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We all love curling!
Welcome from Pyeongchang. Good
morning on what is women's curling
semifinal day. Eve Muirhead's rink
aiming to go one better than four
years ago, when they face Sweden
just but that is much later on in
the day and we have a whole host of
action coming before then. Here's
what's coming up. This could be one
of Pyeongchang's defining moments,
teenage Russian progeny is going
head-to-head in the women's figure
skating. We will be live at the
Gangneung Curling Centre for the
men's bronze medals match, where
Canada take on Switzerland. And
we've reached the semifinal stage in
the men's ice hockey. You will see
the Czech Republic taking on the
tournament favourites the Olympic
Athletes from Russia. We're going to
start at the Gangneung Ice Arena, it
is the final medal of the figure
skating programme, the women's
singles. And if the short programme
is anything to go by, we are in for
a real treat today in the free
programme, two teenagers going
head-to-head for gold. Could be
utterly breathtaking. Here's our
commentary team of Robin Cousins and
KATHERINE DOWNES: We are into the
final day skating at the Olympic
Games and it is the women taking to
the ice behind us, and Robin, it is
going to be a chase for gold between
the two Russians?
Medvedeva came out and said in the
short programme come this is mine,
looked at me! She broke her own
record. Her compatriot said, I can
do better - and did! She broke the
world record! But it is a different
ball game today and I think
Medvedeva is going to have the edge.
Sheers 0.31 behind, you think she
has got what it takes to come back
and edge out the 15-year-old?
Sagitova won at the World
Championships but this is a
different kettle of. And somebody
has got to come through and deliver
the entire package editor those two
girls, for me come it is going to be
Medvedeva. Having said that, Kaitlyn
Lawes and, many people said she was
very under marked, she knows she is
sitting fairly comfortable the in
bronze medal position and there is
also a chance that she could upset
one or both of those Russians, if
everything is perfect. -- Kaetlyn
Two records broken the other
day - will we see more falling
So, the Japanese national champion
currently lying in fourth place but
just three points behind Kaetlyn
Osmond in the bronze medal position.
And she rotates these jumps at a
rate of knots. She definitely has
what it takes to make up that gap
and get herself on the podium.
and get herself on the podium.
was some question over whether her
triple triple combination and her
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 lots triple
toe loop combination that will be
the first real test.
Clean, for me but on review, we will
see. And good on the flip.
Lovely to see spinning in both
directions. We don't see that enough
in figure skating these days.
Big jumping pass coming now - triple
lots, double tow loop, double
loop... She's done it.
Double Axel triple toe loop.
And the triple Salchow.
And the last jump, the double Axel.
Beautiful position for the Labour.
-- for the tempted. And absolutely
on the spot for the Spain.
could not have asked for any more
from that performance, Satoko
No, from what I can see,
absolutely clean on the triples, it
will, of course, go to review. I
think she does rotates so fast, not
a lot of height or flight, but she's
just a little biddy thing! You
wonder where she gets it from!
Satoko Miyahara with a new season's
best, to take the lead, and she is
the one to chase down, then, in this
final group of six skaters.
she is, she set a new short
programme world record two days ago,
this long programme helped the
Olympic athletes of Russia to the
silver medal in the team event. This
is Alina Zagitova, the young
pretender, and gold within her
grasp. Does she have what it takes
to bear the pressure on those young
Don't look for the big jumps to be
coming early in this performance.
The later they come, you do get
bonus points. And
bonus points. And Sagitova back-ends
her programme with the Corriere
All about maxing
out those points.
Oh, that would have been the triple
loop, triple lots combination. Just
taking the Lutz there. So, how well
does she think on her feet...?
Double Axel, triple toe loop.
Triple flip, double two loop, double
And the second triple lots will come
now, and it has to be in a
combination, and she will want it to
be with the toe loop. No, she will
do it with a triple loop.
And the triple flip.
APPLAUSE AND CHEERING
And it looked for a second as if
Alina Zagitova had been the first to
blink in this competition, but she
thought on her feet!
Did not have
the perfect landing on that triple
Lutz, although she has been given
positive raids of execution on it.
But yes, she came back, has exactly
the same content as was planned,
just not as a severally the order
she would have liked to have
I don't suppose it
matters which order it comes out, as
long as it is executed as
beautifully as she did it.
beautifully as she did it. 156.56,
so it's not a new season's best,
it's not a new world record.
Beat that and you will be in for a
And the door is open.
Kaetlyn Osmond, World Championship
silver medallist. The first time the
Buttner Canadian women on a podium
at the same time. Kaetlyn Osmond,
2.7 Paul points behind Medvedeva --
She had a glorious performance in
the short programme. Many thought
under marked in terms of the credit
scores, technically she delivered.
Can she do it today, there is a
triple flip and triple toe loop,
Double axel, triple toe loop, fast,
light, easy. Keep this momentum
Overcooked the take-off on the
triple Lutz, she stepped out.
Good on the triple loop, she needed
that. And she also needs the second
triple flip, only one triple bouts
in this programme planned so every
triple will need to be perfect from
now on -- only one triple Lutz.
And, there you go.
Triple Salchow, double toe loop,
The last of her jumps, a double
Canada's Black Swan flying in for a
place on the podium!
Just that one tiny mistake, falling
out the landing of triple Lutz. But,
She had a lead going into this
short, this free skate after the
short programme. About three points
ahead of the Japanese skater in
fourth position. So, she has a very
slight advantage to play with.
It is up to second! A season's best,
a massive season's best, ten points
better than her previous mark and
Kaetlyn Osmond holds on to that
bronze medal position, she fends off
the challenge of Satoko Miyahara and
has guaranteed herself a medal with
Here is our last skater at this
Olympic Games, and what a way to
close the show, Evgenia Medvedeva,
the two time world champion,
favourite for so long to win this
She broke the world record in the
short programme, just to watch
Zagitova snatch it back.
Anna Karenina is the sound track.
Triple flip, triple toe loop to
There is the triple Lutz.
Strong second triple flip.
And a beautiful triple loop.
That is it, triple salto, triple toe
loop, just one more double axel --
triple Salchow. And then the jumps
are done. This is your gold medal
winning performance. She is
absolutely on the money.
It is 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 is a programme that has won her a
World Championship before. Now,
surely enough for the Olympic title
She made the decision to change
programmes made season, came back to
one that she says really made her
feel something different on the ice.
It is not enough!
It is not enough! And that is the
gold medal missing.
And heartbreak for Medvedeva who
thought she had done enough.
Confirmation that Alina Zagitova,
the 15-year-old upstart from Russia
has caused another enormous shock
beating her countrywoman, the
two-time world champion favourite
this title. Kaetlyn Osmond of Conor
Dore takes the bronze. What a shock
at the Ice Arena in the final event
of this Olympic figure skating
The celebrations had submitted
because after that performance by
Medvedeva, we had her nails on the
that gold medal, but Alina Zagitova
came through with the short
programme which won it for her.
Identical scores in the free
programme, I am surprised at that.
Zagitova is a brilliant technician
and she was on it today. She worked
with the brain. Didn't give any
heart. Most skating the 20 people
would say Medvedeva gave everything.
The jumps were tiny but were clean
and pristine. The performance was
glorious. The right move to give an
all performance here. You could see
it in her face, she was slightly
shocked and a lot of us are.
She was heartbroken with that
result, she couldn't hide it. She is
normally so calm. She skates with
such focus. She was in tears. And
You have this building in your body
for months, weeks and in this case a
couple of years, towards this
ultimate performance. At some point,
your body comes undone and that
outpouring is so honest and natural.
Bringing Kaetlyn Osmond into this
conversation, she has not been one
to hold it together when things go
slightly wrong. It was a tiny
mistake. But the rest of her
performance was supreme. The three
women on this podium are correct but
for us, for us figure skating fans
and experts, we would have loved to
see Medvedeva on top.
It was that world record short
programme which one it for Zagitova.
Is this the best figure skating
Olympic Games you have seen?
Across the board, all four
disciplines, some upsets, phenomenal
performances, yes, probably the best
Games I have been to.
Real drama in the free programme for
women. A sensational standard
throughout these Winter Olympics at
the Ice Arena.
We stay on the ice but head to the
Curling Centre. The first team medal
is up for grabs today, the men's
bronze medal match between
Switzerland and Canada. The Laverty
losers from the semifinals. Who can
bounce back quickest today when they
take to the ice? One will melt
Porcher one will go home with
nothing. Logan Gray and Steve Cram
are standing by. You would have to
say the pressure has got to be on
Canada, they are used to going home
with medals. This time they could go
home with -- without a medal in
Unthinkable for the Canadians given
that clean sweep in Sochi. For any
other nation going away with a gold
and a bronze wouldn't be bad for an
Olympic Games. There is an
acceptance the rest of the world is
catching up with Canada. They are
not able to contend. Coaches are
leaving the country to work with
other nations, the teams are
travelling over there to compete
against the best and in their
facilities. Not unexpected. The ball
started rolling before Sochi.
We saw the best of Switzerland in
that play-off yesterday, although
they struggled in their semifinal -
what do we expect from them to date
against this Canadian team?
they're capable of beating them,
absolutely, they beat them in the
round robin. It was a bit difficult
for Switzerland yesterday in that
crunch tie-break against Great
Britain, a brilliant shot taking
them through but then they had to
come back again in the evening, and
in so doing they met Sweden, who had
been waiting. I think they see the
gold medal opportunity, particularly
now that's now not playing Canada in
the final. I think they will still
give Canada a good match here.
They're capable of big shots,
they've got a really good team, who
have been playing all year on the
circuit as well as at the Olympic
Games here. And I think for them to
win a bronze medal would be a
massive result, so the pressure is
really on Canada. They have to go
home with something, they cannot
lose this match. So, I
think all of the pressure on Canada,
but Switzerland will give them a
We can see them lining
up there, the atmosphere inside the
arena sounds brilliant yet again
today - who are you putting your
money on for a win here, who is
going to be taking that bronze
I think this is going to be
too close to call. We are hoping for
a colossal, the match between Canada
and the USA was enthralling and
there was not much to choose between
them. I read some comments which I
was a bit surprised about, because
Kevin Koe said, we were in control
of that match all of the way until
the eighth end. I'm not convinced
about that, but I think the USA were
playing very, very well, and that is
what Switzerland have got to do,
they have got to come out from the
start and not let Canada get on top.
If that happens it will go all the
way. I am sitting on the fence a
little bit, but I just have a
sneaking suspicion that that
pressure which Canada are under my
just figure here, so I'm going to
lean slightly towards Switzerland.
