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Those alive shots of the Olympic
Sliding Centre in Pyeongchang, where
we're heading sharply for the final
fourth run of the women's bobsleigh,
here is what is happened so far.
This is a good run.
place? Sixth! Kelly Humphries is
here and means business.
start. But I think she should be
Elana Meyers has had a storming run.
She likes the speed at the bottom of
Can they put Kaillie -- pressure on
Kaillie Humphries. She has work to
do it she needs to win the gold
There are real doubts
that she can get herself another
The first to flinch will
lose out on the medal.
She has lost a tenth already. Elana
Mariama Jamanka, a track record!
Elana Meyers Taylor, she's usually
very quick. She drops second, but
she's still in the mix for gold.
Kaillie Humphries takes third, just
ahead of Stephanie Schneider.
Slightly ragged, I am afraid, for
the British team, and they will
finish over a second behind, which
is not good news for Great Britain.
Leg run three is done, and from a
British point of view it was hard
not to wince in the middle of the
run, wasn't it?
It was, just that
little mistake on the exit is what
cost Mica and Mica. They will finish
eighth, which is still the best we
have finished. If she can get it
right, there are still potential for
her to keep the top eight macro.
the gaps open up, there is more than
0.1 ahead, with more than one point
behind two ninths.
It gives the
British a little bit of a buffer to
breathe and think, we just have to
design a decent run in, and we will
come down in minimum of eight
The race at the top looks
like two for gold, and another
couple fighting over bronze.
gold medal is literally going to be
decided by a blink of an eye,
whoever touches first between the
Germans and the Americans, we have
seen some really good races towards
that point, so we will see. The same
for bronze, between two.
athletes do between runs three and
four, because you cannot touch the
sled at all?
You have our wonder
we're you can polish it, but no
support staff can work on there.
Then what do you do, sit in the
changing rooms and cry in a corner?
Yes, get in the mindset, then it is
about rebuilding your steps, getting
through the processes and fire it
off the block for the last time.
Here we go, one more run in the
women's bobsleigh, run four. Leitner
We're going to be showing...
Jamaica, the first women's bobsleigh
for them. There
for them. There we have, Mica
McNeill and make come in eighth
place. We have with us the
McNeill and make come in eighth
place. We have with us the best
women's bobsleigh in Britain, you
hope it is beating?
I do. I want the
wrecker to be broken, they can
inspire some many people.
Amy, it is
so tight between Germany and the USA
at the top?
Yes, Germany and the USA
could easily switch around, then it
is a fight for bronze medal between
Kaillie Humphries and the other
American girl, Jamie Greubel Poser.
The mentally fighting for a medal.
And Elana Meyers Taylor is an
interesting story, we will build up
to the leading bobs, but we want to
show you what has happened already
with Nigeria setting the way. Here
is John Jackson.
The final run of the day, with
Nigeria. Unfortunately for them,
that is a slow push start. They were
pretty ragged in the previous run,
Yes, and it was this
line that caused a lot of issues.
That is a lot better. I'm still
seeing mistakes, though. But she is
a novice pilots, not much
experience, and she really nailed
this. This is her best run so far,
we can still see little mistakes,
but she has done what she needed to,
and she should be happy with this.
Nigerians have been history makers
for themselves and Africa here.
Despite a slow start, that was the
third quickest time.
third quickest time. -- their third
She tidied it up, it
was a lot better than the previous
runs, even with the previous runs.
It shows that they can get it right.
A bit of a mistake, her hands
slipped on the start, which is why
it could have dropped off, just
because there was not enough
purchase at the top. A little
mistake. Again we have seen top
pilots doing that. Letter lying
round the corner, she had a bang on
that as she came round the left.
This was almost perfect, but it is
better to take the nudge on one wall
and taking two taps. There are
really happy with it, and they
Are pretty torrid week
for the Jamaican
for the Jamaican peer, Carrie
Russell and Jazmine
Fenlator-Victorian, they can finish
with a smile, 30 years after the
movie Cool Runnings. Jazmine
Fenlator-Victorian wants Jamaicans
to look back and say we remember
that they in South Korea, when the
Jamaican flag was flown with honour.
The previous three runs have not
Again, little mistakes.
She should not be making these type
of mistakes, she is a quality pilot.
She has won medals for the US.
She has won medals for the US. A
little bit low, but maybe that works
for her. These athletes should be
really pleased with the bottom time,
maybe not so much, but with the
lines, they should be saying, yes I
nailed that one.
nailed that one.
The second quickest
time of the games. So, they end with
a flourish. -- the second quickest
Not a bad run, little
mistakes. Different points of the
track, but a lot better run than
what she has done over the last
three, so they should be pleased.
You can see the crowd is paying
them. Everyone likes the Jamaican
bobsleigh story as a whole, and
there has been a lot of drama going
on with the team this week, but she
has four runs in, she has made
history, she should be really proud,
they should be really proud of what
they have achieved.
they have achieved.
Great to see
Nigeria and Jamaica finishing. They
were the first two teams going down
the track, and going in reverse
order. We will pick it up now live,
remember the Great Britain pair of
Misha McNeill and -- Mica McNeill
and become your are going to finish
in the best ever place for women's
bobsleigh. We have Germany for
hundreds of a second against Elana
Meyers Taylor of the US. It was
similar in the men's final run, and
that finished in a dead heat.
Letters headgear now, John Jackson
and John Hunt in the commentary box.
-- let us headgear now.
Romania in 15th place at the moment.
We have Maria Adela Constantin and
Andreea Grecu. They have consistent
times, but not quick enough to
trouble the top ten this time
around. Are really a likeable
couple, they are very capable
Yes, and they have shown it
with their runs. There have not been
many mistakes from Maria, in the
front. They have shown their
quality, they just maybe have not
got the equipment on the bottom of
the bobsleigh. Just a little
mistakes. She needed to steer out
earlier to come out the street in
the middle. We have only seen a few
mistakes from her. She has really
good lines. You can hardly hear it
stealing. Cash steering. She has not
made many mistakes.
Not quick enough to go past the
I am sure you understand the format,
this leaderboard will change every
run, as we are going slowest to
quickest, and this run will end with
a gold medal for either Germany or
the United States of America. Elana
Meyers Taylor and Mariama Jamanka
are the favourites. But it is not
necessarily a two horse race.
definitely not. It is going to be
exciting and become to the last
five, who are all in the mix for the
Next, Germany, Anna Koehler
and Erline Nolte. Again, it is a
slow time, not enabling them to mix
it with the real powerful teams here
at these Olympic Games.
would not normally expect the
Germans to be this far back on the
start, maybe they have not quite got
the in-depth athletes. May be just
too aggressive and corner seven. To
active on the steering.
active on the steering. Maybe she
has enough to stay in front of the
Belgians. Cleaner lines. But she is
losing time and I don't think she
will have enough to stay in front.
Watch the time, green at the moment,
but goes red right in the last 20
I'm surprised at that, because they
seemed to find speed at the bottom
of the track, but they have just
fallen behind, they had a really
clean run, just over driving. Here
is a great view. It was here, you
see how quickly it changes
direction. By then she has scrubbed
her speedway. That is their head
coach on their T-shirt!
Next, the disappointing Russian
pairing. This is their best as I
gave up and Anna stay
-- Mrs Nadezhda Sergeeva and
Anastasia Kocherzhova. They have
dropped to eighth place last year, a
disaster, they crashed in Sochi and
finished in 16th. This is looking
like a second consecutive
disappointing games for Sergeeva.
it's -- it is, and the Russian
programme have not had the result
they wanted in this programme. You
can see how impressive she had to be
determined that, that speed that she
has got to have at the moment could
all disappear. It started to slip
away now. She gets this next corner
right, she makes another mistake,
these could still drop off. She will
do well to lose all of that. We have
seeded up the hill through the speed
That last 300 metres or so is
all uphill, a 12% climb to the line,
she only just clings on the head of
the Belgium. So Sergeeva moves to
the head of the field but that
leaderboard constantly moving,
constantly changing. Sergeeva will
be nowhere near the lead when we
conclude this magnificent and
compelling event in under half an
You can see from that threat
coming down alone how much these
mistakes can cost. This mistake
here, it cost her over four tenths
of a second, almost half a second in
that run. You cannot make mistakes
like this. If you see leaders make
this, the others will.
been a great event for the Koreans,
the men's skeleton one. I'm sure
many of you were with us for that
extraordinary achievement. Here, Kim
and Kim, Minseong and Yooran, no
relation. They cannot expect to get
near that kind of achievement but
they will hope against hope they can
go quickly once again. There is
general times have been OK, they
operate very efficiently down this
track. I bet you they go as standard
5.62, 5.6 three. They are slightly
slower, their slowest start at this
We are seeing the red time go
a little up, that will be costly
mistake if they want to stay ahead
of the Russians. This time she now
grow. Because they have both made
the same mistakes. It's whether they
can drive the track better than the
Russians, because they should know
it well enough, they have had
hundreds of runs down here to find
the perfect line. That's one of the
best we have seen through there. Now
they should start to accelerate and
hold back against the Russians, or
is she going to be behind at the
end? The Russian team lost a lot of
time at this point.
Coming up to the
finish. Kim will finish well away
from Sergeeva. She has knocked in a
time of 51.55, which is slow, again,
slowest so far. These early athletes
going in the forefront, they are
well off the pace in terms of medals
but they are all going slower than
the third heat.
Yes, what you'll see
with this team in particular, they
made a mistake in bend two to three
which is costly. That's the first
time they've done that. She's going
to be slower because of that mistake
that we would just about to see but
we cut away from it. She did not
have the speed in the sled or the
bottom of the sled to catch the
Russians. Another couple of hundred
metres as you would have been
Happy smiles all round.
Less so perhaps from the Russians.
Sergeeva in front at the moment.
Next we have FG -- Willemsen, ranked
number 11, going for a top-10 place.
That top-10 position remains between
herself and the Austrian, Hengster,
who is next. Notoriously moderate
starters. That start is not
particularly good even by their
She is a great driver so
we shouldn't see too many mistakes.
That's one of the reasons why it
she's had so many good results in
the past, they've had great
equipment, great driving and she's
managed to drive her way back
throughout the rest of the World
Cup. But she's not able to do that
any more because everyone else has
upped their game at their man so her
advantage has gone. She has an
efficient start, you can see her
quality as a pilot. This is good as
any of the top pilots. She had the
same start as then, she would be in
the medal hunt.
She will be surging
to bleed assuming no disasters. --
surging into the lead. That's her
third quickest of the Olympic Games.
She went a lot quicker in runs one
and three so the time is dropping.
Is this track deteriorating?
They will have done a little bit of
work between runs to patch up any
bits that needed it, but as a whole,
they've had 20 runs now, from all
the sled is, they're into another
ten. Having 30 runs on this track,
they are cutting up the ice and it
makes the track a little bit slower.
It might only been
It might only been tenths or two
tenths but you can see that in the
No macro leading at the
moment, all change for sure as we
move into the same -- top ten.
move into the same -- top ten. Mica
McNeill and Mica Moore to come in
three athletes, behind the Austrians
and persist in the running orders
for the medals. -- the Swifts. The
Austrians next, Christina Hengster
and Valerie Kleiser, fifth in the
World Championship. 15th in the
Olympic Games in Sochi. That
illustrates their up and down status
within the world of women's
bobsleigh, what kind of start, make?
That has put them slightly up
against it, that start.
We saw how
much ice was kicked up at the back
of the sled there, that was a big
mistake. If this Austrian team
wanted to move up against Willemsen,
that was not the corner to have. We
have to see perfection at this point
but I don't think it will be good
enough. Not to pull back up on the
Belgian team who are in the lead at
the moment. She is starting to pull
it back but has she got enough?
is for the honour of a top-10
position at the big games. Will it
be the Austrian or the Belgian? They
did pull it back. After that early
mistake. That was a huge skid down
through three. They go into the
lead, Sergeeva with the lead. --
Hengster with the lead. Nine more
teams to go.
She needed to put a big
run into move herself forward to
that top eight position but that
mistake in corner to- three is going
to be costly. The replays don't seem
to want to show all of the action
that we need to speak about. You can
see the difference between the
Belgian and the Austrian, the
Austrian has taken a bit of a wavy
line, she could have found a bit
more speed. She was free out where
the Belgian was a lot flatter. She
might have had to force the line to
get that and scrub off a little bit
of speed doing so.
moderate run was good news for the
British team who are shortly. Next
for Switzerland, currently sitting
in ninth place, Sabina Hafner, about
to go. The world mother nine.
Together with a whole red salmon. --
with Rahal wrapped seven.
They could well slip off their best
time, 50.86, by some way. We will
have to watch with interest as it
will have a bearing on the British
She is a quality pilot.
She's been out of the front seat for
quite a few years, as she
transferred off the skeleton. She's
got enough to stay in hand in front
of the Belgians, sorry, the
Austrians. All these little
mistakes, will they be costly if she
wants to move in front of the
51 point 21, the
slowest runner of the four, and that
could help keep McNeill and more in
eighth place, who are next. They
have a golden opportunity now to
register the best ever performance
in the British team in the two-man
bob in the deliberate games. --
Olympic Games. A big moment coming
up for Mica and Mica.
You can see
the relief in her face, thank you,
this is over! I can now relax. Big
smile on her face. Pressure is off.
It's been quite a story, hasn't it?
For these two young stars on the
British team. Mica McNeill, Mica
Moore, starting off in eighth place.
You're going to get a direct
comparison as we go on this run
between themselves and the Swiss
team who had just gone, Hafner and
Rebsamen. And if they can hold them
at bay, a little bit of history can
come their way. There was a slight
disappointment after their third
run, at a time, it was
disappointing, it was the 11th
quickest. We know they're better
than that and run number three. Good
luck to them here. Mica McNeill and
Mica Moore, if they can get anywhere
near 5.50 as a start it would give
them a good opportunity and then it
all about avoiding mistakes. Not
great, not terrible.
This is where
Mica needs to be clean. And that
could cost her, not as bad as other
sleds but that two tenths might
start to drop off from that hit.
Mica has been perfect on this track,
other than a little mistake on the
last run. She needs to dial into the
track, get this right and you can
keep top eight. That's good, but has
she got enough speed left in the
track? She has been good at this
point in the track all the way down.
She's starting to pull away, this is
the run that she needs to get the
best results for Britain at the
Nobody has ever been
eighth in the Olympics games but
these do have claimed that position.
Nicola Minichiello in 2006 was a
fabulous nights. But the British
pairing go one better at least. What
a games for the pair who are only
here because of the generosity of
the British public. Their funding
completely slashed last year. They
asked, they put the begging bowl out
will stop and they got enough money
to keep them on the road and in
business. Their heads never dropped.
And now they have secured a little
slice of sporting history for Great
Just bear in mind, for
anyone watching at home, they have
not had any on this track at all,
this is their 14th run on the track
and may have finished top eight in
What a great result. Can
it get a little bit better? You
would have thought it was unlikely.
For Canada next, Christine De Bruin
and Melissa Lotholz start with a
very healthy advantage over the
British pair. You'll see the gap
remained quite big to get a first
comparison with the British team.
Let's see if the Canadian pair can
hold it together. What a mistake.
That was worse than the British lead
so this could be the opportunity.
Watch the clock now, it will start
ticking away. We need to keep an eye
on that. She made another little
mistakes. If she's not clean through
this point here, she gets that
perfect. Is it enough for the
British to start pulling them back?
She's not quite as clean through
here. The British have been quick
and she's pulling away.
though. Untidy round 16 as well.
They just hold the British team at
It got interesting, little bit, that
was a little scrappy.
The worst run
of bit four.
of bit four.
That run from Mica
McNeill was absolutely amazing, but
now the different class. And the
funding that they have no makes a
difference. That big mistake, you
can see how much it slides around,
and she's just out-of-control at
Beheld the big advantage from the
start, even though they lost it a
Canada, Alysia Rissling. And we say
farewell to one of the big names,
Heather Moyse. With Kaillie
Humphries, they had two gold medals
She has been one of the
class athletes in the sport for many
years, she have retired and then
came back because Alysia Rissling,
the pilot, Astra two, so she could
push her at the Olympic Games. She
has done a great job, and they have
worked well together. I thought they
would have been higher up the field.
Me coming at you and me, could
improve please hear. Maybe not.
think they are going to hold on.
Yes, it looks that way.
It looks as though it will be eighth
place. Alysia Rissling has her
career ahead of her, but Heather
Moyse possibly says goodbye. A
brilliant rugby player, a pretty
good cyclist as well, and what a
career she has had in bobsleigh is
Definitely, and it is always
great to see the top athletes coming
out and helping the youngsters,
giving themselves a bit of
confidence. The transition between
two and three was tight.
Be moved to the top five. Next,
Germany, Stephanie Schneider and
Annika Drazek. They had a pretty
poor third run. Both carrying a
little injury. One and ankle and had
-- one has an ankle injury.
She had some bandaging, so something
may be uneasy.
may be uneasy. Not as perfect as the
top pilots coming next will do at
that bend. But she has good speed at
the bottom. She is putting the
Stephanie Schneider is
confirmed as fifth at the worst. The
coaches seem to be feeling the
pressure. Mariama Jamanka still to
When we look at consistency,
that is what you need to do. Maybe
her second run was the one that let
her down when she made some mistakes
yesterday. Maybe pulled her out of
medal contention. But she has just
added pressure. That is the first
heat under 51 seconds. That is the
bomb that might cost her. The
coaches are almost shouting her down
the track. -- that is the bump that
might cost her.
Two for the United
States. It is Jamie Greubel Poser
and Aja Evans. Jamie Greubel Poser
was gold medallist in such. She
finished run three ahead of
Stephanie Schneider by a tenth of a
second. If she can go ahead of the
German, she will be forth at worst,
with three still to come. One of the
many battles within a battle. The
race for a bronze medal. Jamie
Greubel Poser under way. Capable of
a 5.30 start.
a 5.30 start. This peer won a bronze
medal in such a macro.
to -- this pair won a bronze medal
in sort Cheek. They know how to get
it right. Like the
it right. Like the German,...
Remember, this is for guaranteed
fourth place. It is Stephanie
Schneider who holds on! Jamie
Greubel Poser drops back. She is
second at the moment, and likely to
finish fifth. Just like her husband,
Christian Poser, in the men's event,
it looks like it is going to be
Overall, you look at
the run and you think, how has she
just lost the speed? Maybe just over
driving, the same mistake as the
Germans. The lines are almost
identical. You do not see much in it
at all. That is the difference at
the bottom. I was not expecting
Now the great Kaillie
Humphries. In the bronze medal
position at the moment. After the
third run, she had a lead of 15
hundredths over Stephanie Schneider,
who is currently third. Kaillie
Humphries, gold in Vancouver and
gold in Sochi.
gold in Sochi. There is a medal for
her here if she is clean and fast.
