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COMMENTATOR: Oh, they've gone down!
I can't believe it, Christie has
been penalised again!
gets the chance to race the gold! A
nation holds its breath...
is out of it once again! Elise
Christie, to get into the Olympic
final... And Christie has crashed
again on the final bend! Yet again
she ends up in a distraught heap on
And getting up is something Elise
Christie hopes to do again and
today. Welcome to another lovely
sunny day here in Pyeongchang. We
have not had a definitive word yet
on whether Elise Christie will line
up in her heats later today, but we
can tell you she has been on the ice
She spent a full hour
on the skates, and she still has a
bit of time to make her mind up, her
hit not taking place until this
evening, just after ten o'clock in
the morning at home. We are
expecting an announcement from Team
GB might soon. We will bring you any
news once we get it. But there is
still loads more to come here at the
Winter Olympics as we go into day 11
and here is what is coming up over
the next few hours. Team Muirhead
are on the ice in their penultimate
game of the round robin stages
against Japan, one of their rivals
for a semifinal place. Rowan
Cheshire completes her incredible
comeback from injury, she goes in
the women's ski halfpipe final. We
will see the conclusion of the ice
dance competition, where Tessa
Virtue and Scott Moir are going for
a second Olympic title in this
event. And we will be live at the
ice hockey, Slovenia and Norway
competing for the right to play the
Olympic Athletes from Russia in the
quarterfinals. If you were watching
over on BBC One, you will see that
the match between Great Britain and
Japan had reached a crucial stage at
the end of end four, so we're going
to head straight back there. Let's
rejoin our commentary team of Jackie
Lockhart and Steve Cram.
Well, while you were a way things
have approved for Great Britain. Eve
Muirhead played a nice shot in after
Japan's third had not managed to
improve the situation for them. And
indeed the skip has just played
another shot trying to take out two
stones near the bottom edit this has
improved things definitely. A bit of
pressure now being applied by Eve
Muirhead. Great Britain lying two.
Although Japan have to hammer... The
point of this end, I guess, Jackie,
was either a steal or force one, so
Yeah, it was not
looking pretty at the beginning of
the end, but some really nice shots
right and and Eve and the game has
really changed, because Japan have
made a couple of mistakes. They had
two chances to hit the Great Britain
stone out and they failed to do
that, so at the moment we are lying
three shots. And she's going to have
to make a play on these two and I
think just take her one if she hits
There's no way she
can move that Blackstone, is there?
She's looking at it ambitiously,
there is no way?
I definitely don't
think so, she's got to make a play
on these two in the 4ft.
are ringing around, just to remind
you that there are two other matches
taking place here. Canada have
picked up... They must have got a
steal. They've gone 3-2 ahead
against China. Sorry, I tell a fib!
No, I'm not! It's been a long week
and a half! Anyway, Canada lead that
13-2. USA playing Korea, this full
house today hoping that Korea
women's team can continue in the way
in which they've been playing so
far. They top the table. Great
Britain and Japan, in this battle in
the middle of it Canada and
the middle of it Canada and others
as well, and Great Britain have got
Japan above them but a win for Great
Britain would turn the tables. So,
all to play for here. Top four only,
of course, go into the semifinals.
If they are tied, we have
tie-breaks, which are on Thursday.
Thursday morning here, it will be
Wednesday midnight at home. Now, how
is this...? Oh! Now, stayed, stay,
stay! That might be a steal! Great
Britain is steel won by about an
inch. Did not quite work out at all
for Japan. So, after a couple of
errors, Great Britain forcing the
steal. And it's all tied up, much
better scoreboard from a British
perspective. And now, instead of
looking at a deficit towards
halfway, Japan still have the
hammer, but it might have been a
difficult deficit to turn around,
but they have tied this up and as we
enter the fifth end, a bit more
confidence for the British women.
Yeah, Anna Sloan played a really,
really nice stone, right in find a
lot of mess out front, onto the 4ft,
and that really set up that end to
create that steal attrition followed
by a couple of errors from Japan,
but that's a great end there.
jacket, too. Can't miss him in the
crowd! Well, they're watching the
match which is taking place next to
this rate Britain-Japan match.
Korea-USA. There are not many empty
seats, a few people standing on the
back walls, a lot of people walking
around between ends as well, so I
think probably if everyone sat in
their seats, I'm not quite sure
there's enough seats!
STEVE CRAM: Right, I think now this
is the point at which Eve, Anna,
Vicki and Lauren really need to pull
together. They've got themselves
back in this. Difficult start,
giving up three at the second end.
They've managed to level this up.
And now, what that means as well as,
the hammer has switched I guess in
Britain's favour, we will have it in
the sixth, eighth and the tenth.
the play goes according to plan,
yeah. So, Yurika Yoshida just
overthrowing that there. Not getting
it quite how they wanted it.
those little mistakes that crept
into the shots from the Japanese
team in that previous end, that sits
with them as well.
with them as well. Lauren Gray, just
watching this one intently. We've
got a good view of it as well. Just
a little roll would be good as pass
might get that... Just rolls over
half a stone more than she would
have liked, but not a bad shot.
Yeah, from the other end, Yurika
Yoshida can see that just picking
out the other side, so choosing to
play the clockwise rotation to this.
STEVE CRAM: I think it was Suzuki
who sent one through in the previous
end, was it? I'm just trying to
think, a series of poor shots at the
everybody on your team is making big
shots, it always seems like it
becomes infectious as well.
JACKIE LOCKHART: So, Vicki Adams
playing just to freeze on top of
that yellow. Vicki's mum not here,
actually, this week but she's at
home, finding this all very
difficult to watch as a parent! Hope
you're doing OK there, Kate. That is
a nice stone, it's tee-high.
Yeah, good effort there. The
Japanese team here playing strange
tactics for me. They've got the
hammer, but snap quite happy to
leave that centre guard on, in most
cases you would be saying, clear
Yeah, I thought at first
she was half suggesting to get rid
of that centre guard, but...
of that centre guard, but... Just
hatches that red and just moves
across. Still in the 8ft.
Korea pulled one back against the
USA, it's 3-2, Mr chance to pick up
if. -- to pick up two. If the USA
were to win that one, that puts them
on five and three as well.
could end up having a real bunfight
in the middle of the pack here.
USA's last matches against Sweden.
So, the girls really need to bring
this right up on top. Try and pull
it as far as they can... And that's
a lovely shot from Vicki.
couple of good shots from Vicki.
Just trying to set this up again,
make it hard for Japan to get there
You can see again, she's just trying
to... She's looking for a hit and
Axe line just to come
onto the red.
She's just going to
sit on the red?
Yeah. Just create
some movement and sham space. But
she's really playing a strange game
These stones when they deliver them
really look like they're high, but
they've got a lot of curl at the
PLAYER: It's either that or we just
That was actually my first
STEVE CRAM: Anna Sloan just wanting
to pick that, it will disappear
between the red and the yellow at
the back with a bit of luck, if she
catches it right. Showing a bit of
confidence from Anna Sloan as well.
This looks pretty good. Lycett shot.
That was a nice throw.
Yeah, and is
warming to the task.
You can just see the thought
process, not so straightforward for
Fujisawa now, starting to look at
that guard. Maybe even trying to run
it back onto the other red. She's
fancying a little hit and flop over.
She is changing her mind again.
Unfortunately for Japan, the red
stone at the front is causing a bit
of bother at the moment. They can't
see the right angles for getting the
double. They will just have to try
and play a control play and flopped
That was the original call from the
A little straight, maybe. Just Mrs
that back Stone so it is still out
there for Eve Muirhead now to ask
Anna Sloan to play a similar or
better shot than that one. Yoshida
not able to hit and roll in. Just a
width or more. After that nice to
pick with that last stone, Anna
Sloan, hoping she can follow that up
with another good shot. It looks a
little better if it holds its line.
Looking for the role if they can get
Oh, what a good shot. That is a
cracker from Anna Sloan, two
wonderful shots, she played a nice
setup in the previous end as well.
Eventually we are going to see Japan
clear that front. She was to drive
it onto the red at the bottom or
catch the red in the wing. The one
that has caused the problems, she
left it there, she played an unusual
strategy the first stones thrown.
This might go between them. It did.
Right between them. We have got The
Great Beauty is time. Watching that,
you could see where she was going to
hit it, it was tight. If you want to
play that, it is difficult to get it
to squeeze between those two reds,
but there was enough of a gap. We
are left with two reds sitting shot,
two skips left to play.
Even just wants to replace that
guard anywhere in the centre is
In the last two Benz, we have seen
them keep the pressure on -- ends.
Saying to Vicki, it is going to
Yes, if it goes right across the
other side. They want to stop it
half and Hough.
About there. --
half. That is frustrating.
Just frustrating. You might be
thinking that is OK. We can see from
this end she has a good view of
Even forcing one here would be a
Looking at Fujisawa, 56%, she hasn't
been going that well, mind you, Eve
Muirhead, 61%. That draw wasn't the
best. You can see the stats, but it
only tells you half the story
because if you make the right shop
at the right time...
Just hoping to get a little roll the
cross. That is a nice stone. I
thought they had lost it, over sweat
it, then they left it.
it, then they left it. -- swept.
That back stone will be a help to
There are a couple of options. They
were looking at tapping the yellow
through. But you have the danger of
tapping it right out.
You don't want to leave a shot put
three, put it that way.
They were looking at it, ignoring
it, putting a shot in the house.
I think Ely is tempted, that yellow
will go past the red and catch the
other red. And then you are just
giving up one.
giving up one. Altadore which needs
-- really needs to be accurate.
Had this been later in the game and
every shot counted, but we are early
in the game. This is a good call. If
it doesn't work and you lose a big
If she catches this right and goes
past the red onto the yellow at the
back, it has got a chance. Eve
Muirhead has played a corker, a
great shot from Eve Muirhead. And
now that means, smiles all round for
everybody, it means Japan will only
be able to take one here.
A good selection of shot and great
execution from the skip.
She was worried it would jam but it
just caught the right side of it.
Again, that is another... It takes
the wind out on the sales of Japan,
they thought maybe they had a chance
of something good here. She had to
make sure of a one. She has to hold
it. I was thinking, get your one
here. I was so excited about the
other shot. We were thinking, what
is she doing? She is blanking the
end. We have reached the halfway
point in this very important match
for GB. After a tussle, it is all
EILIDH: And falling staff at the
Curling Centre, we will be right
back after the mid-game
Imagine spending years of your life
dedicating yourself to training
comic eating, living right, then
seeing some success at the Junior
World Championships in the year
before the Games, only to be told
five months before boarding the
plane to Pyeongchang that your
funding is being cut completely.
Something Mica McNeill and make or
have had to overcome just to be
here. -- Mica Moore.
All of the hard use your work
thinking this is an Olympic Games,
we want to be in the best shape
possible, then it gets stopped.
It was heartbreaking.
It was heartbreaking.
understands a British bobsleigh is
set to withdraw five months before
the Winter Olympics. Mica McNeill
says she is gutted and shot to be
told there was no money left to fund
her team because of an overspend.
It was my career, it was as low as
you can get. You have worked hard.
It is crushed. You don't know if you
can turn around from that.
Athletes don't just give up. We
really have to be positive and there
has to be something we can do. We
just had to try.
Obviously, learning that we weren't
going to get our funding for the
winter was difficult but I think
that we instantly came together with
a plan that we could move forwards
because the season was coming around
very quickly. We did that very well.
A lot of hard work into it.
I honestly didn't know if it was
going to work. I thought we might
get a terrible response, a lot of
criticism for setting it up. We set
it up and it started rolling. I
think it was day six we hit 28
grand. It was so emotional. I was
shopping one day with my mum, she
said, what are you doing? I started
crying because it was so
Bobsleigh is such a small sport, you
don't think people are watching all
looking out for your results. To
learn that people were willing to
support us and help us on our
journey was amazing.
We want to say thank you for your
contribution to our campaign.
We have had a good few days back on
the and we are excited about our
We can't thank people enough. Some
people would put money in there and
not don't actually how much it means
to our team.
At any major championships anything
can happen. It is whoever performs
on the day. What we have been
working towards is getting that
consistency and making sure we can
perform on the day.
The Olympics is every athletes's
dream. It is the highest level that
you can compete at. It would mean,
just to get there, it is so special
and to be competing for a medal is
A great story of never giving up on
your dreams and it shows what it
means to where the Olympic rings.
