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Good morning from Pyeongchang. They
say 13 is unlucky for some, but
plenty here hopes that it will be
lucky for them. Ten medals up for
grabss today, the most than any
other day, and one is the Alpine
combined. We have had the downhill
section of the women's event, it's
followed by the slalom event,
Lindsey Vonn is the downhill
specialist, she's out in front, not
known for her slalom so we'll have
to see if her her lead is enough to
claim a surprise gold or if someone
can come from behind to claim the
title. Let's join our commentators.
Good afternoon, welcome back. The
first skier on the course was the
Bosnian who failed to complete but
it's now down to Barbara Kantorova.
She's got to make the last few towns
and she will move into gold medal
position in the Alpine combined
which she does, so that's our
leader. They've had a downhill run
this will led by Lindsey Vonn,
Ragnhild Mowinckel, who was in
silver medal position in the
downhill proper yesterday, then
Michelle Gisin, then Ramona
Siebenhofer, Marusa Ferk and Mikaela
Shiffrin is sixth. With her slalom
is Gilles, she is favourite. -- her
slalom skills. We only have 22 out
of the 30 competing, they are going
in reverse order. Only 22 finished
after the downhill. The next is
Katerina Paulathova from the Czech
Republic. She's in front by .63,
that the time from the downhill
added to the slalom score so far.
Giving her an advantage. Better
slalom skiers include petulant over,
while the -- Petra Vlhova, Wendy
Holdener, and Michelle Gisin.
Lindsey Vonn has won a World Cup
slalom in her career and pride to
the Olympics, there was a World Cup
event where she finished fourth, so
she's not outside of Gold medal
opportunity. But she will need a
solid second run. Next up, Maryna
Gasienica-Daniel from Poland. 19th
position in the downhill and she
brings with her and advantage but
she has doubled. She is one of the
better slalom skiers. Absolutely
charging through this second run.
Not the most demanding style, not as
technically demanding as the
individual classic slalom track
where the men raised this morning at
Yongpyong, and where the women race
to the slalom double. Frieda Hanns.
Polish skier in first, by nearly two
seconds. We start to see some of the
slalom specialists on display. The
skis they use for the downhill this
morning, two metres ten. The skis
they now use for the slalom are one
metre 57. A huge difference.
metre 57. A huge difference. So,
Maryna Gasienica-Daniel leads. Next
up, Alex Mario Mola -- Alice
Merryweather, the first of three
Americans in this Alpine combined.
She's a good all-rounder with good
slalom skills, honed as a junior.
She is racking up Goodspeed here. I
rather old school slalom technique,
not a regular on the World Cup
slalom tour. But she's got the
skills required and the towns of the
Green Knight. Her lead is reducing,
-- she retains the green light. She
has got it. One of three Americans
involved this afternoon here. Alice
Merryweather into gold medal
position. Maryna Gasienica-Daniel
into silver, Katerina Paulathova
bronze. 17 still to ski.
Big smile on the face of Alice
Merryweather. Now one of the regular
combined athletes, the news fire
combined athletes, the news fire --
Denise Feierabend. She knows her way
through slalom track. She has added
to the advantage significantly. Not
the most tricky slalom set that the
Slovenian coach has laid out here.
Designed to allow the downhill
skiers, the specialist in the speed
event to have an opportunity.
Feierabend is thriving on this
track, two seconds in front. She has
smashed it. Nearly three seconds
quicker. So Denise Feierabend moving
up the ranking, 17th after downhill.
2.96 seconds in front now. Looking
down the list, Denise Feierabend
will quite possibly finish in the
top six in today's competition. Good
slalom skis on display here, good
skills. Nevena Ignjatovic from
Serbia next to go. Her lead over
Feierabend after the downhill is
slight, just 16 hundredths of a
second. So Feierabend in gold for
Switzerland, Merriweather in silver
for the USA.
for the USA. Ignjatovic has lost
touch with the leaders. Not enough
terrain left on the track to claw
her way back into contention. She
could end up being a second and a
half off the pace. No change in the
leaders editions, she has gone into
second. Denise Feierabend staying in
top spot. Alice Merryweather now
into third. Ana Bucik will be next
ago and she's got a serious chance
of pushing for medal today but she
needs something super quick. The
second run has been set by her
coach, there are two Slovenians
still involved, Bucik who is next
and Marusa Ferk, fifth after the
downhill. Pinch-macro finished fifth
after the world champ Richard Larman
-- Ana Bucik finished fifth after
the World Championship slalom last
What has changed is an improvement
in visibility today. The sun has
come out, it was a little overcast,
the floodlights are on, aiding the
athletes with their vision on this
track. Now Bucik surprisingly
trails. Pretty soft on this part of
the mountain, the course is eroding
quickly. A bit of a rut forming.
Bucik into silver medal position.
The Slovenian fans deliberately
dressed in mountain costumes. They
still have Marusa Ferk to come at
the moment. At the moment they have
Ana Bucik in silver spot. Denise
Feierabend still leads the way and
moves steadily up the standing.
Lindsey Vonn is at the top of the
course, doesn't often race slalom,
watching the race unfold on the
Next to ski will be Marta
Bassino. She has good recent form in
Alpine combined events. Finished
fifth in the Olympic giant slalom,
her best discipline. But no slouch
in slalom as you can see. Fiery
start for Marta Bassino, just 21
years old. Potentially the best of
the Italian GS skiers in the next
season or two or three. Her lead has
been reduced now. She needs to let
them run as she powers towards the
finish line. The time to beat
belongs to Denise Feierabend. She's
missed it. Marta Bassino into silver
medal spot for the moment. Another
one has come and gone. Denise
Feierabend has now watched three try
and three fail to remove her from
gold-medal position. The next skier
will probably have no -- more luck
if she stays on her feet, one of the
best slalom skiers in the world,
Petra Vlhova. She's had a
disappointing games in the
individual disciplines where she was
expected to thrive but only managed
to finish 13th in her specialist
discipline of the slalom. 13th in
giant slalom as well. She is a World
Cup winner this season. Twice she
has a World Cup slalom wins, and she
also skied into third position in
the Stockholm parallel slalom. She's
the second ranked slalom skier of
the season behind Mikaela Shiffrin
and that's a proud as she racks up
and advantage here over Denise
Feierabend whose leadership of this
Olympic Alpine combined is about to
end. Nearly a full second. She was
expecting that, she
expecting that, she nos Vlhova's
form in slalom. There was a big
mistake and he put the brakes on,
apart from that it was pretty clean.
So Vlhova leads,
So Vlhova leads, Feierabend second,
Bassino said, but the fastest 12
have not skied yet. Next Federica
Brignone, who does ski slalom but
she is by no means the best. Already
she is by no means the best. Already
medallist in the Olympics games, won
bronze in the giant slalom. Her
advantage has gone deep into the red
now. Her mum was a great slalom
skier, a World Cup winner in slalom.
She won a four slaloms at the end of
the 70s and into the 80s. She's come
into second position. Silver medal
spot. Vlhova stays in the leader's
box. Vlhova in gold, Brignone in
silver, Feierabend pushed down to
bronze. Still to come, Wendy
Holdener, one of the best slalom
skiers, Mikaela Shiffrin, the best
slalom skier. Michelle Gisin could
be on the medal podium. Third
quickest after the downhill. She
will be followed out of the start by
Ragnhild Mowinckel, twice a silver
medallist, and Lindsey Vonn who won
bronze in the downhill yesterday and
who has won slalom races in her
career but not for long time. Now,
Laura Gauche. 11 after the first
run. That was the downhill this
morning. Need some slalom form now.
Not bad, all of the races train
slalom as juniors, whether they race
regularly as seniors, they have all
got experience home in sports clubs.
That's recruit honed in sports
clubs. Getting a bit clunky as she
moves from flat to sleep. The
terrain was her own doing, she has
lost her chance to lead this
competition. Gone into six out of
Otten still to come, and prepare for
fireworks because Wendy Holdener is
one of the best, and she will be
The Swiss have had a great day so
far on the mend's
far on the mend's slalom, getting a
medal. Wendy Holdener is next to go.
She is in good shape after the
downhill leg. In tenth position.
She's more at home on the short
slalom. Maybe a little too much
attack at the top. The current
leader, Vlhova, and Wendy Holdener
have done battle many times. Started
with a lead of half a second over
Vlhova. Now she's more than 1.5
seconds in front!
She leads, into gold medal position.
Will that bring her a medal?
Will that bring her a medal? Silver
in the slalom, and she's in gold at
the moment for the combined. The
next two, three, unlikely to trouble
Paris St Miller Dolly next.
-- Romane Miradoli. Not enough speed
Easy to spot the established slalom
racers from the occasional ones.
Romane Miradoli is very occasional.
Vlhova in silver, Wendy Holdener in
gold. Valerie Grenier is next.
She is unlikely to trouble Wendy
Holdener's lead. But let us see.
Mikaela Shiffrin has arrived at the
top. She has her headphones and, as
usual. Valerie Grenier is eighth
after the downhill this morning.
after the downhill this morning. She
will be wishing she gave a similar
performance on downhill race day
yesterday. It has been a busy
schedule for the women overhear.
She will not be troubling the
current, gold, silver and bronze
medals. She is! She has gone into
bronze. She has moved Federica
Brgnone from bronze.
-- Federica Brignone down to fourth
position. Still to come, Ricarda
Haaser, Mikaela Shiffrin...
The top three now, Valerie Grenier,
the Canadian. A good downhill
performance this morning, eighth
quickest. Petra Vlhova. Not so
strong in downhill, but with a
mighty slalom run, she's holding
onto silver at the moment. Wendy
Holdener, tenth quickest this
morning, is in gold medal position
at the moment.
Two minutes 22.34 seconds, that is
the combined times added to the
Ricarda Haaser, then Mikaela
Shiffrin. Mikaela Shiffrin was sixth
quickest in the downhill.
Ricarda Haaser is next. She has just
had the 30 seconds call. She's years
old. She finished ninth in the
championship combined last February.
-- she is 24 years old. Seventh
after the downhill this morning.
I don't think our leaders enough to
get past Wendy Holdener. Can she
push for a provisional medal place?
That has gone, she is half a second
down, she does not have the slalom
skills of Wendy Holdener.
1.10 between gold and bronze medal
She's into ninth position. 2.5
seconds almost off the pace of Wendy
Holdener. Now it will get serious,
and Wendy Holdener knows she has a
serious threat to her lead in this,
Mikaela Shiffrin, who is not only
are more successful slalom skier,
she also has a quicker time after
the downhill than Wendy Holdener, so
she starts with an advantage.
She finished outside the medals in
the slalom. She has been on this
course, training. Her lead is more
or less maintained.