They have all started here in the
30s. It is just about no one who has
the bottle to hold it. The Germans
are in the driving seat at the
minute, but Kaillie Humphries has
the experience, she is the most
experienced in the field, double
Olympic champion. But she has not
been as fast as the others in the
bottom half of the track. She's
going to have to do more. Will she
Double gold medallist,
guaranteed bronze medal at least
here! Kaillie Humphries, one of the
greats, will be on the podium again,
as wilfully see George, who was a
fantastic sprinter in her time, and
has said she has not given up on her
athletics career. They both have a
medal together. She would have loved
another gold medal, which may not
happen, but a bronze at least for
one of the greats of women's
That was almost perfect.
No really big mistakes, but you
would expect that from a pilot of
her calibre. Everything that she did
there was because she needed to get
down and could find the speed in the
After two days of
competition, after four Keats, the
Germans wait in the wings, and it is
the focus on the United States of
America, and Elana Meyers Taylor and
Lauren Gibbs. Elana Meyers Taylor
has won everything, world titles,
World Championships, Olympic bronze,
Olympic silver. There is one honour
missing from her resume, and that is
Olympic gold. She is usually
She has achieved a fast time again.
She just needs to drive this likely
now she can. She needs to make sure.
Absolutely perfect. Enough speed to
get the silver.
get the silver.
And huge advantage
over Kaillie Humphries, a silver
medal guaranteed for Elana Meyers
Taylor. Will it be enough? We will
know the answer to that in three
minutes. Huge success and an
outpouring of emotion for her, who
has done so much for the United
States, so much for women's sport.
Loring Gibbs also now has a medal.
Emotional outpouring, having just
won a silver medal again. She was
great in Vancouver for a bronze, and
picked up silver behind Kaillie
Humphries. -- four years ago, and
here it is silver again.
ago she had the gold medal winning
run and blew it by making cement
mistakes. But that run was perfect.
-- by making so many mistakes.
German pilot is 27-year-old Mariama
Jamanka. Will she realise the dream
of them all with an Olympic gold
It will be America or Germany, and
we will now in less than 50 seconds.
There was a deficit at the start.
should drop away at the next clock.
The German pilot has been the most
consistent, and is fast at the
Germany are the winners!
She picked up gold for Germany in
the 2006 games, and they win again,
and I do not think Mariama Jamanka
can believe it. And the skip appears
to be in tears. Amazing scenes for
Germany. I think the shock of it has
It certainly has, this is
what the German programme needed.
Four years ago, they got no medals
at all, which is unheard of. But
they came out fighting, they got
gold in the men's bobsleigh and now
in this as well. This is how you
come back. That run was perfect,
flawless, better than any others.
That is why she is Olympic champion.
She would have known she was behind
Elana Meyers Taylor at the start.
That is a very cool head. That is
the pressure they have to put up
with because once the breaker has
done their job and pushed it, it is
then down to the pilot. That was
just pure pressure all the way.
It was her against the track. She
was not worried about anyone else,
it was just getting the exit right,
two, four, nine, and she nailed
every single one of them on every
Mariama Jamanka, an ex-Hammer
thrower, has just thrown the world
of women's bobsleigh on its head.
It's confirmed that they have won
the gold medal by seven hundredths
of a second. Great scenes
afterwards. A great rapport there
seems to be between all of these
There is. The sliding
community is one big family. They
seem surprised because they probably
won't one of the medal favourites
coming into this. Maybe an outside
chance of top six but it shows what
potential this German programme has.
To illustrate what a great driver
and pilot Jamanka is, it's worth
noting that looking at start times
alone, as we see Kaillie Humphries
again with her bronze medal, starts
times alone, she had a massive gap
to pull back every time with Meyers
Taylor but every time she did it.
She certainly did. That's down to
her quality in the front seat as a
driver doing the job. If she had had
the same starts as Meyers Taylor, it
would be half a second between gold
and silver. It's thrown up something
else which we didn't expect at the
start, and that's one of the
outsiders winning the medal.
wins gold. Meyers Taylor, Silver
medal, her second, and Kaillie
Humphries, the great from Canada,
has got the bronze. Germany and the
USA next. And confirmation of the
wonderful record position for the
great British team in eighth place,
well done Misha Taylor and Mika
McNeill, wonderful stuff for Great
STUDIO: and Germany so strong in the
sliding events, they have won three
gold medals in luge and two in
bobsleigh, and for the great quiche
pair of Mica and Mica, -- the great
British pair of Mica and Mica, how
would they have done if they had the
I'm standing in front of the best
women's bobsleigh team that Great
Britain has ever produced.
amazing, where so happy. Just wanted
to enjoy the experience because it
is our first games and we've come
away with eighth. It's more than we
have hoped for and were so happy.
Will you happy with the performances
Yes, there's things I'm
always picky with but we said we'd
like a single figure is old and
we've done that.
-- single figure
result. I wasn't comfortable
yesterday in my driving and I had a
couple of mistakes but we have to be
happy with that. It feels amazing.
think she's done amazing.
Minichiello sends her best, in the
studio, you have gone toe to toe
with some of the best programmes and
you have funded yourself.
amazing, five months ago we didn't
even know if we would be here. To
get here is an achievement in itself
and we have loved every minute of it
and we want to say thank you to
everyone who has supported us, and
our family and friends. It's been a
It's been a crazy few
months and this has been the cherry
on top, we enjoyed it so much.
anyone in British Bob Lay said,
we're sorry, we've got this wrong,
we are glad you're here.
fully say anything like that, they
made that decision and then new
people come in and they have to
stick by it. We will be back in four
years' time, and you will see us in
Will it be an
interesting conversation with the
performance director around funding
between now and Beijing 2022?
to think so, I really hope we don't
have to ask people, we don't have to
be powered by the people any more,
as great as it's being, we want them
to be able to just watch out and
enjoy it and not have to help us
I think you deserve that and
I'm sure everyone at home is wishing
you all the best between now and
Beijing. Well done again.
She's waving back.
She's waving back. What is your
reaction to their performance over
the four runs?
We're going to see this changing
around, Jamanka is new in two
driving, but the American and
Canadian will retire and this is the
new generation. Mica has got a good
sled but it's not impaired to the
Germans. Not amazing. The start is
solid but another four years of
training, she will be right up
It's really exciting for the
future of women's bobsleigh, that
performance is going to make
everybody think, hang on, this is
worth investing in, we can jump an
awfully long way. We can get a medal
If she can perform that
well on a track that she doesn't
know and she doesn't have any runs
on, it's six runs, we are good at
learning tracks very fast because we
don't have a home one. Add on for
years of training in the gym all
summer long, get more knowledge on
ice and better equipment, and who
knows where we could be in four
years, they are going to be medal
And not having to worry
about funding would make a big
difference. It takes up a lot of
headspace as well as energy to raise
This is why UK sport invest
in support networks because it's not
ideal for an athlete to be able to
think, how may go to get down the
track, and start well, and pay for
my, nation? How do I pay for the
flight? Where is the money coming
from? It's a constant daily battle
and that's not something they need
in their head at this point.
them what they've been through,
given the lack of experience on the
track, how highly do you rate that
performance in finishing eighth?
she had had a slightly more
competitive sled and 500th on the
start, they would have won.
Literally, one hundredths Foster on
the top, three hundredths on the
bottom. Their differential works out
on 1300, but in the BMW sleds which
are worth a few, they would have
been right up there, no question.
you were now in charge between now
and Beijing, if you want them to be
a gold medal potential team, what
you do with them?
You keep them
focused and training, you give them
the confidence. You've always got to
be looking at technology to see
where it can improve and I'm sure
the British programme are going to
be tracking down the BMW, how do
they improve the equipment? Get the
more athletic and in the gym, really
working for that power. Anything is
We will talk about Jamanka
winning the gold but let's analyse
this final run for Mica McNeill and
Mica Moore, and where you saw the
strength and where you said, this
could be better.
The start, it was solid, the time
was not amazing but the velocity,
and you seek Mica, she loads in. All
of that energy and weight is going
forward and pushing the sled.
Already at this first two or three
corners, she's pulling away. She
comes through, there was a small
mistake there but it was not a skid.
It's nice, smooth, it just looks
smooth. This is a really technical
track and the lines are really good,
solid lines, she let it has been
billed compared to the third one.
You can it's nice.
I think it's her
confidence building, the more she
slides, she will come away from the
games and go home, they will review
everything and review what's
happened and this confidence of the
eighth place is going to be able to
build upon in the summer to be able
to get to the plush track and train
hard in the gym. And come out
fighting. She has now got her sights
aimed and she knows what she can
achieve. Loads of people are
retiring after the games, every
single cycle so there will be more
of an empty hole should we say, for
the results. And confidence is a
huge thing. Once you're confident,
your performance increases so much
more. That big push and confidence
and that pat on the back, knowing
that this is what you could achieve
off so little runs
that this is what you could achieve
off so little runs and of not as
much ice time.
They are going to
regret the third run, you could hear
that in the interview. Lying in
sixth place overnight, down to
eighth and then holding the position
was great. Perhaps not surprising
because you spent all night thinking
what might be and getting a little
bit too excited.
It's human nature.
You hope that you're going to focus
on the process. You hope you're
going to not let any of those
messages or any of those dreams
coming to a head. But it's human
nature you to get carried away, we
all got a little carried away.
talk about Germany, they have done
the double sharing the gold medal in
the men's Bob. When you look at this
kit, powered by a very great
pressure and pilot, when you look at
the sled, can you already see to the
naked eye, do you say, that is a bit
It's impressive looking, it has the
point like the BMW but most of the
technology is inside. It's about the
frame and the suspension, how they
can make sure that as the sled comes
on and off the corner, there is no
loss of speed. Last year they had a
shocker, they had huge issues, they
had a huge failure of the programme,
they had no medals. These are new
pilots, new athlete and new sleds
and they have put it together and
So if Mica McNeill was
piloting this bob, what would she be
These are the first
times we have seen these sleds, the
BMW, we talk to or three tenths. How
this compares, it will take times to
get the stats.
Amazing for Jamanka
to hold on, to hold on and feel the
pressure knowing that the Americans
set a great time and she still went
This is her first Olympics,
she has been driving less than four
years. She was a huge question going
in in terms of experience. And going
into it going into the gold medal
position, huge nerves so it's a
testament to her and the team around
We have seen plenty of people
not holding on.
Yes, because this is
a sport where your brain is in
overdrive, especially if you know
you're in the gold medal position
but you have two empty your thoughts
completely out and then get into the
bob, do the biggest push and
concentrate on each corner, what
you're driving and which skills you
have on each corner to get through
whilst not telling that the tall man
in your head saying, but you could
win gold and do this. You have got
to tell them to be quiet and
concentrate, gets down and do this
For Elana Meyers
Taylor, another silver medal but I
don't think she will regret this
like she would in Sochi, she skidded
all over the place and she said, I
would never forget that, and if I
ever won gold, I will appreciate it
so much more. This one was fair
enough, four good runs.
In Sochi, she lost the gold medal.
She had the potential and she had a
shocker. These four, considering
she's not renowned as the best
driver in the world, probably her
best for ever. -- four ever. She
will have the start and the
equipment but the driver was solid
today and I think the silver medal
In the studio here, as
Mica McNeill and Mica Moore
confirmed eighth, you would expect
people to be quiet if your record
was taken but you were thrilled for
I am because Mica has had a
hard battle. Throughout her career,
she's had so many challenges and
doubters to overcome. Last September
she was in bits when she was told
that she wasn't good enough. It was
not just told, we're not going to
find you, but as an individual, as a
female, you're told you're not good
enough to go out there and she had
proved everyone wrong but I couldn't
be more proud.
It was a delight to
share it with you. Four-man bob
coming up next, what's the Newsweek
training? We have two British there.
We are 19th, 17th and 18th, they are
all learning. They are the four guys
trying to push together and sink in.
I got some info from out there and
he said one is playing around, it
stay one, then mixing things up and
testing things up.
At ago from the
training rain. Saturday and Sunday,
those are the last sliding events
for Britain. This is the best ever
finish for the British women.
If you were watching earlier, we saw
the semifinals of the team
competitions in speed skating, so
not short track, but speed skating,
clean lines and beautiful and the
team in particular really thrilling
to watch as they streamline in
behind each other. The final was
between the dominant Dutch and
Japan, this is for the women. And
among that Netherlands team was
Irene, looking for a sixth gold
medal. Let's see if she can succeed
in that quest. After we have seen
who took the bronze medal will stop
this was between Canada and the USA.
And North American line-up in the
bronze medal race your. The women's
team pursuit. USA represented by
we can see the Canadian trio looking
good. A small slip by Josie Morrison
in second place. That will cost the
Canadians valuable time.
Heather Bergsma at the front for the
That slip for the
Canadians has cost them. Over two
seconds now. Canada very much on the
back foot here in the early stages.
Canada have world champions in the
line-up. Heather Bergsma, the 500
metres champion. Brittany Bowe, the
Brittany Bowe is
looking very comfortable, and the
gap is getting bigger and bigger.
is enormous, only three seconds
within the final three laps, and it
is hard to see how Canada will pull
this back and secure a bronze medal.
Isabelle Weidemann on the front. You
can see the United States hurtling
around the track.
around the track. Mia Manganello in
the front, and a hand being placed
on the hep of her, just a steadying
hand. But they are working well as a
team, the United States. In second
place, Brittany Bowe giving the
It is all about the third
time. Weak link in the trio is the
leading skater. You can see the hand
pushing on the left leg.
States are going to win this by some
considerable distance. Ivanie
Blondin, the strongest for the
Canadians. Yes, the United States
flying around here.
They can hardly put 1's gate in
front of the other, really close at
the end, less than half a second and
it. It looked as if Mia Manganello
was cramping up at the end. She
could hardly move.
The lactic acid
is so high at the end of such a
race. You cannot sit down and
maintain the skating position. The
Americans are delighted.
happened towards the end, did they
tire badly? Look at Mia Manganello
at the front, she can hardly use her
She almost falls down and sits
on her backside. It is about the
third skater. Sodhi try to go across
equally to get the clock.
equally to get the clock. That is
the reserves athlete that skated in
the previous round, so hopefully she
will get a medal as well.
Manganello was in excruciating pain
in the final metres! But the United
States take the bronze medal ahead
of Canada. The Olympic women's team
pursuit final is under way. The
Netherlands against Japan. And it
promises to be a competitive final.
On the front for Japan, Miho Takagi.
In the front for the Netherlands,
Will the fresh legs of Marrit
Leenstra make the difference?
Leenstra make the difference? Japan
are looking at putting a bit of
psychological pressure on early
Nevitt is Ayano Sato at the
Marrit Leenstra is more of a
sprinter, she is better that the
1000 and 1500 metres. This is where
the Dutch will make the difference.
The Netherlands are now starting to
turn the screw and turn the tables
and forge ahead. It is the blink of
an eye, nothing between them.
an eye, nothing between them.
will see the difference here, the
Dutch are pushing ahead.
What an athlete to put in front in
the closing stages, Ireen Wust.
Ireen Wust, already ten Olympic
medals, she is the most decorated
speed skater of all time. They are
going to have to dig deep here.
Japan have put on a sprint! They
have opened up a lead of half a
second! This is remarkable.
Wust is struggling. The Japanese
look like they are on to gold.
wheels are coming off for the
Netherlands. Japan are about to
glide their way to the gold medal.
Your wiggle. Towards the line! Japan
take it, and it is an Olympic record
time. Bale and an advantage of over
one second and a half over the great
Ireen Wust and the Netherlands
line-up. The Dutch have been beaten
into second place. The celebrations
start for Japan. What a race. They
started quickly and finished even
faster. The Dutch coach moved to
Japan, and he has shown it is not
just about the skaters who have come
from Holland, it is about the
coaching. The look on their faces
tell you what you need to know. They
did not come here for a silver
medal. It is not what they were
after at all. Japan emerge
We have been seeing the
Dutch really dominating this
distance in the last few years.
Lotte Van Beek was the fourth member
of the team, but there was nothing
she could do.
she could do. Ter Mors was great for
the Netherlands, might it have been
better if she had been part of the
If she had completed in the
1500 metres, a lot of people say
that Ireen Wust would not have won
The Dutch tend to dominate
this sport, but Japan are obviously
very good at this discipline. How
much of an upset is it, coming here,
or were they carrying equal
Last year they
were second at the World
Championships, they would only four
tenths of a second slower than the
Dutch team, and the coach has been
working with the team for the last
four years to get this fabulous
CLARE BALDING:. 11 medals overall,
which is their best ever. Ireen Wust
can be consoled by the fact it is
her 11th Olympic gold medal --
Winter Olympics medal. The Dutch men
were in the bronze medal race,
against New Zealand. We will see
that shortly, then we will see the
hosts South Korea in the final
against Norway. Hazel Irvine will be
taking over after this. I will see
you later tonight, but here is why
-- Wilf O'Reilly and Simon
The race for bronze is under way.
Sven Kramer powering his way.
Sven Kramer powering his way. The
Dutch and against New Zealand, who
are silver medallists from the World
Championship last year. Have they
got a big last effort inside their
legs in this Olympic Games that can
carry them to a medal?
It will be
interesting to see if the Dutch
change their tactics. Kramer is in
the front. In the first round I
believe he stayed on the front a lot
Jan Blokhuijsen is leading
from the Dutch. They have a second
upper New Zealand. This is an eighth
There are quite a way
The number one skater for New
Zealand, Shane Dobbin, does not race
at the front. The other two always
take the wind.
At the end you will
see the skaters putting their hand
on the backside of the skater in
front of them, giving them
assistance. The one at the front is
catching all the wind resistance,
and the Dutch are no one and a half
seconds in front of New Zealand.
The Dutch are still smarting after
not getting into the final, no
doubt. There were other options that
could have taken for the squad.
Jorrit Bergsma was the main one,
which they decided not to take.
Nearly two seconds. It is a big ask,
but we saw Canada comeback in the
women's race and make it really
interesting up to the line.
They have had about 1.5 hours rest,
so it is also about the recovery.
This is Sven Kramer in the front, he
has eight Olympic medals to his
name. He's looking to add to that.
