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BBC Two Day 15: Men's Curling: Gold Medal Match - Sweden v United States

06:00-09:15: Live coverage of the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The day's action includes the men's curling gold-medal match.


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Good morning from the penultimate

day of competition here in

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Pyeongchang, eight gold medals up

for grabs today. We might be slowing

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down towards the end of it all, but

these athletes certainly are not. If

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you were watching on BBC One, you

will see we have just had a history

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in the parallel giant slalom, Ester

Ledecka becoming the first woman to

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win a gold medal in two different

sports at the same Winter Olympics,

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our first super-G on the skis, his

second coming are now favoured

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snowboard. We are going to head

straight back there, because the

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men's final is just coming up, so

let's rejoin our commentary team.

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This is it, the men's parallel giant

slalom, the big final. Sangho, on

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the blue course.

Korea is guaranteed

a silver or gold medal, but which

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colour will it be?

He is up against

the Swiss.

Has been riding very

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strong all day.

You call it, you are

the expert!

I don't know, my heart

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is saying Lee Sang Hwa oh, but as we

have seen, one tiny mistake can

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throw it all up. I will tell you in

about one minute's time!

Here we go,

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all of Korea expects, it is a better

start from Lee, who had a shocking

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start in the semifinal.

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start in the semifinal. Taking a

conservative line on the top of the

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course. That is a long way back, he

is going to have to go for it now,

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needs to carry speed from the steep

to the flat. And Galmarini from

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Switzerland is looking good.

Just

coming over the last knoll now.

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Karen Lee pull out the spectacular

again?

He did very well at the end

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of the course last time.

Switzerland

take the gold, Lee will have to

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settle for silver.

The crowd is

still going wild, I think they are

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very happy with the medal.

That is

absolutely wonderful. And Nevin

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Galmarini takes the gold medal for

Switzerland. Sea has had a fantastic

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day, qualified in first, just

flawlessly all day, a deserving

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winner, I think. And the league,

this is a personal best, fear that

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the World Championships last year in

Sierra Nevada. -- and leave. He won

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the world junior championships in

2015, but he has invested so much of

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his time, energy, for these home

Olympic Games, and for Nevin

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Galmarini, he has gone one better,

silver medallist in Sochi four years

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ago, and now a gold medal in the

men's parallel giant slalom.

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Yeah, he was flawless all day today,

wasn't he?

That is what you call a

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perfect race, absolutely perfect.

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Yeah, just looking at it, yes, he

was actually able to catch up from

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the steep to the flat, the second

intermediate time, gained back 0.2

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of a second.

He seemed faster at the

end of the course than at the start.

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Yeah. Look at the edge

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angle there. He didn't need to reach

for the line, he knew he was

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guaranteed the medal.

Celebrations for the Swiss, but also

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in South Korea, that is their first

ever Olympic medal on snow,

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brilliant stuff in Pyeongchang for

the locals. We will stay on the

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snowboard now, because the big air

final has been a brilliant addition

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to these Winter Olympics, and Billy

Morgan from GB was hoping it could

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be a brilliant end to its Winter

Olympics. He qualified in sixth

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place a few days ago. Carlos Garcia

Knight from New Zealand was the lead

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qualifier in that qualifying heat.

The format change slightly. Instead

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of the best of two jumps, there are

three jumps, the best two counting

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and being added together to get your

overall champion. Let's join Tim

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Warwood and Ed Leigh.

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Yes, this is good news, Billy Morgan

took a big hit in training, so the

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fact that he is up here is great

news. Hamish McMurray tanned Rowan

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Coultas next to him, Billy just

watching the flags. He made it

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through with big backside triple

1440 Caulker, but it was huge, and

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that is what he wants to land now.

-- cork.

Backside triple cork, it is

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massive!

Couldn't hold it.

It was

huge! Billy! Backside triple cork

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with the nose grab. Oh, and he was

cleaning to that with his

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fingernails. He really was.

Like

hanging off the edge of a cliff, and

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now the pressure is on Billy.

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30.0, Billy Morgan has it all to do

on his final two jumps.

Toutant has

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been in the game for more than a

decade, so, so strong. The Canadian

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is considered a veteran at 25, but

he can ride everything.

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he can ride everything. Of late, he

has been eclipsed on the Canadian

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team by the likes of Mark McMorris.

Switch frontside 1620, and the first

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rider to properly send it deep into

the landing.

That is very, very

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nice! That is huge.

Huge trick. He

has put himself very much in the

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running for this title, that is a

massive trek to punch out. 84.75,

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the judges leaving themselves

somewhere to go.

Next in, it is the

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Norwegian, Torgeir Bergrem, and we

watched him yesterday.

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Winding up into the backside 1620.

Huge, huge trick.

Look at the

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Norwegian!

He the snowboarder's

snowboarder, the Ryan Giggs of

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snowboarding, widely considered to

be one of

beautifully skilful.

Look

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at that, keeping the board pretty

much straight on the take-off,

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judges like that, using the grab

rails on the board to full effect.

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And he is happy with it.

88.50,

first place for Torgeir Bergrem, and

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deservedly so. Kyle Mack, a rider

always renowned for his different

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grounds, made it into the finals

with a backside triple cork 1440

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with a Japan grab, which almost

stalled the rotation. Oh!

My

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goodness!

That is the best one we

have seen from him.

Without a doubt,

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the best one we have seen from him.

To put the Japan grab in the middle

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of the trick kills all the rotation,

and then as he brings it back, it

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really is, reignites the trick, like

a turbo charge.

It is likely peels

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back an elastic band and then lets

go of it in the middle of the trick.

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The instinct, every part of it must

be saying, let go, save yourself!

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Olga Rypakova!

Uses the urge and

hold onto that one.

-- pull the

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ripcord.

82.00, that is as good as

you can go.

Well, it wasn't switch.

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True, true.

Switch regarded as more

difficult.

Back to the top, and this

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man is the king of big air.

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man is the king of big air.

So the

Canadian dropping in normal,

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forwards. Backside triple cork 1620!

Oh, that was a work of art!

It was

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huge, and it was clean.

Take a look

at Max Parrot there, he has done the

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whole trick on the take-off, he

grabs, he is not working, not

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fighting it. The whole trick, from

start to finish, is done on the

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take-off, and if you look, that 180

looks like it is part of the trick.

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Max Parrot, we know he has got the

cab 1800 in his bag, he has got two

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goes at that. Bergrem in first,

Parrot and second, Toutant and

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third. Kyle Mack is the only other

rider in the 80s. Billy under

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pressure now, he has worked so hard

to get here, he tore his lateral

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crew should ligament, that kept him

off his board for a month before

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these games. -- cruciate.

Come on,

Billy! Massive again!

And he holds

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it up, yes, it was huge, and he put

the nose grab on it, the hardest

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grab! Yes, Billy!

Really, really

nice. Huge triple cork. If the

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judges are rewarding size, they have

got to give them a big present for

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that one. Oh, my goodness! Borrow

Chuck Norris's thighs to put this

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one down, I think. And relief for

the British fans watching. 82.5

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zero.

There we go, that is the score

on the board. Billy Morgan has a

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serious, serious shop now. Next in,

Sebastien Toutant, the Canadian is

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sat on a very, very powerful 84.75.

A bit of breathing room here. And I

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think it is completely fair to say

that this kid is a video game

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snowboarder, he will go backside

again here.

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again here. Backside 1620.

How did

he hold onto that?! It was like a

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rodeo clown!

Huge, huge, huge second

hit for the man from Quebec.

He

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looked like he was handing onto a

palomino at the rodeo on the way

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out, but some of the toe edge stayed

in contact with the snow. Two 1620s,

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this is very, very precious. 89.50,

that puts him in a very, very strong

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position!

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position!

I want to see this boy do

well, Kyle Mack. Powerhouse. He is

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so mostly, he even sinks in

saltwater.

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He is a human Mack truck!

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If you have some gates that need

smashing down, you can call him!

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He already has the backside 1440.

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Ooh!

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No!

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That is a bloody Dracula!

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And I am not swearing,

that is the name of the grab,

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both hands on the tail.

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I have never seen it in a 14.

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I have seen him do it on the 1080.

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I don't think he can believe

that he has put it down in the 1440.

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Four called rotations, both hands on

the tail. He is fizzing after that

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one.

Not massive.

Not at all.

We saw

what happened with Sage Kotsenburg,

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pulling something out of the

ordinary in such, and it dominated

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slopestyle for him, and I think Kyle

Mack could do the same, this could

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push close to the 90 mark.

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Two big scores and in second

place at the moment.

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So, Mark Mcmorris, and he

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So, Mark Mcmorris, and he always

delivers in this situation. 11

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months ago he was in a medically

induced coma after breaking his

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ribs, his pelvis, his humorous

unsure and spleen. He broke his

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femur in 2016, he is the king of

rehab.

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rehab.

Same trick.

It is over for

Mark McMorris! And the Olympic Ring

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once more slips through his fingers.

Twice he has had the bronze medal

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but by his extremely high standards,

it was always a gold medal he was

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after.

A huge cheer from the crowd,

they know what he's gone through,

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what a journey he has had to be

here.

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An incredible work effort, Max

Parrot, the second man after Billy

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Morgan to land a quad core. Accused

of lacking style at times but

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certainly addressed that. Will we

see the cab 1800?

Is this it? It is!

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And he has gone!

He has landed

hundreds of those in training and

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suddenly everything is wide open. If

he had landed this trick, the final

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was put to bed. We have got that

lovely finish, and we are coming to

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the boil now because we have the

finish where the pressure is on Max

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Parrot.

Oh, his chin goes down. His

face! Do you want a grated cheek on

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your toast?

It is like sandpaper.

His switch backside 1620, he dropped

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but now he has to deliver, Carlos

Garcia Knight.

Spirit is very high

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in the New Zealand camp with the

16-year-old Porteus taking the

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bronze earlier in the day.

Switch

again.

He has gone too big. He went

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to big! And that is the end of

Carlos Garcia Knight. Oh, my

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goodness! Bottle that up, Eau Of

Disappointment.

His mum and dad

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would drive to the mountain, sit in

the car while he shredded all day on

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the mountain.

He made it look easy

in qualification.

He did. Let's look

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at the standing.

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So, Billy Morgan I think will go for

the frontside 1440 triple core but

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if he lands this, he is well within

the medal scores but remember he is

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the second of 12 riders to drop in

the third and final jumps of men's

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Big Air.

We know the whole of

Southampton is watching this.

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They've rented the sports centre,

there will be a big crowd cheering

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him on, and he needs to go

absolutely stratospherically that

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isn't something he struggles with,

to be honest.

Come on, Billy Morgan

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except!

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to be honest.

Come on, Billy Morgan

Double grab! Billy Morgan, yes!

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Billy Morgan with a double grab!

That is massive, absolutely huge!

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Oh, my goodness. He had us all

scared, he slammed in practice,

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dropped his first jump and he has

delivered second and third jump.

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This is very, very pressures.

He's

grabbing the tail and the mute on

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that.

The judges will love that,

they will love it! One line, two

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lines!

Beautiful, stands up like

Michael Knight from Knight Rider.

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Yes, Billy Morgan!

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Yes, Billy Morgan!

85.5, he is an

bronze medal position and it is a

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very long guns nervous wait for the

man from Southampton.

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man from Southampton. This man is in

very enviable position. Where will

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Sebastien Toutant take this third

and final jump?

Not one jump in the

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90s from the first two. The judges

leaving plenty in reserve.

Would you

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trust Chris Corning wouldn't try a

quad?

I don't trust he won't. He was

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chucking them on the practice in

Munchen club back for a laugh.

So,

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dropping in switch.

He has gone

massive...

And he tried to tidy it

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up, the cab 16, just by going even

bigger, he wanted to add to that

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score. This would be such a huge

result for Sebastien Toutant. You

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look over his results and it is only

the Quebec slopestyle key won. That

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looks like visualisation of the quad

core.

Is he going to try to do the

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quad core? This jump is too small to

see that trip.

I don't know, it

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looks like it.

He is starting right

back there. Surely not.

I think he's

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going forward. -- for it.

This would

be history right here. This would be

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the first quad in competition.

I

think he is going. I'm nervous and

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I've never seen him this site.

He is

going to have to rip this so hard.

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It is... And he nearly made it!

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It is... And he nearly made it! Oh,

my goodness! The backside quad core

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makes its appearance at the Olympics

and we've been talking about it

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since day one at the slopestyle and

we finally see it. Chris Corning has

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been building his entire career

around the idea he's going to come

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to the Olympics and land a quad core

and then the jump is too small.

Has

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that stopped him? No. He has ripped

it.

Full credit to this man. Two,

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three...

He dips so late. He only

needed a tiny, tiny bit more. Wow,

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Chris Corning has bent physics.

Anxious wait for Billy Morgan as we

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start getting through the heavy

hitters. This final here running in

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reverse order of qualifiers.

I am

starting to get restless in my seat.

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I feel like I have got ants in my

pants.

He drops in switch... Oh, and

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he has dropped it! How? How? After

being so consistent? I suppose it is

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a difference trick. He has worked so

hard on that backside 1620, and he

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squandered it. The second jump is

when it started to go wrong for him.

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He is such an incredible snowboarder

but he battles with consistency on

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the biggest stages.

What a shame for

the Norwegian.

Next in, Kyle Mack,

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currently sitting in silver medal

position. So, for Mack, an

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improvement for -- from his first

jump. If he can bump his score up...

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He will need 87. He can pull it up

to 87, he can move into gold medal

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position.

I don't think we will see

1440 in the high 80s.

He will need

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to... He either needs a 16 or a grab

that is truly out of this world and

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with the bloody Dracula on his

frontside 14, that is as much as it

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can do.

Backside triple core 16,

very nearly ran to 18.

What? 1620

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Japan? Wow!

I think he was trying to

take it around to 1800, by the looks

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of it.

I'm looking down to this and,

right now, of all the riders left to

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drop, Mark McMorris, Niklas

Mattsson, they've dropped their

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first jump is. There's only one man

who can knock everyone out. So,

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Sebastien Toutant guaranteed silver.

Kyle Mack guaranteed bronze. So,

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Billy Morgan can only get blasted by

that man.

The hole of the UK now

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just needs to watch this jump

through their eyes. Of course they

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watch it through their eyes! They

need to watch it through their

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fingers. I am beside myself, I can't

watch it. I'm torn between my friend

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in bronze and one of the best

snowboarders trying to do business

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on this big edge jump.

The hardest

trick we will see on this jump.

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Let's make no mistake about it,

here's here for gold.

He is coming

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in backwards.

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in backwards. Oh, no! He has gone!

What? Max Parrot scaling back his

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jump and missing.

He went to the

gold and he went home with nothing.

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So, the medals are settled. We said

it was a long shot but Billy Morgan,

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Great Britain, Southampton's finest

snowboarder go home with a bronze

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medal!

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medal! In exactly the same way Jenny

Jones worked so hard and was able to

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crown an impressive career with the

glory of an Olympic medal, Billy

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Morgan has done the same thing. The

man who has pioneered so many tricks

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but really struggled for that core

acceptance from the sport has come

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here and landed two breathtaking

tricks under pressure to take a

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silver medal and the story isn't so

different for Sebastien Toutant in

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gold-medal position. It is so lovely

seeing these two powerhouse nations

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of snowboarding, Canada and America,

matched very, very closely by

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Britain, one of the minnows of

snowboarding. In Billy Morgan, we

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have one of the most courageous and

pioneering of snowboarders. He has

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earned his reward here at the first

ever Big Air in Korea. A bronze

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medal. Congratulations, Billy.

Oh my God, Billy Morgan, you legend!

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What a wild ride that was.

What are

you thinking right this second?

I

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don't know, it's wild. I had bad

training, I fell, and I thought it

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was game over. I was thinking, I

hope I don't fall over three times.

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They would be devastated. My mates

are in a bar watching.

That was your

0:28:100:28:17

mind saying, come on!

If I land one

jump, I'll be stoked and I did two.

0:28:170:28:22

The first one was so deep and we saw

you have the crash. Second run, you

0:28:220:28:28

land it. What do you think going

into the third?

I didn't land one of

0:28:280:28:34

them in practice, and I had a sore

bottom. And Hamish said, go slower

0:28:340:28:40

and time it right. I just landed it

and I didn't know what to do.

Hasn't

0:28:400:28:45

sunk in yet you are a bronze

medallist?

No, I'm sure it'll hit me

0:28:450:28:51

later. I never expected it. If you

come in shooting for a medal, you're

0:28:510:28:56

ready for it but I didn't.

Two weeks

ago would you have thought that,

0:28:560:29:01

with your knee injury?

No. Like I

said, I said I'd be stoked if I made

0:29:010:29:06

the finals.

So, happy days.

Absolutely brilliant stuff from

0:29:060:29:11

Billy Morgan. The fifth medal of

TeamGB's Winter Olympics. It makes

0:29:110:29:17

it officially the most successful

Winter Olympics of all time it

0:29:170:29:20

stands. We are still waiting on

classification from four years ago,

0:29:200:29:25

we potentially wait for five, but

this makes it Britain's most

0:29:250:29:36

successful Winter Olympics.

0:29:360:29:38

Are you still teary, Tim?

That is

going to stick. We had it with

0:29:420:29:48

Jenny. Snowboarding is such a small

community, we all know each other

0:29:480:29:53

and certainly the British guys,

we've known each other for years. To

0:29:530:29:57

have to commentate on your friend in

an Olympic final, then winning a

0:29:570:30:02

medal. It's something I struggle to

do, I realise. I shed a little tear

0:30:020:30:07

but amazing, what a day.

0:30:070:30:12

We have heard from Billy, he had

injury problems, his dad had health

0:30:120:30:18

complications, to win a bronze,

incredible when you put everything

0:30:180:30:22

into consideration.

The standard of

the qualifiers, one of the best

0:30:220:30:25

snowboard competitions I have ever

seen, and any other day I would have

0:30:250:30:29

given Billy a really good shot, but

what we knew of the qualifiers and

0:30:290:30:33

how training had gone down, it was

really high level, possibly the

0:30:330:30:37

highest we have ever seen at a

contest. And into that the fact that

0:30:370:30:41

he had not ridden through January

with his ligament damage, and as you

0:30:410:30:45

say, his father had a stroke back in

the summer. It is ridiculous that he

0:30:450:30:52

managed to find that, crashing

moments before the final start,

0:30:520:30:55

dropping his first jump, to then

pull it all back together and land

0:30:550:30:59

two incredible jumps was

breathtaking.

And the third one, the

0:30:590:31:03

one he didn't nail previously, that

shows a lot of guts.

It really does,

0:31:030:31:09

considering he has not landed it

that much, he has had it in his

0:31:090:31:17

arsenal, he has been practising it

over the last few weeks, and is

0:31:170:31:20

coached texted me a video of it,

saying, what do think of this? Me

0:31:200:31:25

and Ed watched it about 50 times,

saying, that is a potential medal

0:31:250:31:29

winning trick, and he has done and

under the highest amount of

0:31:290:31:33

pressure, on his final jump, last

bite of the Jerry, pulled it out of

0:31:330:31:38

the bag, perfect, won him a medal.

One official medal on snow coming

0:31:380:31:45

into the Games, two in the freestyle

in Pyeongchang, what do you hope it

0:31:450:31:49

does for the sport of freestyle

skiing and snowboarding?

After

0:31:490:31:54

Jenny's medal, we saw the snow domes

and dry slopes below, lessons were

0:31:540:31:59

oversubscribed across the UK, so we

know how much of an impact that has

0:31:590:32:03

had. And you hope, looking forward,

the programmes that GB runs, the

0:32:030:32:08

futures project, the pathway

Project, which draws new talent from

0:32:080:32:12

grass-roots areas, puts them through

their paces, brings them up to this

0:32:120:32:18

elite level, hopefully we have got

plenty of talent behind Billy,

0:32:180:32:24

Jenny, Aimee, Katie, but it is the

younger generations who might start

0:32:240:32:29

finding the sport that we will see

in the three Olympic cycles' time,

0:32:290:32:33

replicating this, it is an exciting

prospect.

It has been really

0:32:330:32:38

exciting the whole time, thanks for

joining us, wonderful work from you

0:32:380:32:42

two and all the athletes, huge

congratulations to Billy Morgan for

0:32:420:32:47

his bronze medal. We hope we can get

him on the balcony a little bit

0:32:470:32:50

later in the programme. But for now,

we are going to be Curling Centre,

0:32:500:32:55

because it all comes down to the

final two, European champions Sweden

0:32:550:33:00

take on the USA for the gold medal.

USA will be on the podium for the

0:33:000:33:05

first time since 2006, when they won

bronze. This time it is a fight for

0:33:050:33:11

the ultimate prize in Pyeongchang.

Logan Gray and Jackie Lockhart join

0:33:110:33:15

me from the Curling Centre, how is

the atmosphere building down there?

0:33:150:33:20

They are starting to roll in,

generally it is about 50 minutes

0:33:200:33:23

into the game that they fill it up,

but we will definitely have a

0:33:230:33:29

deserving champion, whoever wins.

Really interesting battle, Jackie,

0:33:290:33:33

USA took a bit of time to get into

their stride, but they certainly

0:33:330:33:37

found form at the

0:33:370:33:39

their stride, but they certainly

found form at the right time.

They

0:33:390:33:40

came into the final with a 5-4

record, but Sweden have 7-2, a

0:33:400:33:46

fantastic game against Canada to get

to this final stage, and I don't

0:33:460:33:50

think anybody really expected that

to happen, so these guys are just

0:33:500:33:54

going to be out here enjoying

themselves, but they will have a

0:33:540:33:57

really tough battle on their hands

against the dominant Swedish team

0:33:570:34:01

that is Niklas Edin.

