of Francesco
Friedrich, the man who had a
nightmare in Sochi. He was so well
fancied. He is a superb pilot. Can
he now put his name alongside the
greats, like Andre Langer? Let's see
how he starts. One thing we know for
certain, Germany are going to get a
medal, because Nico Walther is in
second. If he comes down in front or
behind, they have a medal. He is not
bothered about him winning a gold
medal, he is bothered about him
getting the gold. He left the
afterburners on the first run and
set a new track record. The only
person I have seen going under 39
seconds. Will this win him a gold
medal? Almost perfect, but he is
starting to pull away. Has he come
in a little bit late? That will cost
him speed. It is dropping off. Has
he gotten off track left to stay in
front of the Latvians?
15. Has he got enough in the belt?
Can he do it? He has, he has just
moved ahead of the Latvian.
Friedrich goes to the front.
Guaranteed silver. Oskars Melbardis,
guaranteed bronze. We are going to
get one final upheaval, Justin
Kripps for Canada waits in the
sideline. Friedrich has done all he
One thing Justin Kripps has got
to do now is absolutely nail this.
If he doesn't, he could drop out of
the medals. Everything is so tight
at the moment. If he wants to stay
in the medals come he has to come in
front of Nico Walther into tenths.
But he has been the most consistent
pilot. He should be able to stay in
front of the Germans. You never
know. One mistake is so costly at
this level. Everybody has been
going to win gold with Francesco
Friedrich? Or will Canada win gold
with this man, Justin Kripps? He is
now in the next 60 seconds or so
attempting to win gold in this two
man event for Canada for the first
time since 19 98. Friedrich in his
sights. Cripps has had identical
runs. 493 as the figure to watch out
for. He is capable of 49.09. That
will do it, if he can repeat it. The
start is all-important. 493, as
Justin Kripps goes for gold for
What you're going to see is
him initially fall back into the
red, as they have done, because of
the start deficit between these and
Friedrich. Justin is going to have
to drive the run of his life to come
down here. He has been so consistent
this year. He has been on the podium
nearly every race and had two top
fours. His worst result is top four.
He is mailing lists. He is starting
to pull in front of the Germans.
They had made mistakes at this
point. He can't afford to make any
mistakes. This is going to be gold
for Canada unless he makes a mistake
down the bottom. This is a gold
Go on, Kripps, the world
number one, for Canada. It is a dead
heat with Friedrich! For the first
time in 20 years, we have a dead
heat! That is absolutely
extraordinary. In 1998, the Italian
got a dead heat with the Canadian.
And we have the same scenario again!
Kripps and Friedrich share the gold.
Oskars Melbardis is in bronze medal
position. Drama again at the Sliding
What an amazing finish. You
just don't get any closer than that.
You can see straightaway the
camaraderie between these teams. The
first people to congratulate the
Canadians were the German pair. They
are sharing the gold medal with
them. What an absolute corker of a
How was the evening performance?
as good as yesterday, evidently.
Still pretty solid runs. Just made
one mistake in each run. You can't
make a mistake on this track.
what did you make of his driving
Like I said, I am always
really proud of Brad. He has come
such a long way, 12th? No lower than
12? We cannot be upset about that.
We know the two man is not where we
shine. That has beat our position by
one place, the season's best. If we
beat our position by one place in
the four man, I think that makes
number one. We can't be too upset
That is the way to think about it.
Extraordinary camaraderie between
the teams. You had the Canadians,
Justin Kripps was actually trained
to pilot the bob by the last
Canadian who, for Canada, was the
last to win in a dead heat?
irony of that as he coached several
two years, and then the Russians,
and now the Koreans.
the bonds that there are any
Bobsleigh community. You can see the
genuine died. Why so many tight
There is a new generation. --
the genuine delight. Although you
are competing against each other.
These metals are crucial. It is
still two minutes per day, we are
travelling and living in the same
accommodation, siege of the day in,
day out for five months. It is not
just about the sport. I think people
are recognising it as more than
There we go, the Canadians
coming down. The first person, as
John Jackson said, it was the
Germans who congratulate them. We
talked about that axle bolt, we said
it might not have happened now, but
I think maybe it would have done?
