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Good morning on day four at
Pyeongchang and the good news is the
wind, although it may not look like
it, has dropped enough to finally
get the Alpine skiing under way, the
men's combined is happening at the
moment. The downhill took place this
morning. After that, all the big
hitters are in the mix, Thomas
Dressen from Germany to the way
ahead of the slalom session taking
place at the moment, let's head over
to the Alpine Centre and join Graham
The race is underway. Justin
Murisier they had started but didn't
get very far.
This athlete starting on a nice,
clean tracks. A lot of offset in
this slalom run, this is our early
start number, he will need to get a
good time down. A little
disappointed with his downhill. He
could get a medal from this position
if he puts a great slalom run in.
No one has gone before him. A fresh
canvas. He is carving some sweet
terms, the Frenchman,, and his
combined time here, the benchmark
Starting with their downhill time,
going in reverse order according to
downhill positions. Thomas Dressen
will be last to ski.
The best of the slalom racers will
come in the middle part of this
second run, including the great
Marcel Hirscher, still looking for
his first Olympic medal. Despite his
world titles. He has never claimed
an Olympic gold medal.
Next up, the Croatian.
He does have some slalom skills, not
quite the same clean turn as
With every race down, the get
slower. Not much rocks but the
chatters, it is so icy. -- rucks. It
will leave a chatter in the ice
making it more difficult towards the
Can't get anywhere near the target
time, a long way down.
I fully expect that time to be one
of the fastest slalom runs from
Victor Muffat-Jeandet, might even be
the fastest. Luca Aerni will be
coming up, Marcel Hirscher, Alexis
Pinturault, I think those guys will
be taking the medals.
Ted Ligety, since his gold medal
winning run, he has eased off on the
slalom campaign, concentrating on
giant slalom where he is the current
Olympic champion, defending that
Not far of Muffat-Jeandet.
run from Ted Ligety, he has fought
his way back to form. A little slow
on the transition. He likes the
courses where they have a big
offset, turning from one side to the
other. He is not far off. 0.40
three. Just behind. Currently in
Silver medal position.
Muffat-Jeandet still in the lead, in
gold medal position, for France.
Ted Ligety has been concentrating on
getting back to form in giant
Just a little rusty on slalom.
Here is our leader. And here is the
next man coming out of the start
We is move straight on to Luca
Aerni. Thompson opting out of the
Lucas Benny, the combined champion
of the world, he won the gold medal
ahead of Marcel Hirscher last
February. From a long way back in
the downhill. Not a good start,
struggling for grip.
Trying to generate speed. He has
lost a lot of time on
Muffat-Jeandet. By my reckoning,
this could put Muffat-Jeandet onto
the podium. This shows how good the
Luca Aerni has made a mess on the
top half and is struggling to find
speed on the bottom. A long way
down. Nearly two seconds down.
Luca Aerni is no slouch in slalom,
but if you look at his skis and the
chatter, it is not the same clean
angle. It is about how quickly you
can get the ski onto the edge and
the top of the turn. Anyone can
carve below the gate, it is whether
you can get the pressure on the
gravity which is not working in your
Back to the top.
Back to the top. The turn of the
Serbian, someone we don't know an
awful lot about, not a regular World
Cup competitor. A cautious start.
Beginning with an advantage but that
has already gone, one second down.
Looking a lot like a downhill skier.
I reckon the gold medal will be
decided once Alexis Pinturault has
The downhill is a rather not good at
slalom or won't even start. --
downhill skiers are either.
Some of the downhill skiers are OK
in slalom but need to be more than
OK with Marcel Hirscher in
Getting an Olympic finishing
position to go on his CV.
I would say Victor Muffat-Jeandet
will go into bronze.
Six feet and seven inches, Bryce
Bennett from the United States of
America, from the Squaw Valley ski
club in California, quite a
character. Starting with a lead over
Muffat-Jeandet which has tailed off.
He is now behind.
He remembers his slalom skiing days.
Everyone learns to ski slalom and
giant slalom until the age of 18
when you take up downhill. And
speeding -- specialising in the
He could be the new Bodi Miller type
of character within the American
team, a maverick, slightly
unorthodox, I look forward to seeing
him in the men's downhill on
Thursday morning. We will have it
live view across the BBC.
-- live for you.
Muffat-Jeandet still leading the
These are the scenes at the top,
discussions underway. One of these
slow VM in -- Slovenian skiers. They
grow up doing nothing much but
slalom because they have these
small, short mountains. He has an
advantage over Muffat-Jeandet. Let's
see if he can transform that.
An experienced slalom skier. Getting
the legs out from underneath him to
get a maximum edge, skiing on a
nice, round line. Good upper body
lower body separation. This is a
Keeping himself within striking
distance. .53 behind. The demands of
the course become more tricky on the
final pitch, it gets quite steep and
icy. Stefan Hadalin won't be pushing
for the lead, how close can he go?
Into third position for the moment.
Pushing Luca Aerni out of the
Muffat-Jeandet in gold, Ted Ligety
in silver, Stefan Hadalin, the
Slovenian, skiing into bronze.
It is that under gate, the left
foot. The banana gate. 15 from home,
This is the Dane, Christopher
A little agricultural, his slalom
He is merely one second off the
Too much over the ski,
blocking over the ski, typical
A bit like me skiing slalom there.
Looking for the finish. The
important thing is to tell your kids
I skied in the Olympics in 2018. I
came 28th, what ever it is, in the
combined event. Christopher Faarup
from Denmark, not traditionally a
big alpine skiing nation or though
they do like their skiing.
they do like their skiing. 7.67
down. Muffat-Jeandet leads, liberty
is second, Hadalin, the Slovenian is
third -- Ted Ligety.
Marco Schwarz is next.
He definitely has a chance of the
podium if he puts a good run in. He
doesn't have the advantage of going
early. Still a long way off the
likes of Marcel Hirscher and Alexis
Here he is, a regular World Cup
slalom specialist, attacking the top
part of the course, through the
first five turns, you can tell the
difference between those who ski
regularly top level slalom. He is
still in the green. All of that
advantage has gone, he has lost half
He is skidding, you can see from the
snow coming out from the skis. This
is the check under gate, the banana.
And in sight of the finish. Still
potentially good enough to go into
silver medal position.
Can he finish with a flourish and
put pressure on Muffat-Jeandet? He
has come close.
Good enough for second.
Muffat-Jeandet still leading the way
for France. Marco Schwarz has skied
into silver medal position, for
Ted Ligety stays in third.
Muffat-Jeandet, his time on the
slalom leg, really come to be ahead.
Ted Ligety and Marco Schwarz. The
best three months of slalom so far.
Surrounded by Austrian team members,
they are here in huge numbers.
Alpine skiing the most important
event for them. They have a gold
medal from the men's louche,
unexpected. -- luge.
This tall, rangy Norwegian, his lead
has already been wiped out.
He is very strong, very powerful.
Those are good turns, risking it
there. Just at the top section.
Generating speed onto the flat.
He needs to be within that margin,
.43, to push for a provisional place
on the Olympic podium here. It isn't
happening to Kilde. We look forward
to see him in the Super-G later in
the programme. For the moment, he is
And we will see a lot
more of that as the race goes on, as
we get to the fastest skier from the
first run but the downhiller 's will
have an advantage over the slalom
skiers will it be enough? I don't
Still to come, Marceau
here sure, Alexis Pinturault, the
two standout names in terms of
pedigree on the store 's list. --
Marcel Hirscher. Next to come,
Thomas Mermillod Blondin, he knows
his way through a slalom track and
he is skiing some decent skiing.