Absolutely, I'm going to go to
Canada! I think Canada are hurting
after yesterday, I think they've got
a real point to prove and I think
they're going to be coming out all
cylinders firing this afternoon.
is Sweden and the USA contesting the
gold medal match but right here,
right now, it is all about bronze.
It is Switzerland against Canada. I
will let you guys take your seat and
talk as through this one. Here's
Logan Gray and Steve Cram.
STEVE CRAM: Thank you, Eilidh. Don't
forget it is the women's semifinals
shortly after this one as well. Less
of an interval in between the two
sessions today. And the Korean
women's team are on show tonight,
there is an awful lot of excitement,
there's more media here today, not
just for this bronze medal match but
it is the Korean women who are
getting everybody excited. Read, of
course, are concentrating on Eve
Muirhead and her team, taking on the
Swedish team. That is to come,
starting at 11am UK time. This one's
medal match, a little hors d'oeuvre
before that. Canada will want to get
off to a good start today. They will
have the hammer coming into this.
Switzerland are certainly capable,
as they showed in the round of
beating this Canadian team.
beating this Canadian team.
also showed in the World
Championships in 2016 in Beijing,
and Switzerland actually came out on
top. Sub they've done it before -
can they do it again on the biggest
stage of all? Playing first for
Switzerland, their lead, Valentin
Tanner. And Ben Hebert will lead the
Unusually for Switzerland,
if you have not seen them before,
you may well have seen them in the
tie-break match against Great
Britain, their skip plays second.
The Canada, the skip plays in the
normal position, fourth. Still
filling up for this bronze medal
match. Obviously, the teams weren't
quite sure who was going to get
here, and I suppose it is the same
as... I am told there's a fair few
Canadian fans had tickets for the
final and were desperately trying to
swap them. That was confidence for
Yeah, and to be fair, if you
look at the results from the last
World Championship, it probably
well-placed. Both the men's and the
women's team just ran things and
went on to win the gold medal last
year in both the men's and women's,
so they expected more this week.
They may just have to settle for one
medal, at best.
playing red, Canada playing yellow.
I was just looking at some of the
reaction that in Canada, and one of
their top newspapers had the
headline, is this the worst Olympics
ever for Canada? And they were
comparing even with Summer Olympics,
the Ben Johnson incident in 1988 was
mentioned and one or two others. But
they had a day yesterday they would
want to forget, they lost to the USA
in the women's ice hockey final, and
then the USA men in the curling,
knocking out Canada. You have got to
hand it to USA, though, they beat
them twice here.
LOGAN GRAY: Yeah, absolutely, they
have really gone from strength to
strength, the Americans. They made a
bad start to the week with one win
and two losses are, but they were
still confident. They have found
themselves in similar scenarios in
previous World Championships and are
still made the final stages in
those, so they didn't panic. And
they've really been superb as the
week has gone on, with some wins
against teams you wouldn't expect
them to beat normally.
shot from Peter de Cruz, actually
born in the UK, in London. And as I
said, skipping this team from the
second position. So, he doesn't play
the last stone. Brent Laing had a
bit of a shocker yesterday, by his
very high standards. I mean, they
all took the blame for the defeat,
saying they hadn't played well. And
Kevin Koe himself, certainly one or
two shots which were not up to his
normal standards. Marc Kennedy
missed some straightforward
takeouts, mistakes all over the
place. That's why I was surprised
when Kevin Koe said, we were
completely in control of that match.
I think they were in control playing
the eighth end, and it was only
thanks to Kevin Koe's performance,
because he was literally dragging
his team along with some terrific
shot play. And sometimes there's
only so long you can keep that up,
your team don't turn up and it's
inevitable that a mistake is going
to come at some point, and it came
in the eighth end Kevin Koe, with
his last couple of draws. As a team,
USA just played better, and they
didn't give shots away when Canada
were doing just that.
There's a difference as well, I
think the Canadians are going to be
a little quieter than we normally
see them, but they're normally
fairly vociferous out on the ice.
The Swiss, by contrast, fairly
quiet. Brent Laing, married to
Jennifer Jones, the women's champion
from Sochi. She's sitting in the
stands watching with the Canadian
Good run back there.
Would have liked to have kept the
Yellowstone behind the guard - it
has just gone out into the open.
I think for the Swiss, they're
really going to have to dig deep
after a really poor performance
against the Swedes in the semifinal.
They could have been off after six
ends, they were losing that badly,
but they had to play a minimum of
eight, as all the teams do in the
play-offs. I can't imagine their
confidence is at an all-time high
I access that, but I
just get the feeling that the big
match for them was getting into the
semifinals, beating Great Britain,
because at one point, they didn't
finish off the round robin
particularly well, had to sit and
watch to see how results went, ended
up in the tie-break with Great
Britain, straightforward tie-break
for fourth place, and although they
didn't start well in that one, they
didn't panic, when Britain went out
to an early lead, they kept playing
their shots, kept the pressure on,
and in the end it was a stunning
shot from Benoit Schwarz. And that
was it, really. And I think just
coming back after that elation,
coming back the same evening and
having to play Sweden, who were a
gold medal favourites... So I just
think they probably thought, if we
beat Sweden, massive bonus, but
we've still got a chance of a bronze
medal - and this is their
opportunity. They probably thought
they would be playing USA, mind you.
If you'd given them a choice couple
of matches ago and said, you can
have a bronze medal match, and then
say - but it's against Canada...!
don't think this Swiss team are
scared of Kevin Koe, they've played
each other a lot in the past and
they've had numerous wins along the
way, including the one in the round
robin, like you said. And you know
what, Benoit Schwarz is cool as a
cucumber out there. He's very good
These two teams have played each
other four times already this season
and they're two each, so it looks
like a 50-50.
Marc Kennedy, big push. That's a
trademark Marc Kennedy shot. Didn't
see that smile too often yesterday.
Yeah, easy to make the double there
but to run it right through towards
the button as well, it's a super
shot. Really well judged by the
And if Switzerland are to make a
good fist of this semifinal, then
they just can't let Canada jump out
of the blocks here and get away from
them, because I think a frontrunning
Kevin Koe will be a different matter
to what we saw yesterday.
to what we saw yesterday. So, he
needs to get in past this guard
here... Just get spy. It's going to
be a good shot, nicely done. Very
nicely done. Benoit Schwarz, not the
skip but he's given the job of
playing the vital last stone is, and
he's come up with another pearler
Yeah, Benoit Schwarz is going
to be the key for Switzerland today.
We saw in the round robin he was on
imperious form and looked almost
unbeatable. So, if he can reproduce
some of those performances today,
there's no doubt that Switzerland
could take the bronze today.
And anxious look. That is pulling
already. It will be very close.
There is a collective sigh. He
matches Benoit shorts down the other
side -- Benoit Schwartz.
side -- Benoit Schwartz.
guy you want on the inside these
shots. Anything else would have
caught the guard.
If he gets this right and he is just
going to try and follow the same
extent as last time, and then Canada
force the option to blank. If he
catches the guard, but he won't do
that, but it won't hang around in
there. He is saying, OK, have your
one if you want to.
That first studied was important, if
he hadn't got that right -- that
first stone. Both teams will be
reasonably happy with the first end,
I think Jackie was telling me come I
can't think who it was, she said
Hasselborg, if they have the hammer,
they like to blank the first end, I
think she said that. It is important
for both teams to settle into this.
It is a nervous situation. Kevin
Koe, a very different set of
parameters for them. They have said,
we haven't got what we came here to
get up we want to take something
home. -- but we want to. For
Switzerland, it would be a great
achievement, a bronze in Kantorova
-- a bronze in Vancouver and Salt
Both skips as well have
been here this last couple
been here this last couple of weeks,
the performance director for Swiss
curling. Maybe we have a little bit
of an inside look into what the
Canadians are feeling. Ben Hebert
slammed his brush when Benoit
chipped that stoned out, thinking
they would score two. -- stone.
A little bit petulant.
If they think
Switzerland are just going to lay
down and let the Canadians take this
bronze medal, but with Benoit
Schwarz they have someone capable of
making consistent shots. A strategic
They are playing on one of the
middle sheets. The British match
against Sweden will be on one of the
middle sheets, the semifinals played
simultaneously later on. Career
against Japan will be on the
left-hand side -- Korir against
Japan. The different sheets do make
a difference, they play differently,
all week we have seen that.
Some indecision yesterday with
Canada. A fair bit of discussion on
occasion. Koe obviously has a lot of
experience in that team, Ben Hebert
and Marc Kennedy have won medals
before, in 2010, with Kevin Martin.
The Canadian lead has got his own
fan club out there.
This second end is starting
similarly to the first, really, take
out being exchanged at the front of
the house. They don't want it to jam
on the back red, how does look? It
bounces off. There won't be too
worried losing that back red, more
of a hindrance than a help.
Claudio Pescia on the right, so the
medal in B World Championships,
along with Ralph Stoeckli, he also
played for Italy.
You are making the
point earlier on, in the interview
at the beginning, one of the things
Kevin Koe said, as you are saying,
Canada 80 get used to the idea of
the rest of the world -- need to get
used to the idea that the rest of
the world is catching up, this is a
different format. With the round
robin, there is no sudden death.
Saying they need to be better than
that, understand it is a one-off
game. And he made that point about
Canadian coach is all over the world
now. We have Glenn Howard with the
British women's team. Acknowledging
their years of experience being
ploughed into programmes around the
world with talented colours. It is
bound to bear fruit as we have seen
at these Games.
And it is not just that, it is the
fact pretty much every other nation
than Canada and the USA, are funding
athletes on a full-time basis, they
don't have to juggle work
commitments and quite often younger
players as well, so they don't have
families to worry about either.
As I alluded to yesterday, teams
like Sweden have set the pace for
the rest of the world. They go to
Canada, they spent weeks, months
there. Training in their facilities
with the best coaches in Canada and
learning from the best teams, they
have such a good talent pool it was
only a matter of time before the
rest of the world caught up.
The president of the IOC I can see
sitting and watching, Thomas Bach,
for this bronze medal match.
Claudio Pescia played very well
against Great Britain, he kept
Switzerland in touch. Making
consistently good shots.
wonder why Peter De Cruz is throwing
second stones as the skip which is a
sign of the ability of the other
players. They are happy for him to
throw second and be the brains
behind the operation.
Switzerland keeping the pressure on,
this one again, two stones in. Not
too much panic from Canada yet,
here. So, Mark Kennedy, all action
man, up and down the ice, always
full of energy, usually quite the
Not a hair out of place either!
He can't get that one by. We saw
with Kevin Koe in the first end, but
not that time for Marc Kennedy.
And the way it goes.