They certainly

are, European champions, the Swedes,

0:34:010:34:08

Logan, will a be feeling the

pressure slightly more going into

0:34:080:34:11

this final?

I think the USA have

already exceeded expectation, let's

0:34:110:34:18

say. Sweden changed their team after

they won bronze in Sochi, purely

0:34:180:34:23

because they couldn't achieve what

they haven't already, the Olympic

0:34:230:34:26

gold medal, so they will be feeling

a little bit of pressure, but they

0:34:260:34:30

have played so many high pressure

games, they will know how to tackle

0:34:300:34:34

it.

I love putting you guys on the

spot, can you pick a winner?

For me,

0:34:340:34:40

Niklas Edin, without question, has

been so superb all week, very

0:34:400:34:45

dominant across the whole season.

Same for me as well, Steve and I was

0:34:450:34:51

split on the bronze game, and Steve

was right on that occasion, but

0:34:510:34:54

Niklas Edin all the way, just too

good.

Well, there you have it, they

0:34:540:34:59

are both going for the same ones.

Can it be Sweden's Olympic gold

0:34:590:35:04

medal? Jackie and Logan, thank you

for joining me, we will join Steve

0:35:040:35:08

Cram to take us through this gold

medal match.

0:35:080:35:12

Thank you, Eilidh, yes, the

atmosphere building up, created

0:35:120:35:18

primarily by the US fans, although

plenty of Swedish bands in here,

0:35:180:35:24

they will give as good as they get,

as far as the singing and applause

0:35:240:35:28

which, excuse me, which greeted both

teams, but particularly the US team.

0:35:280:35:33

They are surprise men of this

competition. They have given

0:35:330:35:38

themselves an opportunity which I

don't think they could have ever

0:35:380:35:41

really dreamt of. John Shuster and

his team taking on Niklas Edin for

0:35:410:35:45

the gold medal. This is a match

which Edin would have thought about,

0:35:450:35:51

jumped about for so long, but I'm

not sure you would have expected to

0:35:510:35:54

be playing the USA in this final.

USA have never reached the men's

0:35:540:35:58

curling final, so what an

opportunity for them. They have been

0:35:580:36:06

gathering all sorts of support back

home. John Shuster, four time

0:36:060:36:10

Olympian, a bronze medallist from

2006. He has pulled this team

0:36:100:36:15

together at just the right time. So

let's hope they can give Niklas Edin

0:36:150:36:19

a great match here. Sweden, of

course, with the women's team taking

0:36:190:36:25

on Korea tomorrow, midnight tonight

UK time. So they have got a chance

0:36:250:36:28

of two gold medals in the curling

competition. We are expecting a few,

0:36:280:36:35

a bit of stardust being sprinkled at

the curling today, rumours that

0:36:350:36:40

Ivanka Trump will be appearing,

perhaps the King of Sweden as well.

0:36:400:36:43

We will keep an eye out for them.

But to be honest, most of the

0:36:430:36:47

stardust is in our commentary booth,

both of you going for Sweden?

We

0:36:470:36:53

are.

Yeah. Are you going to go for

USA?

No, I am going to go with you.

0:36:530:37:02

I did fancy Switzerland yesterday,

more because of the pressure that I

0:37:020:37:06

think Canada were under in a

negative way. I think Niklas Edin

0:37:060:37:13

has been playing superbly well, and

I just think USA, as you said, have

0:37:130:37:18

maybe overachieved to get this far,

and a silver medal is a great

0:37:180:37:21

result, and that is the danger for

them, that they have got a mattress

0:37:210:37:26

on their back. You know, when you

fall, it is a nice soft landing

0:37:260:37:29

here.

I totally agree, but the USA

are hot off the back of a number of

0:37:290:37:37

wins, five or six wins, all must win

games to get here, so no doubt their

0:37:370:37:43

confidence must be sky high right

now.

So Matt Hamilton, his famous

0:37:430:37:50

moustache, created its own Twitter

account.

0:37:500:37:56

account. And so many people back

home have jumped on the bandwagon of

0:37:560:38:01

Matt, played with his sister in the

mixed doubles. And he is a real

0:38:010:38:07

character, playing second for USA.

Rasmus Wranaa, I was just watching a

0:38:070:38:15

little clip from Niklas Edin and

Rasmus joined the team, what, 18

0:38:150:38:21

months, two years ago? He is the

latest addition to the team and he

0:38:210:38:24

was saying, yeah, he is a bit young,

he takes a few too many risks for my

0:38:240:38:30

liking, but I will get that out of

him! But he has been a great

0:38:300:38:34

addition to the team.

Yeah, they

call Rasmus Junior, and actually

0:38:340:38:41

they are littered with class

throughout the team, if there are

0:38:410:38:45

any mistakes, it doesn't tend to

come from Rasmus.

0:38:450:38:50

These two teams are extremely well

acquainted, they have played each

0:38:590:39:02

other 15 times in their career, and

surprisingly to make, Edin has only

0:39:020:39:08

won eight out of 15 against them, so

maybe not as straightforward as we

0:39:080:39:11

think it might be. Shuster has

actually won three of the last four

0:39:110:39:16

games against each other.

0:39:160:39:22

games against each other.

Well, the

Olympic final, you can wipe all of

0:39:230:39:27

those previous matches away with a

victory here. It doesn't really

0:39:270:39:32

matter, from their point of view.

They will say, I would swap all of

0:39:320:39:36

those wins, John Shuster, we said

this yesterday, similarly for Niklas

0:39:360:39:41

Edin, a moment he has been waiting

for.

0:39:410:39:49

for. Defeated last time in the

semifinals, Sweden.

0:39:490:39:58

semifinals, Sweden.

Defeated by GB

as well, and I've be Niklas Edin's

0:39:580:40:02

last shot, a shot to win, a run back

double, and he missed it by a hair,

0:40:020:40:06

and that is about all. So close to

making the final, must be absolutely

0:40:060:40:11

gut-wrenching for him.

Oskar

Eriksson, you can see some of the

0:40:110:40:16

stats for these guys, particularly

the Swedish team, they started

0:40:160:40:18

incredibly well. Actually quite

tough match against that steam here,

0:40:180:40:27

did it end of 8-60 my kid was the

toughest match up to that point.

0:40:270:40:38

toughest match up to that point. --

against that team here, did it end

0:40:390:40:41

up 8-6?

It was the first game where

we saw the GB men's team and thought

0:40:410:40:49

they might have a chance of making

the semifinals, a really strong

0:40:490:40:52

performance.

So if you are just

waking up on a Saturday morning, bit

0:40:520:41:00

of an early rise. Today! Plenty of

curling for you, this gold medal

0:41:000:41:07

match for the man and then Great

Britain is women going in the bronze

0:41:070:41:10

medal match against Japan, trying to

emulate what they did four years

0:41:100:41:17

ago. Huge disappointment that they

did make the gold medal match, but

0:41:170:41:21

they have got to pick themselves up.

Not much time to do that, the teams

0:41:210:41:27

who won, Korea and Sweden, they have

the whole day off today, the gold

0:41:270:41:31

medal matches 9am local time on

Sunday. We have seen plenty of light

0:41:310:41:40

-- blanked ends in the first end of

these matches.

In such a high

0:41:400:41:49

pressure situation, the last thing

you want to do is go all out and

0:41:490:41:53

give up a score of four and leave

yourself in a bad place, so both

0:41:530:41:56

teams will be quite happy to just

ease their way into this final.

0:41:560:42:04

The green hat, I have mentioned it

before, if you haven't seen the USA

0:42:090:42:14

before, a lucky mascot or whatever

you want to call a - lucky hat! Just

0:42:140:42:21

tucks it in his back pocket, Matt

Hamilton. It is the red caps that he

0:42:210:42:26

and John Shuster sport, I guess they

have come out in light blue, against

0:42:260:42:32

the blue and yellow of Sweden. Not

normally the colours you would

0:42:320:42:39

associate with the USA, but two of

them are wearing the red caps.

I am

0:42:390:42:46

just happy to see them not out here

in all white, like they did at the

0:42:460:42:50

start of the week.

Those white

trousers were a bit iffy.

They

0:42:500:42:57

looked a bit more suitable for

Wimbledon than a game of curling.

0:42:570:43:03

Yeah, this John Shuster team, it is

worth mentioning, you have talked

0:43:070:43:10

about it, Logan, they are a rag the

mob that have been put together

0:43:100:43:16

after going through a really

disappointing campaign in Sochi.

0:43:160:43:21

Shuster wasn't really considered

part of the future of USA curling,

0:43:210:43:25

but he put this team together, and

they have sort of muscled their way

0:43:250:43:31

back in, with good results, and

earned the right to represent USA at

0:43:310:43:37

the Olympics. Even when they were

2-4, just two wins and four losses

0:43:370:43:41

at one point in the round-robin, a

lot of people were writing them off

0:43:410:43:47

back home, apparently, and they have

had to eat their words somewhat. So

0:43:470:43:53

it blanked first end.

0:43:530:44:01

it blanked first end.

Sometimes it

is easiest to play with a chip on

0:44:030:44:06

your shoulder and something to

prove, and that is definitely the

0:44:060:44:09

case for John Shuster. The last two

Olympics have been a major

0:44:090:44:13

disappointment for them, for John

Shuster in particular, he was even

0:44:130:44:19

benched for a few of the games at

one of the Olympics, so for him to

0:44:190:44:22

be back here for a fourth time, with

a bronze medal in the bag from 2006,

0:44:220:44:28

he has already improved at this

time, so well done to John, whatever

0:44:280:44:31

the outcome today.

You are on

celebrity watch, by the way, Jackie!

0:44:310:44:39

I will keep an eye out, I do like

looking at the audience!

If you see

0:44:390:44:43

any crowns, led us no(!) That is an

as,'s parents, they will be waiting

0:44:430:44:52

expectantly for the gold medal match

tomorrow.

0:44:520:45:01

The lad with the hair, he is a

brother of one of the competitors

0:45:010:45:05

brothers. I think that his hat hair.

It is a cold wind out there.

And a

0:45:050:45:17

flurry of snow for the first time

for us here at the coast.

Looks like

0:45:170:45:24

we might get a bit more action in

the second, both teams looked like

0:45:240:45:31

they might throw guards.

0:45:310:45:33

I think one of the main keys for the

USA Today is to do exactly what they

0:45:370:45:43

did against Canada and play the same

game plan, keep it tight in the

0:45:430:45:47

early and don't let anything...

Don't like Sweden build-up to many

0:45:470:45:54

stones in play, especially in and

around the button because that will

0:45:540:45:58

play in the sweet hands and the USA

will look to make more deliberate

0:45:580:46:02

approach.

0:46:020:46:11

These guys put hours into dedicating

themselves into the sport and it is

0:46:280:46:35

whether or not you want to continue

for another four years. And some of

0:46:350:46:40

them from the past Olympics are

having a break.

Joe Polo, he has won

0:46:400:46:50

bronze before, playing in the second

position.

Christoffer Sundgren...

0:46:500:47:00

The lead for Sweden. Has played a

very nice shot. It makes its way

0:47:000:47:10

past that guard.

0:47:100:47:16

The crowd are building up here.

That

is a three-time world champion,

0:47:160:47:27

Lindholm. A couple of silver medals

along the way as well. I think

0:47:270:47:36

Niklas Edin is about to pass him in

his achievements in Swedish curling.

0:47:360:47:43

No question if you wins the gold

today, he will be the most decorated

0:47:430:47:48

curler in Sweden.

0:47:480:47:53

People getting excited already, the

flags waving. It is a bit early for

0:48:020:48:07

that.

0:48:070:48:12

that. The crowd, I'm not sure how

many of them are aficionados. We did

0:48:130:48:19

have plenty of very well-behaved

crowds. When Korea have been

0:48:190:48:32

playing, it has been difficult for

other teams to keep their focus but

0:48:320:48:35

all eyes on this match today.

0:48:350:48:43

This yellow, very visible on the

outside of the house. Is he going to

0:48:430:48:51

get both? That gets the crowd going,

a nice double takeout. Great shot.

0:48:510:49:05

Nicely done, rolls out into the

open. Those couple of guards out in

0:49:090:49:14

the front, it is a race between the

USA in Sweden to see who can

0:49:140:49:19

properly hide one behind here in the

second.

Matt Hamilton. Trying to see

0:49:190:49:31

if he can get his in behind. Not a

bad effort.

Great effort, actually.

0:49:310:49:39

He may be rolls a stone too far.

0:49:390:49:47

Just needed to hit it a fraction

closer to the nose and then it would

0:49:490:49:56

be perfect.

I think we might get a

good ooh. A loud one. They seem to

0:49:560:50:07

like them coming between the two

stones.

0:50:070:50:09

Right on cue, thanks, audience. I

was worried there for a while. It is

0:50:310:50:36

a little tight coming down. Sitting

in the match we were doing

0:50:360:50:43

yesterday, it was quite straight

down the middle. It was on the other

0:50:430:50:47

sheet.

It was in the ladies game.

Sheet C.

0:50:470:50:58

Sheet C. The audience don't have the

ability to see the line of the

0:50:590:51:02

stones so they are sitting and

hoping and holding their arrest to

0:51:020:51:06

see if it is going to get past the

stones at the top of the house.

0:51:060:51:11

There he goes, Tyler George. I think

he should have his own sitcom, the

0:51:110:51:18

Tyler George show. I can see it now.

He has played very well all week.

0:51:180:51:25

Certainly the last few matches in

which USA have produced those

0:51:250:51:30

results, he has been a big reason

why.

0:51:300:51:32

Oskar Eriksson skipped his own TV

before -- team before and went on to

0:51:390:51:48

win a silver medal a couple of years

ago.

He just rolls the other way.

0:51:480:51:54

Just about tucked in behind the red.

Nice shot.

0:51:540:51:59

So, these early exchanges, there has

been some good shotmaking early in

0:52:040:52:08

the game. Just trying to outwit each

other here. Or at least outdraw each

0:52:080:52:18

other, trying to get a slightly

better hit. That was the best so

0:52:180:52:21

far.

0:52:210:52:26

far. Has Tyler George got another

good shot here? He has as well. This

0:52:260:52:36

is a nice end of a good start to

this final.

There is a lot of good

0:52:360:52:48

shots being made at the back of the

house but I am surprised to see

0:52:480:52:53

Niklas Edin not be more offensive

and tried to get more stones in play

0:52:530:52:57

to make things happen because while

he's probably playing his own

0:52:570:53:00

players in the match, he is allowing

USA to get comfortable out there.

0:53:000:53:05

A bit tit-for-tat here. That is just

going to hang in.

0:53:190:53:27

Just asking whether he can see it

out the other side. So, a little

0:53:300:53:36

change-up hit if he decides to hit

and tried to roll back in but it is

0:53:360:53:43

a bit more difficult now because it

is the side he'd like to see, he

0:53:430:53:46

can't.

0:53:460:53:48

USA just need to be a different bit

careful here. The last thing they

0:54:110:54:16

want to do is over girl, and chipped

the red into the house so this one

0:54:160:54:22

is a little bit scary for John

Shuster.

First time down on this

0:54:220:54:27

side, this far out. Give it plenty

of ice, gone around nicely. Done

0:54:270:54:34

very well. He has, cracking shots.

Perfectly judged by John Shuster.

0:54:340:54:47

So, Niklas Edin, first chance to try

and score, still has the option of

0:55:050:55:12

blanking the end but there are two

guards there, so that is a bit of an

0:55:120:55:18

opportunity.

0:55:180:55:20

I was looking at lots of players

that have superstitions. I've read

0:55:280:55:35

one or two about their shoes and

different things. I saw Niklas Edin,

0:55:350:55:41

and I thought, he needs a new pair

of shoes. I'm sure he doesn't think

0:55:410:55:44

that!

As a player, you get

comfortable with what is on your

0:55:440:55:53

feet. It is heartbreaking in a new

pair of shoes.

It looks like he has

0:55:530:56:00

been wearing them about eight years.

He may well have done. Anyway, here

0:56:000:56:04

we go.

Thing is, the shoes can look

more battered than they are and it

0:56:040:56:12

is only from catching fast moving

stones and that sort of thing or

0:56:120:56:18

kicking stones away so you can start

throwing them in practice. It

0:56:180:56:23

doesn't affect your performance.

Lovely shot from Niklas Edin. So,

0:56:230:56:31

the first time that he has asked to

do that, he has performed

0:56:310:56:39

exceptionally well. Just about

tucked in behind the guard.

That is

0:56:390:56:43

a more offensive game we expect to

see from Niklas Edin, not chasing

0:56:430:56:48

the ones at the back because they

shouldn't be a danger especially

0:56:480:56:52

since he's got the hammer.

That is

the shot I expected to see earlier

0:56:520:56:56

in the end.

0:56:560:57:01

in the end. It should still be a

straightforward run here for John

0:57:020:57:06

Shuster.

If he manages this, then we

will try to force the one. He has

0:57:060:57:12

one sitting in the house. Missed it.

Now we have a chance for a

0:57:120:57:21

straightforward two for the Swedish

skip. So, first advantage swings in

0:57:210:57:27

the direction of Sweden. As long as

Niklas Edin can play a nice

0:57:270:57:35

straightforward draw in here. There

is one US stone just outside the

0:57:350:57:41

white rings, outside the eight foot.

He would like this for a nice start

0:57:410:57:49

to pick up two. He has worked this

well but that was a mistake from

0:57:490:57:53

John Shuster.

0:57:530:57:55

The guys guiding it down, sweeping

it in, doesn't have to get that far

0:58:120:58:18

in. Even if it sits on top of their

red, that's fine. So, Sweden take

0:58:180:58:23

the early lead in this gold medal

match. After two ends, Sweden 2-0.

0:58:230:58:32

And the flags of Sweden are being

waived.

0:58:320:58:39

waived. So, USA already know that if

they didn't already that Niklas

0:58:410:58:46

Edin, if you give him an opening, he

will take it. John Shuster made the

0:58:460:58:50

mistake and Sweden get two. How is

your celebrity watch going, Jackie?

0:58:500:58:56

There is some activity there.

Ivanka

Trump has entered the building. She

0:58:560:59:03

was watching the snow sports

yesterday and she has decided to

0:59:030:59:07

come in for the curling. For the USA

team, good for them, raising the

0:59:070:59:12

profile of first board.

No pressure,

lads!

-- raising the profile of

0:59:120:59:19

their sport.

0:59:190:59:21

It is a reasonable crowd,

considering career are not in the

0:59:270:59:32

match.

More still coming in. A lot

of people end up coming to the

0:59:320:59:36

curling after two or three ends. At

this stage of the competition in the

0:59:360:59:45

round-robin, if one team is

completely dominating, you can walk

0:59:450:59:49

off after six ends. The final has to

go to at least eight ends. Of

0:59:490:59:55

course, if they are tired after ten,

an extra end has to be played.

0:59:551:00:04

Switzerland of course picked up the

bronze medal and they will receive

1:00:041:00:07

their medals today. Rather than up

at the medal Plaza. I'm presuming

1:00:071:00:16

the Swiss team are around. They will

probably arrive a little bit later.

1:00:161:00:23

Great victory over Canada. Massive

shock, Canada not getting into the

1:00:231:00:27

final and then not winning a medal

in the men's curling. It capped off

1:00:271:00:32

what was a horrendous day for

Canada. They have had a pretty

1:00:321:00:37

rotten 36 hours or so at the USA.

No, it was Germany in the men's

1:00:371:00:45

hockey.

It was.

1:00:451:00:52

know I saw the two as lead buses

last night. -- athlete.

Sauerland

1:00:531:01:06

Steiner puts up his corner guard,

USA with the hammer. -- so land

1:01:061:01:18

Landsteiner. Couldn't be much

closer.

Yes, just makes the shot a

1:01:181:01:28

little bit tougher for John

Landsteiner, but he is coming from

1:01:281:01:32

the left-hand tack, which makes it

easier.

1:01:321:01:42

The World Championships, which

follow these Olympic Games in April,

1:01:501:01:52

will be held in the US, in Las

Vegas. Did you guys both play there?

1:01:521:02:01

Jackie is shaking her head.

No.

I

will be there relaxing.

I have never

1:02:011:02:08

been.

It has held a couple of

continental cups, Las Vegas, and

1:02:081:02:12

they went down really well, so the

World Championships should be a joy

1:02:121:02:16

to go and see, and I know a lot of

people back home have booked tickets

1:02:161:02:20

to go and watch their local team.

1:02:201:02:24

I don't think I'll get any more time

off my work!

And the women's World

1:02:271:02:36

Championships?

They are in... I want

to say Canada?

Yes, I think it is

1:02:361:02:44

Ontario.

Unfortunately, not both at

the same time, they'll separate

1:02:441:02:52

events now, they were split some

time ago.

1:02:521:02:58

time ago.

Actually, Scotland are

hosting the world junior

1:02:591:03:02

championships taking place in

Aberdeen at the start of March,

1:03:021:03:04

which the BBC will be providing some

coverage of, I believe.

And also

1:03:041:03:10

covering the Scottish World

Championship play-offs, so Kyle

1:03:101:03:16

Smith and Eve Muirhead, after the

Olympics campaign is finished,

1:03:161:03:19

obviously Kyle Smith's has finished,

Eve Muirhead fighting for the bronze

1:03:191:03:24

medal today, they will have another

competition against the winners of

1:03:241:03:27

the men's and women's Scottish

championships, Bruce Smart and

1:03:271:03:31

Hannah Fleming, and the winners of

those play-offs will represent

1:03:311:03:38

Scotland in the World Championships,

and there are highlights of that on

1:03:381:03:41

BBC Two in Scotland.

