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Good morning one very last time from
Jung Chang. We are almost at the end
of this roller-coaster ride but not
yet. There are still a couple of
medals up for grabs on this final
day and if you're watching on BBC
One, you will know the Olympic
Athletes from Russia and Germany are
battling for ice hockey gold so
let's get back to the Hockey Centre
where your commentators will take
where your commentators will take
over. What a show this Olympic ice
hockey tournament has been both in
the women's side and the men's side,
so much drama along the way and now
it comes down to this. The Olympic
Athletes from Russia, having lost
their first game, then they came
back with four extremely impressive
wins against a German side who lost
their first two. And then they went
on to be Sweden and Canada and now
they are just above 13.5 minutes
away from matching the Russians
through the course of three whole
periods. It has been a remarkable
story, the Germans. Do they have
enough in the tank to give it one
last kick? This puck goes into the
net, it'll be clear down the ice by
the Germans. Do the Olympic Athletes
from Russia have more left in the
tank? They have had some impressive
performances. But now, can they go
up a gear? Have they still got it in
their system or are they done
You are in a gold medal
game in the Olympics, you've got to
find that other gear, regardless of
how tired you are. Doesn't matter,
that extra year has to be there,
it's that simple.
Big turn over in
the zone, and you can see them out
It might be just the changing
of the lines we saw, Kaprizov mixed
in with Kovalchuk.
in with Kovalchuk.
At what point do
they fit that line?
They've got to
switch up the matchups a little bit.
Well, Germany, they have closed the
massive gulf in shock -- shots in
this game. At one point it was total
domination by OAR. Since then, the
Germans have been so impressive. And
they have shown just why they not
only deserve to be here but why
they've been a really good team
throughout the course of this
tournament. Aus den Birken very
calmly hangs onto it.
That is, and
that is a great sign for Germany.
Head up, the netminder. He thought
about playing it to his defender
then thought the better of it. You
didn't notice any panic at all
Big moment in this game... Kaprizov
getting increased ice time here. He
is playing with Kovalchuk and
Andronov. Germany come back into the
zone. They are going to try to take
this one deep. High one goes in,
easily cleared away by Kiselevich.
Doesn't get it out of the zone.
Kaprizov is there. And the youngster
will hand it back and go for a
They try to go up the middle but it
isn't going to help. The whistle
That is a great example
of how Germany has disrupted the
attack of the OAR team, that is
where they pick up speed. Here is
the shot right off the face off and
how about the block from Marcus
Kink? Kovalchuk was ready in the
face-off and that was a big block
from the German side.
of play. That'll be another whistle.
Face-off will go towards the
outside. Let's have a look at their
history. Seven times the USSR, the
red Army team, won the gold. The
unified team won called back in
1994. Since then, competing as
Russia, one silver, won bronze,
fourth, sixth and fifth. For a
country that loves hockey as much as
Russia does, it's been a lean spell
as this shot is blocked again and
now the breakaway.
In ice hockey, you can have a
delayed of side so if play goes over
the blue line, but the puck doesn't
play can continue. The official was
signalling that to.
Is there going to be a breakthrough
in the final ten minutes of this
third period, this gold-medal game,
which so many predicted would go the
way of the OAR. Germany are scrappy,
they have hung in, got the goal they
needed to get back into the game.
But, now, what is it going to come
down to in these final ten minutes?
Germany with a second wave, they
can't do enough.
It is in his skates.
This Olympic final will be one for
the ages. If Germany are able to
produce the shop. -- the
produce the shop. -- the shock.
are now under nine minutes.
Good hustle from Russia. Small
turnover. A little shot on net from
rebound, any of those things might
be just what you need to break the
No penalties in period
number three so far. Have the
officials put their whistles away? I
don't think they have. With the way
this tournament has been refereed,
if you commit an infraction of then
expect it to be called.
They may not
but nothing's happened here for
there to be anything called which is
how Germany wants it. Think about
the other Games in the tournament...
You come the OAR, can they create
something? Not this time.
Germany clear away. The ride up the
middle! Can they finish it off?
Koshechkin is hammered into by his
own defender, and this looks like a
really painful blow on the wrist.
That's Sergey Kalinin. I don't know
if he caught an edge or what but he
almost went into his netminder, too.
I don't think you went in there by a
German. Maybe the second German
coming in there. What a bizarre
finish to this play.
finish to this play. You could see
his shoulder. So, he was diving and
he spun around, watchers right
shoulder as it falls into the post.
Yes, that would hurt, a lot. You
could see the desperation there.
could see the desperation there.
nets are held on by these rubber
plugs, if you like, that go into
holes, so they should be able to
move relatively easy but it is never
good when you fall in like that.
the net, it is steel, it is heavy,
to be able to get your shoulder on
there, you can get injured. The
crazy thing is, and I'd love to see
one more free play, I don't think
the puck ever went in but if the
netminder had made the save and he
got barrelled into the net by his
own player, that would be a goal and
what an opportunity from Germany.
They haven't engaged Russia at all.
They haven't stirred up the
Maybe now, though! The
opportunity to break into the zone.
Great save again.
Aus den Birken did a terrific job of
Oh, what a goal! What a fantastic
finish from Gusev! When the Olympic
athletes from the needed one of
their superstars to weigh in with a
goal, Gusev goes short side, is that
the golden goal? Is that the goal
that takes gold back to Russia? Six
minutes to go, and OAR are back in
Well, there is your
turnover. Tenth point of the Games
for Gusev and watch this shot. Short
side right over the shoulder, Offaly
helmet of Danny aus den Birken.
Incredible play from the Russian
forward. For Germany, they've got to
respond quickly. They had chances to
get the puck up. You mentioned Pavel
Datsyuk, so crafty, never giving up.
Wow, what a shot.
Big goals, big
times. They've got the equaliser!
Amazing from Germany! They just will
not give up! Moments after they saw
themselves conceived, it goes back
to the other end and Kahun with a
chance, and he fires home, giving no
opportunity! What is an Olympic
final verse is proving to be again!
How many times have we seen a goal
scored right after one previous?
Terrific work! How about this shot
from Kahun? Talk about executing
when you get the chance? Up over the
glove of Koshechkin. It powers
Ten seconds, two goals in
Germany will not go
away, therein amazing hockey club.
-- they are an amazing hockey club.
It would've been so easy for them to
have looked at and gone, you know
what, maybe we have scaled the last
peak we were going to scale. But
they went back to the bench, and,
for Teva reason, they just found
some more belief -- for whatever
reason, they just found some more
belief. Who knows, could they go on
to win it here?
I shake my head. Just outstanding
team play from Germany! It is a Team
Wiggins some superstars and here is
one of them, Pavel Datsyuk. Going
too high. Five and a half minutes to
go in regulation time. Germany are
going to go! They have
opportunities. Macek into the body.
He didn't put it where he wanted to
but it goes to show that our
openings in this Russian team in
this third period to allow 211 this
late. Oh, my goodness and we will
get a couple of looks at the goals.
Ten seconds apart. First of all,
Gusev, such an amazing talent, right
off the helmet and into the back of
the net making it 2-1. And you saw
in their eyes there might be gold in
the near future. That reaction
lasted all of ten seconds as Germany
came down. Kahun put it high glove.
Great play from Hager where he takes
the stick away. And makes the
backhand pass. Look at the
He has had a great tournament, he
has been the superstar on this
German team. It has been a team
effort but for me he has been the
one in every game looks like he
could do everything.
He is the difference maker, flight
in nature, but so dynamic. Two
goals, three assists for his German
This has been remarkable.
Absolutely remarkable. The tenth
seeds coming into this tournament.
There was shock in Sweden.
Didn't quite manage that. There was
shock when they beat the Swedes.
Canada were left stunned. Stunned by
their semifinal. And now the nation
of Russia watchers on as its
superstars struggle with this German
team who have played brilliantly.
They have stuck to their systems.
They have played as a team and
created some great chances and
stifled the majority of the Russian
Hit pretty hard there.
Could they really go on to become
One more breakthrough would be
It feels dangerous to say it but now
it feels like we are in overtime.
The next goal surely will win this
Normally you would think so,
normally you would.
But in this tournament, on both the
men's and women's side, predictions
are now out of the window.
That was a crazy play. The puck
could so easily have gone in there.
A big faceoff win for Germany.
A big faceoff win for Germany.
help here from Boyle.
We can see the flag bearer for
Germany, Christian Ehrhoff, but he
has a little work to do first.
If Germany win this, let us hope he
is in a state to be the flag bearer!
The closing ceremony is a little
later on, no doubt celebrations
either way will be exciting for
Now they have another chance walking
in here, and they have scored!
What a goal! Germany lead 3-2.
This is a fairy tale. The tenth
seeds coming into this tournament.
And now they are three minutes and
16 seconds away from gold, a first
ever ice hockey gold medal. Marler,
the history maker potentially. What
a finish. -- Muller.
beautiful goal, look at the
patients, he waits and waits. The
Russian player goes down, Datsyuk
one of the best defensive players in
the world. And he puts it right
between the legs. Now, from a German
perspective, they had to calm
themselves down. This is so
Jonas Muller. He will be
front page. He will be back page. He
will become a hero in Germany.
will become a hero in Germany. If
they can get through the next three
minutes of this game.
What do the Russians have left? They
will give it everything over the
next two and a half minutes. Can
they break the Germans down? Will it
be heartbreak again? Russia had not
been able to celebrate a gold medal
since 1992 in the sport that they
consider their own, in a sport that
they once more than any other in the
The whistle will blow here, a
tripping call coming.
Is this going against Russia?
21, Laverty minutes, tripping.
He was the player that got hurt.
With 2.11 left, the Olympic Athletes
from Russia will be short-handed.
Germany will never ever have a
better chance to win Olympic gold
than this. Russia will have to play
five on four, short-handed. Let us
see this goal again, it is great to
I just love the poise. How about a
pass from Ehliz, confident to drop
that puck right onto Muller. And
then wait, six feet and seven
inches. The net minder goes down.
When he opens up his legs, Muller
puts it right between.
Germany will use this as a two
minute power kill if you like, they
need to get through, keeping
possession for as much as they can.
That is dangerous, you cannot take
shots, they will get blocked, it
could come back and bite you.
You always need someone high. You
have to make sure it gets through
that first forechecking.
The Russians will gamble. Telegin
steps on the inside. Great defensive
The Russian net is empty.
they go from here? Five on five, no
net minder. Now there is space out
there. Kaprizov, puts it to the
middle. They are throwing themselves
at it. He has lost his helmet. They
have scored against!, they have
equalised! 55.5 seconds. It is that
man, Nikita Gusev, he steals the
gold medal from around the German
net and he says, not yet! There is
still time for more drama in this
Utter disbelief. The Germans are on
a power play. OAR brings it to a
jaw. Gusev, the hero of this
tournament for the Olympic Athletes
from Russia. Up and over the
blocker. Germany can't believe it.
Look at this OAR side.
They lived to fight another day.
Nikita Gusev. He is off to the
locker room with a sore shoulder.
This is absolutely astonishing.
What a final ten minutes of this
game. Remember, let us set the table
If it stays like this, 20 minutes of
four on four overtime still to come.
We wondered whether the drama of the
women's final on Thursday could be
beaten, whether the drama of
Germany's victory over Canada could
be beaten. These guys are giving it
a real go and Nikita Gusev, what a
It was a scramble in front of the
net, watch the net minder. He goes,
just for a second, and because he
did that, he loses his marking and
he comes off his post and Gusev
chips it over his shoulder. Germany
were in perfect position on the
power play, they just had to clear
the puck and they couldn't do it.
They still have 45 seconds on the
What do you do? Do
you stick or do you twist?
Germany, has that been enough to
crush their spirit or do they have
one more moment?
He can't hang onto that one and he
gets hammered on the boards.
gets hammered on the boards. The
final few seconds.
final few seconds. A great stick in
there, brilliant job from Gavrikov
to tip it away. Datsyuk, a penny for
his thoughts. You wouldn't want to
be a head coach here, your heart
must be racing.
This is why sports are just so
incredible. Nothing is scripted, two
teams giving it everything they can.
Olympic gold medal on the line. And
now we are down to under ten
seconds. Germany will have a chance
if Kahun can win this.
They have been good on faceoff so
far. A bit of conversation. Datsyuk
shrugging his shoulders. Kahun.
Versus Datsyuk. Datsyuk, Wiley,
whence it. A chance, the Germans
going so hard. We are going to
overtime! This Olympic ice hockey
tournament does not want to end yet.
Gusev showed all the will and desire
to force this extra period, after it
looked like Muller had given Germany
gold for the first time in their
Shaking his head, he will be
frustrated. Gusev has given OAR
another life. 1992 was the last time
the gold medal went to Russia,
following a Winter Olympics ice
hockey tournament. And now we are in
a sudden-death scenario, the next
goal wins. Four on four, loads of
space on the ice, 20 minutes. If
after 20 minutes they are still
tied, like the women's final, we
will go to game winning shots, a
shoot out between these two teams.
Try to sum that up?
I will make it addiction, this game
is not getting a penalty shoot out.
-- a prediction. A gold will happen
will stop -- goal. There will be
stories about this game, about the
final ten minutes, hockey at its
finest. We still have more in store.
We have over time coming,
sudden-death, what a third period
and a tournament, the OAR and
Germany still tied at 3-3.
Incredible stuff, like the
women's, this is going all the way.
It has been thrilling and we will be
back for that overtime.
If you didn't believe we were in the
heart of the action, we have been
watching a photo shoot of someone
who will play a big part in the
closing ceremony. He won a medal in
the big error, Billy Morgan has been
given the honour of carrying Great
Britain's flag at the closing
There he is having a
practice in front of the cameras.
Congratulations to Billy Morgan,
carrying the flag tonight at the
The Cross-Country Centre was the
venue for the first medal in
Pyeongchang way back at the start
and today it is the venue for the
final medal of these Gaines, Marit
Bjoergen made history on the first
day, her silver confirming her as
the most decorated female winter
Olympian of all time. She has had an
incredible Gaines, she won a medal
in all four of her events and has
been confirmed as the most
successful winter Olympian of all
time with her medals in Pyeongchang.
backhand pass. Look at the
backhand pass. Look at the
The woman who picked her to the
first gold was Charlotte Kalla. She
could also make history by winning a
gold in the first and last event of
the Olympics. Let's join our
commentary team of Ollie Williams
and Rob Walker.
Good morning, everybody. If you are
just getting up, you have set the
alarm at the perfect time. Our final
individual event unfolding in these
beautiful tracks of PyeongChang, the
Alpensia Cross-Country Centre Centre
has witnessed some wonderful drama
over the last 16 days and the women
have the honour for only the second
time in Olympic Winter history of
providing the last individual
medallists. As you've heard
medallists. As you've heard from the
studio, can Marit Bjoergen round off
a glittering career in style? She's
the reigning world champion in this
30 kilometre event and the defending
Winter Olympic champion and no woman
has successfully defended this title
so there is a potentially fairy tale
finish years so that is why we watch
world-class sportsmen and women
because sometimes fairy tale endings
don't happen. There are some of the
Norwegians out there with a point to
prove and Ollie Williams and I are
very excited about the race to come
and whether Charlotte Kalla can
produce a great moment for Sweden
and a great moment for the Winter
Olympics trivia books.
I think it
would be fantastic of Charlotte
Kalla could become the first person
ever to win the first and last gold
medals. If she does that, she would
become one of Sweden's greatest
Olympians ever, the most decorated
Swedish athlete. Beyond that,
watching this race at the moment,
you've got the sprinters, you've got
Marit Bjoergen, keep an eye on the
Finns. They hope to do something in
this race. There are five, six,
seven athlete to have a realistic
claim today but very few people are
looking beyond Marit Bjoergen,
wearing eight, and Charlotte Kalla
wearing five who you can't quite see
right now but you will there as your
two favourites, too absolute titans
of cross-country skiing with medals
galore between them. We are looking
now back into the arena. This race
is so longer allowed to change your
skis and the conditions are tricky
today, it has been warmer today than
it has been. So the wax you need on
your skis, a district you to call
and understand and these athletes
and their teams will be reacting to
that. There is a whole lot going on
. We saw a very well timed
change of skis yesterday in the
men's's 50 kilometres.
men's's 50 kilometres. He created
history for the Finns, the man who
changed his skis. There she is,
Bjoergen, and Charlotte Kalla. I
wonder if this will be the dual we
are hoping to unfold. It will take
around an hour and a half for the
last Winter Olympic champion to
cross the line and maybe we are
being greedy but we're looking
forward to the site of Bjoergen and
Kalla on that circuit. One thing to
point out, the men and women, their
technical ability is fantastic
because these skis are very narrow.
They are not going as fast as you
would see in a giant slalom or
downhill but they are very well
adept on their skis. It's not just
that you put the miles in when you
train but they have ability and
skill as well as stamina and speed.
Particularly on slopes like the
downhill Sweet where you have to be
so careful and very technical coming
down there. There is a big incline,
you have to pull yourself up, then,
round, and you are using every
muscle to get up that Hill and it is
difficult conditions like this where
things change all the time. There is
Jessica Diggins. Heidi Weng, the
World Cup leader.
She swept all
before her on the World Cup circuit
but she has been bitterly
disappointed with her campaign so
far. That is a sub plot going on.
That was Von Siebenthal, struggling
for pace. It will be interesting
whether Weng can get herself a
medal. Her compatriots have been
producing the goods time and time
again. Bjoergen has been on the
podium every time she has contested.
Weng is struggling. The other
significance, the reason why the
cameras are focusing on Jessica
Diggins, she took a tumble and she
is doing well to get back into the
mix, the American who produced the
gold in the team sprint, in one of
the most memorable finishes.
will be focusing now on Jessica
Diggins, finally the headlines she
wanted. All of Norway will be
watching Marit Bjoergen and all of
Norway will be watching Charlotte
Kalla. We saw Niskinen take the lead
very early on, and he beat the OAR
athlete at the end. You'd be looking
at a break at the ten kilometre
mark, if you transpose that to the
women's race. If anyone will do it,
that will be Marit Bjoergen. There
is a lot of caution from the other
athletes. Let's have a look at the
number six is, who has proved to be
so adept, Ragnhild Haga. You can see
Bjoergen is testing the pace of the
field. This is a more strong
outfield than in the men's race. The
Norwegian not allowing her to get
more than a metre ahead. There are
about ten athletes within eyesight
of the first three and that is a
much more strong outfield and I
think Marit Bjoergen has set the
pace in a way she hopes she can
break many of the contenders in this
before we get to the ten kilometre
I think this move tells us two
things about Marit Bjoergen. One
that she is feeling confident, there
she is on the left of your picture,
and there is a group of about seven
or eight within striking distance.
Heidi Weng is not among them so it
could be heard difficult Games
continue with the last event. The
other thing this tactic tells us is
that Bjoergen may not want this to
come down to a burn up in the
stadium. She is an amazing athlete,
the greatest of all time, but
perhaps as she heads towards 38, she
realises the out and out explosive
speed she maybe had ten years ago
and eight years ago when she became
the sprint champion in Vancouver, is
not quite there. I'm not saying
she's trying to break everyone and
it is great from the storyline point
of view that Niskanen,
of view that Niskanen, sister to
Ivo, who won yesterday, is in the
top three, but she doesn't want the
faster finishes in the last bit of
The difficulty is
Charlotte Kalla, breaking her will
take a phenomenal amount of energy
to break her. And if she doesn't, if
Kalla can stay with her, and you
conceive that Weng is down, but if
Kalla stays with her, she has shown
she can turn it on against Marit
Bjoergen. She defeated Bjoergen in
the skiathlon, and if it came down
to it, I think your money would be
on Charlotte Kalla, as we look back,
and you can already see there are
some key contenders, Heidi Weng,
wearing number one, Andersson, they
are very far back for 25 minutes, in
an hour and a half's race.
bold from Bjoergen. This is the last
time we will ever have the privilege
of watching her in the Winter
Olympics. That debut in the relay
back in 2002, taking the silver, her
first individual medal came in this
event in 2006 in two rain when she
got on the podium for a silver
medal. And this is a very confident
piece of skiing from Marit Bjoergen
and it has taken this field apart.