Look at that little jump, that
little delay, you don't see the
specialist slalom skiers. Skiing
with a wide stance which means his
outside leg has to go a further
.07, keeping himself in
touch, could he give France first
and second in the middle part of
this slalom leg of the men's Alpine
combined? He is still in the hunt, I
don't think you will overhaul the
lead of Victor Muffat-Jeandet but he
might push Marco Schwarz damn.
is the best skiing so far from a
downhiller that we have seen. Victor
Muffat-Jeandet, Marco Schwarz, they
are very technical. Moving the start
down has played to the technical
The margin in favour
of the next starter over the current
leader. And he brings with him a
lead over Victor Muffat-Jeandet.
Already reduced to 0.34.
He is a
little bit slow of his edges. Just a
fraction of a second late.
come within view of the spectators.
Several thousand of them here. The
grandstand has filled out nicely for
this first Alpine event of the 2018
programme. This slalom, the
individual slalom events will not be
held here, they are over a John
Pugh, closer to the Olympic hub.
This is the slalom stage of the
Alpine skiing, this plus the
Super-G. The team event will be over
at the other course.
at the other course. Still the one
Well, and won could win
this but I think it would need a
mistake from Hirscher or the others.
These are the standings.
distant pointing run from Luca
Aerni. He just didn't perform
anywhere near his level of ability.
Use either do not start, using the
downhill leg of the combined for
extra training run. I think we will
see pretty more of them. I think we
will not see Aksel Lund Svindal,
So, we're halfway through
this event. 15 have skied, 15 to
come. The medals will be decided by
the time Thomas Dressen comes done.
1:19.24 the fastest this morning.
Alexis Pinturault buckling up,
getting ready to race. Auto
trinket-mac is it the other French
guy, Maxence Muzaton? You see him
doing his core Walmart, Marcel
Hirscher, doing a couple of hundred
crunches on the snow. As soon as he
finished his downhill run this
morning, he skied to the bottom,
another few hundred metres below
where we are, made his way to his
hotel room. He does this, he doesn't
hang about, doesn't wait to see what
everybody else is doing, just
follows it fire social media then
comes back in time to race later.
Dominik Paris, in good shape after
the downhill. He is eighth after the
speed event this morning.
For a big
man, he can ski downhill pretty
So, Maxence Muzaton will be
the next man on the Hill.
Beautiful day now, blue skies, you
look across the view from the top
here, it is stunning across the
mountains of Korea. 70% of the
peninsula is mountainous. It is all
artificial snow here with the odd
sprinkling. So, Maxence Muzaton is
away for the French team. The course
has had a little longer repair from
the course workers than it normally
gets which means it is just little
soft. Oh, he is out! 0.31 he was up
before he sent his skis out through
I don't think that
Maxence Muzaton is going to
challenge for the medals anyway.
Just a little bit slow and laboured
on the turn, and if you're not
training lots and lots of slalom,
gate after gate after gate, you lose
the ability to ski with your ski
tips centred metres away from the
base of the gate.
base of the gate.
in giant slalom in 2010, all three
medallists from that race are, on
paper, in this competition. Carlo
Janka joined on the podium by the
two Norwegians, but it remains to be
seen whether they start. It is good
to see Carlo Janka having a crack
here. He has lost most of his lead.
Janka better slalom and giant skier
than he was a slalom skier. He's
been struggling with injuries over
the last few years and slalom you
need to put the hours in.
worth emphasising that Janka is
racing with a ruptured anterior
cruciate ligament, decided not to
have surgery and he has some wind.
It doesn't help. It helps with
downhill but in a slalom, it means
you can't see the ground.
great pictures, though, in
high-definition. Beautiful scenes
with the snow being blown down
around the racer. No change at the
top, Victor Muffat-Jeandet, who was
second to ski, still leads the way.
He has now seen off 17 who have
followed him down the mountain and
failed to take the lead away from
the Frenchman. Victor Muffat-Jeandet
in gold could still hold on for a
medal. Ted Ligety is third. Marcel
Hirscher is second.
I think Victor
Muffat-Jeandet will hold on for a
medal. It is a question of one of
the downhillers common can someone
like Paris or Christof Innerhofer do
Oh, goodness me, he didn't get
He has downhiller written
all over him, the size of him.
Victor Muffat-Jeandet got away with
that one quite easily.
It is a bit
like asking, you know... It is a bit
like asking in rugby switching it
all around. Let's have the second
half where the backs will play in
the scrum and then the props have to
go out on the wing.
It is like
asking Roger Federer to play
He'd probably be very
good at Badminton, the!
good at Badminton, the! -- though!
So, now here's the main man, Marcel
Hirscher, the best technical skier
in the world. 1.01 seconds his
advantage Victor Muffat-Jeandet
after the first run. Skied a
beautiful lake this morning, Marcel
Hirscher, the one thing missing is
an Olympic gold medal.
Can he put it
right today? It is looking pretty
good but not as clean as Victor
Muffat-Jeandet on the top part of
the cause. He is laying them over,
this is where the acceleration is
coming, Marcel Hirscher risking
He has added to his
lead. Marcel Hirscher is doing what
he does best in the Alpine skiing
world. The wind, he is battling his
way through it. The wind is whipping
up, try its best to distract Marcel
Hirscher. Can he do enough to move
into gold medal position? Yes,
comfortably! More than a second! Oh,
glorious slalom skiing from Marcel
Well, he has seen off one
of the French challengers but he
would have wanted to put down more
of a lead over Victor Muffat-Jeandet
because he will have a nervous wait
because in two skiers time it is
is in gold medal position, he
congratulates Victor Muffat-Jeandet,
who still holds onto silver. Ted
Ligety has been pushed out of the
So, Marcel Hirscher in the
lead and we will find out in two
skiers time, I think that will be
medals decided. It is a question for
me, it is between Marcel Hirscher
and Alexis Pinturault for me. He has
to survive this attack of nine
downhillers who will each do their
best to hack their way down this
Next to ski Mauro Caviezel,
who took a medal last February, the
bronze medallist there. His
advantage over Marcel Hirscher is
slight. There isn't any way that he
can overhaul Marcel Hirscher's lead
but can he push for a provisional
Can he get ahead of
Victor Muffat-Jeandet? He is already
half a second off Marcel Hirscher.
Caviezel is going to have to go
some. Trying to get the skis out
from underneath him, quite a wide
stance, skiing a longer distance.
And he is out of the medals, 1.43
down, a couple of wide terms, missed
his direct route through the
spring-loaded slalom gates and he is
now fighting for one of the minor
places here. Top three divided by
1.35 seconds. And Caviezel is 3.08
down. Marcel Hirscher will stay in
the leader's enclosure. Victor
Muffat-Jeandet in silver, Marco
Schwarz in bronze. Next to come, it
will be Alexis Pinturault next to
ski in the slalom.
ski in the slalom. Marcel Hirscher
looks pretty cool but he is looking
at the monitor available to him. It
is also a giant screen he can look
up and. There is the man that could
change things around. Pinturault
from France. He is ready to race for
the final time today. Pinturault
pushes hard out of the start gate,
doesn't have an awful lot over
Marcel Hirscher coming into this
second leg of today's Alpine
combined, 0.2 wait.
enough. A little stumble.