She cannot afford any more mistakes
because Wendy Holdener was quick at
She is faster by 0.47 seconds!
Lightning finish from Mikaela
Shiffrin. She leads the way. Five
competitors to come. Will that be
Wendy Holdener has gone into silver.
And Vlhova into bronze, top slalom
skiers in the world leading the
competition with one hand on the
medals. Next we have Ramona
Siebenhofer. Heartbreak for a Wendy
Holdener as she is moved from gold
Michelle Gisin, whose next.
Was that straddle? We may need to
check. Sometimes these things happen
so quickly. She has decided she will
take chances, and we will get a look
the replay. Either way she will be
out of the medal positions, I think.
Marusa Ferk. The Slovenian team is
yet to get a medal.
yet to get a medal. Yes, it was a
struggle, she has disqualified. --
straddle. The skis go either side of
the control gate, which is instant
disqualification. She should really
have stopped, but she was maybe
hoping that they had gone the right
side. Maria Shifrin in gold position
at the moment, then Wendy Holdener
Ben Petrov bid -- then Petra Vlhova.
Ramona Siebenhofer had a two second
lead over Maria Shifrin, but that
will have already just about gone.
Slalom is not a happy place for her.
-- lead over Mikaela Shiffrin. She
is deeper into the red zone. Can she
finish quickly enough to get a
medal? Not fast enough, she's 50.
Vlhova still and bronze position.
Wendy Holdener in silver, and
Mikaela Shiffrin leads the way. Just
three competitors to come. Michelle
Gisin, Ragnhild Mowinckel and then
Lindsey Vonn. And Lindsey Vonn
finish with the gold in the Alpine
combined? -- can she finish?
Vlhova and Wendy Holdener and
Mikaela Shiffrin in discussions.
Michelle Gisin is 1.2 seconds ahead
of Wendy -- Mikaela Shiffrin. She
finished behind Wendy Holdener at
the World Championships.
She is a good all-rounder,
occasional slalom skier. She has had
a top ten in slalom in Vermont at
the start of the campaign.
the start of the campaign. Almost a
full second in-hand! She is in gold
position! She leads the Alpine
combined! The Swiss fans are
delirious. She has pushed Mikaela
Shiffrin to silver. Vlhova is out of
the medals. That may be enough to
give Michelle Gisin the Olympic
title, her sister was the Olympic
champion in downhill four years ago.
She had to share the title with the
Slovenian. Right now, it is Michelle
Gisin's turn to shine. A stunning
She leads the way with just two less
accomplished slalom skiers to come.
Ragnhild Mowinckel will be next, and
then it will be the turn of the
great Lindsey Vonn. Last to ski in
what could well be her last Olympic
race. It's Gisin's gold right now,
Shiffrin in silver,
Shiffrin in Holdener holding on for
bronze. Shiffrin in silver. We're
reaching the climax of the combined
events here. Ragnhild Mowinckel has
had an outstanding Winter Olympic
Games, two silver medals, silver
medallist in the giant slalom and
yesterday's downhill. Behind Sofia
Goggia. Doesn't regularly race
slalom. She scored top tens this
season in downhill, super-g and
giant slalom, never to be seen in
slalom. But of course she's had the
quicker downhill run than Michelle
Gisin. I think she's beyond gold
medal, and to deny Shiffrin silver
medal. Her target remains Wendy
Holdener in bronze medal place. Is
it fast enough?
it fast enough? Its fourth, for
Ragnhild Mowinckel. No change in
amongst the medals. And with just
one to come, it now means that
Shiffrin and Gisin are guaranteed
medals. Shiffrin can finish no worse
than bronze, Gisin no worse than
silver. The distribution of medals
is now all down to Lindsey Vonn. She
will be the last skier here.
will be the last skier here. Wendy
Holdener is in bronze medal place
right now. Mowinckel, two silvers
but only fourth today. Last to ski,
Lindsey Vonn. Did race a combined
just before the Winter Olympic Games
where she placed fourth. She has won
a World Cup slalom, just one of her
81 World Cup victories have come in
slalom competition but it was a long
time ago. It's getting cold, the
snow is getting thicker, as Vonn
prepares to ski at the Pyeongchang
Olympics for the last time. Her
advantage after the downhill is .7
seven. Havret outing on the short
slalom skis for Lindsey Vonn, but
she's got so much experience. If she
can find her way through the steep
part of the course, she could be in
contention but she grinds to a halt
which means that Michelle Gisin it
is the Olympic champion, four years
after her older sister Dominique one
downhill gold, Michelle will be
going home with an Olympic gold
medal. Shiffrin at the silver to the
call 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
conclusion 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 the back up the
bronze she got in the downhill
yesterday. Vonn is there to
congratulate today's medallists. The
champion in the Alpine combined is
Switzerland's Michelle Gisin,
Switzerland's first Alpine gold of
STUDIO: Michelle Gisin with the gold
medal, her sister Dominique won gold
in the downhill in Sochi four years
ago so she brings a second Olympic
gold couple into the family. Mikaela
Shiffrin picked up her second medal
in Pyeongchang, a third winter
Olympic medal of her career. It's
one of ten gold medals that can be
won today. There are more gold
medals on offer today than any other
day at the Winter Olympics and there
is another one up for grabs in the
women's ice hockey. The USA and
Canada are fierce rivals in this
sport. They have contested four of
the previous five finals here in the
Winter Olympics. They are on ice
currently. Canada have bragging
rights in recent history, they have
won the last four gold medals on
history but that match has now gone
into overtime. We are going to join
it life. Let's join our
commentators, it is golden puck.
What a time it is, sudden death
overtime in women's hockey Olympics
vinyl, it doesn't get more exciting.
USA 11-0, Russian crew were leading
-- the USA were leading 1-0, then
Canada got two goals and
Canada got two goals and then they
got another one back. The four-time
defending champions against the
four-time Olympic champions, Canada
looking for a fifth in a row. The US
are in the dark blue jerseys. The
Maple Leafs proudly white shirts.
Could this be a chance? Blocked by
Brandt. A long shift to start this
game. Pushed back towards the blue
line, passed everybody. Until
Shannon Szabados collect. Now the
Canadians will try and come in.
Canadians will try and come in. It's
been an incredible game so far,
played in a great atmosphere. The
USA, deflected wide.
USA, deflected wide. Canada looking
to collect possession.
You can barely hear yourself think.
A wonderful atmosphere. Canada,
chance. The chanting is on both
It goes wide. And now it goes
back the other way.
back the other way. Two minutes 20
seconds of sudden deaths over time,
it is golden goal, literally, golden
The next goal wins.
Look at the chance from
Look at the chance from Brianne
Jenner, she looked like she had
Szabados beaten but she couldn't hit
So much space on the ice,
for them to work in.
for them to work in. Move it is the
message from the officials, and the
Americans do that. Can the Canadians
get there? It was Johnston. Rooney
makes a save. The USA circle. How
much of this is about heart and
desire? How much of this is the
experience of being there before?
Both teams have.
And how much is
bearing down on the chance you are
going to get?
Nearly home! Just
wide, Cameranesi! Outstanding hand I
Cameranesi has offered real bite the
Canada too casual.
has been struggling, she is just
moving a little too slowly, the
Feels like the US are just in
control right now. They're the ones
that are having the opportunities.
They have the jump in their step.
Poulin has scored, in her career,
five Olympic medals. Szabados hangs
on! The shot into the soul that from
Lamoureux. -- shoulder from
We talk about managing
the puck, Canada very low chill on
here as they are caught off ice. --
very nonchalant, from Canada.
Cameranesi deflects it, almost
similar to the first goal from
Canada. The Canadians have to be
careful, they are putting their
careful, they are putting their
defence up a little bit. The US are
heavily outshooting the Canadians
It is the quality shots
that will count.
Four on four is all about puck
possession. He wants to keep your
puck on your stick, -- you want to
keep your puck on your stick, you
want to not go to the other end.
Skating is important but control of
the puck is so important.
Natalie Spooner, her family held
from just outside Manchester. Very
proud of that fact. I'm sure they're
very proud of her right now.
Interesting, Hilary Knight and
Amanda Cassell out that together, --
and Amanda Kessel other together. If
we get to the end of 14 minutes, we
will go to a penalty shoot out but
that might be too much for the
coaching teams to take.
States have had their share of puck
possession, they have had
opportunity for point-blank shots,
but as you see in overtime, it comes
down to that one opportunity. And
here is an enormous face-off.
here is an enormous face-off.
has not taken too many face-offs.
Going into the game, she was in 84%
in limited duty on her face-offs.
The person to take it then! She's
going to get tossed out of the
circle. One by the Americans, -- it
was won by the Americans,
unsurprisingly. But thankfully for
the Canadians it goes out of the
zone and the US look to bring it
forward. Poulin came out onto the
ice, a coaching change to track and
get the face-off win. That's how
important it was.
God is to be careful here because if
Bellamy turned it up quite -- they
have got to be careful because if
Bellamy turned it up quick, there is
space at the back.
She does just enough to slow down
the Americans. Seven minutes gone of
I like this team, they are
not giving possession,...
Options were eliminated by cutting
to the middle.
Good defensive play by the
Canadians. Given away on the blue
line, and the Americans came back.
She cannot watch, at least not
easily! It is so hard on the players
and coaches, but much harder on the
family and friends, who have been
watching their children and helped
them go through the process of
becoming these wonderful world-class
athletes. Now they are sitting
thousands of miles away from home
just hoping that their child will
come with a gold medal.
said, some cannot even watch. A
It has been a great Olympic Games
for the Canadians. They have done so
well across many different sports,
but Canada wants this alongside the
hockey medal. You could throw the
ice dancing one interact as well.
The captain, Meghan Duggan, full of
Really interesting that they are
playing panic, one of the Lamoureux.
Canada decided that was the best
time to go.
time to go. There was no recognition
of the situation by Natalie Spooner.
The Canadians are putting on the
The women are exhausted.
They cannot afford to be out there
The deflected effort goes
Maddie Rooney was strong at the
short side. Hard looking play.
Bellamy carries ongoing.
Bellamy carries ongoing.
was not a bad thing.
was not a bad thing. The stick went
flying, Emily Clark went for it,
missed out, but really nice play
You see the power of Hilary Knight
when she lets the shots go.
when she lets the shots go. You do
not want to give her a clear look at
the net. She recognises what is in
front, she knows where the goal is
at all times, and fires it on.
focus is in the
focus is in the eyes. Canada have to
They look absolutely
Canada has just been rotating three
sets of/ stop the nightcap to put
someone else in.
no penalty, and panic at the
side of the net.
