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BBC Two Day 12: Great Britain women in Bobsleigh action

13:00-18:00: Coverage as day 12 draws to a close, including the final run of the women's bobsleigh and the final of the men's and women's team pursuit events.


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Those alive shots of the Olympic

Sliding Centre in Pyeongchang, where

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we're heading sharply for the final

fourth run of the women's bobsleigh,

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here is what is happened so far.

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This is a good run.

Possibly seventh

place? Sixth!

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place? Sixth! Kelly Humphries is

here and means business.

Pretty good

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start. But I think she should be

quicker.

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Elana Meyers has had a storming run.

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She likes the speed at the bottom of

the track.

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Can they put Kaillie -- pressure on

Kaillie Humphries. She has work to

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do it she needs to win the gold

medal again.

There are real doubts

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that she can get herself another

gold medal.

The first to flinch will

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lose out on the medal.

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She has lost a tenth already. Elana

Meyers Taylor...

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Mariama Jamanka, a track record!

Elana Meyers Taylor, she's usually

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very quick. She drops second, but

she's still in the mix for gold.

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Kaillie Humphries takes third, just

ahead of Stephanie Schneider.

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Slightly ragged, I am afraid, for

the British team, and they will

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finish over a second behind, which

is not good news for Great Britain.

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Leg run three is done, and from a

British point of view it was hard

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not to wince in the middle of the

run, wasn't it?

It was, just that

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little mistake on the exit is what

cost Mica and Mica. They will finish

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eighth, which is still the best we

have finished. If she can get it

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right, there are still potential for

her to keep the top eight macro.

As

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the gaps open up, there is more than

0.1 ahead, with more than one point

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behind two ninths.

It gives the

British a little bit of a buffer to

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breathe and think, we just have to

design a decent run in, and we will

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come down in minimum of eight

please.

The race at the top looks

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like two for gold, and another

couple fighting over bronze.

The

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gold medal is literally going to be

decided by a blink of an eye,

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whoever touches first between the

Germans and the Americans, we have

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seen some really good races towards

that point, so we will see. The same

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for bronze, between two.

What do

athletes do between runs three and

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four, because you cannot touch the

sled at all?

You have our wonder

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we're you can polish it, but no

support staff can work on there.

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Then what do you do, sit in the

changing rooms and cry in a corner?

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Yes, get in the mindset, then it is

about rebuilding your steps, getting

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through the processes and fire it

off the block for the last time.

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Here we go, one more run in the

women's bobsleigh, run four. Leitner

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CLARE BALDING:.

We're going to be showing...

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Jamaica, the first women's bobsleigh

for them. There

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for them. There we have, Mica

McNeill and make come in eighth

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place. We have with us the

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McNeill and make come in eighth

place. We have with us the best

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women's bobsleigh in Britain, you

hope it is beating?

I do. I want the

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wrecker to be broken, they can

inspire some many people.

Amy, it is

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so tight between Germany and the USA

at the top?

Yes, Germany and the USA

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could easily switch around, then it

is a fight for bronze medal between

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Kaillie Humphries and the other

American girl, Jamie Greubel Poser.

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The mentally fighting for a medal.

And Elana Meyers Taylor is an

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interesting story, we will build up

to the leading bobs, but we want to

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show you what has happened already

with Nigeria setting the way. Here

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is John Jackson.

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The final run of the day, with

Nigeria. Unfortunately for them,

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that is a slow push start. They were

pretty ragged in the previous run,

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number three.

Yes, and it was this

line that caused a lot of issues.

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That is a lot better. I'm still

seeing mistakes, though. But she is

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a novice pilots, not much

experience, and she really nailed

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this. This is her best run so far,

we can still see little mistakes,

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but she has done what she needed to,

and she should be happy with this.

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Nigerians have been history makers

for themselves and Africa here.

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Despite a slow start, that was the

third quickest time.

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third quickest time. -- their third

quickest time.

She tidied it up, it

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was a lot better than the previous

runs, even with the previous runs.

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It shows that they can get it right.

A bit of a mistake, her hands

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slipped on the start, which is why

it could have dropped off, just

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because there was not enough

purchase at the top. A little

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mistake. Again we have seen top

pilots doing that. Letter lying

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round the corner, she had a bang on

that as she came round the left.

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This was almost perfect, but it is

better to take the nudge on one wall

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and taking two taps. There are

really happy with it, and they

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should be.

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should be.

Are pretty torrid week

for the Jamaican

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for the Jamaican peer, Carrie

Russell and Jazmine

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Fenlator-Victorian, they can finish

with a smile, 30 years after the

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movie Cool Runnings. Jazmine

Fenlator-Victorian wants Jamaicans

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to look back and say we remember

that they in South Korea, when the

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Jamaican flag was flown with honour.

The previous three runs have not

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been great.

Again, little mistakes.

She should not be making these type

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of mistakes, she is a quality pilot.

She has won medals for the US.

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She has won medals for the US. A

little bit low, but maybe that works

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for her. These athletes should be

really pleased with the bottom time,

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maybe not so much, but with the

lines, they should be saying, yes I

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nailed that one.

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nailed that one.

The second quickest

time of the games. So, they end with

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a flourish. -- the second quickest

time.

Not a bad run, little

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mistakes. Different points of the

track, but a lot better run than

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what she has done over the last

three, so they should be pleased.

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You can see the crowd is paying

them. Everyone likes the Jamaican

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bobsleigh story as a whole, and

there has been a lot of drama going

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on with the team this week, but she

has four runs in, she has made

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history, she should be really proud,

they should be really proud of what

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they have achieved.

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they have achieved.

Great to see

Nigeria and Jamaica finishing. They

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were the first two teams going down

the track, and going in reverse

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order. We will pick it up now live,

remember the Great Britain pair of

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Misha McNeill and -- Mica McNeill

and become your are going to finish

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in the best ever place for women's

bobsleigh. We have Germany for

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hundreds of a second against Elana

Meyers Taylor of the US. It was

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similar in the men's final run, and

that finished in a dead heat.

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Letters headgear now, John Jackson

and John Hunt in the commentary box.

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-- let us headgear now.

Romania in 15th place at the moment.

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We have Maria Adela Constantin and

Andreea Grecu. They have consistent

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times, but not quick enough to

trouble the top ten this time

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around. Are really a likeable

couple, they are very capable

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pilots.

Yes, and they have shown it

with their runs. There have not been

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many mistakes from Maria, in the

front. They have shown their

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quality, they just maybe have not

got the equipment on the bottom of

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the bobsleigh. Just a little

mistakes. She needed to steer out

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earlier to come out the street in

the middle. We have only seen a few

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mistakes from her. She has really

good lines. You can hardly hear it

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stealing.

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stealing. Cash steering. She has not

made many mistakes.

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Not quick enough to go past the

Belgians.

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I am sure you understand the format,

this leaderboard will change every

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run, as we are going slowest to

quickest, and this run will end with

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a gold medal for either Germany or

the United States of America. Elana

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Meyers

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Meyers Taylor and Mariama Jamanka

are the favourites. But it is not

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necessarily a two horse race.

Is

definitely not. It is going to be

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exciting and become to the last

five, who are all in the mix for the

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medals.

Next,

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medals.

Next, Germany, Anna Koehler

and Erline Nolte. Again, it is a

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slow time, not enabling them to mix

it with the real powerful teams here

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at these Olympic Games.

Yes, you

would not normally expect the

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Germans to be this far back on the

start, maybe they have not quite got

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the in-depth athletes. May be just

too aggressive and corner seven. To

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active on the steering.

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active on the steering. Maybe she

has enough to stay in front of the

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Belgians. Cleaner lines. But she is

losing time and I don't think she

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will have enough to stay in front.

Watch the time, green at the moment,

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but goes red right in the last 20

metres.

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I'm surprised at that, because they

seemed to find speed at the bottom

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of the track, but they have just

fallen behind, they had a really

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clean run, just over driving. Here

is a great view. It was here, you

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see how quickly it changes

direction. By then she has scrubbed

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her speedway. That is their head

coach on their T-shirt!

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Next, the disappointing Russian

pairing.

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pairing. This is their best as I

gave up and Anna stay

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-- Mrs Nadezhda Sergeeva and

Anastasia Kocherzhova. They have

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dropped to eighth place last year, a

disaster, they crashed in Sochi and

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finished in 16th. This is looking

like a second consecutive

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disappointing games for Sergeeva.

It

it's -- it is, and the Russian

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programme have not had the result

they wanted in this programme. You

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can see how impressive she had to be

determined that, that speed that she

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has got to have at the moment could

all disappear. It started to slip

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away now. She gets this next corner

right, she makes another mistake,

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these could still drop off. She will

do well to lose all of that. We have

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seeded up the hill through the speed

trap.

That last 300 metres or so is

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all uphill, a 12% climb to the line,

she only just clings on the head of

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the Belgium. So Sergeeva moves to

the head of the field but that

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leaderboard constantly moving,

constantly changing. Sergeeva will

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be nowhere near the lead when we

conclude this magnificent and

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compelling event in under half an

hour.

You can see from that threat

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coming down alone how much these

mistakes can cost. This mistake

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here, it cost her over four tenths

of a second, almost half a second in

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that run. You cannot make mistakes

like this. If you see leaders make

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this, the others will.

Well, it's

been a great event for the Koreans,

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the men's skeleton one. I'm sure

many of you were with us for that

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extraordinary achievement. Here, Kim

and Kim, Minseong and Yooran, no

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relation. They cannot expect to get

near that kind of achievement but

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they will hope against hope they can

go quickly once again. There is

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general times have been OK, they

operate very efficiently down this

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track. I bet you they go as standard

5.62, 5.6 three. They are slightly

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slower, their slowest start at this

games.

We are seeing the red time go

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a little up, that will be costly

mistake if they want to stay ahead

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of the Russians. This time she now

grow. Because they have both made

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the same mistakes. It's whether they

can drive the track better than the

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Russians, because they should know

it well enough, they have had

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hundreds of runs down here to find

the perfect line. That's one of the

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best we have seen through there. Now

they should start to accelerate and

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hold back against the Russians, or

is she going to be behind at the

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end? The Russian team lost a lot of

time at this point.

Coming up to the

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finish. Kim will finish well away

from Sergeeva. She has knocked in a

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time of 51.55, which is slow, again,

slowest so far. These early athletes

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going in the forefront, they are

well off the pace in terms of medals

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but they are all going slower than

the third heat.

Yes, what you'll see

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with this team in particular, they

made a mistake in bend two to three

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which is costly. That's the first

time they've done that. She's going

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to be slower because of that mistake

that we would just about to see but

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we cut away from it. She did not

have the speed in the sled or the

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bottom of the sled to catch the

Russians. Another couple of hundred

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metres as you would have been

walking in.

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walking in.

Happy smiles all round.

Less so perhaps from the Russians.

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Sergeeva in front at the moment.

Next we have FG -- Willemsen, ranked

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number 11, going for a top-10 place.

That top-10 position remains between

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herself and the Austrian, Hengster,

who is next. Notoriously moderate

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starters. That start is not

particularly good even by their

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standards.

She is a great driver so

we shouldn't see too many mistakes.

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That's one of the reasons why it

she's had so many good results in

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the past, they've had great

equipment, great driving and she's

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managed to drive her way back

throughout the rest of the World

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Cup. But she's not able to do that

any more because everyone else has

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upped their game at their man so her

advantage has gone. She has an

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efficient start, you can see her

quality as a pilot. This is good as

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any of the top pilots. She had the

same start as then, she would be in

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the medal hunt.

She will be surging

to bleed assuming no disasters. --

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surging into the lead. That's her

third quickest of the Olympic Games.

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She went a lot quicker in runs one

and three so the time is dropping.

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Is this track deteriorating?

It is.

They will have done a little bit of

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work between runs to patch up any

bits that needed it, but as a whole,

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they've had 20 runs now, from all

the sled is, they're into another

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ten. Having 30 runs on this track,

they are cutting up the ice and it

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makes the track a little bit slower.

It might only been

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It might only been tenths or two

tenths but you can see that in the

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time sheet.

No macro leading at the

moment, all change for sure as we

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move into the same -- top ten.

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move into the same -- top ten. Mica

McNeill and Mica Moore to come in

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three athletes, behind the Austrians

and persist in the running orders

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for the medals. -- the Swifts. The

Austrians next, Christina Hengster

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and Valerie Kleiser, fifth in the

World Championship. 15th in the

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Olympic Games in Sochi. That

illustrates their up and down status

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within the world of women's

bobsleigh, what kind of start, make?

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That has put them slightly up

against it, that start.

We saw how

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much ice was kicked up at the back

of the sled there, that was a big

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mistake. If this Austrian team

wanted to move up against Willemsen,

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that was not the corner to have. We

have to see perfection at this point

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but I don't think it will be good

enough. Not to pull back up on the

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Belgian team who are in the lead at

the moment. She is starting to pull

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it back but has she got enough?

This

is for the honour of a top-10

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position at the big games. Will it

be the Austrian or the Belgian? They

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did pull it back. After that early

mistake. That was a huge skid down

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through three. They go into the

lead, Sergeeva with the lead. --

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Hengster with the lead. Nine more

teams to go.

She needed to put a big

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run into move herself forward to

that top eight position but that

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mistake in corner to- three is going

to be costly. The replays don't seem

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to want to show all of the action

that we need to speak about. You can

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see the difference between the

Belgian and the Austrian, the

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Austrian has taken a bit of a wavy

line, she could have found a bit

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more speed. She was free out where

the Belgian was a lot flatter. She

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might have had to force the line to

get that and scrub off a little bit

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of speed doing so.

Their fairly

moderate run was good news for the

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British team who are shortly. Next

for Switzerland, currently sitting

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in ninth place, Sabina Hafner, about

to go. The world mother nine.

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Together with a whole red salmon. --

with Rahal wrapped seven.

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They could well slip off their best

time, 50.86, by some way. We will

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have to watch with interest as it

will have a bearing on the British

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team X.

She is a quality pilot.

She's been out of the front seat for

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quite a few years, as she

transferred off the skeleton. She's

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got enough to stay in hand in front

of the Belgians, sorry, the

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Austrians. All these little

mistakes, will they be costly if she

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wants to move in front of the

British pair?

51 point 21, the

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slowest runner of the four, and that

could help keep McNeill and more in

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eighth place, who are next. They

have a golden opportunity now to

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register the best ever performance

in the British team in the two-man

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bob in the deliberate games. --

Olympic Games. A big moment coming

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up for Mica and Mica.

You can see

the relief in her face, thank you,

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this is over! I can now relax. Big

smile on her face. Pressure is off.

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It's been quite a story, hasn't it?

For these two young stars on the

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British team. Mica McNeill, Mica

Moore, starting off in eighth place.

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You're going to get a direct

comparison as we go on this run

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between themselves and the Swiss

team who had just gone, Hafner and

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Rebsamen. And if they can hold them

at bay, a little bit of history can

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come their way. There was a slight

disappointment after their third

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run, at a time, it was

disappointing, it was the 11th

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quickest. We know they're better

than that and run number three. Good

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luck to them here. Mica McNeill and

Mica Moore, if they can get anywhere

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near 5.50 as a start it would give

them a good opportunity and then it

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all about avoiding mistakes. Not

great, not terrible.

This is where

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Mica needs to be clean. And that

could cost her, not as bad as other

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sleds but that two tenths might

start to drop off from that hit.

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Mica has been perfect on this track,

other than a little mistake on the

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last run. She needs to dial into the

track, get this right and you can

0:28:120:28:17

keep top eight. That's good, but has

she got enough speed left in the

0:28:170:28:24

track? She has been good at this

point in the track all the way down.

0:28:240:28:28

She's starting to pull away, this is

the run that she needs to get the

0:28:280:28:31

best results for Britain at the

lipid games.

Nobody has ever been

0:28:310:28:39

eighth in the Olympics games but

these do have claimed that position.

0:28:390:28:44

Nicola Minichiello in 2006 was a

fabulous nights. But the British

0:28:440:28:49

pairing go one better at least. What

a games for the pair who are only

0:28:490:28:55

here because of the generosity of

the British public. Their funding

0:28:550:28:59

completely slashed last year. They

asked, they put the begging bowl out

0:28:590:29:04

will stop and they got enough money

to keep them on the road and in

0:29:040:29:08

business. Their heads never dropped.

And now they have secured a little

0:29:080:29:15

slice of sporting history for Great

Britain.

Just bear in mind, for

0:29:150:29:20

anyone watching at home, they have

not had any on this track at all,

0:29:200:29:26

this is their 14th run on the track

and may have finished top eight in

0:29:260:29:29

the world.

What a great result. Can

it get a little bit better? You

0:29:290:29:37

would have thought it was unlikely.

For Canada next, Christine De Bruin

0:29:370:29:42

and Melissa Lotholz start with a

very healthy advantage over the

0:29:420:29:47

British pair. You'll see the gap

remained quite big to get a first

0:29:470:29:55

comparison with the British team.

Let's see if the Canadian pair can

0:29:550:30:01

hold it together. What a mistake.

That was worse than the British lead

0:30:010:30:07

so this could be the opportunity.

Watch the clock now, it will start

0:30:070:30:12

ticking away. We need to keep an eye

on that. She made another little

0:30:120:30:16

mistakes. If she's not clean through

this point here, she gets that

0:30:160:30:21

perfect. Is it enough for the

British to start pulling them back?

0:30:210:30:26

She's not quite as clean through

here. The British have been quick

0:30:260:30:29

and she's pulling away.

Very untidy,

though. Untidy round 16 as well.

0:30:290:30:40

They just hold the British team at

bay.

0:30:400:30:47

It got interesting, little bit, that

was a little scrappy.

The worst run

0:30:550:31:04

of bit four.

0:31:040:31:11

of bit four.

That run from Mica

McNeill was absolutely amazing, but

0:31:110:31:14

now the different class. And the

funding that they have no makes a

0:31:140:31:22

difference. That big mistake, you

can see how much it slides around,

0:31:220:31:27

and she's just out-of-control at

three.

0:31:270:31:37

Beheld the big advantage from the

start, even though they lost it a

0:31:400:31:43

bit.

0:31:430:31:53

Canada, Alysia Rissling. And we say

farewell to

0:31:580:32:12

farewell to one of the big names,

Heather Moyse. With Kaillie

0:32:140:32:18

Humphries, they had two gold medals

together.

She has been one of the

0:32:180:32:23

class athletes in the sport for many

years, she have retired and then

0:32:230:32:28

came back because Alysia Rissling,

the pilot, Astra two, so she could

0:32:280:32:31

push her at the Olympic Games. She

has done a great job, and they have

0:32:310:32:37

worked well together. I thought they

would have been higher up the field.

0:32:370:32:50

Me coming at you and me, could

improve please hear. Maybe not.

I

0:32:590:33:05

think they are going to hold on.

Yes, it looks that way.

0:33:050:33:18

It looks as though it will be eighth

place.

0:33:200:33:27

place. Alysia Rissling has her

career ahead of her, but Heather

0:33:280:33:32

Moyse possibly says goodbye. A

brilliant rugby player, a pretty

0:33:320:33:38

good cyclist as well, and what a

career she has had in bobsleigh is

0:33:380:33:43

well.

Definitely, and it is always

great to see the top athletes coming

0:33:430:33:48

out and helping the youngsters,

giving themselves a bit of

0:33:480:33:52

confidence. The transition between

two and three was tight.

0:33:520:34:04

Be moved to the top five. Next,

Germany, Stephanie Schneider and

0:34:120:34:19

Annika Drazek. They had a pretty

poor third run. Both carrying a

0:34:190:34:29

little injury. One and ankle and had

-- one has an ankle injury.

0:34:290:34:39

She had some bandaging, so something

may be uneasy.

0:34:450:34:58

may be uneasy. Not as perfect as the

top pilots coming next will do at

0:34:580:35:02

that bend. But she has good speed at

the bottom.

0:35:020:35:08

the bottom. She is putting the

pressure on.

0:35:090:35:16

pressure on.

Stephanie Schneider is

confirmed as fifth at the worst. The

0:35:190:35:26

coaches seem to be feeling the

pressure. Mariama Jamanka still to

0:35:260:35:33

come.

When we look at consistency,

that is what you need to do. Maybe

0:35:330:35:43

her second run was the one that let

her down when she made some mistakes

0:35:430:35:46

yesterday. Maybe pulled her out of

medal contention. But she has just

0:35:460:35:50

added pressure. That is the first

heat under 51 seconds. That is the

0:35:500:35:59

bomb that might cost her. The

coaches are almost shouting her down

0:35:590:36:05

the track. -- that is the bump that

might cost her.

Two for the United

0:36:050:36:16

States.

0:36:160:36:22

States. It is Jamie Greubel Poser

and Aja Evans. Jamie Greubel Poser

0:36:220:36:30

was gold medallist in such. She

finished run three ahead of

0:36:300:36:35

Stephanie Schneider by a tenth of a

second. If she can go ahead of the

0:36:350:36:41

German, she will be forth at worst,

with three still to come. One of the

0:36:410:36:48

many battles within a battle. The

race for a bronze medal. Jamie

0:36:480:36:52

Greubel Poser under way. Capable of

a 5.30 start.

0:36:520:37:06

a 5.30 start. This peer won a bronze

medal in such a macro.

The know-how

0:37:060:37:12

to -- this pair won a bronze medal

in sort Cheek. They know how to get

0:37:120:37:21

it right. Like the

0:37:210:37:28

it right. Like the German,...

Remember, this is for guaranteed

0:37:330:37:38

fourth place. It is Stephanie

Schneider who holds on! Jamie

0:37:380:37:48

Greubel Poser drops back. She is

second at the moment, and likely to

0:37:480:37:51

finish fifth. Just like her husband,

Christian Poser, in the men's event,

0:37:510:38:00

it looks like it is going to be

disappointment.

0:38:000:38:06

disappointment.

Overall, you look at

the run and you think, how has she

0:38:080:38:11

just lost the speed? Maybe just over

driving, the same mistake as the

0:38:110:38:16

Germans. The lines are almost

identical. You do not see much in it

0:38:160:38:22

at all. That is the difference at

the bottom. I was not expecting

0:38:220:38:31

that.

0:38:310:38:37

that.

Now the great Kaillie

Humphries. In the bronze medal

0:38:370:38:39

position at the moment. After the

third run, she had a lead of 15

0:38:390:38:46

hundredths over Stephanie Schneider,

who is currently third. Kaillie

0:38:460:38:50

Humphries, gold in Vancouver and

gold in Sochi.

0:38:500:38:59

gold in Sochi. There is a medal for

her here if she is clean and fast.

0:38:590:39:07

They have all started here in the

30s. It is just about no one who has

0:39:070:39:11

the bottle to hold it. The Germans

are in the driving seat at the

0:39:110:39:16

minute, but Kaillie Humphries has

the experience, she is the most

0:39:160:39:21

experienced in the field, double

Olympic champion.

0:39:210:39:28

Olympic champion. But she has not

been as fast as the others in the

0:39:280:39:30

bottom half of the track. She's

going to have to do more. Will she

0:39:300:39:38

hold on?

0:39:380:39:43

hold on?

Double gold medallist,

guaranteed bronze medal at least

0:39:450:39:51

here! Kaillie Humphries, one of the

greats, will be on the podium again,

0:39:510:39:56

as wilfully see George, who was a

fantastic sprinter in her time, and

0:39:560:40:02

has said she has not given up on her

athletics career. They both have a

0:40:020:40:09

medal together. She would have loved

another gold medal, which may not

0:40:090:40:13

happen, but a bronze at least for

one of the greats of women's

0:40:130:40:20

bobsleigh.

That was almost perfect.

No really big mistakes, but you

0:40:200:40:25

would expect that from a pilot of

her calibre. Everything that she did

0:40:250:40:31

there was because she needed to get

down and could find the speed in the

0:40:310:40:34

track.

0:40:340:40:39

track.

After two days of

competition, after four Keats, the

0:40:400:40:44

Germans wait in the wings, and it is

the focus on the United States of

0:40:440:40:49

America, and Elana Meyers Taylor and

Lauren Gibbs. Elana Meyers Taylor

0:40:490:41:00

has won everything, world titles,

World Championships, Olympic bronze,

0:41:000:41:04

Olympic silver. There is one honour

missing from her resume, and that is

0:41:040:41:08

Olympic gold. She is usually

electric.

0:41:080:41:18

She has achieved a fast time again.

0:41:220:41:32

She just needs to drive this likely

now she can. She needs to make sure.

0:41:320:41:46

Absolutely perfect. Enough speed to

get the silver.

0:41:480:41:57

get the silver.

And huge advantage

over Kaillie Humphries, a silver

0:42:010:42:04

medal guaranteed for Elana Meyers

Taylor. Will it be enough? We will

0:42:040:42:11

know the answer to that in three

minutes. Huge success and an

0:42:110:42:17

outpouring of emotion for her, who

has done so much for the United

0:42:170:42:21

States, so much for women's sport.

Loring Gibbs also now has a medal.

0:42:210:42:31

Emotional outpouring, having just

won a silver medal again. She was

0:42:310:42:38

great in Vancouver for a bronze, and

picked up silver behind Kaillie

0:42:380:42:43

Humphries.

0:42:430:42:47

Humphries. -- four years ago, and

here it is silver again.

Four years

0:42:480:42:52

ago she had the gold medal winning

run and blew it by making cement

0:42:520:42:55

mistakes. But that run was perfect.

-- by making so many mistakes.

The

0:42:550:43:07

German pilot is 27-year-old Mariama

Jamanka.

0:43:070:43:17

Jamanka. Will she realise the dream

of them all with an Olympic gold

0:43:190:43:21

medal?

0:43:210:43:22

It will be America or Germany, and

we will now in less than 50 seconds.

0:43:270:43:32

There was a deficit at the start.

It

should drop away at the next clock.

0:43:320:43:41

The German pilot has been the most

consistent, and is fast at the

0:43:430:43:47

bottom.

0:43:470:43:54

Germany are the winners!

0:44:140:44:24

She picked up gold for Germany in

the 2006 games, and they win again,

0:44:300:44:35

and I do not think Mariama Jamanka

can believe it. And the skip appears

0:44:350:44:43

to be in tears. Amazing scenes for

Germany. I think the shock of it has

0:44:430:44:54

hit them.

It certainly has, this is

what the German programme needed.

0:44:540:45:00

Four years ago, they got no medals

at all, which is unheard of. But

0:45:000:45:05

they came out fighting, they got

gold in the men's bobsleigh and now

0:45:050:45:10

in this as well. This is how you

come back. That run was perfect,

0:45:100:45:16

flawless, better than any others.

That is why she is Olympic champion.

0:45:160:45:21

She would have known she was behind

Elana Meyers Taylor at the start.