Counterrotating! Great recovery from
Pinturault. Again the same mistake,
just jetted out on the turn. Marcel
Hirscher was so good on the lower
part of this course.
finds himself in low Marcel
Hirscher, turning on the red light
for the first time, 0.14, it is
still good enough potentially for
silver medal position but that is no
way because Marcel Hirscher was so
quick on the bottom half, there is
no way Pinturault and move into
gold. He has gone into second.
didn't have the wind Marcel Hirscher
had, able to catch up some but that
is it, that is what we thought and
it is all decided now. Marcel
Hirscher gold, Pinturault silver.
gave it everything. Brave slalom run
from the Frenchman. Had his moments
when he was almost down and out but
made good recoveries to keep himself
That was a brilliant
demonstration of counter rotation.
He was in the air wanting to get his
skis to turn so he needed to turn
his body the other way, so he is all
twisted. He is still good enough to
keep the pressure on the outside
ski. These guys are judged by their
speed of recovery. Brilliant slalom
skiing by Pinturault but couldn't
match this man.
Two French men, bronze and silver,
and Austrian in gold, the American
next to ski. .54 the advantage he
has over Marcel Hirscher.
It is a question of whether one of
them can make the bronze medal. Nine
more of them.
more of them. All out and out
We don't even know whether Janz
We don't even know whether Janz Root
and Svindal will turn up to race. --
Grinding to a halt, he will try to
get the finish. No change here.
Still to come, some downhill
Thomas Dressen, he will be the final
skier on the Hill.
Marcel Hirscher is moving towards
his first ever Olympic gold medal.
They are on a TV time-out now. The
course workers are out there trying
to fill in any holes, repair broken
gates, get the course back to race
fitness, as we reflect on the top
three. The second skier on the
mountain but the first to finish was
Victor offered Shandy, he may hold
on for a medal. Alexis Pinturault,
his compatriot, in silver medal
position, having survived a couple
of near misses in his slalom run.
To be fair, these are the
favourites, the top three going into
the competition. So, no surprises,
really. The question is can one of
these pull something out of the bad.
Innerhofer did it in Sochi.
He got the bronze.
He went mental in
the finish area, over the moon he
had mixed a bronze medal. -- he had
Peter Fill, twice the World Cup
downhill champion. The leader in the
World Cup combined standings, second
and third earlier this year.
We haven't seen Svindal, have we?
I don't think his knees could cope
with downhill slalom. They have to
go for it. It will be quite
entertaining. It would be good,
technically! Exactly like watching a
front row forward tried to take the
ball down the wing.
-- trying. Next to ski, Dominik
Paris, one of the big names in World
Cup downhill skiing.
Cup downhill skiing. A gentle giant,
very likeable Italian. Looking down
the course. Turns much tighter than
he is used to. Can Dominik Paris
find the slalom legs that he used to
work out as a youngster, not a bad
start, keeping the turned high. He
will have lost time. Fractionally
into the red zone.
Was that a straddle? He knew it and
It took him a while. You get fined
if you straddle and you know about
it and you continue to the finish.
The left ski just inside the gate.
He is so big, heavy and strong.
His leg doesn't even move away. The
reason they require the race to stop
is if they carry on paper and
Now, the Austrian, a lot of noise
from the fans.
Sluggish and snow. -- slow.
He is out of the course as well.
change, Muffat-Jeandet in gold.
change, Muffat-Jeandet in gold. --
in bronze. As Kriechmayr fails to
Who can do something? It is possible
to sneak the bronze but they will
have two produce the slalom run of
Kriechmayr has found a little
Austrian corner to seek some solace.
Peter Fill, the Italian, who leads
the World Cup Alpine combined
standings. He needs some of that
form now to push for a place. He has
won some of the biggest races in the
world. Downhill champion of the
World Cup. The Italian is way but he
Down and out. It seems like the ones
who are skidding are staying on
their feet and the ones who are
carving are not able to control it.
Using those skis... Almost half the
length of what he uses in downhill.
2.18, downhill ski length. Here,
1.60 five. A huge difference. They
have brought out these tiny toys
compared to what they use for the
Christof Innerhofer. 0.79, the
margin he brings into this slalom
competition. Over Marcel Hirscher
after the downhill leg.
He still has a chunk of time in his
Can he sneak the bronze again? Good
turns. The best of the downhill
skiers so far.
Still in the hunt for the bronze
medal position. It is getting a
little shaky. He is too far away. He
doesn't have the ability to
accelerate and claw back the lost
time. I think Muffat-Jeandet is safe
in third. Innerhofer is down in
Muffat-Jeandet knows he is
comfortable in bronze medal
position. There is still Jansrud who
could still do it.
He was good at the top but ran out
of speed and steam on the lower
Hirscher leads the way in the first
Alpine event of the Olympic
It could be his first gold medal of
three, and the team event.
It could be four.
No one has ever done that. Let us
see what Jansrud can do. He has a
one second advantage. Look at the
wind which has moved up the hill,
moving debris around. Look at the
safety netting shaking at the side
of the track.
The question is can he sneak a
It is read this time. He has half a
second to play with if he is to
remain in the hunt for a bass pedal.
Slowing right up as he came through
that banana gate. Where
Muffat-Jeandet was very good.
Jansrud has more chances to come.
Right now, seventh in the Alpine
combined. I think the bronze medal
is pity much guaranteed for Victor
Last Turski will be Thomas Dressen.
Interesting to see how Thomas
Dressen gets on.
-- last to ski. He has the better
skills here. We will see.
Hirscher has the gold at the moment,
Pinturault of France in the over,
Muffat-Jeandet is in bronze medal
Next to ski will be the Olympic
downhill champion from four years
Just signalling how he was skidding
Tour, rangy, powerful a test-bed,
also won the World Cup race. His
advantage over Hirscher is more than
a second. Oh, he is out, a heavy
I hope he is OK for the downhill
after that. He has taken out a
And one of the cameramen. One of the
A Trail of destruction.
Not a quick stop, it is shiny on the
He is looking. That is the skill of
a downhill skier, never gripped up
-- never give up, still thinking.
Those course workers, a little slow
to react. Matthias Mayer, back on
his feet. No news of the coursework
worker who took the brunt of this,
after the straddle.
Having a look, seeing the inflatable
bag. The crew there. The Cameron has
crampons on, that would have been
The course worker, I would
have been pulling out of position.
Back to the top. No Svindal. With
two to come, with one to come,
Marcel Hirscher and Alexis
Pinturault are guaranteed medals.
Can Thomas Dressen snatch the bronze
medal from the grasp of
Muffat-Jeandet? Off to a steady
start, looks comfortable in slalom.
Steady is the operative word. Just
half a second up now.
If he wants
the bronze, he has to finish within
1.01 of Marcel Hirscher. At the next
spit, he is chilling. But that was
tidy. Coming down to the split. It
has grown. Almost certainly out of
reach now. The French are starting
to think they will take two medals.
Thomas Dressen lives dangerously but
finishes in ninth place. The medals
are decided. At last, Marcel
Hirscher is an Olympic champion. He
takes the men's Alpine combined
gold. It has been a long wait,
silver medallist last time. A first
Olympic medal for Victor
Muffat-Jeandet has shown such
promise this season, joined on the
podium by Alexis Pinturault who will
take the silver, for France. Old for
Hirscher, silver for Pinturault, the
bronze to Muffat-Jeandet.
-- gold. Great to finally get the
Alpine events underway. Marcel
Hirscher played his first Olympic
gold medal, potentially another two
up the grounds. -- up for grabs.
This is what is coming up.