1:03:411:03:47

BBC Two in Scotland. So you won't

have to wait long to get a little

1:03:471:03:50

bit more curling in Scotland. You

can follow it on the BBC website as

1:03:501:03:54

well, I think. I know many of you

have been following the matches,

1:03:541:04:01

obviously, the TV coverage, but on

the website as well when you are at

1:04:011:04:05

work. Saturday today, though, you

can just sit back and relax. I know

1:04:051:04:10

some people work on Saturdays was

well! So hopefully managing to

1:04:101:04:13

follow it.

1:04:131:04:16

Well, Sweden lying two in there now,

in a strong position, so USA will

1:04:211:04:26

have to try and move things around a

bit. At the moment, no opportunity

1:04:261:04:30

for them to get into short position

as it stands, it will take them a

1:04:301:04:35

couple of shots to do so.

Matt

Hamilton, always aware of the crowd

1:04:351:04:39

as well. A real character. But he

has played well this week.

1:04:391:04:53

Gets second prize, keeps a couple of

yellow stone is an scoring positions

1:04:551:04:59

in the house.

Yeah, just called

enough of it to push them both in,

1:04:591:05:04

so may be able to use them at some

point, so Niklas Edin just wanting

1:05:041:05:09

to make sure they don't get any real

advantage from that.

1:05:091:05:14

Well, because USA managed to spin

both of their yellows in, Sweden

1:05:441:05:49

choosing to play a takeout. Of

course, USA have the last stone in

1:05:491:05:53

this third end.

Just bumping his own

red there, they have got three in

1:05:531:06:00

there, but a bit of space between

them, a chance for Tyler George to

1:06:001:06:05

move one or two of these - if not

all three.

1:06:051:06:17

Well, not a massive amount of

weight, just some nous weight.

Give

1:06:171:06:24

them a chance to sit in there.

No,

that is a really nice shot. Sits

1:06:241:06:33

right in the pocket between the two

red stone is, which will make them

1:06:331:06:38

almost impossible to move for

Sweden.

I think Niklas would like to

1:06:381:06:45

have it moved, it can't be moved

far, but a little bit further back,

1:06:451:06:49

or just come right in on top of it.

1:06:491:06:53

About his business very calmly,

Niklas Edin, no histrionics.

Was he

1:07:101:07:18

a bit more fiery in his early

career? I think he was, wasn't he?

1:07:181:07:22

He definitely was, much more

measured these days.

1:07:221:07:29

measured these days.

I saw a clip of

him saying, yeah, what is your most

1:07:301:07:36

embarrassing trait? And he said, I

am just really tired! Probably a bit

1:07:361:07:43

too much.

You can probably tell that

by his beard as well.

Perfectly

1:07:431:07:50

trimmed, and he says, I fold my

towels in a certain way and place

1:07:501:07:53

them. In a sport where millimetres

matter, he is an expert.

1:07:531:08:07

matter, he is an expert. I think the

one thing that he will be very aware

1:08:081:08:11

of his most Steven Nzonzi plays

against will raise their game to

1:08:111:08:16

play him.

1:08:161:08:21

play him. -- most teams he plays

against will raise their game to

1:08:211:08:24

blame. You have got to be prepared

for that. Another thing we have to

1:08:241:08:30

remember, there are four men in this

team, and they have got to play

1:08:301:08:33

their shots. Eriksson just hitting

that in a way which rolls over,

1:08:331:08:43

gives USA a bit of an opportunity

here.

1:08:431:08:50

here.

Can we double unstable no?

For

sure.

You heard what he wants to do,

1:08:511:08:58

stay there, get rid of both of

these.

1:08:581:09:07

these.

Maxes asking if ...

1:09:071:09:20

A lot of noses, very nosy!

Call that

the Eskimo shot, nose-nose. Eskimo

1:09:291:09:46

shot coming up here!

Yeah, because

we need more jargon,

1:09:461:09:54

we need more jargon, Steve(!)

Yes,

there is more than enough in the

1:09:551:09:58

curling world.

That is a really nice

shot.

1:09:581:10:03

CHEERING

And Ivanka Trump delighted there

1:10:031:10:06

right in the middle of your shot.

Great view of it, she is delighted

1:10:061:10:10

with what she is watching, USA

wanting to get themselves straight

1:10:101:10:15

back into this. And the chants go

up, a huge contingent halfway down

1:10:151:10:22

on the top tier. It is the onesies

that worry me - scary!

Tyler didn't

1:10:221:10:32

look that happy with that one, it

was a great shot, but he has left a

1:10:321:10:37

pretty straightforward double

take-out here for Niklas. I would

1:10:371:10:40

expect to see both of these yellow

stones disappear.

Yeah, it just spun

1:10:401:10:48

a little further, not much distance

between them.

1:10:481:10:53

So Niklas Edin trying to quell the

American crowd here. One and two.

1:10:551:11:05

Very well done. As you would expect.

That is Niklas Edin 's signature

1:11:051:11:18

shot, really, like an arrow coming

out of the blocks, that is quite

1:11:181:11:22

often the result there. We always

used to say that when you're playing

1:11:221:11:26

against Niklas Edin, you don't want

to fall behind this guy, because he

1:11:261:11:31

is so dangerous with the big weight

that it is almost impossible to get

1:11:311:11:33

back into the end.

And if you know

that, surely this US team knows that

1:11:331:11:41

- they have played him and found a

way to beating, you said at the

1:11:411:11:45

beginning. So they have got to try

and prevent those situations

1:11:451:11:51

developing.

I am still very much

impressed by the USA's performance

1:11:511:11:55

so far. They are, without question,

wanting to win that gold medal. They

1:11:551:12:00

are not going to be happy with

silver.

1:12:001:12:06

silver.

Just leaving one in there,

it is counting second.

1:12:071:12:15

it is counting second.

Well, there

may not be an opportunity for USA to

1:12:161:12:20

score two after this one. Sweden

lying second shot at the back of the

1:12:201:12:25

house here, so as long as Niklas can

remove that yellow stone and move to

1:12:251:12:29

a position at the back of the button

with a tapping brash, that would

1:12:291:12:33

make it impossible for USA to score

two. -- brush. It would be extremely

1:12:331:12:40

risky, anyway.

1:12:401:12:43

They have got two in, so I suppose

the main thing... Oh, he's going to

1:12:521:12:56

take this stone out, they will not

two in there. I will warm up to

1:12:561:13:02

this, don't worry!

You need to be

listening!

I was definitely

1:13:021:13:09

listening, but overthinking, very

dangerous after a couple of weeks of

1:13:091:13:11

curling!

Yeah, Niklas playing a

really nice, controlled

1:13:111:13:21

really nice, controlled weight here.

Doesn't want to move the double,

1:13:221:13:25

anyway.

May be rolled a little bit

too far, could be a chance for two

1:13:251:13:30

for USA.

That was a double where you

can stay is the hardest thing, and

1:13:301:13:36

he has left him that opportunity. So

I am sure he will take this on.

1:13:361:13:44

Yeah, the key to this next shot for

John Shuster is playing it in such a

1:13:441:13:48

way that he still scores one and

doesn't give up a steal, so he will

1:13:481:13:57

kind of err on the nose side, you

will not want to hit it too thin

1:13:571:14:02

underneath.

So Niklas Edin just

giving a small opportunity to John

1:14:021:14:07

Shuster, who has to play a really

good shot to get his two, he has to

1:14:071:14:11

remove both Swedish stones, the one

at the back, and then roll over to

1:14:111:14:16

the other one. Just needs to nudge

it a little bit, that is a great

1:14:161:14:21

shot from the USA skip, and we have

got a real match on. They are

1:14:211:14:26

already on their feet with the Stars

and Stripes being waved above this

1:14:261:14:33

rink here, and John Shuster has

woken the crowd up, and he has given

1:14:331:14:38

his team a massive lift there with a

superb shot. After three ends, it is

1:14:381:14:43

Sweden 2, United States 2.

1:14:431:14:49

In the grand scheme of things, you

know, it is almost a straightforward

1:14:511:14:56

shot but it is the Olympic final and

if you keep making shots like this,

1:14:561:15:02

keep matching Niklas Edin, do give

yourself a great opportunity.

The

1:15:021:15:06

way he played that, he wasn't even

interested in scoring one, he

1:15:061:15:10

committed to playing the double and

it paid off.

1:15:101:15:14

This USA team have got fantastic

support in the audience. They are

1:15:311:15:35

singing, they're cheering. And the

four boys down on the ice are loving

1:15:351:15:41

every minute of it.

1:15:411:15:48

John Shuster, -- John Landsteiner,

he is a corrosion engineer. He

1:15:491:16:00

should know something about the

wearing of the ice.

Or does he calls

1:16:001:16:06

it?

Answers on a postcard. I think

we should make the point, and one of

1:16:061:16:17

you was making the point yesterday,

curlers are not full-time. That is

1:16:171:16:23

prize-money in curling and Canada is

where most of that takes place with

1:16:231:16:27

a world tour. There are curlers for

whom he funding to allow them to be

1:16:271:16:31

full-time curlers, Great Britain

case in point, it is so important. A

1:16:311:16:37

lot of international curlers have to

keep down full-time jobs, many of

1:16:371:16:42

them.

Most of the countries outside

of the USA and Canada have full-time

1:16:421:16:52

programmes. I was reading about the

reigning world champion in Canada,

1:16:521:17:01

he struggles with family and work to

find two hours of practice a day,

1:17:011:17:05

whereas we have athletes like in

Great Britain who can practice up to

1:17:051:17:10

eight hours a day. So that is

generally seen as the Riesling why

1:17:101:17:16

the rest of the world is catching up

with Canada who have been so

1:17:161:17:22

dominant. There are about 2 million

curlers in Canada. We only have

1:17:221:17:30

around 20,000.

And Sweden, 5,000.

And they've got two teams into the

1:17:301:17:37

gold medal matches. So it isn't just

about numbers. As in any sport, you

1:17:371:17:43

get a couple of talented people, in

the likes of Niklas Edin... If you

1:17:431:17:52

have a good programme, a futile and

it people, look what they have done

1:17:521:17:55

in career, with the women's team.

Going for gold tomorrow against the

1:17:551:18:03

team led by the Swedish. Sweden

trying to win two gold medals in

1:18:031:18:09

curling but the men are going to

have a great match. It has started

1:18:091:18:13

very well. Good atmosphere in here.

Talking about curling populations,

1:18:131:18:22

in the USA, curling is one of the

fastest-growing sports. They have a

1:18:221:18:27

curling rink in every state now. I

don't think it'll be too long before

1:18:271:18:32

we see the Americans marching the

Canadian curling population.

1:18:321:18:41

Canadian curling population. That is

the cardinal sin. It could have come

1:18:441:18:47

up strong and left them in a strong

position is served Sweden can play a

1:18:471:18:52

freeze and rest one in the pocket

between the yellow and red Mac

1:18:521:18:57

stone.

1:18:571:18:58

I think Rasmus looks up to the

others in his team as regards the

1:19:111:19:22

beard. They are trying to bring this

one all the way in and just to sit

1:19:221:19:29

in there.

Another foot or so would

be nice but they have started very

1:19:291:19:33

well. We have hardly seen any

mistake shots at all. Very good

1:19:331:19:43

shots that have created scoring in

the two ends, the second and third.

1:19:431:19:50

Nice shots, both skips doing well,

set up well, while the rest of the

1:19:501:19:59

team... Matt Hamilton catching the

red on the way in. Going around the

1:19:591:20:05

other side this time.

1:20:051:20:06

He looms over them, Matt Hamilton.

"Keep Going, keep going!"

They would

1:20:151:20:23

have liked to have freeze but not a

bad result. This is no gimme for

1:20:231:20:33

Rasmus Wranaa. Trying to drag it as

far as possible with the brushes.

1:20:331:20:41

Looks a little bit heavy at the

moment so they may try to bounce off

1:21:061:21:11

the red. They managed to get enough

on the nose but it wasn't what they

1:21:111:21:16

were looking for. Pretty good

result, still.

1:21:161:21:19

Anything better on the internal?

The

top on, that would be better.

It is

1:21:381:21:47

great that they are miked up, he's

telling the whole audience what is

1:21:471:21:54

going on. Which is good for them.

I

think this is better.

Nobody else to

1:21:541:22:00

listen to out there, just these two

teams for the English-speaking

1:22:001:22:05

spectators, John Shuster giving them

a perfect version of events he would

1:22:051:22:10

like to see.

Just trying to chip the

red onto the one at the top of the

1:22:101:22:18

button.

1:22:181:22:23

Just read bounced back a little bit.

1:22:291:22:32

They wanted to keep it on the centre

line, it went thick, spun over and

1:22:451:22:51

moved the yellow out. They wanted to

keep it where it was. It was a tough

1:22:511:22:57

shot, very exact shots. It was very

difficult to make it stop dead where

1:22:571:23:02

you wanted to.

1:23:021:23:04

Not too sure what the nominated shot

was here, just take out the edge of

1:23:121:23:17

the four foot?

1:23:171:23:22

Be a chance to remove them both.

1:23:221:23:30

Just catches one, got it a little

straight. There was a chance to get

1:23:321:23:37

both. A little frustration for

Eriksson.

1:23:371:23:46

Do you want to kill it?

This is the sort of game the USA

1:24:041:24:10

didn't want to get into with Niklas

Edin. Edin's got two reds and the

1:24:101:24:21

guard, and the hammer.

1:24:211:24:28

Tyler George, trying to get through

the gap.

1:24:311:24:37

the gap. I think it is past the

guard.

Needs to get by the yellow.

1:24:371:24:43

He does it and tucks it in as well.

Nicely done by Tyler George. Still,

1:24:431:24:52

shot held by Sweden.

In this end,

USA are having to play some great

1:24:521:25:00

shock is to stay alive. It has been

really Sweden having the upper hand

1:25:001:25:06

through the hole end. Another great

shot by Tyler.

1:25:061:25:10

SWEDEN DISCUSS SHOT

1:25:301:25:36

I don't think any of us have Swedish

at hand, but work out what they will

1:25:401:25:45

choose to do here?

Thought process?

1:25:451:25:53

Thought process? You can see one

option is to hit the red and Ruolin

1:25:531:25:56

on top of the yellow --

1:25:561:26:05

on top of the yellow -- role in.

From his point of view, the two

1:26:081:26:11

yellows are a nice shot.

It is

interesting when they hit and Rolen

1:26:111:26:19

from the wide stone, it is a Swedish

one, not a USA.

I think they'd like

1:26:191:26:23

to get one of his red stones in

B-side that back yellow just added

1:26:231:26:29

protection. There is no way in

through the left-hand side. The draw

1:26:291:26:35

would overcome a world. -- the draw

would over curl.

1:26:351:26:44

A shotmaker which I am sure in the

audience they will find odd when

1:26:531:26:57

Sweden hit that own stone. Will he

get it right? Just about, rolled

1:26:571:27:09

over a tad more, it was a good

effort. But they are lying two here.

1:27:091:27:15

So, using his own stone, just caught

it a little thin.

1:27:151:27:20

Desperately trying to sweep it out.

Or at least sweep it further away

1:27:281:27:34

but did to manage too. So, John

Shuster, after a couple of tracking

1:27:341:27:41

shots in the previous end, he can

come straight through the gap.

1:27:411:27:47

He has got something now to that red

having come out a bit further back

1:27:531:28:00

as well. He has seen his team play a

similar shot last time. -- his

1:28:001:28:06

team-mate. If he over girls and

catches, he has a couple of options.

1:28:061:28:17

Needs to get past the guard, that is

the most important thing.

So, John

1:28:171:28:24

Shuster trying to draw write in

here, to the red that is in the four

1:28:241:28:28

foot, second one. He's got a chance,

very good chance, gets past is only

1:28:281:28:34

a low, just tapping that time, he

does, he lies shot. Another good

1:28:341:28:39

shot from the US skipper. He is

playing well. A little smile, a

1:28:391:28:48

little wrinkle of the nose as he

comes down to have a look.

Yes, very

1:28:481:28:54

good shot from John Shuster. Niklas

Edin will be forced to replicate

1:28:541:29:02

that shot to leave him resting

against the yellow stone just played

1:29:021:29:05

by John Shuster.

1:29:051:29:12

It is a really good standard set for

the gold medal match. You don't want

1:29:161:29:21

people to reach this far and not

play the game, not to make their

1:29:211:29:26

shots. It has been a very high

standard so far from both teams.

In

1:29:261:29:33

this end, a very high level of

difficulty of the shots being

1:29:331:29:36

played.

So, Niklas Edin, 100% so far

on takeouts. And,

1:29:361:29:56

on takeouts. And, indeed, for our

computer. Just trying to follow the

1:29:561:29:58

John Shuster. This is going to be

close. It is a tighter line, might

1:29:581:30:03

catch the yellow on the way in, it

does, which means it slides by the

1:30:031:30:08

other yellow and if anything has

made his job a bit more difficult.

1:30:081:30:16

John Shuster is lying shots. He

knows it is a difficult route in. He

1:30:161:30:24

has just seen Niklas Edin not

managed to replicate the shot he

1:30:241:30:28

made.

1:30:281:30:34

And has just managed to nudge that

closer, so shut the whole? Or come

1:30:341:30:40

in again?

I think they are looking

at playing the same shot again.

Is

1:30:401:30:45

he worried that if he puts a guard

at there, the red on the other side

1:30:451:30:51

that is sticking out, whether he

could just tap that?

Yeah, that is

1:30:511:30:55

still just a shot for one, but I

think they are kind of thinking,

1:30:551:31:01

let's try the steal here.

Yes, let's

just put one right in the button

1:31:011:31:05

whether yellow is sitting, then he

will have to tap his red.

He knows

1:31:051:31:11

this shot, he has just played it a

minute or two ago, so John Shuster

1:31:111:31:18

trying to replicate almost exactly

the shot he played with his first

1:31:181:31:21

stone. Got a little bit more on it,

this one.

Doesn't want to hit this

1:31:211:31:29

one and roll off it.

Well, he has

ended up with two there. But he has

1:31:291:31:37

pushed that the red back, there is

space between the two, and he has

1:31:371:31:41

given Niklas Edin a way out of this.

It was a dangerous shot, he could

1:31:411:31:52

have asked Edin to come down the

other side. For one, he still had

1:31:521:31:59

the chance of a steal, but he should

have shot that option off.

This is a

1:31:591:32:05

real gift for Niklas Edin, should be

straightforward shot for two in the

1:32:051:32:10

end. They have just played down this

line as well, so they know it curls

1:32:101:32:15

a lot. Playing a different weight,

though.

And he can't afford for the

1:32:151:32:22

shooting stone to move too much, cos

there is still a US red at the top

1:32:221:32:28

of the four foot.

Well, looking to

pass the guard by a few inches, hit

1:32:281:32:38

the five stone in the face.

So John

Shuster just giving Niklas Edin the

1:32:381:32:43

chance to get out of this tricky

situation here in the fourth end,

1:32:431:32:48

trying to move these two US stones.

Has he done it? No, I don't think

1:32:481:32:53

so, not going to get two. He might

have got the one, but that could be

1:32:531:32:59

a steal, John Shuster thinks so. I

think he is right. It is close,

1:32:591:33:03

though.

1:33:031:33:08

though. I reckon that is at least

half an inch closer, what do you

1:33:091:33:13

think?

I don't think I can call that

one. Why is oh, go on!

Tilting my

1:33:131:33:19

head here.

I think yellow was

closer, but we are going to have a

1:33:191:33:25

measure, it doesn't matter what I

think.

I will go red just to be

1:33:251:33:31

difficult.

I will sit on the fence,

like I have done most of the week!

1:33:311:33:35

That is why the measuring device is

there, because we can all disagree.

1:33:351:33:39

It all depends on how you are

looking at it from the overhead. It

1:33:391:33:44

is not exact. This is why we need

them to be measured.

So both skips

1:33:441:33:51

over

1:33:511:33:56

over threw their stones, that ice

doesn't pull as much as if you have

1:33:581:34:01

more running on the stones.

What

happened for Niklas, he

1:34:011:34:06

overcompensated and threw it out of

the way, he was scared it was going

1:34:061:34:10

to curl too much. I think this is

the US. There you go. Never in

1:34:101:34:18

doubt! Half an inch! Maybe three

millimetres!

1:34:181:34:28

Well, USA get the steal - not by

much, but that is crucial in terms

1:34:301:34:38

of, I think, confidence as well.

John Shuster didn't play the shot he

1:34:381:34:43

wanted with his second, but Niklas

Edin also just feeling the pressure

1:34:431:34:48

a little bit perhaps. So USA have

the lead now, they are 3-2 ahead

1:34:481:34:53

after four ends of this cracking

gold medal match. It is going to be

1:34:531:34:59

a close one. USA on top early on

here, and they have made some great

1:34:591:35:07

shots, that is the first little

error from Niklas Edin.

1:35:071:35:14

Are you ready, Matt?

1:35:291:35:37

So John Landsteiner, the lead for

USA.

Three!

It looks deeper than

1:35:371:35:51

three to me.

You can get it there.

Come on.

Good atmosphere in the

1:35:511:36:04

curling arena, and we are expecting

it to continue for the GB women's

1:36:041:36:10

match. If you are just getting up

this Saturday morning, this is the

1:36:101:36:13

gold medal match between USA and

Sweden. Niklas Edin, knocked out at

1:36:131:36:18

the semifinal stage by GB four years

ago, he has waited for his gold

1:36:181:36:25

medal opportunity, and the women's

team has also made the final,

1:36:251:36:28

beating Eve Muirhead and her team,

so the British team going for

1:36:281:36:35

bronze. And after Billy Morgan's

bronze today, Great Britain with

1:36:351:36:41

five medals at these Winter

Olympics, a chance to make it six in

1:36:411:36:46

a few hours' time. That match starts

at 11 o'clock this morning UK time.