Mica McNeill has warned before at
junior level, Solver at the youth
Olympics, alongside Jazmin Sawyers,
They have looked pretty good in
training at Pyeongchang. They aren't
expected to medal but sometimes when
fuelled by determination anything
can happen. We will see them in,
edition for the first time today,
their first two runs out at 11:50am.
Let us head back to the curling
where it is very tight between GB
and Japan, a must win game for Eve
Muirhead if they are to have their
destiny in their own hands ahead of
the semifinal stages. Just the top
four go through. Their penultimate
game. Back to Jackie Lockhart and
All hanging in the balance. In match
with Great Britain have got
themselves back into after a tricky
start. They are playing better than
they were. 3-3. The Japanese three
all coming in the second end.
all coming in the second end. Eve
Muirhead thinking a bit shocked, the
Japanese ASCAP decided to blank the
end. -- Eve Muirhead with a great
shot. The Japanese skipper decided
to blank the end.
The task again is to try to limit
the scoring. Big cheers go up, Korea
are playing USA and I can tell you
there has been a significant score
in the match between China and
Canada, China picked up three in the
fifth end. They are leading Canada
5-3. That would be a match in which
it China would win, that would help
GB, if Korea were to beat USA, that
would help Great Britain.
Lots of permutations still
available. The first step went right
to the back on the centre line. --
What we have seen is Japan making
some really terrible errors and
allowing us to keep in this game. We
have showed real resilience to stay
in the game.
What you need to do, once you have
stayed in the game, to take control
The Japanese front end have been
setting up Fujisawa to finish off
the end, and she just hasn't been
doing that. Eve has been playing
really well in the latter stages,
when she has two, so kick if we can
break the concentration of the
Japanese team here and pull ahead.
Japanese team here and pull ahead.
big roar going up and I will update
you with what is happening in the
other match. A nice stone there from
Yurika Yoshida. Well, Dave picked up
It's all very noisy in
These Korean women are
taking this competition by the
scruff of the neck, they are playing
exceptionally well. And they've just
taken a 6-43 lead at the halfway
point in their match with the USA.
-- a 6-3 lead. A double takeout
there from Vicki.
The little pocket
rocket, as I've named her!
looking at the stats of the teams,
nobody's doing particularly well,
but in the Japanese team, you've got
the lead, Yurika Yoshida, playing
94%, the other one playing 75%, then
68% and then 65%.
And that really
relates to what I said. The Japanese
team are setting themselves up but
they're just not finishing it off.
And if we could capitalise on that,
then all credit to us.
mistake there. That one going all
the way through.
JACKIE LOCKHART: So, a real chance
for us now machine we don't have the
hammer, to come around that guard.
STEVE CRAM: There is a buzz here in
the stadium and they have all come
to see the Korean team win, but
they're watching these other matches
as well. Right Britain against
Japan. China versus Canada. All of
the games at this stage of the
competition are a vital. Just
watching this one come in, a little
bit more would be useful... Just
getting half covered.
Yep, it's just
finish to in the teal part of the
rings there! That was a good sweep!
Are Japan now going to play the
sensible game and clear the guard,
which they didn't do in the last
Yumi Suzuki is having a pretty good
game in terms of stats, she hasn't
had to do too much, though. Well,
she sticks one. One has gone but the
otherwise has stayed in the house.
Still got those two out front as
well, one is their own.
well, one is their own.
happy to leave a red at the top of
the house as a guard. She's going to
come in the other side that she will
want to sit tee-high if possible.
is a nice gap to come through. Anna
Sloan has played a couple of great
shots the last couple of events. --
the last couple of ends. How close
is that going to get to the guard?
It looks as though it is heading
Are we passed the
guards? I don't think we are... Keep
it coming, they just need to
because it has closed up about side.
It may well be useful. It is in a
tricky place, just making it
difficult for Japan to come in. So,
which one is she going to move, this
She's going to go for
the shot she sees, but I still think
the yellow at the front is going to
cause her trouble and she
potentially should be utilising her
high centre guard but she doesn't
want into the pack, but she's just
going to ignore it and hit the one
in the house.
Like you said it
almost seems like a waste of a stone
in the sense that she could get rid
of maybe two instead of one. It
might not have come off but at least
could have attempted it and at the
very worst she would have got rid of
that front guard. That's not a bad
result tassles just coming across
onto this right-hand side.
onto this right-hand side. This is
the open side that Eve Muirhead
wants to come in on now, with Anna
So, still another great
opportunity here for us to get one
in. Top of the red would be really
Anna thinks it is heavy. Asking them
to lay off sweeping, not going to
need any help... Doesn't look that
heavy, does it?
No, it doesn't!
Could be perfect, actually!
need to work this, try and get it in
as much as they can and get it
tucked in as well. Almost into the
4ft. I don't know what's going to
thought she had laid out there but
it was a nice stone! A little smile
from Anna. Sloan the stone! Let's
start giving them nicknames! Like
when you play Phil The Power Taylor!
I've already got Vicki the pocket
rocket! I'll go with that!
So, Chinami Yoshida has been
struggling a little bit.
struggling a little bit. Well, it
clears things up a little bit out
front. So, she will be pleased with
that shot. Just for one minute
thought she might have caught that a
little skinny, but does the job.
little skinny, but does the job.
think we are sitting two reds at the
The Japanese skip is
having a look herself. So, just a
guard here from Eve. Centreline
would be OK.
So, it's fast becoming
a battle of the skips. It often is,
but given that there has been quite
open situations, when the two skips
come to the hack, and Eve Muirhead,
after a slightly wobbly start...
Starting to find her accuracy. Now,
just wants to get this right on the
centreline if she can.
Got to sweep
it now... Got to take it a little
bit further if they can... We might
actually have just given a glimpse
therefore the yellow to be pushed
onto the red.
onto the red. She did say she wanted
to split the line, but I think
probably closer, so it's more
difficult for Japan. We have left I
think all of that yellow visible. It
has to be hit properly, fully on the
nose, to... Yeah, we can see the
angle better from that camera angle.
But if she had sit fully on the
nose, it won't be shot. Unless if
she does hit it and it takes the
British stone at the back out as
well. I think she was just looking
to catch it slightly off centre.
Well, Dave stayed off this
Yeah, don't want to lose
Well, that's another
mistake there from the Japanese
skip. They're just about lying
second shot there. At that British
stone is still there, Eve Muirhead
with one to play. She must be
getting a little frustrated with
herself. I thought she was going to
play that with a bit more weight.
Even at that weight I'm not sure it
would have moved.
I think if she had
made a fuller connection with the
yellow she might have got a bit of
momentum, but when you just catch
the edge, you don't get that
momentum running through the stone.
Talking about momentum, there has
been a bit of a shift towards Great
Britain in this match - it is still
tied up, but the last three ends, it
has been Britain who have been in
the driving seat. So, Eve Muirhead
just wants to come in on the top of
the 4ft here, on the other side.
Yeah, if we can get both of these
level, then it is a really difficult
shot for Japan.
shot for Japan. So, we really wanted
to be level, but we've come just in
behind it, so there is an
opportunity for Japan to hit that
and remove both of them.
thing I would say is, the red stone
at the back is lying ahead of the
other two yellows.
Yes, it is.
head hurts! It is lying third shot!
Anyway it is ahead of the two
yellows, it is closer! I think what
Eve has got to keep doing here, as
we've seen the Japanese skip is
struggling, and Eve just has to keep
asking the questions, keep saying to
Fujisawa, come and make the shot.
Keep the pressure on.
Again, if she
doesn't get this right, then the
British stone is going to stay,
we'll get the steal.
There is a high
red card out there, got to get past
the guard... Is she passed the
It might just get by. But
not enough, we could be two here.
Did Anna just move
It went out of the
That's going to be three,
then. This could be a huge
turnaround for Great Britain. Eve
Muirhead set that up and I think
Anna Sloan set it up as well, some
nice play from the whole team, Vicki
Adams played a couple of nice shots
early in that end. So, all of a
sudden, a complete change around in
this match. Japan have not managed
to score since the second end and
from being 3-1 down, Great Britain
now, after six pence, lead 6-3. And
the skip for Japan is having a bit
of a shocker.
Number she's certainly
not stepping up to the mark today,
that's for sure. And you're right,
we've been putting the pressure on
constantly, and she just hasn't been
answering the question. A really
great end from Great Britain, and
that will have boosted their
confidence into the last four ends
that we've got to play.
be looking elsewhere at all because
they have got to concentrate on
this, but I will keep you up to
date. And there have only picked up
one when they had the hammer in the
sixth end, so China still leader
that one. USA, after Korea took four
in the fifth, they're 6-3 down
against Korea. So far, so good.
It has gone a little bit quiet
amongst the Japanese contingent.
There were a lot of smiles and good
chatter and communication earlier
on. Inevitably, they must be
feeling... Well, I would think the
first two must be thinking, we
haven't done anything wrong here, or
not much one. You win together and
you lose together.
you lose together.
Japanese team were setting
themselves up really well in the
first half of this game. And there's
nothing you can do if your skip is
not having a good game, you've just
got to keep persevering and hope
that she comes good. And really that
was the only difference at the
beginning of the game, and we were
holding ourselves in there. But that
sixth end there was really well
played. Japan, giving us the option,
by leaving their centre guards on,
that's really strange, they did that
in the fifth and sixth as well, and
for me, strategically is now playing
the wrong game.
That's what happens
under pressure, you're not thinking
straight. Although they were
leading, after about the third end,
it was almost as if... They were not
being defensive but we were in the
driving seat and they were getting
drawn into what Great Britain was
trying to do, and they were not
thinking straight, not making the
simple decisions. I still think,
when your skip is starting to
struggle, and more often than not it
is the skip who has got to make the
shot decisions as well, then your
team is going to struggle. Still
time for Japan to turn this around,
though, this is the seventh end. The
good news again, if you're just
getting up this morning to this
crucial match between Great Britain
and Japan, it has all been turned
around, it's going well, and Great
Britain will have the hammer... I've
been saying who is going to have the
hammer in which end but it just
hasn't worked out that way. But at
the moment it would be the eighth
and the tenth, which would be good.
Always the danger, watching the men
this morning when they took a big
lead, they then increased it. Just
keep the pressure on. If the job is
not done here by any stretch of the
imagination, they have the play as
if it was still 3-3. You have two
manage the scoreboard. In terms of
A little harder for Japan to hide
behind that high yellow god, just
edging it out. As a result we can
see it clearly and she will want to
Vicki played a couple of really good
shots in the previous end.
That is OK.
A decent position.
Unfortunately it has come behind the
team line, and opportunity for Japan
to sit on it. I think they would
have liked to have kept it further
across the sheet -- T-line.
Yumi Suzuki here. It is looking all
right. Getting it as far as they
Not quite getting there, not bad
Still just missing their shots a
little bit. When it comes to the
skip, there's little Mrs mean so
much more. -- misses. Eve Muirhead
has her arm out, it looks wide on
They still have two breads lined up,
pushing the yellow outcome still
lying shot, not quite the result Eve
was after. Nevertheless, not too
One of the things that people maybe
don't realise, Eve Muirhead, her
standing in the sport is very high.
There is a lot of respect for her
abilities as skip internationally.
When other skips come up against Eve
when she is starting to play well,
that must have a bearing on how they
play. When it comes down to the last
three ends, they note Eve Muirhead
has the ability if she is playing
well to make the big shots and the
Playing against a skip with her
credibility, it can be a point or
two on the board before you have
started because the position may be
scared of who they are playing.
-- the opposition. Almost there, not
quite getting right on top of that
red, let us see what Eve is
We are hearing a lot of the other
players, you don't need a microphone
Anna Sloan's voice is telling the
I don't occasionally be odd word
slips in that shouldn't do, it is
from the players. They all have
microphones. If they do show their
frustration in a way they shouldn't,
there is usually a word from the
umpire at some point.
It is not us!
Hopefully we have a
good crowd watching at home this
If you are getting up for work, hang
in there. If this match goes on for
an extra round it will go on the
That could be quite good. A nice
shot. But we don't want you to be
late getting into work or score.
It is score holidays. If there are
any young kids watching if they are
Did you ever get up this early on
your score holidays?
If they are up.