We will catch up with Wilf O'Reilly,
and at around 7:10am we bring you
all the action from the women's
half-pipe finals. Then the women's
ice hockey with Finland taking on
Canada and at 8am, the first Alpine
medal was won in the men's Alpine
combined rerun. History was made
today at the Curling Centre because
the mixed team event, which is a new
event here at this Olympics had
reached its conclusion with the
bronze medal up for grabs contested
by the Olympic Athletes from Russia
and Norway and to take us through
what happened let's join our
COMMENTATOR: OAR have the option of
power play in the final end were
they to deem it necessary, or
whether they felt it is something
they could use. Norway need a big
score if they can.
They want to take
this as far across as they can.
Norway must be thinking all their
Christmass came at once with that
There was such a look of
resignation on the face of
address-mac, thinking we are going
to be 8-4 down with two to go. And
he is much more experienced, he
would have played in a way that
would have given him more chance. It
is about capitalising on it. To do
something in this end. The first two
stones, that will slip I as well.
Frustrated with that.
Frustrated with that. Norway got the
hammer and these kinds of shots are
not going to be any use to them, if
the Olympic Athletes from Russia put
their stones in front of them. It is
about using the forefoot and
protecting the forefoot.
has gone for the time being. The
only other thing on the flip side,
how many opportunities to OAR need?
It is a bit like missing an open
goal. It is going to play on your
mind. They have had chances in their
other matches and even last night
they had a chance as well against
Switzerland. They were almost
offered the chance to win the match
by Rios. They gave them an
opportunity which perhaps you could
argue they should have taken but
they didn't. Again, they are missing
out on that previous end.
being very critical of them and what
they did last time but they actually
still do have a lot of things going
for them in this bronze medal game.
They have two shot lead with a
strong position on the seventh end,
and having scored in the sixth end,
you'd expect scoring to alternate
between the two teams and they
should have a shot to win the game
the way things are going.
about the previous end, first of
all, Bryzgalova Waterstone out, then
he misses it at the end. You can't
keep doing that even though it is in
their favour. Norway are capable.
This looks a little better.
does look better.
does look better. It moves that red
stone back making the scoring error
bigger just by pushing stones out of
the forefoot circle and reducing the
Magnus Nedregotten is a good cross
country skier as well.
saying that to me, cross-country
skiing, he did that when he was
younger. He made the Alpine skiing
team as well. So we've got some good
athletes. He did the skiathlon.
gold, silver and bronze for the
Norwegians. Great performance for
Andrew Musgrave as well for team GB.
Yeah, best ever position.
Working hard, good ad sweeping,
Great lengths, just over hit by a
fraction. Norway can make a play on
it and raise it on to the button.
it and raise it on to the button. If
it finished there, it would be great
but it ran an extra six inches
opening up the yellow stone.
says, no way!
So, the brush is the target. Trying
to move these OAR stones using his
With a bit of work to do here.
Opens things up a little bit but
still not that easy to see how they
are going to score an easy two, and
they need to score a couple of
points in the seventh.
definitely want to try and get two
to be up close and personal with the
OAR going into the last end.
So, Anastasia happy to take this
bank one. It may seem negative but
it is damage limitation at the
moment, they don't want more to
score anymore than one or two.
score anymore than one or two.
of those English words the foreign
teams use is actually a Canadian
term for the speed of throwing it.
You are talking about the house
yesterday, just indicating there he
wanted to hit the outside right
stone, to come onto the other red,
then rebound back towards the
Easy to draw these things
up, not so easy to execute.
of a shot if it happens. Let's see.
I was going to say, that would be
high risk strategy, high reward.
is looking to play enough weight to
come right to the back of these.
tuck it behind the two stones and
the button, get it into second or
overhead. There was such a ball at
the end and we have seen that a few
times. There is a big amount of
drive for it to pull towards the
centre line. That is the issue you
have when you play these delicate
little weights. If you don't get
them perfect, they are not going to
work for you. That is unfortunate
because had it caught the red at
all, it would have moved it and it
would have sat there.
wrong call them.
wrong call them. We have a tweener,
when you are between two shots.
night, it was almost like
night, it was almost like hole-mac
was -- Krushelnitskiy was playing a
shot that was neither one nor the
A tweener, I will put it in
What happened there it was
almost a bit of indecision and you
needed to commit to one short all
the other. They decided not to do
one shot and prayed for it to curl
and ended up with neither.
That is a great shot.
Well, look at
this! Norway with the hammer will
hopefully come in and pick up one.
And even this, all of a certain,
what looked like easy shots, trying
to hang on to this match by their
fingernails. The least reward they
would have wanted from this end,
meaning they will be heading into
the final end with a they are
leading and with the hammer.
seems very easy for us to say she's
only got to draw one shot but she is
facing former, and that is when the
mental game comes into play. Don't
think about the fact you're facing
four shots, it is a simple ball draw
to the one foot.
If she misses this,
I think it'll be handshakes. They
seem OK with this.
Needs to work...
It looks heavy. There is just one
they are going to give up. That
A mountain to climb. It
is the Himalayas all rolled into one
for them. 7-4 down. OAR in a
Williams position as we head into
the final end.
the final end. -- brilliant
position. Barring anything crazy
happening, bronze medal position
brushed up with OAR on it.
they are 3-0 up, they are not safe.
Russia have got to keep their head
in the game and, likewise, Norway.
And we are not just trying to keep
the people at home interested.
Remember what happened last year.
SHE SHOUTS "SWEEP!"
Last in the world final, Canada were
leading by three and they lost four
to give up the gold-medal.
was Canada's last shot, just went
all wrong for them, and Switzerland
had a free draw and won the world
championship. It is amazing how the
game can change.
That is what Norway
will be hanging onto, that thought.
I think the issue for OAR is to not
be too defensive here. You don't
want it to build to a situation
where Norway can pick up three. On
the other hand, you have to play
Again, they are just
sliding too far. They want to be in
the front half of the forefoot, you
want to control the front half and
these stones are sitting at the back
and they are not the best at the
minute. One of them was already
placed there, of course.
thing we should mention about last
ends and big comebacks was that the
OAR team from the last
game against Switzerland, it went
all the way to the last end. They
can't make their bad misses. Knowing
where to turn for your shots and
play to that.
Looks like it could be
a good shot from Bryzgalova.
shot, nice angled shot. Doesn't look
good for Norway, unless they can do
something spectacular. There is the
opportunity now for moving some of
Pleased with that.
Every single stone now that they
place accurately edging them closer
and closer to the podium.
Something needs to happen for Norway
here. They are the ones making the
mistakes much more than their
Making some mistakes
towards the home end. This is quite
good. Just trying to shuffle things
around a little bit. He has put that
red stone right into the pocket
which may well cancel out the two
yellow stone 's.
Time-out. OAR using
their time-out, having had the time
to use their power play with first
steel. They would have used it, it
is a moot point. Norway retain the
hammer into the final end.
It messes with your team game head
when you are thinking about that.
It is completely different in a team
It can be disconcerting.
It looks as though they will just
come in. It is all about where this
It will pull right into that
centreline, that is a nice shot. On
the right side, as well.
Not easy to move that.
This is a team is closing the door
on Norway at the moment. It is never
over until it is over.
Just one bad
A nice look from the other end.
Anything they can do here?
I wonder if they can see enough of
the top yellow. They will have two
almost risk passing that top read
because they need to catch as much
of it as they can see. Again, played
A good weight.
It has opened it up a little bit.
They still have stones in there but
plenty of raids. -- reds. They just
want to make sure Norway do not get
The good thing for Norway at the
moment is there are if you yellow
stones kicking about. The problem is
the one at the back at the bottom
which has lined up. They need to get
all three of those red stones out of
The decision from the over your team
to sit on top of their own or close
to their own. -- OAR team.