That is where you need to see the
Canadians turn it back, if they
maintain possession they can get a
Canada do not really have the
dynamic defender who can leap into
the play. And it opened up, she
nearly got it. What a save from
Said at one end
can lead to a fence at the other.
Possession was handed to the
Americans, who rein it in.
Americans, who rein it in. Shannon
Szabados flex it away. Approaching
six minutes to go. There is no
splitting them. Gold medal on the
Laura Fortino has played the most
out of anyone in this game. She's
It feels like there has
not been a whistle for an eternity.
The USA have done a wonderful job
defensively. They have not allowed
anything, really. Offside will be
given. The US try to move the tin
with Hilary Knight.
This will be the
best chance of overtime. What a
played from Gigi Marvin, she tries
to go high blocker. And what a save
from Shannon Szabados.
forced the short when it came. For
me, the US have been the better
Melody ghost wanted a penalty.
The rebound popped out, I did save.
Canada are playing with fire. Laura
Fortino is exhausted, she has
The USA recognise
that, they just want to attack
They have kept possession
so well in overtime.
This is really good from the
The rebound! It only got as far as
the blue line.
the blue line.
They are exhausted,
the Canadians cannot even move.
the Canadians cannot even move.
US are closing in on a goal that
would get them the gold medal.
Meaghan Mikkelson was trying to tell
her team-mate to put it the other
direction, but instead it went her
way. What a block. You can get a
close-up on her, she has two black
And a broken nose by the looks
She could not force a chance. The
crowd are billing. They wanted a
penalty. That has been an
incredible, incredible game of ice
hockey. The entertainment has been
Laura Fortino is absolutely
shattered. A penalty.
shattered. A penalty. Keller looks
up to the skies. Canada will have a
four 13 power play. Time-out?
think so. It is a penalty. But we
are so deep into overtime.
are so deep into overtime.
penalty, power play, Marie-Philip
I would give her a bit of a
It is almost like she heard you.
That I might just give sure players
are little more time to catch their
They know what will be asked
of them out there. Shannon Szabados
gets a pat on the back. This has
been so intense. Canada went behind
in this game at the end of the first
period. Then they came back to lead
A wonderful takeaway, great save,
Maddie Rooney, the goal-tender for
the Americans, she goes down and
scores in overtime, Lamoureux. Now
1.35 remaining in overtime. A power
play for Canada. They will finish
this game on the power play. A bad
Lacquette has not been on the
ice all period so her legs are
probably a bit concrete.
The pass is
just too long for Poulin. They do
not have quality possession as yet,
Canada. This could be a real danger.
It play by Poulin.
You've got to get
number four off, this is not the
right call for Laura Schuler, and
you like a shot but she cannot keep
up out there.
Of the post, I think! Canada nearly
when it! They go again, Fortino has
to control her skates. The shot wide
from Rebecca Johnson.
from Rebecca Johnson. Surely the
Canadians are going to get bye out
Only 15 seconds left.
Canada I want to try and get Poulin
out there. Eight seconds, no icing.
The drama will continue. 70 minutes,
80 minutes. You cannot split these
two teams. It's an Olympic gold
medal match and now it is over to a
shoot out and it comes down to the
netminding and it comes down to the
poise and experience of Shannon
Szabados, the use of Maddie Rooney.
-- the usefulness of Maddie Rooney.
Its the first time where going to
penalty shoot out in a gold medal
game. This shot deflects off the
post. A rebound and it actually hit
the stick, I think it was the stick
of Maddie Rooney. Incredible.
Elation and then disappointment on
the face of Poulin.
Look at the
crowd! The best part is, it's both
Americans and Canadians who felt the
exact same way.
Let's go through the
shoot out rules. Pretty simple, five
different shooters. And then if they
are still tied after five shooters
for each team, they then go to
sudden death and anybody can go.
This was the first goal of the game,
Hilary Knight on a power play. She
put the US in front. But then Haley
Irwin, near post, beating Rooney for
the first time. And then chief
tormentor, Poulin, what a pass and
what a finish. Rand goes flying into
the net as does the park. Canada in
control heading towards the medal,
but who has an answer? It is
Lamoureux. One week Lamoureux. --
Monique Lamoureux. A player full of
desire, as Desire blasts around the
arena, that desire has got the
Americans back in this. 1998 was the
last time the Americans won the
gold. Four-time defending world
champions against the four-time
defending Olympic champions. This is
just unreal. It's been great drama,
I hope, if this is the first time
you have tasted the experience of
ice hockey or the first time you
have watched women's ice hockey,
you've been narrowly entertained. It
doesn't matter which tournament
you're looking at, this is the best
one. -- you have been thoroughly
20 years old, Maddie
Rooney, look at the smile on her
face, she doesn't look like she is a
young lady realising the magnitude
of this moment. That being said, I
think you've got to have a bit of
favouritism towards the Canadian
netminder Shannon Szabados, a little
bit bigger and better in a shoot out
situation. But in a one-on-one
situation, you might have to favour
the American team. So it's cut right
down the middle.
The shooters will know who they are,
look at that, the wound up and then
-- the wound of the Olympic
campaign, a broken nose, I don't
know how she did that, really?
the cage on? Don't know how that
Give me a few names that
were going to see in this shoot out.
I think you're going to see Melodie
Daoust and it goes without saying
that Marie-Philip Poulin will be
going. They will be looking to set
the tone early and get a goal.
the British link from Manchester,
Spooner, it goes off the tape. An
easy one for Rooney set up. -- first
She came in with a tonne of
speed but lost control, donor what
she tried to accomplish. She lost
control under her stick. Very easy
for the American netminder.
two teams have practised this an
awful lot. Because they know how
important it can be. Here is the XP
and Marvin. She scores. --
experienced, Marvin. And US take the
lead, marvellous from Marvin.
lost the handle of it briefly but
was able to hammer it through. It
might have Szabados just enough.
So many goals she has scored, and
rifles at home. Canada level.
much confidence on the shoot from
Agosta here, left and right, it
comes in on the ankle and upstairs
past the blocker.
outside the post, taken to wide eyed
the experienced veteran. Now Hannah
Brandt. Her sister played for the
Korean team. And here she is on the
final. Saved by Szabados extract
hide at two after two. -- saved by
Szabados! Now it is tied at 2-2.
knows she got a piece of it and it
stays out went between the legs.
stays out. Marie-Philip Poulin, two
Olympic game winning golds to her
name, a good save, Rooney. Stayed
big and tall. And it raises a smile.
She tried to do the same thing as
Agosta did and Rooney was there the
whole way. Great stop.
whole way. Great stop. The first
offence to go.
A kick save from
Pfalzer on the -- from Szabados.
From Pfalzer. Straight down Main
Street but read beautifully for
Now Daoust, maybe Canada's
best player in the tournament, so
composed. Oh, my word! That was
incredible! Shades of Forsberg in
94! Daoust with a shoot out goal to
Are you kidding Mirai Nagasu
you got to be, look at this! And
amazing goal from Daoust! -- are you
kidding me right now? You have got
to the! She gets it past the
netminder with one hand!
Kessel scores for the Americans, top
corner. Levelling things up. Well,
if Daoust was a thing of beauty,
that was a thing of power.
patients, waits until Szabados makes
the first move and then over the
club. What a shot from Amanda.
the Canadians, Jenner, and saved.
Rooney smiles. She knows she has
given the Americans the chance to
win gold in the next shot.
stop right there.
the coach knows. Hilary Knight, the
face of women's cocky in the USA. A
gold medal shot for the
-- the face of women's hockey. And
who did the coaches pick now?
don't even know what to say. Hilary
Knight, robbed by Shannon Szabados.
But that in and you gold medal
champions. Agosta came out, they
might be taking a bit of a break.
They flip over the next five so it's
Lamoureux first. Slowly, slowly. All
the way in, Lamoureux, great goal.
Shake and bake. USA go up and now
they anxiously wait to see whether
this is good enough for gold.
move from Lamoureux. That is just
perfection right there. It's going
to be Agosta.
She's already scored
once. She has to score to keep
Canada in with a chance. 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. As the Americans are
crowned Olympic champions for the
second time. The queens of ice
hockey. USA win it on a shoot out.
In the most Joe Mattock
circumstances. -- most dramatic
What a game. This was history right
It took everything, 60 minutes
wasn't enough, 20 minutes of
overtime wasn't enough. Five penalty
shots per side wasn't enough. And
then finally it was Jocelyn
Lamoureux with incredible patience,
boys, with an incredible move, and
then the 20-year-old netminder turns
aside the Canadian veterinary. There
she is there, Maddie Rooney. And the
Americans turn such a heartache into
A 20 year wait
for gold, and it ends back in Asia
where it all started. And they also
liberate, tears of joy -- and they
will celebrate, tears of joy. And on
the other side, tears of
disappointment. And so fitting is
one of the Lamoureux twins, they
have had such an outstanding career.
This American team has fought long
and hard for their rights, to be
treated as professional athletes by
the US Association. They have fought
Canada, they have afford the
disappointment that they faced, and
in the end they rely on their
20-year-old netminder Maddie Rooney
who made the stop and then the
realisation. The Golden girls of
American hockey. Well, what dramatic
final. Canadians finally beaten as
the US end that 20 year wait for a
gold medal. They took penalty shots
for the Americans to be the
Canadians, what again. -- beat the
Canadians, what a game.
STUDIO: so often a bridesmaid
against their feasts rival, the USA
win their second Olympic gold, first
since 1998. What a final it was.
Credible stuff. If you're looking
for a bit more tension on the ice,
plenty over at the Curling Centre
this morning because Great Britain's
men were up against Switzerland to
take the last available semifinal
place. GB had beaten the Swiss in
the round robin session in a last
end thrilling match. This time it
was not to be quite the same story.
The final story here. GB were
leading 5-4 but an incredible last
stone for the Swiss. It would give
them five stones. Take them into a
It would be the one that would send
Kyle Smith and his team home. They
have had a fantastic debut, but that
was to be for them. The Swiss team
go through to the semifinals and
afterwards Kyle Smith spoke to Steve
afterwards Kyle Smith spoke to Steve
You're obviously hugely
disappointed. Just talk us through
the ninth end and the shot you
It is always a tricky
situation, you do not want to give
them the blank in the ninth end, so
we were trying to force them down to
one. Things were not looking great
early on, and unfortunately we
missed a few, and we had a chance to
hold them, and that was the game.
You guys came out firing really
It was going perfectly. Yes,
probably one of the best games we
have played this week, and
unfortunately some shots at the end
which were the turning point in the
game. Apart from that it is the best
performance we have put together,
just hugely disappointed.
