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Great Britain Are Getting Better And
Better As This Competition Goes On.
She puts it down when it counts.
want to see these big trick that we
know these guys can do.
versus team Canada.
goes for the double.
What is -- what
a performance from a riding that
afternoon to you and welcome to the
most olden day in winter Olympic
There are ten medals up for grabs
and it's the first time ever in all
of these years of slipping and
sliding that there have been ten
titles up for grabs. In the curling,
no gold medal but there is a silver
because a guaranteed silver is what
is at stake in the men's semifinals
this afternoon. We're heading over
to Pyeongchang live now, because in
the all-American derby that is Kevin
Koe's Canada up against John
Shuster, USA, John Shuster the first
American man ever to win a gold
medal in the winter, it is going all
the way, it is end eight and we are
It's been a very tight affair, four
ends where they have managed to
score to each, three blank ends and
now Canada are going there way, they
have the hammer and then try to
contain the hammer. Tyler George
making a nice little shot, he had a
good shot with his previous stone as
well. Kevin Koe knows that he's in a
real scrap here. This USA team beat
Canada in the round robin. Which was
a bit of a surprise, which was a
much that the USA had to win to give
them a chance to qualify for the
semifinal and they followed it up
with a win over Great Britain. That
meant we were in the tie-break match
which we lost, sadly, to Sweden
earlier on. The other semifinal,
Sweden are playing Switzerland just
two sheets over and that one will be
wrapped up very soon because Sweden
are winning 9-2. Sweden will go into
the final. Who will meet them?
Canada or USA? It has been a tight
affair, Mark Kennedy has missed one
or two jarring the match. The just
about managing to get a good shot
Yeah, really good shots to
stick around in a lying position.
They don't have a lot of what margin
to work with at all.
Two is the
You like this, Matt?
can't play the in. Well, John...
He's seen something on the ice.
you don't get this, he's going to
play the double.
While these guys are chatting, I
think we will see the last stone set
down. You might hear a bit of
applause from the other semifinal.
Looks like that end is going to be
blanked. The Purgatory is going to
be over for service. -- for the
Swiss. They will come back for the
The handshakes come. To
remind you, the men's bronze medal
match is tomorrow, and also the
women's semifinals, same time as
this, Eve Muirhead will be playing
on this sheets, she will be playing
Sweden. The Swedish skip... The
handshakes are taking place just the
left as these guys, the right from
So now, Canada and USA have the
arena all to themselves. Matt
Hamilton, he of the moustache, so,
John Shuster, there's been lots of
discussion here. Canada have already
used their time out, yet Steve says.
-- USA have yet to use there.
is a bold call from USA, trying to
get in there first.
Going a bit back
in the forfeit.
That's not really
what they were looking for.
they obviously decided to take it a
bit further back when they realise
they hadn't thrown it so well. We're
seeing Kevin Koe play some great
shots, he had a couple of if he
draws earlier on. So, Kevin Koe has
a great chance here to try and break
this game apart. It's been such a
tense and tight affair. This team he
puts together four years ago, two
former gold medallists, Ben -- Ben
Hebert, and Marc Kennedy.
Hebert, and Marc Kennedy. So Kevin
Koe, he has a chance, he hasn't had
too many chances to rest the
initiative away from the USA.
They are on this early sweeping
hard, it's curling a lot, not sure
it will get past the red, just
catches it. That's a mistake from
Kevin Koe, we haven't seen too many
since the first couple of ends.
That really was
the first mistake we've seen from
Kevin Koe. He's been driving his
team-mates along so far today. The
wait was perfect, it's just over
curling at the end.
Important to make sure they hit this
on the noises or inside, you don't
want to hit it on the inside and
directed onto their own yellow. It
would have to be pretty bad shot to
do that, though.
Every errand. It
looks like one team has something
going -- at every end it looks like
one team has something going and it
swings back to the other team. It's
been enthralling, particularly for
curling enthusiasts. That's a crack
cracking shots from the United
States skip. That's Matt Hamilton
right there. Tyler George, clench
fist, the UFC -- USA team know what
a great shot that was. There's the
hit and the role. Tucks in. And now
the big question being asked of him
here, Kevin Koe, USA lying two. This
is the eighth end, just two more
after this. It was a close win in
the round robin between the two of
them, it went all the way to the
wire. Here he goes, Kevin Koe.
I like the line!
It goes quiet in here, very quiet.
Canadian fans, USA fans watching
intently, will this get in? This is
pulling early already. It's two to
the USA. That is a massive end for
the USA. It's a steal in the eighth.
They go two ahead. It also means
Canada have hammer in the ninth but
it could mean the USA, if there's a
score, they will have it in the
tenth. The sweat on the brow of
Canada, they are sweating now. Their
Olympic campaign hanging in the
balance. You're looking at me as if
you cannot believe this. Canadian
women out, that was the shot, and if
Canada it would be a shock. There
are two ends to go but Kevin Koe not
able to do anything about it.
going on in my mind right now is, it
is this really happening? I cannot
believe that that happened. Kevin
Koe not even close with that draw.
Goes up to steal at the eighth end
which is horrible outcome. They're
now chasing the game, two down.
They've got the hammer and they are
on end as well. So Canada are going
to have to really pull out all the
There'd dancing in the
stands in the Curling Centre in the
USA onesies, and yes, there are
people here in USA onesies. So, for
them, although it will be a nervous
last two ends because Kevin Koe and
his team are more than cable turning
this around, -- capable of turning
this around. The lead for the USA
John Landsteiner. Look John Shuster,
still talking about that last end.
Tyler George. The two of them have
been together a long time. This
Canadian team has been very good, we
said they came together in 2014.
Almost an all-star team, Brent Laing
is to play for Howard, the champion.
Glenn Howard, the coach of the
British women's team. Kevin Koe, I
think it was because he moved, and
then put a new team together. The
two men he brought in, Ben Hebert
and Marc Kennedy, gold medallists
from 2010 Vancouver playing for
Kevin Martin. And Canada just always
expects to win the gold medal now.
Anyone who gets to the final will
have a tough match
have a tough match against Edin of
Sweden but Canada coming up against
it., ghosts to them. -- regret they
have the hammer.
The interesting thing about Kevin
Koe changing his team, his team on
the Canadian men's Chevy chip and
went to the worlds, they already
knew Kevin Koe was leaving to set up
a new team for the next cycle. They
managed to come forth that time in
He moved to Calgary, I
think it was. He's 43. He is the
oldest of the team, I think. How old
I think Ben is ageing a little bit
Well, Kevin Koe has got to get to
thinking cap on here.
You might be thinking, OK, certainly
the option if this end doesn't
build, he can certainly plant this
end and carry the hammer into the
tents come if he were to get two, he
has to get two in the tense, under
pressure to do that. Even that ties
it and it would be an extra end and
the hammer reverts back to the USA.
The setup is good for Canada, they
have got a corner guard and both of
those yellow USA stones are back at
the T-line close together. So
there's an odd agility for a freeze.
This one is still running.
is an opportunity for a freeze.
on its way, little. Look at how hard
Brent Laing is working. Marc Kennedy
looks... He looks a little stressed
there. This is Matt Hamilton, he's
getting a lot of attention back
home. His moustache is as famous as
he is, it has its own Twitter
account, apparently. And he's a real
character, trying to keep the crowd
involved as well, always playing the
crowd, Matt Hamilton. Looking across
now, big smile on his face. A little
wave, just not too carried away
Brett Lang, married to Jennifer
Brett Lang, married to Jennifer
Jones, the champion from Sochi. This
is going from bad to worse for
Canada. Have you ever seen this sort
of thing happening?
of thing happening? Kevin Koe coming
up short, and he doesn't get that to
the line. It has gone quiet. Matt
Kennedy has come to have a word.
Make the pile bigger, maybe but.
They are falling apart here.
I almost feel like looking across to
our Canadian counterparts
broadcasting, and they have had a
tricky week after what happened to
Rachel Hohmann, and discovering that
story back in Canada, the Canadian
women not even making the
semifinals. That has never happened
A straightforward take out
for the USA here. As long as there
any red stones in the house, Canada
will get multiple points.
the gold medal in 2014, 2010, 2006.
Silver medallist against Norway in
the final in Salt Lake City, and
silver medallists against
Switzerland. This would be the first
time they do not make the final if
they do not call list through.
Marc Kennedy, who himself missed a
few early on.
Better separation -- bit of
separation between the stones, which
should go easily for the USA.
of a gap.
of a gap. They can squeeze that out.
Even if it catches a bit of the
back. Tyler George has been as good
as John Shuster has been. Tyler
George has been the star man of this
year. Has he got another one here?
He catches the bag yellow, and they
are left with two. Not what he
Canada needs to decide
whether to blank or Squire to. -- or
scorer two. If they tie the game
after ten, they go to an extra end.
Blanking the end is the easiest
He is trying to play
They need to have a good sequence of
shots to put two on the board.
other thought is get one, then steal
in the final end.
But the problem is
they would need to steal twice, they
would need to score one and then one
in ten, and then one at the extra
end as well.
We have seen many times
that happen in the round-robin. You
told me it statistically happens a
lot. People steal in the final end.
I just think the way they are
playing, you can see the stress on
their faces, Marc Kennedy is
normally more boisterous and loud
and talking, Kevin Koe is a more
subdued character anyway.
subdued character anyway.
giving a blank. I would rather give
This is what I have
enjoyed all week, toing and froing,
these two teams knowing what the
opposition should be doing.
shot to rattle that one through.
said he didn't want to give the two.
He would rather blank this end. I
think that is a good call. If you go
through what has happened in the
match so far, Canada have not once
been able to take two. If they do,
you have another chance in the extra
end with the hammer.
end with the hammer. He will just be
looking to blank this end and then
This will be the fourth end from the
name we have played that has been
blanked. It has been an enthralling
match. Ebbing and flowing and
seesawing one way then the other.
You feel at the minute as if USA
have put all of them at one end of
the seesaw, and they will be hard to
shift. USA were bronze medallists in
children, John Shuster in the team.
They have never made the final.
They are just rang to make life
That was an
interesting call from John Shuster,
trying to make them give up two for
the opportunity to force Canada to
score one. They did not quite get it
right, there might still be a chance
to blank here for Kevin Koe. Or he
could try to chip it for two.
given him the temptation to do that.
There is the bench.
There is the bench. Scott Pfeifer in
I am looking at John
Shuster's preferred scenario, and
the difference between being two up
in the last stone is negligible.
We're talking 90% victory to 91%
He will have to be really
cute here. This is the shot he has
not been playing well. He has
struggled with his weight.
struggled with his weight. We have a
good view of this.
It kept spinning out, it is only
going to be one. But by getting its
end, he did not have enough brakes
on it to hold it and he knows that
is advantage to the USA because it
is the one result they did not want,
the blank would have been better
than one, two would have been better
than one. The United States leading
4-3 after nine. Crucially they have
the hammer. Canada would need to
steal just to keep the match going.
It pulled right at the end. Because
it caught it in, it kept spinning.
Some Canadians mixed up in the
primarily US contingent. The amount
of times Canada play the United
States in their tournament is, we
said also in the ice hockey today,
United States women, out on top.
That was a bit harsh, this would be
much bigger. I watch the penalty
shoot out in the ice hockey.
Ben Hibbert, he would love to be a
-- Ben Hebert. This would be the
equivalent of a birdie.
John Landsteiner, he has his
statistics back up to 65%, although
they do not always tell the full
story. That is a nice shot. Nice
short, says his team-mates. He is
happy with that. Look his swagger.
You have got to be thinking that
John Shuster maybe has Kevin Koe's
number this season. They have played
each other twice this season, and
John Shuster has won twice both
times. You would not expect that
given the success Kevin Koe's team
has had over the years.
One of those
victories was in the round-robin. If
you are just joining us, this is the
men's semifinal. Sweden have already
won the very comfortably, 9-3,
beating Switzerland who knocked
Great Britain out in the tie-break
match earlier today during the
night. This time tomorrow will be
Eve Muirhead against Sweden in the
semifinal, Korea the hosts finished
top of the round-robin, their team
are fast becoming superstars here.
They will be taking on Japan in the
other semifinal. The final end, USA
have a massive advantage here, and
with the hammer. John Shuster would
like it to get out.
like it to get out. As the Canadians
like to say, it was nibbling.
good is that! Two great shots. We
saw Cammy Smith, the British league
player helping -- league player,
helping his team out, and how much
difference it made to his team at
If you have watched a lot
of curling, probably picked up that
if you have the hammer, at the last
end where you only need to score
one, you want to have the front as
clear as you can, to draw in and win
the match. Canada will try to get
behind the guards and set something
up to make it difficult for the US.
Once we have had the four Stones
played, the USA would not want to
have any out, hashtag any eight, --
would not want to take any out. He's
just thinking here, to try to get
the back red as well.
the back red as well.
Of Canada have
one behind, that would be the
Good try, he gets rid of the
guard. Canada have got two there,
right on the edge of the 12 foot,
and USA are trying to keep it nice
and clear upfront.
With just a few stones to come here
in the tenth, offered John Schuster
this situation before and he would
have bitten your hand.
They do note
that one little mistake, we have
said how much an end can shift and
change. Even that there from Brent
Laing. It's just come across. Very
short as well.
short as well.
The Canadians are
tried to put the stone in a
difficult position to peel, so
they're trying to hope and force the
USA into a mistake by making appeal
and trying to drive it on to a wide
one which spins it to the centre. A
bit of diligence required here.
sends it the other way and sends his
yellow out. Doesn't want any traffic
out front. Every stone that goes by,
USA edge closer to the Olympic
final. Every time Canada fail, to
give the USA skip John Shuster
issues with his last stone, they
take a step closer with making the
sort of history they want to make.
It just gets over.
It just gets over. When they lost
three in the round robin, I guess
the signs were there that the
Canadians were not play at their
best. They have had a tough or here.
You can't say they didn't play well
early on, the USA
early on, the USA didn't let them
get away. It just touches that one
They are all four in a line
on the right-hand side.
look of resignation on the face of
Kevin Koe here. What Oscar I do, he
is probably thinking?
is probably thinking? -- what else
can I do?
He's trying to work and
find a position for the guard so he
can work the centre line and little
but but it's going to be a big ask
for John Shuster to this on his last
stone. The real thing is that they
have got to make John Schuster play
against his last stone, so if he had
a catastrophic mess, then he loses
the game which could put extra
pressure on his last one.
have three more stones so that's
part of the issue. Trying to induce
That speed is perfect.
I wonder what's going through his
Take a look and make sure you
Did they ever imagined, Canada,
that the women's team would not make
the semifinal? That's never happened
before. And the men's team doesn't
make the final. That's never
happened before. The curling nation
of Canada, with such high
expectations with their teams, they
did win the gold medal in the
doubles. With the developments in
the doping case, Norway will get the
bronze medal, Switzerland took the
silver in that.
Needs to be a little
bit careful here. Kevin Koe has put
that over the side to try and force
one of those misses that we talked
Well, you've had a cracking game, a
little wink and a smile.
understandable, the nerves, they
know this is historic for the USA.
Not only the sense of getting to the
final, but they've got another
match, a chance to win the gold
medal, but putting Canada out, for
them, any other team, it would be a
great achievement. But he gets to
the gold medal match starting all
over your neighbours, the best --
stepping all over your neighbours,
the best curling nation in the
world, is there anything Kevin Koe
can do about it? He's the last play,
two stones for the skip.
two stones for the skip.
really starting to think outside the
box. They're going to come down onto
the stone and try and bounce them
both back towards the centre line.
It's going to hit
It's going to hit this red stone,
and roll both stones.
And hope his
shooter, is back in.
shooter, is back in. He's just
having to look at the clock, under
two minutes now. He can't run out of
time, he had the full look behind
him, I wondered what he was looking
at behind the shoulder.
Well, this is a strategic shot. It's
going to miss, is it? It doesn't
miss. He gets one out into the
middle and in the house, he does
have three in there. At least he's
Absolutely. They need to
pull something out of the bag. I've
got to say, the ice has been very
straight down this line. It's not
been curling at all. Down the centre
First things first, he
I mean, even if they draw in, if you
got a clear house, and Kevin Koe
draws anywhere, he just needs to hit
that and he doesn't have do play a
dead weight draw, anything like
that. He needs to get this right.
And he will have a chance to send
his team into the final. Has he got
this one right?
They just don't want
to leave this yellow stone where the
A bit straight, he didn't
want to sit there, if you caught
that on the nose.
that on the nose.
If that's in a
shot position, that's a huge shot
for John Shuster. It will make
things even easier for the last one.
With the lying stones out, I'm sure
he is still going for the shot.
Well, he's saying he wants to at
least play the draw if he hits and
sticks. And asks John Shuster to
draw. By hitting it, he wouldn't lie
the shot. So, Kevin Koe, this could
be the last stone of his Olympic
campaign. He's waited so long for
the chance to represent Canada at
the Olympics, to follow in the path
of the previous three Canadians get
who won the gold medal. But that
looks as though that opportunity
will not arise. -- follow in the
path of the previous three Canadian
skips who won the gold medal. He can
only hope that he plays a shot at
John Shuster makes a big mistake
with his last stone. It's gone very
quiet here in the arena. A distinct
action that Kevin Koe has. He looks
determined. This is not the way he
would have envisaged things.
would have envisaged things. He is
going to get the hit and the roll in
but it's going to go right where he
said he didn't want it to go. That's
sitting on the button, it's a nice
target their for John Shuster. If
you had said to the USA skip, I tell
you what, John, not only do you have
the chance to get into the gold
medal match with a fairly
straightforward shot where all you
have to do is to shift the
opponent's stone and stick in the
house, but in so doing you can also
put out Canada, I don't think he
would have dreamt of this situation.
They beat them in the round robin
and now John Shuster had the
opportunity to go into the gold
medal match and put Canada out.
Bronze medallist from 2006,
four-time Olympian, he's been played
brilliantly tonight, well backed up
by his team, they have been better
than Canada and this one is coming
straight down the middle. He's done
it. John Shuster has put his team
into the gold medal match. It was an
enthralling encounter between two
great rivals and for a long time,
nothing to choose between them. But
then in the eighth end, the USA
stole two after a mistake from the
Canadian skip. They picked up one in
the night, it wasn't enough. And
then a straightforward last end for
the USA. Brilliantly played,
well-managed, what a shock that is.