Not dissimilar to the shop they
played a few moments ago.
A nice shot. Just wanting to change
the angle of the yellow.
She has had a really good game,
Just two left, and their Olympic
hopes are starting to disappear.
They need to make something happen
or at least put a little bit of
pressure on to Krushelnitckii. He
looks a worried man, he shouldn't
be. Maybe his nerves, already coming
to the fore. He knows he will have a
chance, a big chance.
It hasn't worked out too well for
them. Still, the OAR team.
They are counting Laverty.
be over after this one, pretty much.
It needs something impossible for --
from the Norwegians.
The way our team need to remove that
yellow. The OAR team.
It hasn't been the best of matches
for Norway, the architects of their
For the OAR team. It doesn't sit but
nonetheless it is beginning to look
as if this is the end for Norway.
Having a look to see if there is
anyway to take three out.
anyway to take three out. It is not
just taking something out, they need
to sit in the house for three.
And retaining the other three
yellows is the problem.
Kristin doesn't have the same fire
power as the Russian.
I think the view is, at least give
it a try, giving it everything she
has got, pushing all her weight
Has she actually made contact?
It was a good try, and excellent
try. That is it. The handshakes, it
means the OAR team win their first
STUDIO: Making history with the
first ever adult in mixed team
kerning, the final takes place
From a British point of view, all
eyes today are on the Gagnon Ice
Arena where Elise Christie aimed to
become an Olympic medallist
hopefully Olympic champion for the
first time. I am delighted to be
joined by Wilf O'Reilly from the Ice
Arena. I was so nervous watching her
heat on Saturday. How much is
excitement building at the Ice Arena
ahead of her first quarterfinal?
Saturday was a big game changer, she
came through it very comfortably and
constantly. I think it will get
easier as evening gets on even
though the pressure and excitement
will rise. The camp is relaxed and
they are enjoying it.
It is extreme pressure on her,
pressure she puts on herself. How
mentally strong did she have to be
on Saturday to get through that
first race after Sochi?
She had said she has never been that
nervous before. On a scale, I would
properly say Saturday evening, it
was probably ten plus. Coming in
today, she skated very well, join
the first lane in the quarterfinals,
the second, she had more recovery
for the semifinal. Now it is a
question of keeping calm, relaxed,
doing anything she has done over the
last four years.
She got an Olympic record on
Saturday. She says she gets faster
with the heats. In theory if she
stays out of trouble we should have
our first British medal of the
Absolutely. I am calling that Elise
Christie will win a medal here. Not
putting any colours in there yet but
I am convinced she can come away
with a medal.
We saw in the documentary, still on
the iPlayer, incredible to see the
emotional investment put in by her,
family, coach. How much stronger is
she now given everything she has
gone through over the last four
The support she has had, UK Sport,
her coach, family, it has been a
tremendous support. She must feel it
is payback time for all the support
and thanks. I don't think the
pressure will be as much, but
enjoying the evening. Is she
enjoying the experience? One of the
failures of the Olympic Games is the
pressure becomes too much. Hopefully
that won't be the case. From last
Saturday, I don't think that will be
I cannot wait for those races to
take place later. The quarterfinal
of the 500m takes place at ten
o'clock your time on BBC One. Going
all the way through to the final
today just after midday. Hopefully
Elise Christie will be in the final
and winning a medal of some colour.
From one lady bossing the ice to one
bossing this note in the women's
half pipe, Chloe Kim came here with
huge expectations on her shoulders.
She qualified for Sochi but wasn't
allowed to compete because at 13 she
was too young. One of only two to
have secured a perfect 100 on the
pipe. Let us see if she can live up
to her big billing. Jenny Jones, is
one of your commentators.
The most successful snowboarder ever
to strap in.
Her fifth Olympics. She has only
ever missed one. She has a gold
medal, the first time of asking in
salt lake city. A bronze medal at
the last two. Constantly asked when
she will retire. A question you must
have sympathy with?
Only a year older than when I was at
the Olympics. She is still rising at
this high level so why shouldn't she
Here we go.
Massive. Signature move. A lot of
travel down the pipe.
A huge frontside ten.
That is huge. Into the huge
frontside 120. The tail grab. Kelly
Clark has just set a huge high mark
here in the ladies' halfpipe finals.
She looks so much more solid than
Here she is, two years later at her
Jiayu Liu, we have seen she is
capable of one of the most
technical, stylish, creative and
And she does a lot at the top.
We will see hopefully her first run
with a switch method, dropping in
backwards now. The switch is like
writing with your left hand.
Switch for her first trip.
So hard to keep the heel on the
wall. A beautiful run. Landing nice
and high in the transitions.
Front seven. Lovely stuff. Could
have gone around a bit more, she is
happy. She was so relaxed.
Attention to detail, getting the
grab, holding them.
grab, holding them.
She is really
happy with that.
Chloe Kim. She is of South Korean
descent, parents emigrated to the
States, she is then this person ever
to win three X Games gold medals,
only that she has won them
Wouldn't you love to
know what is playing in her inner
She is without question
the best half-pipe rider in the
world. Whether she can put it
together now under pressure from the
Chinese bride Liu Jiayu. Absolutely
huge to start things off. Frontside
1080! Switch now, loses some speed
but she still gets the 720.
There is the McTwist
with the indy grab. Into a huge
What a run from her.
What a run.
And you can hear the
Koreans going crazy down at the
bottom. This is the frontside 1080.
Kelly Clark put it in third hit,
Chloe Kim butted in second head. The
back-to-back 1080, that is where she
can go... A place nobody else can
go. She is looking surprised but I
think on the form she has shown over
the last three years, it is almost
expected. There you have it,
confirmation of first runs scores
with still two more to go, Chloe Kim
in gold-medal position. Kelly Clark
in bronze medal position, a
tradition in Olympic finals. That
was her position in both Sochi and
Vancouver. Arielle Gold, her older
brother, Taylor. Snowboarding is in
the family. Come on, Arielle Gold.
Sean is this frontside 1080 on the
first hit. Is she going to go
She scrubbed a
few degrees off of it but she will
The backflip on the third
Needs to crank up the speed,
get the amplitude up.
Oh, lovely into the heave Ho
Michalchuk to finish. That is a very
big run from Arielle Gold.
cat amongst the pigeons run. The
inferred with this at the top of the
pipe? She didn't get it round but
the grab was nice.
It is big and
Chloe Kim did her 1080 on the
I don't think it'll trouble
the top spot.
I don't think she
agrees with that. Her face dropped.
Interesting, where can Kelly Clark
go? She had a really and first-run,
really, really strong.
Did she have
time to process what score just came
in for Arielle Gold because that may
have affected what she then takes on
from that, what the judges are
Well, there was
certainly a couple of holes, as you
both said, under rotation on the
1080 could have been a big part of
it. When 1080s... Oh, that was huge!
Kelly Clark is going stratospheric.
She has got to put the ten in here.
And she makes it again.
Her speed has gone but she can
generate speed. The one thing is she
is good at is pumping the
transitions and already she is back
near the two metre mark.
of the wheel, she gripped onto the
tail for that last one. That is the
biggest first it we have seen so
far, frontside air on the first hit.
There it was, both hands on the
That feels satisfying, doesn't
81.75! So, they like the
amplitude! Definitely like the
amplitude at the top. Next up, Liu
She has definitely got
I beg to differ, it
is only four points.
Ahead of fourth
place, so she is in the medals by
Switch backside air.
tweet on that. Into the switch
seven. What a direct line! Huge
She is happy.
