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Elise Christie, but World Champion,
clearly not fully fit with that
ankle damage, but keen to have a go
here if she can get through this
heat. She will have another couple
of days to recover.
A wave a go, and Christie goes down
before they reach the very first
corner. And I think we will be
restarting the race.
She's going to go again, Elise
Christie is not finished. Away they
go. Christie at the back of the
field. She has avoided any trouble.
And now she can get up to speed.
Three laps to go as they come
around, and Christie just about
manages to stay on her feet, just
forcing her way into second place as
they take the bell. Van Ruijven of
the Netherlands leads with half a
lap to go. Christie in position to
qualify here. Van Ruijven first over
the line, Christie in second.
And this time, she manages to get
the job done, almost going down
Managed to stay up and the referees
are looking at the video replay.
The referee has gone across. Yellow
card, Elise Christie. I can't
believe they have awarded her a
Elise Christie is out of the Olympic
It has been a desperately
disappointing game for Team GB, for
Elise Christie, a heartbreaking day.
Her Olympic Games are over, and she
will take a fair while now to
recover both emotionally and indeed
physically. She has this ankle
injury, she may have damaged it by
trying to qualify for the
quarterfinals of the 1000 metres.
Sarah Lindsey has been a friend and
team-mate for over a decade. Nicola
Minichiello is a World Championship
gold medal winning bobsleigh driver,
and Amy Williams, and Olympic
champion. They know what it takes to
be the best. Sarah Lindsey, right
now, Elise Christie, you would think
has had enough. But she said she
would be back for Beijing.
Straightaway reflecting and fairly
clear-headed. It may be that we'll
catch up with her in the next few
days. She came out very positive,
and she loves our sport and has done
so much for it. Like she was saying,
she has all these messages from kids
and people she's inspired, which I
think probably helps her.
It isn't always the easy stories, it
is the tough ones that have more
Oh, my God, sport has such
highs and unfortunately today, such
devastating lows today. She is a
competitor, a three-time world
champion, reigning world champion,
but today she is an athlete that has
gone out and not met anything she
wanted to do. Devastating for her.
Amy, when you are the star of the
show, and you have been in that
position when you are the one that
everyone is looking at, it does make
it even more difficult, doesn't it?
Yeah, this pressure on athletes, and
you are fighting for yourself and
your coaches, for your team, for
Great Britain, and it mounts up and
becomes so big. But she is so
inspirational to so many young
people, the determination and grit,
picking yourself up. Unfortunately,
yes, in sport, there are not always
highs, there are highs and lows, and
we are watching her, and her low is
in the public eye at these Olympics.
It should be for her. She said in
her interview, she will go back out
and represent Great Britain and do
Britain proud. She is taking a lot
of responsible on there. She has
already done a lot for the sport,
and everybody knows what track is.
But we are devastated for her, and
we fielded the -- we are
disappointed, and it is times 1
million for Elise.
If you are just
joining us on BBC Two, this is what
she said as soon as she came back
out after realising she had a yellow
card and was described by.
I did everything I could to turn
this around. I have ligament damage
in my ankle, and putting a skate on
is not the comfiest thing in the
world. We did everything we could to
turn this around. It just wasn't
meant to be.
If it was any other competition,
would you have been on the start
No, I would have been
off the ice for five of weeks. I
wouldn't have gone on in the World
Championships, and it wouldn't have
been my choice. The only reason they
gave me the choice is because it is
an Olympics. The worst that could
happen is I damage it more, and I
may have, I have been kicked and
thrown off the start. But that
didn't matter. I trained all my life
for this. It meant everything for
me. Yet, it is done.
I hope everyone watching will think
you have a hell of a lot of guts.
Yet, thanks! I
Yet, thanks! I felt I really wanted
to get short track out there. It is
such an amazing sport. I am going to
put my hands up, and say I have no
idea why I have a yellow card. When
I watched the race, I was kicked on
the start and fell over. I have
never had a yellow card in my life,
I rarely get penalties. I went up
the inside, and on the video, I am
past the girl. I have no idea! The
only thing I can think of is
possibly the referee doesn't think
it is safe for me to race with my
ankle as it is. He was encouraging
me to get off the ice after the fall
at the start. If that is it, fair
enough. I can see why he might not
want me to race like that, because
it might not be the safest. But,
We know how much work you put in.
You are talking about putting short
track out there, you have already
done that, you are the short track
champion. How do you some up these
games, because I think it's fair to
say it has not gone very well.
You will have to ask me tomorrow.
Right now, I am shell-shocked. I
worked so hard to come back from
this injury. I think 1000 people
wouldn't have skated with my ankle
how it was. The only thing I can say
is, I can promise Britain I will
come back from this, and I will come
back for Beijing. And hopefully, I
can do Britain proud then.
STUDIO: She is thinking of how to
put this right. Incredibly brave and
resilient, Elise Christie, she
stayed out doing interviews with
radio, television as well. Here is
the response of Team GB's
performance director for short track
skating, Stewart Laing.
First of all, if I can ask about
Elise Christie, the big short track
hope for the games. It ended
tonight, and I don't know how to
describe the circumstances in which
it ended. Put it into words for us.
A shock, if you like. We have worked
really hard over the last two days
to get Elise to the start line and
able to compete. She competed, she
finished, she crossed the line in
second. And then, unfortunately, had
a Jelle Klaasen. We are in shock. --
had a yellow card.
Were their complaints about the
decision, getting the yellow card?
haven't watched the racing back and
haven't had the chance to catch up
with Nicky. We have been focusing on
making sure we are able to look
after Elise and support her. She has
done a lot of media, so I am not in
a position to comment on the yellow
card at this point.
The fact she was on the start line
at all is testament to her and her
desire to be out there. She did say
the sort of injury she had,
normally, if it wasn't the Olympic
Games, she would look at 5-6 weeks
of the eyes.
Maybe 4-6. And that is
purely and simply because we want
the ligaments and ankle to be as
strong as we can do. On the eyes,
they are pushing from a 17 inch
blade, and the power is going
through the ankle. We would like it
to be as optimal as it can be. The
Olubi games comes every four years.
We were medically cleared, we made
the decision and Elise was at heart
of that decision.
You say you want to support Elise
now, speaking to her afterwards, she
seemed like she was already focusing
on Beijing. She seems like she is
already better than where she was
four years back at Sochi.
Absolutely. You have seen Elise this
evening, she is far more robust
after she was at Sochi. We have a
national lottery to thank for that
and the support they have given us
throughout the four years cycle. It
is great to hear an athlete in the
position Elise is in talking about
Beijing and the future. Hopefully,
with the support of the national
Lottery and UK sport, we continue
the journey and target Beijing will
stop I think the medal target was 1-
It didn't happen for us,
what is your take on that?
A lot of
people have said this is short
track, which it is. We can't forget,
Elise made a capital a final, coming
forth outside the podium, so we have
shown we have a genuine podium
potential. We weren't able to
realise it here. There are a number
of great athletes coming through the
ranks, Farrell Treacy, highest
position, 14, at this and in big
games. Kat Thomson, in another four
years, I am sure she will be vying
for medals as well. The future is
bright, we will have potential that
we didn't realise it. This is the
sport of short track, it is a crazy
Everyone watching can see
that. You can be the best in the
world, and all it takes is a nudge
to go down. For the people that
decide whether money goes, do they
I understand so.
The director of performance were at
the World Champion chips where Elise
became world champion. We talk about
being triple world champion, because
one of them is not an Olympic event.
But they fell in love with short
track and have shown the support to
short track speed skating over this
What is next for Elise, Charlotte,
What is next for Elise, Charlotte,
Kat, after Pyeongchang?
We go home
and review, take a break. At the end
of a cycle, people work hard. One
thing this season was that the
Olympic qualifiers were so early,
there was only a two week break from
the end of one season to the next.
Everyone will take downtime and
breast, it will vary in terms of
time. I think Elise and Charlotte
might take a little bit longer, that
is absolutely fine, but both are
talking about their future and that
is on the ice, which is great to
Have they discuss that with
you? They both mentioned Beijing?
is not something we have entertained
getting stuck into now because we
want to focus on Pyeongchang, but
the fact they are walking through
the mix zone and talking about it,
and that is music to my ears.
Tough luck on the way it has panned
out this week, but thanks for your
time over the week.
Thanks for the
It has been a long night and come
addition for Stewart Laing and the
short track team and support team.
These the allocation of funding is.
Short track were predicted 1-2-mac
They have achieved that name.
have to see how that goes. --
haven't achieved. Like Stewart said,
have to see how that goes. --
haven't achieved. Like Stewart said,
we demonstrated we were good enough,
but it is impossible to predict in
That is what makes it so
different. If you keep investing in
Bobsleigh and skeleton, results will
improve. You can invest as much as
you like in short track, and you
have an incident where you foul or
someone found you and you are out.
Three medals at the Olympic Games
potentially, but coming away with
none. It can go in your favour as
well, you can be outside medal
contenders, things can go wrong and
you can take advantage, it is swings
and roundabouts. It is such a
terrible shame that we have somebody
so good, she is the fastest girl out
there, and it has unfolded the way
Do you think the Olympics is
becoming this thing in her head? Did
you see her skate differently? Is
there anything you wish she had
She skated brilliantly. If you
look back through all the races,
things were happening to her out of
her control. She went into the
Olympics satisfied with her previous
performances. She is World Champion.
On paper, that is much more
difficult than the Olympics. The
Olympics comes with other things
that make it harder, but she knows
she is the best, and she is
comfortable with that. Obviously,
the Olympics holds a lot of kudos
for everybody outside the sport, and
it gets media attention, so there is
more pressure. She has gone into the
com petition with a lot of weight on
Looking at the
funding graphic, Nicola, you were
looking at Bobsleigh, who hasn't
received any funding. Misha McNeill
and Measham more of the quickest duo
after the first run -- Mica Moore.
We know they have talent and
potential. This is testament, if you
look at the start time, the start
differential for every hundredth of
a second at the start, that is
automatically around 3 or 4-mac
They would have been right up there
or do you see from this that gives
you encouragement that they could
move up the leaderboard? They need
to be consistent on the start still.
If they can maintain the time they
had on this long run, she is driving
it really well. She didn't make any
big mistakes. She didn't really make
any mistakes on what you can see.
Tiny taps here and there. This will
have given her confidence. She has
great speed. She is building it up
as she goes down the track. To know
after run one, she is in sixth
place. The double Olympic champion
is in first place, who started
faster and yet Mica has crept up. I
would take a lot of confidence. She
knows she needs to do exactly the
same thing three more times and she
might move up.
Exactly. America leading the way, as
Amy mentions, Kayleigh Humphreys,
the double Olympic champion in
fifth. Misha McNeill just behind her
in sick. If you could say anything
to them right now, what would it be?
Just do your thing. Just focus on
her. At this point, there will be
Olympic fever going crazy. Everyone
will want to talk about the
opportunity of medals, but she needs
to concentrate, same track, same
sled, same drive, same start.
are going in reverse order. Here are
one of the German crews. It's pick
it up with John Jackson and John
COMMENTATOR: Eighth quickest off the
blocks in one with 547, and they
have gone slightly slower. The
Austrian is leading. We go in
reverse order from 20 down to one.
She was one of the potential outside
medallists, top five, top six, she
is overdriving the sled. She hasn't
dialled into the track today, for
whatever reason, whether it is just
first round nerve, she is not an
experienced pilot. That is what she
is costing her time. The German sled
love this track. They love the speed
at the bottom. But I don't know
whether she has done too much and
forced the line, and not found the
This is the world number
seven pairing we are looking at a
the moment. They are not looking
like that at the moment. They can't
get past Hengster, which is a great
disappointment. There the Austrians
enjoy a bit more time in centre
stage. Same sort of time, but they
just needed to go quicker. Others
round them are going quicker.
is a different, when we talk about
consistency with medal, it has to be
quick, this is going to be middle of
the road which is why she is sat
where is is. Not a bad run at all.s
there was no real mistake, a nudge
in the wall, you see the difference
between the lines here, a lot
smoother line from the German sled,
that could be just how much more
work she has done, as they come on
to the same line as exiting the
All these in the bottom half are
currently desperately trying to get
near to 51 seconds. When we get to
the leaders they will be trying to
get nearer 50. That is the
difference. Here for Romania in 12th
place. We have consince and Grecu.
Very versatile these two. Each can
operate either pilot or brake. The
Romanians have done really well at
this Olympic games in all sorts of
We saw it in luge, we saw it in the
men's two man bob as well. Trying to
hold on to 12th place. They need a
5.50 sort of start to push them to
Again, one of the teams that are
just suffering a bit with their
overall sort of result, just because
of their start. If they had a good
start they would be further up the
order. This pilot really drives
well. Maria is still a developing
pilot but has some good skills in
the front of a sled. All the lines
here are looking good, as she comes
across, this pivotal part of the
track, a nudge and a little
nudge,some he is closing in, but is
it going to sort, the time grow or
is she going to catch up to the
Austrian, she has lost a lot of time
coming down that straight.
be disappointing for them. They have
dropped behind, can they pull any
time back? No, they have lost over
three tenths in one run on the
Austrians who continue to smile and
improve their position. Hengster
still our leader. They will be
disappointed with that, Constantin.
It is a rare bad run for them.
Nothing major but the bits are the
difference, the times are so tight.
If you make one mistake you have got
the potential of dropping back two
or three place, a little nudge here,
little mistake at the top, but all
in all she might have overdrove 12,
which can cost a lot of time at the
Moving all the time to the top ten.
Mica McNeill and Mica Moore sit
sixth. Belgian, in 11th place.
Williamson and arts. Sixth in Sochi,
fine result there. -- Aerts. . Twice
being ranked in the top four, that
has drifted away a bit.
And here she goes, this is one of
the slowest starring teams. 5.53
they achieved earlier, they have
gone slower, I that handicap
themselves with this start
This has been Willemsen's problem,
she has had top four result, she is
a quality driver but the issue is
everybody has the same I quipment as
the Belgians and so she is on a
level playing field. That is why she
can't drive them back like she used
to be able to.
She was good down the straight
again, amazing line, right down the
middle. She will carry the speed, a
tap there, that won't cost her too
much, but the peed is starting to
drop away, because the Austrians'
run was really good.
repeating itself for Willemsen here,
can she hold the Austrians at bay?
No, drops behind them. As the
Austrians celebrate further they
were clear at the top of this hill.
Seven 8th of a mile.
Not going to be sixth again on that
No, certainly not. It is
just because they have got far too
much work to do from this point on,
when they are at the top of the
track, you can see here, she has a
great line through the, the oh, into
corner 12, she does a bit too much
there, and scrubs off some speed. I
think she overdrove the bottom of
the track, which is why she started
There is our leader.
Working till the last minute.
Taylor, putting in the graft. She
leads. Next up for the Olympic
athletes of Russian team. In tenth
place. Kocherzhova and Rodionova. In
stark contrast to the Belgian team,
these guys are like rockets off the
blocks but it all just goes horribly
wrong. At the end of testify track.
You expect a good time here off the
block, 5.30 something like that.
5.39. Still good. One of the best.
This is why it is going wrong, you
can hear her driving straightaway.
The big mistake there, a bit too
much in the top three Conners
already, she is overdriving. That is
where she is losing speed. She is
doing too much. You can hear her
cutting ice, she will get that wrong
because she runs too long, too long
on eight. She is getting a bit
behind the sled. What I mean is she
is missing the steering points which
is why she looks a bit out of
control. She has not been settled at
all on this run. She will be lucky
to stay ahead at this point from
looking what the the clock is doing.
She was nearly 25th hundreds in
front of the Austrians that is in
danger of evaporating and it has.
She has lost nearly half a second on
the Ouse stran, Hengster still in
front. That was pretty moderate
stuff from the Russians.
mistake, all the way down that, was
the problem, from corner four, on
wards, it was just tap, corner,
entrance wrong, entrance wrong,
entrance wrong, and you can't have
that at this level. The start was
good, but you need four consistent
drives, and there is half a second
difference nearly between the first
and second run, she has lost five
places on one run, everything is so
tight. You can't afford to make
mistakes like that.
mistakes like that. That.
Chat things the through. Here now,
Canadians. Three teams here at the
Olympic Games. They are all in the
top nine at the moment. We will see
Humphreys and Rissling shortly. This
is De Bruyne and Lotholz in ninth
place. The snapshot of run one was a
good started but it slowly but
surely slipped away, down the run,
they lost speed after aed good
start. 5.48. Almost exactly the same
as run one, let us see if they can
hold it this time.
Christina is a
relatively inexperienced pilot
compared to the other Canadian, but
maybe it was just a bit of first
round nerve, hopefully she can
settle in and make a move move
forward. Don't think about the
Austrian, think about moving forward
and getting up the ranks. That
should help her. She is pulling out
of big margin, a lot will be to do
with the start. This driver has been
cleaned up. Maybe she might lose
speed at the bottom but still she
will have a lead. Lead.
off with a three tenth advantage and
it has grown to four tent, you are
right, that just puts a bit of
pressure on the next to to go, in
8th and seventh place.
8th and seventh place. It wasn't a
That is the consistency
you need. If you can't put four
consistent runs down you end up
dropping place, great overhead shots
of the way the brake woman and pilot
come into the sled. A couple of
little errors but overall that was a
good run. She will be happy with her
first day's work. You can see how
tight it is to miss the right wall
and get into that corner.
Canada lead but that leaderboard
will be shaken up dramaticically in
the next 15 minutes.
You can see the
camaraderie between the athlete,
ewhen hen they know they have put
one down well they congratulate each
In 8th place for Switzerland
Rebsamen and Hafner. Shouting to
each other, coaches bellowing,
unbelievely Sabrina was fourth in
the World Championships 13 years
ago. 5.53. Not as quick as she would
have hoped for.
She has been in the
sport of sliding for a while. She
took a few years out. Did skeleton
and now she is back in the
bobsleigh, she is a quality pilot.
