09:15-13:00: Clare Balding hosts live coverage of the Winter Olympics, including the semi-finals of the women's curling, men's speed skating 1,000m and the men's biathlon relay.
Browse content similar to BBC Two Day 14: Curling - GB women in semi-finals. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!
In Korea, we like games of strategy.
We like games that take their time,
progress slowly but take you under
their spell. We like a game called
go. The oldest board game, played
for thousands of years. It's a game
of stones, probability and
calculation. The aim of the game it
is to place your stones to control a
desired territory. But, this isn't
the only game here that is played
with stones. This
the only game here that is played
with stones. This game is hypnotic.
Superior tactics will ensure you
guard against enemy attack.
guard against enemy attack. Brush
your opponents' stones away.
your opponents' stones away. End
your adverse ferries' chances. So
complex it carries heavy mental
weight. In South Korea, we have a
new love. We love curling.
CLARE: Patience, endless practice
and perfect strategy are some
of the ingredients that go
into making an Olympic champion -
and when it comes to curling -
strategy might be the most
It's a huge day inside
the Gangneung Curling Centre
where the semi-finals will decide
who goes for gold and who can win
no better than bronze.
And the team of Eve Muirhead,
Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams
and Lauren Gray know that this
is the key match.
They were furious to lose out four
years ago to Canada and have made
it their aim since then to put
the score right.
Sweden are the opponents today.
The semifinal is at 11 o'clock,
and we will have it
live here on BBC One.
With me to discuss it all,
dissect and perhaps explain a few
things is the Olympic silver
medallist from Sochi - Dave Murdoch.
He skipped his side through this
semifinal stage. This has to be the
tensest day of the lot.
Yes, this is
the day you've been training for for
four years. Now it's here, it is
upon you. It's a strange day. You
wake up a bit nervous, a bit excited
at the same time. The girls, they've
got a big day ahead and they need to
focus and make sure they keep
Have you been
staying up late into the night?
There's been a lot of that. It's
been curling all through the day,
watching the highlights, and all the
other sports. I've really enjoyed
the Olympic Games.
Really sad for
Kyle Smith and his
Kyle Smith and his really young team
who were selected to go out there.
They played exceptionally well, they
lost up to the Swiss in their
tie-breaker. Maybe they might end up
being very proud of that
They should be very
proud. It's not easy. They did very
well. They were actually in control
of that game against Switzerland.
That shot from Ben White Schwartz
was probably the shot of the
tournament. You have to feel for the
guy a little bit, it was a tough
break -- Benoit Schwarz.
have been in action against Canada.
Therein mind Canada were knocked out
of the women's competition by Great
Britain and it could be the first
time since curling was reintroduced
into the Olympic programme that
Canada walk away without a medal.
They are trailing as we join it at
the beginning of the tenth end. The
Swiss leading 7-5.
COMMENTATOR: Canada would have to
score two to tie the game.
Definitely advantage Switzerland.
Valentin Tanner with the first stone
of the tenth end. A match which for
a long time Switzerland have
controlled. They came out at the
beginning, playing almost flawless
curling. They forced Canada to give
up the steel in the first couple of
ends. It was a while before
Switzerland picked up two in the
fourth, then Switzerland responded
perfectly well. They got themselves
into a two shot lead. We've traded
shots pretty much since the halfway
point. Switzerland have always
looked as though they've got their
noses in front. As we come to this
last end that's exactly how they
sit, two ahead. Canada have managed
to claw it back on a couple of
occasions but the Swiss have been
hanging on, more than anything else.
Hammer in the final end, they are
two behind, they need to score two
here and take this into an extra
end. If that were the case
Switzerland would have that hammer
in an extra end.
We rarely see this
shot made, trying to push it towards
the bumper. Needs the faintest of
Well, that's the first time
he's been asked to do that in this
match, and he misses by a couple of
inches. Quite a long way, to be
Is such a hard shot to play.
He couldn't just remove that yellow
stone. They can't remove
opposition's stones from the area or
it will be replaced.
we've seen Canada ignore them
before, why in the last end would
you change tactic?
It's a good
question, Steve. They could quite
rightly have thrown another stone at
the top of the eight foot but they
are really wary that by putting
additional stains in play they give
Canada the chance to score two or
even three -- stones. They are going
to make Canada worked really hard.
Just to refresh the situation for
you, Canada have never, ever been in
a bronze medal match. They've ways
been in the gold-medal match to
content about, or the silver. That's
the worst they've done, the silver
in the men's competition. The women
not even making it into the final
four. The men hoping to have some
consolation of a bronze medal here.
If Canada were not to win a medal in
these team competitions it would
have been one of the biggest shocks
of the Winter Olympics. The USA
beating them in the semifinal
That's not a good shot
there from Brent Laing. It's summed
up the last week for him. This could
be a gay men do here. -- a gamer
Just to finish off what I was
saying, after Brent Laing plate that
shot it's been a week which has
ebbed and flowed all the time to
Canada. At times they've looked very
good, the sort of Canadian men's
team you would expect to see at the
Olympics. At other times not playing
very well. Kevin Koe on occasion not
managing to play the sort of shots
he is renowned for. This is Peter de
Cruz, the Swiss skip. They are the
team who got past Great Britain in
the tie-break, and now are edging
closer to the bronze medal. A lovely
shot there from Peter de Cruz.
shot there from Peter de Cruz.
saw the one who won the bronze medal
Yes, Salt Lake City.
Yes, Salt Lake City.
is really difficult to Canada after
that missed guard by Brent Laing.
They are going to try and
desperately hide behind something.
This yellow stone is really wide out
but they could get a result out of
it. Not this time...
need to do is keep taking stones out
and keep things nice and clear. They
know Canada, if they keep trading
stones, there's not going to be an
opportunity to Kevin Koe. Looking to
try and work something once they get
down to the last two or three.
Claudio Patz has played brilliantly,
I've been really impressed with him
all the way through the tournament.
Canada will need a bit of help here
from Switzerland. They don't have
anything going at the moment. Canada
will have to try and find a way to
bite a tiny edge of the rings. We
saw them employ this tactic
yesterday against the USA. They are
going to try and freeze the end side
of this yellow stone.
situations Canada here. Is going to
sit on that outside yellow but it
really is out there.
That's a great
shot, actually. But Switzerland
could try and peel that. The problem
they have is it just going to run
straight towards the one at the
bottom now. That was a great shot by
Switzerland have come down
to have a look. Decide how they want
to do this. No mistakes here,
they've got this close.
THE TEAM DISCUSS IN FRENCH.
So they want to come across the
other side and not leave a chance
for double, a bit of a change of
Yes, I mean, I guess
Canada could hit their only yellow
stains and try and spin a couple
into the house. They are thinking if
they put another one on the eighth
that Canada will have to work harder
to score too.
Somewhere on BT line here would be
ideal the Claudio Patz. -- somewhere
on the line here would be ideal for
Claudio Patz. Perfectly played,
really. Canada need to decide if
they can get a couple of yellows in
to the house using these ones.
Koe could never have envisaged this
situation. He's doing his best, they
are thinking, they are trying to at
least create something here. Must
get their too. They've only got two
stones to play after this. Two Swiss
stones there, trying to come across,
bringing them in. Doesn't even get
second shot, though. You can here be
frustration. Sorry, there is a few
expletives going around. That is the
pressure these men are under. Canada
are heading towards a situation I
don't think anyone would have been
able to believe. The women's team
doesn't make it out the Round Robin,
and this is beginning to look like
the bronze medal is going to go to
This should be a pretty
straightforward double here for
Oh, he has only got the one. He has
only got one and Canada are still
alive here in this bronze medal
Well, the nerves must be there
for Benoit Schwarz as well. Of
course he was nervous in that shop
they played against Great Britain
when they picked up five in the
night. But we have seen this a
couple of times from him, his first
stone not quite where he wanted to
be. But obviously looks good from
the point of Switzerland, but Canada
could have a chance to move all of
these here. Here he goes. Canada's
medal hopes pretty much pinned on
this stone. He's got another one
after this but there is too much red
there. He needs to shift them. The
big swing back from the Canadian
skip. Can he rescue this situation?
Watching intently, it's got a
chance. It's got a very good chance.
But he only gets the two out and one
still sits there. Switzerland still
sit in shot and they could certainly
move one if not both, certainly get
rid of at least one. Now, what does
he do here?
Just hit that one a
little bit too much on the inside
and roles of right side of his own
yellow. It's easy to get them both
moving. It's just whether he can
wiggle that top one past the back
red. It does look like if they play
the double then the yellow might
kind of go between the two reds or
at least off the back red and three
It doesn't matter if
he moves his red, if he gets both
yellows out, it doesn't matter. But
what he doesn't want to do is leave
an easy take out 424 Canada with the
So, Benoit Schwarz, the
chance for a bronze medal, an
Olympic medal against Canada, an
unlikely medal. Could this be it? It
is. He has got them both! That's it.
It's the bronze medal for
Switzerland. Benoit Schwarz comes
down the other end. He was going to
jump in the air. Polite as ever.
This Swiss team have conducted
themselves with the utmost decorum
throughout this. They knocked Great
Britain out, they were well beaten
by Sweden in the semifinal but they
have come up against Canada in the
bronze medal match and they were the
best. They have headed it all the
way through and Canada have to say
the better team won today.
Switzerland where the better team
and they have got the bronze medal.
Huge congratulations to the Swiss
and they really have been a story in
this game is. As Kevin Koe walks
around dejected, Canada will have to
do is re-evaluate everything. They
took the gold in the mixed
competition, but in the men's and
women's, they leave Pyeongchang in
nothing -- with nothing.
nothing -- with nothing. Now, the
Swiss, building into these games,
you have been impressed by them, not
a surprise they have got a medal,
but more of a surprise about Canada?
Canada have been such a powerhouse
for such a long time, running the
sport for so long, so for those guys
not to take a medal from the team
events is a huge shock. Not to take
anything away from Switzerland.
would think actually Kyle Smith and
the lads would feel, OK, we lost to
a pretty good side, actually, and
that shop that Benoit Schwarz played
against Britain in the knife was
stunning. A little bit different
Peter de Cruz skips and plays
the second rocks. He and Ben Wahab
Riaz together since juniors. -- he
and Benoit Schwarz have been
together since juniors. Benoit Paire
is a very quiet guy but very
confident when he gets on forms.
final is USA against Sweden and
actually, USA might be the biggest
I can't believe the US I are
in the final. For them to beat
Switzerland and Canada, that is just
an incredible result and great for
Is it good for
It is. It is
great to see some different figures
growing the game.
That will be at
6:30am on Saturday morning, if you
are up early tomorrow. David, four
years ago, can you talk me through
your thought process before your
semifinal against Sweden and what
you thought about it in terms of how
important it was in your career?
me, it was such a big event. It was
my third Olympics. Didn't even think
I was going to be in such cheap. Was
there, came through an incredible
tie-breaker, beat Norway to be in
the semifinal and going up against
my big friend Nicholas Dean, knew it
was going to be a really tough game.
We knew we were in for a tough one.
But I really wanted it. I really
wanted it. Our team wanted it and we
battled through that entire game.
The thing was really holding our
I loved the scenes
afterwards. We will have a look at
the closing stages of your semifinal
four years ago against Sweden.
The line, so David Murdoch again
with the chance for glory, the
chance to take his team into the
Olympic final for a guaranteed
medal. He needs to draw this into
He needs to come past
the red that the top of the house.
It needs to turn. This is a great
chance. Dave Murdoch may well have
done it. He has! The fists Indiana
and the British crowd are jumping up
and down in stands. They have got
just one match for gold or silver.
It is just brilliant and watching it
again. You probably haven't seen it
too many times with the commentary.
It still gives me goose bumps today.
To finally get that medal, having
missed out in the previous two
Olympics, you can see it there just
how incredible it was.
actually, there are a few of them.
Eve Muirhead equally at her third
Olympic Games, missed out at the
semifinal stage four years ago. She
could only fight for a bronze. So
her preparation, the fact she has
been with the team that she knows
really well. How much does that team
dynamic matter or how much does the
skip had to do with it?
girls, I think they have really
settled into their week much better
this time. I am seeing real calmness
in Eve this week. The fact she has
been that and done that with the
semifinal from last time around, I
think that really bodes well for
Great Britain today and for them to
actually achieve their goal. They
just need to do what they have been
doing, keep tight as a unit and have
a lot of patience.
That is the key
today. She has played one of the
shots, I suppose Benoit Schwarz
would get top shot of the
tournament, but this shot from Eve
was a stunner because it was a game
changing shot as well.
It was very
tight with the Canadians and this
was sensational. It was just
sensational. Eve lined it up, she
saw the double on the guards, we see
the girls holding the line now, and
the result she gets from this, to
take the two stones off and as well
to live first and second shot with
the T-line, amazing.
She is also a
great golfer and turned down
scholarships and the chance to go
down to American colleges. She is
also very good at bagpipes.
She has not had the
easiest time health-wise. She was
eventually diagnosed with coeliac
disease after having problems with
her digestive system, so that has
changed her diet.
Yes, there are
things she has worked on and had to
deal with these scenarios. All
credit to her all really figuring
everything out. Even what she has
done now to be where she is, be more
confident and this week the training
she has done, the guys that have
worked with her off the ice to have
her in perfect physical shape and
the same with the rest of the girls.