0:45:210:45:26

That is a very cool head. That is

the pressure they have to put up

0:45:260:45:30

with because once the breaker has

done their job and pushed it, it is

0:45:300:45:35

then down to the pilot. That was

just pure pressure all the way.

0:45:350:45:44

It was her against the track. She

was not worried about anyone else,

0:45:480:45:51

it was just getting the exit right,

two, four, nine, and she nailed

0:45:510:45:56

every single one of them on every

run.

Mariama Jamanka, an ex-Hammer

0:45:560:46:05

thrower, has just thrown the world

of women's bobsleigh on its head.

0:46:050:46:13

It's confirmed that they have won

the gold medal by seven hundredths

0:46:130:46:16

of a second. Great scenes

afterwards. A great rapport there

0:46:160:46:22

seems to be between all of these

teams.

There is. The sliding

0:46:220:46:26

community is one big family. They

seem surprised because they probably

0:46:260:46:31

won't one of the medal favourites

coming into this. Maybe an outside

0:46:310:46:38

chance of top six but it shows what

potential this German programme has.

0:46:380:46:42

To illustrate what a great driver

and pilot Jamanka is, it's worth

0:46:420:46:47

noting that looking at start times

alone, as we see Kaillie Humphries

0:46:470:46:51

again with her bronze medal, starts

times alone, she had a massive gap

0:46:510:46:56

to pull back every time with Meyers

Taylor but every time she did it.

0:46:560:47:02

She certainly did. That's down to

her quality in the front seat as a

0:47:020:47:06

driver doing the job. If she had had

the same starts as Meyers Taylor, it

0:47:060:47:13

would be half a second between gold

and silver. It's thrown up something

0:47:130:47:19

else which we didn't expect at the

start, and that's one of the

0:47:190:47:23

outsiders winning the medal.

Jamanka

wins gold. Meyers Taylor, Silver

0:47:230:47:32

medal, her second, and Kaillie

Humphries, the great from Canada,

0:47:320:47:35

has got the bronze. Germany and the

USA next. And confirmation of the

0:47:350:47:43

wonderful record position for the

great British team in eighth place,

0:47:430:47:47

well done Misha Taylor and Mika

McNeill, wonderful stuff for Great

0:47:470:47:53

Britain.

STUDIO: and Germany so strong in the

0:47:530:47:58

sliding events, they have won three

gold medals in luge and two in

0:47:580:48:04

bobsleigh, and for the great quiche

pair of Mica and Mica, -- the great

0:48:040:48:13

British pair of Mica and Mica, how

would they have done if they had the

0:48:130:48:16

best kit?

I'm standing in front of the best

0:48:160:48:20

women's bobsleigh team that Great

Britain has ever produced.

It feels

0:48:200:48:24

amazing, where so happy. Just wanted

to enjoy the experience because it

0:48:240:48:31

is our first games and we've come

away with eighth. It's more than we

0:48:310:48:33

have hoped for and were so happy.

Will you happy with the performances

0:48:330:48:41

today?

Yes, there's things I'm

always picky with but we said we'd

0:48:410:48:48

like a single figure is old and

we've done that.

-- single figure

0:48:480:48:53

result. I wasn't comfortable

yesterday in my driving and I had a

0:48:530:49:00

couple of mistakes but we have to be

happy with that. It feels amazing.

I

0:49:000:49:05

think she's done amazing.

Nicola

Minichiello sends her best, in the

0:49:050:49:10

studio, you have gone toe to toe

with some of the best programmes and

0:49:100:49:15

you have funded yourself.

It feels

amazing, five months ago we didn't

0:49:150:49:20

even know if we would be here. To

get here is an achievement in itself

0:49:200:49:23

and we have loved every minute of it

and we want to say thank you to

0:49:230:49:28

everyone who has supported us, and

our family and friends. It's been a

0:49:280:49:32

credible.

It's been a crazy few

months and this has been the cherry

0:49:320:49:38

on top, we enjoyed it so much.

Has

anyone in British Bob Lay said,

0:49:380:49:42

we're sorry, we've got this wrong,

we are glad you're here.

They can't

0:49:420:49:46

fully say anything like that, they

made that decision and then new

0:49:460:49:50

people come in and they have to

stick by it. We will be back in four

0:49:500:49:57

years' time, and you will see us in

amongst it.

Will it be an

0:49:570:50:02

interesting conversation with the

performance director around funding

0:50:020:50:05

between now and Beijing 2022?

I like

to think so, I really hope we don't

0:50:050:50:09

have to ask people, we don't have to

be powered by the people any more,

0:50:090:50:14

as great as it's being, we want them

to be able to just watch out and

0:50:140:50:17

enjoy it and not have to help us

again.

I think you deserve that and

0:50:170:50:21

I'm sure everyone at home is wishing

you all the best between now and

0:50:210:50:25

Beijing. Well done again.

Thank you,

hello Nicola!

0:50:250:50:33

She's waving back.

0:50:330:50:33

hello Nicola!

She's waving back. What is your

0:50:330:50:34

reaction to their performance over

the four runs?

Absolutely amazing.

0:50:340:50:39

We're going to see this changing

around, Jamanka is new in two

0:50:390:50:47

driving, but the American and

Canadian will retire and this is the

0:50:470:50:50

new generation. Mica has got a good

sled but it's not impaired to the

0:50:500:50:57

Germans. Not amazing. The start is

solid but another four years of

0:50:570:51:03

training, she will be right up

there.

It's really exciting for the

0:51:030:51:06

future of women's bobsleigh, that

performance is going to make

0:51:060:51:11

everybody think, hang on, this is

worth investing in, we can jump an

0:51:110:51:14

awfully long way. We can get a medal

in this.

If she can perform that

0:51:140:51:18

well on a track that she doesn't

know and she doesn't have any runs

0:51:180:51:23

on, it's six runs, we are good at

learning tracks very fast because we

0:51:230:51:29

don't have a home one. Add on for

years of training in the gym all

0:51:290:51:36

summer long, get more knowledge on

ice and better equipment, and who

0:51:360:51:40

knows where we could be in four

years, they are going to be medal

0:51:400:51:43

contenders.

And not having to worry

about funding would make a big

0:51:430:51:47

difference. It takes up a lot of

headspace as well as energy to raise

0:51:470:51:52

funds.

This is why UK sport invest

in support networks because it's not

0:51:520:51:56

ideal for an athlete to be able to

think, how may go to get down the

0:51:560:52:00

track, and start well, and pay for

my, nation? How do I pay for the

0:52:000:52:04

flight? Where is the money coming

from? It's a constant daily battle

0:52:040:52:07

and that's not something they need

in their head at this point.

Given

0:52:070:52:10

them what they've been through,

given the lack of experience on the

0:52:100:52:16

track, how highly do you rate that

performance in finishing eighth?

If

0:52:160:52:19

she had had a slightly more

competitive sled and 500th on the

0:52:190:52:28

start, they would have won.

Literally, one hundredths Foster on

0:52:280:52:32

the top, three hundredths on the

bottom. Their differential works out

0:52:320:52:38

on 1300, but in the BMW sleds which

are worth a few, they would have

0:52:380:52:44

been right up there, no question.

If

you were now in charge between now

0:52:440:52:49

and Beijing, if you want them to be

a gold medal potential team, what

0:52:490:52:53

you do with them?

You keep them

focused and training, you give them

0:52:530:52:58

the confidence. You've always got to

be looking at technology to see

0:52:580:53:01

where it can improve and I'm sure

the British programme are going to

0:53:010:53:04

be tracking down the BMW, how do

they improve the equipment? Get the

0:53:040:53:09

more athletic and in the gym, really

working for that power. Anything is

0:53:090:53:12

possible.

We will talk about Jamanka

winning the gold but let's analyse

0:53:120:53:20

this final run for Mica McNeill and

Mica Moore, and where you saw the

0:53:200:53:24

strength and where you said, this

could be better.

0:53:240:53:26

The start, it was solid, the time

was not amazing but the velocity,

0:53:300:53:35

and you seek Mica, she loads in. All

of that energy and weight is going

0:53:350:53:38

forward and pushing the sled.

Already at this first two or three

0:53:380:53:42

corners, she's pulling away. She

comes through, there was a small

0:53:420:53:47

mistake there but it was not a skid.

It's nice, smooth, it just looks

0:53:470:53:53

smooth. This is a really technical

track and the lines are really good,

0:53:530:53:58

solid lines, she let it has been

billed compared to the third one.

0:53:580:54:02

You can it's nice.

I think it's her

confidence building, the more she

0:54:020:54:08

slides, she will come away from the

games and go home, they will review

0:54:080:54:13

everything and review what's

happened and this confidence of the

0:54:130:54:15

eighth place is going to be able to

build upon in the summer to be able

0:54:150:54:19

to get to the plush track and train

hard in the gym. And come out

0:54:190:54:23

fighting. She has now got her sights

aimed and she knows what she can

0:54:230:54:28

achieve. Loads of people are

retiring after the games, every

0:54:280:54:32

single cycle so there will be more

of an empty hole should we say, for

0:54:320:54:37

the results. And confidence is a

huge thing. Once you're confident,

0:54:370:54:42

your performance increases so much

more. That big push and confidence

0:54:420:54:48

and that pat on the back, knowing

that this is what you could achieve

0:54:480:54:51

off so little runs

0:54:510:54:52

that this is what you could achieve

off so little runs and of not as

0:54:520:54:55

much ice time.

They are going to

regret the third run, you could hear

0:54:550:54:59

that in the interview. Lying in

sixth place overnight, down to

0:54:590:55:02

eighth and then holding the position

was great. Perhaps not surprising

0:55:020:55:07

because you spent all night thinking

what might be and getting a little

0:55:070:55:11

bit too excited.

It's human nature.

You hope that you're going to focus

0:55:110:55:15

on the process. You hope you're

going to not let any of those

0:55:150:55:18

messages or any of those dreams

coming to a head. But it's human

0:55:180:55:21

nature

0:55:210:55:26

nature you to get carried away, we

all got a little carried away.

Let's

0:55:280:55:31

talk about Germany, they have done

the double sharing the gold medal in

0:55:310:55:36

the men's Bob. When you look at this

kit, powered by a very great

0:55:360:55:42

pressure and pilot, when you look at

the sled, can you already see to the

0:55:420:55:46

naked eye, do you say, that is a bit

of kit?

0:55:460:55:52

It's impressive looking, it has the

point like the BMW but most of the

0:55:530:55:57

technology is inside. It's about the

frame and the suspension, how they

0:55:570:56:02

can make sure that as the sled comes

on and off the corner, there is no

0:56:020:56:05

loss of speed. Last year they had a

shocker, they had huge issues, they

0:56:050:56:14

had a huge failure of the programme,

they had no medals. These are new

0:56:140:56:18

pilots, new athlete and new sleds

and they have put it together and

0:56:180:56:22

won both.

So if Mica McNeill was

piloting this bob, what would she be

0:56:220:56:30

capable of?

These are the first

times we have seen these sleds, the

0:56:300:56:35

BMW, we talk to or three tenths. How

this compares, it will take times to

0:56:350:56:41

get the stats.

Amazing for Jamanka

to hold on, to hold on and feel the

0:56:410:56:48

pressure knowing that the Americans

set a great time and she still went

0:56:480:56:51

faster.

This is her first Olympics,

she has been driving less than four

0:56:510:56:56

years. She was a huge question going

in in terms of experience. And going

0:56:560:57:01

into it going into the gold medal

position, huge nerves so it's a

0:57:010:57:08

testament to her and the team around

her.

We have seen plenty of people

0:57:080:57:12

not holding on.

Yes, because this is

a sport where your brain is in

0:57:120:57:18

overdrive, especially if you know

you're in the gold medal position

0:57:180:57:21

but you have two empty your thoughts

completely out and then get into the

0:57:210:57:27

bob, do the biggest push and

concentrate on each corner, what

0:57:270:57:31

you're driving and which skills you

have on each corner to get through

0:57:310:57:34

whilst not telling that the tall man

in your head saying, but you could

0:57:340:57:38

win gold and do this. You have got

to tell them to be quiet and

0:57:380:57:42

concentrate, gets down and do this

process goals.

For Elana Meyers

0:57:420:57:49

Taylor, another silver medal but I

don't think she will regret this

0:57:490:57:51

like she would in Sochi, she skidded

all over the place and she said, I

0:57:510:57:56

would never forget that, and if I

ever won gold, I will appreciate it

0:57:560:58:00

so much more. This one was fair

enough, four good runs.

0:58:000:58:08

In Sochi, she lost the gold medal.

She had the potential and she had a

0:58:080:58:13

shocker. These four, considering

she's not renowned as the best

0:58:130:58:16

driver in the world, probably her

best for ever. -- four ever. She

0:58:160:58:24

will have the start and the

equipment but the driver was solid

0:58:240:58:27

today and I think the silver medal

is deserved.

In the studio here, as

0:58:270:58:35

Mica McNeill and Mica Moore

confirmed eighth, you would expect

0:58:350:58:40

people to be quiet if your record

was taken but you were thrilled for

0:58:400:58:45

them?

I am because Mica has had a

hard battle. Throughout her career,

0:58:450:58:53

she's had so many challenges and

doubters to overcome. Last September

0:58:530:58:56

she was in bits when she was told

that she wasn't good enough. It was

0:58:560:59:03

not just told, we're not going to

find you, but as an individual, as a

0:59:030:59:07

female, you're told you're not good

enough to go out there and she had

0:59:070:59:10

proved everyone wrong but I couldn't

be more proud.

It was a delight to

0:59:100:59:14

share it with you. Four-man bob

coming up next, what's the Newsweek

0:59:140:59:18

training? We have two British there.

We are 19th, 17th and 18th, they are

0:59:180:59:30

all learning. They are the four guys

trying to push together and sink in.

0:59:300:59:36

I got some info from out there and

he said one is playing around, it

0:59:360:59:43

stay one, then mixing things up and

testing things up.

At ago from the

0:59:430:59:50

training rain. Saturday and Sunday,

those are the last sliding events

0:59:500:59:59

for Britain. This is the best ever

finish for the British women.

0:59:591:00:04

If you were watching earlier, we saw

the semifinals of the team

1:00:041:00:08

competitions in speed skating, so

not short track, but speed skating,

1:00:081:00:13

clean lines and beautiful and the

team in particular really thrilling

1:00:131:00:17

to watch as they streamline in

behind each other. The final was

1:00:171:00:22

between the dominant Dutch and

Japan, this is for the women. And

1:00:221:00:24

among that Netherlands team was

Irene, looking for a sixth gold

1:00:241:00:30

medal. Let's see if she can succeed

in that quest. After we have seen

1:00:301:00:34

who took the bronze medal will stop

this was between Canada and the USA.

1:00:341:00:38

And North American line-up in the

bronze medal race your. The women's

1:00:451:00:49

team pursuit.

1:00:491:00:57

team pursuit. USA represented by

Heather Bergsma,

1:00:571:01:11

we can see the Canadian trio looking

good. A small slip by Josie Morrison

1:01:211:01:30

in second place. That will cost the

Canadians valuable time.

1:01:301:01:37

Heather Bergsma at the front for the

Americans.

That slip for the

1:01:471:01:52

Canadians has cost them. Over two

seconds now. Canada very much on the

1:01:521:02:01

back foot here in the early stages.

1:02:011:02:12

Canada have world champions in the

line-up. Heather Bergsma, the 500

1:02:201:02:26

metres champion. Brittany Bowe, the

2015 champion.

Brittany Bowe is

1:02:261:02:35

looking very comfortable, and the

gap is getting bigger and bigger.

It

1:02:351:02:41

is enormous, only three seconds

within the final three laps, and it

1:02:411:02:45

is hard to see how Canada will pull

this back and secure a bronze medal.

1:02:451:02:52

Isabelle Weidemann on the front. You

can see the United States hurtling

1:02:521:02:58

around the track.

1:02:581:03:05

around the track. Mia Manganello in

the front, and a hand being placed

1:03:051:03:07

on the hep of her, just a steadying

hand. But they are working well as a

1:03:071:03:14

team, the United States. In second

place, Brittany Bowe giving the

1:03:141:03:19

assist.

It is all about the third

time. Weak link in the trio is the

1:03:191:03:27

leading skater. You can see the hand

pushing on the left leg.

The United

1:03:271:03:35

States are going to win this by some

considerable distance.

1:03:351:03:44

considerable distance. Ivanie

Blondin, the strongest for the

1:03:441:03:46

Canadians. Yes, the United States

flying around here.

1:03:461:03:56

They can hardly put 1's gate in

front of the other, really close at

1:04:041:04:08

the end, less than half a second and

it. It looked as if Mia Manganello

1:04:081:04:13

was cramping up at the end. She

could hardly move.

The lactic acid

1:04:131:04:20

is so high at the end of such a

race. You cannot sit down and

1:04:201:04:24

maintain the skating position. The

Americans are delighted.

What

1:04:241:04:31

happened towards the end, did they

tire badly? Look at Mia Manganello

1:04:311:04:40

at the front, she can hardly use her

legs.

She almost falls down and sits

1:04:401:04:46

on her backside. It is about the

third skater. Sodhi try to go across

1:04:461:04:53

equally to get the clock.

1:04:531:04:59

equally to get the clock. That is

the reserves athlete that skated in

1:04:591:05:01

the previous round, so hopefully she

will get a medal as well.

Mia

1:05:011:05:08

Manganello was in excruciating pain

in the final metres! But the United

1:05:081:05:13

States take the bronze medal ahead

of Canada.

1:05:131:05:19

of Canada. The Olympic women's team

pursuit final is under way. The

1:05:211:05:25

Netherlands against Japan. And it

promises to be a competitive final.

1:05:251:05:41

On the front for Japan, Miho Takagi.

In the front for the Netherlands,

1:05:431:05:49

Ireen Wust.

1:05:491:05:54

Will the fresh legs of Marrit

Leenstra make the difference?

1:06:021:06:13

Leenstra make the difference? Japan

are looking at putting a bit of

1:06:131:06:15

psychological pressure on early

here.

1:06:151:06:21

here.

Nevitt is Ayano Sato at the

front.

1:06:231:06:30

Marrit Leenstra is more of a

sprinter, she is better that the

1:06:381:06:43

1000 and 1500 metres. This is where

the Dutch will make the difference.

1:06:431:06:48

The Netherlands are now starting to

turn the screw and turn the tables

1:06:481:06:52

and forge ahead. It is the blink of

an eye, nothing between them.

1:06:521:07:04

an eye, nothing between them.

We

will see the difference here, the

1:07:041:07:06

Dutch are pushing ahead.

1:07:061:07:12

What an athlete to put in front in

the closing stages, Ireen Wust.

1:07:191:07:31

Ireen Wust, already ten Olympic

medals, she is the most decorated

1:07:311:07:34

speed skater of all time. They are

going to have to dig deep here.

1:07:341:07:46

Japan have put on a sprint! They

have opened up a lead of half a

1:07:461:07:53

second! This is remarkable.

Ireen

Wust is struggling. The Japanese

1:07:531:08:01

look like they are on to gold.

The

wheels are coming off for the

1:08:011:08:07

Netherlands. Japan are about to

glide their way to the gold medal.

1:08:071:08:13

Your wiggle. Towards the line! Japan

take it, and it is an Olympic record

1:08:131:08:21

time. Bale and an advantage of over

one second and a half over the great

1:08:211:08:26

Ireen Wust and the Netherlands

line-up. The Dutch have been beaten

1:08:261:08:30

into second place. The celebrations

start for Japan. What a race. They

1:08:301:08:37

started quickly and finished even

faster.

1:08:371:08:43

faster. The Dutch coach moved to

Japan, and he has shown it is not

1:08:451:08:50

just about the skaters who have come

from Holland, it is about the

1:08:501:08:53

coaching. The look on their faces

tell you what you need to know. They

1:08:531:08:59

did not come here for a silver

medal. It is not what they were

1:08:591:09:04

after at all. Japan emerge

victorious.

1:09:041:09:13

victorious.

We have been seeing the

Dutch really dominating this

1:09:131:09:18

distance in the last few years.

1:09:181:09:28

Lotte Van Beek was the fourth member

of the team, but there was nothing

1:09:361:09:43

she could do.

1:09:431:09:52

she could do. Ter Mors was great for

the Netherlands, might it have been

1:09:521:09:59

better if she had been part of the

team?

If she had completed in the

1:09:591:10:07

1500 metres, a lot of people say

that Ireen Wust would not have won

1:10:071:10:09

gold.

The Dutch tend to dominate

this sport, but Japan are obviously

1:10:091:10:16

very good at this discipline. How

much of an upset is it, coming here,

1:10:161:10:23

or were they carrying equal

favourite status?

Last year they

1:10:231:10:27

were second at the World

Championships, they would only four

1:10:271:10:29

tenths of a second slower than the

Dutch team, and the coach has been

1:10:291:10:36

working with the team for the last

four years to get this fabulous

1:10:361:10:43

Olympic gold.

CLARE BALDING:.

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CLARE BALDING:. 11 medals overall,

which is their best ever. Ireen Wust

1:10:501:10:54

can be consoled by the fact it is

her 11th Olympic gold medal --

1:10:541:10:58

Winter Olympics medal. The Dutch men

were in the bronze medal race,

1:10:581:11:06

against New Zealand. We will see

that shortly, then we will see the

1:11:061:11:09

hosts South Korea in the final

against Norway. Hazel Irvine will be

1:11:091:11:14

taking over after this. I will see

you later tonight, but here is why

1:11:141:11:20

-- Wilf O'Reilly and Simon

Brotherton.

1:11:201:11:31

The race for bronze is under way.

Sven Kramer powering his way.

1:11:311:11:43

Sven Kramer powering his way. The

Dutch and against New Zealand, who

1:11:431:11:47

are silver medallists from the World

Championship last year. Have they

1:11:471:11:50

got a big last effort inside their

legs in this Olympic Games that can

1:11:501:11:55

carry them to a medal?

It will be

interesting to see if the Dutch

1:11:551:12:00

change their tactics. Kramer is in

the front. In the first round I

1:12:001:12:07

believe he stayed on the front a lot

longer.

Jan Blokhuijsen is leading

1:12:071:12:15

from the Dutch. They have a second

upper New Zealand. This is an eighth

1:12:151:12:22

lap race.

There are quite a way

ahead.

1:12:221:12:32

ahead.

The number one skater for New

Zealand, Shane Dobbin, does not race

1:12:321:12:38

at the front. The other two always

take the wind.

At the end you will

1:12:381:12:42

see the skaters putting their hand

on the backside of the skater in

1:12:421:12:46

front of them, giving them

assistance. The one at the front is

1:12:461:12:49

catching all the wind resistance,

and the Dutch are no one and a half

1:12:491:12:57

seconds in front of New Zealand.

1:12:571:13:08

The Dutch are still smarting after

not getting into the final, no

1:13:101:13:13

doubt. There were other options that

could have taken for the squad.

1:13:131:13:20

Jorrit Bergsma was the main one,

which they decided not to take.

1:13:201:13:25

Nearly two seconds. It is a big ask,

but we saw Canada comeback in the

1:13:251:13:32

women's race and make it really

interesting up to the line.

1:13:321:13:44

They have had about 1.5 hours rest,

so it is also about the recovery.

1:13:461:13:52

This is Sven Kramer in the front, he

has eight Olympic medals to his

1:13:521:13:59

name. He's looking to add to that.

He is the most decorated male speed

1:13:591:14:03

skater of all time.

Jan Blokhuijsen

goes to the front.

1:14:031:14:12

This is looking tough for New

Zealand. Peter Michael is working

1:14:171:14:22

hard but they look tired.

1:14:221:14:28

hard but they look tired.

It would

appear that the Dutch will be taking

1:14:281:14:30

the bronze medal.

1:14:301:14:36

the bronze medal.

The Netherlands

are 400 metres away from continuing

1:14:361:14:39

the record of claiming the medal

every time -- every time in this

1:14:391:14:45

event in the Olympic Games.

1:14:451:14:51

event in the Olympic Games. It has

proved to be a race too far for New

1:14:511:14:53

Zealand.

1:14:531:14:58

Zealand. Sven Kramer is the main man

in the team, ensuring all skaters

1:14:591:15:04

crossed the line together.

1:15:041:15:09

It's quite awake for New Zealand to

come over the line. Disappointing

1:15:101:15:13

fourth place. The Dutch take the

bronze. Had New Zealand managed to

1:15:131:15:18

claim it, it would only have been

their second ever medal at the

1:15:181:15:22

Winter Games. They

1:15:221:15:23

their second ever medal at the

Winter Games. They came close but in

1:15:231:15:25

the end, just ran out of gas after

that earlier efforts this evening.

1:15:251:15:30

So the Netherlands claiming the

first of the medals in the men's

1:15:301:15:33

team pursuit.

There's been much talk

about after Sochi, the Dutch were

1:15:331:15:41

way too strong in this. But clearly

coming into these games, they wear

1:15:411:15:47

the red-hot favourites, but they

have not performed to the level they

1:15:471:15:53

have performed at previous games.

Cramer looking very comfortable in

1:15:531:15:58

second place. Disappointment for

him. Jan Blokhuijsen, just being

1:15:581:16:10

congratulated by the coach, who was

actually ill the first couple of

1:16:101:16:15

days and was not able to be on the

eyes.

They will still be

1:16:151:16:18

disappointed, though? Definitely.

Norway, bronze medallists in the

1:16:181:16:26

World Championships last year up

against the hosts, Korea.

1:16:261:16:30

This is the same line-up as in the

semifinal earlier today. Korea won

1:16:351:16:42

the silver medal in Sochi, can they

go one better here at home in 2018?

1:16:421:16:48

The crowd just about managing to

contain their excitement. Quiet for

1:16:581:17:03

the start.

1:17:031:17:09

Eight lamps to glory, the race is

on. Korea against Norway.

1:17:171:17:23

Interesting to see what the Koreans

can do here because they are all

1:17:231:17:28

ex-short track speed skaters and

it's all about recovery. Those teams

1:17:281:17:33

have had fairly comfortable

qualifying rounds, a tough semifinal

1:17:331:17:37

and it's all about recovery. I think

the Norwegians could be the

1:17:371:17:40

favourites but I think the Koreans

might have the edge because of the

1:17:401:17:42

recovery that they've had.

Min Seok

Kim on the front for Korea, the gap

1:17:421:17:51

is just over half a second. Sverre

Lunde Pedersen is effectively the

1:17:511:17:57

captain for Norway, in fact, it's

Pedersen on the front for them. They

1:17:571:18:06

are putting career under some early

pressure here.

And Havard Bokko

1:18:061:18:11

takes the lead wearing the number

one armband. What was seen in the

1:18:111:18:20

Korean semifinal, because they are

used to short track acceleration

1:18:201:18:24

towards the end of the race, it's

interesting to see what schedule

1:18:241:18:28

they were going out on.