1:36:461:36:57

Keep it moving!

Very upset after

losing the semifinal last night, so

1:36:571:37:06

one of the most difficult games to

play, the bronze game, after the

1:37:061:37:10

upset, knowing that you can't win

the gold medal you have been working

1:37:101:37:14

so hard for, but you need to have a

good night's sleep, dust yourself

1:37:141:37:19

off, get out there and make sure you

don't go home with nothing.

1:37:191:37:25

Yes, Niklas Edin knows what that

feels like, wanting to make sure he

1:37:391:37:46

doesn't end up in the same situation

again. One of the ways you do that,

1:37:461:37:49

you come out on top in the

round-robin, the fact that Canada...

1:37:491:37:54

Well, they were in the medal match,

beaten for the bronze medal, but not

1:37:541:37:58

in the gold medal match, Niklas

Edin, the one who guided his team

1:37:581:38:05

through the round-robin to finish

top. And they ended up playing

1:38:051:38:10

Switzerland.

1:38:101:38:15

One of the things I notice about

North American teams' communication

1:38:151:38:20

is that it is very pointed, like a

little bit negative in some ways.

1:38:201:38:27

Like, you don't want to do that, why

are we doing this? Rather than, what

1:38:271:38:32

about this option? This is another

option that could get a good result

1:38:321:38:36

- just sounds a bit more positive.

That seems to work for them, can't

1:38:361:38:40

criticise them too much, they are

here in the Olympic final!

Yeah,

1:38:401:38:45

they are doing something right.

I

think Matt Hamilton thought was

1:38:451:38:52

heavy there, but that just pulled

opposite, took the curl. You can see

1:38:521:39:01

in thinking, oh, my goodness, I have

overthrown this! Guppy did in the

1:39:011:39:05

last end, and that is what got them

in a spot of bother.

Granted, they

1:39:051:39:12

stole in the end, but it was looking

good for Sweden for a while.

Yes, he

1:39:121:39:17

needs to reign that moustache in,

giving him a bit of extra power this

1:39:171:39:21

afternoon. So Rasmus Wranaa. Second

for Sweden. Sweden keep the hammer,

1:39:211:39:36

of course, despite losing one, the

steal for the USA. And he just clips

1:39:361:39:42

that on the way through.

But that is

a good shot. Even, they have moved

1:39:421:39:49

the stole off the centre line, where

they do not want the player to be,

1:39:491:39:53

and they have spun another one in

the house. We saw my sister Lauren

1:39:531:39:57

playing a similar shot in the

semifinal against Sweden, a very

1:39:571:40:02

nifty shot to play.

Yes, and it is

on the right side - if you don't

1:40:021:40:06

make the shot, make sure you are

tied, rather than wide.

Yeah, he

1:40:061:40:13

looked a tad embarrassed, but Niklas

Edin saying, no, good, happy with

1:40:131:40:16

that.

It is one of those shots that

you would quite like to call

1:40:161:40:23

sometimes, but it is not always

guarantee that he will make it, and

1:40:231:40:26

there is not always a great second

option, so you will see the freeze

1:40:261:40:33

thrown more often.

1:40:331:40:37

Once more encouraging the sweepers,

Tyler George and John Landsteiner,

1:40:481:40:51

to work hard, take this one in. Is

it going to get round? Just catches.

1:40:511:41:00

Well, it doesn't quite roll across

and sit on the red.

Steve, you were

1:41:001:41:05

talking earlier about curling shoes,

and how they look a bit battered, I

1:41:051:41:11

am sure we need to start a campaign

to get Tyler a better pair! He has

1:41:111:41:14

been paying with a very old pair of

trainers for as long as I can

1:41:141:41:18

remember watching him play. They

look like old squash shoes that he

1:41:181:41:27

has turned into curling shoes!

They

look about 20 years old, must be his

1:41:271:41:32

favourites.

Must be. He has worn

them in well.

1:41:321:41:43

Well, important for Sweden that they

respond quickly and well here,

1:41:541:41:59

getting some stones in the house

now, and we said that might not be

1:41:591:42:02

the best option for the USA, but we

saw in the last end, they put a bit

1:42:021:42:07

more pressure of Niklas Edin, so

maybe wanting to have fewer stones

1:42:071:42:14

around this time.

1:42:141:42:17

So targeting...

Yes, they will come

down with a comfortable weight, they

1:42:241:42:28

want to get past the top red guard

and tapped the yellow through. But I

1:42:281:42:35

think that might have touched. I

think that touched the way past.

He

1:42:351:42:41

was definitely on the wrong side of

that stone there, just wanted to tap

1:42:411:42:44

it back. Let's have another look at

it coming through, it is very close.

1:42:441:42:52

Oh, it does as well, just a

fraction.

Young eyes.

Well spotted!

1:42:521:42:58

When the guys are sweeping so much

over the top of the stone, you can't

1:42:581:43:03

really see.

Well, I think the point

being, had it gone by, it would have

1:43:031:43:08

been a much better stone, because it

would have caught the yellow where

1:43:081:43:12

he wanted to. That slight nudge just

changed things. So Tyler George down

1:43:121:43:18

here with plenty of weight. And he

is keeping the pressure on Niklas

1:43:181:43:24

Edin. Like that one, looks up to the

crowd. John Landsteiner working

1:43:241:43:35

hard, sweeping well. And he has got

that yellow just to come across

1:43:351:43:47

behind a little bit too far perhaps,

Eriksson can see it, the yellow on

1:43:471:43:53

the left. Or will he go for the one

on the right here?

1:43:531:44:05

Sweden in a spot of bother here,

lying four against, and USA some

1:44:061:44:10

very useful stones at the end. They

could ignore those ones and play

1:44:101:44:17

draw around the corner guard to make

a freeze on the T-line.

1:44:171:44:28

Well, certainly, Niklas Edin having

to draw on all of his experience and

1:44:281:44:37

knowledge here. USA making some good

shots, and that won't not coming in

1:44:371:44:43

quite as far as he wanted to.

Yeah,

I think the left arm was a little

1:44:431:44:50

bit too long, they could have been

sweeping that most of the way.

1:44:501:44:54

They are talking about a/ bang.

He

is only short by a wallop. Smash,

1:45:151:45:25

bang, wallop.

1:45:251:45:28

John Landsteiner is there to tell

him what you can see. He is having a

1:45:391:45:45

peak now. He always does that,

stares down the other end, waits for

1:45:451:45:53

the call.

He must be bored today

because he doesn't have another game

1:45:531:45:57

to watch while this is going on!

They can't cover every option,

1:45:571:46:06

either. They have to play the shot

best for them and leave Niklas Edin

1:46:061:46:10

to play the shot he has to. They are

up over talking. So many options

1:46:101:46:16

here.

1:46:161:46:21

here.

They are pretty excited right

now because they smell a big

1:46:211:46:24

opportunity.

That is the danger, you

get too carried away. This is the

1:46:241:46:32

fifth end, and you're thinking, we

might not get so many chances to

1:46:321:46:36

score so well.

They are using up a

lot of thinking time anyway. They

1:46:361:46:42

have to .5 minutes more. I'm sure

they have their own opinion on the

1:46:421:46:45

bench.

1:46:451:46:48

Ivanka is off. She can't stand the

attention! I know, there is a queue

1:47:011:47:05

for the tea and coffee.

She's gone

to get to the front of the queue.

1:47:051:47:11

I'll ask to get me a coffee.

I'm

sure she can afford it!

1:47:111:47:17

These guys want to come in right

into the T-line, if they can. They

1:47:211:47:30

don't want to be too heavy. That is

a nice stone.

1:47:301:47:39

a nice stone.

Line three, which

Tyler George liked line read. To try

1:47:411:47:52

to close things at the other side.

Sweden have got to change something

1:47:521:48:01

here. Too many yellows. It is

getting crowded.

This yellow stone

1:48:011:48:06

splitting the centre line is scary

because even if they manage to get a

1:48:061:48:11

red stone behind it, it is an

extremely short race for the USA to

1:48:111:48:16

remove it. Maybe they will run it on

to the two yellow two that are

1:48:161:48:21

closest to the button.

Still got

three stones left, Sweden. He now

1:48:211:48:31

decides this is the time to get rid

of some of these.

They might be able

1:48:311:48:40

to spend the red stone up a bit. If

he can move it into a second shot

1:48:401:48:46

session, it occurred turn this end

around.

Lots of weight. He picked

1:48:461:48:56

out, go straight through, shooter

doesn't stay, either, not the result

1:48:561:49:00

they needed or wanted. A little look

from Niklas Edin.

Some of those

1:49:001:49:09

shots not coming off in this

gold-medal match.

For me, it was

1:49:091:49:16

surprising to see him play the shot

like that because he missed it on

1:49:161:49:19

the wrong side. If he had hit it

thinner, they could have got a good

1:49:191:49:25

result.

The only thing in his

favour, he has cleared a route in

1:49:251:49:33

but we still have two American

stones to be played.

1:49:331:49:43

I think they don't want to be overly

greedy because if they start to be

1:49:511:49:55

greedy and tried to take this end

from Niklas Edin and go further into

1:49:551:50:01

the house, they make it easier for

him to get closer to the four foot

1:50:011:50:06

and tried to manipulate that two for

themselves.

1:50:061:50:15

There is an opportunity still, if

they put the guard on for Niklas

1:50:151:50:23

Edin, to go around the right-hand

side, down into the shot in the

1:50:231:50:28

house, whether or not he has enough

weight to tap it through,

1:50:281:50:32

interesting to see.

I like the level

of communication in the USA team at

1:50:321:50:38

the moment. Although it is quite

pointed, there is a lot of

1:50:381:50:45

discussion about the right things

and supporting each other, and it is

1:50:451:50:49

what we didn't see from the

Canadians in the bronze medal game,

1:50:491:50:54

where it was as if somebody had

muted them all. It was strange.

I

1:50:541:50:59

don't think they could believe what

they were seeing themselves so they

1:50:591:51:02

were very quiet.

So, guard put in

place by USA, safety first here.

1:51:021:51:11

That's too long from the USA, they

are beginning to get closer to the

1:51:111:51:18

house because all they've done is

given Sweden and out because they

1:51:181:51:24

can draw one in behind and get in to

shot position. That was not a good

1:51:241:51:29

shot from John Shuster.

He was

caught between the devil and the

1:51:291:51:34

deep blue sea. He knew she didn't

want to be in the house but he was

1:51:341:51:37

way too short.

So, Niklas Edin, uses

the line to the front yellow, and

1:51:371:51:48

between the yellow and the red, come

into the house.

1:51:481:51:58

Needs to find a better shot than in

the last end. He can play two

1:51:581:52:06

accurate stones and still get two.

How is his first one? Will he be

1:52:061:52:15

able to respond here?

We are going

to see the Niklas Edin shots we

1:52:151:52:21

fully expect to see? Has he passed?

Just. Now they need to stop.

Needs

1:52:211:52:30

to stop. Just needs to pull up in

the button. Great shot from Niklas

1:52:301:52:36

Edin, responding well to the mistake

from his team-mate. Oskar will be

1:52:361:52:43

happy his skip has produced one

pair. To be fair, John Shuster gave

1:52:431:52:47

them the opportunity. That guard is

long, and they came by it by half an

1:52:471:52:53

inch or so. He tucks it in. Nice

shot from Edin. So, all change.

1:52:531:53:03

That's a long discussion a couple of

shots ago where USA were thinking

1:53:031:53:08

they could do a high five, and all

of a sudden they've got Sweden with

1:53:081:53:12

shot. There is still plenty in

there. So, similar shot from John

1:53:121:53:18

Shuster?

Niklas Edin was begging

them to stop because if it goes

1:53:181:53:26

further, it is easy for a draw so

this is forcing them to play the

1:53:261:53:31

draw.

Coming down the same route.

This looks like it might be even

1:53:311:53:37

tighter, this one. It is heavy.

Niklas Edin past the guard by a

1:53:371:53:42

whisper. Are they going to get the

edge of the red? No, straight

1:53:421:53:49

through.

I wonder if Tyler talked

John Shuster into that because he

1:53:491:53:56

was saying, a tap might be nice. All

of a sudden, he overthrows it.

That

1:53:561:54:07

was so, so close! If he had just

caught a fraction of that, it would

1:54:071:54:11

have changed the direction of the

stone, probably into the path of the

1:54:111:54:15

Swedish red.

1:54:151:54:22

Same shot for Niklas Edin, draw down

onto his red stain. Shouldn't be too

1:54:301:54:37

far away.

Great opportunity for

Niklas Edin. Just needs to follow

1:54:371:54:43

the stay and he sets down a minute

or two ago. A little bit more room

1:54:431:54:51

for error this time. It is more

about the weight here. He has given

1:54:511:54:55

it a little bit more ice. Will this

stop? Is it going to stop? He should

1:54:551:55:03

be fine.

It is. It just does.

It is

in his favour so they pick up two,

1:55:031:55:15

which is really what they needed to

do after giving up a steal in the

1:55:151:55:20

previous end. An enthralling match

this, some great shotmaking, some

1:55:201:55:25

mistakes creeping in as the pressure

builds but after five ends, there is

1:55:251:55:31

one shot in it, Sweden leading the

United States 4-3.

1:55:311:55:38

STUDIO: Sweden with a slight lead in

1:55:381:55:44

United States 4-3.

STUDIO: Sweden with a slight lead in

1:55:441:55:45

this match. I am still in

Pyeongchang. I'm not sure what has

1:55:451:55:48

happened with the weather! I am not

sure. The slopes are somewhere

1:55:481:55:55

behind me. If you've just joined us

on BBC Two, good morning, here is

1:55:551:56:00

what you've missed on an action

packed penultimate day at the Winter

1:56:001:56:03

Olympics. Snowboarder Billy Morgan

won Big Air bronze today, securing a

1:56:031:56:11

fifth medal of these Games for Great

Britain, a record Winter Olympic

1:56:111:56:14

Hall.

1:56:141:56:19

Hall. Canada's Toutant upstaged the

others, winning gold. The Czech

1:56:231:56:36

Republic Ledecka has won gold medals

in two different disciplines. The

1:56:361:56:47

first woman to ever do that. Germany

look a good bet to win the

1:56:471:56:53

bobsleigh. The German crew hold zero

point to nine second lead over their

1:56:531:57:00

South Korean live. -- rivals. The

Great Britain team finished 17 and

1:57:001:57:10

18. Switzerland claimed the final

Alpine skiing medal by taking the

1:57:101:57:19

team event. That Alpine team bronze

for Norway was the 48th Pyeongchang

1:57:191:57:28

medal. Surpassing USA's 37 set at

the Vancouver Games in 2010. A

1:57:281:57:36

second Russian athlete has been

thrown out of the Pyeongchang Winter

1:57:361:57:43

Olympics after failing a drugs test.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport

1:57:431:57:48

anti-doping division have announced

that decision today. So it was

1:57:481:57:53

history for Billy Morgan, a first

Olympic medal on a snowboard for a

1:57:531:57:58

man. He follows in the footsteps of

Jenny Jones who won bronze in Sochi

1:57:581:58:02

four years ago and after the event,

she spoke to Billy Morgan.

Oh my

1:58:021:58:08

God, Billy Morgan, you legend!

What

a wild ride that was.

What are you

1:58:081:58:16

thinking right this second?

I don't

know, it is just wild, I had bad

1:58:161:58:21

training, I fell on the first run, I

thought it was game over. I was

1:58:211:58:25

thinking I hope I don't fall over

three times and everyone will be

1:58:251:58:28

devastated at home. All my mates are

in a bar watching, and they're all

1:58:281:58:34

going to be like...

Oh. That was a

mindset?

Come on! I thought, if our

1:58:341:58:41

land one John, I'll be stoked.

The

first one was so deep. We saw you

1:58:411:58:47

had that crash. Second run, you

landed, what did you think on the

1:58:471:58:51

third?

I thought I needed to goes at

it. I had a sore bottom. Hamish told

1:58:511:58:59

me to go slower and time it right,

island it and I didn't know what to

1:58:591:59:03

do!

Has it sunk in yet? You are a

bronze medallist, Billy!

No, I'm

1:59:031:59:09

sure it'll hit me later. If you come

into the contest thinking I'm

1:59:091:59:14

shooting for a medal, you're ready

for it but I didn't.

Two weeks ago,

1:59:141:59:17

would you have thought that?

No. As

I said, I'd be stoked if I made the

1:59:171:59:24

finals.

So, yeah, happy days.

STUDIO: He has a big bronze medal

1:59:241:59:32

around his neck as well as a sore

bottom. We will head straight back

1:59:321:59:37

to the curling for the gold medal

match between Sweden and the USA.

1:59:371:59:43

Sweden, European champions, taking

on the USA. They have a slight lead

1:59:431:59:47

at the halfway point so let's head

back to our commentary team.

1:59:471:59:50

It is perfectly poised, United

States trailing by one, they will

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have the hammer in the sixth end.

Ivanka Trump here after her trip to

1:59:592:00:03

the Big Air, she is here to support

the United States team, they've got

2:00:032:00:08

great support in the stand as well.

They've had a great half-time talk,

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he said you've got this, just keep

playing the way you're going.

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They must be delighted with the way

they are played, they have kept

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Sweden shackled, really, Niklas Edin

taking the opportunity to get two

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nice

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nice draws at the end of that event,

I'm sure their team talk was pretty

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positive. All to play for, a match

that has so far lived up its gold

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medal billing.

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Lots of activity in the stands, a

lot of people head off at half-time

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for a cup of tea or whatever

refreshment is offered. They take a

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little while to get back into their

seats. Play continues, John

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Landsteiner, the lead. The two leads

have done a pretty good job so far,

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probably in terms of stats, the big

shots. Shuster has missed a couple,

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Matt Hamilton, of the other players,

has probably allowed a few small

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errors to creep in.

I think USA will

be disappointed to have gone in at

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half-time one behind, they

definitely had the upper hand in the

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fifth, it looked like Sweden did not

even score one, but those two misses

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by John Shuster to finish the end

really gifted the two to Sweden.

S,

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I think I was saying they're

probably know, and at the time they

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certainly knew, it must have been

going through their minds, we might

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not get those situations developing

again, where there is a chance to

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really score well. But if nothing

else, don't allow Sweden to get

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their two. They did in the end, that

guard from John Shuster not quite in

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the right place. As ever, two or

three inches out, six inches away

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from where you want to be, it allows

your opposition to capitalise. They

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don't often do, of course, but

Niklas Edin, one of the best, making

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sure he did. Two nice draws to

complete that fifth end, so we are

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now

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into the sixth.

They did not give

away any cheap points, so they will

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want to make sure they don't do that

in the second half if they want to

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win a gold medal.

Well, as the

pressure starts to build, all of

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these players are miced up, if you

do hear the odd expletive, we do

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apologise. And if you speak Swedish

and you have heard something you

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shouldn't have done, we would like

to apologise!

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He just picks that away.

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John Shuster has been tweeting, he

has got his kids here, Mr

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Youngsters, they had their picture

taken with Lindsey Vonn. -- his two

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youngsters. So many celebs have been

enjoying the journey of this US

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team, I think Mr T is their biggest

fan.

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All on his own, John Landsteiner,

trying to get across to that yellow,

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or in line with that yellow.

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or in line with that yellow. Well,

after two or three ends where we had

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plenty of stones in play, this one

might end up a little different

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here. I wonder is Sweden feel as if,

despite leading, they need to change

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things up a little.

I don't think

they will be changing their game

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plan in anyway, they have been quite

reserved, quite defensive by their

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standards, they just need to make a

few more shots. Very

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uncharacteristic miss in the first

and and then in the fourth end as

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well, so just tighten things up,

yeah, more of the same otherwise.

So

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if you are just waking up, this is

the gold medal match, Great Britain

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go in the women's bronze medal match

after this, 11am, Great Britain

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versus Japan. Japan lost out in the

extra end against Korea. Of course,

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Great Britain, any end, were well

beaten by Sweden, and although they

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didn't play I know Eve Muirhead

reiterated the fact that Sweden did

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play very well indeed. They were not

able to put any pressure on Anna

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Hasselborg, the scope of the Swedish

team, who had started well. So both

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Swedish curling teams going for gold

here, so Niklas Edin the first, they

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lead by one. They were trying to

sweep that out, it was never going

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to quite get there, that red. But

they do lie two, the USA, and they

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have the hammer. Oskar Eriksson

looking to make amends. He just got

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a look, didn't he, in the previous

end from Niklas Edin? I think they

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have got such high standards, these

guys. And it is not just Niklas

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Edin's gold medal - they are all

desperately fighting for this, they

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want it really badly. He talked a

lot, Edin, before these Olympic

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Games, people were saying about the

pressure, coming in as joint

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favourites - and he said no, the

Olympic Games is the big stage, this

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is what I play for, this is what I

enjoy, the pressure is a positive

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thing. To show how good we are.

It

is true what they say, you have to

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be a little bit of a showman, you

have to be able to deal with the

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situation of the huge stage that you

are performing on. If you are not

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comfortable on that stage, that is

when shots will not be played well

2:07:142:07:18

and stress will get to you. So if

you like the showmanship, here I am,

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I own this space, if it is not for

you, it is not for the

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faint-hearted, for sure.