He is the most decorated male speed
skater of all time.
goes to the front.
This is looking tough for New
Zealand. Peter Michael is working
hard but they look tired.
hard but they look tired.
appear that the Dutch will be taking
the bronze medal.
the bronze medal.
are 400 metres away from continuing
the record of claiming the medal
every time -- every time in this
event in the Olympic Games.
event in the Olympic Games. It has
proved to be a race too far for New
Zealand. Sven Kramer is the main man
in the team, ensuring all skaters
crossed the line together.
It's quite awake for New Zealand to
come over the line. Disappointing
fourth place. The Dutch take the
bronze. Had New Zealand managed to
claim it, it would only have been
their second ever medal at the
Winter Games. They
their second ever medal at the
Winter Games. They came close but in
the end, just ran out of gas after
that earlier efforts this evening.
So the Netherlands claiming the
first of the medals in the men's
There's been much talk
about after Sochi, the Dutch were
way too strong in this. But clearly
coming into these games, they wear
the red-hot favourites, but they
have not performed to the level they
have performed at previous games.
Cramer looking very comfortable in
second place. Disappointment for
him. Jan Blokhuijsen, just being
congratulated by the coach, who was
actually ill the first couple of
days and was not able to be on the
They will still be
disappointed, though? Definitely.
Norway, bronze medallists in the
World Championships last year up
against the hosts, Korea.
This is the same line-up as in the
semifinal earlier today. Korea won
the silver medal in Sochi, can they
go one better here at home in 2018?
The crowd just about managing to
contain their excitement. Quiet for
Eight lamps to glory, the race is
on. Korea against Norway.
Interesting to see what the Koreans
can do here because they are all
ex-short track speed skaters and
it's all about recovery. Those teams
have had fairly comfortable
qualifying rounds, a tough semifinal
and it's all about recovery. I think
the Norwegians could be the
favourites but I think the Koreans
might have the edge because of the
recovery that they've had.
Kim on the front for Korea, the gap
is just over half a second. Sverre
Lunde Pedersen is effectively the
captain for Norway, in fact, it's
Pedersen on the front for them. They
are putting career under some early
And Havard Bokko
takes the lead wearing the number
one armband. What was seen in the
Korean semifinal, because they are
used to short track acceleration
towards the end of the race, it's
interesting to see what schedule
they were going out on.
I think if
they're in range, it will be an
incredible sprint over the final 400
minutes. On the front at the moment,
Seung-Hoon Lee for career. It's
really close now.
It is, came in
second place, who will slightly take
the place of the Koreans. Still at
the moment Lee in front and
Norwegians feeling the pressure.
They will know it's getting close by
the shrieks and the Alps cascading
down from the stands inspired a
shrug of the yelps cascading down
the stands here. It is Korea who
have an advantage here. The crowd
are starting to wonder whether it's
going to be another gold medal for
Kim of Korea looks very
comfortable, such a good compact
It was less than a
tenth of a second, this will go all
the way to the wire, it is attempted
the second the other way, the
pendulum is ebbing and flowing, the
pendulum swinging one way and
another. It is no way's way at the
moment but we are far from done.
Pedersen is the captain of this
team, and he is really throwing
everything into these final laps.
What a final this is proving to be.
Norway now just edging ahead by
almost a second with two laps to go,
what have Korea got left, have they
saved a bit for a massive sprint?
think they're used to this kind of
sprint. You can see the pace being
pushed up at the Norwegians are
opening up the gaps.
Bokko on the front for Norway as
they come round to take the bell.
How close is it going to be? Norway
have the advantage and Korea have
got plenty to do. Just over a second
between the pair.
Norway, the reserve is there, he is
still at the front.
Here goes Sverre
Lunde Pedersen for Norway. They have
got just over a second advantage.
Can they carry it to the line? This
is where it really hurts, they got
the big boot. Norway -- not really
have got to dig deep. They claim the
gold medal. It is Norway's Olympic
title and Korea could not quite find
the sprint to pull it back over the
last lap. They had just over a
second to try and make up and they
could not quite manage it. Norway,
what a classy outfit they have been
throughout this competition, led by
Sverre Lunde Pedersen, and they were
bronze medallists last year and they
are now Olympic champions. Despite
Korea's best efforts, it's Norway's
You can see the Korean unit really
working well, but this looks like
almost a mirror. The right arms
swinging to perfection. Pedersen
just looking down to the ground, you
can see the skates behind him.
it doesn't look like he's panicking
at any point. He's calm, leads from
the front in every sense of the word
Totally in control.
Despite the roaring and the best
efforts of the vast majority of the
crowd in here, they were a little
bit quieter at the end of the race
than they were at the start. But
very worthy winners. The result of
the men's team pursuit, the gold
medal going to Norway.
Korea taking silver.
STUDIO: things did go a bit quiet
there, the home crowd rather stand
there. It was the Norwegians who
spoiled the South Korean's party,
that was Norway's 13th gold of the
games, it equals their best in a
single games. Just one short of the
14 set by Canada at their own games
in Vancouver. So potentially a
record breaking games for Norway in
the offing. Good afternoon!
As you may remember, four years ago
it was Russians who topped the medal
table but the subsequent doping
scandal meant that 170 athletes are
competing in Pyeongchang under a
neutral flag. Until this point they
had one for silver and nine
had one for silver and nine bronze,
the Russian macro, but no gold so
all the attention falls squarely at
the shoulders of two teenagers at
the start of the skating event
today. This is one of the most
keenly contested rivalries of the
whole games. Yesterday, the elegant
18-year-old Evgenia Medvedeva. And
Alina Zagitova, three years her
junior, take to the ice in the
figure skating. No slip-ups for the
curling team, would it be both in
Lindsey Vonn has waited eight years
for another crack at an Olympic gold
in what she said likely to be her
last game. And expect the unexpected
when we enter the wonderful world of
men's ski cross.
Stand by as big air makes and
entrance is some jaw-dropping moves
and fabulous views.
Jayne Torvill is also flying solo
today, appropriate as it is the
lady's individual event, it is still
lady, eight of 14 events, officially
a ladies competition. But today it
is the turn of the teenagers, what
do you make of this budding rivalry
between the two kids come in effect?
They're not even ladies, their
It's amazing, they have the
same code so there will definitely
be a rivalry. They will push each
other and raise the standard -- they
have the same coach.
How much would
you have fancied life as an
individual performance rather than
in tandem in ice dance? Did you ever
have any expectations of doing
anything like that?
When you start
skating, you tend to skate on your
own until you are partnered with
someone. I did a few competition
locally on my own. I don't know, I
realised that jumping wasn't the
most natural thing for me. I did
attempt a triple at some point, but
never did one.
Very wise! You have
already been on the ice today, so
6am ice time?
Yes, we had an anyone
today to get private time to get
ready for the tour that we're doing
in the future.
-- we had an early
one. You've already done your
exercise and/or going to enjoy a
look through the back catalogue.
We're talking about a very young
women but we're going to take you
back to when you are 20 or 21, first
world title in a run of four,
Hartford Connecticut, enjoy our time
out today from the World
Championships of 1981.
Four minutes to decide the gold
Very neat change in the tempo of the
music. They are skating with
remarkable assurance. They seemed to
have grown in confidence since that
The last change of music.
That is it, four minutes of very
fine free dancing.
That was the pre-programme that will
set the standard for the medals in
this 1981 World Championship.
set the standard for the medals in
this 1981 World Championship.
Illegal, the first taste of global
success for Torvill and Dean. Can
you imagine having been so
accomplished that 1518 years of age?
We did not start skating together
until he was 15 and I was 16, so
that is when our journey started,
but I do remember with this World
Championship but we had won the
European Championship prior to that,
a month earlier, and we didn't
expect, we thought we would get
bronze, so it was a shock to
ourselves in first place, so there
is no way to go other than down. As
Alan weeks said, we had set the
standard for the top group because
we were first to skate in the top
group, and we could not be to hang
around the area to listen to
anything that was happening, so we
walked out into a shopping mall that
it was joined on two, came back into
the dressing room, and our coach
Betty was the, but did not say
anything to us. We were like, we
kept looking at each other and
thinking, what has happened? Someone
has probably beaten us. In the end,
she came out and said, well done,
and that was it. Did we win? She
said, of course you did.
was the start of the journey for you
up to 1984. You mentioned the
European champions. In these two
youngsters, the 18-year-old has been
a World Champion, but her training
partner, and and it is the first
time she had been beaten in two
years. How can you imagine the
dynamic evolving on the same ayes at
the same time?
the same time?
It must be difficult
because you have this young girl
coming into the space, she is tiny
and can rotate quickly, but it is
still pushing the 18-year-old to do
The last time we were so
focused on a two horse race was
1984, Tonya Harding and Nancy
Kerrigan of the United States, and
then the Ukrainian came on and stole
it from both of them.
Kerrigan did not look too happy when
she was accepting her silver medal.
There might be others in this
contest, it could be a Russian one,
to. This is the start of the two
elements of the Lady's individual.
We are in the company of Robin
Cousins and Catherine Downes.
We are in the company of Robin
Cousins and Catherine Downes.
You wriggle with the Japanese
national silver medallist, making
her debut on the senior circuit this
year. This is their number to
A triple flip, triple toe loop,
absolutely glorious. Triple
Well, it was gold and silver for the
Japanese men. The women have their
work cut out to emulate that
success, but that was a good start
from Kaori Sakamoto.
17 years old
coming into her first year as a
senior, and the quality of the
elements is fantastic. No question
for the rotations on any of the
jumps. Level falls for every
And you best, that is a
lead of almost nine points over
Brady from the United States.
Nagasu, what have you got for us
today, she became the first woman to
land a triple axel at the Olympic
Games. She has warming up -- been
warming up the triple axel for this,
will she go for it?
That is a shame, I have a feeling
that will be a deduction as well.
Ready for the triple toe
combination. Triple flip. Triple toe
The landing was a little scratchy on
the triple loop.
No risk, no reward. And she went for
the triple axel. Didn't quite work
out for her.
Even with the mistake,
she still gets more points for it
than she would have if she had just
done the double. The double axel
base score is 3.63.
base score is 3.63. And with the
plus points, that gave her 4.6. The
base score for the triple axel is
8.50, and with one deduction she
still got 5.5. It was really very
strong, she went for it, Nagasu.
That is her season's best, and she
goes to second place behind Kaori
Sakamoto of Japan. Off to the
practice rink for Nagasu, to see if
she can polish up the triple axel
for the long programme.
The green flags are flying for Choi
Da-bin in, the Korean number two.
She finished ninth in her last
competition, but she put in a lovely
performance on the opening day of
Triple lutes, triple toe loop. That
is the start she would have wanted.
Triple flip. Light and easy. One
more jump, double axel.
Yes! That is the way to do it.
other cool job. She is thriving in
the atmosphere at her home Olympics,
Choi Da-bin. They all had skating
skills, but components in the mid to
high sevens. Again, I would have
expected something into the eighth
She slots in just behind
Gabrielle Bell man of Canada --
Gabrielle Daleman of Canada and the
crowd like that result.
crowd like that result. Back-to-back
world titles, back-to-back European
titles. And ever since she made her
mark on the senior circuit, she has
been favourite for this Olympic
title. But she was pipped to the
European crown by her 15-year-old
countrywoman. She is as to claim her
first stop. -- she is come back to
claim her first slot.
First of the jumping passes. Triple
flip, triple toe loop.
There's the triple loop.
Beautiful lay back to finish.
It's perfection again, I have never
seen this girl put a foot wrong.
doubled the potential score with the
judges in the step sequence.
signature jump style, her arm of the
cover her head. Which originally --
up above her head.
It used to be a
feature but now everyone is doing it
so it's no longer special. 81.61.
It's a new world record. And Evgenia
Medvedeva gets her first foot on top
of the podium. A new world record
score, first position in qualifying.
And it's going to have to be utter
brilliance that beat that.
Satoko Miyahara, the Japanese
national champion. She's been
struggling with injury this season.
Only started jumping again in
October. We saw her skate absolutely
beautifully in the team event. Japan
finishing in fifth position.
Triple lots, triple toe loop, she
wanted and that is what she got. --
A beautiful triple loop.
Nice and light and easy in the
triple axel. How's that for a
laid-back position? Exquisite.
Absolutely beautiful from Satoko
Miyahara, they already have a
skating in the top three, Sakamoto.
They are looking to be in the match,
Triple Lutz, she will
sometimes get elements downgraded
but she was fully rotated today.
new season's best for Satoko
Miyahara. She slots into second
place behind Evgenia Medvedeva. The
Japanese in the mixing it comes to
Friday's free dance. Kaetlyn Osmond,
part of the Canadian team that won
the gold in the team event. She won
team silver in Sochi as well. World
silver medallist last time round,
just behind Evgenia Medvedeva.
just behind Evgenia Medvedeva.
there were mistakes in the short
programme for her in the team event.
She will want and need to go
absolutely cleanly here with every
element will stop if she wants to
have a potential podium spot. Start
with accommodation. Triple flip,
triple toe loop, that is a cracker.
And that is the triple Lutz.
And the double axel.
Well, but is more like the
performers that won her world silver
medal last year.
is more like the performance. A
beautiful and light on the triple
flip, easy rotation. Leg back, nice
running edge out. Sometimes you can
get an edge call on the take-off of
the Lutz but not today.
season's best for Kaetlyn Osmond,
78.87. She is into second position
behind Evgenia Medvedeva. A world
record score, that is going to take
some beating. Brilliant from Kaetlyn
Osmond, a brilliant position going
into the free skate on Friday.
15 years old, and the one to watch
at these games. Cause that massive
upset in the Europeans and beat
Medvedeva to take the title, the
British new start in women's figure
skating, looking to outshine her and
steal the gold.
She is unbeaten
since becoming a junior world
She has the hardest combination of
all of the ladies, triple Lutz,
triple loop jump and that was
There's the triple flip.
And the double axel.
Absolutely glorious. How anyone can
out prodigy Evgenia Medvedeva I
don't know. This girl can.
been doing it since she was a
junior. She doesn't have quite the
skate skating component scores that
Medvedeva will have. She will
probably slot nicely into second
place. It will be in that tech
programme and that tech score. There
is the triple Lutz and the triple
loop. That is what she will need to
do in the Free Programme with a few
more jump elements to get the score
and beat Medvedeva technically and
get those points that she won't get
from the components. Probably isn't
expected to be ahead of her in the
Short Programme for that very
reason. But goodness me, what one
can do the other says - I can do
82.92. That is Medvedeva's
world record already broken. It
stood for all of, what, five
minutes. Alina Zagitova has said to
her countrywoman, you know what, I
see your world record, Medvedeva,
and I raise it. I'm after your gold
medal. Evgenia Medvedeva pushed down
into second position. The
15-year-old up into first.
at the coach's face. Wondering how
she will have to cope with these two
ladies on a day off when they will
be around each other training
together, keep them calm and
This competition is heating
up in just the way we hoped, Robin.
Absolutely. It's not over yet.
we have Friday yet to come. I can't
wait to see those two go
head-to-head. Right then, Carolina
Kostner of Italy. 31 years old, the
grande dame of this competition.
What have you got?
Kostner's combination, triple flip
and double toe loop. She wanted the
triple, but knew that flip didn't
land exactly the way she needed it,
so played safe, played smart.
Hand down on the triple loop.
Easy double axel.
Lovely classical skating, but it's
very, very difficult to follow a
Body rotating there
around to her right, really not
ready to be able to take off the
triple. That was smart. Again,
leaning forward. She's going to be
on that toe pick on the landing.
There's the hand going down. So
again, you're giving away small
points, but collectively they add
73.15 then for Carolina Kostner.
She is really going to have to fight
if she wants to make it on to the
podium. Just like she did with
bronze, four years ago in Sochi. So
our final skater then of this Ladies
Short Programme competition, it is
the World Junior Silver-medallists,
Maria Sotskova, fourth at the recent
Europeans, behind of course her
countrywomen, Medvedeva and
Zagitova. She was beaten in the
Grand Prix final. So very much the
third Russian skater here.
Triple Lutz, most of that rotation
on the way down from the jump, you
need to do it on the way up.
Triple flip, triple toe loop. Well
done, Maria Sotskova, you have just
saved some big points.
Maria Sotskova overshadowed bye-bye
the brilliance of her countrywomen
in this Short Programme competition.
Points left out on the ice there.
just don't feel she commands your
attention when she's on the ice.
It's lovely. It's nice. She's very
sound and technically normally very
consistent, but loose with that left
arm. Right leg still wrapped heavily
around the body before she was
landing. Again, the rotation was
happening on the way down. You need
to start the rotation the second,
millisecond you leave the ice.
There's the flip. Did well to get
the second jump from that landing.
63.86. It is very expensive for
Maria Sotskova. She is down into
But this is how it stands
after the short programme. The
15-year-old, Alina Zagitova, in pole
position with two huge world records
from both her and her training
partner, Evgenia Medvedeva. With
Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond in bronze.
The Free Programme that will decide
the gold, silver and bronze on
Friday. Who huge world records.
What, for you, makes these two young
Russians far ahead of everybody else
They have the technical
content. I think, you know, our
little 15-year-old, I think, not
only does she have the jumps, but
her spins. The way she centres the
spins and the speed of them. That is
The older of the two,
the 18-year-old, double world
champion, the Washington Post
described them as "part ballerina
and part butterfly who tricked their
audience into believing that what
they do is simply too beautiful to
be sport." How did this routine
compare to Zagitova?
Both of them
were saving their jumps until the
second part of the routine. You get
to a point when you are expecting
jumps. They get more points by doing
them later in the routine. Which is
a fairly new rule. Mostly, previous
years they would get the jumps out
of the way while they are fresh and
they are concentrated. Once they
have the jumps out of the way they
can relax more. Now the judges are
giving more points for doing the
jumps later. That in itself is OK.
It's making the programmes look
really unbalanced. You are expecting
jumps throughout and
choreographically for me it doesn't
quite work. I think they need to
quite work. I think they need to
have a look that rule
to be a balanced programme.
There is a kink in the rules at the
moment which is rewarding more
technical effort in the latter part.
Your legs are more tired at that
point. Is it more of an effort to
pull that off?
Yeah, I guess so. Two
ways of looking at it. If you manage
to have a bit more of of a skate
around, do your foot work etc you
are feeling the ice more and into
the ice more. In a Short Programme
you will not be exhausted because
it's short, it's not that long. It's
not like the Free Programme. It
don't quite work for me. I hope they
OK. This is the younger
of the two, Zagitova. Some
commentators are saying she looks
more mature and assured of the two.
