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Good morning from the penultimate
day of competition here in
Pyeongchang, eight gold medals up
for grabs today. We might be slowing
down towards the end of it all, but
these athletes certainly are not. If
you were watching on BBC One, you
will see we have just had a history
in the parallel giant slalom, Ester
Ledecka becoming the first woman to
win a gold medal in two different
sports at the same Winter Olympics,
our first super-G on the skis, his
second coming are now favoured
snowboard. We are going to head
straight back there, because the
men's final is just coming up, so
let's rejoin our commentary team.
This is it, the men's parallel giant
slalom, the big final. Sangho, on
the blue course.
Korea is guaranteed
a silver or gold medal, but which
colour will it be?
He is up against
Has been riding very
strong all day.
You call it, you are
I don't know, my heart
is saying Lee Sang Hwa oh, but as we
have seen, one tiny mistake can
throw it all up. I will tell you in
about one minute's time!
Here we go,
all of Korea expects, it is a better
start from Lee, who had a shocking
start in the semifinal.
start in the semifinal. Taking a
conservative line on the top of the
course. That is a long way back, he
is going to have to go for it now,
needs to carry speed from the steep
to the flat. And Galmarini from
Switzerland is looking good.
coming over the last knoll now.
Karen Lee pull out the spectacular
He did very well at the end
of the course last time.
take the gold, Lee will have to
settle for silver.
The crowd is
still going wild, I think they are
very happy with the medal.
absolutely wonderful. And Nevin
Galmarini takes the gold medal for
Switzerland. Sea has had a fantastic
day, qualified in first, just
flawlessly all day, a deserving
winner, I think. And the league,
this is a personal best, fear that
the World Championships last year in
Sierra Nevada. -- and leave. He won
the world junior championships in
2015, but he has invested so much of
his time, energy, for these home
Olympic Games, and for Nevin
Galmarini, he has gone one better,
silver medallist in Sochi four years
ago, and now a gold medal in the
men's parallel giant slalom.
Yeah, he was flawless all day today,
That is what you call a
perfect race, absolutely perfect.
Yeah, just looking at it, yes, he
was actually able to catch up from
the steep to the flat, the second
intermediate time, gained back 0.2
of a second.
He seemed faster at the
end of the course than at the start.
Yeah. Look at the edge
angle there. He didn't need to reach
for the line, he knew he was
guaranteed the medal.
Celebrations for the Swiss, but also
in South Korea, that is their first
ever Olympic medal on snow,
brilliant stuff in Pyeongchang for
the locals. We will stay on the
snowboard now, because the big air
final has been a brilliant addition
to these Winter Olympics, and Billy
Morgan from GB was hoping it could
be a brilliant end to its Winter
Olympics. He qualified in sixth
place a few days ago. Carlos Garcia
Knight from New Zealand was the lead
qualifier in that qualifying heat.
The format change slightly. Instead
of the best of two jumps, there are
three jumps, the best two counting
and being added together to get your
overall champion. Let's join Tim
Warwood and Ed Leigh.
Yes, this is good news, Billy Morgan
took a big hit in training, so the
fact that he is up here is great
news. Hamish McMurray tanned Rowan
Coultas next to him, Billy just
watching the flags. He made it
through with big backside triple
1440 Caulker, but it was huge, and
that is what he wants to land now.
Backside triple cork, it is
Couldn't hold it.
huge! Billy! Backside triple cork
with the nose grab. Oh, and he was
cleaning to that with his
fingernails. He really was.
hanging off the edge of a cliff, and
now the pressure is on Billy.
30.0, Billy Morgan has it all to do
on his final two jumps.
been in the game for more than a
decade, so, so strong. The Canadian
is considered a veteran at 25, but
he can ride everything.
he can ride everything. Of late, he
has been eclipsed on the Canadian
team by the likes of Mark McMorris.
Switch frontside 1620, and the first
rider to properly send it deep into
That is very, very
nice! That is huge.
Huge trick. He
has put himself very much in the
running for this title, that is a
massive trek to punch out. 84.75,
the judges leaving themselves
somewhere to go.
Next in, it is the
Norwegian, Torgeir Bergrem, and we
watched him yesterday.
Winding up into the backside 1620.
Huge, huge trick.
Look at the
He the snowboarder's
snowboarder, the Ryan Giggs of
snowboarding, widely considered to
be one of
at that, keeping the board pretty
much straight on the take-off,
judges like that, using the grab
rails on the board to full effect.
And he is happy with it.
first place for Torgeir Bergrem, and
deservedly so. Kyle Mack, a rider
always renowned for his different
grounds, made it into the finals
with a backside triple cork 1440
with a Japan grab, which almost
stalled the rotation. Oh!
That is the best one we
have seen from him.
Without a doubt,
the best one we have seen from him.
To put the Japan grab in the middle
of the trick kills all the rotation,
and then as he brings it back, it
really is, reignites the trick, like
a turbo charge.
It is likely peels
back an elastic band and then lets
go of it in the middle of the trick.
The instinct, every part of it must
be saying, let go, save yourself!
Uses the urge and
hold onto that one.
-- pull the
82.00, that is as good as
you can go.
Well, it wasn't switch.
Switch regarded as more
Back to the top, and this
man is the king of big air.
man is the king of big air.
Canadian dropping in normal,
forwards. Backside triple cork 1620!
Oh, that was a work of art!
huge, and it was clean.
Take a look
at Max Parrot there, he has done the
whole trick on the take-off, he
grabs, he is not working, not
fighting it. The whole trick, from
start to finish, is done on the
take-off, and if you look, that 180
looks like it is part of the trick.
Max Parrot, we know he has got the
cab 1800 in his bag, he has got two
goes at that. Bergrem in first,
Parrot and second, Toutant and
third. Kyle Mack is the only other
rider in the 80s. Billy under
pressure now, he has worked so hard
to get here, he tore his lateral
crew should ligament, that kept him
off his board for a month before
these games. -- cruciate.
Billy! Massive again!
And he holds
it up, yes, it was huge, and he put
the nose grab on it, the hardest
grab! Yes, Billy!
nice. Huge triple cork. If the
judges are rewarding size, they have
got to give them a big present for
that one. Oh, my goodness! Borrow
Chuck Norris's thighs to put this
one down, I think. And relief for
the British fans watching. 82.5
There we go, that is the score
on the board. Billy Morgan has a
serious, serious shop now. Next in,
Sebastien Toutant, the Canadian is
sat on a very, very powerful 84.75.
A bit of breathing room here. And I
think it is completely fair to say
that this kid is a video game
snowboarder, he will go backside
again here. Backside 1620.
he hold onto that?! It was like a
Huge, huge, huge second
hit for the man from Quebec.
looked like he was handing onto a
palomino at the rodeo on the way
out, but some of the toe edge stayed
in contact with the snow. Two 1620s,
this is very, very precious. 89.50,
that puts him in a very, very strong
I want to see this boy do
well, Kyle Mack. Powerhouse. He is
so mostly, he even sinks in
He is a human Mack truck!
If you have some gates that need
smashing down, you can call him!
He already has the backside 1440.
That is a bloody Dracula!
And I am not swearing,
that is the name of the grab,
both hands on the tail.
I have never seen it in a 14.
I have seen him do it on the 1080.
I don't think he can believe
that he has put it down in the 1440.
Four called rotations, both hands on
the tail. He is fizzing after that
Not at all.
what happened with Sage Kotsenburg,
pulling something out of the
ordinary in such, and it dominated
slopestyle for him, and I think Kyle
Mack could do the same, this could
push close to the 90 mark.
Two big scores and in second
place at the moment.
So, Mark Mcmorris, and he
So, Mark Mcmorris, and he always
delivers in this situation. 11
months ago he was in a medically
induced coma after breaking his
ribs, his pelvis, his humorous
unsure and spleen. He broke his
femur in 2016, he is the king of
It is over for
Mark McMorris! And the Olympic Ring
once more slips through his fingers.
Twice he has had the bronze medal
but by his extremely high standards,
it was always a gold medal he was
A huge cheer from the crowd,
they know what he's gone through,
what a journey he has had to be
An incredible work effort, Max
Parrot, the second man after Billy
Morgan to land a quad core. Accused
of lacking style at times but
certainly addressed that. Will we
see the cab 1800?
Is this it? It is!
And he has gone!
He has landed
hundreds of those in training and
suddenly everything is wide open. If
he had landed this trick, the final
was put to bed. We have got that
lovely finish, and we are coming to
the boil now because we have the
finish where the pressure is on Max
Oh, his chin goes down. His
face! Do you want a grated cheek on
It is like sandpaper.
His switch backside 1620, he dropped
but now he has to deliver, Carlos
Spirit is very high
in the New Zealand camp with the
16-year-old Porteus taking the
bronze earlier in the day.
He has gone too big. He went
to big! And that is the end of
Carlos Garcia Knight. Oh, my
goodness! Bottle that up, Eau Of
His mum and dad
would drive to the mountain, sit in
the car while he shredded all day on
He made it look easy
He did. Let's look
at the standing.
So, Billy Morgan I think will go for
the frontside 1440 triple core but
if he lands this, he is well within
the medal scores but remember he is
the second of 12 riders to drop in
the third and final jumps of men's
We know the whole of
Southampton is watching this.
They've rented the sports centre,
there will be a big crowd cheering
him on, and he needs to go
absolutely stratospherically that
isn't something he struggles with,
to be honest.
Come on, Billy Morgan
to be honest.
Come on, Billy Morgan
Double grab! Billy Morgan, yes!
Billy Morgan with a double grab!
That is massive, absolutely huge!
Oh, my goodness. He had us all
scared, he slammed in practice,
dropped his first jump and he has
delivered second and third jump.
This is very, very pressures.
grabbing the tail and the mute on
The judges will love that,
they will love it! One line, two
Beautiful, stands up like
Michael Knight from Knight Rider.
Yes, Billy Morgan!
Yes, Billy Morgan!
85.5, he is an
bronze medal position and it is a
very long guns nervous wait for the
man from Southampton.
man from Southampton. This man is in
very enviable position. Where will
Sebastien Toutant take this third
and final jump?
Not one jump in the
90s from the first two. The judges
leaving plenty in reserve.
trust Chris Corning wouldn't try a
I don't trust he won't. He was
chucking them on the practice in
Munchen club back for a laugh.
dropping in switch.
He has gone
And he tried to tidy it
up, the cab 16, just by going even
bigger, he wanted to add to that
score. This would be such a huge
result for Sebastien Toutant. You
look over his results and it is only
the Quebec slopestyle key won. That
looks like visualisation of the quad
Is he going to try to do the
quad core? This jump is too small to
see that trip.
I don't know, it
looks like it.
He is starting right
back there. Surely not.
I think he's
going forward. -- for it.
be history right here. This would be
the first quad in competition.
think he is going. I'm nervous and
I've never seen him this site.
going to have to rip this so hard.
It is... And he nearly made it!
It is... And he nearly made it! Oh,
my goodness! The backside quad core
makes its appearance at the Olympics
and we've been talking about it
since day one at the slopestyle and
we finally see it. Chris Corning has
been building his entire career
around the idea he's going to come
to the Olympics and land a quad core
and then the jump is too small.
that stopped him? No. He has ripped
Full credit to this man. Two,
He dips so late. He only
needed a tiny, tiny bit more. Wow,
Chris Corning has bent physics.
Anxious wait for Billy Morgan as we
start getting through the heavy
hitters. This final here running in
reverse order of qualifiers.
starting to get restless in my seat.
I feel like I have got ants in my
He drops in switch... Oh, and
he has dropped it! How? How? After
being so consistent? I suppose it is
a difference trick. He has worked so
hard on that backside 1620, and he
squandered it. The second jump is
when it started to go wrong for him.
He is such an incredible snowboarder
but he battles with consistency on
the biggest stages.
What a shame for
Next in, Kyle Mack,
currently sitting in silver medal
position. So, for Mack, an
improvement for -- from his first
jump. If he can bump his score up...
He will need 87. He can pull it up
to 87, he can move into gold medal
I don't think we will see
1440 in the high 80s.
He will need
to... He either needs a 16 or a grab
that is truly out of this world and
with the bloody Dracula on his
frontside 14, that is as much as it
Backside triple core 16,
very nearly ran to 18.
I think he was trying to
take it around to 1800, by the looks
I'm looking down to this and,
right now, of all the riders left to
drop, Mark McMorris, Niklas
Mattsson, they've dropped their
first jump is. There's only one man
who can knock everyone out. So,
Sebastien Toutant guaranteed silver.
Kyle Mack guaranteed bronze. So,
Billy Morgan can only get blasted by
The hole of the UK now
just needs to watch this jump
through their eyes. Of course they
watch it through their eyes! They
need to watch it through their
fingers. I am beside myself, I can't
watch it. I'm torn between my friend
in bronze and one of the best
snowboarders trying to do business
on this big edge jump.
trick we will see on this jump.
Let's make no mistake about it,
here's here for gold.
He is coming
in backwards. Oh, no! He has gone!
What? Max Parrot scaling back his
jump and missing.
He went to the
gold and he went home with nothing.
So, the medals are settled. We said
it was a long shot but Billy Morgan,
Great Britain, Southampton's finest
snowboarder go home with a bronze
medal! In exactly the same way Jenny
Jones worked so hard and was able to
crown an impressive career with the
glory of an Olympic medal, Billy
Morgan has done the same thing. The
man who has pioneered so many tricks
but really struggled for that core
acceptance from the sport has come
here and landed two breathtaking
tricks under pressure to take a
silver medal and the story isn't so
different for Sebastien Toutant in
gold-medal position. It is so lovely
seeing these two powerhouse nations
of snowboarding, Canada and America,
matched very, very closely by
Britain, one of the minnows of
snowboarding. In Billy Morgan, we
have one of the most courageous and
pioneering of snowboarders. He has
earned his reward here at the first
ever Big Air in Korea. A bronze
medal. Congratulations, Billy.
Oh my God, Billy Morgan, you legend!
What a wild ride that was.
you thinking right this second?
don't know, it's wild. I had bad
training, I fell, and I thought it
was game over. I was thinking, I
hope I don't fall over three times.
They would be devastated. My mates
are in a bar watching.
That was your
mind saying, come on!
If I land one
jump, I'll be stoked and I did two.
The first one was so deep and we saw
you have the crash. Second run, you
land it. What do you think going
into the third?
I didn't land one of
them in practice, and I had a sore
bottom. And Hamish said, go slower
and time it right. I just landed it
and I didn't know what to do.
sunk in yet you are a bronze
No, I'm sure it'll hit me
later. I never expected it. If you
come in shooting for a medal, you're
ready for it but I didn't.
ago would you have thought that,
with your knee injury?
No. Like I
said, I said I'd be stoked if I made
So, happy days.
Absolutely brilliant stuff from
Billy Morgan. The fifth medal of
TeamGB's Winter Olympics. It makes
it officially the most successful
Winter Olympics of all time it
stands. We are still waiting on
classification from four years ago,
we potentially wait for five, but
this makes it Britain's most
successful Winter Olympics.
Are you still teary, Tim?
going to stick. We had it with
Jenny. Snowboarding is such a small
community, we all know each other
and certainly the British guys,
we've known each other for years. To
have to commentate on your friend in
an Olympic final, then winning a
medal. It's something I struggle to
do, I realise. I shed a little tear
but amazing, what a day.