It is

something you get taught as a

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junior, as a skip - you kind of

swagger about, almost intimidate

2:07:342:07:39

your opposition number, let them

know there is no way they are

2:07:392:07:42

winning today.

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Going for the double take-out here.

Gets it!

Well, that is improved the

2:07:572:08:05

situation for Sweden somewhat. As I

said, slightly different end to that

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which we have seen in the previous

two or three. USA with the hammer

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there, they obviously have the

opportunity

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opportunity to blank the end. They

are still got a red out in front to

2:08:232:08:26

work with. -- they have still got.

2:08:262:08:30

As

good draw, stays high in the

house, so close to the guard. If

2:08:482:08:55

they had drifted down to the T-line,

there is more time for the stone to

2:08:552:08:59

go and allow Sweden to push it out

of the house, so would force a

2:08:592:09:03

Sweden to play a run bike instead,

which is a more missable shot. --

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runback.

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Ly well I think the Canadians are

getting a tough time from the

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American fans in here!

They are,

they are! A lot of Canadians would

2:09:332:09:38

have had tickets for this, as the

gold medal match - there would have

2:09:382:09:41

been a level of assumption around

Canada being in this game. Now, has

2:09:412:09:47

Niklas Edin got this right? Looking

to run this red back onto the

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yellow. Misses.

They have been

talking about that shot that Niklas

2:09:502:09:58

Edin missed to make the final, it

was a lot like this one, only just

2:09:582:10:02

missed the

2:10:022:10:07

missed the shot stone.

Well, he

calmly, I am sure not calmly inside,

2:10:112:10:15

look out much he was willing that

one, he thought he had it. And then

2:10:152:10:21

he realises he doesn't. He contains

his anger, he grabs his drinks

2:10:212:10:29

bottle and looks calm and collected

again, just a little shake of the

2:10:292:10:32

head.

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So, John Shuster, over to you.

2:10:442:10:48

Matt, it is always you! Always you,

Matt.

Just hearing them calling the

2:10:592:11:05

numbers as to where they think this

is going to finish up, how far back

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in the house.

Go ahead, go!

So seven

would have been right on the T-line.

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You heard him saying, one or two

comments of eight or nine, seven is

2:11:162:11:23

about right, seven and a half.

2:11:232:11:30

So the USA, with two there, a nice

position that he has put that yellow

2:11:302:11:34

in. There is a red there. If they

are trying to shift both of them at

2:11:342:11:45

the same time, they can only shift

one, of course, a great chance for

2:11:452:11:49

John Shuster to get his two. So I

think, what is it going to play, hit

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and roll over behind the yellow?

Yeah, he is going to try and come in

2:11:582:12:04

behind the USA yellow.

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It is not really worth going for the

double, you would risk giving up

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three by going for it, so trying to

make it as difficult as possible for

2:12:212:12:26

USA to score two.

He would really

like to put this in behind the

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yellow, takes that one out, it is

just going to catch it a little

2:12:312:12:36

thin. How far is it going? Well,

right at the back of the house, but

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not really putting any pressure on

Joe -- John Shuster, so this will be

2:12:422:12:51

a fairly straightforward two. Just

has to get this into the eight foot,

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doesn't need to be any better than

that. They will get their two.

It

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has been a while since I have seen

Niklas Edin played so poorly,

2:13:012:13:04

actually. It is very surprising.

Well, you know, when the price... We

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said before this match, USA, it is

almost a shot to nothing, a silver

2:13:112:13:18

medal, no-one was not saying they

are not playing for gold, of course

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they are, they are playing superbly

well. But Niklas Edin has set his

2:13:252:13:29

sights on this gold medal - he has

been very vocal about how much it

2:13:292:13:35

means to him, that this is what he

has come here for. At the start of

2:13:352:13:42

the competition, it looked as though

he got his team firing on all

2:13:422:13:46

cylinders, but it is USA who are on

fire here in this final. They pick

2:13:462:13:52

up two, they go back in the lead, it

is 5-4, it is not just the 1-shot

2:13:522:13:58

lead they have, they have the

momentum as well, making the better

2:13:582:14:00

shots. But the Hammack goes back to

Sweden, all still to play for here,

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Sweden have one many times from this

situation, and other four ends to

2:14:092:14:12

play here. Great support for both

teams.

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I don't think it is just an Olympic

gold medal that Niklas Edin is

2:14:262:14:30

playing for here. When you think

about, like, in tennis, Nadals,

2:14:302:14:36

Federers, Murrays, known as all-time

greats already and still in the

2:14:362:14:41

prime of their career, then Niklas

Edin, if you can pick up the gold

2:14:412:14:46

medal, he is moving into that

territory as well, as one of the

2:14:462:14:49

greatest ever. So there is a lot on

the line for Niklas, and I wonder if

2:14:492:14:58

that is tightening him up a little

bit.

2:14:582:15:04

The two-time Olympic champion

Nordberg is here as well. Canada are

2:15:042:15:14

used to winning medals and curling

and so are Sweden.

Niklas Edin is

2:15:142:15:20

carrying a huge weight on his

shoulders. The waiters put on

2:15:202:15:24

themselves. -- the weight is put on

themselves. He wants to get the

2:15:242:15:31

title and the credibility he

deserves.

You look at the body

2:15:312:15:37

language out there, the US guys are

having a great time.

2:15:372:15:45

having a great time. It is really

dangerous to play against a team

2:15:452:15:49

feeling that way, just enjoying

themselves, just making shots. You

2:15:492:15:54

look at the comparison to the

Swedes, they looked tense, shoulders

2:15:542:16:00

up around their ears, less

communication. It makes a

2:16:002:16:04

difference.

The USA team have

nothing to lose and everything to

2:16:042:16:08

gain just because nobody expected

them to be in the final of the

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Olympic final.

I wonder, as this

progresses, whether or not that

2:16:112:16:21

becomes pressured to them because,

all of a sudden, you go, this is

2:16:212:16:25

great, we are in the Olympic final,

we are going to win a guaranteed

2:16:252:16:31

medal. All of a sudden, the big

prize is very close. The closer you

2:16:312:16:36

get to the gold medal, the more

difficult for anybody, the more

2:16:362:16:42

difficult these shots are going to

be.

At the elite level, it is quite

2:16:422:16:47

common, let's say, for the Games to

be tight all the way right down to

2:16:472:16:51

the final three ends. Where the

cream rises to the top is between

2:16:512:16:57

that seventh and tenth end, as the

two teams jostled to put themselves

2:16:572:17:01

in a position to pin each game on a

shot.

So, Christoffer Sundgren.

2:17:012:17:13

Hasn't done too much wrong at all.

Tops that US stone.

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I think you can probably make the

backline! Either run the guard into

2:17:312:17:40

it, or...

I want to throw just

through.

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So, Matt Hamilton with that lucky

lime green hat. I think we are lucky

2:17:492:17:55

he doesn't wear it, to be honest. He

has it tucked into his back pocket.

2:17:552:18:03

Does he use the hat for anything?

I

don't know, it looks like it's been

2:18:092:18:15

nowhere else but the back pocket.

Not lucky on that occasion, was it?

2:18:152:18:22

And he is the one that has been

making little errors, that haven't

2:18:222:18:27

been too costly so far but there is

another one there.

2:18:272:18:31

Sweden will look to bounce back with

a score of two. A blank end is also

2:18:402:18:45

a good outcome for them.

Yeah, they

would carry the hammer into the

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eighth. At the moment, you'd say the

advantage with the US, for various

2:18:502:18:56

reasons, but it changes so fast. A

couple of stones $:/STARTFEED. All

2:18:562:19:02

of a sudden, you have a different

matter in your hands. Sweden, a

2:19:022:19:06

little mistake from Matt Hamilton.

2:19:062:19:10

Half a stone too far, they wanted it

alongside that yellow stone, really.

2:19:162:19:26

Maybe a chance to make the double

here. Going to try to sneak one by

2:19:392:19:44

the top guard and remove both of the

reds.

So, Matt Hamilton looking to

2:19:442:19:51

make amends.

2:19:512:19:53

He is watching it intently. Has it

got this one and the other one? The

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two of them go, a superb shots, and

once more the United States

2:20:012:20:06

cheerleaders are on their feet. They

will be acknowledged by Matt

2:20:062:20:13

Hamilton. He has a little look up.

He is the cheerleader of the team

2:20:132:20:20

down there as well. So, not only

does he take the two out but he has

2:20:202:20:24

tucked the yellow in as well. There

you go, is he pumped up or what?

2:20:242:20:32

Giving it large.

2:20:322:20:34

It is great to see Matt Hamilton

doing well because one of my

2:20:392:20:43

complaints about the mixed doubles,

he came into the event as the Aix

2:20:432:20:48

star, he became an overnight star in

America, and they didn't do very

2:20:482:20:52

well in the mixed doubles with his

sister so there was an opportunity

2:20:522:20:56

lost for the world of curling but

doing much better in the team game,

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as you can see.

Yeah, by contrast,

you've just seen Rasmus Wranaa

2:21:002:21:09

smacking his rushed down, he is not

happy at all would shot he just

2:21:092:21:12

played. And it comes up short.

2:21:122:21:21

played. And it comes up short. So,

Tyler George, then. He doesn't look

2:21:222:21:24

like a sports star, with those

beaten up shoes he is renowned for

2:21:242:21:30

wearing, odd socks as well.

2:21:302:21:34

He has been playing superbly well

for the United States and again

2:21:392:21:43

today giving his skip an awful lot

to work with. Tyler George coming

2:21:432:21:48

right in that against the back stone

on the button.

He is making a run

2:21:482:21:56

for MVP.

He is.

2:21:562:22:04

Niklas Edin needs to get something

going for Sweden. They are fighting

2:22:052:22:10

this American team on the ice, they

are fighting the American crowd in

2:22:102:22:15

the stands. Most of the support is

with the stars and stripes. A little

2:22:152:22:23

clutch of yellow and blue down to

our left but we are talking about

2:22:232:22:28

20-30 people, just the families, one

or two over on the far side, not

2:22:282:22:34

making too much noise at the moment.

Oskar Eriksson, then.

2:22:342:22:39

They are playing a very poor end at

the moment, the Swedes, but they

2:22:452:22:50

will try to open up the front and

spin the red stationery stone into

2:22:502:22:56

the house. It didn't hit it quite

right. I think they'd hoped it would

2:22:562:23:02

hit the yellow in the wide shot. But

they have a chance to score.

2:23:022:23:10

they have a chance to score.

We are

expecting a guard here.

2:23:112:23:15

Niklas Edin is only one shot in

this. Sweden have the hammer here.

2:23:242:23:34

Tyler George will hope to sit this

one on the centre line. Just inside

2:23:342:23:40

the house would be perfect.

2:23:402:23:42

Another couple of inches would be

nice with Tyler George continuing to

2:23:562:24:02

play nice shots.

It seemed to settle

down very quickly.

That was a pretty

2:24:022:24:07

good look the that Sweden can see

about half of that stone and even

2:24:072:24:13

maybe more. We talked about John

Landsteiner having an advantage, so

2:24:132:24:21

he will be able to seek more than a

right-handed player will be able to

2:24:212:24:25

see. -- to see more.

2:24:252:24:34

see. -- to see more.

So, Oskar

Eriksson, got his skip into a little

2:24:342:24:35

bit of bother in the previous end.

The third, such an important role.

2:24:352:24:46

The skip is out there to make the

big shots but they have to be helped

2:24:462:24:50

a little bit more when things are

not going so well. Decent shot from

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him. Does well.

Very good shots. I

think USA just still lying in shot

2:24:552:25:03

position. It will be difficult for

Sweden to score two.

It is an

2:25:032:25:13

improvement of how things were

looking a few minutes ago but I just

2:25:132:25:16

wonder whether they will close that

route in.

2:25:162:25:21

Tyler is after the guard. Will John

agree?

2:25:272:25:37

We have seen a lot of curl over the

right-hand side of the sheet, going

2:25:562:26:01

away from the home end and back end

as well, so a lot of ice. Once

2:26:012:26:11

again, was it in the fourth end,

John Shuster giving an opportunity

2:26:112:26:15

for Sweden. It's important he gets

it right down tween the yellow and

2:26:152:26:20

red guards.

We saw where Tyler

George put his brush, maybe a stone

2:26:202:26:29

ahead or further down on the ice in

between the red and yellow, trying

2:26:292:26:34

to lock this whole here. -- to block

this whole.

2:26:342:26:39

Skip likes the line. Cutting right

in between the two. It is going to

2:26:452:26:49

keep coming. It is still coming.

They've changed their mind now. That

2:26:492:26:57

is not what he decided to play but

it has ended up in another tricky

2:26:572:27:05

spot for Niklas Edin. Now... USA are

lying shot here.

2:27:052:27:13

And they've got three other stones

backing that up with that one

2:27:182:27:23

Swedish red in.

2:27:232:27:31

Just going to get rid of this.

He is

but he also wants to move the one on

2:27:342:27:40

the button as well.

2:27:402:27:42

Needs to get tight to the guard.

If

he catches it too skinny, it will

2:27:472:27:53

spring out on its own. He wants it

to get half of the stone at least

2:27:532:27:59

here. Not the best match that Niklas

Edin has played. He needs to find

2:27:592:28:08

his best form pretty quickly.

Playing a lot of weight, which I'm

2:28:082:28:13

surprised about.

2:28:132:28:19

surprised about. Nearly picked his

own.

You feel like he is rushing

2:28:192:28:22

things. He comes out very quickly

but he is crashing down, he doesn't

2:28:222:28:29

look as settled as he normally does.

Well, well, well.

That has missed by

2:28:292:28:38

a long way, that isn't Niklas Edin

out there.

2:28:382:28:41

He didn't miss the yellow stone by

much but where he was trying to hit

2:28:462:28:52

it, he missed by a long way.

Catching it to then was never going

2:28:522:28:56

to result in hitting that red. So,

Niklas Edin losing his cool a little

2:28:562:29:05

bit. Not in terms of temper, just in

terms of his ability to deliver the

2:29:052:29:11

type of stones he needs, if he is

going to help Sweden towards the

2:29:112:29:16

gold medal. The USA very much on

top, making their shots, forcing the

2:29:162:29:21

issue.

2:29:212:29:23

The USA was saying in their

discussion they don't mind giving up

2:29:322:29:36

the one because although that will

tie things up, they will have the

2:29:362:29:39

hammer in the eighth, possibly the

tenth and the way Sweden are

2:29:392:29:43

playing, that will be a huge

advantage for USA. So, John

2:29:432:29:49

Shuster... Still chatting about it

at the other end.

When you are

2:29:492:29:55

selecting a shot to play, it is

about leaving your opposition the

2:29:552:30:00

hardest shot possible and they've

identified two options, one down the

2:30:002:30:04

left-hand side and one down the

right-hand side. They will take away

2:30:042:30:08

the one that they've just played.

He's got to choose and to leave the

2:30:082:30:13

op shrimp that is most difficult for

Niklas Edin.

2:30:132:30:21

Right to it. Go!

2:30:272:30:30

Pretty good.

2:30:332:30:38

Niklas has made up his mind pretty

quickly. Oh, he has just stopped, he

2:30:502:30:55

is looking at the run back again.

That yellow that has just been

2:30:552:30:59

played?

2:30:592:31:07

Are they looking at pushing the red

onto the yellow into the pocket?

2:31:072:31:13

That was something that Oskar

2:31:132:31:19

That was something that Oskar look

that, across onto the one in the

2:31:192:31:22

button for two. Very difficult shot,

but normally, if anybody could make

2:31:222:31:27

it, it is Niklas Edin, but after

seeing that last one, I'm not so

2:31:272:31:30

sure.

Well, if he misses, he is

giving up one, because USA are...

2:31:302:31:39

You could argue, give up one, you

are two behind you have still got

2:31:392:31:44

the hammer.

That one would probably

create the opportunity to give him

2:31:442:31:49

two, or he could play the straight

raise on the yellow in the middle,

2:31:492:31:54

yellow, yellow, red, push that one

back and get is one.

That is what he

2:31:542:31:59

was looking at it initially.

It

looks like he has changed his mind.

2:31:592:32:05

This is what I said, the yellow that

he has just played, get one, type

2:32:052:32:12

things up. This has to work for him,

though. Still saying it is right at

2:32:122:32:22

there, has he got enough of this? He

has! So Niklas Edin rescues the

2:32:222:32:29

situation, takes is one, much to the

delight of the Swedish dignitaries

2:32:292:32:35

who are in. We are all tied up,

three ends to go in the gold medal

2:32:352:32:42

match, and it has been an absolute

crackers so far. I am sure we are

2:32:422:32:46

still got some great curling left.

It is 5-5, it will be the USA you

2:32:462:32:53

will have the hammer in the eighth,

possibly in the tent if we get

2:32:532:32:57

scoring in the eighth and ninth. --

in the tenth. Well, he found the

2:32:572:33:05

shop there, and I think that was the

least risky option for him. Going

2:33:052:33:12

for two when USA were lying shot, he

decided that one was better than

2:33:122:33:17

giving up another steal to the

United States. So Niklas Edin not

2:33:172:33:24

playing at his best, but he has been

forced to make some quite difficult

2:33:242:33:31

shots, and at least that one came

off for him.

He's not playing at his

2:33:312:33:37

best, but the score is still 5-5,

and I am impressed by the USA,

2:33:372:33:43

keeping themselves in this game, and

it would be interesting if Niklas

2:33:432:33:46

had been on his game, what the

difference of shops might have been.

2:33:462:33:51

Whoever wins this game, they have

fought very hard for it.

2:33:512:33:59

fought very hard for it. And we are

getting into the business end of the

2:33:592:34:01

game, the last UN is, eight, nine

and ten, that will really separate

2:34:012:34:07

the two teams. -- the last ends.

2:34:072:34:16

Interesting to see Sweden throw a

guard in this position. You would

2:34:192:34:22

see a lot of teams throwing into the

house, knowing that the USA will

2:34:222:34:27

throw a corner guard and try and

score a two in the eighth.

Yeah, and

2:34:272:34:34

it is a really high guard they have

thrown as well.

USA have caught the

2:34:342:34:43

tick shot, am I misunderstanding

this situation?! Normally, on the

2:34:432:34:49

world curling tour, they play eight

ends, maybe they have forgotten

2:34:492:34:54

there is two more at the Olympics!

We have seen this to a three times,

2:34:542:35:01

I am trying to think if it was the

US who did this, irony and thinking,

2:35:012:35:06

why are you doing that, changing

things up when it is going well? --

2:35:062:35:10

I remember thinking.

I don't think

USA have to do anything different at

2:35:102:35:15

the moment, they are playing really,

really well, so...

2:35:152:35:21

So United States with the hammer,

Tyler George just loosening off,

2:35:302:35:35

getting those shoulders relaxed. A

little bit more sweeping required.

A

2:35:352:35:42

tiny bit tight.

One thing is for

sure, the double centre guard from

2:35:422:35:51

Sweden is a real sign of intense

there, and extremely aggressive

2:35:512:35:54

approach when you don't have the

last stone, they are going to try

2:35:542:35:59

and steal in this eighth end.

Really

good!

Perfect spot from John

2:35:592:36:08

Landsteiner. Nice gentle jog, go to

call - just quiet, let's all the

2:36:082:36:17

other guys do the shouting.

2:36:172:36:23

This has got a lot of work to do,

starting to curl now. Going to be

2:36:352:36:42

quite good in the end, trying to

sweep it all the way back.

2:36:422:36:52

sweep it all the way back. He can

see that fairly easily.

2:36:522:37:00

see that fairly easily. Go to peel

off that top guard.

Probably a good

2:37:002:37:03

thing format Hamilton as well, only

playing 54% on draws. -- four Matt

2:37:032:37:11

Hamilton.

So Saturday morning at

home, this men's gold medal match

2:37:112:37:18

first, then to follow the women's

bronze medal match. Great Britain

2:37:182:37:25

versus Japan, Great Britain

desperate to go home with something

2:37:252:37:28

after losing out to Sweden in the

semifinal. Both Swedish teams making

2:37:282:37:32

it through to the gold medal match.

If you stay up late tonight, you can

2:37:322:37:39

see that gold medal match as well,

so the bronze medal match at 11am

2:37:392:37:45

this morning, and midnight tonight

the gold medal match between the

2:37:452:37:48

hosts, Korea, it will be absolutely

rammed in here, and they are taking

2:37:482:37:53

an Anna Hasselborg of Sweden, Team

Kim, the garlic girls, as they have

2:37:532:38:02

been called. A great men's final

here, nothing to choose between

2:38:022:38:07

these two teams, the guard being put

back in place by Sweden.

2:38:072:38:14

It might be good, but I not sure,

Logan, that it is absolutely right.

2:38:182:38:25

Matt Hamilton they want to play that

shot.

I think this is a good call,

2:38:252:38:31

it is not the high guard causing

them problems, the one closest to

2:38:312:38:36

the house, so try and check that one

and roll another yellow into the

2:38:362:38:40

house, which could be a scoring shot

later on.

A delicate shot here for

2:38:402:38:48

Matt Hamilton.

They are not taking a

lot of ice we saw that in the

2:38:482:38:56

earlier ends, I'm not sure which.

He

just chips the first one, that is

2:38:562:39:03

not going to reach the house, trying

to sweep it towards it.

It is

2:39:032:39:09

trying, it is trying.

Oh, it does!

It's just had the right spin on it,

2:39:092:39:15

I was writing it off before it had

finished its business there. Well

2:39:152:39:22

done, Matt, you knew what you were

doing. Later on, you know, in years

2:39:222:39:28

to come, if he wins the gold medal,

and he is replaying this to as

2:39:282:39:33

grandchildren, watch this, it looked

as though I got this wrong! Smart

2:39:332:39:38

shot from me there.