That is a
word you will be using a lot,
word you will be using a lot,
disappointment. Kyle, possibly one
of the worst experiences of your
career, I guess?
Yes, worst and
best. We have played pretty well, we
had a couple of chances to beat the
USA last night and did not manage,
and we got the lifeline this
morning, we played pretty well, but
a couple of shots at this level is
enough to lose the game.
It is hard
to find the positives. Particularly
straight after you have just come
off the ice. What have you learned?
We have had a lot of good games, but
the odd missed shot here and here
which has cost us. It is about doing
our best moving forward.
reflections on the week? Your
biscuit. A lot of people were not
expecting you to do particularly
well. What is your reflection on the
It is hard to reflect so soon
after the loss, but we came to our
first Olympics and gave it our best
shot and made the play-offs in the
end. We had a good game but it was
not to be, sadly. A couple things
did not go our way and a couple of
half shots, and that is all it
takes. There is plenty to look
forward to, and I just need to take
some time to reflect on this and see
what we can take from it.
played this week, bad luck today.
what we can take from it.
played this week, bad luck today.
Disappointment, but I am sure they
will be back in four years in
Beijing. This is how the semifinals
will line up.
You may remember we told a story a
few days ago of Great Britain's
bobsleigh girls, Mica McNeill, and
to become the. They were told five
months before coming that their
funding was being stopped. They
appealed to the great British public
in a crowdfunding page and it was a
great celebration for them
yesterday. Mica McNeill and Mica
Moore, starting off in eighth place.
You will get a direct comparison as
we go, between themselves and the
Swiss team, who have just gone. If
they can hold them at bay, a little
bit of history will come their way.
disappointment, they were in 11th
place, we know the
better there start is not great, not
That might cost, not as
bad as others through the, but the
two tenths of a second mate drop off
a little. She needs to get this
right, and we could get the top
eight. Has shed got enough speed
left? Starting to pull away.
has been eighth at the Olympic Games
before, but they have just claimed
that position! Nicola Minichiello in
2006 was a fabulous ninth. But the
British pairing go one better at
least. What an Olympic Games for the
player who are only here for the
generosity of the British public.
The funding was completely slashed
last year. They put out there
begging bowl and got enough money to
keep them on the road, keep them in
business. Their heads never dropped
and now they have secured a slice
sporting history for Britain.
So, some history at the Sliding
So, some history at the Sliding
Mica and Mica are joining the.
just critiquing myself! It is not
too bad, I am happy with it.
an understatement. The best British
result from a woman's bobsleigh
team, and you did it on your own
with the help of the British public.
It is amazing. We did not think we
would be here a few months ago, so
when we knew we were coming, we said
just enjoy it, hopefully a top ten
position, but we have update --
What was the real
driving force behind the performance
The Olympic Games is
every athlete's dream, and we have
worked for a back. When you work for
it for years then you're not sure of
his is going to happen, it seems
like it is getting taken away from
you, and we had to do something
about it, so we started our
fundraising campaign because we did
not want to be sitting watching at
home. It has been really great, we
have come out here and shown what we
can do, and it is nice to repay the
public and Great Britain, but it is
also nice that we knew we could do
it all along.
Five months ago, what
was your reaction when you were told
the funding was stopped.
devastated at the time, but we are
sportswomen and very focused and
driven, so we acted quite quickly
and asked the public to get as one
season, and a shared our story, and
it was amazing to know we had the
people behind us. We have competed
in competitions, got extra runs,
which is so important when we come
from a country that does not have a
track, so we grateful for everyone
who helped us.
We had your interview
last night, you just got off the
track. You said you hadn't spoken to
anyone from British bobsleigh. Have
you spoken to them yet?
everyone is really happy for us. It
has been really nice to work with
the coaches and come together for
the Olympic Games, they are really
pleased. It was a really great
result. But we are looking forward
to getting back to England and
sitting down with the coaches and
making a plan going forward.
know any more about what can happen
next, and is funding likely to
We do not know anything
at the moment, and probably will not
find out for a while, so it is a bit
of a waiting game, and there is a
lot to get on with in the meantime.
We will probably have a holiday then
back to work.
You deserve the
holiday, certainly. What would you
like to see to the people who
supported you? It must have been
incredible, you had reached your
target within six days.
say thank you enough. We have been
able to come out and represent Great
Britain. It was nice to have a woman
representative, and it is great that
the public are learning more about
winter sport and we want to thank
everyone who donated and shared the
story and all the messages of
support. Everyone from back home who
called us and said we can help with
their son back. It just brought it
all together and made it
competitive, meaning we could get
faster and stronger.
Have about your
relationship? You are a little team
on the track, but you have had to
work closely together to make this
We have a good relationship
even behind the scenes, which helps
with everything we do. We have trust
in each other, we know that we will
give 150%. We are the smallest girls
in bobsleigh, so we have to give it
our all every time, and we know that
we will do that.
It is really
important for a team to get on.
Inmate should able to get on with
each other, and have a good working
The start is probably the
thing that needs a little more work.
How do you develop that as you look
ahead to next season to potentially
being back in the Team GB colours?
Every athlete knows that you cannot
become much stronger and faster
overnight. We're still young
athletes, up against athletes who
have done two Olympic Games, and
they have all this experience.
Another four years will be great for
us to get faster than Sean Dillon to
get more consistent with my driving,
in my third heat I had a problem
that knocked us back, but it is four
years, which is a long-time. They
think we can do it but we need to
put a little bit of weight on as
well as a major mark
that means more
chocolate and decay, so that is
good. What will be the biggest
memory here in Pyeongchang?
the nicest memories is being able to
have our families a year. When you
are on season, we are away for 56
months of the year, and do not see
our families often. So, when we were
on the start line for the last heat,
we could them chanting, and usually
you are so serious that I was
smiling under my helmet. It was
It made it a really relaxed
atmosphere, but I have never had
that much fun racing in my life. I
have never walked away from arrays
and said, that was really fun, I
want to do it again. You normally
walk away exhausted and tired.
were just beaming with smiles and
wanted to get back to the top to go
I'm afraid you cannot go
again, but the four-man bob goes,
will you be joining in the chant?
You could start the chanting for
Absolutely, we're really close
with them, we travel together all
winter and it will be awesome to see
them do well. If they need is moving
things or cheering them on.
congratulations, we cannot wait to
see what happens in four years, I am
sure you will be back. From
bobsleigh to something a little bit
different. It is one of only six
sports that have been in every
single Winter Olympic so far. Today
it is the team Nordic combined. It
is a ski jump off the large hill,
followed by a 4.5 kilometre
cross-country. It is a crazy sport,
I think, but Ollie Williams can keep
it up-to-date with what he thinks.
We are joining it for the ski jump.
it up-to-date with what he thinks.
We are joining it for the ski jump.
It is a little crazy, the Nordic
combined, and what is crazier is the
team event, played it will go off
over the next hour. You're about to
see ten teams of four entering this.
I feel like this is the ultimate
winter eliminate, ski jumping, then
skiing, which decides the medals.
The way that the ski jump helps is
you get points for the jump. They
will come down the jump on the
right-hand side, a little snow in
the air, below freezing, the snow is
just whirling around. I focus on not
only because the wind conditions are
going to make a bit of a difference.
They are blowing the snow from the
track to make sure they stay nice
and crisp and fresh bread to one.
This is the first competitor.
By checking our stars is first out
to get the team Nordic. He thinks
it's so-so at best. We will be
looking at real contenders for
medals little bit later on to be
trying to get over 130 metres, plus.
But it's not just your distance that
gets you point, it's also your style
in the. If you seen any of the ski
jumping early on, you'll know that
what the coaches and judges are
looking for is for you to hold your
form in the air and make sure that
you land beautifully.
you land beautifully. We move on to
Ben Loomis from the USA. Only a
teenager. Olympics or the medallist.
US team was expecting to be -- are
not expecting to be medallist but
they are improving year-on-year.
It's a bit of a struggle, they do
have a history of winning medals in
Nordic combined. But that's not
going to feature among those names
at the top of the leaderboard. You
can see you put your skis out into a
V shape, lean over and then you have
bent knees and arms out. Roughly
half of your score comes from the
judges. 16 is OK but distance but
that great. Into the lead for now.
Watch out when we get to Austria,
Japan, Germany and Norway in a few
jumps. They are the ones likely to
go well. Ondrej Pazout for the Czech
Republic, landing in a solid red
line across the jump, that is called
the K-point, at 125 metres. If you
hit that point, you score a base of
65 points for your distance, if you
don't make it, you get points taken
off, if you land beyond it, you get
marks added on. 51 from the judges.
A little less than 60 for the
The youngest athlete here for Italy,
Aaron Kostner. Well short of the
gratuitous described. -- of the
K-point we just described. 37th
overall in the normal hill. Nordic
combined is so interesting because
it combines not only ski jumping and
cross-country skiing but people who
are good at ski jumping and April
who are good at cross-country skiing
but not that great at the other
ones. So you will see ski jumper to
look disappointing but they will
make up the time in the
cross-country skiing later and they
could be in the reckoning, and
similarly you will see people
putting in some amazing jumps here
who are not that quick comparatively
in the cross-country skiing. So that
ski to the finish for the medals
becomes a great pursuit between the
people who got out in front in the
ski jump and those who are actually
better at skiing. Francois Braud for
France, you can hear in the
background the Blowers being fired
up to keep the snow out of the
tracks that led to take off. A solid
length. You stay crouched down until
you get that point at the end and
new up into the V shape, hold the
position, telegraphed landing, both
legs bent, arms outstretched, that's
a solid charm. His team-mates watch
and you only get one jump. She gets
it wrong, that's it. -- if you get
it wrong, that's it. For Finland,
Ilkka Herola. A quite young Finnish
team competing here. That jump has
excellent distance. High fives from
the coaches. A big, big opening
effort for the Finnish team who were
outsiders at best. If they can keep
that going, that will put them into
contention for the medals. The great
landing as well. Ilkka Herola very
happy with himself.
Finland go into the lead, five
points ahead of France and we move
on to Austria. Austria do have
something of a chance to speak on
Again, another strong jump. As I
say, you only have one chance. If
you get it wrong and land five or
ten metres back of what they are
looking for, that really hurts your
team's chances in the cross-country.
Every point you only hear is time in
that cross-country. If you win the
ski jump, every other team has to
start behind you by converting
points into seconds. It staggered
start and you get more of a head
start the further you jump. Into
second place for now. Starting for
Japan now. 34-year-old Hideaki
Nagai. The code uses the flag to
tell the jump they are clear to go.