I think if

they're in range, it will be an

1:18:281:18:32

incredible sprint over the final 400

minutes. On the front at the moment,

1:18:321:18:39

Seung-Hoon Lee for career. It's

really close now.

It is, came in

1:18:391:18:45

second place, who will slightly take

the place of the Koreans. Still at

1:18:451:18:52

the moment Lee in front and

Norwegians feeling the pressure.

1:18:521:18:58

They will know it's getting close by

the shrieks and the Alps cascading

1:18:581:19:02

down from the stands inspired a

shrug of the yelps cascading down

1:19:021:19:08

the stands here. It is Korea who

have an advantage here. The crowd

1:19:081:19:14

are starting to wonder whether it's

going to be another gold medal for

1:19:141:19:17

the hosts.

Kim of Korea looks very

comfortable, such a good compact

1:19:171:19:26

working unit.

It was less than a

tenth of a second, this will go all

1:19:261:19:35

the way to the wire, it is attempted

the second the other way, the

1:19:351:19:39

pendulum is ebbing and flowing, the

pendulum swinging one way and

1:19:391:19:43

another. It is no way's way at the

moment but we are far from done.

1:19:431:19:48

Pedersen is the captain of this

team, and he is really throwing

1:19:481:19:53

everything into these final laps.

What a final this is proving to be.

1:19:531:20:01

Norway now just edging ahead by

almost a second with two laps to go,

1:20:011:20:04

what have Korea got left, have they

saved a bit for a massive sprint?

I

1:20:041:20:09

think they're used to this kind of

sprint. You can see the pace being

1:20:091:20:16

pushed up at the Norwegians are

opening up the gaps.

It's Havard

1:20:161:20:20

Bokko on the front for Norway as

they come round to take the bell.

1:20:201:20:24

How close is it going to be? Norway

have the advantage and Korea have

1:20:241:20:28

got plenty to do. Just over a second

between the pair.

Pedersen in

1:20:281:20:37

Norway, the reserve is there, he is

still at the front.

Here goes Sverre

1:20:371:20:42

Lunde Pedersen for Norway. They have

got just over a second advantage.

1:20:421:20:47

Can they carry it to the line? This

is where it really hurts, they got

1:20:471:20:54

the big boot. Norway -- not really

have got to dig deep. They claim the

1:20:541:20:59

gold medal. It is Norway's Olympic

title and Korea could not quite find

1:20:591:21:05

the sprint to pull it back over the

last lap. They had just over a

1:21:051:21:10

second to try and make up and they

could not quite manage it. Norway,

1:21:101:21:14

what a classy outfit they have been

throughout this competition, led by

1:21:141:21:20

Sverre Lunde Pedersen, and they were

bronze medallists last year and they

1:21:201:21:29

are now Olympic champions. Despite

Korea's best efforts, it's Norway's

1:21:291:21:33

night.

1:21:331:21:40

You can see the Korean unit really

working well, but this looks like

1:21:401:21:44

almost a mirror. The right arms

swinging to perfection. Pedersen

1:21:441:21:50

just looking down to the ground, you

can see the skates behind him.

But

1:21:501:21:57

it doesn't look like he's panicking

at any point. He's calm, leads from

1:21:571:22:01

the front in every sense of the word

here.

Totally in control.

1:22:011:22:12

Despite the roaring and the best

efforts of the vast majority of the

1:22:151:22:19

crowd in here, they were a little

bit quieter at the end of the race

1:22:191:22:23

than they were at the start. But

very worthy winners. The result of

1:22:231:22:28

the men's team pursuit, the gold

medal going to Norway.

1:22:281:22:31

Korea taking silver.

STUDIO: things did go a bit quiet

1:22:311:22:37

there, the home crowd rather stand

there. It was the Norwegians who

1:22:371:22:40

spoiled the South Korean's party,

that was Norway's 13th gold of the

1:22:401:22:46

games, it equals their best in a

single games. Just one short of the

1:22:461:22:50

14 set by Canada at their own games

in Vancouver. So potentially a

1:22:501:22:55

record breaking games for Norway in

the offing. Good afternoon!

1:22:551:23:03

As you may remember, four years ago

it was Russians who topped the medal

1:23:031:23:08

table but the subsequent doping

scandal meant that 170 athletes are

1:23:081:23:14

competing in Pyeongchang under a

neutral flag. Until this point they

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had one for silver and nine

1:23:171:23:23

had one for silver and nine bronze,

the Russian macro, but no gold so

1:23:251:23:27

all the attention falls squarely at

the shoulders of two teenagers at

1:23:271:23:32

the start of the skating event

today. This is one of the most

1:23:321:23:35

keenly contested rivalries of the

whole games. Yesterday, the elegant

1:23:351:23:42

18-year-old Evgenia Medvedeva. And

Alina Zagitova, three years her

1:23:421:23:47

junior, take to the ice in the

figure skating. No slip-ups for the

1:23:471:23:56

curling team, would it be both in

the play-offs?

1:23:561:24:00

Lindsey Vonn has waited eight years

for another crack at an Olympic gold

1:24:001:24:07

in what she said likely to be her

last game. And expect the unexpected

1:24:071:24:14

when we enter the wonderful world of

men's ski cross.

1:24:141:24:18

Stand by as big air makes and

entrance is some jaw-dropping moves

1:24:181:24:29

and fabulous views.

Jayne Torvill is also flying solo

1:24:291:24:32

today, appropriate as it is the

lady's individual event, it is still

1:24:321:24:38

lady, eight of 14 events, officially

a ladies competition. But today it

1:24:381:24:45

is the turn of the teenagers, what

do you make of this budding rivalry

1:24:451:24:48

between the two kids come in effect?

They're not even ladies, their

1:24:481:24:53

girls!

It's amazing, they have the

same code so there will definitely

1:24:531:24:59

be a rivalry. They will push each

other and raise the standard -- they

1:24:591:25:04

have the same coach.

How much would

you have fancied life as an

1:25:041:25:08

individual performance rather than

in tandem in ice dance? Did you ever

1:25:081:25:12

have any expectations of doing

anything like that?

When you start

1:25:121:25:17

skating, you tend to skate on your

own until you are partnered with

1:25:171:25:19

someone. I did a few competition

locally on my own. I don't know, I

1:25:191:25:25

realised that jumping wasn't the

most natural thing for me. I did

1:25:251:25:29

attempt a triple at some point, but

never did one.

Very wise! You have

1:25:291:25:33

already been on the ice today, so

6am ice time?

Yes, we had an anyone

1:25:331:25:40

today to get private time to get

ready for the tour that we're doing

1:25:401:25:44

in the future.

-- we had an early

one. You've already done your

1:25:441:25:49

exercise and/or going to enjoy a

look through the back catalogue.

1:25:491:25:56

We're talking about a very young

women but we're going to take you

1:25:561:26:00

back to when you are 20 or 21, first

world title in a run of four,

1:26:001:26:07

Hartford Connecticut, enjoy our time

out today from the World

1:26:071:26:10

Championships of 1981.

1:26:101:26:12

Four minutes to decide the gold

medal.

1:26:251:26:35

Very neat change in the tempo of the

music. They are skating with

1:27:311:27:36

remarkable assurance. They seemed to

have grown in confidence since that

1:27:361:27:39

European victory.

1:27:391:27:41

The last change of music.

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APPLAUSE

1:30:361:30:38

That is it, four minutes of very

fine free dancing.

1:30:411:30:46

That was the pre-programme that will

set the standard for the medals in

1:30:461:30:50

this 1981 World Championship.

1:30:501:30:55

set the standard for the medals in

this 1981 World Championship.

1:30:551:30:56

Illegal, the first taste of global

success for Torvill and Dean. Can

1:30:561:31:00

you imagine having been so

accomplished that 1518 years of age?

1:31:001:31:07

We did not start skating together

until he was 15 and I was 16, so

1:31:071:31:10

that is when our journey started,

but I do remember with this World

1:31:101:31:18

Championship but we had won the

European Championship prior to that,

1:31:181:31:21

a month earlier, and we didn't

expect, we thought we would get

1:31:211:31:25

bronze, so it was a shock to

ourselves in first place, so there

1:31:251:31:31

is no way to go other than down. As

Alan weeks said, we had set the

1:31:311:31:39

standard for the top group because

we were first to skate in the top

1:31:391:31:44

group, and we could not be to hang

around the area to listen to

1:31:441:31:48

anything that was happening, so we

walked out into a shopping mall that

1:31:481:31:52

it was joined on two, came back into

the dressing room, and our coach

1:31:521:31:57

Betty was the, but did not say

anything to us. We were like, we

1:31:571:32:02

kept looking at each other and

thinking, what has happened? Someone

1:32:021:32:06

has probably beaten us. In the end,

she came out and said, well done,

1:32:061:32:11

and that was it. Did we win? She

said, of course you did.

And that

1:32:111:32:19

was the start of the journey for you

up to 1984. You mentioned the

1:32:191:32:25

European champions. In these two

youngsters, the 18-year-old has been

1:32:251:32:32

a World Champion, but her training

partner, and and it is the first

1:32:321:32:39

time she had been beaten in two

years. How can you imagine the

1:32:391:32:43

dynamic evolving on the same ayes at

the same time?

1:32:431:32:52

the same time?

It must be difficult

because you have this young girl

1:32:521:32:58

coming into the space, she is tiny

and can rotate quickly, but it is

1:32:581:33:03

still pushing the 18-year-old to do

better.

The last time we were so

1:33:031:33:08

focused on a two horse race was

1984, Tonya Harding and Nancy

1:33:081:33:13

Kerrigan of the United States, and

then the Ukrainian came on and stole

1:33:131:33:18

it from both of them.

Yes, Nancy

Kerrigan did not look too happy when

1:33:181:33:24

she was accepting her silver medal.

There might be others in this

1:33:241:33:29

contest, it could be a Russian one,

to. This is the start of the two

1:33:291:33:37

elements of the Lady's individual.

We are in the company of Robin

1:33:371:33:42

Cousins and Catherine Downes.

1:33:421:33:47

We are in the company of Robin

Cousins and Catherine Downes.

1:33:471:33:48

You wriggle with the Japanese

national silver medallist, making

1:33:481:33:53

her debut on the senior circuit this

year.

1:33:531:33:59

year. This is their number to

skater.

1:34:011:34:05

A triple flip, triple toe loop,

absolutely glorious.

1:35:581:36:07

absolutely glorious. Triple

1:36:121:36:22

Well, it was gold and silver for the

Japanese men. The women have their

1:36:501:36:53

work cut out to emulate that

success, but that was a good start

1:36:531:37:00

from Kaori Sakamoto.

17 years old

coming into her first year as a

1:37:001:37:04

senior, and the quality of the

elements is fantastic. No question

1:37:041:37:11

for the rotations on any of the

jumps. Level falls for every

1:37:111:37:14

element.

And you best, that is a

lead of almost nine points over

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Brady

1:37:281:37:33

Brady from the United States.

Nagasu, what have you got for us

1:37:341:37:47

today, she became the first woman to

land a triple axel at the Olympic

1:37:471:37:54

Games. She has warming up -- been

warming up the triple axel for this,

1:37:541:37:59

will she go for it?

1:37:591:38:07

That is a shame, I have a feeling

that will be a deduction as well.

1:38:331:38:42

Ready for the triple toe

combination. Triple flip. Triple toe

1:38:451:38:48

loop. Lovely.

1:38:481:38:59

The landing was a little scratchy on

the triple loop.

1:39:381:39:46

No risk, no reward. And she went for

the triple axel. Didn't quite work

1:40:511:40:57

out for her.

Even with the mistake,

she still gets more points for it

1:40:571:41:00

than she would have if she had just

done the double. The double axel

1:41:001:41:05

base score is 3.63.

1:41:051:41:10

base score is 3.63. And with the

plus points, that gave her 4.6. The

1:41:121:41:17

base score for the triple axel is

8.50, and with one deduction she

1:41:171:41:26

still got 5.5. It was really very

strong, she went for it, Nagasu.

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That is her season's best, and she

goes to second place behind Kaori

1:41:371:41:42

Sakamoto of Japan. Off to the

practice rink for Nagasu, to see if

1:41:421:41:47

she can polish up the triple axel

for the long programme.

1:41:471:41:52

The green flags are flying for Choi

Da-bin in, the Korean number two.

1:41:551:42:07

She finished ninth in her last

competition, but she put in a lovely

1:42:071:42:14

performance on the opening day of

competition.

1:42:141:42:18

Triple lutes, triple toe loop. That

is the start she would have wanted.

1:42:441:42:57

Triple flip. Light and easy. One

more jump, double axel.

1:43:511:44:06

Yes! That is the way to do it.

And

other cool job. She is thriving in

1:44:531:45:05

the atmosphere at her home Olympics,

Choi Da-bin.

1:45:051:45:13

Choi Da-bin. They all had skating

skills, but components in the mid to

1:45:171:45:25

high sevens. Again, I would have

expected something into the eighth

1:45:251:45:29

somewhere.

She slots in just behind

Gabrielle Bell man of Canada --

1:45:291:45:43

Gabrielle Daleman of Canada and the

crowd like that result.

1:45:431:45:52

crowd like that result. Back-to-back

world titles, back-to-back European

1:45:521:45:53

titles. And ever since she made her

mark on the senior circuit, she has

1:45:531:45:59

been favourite for this Olympic

title. But she was pipped to the

1:45:591:46:04

European crown by her 15-year-old

countrywoman. She is as to claim her

1:46:041:46:11

first stop. -- she is come back to

claim her first slot.

1:46:111:46:18

First of the jumping passes. Triple

flip, triple toe loop.

1:47:401:47:47

There's the triple loop.

1:48:061:48:15

Beautiful lay back to finish.

1:48:541:49:04

It's perfection again, I have never

seen this girl put a foot wrong.

She

1:49:051:49:09

doubled the potential score with the

judges in the step sequence.

That

1:49:091:49:16

signature jump style, her arm of the

cover her head. Which originally --

1:49:161:49:22

up above her head.

It used to be a

feature but now everyone is doing it

1:49:221:49:26

so it's no longer special. 81.61.

It's a new world record. And Evgenia

1:49:261:49:37

Medvedeva gets her first foot on top

of the podium. A new world record

1:49:371:49:43

score, first position in qualifying.

And it's going to have to be utter

1:49:431:49:46

brilliance that beat that.

1:49:461:49:53

Satoko Miyahara, the Japanese

national champion. She's been

1:49:531:49:57

struggling with injury this season.

Only started jumping again in

1:49:571:50:01

October. We saw her skate absolutely

beautifully in the team event. Japan

1:50:011:50:07

finishing in fifth position.

1:50:071:50:14

Triple lots, triple toe loop, she

wanted and that is what she got. --

1:50:361:50:40

triple

1:50:401:50:45

triple z.

1:50:481:50:51

A beautiful triple loop.

1:51:411:51:43

Nice and light and easy in the

triple axel. How's that for a

1:52:381:52:44

laid-back position? Exquisite.

1:52:441:52:52

Absolutely beautiful from Satoko

Miyahara, they already have a

1:52:541:53:02

skating in the top three, Sakamoto.

They are looking to be in the match,

1:53:021:53:08

the Japanese.

1:53:081:53:13

the Japanese.

Triple Lutz, she will

sometimes get elements downgraded

1:53:141:53:16

but she was fully rotated today.

A

new season's best for Satoko

1:53:161:53:25

Miyahara. She slots into second

place behind Evgenia Medvedeva. The

1:53:251:53:31

Japanese in the mixing it comes to

Friday's free dance. Kaetlyn Osmond,

1:53:311:53:41

part of the Canadian team that won

the gold in the team event. She won

1:53:411:53:47

team silver in Sochi as well. World

silver medallist last time round,

1:53:471:53:51

just behind Evgenia Medvedeva.

1:53:511:53:57

just behind Evgenia Medvedeva.

And

there were mistakes in the short

1:53:581:54:01

programme for her in the team event.

She will want and need to go

1:54:011:54:06

absolutely cleanly here with every

element will stop if she wants to

1:54:061:54:10

have a potential podium spot. Start

with accommodation. Triple flip,

1:54:101:54:17

triple toe loop, that is a cracker.

1:54:171:54:25

And that is the triple Lutz.

1:54:451:54:50

And the double axel.

1:55:251:55:32

Well, but is more like the

performers that won her world silver

1:56:431:56:46

medal last year.

Absolutely.

-- that

is more like the performance. A

1:56:461:56:56

beautiful and light on the triple

flip, easy rotation. Leg back, nice

1:56:561:57:04

running edge out. Sometimes you can

get an edge call on the take-off of

1:57:041:57:09

the Lutz but not today.

A new

season's best for Kaetlyn Osmond,

1:57:091:57:18

78.87. She is into second position

behind Evgenia Medvedeva. A world

1:57:181:57:25

record score, that is going to take

some beating. Brilliant from Kaetlyn

1:57:251:57:30

Osmond, a brilliant position going

into the free skate on Friday.

So,

1:57:301:57:37

15 years old, and the one to watch

at these games. Cause that massive

1:57:371:57:48

upset in the Europeans and beat

Medvedeva to take the title, the

1:57:481:57:55

British new start in women's figure

skating, looking to outshine her and

1:57:551:58:02

steal the gold.

She is unbeaten

since becoming a junior world

1:58:021:58:04

champion.

1:58:041:58:11

She has the hardest combination of

all of the ladies, triple Lutz,

1:59:281:59:35

triple loop jump and that was

absolutely fantastic.

1:59:351:59:38

There's the triple flip.

1:59:542:00:00

And the double axel.

2:00:052:00:12

Absolutely glorious. How anyone can

out prodigy Evgenia Medvedeva I

2:00:372:00:44

don't know. This girl can.

She has

been doing it since she was a

2:00:442:00:47

junior. She doesn't have quite the

skate skating component scores that

2:00:472:00:52

Medvedeva will have. She will

probably slot nicely into second

2:00:522:00:56

place. It will be in that tech

programme and that tech score. There

2:00:562:01:00

is the triple Lutz and the triple

loop. That is what she will need to

2:01:002:01:04

do in the Free Programme with a few

more jump elements to get the score

2:01:042:01:12

and beat Medvedeva technically and

get those points that she won't get

2:01:122:01:18

from the components. Probably isn't

expected to be ahead of her in the

2:01:182:01:24

Short Programme for that very

reason. But goodness me, what one

2:01:242:01:28

can do the other says - I can do

better.

2:01:282:01:36

better.

82.92. That is Medvedeva's

world record already broken. It

2:01:362:01:42

stood for all of, what, five

minutes. Alina Zagitova has said to

2:01:422:01:48

her countrywoman, you know what, I

see your world record, Medvedeva,

2:01:482:01:51

and I raise it. I'm after your gold

medal. Evgenia Medvedeva pushed down

2:01:512:01:59

into second position. The

15-year-old up into first.

Looking

2:01:592:02:06

at the coach's face. Wondering how

she will have to cope with these two

2:02:062:02:10

ladies on a day off when they will

be around each other training

2:02:102:02:16

together, keep them calm and

focused.

This competition is heating

2:02:162:02:21

up in just the way we hoped, Robin.

Absolutely. It's not over yet.

No,

2:02:212:02:27

we have Friday yet to come. I can't

wait to see those two go

2:02:272:02:30

head-to-head. Right then, Carolina

Kostner of Italy. 31 years old, the

2:02:302:02:38

grande dame of this competition.

What have you got?

2:02:382:02:50

Kostner's combination, triple flip

and double toe loop. She wanted the

2:03:042:03:09

triple, but knew that flip didn't

land exactly the way she needed it,

2:03:092:03:15

so played safe, played smart.

2:03:152:03:22

Hand down on the triple loop.

2:03:282:03:36

Easy double axel.

2:04:132:04:18

Lovely classical skating, but it's

very, very difficult to follow a

2:05:272:05:31

world record.

Body rotating there

around to her right, really not

2:05:312:05:37

ready to be able to take off the

triple. That was smart. Again,

2:05:372:05:42

leaning forward. She's going to be

on that toe pick on the landing.

2:05:422:05:46

There's the hand going down. So

again, you're giving away small

2:05:462:05:51

points, but collectively they add

up.

73.15 then for Carolina Kostner.

2:05:512:05:57

She is really going to have to fight

if she wants to make it on to the

2:05:572:06:02

podium. Just like she did with

bronze, four years ago in Sochi. So

2:06:022:06:10

our final skater then of this Ladies

Short Programme competition, it is

2:06:102:06:15

the World Junior Silver-medallists,

Maria Sotskova, fourth at the recent

2:06:152:06:21

Europeans, behind of course her

countrywomen, Medvedeva and

2:06:212:06:24

Zagitova. She was beaten in the

Grand Prix final. So very much the

2:06:242:06:36

third Russian skater here.

2:06:362:06:40

Triple Lutz, most of that rotation

on the way down from the jump, you

2:07:032:07:07

need to do it on the way up.

2:07:072:07:17

Triple flip, triple toe loop. Well

done, Maria Sotskova, you have just

2:07:532:08:01

saved some big points.

2:08:012:08:07

Maria Sotskova overshadowed bye-bye

the brilliance of her countrywomen

2:09:192:09:22

in this Short Programme competition.

Points left out on the ice there.

I

2:09:222:09:28

just don't feel she commands your

attention when she's on the ice.

2:09:282:09:32

It's lovely. It's nice. She's very

sound and technically normally very

2:09:322:09:38

consistent, but loose with that left

arm. Right leg still wrapped heavily

2:09:382:09:43

around the body before she was

landing. Again, the rotation was

2:09:432:09:46

happening on the way down. You need

to start the rotation the second,

2:09:462:09:50

millisecond you leave the ice.

There's the flip. Did well to get

2:09:502:09:54

the second jump from that landing.

63.86. It is very expensive for

2:09:542:10:03

Maria Sotskova. She is down into

12th.

But this is how it stands

2:10:032:10:11

after the short programme. The

15-year-old, Alina Zagitova, in pole

2:10:112:10:15

position with two huge world records

from both her and her training

2:10:152:10:20

partner, Evgenia Medvedeva. With

Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond in bronze.

2:10:202:10:29

The Free Programme that will decide

the gold, silver and bronze on

2:10:292:10:33

Friday. Who huge world records.

Yes.

What, for you, makes these two young

2:10:332:10:42

Russians far ahead of everybody else

out there?

They have the technical

2:10:422:10:45

content. I think, you know, our

little 15-year-old, I think, not

2:10:452:10:49

only does she have the jumps, but

her spins. The way she centres the

2:10:492:10:58

spins and the speed of them. That is

impressive.

The older of the two,

2:10:582:11:04

the 18-year-old, double world

champion, the Washington Post

2:11:042:11:10

described them as "part ballerina

and part butterfly who tricked their

2:11:102:11:14

audience into believing that what

they do is simply too beautiful to

2:11:142:11:20

be sport." How did this routine

compare to Zagitova?

Both of them

2:11:202:11:25

were saving their jumps until the

second part of the routine. You get

2:11:252:11:29

to a point when you are expecting

jumps. They get more points by doing

2:11:292:11:33

them later in the routine. Which is

a fairly new rule. Mostly, previous

2:11:332:11:40

years they would get the jumps out

of the way while they are fresh and

2:11:402:11:44

they are concentrated. Once they

have the jumps out of the way they

2:11:442:11:47

can relax more. Now the judges are

giving more points for doing the

2:11:472:11:51

jumps later. That in itself is OK.

It's making the programmes look

2:11:512:11:57

really unbalanced. You are expecting

jumps throughout and

2:11:572:12:01

choreographically for me it doesn't

quite work. I think they need to

2:12:012:12:05

have a

2:12:052:12:05

quite work. I think they need to

have a look that rule

It's supposed

2:12:052:12:07

to be a balanced programme.

Yes.

There is a kink in the rules at the

2:12:072:12:11

moment which is rewarding more

technical effort in the latter part.

2:12:112:12:15

Your legs are more tired at that

point. Is it more of an effort to

2:12:152:12:18

pull that off?

Yeah, I guess so. Two

ways of looking at it. If you manage

2:12:182:12:23

to have a bit more of of a skate

around, do your foot work etc you

2:12:232:12:27

are feeling the ice more and into

the ice more. In a Short Programme

2:12:272:12:31

you will not be exhausted because

it's short, it's not that long. It's

2:12:312:12:34

not like the Free Programme. It

don't quite work for me. I hope they

2:12:342:12:38

change it.

OK. This is the younger

of the two, Zagitova. Some

2:12:382:12:47

commentators are saying she looks

more mature and assured of the two.

2:12:472:12:53

Are you in agreement?

She was more

sure footed in everything she did.

2:12:532:13:00

Moved rapidly over the ice. She's a

little firecracker really.

Is that

2:13:002:13:04

what separates the two of these

women for you, is the energy levels

2:13:042:13:08

or... What would you in essence say

is the difference?

It's close. You

2:13:082:13:13

would think the younger has learnt a

lot from the older one, you know.

2:13:132:13:18

Ironically, she's now beating her.

How does that feel when you are 18

2:13:182:13:23

and you have this little 15-year-old

coming up. I do think she definitely

2:13:232:13:27

has the edge. She has something

special. She looks like she has no

2:13:272:13:32

fear in performance or anything.

That was the case Wen we saw them in

2:13:322:13:36

the team competition at the start.

She didn't look phased at all. There

2:13:362:13:43

is only a point between them for

gold and silver. It's a kind of, and

2:13:432:13:49

also-rans for the rest of the

placings, particularly for the

2:13:492:13:55

American skaters. The USA is calling

it a "splatt fest."

In the previous

2:13:552:14:05

Olympics there has been a contender

from the USA. This time, no.

This is

2:14:052:14:12

the top-ranked American. She is

ninth. The worse collective

2:14:122:14:19

performance since the Short

programme introo deuced in 1976.

2:14:192:14:24

This is a problem. The timings for

the whole sport, staging the finals

2:14:242:14:29

in the mornings have largely been

dictated by US TV ratings.

2:14:292:14:35

Absolutely. The final of the ladies

will be very exciting because the

2:14:352:14:39

pressure is going to be on for the

two Russian girls. If they both make

2:14:392:14:44

mistakes through the pressure, the

Canadians are ready to jump in

2:14:442:14:48

there. It's fascinating and very

beautiful. I must say. The Free

2:14:482:14:54

Programme is on Friday. Jayne and I

will do our Ladies at Lunchtime

2:14:542:14:59

review for that. I look forward to

it.

Thank you.

The mists are

2:14:592:15:05

clearing in the curling because the

men and women knew if they won their

2:15:052:15:11

last Round Robin match they were

into the semi-finals and a chance to

2:15:112:15:15

go for the medals. For Eve

Muirhead's rink they had a very,

2:15:152:15:24

very fiery encounter against

defending champions Canada. Rachel

2:15:242:15:28

Homan had two matches, first against

Great Britain. Let us show what

2:15:282:15:32

turned out to be what they are

calling the shot of the tournament.