One thing USA

will be aware of is that guard right

2:39:382:39:43

at the top of the screen, that is

blocking off the kind of out-turn

2:39:432:39:50

draw, the anticlockwise rotation,

that could be a blogger at some

2:39:502:39:53

point later on. -- blocker.

So this

time they are going to try to get

2:39:532:40:04

this guard closer, as you said, they

almost have a bit of help from that

2:40:042:40:08

red that is a long way from the

house, out wide, blocking that route

2:40:082:40:12

in, as Logan was saying, a little

later. If it stays there. So two

2:40:122:40:19

guards out, perfectly lined up, one

in, and that one is now going to be

2:40:192:40:26

the target for Tyler George, I

think.

2:40:262:40:32

To lie that four, it is going to be

a delicate shot.

I'm not sure it is

2:40:412:40:46

even possible, the angle they would

have to hit it at, the weight it

2:40:462:40:51

would need, pretty sure it would

roll out the back door.

Maybe just

2:40:512:40:56

have too just miss that yellow, and

that is maybe a bit risky, you are

2:40:562:41:01

right, to make sure that it goes

with both weight and the angle at

2:41:012:41:05

which he needs to strike this red.

Very unlikely to keep this yellow

2:41:052:41:09

in. Let's see, though. The stones

seem to be rolling for the USA at

2:41:092:41:16

the moment. He has played another

good shot, that is the problem, you

2:41:162:41:24

see, a case of being... I don't know

about being greedy, but that was

2:41:242:41:30

always likely to happen.

I think you

hit the nail on the head, I think

2:41:302:41:35

that was greedy, they should have

clean picked that out, played the

2:41:352:41:39

easy shot, but instead they have

jammed it on the back one, and that

2:41:392:41:42

could be a nuisance later.

2:41:422:41:48

could be a nuisance later.

So Oskar

Eriksson, playing third for Niklas

2:41:492:41:52

Edin. The two of them need to drag

Sweden into a better position in

2:41:522:41:59

this match, against the hammer, with

three ends to go. Two and a half

2:41:592:42:04

ends, if you like, and he might have

played a decent shot, will he go by

2:42:042:42:09

the yellow? Just catches it a

little. Almost gets five.

2:42:092:42:19

little. Almost gets five. -- gets

by. You can just feel things

2:42:192:42:22

ratcheting up a little bit again.

2:42:222:42:30

Continuing with his hitting game,

Tyler George wants to get rid of

2:42:342:42:40

both of these roads. USA with the

hammer. -- these

2:42:402:42:49

hammer. -- these reds.

This is a key

shot for Tyler George - if you can

2:42:502:42:54

make this double, things are looking

very precarious for Sweden.

USA have

2:42:542:43:00

got those two yellows above the

T-line, has he got it? Well, he taps

2:43:002:43:08

one out, still that red is staying

there, but it means USA lie three.

2:43:082:43:15

Yeah, he is not celebrating quite as

much as the crowd are.

2:43:152:43:23

much as the crowd are.

USA! USA!

USA!

So that is a good target for

2:43:252:43:29

Niklas Edin, those two yellows.

Yeah, but they have to be careful,

2:43:292:43:35

he cannot go for them because the

back yellow will jam it, so they

2:43:352:43:39

will have to try and draw it again.

Has to make sure he is here and

2:43:392:43:46

right in the four foot.

2:43:462:43:54

This is a big shot.

That is why that

pesky red is at there. It looks a

2:43:552:44:03

long way from the house, but it is

just a bit of a distraction,

2:44:032:44:09

affecting the line he can come in

here. Should be able to thread this

2:44:092:44:13

through. Needs to come right into

the four foot, though, miss that top

2:44:132:44:20

yellow when he comes in. Missed the

guards last time.

Oh! It takes such

2:44:202:44:26

a lot of pull mem, they have to get

past that.

Still not hidden, though.

2:44:262:44:34

Grade weight from Niklas Edin.

No,

but he is showing that he is

2:44:342:44:40

starting, certainly with his draw

weight, not quite there but not

2:44:402:44:44

making it easy for USA. They want

their two, get back into what would

2:44:442:44:50

be a very good position with two

ends to go.

2:44:502:44:57

So, he thinks he can hit this back

and get a Little roller as well,

2:45:052:45:14

tuck it in, depending on whether the

red jams. It depends how he hits

2:45:142:45:23

this.

2:45:232:45:28

this.

That was a view of our Swiss

bronze medallists, who won last

2:45:292:45:32

night. Callander. -- against Canada.

So... Has he got enough of that? He

2:45:322:45:46

takes that one out, nudges his own a

little bit, making even more rooms

2:45:462:45:53

there. Time out for Sweden. There

are still facing two -- they are

2:45:532:46:04

still facing two. That third shot at

the moment, he is thinking...

2:46:042:46:14

the moment, he is thinking...

If

Sweden don't get this right, they

2:46:152:46:17

could lose a big end. Just two

bend-mac to go, that is not an

2:46:172:46:23

option.

2:46:232:46:28

option.

So, Lindberg comes down,

hasn't got far to go.

2:46:322:46:39

hasn't got far to go.

That is what

they are looking dad. And he is

2:46:392:46:47

worried that USA could use that.

They could pick up three or four.

He

2:46:512:47:00

is also worried he might leave 8445.

-- he might leave

2:47:002:47:12

-- he might leave double for five.

2:47:142:47:15

That would get rid of a couple of

yellows if you was able to hit the

2:47:192:47:26

top yellow.

He's got a lot of

options but whatever option he

2:47:262:47:30

takes, he has to execute it with

precision. And he needs to get his

2:47:302:47:35

stone right in the one foot, if

possible, on the centreline, if he

2:47:352:47:42

wants to try to secure not losing a

big end here.

The is obviously those

2:47:422:47:48

two back yellows, one of them is

closer than the red. He thinks if he

2:47:482:47:56

can move and almost, in and hit the

first one, move onto the they would

2:47:562:48:01

be lying second and third shot,

maybe even shot first and third. And

2:48:012:48:08

might be able to prevent the two.

The one thing going for Sweden is

2:48:082:48:14

that they are lying what looks like

third shot, so they need to make

2:48:142:48:20

sure they get another one into the

four foot and at least they are

2:48:202:48:25

looking at scoring, losing a score

of two.

He is trying to come in to

2:48:252:48:29

the yellow in between, not the one

where the brush is, that is the line

2:48:292:48:37

he wants but he is going to come to

the other yellow and push onto the

2:48:372:48:42

one on the outside of that. Sit

there and have even maybe lie shot,

2:48:422:48:48

first and third. He needs to hit the

back yellow and into the other one.

2:48:482:48:54

It is rolling right in. He hasn't

rolled.

He was trying to roll the

2:48:542:48:58

other way to push the other yellow.

He wanted to go the other way, push

2:48:582:49:02

the other yellow away. Sit shot and

maybe give up the worst two.

That's

2:49:022:49:10

why I thought he would play that. He

has just left that in the worst

2:49:102:49:14

possible spot.

This has given John

Shuster a huge opportunity. Those

2:49:142:49:22

two Swedish stones are lined up

nicely. Niklas Edin looks down,

2:49:222:49:27

knowing his gold-medal hopes may

have just disappeared with that

2:49:272:49:31

shot.

This could be the last shot of

the game. If John Shuster makes

2:49:312:49:36

this, they score five.

Oskar

Eriksson looking on. John Shuster of

2:49:362:49:43

the United States, rejected out of

the programme after the last

2:49:432:49:49

Olympics. He has a great chance!

They both go! It is five for the

2:49:492:49:55

USA! They look at the opposition,

high-fiveds all around. The stands

2:49:552:50:02

are going crazy. Just what sharing

Niklas Edin, they are wondering what

2:50:022:50:10

to do. Surely, this is United States

gold-medal now? What a turnaround in

2:50:102:50:21

this match, what a story this would

be in cloning. United States of

2:50:212:50:26

America, led by John Shuster 's...

Have almost got their ribbons around

2:50:262:50:37

their neck. Picking up five in the

eighth, Niklas Edin leaving the

2:50:372:50:44

double, Shuster playing it

perfectly, this, a man who was

2:50:442:50:51

ridiculed by American curling

supporters after Sochi. Even at the

2:50:512:50:54

beginning of the round-robin

competition here in South Korea, two

2:50:542:51:02

wins after six matches, they turned

it around, gathered momentum, and

2:51:022:51:06

look at that. John Shuster, in his

fourth Olympic Games is so close,

2:51:062:51:12

oh, so close, to the gold medal.

I

think somebody is going to have to

2:51:122:51:20

script Jackie's jaw off the floor.

We are speechless. This is what

2:51:202:51:25

films will be made of, this stuff.

This is incredible. USA had nothing

2:51:252:51:31

to lose. And everything to gain if

they played well. Unfortunately, it

2:51:312:51:39

has been a tight game but Niklas

Edin has made too many mistakes

2:51:392:51:43

today and I wonder whether his dream

has been too much of weight to carry

2:51:432:51:49

on his shoulders today.

There is one

thing I've learnt today as well,

2:51:492:51:53

that the curling experts, two of

them sitting next to me...

2:51:532:52:00

Switzerland beating Canada, what a

surprise, and although this isn't

2:52:002:52:04

over, it might as well be. USA five

ahead, to make ends to play, they

2:52:042:52:09

will play another round but Niklas

Edin knows, as he steps into the

2:52:092:52:15

shadows, that his chance of a gold

has gone in that end.

Just so that

2:52:152:52:22

you understand the challenge Sweden

have, if it was any other game other

2:52:222:52:28

than on Olympic knockout game, they

would have shaken hands right now,

2:52:282:52:31

they would have given up.

What they

really need, they need to take three

2:52:312:52:36

here and steel two in the last end,

and USA are not going to let that

2:52:362:52:41

happen now.

2:52:412:52:43

Jackie, you said they should make a

move. I read an article saying

2:52:492:52:52

exactly that. Who would play, the

different characters, and going back

2:52:522:52:59

to how John Shuster has really

suffered in these days of social

2:52:592:53:05

media, cruel jibes after his

performances at the last two Olympic

2:53:052:53:08

Games, where he was a bronze Olympic

medallist in 2006. Matt Hamilton

2:53:082:53:16

didn't perform in the mixed doubles

with his sister, who is here

2:53:162:53:21

watching as well.

2:53:212:53:26

watching as well. This is a runaway

train.

These guys have gone from

2:53:282:53:31

zero to hero in one big competition.

And sometimes that's what dreams are

2:53:312:53:36

made of, and it is your week and

everything is going for you, and it

2:53:362:53:42

has been. They have clawed a lot of

Games back which they looked they

2:53:422:53:48

were not going to win.

The American

story this week reminds me of a

2:53:482:53:54

certain Olympic 16 years ago.

Like

the girls game, 2002, yeah. Rhona

2:53:542:54:00

Martin and the girls came back from

what was looking like the Games were

2:54:002:54:06

over, they got into a tie-breaker,

won five in a row, won the gold

2:54:062:54:11

medal and these guys are doing

something very similar. They will be

2:54:112:54:15

heroes back in their country, for

sure.

Matt Hamilton, he of the

2:54:152:54:23

moustache, John Landsteiner, the

quiet one, Tyler George, a liquor

2:54:232:54:26

store owner in the US, and he might

not have any more products left when

2:54:262:54:32

he gets home.

If I could say one

thing to the voice, the USA boys,

2:54:322:54:38

Matt Hamilton has to take that

moustache.

He does, normally. He

2:54:382:54:43

says he grows up for the season. His

wife hates it and I reckon there

2:54:432:54:48

will be a ritual shaving going on at

some point. The moustache, we were

2:54:482:54:54

talking about it early on, it has

its own Twitter account, celebrity

2:54:542:55:00

supporters, Aaron Rodgers, the Green

Bay Packers quarterback, and Ivanka

2:55:002:55:06

Trump in the stadium, watching this

performance from the United States.

2:55:062:55:11

It is almost a shame because sport

is about great dramatic moments and

2:55:112:55:15

we'd have just had one there and

there is this anti-climax afterwards

2:55:152:55:18

where you've got to keep going, play

it out, Niklas Edin knows, I am sure

2:55:182:55:24

we will get a handshake at the end

of this end. He is trying somehow to

2:55:242:55:30

manufacture something but not going

to see any mistakes from this USA

2:55:302:55:34

team, I'm sure. What a curling

competition we have had, both men

2:55:342:55:40

and women. The two medal matches to

come for the women, Great Britain

2:55:402:55:44

taking on Japan at 11am, stay with

us for that. What a shock.

2:55:442:55:57

Now that victory has been assured,

Ivanka Trump has left her seat. Not

2:56:002:56:05

sure whether or not she is in the

stadium. We have quite a few people

2:56:052:56:11

that have decided this is over but

it is the American fans that are

2:56:112:56:16

waiting for their moment to

celebrate properly.

This is the

2:56:162:56:21

first shot Tyler George has missed

today.

I just hope there isn't a

2:56:212:56:28

pitch invasion because they will be

slipping and sliding all over the

2:56:282:56:31

place. I'm sure there won't be.

There will be a ceremony a few

2:56:312:56:37

minutes afterwards.

Jackie, you were

saying Pharaoh that Derek Brown the

2:56:372:56:41

performance coach for USA curling is

a Scotsman and

2:56:412:56:53

a Scotsman and maybe a race might be

-- and honour might be on the cards.

2:56:542:57:07

These guys trying to keep the smile

off their faces because they know

2:57:072:57:14

the end is near.

It has been a

superb match. The person that has

2:57:142:57:18

not performed is Niklas Edin who is

one of the greats of the game. If

2:57:182:57:25

you had said to Niklas Edin you are

in the Olympic final, you are

2:57:252:57:28

playing the USA, he would have

thought that is my dream country, I

2:57:282:57:34

can beat the USA. Logan said it, the

record between them has been in

2:57:342:57:41

favour of John Shuster and that has

been the case today. You cannot take

2:57:412:57:46

anything away from this USA team.

They have played stunning matches

2:57:462:57:51

that they had to survive at the end

of the round-robin. They beat Canada

2:57:512:57:58

and Great Britain. Then they came

through the semifinal, beat Canada

2:57:582:58:03

and into the final and they've

beaten the Swedes. They weren't

2:58:032:58:10

lucky, they weren't soft, they've

beaten the best teams in the world,

2:58:102:58:14

Canada twice and now Sweden.

There

is nothing in the stats. The only

2:58:142:58:23

difference, Niklas Edin is playing

70% which is not like him, which has

2:58:232:58:28

made the difference here.

It has

gone quiet in the curling arena as

2:58:282:58:35

the enormity of this result starts

to sink in. USA are going to become

2:58:352:58:40

the Olympic champions in men's

curling. Niklas Edin blinking almost

2:58:402:58:48

in disbelief. They won a bronze in

Turin, with John Shuster in the

2:58:482:58:56

team.

2:58:562:59:01

team. His two campaigns in Vancouver

and Sochi ended up in nothing more

2:59:012:59:05

than embarrassment but not this

time.

2:59:052:59:14

They are from Duluth, Minnesota.

There will be dancing in the streets

2:59:142:59:22

in Duluth. What time is it there

now? Very early in the morning.

2:59:222:59:30

Probably about 3am, for a? -- 4am?

So, Niklas Edin... Will he keep this

2:59:312:59:46

going? If they get two here? I

thought we would see a handshake at

2:59:462:59:51

the end of this.

Not sure what is

happening. I think they might try...

2:59:512:59:59

They've taken their two.

Go down the

last end.

I suppose you could say

2:59:593:00:06

they are still fighting. There is

some muted applause. Sweden get two,

3:00:063:00:12

that is 10-7, on we go.

3:00:123:00:21

I feel really disappointed for

Niklas Edin's team, because they

3:00:223:00:25

have been the standout team of the

last four years, they have won

3:00:253:00:30

something like four European

Championships in a row, the worlds -

3:00:303:00:34

yeah, it just seemed like a fairy

tale ending for their four year

3:00:343:00:40

cycle to win the Olympics, and

unless something crazy happens in

3:00:403:00:43

its tenth end, it is not going to

happen.

We are talking like it is

3:00:433:00:48

all doom and gloom, but give them a

couple of days, they will reflect on

3:00:483:00:52

it, Olympic silver is still a

fantastic medal to get. But you have

3:00:523:00:58

got another four years to try to get

back to do it all again, that is

3:00:583:01:01

what the Olympics are. They only

come once every four years, and it

3:01:013:01:06

is a long claw-back to get back into

do it again.

3:01:063:01:11

The Swiss team are in for their

medals, the bronze medallists have

3:01:183:01:23

been for a cup of tea, they are

still there, just a few minutes now,

3:01:233:01:28

the ceremony will be beginning. But

they are going to have to wait, like

3:01:283:01:33

everybody else. So a corner guard

put in place, can't believe I am

3:01:333:01:39

saying this!

3:01:393:01:44

saying this! Switzerland are just

delaying, surely, the inevitable

3:01:453:01:48

here. Sweden, even. Why Ally got

Sweden and Switzerland mixed up all

3:01:483:01:53

week?! -- why have I.

Don't ask me,

I might start calling them Scotland!

3:01:533:02:02

All those USA boys, their hearts

will be pumping right out of their

3:02:023:02:05

body right now.

I wonder if John

Landsteiner, in his job as a

3:02:053:02:13

corrosion engineer, whether he has

studied the handling of a gold medal

3:02:133:02:16

over the years, how much

corrosion...

I hope he keeps it in a

3:02:163:02:20

safe place and there is no corrosion

on his medal!

Well, we still have to

3:02:203:02:25

go through this final end here,

Niklas Edin and his team carrying so

3:02:253:02:34

many hopes for themselves, as much

as anything else, obviously. Sweden

3:02:343:02:38

have a chance of a gold medal in the

women's, but they so wanted one in

3:02:383:02:49

immense. They thought they had a

team to deliver it. -- in the men's.

3:02:493:02:55

Well, the bookies will be happy with

this result, I don't know anybody

3:03:063:03:11

who picked USA to win this!

So what

they are not going to do is put any

3:03:113:03:19

stones in play that they don't have

to.

3:03:193:03:25

to. Sweden have got two guards out

there.

3:03:263:03:32

there. This is something I actually

cried admired, you know. I say going

3:03:333:03:36

through the motions. As a skip, you

are still talking to your team,

3:03:363:03:43

right, put one in here, have it

sitting on the T-line, please, yeah

3:03:433:03:48

OK. But in their heads, in their

hearts

you are hoping that your

3:03:483:03:53

opposition is going to throw a crazy

shot and miss everything.

It is not

3:03:533:04:01

just that, is it? You are looking

for a complete collapse at this

3:04:013:04:04

point.

3:04:043:04:09

This is almost a bit of a bonus, on

the other hand, for the USA, they

3:04:193:04:24

get a bit more time on the ice to

let this sink in. They will be

3:04:243:04:28

trying to concentrate on their

shots, though, just to make doubly

3:04:283:04:31

sure.

We have already said earlier

on today that the boom in USA, in

3:04:313:04:40

America, has really gone through the

roof. This is just going to add to

3:04:403:04:44

that boom.

I don't know if you know

the answer to this, either of you,

3:04:443:04:49

but will John Shuster be

representing the United States at

3:04:493:04:53

the World Championships? Has there

been a separate trial for that?

Not

3:04:533:04:57

sure.

Me neither, sorry.

I don't

know of anybody heard a fat lady

3:04:573:05:04

singing there!

Clearing her throat.

The band are striking up. Well, with

3:05:043:05:15

all due respect to Sweden and their

efforts to keep this going, you know

3:05:153:05:20

that, in the American ranks, they

are already getting ready to pop the

3:05:203:05:26

champagne corks, because they have

got something huge to celebrate

3:05:263:05:32

here. Tyler George, I have really

enjoyed watching him play these last

3:05:323:05:35

few days.

The stadium here is going

to go completely wild in a few

3:05:353:05:42

minutes. Sweden are running out of

stones fast here.

3:05:423:05:50

So as we get down to these last two

or three stones, guys, you're sort

3:05:543:06:00

of last thoughts, Jackie? On this

men's competition?

Do you know, it

3:06:003:06:05

is fantastic for curling, great that

we have seen other countries, seven

3:06:053:06:09

different countries in the play-off

stages here, but I have to say, I am

3:06:093:06:13

a tiny little bit shocked that

Sweden didn't perform the game I was

3:06:133:06:17

looking for them to play, because

they have been so consistent over

3:06:173:06:21

the last three or four years. So

shocked but also very impressed by

3:06:213:06:28

the state of play from these USA

boys, they wanted this medal more,

3:06:283:06:31

and they have played very well.

Just

to echo that, from what we have seen

3:06:313:06:35

in the play-offs, a good look at

Tyler's shoes! From what we have

3:06:353:06:44

seen in the play-offs, I think USA

are deserved winners, they have been

3:06:443:06:50

phenomenal.

Let's not forget, they

have beaten Canada, the top nations

3:06:503:06:56

who everybody admires - these guys

have come out and played an absolute

3:06:563:06:59

storm. Tyler will be getting free

shoes now, you won't have to worry

3:06:593:07:05

about that!