Again, around about the K-point of
125 metres, a little bit further
back than some of the jumps we have
seen. A phenomenal venue this has
been, this is the last day of any
ski jumping action here. The coat is
happy with that. -- the coach is
happy. The nod from the Japanese
team-mate in the waiting room. Forth
for now but they have stronger
competitors coming out. Watch out
for Akito Watabe jumping last for
Japan, one of the best in the world,
so is this man for Germany, Eric
Frenzel. A gold and a bronze medal
already for Germany in these games,
gold in Sochi as well and a huge
jump to get Germany on their way.
There are still three more to come
for each team. 137 metres is a big
start for Germany courtesy of their
main man. You need such
coordination, skill and timing to
get this right. And if you have
watched him opening his champagne
after winning the bronze medal a
couple of days ago, you wouldn't
have noticed he had any of those
things because he knocked one of his
own teeth out with a champagne cork.
You might be able to see a gap, they
have tried to put his teeth back in!
A little bit wonky! Doesn't matter
when you're winning and Olympic
medal. Only Norway possibly could
keep up with Germany. Germany the
favourites. You will see it's a long
jump but not quite up to that green
line which represents the line of
the leaders. 3.5 metres back.
Look at this form. All of these
jumps look uniform, you have to do
that landing, there is no other way
to land. Norway have been struggling
with the ski jumping. So far, in
this Olympics. They are into third,
behind Finland and that's a bit of a
surprise as we enter this
FirstGroup. -- end this first group.
Germany have a reasonably half the
The five teams at the top are the
ones best positioned for the medals
so far. We take one more look at
Eric Frenzel, Germany 1-2- three in
the individual event on the Hill a
few days ago Nixon clear favourites
to take the team golds today and
that's exactly the start they would
have wanted from that man. Here we
go for round two. Look out for Go
Yamamoto for Japan, Vinzenz Geiger,
German's young Nordic combined
sensation, and Jarl Magnus Riiber
who missed out having run the
Germans close in the previous event.
Pawel Slowiok waits for the lights
to go green, which is controlled by
the wind jury, they have a room
where they have all of the data from
all of the metres, telling them that
the wind conditions are OK said the
coach drops the flag.
A slightly better skier than the
jumper so he needs every meeting he
can get. -- every metre he can get.
That's what makes this particular
sports are interesting, it's not
just how good you are at jumping or
skiing, it's frankly, how bad you
are at the other one. You can see
how tricky the landing is, having to
reach forward to maintain his
Already, Poland struggling. Strange
because Poland are a dominant nation
in ski jump on its own, but in
Nordic combined they are struggling
Good jump from Ben Berend. Not up
there with the huge distances we've
already seen but 120 metres from the
US point of view for the young team
is a really positive start. He was
only 40th in the world at last
year's World Championships but this
US team really coming along well
after apparent few years. Little
adjustments in the air to control
direction and speed. A slightly
different technique from Ben Berend,
you will see it was more of a letter
H Dana V in the air. You crying can
go for a letter H if you want.
A little unsteady offer there, back
from the K-point, which you can
consider like the par score Inc. --
in golf. Your timing has to be so
precise to reach the bottom of the
platform, it's 100 metres just to
that platform. When you're in the
air, it's more than that and you
have to get the landing just right.
Enough there to put the Czech
Republic above the US and Poland. To
Italy and Lukas Runggaldier. His
sister was in the women's ski jump
event here. Not great from him. A
little Santa coming down the hill
but more importantly, the distance
was not there. -- he was a little
off centre coming down the hill. You
don't get the take-off right, and
there is literally nothing you can
do in the air other than let the
jump take its course.
A bit of a rueful wave goodbye to
the Olympics. But it will be back in
the cross-country skiing. A gold
medallist in the normal hill, way
back in Vancouver 2010, down to 35th
in Sochi and 31st this year. Waiting
for the green light. That runs up to
45, if it gets to 45 without going
green, it will turn red and he will
get 40 seconds to compose itself
while they wait for the wind
conditions. The coach withdraws the
flag and he will shuffle back. It's
about -2 up there, nowhere near as
cold as we have seen. If you watched
the start of the limits, they had
blankets ready for everybody. Today
it's a bit easier. You have five
minutes up there waiting to jump.
minutes up there waiting to jump. C
if we can get a green light.
And as jump from Jason Lamy
Chappuis. France got off to a great
start with Francois Braud. He does
well to keep hold of the landing.
The team-mates and culture very
happy with that. A strong scorer. A
provisional lead for now, it is not
the kind of score you will see from
the last few teams, but it keeps
them up there.
them up there. Now, Cannes to do the
same for Finland? He got a great
start from Ilkka Herola. It looks
like another pause because of the
The jury in charge of the wind
conditions has to make sure the
conditions are safe and therefore
all competitors. Not only that there
is not a crosswind, but that it is
similar for everyone.
similar for everyone. You always
want to try to make sure that the
wind is roughly the same for each
108 metres, a full 25 metres back
from his team-mate Ilkka Herola. You
get one jump each for your four team
members, and if one doesn't manage
to keep up to the standard of the
others, it will cost two seconds in
the cross-country skiing.
A little wobble on the way down, but
a great jump from Bernhard Gruber,
and maybe Austria can be contenders.
He was the world champion in 2015.
He was the only member of the
Austrian team who won the gold medal
Eaton years ago, and he was rolling
back the years. 35 years old.
If you go online and look up
at him, he is in a band, for this
board. This was
board. This was one of the best
jumps for Go Yamamoto. In the team
event he has three others around him
who can help in his less strong
events, not least Akito Watabe, the
world number one.
world number one. You will see more
of Vinzenz Geiger, he has been
exceptional at the Olympics. I think
this man will someday replace Eric
Frenzel as the superstar on the
German team. He should be happy with
that. It is not one of the longest
jumps we have seen, but when you
watch the remainder of the German
team, that will be a good
The Germans are happy enough! Let us
take a look at the scorer. Germany
are just into second.
are just into second. And the last
in this round is the Norwegian, who
could not hold on a few days ago.
We're coming to two Norwegian
competitors still to go.
competitors still to go. And they
have not had much luck, so they
needed this one to be good, and it
was. Norway is still in contention.
That is enough to put Norway into
the lead ahead of Austria and
Germany. Germany are not far back in
You land on your front leg and
transferred the week to your back is
your land. He held the landing
nicely. And he gets to hang out in
the hot seat as we see the sun going
down over the
down over the Alpensia ski jump. It
will be interesting to see how these
We wait for the wind to settle down
before Poland. The slope is not made
from snow, it is made from a
performance ceramic, so every
competitor gets exactly the same
surface which is important for
Furniss. They are blowing it to keep
the snow out. There is a bit of wind
in the air, a bit of snow in the
air. That is why they are treating
at the way they are.
at the way they are. Looks like
we're going to give it a go for Adam
Cieslar, to start three of four. You
will see there is a swirling wind
icon ahead of the jumper, which has
gone from red to black, which means
it is OK.
A better jump from Poland. Adam
Cieslar nearly lost it, just held
up. The jumps from his team-mates
will already put Poland quite far
back. Remember how far you jumps
translates to when you start skiing,
how far behind the leader you will
be. Reasonable jump.
be. Reasonable jump. We still have
nine of ten teams to jump. Here is
Taylor Fletcher from the USA, one of
two Fletcher Brothers. We will see
Bryan Fletcher a little bit later.
Using the right hand to correct it.
Possibly further back from where he
would have wanted. Taylor Fletcher
was not selected for the large hill
a few days ago, but this is going to
be a setback.
be a setback. This looks almost
simple when you see it in slow
motion. Watch how much time he has
to land that Denmark.
to land that Denmark. Just count the
number of seconds from the jump to
the landing, and see how quickly you
have two player game.
You have to judge the depth to see
how far off the ground you are,
which is why we look at these little
pain sprigs, as we watch jumping in
the air. It is difficult to read how
high up you are and time the
landing, which is why you have the
little bits of
pine, it helps you judge.
Now, Italy, his cross-country is
phenomenal. You would expect this
not to be the greatest.
not to be the greatest. Solid
enough, but the difference is not
there. That has always
there. That has always been the case
for Alessandro Pittin. He always
pulls the same as at the bottom of
the health. This is something he has
always struggled with. He is
possibly the best cross-country
skier in the field, and if we look
at the split times for the relay
race coming up later, I will be
surprised if anyone beats. May be
Taylor Fletcher from the US. But he
always leads himself in this
position playing catch up because
the jump -- that the jump is just
not the. Now for France, Gerard.
Again, a slightly stronger skier
than jumper. Waiting for the green
light. You see, this course is to
beat 107.5, which moves a little
with the wind, so as the wind
changes, the distance he needs to go
into the lead changes. That is based
on how far away France are, the
leading team. -- from the leading
team. It was stronger Gerard, he is
not as experienced as the other two
Frenchman, who both produced jumps
just below 130 metres. Gerard is
about a decade younger, he will be
very happy. -- to be hitting the red
line, just over.
A little celebration for Antoine
Gerard who is keeping France in the
hunt for what would be a bit of an
unlikely medal here. It's the first
place for now.
place for now. Back to Finland.
Leevi Mutru's jump has hurt the bid
for the Finnish team, and he cannot
turn it around. They just do not
have the distance. Better than his
team-mate but it's just not good
enough. Not 40 country that's used
to winning medals in this. Over the
last few years, their Nordic
combined programme has really fallen
off a little bit. That will not
repair things. 39 years old in his
sixth and probably final Olympics.
He missed Sochi, his debut was in
1994 when he was 15 years old. That
score does not propel Finland into
the reckoning. Lukas Klapfer for
Austria, who looked exceptionally
good here so far. He was the bronze
medallist on the tall hill in week
one and needs more of the same here.
It's good, without being great.
It'll keep Austria in the hunt. He
brings himself to a halt.
brings himself to a halt. Crouching
down, using that left fist to open
up and give himself timing signal as
he goes up into the air, dropping
into a nice comfortable landing. He
is happy with that. Around about the
same distance we saw from his
team-mate, Mario Seidl, in fact it
is exactly the same. That puts
Austria come to be into the lead.
Now, Katie -- the sheet were to be,
the younger brother of the world
number one, Akito Watabe. It is
Yoshito Watabe. It's a little short.
128 metres, maybe a few metres would
have been better for Yoshito Watabe.
So much depends on when the time
that surge, that uncoiling of the
spring up the body. The judges are
looking at this, having to crouch
low into the landing. OK, says his
older brother. Japan will only be
second, and there is a bit of a gap
between them and the leaders right
now. But we have two teams to go and
they will have a big say in
proceedings. Fabian Rinaudo, --
Fabio Rinaudo, the silver medallist
for Germany. That is surprisingly
short. That could have a big impact
on Germany's chances. It's no where
near what's he keys capable of. That
opens doors for Austria and Japan
but also Norway, we were expecting
Germany to dominate. You can see
through gritted teeth, Fabian
Riessle looks at the scores and
Germany are police -- beneath
Austria. Espen Andersen next, sixth
in the world, improved this season.