This has already got the makings of
I hope a really good bronze medal
match here. The losers finish with
nothing. Always a horrible place to
be in any Olympic Games, finishing
They are just going to pop that
guard back in place. They have a
nice read in there on the centre
line, a good shot again from Claudio
Paetz. His sister, world champion
It is very quiet in this arena
during this match, the only one
obviously so there is a bit of noise
with three or four matches. It will
be a little bit more like that when
the British women are written with
the two semifinals in place.
And he misses. Not only that, he has
sent that yellow in front of that
other red as well.
I don't think Canada will be too
worried about that, at this point,
they will be more worried about the
stone at the top of the button.
The real problem Canada have at the
moment is they need to move that red
stone, so putting a guard on, but it
will be difficult for Canada to
Benoit Schwarz started this match
well. Just keep going a little bit.
That is not bad. Another nice shot
It is just to the right of the
centreline as we look at it from
behind. He will try another run back
here. He needs to shift it.
Of course, if he leaves his yellow
sitting where this red is, there is
still a chance for Benoit Schwarz to
draw into the button again. Let us
see how he goes.
He was hoping for a little role, but
that yellow is still out there. --
roll.. So, he did part of the job.
And there is another Swiss stone in
the house. The option of a blanket
end not here, really. Let us see how
accurate Benoit Schwarz can be here
-- blanked end.
This is coming in nicely, it is
whether or not they can get it to
turn and bring it on the button. Not
a bad effort, a good shot. Just
giving Kevin Koe a little bit of
room to come in. He has is to come
around, followed the same route.
That's perfect, really, from Benoit
Schwarz, doesn't leave any of its
sticking out so that Canada can play
a tap back.
a tap back.
Well, Rachel Homan
didn't manage to get her team even
into the semifinals, the Canadian
into the semifinals, the Canadian
skip, but she's got her seat right
next to the president of the IOC for
Consolation prize! I think it
is! Maybe she can explain what's
going on in Canadian curling to the
president of the IOC. Has it got the
legs...? Has it got the legs to get
in? It's just going to catch that
stone... Oh, I think that is one for
Switzerland. They're just having a
look... Yep, it is. Steal for
Switzerland, then. So, the first
score in this bronze medal match
goes to the Swiss team, they've
started very well indeed. And Anwar
Schwartz with a couple of nice
shots, both in the first end and
following it in the second as well,
stealing one against Hannah do. So,
after two ends, once more Canada
find themselves behind. -- against
Canada. Good start for Switzerland.
Very good. I'd say they've really
dig dated the first two ends as
well, which will be even more
concerning for the Canadians than
the scoreline. -- really dictated.
Canada are winning in the slam
department, though. That's the
second one I've seen from them!
should remind everybody that they
won the gold medal in the mixed
doubles, but in the traditional team
competition, if Canada go home with
It is completely
unthinkable. The Canadians always
prided themselves, growing up on the
ice and the snow, they always bank
on being top of the podium, really,
in the Olympics. After Sochi,
anyway, with a clean sweep of both
the men's, the women's and the
wheelchair curling in the
Paralympics as well. They've still
got that one to come, of course, and
the added discipline of the mixed
doubles, they've got a gold there.
That's probably the one they least
expect it it.
Yeah, it's funny, John
Morrison may have thought, our medal
will not really be noticed very
much. And it's being polished
brightly now by Canadian curling
fans. Ben is already working up a
little bit of a sweat there. Still
going... It's OK.
You almost feel for Switzerland,
it's almost like they've got nothing
to lose here. If they get beaten by
Canada in the bronze medal match,
nobody is going to say, you didn't
do very well. They have got
themselves in this position, in the
last four, in the semifinal. We knew
that Sweden and Canada were the two
outstanding teams. They got beaten
by Sweden, they're in this one
against Canada. If you get beaten by
those two, no-one is going to say,
you didn't do well. So, they've got
nothing to lose here.
And they have
the added confidence of having
beaten them in the round robin, so
there's still great opportunity here
for Peter de Cruz and his team,
they're up into seventh in the world
rankings and they won their first
Grand Slam of curling event this
season as well, so, a bronze medal
here would really be the icing on
the cake. That's a good shot there
by Ben Hebert. Sticks in front of
the red Stonebridge makes it a
little bit more difficult to lie two
THEY SPEAK FRENCH
So, this Swiss skip, prefers to play
number two in his team. From the
Curling Club in Geneva. A bit of a
40 fan. -- footie fan. I guess the
Swiss women over the years, they've
tended to have more attention, I
guess, over the years?
Switzerland had a very dominant
period in the women's game, where I
think they won four out of five
World Championships, or something
like that between about 2012 and
2016. So, yeah, the men's game has
been in the shadow, but they've got
a couple of really strong teams
coming through. They've done well at
the European Championships as well.
They had the winning team in 2013,
believe. But I think the Swiss
programme is seen as one of the
leading lights, they've got a very
fairer system. They have a small
curling communities had they have
three or four very strong teams in
both the men's and women's, and they
let them play it out amongst
themselves to see who gets these big
events, there's no selection
involved. It is very much, get a
team together, if we like what
you're doing, we will find you and
if you meet the criteria, you can go
to the Olympic Games. And that's
what brought Peter de Cruz here.
what brought Peter de Cruz here. --
we will fund you.
And, of course,
this success, even getting to the
bronze medal match, that adds to the
process as well.
LOGAN GRAY: We're seeing Switzerland
play a very defensive game at the
moment, they're not taking too much
risk, playing a lot of takeouts.
They will have been watching the US
again yesterday to find out what
sort of game plan they had, and
perhaps something they can replicate
here against the Canadians. We saw
John Schuster not get sucked into
much and involved in a game with
lots of freezes and taps, they kept
things really open and that
frustrated the Canadians.
STEVE CRAM: This has got plenty on
it here. We just heard him say it
was heavy, and this is just going to
keep going... Just catches enough to
slow it down. It nearly went
So, thinking about coming in on top
of these two.
THEY SPEAK FRENCH
Canada still have the hammer, of
course. They've had it from the
beginning, blanking the first end.
If you have just woken up, the
bronze medal match, Canada, having
lost to the USA, Switzerland, a
heavy defeat to Sweden in the
semifinal, but they're delighted to
be in this match and have started
very well indeed.
very well indeed. Great Britain's
women, their semifinal, 11am. Get
yourself a good long lunch break
ready, Friday afternoon, long lunch.
A bit of curling to watch a. He's
played that quite nicely.
well indeed, right in that pocket
and going nowhere at the moment.
However, it is open, and Canada will
try and tap that now and stay frozen
on the face of that room
on the face of that room -- on the
face of that red stone.
PLAYER: Wait for it!
enough to kill it, we're almost to
Just struggling with their weight a
little bit here, Canada. It may well
just be Switzerland still sitting
shot there. Sorry, second shot. The
first one, of course, top left of
the 4ft. He's not that
demonstrative, Kevin Koe, neither is
Peter de Cruz. None of the Swiss
guys seem to get that excited. There
has been a bit of frustration from
Ben Hebert, a bit of brush slapping.
Probably a better phrase than that -
brush slamming! Well, the crowd
doing their best to get behind
Canada. Two or three factions of
Canadian supporters. And here come
Sometimes the teams just
need a little bit of time to look
over situations that are quite
unusual, and this one is quite
unusual in that there is a cluster
of stones right on the backline.
Usually it would be up nearer the
tee line. It does look like
Barrakilla try and remove some
yellow granite here.
Needs to hit on the inside here...
Well, he's done well, he's taken two
of them out, Claudio Patz again, in
good form early on here. So,
Switzerland once more, keeping
control of this end. And Marc
Kennedy now, then, trying to help
his skip a little. Much as we head
in the match against USA, they're
not playing horrendous shots, just
not quite giving what the skip
needs. So, they want to try and tidy
things up a little bit, because with
Switzerland having got the steal in
that second end...
that second end...
Well, he lives
red in there.
He was after all
three, wasn't he?
potentially, but they've left quite
a good opportunity here for
Switzerland to lie two. Rider
another look. They wanted to try and
clip the other red. -- here's
Right, little time
out, I think we've got another loose
handle. And here we go, the star of
Your favourite part of
It is! Matt Hamilton
and his moustache have become very
famous, and the moustache now has
its own Twitter account. I think
its own Twitter account. I think the
allen key now needs its own Twitter
account. We could get behind the
scenes stuff from the allen key,
sitting around all day waiting to
see if it is going to be needed or
not! This is a first, it is a bronze
medal match, so we need two men to
bring out the allen key this time!
Now, this is a first! Normally it is
just a one! I'm sure it's because it
is a bronze medal match, we've now
got two people involved in
tightening the handle. Well done.
And the yellow allen key goes back
in its box.
So, Benoit Schwarz, then, handle
tightened. Trying to increase the
pressure on Canada here.
Parfait! So, two Swiss stones again.
And we have said, both of the first
two ends. Kevin Koe blanked the
first end. Sadly for him, couldn't
do the same in the second. So, once
again, a bit of bother here, the
PLAYER: That's the way I would be
About a quarter...
STEVE CRAM: Canada get a one, you're
tied up, they've got to get
something on the scoreboard here,
They definitely don't want to
lose any shots here, and I don't see
That big swing from
Kevin Koe. Has he got this right and
wants both of them. Just gets one.
Well, it's not quite working out for
Canada yet. And you can tell that by
the looks and the demeanour of the
whole team. It's early days yet. So
far for Switzerland, this is an
It is the Swiss fans who are
Switzerland will buy another one
into the house, that is all they
need to do, it doesn't matter too
much -- bung one. They are just
forcing Canada to score a one, so
that can get that all-important last
stone advantage back in the fourth
Kevin Koe, again, this end has not
gone the way they wanted. But if he
can get a straightforward draw and
get Canada on the scoreboard and
level after three. Switzerland will
then have the hammer.
I love the fact, even when he's
playing a big way, it comes back
behind, but even when he is playing
a straightforward draw, there was
that little list of the stone before
he delivers it.
What does he look at on the ice?
This one is through. My word. There
is a stone at the back, will it
catch enough of it? Well, he has
given one up there.
Was it one? I
think it was one, one for
They must be thinking, what on earth
is going on. Lads, gather round. We
have just picked up two steals. I
was watching the bottom stone. I
wasn't quite sure where that other
Swiss stone was sitting, it was
nearly two, that almost went all the
way through. I bet they can hardly
believe what has happened here. They
have picked up two steals in the
first three. That is a genuine
horrendous mistake from Kevin Koe.
A really poor shot from Ngakoue. A
loss of concentration. This guy
doesn't miss shots, I don't know
what has happened in the last couple
of games. This Canadian team, for
them to lose two steals in one game,
is almost unthinkable. To lose
back-to-back steals is very unusual.