We have heard from Billy, he had
injury problems, his dad had health
complications, to win a bronze,
incredible when you put everything
The standard of
the qualifiers, one of the best
snowboard competitions I have ever
seen, and any other day I would have
given Billy a really good shot, but
what we knew of the qualifiers and
how training had gone down, it was
really high level, possibly the
highest we have ever seen at a
contest. And into that the fact that
he had not ridden through January
with his ligament damage, and as you
say, his father had a stroke back in
the summer. It is ridiculous that he
managed to find that, crashing
moments before the final start,
dropping his first jump, to then
pull it all back together and land
two incredible jumps was
And the third one, the
one he didn't nail previously, that
shows a lot of guts.
It really does,
considering he has not landed it
that much, he has had it in his
arsenal, he has been practising it
over the last few weeks, and is
coached texted me a video of it,
saying, what do think of this? Me
and Ed watched it about 50 times,
saying, that is a potential medal
winning trick, and he has done and
under the highest amount of
pressure, on his final jump, last
bite of the Jerry, pulled it out of
the bag, perfect, won him a medal.
One official medal on snow coming
into the Games, two in the freestyle
in Pyeongchang, what do you hope it
does for the sport of freestyle
skiing and snowboarding?
Jenny's medal, we saw the snow domes
and dry slopes below, lessons were
oversubscribed across the UK, so we
know how much of an impact that has
had. And you hope, looking forward,
the programmes that GB runs, the
futures project, the pathway
Project, which draws new talent from
grass-roots areas, puts them through
their paces, brings them up to this
elite level, hopefully we have got
plenty of talent behind Billy,
Jenny, Aimee, Katie, but it is the
younger generations who might start
finding the sport that we will see
in the three Olympic cycles' time,
replicating this, it is an exciting
It has been really
exciting the whole time, thanks for
joining us, wonderful work from you
two and all the athletes, huge
congratulations to Billy Morgan for
his bronze medal. We hope we can get
him on the balcony a little bit
later in the programme. But for now,
we are going to be Curling Centre,
because it all comes down to the
final two, European champions Sweden
take on the USA for the gold medal.
USA will be on the podium for the
first time since 2006, when they won
bronze. This time it is a fight for
the ultimate prize in Pyeongchang.
Logan Gray and Jackie Lockhart join
me from the Curling Centre, how is
the atmosphere building down there?
They are starting to roll in,
generally it is about 50 minutes
into the game that they fill it up,
but we will definitely have a
deserving champion, whoever wins.
Really interesting battle, Jackie,
USA took a bit of time to get into
their stride, but they certainly
found form at the
their stride, but they certainly
found form at the right time.
came into the final with a 5-4
record, but Sweden have 7-2, a
fantastic game against Canada to get
to this final stage, and I don't
think anybody really expected that
to happen, so these guys are just
going to be out here enjoying
themselves, but they will have a
really tough battle on their hands
against the dominant Swedish team
that is Niklas Edin.
are, European champions, the Swedes,
Logan, will a be feeling the
pressure slightly more going into
I think the USA have
already exceeded expectation, let's
say. Sweden changed their team after
they won bronze in Sochi, purely
because they couldn't achieve what
they haven't already, the Olympic
gold medal, so they will be feeling
a little bit of pressure, but they
have played so many high pressure
games, they will know how to tackle
I love putting you guys on the
spot, can you pick a winner?
Niklas Edin, without question, has
been so superb all week, very
dominant across the whole season.
Same for me as well, Steve and I was
split on the bronze game, and Steve
was right on that occasion, but
Niklas Edin all the way, just too
Well, there you have it, they
are both going for the same ones.
Can it be Sweden's Olympic gold
medal? Jackie and Logan, thank you
for joining me, we will join Steve
Cram to take us through this gold
Thank you, Eilidh, yes, the
atmosphere building up, created
primarily by the US fans, although
plenty of Swedish bands in here,
they will give as good as they get,
as far as the singing and applause
which, excuse me, which greeted both
teams, but particularly the US team.
They are surprise men of this
competition. They have given
themselves an opportunity which I
don't think they could have ever
really dreamt of. John Shuster and
his team taking on Niklas Edin for
the gold medal. This is a match
which Edin would have thought about,
jumped about for so long, but I'm
not sure you would have expected to
be playing the USA in this final.
USA have never reached the men's
curling final, so what an
opportunity for them. They have been
gathering all sorts of support back
home. John Shuster, four time
Olympian, a bronze medallist from
2006. He has pulled this team
together at just the right time. So
let's hope they can give Niklas Edin
a great match here. Sweden, of
course, with the women's team taking
on Korea tomorrow, midnight tonight
UK time. So they have got a chance
of two gold medals in the curling
competition. We are expecting a few,
a bit of stardust being sprinkled at
the curling today, rumours that
Ivanka Trump will be appearing,
perhaps the King of Sweden as well.
We will keep an eye out for them.
But to be honest, most of the
stardust is in our commentary booth,
both of you going for Sweden?
Yeah. Are you going to go for
No, I am going to go with you.
I did fancy Switzerland yesterday,
more because of the pressure that I
think Canada were under in a
negative way. I think Niklas Edin
has been playing superbly well, and
I just think USA, as you said, have
maybe overachieved to get this far,
and a silver medal is a great
result, and that is the danger for
them, that they have got a mattress
on their back. You know, when you
fall, it is a nice soft landing
I totally agree, but the USA
are hot off the back of a number of
wins, five or six wins, all must win
games to get here, so no doubt their
confidence must be sky high right
So Matt Hamilton, his famous
moustache, created its own Twitter
account. And so many people back
home have jumped on the bandwagon of
Matt, played with his sister in the
mixed doubles. And he is a real
character, playing second for USA.
Rasmus Wranaa, I was just watching a
little clip from Niklas Edin and
Rasmus joined the team, what, 18
months, two years ago? He is the
latest addition to the team and he
was saying, yeah, he is a bit young,
he takes a few too many risks for my
liking, but I will get that out of
him! But he has been a great
addition to the team.
call Rasmus Junior, and actually
they are littered with class
throughout the team, if there are
any mistakes, it doesn't tend to
come from Rasmus.
These two teams are extremely well
acquainted, they have played each
other 15 times in their career, and
surprisingly to make, Edin has only
won eight out of 15 against them, so
maybe not as straightforward as we
think it might be. Shuster has
actually won three of the last four
games against each other.
games against each other.
Olympic final, you can wipe all of
those previous matches away with a
victory here. It doesn't really
matter, from their point of view.
They will say, I would swap all of
those wins, John Shuster, we said
this yesterday, similarly for Niklas
Edin, a moment he has been waiting
for. Defeated last time in the
Defeated by GB
as well, and I've be Niklas Edin's
last shot, a shot to win, a run back
double, and he missed it by a hair,
and that is about all. So close to
making the final, must be absolutely
gut-wrenching for him.
Eriksson, you can see some of the
stats for these guys, particularly
the Swedish team, they started
incredibly well. Actually quite
tough match against that steam here,
did it end of 8-60 my kid was the
toughest match up to that point.
toughest match up to that point. --
against that team here, did it end
It was the first game where
we saw the GB men's team and thought
they might have a chance of making
the semifinals, a really strong
So if you are just
waking up on a Saturday morning, bit
of an early rise. Today! Plenty of
curling for you, this gold medal
match for the man and then Great
Britain is women going in the bronze
medal match against Japan, trying to
emulate what they did four years
ago. Huge disappointment that they
did make the gold medal match, but
they have got to pick themselves up.
Not much time to do that, the teams
who won, Korea and Sweden, they have
the whole day off today, the gold
medal matches 9am local time on
Sunday. We have seen plenty of light
-- blanked ends in the first end of
In such a high
pressure situation, the last thing
you want to do is go all out and
give up a score of four and leave
yourself in a bad place, so both
teams will be quite happy to just
ease their way into this final.
The green hat, I have mentioned it
before, if you haven't seen the USA
before, a lucky mascot or whatever
you want to call a - lucky hat! Just
tucks it in his back pocket, Matt
Hamilton. It is the red caps that he
and John Shuster sport, I guess they
have come out in light blue, against
the blue and yellow of Sweden. Not
normally the colours you would
associate with the USA, but two of
them are wearing the red caps.
just happy to see them not out here
in all white, like they did at the
start of the week.
trousers were a bit iffy.
looked a bit more suitable for
Wimbledon than a game of curling.
Yeah, this John Shuster team, it is
worth mentioning, you have talked
about it, Logan, they are a rag the
mob that have been put together
after going through a really
disappointing campaign in Sochi.
Shuster wasn't really considered
part of the future of USA curling,
but he put this team together, and
they have sort of muscled their way
back in, with good results, and
earned the right to represent USA at
the Olympics. Even when they were
2-4, just two wins and four losses
at one point in the round-robin, a
lot of people were writing them off
back home, apparently, and they have
had to eat their words somewhat. So
it blanked first end.
it blanked first end.
is easiest to play with a chip on
your shoulder and something to
prove, and that is definitely the
case for John Shuster. The last two
Olympics have been a major
disappointment for them, for John
Shuster in particular, he was even
benched for a few of the games at
one of the Olympics, so for him to
be back here for a fourth time, with
a bronze medal in the bag from 2006,
he has already improved at this
time, so well done to John, whatever
the outcome today.
You are on
celebrity watch, by the way, Jackie!
I will keep an eye out, I do like
looking at the audience!
If you see
any crowns, led us no(!) That is an
as,'s parents, they will be waiting
expectantly for the gold medal match
The lad with the hair, he is a
brother of one of the competitors
brothers. I think that his hat hair.
It is a cold wind out there.
flurry of snow for the first time
for us here at the coast.
we might get a bit more action in
the second, both teams looked like
they might throw guards.
I think one of the main keys for the
USA Today is to do exactly what they
did against Canada and play the same
game plan, keep it tight in the
early and don't let anything...
Don't like Sweden build-up to many
stones in play, especially in and
around the button because that will
play in the sweet hands and the USA
will look to make more deliberate
These guys put hours into dedicating
themselves into the sport and it is
whether or not you want to continue
for another four years. And some of
them from the past Olympics are
having a break.
Joe Polo, he has won
bronze before, playing in the second
The lead for Sweden. Has played a
very nice shot. It makes its way
past that guard.
The crowd are building up here.
is a three-time world champion,
Lindholm. A couple of silver medals
along the way as well. I think
Niklas Edin is about to pass him in
his achievements in Swedish curling.
No question if you wins the gold
today, he will be the most decorated
curler in Sweden.
People getting excited already, the
flags waving. It is a bit early for
that. The crowd, I'm not sure how
many of them are aficionados. We did
have plenty of very well-behaved
crowds. When Korea have been
playing, it has been difficult for
other teams to keep their focus but
all eyes on this match today.
This yellow, very visible on the
outside of the house. Is he going to
get both? That gets the crowd going,
a nice double takeout. Great shot.
Nicely done, rolls out into the
open. Those couple of guards out in
the front, it is a race between the
USA in Sweden to see who can
properly hide one behind here in the
Matt Hamilton. Trying to see
if he can get his in behind. Not a
Great effort, actually.
He may be rolls a stone too far.
Just needed to hit it a fraction
closer to the nose and then it would
I think we might get a
good ooh. A loud one. They seem to
like them coming between the two
Right on cue, thanks, audience. I
was worried there for a while. It is
a little tight coming down. Sitting
in the match we were doing
yesterday, it was quite straight
down the middle. It was on the other
It was in the ladies game.
Sheet C. The audience don't have the
ability to see the line of the
stones so they are sitting and
hoping and holding their arrest to
see if it is going to get past the
stones at the top of the house.
There he goes, Tyler George. I think
he should have his own sitcom, the
Tyler George show. I can see it now.
He has played very well all week.
Certainly the last few matches in
which USA have produced those
results, he has been a big reason
Oskar Eriksson skipped his own TV
before -- team before and went on to
win a silver medal a couple of years
He just rolls the other way.
Just about tucked in behind the red.
So, these early exchanges, there has
been some good shotmaking early in
the game. Just trying to outwit each
other here. Or at least outdraw each
other, trying to get a slightly
better hit. That was the best so
far. Has Tyler George got another
good shot here? He has as well. This
is a nice end of a good start to
There is a lot of good
shots being made at the back of the
house but I am surprised to see
Niklas Edin not be more offensive
and tried to get more stones in play
to make things happen because while
he's probably playing his own
players in the match, he is allowing
USA to get comfortable out there.
A bit tit-for-tat here. That is just
going to hang in.
Just asking whether he can see it
out the other side. So, a little
change-up hit if he decides to hit
and tried to roll back in but it is
a bit more difficult now because it
is the side he'd like to see, he
USA just need to be a different bit
careful here. The last thing they
want to do is over girl, and chipped
the red into the house so this one
is a little bit scary for John
First time down on this
side, this far out. Give it plenty
of ice, gone around nicely. Done
very well. He has, cracking shots.
Perfectly judged by John Shuster.
So, Niklas Edin, first chance to try
and score, still has the option of
blanking the end but there are two
guards there, so that is a bit of an
I was looking at lots of players
that have superstitions. I've read
one or two about their shoes and
different things. I saw Niklas Edin,
and I thought, he needs a new pair
of shoes. I'm sure he doesn't think
As a player, you get
comfortable with what is on your
feet. It is heartbreaking in a new
pair of shoes.
It looks like he has
been wearing them about eight years.
He may well have done. Anyway, here
Thing is, the shoes can look
more battered than they are and it
is only from catching fast moving
stones and that sort of thing or
kicking stones away so you can start
throwing them in practice. It
doesn't affect your performance.
Lovely shot from Niklas Edin. So,
the first time that he has asked to
do that, he has performed
exceptionally well. Just about
tucked in behind the guard.
a more offensive game we expect to
see from Niklas Edin, not chasing
the ones at the back because they
shouldn't be a danger especially
since he's got the hammer.
the shot I expected to see earlier
in the end.
in the end. It should still be a
straightforward run here for John
If he manages this, then we
will try to force the one. He has
one sitting in the house. Missed it.
Now we have a chance for a
straightforward two for the Swedish
skip. So, first advantage swings in
the direction of Sweden. As long as
Niklas Edin can play a nice
straightforward draw in here. There
is one US stone just outside the
white rings, outside the eight foot.
He would like this for a nice start
to pick up two. He has worked this
well but that was a mistake from
The guys guiding it down, sweeping
it in, doesn't have to get that far
in. Even if it sits on top of their
red, that's fine. So, Sweden take
the early lead in this gold medal
match. After two ends, Sweden 2-0.
And the flags of Sweden are being
waived. So, USA already know that if
they didn't already that Niklas
Edin, if you give him an opening, he
will take it. John Shuster made the
mistake and Sweden get two. How is
your celebrity watch going, Jackie?
There is some activity there.
Trump has entered the building. She
was watching the snow sports
yesterday and she has decided to
come in for the curling. For the USA
team, good for them, raising the
profile of first board.
-- raising the profile of
It is a reasonable crowd,
considering career are not in the
More still coming in. A lot
of people end up coming to the
curling after two or three ends. At
this stage of the competition in the
round-robin, if one team is
completely dominating, you can walk
off after six ends. The final has to
go to at least eight ends. Of
course, if they are tired after ten,
an extra end has to be played.