He needs to keep the improvement
It was reasonably good. It's a metre
further than Fabian Riessle from a
much more experienced athlete. The
teams gets to choose who jumps when,
Fabian Riessle has a lot of
experience, a team gold medallist
and an Olympic bronze medallist even
before Pyeongchang. Espen Andersen
is only young, and fast improving.
Norway will be happy that he's
posting a competitive score and kept
them in touch. So Austria the
surprise leaders. One jump left for
Germany will be a little bit
surprised to be in third place, and
trailing Austria after this
fantastic jump from Lukas Klapfer.
Mario Seidl, Bernhard Gruber and
Lukas Klapfer had each exceeded 130
metres in distance, the only thing
to do that. But distance is only
part of your score, the judges play
a big part but what they do is
irrelevant if you don't have the
distance first. The judging is the
finessing of things once you have
the large distance but without the
distance, it doesn't matter. Our
final ten. Pressure on Johannes
Rydzek for Germany, who won the gold
two days ago. He will now be getting
them to try and come from behind. We
started Szczepan Kupczak. 25 years
old, another example of someone who
excels in one of these disciplines
and not the other. In the normal
hill event, he was 20th after the
jump. That is a good job. But he had
the third worst ski in a field of 50
competitors which dropped him right
now. That is a big jump, Poland
really needed it. But they probably
don't have the firepower in the ski
to make up the lost time they have
from some of the weaker jumps here.
Great jump from Kupczak but it might
be for nothing when it comes to the
The other of our two Fletchers,
31-year-old older brother, Bryan
Fletcher. His second Olympic Games.
26 and 22nd in the individual events
in Sochi, that is from Bryan
Fletcher. The USA have already had
struggles in the jumps here, which
mean that they won't be a factor in
the cross-country when it comes to
the medals but Bryan Fletcher can
now go home knowing that he has
delivered a strong jump in
Pyeongchang 2018. What a man this
is, he was diagnosed with leukaemia
when he was only three years old. He
took up ski jumping a year into
seven years of chemo because his mum
thought it would help keep his mind
off what was happening to him. He
was a four-year-old, when he started
on ski jumps. A great jump from
Bryan Fletcher to round out his
jumping campaign. Tomas Portyk from
the Czech Republic, the wind is
behaving so we are rapidly getting
through the final group. The third
generation of his family to be a ski
jumper. And you can see that in the
distance. Right up there among the
best jumps we've seen.
best jumps we've seen. Easily the
best jumps we've seen from our four
Czech Republic competitors.
Czech Republic competitors. Just to
let that left leg niqab a little bit
-- sneak out a little bit on the
landing, it will not cost too much.
Finishing off, for
Finishing off, for Italy, Raffaele
Buzzi. Just came back from surgery
on a slipped disc on his back which
has been troubling him for four
years. Strong take-off speed but not
matched by form or distance.
matched by form or distance. The
whole basic underlying premise of
this sport is strong take-off speed
and jump at exactly the right
moment. If you have the speed but
you don't have the timing, you don't
get the distance.
get the distance. Distance wise, the
coach clearly happy with it. Maybe
Raphael will be happy with the
distance but it's not near any of
the distances for Italy to be in the
mix at the end of this. France have
been looking really strong, they
have not had a jump above a metres
but they have all been there or
thereabouts. -- above 130 metres.
It's good, again. Such a solid ski
jumper for the French team. That is
their best jump distance wise, 133
metres. We will look at the form and
also the wind score as well. A
little blustery up there. You will
see there will be the wind
compensation score. You get given
extra points if the wind was against
you, not helping you. Points taking
away if your drum was assisted by
the wind. For now, France hold the
lead. Only 22 years old, Eero
Hirvonen from Finland. The best
athlete on the World Cup circuit
this winter from Finland. Dropping
down nicely in a strong jump.
Finland will finish well over 130
metres. Those two jumps, neither of
which could even get to 120 metres.
If you're just joining us, what are
you watching? One pod ski jump, one
part cross-country skiing.
part cross-country skiing. Everyone
has one jump on the points will be
translated into times for a
cross-country ski coming up the
little later today to decide the
medals. It is a four by five
kilometre relay. Right now Austria
are in the mix to get some medals
today. It will come down to
37-year-old Wilhelm Denifl, one of
the oldest competitors. Can they
keep this momentum going? He can!
Huge from Wilhelm Denifl.
Huge from Wilhelm Denifl. The
veteran of the Austrian team pulls
it out. And Austria are going to be
contenders. Into that landing,
beautifully done. Nice and high,
settled into it. The poor countries
who have to watch those athletes go
down, always a relief when you see
them get it right. This is going to
be good news.
The judges are taking an extra
couple of seconds. Austria into the
lead, a great distance from Denifl.
Watabe is the best in the world this
season, five World Cup victories.
And another big jump. That keeps
Japan in touch.
Japan in touch. Still a smile etched
all over his face. A good jump from
Watabe. He was a silver medallist
last week in the individual event,
but two days ago with the large
hole, he was out of the medals. He
could not keep pace with Germany on
the cross-country skis. He needs a
big jump to give him a bit of a gap.
Japan will slide into second place,
14 points behind Austria.
14 points behind Austria. Each point
is worth about one second and two to
jump. He won gold two days ago,
Rydzek for Germany.
Rydzek for Germany. Germany needed
that. He won everything in the world
last year, and he won Olympic gold
two days ago. This would be the
first medal for Germany since
reunification. They are the clear
favourites. And Rydzek delivered
when he needed to. 138 metres, 129.3
points, they are into second because
Austria have been so strong and
consistent. Our final
jump is normally's Schmid. He almost
blew out the landing. Abettors
distance than before, but not quite
as far. -- a better distance. 102
metres. For all the Olympics, his
chances have disappeared roundabout
here because his distance has not
been good enough. Norway has a great
record, Gold medallists in Sochi
2014. Across three was not a part of
that team. A lot of pressure on him.
This will tell us where we
This will tell us where we stand.
Japan have sneaked into third place
and Norway will have some work to
do. Austria are in the lead after
the jumping round. The cross-country
will come up in a little while, in
just a moment we will be able to
tell you the all-important times
that will show you when they will go
on the cross-country. Austria will
go first. After six seconds Germany
will start, and it looks
will start, and it looks like the
top four will be the ones in
Austria have the advantage after the
ski jump, so they will start first
in the cross-country. Borer by five
kilometres cross-country to see who
takes the gold medal. That will be
just after ten o'clock, 1020M you
can watch it on the red button. --
A very good
A very good morning from here in
Pyeongchang, a 13 of the Winter
Olympics. It has got a little bit
chilly out here, the wind has picked
up and snow is falling. But we have
had loads of action to keep us warm.
Here is what you have missed if you
have just joined us. Great Britain
are out of the men's curling
competition. Kyle Smith's rink had a
play-off today against Switzerland
for a place in the semifinals, but
they went down to a 9-5 defeat.
they went down to a 9-5 defeat. The
Austrian was top of the pile,
Austrian was top of the pile,
claiming a gold. Sweden won a
surprise men's slalom gold. Marcel
Hirscher field to finish the first
run, leaving the Swede top of the
podium. Dave Ryding was ninth. Four
years after her sister won the title
in Sochi, Michelle Gisin has the
gold medal for the downhill
combined. USA claimed their first
gold medal in women's as hockey,
after beating Canada.
after beating Canada. The Court of
Arbitration for Sport's anti-doping
division has announced that the
mixed curling bronze medal has been
stripped from the Russian after
testing positive. It was a ninth
place finish Dave Ryding, a
career-best result for him.
place finish Dave Ryding, a
career-best result for him.
place finish Dave Ryding, a
career-best result for him.
Britain's best result since Martin
Bell in 1988 in the downhill.
Britain's Laurie Taylor
Bell in 1988 in the downhill.
Britain's Laurie Taylor was 26, and
they both spoke to Chemmy Alcott.
Top ten in the Olympics!
complaining with that! A solid day.
I wish I could have had a little bit
extra skiing that within me, but in
the end ninth is what I could do.
Watcher plan to have a solid
performance, did you feel like you
could let it go enough?
the second run really suited me. I
made a couple of mistakes that cost
me the flow of the course, and I
know I could have had a bit mode at
the same time, but it is the
Olympics and everyone is feeling the
same thing. Ninth is respectable.
Were you surprised that
Kristofferson could not handle it?
Yes, that is the first time he has
been leading after the second round
and not won. It shows what the
Olympics is like and what these
conditions are like. A quick word
about the winner? I will be similar
age at the next Olympics, but he's a
great guy, thoroughly deserved.
did really well, and with Laurie
Taylor coming up, it is a great
Yes, it is a great future, I
am 31 but I have a lot of life in me
You're going to be the team
leader going into the parallel at
the end of the Olympics. You have
America in the first round. How do
It is going to be cool, I
can give them a run for the money,
and I will not be surprised if we
can knock them out. We have some
good skiers, so we will look forward
to it. Anything can happen.
good skiers, so we will look forward
to it. Anything can happen.
the best you have achieved, you're
now 26 in the Olympic Games.
you feel? The top 30 was what I was
hoping for, and I am happy to get
through the finish line. A great
You showed you can mix
it with the big dogs.
sections where you looked so
comfortable. Yes, I was a bit safe
on the second run, but it was cool.
Happy to get it down. Just needed to
be consistent, which is what I'm
How the butterflies
Yes, the earlier, that is for
How was it to be on a team
knowing you're with someone at Lake
Dave Ryding, pushing the boundaries?
It is great to watch, so many little
things he does to just made himself
better so I just try to copy what he
And you're going into the team
parallel, how do you feel about
We have done some practice on
the starts, so I'm sure it will be
fun anyway, whatever happens. It is
the kind of event where anything can
happen and anything goes.
you on the first run, at the bottom,
you exhilarated and work the speed.
The parallel is a similar gradient
Yes, it is a nice course,
so we will see how it goes.
so we will see how it goes.
GB! Great stuff. We look forward to
the Alpine team event on Saturday.
We are heading to the Snow Park
because today was the final of the
men's half pipe. An American one,
two, three in qualifying.
two, three in qualifying. Just over
two years ago one of the competitors
was told he might not survive after
being left in a coma following a
infection, but he is embracing life.
Fellow American David Wise, he
disappointed yesterday, finishing
eighth in the qualifying. Could he
find his more in the final? Let us
find out with are common to the
team, Tim Warwood on James Woods.