Are you in agreement?
She was more
sure footed in everything she did.
Moved rapidly over the ice. She's a
little firecracker really.
what separates the two of these
women for you, is the energy levels
or... What would you in essence say
is the difference?
It's close. You
would think the younger has learnt a
lot from the older one, you know.
Ironically, she's now beating her.
How does that feel when you are 18
and you have this little 15-year-old
coming up. I do think she definitely
has the edge. She has something
special. She looks like she has no
fear in performance or anything.
That was the case Wen we saw them in
the team competition at the start.
She didn't look phased at all. There
is only a point between them for
gold and silver. It's a kind of, and
also-rans for the rest of the
placings, particularly for the
American skaters. The USA is calling
it a "splatt fest."
In the previous
Olympics there has been a contender
from the USA. This time, no.
the top-ranked American. She is
ninth. The worse collective
performance since the Short
programme introo deuced in 1976.
This is a problem. The timings for
the whole sport, staging the finals
in the mornings have largely been
dictated by US TV ratings.
Absolutely. The final of the ladies
will be very exciting because the
pressure is going to be on for the
two Russian girls. If they both make
mistakes through the pressure, the
Canadians are ready to jump in
there. It's fascinating and very
beautiful. I must say. The Free
Programme is on Friday. Jayne and I
will do our Ladies at Lunchtime
review for that. I look forward to
The mists are
clearing in the curling because the
men and women knew if they won their
last Round Robin match they were
into the semi-finals and a chance to
go for the medals. For Eve
Muirhead's rink they had a very,
very fiery encounter against
defending champions Canada. Rachel
Homan had two matches, first against
Great Britain. Let us show what
turned out to be what they are
calling the shot of the tournament.
This was Eve Muirhead pulling
something special out of the bag. It
is a pistol shot, it removed two
Canadian stones, it was a raised
double takeout and that meant the
Canadians were restricted to one,
Canada got that one shot. GB bot the
hammer in the final end. How would
this turn out?
this turn out? -- got P
Stone placement on every hot now is
Want to bring this as far as they
Still come, still coming in. Still
And just taps that off the side,
that is a nice shot, we have two
yellows lined up there. Good
sweeping there, Anna Sloan working
very hard, breathing heavy. Who said
curling's not a physical sport?
Nobody can question the commitment
these girls have put in on the ice
here today. Both soids desperately
wanting the win. But who wants it
more? -- sides.
Let's watch this stone finish up.
While we are watching that one come
in the Swedish team have confirmed
their participation in the
semifinal, they have one more match
to play. Play. There was a nice
little dance from a contingent of
Swedish men, in blue and yellow,
very happy. How happy will British
fans be after this one? Yoef trying
to conjure up an opportunity for
two. -- Eve.
Two in there.
Eve trying to conjure up an
opportunity for two. -- Eve.
Two in there.
I had one up here early. I won't do
too much. I think I like this
So both teams have
used their time out so both the
skips have to choose the shots. They
have to be assertive and pick the
right shot, and then as you were
saying it is about making sure thaw
the execution is spot on. That
result for Sweden, just very quickly
to confirm, it means China cannot
That is what Eve wanted. Exactly
what she wanted.
She's got one in the button and two
above it, just protecting them.
So Emma has to play a couple of good
shot hearse to give Rachel Holman at
least something... You heard what
she said there, important to keep
I think I might have
been tempted to go for the other
one, a simpler double, leaving only
This will leave a British
stone in, isn't it?
said she wants the shooter to stay
If she slides off the side of it,
and doesn't look high... It has to
get past the guard. It doesn't. It
doesn't. What a mistake from Emma,
she does final live up to her name.
First time. Can't believe it.
First time. Can't believe it.
was a tougher shot. She was
scramming the yellow on to the
yellow. She would be sitting in
front of it. I might have been
tempting to take the other yellow,
straight back, take both of them.
You are lying in the front, but of
course with kissing that red
slightly cross now, you have closed
that option off to yourself, you
have, however, opened up the other
It is getting hot in here.
That is the
parents. Anna's mum. Eve's mum and
the Wall dells.
-- Waddell. They have a good view of
this. They will have no nails left.
I'm getting hot in here.
that's a song, is it?
It can be, if
you want it to be, yes.
Let's not get carried away.
So Emma Miskew didn't play a good
shot last time but got a chance to
move things round a bit here.
will have to drive that shot into
the pack n the house.
So Emma Miskew trying to improve the
situation for Canada. She might have
got that bit thin.
Well she moves
that Canadian stone off the side.
That is a clutch of four stones in
there for Great Britain, and they
are so tightly packed, they are
sitting above the T-line as well.
Things look difficult for Rachel
Yes, at this precise moment
in time I think she needs a
Protect this, something in front?
a strange one, it kinds of goes
against the Graham. You have the
hammer, they are sitting so well in
there at the moment.
Like that, just on the center line.
Remember we have last stone
here. Whatever we can close this up
and make it really difficult for
Come on Anna, she just wants to have
a look. Whisper...
That is typically
opposite of the Canadian, they would
be happily telling you what the
opposition could and couldn't do.
Whereas we are quite quiet.
She needs to move the stones.
to Plan A.
I think the problem I am reading
this is Anna's not sure which
Weymouth to come in, we know where
Eve would like to stone but I'm not
sure nan's comfortable with which
way she's going to come in here.
has to come in down the out-turn
which is anticlockwise, as we are
looking from the left-hand side.
Yes. She can't get to where Eve
wants the other way, I'm not sure
she is comfortable playing this. Let
us hope she gets it right. Anna
Sloan wants to sit on top, a bit out
of house, close to the center line.
3, 4. Three would be good.
Three mean just outside the house.
Want to pull it now to fete the
angle off that red.
Oddly enough that is not bad because
of way that red is sitting just off
the side there. She is, she has to
come down and shift these around, I
mean this is their Olympic Games
here, right here.
Rachel Holman fighting for her life,
in terms of this Olympic tournament,
for her team, and for her nation,
they have never ever not made it
through to the semifinals. She has
two stones left. There are four
British stones between the first
Canadian stone and that button. She
has no other option than to move the
stones round and hope that things
fall nicely for her, Eve Muirhead
still has two of course to come.
Raven Rachel hole than with real
intent. She needs to give that bit
of welly. Technical term. This is
the shot she likes though.
out wide. She sprung two of them.
The point I was make even that top
yellow for Britain, the fact she's
left that in there, you can even
just tap that if in Eve has won.
Won. That is still protecting those
two. Canada are lying three, third
It's got very quiet in the arena.
They are all trying to listen.
is forced in the she only dos here.
That is my only...
You couldn't play
the small bump on this, is that
It's not silly. Eve doesn't
want her to allow her to get in
there, if she can. Don't give her
the chance of the draw. If she wants
to move the stones round, fine, you
have plenty of yellows, just don't
allow her a draw round the outside
to come in and sit shot S
be struggling to sit shot.
be, or force the one.
The girls, the girls have chosen not
to come from the right-hand side,
in, they have chopsen to come from
the left-hand side across the
Edge of it.
She will wants this to
come, I believe right into the eight
Which also takes off the draw for
Rachel hole man and forces her to
play like a triple taker.
have this one on the other side.
As long as she gets this right.
This still needs come in as far as
she can. They are going to have to
sweep this hard. It has not got much
on it. Really got to get into the
It has to be biting.
bit more, a bit more. Oh no.
is Sabac red in there as well.
back red. The only thing is if she
tries this triple take out the
chances of her not hitting that red
It looks like she is not
thinking about it.
She wants to draw
That is when we crashed.
I think you wouldn't have crashed if
your weight had been there.
she says she crashed, she caught
that guard on the way through and I
missed you. But she obviously
doesn't want to catch that British
yellow, that Eve Ju played. She is
giving it plenty of ice, she has to
come in, she sill has to get very
close with this.
Maybe she should
have played the triple. Everybody's
got that hands on their heart at the
moment.. This is it. No more charges
last stone for Canada.
for Rachel hole man.
Eve Muirhead watching.
I bet you
heart rate high. Just try to stay
calm, trying to survive.
keep Dan in the game or put Great
Britain into a play off place.
Because we are sitting might on the
for a foot. Rachel watching, she
wants to come in, she has got to lie
second stone, she's watching it. She
is high. It's starting to turn in.
Has it got the weight. This is it.
Great Britain are going to win this.
It's not going to get there. The
handshakes mean that Great Britain
have won this match, a superb
performance from Eve Muirhead and
her team, and Anna Sloan knew she
has struggled through that match,
finally the last three ends all four
of them cape together, a superb team
performance, brilliantly led by Eve
Muirhead with some stunning shots.
Stunning shots indeed. Eve and her
rink into the semi-finals along with
South Korea, Sweden and Japan. It
means that Great Britain will now
play Sweden in the semi-final in the
second of the semi-finals with South
Korea taking on Japan in the first.
Isn't Rhona Howie chipper about
that. You said that Eve Muirheadside
a different animal when it comes to
the later stages. Wele talked about
the pressure of getting through
these Round Robin matches. How do
you assess that performance under
the greatest pressure she faced so
the greatest pressure she faced so
Was a must It win for both
countries. Eve called a good
tactical game. They were trying for
two the whole game with the last
stone. They took it in the eighth
end. Went into nine wanting to force
Canada to take one. Well, what a
Yeah. Canada were
looking at getting a two before that
shot. That is a crucial part in the
game. By Eve making this shot and
the key here is that Britain lay two
after the shot. It's not just making
the shot, but it's also lying two.
So there was no shot for Rachel
Homan to hit for two. She had to
draw for one. For Britain to force
one there by Eve playing that shot
was phenomenal. It turned the game
round. Eve is more than happy to go
into the tenth end one down with the
It's a double take out in so
many respects. Not only has Eve gone
into the semi-final taken out one
into the semi-final taken out one of
her chief rival.
her chief rival. Rachel Homan will
it be an anorak over her head when
they get home.
They haven't played
well fromle day one. They have
struggled. They are a good team. I'm
sure they will come back fighting
and learn from this. It won't be
easy. As a nation they expect to win
your anniversary today, the 21st of
February 2002 was when the magic
The Stone of
Destiny. I remember this vividly and
I wonder what your memories of it
Just glad I had a shot to play.
This was really a fairly
straight-forward shot to play to
16 years ago. It was the first
gold since Torvill and Dean in 1984.
You and Debbie and Fiona January,
Janice and Mags and the Stone of
Destiny. There has been contact
between you all on Facebook this
morning. Do you rather like Torvil
and Dean celebrate your golden day?
Yeah. We always kind of say happy
anniversary, etc. We had a tenth
anniversary reunionon. -- reunion.
We might have a 20th in four years'
I have my lucky jumper and I
brought it again.
I hope you washed
it after 16 years.
It's got a few
holes in it now, I'm very hopeful I
will be able to wear it again. The
many permutations in the men's
rankings were worrying, I must be
honest. Kyle Smith and the British
men knew that like Eve, one win
today, one more win today they too
would go into the semi-finals. They
were facing a very John Shuster USA
rink it was win or bust for him
well. Jackie alongside Steve Cram
for this as we go into the fifth
STEVE CRAM: They work well together.
Incredibly good sweepers, Kyle and
Cammy. It won't get the roll here.
They have over cooked it. Too much
It's getting closer. I
think Britain are lying shot there.
It's very close. That is crucial.
Yeah. I think the guys had a quick
look at it and thought, I heard
Shuster saying they were lying two
shots. That is crucial. We need to
keep that situation going at the
moment if we are to force USA to
take a one.
When I meant lying shot.
When they take this red out. Trading
on this side. The other one, the
difference between that one and the
other American stone in the house.
It's tight, it's close, but I think
Britain are closer.
This is curling.
Moving. Has it
passed the top one sfwlchlt he's got
his own has he? No. He almost did
that too well. Gone behind the other
one. It's gone past it.
one. It's gone past it.
Got too much
action on that one.
action on that one.
He is lying
second in third shot here. So we
have to ensure that we get one
he doesn't want... And also he
doesn't want to give him the chance,
the opportunity to take both reds.
Anywhere tucked into the four foot
would be really good here. Yeah. You
heard what he said. T-line, not
short. I think that's the key. Smart
thinking this because what's obvious
here is that John Shuster, give him
an opportunity for take out he will
take it on. He's been pretty good.
He missed one last time round. I
think that's his favourite shot.
Make him draw all day long. Make him
draw. Physical he can again force
the one here, brilliant. Don't give
him an easy takeout.
Yeah, you heard
Kyle say there he would really like
to have played the in turn to this
because the stagger of the high red
and yellow are sitting in a better
position to come in round behind
them. If he didn't get it right he
would have left the double on that
side for them. He's having to come
round the higher side. We need this
to stop. I think it is going to
stop, though. It's not.
stop, though. It's not. It's run too
far. That needed to sit anywhere in
the red or white.
Has he got a
chance of getting his three here?
Can he move that red and stay?
can chip that out, he's going to get
Is it three, though?
he could possibly gate three because
I think the yellow is with the back
Over throne there by the
British skip. The first real error
He's still got to play a
really good shot. Let's not forget
in the last couple of ends he hasn't
performed that shot and given the
He has to make sure he gets it out
of the house.
Well, that's, you are right, that's
the key. He's got to make sure,
first of all, he hits this stone and
Great Britain don't get the steal.
He'd love to stick in there.
looking close at the moment when the
boys are on and off it.
that back one. It looks like three.
It was three. It gave the US a 5-3
lead. We will rejoin in the eighth
end with the score 6-4 in favour of
STEVE CRAM: One here wouldn't be
disastrous, but it certainly makes
the job a lot harder. They might get
the roll in here. Too much.
the roll in here. Too much. JACKIE
It will lie about in the
When you try to get your two
it makes the job a little bit more
difficult. What was the call there?
I think come right round in behind
the guard. We've got it out there.
We've got to try and make it our
This is the first time
they've really tried to come in
behind it without hitting something.
So has Thomas Muirhead got his
drawing boots on here. That might
not be bad. That might not be bad.
Nicely round the guard. Just wants
to slow up about there somewhere.
Ideal. As long as it's in
there. It's in for first shot, but
in for second. You put the pressure
What if we nose that or peel that.
Where do we put it if he doesn't
want to have the double. So much to
You see there, I always get that...
Tyler George is saying he draws we
draw. John Shuster, the word "draw",
great. As I said, I think, from a
British perspective, he's probably
right, Tyler George. You keep
thinking that Shuster, he was on
about, I'd like to be able to make
the double. There you can see that.
Look at that. The draws 56 periods
accuracy. 10 takeouts, 83% accuracy.
Kyle Smith missed a couple, but he's
outdrawing the other skip. Still
can't make their mind up.
I'm with Tyler George. They've got
to get one just in the back eight
there. Got to be making sure if they
want to force the one here, they've
got to making sure they have a
second shot in here.
You heard him
saying he wants to go to nine. The
zones, if you like, numbered in
front of the house, 1, 2, 3. You
come in, 4, 5 and 6, the teal, white
and then into the red. Past seven,
the button, eight and nine out the
other side. Nine would be at the
back of the eight foot, tucked in
behind those two reds, if you can.
He's got a bit of work to do. Just
wants to leave the shot.
Where does Kyle want to put
his here? He wants to lie shot if
not else here. That's the most
important thing. He would love to be
able to tuck this away himself,
behind that front yellow, perhaps.
His other one, his other high red is
out counting the bottom yellow.
think he could freeze that.
Yep. The trouble is, if you
don't freeze it well, these guys are
so good at pinging shots out they
will just try... He's going to try
and roll across the other side.
Wants to roll across. You are right,
like to see him sitting shot here.
like a freeze, but then I'm a woman!
Well, let's hope it's the right
choice of shot. We said this is so
important to pick the right shot and
then execute it so well. It's going
to be a bit of a Tuffey here. We
have seen the hit and roll not
really working for Great Britain at
Is this past the guard?
Oh, it's not.
You've got to be
OK. That's a bit of a...
That's a shocker from Kyle Smith.
OK, yeah. He was a million miles
away from getting that shot in the
The USA are sensing an opportunity
to wrap this match up. What do they
do? Great Britain have the ham here,
so there is still an opportunity for
Kyle Smith to get one.
We go round the outside of that.
Even if I threw it...
Kyle Smith has
thrown a couple of stones this
evening, which he won't want to see
again, I'm sure. In terms of his
Olympic campaign, he has been
playing well. Making the big shots
at the right time in the last few
matches but not in this one.
matches but not in this one. 6-4,
two down, got to get at least one
They have taken the safer option
Tyler George was keen to forget
about that red and graun in and try
and kill the game early. Sometimes
being too greedy can work against
you, so they are looking to remove
that red and roll across into the
I'm still playing the full
It is closing down that route
for Kyle to draw too. He is looking
at anywhere of hitting and rolling
to the four foot.
This is the big shot for the us yes
-- US skip.
He has played that well.
He has done very well there, the USA
sensing massive opportunity here,
there's four US stones in the house,
just one British stone left for Kyle
Smith to deliver. He had a poor shot
with his previous one. Now he faces
a very tough shot here, to even get
Yes, if I'm being picky
that stone, he would have wanted to
keep to it the right-hand side of
the centre line there, but what he
has done is freed up a bit of the
four foot. He still played a very
good shot and Kyle Smith has to make
this fully in the four foot.
He has a clear run-in to it but he
can't afford to make any mistakes
Hoefshlding their breath.
Smith -- everybody holding their
breath. So Kyle Smith to try and
keep this match going here, because
to give up one or two would make
life very difficult indeed. So this
needs to be very good. It is looking
light, isn't it.
They will have to
work this really hard. I don't know
if we have the weight.
anywhere near. Nowhere near, in fact
that could be the match.
I heard that comment there, I'm not
sure that was necessarily needed,
but, keep your hand your pocket was
the message to the USA, but to be
honest, they are 10-4 down with two
to play. Think that's the thing to
do. You know, USA then, come away
with a victory which is really been
manufactured by Great Britain's bad
play there, Jackie, a lot of
mistakes creeping in at the end,
they started OK, really, they were
going well, had things going for
them but sadly there...