Stadlober, fifth in the standings,
world standings, but where we had
the eight within touching distance,
Bjoergen has moved further and
further away from even the likes of
Jessica Diggins. There she is, she
has the lead over Kalla. Our most
obvious question, and we will know
the answer at the end of the race,
this is bold and fast, is it going
to turn out that even this great
tactician and mistress of the great
occasion, has she gone too hard, too
early? We will have to wait and see.
STUDIO: We will be back to that 30
kilometre mass start in the cross
country but we have to head straight
back to the Hockey Centre because
this final is at a thrilling stage
of play. The Olympic Athletes from
Russia and Germany are locked at 3-3
at the end of normal time. They are
going into overtime so let's rejoin
our commentary team. Doesn't get
much better than this. An Olympic
final in overtime. It happened in
2010 in Vancouver. Sidney Crosby
stepped up to the plate scoring the
winner for Canada. 1994, Lili
Hammer, they went to overtime, it
was Sweden against Canada. They went
to a penalty shoot out, they got
through seven rounds. And that was
enough for Sweden to go on and take
victory. Will it be a shooter or
netminder who stars in overtime? It
is sudden death. Will it be the
tenth ranked Germans or the super
favourites going into this, the
Olympic Athletes from Russia, who
take gold? Next goal wins, simple as
that. Which way is it going to go,
You've seen Nikita Gusev out
there already, two goals in the
third period and he is so dangerous
every time he is on the ice. Four on
format, lots of space for both
Good defensive play.
Seidenberg clears away for the.
Twice they've won bronze, never won
gold. This is their first ice hockey
final. Nobody anticipated they'd be
here. The men in red, though, no
doubt most people predicted they
would be here.
would be here.
Germany was 45 away
from gold, they had a power play,
they were leading 3-2, and they gave
up a short-handed goal at the last
minute, Gusev scoring the goal.
Gusev has had an amazing tournament,
he is a great player. The Russian
fans... Inside the Hockey Centre are
trying to do their bit to is heard
their players on. One mistake now,
one error, one moment of brilliance
would be enough. Easy start to this
period, Kaprizov goes in there.
Interesting, seven out there they
don't usually play together, the
Russian athletes, Telegin and
Kaprizov. What do they do here?
Well, four on format, you want to
maintain puck possession. If you
don't like what you see, you return
it. The Russians able to set up
behind their net, and it is about
beating your cheque. If you can get
past your cheque and have an open
lane to the net, UC 's scoring
Barabanov takes it wide but
that was good defensive play, very
strong by Seidenberg. Barabanov
still in possession.
They have to be careful not to take
a penalty. A big shot from just
inside the blue line, and sent
around. They are behind the back of
the net. It is sent towards the net,
it is sitting there. They can't
finish it off this time, agonisingly
for the Germans.
for the Germans.
A solid defence.
You get the sense right now Germany
is a little behind the eight ball.
Ehrhoff leading the rush. There is
lots of experience on this German
team, average H -- age of just above
29. Many of them winning
championships in their domestic
They will take this one all the way
back into their own zone.
Ehrhoff wants his pass. Brooks
Macek, born in Winnipeg, the
Canadian presence in this final.
The whistle will blow here. A shrug
of the shoulders from the Russian
A little bit tense for both teams.
Early on, four on four, no one
wanting to open it up to much. A lot
of times in regular plate if you get
four on four, you will get back and
forth. A little bit more
Zub sending it behind his own goal.
Inevitably the defence will play a
big part in overtime, they have two
leaked into the play.
If two forechecking get caught deep
in the offensive territory and the
puck heads the other way, sometimes
the defence men can create a
harmless two on two into a three on
two on man rush.
This wasn't meant to be the last
gold medal of these Games but these
players are stretching it out as far
as they can.
You can see Ivan Telegin, he has a
little stone on his skate. Wanting
to let the referee no that he's not
trying to delay the game, he just
needs a quick break.
Zub in protection for OAR.
-- in possession. Which of them will
be thinking, penalty shots, that is
our best chance?
The OAR has the crafty players when
it comes to the one-on-one
situation. The German net minder is
pretty good as well.
pretty good as well.
conservative play from both teams.
You get the sense no one wants to
make the big mistake. Because of
that no one is taking a big chance,
no one is jumping up into play. But
it will happen, the chances will
come. That is how four on four
works. The longer it goes, fatigue
sets in. That is when mistakes
happen. And when you get an
A great four checked by Gusev, he
goes towards the net, feeds it back.
This is what you were talking about,
the numbers flowing back. It takes a
big deflection. There may be space
to work a pass-through but great
defensive play by OAR.
Boyle will go all the way back.
Sergei Mozyakin has scored a goal
after goal in his career. I am not
sure how much ice time he will get
between now and penalty shots. He
may well get a penalty shot.
four doesn't set up so well as him
-- as well the him.
Saved by Aus Den
What a remarkable save. He is down
and out, on his stomach. The only
thing between Coble Chock and a gold
medal is that left pad right there.
-- cobble Madison Chock.
-- cobble Madison Chock. --
Kovalchuk. What a save. One of the
best goal-scorers on the planet. An
unbelievable move. It couldn't get
Gusev has been the provider so much
in this tournament. He is looking
for a hat-trick. It goes high and
over the top.
They have to be careful not to hang
onto the stick too long.
They are working that blue line.
Seidenberg has played so many
minutes in this game.
Trying to clear this one away.
can tell how tired these players are
on both sides. 32nd shifts, then
off, and any sustained pressure put
you over the edge.
underneath, he did a good job.
The big red machine has been in fine
form, looking very strong. But in
this Olympic final there have been
It is flipped in by Voinov. Macek
wants to get in space. Good
defensive work but Macek keeps it
alive. Is there space for the
Germans, driving hard for the net
and we get a scrum here. Hager, more
good play from him.
You can see the game for Germany, it
has not engaged the Russians,
skating away. Hager trying to get
his rebound, one more look from
Kovalchuck. Aus Den Berken tried to
go, and it was just that left pad.
What is he going to do? He passes to
the gates of the German. Every time
he has possession, he could win the
game. Here is that kind of player.
Kovalchuck again, how much energy
has he got? He manipulates
possession so well on that stick.
Datsyuk seems to caress the puck
around with short jabs.
I see a penalty coming.
slick with the puck. Penalty,
high-sticking. The stick rides up
and write off the chin of Datsyuk,
that is careless with your sticks,
one hand on it. It is tough to look
away from that if you are a referee.
And a tough one to give if you are
So experienced. He
scored that massive goal for, to
send them through. Send them through
to the semifinals. Now he is relying
on his team-mates to give him one
more shot to get back out there.
Four on three power play. This
Russian teen score about 25% of the
One of the best penalty
This is with OAR, a chance
to take a gold medal back to Russia.
It is off the bar.
What a chance that was. What a
backhand from that Madison Chock.
Gusev again, a fake shot. They are
working it all over the place.
Voinov at the top. They score
exhibition at OAR have won it! A
powerplay goal. Gold will return to
Russia for the first time since
The Germans eventually beaten.
The penalty from Reimer came back to
Holborn, what a campaign from the
tenth. And finally, they deliver the
knockout blow -- came back to haunt
The moment for Russia... And the
history will read OAR, but the
papers in Moscow will read a very
different story on Monday morning.
The gold they have wanted for so
long and it is the kid who scored
it, Kaprizov, Russian hockey's
Just too dangerous, too much. You
said at Voinov, Gusev, Datsyuk, and
Kaprizov, and they moved that puck
around to perfection. It was set up
so beautifully. A one-time shot.
There was no chance for the German
goal-tender. You can see defeat in
the German team's eyes. A
high-sticking penalty, and it was a
tough one to take. We have seen
calls like that being looked the
other way especially in overtime, it
makes you wonder.
Gusev. And what a shot from
Kaprizov. The golden goal.
A huge moment, Gusev again. The most
valuable player we think in this
tournament. Datsyuk who has won
everything there is to win in ice
hockey except an Olympic gold. The
man there on the edge of the crease.
Now he has the lot. 39 years of age,
the oldest man to win an Olympic
gold medal in the ice hockey
tournament. Kirill Kaprizov, one of
those names of legends, when you
leave through the hockey history
books that will cause so much
discussion. There may not be any NHL
players on the ice, but there have
been some star performer is, one of
the stars has been the German head
coach. That man there, Aston buccan,
the net minder. -- Aus Den Birken.
This reinforces how proud he is, how
they have done such an unbelievable
job for their country, they done so
proud that they took this gold medal
game into overtime. 45 seconds away
Once the sting wears off, they will
be proud club and they've earned the
respect of the hockey community and
especially these gold medal winners
from the Olympic Athletes from
These are the great moments
when the two teams get a chance to
embrace, and get a chance to talk to
one another. What an Olympic ice
hockey tournament it has been. It
took penalty you shots in the
women's side and overtime in the
men's. Great pass from Gusev, he
found Kaprizov, and for the first
time since 1992, it is a team with
players from Russia which takes home
STUDIO: Incredible stuff at the
Hockey Centre and like it has been
described, it has been its
insatiable tournament in both the
men's and women's tournament.
Olympic Athletes from Russia might
take gold but the Germans are
celebrating a silver medal, their
best return from the Winter Olympics
in ice hockey. Absolutely brilliant
stuff. We are going to head straight
back to the cross centre because the
30 kilometre women's mass start is
under way. Norway's Marit Bjoergen
aiming for her fifth medal here in
PyeongChang and looking to end on an
ultimate high with a gold. The
37-year-old, the Iron Lady, is in a
league of her own, can she end on a
high? Let's join Ollie Williams and
COMMENTATOR: Thanks. Good morning
once again, everybody. The Iron Lady
is putting herself in pole position
to close a glorious career in style.
She is miles clear of the rest. She
is heading towards the age of 38.
Coming into this race, we were
talking about the great Charlotte
Kalla, who is still in the mix along
with the Finns and the
with the Finns and the Austrian,
Stadlober. If you've just joined us,
Bjoergen was having a probe at the
front but there was nothing
definitive but there is now because
she isn't shy and she isn't far off
being a minute in front. She has
been relentless with her pace. There
is a long way to go, this is 30 K,
and they are approaching 17.5
kilometres. Nine is Niskanen, whose
brother won the skiing yesterday.
Then Parmakoski. Ollie Williams
alongside me. Charlotte Kalla went
in for a pit stop, which is allowed,
which is why she disappeared from
this group, and from the overall
story 's perspective, you'd want to
see Kalla closing the gap on the
three women who are second, third
We are talking about
Charlotte Kalla closing the gap, who
have -- has to join the pack that
have to close the gap. Kalla has
been caught to some extent. She is
struggling a little just to close
this gap. She has closed it a little
bit. The bigger story, Marit
Bjoergen has gone out from the
start, laid waste to the rest of the
field and looks to be doing exactly
what she did in a very similar race
in year ago where she went out, put
20 seconds into the rest of the
field after five kilometres and then
beat everybody by two minutes. When
you see her one minute and six
seconds ahead of everyone else,
which she is right now, that is not
the kind of breakaway when you look
at them and say, maybe they will get
reeled back in. When she does this,
she wins by a distance. There is
very little her opponents can do,
short of something miraculous right
now, I think.
When Niskanen did this
yesterday in the men's 50
kilometres, there was one skier that
managed to go with him, and it
became a two-way dual for gold, it
was a fascinating race up here in
the hills of PyeongChang. At the
moment, this is a classic
frontrunning scenario. Marit
Bjoergen, less than 12 kilometres to
go. There is the Austrian,
Stadlober. Charlotte Kalla has
closed a couple of seconds, she is
in fifth but these three are working
well together and there is history
on the line for this trio, even if
they can't closed out Marit
Bjoergen. The Austrian has ever been
on the podium, no Finn has finished
higher than silver.
higher than silver. They are all
trailing in the wake of this woman.
What a story this would be if she
could finish this 16 year glittering
career in style, defending this
Finish her career by having a
race of her own! Marit Bjoergen
started this race at the front, blew
everybody apart and has stayed at
the front. It is unbelievable.
the front. It is unbelievable. Here
is the 25-year-old, Stadlober. A
couple of top ten finishes, ninth in
the freestyle, she is searching for
her first major podium at Olympic
level as we cut back to see Marit
Bjoergen coming into the stadium.
Stadlober is fourth in the world
which is why she is wearing the four
on her bib Mac. We scour the
background to see when another skier
will appear on the picture. That is
the gap that Marit Bjoergen has. If
you're lucky, you might see the
skiers come down the hill. No. I
think Marit Bjoergen may get out of
the stadium before we even begin to
see anyone coming to chase. This is
now Teresa Stadlober, she is
inexperienced, but she has two Finns
who are very strong with her. The
other significance to Bjoergen
getting out of the stadium before
they come in is that is crushing for
them psychologically because they
will be having a look.
You can't see
their eyes because of their advisers
but they will look, a cursory look
out of the left-hand side, and they
will have been expecting to see
Marit Bjoergen, but she's already
out onto the tracks for another
circuit. Look at the plus figure
which shows you how far behind these
skiers are. The gap is growing and
growing and getting bigger and
bigger and the longer we go into
this race, the more it looks like
the 37-year-old from Norway has time
to this race to perfection. There is
a long way to go, just over six
miles, and something could go wrong,
but this is a massive, massive lead
for a woman who is looking to finish
with yet another piece of history.
Honestly, I'm thinking of things to
go wrong, and short of taking skis
off her or an alien invasion, I
don't know that there's much is
going to happen to make up part with
the gold medal. She has been making
a great gap all raced through. What
a great result for Jessica Diggins
when she won the sprint but Marit
Bjoergen now reasserting her
authority and reasserting her
position as the greatest
cross-country skier, the greatest
Winter Olympian of all time. If this
is the last time we see Marit
Bjoergen and the Winter Olympics,
she is going out in an unforgettable
style and Norway will celebrate this
until the end of days.
coaches giving Marit Bjoergen all
the information she needs and she
will like hearing she is one-minute
and 16 seconds ahead of the
Austrian, Stadlober, in search of
their first medal, the Austrians.
Stadlober is pulling away. She comes
from a long dynasty of great
cross-country skiers. Her dad got a
gold and silver at the world
Championships in 99 and her mother
skied Alpine for Austria in the
Winter Olympic Games in 84 and 88.
There she is, Stadlober, slipping a
fraction around the corner. Then it
is Niskanen and Parmakoski. At the
moment, they are battling for silver
and bronze because you cannot see
this lead being eroded by Stadlober.
This needed to happen ten kilometres
ago. The reason it didn't, it was to
faster pace from Bjoergen. Finally,
we see Stadlober getting ahead. She
might get reeled back in. Meanwhile,
Kalla, who was going to be the big
rival for Marit Bjoergen, last seen
one minute and 30 back, 15 seconds
or so behind the chasing three and
that is it for Charlotte Kalla, I
think. I don't think she will get
back into the medals. It is going to
be a race for silver, there are
going to be probably these three
people in it, maybe Stina Nilsson
from Sweden, sitting in sixth place,
she might have the opportunity to
catch these three. But if it comes
down to it, I look at these three,
and I think Parmakoski is going to
be my leading contender for silver
because she has these sprint finish
and she should be the quickest up
the hill into the arena, if they
And Parmakoski on the
right of your picture, wearing bib
seven, she has won five podium
appearances. She's been in the top
ten of all her races so far. You can
see that gap back to Nilsson and
Oestberg. They've now managed to
drop Niskanen, wearing April nine.
-- wearing bib nine. So, yet again,
since the last checkpoint, the lead
has increased for Marit Bjoergen
till one minute 21. Niskanen
beginning to struggle, unlike her
brother in the men's 50. What a
wonderful moment for Finland. She's
currently in fourth but there is no
doubt who is in the lead. What a
career this has been. Her first
medal in the relay as a teenager in
Salt Lake City. 16 years later,
still going strong. She has won a
medal in every event she has entered
so far here at the age of 37. In a
sport as physically punishing as
this, that is extraordinary. She
anchored the Norwegians to the gold
in the relay, she had a silver in
the biathlon, she tied for bronze in
the 10K. It is an unbelievable
career, and Hollywood would almost
laugh if you made this up and you
put Marit Bjoergen in this position
at the moment, with the age and lead
she has got with a field containing
world-class women some of whom are
10-15 years her junior.
Teresa Stadlober look around to see
where everybody was, and I am doing
the same. Why is she out on her own?
Let's see where Parmakoski is. Marit
Bjoergen, if this was anyone else,
I'd be worried about them being out
on that own skiing for an hour on
that end. So, here is Teresa
Stadlober, who has a smile on her
face. She is going to come through
here now, so Teresa Stadlober still
coming through... Where on earth is
Parmakoski, who has evaporated from
the scene? So, Teresa Stadlober has
managed to end up out all on her
own. We will take a look here.
one of them go the wrong way?
looks like that happened.
be an absolute disaster for
Stadlober. She's gone the wrong way.
That is why she's out on her own!
That is a disaster! An absolute
disaster for Teresa Stadlober. She
has read the course is wrong, guided
by somebody? She looked like she was
talking to someone, whether it was
her coach or Marshall. And now
Parmakoski is out on her own. Marit
Bjoergen is so far down the road, it
is on thinkable but she has lost
Teresa Stadlober because she has
been taken down the wrong road and
for that to happen after 20
kilometres in the most gruelling
race of the Olympics, what a
That is an absolute
nightmare for Teresa Stadlober, as
we watch Stina Nilsson, 19, and
Oestberg they've moved up a place. A
disaster for Stadlober. She was on
her way and looking comfortable in
second place, and a silver would
have been by far the best moment of
her career so far. She has gone off
course. It is a course with a lots
of twists and turns but it is the
first time in this last event we
have seen anybody going the wrong
way. Parmakoski is in the silver
medal position and Teresa Stadlober
two minutes 36 seconds adrift after
misreading the course. Even worse if
she was instructed mistakenly by a
coach to go a different way. It is
memories of Kramer, just on the
verge when he was breaking the
10,000 metre record and taking the
gold. An absolute nightmare for the
Austrian. And you take the silver
medallist out of the equation, she's
having to go some. She is out of the
shots at the moment. She has to go
some to close the gap. It means
Bjoergen is even further in front.
The only woman who has started to a
road that leads has gone the wrong
I feel for Teresa Stadlober. In my
last university exam, I missed an
entire section and failed eye exam.
Now I have cold sweats watching
Stadlober, this is the Olympic
equivalent. Can you imagine that
when you have already done 20
kilometres in your last Olympic
event, you have been working at it
for years, never once in the
Olympics or World Championships, and
you go the wrong way. Parmakoski,
one minute and a half behind.
Nelson closing that gap a little.
There may be a chance to track down
Niskanen is gradually being caught
Nilsson would not have been your
choice of Swedish contender, he
would have been looking at Charlotte
Kalla, she is two minutes and six
Marit Bjoergen is far off in the
Krista Parmakoski is now in silver
medal position. Teresa Stadlober
from Austria, I think her
aspirations have gone. It will
require an immense finish from her.
Parmakoski in seconds, no fin has
never finished higher than third,
what a story this will be for her,
seeking a hat-trick after two bronze
medals. More good news for the
Norwegians as Krista Parmakoski
comes in for a change of skis, Marit
Bjoergen has already changed skis. A
lead of 1.5 minutes will get even
bigger for Marit Bjoergen. The Finn
anxiously takes a look over.