The Canadian camp will be fizzing,
for Cassie Sharp's gold medal a few
days ago, and now, Noah Bowman, who
has the greatest style in the half
Liquid skiing, absolutely. And
everyone's favourite. Watch him.
Look at this. A huge 362 start
This is everything you want to do.
You can see how confident Noah
Bowman is, and the one thing that
has run lacks is forward spent in.
He chooses to only do one setup
check at the top of seven, and 1080
to finish. 89.4, into the lead for
Noah Bowman. David Wiese, the
defending Olympic champion.
defending Olympic champion. You
would say he made a meal of
qualifying, but he sets here in the
quarterfinals, with huge tracks on
An enormous which into
the left side double 12. Oh, no!
Almost a setup trip this man.
Finding himself in unfamiliar
territory. You would say he is
finding his form.
He has come out of
the gate swinging. Absolutely
amazing, and you can see his
quality. It is insane.
It is all
Coming out of Sherwood Park in
Canada, the Sochi silver medallist,
Mike Criddle. -- Mike Riddle. One of
the older men on the circuit, you
would say. 31. A huge bag of tricks.
Some creative grabs in his trip back
when he wants to delve deep.
The classic way he stars, a big left
side double 12. Holding it to
switch, very impressive. Two hands
on his skis. Right side double 12.
And double 900, spin. Beautiful.
Look how chill he is. That is the
epitome of doing less.
That is how
he landed on the transition.
pointing down the pipe.
Next to drop, Beau-James Wells, very
very good friends with our
commentator here! There's his dad,
he's just seen his brother crash out
in practice before this, how is he
going to be feeling?
He's got New
going to be feeling?
He's got New
Zealand on his shoulders and his
brother on the shoulders. He
couldn't compete due to injury,
Byron qualified for the finals, he
was looking great in qualification
but he went down. It's all up to him
now. And I think I will be the
pressure he's feeling rather than
having New Zealand on his back.
Breakfast time at the house in a few
weeks could be easier if he could
podium here. Flag bearer for New
Zealand, dropping switch into hit
That is his signature opener,
switch back to pipe 720 and a tail
grab. He's splitting up the double
flares, both ways. We saw that from
Murray Buchan as well.
Comes across the line like Superman.
Up to 520 metres.
The double flare,
reaches all the way back to tail,
but also at the end of the curve, we
call that a blood. He is keen to be
happy with that.
-- he is going to
be happy. Alex Ferreira, the X games
He has been coming
out so strong since day one and he
has got all the tricks and a
technicality to win this. Not even
kidding, watch him do it.
He has one
heavy hitting halfback contests. A
huge 1260 to start.
And a double
flare 1080, taking to switch. The
first time we've seen that. There's
the other left side double court 12,
He is helicopter in
the pole. That feels good to him. We
talk about the riders are happy,
which he clearly is. You can see his
elation, putting the first run down.
As we said before, this halfpipe's
final is America's Toulouse. If
everyone runs it clean, it which
American will be on top.
American will be on top.
Now, Aaron Blunck. Our first-place
If he's got a receipt for this, now
is the time to get it out and redeem
Big 722 studies off, look for
his switch right double ten, that
huge aspect. Double flat spin down
the pipe at 900 and right side to
double 12, my goodness. Just when
you thought it didn't get any
better, Aaron Blunck drops in.
his run, putting those two switch
doubles back-to-back, that is huge.
The judges will lose their mind
Look how blind it is as
well, not even looking where he's
going, relying really on his Spidey
If we can't see his eyes, he
we -- can't see the landing. That
arguably the hardest thing you can
do, switch down the pipe and he did
Oh, goodness me!
Well, that score doesn't reflect his
reaction. So, the first run looking
very good indeed. Alex Ferreira tops
the spot for USA from Noah Bowman of
Canada. The Canadian and the Kiwi
keeping the American podium clean
sweep at bay for now. Next in, Nico
Porteous, the 16-year-old who had a
stellar run and in your eyes,
probably the best run he's ever had
in the pipe.
Blinding run on the
first run and all he could do is
improve. He can sit back and be
confident. He's got a brilliant
result on his back, he is so young
and he has so much more to give.
Starting off with something
different, double cork 1440.
1440 we've seen in the pipe in the
Backing it up the forward
right side double 12, oh, days,
what's he got? Double alley-oop flat
spin nine, perfect! Is huge! The
16-year-old has delivered like Wayne
Rooney his debut.
Rooney his debut. My goodness, the
youngster! He had enough height on
the VAT. Three and a half rotations.
Oh, my goodness! He cannot believe
Nico Porteous is well on his way
to upsetting that potential US 1-2-
three with a huge score, man!
want to know just 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 gets the
sum of enough respect from the start
Marshall. His time to turn it on.
The man who does not take no for an
answer when it comes to being taken
down in the halfpipe. He's a
fighter, that's for sure, dropping
Dropping in a massive
switch, and he's gone!
incredible. I can't believe this is
happening to David Wise.
whose Pringles pressure on his
breakfast cereal is all of a sudden,
and his fans are stunned.
sprinkles pressure on his breakfast
He has clipped the deck.
That is how these skis are designed
to do that, to save your legs in a
less savoury crash.
Put a little
bit of fuel on his fire and you will
see him go mad. Not the first run,
he's not sitting where he wants to
be. He's nowhere near it.
2017, this boy had an infection and
very nearly died, he was in a coma
and he's come out guns blazing since
then. Look how big that is!
right double 12 to start things, his
signature move and everyone seems to
be taking it from him. Left side
1080, all the way round, switch,
left, right, right, and there it is!
Double alley-oop, he's got no pipe
He couldn't land it! He ran
out of spite. We spoke about it on
the run before. He could have got
another hit in but you will not see
a bigger fifth hit today than that.
He has no business doing that there.
And he knows at that point, he can
see the lip. Oh! Disaster!
saw, man, that's really, really
sore. You know smile is? That's, I
have got this final in the bag if I
can figure out how to do it!
Ferreira the sixth, in second.
surprise position for had to be in,
he dropped a massive score, the rest
of the rest of directors did not
land perfect runs, then Nico
Porteous came down and dropped some
incredible fire. Back on the hot
Keeps his speed into
the double 1080 switch. Down the
pipe, 1080, back-to-back tent, need
to wrap it up which she does. Final
I can't do it!
than his first run!
For out. Alex
Ferreira is stepping up to the
Holy cow! The Harry
Potter of the halfpipe world, just a
wizard through this.
classic helicopter pole. It is an
unknown entity, Nico Porteous on the
top, dropping a run like that. 14 to
the two cork chips, gorgeous.
Something we have never -- two
Oh, my goodness!
Ferreira, I think he'll explode if
he wins a gold medal. I think
I do know what?
The magnitude of this competition, I
think it just hit Nico Porteous.
So the second run, looking like
Nico Porteous with a crazy run in
second and Alex Ferreira once again
answers straight back with 96 flat.
Nico Porteous, beginning of this
final, so grateful to be here and he
knows he's got the big tricks but he
doesn't have the experience and the
name that a lot of these guys have.
He comes down these runs and puts
down 94 point something which blew
the field away. And all of a sudden
when Alex Ferreira takes the lead of
him, the world will come crashing
down and this competition hits him.
He's accessing the
second run as
He's accessing the
second run is an absolute blinder.
He doesn't feel he's going to
improve so he's just surfing and
enjoying himself. He says, I will
not better that.
from him not taking his third run.
But that second run, man!
Wise, the defending Olympic
champion, the most winningest mail-
No something if you are
the best in world? Ask David Wise
right now. -- are the nerves of
thing if you are the best in the
world? He has won it more than you
can think to nudge, switch right
down the pipe, ten, not as clean,
competing in nicely. Left side
double cork 1260. He's put it down.
Switch, left, down the pipe, ten,
Whiteside 12 to finish the 12 of
four, four doubles, boom! Perfect!
The only thing they can pick out of
this run is that very first hit, the
switch right double 1080. Did he
wiggle out of it and not hold the
grab as long as he could, was it a
stress to land it? This was not.
Under the most amount of pressure!
97.2! The defending Olympic champion
pulls a proverbial rabbit out of the
What can this boy to? Beau-James
He's done everything that he
has planned to do, in this year
leading up to this, he has been
eyeing up the Olympics for a long
time. He's got a switch double in
his arsenal, he has started every
run with a big switch left down the
pipe 720 with a big tail grab and
lots of style. He does have a switch
double in his arsenal, whether he
will use it right now or try and
boost the run that he knows better
than anyone, to try up upper school,
or about to find out. Switch, relief
fast, -- really fast, switch double
down the past, he releases it. This
is the runner. All he has to do is
get straight back into his routine
that he has been in for a long time.
Right side double flare licking
them. -- linking them. Left double
12. Well done, that man. Talk about
stepping up and it counts, man.
said it, you knew he had the switch
double in his arsenal, Nico Porteous
gives him a big hug.
What a nice
rotation, that's what we have seen
punished Kevin Rolland similar
No! He hasn't! Fourth-place
for him. So, Alex Ferreira. I can't
even begin to describe how he's
feeling at the moment.
He knows he's
second, maybe third Aaron Blunck can
pick him but he's on the podium.
He's definitely going to want to
punch for the top spot.
He's got it
done. First after his first run,
first after his second run, can he
be first after his third?
Improvements in both of his runs. If
ever there was a time to rip the lid
off it, this is it.
He is running on pure adrenaline.
The TV does not do that
My goodness! He has knocked
it out the park. He strapped into a
space rocket and sent it into outer
space! I have never seen anything
like that in my life.
like that in my life. I think he is
about to explode because I am not
sure what will happen is that goes
into first. 96.4. Look at that!
into first. 96.4. Look at that! That
is a final to remember. I hope you
had that recorded because it will
take some re-watching to try to
decipher the code of that. Alex
Ferreira takes second. A huge shout
out to Porteous, but David Wise, the
Olympic champion, has pulled the cat
out of the bag in his third and
Talk about pulling it out of the bag
when it counts. What a final run
that was. 97.2. Last chance saloon,
and he absolutely nailed it. Called
for the American.
for the American. We have just seen
the ski jump section of the Nordic
combined, and we now have a little
bit of backstage footage. Here is
how they prepare for the ski jump.
If you thought Patrick Swayze had
the lift nailed IN DIRTY DANCING,
look at this. Brilliant pictures.
Something else involving heightened
adrenaline, a couple of days ago you
will have seen the women's half big
a snowboarding qualifying. It was
one of the biggest standards in
freestyle snowboarding we have had
here in Pyeongchang. A sensational
standard. Anna Gasser was the
favourite going in, and she topped
the pile heading into the final.