That was the same run, she has tried
to go bigger on it and squeeze a
little bit more out of it.
it was really clean, the landings.
It is an interesting idea. What it
means is she isn't thinking about
chasing down Chloe Kim. It means she
is into securing second place. Do
you think any of the girls have that
Lovely grab, and lovely
Really does a good job of
keeping the speed.
amplitude, you both called it, it
has worked for her. She has added
4.25 points to that score. What she
has done is put the pressure on this
woman, Chloe Kim. Are we going to
see the back-to-back tens? We have
already seen one she landed them
very comfortably two weeks ago at X
I wouldn't be fulled by the
smiles and the waves, she is a
fierce competitor. I think she will
unveil just why she is the queen of
ladies half-pipe at the moment.
we going to see the ten? Yes. I'll!
Chloe Kim is human after all.
first of the 1080s was lower.
wasn't carrying as much speed so
even though she landed it perfectly,
there was not enough amplitude to
get that 1080. If that had been
landed, there is no one else with
back-to-back tens, that would have
closed the door on gold. Right now,
it is still open. Confirmation of
the scores after the second descent
down this in normal SuperPipe. --
this enormous SuperPipe. Arielle
Gold just outside the medals. She
landed a brilliant run on her second
run. Can she step it up?
Absolutely huge 1080 to kick
things off. Switch seven. Build up
the speed and get the amplitude up.
Lost some amplitude.
She has. Frontside nine. Huge
McTwist, heave Ho at the bottom,
hands in the air.
Is it enough?
Let's see how cleanly she gets it
round because we know that is
important. It is that clean landing.
It isn't far off. She is under 90
degrees. It is only Chloe Kim who
has it clean. The first hit is huge.
She's claiming it.
An 11 point
shift. Wow, that is huge.
to put in another big trick. She has
Do as Beyonce would do. Huge
frontside air. That will kill the
speed. And, again, flat but she is
holding the speed. Big frontside
ten, beautiful. Switch seven.
Landing flat, how is she still
standing up? Huge crippler. That was
That was the extra
Wow, can Kelly Clark move up
the rankings with that one? Big
83.5. It is a slight improvement for
Kelly Clark but not enough to
overhaul Arielle Gold. The pressure
now comes back up to the top of the
pipe. She's been so relaxed all day,
Liu Jiayu of China. Such a relaxed
rider. She has been taking cues from
some of the creative riders in
snowboarding, Danny Davis one of
them, and she opens up with a
beautiful switch method, one of the
This is a
celebration of snowboarding
write-in. -- right here. Beautiful,
very nice hide on the second hit.
The 1080! 900!
Yes! She is still so
Backside five, frontside ten.
Oh, she's gone. If she had landed
that, we would have had a big game
on our hands. She has left it all in
the pipe in Phoenix Park. This was a
beautiful switch method.
beautiful switch method. Oh, there
it is, confirmation for Chloe Kim
that she is the 2018 women's
snowboard half-pipe gold medallist.
Liu Jiayu knows she is the silver
medallist, 89.75 for that second run
score giving her the silver. So, as
so often has been the case for Shaun
White, her fellow country person,
Chloe Kim will be gifted the lap of
Shui tweeted this before
she'd even realised.
She has tweeted
when I finish my breakfast... My
stubborn self decided not to finish
my breakfast Sam Wykes and now I am
getting h-angry. -- my breakfast
sandwich. She's eating up this pipe
Please do the
She isn't holding
back. She's going... Yes!
Back-to-back tens. Big front line to
the flat, had her legs turned on,
there is the McTwist defying logic.
The final inverted seven, your
Following in the footsteps of Shaun
White in Vancouver, landing
back-to-back 1080s when she didn't
need to. Absolutely brilliant run
from Chloe Kim, and no disputing who
takes the gold medal. I think we
might be looking at the beginning of
a very long reign for a new queen of
strong rider, amazing level of
The back foot over the
head, so difficult to get the body
position for that.
And here we see
the first of these tens, straight up
the wall, she's gone, she uncorks
like a wild Cobra, coming all the
way around, locks it in, only
looking at this next trip.
composure she was over the board.
You need to have and know you are
landing the 1080.
landing the 1080.
The clinging on
that edge. Yes, I know I've already
won but look what I can do. I am so
proud of this standard of riding.
98.25! A phenomenal run from Chloe
Kim! Look at what it means to her.
It isn't just the Americans in the
crowd, the South Koreans. Her
parents emigrated to Southern
California just before she was born.
And she has written here and claimed
gold in the two nations. So,
confirmation of the result. In
bronze medal position, Arielle Gold,
just missing out their UC Kelly
Clark. In silver, China with Liu
Jiayu. In gold medal position,
dominating the women's snowboard
half-pipe, it is Chloe Kim.
How are you feeling? How have you
felt from the love and support?
Someone just hit it up with ice
cream so I'm down with that.
tweeted you were h-angry earlier on,
do you think it helps that final run
because you unleashed it.
getting really h-angry, and not
stoked because my stomach was
rumbling. What I think I just
transferred all that anger from the
having an empty stomach into my
third run and it worked.
pretty h-angry but there is no way
I'm ever able going to be able to do
that, phenomenal stuff from
17-year-old Chloe Kim. High
expectations coming in and she rose
to them and more. When it comes to
pipe riding, it doesn't get much
bigger than America's Shaun White, a
double Golden pig medallist already,
he had a tough time in Sochi four
years ago finishing fourth in the
pipe, he is looking for redemption
and this time around. He took part
in the men's qualifying today and
let's just see. He didn't
What can Shaun White do? He
definitely sprinkles pressure on his
breakfast cereal. A huge frontside
The biggest two we have seen.
Absolutely perfect, the frontside
540. On the heel edge, he has held
it into the double. Frontside double
1260. You start wondering if Shaun
White isn't operating with some kind
of different gravitational force.
Look how he lands that, absolutely
perfectly, straight across. This
here, the switch double 1080. The
world grows up to meet him.
He was grabbing his binding,
interesting, on the backhand, to hug
himself in. The only mistake I can
see. When you think the skyhook was
one of the tricks used in 2006 for
his gold medal. It is like a bit of
nostalgia he indulges himself in.
Let us see this, he unveiled this
trick, you would say he perhaps
let's go... No, he held it the whole
run, he took his fingers off.
You made both runs look pretty easy,
another day at the office for you?
Maybe the second run, the first, I
was a little nervous. You get all
the way to the Olympics and people
forget you made it. You say, I still
have to get to qualify. I am more
nervous here. It is a shame if you
don't make it being one of the
expected guys. It went really well.
93. Now, at the top. I even bumped
my school with a 95. I figured I
needed to centre on that one.
important is the starting position
for you tomorrow?
I just like it. I really wanted it
again to match up the vision I had
in my mind.
It has meant everything
to me today.
Do you enjoy being pushed?
Of course, you can't run as fast
unless someone is chasing you. It
has been nice to see them step it
up, do challenging runs. Put the
pressure on me to answer back with
And more from you tomorrow? Of
course, some different combinations,
we will see what happens.
Good morning, if you have just
joined us. Just past 7:30am. Late
afternoon here, the day has
certainly delivered so far. Here is
a little bit of what you might have
The Olympic athletes of Russia made
history in the mixed curling when
they beat Norway 8-4, in the bronze
medal match, the first medal ever
awarded in mixed curling. Canada and
Switzerland, head-to-head for the
Marcel Hirscher kicked off the
Alpine skiing programme in style,
winning the combined gold medal,
first Olympic title for the Austrian
widely regarded as one of the
greatest skiers of all time.