2:15:322:15:41

This was Eve Muirhead pulling

something special out of the bag. It

2:15:432:15:49

is a pistol shot, it removed two

Canadian stones, it was a raised

2:15:492:15:53

double takeout and that meant the

Canadians were restricted to one,

2:15:532:16:00

Canada got that one shot. GB bot the

hammer in the final end. How would

2:16:002:16:05

this turn out?

2:16:052:16:11

this turn out? -- got P

2:16:122:16:18

Stone placement on every hot now is

critical.

2:16:312:16:34

Want to bring this as far as they

can.

2:16:342:16:40

Still come, still coming in. Still

coming in.

2:16:402:16:43

And just taps that off the side,

that is a nice shot, we have two

2:16:432:16:48

yellows lined up there. Good

sweeping there, Anna Sloan working

2:16:482:16:54

very hard, breathing heavy. Who said

curling's not a physical sport?

2:16:542:17:02

Nobody can question the commitment

these girls have put in on the ice

2:17:152:17:19

here today. Both soids desperately

wanting the win. But who wants it

2:17:192:17:26

more? -- sides.

Let's watch this stone finish up.

2:17:262:17:40

While we are watching that one come

in the Swedish team have confirmed

2:17:412:17:46

their participation in the

semifinal, they have one more match

2:17:462:17:50

to play. Play. There was a nice

little dance from a contingent of

2:17:502:17:58

Swedish men, in blue and yellow,

very happy. How happy will British

2:17:582:18:04

fans be after this one? Yoef trying

to conjure up an opportunity for

2:18:042:18:10

two. -- Eve.

Two in there.

2:18:102:18:18

Eve trying to conjure up an

opportunity for two. -- Eve.

2:18:182:18:20

Two in there.

I had one up here early. I won't do

2:18:202:18:26

too much. I think I like this

better.

OK.

OK.

So both teams have

2:18:262:18:38

used their time out so both the

skips have to choose the shots. They

2:18:382:18:44

have to be assertive and pick the

right shot, and then as you were

2:18:442:18:48

saying it is about making sure thaw

the execution is spot on. That

2:18:482:18:59

result for Sweden, just very quickly

to confirm, it means China cannot

2:18:592:19:04

qualify.

That is what Eve wanted. Exactly

2:19:042:19:15

what she wanted.

She's got one in the button and two

2:19:152:19:22

above it, just protecting them.

So Emma has to play a couple of good

2:19:222:19:32

shot hearse to give Rachel Holman at

least something... You heard what

2:19:322:19:38

she said there, important to keep

the shooter...

I think I might have

2:19:382:19:44

been tempted to go for the other

one, a simpler double, leaving only

2:19:442:19:49

one...

This will leave a British

stone in, isn't it?

Yes.

But she

2:19:492:19:55

said she wants the shooter to stay

on top.

2:19:552:20:00

If she slides off the side of it,

and doesn't

2:20:002:20:09

and doesn't look high... It has to

get past the guard. It doesn't. It

2:20:092:20:13

doesn't. What a mistake from Emma,

she does final live up to her name.

2:20:132:20:23

First time. Can't believe it.

2:20:232:20:33

First time. Can't believe it.

That

was a tougher shot. She was

2:20:332:20:35

scramming the yellow on to the

yellow. She would be sitting in

2:20:352:20:38

front of it. I might have been

tempting to take the other yellow,

2:20:382:20:46

straight back, take both of them.

You are lying in the front, but of

2:20:462:20:49

course with kissing that red

slightly cross now, you have closed

2:20:492:20:54

that option off to yourself, you

have, however, opened up the other

2:20:542:20:58

side.

It is getting hot in here.

Family watching.

That is the

2:20:582:21:03

parents. Anna's mum. Eve's mum and

the Wall dells.

2:21:032:21:14

-- Waddell. They have a good view of

this. They will have no nails left.

2:21:142:21:22

I'm getting hot in here.

I think

that's a song, is it?

It can be, if

2:21:222:21:27

you want it to be, yes.

Let's not get carried away.

2:21:272:21:39

So Emma Miskew didn't play a good

shot last time but got a chance to

2:21:392:21:43

move things round a bit here.

She

will have to drive that shot into

2:21:432:21:47

the pack n the house.

Anything can

happen.

2:21:472:21:54

So Emma Miskew trying to improve the

situation for Canada. She might have

2:21:572:22:02

got that bit thin.

Well she moves

that Canadian stone off the side.

2:22:022:22:10

That is a clutch of four stones in

there for Great Britain, and they

2:22:102:22:16

are so tightly packed, they are

sitting above the T-line as well.

2:22:162:22:23

Things look difficult for Rachel

Holman.

Yes, at this precise moment

2:22:232:22:26

in time I think she needs a

helicopter.

2:22:262:22:36

Protect this, something in front?

It

a strange one, it kinds of goes

2:22:362:22:40

against the Graham. You have the

hammer, they are sitting so well in

2:22:402:22:44

there at the moment.

Like that, just on the center line.

2:22:442:23:01

OK Anna.

Remember we have last stone

here. Whatever we can close this up

2:23:072:23:14

and make it really difficult for

Canada.

2:23:142:23:26

Come on Anna, she just wants to have

a look. Whisper...

That is typically

2:23:332:23:43

opposite of the Canadian, they would

be happily telling you what the

2:23:432:23:47

opposition could and couldn't do.

Whereas we are quite quiet.

2:23:472:23:55

She needs to move the stones.

Back

to Plan A.

2:23:552:23:59

I think the problem I am reading

this is Anna's not sure which

2:23:592:24:04

Weymouth to come in, we know where

Eve would like to stone but I'm not

2:24:042:24:10

sure nan's comfortable with which

way she's going to come in here.

She

2:24:102:24:14

has to come in down the out-turn

which is anticlockwise, as we are

2:24:142:24:18

looking from the left-hand side.

Yes. She can't get to where Eve

2:24:182:24:24

wants the other way, I'm not sure

she is comfortable playing this. Let

2:24:242:24:30

us hope she gets it right. Anna

Sloan wants to sit on top, a bit out

2:24:302:24:39

of house, close to the center line.

3, 4. Three would be good.

2:24:392:24:48

Three mean just outside the house.

Want to pull it now to fete the

2:24:482:24:53

angle off that red.

Oddly enough that is not bad because

2:24:532:25:02

of way that red is sitting just off

the side there. She is, she has to

2:25:022:25:07

come down and shift these around, I

mean this is their Olympic Games

2:25:072:25:11

here, right here.

Rachel Holman fighting for her life,

2:25:112:25:18

in terms of this Olympic tournament,

for her team, and for her nation,

2:25:182:25:24

they have never ever not made it

through to the semifinals. She has

2:25:242:25:29

two stones left. There are four

British stones between the first

2:25:292:25:34

Canadian stone and that button. She

has no other option than to move the

2:25:342:25:40

stones round and hope that things

fall nicely for her, Eve Muirhead

2:25:402:25:44

still has two of course to come.

Raven Rachel hole than with real

2:25:442:25:51

intent. She needs to give that bit

of welly. Technical term. This is

2:25:512:25:56

the shot she likes though.

That is

out wide. She sprung two of them.

2:25:562:26:02

The point I was make even that top

yellow for Britain, the fact she's

2:26:022:26:08

left that in there, you can even

just tap that if in Eve has won.

2:26:082:26:15

Won. That is still protecting those

two. Canada are lying three, third

2:26:152:26:22

shot.

2:26:222:26:27

It's got very quiet in the arena.

They are all trying to listen.

She

2:26:382:26:43

is forced in the she only dos here.

That is my only...

You couldn't play

2:26:432:26:49

the small bump on this, is that

silly

It's not silly. Eve doesn't

2:26:492:26:55

want her to allow her to get in

there, if she can. Don't give her

2:26:552:26:59

the chance of the draw. If she wants

to move the stones round, fine, you

2:26:592:27:04

have plenty of yellows, just don't

allow her a draw round the outside

2:27:042:27:08

to come in and sit shot S

She would

be struggling to sit shot.

She would

2:27:082:27:14

be, or force the one.

The girls, the girls have chosen not

2:27:142:27:19

to come from the right-hand side,

in, they have chopsen to come from

2:27:192:27:25

the left-hand side across the

centre.

2:27:252:27:31

Edge of it.

She will wants this to

come, I believe right into the eight

2:27:382:27:43

foot. Yes.

Which also takes off the draw for

2:27:432:27:52

Rachel hole man and forces her to

play like a triple taker.

Eve would

2:27:522:27:57

have this one on the other side.

As long as she gets this right.

2:27:572:28:06

This still needs come in as far as

she can. They are going to have to

2:28:062:28:09

sweep this hard. It has not got much

on it. Really got to get into the

2:28:092:28:15

eight foot.

It has to be biting.

A

bit more, a bit more. Oh no.

There

2:28:152:28:21

is Sabac red in there as well.

A

back red. The only thing is if she

2:28:212:28:26

tries this triple take out the

chances of her not hitting that red

2:28:262:28:30

are slim.

It looks like she is not

thinking about it.

She wants to draw

2:28:302:28:36

in here.

That is when we crashed.

I think...

2:28:362:28:47

I think you wouldn't have crashed if

your weight had been there.

So when

2:28:472:28:51

she says she crashed, she caught

that guard on the way through and I

2:28:512:28:56

missed you. But she obviously

doesn't want to catch that British

2:28:562:29:05

yellow, that Eve Ju played. She is

giving it plenty of ice, she has to

2:29:052:29:11

come in, she sill has to get very

close with this.

Maybe she should

2:29:112:29:16

have played the triple. Everybody's

got that hands on their heart at the

2:29:162:29:22

moment.. This is it. No more charges

last stone for Canada.

Last chance

2:29:222:29:30

for Rachel hole man.

Eve Muirhead watching.

I bet you

2:29:302:29:40

heart rate high. Just try to stay

calm, trying to survive.

This will

2:29:402:29:47

keep Dan in the game or put Great

Britain into a play off place.

2:29:472:29:55

Because we are sitting might on the

for a foot. Rachel watching, she

2:29:552:30:00

wants to come in, she has got to lie

second stone, she's watching it. She

2:30:002:30:06

is high. It's starting to turn in.

Has it got the weight. This is it.

2:30:062:30:12

Great Britain are going to win this.

It's not going to get there. The

2:30:122:30:18

handshakes mean that Great Britain

have won this match, a superb

2:30:182:30:23

performance from Eve Muirhead and

her team, and Anna Sloan knew she

2:30:232:30:27

has struggled through that match,

finally the last three ends all four

2:30:272:30:32

of them cape together, a superb team

performance, brilliantly led by Eve

2:30:322:30:36

Muirhead with some stunning shots.

2:30:362:30:42

Stunning shots indeed. Eve and her

rink into the semi-finals along with

2:30:422:30:48

South Korea, Sweden and Japan. It

means that Great Britain will now

2:30:482:30:54

play Sweden in the semi-final in the

second of the semi-finals with South

2:30:542:30:58

Korea taking on Japan in the first.

Isn't Rhona Howie chipper about

2:30:582:31:06

that. You said that Eve Muirheadside

a different animal when it comes to

2:31:062:31:11

the later stages. Wele talked about

the pressure of getting through

2:31:112:31:16

these Round Robin matches. How do

you assess that performance under

2:31:162:31:19

the greatest pressure she faced so

far?

2:31:192:31:21

the greatest pressure she faced so

far?

Was a must It win for both

2:31:212:31:25

countries. Eve called a good

tactical game. They were trying for

2:31:252:31:30

two the whole game with the last

stone. They took it in the eighth

2:31:302:31:35

end. Went into nine wanting to force

Canada to take one. Well, what a

2:31:352:31:41

shot.

Pistol shot.

Yeah. Canada were

looking at getting a two before that

2:31:412:31:47

shot. That is a crucial part in the

game. By Eve making this shot and

2:31:472:31:52

the key here is that Britain lay two

after the shot. It's not just making

2:31:522:31:57

the shot, but it's also lying two.

So there was no shot for Rachel

2:31:572:32:03

Homan to hit for two. She had to

draw for one. For Britain to force

2:32:032:32:06

one there by Eve playing that shot

was phenomenal. It turned the game

2:32:062:32:09

round. Eve is more than happy to go

into the tenth end one down with the

2:32:092:32:14

hammer.

It's a double take out in so

many respects. Not only has Eve gone

2:32:142:32:21

into the semi-final taken out one

2:32:212:32:32

into the semi-final taken out one of

her chief rival.

2:32:322:32:38

her chief rival. Rachel Homan will

it be an anorak over her head when

2:32:392:32:43

they get home.

They haven't played

well fromle day one. They have

2:32:432:32:46

struggled. They are a good team. I'm

sure they will come back fighting

2:32:462:32:50

and learn from this. It won't be

easy. As a nation they expect to win

2:32:502:32:55

curling medals.

2:32:552:33:02

curling medals.

It's effectively

your anniversary today, the 21st of

2:33:022:33:06

February 2002 was when the magic

happened.

It was.

The Stone of

2:33:062:33:10

Destiny. I remember this vividly and

I wonder what your memories of it

2:33:102:33:17

are?

Just glad I had a shot to play.

This was really a fairly

2:33:172:33:27

straight-forward shot to play to

win.

16 years ago. It was the first

2:33:272:33:33

gold since Torvill and Dean in 1984.

You and Debbie and Fiona January,

2:33:332:33:41

Janice and Mags and the Stone of

Destiny. There has been contact

2:33:412:33:44

between you all on Facebook this

morning. Do you rather like Torvil

2:33:442:33:48

and Dean celebrate your golden day?

Yeah. We always kind of say happy

2:33:482:33:54

anniversary, etc. We had a tenth

anniversary reunionon.

2:33:542:34:03

anniversary reunionon. -- reunion.

We might have a 20th in four years'

2:34:042:34:09

time.

I have my lucky jumper and I

brought it again.

I hope you washed

2:34:092:34:13

it after 16 years.

It's got a few

holes in it now, I'm very hopeful I

2:34:132:34:18

will be able to wear it again. The

many permutations in the men's

2:34:182:34:25

rankings were worrying, I must be

honest. Kyle Smith and the British

2:34:252:34:29

men knew that like Eve, one win

today, one more win today they too

2:34:292:34:33

would go into the semi-finals. They

were facing a very John Shuster USA

2:34:332:34:40

rink it was win or bust for him

well. Jackie alongside Steve Cram

2:34:402:34:46

for this as we go into the fifth

end.

2:34:462:34:49

STEVE CRAM: They work well together.

Incredibly good sweepers, Kyle and

2:34:592:35:03

Cammy. It won't get the roll here.

They have over cooked it. Too much

2:35:032:35:08

sweeping.

2:35:082:35:13

sweeping.

It's getting closer. I

think Britain are lying shot there.

2:35:162:35:19

It's very close. That is crucial.

Yeah. I think the guys had a quick

2:35:192:35:23

look at it and thought, I heard

Shuster saying they were lying two

2:35:232:35:28

shots. That is crucial. We need to

keep that situation going at the

2:35:282:35:32

moment if we are to force USA to

take a one.

When I meant lying shot.

2:35:322:35:37

When they take this red out. Trading

on this side. The other one, the

2:35:372:35:42

difference between that one and the

other American stone in the house.

2:35:422:35:45

It's tight, it's close, but I think

Britain are closer.

2:35:452:35:53

This is curling.

Moving. Has it

passed the top one sfwlchlt he's got

2:35:572:36:02

his own has he? No. He almost did

that too well. Gone behind the other

2:36:022:36:06

one. It's gone past it.

2:36:062:36:16

one. It's gone past it.

Got too much

action on that one.

2:36:162:36:25

action on that one.

He is lying

second in third shot here. So we

2:36:252:36:28

have to ensure that we get one

Well,

he doesn't want... And also he

2:36:282:36:36

doesn't want to give him the chance,

the opportunity to take both reds.

2:36:362:36:42

Anywhere tucked into the four foot

would be really good here. Yeah. You

2:36:422:36:48

heard what he said. T-line, not

short. I think that's the key. Smart

2:36:482:36:59

thinking this because what's obvious

here is that John Shuster, give him

2:36:592:37:03

an opportunity for take out he will

take it on. He's been pretty good.

2:37:032:37:06

He missed one last time round. I

think that's his favourite shot.

2:37:062:37:11

Make him draw all day long. Make him

draw. Physical he can again force

2:37:112:37:17

the one here, brilliant. Don't give

him an easy takeout.

Yeah, you heard

2:37:172:37:25

Kyle say there he would really like

to have played the in turn to this

2:37:252:37:30

because the stagger of the high red

and yellow are sitting in a better

2:37:302:37:33

position to come in round behind

them. If he didn't get it right he

2:37:332:37:37

would have left the double on that

side for them. He's having to come

2:37:372:37:41

round the higher side. We need this

to stop. I think it is going to

2:37:412:37:47

stop, though. It's not.

2:37:472:37:54

stop, though. It's not. It's run too

far. That needed to sit anywhere in

2:37:552:38:00

the red or white.

Has he got a

chance of getting his three here?

2:38:002:38:03

Can he move that red and stay?

If he

can chip that out, he's going to get

2:38:032:38:09

his two.

Is it three, though?

Yeah,

he could possibly gate three because

2:38:092:38:17

I think the yellow is with the back

red.

Over throne there by the

2:38:172:38:23

British skip. The first real error

he's made.

He's still got to play a

2:38:232:38:29

really good shot. Let's not forget

in the last couple of ends he hasn't

2:38:292:38:34

performed that shot and given the

steal up.

2:38:342:38:40

He has to make sure he gets it out

of the house.

2:38:402:38:48

Well, that's, you are right, that's

the key. He's got to make sure,

2:38:502:38:54

first of all, he hits this stone and

Great Britain don't get the steal.

2:38:542:39:00

He'd love to stick in there.

He's

looking close at the moment when the

2:39:002:39:06

boys are on and off it.

Doesn't hit

that back one. It looks like three.

2:39:062:39:13

It was three. It gave the US a 5-3

lead. We will rejoin in the eighth

2:39:132:39:19

end with the score 6-4 in favour of

the Americans.

2:39:192:39:24

STEVE CRAM: One here wouldn't be

disastrous, but it certainly makes

2:39:462:39:52

the job a lot harder. They might get

the roll in here. Too much.

2:39:522:40:01

the roll in here. Too much. JACKIE

LOCHART:

It will lie about in the

2:40:022:40:06

house.

When you try to get your two

it makes the job a little bit more

2:40:062:40:11

difficult. What was the call there?

I think come right round in behind

2:40:112:40:21

the guard. We've got it out there.

We've got to try and make it our

2:40:212:40:25

friend.

This is the first time

they've really tried to come in

2:40:252:40:32

behind it without hitting something.

So has Thomas Muirhead got his

2:40:322:40:40

drawing boots on here. That might

not be bad. That might not be bad.

2:40:402:40:44

Nicely round the guard. Just wants

to slow up about there somewhere.

2:40:442:40:47

Well done.

Ideal. As long as it's in

there. It's in for first shot, but

2:40:472:40:54

in for second. You put the pressure

on USA.

2:40:542:41:02

What if we nose that or peel that.

Where do we put it if he doesn't

2:41:182:41:22

want to have the double. So much to

think about.

2:41:222:41:29

You see there, I always get that...

Tyler George is saying he draws we

2:41:552:42:01

draw. John Shuster, the word "draw",

great. As I said, I think, from a

2:42:012:42:09

British perspective, he's probably

right, Tyler George. You keep

2:42:092:42:14

thinking that Shuster, he was on

about, I'd like to be able to make

2:42:142:42:19

the double. There you can see that.

Look at that. The draws 56 periods

2:42:192:42:26

accuracy. 10 takeouts, 83% accuracy.

Kyle Smith missed a couple, but he's

2:42:262:42:36

outdrawing the other skip. Still

can't make their mind up.

I think

2:42:362:42:43

I'm with Tyler George. They've got

to get one just in the back eight

2:42:432:42:46

there. Got to be making sure if they

want to force the one here, they've

2:42:462:42:54

got to making sure they have a

second shot in here.

You heard him

2:42:542:42:59

saying he wants to go to nine. The

zones, if you like, numbered in

2:42:592:43:04

front of the house, 1, 2, 3. You

come in, 4, 5 and 6, the teal, white

2:43:042:43:11

and then into the red. Past seven,

the button, eight and nine out the

2:43:112:43:15

other side. Nine would be at the

back of the eight foot, tucked in

2:43:152:43:21

behind those two reds, if you can.

He's got a bit of work to do. Just

2:43:212:43:30

wants to leave the shot.

He placed

that OK.

2:43:302:43:38

that OK.

Where does Kyle want to put

his here? He wants to lie shot if

2:43:392:43:44

not else here. That's the most

important thing. He would love to be

2:43:442:43:48

able to tuck this away himself,

behind that front yellow, perhaps.

2:43:482:43:53

His other one, his other high red is

out counting the bottom yellow.

I

2:43:532:43:58

think he could freeze that.

Freeze

it.

Yep. The trouble is, if you

2:43:582:44:04

don't freeze it well, these guys are

so good at pinging shots out they

2:44:042:44:16

will just try... He's going to try

and roll across the other side.

2:44:162:44:20

Wants to roll across. You are right,

like to see him sitting shot here.

I

2:44:202:44:28

like a freeze, but then I'm a woman!

Well, let's hope it's the right

2:44:282:44:34

choice of shot. We said this is so

important to pick the right shot and

2:44:342:44:40

then execute it so well. It's going

to be a bit of a Tuffey here. We

2:44:402:44:44

have seen the hit and roll not

really working for Great Britain at

2:44:442:44:48

the moment.

Is this past the guard?

Oh, it's not.

You've got to be

2:44:482:44:54

kidding.

OK. That's a bit of a...

That's a shocker from Kyle Smith.

2:44:542:45:01

OK, yeah. He was a million miles

away from getting that shot in the

2:45:012:45:05

house there.

2:45:052:45:11

The USA are sensing an opportunity

to wrap this match up. What do they

2:45:182:45:21

do? Great Britain have the ham here,

so there is still an opportunity for

2:45:212:45:26

Kyle Smith to get one.

2:45:262:45:32

We go round the outside of that.

Even if I threw it...

Kyle Smith has

2:45:372:45:43

thrown a couple of stones this

evening, which he won't want to see

2:45:432:45:48

again, I'm sure. In terms of his

Olympic campaign, he has been

2:45:482:45:52

playing well. Making the big shots

at the right time in the last few

2:45:522:45:56

matches but not in this one.

2:45:562:46:02

matches but not in this one. 6-4,

two down, got to get at least one

2:46:052:46:07

here.

They have taken the safer option

2:46:072:46:16

here.

Tyler George was keen to forget

2:46:162:46:22

about that red and graun in and try

and kill the game early. Sometimes

2:46:222:46:27

being too greedy can work against

you, so they are looking to remove

2:46:272:46:31

that red and roll across into the

centre.

I'm still playing the full

2:46:312:46:36

roll.

It is closing down that route

for Kyle to draw too. He is looking

2:46:362:46:43

at anywhere of hitting and rolling

to the four foot.

2:46:432:46:56

This is the big shot for the us yes

US skip.

2:46:562:47:00

-- US skip.

He has played that well.

He has done very well there, the USA

2:47:002:47:12

sensing massive opportunity here,

there's four US stones in the house,

2:47:122:47:16

just one British stone left for Kyle

Smith to deliver. He had a poor shot

2:47:162:47:21

with his previous one. Now he faces

a very tough shot here, to even get

2:47:212:47:25

the one.

Yes, if I'm being picky

that stone, he would have wanted to

2:47:252:47:31

keep to it the right-hand side of

the centre line there, but what he

2:47:312:47:35

has done is freed up a bit of the

four foot. He still played a very

2:47:352:47:39

good shot and Kyle Smith has to make

this fully in the four foot.

He did.

2:47:392:47:47

He has a clear run-in to it but he

can't afford to make any mistakes

2:47:472:47:52

here.

Hoefshlding their breath.

So Kyle

2:47:522:48:02

Smith -- everybody holding their

breath. So Kyle Smith to try and

2:48:022:48:05

keep this match going here, because

to give up one or two would make

2:48:052:48:11

life very difficult indeed. So this

needs to be very good. It is looking

2:48:112:48:15

light, isn't it.

They will have to

work this really hard. I don't know

2:48:152:48:19

if we have the weight.

Never

anywhere near. Nowhere near, in fact

2:48:192:48:23

that could be the match.

2:48:232:48:29

I heard that comment there, I'm not

sure that was necessarily needed,

2:48:382:48:42

but, keep your hand your pocket was

the message to the USA, but to be

2:48:422:48:47

honest, they are 10-4 down with two

to play. Think that's the thing to

2:48:472:48:51

do. You know, USA then, come away

with a victory which is really been

2:48:512:49:00

manufactured by Great Britain's bad

play there, Jackie, a lot of

2:49:002:49:06

mistakes creeping in at the end,

they started OK, really, they were

2:49:062:49:10

going well, had things going for

them but sadly there...

I am going

2:49:102:49:16

to say they were just tiny little

errors and that makes a huge

2:49:162:49:21

difference in this

2:49:212:49:22

errors and that makes a huge

difference in this game called

2:49:222:49:22

curling. After the momentum they

generated three wins in a row for

2:49:222:49:28

Kyle Smith it means they are now in

a play off for the fourth and last

2:49:282:49:32

position. In the semifinals. And

they were playing off against the

2:49:322:49:38

Swiss, in that tie-breaker match,

and that will be just after midnight

2:49:382:49:41

this evening for the right to face

Sweden, who have been in effect the

2:49:412:49:49

best team so far, and it will be Dan

against the US A in the other

2:49:492:49:53

semifinal. What happened today from

your perspective, how did you read

2:49:532:49:55

that one?

Yes, it was disappointing

really for the boys, because their

2:49:552:50:01

last game was Norway, who you know,

they put out the competition, in

2:50:012:50:05

theory and they played so well. They

were clinical in their performance,

2:50:052:50:10

everything worked, and yes, you have

days like that where everything does

2:50:102:50:14

work but they just, they were making

half shots today, and, they had

2:50:142:50:19

chance, but just didn't capitalise.

So, yes they were really really

2:50:192:50:25

disappointed in that, but, it's only

one game.

Yes. Exactly. And it could

2:50:252:50:30

potentially be a very big day

tomorrow with the two matches to

2:50:302:50:33

play, if they get through it. But no

panic here, you played two

2:50:332:50:37

tie-breakers on the way to gold and

Dave Murdoch came through a

2:50:372:50:42

tie-breaker to get through in Sochi.