What will that mean, Logan, for
Canadian curling? Their women are
not at all into the semifinals, and
at best, their men fighting for the
Canada are such a proud
nation, and they really thrive in
the Winter Olympics. For curling,
it's just unthinkable that neither
of the Canadian teams would be in
the gold medal match. Well played to
John Shuster and his American side,
the only difference between the two
teams was that John Shuster made his
shots and Kevin Koe didn't at the
Huge shock at the
curling, huge semifinal, where the
obligation. -- worthy of the
occasion. The Canadian skip has
walked off on his own leading his
team on his own. Canada are out, USA
go through to face Sweden in the
gold medal match.
STUDIO: that is an absolutely huge
story. Not least for John Shuster
himself, what a back story for this
man. He worked as a bartender and
managed restaurants, now works at a
sporting goods shop. He has
represented team USA in four
straight games, he was part of the
2016 that won bronze, the lead
player then. And decided he wanted
to be skip, he made his own team,
and won all three Olympics trials
thereafter. In his World
Championship as a skip, he has never
finished worse than fifth. In
Vancouver and subsequent limericks,
it's never gone right. In Vancouver
eight years ago, he had a terrible
time, he played so badly that the
team's coach decided to replace him,
he was replaced by an alternate. His
shooting starts with the worst of
any skip. He came back in 2014 and
his shooting stats again, the second
worst of all the skips. Now he's
come back and with everyone watching
him in America, in fact, they have
rather cruelly dubbed some of his
mistakes in previous mistakes
mistakes in previous mistakes doing
a Shuster, but he has shown what
he's made of today. A guaranteed
silver medal for John Shuster and
the US, that the story.
And great moments before the
Canadians. We will see the other
semifinal, the Swiss will be playing
the Swedes. We hope it would be Kyle
Smith's Great Britain but as you
know, they lost that tie-breaker, so
we will update you with that one
Now, we've got a lot to get through
on our sporting menu today.
Germany expected to play a major
part in the women's team biathlon
today. Laura Dahlmeier aiming to
become the first woman in the game
to become a third gold medallist.
And after that, one and two and
three in the individual Nordic
combined event, the team event, they
are unexpected to beaver top again.
For the fifth time in six games in
the ice hockey final for the women,
it's Canada the US. Dave Ryding in
elite company alongside Australia in
the men's slalom, both with big
dreams today. High winds,
postponement, it ill this, that
regret and illness have blown
Michelle -- Mikaela Shiffrin's plans
of course but you could win today.
And a bittersweet first Olympics for
Kyle Smith's men, so close to
getting a medal shot and yet so far.
We are clipping on the skinny skis
first and after the biathlon at the
Alpensia result. We are told that
that is accommodation word -- eight,
combination word, fantastic album of
Asia. It's been very good to Laura
Dahlmeier of Germany who had already
won two gold medals by the third day
of the games. Could she get a third
one on day 13? She was going to have
to do so in tandem with three
team-mates in the women's team
relay. They each have to ski six
kilometres then they have got to
macro shooting positions, lying down
and then standing up. You try doing
all of that when your heart is going
like the clappers! The close his
like the clappers! The close his
stages now. Let us watch the clock,
Poland, Belarus, Italy. None of
those three nations have ever been
on the podium in this.
Guzik's lead is now 12 and a half.
Reid is going great for the
Americans. We're used to some drama
here but not as much as we have
witnessed tonight. Incredible how
the swings and fortune have moved
backwards and forwards.
No Polish quartet have ever been on
the podium in this event.
France's second, Belarus third.
United States only 21 seconds
adrift. It would be interesting to
see where the Germans are. Surely
the right of this by now.
Norway one minute off the pace.
Dahlmeier already has a silver
medal. She's going to rely on her
unusual brilliance at the shooting
range but also on others making
What a result this could be for
Veronica Nowakowska. She has her
mother, father on the tour with her.
She took time out to have twins.
Domracheva in third place for
Belarus. Can she get a second medal
of the games after silver in the
We will keep watching the clock for
Dahlmeier, but we will only know if
there are mistakes ahead of her.
She's going to be reliant on
mistakes ahead of her at the first
of the two visits to the shooting
Poland, France then Belarus. Italy
are fourth, and the a lot out of
this. Then the distinct strip of
Slovakia followed by the United
States and Switzerland.
States and Switzerland. So many
world-class biathletes have
unravelled that the shooting range
tonight. Can Nowakowska keep body
and mind together here? Try to
temporarily block out the context.
It is the Winter Olympic final.
She's in the driving seat here for
Poland, they have never won a medal
before. In pole position in lane
one. Back as she lines up, she will
be aware that the
be aware that the Frenchwoman Bescon
is beside her, and Domracheva.
is beside her, and Domracheva. --
-- Bescond. She has missed her
first, under immediate pressure. A
mistake from the French, and another
mistake from Poland. She will be to
use two of the three spare rounds.
Look at Domracheva, five out of
five, and the Golden girl has given
herself a huge chance here.
Nowakowska is having to load extra
rounds. That is Bescond. No penalty
look. It is Belarus from France,
The camera is focusing on Dahlmeier.
She might get away with some reloads
of the spare rounds. She needs a
really good shipped here. A massive
deficit. Five out of five. She has
half a chance, which is why the
Germans are celebrating. A lot of
work to do. She is a long way
behind. She's in a class of her own.
It is a huge deficit. And what
brilliant composer from Domracheva.
She has been injured and on
maternity leave, she started getting
her campaign on track with a silver
medal in the mass start. He knows
how significant that can be. The
Belarussians have never won a medal
in this event. They were upgraded to
for four years ago after the Russian
disqualification. They were ninth in
the World Championships last year,
but this would be immense. If they
had to put their money on any one of
the quartet to get them home and
cope with the pressure, it would be
their star women, Domracheva.
It will all come down to this eighth
and final visit to the shooting
I do not think Bescond will have the
speed to close her down. Belarus,
France, Poland. Driving into the
teeth of the gale appear on the
Alpensia -- up here on the Alpensia
course. There will be a lot of
excitement for the Belarussians in
the stadium. Bescond is going well
in second place.
Bescond is getting further behind
Domracheva, significantly so, she
has lost 12 seconds. Nowakowska is
in bronze at the moment, so it could
be a tussle with the Slovakians. And
the Italians are close behind. Then
there is a little gap, back to
Sweden and Norway.
Oberg for Sweden is trying to close
the gap. -- Olsbu for Sweden. When
they come into the shooting range
for the last time, it will not be a
golden finish. One minute and nine
seconds. 22 seconds off the pace for
Can she go five out of five year? If
she can, judging by the speech he
has produced since she last came
into the range, the gold medal will
be hers barring disaster with her
skis coming. Three gold medals for
the women they call --, Domracheva.
-- the women they call Dasher,
Domracheva. Good start.
She needs all three of her spare
If you see the Belarussian flag
flash red, she has missed. She needs
the last one.
And very nervy shoot.
Domracheva leads but she needed all
three of her spare rounds. Bescond
just off the pace. Oeberg goes third
for Susan. Then Switzerland, -- for
Sweden. Then Switzerland, Norway and
Darya Domracheva held her composure
to avoid Kandinsky a penalty loops
which would have almost certainly I
have seen her -- to avoid having to
ski a penalty loop which would have
almost certainly seen her move
through and waist her lead. But look
at Oeberg who has moved through.
Sweden have never got a medal in
this event. And Oeberg was
magnificent taking the gold medal in
the individual race.
the individual race. These are two
of the most important kilometres she
will have ever skied in her life,
for Darya Domracheva, because she
knows how significant this is for
her and her three team-mates. They
will embrace her at the finish if
she can keep this going.
Oeberg has been in the top ten in
every race she skied on her own. The
anchor leg for Norway, silver in the
sprint, with Slovakia just behind
her. Then come Switzerland and
Poland. It's about Darya Domracheva.
Her husband is here, and has been
given accreditation from the Belarus
in team, he's the most decorated by
athlete in history with 13 medals,
the Norwegian. He has been overtaken
by married beer can cover the cost
country skier, -- married
country skier, -- married married
Bjorgen, who got 14 yesterday.
The coaches are roaring
encouragement. Look at that, Oeberg
has gone past
has gone past Anais Bescond. She's
going to rely on Anais Bescond
tiring. Belarus and Sweden, neither
of whom have been on the podium.
Oeberg trying to close down Anais
This is superb. She is not going to
be caught now. Unless one of her
skis comes off, or she snaps up all.
Gold is going to Belarus in this
relay for the very first time. The
Belarussian coach is not hanging
around, he was to get back down to
the finish to witness the history.
Hanna Oeberg following up her great
individual performances with a very
mature piece of scheme for 22 old to
help the Swedes. -- mature piece of
skiing for a 22-year-old. It looks
like the French woman should be
secure for the bronze. Darya
Domracheva was unbeatable in Sochi,
three gold medals, then she took
time off to have a baby. She's
climbed back up to the top of the
world and she's taking her three
team-mates her. Darya Domracheva
brings Belarus their first gold
medal in this event and she done it
in style. What a story! Flag comes
off, doesn't matter, it will be with
her on the podium. Belarus take the
gold. Hanna Oeberg, the 22 your old
from Sweden brings their country the
first medal in this event, and Anais
Bescond from France bowing as she
crosses the line in third. Sweden
and Belarus have never been on the
podium before, and they have slept
to gold and silver. Emotional
embraces for all of the teams at the
end. Belarus denied a world champion
in Germany who are miles out of it
on this occasion. Laura Dahlmeier
cutting a forlorn figure as she
comes across the line. You can come
in as the favourites but you have to
deliver at the shooting range and
the Germans didn't tonight. Belarus
on top of the world.
A superb performance from the
Russian quartet -- Belarussian
quartet, and its goals, the first
ever medal for Sweden with silver
and a brilliant brave bronze for
Won't that make Belarus feel a a lot
better after all of the palaver in
the aerials? That is a fourth gold
medal for Darya Domracheva, and she
and her husband who was the greatest
Olympian of all time until married
-- Bjorgen took earlier today, they
have a daughter and look out for her
in 2028! Now let's go and look at
Nordic combined, we ditch the rifles
and throw ourselves of the ski slope
in said. It's the only event in the
winter or summer games which is
meant only, for now. Germany
expected to go very well in this one
because they have got a fantastic
track record in these games. They
have won the normal hill event and
they took one, two, three in the
hill. It was led by Johannes Rydzek,
the new Superman, the German press,
calling him, of Nordic combined. He
is Germany's sports personality of
the year from last year. He wears a
little cheeky Superman T-shirt
underneath his ski suit. He's going
to fly, with Ollie watching. I feel
like this is the ultimate winter
eliminator. Ski jumping and then the
skiing which decides the medals. The
way the ski jump helps is that you
get points for your jump, they come
down the jump on the right-hand
side, a little bit of snow in the
air, a couple of degrees below zero.
The young Finnish team is competing
this year. That jump has excellent
distance. High fives from the
Finnish pictures. Ilkka Herola, 133.
Finland go into the lead. Now,
Austria do have something of a
chance to speak on to the podium
here. Number one for them is Mario
Again, that is another strong jump.
As I said, you only have one chance.
If you get it wrong and land five or
ten metres back of what you're
looking for, that really hurts your
team's chances. Good distance. Into
second place. For now, for Austria.
Starting for Japan, 34-year-old
Hideaki Nagai. The flag goes down,
the coach uses the flag to tell the
jump that they are clear to go.
And again, around about the k-point
of hundred and 25 metres. Hideaki
Nagai will score into the fourth but
they have stronger competitors
coming up. Watch out for Akito
Watabe jumping last for Japan, one
of the best in the world. So is this
man for Germany, Eric Frenzel. Gold
and silver already in these games,
gold in Sochi as well and if huge
jump to get Germany on their way.
137 metres is a big start for
Germany courtesy of their main man,
It puts Germany into the lead and
maybe only Norway can keep up with
Germany in this event, Germany the
favourites. Norway's Joergen Graabak
into the air. You will see it's a
long jump but it wasn't quite up
with that green line which
represents the line of the leaders.
3.5 metres back from that. The
scores from the judges, look at this
form. Into third behind Finland and
that is a little bit of a surprise.
As he entered the FirstGroup. One
quarter of the -- as we entered the
first group. One quarter of the way
through the ski jumping. Finland
outperforming the world champions,
Norway further back. Bernhard Gruber
for Austria. Character on the Nordic
combined circuit. Does he have the
distance to go with the personality?
A bit of a wobble on his right ski,
but a great jump from Bernhard
Gruber. That is long, 136 metres.
And maybe Austria can be contenders
here. They go first place. For
Japan, Go Yamamoto.
Again, that is really strong for
Japan. And there are some teams here
really bringing these jumps.
You will see more of Vinzenz Geiger,
you has been exceptional as a
20-year-old at these Olympics as he
waits for the light to go green. I
think this man will some day replace
Eric Frenzel as the superstar on the
German team. So strong. And he
should be happy with that as well.
Maybe he wants an extra couple of
metres. It's not one of the longest
jumps we've seen. But when you watch
the remainder of this German team
go, that will be a good
contribution. It slots Germany into
second behind this surprise Austrian
performance. And the last one for
round two is your Magnus Reber from
Norway. -- Jarl Magnus Riiber. It
was a strong performance in the jump
a few days ago. The same as that.
Good from him, not great, but good.
That is enough by a very narrow
margin to put Norway into the lead
ahead of Austria and Germany. There
is the gap, 1.8 points separating
the top two, that is exciting. Lukas
Klapfer for Austria, looking
exceptionally good here so far. He
was the bronze medallist on the
normal hill in week one of the
Olympics, he needs more of the same
right now. It's good. Good without
being great. It will keep Austria in
the hunt. 131 metres. It puts
Austria into the lead. Comfortable
and above France. Now, Yoshito
Watabe, the younger brother of the
world number one, Akito Watabe.
This is a vital jump for Japan, and
it is a little short.
it is a little short. May be an
extra few metres would have been
better. Japan will only be second,
and there is a bit of a gap between
them and the leaders, Austria, right
now. The silver medallist on the
large hill a couple of days ago.
That could have a big impact on
Germany's chances. Germany are
beneath Austria. For Norway,
Andersen. Sixth in the world, he has
really improved this season.
It was reasonably good, 128.5
metres, and later further than
Riessle, from a less accomplished
It will come down to one of the
oldest competitors here, can he keep
the momentum going? Yes, he can!
The judges are just taking a couple
of seconds. There into the lead, how
about that from Wilhelm Denifl?
Watabe, the best in the world this
season. Five World Cup victories.
And another big jump from him.
And another big jump from him. 137.5
metres, still a smile etched all
over this these. -- over his face.
14 points behind Austria. That means
19 seconds in practice. Each point
is worth about one second and a
third. Two to jump. Hugh won gold
two days ago. Rydzek, from Germany.
Germany needed that. He won
everything in the world, the World
Championship team gold, the large
hill individual gold, normal hill
individual gold, followed it up by
winning Olympic gold two days ago.
They are into second place, because
Austria have been so strong and
consistent, but they are well in
touch. The final jump is Norway's
Schmid, who has really struggled.
Schmid, who has really struggled. He
almost blew out the landing. A
better distance than he has had, but
you will note that it was not quite
as far as the last two jumps. 132
This means Japan had sneaked into
third place. It is Austria who lead.
After this, this is the order they
will start the relay race.
20 kilometres of skiing lies between
these nations for Olympic glory.
We're just under 15 seconds away
from getting started. 20 kilometres,
four athletes, five kilometres each.
First to the line takes gold.
We countdown to Japan, 19 seconds.
2.5 kilometre loop. Each athlete
will do it twice then hand over to
the next one in
the next one in the team, is Norway
get under way, the top of the
rankings at the minute, but
struggling a bit at the Olympics.
Germany are the 2014 silver
medallists, bronze in 2010.
But no gold since reunification for
Germany. You can see Watabe is
already catching up. A couple of
days ago, Denifl jumped to first
place, but his cross-country skiing
was 34 bit of the athletes.
was 34 bit of the athletes. That is
why Geiger has caught up with him so
Germany will be full of confidence.
One, two, three, two days ago.
Eric Frenzel won that one, having
won a few days before. All of the
German team were in the top ten for
the normal Hill skiing. That was a
week ago. In the first Nordic
skiing, they were...
Geiger going in front of Denifl, but
the gap of seven seconds behind the
two at the front.
two at the front. Geiger has decided
this is the time to make the move,
leaving Denifl far behind. He will
get swallowed up by Norway and Japan
any moment. Geiger applies his
accelerator to set up the remaining
three members of his team, all of
whom have Olympic medals here in
Pyeongchang. Geiger on the right,
Denifl struggling in the middle.
This will mean everything to Schmid
of Norway. The ski jump on its own
was not enough, but the team event
has given him enough to be back in
contention. He's easily the best
skier for Norway.
skier for Norway. We now see Lukas
Klapfer getting ready for
Klapfer getting ready for Austria,
as the first group of athletes heads
up the incline. One last time before
they hand over.
Schmid is passing. Schmid will be
having information given to him from
his coaches to say that Geiger has
gone for it, you need to do
everything you can. Because this is
going to be so tough for anyone to
match. It is hard to overstate after
their impressive array of
performances here just how much of a
favourite this German team is.
Geiger, trained for the first
exchange. The exchange is simple,
getting to the exchange zone
getting to the exchange zone and
apply any physical contact the next
athlete, just little tap. And away
goes the silver medallist just two
days ago in the individual event.
Anderson is taking over for Norway.
Lukas Klapfer is left with trying to
restore the race for Austria. Good
luck to him, because Fabian Riessle
is going to try to make very short
work of this field.
Germany are building an advantage
that it is hard to see being taken
away from right now. The chase group
is starting to split a little as we
come down the hill. They will
probably bunch again as they round
the here pennant come back out for
the second loop.
the second loop. Lukas Klapfer in
front. The gap is three quarters of
the minute. Germany are setting up
pace in this that their rivals
cannot live with. Austria in the ski
jump jumped collectively half a
kilometre through the air, for a six
second advantage, -- six second
advantage at the start of the race,
and they must be looking at that and
wondering, bearing in mind they are
almost one-minute back, was half a
kilometre of ski jumping really all
that helpful in the grand scheme?
Germany are ending the ski jump out
of the contest utterly irrelevant!