I am going
to say they were just tiny little
errors and that makes a huge
difference in this
errors and that makes a huge
difference in this game called
curling. After the momentum they
generated three wins in a row for
Kyle Smith it means they are now in
a play off for the fourth and last
position. In the semifinals. And
they were playing off against the
Swiss, in that tie-breaker match,
and that will be just after midnight
this evening for the right to face
Sweden, who have been in effect the
best team so far, and it will be Dan
against the US A in the other
semifinal. What happened today from
your perspective, how did you read
Yes, it was disappointing
really for the boys, because their
last game was Norway, who you know,
they put out the competition, in
theory and they played so well. They
were clinical in their performance,
everything worked, and yes, you have
days like that where everything does
work but they just, they were making
half shots today, and, they had
chance, but just didn't capitalise.
So, yes they were really really
disappointed in that, but, it's only
Yes. Exactly. And it could
potentially be a very big day
tomorrow with the two matches to
play, if they get through it. But no
panic here, you played two
tie-breakers on the way to gold and
Dave Murdoch came through a
tie-breaker to get through in Sochi.
But the Swiss, they have Peter
deCruz, he has his vice skip playing
the skip stone, how unusual is that?
It is. Peter deCruz did used to play
last stones and skip but Swaziland
is such a big shot make they tried
him throwing last stones so it has
worked. They have been successful
playing it that way, why change it?
If you could have a word in their
shell like, what would you be saying
to Kyle Smith and his rink?
just have to focus on their own
shots and not get sucked into the
opposition's way of playing or what
they are doing. Play the score
board. You 20 shots each. Make every
one count. You know they will play
well, they know the ice well, so it
is just a case of focussing on their
own game. They can play the game
Well, we know that because it
was the first match they played in
this series and they beat the Swiss
7-6 so we shall see. You will be
watching that one Rhona. We will
stay on the ice. It is the first of
the women's medal matches in the ice
hockey. Finland know what it is like
to take a medal. As for the Russian
women, we have heard all about the
big red ma mean in the men's game
but for all of the success in the
men's side, Russian women, they are
playing under a neutral flag, have
never managed to take a medal in the
women's game. Would that change
today? Let's find out.
The Finnish team work in round on
the power play. Towards the net. It
has gone in. .
the power play. Towards the net. It
has gone in. . Finland have the lead
in this bronze medal match up.
Terrific puck movement here from the
On the power play. They get
it back to the point, it seems like
it is is a harmless shot. Watch this
eye hand co-ordination, a lazy
backhand and it is tipped home by
Nieminen past a helpless OAR net
minder. Terrific tip and the Finns
have the lead here.
Look what it
The second period will give Finland
the opportunity to try and create a
bit more as they get in side. Nice
move. Puts it in front. What a goal.
Karvinen ripping apart the defensive
line. He can't believe it. Finland
lead by two goals to nil. That was
something special in a medal match.
What a back breaker here. Ten
seconds into the second period.
Right off the face off. Look at
Michelle Karvinen. This is
absolutely stunning, and what a
finish from one knee, tapping it in
over the shoulder of the net minder.
2-0 Finland. They are in control
A high shot that goes well wide
of the target.
Need some push back here OAR. That
is a wonderful finish. One time, a
And don't count the Russians out
What a shot off the stick of
Oleg. This is one of the greatest
one timer, up over, a good battle
one, cross and up over the glove. So
through a screen, terrific eye hand
co-ordination and no chance for the
minutes between goals and OAR are
back in it. A chance to move
forward. That is a decent move into
the zone. Good active stick work.
Finland have possession back again.
How can they use this now? Spreading
it well. Hovi. Great finish. It is
three. Finland keep going in the
second period. They were pegged back
but the two goal cushion is
restored. Are the Finns skating
towards a bronze medal? It seems so
Love this play. Head up over the
blue line, Shrek nices her going
hard to the net. How about the
patience? She is on her forehand,
she cuts across right through the
blue paint, no chance for the them.
Power play time. Maybe now will be
the chance as they do skate in.
Found the tie. Found the space and
with 13.57 to go, there is still
life in the old dog yet. OAR cut the
deficit to one.
Hold on to your
hats, this is going to be an
incredible finish. It's a one goal
game. Finland cleared the puck and
how about this pass? Right on to the
tape. He is on her forehand, sells
it and with that long reach, is able
to tuck it past the left pad.
the same goal. Terrific finish.
Tense moments here. Netminder, can
they create one last chance, they
played so well, have the Olympic
Athletes from Russia but Finland are
snuffing it out on the boards, are
they going to do it? The Finns are
going to win bronze after a third
time, they will land up on the
podium and they have deserved it.
They have entertained us,
been a wonderful club has Finland.
You have the veterans and then you
have some of the youngsters stepping
up new the big game when they are
needed it. Heartbreak for the OAR
needed it. Heartbreak for the OAR
but jubilation for Finland.
third bronze medal in their history
for the Finns. Now, only point 16
seconds off a bronze medal two
British female bobsledders. Nicola
Minichiello, you have been there,
three times Olympian, Mica and Mica
how much interest has there been in
It is a human interest
story. It is massive. I think for
those girls, in September, to be
told they were not going to be
funded but they were written off.
They were not going to be able to
qualify, get out on the circuit, to
at this point be having a great
season, the best season for many
British sled and going out there to
compete in the Olympics and make
We will see runs
three and four. It wasn't just that
the British pay that we are
interesting in, there was so many of
the legends of the sport,
particularly American's Meyers
Taylor. How often do you think she
has dreamed of turn two from Sochi,
that is what foiled her the last
time round for gold.
It is. She was
in the gold medal position, about to
become Olympic champion which is the
only title she didn't have and she
made a huge mistake, she lost that
gold medal. She opened the doors and
ceilidh came through. This was about
coming back and proving she can do
OK, well there was a real fight
for the bronze medals and indeed the
silver and gold and with two runs
remaining, the British duo were
trying to bettherapy lady's best in
the Olympic games of ninth. Also the
fight for the medals as well. Let's
enjoy runs three and four in the
company of John Jackson and John
enjoy runs three and four in the
company of John Jackson and John
Hunt. Track side here and this is a
big 15 minutes coming up. Relative
to the men's event where in run
three it was the quickest run of the
competition, so I think as Jamanka
tries to psyche herself up in the
lead, we need to see some sparkling
Jamanka then together with Buckwitz,
wondering whether Drazek is the
quirk push. We will see now.
Jamanka's 5.37, that is their
slowest start so far, they start
this vital third round, just a 7
hundredth gap between themselves and
For these two top
five or six sleds, they need to put
the run down that is going to keep
them in the medal hunt. If they
don't they can't win the medals on
this run but they can throw them
away. This is looking like a clean
run so far, nice down the straight.
Just about comes in there, a bit
late but she will hold the speed.
This will put pressure on Alana to
put a big run in. She will if gets
corner too right. It would be a
state if she can achieve it.
One more run away from achieving her
game. A really good start. Can
anybody go quicker than that. That
sets the standard for Meyers Taylor
to come. They watch on from the IOC.
Meyers Taylor had held the track
record just before. Jamanka has
taken it. Elana set out her
intentions perfectly #k4r5er78.
She's never won Olympic gold. This
to keep her in the hunt together
with Jamanka. Maybe, you never know,
one or two others. Here she goes.
Usually very quick. 5.21, 5.22 with
Lauren Gibbs in the brake.
done it get. Has she got it right?
She got away with it. Green at the
moment. That's relative to the
start. Made another mistake. Similar
to yesterday. Are those little too
mistakes she made what loses her
time at this point? It's starting to
close down a little bit. Just
hundredth by hundredth. Can she get
straight? A better line. Jamanka I
think has done enough to stay in
front of the American sled at this
time. It will be down the hundredth
So close. This could be as
close as the men's race. Meyers
Taylor, two early mistakes. Ragged
off the final curve. Drops second.
Inlet the mix for gold. 4 UNth's off
Jamanka. She's closed the gap from
run 2 to run 3. German roars next
for Schneider. Of the race that is
took place this winter.
took place this winter. Scheider won
three of them. She has had a great
winter. Tenth in Sochi. She will
clearly improve on that, but by how
much. Scheider on her way now with
I was expecting them to be
quicker off the mark. These two are
carrying a couple of injuries that
they are having to manage with. She
really does now need to put a good
run in because the three or four
sled behind her are tightly packed
in. That little mistake there won't
help her out. An inexperienced pilot
compared to everyone else. This run
may cost her that bronze medal spot
at the moment. Can she stay in the
mix with Humphries and the sled
She's not a particularly
smart run here. Costly
smart run here. Costly third run for
Schneider, from Germany. Next for
America, Greubel Poser she saw her
husband miss out having led. Bronze
medallist in Sochi. She would love
to do it for her sister Elizabeth
who was Korean and adopted. Her
family here to see if she can
improve on what she did in Sochi.
She's now 34. Poser not as quick as
Meyers Taylor and Gibbs but quicker
than the Germans we have seen so
far. Low 5.30s or under that. She
A little mistake. I don't
know if they were out slightly.
Decent start. In there with what
they were doing. Faster start so
far. This could be the run that puts
in that pulls her back towards the
front. She is probably slightly
better pilot technically than what
Elana Meyers is. Whether she has the
speed and the right equipment. Gets
through clean. One of the best
lines. Can she pull up to the
leaders? She needs to keep in front
Jamanka is the leader.
Bend 15. Home now for Greubel Poser
who will go third. That on the teams
that have gone so far is a bigger
gap that developed between silver
and bronze. Bronze is where Greubel
Poser sits at the moment.
Poser sits at the moment. Huge
Canadian support. She could slip
into bronze if not better. No-one
more determined than Kaillie as she
starts her run for Canada. Sub 5.30
possibly on the cards. Not quite.
Not far off.
They need to go sub 30
on there. Will she make the mistake.
Gets through there clean. This run
will keep her in the medals. Any
mistakes at all I think her medal
chances are gone you never know what
can happen on the fourth run. The
most insuranced and most consistent
pilot in the field. Whether she can
use that experience and find
everything she knows and learnt to
make it down the track as quick as
possible. She's doing well so far.
This is what you would expect from a
double-Olympic champion in the front
of this sled.
The time ebbing away.
It might go to three tenths. Got to
keep it close to two tenth as
possible. Nearly four tenths behind
Jamanka. She takes third ahead of
Greubel Poser and Schneider. There
is an opportunity here for McNeil
and Moore to make some progress.
The British pair, the thanks you the
watching public to get them here.
Funding slashed last year. They went
crowdfunding and raised thousands,
which has brought them here. We are
expecting a moderate start they have
been one of the best teams on the
bottom end of the track in the
entire competition. Don't expect
fireworks early from them. Let's
hope for a clean run to keep them in
this race. 5.54 is about what you
This is where Mica
will do her work. If she gets
through clean. Which she has.
Physical she had the same start as
Meyers Taylor or the Germans she
would be up there leading the pack
at the moment. This is what the
British team are lacking the out and
out tort. One of the best drivers
all the way down this track,
especially here. She needs to get
mistake. She didn't make that over
the last couple of days. She needs
to just control this now and get
back on. She will lose a little bit
of pace. This could drop her back
two or three spots. The sled behind
her are hundreds.
afraid, for the great British team.
They will finish over a second
behind. Remember they were less than
half a second behind and that is not
good news for Great Britain. Mica
and Mica will almost certainly lose
their sixth place. They may lose it
by toward owe three places as well.
She made a little mistake there.
That mistake is so costly. We could
see that she is turning hard. She
goes above the line. Has to work
hard again. Three lots of pressure
in that corner. You can see how high
she is there. She is lucky that
potentially she didn't crash at the
end of that corner.
end of that corner.
Taylor lead the field. Humphries the
gold medal looks a long way away.
Going for a third. It looks
impossible. Pole position for bronze
ahead of Greubel Poser and
Schneider. Great Britain in eighth
place. Comfortable margin back to
the tenth team, Austria. The Great
Britain team start off in eighth
place. Slight disappointment after
their third run. At the time it was
disappointing, wasn't it? It was the
11th quickest run. We know they are
better than that of run number
three. Good luck to them here.
McNeil and Moore. If they could get
near 5. 50 as a start that would
give them a really good opportunity.
Then it's all about avoiding
mistakes. 5.54, not great, not
terrible. This is where she needs to
be clean, through here. That hit
might cost her. That wasn't as bad
as other reds through there. --
sleds. She has been perfect on this
track other than the mistake on the
last run. She now needs to dial into
the track, especially through this
point. Get it right and you could
keep your top eight.
Has she got enough speed left in the
track? Has she got enough left? She
has been good at this point in the
track all the way down. She's
starting to pull away thchl is the
run that she needs to get the best
result for Britain ever at an
Nobody before in the
women's bobsleigh has been eighth in
the Olympic Games. They have claimed
that position. Nicola Minichello in
2006 was a fabulous ninth. The
British pairing go one better at
least. What a Games. The pair who
are only here because of the
generosity of the British public.
Their funding completely slashed
last year. Now, they have secured a
little slice of sporting history for
Great Britain. Next for Germany in
fifth place, Schneider and Drazek.
They started Run 3 in third place.
They had a pretty poor third run.
Both apparently carrying a little
injury. One an ankle and one having
problems with their back. Can they
hold it together and possibly put
some pressure on Greubel Poser from
the United States.
The brake one had
more bandaging on than the first
run. I didn't notice that. She needs
a perfect drive here. She runs long
on there. That's not too bad. Little
bit low in eight at the beginning.
Can she get this right? Not as
perfect as maybe some of the top
pilots coming next will have. She's
got good speed down the bottom. The
German sleds like the bottom part of
this track. She is put putting the
Good clean through the
15th curve there and to the finish.
Schneider confirmed as fifth at
Greubel Poser and Evans, bronze
medallist at Sochi. She has to stay
ahead here of Schneider. She headed
Run 3 ahead of Schneider by a tenth
of a second. If she can nose ahead
of the German she will be fourth at
worse, with three to come. One of
the many battles within a battle
here. The race for the bronze medal.
Greubel Poser under way. Capable of
a 5.30 start. 5.32. That is OK. That
is what she needs. This pair slid
together in Sochi. Won a bronze
They know how to fight for the
medals at this point. A tap as she
comes on to corner five. These sleds
like speed at the bottom. If they
gets it right. A big lead over the
erm German at the minute. She has to
be perfect through this part of the
track. The key point here, corner
nine. Like the Germans a little tap.
The German was quick down here. Has
she enough? Will the German apply
pressure to her and Humphries this
will be down a hundredth of a
second. Guaranteed fourth, will it
be Greubel Poser or Schneider
holding on. Schneider holding on.
Greubel Poser dropping back. Likely
to finished fifth. Just like her
husband, in the men's event, it
looks like it will be
Overall, you look at
the running you are like that - how
has she just lost that speed? Maybe
just overdriving. This is the same
mistake as the Germans. It might be
down to the lines here are almost
identical. You don't really see much
in that at all. That is me talking
hundredths of a second. That is the
difference at the bottom.
Kaillie Humphries in the bronze
medal position at the moment. After
run three she had a lead of 1500th
over Schneider who is third. Kaillie
Humphries, gold in Vancouver. Gold
in Sochi. There is a medal for her
here if she accept clean and fast.
Same time as the American, all these
last couple of sleds have started in
the '30s. It is just about now who
has the bottle to hold it. Now the
Germans are in the driving seat at
the minute, but Kaillie Humphries
has the experience. She is the most
experienced pilot in the field. He
is a double Olympic champion, she
knows how to cope with pressure but
her sled has not been as fast as the
others at the bottom part of the
track. She is coming into that
corner late. She will have to do
more. Her sled has not had speed
down this part of the track. Is she
going to hold on?
Bend 15, important
for her, is she clean out of it? Of
course she S can she get a medal
here? Guaranteed now, bronze at
least. Kaillie Humphries, one of the
greats will be on the podium again
and so too George, who was a
fantastic sprinter in her time, has
said she is not completely given up
on her athletics career, the two
together have themselves a medal.
But bronze atwork it certainly is
for one of the greats of women's
That run was almost perfect. There
was no real big mistake, you would
expect that from a pilot of her
After two days of... The four heats,
as the Germans who lead....
After two days of... The four heats,
as the Germans who lead.... Can
Rowan Cheshire do the trick?
Remember Meyers Taylor has won
everything. Olympic bronze.
This the run now, that she is going
to put in, she needs to be perfect,
she just needs to drive this track
like we know she can. She's been
good at the top. She needs to make
sure as she comes down this point at
seven, a plonk off there, that won't
cost her any speed. This is crucial
now, to get this right.
Absolutely perfect, comes in there a
bit late. But she's got enough
speed, definitely to get the silver,
is this enough now, for gold?
round bend 15, it has a huge
advantage over Kaillie Humphries. It
is a silver medal guaranteed again
for Meyers Taylor. And will it be
enough? We will know the answer to
that, in three minutes. Huge
success, an outpouring of emotion
for her who has done so much for the
States for women's sport it has to
be said and Lauren Gibbs her brake,
also with a medal. Emotional
outpouring having just won a silver
medal again, her third medal. She
buzz brake for
buzz brake for Aaron Pack with a
bronze medal. Here it is silver at
the very least again.
the very least again.
pilot is 27-year-old Jamanka who has
had a World Cup season of her
dreams. Is she about to realise the
biggest dream of them all with an
Olympic gold medal? You will get a
direct comparison with Meyers
Taylor, expect a slower start here,
it is going to be America or
Germany, we are going to know in
less than 50 seconds, deficit at the
start was obvious. Can she claw it
At the next it should drop
away but the German pilot has been,
she has been the most consistent
pilot all the way down, not made any
mistake, this sled has been FA at
the bottom. It is, as you can see
pulled back 4 hundred thd, this is
going to be down to the oneth of a
second. If she gets this right she
has a chance. Exactly the same run,
now there is enough time to pull
that 8 hundredth back but it will be
Down to bend 14, down 3
hundredth. Jamanka closing on Meyers
Taylor throughout. Clean through 15.
The young German has a great chance
of gold here, will it be tight? It
is Germany who win. Jamanka strikes
gold. Applause from Meyers Taylor,
who is the silver medallist once
again, and after Germany picked up
in the 06 games Germany win gold
again and I don't think Jamanka can
quite believe it. The brake Lisa
Buckwitz appeared to be in tears.
Meyers Taylor taking defeat so, so
well. The class athlete that she
has, amazing scenes for Germany.
Jamanka there, an ex-hammer thrower,
has just thrown the world of women's
bobsleigh on its head. What a
victory for her and Buckwitz. It's
confirmed that they won the gold
medal by seven hundredth of a
second. Great scenes is afterwards,
great pap report between the team,
what a race. It has thrown up
something else we did not expect at
the start. That is one of the
outsiders winning the medals.