The Canadians are right there, but
it is the Germans running over.
These guys are tight, they are
friends, they have been training and
developing together. It is so nice
to see that camaraderie. It is the
same at the top of the medal podium
and right down to the bottom. These
guys are friends, men, women. It is
on and off the track. It is so nice
to see them celebrating together.
lot to celebrate from Brad Hall's
perspective, a Olympic debut for the
new pilot. How much would he have
What better place to get
the best performance of your life
than the Olympic Games? We knew that
the two man was almost preparation
for the four-man.
for the four-man. That was just
preparation. But yesterday was
actually just a dream. He nailed the
track. He has a good feeling on the
track. Him and Joel together, they
are good start is with fantastic
velocity. Today, yeah, didn't go to
plan. Especially the third run,
there were mistakes. But it is still
a huge performance, his best result
ever. It shows what a talent he is.
Quite unusual, the fact that Team
GB, the teams, they are probably
decided but they have not been
named. How unusual is that? Is there
still room for manoeuvre?
are led to believe it is not yet
decided who is going to go into
which Sled, who will be pushing
which pilot on Saturday or Sunday.
It does seem very late. However, we
know that they have six... Well,
obviously more, six fantastic brake
men that are going to be competing.
We look forward to seeing it,
whoever the personnel are, it is
going to be competitive. That two
man Bob was one of only three gold
medals handed out today, in what is
the lightest medal day of these
games. But there was still plenty of
news flying around.
Not all of it good. An anti-doping
case has been opened against killer
Alexander crucial that she --
Meanwhile, Shifferin's boyfriend has
been sent home after his Commons
yesterday. She has pulled out
downhill herself, which has been
moved forward to Thursday because of
the strong wind forecast for Friday.
And the British curling team gave
their hopes of reaching the
semifinals a really big boost today.
The men edged the Danes 7-6 and
women saw off the Swiss. It is still
very twitchy in the round-robin
phase, with just two matches to go.
We have seen that Shaun White and
Chloe King were really rocking the
snowboard half pipe. Today was the
turn of the free skiers to dip into
that pipe. Now, it has been a very
long wait for Great Britain's Rowan
Cheshire, who you might remember in
Sochi was all set to make her debut.
In the qualifying, she crushed and
suffered concussion, she suffered a
long illness. It was a delight to
see her lining up to drop into the
pipe today. Also on duty for Great
Britain, another Summerhayes sister.
Her sister Molly is in action this
time. Only the top 12 will go
through to the final, and was all
watched by Tim.
Molly Summerhayes from Sheffield in
England. How is she feeling?
she is feeling good. She seems to be
skiing well. Hopefully she is not
too nervous. I think she will do
Well, she has done really well
at youth level.
Big, straight hair.
, an. Yes! Seven. Switching to
normal. Yes, you called that. At the
Both weigh fives, and a switch
three. Nice to see that she is
showing them that she can spin in
Fourth place at the moment.
Back to the top for Brita Sigourney.
So, Team USA no tourists Lee Strong
both in men's and women's half pipe
900, the first one we
have seen. Another straight there.
540 meet grab coming into the last
tip. Big 720. That's why she's the
World Cup leader.
There you go,
number one on the Jersey. What a run
that was from Brita Sigourney.
that was from Brita Sigourney.
played it quite safe. She could get
rid of a straight there and push it
more, but she goes very big there.
She will be happy with that. There
you go, 90.0 six.
Ninth in Sochi, a second Olympics
here, second in the World
Championships. What can Annalisa
A big 900 to start.
the big trick at the top.
It's what the
judges like to see, risk versus
Big 540. Can she keep her
altitude? Straight there.
up a bit of speed 720 do finish.
Solid run. Very technical, but I
think she will be deducted for her
Back-to-back nines were nice,
putting them nice and high up a
pipe, rather than playing it safe
and chucking in a few straight airs.