Shaun White's bid to win a historic
third half pipe gold medal is on
track, topping the qualifying with
an incredible run, awarded 95.5 out
of a possible 100.
Chloe Kim, one of the moments of the
game, claiming snowboard half pipe
gold in style, a near flawless
Some great stuff so far. We are
going back to some live sport, to
the Hockey Centre. Canada are going
for a fifth successive medal taking
on Finland in the group qualifying
match. Canada have won their opening
game, Finland lost to the USA.
Let us take a quick look at our ice
Ice hockey is one of the fastest
team sports in the world, with the
puck travelling at up to 100 miles
an hour. This is a full contact
sport which can be brutal. Each
match starts with a face-off in the
centre of the ice. The aim is to
score more goals than the
opposition. Six the side teams
contest games of 320 minute periods
with overtime and shoot out if
required. Penalties are given if
action is deemed to have broken the
rules. A penalised player has the
served time in the penalty box.
When a team has a player sent off,
they are said to be playing
short-handed while the opposing team
is on a power play. The best
opportunity to score.
For the first time since 1994, the
men's Olympic ice hockey will not
feature players from the NHL,
pulling out the world's biggest
talents. The IOC decided it would no
longer cover the cost of insurance,
travel and accommodation.
Here we go, then. A second chance to
have a look at an impressive side
beaten in the opener conceding a
late empty net. Canada made hard
work of it but Rebecca Johnston was
the start of the show, two goals and
assist. The defending champions
beginning with a relatively
comfortable victory against the
Olympic Athletes from Russia.
Victory for Canada will see them
guaranteed top two spot. For
Finland, to keep in the fight for a
place, automatically in the
semifinals, they need to ensure they
get something out of this game
today. Kent Simpson is alongside me.
When you look at this game, what are
the perils facing the Canadians?
It starts in net for Finland.
Their goalkeeper, making 39th says
out of 40 shots. Team Canada
shooters will have to be on their
game to get past her.
Finland was very impressive against
the US. Last year at the World
Championships, Finland actually beat
Canada. Canada is aware of what this
Finland team poses for them.
That is crucial. It means you only
have to play five rather than six
games. A change in goal for Canada,
Szabados gets the nod.
We saw Desbiens start against
Russia. She looked nervous. A
surprise seeing her in there. Not
such a surprise to see Szabados.
Batty, she was wonderful in that
opening game against the United
States. -- Noora Raty.
This is a stellar match between two
of probably the top four in the
Szabados, a former gold medal winner
in Sochi. Flying fur trade in some
of the lower professional leagues in
the United States playing alongside
them. The real story for Shannon
Szabados. You can bet she is excited
to get her 20 18th Olympic Games
going with her first start.
Jenni Hiirikoski, the captain of the
Finland team, a crucial player.
These teams know each other very
well. They played against each other
in the World Championships in the
last three seasons. Their last
meeting crucially was a 4-3 victory,
for Finland. Finland know what it
takes in the group phasers to beat
this Canadian side having done it
not so long ago.
not so long ago. They have been very
close going into the final four
minutes of games. One of the keys,
not to make the stakes like that. An
opportunity! Brilliant. Through the
back door. Noora Raty bit. Living at
Costa the most simple of tasks. --
What a start for Canada. Terrific
pressure. Melodie Daoust pics of the
past. -- picks off. Opening up a
passing lane back door. Meghan
Agosta, the team Canada Vectra. All
she needed to be was in the right
spot, no chance for Noora Raty. 35
seconds in. -- veteran.
Any plans Finland may have had of
keeping it tight, they are not quite
out that they may well need some
Finland will have two reassess what
is going on here. Canada wearing
those black Jodie is -- jerseys
against the white and blue of
What a sharp look these jerseys are,
you don't typically see that much
black on a Canadian jersey. This is
the replay, what a pass, lifting it
up just enough to get past the
defender. Meghan Agosta, driving
hard, stopping in front of the net,
an easy tap in.
Canada, with Sordet. Quick playback.
-- Saulnier. Jenner was hungry for
the shot but Noora Raty was equal to
A real big say from Noora Raty. Not
happy letting in the first shot of
the game. Another two on one.
Something Finland will have to
identify. Jenner trying to go high
glove. Noora Raty equal to the task.
Wakefield for Canada. Setting things
going here. The Canadians asserting
their dominance as another shot goes
in. The whistle blows.
If you Finland you need to compose
yourself quickly. Finding yourself
down 35 seconds into the game. It
has been all Canada. Finland have to
control themselves pretty quick.
Try to return it to Daoust, but
deflected clear. Another pass in the
middle, it could have been offside.
Another chance. Canada, sensational,
in this opening two and a half
minutes. They have played some
The speed they have
come up with to start this game, the
way they are moving.
Better from Finland, tried to force
out in front. Given away in their
own zone. But they have held it
again, Finland is giving themselves
the best opportunity here, much
better. A bit of energy from the
Finns to get this game back on track
That is the type of
response Finland needed, a bit of
pressure. Ultimately leading to a
point-blank shot blocked nicely.
Into the zone a long rebound. A
better effort on goal.
Daoust this is more like the game we
expected. A penalty is going to be
called here, and just as Finland get
themselves moving, Susanna Tapani is
going to take a penalty and hand
Canada and early power play.
like this for Tapani. Finland really
ramping up their game, pushing the
pace up from their side and just a
little too aggressive, the body
contact, on Sarah Nurse. You can
have a little bit of body contact,
you can't bodycheck in the women's
game and that was a bodychecked by
Puck straight out from the
stick of Michelle Karvinen. Balls
Finland is going to
make their way back, they will have
to have the number one forward,
Canada trying to
create the face of. Given away.
Valila very much in the swing of
things and the key cog to this
50 seconds killed off the power
play, Canada not getting the good
set of time they would have wanted.
Good work by Finland winning their
battles and being able to take it
around. This is better.
around. This is better. Spooner we
collects. Canada pressing hard.
Agosta?. Back to the blue line,
high, hard shot. That was a cannon.
Nobody was able to get the tip and
it becomes an easy clear for the
Fortunately, though shot was
about six feet high. The goal head
is about four feet so missed the
target by quite a lot.
defensive work by the Finns, Mickey
-- making it difficult to get into
the zone. Spooner will take a
penalty. That was poor from Spooner.
That was Jenni Hiirikoski doing some
great work. Basically forcing
Spooner to play the body, and that
will nullify the power play. There
was only a few seconds left. When
that is done it'll be a power play
And -- and illegal hit
is the call. Finland having survived
after going behind after 35 seconds
now have the opportunity to get
themselves back into this game.
There is Michelle Karvinen.
strong penalty call for Finland, no
great scoring chances the Canada.
Finland going into the power play.
Hiirikoski waiting for that penalty
to expire, gets to score a power
play goal in this tournament.
Nuutinen, has got her legs going in
this tournament so far.
Finland are now on the power play so
a one skater advantage. It is with
Susanna Tapani. Will the power play
look different for the Finns, do you
Well, we saw Rosa Lindstedt
out there at the start, they have
since changed but that is something
we found intriguing in the opening
game against the USA, putting a
large defender right in front of the
net, trying to create some screens.
You do have to make sure you get
bodies in front of Shannon Szabados.
She really is one of the very best
practitioner two of goal-tending.
She played men's hockey before
returning to the women's game. Do
they push themselves physically and
go and play professionally in the
men's legal term to make to they
support the women's league? A few of
them have had that crisis of
conscience, I think, more than
It is right. It is a
difficult choice. These women that
are the best in the world, they want
to push their boundaries as best
they can. Shannon Szabados thought
that is plying my trade against men.