Jamanka wins gold. Meyers Taylor
Silver Medal, her second and Kaillie
Humphries, the great from Canada has
got the bronze. Schneider and Poser
next and confirmation of a wonderful
record position for the Great
Britain team in 8th place. Well done
Mica and Mica. Wonderful stuff for
We are so happy, we
came in wanting to enjoy the
experience, it is our first games
and we have come away with 8th. It
more than we could have hoped for.
We are happy.
Were you happy with
Yes, there is
things I am going to be picky with
but we said before we came here, we
wanted to enjoy it. We would love a
single figure result. We have done
that, yesterday, we were in the mix,
but I'm not comfortable on this
track and I had a couple of mistakes
in my driving but we have to be
happy with that, but, it feels
I think as she done
amazing. You have gone toe to toe
with some of the best programmes and
you funded yourself.
feelings amazing, we didn't know we
would be here five months ago, to
get here is an achievement. We have
loved every minute of it and we want
to say thank you to everyone who
supported us, it has been
incredible, but yes,
It is a crazy
few months, this has been the cherry
on top. We have enjoyed it so much.
Has anyone in British bobsleigh said
we are sorry, we got this wrong, we
we are glad you are here.
say anything like that, they made
the decision, they had to stick by
it. We were told we weren't medal
potential. We will be back in four
years type you will see it in among
Is it going to be an interesting
conversation between Beijing 2022?
hope we don't have to ask the
people, it is great as it has been
we want them to be able to watch us
and enjoyment and not have to help
and enjoyment and not have to help
us us out again. For now powered by
the people they have achieved the
best result ever at the Olympic
game, pipping you in ninth place,
but I wonder how you feel about
having been sufred in that
situation? I couldn't be more
pleased for the girls. We have seen
right from the start, right from
when Mica wassome, 15, she had the
talent, the potential. She is so
focussed. In September last year,
when they got the news, it was
devastating. You can tell they are
both fighters and they have come
back out and got an amazing result.
I am so pleased for them.
difficult part of the track so well.
It was such an I provement in this
Yes, considering the
amount of runs Mica has had on track
compared to the rest of the people
competing, it was not half. They
hadn't gone to the event in Ma or
October due funding. She came in
having had eight runs before the
competition. Every run she was
What kind of conversation
to you think will be happening at
the top levels of the sport in Great
Britain after this was?
has to be huge review. They clearly
have the talent, they have the
potential, I think the questions
have to be, how is there able to be
such a massive overspend? Who was
not controlling the budget, for it
to get to that point to say we
haven't got the funding to be able
to send you on the ice.
It does beg
the question, what could they
achieve with significant bagging?
You look at the Germans who as you
have told us have overhauled their
programme to achieve success, they
got it today. Jamanka came in having
only won her first World Cup race in
September. September. How big a
surprise is this
The women's field
is wide-open. Every single team had
some kind of issues and they gent,
they were underdog, they were not
down to be the medals. Snider was
the top girl. Again, they have gone
out an enjoyed themselves, a new
track at an Olympic Games opens up
the form book because everybody, if
they have been able to attend even
has had about the same number of
I know a lot of people
wouldn't get the chance to do this,
put it in context, if we were to let
a bob go with two people in it how
quickly would it turn over without
O this track probably
curve two. Most curve one. It is
difficult. The techie is such, you
can't see what is going on, but
those ropes the pilots are make,
they are using it constantly to make
the adjustments. You can hit sent
metres of perfect line.
It has been
a extraordinary day, a wonderful
achievement for the British women.
It is time for cross-country skiing,
and that the point, everybody at the
Huntley Nordic ski centre in
Scotland their ears prick up. Andrew
Young and Andrew Musgrave put in the
hours there in the north of Scotland
and the proof was there today, in
the team sprint this is the third
time the two have taken part
together. In Sochi, Andrew Young's
heart condition, racing heartbeat
flared up dramatically, causing them
to withdraw from the contest in the
middle of the semifinal. However,
today, it was a sixth place, not
good enough to get through to the
team sprint finals but great they
had that unfinished business
completed for the two of them and
and drew Musgrave is going to be
going in the marathon 50k, wouldn't
we love that on skinny skis, towards
the end of the programme. However,
in terms of the medals in both men's
and women's team sprints this was a
fantastic couple of races, with
potentially more history in the
making for Norway's Iron Lady Marit
Bjoergen. A quick refresher first of
Cross-country skiing is one of the
ultimate physical challenge, one of
its disciplines races over the
longest distance of any winter
Olympic sport. 50 kilometres in one
go. There are two ways to ski.
Classic, which involves a fast
walking motion along parallel
tracks, and freestyle, which
resembles the motion of ice skating,
there are six events, each for men
and women with the goal simply to
complete the various distances as
quickly as possible.
There a moment of history beckoning
for The Iron lady wearing number one
for The Iron lady wearing number one
on the left. This arguably one of
the hardest earned gold medals of
any sport here in Pyeongchang, there
is Marit Bjoergen. 16-and-a-half
minutes away from something very
special. They are under way in this
women's team sprint final. Just a
quick explanation as to how this
works, only two a athletes per
nation, six circuits skied in all,
so three each and the only rest each
gets is the length of time it takes
their team-mate to ski each of their
circuits. Marit Bjoergen in second
place here, for Norway. A at the
moment she is tied in medals. There
is The Iron lady, a medal of any
colour would bring her 14 Winter
Olympics in total and no-one has
done better, she would be the
greatest of all time.
It is not just
about Marit Bjoergen it is about the
other Norwegian in this team of two
who you see waiting to hand over
from Marit Bjoergen, you also have
the US, Swedes, everyone in this
mix, they will be looking more as
Falla, the weak link in a Norwegian
wan team but it could just be that
Nilsson who you are about to see
take over from Sweden, Nilsson was
target fella and try and bring this
gold home for Sweden instead of
Norway and take the edge of Marit
Bjoergen's party if they can.
They are the reigning world
champions Norway. This is a
competitive race. They've already
skied a semi-final just to get to
this big showdown.
this big showdown. Cameras focused
in on 13. She has a couple of bronze
medals for Finland. She has work to
do. This Russian duo, for all the
reasons that have been well
publicised, the Olympic athletes of
Russia have brought a very young,
but very, very talented team.
race looks to be on paper a four-way
battle. Norway out on course.
Sweden. The USA, who will talk more
about. Impressive in their
semi-final. And those young Olympic
Athletes from Russia. Here now you
can see you have Maiken Caspersen
Falla on that right hand side. Stina
Nilsson, keeping pace for Sweden. So
far this final is absolutely
contemplating their second circuit.
Three each in total. Both team-mates
have done a circuit each. Bjoergen
will be going up against Kalla.
Wearing bib 12 of Sweden. Right of
picture. The Americans won the team
sprint world title five years ago.
American men have won cross-country
medals, not men, a silver back in
76. No American woman has ever won a
Winter Olympic cross-country skiing
medal. Kikkan Randall and Jessica
Diggins, third place with Kikkan
Randall at the moment. It would be a
huge, huge day for American
cross-country skiing. So their
little date with history can't be
under estimated here either.
Absolutely, the USA it's their last
chance. Kikkan Randall at her fifth
Olympic Games. 35 years old. She
thinks this is it. In terms of her
ability to finally, for the first
time, put the US on an Olympic
podium in this sport.
This is going
to be a fascinating circuit. Kikkan
Randall will come under pressure
from Marit Bjoergen. The best of the
rest are left trailing in the wake.
The Olympic athletes of Russia
completely out of this now.
absolutely. We were worried that the
US, having gone so hard in the
semi-final, might be the ones to
blow up in this final. Instead, it
is those young athletes from Russia
who have just not been able to keep
any kind of pace as, frankly,
neither have anyone else. These
three are now well out in front. It
would take quite some effort, you
can see the Swiss still just about
in touch. But it looks like it might
just turn into a sprint finish
between these three. The Norwegians
will still think they have an ace or
two up their sleeves to move ahead.
Equally, the Swedish will look at
Kalla waiting for Nilsson to say,
when will you make a move. It's
strategic as to when you push ahead.
Norway are trying to take this out
Nor way, Swede now.
N and the United
States with one circuit left. Burst
their way towards the finish.
Swedish newspapers interview Kalla
before this race and said if Stina
Nilsson and Maiken Caspersen Falla
of Norway are level going into the
final leg, we will not be that
worried. She essentially said she
thinks Stina Nilsson could take it
for Sweden. Brave to say. It's been
over the Scandinavian immediate
yachl she has to deliver on that.
There is nothing to choose between
Norway, Sweden and the USA, out in
front. Going for that podium at
Falla Forlan way. Jessica
Diggins. The weight of history and
disappointment is on the American
shoulders. What about Stina Nilsson.
She beat Maiken Caspersen Falla in
the sprint final. They call her
Silver Stina always the bridesmaid
never the bride. They head down into
the stadium the medals are assured.
In which order? There is a tussle
there between Falla and Nilsson.
Jessica Diggins didn't get involved
there. The history books will be
written. They will show that tonight
Marit Bjoergen became the greatest
of all-time, but with what colour
medal? Stina Nilsson trying to pull
away. Suddenly there is a gap. The
Norwegians are third. The Americans
are going to get their first ever
medal in women's cross-country
skiing history in the Winter
Olympics. It looks as though Maiken
Caspersen Falla is beaten. It will
be history for Bjoergen. That will
be a with a bronze. What a race.
Stina Nilsson, Jessica Diggins for a
piece of history. The Americans have
done it. That's incredible. For the
first time they are on the podium
and they are on the podium with a
gold. Sweden take silver. Marit
Bjoergen does become the greatest of
all-time, but it was bronze tonight
for the golden girl. Let's focus on
the Americans. So many times they've
come up short. So many times they
have been left having to answer
awkward questions. But not tonight.
Is Bjoergen will write the
headlines, but the lore glory
belongs to the Americans who have
denied the two powerhouses of
cross-country skiing with an
incredible finish. What a race. An
absolutely incredible moment of
history. Not just for Marit
Bjoergen. An amazing finish from two
American women who have produced the
race of their lives against some of
the all-time greats. This great race
is about to start. We are in for
another treat. A quick headline on
Andrew Musgrave and #57bd rue Young,
missing out on the fastest loser
spots in this final. They didn't
finish the men's team sprint in
Sochi or Vancouver. Andrew suffers
from tachycardia. The pressure on
the heart when means he has had
quite a lot of races in which he
hasn't managed to finish. The two
Britons doing the nation proud o. A
great effort. Not to be a place in
the final. Andrew Musgrave's
thoughts will turn to the 50K on
Saturday. An event in which he was
only a second-and-a-half of the
World Championship podium in Finland
last year. No British duo in here,
but we have a world-class pair of
very, very young talented skiers
from the Olympic athletes of Russia.
It's Denis Spitsov on the lead leg.
He got a bronze in the 15K a silver
in the relay. He leads. The question
here, surely, is whether these
Olympic athletes of Russia can put
the Norwegians or the Swedes under
pressure. Each of these men will ski
three times. Sweden from Norway.
Spitsov, the Olympic K athlete of
Russia hanging on to Zak Bolland.
Speaking of young talents they don't
come bigger than the man with the
pink poles and shades. He's in joint
third place. Johannes Hoesflot
Klaebo made his own piece of history
here. The youngest ever male
cross-country skiing wipter Olympic
champion. Two golds, one in the
sprint and the other in the relay.
The manner of his victory, the man
in third place with the pink poles,
the manner of his two victories, as
the cameras focus on the athlete
from Sweden. He's the equivalent of
Usain Bolt. He has made it look
easy. France, Norway, the Olympic
Athletes of Russia and Sweden. A big
group coming together. Sundby in
third place. When will the big move
come and who will it be from? This
race unfolds very, very quickly.
Sweden lead. Sundby 33 years of age.
He had been chasing a gold that just
seemed to escape him. Not so after
the relay. He's had silver medals in
the relay and bronze and silver
medals in the skiathlons. Single
file. They are all in a line. Most
of the big names are still in
contention. This is getting
interesting as we embark on the
Can you see how much
that is taking out of Denis Spitsov.
He goes for a breather. To give you
context from a Norwegian point of
view, they will be sitting at home
in their tens of millions watching
this. This is a huge sport for
Norway. There is Johannes Hoesflot
Klaebo. Their new superstar. They
have had a big day. They hit their
target of 30 medals for Norway.
Surpassed their target for golds in
Pyeonchang. They have 11.
Pyeonchang. They have 11.
Athletes from Russia. Five times on
the World Cup podium this year. The
man streaking up the right hand
side. His own distinct style up the
hills. That was massive from
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo. That is
why they refer to him as the Usain
Bolt on snow.
Bolt on snow. Klaebo has shown why
he's the new global star. He's won
nine of 12 World Cup events so far
this season. It's one thing winning
here and there around Europe, it's
quite another as when you arrive as
a favourite and maybe deliver three
golds. We have one complete circuit
for each of the two members. Klaebo
there has just shown why so many
people in this sport are excited
about what he is doing and what he's
capable of doing in the future.
Norway in the lead with two circuits
remaining. There's Martin Johnsrud
Sundby. Sundby has been a superb
ambassador for Norwegian
cross-country skiing. He's been
beaten a few times by the man he's
about to tap on the back. He says
he's so talented Johannes Hoesflot
Klaebo it's embarrassing to be in
the same race as him sometimes. That
from a man who stood on top of the
Winter Olympic podium. Sundby has
built on the lead that Klaebo
delivered. Sweden in second. The
Olympic Athletes from Russia.
Klaebo embarks on this bid for a
hat-trick of golds all before his
22nd birthday. They are in the
driving seat here. What can the best
of the rest do to close him down on
this last circuit? Surely, this is
Norway's and Klaebo's to lose.
a brilliant performance from Klaebo.
It was looking a little bit tight up
until his fourth circuit. Desperate
battle for silver and bronze. At the
moment being won by Bolton, the
Olympic Athlete from Russia. Richard
Jouve building on the work of
Maurice Manificat on the penultimate
circuit. Sweden now becoming
Norway from the Olympic
Athletes from Russia. France in
third they begin to think about
their big drive towards the line.
They have to close the gap.
Phenomenal from Johannes Hoesflot
Klaebo. He is 21 years of age. He's
away and clear. How he will enjoy
these celebrations as he comes into
the finish. He will be unaware of
the drama unfolding behind him he
has time to look over his shoulder.
We are watching someone who is as
exciting in his sport as Usain Bolt
was ten years ago when he pumped his
chest as he crossed the line in
Beijing. A global star is born. He
wears pink shades, it's all gold for
Klaebo. It's silver for the Olympic
Athletes of Russia. Brilliant bronze
for the French. Klaebo made that
look easy. He is already a household
name in Norway. Tonight, he produces
an incredible hat-trick, three golds
and he's still yet to turn 22. He
could be around for a very, very
long time to come. Fantastic
performance. Norway on top in the
Men's Team Sprint tonight. Klaebo
the hero. His efforts are likely to
be overshadowed by the heroics of
the Iron Lady, Marit Bjoergen. 14th
medal. The greatest and most
decorated winter Olympian of
Norway and take the edge of Marit
Bjoergen's party if they can.
Because for Britain, skip Eve
Muirhead, she has propelled the
women's curling teem to victory. It
puts them in the semis while Canada
But Britain's men lost the last game
to the USA which means Kyle Smith
and his men need to beat the Swiss
if they are to reach the last four.
It is getting twitchy. Crowd funded
duo Mica McNeill and Mica Moore
finished 8th in the women's
bobsleigh, Britain's best ever
result in the event. Germany claimed
gold. And the Swiss skating team
pursues produced the goods.
pursues produced the goods. .
What do Moser-Proll and Dorfmeister
and Lindsey Vonn all have in common
in you would not like to bet these
ladies with a round of wine on the
table, who is first down the line,
these are the speed Queens, we are
going to crown another one today.
And I am delighted to say we have
former British Olympic ski rare Ed
Drake with me. Lovely to see you,
have you enjoyed watching things if
since your last, you appeared in
Vancouver, in the down hill and
another four events all told. How
much have you enjoyed it?
So nice to
bask in Olympic fever again and it
seems like yesterday not eight years
ago I was donning my suit and
battling down the tracks.
You did it
very well indeed. Eight years ago
was the last time we saw Lindsey
Vonn in the Olympic game, remind
everybody the battle she has had in
order to try and come back, having
won that gold?
She has had so many
injuries and battled back and back,
now she is seemingly in one piece,
there is a niggle with her at
moment. She's still not quite at her
A game. She coiled have done with
another couple of weeks, but she is
the best in the world. She has been
for such a long time.
She is 33,
what makes her so competitive?
she's got such a great team round
her, she has been competing for such
a long time. She knows the track,
the equipment really well. So she
has the edge over a lot of girls who
are younger than her.
Anything can happen in a women's
down hill. The last time we got an
joint gold, so, who would win the
speed Queen's ultimate title today.
2018. Olympic women's down hill,
here is under way.
Racer number one could win this from
bib number one. Make no mistake.
Racer number one could win this from
bib number one. Make no mistake.
Huetter as she comes on the dragon
ridge is a serious threat for
First jump takes her out right. Nice
soft landing, can see it is less
direct than the men's down hill was.
Control gates all the same colour,
they are red with the blue lines
under foot on the track to aid the
athletes' anticipation. A little
mistake, slightly wobbly on landing
but she corrected with plenty of
time. She won the first down hill of
the World Cup season. Back in late
November, Leighton Baines Louise in
Canada, who took the best chance for
Austrian success today.
One competitor has gone home opting
not the ski it. She has decided that
the track doesn't suit her, and that
opened the door for one of the
younger Austrians to take her place,
that place went to Zeibenhoffer.
They have had three training runs in
the build up to race day. On Sunday,
Monday and Tuesday, over the full
distance, was one slightly altered
to allow for, goodness me, a racing
snow plough for Huetter, she got her
ski tips closed, that isn't the way
she wanted to finish with a proper
scare. Look at the ski tips there,
crossed that will have cost her,
first of the Swiss. Corinne Suter is
away. Went well in training,
particularly in training run two on
Monday, when she set the fifth
4 hundredth faster than Huetter. She
flies, makes the turn accurately.
