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BBC Two Day 10: GB Women in Curling, Two-Man Bobsleigh and Men's Ski Jumping

13:00-18:00: Clare Balding and Hazel Irvine host the latest from PyeongChang. The men's two-man bobsleigh reaches its conclusion, while Britain face Switzerland in women's curling.


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Afternoon and welcome to coverage on

BBC two, Day ten of the winter

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Olympics in Pyeongchang. If you were

watching the curling on BBC One the

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eighth end is under way. Let's catch

up with the only other action this

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morning, the two man bobsleigh,

captained by Brad Hall with Joel

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Fearon on board. We will see their

fourth and final run and we will see

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the medals being decided. For now

let's head straight back to the

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Curling Centre, Great Britain's

women need to win this game against

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Switzerland's otherwise it will be

too tense for all of us. Jackie

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Lockhart

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COMMENTATOR: thank you. Our nerves

have been frayed a fair bit already.

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Close matches all the way through.

While you were away for eight few

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moments, things switched around in

this way, Micky Adams played a great

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shot, we had a red tucked in behind

the yellow came close on that. The

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second shot sprung the British red,

I see one left on the left, still

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trying to build this opportunity,

using the guard out there.

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Esther Neuenschwander starting to be

a bit suspect, this is that Mike

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Skipper has rescued the situation.

Another chance for Anna Sloan. Still

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out there, the yellow one. This is a

shot Vicki Adams played with her

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first stone very well.

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first stone very well. Still a

chance here. Need a good shot here.

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Need a good shot here.

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Got a couple of options, you hear

the girls saying, the other way.

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Good that they are looking at both

options. Just got it on the nose.

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Still high. If Switzerland's head

that they really need a road to get

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in the house and if they don't get

in the house for counting red

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Britain could come round behind the

centre or the corner. Depending

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where the Swiss stone finishes.

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Depending where the

Swiss stone finishes.

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Keep updating you with the match is

going on elsewhere, 6-4, in the

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Denmark match, not affecting the

table too much, Sweden and Japan

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hardly scoring at all.

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hardly scoring at all. The USA

waiting to close out their match

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against China. They had a time out,

China, I was wondering what on earth

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they were saying, so little left.

Jackie, though on.

I hate to say

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this, China had another issue with

the stones. And the ice technician

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came out with his Allen key, that

famous Alan Kay, we have seen many

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times this week, I don't know what

happened, I was trying to

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concentrate on our game but I saw

there was a situation and the umpire

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was there. I'm guessing the ladies

out here have to be careful to keep

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an eye on the stones to make sure

they are working and activated

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before you play them, tilt the stone

up as she played it, that activates

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it.

Not in there. Did not get the

roll in.

Great opportunity for us to

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pull one in, right into the middle.

Keeping it in the top four, don't

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slip behind, girls.

Eve Muirhead has

been an excellent form. She just

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needs to draw a little better, one

or two of the drawers have not been

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top-notch although most of her

shotmaking has been. Trying to pull

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her team through this match. Eve

Muirhead. With her drawer to try and

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come in with a bit of protection.

See if she can tempt Silvana

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Tirinzoni.

We want to get two here.

We want to try and get cover, we see

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Lauren trying to sweep this as hard

as she can. A little bit more.

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That's lovely.

Just covering the

other side. Well done, sweeping and

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Eve Muirhead.

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She's looking to play the front

yellow back.

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One more stone for Switzerland's.

Great Britain wouldn't really want,

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necessarily, to take one, what do

you think about blanking it, if she

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ends up cleaning these two?

Yes, I

guess she would. She doesn't want a

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one, she wants two.

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one, she wants two. It Silvana

Tirinzoni cactuses, the trouble is

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if she gets it right, she will be in

a yellow card. -- yellow card. If

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she takes them all out, nothing in

the house.

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the house.

She hasn't come down with

too much weight here.

She has played

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very well, not a lot of call, is it

right? She's got it.

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CHEERING

Eve could still blank verse. She

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could still take this out. Coming to

have a look and a discussion about

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what to do. She has the option of

taking one or trying to blank the

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end and if she blanks the end, they

take the hammer into the ninth, it

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will of course mean that

Switzerland's will have the hammer

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into the tent.

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into the tent. -- into the tenth.

She's saying... A big decision here.

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That is what evil is saying, will I

take one but if I take that she is

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going to try and force them... Who

has got the hammer?

But on the other

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hand what she was saying, she was

also saying if we blank it she will

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try and force one, it might enable

us to get two.

I think first and

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foremost, in the normal situation

you would say let's like it, take

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the hammer into the ninth, hopefully

the girls can try and get two in the

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ninth end and be one up. Or they

have got the opportunity to blanket.

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She is going to try and force one.

In the ninth. And then trust herself

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to get two in the tenth because

obviously, if they do get two in

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obviously, if they do get two in the

ninth, it's getting hard, isn't it?

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Anyway, after eight, it's 6-5, the

point to remember is Great Britain,

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if it's all tied, if we don't get it

across the line in the tenth and it

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ends up I two to Switzerland's and

one to great written, we forced the

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one, we are all tied up at ten, we

go into an extra end if it stays,

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the scoring with the hammer stays

this way. Switzerland's would have

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the hammer in the extra end. I and

still reasonably happy, I think you

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keep your nose in front, make them

make the shots, the play.

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Ivo is backing herself to get two.

Any

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Any time... I am looking at the

scoreboard as well! Have we got this

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wrong?

Did you not think she...

No.

Sorry, Jackie! LAUGHTER I wondered

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why you were looking puzzled at me.

They did take one.

Honestly, I don't

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think I am concentrating, I thought

she was going to blank the end.

We

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were talking about if she blanked

the end for the options were. She

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took the one. And as I was trying to

explain, if it goes with the two

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explain, if it goes with the two and

two...

I apologise, it is late at

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night here, it is early in the

morning back at home!

I tell you

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what we will do, there are economics

students and a banker on the Swiss

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team, with a bit of luck they have

got this sorted and they know what

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they have to do.

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It's finished between the USA and

China, 10-4. They shook hands after

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the eighth. That will put the USA on

four wins. That is what Great

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Britain are trying to get, four wins

and three losses, sadly from a

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British perspective if we end up on

the same record as the USA they beat

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us earlier in the week and to break

ties and ranking, you cannot go out

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if you are tied for fourth, it will

go to a tie-break match if there are

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two teams tied for fourth. For

instance, fourth and fifth place

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with the same record, if it's a case

of breaking a tie when there are

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more than one team with a same

record, the decision in the

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round-robin goes in the favour of

the team, let's say it was 5-4 to

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the USA and there was another team

involved, the USA would be ranked

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higher than Great Britain.

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It's all come to cater, anyway.

Hopefully it won't come to that!

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What Switzerland's are doing...

Everyone is being a little bit... A

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bit cagey. I just remembered the

words of Glenn Howard at half time

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saying to the British team, just

don't go too long with those guards,

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that is ringing in their ears. Four

stones. And only now can they be

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removed. If Eve wants them to be.

Going to try and come round here.

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There isn't a lot of space between

the stones. But get one in. Down the

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centre.

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This is very, very close. Going to

tap it in.

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I love the expressions of Vicki

Adams, the same way that the

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expression of Anna comes...

Kind of

exasperated. They did not want to

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push that too far back into the

open, they were trying to keep it

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tight. Top half of the house.

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After the China USA match, a nice

little play on that stone, knocking

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the British stone further back into

the house, after the China USA match

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we did not have a full house but we

have lost about half of what we had

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and this is as empty as I have seen

the arena during round-robin. It's

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gone a little quiet in here, the

British women need to keep their

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concentration, you can hear every

single word, everyone in the arena

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can hear the guys. I think the other

teams are turning and listening.

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What did she say? What did she say?

OK, so were not going to go and

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chase the yellow at the moment, we

are going to try and tap up the red

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at the front into the forefoot.

It's

almost playing the short that she

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inadvertently played last time.

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Really just about the angle she

hates this on.

A little bit of a

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chance. Eve wants to sweep the same,

get this in just a little bit more.

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Take a little bit of weight of that,

she had too much on the first one.

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We have got two counters in there.

It could be useful. A lot of stones

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out front which should be to our

advantage if we were to try and

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steal but we have to get in. This

won't be the end that Switzerland's

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like because they know there's lots

of stones out there. At the

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forefoot.

They are looking at the

best ones.

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To raise in or tap up. She is

looking a little nonplussed at the

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moment, Tirinzoni. Plenty of stones

left to play. She is trying to think

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ahead, what could happen.

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I'm trying to think where we are on

the time-out situation. We haven't

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had a time-out, have we?

No, I don't

think we have had a time out.

Nor

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has Switzerland. Each team are

allowed one. He's telling us what he

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thinks but they can't see that.

They

want to create a two. They have to

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clear up that front area. She has to

make sure she has a guarantee. She

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wants to score here, that's for

sure.

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sure.

It is still Siegrist to play,

who is playing second tier. This is

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now coming down to almost every

stone being crucial for both teams.

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A must win for Britain, but if it

can be, even more of a must win... I

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say Mass went because Britain's last

three matches have been so tough,

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Canada last one. This one against

Switzerland. No easy games coming

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up, I suppose there are no easy

games at this stage of the

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competition. This is well out there.

Is it heavy? It might pull up, but

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I'm not sure by how much.

Helping it

on its way. A bit of a wasted stone

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there.

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there.

Switzerland, we have got

second and third.

Sorry, I was

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trying to work it out.

She was

trying to come into the four foot.

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Playing a really dangerous game when

she'd got last stone here. There's a

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wall of stones at the front. If we

can get in behind first.

Amat is

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trying to make a better attempt than

that that we just saw. -- Anna.

As

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to make sure it is past the guard.

I

don't think it is, I don't think it

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was ever out far enough, never. You

could argue we have just had two

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stones that haven't changed things

too much, although the Swiss one is

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in the house. It's not, it's Paul

Stone at the moment, Britain lying

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two and three. She has asked, have

another go. This is Neuenschwander.

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She will want this to finish on the

eight foot, the white part of the

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circle, but she won't want it to go

too far back.

This might have split

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the difference between those two

previous shots. It looks a bit

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better. One to help it on its way.

Just gets enough.

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Just gets enough.

So Switzerland to

lying two shots at the moment.

Eve

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wants to follow it in. Anna needs to

make the correction from that first

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stone. I don't think she likes it

out there.

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I guess even if you touch this, or

this...

OK.

That's good. The one

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Switzerland just played is tucked in

right behind. Anna wouldn't be able

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to see anything of it, especially as

a left-handed player, setting on the

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right-hand hack. This is probably a

better choice here.

Vicky said we

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know what the ice stars here. Going

to come down and trying to up one of

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those front reds, on the right-hand

side as we look at it down the ice

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from Ana's point of view. Needs to

turn quite a lot here.

Has she got

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enough of it, though?

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enough of it, though? Well swept,

girls!

Well swept, just on there,

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counting shot. Well done from Anna

Sloan. All that does is changes the

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dynamic of what Tirinzoni can ask

Neuenschwander to do because Great

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Britain have one in there. Not by

much.

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much. As you said, although stones

out front now, she's looking to see

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which one she wants to use or to

clear a path.

She probably should

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have done it earlier but we have one

in there.

Only three stones left, if

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she wants to score two... This one

has to be really effective. She has

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stones to use in the house. Britain

have also got three in their hanging

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around. That one just at the top of

the four foot line, only just.

I

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think she has to look at the shot

which is the most dangerous, and

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that is the red at the top, just to

the left hand side of the

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centreline. Because if she goes for

yellow and she doesn't make it,

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she's still left unguarded. I think

she has to go for the one, if she

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doesn't make it, she probably clears

it a little in the middle. Now, were

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they also looking at the shimmy,

where they can get two of them in

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the middle of these two reds?

Do a jingle between them and write

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in? A strange word, shimmy!

If only

the viewers could see what you are

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doing! Let's see.

Catch two of the

man...

Straight through, straight

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through.

My goodness, I never

thought I could happen!

Hands-on

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head for Switzerland.

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head for Switzerland. Neuenschwander

just clips the tiniest, just look at

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that, just gave it enough,

completely missed the British stone.

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Trying to hit that first red. Well,

well, well stop

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.

You could try that -- you couldn't

do that if you tried!

Neuenschwander

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sliding straight through the house,

through the gap. Like you said, if

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you wanted to do it, you couldn't.

There comes a smile from the

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Tirinzoni. It's not over yet for

them, but it just makes her job more

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difficult to stop she has two stones

left. So has Eve Muirhead.

So, we're

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just going to try and block route

in, put another guard up. Just right

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on the centreline is what we're

looking for.

Exactly, because

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they've got the one played by

Neuenschwander, Eve Muirhead has

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gone OK, fair enough, let's block

that off, which she has done

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perfectly well. And even more stones

out in front now. She has to pick

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something here to move. She

desperately needs to try and get

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two. Great Britain, a lying shot.

Which one does she choose question

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what she can't get brand anything

there to get into the four foot.

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She's looking at moving the centre

reds if she can. She wasn't

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initially looking at a yellow, but

there is an opportunity for her to

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promote her own yellow into the

house. I think she would probably

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want to leave that with her last.

Should she clear up the front, Eve

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can't cover both, the centre and the

rays on the yellow. It depends what

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she does with this stone here.

That

is key for her, what she needs to be

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able to do. She has called a

time-out. With her last stone, a

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move that out the way. She wants to

have a clear or some sort of run at

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it. Here comes Gerry Adam to have a

look. Taking his time whilst he is

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walking, to give them more time to

think about it. Once he arrives, the

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Time out starts.

He gets 45 seconds

to get to the head and then gets a

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one minute to speak to the girls.

The match between Japan and Sweden,

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incidentally, is a cracking match.

Probably one of those that might

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have gone match of the day at the

end as a bore draw but it is an

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important match for all.

Looks pretty natural... It is either

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play red, yellow and that one or

yellow...

In an attempt end Sweden

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with the hammer, Sweden with a five

and one record. So that is the shot

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she is going to try. Risky.

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She's only got one opportunity at

this. Reds at the front there. I

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guess this is the old risk versus

reward, go for it just now, if you

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get this right, Great Britain are

lying three against the few. Push

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the red through. If you don't, we

could have an opportunity to steal a

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one and go two up without the

hammer.

Big shot here for Tirinzoni.

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A lot of pressure on the Swiss skip.

She has played some great shots. One

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or two really nice take outs. That

is thin. Just catches it, doesn't

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sit, though. She has improved the

situation, definitely improved the

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situation. Where does Eve put this

question much you could take one

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away and then only get two. That is

the best option.

The yellow is wide

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open.

Nearly missed altogether.

Hit

the yellow and roll into the four

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foot, behind all the red guards

again.

I don't know what they're

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laughing at. She did catch it so

thin. Not quite sure... They've just

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asked them to move that stone that

was still out there. What she did do

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was clear a path into Eve down the

side. So Eve Muirhead can remove

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this stone, and that means at best,

at best, Sweden will get two and

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will lead by one. Great Britain will

have the hammer on the final end.

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Oooh... That was a shame. Just over

ran it.

Doesn't affect things too

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much. There is no way she can take

both of those stones. Great Britain

0:27:590:28:06

second and third stone.

There is not

a lot of room to draw in there so

0:28:060:28:14

she has chosen to hit this. Hitting

it on the nose would be good enough.

0:28:140:28:20

She needs to catch the inside edge.

You can see, the red stone at the

0:28:200:28:24

top of the eight but the Great

Britain is half in and half out of

0:28:240:28:29

the eight foot and the 12 foot. So a

hit and roll required here if she

0:28:290:28:35

wants to pick up a two, otherwise

Switzerland will only get a wonder.

0:28:350:28:42

Either way -- only get a one. This

is still a match Great Britain can

0:28:420:28:50

win here. Where is this going to

stop? Just catches it on the nose.

0:28:500:28:56

Just enough of a roll and gets two.

Switzerland keeping this match very

0:28:560:29:02

much in the balance. They know Gow

into the lead. It has been a seesaw

0:29:020:29:09

scoring match between these two.

Both playing well, particular reader

0:29:090:29:14

two Skips. It is Switzerland who now

have the slim advantage, 7-6 as we

0:29:140:29:21

move into the tenth and final end,

unless it is tied, and then we would

0:29:210:29:27

move to an extra end. Great Britain,

you would say one is not good enough

0:29:270:29:36

here. In a sense it would keep the

advantage with Switzerland into that

0:29:360:29:39

extra end. They want to win it here,

get your two.

0:29:390:29:47

get your two. A bit unfortunate. If

Eve's shot had done something

0:29:470:29:52

similar there, it would have had a

great

chance. She played a really

0:29:520:29:59

good rays with her yellow. We had

another opportunity to get it

0:29:590:30:03

rolling, just didn't get it going.

It is all to play for. Great Britain

0:30:030:30:11

in a real tussle. It is also 7-7 in

the match between Denmark and OAR

0:30:110:30:18

and 4-4 between Japan and Sweden. We

would like Sweden to win that match,

0:30:180:30:24

they have the hammer in the final

end. Sweden, five wins, we expect

0:30:240:30:30

them to go on and secure their place

in the semifinal. A win for them

0:30:300:30:34

would keep Japan in the mix

mid-table, four wins an four losses.

0:30:340:30:39

If Britain win this, that is the

record they would have. So a Swedish

0:30:390:30:45

victory there would be in favour of

Team GB.

0:30:450:30:50

Lauren Gray with the corner guard

called here.

This is all very

0:31:010:31:09

exciting, Jackie, but I wouldn't

have minded the odd 8-4, 10-3, walk

0:31:090:31:14

off early.

Every game the girls have

played has been very close. And the

0:31:140:31:20

guys. The guys. The talent out here

is extremely high.

0:31:200:31:31

Switzerland trying to come down,

come in behind their. The high

0:31:410:31:50

yellow.

0:31:500:31:55

It's about as good as she's ever

managed to do actually, to get them

0:31:550:31:59

lined up.

What a time to do it, in

the last end!

Yes.

We can't touch

0:31:590:32:11

that centre yellow outfront because

it is in the free guards own but we

0:32:110:32:17

can try and catch the one in the

house and push it back and get a

0:32:170:32:22

little bit of a roll. She won't be

able to see much of it, so she has

0:32:220:32:27

to play a delicate, controlled

weight down here. Playing clockwise

0:32:270:32:33

rotation of the stone.

Eve is

asking, where is it going?

0:32:330:32:43

They really need to connect with the

stone, Vicki Adams is trying to help

0:32:440:32:47

this. Going to catch some of it.

Well swept. Well swept, Laurent was

0:32:470:32:56

a little concerned when she let that

go.

0:32:560:33:03

Lauren I contrast with Van, known by

her facial expressions. Vicki Adams

0:33:170:33:20

never gives anything away. -- by

contrast with Anne.

0:33:200:33:27

Manuela Siegrist playing second in,

quietly gone about her business.

0:33:340:33:42

Going to tap that in a little bit

more. She is not too pleased with

0:33:420:33:49

that.

0:33:490:33:54

that. Getting quieter and quieter in

the arena. As other matches have

0:33:550:33:58

even completed.

0:33:580:34:04

The British bands behind the far

end. -- the British fans. A clutch

0:34:060:34:13

of supporters.

0:34:130:34:19

It's a nice shot, that, well played.

Level.

They did not want to knows

0:34:200:34:29

that, the other red.

She was saying

exactly what I thought, she had

0:34:290:34:35

overcooked it, as she put it there.

The first part of the job in this

0:34:350:34:44

end, working out, Manuela Siegrist,

next to go. Her second stone.

0:34:440:34:51

Jackie, almost holding our breath

with every shot.

Defensive stop she

0:35:020:35:07

wanted to try and get onto the top

of that there are, I did wonder if

0:35:070:35:10

she would try and hit some of the

Reds, the last thing she wanted to

0:35:100:35:16

do was lose two. We have two in the

house.

Time out. I think what is

0:35:160:35:23

happening here, Eve is saying we

have a good situation, I want to

0:35:230:35:27

make sure we make the right decision

about where we put the stones, the

0:35:270:35:32

chance of a two, you come to this,

almost halfway through, we have five

0:35:320:35:40

stones, they have four. Let's hear

what Glenn Howard has to say.

0:35:400:35:48

what Glenn Howard has to say.

Can we

get a third shot?

I think so. You

0:35:480:35:55

could rip the guard, it's not going

to be pretty. We got five to come.

0:35:550:36:01

We could come and stuff it on top.

On top of the red? I like that

0:36:010:36:05

better.

0:36:050:36:10

better.

If we stuff that, she has to

run at.

She locks it on top, then we

0:36:120:36:17

have to do a little top stuff. Stuff

it on top, she runs at.

Alongside

0:36:170:36:26

that back one.

0:36:260:36:32

that back one.

Eve had a good one

down here before.

That's going to

0:36:320:36:37

hurt us. If she makes that...

There

is a bit of stuffing going to go on

0:36:370:36:43

here.

That's another word for it,

stuffing, said it on top of the red.

0:36:430:36:52

There was an opportunity to take the

centre of. That could be a danger to

0:36:520:36:59

you but he did say, you have got to

run the whole end, ensuring you have

0:36:590:37:04

two always in the house. This is a

really clever call from Glenn

0:37:040:37:09

Howard.

But is what he is therefore,

to give them the right strategy.

0:37:090:37:14

It's not about, they then have to be

relied upon to deliver the shop is

0:37:140:37:21

but he's trying to get them to think

ahead, think three, four, five

0:37:210:37:25

stones ahead.

Stone placement is

key, to get past the guard and she

0:37:250:37:31

has to be on top of that.

It's

curling locks, an awful lot.

Is she

0:37:310:37:37

passed? Just passed, well swept!

That was a super sweep by Team GB.

0:37:370:37:52

Every shot that we make, in that

way, makes it more difficult for

0:37:520:38:00

Switzerland, not just because the

situation in the game. But as this

0:38:000:38:04

pressure ramps up, noisy shops,

don't give any easy shots away, they

0:38:040:38:10

made a mistake running right

through, trying to capitalise on

0:38:100:38:13

that.

We are sitting on the bottom,

one high, on the forefoot, that is

0:38:130:38:21

the area you want to protect. Going

to catch the guard... Going to catch

0:38:210:38:27

the guard.

0:38:270:38:34

the guard. Switzerland, at the

moment, not in a very good position.

0:38:340:38:36

No, and Eve is going to try and make

it a little bit worse, she will

0:38:360:38:42

happily use that, use what she was

trying to do. Rohler cross and head

0:38:420:38:45

out right one and sit in front of

the two red stones, if she can. A

0:38:450:38:52

bit more protection upfront. Try to

catch this on the right side. A bit

0:38:520:38:58

like that. Not quite what you

wanted.

Plan B, that will do fine!

0:38:580:39:08

Switzerland going to run the red

into the red pack in the house, try

0:39:140:39:20

and move several of them. She needs

to try and create a way in here for

0:39:200:39:27

herself because at the moment, she

is in trouble.

She could get there

0:39:270:39:31

is absolutely right and Britain

might still be left with one in here

0:39:310:39:35

but if she doesn't, that looks

really... She has done well, they

0:39:350:39:41

still have three. Partial result,

partial result, no better. Eve is

0:39:410:39:54

now happy to take this brand guard

away. When you are hitting stones

0:39:540:40:00

like that, to get everything going

the way you want it to, absolutely

0:40:000:40:03

perfect. That situation was one they

had to do something.

0:40:030:40:09

Didn't want to hit her stones there,

Great Britain lying one, two and

0:40:160:40:22

three. She's going to move some more

here, going to try and come in and

0:40:220:40:26

freeze on that back one.

She is

trying to work out which way to do

0:40:260:40:32

it.

She has two make it difficult

for Great Britain to get more than

0:40:320:40:38

one, two here.

She's Guptill emit

them to one.

That might be 40 men.

0:40:380:40:46

Yes, sorry, she is trying to freeze

one in there.

0:40:460:40:56

-- she's lot to limit them to one.

Silvana Tirinzoni, two stones left.

0:40:560:41:08

This is their Olympic Games, in

terms of the result, put them out of

0:41:080:41:13

contention. For Eve Muirhead, Anna

Sloan and the other team, you can

0:41:130:41:23

see an opportunity building here.

0:41:230:41:25

Silvana Tirinzoni, that trauma keeps

at 100%, I'm still not sure if it's

0:41:310:41:40

true, she has got a good chance of

making this. Trying to come and

0:41:400:41:43

freeze against the British red.

Turning now, turning.

Slowing down,

0:41:430:41:51

not enough, she hasn't got enough.

That's still two, maybe even three

0:41:510:42:01

for Great Britain. And she knows,

she will come and have a little

0:42:010:42:08

look, I am sure.

I think we go here.

Eve does not want her to have the

0:42:080:42:17

option to play that again.

No,

especially when she has just come

0:42:170:42:22

down that line, if she puts one to

the other side and says OK, I am

0:42:220:42:27

drawing you away from the corner

pocket, she needs a cover in the

0:42:270:42:31

back of that.

Actually, by being

slightly over to the right as you

0:42:310:42:36

and I look at it, she has room to

come in and freeze on the bottom

0:42:360:42:40

red. Eve will want to make sure that

does not happen.

If Eve closes the

0:42:400:42:46

door on this pocket that makes it

that the gold, silver and will not

0:42:460:42:51

have anywhere to go. -- Silvana

Tirinzoni.

Maybe not sure about

0:42:510:42:59

this.

0:42:590:43:04

this.

The trouble is if we go too

far, we leave a bigger pocket.

Would

0:43:050:43:10

a short be better here, surely?

Perhaps the other side, even if she

0:43:100:43:17

makes the pocket, you still got the

draw for one to get...

A chance if

0:43:170:43:22

she wants it. That's probably why

Ken Howard was shaking his head.

0:43:220:43:30

Given her an opportunity again, that

opportunity.

I can tell you there

0:43:300:43:38

are cheers next to this house, Japan

have stolen in the final end, not a

0:43:380:43:43

good result for Great Britain, Japan

beaten Sweden, that means Japan have

0:43:430:43:49

five wins, two losses, they will

have the same record as Sweden after

0:43:490:43:54

seven matches, Great Britain have

two tough matches to finish, yes I

0:43:540:43:59

said one of them was against Canada

but the other one is against Japan.

0:43:590:44:05

Well, Great Britain need to win this

one first. And that's far from

0:44:050:44:10

certain. So, the final stone for

Silvana Tirinzoni, trying to make

0:44:100:44:18

life difficult for Eve Muirhead

here, Great Britain are lying, we

0:44:180:44:24

think two, this is a perfect shot...

Will get inside those two. Where is

0:44:240:44:31

this going? Where is this going?

It's got a chance, it's wider, will

0:44:310:44:37

it catch the red on the way in, it

won't, will it go by and the other

0:44:370:44:41

side, I don't think so, it might

bump.

They offer swept that.

They

0:44:410:44:47

might bump, that means it can be

pushed out. Eve Muirhead a chance to

0:44:470:44:52

win this.

Silvana Tirinzoni looking

gutted, that was sleeping there,

0:44:520:45:01

they were just not wait too quickly,

they needed to leave it until it got

0:45:010:45:05

the poll. Could this be an

opportunity for Great Britain to tap

0:45:050:45:10

it through?