Switzerland of course picked up the
bronze medal and they will receive
their medals today. Rather than up
at the medal Plaza. I'm presuming
the Swiss team are around. They will
probably arrive a little bit later.
Great victory over Canada. Massive
shock, Canada not getting into the
final and then not winning a medal
in the men's curling. It capped off
what was a horrendous day for
Canada. They have had a pretty
rotten 36 hours or so at the USA.
No, it was Germany in the men's
know I saw the two as lead buses
last night. -- athlete.
Steiner puts up his corner guard,
USA with the hammer. -- so land
Landsteiner. Couldn't be much
Yes, just makes the shot a
little bit tougher for John
Landsteiner, but he is coming from
the left-hand tack, which makes it
The World Championships, which
follow these Olympic Games in April,
will be held in the US, in Las
Vegas. Did you guys both play there?
Jackie is shaking her head.
will be there relaxing.
I have never
It has held a couple of
continental cups, Las Vegas, and
they went down really well, so the
World Championships should be a joy
to go and see, and I know a lot of
people back home have booked tickets
to go and watch their local team.
I don't think I'll get any more time
off my work!
And the women's World
They are in... I want
to say Canada?
Yes, I think it is
Unfortunately, not both at
the same time, they'll separate
events now, they were split some
Actually, Scotland are
hosting the world junior
championships taking place in
Aberdeen at the start of March,
which the BBC will be providing some
coverage of, I believe.
covering the Scottish World
Championship play-offs, so Kyle
Smith and Eve Muirhead, after the
Olympics campaign is finished,
obviously Kyle Smith's has finished,
Eve Muirhead fighting for the bronze
medal today, they will have another
competition against the winners of
the men's and women's Scottish
championships, Bruce Smart and
Hannah Fleming, and the winners of
those play-offs will represent
Scotland in the World Championships,
and there are highlights of that on
BBC Two in Scotland.
BBC Two in Scotland. So you won't
have to wait long to get a little
bit more curling in Scotland. You
can follow it on the BBC website as
well, I think. I know many of you
have been following the matches,
obviously, the TV coverage, but on
the website as well when you are at
work. Saturday today, though, you
can just sit back and relax. I know
some people work on Saturdays was
well! So hopefully managing to
Well, Sweden lying two in there now,
in a strong position, so USA will
have to try and move things around a
bit. At the moment, no opportunity
for them to get into short position
as it stands, it will take them a
couple of shots to do so.
Hamilton, always aware of the crowd
as well. A real character. But he
has played well this week.
Gets second prize, keeps a couple of
yellow stone is an scoring positions
in the house.
Yeah, just called
enough of it to push them both in,
so may be able to use them at some
point, so Niklas Edin just wanting
to make sure they don't get any real
advantage from that.
Well, because USA managed to spin
both of their yellows in, Sweden
choosing to play a takeout. Of
course, USA have the last stone in
this third end.
Just bumping his own
red there, they have got three in
there, but a bit of space between
them, a chance for Tyler George to
move one or two of these - if not
Well, not a massive amount of
weight, just some nous weight.
them a chance to sit in there.
that is a really nice shot. Sits
right in the pocket between the two
red stone is, which will make them
almost impossible to move for
I think Niklas would like to
have it moved, it can't be moved
far, but a little bit further back,
or just come right in on top of it.
About his business very calmly,
Niklas Edin, no histrionics.
a bit more fiery in his early
career? I think he was, wasn't he?
He definitely was, much more
measured these days.
measured these days.
I saw a clip of
him saying, yeah, what is your most
embarrassing trait? And he said, I
am just really tired! Probably a bit
You can probably tell that
by his beard as well.
trimmed, and he says, I fold my
towels in a certain way and place
them. In a sport where millimetres
matter, he is an expert.
matter, he is an expert. I think the
one thing that he will be very aware
of his most Steven Nzonzi plays
against will raise their game to
play him. -- most teams he plays
against will raise their game to
blame. You have got to be prepared
for that. Another thing we have to
remember, there are four men in this
team, and they have got to play
their shots. Eriksson just hitting
that in a way which rolls over,
gives USA a bit of an opportunity
Can we double unstable no?
You heard what he wants to do,
stay there, get rid of both of
Maxes asking if ...
A lot of noses, very nosy!
the Eskimo shot, nose-nose. Eskimo
shot coming up here!
we need more jargon,
we need more jargon, Steve(!)
there is more than enough in the
That is a really nice
And Ivanka Trump delighted there
right in the middle of your shot.
Great view of it, she is delighted
with what she is watching, USA
wanting to get themselves straight
back into this. And the chants go
up, a huge contingent halfway down
on the top tier. It is the onesies
that worry me - scary!
look that happy with that one, it
was a great shot, but he has left a
pretty straightforward double
take-out here for Niklas. I would
expect to see both of these yellow
Yeah, it just spun
a little further, not much distance
So Niklas Edin trying to quell the
American crowd here. One and two.
Very well done. As you would expect.
That is Niklas Edin 's signature
shot, really, like an arrow coming
out of the blocks, that is quite
often the result there. We always
used to say that when you're playing
against Niklas Edin, you don't want
to fall behind this guy, because he
is so dangerous with the big weight
that it is almost impossible to get
back into the end.
And if you know
that, surely this US team knows that
- they have played him and found a
way to beating, you said at the
beginning. So they have got to try
and prevent those situations
I am still very much
impressed by the USA's performance
so far. They are, without question,
wanting to win that gold medal. They
are not going to be happy with
Just leaving one in there,
it is counting second.
it is counting second.
may not be an opportunity for USA to
score two after this one. Sweden
lying second shot at the back of the
house here, so as long as Niklas can
remove that yellow stone and move to
a position at the back of the button
with a tapping brash, that would
make it impossible for USA to score
two. -- brush. It would be extremely
They have got two in, so I suppose
the main thing... Oh, he's going to
take this stone out, they will not
two in there. I will warm up to
this, don't worry!
You need to be
I was definitely
listening, but overthinking, very
dangerous after a couple of weeks of
Yeah, Niklas playing a
really nice, controlled
really nice, controlled weight here.
Doesn't want to move the double,
May be rolled a little bit
too far, could be a chance for two
That was a double where you
can stay is the hardest thing, and
he has left him that opportunity. So
I am sure he will take this on.
Yeah, the key to this next shot for
John Shuster is playing it in such a
way that he still scores one and
doesn't give up a steal, so he will
kind of err on the nose side, you
will not want to hit it too thin
So Niklas Edin just
giving a small opportunity to John
Shuster, who has to play a really
good shot to get his two, he has to
remove both Swedish stones, the one
at the back, and then roll over to
the other one. Just needs to nudge
it a little bit, that is a great
shot from the USA skip, and we have
got a real match on. They are
already on their feet with the Stars
and Stripes being waved above this
rink here, and John Shuster has
woken the crowd up, and he has given
his team a massive lift there with a
superb shot. After three ends, it is
Sweden 2, United States 2.
In the grand scheme of things, you
know, it is almost a straightforward
shot but it is the Olympic final and
if you keep making shots like this,
keep matching Niklas Edin, do give
yourself a great opportunity.
way he played that, he wasn't even
interested in scoring one, he
committed to playing the double and
it paid off.
This USA team have got fantastic
support in the audience. They are
singing, they're cheering. And the
four boys down on the ice are loving
every minute of it.
John Shuster, -- John Landsteiner,
he is a corrosion engineer. He
should know something about the
wearing of the ice.
Or does he calls
Answers on a postcard. I think
we should make the point, and one of
you was making the point yesterday,
curlers are not full-time. That is
prize-money in curling and Canada is
where most of that takes place with
a world tour. There are curlers for
whom he funding to allow them to be
full-time curlers, Great Britain
case in point, it is so important. A
lot of international curlers have to
keep down full-time jobs, many of
Most of the countries outside
of the USA and Canada have full-time
programmes. I was reading about the
reigning world champion in Canada,
he struggles with family and work to
find two hours of practice a day,
whereas we have athletes like in
Great Britain who can practice up to
eight hours a day. So that is
generally seen as the Riesling why
the rest of the world is catching up
with Canada who have been so
dominant. There are about 2 million
curlers in Canada. We only have
And Sweden, 5,000.
And they've got two teams into the
gold medal matches. So it isn't just
about numbers. As in any sport, you
get a couple of talented people, in
the likes of Niklas Edin... If you
have a good programme, a futile and
it people, look what they have done
in career, with the women's team.
Going for gold tomorrow against the
team led by the Swedish. Sweden
trying to win two gold medals in
curling but the men are going to
have a great match. It has started
very well. Good atmosphere in here.
Talking about curling populations,
in the USA, curling is one of the
fastest-growing sports. They have a
curling rink in every state now. I
don't think it'll be too long before
we see the Americans marching the
Canadian curling population.
Canadian curling population. That is
the cardinal sin. It could have come
up strong and left them in a strong
position is served Sweden can play a
freeze and rest one in the pocket
between the yellow and red Mac
I think Rasmus looks up to the
others in his team as regards the
beard. They are trying to bring this
one all the way in and just to sit
Another foot or so would
be nice but they have started very
well. We have hardly seen any
mistake shots at all. Very good
shots that have created scoring in
the two ends, the second and third.
Nice shots, both skips doing well,
set up well, while the rest of the
team... Matt Hamilton catching the
red on the way in. Going around the
other side this time.
He looms over them, Matt Hamilton.
"Keep Going, keep going!"
have liked to have freeze but not a
bad result. This is no gimme for
Rasmus Wranaa. Trying to drag it as
far as possible with the brushes.
Looks a little bit heavy at the
moment so they may try to bounce off
the red. They managed to get enough
on the nose but it wasn't what they
were looking for. Pretty good
Anything better on the internal?
top on, that would be better.
great that they are miked up, he's
telling the whole audience what is
going on. Which is good for them.
think this is better.
Nobody else to
listen to out there, just these two
teams for the English-speaking
spectators, John Shuster giving them
a perfect version of events he would
like to see.
Just trying to chip the
red onto the one at the top of the
Just read bounced back a little bit.
They wanted to keep it on the centre
line, it went thick, spun over and
moved the yellow out. They wanted to
keep it where it was. It was a tough
shot, very exact shots. It was very
difficult to make it stop dead where
you wanted to.
Not too sure what the nominated shot
was here, just take out the edge of
the four foot?
Be a chance to remove them both.
Just catches one, got it a little
straight. There was a chance to get
both. A little frustration for
Do you want to kill it?
This is the sort of game the USA
didn't want to get into with Niklas
Edin. Edin's got two reds and the
guard, and the hammer.
Tyler George, trying to get through
the gap. I think it is past the
Needs to get by the yellow.
He does it and tucks it in as well.
Nicely done by Tyler George. Still,
shot held by Sweden.
In this end,
USA are having to play some great
shock is to stay alive. It has been
really Sweden having the upper hand
through the hole end. Another great
shot by Tyler.
SWEDEN DISCUSS SHOT
I don't think any of us have Swedish
at hand, but work out what they will
choose to do here?
Thought process? You can see one
option is to hit the red and Ruolin
on top of the yellow --
on top of the yellow -- role in.
From his point of view, the two
yellows are a nice shot.
interesting when they hit and Rolen
from the wide stone, it is a Swedish
one, not a USA.
I think they'd like
to get one of his red stones in
B-side that back yellow just added
protection. There is no way in
through the left-hand side. The draw
would overcome a world. -- the draw
would over curl.
A shotmaker which I am sure in the
audience they will find odd when
Sweden hit that own stone. Will he
get it right? Just about, rolled
over a tad more, it was a good
effort. But they are lying two here.
So, using his own stone, just caught
it a little thin.
Desperately trying to sweep it out.
Or at least sweep it further away
but did to manage too. So, John
Shuster, after a couple of tracking
shots in the previous end, he can
come straight through the gap.
He has got something now to that red
having come out a bit further back
as well. He has seen his team play a
similar shot last time. -- his
team-mate. If he over girls and
catches, he has a couple of options.
Needs to get past the guard, that is
the most important thing.
Shuster trying to draw write in
here, to the red that is in the four
foot, second one. He's got a chance,
very good chance, gets past is only
a low, just tapping that time, he
does, he lies shot. Another good
shot from the US skipper. He is
playing well. A little smile, a
little wrinkle of the nose as he
comes down to have a look.
good shot from John Shuster. Niklas
Edin will be forced to replicate
that shot to leave him resting
against the yellow stone just played
by John Shuster.
It is a really good standard set for
the gold medal match. You don't want
people to reach this far and not
play the game, not to make their
shots. It has been a very high
standard so far from both teams.
this end, a very high level of
difficulty of the shots being
So, Niklas Edin, 100% so far
on takeouts. And,
on takeouts. And, indeed, for our
computer. Just trying to follow the
John Shuster. This is going to be
close. It is a tighter line, might
catch the yellow on the way in, it
does, which means it slides by the
other yellow and if anything has
made his job a bit more difficult.
John Shuster is lying shots. He
knows it is a difficult route in. He
has just seen Niklas Edin not
managed to replicate the shot he
And has just managed to nudge that
closer, so shut the whole? Or come
I think they are looking
at playing the same shot again.
he worried that if he puts a guard
at there, the red on the other side
that is sticking out, whether he
could just tap that?
Yeah, that is
still just a shot for one, but I
think they are kind of thinking,
let's try the steal here.
just put one right in the button
whether yellow is sitting, then he
will have to tap his red.
this shot, he has just played it a
minute or two ago, so John Shuster
trying to replicate almost exactly
the shot he played with his first
stone. Got a little bit more on it,
Doesn't want to hit this
one and roll off it.
Well, he has
ended up with two there. But he has
pushed that the red back, there is
space between the two, and he has
given Niklas Edin a way out of this.
It was a dangerous shot, he could
have asked Edin to come down the
other side. For one, he still had
the chance of a steal, but he should
have shot that option off.
This is a
real gift for Niklas Edin, should be
straightforward shot for two in the
end. They have just played down this
line as well, so they know it curls
a lot. Playing a different weight,
And he can't afford for the
shooting stone to move too much, cos
there is still a US red at the top
of the four foot.
Well, looking to
pass the guard by a few inches, hit
the five stone in the face.
Shuster just giving Niklas Edin the
chance to get out of this tricky
situation here in the fourth end,
trying to move these two US stones.
Has he done it? No, I don't think
so, not going to get two. He might
have got the one, but that could be
a steal, John Shuster thinks so. I
think he is right. It is close,
though. I reckon that is at least
half an inch closer, what do you
I don't think I can call that
one. Why is oh, go on!
I think yellow was
closer, but we are going to have a
measure, it doesn't matter what I
I will go red just to be
I will sit on the fence,
like I have done most of the week!
That is why the measuring device is
there, because we can all disagree.
It all depends on how you are
looking at it from the overhead. It
is not exact. This is why we need
them to be measured.
So both skips
over threw their stones, that ice
doesn't pull as much as if you have
more running on the stones.
happened for Niklas, he
overcompensated and threw it out of
the way, he was scared it was going
to curl too much. I think this is
the US. There you go. Never in
doubt! Half an inch! Maybe three
Well, USA get the steal - not by
much, but that is crucial in terms
of, I think, confidence as well.