Niskanen coming in for a pit stop.
Charlotte Kalla is in sixth.
Marit Bjoergen needs.
Marit Bjoergen needs.
Niskanen have been gifted an
opportunity. They hadn't been in
contention until Stadlober went the
We watch Teresa Stadlober eventually
coming through the stadium. My heart
goes out to her. Ingvild Flugstad
Oesberg is interesting for Norway,
she has been flying under the radar.
The headlines have been about Marit
Bjoergen. She is in a race of her
own. And the headlines about Heidi
Weng, the world number one, this was
her last chance. No one was talking
about Ingvild Flugstad Oesberg who
is already an Olympic champion from
the relay. And already a gold and
silver from Sochi. She may be in
with a chance of sneaking onto the
podium when ten minutes ago it
looked like she wouldn't get
anything. Wouldn't it be amazing if
Niskanen for Finland could get on
the podium alongside her team-mate,
-- Niskanen. If Stina Nilsson can
get onto the podium that would be
There are some great stories waiting
to unfold as the last few kilometres
agonisingly tick down. They will be
feeling it, these women, they are
incredibly fit, the ultimate test of
upper body and leg strength,
especially when they are skiing in
classic style as opposed to free
skates. We are looking at an effort
of an hour and a half at the end of
what has been for many a brutal
selection of long distance and
sprint races. Watching the clock to
see how big this league is for Marit
Bjoergen. There is Parmakoski, twice
a bronze medallist already in
Pyeongchang. It is now a minute and
49. It is getting bigger. The
Norwegian coaches will be delighted
with what Bjoergen is doing at the
front and will be pleased to see
Oestberg and Nelson behind. I agree,
Nelson was a fabulous winner of the
sprint title, and she is in the mix
here in an event where we wouldn't
normally have expected her to
feature. The Swedish woman has
obviously taken great confidence
from that sprint victory and having
the likes of Kalla on the team who
has had a fine Games with four
We now just have Oestberg
and Nilsson in that shot. Kerttu
Niskanen macro is around 15 seconds
back. If you are unfamiliar, a medal
recap of Marit Bjoergen, seven gold
medals, four silver medals, three
bronze medals. That is the most
medals ever won by anyone at the
Now it Bergen will be unquestionably
the best athlete you have ever seen
at the Winter Olympics.
And could be for quite some time. An
extraordinary record. Of longevity,
design and hunger and even more
amazing when you think that she's on
her way barring a technical disaster
the skis as we watched that battle
for bronze, it even more impressive
when you bear in mind Marit Bjoergen
is on her way to a fifth medal here
in Pyeongchang three years after
giving birth to her son. She has
come back after maternity leave and
arguably delivered the greatest
Games of her life. Five medals in
2010. This would be even more
spectacular at the age of 37.
Bjoergen is away and clear in gold
medal position at the moment. What a
performance so far from Krista
Parmakoski benefiting from the
disastrous mistake made by Tereza
Stadlober from Austria who was clear
in second place but went the wrong
way, she is miles back, three
minutes away. She could potentially
get disqualified forgetting -- for
going the wrong way.
Norway am a gold, Finland in silver,
and a battle between Sweden and
Norway for once.
Let us look at the deficit.
Parmakoski in silver medal position.
The gap was 1.40 nine. The other two
in battling for the bronze looks to
me as if they are reeling Parmakoski
in who has a slip. This gets very
interesting because three into two
doesn't go and maybe Parmakoski
macro will be dragged into a massive
battle by these women.
The view is deceptive, they are 14
We mentioned potentially some sort
of technical disaster with the skis,
I am not sure Bjoergen will switch
This is absolutely the greatest
cross country skiing performance you
can ever imagine. Over a race this
distance, 30 kilometres, to start in
the lead, stay in the lead and race
the whole thing on your own with the
confidence and grim determination
you see on her face, is a talent
that virtually only one person
possesses. Norway hope in the men's
side this is what they will see on
Sunday. Marit Bjoergen has something
slightly different. She has none of
the showmanship all desire of drama
and she just has an ability to
punish her opponents and she is
showing every last ounce of it here.
There is Nielsen -- Nielsen. This is
the gap Parmakoski has over the two
Bjoergen has been
relentlessly hungry for success in
her career but with a degree of
humility. Cross-country skiing may
not be the biggest sport in Britain
but is by far and away the biggest
sport in Norway, they are massive
stars, with huge contracts, great
sponsorship opportunities laid at
their feet. They are worshipped
wherever they go. For Bjoergen to
have remained as grounded and humble
as she has speaks volumes about the
kind of person she is as well as
athlete she is.
that 15 second gap with Oestberg and
Nilsson behind. They are running out
of time and kilometres.
of time and kilometres. We have
mentioned Marit Bjoergen last year
went out big and won by 22 macro
minutes. She may exceed that gap the
rate she is going -- and she won by
Krista Parmakoski map -- Is all on
her own. After that unfortunate
error with the course by Stadlober.
It will be tight if only because
Stina Nilsson, if she can turn it on
in the final kilometres she might be
able to catch up. I wonder whether
that is asking quite a lot of
Oestberg and Nilsson to catch up
with Krista Parmakoski as she heads
in for silver.
She is more than two minutes behind.
Stena Nilsson just behind. No Swede
has ever won a medal in this event.
What an honour for these women as
they close an unbelievable 16 days
of sporting drama here.
of sporting drama here. Their medals
will be awarded in the closing
ceremony, agreement entered to a
sensational games -- a brilliant end
to a sensational Games.
They are trying to move towards
Parmakoski who has had a wonderful
Games. There are two different
races, Marit Bjoergen has been
dynamite. They're in mind she is the
defending champion, yet another
accolade for her collection, no one
has ever won this title twice -- no
woman. We look at Parmakoski
continuing this drive away from
Oestberg. When Bjoergen one this
before, the margin was 2.6 seconds.
When she lost in Vancouver, the
margin was 0.3 of a second. These
races are usually very, very close.
Two minutes is a ridiculous margin
to hold over the rest of the field
and it is not as if this is a weak
field, it is one of the greatest
distance skiing fields we have ever
seen and she has taken them apart at
the age of 37, extraordinary.
And when she crosses the line, her
son went to be far away. She had to
make special arrangements to come
back. If you are male, you can have
a child and come back but if you're
trying to be a mother at the same
time, the ski Federation set up warm
rooms for caretakers of children and
their kids is to hang out while
Marit Bjoergen was competing, a
couple of others as well, they've
had to make adjustments to make sure
that parents to return to the
circuit get the support they need in
order to compete at the top end of
this board. As well as being a
mother to a young kid at the same
time and the way Marit Bjoergen has
been able to come back, have a child
in December 2015 and will again the
moment she comeback... That is
Teresa Stadlober, getting horribly
confused. Oh, this is going to be
one to forget for her. Returning to
Marit Bjoergen, the way she's been
able to be dominant at the Olympics
for more than a decade and be
allowed by her sport, facilitating
it, making it easy, and to come back
in this style, it is mind blowing
and such a tribute to her as an
Oestberg and Nilsson, nothing to
separate them in this battle for
bronze. Parmakoski has had a hand on
a medal. A great moment of history
awaits her. How the Finnish flags
will wave at the ceremony because
Niskanen will be getting his medal
tonight. Nilsson is the sprint
specialist. Oestberg has had a
disappointing Games, by her own
standards. Gold in the relay, this
would be her first individual medal
but there is a question over whether
it will be Norway or Sweden. The
cameras focusing in on the women in
second, third and fourth because
this is our long term leader. 30
kilometres. It isn't far off an hour
and a half of extreme physical
exertion and underlines just how
confident and classy Marit Bjoergen
is that she went so hard so early in
this race, determined to write this
final chapter with the Sunni fitting
end to this amazing career you'd
wish to see. And it is, barring a
mishap with her skis or a sudden
injury, it is going to finish with
gold, and gold number eight.
are only 15 women in this race
within five minutes of Marit
Bjoergen right now. Which is...
Nonsense! It is such a testament. I
know we are harping on about it but
the reason we are doing this is
because Marit Bjoergen was already
deserving of so many tributes coming
into this race and is now winning
what we assume to be her final
Olympic race in such... Unbelievable
fashion! You can't help but just
keep admiring it. She is doing get
looking comfortable. Every time we
look at the clock and say, how does
it look now? There is another few
seconds. Parmakoski, two minutes and
three seconds behind. She was hoping
to keep it close to the end. She is
two minutes away! One of the race
favourites! That is the kind of gap
we are talking about. Marit Bjoergen
is going out on top, it is very rare
you get to say that but she is doing
Enjoy these images. If you are
not an expert in cross-country
skiing, it doesn't matter. We can
all surely appreciate what we are
witnessing some of the greatest of
all time, a once in a generation
athlete, as we watch Parmakoski
tried to edge ever closer to the
silver medal. Bjoergen is a once in
a generation woman who has destroyed
this field in her final sendoff.
Nilsson and Oestberg, toad slipping
there, the sprinter for Sweden,
trying to come home with what would
be her country's first medal in this
event. They are all miles behind a
woman we may wait decades to see
again in terms of quality. It is an
extraordinary record. She will go up
to 15 Winter Olympic medals.
Amazing. And a reminder she is doing
get in conditions that are not the
best. It is warm out there, but it
changes the snow hardpacked. It has
been warm for a couple of days. It
isn't the easiest to know what the
snow is going to do because the
weather hasn't been consistent.
Marit Bjoergen didn't care, made no
difference, still two minutes ahead,
and we are left for a procession for
Marit Bjoergen, Parmakoski coming in
for silver and a wonderful sprint
There will be great
drama in the stadium, and they will
form a guard of honour for this
woman. We're watching someone who
has transcended the boundaries of
her sport. For 16 years, she has
been at the top. She has done it
with humility, with a relentless
hunger for success that only the
greatest in the sport can ever know.
She is smiling now as she soaks up
the applause of a Winter Olympic
crown for the very last time. It is
an amazing moment, in a gruelling
sport in which many only survive at
the top for a couple of years. She's
been there for 16! She has rewritten
history. Even more importantly, she
has rewritten the boundaries of what
many thought was possible and all we
can do is watch in awe and wonder as
the greatest Winter Olympian of all
time signs off in her own inimitable
style. She will never forget these
moments and her achievements will go
down in the annals of time. This is
a very, very special moment for all
of us to witness. Eight gold medals,
15 in total, and now the tears, now
the celebration, now the realisation
that this 16 year journey is over
and it has finished in style.
Parmakoski, can she produce the best
medal in Finland have ever received
in this most brutal of events?
Oestberg pulling away from Nilsson,
who is trying to hang on, this
desperate battle for bronze.
Parmakoski looks good for silver.
Parmakoski easily away for the
silver. The battle is between these
two. Nilsson is a sprinter, she has
a sprint finish but does she have
any fuel left? Right now, Oestberg
has that tiny, little edge as we
come into this downhill, where you
see Krista Parmakoski right now,
never anywhere near Marit Bjoergen
but cruising towards a silver medal
and it looks like Oestberg has a
narrow advantage but don't count out
Nilsson because she has the
acceleration somewhat in her, as
long as she has enough to power her.
Cameras focusing on the battle for
bronze. Krista Parmakoski not too
far away from the finish line and
it'll be the best performance by a
thin in Winter Olympic history.
Twice Finnish women have taken the
bronze but there has never been a
gold or 's over. It looks like
Nilsson has pulled away from
Oestberg. Parmakoski is going to
take silver. It'll be three medals
at these Games for this superb
competitor. She can afford to ease
up and celebrate. Twice she has
finished third, now she takes the
second spot. Superb celebrations for
Finland. Look at this from Nilsson!
Usually a sprint specialist, she put
Sweden on the podium in this event
for the first time and how special
will the presentation be in the
stadium tonight? What an honour for
Nilsson and Parmakoski to say they
were in the same race and they will
be on the same podium as the woman
whose talent we will never see
Looking at Nilsson, did she
almost even know she was in the
battle for bronze? She wasn't aware
what happened to Stadlober up ahead
of her. Kalla, lasting three minutes
behind Marit Bjoergen. This was the
Swede be expected on the podium.
Nilsson. There. Charlotte Kalla, one
of the pre-race favourites, she did
not have an answer to Marit Bjoergen
and she will finally come home in
fifth place. She is smiling, she is
pointing at the medal, she is giving
Nilsson a hug.
Nilsson a hug. We watched Niskanen
come in, she won't join her brother
but it has been a fantastic Olympics
for this family. We see Marit
Bjoergen smiling away.
special, special race for us to
witness. It has been a privilege to
sit in the commentary box. Eight
gold medals Marit Bjoergen has won,
15 medals in total, but it isn't so
much what she's done, it is how
she's Dunnett, with humility, a
smile on her face, a very, very
special woman. And we will never see
her like again.
STUDIO: What an incredible
competitor Marit Bjoergen is. She
ends her Winter Olympic career here
in PyeongChang with individual gold.
It is a 15th Winter Olympic medal
ending an incredible career. The
37-year-old mother of one with five
Winter Olympic medals here in
PyeongChang along to the -- alone.
It has been a printer Olympics here,
to, for the Dutch speed skater who
has taken a gold and two silvers,
she will carry the flag for the
Netherlands tonight in what is her
final Winter Olympics. We are at the
end of the road as far as the medals
are concerned. The competition is
officially over, the party can start
now and what a party it will be for
Norway who topped the medal
standings and have made history with
39 medals in PyeongChang, a Winter
Olympic record. Germany finish in
second place. It has been a
wonderful Games for the home nation,
too. The TeamGB, it has been a ever
Winter Olympics. Five medals from
Lizzy Yarnold, Laura Deas, Dom
Parsons, Lizzy Atkin and Billy
Morgan. Disappointment for the USA,
their biggest ever team at a Winter
Games but 23 medals is well below
their target of 37, their worst
return in 20 years.
No more medals can be won here in
PyeongChang, this is the final day,
and good morning if you are just
joining us. We might not have any
medals left to win but we did have
one this morning. Here are the
headlines. Billy Morgan has been
named as Great Britain's flag bearer
for the 2018 closing ceremony. He
won the Big Air bronze to make sure
Great Britain and these Games with a
record tally of five. The South
Korean women's curling team saw
their Bedford gold fall at the final
hurdle as Sweden claimed their third
Olympic title. The garlic girls have
captured the nation's imagination
but the Swedes have clearly not read
the script. The Russian team will
not march behind their own flag at
the PyeongChang 2018 closing
ceremony after the IOC decided
against lifting the suspension. The
committee did say the suspension
could be lifted at a later date if
no further positive drugs test came
out of these Games. Two Russians
tested positive for doping at
PyeongChang. There was
disappointment yesterday for Team GB
up at the Sliding Centre. There was
real hope one of their two four-man
bob teams could challenge near the
top but, instead, after yesterday's
first two runs, they were sitting
17th and 18th with medal hopes
dashed. It was Germany leading the
way after the first two runs leading
into the first two runs earlier this
morning. Real interest, two from
South Korea, sitting in second place
heading into the final two runs, and
they could become the first Asian
bobsleigh team to win an Olympic
medal. Let's catch up with the
action from earlier today with John
Hunt and Joe Jackson.
Hunt and Joe Jackson. A warm welcome
back to the Sliding Centre for the
Hunt and Joe Jackson. A warm welcome
back to the Sliding Centre for the
final day of action, the culmination
of the men's four-man bob. A
brilliant team here and the goals,
even with two runs to go is within
their grasp. It is and they've got
the freshest ice so it wouldn't
surprise me if they got another
record here. Going first in the
race, the ice is the freshest it can
be and this track really dropped off
after the seventh sled. So, the
Germans lead. Friedrich pushes away
for his third run.
Another perfect consistent start.
has got through the crucial part at
the top, sounding smooth already,
and starting his charge. You can't
necessarily win it on this one but
you can throw it away with mistakes
which will allow the Korean and the
other German behind him to close up.
He needs to drive consistently
through. If he puts in a decent run
he will be hard to catch.
he will be hard to catch.
under 49 seconds. My word.
A little mistake from the number
two, he should step on with the
outside foot, a mistake from the
Germans you wouldn't necessarily
see, not great from him.
Korea are currently in silver medal
position. One young John and his
team, what a story
team, what a story this is -- Won
Yunjong. He can close the gap
between him and Friedrich to make it
interesting on the final bond to
come later this morning. They have
been fantastic over achievers, talk
about targeting your home Games.
They have had more runs on this
track which is why they are doing so
well, they are driving well, the
team start well. It is working for
them. It shows having your home
Games and having more runs where
everyone else is on the mid 50s at
best, he knows the track better than
anybody. Already he is sounding a
lot quieter than Francesco
Friedrich. Will this run close it?
They weren't as quick outs of the
blocks as the Germans.
A slightly better straight.
A slightly better straight. He won't
make big inroads, the Germans
They desperately need to close.
They desperately need to close. They
remain four tents behind, they
didn't make any inroads at all on
Friedrich. -- tenths.
Still pretty slick, but Francesco
Friedrich has just had a wonderful
He has. This was a great run, a
similar gap as yesterday, keeping
themselves in the mix.
World-class team next to go from
Germany, Nick Walter, the pilot.
Kevin Kuske is part of his team.
Alexander Roediger was a medallist
in Vancouver and Eric Franke
completes the line-up for Germany.
They went 48.74 in their first.
This is probably the most
experienced team. A lot of it -- A
lot of Olympic experience. He starts
to build speed. There is nothing
between these top pilots.
This is the best line we have seen
through there. Has he got enough to
close in. Just dropping off a little
It will be tight.
It will be tight.
on the sidelines.
He is half a second behind
One mistake can cost you
easily on this track.
What a moment
for Friedrich. His gap was 0.29, now
it is 0.40 two.
Canada and Justin Kripps. Two man's
gold medallist shared with
Friedrich. Jesse Lumsden, Alexander
Kopacz and Oluseyi Smith, that is
the team in fourth place currently.
Justin Kripps is talked about his
all in attitude. It has two B now.
49 seconds won't cut it, they need
to be under to give themselves a
chance of a medal.
They had been really quick at the
top of the track, the best starters
of the competition. We saw a little
bit of ice spit up as he drove a
little bit too hard as his sled came
in at the wrong angle.
It could be the way they are driving
this big corner. It is cutting speed
off. That is a perfect line again.
But the Canadians don't have the
speed of everyone else. It should be
costing him the time. This is the
run Canadians need.
He has dropped behind. You just fear
it won't be enough.
That do or die attitude, they have
won gold already in the two man. He
will be wanting everyone in the team
to go home with a medal. I don't
think it is going to happen for him.
Next to go, the really likeable
Swiss team. They sit in fifth place,
the Swiss. Traditionally they have a
great record in this event. It is
not often they fail to get a medal.
He will have to pull out a rabbit
from the hat to apply pressure. We
know he can be fast on his day.
know he can be fast on his day. A
good start is essential. He needs a
good drive. The next two behind him
are tied at the same time.
are tied at the same time. He really
needs to focus on trying to move
forwards towards the Canadians.
forwards towards the Canadians. He
almost got away with that.
almost got away with that. That will
cost him speed, this is not the one
he needs to move forward towards the
He is just behind Kripps. But
finding a little bit of speed to nip
ahead of Kripps. They are run
exactly the same time. Sharing
If he didn't have that mistake into
12, it was that mistake, the sled
almost touching the roof just
because he came into the corner so
late. That trade-off between doing
too much and not enough on the
The champion in Sochi. Finishing in
silver medal position but subject to
ratification he should be given that
gold medal. A bronze in the two man
as well. A medal seems a remote hope
for him as he starts. This team is
One of the teams that should be
starting or quickly for such an
experienced team. They were tied
with the Swiss. A good run here
could move them up into fourth
place. You can see this section of
the track is really tight,
compressed. He makes a similar
mistake but not as badly into 12. He
is ahead at the moment.