She needs to do is move

that back. Just checking whether, if

0:45:100:45:18

she moves that, the shooter would be

in. We've got another one counting.

0:45:180:45:25

Ahead of that yellow, at least if

the other one, the sort of three

0:45:250:45:29

o'clock lying isn't the same.

Looks

like she's playing a head to check

0:45:290:45:36

it out.

Here we go. This is going to

be good. Just got to get rid of the

0:45:360:45:41

yellow.

Clean is always good. Good,

this could be good. Excellent.

It's

0:45:410:45:49

enough, I'm pretty sure. Not much in

it, the handshake. They aren't going

0:45:490:45:55

to bother measuring that. They

decided it was close enough, Eve

0:45:550:45:58

Muirhead finally manages to get the

victory for the British team, in a

0:45:580:46:04

match which went both ways, Britain

on top, then Switzerland, it was a

0:46:040:46:09

seesaw all the way, finally two in

the tenth end means great written

0:46:090:46:14

come out on top, 8-7, much-needed

victory keeps their hopes very much

0:46:140:46:21

alive of guaranteeing a place in the

semifinals, two more matches to

0:46:210:46:26

come, tough ones against Japan and

Canada but they beat Switzerland,

0:46:260:46:29

job done.

0:46:290:46:33

STUDIO: It was a terrific match to

watch. Rhona Howie is next to me.

0:46:330:46:42

The Swiss gave Eve a chance and she

took it stops are absolutely. If she

0:46:420:46:47

hadn't rolled off, Eve would have

had a drop of one.

Just that's like

0:46:470:46:53

miscommunication in their sweeping

gave Eve a chance and she nailed it.

0:46:530:46:57

We will get an interview with the

four very soon. I am sure we will be

0:46:570:47:03

back with them. Let's just have a

look at the dying ends of the tenth

0:47:030:47:09

end, and talk us through what you

are thinking as a skip, what you

0:47:090:47:13

need to do.

It is one of these

shots, you can see the whole stone

0:47:130:47:18

and no more. She couldn't be tight

and hit the guard, she could afford

0:47:180:47:21

to be on the wide side and roll out,

as she did. She had two other

0:47:210:47:26

counters in there. She knew the side

to air on Angie didn't play down

0:47:260:47:31

weight but positive weight.

Let's

look at the standings. We have Japan

0:47:310:47:38

and Canada still to come. Great

Britain, and there have been match

0:47:380:47:42

is going on at the same time. You

were following what was happening.

0:47:420:47:50

And exciting lead Japan and Sweden

had a big ding dong game and Japan

0:47:500:47:54

beat Sweden. Though it means Japan

and Sweden are now on the same

0:47:540:48:00

record, five wins and two losses.

Great Britain currently in joint

0:48:000:48:04

fourth place with the USA. In terms

of

0:48:040:48:10

fourth place with the USA. In terms

of what that means, basically

0:48:100:48:12

Britain still in control of their

own destiny and that is the

0:48:120:48:14

important thing. Not looking around

thinking I hope so and so beat them.

0:48:140:48:18

You don't want to rely on other

people to win or lose. Destiny is

0:48:180:48:22

still in their own hands. They have

Japan and Canada, they are capable

0:48:220:48:26

of beating both these countries and

if they do that they are in the

0:48:260:48:30

semifinals.

Overall, how do you

think they played?

A bit of an edgy

0:48:300:48:35

game, some great shots and some

silly shots from both teams. It came

0:48:350:48:39

down to that tenth end. Britain

played a fantastic tenth end and put

0:48:390:48:44

the pressure on Switzerland.

0:48:440:48:45

played a fantastic tenth end and put

the pressure on Switzerland.

Going

0:48:450:48:47

back, the final two stones. The

Swiss had the hammer and Britain

0:48:470:48:51

were leading 5-3 at this stage. I

think what a lot of people will be

0:48:510:48:55

impressed with is how Britain came

back after that controversial hog

0:48:550:49:00

line issue that even. They have come

back strongly but the Swiss were

0:49:000:49:08

making life testing all the time.

Yes, this was a great freeze by Eve

0:49:080:49:13

making life testing all the time.

Yes, this was a great freeze by Eve,

0:49:130:49:13

she came right in, froze on top of

the yellow and lay shot. Not an easy

0:49:130:49:23

shot.

So the pressure was on

Tirinzoni. Explain why it is so

0:49:230:49:28

difficult.

Because the British stone

is frozen on the yellow Swiss stone,

0:49:280:49:33

she has to hit it exactly in the

right place and she does it

0:49:330:49:36

perfectly to score two.

That brought

the scores back to 5-5. And all the

0:49:360:49:41

time you are thinking, the build-up,

the build-up, the build up.

0:49:410:49:45

Sometimes the Swiss were in really

strong positions and make good

0:49:450:49:51

decisions. There was one stone, if

they played at 50,000 times they

0:49:510:49:55

couldn't have missed it the way they

did. This was bad luck as much as

0:49:550:49:58

anything.

She was trying to go

through the gap here. It would have

0:49:580:50:02

put Britain in big trouble. They

didn't sweep and she just rubbed the

0:50:020:50:08

top one. That was the key shot per

Switzerland to make that. If they

0:50:080:50:12

had,

0:50:120:50:12

Switzerland to make that. If they

had, Britain in big trouble, but

0:50:120:50:15

Miss called sweeping.

Ifs, buts

maybes. Eve Muirhead and her team

0:50:150:50:22

getting the win. Let's hear the

reaction from them.

0:50:220:50:27

Well done, but you're not making

this easy, are you?

No. That was a

0:50:270:50:33

tough game and a game of inches.

Both teams played really well, a lot

0:50:330:50:38

of good shot making. We knew, I

think we have two win about every

0:50:380:50:43

game now. I think we stepped up a

dear friend yesterday and if we can

0:50:430:50:47

keep this going until tomorrow.

A

good point there, Lauren. It looks

0:50:470:50:53

like everyone was on their game from

the start tonight?

Yes, that was our

0:50:530:50:58

intention. We knew we pretty much

needed to win every game from here

0:50:580:51:02

and we wanted to be as professional

and play as well as we could. We

0:51:020:51:06

feel like we did that and it was a

very tight game and we are very

0:51:060:51:09

happy to have won.

Does it get

frustrating when you know you are

0:51:090:51:13

playing well on the opposition keep

matching you?

Yes, I think you get a

0:51:130:51:18

bit of frustration that we have

worked a lot on how to compose

0:51:180:51:22

ourselves, refocus and concentrate

on one stone at a time and that is

0:51:220:51:25

what we did.

Two games to go, tough

games. Japan got a win tonight

0:51:250:51:30

against Sweden. You have them and

Canada.

Yes, we do. I think we've

0:51:300:51:34

taken every game here down to the

wire. Obviously that is what we are

0:51:340:51:40

going to be expecting for our next

two games. We are going to go back,

0:51:400:51:44

debrief, relax and come out fighting

again tomorrow.

Well done.

Let's

0:51:440:51:50

have a look at the standings.

0:51:500:51:51

again tomorrow.

Well done.

Let's

have a look at the standings. Japan

0:51:510:51:54

and Canada, the matches still to

come for Great Britain. The

0:51:540:51:57

Canadians, having started badly,

have come into form and could be

0:51:570:52:00

difficult. They lost their first

three.

And then they won the next

0:52:000:52:05

three. They are on their way up.

Japan in second place. Republic of

0:52:050:52:10

Korea going well, lots of home

support them. Sweden in joint second

0:52:100:52:15

in Great Britain currently in joint

fourth. Two games still to come, and

0:52:150:52:20

it

0:52:200:52:20

fourth. Two games still to come, and

it will be fairly tense tomorrow.

0:52:200:52:22

Say and they're what you said about

the importance that the men and

0:52:220:52:25

women?

Very important. Wins tomorrow

would put us that in the semifinals

0:52:250:52:31

for both men and women. We are still

in the running. Losses will make us

0:52:310:52:36

all very nervous.

You said it is one

of the biggest days of British

0:52:360:52:40

curling ever.

Did I?

Yes, that's

what you said! Thank you for talking

0:52:400:52:48

so expertly for it. Let's bring you

up to date on the state of affairs

0:52:480:52:53

for Elise Christie. After her

incredibly painful looking crash and

0:52:530:52:59

departure, the latest issue will

undergo a fitness test tomorrow to

0:52:590:53:03

determine if she can compete in her

final bid for winter Olympic Glory

0:53:030:53:08

in the 1000 metres. The hits are

tomorrow. She was on the ice today

0:53:080:53:16

purely to see if she could put the

boot on and skate around a bit. She

0:53:160:53:19

will go through a training session

tomorrow. If she comes through that

0:53:190:53:24

and that is still a big if, she will

compete tomorrow evening Korean

0:53:240:53:27

time. To be honest, UK time we will

know at around 2am, 2:30am whether

0:53:270:53:33

or not Elise Christie will be lining

up at ten o'clock tomorrow morning

0:53:330:53:36

for the heat of her 1000 metres. He

also said she absolutely wants to

0:53:360:53:41

and if medically we are happy and it

is clear, the decision will be hers

0:53:410:53:45

to skate. Indications I got just

now, she is very keen to do so.

0:53:450:53:50

Michaela Shiffrin has had to change

plans a bit because the Alpine

0:53:500:53:54

schedule has become very packed.

Games organisers have announced the

0:53:540:53:59

women's combined event is moved

forward a day to Thursday and that

0:53:590:54:03

has persuaded Michaela Shiffrin to

skip Wednesday's downhill. She said,

0:54:030:54:08

as much as I wanted to compete in

the Olympic downhill, with the

0:54:080:54:12

schedule change it's important to

focus my energy on preparing for the

0:54:120:54:16

combined. Remember, she has already

won

0:54:160:54:18

combined. Remember, she has already

won gold in the giant slalom. She

0:54:180:54:24

skipped the super-g. She wanted to

skate on the downhill but because it

0:54:240:54:28

is getting very tight, she is going

to concentrate on Thursday's

0:54:280:54:31

combined. That is the news and the

American superstar. Right, we are

0:54:310:54:37

going to be focusing on the two man

Bob. The final run to co-and they

0:54:370:54:43

are in reverse order, Great Britain

hoping for a place in the top ten.

0:54:430:54:46

Let's see what happened in the third

run.

0:54:460:54:52

COMMENTATOR: We're underway, the

men's two-man bob.

0:54:520:55:04

men's two-man bob.

Watch for the

start time, five seconds dead is

0:55:040:55:07

routine for them. 5.05 slightly

slower. This is where he tipped it

0:55:070:55:15

over yesterday, but he is fine now,

49.30 two. But that the slowest of

0:55:150:55:20

his three runs. Just opens the door

a little bit, maybe.

0:55:200:55:27

a little bit, maybe. Justin Kripps

and Alexander Kopacz. A usual

0:55:270:55:31

cracking start. 4.90 three.

This is

a big run from these guys and they

0:55:310:55:38

will keep coming away from the

Germans. This is their move towards

0:55:380:55:41

the front but it is still going to

be within hundredths at the end.

0:55:410:55:48

Kripps Well that 300s evaporate

slightly? A good lead by over a

0:55:480:55:56

tenth. Kripps has put the pressure

on. Now Francesco Friedrich and

0:55:560:56:05

Thorsten Margis. Needs a 4.90 start

to get him under to get any chance

0:56:050:56:11

of matching what Kripps did. The

world number six pairing come to

0:56:110:56:14

their finish now. Let's see where

they are. Alongside Kripps and

0:56:140:56:22

second.

0:56:220:56:27

second. World number two, a

four-time world champion in the

0:56:300:56:32

two-man bob. Can they get it right

now I'd keep themselves in medal

0:56:320:56:40

contention?

Phenomenal equipment, he

is not usually this barbaric and he

0:56:400:56:44

will have to fight to become Olympic

champion from this point.

12

0:56:440:56:49

hundredths of a second. Ragged

through 16 but he has closed. Look

0:56:490:56:56

at that, a track record for him and

he is now breathing down Kripps'

0:56:560:57:01

neck. Here we go for Great Britain.

Good luck to Brad Hall. What an

0:57:010:57:05

overachiever and this has been up

until now. He has never finished

0:57:050:57:09

higher a World Cup than 13th in a

two-man bob. Here he is seventh

0:57:090:57:15

place in Olympic Games. Can he get

under five seconds for his start? He

0:57:150:57:19

is bang on.

Not the rani needed out

of that corner. Just settling into

0:57:190:57:25

this. We know he can write this.

Mistakes at two and four have cost

0:57:250:57:34

him, falling a second behind the

Canadians on gold medal position at

0:57:340:57:36

the moment. STUDIO: From seventh

place after two runs, the GB pair

0:57:360:57:49

Brad Hall in 11th place. They will

go in reverse order. You drove at

0:57:490:57:58

two

0:57:580:57:58

go in reverse order. You drove at

two Olympics, three Olympics?

Three.

0:57:580:58:00

The problem at this course comes

very early on.

It is. The dangerous

0:58:000:58:05

track of very fast but very

technical, you can lose speed in so

0:58:050:58:08

many places. Curved two is where

it's happening. You need the

0:58:080:58:13

velocity but curved two it is like

two

0:58:130:58:15

velocity but curved two it is like

two corners and one. The start is

0:58:150:58:17

very open. It right up. At the end,

this thread is high and it tightens

0:58:170:58:21

up, it is designed to throw you into

the wall where you lose your speed.

0:58:210:58:27

Curve four a key point also. Easy

describes loose in that top section,

0:58:270:58:31

they are dropping down.

A few

examples here of them coming into

0:58:310:58:35

this.

It throws you in and it is

flat through curve three, so if you

0:58:350:58:43

lose the velocity, you can't gain it

back.

We can look here at Brad Hall,

0:58:430:58:47

who has been driving this course

very well.

Doing great, but it drops

0:58:470:58:51

into the wall and pushes him away.

He has a ready lost ten kilometres

0:58:510:58:55

an hour. Really sad. I think it just

unsettles him, pushes him of his

0:58:550:59:01

rhythm and the the run of the two

days, a real shame.

You can see the

0:59:010:59:06

speed builds as they go down the

course. This is what is so is so

0:59:060:59:10

cool about the Bob Tway rather than

skeleton and

0:59:100:59:17

skeleton and luge, you can see where

they are on the course.

Through

0:59:200:59:26

curves 15 and 16. There are three

key areas, the two combination, two,

0:59:260:59:31

three and four and as you come off

curve nine you need to come off left

0:59:310:59:35

and get through the bend straight.

There are two curves, not a straight

0:59:350:59:38

line, carry your speed through the

uphill section and hopefully you

0:59:380:59:41

minimise the loss.

The great thing

about the bob, so much room you can

0:59:410:59:46

even fit a camera on the front. This

gives me slight motion sickness I

0:59:460:59:50

can't watch! I will let you talk us

through it.

Curve one is short,

0:59:500:59:55

curved two, it tightens up and it

wants to throw you into the wall and

0:59:550:59:58

then a flat section. Curve four very

different to how it has been for all

0:59:581:00:02

the training so catching a lot of

pilots out. Curve five and six

1:00:021:00:06

combination corners, trying to carry

your speed through. As you start to

1:00:061:00:10

get through curve eight and nine,

you go into that straight, you try

1:00:101:00:13

to carry as much speed as possible

and avoid the wall. He we see it. It

1:00:131:00:18

is actually two curves although

bendy street as we it. Ten, 11, if

1:00:181:00:23

you can continual speed, a couple of

big corners and then uphill.

Do you

1:00:231:00:28

ever go so high on the side you run

out of ice?

You do. A lot of the

1:00:281:00:33

times the sleds are crashing,

yesterday someone was right up

1:00:331:00:36

there. It throws you up. A sled will

always get to the bottom, but how

1:00:361:00:41

you manipulate the pressures depends

which way up you get.

If you get a

1:00:411:00:44

bit Karthik like me, that is not...

-- Karthik.

1:00:441:00:49

-- Karthik.

1:00:491:00:52

I find that

1:00:521:00:53

I find that really quite queasy

making.

1:00:531:00:57

Canada but they beat Switzerland,

job done.

1:00:571:01:01

When you are what when you are

watching it, you're focusing one

1:01:011:01:09

corner to the next.

Cool Runnings,

feel the rhythm, feel the ride.

Feel

1:01:091:01:17

the rhythm, feel the ride, correct.

I wanted to ask, the organisers, is

1:01:171:01:23

that of to them to decide the track

or are the regulations they have to

1:01:231:01:28

follow?

There are regulations,

especially after

1:01:281:01:36

especially after Vancouver, a fatal

accident before it even started. Now

1:01:391:01:43

they have really tightened up there

is a track commission, the track

1:01:431:01:47

commission have to analyse plans and

constantly go back and say... For

1:01:471:01:51

last three Olympics the maximum

addict speed has been blown by 15-20

1:01:511:01:58

kilometres an hour. Technology and

athletes evolve, as much as at this

1:01:581:02:03

.6 years out from an Olympics, that

is the optimal speed, every nation

1:02:031:02:10

is pushing to get faster and

technology progresses on a weekly

1:02:101:02:14

basis.

Let's find out who is the

fastest on the fourth and final run

1:02:141:02:17

and further Britain can move up from

11th place into ten. We join it, the

1:02:171:02:24

commentators John Jackson and John

1:02:241:02:25

COMMENTATOR:. Holding a big lead

over at the Frenchman. At the start

1:02:291:02:38

of this run. Although he has not had

the happiest of competitions, he is

1:02:381:02:45

a class act when he gets it right.

He went very well here at the World

1:02:451:02:50

Cup in the four man event, finishing

second. No real excuse, he knows the

1:02:501:02:56

track, he has been a little bit

inconsistent.

He has done well, had

1:02:561:03:04

podiums. A quality pilot but

sometimes his style is a little bit

1:03:041:03:08

loose in terms of when he is

driving, he can be very good are

1:03:081:03:14

buying off all the walls. He still

creates speed and you think how is

1:03:141:03:19

he doing that. A pilot of his

standard should not make that

1:03:191:03:25

mistake and is standard and it will

be the little mistakes that cost him

1:03:251:03:28

and potentially dropped the French

but have the French done enough?

1:03:281:03:34

That was a good line. He should be

able to hold onto the lead but it's

1:03:341:03:39

not about the French, it's about

trying to move forward into the top

1:03:391:03:43

ten. He needs a quick one here.

Lovely and clean through 15, if a

1:03:431:03:51

little high. That is the quickest

he's been at this Olympic Games.

1:03:511:04:00

That just shows high-quality the

French team is, they were three

1:04:001:04:05

hundredths quicker. The runs prior

to that let them down.

1:04:051:04:20

to that let them down.

So Brad Hall

to come. Peter starting again, he's

1:04:201:04:27

getting older, less easy to jump

into that front seat.

Coming through

1:04:271:04:32

the tricky transition. Two, three, a

really good shot, a good idea they

1:04:321:04:38

have put into these sleds. As you

get older it's more difficult to

1:04:381:04:43

maintain speed, to keep up with the

best pilots in the world but getting

1:04:431:04:48

into this lead is easier once you

have the technique.

Next to go for

1:04:481:04:53

the United States.

1:04:531:05:02

the United States. Olsen/Weinstock.

Olsen had his appendix out two weeks

1:05:021:05:10

ago. Can he threw in his strongest

run to put pressure on Brad Hall who

1:05:101:05:15

comes next?

Evan on the back just

lifted the sled slightly, his foot

1:05:151:05:21

not going forward, that was a great

start. That is why he is an Olympic

1:05:211:05:30

athlete, transferred into the front

seat and he's been the most

1:05:301:05:35

consistent American pilot out of all

three, he really gets this track but

1:05:351:05:40

it's his little bit of an

experience, sliding on the corner

1:05:401:05:43

but he needs to put on a good run

especially through this part, a

1:05:431:05:46

little bit high, losing speed a

little. That's due to him doing too

1:05:461:05:54

much in the track.

Round the Olympic

Bend, you can see he has stopped

1:05:541:05:58

behind. Goes first at the moment.

One in eight nine to the line from

1:05:581:06:05

here and he drops further back,

ultimate disappointment for Olsen

1:06:051:06:09

who drops behind the French man.

Heinrich improves another position.

1:06:091:06:16

That is bad news for Olsen, it's

good news for Brad Hall who comes

1:06:161:06:19

next.

Potentially what happened with

Brad on the first run, he lost a

1:06:191:06:26

little bit of control all the way

down but the ice was -11, it was not

1:06:261:06:31

that cold yesterday, for what it

could be doing, lost a little bit of

1:06:311:06:35

control, you see the athlete on the

back lifting the sled. For Brad,

1:06:351:06:40

because the ice is a lot warmer,

this is the condition these runners

1:06:401:06:46

working. Hopefully he will have more

control and food in a run like you

1:06:461:06:50

did on the first two yesterday,

that's what he needs to stay in

1:06:501:06:54

front of the Swiss.

I think Brad

halt to come for Great Britain. He

1:06:541:07:02

has got all of Sussex right behind

him. All of Great Britain behind

1:07:021:07:06

him, it would be a major

disappointment of few drops behind

1:07:061:07:10

Olsen after what we have seen from

the American. The key here is can he

1:07:101:07:16

get himself up to the top ten. Brad

Hall, Christopher Spring to come,

1:07:161:07:22

one of the world's best, seems as

though it's between those two for

1:07:221:07:26

top ten. Hall needs a really good

one here, his start time... For .97,

1:07:261:07:34

pretty decent.

Needs to get through

the corner and that won't help him,

1:07:341:07:40

that little tap. A big lead over

this was but I don't know whether

1:07:401:07:45

that tap at the top will help him

out. He needs to try and tune in to

1:07:451:07:51

the track and be perfect from now

on. He's been good on this track, a

1:07:511:07:55

lot of feel for it, been good at

this point on the track, a little

1:07:551:08:00

bit late coming in, don't know

whether he has the speed to stay

1:08:001:08:04

ahead. We want Brad to be in the top

ten, dropping away, going to be down

1:08:041:08:09

to the hundredths, can he do enough?

Going to be close. Fading away. Not

1:08:091:08:15

to be. Not to be. Recall Peter goes

ahead. Olsen was not the problem.

1:08:151:08:24

Peter was. And Peter, such an

experienced Swiss rider was two

1:08:241:08:32

tends behind Brad Hall before the

fourth run and Hall has lasted.

1:08:321:08:38

Nothing much wrong with that run

other than the little knock at the

1:08:381:08:42

top, great push from the guys. That

little exit from two into three that

1:08:421:08:47

cost him. Brad gets hold of it

quickly but we are not going to get

1:08:471:08:53

to see it. He had already lost the

speed from the top at that point,

1:08:531:08:57

all in all, I think he has had a

good competition, to finish sort of

1:08:571:09:02

top 12 or however he finishes, he

could still finish top ten if others

1:09:021:09:06

move around him, I had him down for

a top 12, good result.

He is 11th at

1:09:061:09:12

the moment. I think Chris Spring, he

is next for Canada, I think he is

1:09:121:09:20

probably the only one if he were to

be untidy, Brad might get ahead of

1:09:201:09:24

him but I think it's a long shot.

Let's just see. As Chris Spring is

1:09:241:09:31

about to go for Canada. The former

100 metres sprinter in Australia.

1:09:311:09:40

Third Olympic Games, remember, that

potentially upgraded fifth-place in

1:09:401:09:43

Sochi in this event. Been a

disappointing week for him relative

1:09:431:09:47

to what he achieved in Russia.

It

is, the first time he made that

1:09:471:09:51

mistake, between this pairing they

have the most Olympic experience of

1:09:511:09:57

everybody, looking at eight Olympic

Games between them and Chris is a

1:09:571:10:02

quality pilot, I was expecting him

to be one of the medal favourites,

1:10:021:10:05

looking at training and he's making

little errors, is he going to have

1:10:051:10:09

enough to stay in front of the

Swiss, that is enough. I don't know

1:10:091:10:14

whether he has the speed, well he

dropped behind Brad and Brad moved

1:10:141:10:18

back? Chris is holding onto his

speed a little better but I think

1:10:181:10:22

it's going to be down to the

hundreds. Look at that. He has gone

1:10:221:10:29

ahead of Peter. Brad Hall drops

slightly further back. Chris Spring

1:10:291:10:36

showing some of his renowned quality

there. Not that quick but good

1:10:361:10:44

enough just to take him to the front

at the moment.

You could see him out

1:10:441:10:48

there having a little bit of banter

with the Swiss, pointing out,

1:10:481:10:52

showing that, a little margin.

This

is great competition between the

1:10:521:10:57

guys, me and Chris have had some

great races against each other over

1:10:571:11:02

the use, you can see how much the

steering is working, there were too

1:11:021:11:05

many mistakes. He would have wanted

to push forward more. Rather than

1:11:051:11:10

scraping in in front of the Swiss.

Brad Hall, 12th place, that is where

1:11:101:11:19

he will finish, top 12. Getting

very, very interesting now. Next to

1:11:191:11:28

go for Canada, don't forget, shortly

Canada will try and win gold. That

1:11:281:11:32

will be

1:11:321:11:37

will be down to Justin Cripps. Nicky

in ninth place. He is far too far

1:11:381:11:46

off. Now he has his

1:11:461:11:55

eyes on whatever to.

He can put in a

good run. He could pull himself up a

1:12:031:12:10

couple of places but definitely out

of the medals. Trying to see if

1:12:101:12:14

these guys can get into the top

eight, top six sort of area. The

1:12:141:12:19

Canadian equipment is working well,

good run so far, nice and clean, all

1:12:191:12:24

about the key area, not just about

coming to corner 12 a little bit

1:12:241:12:29

late. You can see speed building as

he comes through the big Olympic

1:12:291:12:34

corner and building to the speed

trap, this will be a big margin.

1:12:341:12:37

Let's see how he finishes, confirmed

a top ten performance. Nice and

1:12:371:12:44

consistent.

1:12:441:12:53

consistent. From Poloniato. Nick

confirmed ninth, that's how it

1:12:531:12:59

feels, your first Olympic Games. The

man who has better two man results

1:12:591:13:04

rather than four and this was his

moment, to a large extent he has

1:13:041:13:08

taken it.

For his first Olympic

Games, you can see this led sliding

1:13:081:13:14

as it drifts across, coming late,

big wave in the final corner but

1:13:141:13:18

again, a top ten result for a pilot

of his level of driving, that's not

1:13:181:13:25

bad at all, I would be happy with

that.

Eight more to go, it looks as

1:13:251:13:33

though Ben Meyer and the next two,

Kibermaris, are too far off the

1:13:331:13:41

medals. The leading five have a

significant break over these three.

1:13:411:13:46

Ben Meyer, a tenth behind Kibermaris

who is ahead of him at the moment.

1:13:461:13:51

Ben Meyer, knocked in 49 points

three, if he can find a 49 point to

1:13:511:14:02

and produces best run, that's his

chance to improve from his current

1:14:021:14:10

eighth place. He needs a good start,

usually very quick, can he break the

1:14:101:14:15

record?