But the Swiss, they have Peter

2:50:422:50:50

deCruz, he has his vice skip playing

the skip stone, how unusual is that?

2:50:502:50:56

It is. Peter deCruz did used to play

last stones and skip but Swaziland

2:50:562:51:04

is such a big shot make they tried

him throwing last stones so it has

2:51:042:51:09

worked. They have been successful

playing it that way, why change it?

2:51:092:51:13

If you could have a word in their

shell like, what would you be saying

2:51:132:51:18

to Kyle Smith and his rink?

They

just have to focus on their own

2:51:182:51:23

shots and not get sucked into the

opposition's way of playing or what

2:51:232:51:27

they are doing. Play the score

board. You 20 shots each. Make every

2:51:272:51:31

one count. You know they will play

well, they know the ice well, so it

2:51:312:51:36

is just a case of focussing on their

own game. They can play the game

2:51:362:51:41

so...

Well, we know that because it

was the first match they played in

2:51:412:51:45

this series and they beat the Swiss

7-6 so we shall see. You will be

2:51:452:51:53

watching that one Rhona. We will

stay on the ice. It is the first of

2:51:532:51:59

the women's medal matches in the ice

hockey. Finland know what it is like

2:51:592:52:06

to take a medal. As for the Russian

women, we have heard all about the

2:52:062:52:12

big red ma mean in the men's game

but for all of the success in the

2:52:122:52:17

men's side, Russian women, they are

playing under a neutral flag, have

2:52:172:52:20

never managed to take a medal in the

women's game. Would that change

2:52:202:52:23

today? Let's find out.

The Finnish team work in round on

2:52:232:52:34

the power play. Towards the net. It

has gone in. .

2:52:342:52:37

the power play. Towards the net. It

has gone in. . Finland have the lead

2:52:372:52:43

in this bronze medal match up.

Terrific puck movement here from the

2:52:432:52:48

Finns.

On the power play. They get

it back to the point, it seems like

2:52:482:52:53

it is is a harmless shot. Watch this

eye hand co-ordination, a lazy

2:52:532:53:00

backhand and it is tipped home by

Nieminen past a helpless OAR net

2:53:002:53:09

minder. Terrific tip and the Finns

have the lead here.

Look what it

2:53:092:53:13

means.

The second period will give Finland

2:53:132:53:18

the opportunity to try and create a

bit more as they get in side. Nice

2:53:182:53:22

move. Puts it in front. What a goal.

Karvinen ripping apart the defensive

2:53:222:53:33

line. He can't believe it. Finland

lead by two goals to nil. That was

2:53:332:53:39

something special in a medal match.

What a back breaker here. Ten

2:53:392:53:43

seconds into the second period.

Right off the face off. Look at

2:53:432:53:50

Michelle Karvinen. This is

absolutely stunning, and what a

2:53:502:53:58

finish from one knee, tapping it in

over the shoulder of the net minder.

2:53:582:54:02

2-0 Finland. They are in control

now.

2:54:022:54:10

now.

A high shot that goes well wide

of the target.

2:54:142:54:18

Need some push back here OAR. That

is a wonderful finish. One time, a

2:54:182:54:27

top corner.

And don't count the Russians out

2:54:272:54:32

yet.

2:54:322:54:37

yet.

What a shot off the stick of

Oleg. This is one of the greatest

2:54:402:54:46

one timer, up over, a good battle

one, cross and up over the glove. So

2:54:462:54:57

through a screen, terrific eye hand

co-ordination and no chance for the

2:54:572:55:01

Finner netminder.

Two-and-a-half

minutes between goals and OAR are

2:55:012:55:05

back in it. A chance to move

forward. That is a decent move into

2:55:052:55:09

the zone. Good active stick work.

Finland have possession back again.

2:55:092:55:18

How can they use this now? Spreading

it well. Hovi. Great finish. It is

2:55:182:55:29

three. Finland keep going in the

second period. They were pegged back

2:55:292:55:38

but the two goal cushion is

restored. Are the Finns skating

2:55:382:55:43

towards a bronze medal? It seems so

right now.

2:55:432:55:47

Love this play. Head up over the

blue line, Shrek nices her going

2:55:472:55:52

hard to the net. How about the

patience? She is on her forehand,

2:55:522:55:58

she cuts across right through the

blue paint, no chance for the them.

2:55:582:56:09

Power play time. Maybe now will be

the chance as they do skate in.

2:56:092:56:14

Beaten again.

Found the tie. Found the space and

2:56:142:56:24

with 13.57 to go, there is still

life in the old dog yet. OAR cut the

2:56:242:56:31

deficit to one.

Hold on to your

hats, this is going to be an

2:56:312:56:35

incredible finish. It's a one goal

game. Finland cleared the puck and

2:56:352:56:42

how about this pass? Right on to the

tape. He is on her forehand, sells

2:56:422:56:49

it and with that long reach, is able

to tuck it past the left pad.

Almost

2:56:492:56:57

the same goal. Terrific finish.

Tense moments here. Netminder, can

2:56:572:57:04

they create one last chance, they

played so well, have the Olympic

2:57:042:57:11

Athletes from Russia but Finland are

snuffing it out on the boards, are

2:57:112:57:14

they going to do it? The Finns are

going to win bronze after a third

2:57:142:57:18

time, they will land up on the

podium and they have deserved it.

2:57:182:57:23

They have entertained us,

They have

been a wonderful club has Finland.

2:57:232:57:31

You have the veterans and then you

have some of the youngsters stepping

2:57:312:57:35

up new the big game when they are

needed it. Heartbreak for the OAR

2:57:352:57:41

but jubilation

2:57:412:57:41

needed it. Heartbreak for the OAR

but jubilation for Finland.

It's a

2:57:412:57:43

third bronze medal in their history

for the Finns. Now, only point 16

2:57:432:57:51

seconds off a bronze medal two

British female bobsledders. Nicola

2:57:512:57:57

Minichiello, you have been there,

three times Olympian, Mica and Mica

2:57:572:58:03

how much interest has there been in

this story.

It is a human interest

2:58:032:58:06

story. It is massive. I think for

those girls, in September, to be

2:58:062:58:10

told they were not going to be

funded but they were written off.

2:58:102:58:13

They were not going to be able to

qualify, get out on the circuit, to

2:58:132:58:18

at this point be having a great

season, the best season for many

2:58:182:58:23

British sled and going out there to

compete in the Olympics and make

2:58:232:58:28

history, amazing.

We will see runs

three and four. It wasn't just that

2:58:282:58:33

the British pay that we are

interesting in, there was so many of

2:58:332:58:38

the legends of the sport,

particularly American's Meyers

2:58:382:58:40

Taylor. How often do you think she

has dreamed of turn two from Sochi,

2:58:402:58:45

that is what foiled her the last

time round for gold.

It is. She was

2:58:452:58:50

in the gold medal position, about to

become Olympic champion which is the

2:58:502:58:54

only title she didn't have and she

made a huge mistake, she lost that

2:58:542:58:58

gold medal. She opened the doors and

ceilidh came through. This was about

2:58:582:59:04

coming back and proving she can do

it.

OK, well there was a real fight

2:59:042:59:08

for the bronze medals and indeed the

silver and gold and with two runs

2:59:082:59:14

remaining, the British duo were

trying to bettherapy lady's best in

2:59:142:59:19

the Olympic games of ninth. Also the

fight for the medals as well. Let's

2:59:192:59:25

enjoy runs three and four in the

company of John Jackson and John

2:59:252:59:30

enjoy runs three and four in the

company of John Jackson and John

2:59:302:59:30

Hunt. Track side here and this is a

big 15 minutes coming up. Relative

2:59:302:59:41

to the men's event where in run

three it was the quickest run of the

2:59:412:59:47

competition, so I think as Jamanka

tries to psyche herself up in the

2:59:472:59:51

lead, we need to see some sparkling

hot times.

2:59:512:59:59

Jamanka then together with Buckwitz,

wondering whether Drazek is the

2:59:593:00:04

quirk push. We will see now.

Jamanka's 5.37, that is their

3:00:043:00:11

slowest start so far, they start

this vital third round, just a 7

3:00:113:00:17

hundredth gap between themselves and

Meyers Taylor.

For these two top

3:00:173:00:20

five or six sleds, they need to put

the run down that is going to keep

3:00:203:00:24

them in the medal hunt. If they

don't they can't win the medals on

3:00:243:00:28

this run but they can throw them

away. This is looking like a clean

3:00:283:00:34

run so far, nice down the straight.

Just about comes in there, a bit

3:00:343:00:39

late but she will hold the speed.

This will put pressure on Alana to

3:00:393:00:44

put a big run in. She will if gets

corner too right. It would be a

3:00:443:00:52

state if she can achieve it.

3:00:523:00:59

One more run away from achieving her

game. A really good start. Can

3:01:023:01:07

anybody go quicker than that. That

sets the standard for Meyers Taylor

3:01:073:01:13

to come. They watch on from the IOC.

Meyers Taylor had held the track

3:01:133:01:26

record just before. Jamanka has

taken it. Elana set out her

3:01:263:01:32

intentions perfectly #k4r5er78.

She's never won Olympic gold. This

3:01:323:01:36

to keep her in the hunt together

with Jamanka. Maybe, you never know,

3:01:363:01:42

one or two others. Here she goes.

Usually very quick. 5.21, 5.22 with

3:01:423:01:54

Lauren Gibbs in the brake.

She's

done it get. Has she got it right?

3:01:543:01:59

She got away with it. Green at the

moment. That's relative to the

3:01:593:02:03

start. Made another mistake. Similar

to yesterday. Are those little too

3:02:033:02:09

mistakes she made what loses her

time at this point? It's starting to

3:02:093:02:13

close down a little bit. Just

hundredth by hundredth. Can she get

3:02:133:02:19

straight? A better line. Jamanka I

think has done enough to stay in

3:02:193:02:25

front of the American sled at this

time. It will be down the hundredth

3:02:253:02:28

again.

So close. This could be as

close as the men's race. Meyers

3:02:283:02:35

Taylor, two early mistakes. Ragged

off the final curve. Drops second.

3:02:353:02:40

Inlet the mix for gold. 4 UNth's off

Jamanka. She's closed the gap from

3:02:403:02:49

run 2 to run 3. German roars next

for Schneider. Of the race that is

3:02:493:02:58

took place this winter.

3:02:583:03:05

took place this winter. Scheider won

three of them. She has had a great

3:03:053:03:11

winter. Tenth in Sochi. She will

clearly improve on that, but by how

3:03:113:03:16

much. Scheider on her way now with

Zrazek.

I was expecting them to be

3:03:163:03:27

quicker off the mark. These two are

carrying a couple of injuries that

3:03:273:03:30

they are having to manage with. She

really does now need to put a good

3:03:303:03:36

run in because the three or four

sled behind her are tightly packed

3:03:363:03:41

in. That little mistake there won't

help her out. An inexperienced pilot

3:03:413:03:45

compared to everyone else. This run

may cost her that bronze medal spot

3:03:453:03:51

at the moment. Can she stay in the

mix with Humphries and the sled

3:03:513:03:58

behind her.

She's not a particularly

smart run here. Costly

3:03:583:04:17

smart run here. Costly third run for

Schneider, from Germany. Next for

3:04:173:04:25

America, Greubel Poser she saw her

husband miss out having led. Bronze

3:04:253:04:30

medallist in Sochi. She would love

to do it for her sister Elizabeth

3:04:303:04:40

who was Korean and adopted. Her

family here to see if she can

3:04:403:04:45

improve on what she did in Sochi.

She's now 34. Poser not as quick as

3:04:453:04:55

Meyers Taylor and Gibbs but quicker

than the Germans we have seen so

3:04:553:04:59

far. Low 5.30s or under that. She

has 5.31.

A little mistake. I don't

3:04:593:05:08

know if they were out slightly.

Decent start. In there with what

3:05:083:05:11

they were doing. Faster start so

far. This could be the run that puts

3:05:113:05:16

in that pulls her back towards the

front. She is probably slightly

3:05:163:05:21

better pilot technically than what

Elana Meyers is. Whether she has the

3:05:213:05:28

speed and the right equipment. Gets

through clean. One of the best

3:05:283:05:33

lines. Can she pull up to the

leaders? She needs to keep in front

3:05:333:05:39

of Humphries.

Jamanka is the leader.

Bend 15. Home now for Greubel Poser

3:05:393:05:49

who will go third. That on the teams

that have gone so far is a bigger

3:05:493:05:56

gap that developed between silver

and bronze. Bronze is where Greubel

3:05:563:06:01

Poser sits at the moment.

3:06:013:06:08

Poser sits at the moment. Huge

Canadian support. She could slip

3:06:083:06:13

into bronze if not better. No-one

more determined than Kaillie as she

3:06:133:06:20

starts her run for Canada. Sub 5.30

possibly on the cards. Not quite.

3:06:203:06:24

Not far off.

They need to go sub 30

on there. Will she make the mistake.

3:06:243:06:32

Gets through there clean. This run

will keep her in the medals. Any

3:06:323:06:37

mistakes at all I think her medal

chances are gone you never know what

3:06:373:06:41

can happen on the fourth run. The

most insuranced and most consistent

3:06:413:06:46

pilot in the field. Whether she can

use that experience and find

3:06:463:06:49

everything she knows and learnt to

make it down the track as quick as

3:06:493:06:52

possible. She's doing well so far.

This is what you would expect from a

3:06:523:06:58

double-Olympic champion in the front

of this sled.

The time ebbing away.

3:06:583:07:03

It might go to three tenths. Got to

keep it close to two tenth as

3:07:033:07:08

possible. Nearly four tenths behind

Jamanka. She takes third ahead of

3:07:083:07:21

Greubel Poser and Schneider. There

is an opportunity here for McNeil

3:07:213:07:25

and Moore to make some progress.

3:07:253:07:37

The British pair, the thanks you the

watching public to get them here.

3:07:373:07:44

Funding slashed last year. They went

crowdfunding and raised thousands,

3:07:443:07:49

which has brought them here. We are

expecting a moderate start they have

3:07:493:07:53

been one of the best teams on the

bottom end of the track in the

3:07:533:07:57

entire competition. Don't expect

fireworks early from them. Let's

3:07:573:08:01

hope for a clean run to keep them in

this race. 5.54 is about what you

3:08:013:08:07

would expect.

This is where Mica

will do her work. If she gets

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through clean. Which she has.

Physical she had the same start as

3:08:113:08:19

Meyers Taylor or the Germans she

would be up there leading the pack

3:08:193:08:21

at the moment. This is what the

British team are lacking the out and

3:08:213:08:24

out tort. One of the best drivers

all the way down this track,

3:08:243:08:28

especially here. She needs to get

this right.

Oh, no.

A little

3:08:283:08:32

mistake. She didn't make that over

the last couple of days. She needs

3:08:323:08:35

to just control this now and get

back on. She will lose a little bit

3:08:353:08:39

of pace. This could drop her back

two or three spots. The sled behind

3:08:393:08:45

her are hundreds.

Ragged, I'm

afraid, for the great British team.

3:08:453:08:49

They will finish over a second

behind. Remember they were less than

3:08:493:08:54

half a second behind and that is not

good news for Great Britain. Mica

3:08:543:09:02

and Mica will almost certainly lose

their sixth place. They may lose it

3:09:023:09:07

by toward owe three places as well.

She made a little mistake there.

3:09:073:09:10

That mistake is so costly. We could

see that she is turning hard. She

3:09:103:09:14

goes above the line. Has to work

hard again. Three lots of pressure

3:09:143:09:17

in that corner. You can see how high

she is there. She is lucky that

3:09:173:09:22

potentially she didn't crash at the

end of that corner.

3:09:223:09:29

end of that corner.

Jamanka, Meyers

Taylor lead the field. Humphries the

3:09:313:09:37

gold medal looks a long way away.

Going for a third. It looks

3:09:373:09:40

impossible. Pole position for bronze

ahead of Greubel Poser and

3:09:403:09:51

Schneider. Great Britain in eighth

place. Comfortable margin back to

3:09:513:09:58

the tenth team, Austria. The Great

Britain team start off in eighth

3:09:583:10:03

place. Slight disappointment after

their third run. At the time it was

3:10:033:10:10

disappointing, wasn't it? It was the

11th quickest run. We know they are

3:10:103:10:14

better than that of run number

three. Good luck to them here.

3:10:143:10:19

McNeil and Moore. If they could get

near 5. 50 as a start that would

3:10:193:10:26

give them a really good opportunity.

Then it's all about avoiding

3:10:263:10:29

mistakes. 5.54, not great, not

terrible. This is where she needs to

3:10:293:10:36

be clean, through here. That hit

might cost her. That wasn't as bad

3:10:363:10:39

as other reds through there. --

sleds. She has been perfect on this

3:10:393:10:47

track other than the mistake on the

last run. She now needs to dial into

3:10:473:10:52

the track, especially through this

point. Get it right and you could

3:10:523:10:55

keep your top eight.

That's good.

Has she got enough speed left in the

3:10:553:11:00

track? Has she got enough left? She

has been good at this point in the

3:11:003:11:05

track all the way down. She's

starting to pull away thchl is the

3:11:053:11:08

run that she needs to get the best

result for Britain ever at an

3:11:083:11:12

Olympic Games.

Nobody before in the

women's bobsleigh has been eighth in

3:11:123:11:18

the Olympic Games. They have claimed

that position. Nicola Minichello in

3:11:183:11:24

2006 was a fabulous ninth. The

British pairing go one better at

3:11:243:11:28

least. What a Games. The pair who

are only here because of the

3:11:283:11:34

generosity of the British public.

Their funding completely slashed

3:11:343:11:38

last year. Now, they have secured a

little slice of sporting history for

3:11:383:11:45

Great Britain. Next for Germany in

fifth place, Schneider and Drazek.

3:11:453:11:56

They started Run 3 in third place.

They had a pretty poor third run.

3:11:563:12:01

Both apparently carrying a little

injury. One an ankle and one having

3:12:013:12:05

problems with their back. Can they

hold it together and possibly put

3:12:053:12:13

some pressure on Greubel Poser from

the United States.

The brake one had

3:12:133:12:19

more bandaging on than the first

run. I didn't notice that. She needs

3:12:193:12:24

a perfect drive here. She runs long

on there. That's not too bad. Little

3:12:243:12:29

bit low in eight at the beginning.

Can she get this right? Not as

3:12:293:12:33

perfect as maybe some of the top

pilots coming next will have. She's

3:12:333:12:38

got good speed down the bottom. The

German sleds like the bottom part of

3:12:383:12:43

this track. She is put putting the

pressure on.

Good clean through the

3:12:433:12:48

15th curve there and to the finish.

Schneider confirmed as fifth at

3:12:483:12:54

worst.

3:12:543:13:02

Greubel Poser and Evans, bronze

medallist at Sochi. She has to stay

3:13:093:13:15

ahead here of Schneider. She headed

Run 3 ahead of Schneider by a tenth

3:13:153:13:22

of a second. If she can nose ahead

of the German she will be fourth at

3:13:223:13:27

worse, with three to come. One of

the many battles within a battle

3:13:273:13:31

here. The race for the bronze medal.

Greubel Poser under way. Capable of

3:13:313:13:42

a 5.30 start. 5.32. That is OK. That

is what she needs. This pair slid

3:13:423:13:48

together in Sochi. Won a bronze

medal together.

3:13:483:13:50

They know how to fight for the

medals at this point. A tap as she

3:13:503:13:54

comes on to corner five. These sleds

like speed at the bottom. If they

3:13:543:13:59

gets it right. A big lead over the

erm German at the minute. She has to

3:13:593:14:05

be perfect through this part of the

track. The key point here, corner

3:14:053:14:08

nine. Like the Germans a little tap.

The German was quick down here. Has

3:14:083:14:12

she enough? Will the German apply

pressure to her and Humphries this

3:14:123:14:19

will be down a hundredth of a

second. Guaranteed fourth, will it

3:14:193:14:25

be Greubel Poser or Schneider

holding on. Schneider holding on.

3:14:253:14:34

Greubel Poser dropping back. Likely

to finished fifth. Just like her

3:14:343:14:41

husband, in the men's event, it

looks like it will be

3:14:413:14:44

disappointment.

Overall, you look at

the running you are like that - how

3:14:443:14:51

has she just lost that speed? Maybe

just overdriving. This is the same

3:14:513:14:56

mistake as the Germans. It might be

down to the lines here are almost

3:14:563:14:59

identical. You don't really see much

in that at all. That is me talking

3:14:593:15:05

hundredths of a second. That is the

difference at the bottom.

3:15:053:15:13

Kaillie Humphries in the bronze

medal position at the moment. After

3:15:173:15:20

run three she had a lead of 1500th

over Schneider who is third. Kaillie

3:15:203:15:30

Humphries, gold in Vancouver. Gold

in Sochi. There is a medal for her

3:15:303:15:36

here if she accept clean and fast.

Same time as the American, all these

3:15:363:15:42

last couple of sleds have started in

the '30s. It is just about now who

3:15:423:15:47

has the bottle to hold it. Now the

Germans are in the driving seat at

3:15:473:15:52

the minute, but Kaillie Humphries

has the experience. She is the most

3:15:523:15:55

experienced pilot in the field. He

is a double Olympic champion, she

3:15:553:15:59

knows how to cope with pressure but

her sled has not been as fast as the

3:15:593:16:04

others at the bottom part of the

track. She is coming into that

3:16:043:16:06

corner late. She will have to do

more. Her sled has not had speed

3:16:063:16:12

down this part of the track. Is she

going to hold on?

Bend 15, important

3:16:123:16:19

for her, is she clean out of it? Of

course she S can she get a medal

3:16:193:16:23

here? Guaranteed now, bronze at

least. Kaillie Humphries, one of the

3:16:233:16:29

greats will be on the podium again

and so too George, who was a

3:16:293:16:36

fantastic sprinter in her time, has

said she is not completely given up

3:16:363:16:41

on her athletics career, the two

together have themselves a medal.

3:16:413:16:46

But bronze atwork it certainly is

for one of the greats of women's

3:16:463:16:51

bobsleigh.

That run was almost perfect. There

3:16:513:16:57

was no real big mistake, you would

expect that from a pilot of her

3:16:573:17:00

calibre.

After two days of... The four heats,

3:17:003:17:08

as the Germans who lead....

3:17:083:17:10

After two days of... The four heats,

as the Germans who lead.... Can

3:17:103:17:13

Rowan Cheshire do the trick?

3:17:133:17:20

Remember Meyers Taylor has won

everything. Olympic bronze.

3:17:203:17:36

This the run now, that she is going

to put in, she needs to be perfect,

3:17:523:17:56

she just needs to drive this track

like we know she can. She's been

3:17:563:18:01

good at the top. She needs to make

sure as she comes down this point at

3:18:013:18:05

seven, a plonk off there, that won't

cost her any speed. This is crucial

3:18:053:18:08

now, to get this right.

Absolutely perfect, comes in there a

3:18:083:18:13

bit late. But she's got enough

speed, definitely to get the silver,

3:18:133:18:19

is this enough now, for gold?

Well,

round bend 15, it has a huge

3:18:193:18:26

advantage over Kaillie Humphries. It

is a silver medal guaranteed again

3:18:263:18:33

for Meyers Taylor. And will it be

enough? We will know the answer to

3:18:333:18:38

that, in three minutes. Huge

success, an outpouring of emotion

3:18:383:18:44

for her who has done so much for the

States for women's sport it has to

3:18:443:18:51

be said and Lauren Gibbs her brake,

also with a medal. Emotional

3:18:513:18:57

outpouring having just won a silver

medal again, her third medal. She

3:18:573:19:03

buzz brake for

3:19:033:19:08

buzz brake for Aaron Pack with a

bronze medal. Here it is silver at

3:19:083:19:13

the very least again.

3:19:133:19:21

the very least again.

The German

pilot is 27-year-old Jamanka who has

3:19:213:19:25

had a World Cup season of her

dreams. Is she about to realise the

3:19:253:19:30

biggest dream of them all with an

Olympic gold medal? You will get a

3:19:303:19:36

direct comparison with Meyers

Taylor, expect a slower start here,

3:19:363:19:38

it is going to be America or

Germany, we are going to know in

3:19:383:19:43

less than 50 seconds, deficit at the

start was obvious. Can she claw it

3:19:433:19:47

back?

At the next it should drop

away but the German pilot has been,

3:19:473:19:54

she has been the most consistent

pilot all the way down, not made any

3:19:543:19:58

mistake, this sled has been FA at

the bottom. It is, as you can see

3:19:583:20:03

pulled back 4 hundred thd, this is

going to be down to the oneth of a

3:20:033:20:07

second. If she gets this right she

has a chance. Exactly the same run,

3:20:073:20:12

now there is enough time to pull

that 8 hundredth back but it will be

3:20:123:20:17

close.

Down to bend 14, down 3

hundredth. Jamanka closing on Meyers

3:20:173:20:22

Taylor throughout. Clean through 15.

The young German has a great chance

3:20:223:20:26

of gold here, will it be tight? It

is Germany who win. Jamanka strikes

3:20:263:20:32

gold. Applause from Meyers Taylor,

who is the silver medallist once

3:20:323:20:42

again, and after Germany picked up

in the 06 games Germany win gold

3:20:423:20:47

again and I don't think Jamanka can

quite believe it. The brake Lisa

3:20:473:20:53

Buckwitz appeared to be in tears.

Meyers Taylor taking defeat so, so

3:20:533:20:58

well. The class athlete that she

has, amazing scenes for Germany.

3:20:583:21:08

Jamanka there, an ex-hammer thrower,

has just thrown the world of women's

3:21:113:21:16

bobsleigh on its head. What a

victory for her and Buckwitz. It's

3:21:163:21:22

confirmed that they won the gold

medal by seven hundredth of a

3:21:223:21:26

second. Great scenes is afterwards,

great pap report between the team,

3:21:263:21:32

what a race. It has thrown up

something else we did not expect at

3:21:323:21:35

the start. That is one of the

outsiders winning the medals.

3:21:353:21:43

Jamanka wins gold. Meyers Taylor

Silver Medal, her second and Kaillie

3:21:433:21:49

Humphries, the great from Canada has

got the bronze. Schneider and Poser

3:21:493:21:58

next and confirmation of a wonderful

record position for the Great

3:21:583:22:03

Britain team in 8th place. Well done

Mica and Mica. Wonderful stuff for

3:22:033:22:07

Great Britain.

We are so happy, we

came in wanting to enjoy the

3:22:073:22:12

experience, it is our first games

and we have come away with 8th. It

3:22:123:22:17

more than we could have hoped for.

We are happy.

Were you happy with

3:22:173:22:21

today's performances?