How many hours a day would you train
as a curler?
The guys do so much
work. The girls will be in the gym
lifting weights for two hours every
day. There may have got their
cardiovascular session. Then four or
five hours on the ice and they are
doing that every day. On top of
that, you travel around the world,
in Canada, in Japan, and it really
takes a lot out of your body. It's a
tough career to be a full-time
And you do have physical
elements, Anna Sloan has a bad knee
Yes, she tore one of her
knee ligaments so had a bad time
last summer. She had to rebuild her
need to get it up to where it is
now. It's a reward for that to be in
great shape and here now, and great
with the support staff that have
allowed that to happen.
And they are
great, great friends, they have a
great bond. Quarter past 11, Team GB
skipped by Eve Muirhead will take to
the eyes. If they win this match, it
would guarantee Great Britain gold
or a silver medal at worth and that
would make -- at worst, and that
would make a Great Britain's best
ever Winter Olympics. So much other
sport has been going on and in ice
hockey, it is reaching crunch
stages. Did you see the women's
I did. I loved it.
Well, the men are getting things
right to the medal stages, so let's
get the latest with the semifinals.
The Czech Republic versus the
Olympic Athletes from Russia. The
first men's semifinal is underway.
It is the red of the Czech Republic
against the white and red sleeves of
the Olympic Athletes from Russia.
I'll pay are pushing hair. There is
a chance. They score! -- the Olympic
Athletes from Russia are pushing
here. There is a chance. They score!
Finally knifing through that back
line. The keeper is beaten.
vision to go back to deserve, you
can see cap resolve in front, but
just an amazing pass. He can't get
across in time and this shot,
upstairs. Kaprosov, you would
probably make the argument he was
pushed in there. Two teams letting
their work be done between the
whistles, not afterwards.
whistles, not afterwards.
the OAR. Oh, magnificent!
Magnificent for the OAR team. He
leaps up and finds him.
A great shot
in to create this on one. He knows
he wants to go back door to that
defender. It's a little bit bubbly
and it lands just perfectly onto the
The Russians trying to win
gold for the first time since 1992.
They lead as we rejoin it with Ken
Simpson alongside Seth.
Everybody has had time to think
about things. Time but always have
something to say about the game.
Quite an expressive character. The
shot goes through.
shot goes through. Now another
chance. Didn't see much of that. He
did well. Can the Czech Republic
find a way through?
Right now, it feels like they have
forgotten the combination locks and
they are just spinning and spinning
and spinning, hoping somehow they
will find that magic combination.
Great analogy. It is not like it is
for want of trying. They are having
a heck of a time trying to get
through. The OAR team have done such
and amazing job defensively have.
This could be problem. Great
defensive play there to deny him.
And they go back the other way.
Another big deflection and it will
be just outside the zone. The Czech
Republic come again. Too many white
I little slip. This
could take advantage. They could
Rebound taken again! Again.
Another great opportunity goes
begging. He tries to go all on his
own and he can't get through the
fourth man. The first three were
easy enough. But they are gambling
now. The Czechs are going all they
are going home. -- are going hard or
going home. A rebound and they will
quite enjoy this. Hard hit into the
Played it well. This is fun
right now, back and forth.
into the zone, intercepted and
turned back. Back he goes. He won't
get there. Not in time to do
anything with this. He turns and
it's a good save.
This is great hockey. It's
thoroughly absorbing. Is the
turnover deep inside the zone.
a bit of indecision there from
Koukal. He was looking in a
completely different direction when
he made the save.
O a R are now under seven minutes
away from that return to an Olympic
final -- OAR. Of course it would be
the first as OAR but we have to be
more pragmatic than that. This is a
team of Russians competing in a
different jersey. Too high. That was
a heavy, heavy shot. Another chance.
That goes through. They are giving
it everything, the Czech Republic.
Surely they will get a chance to
convert? They've worked so hard.
They keep going, keep going. With
the belief that they are going to
get a chance at some point. Now they
come to the middle. That's a soft
one. That will just be anywhere. Get
rid. Those tired players will have
to remain on the ice.
You wonder if
OAR take their time out right now.
You've got to give a tip of the cap
to the Czech team, they've not let
up. They've been giving everything
Great call, Kent. Time out, Olympic
Athletes from Russia want to get
some rest here.
It comes back to
execution once again. We've seen
them in this third period, the Czech
Republic have been all over this OAR
team. Koshechkin is so big he
doesn't give you a lot of room. You
almost overcompensate as a shooter.
You really try to pick those
He's trying to discuss the
play. He wants the shots coming more
from the middle. It looks at least
like what he's saying is you've got
to use the area between the circles.
That's going to be your highest
percentage shooting area. The issue
is getting the puck for the shots.
Won by OAR. They had to win it. That
helps them so much. They can go for
a line change. They will head to the
bench. The Czech Republic have five
and a half minutes. Great pass from
Erat. Getting it out wide to Kovar.
A good battle, this one. Now they
will work it with Kovar behind the
net. Tries to push into the space
out in front.
out in front. Kovalchuk just about
keeps everybody on-site but there
wasn't much in it. Czech Republic
going to break out.
Out again by OAR. Two down, you need
one to get back and start climbing
the mountain in a hurry. It is a
big, big hole. That they've got to
get out of here.
get out of here. 4.24 remaining and
OAR doing a terrific job.
doing a wonderful job, keeping the
pucks away from the front of their
net. If you can keep it there from a
defence of the perspective you
aren't going to give away too many
Station to station now with speed.
How long -- the whistle-blowers. No
pressure at the net.
pressure at the net.
Radil did a
good job to get the shot away. But
if he's going to make that save,
nine out of 100 times, if there's no
one there to get the rebound it
doesn't push the issue.
If you look
at the OAR defenders, they've done a
really strong job of looking after
him. What is it Czech Republic have
got to do over the next few minutes?
They seem to have the most success
when it's off the rush. When they
get it down in the OAR zone... Look
at that, five jerseys surrounding
Radil there. No wonder they aren't
going to get much of an opportunity.
If they can continue to come up with
speed that terrific. Now you've just
got to start getting everything
towards the Olympic Athletes from
Russia net. Big face-off here as
well. Russia has been very, very
good in the defensive zone when it's
come to winning face-offs. Puck
possession is very much here. The
Czech Republic will have their place
at top. Looking for a quick shot.
It goes to the side walls, Erat just
about gets it through. Now a
chance... Erat denied.
chance... Erat denied. A dropped
stick cost them zone time. The Czech
Republic have got to go back into
their own zone, deep into their own
zone. Total commitment here from OAR
to the cause. Back it comes out in
front. Koshechkin again is there.
Back to the top it goes... Saved
again by Koshechkin. It came off his
legs. And it cleared away. Under
three minutes to go. How much longer
do they leave it?
do they leave it? Good play again by
the OAR. He goes for a line change.
It's pretty much thank you, I've
done my bit, I'm going to take my
seat. That may be his last shift in
the game. Great job this by OAR.
Keeping it deep. Maybe now they can
get the stretch pass into the zone,
with dip in there. Huge hit coming.
Defensive play there.
Defensive play there.
Back on the
blue line. Can they use the
numerical advantage to get six on
five? They need one quickly here?
They've given possession away.
They've got men through...
Koshechkin never saw that. Missed
the net by a mile. OAR can clear and
get it down the ice. Tight into the
red line. Telegin putting the
pressure on. 90 seconds remain. The
Czech Republic will go after this
one. Pushed towards the net again.
Good reach. Offside here.
Good reach. Offside here.
Knocked that puck out of the air.
Incredible, incredible player.
time out for the Czech Republic.
They lost it contesting the first
Down to 73 seconds. They
say this was chipped out by Datsyuk
and hit the Russian bench. So it's a
face-off deep in OAR territory. A
big score here for the Czech
The net will remain empty.
Something for OAR to have a go at.
73 seconds away. From the gold-medal
match. They'll face the winner of
this match either Germany or Canada.
Is there one last twist? Here they
have it on the blue line.
have it on the blue line. Erat Is
trying to find space. Another
attempt on goal. It stopped out
front. They can't get any quality
here. It's so scruffy, they are
under so much pressure. Trying to
bank it off the back of Koshechkin.
Desperate times from the Czech
Republic and OAR, as the Russians
send it down the ice. Here comes the
captain Erat. Closed down by five.
OAR are going to escape to victory
here. They may cap it with a final
goal! They do. The empty net which
sets OAR to the final. -- sends OAR
to the final. They are going to play
for Olympic gold for the first time
in 20 years. The Czech Republic have
put up a valiant fight, but at the
end of the day Kovalchuk and the
Russians are just too clinical. They
will march on to the final in some
The Czech Republic pushed and
pushed, and they gave it their all.
Look at the emotion from Kovalchuk
there. You can see how important
this is for this Olympic
this is for this Olympic from -- OAR
team. Ultimately the Czech Republic
couldn't break through the OAR
defence. A terrific game from OAR.
They scored when they needed to and
they shut the door from there.
Cleared away, as the countdown is on
in the arena. CHEERING
Q Russians celebrations. A country
disgraced in Sochi four years ago. A
hockey team that was disgraced with
their performance on the ice four
years ago. If this is the redemption
tournament, this group of Russians
proudly will take on the chance for
gold, despite the fact the name on
the front of their jersey says OAR.
Make no mistake, this will be Russia
versus either Canada or Germany in
A remarkable hockey game.
Like we said, hats off to the Czech
Republic. They gave them some
serious push back. There was high
emotion, high energy. At the end of
the day the OAR team just too good.
Come on, baby.
Keep calm and curl on.
Come on, baby.
Keep calm and curl on.
Staying calm may well be the
challenge, not just for all of us
tuning in to see how the semifinal
goes for Great Britain, but also for
the crowd in there because the other
semifinal is Korea versus Japan, the
have a feeling it will be very
noisy. But victory for the British
women would see them through to the
gold medal match. Let's remind you
of how close they are as a unit. The
lead Lauren Gray, she plays the
first stone, followed by Vicki Adams
and then Anna Sloan, who has
recovered from her knee problems,
and then the skip with the honour of
the final stone is Eve Muirhead.
They are getting themselves ready.
They well have done there, they do a
draw, don't they?
For the semifinal,
it has been predetermined. Because
Sweden finished above Britain, they
well have last stone in the first
end. But they have time to practice,
make sure the stones they are
playing with our all they thought
they would be and how much they
curl. They can settle into the game
They have met many times,
Sweden and actually Scotland,
because more often they play
Scotland in the European and World
Championships, a very tight head to
head between them. 21 times they
Yes, they have battled a
lot. That is what happens when you
play week in, week out around the
world. Eve has played a lot of times
and recently this season, they have
played in a lot of finals and
actually has the word has had the
advantage in those finals and they
have not finished the game off. Eve
has battled against the Swedes and
when the pressure has been on, she
has turned the screw and got the
It is like a Rafah Roger
head-to-head, 1110 Eve leads. Let us
have a look at the standings. Rhona
how we says that even's strength is
that the more important it is, the
more pressure there is, the better
Eve blaze. South Korea where the big
surprise package. They went through
top of the greed and they are
playing Japan at the same time as
Great Britain take on Sweden. Steve
Cram is out there for us.
exactly where Eve and her team want
to be. The way this has turned out,
none of us could have envisaged the
final four. Without Canada, first of
all. Sweden and Great Britain were
always expected to be in there.
Japan and Korea are on as well, but
we will be concentrating on Sweden
and Great Britain. The boys are here
to support the great British ladies.
As Dave Murdoch was saying, Eve
seems to have the knack when it
really matters in the big finals
against Anna Hasselborg, so
hopefully this will be a case in
As far as the men are
concerned, are they in better
spirits? They looked so dejected
with you yesterday.
Yes, you know, I
think when you get towards the
business end of any competition and
you have the opportunity to get into
a medal match and then that
opportunity passes you by, it is
gut-wrenching. If you are not
playing well and you are getting
halfway through and it is not going
well, fair enough, but for the
British men, they had it in the
hands to get through. A win against
the USA would have done it. Of
course, the USA went on to do
brilliantly well and we have just
seen today Canada getting knocked
out by USA yesterday and then coming
away with nothing themselves today.
Whatever your level of expectation,
not getting the result you want is
gut-wrenching. It's been a
competition full of surprises, none
more so than that match which we
have just seen. So I am hoping,
really hoping like everyone else,
that there are no surprises with
this semifinal and that the GB women
can do the job.
Those closing stages
of the bronze medal match between
the Swiss and Canada, as you say,
the big shock is that Canada come
away with nothing other than their
gold in the mixed competition, but
the Swiss, my word, they have been
just devastatingly good, haven't
They have been very good.
Again, a bit of an odd competition
for them, because they looked as
though they were sailing towards
qualification, then a couple of
hiccups at the end of the round
robin. It meant they ended up in a
play-off against Great Britain but
they played really well though,
especially Benoit Schwarz with that
shot in the ninth. Canada can't have
any complaints about the way this
result went, because Switzerland
were absolutely brilliant,
particularly Claudio Patz and Benoit
Schwarz. They were making their
shots all the way through, putting a
lot of pressure on Kevin Koe. There
is a lot of talk granted through
this match has finished, an inquest
with questions asked in the house
back in Canada as to what has
happened to their curling teams. Two
of them had won a gold before. Maybe
they're just wasn't... Maybe they
hadn't gelled together as a team in
the way you would have wanted them
to. Most of what is being said is
that Canada have exported curling to
the rest of the world in a way that
is now coming home to roost. They
have lots of coaches working in
teams in different parts of the
world and their stranglehold on the
number of medals they have one, as
he can see that, is not something
they can rely on in the future.