It will be tight at the line again.
Will he keep that narrow advantage?
And he drops in now behind the Swiss
team but only just.
This is from a little mistake he had
at the bottom of the track, exit 13
into 14, these small errors are just
what are costing the differences
between these teams at the moment.
Francesco Friedrich on the edge of
greatness, in a place where this man
wanted to be. A brilliant World Cup
year, four victories on the circuit
this winter. He must have been full
of hope, faith in the two man, it
looks like it medal will slip him
by. That starts at as his best at
this Olympic Games.
they are battling for fourth place.
It was all about pride, to finish as
high as you can. He is tied with the
Canadians here and the Swiss. How
much will he drop off? He is
starting to drop away. Just a little
mistake. He will be sat in the
position as he comes down.
Lochner macro, a Games he won't look
back on with great relish. A second
He comes over the top of the driver
to keep his errant -- Aerodynamic
shape. This is the biggest mistake
we have seen from the top ten
What a success story gets
day for Maier. Leapfrogging to
eighth possession -- Eighth
position. He may have a storming run
and may close down on Melbardis. He
can't afford to be anymore than a
second behind Friedrich if he is to
These guys have been quick in
training. If they have a good run,
it is about doing it in the race,
and he could move in front of the
German. Lochner needs to be careful.
They have really upped their game. A
nice flat line. He has been driving
well. It will be closed between him
Will it be seventh? It is eighth.
Just over a second behind Friedrich.
That allows Lochner to cling on
They are in eighth place. The
quickest run of his three so far.
Next to go for Great Britain will be
Lamin Deen and his team with Ben
Simons, Andrew Matthews and Toby
Olubi on this team.
Toby, to try to raise funds if you
years ago went on all sorts of
different game shows. He now has a
conundrum to work out because world
ranked number 11, the team haven't
been firing. An ageing, experienced
team but lacking a dash at the
There starts yesterday were
20th and 15th in the field. At the
beginning of the season they were
pushing second, fifth, sixth fastest
in the world, with the best. I don't
know what is wrong. Straightaway
with the initial hit. Toby has run
far too long, they would have great
velocity. Some of these guys before
them have gone 57. Lamin Deen has
made a mistake costing him time.
This is why they had been so far
back in the field. If he gets the
rest of the run tidy he might move
forward towards the Russian sled. It
is breaking into a skid, it is not
happening at this Olympic Games. A
guy with this experience who is
underperforming and should not be
this far back in the rankings.
finishes up hill and I don't think
he will improve his position,
staying at 17. He couldn't get past
the Russian. More frustration for
Lamin Deen at what will surely be
his final Olympic Games.
That all came from the top. Ben
follows in, Toby takes too long to
get in and this team don't carry
velocity at the top, I don't know
by. There are far too many mistakes
from Deen at the top and bottom of
the track and hopefully they can
stay in the top 20 because only the
final 20 get to go on the final run.
It doesn't look like a good vibe at
Can Hall cheer everyone up,
with Cackett, Fearon, and Gleeson,
they are ranked 12, third at Park
city in the opening World Cup race
of the year, promised so much from
there on. But they have had
frustrations so far, just like Deen,
so they need to improve as well,
currently 18th place, a little bit
too close to comfort for that magic
20 figure. Was that a little bit of
Yeah, and these guys usually
carry velocity but Brad made the
same mistake as Deen. He got there
clean on the first from but the
second one it cost him. A little
mistake at the top of the track
which is why the British are so far
back, because they are making
mistakes at the top. Brad is more
inexperienced than Deen, so... It is
still not where this programme
should be at the moment. They look
like they will be struggling to make
any inroads into the top 15.
Hall might jump ahead of Deen but no
further progress. He can't even do
that. Deen ahead of Hall by two
hundredths of a second.
That is the
mistake that cost him the run. On
the first run, he got a clean. On
his second and third run, it has
cost him four tenths of a second, so
it doesn't look like it'll be a
great day for Great Britain, as we
thought they'd move towards the top
Here is how we stand. Friedrich
ahead of the Koreans, and Walther in
Number one in the world, come's,
only seventh. Austria have had a
great Games. Three Americans in the
final run. Bascue is in ninth place.
The full order down to 20 will see
Deen go 17th and Brad Hall in 18th,
so the final run in reverse order.
Friedrich in fantastic position to
win gold and I feel it would take
something remarkable if he was to be
It would take a very
big mistake from the German team. It
is theirs to lose, ultimately, and
the scrap is for second and third. I
think fourth place is too far away
to jump up into that fight.
get started in reverse order, 20
down to one. Brad Hall and Deen
looking pretty unlikely to improve
their 18th and 17th places as we
come into this final run. The
expectation before the Games was
that they could be top five. They
have fallen an awful long way short
of that. Is it easy to put your
finger on what's gone wrong? Have
they not performed as a team?
difficult because Brad is not as
experienced as Deen as a pilot. For
him to be top 18 at an Olympic
Games, you expect that. I know we've
had medals... He gets through their
clean, one of his better lines
although not perfect. This is what
he did on his first run, a lot
cleaner runs so he could be moving
up one or two spots. He needs to get
this next section right. To be
knocking around the high teens for
Brad Hall, that is acceptable,
although that isn't where he will
want to finish. In his development,
a massive learning curve will stop
just losing some speed at the bottom
but this is a better brand than he
It looks much cleaner.
Final curve for Brad Hall's team for
Great Britain, 49.69.
This team have
pushed well together, a lot better
drive than he has had. As a whole,
he should be relatively happy with
that run and the way he has
performed, and he will learn a lot
from this leading into the next four
So, Deen, what may well be his final
run at an Olympic Games, with Ben
Simons, Olubi, and Simons, Deen who
started so promisingly with four top
ten finishes before Christmas, he
was second at Whistler. The second
half of his World Cup campaign has
gone wrong and at the Olympic Games
he has never looked like being
competitive so best of luck to Deen.
He needs a comfortable soft five
second start. Can he hold his place?
That is not the start they wanted.
What a horrible skid.
too long. Another mistake. He has
done that all four runs. He is there
because he makes so many mistakes.
He will drop down the field. It is
whether he can stay in front of the
American sleds or whether he can
catch back up... Again, he might
just stay behind Brad Hall. This is
a fast sled, one of the fastest on
the circuit, clocking up 97 miles an
hour earlier in the year, so nothing
wrong with the equipment.
uncomfortable, and he has dropped
behind Brad Hall. Disappointment to
end his Games.
Toby takes too many
steps. It is a heavy load which is
why they are going into the first
corner, that is the sort of mistake,
if they hadn't made it, they could
have come away with moving up. They
had that mistake, this mistake, lots
of errors and hard times ahead for
Big success story at
these Games, the Austrian pilot
Maier. He gets married straight
after these Olympic
after these Olympic Games to one of
the Canadian athletes. Eighth place.
Given to what has just happened, it
would be a horror run for Maier to
lose the advantage. It should put
pressure on the Germans ahead of
The run they need is don't do
anything different, do everything
the same. He gets through there is
so well because you can hardly hear
the sled. These big sleds are so
difficult to control through these
technical corners. He is going to
put pressure on Lochner. These sleds
are fighting for hundreds us. They
are trying to find a hundred at the
top, and sometimes it is too far.
With the French, they nearly
crashed. A nice consistent run from
Benny will give him a good chance.
He is only 23, Maier, but he holds
the opposition at bay. They have had
a good sliding events, haven't they?
It is about you against the track
and he has had a good run down, he
has been consistent. His drive was
as clean as any other driver.
Lochner, we talked about the
Canadians having a disappointing
Games but this man must be setting
out with a heavy heart. World number
one. This team was the joint world
champions last year. Alongside
Friedrich. Lochner, what a
disappointing Games, only seventh
and if you wasn't go better than
Maier, it could get worse.
usually see those types of mistakes
from the Germans. They are ice cool
at the top of the track and it shows
everybody is under pressure. There
is that 13 hundredths different
there. Is there enough track left to
overhauled the Austrian sled? Benny
has had a very good run so I don't
know if he has got the track and
equipment left to be faster. This
isn't going the way he wants.
world number one dropping back here
into seventh place at the Olympic
Games. And into eighth place. And
Maier will improve to seven, the
Austrian having a fantastic Games.
But it doesn't sound bad, does it,
eighth place at an Olympic Games,
but for Lochner that will really,
And it shows the
strength of the German programme.
Three sleds in the top eight in the
world and the pilot that is eighth
is unhappy with that.
The next one up is the Latvian team,
Melbardis. He is effectively
champion, give or take some dotting
of Nosek ISand crossing of Nosek Ts.
He is now 30. He was world champion.
So, Melbardis, he has got eyes on
the guys ahead of him. Maybe fourth
is the best of these Games for him.
These next three sledss, including
the Latvian, they are separated by
four hundredths of a second. Whoever
finches first wins. He will not be
thinking about the Austrians. He
just needs to make sure he gets this
right to give him the best chance to
apply pressure to the pilots
following him and staying in
contention for at least a fourth.
The medals are out of the way, I
think. Good line out of chicane,
coming into eight late but
everything is clean, he is just
moving in front of the Austrian
which is what he needs to do.
might hope he can be three tenths
ahead of the Austrian. Not quite.
Melbardis, a pretty solid run in
These are some of the most
consistent teams on the circuit and
they haven't changed in the last
four years. It has been the same
quad that has won the Olympic Games
from Sochi. That is what you need.
Consistency. You'll always do well
at major championships.
Ready to go,
then, the Switzerland, who have such
a great record in this event. Peter,
he very nearly won the World Cup
race last year. He is worth -- he is
with Amrhein. He starts off this
final run 400 ahead of Melbardis so
can he hold him at bay?
It is all
about a single run so depending on
the velocity, we might seem a little
bit of red or green. They lost some
velocity from the Latvian is being
higher but this sled has been so
fast at the bottom of the track.
When he gets it right, he's one of
the fastest pilots on the circuit.
He is hit and miss. He has been good
through there. Has he got enough
track left to start pulling back?
Will he carry the speed into the
bottom of the track? He is pulling
away but there are still options to
If he can hold it
together, this is for a potential
fifth place at the Olympic Games and
he has done it, quicker than
Melbardis. Peter has been around for
years, improving on Sochi.
start, you can see the sled moves
before the pilot gets on. As a
pilot, you want the sled to move
before you get there so you don't
break your wrist. That was one of
the best lines down the street which
is why he is in this position and
the Canadians have to be spot on.
So, Canada, Kripps, joint gold
medallist in the two-man, now a
direct fight with Peter.
record, the fastest we have seen in
the whole competition, and they mean
business. They want fourth place.
They want the chance.
This lead has been losing so much
speed. Already, as he comes through
the big corners, losing from this
point onwards now, I think the Swiss
are going to reign them in. It is
down to 0.04, but Rico Peter is
pulling away there, that is a
mistake that will cost him, but he
had already gone through corner
Great start, but as we have
seen before, they slow up at the
bottom of hill, and Peter for
Switzerland into fourth place at the
load, but you can see
how much work he does on corner
nine, and I think that is the way he
is driving all the way down, doing
too much work, as he gives up on the
steering a little bit too early,
which is why he runs along. You
can't afford to be do that, you have
got to be perfect. One two minor
errors cost them for.
Now the run
for medals in the final event here
at the Alpensia Sliding Centre, the
four man bobsleigh, Nico Walther is
in clear third, with a great team
behind him, including a former
Olympic medallist from Vancouver,
strong experience behind this
talented young pilot. Walther, you
will see him start with a big lead
over Rico Peter. But he will have
his own silver medal, the Korean to
come is just in front of him, so he
needs the run of his life.
gold medals, one silver medal, what
colour with the add, if he will add
anything do this, a fantastic run
for him in his fifth and last
Olympic Games, Nico Walther is one
of the best pilots on the circuit. I
cannot to see them throwing this
away with 0.30 over the Swiss at the
moment, but he has got to get
through this point here. Almost
perfect, definitely going to keep
his advantage, whether it is the rub
.30 or 0.01, so this will be a medal
Yes, for Walther, who
missed out in the two man, this will
be sweet. They finish 0.2 ahead of
the Swiss team in 49.58. Well done,
the Swiss team in 49.58. Well done,
Nico, it must have been painful in
the two man with so much
expectation. A medal is now
guaranteed for him.
You can see what
it meant to Kevin Kuske, who got out
first, he lent over the pilot and
was hugging him. This is what it
means to them. Nico Walther's first
Olympic medal, Kevin Kuske's sixth.
Everyone of them means exactly the
same to all these athletes. This run
was almost perfect, just came into
this corner a little bit late, but,
again, it is so hard to read these
slaves through there. We can see the
difference in the lines, how much
they are closing and at that point.
What a Games this has been for
Germany so far.
An amazing story has
materialised here, because in silver
medal position is the team from
career, just to put this in context,
they have only been at the games
twice before, they were 19th in
Vancouver, and 20th in the four-man
in Sochi. And here they are at their
own Games, now with a chance of a
silver medal. You would have thought
it will be bronze at least. It is a
straight scrap, you would have
thought, between Won and Walther,
you will get a direct comparison
between them as they set off on
their way, perfectly good start.
Only 0.07 between them at the end of
the last run, it is now down to
0.02, so this may go red down to
start with, all to do with the start
and the velocity at the top. From
this point on, can he pull it back?
At the bottom of the track, he has
been quick, but he needs to be
perfect. Any level error and it will
be bronze rather than silver. That
is perfect, he has pulled 0.02 back,
but has he made a little mistake?
Could they tie? It will go either
way as we get to the line.
scrap for silver and bronze, will it
be Korea? Will it be Walther? It is
a tie! It is a tie. For silver
between Walther and Won. Silver for
Korea, can you believe it?! It is an
extraordinary success story.
seen some racing in these events. I
have never seen two events
back-to-back where we have tied for
medals, gold in the two-man event
with the Germans and the Canadians,
and now for silver medal with the
Koreans and the Germans. We cannot
separate these teams after four
miles of racing by anything.
Extraordinary drama. This, then, the
golden run, also it seems for
Friedrich, bidding to join Andrei
Langer as the only man in the last
30 years, his fellow German, to win
both the two and four-man. He has
made a terrific start, very big
lead, is this a victory procession
down his final run. Unless he makes
any major mistakes around that
corner nine area, I think this is,
like you say, a victory lap, just
getting the sled down nice and
steady, this is where it is.
Absolutely thrilled that. This is
gold and silver for Germany and a
silver for the Koreans macro. What a
moment for Friedrich, who was
crestfallen after Sochi, where he
underperformed, Mr medals in both
events. Two golds for Friedrich, and
he joins Andre Lange as the only man
in the last 30 years to win both the
two and four-man! What a Games for
And also, with
this, Moston markers is the only
person, along with Kevin
person, along with Kevin Kuske, to
have done this as a brakeman. They
achieve nothing in Sochi, from their
high standards, and look at them
now, absolutely dominating by
winning every event.
Just to recap,
the women's event won by Germany, a
tie in the two-man for gold between
Friedrich and Justin Kripps, and now
Friedrich has won the four-man event
by a massive margin. And for Jeremy,
Nico Walther with his silver medal
as well, alongside the Korean team.
-- and Germany. What an event it has
been, Germany now showing themselves
to be the powerhouse that they once
were, very much on top of the world
once again. That Korean result
absolutely astonishing, my word, did
they get things right! Gold for
Friedrich, joint silver for the
Koreans, with their pilots Won, and
the German Nico Walther. And Great
Britain, their men's bobsleigh in
turmoil, Brad Hall 17th, Lamin Deen
How was the performance today?
really good starts, so top five
starts, most likely in both heats,
and I'm really happy with both of
the drives. A couple of little
mistakes, but nothing major. But
yeah, things have not worked out
this weekend, that I'm happy with my
personal performance and these guys
as well, we have all done a really
good job and should be proud.
operate in a high-performance
environment, the next couple of
weeks and months will not be
Well, I don't know, I
don't think any of us are really
thinking about that. This team, look
at these crews, we are a family, we
have come through so much this
summer, so many horrible headlines
which has nothing to do with us, we
don't care about that, but we all
did the best we could, and we hope
our country can be proud of that.
Going forward, we will look at
ourselves, look at everything, we
are happy with the management, the
guise of done a sensational job.
Thank you, everyone at home, as
I will leave you with the last
I will leave you with the last
word, Lamin, what do want to say?
Well, again, I will mirror what Brad
and Greg and the other guys said.
You know, we have been through a
very tough summer, very tough, you
know? And these guys at home who are
not here, who have helped us get
here, they have done extremely well,
because it was so difficult. And on
top of that, to qualify two sleds
for an Olympics, people don't
understand how difficult that is. We
had a really bad day yesterday, but
we all got about six o'clock in the
morning, went to the top of the
track and gave 100%, that is all you
ask for. I hope this is a message to
the young people out there, never to
give up, never to give up. Even if
you fail ten times, don't give up,
keep going. I'm just a normal bloke
from Manchester, I have been to two
It was Germany that took gold in the
bobsleigh four-man earlier today,
history for South Korea, the first
Asian bobsleigh team to win an
Olympic medal, and South Korea were
making history in the Curling Centre
as well today, the first Asian team
through to a curling gold medal
match. The women have been
absolutely embraced here in their
home nation, they are superstars now
in South Korea, and they could win
gold on the final day of their home
Olympics. They faced a Sweden side
who had been in the gold medal match
in each of the last four Winter
Olympics, including this one. They
have won two out of the previous
three, silver in Sochi, they were
aiming to claim back their title.
They knew they would have to be at
their best to silence a strong home
crowd. We join the gold medal match
at the start of the seventh end,
with Sweden leading the South
Koreans 4-2, so at the Curling
Centre was Jackie Lockhart, Logan
and Steve Cram. -- Logan Gray.
So Korea taking that one into the
house, and I think they really
needed to be playing that short.
Yeah, their lead has done that a
couple of times.
Playing into the
hands of Sweden, they would be happy
if something is in the house, they
will hit everything.
So she is going to try to put the
centre guard on again.
It looks like we are going to get a
guard this time. Korea really need
to get their stealing boots on at
Might have just been a
little bit disappointed in the
atmosphere as well, partly because
Korea haven't got anything going on
the ice, not much for the crowd to
I think Sweden have
called a very similar game to GB
last night, and this is how GB hoped
it was going to pan out and they
would get some easy misses from
their opposition. But they didn't
come last night and they have today.
I also think that we now played a
much more accurate game. You can
play that game, but you have to make
your shots very, very accurate as
well. Just kept missing little
things. Family times did we hear,
that is fine? -- how many times. Try
to keep each other encouraged, but
knowing deep down that they weren't
making the shots. I'm sure, had they
done, they could have kept control
of that match. But even when they
had their noses in front, it still
looked pretty good in the last
couple of ends.
So credit to Korea here. I don't
know whether she should have put a
corner on there - she should have
put they centre on.
I think they are
thinking that if they put a centre
on, it was a good chance for a
double take-out by Sweden, so it
will be difficult for them to steal
with the guards where they are now.
So Knochenhauer, straightforward
take-out for her, and it is all easy
business for Sweden.
She Was Just Attempting To Put That
Back In Place, And Has Made A
Reasonable Effort At It. She wants
to be a little bit closer.
Well, she hasn't changed her
expression at all, the Korean skip.
They must know that something is to
go their way pretty quickly. We are
in the seventh end, Sweden have got
complete control of this match at
the moment. They have the hammer
here. They've got two in the house.