I did. And they will be up to watch
the curling. And if mum and dad want
to take you to the curling, please
go to the Internet and look at the
try curling website, and find a
curling rink close to you. Take your
kids along or even yourself to have
a go. And the BBC inspired website,
for ideas on how to keep yourself
A nice shot, she is controlling
It is still sitting out there, she
got a little nick from the first
red, trying to get inside. If she
had just got past that and pushed
that redback and gone in a little
bit, it would be much better for
We either have to take that hit on
the nose rather than avoiding it,
which is a good call. On the topic
of spreading the love for curling,
the World Junior Championships will
be taking place in Aberdeen, from
3-10 March. Any youngsters or
parents who want to watch shone
Julia Carling, for McCutcheon watch
some junior curling. I will be
perfectly to watch and support the
Scottish teams playing in that. A
great opportunity to see some of
these elite athletes playing at the
top of their sport.
We have many world junior champions,
former world junior champion is here
taking part in the Olympics. So you
might be -- you might see future
Eve was a five times
junior world champion. All of these
kids with huge omission to be the
best and get to the Olympics games
and win a medal.
and win a medal.
I am being told
those World Junior Championships you
can see on the BBC sport website.
That is fantastic. If you are in the
crowd, we will spot you there.
crowd, we will spot you there. That
is good news, coverage of curling,
every Olympics, everybody gets
excited about it, and good to see
the junior World Championships. The
next Winter Olympic Games in
Beijing. The World Championships are
held every year. Usually in March.
March- April. The Olympic curling,
edition... Actually, let us talk
about that later. This is important.
Fujisawa facing these three British
stones, Eve Muirhead has played
well. One more stone to go. Tried to
get two. She has done well.
might have the chance to run that
Both on the same side, if Eve can
lift these than the two yellows, we
can put the pressure back on again.
Remind me to come back to that. It
is not a hard question, just
Eve Muirhead has played some smart
shots in the last three, and Buffer
ends, attempting to remove both
these yellows, if she can get these
right -- the last three or four
Well, sadly, it just didn't move
that yellow stone enough to be lying
to move beyond the two British
rates. A chance for Japan -- reds.
That was close. This will put Japan
) in it. With a one shot lead, three
to go. She has got to be accurate.
She has to be careful. She wants to
roll in. If she over Carlos, she
could jam it back onto her own
Fujisawa, needing to find a good
shot. She has not been playing well
at all. They are not touching this
at all. They are trying to hold it
now. Where is that going? It might
just hang on. It will. Japan get
their two and we now have a match
which is much closer. It looked as
if that Britain might limit them to
one, Eve Muirhead couldn't quite get
the double take out, just missing
the back stone, didn't quite catch
enough of it. After seven ends, one
shot in it. Great Britain will have
the hammer in the eighth and the
Your question? At the Olympic Games,
everyone is getting interested in
curling, men and women together, the
World Championships, you always have
in separate venues. Wouldn't it be
more interesting from a television
perspective Round The World Yacht
Race to have the World Championships
with the men and women playing
That is how it should be. But the
sponsors... The last time I
played... I won't mention any names
of sponsors, the last time I played
in the World Championships in 2004,
that was the last time men and women
play together. It makes it difficult
for the coaches, the ice people,
support staff. You have senior and
mixed doubles men and women, a lot
of events. It has been done to
create sponsors taking individual
championships. They tried a
championship in Canada and Europe. I
liked it, it was better for the
audience to watch both. The world
Federation decided to keep it
Does that help? I was just curious
why you wouldn't put the two
Like everything in life, it comes
down to money.
It makes it more attractive to
television around the world to have
them together which would help with
sponsorship. Anyway, it was a
question well answered!
We've still got a real match on
here, three ends to go. They will be
looking to restore their lead of
three with eight good end here.
Lauren Gray, the lead, just outing
that stone on the left-hand side of
the house as they look at it. You
can see the comparison between the
two leads the younger of the Yoshida
sisters has played well, so has
Lauren Gray. It has been at the
other end of the Japanese team,
really, that things have been a bit
of a struggle. Although they managed
to get the two in that previous end.
So, long guard put out there. Quick
update, elsewhere, Korea still
leading 6-4 over the USA. China
blanked the seventh end and have
taken the hammer into the eighth.
They still lead 5-4 over Canada.
Canada having picked one up in the
That is a little error there.
She must have under thrown that and
we have tapped the yellow in.
Still got plenty of people in
watching this, a really good
atmosphere. USA fans chanting,
Korean fans responding.
Korean fans responding. And Canada
against China. So, a butler mistake
there from Lauren. Yumi Suzuki
trying to capitalise, coming all the
way round. That's a decent draw from
her. I love it how they go, nicer!
So, this is where we see the
different game play wheel
previously, Japan would have ignored
the centres, but Eve being well
educated in the strategy of the
game, quite happy to clear up the
front here. Great Britain have got
That's worked out pretty well.
That's not so much of a danger,
particularly having cleaned things
out a little bit up front.
has taken them all away from the 4ft
area, that red circle.
improved matters. Important that we
get the two, or at least we keep
control of this match now, having
got ahead. Three ends left. Keep
scoring, and you win this. That's
sat just about on the button.
probably a foot too far, but we're
not going to worry about that,
because we're going to use some of
the reds out the front to come onto
it. The girls having to shout quite
loud to each other machine the
crowds are cheering on their local
Yeah, every time we
come to the conclusion of an end, as
we did just there, then there's a
bit of noise. Korea have picked up
one, so that's 7-4 now, so the crowd
are staying pretty happy. That Adams
just having to concentrate, lock all
of that out. -- Vicki Adams.
Nice shot. Took a yellow in the
house out as well.
It did. Well,
this is cleaning up quite nicely at
the moment. Fujisawa looking to
replace that. She has that shot on
the button, is deal to make it as
difficult as possible for Eve
Muirhead to get there. Still four
Great Britain's men had a
comfortable victory over Norway this
morning, which set them up nicely,
as they've now won five matches. The
British women want to join them on
the same score, which would put them
in a good position in the table.
Their last match is against Canada.
Canada, of course, pregames medal
favourites, who have been struggling
in this round robin competition.
They're at three and three, but they
are trailing China at the moment,
although it is close. So, Great
Britain really want to win this one
against Japan. Although they won't
be too concerned looking elsewhere,
it would be very good for the
British cause if Korea were to beat
USA. And they're leading 7-4 at the
moment. And if China were to beat
Canada. So, let's listen to Eve
here. They have asked for a
PLAYER: I just think we've got a
chance to move it from here...
chance to move it from here...
that be an option...?
Can you get
I think you're always leaving
one up here.
I'm just worried if we
go for that and miss it and they
If you miss that and they
go there... That's completely
different between the two shots.
can't we just peel the tight one?
That's not bad.
Right now, half a
stone, that's my only...
to move it at one point. You want to
move it, who you're thinking half?
You don't think that's out there?
The only thing I'm thinking is, we
could move it and if we do that,
that's fine, too.
You're going to
choke up the draw, that's all.
just think we need to score here.
think if we go for...
going to go for it, try and get that
We almost want them coming to
try to get a shot around that.
you do that what's she going to do?
I think she might come here.
STEVE CRAM: Well, they only had
three seconds left there when they
finally seemed to reach some sort of
conclusion! So, my latest new term -
choke off the draw!
JACKIE LOCKHART: Yeah, we're
learning all the new terminology
from the Canadians! There is the
difference of bringing in a Canadian
into the strategy of it. The girls
thought they were going to peel off
the top guard but they didn't want
to because they thought it was too
He has asked them to
do that, yeah. Well, there is still
that red out there, it is a long way
out. He is -- Eve is going to have
to be accurate.
I'm not sure that's
But he was very concerned, I
think he's thinking Eve needs to be
able to draw for digital.
what was really difficult was, the
guards were all in a line down the
playing field, and it is really
difficult to get those two out
without staying yourselves, and
that's what we saw happen. The Great
Britain stone has stayed in front
and it is still acting as a centre
guard for Japan.
Still got three
stones left. This one is just about
going to get round, is it? Not
quite. Still helping protect that
yellow. It's a long way down there,
Yeah, they had to be much,
much closer to the house. This is a
slightly off macro angle, so it
should be much easier to lift both
of them, and roll yourself to open
up that 4ft.
So, Anna Sloan, trying to take both
of these are, her own and the
Would have been nice if that
had hit that one as well! Didn't
quite go across, it's still sitting
out there. At least it's not right
on the centreline, gives them
something to work off as well. I
think she's just going to try and
replace the guard. So, this is when
the skips, we've said about
Fujisawa, her team really need her
to find her accuracy here. Because
she's been struggling all the way
through, and particularly...
through, and particularly... She's
running at 61% average across the
shots generally. So, Eve is just
coming to check ice that they take.
Standing right behind the brush
being held by Yoshida.
being held by Yoshida. So, Fujisawa
is trying to put a guard back in.
She just wants to stop on the
Write down the middle of
the sheet there. Not bothered about
being in the house.
Well, it's 6-5. If you do get just
one, then a lead of two with two
ends left, not a bad position to be
in, you would normally take that,
particularly with having the hammer
in the final end.
in the final end. If they were to
blank the ninth, they would still be
needing their two.
So, Eve can't see
any of, she would have to play like
a back ring weight to come onto the
top of it and just tap it back. We
have to be careful that we get the
right line of the stone machine if
they tapped off it, then it is an
easy stone for Japan to remove.
Eve Muirhead hoping to continue in
the way in which she's been playing.
This is going to be tight again...
It needs to be tight, but... Looking
all right, for line.
Just taps it back six
inches, and it's still just above
the tee line. Is she going to try
and come in off the side?
and come in off the side? There was
a bit of acai there!
They haven't used a time out yet.
desperately won't want to lose a two
here, and we have given ourselves
every opportunity of picking up a
two in this end. The trouble is,
there's a red high out of the house,
and it's whether you can get enough.
Yeah, she can see enough of it.
Well, it is an ambitious looking
shot she's after again here. That's
where you need to hit it, right
She can afford to be a little
on the inside, because she is going
to run... I don't know if there is a
hole in between the red and yellow,
but she might just catch one of them
and stay in that area.
and stay in that area.
got to be incredibly accurate here.
She's just trying to see where... I
think she was kind of hoping to play
one of those shots, the yellow comes
across, hits her yellow and rebounds
back into the red and pushes it back
of the button.
Yeah, because the red
and the yellow on the outside,
they're too flat. She's almost going
to have to use her own yellow here.
And she will hope to get a rebound,
she wants to catch that yellow which
is on the red in the 4ft and rebound
back into the red.
It is a big shot and it would be a
cracking shot if it comes off.
Satsuki Fujisawa trying to limit
Great Britain's opportunity to get
two. She needs plenty of weight with
this to get around the red in the
right way. It is tight.
Just catches it. Just catching the
That makes things a lot easier for
Eve Muirhead. All the way down that
was looking close.
She didn't have
to be as tight. She was wanting the
inside of her yellow to come off and
get a big enough load to get into
the centre of the house. An
opportunity for us to pick up two.
Eve Muirhead has forced the
situation herself, it is up to her
to make it work. That yellow is
She doesn't want to chip her own
One is better than none. --
her own red.
This is really high at
I would rather that than
the other way. She wants to bring it
in now. I am not sure it has got
enough on it. Not good enough. What
she was doing is airing on the side
of caution. Only getting one.
They will get the hammer in the
final end. At the moment, it is a
two shot lead.
two shot lead. Eight end completed.
Two to go. You can see Eve was
thinking, I do not want to move my
own red out of shot position, she
needed to be a little wider to run
through to the yellow on the back.
Not quite there on that occasion.
That previous stone she played was
good. A mistake again, another from
the Japanese skip leaves Great
Britain still in control.
Elsewhere, China have picked up one
in the eighth. All to play for. 6-4
in favour of China over Canada.
Canada have the hammer in the night.
Korea still in charge of their
match, over USI, 7-4 -- USA.
match, over USI, 7-4 -- USA. Good
morning everybody at home tuning in.
Tuning into a little bit more
curling, having your breakfast. And
watching these teams who have had a
good condition, Japan really have
surprised a lot of people to be in
contention. Their last two matches
against Great Britain and
Switzerland. A good position coming
into this with five wins, but no
guarantee five wins and four bosses
would get them through. Great
Britain have to win this first
against Japan, then they face Canada
with their final match, with a
record of five and four, would see
you in the tie-break match. Six and
three and you will definitely be
through. Five and four may be good
enough to go through.