Marcus Rand a long way on

the back of the sled, these are some

1:14:151:14:22

of the best athletes that Austria

has put his sled is set up really

1:14:221:14:26

soft, you see the way he came into

the corner, the suspension

1:14:261:14:31

compressed on the front, he likes a

soft settle, the faster the sled

1:14:311:14:35

will be but it's about being able to

control the outcome he can't, he has

1:14:351:14:39

a good feel for the sled. Building

speed, has he got enough to get

1:14:391:14:43

through here to hold onto the

position? That was a good run by

1:14:431:14:48

Nick, the gaps are minimal, he

cannot afford to make any mistakes.

1:14:481:14:51

I think he's going to drop back

behind the Canadians.

Poloniato

1:14:511:14:58

might be about to go eighth at the

Olympic Games, Meyer rocking and

1:14:581:15:01

rolling on the final turn, he misses

out. Miaow three punches the air,

1:15:011:15:07

eighth for him. Not going to get any

worse. -- Poloniato.

The brakeman

1:15:071:15:16

probably ran a cycle to four, and by

a cycle I mean two steps. A little

1:15:161:15:22

bit earlier the sled would not have

jolted to the right and touched the

1:15:221:15:26

wall, by running two for you kill

the velocity, the driver loads in,

1:15:261:15:30

takes a couple of steps to far, he

just ran too far and not the sled

1:15:301:15:35

over towards outside, that's a great

view of the first corner through the

1:15:351:15:39

nose camera put in there, into the

tricky corner. As the athletes are

1:15:391:15:44

further down the track in corner 12,

these are really small margins, a

1:15:441:15:50

couple of hundredths of a second and

it's less than the blink of an eye

1:15:501:15:53

and you can see, Canadian athletes,

saying the twitch at the top.

1:15:531:16:02

So now, Oscars Melbourne Ardis

Oskars Melbadis --. A

1:16:041:16:12

So now, Oscars Melbourne Ardis

Oskars Melbadis --. A 24-year-old.

1:16:121:16:13

Number four in the world. Usually a

superb starter. Fourth in the World

1:16:131:16:20

Championships. His best World Cup

finished this year was third. He was

1:16:201:16:25

really hopeful of bettering that.

Oskars Melbadis, let's see this

1:16:251:16:34

usual cracking start. 4.90 for him.

He is rock with the starting.

He did

1:16:341:16:41

a lot of work at the top of the

track. You could see... That will

1:16:411:16:45

cost a lot of time. If he wanted to

put a run towards the medals, that

1:16:451:16:49

wasn't the move he needed to take.

This is now possibly holding onto

1:16:491:16:55

Benjamin Maier and Nick Pollin

Artur. Good Poloniato move in front

1:16:551:17:01

of this because of the mistake of

the top? That is uncharacteristic of

1:17:011:17:05

the Latvian. And because it is so

close, he is going to fall back two

1:17:051:17:10

places.

Yes, looking as though

Poloniato and Maier might come past.

1:17:101:17:20

Will end badly for the Latvian? It

does. They both go past him.

1:17:201:17:25

Poloniato improving his edition and

Maier going up a place. Poloniato

1:17:251:17:31

guaranteed to seventh, Maier

guaranteed eighth.

Six to go.

1:17:311:17:36

Hopefully we will get a replay of

turn two. Look at the front of the

1:17:361:17:41

sled, where the front runners are.

You can see the black running shoes

1:17:411:17:47

on the ice. Look at how much work he

is doing. Can you see? They turn so

1:17:471:17:52

much. The ice is not reacting,

because he has tried so hard, it is

1:17:521:17:57

just sliding across the ice rather

than digging in and turning.

He

1:17:571:18:02

should have understood?

Tried to

steer too much too quickly on the

1:18:021:18:07

runners couldn't purchase.

Currently

in sixth place is the Korean,

1:18:071:18:13

Yunjong Won. His rate, on is

Youngwoo Seo. These athletes are

1:18:131:18:22

good. One was rated number one in

the world. He's been hiding his

1:18:221:18:29

light under a bushel in the Olympic

Games. He can't get himself a medal

1:18:291:18:33

but he is quick way. And he has been

improving every run. His first run

1:18:331:18:39

average, that the second and very

quick on the third run. Almost as if

1:18:391:18:43

he has timed it slightly wrong.

They

gambled. They gambled hoping because

1:18:431:18:48

one of they were one of the lowest

ranked they would be one of the

1:18:481:18:58

last. First run was average. Good

through that curve. We should not

1:18:581:19:02

see any mistakes from this pilot at

all. He knows this track inside out

1:19:021:19:05

like the back of his hand. He is now

pushing to stay in front of

1:19:051:19:12

Poloniato at the bottom. I don't

think he's got enough in this led to

1:19:121:19:15

move up towards the top five, who

are all covered by 13 hundredths of

1:19:151:19:20

a second as they head towards the

medals. This is a good run, a clean

1:19:201:19:24

run. This is what we should be

expecting from this Korean pilot who

1:19:241:19:28

knows the track so well.

He is up

from 15 to the finish. 1:49.36 his

1:19:281:19:39

time. He has dropped back to

something like run two for

1:19:391:19:45

time. He has dropped back to

something like run two for. They

1:19:451:19:46

don't care, do they?

This is what I

was saying about the differences in

1:19:461:19:52

temperatures between the first and

second His fastest run was when the

1:19:521:19:57

mine ice was minus 11. Did they

purposely turn it down a little bit

1:19:571:20:01

to make it colder, to suit the

Korean equipment? It is a home

1:20:011:20:07

games, home advantage. I'm sure the

coach will have had a word with the

1:20:071:20:11

track manager, come on mate, help us

out. As they come into curve seven

1:20:111:20:16

and over the finish line.

1:20:161:20:25

and over the finish line.

Yunjong

Won stays in sixth place. Strap

1:20:251:20:28

yourself in for a fantastic race for

the medals now. The top five are

1:20:281:20:32

separated by just 13 hundredths of a

second. Going now for Germany, we

1:20:321:20:38

have three medal contenders. Nico

Walther. Spectacular when leading

1:20:381:20:48

after run number one. He has dropped

back to fifth place as they begin

1:20:481:20:52

this final assault on the medals.

The question here, has he put

1:20:521:20:57

himself under too much pressure to

re-establish his position?

Is might

1:20:571:21:01

have been the equipment that didn't

work on -11 and this is the sort of

1:21:011:21:06

temperature it worked in yesterday.

He is an absolute magician in the

1:21:061:21:10

front of the sled. You don't

normally see him make mistakes. He

1:21:101:21:13

has the best feel out of all the

pilots coming up next. So, into the

1:21:131:21:18

last five. Don't be surprised if you

still see a German one, two three on

1:21:181:21:22

the podium. They haven't had any

medals at the last Olympics. They

1:21:221:21:26

are coming out fighting. They medals

at this games. Germans cannot go

1:21:261:21:32

away from an Olympic Games... That

is a perfect line. Nothing wrong

1:21:321:21:36

with this run at all. It is

absolutely perfect. Just a little

1:21:361:21:40

tap but it won't cost him any speed.

Will he ducked his head as he comes

1:21:401:21:46

round the final bend?

He has to get

really close to 49 seconds to put

1:21:461:21:50

the pressure on. 49.35. His slowest

of four. I think that is him done

1:21:501:21:56

for.

I think you could be right, I

really do. He is looking at the

1:21:561:22:01

clock. He has come down first. That

is all he can do now. He has put the

1:22:011:22:06

best run in that he can. Maybe his

equipment was set up better for

1:22:061:22:10

yesterday, not quite working today,

but he can do no more. His Olympic

1:22:101:22:14

run is over. Now we just need to

watch the other celebs come down and

1:22:141:22:18

see where he ends up. -- the other

sleds come down.

Nico, fantastic

1:22:181:22:29

component to bobsleigh piloting that

has a medal just dropped away? We

1:22:291:22:33

have been long enough here this

fortnight to never write any

1:22:331:22:37

possibility off. Strange things have

happened consistently.

1:22:371:22:44

But Melbadis, who comes next starts

just 100th of Nico Walther. We need

1:22:501:22:54

the same sort of time to confirm

that position. I think he needs to

1:22:541:22:59

go a good deal quicker to put the

medal chase up in the air.

He just

1:22:591:23:04

needs to put in a clean run. The

time will be the time, whatever it

1:23:041:23:08

is at the bottom. You can have a run

like you did on his second run

1:23:081:23:12

yesterday when he absolutely messed

up on some of the top curves. If he

1:23:121:23:16

has a good run, the rest are under

pressure because he is one of the

1:23:161:23:21

quickest guys on the field. Twice he

has been 49.0 eight. That is

1:23:211:23:27

required. First you need his usual

4.9 start. Let's see if he gets it.

1:23:271:23:35

The gap will open up initially

because of the gap between the

1:23:351:23:38

German in the lead and this thread

here. He will stop pulling away.

1:23:381:23:42

Will he drive well enough? Good

through there. Made a mistake there

1:23:421:23:46

yesterday. Will he be good enough to

stay in front of the German at the

1:23:461:23:50

bottom, who had a perfect run? All

these top pilots, there is nothing

1:23:501:23:54

between them, absolutely nothing.

The skill level these guys have is

1:23:541:23:57

amazing. That is another perfect run

into that

1:23:571:24:05

corner. He has a absolutely nailed,

slightly better than Nico Walther

1:24:151:24:17

through this part of the track. No

tap. Has he got enough to hold on?

1:24:171:24:20

He starts to lose a little ground.

I

think he will, 15 clean, 16, does he

1:24:201:24:23

take the lead, Melbadis? He does.

Guaranteed fourth at worst. Melbadis

1:24:231:24:26

has done all he can. He has finished

15 hundredths ahead of Nico Walther.

1:24:261:24:28

It is a good effort. Will it be

enough for a medal? We will see

1:24:281:24:31

shortly. .

These next three,

Johannes Lochner has been very

1:24:311:24:42

consistent this season but no

Olympic experience. Francesco

1:24:421:24:47

Friedrich and Olympic champion but

struggled at the last Olympic Games.

1:24:471:24:50

If he puts a run in like his first

run, he will absolutely put pressure

1:24:501:24:55

on Justin Kripps, the last pilot to

come down and has been the most

1:24:551:24:58

consistent this season and won the

overall World Cup. These last three

1:24:581:25:03

will be fighting for hundredths and

hundredths of a second.

It looks

1:25:031:25:06

like Nico Walther is going to miss

out. Melbadis currently with the

1:25:061:25:10

lead. Free to come. Johannes Lochner

had three hundredths of an advantage

1:25:101:25:18

over Melbadis going into this fourth

and final medal run. Silver

1:25:181:25:24

medallist at two World

Championships. He is world number

1:25:241:25:27

six. He is slightly overachieving

here. Karen he get himself a medal?

1:25:271:25:32

His starts have been perfect. Just

gone a shade quicker.

Their velocity

1:25:321:25:38

will be very good. It looks like as

they come into the sled, it jumped

1:25:381:25:43

forward as they both loaded. That is

what you want, good velocity at the

1:25:431:25:47

top. Not so much about the start

time but how much speed at the top

1:25:471:25:51

you are carrying into the first

couple of corners. He has driven

1:25:511:25:54

them perfectly. A nice high line,

right on the limits as he pushes

1:25:541:25:58

himself across. A little bit high

but early... That is going to cost

1:25:581:26:02

him. Is he going to fall behind the

Latvians at the bottom? They do find

1:26:021:26:06

a lot of speed at the bottom of the

track. Another mistake, this is

1:26:061:26:10

falling away from him. They will not

get a medal at this rate.

But the

1:26:101:26:16

Latvian is. The final run gets

ragged and he drops further back

1:26:161:26:23

behind Nico Walther. He has blown

it, Lochner. Melbadis has himself a

1:26:231:26:29

guaranteed medal for Latvia.

This is

what we have seen in all of the

1:26:291:26:32

competition so far. Certainly in

these single competitions, the last

1:26:321:26:36

three or four coming down have all

moved around because somebody has

1:26:361:26:40

made a mistake. Is that the pressure

that has just got to this young

1:26:401:26:45

pilot, Johannes Lochner? Not really

any mistakes until he got to that

1:26:451:26:49

exit nine into 12, that little tap

as you come down the Dragon's tale

1:26:491:26:55

is what cost. Everything was

perfect. This is what cost him a

1:26:551:26:59

potential Olympic medal. A couple of

centimetres the other way and he

1:26:591:27:02

would have been down in front of the

Latvians and his team-mates.

Well,

1:27:021:27:07

well, well. This means... The

Germans so want to get this gold

1:27:071:27:11

medal. They had three chances. They

only have one more chance of gold

1:27:111:27:16

and it remains at the hands of

Francesco Friedrich, the man who had

1:27:161:27:20

a nightmare in Sochi went so well

fancied. He is a superb, superb

1:27:201:27:27

pilot. But can he now put his name

alongside the greats? Let's see how

1:27:271:27:32

he's starts.

One thing we know for

certain, Germany are going to get a

1:27:321:27:38

medal because Nico Walther is set in

second. Whatever happens here, if he

1:27:381:27:42

comes down in front or behind him,

they have a medal, which is what

1:27:421:27:46

they need. But he is not bothered

about Nico Walther winning a bronze

1:27:461:27:50

medal, what he is worried about is

getting the gold. He licked the

1:27:501:27:54

afterburners on run one. A new track

record. The any person we have seen

1:27:541:27:58

go on ducks that 49 seconds. Is this

going to be the run that will win

1:27:581:28:07

it? That was almost perfect but he

is starting to pull away. Has he

1:28:071:28:10

come into that corner a little late,

which will cost him speed? A little

1:28:101:28:13

tap. It is dropping of.

Down to six

hundredths, clean out 15, has here

1:28:131:28:23

-- got enough customer just moved

ahead of the Latvian. Friedrich goes

1:28:231:28:30

to the front, guaranteed silver.

Melbadis guaranteed bronze. Are we

1:28:301:28:35

going to get one final upheaval, as

Justin Kripps for Canada waits on

1:28:351:28:41

the sidelines? Friedrich has done

all he can.

One thing Justin Kripps

1:28:411:28:47

has to do now is absolutely nailed

this. If he doesn't, he could drop

1:28:471:28:52

out of the medals, because

everything is so tight at the

1:28:521:28:55

moment. He has two tents. If he

wants a medal he has to come in

1:28:551:29:00

front of Nico Walther. He has been

the most consistent pilot, he should

1:29:001:29:05

be able to stay in front of the

Germans but you never know. One

1:29:051:29:08

mistake is so costly at this level,

because everybody has been

1:29:081:29:12

absolutely perfect.

Our Germany

going to win gold with Francesco

1:29:121:29:18

Friedrich Horwill Canada win gold --

Horwill Canada win gold with this

1:29:181:29:25

man, Justin Kripps, who is in the

next 60 seconds or so attempting to

1:29:251:29:30

win gold in this two man event for

Canada for the first time since 1998

1:29:301:29:35

when Pierre did it. Friedrich in his

sights. Kripps has had identical

1:29:351:29:43

starts on each of his three runs.

4.93 the figure to watch out for. He

1:29:431:29:49

is capable of a 49.09, which, of

course, we'll do it if he can repeat

1:29:491:29:56

it. The start all-important. 4.93 as

Kripps goes for gold for character.

1:29:561:30:03

4.9 two. You will see initially in

fall back into the red as they have

1:30:031:30:08

done because of the start deficit

between these and Friedrich. Watch

1:30:081:30:14

now. Justin is going to have to

drive the run of his life to come

1:30:141:30:18

down. He has been so consistent this

year. He has been on the podium

1:30:181:30:23

almost every race and has had two

top fours. His worst result is top

1:30:231:30:28

four. He is mailing lists. Starting

to pull in front of the Germans.

1:30:281:30:32

They had made mistakes at this

point. He cannot afford any

1:30:321:30:36

mistakes. This will be gold for

Canada unless he makes a mistake

1:30:361:30:39

down at the bottom. Definitely a

gold medal run.

Go Kripps, the world

1:30:391:30:44

number one for Canada, can he do it?

It is a dead heat, it is a dead heat

1:30:441:30:51

with Friedrich! For the first time

in 20 years we have a dead heat.

1:30:511:30:55

That is absolutely extraordinary! In

1998, the Italian dead heated with

1:30:551:31:06

the Canadian and we have the same

scenario again. Kripps and Friedrich

1:31:061:31:11

shared the gold.

1:31:111:31:16

Astonishing drama. At the Sliding

Centre. What an amazing finish. You

1:31:191:31:27

just don't get any closer than that

and you can see straight away, the

1:31:271:31:31

camaraderie between these teams. The

first people to congratulate the

1:31:311:31:37

Canadians was the German payer, they

are sharing the gold medal with,

1:31:371:31:40

what an absolute corker of a race.

Maybe if Friedrich thought it had

1:31:401:31:47

gone, maybe he was saying to

himself, Cripps is going to beat us,

1:31:471:31:50

he did not appear to do much wrong.

He didn't, but maybe he over drove

1:31:501:31:56

the last couple of curves to find

the right line. What an amazing

1:31:561:32:00

competition. This is what bobsleigh

is about, close racing.

Well. Just

1:32:001:32:08

fantastic. Germany back with the

gold, Friedrich can forget all about

1:32:081:32:15

what happened at Sochi. And Justin

Cripps, 31, gives Canada gold as

1:32:151:32:23

well at the end of a stellar season

for him. Onerous

1:32:231:32:31

for him. Onerous -- honours even,

both strike gold.

It couldn't go to

1:32:311:32:35

four nicer people. The two

1:32:351:32:42

four nicer people. The two Germans,

amazing people, you can see what it

1:32:431:32:46

means to everybody, especially the

Germans, they potentially thought

1:32:461:32:49

they could have missed out and they

thought it was not happening for

1:32:491:32:58

them but he is the man doing the

business. Will this give him the

1:32:581:33:03

confidence to do the business in the

four man as well?

People will be

1:33:031:33:08

asking back home, why not have a

run-off, a run head-to-head, for

1:33:081:33:13

gold? These are great scenes, they

deserve it.

We have just had a four

1:33:131:33:19

run run-off, why have one? You could

say, why don't we go down to this

1:33:191:33:26

thousands like the luge doors. But

this is great. Why change it?

1:33:261:33:34

STUDIO:

Fair point from John Jackson, it

1:33:341:33:38

produces drama, shared gold medal,

Canada and Germany, bronze to Latvia

1:33:381:33:43

who had the fastest with run, how

extraordinary Germany came into the

1:33:431:33:48

final run six hundredths of a second

behind and went exactly six

1:33:481:33:53

hundredths of a second faster.

Nicola let's reflect on the position

1:33:531:33:57

and a run of Brad Hall and Joel

fearing, finishing 12th.

Able be

1:33:571:34:04

disappointed after yesterday but

what an amazing result, that is

1:34:041:34:08

Brad's best ever result on

1:34:081:34:09

what an amazing result, that is

Brad's best ever result on a global

1:34:091:34:09

scale. His best ever result, this

was all about reparation for the

1:34:091:34:15

four man.

He still has joined us.

Let's hear from Brad and Joel, they

1:34:151:34:21

have in speaking to Matthew Pinsent.

Brad, run three three Mac and four,

1:34:211:34:29

how was it?

Not as good as

yesterday. Pretty solid runs. Made a

1:34:291:34:35

mistake in each run, you can't make

a stake on this track and I suffered

1:34:351:34:42

the consequences.

Joel, what did you

make of diving tonight?

Like I said,

1:34:421:34:46

always really proud of Brad, come

such a long way, what is it, 12? I

1:34:461:34:53

mean, we cannot be upset about that,

we know they two man is not where we

1:34:531:34:58

shine, that's been -- beat our

position by a place. If we do that

1:34:581:35:05

in the four man, we are going to be

number one so you can't be too upset

1:35:051:35:09

about that.

There is a rumour going

around you are under the weather.

A

1:35:091:35:15

little bit under the weather but

good guys around me, looking after

1:35:151:35:20

me, we had to deal with that today

but it means I just get fed and well

1:35:201:35:24

for the four man, get out there and

smash it up.

I can see the smile is

1:35:241:35:30

there, we reckon that the top two

man position in the Olympics for

1:35:301:35:35

many years.

Is it? I didn't know.

Like Joel said, my personal best in

1:35:351:35:41

the World Cup is 13th, before the

competition me and the coach we had

1:35:411:35:48

a chat, and we said if we beat that,

that's the main aim, we finished

1:35:481:35:53

seventh after the first day, we

still beat our target, I guess I

1:35:531:35:56

have got to be happy.

You've topped

John Jackson.

Guys, thanks for the

1:35:561:36:02

love.

Lovely to see them smiling,

some

1:36:021:36:06

love.

Lovely to see them smiling,

some of the highlights of the final

1:36:061:36:07

run. They slipped from seventh down

to 12 but Nicola, it's all a

1:36:071:36:14

learning experience, it's about the

four man and the two teams that will

1:36:141:36:18

go for that.

This was preparation,

we know Brad is hugely talented,

1:36:181:36:23

relatively inexperienced compared to

the other guys, on the driving four

1:36:231:36:28

or five years, it's about

preparation for next week and for

1:36:281:36:33

Beijing in 2020.

Let's look at the

crews who assured the gold, the last

1:36:331:36:37

time this happened and 98, Canada

involved there as well but Germany,

1:36:371:36:43

what a drive from Friedrich.

So

exciting. Cripps, kept swapping and

1:36:431:36:50

changing, or over four miles of ice.

You see the Germans jumping for joy.

1:36:501:37:02

Latvia, that bronze medal was great.

The Canadians.

Just fantastic.

1:37:021:37:08

Canada have really started to put

the metal down as last season,

1:37:081:37:14

Cripps, World Cup champion this

year. It was hit and miss, second,

1:37:141:37:19

third, he was there or thereabouts,

really just pulled it together, so

1:37:191:37:23

exciting.

Actually when they came

over the line, they looked up for

1:37:231:37:29

the green light, it wasn't green,

neither was it read, because it was

1:37:291:37:34

exactly the same score and I love

the shots of the Germans and the

1:37:341:37:39

Canadians, everybody hugging, it

seems like a really tight that

1:37:391:37:41

community, bobsleigh. Look at that,

real sportsmanship, the Germans

1:37:411:37:48

celebrating with the Canadians, they

get a gold medal each, that is a

1:37:481:37:54

tenth gold medal of the Olympic

Games for Germany and for Canada, a

1:37:541:37:58

six gold, no silver awarded. Then it

goes bronze for Latvia. Nida Dar

1:37:581:38:04

when it was a dead heat for gold

there was a dead heat for bronze and

1:38:041:38:09

GB were one of the teams that were

in the dead heat.

It's fantastic.

1:38:091:38:15

It's family, we travelled together

for five months of the year, same

1:38:151:38:21

hotel, travel, these guys know each

other in and out and it's amazing to

1:38:211:38:25

see everyone celebrating. Fantastic

but Germany, they had a shocker in

1:38:251:38:29

Sochi. Allowed to get on the top

podium first but here come the

1:38:291:38:32

Canadians. For men in the gold medal

position.

At least they didn't have

1:38:321:38:40

to stretch the podium, it was set up

for the four man Bob. Always space

1:38:401:38:45

for four people. I love that.

Afterwards Matthews spoke to the

1:38:451:38:50

Canadian pair.

Alex, Justin,

congratulations, what quite a debut.

1:38:501:38:58

To win an Olympics. Incredible. How

close did you think it was going to

1:38:581:39:04

be before that last run?

Tremendous

start, we knew it was going to be a

1:39:041:39:10

knife fight and we tried to squeeze

out every second we could. Justin

1:39:101:39:14

had an amazing run, it was enough.

It must have been an amazing

1:39:141:39:19

feeling, especially to stand

together with two great sliders on

1:39:191:39:23

the podium.

Incredible. After seeing

for Friedrich did in the first run,

1:39:231:39:29

sliding well today, super fast run,

setting the track record, I knew I

1:39:291:39:34

needed everything for that last run,

mentally and physically. We managed

1:39:341:39:38

to do it, come down in a tie with

those guys was incredible, winning

1:39:381:39:42

the Olympics and sharing it with

friends, amazing.

The last time

1:39:421:39:47

people so you sliding on the BBC,

the Canadian bobsleigh was on its

1:39:471:39:50

side in Sochi.

You just need to put

it on TV more often, we had a couple

1:39:501:39:55

of good results from then. Quite a

comeback.

Fantastic.

Well done.

1:39:551:40:01

Thank you. Congratulations, Germany

and Canada sharing that, the

1:40:011:40:08

commentators said it doesn't get

much closer.

Funny enough that was

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one of the closest in history,

because only the second time in

1:40:111:40:17

Olympic history, the five sleds

going into the final run were all

1:40:171:40:21

within a quarter of a second,

extraordinary. We had a dead heat in

1:40:211:40:26

another speed event in Sochi, the

women's downhill, alpine skier,

1:40:261:40:33

speed events, extraordinarily, it

happens.

In the cross country

1:40:331:40:37

skiing, we have to go to a photo

finish and you think how can this be

1:40:371:40:42

this close at the end of 35 minutes

of huff and puff.

Get your binding

1:40:421:40:47

in front, that is the key. Thank you

so much, been great. I am going to

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take you through some of the

highlights, I think Nicola you are

1:40:521:40:56

with me some of that, you go and

have a well earned lunch.

Watch out

1:40:561:41:00

for her and coffee cups. I heard

about that.

If you want squeaky on

1:41:001:41:05

time when it comes to this as Sir

Alex Ferguson quaintly printed --

1:41:051:41:13

put it, you can go no better than

ski jumping. I did a feature there,

1:41:131:41:20

right place, right time, turned out

to be one of the greatest

1:41:201:41:22

competitions in Olympic history and

it was won by the host nation.

1:41:221:41:27

Absolute mass hysteria particularly

when this guy, the man who flunked

1:41:271:41:32

his final jump four years earlier to

throw away a gold medal in

1:41:321:41:36

Lillehammer, he out jumped the hell,

137 metres, tens of thousands of

1:41:361:41:44

people went bananas and I still get

goosebumps thinking about it. The

1:41:441:41:47

middle of a blizzard. I don't know

how they did it. I'm not the only

1:41:471:41:51

one who loves this team event, I

know you do as well, whose jumpers

1:41:511:41:57

would fly today? As we join this in

the last round, it's very tight. The

1:41:571:42:02

Norwegians have never won this

event, Germany in second, the Polish

1:42:021:42:06

team who have the double individual

big hill champion in their team in

1:42:061:42:13

bronze medal, the Japanese insects.

We have a jump per team and they are

1:42:131:42:19

cleared for takeoff. With Ollie

Williams.

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COMMENTATOR: solid jump. He reacts

immediately. That keeps Poland in

1:42:381:42:50

contention. You heard almost a

springboard sound of them leaping

1:42:501:42:56

into the air. Like a fighter jet

engine soaring down that hill. Look

1:42:561:43:04

how quickly he lands this.