So, just a change up now. Try to
Skip coming to help. A good try, but
it is still very visible, that
Yeah, that didn't finish as
much as the girls thought it was
going to finish, so Sweden will be
able to see most of this, and will
be hoping just to get a hit across
to the other side.
to the other side.
You almost feel
Sara McManus could do this with her
eyes shut at the moment.
That's just going to roll out.
OK, though. They won't be too
worried by that. They didn't want to
sit where it was, because it will
give a better opportunity for Korea.
Goc need to be careful, there are
reds lying around. If they don't
make it, then they are going to lose
a three and essentially the game.
For me, if they really wanted to
force the issue, they should throw a
centre guard, like you said, Jackie.
She is better covering the one foot
rather than the outer ring. The
Swedish girls are hitting it so
perfectly. This is going to be
short, catching the guard.
nothing going right for Korea at the
moment. Kim Kyeongae, none of them
have been at their best. They
started OK, some fairly
straightforward, simple shots, but
the errors have been gradually
creeping in. It has been Sweden that
has been on top of their game here.
They have not been asked to do
anything spectacular, they haven't
been asked to, or needed to.
Another fairly easy shot here for
Sara McManus, this time she will
want to stick in there.
Just a little role, not much.
Yeah, play is getting closer to the
centre line, but now Korea are
starting to panic, thinking, we are
not ready to finish this final quite
Yeah, the crowd are trying to
lift the Korean team. They sense it
is not going their way. Kim Eunjung
with her eyes on the target of those
So, can she move these two?
The raw builds as the stone comes
down. That will give them something
to cheer about. It just improves the
situation slightly. Sweden still
have a chance to score here. -- the
Yes, now a great chance to score two
Yeah, so she's just
going to draw across to the other
side of the house. If she can get
this level on the opposite side of
So, today's game and Anna Hasselborg
is drawing and hitting equally among
94% in both of her drawers and
takeouts. -- heard
-- her draws and takeouts.
the sweepers take control. Part of
their role is to help.
Ever so slightly coming behind the
tee line, so Korea will try to sit
on top of that.
She needs to make a
really good shot at some point very
soon. This would be an opportune
The only failing there was
drifting past the T-line. They are
putting the game on the line, but to
have any chance to get back into
this, they need to make this shot
If she gets this horribly
wrong, there's a chance of 3 for
Sweden. Just wants to come and sit
right on top of that red. Look at
that accuracy, only 50% on draw
shots. She has been so good all
It looks high at the moment.
It has to cross a long way over that
line to get on top of it.
hard. It's just going to miss.
perfect weight, but just the wrong
Almost no curl up the
middle, it is doing nothing up there
at the moment.
So, a real
opportunity now for Anna Hasselborg
to get this on the nose, play a
comfortable weight and pick up a
Pretty much grab the
gold medal here with a good shot for
Sweden. If they got three, they
would be five ahead. With just three
ands left, we have seen those sorts
of scores overturned, but the way
this match is going and the two
teams up playing, you can see,
hanging her head. The lead and the
second there watching on. As
Hasselborg has a chance. A huge
opportunity here for the Swedish
skip. And she knows it. Needs to
come down here with a little bit of
weight, catch this Korean yellow
pretty much on the nose, sit with
the shooter. Has she got it? Yes,
Well, the sticks are raised from the
brushes go loft, and Sweden know
that was a huge shot, and applauded
by the two time Olympic old
medallists, Annette Norberg am in
the stands. 7-2 in favour of Sweden.
We are going to jump into end nine,
Sweden with the gold-medal in their
grasp, leading 7-3. Both have four
stone is left to play, but Sweden
have the all-important hammer. --
COMMENTATOR: Four more to come from
Sweden, Korea still trying as hard
as they can.
And that's all they can do. Well,
they're not quite putting the stones
where they want, but they will keep
trying. Sara McManus has been
absolutely superb. We've enjoyed
watching her play, no matter what
shot she has been asked to play,
she's been very accurate.
Sara McManus has been
Sara McManus has been asked to, I
think, run the top yellow onto the
back ones. Oh, no, she's come past
aside. Great shot.
Out they go.
Yeah, they really are... I mean,
their whole demeanour, they've just
got that comfortable lead of four
stones, and they can relax and play
some really, really impressive
So, Sara McManus with a
superb shot there, taking both of
those Korean stones, and now Korea
will keep trying again. Trying to
use the God that's up there, the
corner guard, working.
Still just plugging away, another
nice draw around the guard from
That is all you can do, and
somehow hope that Sweden get a
little bit overconfident, but they
are running out of stones and
running out of opportunities.
So, that is in behind the corner.
That's like one of those things you
see at the start of four of them
coming to play, know what I mean?
They all walked up to the camera and
look, and end up in a line, the four
of them have been sensational all
week. And they've found their best
form at the right time, beating
Great Britain in the semifinal,
played well on that occasion. And
they've been relentless in this
So what's the decision? Going
to take away the high corner. She's
looking to just skinny that and come
across. I don't think, it's way as
well -- too hi.
You wouldn't put
anything past McManus at the moment,
Oh, what's that Britain? They can't
hear me down there, can they?
Well done. If they are concerned at
all that you are going to struggle
with coming off the curling over the
last two weeks and getting some kind
of post-condition blues, is going to
be some more bonus coverage, if you
like, to help you come off it
slowly. We've got a challenge event
tween the two British Olympic teams
come the men's and women's against
the reigning Scottish champions,
crowd in the last couple of weeks,
Hannah Fleming, the women's
champion, best-of-3 games in Perth
at the Dewars Centre. You can catch
the coverage on BBC sport on the
website, you can find details of
that and the juniors are coming up
in Aberdeen at the start of March,
too. So plenty of curling to feast
your eyes on.
That may beat -- maybe sums it up,
that exclamation - it is not moving
at all, straight the way down
almost, and although it is in there,
it didn't turn, hardly curling.
it didn't turn, hardly curling.
this is a dilemma, these stones are
pretty much just biting the 8-foot,
do you just raw to take the one, or
do hit and stick or roll and lose
one? I think that is where the
strategy of the game and the tactics
of the game come into play, you
really have to play the shot you are
most comfortable with, and as long
as you call the shot and make it, it
is the right shot, I think.
So Sweden do, of course, have the
hammer in this ninth end, and they
could well wrap it up here. Korea,
though, could keep it going with a
steal. Sweden now
steal. Sweden now lie Schult. They
will use the red, tried to tuck in
behind the red at the top of the
house. Still trying, Korea, hoping
that if a mistake appears from
nowhere... It would have to be a
massive error from hassle
Hasselborg, which we do not expect
to see based on the play she has
produced so far today.
So Kim EunJung doing her best to
keep her team hanging on here. She
has not been at her best today, that
is for sure, hasn't really been
allowed to play, hasn't been allowed
to get it team into this match at
all. The crowd just cheering that
one, but the opportunity of a gold
medal as pretty much disappeared.
The silver medal, as we said
earlier, was something which I'm not
sure any of them would have dreamt
about, thought about before these
Olympic Games started. They have
been the stars of the show for much
of the week, but they have to play
second fiddle to Sweden today. I
just wonder, if she gets the one
here, whether we will see a
handshake. It will be 8-3, so Anna
Hasselborg, Sara McManus watching
on, the Swedish team have been by
far the best in this final, and this
could well be the end of the match
here. She just wants to get one.
Which she does. Sweden lead 8-3.
Now, what is going to happen here?
The Korean team have a chat with
each other, Sweden know the gold
medal is there's. There is no way
they are going to give up five in
the last end. Is it worth going on?
I really expected to see these girls
Here we go, then, it is
Sweden's gold medal. A clinical
performance from Sweden, controlled
the match from the early stages,
never allowed Korea to get the crowd
going, get them excited, and they
are jumping for joy. And Korea have
got so much to be proud of, not the
gold medal that they and their
country hoped for, that goes to
Sweden, the third time that Sweden
have won the women's gold medal in
the last four Olympic Games, and it
was still the last time. They have
been getting better and better all
the way through the competition, the
victors over Great Britain in the
semifinals, and now they have beaten
Korea in the final.
So celebrations for Sweden, but also
for South Korea, their best ever
finish in the curling competition
with a silver medal.
The Games officially come to a close
today, we have been treated to 16
days of the absolute highest level
of winter sports. Some of the sports
have been pushed to ultimate levels,
and it makes sense a viewing for all
of us at home. As every Olympic
Games, we have had athletes who have
defied the odds to be here and
inspire us with their determination
and passion. We have been welcomed
here with open arms by the South
Koreans, and they have certainly put
on a Games to remember. We will all
have our favourite moments that we
have celebrated, and here are a few
of my best bits from Pyeongchang
Ask any athlete as they arrived in
Pyeongchang what they wanted most.
The answer - to win a medal. Very
few who arrived here would actually
achieve it, though, so imagine
competing in two different sports
and winning gold in both of them. My
first big moment has to be Ester
Ledecka, her face after winning the
super-G title was just brilliant.
And then to back it up on the
snowboard with another gold, well,
that is just something special.
has never been done before!
are watching the best, you want the
best to deliver, be at the top of
their game, and Shaun White and
Chloe Kim did exactly that, living
up to every inch of their staff
potential. Very different stories
coming in, Chloe the new kid on the
back, Shaun looking for Olympic
redemption, but whatever their
motivation, they are to -- utterly
blew away the field, sensational to
Incredible display of
the Olympics is a destination,
something that has been a point on
the horizon, something to keep
fighting for. When you smash your
knee into eight pieces and told your
career may be over, the Olympics
must seem very far away. But
must seem very far away. But Penny
and Nick danced in Pyeongchang and
superbly. But when your life is
turned upside down by an injury that
you cannot even see, from concussion
in Sochi to pipe final in
Pyeongchang, Rowan Cheshire Fenley
wearing really big rings. I could go
on, but ultimately it is not only
medals at these games that inspire.
-- finally wearing the Olympic
rings. The Team GB did manage a few,
and I am picking number five, the
one that reached the target to make
it, as it stands, Britain's most
successful Winter Olympics. But also
just because it was utterly awesome
to watch, Billy Morgan, that took
guts and it made him cry.
oh, yes! I'm crying! He
has got a bronze medal!
athletes, as much as they want to
win medals, the Olympic is about
something else, about living the
dream. We all have them, and for
these guys it was to become an
Olympian. In Pyeongchang, they made
their dreams reality, and for me
that is as big as a medal. You only
get one chance in this life, you
might as well reach for the stars.
Who knows? It might actually happen.
It has been a brilliant few weeks,
and I couldn't fit everything else
in, I just want to give a quick
mention to Marit Bjoergen, because
at 37 years old, winning gold in
your final ever raise in your final
Winter Olympics is pretty
incredible. She's the greatest
winter Olympian of all time. Clare
Balding will be bringing you a full
round-up from these games ahead of
the closing ceremony so you can
relive all your favourite moments,
but there was one other golden
moment earlier today that we should
have a quick look back at before I
say goodbye, because it is well
worth revisiting. It came in the ice
hockey, the Olympic Athletes from
Russia were the favourites, looking
for a ninth gold medal in the men's
competition. They were coming up
against a German side who were in
the final for the first time, but
they had already beaten Sweden and
Canada on their way to this final,
so you couldn't count them out. Here
is the best of all the action, and
there was a lot of it in this one.
This is the men's Olympic hockey
gold medal game, will it be going
back to Russia, will it be going
back to Germany? The next two and a
half hours will tell.
half hours will tell.
predicted Germany to be here ought
to win this game, except the 22
players dressed in yellow who think
otherwise. They have got past
Switzerland, they have got past
Sweden, they have got past Canada,
who is to say they can't beat these
Olympic Athletes from Russia?
snapshot goes just wide, the red
shirts of the Russians, they will be
happy to take on the mantle of the
big red machine. Tripping call early
on, we would get our first power
play of the game. Germany are going
to get an early power play, just to
calm the nerves.
It is amazing, both
teams are in the locker room before
the game, they set out their game
plan. One thing you never plan for
is being short-handed 15 seconds
into the game, a huge break for
Germany to go to the one-man
advantage, and what an opportunity
to set the tone and put this OAR
team on their heels early on.
Clean faceoff when by OAR. -- win.
We just saw Germany ice the puck,
they are OK with doing that.
Disrupting the flow of the OAR team,
able to send it down, get a whistle,
that is what they would like to do.
High off the glass, tries to hold
him with his hand. Now Germany will
come back into the zone at the other
end, a short pass, though, allowing
them to get in there.
them to get in there. Antonov under
pressure from Kahun. Now Germany do
have it back.
Now Germany have some speed moving
forward, he stepped to the middle,
nearly battered that one out of the
air, just wide.
Well, good opportunity for the
Germans, and now they have got to be
Oh, Germany concede possession too
could easily come back to the blue
line, OAR looking for a way through
here. The whistle will blow, a
hooking call, and some real danger
as he heads to the penalty box.
took a little example, a little
example here of what the OAR team
can do once they get the puck in the
offensive zone. They are very good
at shielding the puck with their
body. You can see him trying to get
away with it here, and he just gets
his stick up in the hands and the
midsection area there. That is a
hooking. And Germany has had an
amazing start to the game, they
really have, but they just cannot
afford to take undisciplined
Did pretty well but good
read by the Germans to get in there
and send it down the ice.
He finds Kaprizov. Gusev, with a
wobble on the head, goes into the
zone. Deflected in by Kaprizov,
dealt with well. Germany on red
alert right now.
alert right now. Good stick in
there, he holds at the blue. Gusev
looking for the one-timer, he can't
quite get there. Germany have caused
themselves a problem.
They will slow things down again
here. He has to throw himself at the
puck to move it forward, Germany
with good pressure.
Fortunate not to take another
penalty there, as Gusev steps in,
good rebound, saved again! Denied
Kaprizov, doing his best for his
team. Germany will just play this
one down the ice, they would get a
line change, under 30 seconds to go
on the power play.
What a remarkable
save, point-blank opportunity for
Kaprizov, a one-time shot, and he
Mr rove in trouble in his own zone.
Second power play unit, not really
any time to do anything here.
He spreads it back towards the blue
line, Voynov will hold him. Back to
five on five hockey as that one is
blocked in front. Voynov races
across to keep in.
Germany just can't get out of their
own zone. Now they have the chance
and they will do just that, really
good play defensively by the
Germans. They were pushed and they
bent, but they didn't break,
crucially, and that's why it is
still OAR 0-0 Germany.
penalty kill great job. Limiting the
shots, and your most important
penalty kill is your goal-tender,
and sometimes you need him to make a
Germany find some space, and now
we'll bring it clear. Here's
Seidenberg. The attempt goes in on
goal. It comes back to Seidenberg,
couldn't get enough on that. Now
there might be space in behind, good
defensive play from Germany to get
back. They are working so hard in
this game right now.
Now, Germany can get a touch to get
it neutralised. They will go for a
Goodspeed into that offensive zone.
Tight angle shot, easy for the
Prokhorkin with the turn.
Gavrikov sends it in deep. Now,
trying to work this one down low.
Prokhorkin will collect again, just
avoids the official.
Now, Germany finally get in and hang
Doing a wonderful job, we
have seen this OAR team established
a bit of control, but Germany is
doing a great job position early,
taking the pucks away and retreating
back. This is right within the
Germany game plan, just to slow it
down a little bit.
down a little bit.
Good from Wolf.
Tim to won't win it first time, the
Russians are able to clear away.
Daryl Boyle to get to centre ice.
Chipped in by Wolf. Now, Germany get
to the side of the net. Wolf had
half a chance. This is where Germany
have to be super careful. Quick shot
from Gusev, but saved.
from Gusev, but saved. Germany come
back the other way. When they get
involved, when it goes backwards and
forwards like this, it is super
dangerous. Playing with fire a
This OAR team has no problem
trading blows. You want to go back
and forth, the OAR know they have
the ability to trade blows like
A quick outlook pass from
Gathercole. OAR will break with
speedier. Good defensive play,
though. Given away. Telegin, good
block out in front. That one would
have been a stinger. It really is
tough stuff in there for the
Germans, they are having to battle
for their lives here.
and all hands on deck scenario. Once
the OAR star forward start picking
up the pace, everyone for Germany
has a role to do. They have done
well collapsing deep and supporting
Ripped in by Ehrhoff.
Round the boards it goes. A high
arcing one, taken out of the air by
Baba Amr enough. Another whistle.
So, goalless and it's been a tight
and tense first period.
The icing call, a bit of
indiscipline there, late in the
period. You've got to make sure you
get over that red line before you
dump it deep into the zone.
can see the coach of the OAR, sees
this as an opportunity, so he sends
out the big ones, Datsyuk.
Go in, reassess, take a breath,
Germany. For OAR, this is a great
chance to get red on the board.
Tipped just wide by Kaprizov.
Remember, the Russians lost their
first game of this tournament,
incredibly, and a huge giveaway by
Germany. A chance out in front. 14
seconds to go. Gusev... Tipped by
Kaprizov, it is still alive.
Germany are in trouble. Void and of
scores! Less than half a second to
go in the first period of this
Olympic final, and they are that
good, the Olympic athlete of Russia,
in the nick of time score the first
goal, and this game, what a blast
Germany had the chance
to clear their own zone, they don't
do it. When Voinov is down Main
Street, 25 feet at, he is not going
to miss. What a shot, 0.5 of a
second left in this first period.
Period two is underway, then. The
Russian red machine leading, can
they extend the lead? That is what
they will look to be, exert their
dominance, break German hearts as
this game goes on. As for Germany,
well, they've got to get back to
what they did so well for 59, all
but half a second of that first
period, and they have done so well
throughout the whole of this
tournament. But it is the Russians
who are very much in control of this
one right now. High shot, they have
come out and jumped, the Russians,
there is the coach, who will have
made his team talk easier with the
And head coach Marco
Sturm, he has been in situations
like this before, so he will be
lying on his experience in between
periods there to calm his players
down a little bit.
Seidenberg. Wolf goes after it.
Kiselevich gets a touch. And now,
the Olympic Avenue to Russia do
clear, but only as far as
Seidenberg. Quick stick in there,
and now Kaprizov into the zone. Good
defensive work by the Germans
through Moritz Muller.
through Moritz Muller. Eventually,
kicked out to the top now, it could
be an opportunity to work something
here. Quick hands from Gusev. The
shop will rim around the boards.
Away by Rymer. Wolf adopted. Zuber
falls. Can Germany get something
Kahun... Can the Germans finished? A
big scramble here. Something
completely out of nothing. Cassette
skin was all over them.
This OAR, Voinov, the goal-scorer
keeps it in, past the stick of
Prokhorkin, and into the glove of
Oslo and burqa.
There have been a few instances,
where he has left you wondering.
where he has left you wondering. --
aus den Birken
where he has left you wondering. --
aus den Birken.
Only three teams
that make up this OAR team, CSKA
Moscow, the likes of Kaprizov,
Nesterov, Telegin and Angelov from
that team. Then another team
that team. Then another team s
provide the other players.
Telegin brings this one in. OAR
leading by 1-0. This is the Olympic
final, the gold medal is at stake.
For the first time, the Germans are
trying to win it. What an historic
event that would be. What a
performance it would be for them to
come from behind to beat this team
of Russian athletes, which is just
so very, very good. Super skilled.
Now, Ilya Kovalchuk will try to do
something special. Can he make his
Mark on this game? Kiselevich sends
it high and over the top.
It feels like Kovalcik is looking to
create something now. He has that
spring in his step. He is an
absolute beast of a man, the OAR 71.