Now she gets bounced round, a little
steering pivot. You don't see that
often in down hill. It was a good
manoeuvre from Suter. It has given
her an increase advantage over
Huetter after a near miss at the
final stretch of this women's down
hill. Huetter leads the way, Suter
for Switzerland. Over the tails of
the ski, then pushed her weight
forward on landing. 31 metres of
flight. It was green all the way,
there is the first red light. 7
hundredth of a second. Similar track
to the one the men raced on. A
slight variation on a theme. They go
a different way round the magic
tree, Suter getting pushed outside
of the racing line. She is now the
right side of that time. 0. 27 in
front. Remember the Austrian had a
big mistake on the finish. If she
finishes cleanly she may well ski
into first position. Comfortably.
Three-quarters of a second.
Weirather to go next. She I was
pipped by by the gold medallist and
ultimately by number 26, the
snowboarder who is not racing today.
She has gone over to start training
for the parallel Giant Slalom,
Olympic snowboard event.
Olympic snowboard event. Fast and
furious start for the 28-year-old
from Liechtenstein. 30.13 for Suter.
She is comfortably clearer that.
Fine top section for her, she will
have to make this next sweeping
turn, got slightly airborne. Might
not have anticipated that but didn't
seem to do too much damage. The
paradise turn, excluded perfectly by
the multi-talented Lichtensteiner,
who has been regularly on the World
Cup podium. Look at this. She is
throwing it down. 0. 0. 65. Bronze
medallist in the super-g. Hoping to
go into early gold medal spot here,
in the main event, the women's down
hill. No real errors from her. Her
skis are fast, they have the waxing,
got the preparation right. She is
miles ahead of Suter. Surely all she
has to do is stay on her feet. It is
straight from here on in. In. Long
jump and she leads the way in the
Olympic down hill.
Olympic down hill. Suter workers top
spot didn't last long.
Sofia Gong is ready to go.
-- Goggia is ready to go. She has
had two World Cup victories and a
couple of podiums, she is high on
the dragon ridge. Ridge. The winner
of the Olympic test sleernt 12
months ago. -- event.
She has been going well in the three
training runs and represents a
serious, real threat to Lindsey
Vonn's chance to win gold today.
Goggia's left herself work to do.
It is a sign of the commitment that
Goggia is putting into this race,
suffering a knee problem, she says
is when she walks round the knee is
sore, takes her ten minutes, just to
be able to walk and climbing the
stays is an issue, when gets in, she
forgets all about it. Efull focus.
That was a good jump. It has put
Goggia back in the chase. 94
kilometres an hour, she accelerates
up beyond the 100 mark. Up to 104
kilometres an hour. Smooth accurate
turn, the 25-year-old Italian clouts
that control gate. Next split it is
slightly better for her. Goggia
could back up the victory in the
Olympic test vent by skiing into
gold medal position here it is a
brilliant run from gongia, she leads
the way. It's a big margin in, and
that might bring her a medal today.
Will it be gold. ? Was one of the
risky moves that Goggia pulled
straight down on the tails of her
skis. Incredible strength.
skis. Incredible strength. Lindsey
Lindsey Vonn. 81 Pat Cummings
victory -- World Cup victories. She
looks to hunt down the world record
of 86. She could add another couple
of wins at the end of this season.
Maybe beat that record. But the
focus this season has been all about
today. The Olympic down hill
competition, she last won in
Whistler, the Vancouver games, eight
years ago, she has trained really
well. She's had an argue of -- army
of tech situation ins working on her
ski, she is fast, focussed and
flying there. Standing on the right
ski, great turn coming into
paradise. Lindsey Vonn is now 33
years old. One of the oldest
competitors in the competition. Is
he is in front here, she is four
tenths slower than Goggia and she
and Goggia have gone toe to toe in
so many races this season. Yes she
is fastest through the speed gun.
Will that translate to a green light
here? Not quite. Vonn has to find
time. Half a second off the pace of
Goggia. The top two separated by 0.
63. A straight line to the finish
now. Vonn is across the line and
it's a silver.
it's a silver. Goggia holds on. No
gold medal for what will certainly
be her final Olympic Games for
Lindsey Vonn. Johnson for America
next to ski.
One of theupsters given the chance
to race today because Mikaela
Shifrin opted out of tackling the
Olympic down hill, despite the fact
she has had a World Cup win this
season. Shifrin thought her best
chance would be in tomorrow's alpine
combined. The best chance to add to
her medal tally, which is one gold
medal from the Giant Slalom so far.
Austrians top the alpine medal table
with three golds. Golds. Breezy
Johnson, skiing beautifully so far,
109 through the last speed gun,
smooth turns. That wasn't so clever
now, a little lopsided on landing,
how far away is she from Gobggi
poor,'s time. She opened up her
body, and naturally, the air is
going to wrap round the ski racer,
as she stands tall and slower. 87.3
through that. She must have lost
six, seven, eight kilometres an hour
and she has lost a good deal of time
too. 1.12 off the pace of Goggia.
INTERPRETOR: Lindsey Vonn in silver
at the moment. Tina Weirather in
bronze. Breezy Johnson has finished
in fifth for the USA.
in fifth for the USA. The bronze
medallists four years ago, Gut. She
finished in the top ten in Sochi in
the downhill to return to race four
years later here. Good start for
Gut. Getting after this. She will be
full of aggression. She will be pent
up. Travelling smoothly across the
snow. Good turn. 30. # 11 Goggia.
Gut0.35. Out of the competition.
Pushing too hard. Too much
aggression. Gut is out of
contention. Venier, big push out of
the start. Silver-medallist in
downhill from the World
Championships in St Moritz last
February. Setting the fastest time
in training run number two on
Monday. That's a nice flight. The
skis are fast. Preparation for the
race skis for these big occasions
begins back in the summer with
constant applications of layers of
wax. The wax changes as the
temperatures adjust as the season
draws near. Goes from soft wax to
hard wax to race wax. All about
getting the timing right. The
athletes will have a couple of their
favourite pairs to choose from and
the technicians will prepare them
accordingly. Venier is absolutely
tearing down this downhill course.
Throwing everything at it. Good
landing there. 29 meters of flight.
The speed was strong. Venier is half
a second off the pace as she heads
uphill for a split second before
plunging down the second-half. Out
of the race. Hopefully no damage
done. Her race is over. Just seemed
to be innocuous inside ski mistake.
Inside ski clipping the left boot,
knocking the ski away from the carve
and down goes Venier. No damage
done. Michelle Gisin for
Switzerland. Her sister Dominique
was the gold medallists joint
champion four years ago. After
yesterday's training run, in which
Gisin set the second quickest time,
she you sought out the great millar,
had a long chat with him about what
would be the best strategy for race
day. It was caught on camera. I was
lucky enough to see it. Interesting
to get his view on she could do to
get in amongst the medals today.
Let's see if she has paid attention
and is able to execute any of
millar's ideas. Bounced around quite
badly there. That's a smooth turn
from Michelle Gisin. Squashes the
jump, pre-jumps it. 30 meters of
flight. That was impressive. 1:
01.26. Within a second of the
Italian's lead. Probably too far
away to push for a medal today. She
will be looking ahead I think to
tomorrow's albind combined where she
has a proper chance of getting a
medal for Switzerland. 1.15 off the
pace. Too much. Not enough terrain,
not enough speed left in this quite
turny Olympic downhill. She's
finished in sixth position. Oh, my
word. A crashing finish from
Michelle Gisin, absolutely
exhausting. She's fine. Sute the
best of the Swiss in fourth. Trust
yourself, the instruction. Final
words of instruction for Alices
Mckennis from the United States of
America, the 28-year-old. Mckennis
begins her Olympic downhill run and
starts fast as well.
starts fast as well. 1100ths faster.
Lovely jump. So far, so good.
Another solid flight, and 900ths up.
The first three splits have been
green for Alices Mckennis, the
American, known as "the alligator."
Raced in Whistler eight years ago.
Didn't finish the Olympic downhill
on that day. But what a start she's
made in 2018. Next jump from
Mckennis, 98 on takeoff, 98 on
landing, 2 # meters of distance. The
split this time makes for less
encouraging reading for the American
fans. More than half a second off
the pace. She was absolutely flying
at the top. Skis chattering side
ways as she tries to hold on to the
racing line. Split 1: 23.27. 0.82
down for Mckennis out of the medals
the way things stand. Long flight. A
shakey on landing. She's gone four.
She just out of the medals. Near
miss for Mckennis. Viktoria
Rebensberger next to ski for
Germany. We know she can do what's
required to get in amongst the
medals here. She's got to get it
right. Her Olympic outings so far
here in Pyeonchang have been
categorizised by with mistakes,
errors. Olympic champion in Giant
Slalom eight years ago. Missed a
medal this time around, finishing in
fourth. Tenth in the Super-G after a
promising start. She let it slip on
the bottom half of the mountain.
Rebensberger travelling nicely.
Promising start for the number one
German. Last German to win this
title won it twices in a row in 94
rand defended the title in 1998.
Since then it's budgets France,
Austria and Vonn in 2010 and the
shared title in Sochi. They had to
find an extra gold medal. Things
have unravelled here for Rebensburg.
Germany yet to trouble the alpine
skiing medal table. They have had a
fine Games all round. Nothing to
show for their efforts in the alpine
schedule. Rebensburg will not change
things today. She is down in eighth.
Let us see what Ragnhild Mowinckel
can produce today. Norway's best.
Ragnhild Mowinckel, number 19.
Silver-medallists in the Olympic
Giant Slalom last week. 13th in the
Super-G. She's been consistent in
World Cup downhill race this is
season. Five times in the top ten.
Never better than sixth. Two green
lights to start with. Outstanding
season. She was always one of the
sort of middle order athletes until
the start of the new World Cup
season at the start of 2017 and
started to show fine form. That was
a huge turn there for Mowinckel of
Norway. Norway have had a fine
alpine programme, one gold, three
silvers and a bronze so far.
Mowinckel herself contributed to
that herself with a silver from the
Giant Slalom. 26 meters of flight.
The speed is good. Three green
lights and then a red. But not far.
A tenth of a second off the pace.
Mowinckel is bringing her A game to
the biggest race of the season. The
top three separated by 0.63.
Mowinckel picks an unusual line into
that left-footed turn. Has that
brought her the reward? Can she
skier than 1: 23.27? Not far off.
Mowinckel of nor way may well move
in amongst the medals. Can she ski
quickly enough to go into gold? She
was slightly wide on that last turn.
Off the final jump, Mowinckel has
gone into silver. 900ths of a
second. Second Olympic medal. A
second silver for Ragnhild Mowinckel
of Norway. What a day for Sofia
Goggia. The first Italian woman ever
to win the Olympic downhill title.
Italy have their fist alpine gold of
the Games. A second silver for
Ragnhild Mowinckel in the downhill
and Lindsey Vonn, the champion eight
years ago, goes home with the
downhill bronze in 2018. 2018.
You overcame all of the pressure,
all of the expectation and you got a
Yeah. It was intense.
I think mostly it was intense
because I just wanted to win
I think mostly it was intense
because I just wanted to win for my
grandpa It's hard to process it's my
last Olympic downhill race. I really
want to keep racing forever, but I
Knowing your family and
your grandfather would be so happy
you went out there and did your
best, you know?
I hope so.
best, you know?
I hope so.
I chatted with your dad earlier and
he was here to support you. He
didn't care about what time you had
along the finish as long as you knew
that you had gone out there and
pushed it. You did, you charged and
you the Super-G, this is how you
came back. It shows you are a true
Thanks. Yeah, I mean, I'm
sure my dad will find something that
I did wrong. He loves to be
critical. It meant a lot to me that
he was here. You know we had rough
times there, he wasn't in Vancouver
when I won. It went meant a lot to
me he was there. Yeah. I mean, we've
all been really emotional because of
my grandfather and so it meant a lot
to all of us to be here altogether.
Yeah. It's a really emotional day.
I'm really proud to walk away with a
medal. It may not be gold. I'm sure
a lot of people will say I should
have got the gold. You know what,
it's so hard to win or to get a
medal at the Olympics and I'm proud
of my performance. I'm walking away
Quite light rightly.
Following up with a bronze medal
eight years after a gold medal. How
much should she take out of that
performance today? It was
She skied well. Didn't quite go her
way today, Goggia skied very
nicelies, especially from the second
inter mediate towards the finish and
made up good time. Vonn not quite at
it. You can see with Lindsay, she is
a little bit more open with her
upper body, catching a bit more air.
Not quite as dynamic as we are used
to seeing from her. She is usually
very, very aggressive and took a
wider line getting caught out by
some of the trickier turning gates
There was a lot of hype and a
lot of expectations. She has been
the poster girl afor these games. To
hand tl handle that and come away
with a medal how would the American
public look on it?
favourably. They should be proud of
her. She has had an immense pressure
put upon her by the public and by
herself and come away with a bronze
She is in the
start list for tomorrow's combined
event. She is chasing a total wins
tally. 81 at the moment. She has to
She certainly has. She
has earmarked that for a long time.
Until she gets the record. A season,
two seasons I think she will keep
going until that's not a possibility
The Italians celebrating
their first ever women's downhill
commitment, usually on the edge this
skier. A chaotic skier usually. She
said today, "I was giving attention
to every little detail, moving like
Not like her. She is a
wild crazy skier that takes all the
risks all the time. Maybe she was
focussing in on the small details
and stuff. Smoother than we see
normally see her. Thoughtful in
terms of her inspection run. She
earmarked steeps to flat transitions
to carry the speed across. It really
worked for her. She is leading the
World Cup overall standings. It's
not for downhill. It's not out of
the blue she is this quick. She
really, really did a number on the
She sure did. When you
look back over history, Daniella
Ceccharelli and Super-G winner no
female downhill -
Outstanding. Such great mountains
they have there. The history of
Italian ski racing to never have had
a ladies downhill champion is
You nearly competed for Great
Britain at Sochi in the men's zee
cross. It is a harem-scarem event,
one mown tairntion one racer at a
time. And after you, in alpine but
not so in ski cross, what was the
allure for you?
It looked so much
fun, think it reminded me of being a
child, when would finish your train,
stick on your rucksack and race down
to the van. The last one had to do a
stupid forfeit and it is just a
great laugh. You are skiing with
your friends, it is big jump, close
racing, it is raw, it is raw.
lot of injuries potentially this one
as well. Not just the money for the
hot chocolate at the end.
you are fighting over the same small
piece of snow, you want to be if you
are second you want to be behind
someone for the slipstream. You are
fighting for a small piece of snow.
We have learned over the years in
this one, to expect the unexpected.
It is the men's ski cross, wh an
event this turned out to be.
The first of the quarterfinals
The first of the quarterfinals
approach the gate.
approach the gate. The blue bib of
Bischofberger. Pressure on the tips
of the ski, you can see them
bending, they are out and away.
they are neck and neck, all the way
Still neck and neck.
Head-to-head. The blue bib has the
best line coming in now.
best line coming in now. Less Mann
has more speed. Watch the red bib on
the inside there as they all go
A speed check. Just enough to
keep in there.
I think too much from
the blue bib, as Brady makes a big
gap out in front. Through the
compression, at the moment, it is
red sitting back at the blue bib
Placed fourth in Sochi, he is
after redemption here.
He is looking
very clean as they come on to the
Oh, no. A crash.
It looked like Alex
crashed and then, the...
skier had to swerve to avoid him.
Missed the gate. But it was...
wasn't in the mix.
Neither of them
were, it is Brady the Canadian who
makes it through comfortably and the
World Cup standings leader comes
through in second.
Both are OK.
Brady, he is really flying on this
Can see that Kermit the frog move
they do, knees either side of their
So confirmation of the first
of our quarterfinals, Leman and
Bischofberger go to the semifinals.
Look how he is pulling himself up.
Bending the ski tips and they are
out and under way, and it is
Niederer looking good.
very close, but Fliser is out in
front and has the direction.
with between two, the Austrian in
the yellow struggling. It in the red
neck and neck, the battle for second
and third will be tight.
well. The World Champion from 2015.
Redirected on that off camber
traverse, they are trying to get a
better line. And Philip. He has
speed and he's threw. The Swiss is
through on the Austrian.
him way out.
Time for one, perhaps
one more pass? No, he is flying, he
is catching up. He is overtaking.
drops back in to second. Is he
losing enough speed to come into
contact with the Austrian? He has
pulled that back, he is dragging
Oh no! Making it across on
one ski, but it is not enough. Not
threw and it is, wow, safely through
for Niederer. The Swiss maybe took
his eye off the ball. The top two go
He didn't scoec up that jump
enough. He got his legs in here and
started pulling out the bull frog to
make sure they didn't get past him.
Alex in the semifinal.
In the red bib, fastest qualifier in
this heat is Drury of Canada. Then
the winner of the seventh, 8th final
Robert Winkler. Watch out for the
skier in the blue bib.
I feel like he was gifted a place
here, he came through, after that
take out crash. It will be
interesting to see if he can stay in
contact with the racing here.
skier in blue. Winkler in green and
Drury in red.
I think this is about
Drury. He really really controlled
his heat, but, wow. Winkler in green
is in front.
Look at the skier in
blue, he has speed.
He is such a
massive unit. He has landed on the
back of that knuckle so Winkler
tucks in behind. Drury in the red
out in front.
A speed check from the
skier in blue. From Drury as well.
Drury got a lovely sharp line. Set
up nicely through the chicane.
Winkler in the green, struggling to
keep up with the Frenchman in
second. Then making a move from
fourth. He is on the inside.
going to take him outches.
taken out Winkler. The big threat is
I think the skier in
the blue is clear and through. This
race is going to form, barring any
crashes on these final big kickers.
So Kevin Drury of Canada leads.
France in second place. Then a grab.
Over the final jump. Safety grab is
Safety is same side. Mute is
across. So mute grab, not
particularly style liedsed one.
is the point. Watch at the back. In
yellow, inside Winkler.
Would he get DQed for this?
He is just ahead adds he
Drury showed a clean
set of heels, whether he can stay
that way remains to be seen.
that way remains to be seen.
on to the last of our quarterfinals.
The Russian is in red. He is up
against the Frenchman in green and
the Frenchman in blue. Dave Duncan
could be a silent threat from the
Canadian, he is on the far side of
The red bib of the Russian.
Qualified in seeding.
Francesca men in blue and green.
has a problem. He is out of the race
and it is Canadian Dave Duncan in
So Duncan and the
Frenchman shoulder to shoulder.
Beautiful line. But trying to push
Dave Duncan out. He has opened the
door for the Russian to come in. He
has made a move and overtaken the
Olympic champion. This could be a
shock, but... He has, he really
Coming round on the
outside, with speed, he has cut to
Looking down every door.
On the inside. Not enough speed to
make the move.