John Shuster didn't play the shot he
wanted with his second, but Niklas
Edin also just feeling the pressure
a little bit perhaps. So USA have
the lead now, they are 3-2 ahead
after four ends of this cracking
gold medal match. It is going to be
a close one. USA on top early on
here, and they have made some great
shots, that is the first little
error from Niklas Edin.
Are you ready, Matt?
So John Landsteiner, the lead for
It looks deeper than
three to me.
You can get it there.
Good atmosphere in the
curling arena, and we are expecting
it to continue for the GB women's
match. If you are just getting up
this Saturday morning, this is the
gold medal match between USA and
Sweden. Niklas Edin, knocked out at
the semifinal stage by GB four years
ago, he has waited for his gold
medal opportunity, and the women's
team has also made the final,
beating Eve Muirhead and her team,
so the British team going for
bronze. And after Billy Morgan's
bronze today, Great Britain with
five medals at these Winter
Olympics, a chance to make it six in
a few hours' time. That match starts
at 11 o'clock this morning UK time.
Keep it moving!
Very upset after
losing the semifinal last night, so
one of the most difficult games to
play, the bronze game, after the
upset, knowing that you can't win
the gold medal you have been working
so hard for, but you need to have a
good night's sleep, dust yourself
off, get out there and make sure you
don't go home with nothing.
Yes, Niklas Edin knows what that
feels like, wanting to make sure he
doesn't end up in the same situation
again. One of the ways you do that,
you come out on top in the
round-robin, the fact that Canada...
Well, they were in the medal match,
beaten for the bronze medal, but not
in the gold medal match, Niklas
Edin, the one who guided his team
through the round-robin to finish
top. And they ended up playing
One of the things I notice about
North American teams' communication
is that it is very pointed, like a
little bit negative in some ways.
Like, you don't want to do that, why
are we doing this? Rather than, what
about this option? This is another
option that could get a good result
- just sounds a bit more positive.
That seems to work for them, can't
criticise them too much, they are
here in the Olympic final!
they are doing something right.
think Matt Hamilton thought was
heavy there, but that just pulled
opposite, took the curl. You can see
in thinking, oh, my goodness, I have
overthrown this! Guppy did in the
last end, and that is what got them
in a spot of bother.
stole in the end, but it was looking
good for Sweden for a while.
needs to reign that moustache in,
giving him a bit of extra power this
afternoon. So Rasmus Wranaa. Second
for Sweden. Sweden keep the hammer,
of course, despite losing one, the
steal for the USA. And he just clips
that on the way through.
But that is
a good shot. Even, they have moved
the stole off the centre line, where
they do not want the player to be,
and they have spun another one in
the house. We saw my sister Lauren
playing a similar shot in the
semifinal against Sweden, a very
nifty shot to play.
Yes, and it is
on the right side - if you don't
make the shot, make sure you are
tied, rather than wide.
looked a tad embarrassed, but Niklas
Edin saying, no, good, happy with
It is one of those shots that
you would quite like to call
sometimes, but it is not always
guarantee that he will make it, and
there is not always a great second
option, so you will see the freeze
thrown more often.
Once more encouraging the sweepers,
Tyler George and John Landsteiner,
to work hard, take this one in. Is
it going to get round? Just catches.
Well, it doesn't quite roll across
and sit on the red.
Steve, you were
talking earlier about curling shoes,
and how they look a bit battered, I
am sure we need to start a campaign
to get Tyler a better pair! He has
been paying with a very old pair of
trainers for as long as I can
remember watching him play. They
look like old squash shoes that he
has turned into curling shoes!
look about 20 years old, must be his
Must be. He has worn
them in well.
Well, important for Sweden that they
respond quickly and well here,
getting some stones in the house
now, and we said that might not be
the best option for the USA, but we
saw in the last end, they put a bit
more pressure of Niklas Edin, so
maybe wanting to have fewer stones
around this time.
Yes, they will come
down with a comfortable weight, they
want to get past the top red guard
and tapped the yellow through. But I
think that might have touched. I
think that touched the way past.
was definitely on the wrong side of
that stone there, just wanted to tap
it back. Let's have another look at
it coming through, it is very close.
Oh, it does as well, just a
When the guys are sweeping so much
over the top of the stone, you can't
Well, I think the point
being, had it gone by, it would have
been a much better stone, because it
would have caught the yellow where
he wanted to. That slight nudge just
changed things. So Tyler George down
here with plenty of weight. And he
is keeping the pressure on Niklas
Edin. Like that one, looks up to the
crowd. John Landsteiner working
hard, sweeping well. And he has got
that yellow just to come across
behind a little bit too far perhaps,
Eriksson can see it, the yellow on
the left. Or will he go for the one
on the right here?
Sweden in a spot of bother here,
lying four against, and USA some
very useful stones at the end. They
could ignore those ones and play
draw around the corner guard to make
a freeze on the T-line.
Well, certainly, Niklas Edin having
to draw on all of his experience and
knowledge here. USA making some good
shots, and that won't not coming in
quite as far as he wanted to.
I think the left arm was a little
bit too long, they could have been
sweeping that most of the way.
They are talking about a/ bang.
is only short by a wallop. Smash,
John Landsteiner is there to tell
him what you can see. He is having a
peak now. He always does that,
stares down the other end, waits for
He must be bored today
because he doesn't have another game
to watch while this is going on!
They can't cover every option,
either. They have to play the shot
best for them and leave Niklas Edin
to play the shot he has to. They are
up over talking. So many options
They are pretty excited right
now because they smell a big
That is the danger, you
get too carried away. This is the
fifth end, and you're thinking, we
might not get so many chances to
score so well.
They are using up a
lot of thinking time anyway. They
have to .5 minutes more. I'm sure
they have their own opinion on the
Ivanka is off. She can't stand the
attention! I know, there is a queue
for the tea and coffee.
to get to the front of the queue.
I'll ask to get me a coffee.
sure she can afford it!
These guys want to come in right
into the T-line, if they can. They
don't want to be too heavy. That is
a nice stone.
a nice stone.
Line three, which
Tyler George liked line read. To try
to close things at the other side.
Sweden have got to change something
here. Too many yellows. It is
This yellow stone
splitting the centre line is scary
because even if they manage to get a
red stone behind it, it is an
extremely short race for the USA to
remove it. Maybe they will run it on
to the two yellow two that are
closest to the button.
three stones left, Sweden. He now
decides this is the time to get rid
of some of these.
They might be able
to spend the red stone up a bit. If
he can move it into a second shot
session, it occurred turn this end
Lots of weight. He picked
out, go straight through, shooter
doesn't stay, either, not the result
they needed or wanted. A little look
from Niklas Edin.
Some of those
shots not coming off in this
For me, it was
surprising to see him play the shot
like that because he missed it on
the wrong side. If he had hit it
thinner, they could have got a good
The only thing in his
favour, he has cleared a route in
but we still have two American
stones to be played.
I think they don't want to be overly
greedy because if they start to be
greedy and tried to take this end
from Niklas Edin and go further into
the house, they make it easier for
him to get closer to the four foot
and tried to manipulate that two for
There is an opportunity still, if
they put the guard on for Niklas
Edin, to go around the right-hand
side, down into the shot in the
house, whether or not he has enough
weight to tap it through,
interesting to see.
I like the level
of communication in the USA team at
the moment. Although it is quite
pointed, there is a lot of
discussion about the right things
and supporting each other, and it is
what we didn't see from the
Canadians in the bronze medal game,
where it was as if somebody had
muted them all. It was strange.
don't think they could believe what
they were seeing themselves so they
were very quiet.
So, guard put in
place by USA, safety first here.
That's too long from the USA, they
are beginning to get closer to the
house because all they've done is
given Sweden and out because they
can draw one in behind and get in to
shot position. That was not a good
shot from John Shuster.
caught between the devil and the
deep blue sea. He knew she didn't
want to be in the house but he was
way too short.
So, Niklas Edin, uses
the line to the front yellow, and
between the yellow and the red, come
into the house.
Needs to find a better shot than in
the last end. He can play two
accurate stones and still get two.
How is his first one? Will he be
able to respond here?
We are going
to see the Niklas Edin shots we
fully expect to see? Has he passed?
Just. Now they need to stop.
to stop. Just needs to pull up in
the button. Great shot from Niklas
Edin, responding well to the mistake
from his team-mate. Oskar will be
happy his skip has produced one
pair. To be fair, John Shuster gave
them the opportunity. That guard is
long, and they came by it by half an
inch or so. He tucks it in. Nice
shot from Edin. So, all change.
That's a long discussion a couple of
shots ago where USA were thinking
they could do a high five, and all
of a sudden they've got Sweden with
shot. There is still plenty in
there. So, similar shot from John
Niklas Edin was begging
them to stop because if it goes
further, it is easy for a draw so
this is forcing them to play the
Coming down the same route.
This looks like it might be even
tighter, this one. It is heavy.
Niklas Edin past the guard by a
whisper. Are they going to get the
edge of the red? No, straight
I wonder if Tyler talked
John Shuster into that because he
was saying, a tap might be nice. All
of a sudden, he overthrows it.
was so, so close! If he had just
caught a fraction of that, it would
have changed the direction of the
stone, probably into the path of the
Same shot for Niklas Edin, draw down
onto his red stain. Shouldn't be too
Great opportunity for
Niklas Edin. Just needs to follow
the stay and he sets down a minute
or two ago. A little bit more room
for error this time. It is more
about the weight here. He has given
it a little bit more ice. Will this
stop? Is it going to stop? He should
It is. It just does.
in his favour so they pick up two,
which is really what they needed to
do after giving up a steal in the
previous end. An enthralling match
this, some great shotmaking, some
mistakes creeping in as the pressure
builds but after five ends, there is
one shot in it, Sweden leading the
United States 4-3.
STUDIO: Sweden with a slight lead in
United States 4-3.
STUDIO: Sweden with a slight lead in
this match. I am still in
Pyeongchang. I'm not sure what has
happened with the weather! I am not
sure. The slopes are somewhere
behind me. If you've just joined us
on BBC Two, good morning, here is
what you've missed on an action
packed penultimate day at the Winter
Olympics. Snowboarder Billy Morgan
won Big Air bronze today, securing a
fifth medal of these Games for Great
Britain, a record Winter Olympic
Hall. Canada's Toutant upstaged the
others, winning gold. The Czech
Republic Ledecka has won gold medals
in two different disciplines. The
first woman to ever do that. Germany
look a good bet to win the
bobsleigh. The German crew hold zero
point to nine second lead over their
South Korean live. -- rivals. The
Great Britain team finished 17 and
18. Switzerland claimed the final
Alpine skiing medal by taking the
team event. That Alpine team bronze
for Norway was the 48th Pyeongchang
medal. Surpassing USA's 37 set at
the Vancouver Games in 2010. A
second Russian athlete has been
thrown out of the Pyeongchang Winter
Olympics after failing a drugs test.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport
anti-doping division have announced
that decision today. So it was
history for Billy Morgan, a first
Olympic medal on a snowboard for a
man. He follows in the footsteps of
Jenny Jones who won bronze in Sochi
four years ago and after the event,
she spoke to Billy Morgan.
God, Billy Morgan, you legend!
a wild ride that was.
What are you
thinking right this second?
know, it is just wild, I had bad
training, I fell on the first run, I
thought it was game over. I was
thinking I hope I don't fall over
three times and everyone will be
devastated at home. All my mates are
in a bar watching, and they're all
going to be like...
Oh. That was a
Come on! I thought, if our
land one John, I'll be stoked.
first one was so deep. We saw you
had that crash. Second run, you
landed, what did you think on the
I thought I needed to goes at
it. I had a sore bottom. Hamish told
me to go slower and time it right,
island it and I didn't know what to
Has it sunk in yet? You are a
bronze medallist, Billy!
sure it'll hit me later. If you come
into the contest thinking I'm
shooting for a medal, you're ready
for it but I didn't.
Two weeks ago,
would you have thought that?
I said, I'd be stoked if I made the
So, yeah, happy days.
STUDIO: He has a big bronze medal
around his neck as well as a sore
bottom. We will head straight back
to the curling for the gold medal
match between Sweden and the USA.
Sweden, European champions, taking
on the USA. They have a slight lead
at the halfway point so let's head
back to our commentary team.
It is perfectly poised, United
States trailing by one, they will
have the hammer in the sixth end.
Ivanka Trump here after her trip to
the Big Air, she is here to support
the United States team, they've got
great support in the stand as well.
They've had a great half-time talk,
he said you've got this, just keep
playing the way you're going.
They must be delighted with the way
they are played, they have kept
Sweden shackled, really, Niklas Edin
taking the opportunity to get two
nice draws at the end of that event,
I'm sure their team talk was pretty
positive. All to play for, a match
that has so far lived up its gold
Lots of activity in the stands, a
lot of people head off at half-time
for a cup of tea or whatever
refreshment is offered. They take a
little while to get back into their
seats. Play continues, John
Landsteiner, the lead. The two leads
have done a pretty good job so far,
probably in terms of stats, the big
shots. Shuster has missed a couple,
Matt Hamilton, of the other players,
has probably allowed a few small
errors to creep in.
I think USA will
be disappointed to have gone in at
half-time one behind, they
definitely had the upper hand in the
fifth, it looked like Sweden did not
even score one, but those two misses
by John Shuster to finish the end
really gifted the two to Sweden.
I think I was saying they're
probably know, and at the time they
certainly knew, it must have been
going through their minds, we might
not get those situations developing
again, where there is a chance to
really score well. But if nothing
else, don't allow Sweden to get
their two. They did in the end, that
guard from John Shuster not quite in
the right place. As ever, two or
three inches out, six inches away
from where you want to be, it allows
your opposition to capitalise. They
don't often do, of course, but
Niklas Edin, one of the best, making
sure he did. Two nice draws to
complete that fifth end, so we are
into the sixth.
They did not give
away any cheap points, so they will
want to make sure they don't do that
in the second half if they want to
win a gold medal.
Well, as the
pressure starts to build, all of
these players are miced up, if you
do hear the odd expletive, we do
apologise. And if you speak Swedish
and you have heard something you
shouldn't have done, we would like
He just picks that away.
John Shuster has been tweeting, he
has got his kids here, Mr
Youngsters, they had their picture
taken with Lindsey Vonn. -- his two
youngsters. So many celebs have been
enjoying the journey of this US
team, I think Mr T is their biggest
All on his own, John Landsteiner,
trying to get across to that yellow,
or in line with that yellow.
or in line with that yellow. Well,
after two or three ends where we had
plenty of stones in play, this one
might end up a little different
here. I wonder is Sweden feel as if,
despite leading, they need to change
things up a little.