Although she makes a mistake there,
she runs a bit long on seven, a bit
too high, to stay in front testify
Canadians. Di.had a good run. She is
tolding -- holding it but needs to
be good through this part of track
to keep hold. It is going to be a
She was very high on the curve
there, she hit to the left-hand
side, exit of 15 as well. Two costly
points at the tail there. And Hafner
can't get past De Bruyne. In fact,
was 17 hundreds off. She is looking
quizzical about that.
place, she had a mistake at the top
and one down the bottom and
overdrove the sled. The start was
OK, again, her roughly about where
she would be within the pack but
they both get in together to try and
carry velocity, not bad through
here, squeezes through, maybe
overdrove corner 12 a bit. That is
what has cost her a bit of time.
The British women will be out in a
minute. There is a big pairing to
come next for Canada, who have had a
great games here. Rissling and
Heather Moyse, standing in seventh
They were so consistent through
their run, just really not quite
fast enough with a 50.81 first time.
They were second quickest off the
blocks and they finished of course
if seventh place as well. -- seventh
quickest off the block. Moyse is an
amazing athlete at the break.
Rissling got in touch with her on
Instagram to form this partnership.
Moyse was formally with the former
double gold medallist Humphreys. The
first thing to watch for and hay
have done it again, exactly the
Now this run, I believe will be, no,
I don't think, she made a mistake
there, I was going to say this run
could be the one she moves forward.
She was third here last year but she
has made a mistake at the top. Top.
So I don't know if she going to
settle in. He will want to stay in
front of her team-mate who has put
the run down and she was really good
through there, she has a big lead.
Will this be the run that will put
pressure on Mica McNeill who is
coming up? As she comes through the
big curve into the speed trap.
at their peak. Rissling and Moyse,
and that leader sap rated. They had
a big advantage at one stage over De
Bruyne. They held the advantage but
it whittleded away, round the last
three or four curves.
It could have
been because corner 12 wasn't as
good, you don't look at the split
you go through, you look at the one
before, that is where the mistakes
have been made or you have
overdriven the sled. Again, you have
two time Olympic champion on the
back of your sled, it brings
confidence to you, and she is a
young pilot, first Olympic game, but
it is about building that experience
and that is what Heather is there
are to to help her build experience.
You can see the difference between
the two Canadian sled, there is not
much difference in the line,
Rissling at the back,er sorry the
other way round, it is not much
difference in the line, you can see
the small margins we have got
between the top pilots coming
14th quickest after run one with
that 552, but they were a dream team
down this track to put themselves in
sixth place. Given what wrestling
has done, there is a big chance they
can hold six or better. 553 was
This gap will grow a
little bit and that is down to the
start. Mica is driving this track
really well, considering that she
has only had ten runs on this track.
You can see the gap is starting to
close. This is the part of the track
she has been doing so well, getting
the straight right. Coming through
clean, she gets a tap, but she will
carry enough speed at this point.
Another mistake, she needs to settle
into the run. She is closing, but is
there enough track to come in front
of the Canadians at the bottom?
has gone green, they are quicker,
can they put pressure on Kaillie
Humphries for the next position.
4-mac hundreds ahead of wrestling.
That is a slight improvement of 100,
relative to wrestling, who has just
gone. But now, Kaillie Humphries to
go. Babbel end run two no worse than
six. It wasn't to be.
It was due to
the little mistakes in the lower
part of the track. She had a great
load into the sled. It was this,
here. Getting a tap and she makes a
mistake and that is where the time
difference has gone. Overall, what a
great day for this team.
at the higher end of expectations,
John, wasn't it?
Realistically, Mica has had a top
ten, but six is good.
Humphries finds herself in fifth
place with work to do if she is to
hold on to the gold medal for the
third time. Electric start, usually.
We are talking 5.31, so she has done
it again. Curiously for her, even at
her elevated standard, it dribbled
away in run number one.
This is the
run Kaillie Humphries needs to keep
her Olympic... retaining her Olympic
title for a third time alive. If she
gets it wrong at any point, her
chances of a medal are gone,
certainly the gold. She needs to be
good through this point. This is her
sort of best now. I think she is
losing speed. I don't know whether
Mica will come in front of her, but
she is losing speed to the British
If she keeps on losing speed,
she is already 2-mac tempts behind.
She only finishes a tenth ahead of
Mica McNeill. More of a gap between
Humphries and McNeill between fifth
and six, but whether that is good
enough, there is real doubts now
that Kaillie Humphries can get
herself another gold-medal.
see it in her eyes. She knows it
wasn't good enough. A great pair of
athletes on the sled. A great start,
but she is losing speed at the
bottom of the track. That is coming
from over driving eight down to 12,
killing the speed as we get down to
the bottom part of the track.
the bottom part of the track. You
just can't find the speed, it is so
easy to lose it.
Into the top four.
Two strong American teams, and two
strong German teams. Next up in
fourth place, Stephanie Schneider.
She went 5.35 earlier. Number five
in the world. She dropped to 18 last
year or the year before, largely due
to injury, a broken collarbone
twice, I think. There is a rumour
around that she is still carrying an
injury here, Schneider. 5.35, she
has gone quicker than that. There is
every chance she can cement her
position relative to Kaillie
That was a little mistake
there in corner two on the entrance
to corner three. Another mistake
there. She is a relatively
inexperienced pilot compared to
inexperienced pilot compared to
Kaillie. Is this where she will drop
behind and Kaillie will show her
experience? The Germans really,
their equipment loves the fast part
of the track down here. Is this
where she pulls ahead of Kaillie
Humphries because she has started
losing speed? It certainly looks
like she is losing speed at the
bottom compared to Kayleigh.
Germans sled stone normally lose
speed. A fraction ahead of
Humphries. Humphries has seen the
gap close on Schneider. There she
gap close on Schneider. There she
is, Kaillie, on the right. 50.93
won't be good enough. We saw it in
the men's event, run two,
invariably, they were slower than
That is what happened here.
It certainly is. They have obviously
had 17 sled is go down already. The
track will scuff up a little bit,
but some of the lines are not as
consistent and good as the first
run. They were online and in the
zone. Now, they are relaxing and
things are getting loose for these
inexperienced pilots stop Mica
McNeill and Mica Moore, no worse
than six at the end of today. It is
a great achievement. Now we move on
to those who have a big chance for
the medals. First of the American
teams, Sabina Hafner, bronze
medallist in Sochi. Always
competitive together with Aja Evans
behind her. They won in Park City,
consistent this winter, the only
blip came earlier in the season.
5.32 would be a good replica time,
slightly slower, a 50.59 would be
good news like they achieved in run
It would and they have
got through the crucial part of the
track really well. I was watching to
see if they got through. 1 Hundred
behind at the moment. They will
start pulling away from the Germans
as they come down the track, because
they made a lot of mistakes at this
point. Building speed now. This is
crucial, the corner as they come
through the stage. The American
sleds really like building speed at
the bottom part of the track. Is it
enough? Yes, I think she will pull
ahead, but by how much in the flat
part of the track?
ahead of the run one, she has
dropped back into the red. She is
behind Schneider now. We did not
expect that. Schneider and Jamie
Greubel Poser swap places. Schneider
goes third, Greubel Poser will
probably be fought. The two still to
come may have good runs. We should
know, John, never, ever assume
before we see on this track.
Certainly not. Just to go back to
Mica's run, Mica was faster than the
person that was in... she is around
third and fourth place. It shows how
well the Brits driving. That mistake
in the straight cost her.
emphasising, Mica's overall position
to the leader is now only 0.16 off
Schneider. Let's see what the final
two do. This is Mariama Jamanka, the
former Hammer thrower, presenting
Germany with Lisa Buckwitz. They are
good starters, not usually the
fastest. 5.37 was their speed in run
one, marginally slower. Jamanka gave
it everything in run one to sit
A mistake that she got away
with. The sled touched down. A
mistake again. These small margins,
these pilots have to be perfect. The
first person to fringe will miss out
on a medal. Medals can't be won
today, but they can be lost, as you
get through centimetres off the
perfect line, but that is the
difference between getting it right
and costing time. She has got to
keep a good margin as she comes down
to the speed trap.
A good margin as
well. Jamanka finishing well for
Germany. She puts herself in a great
position. Jamanka has moved three
tenths ahead of Schneider and
Greubel Poser. It is a case
Greubel Poser. It is a case now of
Elana Meyers Taylor doing better.
That was great from Jamanka.
couple of little mistakes here and
there. It was almost perfect.
Through here, it looks like she taps
on the wall, just there, that nudge
across is crucial, just hundredths
of a second. What we need to see now
is Elana Meyers Taylor put a big run
in. If she doesn't, she's going to
drop behind. Because that was a good
It was. Jamanka in great shape.
1 to go.
Currently in first place, the
Americans, Elana Meyers Taylor and
Lauren James. They were the quickest
starters and they were in front as
well at the finish. They had a two
hundreds advantage. They have seen
Jamanka take a big lead over the
rest of the field. Meyers Taylor
needs to do the same. If you missed
run one, it was very quick but
littered with errors. Meyers Taylor
goes off in pursuit of the one prize
that has eluded her throughout her
career, an Olympic gold medal, 5.21
is a track record to start with.
This is why they are in the lead.
That is a big mistake. That is what
is going to cost her, 23 hundredths
of May but her in the red, or she
may hold onto the green. She has
lost a tenth in two corners, so I
think she will struggle to keep
that, unless she is perfect, which
she wasn't through here on the first
run. Yeah, you can see it, but has
she got enough?
Meyers Taylor was
fast as well. Germany, the states,
Jamanka, 2-1, the two will be the
leaders. Meyers Taylor has lost the
lead, 7 hundredths behind Mariama
Jamanka, who will lead after day
one. The big message is that those
two are a comfortable margin ahead
of Humphries, Greubel Poser. But
Mica McNeill, as we will see in a
moment, is less than two tenths of
the medals at the moment. A big
statement run from Mariama Jamanka
in particular. As Meyers Taylor
loses the lead.
It was this mistake.
We have gone past it already. Not
here, that was another mistake. It
was in corner two when she had a big
tap on the left and a big slide
around corner three. That cost her.
You can see the snow thrown up as
the break woman stopping the sleds.
It is hard to stop these sleds at 80
mph. Everyone heading back and
requiring a big night of sleep.
Getting the congratulations is
Mariama Jamanka, on the right, Elana
Meyers Taylor, who lost the lead. At
the halfway stage, close between
Jamanka and Elana Meyers Taylor,
quite a big gap to Schneider,
Greubel Poser and the defending
Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries
in fifth place. But then, only a
tenth behind them the Great Britain,
still in sixth place. Mica McNeill
and Mica Moore.
behind but only just.
Great speed in the first two runs,
It is a brand-new track so this is
day six on the track for us, and we
haven't had a lot of time here, our
focus, we wanted to build each run
on the start and the drive down, but
it's a front track and it's going
well so far, so we're looking
forward to carrying that into
What has been your mind
set for your first Olympics?
gosh, mainly enjoy it. It is both
our first Olympics and we have done
so well to get here, and we just
want to ensure it and hopefully that
enjoyment will result in a good
Mica, most team B athletes have an
enormous amount of support but you
have had supporters who got you
Definitely, we stand by all
the way through to the Olympics were
were brought by the people. We want
to say a massive thank you, our
family and friends behind us all the
way and the kind messages from
everyone at home. It has been
incredible and overwhelming support.
We have urn theed our Wi-Fi off
today because we wanted to just
focus on the race but we are excited
to read the messages tomorrow.
have 21, 22 hourses before you race
again, what is your mind going to be
full of between now and then?
think I am going to replay the run
through my mind. It was fun, I
enjoyed it. It is amazing to be out
there with Mica.
There is a
message from everything in the
studio which is do your thing.
you so much.
Just great to see those smiling
faces. This is the classic underdog
This is so exciting, and she
had the talent, she had the
potential. This is a reflection, she
said there is no pressure, they are
going tout to enjoy it. Considering
she has had less runs than everybody
else on the track, she has a nice
feeling for it. Mica is a great
driver, they are a fantastic team.
They put down two solid teams. They
are only 16 hundredth off bronze
medal place. They have had six runs
to learn these 16 corners, and you
are doing like two or three steers
or more in each corner, having to
change your decision so quickly, if
you make a bump like that, how am I
going to get through the next one?
She is such a natural driver, and,
me and Nicola have beaming faces
because it is
me and Nicola have beaming faces
because it is so exciting to see two
young girls not knowing this track
in sixth place. As they say power by
the people. Everybody who has
invested in them they are getting
their money's worth.
Just a bit. If
it wasn't for the people, the
British public who got behind them,
they wouldn't be here, that is just,
they wouldn't have got to the start
line. This is just an amazing story.
You wonder if they had had full
support and funding, how much higher
up would they be?
This is our
future, these two girls are here in
the bobsleigh, that I train in Bath.
They have the push track there, they
can practise their start, get
stronger and faster, she is a
natural driver, and we with good
coaching and a lot of time on the
ice bring on four years after that.
I can't believe they have to car
Irish their own bob off the ice! One
of the runs I am sure they will look
at to see how the drive course well
is the Jamaican first crew
fantastic. She is relatively
inexperienced but the underdog. She
wasn't one of the favourite, she has
gone out there. Fantastic velocity
again and the lines are clean. It a
3.72, the fastest of the
Yes, and once you have
got that, you have your confidence,
you know the track, you like it, you
have to be consistent, keep your
head together and it is such a
psychological game, the drivers can
be almost as skilled as each other,
who can hold it together in the
head. As we saw after the Germans
come down here, the Americans had an
incredible start time. Track record,
they couldn't keep it together on
the head. It is, you have tiny
change, hundredth of a second. I
think we will see a few of the bobs
in the top 1, 2, 3 places should
It could be exciting.
After the first day the Olympic
champion was in sixth place.
has been a lot of talk about the
Jamaican crew, the first female crew
30 years after the men made their
debut. It has been a disappointed
On the first run, Jaz
slipped is off the handle. It took
her four or five steps to get in her
groove. It was just messy, her first
two of the week,
is the pilot. Behind her, Russell
who was a good relay runner, didn't
she win a World Championship gold
Yes, in the 2013 World
Championships, so she is world
class, and for her transferring over
to bobsleigh it was about trying to
use everything she had through
track, in March she will be starting
in the front seat so it is
continuing their legacy. 30 years
after the men in 1988 from Calgary.
To see a Jamaican bobsleigh and a
woman's one, it is history in the
Let's hear from both of them
they spoke the Matthew.
Let's hear from both of them
they spoke the Matthew. Hower with
I am pretty proud of the
runs today. They were consistent. I
know there is little things that can
be improved. Runs won't be perfect.
Looking to debrief today, see what I
can improve upon tomorrow and start
Your week has been a
bit up and down I guess with
training and some of the politics
behind the scene, has that been
difficult to deal with?
for me, because I have thought
myself to separate stuff if that is
not my job. My job is to be an
athlete here, I am here to come,
slide, recuperate and revise what we
did in the day and stuff like that.
Are you happy with the equipment and
the coach you have at the moment
mean, I am happy with what we have
now and I was before, it doesn't
change what happens a, I am enjoying
the moment right now.
Jamaica has a
proud tradition in bobsleigh, how
important is it for you to be here,
It really means a
lot. At the end of the day, as much
as we are not happy with our place,
we know there is a bigger picture,
we are the what happens a, I am
enjoying the moment right now.
Jamaica has a proud tradition in
bobsleigh, how important is it for
you to be here, continuing that?
really means a lot. At the end of
the day, as much as we are not happy
with our place, we know there is a
bigger picture, we are the first
women's eteam for our "and land and
the first women's team in the Winter
Olympic, that is a trailblazer, I am
hoping to build on that, that is
what barriers are made to be broken
and we will take that positive and
use it as motivation for tomorrow to
So just to recap, Germany lead the
way, going into heat three, and
Great Britain are in the top six.
Could they move up into a medal
position? Could they finish top
five, top four? Who knows, they will
be sleeping tonight dreaming,
dreamling of the chance of a medal
tomorrow and heat three will be live
at 11.40 tomorrow and heat four, the
medal decided run when they go in
reverse order will be from 1.00 on
BBC Two. But it is time now for me
to hand on the baton, or if we were
doing the relay I in short track I
would push you to Hazel Ervine.
Ladies the champagne is on ice in
the women's bob for tomorrow. We are
looking forward to that. I am sure
you is been following the ice hockey
matches so far. It has looked
predictable in the women's events
with the USA against Canada,
anything but predictable in the
men's and we had quarterfinal places
up for grabs today, and the first of
the matches we will see pits the
Finns against South Korea. This has
been a cracking match so far. It is
still going on, five goals so far
and these are they.
still going on, five goals so far
and these are they.
Looking to switch play round.
Tolvane. Should be dealt with by
Plant. Fantastic finish.
Plant. Fantastic finish. Kontiola.
You don't see too many players in
world hockey that can do that and
Finland have a lead.
Side of the net. The man out in
front and a second power play goal.
Comes off his skates and goes over
the line. Not a thing of beauty but
a thing of real function and Finland
are well on course for a date with
the Canadians in the quarterfinals.
They are leading the hosts Korea but
two goals to nil. Tolvanen did well.
The danger is not cleared and it is
in the back of the net.
Heiskanen with the Senate shot. He
stayed with it and snapped it home.
Dalton couldn't keep it out and
Finland lead by three goals to nil.
Is there one last chance? Under ten
minutes to go. It is there. A goal
for the Koreans. Finished off from
close range. Look what it means.
This place has erupted. Korean flags
everywhere waving. Radunske scores.
Where ever you glance there is
something happening in this game.
Fall, a turn over, a chance and now
the opportunity to work it. There is
a player without his stick as well.
That is a great finish. 3-2. Korea
fighting back here. They have
momentum. They are moving they want
a place in the quarterfinals and in
their first Olympic game, they are
lighting it up right now.