Actually, one of those Canadian
coaches is Glenn Howay to have come
over specifically to coach the women
and Eve. -- Glenn Howerd. Oh, I
think we have lost him.
temporarily lost you there.
worry, I have got Dave Murdoch here
with me and as Steve Cram was
saying, the export of talent from
Canada as well as the profile of the
game rising, particularly with Japan
and Korea being in the other
semifinal, the first Asian team to
go into a gold medal match at the
Winter Olympics, has there been a
bigger stick because the great
British women knocked out Canada
with a Canadian page?
It will be
interesting, when Ted. -- with a
Canadian page? It will be
interesting, when Ted? They are
beating their own with a lot of
Canadian coaches now around the
Particularly with Scottish
curling, a lot of money has been
invested into the new national
Curling Centre in sterling. You are
based bad it is something you can
It is something we needed for a
long time. It has allowed us to go
around the world and be great
full-time athletes. We have great
ice conditions, we have some great
analysis equipment that we can use
day in, day out to make us a better
team, better players, and now that
we have some dedicated ice, we can
really bring our next-generation
three and get success because of
Can you it already, younger
players coming in and being engaged?
I can, actually. We have got a great
programme going on in British
curling and we have got a great
young generation coming through.
That is so exciting to be part of
and with this new facility,
hopefully we can get the medals that
come with it.
Lot of people will be
watching this and saying, what about
you? Is there another Winter
Olympics in you? Would you consider
the mixed competition?
Claire. I retired last year and have
moved into coaching and am really
enjoying what I'm doing, but never
No, absolutely not. We
will move to figure skating in a
moment but a reminder there is
continuous action on the red button
with the men's speed skating 1000
metre final. But overnight, the
women's competition was decided in
the figure skating. This is always
beautiful, and often features young
girls being seen for the first time.
Let's remind you of the great names
who have won it in the past before
we see last night's action.
A steady, strong and powerful
Superb spin, right on the spot.
She's a lovely skater, there is no
doubt about that.
She has almost everything. She has
style, technique, Grace.
style, technique, Grace. Well, she
is obviously happy.
The youngest ever to stand in first
place as an Olympic figure skater.
The favourites have been beaten by
their 16-year-old. It has happened
From this spread Eagle will
be double axel, triple toe loop. Oh,
Get on your feet, everybody, that
And Olympic gold medallist Jayne
And Olympic gold medallist Jayne
Torvill joins me now.
Torvill joins me now. Islam we saw
there who lit the flame at the
opening of the Olympics --
Yuna Kim we saw there who lit the
flame at the opening of the
Olympics. Do you have a favourite?
think for me it was Katarina Witt,
because she was of our generation
and she was just beautiful. It makes
a difference when you are watching,
you can watch someone doing jumped
after jump and spins and so on but
if they do not have the performance
inside them, you don't get that.
What was unusual with Tara Lipinski
was that from such a young age, she
was a great performer as well as
doing all the amazing technical
We have had John Curry and
Robin Cousins winning medals, we
have you and Chris in ice dance. Has
there been a British woman who might
have been able to get to the top?
think before our time, we had a very
strong competitor called Jean Scott.
Angie, from memory, I think she was
way up there in the medals in the
World Championships, but I'm not
sure how she did in the Olympics.
It's funny, isn't it, the Americans
and the Russians seem to have
endless conveyor belt of really good
girls coming through and yet it
doesn't really happen in other
countries with quite the same
I think we are a little
behind in this country with getting
the youngsters in at an early age
and getting them into a programme,
planning years ahead which is
obviously what the other countries
And the Russians are
absolutely dominating the
leaderboard in this programme. After
the short programme, two athletes
from the Olympic Athletes from
Russia at the top, Alina Zagitova
and the girl who has been her
inspiration, at any Medvedeva. Which
one of them would come out on top?
It was a fabulous competition.
So, Satoko Miyahara, the Japanese
national champion, currently lying
in fourth place by just three points
behind Kaetlyn Osmond in the bronze
medal position and she rotates these
jumps at a rate of knots. She is
just a blur flying through the air
and she definitely has what it takes
to make up that gap and put herself
on the podium.
There was some question over whether
her triple triple combination and
her triple jump in the short
programme should have been
downgraded. She will want to make
sure that she gives them no choice
today. Triple loop is fully cleanly
rotated, no question there. But it
is this triple Lutz, triple toe
loop, nation that will be the first
real test. -- triple toe loop
combination that will be the first
real test. Clean for me. But review
Good on the flip.
Lovely to see spinning in both
directions. Again, we don't see that
enough in figure skating these days.
Big jumping pass coming now, treble
lutz. Double toe loop, double loop.
She's done it.
Double Axel, triple toe loop.
And the triples Salchow.
And the last jumper, the double
Beautiful position for the lay back.
And absolutely on the spot for the
Satoko Miyahara chasing down
the middle positions and she
couldn't have asked for any more
from that performance.
From what I
could see, absolutely clean on the
triples. It will of course go to
review. She does rotate so fast, not
a lot of height or flight. But she's
just a little bitty thing!
wonder where she gets it from?
Satoko Miyahara with a new season's
best to take the lead. She is the
one to chase down in this final
group of six skaters.
group of six skaters. The oldest
skater in the contest, 31 years old,
Sochi bronze medallist. She's a
little off the pace. 73.15 saw her
qualify in sick. I think a medal
will be out of the question had
Carolina Kostner of Italy.
Clean in, first jump. Got that
Off on the triple flip. Needed that
to be the combination.
Tight on the landing of that triple
toe loop. No combinations as of yet.
Double Axel loop, triple Salchow.
Question the landing of that
Salchow. I think it was clean but
had absolutely no edge at all.
Uncharacteristically error strewn
from Carolina Kostner of Italy. She
needs every trick in her bag to keep
up with the young guns.
really keep with her experience and
performance manner and style, but
she needed those triple
combinations, of which we didn't see
any. She got the triple lutz back
this season. That was the one thing
that did work, very tentative with a
view of the other landings.
139.29 four Carolina Kostner. She
sits in second place behind Satoko
Miyahara of Japan. An exquisite
skate from the Japanese means she's
still out in front. Here she is, she
set a new short programme world
record two days ago. This long
programme helped the OAR to the
silver medal in the team event. This
is Alina Zagitova, the young
pretender, the gold within her
grasp. Does she have what it takes
to bear the pressure on those
You don't look for the big jumps to
be coming early in this performance.
The later they come, you do get
bonus points. Alina Zagitova
backends her programme with all her
technical jumping elements. It is
the choreographic sequence and the
spins and the step sequence that
will come first.
All about maxing
out those points.
That would have been the triple lutz
triple loop combination, just taking
the lutz there. How well does she
think on her feet?
think on her feet? Double Axel,
triple toe loop.
Triple flip, double toe loop, double
The second triple lutz will come
now, and it has to be in a
combination, and she will want it to
be with the triple toe loop.
be with the triple toe loop. No,
she'll do it with a triple loop.
And the triple flip.
It looked for a second like Alina
Zagitova had been the first blink in
this race is the gold, that missed
combination at the start, but she
thought on her feet.
It didn't have
the perfect landing on that triple
lutz, although she has been given
positive grades of execution on it.
Yes, she came back, has exactly the
same content as was planned, just
not necessarily the order she would
have liked to deliver it.
suppose it matters which order it
comes out, as long as it sets cute
it -- as long as it is executed as
beautifully as she did it. It is not
a new season's best, it's not a new
world record. 239.57 is the combined
total. Beat that and you'll be in
for a gold medal.
And the door is
Kaetlyn Osmond, the World Champion
silver medallist last time round.
Just 4.27 points behind Medvedeva in
the silver medal position.
She had a glorious performance in
the short programme, many thought
under marked in terms of component
scores. Certainly technically she
delivered. Can she do it today?
There are the triple flip and triple
toe loop. Exquisite.
Double axel, triple toe loop. Fast,
light, easy. Keep this momentum
Overcooked the take-off of the
triple Lutz, stepped out.
Good on the triple loop. Needed
that. And she also needs the second
triple flip. Only one triple Lutz in
this programme planned, so every
triple will need to be perfect from
And there you go.
Triple Salchows, double toe loop,
Last of her jumps, double axel.
Canada's black swan flying in for a
place on the podium.
Just that one
tiny mistake, falling out of the
landing of the triple Lutz, but,
She had a lead going
into this free skate after the short
programme, about three points ahead
of the Togo Miyahara, the Japanese
skater in fourth position. So she
has a very, very slight advantage to
play with. Oh, it's up to second.
It's a season 's best. A massive
season 's best. Ten points better
than her previous mark and Kaetlyn
Osmond holds onto that bronze medal
position, fends of the challenge of
a Satoko Miyahara of Japan. She has
guaranteed herself a medal with that
performance. And here is our last
performer at this Olympic Games and
what a way to close the show,
Evgenia Medvedeva, two-time world
champion, the favourite for so long
to take this title. Broke the world
title -- broke the world record in
the short programme, just to have it
snatched back by Zagitova. So,
skating for the title that for two
years was destined to be hers.
years was destined to be hers. Anna
Karenina is the soundtrack.
Triple flip, triple toe loop to
And there is the lots. -- the Lutz.
Strong second triple flip.
And a beautiful triple loop.
That's it. Triple Zarco, triple toe
loop. Just one more double axel. --
triple Salchows, triple toe loop.
Just one more double axel and the
jumps are done. This is your gold
medal winning performance. She is
absolutely on the money.
It's marvellous from Medvedeva
again! Not ready to relinquish her
crown, the double world champion
still the very, very best in the
I thought that was the best I
have seen her skate in a long time.
It's a programme that's won her a
World Championship before. Now,
surely enough for the Olympic title
Made the decision to change
programmes mid-season, came back to
one that she says really made her
feel something different on the ice.
Oh, it is not enough. 156.65 four
Evgenia Medvedeva, and that is the
gold medal missing. And heartbreak
then for Medvedeva who thought she
had done enough. And Alina Zagitova
I like the rest of us can't really
believe what she is hearing. A
fantastic performance from Zagitova,
we can take nothing away from the
15-year-old, but she has just pulled
off an enormous upset here at this
Olympic Games. Confirmation then
that Alina Zagitova, the 15-year-old
upstart from Russia has caused
another enormous shock, beating her
countrywoman Evgenia Medvedeva, the
two-time world champion, favourite
for this title.
Kaetlyn Osmond takes
the bronze. We have been very
excited about the rivalry. I think
it's something we will see for many
years to come.
the competition, we are in real life
very good friends, but in sport, I
think the competition is very
important and it makes us to grow
on an Olympic silver medal. It
looked very emotional for you there
Yes, it's really
unexpected for everybody, I think,
because I'm not normally an
emotional person. I just thought
about everything, I'm at the
Olympics, I did a clean free
programme, I did my best to day and
I left all my soul today in this
competition and my performance and
just... I think it was happy crying.
And individual bronze medal. You've
had the medals before, but this your
first individual one?
exciting. The team medals are so
special, they are with your family
on the ice and having that support
is really special, but being able to
do this by myself proved that I am
strong and able to do this without
the team, which means so much.
a story at the figure skating and
the win for those two teenagers from
Russia means that for the first time
this Olympics, we will see The
Olympic Club leaves from Russia at
the top of the podium and poor
Medvedeva, she skated so well. She
must feel so bad. Zagitova only had
her first proper competition last
year and she comes along and still
is the gold medal. We will ask Jayne
Torvill what she thought of it in
just a moment, but this is a site
that you will not have seen before,
because instead of the Russian flag
and Russian and them being played,
it is the Olympic flag and the
Ladies and gentlemen, the Olympic
THE OLYMPIC ANTHEM PLAYS.
CLARE BALDING: it's a lovely tune
and it is quite long, you can see
from Zagatova's po-faced that she
can't sing along. Evgenia Medvedeva
and Kaetlyn Osmond join her.
Medvedeva, unbeaten from November
2015 until last month and Zagatova
appears on the scene. She broke her
foot in October and it's been quite
a difficult and preparation. But her
routine and the crowd watching
thought it was worthy of the gold
Yes, she won the free skate.
It was a great performance and I
think she thought she had done it.
She did win the free skating
programme by a small amount but it
wasn't enough for the combined. My
favourite programme was Kaetlyn
Did you like a routine the
I did. I hadn't seen it before
but for me the quality of skating
was there all the way through. She
had great speed, smooth lines,
smooth edges. She performs well. For
me, that was the best routine.
actually her bronze medal means
Canada have won 27 medals in total
which beats their score from
which beats their score from
Vancouver. She's 21, Kaetlyn Osmond,
whereas the two teenagers are
significantly younger. Let's start
with Zagatova. Just 15. She back
loathes her routine. All of her
jumps come in the last two minutes.
Why does she do that -- back loads
Any jumps you do in the
last two minutes of the routine you
get 10% more points for. She's taken
it to the extreme. The question is,
is that a balanced programme? In the
components scored there is a score
for artistry and performance. Does
it look balanced? No, it doesn't.