She goes for the biggest, hardest
tricks first. Waiting for these
scores to come in.
Cassie Sharpe, expecting
big things from the Canadian here,
25 years of age. Coming out of
Whistler, BC. A singsong as she
rides into the half pipe here.
straight there with a mute grab.
Nice and solid.
First of 900s,
hopefully. Big flare, top of the
wall. Losing altitude slightly.
Needs to speed it up a bit here.
Switch 360. Straight air. Are we
going to see a nine? We are in deed.
Solid! She had 9
Solid! She had 9 hundreds.
Good spin from Cassie
Solid! She had 9 hundreds.
Good spin from Cassie.
Canadian flag of that coat. Could
she trouble the top three?
There you go. There's the
measure. We have a new leader.
That's an outfit, isn't it. Never
seen anything quite like that.
Silver medallist from Sochi,
Straight air. 540. Not as
high as she would have hoped.
Another 540, very
clean. Flare. Good runs so far. 722
finish, strong run. I then think she
will trouble the likes of Cassie,
but she could potentially knock
Ritter off second.
How important is
it to qualify in first or second if
we are only taking the top 12?
benefit of qualifying in first or
second, well, the higher up you
qualify, the more people will run in
front of you. So if they do a good
run, something you might not have
seen before, you'll be able to watch
and alter your run because you've
got the benefit of going last in the
finals. So it's reverse order.
happy with that.
happy with that. Second. Second, big
Sochi gold medallist
here, Maddie Bowman.
This girl can
get it done. 20 four years of age.
She is the Shaun White of ladies --
24 years of age.
Coming in hot.
Quite an open line, quite far
down the pipe. Left 540. Nice tail
grab. Right 720 landing, a bit flat
there. Just squeaking round the
switch 720. Write 540 again. What
have we got? 900. Has she got one
more? Air to
more? Air to faked.
through the middle of that. Lost the
mojo. Definitely the form skier,
coming off Aspen and the X games.
She is used to winning now. She
wants to keep winning, she is a
Wow, so we can
already start to see a bit of a
pattern emerging from the judge's
booth. They are awarding amplitude
and cleanliness of tricks.
Rowan Cheshire, her second Olympics,
nasty crash in training in Sochi.
She was unable to compete. Since
then, she has battled through
injury, couple of concussions. She
has come off the back of an ankle
injury now and she is excited.
is skiing well, which is great to
see. Big 540.
see. Big 540.
Huge alley-oop. It is
her signature trick, the Temm won.
Come on, Rowan.
720. Skiing nicely
here. Switch 360. And a nice little
straight air to finish.
Very good run. Amplitude was good,
amplitude was consistent. Good
grabs, solid run from Rowan. I'd
hope that would be enough. A little
bit of a hand drag, but hopefully
the judges won't notice that.
Hopefully, they won't notice it! So,
ninth position. There we go. Well
She almost looks happy
Ninth position. Cassie Sharpe
from Canada in top spot from Marie
Martinod. Ritter Sigourney, Annalisa
Drew, Maddie Bowman, it is USA
three, four, five.
Guyana honours Ucar, the bronze
medallist from Sochi four years ago.
Going through the motions here --
Ayana Onozuka. The Japanese half
pipe programme is very strong with
both ski and snowboard. Huge 542
kick things off with the mute grab.
Back-to-back fives and a safety grab
on that. Into the 720, landing
switch into the switch 720.
Back-to-back sevens, already seeing
an improvement. Alley-oop 360 into a
switch five. That was a good run.
Definitely an improvement. And they
are happy. So the 29-year-old, the
veteran really happy with that.
Big improvement for her.
Next up, Molly
Next up, Molly. Landed a good run on
her first run, hopefully she can
update and make it into the final.
Getting a hug from the coaches up
there. What will they have said to
Just send it.
Come on, Molly. Come on,
Molly Summerhayes from Sheffield.
Big straight air, nice mute grab.
Big alley-oop, that was better. Left
540, nice and high. Right 540, that
was good. She got her grab on that
one, it looked like. Switch three. ,
coming into the Severn. Good seven.