Stunning finish. And you have to
credit him. A terrific shot from Ahn
Jin Hui. He has this arena rocking
now. Kontiola touched it. A good
save by Dalton.
He is not worried
about getting three goal, he wants
his team to have four. Dalton
continues to stand tall as he tracks
that puck off the rebound.
that puck off the rebound. Off the
shot of Ohtam Galina Arsekina. What
a save. Even with number 8 is
lurking as well. It goes through his
skates. That is fantastic stuff
there by Dalton.
Nice and low.
for his team-mates to tip. Got all
the way through as well.
Matt Dalton has been a super start.
Quickly it comes back and high and
over the top from the Finnings as
-- Finns as well.
Now it comes back anchorians will
step in again and try and clear this
one away. Good work to get it down
the ice from Cho Min Ho. Finland
trailing but they fought back as
Swift goes in the corner, he will go
chasing. Neat play though by the
Finns to get it away and it is with
one of their youngs player, the man
who leads the way in points so far,
Tolv a anen.
Plant, this one hurts.
Tolvanen you have to respect him all
over the ice, you give him an inch
and he can make you pay and see the
frustration from Plante. He gets his
one handed stick, and he has one
hand on it. When you get it in
between the arms and body, the
referees don't like that. That is a
tough call. But it goes to show how
dangerous Tolvanen is.
dangerous Tolvanen is.
play for Peterborough. That is where
he played his junior career, now
gracing an Olympic Games for South
Korea. Here is a chance at the side
of the net. This is Finland's
opportunity to finish this. It is
forced home and they have the goal
they want. Finally some breathing
space for Finland. On the power
play, again. It is their third power
play goal of the game. Plante didn't
like the decision, the scramble
forcing Pastor Maldonado Dalton and
over the line.
This is an ugly goal.
Everyone gets a whack at it.
Everybody everyone gets a whack and
it rolls round, you can't watch the
puck. When you are in front of the
net and you are a defence man you
have to take the body, you have to
push it there and you can just see,
he got three and four whacks. He had
to be put on. That is too bad.
And a win disappears ever so
slightly out of this building.
Heiskanen will get the credit for
that goal. So, it's back to the
grindstone for the Koreans. They
have to just keep working. They have
a chance, once, twice, a hack and
aid whack and been nearly replied
immediately. They are going to keep
working this zone. They've done so
Pushed out in front again. And now,
Finland will get this clear. They
did really well there. No quit at
any point in this Korean team.
They're going for it all the way.
You have got to like this response,
giving up the power play to go down
4-2. They come right back out, and
get a chance at the side of the net.
A big hit.
Quick puck movement, back
on the stick of the Koreans, and
they will move into the zone with
some speed. Skating forward is
some speed. Skating forward is.
He froze and didn't do anything.
Good skating from the Finns to get
in first. Winning position back,
players in front of the net, trying
to squeeze this one. Anywhere will
do. Finland will come forward. Drop
pass. Across the net, and the puck
goes out of play.
Across the net, and the puck
goes out of play.
Finland, thanks to you so Hietanen,
what do the Koreans do to work their
way back in?
They have to keep going
the same way they have and get into
The Finns do such a good job of
keeping their teams to the outside.
We have seen instances of breaking
through. There is nothing to save it
for now, you have the crowd behind
you and your whole country behind
Huge hit. Somehow he managed to ride
that. Incredible stuff from told
Annan, 20 years of age, he will be
bound for the National Hockey League
in the not too distant future. He is
a frightening talent.
A nice pass, but not held onto by
Swift. A bit hard handed at times.
Plant, the goal on his hooking
penalty has given that breathing
space for Finland, who have
possession back again. Behind the
back of the net, they are looking to
make a shooting option.
Looking for something more, though.
They needed a tip to make a
difference. Finland have got the
Koreans running all over the place
right now. This is all Finland.
Takes a big deflection.
Koskiranta. Still Koskiranta. As
they try to bring it in, they can
clear way. Second time of asking, do
just that. Eight and a half remain,
in terms of minutes in this game, as
the offside is given here against
the Koreans. Finland lead 4-2, what
a ride this has been.
remarkable game, and this really
shouldn't have been this close. It
should not be within two. This is
the fifth seed going against the
12th seed, looking for a date with
Canada in the quarters. That second
period was one of the most electric
periods we have seen in a while.
Corriere getting the entire crowd on
their feet, making believers out of
everyone -- Korea.
Time is running out, and Finland
have looked much better in this
For those that had tickets
and missing this event, they are
missing a really good game of
hockey. Technically, there will be
better games, but in terms of
spirit, fight, desire or stop isn't
this what the Olympic Games is
This is a Korean team way down in
the world rankings going against the
fourth ranked Finnish team. And they
are making a game of it. Fabulous
We all know, if this was a
Disney movie, what would happen over
the course of the next eight minutes
and ten seconds. This is real life.
But sometimes, there are these odd
moments, where art and real life
Maybe I am doing a disservice to
sports films saying they are as
artistic as that one goes into the
glove of Koskinen.
Relying on their
centre man to win a draw. Get the
puck out. Around their own zone more
often than they would like. Paek, a
former NHL player. He has to be
proud with what he sees today. But
you bet he still wants more.
not the end for the Koreans, this is
the start for their hockey
programme. They have been promoted
to the top tier, irrespective of
what happens here, they have a World
Championships to go to. They have a
chance to build and have a programme
in place as it is tipped towards
goal, well saved by Matt Dalton.
This has put them on the map. And
has hopefully inspired the next
generation of eight, nine,
ten-year-olds that want to be
international ice occupiers for
I am sure there are a load of
new fans in Korea will stop they
want to be just like their new
heroes. The Olympic men's hockey
Will they get one more chance?
That's the question. Will they get
one chance they can put away, reduce
it to one and see what they can come
up with in the last few minutes?
It's what they need to do to break
this game down.
They've taken on all the big guns,
really, in this tournament. A bit of
speed into the zone. Can they finish
this one off? Such a good
opportunity for told
opportunity for told Annan -- and he
didn't take advantage of it. Pushed
into the zone and taken back by the
Finns. Time is ticking. Six and a
half minutes, potentially, remaining
on this Korea Olympic Ice Hockey
Finland are hoping they will end it.
They may end it now with a chance.
Dalton! That left catching glove has
been electric in this game. He
plucks that one out of the.
been simply fabulous here this
evening, doing everything in his
power, 34-35 shots directed his way.
And you're right, that left hand is
getting a work out, the amount of
times he has had to raise that thing
up. He turns aside the goal-scorer
there. He got the fourth goal for
The face of was won there bike Korea
but they will do it again. 11:10 at
night, this arena is so loud.
Face-off win by the Finns. Pushed
towards the net. That is well
stocked in the end, and pushed down
the line. Trying to use the boards,
but it's in finish possession.
Awkward looking play and this gives
an opportunity. A pass out in front
for the Koreans.
I think you are going to see two
lines on the ice from the Koreans
the rest of the way.
I think we are going to see a little
bit more, here is Swift. Plante
barrels his way forward, but without
any real opportunity to get in the
zone. Finland bring it back with
ease. Lepisto checking his options.
That is another good stop by the
Well set, the
winner of this game, place tomorrow
against Canada, and you can bet that
the Canadians are probably the
happiest team watching this game
here. I'm sure a lot of people are
expecting an easy romp for Finland,
get into the third period, extend
their bench, play four lines. Save
lots of reserves for tomorrow. But
it is going to be all hands on deck
for this remaining few moments.
is late at night, and amazing that
anybody can sleep in this kind of
atmosphere. Can you imagine if Korea
turned it around from here? And the
child remains asleep. You can
imagine in the teenage years, the
conversations they will have around
the table. "You Were there that
night, you know?"
I don't remember anything. Was that
a Korean or an American had? Maybe
it was one of those half and half
Maybe it is for Mike Testa
thoroughly enjoyable game, this,
five minutes and nine seconds to go.
These players have done Paek and the
Korean Federation proud here with
the way they have played through
this tournament. They have shown
they are not just making up the
numbers, which is so important. As
hosts, when you get the opportunity,
and their big aim now is to get
there by rights and their play
within the World Championships and
group qualifying campaigns. And how
amazing would it be for a Korean
team to make it through to Beijing?
Icing is called here. There is Jimmy
Paek, never going to see him get a
sweat on that bench. He is never
going to shout and scream. He is the
antidote to so many. The anxious
looks are on the Finnish bench with
their coach Lauri Marjamaki.
Deflected shot goes over the top.
Pushed all the way round. Using the
Finland get to it first. Finland
have taken the sting out of this
game beautifully. Three assists in
this game Tolvanen.
Testwuide. They break in with speed.
Options are out in front. If they
can force it there. It bobbles
through the crease. Korea can hold
it on the blue line. It is a high
Played away. Testwuide again. Takes
the hit to make the play.
stuff. Looks like he was maybe going
to go up and over. Would have been
the first time we had seen that.
Striding up the middle with bait of
purpose. Finland trying to finish
this out. Tipped out in front. Goes
wide of the target. Osala.
Now it goes wide. Finland are
chipping in and out. Miss play.
Big stretch for Plante. How much
longer before the coach removes his
netminder? Not long. Here comes
Pushes it into the corner.
Finland have it. They will send it
down the ice.
The net is empty. But the shot
misses, bad rebound, that causes
everybody to panic. Weird bounce off
the glass. We are into the final two
minutes. And will it be the final
two minutes of this Korean team's
interest in this hockey tournament,
I wonder? It looks that way.
But a goal here and that may be
throws it up in the air again.
Finland have it. Oh, nice move.
Really really good. Now steadies
himself. Shot is blocked.
himself. Shot is blocked. This is
the opportunity maybe for the Finns.
Deflects wide. Reagan to Swift.
Swift dangerous play but they have
Pushes it behind the net. Lepisto
first man there waiting for it.
Flips it round.
Not hell at the blue line. They have
given it everything they could.
are running out of steam. They need
two, three, four guys on the puck,
they can't get up ice in time. Three
guys standing at the blue line. Only
one on pursuit.
Rip round the boards again. The
Finns have it here. Maybe now they
will put this game to bed.
will put this game to bed. Kennel
none takes it deep. Finland have
done so well. Goodness me, that
would have been a bad end to this
one. The end is nigh for Korea. And
the Korean ice hockey team,
Finland just playing keep away right
now. Could be another chance, it is
deflected off a stick, a skate. It
Manninen will get the credit for it.
It extinguishes any hopes Korea have
of reaching the seemy final, they
deserve so much credit that. I have
given Finland a huge fright and they
have told the rest of the world,
hey, we're here, take us seriously.
That is what this Olympic Games is
Look at Young number five. He is
exhausted. He can't even move. He
was out there for the last
two-and-a-half minute, he had
nothing left. You were right Seth,
this Korean team can hold their head
high, to take Finland to an empty
net goal, in this qualification
game, that is something else.
The Korean ice hockey adventure is
over. It's first Olympics for the
men and the women, has brought so
many talking points of, from those
historic first goals to the
opportunities that it has created
for the peninsula. But as a purely
sporting spectacle, this was
something special. 3-0 down at one
point. Finland were in control.
Korea fought back to make it 3-2
before Finland put their foot down
in the final period. The empty
netter at the end, little more than
adding fat to the score line. Canada
up next with the Finns, but the
nation has embraced this tournament.
I think the world of ice hockey has
firmly embraced Korea.
It could have been easy for the
Korean team to pack things up when
they were down 3-0. You had them
electrify the nation and make
everyone believe, even the it was
just for a half hour it was
possible. You can see the respect
among these teams in the handshake,
Finland moves on to Canada. They
will be more tired than they thought
they were going to be.
will play the Adrians in the
quarterfinal and well I, -- the
Canadians in the quarterfinal. We
will have more from the men's team
in a moment. One women's team to
tell you about it. Featured Korea.
in a moment. One women's team to
tell you about it. Featured Korea.
Sip the pan-Korean team. They have
caused a real stir not least because
of the nature of that unification,
they haven't played particularly
well, they have lost all four
matches until the last one today.
They scored one goal but it didn't
matter. They were playing Sweden,
foer the seventh and eighth place.
It was the wooden spoon, would this
be the last time we would see the
history making team on ice? Who
know, they did lose 6-1, there was a
sign off goal.
sign off goal. Goal. The two Koreas
still technically at war. 20,000
fans have watched their matches and
their Canadian coach who has had to
bond two squads together, with the
South Korean President and the North
Korean President's sister there to
see them. They said the players have
been incredible and it was a
testament, there she is to the
bonding power of sport. I never
imagined she said the team would
connect this well. After the last
practise yesterday we had eight
players from the north and five of
our team and they were hugging and
taking pictures together. Sport is
breaking down the barrier. It would
be good to think it was.
We had ping-pong diplomacy in the
'70s, we might have big stick
diplomacy or puck diplomacy which is
problematic on a number of levels.
Back to the men's competition we go
then, and it is the USA who are
traditionally strong but only on
North American ice. The last time
they won a medal grey the north
American continent was in the 72
games in Japan and that was a
silver, they are a long away from
home and a away off a medal. They
are up against Slovakia for a place
in the quarters.
Intercepting that puck on the break.
Oh. Now a chance down the middle.
Second opportunity. Following up,
third of the tournament for 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 the take your goals when you
What an effort from Terry. The
goal tender lost his stick there.
It could be game over at the end of
this next five minute period if the
US play it well.
Quick shot, quick goal.
Wow! The US lead by two goals to
nil. Are they now on course for a
place in the quarterfinals?
the only reason that James is on
this team right now. All he does is
play on the powerplays. For that one
time shot, there, one of the finest
in the game and terrific job from
Terry, coming across the top.
Forcing the two Slovakian forwards
to respect him.
Looking for a third,
USA and they have done it. Terry
with another great play,
with another great play, and he
picked up another player.
work from Terry here. Wins the
battle behind the net.
battle behind the net. He recognises
Archibollo. Into the high spot. On
and off his stick in a second. What
a play from Terry.
US clogging up the middle. Sacked so
low in the zone. Another one time
and they score. And the deficit cut
to two goals. And the Slovakians are
keeping on fighting.
Look at this
rocket. Looked like the net minder
may have got a piece of it but not
He did well. A a wonderful finish. A
fourth for the USA. Great puck
movement, out in front. The
Americans have played a perfect
They have kept Slovakian
forwards away from danger and what a
play here. As O'Neill drops it off
to Liddle. We talk about the quick
puck movement, up the Americans,
their speed, letting the puck do the
work, they have done that in spades.
Another goal for the Americans, the
netminder beaten clean, and it is
the superstar of this American team
Donnato will top and tail it. He
scored the first and he will enjoy
the adulation, he is having a superb
That is one
confident player right there. Coming
down on the strong side. Head up,
short side rocket.
And the US fully deserve this.
Really impressive forever the
And have been led once again by
Donnato and team USA are going to
the quarterfinals of this men's
competition and now they have done
it in some style.
competition and now they have done
it in some style.
They will play the 1998 cheques who
won the gold medal 20 years ago.
Only a quarter of hour before Norway
took to the ice against Slovenia, a
new story broke of the third
positive test in the games and it
was for one of their player, a 29,
tested positive for a drug which can
be taken for asthma because it opens
up the airway, now he accepted that
violation immediately, he didn't
wait for the B sample and will leave
within 24 hours, how he has been one
of the key men for Slovenia, he
scored the winner the other night.
His team will now have to face this
important match without him, and
remember quarterfinal place up for
grabs against Norway. Now.
remember quarterfinal place up for
grabs against Norway. Now.
Power play time for the Slovenians.
Goes across the zone and that is
over the top.
Another shot on the goal.
Or is it? It is. Took some time for
the referee to recognise that.
28 seconds of the power play elapse.
And Sloviansk that from the lead.
This powered past the net mind e you
can see it get hung up in the net.
No doubt about it the leader for
Norway, that is the Captain. Norway
score! Score! Touched home, Norway's
hard work at the beginning of this
period has them back on level terms.
And now this game is up in the air,
a place in the quarterfinals remains
very much at stake. What a pass back
Way too nonchalant, the
Slovenian defender, next goal wins.
We are going to overtime, 60 minutes
can't split these two. That was a
wrecking ball play. Lost possession.
Still, can he finish in style can
they force it over the line? Where
is it? Could be a chance, lots of
bodies and they score. Norway have
won it in overtime. The shock coming
from high up in the zone.
Late on the play. He fires and
Norway are heading to the
quarterfinals for the very first
time in their history.
STUDIO: Slovenia will play the
Olympic Athletes from Russia, and
one more Place to be decided between
the Swiss men and the Germans. The
Germans didn't qualify with 18th
Sochi, so have made good progress to
get this far. Watch out for the
Swiss goalkeeper, one of the best in
the tournament. He is a former NHL
players with the Anaheim ducks.
COMMENTATOR: Dramatic start to the
match. Confirmation that... One-time
slapshot and a goal.
slapshot and a goal. It is Germany.
Eventually, the puck found its way
across to the left-hand side, Hiller
couldn't keep it down. 1-0 to
Germany. Really good save from the
one-timer. Almost a second chance
but forced into the corner. Loose in
front. It fell for Suter.
the defence of the Germans and this
is a good battle, a game getting to
the net crasher. And they were
The Swiss head coach, 42
years of age, he had a spell it in
the NHL, played 27 games for
Arizona. Germany have it, ripped in
and finished, the puck went loose in
front and Seidenberg sends jemmy
through to the quarterfinals of the
limpet games. Yannic Seidenberg was
quickest. It rebound did offer
Hiller, and Yannic Seidenberg
wrapped it home and Germany win 2-1
with a goal early in overtime. It is
Germany who will go through to face
Sweden in the quarterfinals.
get your rebound is, that's a big
goal. The Swiss were probably slight
favourites heading into the game. A
mild upset, but the Germans are
advancing and moving on.
Unfortunately, it means the Swiss
are heading home. It was a cagey
affair all night.