There's a lot of outcry about how
it look balanced? No, it doesn't.
There's a lot of outcry about how it
possibly unfair but I suppose from
the judges' point of view, they are
the rules at the moment. She has to
get 10% more in the second half of
her programme. I suspect they will
look at that again and maybe change
When you watch this
routine, what did you think?
Obviously she is so talented and
beautiful. Lack of speed for me and
the jumps and that high. Luckily she
rotates really quickly. But if you
look at Kaetlyn Osmond, when she
lands she is still coming out on a
beautiful running edge. For me that
makes all the difference. She's
almost landing on the spot here.
Does it tell enough of a story for
I'm not sure what she's
telling, really. There is a theme
there but I don't think she's quite
mature enough to bring it off,
She is amazingly talented.
She's world junior champion and
obviously coming in against the
older, some of them still girls but
some of them women, it's a big
occasion. She has not gone wrong.
She hasn't had a shocker, she's
getting green marks as she piles in
these jumps. It's putting a lot of
pressure on yourself to leave it
She's obviously very
intelligent and focused because her
first combination didn't quite come
off. Instead of getting phased by
that, that was one of her first
jumps I believe, she put the
combination in later. She's a smart
cookie and I think we'll see a lot
more from her.
Let's have a look at
Medvedeva. Clearly her reaction to
her scores, she looked absolutely
heartbroken because she thought
she'd done enough. She spreads her
jumps out more in her routine, and
as a skater, what do you see in her?
First of all, I see more speed from
the start of the programme. I see
that she has a more balanced
programme. I preferred her programme
to that of Zagitova. But my
favourite was the Canadian.
have a look at the Canadian in a
moment. Do you think with Medvedeva
you see and feel the emotion?
absolutely. As it was getting
towards the end and she was
realising that everything had gone
well, she was enjoying it more, to
the point that she was quite
It was the short
programme that lost it for her. The
Kaetlyn Osmond, she was playing
catch up and that's what is so
difficult to do. If you are not
right there after the short
programme it's really hard to make
up all of those points however good
The short programme was
pretty close with the top two.
Again, I think Zagitova put some of
her jumps later on and got those
This is your favourite
I like the energy,
performance, speed and skating
quality. It's not stiff, on the
spot, she's moving. Beautiful flow
with the edges. When she comes out
of a jump, she still has a great
You talked earlier
about the acting, the performance
ability required. Does she win on
that score as well?
For me, the
performance is there as well. That
comes with maturity.
benefits therefore to being older,
but the gold and silver medallists
are really young. The balancing of
being supple and the bravery of
There's a point where you're
too old, definitely. She's still
We saw the Italian who is
31 still going strong. That was a
great routine from Osmond. She knew
it. They know it, as soon as they
Unfortunately she stepped
out of one of her jumps. It was a
small mistake. I'd then think she
would have got silver looking at the
results of the Russians.
are so passionate. When those
results came up and Medvedeva hadn't
won, they were booing in the arena.
I think the audience thought she had
done it so it was a bit of a shock.
It happens. It happened four years
ago when Yuna Kim didn't win.
down to the judges.
Thank you for
making sense of
down to the judges.
Thank you for
making sense of what the judges do
but also explaining what you felt.
They have gone gold and silver to
OAR and bronze to Canada. Let's
switch to a sport which doesn't
require judges. In about ten minutes
time on the ice at the Gangneung
Curling Centre we will seek Team GB
coming out for their semifinal game
against Sweden. If they win it they
will be into a gold-medal match.
In Korea, we like games of strategy.
We like games that take their time,
progress slowly but take you under
We like a game called go.
The oldest board game,
played for thousands of years.
It's a game of stones,
probability and calculation.
The aim of the game it is to place
your stones to control
a desired territory.
But, this isn't the only game
here that is played with stones.
This game is hypnotic.
Superior tactics will ensure
you guard against enemy attack.
Brush your opponents' stones away.
End your adversaries' chances.
So complex it carries
heavy mental weight.
In South Korea, we have a new love.
We love curling.
all around the world
people are falling in love with
curling. It's a third Olympic Games
for Eve Muirhead and for the team
around her, they know each other
extremely well. They support each
other, they keep each other smiling.
They also have a regret. Four years
ago at the semifinal stage, they
lost. That meant they could only
earn themselves a bronze medal. This
time they are determined that the
result is different.
We went into Sochi as current for
champions. I guess having that on
your CV is going to make it a bit
tougher. You're always going to add
expectations but it's probably more
that we put on ourselves because we
knew we had beaten everyone there.
It was really, who was going to play
better for that
It was really, who was going to play
better for that week.
They fought so hard on this
potentially her last stone of this
match. It's got a chance. That's a
nice shot from Eve Muirhead.
pressure made us know we could
perform at that high level. It made
us know we were the best team in the
world and capable of hitting the
A big pressure shot here.
This is to close out the match
against Great Britain. They will
have to work it really hard... Is it
going to get there? I think it is.
Canada have won it.
When we lost
that semifinal, it was probably the
most devastating defeat of my
career. We worked so hard. I knew my
Olympic gold medal dream was over.
Losing that semifinal was definitely
the hardest loss. At the time we
thought this is a really quick
turnover but that's probably what
helped us in the end.
They are the
world champions and now they could
be the Olympic bronze medallists if
this stone is right from Eve
Muirhead. The stone is going to get
there! Britain have won the bronze
To come home with a medal was
outstanding. I'm still really
pleased with that, but I think now
I've got a taste of that Olympic
podium, I want to build my way up.
Obviously we've got a bit of
unfinished business, getting the
bronze medal was amazing, but you
always want to do better. So we have
to break it down into each game and
then once we get to hopefully the
play-off stage, that's a brand-new
We feel like we're in a
good place at the moment. We've been
working really hard and that's
something I feel I have to
constantly say to people about
curling. It's much harder than it
looks. We wouldn't have to train so
much to be at the top of the game if
it wasn't. We had a great win at the
Gold-medal and medallists in
The gold medal at the
Olympics is the only one I'm missing
in my collection. It would mean a
lot of very hard work has paid off
and I have put in a lot of work to
get into the position I'm in just
now. To stand on top of the podium
would be something extra, extra
would be something extra, extra
CLARE BALDING: we have a
man who has been through exactly
that situation. Four years ago David
Murdoch skipped his British team
through the semifinals into the
gold-medal match. Eve has worked
incredibly hard, she's got a
tight-knit team around her. What do
you hope to see from them against
I hope to see the things
they've really progressed on.
They've really come together as a
team. They've stuck together, worked
hard. I thought they stayed really
calm this week and especially Eve.
She's really stayed in that moment,
really focused and she's played
extremely well. I think if they can
keep to that and keep the presents,
take to the ice as if they are about
to win. They've got to believe.
And how much of the bonus is it that
this is for most of them their third
Olympics? Same for you last time
around. What do you learn when you
have been to a couple of games?
There are lots of things to learn.
You learn to deal with the pressure
better, you learn from strategy,
from your technique and ability to
deal with the big games. For the
ladies about to take to the ice
right now, they have ticked the box
for all of those over the years and
they can go on there knowing they
have done all the hard work, they
have done everything over the years,
their support staff have supported
them to get to this moment and now
it's up to them. They have to
believe in themselves and try to
make that great performance they
have been doing for a long time.
They should be a fabulous atmosphere
there because in the other
semifinal, Korea are up against
Japan, meaning a lot of fans will be
cheering every shot that Korea play.
They have nicknamed themselves the
garlic girls, because they all come
from the garlic growing region.
There are only four teams left in
the women's curling and they include
the great British women's team, and
all four of them will combine
because it is not just about the
No, it really is a team sport.
Every stone has the team's
influence. Whether you are sweeping
it or calling the strategy or
letting it go.
You are about to the
Anna Hasselborg, the skip of the
Swedish team. They have played each
other 21 times. Eve has the
advantage 11-10, but in recent
matches Sweden has the upper hand,
albeit that the
albeit that the Swedish round robin
finished with controversy. It is ten
ends in total here, with Vicki Adams
going first, she has the focus of
being able to deliver in the now and
that is what is great about her. And
she played one of the shots of the
tournament, didn't she, Eve? She
tournament, didn't she, Eve? She
certainly did. And this was it
because it was a game turning
opportunity against Canada. This
shot had to be absolutely perfect.
In all honesty, Claire, if she
doesn't make this, probably Great
Britain were going out of the games.
That is how important this shot was.
Unbelievable, just to take both the
red and lie first in her shot. It
really changed the manner of the
game and made Canada set on the back
Do you ever have a heart rate
monitor on when you play? Do you
know how your heart rate changes.
don't, but there is talk of doing
that going forward so we would be
able to see what the heart rate is
of the athletes when they are under
pressure and when they are sweeping,
how high it could be.
I'd love to
know how much it changes. There will
be a lot of changes over the next
couple of hours, ten ends in total.
The Swedish team there will be
determined. They are a very strong
side. But everybody in Great Britain
supporting Eve Muirhead and her rink
will be hoping they can continue
their winning run. Our commentary
team for this place in a gold-medal
match, Jackie Lockhart is alongside
Logan Gray and Steve Cram.
you, Claire, and yes, we are ready
to go, ready to rumble here against
Sweden. A great atmosphere already
holding in the centre here because,
as you mentioned, the garlic girls,
the Korean team, they have been
called the garlic girls since about
the middle of last week, I think.
The have stopped calling them Korea
out here, and there will be plenty
of noise as they take on Japan. A
full house expected here, not just
in terms of spectators. There is so
much media here, particularly from
Japan and the local media from
Korea. They are at the far end. The
other matches will be on sheet a and
there must be 50 or 60 photographers
there. They are to Eve Muirhead's
right. We are about to get underway.
Sweden finished above Great Britain
in their round-robin competition,
partly because of the win in the
match mentioned a little earlier, so
they have the hammer in the best
end. Here we go then. A chance to
get into the final to contest the
medal. Lauren Gray the lead for
Great Britain. How are your nerves,
They are OK at the moment
but it is early doors.
We have been
building up to this all day, really.
We had a fabulous bronze medal match
between Canada and Switzerland,
Switzerland coming out on top. It
has been a great curling competition
in both ends and the women's. Lots
of shocks and we can double the way
back even to the mixed doubles. Of
course Canada were successful in
that. Switzerland picked up the
silver. So Switzerland already have
two medals in this competition.
Sweden have a chance of two bites at
the gold medal. Their men have maybe
gold-medal match. They will be
playing Switzerland for that
gold-medal and their women trying to
beat Eve Muirhead. There is the
skip, Anna Hasselborg. And there is
Eve Muirhead. Well, I know Claire
mentioned Logan Gray who has been
commentating with us. He is actually
up in the stands, watching his
sister Lauren. He is over in the top
corner. He will be as nervous as the
rest of us, I am sure. The boys are
in as well, the British men's team,
coming in to help support and there
is plenty of British support in the
crowd. Lots of union Jacks and
family members up in the eaves of
the stadium. Even's mum is Albert --
Eve's mum is up there and her uncle
and quite a lot of family members.
So, these two teams know each other
really well, Jackie, they go back to
junior days together. I was noting
that when Eve one four junior world
titles, one as skip, and the wine
year she didn't go, she took part in
the Olympics in Vancouver, the one
year she didn't take part, Anna
Hasselborg won the junior World
Championships. So they have history
and have been fairly evenly matched
as recently as the European
Championships in December, but Eve
Muirhead came out on top then.
is what I am expecting to see at the
moment. If Eve had the hammer, she
is a very offensive player and will
go from it -- for it from the word
go. Anna Hasselborg is more cagey
and defensive. I think what she
likes to do is let her team settle,
get the first bend under the belt
and then she moves into the more
offensive game. I sometimes think,
you have had your nine minutes
practice, why not give it a go? You
can quite often catch teams out in
the first end but she never seems to
You told me that the other
day so I had a think about it and I
also thought, if one team starts
first, it never goes that way, you
have five matches -- five ends meet
in the match. If you blow the birds
dead straightaway, then it is a nine
and match effectively.
And that is
probably why she doesn't do it. But
quite early on, you can often pick
up two or three in the first end.
But you need to be confident. As you
say, you don't often go through a
game where you constantly have your
hammer in the even ends. As the game
gets more in-depth as it goes on,
lots of things can happen.
lots of things can happen.
Agnes Knochenhauer, 28-year-old, the
joint oldest in their team.
joint oldest in their team. Anna
Sloan, and I think it can really
gets her game, look at her
tournament accuracy, 76%. She has
had matches whereby her own
admission she hasn't played up to
her high standards. If we can get
all four of them clicking here
tonight, then they have got a great
chance. Don't keep putting all of
the pressure on Eve Muirhead. She
well capable. This is Sara McManus
and, well, Sara is the daughter of a
Scottish footballer, Stuart McManus,
who I think played for Southampton
in the 80s and then moved to Sweden
and finished his career there. Sara
says she is Swedish three and three
-- through and through. And I'm sure
her dad will be very proud. Sara
McManus has played exceptionally
well, especially against Great
Britain when they met in the
round-robin match. She is a real
danger in the third spot. So, just
seeing this first end brew.