Immediately knows it's good. You can

1:43:041:43:10

see the green line when you jump,

you know what you are trying to

1:43:101:43:15

beat. That gives Poland to offer

jobs gone. Keep in mind, when we see

1:43:151:43:27

the German score, after this job. In

the first round, he had 128 metres

1:43:271:43:39

and just over 124 points. This is

round two. Now... 129 metres. Was

1:43:391:43:49

that a little short? Of what he

thinks he needs? When I say

1:43:491:43:56

mistakes, they can change

everything, I'm not talking about

1:43:561:43:58

the kind of mistake that sees you

only jump 30 metres, I talk about if

1:43:581:44:05

you lose 3-4 metres, that could be

enough. Five points were in it

1:44:051:44:10

between three teams at the start of

the final round, there is a member

1:44:101:44:15

of the German team providing some

encouragement. I don't know, he

1:44:151:44:19

doesn't know! Poland goal ahead of

Germany. With two jumps to go. Well.

1:44:191:44:31

The last of the second group. From

Norway. He needs to keep his

1:44:311:44:35

composure. And keep them ahead. Will

he do it?

1:44:351:44:47

Big jump, good jump, that looks as

if it will be enough. Mr

1:44:511:44:56

reliability. Has not been anywhere

near the medals, unlike most

1:44:561:45:01

Norwegian team members who have had

such a good Olympics on the ski jump

1:45:011:45:05

but top 15s in both events, fourth,

consistency across the members that

1:45:051:45:15

are so important, because you cannot

get rid of any scores, you can't

1:45:151:45:19

count three of them, you need four

and that is for someone like Andreas

1:45:191:45:24

comes in and that's why he gets that

kind of reaction.

1:45:241:45:31

They will be buzzing in Norway right

now. Here is the score, still in

1:45:311:45:37

first, it is a 30 point gap with two

to go. That leaves it all to do.

1:45:371:45:45

Look at this, Poland and Germany are

slipping. If Norway could stay just

1:45:451:45:51

about faultless with these last two

jumps they will have their

1:45:511:45:54

first-ever team gold medal. Austria,

a shade ahead of Slovenia for

1:45:541:46:00

fourth. Japan out on their own in

sixth. And we have two sets of

1:46:001:46:07

jumpers left to go. Norway, so far,

dominating this Olympic team final

1:46:071:46:14

and well on their way to that first

ever team Olympic ski jump gold.

1:46:141:46:22

A joy to watch this Norwegian team

jump. We have a couple more

1:46:291:46:35

opportunities to carry on. This is

your start list for group three out

1:46:351:46:41

of four. Austria have the job of

overhauling Slovenia.

1:46:411:46:52

118 metres in the first round. And

that is not brilliant, 113.5. Not an

1:47:031:47:21

improvement on his first round.

1:47:211:47:34

When you land that far back, you can

see how far behind you are. The

1:47:391:47:43

coach looks and despondently. You

have do stand here and wait for the

1:47:431:47:48

score but not much fun, a bit of a

sorry way to end your Olympics. But

1:47:481:47:56

only 23, he will be back.

From

Russia,

1:47:561:48:07

Russia, Mikael.

1:48:071:48:16

He had 115 metres in the first

round. And practically the same in

1:48:181:48:23

the second round. Again, not at the

top end of world-class.

1:48:231:48:35

top end of world-class. All the

Russian jump so far have been within

1:48:351:48:39

about 115-123 metres.

1:48:391:48:44

about 115-123 metres.

If you are

wondering why is style apart of

1:48:471:48:51

this, why are there judges? It has

always been this way. Kasai

1:48:511:49:01

Preparing for his jump. There has

always been a debate as to whether

1:49:011:49:05

there should be style but that voice

has been and that status quo

1:49:051:49:08

prevails right now. The judges are

watching this, not just for

1:49:081:49:11

distance. Roundabout 125 metres for

Kasai. 125 and the money. The

1:49:111:49:19

landing was a bit scruffy. This is

what the judges are looking at,

1:49:191:49:26

looking at your form and the way you

lean over those skis. The poise.

1:49:261:49:30

Every ski jumper holds themselves so

still, knees bent. Nice landing for

1:49:301:49:41

Kasai. Some people have suggest get

rid of the judges and just do it and

1:49:411:49:45

distance, the danger with that is

safety. Japan to second. There are

1:49:451:49:51

issues or there have been issues

around ski jumping with weight

1:49:511:49:56

because the less you wait, the

further you can jump. Laws have been

1:49:561:50:01

brought in as to how athletes

control their weight.

Here is Bartol

1:50:011:50:07

from Slovenia. That is one

consideration. Judging it, the

1:50:071:50:11

theory goes, keeps athletes doing

things in a safe manner. Not too bad

1:50:111:50:18

from Bartol, but again, 122 metres

is not going to challenge anyone at

1:50:181:50:24

the top end of proceedings.

1:50:241:50:28

Three years and the World Cup

circuit, Bartol. Slovenia building a

1:50:341:50:42

reasonable ski jump team. Maybe in

four years' time when we had to

1:50:421:50:45

Beijing, they will have more of a

say in this team final but not right

1:50:451:50:50

now. First for the time being, but

not for long.

1:50:501:51:01

not for long. Grigore has seen Matt

from Bartol.

1:51:011:51:07

from Bartol. Slovenia on 8:36.7.

Austria are left now in this mini

1:51:071:51:10

battle for fourth place.

1:51:101:51:16

battle for fourth place. 2011 world

champion. Two bronze medals,

1:51:171:51:21

Vancouver in 2010. Great pedigree,

his form not so good right now. And

1:51:211:51:25

again, I think he wanted more from

that jump. 122.5. Just about the

1:51:251:51:36

same distance as Bartol. Bartol

scored 111 points, so there is your

1:51:361:51:42

reference. Will this be above or

below the 111 points?

1:51:421:51:51

below the 111 points?

Almost bang

on, 111.3, and that will be enough

1:51:521:51:56

to keep Austria about three points

ahead of Slovenia, fighting it out

1:51:561:52:03

for that somewhat sad fourth place.

Into the medal contenders.

1:52:031:52:13

Into the medal contenders.

Kubacki,

he has been on and off. He needs

1:52:131:52:16

consistency now more than ever.

1:52:161:52:22

It is OK, it is OK, not quite as far

as his monster 138.5 first-round

1:52:251:52:32

jump but it close enough to keep

them in the hunt maybe for a silver

1:52:321:52:41

against Germany. Could they even get

past Norway for Goldcrest, we will

1:52:411:52:45

need to see mistakes from Norway for

that to happen. Andreas

1:52:451:52:49

Kubacki through the outcome holder

until the last minute, you absorb

1:52:571:53:01

the landing on the front leg, shift

the weight to your back leg and if

1:53:011:53:05

you are happy, do that. Thumbs up

from Kubacki. One 235.3 points.

1:53:051:53:15

Poland go first and that puts

pressure on Freitag.

1:53:151:53:29

Relatively long jump. He's holding

in his reaction. 134.5 metres. Looks

1:53:331:53:43

back up at the hill. Little talking

to himself because that is a good

1:53:431:53:50

jump but it is so, so close. We just

saw Kubacki put down 1:35.5. It

1:53:501:53:57

comes down to judging and those few

compensation points, no wind out

1:53:571:54:04

there tonight hardly. Look at those

German fans, willing on Freitag. And

1:54:041:54:10

at the top of the hill, the Olympic

champion looking on. Will he have

1:54:101:54:17

that Freitag feeling? Second place.

Rats is the translation from

1:54:171:54:25

Freitag. Poland have a .6 lead going

into the last two athletes. Forfang

1:54:251:54:34

needs to be solid and long butty has

a bit of a cushion. Our silver

1:54:341:54:40

medallist on the normal hills. It is

a good jump. Again, the distance

1:54:401:54:47

wasn't quite up there with what we

have seen. 132 metres. So, Norway

1:54:471:54:52

might lose a little ground on Poland

and Germany here, or at least lose a

1:54:521:54:57

little of that advantage they have

built up. They had about a 30 point

1:54:571:55:02

gap. Let's see if those few extra

metres are going to make a

1:55:021:55:09

difference. Remember, the judges are

looking at this as well. It is a

1:55:091:55:13

good looking jump form wise, start

still until the end. Almost offering

1:55:131:55:19

up a little prayer. Johannson dons

the helmet. He will be the last man

1:55:191:55:29

down for Norway. They stay in first

place. They preserved that 30 or so

1:55:291:55:36

point advantage. Almost a breath of

relief for Forfang. The judges were

1:55:361:55:43

happy and you will see now that that

gap has closed to more like 20

1:55:431:55:50

points separating Norway and Poland,

with Germany just a fraction behind.

1:55:501:55:55

20 points for your last jump is

still a lot to play with but it

1:55:551:55:59

means Robert Johannson has to get it

right. We are going into the final

1:55:591:56:03

set of jumps, with pressure on

Johannson and Poland and Germany

1:56:031:56:09

slugging it out at the top end

behind Norway. We look again at

1:56:091:56:18

Forfang's jump. A little shaky on

the landing. You could see the

1:56:181:56:23

Norwegian coach is sort of saying,

all right, good enough, good enough.

1:56:231:56:27

They get to congregate down at the

bottom, the Norwegian team, because

1:56:271:56:30

they are in the lead. Three out of

four down. One group to go, here

1:56:301:56:37

they are. These men will decide

their Pyeongchang 2018 team medals.

1:56:371:56:47

Up to the top we go. Eight jumps

left. We begin with

1:56:531:57:07

left. We begin with Finland, Aalto.

His last jump of this Olympic Games.

1:57:101:57:15

A little short of the Cape point.

1:57:151:57:24

A little short of the Cape point. --

K-point. 6.5 metres back, he will

1:57:241:57:28

lose points from the 60 base score

because of that and then the judges

1:57:281:57:31

will give him another score based on

this style.

1:57:311:57:38

Into the landing. Not too much

distance between those legs, ideally

1:57:411:57:47

you would have a little more

separation between those. 16.5s is

1:57:471:57:53

OK for the judges. 104 points and

Aalto bowels out of these Olympics.

1:57:531:58:00

Olympic athlete from Russia Kliomov.

He scored 111 points in the first

1:58:001:58:14

round, and this is the second round.

Just back of that red line. 122

1:58:141:58:24

metres. So, lost a metre between his

two rounds.

1:58:241:58:37

Straighten up, ankles out, the shape

and the skis, which is the method of

1:58:391:58:44

ski jumping adopted by just about

everybody at international level.

1:58:441:58:47

And into that landing, which is

mandatory, you don't have a choice,

1:58:471:58:54

have to land that way, otherwise the

judges deduct points. 108.8.

1:58:541:59:01

Kobayashi from Japan. I know I keep

banging on about him, he has been so

1:59:081:59:12

much fun to watch. He has a hill

record with a huge jump earlier.

1:59:121:59:18

Will he come anywhere close here?

No. And that reaction tells you he

1:59:181:59:25

is a little frustrated not to go

further. 130 metres is still

1:59:251:59:29

reasonable. But he has done so much

better, and I think he will do so

1:59:291:59:35

much better in future. Remember this

name for four years' time.

1:59:351:59:42

A couple of 130 metre jumps for

Kobayashi. That makes uncomfortably

1:59:461:59:52

the best Japanese jumper here

tonight. 20 metres or so ahead of

1:59:521:59:57

anybody else from his country.

1:59:572:00:04

There is the score. Japan will

finish on 940.5, and they are second

2:00:052:00:12

right now. Here comes Slovenia.

Prevc, his last chance to have some

2:00:122:00:21

kind of impact. They are in a battle

with Austria. Three points behind.

2:00:212:00:26

He had 134.5 metres before. That,

again, would help.

2:00:262:00:34

It is going to be a relatively close

jump. Maybe a little bit further

2:00:342:00:39

back? One metre back. 133.5.

2:00:392:00:46

back? One metre back. 133.5. Prevc

did not figure in the middle is the

2:00:472:00:49

way he would have liked to. He was

the silver medallist on the normal

2:00:492:00:53

hill, the bronze medallist on the

large hill. That never happened for

2:00:532:00:57

him here. He was 12th and tenth

instead. Beating Austria into fourth

2:00:572:01:01

place. That would at least be

something for Slovenia to leave the

2:01:012:01:07

Latics with. They have never won

8-team medal. It is only Peter Prevc

2:01:072:01:15

that has made an impression in

recent years. That is the Slovenian

2:01:152:01:20

score. We know that Michael Hayboeck

has to get Australia above the

2:01:202:01:26

Slovenians. Already stressful enough

for them to beat fighting for

2:01:262:01:33

fourth. They don't want to finish

fifth.

2:01:332:01:38

Long! That should be enough to send

Austria into fourth place overall.

2:01:382:01:50

Into provisional first above

Slovenia right now. Michael Hayboeck

2:01:502:01:57

was the surprise leader after the

first hill. He finished strongly and

2:01:572:02:03

took sixth place in the end. It

looks like he has delivered where it

2:02:032:02:05

mattered. Austria don't have the

strength to be competing for medals.

2:02:052:02:11

But that is at least a promising way

to end their ski jump Olympics.

2:02:112:02:18

138.5, and Austria move 11 points

ahead of Slovenia. It looks like

2:02:242:02:28

they will settle for fourth. That

means we have three jumpers to go

2:02:282:02:37

and three medals to decide. Nothing

those guys can do. It is down to

2:02:372:02:41

these. Andreas Wellinger for

Germany.

2:02:412:02:44

He has an Olympic gold and Olympic

silver already. He is going to get

2:02:492:02:53

another medal. What colour is it

going to be? It is quite long. He

2:02:532:02:58

looks like he wanted a little bit

more. 134.5. It opens the door a

2:02:582:03:08

fraction for Poland.

2:03:082:03:15

Andreas Wellinger, only 22 years

old, still the only returning member

2:03:172:03:20

of the German squad that won team

gold in Sochi. Norway look right now

2:03:202:03:26

like they are going to take that

away from Germany this time around.

2:03:262:03:30

But what a talent this man is, gold

and silver. His team-mates have been

2:03:302:03:34

standing there applauding all week.

Here is Jiminy's final score.

2:03:342:03:45

1075.7. -- Germany. We'll see if the

man who won gold on Saturday can

2:03:452:03:53

poll above that,

2:03:532:03:58

poll above that, Kamil Stoch. Three

times and Olympic champion. He won

2:04:002:04:06

the gold on Saturday and they

smuggled crates of beer into the

2:04:062:04:09

Olympic Village afterwards. Poland

were just happy to be celebrating.

2:04:092:04:12

Will they celebrate again?

2:04:122:04:19

Will they celebrate again? 134.5. It

matches Andreas Wellinger. We will

2:04:192:04:23

go to the judges.

2:04:232:04:29

Well, we had such a nail-biting

finish between Wellinger and Stoch

2:04:302:04:38

in the final. You can see Stoch

Pratichetti cheering his nails

2:04:382:04:44

through his gloves. In the end, he

won by a narrow margin and Wellinger

2:04:442:04:50

settled for silver. Now they are

battling for medals on behalf of

2:04:502:04:55

their country. Look at this from

Kamil Stoch. Gliding into the

2:04:552:05:00

landing, cushioning it so nicely.

All they can do now is wait for the

2:05:002:05:05

score. Look at those faces. Gripped

on the screen. They are going to see

2:05:052:05:13

it when you see it. They are second,

1072.4. They will at least take the

2:05:132:05:21

bronze medal. But Germany stay ahead

of them. Will it be silver or gold?

2:05:212:05:31

Robert Johansson of Norway has about

a 20 point cushion to play with. For

2:05:312:05:36

him and for Norway, gold is just

some whiskers away!

2:05:362:05:45

Here he goes, for gold. It is long!

It is clean! It is surely enough for

2:05:482:05:59

gold. Gold for Robert Johansson.

Gold for the team. They are on top

2:05:592:06:07

of him already. He has been

imperious all Olympics long. Two

2:06:072:06:14

bronze medals. Now they are going to

be champions at the team event for

2:06:142:06:19

the first time in their history,

which is mad, it is crazy! The

2:06:192:06:24

Norwegians invented this. They have

won 30 medals at the Olympics, they

2:06:242:06:27

have never won the team event. The

man who has captured so much

2:06:272:06:32

attention around the world is the

man who gets to glide home to gold

2:06:322:06:39

on behalf of a whole nation. It is

not official yet, but it was good.

2:06:392:06:45

It was long. It was clean. It had

everything it needed to win a gold

2:06:452:06:51

medal. And it is just a matter of

the score coming out in front of our

2:06:512:06:56

faces any second now.

2:06:562:07:04

There it is! It is gold. 1098.5.

There will be no close shave in this

2:07:072:07:16

Olympic team final. Robert Johansson

delivers the gold for Norway. They

2:07:162:07:22

will stand on top of that team

podium step for the first time.

2:07:222:07:26

There was whiskers are golden.

Norway are your team ski jump

2:07:262:07:31

Olympic champions.

2:07:312:07:34

How many more can he dream up? I

think that moustache should get a

2:07:372:07:41

gold medal of its own. Absolutely

fantastic. Extraordinary, that is

2:07:412:07:44

their first gold medal ever in the

team event. In fact, we have some

2:07:442:07:49

bragging rights, as you know, the

Finns love their ski jumping, and it

2:07:492:07:52

means that Norway are officially one

ahead of them in the overall gold

2:07:522:07:57

medal count in ski jumping in the

Olympics, with 11, to the ten. The

2:07:572:08:06

Norwegians are having their best

games ever. When you think about it,

2:08:062:08:09

the standards are crazy for them.

They have already won 28 medal so

2:08:092:08:13

far, and their previous best was 26.

For Kamil Stoch and the Polish team,

2:08:132:08:18

again, a first time on the podium in

the team event. Happy days all-round

2:08:182:08:23

for whisker wearers. We are now

going to cut loose with margin,

2:08:232:08:32

high-kicking and slashing. It is the

ice hockey, the sharp end of the

2:08:322:08:35

women's ice hockey. It is semi-final

time. We have the USA up against

2:08:352:08:39

Finland in the first. Finland have

been on the podium twice, but only

2:08:392:08:44

with a bronze medal. This US side

contains six of the members of the

2:08:442:08:47

team who claimed silver behind

Canada four years ago. They are

2:08:472:08:51

itching for the chance to upgrade

that. They guaranteed silver on

2:08:512:08:57

offer in the first semifinal,

watched by Kate Simpson and Seth

2:08:572:09:01

Bennett.

2:09:012:09:07

Game day on semifinals day in the

women's tournament. This is the

2:09:072:09:10

opportunity. The opportunity for

four teams to state their case for

2:09:102:09:15

gold.

2:09:152:09:22

This could be a chance? Yes! The

Americans have the lead. Marvin

2:09:222:09:29

found time and space. Out in front,

and that is what it means to her in

2:09:292:09:38

a semifinal. Huge mistake by the

Finns. The US get the starter this

2:09:382:09:49

game they want.

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This could be a chance! What a

finish that was!

2:10:142:10:23

finish that was! Cameranesi, the US

capitalising on Finnish mistakes.

2:10:232:10:29

Two goals could be enough to send

them to the gold medal game. A huge

2:10:292:10:33

giveaway in the zone, and before

they had blinked, it was in the back

2:10:332:10:38

of their own net. What anticipation

from Cameranesi. Looking to the

2:10:382:10:46

middle of the ice. What a shot.

Short side.

2:10:462:10:56

Interesting from

2:10:562:11:06

Brant row. Monica could not handle

it again. It went into her skater.

2:11:072:11:11

It was a nice play from Brant.

Getting this one all the way across.

2:11:112:11:16

Too far wide.

2:11:162:11:20

Here is Cameranesi, putting it on a

tight angle. Ten more seconds with a

2:11:292:11:34

two player advantage. They want to

go back door.

2:11:342:11:40

Another opportunity, and they

convert.

2:11:402:11:46

convert. Five on three power play.

The USA are steam-rollering towards

2:11:482:11:53

the gold-medal game. Too much, too

strong, and Finland cannot handle

2:11:532:11:59

them.

2:11:592:12:06

them. Great finish from Jocelyne

Lamoureux. And that is another goal.

2:12:062:12:10

Finally, it comes.

2:12:102:12:16

Finally, it comes. 6.05 remaining in

the second period. For Hilary

2:12:162:12:18

Knight, this has been the

2:12:182:12:24

Knight, this has been the wait and

the US are well on their way.

It

2:12:252:12:30

will be a message for Team Canada,

to say that this America team came

2:12:302:12:34

out and dominated, we have got to

come out and do the same thing

2:12:342:12:37

against the LA are in the semifinal.

-- against the OAR. That is a

2:12:372:12:45

wonderful finish.

Beautiful play

from the Americans.

2:12:452:12:54

from the Americans. They are

sensational right now. There is very

2:12:542:12:56

little that Finland can do about

this. Cameranesi claims his second

2:12:562:13:00

of the game.

2:13:002:13:05

The USA through to the final, but

who would they face? All of Canada

2:13:052:13:09

was expecting a semifinal against

the Olympic athletes from Russia to

2:13:092:13:17

be easy enough, they are going for a

fifth medal. They thumped the

2:13:172:13:24

Russians 5-0 in the group game.

Could they had them for six this

2:13:242:13:27

time? Let's see.

2:13:272:13:29

Spooner, playing it in front.

Wonderful opening goal for

2:13:392:13:45

Wakefield. Again, it is the

creativity of Spooner. So big and

2:13:452:13:49

strong. The Canadian forward, whose

family are from just outside

2:13:492:13:55

Manchester, delivering a beautiful

pass for Wakefield. Canada are

2:13:552:14:01

already on the board.

Terrific work

by the two Canadian forwards. It

2:14:012:14:08

looks like she's going to go behind

the net, and then she throws it back

2:14:082:14:12

towards Jennifer Wakefield. Look at

the netminder. She just leaves her

2:14:122:14:16

post ever so slightly. That creates

a little opening on the short side.

2:14:162:14:23

Just couldn't get enough with her

glove.

2:14:232:14:25

Scores! Something out of nothing.

When Canada needed a shot in the

2:14:382:14:47

arm, their inspirational captain

delivered. With a two goal lead,

2:14:472:14:53

they have one foot in another

Olympic final.

2:14:532:15:00

Olympic final. What a nice backhand.

White starts the play, creating a

2:15:002:15:12

couple of OAR players coming to her.

Moving it over to Poulin?.

2:15:122:15:20

At The Side Of The Net, Wakefield.

She scores. Tight angle effort and

2:15:332:15:37

she powers that one

2:15:372:15:38

She scores. Tight angle effort and

she powers that one through. They

2:15:382:15:43

couldn't close the door, couldn't

keep it out and Canada are on their

2:15:432:15:47

way to the Olympic final for a fifth

Winter Olympic gold medal in a row.

2:15:472:15:56

Canada will come forward again.

There was a trip there. And another

2:16:002:16:04

goal. The players seemed to pause

and wait and Emily Clark cashes in.

2:16:042:16:13

Two minutes into the final session,

and Canada score two quick goals,

2:16:132:16:19

and they now will be heading without

doubt for a meeting, a date with

2:16:192:16:25

destiny, a date with the archrivals,

a date with the USA in the Olympic

2:16:252:16:32

final yet again. The Russians can't

clear their own zone. Slap pass. How

2:16:322:16:42

did that not go in from Johnson?

This time, she does get there. If at

2:16:422:16:49

first, you don't succeed, try, try

and try again. Johnson collected it,

2:16:492:16:55

dispatched its second time, third

goal of the tournament for her. And

2:16:552:16:58

Canada now have their fifth, and

they have their first power play

2:16:582:17:02

goal of the night as they had

comfortably into the Olympic final

2:17:022:17:08

once again.

I love the second effort

here. Melodie Daoust is a player we

2:17:082:17:15

have talked about, and the impact

she has had. Faked shot. Then

2:17:152:17:19

Rebecca Johnson does a great job to

stay on the park. With the net

2:17:192:17:26

minders behind her, he fired it

high. And that was the know doubt

2:17:262:17:34

one, the rebound off the crossbar.

No one knew where it was except for

2:17:342:17:40

Babek Johnstone.

2:17:402:17:41

Canada will be able to celebrate

here because, despite making hard

2:17:432:17:47

work of it for much of this game,

they are the ones that will go on

2:17:472:17:54

and, once again, they keep that

perfect record, reaching every

2:17:542:17:58

single women's Ice Hockey Challenge

gold-medal match. So the reigning

2:17:582:18:02

four time Olympic champions will

face the four time reigning world

2:18:022:18:11

champions, the USA against team

Canada.

2:18:112:18:12

For the sixth time in seven

occasions in which women's eyes oche

2:18:132:18:18

has been included, it is USA against

Canada, surprise, surprise. The IOC

2:18:182:18:23

has announced the women's ice oche

competition will be extended from

2:18:232:18:27

eight to ten teams in Beijing, 2022.

But it will be the same two in the

2:18:272:18:33

final regardless of what they do,

but it should be a great final on

2:18:332:18:37

Thursday. Plenty more on ice action,

some of it with a dash of

2:18:372:18:41

refinement, some of it with a dash

of raw speed.

2:18:412:18:47

Jenny Coomes and Nick Buckland face

the music in the ice dance in their

2:18:482:18:52

third Olympic Games, they have

beaten long odds just to be here.

2:18:522:18:55

They will be going like the clappers

today in the men's 500 metres,

2:18:552:19:01

shortest of the long track races, 35

seconds worth of explosive skating.

2:19:012:19:07

Bursting with adrenaline, there is

some testosterone flying around as

2:19:072:19:10

well. The final runs in the two man

bob. The snowboard riders have

2:19:102:19:17

dropped into the half pipe already,

now the free skiers get their

2:19:172:19:21

chance, what could possibly go

wrong?

2:19:212:19:26

And new for 2018, snowboard big air

create a big impression on its games

2:19:262:19:31

debut, Britain's Aimee Fuller one of

the women making Olympic history

2:19:312:19:34

today.

And we are very delighted to welcome

2:19:342:19:37

another woman who made Olympic

history, Jayne Torvill, gold

2:19:372:19:42

medallist, bronze medallist,

wonderful to have you with us. We

2:19:422:19:45

have been chatting away to your on

ice partner, Crist, what have you in

2:19:452:19:52

joints over?

I have watched as much

as I can. The figure skating, I have

2:19:522:19:58

enjoyed watching the snowboarding

and the tricks they do. It's nice to

2:19:582:20:02

have new sports in the Olympics.

It

sure is. When you look at some of

2:20:022:20:07

the ice-skating, Chris choreographed

the routine. More than the odd echo

2:20:072:20:17

of Bolero in there, we thought.

Of

course. I know he worked with them,

2:20:172:20:23

but hadn't seen the routine. I saw

it and they were wearing purple

2:20:232:20:27

costumes. I was, like, whoa. It was

fitting that...

Yeah. Good timing on

2:20:272:20:35

your part, because you are here for

the ice dance, we will enjoy the

2:20:352:20:40

short dance, but you will know over

the last few days, we have been

2:20:402:20:44

having a Daly should opt for Bill

and Dean, a scout through the back

2:20:442:20:47

archives of your greatest hits.

Because it is the of short dance

2:20:472:20:53

that they can't we thought we would

pick your last competitive outing in

2:20:532:20:57

Lily hammer.

2:20:572:20:59

It was the rumba, and that is

today's time-out.

2:21:012:21:06

COMMENTATOR: Jayne Torvill and

Christopher Dean skating at their

2:23:282:23:32

best. The feeling, the moves, and

some of those neat, little moves

2:23:322:23:41

that caught the public's imagination

and those British supporters, I must

2:23:412:23:46

say that there are more flowers

coming onto the ice following Jane

2:23:462:23:50

and Chris's programme than we have

seen at any time during these

2:23:502:23:54

championships.