Germany will now face Sweden in the
men's quarterfinal, and that is
history for them today. We are
hanging up the padding and sweaty
ice hockey kit, if you have ever
been in an Ice Hockey Challenge in
room you will know where I am coming
from, and we are instead changing
into outfits that are altogether
Yes, the rough and tumble is over
for today, it is strictly about
artistry on the ice as we enjoy the
concluding free dance. The
semifinals in sight for Kyle Smith
and the British men, who are finding
their group, two matches to come,
their first against Norway. Wind
them and they are in with a shout.
It is the same for Eve Muirhead and
the British women. They are up
against the Japanese in their
concluding round-robin match. It is
about Elise again. Victor skate in
her ninth Olympic event of her
career, 1000 metres.
From the intensity of the ice rink,
we pop outside and dropped in on the
women's ski half pipe final.
But because it is the big day in ice
dance, we have reunited Torvill and
Dean, they have glided in here.
There they go, look at that. 34
years. You don't have...
only one when we did it.
very particular about things going
on the ice.
Everybody has little
things they do and I will call them
repetition, we had to do it every
time in the same way.
guards were on the left, Jayne 's
was on the right. It is just
One time, we came from a
show and they had been moved. We
tripped or something. From then on
it had to be.
So your shoes neatly
placed together at the door before
you came in?
Everything is perfectly
What was the dynamic
between the two of you on a day like
today going into an Olympic final?
Who was the calming influence?
think I was always the Karma one,
anyway. And I still am. But we
didn't really talk that much, to be
honest. We knew what we had to do,
and there were no more words left.
We trained up to that point, there
was a little look. We were like
caged lions at that point, the
pacing backwards and forwards,
prepping, ready to get ready.
have done these routines hundreds of
times before you go out there,
Bolero in particular. Were you
twitchy, because I remember the
vivid warm up. Everybody else was
together, touchy and freely, and you
went your separate ways, why did you
We started to do that
because, in the warm up, it got so
competitive to the sometimes people
would have crashes.
skaters never gave way.
It was more
intimidation tactics. So we thought,
we don't want to be involved in
that. We didn't need to skate
together at that point, because we
knew what we had to do. We had done
the training sessions, and we used
that time to warm up and relax, get
into the eyes.
It is conditioning
yourself, rather than going through
the programme. By that time, you
have done it so many times, so it is
being confident enough to say you
are ready, going out and feeling the
ice, and when the music goes, we do
Will it unknown of other
competitors to see you so lose?
People started talking about it. It
was never intended for that reason.
I guess it did start people
thinking, why are they doing that?
When we were training and had
practices, we did everything from
end to end.
The whole run-through.
No other competitors would do that,
they did part of it. It was a
psychological bit of skating.
when Chris was here last week, we
showed your Bolero routine from
1984, but for the time out today, we
have decided to show you something
from 1994, because you faced the
music and dance to again to bronze
medal. At the gala, you got the
Bolero costumes out once again to
prove to everybody that you
definitely still had it. We already
knew you did and you did it again.
Here is our time out once again,
Bolero a decade on.
There you go, 1994. One lovely thing
about that was all the crowd stood
up with home-made sixes, do you
up with home-made sixes, do you
It was very charming, but it was
It is all about
the dancers today, we are seeing who
will follow in your skate tracks.
Jayne, you were with us yesterday to
review the short dance, but Chris, a
hugely interesting battle between
the Canadians and French, with whom
you have been working. Horrible luck
with the costume.
malfunction, obviously, affected
them and what she was trying to do
at certain points to cover her
modesty. I think they did incredibly
well to get through it, but it
clearly affected the performance.
Not much as a partner, a male
partner, that you can do, why could
they not stop?
They could not stop,
because if they did, they would have
lost three points. They would have
had a 3-point deduction right away.
They would know that and would know
that they would have lost any point
of a gold.
OK. Is it going to shape
costume choices for a generation or?
Safety clasps will be improved,
that's for sure.
We saw Nick and
Penny do rumba musics and justice,
how much did you admire the routine
It was great. I
choreographed it for them, they
said, we have got the music and we
loved the music from 1994, and we
would love to use a variation of it.
I said, absolutely. They said, would
you work with us on a? It was a
privilege to work with them. I have
admired them from afar. They are so
enthusiastic, and they give a lot
back. They don't stand and wait for
information, if you give them
inspiration, they run with it. It is
In the top ten into the free
dance, Jayne, with less than two
points separating the Canadians and
the French, how much life is left in
this as a contest that they?
have your top two and the rest of
them stop having said that, within
that top ten, there are some really
high standards of skating.
talent is amazing, and where dance
has gone too now and what they
For the French pair, their
first Olympic Games, how much value
from Canada would you place on
experience? They have won a gold and
Hugely experienced, and
they have been together from such a
young age. They know each other so
well. They know how they react under
pressure, they know what they need
to do. For the French, their first
Olympics, they have been world
champions, so they want to stay at
the top and they want to win that
Olympic gold. It is neck and neck,
and they train together. In Canada,
they are both coached by the same
coaches, so they know what each
other are capable of, and they know
on the night, they both can deliver.
Jayne, would you have done that?
Could you train with great Bible 's
day in, day out?
It is an
interesting one. You feel like you
shouldn't meet until you are
competing together. But you are
going back to the French's first
Olympics, is World Champion some
your first Olympics, whatever level,
it is something completely
different. The pressure is different
as well. To come second, even to get
the silver medal is such an amazing
thing to achieve.
Let's have a quick
look at how things stood going into
look at how things stood going into
this programme. The free dance will
decide the medals, less than two
points separate the Canadians and
No glitter ball, all watched by
Robin Cousins. And. This is the ice
dance free dance, and we will see
gold, silver, bronze handed out in
this final day of the Olympic
The Canadian pair are a point ahead
of Nick and Penny. They are
qualifying in tenth. Piper and Paul
in ninth. The pressure is on James
Bond and his Bond girl.
Wonderful control. Curved lift.
Beautiful through the rotational
lift. The lovely quality and
softness in Paul and Piper.
Such a striking combination out on
the ice and we enjoyed their
inventive contemporary short dance
yesterday, this old school Bond
movie glamour and action.
thrilled with it. Smouldered
If I have one tiny niggle the music
was so dramatic and fast. I wanted
them to have a bit more attack, but
it is so smooth and lovely quality
within the elements. Level two on
107.31. That is a big season's best
for them, improving by five points
on they previous mark and they leap
up to the top of the leaderboard and
that really has heaped the pressure
on Nick and Penny who skate next.
So here we go, just over four
minutes and this Olympic journey
will be over for Nick and Penny from
a shattered kneecap through 20 month
of edespair, recovery to today.
Tenth place at the moment. They are
looking to push up the leaderboard
here and they need to be perfect.
And that was the lift.
How is it
So far, so good.
The ultimate story of grit and
determination has happy ending out
on the ice for now at least. It may
not be a medal but this means nor
them than precious metal. Just being
back out there skating together and
at an Olympics. Robin, what can you
I am seeing, diagonal sequence
level four. Combination spin,
synchronised twizzle, all four,
circular step level three. Curve
lift level four. We are seeing
positive GOEs across the board.
Penny just a slight wobble on the
second turn of the twizzle. Caught
101.96. It keeps them
behind the Canadian, they are in
third place at the moment. They are
desperate to finish the top ten, the
bad news as far as the British are
concerned is that there is a bit
concerned is that there is a bit of
a gap, a upup. Six points the
difference so it looks like Nick and
Penny will finish just outside the
Powerful stuff from Andrew and
Caitlin, as they tried to chase down
their countrymen in first position.
They are very, very pleased with the
performance. The Canadians and the
US have such depth of talent in
Andrew was a little
bit lucky on that third resort, to
incorporate the exit. Just falling
off is slightly. They are below
their team-mates from a technical
element score, but they are ahead in
the component scores. It is going to
be very tight in the free dance.
is enough. 107.6 to five. We have
new leaders. That is enough to push
them above Piper Guinness and Paul.
Follow the storytelling. She is
blind through the whole first part,
which is why she will never look at
Very nicely through the Twizell
Site is restored.
Her site is restored.
Living the story out there.
They are a very tall couple. She
manages to keep the elegance in
lifts and some not so pretty
positions. But she makes them work.
Beautiful. Great line. Ankles
crossed just a little bit tighter.
111.45 for Ekaterina Bobrova and
Dmitri Soloviev. They are top of the
leaderboard for now. Anna Cappellini
and Luca Lanotte a. 2014 world
champions from Italy.
Luca did very well to recover on the
second and third sets of twizzles.
Slightly off on the first one, but
they will get the credit for the
Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte are
just one point behind the bronze
medal position. This was their fight
for a first Olympic medal. Have they
done enough to enter the fray?
have had a one point deduction
because the third element, the
straight-line lift, exceeded the
duration that it is allowed to be in
the air. That is a point you do not
want to be giving away.
them in second. They have slipped a
position. Ekaterina Bobrova and
Dmitri Soloviev topped standings for
These two very much in the battle,
particularly for the bronze medal
position. Who knows, they could go
even better. But there are just two
one hundredths of a point between
Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani.
The rivalry is heating up.
Maia and Alex are hoping that
Pyeongchang 2018 is there paradise.
Very smooth, through the steps
sequence and into the straight-line
Perfection through the twizzles.
They are so precise through their
It is signature Shibutanis, clean
and precise. The performance of the
game for them. They are already
going home with a bronze medal in
the back from the team event and
that looks like a medal winning
performance to me.
That is the best
I have seen them, they are so
precise technically always,
consistent, consistent, consistent.
But sometimes it is lacking the joy
or emotion and you could see
individually they were both loving
that moment being on the ice and
that's what I need to see. That's
what I haven't had from them that
often. It's always been clinical for
We have new leaders, just as we
expected, and that will pile the
pressure on. But Maia and Alex
Shibutani have really gone for it
here. Silver medal position at the
moment for the two times world
champions, Gabriella Papadakis and
Guillaume Cizeron the reigning
European champions, and they are
less than two points behind Tessa
Virtue and Scott Moir who lead the
way. That wardrobe malfunction, her
dress falling off during the
performance yesterday, really
knocked them but still less than one
point in it.
It is silky and smooth, sublime from
the off. This was billed as a battle
for the gold between them and their
training partners Tessa Virtue and
score Moir. Beat that.
exquisite to watch them skate
because individually strong, good,
solid skaters. Together it is
special and that's what happens. The
music will start and then you will
see and it is the detail for me.
Even the way the fingers intertwined
in the opening move. It just draws
you win and commands your attention.
Some musical and they feel every
moment that they are together. There
is that connection.
is that connection.
A new season 's
best, a new world record.
best, a new world record. 123.35,
and it's going to be a very big ask
now for Tessa Virtue and score Moir
to claim their second Olympic title.
Tessa and Scott desperately trying
to save their gold medal chances.
But Madison Hubbell and Zachary
Donohue currently sit in the bronze
medal position, but they saw that
performance from Maia and Alex
Shibutani and they will need to be
brilliant here if they want to go
home in the medals.
It was fabulous and dramatic but
putting your hands down on the price
makes it an instant 1-point
reduction because it was considered
before and I'd written a note here
that there is never anything
tentative about these two when they
hit the ice. It is gangbusters of
equality and they wanted to make
that happen right there.
no room for error at all in that
programme if they wanted to beat
Maia and Alex Shibutani. Also team
USA onto the podium but that is
going to be a problem. It is 109.94
so they slot into third place then,
with Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir yet
to skate so it is that
heartbreaking, agonising fourth
position then for Madison and
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the
world champions, the 2010 Olympic
champions, in the gold medal
position coming into the free dance.
But they are going to be
extraordinary if they want to win
this gold medal. They are going to
need to beat the new world record,
laid down by Gabriella
laid down by Gabriella Papadakis and
Culane Cizeron, just two dances ago.
It is brilliant, but is it enough
for Olympic gold for the world
champions from Canada?
wanted to deliver and they certainly
did. I am looking at the screens,
trying to do the maths. It is tight
at the top. Goodness me.
they could not do any more.
Virtue and Moir knew they had to
give everything, they could not
leave anything on the ice.
didn't, they absolutely smashed it.
They've done it! 122.40! The
comeback kid is complete for Tessa
Virtue and Scott Moir
comeback kid is complete for Tessa
Virtue and Scott Moir. They took two
years away from competition and
returned to win World Championship
gold. Now it is the Olympic gold as
Phenomenal. Amazing champions,
amazing performers. Yes, very
different to Papadakis and Cizeron.
The silver medal is deserved, but
these two are supreme.
I don't think
we could have skated any better.
With the pressure mounting, we felt
the weight of the world as we took
to the ice. We looked at each other
and said, let's skate for us. We
deserve this, we are ready and we
love this programme, so let's please
do it how we are able to.
in knowing that you needed a massive
performance to beat a world-record
We train with them, so we
knew what to expect. We didn't know
they have posted a world-record, but
we could have bet the house on it
that they would. We had to come out
hungry and have our skate. That is
what we are most proud of. A lot of
things can go different ways in
sport. We stuck to our plan and we
are proud to come out of the
competition with a gold medal.
so happy to be back, I really
enjoyed myself out there. The
audience are great, it felt like a
great skate. I soaked up the moment
and I loved it, and I am so happy to
be back. The score has put a damper
on the whole experience. I felt like
we gave it everything. The school is
disappointing, because that is not
what we came here to do.
the score can dampen your feeling
about the performance, I tried to
think about how we felt after we
finished. We both thought that we
had done a great job and performed
as well as we wanted to. We are
going to try to remember that, I
11th place finish, but no doubt
11th place finish, but no doubt
about the winners, by less than a
point. The pressure they wonder to
produce a faultless routine, how
much did you admire the way they
went about their business today?
Amazing. He said they trained with
them, so they know they are capable
of doing an amazing routine. For
them to come out at the end of
everybody and do that performance,
it was magnificent.
It means that
they now have five medals, three
gold and two Silver, they are the
most decorated figure skaters in
Olympic history. When you think
about it, that is partly due to the
fact that the team events have come
in. When you think about it, Robin
Cousins and you, we could have found
Yes, where was the team
event in the 80s!
We thought the
short dance and the free dance
should have medals as well.
your impression of the routine?
Completely different from the style
we saw from the French, they really
put the squeeze on the Canadians?
The French skated beautifully. Just
so easy to watch. The Canadians,
when they came out, as Chris said,
they had lots of pressure and they
knew that they had to skate a team
Between the two Makarov then, Scott
and Tessa are dramatic, and the
French, they present themselves, as
you said, liquid, fluid, so easy.
As Robin said,
when they are out there, when they
are skating perfectly together,
something else takes over. You feel
like you are watching something very
special. They actually won the free
Indeed, we were talking about
closeness on the ice, which mirrors
the way you skated. Jayne
closeness on the ice, which mirrors
the way you skated. Jayne, you spoke
about having deep edges when you
skate, what do you mean?
What we see
with the French is that we see them
get speed from seemingly nowhere.
That is their technical really deep
knee bends, strong edges. That is
what makes them look so fluid.
They are so close together, and it
makes it look special as well.
it not been for that faulty button,
could it have been French?
did come down to a clasp on the
dress that caused them to become
distracted during the short dance.
But that doesn't matter now. It is
the final result, they have to put
it behind them and move forward.
Don't take anything away from them.
They are magnificent.
What now? Both
for the Canadians and for the
French? Do you think that Scott and
Tessa will continue?
I don't know if
they want to make even more history
by going for a third Olympic gold.
They have done amazingly well with
what they have achieved.
I have a
feeling they might not. So difficult
to maintain that standard, through
their careers. For sure, the French
will continue to the next Olympics
in Beijing and they will have a lot
to... You know, they will want to
prove themselves. They have to stay
at the top of their game for the
next four years to be present at
You were in Lake Placid,
you had that experience at the first
Olympics. To come away with silver,
knowing that they could be the top
dogs in four years, wonderful?
are probably slightly disappointed
at this time. But when they think
back and people will be talking to
them, saying, look what you have
done, the first Olympics, you could
have easily have had gold, but you
got silver and that is not bad.
might be talking about the new
generation, not just the French.
Also some very good American pairs.
The Shibutanis, upgrading their
fourth place. Do you think this was
the right way around? We saw Madison
Hubbell and Zach Donohoe give them a
good run for their money, but this
was the bronze medal winning team?
This is the best performance I have
seen of theirs all season. They have
a reputation for being smooth, but
not going beyond a certain level,
not giving heart and the motion. But
on this performance they gave more
than I have ever seen. They
deservedly got the bronze medal.
Zach and Madison made that mistake,
that is how critical it is. You make
the slightest mistake and pay for
Just like you said they had done
at the World Championships as well.
It must be really hard to take?
it is not the first time he
stumbled. We shall see!
Penny and Nick, from Great Britain's
perspective, the achievement of
being there, how much can you admire
the way that they skated?
they skated really well. I was
surprised to see them dropping a
place, given that performance. I
thought in the short dance that
there were moments that were
slightly lacking in confidence. You
know, coming out from that accident.
There were a couple of moments where
I thought they were trying to be too
careful to not make mistakes and
they lost a bit of Unison on their
twizzles and turns. This
performance, they gave everything.
Their gold medal is being able to
get these games and perform, equip
themselves in the way that they
have. That is their gold medal. They
should be very proud of themselves.
Going through all of this, they have
been up and down emotionally. Penny
has got some great.
She sure has, to
get back onto the ice. The gap
between ice dance and pairs, is it
narrowing? Saw the lifts that we saw
out there, it crosses the line?
getting very athletic and acrobatic
to some degree. The two are getting
closer. With the paired skaters,
they said to me, when I
choreographed for the Germans, make
us a nice dance routine.
When we saw Virtue
and Moir, there were some elements,
particularly above the shoulders,
that was kind of frowned upon in
your day, Jayne Torvill?
that was kind of frowned upon in
your day, Jayne
You said that they
can't lift the body weight?
stand on the shoulders beyond his
back, but he can't use his hands to
support their weight. Standing on
the thighs, who knows? Ouch!
couple more questions have come in.