Lukas Klapfer is heading down the
utterly alone. Look at the fight up
the hill. They know that they can
afford to spend all the energy they
have left. It is Lukas Klapfer who
leads. Trying to give their
team-mates whatever advantage they
can. It looks already to be a battle
for the silver medal. Between
Austria, Norway and Japan. Fabian
Riessle brings his Olympic
contribution to an end with a tap on
the rib cage of Eric Frenzel. Lukas
Klapfer has opened up a little bit
of a gap over Norway.
of a gap over Norway. He saw these
to be turning on the speed. The gap
will be roundabout 42 or 43 now. A
fresh Eric Frenzel has just headed
out. The three setting out in
pursuit of him are by no means
better skiers than he is. Meanwhile,
heading out again, way ahead of
these is Eric Frenzel. He has one
more lap to go. Seven kilometres
left in the whole event, and the gap
is almost a minute. Germany are
cruising to gold. These three are
fighting for silver.
fighting for silver. This will be
disappointing in Norway, they are
defending Olympic champions, but
only one of the 2014 gold winning
team is here for Norway today.
team is here for Norway today. We
can start to conclude that France
are out of the medal picture.
Norway look like they will give up
the title of Olympic champions.
Japan won a couple of gold medals in
the early 1990s, haven't been seen
on a podium since. At Olympic level.
It would be an achievement for them
to get onto the podium. Austria won
the gold in 2006 and 2010, Bernhard
Gruber was in the team into a
deterrent at him now, -- in 2010.
Looking at him now, they got no
answer to this team. Eric Frenzel,
bronze in 2010, silver in 20 14,
well on the way to adding his third
gold medal overall now.
Go Yamamoto, now, you can see Japan
starting to get left behind. I
mentioned that his skiing has been
suspect here. And as Gruber besides
that -- decides that he needs to
push on, Jarl Magnus Riiber, ranked
highly in Norway, have decided to
join him. Japan have fallen back.
France's time will be at least a
And there is the visual evidence,
followed by the mathematical
evidence that Go Yamamoto has lost
the legs to keep up. Keep up with
Norway and Austria. Behind them,
France, Finland, doing what they can
do. It will be nowhere near enough.
Eric Frenzel, one more time up this
climb. He'll drop into the stadium
well ahead of Bernhard Gruber. And
it's going to come down to Mario
Seidl for Austria, you can grab back
-- Joergen Graabak for Norway and
Akito Watabe will eventually take
over from Go Yamamoto and decide the
medals. Got to be careful on the
descent, the snow is very hard
packed and it's slippery right now.
You can see Eric Frenzel taking
care. Teams are about to be lapped
in the background. Here's this surge
up the hill again. These two neck
and neck. That was Johannes Rydzek
waiting. The Norwegian and Austrians
get ready to head out as well. A
penultimate round of cheering. As
Eric Frenzel skis in, completes what
has been a fantastic Olympics to him
and says to a man who just became
Olympic champion two days ago, go
and get off the gold. You can see he
is already celebrating in the
background. It's just a matter of
time for Germany. Johannes Rydzek,
the large hill Olympic champion, is
off and into the distance. Before
his challengers have even made it
into the stadium. And you can see
Bernhard Gruber has put some
distance between Austria and Jarl
Magnus Riiber for Norway. Mario
Seidl, 25 years old, a world team
medallist for the Austrians last
year will wait to take over from
Bernhard Gruber. He is a reasonably
good cross cross country skier,
against four Norway, Joergen Graabak
who is possibly a little stronger.
Seidl will inherit a six second lead
over the Norwegians. Here's Graabak,
gets the touch and begins the
pursuit to at least get Norway a
silver medal. Two times they have
won the Olympic title, 98 and 2014,
twice the silver in 92 and 94. Last
three World Championship to have all
been silver medals for Norway, there
used to finishing second but this is
going to frustrate them particularly
the manner of it. Because Germany,
from the second loop from this two
and a half kilometre course with
Vinzenz Geiger, had just let up. --
have just not let up. He's taking
his time, waiting for a moment to
push ahead, Graabak. One of the best
skiers on the circuit. And Mario
Seidl, a good skier himself, but it
looks right now like Graabak is
matching him move for move and
waiting for a moment to press ahead.
They're going so slowly. Seidl wants
help, he's not getting it.
And all the while, Johannes Rydzek
get a scenic tour of the
cross-country course for one last
time at the Olympics before the
sheer inevitability in this lightly,
gently swirling snow, the gold medal
being dropped around his neck.
Still, Seidl up ahead. It's a minute
and a half to the front, forget
about that. Akito Watabe is the best
part of a minute behind, the only
question left here is, which of
these two is going to make it to the
line first? And by far the happier
looking of them is Joergen Graabak
on the left for Norway.
Johannes Rydzek cheering up what
remains of this course. The Germans
have already got a little carried
away with celebrating at these
Olympics. We were discussing earlier
during the ski jump the fact that
Eric Frenzel managed to take eight
to that with a champagne bottle went
they had a 1-2- three on Sunday. You
can only begin to imagine the bill
for dental work after this race is
done! Now, there goes the move. We
said Joergen Graabak was bounding
his time, now he decides, I'm going.
Giving it everything, Mario Seidl
trying to match him. I don't figure
it's going to happen, look at the
coach, chasing him up the hill like
a small Yorkshire terrier having a
bad day. And I think that little
encouragement up that Hill will be
more than enough for Joergen Graabak
to bring home the silver medal.
Mario Seidl for Austria well and
truly defeated by Joergen Graabak.
Played it perfectly from a strategic
point of view. Speaking of things
being sadly defeated, all of them
are nowhere near the Germans.
are nowhere near the Germans. A few
more words from the Austrian coach.
I don't think there's much you can
say to Mario Seidl, he's not quite
what he needs in the tank. And here
it is Johannes Rydzek. Well, I'm not
sure if there very much that the
coaches need to say to him either.
They're still having a few words!
Keep going, Johannes
They're still having a few words!
Keep going, Johannes, best not to
breaststroke this last kilometre,
they might catch you.
Still giving it everything. The
world champion into individual
events and the team event lasted,
bringing home the Olympic gold for
Germany. And here, Norway well ahead
of Austria, a cruise down the hill
now. I think he realises his work is
done, Rydzek. This is it, the last
event for the Olympics for these
athletes. All smiles, waiting for
their tea maker, - the stadium, with
no one else even insight.
no one else even insight. -- waiting
for their team make to make it into
the stadium, with no one else even
in sight. There's the flag. Go and
watch the big screen, see him bring
it home. It will take 50 metres to
sort the flag out and get your
gloves straight. There it is.
Johannes Rydzek adds another Olympic
title to the one he won just a
couple of days ago except this time,
it's for all of Germany. All of his
team-mates. Stay on your feet, Sun!
That would be a bad time to trip!
It's a procession for Germany, it's
their first Nordic combined team
Olympic gold in 30 years. A unified
German team has never done this
until now. They took their time
before today, but on the day, they
could not be matched by anyone. For
Norway, it's Joergen Graabak. He
bided his time on the final leg,
chose his moment to pick of
Austria's Mario Seidl, and Norway,
the Olympic champions four years
ago, will settle for the silver they
picked up at world level these past
few times. Germany were just in a
different league. He keeps going all
the way, Graabak. A little knot of
celebration, he acknowledges the
crowd, Norway, your 2018 silver
medallists. That leaves Mario Seidl,
who will be in break by his Austrian
colleagues because their ski jump
set them up for an incredible bronze
medal. He may have been beaten to
the line like Graabak for silver,
but bronze is fantastic for Austria.
And your podium is complete. The
Germans already trading stories.
Everyone already have their breath
back, practically. You can see
Rydzek just recovering but he's got
more than enough for a hug and a
chat. You rarely see a final and win
executed to quite that level of
dominance. All the cheering and
smiles for Germany, the Olympic team
STUDIO: Germany's sublime Johannes
Rydzek and pals have claimed that
up, but clean sweep of all the
Nordic combined events. Their 13th
gold medal of the games which
surpasses the best ever haul that
Germany has managed, 12 in Salt Lake
city in 2002 and 20 years ago in
Japan. The winning's -- women's ice
hockey final was always going to be
a North American showdown because
ever since this was introduced to
the limited programme in nano 20
years ago, it's been about these
teams. America won it the first time
in 98, and in five of the six finals
since then, it's usually Canada who
have had the better of it. They were
going for five titles in a row here.
They are skippered by the woman I
like to call Captain heartbreak,
Marie Philip Doolin, who broke US
hearts because she could lie to
Marie Philip Doolin, who broke US
hearts because she could lie --
equalised with a minute to go in the
last final. They have played each
other 22 times since that last final
in the Olympics, the American have
won 12, Canada ten. This latest
rematch was always going to be a
little bit tricky. Let's see this
one and what a final it turned out
one and what a final it turned out
Women's hockey superpower once again
in a final, a rematch of four years
ago, eight years ago. Canada walked
away with victories on both of those
occasions and it's been four years
of hurt for the Americans. Can they
turn the tide of victory here in
John Chang? -- Pyeongchang? A two
interference call. I smile from the
That is fairly legitimate, tough to
argue that one. That is the third
penalty they have taken, and you can
only play with fire so match.
only play with fire so match.
time it would be to score a. Under
one-minute remains in the first
period of the women's ice hockey
Olympic final. The Americans have a
chance, and they will keep looking
for more. Hilary Knight is the
player in front of the net. And she
scores! 25 seconds remain in the
first, and it is first blood to the
USA! So often it has been silver for
the US, but the golden touch from
You just got the
feeling this was going to happen.
Look at all the time and space
Sidney Morin has. Just onto the
backhand of Hilary Knight, who is on
top of the crease. Shannon Szabados
was wondering if Hilary Knight was
there, she was not.
It is there! Canada are back on this
as they level things up.
as they level things up. Just enough
of a stick on it.
of a stick on it. Haley Irwin around
the net. What a play from Blayre
And look at Haley Irwin.
She pulls it out of the air. She
reaches out before it gets to
Rooney. She deflected past her on
the short side.
the short side. One thing is the
Americans do so well is not to give
the puck away. They know where they
want to put it. They are not content
putting it to nobody. Sometimes
Canada are happy just to get it off
sticks. In point.
sticks. In point. Another Olympic
final goal for Marie-Philip Poulin.
That combination of Meghan Agosta
and Marie-Philip Poulin put Canada
back on track for gold. No sooner
were re-praising the Americans...
That is a horrible turnover.
That is a horrible turnover. Past
Maddie Rooney. A terrific shot, love
the pass. Through the legs of Amanda
Cassell. -- Amanda Kessel.
Cassell. -- Amanda Kessel.
big moment, the Canadians seem to
find an extra gear. She couldn't
finish it. What a chance. Hilary
Knight with a backhand play.
Knight with a backhand play. There
is a player down injured on the ice.
Breanna Becker took the full force
of that. Wonderful play at one end.
Hilary Knight made a wonderful Pask,
and Breanna Becker was not able to
What a remarkable
sequence back and forth. A huge
save. A beautiful backhand pass,
then Marie-Philip Poulin went right
through Hillary Decker. -- Breanna
In the men's game that is a
hit to the head.
That is a penalty,
no doubt about it.
no doubt about it. L board to head.
-- that was her elbow to the head.
Good save by Rooney. Is that a gold
medal saving save? Monique
Lamoureux-Morando! She levels.
Rooney makes the stop at one end,
the breakaway, and who else do you
want it on the stick of? Wanny
glamour, Randall. Thoughts of 1998
back in focus. -- Monique
Look at her, head
up, so confident, and she fires the
puck under the glove of Shannon
Szabados. Amazing stuff, amazing
game. An amazing finish for her.
Canada maybe have one last chance.
They have run out of time. And for
the second successive Winter
Olympics, we going to overtime in
the women's ice hockey final. The
next goal will win it.
Canada do not have the dynamic
defender who can leap into the play.
What a save from Shannon Szabados.
What a save from Gigi Marvin to
spring the defender, Megan Keller.
The drama will continue, 80 minutes,
you cannot split the teams. And
Olympic gold medal match, and now it
is over to a shoot out.
Spooner, the first four Canada.
She's looking to set the tone early.
She has British links, she has
family from Swinton just outside
She just lost control,
not sure what she was trying to
accomplish, Natalie Spooner.
Marvin scores! She was just able to
hammer it through.
She has scored so many goals in
Olympic play. She rifles at home.
Canada are level.
Canada are level. Now, Hannah
Brandt. Her sister played for the
Korean team. And here she is in the
final. Saved by Shannon Szabados. We
are tied at two after two. It went
between the legs.
between the legs. Two Olympic
game-winning goals to her name. Can
she add another. Rooney stayed big
A great stop.
A great stop. Emily
Pfalzer. A big shot on the
right-hand side. Still level. She
tries to go to the right side -- the
Oh, my word! That was incredible.
Shades of 1994.
Shades of 1994. Daoust! An amazing
goal from Daoust! One-handed, takes
it one way, sells it and then gets
Here comes Amanda Cassell.
She waits until Shannon Szabados
makes the first move, then she's
over the glove.
over the glove.
Saved! She know she
has given the Americans the chance
to win gold for the next shot.
was a good stop.
That was the gold medal shot, and it
was saved explanation mark we go to
I don't even know what
to say. Hilary Knight was robbed.
Put back in and your gold medal
champions. May be taking a little
more of a break.
It is Joslin Lambro. -- Joslin
glamour Ruth Davidson.
glamour Ruth Davidson. -- Joslin
That is just
perfection right there.
Saved! The USA win gold for the
first time since 1998! Canada's run
of 24 straight wins in Olympic
hockey matches is over. They are
devastated. The Americans are crying
the Olympic champions for the second
time. The queens of ice hockey, they
win it in the most dramatic of
circumstances. The fight for gold
ends back in Asia, will it all
started. And they will celebrate the
tears of joy, and on the underside,
tears of disappointment. The Golden
girls of American hockey.
took each player one at a time, and
when it came down to one, I just
thought, it is one more, and it was
a gold medal! Those women means a
much to me and I cannot believe we
did it. Thanks to everyone for the
At shoot out over time, we
knew we were going to get it done,
there was no doubt in the locker
room. We have played this game a
thousand times in our minds over and
over for the last four years, and we
did not care how we got it done, as
long as we got these.
HAZEL IRVINE:. 20 years since they
last won the gold, and incidentally,
30 years -- 38 years day since the
American men won the miracle on ice,
do you remember that at Lake Placid
against the Soviet Union? To the
day. I suspect they will be
celebrating that women's gold just
like the miracle on ice.
celebrating that women's gold just
like the miracle on ice. Now, time
for some slalom, courtesy of Dave
Dave Ryding drives right, he is
second! Sensational! The first
British racer on a World Cup podium
since 1981. What are you doing
Is this a little striptease!
This is it!
This is it.
It is heavy!
How often do you polish it?
Riding San Marcos linemen skiing is
so competitive. But there are races
who was pushing it. We have
Kristoffersen and Hirscher.
beatable and what can you do to
narrow the gap?
Like you see, there
are a step above the rest. I used to
set limits for myself, but now I
don't think there are limits any
more. So I believe I can catch them.
We can we look out, you are out
there racing against these nations.
But that is not where it started for
you, it started on a dry ski slope?
Slightly different to what these
guys started on. I guess I'm amazed
at where I came from. It's a
Do they know you
skied on hairbrushes?
They do now.
Show me where it started in Pendle.
So, Dave "The Rocket" Ryding, this
is where it started for you.
where the name came from. As a kid,
I would come up here. You could say
it's the Alps of the UK!
But in your
day, there was not a fence, so you
would be racing around sheep. That
is why you are so agile. So there
was no family background of being a
No. My dad loved it. My
mum learned to accept that he loved
it and was very supportive.
true that your grandad sold skiing
stuff out of the back of his van in
order for you to pursue your career?
Yeah. He set up a website and
started selling ski racing
equipment. All part of the journey.
So naturally, Pendle dry ski slope
is really proud of having a
Kitzbuhel medallist here. How were
they wrecked when you come home with
an Olympic medal? -- how do you
think they will react when you come
home with a medal?
All they ask is,
are you capable? I have proven I am.
It's the same people as at
Kitzbuhel. I know it's difficult and
there are another 20 or 30 guys
going in for the same thing.
Hopefully, the weather and
conditions suit me and I can be in
What kind of conditions in
Korea would suit you?
reason, I used to be rubbish on the
ice. I have trained so much to be
better that now ice is my thing
ice. I have trained so much to be
better that now ice is my thing. So
a good day, firms know -- firma snow
should be my thing.
How will you
handle the pressure on the day when
you wake up?
I have been to two
Olympics already, so I know what is
about. I know what everything will
be like. The setup will be similar.
If I ski the best I have ever skied
and don't come away with a medal,
that is all I can do. I will give it
everything I have. If I can do it
for British skiing, it will be
We are joined by British
Olympic ski racer Ed Drake once
again. A colleague of yours, Dave
"The Rocket" Ryding, fantastic
pictures from Pendle artificial ski
slope. It shows you what is possible
from humble beginnings.
does. Having not trained on snow
before he was 12 years old, to be
down competing and one of the best
in the world is astonishing.
all changed for him with that second
place in Kitzbuhel. You have the
downhill on the Saturday, and than
40,000 hungover people come back on
the Sunday morning to watch the
slalom. And he performs and gets the
best result for a British racer in
It was amazing. I was
lucky enough to be there. The first
one was so unexpected. Took the lead
by a considerable margin. He was
leading Hirscher by nine tenths. And
then to hold his nerve in the second
run, having everybody talking about
it and hundreds of messages coming
in, to do that still brings goose
bumps watching it back.
He goes on
to this Olympic men's slalom with
chances, but it is Marcel Hirscher
who is the golden boy of Austrian
skiing right now and after the two
gold medals, he is trying to do what
the last guy to do it, Jean-Claude
Killy, 50 years ago, and win a
third. That is huge pressure despite
the fact that he has already
achieved big time in these games.
Massive pressure, but he thrives on
it. He has been the pinnacle of
technical ski racing for a few years
now and he seems to live on the edge
of that pressure. I don't think he
will worry much.
So we have two runs
through a maze of twisting and
turning gates, about 64 gates. It is
all described for us. What a race
this will be - by Matt Chilton.