2:23:542:23:56

STUDIO: Watching that, what was it

like sitting through that, when did

2:23:582:24:03

you last see it?

Not for a long

time. It was interesting to try to

2:24:032:24:07

remember the steps as they were

happening, but there are a few

2:24:072:24:11

moments in there which I remember

because they work the difficult bits

2:24:112:24:14

we had to work on many times.

That

was officially your last victory,

2:24:142:24:18

because you won that small dance.

In

the ice dance at the time, there was

2:24:182:24:25

a compulsory dance section, the

original dance and free dance. In

2:24:252:24:29

the original dance, we came first.

Going into the free dance, we were

2:24:292:24:34

Lions first overall, but then it

didn't work after then. -- lying

2:24:342:24:38

first.

We talked to Chris about the

somersault and how the judges didn't

2:24:382:24:44

really seem to go for that, but you

were in a no-win situation. You came

2:24:442:24:49

into play by the rules, but were

judged Fritz Lee.

It was a difficult

2:24:492:24:56

one, -- differently. Turning

amateur, we wanted to come back and

2:24:562:25:01

not be the ones trying to break all

the rules. So we listen to

2:25:012:25:05

everything. What they originally

wanted was lots of footwork, going

2:25:052:25:12

back to ballroom dancing. At the

European Championships, which we

2:25:122:25:15

actually won, we did a lot more

basic dance routines, with not many

2:25:152:25:22

lifts. Going out of that, they said

we needed more highlights. We

2:25:222:25:28

revamped the whole programme and put

big moves in. We were told the

2:25:282:25:32

somersault wasn't allowed, even

though it was at the end of the

2:25:322:25:34

programme. Never mind.

If you've got lots of questions, I'm

2:25:342:25:39

sure you have, ask

2:25:392:25:45

sure you have, ask Jane. The rumba

is something we will hear again,

2:25:452:25:49

because the British pair of Penny

Coomes and Nick Buckland will use it

2:25:492:25:52

as well. We are looking forward to

that.

Any and Nick asked Chris to

2:25:522:25:56

work with them over the summer, and

they wanted to use that music. They

2:25:562:26:01

asked if they could use that music.

Within their routine, there are a

2:26:012:26:06

couple of steps that they asked if

they could use as a tribute to us,

2:26:062:26:10

which is very endearing.

It is

indeed. After a litany of injuries,

2:26:102:26:14

the fact they are at a third Olympic

Games is extraordinary. It is a

2:26:142:26:21

miracle, really.

2:26:212:26:26

It's so hard to train for an

Olympics when you are healthy. You

2:26:392:26:44

push your body to the absolute limit

every day. There's only so much your

2:26:442:26:51

body can deal with.

In a second, my life changed.

2:26:512:27:00

Figure skater Penny Coomes has

suffered career threatening knee

2:27:002:27:04

injuries in training, which could

end her hopes of competing at the

2:27:042:27:07

Winter Olympics.

2:27:072:27:09

Like that, I'm on the floor with

half of my kneecap here, and the

2:27:132:27:17

other half down here. I remember

crying, not from the pain, but from

2:27:172:27:20

what could be. And yeah, I've had

the hardest year and a half of my

2:27:202:27:27

life, but at the same time, it's the

strongest I've ever had to be, and

2:27:272:27:32

it's been a really rewarding time.

That is a career ending injury for

2:27:322:27:36

99 point numbers and people.

Yeah.

Definitely. We just didn't know what

2:27:362:27:43

the way forward was, I think, once

it happened, we put everything in

2:27:432:27:50

perspective. It is only ice-skating,

but it is something we have grown up

2:27:502:27:53

with and that we absolutely adore.

There was only one thing we were

2:27:532:27:58

going to do, that was come back and

pick up where we left off.

2:27:582:28:03

So many people were, like, that's

it, it is done and you can't come

2:28:052:28:09

back from this. I remember reading

those things and being so mad. I

2:28:092:28:15

channelled that energy. I remember

at our combat using that energy and

2:28:152:28:18

being out there, and being, this is

all the people that thought I can't

2:28:182:28:23

do this, because I can.

2:28:232:28:28

Not every day was a good day, and I

didn't do it on my own. When I was

2:28:342:28:39

down, I had my physio, my

psychologist, Simon, and of course

2:28:392:28:46

Nick. For me, at one point, I said

to him, "I don't know if I can do

2:28:462:28:51

this. I don't know that my knee will

be strong enough again." He just

2:28:512:28:56

said, "That's OK." And I think I

needed to hear that in order to get

2:28:562:29:00

better.

In Michigan, this is where

you are based, why here?

2:29:002:29:05

Funnily enough, Michigan is an ice

dance hub, there are three big ice

2:29:052:29:11

dance camps, and Igor is one of the

best in the world. We have come here

2:29:112:29:16

for the last four years and trained

with a lot of our rivals, I guess,

2:29:162:29:20

which spurs us on every day in

training, which is an interesting

2:29:202:29:24

dynamic. But we get on really well

and it is really cool.

2:29:242:29:27

What does Pyeongchang represent for

you?

2:29:272:29:33

I'm sorry... It's just so emotional,

because you know, this has always

2:29:352:29:43

been my goal. When we first set out,

we said we would do an Olympic

2:29:432:29:49

Games, and Pyeongchang, we always

said we would be our best here. To

2:29:492:29:55

have that taken away... I feel like

I've learnt it tenfold before I've

2:29:552:30:03

even got there.

Going out there

after what we have been through will

2:30:032:30:07

be a fitting end to this period of

our lives. But the best bit is, kind

2:30:072:30:13

of, yet to come.

2:30:132:30:16

Penny has come through a career

threatening knee injury, Nick had

2:30:162:30:23

heart surgery. How much do you

admire their efforts just to be in

2:30:232:30:27

Pyeongchang?

They have been through

so much. I would just like to wish

2:30:272:30:30

them good luck for the free dance.

Indeed, I am sure there will be

2:30:302:30:35

delighted to hear this. This is what

they have been working towards, they

2:30:352:30:44

have not been able to do them

before, and here they are. Watching

2:30:442:30:47

a lot of luck.

How difficult is it as a skater, in

2:30:472:30:52

any discipline, to come back after

injuries in your sport? As you said

2:30:522:30:56

earlier, it is externally

unforgiving, the surface that you

2:30:562:30:59

are working on. You suffered some

injuries?

1983, we were training for

2:30:592:31:05

the European Championships. That was

the year we did the Bolero routine.

2:31:052:31:09

In one point, I was flying to the

air horizontally, and Chris had hold

2:31:092:31:16

of my arms. He tripped and he could

not twist me to land. I just landed

2:31:162:31:21

from a great height, right on my

hip. My first thought was that I had

2:31:212:31:26

broken my leg or my hip, because it

was a really big impact. But then I

2:31:262:31:30

stood up, I this we had broken my

leg. -- I obviously had not broken

2:31:302:31:35

my leg. I was feeling tingling in my

arm and could not lift it. The force

2:31:352:31:39

that we had between us, the pull,

had pulled the ligaments around my

2:31:392:31:45

shoulder blade and fractured it. The

devastating thing for us was missing

2:31:452:31:52

the European Championships. I'm not

sure how long it was before, but it

2:31:522:31:55

was not long enough to recover. I

was in constant physio.

I am sure

2:31:552:32:01

you remember the physical

difficulties of recovering, but

2:32:012:32:04

mentally, I am sure you can

empathise with Penny?

Yes, what she

2:32:042:32:11

touched on their is that she has

done so much rehab and physio that,

2:32:112:32:16

in some ways, she is probably

stronger, coming back, having all of

2:32:162:32:20

that work on it, the rest of the

body, it is probably stronger.

2:32:202:32:24

Having that time to train for a bit

longer, having had to miss some of

2:32:242:32:28

the competitions. That is how I

felt, going into the World

2:32:282:32:31

Championships. I had more time to

train for it somehow. Mentally, that

2:32:312:32:35

helped me.

We will see how they do

in a short dance. The favourites,

2:32:352:32:40

Tessa virtue and Scott Moore. They

went away from the sport, but it was

2:32:402:32:48

the lure of competition that brought

them back. Jane will remember that!

2:32:482:32:54

No phone votes required in the

Olympic version of Dancing On Ice.

2:32:542:33:03

Here they are, Great Britain's

comeback kid is, 20 months ago,

2:33:042:33:10

Penny shattered her kneecap into

eight pieces. They missed most of

2:33:102:33:13

last season and she was

reconstructed, rehabilitated. A

2:33:132:33:17

battle to defy the odds, for the

third time at deal of the games.

2:33:172:33:24

She was told she would never skate

again, but Penny Coombs and Nick

2:36:182:36:22

Buckland are back on Olympic ice.

Here they are. What will it mean to

2:36:222:36:28

them to be back?

Amazing. The first

event of the season for them was the

2:36:282:36:33

qualifying event in Germany. They

qualified and they won the event.

2:36:332:36:39

They got Team GB the spot.

That was

their last possible chance to

2:36:392:36:45

qualify for the games, they needed

to come back and win. And they did.

2:36:452:36:49

They have done everything asked of

them.

2:36:492:36:56

them. 68.36. A season best is 71.9.

We have seen the scores from the

2:36:562:37:06

judges a little bit down from what

you would expect. They leap to the

2:37:062:37:10

top of the leaderboard with that

performance. They have a

2:37:102:37:12

qualification mark against their

name and they are through to

2:37:122:37:15

tomorrow's free skate.

2:37:152:37:17

One of two Canadian pairs to skate

in this group. Top ten for four

2:37:202:37:28

successive years. Not selected

former years ago. They are lucky to

2:37:282:37:33

make their mark on this Olympics

instead. I am delighted to say we

2:37:332:37:36

are joined in the commentary box by

Nick Buckland and Penny will

2:37:362:37:40

hopefully join us in a bit.

2:37:402:37:41

Personalised boots, too.

2:37:482:37:59

Cleanly through the synchronised

2:38:132:38:21

twizzles. Unusual pattern on the

ice, to see them done that way.

2:38:212:38:31

They always provide different music

choices. I am always interested to

2:38:312:38:38

see what they come out with, Pipe

band Paul. -- Piper and Paul.

2:38:382:38:51

That looked like it was a little bit

ahead of the music to me. I don't

2:40:182:40:21

know if they will get caught on it.

It had looked a little bit ahead of

2:40:212:40:26

the music.

2:40:262:40:27

Great change of position, there.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is the

2:40:332:40:38

voice of Penny Coombs!

2:40:382:40:40

Penny, squeezing into the commentary

box just a few seconds before the

2:40:432:40:47

end of Piper and Paul's routine.

They always bring something new to

2:40:472:40:55

the table, they are very creative.

There was a lot of nice costume

2:40:552:40:59

features in that, which always makes

us smile. Definitely an enjoyable

2:40:592:41:04

couple.

Only Paul could pull those

sleeves off.

2:41:042:41:10

69.60. Bumped off for now, is that

what you would expect from these

2:41:122:41:16

two? They are quality?

We have

always been close with Piper and

2:41:162:41:21

Paul. I was expecting something

around that mark. It is definitely

2:41:212:41:25

within reaching distance in the free

dance. We will be in the same group

2:41:252:41:29

as them, the judges will be able to

directly compare.

They have targets

2:41:292:41:33

on their backs now?

Absolutely!

The

second Canadian pair of the ultimate

2:41:332:41:39

group in the short programme.

Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje. They

2:41:392:41:49

came seventh in Sochi four years

ago. Another quality couple to come

2:41:492:41:56

out of Canada, with Tessa Virtue and

Scott Moir yet to come.

2:41:562:41:59

They have such depth, the Canadians,

in their high -- I stand squat. --

2:42:052:42:15

ice dance squad.

It is a difficult

thing for these two to deal with,

2:42:152:42:19

but it is pushed all of the Canadian

teams. I think it is only a good

2:42:192:42:23

thing Canadian ice skaters.

2:42:232:42:25

These two have chosen slightly

different music to everybody else,

2:43:162:43:19

their theme is Cuban street music,

so it is different in flavour.

2:43:192:43:23

How difficult is it to choose music

you are happy and excited to dance

2:43:282:43:33

too for a whole season?

It is very

important. You make that decision

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early in the season. Usually you

keep it to the end. You've got to be

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just as happy listening to it, seven

or eight months later, as when you

2:43:422:43:47

first played it. That is a big ask.

2:43:472:43:55

A couple of yellow boxes in the top

left-hand corner, that means there

2:44:012:44:04

are some elements out for review for

the judges.

A little hesitation on

2:44:042:44:09

his first twizzle. That might be an

element which is up for review on

2:44:092:44:14

top of the ones that have possibly

already been.

They are down for a

2:44:142:44:22

level four step sequence, which

means you have to have 100% clear

2:44:222:44:26

turns, and that is really difficult.

That is probably why it is under

2:44:262:44:29

review.

2:44:292:44:35

The blade was so close to his nose!

Changes of position, there were many

2:45:062:45:11

changes of position.

It looks like

there is a smear of something on her

2:45:112:45:17

side, I wonder if it is lipstick? I

don't think it is blood. It could

2:45:172:45:21

easily have been if that was any

closer to his face! Is it funny

2:45:212:45:26

sitting up in the commentary box and

watching all of the skaters come

2:45:262:45:29

next? Do you normally do that or

just disappear?

We will watch

2:45:292:45:34

things. Obviously we watch the

competition to speak about it. Now

2:45:342:45:37

we can speak about it to everybody

at home as well.

Share your

2:45:372:45:42

expertise and insight. Any, since we

have you appear, we have talked

2:45:422:45:48

about the recovery and mental

strength it took for you, it was

2:45:482:45:50

going to be an emotional moment

stepping onto Olympic ice again. How

2:45:502:45:56

did it feel?

Felt amazing. I was

just so proud. I stepped out there

2:45:562:46:00

and thought, right, this is it,

nobody can take this away from me. I

2:46:002:46:04

am actually here. There were times,

even a couple of months ago, when my

2:46:042:46:09

knee was not cooperating with the

training load. You kind of wonder,

2:46:092:46:12

am I going to make it, was the last

year and a half with it? Definitely

2:46:122:46:16

had a lot of smiles to myself when I

was looking at the Olympic rings.

2:46:162:46:20

Great feeling.

2:46:202:46:24

yours is such a story of

determination and grit, and sheer

2:46:242:46:29

strength.

There is a smear of

something on his hand. I think it

2:46:292:46:32

could be blood on his hand.

A lot of

the time when you do these twizzle

2:46:322:46:36

sequences and you catch your blade,

that happens. You just need to catch

2:46:362:46:44

the blade as quick as you possibly

can. That's the one thing going

2:46:442:46:49

through the skater's mind.

74.33,

way down on their season best, but

2:46:492:46:58

enough to catapult them to the top

of the standings. We have a Canadian

2:46:582:47:02

1-2 Finau, with Penny and Nick in

third.

2:47:022:47:11

third. --

2:47:112:47:13

the USA, three time championship

medallists, three medals in the bag

2:47:162:47:23

already. These two are Marmite,

aren't they, when it comes to ice

2:47:232:47:30

dance. You either love the fact that

they are brother and sister and the

2:47:302:47:34

dynamic it brings, or you find it

uncomfortable to watch.

It is a

2:47:342:47:38

difficult one. It is one they have

had to deal with their whole

2:47:382:47:42

careers. They have found themselves

in the last couple of years. But you

2:47:422:47:47

know, they have had a very good

season. They have done some very

2:47:472:47:52

good programmes, and they always

super-clean, these guys, like

2:47:522:47:55

machines.

2:47:552:48:04

A little bit of a stumble on that

twizzle, actually. We will see if

2:48:222:48:27

that plays a part in their level.

They won bronze at the last World

2:48:272:48:36

Championships, do you think they

will be pushing for a podium place

2:48:362:48:39

again here?

I think so. There are

three really strong American teams,

2:48:392:48:43

so there is a miniature competition

within the games themselves with

2:48:432:48:49

those three teams. They are battling

it out between themselves as well.

2:48:492:48:58

These two are very clean and

everything goes very well to the

2:48:582:49:01

music.

As we see right here, right

now.

2:49:012:49:08

Just struggling with a bit of speed

here, the last bit of the programme

2:49:262:49:33

looked a little slow to me. But

again, super, super clean.

2:49:332:49:41

A lot of tempo changes within this

news it as well, the music is going

2:49:572:50:01

up and down depending on what tempo

they need for the specific element

2:50:012:50:05

they are doing, which is very

interesting.

2:50:052:50:10

All the precision you'd expect. They

are neat as hens, aren't they.

It

2:50:162:50:31

was a strong performance. They did

what they needed to do. They have a

2:50:312:50:35

midline sequence, a level four,

which is a high-scoring element, but

2:50:352:50:39

you expect nothing less from them.

2:50:392:50:46

We have new leaders, then, ten won

and Alex Shibutani of the United

2:50:462:50:52

States. Their countrymen come up

next -- Maia and Alex Shibutani.

The

2:50:522:51:01

next team are our favourites because

we train with them.

Penny and Nick

2:51:012:51:08

backing these guys, Madison Chock

and Evan Bates. Two time

2:51:082:51:13

championship medallists, skating

together for seven years. I believe

2:51:132:51:16

they started dating a year ago. So

it will be a different dynamic on

2:51:162:51:20

the ice compared to the Shib-Shibs.

They are really nice people to train

2:51:202:51:26

and see every day.

See if that spark

makes a difference here, then.

2:51:262:51:34

Little mistake on the third twizzle.

It will cost them a level there, I

2:52:082:52:16

think. I think that would make that

level two, which will cost them some

2:52:162:52:20

points.

2:52:202:52:24

Great composure, a nice, clean

sequence there.

2:53:282:53:36

APPLAUSE

2:53:372:53:41

As your training mates, you must

know this programme yourselves

2:53:452:53:48

inside out, almost on sing along

with it daily in, day out.

It is

2:53:482:53:53

nice to train along side them

because we push each other when we

2:53:532:53:56

are doing harder training days. It

is competitive as well. You want to

2:53:562:54:06

make sure they do a good run through

and perform a good one, too. It is a

2:54:062:54:11

healthy version ship we have with

these guys.

2:54:112:54:22

Bags of Latin heat in there. You

said there were a couple of

2:54:242:54:29

mistakes, but the judges haven't

marked them down.

We can see that,

2:54:292:54:33

actually, they're synchronised

twizzle 's at the moment are not

2:54:332:54:37

under review, they are on the system

as level four. That was a big,

2:54:372:54:42

obvious mistake on the third

twizzles from Evan. I will be

2:54:422:54:45

surprised if they don't pick that

up.

They will be pleased with the

2:54:452:54:49

performance. They looked like they

felt the energy of the crowd and got

2:54:492:54:52

into it with the dancing section

towards the end. For me, watching

2:54:522:54:56

it, I thought it was one of their

better run through is, so I think

2:54:562:54:59

they will be very happy.

It is a new

season's best for Madison Chock and

2:54:592:55:05

Evan Bates. You were right, guys,

they will be happy with that. 75.45

2:55:052:55:09

for the Americans, but it's not

enough to push them above Maia

2:55:092:55:16

Shibutani and Alex Shibutani, their

team-mates from Team USA in the lead

2:55:162:55:21

for now after that penalty in the

groups. It is time to say thank you

2:55:212:55:26

to Nick and Penny. Thank you for

joining us. Best of luck tomorrow.

2:55:262:55:30

Thank you for having us.

Plans for

tonight?

No, we sleep are, we great

2:55:302:55:35

sleepers.

2:55:352:55:41

Nick and ten free Mac have headed

off, Robin Cousins is back to claim

2:55:412:55:46

his rightful place in the commentary

box for what is going to be a really

2:55:462:55:50

great final five skaters in this

short programme of the ice dance

2:55:502:55:54

competition. Nick and Penny have

headed off. It has been cat and

2:55:542:56:01

mouse between these two couples for

the top spot in the sport over the

2:56:012:56:06

last couple of seasons, and it's

time now to find out who will come

2:56:062:56:10

out on top when it comes to the

Olympics.

In the short dance.

Well,

2:56:102:56:17

no. Over the next two days, we will

find out who comes out on top,

2:56:172:56:21

because it will be a battle between

these two, Tessa Virtue and Scott

2:56:212:56:26

Moir, and the French couple who will

skate afterwards, Gabriella

2:56:262:56:33

Papadakis and Aguillon size

2:56:332:56:40

Papadakis and Aguillon size wrong --

Guillaume Cizeron.

2:56:412:56:44

Terrific control. Headline through

the steps sequence.

2:57:082:57:19

Into the Rumba.

2:57:262:57:28

Safely through the twizzles.

2:58:562:59:00

Occasional lift to finish.

2:59:092:59:16

And the world champions won that a

Limerick title, only silver in

2:59:172:59:23

Sochi, they took a couple of years

away from competition, but they were

2:59:232:59:27

still training, still working. They

came back last year to win the World

2:59:272:59:34

Championship.

Quite a stark contrast

between the Canadians and the French

2:59:342:59:39

team, but they absolutely execute

the style. It has a slight element

2:59:392:59:48

of spontaneity with the performance

itself. It has to be precise and it

2:59:482:59:51

has Doobie clean with the footwork.

The timings throughout the twizzles

2:59:512:59:56

-- has to B clean.

A season's best in the short dance

2:59:563:00:04

at the Olympic Games. They are out

for that gold medal.

And a new world

3:00:043:00:10

top score for short dance.

Record-breaking, they have put

3:00:103:00:14

themselves in the best possible

position to claim that Olympic title

3:00:143:00:17

to go with the gold they won back in

Vancouver back in 2010. Beat that,

3:00:173:00:23

they say. When you come to ice

dance, you are one team or the

3:00:233:00:31

other. It is time for you to decide

back home which you prefer. Here

3:00:313:00:36

come the two time world champions,

four-time European champions, they

3:00:363:00:41

missed out on a place in Sochi last

time out. This is their first

3:00:413:00:44

Olympics. Odds on to come away with

a medal.

3:00:443:00:51

Oh! Wouldn't want that to happen

mid-twizzle.

3:02:083:02:15

Some costly mistakes creeping in.

They will have lost ground on their

3:03:393:03:43

training mates and rivals, Tessa

Virtue and Scott Moir.

I'm

3:03:433:03:47

surprised, they have still been

given level four on the twizzles.

3:03:473:03:52

The pattern dance, though, just to

sequence level three.

3:03:523:03:55

Slightly off on the step into the

second twizzle.

3:04:013:04:10

Yes, second place for Gabriella

3:04:113:04:17

Papadakis. The French pair go second

into the free dance tomorrow. We

3:04:173:04:27

have three other couples to skate

after them.

3:04:273:04:36

Skating at their first Olympics,

they came out on top when it came to

3:04:363:04:41

the teen USA rivalry.

They were

second in the short dance and the

3:04:413:04:47

free dance. But they became national

champions overall.

3:04:473:04:55

The neckline not close to matching,

there, one of the points from the

3:05:413:05:49

feet point of view.

3:05:493:05:52

A few mistakes from Madison and

Zachary as well.

3:07:393:07:46

Zachary as well.

They made the

correct turns within the Rumba

3:07:473:07:51

sequence. One straight leg, one bent

leg, within the middle of the key

3:07:513:07:57

point was a bit odd to see.

It is a

new season best for Madison Hubbell

3:07:573:08:03

and Zachary Donahue. 77.70 five.

They are up to third place.

3:08:033:08:09

2018 European silver medallists,

Dmitri Soloviev and Ekaterina

3:08:213:08:30

Bobrova. They lost out to Canada at

the start of the games. We saw this

3:08:303:08:35

short programme performed back then

as well. I think the earrings are

3:08:353:08:41

designed to keep her shoulders

clean!

3:08:413:08:48

Safely through the synchronised

twizzles.

3:09:083:09:11

Just be rotational lift to go.

3:11:103:11:13

Well, the Russian cheer squad

getting behind that one, as you

3:11:233:11:26

would expect, but it will not be

enough to push the world champions,

3:11:263:11:30

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

They

have fours for all of the tech

3:11:303:11:36

elements. But the green boxes for

the grades of execution are not as

3:11:363:11:42

high. Not as many plus scores,

probably no plus threes in there.

3:11:423:11:48

The lead line, not matching on the

twizzles. -- late line.

I just think

3:11:483:11:55

twizzles is a rubbish name! They are

so technical and difficult, twizzles

3:11:553:11:59

makes them sound...

3:11:593:12:03

Split the Americans.

3:12:043:12:07

Just a marker or so down on the

season's best skate for them, and

3:12:113:12:17

they are in fifth. Two American

couples above them. One below them.

3:12:173:12:23

This is our final couple to skate

today. Anna Cappellini and Luca

3:12:233:12:29

Lanotte of Italy. The 2014 world

champions. They are six time Italian

3:12:293:12:34

national champions. They just missed

out on the European medal, in the

3:12:343:12:40

recent championships, coming forth.

3:12:403:12:46

It's her birthday today.

3:12:463:12:54

Another couple for whom the Latin

flavour is not necessarily natural.

3:13:053:13:14

It suits him, I think, better than

it does Anna

3:13:143:13:24

It suits him, I think, better than

it does Anna.

3:13:243:13:31

It was claimed, it was strong. The

birth date performance that Anna

3:15:423:15:49

Cappellini once.

Absolutely. Will

she get the birthday present she

3:15:493:15:52

wants? It will be low nines for

their component scores. Skating

3:15:523:15:58

skills and transitions, the lowest

at this point. Interpretation and

3:15:583:16:03

timing, the highest.

It's a new

season's best for Anna Cappellini

3:16:033:16:09

and Luca Lanotte, 76.57. It is a

birthday present she was hoping for.

3:16:093:16:16

That puts them up into fifth in this

short programme qualification. We

3:16:163:16:24

are all set, Robin, for an exciting

competition tomorrow. Confirmation

3:16:243:16:29

of the qualification standing is.

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donahue

3:16:293:16:34

in bronze medal position. The French

pair just behind the leaders with a

3:16:343:16:45

new world record, chasing down a

second Olympic title, looking to

3:16:453:16:48

come away from these games with two

more gold medals.

3:16:483:16:55

Your first taste of the Olympic ice,

talk us through your feelings on the

3:16:553:16:59

performance first of all.

It was a

tough one, considering the issue

3:16:593:17:05

with the costume that we had. But

you know, it was a totally great

3:17:053:17:11

experience. We still managed to keep

our focus and enjoy the moment. It

3:17:113:17:18

could have been better, for sure.

What is done is done, and we have to

3:17:183:17:24

look forward now.

It is always tight

between yourselves and Tessa Virtue

3:17:243:17:30

and Scott Moir. It is quite a

rivalry you have developed.

Yeah,

3:17:303:17:35

it's true. In the past two years

since we came back, we train

3:17:353:17:41

together, too. We came here and we

want to do our best. And that's what

3:17:413:17:49

we're going to focus on.

That was another fantastic

3:17:493:17:52

performance, and what a time to put

that down.

Yeah, good timing.