When the ice skaters are in full
flow, can they tell if they are not
in sync with one another? I guess
they are talking with twizzles, step
sequences, is there anything you can
do to correct that when you are in
It is a committed thing when you go
into it, on twizzles, when you have
committed, you can't do much to
change that. What you try to do, you
have the timing and rhythm that you
don't get off sync with each other.
If that happens, it is hard to
You were never in that
You never have to correct anything.
Not with me, clearly!
Thank you so
much and Jayne you are back
tomorrow, but it's been a pleasure
reuniting you today. I don't know
whether Jayne and Chris were as at
home on skis as skates?
I am mostly
on skis now.
May be a new career
beckons but you are welcome to stay
and analyse the biathlon and Nordic
combines but I suspect you might
want to have a coffee.
Paddy Geary can bring us up to speed
with two events that sum up
all that is gruelling and great
about the Nordic sports
The mixed by Athlone relay is still
a new event. The idea, each team has
two men and two women, women ski
three lots of two kilometres each,
the then do the same but with loops
of 2.5 kilometres.
of 2.5 kilometres. The four time
world champion in biathlon, but it
doesn't make him perfect. Missed
shots mean dropped places. France
started to take control, it was over
to skiing shooting superstar to
finish it. This man already has two
gold medals at the games and was so
dominant he could stage manage his
descent sporting history.
descent sporting history.
greatest French or summer Olympian,
gold number three in the
Behind that Italy were
about to make Germany's day words,
pipping them to a bronze. The
Germans felt Vindic had cut in front
of the month early. To the only
Winter Olympics bought that only
involves men, Nordic combined, a
mixture of the endurance of
cross-country on the exuberance of
ski jumping. There are two
individual events, one on a normal
hill and this was on the large
health which saw the Japanese going
into the lead. Then a ten kilometres
slog of skis, sweat and snow. The
Norwegian battled his way to the
front, behind him three Germans were
waiting for their moment. Four years
ago in Sochi it went wrong right at
the end, but could he and his
countrymen stay in front this time?
Germany one, two, three, they are
stunned and elated. It is exhausting
just watching it. Germany dominate
the Larch Hill Nordic combined.
a clean sweep for the Germans and
they will be bumped up even further
in the medal table. In the roaring
game of curling its getting into the
nitty-gritty now because with only
two matches left for both men and
women, they must get to the top four
in the round robin stage is to
qualify for the knockout stages.
There is no better man to have in
your corner than Kyle Smith and his
dad, David Smith, a former world
champion himself. Word reaches us
that both Dave and his wife have had
a quiet word in their son's years
and I'm sure confidence levels were
boosted ahead of their penultimate
match today. This is how it looked
match today. This is how it looked
coming in because Great Britain in
third place is tied with the
Canadians going into this match.
Only the top four going through
today, they took on the Norwegians
for who it was effectively wind or
bust today. It wasn't just their
trousers that might give Kyle a few
headaches today. We're joining it in
the first end.
COMMENTATOR: We have been remarking
about how Thomas has warmed up to
this competition, younger brother
Rob Eve Muirhead of course.
World champion, Olympics and --
Olympic silver medallist in
This is his 373rd International game
His not only very
experienced, he's been very
successful but you were saying, am I
right in thinking there was a bit if
not controversy but discussion
overall whether he should be here or
You are right, there is
another up-and-coming men's team
that has been producing some great
results on the world curling tour
over the last couple of seasons but
also they beat Norway in the recent
World Championships. They went to
the last World Championships for
Norway but Ulsrud was given the nod
on the premise that they made the
play-offs at the European
Championships, which they managed to
do, but then finished fourth.
is pending up a nice tidy end for
Great Britain. Just
Great Britain. Just looking for...
Did they ask for a technician? They
have lost a stone? How can you lose
a stone? It was called into action
earlier today. He has brought a CD
with him as well.
with him as well. That's the first
time I've seen the man with the Alan
key come on with another piece of
equipment. Anyway, we are all set.
He should have his own programme you
know. What's his name?
know. What's his name?
key mark. This could be a great
start for Britain.
Yes, this could
be a good start for Britain.
be a good start for Britain. Even
with that mistake earlier in the end
from Kyle, he's taking a look at
this one and you know what, he might
be able to get all three if he hits
Yes, just on that shot
there, was it the intention to roll
that side? Would it not have been
better to go the other way?
as they were sticking around in the
house, the last thing they would
want to do is create an easy double
So Ulsrud in a bit of
bother here because Great Britain
with three stones and the hammer
here. If he gets this wrong, Great
Britain could pick up three. If he
gets it right and takes all three
are out, it could just be one.
Generally speaking this is the kind
of shocked we want to see Ulsrud
playing. He's potentially less
accurate when throwing the
There you go. We have
seen on this outside sheet, this is
sheet A they are playing on. There
are four sheets. Some players
struggle on the outside. Anyway he
managed to get on so it is a
straightforward draw for Great
Britain and this would set them up
really nicely. Kyle Smith has on
occasion have some difficult shots,
lots of difficult shots to make, but
the fact he has come up when it
matters most with the right shots
and got some good victories. Really
close games. We've had extra ends, a
lot of pressure on the skip. Not on
this occasion, this is fairly
straightforward. We wouldn't mind if
it all went like this today. So this
is a cracking start for the British
men. Pick up their three in the
first end and that will give them
not only a lot of confidence but it
will affect Norway also and they
have got a chasing game now right
from the very start.
And Kyle Smith clearly in good form
out on the ice. They will pick them
up again in this expense whether
British team have established a
commanding 6-3 lead. It is looking
very good this point.
COMMENTATOR: He has just been
missing, hasn't he. Kyle Smith is
saying, come on, have a go.
Switzerland have restored order in
that match against Korea. It was a
steal of three.
steal of three. Korea now trail
Switzerland 5-4. Not too far away.
Nicely done. Not much
in it here. That was almost as if to
say, well I am trying.
Time out for Great Britain while
they have a little think about this.
They know, let's not open the door
for Norway. It is the sixth end,
keep control of this match.
is kind of what I was talking about.
This was almost inevitable and they
could have predicted this would
happen. I'm just not sure they
played the right shot with the last
I always think he's like a
policeman who's coming on duty. Arms
behind, arching out there. Evening
I want to get rid of the sixth one.
I want to get rid of the other one.
He could still have this one and
then his round again.
Has he picked up that? I don't think
they say that in Sweden, do they?
Aye? So he's saying let's get rid of
So Britain using their time-out,
using it at a good time. They don't
want to allow Norway back in this
and find themselves in a sticky
situation a little bit later.
Just inside here for Kyle Smith. He
hits it right on the nose. It is a
good shot there.
Well, only one
stone left for Norway. He's going to
take that on and try to come in
behind the red. Is he?
No, I think
they are just going to play the
straight draw here, Steve. If you
play the take-out, it is much more
difficult to control where the
throwing stone goes.
He has played
down the line so he's probably
thinking I know what this is like.
They really need to steal here,
there's no benefit in them losing
But if he loses three,
it is game over, isn't it?
you are chasing the game three shots
down, you don't have the last stone,
you need to take every opportunity
to score that you can.
This needs to be good then, needs to
be tucked away as well as he can. It
is curling a lot already, an awful
He's on the top one. This be
It could be a situation
which Norway decides there is no way
back from. You can shake hands and
decide enough is enough. It will be
9-3 and you cannot see Norway coming
back from that. At the worst it will
be 8-3 so straightforward shot here
from Kyle Smith to pick up three.
The discussion going on between the
Norwegian team at the moment. I
think it is probably along the lines
of let's get out of here, guys,
because it's been a rotten day at
the office. Let's regroup. It's been
an excellent performance from the
British team so far, and Kyle Smith
wanting to put the icing on the cake
here. He thinks he's a bit heavy, he
says. Should be OK though.
That will come in nicely and pick up
his three. That is going to be it,
the Norwegian team coming over. They
may decide to keep going. They are
9-3 to Great Britain.
And they play
on. And seven, both teams have two
stones remaining. Norway are still
hanging on in there.
At least 2016 worlds, the
standardising of the brushes came
in, just like the F1 tyres, if you
It is usually the case, isn't
it? Technology comes into any
element of sport. You try to push
the boundaries and then it gets
reined back in, when people think it
is an unfair advantage. Or at least
there is a development that isn't
available to everybody.
players that have been playing for
ever, they realise when they were
sweeping, because of the new
learning that has been taking place,
they are actually making them curl
more, they are not making it go
straight like they were trying to
do. It changed the thinking about
Another great shot from Kyle Smith.
Double takeout. A familiar story
from Norway. Nothing with Norway to
Could sit on top, perhaps. Got it
behind the front garden. That is
very easy to see.
If they were not resigned to their
fate after six ends, you get the
feeling that another and passes here
and with another score for Britain,
one for Norway, the fact they have
kept going to pick one up, you might
surely think that is enough. See
what they decide.
Trying to keep that match in
Switzerland going at 5-5.
That would put Switzerland on six
wins, and would guarantee them in
Canada and Great Britain would be on
six wins, and then a gap to the rest
of the field.
The line is good!
This looks very good.
keeps turning the screw, doesn't he?
Thomas just needs to accept he's not
going to beat Kyle Smith today. I
don't know if anybody can. He is on
fire right now.
It has been very good from the very
beginning. Particularly from Kyle
Smith. You have to be set up by your
team, they have given opportunities
to play good shots, but he has
I admire their fortitude in the
sense of sticking to the task.
If you speak to him, he would say,
in 2011, I was 9-3 down, with four
to play, this and that happened. He
has enough experience, he has been
there so many times before.
Anything with 73 in, I remember.
You look puzzled?
Sunderland won the FA Cup. 1973.
didn't I know that?
I've no idea, it
is famous. William
almost trying an impossible shot.
Trying to tap the Redstone. Just
trying to sneak past the guard, and
They did not shake hands after the
sixth end. They decided to keep
fighting. That is exactly what they
are trying to do. Desperate to try
and get his two here. A difficult
shot for the Norwegian skip. He had
some difficult shots to make without
any success, really.
This is wide.
There is the one. The match is over.
The handshakes finally come. Delayed
by an end in which Norway really
prolonged their own agony. 9-3 down,
trying to force a couple. In so
doing, they gave up the steel to
Great Britain. That has been their
best performance of the Olympic
Games so far. Not just the score,
but the manner in which they played.
Great Britain have beaten Norway
10-3. They now have five wins. With
just one match to go, a victory
against the USA would guarantee them
a place in the semifinals. Great
Britain walk off the ice a very
happy team indeed.
Congratulations, do you think that
was your best performance?
There were still a couple of slack
ones, but we applied the pressure.
You were out of the
blocks like Usain Bolt, three in the
Yes, good start. That was
when we managed to win the hammer
and get three on the ball
straightaway. It is great to get a
head start like that. We managed to
keep it going, which was good.
course, now you are sitting in a
very comfortable position in terms
of qualification, because you know
it is in your hands. That is what
you want to have, one more win and
you are through?
Yes, if we knew we
would come into the next game of the
round-robin needing a win and it is
in our hands, we would be happy. We
have put ourselves in a great
position and need to do the job
I am going to give you a
technical question, do you think you
play better in red?
It is 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 be coming back tonight? I know
you have a session out tonight, but
I guess it is a question of
gathering yourself for tomorrow?
is nice to have a break. It has been
a bit relentless, to be honest. It
doesn't feel like we have had a lot
of time off. Nice to enjoy the rest
of the day, supporting the girls
later on, really focus for the game
This is the situation out of the
If Great Britain win, they will
definitely go through. There will be
no need for the curling version of
the Duckworth-Lewis method! Looking
rather chipper, what gives you cause
They played really
well. They came out with great
confidence. They took three in the
first end from Thomas, that is no
mean feat. That set the tone. They
were out there from start to finish,
with a job to do, delivered.
wins in a row, a very good time to
start coming good in this
It is such a long week,
you can't perform at 100% the whole
time. That is not possible. It is
good to build, as the week goes on,
when you get to the play-off games
in a straight knockout, you want to
be performing at your best. That is
when you need to pick.
You know this
rink very well, you were
instrumental in picking them out in
the early days, how well established
as the team?
They played three
juniors together, they had a very
successful junior career. They know
each other inside out. It is a key
factor to this team dynamic. Yes, I
was involved in putting them into
the regional Academy Way back when
they were young boys, to get that
extra coaching and drive them
forward. It is really nice to see
how much they have progressed and
matured over the years.
from very good stock! You have Kyle
and his brother Kami, the sons of
Dave Smith, who himself was
instrumental in getting culling into
the Olympic Games in the first
place. What is the story?
skipped the Great Britain team in
1988, when it was a demonstration
sport at the Olympics. He was
basically part of selling culling to
the IOC, to get it into the
Olympics. Now his son, his two
Sands, they are playing. Dave had a
hugely successful career. It has
driven his son's. He has won world
junior medals, he is a champion. He
has so much experience to pass on
and they have that in the household.
And the Muirhead champion, two sons
in the mail setup as well. He is at
home at the moment is to mark
had to stay at home and look after
Somebody had to do it. He will be a
nervous wreck. The farm might be
abandoned for the next few days.
has his daughter, skippering the
women's team as well. What do you
like about Kyle and the way the
communication levels have been
peeking between the team? That is so
important in the sport of culling?
Hugely important. When they were
younger, they were fiery youngsters
on the ice. Now they have matured so
much, the communication is
fantastic. They work well together.
Kyle is calm, he does not get
flustered. He keeps a lid on any
issues that could arise. They deal
with them and move on. In the past,
issues may have lingered through the
game. Now they just been
game. Now they just been -- bin that
and move on.
A lot of pressure,
after that silver. All going well
for Great Britain. So, to the women.
It has been a long time since Rhona
took the gold medal, with Fiona and
Mags. That was the first gold at
Great Britain managed to
establishing any sport since Torvill
and Dean. She was also there in
Sochi, as the head women's coach to
see Eve Muirhead follow her on an
It all comes down to this. The last
stone of the final end, a chance to
win an Olympic medal. This young
British team, skipped by the young
Eve Muirhead. They are the world
champions. Now they could be the
Olympic bronze medallists, if this
is right. She is watching anxiously.
Hold your nerve, hold your breath.
Watch this stone. They are sweeping
it. They are watching it. Even is
coming down and is looking
anxiously. They have got to keep
working. There is no chance to
celebrate yet. The stone is going to
get there. The brushes are in the
air. Britain have won the bronze
medal! Eve Muirhead held her nerve.
Those icy blue eyes can light up.
How would you sum up your emotions
when that was going on? You could
not control what was going on on the
ice, what was it like watching it?
Scary, on the ice you can control
what is happening, when you are
sitting behind the scenes, you
can't, you just have to sit and
hope! Hope that all of the hard work
pays off and they perform on the
Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki
Adams, returning from the rink in
Sochi. Lauren Gray was the ultimate,
moving up to leading the team. A
very established team. They have
some trials and tribulations over
the last few days but they went to
the penultimate match today with
four wins and three defeats. Eve and
her team-mates had the semifinals in
the sites if they could win their
last two matters. That was against
the rather surprisingly high-flying
Japanese team. We are going to join
this one because Britain went 3-1
Japanese team. We are going to join
this one because Britain went 3-1
down after two ends. They bounced
back with a steel in the sixth, the
Japanese skipper made some pretty
crucial errors. This was one of
We will join it at the start of the
ninth, 7-5 to Britain.
Watching these two teams, w have had
a good competition. Japan surprised
people to be in contention. Their
last two matches against Great
Britain and against Switzerland.
Although they were in a good
position coming into this, with five
win, no guarantee that five wins and
four losses is going to get them
through. Great Britain would love to
make it six wins. They have to win
this one first against Japan. If
they can get this one over the line,
then they face Canada with their
final match. A record of 5-4 will,
I'm pretty sure, see you in a
tie-break match. A record of 6-3,
then you will definitely be through.
5-4 may be good enough to go
through. All of that will come out
in the wash.
Actually USA picked up two over
Korea. That one is still very much
in the balance. Didn't look as if
that was going to happen in that
previous end. Watching that ahead of
us. 7-6 Korea lead that one.
So Japan with the hammer here. Those
two stones just coming to rest side
by side from Lauren.
Yurika Yoshida two years younger
than her sister. Putting the two
corner guards up.
corner guards up. Little short with
So after four stones have been
played then you can remove the
guards. They are protected up until
that point, if they're out of the
house, in front of the house.
house, in front of the house. Eve
Muirhead asking Vicki Adams just to
remove this one.
Well, I always think the last three
ends is when you see the good
players really come to the fore,
make their shots. The skips making
the right decisions. Reading the
game, reading the situation. For Eve
Muirhead, trying to keep control of
Very much about managing the
pressure at this stage in the game.
A little changing in tactics here.
Japan just going to use these two
stones of Great Britain's to sit in
front of, make it hard to remove.
Eve just going to ignore this one
and take the corner. The corner will
cause the trouble if she doesn't
move it. They need one in behind
there and a little mistake or a
slight error of judgment and Japan
could have the opportunity to great
a two. You want to hit this and roll
it out of the house. They catch too
much of it.
That's not the best position to be
in, sitting in front of those
stones. A little mistake from Vicki.
Japan will be hoping to get their
two tied up. Great Britain would
have the hammer in the final end,
one would be enough to win it, of
course. Japan might, I don't think
will be in any situation where this
end will end up being blanked.
Anything other than two for Japan
really is going to give Great
Britain a massive opportunity.
Because even if Japan were to steal,
a little tap back there, it wouldn't
be enough to win. Obviously, if
Britain got a steal here, then that
would be a really good position to
be in. Japan would keep the hammer
into the last end, but we would be
three ahead. So all of that to be
When you think that Great Britain,
after five games, had only two wins
and three losses in the run in that
they were going to have, a win here
would be a massive confidence
booster. So what is she thinking
here, Eve? Sorry that's Eve, you're
They would like to get rid
of both of these yellows. They are
worried it might jam on the back
No more time outs for Great Britain.