Thomas Bach is so shocked by what he
is seeing he is leaving!
I think he is off to go and get
around the Olympic Park, there is
still plenty going on in the last
couple of days, last three days, two
curling matches tomorrow, the
women's bronze medal match and gold
medal match in the men's condition,
then the women's gold medal match is
on Sunday morning local time here,
midnight Saturday night. It will be
great if Eve Muirhead and her team
could be in that match. The
semifinal to decide that later on.
So, Ben Hebert, look at that game
accuracy, 100%, doing his part. The
lead for Canada. Always very
reliable. He is watching his
team-mates. You can't just blame
Kevin Koe because Kennedy and Laing
haven't been playing that well
either. But it is still easy in
terms of, you would think, Canada,
get it level after four. One thing
from a Swiss point of view, as when
great prison were playing Toseland,
Switzerland are properly thinking
Canada can't keep playing like this
all the way through, they will get
better. They need to stick to the
task and keep playing the way they
are. They certainly haven't missed
much. I am try to think of a bad
shot from Switzerland.
They have been very steady. Nothing
particularly special. But they are
not making any mistakes which is
what we saw from the USA, very
steady. Canada made some key misses
which is what has happened again
Trying to sit right on top of this
Ben Hebert has not cleared any poor
shots, another decent one from him
Just quietly going about their
business, the Swiss.
Claudio Paetz and Ben Swartz were in
Sochi, but in a different team. This
team has had a great past 18 months
in championships, doing very well.
Just testing the bumpers at the end
of the ice.
Not quite what he wanted. Why on
earth is he slamming his brush down
there? When he has played his shots.
Just really the sheer frustration of
what is happening out there. Canada
need to get it together, they have
seven ends to play in their Olympic
Games, they need to make the most of
Evidence of Laing.
That percentage can change
radically. Not being the best of
starts from the Canadian second.
Trying to sweep this hard as well.
It is just going to catch that.
It is just going to catch that.
is just like two ends ago.
They have really struggled with
their weight, politically down that
side, coming this way.
I guess when you play the first
couple, you think of you had to
adjust. Surely these guys are
What I am seeing from this Canadian
team right now is they are playing
like four individuals, you need
someone to step up and really gelled
everyone and bring them together and
bring some positivity and
enthusiasm. I thought Marc Kennedy
was that guy in the team. He seemed
to be leading the way. But he has
been walking off, not speaking to
That will be the key for
That is exactly what happened
yesterday. They were standing away
from each other.
Now they gather at the bottom end to
watch behind this stone. The Swiss
skip Peter De Cruz knows they have
started well. They want to keep
playing the way they have done so
far. They want to try and get this
by, they have done as well. That
tucks in right on the bottom,
another nice shot from the Swiss
Switzerland are just loving it right
now, really enjoying themselves.
They are continuing to keep the
pressure up at a high level on the
Canadians. Those thick dark eyebrows
giving him that look as if he is
slightly puzzled. But he has it well
worked out here.
It is a better shot this time from
Living things around a little bit,
Canada cannot keep allowing The Slad
to keep dominating these end. By the
time they get to the skip stones the
opportunity has gone. Just try to
move things around, a much better
result this time.
-- just trying to move things
around. There are plenty of stones
upfront which is always going to be
a little bit of a hindrance for
Canada. But a little more room now.
Claudio Paetz. Here's conscience he
either doesn't stop the run back, is
that the idea? Get a long guard in
That is pretty close to where he
wanted it, it just puts that long
guard in place and he wants to stop
the run back there. They are
thinking about making both of them,
it is pretty straight. So, Marc
Kennedy, trying to use that read.
And keep that going back. -- trying
to use that red. And try to remove
that red that is in the forefront.
That wasn't close. He has removed
two stones but his shooter is
sitting out there now. It is a
little clearer down the middle so,
in that case, Swiss land will try to
block that gap. -- Switzerland.
There was the chance that this
medal, if Canada were to win a
curling medal, that would take them
beyond their record medal haul in
Vancouver but I am being told they
have already managed that.
Canada having a very good Games but
not necessarily at the curling. I
suppose you could argue there is one
extra medal available because of the
It is going to come in further than
he intended. But it is still
guarding that red but easier to run
this back, now.
I believe there are four new events
at this year's Winter Olympics, I am
not sure if it is at the expense of
others or not.
others or not. So, Switzerland still
looking good here. Another end going
Trying to make the run
back. He has got it this time. A
A great shot.
A great shot. At the
front of the white circle. Great
shot by Marc Kennedy. A perfect
He just spun it far enough.
Canada, for once, lying shot, they
haven't been in this position. Marc
Kennedy coming up good there. You
just feel as if Benoit Swartz is not
going to make this that easy for
Kevin Koe to get his two.
I think this is the first time in
the game that I thought Canada
actually have the upper hand.
It has taken a phenomenal shot by
That guard just went a little
further than Switzerland wanted, to
make the run back in little easier.
A bit closer to that stone. Benoit
Swartz tried to drive around, he did
very well with his first three. That
might just be sticking out a little
but not much.
That is fabulous by Benoit. Triple
guarded as well, three yellow stone
is protecting it in front. All Kevin
Koe can really do is to try and
freeze or tap it a little bit.
They want to try and freeze on top
as we saw going the other way, Kevin
Koe struggling with his draw weight.
He had to be much better this time.
He's got to be much better this
They can't really see any of it, so
it's a case of coming round and just
either tapping it a little or freeze
on top of it if you possibly can.
Won't be able to get completely on
top, so Kevin Koe, then, really
needs to find his draw weight here.
It's curling again pretty quickly.
They need to work this. This has got
a chance to has it enough on it?
This has got to be shot... It's not!
And they over curled again there,
they just cannot get to grips with
that side of the sheet, that
anticlockwise handle coming home.
They just cannot get to grips with
Just looking at what the route
Inwood Beaver Kevin Koe, there's too
many stones out front surely on that
side, and they can't come in the
other way, this is the only way in,
really. -- what the route in wood be
the Kevin Koe.
Looks like it's going
to be a high guard here for
Switzerland. I would be a little bit
concerned about the yellow corner
guard on the other side of the
sheet, on the right-hand side there.
But I don't think there is too much
they can do about it without leaving
an easier shot for Canada.
Kevin Koe is going to go out and
start looking at these long corner
guards and work out which one they
can batter into that yellow stone at
the top of the 4ft.
This is such a hard shot, there's so
much distance between the one
they're hitting and the one they are
trying to connect with down there.
Has a good look straight down the
line there. Could be a shot for
It could be, but...
don't think we'll see the heaviest
takeout weight that Kevin Koe has
him -- has in his locker here, he'll
be looking to some degree of
The idea being he is going
to take this guard and run it into
the button, tap the red out and
hopefully lie three, and I think
it's got a chance... It's just going
to spin out, he's only going to get
two. It was a wonderful shot. Gets
his two, and finally, and there have
got something to cheer. And Kevin
Koe... Has a little smile! And
there's dancing in the aisles here!
Welcome back, Kevin Koe! Great shot.
STEVE CRAM: Well, he had to come up
with something, because that was
beginning to look like yet another
steal for Switzerland. And Kevin Koe
has stopped the damage getting
worse, and has turned it around in
the sense of his team managing to
get something on the scoreboard.
They've tied it up, Switzerland have
the hammer. Away you go, mate!
Logan label well, sometimes you just
need to take your hat off to the
opposition and say, fair enough, you
deserved to score two there but I
think Switzerland will be quite
happy to force Canada to play shots
like that every end to score.
they have to accept, they're not
going to cruise through this,
they're not going to steal every
and, they're not going to have it
all their own way. But when somebody
plays a big shot, I have said this
on more than one occasion, by making
the opposition played big shots,
they won't all come off, so
Switzerland will be thinking, we
just keep doing what we're doing,
we've got a chance now to score
ourselves, they've had to wait until
the fifth end to have the hammer for
the first time.
the first time. So, Ben Hebert...
Well, they wanted a guard here - are
they going to get it?
there, doesn't come into the house.
Still not a lot of discussion
between the Canadians. You would
have thought a big shot like that
might just get them going a bit and
galvanise them. They just still seem
a bit at odds with one another.
Another nice draw there from
Valentin Tanner. Yeah, it's
interesting. Is a
interesting. Is a team sport, often
you're interacting with each other a
lot more in terms of the play, a
team sport where each person has to
play their shot and then you wait.
And you have to really make sure
that nobody's left kind of
languishing, if snared not going
well, you've got to get round each
other, and certainly when somebody
comes up with a shot like Kevin Koe
did there, you would want to see
them now schmo responsive. -- you
would want to see them a little bit
more responsive, a slightly less
demonstrative lady in team than we
have seen in the past. And maybe
they also know that there is a long
way to go here, and just keep their
emotions in check for now. All they
have done is square things up. --
Canadian team. So, Switzerland with
the hammer, then. Got one in nicely
on the button. Two Canadian stones
in between. And Kevin Koe thinking
ahead a little bit, just thinking he
would like to have one sitting on
top of his own yellow.
top of his own yellow. So, Brent
PLAYER: Hard line! We're there!
this one suddenly starts to curl a
lot and the these guys have to work
hard to get it in... And they've
managed to do it. That's just going
to sit there, a little tap, but it's
a nice shot, probably the best shot
from him in this match so far.
And that's why it's called curling!
When the speed starts to come out of
it, it digs in and grips and turns,
and that's how they get it in behind
Peter de Cruz, three
draws, 100%. Takeout this time...
Oh, they just sneaked that in the
side of the house as well.
that's worked out nicely for them.
Those two yellows obviously out
front. A couple of stones for them
to work with later. That's why Kevin
Koe is thinking about shifting them.
The nice thing about that shot for
Switzerland is that it's taking
Canada away from the centre line and
throwing the guard on those two
frozen yellow stone is. Going to be
forced to make a takeout on the wing
Well, now, they've
got two. Brent Laing, not the result
he wanted at all!
Well, you couldn't
do that if you tried, really. It's
just gone sideways across the house!
And sometimes, I think I've said
before, if you think the look is
going against you, you cannot let
that get to you. You've got to
think, something will work for us.
-- the luck. If it was an unlucky
shot, you just have to accept that.
If you start thinking, it's not our
day, you're in real trouble.
Switzerland don't like those two
yellow stones at the front of the
house, I don't know if they can
squeeze the one between the two
Just coming down with a little
bit of reds I think to spread these
apart. -- a little bit of weight.
Oh, he just nicked the one on the
button. Maybe that was just slightly
misjudged the leak by the Swiss.
little sigh there for the first time
from Peter de Cruz. He would have
loved to have just pushed that
You will kill the red, and that's
all that really matters...