Yes, the girls were all in this
afternoon practising in a very empty
arena, but because they finished
yesterday and had almost a whole day
off, they did get probably half an
hour 's practice this afternoon.
Well, you are going to hear some
cheers and excitement, I am sure, as
that other match progresses. The
superb Korean women's team who have
taken this competition by storm.
They have also been taken to be
hearts of the Korean public, in the
newspapers and on TV everywhere.
Spurling not the biggest sport here
in Korea, but my goodness me, have
they been popular. -- curling not
the biggest sport here in Korea. But
Japan will give them a big match.
That is why this is such an
opportunity for Eve Muirhead. You
heard before how much it means for
her to be fighting for the gold
medal. It was bronze last time. A
medal of course in any Winter
Olympics is a huge achievement, but
she so wants to win that gold-medal
match and when you consider that
Canada have gone out, any time
Canada aren't... Well, they have
never not been in the semifinals,
the Canadian women.
So, we will end up with a blanket
end here as I am pretty sure we will
get these last couple of stones
traded. Anna Hasselborg, 28, just a
year older than Eve. You can see
Lauren Gray taking her jacket off
already. Hasn't had to do any work
yet. Not sweeping winds. But you get
pretty warm. The skip's often taking
their jacket off -- keeping their
jacket on, but we saw Kevin Koe take
his off today that they may have
been the pressure he was under. Anna
Hasselborg, the question is or was
about her temperament at the end in
tournaments, but she is getting more
and more experienced. We will try to
keep you up-to-date as things
progress. There is nothing much
happening yet, but whenever Korea
play a good shot, you will hear big
cheers. It creates a bit of
atmosphere. So, Anna and Eve who
have been together for so many
years, lived together at times as
well. They are all now up at
Stirling in the Academy.
I suppose for everyone, you were
saying for Sweden it settles them
down, but it helps the British women
just to ease their nerves. There are
bound to be some, even though Eve is
here for the third time, the other
two, Vicki and Anna of course were
part of the bronze medal team.
Lauren was, but she was the
alternate. Now she is on the ice.
Yes, all of these girls are very
much used to playing at this level,
but it is of course an Olympic Games
and you are never really sure how
you are going to perform. You have
to be nervous. If you weren't
nervous before you came out, there
would be something wrong with you as
So, it's a nine endgame now. Anna
Hasselborg doing what she normally
does when she has the hammer, just
blanking the end. By contrast, the
other match, there are plenty of
stones in place already. It's
nowhere near the end. There are
still four stones to go in that
match so get used to be cheering, I
know it can be quite disconcerting.
They normally have four matches on.
There is part of the Eve Muirhead
contingent. Her mum with her arms
husband there has flown across from
I note it's approaching Friday
lunchtime, cancel the afternoon's
work, settle down and watch this.
You can catch up later. Just answer
e-mails, that's fine. You're allowed
to do that.
Yeah, hopefully we've
got a big crowd watching the curling
match today. All the fans from four
years ago in Sochi. Hello, if you've
joined us back again, welcome.
So, Great Britain facing a hammer
again. Sweden carry it over with the
blanked end. Straightforward draw
end from Lauren. A casual opening,
if you like, a bit. A chance to feel
the ice, this is sheet C. The bronze
medal match was on one of the middle
sheets this morning. A match
sheets this morning. A match between
Japan and Korea on one of the middle
sheets. Even today, you can't blame
the ice, because Switzerland played
it perfectly well. Canada had some
problems. Switzerland were superb
here, we see Anna Hasselborg
happy to take the game on. She has
put a guard on.
They just want this to come and sit
high up the yellow stone on the ice,
but as high as possible.
Sweeping as hard as they can, Anna
The main objective of the
game at there is to guard the yellow
you have got on the house, and
Lauren has about.
If the first one
is off centre, you have to put the
other one in if you can. So, Sofia
Mabergs, the youngest of this team.
Just 24. She used to lead for a
different junior team. At one point,
she played for a team skipped by her
team-mates, Sara McManus.
She only joined this team in the
winter of 2015.
So, a great chance here for Vicki to
hit this red and get a little role.
They're going to have to sweep this
hard. I think it's going to hit and
roll-out of the house.
She is just
saying she touched it there. Anna
Hasselborg won't say much I think it
She's knocked it out.
She's knocked it out. So what
She has slowed it down.
That is what Anna Hasselborg was
saying. It probably might have went
out, but it's in her right to say
whether she takes it off or moves
This isn't great. You can see it
hit the foot there. It is whether
how much it slowed it down. If you
watch the turn of the handle. I'm
not sure it slowed it that much. But
she definitely hit it with her foot.
It is still in, I think.
just put it on the edge.
We had a situation with Rachel
Holman, the US skip. Funnily enough,
Vicki have kept up three in the
first end against Japan. What a
great first end. Rachel Holman, the
Canadian skip in a match in which
the same sort of thing happen, I
think it was against Denmark, was
it? You are looking at the... I
think it was Denmark.
She kicked it out before it
stopped moving. They didn't have a
discussion about it, which was
frowned a little bit, and she
actually lost the match in the end.
I think the skip of the opposing
person who burnt or touched the
stone does have the right to say
what she wants to do with the stone,
and she has the right to take it
out. But it was the minarets is --
mannerisms. Anna did say there, it
did slow it down, and it might have
moved a little further out. She is
in her right to do that. Anna, good
on her, she was truthful and she
said she caught it with her foot.
So, Kelly Schafer, Kelly Woods and
Glenn Howard, who every single time,
gives us the thumbs up. Great
Canadian champion, world champion.
Four time world champion, he is,
yeah. Brought into this team here to
help them with their strategy.
So, a bit of an opportunity now for
Sweden. Knochenhauer playing second.
They are going to try and come in
behind the guards that are sitting
in a hind there. It has got to go a
little bit as well, is it going to
get there? Is it?
Not just quite across it as much as
she would have liked.
Incidentally, Knochenhauer, as we
see the Canadian... which skews me,
Swedish bench -- excuse me.
and Maria Prytz, the coach.
about to say Anna
about to say Anna Hasselborg and
Agnes Knochenhauer, they were born
on the same day in 1989 in
Stockholm. Great, between those two.
Knochenhauer and Hasselborg have
lived together since they were
They need to get past this
year low guard stone.
This is where Anna has got to really
try in the early stages here, we
need Anna Sloan to be making those
Was the throw OK?
A little discussion there, Anna just
looking for some feedback from Eve
Yeah, because quite often,
if you throw a really good stone to
your skip's Broom, and it doesn't
come off, you want assurance from
the skip to say, it was my full, I
did not give you enough. Or vice
versa, you tucked it in. You need
the communication to fix your shot
for the next end. The next stone, in
So, McManus next to go.
It is just going to come in the
other side of the house, they are
line two at the moment, building a
nice opportunity here. Nothing out
front for them to worry about.
What's Eve going to do a?
going to go...
left of the picture there.
Looking at all the angles.
Sloan, when she is playing well, the
sort of shot she loves to make.
It's been a bit of a feature of the
British women's team that they
haven't started matches all that
well. They have definitely got
better through the match, but they
cannot afford to let Sweden get away
from them here. There's one gone. A
good chance at the other one, almost
got three, actually. Nice shot there
from Anna Sloan. That will make her
feel a lot better. A pity that the
third one didn't go. It almost did.
Yeah, that was a lovely shot. A lot
of yellow counters just biting at
the edge of the four foot there.
You've got to have eyes everywhere.
Anna Hasselborg was watching her own
red, then realised the yellow was at
the top end and tried to sweep it
out. So, McManus trying to play the
same shot she played last time. Not
leaving the double on this time.
They have either got to be really
high in the house or bring it right
to the back.
That's just going to come close to
the T-line again.
the T-line again. Even's just going
to have a look.
These are key shots
if you have the hammer, making sure
you have a stone either side, and
you are line two. Any mistake here
and we have lots of yellows counting
in there. Having said that, they are
all on the outside, await from the
four foot. And Anna Hasselborg does
have the hammer here. If a mistake
happened, that is what you are
trying to do.
This is a fair bit of
ice between these two stones here in
the house. Eve Muirhead driving to
emulate Anna Sloan. Double
emulate Anna Sloan. Double taker.
Has she got this one? Got a
Oh, it has just gone
Just underneath. That
wasn't a bad shot. Very, very close.
There was a lot of ice between those
What it from the overhead, here. I
thought from the angle we were
looking at it, I think it was going
with the curl, the spin. But just
goes underneath. Unlucky there. Head
back. New it was close. -- she knew
it was close.
So, Sweden will be hoping they can
make sure of their two. Two stones
to go. She won't want to give Eve
Muirhead that same opportunity
So, Anna Hasselborg, 28-year-old
skip. Intently watching her first
meaningful stone after the blanked
first end. Wants to go a little
further back this time.
They had to
be very careful, they don't want to
leave a double on again.
onto the T-line again. Even's going
to have another look.
There's a little, even more
distance, but she's left an angle.
Just about there, Eve. Easier said
than done, isn't it. When you catch
the first stone, not even half a
centimetre wide of where you want
to. Change the angle which the stone
comes off. And you've got to have a
fair amount of weight to take that
second stone out, just tap it out if
You heard her saying,
because she wants to get more of the
stone she is aiming for. Even if she
gets a dead ball across the face.
That one just got too much of it.
This should be fairly
straightforward for Hasselborg to
get her two. I do fear for the
Japanese team. They are up
Japanese team. They are up against
Korea. The Korean crowd, you have
heard them behind their team, as you
would expect. Sweden he is set to
take their two, barring any
A little unfortunate from a Great
Britain perspective. Eve just
missing with her first attempt at
the double. The Swedish and British
players are really going to have to
concentrate. The crowd cheering.
Oh, she's fortunate! Because if that
red had not been there, then that
would have had enough on it to go
out. She's just pushed it back and
they've stayed two. Almost not only
did that red stop the shooter from
spinning out, the shooter tapped the
red back, but not enough to prevent
it being two. So, Sweden will be
very, very pleased that they've
picked up their two and they lead
after two Tony.
after two Tony. The atmosphere is
wonderful in here and just watching
that stone come down, just watch
this. It has got enough of it and if
it does not catch enough of that red
it goes out itself. But that British
yellow at the top of the circle not
counting. And you think about Anna
Sloan's stone that was moved further
out, it might have counted, but as
we said, Anna had taken something of
that with her foot accidentally.
that with her foot accidentally. So,
important that Great Britain
respond. And this is the first time,
I'll say it before you get word
across your lips - patience.
If there's anything you've learned
this week, that's what the game of
curling is all about!
Eve will want to build a nice end
here, she will want a
straightforward shot to get her two,
just like Anna just had. So, Lauren
Gray looking for a nice first stone.
Just going to put a corner guard in
Lauren Gray puts a massive
amount of handle on these stones
are! It's just spinning, spinning -
is it stopping? It is.
still new to getting into the
curling in the latter stages, then
anything out in the front of the
house, in front of the tee line and
not in the house is not in the free
guard zone until four stones have
been played. You can't hit it out of
play. If it had come into the house,
then Sweden were entitled to move
it. She's played a couple of nice
stones. Just curling across a little
bit, it means that a little bit of
that red can be seen. Not much.
JACKIE LOCKHART: So, Lauren Gray
just being asked to come round onto
that red in the centre. She's
playing a clockwise rotation of the
Is this just going to go past? Vicki
is trying hard to sweep this into
the line of the stone... Just
That is a real error from
Lauren Gray, and we haven't seen too
many from her this week.
STEVE CRAM: That's what we were
talking about, reading the ice
early. A little heavy there.
Knochenhauer, with the second. Going
to take that British stone out.
Well, a muted cheer for Japan, and
at one point in that other match,
that second end looked to be not
going for them, but they picked up
there two. The winners of the
semifinals will play in the
gold-medal match, at midnight on
Saturday, UK time. The bronze
Saturday, UK time. The bronze medal
match, Saturday morning. Half past
Eve was just asking for the same
shot as Lauren has played, but the
girls are wanting to play the run.
Going to run the red onto the red in
How does it look...?
She's played that well.
good. Taken both of them, that
helps. It saves a stone. Sometimes
you just get the one. Actually,
Vicki played really well in that
match against Canada. Got her
shooting boots on.
We've still left a yellow out in the
front, and Sweden are going to try
to use that to their advantage by
coming in behind it.
If you are new
to the strategic manner of the game
in terms of scoring, then you're
trying to build an end and you
always have the chance to blank and
end if you have the hammer at it is
not working out how you want it to,
which is what Sweden deliberately
did in the first end, they didn't
even really try to score. It is an
option for Britain now that they
have the hammer.
Well, it's standing room only in
here, there's lots of people
standing at the back, trying to get
a good few. There seems to be a few
seats they could be sitting in, but
people deciding to stand and watch.
Great crowds at the curling all the
way through the round robin, even
from the men's curling, the mixed
doubles curling. So, Vicki trying to
bring this one right in behind that
yellow. Right there would be good!
That's a nice shot. A fair bit of
distance from the guard, but it's
nicely tucked in and well swept by
PLAYER: Well swept. Sorry, I made
STEVE CRAM: Sorry, I made you work,
says Vicki. So, Sara McManus, she is
a real linchpin of this team, if
she's playing well, the team plays
So, again flare going to drive
the yellow stone Great Britain back
onto the other yellow. But didn't
make contact, but she's cleared the
So, Great Britain with the hammer
here, and they will be quite happy
to put one to the other side of the
house. It may not be lying second
shot, but as long as it's in the
house. Eve's looking to get this one
right onto the 12ft.