Japan still yet to use theirs. You
saw Glen Howard looking on.
He has to leave it up to them now.
Little signals, that's not allowed.
That's not allowed. Definitely a no,
Not even hand signals.
don't use referees. We have umpires
on the ice. They will be checking to
see if you are looking up for
guidance from your coaches. Only
allowed the one minute time out.
That's OK, isn't it? Not
a bad result. A little flop in
there. Not bad. Not bad says Anna.
There is an opportunity for Japan to
catch the red and tap the yellow
back and push the red a little bit.
She won't want to put too much
weight on it, just enough for a tap,
A little bit of tap dancing here
required. Chinami Yoshida.
That was very gentle tap. Is that
yellow a target?
So the red is safe
in there at the minute. Just the way
the angles are sitting.
the angles are sitting.
she's not going for that. So the
decisions have to be Eve's now.
There are no time-outs left.
There are no time-outs left.
just looking to protect that centre
This is where, you know,
Eve's experience now tells you. You
almost forget she's been to tleet
Olympic Games and multiple World
Championships. They are the current
European Champions, of course. Right
on the centre line. Just trying to
protect the ability for those stones
to be used at some point. So now
Japan wanting to shift them out of
there. Try to get a clear run in. A
clear look at what's going on
around. They need the two here
I think she's
overthrone. Going to jam.
on, yeah. Again, the mistakes have
been there. If you are just tuning
into this. It was 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. So they were 3-1
up at that point. We clawed our way
back into it. Then 3-3 at the
halfway point. Great Britain
answered with a three. A steal of
three, wasn't it, that lead 6-3.
Since then they have been trading
scores, but it's been the mistakes
from Japan that Great Britain have
been able to capitalise on that have
put us in this position.
So we have
to make sure we can guard this up
because we don't want to leave that
yellow open and let Japan get to tap
That might look a long way away,
but when you sit from where we're
sitting, it's making the line into
that yellow very difficult indeed.
With Great Britain lying shot here,
the idea is to try and force or get
Japan forcing. She still thinks she
can see it through that gap. There
is a Tynaway gap through there.
Enough to get a stone through. This
has got to be good. So what she is
looking at here is kind of a turn
out across the centre line.
Clock-wise rotation of the stone
down that centre line, just turning
towards the right. But she's got
It's going to be tight.
red guard to had nip late. A yellow
in the house. A great shot if she
pulls it off. Very difficult.
through this gap between the two
Not sure she's going... Oh, is
Catches it is wrong.
She still taps it in. Not enough
this time. But still an opportunity.
Great Britain still have shot,
though. Was unlucky. That was a
brave shot to take on. A really
brave shot. She almost made it. Just
that little nick. All of these
things make a difference. It you
willers the angle at which you hit
the second stone. Too thin. Didn't
get the tack back. Wasn't able to
move the British stone, just glanced
it. Great Britain still lying shot.
Guard up those that she can't get to
the one foot.
the one foot. Foot.
Yeah, I think there is a plan there.
Looking for the run back, isn't she?
Yeah. You can't cover both options.
You have to chose to cover the
runback and leave her with the draw
to the one foot. For a one.
leave her with a draw to the one
That's one and that's
OK. Then you have the hammer, one up
in the final end. So I think Eve
Muirhead settling for safety first
I think there is only an
opportunity for her to get a one
even if she plays the runback.
It's a red she's running back on to
Don't line them up.
Don't line them up. Lined them up.
Well, that's the option and...
don't know where the red at the top
of the house is going to go.
draw just too difficult here?
gets this right, she could actually
have two yellows in the house here,
but it could... It's just -
go horribly run.
I need my third for
judging the angles. Where is she
when I need her.
Here it goes.
Stones be will be moving around
here. She hasn't given that much
Trying the same shot.
can't see any of her stones surely.
Maybe... That's going to catch the
red. And that one.
A steal of a win
there for Great Britain.
that might be the match for Great
Britain. One more end to go. I don't
think she could see hardly of that
yellow. She could see two or three
inches first time. Didn't make it.
That was a very difficult shot. She
could have at least had a go to draw
in for the one. She doesn't make it.
So another steal for Great Britain.
It means that Japan will have the
hammer in the final end, but they
are three shots down. 8-5 after
nine. Things looking good for Great
Britain. Smart from Eve Muirhead.
She could... She thought she had
given the opportunity to move those
stones around. Again the draw was
there. She didn't fancy it. She
didn't back herself with that. How
much of that yellow. You really
think she was going for that yellow?
I think she was going for the red to
chip the red out.
Chip it out. She
had hardly any weight to do that
I know. Yeah. It was a big
Well... Eve Muirhead will not be
complaining. Great Britain have
taken this match and turned it
around from the second and, after a
disappointing start to the match. To
be fair, they were not making their
shots either. They have got their
act together, Eve in particular.
With Japan needing three here, Great
Britain will not be giving them
anything to work with, just sending
this stone through.
Excitement elsewhere as well. Korea,
in the ninth end, still leading the
USA, 7-6. Canada are still trailing
China by one. They picked up one in
the ninth. China have the hammer and
they are leading by one.
they are leading by one.
have been the impact.
Britain beat Japan here, Great
Britain could put Canada out of the
Olympic Games if they were to beat
them in the final match of the round
robin. Got to win this match first,
of course. But a win against Canada
would warranty Great Britain in the
semifinals. If Canada lose that
much... There are a lot of ifs here,
why don't we just wait and see?
The point about Eve and their team
is that they have got into a winning
habit. If they win this one, it is
three in a row. Two guards being put
up by Japan. Cheering ringing around
for the match. I will tell you what
Korea scored in the ninth end. They
scored two and look in charge. That
is a good result for Great Britain
as well. Korea go marching on, if
they win that one, but it puts paid
to the USA's chances of getting past
So far, so good.
Sport is about
peeking at the right time. I think
they are doing that now. The team
are starting to perform well. The
three they gave up in the second
end, did not start the match well.
There wasn't any sense of panic,
looking at each other going, what
are we doing? Just calmly going
about their business, waiting for
the opportunities to arise. Forcing
bad shots from Japan. They came, and
when they came, they jumped all over
it and got the scores. Big score on
the sixth end, when they picked up
three, turning the match around. All
they need to do here is to make sure
they don't do anything silly and
every stone that get sent down the
ice, every take out, another one
goes. Japan have to score three to
tie this up. Eve Muirhead will be
trying to make sure that doesn't
The first one in, trying to hide
behind the guard. Eve Muirhead will
just remove the guard.
Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Lauren
Gray, they have all played their
part in this victory and the big
match yesterday. It was a great team
performance. Smiles all around from
performance. Smiles all around from
Vicki. You hardly ever see Anna
without a smile. They know that they
are close to wrapping this one up.
Just no mistakes from here on in.
Chinami Yoshida, they know that
Japan still have a chance of
qualifying even with a defeat,
depending on how results go
elsewhere. I'm not saying it is a
defeat, they have not lost yet.
but they need to work very
I know, I am just saying.
They only have three stones yet, but
Great Britain have two after this
one. So, it is becoming increasingly
impossible for Japan to get three.
Just the faintest of Nicks, but it
goes. How do you assess this
performance in this match, Jackie?
think the girls came out. As you
say, Japan put some pressure on. The
girls reacted straight back kept
themselves in the game. As much as
Japan have made the errors, we have
capitalised every time they have
made those errors. That is a
positive you want to keep moving
forward. The team dynamics are
strong, the communications are good.
Eve was playing really well. I can
see she has got that confidence
back. She was missing that in the
start of the week. I am really
positive about these girls making
the play-off stages. Once they are
here, it is a whole new ball game.
Japan have three wins already, Great
Britain would move to five. If Japan
ended up with 5-4, they lost due to
its land, they could still win the
match and qualify themselves. The
fact that we have beaten Japan in
the round robin means that although
we have a five in four record, if it
comes to a chance, we get ranked
They will play these stones out.
Have you ever seen anybody get a
score of three from a situation like
Never say never, but just make sure
that you get the same routine, clean
your stone, do it right.
I think Fujisawa will apologise to
her team. It has been as much her
mistakes as anybody else. That is
what the skipper is therefore, you
can make the big shots and win for
your team, but if you are not
playing well, then the full glare of
the spotlight is on you.
the spotlight is on you. Nice. It
has not been a nice performance for
her, sadly. Great Britain should
wrap this up. Eve Muirhead just
needs to take one out here. Then it
is all over.
Eve Muirhead, ready to put the
finishing touch to what has 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
there the handshake comes. Great
Britain have won three in a row now,
a record of two and three after five
matches. They now have five wins
from eight games. One game left
against Canada. That would guarantee
them a slot in the top four. Even
with the five wins they are in a
good position, but they would want
to guarantee that against Canada.
Well done to Eve Muirhead and her
Once again, congratulations. A good
win. It look easy in the end, but it
was a difficult match early on?
we knew that it would be tough. We
gave them a lot of respect. We
played our own game. We went down a
couple early. We had a great fifth
and chat with the coaches. We must
have done something well, because we
came back with three in the sixth
Three in a row, things are
Things are looking
good. I know it is a cliche, but we
take one stone, one game at a time.
Winds are always important, but I am
really pleased with the team
performance out there. I thought it
was solid and we are a good unit. Go
into the round robin and do the same
Do you feel things are really
coming together? Yesterday was a
really good performance. The team
really coming together, and did
Close games make us
feel totally focused. We really get
into the game. If we can play to
that standard, we are going in the
I have to hesitate,
because the Canadian team standing
behind you. Canada in the last
match, you can guarantee your place
in a semifinal, and you can also
As the girls were
saying, we prepare the same way for
every match and give everybody
maximum respect. We are going to do
the same thing, the exact same
I understand you saying
that, but you would put out a major
We take every game at a time.
We said before that we give a lot of
respect to the opposition. It is
important that we go up a gear from
now. Every game we have got slightly
better. That was two back-to-back
performances. We are feeling really
good going in to tomorrow.
Hopefully, if we play great again,
who knows what could happen?
Beautifully and diplomatically done,
with the Canadian standing on their
shoulders! Confirmation that if the
curlers win that match, they are
through. If not, we might be through
to the tie-breaker. Please, no!
Rachel Homan has two matches for
Canada, and then she is up against
the Russians. It could be an
interesting day for one of the
favourites. Take us through that
match. From 1-3 down, a very brisk
turnaround. Was there one shot that
summed up the ability that they had
in that match?
Definitely, you can
see that when they were down they
didn't get frustrated. They just
kept plugging away. At the end,
there was only one in the scoreline,
and Japan were lying three. It was a
A crucial shot, not just to freeze
it, she had to move it back.
This round-robin stages so tricky.
How different an animal is Eve in
the knockout stages?
She loves to
play the big shots. That is what
this skipper needs to do. They have
to play big shots when it matters,
and she has been doing it all week.
Can you quantify the pressure that
will be on Rachel Homan's head for
Canada? This is one of their
national sports. Huge expectation?
You know, they would be
expected to be taking home the gold
To go three losses
back-to-back at the beginning of the
week, she was seriously under
pressure. She had to win the rest of
the games and now she has dropped
one today. She will be having a
sleepless night, I would think,
tonight. She has got two must win
games. Yes, she's perfectly capable
of doing that and she has the
ability, that something is not right
with her performance this week.
There is something bothering her.
She is not the Rachel Homan that we
Interesting all-round, you don't
have the traditional powers at the
top, Korea and Japan going well, how
would you quantify the way things
have changed in women, coming into
this? We can clearly see it in the
way things have gone?
Korea, Japan, China, they are new to
the sport in comparison to a lot of
the countries. But technically and
tactically they have just trained so
hard. They spend so much time in
Canada learning from the good
Canadian teams. They have jumped up
the rankings. The nice thing to
watch when they are playing is the
consistency. You know, they are very
quiet, they get on with the job and
they just do it. You know, they are
nice to watch. They could be a big
threat for the British teams.
Absolutely come in a nutshell, from
everything you have seen, who would
you say at this point is favourite
for gold? I am putting you on the
In the women's? My money,
depending on what happens with who
plays who, my money would be a Great
Britain and Korea final.
be very interesting and very noisy,
I suspect! We shall see how it works
out tomorrow and we will chat with
you more when we know how things are
going against the Canadians
tomorrow. There are some Olympic
stories that are more compelling
than others. Sadly, that of Elise
Christie falls into that category.
So too does the plight of another
skater, actually, many years ago.
And her story has had those
reflecting on the story of Dan
Johnson. He was a speed skater for
the Americans and, like Elise
Christie, he was a favourite in many
events coming into many events. He
had a history of falls and
underachievement, and even tragedy.
His younger sister passed away on
the morning of one of his finals in
1988. When he came to Lillehmammer
in 1994, he did not have a single
medal in three games. This was his
eighth and final go at this in the
1000 bidders. -- meters.
eighth and final go at this in the
1000 bidders. -- meters. Going into
the 1988 Olympics I wept in there as
favourite for the gold in the 500m
and the 1,000 as well. My sister was
diagnosed with leukaemia about a
diagnosed with leukaemia about a
year before the Olympics She passed
away on the morning of the 500m.
He pledged this medal
to her if he gets the medal.
skate slipped out from upped meed
and I fell.
He's gone. That is
He's gone. That is
It was certainly one of the
most difficult days of my life.
COMMENTATOR: Jansen a faller in the
500. He has fallen again.
wasn't meant to be. I never ever
considered giving up. I had one more
chance in the 1000m in 1994. I was
ready. It worked out.
The world record has
done to Dan Jansen.
I set a world
The gold medal to
Jansen. It was his last chance in
his fourth Olympics.
yourself, look in 20 years from now
I want to be able to look back and
know there's not anything else I
could have done to be at my best. If
you can answer yes to that question
for the rest of your life you'll
never ever regret.
for the rest of your life you'll
never ever regret.
extraordinary moment. They skated
around the ice with his family to
the skater's waltz. Incredible.
The official report of the 94
Olympics said of it,
"At that moment, there
no Norwegians, Dutch,
Americans or people of other
nationalities among the spectators,
only fans of Dan Jansen."
So, it ended happily for Jansen.
And in the precarious
world of short track,
the 1000m is also the distance that
a chance for Elise Christie.
It's her ninth event in three Games.
And after a second fall
in Pyeongchang and subsequent
ankle ligament injury,
she'd shown real courage to even be
in the start line today.
Christie in Heat 5, with fellow
Britons Kathryn Thomson
and Charlotte Gilmartin
also in action.
and Charlotte Gilmartin
also in action.
COMMENTATOR: Here we go the heats of
the Women's 1000m. Kathryn Thomson
from Great Britain in this one. Look
at the line-up. A tough one.
Kathryn Thomson moves around the
outside. She knows they will be
challenging at the end. She knows
that's the place where she needs to
be. Kathryn Thomson has to mix it
for as long as she can in this race.
She's the outsider here of these
four. She is staying as near to the
front as she can. Four to go over
the line next time. . Is in the
running here at the moment. Fontana
is biding her time in third place.
Everybody wants to come past. Past.
Fontana into first place.
over the line. Maltais in second
place. Kooreman third. Kathryn
Thomson losing touch in the closing
stages of the race. This is going to
form. Kooreman trying to upset the
odds. She will battle her way
through. Matlais stays on her feet.
In fourth place Kathryn Thomson of
Great Britain. Confirmation of the
result of Heat 4. Elise Christie,
clearly not fully fit. With that
ankle damage, picked up in the crash
in the semi-final of the 1500m the
other day. Keen to have a go. If she
can get through this Heat she will
have another couple of days to
recover. Lara Van Ruijven 12th in
the world. Andrea Keszler got a
European Championship silver last
year. Magdalena Warakomska from
Poland. Away they go. Christie goes
down they reach the very first
corner. Her race was over before it
even started. She is still on the
ground as the race continues. Van
Ruijven skates around. The officials
go across to check on her. The other
athletes are coming to a halt. I
think we will be restarting the
race, but whether Elise Christie
will be able to restart the race, we
cannot be sure. Here it is again.
Shefrments put the toe in the front
on the right skate into the ice as
she goeses in there. Oh, she caught
the blade of Keszler. I think she
caught the blade of Keszler.
No words for it, really. You see
there. She clips the back of the
blade of Keszler as she goes into
that bend. They are allowed to
restart. Now the question is, do
they feel that the fall.
it's over. I think the Olympic Games
is finally over for Elise Christie.
I don't think it is. I think they
are checking the blades. They are
allowed to do this. They are also
repairing the ice. Just checking the
She is going to go
again, Elise Christie. She is not
Away they go. Christie at the back
of the field, but at least she
avoided any trouble. She can get up
to speed. I think the start was
going to be the hardest part for
Absolutely. Particularly after
the fall as well. She can't really
put any pressure on it. So now it's
a question of nine laps. Skaters one
and two will go through and we are
hoping and praying for Elise
Christie to qualify here.
Six-and-a-half lapse to go Van
Ruijven on the front. Keszler in
second place. Warakomska of Poland.
A fit Elise Christie shouldn't have
a problem getting through from this
heat. The draw has been kind to her
relatively speaking. But can she get
up to full speed? Can she find a way
through? To finish in the first two
The last lap time, 9: 7: 5 as
Christie moves through into third
place. One and two to qualify.
Christie ready to make a challenge
here with three laps to go. Van
Ruijven comes round. Christie has a
look on the inside. Just about
mansion to stay on her feet.
Christie sees a gap. Forced out wide
again. Staying in third place. Van
Ruijven two lapse to go. Christie
will take the long way round. Almost
goes into the back of Warakomska.
Just forcing her way into second
place. A battle between Warakomska
and Christie. Van Ruijven leads with
half a lap to go. Christie in
position to qualify here. Van
Ruijven first over the line.