You always get the feeling Marc
Kennedy would just like to play big
hits all day long. What can I hit?!
PLAYER: Don't freak me out like
Yeah, if you ever did that...
If it jams there, we get shot.
If it jams there, we get shot.
little bit high, centreline high...
Just a bit on the side of it?
that's not what we were thinking...
STEVE CRAM: So, Ben comes in with a
completely different view of things!
If it doesn't touch the red, though,
Hit it clean, home...
If you tap it right down the
You can't go too far, you've
got to stay on the ice.
to keep this more... I think it
looks like a nose to me, guys.
STEVE CRAM: This is reminiscent of
the match against USA, when they
were taking a long time to make
their mind up about what to play,
everybody chipping in. They've got a
lot of experience between the four
of them, obviously. This team was
put together four years ago. A
collection of other teams, if you
like. Kevin Koe getting these three
to join him. But they've all got
great experience, they'll all have
Logan label Kevin
Koe is still standing there
deliberating over it, but I think
he's committed to it.
Maybe even a
little more... Don't think you need
They're just going to try
and bump those red and yellow stones
at the front of the house and move
the Canadian stone a little bit
closer to the button.
So, I think
this is Ben's suggestion.
PLAYER: Stay closer!
It was just the weight that beat
that one, if you throw it a little
bit heavy then it tends to run
And I think that's my
point before, Ben came in, because
that's not the shot that Marc
Kennedy wanted to play. And yet...
Ben came in and changed the mind of
the skip. And
the skip. And that means Marc is
playing a shot he didn't think he
was going to play.
I think we've
said it a few times already this
week, quite often, your first
instinct is your best instinct. And
you're right, Marc Kennedy's first
instinct was to get those stones out
of there. Canada could be in a bit
of trouble here, if Claudio Patz
does a good job with this shot. Has
he stuck it? He has!
Well, this is
beginning to develop nicely for
Switzerland. A little smile from
Claudio. Won't see much fist pumping
or shouting and hollering from this
Well, full team
conference again here, all Canadian
players down at the playing end of
I am close to seeing this definitely
I do think it does.
I think what Marc Kennedy is saying
is, please give me a hit here.
It is enough to definitely drag. It
is just if this eight doesn't go, it
is going to do something like this
and this will be right here.
and this will be right here.
could it possibly have enough spin?
I don't see three. What they are
talking about here is definitely a
take out, they want to remove as
many Betts as possible but they are
worried they will only remove one.
They need to get at least two out of
This is lined up so bad, we have two
platelet. -- play it.
So you think
it real hard this side.
This will be a fun shot to watch,
This is the sort of thing Marc
Kennedy is thinking, good, come on.
Even he said they don't quite know
what is going to happen here.
It is not quite hit and hope here
for Marc Kennedy. But it is not a
shot which he can have any sense of
confidence about exactly what is
going to happen. Three Swiss stones
in a great position Marc Kennedy
trying to move them around with
plenty of weight coming down. Still
three Swiss stones sitting in there.
That is a horrible result.
They are in a bit of bother here. We
still have two Canadian stones. Look
at Koe's face, he looks absolutely
They totally misjudged that shot.
They needed to hit it a half stone
away. They completely missed the
stone they meant to hit and it went
straight the back one. That adds
interest here. They could put a big
score on the board.
They also just need not to get ahead
of themselves either. They have been
presented with a great opportunity.
But don't get too greedy. Three
stones left now.
Just looking for a little hit, as we
look down the ice away from us, can
Koe and Marc Kennedy...
They are going for a take out and
just roll over in front of the other
So, you are saying if it is behind
the yellow, great, even a bit
further over it is not such a
problem. He has a chance.
Very good indeed.
I think he's going
to try and move these threads.
They won't all go because the first
one... It runs straight onto the red
just on the top of the four foot.
Maybe he thinks he can just catch it
enough to spin that one out as well.
The chances are they could get rid
of three here. There is Jennifer
Jones in the shot, here supporting
Brent Laing, her husband.
Watch the backswing on this one.
This one will be motoring a little
We didn't even get to see it. We got
a good view in front of us, sorry
A great shot by Kevin Koe. That is
absolutely well done.
He was asked to produce something
special, he has managed to do it. He
did it in the last end macro as
well. Switzerland keeping the
-- in the last end. Working that
brush, gets that one out as well.
Now, then, that is what we haven't
seen for a while.
So, two stones to go. The calm and
collected Schwarz taking it in.
The Swiss fans trying to respond as
well. They have plenty to cheer
about as well.
about as well. I had that red -- If
that red had been tucked in a little
more, that shot would have been
We are talking about an
inch further over. A little bit
unlucky for Switzerland.
Still a chance to put multiple
points on the board here.
He has been drawing well so far,
A bit of a gap to come through
Has he done it? Another nice stone.
He is already having a look to see
if he can get both of these, a
little smile from Peter De Cruz.
They are lined up at the back. You
can see the outside bed -- red. He
is going to have a look.
It looks like it could be a blank
and hear the weight it is going. You
would expect Kevin Koe might take
the double and Benoit could have an
easy double. That would blank the
He might also catch this red a
little. That is what they are
looking at to see how the angles
will work. So they can see enough of
it to catch the angle. But he could
catch this a little thin, missed it
completely. -- and miss it
completely. He has played one
brilliant shot, Kevin Koe now with
an attempt to take both of these two
remaining Swiss stones. Missed.
After all of that, a chance for
Switzerland to draw in for the two.
A couple of options which way he
Very close indeed. It was.
Very close indeed. It was. In some
respects, if they lose two here,
they might see that as a result
given away things could have been a
couple stones ago. But he still had
to make this.
Yes coming he has just played it,
not a big gap they are trying to
come through. -- yes, he has just
It needs to be pretty much the same
shot. He can't afford to come into
far or catch the guard on the way
It is looking good at the moment,
just need to get past the guard.
This is false was lured to take
their two, they have played an
excellent first half of this bronze
medal match, they find themselves
with a two shot lead over Canada
after 5p. Switzerland lead 4-2.
EILIDH: Swizzle and with the slight
advantage at the midway point, this
match determines who wins a bronze
medal and who will go home with
nothing. -- Switzerland.
Good morning, I hope you having a
nice morning and this is what missed
on day 14 so far.
15-year-old Alina Zagitova one
Russia's first gold of the Winter
Olympics in the women's figure
Kaetlyn Osmond won bronze.
And a third consecutive victory for
Emily Sarsfield has been on a
journey to even get to these Games
after injury. Her journey to date
ended at the quarterfinal stage.
Knockout time in the women's curling
today. Eve Muirhead and her team
were left unstated in Sochi after
defeat to Canada meant they could
only play for bronze. They managed
that but this time in Pyeongchang
they have a much shinier meddle in
We we went into Sochi as
current World Championships. You are
always going to add some pressure.
There were expectations but it is
properly more we put on ourselves
because we knew we had beaten
everyone there. It was who would be
better that week.
COMMENTATOR: They have fought so
hard. This, potentially her last
stone of this match. It has a
chance. That is a nice shot from Eve
The pressure made us know we could
perform at that high level. It made
us know we were the best team in the
world and we were capable of hitting
COMMENTATOR: This is to close out
the match against Great Britain.
They are having to work it hard. Is
it going to get there, I think it
Canada have won it. When we lost
that semifinal, it was probably the
most devastating defeat of my
career, we had worked so hard. I
knew my gold medal dream was over.
That definitely was the hardest loss
and at the time we thought it was a
quick turnover but that is what
helped us in the end.
COMMENTATOR: They are the world
champions and now they could be the
Olympic bronze medallist if this
stone is right from Eve Muirhead. It
is going to get there. The brushes
go in the air and they have one the
To come home with the medal was
outstanding and I am still really
pleased. Now I have got a taste of
that Olympic paid -- podium and I
want to go up.
We have unfinished business, getting
the bronze medal was amazing but you
always want to do better. If we had
to break it down into each game,
then once we get to the play-offs,
it is a brand-new competition.
We are feeling in a good place at
the moment. We have been working
really hard, something I feel I have
to say to people about curling. It
is 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 European
COMMENTATOR:, Scotland, Gold
medallists in Switzerland.
The gold medal at the Olympics is
the only one I am missing in my
collection so for me it would mean a
lot of very hard work has paid off.
I have put in a tonne of work to get
to the position I am in. It is dad
on top of the podium would be
something extra special -- to stand
on top of the podium.
11:05am, the time for the women to
get their semifinal underweight
against Sweden, a rematch of the
European final. GB won that. A win
against Sweden today would give them
a chance to go for gold in
Pyeongchang. Right now it is about
the men's bronze that'll match,
Switzerland with a slender lead over
Canada, Canada in danger of leaving
empty-handed which would be a real
surprise. Let us get back to our
STEVE CRAM: Thank you very much,
Eilidh. The first stone of the sixth
end played by Valentin Tanner. It
would be a real shock if neither the
men's nor the women's won a medal.
The men still have a chance of the
bronze medal here. Let's not forget,
though, Canada did win the gold in
the mixed doubles. A new event which
was very successful. It seems ages
ago now! Canada won the gold and, of
course, Switzerland won the silver,
and Norway will now be presented
with the bronze medal, I'm told so
some extra doubles team are on their
way back to Pyeongchang to receive
their bronze medal after the
Discworld occasion of the OAR team.
So, first half, very much went to
Switzerland, not only on the
scoreboard but in terms of general
play. -- after the disqualification
of the OAR team. It could have been
even worse for Canada. They managed
to get their two in the fourth end
as well, so there were some
positives for them. And they will
want to come out on that very second
half-year, they will have to, if
they are to beat this very good
Swiss team. -- second-half here.
LOGAN GRAY: The third and fourth
stones for Switzerland, Claudio
stones for Switzerland, Claudio Patz
Benoit, they're doing a bit of a
number on the Canadians.
number on the Canadians. Valentin
Tanner just slipped a little bit too
far with his draw, so Canada will
just try and rest against it now.
Ben Hebert has played well, nothing
wrong with his performance so far
today. And if Canada just get that
little bit of pressure that they're
known for, try and control the ends
a little bit, this is very much
still winnable for them. So, they
have the hammer here at, and again,
if you've been watching enough of
the curling, you will know that
having the hammer in the even ends
in the second half of a match is
always of a benefit but it does not
always mean that it will work out
that way because of either blanked
ends, steals etc.
ends, steals etc. The Swiss skip,
very quiet in the way he goes about
things. Now, trying to follow in,
just giving the is a little bit of a
Russell. There they go.
shot there. They could have try to
complicated things a bit but they
felt they could get more control and
leave their stone in a better
position that way.