Yes, there is

things I am going to be picky with

3:22:213:22:25

but we said before we came here, we

wanted to enjoy it. We would love a

3:22:253:22:30

single figure result. We have done

that, yesterday, we were in the mix,

3:22:303:22:36

but I'm not comfortable on this

track and I had a couple of mistakes

3:22:363:22:41

in my driving but we have to be

happy with that, but, it feels

3:22:413:22:46

awesome.

I think as she done

amazing. You have gone toe to toe

3:22:463:22:52

with some of the best programmes and

you funded yourself.

Yes, that

3:22:523:22:57

feelings amazing, we didn't know we

would be here five months ago, to

3:22:573:23:01

get here is an achievement. We have

loved every minute of it and we want

3:23:013:23:06

to say thank you to everyone who

supported us, it has been

3:23:063:23:13

incredible, but yes,

It is a crazy

few months, this has been the cherry

3:23:133:23:17

on top. We have enjoyed it so much.

Has anyone in British bobsleigh said

3:23:173:23:22

we are sorry, we got this wrong, we

we are glad you are here.

They can't

3:23:223:23:27

say anything like that, they made

the decision, they had to stick by

3:23:273:23:32

it. We were told we weren't medal

potential. We will be back in four

3:23:323:23:38

years type you will see it in among

it.

Is it going to be an interesting

3:23:383:23:47

conversation between Beijing 2022?

I

hope we don't have to ask the

3:23:473:23:51

people, it is great as it has been

we want them to be able to watch us

3:23:513:23:56

and enjoyment and not have to help

us us

3:23:563:23:59

and enjoyment and not have to help

us us out again. For now powered by

3:23:593:24:02

the people they have achieved the

best result ever at the Olympic

3:24:023:24:06

game, pipping you in ninth place,

but I wonder how you feel about

3:24:063:24:10

having been sufred in that

situation? I couldn't be more

3:24:103:24:13

pleased for the girls. We have seen

right from the start, right from

3:24:133:24:20

when Mica wassome, 15, she had the

talent, the potential. She is so

3:24:203:24:25

focussed. In September last year,

when they got the news, it was

3:24:253:24:29

devastating. You can tell they are

both fighters and they have come

3:24:293:24:33

back out and got an amazing result.

I am so pleased for them.

They drove

3:24:333:24:40

difficult part of the track so well.

It was such an I provement in this

3:24:403:24:48

fourth run.

Yes, considering the

amount of runs Mica has had on track

3:24:483:24:54

compared to the rest of the people

competing, it was not half. They

3:24:543:24:59

hadn't gone to the event in Ma or

October due funding. She came in

3:24:593:25:05

having had eight runs before the

competition. Every run she was

3:25:053:25:12

returning.

What kind of conversation

to you think will be happening at

3:25:123:25:16

the top levels of the sport in Great

Britain after this was?

Think there

3:25:163:25:20

has to be huge review. They clearly

have the talent, they have the

3:25:203:25:25

potential, I think the questions

have to be, how is there able to be

3:25:253:25:29

such a massive overspend? Who was

not controlling the budget, for it

3:25:293:25:33

to get to that point to say we

haven't got the funding to be able

3:25:333:25:38

to send you on the ice.

It does beg

the question, what could they

3:25:383:25:47

achieve with significant bagging?

You look at the Germans who as you

3:25:473:25:51

have told us have overhauled their

programme to achieve success, they

3:25:513:25:54

got it today. Jamanka came in having

only won her first World Cup race in

3:25:543:26:01

September. September. How big a

surprise is this

The women's field

3:26:013:26:05

is wide-open. Every single team had

some kind of issues and they gent,

3:26:053:26:10

they were underdog, they were not

down to be the medals. Snider was

3:26:103:26:16

the top girl. Again, they have gone

out an enjoyed themselves, a new

3:26:163:26:25

track at an Olympic Games opens up

the form book because everybody, if

3:26:253:26:29

they have been able to attend even

has had about the same number of

3:26:293:26:34

runs.

I know a lot of people

wouldn't get the chance to do this,

3:26:343:26:39

put it in context, if we were to let

a bob go with two people in it how

3:26:393:26:46

quickly would it turn over without

any piloting?

O this track probably

3:26:463:26:50

curve two. Most curve one. It is

difficult. The techie is such, you

3:26:503:26:56

can't see what is going on, but

those ropes the pilots are make,

3:26:563:27:00

they are using it constantly to make

the adjustments. You can hit sent

3:27:003:27:07

metres of perfect line.

It has been

a extraordinary day, a wonderful

3:27:073:27:16

achievement for the British women.

It is time for cross-country skiing,

3:27:163:27:20

and that the point, everybody at the

Huntley Nordic ski centre in

3:27:203:27:25

Scotland their ears prick up. Andrew

Young and Andrew Musgrave put in the

3:27:253:27:30

hours there in the north of Scotland

and the proof was there today, in

3:27:303:27:35

the team sprint this is the third

time the two have taken part

3:27:353:27:39

together. In Sochi, Andrew Young's

heart condition, racing heartbeat

3:27:393:27:47

flared up dramatically, causing them

to withdraw from the contest in the

3:27:473:27:51

middle of the semifinal. However,

today, it was a sixth place, not

3:27:513:27:56

good enough to get through to the

team sprint finals but great they

3:27:563:28:01

had that unfinished business

completed for the two of them and

3:28:013:28:07

and drew Musgrave is going to be

going in the marathon 50k, wouldn't

3:28:073:28:12

we love that on skinny skis, towards

the end of the programme. However,

3:28:123:28:16

in terms of the medals in both men's

and women's team sprints this was a

3:28:163:28:21

fantastic couple of races, with

potentially more history in the

3:28:213:28:27

making for Norway's Iron Lady Marit

Bjoergen. A quick refresher first of

3:28:273:28:29

all.

Cross-country skiing is one of the

3:28:293:28:37

ultimate physical challenge, one of

its disciplines races over the

3:28:373:28:41

longest distance of any winter

Olympic sport. 50 kilometres in one

3:28:413:28:45

go. There are two ways to ski.

Classic, which involves a fast

3:28:453:28:50

walking motion along parallel

tracks, and freestyle, which

3:28:503:28:54

resembles the motion of ice skating,

there are six events, each for men

3:28:543:28:58

and women with the goal simply to

complete the various distances as

3:28:583:29:01

quickly as possible.

3:29:013:29:04

There a moment of history beckoning

for The Iron lady wearing number one

3:29:093:29:12

on the

3:29:123:29:12

for The Iron lady wearing number one

on the left. This arguably one of

3:29:123:29:17

the hardest earned gold medals of

any sport here in Pyeongchang, there

3:29:173:29:24

is Marit Bjoergen. 16-and-a-half

minutes away from something very

3:29:243:29:28

special. They are under way in this

women's team sprint final. Just a

3:29:283:29:34

quick explanation as to how this

works, only two a athletes per

3:29:343:29:41

nation, six circuits skied in all,

so three each and the only rest each

3:29:413:29:45

gets is the length of time it takes

their team-mate to ski each of their

3:29:453:29:51

circuits. Marit Bjoergen in second

place here, for Norway. A at the

3:29:513:29:56

moment she

3:29:563:30:02

moment she is tied in medals. There

is The Iron lady, a medal of any

3:30:053:30:12

colour would bring her 14 Winter

Olympics in total and no-one has

3:30:123:30:17

done better, she would be the

greatest of all time.

It is not just

3:30:173:30:24

about Marit Bjoergen it is about the

other Norwegian in this team of two

3:30:243:30:29

who you see waiting to hand over

from Marit Bjoergen, you also have

3:30:293:30:37

the US, Swedes, everyone in this

mix, they will be looking more as

3:30:373:30:43

Falla, the weak link in a Norwegian

wan team but it could just be that

3:30:433:30:49

Nilsson who you are about to see

take over from Sweden, Nilsson was

3:30:493:30:57

target fella and try and bring this

gold home for Sweden instead of

3:30:573:31:02

Norway and take the edge of Marit

Bjoergen's party if they can.

3:31:023:31:12

They are the reigning world

champions Norway. This is a

3:31:173:31:20

competitive race. They've already

skied a semi-final just to get to

3:31:203:31:23

this big showdown.

3:31:233:31:31

this big showdown. Cameras focused

in on 13. She has a couple of bronze

3:31:313:31:35

medals for Finland. She has work to

do. This Russian duo, for all the

3:31:353:31:38

reasons that have been well

publicised, the Olympic athletes of

3:31:383:31:42

Russia have brought a very young,

but very, very talented team.

This

3:31:423:31:48

race looks to be on paper a four-way

battle. Norway out on course.

3:31:483:31:57

Sweden. The USA, who will talk more

about. Impressive in their

3:31:573:32:03

semi-final. And those young Olympic

Athletes from Russia. Here now you

3:32:033:32:08

can see you have Maiken Caspersen

Falla on that right hand side. Stina

3:32:083:32:12

Nilsson, keeping pace for Sweden. So

far this final is absolutely

3:32:123:32:18

punched.

Marit Bjoergen

contemplating their second circuit.

3:32:183:32:25

Three each in total. Both team-mates

have done a circuit each. Bjoergen

3:32:253:32:32

will be going up against Kalla.

Wearing bib 12 of Sweden. Right of

3:32:323:32:38

picture. The Americans won the team

sprint world title five years ago.

3:32:383:32:45

American men have won cross-country

medals, not men, a silver back in

3:32:453:32:49

76. No American woman has ever won a

Winter Olympic cross-country skiing

3:32:493:32:55

medal. Kikkan Randall and Jessica

Diggins, third place with Kikkan

3:32:553:32:59

Randall at the moment. It would be a

huge, huge day for American

3:32:593:33:03

cross-country skiing. So their

little date with history can't be

3:33:033:33:08

under estimated here either.

Absolutely, the USA it's their last

3:33:083:33:14

chance. Kikkan Randall at her fifth

Olympic Games. 35 years old. She

3:33:143:33:19

thinks this is it. In terms of her

ability to finally, for the first

3:33:193:33:24

time, put the US on an Olympic

podium in this sport.

This is going

3:33:243:33:30

to be a fascinating circuit. Kikkan

Randall will come under pressure

3:33:303:33:36

from Marit Bjoergen. The best of the

rest are left trailing in the wake.

3:33:363:33:40

The Olympic athletes of Russia

completely out of this now.

Yeah,

3:33:403:33:43

absolutely. We were worried that the

US, having gone so hard in the

3:33:433:33:47

semi-final, might be the ones to

blow up in this final. Instead, it

3:33:473:33:51

is those young athletes from Russia

who have just not been able to keep

3:33:513:33:56

any kind of pace as, frankly,

neither have anyone else. These

3:33:563:34:00

three are now well out in front. It

would take quite some effort, you

3:34:003:34:05

can see the Swiss still just about

in touch. But it looks like it might

3:34:053:34:10

just turn into a sprint finish

between these three. The Norwegians

3:34:103:34:14

will still think they have an ace or

two up their sleeves to move ahead.

3:34:143:34:21

Equally, the Swedish will look at

Kalla waiting for Nilsson to say,

3:34:213:34:26

when will you make a move. It's

strategic as to when you push ahead.

3:34:263:34:30

Norway are trying to take this out

Nor way, Swede now.

N and the United

3:34:303:34:37

States with one circuit left. Burst

their way towards the finish.

The

3:34:373:34:44

Swedish newspapers interview Kalla

before this race and said if Stina

3:34:443:34:48

Nilsson and Maiken Caspersen Falla

of Norway are level going into the

3:34:483:34:51

final leg, we will not be that

worried. She essentially said she

3:34:513:34:58

thinks Stina Nilsson could take it

for Sweden. Brave to say. It's been

3:34:583:35:03

over the Scandinavian immediate

yachl she has to deliver on that.

3:35:033:35:06

There is nothing to choose between

Norway, Sweden and the USA, out in

3:35:063:35:14

front. Going for that podium at

last.

Falla Forlan way. Jessica

3:35:143:35:21

Diggins. The weight of history and

disappointment is on the American

3:35:213:35:25

shoulders. What about Stina Nilsson.

She beat Maiken Caspersen Falla in

3:35:253:35:29

the sprint final. They call her

Silver Stina always the bridesmaid

3:35:293:35:39

never the bride. They head down into

the stadium the medals are assured.

3:35:393:35:44

In which order? There is a tussle

there between Falla and Nilsson.

3:35:443:35:50

Jessica Diggins didn't get involved

there. The history books will be

3:35:503:35:54

written. They will show that tonight

Marit Bjoergen became the greatest

3:35:543:36:01

of all-time, but with what colour

medal? Stina Nilsson trying to pull

3:36:013:36:05

away. Suddenly there is a gap. The

Norwegians are third. The Americans

3:36:053:36:09

are going to get their first ever

medal in women's cross-country

3:36:093:36:15

skiing history in the Winter

Olympics. It looks as though Maiken

3:36:153:36:19

Caspersen Falla is beaten. It will

be history for Bjoergen. That will

3:36:193:36:22

be a with a bronze. What a race.

Stina Nilsson, Jessica Diggins for a

3:36:223:36:28

piece of history. The Americans have

done it. That's incredible. For the

3:36:283:36:32

first time they are on the podium

and they are on the podium with a

3:36:323:36:36

gold. Sweden take silver. Marit

Bjoergen does become the greatest of

3:36:363:36:41

all-time, but it was bronze tonight

for the golden girl. Let's focus on

3:36:413:36:45

the Americans. So many times they've

come up short. So many times they

3:36:453:36:50

have been left having to answer

awkward questions. But not tonight.

3:36:503:36:55

Is Bjoergen will write the

headlines, but the lore glory

3:36:553:36:59

belongs to the Americans who have

denied the two powerhouses of

3:36:593:37:03

cross-country skiing with an

incredible finish. What a race. An

3:37:033:37:10

absolutely incredible moment of

history. Not just for Marit

3:37:103:37:13

Bjoergen. An amazing finish from two

American women who have produced the

3:37:133:37:19

race of their lives against some of

the all-time greats. This great race

3:37:193:37:29

is about to start. We are in for

another treat. A quick headline on

3:37:293:37:38

Andrew Musgrave and #57bd rue Young,

missing out on the fastest loser

3:37:383:37:43

spots in this final. They didn't

finish the men's team sprint in

3:37:433:37:52

Sochi or Vancouver. Andrew suffers

from tachycardia. The pressure on

3:37:523:37:59

the heart when means he has had

quite a lot of races in which he

3:37:593:38:03

hasn't managed to finish. The two

Britons doing the nation proud o. A

3:38:033:38:08

great effort. Not to be a place in

the final. Andrew Musgrave's

3:38:083:38:13

thoughts will turn to the 50K on

Saturday. An event in which he was

3:38:133:38:17

only a second-and-a-half of the

World Championship podium in Finland

3:38:173:38:22

last year. No British duo in here,

but we have a world-class pair of

3:38:223:38:30

very, very young talented skiers

from the Olympic athletes of Russia.

3:38:303:38:36

It's Denis Spitsov on the lead leg.

He got a bronze in the 15K a silver

3:38:363:38:41

in the relay. He leads. The question

here, surely, is whether these

3:38:413:38:47

Olympic athletes of Russia can put

the Norwegians or the Swedes under

3:38:473:38:53

pressure. Each of these men will ski

three times.

3:38:533:39:03

three times. Sweden from Norway.

Spitsov, the Olympic K athlete of

3:39:033:39:10

Russia hanging on to Zak Bolland.

Speaking of young talents they don't

3:39:103:39:13

come bigger than the man with the

pink poles and shades. He's in joint

3:39:133:39:30

third place. Johannes Hoesflot

Klaebo made his own piece of history

3:39:303:39:34

here. The youngest ever male

cross-country skiing wipter Olympic

3:39:343:39:39

champion. Two golds, one in the

sprint and the other in the relay.

3:39:393:39:43

The manner of his victory, the man

in third place with the pink poles,

3:39:433:39:47

the manner of his two victories, as

the cameras focus on the athlete

3:39:473:39:56

from Sweden. He's the equivalent of

Usain Bolt. He has made it look

3:39:563:40:04

easy. France, Norway, the Olympic

Athletes of Russia and Sweden. A big

3:40:043:40:13

group coming together. Sundby in

third place. When will the big move

3:40:133:40:18

come and who will it be from? This

race unfolds very, very quickly.

3:40:183:40:25

Sweden lead.

3:40:253:40:30

Sweden lead. Sundby 33 years of age.

He had been chasing a gold that just

3:40:303:40:34

seemed to escape him. Not so after

the relay. He's had silver medals in

3:40:343:40:41

the relay and bronze and silver

medals in the skiathlons. Single

3:40:413:40:47

file. They are all in a line. Most

of the big names are still in

3:40:473:40:51

contention. This is getting

interesting as we embark on the

3:40:513:40:55

fourth circuit.

Can you see how much

that is taking out of Denis Spitsov.

3:40:553:40:59

He goes for a breather. To give you

context from a Norwegian point of

3:40:593:41:03

view, they will be sitting at home

in their tens of millions watching

3:41:033:41:06

this. This is a huge sport for

Norway. There is Johannes Hoesflot

3:41:063:41:11

Klaebo. Their new superstar. They

have had a big day. They hit their

3:41:113:41:17

target of 30 medals for Norway.

Surpassed their target for golds in

3:41:173:41:22

Pyeonchang. They have 11.

3:41:223:41:29

Pyeonchang. They have 11.

Olympic

Athletes from Russia. Five times on

3:41:293:41:31

the World Cup podium this year. The

man streaking up the right hand

3:41:313:41:35

side. His own distinct style up the

hills. That was massive from

3:41:353:41:41

Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo. That is

why they refer to him as the Usain

3:41:413:41:44

Bolt on snow.

3:41:443:41:51

Bolt on snow. Klaebo has shown why

he's the new global star. He's won

3:41:513:41:55

nine of 12 World Cup events so far

this season. It's one thing winning

3:41:553:42:00

here and there around Europe, it's

quite another as when you arrive as

3:42:003:42:08

a favourite and maybe deliver three

golds. We have one complete circuit

3:42:083:42:12

for each of the two members. Klaebo

there has just shown why so many

3:42:123:42:17

people in this sport are excited

about what he is doing and what he's

3:42:173:42:21

capable of doing in the future.

Norway in the lead with two circuits

3:42:213:42:25

remaining. There's Martin Johnsrud

Sundby. Sundby has been a superb

3:42:253:42:33

ambassador for Norwegian

cross-country skiing. He's been

3:42:333:42:35

beaten a few times by the man he's

about to tap on the back. He says

3:42:353:42:41

he's so talented Johannes Hoesflot

Klaebo it's embarrassing to be in

3:42:413:42:46

the same race as him sometimes. That

from a man who stood on top of the

3:42:463:42:50

Winter Olympic podium. Sundby has

built on the lead that Klaebo

3:42:503:42:53

delivered. Sweden in second. The

Olympic Athletes from Russia.

3:42:533:43:02

Klaebo embarks on this bid for a

hat-trick of golds all before his

3:43:053:43:10

22nd birthday. They are in the

driving seat here. What can the best

3:43:103:43:13

of the rest do to close him down on

this last circuit? Surely, this is

3:43:133:43:18

Norway's and Klaebo's to lose.

It's

a brilliant performance from Klaebo.

3:43:183:43:24

It was looking a little bit tight up

until his fourth circuit. Desperate

3:43:243:43:30

battle for silver and bronze. At the

moment being won by Bolton, the

3:43:303:43:37

Olympic Athlete from Russia. Richard

Jouve building on the work of

3:43:373:43:41

Maurice Manificat on the penultimate

circuit. Sweden now becoming

3:43:413:43:47

detached.

Norway from the Olympic

Athletes from Russia. France in

3:43:473:43:52

third they begin to think about

their big drive towards the line.

3:43:523:43:59

They have to close the gap.

Phenomenal from Johannes Hoesflot

3:43:593:44:03

Klaebo. He is 21 years of age. He's

away and clear. How he will enjoy

3:44:033:44:10

these celebrations as he comes into

the finish. He will be unaware of

3:44:103:44:15

the drama unfolding behind him he

has time to look over his shoulder.

3:44:153:44:18

We are watching someone who is as

exciting in his sport as Usain Bolt

3:44:183:44:24

was ten years ago when he pumped his

chest as he crossed the line in

3:44:243:44:29

Beijing. A global star is born. He

wears pink shades, it's all gold for

3:44:293:44:34

Klaebo. It's silver for the Olympic

Athletes of Russia. Brilliant bronze

3:44:343:44:40

for the French. Klaebo made that

look easy. He is already a household

3:44:403:44:44

name in Norway. Tonight, he produces

an incredible hat-trick, three golds

3:44:443:44:51

and he's still yet to turn 22. He

could be around for a very, very

3:44:513:44:57

long time to come. Fantastic

performance. Norway on top in the

3:44:573:45:02

Men's Team Sprint tonight. Klaebo

the hero. His efforts are likely to

3:45:023:45:09

be overshadowed by the heroics of

the Iron Lady, Marit Bjoergen. 14th

3:45:093:45:13

medal. The greatest and most

decorated winter Olympian of

3:45:133:45:19

all-time.

3:45:193:45:21

Norway and take the edge of Marit

Bjoergen's party if they can.

3:45:283:45:32

Because for Britain, skip Eve

Muirhead, she has propelled the

3:45:323:45:37

women's curling teem to victory. It

puts them in the semis while Canada

3:45:373:45:42

are out.

But Britain's men lost the last game

3:45:423:45:47

to the USA which means Kyle Smith

and his men need to beat the Swiss

3:45:473:45:51

if they are to reach the last four.

It is getting twitchy. Crowd funded

3:45:513:45:57

duo Mica McNeill and Mica Moore

finished 8th in the women's

3:45:573:46:03

bobsleigh, Britain's best ever

result in the event. Germany claimed

3:46:033:46:06

gold.

3:46:063:46:11

gold. And the Swiss skating team

pursues produced the goods.

3:46:113:46:22

pursues produced the goods. .

3:46:233:46:24

What do Moser-Proll and Dorfmeister

and Lindsey Vonn all have in common

3:46:323:46:36

in you would not like to bet these

ladies with a round of wine on the

3:46:363:46:43

table, who is first down the line,

these are the speed Queens, we are

3:46:433:46:48

going to crown another one today.

3:46:483:46:54

And I am delighted to say we have

former British Olympic ski rare Ed

3:47:273:47:32

Drake with me. Lovely to see you,

have you enjoyed watching things if

3:47:323:47:38

since your last, you appeared in

Vancouver, in the down hill and

3:47:383:47:43

another four events all told. How

much have you enjoyed it?

So nice to

3:47:433:47:49

bask in Olympic fever again and it

seems like yesterday not eight years

3:47:493:47:52

ago I was donning my suit and

battling down the tracks.

You did it

3:47:523:47:57

very well indeed. Eight years ago

was the last time we saw Lindsey

3:47:573:48:02

Vonn in the Olympic game, remind

everybody the battle she has had in

3:48:023:48:05

order to try and come back, having

won that gold?

She has had so many

3:48:053:48:13

injuries and battled back and back,

now she is seemingly in one piece,

3:48:133:48:17

there is a niggle with her at

moment. She's still not quite at her

3:48:173:48:21

A game. She coiled have done with

another couple of weeks, but she is

3:48:213:48:26

the best in the world. She has been

for such a long time.

She is 33,

3:48:263:48:34

what makes her so competitive?

Think

she's got such a great team round

3:48:343:48:39

her, she has been competing for such

a long time. She knows the track,

3:48:393:48:46

the equipment really well. So she

has the edge over a lot of girls who

3:48:463:48:50

are younger than her.

Indeed.

Anything can happen in a women's

3:48:503:48:53

down hill. The last time we got an

joint gold, so, who would win the

3:48:533:49:05

speed Queen's ultimate title today.

2018. Olympic women's down hill,

3:49:053:49:11

here is under way.

Racer number one could win this from

3:49:113:49:17

bib number one. Make no mistake.

3:49:173:49:22

Racer number one could win this from

bib number one. Make no mistake.

3:49:223:49:22

Huetter as she comes on the dragon

ridge is a serious threat for

3:49:223:49:26

success today.

First jump takes her out right. Nice

3:49:263:49:32

soft landing, can see it is less

direct than the men's down hill was.

3:49:323:49:38

Control gates all the same colour,

they are red with the blue lines

3:49:383:49:42

under foot on the track to aid the

athletes' anticipation. A little

3:49:423:49:49

mistake, slightly wobbly on landing

but she corrected with plenty of

3:49:493:49:52

time. She won the first down hill of

the World Cup season. Back in late

3:49:523:50:02

November, Leighton Baines Louise in

Canada, who took the best chance for

3:50:023:50:08

Austrian success today.

3:50:083:50:13

One competitor has gone home opting

not the ski it. She has decided that

3:50:203:50:25

the track doesn't suit her, and that

opened the door for one of the

3:50:253:50:31

younger Austrians to take her place,

that place went to Zeibenhoffer.

3:50:313:50:40

They have had three training runs in

the build up to race day. On Sunday,

3:50:403:50:45

Monday and Tuesday, over the full

distance, was one slightly altered

3:50:453:50:50

to allow for, goodness me, a racing

snow plough for Huetter, she got her

3:50:503:50:57

ski tips closed, that isn't the way

she wanted to finish with a proper

3:50:573:51:01

scare. Look at the ski tips there,

crossed that will have cost her,

3:51:013:51:07

first of the Swiss. Corinne Suter is

away. Went well in training,

3:51:073:51:14

particularly in training run two on

Monday, when she set the fifth

3:51:143:51:18

fastest time.

4 hundredth faster than Huetter. She

3:51:183:51:29

flies, makes the turn accurately.

Now she gets bounced round, a little

3:51:293:51:35

steering pivot. You don't see that

often in down hill. It was a good

3:51:353:51:41

manoeuvre from Suter. It has given

her an increase advantage over

3:51:413:51:49

Huetter after a near miss at the

final stretch of this women's down

3:51:493:51:54

hill. Huetter leads the way, Suter

for Switzerland. Over the tails of

3:51:543:52:04

the ski, then pushed her weight

forward on landing. 31 metres of

3:52:043:52:09

flight. It was green all the way,

there is the first red light. 7

3:52:093:52:16

hundredth of a second. Similar track

to the one the men raced on. A

3:52:163:52:22

slight variation on a theme. They go

a different way round the magic

3:52:223:52:28

tree, Suter getting pushed outside

of the racing line. She is now the

3:52:283:52:36

right side of that time. 0. 27 in

front. Remember the Austrian had a

3:52:363:52:44

big mistake on the finish. If she

finishes cleanly she may well ski

3:52:443:52:49

into first position. Comfortably.

Three-quarters of a second.

3:52:493:52:57

Weirather to go next. She I was

pipped by by the gold medallist and

3:53:043:53:11

ultimately by number 26, the

snowboarder who is not racing today.