First run of the men's slalom, the
last individual event of the games
for 2018. The Olympic men's slalom
in Pyeongchang is under way. The
Italian veteran, 35 years old,
starting number two. Didn't have any
luck in the giant slalom. His sister
was the leader after the first run
of the women's giant slalom, but
failed to convert that. He's had a
good start here, though.
good start here, though. Just after
the intermediate, there was a
mistake from Moelgg. I'm not sure if
he was still be in front. A couple
of skids sideways and he has lost a
bit of that advantage. Now onto the
flats. He will come onto this last
role and then focus on the finishing
line. Has he done enough to lead?
Yes. Good first leg from the
Italian. Plenty of aggression from
start to finish for the 35-year-old,
in really good shape. This is his
best chance of getting his first
Olympic medal Henrik Kristoffersen,
the 23-year-old Norwegian. What can
he produce here? He had a good giant
slalom. Got in the medals and he has
started positively here.
started positively here. That is
really direct, deflecting these
spring-loaded gates with the poll
handles and Sinn protectors. He is
really moving up through the gears.
He is flying through the final few
turns. Kristoffersen will lead the
first run. That is a healthy lead as
well. He shows his true colours. He
got excellent acceleration and
Kristoffersen has skied into first.
Marcel Hirscher next. The double
gold medallist from these Olympic
winter games. Now he begins his
quest for a third. Champion in the
combined. The gold medal winner in
the giant slalom, on his way in the
slalom. He is just about matching
Kristoffersen and then he makes a
mistake, but didn't seem to lose and
much speed. Wonderful ability to
recover, but not today. Hirscher
will not win a third gold. It's over
for Marcel Hirscher. That is a huge
surprise. Hirscher goes out. Upper
body twisted. Fighting, but gravity
took control. Hirscher's slalom is
over. Austrian heads have dropped.
Next to ski, one of the tallest and
oldest men in the competition, Andre
Myra. Can he produce something a bit
tasty in the early stages -- Andre
Myhrer. Nice start. The soft snow
overnight means the course is
cutting up quite quickly.
cutting up quite quickly. Wonderful
shots that you are seeing in
glorious high-definition, with blue
sky, fresh snow on the track, barely
a breath of wind. It's just about
perfect and Myhrer is flying on the
flats. He has gone into second. That
was a brilliant finish.
was a brilliant finish. One
Norwegian leads. Another is ready to
go. Sebastian Foss-Solevaag,
go. Sebastian Foss-Solevaag, eighth
in the slalom stand.
in the slalom stand. There was a
head-to-head race in Stockholm. We
will follow him from the cable cam
above. Then he gets slightly jammed
sideways. The way things stand, he
is doing well enough to ski into
third position, provisionally. If he
does so, he will have a shot at a
medal going into the second leg.
Marco Schwarz is the next to ski. He
comes from the home result of the
great fans clamour.
There's just a slight element of
caution in this first run from Marco
Schwarz. I don't know if that is
team orders or just Schwarz wanting
to make doubly sure of finding his
way to the finish. Just a bit of
breeze picking up.
47.72 is the fastest time of the
day. It is not going to be beaten by
Kristoffersen leads the way for
Pinturault is 26 years old, silver
medallist from the Alpine combined.
He also got a medal in the men's
Now he has found his feet on the
flat. It starts to enjoy this first
run. It's really inviting towards
the finish. Has he clawed back any
of the lost time?
of the lost time? Down towards the
finishing line with a bit of light
snow getting blown around in the
breeze. It's a fast finish from
Pinturault, good enough for fifth.
The French team are happy with that.
Good skiing from Alexis Pinturault.
Those watching at the top, including
Dave Ryding, we'll get some
encouragement from that result.
encouragement from that result. The
next man to ski is Dave Ryding from
Great Britain, Ryding the runner-up
in the Kitzbuhel slalom last season.
Became the first man in more than 30
years to stand on a World Cup
podium. He's had really good
training in the lead up to today's
race here in Yongpyong. He has made
a really good start here. It is
smooth and accurate for the man who
learned to ski on the dry slopes at
Pendle in Lancashire. Really relaxed
style, beautiful slalom racing from
the man they call the rocket.
the man they call the rocket. Onto
the flat. And he starts to attack.
He has got to relax and go for it.
It is a fine finish for Dave Ryding.
The key is how close he can go to
Henrik Kristoffersen's lead. He is
in the top ten.
Dave Ryding has a chance to strike
for a medal in the second run.
Clean, accurate, would have hoped to
have been slightly quicker.
have been slightly quicker. Ramon
Zenhaeusern next to ski, the tallest
man in the field. Let's see what he
can produce a following his World
Cup win out of nowhere in stock. The
head to head city centre event which
took place on the 30th of January,
the final World Cup race before the
Olympic Games and Ramon Zenhaeusern
was the winner, defeating Andree
Myhrer into second position. He is
watching at the bottom as this tall
rangy figure from Switzerland grinds
his way through the first 30 turns.
A total of 66 terms set out by the
Austrian coach here today. The
Austrians not in great shape though.
Their best in six. Marcel Hirscher
failed to finish. They also have a
skier in 11th. 47.72 unlikely to be
bettered now. But then Howson has
gone into the top ten. A good run
and he has justified his Olympic
selection. These are the scenes at
the top of the course as the later
starters make their preparations.
Muffat-Jeandet has got a good number
because they prepare the course
again after the first 15 skiers. So
it is a fresher start for him.
Two tenths of the place for Victor
Muffat-Jeandet. He is making the
best of the fresh track underfoot.
Already a medallist taking bronze in
the Alpine combined last week. No
real errors so far for Victor
Muffat-Jeandet, one of two skiers
representing valgus there in this
run. Now, Victor Muffat-Jeandet
could well ski into the top ten and
push Dave Ryding down a place here.
A brilliant run. He has gone third.
Oh my word. Such is the benefit of
starting at number 16. And
Muffat-Jeandet starting with real
confidence here after his medal in
the Alpine combined. He could be
pushing for a second medal in the
men's individual Sarwan. So, --
individual slalom. So, Clement Noel
well, also comes from barbers that
which is where he learned to ski. --
also comes from bowel desire.
Clement Noel well isn't having quite
as much luck as we saw from Victor
Muffat-Jeandet, but finds being from
Noel. He has had some fine skiing in
the build-up to the Winter Olympics
and he could comfortably go into the
top ten here. Maybe even better than
that if he finishes. The young man
from France has had the run of his
life and he went to be far away from
Kristofferson. Here seven. That is
brilliant for Clement Noel. Clement
Noel is in the hunt for the medals
in the second run. So after the
first run, Henrik Kristoffersen
leads the way.
leads the way. Look down there,
plenty of French flags on that first
page, with the Union flag alongside
the name of Dave Ryding he was 12
after the first run in their second
leg, the top 30 will go in reverse
order. This is Laurie Taylor for
Great Britain, a tenth of a second
quicker than Carl Agar of Croatia.
He is on his way, Taylor. Breaking
new ground here. He got away with
that. 27th position after the first
run here and now he trailed by just
over half a second. Two British
skiers in the second run. What a
breakthrough for British Alpine
skiing here this afternoon in the
Olympic slalom at young peon. Laurie
Taylor starting to find his feet
now. He has settled in after a nervy
first U-turns and the damage
continues to rack up. He is nine
tenths of a second off the pace. But
whatever happens, he will be on
track for a personal best now.
Laurie Taylor from Great Britain
pushing hard. How close can he go?
He is third for the moment. Lots of
British support here for the young
man who lives in Basingstoke and
trains with the British ski Academy
in Italy. And there is still the
British number one Dave the Rocket
riding to come.
riding to come. From Great Britain
and Northern Ireland, Dave the
Rocket Ryding, his lead after the
first run is a team and its it was
an ever so slightly cautious first
leg from the man who learnt to ply
his trade on the upturned
toothbrushes of the Pendil dry track
in North Lancashire. His lead
remains. Here is the next split.
112.564 Dave Ryding. That gives them
an advantage .0 eight. Now he moves
into his favourite part of the
course. The Rocket starts to get
acceleration on the flat. This is
where he's at his very best and he
is opening up a significant lead
over the Norwegian. Dave Ryding is
guiding for Gold medal position in
the Olympic slalom. It is for the
moment. 15 hundredths. Ryding leads
the Olympic slalom.
the Olympic slalom. Michael Matt
next ago. His older brother Mario
was the Olympic champion four years
ago. It never happened that brothers
have one Olympic gold medals in
successive games. Sisters have done
it. 1964, a gold in the Olympic
slalom in Innsbruck for France and
then four years later, her sister
won in Grenoble.
won in Grenoble. He really step back
and started to unravel very
slightly, happy skis sideways. Just
prior to that, his advantage over
Dave Ryding what others that kid.
Now it's one quarter of a second.
Michael Matt racing through the
final few turns, putting pressure on
Dave the Rocket Ryding's lead here.
Hazmat dumb enough to go into gold
for Austria? -- has Matt done enough
to go into gold for Austria? He has.
Ryding will leave the gold-medal
enclosure. Ramon Zenhaeusern, the
tallest man in the race, 25 years
old. He was the winner of the s .com
Parallel Slalom just prior to the
Olympic Games when he took on
another big man, Andre Myhrer in the
final. His lead remains almost fully
intact. Ramon Zenhaeusern isn't
built like a typical slalom skier
but he's got incredible skills from
edge to edge, so fast, and his
ability to recover is incredible.
He's putting in some fine turn sale.
He's in the red zone for the first
time. 600th of a second. Back to
green for Ramon Zenhaeusern. He's
giving the Austrian real scare here,
Michael Matt, and this is a lovely
finish able Ramon Zenhaeusern. He's
skiing into spot. A new leader here.
-- into top spot. Ramon Zenhaeusern
of Switzerland into first.
Switzerland have not won the Olympic
men's slalom since 1948. A little
bit of light snow being blown away
by the breeze but they have called
Aleksei pinta row forward and he is
on his way.
on his way. He has a French father,
Norwegian mother, speaks both
languages fluently and excellent
English. A tenth of a second off the
pace at the first intermediate.
Pintaurault will have to do is push
it to try to trouble the lead here.
He is in a sheltered spot here but
the time is getting away from him.
The top three separated by .3 seven.
Can Pinturault get in amongst the
medals? 1:39.33 is the target. He
has missed that. He is outside of
the medals and down in fourth. No
change at the top. Ramon Zenhaeusern
stays in gold. Michael Matt remains
in silver medal position.
in silver medal position. Next up,
the Norwegian Sebastien
Foss-Solevaag. Foss-Solevaag on his
way. The first three or four terms
executed nicely, then a little skid
sideways. That wasn't the tidiest
slalom skiing we've seen so far and
as a result, his lead has
disintegrated. It is falling away
and he's dead level, or at least he
was, at that intermediate. Next on,
he's back in front but only just.
Six hundredths of a second. Now
then, can he finish and let them
run? It's been just slightly
conservative at the top of the
course but he's finding his form now
and Sebastien Gros Rolvag -- and
Sebastien Foss-Solevaag goes
airborne. What a recovery but I
think that's probably cost him the
lead. It has. Ramon Zenhaeusern
watch that must have breathed a huge
of relief as he saw Sebastien
Foss-Solevaag take-off and move out
of the medal contention. The veteran
Italian Moelgg is getting ready to
race. If he wins this race today, he
will be the oldest man ever to win
an Olympic discipline. That was
taken in the men's downhill last
week and Moelgg is holding it
together. Lay there, but he's got
incredible powers of recovery, even
at the age of 35. Pretty much where
he started and screaming through
some of these terms. A big run to
negotiate. He needs all his strength
to grind the skis around and keep
them calm. It's been green all the
way, now it's red. The mistake has
caught up with Manfred Moelgg.
Remember, his sister was the leader
after the first run of the giant
slalom and failed to convert it into
medal. I fear it may be the same
story for Moelgg who is down in
Tampa. It's been a disappointing
Olympic Games for the Moelgg
siblings and Moelgg will leave the
Olympic slalom empty-handed.
Muffat-Jeandet is ready. The bronze
medallist in the Alpine combined. It
had an outstanding Olympic Games.
His advantage over Ramon Zenhaeusern
is .3 two. Can he can bet that now
into leadership of these Olympic
slalom -- of this Olympic slalom?
The breeze at factor, as it has been
for everybody. Victor's lead has
been cut in half. He can't afford
any mistakes now and when he has
cleared the steep, he is going to
have to open the throttle and push
and drive through the final few
terms if he's to overturn Ramon
Zenhaeusern's lead. Zhang Hao is and
has been omnipresent in that leaders
enclosure. Nobody can move him.
Victor Muffat-Jeandet is their next
to try but he trails by six
hundredths of a second. Now he is
letting the run. Is this quick
enough? Can he beat bedtime? Not
quite. He is fifth. No medals. And
there will be a medal for Ramon
Zenhaeusern. He has guaranteed the
bronze at worst and the Swiss are
celebrating that. No luck Bob Victor
Muffat-Jeandet. -- for Victor
Muffat-Jeandet. Now it is down to
Andre Myhrer and Henrik
Kristoffersen to sort things out.
Myhrer's lead over Ramon Zenhaeusern
is quite significant. Andre Myhrer
is the second tallest man in the
race, after Ramon Zenhaeusern, and
the run up after the first run.
Adding to his lead. That is
beautiful slalom skiing from Andrew
Myhrer. He is so experienced. Loves
the pressure of competition. There
is the first mistake. That might not
catch up with him until the next
intermediate. One or two wide terms.
His advantage, three quarters of a
second last time the Olympic clock
stopped. Next it will stop at around
a -- one or two wide terms. His
advantage, three quarters of the
second last time the Olympic clock
stopped. Next it will stop at around
125 -- 1.2 five. It is reduced to
one third of the second. The mistake
at the top catches up with Andre
Myhrer's turn as he starts to
accelerate through the final few
terms. Can he be first ahead of
Ramon Zenhaeusern? He can. Gold
medal position for Andre Myhrer. He
can finish in no worse than silver.
And the Swedes are celebrating.
Henrik Kristoffersen, staring out of
the start gate, visualising what
lies ahead, that pattern of control
gates he has memorised time and time
again. Bronze medallist four years
ago in Sochi. His advantage over
Andre Myhrer is two tenths of a
second. Fast start for Henrik
Kristoffersen, one of the smaller,
lighter men, oh, he is down, he has
struggled, it is over for
Kristoffersen! Andre Myhrer is the
Olympic slalom champion. Ramon
Zenhaeusern has got the silver and
Michael Matt, his brother won gold
four years ago, celebrates his
bronze. Myhrer, his the Olympic
slalom champion. The first Swedish
winner of this title since the great
Ingemar 's Denmark in Lake Placid in
1980. Marcel Hirscher finished --
failed to finish the first run,
Henrik Kristoffersen failed to
finish the second run. It is the
third ranked slalom skier of the
season who has skied to solid runs
to claim the Olympic gold for 2018
with Ramon Zenhaeusern there to
congratulate him in silver and it is
Michael Matt who takes the bronze,
with Dave Ryding of Great Britain
and Northern Ireland finishing in
ninth and Laurie Taylor in 26.
Dave, top ten?
I'm not complaining.
Solid day. I wish I could have had
that little bit of extra skiing that
I know is in me, but I gave it what
I had an ninth was what I did today.
Was your aim to have a solid
performance? Did you feel like you
could let it go enough?
the second run suited me. I just
made a couple of mistakes that cost
me the flow of the course. I could
have had a bit more in me, but that
the same time, it is the Olympics
and everyone is feeling the same
thing. So ninth place is
Were you surprised that
Kristoffersen couldn't handle that
Yeah, I think that is
the first time he has been leading
after the first round and not won.
So it shows what the Olympics does
and it shows that it's not easy.
Ninth place for the Rocket and
congratulations, because that is the
best result in Alpine skiing since
Martin Bell's eighth in downhill in
1988. Plenty to be happy about from
Nothing to be
sniffed at with a top ten. He skied
solidly. If you had given him a top
ten in the games before, he would
have taken it with both hands. He
will be a little disappointed that
he had more to give and he didn't
get that out of himself today. But
top ten is brilliant.
How well do
you think he skied and how much was
left behind, from his perspective?
think he skied at about 98%. There
was a tiny bit more he could have
given, but he had his stability
brain on, wanting to make sure he
stayed solid. The guys who took the
medals are 100% attack all the time.
It was very different in the
shakedown, but it was old man
Myhrer, at 35 years old, a real
It was. He hasn't
had the best season by his standards
during classic World Cup slalom.
during classic World Cup slalom. You
can see here that he is solid and
stable, but he still took some risks
and it paid off.
Four years on from
having been second place going into
the second run in Sochi, where he
had an injured knee, this will be a
popular victory. He is a popular
He is, and his experience was
something he played on a lot today.
He is well respected across the
World Cup field and will be a
Kristoffersen, eight second places
this season, but I don't think he
would have been second to Andre
Myhrer. He would have thought
But he would have taken
those second places after
uncharacteristic error from him.
Just out of the start gate, he
didn't look like he was settled in,
made a small mistake at the hairpin
and gets into the back seat a bit.
30th on the second run. Just a
little bit late, takes a risk to cut
the corner and that is his Olympic
It just shows you
there are no certainties,
particularly in slalom racing. Both
Kristoffersen and Hirscher have
dominated men's slalom skiing this
season. When was the last time
Hirscher made a mistake in a men's
The last time he didn't
finish a World Cup slalom was in
February of 2016. So this is a huge
upset. Those two are head and
shoulders above the rest in terms of
World Cup slalom racing. And to see
him not even in the finish area is
not something you would have put
money on at the bookies.
Taylor for great Briton who has
learned from Dave Ryding. Dave
Ryding's hero was Alain Baxter who
got third place in 2002, only to
have his medal taken away from him,
but he remains a hero for Dave
He certainly does. Alain is
Dave's biggest hero. And to have
somebody like Alain, who was a
consummate professional way through
his career, Dave has learned from
It is worth reminding
everybody that the Court of
Arbitration for Sport overturned a
competitive ban on Alain. It said
the panel is not without sympathy
for Mr Baxter, who appears to be
sincere and did not try to obtain a
competitive advantage in that race.
Sadly, Alain was not allowed to keep
his medal. Now, the best laid plans
of ski legends in waiting, to
paraphrase Robert Burns, go to
waste. That has been the case for
Mikaela Shiffrin, because her
assault on four gold medals has been
blown to the four winds. She has a
weather delays, postponements,
illness and she even saw her other
half sent home by the French team.
She did not compete in the Super-G,
nor the downhill. She is saving it
all up for the Alpine combined. One
of downhill, one run of slalom to
sort them all out. Back.