PLAYER: Line's perfect.
let it come... A little bit more,
says Eve. That's nicely done.
You always get the feeling these are
two well matched teams.
know each other's game inside out,
they play each other so much on the
Just came out of the other
She won't mind where that is,
Yeah, as long as we keep
putting a yellow stone in, another
yellow stone in there. Two red
stones of Sweden are behind the tee.
They should be our friend because we
can use them to push a stone back
onto, or jam a stone on.
trying to repeat the stone she laid
a moment or two ago. A little more
weight on this one, though.
she can't go for the double, there's
a nice angle but she can't go for
the other yellow, because she will
push it back onto the other reds.
She's going to have to go for the
open yellow here.
Anna Hasselborg has had a lot of
experience, still just 28th. She
actually made her international
debut in the European mixed event,
not mixed doubles but she was in a
mixed team, in 2008, ten years ago,
with Nicklas, and Nicklas has got
himself into the Olympic final,
which he didn't manage to do last
time, of course, beaten by Great
Britain in the semi, and Anna
Hasselborg hoping to avoid the same
fate here. So, Eve just wanting to
come in now and get tucked in that
little pocket with those two reds
behind, that would be nice.
we can make these reds our friend
and rest on top of them, that would
be great. Have to be really careful
where Eve's stone finishes, though,
because we don't want to leave
No, when you see it from,,
and we are sitting right behind Eve
Muirhead, and first of all, it looks
a long way away! And secondly, those
stones look a lot closer together
from where we are sitting down when
you see the overhead.
you see the overhead. To drop in
behind her own yellow would be
When you say it's a
long way away, I think it's about
150ft, the length of a curling rink.
This has got a lot of work to do,
Yeah, this is really high.
Adages heavy from Eve.
Just a bit heavy on her release
here. You can hear the girls asking
for times, they clock all the shots
and they know what weight they
should be throwing. They practise
these shots day in, day out, looking
for muscle memory to throw the same
weight as you did on the end before,
the shot before.
Well, that's an
opportunity missed for Great
Britain, for Eve Muirhead. That's
the first time she's been asked to
really make a good draw. And she was
a long way off.
So, Anna Hasselborg can just tighten
the screw a little bit here - has
she got this at it straight? No. She
might have taken one red there.
Could she take both of them, or is
she just going to take one? I think
a blank might be an option here. She
wants to score. Well, if she's going
to score she'll have to play about
better shot than she did a moment or
, yes. Just anywhere in the
4ft will do the job.
that side again, if she comes up
against those two stones, that would
be fine. So, the two not available,
she's going for the one. There was a
chance for double takeout, but you
don't want the risk of anything
going wrong with that. And having
Sweden extend their lead even more,
so she's making sure that she gets
one here - or trying to make sure.
She didn't have this the same amount
of ice, which is a good thing. Needs
to turn... Looking pretty good.
She gets her one. And now, the
deficit just one. So after three
ends, Sweden have the initiative.
And again, all smiles from them.
They force the one there, more
through Eve not able to make a good
first shop with her first stone,
rather than great play from Sweden.
But they do lead 2-1 after three
Getting some great reaction shots,
all the slow motions and super slow
motions. Great facial expressions.
Well, it is early initiative to
Sweden, but this is almost falling
into the pattern of many British
women's matches, where they don't
make the best of starts and improve,
and get better. Looking around the
arena, Jackie, and all the way down
the far side, people are standing
all the way at the back. Most of
them who aren't in their seats are
over at the site where the Korea and
Japan matches being played. A lot of
British fans here as well, and
indeed, quite a few Swedes as well.
Let's hope they have something to
It is a wonderful
crowd. Lots of the national
delegates from the curling
Association is all in watching their
players here on the ice.
players here on the ice. All of
them, of course, keen for their own
teams to do well, because it sells
their sport a bit more. The World
Cup Federation today saying they are
pleased that they had seven
different nations competing in these
stages, and that's what they're
looking for. You don't want one
Nation dominated it all the time.
You want growth and expansion, and
it is certainly happening. I heard
you, Steve, speaking about the
Canadians. Their coaches are going
to all parts of the world, teaching
what they did in Canada. Canada has
to watch now and keep up with the
rest of the world.
happens, you see, you get good,
invent the sport, like we did in the
UK. The rest of the world starts
playing, and we can't get anywhere
Of course! This sport
does originate from Scotland.
have to cut this in, if they can.
Nicely done by Lauren. You can just
see, it didn't tuck incompletely
behind the guard, as you can see.
Sofia Mabergs. The facial
expressions are great. Calling and
communication, a bit of hard work
here. This is looking pretty good.
Sweden haven't done anything wrong
yet. 2-3 errors we have seen, one
from Lauren in the previous end.
from Lauren in the previous end.
of these athletes downed there in
the gym training. Every day, on the
ice, practising. Both of these teams
we see competing just now, the
Swedish girls and Great Britain
girls, they are full-time curlers,
it is what they do, day in, day out.
All hoping to achieve that Olympic
dream of theirs, putting a gold
medal round about their necks.
catching that one a little bit on
the wrong side. We've talked a lot
about the various programmes now
being conducted in different
countries, some of them very small,
but very focused. The Korean team
have been playing together since
school. And if they are successful
here, if they get to the final in
particular, then they've already
been very successful. It is only
going to help curling in this part
of the world. The next Winter
Olympics are in Beijing in four
years' time. Chinaman presented here
in the women's competition. Not in
the mens, they were in the mixed
So has Vicki Adams got it right this
Yeah, we're just looking for a
nice weight that the girls can
control and get a little hit and
We have seen 3-4 similar
shots from both teams here, just not
able to get over. Again, although
Knochenhauer couldn't with her last
one, she has been given a chance to
do it again this time. These are all
It appears to be
running a little bit straight down
that side of the ice. But you have
to be careful, if you duck your turn
under, it probably will pull towards
the centre line very quickly. Yeah,
the smallest of margins can make a
big difference at the other end of
We're watching these
stones come down towards us. This
has got a better chance. Might be a
bit too much this time. A British
stone goes out. They've got one now
at the back, just going into the 12
foot. It's behind that guard as
So important that these two teams
here can stick to the task and block
out everything that is going on in
Anna Sloan is going to
play a hack weight here. If you
throw it down the ice, it would land
on the fact that the other end.
Working hard to move this stone
closer to the red. We're going to
catch it? Just not enough.
catch it? Just not enough.
It is a
game of half shot at the moment from
a British perspective. Another story
from Anna Sloan. Not quite getting
things to work.
Staying patient, though, Jackie.
Good. Sweden do have the opportunity
to better that shot and come in
behind their red. They will want to
stop tee-high. Anywhere on the top
half of the circle. If they come in
too far, it is an easy shot for
Great Britain to sit on top of. We
will be able to see all of that, I
think. So, another opportunity for
Anna to hit that stone, roll across.
And if she's lucky, take the back
rooms and one as well.
Come on then,
Anna, let's have a good one here.
Great Britain just not quite making
their shots up to this point. Still
just in the Matt -- fourth end here.
It is amazing how one or two shots
change the momentum a little bit.
Definitely, things favouring Sweden
at the moment.
at the moment. She has done well
there. That's a good shot. They have
both gone, Eve's having a look.
Keeping the shooter in line with the
yellow. It has come out the other
side a bit orbit. That one still in.
Anna has a look as well. Just
touching, perhaps. Would you reckon,
I think that's out. Yeah.
That was a great shot.
shot there, that will make Anna feel
an awful lot better.
It would be nice if you've good tuck
one in here. Make it difficult for
Anna Hasselborg. A cheer as Korea
have picked up one in the third.
Japan just hanging on to them, just
about. 4-2 after three ends, Korea
lead. If you're going to play a
couple of bad shots, play them in
the first 2-3 ends, then be really
good after that.
Yeah, or sometimes
play them first. If you can play
your second shot better, you make up
for your first one.
We are looking
for the accuracy to improve as this
match goes on. It will have to if
Eve Muirhead is to be at her best.
Has she got the little role in?
Almost, not quite.
Almost, not quite. So, Anna
Hasselborg will try to do what Eve
Muirhead couldn't quite do there.
Just having a little look.
Sweden looking for any little bit of
height to make it difficult for Eve
to see it or better it.
It would be great if Great Britain
could force a one again here if
Sweden do get the two, then that
would be 4-1. Hasselborg started
well. Hasn't had too difficult a
shot to make, though, it is more Eve
not able to make hers, forced to one
in the last end. Yeah, just on the
nose there. Can Eve get this right?
So, Eve just trying the same shot
again. Just control it, and if she
get a bit of a roll, that would make
it difficult for Sweden.
So, those piercing blue eyes of Eve
Muirhead watching intently. In the
early exchanges, Sweden have
definitely had the upper hand. Eve
Muirhead trying to rest that a wave
from Ben here. Tucking it in behind
the yellow, hitting it on the nose.
Anna, saying they want it in the
centre, but it is just not
She had another look.
McManus has gone to see if that is
in or not. That is significant. They
can bank the end. But if she thinks
that's in, they can get two. It
better be right, from their point of
view. Only one stone left, don't
forget. The options are, that
obviously looks out, but that is
because the camera is over the top
and zoomed in on it.
looking with one eye and leaning
They might ask for a measure. The
umpire can come in.
the outside of the red line...
you go to a competition like this,
the umpires will tell you how well
the rings have been made. If there
are any of them slightly out or an
error in the detail, and you would
think, at this level, the ring
should be purple.
She is either
blanking this or she thinks that's
in. She thinks that in.
trying to blanket.
That is in.
It is in.
One is in, so have they got one or
have they got two? They're going to
have to measure it. This would be a
was old for Great Britain if they've
held Sweden to one. She was
definitely trying to blank that one
there. But it wasn't a great shot.
She thought it was out because she
was trying to blank it. Let's hope
she's right. That is out.
So, a little bit of a let-off
therefore Great Britain, because she
could have blanked the end there.
Some work to do here and we could be
all tied up. Was that a little error
Yep. She didn't
want to overthrow that, though,
because she knew she had to catch
it. So, advantage back to Great
Britain, as Steve so, but if we can
pick up our two, we are right back
in this game. -- as Steve said.
can see Kyle Smith right in the
middle, sitting on the step. Logan
is at the back as well, watching his
sister, and the Swedish fans in the
arena, spindle around.
arena, spindle around. -- sprinkled
around. Any of the encounters
between these two, you're almost
assured it's going to go right down
to the wire. One team will always
have a bit of an upper hand at any
one point. Definitely being Sweden
early on. Claudio Patz with a little
bit of a let-off there. It would
have been a blanked end but it just
stopped Sweden getting their two.
PLAYER: Line is good!
Easy, easy, good.
STEVE CRAM: So, a corner guard put
up by Lauren Gray.
We were in the hotel where we are
staying, Jackie and we bumped in
Pontus Jansson you did! I sort of
stud in the background! Sweden, of
course, have got hobbled gold
medallists in their broadcasting
No, she's not, she's part of
the Association, I want to say the
Olympic Association, the IOC.
Ishii Hammett or is it maybe just
the curling Association? She is here
in a curling capacity. Just to give
you a bit of history of Sweden's
performance in the Olympic Games.
Bronze medal in Nagano in 1988, gold
in 2006 and gold in 2010 and a
silver in 2014.
silver in 2014.
It's maybe the world
curling federation that she is part
of here, working with the team. Had
to look that one up!
We're a all trying to stay fairly
calm here, because still early days,
and although Sweden are leading 3-1,
a good end could tie things up or at
least only be one behind perhaps.
Already chasing the match a little
bit. That one's gone.
So, Eve has got a couple of
opportunities here. She indicated a
couple of ideas there. She could tap
her red in behind the other red and
move the other red across behind the
yellow. Or she could just ignore it
and just draw one in. If she used
the red, she could tap the red right
out, but she's just going to ignore
that and brought in behind our
yellow. -- and draw in. It's that
whole idea of just trying to set
something up for yourself.
there's only one stone in the house
- another one coming in now but...
That's a nice stone. But if it's not
building, you do have the chance of
course to try and blank. Sweden
won't want that to happen, if
possible. Just having a look at
this, getting the yellow guard onto
the other one - pretty much lined
up. She might have got this. Oh,
just misses. And the other red spins
across. And that could be handy as
JACKIE LOCKHART: Yeah, we can
utilise these reds to our advantage.
We can play on that red now, a
little flop across to the other ones
would be perfect.
Yeah, Vicki missed
a couple of these by not very much
last time, so if she can just make a
slight adjustment. This is going
down the other side, though.
down the other side, though. Just
role in behind the other two sitting
out in front of the house, and we
would be sitting in a nice position.
Has she got it enough? Push it over
a bitter! Too straight.
What's funny here at the curling is
that there's very few what I would
call dignitary seats, there's no
special area. There's a row of
seats, around 10-15, and so many
people have turned up for the four
teams' representatives, it's
standing room only!
standing room only! A little
straight again as well. I'm sort of
pleased that McManus isn't quite
making her shots. I don't know what
she's shooting so far, Jackie...
She's on 75.