USA picked up two over Korea, that
is still in the balance. Didn't look
as if that was going to happen. 7-6,
career lead. -- Korea. Japan with
the hammer. Those two stones coming
to rest side by side.
Yurika Yoshida, the younger sister,
two years younger.
Putting the two corner guards up.
A little short with that one.
After four stones played, then you
can remove the guards, they have
protected up to that point.
protected up to that point. Eve
Muirhead asking Vicki Adams to
remove this one.
I always think the last three ends,
that is when you see the good
players really come to the fore,
make their shots, the skips making
the right decision. Reading the
game, we the situation. Eve Muirhead
try to keep control of this.
Very much about managing the
pressure at this stage of the game.
Tactics here, Japan using these two
stones of Great Britain to sit in
front, make them hard to remove. A
corner will be the one that will
cause trouble. They need to get one
in behind. A little mistake or error
of judgment and Japan could have the
opportunity to create two.
They really want to hit this and
roll it out of the house.
Not the best position to be in, in
front of those stones. A little
mistake from Vicki.
Here are the permutations. Japan
will be hoping to get there another
two and tie it up, Great Britain
would have the hammer in the final
end and one would be enough to win.
Japan I don't think we'll be in a
situation where this end will end up
Anything other than a 22 for Japan
really is going to give Great
Britain a massive opportunity, even
if Japan were to steal, a little tap
back there, it wouldn't be enough to
And obviously if Great Britain got a
steal here, that would be a good
position to be in. We would be three
ahead. All of that to be played out.
In these next few minutes.
When you think that the Great
Britain after five games had only
two wins and three buses -- losses,
and a win here would be a massive
confidence booster. So what is she
thinking here, Eve?
They would like to get rid of both
of these killers but it might jam on
No more time outs for Great Britain.
Japan still get to use theirs. You
saw Glen Howard looking on, he will
leave it up to them now.
Little signals are not allowed.
Definitely not allowed.
little hand signals.
We have umpires on the ace and they
will be checking, looking up for
guidance from the coaches. They are
only allowed a one minute time-out.
That is OK.
Not bad, she says.
There is an
opportunity to catch the red and tap
the yellow back and push the read a
little bit. She went on to put too
much weight on it -- Push the red.
-- she won't want to put too much
weight on it.
A little bit of tap dancing here
That was a very gentle tap. Was the
yellow a target?
The red is safe in there at the
minute. It is the way the angles are
She is not going for that. The
decisions now, no time outs now, the
decisions have to be Eve's.
Eve just looking to take that centre
This is where her experience now
tells you, do you always forget she
has been to three Olympic Games and
multiple World Championships. These
guys are the current European
champions, of course.
champions, of course. Right on the
centre line. Just trying to protect
Now, Japan wanting to shift them out
of there. To try and get a clear run
in, a clear look at what is going
on. They desperately need their two,
I think she has overthrown this.
She has jammed it on. Again, the
mistakes have been there. If you are
just tuning in, a difficult start
for Great Britain. They only picked
up one with the hammer in the first
end. Japan managed to pick up three
in the second end. 3-1 up at that
point. We clawed our way back into
it. Got it to 3-3 at the halfway
point. Great Britain answered with a
three, a steal of three. That lead
of 6-3. Since then, they had been
trading scores. It has been the
mistakes from Japan that Great
Britain have been able to capitalise
on to put them in this position.
We have to make sure to guard this
up. We don't want to leave that
yellow open and let Japan get to tap
That might look a long way away but
from where we are sitting... It is
making the line into that yellow
very difficult indeed. With Great
Britain line shot here, the idea is
to try and force or get Japan... She
still thinks she can see that
through that tiny gap through there.
Enough to get a stone through but
this has got to be good. What she is
looking at here is kind of a turnout
across the centre line.
A clockwise rotation down the centre
line, turning towards the right. She
has a high red guard to manipulate,
a yellow in the house, this has got
to be a great shot.
Very difficult. She will try to
swing through this gap between the
Is she there?
her own. Tapping it in but not
enough. Still an opportunity, Great
Britain still have shot. That was a
brave shot to take on. She almost
made it. Just that little neck. All
these things make a difference, it
alters the angle for the second
stone, just to them. She wasn't able
to move the British stone, just
glanced it. Great Britain still
We need to guard up. Soon she can't
get to the one.
If she knows it is this
She is looking for the run back.
can't cover both options, either
choose to cover the run back and
leave her with the draw to the one
foot, 481. Kocher I would rather
that, because that is one, and you
have the hammer for the final end.
Eve Muirhead settling for safety
Don't line them up, don't line them
Well, that's the option.
know where the red at the top of the
house is going to go.
Would you just
not play the draw here?
If she gets
this right, she could actually have
two yellows in the house, but...
could go horribly wrong as well.
Here we go, then. You're going to
see some stones moving around here.
She haven't given that much weight,
She's still trying the same
She can't see any of those
stones, Chouly?! That's going to
catch the red...
So, a steal of one
for Great Britain.
And that might
well be the match here for Great
Britain, with one more end to go. I
don't think she could see hardly any
of that yellow. She could see two or
three inches first-time and she
didn't make that. She could at least
have had a go to draw in for the
one. She didn't make it,
one. She didn't make it, so another
steal for Great Britain, things
looking good for Great Britain.
Well, that was smart from Eve
Muirhead. There might have been the
opportunity for her to move those
stones around, the Rossi was there
but she didn't fancy it. She was
really going for that yellow do you
I think she was going to chip
the red out.
But she had hardly any
weight to do that, either.
it was a big call.
it was a big call.
Muirhead won't be complaining about
that. Great Britain have taken this
match and turned it around from the
second end after a disappointing
start. They have got their act
together, Eve in particular. And so,
with Japan needing three here, Great
Britain won't be giving them
anything to work with. So,
excitement elsewhere as well. Korea,
in the ninth end, still leading USA
sevensix. And Canada are still
trailing China by one. They picked
upper one in the ninth. So, China
have the hammer and are leading by
That could have a real
Well, let's just put it
this way. If, and it is still and
if, Great Britain beat Japan here,
then Great Britain could put Canada
out of these Olympic Games if they
were to be them in the final match
of the round robin. Got to win this
match first, of course. But a win
against Canada would guarantee Great
Britain in the semifinals, and if
Canada lose that much - there's a
lot of ifs here...
The point about Eve and her team is,
they've got into a winning habit
now. If they win this one, it's
three in a row. Two guards being put
up by Japan. Cheers are ringing
round for the match involving Korea.
I'll tell you what they've scored in
that ninth end - in fact they've
scored two, so they look in charge
there as well. That's a good result
for Great Britain as well, Korea
leading over USA, in the sense that
Korea go marching on if they win
that one, top of the table, but it
puts paid to the USA's chances of
getting past Great Britain. So far,
Yeah, and sport is all
about peaking at the right time, and
if I'm looking at this team down
here, I think it is now doing that
now. The team as a whole are all
starting to perform well.
like about this team is, the three
that gave up in that second end,
didn't start the match well, there
wasn't any sense of panic, there
wasn't any sense of looking at each
other going, what are we doing,
guys? It was just calmly going about
their business and waiting for the
opportunities to arise, forcing bad
shots from Japan. And they came, and
when they camp other jumped all over
it and got that big score in the
sixth end, when they picked up three
and turned the match around. And all
they need to do here is to make sure
they don't do anything silly, and
every stone that gets sent down
here, every takeout, Japan have to
score three to tie this up. And Eve
Muirhead will be trying to make sure
that doesn't happen.
So, the first one in. So, what Eve
Muirhead will do is just remove the
Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Lauren
Gray, they've all played their part
in this victory and indeed in the
big match yesterday, that was a
great team performance. Smiles all
around from Vicki. We hardly ever
see and are without a smile. And
they know that they're close to
wrapping this one up. Just no
mistakes from here on in.
Chinami Yoshida. Japan still have a
chance of qualifying, even with this
defeat, depending on how results go
elsewhere. I say that, they haven't
lost it yet.
lost it yet.
They need a three.
know, just not giving it away yet!
This time I'm positive!
Be impossible for Japan to get
three. -- becoming increasingly
impossible. How do you assess this
I think the
girls came out and Japan put some
pressure on, but the girls reacted
straight back and kept themselves in
the game. As much as Japan have made
the error is, we've capitalised
every time they've made these
errors, so that's a positive that we
want to keep moving forward. The
team dynamics are strong, the
communication is good, and Eve is
playing really well. I can see she's
got that confidence back, and I
think she was missing that in the
start of the week, so I'm really
positive about these girls
definitely making the play-offs, and
after that it is a whole new ball
Well, one of the keys to this
victory as well as that Japan have
five wins already, Great Britain
would move to five if we wrap this
up. Japan have one more match, so do
Great Britain. So, if Japan ended up
with 5-4, they could still qualify
themselves, but the fact that we've
beaten Japan in the round robin,
even if we had the same record, if
it came to a choice between the two,
then we get ranked higher because of
the round robin result of.
the round robin result of. --
result. So, they will play these
stones out. Have you ever seen
anyone get a score of three from a
situation like this?
Well, we would
have to have a clean miss.
have to have a clean miss. Never say
never, but you just make sure, the
same routine, clean your stone, get
Yeah, I think Fujisawa will probably
walk off the ice today and probably
apologise a little bit to her team.
She hasn't been the best, she's been
playing very well in the
competition, but not today, and it's
been as much her mistakes as anyone
else. That's what the skip is
therefore. You can make the big
shots and win it for your team, but
if you're not playing well, then the
full glare of the spotlight is on
you. Well, it hasn't been a nice
performance, sadly, for her. And
Great Britain should wrap this up
here. Eve Muirhead just needs to
take one out here and then it's all
So, Eve Muirhead, ready to put the
finishing touch to what's been a
superb performance by the British
women. They had to win this match
against Japan. After a difficult
start, they got it together, and
they've played very well indeed. And
there is the handshake. Great
Britain have won three in a row now
from a record of two and three after
five matches, they now have five
wins from their eight games, just
one match left against Canada. That
much could guarantee them a slot in
the top four. Even with the five
wins now, they are in a pretty good
position but they would want to
guarantee it in the match against
Canada. Well done to Eve Muirhead
and her team. Really good
performance. All turned around in
the sixth end. Great Britain win
this one against Japan.
Eyelid a great win for for the women
and the Team GB men were on the ice
as well this morning and they were
in a similar position, knowing they
needed to win their remaining two
matches to ensure safe passage
through to the semifinals. It was a
really assured performance from Kyle
Smith's rink against the Norwegians,
they won it 10-3 and afterwards they
spoke to Steve Cram. Adulation is,
guys, another great one at, do you
think that was your best
I would say so
probably. There was a couple of
slack ones but we always need to
apply the pressure afterwards, so
really pleased with that
You were out of the
blocks like Usain Bolt, in the
Yeah, good start, be managed
to win the hammer and get a good
three on the board straightaway.
Yeah, it is great to get a head
start like that and we managed to
keep it going, which was good.
of course, now, you're sitting in a
very double position in terms of
qualification, because you know it's
in your hands, which is always what
you want, one more win and you are
Exactly. If we knew that we
were coming into the last game of
the round robin and it was in our
hands we would be happy. We have put
ourselves in a great position and we
just need to do the job tomorrow.
really technical question - do you
think you play better in red?
my favourite colour, to be honest! I
really enjoy playing in red!
saying that you played so well
today, maybe it would have been good
to have been coming back tonight but
I guess it is a case of gathering
yourself ready for tomorrow?
it is actually quite nice to have a
bit of a break for the rest of the
day because it has a bit rental and
relentless, to be honest. It feels
like we have not had a lot of time
off so it will be nice to relax and
support the girls later run and get
ready for tomorrow.
Well, good afternoon. From
Pyeongchang, we are heading into the
late afternoon here in South Korea.
Plenty of action so far today. Here
is what has happened on day 11 so
far in Pyeongchang. Great Britain's
men are making their debut here but
they are looking a good bet for an
Olympic medal after thrashing former
world champions Norway 10-3 in their
penultimate round robin match today.