The 2018 Olympic women's combined is
under way. Short run of downhill,
single one of slalom in the course
of a single day. It used to be two
runs of slalom, but this format was
introduced in 2010.
introduced in 2010. From here on in,
it is pretty much what they raced
yesterday. Michelle Gisin had a good
downhill in the individual downhill
race yesterday. She was in the top
ten. That race was won by Sofia
Goggia. The bronze medallist
yesterday in the downhill is here
today in the Alpine combined. We
thought she might have had enough
after her emotional day yesterday,
but she is on the start list and we
expect to see her taking her place
with bib number 13 today.
with bib number 13 today. Just
coming into the blue Dragon Valley.
92 kilometres per hour.
92 kilometres per hour. She stands
on the left ski. Her sister was the
Olympic downhill champion four years
ago. Michelle got the silver medal
in the World Championship combined
this time last year. She is a good
all-rounder. She needs to start
things well with a decent downhill
run. And that is what she will get.
Mowinckel was the silver medallist
last week in the giant slalom and
edge popped up again to take the
silver medal in yesterday's downhill
behind Sofia Goggia. Dog ear is
taking her chance in the combined,
looking for another medal -- Googia.
Lovely flight from Mowinckel, 30
metres. She is the first turn on the
green light and skied quicker than
Michelle Gisin. She has the
capabilities following yesterday's
silver medal winning run to head to
the slalom with a chance of maybe
skiing for medal number three.
All she has to do is stay on her
feet and surely she will do enough
to lead the way.
to lead the way. Dizzying drops to
second place. -- Gisin.
This is the experience Slovenian, 29
years old. A student formally at the
university of Libby Anna in
Slovenia, Capitol. She has been
skiing since she was four years old.
Good run so far from Ferk.
Slightly off-line, but the speed
remained intact. That will be good
enough for a provisional third
position if she keeps it keen on the
final stretch. Ferk is third. She is
a reasonably accomplished slalom
skier, so she will have a chance of
going for a medal in the final one.
Shiffrin is getting ready to go.
Ricarda Haaser for Austria. The
Austrians have not had a good day so
far. But Ricarda Haaser was ninth in
the world combined championships
Haaser is not a bad slalom skier. It
is not something she races
regularly, but of course, all these
skiers grew up skiing slalom as
juniors. It was only later that they
progressed to downhill and Super-G.
The speed is immense there from
Ricarda Haaser. An old school
freestyle twister there, adding a
bit of style.
She is still potentially on her way
to a top five finish and a chance to
move it up heading into stage two.
Ricarda Haaser is fourth. Good
skiing from the Austrian. Now
Lindsey Vonn. Bronze medallist
yesterday in the downhill. Decided
that she fancied one more Olympic
race. It could be her last other
Olympic outing. She will be 37 years
old, come Beijing in 2022. If she
stays fit, who knows? She might
fancy more Olympic progress. She was
saying at the end of her race the
last time she was on the mountain in
yesterday's downhill that she wanted
to race forever, but she knew it
wasn't possible. She will certainly
be back for one more World Cup
season if she stays fit and healthy,
because she wants to chase the
Ingemar Stenmark record of 86 World
Cup wins. Lindsey Vonn is currently
on 81 and flying here.
on 81 and flying here. Rolls the
shoulders through that jump. She has
been a World Cup winner one time in
slalom in her career, way back. 2009
or thereabouts. She has competed in
combined this season. There was a
race prior to the Olympic winter
games, and she finished fourth in
that. She needs a good margin in her
favour post downhill to push for a
chance to ski for a gold medal after
slalom today. She leads the way by
three quarters of a second. There is
her sister. Vonn has shown the way
in the downhill.
in the downhill. She has pushed
Mowinckel into second and Myhrer
into third. She is heading nicely
into the slalom stage of today's
Alpine combined. Number 15 for
the Labour Sofia Goggia was down to
go at 16 but she didn't make it to
the top either so we have moved
along to number 15, who finished
12th in yesterday's full downhill.
Now they have had the bar raised for
the following that run from Lindsay
She is skiing at the moment
potentially for a top five finish.
Not a great slalom skier so she
needs a good run here. Easy does it
off the final jump here and into
Next ago, Valerie Grenier. -- next
to go, Valerie Grenier. Grenier just
about making that last red control
gates at the bottom of the dragon
21 years old, Valerie Grenier. From
the east Coast of Canada.
Pretty solid skiing so far and she
is just over a second off the pace
of Lindsey Vonn. Now it has grown to
1.87 but that is still sufficient to
force her way into the top ten.
There's a big spread of times. First
attempt at the moment divided by
more than three seconds. Grenier
could find herself in the top ten
and she comes home into seventh.
Canadians celebrate that. That's a
good run for Valerie Grenier of
Canada. Mikaela Shiffrin looking for
her second gold of the games. Hoping
to emulate Marcel Hirscher. Hirscher
claimed gold in the combined and in
the jar giant slalom as Shiffrin
lives dangerously on dragon Ridge.
She has already got gold from the
giant slalom. She needs a good
downhill run. Prior to this season,
Mikaela Shiffrin was not seen as a
downhill racer at all but she went
to Lake Louise and won the second of
the two downhill races there. She
was third in the first, won their
second and finished fifth in the
following day's super-g and became
immediately overnight established as
they speed racer. Of course, had
technical pedigree is unmatched as
the number one GS and slalom skier
in the world but now she is turning
into a serious all-rounder. Shiffrin
alongside Wendy Holdener is the best
slalom skier on the start list
today. Holdener currently in ninth.
If Shiffrin can get ahead of her,
she has a serious opportunity to go
for gold in the second half of the
day's Alpine combined.
day's Alpine combined. So far,
reasonable downhill racing from
Mikaela Shiffrin. How does her time
compared to that of Vonn? She is
sixth. 1.98, into six crucially at
head of Wendy Holdener, behind
Lindsay Vonn, but the way things
stand with Shiffrin's slalom
ability, she is favourite for the
gold. So, Lindsay Vonn has turned up
40 day's Alpine combined in serious
form. She leads the Alpine Lake Rob
Ragnhild Mowinckel -- from Ragnhild
Mowinckel. Shiffrin is in sixth
position with Wendy Holdener down in
tenth, Holdener the second best
slalom skier in the race today. Now
one of the regular combined
athletes, Denise firebrand from
Switzerland. She knows her way
around a slalom track. She has added
to her advantage immediately.
to her advantage immediately. It is
not the trickiest course that the
Slovenian page has laid out here. It
is designed to give people a serious
opportunity and Denise Feierabend
has absolutely smashed it. Nearly
three seconds quicker.
three seconds quicker. Now, this
athlete has had a disappointing
games in the individual disciplines,
only managing to finish 13th in her
specialist discipline of slalom.
13th in the giant slalom as well,
but she is a World Cup winner this
season. Twice she
season. Twice she has one she also
skied into second position, and is
the second ranked slalom skier of
the season behind Mikaela Shiffrin
and that is apparent as she ranks up
a lead here over Denise Feierabend
his leadership of this Alpine
combined is about to end. Nearly a
full second. Feierabend was
expecting that. She knows Vlhova's
form in slalom. Will that be enough
to give Vlhova a medal? She doesn't
think so. There was one big mistake
where she put the brakes on but
apart from that it was pretty clean.
Up next to try her luck is Frederica
Brignone. She occasionally skied
slalom but is by no means one of the
world's best. Super-g is her
specialism. Already a medallist from
the Olympic Games, she won the
bronze in the giant slalom and was
equalled six in the super-g. The
advantage she had over Petra Vlhova
has gone. It is heading into the red
area. Brignone's mum was a winner
herself, winning four World Cup
races, for slalom is of the 60s --
70s and into the 80s. Brignone has
come into the silver medal position.
Vlhova stays in the leaders box. So,
Holdener is in good shape after the
downhill leg of the day's Alpine
combined. Tenth position in this
morning's downhill, a good run from
her. But she's much more at home on
the short slalom skis and she is
attacking here, full attack for
Wendy Holdener. Maybe a little too
much at the top. She and Petra
Vlhova have done battle and death
times on the World Cup slalom.
Holdener back by half a second here.
She now has a lead of more than a
second and a half, Wendy Holdener
going over this one. She is going to
raise the bar and parade down the
challenge for the rest of them. .65
in front. Holdener leads, into gold
medal position. Will that bring her
a medal? Her second of the game is,
it would be. Headphones in, as
usual. Valerie Grenier is eighth
after the downhill this morning. A
good downhill run this morning. The
Canadians were celebrating that run,
hoping that she can back it up now
with a slalom performance and
wishing that she had produced
similar slalom form, similar
downhill form yesterday on downhill
Day. Downhill Day yesterday,
combined to day, a busy schedule for
the women on this second birthday of
the games. Holdener, 2:10.0 eight.
Grenier is miles behind. She went to
be troubling the current gold,
silver and bronze medal skiers. She
is down in... Oh, she is. She has
gone into bronze, pushing Brignone
out of the top three. That is a fast
finish from Grenier. Provisional
bronze for the Canadian, head of
Brignone by three hundredths.
Mikaela Shiffrin in the start. The
Olympic giant slalom champion on the
hunt for her second gold medal
today. Finished outside the medals
in the slalom. She's been up on this
hill training on this track, putting
in the miles. She begins with an
advantage of .76 and that is more or
less maintained. .71 over Wendy
Holdener. Shiffrin starts to move it
up three begins. .6 six. She has
lost a further 500th of a second.
Can't afford any mistakes now,
Mikaela Shiffrin, because Wendy
Holdener was mighty
quick on the bottom of the course.
And Shiffrin is in the red zone for
the first time. Holdener have a time
of 2:22.3 four. Shiffrin is faster
by .4 seven. A lightning finish from
Mikaela Shiffrin. She leads the way.
Will that be good enough for Mikaela
Shiffrin's second gold at the games?
Varies Michelle Gisin. Third --
there is Michelle Gisin, third after
the downhill. Next up, much cover,
on a course which has been set by
one of the Slovenian poachers. She
had a good downhill. Start with an
advantage of .37 over Shiffrin. Was
that straddle? I don't know. They
don't like she might have struggled,
in which case she will be
disqualified. Perhaps she isn't
sure. Sometimes these things
happened so quickly, so Marusa Ferk
has decided she will take our
chances and we get a look at the
replay in a few seconds. Either way,
she will be out of the medal
position, I think. Shiffrin's
leading time is 2:21.80 seven.
Marusa Ferk is six. Slovenian fans
here, Slovenian team yet to see a
medal yet. Was it a straddle? Yes,
it was. She is disqualified. Next
up, Ramona Siebenhofer. She has got
a healthy lead after the downhill
leg. That second advantage she had
over Shiffrin has probably gone
already though. Almost, .2 nine. It
will have gone by the next
intermediate. Ramona Siebenhofer is
a very accomplished GS, downhill
super-g ski out but slalom is not a
happy hunting ground for her.
Haven't skied it regularly probably
said she was a junior and now it is
getting deeper into the red zone.
Can she finished quickly enough to
get in amongst the medals? I don't
think so. It's not direct, it's not
fast enough. She is fifth.
fast enough. She is fifth. Holdener
is in silver.
is in silver. Michelle Gisin's lead
over Mikaela Shiffrin 121 seconds.
She is on her way, Michelle Gisin.
Silver medallist in the combined
World Championships last February in
San Moritz, behind Wendy Holdener.
It was a Swiss 1-2 on that day. She
is holding it together here nicely.
Michelle Gisin is a good
all-rounder. She is an occasional
slalom skier. She has had a top ten
in slalom in World Cup this season
in Killington in Beaumont at the
start of the campaign. She is doing
enough, surely, to deny Mikaela
Shiffrin with almost double second
still in hand as light snow begins
to fall. Michelle Gisin is in gold
for Switzerland. >> KEVIN: Leads the
Alpine combined, the Swiss are
delirious. -- Gisin leads the Alpine
combined, Shiffrin pushed down to
silver and Holdener down to bronze.
That may be enough to give Gisin the
Olympic title. Her sister was the
Olympic champion in downhill four
years ago, had to share the title
with Tina Maser of Slovenia. Right
now, it is Michelle Gisin's time to
shine. A stunning slalom run. She
leads the way with just two less
accomplished slalom skiers to come.
Mowinckel has had an outstanding
Olympic winter games. Two silver
medals. Silver medallist at the
giant slalom, silver medallist in
yesterday's downhill, behind Sofia
Goggia. Doesn't regularly race
slalom. She scored top tens this
season in downhill Super-G and giant
slalom. Nowhere to be seen in
slalom. But of course, she's had a
quick downhill run over Michelle
Gisin. She's probably too slow to
deny Shiffrin silver medal position.
Her target remains Wendy Holdener in
bronze medal place right now. Is it
fast enough? It is fourth place for
Mowinckel. No change amongst the
medals. With just one to come, it
means Shiffrin and
means Shiffrin and Gisin are
It is getting colder. The snow is
getting thicker as Vonn prepares to
ski here for the last time. Lindsey
Vonn is away.
Vonn is away. Lindsey Vonn has so
much experience. If she can find a
way successfully through the steep
part of the course, she could be in
contention. But she grinds to a
halt, which means that Michelle
Gisin is the Olympic combined
champion. Four years after her older
sister Dominique won downhill gold,
Michelle will be going home with an
Olympic gold medal. Shiffrin adds
the silver to the gold she won in
giant slalom, and Wendy Holdener
will take the bronze medal in the
Alpine combined. Holdener's second
medal of the games. The combined
reaches a key inclusion with a
disappointing early finish for
Lindsey Vonn, who shrugs her
shoulders and says, I'm not a
regular slalom skier. I don't think
anyone seriously expected her to
deny Michelle Gisin the gold. Maybe
an outside chance of getting another
bronze to back up the bronze she got
in the downhill yesterday. Vonn is
there to congratulate today's
medallists. The champion is
Switzerland's Michelle Gisin. It is
Switzerland's first Alpine gold of
The Swiss will be delighted. The
cowbells will be going crazy. But it
was actually Vonn who set a crazy
pace and showed what she might have
done yesterday in the downhill.
showed blistering pace in the
downhill like today. If she had
skied like that in the downhill, we
might have seen different results.
But he was much lower in her tuck
position, she took some risks and it
paid off. Very smooth, allowing the
skis to be released at the end of
the term. It really laid down a
marker in the downhill.
And then her
American Kolega Mikaela Shiffrin was
not too far behind, but everyone was
thinking that with her slalom
specialisation, this woman has won
30 slalom races, and it looked as
though she would be setting the
marker in the slalom leg.
To have a
downhill normally isn't the case for
a win. Shiffrin was an attic in her
slalom skiing today. She put down a
solid downhill run, but the slalom
run wasn't the normal skiing from
her. She is normally very dynamic.
It looks a little lethargic. Maybe
she is still suffering from illness.
But still second place.
gold and one silver for Mikaela
Shiffrin. She is the poster girl for
American skiing along with Lindsey
Vonn, who was trying to win at least
three to four golds. How will she
reflect on her second games?
inwardly, she will be disappointed.
She was head and shoulders above the
rest of the ladies in slalom skiing.
She has won World Cups by two
seconds this season and normally
over a second. And then to not come
in and dominate as she has all
season will be a tough pill to
swallow. But she has to won two
medals and she will hopefully
recognise the success she has had
rather than the missed
She Hadar Goldin
Sochi in the slalom and now a couple
of medals here. She will be around
for a long time. As for Michelle
Gisin, this is a talented household.
Her older sister Dominique took a
joint gold in the downhill four
years ago in Sochi. Quite a
collection they are amassing.
certainly is. She skied well in the
downhill and pull herself in with a
chance. She only skis slalom
occasionally. But she took a risk
and let the skis go, and had a
crack. Sticks another one in the
Do you think she is
taking some tips from Dominic? In
effect, it was the downhill run from
Gisin that was the making of her
gold medal today.
She put them a
solid downhill run and then hung on
to it in the slalom is. But she only
lost a couple of tenths to Shiffrin,
who was the best slalom skier. I
don't know where she pulled that
slalom skiing from. If she can do
that week in, week out, we might see
her doing better in slalom as well
as the speed events.
We will not be
seeing Lindsey Vonn in slalom, but
at least she had a crack.
she had a point to prove after
downhill not going her way. She has
not done slalom skiing for a long
time now. She gave it a shot. You
have to spend a lot of time on the
slalom skis if you are going to be
competitive, and Lindsey hasn't with
her injuries. The slalom skis have
not come out of her ski room often
and it showed, but good on her for
having a shot.
That could be her
last race of the Olympic Games. We
have still to find out who is going
to race in the team event on
Saturday. Thank you very much. That
women's combined were supposed to be
staged tomorrow, but because of high
winds in Pyeongchang, they brought
it forward, which meant a bumper day
for medals, the first time in
Olympic history that ten gold medals
were up for grabs on a single day.
But there was also a chance today to
manoeuvre into medal contention.
Britain's men's curlers could do
that, a chance to be involved in the
middle that is their quest today.
But they have to beat the Swiss in a
tie-breaker first. Last day in the
short track. The host nations loved
it. Great Britain, not so much. The
women's 1000 goes ahead without
Elise Christie. We will drop in on
the men's ski half-pipe, where they
are turning tricks for a precious
metals are. And hold your breath as
we take you to the top of a 50m
launch pad as the women met that
challenge in the snowboard Big Air.
At 12.05 last night, it was just
beyond the witching hour and it was
twitching time in the curling for
Kyle Smith and his Great Britain
rink because they maybe should have
already been in the semifinals, but
in their last round robin match
against the Americans, they lost it,
which meant they went into a
tie-breaker against the Swiss. They
beat the Swiss rink in their first
match in this Olympic competition
last Wednesday 7-6. However, it got
very tired. We join them in the
ninth end, Great Britain with their
noses in front here. 5-4 ahead as we
join Jackie and Steve.
Two ends to go in the curling. Great
Britain lead. Switzerland have the
hammer. They have to really believe
that they can carry this through.
Nice long guard being set up by
This Swiss team must be ruined their
chances to qualify. It seemed as
though everything was going well in
the round-robin competition despite
that first loss to Great Britain.
And they ended up losing their last
three matches, sorry, the last two
matches. They had a great run
against Sweden. They beat Canada.