Yeah, because when on
fire, she keeps tugging these away.
She's very good at that.
last time they played against us,
Sara McManus was having a great
This has got a better chance
thank you yeah, that's better. Much
better. It was pretty close to those
front stones, but two in there now,
one tucked in.
So, Sweden turning their attention
to the other side, then. McManus is
going to replace that yellow with a
red. Going to go over, though, is
it? Not quite. Good try.
It is a
nice attempt but I think we will
still be able to see the edge of
that. Unfortunately in these
circumstances, Anna's a left-handed
player, so she's sitting on the
right hack and as a result she will
probably be seeing less of. --
Almost right on the
centre line. They've set this out a
little wide... Better that than
hitting the guard, though, I think.
Now, is this going to turn in...? Is
it going to catch the guard? It
does. She's done well there.
that is a well-controlled stone,
well played and well-controlled by
Just trying to keep
pressure back on to Sweden here,
just keep making your shots, ask
them to make theirs. So, Great
Britain in with two now, that one at
the top nicely tucked in. So, once
more, Swedish skip with her eyes on
that back yellow. So, Japan have
picked up another one, to close the
gap, that's 4-3. Korea with the
three in the very first end, got the
advantage early, a little like
Sweden in this match here.
Well, if they trade stones, then
we'll get our two.
Just as the
textbook would tell us!
That was a
nice shot, it was Anna who played
that one, wasn't it? Just to get the
yellow tucked in.
Yeah, they were saying how down the
middle here, it's not doing too much
at all, is it? Staying pretty
Yeah, because we've seen a
few times the girls trying to get a
little hit and roll, but it's
running so straight.
Muirhead, then, trying to make sure
she keeps the opportunity for a two.
Well, there haven't been too many
dramatics so far in this match, it's
being a little bit of a cat and
mouse affair, but you can feel Great
Britain just warming to the task
here and getting their two here
would be a great way to go in to the
half-time break. After five ends,
things level. A couple of stones to
be played, though.
be played, though. We've got two in
the house, Hasselborg will take this
one out. Oh, she's done a good job,
took that right over. It's going to
be quite steep, though. But it IS
counting, that's important. -- quite
deep. That is a very good shot,
Yeah, it is, it is tucked
in right in behind, I'm not sure Eve
will be able to play it... She might
be able to play a back ring weight.
She has played a great shot there,
it caught me out, that one, I was
already giving us two!
over until it's over in the curling
No! She CAN get to it.
you've just got to believe the stone
will pull across that centreline.
She's got to get a lot of that
stone, though, to stay in. So, Eve
Muirhead, then, with a real test
here, just was beginning to relax,
thinking she might have a much
easier stone to deliver to get a
two. Now, she's got to find a way
around, on the right line, with the
right weight, to hit that red at the
back... It's got a chance... Has Eve
Muirhead played a cracker here? Just
needs to tap it... She has indeed!
Well done, Eve Muirhead! That will
make her feel very good indeed! A
superb shot to finish fifth end, and
after an early advantage to Sweden,
we're all tied up at 3-3 in this
CLARE BALDING: David Murdoch is with
me in the studio watching, gripped
by the game. It is tied with Sweden
but they have the early advantage.
They did, yeah. Sweden got in front,
two on the board, ahead. It meant
Eve had to play more offensive
curling. It is tough to get two back
and get back into the game. What we
have seen just now, an incredible
hit and roll by Anna Hasselborg,
looking like a guaranteed two points
to Great Britain, and left Eve a
tough shot. Even played a great
shot. It will give her great
An incident in end two,
Anna Sloan touching a stone by
mistake. Let's listen to what she
I touched that.
I think it was moving.
Did you have a speed on it?
have a speed on it?
I don't think it was flying.
I don't think it made that much
That would never have gone out.
CLARE BALDING: That would never have
gone out. Talk through what the
options are there. It is up to the
Swedish skipper to decide what to do
Great Britain were the
offending team. Anna flicked it with
her foot, it which gives Sweden
options. They can leave it, move it
to where they think it would go, or
they can completely remove it if
they really wanted to be a bit
Hasselborg has been quite
She has. It looks like
Anna has slowed it down. Anna is
moving the stone out a bit and says
it would have roles to hear, which
is fair and sportsmanlike from the
Swedes. You can see and the stone
with her foot, and you can see there
is a bit more speed on it. It slows
down Aegerter bit. Probably the
Is curling like
cricket in that behaviour is really
Generally, throughout the
season, we are our own umpires. We
make sure we stick to this. It is
important to have that kind of
etiquette and stick to the rules.
That little mistake may not have
been the only cause, but at
That little mistake may not have
been the only cause, but at the end
of end two, Sweden were in a
position where they could take two
and take advantage.
The Swedes had a well worked end.
Anna Hasselborg delivers the stone
for two points. A routine shot, a
straight, no set. You can see, she
is not throwing too well. They had
to sweep the whole way. It would
have been a guaranteed two, which
would have been a roll out, but she
gets lucky to get a hit on her own
one and still get two points. A
But she gets away with it.
one and still get two points. A
But she gets away with it.
Were those signs of nerves?
have seen nerves on both sides,
which we thought we would do, being
an Olympics a final. It is a case of
going into the last microbe quod
ends, -- microcode ends.
going into the last microbe quod
ends, -- microcode ends.
Anna Hasselborg wasn't sure if her
stone was in or not. It is
extraordinary that we can see on the
camera that it is not in. But the
players themselves don't know. They
aren't going to know until the
measurement comes out right at the
That is right. You look at it,
and you think, is this in? It is
really close, should I hit it and
take two, or roll out and blank the
end? Team Sweden they would blank
the end. They were confident the
stone was out on the wing, but
another mistake from Hasselborg, she
doesn't roll out, and she lies in
the ring. The measure now goes
the ring. The measure now goes on to
see if it is two points or just one.
This is millimetres. There's nothing
in it. Curling is a game of
millimetres, look how close it is.
millimetres, look how close it is.
Out by just a millimetre.
for Sweden, in that they didn't roll
out and blank, or they would have
carried the hammer on. What a shot
from Eve at the end of end five,
carried the hammer on. What a shot
from Eve at the end of end five, the
last action before the half-time
break. Explain why this is
It is very difficult. It
was looking like a guaranteed two
for Britain. Anna Sloan played two
to refix tones that end, setting it
up for Eve. Hasselborg played it
brilliant in behind the guards,
leaving Eve a delicate tag back.
They work well with the sweepers,
perfectly weighted to allow it to
curl, allowing the stone in. A
brilliantly played stone to
curl, allowing the stone in. A
brilliantly played stone to get two
on the board.
Does it give either
momentum, do Team GB have the
advantage with the scores level?
They will feel that now. They will
feel they have jostled in the first
five ends, putting two on the board
now. They know that within
themselves, the last five ends have
been best August all week. Fingers
crossed, that is the case today.
They will get stronger in his
guitar, let's rejoin Jackie Lockhart
and Steve Cram. The winner of the
semifinal goes into the gold medal
match in the women's curling.
COMMENTATOR: All to play for, and we
were listening to the half-time chat
between the two teams, I couldn't
understand the Swedish, but I could
with the British team. It was really
interesting, Glenn Howard and Eve
Muirhead just talking strategy about
what they were going to do. It
sounded like a bit more aggressive,
talking about what they would do if
Sweden put up a corner guard. So
it's not a case of just coming out
and seeing how things go, they
really are thinking it through even
from the first stone when they come
out. Lauren has played a nice one in
their match with the guard she put
out. That is Lauren Gray there,
University of Glasgow graduate.
English literature and politics.
Right girl. -- bright girl. She can
come Prime Minister and be very
Is this going to catch? No, it's
not. Yes, it is. Just talk, Jackie,
there was, I was reading a piece
about one of the skips talking about
the ice warming up a bit, changing
the way it was curling. It sounded
like more of an excuse than anything
else. I think, that was from the
other day. Sometimes they come out
after the half-time break, people
have had a break, read the ice, can
it change that quickly if no one
plays on it for ten minutes is a?
can, actually. What also can change
is your dynamics. You have been
playing constantly one end after the
other, and you have 4- five minute
break, and it can be used that comes
out and not through the stone as
well. The ice has been left sitting
for that four minutes. The ice
technicians do a huge amount of work
on an ice rink, and they constantly
take the temperature. If it changes
outside, the audience, if it is too
hot with the spectators, you can
find that when you get to eight,
nine, ten, it may be gets flat, the
eyes. So they had to be aware of all
these situations across a whole
-- the ice.
Eve Muirhead, I apologise to those
of you that what curling, but new
people are joining us, and maybe the
rules aren't always evident. The
team have played the stone, they can
sweep that stone all the way in. On
the tee line, the opposing team can
sweep it if they like.
Every up in the match against Japan
-- Korea up. The winners of this
match play the winners of Korea and
Vicky Adams playing second. They had
to keep concentrating, because it
might even help these guys. In the
semis, you had to go eight ends, you
can't finish after six. You are
there for at least eight ends.
Vicki, long, long guard there.
has stopped, but it is high. She
wanted to make sure she was guarding
the one that there. Another
opportunity. She's not going to do
it, actually, she's going to clear
the front, she has the last stone
advantage, so she has decided it is
too long a guard there. Sweden is
just going to remove it.
She would have liked
to try to get the yellow at the top
of the ring.
I saw Eve Muirhead
wander across to see whether that
was likely to happen, but she missed
and just took the one. So, Anna
Sloan then. She has another chance
to put a bit of bother out in front
there for Sweden.
The crowd milling around the halfway
point reached in that match between
Korea and Japan.
This line looks a little better,
further up towards the house. Nicely
done. She's looking again for the
similar shot. She would love to take
two of them out here. McManus will
have her first, she's got two
stones. So she can take both yellows
with a first one.
It's got a chance, this. Well... She
does take the other yellow, leaves
one sitting on the button there. So,
Eve will look to put another guard
out in front.
She'll want to keep this one just
outside the house, if possible. If
you bring it into the house, you are
giving them the opportunity of a hit
and a roll in, bringing it all into
The point here, at the
half-time break, you wouldn't have
heard, but Glenn Howard saying, play
your shots, keep it simple, and if
we end up blanking the end,
obviously, that's Sweden's choice,
but that would be a good result. So,
how has Anna Sloan done here? They
will have to get a little bit close
up, but keep it on the centreline
there. That's not bad at all.
Not much to choose in terms of
statistics between the teams here,
Great Britain a little bit down on
draw accuracy. I think that was a
couple of the early misses, one from
Lauren and one from Eve, a couple
may be from Eve. Not much to choose
between them, hence the score the
same, but Sweden with a hammer here.
The hammer in the sixth... I don't
know why I say it, but we never end
up with the hammer staying with the
teams from the sixth to the eighth,
to the tent. Nicely around the guard
The power of sweeping there from
Smiles more than anything else from
Anna Hasselborg, pleased with away
her team is playing.
We just need to
keep the pressure on here and make
sure we hit and stick.
I think it's
really important that Great Britain
just keep Sweden close right until
the last two ends, just keep them
close. Don't let a gap appear. If
you're one behind, even two, don't
let them get away. Great Britain
have been finishing off matches
really well, better than anybody.
It's just hangs on.
Sometimes these stones on the
outside can be tricky as well.
Are we heading for a blanked end, do
I think the ice she's
taken there, she's going to try and
come around the centre.
come around the centre.
option is to try and score here, but
if she... If she decides a blank end
is the better option, it just means
nothing counts, no stones in the
house, and we move onto the next
end... So, it just means, it's the
sort of thing you do when you have
not managed to get a good scoring
opportunity. So, she's still trying
to manufacture an opportunity for
herself here, going to draw in...
This could actually curl right out
the other side. Sheep just wants to
get enough to knock out the GB
yellow. So, how much will Eve
Muirhead see of that red stone?
She's just wondering whether or not
she can see enough. And whether she
can tucked in behind the yellow, I
don't know. Maybe not enough to see,
so she's going to draw.
so she's going to draw. That's the
line that Eve will be setting her
stone out on.
So, we saw a really good shot at the
end of the fifth end from Eve
Muirhead, but she had an attempt to
draw right in close which didn't go
so well earlier on. Trying to make
it difficult for Hasselborg, she may
well still have a chance for a two.
This has got a fair bit of work to
do, so the sweepers trying their
best here... Vicki and Lauren, got
to keep bringing,, got to keep
working, got to go a little bit
Very well swept! I could
hear no calling from the team and I
was just worried that they were not
going to be getting it there! But
they weren't shouting, they were
just putting the work into that
Yeah, she's just seeing how
much she can see of that stone. Not
a lot, but enough probably that she
can push it back and still get a
two. She's just seeing how much she
We can't see the angles
that well, but there's possibly two
opportunities for Sweden to score
here, because she can come down the
same way as Eve has just drawn and
tap it through. But she could
possibly come down on the other
side, and tap a red onto the yellow.
It is preference in terms of what
you want to play and how much you
can see from the other end.
straightforward, though. She's going
to come down the same piece of ice
as Eve Muirhead, but she can see a
bit of that stone, she's needs to
have enough weight to move it, so
not taking as much ice. She wants to
try and push that British stone back
and all Mac sitting there for two,
if she can. She's got to get the
weight right. Now, how is your
luck...? How is your luck...? She
may well have done it. She's done
very well indeed. So, a good shot
again from the Swedish shipped, and
she picks up a two, and once more
Sweden have a two-shot lead, and a.