We

3:17:523:17:56

know we need it, to be honest. It's

not extremely comfortable skating

3:17:563:18:01

first after the warm up, but it's

good in a way that we know who is

3:18:013:18:06

skating after us and we have to be

strong. We are ready for that. We

3:18:063:18:10

are happy the way we executed but we

know there is a tonne of work to do

3:18:103:18:15

tomorrow. Tomorrow is the main

skate, we had to come out ready to

3:18:153:18:18

go.

How important is every point given

3:18:183:18:21

the French couple are so strong as

well?

The field is extremely deep.

3:18:213:18:24

We knew when we came back that we

would have a lot of work to get back

3:18:243:18:28

in the mix. And we are pleased with

our performance today, and looking

3:18:283:18:33

forward to executing the free dance

tomorrow. We believe in our

3:18:333:18:37

material, and the plan our coach set

out for us at the beginning of the

3:18:373:18:40

season. So far, we are on track.

How happy are you with how it went

3:18:403:18:45

out there?

Very happy. It is

something we have been striving for

3:18:453:18:49

for a long time to get on the

Olympic Stadium stop to go out and

3:18:493:18:52

put a good performance in. It is

really great.

You have both been

3:18:523:19:00

through it, but you with Yonny, how

was it to be back on the Olympic

3:19:003:19:04

Stadium?

It is a different feeling going into

3:19:043:19:06

competition. I have competition

pressure, but I am excited to get

3:19:063:19:16

out there. I smiled to myself

because after everything I have been

3:19:163:19:21

through, I made it and that is the

most important thing.

3:19:213:19:23

What can we expect tomorrow from the

free dance? Watching you, you seemed

3:19:233:19:28

to enjoy yourself out there. You

have put a lot of work into getting

3:19:283:19:31

here, what we don't do see?

Our free

dance is set to music by Muse. We

3:19:313:19:39

love it so much that we decided to

come back to it because we wanted to

3:19:393:19:43

perform it one last time. It is just

a programme that we love, it is

3:19:433:19:50

exciting with core lifts and

elements that I can't wait to

3:19:503:19:52

perform.

We can't wait to see you

perform in it. Well done today.

See

3:19:523:19:58

you tomorrow. Thank you.

Thank you.

STUDIO: Let's talk about

3:19:583:20:02

the couple out in front, the

Canadians, Tessa and Scott, that was

3:20:023:20:07

a world record. They beat their own

world record in the short dance. For

3:20:073:20:12

you, how did you like their Internet

but they did a?

It was, technically,

3:20:123:20:16

there twizzles step sequences were

very good and strong.

3:20:163:20:25

There were a few moments, I would

question, did she need to be on two

3:20:253:20:29

feat. She did things that didn't

need to count. It was part of the

3:20:293:20:33

choreography. But thoroughly

deserved to be in first place.

It is

3:20:333:20:41

a distinctive style. Completely at

odds with what we saw from the

3:20:413:20:44

French.

It is so different. I find

that sometimes they over perform.

3:20:443:20:49

The danger of that is that sometimes

you can make mistakes by over

3:20:493:20:54

performing.

In theatrical terms?

I

feel they should pull it back a

3:20:543:21:02

little bit, because the skating is

the thing that should be speaking,

3:21:023:21:06

not the aggressive movements and so

on.

Less is more?

Exactly. I find

3:21:063:21:13

watching the French, even though

today watching them was quite

3:21:133:21:18

stressful, normally you can watch

them with ease. If anything, they

3:21:183:21:21

understate everything. I feel like

the Canadians overstated. Having

3:21:213:21:25

said that, the standard skating so

high.

3:21:253:21:32

This is Gabriella Papadakis and ten

one. This is a difficult moment, the

3:21:373:21:42

dress is coming down here.

There is

no way you cannot think about it. It

3:21:423:21:45

is the last thing you want to think

about at this point. You can see she

3:21:453:21:49

loses a bit of control and they lose

the Unison on the turns, which I

3:21:493:21:55

have seen them do perfectly well in

the past. If your dress is probably

3:21:553:21:59

going to spin out in front of you,

you don't know if that is what you

3:21:593:22:04

thinking of instead of rotations.

How much professionalism to get

3:22:043:22:07

through that? They couldn't stop.

No, they are not allowed to stop in

3:22:073:22:10

this case. They had to carry on

regardless. The fact it happened

3:22:103:22:19

anyway is a freaky thing, what are

the chances of it happening? They

3:22:193:22:22

have used the costume is before many

times.

Has anything like that

3:22:223:22:26

happened to you? How do you make

sure it doesn't?

The one thing that

3:22:263:22:29

sticks in my mind is, as

professionals, we performed in

3:22:293:22:33

Madison Square Gardens, we had

nervous excitement to be there. I

3:22:333:22:39

had an adjustment to one of my

dresses, and something happened, the

3:22:393:22:44

angle of my body and my neck had

unhooked it, and it was a halter

3:22:443:22:48

neck. At least Gabby had straps here

to keep part of her costume. Mine

3:22:483:22:54

was ready to do this... I was

dancing the whole routine swapping

3:22:543:22:58

hands. There were points where I

needed to hold Chris with two fans,

3:22:583:23:03

we missed lifts and scrambled

through it. I came off in tears

3:23:033:23:08

because I was so upset and

disappointed. But it never happened

3:23:083:23:12

again.

I'm sure it doesn't. I hope

it doesn't happen to her again, but

3:23:123:23:15

there are only two points between

the two of them, and they share the

3:23:153:23:20

same coach. There is a four point

gap to the first Americans, but it

3:23:203:23:25

is the second Americans, the

Shib-Shibs, they have created all

3:23:253:23:30

the headlines. They are brother and

sister, the most celebrated of the

3:23:303:23:34

American pairs.

Yes, definitely.

They are a great team. As brother

3:23:343:23:39

and sister, I think the way they

have handled the Rumba, which is

3:23:393:23:43

essentially a love song, I think

they have handled it really well and

3:23:433:23:48

made it work for them. They have

their Rumba rhythm in there and

3:23:483:23:52

their samba. And they gave a great

performance. But have just been

3:23:523:23:57

picked by their team-mates.

3:23:573:24:03

picked by their team-mates.

Siblings

have performed well before, it is

3:24:053:24:06

not unheard of. Is it more difficult

for a brother and sister pair to

3:24:063:24:10

convey the emotions on the ice?

I

think it is. The dish a need pole

3:24:103:24:18

did it well with the music, but when

you have a rhythm like a Rumba, it

3:24:183:24:22

is essentially a dance of love. You

have to do it in a brother and

3:24:223:24:28

sister way, because brothers and

sisters love each other, too.

What

3:24:283:24:32

about the interpretation of Nick and

Penny. Did they do it justice today,

3:24:323:24:39

it was your son?

I am so pleased for

them. They look like they are

3:24:393:24:44

enjoying every moment.

You could see

that really flowing out of them.

3:24:443:24:47

They were so happy to be there,

which is great, tents going into the

3:24:473:24:52

free dance and we wish them well, of

course.

3:24:523:24:55

We have had lots of questions for

you, one or two, and you have been

3:24:553:24:59

asking Jayne

3:24:593:25:00

you, one or two, and you have been

asking Jayne. "I Never had the

3:25:003:25:04

honour of watching you get your gold

medals live, but how did you feel

3:25:043:25:07

knowing you have the whole country

watching you, did you feel the

3:25:073:25:10

pressure? Or did you block it out?"

How did you do it?

At the time, you

3:25:103:25:17

are in your bubble. We were in

Surrey Ava, in the Olympic Village,

3:25:173:25:20

and that was all there was. There

was nothing outside of there for us,

3:25:203:25:25

it was concentrated and focusing.

Coming back many years later you

3:25:253:25:31

realise how many people were

watching. It is better if you don't

3:25:313:25:34

know.

You are probably right. We

have seen Yuzuru Hanyu with Winnie

3:25:343:25:41

the Poohs coming onto the ice. I saw

a documentary, and Meghan says the

3:25:413:25:47

same, "You collected all the cuddly

toys and kept them. What have you

3:25:473:25:51

done with them?"

All through the

years, turning professional and

3:25:513:25:57

doing shows everywhere, I collected

a lot of cuddly toys, and it got to

3:25:573:26:00

a point where they needed their own

house. There was too many of them. I

3:26:003:26:05

did, as he has, gave a lot to

charity.

We shall see who throws the

3:26:053:26:10

cuddly toys on tomorrow, or lots of

bouquets. It has been great to have

3:26:103:26:16

you with us. We look forward to the

free dance tomorrow.

3:26:163:26:19

We are staying on skates, but these

babies don't have the toe picks,

3:26:193:26:24

because it is time for some speed

skating. Yesterday, there was a

3:26:243:26:29

major, major event in the Oval,

because it was the first time since

3:26:293:26:33

2010 that, in a speed skating event,

a Dutch athlete did not get on the

3:26:333:26:39

podium, extraordinary. It is a run

of 19 events where there has been an

3:26:393:26:44

orange clad skater on the podium. It

was in the women's 500 metres. Today

3:26:443:26:49

is the men's 500 metres. It is the

shortest of the long track events,

3:26:493:26:54

and 35 seconds for each race. They

go like the clappers, watch by Simon

3:26:543:27:03

Brotherton.

3:27:033:27:07

COMMENTATOR: We have 18 pairs of

skaters getting ready to take to the

3:27:073:27:14

track.

3:27:143:27:19

track. Daniel Gregg, an Australian,

is on the ice at the same time,

3:27:213:27:24

basing himself in the Netherlands,

the first Australian to win a medal.

3:27:243:27:29

Away first time, important to get up

to speed as quickly as possible as

3:27:293:27:33

they scampered down the finishing

straight. Carving up the eyes now.

3:27:333:27:41

It is a very good time by both

skaters, under the ten second

3:27:413:27:47

barrier. Of course, it is very

important to get up to maximum speed

3:27:473:27:52

as quickly as possible and sustain

the speed all the way around the

3:27:523:27:57

final 400 metres.

It gives you the

platform to go on and succeed. Neck

3:27:573:28:01

and neck towards the line. Who will

set the time to beat. Marginally

3:28:013:28:11

quicker than downgrade from

Australia.

3:28:113:28:15

Colombia represented by Pedro, his

nation's flag bearer at the opening

3:28:233:28:29

ceremony. It is good to see a spread

of nations involved in the speed

3:28:293:28:34

skating. You don't see many

Colombians out there.

3:28:343:28:41

9.66, not far out from the

leaderboard time.

3:28:503:28:56

leaderboard time. Pausil moves onto

the inside of the track. This is the

3:28:563:29:01

important bit, keeping the speed

round the final bend.

3:29:013:29:09

round the final bend. His time is

the second fastest, Causil, 35.19.

3:29:093:29:15

Behind the time set in the last

race. Plenty of skaters still to

3:29:153:29:26

come.

3:29:263:29:32

come. Roman crept from Kazakhstan,

74 years ago in this race.

3:29:323:29:42

Both skaters safely away. No falls

start.

3:29:533:30:00

The Finn with quite an upright

sprint. He is not a fast opener.

3:30:063:30:09

You'll get people going down in 9.6,

but his flying lap is amazing. He

3:30:093:30:15

goes in a straight line. Pedro

Causil hugging the line. Sprinting

3:30:153:30:22

away, towards the line. This is a

good skate. Good enough for second

3:30:223:30:25

place. Pekka Koskela, 35.19. That is

almost the exact same time as Pedro

3:30:253:30:37

Causil. They will have to take down

to thousands of a second. I think if

3:30:373:30:42

they do that he has gone ahead of

the Colombian into second place.

3:30:423:30:45

Mitchell Whitmore from the United

States, from California, based in

3:30:483:30:53

salt lake, as so many of these

American skaters are. Fourth in the

3:30:533:30:58

World Championships last year, and

from the Netherlands, Jan Smeekens,

3:30:583:31:07

the world champion.

3:31:073:31:10

That will cost Smeekens a fraction

of a second. Who switched first?

3:31:143:31:21

Away go, this time. One of the big

favourites, Smeekens, the world

3:31:243:31:32

champion. Punching his way through

the air. 9.74 is the time for

3:31:323:31:38

Smeekens. That is equal to the time

he had, 9.61 he had at the World

3:31:383:31:45

Championships last year. This could

be the possibility, having the false

3:31:453:31:50

start and having to wait. Charging

around the inside lane.

Down the

3:31:503:31:56

finishing stretch, all eyes on the

cup now. Smeekens, the world

3:31:563:32:00

champion, crossing the line with the

fastest time. 34.90 three. He is the

3:32:003:32:06

new leader. With more of the United

States was behind him, but goes into

3:32:063:32:10

third place. -- Whitmore.

3:32:103:32:19

And it means that Hasegawa is

knocked off the top spot. Georgie

3:32:193:32:31

Catto from Japan is the other part

of the pair, the 2005 World

3:32:313:32:37

champion.

3:32:373:32:40

Gao Tingyu from China on the inside.

Both of them going really well.

Gao

3:32:423:32:50

Tingyu, from China, having a very

good start. One of the commentators

3:32:503:32:56

were saying that this guy could take

the gold this evening.

We are about

3:32:563:33:00

to find out if we will have a new

leader. Both of them are inside the

3:33:003:33:05

previous fastest time. Here they

come, neck and neck, into worlds the

3:33:053:33:09

finish. Sprinting for all they are

worth. The Chinese sprinter has done

3:33:093:33:14

so well! Gao Tingyu is the new

leader. Joji Kato is the new silver

3:33:143:33:21

medallist at this moment in time.

The pair of them, setting a new

3:33:213:33:25

standard in the 500 metre final. Gao

Tingyu does not look as impressed as

3:33:253:33:28

most of the people sitting around us

are, with this effort. Gao felt

3:33:283:33:34

quite heavily earlier in the

evening, in the warm up. There was a

3:33:343:33:39

bit of concern how good he would

come back. That is a new track

3:33:393:33:44

record.

Came back pretty well, then!

Exceptionally well.

3:33:443:33:55

From Canada, Gilmore Junio, and the

Korean, who got a medal in Calgary.

3:33:553:34:14

Gilmore Junio of Canada, on the

inner lane, wearing red and black. A

3:34:153:34:20

superb opening for both skaters.

9.62.

Good, fast start from the pair

3:34:203:34:28

of them. A little bit of ground to

make. Have they got the power and

3:34:283:34:32

the ability to sustain this? The

Korean at the moment is going

3:34:323:34:35

quicker anybody else! Can he keep it

going? Are we about to see a new

3:34:353:34:44

leader? Here he comes. Yes! The

Olympic record has gone!

3:34:443:34:57

Cha Minkyu had everybody on their

feet. The new leading time. The

3:34:593:35:02

crowd have gone absolutely wild.

The

short track background of his, you

3:35:023:35:09

saw him coming in. That is the

advantage that you have, but you

3:35:093:35:13

have to be able to sustain and keep

really tight. He has skated an

3:35:133:35:19

absolutely magnificent flying lap,

as they call it, superb. It could be

3:35:193:35:24

a turn-up for the books that the

Koreans could be going away with

3:35:243:35:27

gold medal.

3:35:273:35:29

The Dutchman, Ronald Mulder, his

twin brother won the gold.

3:35:353:35:47

twin brother won the gold. Lorentzen

has had a fantastic season, he is

3:35:473:35:49

the world and born at this distance.

Away at the first time of asking.

3:35:493:35:53

That maximises the chances of a fast

time from the pair of them. Watch

3:35:533:35:56

the time as they go through for the

first time. Mulder, inside the

3:35:563:36:04

fastest time so far.

He will come

from the inner lane, he can sit down

3:36:043:36:11

a lot deeper. He will prefer the

outer last lane, because he does not

3:36:113:36:16

like the tight bends.

Here they come

into the finishing straight.

3:36:163:36:21

Lorentzen is going really well,

faster and faster towards the line.

3:36:213:36:25

Lorentzen crosses the line with a

new Olympic record time! 34.41

3:36:253:36:32

seconds. Mulder, 34.83. And Mulder's

time is only good enough for fourth

3:36:323:36:38

place! Harboured Lorentzen has one

hand on the gold medal.

3:36:383:36:52

The bronze medallist in the World

Championships in 2015.

3:36:543:37:03

Championships in 2015. From Finland,

the 34-year-old, Mika Poutala. Both

3:37:033:37:10

skaters away cleanly and first time.

3:37:103:37:15

Again, both skaters are inside this

leading time at the moment. We will

3:37:193:37:24

have to wait and see how well they

can complete the final 400 metres.

3:37:243:37:31

The key is how they come around the

final bend. At the moment, they are

3:37:313:37:37

both in with a chance. They can see

the line in front of them. Mika

3:37:373:37:42

Poutala is skating well. Is he

skating well enough? You doesn't

3:37:423:37:45

quite make it onto the podium. He

ends up in fourth place.

3:37:453:37:50

Boisvert-Lacroix ends up further

back in tenth. The man with the

3:37:503:37:53

Golden skates tonight is Haavard

Lorentzen from Norway. He is the

3:37:533:38:01

Olympic champion and the men's 500

metres. He has had a great season

3:38:013:38:05

and capped it in the best way

possible. Reaching the pinnacle of

3:38:053:38:08

his sport!

3:38:083:38:10

Of course, those of you who have

followed speed skating, Johann Olav

3:38:133:38:28

Kos has always dominated the

long-distance, but this is the first

3:38:283:38:30

time they put something down,

really, in the short distances.

And

3:38:303:38:35

broke the Olympic record in the

process. A cracking race and a home

3:38:353:38:38

crowd which saw Cha Minkyu winning

the silver medal with 34.40 two. Gao

3:38:383:38:49

Tingyu of China, with the bronze.

The new Olympic champion. Haavard

3:38:493:38:55

Lorentzen of Norway. Cha Minkyu from

career with silver. Gao Tingyu

3:38:553:39:01

taking bronze.

3:39:013:39:02

The first Norwegian gold medal

winner in that event for 70 years.

3:39:073:39:09

Having taken one, two Macron three

in Sochi, the Dutch were not on the

3:39:093:39:13

medal table again in this one. The

podium clear of orange clad

3:39:133:39:17

athletes. Could the rest of the

world be catching up?

We are clock

3:39:173:39:22

watching again shortly in the

two-man bob. We have got two

3:39:223:39:29

deciding runs. Great Britain have

stormed into the top ten, but

3:39:293:39:32

Germany are aiming to storm to the

top of the medal podium after

3:39:323:39:34

missing out in Sochi. Dig out your

jargon busters, we are talking Cork,

3:39:343:39:43

fake switches and Ali oops in ski

half pipe.

3:39:433:39:51

Mesmerising trickery on snowboards

already. But the riders are really

3:39:533:39:55

going to push it from here on. Stand

by to see the toughest tricks the

3:39:553:40:00

sport can offer. But no tricks, just

pure speed is what it is all about

3:40:003:40:04

any two-man bob today. We watched

Lizzy Yarnold going down that ice

3:40:043:40:10

flume to a third gold medal for

Great Britain's skeleton sliders in

3:40:103:40:14

the last three Olympics. You've got

to go back to 1964 to find the one

3:40:143:40:17

and only time that British

bobsledders have ended up on the top

3:40:173:40:22

of the podium.

3:40:223:40:28

The Greg Mounis Robin Dixon. It

looks like a good start. Dixon is

3:40:323:40:37

safely aboard. Tremendous Dixon. A

very good start indeed for Great

3:40:373:40:42

Britain. They are slapping about

right down the middle.

3:40:423:40:48

Up to about 80 miles an hour now.

Very good line around the bend. Not

3:40:513:40:57

twisted an inch.

3:40:573:41:06

Hasn't once touched the side. This

is a really fast run. They could be

3:41:063:41:10

on the way to their gold medal.

That

was 54 years ago, blimey. Am I that

3:41:103:41:18

old?

What was it like for the pair

of you to look at the Union Jack?

3:41:183:41:25

The fulfilment of an enormous

ambition. Without any doubt, the

3:41:253:41:29

proudest and most emotional moment

of my life.

3:41:293:41:36

They became world champion is the

following year. Nicola Minichiello,

3:41:393:41:44

with Phil Cook, becoming the first

to win since the guys in the mid-50s

3:41:443:41:53

with their pomp. A long time to

wait?

Hearing those guys going out

3:41:533:41:57

there now, it seems like a lifetime

ago, but what an exciting time.

That

3:41:573:42:03

gold medal in Innsbruck was achieved

with no little help from the

3:42:033:42:06

Italians?

Yes, the famous story,

about Monty's Bolt. He lent Dixon

3:42:063:42:14

the axle bolt, they got down to the

bottom of the run and they were

3:42:143:42:16

supposed to go. The slide was

broken. He had somebody go back to

3:42:163:42:20

the top of an axle bolt so they

could still manage to race. They

3:42:203:42:23

ended up coming down and winning the

gold medal, and the Italians were

3:42:233:42:28

relegated to bronze. He was rewarded

four years later, he went and got

3:42:283:42:32

the gold medal. But what a story of

sportsmanship, just amazing.

And

3:42:323:42:42

Real karma, you give and get. I

don't think it would be the same

3:42:423:42:46

these days. You would hope so, but

fierce competition going into the

3:42:463:42:49

last couple of runs. We got three

German crews in the first five. How

3:42:493:42:54

much do they want this title?

It is

not just about the three teams, it

3:42:543:42:59

is about Germany. It was

embarrassing. Bobsleigh is, as far

3:42:593:43:02

as they are concerned, a German

sport, you have more tracks there

3:43:023:43:05

than anywhere else. They have won

more medals, they have had more

3:43:053:43:10

championships and more performers in

the sport. In Sochi they walked away

3:43:103:43:13

without any Olympic medals. It was a

national disaster. There were torn

3:43:133:43:21

apart in the press. But they have

done it in football, they have a

3:43:213:43:24

disaster, terror and go again. They

have new pilots, the age of the team

3:43:243:43:28

has come right down, they are

athletic, they have a new sledge,

3:43:283:43:32

they have rebuilt and are looking to

restore some German pride.

54 years

3:43:323:43:39

after Nash and Dixon, who would take

the gold in the two-man bob? It

3:43:393:43:42

turned into quite a race. As you can

see, coming into this, Germany in

3:43:423:43:48

pole position, three cruiser the top

five.

3:43:483:43:55

Jimmy have won this title two times

in a row. A major shock that they

3:43:553:43:59

didn't get any medals in Sochi. They

are back with real purpose now. Who

3:43:593:44:04

will take the gold? Two more runs

will tell us.

3:44:043:44:12

The leaders, watch for their start

time. Five seconds dead is routine

3:44:143:44:20

for them. They lead, they went so

fast on their first run. Let's see

3:44:203:44:24

how they are away. Walters is proud

of his record coming up?

He has

3:44:243:44:36

really dialled into his truck. Just

makes a little mistake. He was one

3:44:363:44:41

of the most consistent pilots

yesterday, which is why he is in the

3:44:413:44:44

lead, although he did have a moment

when he tipped over on the final

3:44:443:44:47

bend. He needs to get this right. He

has been so consistent. Just a

3:44:473:44:54

little tweak with the steering, he

is just trying to put the sled in

3:44:543:44:59

the right place. This will put

pressure on the guys coming behind

3:44:593:45:02

him as he comes down doing it is its

mph.

3:45:023:45:10

That was the slowest of his three

runs, it opens the door a little bit

3:45:123:45:17

for rivals. Fascinating the way the

track changed from run one to two

3:45:173:45:22

yesterday. Everybody seemed to go

fast on run one. Times dropped off

3:45:223:45:27

in-run two.

It can be due to the

track. By the time he has got down

3:45:273:45:32

the second run, that was almost 50

sleds. They break up the ice and

3:45:323:45:36

slow it down. It naturally slows

over time because it is broken on

3:45:363:45:40

the surface. That was a mistake he

made. I don't think it will cost him

3:45:403:45:44

too much. He did it yesterday, he

just rolled over because he didn't

3:45:443:45:50

get the steering point right,

because he couldn't see.

3:45:503:45:58

This man, Justin Kripps, together

with Alexander Kopacz, 49.1 on run

3:45:583:46:05

number one. Kripps has been quoted

as saying it is podium or bust. He's

3:46:053:46:09

not interested in fourth or worse.

He is the overall World Cup winner.

3:46:093:46:15

He has the usual cracking start,

let's see how well away he is.

3:46:153:46:20

Three.

He needs to be careful with

that mentality. As you see him steer

3:46:203:46:29

down, carrying a lot of velocity. A

lot of this green light is because

3:46:293:46:32

of the start if Rachel, it is

whether Nico Walther will steer it

3:46:323:46:37

better. The tactic of minute on

minute cost him in Sochi when he

3:46:373:46:43

crashed in the four man. He doesn't

need that at these games. He is a

3:46:433:46:47

medal contender, he needs to play it

safe. This is a good run from these

3:46:473:46:52

guys, pulling away from the Germans.

This is a run to the front. It will

3:46:523:46:56

still be hundredths Vivian.

Kripps

to bend 15, will the lead evaporate

3:46:563:47:05

slightly? Only a slight evaporation.

A good leader by over a tenth.

3:47:053:47:11

Kripps, the world 11, takes the lead

from Nico Walther.

That little

3:47:113:47:17

mistake that we saw from Nico

Walther where he had a tap between

3:47:173:47:22

four and five, that is the

difference between those two runs.

3:47:223:47:25

It has cost him nearly 25

hundredths, that type of time. The

3:47:253:47:31

steam coming off his back because

they have warmed up. The guys have

3:47:313:47:38

done what they need to win the sled.

Again, as they come up here, using

3:47:383:47:43

all of the corner to push themselves

across. He is a real challenge for

3:47:433:47:47

the gold medal.

Canada haven't won

the gold for 20 years, but they are

3:47:473:47:52

in a great position. Their fourth

and final run to come. Next, one of

3:47:523:48:00

two leading pairings who have been

talking greatly about how they are

3:48:003:48:03

struggling with corner two. Oskars

Melbardis and Janis Strenga, world

3:48:033:48:11

number eight. They are of course

looking forward, hopefully, for some

3:48:113:48:17

ratification from the IOC to see if

they get their bronze in the two man

3:48:173:48:25

in Sochi. The immediate problem is

to get ahead of Kripps and Lochner.

3:48:253:48:31

Medals Kolbe won at this point, but

they can certainly be lost. If he

3:48:313:48:36

doesn't get the corner too right,

that could be the medal chance gone.

3:48:363:48:41

They are a good starting pair, they

have good equipment. He drives

3:48:413:48:46

phenomenally well. He is an Olympic

medallist in two man, Olympic

3:48:463:48:52

champion, he did a lot of work them

out. That is good. He did a lot of

3:48:523:48:57

work in one. He is in touch, within

a tenth. These guys were quick

3:48:573:49:04

yesterday, but made mistakes on the

second run. As long as he can smooth

3:49:043:49:09

things out, he can stay in

contention, and maybe move into

3:49:093:49:13

first spot. Can he get close to the

leaders?

The first one was the

3:49:133:49:17

quickest we have seen so far. Their

second run was really disappointing.

3:49:173:49:22

Which Melbardis be going to see you?

He is pulling back. Some really good

3:49:223:49:25

line said.