Canada's pre-event favourite Cassie
Sharpe lived up to her billing by
taking halfpipe told in a dominant
performance at the Phoenix Snow
Park. Britain's Rowan Cheshire
finished a hugely creditable
seventh. Ryan Donato scored twice as
the USA beat Slovakia 5-1 to book a
spot in the men's Olympic ice hockey
quarterfinals, where they will play
Czech Republic. The GB pair narrowly
missed out on qualifying for the
men's halfpipe final. The American
trio topped the pile.
trio topped the pile. The
Pyeongchang Olympics has had its
third failed drugs test. The Court
of Arbitration for Sport has
announced that the Slovenia men's
ice hockey player has tested
positive for a banned substance. He
has accepted the violation and will
leave the Olympics within 24 hours.
Elise Christie on the ice this
morning, spending an hour on her
skates, the first time back at since
injuring herself in the 1,500 metres
semifinal. She said she is on her
way to the Ice Arena ahead of the
1000m heat which she hopes to take
her place on the start.
We have had so many stories of sheer
strength, resilience and willpower
at these Games and we have another
in the ski half pipe. Rowan Cheshire
four years ago was training in Sochi
ahead of making her Olympic debut
when disaster struck. A heavy fall
led to severe concussion. Her
Olympic dream was over but more
worryingly was her condition. She
went home, got back on her skis but
the suffered another 22 concussions
leading to severe side effects. She
has been on the road to recovery and
is back now, fulfilling her Olympic
dream. It has been a huge effort
from her. Before these games, we
went to meet her.
I was feeling really confident about
my skiing and fitness. I was going
into it really happy. I don't
remember the crash actually
happening. I don't remember the
hospital, it was only in the morning
I have any recollection. With
something like a concussion, and you
can't remember it, it is always
scary when you can't remember, so
you can't think how you can fix it.
It happening again.
The first of three concussions, that
was in Fabbri 2014, what was the
After that one, I went away in
October, September time. I ended up
hitting my head again. And then
again the following year in the same
place. The third one was where it
really hit me, it was very scary how
I reacted, starting with the
Did you feel yourself changing in
the way you dealt with situations?
Yes, definitely. Normal things as in
travelling, I wouldn't travel by
myself, which I am used to. I
wouldn't leave the house. It gave me
a lot of anxiety doing normal daily
things. I would get overly emotional
about situations you wouldn't
normally. Very not with it. Just not
there. A lot of people with
concussions do go through those
things. It is tough mentally to
think, why am I feeling like this, I
the only one? Having that
reassurance you are not the only
one, it gets better in time, it
takes a while to heal itself.
You are still very young. The
experiences of the last three and a
half years, has it changed your
enjoyment of skiing?
It did. It really did. I remember I
told my dad I don't want to do it
anymore and burst out crying. I was
so sad about it. Clearly I don't
want to quit if I'm going to be that
sad. With that fear, a flip to your
head, it takes away the fun. Finding
that enjoyment and getting the
adrenaline back was a big thing for
It is there now, it is obvious.
Definitely, I am enjoying it so
Looking to Pyeongchang, what are
I really want a medal, that is one
of my goals. Just see how it goes.
But not trying to think about it too
much. Hopefully it will come
together, you never know.
Not only has she had to battle
through all that to be hit in
Pyeongchang, she has also had an
ankle injury in the build-up. She
wants a medal and after the
qualifying was safely through to the
final today where anything can
happen. Let us head to the Phoenix
Snow Park and join our commentary
Rowan Cheshire, I am pleased to say
sat next to me is the man of the
moment James Woods.
How is it going?
Good to have you
here. Perfect timing.
The best seat in the house.
Cheshire, battling back from that
horrendous concussion in Sochi. But
she has made it to the Olympics and
is about to drop in for the first
She needs to put down a solid score
on the board. The best attitude we
have seen so far.
That was lovely. A great first run.
Definitely got the most attitude we
have seen so far. And she has got a
nine in there. She has upped the
difficulty. 75.4. She slots in
behind Demidova, the Russian. Brita
Sigourney, wearing the number one
bib for a reason, she leads the
World Cup standings.
If you are coming into this, me
coming into this, with inside
knowledge, this is really, for me,
the battle for the win.
She is going big, huge.
She wants this, doesn't she?
had so much travel, that is
technical difficulty in a nutshell.
To rotate up the pipe and travel
back down it.
Exactly. A beautiful one. I got the
It is simmering, turn the gas down!
It will catch in a minute!?
I am too
Absolutely a given. Look at that.
Amazing. It is a very difficult
thing the whole judging and the
points. The essence of it is to look
at the placings. The score is just a
little communication from the judges
to the riders. 89.8, that is telling
me the judges are telling her get
those grabs and you will be well up
Marie Martinod with her first
grabbed, 33-year-old mother of one.
Defying the mantra of action sports
and absolutely sling it.
They are known as youth sports but
they have been coming of age in the
last three decades. And age is just
a number for Martinod. A great first
run from the French woman.
Silver medallist from Sochi. She
skis out of her plan.
skis out of her plan. -- out of Le
We have said it, she skis clever,
she ticks the boxers, does exactly
what the judges want to see.
Cassie Sharpe coming out of
Vancouver Island. Her brother,
silver, and X games in snowboard
slope. The family very happy to have
at least one member in there.
You can see how clean and covered at
the she comes through this pipe. She
is taking the boxers for the judges.
That was beautiful, a beautiful last
You could not have rolled a bowling
ball more smoother than that.
It just hit the transition. A
fantastic run. Lots of switches,
solid, consistent grabs.
Amazing skiing. The last woman to
drop in the first run of the women's
skiing half pipe finals. Cassie
Sharpe takes the lead with 94.4.
Cassie Sharpe, 94.4. Chased very
closely by Marie Martinod and Brita
Sigourney. Rowan Cheshire making it
into the top six after the first
run, creeping up a couple of places
Marie Martinod. Those fantastic
Alpine themed pants from the 1970s,
she looks good.
A lovely style from Martinod on the
first hit, upping the technicality
with the second.
You can see how
confident she is feeling after
landing that first run.
Giving the cable cam operator a
headache, the speed is there. Yes
exclamation mark she lands the ten.
The 33-year-old mother of one
absolutely destroying it here at
Wow, she has backed
the judges into a serious corner.
Oh, my goodness, not the improvement
we thought. I thought it would be
more. Cassie Sharpe. The judges have
not given themselves any room there
to put someone in between those two
A dangerous place to be.
learning the game right now.
Definitely the favourite to win, in
the lead already. Two more runs to
do some business.
A penultimate run and already in the
A big spin, first hit. A solid
grab. Going deep into the landing.
Turning into the flour.
How relaxed was that? 360, Switch,
down the pipe, 360. There is the
truck driver, really nice. And
finally finishing with a bang!
Oh, my gaze. Now we are talking. A
ten to finish. Everything in between
was big -- oh, my day.s Cassie
Sharpe has had her best run.
Cassie just boosted herself out of
top place, I reckon.
95.8! And improvement. And on the
buzzer. Cassie Sharpe. She has put
it out of reach of everybody else.
There are the standings after round
of the two. -- round two.
OK, Rowan Cheshire from Great
Britain drops in for her third and
final run. Currently sat in seventh
position, she has got the tools to
She will be feeling nervous
after missing that second run.
Starting nice and smooth.
Oh, no. She has fallen on the left
nine on the third hit. She had
swapped out the nine for the
alley-oop. She had scaled back. The
last four riders to drop are the
four top riders. Analisa Drew just
outside the medals, can she lay down
a score worthy of some metal?
Goodness, that was a massive 900.
She needs the run of her life to
upset the apple cart and so far it
is looking like that. A beautiful
Allee Bleue. -- alley-oop.
We need the fireworks here, wow,
that was clean.
that was clean. Ladies and
gentlemen, that was so clean.
Analisa Drew, regardless of score,
she can be incredibly proud of three
runs in the bag in the Olympic
final, a huge attribute to the
scheme. The judges will be staring
this run down and comparing it
exactly against Brita Sigourney.
So, Analisa Drew, the American was
on an 86.8, looking for something
She has got a point clear and is in
the medals for now. There are three
has accepted the violation and will
leave the Olympics within 24 hours.
It could be a very awkward flight
home on the USA team plane playing,
she's bumped her fellow countryman
out of the medals. And now, Brita
Sigourney has it all to do. This is
where you find out what you're made
of, when you thought you had a
medal, you got that close and now,
you've got to lay down a huge, clean
run, arguably the best run of her
life, under the most pressure.
has got be amplitude, the technical
difficulty, she's got the
confidence, she's got everything.
Brita Sigourney is the only person
in this field in my opinion who can
actually challenge Cassie Sharpe for
the top spot. And having been bumped
down to fourth place, how she's
going to deal with that is going to
be wicked interesting.
or motivation as Bass lets find out.
Huge alley-oop! Wow! Biggest air of
the day, was it?!
got that alley-oop 540 grab, and
that's what I like, that's the only
reason she was down on the points
Needs a fireworks here...
Oh, beautiful! So clean! Wow! Big
720 to finish!
That last 180, blind,
drops the skis into the pipe.
don't know where the judges go with
For me, I think she is
definitely in those medals now,
there is no way about it.
Absolutely. But I think it is better
than Marie Martinod, it was
definitely bigger than her run. And
we talked about the style and the
And the grabs on that
as well and.
That is the battle we
came to see. I'm sorry everybody
else but this is the battle we came
to see, and we came to see the rail
stars and this is it.
This is what
you hope for in a pipe contest. You
don't want anybody on a victory lap.
I think we're going to see something
Oh, my goodness!
I can't tell you how much I
respect Marie, that was an amazing
run. Obviously, the judges are
seeing things that we can't see.
Some grabs, not quite holding them
correctly, and I think that is what
the judges thought, to be honest.
Are we going to see the defending
silver medallist from France, Marie
Martinod, are we going to see her
now step up her game and bumped off
Cassie Sharpe from the gold medal
position? She needs the run of her
Told fever in women's ski
pipe finals. Marie Martinod is on
the hunt, with a 540... Brightside
The nine was so well measured.
Big flare, she's gone!
And you don't need to be a
rocket surgeon to do the maths on
So, Marie Martinod raises
her hands and celebrates a silver,
while at the top of the pipe, Cassie
Sharpe, high-fives for her coaches.
She lets the idea of a golden
settle...! So, back up to the top,
Cassie Sharpe. Her brother missed
out on the snowboard slopestyle team
and now Cassie Sharpe comes home
with a gold. What a fantastic day
for the family, and Canada.
Following up on lorry blew in's
silver in women's slope. Oh! And she
lets it go!
It's almost a relief,
that, isn't it? A bit of pressure!
We talk about fighting against
yourself, and Casilla... Oh, my
goodness! She is in such a zone
Beautiful! That is going
at the top of the run, I guarantee
you before the end of the season she
will be throwing back at the top of
the run. It is so, strong. Cassie
Sharpe, undoubtedly, emphatically,
taking gold here in the women's ski
halfpipe finals. A fantastic at all
but a performance that proved to be
head and shoulders above the rest.
but a performance that proved to be
head and shoulders above the rest.
Olympic champion, huge
congratulations, how does that feel?
It's incredible, it doesn't quite
feel real yet but I have put a whole
bunch of work into getting here so
it feels so good.
I think it is fair
to say that you've been passing it
since Oslo X-Games - how much
pressure were you under coming into
I mean, I definitely
felt the pressure, I felt the
expectation, but I just tried to put
as much time into preparing for it
and getting my run ready to land and
to beacons stint and to win it. I'm
really thankful that I did all the
Well, that was an
incredible standard from the women
on the halfpipe once again. I'm
delighted to say Rowan Cheshire has
joined us on the balcony. Welcome.
Congratulations, you're finally an
Olympian, it must make the last four
years' hard work seem worth it now
100%. It has been such a whirlwind
and to be able to come out here and
be able to put down a run is
I'm so happy and
to make the finals and to land a run
in the finals has been amazing, I
could not have asked for more book
not only have you had all of the
battles over the last four years,
you had a pretty serious ankle
injury not long ago as well, so
you've hardly skied very much in the
build-up to these Games? Yeah, so
last season I had a really good run
and then I injured my ankle, tour
the ligaments, in June and it ended
up being a bit more prolonged than I
thought. So I actually came back in
December and competed again. So,
yeah, it was pretty close!
seventh place into context. I think
you said yourself you were not
putting huge expectation on yourself
coming in, I think the hope was that
you would get to the final, but to
finish well within the top ten is a
Yeah, I just
wanted to land a run that I was
happy with and the training went so
well, I was just trying to enjoy the
experience and relax and chill and
take it all in, I didn't want to be
stressed and remember this
experience as a stressful one. The
run that I put down to make the
finals was just amazing.
emotional, but first run, knowing
that you can now officially call
yourself an Olympian?
definitely, I definitely could have
cried, definitely held it back! But
yeah, I was over the moon just to be
able to compete, it was just
We all see what you all do
and the halfpipe within the
freestyle skiing programme is
incredible, but when you have a big
accident like you had, how difficult
mentally is it to get back on the
skis and doing the tricks that
essentially have caused you paint?