They have two matches to go against
Korea, and at that point were bottom
of the table. The USA, who were
second bottom at that time, they got
beaten by Korea and were beaten by
the USA and found themselves biting
their nails to see if they were
given a tie-breaker opportunity. Had
Great Britain won, they wouldn't
have been here at all. Though they
were handed that opportunity, a
chance to come into the tie-break,
Great Britain losing to the USA.
Nicely done. That gives Switzerland
a chance to remove it.
Valentin Tanner was disappointed
with his shot in the previous end,
but it didn't make much difference
in the end. I know we look at it
from a British perspective as a
positive that we got one, but from a
Swiss perspective, that is exactly
what they would have wanted. Gets a
nice hit and roll, stays in.
nice hit and roll, stays in. If we
can force the one here, the ideal
scenario is that you go tied into
the last end with the hammer. We
have seen so many occasions where
the team with the hammer doesn't get
the shot in the last end.
the shot in the last end.
have worked that Stone well. They
want to make sure it stayed in the
All of these top teams practise all
the different scenarios they would
like to face when they go down the
last end. They have every scenario
written down and how they would like
to play it. But of course, on paper,
it's all easy. That strategy means
nothing if you don't execute the
shot to make that work.
shot to make that work.
Took that in
Britain are leaving that long guard
Certainly very close. Just tapped it
a little. There is a bit of that
stone jutting out.
stone jutting out. Neither team has
used their time-out. We were going
to and then decided not to.
They are just looking at what side
they want to come down. They've
chosen to play the clockwise
rotation of the stone, down the
left-hand side as we are looking at
it. To just come on and corner
freeze the yellow that Great Britain
I love of conversation is going on
between the skipper and vice skipper
-- a lot of conversation.
It's just how much of a curl is it
going to take?
It's already moving a
lot. It is, I thought it was going
to catch it there. Very tight, very
He's kind of found the line.
came get a good shot in here, frozen
on top of the Swiss red stone, that
would be a great start for us to try
The handsome Trajan
on the face of Muirhead -- the
concentration on the face. Going to
have to get it past the other rock.
A big pull. Just going to catch it.
They are the margins, the skip,
getting it passed by Thomas Muirhead
not able to do so. A round of
applause but not what he meant it.
What is happening though is that the
Swiss guys, they've got the hammer
but everything is getting pulled in
here. There's nothing they can do
about that now, they really have to
contend with this game.
lying shot, they have another one
that's forth. It was initially
second but it was tapped back. Just
a couple of more yellow is to make
life difficult would be good but
when we start drawing in here...
Going to ignore that now.
Going to ignore that now. Claudio
Paetz has been so good.
Tiny bit of
room inside if they can get it.
Oh, that's a very nice
shot. Very nice shot.
starting to look difficult for Great
We have to make sure when
we come in here that we corner
freeze. If we can sit top four make
it difficult for Switzerland.
much room to come around the red,
No, the margin of error is
He knew what a good shot
that was. Now, how can Thomas
Muirhead respond? A little bit wide
but it will curl on this side.
Missing the red this time.
the Top one. Just kissed it, by a
Big trouble brewing.
This is going perfectly for
Switzerland. And for Great Britain,
they just cannot find the shots at
the moment. Close but that's not
good enough at this point. Time out,
Switzerland. They know they've got
maybe a match-winning opportunity
here. There's going to be so much
pressure on Kyle Smith and they want
to make sure that it's as difficult
as possible for him to prevent them
getting certainly two, maybe than
Claudio Pescia, he gets
45 seconds to get to the head and
after that he gets one minute to
speak to his team. He's not allowed
to enter the ice, he's got to step
to the side.
Such a shame, to get this far and
you've got two ends to go but you
cannot find the shots. The
opposition, getting everything
right, just when it matters most. Is
that ability to close the game out
and finished it well. A couple of
miracle shots. Just find out what
Switzerland wants to do here.
Switzerland wants to do here.
think the fact that they have the
stones in a line makes it difficult
but we can still come in with a
really cracking draw and corner
freeze one of them which would
really make it difficult for
Switzerland to score a big end.
Still in Great Britain's hands to
cut it down. Difficult at the
It's just the distance, to
come in, a corner freeze would be
good but there's so little room
there. They are lined up nicely.
Switzerland have chosen not to hit
that yellow. I think if they did
that they would leave a pocket.
that was the only thing, if they did
that at least we'd have more of a
target. Is he just guarding it?
They're going to try and bring this,
kissing off the red, I think.
Bringing it right in. Again, he's
just got... That's actually not a
It's a bigger target for
Great Britain now. Just wondering if
that's just touching the other red.
Gives them a chance to move...
see how much of a
see how much of a pull there is.
Could have been in the centre. As it
is we have two plates almost a
similar shot, sitting on top of the
He wants to try and spring the
But he has to be careful
not to tap his own. We know there's
a huge swing coming in here.
Smith and his team, their Olympic
campaign may well depend on the next
two shots. One more end to go but
they don't want to get away a big
score to Switzerland. To come in on
top of this outside red.
Is this one
going to pull enough?
It had a lot
of work to do.
Not on the right side
of it at all.
Really good weight.
Good weight is one thing but that's
only half the equation.
It's such a
tricky... If you take one pound off
it, there is a huge pull.
that's what he was worried about,
catching the red on the way in. Just
leaving it out there. Now. How
aggressive do they want to be?
They've got the two there. They
still got two stones to go.
these guys, if they want to pull off
a big end they've got to come around
the top of the reds. It's just
whether they're going to catch as
much of the red as we can see and
pull back the yellow.
And if they...
If they were to play something
further out and not give Kyle Smith
the chance on that side...
the chance on that side... If they
were higher in the house, maybe with
the last stone they could tap it in
for the three, depending on where
Kyle will end up.
It looks like he'd
like more than two. To take two
you'd go into the last end one up
but without the hammer, then there's
the opportunity for Great Britain to
get two and win the game. So a lot
at stake in these last few shots.
Stone placement is so key.
here. What's going to happen?
Various options here. We have to
wait and see.
wait and see.
That's a lot of advice
they've taken. These guys seem to
play a slightly different... I'm not
sure if they put on as much
rotation. Going to have to wait and
see what he plays here.
Sounds like he's got a fair bit of
weight on it. Surely not going to
try and move it around, just wanting
to come around. Is that still out?
Just going to come round on top of
He's going all the way.
This has actually sat down.
sure they were sure what to do,
that's kind of betwixt and between.
Yeah, that actually sat down a lot.
Can he move a couple of these? Like
you said, there is a double, it
would leave in one British stone.
Would be asking to draw in for the
two. Would have to be accurate with
it. This one is lined up with the
other red. He's had a time out.
haven't, so there's an opportunity
for the boys to call a time-out.
Give us the overhead.
He can see the
double, he thinks he can. Maybe it's
tucked in more than he'd like.
think that's our only shot.
I think that the guys will have to
come down the right-hand side as we
look at the picture. Pop one in.
Yeah. You're going to hit the
top but then you're trying to say,
I'm only going to give you two and
I'm happy with that.
Giving them two
is fine. They are sitting two at the
moment. Would be great if they could
come in on top. Is that the idea?
Trying to come in on top of the
red that's on the centre line by the
four foot. Is he going to try and
Is he coming across to
get the other two yellows?
That might be the case.
I thought that's what Schwartz
might have been trying to protect,
to come in with his last one.
that's exactly what he's doing.
going to invite him to draw in down
the other side, isn't he?
the other side, isn't he?
are still a hole? The trouble is I
think the yellow is going to catch
on the back red, it's a question of
I'm not sure about the
choice of shot. Plenty of options
now for Switzerland. That's the one
there, just to tap it in. He's got
loads of room to come around.
loads of room to come around. Not
sure about that shot.
Do you think
there's enough room to come around
and get onto the top red? There
might be. Good come round and catch
Could do. Maybe that's the
temptation. He really wants his
How's your French?
I'd love to tell
you it's good.
I think what he's
saying is that even if he... If he
misses the top one and doesn't tap
it in, he's got the chance of...
think he's... Coming through the
tight line to catch the red just on
the four foot, straight into the
pack and the yellow will go. Let's
see how it pans out.
looking on. He's left an opportunity
here. Albeit maybe a difficult one
for Benoit Schwarz to get more than
two, to get three here, which would
put Switzerland in the driving seat
very much here. Looks like it's gone
through the gap, has it? Yes, it's
got through, this could be good.
That is a stunning
shot. They spotted it, he played it
and that may well be curtains for
Not an emotion from
Benoit Schwarz, he's so calm during
that. That's a shame for our boys.
We did what we had to do to try and
close the gap but we didn't close it
Could not have played
it better, it was a tight gap to go
through but it gave him the line to
aim at the two yellows. One, two,
three, four, five.
What a shot from Benoit Schwarz.
That was the beginning of the end
for Kyle Smith and the British rink.
It was all over in the tenth end,
they really saw one, Rhona. I know
you watched it in the wee hours last
night, Rhona Howie is with us. We
will talk to her shortly about
reactions to it. Kyle Smith, his
first Olympic adventure over in the
most dramatic circumstances with
that ninth end. Afterwards, Kyle and
his team spoke to Steve Cram.
Guys, you are obviously hugely
disappointed. Kyle, talk us through
that ninth end and the big shot you
It's always a tricky
situation. You don't really want to
give them the blank in the ninth
end. So we were trying hard to force
them to one and things were not
looking great early on.
Unfortunately, we missed a few. He
put a really nice shot through the
hole and that was the game.
came out really firing well in the
first three or four Aggar ends. It
was going perfectly.
It was probably
one of the better games we have
played this week. Unfortunately, a
couple of half shots in the ninth
end were less good. Just massively
That is a word you
will be using a lot, disappointment.
Kyle, is this one of the worst
experiences of your career so far?
Worst and best. We back and go again
in the next four years and try and
try and get back to whatever is
next. We have played pretty well
this week. We had a couple of
chances. We had to beat the USA last
at and we never managed it. We got
our lifeline this morning and I
thought we played pretty well, but a
couple of shots at this level is
enough to lose the game.
to find the positives, particularly
after you have come straight off the
ice, but what have you learned this
It's been a great week. We
have had a lot of good games. We
have had the odd missed shot here
and there which has cost us, so we
just need to look into those and see
how not to make them and do our best
Kyle, you are the
skip. A lot of people were not
expecting you to do particularly
well. I know your expectations were
higher, but what is your reflection
on the week as a whole?
to reflect so soon after the loss.
But yes, we came to our first
Olympics and gave it our best shot.
And we made the play-offs. We had a
good game today, but it wasn't to
be, sadly. A couple of things didn't
go our way, a couple of half shots,
and that is all it takes against a
team as good as them. There is
plenty to look forward to going
forward but we just need to take
time and reflect on this experience
and what we can take from it.
played this week and bad luck today.
Great Britain officially end in
fifth position. Rhona Howie is with
us. We have made you relive that
again although you watched it live.
Is it just spent for the second time
It certainly was. The boys
came out firing. They had a 4-1 lead
early on and their stats were the
best they had been all week. They
played so well, and for it to turn
in one end will live with them for a
The infamous ninth end.
How many times are they going to
replay the last three or four stones
of this one on their minds?
will. They all had a chance to make
a shot to kill the end. Great
Britain are happy, well, happy to
lose with last stone advantage and
be just one down. So the way things
were sitting at this moment, the
best thing for car to do is put up a
guard and see you can't get in for
three, so have your two. But his
guard just overcurled by about two
millimetres and it just left enough
space here, with not much to spare
on either side. He played that to
It was a brilliant shot
from Benoit Schwarz, you have to
applaud that. One of the best shots
he will ever play. But when you
think about the room on either side
of those bagged guard that he had to
manoeuvre that stone through, what
sort of room was he playing with?
Not a lot. Because the guards are
staggered, you have to sweep to get
past the top one, but missing the
back one. It was a really difficult
shot. If Kyle's guard had stayed
nearer the centre line, they would
not have been able to go for that
shot. We are talking millimetres
here. Britain had chances to kill
the end early on, but we have too
many half shots in that ninth end.
How unusual is it at this level to
lose a five in one end?
but you can see what Kyle was trying
to do. And that just killed the game
there and then. In a split-second,
where they had controlled the first
eight ends, for it to turn as
quickly as that, and it was just
half shots. Is when Olympic medals
are at stake, millimetres count.
They do indeed. It was their first
taste of the Olympics and they have
acquitted themselves well. For you,
the chief lesson of this learning
experience would be what?
to look at all the games they have
played and learn from every single
game. Especially when a guest of the
business end of the game, eight,
nine and ten. How do you play those
ends? These guys will have learned
so much from playing these big
teams. They have played well
themselves. It could have been a
different story. There are a lot of
positives to take from the week, and
a lot to learn for that young team
It is a fifth place
for Kyle Smith demons rink. The
Swiss go through to the semifinal,
where they face Sweden. We will see
that shortly. In the other
semifinal, and all North American
contest between Kevin QE of Canada
and a man we have seen around the
circuit for a long time, John
Shuster of the United States, in his
fourth games. Coming into this one,
Schuster's rink had achieved the
first win ever in Olympic curling
against the Canadians in the round
robin phase. They would take that
again. This was the eighth end and a
terrific shot from John Shuster.
Even though Canada had a hammer
here, this meant that the US would
steal two at a hugely important
point in the game. And after an
error from Kevin Koe, they get a 4-2
lead. We join it in the ninth. Could
the Canadians turn this one around?
It has gone quiet in the Canadian
camp. We have Kevin Koe at the top.
Marc Kennedy came to have a word
with Brent Laing.
with Brent Laing.
What is happening
to this Canadian team?
falling apart here.
I almost feel like looking across.
Just ten feet from us are our
Canadian counterparts, broadcasting,
and I would say they have had a
tricky week after what happened to
Rachel Homan. The Canadian women did
not even make the semifinals. That
has never happened before.
Straightforward take out here for
the USA. As long as there are no red
stones in the house, they can score
Canada won the gold
in 2014, gold in 2010, gold in Turin
in 2006. They were the silver
medallists against Norway in the
final at Salt Lake City. And they
were the silver medallists in Nagano
to Switzerland. At the moment, this
will be the first time they don't
make the final if they don't pull
this through. Marc Kennedy, who
himself missed a few early on...
Just taps it.
A bit of separation
between the two stones, though. That
should go easily for the USA.
is enough of a gap. They can squeeze
that out. This guy has played great.
Tyler George has been as good as
John Shuster. Tyler George has been
the star man of this US team.
the star man of this US team. He
just catches the back yellow, but it
still goes and they are still left
with two in. Not quite what he
Canada need to decide here
whether to blank or score two.
Blankly the end is not a bad result
for Canada, because they will just
go into a tenth end in the same
position as they are in the ninth,
knowing that if they tie the game
after ten, they going to an extra
I think blankly the end is the
easiest option here.
easiest option here.
He is trying to
play the freeze. You have to decide
how confident you are that your team
is going to put yourselves in a
better position to score two in the
I suppose the other
thought for them is, get one and
then steal in the final end?
problem with that is that they would
need to steal twice then.
seen plenty of times that has
happened in the round robin. You
have told me that it statistically
happens a lot. People do steal in
the final end. I just think the way
they are playing, you can see
distress on their faces. Marc
Kennedy is normally a bit more
boisterous and loud. He just looks
subdued. Kevin Koe is a more subdued
I would rather
give him two, personally.
that. This is what I have enjoyed
all week, this toing and froing.
These two mega teams are
particularly good at letting the
opposition know what they think the
opposition should be doing, let
said he didn't want to give the two,
he would rather they blanked this
end. I think that is a good core. If
you go through what has happened in
this match so far, Canada have not
once been able to take two.
once been able to take two. If they
do, you have another chance in the
extra end with the hammer.
Kevin Koe will be looking to blank
this end and then we move on. One
more stone each.
more stone each. This will be the
fourth end out of the nine we have
played that has been blanked. It's
been an enthralling match. It has
been ebbing and flowing and
seesawing one-way, then the other.
But you feel at the minute as though
the USA have blocked all four of
them at one end of the seesaw and
they will be hard to shift now.
The USA were bronze medallists, as
we said earlier, in Turin. John
Shuster was in the team. Never made
Just continuing to try and make life
That was a really
interesting call from John Shuster.
It was, wasn't it?
They were willing
to give up two there for the
opportunity to force Canada to score
one. A good call, didn't quite get
it right. Still a chance to blank
here for Kevin Koe or he could chip
it for two.
It's given him the
temptation to do that. There's the
bench, Scott Pfeifer is in the
He's going for the two. I'm
just looking for the stats around
John Shuster's preferred scenario
and the difference between being two
up without the last stone or being
in a tie with the last stone. 31% or
What he's going to try and do
here... He's going to have to be
very cute here. He hopes he can try
and get the two but it will have to
be a cracking shot. This is a shot
he hasn't played well, he's been
struggling with his weight. We've
got a good view of this.
wide at the moment.
I was going to
say, that's never going to come in,
is it? Oh, it has. Is it going to
keep spinning? It's only going to be
one. But by getting it that thin
heeded did it have enough brakes on
it. And he knows that that is
advantage USA because that is the
result they didn't want. Blank would
have been better, two better than
one, but one is what he's got. So
the United States lead, 4-3 after
nine and crucially they have the
hammer. STUDIO: They did indeed and
the Americans used it as well. Last
stone advantage in the tenth end,
Schuster with a shot to make
history. He wasn't going to miss
this. 5-3 and the United States
sensationally knocking out Canada.
The defending champions won't be in
the gold-medal match. What a victory
for John Shuster, in his fourth
Games. Guaranteed silver at least.
The US are already there and they'll
be joined by Sweden, the European
champions, again they will be
skippered by Edin. Beating
Switzerland, who had just beaten
Great Britain. The Swiss will face
Canada in the bronze medal match.
Apart from the repercussions for
Kevin Koe and Canada, it's
Apart from the repercussions for
Kevin Koe and Canada, it's been a
very interesting Championship and
indeed Olympics for the Canadians
but you've got to talk about John
Shuster. A hack of a story, a man
who has a word named after him for
things going wrong, he's "Shustered"
it. How glad are you to see
something coming right for him?
is a great story when someone is
down like that, they get attacked by
the media for failing, if you like,
and he's proven them wrong. He's
turned it around and he has fought
very hard and worked so hard to
prove to himself and everybody else
that he can do it.