3:53:113:53:16

She has gone over to start training

for the parallel Giant Slalom,

3:53:163:53:22

Olympic snowboard event.

3:53:223:53:27

Olympic snowboard event. Fast and

furious start for the 28-year-old

3:53:273:53:31

from Liechtenstein. 30.13 for Suter.

She is comfortably clearer that.

3:53:313:53:40

Fine top section for her, she will

have to make this next sweeping

3:53:403:53:45

turn, got slightly airborne. Might

not have anticipated that but didn't

3:53:453:53:51

seem to do too much damage. The

paradise turn, excluded perfectly by

3:53:513:53:59

the multi-talented Lichtensteiner,

who has been regularly on the World

3:53:593:54:05

Cup podium. Look at this. She is

throwing it down. 0. 0. 65. Bronze

3:54:053:54:12

medallist in the super-g. Hoping to

go into early gold medal spot here,

3:54:123:54:17

in the main event, the women's down

hill. No real errors from her. Her

3:54:173:54:24

skis are fast, they have the waxing,

got the preparation right. She is

3:54:243:54:32

miles ahead of Suter. Surely all she

has to do is stay on her feet. It is

3:54:323:54:38

straight from here on in. In. Long

jump and she leads the way in the

3:54:383:54:45

Olympic down hill.

3:54:453:54:51

Olympic down hill. Suter workers top

spot didn't last long.

3:54:513:54:57

Sofia Gong is ready to go.

-- Goggia is ready to go. She has

3:54:573:55:04

had two World Cup victories and a

couple of podiums, she is high on

3:55:043:55:09

the dragon ridge. Ridge. The winner

of the Olympic test sleernt 12

3:55:093:55:14

months ago. -- event.

She has been going well in the three

3:55:143:55:23

training runs and represents a

serious, real threat to Lindsey

3:55:233:55:29

Vonn's chance to win gold today.

Goggia's left herself work to do.

3:55:293:55:38

It is a sign of the commitment that

Goggia is putting into this race,

3:55:383:55:45

suffering a knee problem, she says

is when she walks round the knee is

3:55:453:55:49

sore, takes her ten minutes, just to

be able to walk and climbing the

3:55:493:55:55

stays is an issue, when gets in, she

forgets all about it. Efull focus.

3:55:553:56:02

That was a good jump. It has put

Goggia back in the chase. 94

3:56:023:56:10

kilometres an hour, she accelerates

up beyond the 100 mark. Up to 104

3:56:103:56:16

kilometres an hour. Smooth accurate

turn, the 25-year-old Italian clouts

3:56:163:56:22

that control gate. Next split it is

slightly better for her. Goggia

3:56:223:56:31

could back up the victory in the

Olympic test vent by skiing into

3:56:313:56:35

gold medal position here it is a

brilliant run from gongia, she leads

3:56:353:56:41

the way.

3:56:413:56:46

the way. It's a big margin in, and

that might bring her a medal today.

3:56:463:56:50

Will it be gold. ? Was one of the

risky moves that Goggia pulled

3:56:503:56:58

straight down on the tails of her

skis. Incredible strength.

3:56:583:57:08

skis. Incredible strength. Lindsey

Lindsey Vonn. 81 Pat Cummings

3:57:083:57:14

victory -- World Cup victories. She

looks to hunt down the world record

3:57:143:57:20

of 86. She could add another couple

of wins at the end of this season.

3:57:203:57:25

Maybe beat that record. But the

focus this season has been all about

3:57:253:57:29

today. The Olympic down hill

competition, she last won in

3:57:293:57:37

Whistler, the Vancouver games, eight

years ago, she has trained really

3:57:373:57:40

well. She's had an argue of -- army

of tech situation ins working on her

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ski, she is fast, focussed and

flying there. Standing on the right

3:57:483:57:53

ski, great turn coming into

paradise. Lindsey Vonn is now 33

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years old. One of the oldest

competitors in the competition. Is

3:57:593:58:03

he is in front here, she is four

tenths slower than Goggia and she

3:58:033:58:12

and Goggia have gone toe to toe in

so many races this season. Yes she

3:58:123:58:21

is fastest through the speed gun.

Will that translate to a green light

3:58:213:58:25

here? Not quite. Vonn has to find

time. Half a second off the pace of

3:58:253:58:32

Goggia. The top two separated by 0.

63. A straight line to the finish

3:58:323:58:40

now. Vonn is across the line and

it's a silver.

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it's a silver. Goggia holds on. No

gold medal for what will certainly

3:58:523:58:55

be her final Olympic Games for

Lindsey Vonn. Johnson for America

3:58:553:59:01

next to ski.

One of theupsters given the chance

3:59:013:59:10

to race today because Mikaela

Shifrin opted out of tackling the

3:59:103:59:14

Olympic down hill, despite the fact

she has had a World Cup win this

3:59:143:59:18

season. Shifrin thought her best

chance would be in tomorrow's alpine

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combined. The best chance to add to

her medal tally, which is one gold

3:59:253:59:30

medal from the Giant Slalom so far.

Austrians top the alpine medal table

3:59:303:59:36

with three golds. Golds. Breezy

Johnson, skiing beautifully so far,

3:59:363:59:45

109 through the last speed gun,

smooth turns. That wasn't so clever

3:59:453:59:52

now, a little lopsided on landing,

how far away is she from Gobggi

3:59:524:00:00

poor,'s time. She opened up her

body, and naturally, the air is

4:00:004:00:05

going to wrap round the ski racer,

as she stands tall and slower. 87.3

4:00:054:00:12

through that. She must have lost

six, seven, eight kilometres an hour

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and she has lost a good deal of time

too. 1.12 off the pace of Goggia.

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INTERPRETOR: Lindsey Vonn in silver

at the moment. Tina Weirather in

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bronze. Breezy Johnson has finished

in fifth for the USA.

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in fifth for the USA. The bronze

medallists four years ago, Gut. She

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finished in the top ten in Sochi in

the downhill to return to race four

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years later here. Good start for

Gut. Getting after this. She will be

4:00:564:01:03

full of aggression. She will be pent

up. Travelling smoothly across the

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snow. Good turn. 30. # 11 Goggia.

Gut0.35. Out of the competition.

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Pushing too hard. Too much

aggression. Gut is out of

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contention.

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contention. Venier, big push out of

the start. Silver-medallist in

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downhill from the World

Championships in St Moritz last

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February. Setting the fastest time

in training run number two on

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Monday. That's a nice flight. The

skis are fast. Preparation for the

4:01:524:01:57

race skis for these big occasions

begins back in the summer with

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constant applications of layers of

wax. The wax changes as the

4:02:024:02:07

temperatures adjust as the season

draws near. Goes from soft wax to

4:02:074:02:11

hard wax to race wax. All about

getting the timing right. The

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athletes will have a couple of their

favourite pairs to choose from and

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the technicians will prepare them

accordingly. Venier is absolutely

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tearing down this downhill course.

Throwing everything at it. Good

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landing there. 29 meters of flight.

The speed was strong. Venier is half

4:02:294:02:37

a second off the pace as she heads

uphill for a split second before

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plunging down the second-half. Out

of the race. Hopefully no damage

4:02:434:02:49

done. Her race is over. Just seemed

to be innocuous inside ski mistake.

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Inside ski clipping the left boot,

knocking the ski away from the carve

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and down goes Venier. No damage

done.

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done. Michelle Gisin for

Switzerland. Her sister Dominique

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was the gold medallists joint

champion four years ago. After

4:03:184:03:23

yesterday's training run, in which

Gisin set the second quickest time,

4:03:234:03:29

she you sought out the great millar,

had a long chat with him about what

4:03:294:03:35

would be the best strategy for race

day. It was caught on camera. I was

4:03:354:03:38

lucky enough to see it. Interesting

to get his view on she could do to

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get in amongst the medals today.

Let's see if she has paid attention

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and is able to execute any of

millar's ideas. Bounced around quite

4:03:504:03:58

badly there.

4:03:584:04:03

badly there. That's a smooth turn

from Michelle Gisin. Squashes the

4:04:044:04:09

jump, pre-jumps it. 30 meters of

flight. That was impressive. 1:

4:04:094:04:17

01.26. Within a second of the

Italian's lead. Probably too far

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away to push for a medal today. She

will be looking ahead I think to

4:04:214:04:31

tomorrow's albind combined where she

has a proper chance of getting a

4:04:314:04:36

medal for Switzerland. 1.15 off the

pace. Too much. Not enough terrain,

4:04:364:04:44

not enough speed left in this quite

turny Olympic downhill. She's

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finished in sixth position. Oh, my

word. A crashing finish from

4:04:514:04:58

Michelle Gisin, absolutely

exhausting. She's fine. Sute the

4:04:584:05:05

best of the Swiss in fourth. Trust

yourself, the instruction. Final

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words of instruction for Alices

Mckennis from the United States of

4:05:144:05:20

America, the 28-year-old. Mckennis

begins her Olympic downhill run and

4:05:204:05:26

starts fast as well.

4:05:264:05:36

starts fast as well. 1100ths faster.

Lovely jump. So far, so good.

4:05:364:05:46

Another solid flight, and 900ths up.

The first three splits have been

4:05:494:05:54

green for Alices Mckennis, the

American, known as "the alligator."

4:05:544:06:04

Raced in Whistler eight years ago.

Didn't finish the Olympic downhill

4:06:044:06:08

on that day. But what a start she's

made in 2018. Next jump from

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Mckennis, 98 on takeoff, 98 on

landing, 2 # meters of distance. The

4:06:174:06:22

split this time makes for less

encouraging reading for the American

4:06:224:06:26

fans. More than half a second off

the pace. She was absolutely flying

4:06:264:06:30

at the top. Skis chattering side

ways as she tries to hold on to the

4:06:304:06:37

racing line.

4:06:374:06:42

racing line. Split 1: 23.27. 0.82

down for Mckennis out of the medals

4:06:454:06:54

the way things stand. Long flight. A

shakey on landing. She's gone four.

4:06:544:07:02

She just out of the medals. Near

miss for Mckennis. Viktoria

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Rebensberger next to ski for

Germany. We know she can do what's

4:07:114:07:15

required to get in amongst the

medals here. She's got to get it

4:07:154:07:19

right. Her Olympic outings so far

here in Pyeonchang have been

4:07:194:07:26

categorizised by with mistakes,

errors. Olympic champion in Giant

4:07:264:07:32

Slalom eight years ago. Missed a

medal this time around, finishing in

4:07:324:07:35

fourth. Tenth in the Super-G after a

promising start. She let it slip on

4:07:354:07:41

the bottom half of the mountain.

Rebensberger travelling nicely.

4:07:414:07:49

Promising start for the number one

German. Last German to win this

4:07:494:08:01

title won it twices in a row in 94

rand defended the title in 1998.

4:08:014:08:09

Since then it's budgets France,

Austria and Vonn in 2010 and the

4:08:094:08:19

shared title in Sochi. They had to

find an extra gold medal. Things

4:08:194:08:30

have unravelled here for Rebensburg.

Germany yet to trouble the alpine

4:08:304:08:42

skiing medal table. They have had a

fine Games all round. Nothing to

4:08:424:08:46

show for their efforts in the alpine

schedule.

4:08:464:08:53

schedule. Rebensburg will not change

things today. She is down in eighth.

4:08:544:09:01

Let us see what Ragnhild Mowinckel

can produce today. Norway's best.

4:09:034:09:10

Ragnhild Mowinckel, number 19.

Silver-medallists in the Olympic

4:09:104:09:15

Giant Slalom last week. 13th in the

Super-G. She's been consistent in

4:09:154:09:22

World Cup downhill race this is

season. Five times in the top ten.

4:09:224:09:26

Never better than sixth. Two green

lights to start with. Outstanding

4:09:264:09:31

season. She was always one of the

sort of middle order athletes until

4:09:314:09:40

the start of the new World Cup

season at the start of 2017 and

4:09:404:09:45

started to show fine form. That was

a huge turn there for Mowinckel of

4:09:454:09:48

Norway. Norway have had a fine

alpine programme, one gold, three

4:09:484:09:58

silvers and a bronze so far.

Mowinckel herself contributed to

4:09:584:10:03

that herself with a silver from the

Giant Slalom. 26 meters of flight.

4:10:034:10:09

The speed is good. Three green

lights and then a red. But not far.

4:10:094:10:14

A tenth of a second off the pace.

Mowinckel is bringing her A game to

4:10:144:10:19

the biggest race of the season. The

top three separated by 0.63.

4:10:194:10:25

Mowinckel picks an unusual line into

that left-footed turn. Has that

4:10:254:10:29

brought her the reward? Can she

skier than 1: 23.27? Not far off.

4:10:294:10:37

Mowinckel of nor way may well move

in amongst the medals. Can she ski

4:10:374:10:42

quickly enough to go into gold? She

was slightly wide on that last turn.

4:10:424:10:48

Off the final jump, Mowinckel has

gone into silver. 900ths of a

4:10:484:10:54

second.

4:10:544:10:59

second. Second Olympic medal. A

second silver for Ragnhild Mowinckel

4:11:014:11:05

of Norway.

4:11:054:11:10

of Norway. What a day for Sofia

Goggia. The first Italian woman ever

4:11:124:11:14

to win the Olympic downhill title.

Italy have their fist alpine gold of

4:11:144:11:18

the Games. A second silver for

Ragnhild Mowinckel in the downhill

4:11:184:11:23

and Lindsey Vonn, the champion eight

years ago, goes home with the

4:11:234:11:29

downhill bronze in 2018. 2018.

4:11:294:11:34

You overcame all of the pressure,

all of the expectation and you got a

4:11:344:11:37

bronze today?

Yeah. It was intense.

I think mostly it was intense

4:11:374:11:43

because I just wanted to win

4:11:434:11:45

I think mostly it was intense

because I just wanted to win for my

4:11:454:11:47

grandpa It's hard to process it's my

last Olympic downhill race. I really

4:11:474:11:53

want to keep racing forever, but I

can't. So...

Knowing your family and

4:11:534:12:01

your grandfather would be so happy

you went out there and did your

4:12:014:12:03

best, you know?

I hope so.

4:12:034:12:11

best, you know?

I hope so.

Oh, come

here.

4:12:114:12:16

I chatted with your dad earlier and

he was here to support you. He

4:12:164:12:20

didn't care about what time you had

along the finish as long as you knew

4:12:204:12:24

that you had gone out there and

pushed it. You did, you charged and

4:12:244:12:29

you the Super-G, this is how you

came back. It shows you are a true

4:12:294:12:32

champion.

Thanks. Yeah, I mean, I'm

sure my dad will find something that

4:12:324:12:38

I did wrong. He loves to be

critical. It meant a lot to me that

4:12:384:12:44

he was here. You know we had rough

times there, he wasn't in Vancouver

4:12:444:12:51

when I won. It went meant a lot to

me he was there. Yeah. I mean, we've

4:12:514:12:58

all been really emotional because of

my grandfather and so it meant a lot

4:12:584:13:03

to all of us to be here altogether.

Yeah. It's a really emotional day.

4:13:034:13:10

I'm really proud to walk away with a

medal. It may not be gold. I'm sure

4:13:104:13:14

a lot of people will say I should

have got the gold. You know what,

4:13:144:13:18

it's so hard to win or to get a

medal at the Olympics and I'm proud

4:13:184:13:22

of my performance. I'm walking away

very happy.

Quite light rightly.

4:13:224:13:28

Following up with a bronze medal

eight years after a gold medal. How

4:13:284:13:32

much should she take out of that

performance today? It was

4:13:324:13:35

extraordinary, really.

She was

extraordinary.

4:13:354:13:37

She skied well. Didn't quite go her

way today, Goggia skied very

4:13:374:13:43

nicelies, especially from the second

inter mediate towards the finish and

4:13:434:13:47

made up good time. Vonn not quite at

it. You can see with Lindsay, she is

4:13:474:13:51

a little bit more open with her

upper body, catching a bit more air.

4:13:514:13:56

Not quite as dynamic as we are used

to seeing from her. She is usually

4:13:564:14:00

very, very aggressive and took a

wider line getting caught out by

4:14:004:14:03

some of the trickier turning gates

today.

There was a lot of hype and a

4:14:034:14:07

lot of expectations. She has been

the poster girl afor these games. To

4:14:074:14:15

hand tl handle that and come away

with a medal how would the American

4:14:154:14:23

public look on it?

Hopefully

favourably. They should be proud of

4:14:234:14:29

her. She has had an immense pressure

put upon her by the public and by

4:14:294:14:35

herself and come away with a bronze

medal, remarkable.

She is in the

4:14:354:14:41

start list for tomorrow's combined

event. She is chasing a total wins

4:14:414:14:48

tally. 81 at the moment. She has to

keep going?

She certainly has. She

4:14:484:14:54

has earmarked that for a long time.

Until she gets the record. A season,

4:14:544:14:57

two seasons I think she will keep

going until that's not a possibility

4:14:574:15:01

any more.

The Italians celebrating

their first ever women's downhill

4:15:014:15:06

victory.

Amazing.

Sofia Goggia

commitment, usually on the edge this

4:15:064:15:11

skier. A chaotic skier usually. She

said today, "I was giving attention

4:15:114:15:17

to every little detail, moving like

a samurai."

Not like her. She is a

4:15:174:15:22

wild crazy skier that takes all the

risks all the time. Maybe she was

4:15:224:15:28

focussing in on the small details

and stuff. Smoother than we see

4:15:284:15:32

normally see her. Thoughtful in

terms of her inspection run. She

4:15:324:15:37

earmarked steeps to flat transitions

to carry the speed across. It really

4:15:374:15:40

worked for her. She is leading the

World Cup overall standings. It's

4:15:404:15:44

not for downhill. It's not out of

the blue she is this quick. She

4:15:444:15:47

really, really did a number on the

track today.

She sure did. When you

4:15:474:15:55

look back over history, Daniella

Ceccharelli and Super-G winner no

4:15:554:16:00

female downhill -

Crazy.

Outstanding. Such great mountains

4:16:004:16:04

they have there. The history of

Italian ski racing to never have had

4:16:044:16:08

a ladies downhill champion is

outstanding.

It is.

4:16:084:16:10

You nearly competed for Great

Britain at Sochi in the men's zee

4:16:164:16:22

cross. It is a harem-scarem event,

one mown tairntion one racer at a

4:16:224:16:27

time. And after you, in alpine but

not so in ski cross, what was the

4:16:274:16:34

allure for you?

It looked so much

fun, think it reminded me of being a

4:16:344:16:41

child, when would finish your train,

stick on your rucksack and race down

4:16:414:16:45

to the van. The last one had to do a

stupid forfeit and it is just a

4:16:454:16:50

great laugh. You are skiing with

your friends, it is big jump, close

4:16:504:16:54

racing, it is raw, it is raw.

OK. A

lot of injuries potentially this one

4:16:544:17:00

as well. Not just the money for the

hot chocolate at the end.

Because

4:17:004:17:06

you are fighting over the same small

piece of snow, you want to be if you

4:17:064:17:11

are second you want to be behind

someone for the slipstream. You are

4:17:114:17:15

fighting for a small piece of snow.

We have learned over the years in

4:17:154:17:18

this one, to expect the unexpected.

It is the men's ski cross, wh an

4:17:184:17:25

event this turned out to be.

The first of the quarterfinals

4:17:254:17:36

approach

4:17:364:17:36

The first of the quarterfinals

approach the gate.

4:17:364:17:43

approach the gate. The blue bib of

Bischofberger. Pressure on the tips

4:17:434:17:50

of the ski, you can see them

bending, they are out and away.

And

4:17:504:17:54

they are neck and neck, all the way

through there.

Still neck and neck.

4:17:544:17:59

Head-to-head. The blue bib has the

best line coming in now.

4:17:594:18:11

best line coming in now. Less Mann

has more speed. Watch the red bib on

4:18:114:18:15

the inside there as they all go

long.

A speed check. Just enough to

4:18:154:18:18

keep in there.

I think too much from

the blue bib, as Brady makes a big

4:18:184:18:28

gap out in front. Through the

compression, at the moment, it is

4:18:284:18:37

red sitting back at the blue bib

stays.

Placed fourth in Sochi, he is

4:18:374:18:45

after redemption here.

He is looking

very clean as they come on to the

4:18:454:18:49

home straight.

Oh, no. A crash.

What

happened there?

It looked like Alex

4:18:494:18:58

crashed and then, the...

The other

skier had to swerve to avoid him.

4:18:584:19:07

Missed the gate. But it was...

He

wasn't in the mix.

Neither of them

4:19:074:19:15

were, it is Brady the Canadian who

makes it through comfortably and the

4:19:154:19:22

World Cup standings leader comes

through in second.

Both are OK.

4:19:224:19:28

Brady, he is really flying on this

course.

4:19:284:19:34

Can see that Kermit the frog move

they do, knees either side of their

4:19:344:19:38

chest.

So confirmation of the first

of our quarterfinals, Leman and

4:19:384:19:53

Bischofberger go to the semifinals.

4:19:534:19:59

Look how he is pulling himself up.

Bending the ski tips and they are

4:20:054:20:09

out and under way, and it is

Niederer looking good.

All three

4:20:094:20:19

very close, but Fliser is out in

front and has the direction.

Contact

4:20:194:20:25

with between two, the Austrian in

the yellow struggling. It in the red

4:20:254:20:30

neck and neck, the battle for second

and third will be tight.

Skiing very

4:20:304:20:36

well. The World Champion from 2015.

Redirected on that off camber

4:20:364:20:42

traverse, they are trying to get a

better line. And Philip. He has

4:20:424:20:52

speed and he's threw. The Swiss is

through on the Austrian.

He pushed

4:20:524:20:56

him way out.

Time for one, perhaps

one more pass? No, he is flying, he

4:20:564:21:02

is catching up. He is overtaking.

He

drops back in to second. Is he

4:21:024:21:09

losing enough speed to come into

contact with the Austrian? He has

4:21:094:21:13

pulled that back, he is dragging

behind.

Oh no! Making it across on

4:21:134:21:19

one ski, but it is not enough. Not

threw and it is, wow, safely through

4:21:194:21:30

for Niederer. The Swiss maybe took

his eye off the ball. The top two go

4:21:304:21:39

threw.

He didn't scoec up that jump

enough. He got his legs in here and

4:21:394:21:46

started pulling out the bull frog to

make sure they didn't get past him.

4:21:464:21:57

Alex in the semifinal.

In the red bib, fastest qualifier in

4:22:044:22:09

this heat is Drury of Canada. Then

the winner of the seventh, 8th final

4:22:094:22:20

Robert Winkler.

4:22:204:22:25

Robert Winkler. Watch out for the

skier in the blue bib.

The Russian,

4:22:264:22:31

I feel like he was gifted a place

here, he came through, after that

4:22:314:22:36

take out crash. It will be

interesting to see if he can stay in

4:22:364:22:40

contact with the racing here.

The

skier in blue. Winkler in green and

4:22:404:22:46

Drury in red.

I think this is about

Drury. He really really controlled

4:22:464:22:52

his heat, but, wow. Winkler in green

is in front.

Look at the skier in

4:22:524:23:01

blue, he has speed.

He is such a

massive unit. He has landed on the

4:23:014:23:06

back of that knuckle so Winkler

tucks in behind. Drury in the red

4:23:064:23:11

out in front.

A speed check from the

skier in blue. From Drury as well.

4:23:114:23:17

Drury got a lovely sharp line. Set

up nicely through the chicane.

4:23:174:23:22

Winkler in the green, struggling to

keep up with the Frenchman in

4:23:224:23:26

second. Then making a move from

fourth. He is on the inside.

He is

4:23:264:23:31

going to take him outches.

He has

taken out Winkler. The big threat is

4:23:314:23:36

the Russian.

I think the skier in

the blue is clear and through. This

4:23:364:23:42

race is going to form, barring any

crashes on these final big kickers.

4:23:424:23:49

So Kevin Drury of Canada leads.

France in second place. Then a grab.

4:23:494:23:58

Over the final jump. Safety grab is

that.

Safety is same side. Mute is

4:23:584:24:06

across. So mute grab, not

particularly style liedsed one.

This

4:24:064:24:10

is the point. Watch at the back. In

yellow, inside Winkler.

Took him

4:24:104:24:16

out.

Would he get DQed for this?

Immaterial.

He is just ahead adds he

4:24:164:24:24

went through.

Drury showed a clean

set of heels, whether he can stay

4:24:244:24:29

that way remains to be seen.

4:24:294:24:36

that way remains to be seen.

So now

on to the last of our quarterfinals.

4:24:364:24:44

The Russian is in red. He is up

against the Frenchman in green and

4:24:444:24:50

the Frenchman in blue. Dave Duncan

could be a silent threat from the

4:24:504:24:56

Canadian, he is on the far side of

the screen.

4:24:564:25:03

The red bib of the Russian.

Qualified in seeding.

So the

4:25:034:25:12

Francesca men in blue and green.

He

has a problem. He is out of the race

4:25:124:25:19

and it is Canadian Dave Duncan in

the lead.

So Duncan and the

4:25:194:25:26

Frenchman shoulder to shoulder.

Beautiful line. But trying to push

4:25:264:25:32

Dave Duncan out. He has opened the

door for the Russian to come in. He

4:25:324:25:36

has made a move and overtaken the

Olympic champion. This could be a

4:25:364:25:40

shock, but... He has, he really

wants...

Coming round on the

4:25:404:25:48

outside, with speed, he has cut to

the inside.

Looking down every door.

4:25:484:25:54

On the inside. Not enough speed to

make the move.

He is slipstreaming

4:25:544:25:58

here and he has the inside line.

No,

no. He shuts the door, comes

4:25:584:26:05

through, could this be a massive

shock.

Awe four come through, the

4:26:054:26:13

Russian moving into first, the two

French men chasing down the Canadian

4:26:134:26:16

and the Russian, as they come over

the last jump.

No, no, no. It's the

4:26:164:26:23

Russian and the Canadian through,

and the French men are out. The

4:26:234:26:30

reigning Olympic champion is out new

the quarterfinals. ? Dave looked

4:26:304:26:36

almost criminally relaxed at certain

point. He was taking the line choice

4:26:364:26:40

he wanted and seem I willing no-one

was getting close. This was

4:26:404:26:43

brilliant. Looking for any space,

either side of the Russian.

4:26:434:26:50

The gold medal will go to someone

new here at Phoenix Park.

4:26:504:26:59

Confirmation, Ridzik and Duncan

progress. Back up to the top. And in

4:26:594:27:05

the red bib we have Niederer. Then

Flisar in blue. Even though he is in

4:27:054:27:16

blue the man is going to go very

well, here.

4:27:164:27:24

So Niederer not panicking, pulled

himself all the way through the

4:27:254:27:27

pack, into the lead.