3:07:053:07:08

Well, there haven't been many boots

out there from the USA team, they

3:07:123:07:17

have been absolutely superb today,

and once we have seen another stone

3:07:173:07:22

countdown, I think that is pretty

much going to be it. Sweden have got

3:07:223:07:27

one in there, they have to score

three to tie this up. That is not

3:07:273:07:31

going to happen. A superb five in

the eighth end gave the United

3:07:313:07:38

States and an unsaleable lead. And

this team that was put together

3:07:383:07:50

after everybody had given up on

them, had given up on John Shuster,

3:07:503:07:54

and he wanted one more go, one more

try, one more Olympic journey. He

3:07:543:08:00

had a dream to come and perform

well, and hats off to Niklas Edin,

3:08:003:08:06

he knows it is all over, and he

plays the last stone of his Olympic

3:08:063:08:11

campaign in 2018. He is a great

champion, Niklas Edin, but he

3:08:113:08:19

couldn't find his game here today,

and applause comes from the American

3:08:193:08:22

quartet.

What a shot that is!

It is

still in the house!

Now the

3:08:223:08:32

handshakes come, so John

Landsteiner, Matt Hamilton, Tyler

3:08:323:08:36

George and John Shuster, their

leader, are the Olympic champions.

3:08:363:08:42

USA celebrate, commiserations to

Sweden. Niklas Edin will hope to

3:08:423:08:48

fight another day, but it has been

one surprise after another, one

3:08:483:08:56

superb form and is at another from

this brilliant American team. They

3:08:563:08:59

have thoroughly deserved it, the

best steam won, they are the gold

3:08:593:09:03

medallists. The Olympic champions,

receiving all of the plaudits that

3:09:033:09:10

they deserve from a huge contingent

here who have enjoyed every single

3:09:103:09:15

minute, the coach comes up to the

ice, who would have thought it? No

3:09:153:09:22

Canada, not even in the medals. So

it will be gold for the USA, Sweden

3:09:223:09:30

will have to settle for the silver

medal, and Switzerland take the

3:09:303:09:36

bronze. And if they do make a movie

about all of this, John Shuster

3:09:363:09:46

might just want to play himself, I

think, because he has enjoyed every

3:09:463:09:51

single moment of the limelight. Four

times he has been to the Olympic

3:09:513:09:56

Games, and he has had to wait until

coming all the way to Korea to get

3:09:563:10:00

the medal he not only richly

deserves but the one which he could

3:10:003:10:06

only have dreamt about. So what a

great final we have had, don't

3:10:063:10:11

forget we have got the Great Britain

women coming up in the bronze medal

3:10:113:10:15

match against Japan at 11am. And now

the tears come, great scenes.

Yes,

3:10:153:10:26

Phil Drobnick, who has been coaching

or working with the national team

3:10:263:10:30

for about 15 years, it will mean a

lot to him.

Ivanka Trump came back

3:10:303:10:35

in to see the closing stages of the

match, and she has enjoyed a great

3:10:353:10:40

day for the USA, they are the

curling Olympic champions.

3:10:403:10:43

So the USA take gold, a first ever

gold medal in curling, and a first

3:10:483:10:52

podium since their bronze back in

2006. John Shuster was skipped that

3:10:523:10:58

day as well, but like Steve Cram has

said in commentary, he has had quite

3:10:583:11:02

a time of it since then, only ten in

Vancouver, ninth in Sochi, dropped

3:11:023:11:07

from the team, but he has come back

to lead his country to the ultimate

3:11:073:11:11

Winter Olympic prize. Incredible

stuff, USA take gold, Sweden with

3:11:113:11:16

the silver, Switzerland the bronze

medal. Brilliant scenes at the

3:11:163:11:23

Curling Centre, we are bound to have

more tonight, because the first

3:11:233:11:28

medal in the women's curling is up

for grabs, it will be contested

3:11:283:11:32

between GB and Japan. Eve Muirhead

going down yesterday in the

3:11:323:11:39

semifinal to Sweden. We can relive

that story with Patrick Gearey.

3:11:393:11:42

The very best curlers see parts were

others do not, they find a way. Eve

3:11:463:11:52

Muirhead is a natural navigator, but

that doesn't stop you from slipping

3:11:523:11:54

sometimes. Against America, against

Korea, her team wondered of course

3:11:543:12:02

in their first match against Sweden

just as they were trying to cling

3:12:023:12:06

on, Eve didn't let go in time.

This

is a real disaster.

A curling noble,

3:12:063:12:14

red lights, red lines, along Bells.

But if you must make mistakes in the

3:12:143:12:19

sport, make them early and make them

right. Eve moved her pieces, Japan,

3:12:193:12:26

Canada, trapped in checkmate. On the

thinnest ice, Great Britain had

3:12:263:12:30

found their path. It brought them

back to Sweden, who had beaten them

3:12:303:12:37

in the round-robin.

We are ready to

rumble against Sweden. A chance to

3:12:373:12:43

get into the final to contest the

gold medal.

It started tactically,

3:12:433:12:48

Sweden taking none from end want to

keep the hammer, the last shot

3:12:483:12:52

advantage.

So it is a nine endgame

now, and that is what she usually

3:12:523:12:59

does, blanking the end.

Sporting

spirit is important in this game,

3:12:593:13:03

that is why Anna Sloan admitted she

touched a stone here.

I touched it.

3:13:033:13:08

Just saying she touched it, she will

have a little discussion.

3:13:083:13:14

The choice was now the Swedish files

's skip, remove the stone, leave it,

3:13:143:13:18

or moved it to where she thought it

would have gone. She chose to place

3:13:183:13:22

it outside the scoring zone, not a

popular move. Grey areas are one

3:13:223:13:30

thing, what matters is what happens

in the red, white and blue circles,

3:13:303:13:35

Sweden just about took two.

3:13:353:13:40

Sweden just about took two.

She has

just pushed it back, she did tap

3:13:413:13:44

that red back, but not enough.

By

the fifth end, they were 3-1 up, GB

3:13:443:13:51

needed to score. To do so, Eve's

judgment would have to be pretty

3:13:513:13:56

much perfect.

She has got to find a

way around on the right line with

3:13:563:14:01

the right weight, hit that red at

the back. Got a chance here! Got a

3:14:013:14:07

chance. As Eve Muirhead played a

cracker? Just needs to tap that

3:14:073:14:11

back, she has indeed. Well done, Eve

Muirhead, superb shot to finish the

3:14:113:14:15

fifth end. And after an early

advantage to Sweden, we are all tied

3:14:153:14:21

up, 3-3.

In the pause between sticks

and stones, time for words from the

3:14:213:14:26

coach.

Play simple, that would give

us a chance, given two or go in

3:14:263:14:34

tight.

Every time the Brits tried to

build something, the Swedes kept

3:14:343:14:38

taking stones.

Now then, how is your

luck? She may well have done it, she

3:14:383:14:45

has done very well indeed.

The

crossroads came in the seventh end,

3:14:453:14:50

Sweden 5-3 up. Momentum had slid

with almost every stone.

Anna

3:14:503:14:56

Hasselborg has played some wonderful

shots, if anything, she has been

3:14:563:14:59

playing a little better than Eve

Muirhead. Particularly on the draw

3:14:593:15:03

so far. As she got this right?

3:15:033:15:15

This one has been pushed out. It has

gone right through! It has gone

3:15:153:15:20

right through so there is the first

mistake from Anna Hasselborg. A

3:15:203:15:25

little bite of the lower lip, an

opportunity that Eve Muirhead has to

3:15:253:15:33

capitalise on. They like the line.

Great to get this one in. They need

3:15:333:15:46

to get past that yellow. What has

she done hit? Another good shot from

3:15:463:15:55

Eve Muirhead, it's just bumps out.

That has left... She can probably

3:15:553:16:04

take both of these yellows out.

With

her final shot, Anna Hasselborg set

3:16:043:16:09

Eve Muirhead a perilous problem.

This was a chance that was building.

3:16:093:16:14

The Swedish skip coming down. That

was a very good shot indeed.

The

3:16:143:16:25

best shot for Eve Muirhead. Was the

worst about to happen?

Cannot get

3:16:253:16:33

this wrong. Through the gap... Here

it comes. Now, then... It is going

3:16:333:16:44

to catch. Oh, oh, oh.

That is a

steal of a three, three to Sweden.

3:16:443:16:54

And Great Britain's hopes at such a

low point, it is going to be so

3:16:543:17:01

difficult for Great Britain to come

back from 8-3.

Surely the --

3:17:013:17:09

disoriented from the seventh, she

would get two back in the eighth?

3:17:093:17:13

The smallest of opportunities to

keep this alive.

Looking close, is

3:17:133:17:18

it?

Oh, what a shot by Eve Muirhead

just to keep the slimmest of hopes

3:17:183:17:28

alive for Great Britain.

Sweden were

now simply too far down the road.

3:17:283:17:32

So, Anna Hasselborg now ready to

cement the victory for Sweden. They

3:17:323:17:40

have been ahead or through this

match. And they have not put a foot

3:17:403:17:46

wrong, really, some small errors but

it has been Great Britain not able

3:17:463:17:50

to play their best game. Sweden have

been very, very good. Anna

3:17:503:17:55

Hasselborg in particular, well act

up by her team. I think we will see

3:17:553:18:00

the handshakes. Eve Muirhead's quest

for gold ends in this semifinal.

3:18:003:18:05

They still have the chance the

bronze but it is Anna Hasselborg's

3:18:053:18:11

day, and for Anna Sloan, Vicki

Adams, Lauren Gray and Eve Muirhead,

3:18:113:18:17

the best they can do is bronze.

Sweden joined their male

3:18:173:18:22

counterparts in the Olympic final.

We gave it our all tonight, the

3:18:223:18:27

Swedish girls were on fire. I missed

a couple of key draws and you can't

3:18:273:18:31

afford to do that. Absolutely

gutted. We have trained hard for the

3:18:313:18:36

last three or four years to be in

that position and unfortunately

3:18:363:18:40

today we were outplayed. But we

still have a medal to play for so we

3:18:403:18:45

will be giving it our all.

3:18:453:18:46

still have a medal to play for so we

will be giving it our all.

3:18:463:18:48

So, bronze the best GB's woman can

do here in Pyeongchang. We will look

3:18:513:18:55

ahead to that match in a moment.

Jackie Lockhart joins us. We have to

3:18:553:19:00

reflect on that final we have just

seen. The reason I like to ask you

3:19:003:19:04

who will win is so I can ask you

afterwards how big a surprise it was

3:19:043:19:09

because you both went for Sweden.

We

thought Sweden should win this

3:19:093:19:13

because they've been so consistent

here this week and probably over the

3:19:133:19:17

last three or four seasons but maybe

that was the commentator's curse we

3:19:173:19:23

gave them and we really didn't see

the Niklas Edin we are used to. He

3:19:233:19:28

seemed to be carrying the weight of

the world on his shoulders so a huge

3:19:283:19:35

shock for curling but a fantastic

result for curling at the same time

3:19:353:19:39

with USA, the Olympic gold

medallists. Can you believe it?

When

3:19:393:19:43

it comes to Olympic stories, John

Shuster's is up there, he must be so

3:19:433:19:48

emotional after everything he has

gone through.

This is his fourth

3:19:483:19:53

Olympics. He won a medal back in

2006 in Turin but he has dragged

3:19:533:19:58

himself time and time again to prove

themselves as a player and skip.

3:19:583:20:06

These are what dreams are made of.

You could make a film about this,

3:20:063:20:10

they've done so well, and they beat

Canada, they beat Niklas Edin. They

3:20:103:20:16

were beating the team sitting at the

top of the rankings so, very, very

3:20:163:20:22

impressed and what a fantastic

final.

And a great story, a first

3:20:223:20:26

gold medal for the USA. Was that an

example of the pressures and Olympic

3:20:263:20:31

final can put on even the best of

teams? I think you said before the

3:20:313:20:35

match USA were going in there

without the pressure. They could

3:20:353:20:39

enjoy it wearers Sweden were

expected to win.

That is the

3:20:393:20:43

pressure you put on yourself and

Niklas Edin has won so many medals

3:20:433:20:50

and if he had won that medal, he

would have been very well decorated

3:20:503:20:53

in his country. The players

themselves put that pressure on and

3:20:533:20:56

it is how they do deal with it. That

is what Eve suffered from yesterday.

3:20:563:21:02

She wanted to win and she didn't.

I'm sure Niklas Edin will come back,

3:21:023:21:08

like most players do. They have a

hunger and passion for the sport and

3:21:083:21:11

we will see them again.

If you look

at the three medals, a bronze for

3:21:113:21:17

Switzerland, gold for USA, and

nothing for Canada, does this show

3:21:173:21:21

the standard and competition in

men's curling is as strong as it has

3:21:213:21:25

ever been?

Very strong. The world

curling Federation, they are

3:21:253:21:30

delighted by this because it opens

up the door a little bit more. If

3:21:303:21:34

Canada want to keep up with the rest

of the countries, they will have to

3:21:343:21:38

step it up. Most of these European

and Asian Pacific countries have

3:21:383:21:45

full-time athletes training day and

night to get that world title and

3:21:453:21:49

Olympic dream. Canada have had it

easy for a long time. They have lots

3:21:493:21:54

of competitive players and it is

just match practice that has kept

3:21:543:21:57

them in and I think they have to

look at their programme.

The

3:21:573:22:01

excitement does not end at the

Curling Centre. All eyes will be on

3:22:013:22:06

there when Eve Muirhead's team go

for the bronze medal. They would

3:22:063:22:11

have loved to go for gold but they

need to pick themselves up. How

3:22:113:22:16

difficult a match will this be?

This

will be a very difficult match. Four

3:22:163:22:21

years ago in Sochi when we saw Eve

Muirhead lose the semifinal, the

3:22:213:22:26

girls picked themselves up to get

into that bronze medal game and win

3:22:263:22:30

it but I think it was a double blow

yesterday when they didn't win the

3:22:303:22:33

semifinal match because all they

wanted was the gold medal. I really,

3:22:333:22:38

really hope they can pull everything

they've got, every strength and

3:22:383:22:43

beliefs and the passion to take the

bronze medal.

They will be getting

3:22:433:22:49

cheered on from home. Will there be

nervous right now, what you know of

3:22:493:22:53

the girls? It is less than a couple

of hours before the match.

Of

3:22:533:22:57

course. If they didn't have nerves,

I'd be worried, but I want

3:22:573:23:02

confidence nerves. I know as well as

they do if they string their shots

3:23:023:23:06

together and play as a team they

will win but Japan will be a tough

3:23:063:23:10

match. Every game out there is tough

so we will have to have our fingers

3:23:103:23:14

crossed for later.

Yes, we do, and

we will show all of that action.

3:23:143:23:19

Thank you for joining us from the

Curling Centre. We will go back

3:23:193:23:24

there for the bronze medal match

between GB and Japan starting at

3:23:243:23:29

11:05am on BBC One. Pyeongchang has

seen the debut of the team event in

3:23:293:23:37

the Alpine skiing. It consists of

16. They race head-to-head and they

3:23:373:23:44

get a point for a wimp, the one with

the most points is the winner at the

3:23:443:23:51

end. We have seen the impact of ski

cross and Snowboard Cross has had at

3:23:513:23:59

the Olympics. Could this one grab

the attention of everyone watching?

3:23:593:24:03

It is liking stuff. 25 seconds on

average per race down the slalom so

3:24:033:24:09

let's join your commentator and see

who could win the first ever team

3:24:093:24:13

Olympic gold medal. He's Matt

Chilton.

3:24:133:24:19

Chilton. Time for the semifinals at

the alpine team event and the

3:24:193:24:23

line-up sees Austria taking on more

weight

3:24:233:24:25

line-up sees Austria taking on more

weight and then France up against

3:24:253:24:26

Switzerland. Austria versus Norway

in semifinal number one. Katharina

3:24:263:24:38

Liensberger and Kristin Lysdahl.

3:24:383:24:41

Now they are synchronised, turn for

turn, gate floodgate, we have not

3:24:463:24:50

had a dead heat yet in today's

condition and we won't have one

3:24:503:24:57

here. Liensberger by bites first for

Austria. Austria lead Norway 1-0. A

3:24:573:25:07

good fight for Katharina

Liensberger, what a great jump and

3:25:073:25:11

turned that was. Michael Matt in the

blue. A couple of early mistake 's

3:25:113:25:23

from the slalom bronze medallist.

This has opened up for

3:25:233:25:31

Nestvold-Haugen's favour. It is 1-1,

Nestvold-Haugen ties it. This is

3:25:313:25:41

where it started to come apart for

Michael Matt. His rhythm was out of

3:25:413:25:45

sync and he missed a gate. Res

three, the bronze medallist,

3:25:453:25:50

Katharina Gallhuber, and the winner

of the most recent head-to-head

3:25:503:25:54

World Cup competition, Nina

Haver-Loeseth. This should be good.

3:25:543:26:02

Nina Haver-Loeseth in red, Katharina

Gallhuber in blue. It is 1-1 after

3:26:023:26:09

the first two rounds. Away they go,

nothing to choose between them as

3:26:093:26:13

they approach the lip, a

synchronised Rob on land.

3:26:133:26:18

Haver-Loeseth more accurate. She

moves in front. She attempts to give

3:26:183:26:24

Norway a 2-1 lead. She let her in

and Gallhuber steel set by 0.1 six.

3:26:243:26:36

The Norwegian holds the helmet in

hands and she apologises to her

3:26:363:26:41

team-mates. This is the final race,

Marco Schwarz and Sebastian

3:26:413:26:46

Foss-Solevaag. Schwarz, having skied

well in the first leg, sat the last

3:26:463:26:52

race out. Schwarz is metronomic with

his rhythm and moves in front. The

3:26:523:27:00

Austrians are on the way, barring a

mistake... Austria are in the final!

3:27:003:27:09

They have defeated Norway, 3-1.

Norway will have to go and fight it

3:27:093:27:16

out for the bronze a little later.

Austria face the winner of our next

3:27:163:27:28

semifinal. France versus

Switzerland, semifinal number two,

3:27:283:27:33

and it will be Adeline Baud Mugnier

for France against Denise

3:27:333:27:36

Feierabend. It is all about medals.

Baud Mugnier. For Switzerland,

3:27:363:27:49

Denise Feierabend goes in blue.

3:27:493:27:55

Denise Feierabend goes in blue. Baud

Mugnier has looked sharp are so far

3:27:563:27:59

this afternoon, reflected in the way

the French skier has taken this a

3:27:593:28:06

part in the first 20 terms with the

final six to come. Baud Mugnier

3:28:063:28:10

gives France a lead of 1-0.

Feierabend left standing somewhat

3:28:103:28:18

there. France lead 1-0.

3:28:183:28:25

there. France lead 1-0. Now we will

see a serious battle between Clement

3:28:263:28:32

Noel and Ramon Zenhaeusern, the

giant Swiss against the young

3:28:323:28:37

Frenchman. Zenhaeusern left behind,

pushing too hard, and Noel has a

3:28:373:28:47

halfway advantage at the jump.

Zenhaeusern attempting to claw back

3:28:473:28:50

the time. He is doing it! What a

comeback from the big Swiss ski

3:28:503:28:58

racer who draws Switzerland level,

it is 1-1. That was something!

3:28:583:29:04

Zenhaeusern got left behind...

3:29:043:29:17

Switzerland are in the final, it is

the dream final in many ways. They

3:30:373:30:42

take on their great rivals Austria

in the battle for the gold and

3:30:423:30:46

silver. France will return

to fight

it out. Confirmation of

3:30:463:30:58

Switzerland's 3-1 win over France.

So now the main event, Austria take

3:30:583:31:05

on Switzerland, the two big players

in Alpine ski racing. The line-up

3:31:053:31:10

is...

3:31:103:31:15

Switzerland are in the blue cause to

kick things off with fire

3:31:193:31:27

kick things off with fire --

Feierabend, but you would put your

3:31:303:31:31

money on Liensberger. Liensberger is

out in front, halfway down the

3:31:313:31:36

course. She has a hard gate

advantage

3:31:363:31:46

course. She has a hard gate

advantage, Austria have a advantage.

3:31:463:31:52

Now the race we have all been

looking forward to as two of the

3:31:523:31:57

medallist from the men's slalom go

head to head. Mario Matt versus

3:31:573:32:03

Ramon Zenhaeusern, both medallist in

the slalom, going head to head in

3:32:033:32:09

the team event, but a slightly shaky

few towns from the Swiss, and Matt

3:32:093:32:15

looks more convincing, but now

Zenhaeusern moves up through the

3:32:153:32:17

gears and goes into overdrive as

Matt straddles and will be

3:32:173:32:21

disqualified. It is 1-1 in the

final.

3:32:213:32:27

final. Zenhaeusern brings

Switzerland back into contention

3:32:293:32:32

with a dynamic, explosive run. Great

start from Matt, but Zenhaeusern has

3:32:323:32:40

shown his capabilities in this head

to head. He was the winner in the

3:32:403:32:46

Stockholm event. It is

3:32:463:32:54

Stockholm event. It is 1-1 now,

Holdener versus Gallhuber, race and

3:32:543:32:56

three in the Alpine team event

final, Switzerland versus Austria.

3:32:563:33:00

Wendy Holdener in the red course for

Switzerland. Both medallist in the

3:33:003:33:09

Olympic slalom, simultaneous start,

no mistakes made, Gallhuber makes a

3:33:093:33:15

mistake and is thrown out of the

turn. She has a hard gate lead as

3:33:153:33:19

they come off the lip, Gallhuber has

been behind but has fought back into

3:33:193:33:25

contention in previous rounds budget

cannot overhaul Wendy Holdener's

3:33:253:33:28

lead. A 2-1 advantage for

Switzerland, 0.1 between them. The

3:33:283:33:38

last race of the Alpine ski racing

programme here in Pyeongchang, Marco

3:33:383:33:44

Schwarz against Daniel Yule for the

gold medal in the inaugural Alpine

3:33:443:33:50

team Olympic event. They are all

going to get a medal, but they all

3:33:503:33:55

want the gold. They are ready to go

in the fourth and final race in the

3:33:553:34:02

Alpine combined competition. Daniel

Yule of Switzerland in the blue

3:34:023:34:05

course, a better start from Marco

Schwarz of Austria, Whitland leads

3:34:053:34:09

to - one. Daniel Yule is back in

contention, I think he is in front.