I don't think
they will be changing their game
plan in anyway, they have been quite
reserved, quite defensive by their
standards, they just need to make a
few more shots. Very
uncharacteristic miss in the first
and and then in the fourth end as
well, so just tighten things up,
yeah, more of the same otherwise.
if you are just waking up, this is
the gold medal match, Great Britain
go in the women's bronze medal match
after this, 11am, Great Britain
versus Japan. Japan lost out in the
extra end against Korea. Of course,
Great Britain, any end, were well
beaten by Sweden, and although they
didn't play I know Eve Muirhead
reiterated the fact that Sweden did
play very well indeed. They were not
able to put any pressure on Anna
Hasselborg, the scope of the Swedish
team, who had started well. So both
Swedish curling teams going for gold
here, so Niklas Edin the first, they
lead by one. They were trying to
sweep that out, it was never going
to quite get there, that red. But
they do lie two, the USA, and they
have the hammer. Oskar Eriksson
looking to make amends. He just got
a look, didn't he, in the previous
end from Niklas Edin? I think they
have got such high standards, these
guys. And it is not just Niklas
Edin's gold medal - they are all
desperately fighting for this, they
want it really badly. He talked a
lot, Edin, before these Olympic
Games, people were saying about the
pressure, coming in as joint
favourites - and he said no, the
Olympic Games is the big stage, this
is what I play for, this is what I
enjoy, the pressure is a positive
thing. To show how good we are.
is true what they say, you have to
be a little bit of a showman, you
have to be able to deal with the
situation of the huge stage that you
are performing on. If you are not
comfortable on that stage, that is
when shots will not be played well
and stress will get to you. So if
you like the showmanship, here I am,
I own this space, if it is not for
you, it is not for the
faint-hearted, for sure.
something you get taught as a
junior, as a skip - you kind of
swagger about, almost intimidate
your opposition number, let them
know there is no way they are
Going for the double take-out here.
Well, that is improved the
situation for Sweden somewhat. As I
said, slightly different end to that
which we have seen in the previous
two or three. USA with the hammer
there, they obviously have the
opportunity to blank the end. They
are still got a red out in front to
work with. -- they have still got.
good draw, stays high in the
house, so close to the guard. If
they had drifted down to the T-line,
there is more time for the stone to
go and allow Sweden to push it out
of the house, so would force a
Sweden to play a run bike instead,
which is a more missable shot. --
Ly well I think the Canadians are
getting a tough time from the
American fans in here!
they are! A lot of Canadians would
have had tickets for this, as the
gold medal match - there would have
been a level of assumption around
Canada being in this game. Now, has
Niklas Edin got this right? Looking
to run this red back onto the
They have been
talking about that shot that Niklas
Edin missed to make the final, it
was a lot like this one, only just
missed the shot stone.
calmly, I am sure not calmly inside,
look out much he was willing that
one, he thought he had it. And then
he realises he doesn't. He contains
his anger, he grabs his drinks
bottle and looks calm and collected
again, just a little shake of the
So, John Shuster, over to you.
Matt, it is always you! Always you,
Just hearing them calling the
numbers as to where they think this
is going to finish up, how far back
in the house.
Go ahead, go!
would have been right on the T-line.
You heard him saying, one or two
comments of eight or nine, seven is
about right, seven and a half.
So the USA, with two there, a nice
position that he has put that yellow
in. There is a red there. If they
are trying to shift both of them at
the same time, they can only shift
one, of course, a great chance for
John Shuster to get his two. So I
think, what is it going to play, hit
and roll over behind the yellow?
Yeah, he is going to try and come in
behind the USA yellow.
It is not really worth going for the
double, you would risk giving up
three by going for it, so trying to
make it as difficult as possible for
USA to score two.
He would really
like to put this in behind the
yellow, takes that one out, it is
just going to catch it a little
thin. How far is it going? Well,
right at the back of the house, but
not really putting any pressure on
Joe -- John Shuster, so this will be
a fairly straightforward two. Just
has to get this into the eight foot,
doesn't need to be any better than
that. They will get their two.
has been a while since I have seen
Niklas Edin played so poorly,
actually. It is very surprising.
Well, you know, when the price... We
said before this match, USA, it is
almost a shot to nothing, a silver
medal, no-one was not saying they
are not playing for gold, of course
they are, they are playing superbly
well. But Niklas Edin has set his
sights on this gold medal - he has
been very vocal about how much it
means to him, that this is what he
has come here for. At the start of
the competition, it looked as though
he got his team firing on all
cylinders, but it is USA who are on
fire here in this final. They pick
up two, they go back in the lead, it
is 5-4, it is not just the 1-shot
lead they have, they have the
momentum as well, making the better
shots. But the Hammack goes back to
Sweden, all still to play for here,
Sweden have one many times from this
situation, and other four ends to
play here. Great support for both
I don't think it is just an Olympic
gold medal that Niklas Edin is
playing for here. When you think
about, like, in tennis, Nadals,
Federers, Murrays, known as all-time
greats already and still in the
prime of their career, then Niklas
Edin, if you can pick up the gold
medal, he is moving into that
territory as well, as one of the
greatest ever. So there is a lot on
the line for Niklas, and I wonder if
that is tightening him up a little
The two-time Olympic champion
Nordberg is here as well. Canada are
used to winning medals and curling
and so are Sweden.
Niklas Edin is
carrying a huge weight on his
shoulders. The waiters put on
themselves. -- the weight is put on
themselves. He wants to get the
title and the credibility he
You look at the body
language out there, the US guys are
having a great time.
having a great time. It is really
dangerous to play against a team
feeling that way, just enjoying
themselves, just making shots. You
look at the comparison to the
Swedes, they looked tense, shoulders
up around their ears, less
communication. It makes a
The USA team have
nothing to lose and everything to
gain just because nobody expected
them to be in the final of the
I wonder, as this
progresses, whether or not that
becomes pressured to them because,
all of a sudden, you go, this is
great, we are in the Olympic final,
we are going to win a guaranteed
medal. All of a sudden, the big
prize is very close. The closer you
get to the gold medal, the more
difficult for anybody, the more
difficult these shots are going to
At the elite level, it is quite
common, let's say, for the Games to
be tight all the way right down to
the final three ends. Where the
cream rises to the top is between
that seventh and tenth end, as the
two teams jostled to put themselves
in a position to pin each game on a
So, Christoffer Sundgren.
Hasn't done too much wrong at all.
Tops that US stone.
I think you can probably make the
backline! Either run the guard into
I want to throw just
So, Matt Hamilton with that lucky
lime green hat. I think we are lucky
he doesn't wear it, to be honest. He
has it tucked into his back pocket.
Does he use the hat for anything?
don't know, it looks like it's been
nowhere else but the back pocket.
Not lucky on that occasion, was it?
And he is the one that has been
making little errors, that haven't
been too costly so far but there is
another one there.
Sweden will look to bounce back with
a score of two. A blank end is also
a good outcome for them.
would carry the hammer into the
eighth. At the moment, you'd say the
advantage with the US, for various
reasons, but it changes so fast. A
couple of stones $:/STARTFEED. All
of a sudden, you have a different
matter in your hands. Sweden, a
little mistake from Matt Hamilton.
Half a stone too far, they wanted it
alongside that yellow stone, really.
Maybe a chance to make the double
here. Going to try to sneak one by
the top guard and remove both of the
So, Matt Hamilton looking to
He is watching it intently. Has it
got this one and the other one? The
two of them go, a superb shots, and
once more the United States
cheerleaders are on their feet. They
will be acknowledged by Matt
Hamilton. He has a little look up.
He is the cheerleader of the team
down there as well. So, not only
does he take the two out but he has
tucked the yellow in as well. There
you go, is he pumped up or what?
Giving it large.
It is great to see Matt Hamilton
doing well because one of my
complaints about the mixed doubles,
he came into the event as the Aix
star, he became an overnight star in
America, and they didn't do very
well in the mixed doubles with his
sister so there was an opportunity
lost for the world of curling but
doing much better in the team game,
as you can see.
Yeah, by contrast,
you've just seen Rasmus Wranaa
smacking his rushed down, he is not
happy at all would shot he just
played. And it comes up short.
played. And it comes up short. So,
Tyler George, then. He doesn't look
like a sports star, with those
beaten up shoes he is renowned for
wearing, odd socks as well.
He has been playing superbly well
for the United States and again
today giving his skip an awful lot
to work with. Tyler George coming
right in that against the back stone
on the button.
He is making a run
Niklas Edin needs to get something
going for Sweden. They are fighting
this American team on the ice, they
are fighting the American crowd in
the stands. Most of the support is
with the stars and stripes. A little
clutch of yellow and blue down to
our left but we are talking about
20-30 people, just the families, one
or two over on the far side, not
making too much noise at the moment.
Oskar Eriksson, then.
They are playing a very poor end at
the moment, the Swedes, but they
will try to open up the front and
spin the red stationery stone into
the house. It didn't hit it quite
right. I think they'd hoped it would
hit the yellow in the wide shot. But
they have a chance to score.
they have a chance to score.
expecting a guard here.
Niklas Edin is only one shot in
this. Sweden have the hammer here.
Tyler George will hope to sit this
one on the centre line. Just inside
the house would be perfect.
Another couple of inches would be
nice with Tyler George continuing to
play nice shots.
It seemed to settle
down very quickly.
That was a pretty
good look the that Sweden can see
about half of that stone and even
maybe more. We talked about John
Landsteiner having an advantage, so
he will be able to seek more than a
right-handed player will be able to
see. -- to see more.
see. -- to see more.
Eriksson, got his skip into a little
bit of bother in the previous end.
The third, such an important role.
The skip is out there to make the
big shots but they have to be helped
a little bit more when things are
not going so well. Decent shot from
him. Does well.
Very good shots. I
think USA just still lying in shot
position. It will be difficult for
Sweden to score two.
It is an
improvement of how things were
looking a few minutes ago but I just
wonder whether they will close that
Tyler is after the guard. Will John
We have seen a lot of curl over the
right-hand side of the sheet, going
away from the home end and back end
as well, so a lot of ice. Once
again, was it in the fourth end,
John Shuster giving an opportunity
for Sweden. It's important he gets
it right down tween the yellow and
We saw where Tyler
George put his brush, maybe a stone
ahead or further down on the ice in
between the red and yellow, trying
to lock this whole here. -- to block
Skip likes the line. Cutting right
in between the two. It is going to
keep coming. It is still coming.
They've changed their mind now. That
is not what he decided to play but
it has ended up in another tricky
spot for Niklas Edin. Now... USA are
lying shot here.
And they've got three other stones
backing that up with that one
Swedish red in.
Just going to get rid of this.
but he also wants to move the one on
the button as well.
Needs to get tight to the guard.
he catches it too skinny, it will
spring out on its own. He wants it
to get half of the stone at least
here. Not the best match that Niklas
Edin has played. He needs to find
his best form pretty quickly.
Playing a lot of weight, which I'm
surprised about. Nearly picked his
You feel like he is rushing
things. He comes out very quickly
but he is crashing down, he doesn't
look as settled as he normally does.
Well, well, well.
That has missed by
a long way, that isn't Niklas Edin
He didn't miss the yellow stone by
much but where he was trying to hit
it, he missed by a long way.
Catching it to then was never going
to result in hitting that red. So,
Niklas Edin losing his cool a little
bit. Not in terms of temper, just in
terms of his ability to deliver the
type of stones he needs, if he is
going to help Sweden towards the
gold medal. The USA very much on
top, making their shots, forcing the
The USA was saying in their
discussion they don't mind giving up
the one because although that will
tie things up, they will have the
hammer in the eighth, possibly the
tenth and the way Sweden are
playing, that will be a huge
advantage for USA. So, John
Shuster... Still chatting about it
at the other end.
When you are
selecting a shot to play, it is
about leaving your opposition the
hardest shot possible and they've
identified two options, one down the
left-hand side and one down the
right-hand side. They will take away
the one that they've just played.
He's got to choose and to leave the
op shrimp that is most difficult for
Right to it. Go!
Niklas has made up his mind pretty
quickly. Oh, he has just stopped, he
is looking at the run back again.
That yellow that has just been
Are they looking at pushing the red
onto the yellow into the pocket?
That was something that Oskar
That was something that Oskar look
that, across onto the one in the
button for two. Very difficult shot,
but normally, if anybody could make
it, it is Niklas Edin, but after
seeing that last one, I'm not so
Well, if he misses, he is
giving up one, because USA are...
You could argue, give up one, you
are two behind you have still got
That one would probably
create the opportunity to give him
two, or he could play the straight
raise on the yellow in the middle,
yellow, yellow, red, push that one
back and get is one.
That is what he
was looking at it initially.
looks like he has changed his mind.
This is what I said, the yellow that
he has just played, get one, type
things up. This has to work for him,
though. Still saying it is right at
there, has he got enough of this? He
has! So Niklas Edin rescues the
situation, takes is one, much to the
delight of the Swedish dignitaries
who are in. We are all tied up,
three ends to go in the gold medal
match, and it has been an absolute
crackers so far. I am sure we are
still got some great curling left.
It is 5-5, it will be the USA you
will have the hammer in the eighth,
possibly in the tent if we get
scoring in the eighth and ninth. --
in the tenth. Well, he found the
shop there, and I think that was the
least risky option for him. Going
for two when USA were lying shot, he
decided that one was better than
giving up another steal to the
United States. So Niklas Edin not
playing at his best, but he has been
forced to make some quite difficult
shots, and at least that one came
off for him.
He's not playing at his
best, but the score is still 5-5,
and I am impressed by the USA,
keeping themselves in this game, and
it would be interesting if Niklas
had been on his game, what the
difference of shops might have been.
Whoever wins this game, they have
fought very hard for it.
fought very hard for it. And we are
getting into the business end of the
game, the last UN is, eight, nine
and ten, that will really separate
the two teams. -- the last ends.
Interesting to see Sweden throw a
guard in this position. You would
see a lot of teams throwing into the
house, knowing that the USA will
throw a corner guard and try and
score a two in the eighth.
it is a really high guard they have
thrown as well.
USA have caught the
tick shot, am I misunderstanding
this situation?! Normally, on the
world curling tour, they play eight
ends, maybe they have forgotten
there is two more at the Olympics!
We have seen this to a three times,
I am trying to think if it was the
US who did this, irony and thinking,
why are you doing that, changing
things up when it is going well? --
I remember thinking.
I don't think
USA have to do anything different at
the moment, they are playing really,
really well, so...
So United States with the hammer,
Tyler George just loosening off,
getting those shoulders relaxed. A
little bit more sweeping required.
tiny bit tight.
One thing is for
sure, the double centre guard from
Sweden is a real sign of intense
there, and extremely aggressive
approach when you don't have the
last stone, they are going to try
and steal in this eighth end.
Perfect spot from John
Landsteiner. Nice gentle jog, go to
call - just quiet, let's all the
other guys do the shouting.
This has got a lot of work to do,
starting to curl now. Going to be
quite good in the end, trying to
sweep it all the way back.
sweep it all the way back. He can
see that fairly easily.
see that fairly easily. Go to peel
off that top guard.
Probably a good
thing format Hamilton as well, only
playing 54% on draws. -- four Matt
So Saturday morning at
home, this men's gold medal match
first, then to follow the women's
bronze medal match. Great Britain
versus Japan, Great Britain
desperate to go home with something
after losing out to Sweden in the
semifinal. Both Swedish teams making
it through to the gold medal match.
If you stay up late tonight, you can
see that gold medal match as well,
so the bronze medal match at 11am
this morning, and midnight tonight
the gold medal match between the
hosts, Korea, it will be absolutely
rammed in here, and they are taking
an Anna Hasselborg of Sweden, Team
Kim, the garlic girls, as they have
been called. A great men's final
here, nothing to choose between
these two teams, the guard being put
back in place by Sweden.
It might be good, but I not sure,
Logan, that it is absolutely right.