Three jumps, and the best one p. Let
us head to Phoenix Park to see how
it unfolded with Ed Leigh.
Welcome to Alpensia Ski Jumping
Centre. Today it is the women's
Dropping and switching, going huge!
Absolutely phenomenal from her. A
bit of a wash. Nearly 100 degrees of
rotation before she takes off. That
is the only fault. She is in
There are some big
There is the clipboard of power back
in the mix!
Do you know what the big difference
It is the grab. She only
just got it.
just got it. She took a gold medal
in slopestyle. Jimmy Anderson is the
most experienced and successful
women in freestyle snowboarding
right now. She is missing none of
the big trophies. Just relaxing.
Should put doubles in her locker of
tricks. She has gone straight in for
the front-end. -- 510. Look at this!
The grab is held. She stomps it just
after the second line. Lowe that was
so nice. So compact.
That has to be
in the 90s.
in the 90s.
The 16-year-old Japanese
rider. Jamie Jones was talking to
her coach, and that they asked what
they did to help her.
They said they
do not need to do anything.
That was amazing. We both just said
wow! Look at the grab. It was short.
Apart from letting go of the grab
early, that was clean.
early, that was clean.
So clean. So
Iwabuchi slide behind Jamie
A very good score.
the 16-year-old today 31-year-old
veteran. She came to snowboarding in
2015, out of snowboard cross.
She has it on rails. A lot of
This is awesome to watch.
Fujimori, very pleased with that
The two Americans will be looking to
improve on their second runs.
Candrian needs this, she fell in the
A tiny scuff of the hand.
misses it. She's so close to getting
Look at that, a 1080, and she
has one score on the board.
has one score on the board. Back to
the top, Jamie Anderson. She puts so
much pressure on everyone. What are
we going to see from her? This is
How did you hold onto that?
how she does that, it is very
different from the other girls, it
is like a different rotation.
Pulling it with the mute grab.
Everything compact so far. She's in
the enviable position of two huge
scores under her belt.
That was amazing!
I love this trick,
I find this more impressive than the
frontside, it is massive, beautiful
and it is the hardest rotation.
she went so highly.
You are going
backwards turning into the abyss.
The part at the end of my favourite
She controls the end
perfectly. She has the double
backflip in there.
backflip in there. There were go,
It is so deserved.
Zealander has a fantastic -- had a
fantastic second jump.
fantastic second jump. Anna Gasser,
the Austrian, stands atop the run
in. 85.5 on the board at the moment.
It is going to be the back side
double Cork. She stomps it! The
That was amazing! She so
deserves this. She has been able to
come out and showcase the very best
of women's snowboarding, stomping
two from two. The best combined
score from two jumps and she has
given herself the luxury to go for
her very best trick on her third and
final run. 89? I thought she would
have got a lot higher than that.
the biggest jump we have seen, but
very close. The consistency and size
of the jumps from Anderson has been
breathtaking. Anna Gasser, only
three points behind.
three points behind. That you jump
from the New Zealander is in third
place. Marry no wonder Candrian can
move up with a big third jump. The
third jump is approaching, and at
the moment is -- it is a big battle.
Silje Norendal is definitely in the
running for the bronze medal if she
can want something big.
she has a solid 70 point, and can
put down something in the mid-80s.
And she is in third place.
And she is in third place.
her nerve really well. Just watching
the wind here.
What was she doing?
She has already
done a perfect CAB nine, so... That
was never going to get scored, a
really odd decision from Silje
Norendal. She saw this to be a big
scoring jump, and thought she could
add more to that than the other.
combined score of 131.5. That is
good enough for fifth at the moment.
The frontside 1080 is in the bag for
Wonder What's Next? Backside?
dropping in switch, switch backside.
Oh, now we have a game on our hands.
Switch backside nine.
1080. Missed the grab again.
looks like she did exactly the same.
Almost got it.
Just cannot get the
grabs today but two really big spins
in there. It's actually lovely. If
you look at these rotations in a
A BigHand drag
though. They have definitely
penalised her for that.
Anderson. So, Anderson so used to
qualifying in first, only made it
through in sixth place, so she drops
in the middle of the pack here. That
hasn't stopped her adding the
pressure to all of the other riders.
Her first jump, 90 points, she
backed it up with 87.25, so she has
the luxury of really going for it
here. The body language isn't quite
here. The body language isn't quite
as relaxed. No, maybe she's going
for something big. We didn't see the
little shimmy. Cab 1082 the last
line! How did she not explode into a
million that was sick? -- a million
That was sick. She knew she
had to do that because she knew Anna
Gasser would be dropping in after
her and doing the same trick. That
So Jamie 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.
most interesting jumps. Zoi Sadowski
Synnott, having absolutely stumped
the double backflip and the switch
backside 900, can now drop in.
Frontside? No, wait? Frontside 1080?
No one has seen that yet.
This is so
good to watch.
There could have been
it. At team frontside ten for her
could have been gold. She only
needed and 87 to go into the lead.
did not expect that from her, I
don't even think I've seen her do
that or try that before.
that or try that before.
backflip was the weak link. I can't
believe I'm saying that. That puts
her in third place. Behind Anna
Gasser who is yet to drop and Jamie
Anderson, who currently occupies the
gold medal position. Also still to
drop is Reira Iwabuchi. She is the
smallest and lightest in the final.
There is a lot of wind up there.
will see the backside 1080 again,
I'm sure of it. She want it this
So driven and self-motivated.
She was pushing to land this
backside double cork 1080. Too slow.
The rotation just wasn't there.
She's been throwing them so
consistently. She'd seen Jamie
Anderson go and she thought, I'm
going massive. She slowed the
rotation down because of that.
If she's just gone that little bit
There's only one woman left
to drop now who can knock Zoi
Sadowski Synnott out a bronze medal
position. Reira Iwabuchi on 147.5.
Yuka Fujimori, 41 years old.
wonder if we will see the cab 99, or
French 99? She just got allowable --
front double nine? She just got a
little bit lost before.
the 90s will boost her right up.
And she stayed in the rotation way
better. She committed to the second
Over rotated a little bit.
Disappointment for Yuka Fujimori.
She can't land those last two jumps
after a beautiful backside 900 on
her first hit.
her first hit. A phenomenal
performance from Yuka Fujimori. She
can't land that third run, so it's
122.75 and the 16-year-old New
Zealander knows that she has a
bronze medal. And Jamie Anderson
knows that she's got at the very
least a silver, only this woman can
move her out of gold medal position.
What are we going to see, Jamie?
want to see a cab double ten, needs
to be big.
Switch frontside 1080,
three full rotations. Rotating with
your front opening up the landing.
Anna Gasser, so consistent, we've
seen her land two beautiful jumps
already today. There hasn't been a
moment of doubt or hesitation. Can
she seal it now? Anderson just
looked so relaxed. I'm a bit
nervous, really nervous.
Oh, my gosh! This one is coming down
to the wire! I didn't think she had
that. I thought first corkscrew was
too vertical. Look at how made up
she is. We talked about this being
the best example, the best
exposition 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
job. It's the opposite scenario to
what we saw in women's slopestyle
The pop on that.
She went deep as well. That,
Watch the back leg through
the second corkscrew. Hold the grab
No hands down. 96, I
reckon. Highest scoring of the day
without a doubt.
I think that's the
most fickle and stylish trick we've
ever seen in women's snowboarding.
-- most technical and stylish trick.
And it is the gold medal.
well-deserved. Anna Gasser, just
making it into gold medal position
ahead of Jamie Anderson.
future for the New Zealander Julie
Zoi Sadowski Synnott. Reira
Iwabuchi, the other rocky, down in
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Where will you start? Get active,
get involved, get inspired.
If you need any inspiration, look no
further than the man standing next
to me. The sole member of team
Ghana, the skeleton rider here in
Pyeongchang, whatever the few weeks
been like for you?
A dream come
true. It's been an amazing
experience, the people into a macro
have been great, my family were
here, I was able to doubt a dream
and -- there to dream and achieve my
dream. It has been a great
experience so far.
What has the
Olympic dream been for you, how long
have you had this dream?
17 years old, so about 15 years, I
missed it twice, this is my third
strike so I was grateful to get the
opportunity to be here.
Know, one man three
sports. I did track and field as a
youth, I converted to bobsleigh
brakeman and now skeleton.
a long journey, how hard journey has
been to get here filing the
It's been a tough journey,
I was born in Ghana and grew up in
the Netherlands, I was recruited by
a coach and at the age of 17 I won
my first goals, and I believed in
myself and my coach believed in me.
In 2012, I was injured so I could
not compete. Then Nicola Minichiello
recruited me. She thought I could do
well as the brakeman, so I missed
Sochi. I missed that as well. I
didn't know whether I was going to
continue, but I was inspired by
Nicola and my wife to continue and I
was acquitted by Ghana.
with us later on I am sure she is
watching. Tellers at about the
journey about away from H is about
the journey away from this board,
Yes, and the sole
member, the president, accountant,
all of the above? We have local
board members in Ghana as well. I
had to fulfil my dream by starting
on my own, after missing the
Olympics twice, no company believes
someone who missed the Olympics
twice from Africa going headfirst on
ice, so I had to prove it twice so I
went selling vacuum cleaners
door-to-door from a PM to midnight.
You are wearing the team -- from a
PM to midnight. You are wearing the
team colours of Ghana, how pride are
I am only the second Winter
Olympian, the first in skeleton. The
opportunity to wave my country is
emotional. No athletes have really
had that opportunity. Any time you
get to wave the flag, the flag of a
country who fought for independence,
and I was able to wave the flag and
inspire people in my country. It was
a very special moment.
I'm sure you
inspire people outside of Ghana as
well. What would you say to anyone
watching this too has a dream?
of all, it get up, don't get surfing
on that couch, get something that
you're good at, get good people
around you, I don't believe in a
self made man, you surround yourself
with people and they will bring you
up. If failure was the last step,
there would not be success, you have
to fail before you succeed.
dance has gone viral at the finish
line, can you get us a rendition?
will give you a little bit of the
fever, and the dance. There's not
much room has a well make it simple.
Don't forget to salute the audience.
Brilliant, thank you! You have been
brilliant here. Well done for
achieving an epic dream and thank
you for joining us. We're heading
over to BBC now to join Clare
Balding who will take you to the
rest of the sport, short track speed
skating and the men's curling
semifinals. Have a very good day, or
see you tomorrow morning.
Eilidh Barbour presents live coverage of the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The day's action includes the men's team large hill Nordic combined, while there are also highlights of the gold medal game in the women's ice hockey.