3:34:093:34:16

-- Switzerland leads 2-1. Marco

Schwarz has gone out, and Daniel

3:34:163:34:23

Yule can cruise through, Switzerland

are the Olympic champions! They have

3:34:233:34:27

defeated their all-time rivals,

Austria, and they take the first

3:34:273:34:33

ever gold medal in the Alpine team

event. It will be silver for

3:34:333:34:39

Austria, Marco Schwarz's mistake

rules them out. Whitson and win by

3:34:393:34:44

3-1. -- Switzerland win by 3-1. The

battle of the giants, Norway

3:34:443:34:55

defeating France to win the bronze.

3:34:553:34:56

Switzerland take the first ever team

Alpine gold, brilliant event on the

3:35:013:35:04

slopes. We are going to stay on the

snow, because the penultimate day at

3:35:043:35:09

the games sees the penultimate medal

in the cross-country, the longest

3:35:093:35:14

event of the Games, the 50

kilometres mass start, a brutal test

3:35:143:35:20

of endurance. It has been

frustrating so far for Andrew

3:35:203:35:23

Musgrave of Great Britain, this is

his last event in Pyeongchang, and

3:35:233:35:27

we join the action with eight

kilometres to go.

3:35:273:35:32

Here come the chasers. These guys

are good enough, on a different day,

3:35:363:35:49

we could be looking at a four way

sprint for the medals, but three

3:35:493:35:58

very old men have gone extremely

hard, extremely early, and they are

3:35:583:36:01

not closing on the leaders.

3:36:013:36:07

not closing on the leaders. These

positions may be as good as it gets

3:36:073:36:10

for this quartet.

It just shows you

how absolutely perfectly timing was

3:36:103:36:15

from Niskanen. The only thing that

has gone wrong, and it may not have

3:36:153:36:19

gone permanently wrong is that

Bolshunov was able to stay with him

3:36:193:36:22

and has moved out head by virtue of

the exchange of skis. But even

3:36:223:36:29

Niskanen's timing and the way he

broke apart that field has proved

3:36:293:36:32

over the ensuing power now, since he

did it, to have been a perfect

3:36:323:36:37

decision in terms of taking out

Dario Cologna. The Norwegian

3:36:373:36:42

challenge has completely

disappeared, showing no signs of

3:36:423:36:47

life since, Alex Harvey is wrapped

up in that as well, and others have

3:36:473:36:51

been dropped,

3:36:513:36:59

been dropped, including Chervotkin.

Niskanen threw the switch of skis is

3:36:593:37:05

reeling back in the Russian. We

really are going to have an amazing

3:37:053:37:10

finish.

Could be very, very exciting

as they head towards the business

3:37:103:37:16

end of the race, all credits to

Niskanen, not just in terms of the

3:37:163:37:23

tactics of changing skis, but not

folding mentally after seeing the

3:37:233:37:28

21-year-old Russian close down the

huge lead that he worked so hard to

3:37:283:37:31

generate. Bolshunov still in front,

of course, but Niskanen tried to

3:37:313:37:39

make his way back up onto the

shoulder of the new leader. And with

3:37:393:37:45

every push and every drive, he is

closing, the gap is only four

3:37:453:37:52

seconds, Poltoranin is miles behind,

the Kazakhstan, in third. As we have

3:37:523:37:56

said a couple of times in our

coverage, every single person fell

3:37:563:38:01

by the wayside with this man's

tactics, apart from Bolshunov, but

3:38:013:38:06

this is good, positive skiing from

Niskanen. If he was tired, mentally

3:38:063:38:11

fragile or weakened by the Russian's

move ahead, he would be finding this

3:38:113:38:17

deficit much more difficult to close

down, so psychologically this is

3:38:173:38:21

working for Niskanen, because he is

closing the gap that the Russian

3:38:213:38:25

enjoyed at the end of that previous

circuit when he changed skis, and it

3:38:253:38:29

also tells us that the new skis are

working as well.

Which will be a

3:38:293:38:35

sigh of relief for the finished

team, can you imagine being the wax

3:38:353:38:39

technicians, you have seen your

athletes deliver this incredible

3:38:393:38:43

race, being caught up, needing to

put on a set of skis to deliver them

3:38:433:38:47

over the line, the national

embarrassment if suddenly they are

3:38:473:38:51

completely off the pace. Look at

Niskanen trying to keep the muscles

3:38:513:38:55

working. You have got to remember,

everybody is doing this in minus

3:38:553:39:00

eight with a significant amount of

wind chill, and there are many

3:39:003:39:02

athletes on the course who have now

skied, in the last hour and 51

3:39:023:39:07

minutes, Morkel eaters than they

have done at the rest of the

3:39:073:39:11

Olympics combine. -- more

kilometres. If you think about it,

3:39:113:39:15

not everybody does all of the races,

some have saved themselves for this,

3:39:153:39:21

and Niskanen is an example of

someone who is picked and chosen,

3:39:213:39:25

held himself back. This is a huge

race when it comes to the distance.

3:39:253:39:30

Now, Niskanen has completely closed

down that gap, once again right back

3:39:303:39:34

into the psychological battle of the

has what it takes with less than ten

3:39:343:39:40

kilometres to go.

We are in for a

great finish to this race, and I

3:39:403:39:45

know that Poltoranin is a long way

clear in third place, but according

3:39:453:39:49

to the last two checkpoints, he has

moved a further 30 seconds behind

3:39:493:39:54

these two, and that has allowed

Sundby to close down to within one

3:39:543:39:59

minute. So Sundby, Harvey and Larkov

are about 1.15 off the Kazakhstan

3:39:593:40:09

it, but now they are only 50 seconds

behind with six kilometres left to

3:40:093:40:15

ski. If it starts to unravel for

Poltoranin, it is not beyond the

3:40:153:40:19

bounds of possibility that somebody

like Sundby, with a big finish,

3:40:193:40:23

could get in the mix for bronze and

denied a man from Kazakhstan the

3:40:233:40:28

position he has occupied for 20

kilometres.

Not beyond the bounds of

3:40:283:40:32

possibility that Alex Harvey of

Canada could get on the Olympic

3:40:323:40:35

podium. He is still in there, tucked

in behind Sundby, and he has been

3:40:353:40:41

wanting that Olympic medal,

discussing the fact it will probably

3:40:413:40:43

be his very last Olympic appearance.

If that group containing Harvey

3:40:433:40:51

continues to get closer and closer

and into medal contention, Canada's

3:40:513:40:55

Alex Harvey will be in with a shout

at an Olympic medal. We will find

3:40:553:41:01

out inside a round about the next 20

or so minutes.

That is why the

3:41:013:41:07

director is now giving us a shot of

Poltoranin from Kazakhstan, because

3:41:073:41:12

there are now questions. He has

moved much further behind Bolshunov

3:41:123:41:18

and Niskanen in first and second. Is

there a little opening for Sundby,

3:41:183:41:25

Harvey, Larkov and Holund? The

weather is closing in, it is cold,

3:41:253:41:32

Niskanen misses the drink at that

point. I don't think that will be a

3:41:323:41:36

disaster, but we are getting towards

the business end of this race now,

3:41:363:41:40

excellent work from Niskanen to

close the gap on the 21-year-old

3:41:403:41:43

Alex Ainley Bolshunov. Nothing to

separate these two men. -- Alexey. A

3:41:433:41:52

little slip from the Russian, they

are so close, Niskanen could reach

3:41:523:41:58

out and touch Bolshunov's pole.

Poltoranin in third, totally

3:41:583:42:06

isolated, miles behind the men in

gold and silver, and, he hopes,

3:42:063:42:13

still a long way in front of these

four, but he was 1.46

3:42:133:42:22

four, but he was 1.46 behind

Bolshunov, but now there is no doubt

3:42:223:42:24

that these four are closing in in

what could become a five way battle

3:42:243:42:28

for the bronze. Poltoranin was going

to come under pressure, you would

3:42:283:42:33

expect, in these closing stages. It

is Larkov wearing 11, then it is

3:42:333:42:39

Sundby, then Alex Harvey, as Lee

said, trying to become North

3:42:393:42:45

America's first medallist in this

event. They are closing. They are

3:42:453:42:52

closing on Poltoranin in third.

Could it be the man from Kazakhstan,

3:42:523:42:57

aiming to be their first medallist

in 24 years? He could still hang on.

3:42:573:43:03

They have not got that long to go to

close him down. And this is what we

3:43:033:43:08

want from these epic races. We have

uncertainty in terms of who is going

3:43:083:43:12

to take gold and silver, and we now

have a little bit of uncertainty

3:43:123:43:18

whether Poltoranin, the 30 old from

Kazakhstan in his fourth Winter

3:43:183:43:23

Olympic Games, whether he can hold

on for the bronze. -- the

3:43:233:43:27

30-year-old. There is drama all

around these tracks, this is why

3:43:273:43:30

these races are so good to watch.

The gap between Poltoranin and

3:43:303:43:35

Larkov was about 54-55 seconds. It

is now 38 seconds, and that happened

3:43:353:43:41

in the space of 1.5 kilometres. We

have about six remaining. If you do

3:43:413:43:46

a little bit of maths, it could be

very close. Now, there is a

3:43:463:43:51

suggestion that you should not

employ a Finnish who has just skied

3:43:513:43:55

45 parameters as a goalkeeper any

time soon, no chance of Niskanen

3:43:553:43:58

holding onto that, not the end of

his race by any means, but as you

3:43:583:44:08

can see, still absolutely neck and

neck between Bolshunov and Niskanen

3:44:083:44:14

after what has felt like an

absolutely epic encounter. Now,

3:44:143:44:17

coming into the stadium, we have

very little time, very little

3:44:173:44:24

distance remaining for someone to

make a move out of these two. Will

3:44:243:44:28

anyone do it, or are they going to

wait?

3:44:283:44:38

Don't worry about the German, they

are a lap behind.

3:44:383:44:50

are a lap behind. They hear the bell

in this epic race. It is the very

3:44:503:44:55

last circuit in the men's 50

kilometres, the longest, hardest,

3:44:553:45:00

most arduous battle for gold you

could argue it means with the most

3:45:003:45:05

-- it comes within its glory. Iivo

Niskanen set his stall out early

3:45:053:45:10

before even the Games began, he was

targeting this as his desired gold

3:45:103:45:16

medal. It is the event that has been

part of the Winter Olympic programme

3:45:163:45:20

since the very beginning back in

1924. Niskanen is a huge star back

3:45:203:45:27

in Finland, and now this is the

dynamic in the battle for bronze,

3:45:273:45:36

this is such a shame for the

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this is such a shame for the classic

ski specialist from Kazakhstan.

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Where he was one minute and 50

seconds clear on its own, looking

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towards the medal, his energy is

spent. He wears bib five. That is

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sad to see because he played his

part in the dynamic of

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part in the dynamic of the race

sport is cruel, there is no room for

3:46:153:46:23

sentiment it is sad for Poltoranin.

Cross-country fans will have seen

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just how much he helped Niskanen but

from our point of view it sets up an

3:46:283:46:33

incredible finish for the bronze

medal because you will have four

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tired but expert contenders battling

over these last few kilometres to

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try to get into the medals, as we

watched Niskanen, still tailing

3:46:423:46:48

Alexander Bolshunov, still nothing

between them. They have been skiing

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for just under two hours in minus

seven, with the winds whipping

3:46:513:46:57

around their faces, and they are

still absolutely neck and neck as we

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watch the chasers coming through,

Poltoranin, can he hang on to the

3:47:023:47:11

end? That is his only chance. Sundby

looks to his left. Larkov, Holund,

3:47:113:47:21

Harvey. Poltoranin holding on behind

them now. If he could just stay on

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them for this final push to the

line, he might just still have a

3:47:303:47:35

chance but you'd have to think long

and hard about it.

Especially in the

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manner number 15 has been eroded so

quickly. There are still five,

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including Poltoranin, in the battle

for bronze, as has been the case for

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about 15 kilometres of this epic

test of nerve, steel and tactics.

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They are to .5 minutes adrift, and

this is a two-way battle for Winter

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Olympic glory, here on these

stunning tracks of Pyeongchang. We

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have been privileged enough to

witness some great, great finishers,

3:48:103:48:15

some wonderful battles and

demonstrations of heart, nerve and

3:48:153:48:18

passion and here is another. Iivo

Niskanen has poured his heart and

3:48:183:48:24

soul into this campaign. It was good

enough to get rid of absolutely

3:48:243:48:30

everybody bar one. At one stage,

Abraham, the 21-year-old Russian was

3:48:303:48:37

45 seconds behind the thin. The talk

by little he held on to his nerve

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and believe that this is his day to

shine individually, after two

3:48:423:48:47

Silvers and a bronze, is he destined

to finish with gold? Niskanen has to

3:48:473:48:54

hang on, and I wonder is it going to

come down to a massive piece of

3:48:543:49:01

acceleration on that large, huge

field coming into the stadium, as it

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has done time and time again in all

the races so far?

You can see the

3:49:053:49:10

conditions deteriorating out on the

course as well. That Hill has played

3:49:103:49:15

such a huge part in this hole

Olympics. Every race, it has been

3:49:153:49:21

used to its full advantage. Will it

be Bolshunov? Will it be Niskanen?

3:49:213:49:30

Who has enough left to use that Hill

as they get closer and closer to it

3:49:303:49:35

in the final stages of this race?

I

think the dynamic between the two

3:49:353:49:42

groups shows you for the very first

time these two are tired, they will

3:49:423:49:47

not be caught by the chase group who

are two and a half minutes behind.

3:49:473:49:52

These two are tired, mentally and

physically, they are almost a spent

3:49:523:49:57

force part one of them is going to

find something here in the very

3:49:573:50:03

closing stages that will be

remembered for ever. Alexander

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Bolshunov, the 21-year-old from

Russia, he has skied a brilliant

3:50:083:50:12

tactical race. Hasn't gone with the

early pace of Niskanen, worked his

3:50:123:50:19

way back to the flying Finn who

tracks his every move. Talk about

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history, no fin has won this title

since 1960! The weight of history is

3:50:243:50:31

on Iivo Niskanen's shoulders, the

nation will be tuning in live to

3:50:313:50:36

watch their young hero from back

home, he is quite a character, he

3:50:363:50:43

co-owns a racehorse. His older

sister is a Winter Olympics

3:50:433:50:48

medallist and he took a medal four

years ago in the team sprint but

3:50:483:50:52

this is different. This gold would

be his and his alone, and it would

3:50:523:50:56

be an amazing slice of Winter

Olympic history, something that has

3:50:563:51:00

not been done by a Finn in almost 50

years.

They are in front, that front

3:51:003:51:09

duo, and we have a potentially a

bronze medallist in there somewhere.

3:51:093:51:17

Note that there is no Alexey

Poltoranin. It is between Andrey

3:51:183:51:25

Larkov, Alex Harvey, and Hans

Christer Holund. Somewhere in net is

3:51:253:51:31

your bronze medallist and here are

your gold and silver medallists, it

3:51:313:51:36

is a case of which way is it going

to be? Wearing number eight,

3:51:363:51:41

Niskanen, his life's work has been

to get this Olympic gold. Not any

3:51:413:51:48

other, but this one. In front of

him, a 21-year-old in Alexander

3:51:483:51:52

Bolshunov, who has a whole career

ahead of him but has exploded onto

3:51:523:51:56

the scene with a series of

impressive performances, and he is

3:51:563:52:05

going home with three medals but

none of them are gold. One of these

3:52:053:52:08

will win an Olympic title for the

first time in their career. We are

3:52:083:52:11

just about to find out who.

If

you've never watched cross-country

3:52:113:52:17

skiing before, it doesn't matter.

What is there not to admire about

3:52:173:52:23

two young men putting the years and

the years of their life on the line

3:52:233:52:30

for a chance to make history? Iivo

Niskanen has blown this entire field

3:52:303:52:38

apart. He has been so gutsy, so

balls see, determined that this

3:52:383:52:44

slice of history as his but he

hasn't been able to get rid of the

3:52:443:52:49

maroon shadow, who we can just about

see in these gloomy conditions in

3:52:493:52:53

Pyeongchang, Alexander Bolshunov.

Three times he's been on the podium,

3:52:533:52:58

Bolshunov, but the one he wants as

this one. He has a chance, the

3:52:583:53:04

21-year-old, it is just too close to

call at the moment. Will it come

3:53:043:53:08

down to that massive hill for the

finish? These are the four men

3:53:083:53:13

battling for the bronze with Larkov

leading with Sundby cut in behind

3:53:133:53:17

him.

Through the murder, we see

these four coming through. Sundby

3:53:173:53:25

won't have his individual Olympic

title. You can see Niskanen pulling

3:53:253:53:28

away! He wants an Olympic gold for

himself on his own and he is going

3:53:283:53:34

now!

This is so gutsy from Iivo

Niskanen. That is how he has skied

3:53:343:53:43

this entire rows. He went to the

front at the start, and, after

3:53:433:53:49

seeing his lead after changing skis,

he has maintained his focus and his

3:53:493:53:56

tactical composure. He has gone

early and hard. The Olympic athlete

3:53:563:54:02

of Russia, Alexander Bolshunov, is

slipping. He is trying to hang on.

3:54:023:54:08

Bolshunov got the individual bronze

in the sprints, he is quick. But

3:54:083:54:13

this man is being driven on by a

nation and by the weight of history.

3:54:133:54:24

He has broken Bolshunov! He sits up,

he knows he has been beaten in this

3:54:243:54:28

battle for the gold medal! You don't

often see an athlete giving away

3:54:283:54:34

like that but I think it shows you

just how much it had taken out of

3:54:343:54:39

Bolshunov to close the gap in the

first place.

And now Niskanen is

3:54:393:54:43

moving up the hill, we thought this

is where Bolshunov might be broken.

3:54:433:54:49

You can see he renews the attack but

the gap is there now and Niskanen

3:54:493:54:55

accelerated, and so unusual to see

an athlete simply say I can't match

3:54:553:54:59

that. That is it, after 49

kilometres, I haven't got what it

3:54:593:55:04

takes to stay with that man, and

Niskanen goes up this hill for a

3:55:043:55:10

final time, takes a look behind him,

and now the dissent towards the

3:55:103:55:17

arena, towards a gold medal.

Niskanen takes that sharp

3:55:173:55:21

left-hander, takes it carefully,

wants to stay on his feet, wants to

3:55:213:55:28

savour the moment of a lifetime. He

took a gold in the team sprint four

3:55:283:55:33

years ago but before these Games

began he said this is the title that

3:55:333:55:40

every Winter Olympic cross-country

skier wants, this is the event that

3:55:403:55:42

has been in the programme since

1924, that's why they've got the

3:55:423:55:48

flags with his face on it. This

would be massive. And an absolutely

3:55:483:55:55

superb performance from the flying

Finn, Iivo Niskanen pulling away

3:55:553:56:02

from Bolshunov. He had the heart and

desire, and the mental strength and

3:56:023:56:07

the self belief to pull away from a

huge field before halfway and

3:56:073:56:13

despite Bolshunov putting him under

pressure, it is going to be Iivo

3:56:133:56:17

Niskanen's day. The crowning moment

of a glittering career so far and he

3:56:173:56:22

is orchestrating the crowd! Over 50

years of history, and, finally, a

3:56:223:56:30

Finn is back on top in the most

gruelling of events. Iivo Niskanen

3:56:303:56:35

writes his name in the annals of the

all-time Winter Olympic rates in

3:56:353:56:38

this event and all credit to

Alexander Bolshunov. He is

3:56:383:56:45

absolutely shattered. He looks

disappointed. He was the only man in

3:56:453:56:50

the entire field who could do

anything to put Niskanen under

3:56:503:56:53

pressure and that is no disgrace

with yet another silver for him

3:56:533:56:58

because it is all gold for Niskanen.

STUDIO: The first gold for Finland's

3:56:583:57:06

Iivo Niskanen. Silver and bronze

went to Olympic Athletes from

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Russia, Abraham Ackland Andrey

Larkov. Alex Harvey finished fourth,

3:57:123:57:15

missing out on being the first

Canadian to win a cross-country

3:57:153:57:20

medal.

3:57:203:57:25

Canadian to win a cross-country

medal. It has been another historic

3:57:253:57:28

day here in Pyeongchang. Ellie

Morgan became the first British man

3:57:283:57:33

to win an Olympic medal on a

snowboard. -- Billy Morgan. It was a

3:57:333:57:41

first curling gold as well for team

USA a little earlier. Barra and the

3:57:413:57:48

first woman to win Olympic gold on

skis and snowboard, adding Parallel

3:57:483:57:54

Giant Slalom to the Super-G title

she won Mac earlier in the Games.

3:57:543:58:00

Norway, the most Winter Olympic

medals won at a single Games. They

3:58:003:58:04

got their 38th medal today. It is

more than Team

3:58:043:58:08

got their 38th medal today. It is

more than Team GB have managed, but,

3:58:083:58:09

with five, this is how it stands.

Their best ever at the Winter

3:58:093:58:14

Olympics. Could it be more? Eve

Muirhead is going for bronze. Join

3:58:143:58:22

Clare Balding for all of that. From

me, goodbye and I'll see you

3:58:223:58:27

tomorrow.

3:58:273:58:29

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.