Last hit. Switch to straight air.
It looks like she got bucked off a
little bit. Smiles all round. She
watched her sister compete in the
slopestyle. You have to say, coming
into these games, that will have
been her name. Make the finals.
She upped it from her first run.
is a nodding act knowledge were
Great experience for her. Not
quite enough, but she has definitely
skied very well today. Annalisa
Drew, great first run. Hopefully,
she can tidy it up with a good run.
Good, solid skier.
Eighth at the X games a few weeks
ago. Don't let that fool you.
Straight into the left 900.
nice to see back-to-back nine is
right at the top.
Left 540 there.
Big straight air, trying to gain
altitude again. Left 720 to finish.
They have got pictures of her fate
in the crowd, I love that. The
24-year-old, fourth place at the
world champs. Looking to get it done
in the finals. Let's see. It is an
improvement, not by much, though.
Still in fourth.
Yeah, she'll stay
in for. Cassie Sharpe at the top.
Does she cruise or does she go for
I definitely can't see hope
getting bumped out. No. What she
could do is send the proverbial
shivers up the spine of every
athlete by throwing down the best
she can do.
I would agree. Big 900.
Yeah, right side 900,
back-to-back nines. There is her
flair. Right three higher this time.
Switch three. Big straight air, what
has she got to finish. Left ten?
Oh, beautiful expat I'm not
saying she's ahead of the game, but
when Mark Zuckerberg sends her a
That is true.
is light years ahead of everybody
else. Oh, my goodness, she's almost
got the keys to the safe that
contains the gold medals. So big
improvement of 0.40. Sobhi defending
silver medallist from Sochi finds
herself in the qualifying silver
position, second place at the
moment. It means nothing until the
finals, of course, but skiing well,
skiing, Lily, the French girl.
much so. Big straight air, tail
grab. Left 540. Coming in with a lot
of speed. Right side 540. Very
clean. Left 900.
clean. Left 900. Right side flair.
Just sitting on her tail is a bit
Marie Martinod also upping
her run a bit, stretching her legs.
Good run, seems very happy with
that. Similar to Annalisa Drew, she
doesn't really have a switch hit in
there. It might be something she can
pull out for finals.
33 years of age.
It is an
All eyes back to the top. Valeriya
Demidova. 17 years of age. She is
going to have to rip the lead off.
Wright said -- right side flair.
They write 540.
Left 720. Switch, switch 180. Switch
360. Needs to get her amplitude back
up. Good run. Solid run. I am not
sure if it will be enough to trouble
the top 12. I think what we have
seen from the judges so far, the
story is that they are definitely
rewarding amplitude. We are not
really seeing it.
So, currently in tenth.
position. Look at that. 73.6. That
was what she needed.
The defending Olympic champion,
Maddie Bowman, going through the
motions at the top. Currently finds
herself sitting down in sixth
Going through her run in
her head. Coming in with a lot of
speed. Straight air. 520 tail grab.
Right 720. Switch seven. Missing the
grab. Right five.
Solid ground on
Left 900. Worked really
hard to get it around. Good run.
I think she could get a few more
points out that one. She doesn't
look too happy.
We always say the
indication of the run, first and
foremost, straight into the eyes of
the skier. They are the best
Sheeted up that by 0.2.
She fell on her last go, her first
run. Hopefully she can put it down,
because she can quite easily make
the top 12.
She chest plundered. She
would have experienced the
phenomenon known as being winded.
She needs to pick up her speed.
Alley-oop. Left five. Alley-oop
five. Straight air, right flair. No,
just an air to flaky. -- fakie.
Nice alley-oop, with a grab.
Is it going to be enough?
72.8. Just in there. In ninth
position. It would be nice to
improve here. I think she will try
Getting that right ball first.
Nice 540 from Rowan. Big alley-oop.
So smooth. 900. Solid.
So smooth. 900. Solid. Losing
amplitude slightly, but holding on.
Left seven. What I she got for us?