Yeah, it is a difficult one with
head injuries as well because
obviously it affects your brain and
your mentality and you as a person,
really. Instead of just having a
physical injury, where your mental
state is kind of intact almost. But
yeah, it's really hard because
you've got the fear as well as one
of the anxiety around it and
obviously, when you're back on skis,
your brain is just like freaking out
in a sense, oh, my god, you're going
to hurt yourself again! Don't do it!
But it is just kind of practice, and
repetition, and getting the right
help that you need to.
When it was
at its worst, you did think about
quitting the sport - could you have
believed that you could have been
standing here now, delighted with a
seventh place finish in a Winter
seventh place finish in a Winter
Yeah, not really. I was in
a pretty bad place and I didn't know
if I was going to continue the sport
or anything like that. I never
thought I'd get back up to the
standard of today and could hit with
some of the top girls in the world.
I just didn't think it was going to
be possible. But yeah, I'm so happy
I DID continue the sport!
I bet you
are and we are delighted to see what
will happen over the next few years
and, as we look ahead to Beijing.
All the best. Thank you rejoining
us. If you were watching about ten
minutes ago, you will have seen that
it was a great win for GB's women
curlers on the ice against Japan.
Their destiny is now very much in
their own hands, as to whether they
will make the semifinals. Their last
round robin match is against Canada
tomorrow. But after this win, they
spoke to Steve Cram. Well, once
again, congratulations, good win. It
looked easy in the end, but it was a
difficult match early on?
It was. We
knew it was going to be a very tough
game. We gave them a lot of respect
and we played our own game and as
you say we went down a couple early
but we came back. We had a great
fifth and chat without coaches, they
must have done something well
because we came back with a three in
Three in a row, things
are looking good, Anna?
They are, it
is a cliche but we take one stone,
one game at a time. So, all these
wins are important now at this
stage. I'm really pleased with our
team performance out there. We were
solid and we were a good unit, and
we will try and do the same in the
Do you feel as though
things are coming together, Vicki?
Yeah, I think close games like that
make us stay focused and get totally
into the game, so if we can have
games like that and play to that
standard, then we're going in the
I have got to
hesitate here because the Canadian
team are standing behind you, but
Canada in the last much, you can
guarantee your place in the
semifinal, and you could also knock
Just as the girls were
saying, we will prepare the same way
for every match and give everyone
maximum respect, so we're going to
be doing the same thing for the last
game, exactly the same approach.
understand you saying that but you
would be putting out one of your
Of course we take
every game at a time. We give all of
the opposition all our respect and I
think it is important that we go up
a gear from now. Every game we have
got slightly better. That was two
back-to-back summer performances, so
we're feeling really good going into
tomorrow. And hopefully if we can
play great again, who knows what
Well done tonight. A
great win from them. And from the
Curling Centre, Jackie Lockhart
joins us live. A thoroughly
enjoyable game but also a hugely
important one - what does it now
meaningful the women's curlers ahead
of the final round robin match
I think it means
everything is in our hands. The
girls showed real professionalism
and they had a couple of little
tricky shots in the beginning where
they really had to dig deep to keep
themselves in the game, but
second-half of the game they came
out and performed really, really
well. We now face Canada in our last
game and we have a huge opportunity
to get ourselves into the play-offs
and to actually knock out the
Canadians, would not actually then
make the play-offs.
It is a huge
match and one which brings its
precious, but these girls know all
about pressure - how much their
experience counts tomorrow?
you heard the girls in their
interview. They give everybody due
respect to. Every player, every team
out there is due the respect because
they are at the top of their nation,
to come here and play, so they will
treat every game like that. And I
think the old rivalry between Great
Britain and Canada will show its
best tomorrow, and I'm looking
forward to a really good game. What
I will say is, the Canadians are not
playing well at all and they are
really struggling at the moment, so
if we can just keep our game plan as
it has been, we're getting stronger
every game we play, I think we could
be on for a winner.
Yeah, it is not
the same Canadian rink that won gold
four years ago - what do you think
is going wrong with them is in they
have been a bit indifferent so far?
I have not had a chance to speak to
them, but I'm not sure whether there
are not coping with the ice or
whether it is just the
whether it is just the pressure has
got to them because every Canadian
team who comes out here is fully
expect it to go back with an Olympic
gold medal. And that is a huge
pressure to carry on your shoulders.
And these girls just haven't coped
with it at all.
Let's go to the men
because the great British men's
teams were also on the ice today, a
huge win for them against Norway. Is
that the best performance you have
seen from Kyle Smith's rink?
and especially from Kyle himself. He
is really beginning to show form
having struggled a bit at the
beginning of the week. I know they
told him to relax and enjoy the
atmosphere and place good shots, and
that's exactly what he's doing, and
that is the Kyle Smith that we're
used to seeing. Again, the boys are
peaking at the right time.
inexperienced in terms of Olympic
participation but they are
incredibly experienced in terms of
playing the game of curling - do you
think it has just taken them a
little while to embrace being part
of the Olympics and believing that
they deserve to be competing here?
it is a strange thing to tell a
competitor how big this stage is at
the Olympic Games, and it has taken
the boys a while to get into the
match practice they need. They are
finding their form. Everything is in
their hands again. I have high hopes
for another play-off stage for the
A big day tomorrow. Do you expect
both teams to be lining up in that
Yes, without question. From the form
I have seen, I have my fingers
crossed and I am sure the nation
has, let us hope they are in the
We hope so.
Rank you. Eve Muirhead and her team
will take on Canada tomorrow just
after midnight, for the men, it is
the USA, just after five o'clock
These are pictures from the Ice
Arena earlier today. Elise Christie
on the ice. This could be good news
ahead of her 1000m heat. She spent
an hour on her skates, the first
time since injuring herself in the
1,500 metres semi. She said on
Instagram she is hoping to take her
place. We can get a lot more from
the Ice Arena, David spoke to Stuart
bang the performance director from
British speed skating.
Thank you for joining us. Elise has
said she will try to race, what does
that mean? It doesn't mean she is
definitely going to race.
That is correct. We have worked
really hard to get Elise into the
position she is in now. What we have
said is we will take each step as it
comes. She will get on the warm up
ice to see how the ankle is and make
a decision after that.
If you were too assessed her fitness
in percentage terms for the
A good question. We don't work in
percentages like that. I would say
she is strong, she is able to do the
majority of the things we would be
looking for in the 1000m. I would
say she will properly take to the
ice around 80-90% fitness.
We hit it is soft tissue damage.
What has happened?
As you say, soft tissue damage. That
means the muscles and ligaments
around the bones were affected from
the fall. There has been some
swelling which the team have really
managed really well. That is the big
factor about whether she can get her
foot in the boot which she showed
she could yesterday on the ice, and
Are you likely to look at her when
she gets on the ice and think,
80-90%, we will give it a go?
The decision is with Elise now. We
have done all our medical reviews at
HQ. The performance team and medical
team are happy with where she is at.
It is a confidence and safety thing
which is why she will get onto the
warm up ice and we will reassess and
make sure the ankle is a cake and
take it from there.
How late can you leave this
If you medically withdraw
an athlete all the races get
withdrawn -- redrawn, so it is fair
to the other competitors so we will
make that call around six o'clock
about an hour before racing.
As if an Olympics isn't challenging
enough, if elite gets on the start
line, what sort of challenge the she
face? Obviously not 100% fit. If you
were to quantify what extra
challenge it poses?
It is clearly a physical challenge
that we are overcoming. With 1000m
it is that halfway house between
tactical racing and speed. I think
we can expect at the start she will
probably not be heard normal rapid
start on this one. But she is able
to overtakes and passing. We can
expect a lease to throw all manner
of unknowns -- we can expect her to
face all manner of a nose but it is
her physical ability.
It is now Tuesday, if she gets
through this, the progress she has
made since Saturday, could she make
even further progress if she gets
through tonight to be nearly 100%
fit on Thursday or is that
It is early days. We need to deliver
today, see what racing does around
the ankle and reassess. We are
confident the progress she has made
over the last two days has been
really good and that is all we can
The physical side aside, she seems
quite chirpy on social media, is she
Yes, you know what she is like, her
usual playful self. She has been on
social media, wishing all the other
Team GB members good luck. She was
singing on the ice at training. She
is in as best a place as she can be.
That is good to hear and her injury
is improving, we hope to see her at
This is the Gangneung Ice Arena,
getting ready for tonight's speed
skating, the 1000m heat for the
females, and we are hoping Elise
Christie will be part of that. You
heard they will announce a final
decision about one hour before the
racing, around nine o'clock in the
morning view at home. We will bring
that news to you as soon as we get
We will stay on the ice. The men's
ice hockey has reached the knockout
stages. All of Buffer preliminary
play-offs matches will take place
today. The Olympic Athletes from
Russia, Canada and Sweden topped
their groups and qualified directly.
Alongside the Czech Republic as the
best place second.
These are the Rafa matches which
will determine who will play them.
-- the four factors. First up, the
USA against Slovakia, the winner
says is the Czech Republic. Here is
the best of the action with our
a real good read, intercepting on
A child right down the middle, going
wide. A second opportunity.
Following up! The third of the
tournament the him. And the pressure
from the Americans to start the
second session has seen them take
the lead in this game. This is an
elimination game and you need to
take your goals when you can.
Bourque had the first chance,
eventually breaks back out again.
And then they were able to find
themselves that goal and Donato the
man who scored it.
Troy Terry breaks in.
And losing his stick.
It could be
game over at the end of this next
five-minute period if the USA play
A quick shots, a quick goal. While.
-- Wow. 17 seconds on the two man
advantage. He waited for it. And it
was buried. Wisniewski scores. Are
they now on course for a place in
This was the only reason James
Wischnewski is on this hockey team
right now, all he does is play on
the power play is. For that one time
shot. A terrific shot, forcing the
forwards to respect him. He is able
to push it to the side.
to push it to the side.
for a third and they have got it.
Terry with another great play and he
picked out Mark Arcobello. What a
time to weigh in with his first of
the tournament. 26.5 minutes
remaining in this game and the USA
three goals to the good.
Watch the work from Troy Terry
there. He wins the battle behind the
net. And his head up, he recognise
Mark Arcobello jumping into the high
slot on and off his stick in a
second. What a play from Terry, no
chance for the net liner Lako.
The US clogging up the middle.
Thinking solo in the zone. And he
scores. -- sinking so low.
The deficit is cut to two goals and
the Slovakians are keeping on
Look at that rocket from Ceresnak.
Look at that rocket from Ceresnak. A
real nice power play from Slovakia.
Put right to the middle, good
defensive work. Sanguinetti did
well. A wonderful finish! A fourth
for the USA.
Great movement, out in front. The
Americans have really played a
perfect game. It really kept the
Slovakians forwards away from
danger. What a play there. As O'Neil
drops it off to Little. And hard at
the net. We talk about the quick
puck movement of the Americans,
their speed, letting the puck to the
work. They have done that in spades.
Another goal for the Americans. Lako
beaten absolutely clean. It is the
superstar of this American team,
Donato. He will enjoy the adulation,
he is having a superb tournament
The power of this shot.
It is one confident player right
there, coming down on his strong
side, head up, short side rocket.
Probably one that should be saved,
it may have been the sick that came
in from Ceresnak -- the stick.
Slovakia will bring that away,
potentially one last time.
And the US fully deserve this.
Really impressive performance from
the youngsters. They have been led
once again by Donato and team USA
are going to the quarterfinals of
this spends, edition. They have
worked so hard to ensure that they
would be moving on. And now they
have done it in some style.
A convincing win for the USA playing
the Czech Republic in the
We have had some disappointing news
from the ice hockey because we have
had a third failed drugs test
confirmed. The Court of Arbitration
for Sport have announced the
Slovenian men's ice hockey player
has tested positive for a banned
substance, he has accepted the
violation and will leave the lid
picks within 24 hours.
The second match of the play-offs
involves Slovenia against Norway.
The winner will play the Olympic
athletes of Russia in the quarters.