Pressure applied then just add that
just tucked in another inch or two
she would not have been able to make
that shot. Smallest of margins, as
ever, in curling. But it means that
Sweden have taken advantage, and you
have to hand it to Hasselborg,
that's a good shot, as good as Eve
Muirhead's was in the fifth. It was
a very good shot. It had to have
enough weight to push the yellow out
of the 8ft, and it just does that,
and still stays with the shooter.
Very good from Sweden.
Very good from Sweden.
Britain with the hammer, then, in
the seventh. We have got to make our
two and somehow we've got to try and
force or steal and change the ends
at which the hammer is held, or at
least force a one from Sweden at
some point. If it went two, two,
two, Sweden Woodwind. So, Sweden
with their noses in front. -- Sweden
would win. Never could quite get in
control of the match against
Switzerland, but they were making
too many errors, to be honest. And
some errors in the last couple of
ends from the British team. That
last shot from Eve just didn't quite
JACKIE LOCKHART: There's really
nothing between these teams at the
moment. Quite often you can tell
whether there is a momentum swing
from one to the other, but they're
both actually playing exceptionally
well. Both teams in the 80%.
PLAYER: Line's really good. Line's
STEVE CRAM: I said at the beginning
of this match that I'm not sure
Eve's going to... She is still very
young and has probably got another
two or three Olympics to go, but
this is a big opportunity, with a
win against Sweden, and Korea or
Japan awaiting, it is likely to be
Korea, the way the other semi is
So, just to back up what I
was saying there, Steve, these two
teams in their careers have played
each other 21 times, and the ratio
at the moment is 11 wins for GB and
ten for Sweden.
ten for Sweden. So, it's really, and
mouse every time they're away at a
Both of these teams as well have put
in a power of work. This is their
dream, they've rehearsed this
scenario many times. What would you
do when you're in the semifinal of
the Olympic Games? And this is one
of the hardest games to play.
going to hazard a guess that both of
these skips would trade all of those
other wins and losses for a win
You'd be quite right! Again,
just not quite getting the rollover
there. Just spins out slightly the
It's been a case of
almost, not quite, so far for Great
Britain. They've got to keep Sweden
within a shot also. Things can
change, things WILL change. The
pressure will build. Into the final
ends. Sweden making their shots at
the moment. Great Britain with the
hammer here, Sweden lie-in two.
hammer here, Sweden lie-in two. --
lying two. She must be delighted
with the way things are progressing
so far. She knows what a tough
competitor Eve Muirhead is. She'll
be hoping she can regain the
advantage in the last couple of
ends, but she knows what's coming,
if Great Britain can raise their
game and find their best shots. So,
Vicki Adams having another go here.
Traced rate down the middle.
might get the back red, if we're
lucky... We've jammed.
lucky... We've jammed. They were
trying down if they could get that
back, but that's an unfortunate
error there with it just jamming.
So, they get the chance to hit and
roll in. Knochenhauer.
It's got a chance, there's, of
ending up how she once it. Well,
this is the difference at the
moment, because Sweden are making
every shot, Great Britain just
missing. Knochenhauer with a shake
of the stick there. She knows what a
good shot she's just played.
the Swedish stones just lined up in
a row there, that was a very, very
We've been forced to run
the red back into the pack, let's
see if the pocket rocket as I've
called her, Vicki Adams, can clear
up some of these shots. Eve Muirhead
gets out of the way... Well, they
were so lined up... Put two in the
house on the 4ft. No angle forced
there at all. Replaced the yellow
with a red, so still three stones in
a line. One thing you can say, if
she played that shot again next
time, there would have been a yellow
in there at the top of the 4ft. So,
McManus is going to try and make
sure that doesn't happen.
Hanging out there a little bit. See
how much this is going to curl...
Coming closer and closer to the
centre as the weight comes off.
Yeah, I think she was hoping to stop
the run back, so I think Eve's going
to ask for Anna Sloan to try and
repeat the shot. As I said, even if
it stays straight this time, it will
be a yellow that's in the house
rather than a red.
And I think
Sweden made a mistake there, they
should have that coming across the
centre line, so they've left an
opportunity for us. Oh, don't hit
the red... This looks tight... It's
going to get past...
going to get past... The girls swept
that really well, we're sitting
right behind it and it was so tight
as she let that go. She did at least
get one of the shots in the house,
and it has moved it away from that
Yeah, it does give Eve a bit
more of another Trinity. -- a bit
more of an opportunity.
more of an opportunity. This time,
McManus, after a slightly errant
shot last time, she has been a
little bit off, and Great Britain
not really taking advantage of the
Swedish third, has not been as
accurate as she has been in the
past. Just trying to draw in here.
Might be a little short...
to get this on the 4ft. And that
another lovely shot.
It's well swept
again. And that is tucked in. We can
see the one at the back OK...
Sweden are putting the pressure on
Great Britain at the moment, but if
we can get one in here, there's a
not a lot of room between the two
Right, we really need to
now be making stones work for us.
This is the seventh end, just three
more after this. Those are three red
Swedish stones. Anna Sloan coming
through not a big gap here, but...
Looking to come right onto that back
red and just get a little roll in if
she can. Just needs to turn a bit
more on the inside of that red...
That's a nice try. It just got a
little roll in.
Again it's kind of
an 85%-90% shot. Good try. And it
has just tucked itself in a little
bit. Not an easy target,
importantly, though, it's lie-in
shot. Can't see it, though. -- it's
I think she just has too try a back
rink weight, the same as what Vicki
played. Agnes Knochenhauer is
telling Anna how much she can see.
The national coach himself, a World
Champion many times, a very
So, Anna Hasselborg, she's played to
model shots, she if anything is
playing a little bit better than Eve
Muirhead. Hasselborg, particularly
on the draw so far, has been very
good. Has she got this right here?
It will come down the same line, she
can't see much of the stone as Anna
Sloan could see.
Push that out if
she lets it go. She definitely did.
It's gone right through. It's gone
right through, so there is the first
mistake from Anna Hasselborg. A
little bite of the lower lip. A
snarl from McManus.
Just watch when
she released that there, she just
pushed it. It was heading out before
it even wanted to come back into the
centreline there. A glimmer of hope
here for us to protect that stone,
bring another one in.
bring another one in.
getting a little tight there. You
heard that, tight past the yellow.
We have the hammer, we want to get
another one in.
That's the first
mistake from, I'm hesitating to say,
from even Sweden as a whole, maybe
one or two shots not coming off, but
that's an opportunity that Eve
Muirhead is to capitalise on.
We heard it, they like a line here.
It would be great to get this one in
as they come past the front yellow.
Just coming into shot now, it gets
passed that one. What has she done
here? Another good shot from Eve
Muirhead. It just bumps out, though.
That's left... She can probably take
both of these yellows out.
pity. Needed a little bit less
weight, but it just catches that
red, and it has enough on it to spin
Eve knows. A tiny little bit
frustrated, but by the same token,
Anna Hasselborg has to play this
To send it out, or send both
of them out, she's just looking at
the Angles, it has to be pretty
skinny here, pretty thin. Then there
is a chance it jams across the other
red, but if that jammed...
She's having a little look at it
now. If you caught it right full on
the face, would it still get the two
out? Whether she just wants to...
don't think she's going to jump, but
if she gets it, the yellow should go
between the two of them on the other
side of the red there.
if she catches it really skinny, the
yellow goes and stays in. She will
be happy with a one. But as you and
I look at this, it is a big target
there, look at the gap.
As long as
she hits... Almost the knows of it,
but maybe to the little left a bit.
Maybe it will jam the other yellow
across or miss it all together if
she catches it on the wrong side of
the nose as well. But then she still
Anyway... Lets see what
she's going to do.
This is a big
shop for Sweden. Eve Muirhead still
has another stone to come, of
course. Britain with the hammer he.
But this was a chance that was
building. Now, the Swedish skip
coming down. Has she got this right?
That looks a good shot. A very good
Catch it as well.
Catch it as well. So,
we're going to have to draw the same
shot again down here to get one.
was worried it would jam, it caught
the red and spun out itself. It
worked out well for them.
We have to
come through between the two yellow
stones out there, we can't overthrow
it because it needs to pull. It
would be nice to come down the other
side, but you have less of the four
foot to play with. She can see more
four foot this site.
cannot get this wrong. -- this side.
Cannot get this wrong.
Coming through the gap, here it
comes. Now, then. It's going to
catch. Oh, oh, oh, oh...
a steel of a three.
Three to Sweden,
and Great Britain's hopes may well
have reached such a low point in
that end there, it's going to be so
difficult for Britain to come back
CLARE BALDING: At 1pm, we will go to
the news, the curling will continue
on BBC Two. Sweden is dealing three
in that end. It means that Eve
Muirhead is up against it.
for Eve to not get shot there. It is
a hammer blow for the next few
for Eve to not get shot there. It is
a hammer blow for the next few ends
as we see the stone. It was
difficult to navigate both the
guards there to try to come in and
get perfect weight. Eve played it
with the first one but had to be
full weight. A tough shot for Eve.
The trouble is, the clock is
ticking, the ends are flying away
from them. They have got to take
risks and do something big, and do
That's right. They had to
be offensive in that end and get two
on the board. They got into a bit of
trouble, it didn't go their way and
they were on the back foot at the
end. They almost got out the end
with a good shot from Anna, and a
miss from Sweden, but Eve was an
lucky with her first shot to leave
the double for Sweden.
Jackie and Steve, last three ends
coming. Just a reminder, at one
o'clock, we will switch to BBC Two.
COMMENTATOR: We will try to find a
way to convince you that Great
Britain can win this. And looking at
Jackie... ! Anything can happen, of
course. Great Britain giving away a
three there. Eve was under pressure,
facing three in the house, but
Hasselborg has no pressure now.
Sweden just need to play a clean
game. Not much time for Britain to
score big. They have do have to ends
where they score really well.
have to say, we just keep sticking
in, I know the scoreboard looks
massive and it is, but if we can
pick up a two. But this is what Anna
Hasselborg clubs. She loves to blast
everything out of the house. The
precision of the peeling shots,
yeah. This is a tough hill to climb
at the moment, but we still had to
remain positive. We've said it
before, even the team have been
dealt a big blow, they are pretty
good on eight, nine and ten.
be very good in eight, nine and ten,
but you're going to have to be
miraculously. The Swedish team are
playing well. They've kept the
pressure on Great Britain. They've
never let up, really. One bad shot
from Hasselborg, we weren't able to
capitalise. She missed. Eve played a
pretty good shot. David Murdoch was
David was right. She was
unlucky. If it caught the red more
and didn't run as much, but it was
the fact they were trying to bring
it back onto Eve's own yellow stone.
It could afford to touch the stone
and go further to the back, but it
was an unlucky stone, because she
We definitely got sucked in to the
play in the centre, and that's what
happens. Sometimes it just goes
So, two guards put up, and Sweden
will take them away. They've got
their two in.
It's all smiles and high fives for
the Swedish team at the moment. It's
all gone a little bit flat for the
British team. They will do their
best to create a situation, but
they've left themselves with, I
think the analogy I was using the
other day, climbing up a mountain
without any crampons! Where it is
very icy. And...
very icy. And... Just trying to
bring this in behind that guard.
Needs to be in, needs to be in, as
Eve says. Eve, that first shot of
Eve Muirhead's would some up the
match, really. In other matches,
when we have got part of the game
where they come off. Whether it is a
little bit of luck or skill, usually
it is skill, the stone has ended up
where you want it. Just that little
nudge sits out there, gives a chance
to Hasselborg, and missed it first
time. Sorry, had missed it before
that. And given her the chance to
bounced back from a bad shot. And
she played a good shot. Didn't need
to be asked twice.
I feel like we've had the wind
knocked out of our sails as well,
I'm sure everyone at home is
the same. We were so hoping that
this team, of course, if they do
lose this match, they will be still
able to come back and try to win the
bronze, which they managed four
years ago. And a medal is a medal.
That would be important to the team
as a whole, I think, to Team GB, to
help the medal haul. I'm absolutely
convinced Eve Muirhead and her team
will fight hard for the bronze
medal, because they will want to go
home with something.
That was a
lovely shot there from Vicki.
So, that one just comes in quite
hidden again. So they're just
working out what to do. All Sweden
had to do is play say, don't do
anything clever or take any risks.
But this is making them think. Vicki
played a really nice shot in behind
these two reds. It is not easy to
get to the yellow, so they have to
decide if they want to go for the
top yellow and play it safe and lose
a two. If they start getting too
clever and don't make their shot,
they could easily claw back.
The clock ticking away, just
thinking time left, both teams start
with 38 minutes at the start of the
match. It just ticks away, and stubs
if they have a time-out, it stops
when they play a shot. -- and stops
if they have a time-out.
CLARE BALDING: We welcome viewers on
BBC Two, who have just joined our
Winter Olympics average. We are
watching Great Britain's women in
semifinal action against Sweden.
Sweden very much have the upper
hand. If you are watching on BBC
One, we are heading to the one
Clare Balding hosts live coverage of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The day's schedule includes the semi-finals of the women's curling. There is also action from the men's speedskating 1,000m and the men's biathlon relay.