What's he going
Tap it on the news, going to
do nothing! -- tap it on the nose.
OK, well, you want to be...
LOGAN GRAY: I think it's the first
time I've seen Kevin Koe with his
jacket off this week.
STEVE CRAM: That's true, actually.
He obviously doesn't sweep, so he
must be feeling the heat a little!
So, Brent Laing will want to perform
better, help his team out a bit
They're just choosing
to ignore all the stones in the
centre of play and go around the
corner guard. Could be a useful one
Yeah, nicely played by
And Switzerland, aware of the
Yeah, they're sticking to
their game plan and keeping it
tight, not risking losing a big end
at any point.
No, as you say, just
not giving easy opportunities to
Canada. We have seen Kevin Koe
coming up with big shots to rescue
the situation. But you can see what
Switzerland are trying to do.
Quite a few people still taking
their seats after the half-time
break. We're expecting a full house
later on for that Great Britain
women's semifinal match, not that
most of them will become in to see
Great Britain versus Sweden - most
of them will be here to see Korea
versus Japan. The Korean women have
been in brilliant form, those two
matches at 11am.
matches at 11am. Huge interest in
this successful career in women's
team. They're all getting very
excited about their prospects, but
it's two tough semifinals. Rate
Britain and Sweden, perhaps no
supplies those two teams are in a
semifinal. But a lot of people very
surprised to see Korea versus Japan
in the other one. That's nicely
done. Just having a little look now,
Peter de Cruz. And Claudio Patz just
having a look. His first instinct
was to try and play the double on
these two outside yellows. He might
be thinking maybe a hit and roll.
Benoit Schwarz coming up and having
a look behind these two.
SWISS PLAYERS SPEAK FRENCH
So, I think back to what he was
originally asking - hit that outside
yellow and roll onto the other one.
I would say by the amount of ice
they're taking here, they're not
going for double takeout.
going for double takeout.
played very well so far, the third
for Switzerland. That's another nice
shot there. I think he wanted to sit
on top of that yellow, that would
have been really precise.
that's good enough there, Steve,
they can't make a double takeout on
it at the moment.
And when you saw
what happened in that previous end,
and the one before as well, it's the
takeouts which Canada are very
comfortable playing. The more they
can limit those opportunities, the
better it will be for Switzerland.
PLAYER: Throw it hard and just hit
it right on the nose...
STEVE CRAM: Finally enough, Marc is
not thinking about anything else
but, as he said, throw it hard and
hit it on the nose!
hit it on the nose! He thinks if he
hits it on the nose I think he
thinks he can pick out that red on
the top of the 4ft. Oh, he's missed.
Well, he cleans that one out, but he
really thought if he caught it on
the nose, it would just that red
sitting just on top of the button.
So, Switzerland still with two
tucked in, Canada with the hammer.
Some scratching of heads, let's put
it that way, on both sides. But for
Canada, yet against now facing a
tricky situation here in the sixth.
Switzerland are going to try and
make this as difficult as possible
SWISS PLAYERS SPEAK FRENCH
Is it too simple just to think about
putting another guard out there?
LOGAN GRAY: It is difficult for the
Swiss again they don't want to let
Canada come down to that yellow and
it and put the two reds back on the
tee line. But Canada have the option
to tap their own yellow want that,
so it's really difficult to cover
both shots. They could play a corner
freeze on that highest yellow stone
just there. Or they could try and
spin all the yellows by playing a
big weight takeout. Boxlike they're
going to go for the freeze option,
though. -- looks like.
So, Claudio Patz with a tricky
little shot here, placement so
important, but he's managed to do it
on so many occasions already in this
match. Shooting 95%, including
takeouts and draws.
takeouts and draws. Needs this one
to turn a bit, though. It's a little
high... He's done half a job, if you
Yeah, it covers the easier of
the two options that Canada had.
Dead nose would be good but you've
got to her on the side of...
got to her on the side of...
again, then, Marc is going to try
and move some rocks around here.
Catch that red and drive it back in.
He wants to beehive, as he said, not
on the other side of the nose. -- he
wants to be high. At going to be on
the nose, I think. Yep. Well, it
improves the situation, but not
getting both of the reds, but it is
certainly looking a lot better for
Canada. Switzerland have still got a
red in there, though. And it's
counting. Can he move those yellows?
They would have liked to have
touched that back in red and freed
it up. The problem is that it is
frozen on the yellow, and it's going
to be really difficult for the
Canadians to get that one out of
there. Switzerland just needing to
tread carefully, though, a few
yellow Canadian stones starting to
What I love about Benoit Schwarz is,
it doesn't matter what the shot is,
he's obviously prepared to do
anything. He never goes, I'm not
sure about that. Just make my mind
up, he's very clear.
up, he's very clear.
I think this
Swiss team, they all know what their
strengths are and they all trust
each other to do their own role.
Peter de Cruz is the guy who calls
the game and the others are out
there to sweep and make the shots
and get the job done.
Well, they guided on the left side
of the centreline the other time -
this time is now trying to come the
other side, just to stop back raise
on the two yellow stones. Nicely
done. -- just to stop that raise.
Yeah, not getting ahead of
themselves, they lead by two, Canada
with the hammer again. Train to work
a situation where they can get those
two back again. They've got three in
there, but that one red is counting.
And it's protecting that one behind.
Not so easy to get in there. So, all
that's working for Canada at the
minute is, if you... Actually even
on their takeouts, only 72%
accuracy, but they're not matching
Switzerland on draws, either.
They're going to try and make a
freeze on the red stone now. This is
mostly a setup shot, I think. Trying
to set up the last for a big end.
Important to get in lying shot
A little positivity for this stone
from the skip.
That looks good at the moment, very
good. There could well be some
cheering from the Canadian
contingent. Kevin Koe has played a
storm of a shot. Coming in for shot,
and a chance to move that read next
time around. We still have one more
Swiss red to come. So, Benoit
Schwartz, Peter De Cruz, under
pressure. Four Canadian stones, one
more to come from the skip.
This is starting to look scary for
Switzerland, four yellows in the
house. Desperately needing to get
another one in there. Kevin Koe did
pass the guard quite comfortably by
a few inches, maybe he can sneak
This one would have to
come right on top of that yellow,
Carl Wright on to the button almost.
-- And curl right onto the button.
No sweeping. As I said, I thought he
was doing this to protect this one,
giving away the one.
He was looking at the angle of the
one that is the yellow that didn't
go straight back, sitting on top of
the red, but I am not sure he has
I think he is going to run the red
Will it get past the other yellow? I
think this yellow in between the two
That could be the safer shot,
at least you're not running Swiss
Kevin Koe has played a couple of
great shots here, they have the
chance, you see the yellow there, or
is he going for the red? I think it
is the yellow features. He is hoping
to run that yellow back, catch the
yellow just sitting or frozen on the
corner, push the red out and with a
bit of luck he might end up with
three or four here. So, Kevin Koe
needs to miss both reds, it is a big
enough gap. He needs to catch this
pretty much on the nose. He caught
his own stone. It is one there. We
knew it was one for Canada. That is
an opportunity missed. Given a
couple of the stones he has given
before, I think that was a makeable
shot for Kevin Koe. What an
opportunity which goes begging. He
could've picked up three or four
depending on how they would have
However, only the one. A smart move
by Doug Cruze and Schwarz, didn't
quite get the red in the right
place. It narrowed the gap just
-- a smart move by De Cruz.
Cruz just taking a tumble on the
Right in front of us, hopefully
he is K.
I think the screen just
came off his stopwatch.
have mashed his microphone, is that
the battery pack?
the battery pack? Perfectly poised,
Switzerland still with the
advantage. And Canada have only
managed to score in 22 of those
first six ends. A big chance went
begging -- in two of those first six
It equates to three shots more for
Canada. Switzerland happy to have
the last one back and with a 1-shot
Again, if you are just coming to the
curling this morning, the British
women playing in the semifinal
against Sweden at 11am.
This, the bronze medal match between
Switzerland and Canada. Canada have
never been in this situation, they
have always been in the final. Peter
De Cruz slipping quickly his foot.
They won't thank the director of
It was a heavy fall. It was the
radio microphone, they have picked
up the clip.
He seems all right.
He had a couple of false. And Matt
Hamilton took a tumble in the mixed
doubles. Tripped over his moustache!
All to play for, first learned
putting themselves in an excellent
position here. They want to make a
good start to this end --
Switzerland that in themselves in an
Canada started the game with the
hammer by virtue of their higher
ranking position in the round robin.
The last time, the only other time
they had the hammer, they scored
two. They will be thinking, a repeat
of that, please.
That is the General strategy, to
force the other team to score just
one will stop and to take two
yourself. -- to score just one.
This is still all to play for, for
Canada. Let us say they give away
one, 511 three, you picked up two in
the eighth, then you are tied. We
have seen so much happened in the
last couple of Evans, that game
yesterday with USA looked as if it
was going Canada's way with the
A good set up again by Valentin
Kevin Koe isn't given Brent Laing
the chance to play some easy shots.
He has called a very tough draw
here. -- Kevin Koe isn't giving
Starting to pull in in the last few
feet, and catches the red on the way
through. Doesn't manage to get by,
it has been that story for Canada so
far. Just not quite making the shots
when they need to.
Thomas Bach is back in, he went for
a cup of tea, a cup of coffee. I'm
sure, enjoying this enthralling
bronze medal match. And Canada
desperately trying to go home with
something from the two team
connotations. The full teams, men
and women. Switzerland already with
a silver medal in the mixed doubles.
He needs to get past the top red
there. Actually, he has tapped the
two reds, he did catch the yellow
but not the shot he wanted. A little
mistake. Even when Switzerland have
made a mistake, both making small
mistakes, they seem to have been
That was a poor shot by Peter De
Cruz, he could have hit and rolled
out leaving them in a strong
position. I hope that tumble hasn't
shaken him up.
I was going to say, we won't hear
what he said but he doesn't say much
anyway. His make may still be
working -- his microphone may still
A good effort. A good shot by Brent
Laing. No double take out available
So, Switzerland decide it is about
time to get rid of a couple of these
guards, at least one, maybe even
Claudio Paetz has been very good, we
were remarking how well the third
and fourth players are playing.
Peter De Cruz wants to hopefully
give them something to work with
here. Just going to take this guard
out. Close again.
Nearly. So, two shots from Peter De
Cruz that didn't quite work out. He
just wanted to clip that yellow.
Marc Kennedy not playing the hit
He has only played two draws so far.
His other ten shots have been take
They are looking for a similar shot
just on the higher red this time.
They called this early, it was
frozen, just tap it to the side.