Switch three. Straight air. She will
be happy with that. She managed to
add the right five.
We just got a
glimpse of Cassie Sharpe, watching
from the bottom. She has done really
well, hasn't she? She had a really
nasty ankle injury that she has just
about skied back to full speed right
She had a tough summer, a lot
of rehab and work to getting her
back on skis. She had a great start
to the season.
to the season. 71.4, not an
improvement. I think it was her
look like this. The Canadian, Cassie
Sharpe, light years ahead. Maddie
Bowman is down there in sixth, the
defending Olympic champion. Rowan
Cheshire, qualifying in a
respectable ninth position.
it mean to get out there and compete
today, in front of this crowd, given
that we know what happened four
It means the absolute
world to me. Four years ago I could
not show anybody what I could do and
I heard myself quite badly. -- hurt
myself. I had a whirlwind of
injuries, my head and ankle. I have
not been skiing as much as I would
have liked to. To come out today and
put down the run that I did, even
though it was scrappy, I am so proud
and happy to get to the finals.
Four years after that awful crash,
she is in the final. You will see
that at 1.30 in the morning, our
time. There might be an outside
chance of history, fifth British
medal. We are seeing British
snowboarder Aimee Fuller in action
already, she went in the women's
slopestyle and it was a blown off
course event, in high wind. She gets
another go and is hoping for calmer
conditions in the big air. She has
been charting a diary for us in a
I love Korea! Where are
we going? The opening ceremony!
are now an Olympian.
I am going to show them how to do
Opening ceremony, baby!
It is such a windy contest. It
really was absolutely crazy. I gave
it everything I had in the tank.
That last jump was not meant to be.
I am Aimee Fuller, Team GB.
I am Aimee Fuller, Team GB.
wrote that? I am the mother of the
Has been good craic.
Seems! You have made it to the blog.
We are currently walking around the
markets. It is nice to get out of
the village for a day. I love Korea!
Where are you from?
Is it pork? I would not eat that.
I love you.
I am back in the village, straight
back to it.
First-day at the big air venue.
Tessa has just gone down. She is
looking good. It seems like there
was a lot of speed, and an extra
little run at the top. Let's just
hope it is not too windy.
what we were all hoping. Access all
areas in fact, you can see that on
the BBC sport website, definitely
worth looking at. As Aimee was
hinting, that at that thing, that is
the big air kicker, and we are about
to see history made. You get the
impression it is going to make a big
impression in the Olympics.
Qualification, the top 12 going
through to Friday's final.
Great Britain's Aimee Fuller, one of
the riders that battled the
conditions in slopestyle. Jack
Shackleton is behind her, her coach.
It will be interesting to see which
direction she drops in. Coming in
switch, she does have a cab double
and a flip. Just sat back on the
landing. The first double of the day
goes down. So, so close. Just got
the grab. A tiny tickle.
this, guys! Hi, everybody at home.
Thanks for waking up early! We're
going to get this, second time!
Silver medallist at the X Games two
weeks ago. She has a double under
flip. Coming in switch, with a cab
double under flip. There is more
rotation. It's difficult to see if
it is a cab double Cork 900, or a
double under flip. Let's look. For
me, she is into a double backflip
She has been dominating this
discipline. She was heartbroken to
miss out in slopestyle. She
redefined what women's slopestyle
riding is at the US open ten months
ago. Look at the result, gold at the
X Games two weeks ago. She took the
big air, first, she took first in
Beijing and Milan. She has won every
contest she has entered. Switch,
double under flip. Very tidy. Very
big. She was very courageous, and
attempted this trick in slopestyle,
but it didn't work for her. She was
blown off course on the first of the
three kickers. She came in here and
laid that trick down. First go,
making it look very, very easy.
Anna Gasser moves 4.5 points into
the lead. Laurie
Anna Gasser moves 4.5 points into
the lead. Laurie, silver medal in
slopestyle. She did it in some
style. The course gave her a decent
black eye. She had a proper shiner
on her left eye. So often the case,
you see one person taking a medal
and then they find their confidence.