Matt Hamilton they want to play that
I think this is a good call,
it is not the high guard causing
them problems, the one closest to
the house, so try and check that one
and roll another yellow into the
house, which could be a scoring shot
A delicate shot here for
They are not taking a
lot of ice we saw that in the
earlier ends, I'm not sure which.
just chips the first one, that is
not going to reach the house, trying
to sweep it towards it.
trying, it is trying.
Oh, it does!
It's just had the right spin on it,
I was writing it off before it had
finished its business there. Well
done, Matt, you knew what you were
doing. Later on, you know, in years
to come, if he wins the gold medal,
and he is replaying this to as
grandchildren, watch this, it looked
as though I got this wrong! Smart
shot from me there.
One thing USA
will be aware of is that guard right
at the top of the screen, that is
blocking off the kind of out-turn
draw, the anticlockwise rotation,
that could be a blogger at some
point later on. -- blocker.
time they are going to try to get
this guard closer, as you said, they
almost have a bit of help from that
red that is a long way from the
house, out wide, blocking that route
in, as Logan was saying, a little
later. If it stays there. So two
guards out, perfectly lined up, one
in, and that one is now going to be
the target for Tyler George, I
To lie that four, it is going to be
a delicate shot.
I'm not sure it is
even possible, the angle they would
have to hit it at, the weight it
would need, pretty sure it would
roll out the back door.
have too just miss that yellow, and
that is maybe a bit risky, you are
right, to make sure that it goes
with both weight and the angle at
which he needs to strike this red.
Very unlikely to keep this yellow
in. Let's see, though. The stones
seem to be rolling for the USA at
the moment. He has played another
good shot, that is the problem, you
see, a case of being... I don't know
about being greedy, but that was
always likely to happen.
I think you
hit the nail on the head, I think
that was greedy, they should have
clean picked that out, played the
easy shot, but instead they have
jammed it on the back one, and that
could be a nuisance later.
could be a nuisance later.
Eriksson, playing third for Niklas
Edin. The two of them need to drag
Sweden into a better position in
this match, against the hammer, with
three ends to go. Two and a half
ends, if you like, and he might have
played a decent shot, will he go by
the yellow? Just catches it a
little. Almost gets five.
little. Almost gets five. -- gets
by. You can just feel things
ratcheting up a little bit again.
Continuing with his hitting game,
Tyler George wants to get rid of
both of these roads. USA with the
hammer. -- these
hammer. -- these reds.
This is a key
shot for Tyler George - if you can
make this double, things are looking
very precarious for Sweden.
got those two yellows above the
T-line, has he got it? Well, he taps
one out, still that red is staying
there, but it means USA lie three.
Yeah, he is not celebrating quite as
much as the crowd are.
much as the crowd are.
So that is a good target for
Niklas Edin, those two yellows.
Yeah, but they have to be careful,
he cannot go for them because the
back yellow will jam it, so they
will have to try and draw it again.
Has to make sure he is here and
right in the four foot.
This is a big shot.
That is why that
pesky red is at there. It looks a
long way from the house, but it is
just a bit of a distraction,
affecting the line he can come in
here. Should be able to thread this
through. Needs to come right into
the four foot, though, miss that top
yellow when he comes in. Missed the
guards last time.
Oh! It takes such
a lot of pull mem, they have to get
Still not hidden, though.
Grade weight from Niklas Edin.
but he is showing that he is
starting, certainly with his draw
weight, not quite there but not
making it easy for USA. They want
their two, get back into what would
be a very good position with two
ends to go.
So, he thinks he can hit this back
and get a Little roller as well,
tuck it in, depending on whether the
red jams. It depends how he hits
That was a view of our Swiss
bronze medallists, who won last
night. Callander. -- against Canada.
So... Has he got enough of that? He
takes that one out, nudges his own a
little bit, making even more rooms
there. Time out for Sweden. There
are still facing two -- they are
still facing two. That third shot at
the moment, he is thinking...
the moment, he is thinking...
Sweden don't get this right, they
could lose a big end. Just two
bend-mac to go, that is not an
So, Lindberg comes down,
hasn't got far to go.
hasn't got far to go.
That is what
they are looking dad. And he is
worried that USA could use that.
They could pick up three or four.
is also worried he might leave 8445.
-- he might leave
-- he might leave double for five.
That would get rid of a couple of
yellows if you was able to hit the
He's got a lot of
options but whatever option he
takes, he has to execute it with
precision. And he needs to get his
stone right in the one foot, if
possible, on the centreline, if he
wants to try to secure not losing a
big end here.
The is obviously those
two back yellows, one of them is
closer than the red. He thinks if he
can move and almost, in and hit the
first one, move onto the they would
be lying second and third shot,
maybe even shot first and third. And
might be able to prevent the two.
The one thing going for Sweden is
that they are lying what looks like
third shot, so they need to make
sure they get another one into the
four foot and at least they are
looking at scoring, losing a score
He is trying to come in to
the yellow in between, not the one
where the brush is, that is the line
he wants but he is going to come to
the other yellow and push onto the
one on the outside of that. Sit
there and have even maybe lie shot,
first and third. He needs to hit the
back yellow and into the other one.
It is rolling right in. He hasn't
He was trying to roll the
other way to push the other yellow.
He wanted to go the other way, push
the other yellow away. Sit shot and
maybe give up the worst two.
why I thought he would play that. He
has just left that in the worst
This has given John
Shuster a huge opportunity. Those
two Swedish stones are lined up
nicely. Niklas Edin looks down,
knowing his gold-medal hopes may
have just disappeared with that
This could be the last shot of
the game. If John Shuster makes
this, they score five.
Eriksson looking on. John Shuster of
the United States, rejected out of
the programme after the last
Olympics. He has a great chance!
They both go! It is five for the
USA! They look at the opposition,
high-fiveds all around. The stands
are going crazy. Just what sharing
Niklas Edin, they are wondering what
to do. Surely, this is United States
gold-medal now? What a turnaround in
this match, what a story this would
be in cloning. United States of
America, led by John Shuster 's...
Have almost got their ribbons around
their neck. Picking up five in the
eighth, Niklas Edin leaving the
double, Shuster playing it
perfectly, this, a man who was
ridiculed by American curling
supporters after Sochi. Even at the
beginning of the round-robin
competition here in South Korea, two
wins after six matches, they turned
it around, gathered momentum, and
look at that. John Shuster, in his
fourth Olympic Games is so close,
oh, so close, to the gold medal.
think somebody is going to have to
script Jackie's jaw off the floor.
We are speechless. This is what
films will be made of, this stuff.
This is incredible. USA had nothing
to lose. And everything to gain if
they played well. Unfortunately, it
has been a tight game but Niklas
Edin has made too many mistakes
today and I wonder whether his dream
has been too much of weight to carry
on his shoulders today.
There is one
thing I've learnt today as well,
that the curling experts, two of
them sitting next to me...
Switzerland beating Canada, what a
surprise, and although this isn't
over, it might as well be. USA five
ahead, to make ends to play, they
will play another round but Niklas
Edin knows, as he steps into the
shadows, that his chance of a gold
has gone in that end.
Just so that
you understand the challenge Sweden
have, if it was any other game other
than on Olympic knockout game, they
would have shaken hands right now,
they would have given up.
really need, they need to take three
here and steel two in the last end,
and USA are not going to let that
Jackie, you said they should make a
move. I read an article saying
exactly that. Who would play, the
different characters, and going back
to how John Shuster has really
suffered in these days of social
media, cruel jibes after his
performances at the last two Olympic
Games, where he was a bronze Olympic
medallist in 2006. Matt Hamilton
didn't perform in the mixed doubles
with his sister, who is here
watching as well.
watching as well. This is a runaway
These guys have gone from
zero to hero in one big competition.
And sometimes that's what dreams are
made of, and it is your week and
everything is going for you, and it
has been. They have clawed a lot of
Games back which they looked they
were not going to win.
story this week reminds me of a
certain Olympic 16 years ago.
the girls game, 2002, yeah. Rhona
Martin and the girls came back from
what was looking like the Games were
over, they got into a tie-breaker,
won five in a row, won the gold
medal and these guys are doing
something very similar. They will be
heroes back in their country, for
Matt Hamilton, he of the
moustache, John Landsteiner, the
quiet one, Tyler George, a liquor
store owner in the US, and he might
not have any more products left when
he gets home.
If I could say one
thing to the voice, the USA boys,
Matt Hamilton has to take that
He does, normally. He
says he grows up for the season. His
wife hates it and I reckon there
will be a ritual shaving going on at
some point. The moustache, we were
talking about it early on, it has
its own Twitter account, celebrity
supporters, Aaron Rodgers, the Green
Bay Packers quarterback, and Ivanka
Trump in the stadium, watching this
performance from the United States.
It is almost a shame because sport
is about great dramatic moments and
we'd have just had one there and
there is this anti-climax afterwards
where you've got to keep going, play
it out, Niklas Edin knows, I am sure
we will get a handshake at the end
of this end. He is trying somehow to
manufacture something but not going
to see any mistakes from this USA
team, I'm sure. What a curling
competition we have had, both men
and women. The two medal matches to
come for the women, Great Britain
taking on Japan at 11am, stay with
us for that. What a shock.
Now that victory has been assured,
Ivanka Trump has left her seat. Not
sure whether or not she is in the
stadium. We have quite a few people
that have decided this is over but
it is the American fans that are
waiting for their moment to
This is the
first shot Tyler George has missed
I just hope there isn't a
pitch invasion because they will be
slipping and sliding all over the
place. I'm sure there won't be.
There will be a ceremony a few
Jackie, you were
saying Pharaoh that Derek Brown the
performance coach for USA curling is
a Scotsman and
a Scotsman and maybe a race might be
-- and honour might be on the cards.
These guys trying to keep the smile
off their faces because they know
the end is near.
It has been a
superb match. The person that has
not performed is Niklas Edin who is
one of the greats of the game. If
you had said to Niklas Edin you are
in the Olympic final, you are
playing the USA, he would have
thought that is my dream country, I
can beat the USA. Logan said it, the
record between them has been in
favour of John Shuster and that has
been the case today. You cannot take
anything away from this USA team.
They have played stunning matches
that they had to survive at the end
of the round-robin. They beat Canada
and Great Britain. Then they came
through the semifinal, beat Canada
and into the final and they've
beaten the Swedes. They weren't
lucky, they weren't soft, they've
beaten the best teams in the world,
Canada twice and now Sweden.
is nothing in the stats. The only
difference, Niklas Edin is playing
70% which is not like him, which has
made the difference here.
gone quiet in the curling arena as
the enormity of this result starts
to sink in. USA are going to become
the Olympic champions in men's
curling. Niklas Edin blinking almost
in disbelief. They won a bronze in
Turin, with John Shuster in the
team. His two campaigns in Vancouver
and Sochi ended up in nothing more
than embarrassment but not this
They are from Duluth, Minnesota.
There will be dancing in the streets
in Duluth. What time is it there
now? Very early in the morning.
Probably about 3am, for a? -- 4am?
So, Niklas Edin... Will he keep this
going? If they get two here? I
thought we would see a handshake at
the end of this.
Not sure what is
happening. I think they might try...
They've taken their two.
Go down the
I suppose you could say
they are still fighting. There is
some muted applause. Sweden get two,
that is 10-7, on we go.
I feel really disappointed for
Niklas Edin's team, because they
have been the standout team of the
last four years, they have won
something like four European
Championships in a row, the worlds -
yeah, it just seemed like a fairy
tale ending for their four year
cycle to win the Olympics, and
unless something crazy happens in
its tenth end, it is not going to
We are talking like it is
all doom and gloom, but give them a
couple of days, they will reflect on
it, Olympic silver is still a
fantastic medal to get. But you have
got another four years to try to get
back to do it all again, that is
what the Olympics are. They only
come once every four years, and it
is a long claw-back to get back into
do it again.
The Swiss team are in for their
medals, the bronze medallists have
been for a cup of tea, they are
still there, just a few minutes now,
the ceremony will be beginning. But
they are going to have to wait, like
everybody else. So a corner guard
put in place, can't believe I am
saying this! Switzerland are just
delaying, surely, the inevitable
here. Sweden, even. Why Ally got
Sweden and Switzerland mixed up all
week?! -- why have I.
Don't ask me,
I might start calling them Scotland!
All those USA boys, their hearts
will be pumping right out of their
body right now.
I wonder if John
Landsteiner, in his job as a
corrosion engineer, whether he has
studied the handling of a gold medal
over the years, how much
I hope he keeps it in a
safe place and there is no corrosion
on his medal!
Well, we still have to
go through this final end here,
Niklas Edin and his team carrying so
many hopes for themselves, as much
as anything else, obviously. Sweden
have a chance of a gold medal in the
women's, but they so wanted one in
immense. They thought they had a
team to deliver it. -- in the men's.
Well, the bookies will be happy with
this result, I don't know anybody
who picked USA to win this!
they are not going to do is put any
stones in play that they don't have
to. Sweden have got two guards out
there. This is something I actually
cried admired, you know. I say going
through the motions. As a skip, you
are still talking to your team,
right, put one in here, have it
sitting on the T-line, please, yeah
OK. But in their heads, in their
you are hoping that your
opposition is going to throw a crazy
shot and miss everything.
It is not
just that, is it? You are looking
for a complete collapse at this
This is almost a bit of a bonus, on
the other hand, for the USA, they
get a bit more time on the ice to
let this sink in. They will be
trying to concentrate on their
shots, though, just to make doubly
We have already said earlier
on today that the boom in USA, in
America, has really gone through the
roof. This is just going to add to
I don't know if you know
the answer to this, either of you,
but will John Shuster be
representing the United States at
the World Championships? Has there
been a separate trial for that?
Me neither, sorry.
know of anybody heard a fat lady
Clearing her throat.
The band are striking up. Well, with
all due respect to Sweden and their
efforts to keep this going, you know
that, in the American ranks, they
are already getting ready to pop the
champagne corks, because they have
got something huge to celebrate
here. Tyler George, I have really
enjoyed watching him play these last
The stadium here is going
to go completely wild in a few
minutes. Sweden are running out of
stones fast here.
So as we get down to these last two
or three stones, guys, you're sort
of last thoughts, Jackie? On this
Do you know, it
is fantastic for curling, great that
we have seen other countries, seven
different countries in the play-off
stages here, but I have to say, I am
a tiny little bit shocked that
Sweden didn't perform the game I was
looking for them to play, because
they have been so consistent over
the last three or four years. So
shocked but also very impressed by
the state of play from these USA
boys, they wanted this medal more,
and they have played very well.
to echo that, from what we have seen
in the play-offs, a good look at
Tyler's shoes! From what we have
seen in the play-offs, I think USA
are deserved winners, they have been
Let's not forget, they
have beaten Canada, the top nations
who everybody admires - these guys
have come out and played an absolute
storm. Tyler will be getting free
shoes now, you won't have to worry
Well, there haven't been many boots
out there from the USA team, they
have been absolutely superb today,
and once we have seen another stone
countdown, I think that is pretty
much going to be it. Sweden have got
one in there, they have to score
three to tie this up. That is not
going to happen. A superb five in
the eighth end gave the United
States and an unsaleable lead. And
this team that was put together
after everybody had given up on
them, had given up on John Shuster,
and he wanted one more go, one more
try, one more Olympic journey. He
had a dream to come and perform
well, and hats off to Niklas Edin,
he knows it is all over, and he
plays the last stone of his Olympic
campaign in 2018. He is a great
champion, Niklas Edin, but he
couldn't find his game here today,
and applause comes from the American
What a shot that is!
still in the house!
handshakes come, so John
Landsteiner, Matt Hamilton, Tyler
George and John Shuster, their
leader, are the Olympic champions.