He had a bronze
medal and he was a lead player in
2006 when America won the bronze,
their first ever in curling but he
came back as a skipper in 2010 and
was replaced after a terrible
campaign. They have the courage to
put yourself back on the line says a
lot about his character.
we've seen it in other sports this
week in the Olympics, when things
don't go right, how do you get up
and keep going? That's the key to
Repercussions, let's talk
about Canada, not a great day for
them, losing the women's ice hockey
and only a chance of bronze in the
Olympic Carlin, two of their top
Yes, Kevin Koe will be so
disappointed -- Olympic curling. To
give up two, that's criminal. He'll
be read playing that in his head for
a long time. They've still got
bronze that they can fight for but
that's a massive loss for Canada.
USA against Sweden, we didn't think
we'd be saying that for the final,
do you think that Edin has too much
tactical now is for John Shuster?
has put everything into this for
years, for these Games and he's here
to win gold and nothing less will
We look forward to that and
tomorrow, Great Britain's Eve
Muirhead and her rank against the
Swedes in the first of the
semifinals, 11am on Friday morning.
How much faith do you have, how much
better issue playing than four years
ago when she got bronze?
really well, consistently and their
tactical knowledge coming into the
business end of these Games, that's
where they're winning this week. She
has matured a lot in the tactical
game. My money is on Great Britain!
You heard it hurtful -- here first.
Over the last few days Broner and I
and of a body else at home have been
frustrated and wonderfully
entertained by short track speed
skating. We scratched our heads had
Elise Christie's agonies and we have
marvelled at the unpredictability of
the Netherlands from Ocean --
promotion from the bronze medal. But
the most bizarre moment in Olympic
history came in 2002 in salt lake
city, the men's 1000 metres when
there was an Australian who was
quite simply the last man standing.
COMMENTATOR: Three laps to go now.
Just the Korean to take out. Oh,
going around the outside. China in
second and Korea third, Canada in
fourth. Here is the bell. On his way
to gold, is he? Oh, there is a
folder, they've all gone! Steven
Bradbury to cross the finishing
line. If he's won that would be the
most amazing gold medal of any
Extraordinary. Mona remembers it
because it was 2002 when she won her
gold medal. Stephen Crabb reet from
Brisbane, the name you'll never
forget. He never placed higher than
eighth place in an individual event
and yet the left those Games as a
gold medallist for Australia.
Perhaps there is a crumb of comfort
to be drawn from that for Elise
Christie who has left her third
Games or is still in Pyeongchang but
has nothing to show for them. She
has promised to return for a fourth
in Beijing in four years' time and
she's been rationalising it over the
last few days with us.
A couple of
days since your Games came to an
end, how are you? How have the last
couple of days been?
tough few days, quite a bit of pain.
I haven't felt well from the pain
and I've been up and down. I've had
so much support back home, which has
been incredible, overwhelming. So
I'm doing OK. I have my moments. I
got injured in the Olympic Games and
that sucks. But it's done now, I
can't do anything about it, just
focus on the next four years.
terms of your ankle I can see you
are sitting here, we saw what
happened in the 1500 heat, what is
the prognosis and treatment plan?
The original prognosis was 4-6 weeks
completely off the ice. My brain was
telling me I couldn't be the Olympic
champion and my heart was telling me
otherwise. I didn't think I could
win but I hoped I will still capable
of winning a medal. I believe that.
Everyone back home, there were
messages from everyone that
influenced this but one specific
message from a young girl who had
got her mum to say, can you text
Elise and tell her that you're my
hero. That resonated for me and I
knew that she'd be watching and I
tried, and as far as I was concerned
I'd qualified, I thought it was
unbelievable. In the top 16 with
ligament damage to my ankle and I
think that shows you how physically
strong I am.
You mentioned the
support and all of the tweets and
messages, overwhelmingly positive
but not all positive, right? You've
had to respond to some people who
haven't been so kind.
I mean, I'm
happy for people to have an opinion,
I have a right to my opinion and so
do they and that's fine and they can
share it if they like but it's not
going to affect me so you might as
well not bother. I know what I've
done and I know everything I've gone
through to get here. And I know who
I am and what they say isn't going
to change that. So they're wasting
We followed your story
for many years now.
That's good, looking forward to
it. But after Sochi, you went on to
the World Championships and admitted
that when you stopped competing then
it really hit you. How do you feel
it will pan out emotionally when you
get back after this?
think there are times when it's
going to be tough but it's like I
said, I'm not in the same place I
was then. I suffered from depression
and everything else and that point.
I'm not in that position now, I have
my team around me. I still have a
lot of things I want to achieve. I
want to be the first to go under 42
seconds, I want to win the 500 gold
I haven't got. I'm improving, my
stats are going faster and only one
girl was beating me off the start.
She's insanely fast off the start.
Many things I want to achieve.
you aren't done and after the
thousand straightaway you were
talking about Beijing, 2022. Was
that spur of the moment or is that
is what you're going for next?
of both but I had been thinking
about retiring but it just came out.
But then I knew, I knew I
was going to keep going cars I
wouldn't have said it if I didn't
mean it. I'd like to do long track
and short track if we can. It's
difficult because we don't have a
long track in Britain but I want to
try and do both which probably means
sacrificing one of the short track
events, which would probably be the
1500! But that's OK. I can get
myself so strong, it's not going to
That's really interesting.
Watching you over the last week, I
think it's been a lesson to us all
in resilience and grit and courage.
Unfortunately you couldn't get the
medal you wanted but I think you've
really inspired a lot of people back
Thank you, that's just as good
as any medal.
Here, here. Thank you,
Elise. Interesting she was saying
that she could do the long track and
short track which would be quite an
undertaking. In her absence it was a
busy last day in the short track
speed skating events. The men's 500
and the and women's 5000. They took
place without any British
involvement which I guess means we
can watch it without any hearts in
malls and I'm guessing we'd rather
not have that situation but there
was plenty to enjoy with Wilf
O'Reilly and Simon Brotherton.
From China, Wu Dajing, the Olympic
silver medallist from 2014.
silver medallist, Daeheon from
Korea. Ranked number four in the
World Cup this season. And big
medallist from the 1500 metres, 21
years of age, the new star of Korean
sport. Samuel Girard, the
21-year-old from Canada, Gold
Four and a half laps of the track to
decide who is the Olympic champion.
I'm sure that was the
Chinese skater on the inside, Wu
Dajing. Number six, there. Only
allowed one false start. Not
remaining perfectly still on the
left of the screen.
Wu Dajing by a
fraction. In way that time and look
at the scramble for the first
corner, Wu Dajing getting there
first. A bit of a gap and trying to
close him down, Lim Hyojun. Hwang
Daeheon is in second for Korea.
Three laps to go. Wu Dajing is going
to try and take it from the front
for China with the two Koreans
chasing him. Second at the moment,
Hwang Daeheon. Samuel Girard can't
get involved in fourth place. Wu
Dajing leading the way at the bell,
the Koreans can't close the gap.
Samuel Girard is in fourth. Wu
Dajing takes gold and second place
was Hwang Daeheon.
was Hwang Daeheon. 39.59 is the time
and he's broken his own world
That was a superb piece of
skating, that's the strategy he
needed to take.
He made it look so easy. I think the
Chinese team are extremely excited
about winning the gold medal. At
last, China have a gold medal in
male short track speed skating
through Wu Dajing.
And for the first
time in pretty much a week, China
rather smiling because they haven't
really enjoyed some of the decisions
from the judges. They have been
complaining about it. They have dug
hard done by, but they will have
forgotten about it now because China
have a gold digger with the silver
won earlier in competition. It's a
world record for Wu Dajing.
world record for Wu Dajing. He
bossed the final from start to
What a final line-up we have got
here. Nine laps of the track and
they are away first time. Boutin,
not surprisingly, at the front.
Coming around is Shim Sukhee. A
momentary lapse of concentration
from the others.
from the others. Fontana is content
to watch the others for now.
it's about picking up the speed.
Negative splits every lap, making it
more difficult for the skaters to
power from the back.
power from the back. They are
fighting amongst themselves at the
moment. The two career Koreans are
waiting to pounce, with just five
laps to go. Choi Minjeong has a
blisteringly fast turn of pace.
Fontana starts to have a look.
Schulting now at the front. Boutin
in second place. They have three to
go. Schulting leads.
go. Schulting leads. Choi Minjeong
at the back of the moment. Schulting
still leading the way. It is going
to be tagged around the bend.
Schulting leads the way! Choi
Minjeong try to go around outside,
and both Koreans have crashed!
Schulting leads. Arianna Fontana
finishes in third and it's a
disastrous finish for Korea. Suzanne
Schulting can't believe it. She is
the Olympic champion. What an upset!
Schulting takes the gold for the
Dutch, but what a disappointment for
the home crowd with Shim Sukhee and
Choi Minjeong ending up in a heap on
the floor of the last lap. Let's
have a look once more. You can see
Schulting at the front, toy trying
to come around the outside. They
will be interested to see whether
there was contact with Arianna
Fontana from Italy. The two Koreans
take each other out.
almighty thump into the padding. But
Schulting, Boutin and Fontana claim
HAZEL IRVINE: it's great stuff. And
the men's relay is the high point of
the whole programme. As you can
imagine, the South Korean home team
were determined to give them
something to smile about, because
they had already won the women's
gold. Mass hysteria had broken out
and smelling salts were at the ready
as we go into this incredible race
in the men's. But not going the host
nation's wait, because one of their
skaters went sprawling midway
through it. That cost him a place on
the podium. The Koreans couldn't
catch up with the other three, and
Hungary claimed their first ever
gold in a Winter Olympics and their
first medal of any colour for 38
years. And guess who was the man
first crossed the line? It was
Shaolin Sandor Liu, who happens to
be the boyfriend of a certain Elise
Christie. The man who crossed the
line, Shaolin Sandor Liu, is her
other half. And just as he has been
there for her at these games, she
was there for him in his nation's
greatest winter moment. Lots to
smile about. So, all of that has
been the headline news, not just in
Hungary, but here in Great Britain.
These were the other stories that
were catching our eye.
There will be no medal for Britain's
male curlers, who lost the
tie-breaker with Switzerland 9-5.
Kyle Smith and his rink can look
back on a creditable Olympic debut.
They were fifth. Andre Mara begins
with a Swedish man to win the
Olympic slalom since the great
Ingemar Stenmark in 1980 at Lake
Placid. Britain's Dave Ryding came a
brilliant ninth place. And I was
also surprise in the women's Alpine
combined, with Switzerland's
Michelle Gisin winning gold. Lindsey
Vonn's last Olympic race saw her
failed to finish it. Russian curler
Alexander Chris on its key has been
stripped of his bronze after
admitting to an anti-doping
violation. Norway will now be
promoted to the bronze medal. And
Ben Kilmer has just joined us in the
last couple of minutes.
You are our snowboarding Olympian.
They are attacking it this time on
skis in the half-pipe. Tell us about
the proportions of that final of
snow and ice. Not so little, is it?
Not at all. Half-pipe is normally
tend to be 160 to 180 metres long.
They are on a 17 to 18 degrees pitch
and the walls are 6.7m high. To put
that into perspective, if you have
an average size house, it's slightly
bigger than a normal house. These
things are huge. If you're sat in
the bottom of them, it completely
We saw Rowan Cheshire
take a creditable seventh in the
women's ski pipe. We will be talking
about the men's. You watched the
qualification, with no British
involved, and you said there was a
lot of holding back. By what
Well, I mentioned a
couple of days ago that people were
holding back quite a bit. You can
tell when you have seen them over
time. Some of these guys were
pushing themselves hard enough to
qualify, but I knew that they have
more tricks in their bag.
would get the gold medal? Let's find
out with James Woods and Tim Warwood
in the final of the ski pipe.
Representing Canada, Noah Bowman.
The Canadian camp will be fizzing on
adrenaline, thanks in no part to
Cassie Sharp's gold medal a few days
ago. She came and bossed it here and
now Noah Bowman, who in my opinion,
Woodsy, has the greatest style in
the half-pipe. This man is liquid
Absolutely! And everyone's
favourite as well. Watch him ski. A
huge 360 to start things off. Noah
Bowman's technique is superpowered.
This is everything you could want to
do in a half-pipe.
can see how confident Noah Bowman
is. I cannot express how difficult
all of these tricks are. The one
thing Noah Bowman's run does lack is
the lack of forward spinning. That
seems outrageous, because that is
infinitely easier to do in a
half-pipe, but Noah Bowman chooses
to only do the one click at the top.
There you go, Noah Bowman into the
lead. This is David wise, the
defending champion. Who you would
see made a meal of qualifying, but
he sits here now in the finals and
he has got some huge tricks in his
A ginormous switch into the
left side double 12. Oh, no! David
Wise has gone down.
Wise has gone down.
Wow. That is
devastating. He is finding himself
in unfamiliar territory here. You
would say he is finding his form
He has come out of the
gates swinging. Amazing competing
from David Wise over the last period
of time. Look how high he is, it's
Now, coming out of Sherwood
Park in Canada, Mike Riddle, the
Sochi silver medallist, and 2017
world champion. One of the older
guys on the circuit, you would see.
But he has a huge bag of tricks.
has some creative grabs in his click
bag when he wants to delve deep.
He always starts with a big pipe
run. And alley-oop through 360. Two
hands on the skins.
hands on the skins. -- the skis. And
a pipe double 900. Beautiful. Look
how chill he is.
how chill he is. It is almost a
challenge to do less.
challenge to do less. He landed a
little bit skew whiff on his double
Next, Beau-James Wells.
Very good friends with our
commentator James Woods here. There
is his dad. He has just seen his
brother crash out in practice. How
is he going to be feeling, Woodsy?
Beau has New Zealand on his
shoulders and he has his brothers on
his shoulders. Unfortunately, they
couldn't compete. Byron was looking
great, but he went down. So it is
all up to Beau now for the Wells
family. That will be the pressure
he's feeling among more than having
New Zealand on his back.
time at the Wells has in a couple of
weeks could be made a lot easier if
he could podium here. The flag
bearer for New Zealand. Huge!
is Beau's signature opener. Now he
has both of those double cork
twelves. We saw that trick from
Murray Buchan as well.
goodness! Comes across the line like
He reaches all the way
back. He is going to be incredibly
happy with that.
Alex Ferreira, the
X Games silver medallist.
been coming out so strong since day
one. He has got all of the tricks,
all of the technicality to win this.
Not even kidding.
Not even kidding.
Starting off with
a huge 1260.
a huge 1260.
Switch right seven.
That feels good to him. We always
say if the riders are happy, which
he clearly is, you can see his
He knows that is a massive
run. This half-pipe final is
America's to lose. If everyone lands
their run clean, the question is
which American will be on top.
Now, Aaron Blank, our first-place
qualifier. If he has got a receipt
for this, now is the time to get it
out and redeem it.
The big start, 720. Look for his
signature move, the Switch double,
completely blind. My goodness, going
into the switch double ten, that's a
huge aspect. Double flat spin, 900
and the double 12. My goodness. When
you thought it couldn't get any
better, Aaron Blunck jumping in. The
judges are going to lose their mind
Look how blind it is,
not even looking to see where he's
going, relying purely on his senses.
If we can't see his eyes then he
can't see us on the landing. No idea
where he's going but that's
fantastic, the switch down the pipe,
the double ten, arguably the hardest
thing he can do. Back-to-back.
Goodness me. Well... That score
doesn't reflect his reaction. So...
Run one, looking very good indeed.
Alex Barrera top spot for the USA,
and then the Canadian and the kiwi,
keeping the American podium clean
sweep at bay, for now. Next, need a
Porteous. -- Nico Porteous. He had a
stellar run and in your eyes poll be
the best he's had in the pipe.
blinding run and all he can do is
improve. He can set back and be
confident with the first run. A
brilliant result, the Olympic final,
he's so young and so much more to
give so we can see what he's got for
us. Starting with the double Cork
1440, reaching back for the tail.
That's going to give extra.
first 1440 we've seen in the pipe in
Backing it up with the
right side double 12. Oh, my days!
The double Alupa Clarke spin nine.
Oh, it's huge! -- the double
Three and a half
rotations, mums and ads. Goodness
me. My goodness.
My goodness! He
can't believe it.
Porteous is well
on his way to upsetting that
potential US one, two, three with a
huge score, man.
If you want to know
how exciting this is, James Woods is
standing on his seat in the
commentary booth! All eyes go back
to the top. The defending Olympic
champion. Getting the mark of
respect from the start marshal. His
time to turn it on. The man who
doesn't take no for an answer when
it comes to being taken down in the
halfpipe. He's a fighter. Dropping
in switch, would see.
Huge start for
He's gone! This is
incredible, I can't believe this is
happening to David Wise.
The man who
sprinkles pressure on his breakfast
cereal... His fans are stunned.
cereal... His fans are stunned. My
goodness. Clipping the deck. That's
how these skis are designed. They
are designed to do that to save your
legs. Less they save than a crash.
fuel on his fire and you're going to
see him go mad. Not the first run he
wanted, nowhere near it.
In 2017 he
had an infection and nearly died, he
was in a coma. He's come out all
guns blazing since then. Look how
big that is.
Wow, the right double
12, his signature move and everyone
seems to be taking it from him.
Switch right, left, Right, down the
Oh, there it is!
Can he land it? No! He
couldn't land it. We spoke about it
on the run before. He could have got
in another hit but you won't see a
bigger fifth hit than that.
no business doing that there. He can
see the lip and he tries to bring
his legs in.
sore, man. Look at that.
exactly. That smile means, I've got
the final in the bag if I can figure
out how to do it! So, Alex Barrera,
currently sixth, in second. -- Alex
That's ace apprised
position for Alex to be in -- that's
a surprise. The Americans expected
to be first and second and third and
then Porteous did well. Landing flat
but keeps his speed into the double
1080. Switch. Down the pipe. 1080,
back-to-back tens. He needs to wrap
it up, which he does. Here he goes,
Ooh even better than his
Alex Ferreira is stepping
up, man. Holy cow.
The Harry Potter
of the halfpipe world here. Just
wizard through there.
going to do? An unknown entity,
Porteous dropping in there.
Something we haven't seen. How are
the judges going to compare
Ferreira's run to that? Oh, my
Oh, my gold!
I think he'll explode if he wins the
gold medal. He'll actually explode!
-- Alex Ferreira.
The magnitude of
the competition just hit Porteous.
So, run two, the results look like
this. Blunck, the hot favourite, in
sixth place. Porteous with a crazy
run in second and Ferreira again
answering back with a 96 flat.