And so skilled, great shot, skates
well. This time, though, he waves
possession and sends it back down
A Ramis committee and from
the OAR team there. Kovalcik Oti had
a play on the point. He vacated a
Breaking out of the zone, they go
again. Gusev looking for a lane to
make a pass. Big hit on the boards,
Gavrikov was in. Seidenberg came
with him. WHISTLE
Seidenberg and Kaprizov have a push
You get the sense that
when the OAR team has it down low on
the offensive quarter, when the
likes of Kovalchuk start winding
things are, it falls back to the
front of the net and they brace. He
has had moment in this tournament,
where he has a glint in his eye and
a job in his step, and like you
mentioned, it is like something
special is going to happen.
part of that team four years ago in
Sochi, who were ridiculed and
disgraced in the Russian media.
President Putin attended many of
their games, but they were all over
the place. They were not a good team
in Sochi. They didn't get close to a
medal, and that was pre-tournament
exactly what the president of Russia
talked about, Putin you may have
seen him on the ice, he certainly
isn't a great hockey player, but he
is someone who is a big ice oche
fan. And he was desperate that there
was a golden ice hockey medal on
home soil, and that just didn't
happen. They were so far from being
good -- a big ice hockey fan.
bring these players together, maybe
there is not a lot of chemistry, and
the weight of the entire country on
them, and they couldn't get it done.
Compare that to a team at this, no
NHL players, but they seem to be
playing the team concept much better
than any other Russian team in
recent memory. And you've made the
analogy several times, it is a
throwback to the old red Army days.
Red Army, those guys ate together,
slept together, trained together,
they were always together.
out in front, too five.
This fourth unit for the
Russians has done a great job. Now
the Germans go forward as well, oh,
and they have scored! How did that
go through?! The shot came flying
in, and it was a tame backhand
effort, he can't believe it. But
maybe now, maybe now that gives the
Germans a chance, playing in their
first-ever Olympic final, they have
levelled this up at the midway point
the game. And could they do
something special once again?
we have said a few times before that
he has been multiple in this
tournament, but there are a few
times when he has led you to believe
that maybe there is a chink in the
armour, and how does this one go in,
who knows? There is a German player
standing in the blue paint.
here we go.
We have a video review
of a possible kicking action.
Possible kicking action? A couple of
things at play here, I don't think
he does kick it in, but a player
does go into the crease prior to the
There is no chance
this puck should go in the net, six
seven netminder, he just shovels
there is on with a backhand. My
question would be if someone was in
the crease. I mean, you are not
allowed to be in the crease if the
puck is not there yet, and the
German player certainly does
skating. There is no kicking
whatsoever, that is not the call. It
looks like the referees have made
Big moments in this
game for at the Germans, what is it
going to be?
After video review,
there is no kicking action, it is a
We are tied at 1-1 in
this Olympic final, the Germans on
the way back, huge error from the
netminder, Koschechkin. Should never
have been a goal. In the end, he
punches it in with his own blocker.
OAR just need to re-establish
themselves in this game. They have
had a few shifts when they have not
been able to do that since the goal,
including the power play, when they
didn't create too many great
The whistle blows here, seven
minutes to go, high-sticking call.
This could be four minutes, Daryl
Taking one for the team, he
is bleeding. That is the rule, so
you would get a two minute penalty
for a high-sticking infraction. If
you draw blood, the minimum is two
plus two, so doubled to four
It is one of the quirky
rules when it comes to hockey, it is
his own player. Wow, this is a huge
break for Germany. Because it was
Number Ten, Ehrhoff's stick, and you
can see the coach going, look at the
They can't do that. He will
get some attention for this on the
bench. The red machine reloaded,
nice take. That was the nickname for
the Soviet team.
They need to find
some ammo and reload again, because
they are not firing on all cylinders
right now. This German team has just
come out and played an unbelievable
system. We talked about kind of
lulling the OAR to sleep, and I'm
not saying they have done that, but
they have taken away the creativity
from the Olympic Athletes from
Russia, taken away the speed, the
size, the strength. They just have
not allow the Russian players to do
any of that.
And where they have
been very, very good, this German
team, is they have not engaged in
any extracurricular activities. The
rebound comes out again, cleared
away, opened up there, very nearly
the chance that Germany needed.
Kahun is an exceptional player. What
have they got here?
have they got here? Well, Germany
pressing as hard as they can, they
put this across the crease, it is
going to be cleared away. The
Germans will get a stake in there.
They have got to make sure they get
all the way through. Schutz will
send this one in. It was his shots
that levelled the game up. Big tip,
great save! That was a massive,
massive stop by Aus den Birken. He
is keeping his side in with a chance
in this game.
in this game. Well, can the Russians
go again in the final few seconds of
the period? Big battle here, got to
be strong defensively, and it is out
of the zone. Wolf will find it.
Sending this one all the way around.
Cleared away by the OAR. And that
sound is music to the ears of the
head coach of this German team,
Voinov gave the Russians the lead,
then a deflection into the net mean
Germany will head down to the locker
room corridor with potentially 20
minutes to go in this game tied at
What an opportunity from
Germany. They have not stirred up
Maybe now this is the
opportunity to break into the zone,
really big chance, back door, great
save again! He wanted to find
Kovalchuk. And Aus den Birken did a
terrific job of getting back.
Datsyuk gives it away, a very rare
mistake by him. Now Guzev, what a
goal, what a fantastic finish from
Guzev! Just when the Olympic
Athletes from Russia needed one of
their superstars to weigh in with a
goal, Guzev goes short side, and
that the golden goal that takes gold
back to Russia?
6:39 to go, and Russia are back in
Watch this short, short
side, right over the shoulder, off
the helmet of Aus den Birken and
into the back of the net. An
incredible play from the Russian
forward, and for Germany, they have
got to respond quickly. They had
chances to get the puck out, you
mentioned Datsyuk, never giving up,
great at that turnover, ended up on
the stick of 97. Wow, what a shot.
Big goal at big times, they have got
the equaliser! Amazing from Germany!
They just will not give up!
They just will not give up! Moments
after they saw themselves concede,
it goes back to the other end, Kahun
with a chance, and either by is
home, giving no opportunity, what an
Olympic final this is proving to be
again! -- and he fires home.
many times have we seen a goal
scored right after one previous?!
Terrific work, how about this shot
from Kahun! Talk about executing
when you get the chance, up over the
globe of Koschechkin, it goes off
the top of his glove, it powers
Ten seconds, two goals in
Germany will not go
away, they are amazing, amazing
It would have been so
easy for them just to have luck that
this and gone, you know what? Maybe
we have just scaled the last thing
we are going to scale. But they went
back to the bench and, for whatever
reason, they just found some more
belief to create another
opportunity, which they are taken.
And who knows? Can they even go on
to win it here?
I shake my head... Just outstanding
team play from Germany. It is a team
against some superstars, and here is
one of them, Datsyuk going to hire.
-- too high. Five minutes left in
regulation time, and Germany have
got opportunities, Macek into the
You didn't put that where he
wanted to, but it just goes to show,
there are openings in this Russian
team here in the third period, two
on one this late. Oh, my goodness,
we are going to get a couple of
looks at the goals, ten seconds
apart. First of all, it was Guzev,
such an amazing talent, right off
the helmet and into the back of the
net. That made it 2-1. And you saw
in their eyes that there might be
gold in the near future. But that
reaction lasted all of ten seconds
as Germany came down, Kahun centred
it right to Kahun, and he put it
Great play, just takes
the stick away, then a great
celebration. A great tool and, he
has been the superstar on this
German team, very much a team
effort, but for me he has been the
one who has looked like he will do
He is the difference
maker, he is slight in stature, but
he can fly, he is shifty, so
dynamic, two goals, three assists
for his German team.
for his German team.
Well, this has
been remarkable, absolutely
remarkable. The tenth seed is coming
into this tournament. There was shot
in Sweden, they look for another one
here, Macek tries to walk through,
doesn't quite manage it. And OAR
will send this. There was shock when
they beat the Swedes, Canada were
left stunned. And now the nation of
Russia watcher is an as its
superstars struggle. -- watches on.
This German team have played
brilliantly, stuck to their systems,
played as a team and created some
great chances and stifled the
majority of the Russian work.
majority of the Russian work. Hit
pretty hard there. Could they really
go on to become Olympic champions?
One more breakthrough would be
enough. It feels dangerous to say
it, but now it feels like we are in
overtime. Next goal surely will win
Normally, you'd think
so, Seth Arma normally you would.
But in this tournament, on the men's
and women's side, predictions are
out of the window. Going hard into
the net, that was a crazy play.
could so easily have gone in there.
Ehrhoff in his own zone. Some help
here with Boyle. Back to Ehrhoff
again. He has got a busy few hours
ahead of him.
He's going to be the
flag bearer for Germany in the
closing ceremony, an amazing honour
for Christian Ehrhoff am but he has
a lot of work to do first.
Germany win this, let's hope he's in
a state to be the flag bearer!
Closing ceremony a little later on,
no doubt the celebrations either
way. It will be exciting for
Germany. They have another chance,
walking in, they've scored! What a
goal! Germany lead 3-2! This is a
fairy tale! The tenth seed coming
into this tournament, and now
they're three minutes and 16 seconds
away from gold! A first ever Ice
Hockey Challenge medal, Muller, the
history maker, potentially, what a
This is such a beautiful
goal, look at the patients from
Muller, he waits, he waits, the
Russian player goes down, that
that's yet, one of the best
defensive players in the world, and
then he opens up, the netminder
Koshechkin, and put it right between
the legs. From a German perspective,
they have got to calm themselves
down. This is so important.
Muller will be front page. He will
be back page. He will become a hero
in Germany if they get through the
next three minutes of this game.
What do the Russians have left in
the tank? They're going to give it
everything over the next two and a
half minutes. Can they break the
Germans down? Will it be heartbreak
again for the nation of Russia?
They've not been able to celebrate a
gold medal since 1992 in the sport
that they consider their own, in the
sport that they want more than any
other in the world.
The whistle will blow here, tripping
Is this going against
Them to do one, two
Kalinin was the
player that got hurt will stop and
with two minutes and 11 seconds
left, the Olympic Athletes from
Russia are going to be short-handed.
Germany will never, ever have a
better chance to win Olympic gold
than this. Russia are going to have
to play five on four short-handed.
Let's see the goal again. Great
I just love the poise there
not what about the past, remarkable,
the confidence to drop the puck on
Muller. He waits, Kuwait, waits,
6'7", the netminder goes down, and
when he opens up his legs, Muller
puts it right between.
use this as a two-minute power kill,
if you like. They need to get
through the next two minutes,
keeping possession for as much of it
as they can. Seidenberg, Kahun put
it to the middle. Dangerous, you
can't take shots that are going to
get blocked, because that can come
back and bite you.
You always need
someone high. That is the key. If a
defenceman is taking a shot, you
have do make sure it gets through
the first player.
The Russians will
gamble. They come in with Telegin,
stepping to the outside, tries to
put it in on goal.
play. And the Russian net is empty.
So where will they go from here?
Five on five they skate, no
netminder to the right side of the
screen, as now there is space out
there. Kaprizov spins away from his
man. Can he get towards the net?
Into the middle, throwing themselves
at it, the Germans. He has to get
off the ice, oh! They have scored
again! They have equalised! 55 and a
half seconds and it is that Manny
Keady do -- that man Nikita Gusev!
He says, not yet, not yet! There is
still time for more drama in this
Utter disbelief. The
Germans are on a power play. The OAR
pulls their goalie to draw even.
There is Gusev, the hero of this
tournament for the OAR, he shovels
the backhand up over the blocker of
aus den Birken. Germany can't
believe it. Look at this OAR side.
They live to fight another day.
Nikita Gusev. Kalinin will head to
the locker room with that sore
He was the guy in the
penalty box, was he not?
have replaced him.
absolutely astonishing, astonishing.
What a final ten minutes of this
game. Remember, let's set the table
here, if it stays like this, 20
minutes of four on four overtime
still to come. We wondered whether
the drama of the women's final on
Thursday could be beaten. We
wondered whether the drama of
Germany's victory over Canada could
be beaten. Well, these guys are
giving it a real go. And Nikita
Gusev, what a tournament.
just a scramble in front of the net.
Watch the netminder. He goes like he
is going to poke, and because he
does that, he loses his marking and
comes off his post, and Gusev chips
it up over the shoulder. Germany was
in the perfect position on the power
play. They just had to clear the
puck out of the front of the net,
and they couldn't do it. Remember,
they still have 45 seconds on the
What do you do, do
you stick or twist? Just grab hold.
The ride has been a good one so far,
let's see where it is going to take
us. Germany, has that been enough to
crush their spirit, or do they have
one more moment?
Hager can't hold onto that one. He
gets hammered as well on the boards.
Final few seconds. It goes to the
middle, great stick in there.
Brilliant job from mothers love
Gavrikov to just tip it away --
Wladyslaw Gavrikov. A penny for his
thoughts, Marco Sturm, you wouldn't
want to be a head coach here, would
you? Your heart must be racing.
This is why sports are so
incredible. Nothing scripted, two
teams giving it everything they can,
Olympic gold medal on the line. And
now we're down to under ten seconds.
Germany and have a chance if Kahun
They have been good on
face-offs so far. A bit of
conversation. Datsyuk shrugging his
shoulders, hey, what is going on?
Kahun versus Datsyuk. Le Tissier,
Wiley, WinZip. A chance, the Germans
goes so hard.
This is going to do
We are going to go to overtime.
This Olympic ice hockey tournament
does not want to end yet. Gusev
showed all the will and desire to
force this extra period after it
looked like Muller had given Germany
gold for the first time in their
history. Aus den Birken shakes his
head. He'll be frustrated. But Gusev
has given the Olympic Athletes from
Russia another life. Remember, 1992,
the last time a gold medal has gone
back to Russia following a winter
Olympic ice hockey tournament. And
now we're in the sudden death
scenario. Next goal wins. It is
sudden death, will it be the tenth
ranked Germans? Will it be the super
favourites going into this, the
Olympic Athletes from Russia? The
next goal wins, simple as that.
Which way is it going to go, Kent?
Nikita Gusev out there already, he
has been the hero for this OAR team,
two goals in the third period, and
he is so dangerous every time he is
on the eyes, four on four, lots of
space for both teams.
to get on the outside of his man.
Good defensive play. Seidenberg Will
Claye way for -- clear away for the
Germans. This is their first ever
ice hockey Olympic final. Nobody and
is updated they would be here. The
men in red, though, no doubt that
most people predicted they would be
And Germany was 45 seconds
away from goal, they had a power
play and were leading 3-2, and they
gave up a short-handed goal in the
final minute, Nikita Gusev tied it
to send us to overtime.
had an amazing tournament, just an
incredible player. This is sent in
again. The Russian fans inside the
Hockey Centre are trying to do their
bit to spur their players on, one
mistake now, one error, one moment
of brilliance would be enough. Easy
start to this period as Kaprizov
goes in there. Aus den Birken, good
stick. Interesting, Telegin and
Kaprizov don't usually played
together, but Telegin has great
wheels, he will help Kaprizov.
Tactically, or do they do here?
on four, you want to maintain puck
possession. If you don't like what
you see, you turn it back. The
Russians able to set up behind their
net, and a lot of times, it is about
beating your check. It might come
down to man on man in the defensive
zone. If you can pass your check and
have an open lane to the net, that
is when you start to see scoring
Taken white, good defence.
Really strong by Seidenberg.
Really strong by Seidenberg. Babb
Romanov -- Barabanov. Sent round by
Gavrikov. Now, they're trying to
bang behind the back of the net.
Send towards the net, can they
finish this one of? They can't this
time. Agonisingly for the Germans,
they couldn't get a stick on it for
the longest time. Real solid defence
there. You do get the sense right
now though that Germany is a little
bit behind the eight ball. The OAR
looking strong four on four.
Ehrhoff leading the rush. There is
lots of experience on this German
team, average age of just above 29.
So these players have been and seen,
and done it before, many of them
winning championships in their
domestic league. They will take this
one all the way back into their own
zone. Aus den Birken to Ehrhoff. He
wants a pass, and get a pass. Macek,
born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he is
the Canadian presence in this final.
The whistle will blow here. A shrug
of the shoulders from the Russian
A little bit tense,
I think, from both teams here early
on, four on four, nobody wanting to
open up to much. Often in rigours is
play, you get back and forth, a
little bit more conservative both
teams early on.
Zub will send it
behind his own goal. Will it be one
of the defenceman? Inevitably,
defenceman play a big part in the
attacking side of things in
overtime. They have to leap into
play, the good skaters, Voinov and
What happens is that if 24
checkers get deep in the offensive
territory, the puck heads the other
way and the defenceman can get a
step on those four checkers and
create a harmless two on two, into a
three on two on man rush.
wasn't meant to be the last gold
medal of this games, but these
players are doing their very best to
stretch this out as far as they can.
You can see Telegin needs a little
stone on his state, just wanting to
... -- just wanting to let
the referee no he needed that,
everyone catch their breath.
possession for OAR. Which of these
teams would be looking at the option
of penalty shots and think, this is
our best chance?
The OAR definitely
has the more crafty players when it
comes to the one-on-one situation.
But the German netminder, Long, is
-- Aus den Birken.
just get the sense that no-one wants
to make a mistake, so no one is
jumping up at the play, but it is
going to happen, the chances will
come, it is just that simple, that
is how four on four works. The
longer it goes on, but sets in, and
that is when you get opportunity.
that is when you get opportunity. --
fatigue sets in.
OAR have it,
Gavrkiov sends it around, Guzev on a
hat-trick. Great Jack by Guzev, he
wins possession. -- great check.
This is what you are talking about,
numbers flowing back, that takes a
big deflection, needed the save.
Maybe space to work the
pass-through, good defensive play by
OAR, and then lace macro can't get
there first. Boyle will go all the
way back. -- Ehrhoff can't get there
He has scored goal after goal at the
goal in his career, I am not sure
how much ice time he is going to get
between now and potentially penalty
shots. He may well get a penalty
Four on four does not set up
so well for him.
so well for him. Kovalchuk to win
it, saved by Aus den Birken! He is
down and out, on his stomach. The
only thing between Kovalchuk and a
gold medal is that left pad right
there, and Aus den Birken was able
to stretch as far as he possibly
can, what a move by Kovalchuk! It
was there, unbelievable! What a
The whole net to go at.
Kovalchuk, one of the best fewer
goal-scorers on the planet, made an
unbelievable move and couldn't get
Zub, Russia are rolling
right now, it is with Guzev to Zub,
Guzev has been the providers so
often in this tournament, and in the
final he has stepped up and is
looking for a hat-trick goal, but he
goes over the top. They build and
they built. Has to be careful not to
hang on to the stake for too long.
-- stick. Working that blue line,
Seidenberg has played so many
minutes in this game.
minutes in this game. He will try to
clear this one away.
You can just
tell how tired of these players are
on both sides. 32nd shifts and then
off, and if you get sustained
pressure, that put you over the
edge. -- 30 second shifts.
they go again, the big red
they go again, the big red machine
has spotted at times, it has been in
fine form, looking very, very
strong. But in this Olympic final,
there have been nervous, but now
this could be a noble as moment,
whipped in by Voinov. Macek goes the
other way, good defensive work, but
he keeps it alive. Space for the
Germans, they drive hard to the net,
and we will get a scrum here. More
good play from that man.
You can see
the game plan for Germany all
throughout the entire 60 minutes and
now in overtime, do not engage the
Russians, stayed -- skate away.