USA celebrate, commiserations to
Sweden. Niklas Edin will hope to
fight another day, but it has been
one surprise after another, one
superb form and is at another from
this brilliant American team. They
have thoroughly deserved it, the
best steam won, they are the gold
medallists. The Olympic champions,
receiving all of the plaudits that
they deserve from a huge contingent
here who have enjoyed every single
minute, the coach comes up to the
ice, who would have thought it? No
Canada, not even in the medals. So
it will be gold for the USA, Sweden
will have to settle for the silver
medal, and Switzerland take the
bronze. And if they do make a movie
about all of this, John Shuster
might just want to play himself, I
think, because he has enjoyed every
single moment of the limelight. Four
times he has been to the Olympic
Games, and he has had to wait until
coming all the way to Korea to get
the medal he not only richly
deserves but the one which he could
only have dreamt about. So what a
great final we have had, don't
forget we have got the Great Britain
women coming up in the bronze medal
match against Japan at 11am. And now
the tears come, great scenes.
Phil Drobnick, who has been coaching
or working with the national team
for about 15 years, it will mean a
lot to him.
Ivanka Trump came back
in to see the closing stages of the
match, and she has enjoyed a great
day for the USA, they are the
curling Olympic champions.
So the USA take gold, a first ever
gold medal in curling, and a first
podium since their bronze back in
2006. John Shuster was skipped that
day as well, but like Steve Cram has
said in commentary, he has had quite
a time of it since then, only ten in
Vancouver, ninth in Sochi, dropped
from the team, but he has come back
to lead his country to the ultimate
Winter Olympic prize. Incredible
stuff, USA take gold, Sweden with
the silver, Switzerland the bronze
medal. Brilliant scenes at the
Curling Centre, we are bound to have
more tonight, because the first
medal in the women's curling is up
for grabs, it will be contested
between GB and Japan. Eve Muirhead
going down yesterday in the
semifinal to Sweden. We can relive
that story with Patrick Gearey.
The very best curlers see parts were
others do not, they find a way. Eve
Muirhead is a natural navigator, but
that doesn't stop you from slipping
sometimes. Against America, against
Korea, her team wondered of course
in their first match against Sweden
just as they were trying to cling
on, Eve didn't let go in time.
is a real disaster.
A curling noble,
red lights, red lines, along Bells.
But if you must make mistakes in the
sport, make them early and make them
right. Eve moved her pieces, Japan,
Canada, trapped in checkmate. On the
thinnest ice, Great Britain had
found their path. It brought them
back to Sweden, who had beaten them
in the round-robin.
We are ready to
rumble against Sweden. A chance to
get into the final to contest the
It started tactically,
Sweden taking none from end want to
keep the hammer, the last shot
So it is a nine endgame
now, and that is what she usually
does, blanking the end.
spirit is important in this game,
that is why Anna Sloan admitted she
touched a stone here.
I touched it.
Just saying she touched it, she will
have a little discussion.
The choice was now the Swedish files
's skip, remove the stone, leave it,
or moved it to where she thought it
would have gone. She chose to place
it outside the scoring zone, not a
popular move. Grey areas are one
thing, what matters is what happens
in the red, white and blue circles,
Sweden just about took two.
Sweden just about took two.
just pushed it back, she did tap
that red back, but not enough.
the fifth end, they were 3-1 up, GB
needed to score. To do so, Eve's
judgment would have to be pretty
She has got to find a
way around on the right line with
the right weight, hit that red at
the back. Got a chance here! Got a
chance. As Eve Muirhead played a
cracker? Just needs to tap that
back, she has indeed. Well done, Eve
Muirhead, superb shot to finish the
fifth end. And after an early
advantage to Sweden, we are all tied
In the pause between sticks
and stones, time for words from the
Play simple, that would give
us a chance, given two or go in
Every time the Brits tried to
build something, the Swedes kept
Now then, how is your
luck? She may well have done it, she
has done very well indeed.
crossroads came in the seventh end,
Sweden 5-3 up. Momentum had slid
with almost every stone.
Hasselborg has played some wonderful
shots, if anything, she has been
playing a little better than Eve
Muirhead. Particularly on the draw
so far. As she got this right?
This one has been pushed out. It has
gone right through! It has gone
right through so there is the first
mistake from Anna Hasselborg. A
little bite of the lower lip, an
opportunity that Eve Muirhead has to
capitalise on. They like the line.
Great to get this one in. They need
to get past that yellow. What has
she done hit? Another good shot from
Eve Muirhead, it's just bumps out.
That has left... She can probably
take both of these yellows out.
her final shot, Anna Hasselborg set
Eve Muirhead a perilous problem.
This was a chance that was building.
The Swedish skip coming down. That
was a very good shot indeed.
best shot for Eve Muirhead. Was the
worst about to happen?
this wrong. Through the gap... Here
it comes. Now, then... It is going
to catch. Oh, oh, oh.
That is a
steal of a three, three to Sweden.
And Great Britain's hopes at such a
low point, it is going to be so
difficult for Great Britain to come
back from 8-3.
Surely the --
disoriented from the seventh, she
would get two back in the eighth?
The smallest of opportunities to
keep this alive.
Looking close, is
Oh, what a shot by Eve Muirhead
just to keep the slimmest of hopes
alive for Great Britain.
now simply too far down the road.
So, Anna Hasselborg now ready to
cement the victory for Sweden. They
have been ahead or through this
match. And they have not put a foot
wrong, really, some small errors but
it has been Great Britain not able
to play their best game. Sweden have
been very, very good. Anna
Hasselborg in particular, well act
up by her team. I think we will see
the handshakes. Eve Muirhead's quest
for gold ends in this semifinal.
They still have the chance the
bronze but it is Anna Hasselborg's
day, and for Anna Sloan, Vicki
Adams, Lauren Gray and Eve Muirhead,
the best they can do is bronze.
Sweden joined their male
counterparts in the Olympic final.
We gave it our all tonight, the
Swedish girls were on fire. I missed
a couple of key draws and you can't
afford to do that. Absolutely
gutted. We have trained hard for the
last three or four years to be in
that position and unfortunately
today we were outplayed. But we
still have a medal to play for so we
will be giving it our all.
still have a medal to play for so we
will be giving it our all.
So, bronze the best GB's woman can
do here in Pyeongchang. We will look
ahead to that match in a moment.
Jackie Lockhart joins us. We have to
reflect on that final we have just
seen. The reason I like to ask you
who will win is so I can ask you
afterwards how big a surprise it was
because you both went for Sweden.
thought Sweden should win this
because they've been so consistent
here this week and probably over the
last three or four seasons but maybe
that was the commentator's curse we
gave them and we really didn't see
the Niklas Edin we are used to. He
seemed to be carrying the weight of
the world on his shoulders so a huge
shock for curling but a fantastic
result for curling at the same time
with USA, the Olympic gold
medallists. Can you believe it?
it comes to Olympic stories, John
Shuster's is up there, he must be so
emotional after everything he has
This is his fourth
Olympics. He won a medal back in
2006 in Turin but he has dragged
himself time and time again to prove
themselves as a player and skip.
These are what dreams are made of.
You could make a film about this,
they've done so well, and they beat
Canada, they beat Niklas Edin. They
were beating the team sitting at the
top of the rankings so, very, very
impressed and what a fantastic
And a great story, a first
gold medal for the USA. Was that an
example of the pressures and Olympic
final can put on even the best of
teams? I think you said before the
match USA were going in there
without the pressure. They could
enjoy it wearers Sweden were
expected to win.
That is the
pressure you put on yourself and
Niklas Edin has won so many medals
and if he had won that medal, he
would have been very well decorated
in his country. The players
themselves put that pressure on and
it is how they do deal with it. That
is what Eve suffered from yesterday.
She wanted to win and she didn't.
I'm sure Niklas Edin will come back,
like most players do. They have a
hunger and passion for the sport and
we will see them again.
If you look
at the three medals, a bronze for
Switzerland, gold for USA, and
nothing for Canada, does this show
the standard and competition in
men's curling is as strong as it has
Very strong. The world
curling Federation, they are
delighted by this because it opens
up the door a little bit more. If
Canada want to keep up with the rest
of the countries, they will have to
step it up. Most of these European
and Asian Pacific countries have
full-time athletes training day and
night to get that world title and
Olympic dream. Canada have had it
easy for a long time. They have lots
of competitive players and it is
just match practice that has kept
them in and I think they have to
look at their programme.
excitement does not end at the
Curling Centre. All eyes will be on
there when Eve Muirhead's team go
for the bronze medal. They would
have loved to go for gold but they
need to pick themselves up. How
difficult a match will this be?
will be a very difficult match. Four
years ago in Sochi when we saw Eve
Muirhead lose the semifinal, the
girls picked themselves up to get
into that bronze medal game and win
it but I think it was a double blow
yesterday when they didn't win the
semifinal match because all they
wanted was the gold medal. I really,
really hope they can pull everything
they've got, every strength and
beliefs and the passion to take the
They will be getting
cheered on from home. Will there be
nervous right now, what you know of
the girls? It is less than a couple
of hours before the match.
course. If they didn't have nerves,
I'd be worried, but I want
confidence nerves. I know as well as
they do if they string their shots
together and play as a team they
will win but Japan will be a tough
match. Every game out there is tough
so we will have to have our fingers
crossed for later.
Yes, we do, and
we will show all of that action.
Thank you for joining us from the
Curling Centre. We will go back
there for the bronze medal match
between GB and Japan starting at
11:05am on BBC One. Pyeongchang has
seen the debut of the team event in
the Alpine skiing. It consists of
16. They race head-to-head and they
get a point for a wimp, the one with
the most points is the winner at the
end. We have seen the impact of ski
cross and Snowboard Cross has had at
the Olympics. Could this one grab
the attention of everyone watching?
It is liking stuff. 25 seconds on
average per race down the slalom so
let's join your commentator and see
who could win the first ever team
Olympic gold medal. He's Matt
Chilton. Time for the semifinals at
the alpine team event and the
line-up sees Austria taking on more
line-up sees Austria taking on more
weight and then France up against
Switzerland. Austria versus Norway
in semifinal number one. Katharina
Liensberger and Kristin Lysdahl.
Now they are synchronised, turn for
turn, gate floodgate, we have not
had a dead heat yet in today's
condition and we won't have one
here. Liensberger by bites first for
Austria. Austria lead Norway 1-0. A
good fight for Katharina
Liensberger, what a great jump and
turned that was. Michael Matt in the
blue. A couple of early mistake 's
from the slalom bronze medallist.
This has opened up for
Nestvold-Haugen's favour. It is 1-1,
Nestvold-Haugen ties it. This is
where it started to come apart for
Michael Matt. His rhythm was out of
sync and he missed a gate. Res
three, the bronze medallist,
Katharina Gallhuber, and the winner
of the most recent head-to-head
World Cup competition, Nina
Haver-Loeseth. This should be good.
Nina Haver-Loeseth in red, Katharina
Gallhuber in blue. It is 1-1 after
the first two rounds. Away they go,
nothing to choose between them as
they approach the lip, a
synchronised Rob on land.
Haver-Loeseth more accurate. She
moves in front. She attempts to give
Norway a 2-1 lead. She let her in
and Gallhuber steel set by 0.1 six.
The Norwegian holds the helmet in
hands and she apologises to her
team-mates. This is the final race,
Marco Schwarz and Sebastian
Foss-Solevaag. Schwarz, having skied
well in the first leg, sat the last
race out. Schwarz is metronomic with
his rhythm and moves in front. The
Austrians are on the way, barring a
mistake... Austria are in the final!
They have defeated Norway, 3-1.
Norway will have to go and fight it
out for the bronze a little later.
Austria face the winner of our next
semifinal. France versus
Switzerland, semifinal number two,
and it will be Adeline Baud Mugnier
for France against Denise
Feierabend. It is all about medals.
Baud Mugnier. For Switzerland,
Denise Feierabend goes in blue.
Denise Feierabend goes in blue. Baud
Mugnier has looked sharp are so far
this afternoon, reflected in the way
the French skier has taken this a
part in the first 20 terms with the
final six to come. Baud Mugnier
gives France a lead of 1-0.
Feierabend left standing somewhat
there. France lead 1-0.
there. France lead 1-0. Now we will
see a serious battle between Clement
Noel and Ramon Zenhaeusern, the
giant Swiss against the young
Frenchman. Zenhaeusern left behind,
pushing too hard, and Noel has a
halfway advantage at the jump.
Zenhaeusern attempting to claw back
the time. He is doing it! What a
comeback from the big Swiss ski
racer who draws Switzerland level,
it is 1-1. That was something!
Zenhaeusern got left behind...
Switzerland are in the final, it is
the dream final in many ways. They
take on their great rivals Austria
in the battle for the gold and
silver. France will return
it out. Confirmation of
Switzerland's 3-1 win over France.
So now the main event, Austria take
on Switzerland, the two big players
in Alpine ski racing. The line-up
Switzerland are in the blue cause to
kick things off with fire
kick things off with fire --
Feierabend, but you would put your
money on Liensberger. Liensberger is
out in front, halfway down the
course. She has a hard gate
course. She has a hard gate
advantage, Austria have a advantage.
Now the race we have all been
looking forward to as two of the
medallist from the men's slalom go
head to head. Mario Matt versus
Ramon Zenhaeusern, both medallist in
the slalom, going head to head in
the team event, but a slightly shaky
few towns from the Swiss, and Matt
looks more convincing, but now
Zenhaeusern moves up through the
gears and goes into overdrive as
Matt straddles and will be
disqualified. It is 1-1 in the
final. Zenhaeusern brings
Switzerland back into contention
with a dynamic, explosive run. Great
start from Matt, but Zenhaeusern has
shown his capabilities in this head
to head. He was the winner in the
Stockholm event. It is
Stockholm event. It is 1-1 now,
Holdener versus Gallhuber, race and
three in the Alpine team event
final, Switzerland versus Austria.
Wendy Holdener in the red course for
Switzerland. Both medallist in the
Olympic slalom, simultaneous start,
no mistakes made, Gallhuber makes a
mistake and is thrown out of the
turn. She has a hard gate lead as
they come off the lip, Gallhuber has
been behind but has fought back into
contention in previous rounds budget
cannot overhaul Wendy Holdener's
lead. A 2-1 advantage for
Switzerland, 0.1 between them. The
last race of the Alpine ski racing
programme here in Pyeongchang, Marco
Schwarz against Daniel Yule for the
gold medal in the inaugural Alpine
team Olympic event. They are all
going to get a medal, but they all
want the gold. They are ready to go
in the fourth and final race in the
Alpine combined competition. Daniel
Yule of Switzerland in the blue
course, a better start from Marco
Schwarz of Austria, Whitland leads
to - one. Daniel Yule is back in
contention, I think he is in front.