Christie in second. Warakomska three
and Keszler four. At the second
attempt tempt the race was completed
she picked herself up off the ice,
literally, to have a second go and
this time she mansion to get the job
done. She's through the Heat. Elise
Christie, the World Champion, is
It was quite a physical
race. She is carried from the arena.
At least not on a stretcher this
time. Run being repairs for Elise
Christie. -- running repairs for
Elise Christie. We await the judges
verdict. Chris was involved in the
physicality of it.
Showing the courage this young lady
has. Sheer determination. It would
have been quite easy to turn around
and say - OK I will stop. I'm
injured. That's it.
Keszler and another incident. This
is the Keszler. Keszler comes in on
to Christie. Doesn't Christie get
involved with Warakomska as they
come around again a little bit.
little bit as well. I mean there are
two issues. You are not allowed if
somebody is am coulding up the
inside, you are not allowed to
change lanes to block that skater
coming up the inside.
waiting. On the off chance she can
get through here. Looking anxiously
up at the scoreboard that hangs high
above the rink. The review is taking
place. I'm hoping that it's coming
close to reaching a conclusion now.
So Elise Christie has left the scene
of the race, but the result has not
been confirmed as of yet. The
referee has gone across. Yellow
card, Elise Christie.
amazing. I can't believe that
they've ard awarded her a yellow
That puts the tin hat on her
Olympic Games. It's hard to think
how it could have got any worse. But
it just has. Elise Christie is out
of the Olympic Games. So let's get
on with the last of the Heats now.
Kim Boutin, Charlotte Gilmartin and
Saito and Mascitto from Italy. She's
on the deck. Nothing to do with
anything else. They won't stop the
That's right. If you saw
yesterday if they fall they
sometimes restart the race. In this
case there was no problem with Coe
colliding with another skater. What
happened with Elise Christie so the
starter will not restart the race.
On paper you would say Boutin most
likely to win the heat. Charlotte
Gilmartin has a chance of going
She certainly has. She
needs to stamp her authority on to
this race a little bit. The British
camp down after what happened to
Elise Christie. It's important now
that Charlotte Gilmartin tucks into
that second place and main it is a
Five to go. Charlotte
Gilmartin in second place behind Kym
Boutin of Canada. Saito and Mascitto
she needs to keep behind. Boutin has
the speed to come out on top in
every scenario here.
Ittic makes it
look so easy, Boutin. Two rms a on
her back even in the curve -- arms.
It's important that charm really
hangs on to the back of her tail
It will be a big race here for
second place. Charlotte Gilmartin
being put under pressure from Saito
of Japan. She is in a fight now here
to qualify. One lap to go over the
line this time. Boutin leads the
way. Saito of Japan in second place.
Charlotte Gilmartin losing a bit of
ground now. Doesn't look like
Gilmartin will be able to close the
gap. She can't. Kym Boutin wins that
Heat. As one would expect. It went
to form in that sense. Hitomi Saito
ranked 22 at this distance had too
much speed for Charlotte Gilmartin
who goes out of the competition at
the first hurdle. Confirmation comes
through quickly. Kim Boutin and
Hitomi Saito going through and
Charlotte Gilmartin in third place.
Charlotte Gilmartin and Elise
Christie failing to make it through
from the heads of the Women's 100m.
First of all tell us what is going
through your mind right now in
First of all tell us what is going
through your mind right now in
honest, Not much. Of I a few days
ago I didn't think I would be
getting on the ice. I did everything
I could to turn it around. I have
ligament damage in my ankle. Putting
a skate on with that is not comfy.
We did everything we could to turn
it around. It wasn't meant to be.
it was any other competition, would
you have been on that start line
No I would have been off the
ice for five or six weeks and
rehabing I wouldn't have got on as a
World Championships I would have
been told I'm not getting on. They
gave me the choice because it's the
Olympics. The worse could happen is
I damage it more. I may well have,
I've been kicked in it and fallen
off the start. It didn't matter. I'd
trained trained all my life for
this. It was everything to me. Yeah,
I think everyone watching
will think that you have got a hell
of a lot of guts.
Yeah, thanks. I
don't know, I just felt I owed it to
Britain, you know. I really want to
get short track out there. It's an
amazing sport. Obviously at times it
does this to you. I've no idea why
I've got a yellow card. When I
watched the race I was kicked on the
start and fell over. I've never had
a yellow card in my life. I barely
get penalties. I went up the inside.
I've no idea. The only thing I think
of is possibly the referee doesn't
think it's safe for me to race with
my ankle the way it is. He was
encouraging me to get off the ice
after the fall at the start. If that
is it, fair enough, you know. I can
see why he might not want me to race
like that. . Might not be the
safest. Yeah. I think 1,000 people
wouldn't have skated with my ankle
the way it was. I can barely move my
knee. I can promise Britain I will
fight back from this. I will come
back for Beijing. Hopefully, I can
do Britain proud then.
Well, the decision to race was hers.
However, the yellow card for
blocking the path of the Polish
skater is frankly adding insult to
injury. She was carried from the
rink, that was always the plan
because of the injury to her ankle.
But she gave that interview shortly
afterwards. Some newspapers are
already calling her the most cursed
sportsperson in British limbic
astray. Pretty sad. But the fact
that she showed up at all top --
took a lot of guts. It is one of the
chief headlines on the 11th day of
Meanwhile, Mica McNeill, lying sixth
in the women's Bob. Germany lead
ahead of the final two runs. Tessa
Virtue and Scott Moir won gold by
breaking the world record, a
breathtaking display. The Canadians
are now the most successful figure
skaters in Olympic history. And
there was a German clean sweep in
the Nordic combined lawn delivered a
large hill event, overcoming a
handicap of more than half a minute
after the ski jumping to take gold.
And France's most successful
Olympian picked up the fifth gold of
his career, Fourcade getting his
third gold in these games. Incident
packed in the relay for the women.
South Korea taking the gold. Two
teams in the capital after final
were disqualified. That meant the
Netherlands got the bronze. And Ziga
Jeglic has been suspended after
testing positive for a banned
When it comes to the school deliver
critical of hard knocks, Rowan
Cheshire knows all about that. It
was four years ago in Sochi she was
all set for the first of her
competitions to make a debut. She
was involved in a training crash.
Frankly, the twists and turns of her
career were very hard to follow
I was feeling really confident about
my skiing and my fitness. I was
going into it really happy. I don't
remember the crash actually
happening. I don't remember the
hospital or anything like that. It
is only in the morning that I
actually have any recollection. It
was something like a compression.
When you knock yourself out and
can't remember it, it is always
scary when you don't know what you
have done, you can't think about how
you can fix that. It happening
again. -- a concussion.
That was the
first of three con cushions. That
was in February 20 14. What was the
After that, I went away in
October, October or September. I
ended up hitting my head again.
ended up hitting my head again. Then
again, in the third place. It really
hit me. It was scary, how I reacted,
with my concussion.
Did you feel
yourself changing, in the way that
you felt you dealt with situations?
Yes, normal things, travelling, I
would not travel by myself. I
wouldn't leave the house. It gave me
a lot of anxiety to do normal
things. You get overly emotional
about situations you wouldn't
normally. Not with it, and just not
there. A lot of people with
concussions go through those things.
It is kind of tough, mentally, to
think, why am I feeling like this? I
am the only one that is feeling like
this. It is very hard. It is having
a three assurance that you are not
the only one and it gets better with
time. It takes a while to heal
You are still very
young. The experiences of the last
three and a half years, has it
changed your enjoyment of skiing?
did. It really did. I remember I
told my dad I didn't want to do it
any more. I burst out crying. I was
so sad about it. I was, like,
clearly, I don't want to quit if I
am going to be this sad. When you
have fear of just a tap on your
head, it takes away the fun. Finding
out enjoyment and getting the
adrenaline back was a big thing.
is there now, it is obvious?
Definitely, I am back on the horse
and enjoying it so much. Mike
Crockart looking to Pyeongchang,
what are your expectations? I really
want a medal, that is one of my
goals. I'm not trying to think about
it too much.
Ben is back, he rode on the half
pipe on the snowboard for two games.
Rowan's story is a reminder of the
Tizzard Jeopardy in a lot of what
you guys do?
Absolutely, half pipe
has its dangers. Rohan had a massive
crash in training in Sochi. I was
actually first on the scene. We were
watching them in training, and we
had to run up. You do really see the
consequences then that it can give.
She took it on the shoulder. What
she did over the next four years,
going into this Games, she managed
to get herself together. Her
confidence took a big knock, going
into the next couple of World Cups.
She needed to gather a bit of
momentum, which she did.
have placed a huge amount of
pressure on all of you who push the
boundaries in sport, when you see
that happening to a team-mate. How
did that affect you?
The ski and
snowboard team trained together. I
was on the road with Rowan for quite
some time. You have to be there for
her, you have to encourage her as an
athlete. Try to take a role where
you try to push her, tried to help
her get back to where she was.
managed to get into the half pipe
final, a fantastic come back, only
12 did. How would you sum up the
nature of the differences, the
tricks we are going to see from the
snowboarders, to the free skiers? Is
it a different language, times, yes,
but the nature of tricks?
different language, skiers named
their grabs differently to
snowboarders. You have two edges on
the skis. You get a really good grip
going up the walls, compared to
snowboarders. I think the skiing
world is also quite new, compared to
the snowboard half pipe. You didn't
see the skiers entering the half
pipe until a later stage. But they
have really caught up. The amplitude
is really, really good. I think that
they really do showcase the sport
OK, Rowan qualify
for one of the top 12, to get into
this final. Today we have James
Woods, we have Tim Wall would and
Edley, as fluent and snowboard as
they are in skis and which. -- in
Rowan Cheshire and, sat next to me,
the man of the moment from ski slope
yesterday, James Woods. Good to have
Thank you. This is the
best seat in the house!
As we heard
earlier on, Rowan battling back from
that horrendous concussion in Sochi.
But she has made it to the Olympics
and is about to drop in for her
Just needs to stay the
tech side down. Nice alley-oop.
amplitude we have seen so far. In 2D
nine. Solid five. Into the seventh.
Into the switch alley-oop. Lovely.
Great first run.
Definitely got the
most amplitude we have seen so far.
And she has got nine in there. She
has upped the difficulty that we
have seen from the previous runs.
75.4. She slots in behind the
The defending Olympic
champion, the three times ex games
gold medallist. She knows what she
is doing, no slouch on ace set of
skis. Just trying to tick the
That is a big thing.
You're going to see a lot of
rotations. Look at that,
We talked about
it at the top, she is ticking the
amplitude box and highlighted that
by going small on the next one.
is true. Oh, no!
She dropped the
back-to-back nines at the bottom.
One of the most experienced players
in this final is the first one to go
down. I wasn't expecting that.
Next, Annalisa Drew. The other
She is a spinning top, she can
generate her own magnetic field.
That is a massive 900. Back-to-back
nines. Putting those nice and high
up the pipe.
Looking good, 540. Nice, solid grab.
Could she get two more? No, big
seven to finish.
I loved that run, I
really like it.
For me, that is a
classic pipe run. She prioritised
amplitude over everything else. But
she was able to get a technicality
That is a fantastic run from
Annalisa Drew. Putting points on the
board, she has big tricks she will
be able to drop in the final.
Brita Sigourney is wearing the
number one bib for a reason. Coming
into this, with some inside
knowledge on the scene, for me, this
is the battle between Brita
Sigourney for this win.
She wants this.
That alley-oop 440,
that is technical difficulty in a
Rotating up the pipe, and
travel back down it. A beautiful
run. I got the shivers then.
run. I got the shivers then.
simmering, turn down the gas!
going to catch.
It has already
caught, I am too excited. I am a
newbie, but I am already excited.
Look at that, the 390, only pulled
down by the 89.
It is a very
difficult thing, judging and the
points thing. But the essence of it
is to love the placings. The score
is really just a little message, a
little communication from the judges
to the riders more than anything.
89.8, that is telling me that the
judges are telling Brita that if she
gets the grabs she will be well up
there into the 90s.
there into the 90s.
Barry Martyn --
Marie Martinod, absolutely slaying
it. They have been coming of age
over the last few decades. Age is
just a number for Marie Martinod.
Silver medallist from Sochi. Skiing
out her plan.
She is fizzing. Oh!
We said it, she
is skiing clever, ticking the boxes
and doing exactly what the judges
want to see.
Cassie Sharpe, coming out of
Vancouver. Her brother got the
silver at the ex-games.
The family are very happy to have at
least one member in there.
You can see how clean and
confidently she comes through this
pipe. Take it from us, she is
ticking the boxes for the judges.
Massive truck driver.
beautiful! Beautiful last trip.
could not have rolled a bowling ball
any smoother than that. Just hit the
transition. That was a fantastic run
transition. That was a fantastic run
from Cassie. Lots of switches.
Solid, consistent grabs.
The last woman to
drop in the first run of women's ski
half pipe finals. That is Cassie
Sharpe. She takes the lead with a
Cassie Sharpe chased closely by
Marie Martinod. And Brita Sigourney
Marie Martinod. And Brita Sigourney
and Annalisa Drew. Next in Valeriya
Is that no the the sickest
name possible. It doesn't get better
They are not giving out
medals for name.
They should be.
First time I saw her was at the
World Cup in New Zealand in 2017,
really recently. She has got a
bright future in this. Watch
hereticcle skiing through the middle
of the pipe. Enjoy tricks. Watch how
solid and smooth it is.
You need to
have brill yanlt edge control.
To drive and get the
power to launch out of the pipe.
Yesterday Murray was talking about
landing. They call it in the pipe
world, face the judges. You don't
want to land facing the judges. You
want to land pointing at the next
wall. Technically, really nice. Just
17 years of age as well.
beautiful, clean, tech,skiing. She
is lacking the aplitude.
Fifth place. 80.6.
Rewarded for good, clean looking
skiing. Rowan Cheshire of Great
She's done so much getting
here. We keep talking about that.
Can I say she's a badass. I be
proibly can't. You just did. I
learnt to ski at Stoke dry slope
where she learnt to ski.
Come on Rowan.
is flawless so far. Every single
grab, even on that nine. You could
see coming out of the #00 on her
third hit, going into that 540 she
had the scuff on the bottom.
Unfortunate she's gone down. A less
easy way of spinning.
easy way of spinning.
Next in Maddie
Bowman. She Bowman. Bowman.
Took a gold in the halfpipe under
the floodlights in Aspen if a win
can help you through this, that's
Landing flat. Did well to keep
it going and get out into the switch
Yeah. She managed to back
that up with the right five, left
nine into the right. No, no!
Are you joking. That is a
disappointment. That is huge, huge
pressure going into the third run.
That run was really, really good.
Her mum down in the finish area
there. So distraught for her. That
run is so close. She can touch it.
My goodness. The run that got a gold
at X Games.
Let us see how this first 900. I was
comparing Rowan's to hers. Nice and
big. She holds it together. Over
rotation. Holding it down. She put
in a back-to-back.
How did she get
away with that. Leaving a ski on the
deck. After everything we have said.
She took a a bit of the deck through
it. Not affecting her run.
Wow. 10: 80 to
First spin we have seen over
That was huge. That was a
fantastic show of
Oh, my goodness.
You said that, that big chunk of
blue lip being pulled down...
How do you keep your speed up
I don't know.
I don't know.
is... You can hear her saying. She
did hit the deck. Got punished just
then for that deck.
Lovely style on the first hit.
Starting to up the technicality with
You can see how
confident she is feeling after
landing that first round and getting
a big score.
The speed is there.
Final hit for her. To 10. Yes, she
lands the 10.
mother of one absolutely destroying
it here at Phoenix Park. Wow. She
has backed the judges into a serious
My goodness. Not the
I thought it would be
more than that.
I thought it would
be more too.
be more too. The judges are not
giving themselves room to put
someone in between Marie's two runs.
That is a dangerous place to be in
really. That's hard.
running the game right now. She's
the skiers skier. The favourite to
win. She's in the lead. She will
feel seriously good. Two more runs
to do some business.
run. She's already in the lead. Big
spin first hit.
Solid grab on that
900. Has her legs turned on. Into
How relaxed was that.
switch. Down the pipe, 360. Now,
needs to... There is the truck
driver. Really nice. Finally,
funning with a bang. Oh my days.
Really talking. A 10 to finish.
Everything in between was big and
stylish. Cassie landed the run she
came here and wanted in her dreams,
I think. The best run she had done.
Cassiebooted herself out of top
place, I reckon. Straight through
the net. 95.8. On the budser. She
has put it out of reach of everybody
else there. There are the standings
after run two.
Rowan Cheshire from Great Britain
drops in for her third and final
run. Sat in seventh position. She
has the tools to improve.
have the third run nerves after
missing that second run. Started off
nice and smooth. No, no, no! .
fallen on the left nine on the third
hit. She WAPPed out the nine on the
second hit for the alley-oop. She
had skilled scaled it back.
had skilled scaled it back. Next in
Maddie Bowman. On the form she has,
she could move up the rankings
considerably. She needs to lay-down
a run. She dropped the first two.
Yeah. It's all there.
Yeah. It's all there. Big air to
start things off. Huge 540. Tail
into 720. Switch 17.
Here it is.
Come on. Do it, do it.
You are kidding. What is a shame.
thought she was going to lay. It I
thought she was going to let it go
after the 9.
The defending Olympic
champion crashing out in the finals,
all three runs.
That has left the standings wide
open for the rest of the results.
Maddie Bowman is a favourite. Look
how aggressive she is riding through
this halfpipe. If you are not
aggressive it will chew you up and
spit you out as we said in the past.
She's attacking this.
She is. Solid
540. Last trick here now. 20 just.
Just gets it round at the top. Gets
those rear tips of the skis in over
the lip shech puts it down. Awave
and a smile from her.
What it does
mean, I had a look with Maddie
Bowman falling, Rowan Cheshire is
guaranteed seventh place. Oh!