He is slipstreaming
here and he has the inside line.
no. He shuts the door, comes
through, could this be a massive
Awe four come through, the
Russian moving into first, the two
French men chasing down the Canadian
and the Russian, as they come over
the last jump.
No, no, no. It's the
Russian and the Canadian through,
and the French men are out. The
reigning Olympic champion is out new
the quarterfinals. ? Dave looked
almost criminally relaxed at certain
point. He was taking the line choice
he wanted and seem I willing no-one
was getting close. This was
brilliant. Looking for any space,
either side of the Russian.
The gold medal will go to someone
new here at Phoenix Park.
Confirmation, Ridzik and Duncan
progress. Back up to the top. And in
the red bib we have Niederer. Then
Flisar in blue. Even though he is in
blue the man is going to go very
So Niederer not panicking, pulled
himself all the way through the
pack, into the lead.
So we have two Swiss, one Slovenian
and a Canadian. And the Swiss drop
and it is looking like Brady Leman
on the outside has ahead of Flisar.
And Marc on the inside. Flisar in
third. The man in blue in second.
But it is Marc in yellow who blasted
out in front.
I think that maybe
Flisar cancelled each other out.
They let the Swiss through. The
unfavoured Swiss. He made a mistake,
he has opened the door.
taken advantage. Desperately
fighting to find a way in behind
Flisar. The Canadian and the Swiss,
battling it out.
A great line.
Making a move on Flisar.
Niederer do what he did before?
is Leman's to lose here. He is
heading to the last kicker.
Niederer. It is close. Leman is
through, he is into the final again.
Fourth place last time round in
Sochi, what can he do now? This is
where we see that mistake from Marc.
He learned in too much.
As long as
he can ski cleanly, that is when he
made his move.
it wasn't for the mistake from Marc,
Marc would have taken that wink but
it doesn't matter, he is through. He
will know, make a mistake like that
in the final and you could end up
out of the medals.? Back up for the
second of the semifinals. We have
the Russian there, Drury the second
of the three Canadians, Canadian and
Dave Duncan the third and final
Canadian. He broke his collarbone
ahead of the Olympics in Vancouver.
Beast in the St lane nearest to us.
He hasn't been starting that
quickly, he makes his presence felt.
He has done the same thing.
a right hash brown of it.
He is keen
to cut out the todayians so Dave
Duncan in the yellow -- delow, it is
Drury in the green trying to go
round the outside. The mass has
worked through and somehow he is
back in the mix.
Back in the mix but
he is flailing in last place right
So the battle is between the
two Canadians for second and third.
They are the qualifying spots. It is
Dave Duncan xh the yellow in second.
Drury, on one ski as they race round
Duncan, has he let the
team made through? He has.
team made through? He has.
of these mistakes... In third on the
tails of the Russian. Dave Duncan
was opening over the tails of the
skis in fourth. So the battle for
second appears to be Ridzik at the
This is the last jump.
out in front. Ridzik in second.
Bovolenta in third. Dave Duncan
slipping all the way down to fourth.
What a race. So many switches
through the first two-thirds of that
Mistake by Bovolenta on this. He
comes to a stop and has to start
poling to get going again. What does
he do wrong wrong here absorbed it
Yeah. Absorbed it
That's Ridzik''s big move
on the outside. So close, Dave
Duncan actually sheaves speed to
make sure he doesn't take down Brady
It's looking like it will be
a real Humdinger. We've got two
Canadians through, Kevin Drury and
Brady Leman. And Bischofberger is
looking very strong as well. If he
can get out in front, Bischofberger,
he could take gold. He has two
Canadians to worry about. Kevin
Drury and Sergey Ridzik.
back up to the top. It's time to
hand out the medals. This is going
to be very, very close. They are
lining up in the gates.
Bischofberger, as you said, Graham,
has taken out three World Cup
victories this year. He leads the
World Cup standings. Heel looked
less than convincing in the early
rounds, but he has certainly come to
the forenow. Bischofberger is in the
lane closer to the camera.
mechanic, from Switzerland. Up
against the Olympic Athlete from
Russia, Sergey Ridzik.
He has raced very, very well.
Quickest of these races in the
seeding round. There is Brady Leman.
His third chance, fourth agonisingly
in Sochi four years ago.
green bib on the outside, unusually
opting to choose the outside lane is
Kevin Drury. The Canadians so, so
fast, the Russian so clever.
Bischofberger, so wildy.
Bischofberger, so wildy. They are
under starters orders.
This drop off
Be on the gate. Pressure on
the skis. They're off. Leman looking
good at the start. The Russian is
ahead. The Canadians are miles back
as Bischofberger and Ridzik race out
in front. Now there's a lot of work
to be done by the Canadians.
Leman look at that move. Oh it's
again for the Russia. Who can get up
it is aest.
Drurpy has lost his ski.
Battle for gold between
Bischofberger and Leman.
a medal if he can take on his feet.
It's Bischofberger who is in silver
medal position chasing down Leman in
first. Can he claim the bronze
Ridzik or the Canadian.
both skis on. We are focussing on
the front of the race. Incredible
from Brady Leman. Egypt years ago he
broke his leg ahead of the Winter
Olympic Games. Four years ago placed
agonisingly fourth fourth. Losing
time. This could be good interest
from the Canadian.
they come over the last lump here.
But that's it. Gold medal, finally,
for Brady Leman. What an incredible
Silver for Marc
Bischofberger. The Swiss leader of
the World Cup. He turns that form on
the World Cup into a medal here.
It's Sergey Ridzik, the Russian,
working his way through.
Unfortunately for Kev run Drury, who
convincingly led every single one of
his races up to this point, who is
I think he went. I think
it was Drury that went down. We will
see that crash again. These are the
medallists. Look what it means to
Brady Leman. It has taken him so
long, to get on on to an Olympic
podium. On to top spot.
news. Lovely to see Kevin Drury
skiing down. We didn't want tonight
see another injury here. It's been a
brutal day of racing here at the
Men's Ski Cross. A final worthy of
each of these competitors.
the gladiators of snow sports. They
really are. Everything on the line.
Total risk. No sense of self
No quarter given at
any stage. The silver-medallist,
Marc Bischofberger, in front of that
ecstatic crew of travelling Swiss
fans. Then in bronze medal position,
the first man to get back up off the
snow is the Russian, Sergey Ridzik.
Phenomenal performance from him
throughout the day. Kevin Drury just
outside the medals in fourth
Bischofberger was right
over the front of his skis.
that Leman gets coming into here. It
was a definite fall. Drury went down
Basically took Ridzik out at
If it had gone the other
way, then it would have been a
Look at that. A man on his
way to a bronze. He knew what was at
He would have been awarded
the bronze anyway even if he hadn't
crossed the line third because he
was taken out, definitely taken out
by the Canadian crashing in front of
Brady Leman soaking up these
jumps. Down into the finish area.
Bischofberger so close he could
nearly touch Leman. He takes the
silver. It's Ridzik for bronze.
nearly touch Leman. He takes the
silver. It's Ridzik for bronze.
an event. Gladiators on snow. Our
director said as we watched that, we
should have a bond theme throughout
the whole thing. It's got that vibe.
Such a cool event.
as much fun to take part in?
It's everything you want in sport.
Speed, jumps, a bit of a battle.
It's so well-received across the
world. It's a brilliant event. I'm
pleased it in the Games.
can you get awhich with out there?
Almost anything goes. No punching,
eye gauging or stabbing people with
your poles. There are rules. Not
much really. You are fighting for a
small space in the snow. You can
adjust your lines slightly. You
can't ski into somebody. You can
play with the lines, cut up somebody
up your side. Are you defending as
well as skiing side. Double edged
You can block by making
As wide as possible
like in Formula One. You make
yourself as difficult as possible to
get past. It means you can take a
sligly longer line.
A journey for
Leman to get to the gold medal.
broke his leg before Vancouver. He
has been there since the beginning.
One of the best athletes in ski
cross for a long time. Fourth place
last time out. Not to be sniffed at.
The tick in the box, a medal and a
gold medal at that. I think he will
be absolutely ecstatic help was
very, very consistent through the
whole training also this season with
Bischofberger in second place. He
has been doing really well.
indeed. Canada have another gold
medal. From skis to snowboards,
which it's about the only thing that
Ed hasn't competed on for Great
Britain over the years. It's Big
Air. We have three competitors in
qualifying are the Big Air. Billy
Morgan has been a trailblazer. He
came up with tricks that the others
tried to perfect in his wake. He was
trying to get into the Big Air
Final. It's watched by Tim and Ed.
Welcome to Men's Snowboard Big Air
Junior World Champ
Junior World Champ
That was really nice.
That leg grab in there. It's a big
signpost to the judges. They hate
seeing that. Third place.
It's all on the line here. Unlucky
not to make finals in slopestyle.
really was. He will want to make
amends here. He needs to send it
from the top here. Hashtag, full
24 years of age. He barely took
a side slip there. Powering in for
Yes. That is how you do
Flat spin. 1440. Big.
switch. Yes. Look at what it means
to him. Scoffs the take off. Loses
Where is the body grab?
There isn't one. It's held all the
way. Boom! Lands a tiny bit short.
Oh, this is nerve-wracking.
doesn't really know. It's not there.
Eighth place he knocks down his
fellow countryman. He knows for 2018
his Olympics is done.
This is going
to be a lot of fun. What is Max
Parrot going to do? He has the lead
at the moment very comfortably. Will
he send this one and use this jump
to test things out. Will he coast
along? Going frontsided again, I
think. Same trick. Even better. An
improvement in the score for him.
It's a reflection of the dedication
and work that Max Parrot puts in.
No-one who works like Parrot am he
matches that dedication with the
desire to win.
I told you. Take a bow. We are
watching the man who everyone else
has to bet.
has to bet.
Next Chris Corning.
slouch on a snowboard.
Another 1440. We did talk about the
fact that this under the trade
description act should be called
medium sized air. It's not
diminishing the spectacle am we are
not seeing the arms race for corn
corks we have seen in Big Air
contests. We are seeing style and
creativity with grabs starting to
come to the fore. It does nullify
the threat somewhat of someone like
Chris Corning who is a quad cork
machine. He relies on the fire power
of the big tricks.
currently on 85. 88. So he jumps
into second place ahead of fellow
countryman Kyle Mack.
None of this
heat up to the challenge of taking
down Parrot at the moment. Kyle
Mack. He brings his own flavour and
Show us a Dracula. A Japan.
Oh, my goodness. Look at how much of
a handful he grabs of that takeoff.
He needs all that rotation. Oh, boot
grab. When he does this, stretches
the Japan out, he's stopping the
rotation. So stop, and then
accelerates the board through the
last bit. Like he's flicking a
rubber band. Stretching it and
flicking it into the back end of
that trick, isn't it. Great tweak
but from a boot grab. How much will
the judges punish him for a boot
grab. 88. 75.
The judges seemingly
not too worried about the boot grab.
Currently in seventh. He needs
something very, very good here.
Again, opens up very early. He needs
something a little bit more
exciting. The thing is, because he's
coming out of the trick so early,
he's got room for it. It feels to me
he's sold himself a little short
What do I know? The judges saw it
cleaned up they have given it an 85.
So he is currently in 15th, Mattson.
He has the power.
Nicholls he doesn't dip his spins so
no short cuts for him. All of his
row theys are kept flat. Think he is
changing that now.
Oh my goodness. Unlimited power.
That was beautiful. Look at the way
he comes through here. Such
beautiful close board control.
I rode with him in Switzerland back
in January, what he was capable of,
four-and-a-half spins we have seen
put down nice and cleanly.
The trailing hand is just
Definitely tucks it.
He is well within reach of the top
spot. It is Rowan Coultas.
Coming out of Bedford via Austria.
He goes big and it is clean but the
trailing arm was on the fee again.
-- knee again.
We need to have a
good look at this, but he is trying,
you can see, he gets the thigh
there. But watch.
Stays off the knee.
I think it does.
Oh it is an improvement but not
He missed out by 0. 5.
Max Parrot looking all powerful at
the top of the standings there,
no-one even close to that 92.5. Not
when you lock at how close the
scores were, fifth place Schaerer.
Jamie nickels in 11th. It is not
done and dusted. Heat two just
around the corner.
Bergrem. We have talked about the
fact this Norwegian, supremely
talented has sat in shadow of the
more high profile names. He is
incredibly stylish and brilliant at
big air. Yes, big air winner, 1620!
Oh my goodness! Goodness! Look at
this beautiful take off, the grab,
look at the amplitude. That is as
big as we have seen anyone go. Heat
one or two. 94.25. So it is a
different contest, you can't compare
it, but it's same set of ups and it
is way bigger than Max Parrot's
score from heat one. So Toutant. The
regular rider from Quebec, French
Canadian, dropping in switch.
Switch frontside spin coming up.
Switch frontside double cork 1620.
Ladies and gentlemen, sit down,
strap yourselves in, calling it.
Yes, second place. He makes it look
So next rider in Boesiger.
Ooh! The cameraman got a bit
Look how much it means to him. He is
absolutely over the moon with that
one. Finally, the Swiss getting a
little bit of luck. Backside 1620
triple cork, keeping his hands up
Let's just see oh no, it does go
down. 96! Wow. Wow. Wow.
down. 96! Wow. Wow. Wow.
Carlos Garcia Knight. 88.75. He is
in fifth place, landed backside, was
it switch backside or backside 16.
Switch backside 16.
To start, so he
is dropping in forwards this time.
Oh no. Signposting that he is going
switch with a 180 at the top. He is
going to clean this up.
And he has.
I don't think it was possible to
clean it up.
Look at the style as
Absolutely brilliant. It's as big
and as clean as you will see a 1620
97.5. Say hello to first
place Carlos Garcia Knight.
Wow. Next in Mark
McMorris. Currently sat in fifth
place, just ahead of Billy Morgan.
We saw that lot, it is not somewhere
he is used to being sat. Mark
McMorris is podium material.
Dropping in switch.
Again, sharp intake of breath from
the commentary booth.
He has gone
switch backside, arguably the
hardest drengion to spin in an he
has, he is fighting fire with fire.
So that switch backside
working with the judges. They like
Now the British fans. Getting ready
for this man. Billy Morgan. Back in
2015, he landed the Quad cork. This
jump not big enough for it at the
moment. Supposedly. Frontside triple
coming up. No backside again.
Massive. Oh my goodness. It is
better. It's better. It's better.
Billy! That was beautiful.
Oh unwrap it. Let us look at whole
Look how he gets hold of it and
bending the board there.
lot go a fraction early but as far
as putting the landing down, you
couldn't land a Boeing on auto pilot
better than that.
90.5. Look at his
face. Billy Morgan clings to that
Tyler Nicholson. The
pressure is on.
He was just a quarter of a point
behind Billy Morgan with his first
jump. Can he up it now? So switch.
There is one, two, three, four.
Switch 1440. Oh, my goodness, I do
not want to look.
It was the
It is a carbon copy, the
landing is really really good. It is
going to be so close, this is going
to be incredibly close. He's praying
to the snowboarding judging gods.
What's your head say Ed?
You can't speak.
don't know. This is awful. I think
Billy might just have it. Billy was
And it was bigful Billy's
was big, that was...
Be honest with
yourself. Cab fronts side spin
harder than backside triple.
is upside down. Both had nosegrabs,
I don't know what to say. 98 --
89.25. Billy Morgan is one ride area
Friday the finals. Nicholson thought
he had it. There is one man to drop
who can deny Billy a place in the
finals on Saturday. He is one of the
most decorated men in snowboarding.
Granted, he is in the sun sets of
his years as a professional
snowboard other, but make no mistake
about it. Piiroinen is a Jedi when
it comes to freestyle snowboarding.
Too much tension to get the knitting
out now from the Finnish coach. She
is watching very carefully. So here
it go, dropping in switch. That is
fakie to you and me.
Oh, goodness. Why would he do that
Oh, switch 1440. Oh goodness.
Stylish. It is really stylish. Works
hard on the last rotation.
landing is a bit off.
Look at us
trying to find an excuse.
do feel bad trying to pick him apart
here, but it's sixth place at stake.
I'm not sure thaw will be enough.
But you never ever know. 87.25. So
Piiroinen in 8th place. Carlos
Garcia Knight blazing his way to the
top of second qualification heat.
Boesiger in second. Billy Morgan in
You are in an Olympic big air
How does that feel?
pretty rapid. I don't want to get
too excited yet. I have to keep it
under wraps. After seeing the
standard I didn't expect to get in.
Because it was just 16s. And some of
them bumped me, but I needed to get
squeeze the points out of that
trick. It worked. Happy days.
done, look forward to watching you
in the finals.
Thank you very much.
We love you Billy.
We are all in his
corner. That will be 1am Saturday
morning your time. That ramp is 49
metres high with a maximum angle of
40 grows.ment is it your thing?
It is like the start
gate in that sort of angle. I don't
You are not going that fast.
Not with a board strapped to you. We
are excited about tomorrow because
it is the turn of the rocket, not
that one, it is the rocket Dave
Riding, in the men's slalom. Express
your excisement levels and our hopes
I am trying to suppress my
excitement levels. It is something
he has been looking forward to, the
whole of alpine winter sports has
been looking forward to it. Let us
see what he has to offer when he
pushes out the start gate.
tens including a second last year,
he is the real deal.
He is, he has
the skills to mix it with the best
in the world and has been for the
last couple of season, it is whether
he can put it down in two runs with
all the pressure that will be the
hardest parts for him tomorrow.
will see it overnight. Shall we have
a quick look at the medal table. Why
not? Norway have had a fantastic
day. They are one shy of matching
the all time record of 14 golds in
one game, that was set by Canada in
their home games in 200010678913 is
already Norway's best in a single
games, so 24 hours in one hour
tairksd and that is highlights in
today at the games, at 7pm with
Claire and so much to look forward
to on day 13. There is a big night
for Great Britain's men. Kyle
Smith's Durhaming rink need to beat
the Swiss to be in the semifinals,
Eve Muirhead already there. Dave the
rocket Riding in the men's slalom
start gate. We have Mikaela Shifrin
expected to go and medal again, in
So, a lot to look forward to, we are
all off to find Ed a snowboard so we
can convince him to go into the big
air, in Beijing, in 2022. You have
done everything else. You might as
well give it a go. Thanks for your
company today, we will catch you
tomorrow. Tomorrow. Bye for now.
Great Britain are getting Bert as
the competition goes on.
She puts it down when it counts.
We want to see these big tricks that
we know these guys can do.
Team USA versus team Canada.
Shifrin goes for the double.
What a ski from Dave Riding.