-- Switzerland leads 2-1. Marco
Schwarz has gone out, and Daniel
Yule can cruise through, Switzerland
are the Olympic champions! They have
defeated their all-time rivals,
Austria, and they take the first
ever gold medal in the Alpine team
event. It will be silver for
Austria, Marco Schwarz's mistake
rules them out. Whitson and win by
3-1. -- Switzerland win by 3-1. The
battle of the giants, Norway
defeating France to win the bronze.
Switzerland take the first ever team
Alpine gold, brilliant event on the
slopes. We are going to stay on the
snow, because the penultimate day at
the games sees the penultimate medal
in the cross-country, the longest
event of the Games, the 50
kilometres mass start, a brutal test
of endurance. It has been
frustrating so far for Andrew
Musgrave of Great Britain, this is
his last event in Pyeongchang, and
we join the action with eight
kilometres to go.
Here come the chasers. These guys
are good enough, on a different day,
we could be looking at a four way
sprint for the medals, but three
very old men have gone extremely
hard, extremely early, and they are
not closing on the leaders.
not closing on the leaders. These
positions may be as good as it gets
for this quartet.
It just shows you
how absolutely perfectly timing was
from Niskanen. The only thing that
has gone wrong, and it may not have
gone permanently wrong is that
Bolshunov was able to stay with him
and has moved out head by virtue of
the exchange of skis. But even
Niskanen's timing and the way he
broke apart that field has proved
over the ensuing power now, since he
did it, to have been a perfect
decision in terms of taking out
Dario Cologna. The Norwegian
challenge has completely
disappeared, showing no signs of
life since, Alex Harvey is wrapped
up in that as well, and others have
been dropped, including Chervotkin.
Niskanen threw the switch of skis is
reeling back in the Russian. We
really are going to have an amazing
Could be very, very exciting
as they head towards the business
end of the race, all credits to
Niskanen, not just in terms of the
tactics of changing skis, but not
folding mentally after seeing the
21-year-old Russian close down the
huge lead that he worked so hard to
generate. Bolshunov still in front,
of course, but Niskanen tried to
make his way back up onto the
shoulder of the new leader. And with
every push and every drive, he is
closing, the gap is only four
seconds, Poltoranin is miles behind,
the Kazakhstan, in third. As we have
said a couple of times in our
coverage, every single person fell
by the wayside with this man's
tactics, apart from Bolshunov, but
this is good, positive skiing from
Niskanen. If he was tired, mentally
fragile or weakened by the Russian's
move ahead, he would be finding this
deficit much more difficult to close
down, so psychologically this is
working for Niskanen, because he is
closing the gap that the Russian
enjoyed at the end of that previous
circuit when he changed skis, and it
also tells us that the new skis are
working as well.
Which will be a
sigh of relief for the finished
team, can you imagine being the wax
technicians, you have seen your
athletes deliver this incredible
race, being caught up, needing to
put on a set of skis to deliver them
over the line, the national
embarrassment if suddenly they are
completely off the pace. Look at
Niskanen trying to keep the muscles
working. You have got to remember,
everybody is doing this in minus
eight with a significant amount of
wind chill, and there are many
athletes on the course who have now
skied, in the last hour and 51
minutes, Morkel eaters than they
have done at the rest of the
Olympics combine. -- more
kilometres. If you think about it,
not everybody does all of the races,
some have saved themselves for this,
and Niskanen is an example of
someone who is picked and chosen,
held himself back. This is a huge
race when it comes to the distance.
Now, Niskanen has completely closed
down that gap, once again right back
into the psychological battle of the
has what it takes with less than ten
kilometres to go.
We are in for a
great finish to this race, and I
know that Poltoranin is a long way
clear in third place, but according
to the last two checkpoints, he has
moved a further 30 seconds behind
these two, and that has allowed
Sundby to close down to within one
minute. So Sundby, Harvey and Larkov
are about 1.15 off the Kazakhstan
it, but now they are only 50 seconds
behind with six kilometres left to
ski. If it starts to unravel for
Poltoranin, it is not beyond the
bounds of possibility that somebody
like Sundby, with a big finish,
could get in the mix for bronze and
denied a man from Kazakhstan the
position he has occupied for 20
Not beyond the bounds of
possibility that Alex Harvey of
Canada could get on the Olympic
podium. He is still in there, tucked
in behind Sundby, and he has been
wanting that Olympic medal,
discussing the fact it will probably
be his very last Olympic appearance.
If that group containing Harvey
continues to get closer and closer
and into medal contention, Canada's
Alex Harvey will be in with a shout
at an Olympic medal. We will find
out inside a round about the next 20
or so minutes.
That is why the
director is now giving us a shot of
Poltoranin from Kazakhstan, because
there are now questions. He has
moved much further behind Bolshunov
and Niskanen in first and second. Is
there a little opening for Sundby,
Harvey, Larkov and Holund? The
weather is closing in, it is cold,
Niskanen misses the drink at that
point. I don't think that will be a
disaster, but we are getting towards
the business end of this race now,
excellent work from Niskanen to
close the gap on the 21-year-old
Alex Ainley Bolshunov. Nothing to
separate these two men. -- Alexey. A
little slip from the Russian, they
are so close, Niskanen could reach
out and touch Bolshunov's pole.
Poltoranin in third, totally
isolated, miles behind the men in
gold and silver, and, he hopes,
still a long way in front of these
four, but he was 1.46
four, but he was 1.46 behind
Bolshunov, but now there is no doubt
that these four are closing in in
what could become a five way battle
for the bronze. Poltoranin was going
to come under pressure, you would
expect, in these closing stages. It
is Larkov wearing 11, then it is
Sundby, then Alex Harvey, as Lee
said, trying to become North
America's first medallist in this
event. They are closing. They are
closing on Poltoranin in third.
Could it be the man from Kazakhstan,
aiming to be their first medallist
in 24 years? He could still hang on.
They have not got that long to go to
close him down. And this is what we
want from these epic races. We have
uncertainty in terms of who is going
to take gold and silver, and we now
have a little bit of uncertainty
whether Poltoranin, the 30 old from
Kazakhstan in his fourth Winter
Olympic Games, whether he can hold
on for the bronze. -- the
30-year-old. There is drama all
around these tracks, this is why
these races are so good to watch.
The gap between Poltoranin and
Larkov was about 54-55 seconds. It
is now 38 seconds, and that happened
in the space of 1.5 kilometres. We
have about six remaining. If you do
a little bit of maths, it could be
very close. Now, there is a
suggestion that you should not
employ a Finnish who has just skied
45 parameters as a goalkeeper any
time soon, no chance of Niskanen
holding onto that, not the end of
his race by any means, but as you
can see, still absolutely neck and
neck between Bolshunov and Niskanen
after what has felt like an
absolutely epic encounter. Now,
coming into the stadium, we have
very little time, very little
distance remaining for someone to
make a move out of these two. Will
anyone do it, or are they going to
Don't worry about the German, they
are a lap behind.
are a lap behind. They hear the bell
in this epic race. It is the very
last circuit in the men's 50
kilometres, the longest, hardest,
most arduous battle for gold you
could argue it means with the most
-- it comes within its glory. Iivo
Niskanen set his stall out early
before even the Games began, he was
targeting this as his desired gold
medal. It is the event that has been
part of the Winter Olympic programme
since the very beginning back in
1924. Niskanen is a huge star back
in Finland, and now this is the
dynamic in the battle for bronze,
this is such a shame for the
this is such a shame for the classic
ski specialist from Kazakhstan.
Where he was one minute and 50
seconds clear on its own, looking
towards the medal, his energy is
spent. He wears bib five. That is
sad to see because he played his
part in the dynamic of
part in the dynamic of the race
sport is cruel, there is no room for
sentiment it is sad for Poltoranin.
Cross-country fans will have seen
just how much he helped Niskanen but
from our point of view it sets up an
incredible finish for the bronze
medal because you will have four
tired but expert contenders battling
over these last few kilometres to
try to get into the medals, as we
watched Niskanen, still tailing
Alexander Bolshunov, still nothing
between them. They have been skiing
for just under two hours in minus
seven, with the winds whipping
around their faces, and they are
still absolutely neck and neck as we
watch the chasers coming through,
Poltoranin, can he hang on to the
end? That is his only chance. Sundby
looks to his left. Larkov, Holund,
Harvey. Poltoranin holding on behind
them now. If he could just stay on
them for this final push to the
line, he might just still have a
chance but you'd have to think long
and hard about it.
Especially in the
manner number 15 has been eroded so
quickly. There are still five,
including Poltoranin, in the battle
for bronze, as has been the case for
about 15 kilometres of this epic
test of nerve, steel and tactics.
They are to .5 minutes adrift, and
this is a two-way battle for Winter
Olympic glory, here on these
stunning tracks of Pyeongchang. We
have been privileged enough to
witness some great, great finishers,
some wonderful battles and
demonstrations of heart, nerve and
passion and here is another. Iivo
Niskanen has poured his heart and
soul into this campaign. It was good
enough to get rid of absolutely
everybody bar one. At one stage,
Abraham, the 21-year-old Russian was
45 seconds behind the thin. The talk
by little he held on to his nerve
and believe that this is his day to
shine individually, after two
Silvers and a bronze, is he destined
to finish with gold? Niskanen has to
hang on, and I wonder is it going to
come down to a massive piece of
acceleration on that large, huge
field coming into the stadium, as it
has done time and time again in all
the races so far?
You can see the
conditions deteriorating out on the
course as well. That Hill has played
such a huge part in this hole
Olympics. Every race, it has been
used to its full advantage. Will it
be Bolshunov? Will it be Niskanen?
Who has enough left to use that Hill
as they get closer and closer to it
in the final stages of this race?
think the dynamic between the two
groups shows you for the very first
time these two are tired, they will
not be caught by the chase group who
are two and a half minutes behind.
These two are tired, mentally and
physically, they are almost a spent
force part one of them is going to
find something here in the very
closing stages that will be
remembered for ever. Alexander
Bolshunov, the 21-year-old from
Russia, he has skied a brilliant
tactical race. Hasn't gone with the
early pace of Niskanen, worked his
way back to the flying Finn who
tracks his every move. Talk about
history, no fin has won this title
since 1960! The weight of history is
on Iivo Niskanen's shoulders, the
nation will be tuning in live to
watch their young hero from back
home, he is quite a character, he
co-owns a racehorse. His older
sister is a Winter Olympics
medallist and he took a medal four
years ago in the team sprint but
this is different. This gold would
be his and his alone, and it would
be an amazing slice of Winter
Olympic history, something that has
not been done by a Finn in almost 50
They are in front, that front
duo, and we have a potentially a
bronze medallist in there somewhere.
Note that there is no Alexey
Poltoranin. It is between Andrey
Larkov, Alex Harvey, and Hans
Christer Holund. Somewhere in net is
your bronze medallist and here are
your gold and silver medallists, it
is a case of which way is it going
to be? Wearing number eight,
Niskanen, his life's work has been
to get this Olympic gold. Not any
other, but this one. In front of
him, a 21-year-old in Alexander
Bolshunov, who has a whole career
ahead of him but has exploded onto
the scene with a series of
impressive performances, and he is
going home with three medals but
none of them are gold. One of these
will win an Olympic title for the
first time in their career. We are
just about to find out who.
you've never watched cross-country
skiing before, it doesn't matter.
What is there not to admire about
two young men putting the years and
the years of their life on the line
for a chance to make history? Iivo
Niskanen has blown this entire field
apart. He has been so gutsy, so
balls see, determined that this
slice of history as his but he
hasn't been able to get rid of the
maroon shadow, who we can just about
see in these gloomy conditions in
Pyeongchang, Alexander Bolshunov.
Three times he's been on the podium,
Bolshunov, but the one he wants as
this one. He has a chance, the
21-year-old, it is just too close to
call at the moment. Will it come
down to that massive hill for the
finish? These are the four men
battling for the bronze with Larkov
leading with Sundby cut in behind
Through the murder, we see
these four coming through. Sundby
won't have his individual Olympic
title. You can see Niskanen pulling
away! He wants an Olympic gold for
himself on his own and he is going
This is so gutsy from Iivo
Niskanen. That is how he has skied
this entire rows. He went to the
front at the start, and, after
seeing his lead after changing skis,
he has maintained his focus and his
tactical composure. He has gone
early and hard. The Olympic athlete
of Russia, Alexander Bolshunov, is
slipping. He is trying to hang on.
Bolshunov got the individual bronze
in the sprints, he is quick. But
this man is being driven on by a
nation and by the weight of history.
He has broken Bolshunov! He sits up,
he knows he has been beaten in this
battle for the gold medal! You don't
often see an athlete giving away
like that but I think it shows you
just how much it had taken out of
Bolshunov to close the gap in the
And now Niskanen is
moving up the hill, we thought this
is where Bolshunov might be broken.
You can see he renews the attack but
the gap is there now and Niskanen
accelerated, and so unusual to see
an athlete simply say I can't match
that. That is it, after 49
kilometres, I haven't got what it
takes to stay with that man, and
Niskanen goes up this hill for a
final time, takes a look behind him,
and now the dissent towards the
arena, towards a gold medal.
Niskanen takes that sharp
left-hander, takes it carefully,
wants to stay on his feet, wants to
savour the moment of a lifetime. He
took a gold in the team sprint four
years ago but before these Games
began he said this is the title that
every Winter Olympic cross-country
skier wants, this is the event that
has been in the programme since
1924, that's why they've got the
flags with his face on it. This
would be massive. And an absolutely
superb performance from the flying
Finn, Iivo Niskanen pulling away
from Bolshunov. He had the heart and
desire, and the mental strength and
the self belief to pull away from a
huge field before halfway and
despite Bolshunov putting him under
pressure, it is going to be Iivo
Niskanen's day. The crowning moment
of a glittering career so far and he
is orchestrating the crowd! Over 50
years of history, and, finally, a
Finn is back on top in the most
gruelling of events. Iivo Niskanen
writes his name in the annals of the
all-time Winter Olympic rates in
this event and all credit to
Alexander Bolshunov. He is
absolutely shattered. He looks
disappointed. He was the only man in
the entire field who could do
anything to put Niskanen under
pressure and that is no disgrace
with yet another silver for him
because it is all gold for Niskanen.
STUDIO: The first gold for Finland's
Iivo Niskanen. Silver and bronze
went to Olympic Athletes from
Russia, Abraham Ackland Andrey
Larkov. Alex Harvey finished fourth,
missing out on being the first
Canadian to win a cross-country
Canadian to win a cross-country
medal. It has been another historic
day here in Pyeongchang. Ellie
Morgan became the first British man
to win an Olympic medal on a
snowboard. -- Billy Morgan. It was a
first curling gold as well for team
USA a little earlier. Barra and the
first woman to win Olympic gold on
skis and snowboard, adding Parallel
Giant Slalom to the Super-G title
she won Mac earlier in the Games.
Norway, the most Winter Olympic
medals won at a single Games. They
got their 38th medal today. It is
more than Team
got their 38th medal today. It is
more than Team GB have managed, but,
with five, this is how it stands.
Their best ever at the Winter
Olympics. Could it be more? Eve
Muirhead is going for bronze. Join
Clare Balding for all of that. From
me, goodbye and I'll see you
Eilidh Barbour presents live coverage of the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The day's action includes the men's curling gold medal match. The British team reached the final at the Sochi Games in 2014, but had to settle for silver after losing to Canada, who claimed their third successive gold medal in this event.