So we have two Swiss, one Slovenian

4:27:274:27:33

and a Canadian. And the Swiss drop

and it is looking like Brady Leman

4:27:334:27:41

on the outside has ahead of Flisar.

And Marc on the inside. Flisar in

4:27:414:27:49

third. The man in blue in second.

But it is Marc in yellow who blasted

4:27:494:27:55

out in front.

I think that maybe

Flisar cancelled each other out.

4:27:554:28:02

They let the Swiss through. The

unfavoured Swiss. He made a mistake,

4:28:024:28:08

he has opened the door.

Leman has

taken advantage. Desperately

4:28:084:28:14

fighting to find a way in behind

Flisar. The Canadian and the Swiss,

4:28:144:28:24

battling it out.

A great line.

Making a move on Flisar.

Can

4:28:244:28:33

Niederer do what he did before?

It

is Leman's to lose here. He is

4:28:334:28:39

heading to the last kicker.

Look at

Niederer. It is close. Leman is

4:28:394:28:48

through, he is into the final again.

Fourth place last time round in

4:28:484:28:52

Sochi, what can he do now? This is

where we see that mistake from Marc.

4:28:524:29:01

He learned in too much.

As long as

he can ski cleanly, that is when he

4:29:014:29:09

made his move.

Brilliant racing.

If

it wasn't for the mistake from Marc,

4:29:094:29:16

Marc would have taken that wink but

it doesn't matter, he is through. He

4:29:164:29:23

will know, make a mistake like that

in the final and you could end up

4:29:234:29:28

out of the medals.? Back up for the

second of the semifinals. We have

4:29:284:29:32

the Russian there, Drury the second

of the three Canadians, Canadian and

4:29:324:29:41

Dave Duncan the third and final

Canadian. He broke his collarbone

4:29:414:29:45

ahead of the Olympics in Vancouver.

Beast in the St lane nearest to us.

4:29:454:29:53

He hasn't been starting that

quickly, he makes his presence felt.

4:29:534:29:57

He has done the same thing.

His made

a right hash brown of it.

He is keen

4:29:574:30:06

to cut out the todayians so Dave

Duncan in the yellow -- delow, it is

4:30:064:30:10

Drury in the green trying to go

round the outside. The mass has

4:30:104:30:14

worked through and somehow he is

back in the mix.

Back in the mix but

4:30:144:30:18

he is flailing in last place right

now.

So the battle is between the

4:30:184:30:23

two Canadians for second and third.

They are the qualifying spots. It is

4:30:234:30:27

Dave Duncan xh the yellow in second.

Drury, on one ski as they race round

4:30:274:30:33

the outside.

Duncan, has he let the

team made through? He has.

4:30:334:30:41

team made through? He has.

After all

of these mistakes... In third on the

4:30:424:30:45

tails of the Russian. Dave Duncan

was opening over the tails of the

4:30:454:30:49

skis in fourth. So the battle for

second appears to be Ridzik at the

4:30:494:30:56

moment.

4:30:564:30:59

This is the last jump.

Kevin Drury

out in front. Ridzik in second.

4:30:594:31:05

Bovolenta in third. Dave Duncan

slipping all the way down to fourth.

4:31:054:31:09

What a race. So many switches

through the first two-thirds of that

4:31:094:31:14

race.

4:31:144:31:20

Mistake by Bovolenta on this. He

comes to a stop and has to start

4:31:204:31:24

poling to get going again. What does

he do wrong wrong here absorbed it

4:31:244:31:30

too early.

Timing.

Yeah. Absorbed it

too early.

That's Ridzik''s big move

4:31:304:31:37

on the outside. So close, Dave

Duncan actually sheaves speed to

4:31:374:31:43

make sure he doesn't take down Brady

Leman.

It's looking like it will be

4:31:434:31:49

a real Humdinger. We've got two

Canadians through, Kevin Drury and

4:31:494:31:57

Brady Leman. And Bischofberger is

looking very strong as well. If he

4:31:574:32:02

can get out in front, Bischofberger,

he could take gold. He has two

4:32:024:32:06

Canadians to worry about. Kevin

Drury and Sergey Ridzik.

We move

4:32:064:32:11

back up to the top. It's time to

hand out the medals. This is going

4:32:114:32:17

to be very, very close. They are

lining up in the gates.

4:32:174:32:23

Bischofberger, as you said, Graham,

has taken out three World Cup

4:32:234:32:28

victories this year. He leads the

World Cup standings. Heel looked

4:32:284:32:32

less than convincing in the early

rounds, but he has certainly come to

4:32:324:32:35

the forenow. Bischofberger is in the

lane closer to the camera.

The

4:32:354:32:41

mechanic, from Switzerland. Up

against the Olympic Athlete from

4:32:414:32:45

Russia, Sergey Ridzik.

He has raced very, very well.

4:32:454:32:48

Quickest of these races in the

seeding round. There is Brady Leman.

4:32:484:32:54

His third chance, fourth agonisingly

in Sochi four years ago.

In the

4:32:544:32:59

green bib on the outside, unusually

opting to choose the outside lane is

4:32:594:33:05

Kevin Drury. The Canadians so, so

fast, the Russian so clever.

4:33:054:33:10

Bischofberger, so wildy.

4:33:104:33:16

Bischofberger, so wildy. They are

under starters orders.

This drop off

4:33:164:33:21

start.

Be on the gate. Pressure on

the skis. They're off. Leman looking

4:33:214:33:30

good at the start. The Russian is

ahead. The Canadians are miles back

4:33:304:33:35

as Bischofberger and Ridzik race out

in front. Now there's a lot of work

4:33:354:33:39

to be done by the Canadians.

Brady

Leman look at that move. Oh it's

4:33:394:33:47

again for the Russia. Who can get up

it is aest.

Drurpy has lost his ski.

4:33:474:33:54

Battle for gold between

Bischofberger and Leman.

Guaranteed

4:33:544:33:57

a medal if he can take on his feet.

It's Bischofberger who is in silver

4:33:574:34:03

medal position chasing down Leman in

first. Can he claim the bronze

4:34:034:34:09

Ridzik or the Canadian.

Ridzik had

both skis on. We are focussing on

4:34:094:34:13

the front of the race. Incredible

from Brady Leman. Egypt years ago he

4:34:134:34:17

broke his leg ahead of the Winter

Olympic Games. Four years ago placed

4:34:174:34:22

agonisingly fourth fourth. Losing

time. This could be good interest

4:34:224:34:26

from the Canadian.

Bischofberger. As

they come over the last lump here.

4:34:264:34:33

But that's it. Gold medal, finally,

for Brady Leman. What an incredible

4:34:334:34:41

performance.

Silver for Marc

Bischofberger. The Swiss leader of

4:34:414:34:45

the World Cup. He turns that form on

the World Cup into a medal here.

4:34:454:34:51

It's Sergey Ridzik, the Russian,

working his way through.

4:34:514:34:57

Unfortunately for Kev run Drury, who

convincingly led every single one of

4:34:574:35:01

his races up to this point, who is

taken out.

I think he went. I think

4:35:014:35:07

it was Drury that went down. We will

see that crash again. These are the

4:35:074:35:13

medallists. Look what it means to

Brady Leman. It has taken him so

4:35:134:35:17

long, to get on on to an Olympic

podium. On to top spot.

Brilliant

4:35:174:35:21

news. Lovely to see Kevin Drury

skiing down. We didn't want tonight

4:35:214:35:28

see another injury here. It's been a

brutal day of racing here at the

4:35:284:35:32

Men's Ski Cross. A final worthy of

each of these competitors.

These are

4:35:324:35:40

the gladiators of snow sports. They

really are. Everything on the line.

4:35:404:35:45

Total risk. No sense of self

preservation.

No quarter given at

4:35:454:35:53

any stage. The silver-medallist,

Marc Bischofberger, in front of that

4:35:534:35:58

ecstatic crew of travelling Swiss

fans. Then in bronze medal position,

4:35:584:36:04

the first man to get back up off the

snow is the Russian, Sergey Ridzik.

4:36:044:36:10

Phenomenal performance from him

throughout the day. Kevin Drury just

4:36:104:36:17

outside the medals in fourth

position.

Bischofberger was right

4:36:174:36:21

over the front of his skis.

Beautifully positioned.

The speed

4:36:214:36:26

that Leman gets coming into here. It

was a definite fall. Drury went down

4:36:264:36:33

first.

Basically took Ridzik out at

the knees.

If it had gone the other

4:36:334:36:39

way, then it would have been a

protest.

Look at that. A man on his

4:36:394:36:49

way to a bronze. He knew what was at

stake.

He would have been awarded

4:36:494:36:53

the bronze anyway even if he hadn't

crossed the line third because he

4:36:534:36:57

was taken out, definitely taken out

by the Canadian crashing in front of

4:36:574:37:00

him.

Brady Leman soaking up these

jumps. Down into the finish area.

4:37:004:37:09

Bischofberger so close he could

nearly touch Leman. He takes the

4:37:094:37:14

silver. It's Ridzik for bronze.

4:37:144:37:18

nearly touch Leman. He takes the

silver. It's Ridzik for bronze.

Watt

4:37:184:37:20

an event. Gladiators on snow. Our

director said as we watched that, we

4:37:204:37:26

should have a bond theme throughout

the whole thing. It's got that vibe.

4:37:264:37:30

Hasn't it?

Such a cool event.

Is it

as much fun to take part in?

It is.

4:37:304:37:37

It's everything you want in sport.

Speed, jumps, a bit of a battle.

4:37:374:37:42

It's so well-received across the

world. It's a brilliant event. I'm

4:37:424:37:48

pleased it in the Games.

How much

can you get awhich with out there?

4:37:484:37:51

Almost anything goes. No punching,

eye gauging or stabbing people with

4:37:514:37:57

your poles. There are rules. Not

much really. You are fighting for a

4:37:574:38:01

small space in the snow. You can

adjust your lines slightly. You

4:38:014:38:05

can't ski into somebody. You can

play with the lines, cut up somebody

4:38:054:38:13

up your side. Are you defending as

well as skiing side. Double edged

4:38:134:38:18

sword.

You can block by making

yourself wide.

As wide as possible

4:38:184:38:24

like in Formula One. You make

yourself as difficult as possible to

4:38:244:38:27

get past. It means you can take a

sligly longer line.

A journey for

4:38:274:38:42

Leman to get to the gold medal.

He

broke his leg before Vancouver. He

4:38:424:38:48

has been there since the beginning.

One of the best athletes in ski

4:38:484:38:51

cross for a long time. Fourth place

last time out. Not to be sniffed at.

4:38:514:38:57

The tick in the box, a medal and a

gold medal at that. I think he will

4:38:574:39:02

be absolutely ecstatic help was

very, very consistent through the

4:39:024:39:05

whole training also this season with

Bischofberger in second place. He

4:39:054:39:09

has been doing really well.

He has

indeed. Canada have another gold

4:39:094:39:12

medal. From skis to snowboards,

which it's about the only thing that

4:39:124:39:17

Ed hasn't competed on for Great

Britain over the years. It's Big

4:39:174:39:21

Air. We have three competitors in

qualifying are the Big Air. Billy

4:39:214:39:30

Morgan has been a trailblazer. He

came up with tricks that the others

4:39:304:39:36

tried to perfect in his wake. He was

trying to get into the Big Air

4:39:364:39:40

Final. It's watched by Tim and Ed.

Welcome to Men's Snowboard Big Air

4:39:404:39:50

qualifications.

4:39:504:39:55

qualifications.

Junior World Champ

Champion

4:39:584:40:06

qualifications.

Junior World Champ

Champion 2014

That was really nice.

4:40:064:40:13

That leg grab in there. It's a big

signpost to the judges. They hate

4:40:134:40:18

seeing that. Third place.

4:40:184:40:25

It's all on the line here. Unlucky

not to make finals in slopestyle.

He

4:40:314:40:35

really was. He will want to make

amends here. He needs to send it

4:40:354:40:40

from the top here. Hashtag, full

send

24 years of age. He barely took

4:40:404:40:48

a side slip there. Powering in for

the 14.40.

Yes. That is how you do

4:40:484:40:56

it.

Flat spin. 1440. Big.

It was

switch. Yes. Look at what it means

4:40:564:41:03

to him. Scoffs the take off. Loses

90 degrees.

Where is the body grab?

4:41:034:41:10

There isn't one. It's held all the

way. Boom! Lands a tiny bit short.

4:41:104:41:18

Oh, this is nerve-wracking.

He

doesn't really know. It's not there.

4:41:184:41:25

Eighth place he knocks down his

fellow countryman. He knows for 2018

4:41:254:41:32

his Olympics is done.

This is going

to be a lot of fun. What is Max

4:41:324:41:39

Parrot going to do? He has the lead

at the moment very comfortably. Will

4:41:394:41:44

he send this one and use this jump

to test things out. Will he coast

4:41:444:41:50

along? Going frontsided again, I

think. Same trick. Even better. An

4:41:504:41:58

improvement in the score for him.

It's a reflection of the dedication

4:41:584:42:04

and work that Max Parrot puts in.

No-one who works like Parrot am he

4:42:044:42:11

matches that dedication with the

desire to win.

4:42:114:42:15

I told you. Take a bow. We are

watching the man who everyone else

4:42:184:42:23

has to bet.

4:42:234:42:29

has to bet.

Next Chris Corning.

No

slouch on a snowboard.

4:42:304:42:41

Another 1440. We did talk about the

fact that this under the trade

4:42:474:42:53

description act should be called

medium sized air. It's not

4:42:534:42:57

diminishing the spectacle am we are

not seeing the arms race for corn

4:42:574:43:01

corks we have seen in Big Air

contests. We are seeing style and

4:43:014:43:06

creativity with grabs starting to

come to the fore. It does nullify

4:43:064:43:10

the threat somewhat of someone like

Chris Corning who is a quad cork

4:43:104:43:14

machine. He relies on the fire power

of the big tricks.

The American

4:43:144:43:20

currently on 85. 88. So he jumps

into second place ahead of fellow

4:43:204:43:33

countryman Kyle Mack.

None of this

heat up to the challenge of taking

4:43:334:43:38

down Parrot at the moment. Kyle

Mack. He brings his own flavour and

4:43:384:43:44

style.

Show us a Dracula. A Japan.

Oh, my goodness. Look at how much of

4:43:444:43:53

a handful he grabs of that takeoff.

He needs all that rotation. Oh, boot

4:43:534:43:58

grab. When he does this, stretches

the Japan out, he's stopping the

4:43:584:44:03

rotation. So stop, and then

accelerates the board through the

4:44:034:44:08

last bit. Like he's flicking a

rubber band. Stretching it and

4:44:084:44:11

flicking it into the back end of

that trick, isn't it. Great tweak

4:44:114:44:16

but from a boot grab. How much will

the judges punish him for a boot

4:44:164:44:21

grab. 88. 75.

The judges seemingly

not too worried about the boot grab.

4:44:214:44:30

Interesting.

4:44:304:44:35

Interesting.

Redmond Gerard.

4:44:384:44:45

Currently in seventh. He needs

something very, very good here.

4:44:454:44:53

Again, opens up very early. He needs

something a little bit more

4:44:534:45:00

exciting. The thing is, because he's

coming out of the trick so early,

4:45:004:45:05

he's got room for it. It feels to me

he's sold himself a little short

4:45:054:45:09

there.

4:45:094:45:13

What do I know? The judges saw it

cleaned up they have given it an 85.

4:45:134:45:22

So he is currently in 15th, Mattson.

He has the power.

Like Jamie

4:45:224:45:31

Nicholls he doesn't dip his spins so

no short cuts for him. All of his

4:45:314:45:36

row theys are kept flat. Think he is

changing that now.

4:45:364:45:41

Oh my goodness. Unlimited power.

That was beautiful. Look at the way

4:45:414:45:48

he comes through here. Such

beautiful close board control.

4:45:484:45:52

I rode with him in Switzerland back

in January, what he was capable of,

4:45:524:45:56

was breathtaking.

Backside 1620.

The first

4:45:564:46:03

four-and-a-half spins we have seen

put down nice and cleanly.

4:46:034:46:08

Solid.

The trailing hand is just

poised.

Definitely tucks it.

Look at

4:46:084:46:16

that.

He is well within reach of the top

4:46:164:46:23

spot. It is Rowan Coultas.

4:46:234:46:31

Coming out of Bedford via Austria.

He goes big and it is clean but the

4:46:334:46:39

trailing arm was on the fee again.

-- knee again.

We need to have a

4:46:394:46:44

good look at this, but he is trying,

you can see, he gets the thigh

4:46:444:46:49

there. But watch.

Stays off the knee.

4:46:494:46:53

Don't know.

I think it does.

Oh it is an improvement but not

4:46:534:47:00

enough.

Oh no.

4:47:004:47:03

He missed out by 0. 5.

Max Parrot looking all powerful at

4:47:034:47:10

the top of the standings there,

no-one even close to that 92.5. Not

4:47:104:47:14

when you lock at how close the

scores were, fifth place Schaerer.

4:47:144:47:25

Jamie nickels in 11th. It is not

done and dusted. Heat two just

4:47:254:47:29

around the corner.

Bergrem. We have talked about the

4:47:294:47:41

fact this Norwegian, supremely

talented has sat in shadow of the

4:47:414:47:45

more high profile names. He is

incredibly stylish and brilliant at

4:47:454:47:51

big air. Yes, big air winner, 1620!

Oh my goodness! Goodness! Look at

4:47:514:48:00

this beautiful take off, the grab,

look at the amplitude. That is as

4:48:004:48:04

big as we have seen anyone go. Heat

one or two. 94.25. So it is a

4:48:044:48:11

different contest, you can't compare

it, but it's same set of ups and it

4:48:114:48:18

is way bigger than Max Parrot's

score from heat one. So Toutant. The

4:48:184:48:26

regular rider from Quebec, French

Canadian, dropping in switch.

4:48:264:48:30

Switch frontside spin coming up.

Switch frontside double cork 1620.

4:48:304:48:42

Ladies and gentlemen, sit down,

strap yourselves in, calling it.

4:48:424:48:48

Yes, second place. He makes it look

easy.

4:48:484:48:57

So next rider in Boesiger.

4:48:574:49:09

Ooh! The cameraman got a bit

confused there.

4:49:144:49:20

Look how much it means to him. He is

absolutely over the moon with that

4:49:204:49:24

one. Finally, the Swiss getting a

little bit of luck. Backside 1620

4:49:244:49:31

triple cork, keeping his hands up

through.

4:49:314:49:36

Let's just see oh no, it does go

down. 96! Wow. Wow. Wow.

4:49:364:49:50

down. 96! Wow. Wow. Wow.

Next in

Carlos Garcia Knight. 88.75. He is

4:49:514:49:57

in fifth place, landed backside, was

it switch backside or backside 16.

4:49:574:50:04

Switch backside 16.

To start, so he

is dropping in forwards this time.

4:50:044:50:08

Oh no. Signposting that he is going

switch with a 180 at the top. He is

4:50:084:50:13

going to clean this up.

And he has.

4:50:134:50:20

I don't think it was possible to

clean it up.

Look at the style as

4:50:204:50:24

well.

Really nice.

Brilliant.

Absolutely brilliant. It's as big

4:50:244:50:31

and as clean as you will see a 1620

today.

97.5. Say hello to first

4:50:314:50:41

place Carlos Garcia Knight.

That is

ludicrous!

Wow. Next in Mark

4:50:414:50:49

McMorris. Currently sat in fifth

place, just ahead of Billy Morgan.

4:50:494:50:56

We saw that lot, it is not somewhere

he is used to being sat. Mark

4:50:564:51:04

McMorris is podium material.

Dropping in switch.

4:51:044:51:12

Again, sharp intake of breath from

the commentary booth.

He has gone

4:51:124:51:19

switch backside, arguably the

hardest drengion to spin in an he

4:51:194:51:23

has, he is fighting fire with fire.

95.75.

So that switch backside

4:51:234:51:30

working with the judges. They like

it.

4:51:304:51:37

Now the British fans. Getting ready

for this man. Billy Morgan. Back in

4:51:374:51:47

2015, he landed the Quad cork. This

jump not big enough for it at the

4:51:474:51:53

moment. Supposedly. Frontside triple

coming up. No backside again.

4:51:534:51:59

Massive. Oh my goodness. It is

better. It's better. It's better.

Oh

4:51:594:52:06

Billy! That was beautiful.

Oh unwrap it. Let us look at whole

4:52:064:52:12

thing.

Look how he gets hold of it and

4:52:124:52:16

bending the board there.

Maybe he

lot go a fraction early but as far

4:52:164:52:22

as putting the landing down, you

couldn't land a Boeing on auto pilot

4:52:224:52:30

better than that.

90.5. Look at his

face. Billy Morgan clings to that

4:52:304:52:37

sixth place.

Tyler Nicholson. The

pressure is on.

4:52:374:52:43

He was just a quarter of a point

behind Billy Morgan with his first

4:52:434:52:47

jump. Can he up it now? So switch.

There is one, two, three, four.

4:52:474:52:58

Switch 1440. Oh, my goodness, I do

not want to look.

It was the

4:52:584:53:06

nosegrab.

It is a carbon copy, the

landing is really really good. It is

4:53:064:53:12

going to be so close, this is going

to be incredibly close. He's praying

4:53:124:53:20

to the snowboarding judging gods.

What's your head say Ed?

I don't

4:53:204:53:28

know.

You can't speak.

I really

don't know. This is awful. I think

4:53:284:53:34

Billy might just have it. Billy was

perfect.

And it was bigful Billy's

4:53:344:53:41

was big, that was...

Be honest with

yourself. Cab fronts side spin

4:53:414:53:48

harder than backside triple.

Billy

is upside down. Both had nosegrabs,

4:53:484:53:53

I don't know what to say. 98 --

89.25. Billy Morgan is one ride area

4:53:534:54:01

Friday the finals. Nicholson thought

he had it. There is one man to drop

4:54:014:54:07

who can deny Billy a place in the

finals on Saturday. He is one of the

4:54:074:54:12

most decorated men in snowboarding.

Granted, he is in the sun sets of

4:54:124:54:18

his years as a professional

snowboard other, but make no mistake

4:54:184:54:23

about it. Piiroinen is a Jedi when

it comes to freestyle snowboarding.

4:54:234:54:28

Too much tension to get the knitting

out now from the Finnish coach. She

4:54:284:54:33

is watching very carefully. So here

it go, dropping in switch. That is

4:54:334:54:38

fakie to you and me.

Massive.

Oh, goodness. Why would he do that

4:54:384:54:44

to us?

Oh, switch 1440. Oh goodness.

Stylish. It is really stylish. Works

4:54:444:54:54

hard on the last rotation.

The

landing is a bit off.

Look at us

4:54:544:55:00

trying to find an excuse.

I know!

I

do feel bad trying to pick him apart

4:55:004:55:07

here, but it's sixth place at stake.

I'm not sure thaw will be enough.

4:55:074:55:12

But you never ever know. 87.25. So

Piiroinen in 8th place. Carlos

4:55:124:55:23

Garcia Knight blazing his way to the

top of second qualification heat.

4:55:234:55:29

Boesiger in second. Billy Morgan in

sixth.

You are in an Olympic big air

4:55:294:55:37

final.

How does that feel?

It is

pretty rapid. I don't want to get

4:55:374:55:42

too excited yet. I have to keep it

under wraps. After seeing the

4:55:424:55:47

standard I didn't expect to get in.

Because it was just 16s. And some of

4:55:474:55:53

them bumped me, but I needed to get

squeeze the points out of that

4:55:534:55:57

trick. It worked. Happy days.

Well

done, look forward to watching you

4:55:574:56:01

in the finals.

Thank you very much.

We love you Billy.

We are all in his

4:56:014:56:07

corner. That will be 1am Saturday

morning your time. That ramp is 49

4:56:074:56:12

metres high with a maximum angle of

40 grows.ment is it your thing?

4:56:124:56:16

Absolutely not.

It is like the start

gate in that sort of angle. I don't

4:56:164:56:24

know

You are not going that fast.

Not with a board strapped to you. We

4:56:244:56:28

are excited about tomorrow because

it is the turn of the rocket, not

4:56:284:56:32

that one, it is the rocket Dave

Riding, in the men's slalom. Express

4:56:324:56:38

your excisement levels and our hopes

for him?

I am trying to suppress my

4:56:384:56:44

excitement levels. It is something

he has been looking forward to, the

4:56:444:56:49

whole of alpine winter sports has

been looking forward to it. Let us

4:56:494:56:52

see what he has to offer when he

pushes out the start gate.

Six top

4:56:524:56:58

tens including a second last year,

he is the real deal.

He is, he has

4:56:584:57:02

the skills to mix it with the best

in the world and has been for the

4:57:024:57:06

last couple of season, it is whether

he can put it down in two runs with

4:57:064:57:10

all the pressure that will be the

hardest parts for him tomorrow.

You

4:57:104:57:16

will see it overnight. Shall we have

a quick look at the medal table. Why

4:57:164:57:19

not? Norway have had a fantastic

day. They are one shy of matching

4:57:194:57:24

the all time record of 14 golds in

one game, that was set by Canada in

4:57:244:57:31

their home games in 200010678913 is

already Norway's best in a single

4:57:314:57:37

games, so 24 hours in one hour

tairksd and that is highlights in

4:57:374:57:42

today at the games, at 7pm with

Claire and so much to look forward

4:57:424:57:45

to on day 13. There is a big night

for Great Britain's men. Kyle

4:57:454:57:50

Smith's Durhaming rink need to beat

the Swiss to be in the semifinals,

4:57:504:57:54

Eve Muirhead already there. Dave the

rocket Riding in the men's slalom

4:57:544:57:59

start gate. We have Mikaela Shifrin

expected to go and medal again, in

4:57:594:58:04

the combined.

So, a lot to look forward to, we are

4:58:044:58:10

all off to find Ed a snowboard so we

can convince him to go into the big

4:58:104:58:15

air, in Beijing, in 2022. You have

done everything else. You might as

4:58:154:58:18

well give it a go. Thanks for your

company today, we will catch you

4:58:184:58:23

tomorrow. Tomorrow. Bye for now.

Great Britain are getting Bert as

4:58:234:58:28

the competition goes on.

She puts it down when it counts.

4:58:284:58:34

We want to see these big tricks that

we know these guys can do.

4:58:344:58:42

Team USA versus team Canada.

Mikaela

Shifrin goes for the double.

4:58:424:58:51

What a ski from Dave Riding.

4:58:514:58:55

Clare Balding and Hazel Irvine present coverage as day 12 of the Winter Olympics draws to a close in PyeongChang, South Korea. The final run of the women's bobsleigh takes place, while speedskating medals are also up for grabs in the final of the men's and women's team pursuit events.