Kripps looks to be

holding a decent lead. That lead

3:49:253:49:34

maintained. The Latvian goes into

third place, then. Oskars Melbardis,

3:49:343:49:40

49.0 eight. There has been 1

hundredth between them, brilliant

3:49:403:49:49

stuff.

Identical to his first run

yesterday. There is consistency

3:49:493:49:54

there when they get corner two

right. The problem they have got now

3:49:543:49:58

is, because there are hundredths at

Wigan, one of them needs to put in

3:49:583:50:02

an outstanding run to make a

challenge for Kripps and the gold on

3:50:023:50:05

the next run. -- hundredths between

them.

3:50:053:50:14

World number two, four time world

champion in the two man bob. Can

3:50:143:50:18

Friedrich get it right now and keep

himself in medal contention?

Faster

3:50:183:50:23

starting team. If he gets this

right, we are in trouble. And he's

3:50:233:50:29

through there clean this time. He

has worked it out. Normally in the

3:50:293:50:33

two man sled, every major

championships in the last four

3:50:333:50:36

years, this guy has been in touch.

It didn't work in Sochi, the

3:50:363:50:40

government didn't run for the whole

German team. Is this the one where

3:50:403:50:44

he will put pressure on Melbardis,

Lochner and Kripps? Little tap, but

3:50:443:50:50

he is closing. This guy has

phenomenal equipment. He is not

3:50:503:50:54

normally this far back. He has to

fight to become Olympic champion

3:50:543:50:57

from this point.

12 hundredths of a

second off the Canadians. High-end

3:50:573:51:05

Raggett through 16. Look at that, a

record for him, and he is breathing

3:51:053:51:11

down Kripps' neck. The great

Francesco Friedrich, Germany want to

3:51:113:51:14

win this Olympic title back. They

made no show in Sochi. Friedrich

3:51:143:51:20

back in the game.

You can see what

it means to him. They both know what

3:51:203:51:25

that one was. That was perfect. That

is the run he should have had

3:51:253:51:29

yesterday. If he had that run

yesterday, nobody would be in

3:51:293:51:32

contention for the gold at this

point. That is the quality this guy

3:51:323:51:36

brings, this team brings, four time

champions in two man.

This will be a

3:51:363:51:42

thriller down to the wire. The five

main contenders are now separated

3:51:423:51:47

from gold medal position to fifth by

13 hundredths of a second.

The line

3:51:473:51:53

shows you the difference. Almost

identical. Inches between the

3:51:533:51:58

difference in lines. That can be the

equipment, themselves and how they

3:51:583:52:03

find speed in a corner. That was the

run he needed to put down to put

3:52:033:52:07

pressure on everybody else.

Here we

go for Great Britain, good luck to

3:52:073:52:14

Brad Hall, what an overachievement

this has been until now. Brad in

3:52:143:52:18

this two man event, he is well

ranked number 19. He has never

3:52:183:52:23

finished higher in a World Cup two

man Bob Mann and 13. Seventh place

3:52:233:52:29

at the Olympic Games. Can he get

under five seconds for his start? He

3:52:293:52:33

is bang on.

That is a good start for

those guys. When we talk about

3:52:333:52:38

little bit of history, Brad has a

tap, not the run he needs out of

3:52:383:52:42

that corner. Settle into it, Brad.

We know you can drive the track.

3:52:423:52:48

Little tap, the same mistakes. When

we talk about little bits of history

3:52:483:52:52

in these events, it is not down to

medals. Joel Fearon Ron in the back,

3:52:523:52:56

I'm sure, is the first person to run

the 100 metres in under ten seconds

3:52:563:53:00

and compete in a Winter Olympics. A

bit of history for Great Britain.

3:53:003:53:07

The first person to do that. This is

messy from Brad. He needs to keep it

3:53:073:53:11

in, but a top ten results for him

would still be a great result.

3:53:113:53:16

Mistakes at two and four have cost

him, he has fallen a second behind

3:53:163:53:20

the Canadians in gold-medal position

at the moment. Brad Hall,

3:53:203:53:29

at the moment. Brad Hall, then,

4967, and I'm afraid that is a long

3:53:293:53:31

way short of his 49.37 from his

first run.

3:53:313:53:43

That run could drop Brad back a few

places, and that's unfortunate. But

3:53:453:53:53

great lines. Great lines in some

parts of the track. Still driving

3:53:533:53:57

politically well. John Delahunt

Hebert, one of the most animated

3:53:573:54:01

coaches on the circuit.

So, look at

this, then. What a run for gold we

3:54:013:54:08

have got, Kripps leads by 6

hundredths. Friedrich in second

3:54:083:54:12

place. Melbardis and bolts are still

in it. Who is your money on?

If

3:54:123:54:19

Friedrich can put in a run like his

first, he will put the turbo boots

3:54:193:54:23

on.

It will be a compelling watch. I

think Brad Hall now to come for

3:54:233:54:33

Great Britain, he has got all of

Sussex right behind him, all of

3:54:333:54:37

Great Britain behind him.

3:54:373:54:41

The key here is, can he get himself

up to the top ten?

3:54:433:54:52

But Brad Hall needs a really good

one here. His start time, four-point

3:55:003:55:07

90s, which is decent.

He needs to

get through this corner. That is not

3:55:073:55:12

going to hell, a little tap. He has

a big lead over the Swiss, but I

3:55:123:55:16

don't know if that tap at the top

will help him out. He needs to try

3:55:163:55:20

to chewing into the track and make

sure he is perfect from now on. He

3:55:203:55:24

has been really good on this track,

he has the feel for it and has been

3:55:243:55:28

good at this point of the track he

is coming up to now. Just a bit late

3:55:283:55:32

coming in. I don't know whether he

has got the speed to stay ahead of

3:55:323:55:36

the Swiss. We need Brad to be in the

top ten. It is dropping away. Can he

3:55:363:55:41

do enough to stay in front?

It is

going to be close, isn't it. It is

3:55:413:55:46

fading away, maybe. It is not to be.

Not to be. Rico Peter goes ahead of

3:55:463:55:53

him.

3:55:533:55:58

him. Rico Peter was the problem.

Peter, such an experienced Swiss

3:55:583:56:05

rider, two tenths behind Brad Hall

before the fourth run, but Brad Hall

3:56:053:56:09

has lost it late.

Not much wrong

with the run, other than the knot at

3:56:093:56:13

the top he had. A great push from

the guys. It was the exit from two

3:56:133:56:18

into three. It cost him. Brad gets

hold of it quickly, but we're not

3:56:183:56:24

going to get to see it. He already

lost the speed from the top at that

3:56:243:56:27

point. All in all, I think Brad has

had a good competition. To finish

3:56:273:56:33

top 12 or what ever he will finish

off, he will finish top ten if other

3:56:333:56:38

people move around him, but top 12

is a good result for this pair

3:56:383:56:45

considering their world ranking.

Going now to Germany, we've got

3:56:453:56:49

three medal contenders, Nico

Walther. Nico, spectacular when

3:56:493:56:54

leading after run number one. He is

dropped now back to fifth place as

3:56:543:57:00

they begin this final, final assault

on the medals. The question is,

3:57:003:57:06

John, has he put himself under too

much pressure do re-establishes

3:57:063:57:11

position? His might have been the

equipment that didn't work in minus

3:57:113:57:13

11. This is the temperature that it

worked in yesterday. He is an

3:57:133:57:18

absolute magician in the front of a

sled. You don't usually see him make

3:57:183:57:22

mistakes. He has the best feel out

of all of the pilots coming up next.

3:57:223:57:28

Into the last five, don't be

surprised if you still see a German

3:57:283:57:31

one, two, three on the podium. They

haven't had any medals at the last

3:57:313:57:36

Olympics. They coming out fighting.

They want medals at these games.

3:57:363:57:39

They have do have medals. That is a

perfect line. There is nothing wrong

3:57:393:57:44

with this run at all. It is

absolutely perfect, just a little

3:57:443:57:49

tap there, but it is not going to

cost him any speed. Will he ducked

3:57:493:57:52

his head under the cover down the

final end? He has do get close to 49

3:57:523:57:57

seconds to put the pressure on,

49.35 is his time, the slowest of

3:57:573:58:04

four. That is him done for, John.

I

think you could be right. I really

3:58:043:58:09

do. He is looking at the clock. He

has come down first. That is all he

3:58:093:58:13

can do now. He has put the best run

in that he can. Maybe his equipment

3:58:133:58:19

was settled better for yesterday. It

is not quite working today, but he

3:58:193:58:22

can do no more. His Olympic run is

over. He needs to see where he ends

3:58:223:58:27

up.

3:58:273:58:35

up.

Nico, fantastic exponent of

bobsleigh piloting, but has a medal

3:58:353:58:40

just dropped away? We know, we've

been here long enough here this

3:58:403:58:43

fortnight to never write any

possibility of. Strange things have

3:58:433:58:49

happened consistently. Melbardis,

who comes next, starts off just 1

3:58:493:58:59

hundredth ahead of Nico Walther. He

needs the same sort of time to

3:58:593:59:03

confirm that position. But I think

he needs to go quicker and 49.35,

3:59:033:59:08

John. He needs to go a good deal

quicker to put the medal chase in

3:59:083:59:13

the ebb.

He needs to put a clean

running. The time will be the time

3:59:133:59:17

whatever it is at the bottom. He

can't have a run like his second,

3:59:173:59:21

when he absolutely messed up between

the top curves. If he has a clean

3:59:213:59:27

run, the last three sleds are under

a lot of pressure, because he is one

3:59:273:59:30

of the quickest guides on the field.

Twice he has been 49.08, which is

3:59:303:59:35

required here. First, he needs the

usual start, let's see if he gets

3:59:353:59:41

it.

We are going to see the gap open

up initially because of the stark

3:59:413:59:46

difference between the German in the

lead and now this sled here. He will

3:59:463:59:50

start pulling away, but will he

drive well enough stop he made a

3:59:503:59:54

mistake through there yesterday. Is

he good enough to stay in front of

3:59:543:59:58

the German at the bottom, who had a

perfect run? All of these top pilots

3:59:584:00:03

now, there is nothing between them.

Absolutely nothing. The skill level

4:00:034:00:06

these guys have is amazing. Another

perfect run into the corner. He has

4:00:064:00:11

that absolutely nailed, slightly

better than Nico Walther through

4:00:114:00:14

this part of the track. Another tap,

but does he have enough to hold on?

4:00:144:00:18

Losing ground at this point.

15

clean, 16, does he take the lead,

4:00:184:00:25

Melbardis? He does. Guaranteed

fourth at worst. Melbardis has done

4:00:254:00:32

all he can. He has finished ahead of

Nico Walther, so it is a good

4:00:324:00:38

effort. Is it enough for a medal? We

will see shortly.

4:00:384:00:44

These three slides next, Johannes

Lochner, he has been one of the most

4:00:444:00:51

consistent two-man pilots this

season. But he has no Olympic

4:00:514:00:56

experience. Francesco Friedrich is a

former champion, but he struggle at

4:00:564:01:01

the Olympic games. If he puts a

running like his first one, he will

4:01:014:01:04

put pressure on Justin Kripps, who

is the last one to come down and has

4:01:044:01:10

been the most consistent this

season. The last three slides are

4:01:104:01:13

going to be fighting for hundredths

of a second.

It does look like

4:01:134:01:16

Nicola -- Nico Walther is going to

miss out. Melbardis with the lead.

4:01:164:01:26

Johannes Lochner had the advantage

over Melbardis going into the final

4:01:264:01:33

run. Silver medallist at the World

Championships. World number six,

4:01:334:01:39

slightly overachieving. Can Lochner

get himself a medal? Your start-up

4:01:394:01:45

imperfect. He has just gone a shade

quicker.

Their velocity will be very

4:01:454:01:48

good. As they come into the sled, it

looks like a jump forward. That is

4:01:484:01:56

what you want, good velocity at the

top. It is not about the start time,

4:01:564:01:59

it is about how much speed at the

top you carry into the first couple

4:01:594:02:02

of corners. He has driven it

perfectly. Nice high line, right on

4:02:024:02:06

the limit as he pushes himself

across. A little bit high, but early

4:02:064:02:12

on. Is that going to cost him? The

Latvians, they find a lot of speed

4:02:124:02:18

at the bottom of the track. This is

falling away from him. He is not

4:02:184:02:21

going to get a medal at this rate.

The Latvian is, Melbardis on the

4:02:214:02:27

sideline, seeing Lochner's final run

getting ragged, and he drops further

4:02:274:02:30

back behind Nico Walther. Lochner

has blown it. Oskars Melbardis has a

4:02:304:02:40

guaranteed medal for Latvia.

This is

what we have seen in all of the

4:02:404:02:44

competition so far. In the single

competitions, the last three or four

4:02:444:02:47

sleds coming down have moved around

because somebody has made a mistake.

4:02:474:02:51

Is that the pressure that has got to

this young pilot? Not really any

4:02:514:02:58

mistakes until he got to that sort

of exit, into 12, that little tap as

4:02:584:03:03

he comes down the Dragons tale into

12. That is what cost him, because

4:03:034:03:07

everything is perfect. This cost him

a potential Olympic medal. A couple

4:03:074:03:11

of centimetres the other way and he

would have been down in front of the

4:03:114:03:15

Latvians and his team-mates.

Well,

this now means that the Germans so

4:03:154:03:19

wanted to get this gold medal. They

had three chances. They only have

4:03:194:03:24

one more chance of gold and it

remains at the hands of Francesco

4:03:244:03:29

Friedrich, the man who had a

nightmare in Sochi. He was so well

4:03:294:03:34

fancied. He is a superb pilot. Can

he now put his name alongside the

4:03:344:03:42

greats, like Andre Langer? Let's see

how he starts. One thing we know for

4:03:424:03:47

certain, Germany are going to get a

medal, because Nico Walther is in

4:03:474:03:52

second. If he comes down in front or

behind, they have a medal. He is not

4:03:524:03:58

bothered about him winning a gold

medal, he is bothered about him

4:03:584:04:04

getting the gold. He left the

afterburners on the first run and

4:04:044:04:07

set a new track record. The only

person I have seen going under 39

4:04:074:04:13

seconds. Will this win him a gold

medal? Almost perfect, but he is

4:04:134:04:17

starting to pull away. Has he come

in a little bit late? That will cost

4:04:174:04:21

him speed. It is dropping off. Has

he gotten off track left to stay in

4:04:214:04:26

front of the Latvians?

Clean-out of

15. Has he got enough in the belt?

4:04:264:04:30

Can he do it? He has, he has just

moved ahead of the Latvian.

4:04:304:04:37

Friedrich goes to the front.

Guaranteed silver. Oskars Melbardis,

4:04:374:04:42

guaranteed bronze. We are going to

get one final upheaval, Justin

4:04:424:04:50

Kripps for Canada waits in the

sideline. Friedrich has done all he

4:04:504:04:55

can.

One thing Justin Kripps has got

to do now is absolutely nail this.

4:04:554:05:01

If he doesn't, he could drop out of

the medals. Everything is so tight

4:05:014:05:04

at the moment. If he wants to stay

in the medals come he has to come in

4:05:044:05:11

front of Nico Walther into tenths.

But he has been the most consistent

4:05:114:05:14

pilot. He should be able to stay in

front of the Germans. You never

4:05:144:05:18

know. One mistake is so costly at

this level. Everybody has been

4:05:184:05:22

absolutely perfect.

Are Germany

going to win gold with Francesco

4:05:224:05:28

Friedrich? Or will Canada win gold

with this man, Justin Kripps? He is

4:05:284:05:35

now in the next 60 seconds or so

attempting to win gold in this two

4:05:354:05:41

man event for Canada for the first

time since 19 98. Friedrich in his

4:05:414:05:50

sights. Cripps has had identical

runs. 493 as the figure to watch out

4:05:504:05:59

for. He is capable of 49.09. That

will do it, if he can repeat it. The

4:05:594:06:08

start is all-important. 493, as

Justin Kripps goes for gold for

4:06:084:06:12

Canada.

What you're going to see is

him initially fall back into the

4:06:124:06:17

red, as they have done, because of

the start deficit between these and

4:06:174:06:23

Friedrich. Justin is going to have

to drive the run of his life to come

4:06:234:06:29

down here. He has been so consistent

this year. He has been on the podium

4:06:294:06:33

nearly every race and had two top

fours. His worst result is top four.

4:06:334:06:40

He is mailing lists. He is starting

to pull in front of the Germans.

4:06:404:06:43

They had made mistakes at this

point. He can't afford to make any

4:06:434:06:46

mistakes. This is going to be gold

for Canada unless he makes a mistake

4:06:464:06:50

down the bottom. This is a gold

medal run.

Go on, Kripps, the world

4:06:504:06:55

number one, for Canada. It is a dead

heat with Friedrich! For the first

4:06:554:07:01

time in 20 years, we have a dead

heat! That is absolutely

4:07:014:07:09

extraordinary. In 1998, the Italian

got a dead heat with the Canadian.

4:07:094:07:16

And we have the same scenario again!

Kripps and Friedrich share the gold.

4:07:164:07:26

Oskars Melbardis is in bronze medal

position. Drama again at the Sliding

4:07:264:07:35

Centre.

What an amazing finish. You

just don't get any closer than that.

4:07:354:07:40

You can see straightaway the

camaraderie between these teams. The

4:07:404:07:45

first people to congratulate the

Canadians were the German pair. They

4:07:454:07:47

are sharing the gold medal with

them. What an absolute corker of a

4:07:474:07:52

race.

4:07:524:07:57

How was the evening performance?

Not

as good as yesterday, evidently.

4:07:584:08:04

Still pretty solid runs. Just made

one mistake in each run. You can't

4:08:044:08:08

make a mistake on this track.

Joel,

what did you make of his driving

4:08:084:08:14

tonight?

Like I said, I am always

really proud of Brad. He has come

4:08:144:08:21

such a long way, 12th? No lower than

12? We cannot be upset about that.

4:08:214:08:25

We know the two man is not where we

shine. That has beat our position by

4:08:254:08:31

one place, the season's best. If we

beat our position by one place in

4:08:314:08:36

the four man, I think that makes

number one. We can't be too upset

4:08:364:08:39

about that.

4:08:394:08:43

That is the way to think about it.

Extraordinary camaraderie between

4:08:434:08:46

the teams. You had the Canadians,

Justin Kripps was actually trained

4:08:464:08:51

to pilot the bob by the last

Canadian who, for Canada, was the

4:08:514:08:59

last to win in a dead heat?

The

irony of that as he coached several

4:08:594:09:03

two years, and then the Russians,

and now the Koreans.

It underlines

4:09:034:09:10

the bonds that there are any

Bobsleigh community. You can see the

4:09:104:09:13

genuine died. Why so many tight

bonds?

There is a new generation. --

4:09:134:09:21

the genuine delight. Although you

are competing against each other.

4:09:214:09:26

These metals are crucial. It is

still two minutes per day, we are

4:09:264:09:29

travelling and living in the same

accommodation, siege of the day in,

4:09:294:09:35

day out for five months. It is not

just about the sport. I think people

4:09:354:09:39

are recognising it as more than

that.

There we go, the Canadians

4:09:394:09:43

coming down. The first person, as

John Jackson said, it was the

4:09:434:09:52

Germans who congratulate them. We

talked about that axle bolt, we said

4:09:524:09:58

it might not have happened now, but

I think maybe it would have done?

4:09:584:10:02

The Canadians are right there, but

it is the Germans running over.

4:10:024:10:06

These guys are tight, they are

friends, they have been training and

4:10:064:10:10

developing together. It is so nice

to see that camaraderie. It is the

4:10:104:10:13

same at the top of the medal podium

and right down to the bottom. These

4:10:134:10:18

guys are friends, men, women. It is

on

4:10:184:10:24

on and off the track. It is so nice

to see them celebrating together.

A

4:10:264:10:29

lot to celebrate from Brad Hall's

perspective, a Olympic debut for the

4:10:294:10:31

new pilot. How much would he have

learned?

What better place to get

4:10:314:10:39

the best performance of your life

than the Olympic Games? We knew that

4:10:394:10:44

the two man was almost preparation

for the four-man.

4:10:444:10:50

for the four-man. That was just

preparation. But yesterday was

4:10:504:10:52

actually just a dream. He nailed the

track. He has a good feeling on the

4:10:524:10:56

track. Him and Joel together, they

are good start is with fantastic

4:10:564:11:01

velocity. Today, yeah, didn't go to

plan. Especially the third run,

4:11:014:11:05

there were mistakes. But it is still

a huge performance, his best result

4:11:054:11:09

ever. It shows what a talent he is.

Quite unusual, the fact that Team

4:11:094:11:14

GB, the teams, they are probably

decided but they have not been

4:11:144:11:21

named. How unusual is that? Is there

still room for manoeuvre?

Yes, we

4:11:214:11:27

are led to believe it is not yet

decided who is going to go into

4:11:274:11:30

which Sled, who will be pushing

which pilot on Saturday or Sunday.

4:11:304:11:35

It does seem very late. However, we

know that they have six... Well,

4:11:354:11:42

obviously more, six fantastic brake

men that are going to be competing.

4:11:424:11:53

We look forward to seeing it,

whoever the personnel are, it is

4:11:534:11:58

going to be competitive. That two

man Bob was one of only three gold

4:11:584:12:01

medals handed out today, in what is

the lightest medal day of these

4:12:014:12:05

games. But there was still plenty of

news flying around.

4:12:054:12:10

Not all of it good. An anti-doping

case has been opened against killer

4:12:114:12:15

Alexander crucial that she --

Russian killer.

4:12:154:12:27

Meanwhile, Shifferin's boyfriend has

been sent home after his Commons

4:12:344:12:37

yesterday. She has pulled out

downhill herself, which has been

4:12:374:12:43

moved forward to Thursday because of

the strong wind forecast for Friday.

4:12:434:12:48

And the British curling team gave

their hopes of reaching the

4:12:484:12:51

semifinals a really big boost today.

The men edged the Danes 7-6 and

4:12:514:12:57

women saw off the Swiss. It is still

very twitchy in the round-robin

4:12:574:13:01

phase, with just two matches to go.

We have seen that Shaun White and

4:13:014:13:08

Chloe King were really rocking the

snowboard half pipe. Today was the

4:13:084:13:13

turn of the free skiers to dip into

that pipe. Now, it has been a very

4:13:134:13:17

long wait for Great Britain's Rowan

Cheshire, who you might remember in

4:13:174:13:22

Sochi was all set to make her debut.

In the qualifying, she crushed and

4:13:224:13:27

suffered concussion, she suffered a

long illness. It was a delight to

4:13:274:13:32

see her lining up to drop into the

pipe today. Also on duty for Great

4:13:324:13:35

Britain, another Summerhayes sister.

Her sister Molly is in action this

4:13:354:13:43

time. Only the top 12 will go

through to the final, and was all

4:13:434:13:48

watched by Tim.

4:13:484:13:50

Molly Summerhayes from Sheffield in

England. How is she feeling?

I think

4:13:544:14:01

she is feeling good. She seems to be

skiing well. Hopefully she is not

4:14:014:14:04

too nervous. I think she will do

well.

Well, she has done really well

4:14:044:14:12

at youth level.

4:14:124:14:16

Big, straight hair.

4:14:204:14:22

Back-to-back fives.

4:14:284:14:35

, an. Yes! Seven. Switching to

normal. Yes, you called that. At the

4:14:364:14:47

rundown.

4:14:474:14:53

Both weigh fives, and a switch

three. Nice to see that she is

4:14:534:14:59

showing them that she can spin in

all directions.

4:14:594:15:02

Fourth place at the moment.

4:15:054:15:10

Back to the top for Brita Sigourney.

So, Team USA no tourists Lee Strong

4:15:104:15:19

both in men's and women's half pipe

skiing:

4:15:194:15:31

huge.

Massive.

900, the first one we

have seen. Another straight there.

4:15:344:15:46

540 meet grab coming into the last

tip. Big 720. That's why she's the

4:15:464:15:53

World Cup leader.

There you go,

number one on the Jersey. What a run

4:15:534:15:59

that was from Brita Sigourney.

4:15:594:16:04

that was from Brita Sigourney.

She

played it quite safe. She could get

4:16:054:16:08

rid of a straight there and push it

more, but she goes very big there.

4:16:084:16:18

She

4:16:184:16:19

She will be happy with that. There

you go, 90.0 six.

4:16:194:16:24

-- 90.6.

4:16:244:16:30

Ninth in Sochi, a second Olympics

here, second in the World

4:16:334:16:37

Championships. What can Annalisa

Drew do?

A big 900 to start.

Putting

4:16:374:16:45

the big trick at the top.

Back-to-back nines.

It's what the

4:16:454:16:50

judges like to see, risk versus

award.

Big 540. Can she keep her

4:16:504:16:58

altitude? Straight there.

Building

up a bit of speed 720 do finish.

4:16:584:17:08

Solid run. Very technical, but I

think she will be deducted for her

4:17:084:17:13

grabs.

Back-to-back nines were nice,

putting them nice and high up a

4:17:134:17:18

pipe, rather than playing it safe

and chucking in a few straight airs.

4:17:184:17:22

She goes for the biggest, hardest

tricks first. Waiting for these

4:17:224:17:28

scores to come in.

85.

Second place.

Big score.

Cassie Sharpe, expecting

4:17:284:17:40

big things from the Canadian here,

25 years of age. Coming out of

4:17:404:17:46

Whistler, BC. A singsong as she

rides into the half pipe here.

Big

4:17:464:17:54

straight there with a mute grab.

Nice and solid.

First of 900s,

4:17:544:18:00

hopefully. Big flare, top of the

wall. Losing altitude slightly.

4:18:004:18:08

Needs to speed it up a bit here.

Switch 360. Straight air. Are we

4:18:084:18:16

going to see a nine? We are in deed.

Big nine.

Solid! She had 9

4:18:164:18:28

Big nine.

Solid! She had 9 hundreds.

Good spin from Cassie

4:18:294:18:36

Big nine.

Solid! She had 9 hundreds.

Good spin from Cassie.

Beating the

4:18:364:18:36

Canadian flag of that coat. Could

she trouble the top three?

Very

4:18:364:18:43

clean. 93.

There you go. There's the

measure. We have a new leader.

4:18:434:18:55

That's an outfit, isn't it. Never

seen anything quite like that.

4:18:554:18:58

Silver medallist from Sochi,

France's.

Straight air. 540. Not as

4:18:584:19:11

high as she would have hoped.

Marry

Martineau, then.

Another 540, very

4:19:114:19:17

clean.

4:19:174:19:22

clean. Flare. Good runs so far. 722

finish, strong run. I then think she

4:19:234:19:32

will trouble the likes of Cassie,

but she could potentially knock

4:19:324:19:36

Ritter off second.

How important is

it to qualify in first or second if

4:19:364:19:44

we are only taking the top 12?

The

benefit of qualifying in first or

4:19:444:19:51

second, well, the higher up you

qualify, the more people will run in

4:19:514:19:54

front of you. So if they do a good

run, something you might not have

4:19:544:20:00

seen before, you'll be able to watch

and alter your run because you've

4:20:004:20:05

got the benefit of going last in the

finals. So it's reverse order.

Very

4:20:054:20:11

happy with that.

4:20:114:20:16

happy with that. Second. Second, big

old score.