That is a really nice shot by Marc
Kennedy. A very capable drawer
player. Although we do see a lot of
takeouts from him.
He just creates a nice pocket making
the stone extremely hard to remove.
Claudio Paetz, he is going to try
and remove this yellow will stop
there is too much damage ensuing.
They are sitting with a shot there.
Kevin Koe very happy with Marc
Kennedy with the last shot.
Kennedy with the last shot. Saying
we will have a guard or fairly
We are just halfway.
This is an end where Switzerland may
be through Peter De Cruz have been a
little off with their shots. Canada
are starting to find their range
here. That is a little long. A
couple of feet further up would have
You are right, the way this Swiss
team works, the other three let
Peter De Cruz make his mind up.
Claudio Paetz is coming down to hear
what the skip as to say.
what the skip as to say.
it is good for them to come down the
ice and look at the situation so
they know how much exactly they are
trying to move the stones.
I think they're going to go
frustrate peel on this occasion. --
for a straight peel. Well, as the
Canadians rightly pointed out, it's
very difficult for the Swiss to play
the run back into there, because
they're actually only going to be
removing the red stones that are in
there, so they really need to wait
for Canada to make the move.
Probably does this, I guess, I don't
STEVE CRAM: That's exactly what
you're doing, you're trying to
second-guess what the opposition
will do! Talking out loud, putting
the thoughts into the mind of the
opposing skip perhaps.
impossible to get to the nose, by
the way. You're just hitting... No,
you're not. You're trying to get as
close to the nose as you can. Time
Time out to.
Time out to. So, Canada know
that the match is finely poised,
giving two up here would give
Switzerland that three shot lead
with three ends to go, so they want
to try and limit them to a one or
even steal, if they can. They're
just having a look at how these lie.
Scott Pfeifer acting as AlterNet and
-- alternate and coach.
What is the
Just bump it or take it
all the way through.
One is not the
end of the world...
No, it's not
going to move.
If I could sit right
I think your call is the
best call, Marc Kennedy, we've just
got to play...
So, here's the
Christian, can we play this...?
Here's Marc Kennedy coming in with a
firm shot! Like, let's move some
stuff around! Knows a prize, Marc
Kennedy's solution to anything is,
let's move things around! -- no
What does he do?
even sure that... Who might just
If he just tapped that
Are we second?
second right now, yep.
this, you're still going to be
short, I think.
And then we get to
lie two or three.
LOGAN GRAY: A very long discussion
taking place here, I think they're
looking at getting rid of the short
Well, they've got to make
their minds up now, time is up at a
now, they're into using up time on
their shot clockof time left.
PLAYER: We've just got to make sure
we kill this one, kill the back one.
Well, you can see the plan there to
hit that red and push the other one
out, the top one. There is Thomas
Bach, who, who's been here pretty
much since the first end, did leave
for a short while.
alongside the world curling
federation president Kate Caithness
So, after all of that
discussion, Kevin Koe trying to come
down and just catch this red.
down and just catch this red. Having
to sweep it hard here, they just
want to catch it around a third. No,
it's going to hit that yellow.
That's not a good shot from Kevin
Koe. After all of that discussion,
well, how many times have we said
that, you can pick the shot but
you've got to play it?
It happens a
lot as well, you spend a lot of time
discussing it, you call a time-out,
the coach comes out, you draw up the
perfect place - and it doesn't get
made. It happens ALL the time.
now lie two. That's not a smile.
When they show that in the newspaper
tomorrow, a grimace, which says,
what have I done?
It still isn't a
straightforward situation for the
I think the big thing here for
Switzerland, obviously, there's a
couple of yellows in there. They
certainly can get rid of one here
and I think he thinks, OK, we'll
move our reds, but we're going to
keep them in close oximetry. And I
think he's trying to make sure he
doesn't give Kevin Koe a chance to
take more than one out.
So, Benoit Schwarz... He's got eight
HF spin back!
Not quite, I don't
think. That's a bit of a let-off the
Canada, that that one did not stay
on the wing.
Big let off. He just
wanted to hit and stay in there.
Didn't catch that in the way he
wanted to. They can obviously blank
this end, Switzerland, and that
would give them the hammer in the
eighth and the tenth. Remember they
said they wouldn't mind giving up
one a little while ago.
Yeah, it is
easy to remove them both here, the
trick to making this a great shot is
to keep throwing a stone in the
house and forced Switzerland to
score one and relinquish that last
stone advantage for the eighth end.
Yeah, Canada would have two sitting
Got to get rid of both of these
first... He hasn't.
Oh, it's going
to be a draw for two here!
to be a draw for two here!
this end is swinging one way and
then the other and back again. Kevin
Koe, both of his shots have been
errant. The first one catching his
own stone, and that one there, not
played right at all. Not sure quite
what's going wrong with Kevin Koe,
but saw yesterday against the USA...
So, Anwar Schwartz with a chance to
come in and sit two here. I think
they may have thought that
opportunity just come in and sit on
his own red and that will be fine.
Nicely done by Benoit Schwarz. I
love the way he just walks down the
other end, no fuss, no discussion,
play your stone. Absolutely perfect.
No-frills at all from this Swiss
number four. The skip has done a
good job there of guiding his team
through that seventh end, they pick
up their two and they lead Canada
6-3 with just three ends left to
Well, I don't call him baby
Federer for nothing! His performance
levels have been outstanding. And he
is always a great roll model out on
the ice for any young curlers coming
through in Switzerland - or anywhere
else in the world.
Well, it's gone
very quiet in the Canadian camp.
Both on the ice and in the stands as
one. Kevin Koe, who was set up a
better by his team there. Marc
Kennedy had played a couple of good
shots. And sadly the Kevin Koe, not
able to reciprocate, in the sense of
just keeping that pressure on. And
even the first shot from Benoit
Schwarz looked as though it had let
them off the hook. Got the chance
again, and he took it. Well, here we
go, then. Three ends left, Canada
have the hammer in the eighth and
the tenth. So, still plenty of
chances left for them to score. If
they were in a situation where they
managed to limit Switzerland to one,
get two in the final end, of course,
then we would be tied up. But
obviously you would be looking at an
extra end. The hammer in that
situation would switch to
Switzerland. Easy for you to say!
STEVE CRAM: Valentin Tanner. He is
meant to be a bit of a joker in the
pack, he doesn't look it, does he?
He's hardly said a word, but he's
cleared very well, very nicely
indeed. The two leads have... I
can't remember either of them really
missing. No big mistakes from the
Canada, kind of backs against
the wall here, Anita really throw
everything at this eighth end to try
and put a couple of points on the
board. They don't want any more
blank ends. So, they're going to
throw two corner guards here, which
is generally accepted as the most
offensive start to an end that you
Well, they've also got to
get some self-belief back. They've
got to be the Canada that everyone
expects them to be. There's Ben.
Valentin Tanner has not had to play
any takeouts at all. From the lead's
perspective, slightly with the
advantage. After four stones are
played, then you can take the guards
It has got to be one of the
most frustrating things about being
a lead, you can go out and play a
perfect game, but if the three guys
following you up are not doing their
job, then it's going to be very
difficult for you to win.
difficult for you to win.
that position there's only one
winner in the stats at least, and I
think that has been borne out by the
play. I think it was only that last
end where Peter de Cruz didn't quite
get the accuracy he wanted, but it
didn't matter in the end,
Switzerland still got their two.
Brent Laing struggled against the
USA, and he's been struggling today
as well a little.
STEVE CRAM: So, Switzerland, they
will continue with the tactic which
we have spoken about from the
beginning, just nicely controlling
things and not letting too many
stones get in play. Going to take
this guard away.
Yeah, it is an even
easier call to make when you're
three shots up, these peels, and it
was when it was all tied up.
was when it was all tied up. So,
we're going to cor draw right around
everything here from Canada,
choosing to go into the house early.
-- we're going to see a draw.
They're in a situation where they
have got to get something going, got
to try something a little bit
LOGAN GRAY: They're going into the
house very early, I think you would
see a lot of teams throwing a corner
guard here before making their move.
Still out there, it's going to have
to come in... Back in the 8ft.
SWISS PLAYERS SPEAK FRENCH
I think they are going to build this
off, they are not too worried about
sticking around. -- peel this off.
They are fully aware any sense that
Iran will be used by Canada to their
best possible benefit.
It is a real sense of covered in
themselves. A smart move by Peter De
Cruz thinking, OK, even if Canada
got two, let us not give them an end
where they can score big. One
Independent Parliamentary Standards
Authority or a blank end, even
though the two, we would be 6-5,
hammer in the ninth. Just calm.
hammer in the ninth. Just calm. --
They can score big, one or two, or a
Make them work for it.
Make them work for it.
with his first stone.
A blanked end would be something
which Switzerland would be more than
happy to comply with.
happy to comply with. They will keep
taking stones out here.
A little wide with that one, he
picks it up nicely. Those two Swiss
stones in that, Claudio Paetz, you
would think he was just walking down
the shops for a pint of milk,
wouldn't you! Shall I get full fat
today or skimmed? He skins that one
away. --He skims that one away.
What are you thinking? Presumably in
the back of your mind if something
doesn't happen here for Canada,
Kevin Koe will be known as the
Canadian skip who didn't even win a
medal. These three men that are with
him, with so much experience, two
previous gold medals with Kevin
Martin. Marc Kennedy and Ben Hebert,
back in 2010, they know what it is
like to win gold. Brent Laing used
to play with Glenn Howard, world
champion. But fighting for their
chance to try and win a bronze medal
You can see Benoit Schwartz will
take that yellow away and he will
roll it back in.
Look at Kevin Koe and his stance,
you won't win anything if you are
shooting less than 60% -- and his
That is unbelievable.
That is unbelievable.
very quiet in the stands, people
enjoying this match but there has
been nothing for the Canadians to
If they had made that
double, the Canadians would have had
a hissy fit.
Not the best shot from
Benoit Schwartz. Wanting to roll
across back into the house.
the first sign really of any nerves
from the Swiss. A long way from
Canada still with a lot of work to
do, to score two. Perhaps ignoring
that red stone in the middle.
Switzerland could be forced to play
a takeout on this.
Those in the two saying, the enough,
get the two. This one is not over
yet. Kevin Koe needs to play a nice
shot here. Sweeping this very early.
They have got to keep working this.
To bring it in. Keep going.
They were on that right from the
very beginning. So, Canada now with
two stones in that and a load Swiss
stone -- lone. So, where can he put
He has got to be lying second shot
after this. I am not sure he is
going to be able to.
The key for Benoit...
Is to roll in front of that red.
Absolutely. To protect his own red.
Just a bit much. Into second shot
position. Not an easy double.