Ayana improving her score. The last
four riders to drop are the four top
Annalisa Drew outside the
medals. Can she pull it out of the
bag and lay-down a score worthy of
Goodness that was a
massive 900 on the first.
the run of her life to upset the
apple cart. So far it's looking like
that. Beautiful alley-oop. To the
five. Calming things down. A gentle
pause between the technicality we
will see at the bottom here.
the fireworks here. Wow. Wow, that
was clean. I'm so glad I dipped my
vision out of the window then to see
that last landing. Ladies and
gentlemen, that was so clean. Wow.
Annalisa Drew regardless of score
and ranking she can be incredibly
proud of three runs in the bag in
the Olympic final. That is a huge,
huge attribute to her skiing. The
judges will be staring this run down
and comparing it exactly against
Brita Sigourney's run.
Drew, the American was on an 86. 8.
# 0.8. She has a point clear. She is
in the medals for now. -- 90.8. Next
is Brita who she dumped out of
bronze position. Could be an
awkward flight home. Knocked her
fella country woman out of the
medals. Brita Sigourney has it all
This is when you find out
what you are made of. You thought
you had a medal, got that close. Now
you have to lay-down a huge clean
run, arguably the best run of her
life under pressure.
She has got the
technical difficulty, the confidence
and the grabs and everything to play
with it. Brita is the only person in
this field that can challenge Cassie
Sharpe. She has gone to fourth
place. How she will deal with that
will be wicked interesting.
Distracted or motivation. Let's find
into this. Biggest air of the day,
was it is?
She made a 900 look like
She got that grab. That is
what her last run lacked. That is
why she was down on the points
Needs the fireworks here.
Last 180. Rides out.
They are hugging at the bottom. I
don't know where the judges go with
For me, I think...
those medals, man. No way about it.
Absolutely. But I don't, I think
it's better than Martinod's run. It
was bigger. She had the style and
The grab on that as
well. That is the battle we came to
see. I'm sorry everybody else. This
is the battle we came to see. We
came to see the rock star this is is
the Cassi Sharpe versus Brita
You don't want anyone on
a victory lap.
Oh, my goodness. Oh,
Dodging a huge
you will aboutlet. That was an
amazing run from Marie. The judges
are seeing things we can't see on
the stream we are getting. Brita
swift a few grabs. Not holding them
correctly. That is what the judges
punished her for, to be
Are we going to see the defending
silver medallist, from Le Plan in
France? Marine Monta
she needs the run of her life here.
Gold fever in the ski half pipe
finals. Marie Martinod is on the
Right side five. The nine was so
well measured. Really clean. She has
You don't need to be a rocket
surgeon to do the maths on that one.
So, Marie Martinod raising her
hands, celebrating the silver. At
the top of the pipe, Cassie Sharpe
gives her coach a high five and gets
a gold. The idea of a gold medal,
she lets that subtle. Back up to the
Sharpe. Her brother missed out on a
snowboard slopestyle team. Now
Cassie Sharpe comes home with a
gold. What a fantastic day for the
family and Canada, following up on
the silver in the women's slope.
They got the bronze and silver. She
lets it go!
It is almost relief,
isn't it? The pressure is gone.
talk about fighting against
yourself. My goodness!
She is in the
zone. Beautiful. That is going at
the top of the run. I guarantee you,
before the end of the season she
will be throwing that at the top of
the run. It is so strong. Cassie
Sharpe, undoubtedly, emphatically
taking gold in the women's ski half
pipe finals. I fantastic battle.
A performance that was head and
shoulders above the rest. Marie
Martinod brings out her daughter.
The 33-year-old mother of one,
taking the silver medal.
taking the silver medal. In first
place, Cassie Sharpe. Fantastic
performance from the Canadian.
You are so involved!
There are tears
creeping into my eyes, seeing her
with her child. That is amazing.
Imagine being carried out by your
mum on to the Olympic podium. If you
are ever going to be inspired to
chase a medal, that is it.
around the world celebrating Marie
Martinod's silver. Brita Sigourney,
the American, in bronze. Cassie
Sharpe with the gold.
Olympic champion, how does that
Incredible! It doesn't quite
feel real, but I put a whole bunch
of work into getting here. It feels
Fair to say that you have been
bossing it since Oslo, the X-Games,
how much pressure where you and
coming into the Allen Rix? -- how
much pressure were you under, coming
into the Olympics?
I was under
pressure, but I spent time preparing
for it, getting consistent. I am
really thankful I did the work
congratulations. Seventh place, you
must be thrilled?
I am over the
moon, it was a gold mine to reach
the finals, I had minimal training.
Over the moon to get to the finals.
To put down a run, sometimes, my
nerves get to me and it is the first
one when I tend to fall. It was good
to land a good run. I am really
That is a huge step by Rowan
Cheshire. Well done to her. Cassie
Sharpe, you have got to say, you
really wanted a Chloe Kim and Shaun
White moment, didn't it? It was on
the second run. Some watching it
might have sensed an anti-climax,
but the second run really nailed it
They introduced the 3-run
final. It really does mix it up a
little bit. Sometimes, you could get
it on your first run, and you have
two more to go. But she is so good
in the pipe. She is so smooth. She
executes her tricks absolutely
perfectly. Lovely to see the 900s,
and she got the 1080 as well. This
is skiing at its finest. I think
that Cassie is going to improve more
and more this season. I could almost
say that she has not quite peaked in
her career, even at the Olympics.
She has got far to go.
Many amateur skiers like myself
would have no problems in going
backwards, but it is trying to go
backwards that is the problem, we
just end up doing it for the wrong
reasons. It does put you in mind of
the fact that in snowboarding you
are really working with one edge at
a time. In skiing, you are working
with two at a time. Two skis, two
polls, there are more moving parts
that can go wrong?
think skiers, they can come out of
their skis if they land too heavy.
Really, they have got it a lot
harder than us snowboarders. For
them to handle two skis, two poles,
taking them down is hard work.
grabbing with them, how does that
Some of them have got gloves
were the poles clip into their
glove, they can open their grasp a
little bit to reach down and grab.
You find it does help. The poles are
shorter as well. They don't have to
throw them around too much. But it
We have seen the half
pipe since 1988 for snowboarders.
How much more is to come in free
skiing? It is not in its infancy,
but in Olympic terms it is fairly
Still a really new sport. It
only got introduced in the last
Olympics in 2014. It has far to go.
The ladies and the man, they have a
lot of tricks to get done, compared
to the snowboarders, that seemed to
be a little bit more established.
Shall we look at the men? It was
qualifying, and in fact we have got
three British skiers in this one.
Also look out for the Kiwi brothers,
making it a family affair for New
Peter Speight, the 28-year-old. He
got a fourth in China, back in
December. He has some good form
coming into this. Look at the focus.
Come on, the lad from Sheffield. He
has clipped the deck. I don't think
there was any wind, was there??
Going marginally across the deck
area, and he has got a 22 foot fall.
Back to the top. Yet another heavy
hitter. Torin Yater-Wallace.
has been battling so hard with
injuries and more. He has been in
and out of hospital.
He was really
Yes, 2015, he nearly died.
It's not funny, actually,
it is terrible. But he has come
back, he has a movie out, it is
incredible. This boy's story.
double 12 at the top, putting him
right into the flat. He manages to
keep his legs turned on. Into the
huge, lazy seven Switch 20. A thing
He was eight cameramen
out. And he put that right into the
back pocket of the pipe.
double 900 at the bottom.
That is a
huge thing for the judges. Using the
entirety of the pipe.
89.6. It is the lead for Torin
David Wise, the defending champion.
His form goes up and down a little
bit. Of course, his form is peaking
perfectly right here.
the best shout on the way into the
pipe. Hello, world!
He is incredibly consistent. His
form goes up and down. He took a
couple of years when he was mellow
in the half pipe, but results wise
he has always been there,
A few weeks ago,
the X-Games, you saw him unveil all
of the double corks! Again, as you
said, mistakes from the big guns.
David Wise, the double cork has cost
Someone that can perform under
pressure is David Wise, and he will
need to do that.
Kevin Rolland, the Frenchman, so, so
Has he dropped off in the
last few years?
Honestly? No. Kevin
has been at that top level. He has
been engineering tricks. He has been
dialling, and he can perform right
now. This is what he is doing,
making sure his run has every single
base to play in the final, should he
make it there.
A lot of people
landing flat on the right-hand wall.
I have only heard really good
reports on this half pipe from the
riders, skiers and snowboarders, I
can only imagine it is over arousal,
a bit of anxiety. But look, it is
not a thing for Kevin, but he
manages to power it out.
he has done something?
It looks like
his left hip, that is what he was
pushing on. I don't know if it was
during the run.
Kevin Rolland moves into second
position, just ahead of Beau-James
I tell you what, he is in a lot of
The youngster, from
Aspen, Colorado. He plied his trade
up there. Learned from the very
best. Sell that the X-Games a few
weeks ago. Astronomical! -- Silver
at the X-Games. The first one, so
big, into the seven, landing
backwards. Into the switch.
backwards. Into the switch. The 1262
the moon, he had his legs turned on.
What a run.
consistency. We mention it with a
lot of these guys, Alex Pereira has
come... Well, he is a veteran now,
still young, but he came out of
nowhere in Aspen. Torin came first,
and Alex was nipping at his heels.
All of a sudden, he is a stable in
all of these competitions. --
92.6. The kid who sat in...
He sat in Torin
Yater-Wallace's shadow for so long
and he has stepped out of it at the
Olympics, moving ahead of his mate
it one of the most pressurised
modifications we have seen in a
Before we came on air, I
asked James Woods who he thought was
good to take the win, and he said
going to see everything from him.
Dropping into the pipe. He takes
none of the speed that anybody else
does. He starts off switch. He is
one of the most talented skiers, in
my opinion, in the whole world.
Unfortunately, he spends a lot of
time injured. He can get off the
sofa and into a run like this.
Massive, so far. The alley-oop, the
flat five at the end. A work of art.
It is art. This is exactly what I am
talking about. This is art. Byron
putting on a show for all of us.
would like to see this kind of
skiing getting rewarded.
He had less
hits than anybody else, but he used
the entire pipe, and that is a big
thing with the judges.
if his beard has not sold it for
you, he is also a helicopter pirate.
-- helicopter pilot.
A big unit, but he has got some
style and power in the pipe.
A pocket rocket in the half pipe, he
has come out of nowhere. He is
incredibly passionate about it and
he will go absolutely all-out, to
put on the best show, and hopefully
get himself into the finals. Look
for him going big. Very innovative,
double seat belt wrapped to start
Straight to the flats. This is where
he went really deep. He ises ming
the wall. He still hasn't touched
down yet. All of that impact. 22
feet of wall. However high he was
out of it, at least 10, 12 feet, I
would say. The last skier to drop in
this the first
this the first run of ??CAPNE
True gentleman we
love him. He has been working really
hard at this.
If you watch the Ski
Sunday opening title you will see
him in the halfpipe.
difficult place to be dropping in
last. He has had to watch the entire
competition going down. A long time
since his last practice run. He will
be feeling. It I'm sure he will put
down a fallify case we know he can
do. 900 to start thicks off. First
of the two double flares that Murray
is capable of. There is the right
side. 20. Tail grab.
Murray. Hold it together, bud. The
other double. To the other side.
He nailed it, didn't
When he dropped in it's
the most relaxed I've seen him in
the pipe. He looked absolutely
It was really, really nice.
That last hit.
Held on to this,
Yeah. He held on to it
rather than being in the driving
seat. That little wiggle to squeak
his skis base down. It will pinch
him. He completed that run. A run he
should be really happy with.
moment, the bubble score for 12th
place is the Austrian Ladner. That
is within his reach.
I think so.
ninth place for Murray Buchan. A
little smile creeping over his face
there. He has loads of room to go.
He tidies up that run it's mid to
high 70s. Back up at the top, Peter
Speight is ready.
Come on, Pete.
Learnt on the dry slope halfpipe of
your hometown, Sheffield.
your hometown, Sheffield.
the 900 in the bag. Back-to-back
Landing a little bit flat.
He's pulled it out and kept the
momentum into that flare.
He will be
feeling good. He's all the way into
his run. Into his rhythm, got his
Building good speed for
theses last hits.
Japan, poking it
Stoked with that. Put a run
down. We have said it time and time
again, all you want to do is just
come and put your run down. It
doesn't matter really what happens.
It's such a big build-up to get to
these Games. Into the 720. He misses
the mute. That will cost him with
the judges. 64.6 at the moment.
Good enough for 11th place.
He did a fantastic first run.
Amazing. Looking very, very pretty.
He has so much more to give. Like
the other top guys, Beau.
Interesting. A long time before the
final drops. A couple more days.
Interesting to see whether he use it
is for a practice run or amp up his
On 86. 2, currently in fifth
place. Did you hear that when he
took off. He's enjoying this run. I
think he will do the run that he
knows he will do incredibly well.
Double 12 into big cork outed 540.
Double flare. We saw that from
Murray, the double flae previously.
Wow. Two in the bag. That is the
performance that Beau was after. Two
solid runnings, calm,ical Kew lated
and perfectly executed. That will
give him a big old boost of
So he's improved. Very
nicely. 88. 2 for Beau-James Wells.
As all eyes go back to the top for
Aaron Blunck. X Games gold medals in
the pipe 2017. No stranger to the
Absolutely not. This is some
pressure right now. Second run.
Halfway through the pack. He has to
land his next run to get his place
in the final.
With it all to do,
switch double nine. How he does that
I do not know. To switch right side
down pipe seven. Not as big as he
Bring it round,
It wouldn't be a final without Aaron
No, it would not. We can all
breathe again now. We want to see
the best guys in the final. We want
to see these big trucks we know
these guy can do in the final.
Amazing back-to-back doublings.
We haven't seen it there.
Aaron Blunck has come out and
really, really turned it on.
really, really turned it on.
Zero to hero. From 12th spot to 1st.
He always leaves it out there.
does. He goes for it all out. Didn't
quite get the grab he did on the
first run. The 720, he's managed to
hold on to. It's not the run that he
Such a shame. A bit of
wind on the second hit pushing him
back in the middle of the pipe. A
big, big pop. Potentially nerves or
jitters that will push him
off-the-wall. You know, anxiety a
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.
Currently sat in 14th place. Well
within his grasp is a finals Berthe.
In 12th place at the moment is
Andreas Gohl. If he can tidy up that
run a little bit he will make the
Come on. Come on Murray
Buchan. Come on Murray.
The rest of
his first run was absolutely
beautiful. Nice left side 900 tail
grab to start things off. Right side
540. Going big and holding it
strong. We saw Brendan come unstuck.
First of his double flares to the
left, right side, 720 tail grab.
Very clean, very within Murray's
ability. Switch right down to pipe.
20. Into his second, yes Murray. Two
double flares. Better than run one.
It absolutely was. It
was better than run one. There is
Izzy. It was better than run one.
Was it better than Andreas' run?
has to improve by 2.7 to make the
finals here. Oh. Life can be so
cruel. Come on, Murray.
Oh! They have punished him for the
missed grabs on that double. That is
such a shame for Murray. Two out of
two killer, killer pipe runs. To the
top of his ability. He walks away
with 14th at the Olympic Winter
Games. Confirmation of the results
here: The Americans in the top three
spots. Two Kiwis, brothers.
spots. Two Kiwis, brothers. Murray
Buchan in 14th
spots. Two Kiwis, brothers. Murray
Buchan in 14th place. You came this
close. Talk us through the
To be honest, I thought
I skied quite good. I put down a
good run. I was happy with it. The
score came in I thought I it was
slightly low. It could have gone
either way. My second run I thought
was better. I thought my landings
were cleaner. Some of my grabs were
better. On my right double my grab
wasn't great. I'm quite disappointed
that I came so close and didn't make
It was very close indeed.
That final of the ski pipe on
Thursday without the three British
skiers. Albeit that the defending
champion Wise woos was down in
eighth position. Ben you reckon he
is the man to watch in this final.
Why, what do you think he has that
the others don't? I know that David
Better run in him already. Maybe he
was holding back a little bit. I'm
not so sure. The back-to-back double
12 is certainly something that he's
definitely got in the bag that you
might see tomorrow. Who knows. But
all I do know is that I can see that
he's held back quite a bit. That's
interesting to see because that
doesn't look like he's held much
there. It was extraordinary, isn't
it? The height they are getting in
the pipe itself is really beautiful
to watch, isn't it?
Yes, the skiers
can generate so much speed, compared
to us snowboarders. They drop in far
different to what we are doing. As
soon as they get into the halfpipe
on their edges, they seem to
accelerate. Compared to what we are
We have to pump the transitions.
have to big up the Kiwis. We talked
about the Wells brotherses they are
in fourth and fifth position. Very
impressive indeed from Byron wells,
unusual getting into the pipe.
does it differently. Straight into
this witch Ali woop double. The
judges will look for a variety, for
difference. Anything that is quite
unique. I think they have rewarded
him very well. Byron is a character
as well in the ski world. He loved
his Harley-Davidsons. He's very much
a good Kiwi.
He is indeed a great
Kiwi. The Kiwies haven't won any
medals since 1992. New Zealand will
be interested in that. Let us look
at the medals table.
be interested in that. Let us look
at the medals table. Norway and
Germany share the limelight.
More action on ice and snow at
8.00pm, live from mid need Eve Muir
read facing Canada. The women's
downhill live at 2.00am. Kyle Smith
on the the against the UA in his
on the the against the UA in his
last curling round robin match. So
it looks like it is curling and
bobsled who could make the
difference as Great Britain tries to
win a record fifth medal in these
Olympic Games. They have already met
their target of four. Everything
else, frankly, Ben, is Olympic gravy
at this point we are hoping to pour
on some more of it over the next
couple of days. In the meantime,
from Ben and me and the rest of the
Clare Balding and Hazel Irvine present coverage as day 11 of the Winter Olympics draws to a close in PyeongChang, South Korea. Great Britain's male and female curlers are in action, taking on Norway and Japan respectively, while there is also plenty of bobsleigh, Nordic combined and ice hockey action to catch up on.