Sochi gold medallist

4:20:174:20:25

here, Maddie Bowman.

This girl can

get it done. 20 four years of age.

4:20:254:20:31

She is the Shaun White of ladies --

24 years of age.

Coming in hot.

4:20:314:20:37

Fast.

Quite an open line, quite far

down the pipe. Left 540. Nice tail

4:20:374:20:46

grab. Right 720 landing, a bit flat

there. Just squeaking round the

4:20:464:20:57

switch 720. Write 540 again. What

have we got? 900. Has she got one

4:20:574:21:02

more? Air to

4:21:024:21:09

more? Air to faked.

Loses speed

through the middle of that. Lost the

4:21:094:21:13

mojo. Definitely the form skier,

coming off Aspen and the X games.

4:21:134:21:20

She is used to winning now. She

wants to keep winning, she is a

4:21:204:21:25

competitor. 83.

Wow, so we can

already start to see a bit of a

4:21:254:21:30

pattern emerging from the judge's

booth. They are awarding amplitude

4:21:304:21:37

and cleanliness of tricks.

Rowan Cheshire, her second Olympics,

4:21:374:21:42

nasty crash in training in Sochi.

She was unable to compete. Since

4:21:424:21:47

then, she has battled through

injury, couple of concussions. She

4:21:474:21:51

has come off the back of an ankle

injury now and she is excited.

She

4:21:514:21:56

is skiing well, which is great to

see. Big 540.

4:21:564:22:04

see. Big 540.

Huge alley-oop. It is

her signature trick, the Temm won.

4:22:064:22:17

Come on, Rowan.

720. Skiing nicely

here. Switch 360. And a nice little

4:22:174:22:26

straight air to finish.

Good run.

Very good run. Amplitude was good,

4:22:264:22:33

amplitude was consistent. Good

grabs, solid run from Rowan. I'd

4:22:334:22:40

hope that would be enough. A little

bit of a hand drag, but hopefully

4:22:404:22:44

the judges won't notice that.

Hopefully, they won't notice it! So,

4:22:444:22:50

ninth position. There we go. Well

done, Rowan.

She almost looks happy

4:22:504:22:54

there.

Ninth position. Cassie Sharpe

from Canada in top spot from Marie

4:22:544:23:02

Martinod. Ritter Sigourney, Annalisa

Drew, Maddie Bowman, it is USA

4:23:024:23:10

three, four, five.

4:23:104:23:14

Guyana honours Ucar, the bronze

medallist from Sochi four years ago.

4:23:144:23:21

Going through the motions here --

Ayana Onozuka. The Japanese half

4:23:214:23:28

pipe programme is very strong with

both ski and snowboard. Huge 542

4:23:284:23:33

kick things off with the mute grab.

Back-to-back fives and a safety grab

4:23:334:23:42

on that. Into the 720, landing

switch into the switch 720.

4:23:424:23:50

Back-to-back sevens, already seeing

an improvement. Alley-oop 360 into a

4:23:504:23:57

switch five. That was a good run.

Definitely an improvement. And they

4:23:574:24:01

are happy. So the 29-year-old, the

veteran really happy with that.

4:24:014:24:16

Big improvement for her.

4:24:164:24:23

Next up, Molly

4:24:264:24:30

Next up, Molly. Landed a good run on

her first run, hopefully she can

4:24:304:24:35

update and make it into the final.

Getting a hug from the coaches up

4:24:354:24:41

there. What will they have said to

her?

Send it.

Just send it.

Come on,

4:24:414:24:46

Molly.

Come on, Molly. Come on,

Molly Summerhayes from Sheffield.

4:24:464:24:53

Big straight air, nice mute grab.

Big alley-oop, that was better. Left

4:24:534:25:03

540, nice and high. Right 540, that

was good. She got her grab on that

4:25:034:25:12

one, it looked like. Switch three. ,

coming into the Severn. Good seven.

4:25:124:25:20

Last hit. Switch to straight air.

4:25:204:25:26

It looks like she got bucked off a

little bit. Smiles all round. She

4:25:264:25:34

watched her sister compete in the

slopestyle. You have to say, coming

4:25:344:25:38

into these games, that will have

been her name. Make the finals.

66.

4:25:384:25:47

She upped it from her first run.

It

is a nodding act knowledge were

4:25:474:25:55

there.

Great experience for her. Not

quite enough, but she has definitely

4:25:554:25:59

skied very well today. Annalisa

Drew, great first run. Hopefully,

4:25:594:26:07

she can tidy it up with a good run.

Good, solid skier.

Very technical.

4:26:074:26:16

Eighth at the X games a few weeks

ago. Don't let that fool you.

4:26:164:26:21

Straight into the left 900.

Really

nice to see back-to-back nine is

4:26:214:26:26

right at the top.

Left 540 there.

Big straight air, trying to gain

4:26:264:26:38

altitude again. Left 720 to finish.

They have got pictures of her fate

4:26:384:26:51

in the crowd, I love that. The

24-year-old, fourth place at the

4:26:514:26:58

world champs. Looking to get it done

in the finals. Let's see. It is an

4:26:584:27:07

improvement, not by much, though.

Still in fourth.

Yeah, she'll stay

4:27:074:27:14

in for. Cassie Sharpe at the top.

Does she cruise or does she go for

4:27:144:27:17

it?

I definitely can't see hope

getting bumped out. No. What she

4:27:174:27:24

could do is send the proverbial

shivers up the spine of every

4:27:244:27:28

athlete by throwing down the best

she can do.

I would agree. Big 900.

4:27:284:27:32

So smooth.

Yeah, right side 900,

back-to-back nines. There is her

4:27:324:27:40

flair. Right three higher this time.

Switch three. Big straight air, what

4:27:404:27:52

has she got to finish. Left ten?

Yes.

Oh, beautiful expat I'm not

4:27:524:28:02

saying she's ahead of the game, but

when Mark Zuckerberg sends her a

4:28:024:28:10

friend request...

That is true.

She

is light years ahead of everybody

4:28:104:28:15

else. Oh, my goodness, she's almost

got the keys to the safe that

4:28:154:28:21

contains the gold medals. So big

improvement of 0.40. Sobhi defending

4:28:214:28:36

silver medallist from Sochi finds

herself in the qualifying silver

4:28:364:28:41

position, second place at the

moment. It means nothing until the

4:28:414:28:46

finals, of course, but skiing well,

skiing, Lily, the French girl.

Very

4:28:464:28:50

much so. Big straight air, tail

grab. Left 540. Coming in with a lot

4:28:504:28:55

of speed. Right side 540. Very

clean. Left 900.

4:28:554:29:06

clean. Left 900. Right side flair.

Just sitting on her tail is a bit

4:29:064:29:09

there.

Marie Martinod also upping

her run a bit, stretching her legs.

4:29:094:29:20

Good run, seems very happy with

that. Similar to Annalisa Drew, she

4:29:204:29:27

doesn't really have a switch hit in

there. It might be something she can

4:29:274:29:31

pull out for finals.

33 years of age.

92.

It is an

4:29:314:29:42

improvement.

4:29:424:29:45

All eyes back to the top. Valeriya

Demidova. 17 years of age. She is

4:29:484:30:03

going to have to rip the lead off.

4:30:034:30:09

Wright said -- right side flair.

They write 540.

4:30:124:30:22

Left 720. Switch, switch 180. Switch

360. Needs to get her amplitude back

4:30:234:30:37

up. Good run. Solid run. I am not

sure if it will be enough to trouble

4:30:374:30:46

the top 12. I think what we have

seen from the judges so far, the

4:30:464:30:50

story is that they are definitely

rewarding amplitude. We are not

4:30:504:30:57

really seeing it.

4:30:574:31:04

So, currently in tenth.

Tenth

position. Look at that. 73.6. That

4:31:054:31:12

was what she needed.

4:31:124:31:14

The defending Olympic champion,

Maddie Bowman, going through the

4:31:164:31:21

motions at the top. Currently finds

herself sitting down in sixth

4:31:214:31:29

position.

Going through her run in

her head. Coming in with a lot of

4:31:294:31:35

speed. Straight air. 520 tail grab.

Right 720. Switch seven. Missing the

4:31:354:31:49

grab. Right five.

Solid ground on

that one.

Left 900. Worked really

4:31:494:31:57

hard to get it around. Good run.

4:31:574:32:06

I think she could get a few more

points out that one. She doesn't

4:32:064:32:11

look too happy.

We always say the

indication of the run, first and

4:32:114:32:17

foremost, straight into the eyes of

the skier. They are the best

4:32:174:32:22

indicator.

4:32:224:32:27

Sheeted up that by 0.2.

4:32:274:32:32

She fell on her last go, her first

run. Hopefully she can put it down,

4:32:334:32:40

because she can quite easily make

the top 12.

She chest plundered. She

4:32:404:32:46

would have experienced the

phenomenon known as being winded.

4:32:464:32:50

360.

4:32:504:32:55

She needs to pick up her speed.

Alley-oop. Left five. Alley-oop

4:32:554:33:04

five.

4:33:044:33:09

five. Straight air, right flair. No,

just an air to flaky. -- fakie.

4:33:094:33:24

Nice alley-oop, with a grab.

4:33:244:33:29

Is it going to be enough?

4:33:294:33:37

72.8. Just in there. In ninth

position. It would be nice to

4:33:424:33:53

improve here. I think she will try

it.

Getting that right ball first.

4:33:534:34:00

Nice 540 from Rowan. Big alley-oop.

So smooth. 900. Solid.

4:34:014:34:15

So smooth. 900. Solid. Losing

amplitude slightly, but holding on.

4:34:194:34:20

Left seven. What I she got for us?

Switch three. Straight air. She will

4:34:204:34:30

be happy with that. She managed to

add the right five.

We just got a

4:34:304:34:37

glimpse of Cassie Sharpe, watching

from the bottom. She has done really

4:34:374:34:42

well, hasn't she? She had a really

nasty ankle injury that she has just

4:34:424:34:46

about skied back to full speed right

now?

She had a tough summer, a lot

4:34:464:34:52

of rehab and work to getting her

back on skis. She had a great start

4:34:524:34:55

to the season.

4:34:554:35:01

to the season. 71.4, not an

improvement. I think it was her

4:35:014:35:07

amplitude, slightly.

The results

look like this. The Canadian, Cassie

4:35:074:35:12

Sharpe, light years ahead. Maddie

Bowman is down there in sixth, the

4:35:124:35:20

defending Olympic champion. Rowan

Cheshire, qualifying in a

4:35:204:35:24

respectable ninth position.

What did

it mean to get out there and compete

4:35:244:35:28

today, in front of this crowd, given

that we know what happened four

4:35:284:35:33

years ago?

It means the absolute

world to me. Four years ago I could

4:35:334:35:36

not show anybody what I could do and

I heard myself quite badly. -- hurt

4:35:364:35:40

myself. I had a whirlwind of

injuries, my head and ankle. I have

4:35:404:35:47

not been skiing as much as I would

have liked to. To come out today and

4:35:474:35:50

put down the run that I did, even

though it was scrappy, I am so proud

4:35:504:35:55

and happy to get to the finals.

4:35:554:35:56

Four years after that awful crash,

she is in the final. You will see

4:36:004:36:04

that at 1.30 in the morning, our

time. There might be an outside

4:36:044:36:09

chance of history, fifth British

medal. We are seeing British

4:36:094:36:15

snowboarder Aimee Fuller in action

already, she went in the women's

4:36:154:36:19

slopestyle and it was a blown off

course event, in high wind. She gets

4:36:194:36:23

another go and is hoping for calmer

conditions in the big air. She has

4:36:234:36:31

been charting a diary for us in a

video blog.

I love Korea! Where are

4:36:314:36:39

we going? The opening ceremony!

You

are now an Olympian.

Lock-up that

4:36:394:36:46

smile!

Nick Buckland.

4:36:464:36:54

I am going to show them how to do

proper stunts.

4:36:544:37:01

Opening ceremony, baby!

4:37:014:37:08

It is such a windy contest. It

really was absolutely crazy. I gave

4:37:084:37:14

it everything I had in the tank.

That last jump was not meant to be.

4:37:144:37:19

I am Aimee Fuller, Team GB.

4:37:194:37:25

I am Aimee Fuller, Team GB.

Who

wrote that? I am the mother of the

4:37:264:37:27

Olympian.

Has been good craic.

Seems! You have made it to the blog.

4:37:274:37:45

We are currently walking around the

markets. It is nice to get out of

4:37:454:37:49

the village for a day. I love Korea!

4:37:494:38:00

Where are you from?

Great Britain!

Is it pork? I would not eat that.

4:38:014:38:12

Great Britain.

I love you.

4:38:124:38:17

I am back in the village, straight

back to it.

4:38:184:38:27

First-day at the big air venue.

4:38:364:38:42

Tessa has just gone down. She is

looking good. It seems like there

4:38:424:38:45

was a lot of speed, and an extra

little run at the top. Let's just

4:38:454:38:48

hope it is not too windy.

That is

what we were all hoping. Access all

4:38:484:38:54

areas in fact, you can see that on

the BBC sport website, definitely

4:38:544:38:57

worth looking at. As Aimee was

hinting, that at that thing, that is

4:38:574:39:02

the big air kicker, and we are about

to see history made. You get the

4:39:024:39:07

impression it is going to make a big

impression in the Olympics.

4:39:074:39:11

Qualification, the top 12 going

through to Friday's final.

4:39:114:39:18

Great Britain's Aimee Fuller, one of

the riders that battled the

4:39:184:39:24

conditions in slopestyle. Jack

Shackleton is behind her, her coach.

4:39:244:39:29

It will be interesting to see which

direction she drops in. Coming in

4:39:294:39:39

switch, she does have a cab double

and a flip. Just sat back on the

4:39:394:39:49

landing. The first double of the day

goes down. So, so close. Just got

4:39:494:39:56

the grab. A tiny tickle.

Let's do

this, guys!

4:39:564:40:09

this, guys! Hi, everybody at home.

Thanks for waking up early! We're

4:40:094:40:13

going to get this, second time!

Julia Marino.

4:40:134:40:22

Silver medallist at the X Games two

weeks ago. She has a double under

4:40:224:40:35

flip. Coming in switch, with a cab

double under flip. There is more

4:40:354:40:44

rotation. It's difficult to see if

it is a cab double Cork 900, or a

4:40:444:40:51

double under flip. Let's look. For

me, she is into a double backflip

4:40:514:40:57

territory, there.

4:40:574:41:02

83.70 five.

4:41:024:41:08

She has been dominating this

discipline. She was heartbroken to

4:41:084:41:14

miss out in slopestyle. She

redefined what women's slopestyle

4:41:144:41:23

riding is at the US open ten months

ago. Look at the result, gold at the

4:41:234:41:30

X Games two weeks ago. She took the

big air, first, she took first in

4:41:304:41:37

Beijing and Milan. She has won every

contest she has entered. Switch,

4:41:374:41:43

double under flip. Very tidy. Very

big. She was very courageous, and

4:41:434:41:49

attempted this trick in slopestyle,

but it didn't work for her. She was

4:41:494:41:54

blown off course on the first of the

three kickers. She came in here and

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laid that trick down. First go,

making it look very, very easy.

4:42:004:42:07

Anna Gasser moves 4.5 points into

the lead. Laurie

4:42:104:42:20

Anna Gasser moves 4.5 points into

the lead. Laurie, silver medal in

4:42:204:42:23

slopestyle. She did it in some

style. The course gave her a decent

4:42:234:42:28

black eye. She had a proper shiner

on her left eye. So often the case,

4:42:284:42:34

you see one person taking a medal

and then they find their confidence.

4:42:344:42:38

That could be the case here. Double

and a 900. We saw that really nice,

4:42:384:42:50

a horizontal rotation, mixed with

the backflip. Carb double under cork

4:42:504:42:58

900. Really clean on the landing. 19

point 95. Confidence has got her on

4:42:584:43:07

a roll. Very impressive. Laurie

Blouin, Anna Gasser and Julia Marino

4:43:074:43:18

in the top three.

4:43:184:43:21

So, some big names just outside the

top spots.

4:43:324:43:41

Aimee Fuller of Great Britain, we

saw her try the cab double under

4:43:504:43:57

flip on her first go. We're going to

see that again. The regular footer,

4:43:574:44:05

going in switch. She went up to a

camp in Mount Hood. Went early! Went

4:44:054:44:16

so big on the first hit that she

tried to rotate slower on the second

4:44:164:44:22

one. She has opened out. She hasn't

been able to... Not getting the grab

4:44:224:44:29

meant she opened up and it slowed

down the rotation. At the same time,

4:44:294:44:33

she didn't going with the same

amount of speed. Disappointment for

4:44:334:44:36

Aimee Fuller.

Cheers, guys!

4:44:364:44:40

Spencer O'Brien, the Canadian.

4:44:454:44:51

One of the biggest names in the

game. She has had so much success.

4:44:514:44:55

She opened with a win this year. Can

she find the big trek now?

4:44:554:45:03

Spencer going off the toes again.

So, very, very clean that time.

4:45:104:45:16

She's gone for the same jump and

cleaned it up. I feel like she's

4:45:164:45:22

undersold herself here. She's

capable of much, much more. She

4:45:224:45:26

hasn't backed herself here. 76.75.

Seventh place, facial expression

4:45:264:45:33

said it all. She breathed a sigh of

relief.

4:45:334:45:43

We saw her go for the 1080, I really

hope she goes for this again. I

4:45:444:45:50

don't want to see her back off here.

One of the biggest tricks we will

4:45:504:45:58

see today if she can land it. She's

lining up for it, yes. And it's

4:45:584:46:06

down, yes!

4:46:064:46:11

down, yes! Very, very nice. Sina

Candrian delivers. And that is going

4:46:114:46:15

to be one of the top five spots,

most definitely. When we look at the

4:46:154:46:20

tricks, there's a slight hand

dragged there. Three full spins, see

4:46:204:46:26

what she gets. Third place, very

deserving me with an 86.

4:46:264:46:34

Julia Marino, currently in fourth

place.

4:46:374:46:44

place. Lovely, that cab come a

double under fit and more 900 in it

4:46:444:46:49

that time. More horizontal axis. The

Americans making their voices heard.

4:46:494:46:56

Drifting, floating in. Nasty split

in her pants there. The Nasser

4:46:564:47:06

outfits weren't built. The boarding.

Into fourth place just behind Sina

4:47:064:47:14

Candrian. -- Nasa outfits. Zoi

Sadowski Synnott has really

4:47:144:47:23

impressed the snowboarding world.

She had a huge double backflip on

4:47:234:47:29

her first jump. What can she add?

Where can she go? I don't think she

4:47:294:47:35

can do that double backflip any

better. Maybe she can keep it a bit

4:47:354:47:40

tidier.

4:47:404:47:45

tidier. Dropping in switch. Switch

backside, yes... Oh, yes! That was

4:47:464:47:51

absolutely beautiful. Switch

backside spins are the hardest

4:47:514:47:56

rotation in snowboarding. I thought

she'd overcook it in the middle of

4:47:564:48:02

that Cork. Switch backside 900.

I think it's the most technical

4:48:024:48:13

trick we've seen so far. The judges

do, too. 92 points for the young New

4:48:134:48:22

Zealander. All eyes on Jamie

Anderson, currently in 20 Third

4:48:224:48:26

Place will stop she is the apex

predator of women's slopestyle.

4:48:264:48:31

She's had a couple of good big a

result of this season, fourth, but

4:48:314:48:36

she doesn't win in which air the way

she dominates slopestyle. The

4:48:364:48:42

pressure is on. She drops in switch.

Going for the cab double under. And

4:48:424:48:49

in true Jamie Anderson style, she

puts it down when it counts. She's

4:48:494:48:56

got a good bit of rotation. It's not

90 degrees spin double flap 90

4:48:564:49:02

degrees spin.

4:49:024:49:07

degrees spin. 90 points. It puts her

in above Anna Gasser. For me, Anna

4:49:084:49:14

Gasser on the same trip was a little

bit cleaner.

4:49:144:49:26

Next in, Reira Iwabuchi sat in

neither place on 90 points. She

4:49:294:49:37

would be lucky to hold on to a

qualification spot if she can't

4:49:374:49:42

better that 80 points. -- sat in

ninth place on 80 points. Drops in

4:49:424:49:49

switch. So, we're not going to see

the big trick that she's been

4:49:494:49:57

warming up. Another switch 900. The

switch frontside 900 with a stale

4:49:574:50:06

fish grab on it. Look at that,

perfect landing. Absolutely stumps

4:50:064:50:13

it. 92.75, first place. Wow.

Personally, I disagree with that. I

4:50:134:50:28

think that Zoi Sadowski Synnott was

definitely better. It's a harder

4:50:284:50:34

rotation, but the judges rewarding

the very, very clean and landing

4:50:344:50:41

there, pop and the size of that

jump. You could Fujimori, the

4:50:414:50:50

31-year-old. , the second oldest

here. Winds up. Lovely backside 900.

4:50:504:51:03

Very, very nice. This is brilliant.

We're starting to see exactly what

4:51:034:51:10

the women are capable of. Look how

stoked she is as well. Huge there.

4:51:104:51:16

Great style. Holding onto that grab

all the way through. And on the

4:51:164:51:21

strength of the scores, this is

going to be a big one. 94.25. It is

4:51:214:51:29

just qualifying, but we are going

through the gives very, very nicely.

4:51:294:51:37

Starting to get some real momentum

on this final. And this is yet

4:51:374:51:40

another woman who could add some

fuel to the fire. She's currently 12

4:51:404:51:48

position on a 76. She needs this

jump now to take her destiny into

4:51:484:51:59

her own hands. Looking at those

rankings, I've just noticed that

4:51:594:52:04

Hailey Langland has dropped out of

the top 12. So, dropping in switch.

4:52:044:52:10

Double grab 900. She sits back just

a little bit. Let's see it. Almost

4:52:104:52:18

180... Oh, yes. Way better on the

take. These grabs, it is the same

4:52:184:52:28

hand, melon grab to save grab. We

saw Zoi Sadowski Synnott and Reira

4:52:284:52:35

Iwabuchi's landings. Cindy is point

50. -- 70 7.50. Anna Gasser is in

4:52:354:52:47

sixth place. She was in second place

at the end of round one, but way

4:52:474:52:56

more consistency from some of the

big guns. Can she reinstate herself

4:52:564:53:04

at the top of the standings? Switch

frontside double Cork 1080. That is

4:53:044:53:10

the top spot. Wow, this is heating

up very, very nicely now will stop

4:53:104:53:17

we are seeing some really, really

big tricks. This is what we missed

4:53:174:53:24

out on in slopestyle be other day.

Anna Gasser managing, did she keep

4:53:244:53:32

the trailing arm of the spell as she

lands? It was a tiny touch, but that

4:53:324:53:38

big and progressive, looked at that

smile will

4:53:384:53:42

big and progressive, looked at that

smile will.

4:53:424:53:44

A 98, the judges send it now! Now

it's the turn of Miyabi Onitsuka.

4:53:454:54:02

Going for an even tidier version of

her first jump, the cab 900. The

4:54:094:54:15

jump is perfect for the women. Vaes

been raving about it all week, and

4:54:154:54:21

it really is giving us the very,

very best of women's snowboarding at

4:54:214:54:26

the moment. Miyabi Onitsuka letting

go of that grab just a touch early

4:54:264:54:33

there. It is 6.50. They are probably

looking at Jessika Jenson and the

4:54:334:54:41

bubble, and what they want to see.

There is a very big gap at the

4:54:414:54:44

moment between ninth and tenth.

Julia Marino and Silje Norendal, and

4:54:444:54:51

the judges probably saying the 85,

mid 80s is where they would like to

4:54:514:54:56

see the finals. Laurie Blouin will

not have any bearing on those

4:54:564:55:04

positions at the moment. It's only

going to be the running order for

4:55:044:55:07

the finals, because she is currently

in fifth. She's gone huge. Sent it

4:55:074:55:14

all the way to the bottom. Not as

tidy as some of the cab double under

4:55:144:55:22

flips we've seen, only because we

did see her go enormous. What do the

4:55:224:55:27

judges make of this? Do they want to

see it clean or do they want to see

4:55:274:55:31

it big? 92.25, she moves up one

spot. Unbelievably, Zoi Sadowski

4:55:314:55:41

Synnott's incredible switch backside

900 has now been pushed down into

4:55:414:55:45

fifth place.

4:55:454:55:52

fifth place. 2-1 in third, you could

Fujimori in second, Anna Gasser in

4:55:524:55:58

first. Jessika Jenson in desperate

need of a big score. She had the off

4:55:584:56:05

axis 720 in her first jump. Where

can she go?

4:56:054:56:17

Oh! . That's a really interesting

decision. I don't know if she have

4:56:204:56:24

gone any better. The first run was

so perfect. I can only Sir Mize from

4:56:244:56:34

that that it is her biggest trick.

Dips the head here, underneath the

4:56:344:56:42

board. Unorthodox rotation, but she

makes it look so good. And it's

4:56:424:56:51

39.75. We've been given a claims of

exactly what the women are capable

4:56:514:56:55

of here. Anna Gasser, number one

seed, in World Cup, takes the lead

4:56:554:57:01

and will drop last in final. The two

women, Fujimori and it would be Wu

4:57:014:57:07

Xi there. -- Reira Iwabuchi. An

assured performance from the

4:57:074:57:15

16-year-old. Spence O'Brien, Silje

Norendal, two old hands just making

4:57:154:57:19

qualification. Jessika Jenson

Smeaton.

4:57:194:57:26

Spectacular stuff. Aimee Fuller is

fine, just a few bruises on the

4:57:264:57:29

face, and she will tell you all

about it on her video blog. A check

4:57:294:57:33

on the

4:57:334:57:33

about it on her video blog. A check

on the medal table before we

4:57:334:57:35

skedaddle stop with three golds on

offer today, Canada have pushed up

4:57:354:57:43

into third behind Germany and

Norway. The Norwegians smashed their

4:57:434:57:47

total number of medals in a single

games, they have already got 28. And

4:57:474:57:52

tonight, we will distil date ten for

you.

4:57:524:58:00

Live action overnight from just

after midnight when one of the main

4:58:024:58:06

attractions will be the deciding

free dance on eyes. In the early

4:58:064:58:10

hours, we will find out if Elise

Christie is fit to give it a last go

4:58:104:58:15

at the Olympics.

4:58:154:58:16

Christie is fit to give it a last go

at the Olympics. She will decide if

4:58:164:58:18

the ankle injury after the crash on

Saturday will mean she can skate.

4:58:184:58:22

The word is she's very, very keen to

skate. We will keep everything

4:58:224:58:26

crossed she can. In the meantime

from us all here, goodbye.

4:58:264:58:31

Oh! Beautiful!

4:58:344:58:37

That was beautiful hair.

Christie has crashed again on the

4:58:474:58:52

final bend! Yet again, she ends up

in a distraught heap on the floor!

4:58:524:59:02

Clare Balding and Hazel Irvine present the latest from PyeongChang, where the 2018 Winter Olympics are taking place. The men's two-man bobsleigh reaches its conclusion, while Britain face Switzerland in the women's curling, a repeat of the 2014 bronze medal match, won by Eve Muirhead and her rink. There is also a chance to catch up with the main events from earlier in the day.