Kovalchuk got around that checked,
it was just that left pad.
positioning. Huge chance in this
game, that man Kovalchuk, who good
go past everybody. What is he going
to do, Kovalchuk? He passes it back,
but every time he has possession, he
could win the game. Just that kind
of player. Here is Kovalchuk again,
how much energy has he got? Minute
relates possession so well on that
-- manipulates possession so well on
Datsyuk got it,
so nifty with
so nifty with the puck, the stick up
and off his chin, tough to look away
from that if you are a referee, and
a tough one to give away.
experienced, 35 years of age, scored
that massive goal to send them
through. To the semifinals. And now
he is relying on his team-mates to
give him one more shot to get back
out there. Four on three power play
against this Russians side to score
about 20% of the time.
about 20% of the time. Faceoff when,
now this is with OAR, a chance to
take gold back to Russia, off the
bar! What a chance that was!
backhand from Datsyuk.
two goals to his name. Great shot,
working it all over the place. Now a
one time, and a score! OAR have won
it, a power play goal! Gold will
return to Russia for the first time
since 1992. The Germans eventually
beaten. The penalty came back to
haunt them, but what a campaign from
the ten -- ten seeds! The golden
moment for Russia.
moment for Russia. And the history
books will read OAR, but the papers
in Moscow will read a very different
story on Monday morning. The gold
they have wandered for so long, and
it is the kid who scored it,
Kaprizov, Russian hockey's golden
Just too dangerous, too much,
Guzev, Datsyuk, then the
20-year-old, Kaprizov, they move it
around to absolute perfection, set
up just beautifully, and a one-time
shot, and there was no chance for
Aus den Birken, the German
goal-tender. You can see the defeat
in the eyes, they thought they had a
gold medal within their grasp league
in regulation, and then a
high-sticking penalty, and it was a
tough one to take. We have seen
goals like that go the other way,
especially in overtime. It makes you
wonder. But look at this, Guzev just
creates the scene, and what a shot
from Kirill Kaprizov, the golden
Huge moment, Guzev again, as
you have mentioned, the most
valuable player, we think, in this
tournament. And Datsyuk, who was won
everything there is to win in ice at
the except for Olympic gold, got the
best view of it all, the man right
on the edge
best view of it all, the man right
on the edge, 39 years of age, the
oldest man to win an Olympic gold
medal in the ice hockey tournament.
And Carol captors of will become one
of those names of legend. -- Kirill
Kaprizov. When you go through the
history books, a name that will
cause so much talk and discussion.
Make no mistake about it, this is a
Russian gold medal won by a team of
proud Russian players, and this will
be celebrated as that nationwide.
The picture will be splashed across
the papers in Russia,
the papers in Russia, superstars and
young guns saw Russia win gold for
the first time in a long time. 1992,
those gold medals. Now firmly around
their necks. Fully deserved. The new
Olympic champions, the Olympic
Athletes from Russia.
So gold goes to the Olympic Athletes
from Russia, what a final that was,
and there will be huge celebrations
in Germany too, because that silver
medal is their best finish in an ice
cube and at the Winter Olympics.
Well, that is pretty much it from
me, just one thing left is eight,
thank you for joining us so early in
the modest. Clare Balding will take
you through the rest of the morning
and into the closing ceremony, so
from me, goodbye, and to
Pyeongchang, thanks for the
We build them as the fearless, and
the fearless five halve set a new
record for Team GB. Over the next
hour, before we go live to the
closing ceremony, we have a chance
to reflect on the glories and
stories of the Games. For the first
time, more than 100 gold medals
awarded. In sports as varied as big
air and cross-country skiing,
curling and I sadly, world record
set, epic matches, outstanding
individual performances, 2.5 billion
people have enjoyed the mixture of
ice and snow sports, and for one
last day we get to revel in the
events that we just don't see at any
other time. And I am delighted to
say that joining me in the studio,
Woodsy and Chemmy Alcott, what was
I didn't integrate in Russia, so,
yeah, it is exciting.
Amy, you went for the sliding
There was good crowds for
the race and, because everywhere
else was no man's land, nobody was
wandering around, and it felt empty.
But for us, the track was full.
will you of the games for?
an emotional roller-coaster for us
Brits. We had massive successes, but
also heartbreak and disappointment.
We had athlete prepared to show the
vulnerability of not delivering, and
that is important, because that is a
must with life. In life, you have to
pick yourself up when you get
knocked down, and that is the
That will make up a lot of
our conversations as we reflect in
next hour. News this morning that
Billy Morgan will carry the flag at
the closing ceremony, and you are
excited about that.
Is wicked to
have Billy as such... as a front
man, because it is great, that
mentality that he carries. We saw
his scooter video the other day, he
is always having a good time. It is
good to see him heading of all this
Having won his first medal at
big air at certainly his last
Olympic Games, Billy Morgan will get
the honour of carrying that flag in
the closing ceremony. The closing
ceremony coming up at 11 o'clock, we
will be live there for that. Let's
give you an idea of what is going up
in the next hour.
She's won her place in the history
books as the first British athlete
to win two gold medals at the Winter
Olympics, Lizzy Yarnold is the
We also reflect on the Bronze
brigade that took Team GB onto the
podium four more times.
There are great individual
performances, and then there are
individuals that perform again and
again. It is eat, sleep, repeat for
the record breakers.
Matthew Pinsent will reflect on a
games that we feared would be
overshadowed by politics, did sport
help unite a divided career.
Sometimes you need a bit of life --
Crikey as they say in Australia.
is from Canada, Ed.
We will have
some things that went wrong at all,
but I want to take this opportunity
to say thank you to the team out in
Pyeongchang, they have worked
incredibly long hours and done a lot
to bring us the pictures that we
have got to enjoy.
And as I mentioned, you went out and
saw how hard it is. As a competitor,
have you been struck by the
enthusiasm for the Olympics? Is it
different, I know you compete at big
events all the time, are the
Olympics different and has your
attitude to them changed?
definitely my attitude has changed,
or it is developing, coming and
coming, this is also new for me and
everyone in my sport. And what we
do. The whole mentality is slightly
different, I feel like, and we're
definitely getting more and more
involved in the Olympic buzz. For me
perfectly, as I said before, this
Olympics in Korea was such a
different event for me, because I
wasn't busted up. So yeah, I got to
enjoy it more and see the ins and
outs of how it all worked on and
what everyone is on about.
you are a free spirit and it is
about performance, but did you feel
different? You are wearing a Team GB
shirt, you have your kit on when you
are competing, did you feel like you
were doing it for other people?
That's what I get from the Olympics.
I have always said this, and it is
the same answer every time I am
asked it, the Olympics is a really
good opportunity for me to take off
my regular prima donna head and put
on my national, proud, represent the
country. It's such a different thing
for me to do that.
different. Do you feel more nervous
having your Team GB and Olympic
rings are new and competing at the
Olympics, compared with your other
major competitions? Did you have
more nerves because it was just the
Same old, to be completely
honest with you. I always want to
perform my best and portray what I
do -- just the Olympics.
I have always said, in my opinion,
it is an art and I want to bang a
And it does bring a show.
Whether it is the freestyle skiing,
whether it is big air, whether it is
moguls and aerials that have been
there for longer. It means the
Olympics is so different to anything
else. So different to the summer
games, to be honest. It does feel
younger, more daring, more
risk-taking. And for Team GB, who
sent out their largest number of
competitors, it has been the most
successful. But the backbone, if you
like, has been the skeleton team.
Did you see what I did there? Brad
Pitt is the only nation that has won
back-to-back medals. Angus Cooper,
Shelley Rudman, Amy Williams here,
and Lizzy Yarnold. The success of
the skeleton team is that it is now
not just about one person, but the
person at the top is very, very
good. And it was skeleton that
formed a major part of the best 36
hours in British Winter Olympic
Medals decided in the next couple of
hours on what problems is to be a
vital morning for great British
Dom Parsons next. The equation is
simple, if his time goes green, he
is in good shape.
Is this the run that is going to get
Great Britain their first Olympic
medal of these Winter Olympics?
Bend 16, is this to be? No!
Dom Parsons may be just about to
agonisingly missed out. Now, if he
makes a mistake, who knows, Parsons
might just be back in the medal
Oh! That was a mistake, a mistake he
has never made before. Starting to
He is in the red, how far will the
Parsons to the second last term,
yes! Parsons, unbelievably, has his
This is the biggest day so far of
these games for the British team...
we hand over to our commentary
Isabel Atkin, what has she got in
The biggest run of her life
Come on, Izzy Atkin, final jump.
Must try and remain impartial here.
Ladies and gentlemen, Britain's Izzy
Atkin takes bronze.
You are at Julie a history maker.
am just proud.
Today, it is all about skeleton...
A warm welcome to the Sliding Centre
ahead of round three of the women's
Yarnold is 200s off the lead.
Yarnold, Laura Deas, not separated
by much. Laura stays in fourth
Now, we've come to the potential
Hold it together.
... Laura Deas
goes next for Great Britain.
Lizzy Yarnold next, the Olympic
champion, can she make history and
win it again?
She's got the little
Look at the gap.
This could be silver for Lizzy
Yarnold. She goes to the front!
with a gold medal winning run, I am
sure of it.
Janine Flock to come needs a run of
her 28 years to tip out Lizzy
Time is dropping away.
Looks like Lizzy Yarnold is going to
win gold again.
As Laura Deas got a medal in her?
Flock goes Forth, Yarnold wins gold
Laura Deas has won bronze as well!
A great day for Great Britain at the
Is it still real?
As each minute passes, it becomes
more of a reality. It's just a
relief that it did all go to plan.
I can barely look at the screen, I
was so nervous.
I had one eye on the bottom left
corner where the number was coming
When I had the middle in my hand,
then it was absolutely real.
I just saw the number one.
CLARE BALDING: All of that meant
that for the first time there were
two British athletes on the podium
at the same event, and it meant that
Lizzy Yarnold for the second time
could belt out the national anthem
as she stood there with the heaviest
gold medals that have ever been made
around her neck.
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN PLAYS
And you can see all of the friends
and family out there supporting
Lizzy. She paid tribute to everybody
that helped her get back on track,
winning her first race since 2015.
It was a remarkable outcome, a
remarkable competition. And Lizzy
Yarnold joins us now on the phone.
You have come back early, first of
all, are you OK, how are you
I am feeling much better,
thank you. I needed a couple of days
of complete rest, and being at home.
But thank you, I am feeling so much
better. I was so exhausted after the
We have seen a shot of your
parents, are they looking after you?
Yeah, they're great. We have a big
family party now to celebrate
together and watch the closing
ceremony together, so I am excited
about that. Of course, they have
looked after me, James has been
looking after me.
thing is now, we look at it, and we
say she was defending Winter
Olympics Tamplin, good for Lizzy,
but it didn't pan out like that.
When you finished your first run,
you were dizzy getting off the sled,
how close were you to saying you
couldn't do it?
There was a point
when I was going to pull out of the
race. I was suffering, I couldn't
breathe with my chest infection. I
knew that if I'd done the second
run, it wouldn't have been a good
run, I was struggling to run. It was
already nerve-racking, I was
struggling to see things, and I knew
I needed a good 24-hour is to let
things settle. But my physio,
Louise, came and spoke to me and I
had a brief chat to James, and we
figured that I'd just do the best I
could on the second run. I was safe
to go down, I was happy to go down,
but I knew it wouldn't be a good
run. I was so relieved after the
first day of competition that I was
in for a fight for the gold medal.
And fight you did. Your fourth run
in particular when you set a new
track record, that then meant that
you'd set it up that anyone else
would find it difficult to beat you,
and Janine Flock couldn't. When you
finished that, did you think, I have
Not at all. Each run, I have
in my mind to stick to my blueprint
of performance. Regardless of my
position in the race, I stick to my
own plan I have to go down the track
and reduce my mistakes. Of course,
there will still be mistakes, but I
try to do the best job I can. I knew
the forefront was reasonably clean,
and I saw the number one on the
scoreboard, but I had no idea of the
time. I didn't know it was a track
record. I grabbed Laura as quickly
as possible, we hugged. I saw her
face and how upset she was with the
potential fourth place, and I said
to her, just breathe and stay calm
see what happens. It was really
strange at the top before the fourth
run, because Janine Flock walked out
ahead of me. I almost turned to her
and said, Janine, it is me first,
then you. She was stood outside
watching me go down the track,
listening to the crowd, listening to
the track record that it was. I
think it all played a part in how
the performance ended up.
it is Amy. What is next for you in
the next week and coming months?
Have you got a plan as to what you
are going to do?
The plan is always
changing, I can't wait to welcome
the team home, so another good night
of sleep tonight, and ready and
raring for the media tomorrow. I
can't wait to hugged Billy and the
whole team. I have been so proud of
them watching them on the TV the
last couple of days.
Will you take a
rest from training, or will you be
back in the gym once the chest
infection is cleared up?
I need to
get in the gym at some point,
because my back is sore, my knee is
sore, everything is tightening up,
and I need to do something to keep
in good shape and mobile. But I will
take a break and go into lots of
schools, the bus tour is planned
already, so it is exciting stuff.
love you all, well done.
Lizzy, you are a great team player.
You seem to have got so much more
pleasure out of it this time around
because Laura was there with you
throughout the competition and
ultimately on the podium.
started the sport at the same time,
and it is a really stressful thing,
going to the Olympics. Competition,
stresses, trying to get it right,
trying to stay in good physical
shape, it is difficult to do by
yourself so to be able to share it
with somebody else, slog out those
gym sessions with somebody else
keeps me going. And we are
supporting each other. Before each
run, we look at each other and give
each other a stern zero, come on,
let's do this for Britain so it was
really nice knowing Laura was behind
me, or in front of me, and we were
doing it together.
There were some
lovely moments between you, hugely
inspirational to the rest of the
team and everybody in Great Britain.
Woodsy is here, having flown back
and finished his competition. You'd
love to have some deals with you
capable of challenging for medals.
Well, yeah, obviously, to see GB
doing well is fantastic. Lizzy is a
great team player, she's always so
bubbly with everybody coming in. I
do an individual sport, I always
feel like it is like that so it is
being thrown into the whole GB team
thing is a strange dynamic but we
get the team together and the vibe
Did you see her as
your team captain, because she
carried the flag at the Opening
Ceremony? Did you see her as number
I don't know. That is
interesting. We had a lot of posters
around. The HQ in our zone, and
Lizzy was on the posters. I don't
know, it's's strange. I don't know
what I was thinking, to be honest.
Even though I am an individual
athlete, when you come to the
Olympic Games and you put on the
crest of Team GB and you wear the
same T-shirts as each other every
day, it isn't like any one person is
leading the team, everyone is trying
to do their best for each other.
so says an amazing team leader.
Someone who can bring a country
together. You have made history. You
are completely inspirational. You
are eloquent and inspiring so many
young people to follow their dreams,
against all adversity, and that is
something all of us know so thank
you for being that person.
congratulations. For everybody
watching, it is worth telling
Lizzy's story in full again so here
is Paddy Geary.
I know I am a ruthless competitor
when it comes to it, it is me and
the track. You are lying on the
sled, listening to the vibrations of
the ice. It is an orchestra of
You have to be sure if
you go headfirst. Nothing to block
you, nothing to stop you, nothing
between you and Triumph or disaster.
You have to look at the ice,
understand the basics of the ice,
and on the first day of training,
jump on the sled, jump down, see
what it is doing with you.
hasn't always run through Lizzy
Yarnold's veins. She wanted to be a
heptathlete before a sports scheme
pointed her towards a sled. A work
colleague sponsored her when money
was short. Her sled still bears his
name, Mervyn. Back then Lizzy worked
in insurance, a trade based on
knowing what could go wrong. And the
sport she was beginning to dominate
has many terrifying risks.
Yarnold has a few nervous moments to
Everything was building for
Lizzy Yarnold goes for gold.
She hit it hard on the left-hand
side, it doesn't matter! She's going
to win the gold medal, Sean! She's
going to do it! Lizzy Yarnold is the
Olympic champion, oh, my goodness!
Maybe she will keep on sliding and
come back in four years.
I think she
will, she's got a lot more to prove.
She'd won every skeleton title there
was to win and then she walked away.
I quite quickly knuckled back down,
focused in on these challenges and
then realised that I was just at the
point of exhaustion and I needed to
She had a year out, got
married, got back to it, and what
she'd always planned to do was to go
back to the Olympics to defend her
But you can't simply slide
back into the skeleton. Sweat comes
before the ice and last year she was
diagnosed with an inner ear disorder
that affects balance. At the same
time she could not find her former
speed. In half of her World Cup
races this season, she was outside
the top ten.
The Olympic champion
wants to go to the Olympics.
lesson I think I needed to respect
sport and the day of competition but
mainly to understand that I know
what I'm doing and I need to trust
myself a lot more.
To those on the
outside, the signs were not good but
as PyeongChang approached, Lizzy was
To have the confidence and
faith in this plan that will be
taking mean to PyeongChang, it isn't
about the World Cup, it is about
trying to become the first British
Winter Olympian to retain my title.
She goes first! Clearly, Lizzy
Yarnold is here for business.
Lightning start, run one, position
one, but something was wrong. The
dizziness has returned. Lizzy was
struggling to breathe because of a
chest infection as well. She was
close to pulling out.
The Olympic champion, can she make
history and when it again?
the gap? She has half a second!
is at least silver, she goes to the
With that, the grammar school
girl from Kent had become one of
Britain's's greater sportswomen, a
back-to-back Olympic champion.
When you look at that and you listen
to it, the full context of what
you've achieved becomes even more
It certainly reminds me
of what a long journey it has been.
All the pictures from the horrible
training sessions in Sochi on taking
time off. I never stopped believing
I wanted to go to PyeongChang as my
second Olympic Games. It is
emotional watching it now because I
realised how ill I was during the
race and I spoke to my family before
the second run, and they kind of was
so supportive in the fact they would
have been happy and loved me if I
had come home with nothing, which
gave me the confidence to show them
I could win gold.
Well, it has been
an extraordinary thing you have
achieved and many congratulations.
Enjoy another day of rest and I'm
sure we will hear from you again.
Tomorrow you will be there to greet
Yes, I will. Thank you!
It is a great success story for
skeleton, isn't it?
Yes, it is, to
prove the programme since 2002, and
how everything has been built on
success and medals, and we
formulated that plan with the best
equipment, with the best coaches,
and that will give you world-class
athlete. Year on year, so good to
see that. We knew we had to get
results. If you didn't get them, you
were kicked off the team which kind
of... The kind of structure within
the skeleton fed everyone. It was
always results driven and we always
had to get medals.
The best thing
about it is Lizzy has a gold, Laura
has a bronze and Dom Parsons has a
bronze. They have been speaking to
We are outside the athletes village
where thousands are preparing to
head to the closing ceremony very
shortly. We are joined by two of
GB's finest, Laura Deas and Dom
Parsons, bronze medals each. It has
been a phenomenal gains for great
written and you have played such a
It has been so special to
be part of such a successful Games.
Having never been to a Games before,
I wasn't sure what to expect but it
has exceeded all my wildest dreams.
It has been a whirlwind and I feel
like it is a bit of a dream, it
hasn't sunk in yet that I've won a
medal. I never thought I'd be part
of a Super Saturday so it was
Dom Parsons, your
success kick-started this. Three
medals from skeleton. So much pride
in what you have achieved?
Those medals in skeleton, it was
phenomenal. I lost my voice at the
end of the girls race. It was such a
full on all moment to watch it
There's been so much
success is the skeleton in GB but
where can the sport take it from
There are a lot of young
athletes coming through, some talent
squads which aren't doing very well
and they are out on the ice in
Norway at the moment. And there are
more talent ID programme is planned
for the future as well so we have a
great future ahead of us.
exciting to hear about. We hope you
will be around in four years' time
and hopefully you will build on that
Absolutely and I am so
pleased I have been able to peak
when it mattered and I am hungry to
carry on and build on the success
but we do have a big pool of
talented athletes right on our
tails. They will be keeping the
honest, and I will not be able to
miss too many training sessions.
I should think she will be straight
back into the gym!