Porteous, the beginning of the
final, so grateful to be here. He
knows he has the big tricks but he
doesn't have the experience and the
name that these big guys have. He
comes down and puts down 94
something and it blew the field
away. When Ferreira takes the lead
from him the world crashes down on
him and the competition really hits
He's chilling. He's accepting
the second run as an absolute
blinder and you know what, good for
him. He doesn't feel he's going to
improve so he is surfing it out,
enjoying himself. He says, you know
what, I won't bet that.
move from Nico, not taking his run
but that second run...
Wise, the defending Olympic
champion, who has won the most out
of the male halfpipe skiers.
asked me in the break whether nerves
are a thing when you're in this. Ask
David Wise now! All the press is on
him. Winning more than you can
imagine. Switch, right -- the
pressure. A bit of a wriggle but he
completed it nicely. Double Cork,
1260. Perfect. Switch, left, down
the pipe. Ten. Right side 12, four
thing I can pick out of the run was
the very first hit, the switch
right, double 1080, did he wriggle
out of it? Was it a stress for him
to land it? This here wasn't.
goodness, under the most amount of
pressure! 97.2, the defending
Olympic champion Paul is a
proverbial rabbit out of the hat.
What can this boy do? Beau-James
Wells, from Monaco.
everything he plans to do in this
In the lead up to this
he's been eyeing up the Olympics
like a hawk for a very long time.
He's got a switch double in his
arsenal, he's started everyone with
a big switch down the pipe and 20,
with a lot of style and has put down
flawless runs. He has the switch
double in his arsenal. Whether he's
going to use it to try and up his
score, we're going to find out.
Dropping in switch, very fast.
Beau-James Wells from New Zealand.
Switch, double, down the pipe. This
is the run for him. Right side
double 12, he's only got to flip
back into the routine he's been in
for a long time. Double left and
right side double flare. Left,
double 12, landing it clean.
Well done, that man. Talk
about stepping up when it counts,
You said it, you knew he had
the switch double in his arsenal.
Nico Porteous giving him a big hug.
What a nice rotation as well from
Beau-James Wells. We saw that
punishing David Wise, on his first
of two runs. 91.6.
No, he hasn't, it
is fourth place for him.
Ferreira, I can't begin to describe
how he's feeling.
He knows he's
second, maybe third if Blunck can
pick him. But he's on the podium. --
can beat him. He's in a race for the
top spot. First after his first run
and his second run, can he be first
after his bird? He's seen
improvements in both runs. If ever
there was a time to rip the lid off
it, now is it. Come on, from era.
You could tell from the time he was
in the air, that was a double 12.
Doing the switch perfectly.
fizzing inside, running on pure
adrenaline. That's massive going so
big, the TV doesn't do it justice.
Oh, my goodness. Alex Ferreira
hasn't knocked it out of the park,
he's strapped it to a space rocket
and sent it to outer space! What was
Somehow he landed it
Never seen anything like
it in my life.
That was huge. I
think he's going to explode.
your eyes, people, I'm not sure
what's going to happen if he goes
first. Oh, 96.4. Look at that. Well,
well, well. That's a men's ski
halfpipe final to remember. I hope
you had that recorded because it
will take some re-watching to try
and decide that one. Alex Ferreira
taking second. Huge shout out to
Nico Porteous. But David Wise, the
Olympic champion, has pulled the cat
out of the bag in his third and
final run. So, the official results
Shout out to Beau-James Wells, with
the best run he's ever produced, for
Double Olympic champion, that must
feel pretty good?
It feels amazing,
I don't believe it. I couldn't
believe I won last time and today, I
can't believe it.
Doing it in front
of your family must be special?
called to be here with my family. I
feel that I'm the front man for an
amazing group of people, the
doctors, strength team, coaches, but
my team really starts with my wife
and kids, so to have them supporting
me as part of the team is amazing.
Win, lose or fall, I have my people
and it was so cool.
I just wanted to
land that run, getting them back to
back, that's a dream come true,
especially at the Olympics. Couldn't
get any better.
And he's from
Hamilton too, Porteous, which is
about the flattest part!
You said David Wise had a few tricks
up his sleeve, and so it proved. Was
that the right result for you?
was a battle of the Americans and it
was a battle between the Kiwis as
well. If I were to judge it, I would
have scored Ferreira first and David
Wise second and probably Beau third.
David Wise had it all to do because
once again, as was Ferreira, it was
run three, the only time he could
put this down.
It was on his third
run. He fell on both one and two. So
the pressure was on the last one.
And his run was flawless. I can't
take it away from him. Amplitude is
right up there. The judges have
maybe... They are awarding technical
difficulty, so some of the harder
tricks were maybe what they were
looking for compared to Ferreira.
There is no doubt that Alex
Ferreira, again on the third run, it
took the breath away. It was a
stunning event. For you, what's the
difference between this one in terms
of the marks given come aware what
it lost four Ferreira?
I think it's
here. Why Wise has done bigger
tricks at the top, whereas Ferreira
has gone for slightly smaller, but
much bigger in amplitude. He is only
just managing to hold on. To
describe the impact they are going
throughout this height, it's like
getting squashed. It is like almost
having a train on your back loading
you down. So much force is going
through their legs to try and stay
on their feet.
We thought it would
be an American clean sweep with Wise
in gold and Ferreira in silver, but
in comes a 16-year-old, the first
Kiwi man ever to win a medal at the
Olympic Games. It has been 26 years
since they won medals in anything.
But this guy is the third youngest
man ever to win a Winter Olympic
medal. He was born 77 days before
the opening ceremony of the Salt
Lake City games!
They are getting
younger and younger! It is so good
to see the New Zealand guys up
there, competing against the world.
They have a great mountain range
where they are. I hope to see more
funding for these guys after the
performance they are putting in.
There were two Wells brothers in
this one from New Zealand. In the
end, it was Nico who gets the bronze
medal. He didn't elect to perform
his third run. There is a great
quote from him. He says, I hope I
didn't come across as cocky, because
I had nothing left. That was all I
had in the bag. That was the best
run I have ever done.
I think at the
Olympics or any of the big events,
you put your life on the line.
Sometimes, you can only do it once a
day. I think he has accepted, I have
done the best run of my life. I
probably couldn't do it again. So
he's just saving himself, which is
probably a good thing.
I suspect we
will see a lot more of him. It is
all about impressing the judges as
well in the bigger competition, the
inaugural one, the women's final we
are about to see. A lot is Ryding on
this for the women snowboarders,
because a lot of them were cheesed
off that earlier in these games,
their slopestyle final had been
staged in the middle of a howling
gale. And there will more crashes
than completed runs, so they were
determined to show the world what
they could do and they did exactly
that. It was a chance to impress in
the company of Jamie Nicholls and
Welcome to Alpensia Ski Jumping
Centre. Today it is the women's
snowboard Big Air.
snowboard Big Air. Silje Norendal.
Going is huge!
Going is huge! Beautiful!
Phenomenal from the Norwegian.
A little bit of a wash, nearly 100
degrees of rotation before she takes
off, but that is the only fault
here. The grabs are there. She is in
There are going to be some
big tricks coming.
dropped a couple of clips online a
few weeks ago of her getting back to
double cork 1080s, the clipboard of
power back in the mix today. Big
shout out to Colin Holden.
shout out to Colin Holden. Ooh! You
know what the big difference there
is? The grabs. Every time I have
seen her go for that night, she let
go of the grab early. She only just
got it with her fingertips.
got it with her fingertips. Now, she
took a gold medal in slopestyle.
Damian Zielinski most experienced
and successful woman in freestyle
snowboarding right now -- Jamie
Anderson is the most experienced
woman. She is missing none of the
big trophies, just relaxing. Lovely
shimmy. She put doubles in her
locker of tricks. She has gone
Wow, she wants that
double gold medal.
The grab is held
for so long.
That was so nice.
Beautiful style, so compact.
has got to be in the 90s.
has got to be in the 90s.
Iwabuchi, Jenny Jones was chatting
to her coach is also the translator
for the Japanese team, and she said,
how do you code her? She said, we
don't have to do anything. She is
one of the most self-motivated
people on the Japanese team. She
just says, I want to do this, and
works with the coaches in a
Wow. That was amazing.
Everyone said wow!
Everyone said wow!
Look at the grab.
It is short, same as we saw from
Apart from letting go of
the grab early, that was very clean.
She slides in behind Jamie Anderson.
So from the 16-year-old to the
31-year-old veteran, Yuka Fujimori.
Unbelievably, she came to freestyle
snowboarding in 2015, transferring
out of snowboard cross. The opposite
direction to the way most people go.
Most freestylers decide to give
snowboard cross a go once they get
to 26 or 27.
That was so good.
of control here.
This is so awesome
to watch. Women snowboarding is on
fire right now.
fire right now.
Yuka Fujimori is
very pleased with that first jump.
Jamie Anderson has pointed at the
fence and sent her biggest gun in to
get a 90 point.
Sina Candrian desperately need this.
She fell in the first one. I don't
think she will back away from the
No, I think she would give it
another go. I hope she does.
another go. I hope she does.
up beautifully, and there it is.
That was better than yesterday's.
That was better than yesterday's. A
tiny little scuffle of the hand.
just misses it. She is reaching
down. She is so close to getting it.
She has one score on the board. Back
up to the top. Jamie Anderson put so
much pressure on everyone.
much pressure on everyone. Very
clean. What are we going to see from
her? This is critical. Just doing
her little dance! And it works for
her. How did she hold onto that?
That was the years of experience.
like how she does that, it's very
different to a lot of the other
girls' double minds. It's a
tidy so far. She's the enviable
position of having two huge scores
under her belt.
under her belt. Zoi
Sadowsky-Synnott, we saw her switch
backside nine in qualifying and it
was beautiful. I think we will see
it again now.
it again now.
Wow, that was amazing!
For me personally, I find this more
impressive than the front side and
the captains. It's massive. It's
beautiful and it is the hardest
She went so high.
going backwards and turning into the
The rolling at the end is my
favourite part of that trick.
controls the end so perfectly.
She has got the double
backflip in there. I love the fact
that she has done this as perfectly
as she can.
as she can. 92, so deserved. The New
Zealander with a fantastic second
What a fantastic shot.
Gasser, the Austrian, stands for her
It pushes the riders to become more
diverse. It is going to be the
backside double cork. Oh, she stomps
That was amazing.
deserves this. She has been able to
come out here and showcase the very
best of women's snowboarding,
stomping two from two in this
format. It is the best combined
score from two jumps, and she has
given herself the luxury to go for
her best trick on the third and
Ooh, I thought she would
have got a lot higher than 89.
not the biggest jump we have seen.
She slots in behind Jamie Anderson.
The size of Anderson's jumps has
So the third run is approaching and
at the moment, it looks like a big
battle between Anna Gasser and
It seems like it.
It seems like it.
Norendal is definitely in the
running for the bronze medal if she
can land something big here. She got
a solid 70 pointer.
a solid 70 pointer. Holds her nerve
really well. She is watching the
wind here, I think. Or maybe getting
her music going.
CAB ten. Wow, what was she doing?
She had already done a perfect CAB
nine. Really odd decision from Silje
She saw this one as her
big scoring dump and thought, I can
add more to this jump than I can to
the other one.
I thought she was
going to go cab ten.
That's good enough for fifth at the
That's good enough for fifth at the
moment. Kantian, the frontside 1080
is in the bag. -- Candrian.
what's next. Backside tail other
match -- or the switch back
It's the switch backside.
Ooh. Now we have a big game on our
Switch excited nine.
frontside 1080. Missing the ground
It's almost like she did
exactly the same -- missing the
Two really big spins in there.
She's put it down. It's actually
lovely, if you look at the rotations
in a modular sense. But that was a
drag. Without the hand she might
have gone down.
penalising her for the hand drag.
so used to qualifying in first. Only
made it through in sixth place. So,
she qualifies. In the middle of the
pack but that hasn't stopped her
adding pressure to all of the other
riders. Her first jump, 90.2,
backing it up with 87.25, meaning
she has the luxury of really going
for it here.
Tell you what, the body
language isn't as relaxed.
isn't. It means maybe she's going
for something big that she's not
We didn't see the little
Cab 1080, to the last
line. How did she not explode into a
That was sick.
Unbelievable, cab double Cork 1080.
She knew she had to do that because
she knew that Anna Gasser was
dropping in after her. And she would
have been doing the same trick.
That was impressive.
Anderson with that drop has
potentially left the door open for
Anna Gasser. But this is going to be
one of the most interesting jumps.
Sadowski is not, having absolutely
stumped the switch backside 900, can
now drop in -- Sadowski Synnott.
Frontside. No way. Frontside 1080,
no one's seen that yet.
was so good to watch.
have been it, the clean frontside
ten for her could have been gold. No
joke. She only needed an 87 with
that to go into the lead.
didn't expect that from her. I don't
think I've seen her tried that
You can see her score, 92.
The double backflip was the weak
link. Can't believe I'm saying that
but it puts her in third place
behind Anna Gasser, who is yet to
drop and Jamie Anderson, who
currently occupies the gold medal
position. Iwabuchi in fourth is
still yet to drop. A little bit of
wind up on the top and Iwabuchi is
by far the smallest and lightest
rider in the final.
rider in the final.
We're going to
see the backside 1080 again, I'm
sure of it. She wants it this time.
So driven and self-motivated. She's
pushing to land the backside double
Cork 1080. Will we see it now? Too
slow. Too slow.
The rotation just
She's been following
them so consistently. You know what,
she saw Jamie Anderson go and she
thought, I'm going massive and I
think she slowed down the rotation
because of that.
If she'd just gone
a little bit digger.
only one woman left to drop food
cannot Sadowski Synnott out of
bronze medal position. -- who can
Fujimori, 31 years old. So,
I wonder if we're going to
see the cab 99. Or was it the front
99? She got a bit lost on that
Getting 82.25, so
anything in the 90s is going to
boost her right up.
She stayed in the rotation better
Yeah, she did.
to the second Cork.
She over rotated
a little bit.
Oh, disappointing for
Fujimori. She can't land those last
two jumps after a beautiful backside
900 on her first hit.
Wow, a phenomenal performance from
Fujimori. She can't land that third
run, though, so it's 122.75. The
16-year-old New Zealander knows that
she has a bronze medal. And Jamie
Anderson knows that she's got, at
the least, Silver. Only this woman
can move out of gold medal position.
What are we going to see, Jamie?
Come on, and. I want to see the cab
double ten. It needs to be big,
Three full rotations.
Rotating with your front opening up
to the landing. Anna Gasser. So
consistent, she's landed two
beautiful jumps already today. There
hasn't been a moment of doubt or
hesitation. Can she seal it now?
Sheila to so relaxed, doesn't she?
So relaxed -- she looks so relaxed.
OK. Ooh, my gosh. This one is going
down to the wire!
I didn't think she
had bad. I thought the first
corkscrew was a bit too vertical.
Look how made up she is, we
talked about this being the best
example of women's riding and look
at this, this is what it means to
them, to be able to lay down in
perfect conditions on a brilliant
jump. It's the opposite scenario to
what we saw in the women's
slopestyle just over a week ago.
pump on that.
And the style.
went deep as well.
Look at her back
leg through the corkscrew, there.
Holding the grab.
scoring trick of the day, without a
I think that's the most
technical and stylish trick we've
ever seen in women's snowboarding.
She's done it. It's the
gold medal for Anna Gasser.
well-deserved. Anna Gasser, just
making it into gold medal position,
head of Jamie Anderson.
future for the New Zealander,
Sadowski Synnott. Iwabuchi, the
Sadowski Synnott. Iwabuchi, the
other rocky, down in fourth place.
STUDIO: Great contest and you got to
say that the drop in from the top of
the slope down has to be one of the
iconic images of these Games, Ben.
It is, what a spectacle, finally the
ladies showing us what they were
capable of after the havoc in
slopestyle. Really pleased.
question remains, are you a member
of the cab under flip club?
but the number one rule is that we
don't talk about it!
We can talk
about it with Anna Gasser because
she put it in
about it with Anna Gasser because
she put it in her run, twice. This
winning run in the third was
deserved gold for you, Ben?
so, the frontside double Cork 1080.
In women's snowboarding, it's the
best trick out there. Anna Gasser,
although we had Katie Ormerod, she's
the first person to do the double
Cork in women's snowboarding. Anna
Gasser is the first person to put it
down in competition so she's leaving
the frontier for women's
Gold for Austria and a
second medal of these Games for
Jamie Anderson who won the
slopestyle gold medal. In fact the
American became the first
snowboarder ever to win two
snowboarding medals at the same
Games for women. Yet another
Games for women. Yet another
milestone for her. This, deserving
of the Silver Medal? What made it
of the Silver Medal? What made it
The frontside 1080, the
first run that she did was so clean.
Jamie Anderson is one of those
snowboarders who has that smooth
style, she holds onto her grabs one
start to finish, so she really
executes tricks perfectly. The
judges award her massively for this.
She's landing quite far down the
landing which they also look out
for. Little things count. Sometimes
spectators don't see.
before we'd seen a Kiwi bronze
medal. There's another one, having
waited 26 years for another Wendelin
picks medal, two in two hours. She's
like the male compatriot, only 16
years old. Sadowski Synnott, she's
from Wye, a very part of the world.
-- very mountainous.
When you don't
switch, you are in a very different
position and for the female
snowboarders to have these tricks in
their bag is absolutely amazing. I
think these girls have put on such a
good show for us at these Games.
It's really good, I hope that it is
now a spectacle.
It sure was and I'm
sure everyone in New Zealand is
delighted because between her and
neat code they are on the medal
table. OK, it's on the second page
-- and Nico. Two bronze medals
today. Great Britain in 17th place.
The Silver ferns are flying high. A
record 13th gold for Germany too, in
the team Nordic Combined, the best
ever Games for the Germans. Claire
is back at seven o'clock. And in the
life programme overnight when you
seen extra with Radzi, you've got
the ladies' free programme deciding
which Russian teenager claims gold.
We'll be reviewing that with Jayne
Torvill in the afternoon programme
tomorrow. Very much looking forward
to that. But of course
tomorrow. Very much looking forward
to that. But of course it could well
be Great Britain's best ever Games
as well. We are searching for the
historic fifth medal in these Games.
Could Eve Muirhead guarantee us at
least a silver by sweeping past the
Swedes in her semifinal in the
Carling? It starts at 11th of 5pm UK
time. The clock is ticking. We've
got to dash. We'll catch you