That could be the case here. Double
and a 900. We saw that really nice,
a horizontal rotation, mixed with
the backflip. Carb double under cork
900. Really clean on the landing. 19
point 95. Confidence has got her on
a roll. Very impressive. Laurie
Blouin, Anna Gasser and Julia Marino
in the top three.
So, some big names just outside the
Aimee Fuller of Great Britain, we
saw her try the cab double under
flip on her first go. We're going to
see that again. The regular footer,
going in switch. She went up to a
camp in Mount Hood. Went early! Went
so big on the first hit that she
tried to rotate slower on the second
one. She has opened out. She hasn't
been able to... Not getting the grab
meant she opened up and it slowed
down the rotation. At the same time,
she didn't going with the same
amount of speed. Disappointment for
Spencer O'Brien, the Canadian.
One of the biggest names in the
game. She has had so much success.
She opened with a win this year. Can
she find the big trek now?
Spencer going off the toes again.
So, very, very clean that time.
She's gone for the same jump and
cleaned it up. I feel like she's
undersold herself here. She's
capable of much, much more. She
hasn't backed herself here. 76.75.
Seventh place, facial expression
said it all. She breathed a sigh of
We saw her go for the 1080, I really
hope she goes for this again. I
don't want to see her back off here.
One of the biggest tricks we will
see today if she can land it. She's
lining up for it, yes. And it's
down, yes! Very, very nice. Sina
Candrian delivers. And that is going
to be one of the top five spots,
most definitely. When we look at the
tricks, there's a slight hand
dragged there. Three full spins, see
what she gets. Third place, very
deserving me with an 86.
Julia Marino, currently in fourth
place. Lovely, that cab come a
double under fit and more 900 in it
that time. More horizontal axis. The
Americans making their voices heard.
Drifting, floating in. Nasty split
in her pants there. The Nasser
outfits weren't built. The boarding.
Into fourth place just behind Sina
Candrian. -- Nasa outfits. Zoi
Sadowski Synnott has really
impressed the snowboarding world.
She had a huge double backflip on
her first jump. What can she add?
Where can she go? I don't think she
can do that double backflip any
better. Maybe she can keep it a bit
tidier. Dropping in switch. Switch
backside, yes... Oh, yes! That was
absolutely beautiful. Switch
backside spins are the hardest
rotation in snowboarding. I thought
she'd overcook it in the middle of
that Cork. Switch backside 900.
I think it's the most technical
trick we've seen so far. The judges
do, too. 92 points for the young New
Zealander. All eyes on Jamie
Anderson, currently in 20 Third
Place will stop she is the apex
predator of women's slopestyle.
She's had a couple of good big a
result of this season, fourth, but
she doesn't win in which air the way
she dominates slopestyle. The
pressure is on. She drops in switch.
Going for the cab double under. And
in true Jamie Anderson style, she
puts it down when it counts. She's
got a good bit of rotation. It's not
90 degrees spin double flap 90
degrees spin. 90 points. It puts her
in above Anna Gasser. For me, Anna
Gasser on the same trip was a little
Next in, Reira Iwabuchi sat in
neither place on 90 points. She
would be lucky to hold on to a
qualification spot if she can't
better that 80 points. -- sat in
ninth place on 80 points. Drops in
switch. So, we're not going to see
the big trick that she's been
warming up. Another switch 900. The
switch frontside 900 with a stale
fish grab on it. Look at that,
perfect landing. Absolutely stumps
it. 92.75, first place. Wow.
Personally, I disagree with that. I
think that Zoi Sadowski Synnott was
definitely better. It's a harder
rotation, but the judges rewarding
the very, very clean and landing
there, pop and the size of that
jump. You could Fujimori, the
31-year-old. , the second oldest
here. Winds up. Lovely backside 900.
Very, very nice. This is brilliant.
We're starting to see exactly what
the women are capable of. Look how
stoked she is as well. Huge there.
Great style. Holding onto that grab
all the way through. And on the
strength of the scores, this is
going to be a big one. 94.25. It is
just qualifying, but we are going
through the gives very, very nicely.