In any situation you just want to
take the two at. But not leave the
shooter in there. They can't just
take the red at the button. It would
only be the one. He will have to try
to come on the inside of that red.
And tap that other red back.
so easy to spin that uplift. I am OK
with a little more. I am OK with
If Kevin Koe was playing in
the way you are used to watching
him, you would be thinking, he is
going to make this easy. He may well
do. But the way he has been playing
and the situation, this is a big
pressure shot for Kevin Koe. This
will pretty much keep them in
contention. You can see the Swiss,
well, something has tickled the pair
of them. And you can see how
anxiously the Swiss, sorry, the
Canadian fans are watching. Kevin
Koe with his last stone. He had to
try and take out both of these Swiss
stones. One isn't good enough for
him. As he got it? He is close. That
is a cracking shot from the Canadian
skip just when he needed to produce
his best. He has found a way to get
his two in the eighth end. It will
mean Switzerland still do this with
two to play and they will still
consider themselves favourites to
win. But Canada have got a real
opportunity, now only one behind,
two end to play, Switzerland with
the hammer. Everyone was holding
their breath, the Canadian fans in
the stand anxiously looking on.
That was a must make. He only hit
maybe a quarter at most of that
stone, a tough shot. Any error and
he could have given up a steel
event. That would have been game
over. -- a steal, even.
The second one put the pressure on
Kevin Koe. And this time he stood up
to it. That was a nice shot. Here we
go again, the ninth end. Switzerland
with the hammer. If they get their
two, it will be very difficult for
Canada. If they can hold them to
one, then they would need a the two
in the final end. Always a
possibility of a steel. -- a steal.
The other thing Canada wouldn't want
here is a blanked end.
Just a bit more of the same from
Switzerland, run the stones through,
put more end in the books, get
closer to the winning line.
Ben Hebert not wasting any thinking
The line is good. Fairly tight. Stay
Ben Hebert, after nine Ben, his
shooting is 100%. He has been
putting guards in place a couple of
This bronze medal match, if you are
hanging on before going to work, and
people are off score as well, this
has got two end to go. We still
haven't had a time-out from
Switzerland yet. Canada have used
theirs. Switzerland still have the
opportunity if they need it. We
could be into an extra end, that is
a possibility. And don't forget
Great Britain's women in the
semifinal against Sweden at 11am.
Brent Laing has upped his game in
the second half.
He has been much better.
they weren't trying to take out that
red but leave them round the back of
the house so it is more difficult
for Switzerland to remove The
Often the stone which has been taken
out is running through the house and
anything at the back might just
catch. The Canadian strategy here
has two B, limit them to one. Give
themselves the chance to tie it up,
keep this match going. So, another
guard out there for Canada.
Which will be removed.
This is building up, the tension
ratcheted up all the time,
particularly for Canada, but also
for Switzerland because they are
getting ever closer to a bronze
medal and a victory over Canada. But
they have got some work to do. So,
Marc Kennedy, then, trying to draw
in this time.
The line is good, guys.
keep going! Canada warming to the
There you go, that is shot.
Great sweeping. I think Switzerland
will want to continue to play things
up front, if they can.
A really good
draw here by the Canadians. They
even managed to get it into shot
position. Switzerland will try to
start banning some of these yellows
into the house. -- running.
Canada just down to four minutes and
20, roughly, with still 11 shots to
play in this game. The time the
stones are running, the clock is
They've seen the Canadians spending
quite a lot of time over some
tactical discussions, so they're
going to have to be quite decisive
over the closing stages here.
STEVE CRAM: Well, that gives them
the chance now to get those two
Cropper after this, it will just be
the two skips to play once more.
Claudio Patz has been very, very
good - has he played a good shot
That's a cracker. Well, the
brushes go up, almost go up anyway.
We almost saw a bit of excitement
from the Swiss team there! He's a
great character, and he quietly goes
about his business.
Kevin Koe, only 25%, I think that is
on the clockwise rotation, not too
sure on that graphic!
That's nicely done by Kevin Koe, but
this is beginning to look difficult
Canada now. Time-out called by
SWISS TEAM SPEAK FRENCH
LOGAN GRAY: So, the coach comes out
onto the ice to support the team.
The coaches take a bit of travel
time before the one-minute time-out,
so who should time his walk
perfectly to get there for the start
37 seconds left.
SWISS TEAM SPEAK FRENCH
Canadian fans still trying to lift
their team here. But what an
opportunity for Switzerland.
LOGAN GRAY: It certainly is. They
can go for a peel on this one, I
don't see too many other options for
them. The 2003 world silver
medallist Claudio Pescia leaves the
playing area and returns to his
comfy seat on the bench.
comfy seat on the bench.
Schwarz, the man who put paid to
Great Britain's hopes in the men's
competition in that tie-break match.
I think they may have been going to
the one in the house there.
played it on the safe side, he
caught plenty of that stone. So,
that's it on time-outs.
that's it on time-outs. And now,
Kevin Koe... He's going to try and
leave his shooter in here.
to avoid leaving a double takeout
for Switzerland. Needs to roll away
from the other shot in the house but
still stay in the white bit to lie
Well, he's been blowing a bit
hot and cold, Kevin Koe. Has he got
a hot one here...?
a hot one here...?
enough. It does look like there is a
double therefore two.
It does, he
just needs to hit, come across, he
just needs to tap the other second
yellow, not too far. -- there for
Yeah, they look pretty flat,
the two yellow stones, but they're
so close together you can generate
the speed you need to remove the
other one. Who will be looking to
hit this one roundabout to third
contact and it should just pop the
second yellow straight along the tee
So, Benoit Schwarz... He's
been playing very well, it's been
draws which have been his forte so
far, not quite so good on the
takeouts, so he's looking here to
take away this Canadian yellow, roll
across and try and take both of them
out, try and pick up his two... Has
he done it? That's it, just gets the
one. Well, Kevin Koe managing to
force the one. It was not a great
shot from Benoit Schwarz. But
perhaps a ring on the side of
caution. So, we have a match now
which Canada still have a chance in.
They have fought well over these
last couple of ends when they
haven't been playing well. They have
picked up two in the eighth, limited
Switzerland to one in the
ninth,which is what they had to do.
Well, this could be the last between
end discussion for the teams here.
Still the possibility of going to an
extra end. Canada would have to
score two to tie the game here in
the tenth end.
It's our last game
ever hear, let's go!
Valentin Tanner with the first stone
of the tenth end, a match which for
a long time Switzerland have
Play almost flawless
curling, forcing Canada to give up a
steal in the first couple of ends
and it was a while before
Switzerland actually got the hammer.
Canada finally picking up two in the
fourth. Then Switzerland responded
and got themselves into a two-shot
lead, and then we traded shots
pretty much since the halfway point,
but Switzerland have always looked
as though they've just got their
noses in front, and as they come to
this last end, that's exactly how
they set, two ahead. Canada have
managed to claw it back on a couple
of occasions, but they've really
just been hanging onto Switzerland
more than anything else. So a big
ask of them in the final end,
they're two behind, they need to
score their two here to take this
into an extra end, and if that was
the case, Switzerland would have the
hammer in that extra end.
very rarely see this shot made,
taking a corner guard and trying to
push it towards the bumper.
the faintest of touches... He's
missed it. Well, that's the first
time he has been asked to do that in
this match, and he misses by a
couple of inches, quite a long way,
to be honest.
It looks like a really
bad shot, but it's such a hard shot
to play. They could not just remove
that yellow stone in that free guard
zone, you can't remove the
opposition stolen from that area, or
it will just be replaced.
explain, Logan, why we would do
that? We have seen Canada put corner
guards up before and they have
ignored them - why in the last end
would you change your tactic?
a good question, Steve. They could
have quite rightly thrown another
stone into the house. But I think
they're really wary that by putting
additional stones in play, they give
Canada a chance to score reefer or
even three. So, they're going to
Canada work extremely hard for the
So, they get rid of
the guard with that one. Just to
refresh the situation for you -
Canada have never, ever even been in
a bronze medal match, they've always
been in the gold-medal match Tom
Aggar silver, that's the worst
they've done in the men's
competition. The women, of course,
not even making it out of the round
robin into the final four. So, the
men hoping to at least have some
consolation with a bronze medal
here. Canada, the curling capital of
the world, if you like, if they were
not to win a medal in these two team
competitions, then it would be one
of the biggest shocks of the Winter
Olympics. The USA beating them in
the semifinal yesterday.
not a good shot there from Brent
Laing. And that has summed up the
last week for him. This could be
last week for him. This could be a
game ender here.
Just to finish off
what I was saying there, after Brent
Laing played 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 Canada
men's team you would expect to see
at the Winter Olympics. At other
times, certainly not playing very
well. Kevin Koe in particular I
think on occasion not managing to
play the sort of shots he is
renowned for. This is Peter de Cruz,
the Swiss skip, playing two. And
they are the team, of course, who
got past Great Britain in the
tie-break. And now are edging closer
to the bronze medal. Lovely shot
there from Peter de Cruz.
, yeah. We
just saw Andi Schwaller, who has won
the bronze medal as skip for
Switzerland here at the Olympics.
Back in, was it, 2002, Steve?
2002. Salt Lake City.
Well, this is a really difficult
spot now offer Canada after that
missed guard by Brent Laing. They're
going to desperately try and hide
behind something, but they could
still get a result, however. Not
this time, though. This is going to
be wide open.
And all Switzerland
need to do is to keep taking stones
out and keeping things nice and
clear. They know Canada need two. If
they keep trading stones, then
there's not going to be an
opportunity the Kevin Koe, who will
be looking to try and work something
once they get down to the last two
or three. But Claudio Patz has
played brilliantly, I've been really
impressed with him all the way
through the tournament.
going to need a little bit of help
hear, they don't have anything going
at the moment. Canada are going to
have to try and find a way to
literally just bite a tiny edge.
They're actually going to try
something a bit different, we saw
them trying this yesterday against
the USA. They're going to try and
freeze the inside of this yellow
PLAYER: It's close!
EILIDH BARBOUR: Apologies, but we
have reached the end of our time
here on BBC Two. We are going
straight over to BBC One, but you
can see the conclusion of this match
live on the red button, or
switchover to BBC One and join Clare
Balding, who will bring you the
conclusion of that match and the
match between the Briton and Sweden
in the semifinals of the women's
tournament. From me it is goodbye
and I will see you tomorrow morning.
Eilidh Barbour presents live coverage of the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The day's action includes the first men's ice hockey semi-final. Canada are the defending champions but are unable to call upon their biggest stars, with no NHL players able to compete at the 2018 Games. That could boost the chances of a European side winning gold - such as Sochi silver medallists and reigning world champions Sweden.