There was a goal earlier. Back with
Going across the zone and that is
over the top.
Another shop and a goal. Or is it?
It is. It took time for the referee
to recognise that. 28 seconds of the
power play. And Slovenia have
He needed three shots. The
first to bring right over the net.
You have got to love how the captain
tried for a third time.
Slovenia in charge of this game but
they find themselves short-handed,
the Slovenia is responding soap
world to the news that one of their
top players Jeglic will be leaving
the Olympic Village after accepting
a positive test.
Coming download for Norway, and
trying to clear it away. Toucher
A dropped stick causing a problem.
Making this a five on three power
play but the pass is poor, releasing
the pressure. Norway on this power
play are yet to get a telling shot
on target. Saved at the blue line.
Options either way.
Now they are looking at the net,
trying to threat it -- trying to
thread it back through.
Now in their own zone, going deeper.
That is a nice pass, can they work
something? Good defensive play.
something? Good defensive play. Sent
down the ice, and that will get rid
of some of the pressure. Really good
penalty kill for Slovenia here.
Slovenia doing a great job taking
away those lanes, some indecision
coming into the Norway forwards'
minds. Norway will look for the one
last chance... And that doesn't hit
the net. The big slap shot coming
late on the play, and Slovenia go
back to full strength again.
back to full strength again. Nice
play. And Norway will try and work
this one to the front.
this one to the front. Taken away
from Bastiensen, and now, Norway
will go back to centre rice.
in the quarterfinals at stake here,
with the Olympic Athletes from
Russia. Waiting in the wings. They
will play the winners of this game.
Hoff gets it inside. That didn't go
as far as they would have wanted,
and now, with a bit of speed they
come in hard to the offensive zone.
Big, splashing hit!
Big, splashing hit! Ticar... The
referee getting right in the way.
Seth, that was a real good example
of the size of the Slovenian forward
to and the trouble that they can
cause download in the Norwegian
zone. It was essentially a two on
three. Two Slovenians and three
Norwegians, and Slovenia was
controlling the play for quite some
time. And you can see Ken Ograjensek
shaking his head, you've got to hit
the net when you get an opportunity.
You hear coaches talking about that,
and he had a couple of chances on
this power play here, fired it wide
a few times.
How big an impact will
the news for the Slovenians of that
positive test on one of their
positive test on one of their stars
in Jeglic, how much of an impact
will it have had, because the news
broke just before the start of this
You cannot deny it, it will
have had a big impact, and Slovenia
has done a wonderful job to play
through this adversity, but they may
have had some sort of reports, but
really the announcement did not come
until right before this game
started. And so that was suddenly a
time for the coaching staff to make
adjustments and insert a different
flavour into the line up. It is just
a sad mark on ice hockey. This is
something which is going to be felt
throughout the WL HF and throughout
the rest of the Olympic Games. The
last thing that anybody wants is
doping violations after everything
then went around with the Russians
and now the Olympic Athlete from
Russia team. So it is a black mark,
for sure, and Slovenia is trying
their best to try to wash it away as
soon as they can.
unusual, as the effort comes in on
goal, that in a team sport, where
the impacts of one person of doping
or taking something to aid their
performance... As another shot comes
in, not held cleanly that time by
the netminder. And Slovenia will
clear this one way. We understand it
was an asthma type medication. And
it is really important for all the
athletes to understand what's now
taking and what they have to do if
they are taking stuff, to clear
themselves. And potentially the case
could be that he didn't report what
he was taking if that is the case
then he only has himself to blame.
Here comes Mursak at the other end,
at a news for Slovenia... He has a
cannon of a shot I think Mursak is a
beast of a player, a superstar. At
the other end, into the
the other end, into the glove, and
the netminder will be happy to hang
onto that one.
Just to put this into
perspective, you've got a player
coming down the ice in Jan Mursak,
probably going at 25mph and this
shot is probably coming first
285mph. And he took that right off
the helmet, and he needs to come for
a little bit of of repairs, this
thing was coming in hot!
thing was coming in hot! Square off
the helmet, that's certainly going
to rattle you a little bit. You can
see how it does deflect off the side
of these Kevlar helmets, which are
designed to create glancing blows.
You can see the design, it is the
kind of thing that the goalies take
rate pride in them, and all have
their specific designs made for
them. That one very much with the
Norwegian flag on it. But from film
stars to guitars to mottos, sayings,
family members, it is all part of
There was a goal in the National
Hockey hockey league that had Norman
Bates' mothers house on the side of
Each to their own, I
guess! But it is all part of the
personality! There are very few ways
in which you can show more of
yourself underneath all of that
equipment! Also, traditionally,
goalies within ice hockey are a
slightly different breed. To stand
in front of 90mph shots, you must
be! Slovenia looking for more...!
That is a heavy shot that goes wide
from Ticar chef another shot from
the blue line. That's deflected
wide. Haugen plays it very casualty,
and that deflects up into the
Good push here from
Slovenia. It's really remarkable,
Seth, throughout the course of this
tournament so far, the amount of
missed shots on net. That's
something that will definitely
rankle coaches. As this puck
comes... If all that, that was a
long shot from Vidmar which didn't
make it through chief but there was
a point-blank shot from about 18ft
which just missed on the
far-sighted. -- just missed on the
Setting this next attack
in motion. Comfortable for Slovenia,
who have been the better of these
two sides, but they do give it up in
front...! And Norway couldn't
convert! What an opportunity that
was! And immediately Slovenia will
try and get it back at the other
end, with Rodman. The Rodman
brothers playing on the same line.
Not the only siblings playing on the
same line, or the same team, in this
tournament. Marcel and David, two
very experienced players.
very experienced players.
very much been a family affair in
the Olympic tournament, both the
men's and women's. On this Norwegian
side, the Thoresen brothers, their
father is the coach.
Not to forget
the Swiss, who are coached and
captained by a brother and sister.
And the Swiss team has twins and
three sisters all playing, they're
currently playing right now in one
of the classification games in the
women's tournament. And maybe two of
the more important Slovenians are
missing. At the last Winter Olympics
they were coached by far the,
captained by son. And one of the
other sons was actually left out of
the team in the final cut. As Norway
have a chance... And Norway have to
find some sustained pressure from
somewhere. They've not been able to
do that in this game.
had a lot of opportunities.
shot, can't get through! Mursak
keeps the attack going. Another good
play by Mursak.
That Mursak Urbas
partnership is such a handful,
creating turnovers and a really good
scoring chance created from one
Touch pass, here's a an
opportunity, lovely, and it was
tipped just wide! As they go again
Really nice pass. Ticar. Norway will
try and clear. But it's easy for
Slovenia. Sabolic goes after it.
Takes his man out on the boards. It
You get the feeling,
Seth, that Slovenia really needs to
capitalise on one of these
opportunities. Norway's really just
hanging around, relying on their
netminder, Haugen, to makes saves.
But Norway is still only one shot
away from tying this up.
away from tying this up.
can't hold it in the zone, and the
pass goes right the way up the
middle. Really strong play, this.
Golicic. Good reach. Nearly a big
turnover there. But eventually
Norway will get this one into the
offensive end, and that relieves the
pressure momentarily. Roest goes
after it and he will dig it out.
Now, music towards the middle. There
is a flying body in there, no
penalty called. David Rodman will
raise this one clear.
Norway are all off-side here.
Eventually they realise. It was
delayed. Which is why you heard the
officials just screaming and
shouting. Good take into the zone,
thrown towards the net. Now, Norway
having a small smell of pressure
shuttle it should be relieved. Hard
pass not taken.
And Norway can clear away again.
Remember, what is at stake here is a
quarterfinal berth. Norway, well,
that would be their best ever result
at a Winter Olympic ice hockey
tournament, and they have really had
wonderful games across the board.
This, not one of the events that
they're expect it to do especially
well in. Mursak is going to pass
this one to himself. He has to skate
180ft to collect its, though.
been all over the ice for Slovenia,
their best players this afternoon.
-- their best player this afternoon.
Thoresen was bumped.
gone upwards of four minutes here
straight without a whistle.
really has been free-flowing at
times, this game. Twisting and
turning. Olimb gets its download.
Norway, now, everybody camped in the
zone. You suspect Slovenia are
pretty tired right now, they don't
want to waste this opportunity.
Another turnover. This is good from
Norway. Cranking up the pressure, as
it goes all the way across the
crease, breaks out of the zone. And
now, into the offensive zone,
Sabolic, from his knees, does just
enough, and it allows a fresh set of
skaters to get out there.
was really important from Sabolic,
just to put some pressure on and try
to get that puck deep for Slovenia,
so they could get some fresh troops
on the ice.
Bad timing. Norway have it back.
Five and a half remaining in the
second period, it has been lightning
A good game between these two,
looking for goals. But held on to
buy Hogan. Everyone can take a rest.
The fans and TV networks can finally
stop sweating to have a break.
When we analyse this game, two teams
that we wouldn't anticipate being
quarterfinal teams, what have they
done that has allowed them to be at
Let us look at Slovenia first and
what they have done especially
tonight is used their size, we
mentioned Mursak, a Urbas, some big
sized players controlling the puck
the many periods of time against
From Norway, look at the net liner
Lars Horgan who has been extremely
important. As has been the theme for
the tournament, and this Norway team
scoring goals, ever so difficult.
Just the Buttner in their first
three games. They need to find a way
to break through Slovenia. -- just
Should the Slovenia is not win this
game, their next match will be
against Great Britain at the World
Championships in Budapest, the first
match of that World Championships. I
am sure the Great Britain head coach
will be keeping a keen eye on this
class the rest of the squad. It
shows Great Britain now within
touching distance of being able to
play at a Winter Olympics, it has
been a long time since we have been
able to say that.
Slovenia have put money into their
programme, changed how they do
things with their develop the
system, players at the top level.
The Great Britain, they need to
stabilise, they got promoted up to
the second tier of world ice hockey,
Slovenia were relegated from the top
tier. They are far from being the
worst team in this competition.
Great Britain will fancy their
chances of getting a result.
It is a good model for Great Britain
to follow and see what this Slovenia
team have done. No doubt about it,
Pete Russell and the GB team are
very interested in Slovenia knowing
they will play them at the World
A heavy shop from the blue line.
Maybe the difference is that Great
Britain just don't have a player
like Mursak. An elite player who can
make the difference in these Games.
And maybe forwards, the forwards are
Ticar opening up the play again. He
held him well. A snapshot, doesn't
make it through. They will retreat.
In the end, if Great Britain wants
the sport to grow in this country, a
key thing is inspiring people by
reaching an Olympic Games. Ticar,
the side of the net. And away,
cleared. A touch pass, breaking in
with speed, looking to make the pass
but he couldn't get there, it was
too fancy in the end from Sabu Nic.
An opportunity lost for
Horgan, the knowledge and net lined
-- net minder, getting peppered with
shots. Maybe a bit too fancy. A two
on one situation. Here is the
rebound and a flurry of shots. Ticar
gets robbed with the glove. Right
before that, the 211 where I thought
maybe shooting was the better option
-- two on one. In the end, hanging
on, Kroselj. All part of this, the
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A scramble of seven or eight players
in the goal crease, he didn't want
to blow the whistle until he was
sure the puck was covered, in that
Getting a taste of Olympic ice
hockey. Plenty either one side or
the other here. If watching the
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head to the get inspired section of
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your closest ice hockey stick --
Club is. It is a sport for all,
despite the physical nature of the
game, noncontact in the early
stages. This game full of contact
and energy. Will it be full of more
goals? Right now, Slovenia are
heading towards the quarter final
phase of this condition. A trip on
the play. Penalty called. The Met
high-end -- the netminder heading
towards the bench. Six on five. The
moment Norway get control of the
puck, the whistle will blow.
Slovenia heading to the power play,
with a one-man advantage. The only
goal came on the power play from Jan
Thoresen, you can just see his stick
gets caught, as if it is caught in
the spokes of a tyre.
The Slovenian forward goes down.
This power play looks good so far.
One goal from the stick of Jan
Urbas, a beautiful one-time shot
going past Lars Horgan.
Jan Mursak is the quarterback of
this power play, the puck goes
through his stick first.
He distributes it from there.
feels like he is the quarterback of
this whole team, the key, the
leader, and the one who will drive
them forward at every possible
Good skating to break it into the
A quick touch pass. Ticar can hold
on immediately, but will get another
-- Ticar can't.