Starting to get some real momentum
on this final. And this is yet
another woman who could add some
fuel to the fire. She's currently 12
position on a 76. She needs this
jump now to take her destiny into
her own hands. Looking at those
rankings, I've just noticed that
Hailey Langland has dropped out of
the top 12. So, dropping in switch.
Double grab 900. She sits back just
a little bit. Let's see it. Almost
180... Oh, yes. Way better on the
take. These grabs, it is the same
hand, melon grab to save grab. We
saw Zoi Sadowski Synnott and Reira
Iwabuchi's landings. Cindy is point
50. -- 70 7.50. Anna Gasser is in
sixth place. She was in second place
at the end of round one, but way
more consistency from some of the
big guns. Can she reinstate herself
at the top of the standings? Switch
frontside double Cork 1080. That is
the top spot. Wow, this is heating
up very, very nicely now will stop
we are seeing some really, really
big tricks. This is what we missed
out on in slopestyle be other day.
Anna Gasser managing, did she keep
the trailing arm of the spell as she
lands? It was a tiny touch, but that
big and progressive, looked at that
big and progressive, looked at that
A 98, the judges send it now! Now
it's the turn of Miyabi Onitsuka.
Going for an even tidier version of
her first jump, the cab 900. The
jump is perfect for the women. Vaes
been raving about it all week, and
it really is giving us the very,
very best of women's snowboarding at
the moment. Miyabi Onitsuka letting
go of that grab just a touch early
there. It is 6.50. They are probably
looking at Jessika Jenson and the
bubble, and what they want to see.
There is a very big gap at the
moment between ninth and tenth.
Julia Marino and Silje Norendal, and
the judges probably saying the 85,
mid 80s is where they would like to
see the finals. Laurie Blouin will
not have any bearing on those
positions at the moment. It's only
going to be the running order for
the finals, because she is currently
in fifth. She's gone huge. Sent it
all the way to the bottom. Not as
tidy as some of the cab double under
flips we've seen, only because we
did see her go enormous. What do the
judges make of this? Do they want to
see it clean or do they want to see
it big? 92.25, she moves up one
spot. Unbelievably, Zoi Sadowski
Synnott's incredible switch backside
900 has now been pushed down into
fifth place. 2-1 in third, you could
Fujimori in second, Anna Gasser in
first. Jessika Jenson in desperate
need of a big score. She had the off
axis 720 in her first jump. Where
can she go?
Oh! . That's a really interesting
decision. I don't know if she have
gone any better. The first run was
so perfect. I can only Sir Mize from
that that it is her biggest trick.
Dips the head here, underneath the
board. Unorthodox rotation, but she
makes it look so good. And it's
39.75. We've been given a claims of
exactly what the women are capable
of here. Anna Gasser, number one
seed, in World Cup, takes the lead
and will drop last in final. The two
women, Fujimori and it would be Wu
Xi there. -- Reira Iwabuchi. An
assured performance from the
16-year-old. Spence O'Brien, Silje
Norendal, two old hands just making
qualification. Jessika Jenson
Spectacular stuff. Aimee Fuller is
fine, just a few bruises on the
face, and she will tell you all
about it on her video blog. A check
about it on her video blog. A check
on the medal table before we
skedaddle stop with three golds on
offer today, Canada have pushed up
into third behind Germany and
Norway. The Norwegians smashed their
total number of medals in a single
games, they have already got 28. And
tonight, we will distil date ten for
Live action overnight from just
after midnight when one of the main
attractions will be the deciding
free dance on eyes. In the early
hours, we will find out if Elise
Christie is fit to give it a last go
at the Olympics.
Christie is fit to give it a last go
at the Olympics. She will decide if
the ankle injury after the crash on
Saturday will mean she can skate.
The word is she's very, very keen to
skate. We will keep everything
crossed she can. In the meantime
from us all here, goodbye.
That was beautiful hair.
Christie has crashed again on the
final bend! Yet again, she ends up
in a distraught heap on the floor!