Since skeleton was reintroduced in
2002, this is how Great Britain has
made it to the podium, winning a
medal in every single Games. That is
stunning, incredibly exciting for
the future because Dom Parsons and
Laura Deas, to make athletes who
will carry on and more that will
want to follow in their footsteps
will carry on and more that will
want to follow in their footsteps
because success breeds success.
when you prove it isn't impossible
to win a medal, for us in a sport
when we don't have an ice track, we
can't train on the ice, yet look at
us, look at the success. I am so
proud of the wider team that
continues year after year, helping
the athletes get there.
from sliding down on your stomach to
flying up in the air and twisting
and turning with grace because Big
Air was a big, big hit.
We have a very, very big day for you
today, the final of men's Big Air.
Billy Morgan, I think, will go for
the front side 1440 triple cork, and
if he lands this, he is well within
the medal scores.
He needs to go
That is in something
he struggles with, let's be honest.
Come on, Billy Morgan! Billy Morgan!
Yes! Aid double grab triple 14, that
is massive! That is absolutely huge.
85.5, Billy Morgan moves into bronze
medal position and it is a very long
and nervous wait. The whole of the
UK just needs to watch this jump
through their eyes.
through their eyes. Oh no, he has
gone! I am crying, Billy Morgan has
got a bronze medal. Congratulations,
The oldest competitor in the field
for Big Air, a man who creates his
own tricks, he landed two clean,
fabulous tricks, and that was enough
for him to celebrate an Olympic
medal in what is his last Games. The
real exciting thing about this is he
grew up in Southampton, he didn't
see snow until he was 17. He started
on a dry slope. He was a gymnast as
a child. Woodsy, you don't have to
grow up in the Alps to get an
Absolutely. We have
proved this, and Billy is
solidifying this here. There is so
much you can do in the UK but
particularly it is the culture and
being introduced to that and getting
the bars for it, the excitement, so
that you are motivated to go on.
Shelley it is true across a lot of
sports, it is difficult but not
impossible because Dave Ryding
didn't grow up on a mountain with
We have the mentality and the
ability. You need a huge skill level
and to be very strong but it is
about having the freedom to risk.
What we've seen in this Olympics is
you have to push boundaries and that
might be ultimate success. You have
to have the confidence to believe in
yourself which comes from a
multisport background so all the
sports children are doing, they can
harness that to have the dream of
being an Olympian in the future.
What is your thinking on the bigger
impact of wind is what? Do they
matter, as a country, spend what we
spend on winter sport? -- impact of
Anything that gets
kids outside and away from their
computers, we are a society of
phones, sitting in front of the TV,
and we are giving, by showing the
Olympics and the amount of variety
out there, creative children, sporty
children, children that think school
is not for them, we give them an
avenue to channel healthy life
skills through sport. It is not
about winning or losing, the
Olympics is about that, but sport is
about learning in valuable life
skills to tackle whatever goes on in
I think it shows that a
lot of people presume that we all
rich kids from rich families that
live on the ski slopes. That is so
not true. It has shown that everyone
has transitioned across from
potentially a summer sport, with
Billy being gymnastics going into
snowboarding, Lizzy and Laura going
from horse riding or heptathlon,
some of our sprinters going into
skeleton or bobsleigh, so it shows
you can start off in one sport but
transitioned straight across into a
winter sport, come on the
programmes, you can go and be
slotted now into a sport that suits
you because you are fast and
explosive, or this sport because you
What the freestyle, free
skiing and snowboarding events bring
that expression of character
personality, creativity, Izzy Atkin,
the youngest middle of our team
winning a bronze medal. I know she
grew up in America, and was
surrounded by mountains, but it's a
showcase for what you do, and
winning a medal is great for the
Yeah, I mean, it is fantastic
for the team, obviously, and great
for everybody to show for it. But
it's kind of what I am continuously
banging on about, showcasing what we
do as a whole. But I find free
skiing is my number one Avenue for
showcasing myself, and my end of
actuality -- my individuality. Once
you get comfortable doing something
like this, your personality and
things that motivate you and your
inspirations all come out in your
skiing, and you can see it.
congratulations to Izzy and Billy
Morgan, he has been given the honour
of closing the flag at the closing
ceremony. Let's hear from him. Nick
Hope has managed to catch a word.
A record-breaking games for Team GB
here winning five medals, and the
fifth from this man, Billy Morgan,
who will carry the flag at the
closing ceremony tonight. It must
have been a whirlwind 24 hours for
It has been pretty crazy. I
can't take it all in, it is nuts.
Where do you begin to comprehend,
because we were talking yesterday
after you won the middle, it seemed
like you couldn't believe it.
I turned up at here, happy to get in
the finals, and after seeing
everyone riding in practice, I never
thought I'd get here. So it's crazy.
I can't believe it, it's nuts.
And it was historic, that fifth
medal but also the first time that
big air has been at the Olympics,
what does it mean to you to be part
of history on both counts?
It is the
icing on the cake, everybody has
been working hard for the last
four-year is to get the medals, and
I'm glad we've done it. I hope the
nation is Brown.
What has the last 24 hours been like
in terms of response? -- I hope the
nation is proud.
I have been doing interviews
I can't reply to messages fast
enough, so everybody is stoked.
It must be so... You must be so
proud that you have been given the
honour of taking the flag into the
I know, I, believe
it. Got up this morning, with into
the office, and I thought I was in
trouble, but they asked me to be the
flag bearer. I can't believe it, I'm
What is the tactic that you will
involve? Some people carry it
one-handed, are you the man up to
No, I am a
snowboarder, I barely use my arms!
People have been saying there is
technique to it, but I will
freestyle it. I am a freestyler.
is what you do, it is what you like!
Best of luck with that.
If his performances have inspired
you, go to the title might get
inspired website. Get involved in
all the freestyle sports.
I am now so excited, I was excited
about the closing ceremony coming up
at 11am, but what Billy Morgan might
do with the flag...
can he do a flip
with the flag?
He probably can.
will probably do something, it looks
like he did not have a lot of sleep
last night, anyway...
For every glorious moment at the
games, for every celebration of
success, there is also, obviously,
the inevitable pain of failure,
those that go away from yet another
Olympic Games knowing that it hasn't
worked out. Just ask Elise Christie.
The dream isn't to go out and sit in
second place. The dream is to go out
and try and win gold.
It might be that we replicate Sochi,
but I'm not scared.
I'm not scared of doing that.
I feel like I deserve to go out and
try to win.
Elise, a couple of days since your
games came to an end, how are you
and how have the last couple of days
It has obviously been a tough
few days, I have been in a lot of
pain. I have been up and down, I
don't feel like I did after Sochi,
and I've had so much support back
home, it's been incredible. I'm
doing OK. I have my moments.
I realise I got injured at the
Olympic Games, and that sucks, but
it's done now. I can't do anything
about it now. I need to focus on the
next four years.
The big final in the
women's 500 metres. The nation holds
its breath. They get away first
time. Christie tries to make it on
the inside. Christy crashes out!
Christie is out of it once again!
I can't see living with this
feeling, you know?
I can't complain. I got fourth
place, but is fourth place that bad?
Unfortunately, the Canadian bond
with me in the semifinal, and that
ruined our lap times, because we
were on for being position one and
two on the start line. If we were,
we would be on the podium, and that
would have been incredible.
The 15 is not my distance. I always
say that, it's not my favourite. I
always say that.
Christie has crashed again in the
semifinal. A sad sight here is of a
stretcher with Elise Christie on top
There are things I could have done
better, I could have gone out in
front and stayed out of trouble, but
short track is mind games, and I
wanted to do that in the final, and
I didn't want them to know I was
going to do it. Was I thinking too
far ahead? Possibly. Maybe I should
have played it safe, but I was
thinking about how to win, not how
to pick up a medal.
The 1000, I have zero regrets about
World Champion Elise Christie has
one last chance of an Olympic medal.
Away they go and Christie goes down
before they reach the very first
corner. She's going to go again.
Elise Christie is not finished. Away
they go. Christie back of the field.
Christie is in position to qualify
here. Van Ruijven first over the
line, Christian second. As
here. Van Ruijven first over the
line, Christian second. As far as I
was concerned, I qualified and I
thought it was unbelievable, I've
finished in second place with
ligament damage to my ankle.
shows you how physically strong I
Yellow card, Elise Christie. Elise
Christie is out of the Olympic
Most people don't walk in the state
I was in, but with the injury I had,
and I have watched it back, and I
don't understand why I was yellow
carded. I did my best. There was
nothing else I could have done.
What is the difference at the
Olympic Games, because you are
successful in World Cups and while
championships. Is there something
The first thing is, it is
not that I have not been successful,
I finished fourth place. Is that
bad? How many people finish fourth
place in an Olympic Games in short
track? It is not about it being the
Olympics at all, I think it is just
literally the worst coincidence on
the planet. You couldn't have
written it in a book. Looking at is
gripped of this, it is ridiculous.
But it has happened at the Olympic
Games like this.
You mentioned after our last
interview, after the thousand, you
talked about Beijing 2022, was that
a spur of the moment thing, or what
you are going for next?
It was a bit
of both. I had been thinking about
retiring, and it came out.
Yeah. But I knew I would keep going,
because I wouldn't have said it if I
didn't mean it. But I would like to
try and come back and do both long
track and short track at the next
games if I can, which means
sacrificing one of the short track
events, which would probably be the
1500. That's OK, because I'm going
to get myself so strong, it's not
going to matter.
CLARE BALDING: Wow. You have to be
so strong, don't you. Interesting
turns of phrases within that and the
commitment to putting this right.
You have picked up on something,
Chemmy, that she didn't say again.
"It Didn't happen to meet again."
are thinking, this has happened
again, but she is a completely
different athlete now. Look how she
has responded to this already
compared to Sochi. In Sochi, she had
to take the time away to come to
terms with it. She has come to terms
with it so quick, committing to two
different sports next time. So much
but you're ready, and it shows she
has the passion to keep coming,
which we need in winter sport to
We have seen
athletes compete in both events, and
she thinks she can do it.
great about Elise
she thinks she can do it.
great about Elise. She is changing
what went wrong and was not her way.
She said it was the worst
coincidence on the planet that that
was how her races when. To feel that
already and think she can do both,
do long track, train hard in that.
She had to go to Holland to do it,
because there is no long track in
If she is prepared to do
that, go for it, Elise. It is great
to see the positivity.
How do you
feel for her as such a focus of
attention? She was one of the
biggest stars going into the games
as far as the British team was
concerned, he went to the short
track venue as well.
I was there for
first one, the 500. It is hard. You
heard her talking about it just
then, but your mentality, or at
least, for myself, but your
mentality is to do the best you can.
You put on the best show, you do
your absolute best and do everything
you have planned, but it is
difficult when you know all too well
that you do your best and you don't
win. Your motivation is a very
difficult thing to get a handle on,
because all of a sudden, you think
you want to win, and of course you
do, winning feels great. And you
know you can, it is within your
grasp, you have to remember, it is
what she was saying, it is about you
and your performance. You have to go
As someone sharing how she
feels, it is not a disaster, she
came for. You can afford. How does
It is rubble. Fourth is
horrible. It is all based around
winning and getting medals. For me,
I feel the same, I empathise... is
that the right one?
I am right there with her.
said she wasn't going to win a
medal, she was going to win.
That is what you are dining out, and
truly, you put 100% effort in. That
is how I sleep at night. That is the
piece you get, not just Alba for the
fat, but the night before, the week
before, month before, year before,
you can go to sleep in the knowledge
that you are doing 100% of what you
To be fair to Elise, she made
it clear from the outset that she
was going for gold medals, she
wasn't going to be satisfied with
skating safe and coming home with a
Talking of gold medals, let's wrap
up what happened in the early hours
of this morning and overnight.
Germany won the four man bob with
Friedrich the pilot. It is their
11th medal in the sliding events, a
sixth goal, the second for Friedrich
himself in that Sliding Centre.
Extraordinary success in Germany.
Disappointing from the two GB crews
that finished 17th and 18th. This is
Brad Hall, they finished in 18th
place, and Lamin Deen, who had so
many problems with his runners
Let's move on to the other headlines
from this final day of competition.
The South Korean women's curling
teams saw their bid for gold fall at
the final hurdle. The garlic girls
have captured the host's imagination
and they are silver medallists, the
first they have won in curling.
Russia is celebrating their first
ice hockey gold for 26 years after
beating Germany 4-3 thanks to an
overtime winner. The victors are
competing as Olympic Athletes from
Russia which means that anthem was
played at the medal ceremony but
their players instead sang the
anthem while the Olympic hymn played
in the background. The International
Olympic Committee says the OAR team
won't be allowed to parade under
their own flag at the closing
ceremony. Thomas Bach said that the
doping was hugely disappointing but
added the ban would be lifted for
future Games, as long as there are
no more doping violations. And the
final gold medal of these Games went
to the great Marit Bjoergen in the
women's 30 K mass start cross
country, the eighth gold of her
career, equalling an Olympic record,
her 15th medal in total, further
extending a record she already had
and she is the headliner. Those
individuals who don't just perform
once, they come back again and again
and again and we have seen some
truly great Winter Olympians.
truly great Winter Olympians. 103
athletes have won gold medals in
Two good! He is in a
103 chances to
become a champion.
A global star is
103 roads to the top, only a
few climb higher still.
Some have scaled the
mountain quicker than others.
mountain quicker than others. The
21-year-old, three goals to his
name, but times and placings only
tell part of his story. He is the
boy coached by his grandad, beloved
by his nation.
He is as exciting as
Norwegians are born with
skis on their feet, it is said. He
is revolutionising what you can do
with them, Johannes Thingnes Bo.
produces three goals and he is yet
to turn 22.
Tessa Virtue and Scott
Moir conquered the world together,
Olympic gold in Vancouver, silver in
Sochi. And then they left the ice
That is goodbye, and we will
be sorry to see them go.
drew them back. The old rhythms
returned, the sparks reignited.
Ahead of their routine, some
believed Scott Moir whispered one
last time. Maybe that it was a myth.
They created a legend, certainly.
is brilliant, is it enough for gold?
They've done it! The comeback is
complete for Tessa Virtue and Scott
Surely, one day they'll make
the movie. Athletic perfection is
impossible but few have come closer
to it in their discipline than Shaun
White. He won gold in 2006, then
Vancouver. In Sochi, though, he won
Oh, no! Shaun White is
human after all.
He arrived at these
Games in search of the third gold.
As a man, Shaun White divides
opinion. As a snowboarder, he has no
That was an incredible display
of snowboarding and no one can take
that away from him, look what it
Oh, my God!
Winning gold into
sports is something only and
exceptional few can do.
exceptional few can do.
She came to career is it
high in air but in skiing is superb
G, she wasn't favourite.
These Super-G was a
huge surprised, Ledecka's stronger
event was the snowboard Parallel
Slalom. For the first time, there
Ledecka will make
history. Absolutely incredible!
Winter sport's most supreme
multitasker. If Ledecka's
achievement was unexpected, Marcel
Hirscher carried with him excess
At last, Marcel
Hirscher is an Olympic champion!
greatest of skier of his generation,
according to many, a win 55 World
Cup races, but an Olympic gold.
is the golden 44 Marcel Hirscher!
had waited all of his career to be
an Olympic champion. Even before
these Games... To more of any colour
would make the most successful
Olympian from the Netherlands.
amazing feat, winning yet again.
That wasn't the last resort of her.
11 medals in all, the most decorated
speed skater in Olympic history.
Ireen Wust, a superb performance!
Biathlon, contradictory skills. Move
quickly over distance and the power
Five out of five.
Fourcade is on his way.
master, tougher to repeat. No one
can balance these better than Martin
Fourcade and these Games gave him
Martin Fourcade big comes
the greatest French some or Winter
And then there is one
woman above them all.
books will be written.
They call her
the Iron Lady and yet she has
dedicated her life to other medals.
Marit Bjoergen becomes the greatest
of all time!
Over five Games, Marit
Bjoergen has become the most
relentless winner of the Winter
Olympics, all in a sport that pushes
the body to its very limits.
a very, very special moment for us
Aged 37, married Bjorgen
keeps climbing that mountain.
will never see her like again.
keeps climbing that mountain.
will never see her like again.
That gold-medal this morning in the
30 K mass start cross-country
ensures that for the first time
since 2002 Norway topped the table.
Same number of gold medals as
Germany but more silvers and more
total medals, a record total medals.
Extraordinary. Canada have had a
mixed Games, not successful in the
sports they dominate in ice hockey,
curling et but very successful in
snowboarding and they are third. The
USA finished third. Shaun White,
winning the curling, that was a huge
hit in the USA. The Dutch again won
most of their medals in speed
skating but they have had success in
other sports as well and Sweden have
had a very good Games. South Korea,
record total for them, they've done
exceptionally well. Great Britain
are 19th, a decent total, a record
total of medals, one gold and four
bronzes. As for the individuals who
have dominated, Marit Bjoergen with
two gold medals, Martin
two gold medals, Martin Fourcade has
three golds. Ledecka will carry the
flag for the Czech Republic. The
first ever to win gold in two
completely different sports at the
same Games. As for the overall list
of the greats, Marit Bjoergen
catapult herself, she is in the top
three, the top three are all
Norwegian. Ireen Wust will carry the
flag for the Netherlands. They must
flag for the Netherlands. They must
be superhuman, mustn't they?
after year, the training, the hours
after hours. She won that Sprint
today, Marit Bjoergen, by two
minutes! Unheard-of! To win 30
kilometres by two minutes is unheard
She was so far ahead of the
rest, you couldn't even see the
rest. We believe in the power of
sport to inspire, to show us
something that excites, and thralls
and pushes the human body to its
limits but what about the soft power
of sport? Would the world be a
better place if every time there was
a dispute between nations we decided
it not by war but with a race? That
the stopwatch big comes the
thermometer of who was in front.
Matthew Pinsent looks at the broad
impact of these Games in
At the heart of the Korean flag is
the ying and yang of, the red and
blue,. Inextricably linked, welded
together, opposite sides of the same
story. North and South, so different
but, for once, back together.
This Olympics has been another
chapter in the examination of
contrasts. From the chaotic...
the totally controlled. In control
all the way through.
The joy of
winning... And the pain of the loss.
Saved! The USA win gold!
He wins by the guest
margin in history!
It is a dead heat!
that have flown... Those that have
There were teams that honour their
flag and pass the test, like the
Dutch speed skater 's, and there
were teams that had no flag and
failed them. With two Olympic
athletes of Russia having failed
drug tests while they were here, the
love for your team... With the love
for your team-mate. Total dominance
by one country...
by one country... With just
participation by another. Master one
Oh, my goodness!
Novice the next. Sport at the
beginning of their career...
towards the end, there were those
who fulfilled their dreams...
delivered gold number three here in
And those that have to
wait at least another four years.
So, now it is on to Beijing 2022,
the first city to host both the
summer and now the Winter Games, and
do the double. And for the athletes
here in PyeongChang, it is
bittersweet, as they say goodbye.
They are undoubtedly sad it is over.
But, for many, they take away the
happiest of memories.
And I think we can expect a fairly
sensational closing ceremony. The
Opening Ceremony set the scene very
high in terms of technology, that
world record set with the drones as
well. I'm hoping for some good music
at the closing ceremony. Your star
at the Games, Woodsy?
been amazing. I have to be selfish
and say that I think the free skiing
and snowboarding has been so good.
I've got to shout out to Tim and Ed
in the booth. It would be confusing
if they weren't that!
You will hear
some of the outtakes after the
ceremony. Amy, what gave you goose
The goose bumps was the ice
dancing, the Canadian pair, the fact
they came back from retirement to
For me it was the
domination of the female athletes.
Lizzy Yarnold, making history,
getting back her title and Ledecka,
and Mica and Mica, powered by the
Best ever finish for a
women's bobsleigh without any
funding. Here we go, the XXIII
Olympic Winter Games are about to
come to a close. Let's