-- Ticar can't. Sabolic on the
nearside, Ticar is in possession.
Skating around on his own, not a lot
of movement, looking for an opening.
Coming all the way across. Sabolic
getting plenty of power but no
placement. That is the second unit
for Slovenia, the first will get out
now. What a slap past that is. It
would have been in.
Had the whistle not alone. A lie-in
chase for both teams. Great
recognition from Sabolic to turn in
and fire. The Slovenian forward was
one step ahead of the blue line, you
cannot cross the blue line until
that puck is fully across. Pretty
close. Really close. The linesman
leaned his back leg was up in the
Slovakia -- Slovenia still have that
one-man advantage for another 45
seconds. Attacking with a bit more
energy. Kuralt dumps that one off.
Space to work it in. The shot is
Thoresen sending that one down the
ice, good penalty killing from the
Norwegians so far.
The two chances Slovenia has had,
both missing the net. A real
momentum killer when you are on the
power play, even if it doesn't go
in, if you can get that shot on
target, there will be a rebound and
an opportunity for the team on the
power play to jump on that rebound,
but if you miss the net, then all
bets are off from there.
Slovenia headboard again. Trying to
move this to the middle. Norway with
time ticking down. Close to an
offside. If this leads to a goal you
wonder if it would be reviewed by
the coaches. 5.4 seconds to go. That
will be held. At the side of the
net, another break in play. Big
breaking news before the game, one
of the Slovenian players, Tsegay
Jeglic has accepted a ruling that he
gave a positive test and he now has
24 hours to leave the athletes
village. It was for medication
usually used in the treatment of
asthma. But this news breaking right
before the start of this game.
Jeglic one of the star players of
this Slovenian team. His team-mates
haven't let him down at this stage,
haven't let the disappointment and
the shock of one of their players
being told he had to leave the
Olympic Village yet to them.
The response from Slovenia has been
Talk about dealing
through adversity. One of the big
players. He has said it is used for
asthma situations. There are banned
substances you are allowed to take
as long as you report it, medication
is whether you are sick or have
asthma, and your team officials have
to report it to doping control. So
there is no excuse when you are
taking a substance that is on the
banned list and thinking you are
doing it harmlessly, with asthma,
whatever the case, you had to report
it. You hear that excuse, I forgot,
that is not acceptable.
Thirsty work the sum, hot work. They
are ringing their bells, wearing the
costumes. The Slovenians are 20
minutes away from a place in the
last eight 1/4-final meeting with
the Olympic Athletes from Russia who
so far have been the stars of this
men's ice hockey tournament. After
40 minutes here, Jan Urbas has made
the difference, 1-0.
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head over to the Red Button. The
Olympic athletes of Russia light in
wait for the winner
next door to the Hockey Centre is
the Ice Arena and there is great
interest from a British perspective.
We have some pictures coming in and
it shows Elise Christie suited and
booted and out on the ice which
looks to be a positive sign ahead of
the 1000 metres heats. Her favourite
distance and her last chance in
Pyeongchang to try to break what
looks to be a Winter Olympics bad
luck. We are expecting an
announcement an hour before racing.
Here she is speaking if you hours
ago on her Instagram page.
-- a few hours. Everyone, I'm just
about to go to the ice rink. I
skated this morning for the first
time and it went quite well. To see
if I can get out there to race
today. I want to thank everyone who
has helped me up to this point.
We will let you know as soon as we
hear from the Gangneung Ice Arena
now it's Elise Christie will line up
on the start line for that 1000
metres heats which starts around
about 10am back at your time.
We have also heard from Rowan
Cheshire who finished a very
creditable seventh place in the
women's ski half pipe today. And
today, the turn of the men,
qualified took place at the Phoenix
Snow Park earlier. Three Brits in
action, look out for Murray Buchan
who has been doing some commentating
for us. Peter Speight, another Brit
to look out for. The best run counts
ahead of the final tomorrow, the top
12 going into the final. Let's join
Battling with injuries over the past
few years, in and out of hospital.
He was really ill in 2015. He nearly
But he has come back from it. He has
a movie out on the Internet. It is
incredible, his story.
The double 12 at the top. He manages
to keep his legs turned. That is a
thing of beauty.
And tucked that one right into the
back pop pocket of the pipe,
And tucked that one right into the
back pop pocket of the pipe, he
squeezed it in!
Yeah, it was
absolutely... And that is a huge
thing for the judges, he's used to
the entirety of the pipe.
it is the lead for Torin
Yater-Wallace. Alex Ferreira, the
man who kept us out of the US Pipe
Yeah, the youngster out of
Aspen, Colorado, where they have
that formidable super pipe from
Snowmass. Learned his trade up
there, learned from the very best.
Silver in the X-Games just a few
weeks ago. Oh, it's astronomical for
the first one! So big into the
seven! Into the switch. Cork seven.
Chucking the 1260 to the moon! He
had his legs turned on there! What a
We mentioned consistency with a
lot of these guys, but Alex Ferreira
has come... Well, still so young but
he came out of nowhere, almost in
the shadow of Torin Yater-Wallace
coming out of Aspen. Torin
Yater-Wallace came first and Alex
Ferreira was this kid snapping at
his heels, and all of a sudden he is
a staple in every single one of
these competitions! 92.6! So, the
kid who sat in...
Can I also say...?
He has sat in the shadow of Torin
Yater-Wallace for so long and he has
stepped out of it in the Olympics
are. And that was one of the most
pressurised competitions in a while.
And before we came on air I asked
James Wood who he thought was going
to take the win, and he said Alex
Back at the top and Easter
Come on, Pete. You learnt
on the dry slope home plight of your
He's got the
nine in the bag.
nine in the bag. Back-to-back
nights. And a little bit flat but he
has kept the momentum into that
He will be feeling good, he's
into his rhythm now.
building good speed.
poking it out.
poking it out.
Put a run down. And
we have said it time and time again,
all you want to do is just come and
put your run down. It doesn't really
matter what happens, it's such a big
build-up to get to these Games.
720 here, and he misses the mute as
bus that will cost him with the
judges. 64.6 at the moment. That's
good enough for 11th place at the
moment. As all eyes go back to the
top four Aaron Blunck. This is some
pressure right now, second run,
halfway through the pack, he has got
to land his next run. The man from
Colorado with it all to do.
Beautiful 720 starting it off. There
the massive, completely blind Switch
99. How he does that I do not know!
Not as big as he normally goes.
Bring it round, Aaron Blunck! Thank
It wouldn't be a final
without Aaron Blunck, would it?
it would not. We can all breathe
again now! Because we want to see
the best guys in the final, we want
to see these big tricks that we know
these guys can do in the final. This
guy has amazing back-to-back
doubles, we haven't seen it there.
For me, Aaron Blunck has come out
and really, really turned it on.
94.4 zero! He goes from 12th to
first! Back up to the top of the
pipe for the final skier to drop in,
it is Great Britain's Murray Buchan.
66 on the first run, he's currently
sat in 14th place. Well within his
grasp is a finals berth. In 12 place
at the moment is Andreas Gohl on
68.6. If Murray can tidy up that
first run that he did just a little
bit then he will make the top 12.
Come on, Murray Buchan! Come on,
The rest of his first run
was absolutely beautiful. Nice left
side 900 to start things off. Right
side 540, doing big and holding it
strong where we saw Brendan coming
unstuck. Tail grab, very clean, very
within Murray's ability. 720, into
his second... Double flowers! It was
better than run one!
It was way to
know! It absolutely was!
better than run one. There is Izzy
Atkin! Was it that than Andreas's
Like you said, he's got to
improve by 2.7 to make the finals
here. Oh! Life can be so cruel! Come
on, Murray! Oh!
They've punished him
for those missed wraps just on that
That is such a shame for
Murray, but two out of two killer,
killer pipe runs, and to the top of
his ability. Murray Buchan walks
away with 14th in the Olympic Winter
Confirmation of the results
here. The Americans in the top three
spots, then two Kiwis. The
wellspring is and so unlucky for
Great Britain's Murray Buchan in
14th place. Mars up we probably
don't have to remind you, you came
this close, talk us through it true
to be honest I thought I skied quite
good, I was happy with my run.
thought my score was maybe slightly
low but it could have gone either
way. Under my second run I thought
was a lot better, I thought my
landings were cleaner and some of my
grabs were better. On my right
double my grabber wasn't great, and
just quite disappointed that I came
so close and didn't make the cut.
Disappointment for Murray Buchan in
particular. There won't be any Brits
in that pipe final, which to explain
some Thursday. I think I said
tomorrow - it will be Thursday at
around half past two in the morning.
If that is not high octane enough
for you, how
If that is not high octane enough
for you, how about a bit of this?
Late last night here in South Korea,
yesterday around lunchtime for you
at home, it was the men's team ski
jumping. It comes off the high hill,
which is terrifyingly high. And it
consists of four man team is, each
jumper goes once, the scores are
added together to get the team's
total score. Germany are the current
Olympic champions heading into this
one but they have had their injury
problems so there will be plenty
thinking they can topple them from
the podium. Ollie Williams will talk
you through it.
Ski jumping is known for its
individuals but this is a team
event. Germany are the reigning
Olympic champions and their flight
crew is much-changed from Sochi.
Poland have Kamil Stoch on board
Huddlestone entry they have never
won 18 ski jumping medal. And then,
of course, Norway with Squadron
leader Robert Johansen, he of the
rings moustache and bronze medals.
The Japanese man has plenty of air
miles, this his eighth Olympic
campaign and this was the last
chance to see him in action in
Pyeongchang. He could not finish on
a high as Japan ended up in sixth.
We thought that Austria would
compete but they have been a fading
force of late. By the third jump of
the second round they were faster
I think he wanted more
from that jump.
So we knew who would
be on the podium, we just weren't
quite sure of the order. Norway had
led all along and Poland had just
edged into second from Germany.
First up was the individual large
hill silver medallist, from Germany.
Ollie Williams takes up the story.
It is down to these, for Germany,
Andreas Wellinger. He has an Olympic
gold and an Olympic silver already,
he's going to get another medal -
what colour is it going to be... It
is quite long, he looks like he
wanted a bit more. It opens the door
a fraction for Poland. Here is
Germany's final score. And we will
see whether the man who won gold on
Saturday can pull Poland above that.
Kamil Stoch, three times and Olympic
champion. He won gold on Saturday,
they smuggled crates of beer into
the Olympic village after which.
Poland were just happy to be
celebrating - will they celebrate
again?! 134.5! It matches Andreas
Wellinger! We will go to the judges!
Look at those faces on the screen!
They're going to see it when you see
it. They are second! They will take
at least the bronze medal! But
Germany stay ahead of them! Will it
be silver or gold? Robert Johansson
of Norway has about a 20 point
cushion to play with! And for him
and for Norway, old is just some
Here he goes, for gold.
It's long, it's clean, it's surely
enough for gold for Norway! Gold for
Robert Johansson, gold for the team!
They're on top of him already! He
has been imperious all Olympics
long! Two bronze medals, now,
they're going to be champions of the
team event for the first time in
their history, which is map, it's
crazy! The Norwegians invented this,
they've won 30 medals at the
Olympics, they've never won the team
event! And the man who has captured
so much attention around the world
IS the man who gets to glide home to
gold! There will be no close shave
in this Olympic team final! Robert
Johansson delivers a gold for
Norway! They will stand on top of
that team podium step for the first
time! Those whiskers are golden, and
Norway are your team ski jump
So, Norway out in front by a long
way. Germany snuck silver position
ahead of Poland.
So, it is Norway who take gold, and
I have to say one of my favourite
stats from the Pyeongchang venues
comes from the ski jumping is in the
landing area is actually a football
pitch, one of five stadiums used by
the local team, Gangwon SEL EU can
thank me if ever comes up in a pub?
Elise Christie has been out on the
ice at the ice centre, no
confirmation yet whether she will
line up for the 1000m tonight or
not. It is her favourite event and
it is later run this morning, just
after ten a and your time. Clare
Balding will give you all the latest
take you three through it. From me,
though, goodbye for now.
Eilidh Barbour presents live coverage of the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The day's action includes women's curling, with Great Britain taking on Japan in their penultimate round-robin game. Skip Eve Muirhead helped GB win bronze at the Sochi Olympics and is hoping for more medal success at these Games. There is also action from the men's ice hockey, with play-off matches taking place to fill the four remaining quarter-final berths.