And they are going to shoot the puck
harder, the pace is quicker, but
there are so many terrific women's
leagues coming up. You look at the
two in North America, Sweden has a
terrific one as well, where the
shots and competition the women face
are excellent. As of right now,
there isn't a wrong choice.
goes hard into the Canadian bench. A
little shrug of the shoulders from
Rougeau. I think that was an
apology. I didn't mean to take you
out. It is very dangerous when you
are on the bench and quite often
you're talking to somebody or
drinking water and all of a sudden
the puck flies in there.
many a coach in my time or back-up
goal-tender take a puck off the
shoulder or even a forehead, have to
go back for stitches while the game
is going on.
The power play has come
to nothing for Finland. Successfully
killed by Canada.
One of the veterans of this Canadian
team, Meaghan Mikkelson.
Bit of a free spirit, Johnston.
Proved to be absolutely deadly in
their opener against the Olympic
Athletes from Russia. Fast cannot
hold it at the blue line.
terrific work from Jenner?. She can
be an extremely effective play when
she is using her size and strength.
The puck, she tried to keep it in.
The puck has to come entirely over
the blue line and a nice overhead
shot of the Canada goal coming 35
seconds into the game, off the stick
of Agosta?. You see the defender for
Finland, Jenni Hiirikoski, trying to
take away the past but it was
perfect over the stick and on a
platter for Agosta? to get over the
Not a great lot that
Hiirikoski could have done.
Sometimes you just have to tip your
cap to the other team and say that
was a wonderful goal.
Agosta?, she has been there and seen
it all before. And played a very key
role in everything that's been
happening with this Canadian team
for the past decade.
When she's in
training with Canada, she is a
police officer back home in Ontario.
It would be arresting if she pulled
over and you recognised her from her
You must think
how frustrating that must be for
her. I'm bang to rights here but can
we have a selfie? Arrested by one of
the greats of Canadian hockey. Now
an opportunity to break into the
offensive zone. Nuutinen working
hard in the offensive zone, Canada
bringing it back with Wakefield.
Spooner blew her tyres skating into
the zone and she stretched her right
leg back. Look at this. Nearly a
nice bit of skill and that is where
body contact is allowed but checking
Real, real nice job from the
Canadian defender, Laura Fortino.
Not watching the puck. Nuutinen
tries to put it through her feet.
Fortino tries to stay square to the
skater, more or less in peeves
progress. Doesn't throw a body
check, just a little contact.
Lindstedt, feeding it straight to
the stick of ridge-mac, who was
active. Finland trying the other
side to get it out of the zone. A
big clash and Canada can keep it on
again. Sends it in hard, Lacquette.
She is a strong player.
She is a strong player. Raty has the
conversation with the officials.
Brigette Lacquette has one of the
strongest shots on the backhand. She
is a strong girl, £180, she is a
native of the Saskatchewan, first
first Nations player to suit up for
Canada in the Olympics.
Saskatchewan seems to be the home of
Canadian hockey. The freezing cold
winters, the Barnes on the farms,
ice rinks, it feels like everywhere.
Approaching the midway point of this
first period, and Finland have
survived the early pressure Canada
put on but haven't created anything
of any real quality as yet.
This could be an opportunity to make
something happen for Finland. Being
hounded and harassed. The shot comes
off the post!
off the post! Jumping in, Rosa
Lindstedt. Greater Charles and
Rudolph the play. The other end,
Canada Compaq with Johnston. Good
play by Johnston.
Raty hangs onto this one. Chances at
both ends, though.
We are seeing
some fabulous hockey right here. If
this is an indication of what we
will see is this tournament goes on,
viewers will be in for a treat but
these women are doing some wonderful
things. You mention Lindstedt
jumping into the play, firing it
height of the post, Shannon
Szabados, it brings off her post. So
close to tying it up. 6-foot one is
Rosa Lindstedt, an enormous presence
on the ice. Just couldn't get it
past the post.
It shook the net,
that one. Interesting that Lindstedt
appears to be wearing some kind of
watch. Whether it is an activity
That it's very odd, you
don't see watchers on the ice. A
little/ of the stick and that'll
explode into a million pieces on the
I wonder whether she forgot to
take it off.
To be honest, I don't
even know if that is allowed! You
can imagine if you get into a little
battle in front of the net, that
watch grazes your chin or fuel-mac.
If the referee was aware of that,
I'm sure she would ask her to take
This is strong play. Valila was
working on this one.
example of how physical the women's
game is. No penalty calls, but that
scrum in the corner, a lot of body
contact initiated from Wakefield.
Shannon Szabados takes possession
behind the line. So, there will be a
face-off in the zone. Shannon
Szabados didn't even dress for the
first game, she looked very
Lead us to believe what
the head coach of hockey Canada was
doing, what their game plan is, in
opportunity to give Desbiens an
opportunity. She knows it'll be a
long tournament and wanted to give
Shannon Szabados a break. When we
were handed the line-up today, it
wasn't even Shannon Szabados that
was going to be starting. It was
going to be Genevieve Lacasse that
was going to be the starting
So, an infraction on the
blade from Wakefield means that
there is some power play time for
Finland and they are set up in the
zone. Trying to force a time, but
Great pressure from Finland. If you
win that face off in the zone, you
Absolutely right, you have to win
the face-off. How about the strength
from the goal-tender, the core
strength. Able to keep that puck out
and keep her body from sliding back
into the net.
Valimaki did well again in the
face-off circle. Finland have got to
battle hard here to get good quality
By sending it around.
By sending it around. Good defensive
play by the Renata Fast, all the way
down the ice. A good chase out there
Not a great pass, unfortunately, to
Hard contact into the corner. No
penalty called on the play. Held at
the blue line. Canada will clear
away. That number one unit out there
for the Finns. They have the five
players, which the coaching staff
believe have the best chance of
scoring. Time is ticking quickly.
Szabados will hang onto that one.
Something or nothing really, that
shops. A save Szabados should make
nine out of ten.
A long shot from Jenni Hiirikoski,
60 feet away, that is how far the
blue line is from the goal line.
Szabados seem that the whole way.
Lindstedt couldn't hang onto
possession. Canada killing of this
power play again. Good work from the
Wakefield steps back out onto the
ice. Finland can't handle the pass.
This has been a much more equal
period after that opening three
minutes where Finland nearly got
A nice response from Finland.
Sakkinen goes chasing. Szabados is
there, so confident.
Everybody in offside on this
occasion. Spooner, Jenner and
Turnbull the three who play
together. There is the head coach.
Lots of pressure on her in many
respects, the nation of Canada will
take this very seriously, as will
You are right, their coach, former
player on the team Canada women's
programme, now the head coach. She
knows all about the pressure. About
the eyes and the armchair coaches
watching back home in Canada.
watching back home in Canada.
pinching in there. It should be
cleared away, it is.
We have not mentioned Meghan Agosta
for quite some time. That is
testament to the way the Finns have
been played. Great skating from the
zone. No penalty called on the play.
That top unit is out there right
now. Poulin, so strong.
Cleared away by the Finns.
Cleared away by the Finns.
one on two, able to win that battle.
That long shot just about deflected
through Noora Raty.
Poulin has been the player this site
has looked at whenever it is in
trouble. Two goals in the gold medal
game at an important time. The shot
coming in from Karvinen, another
easy one for Szabados. There is
Larocque, she never actually saw the
overtime goal go in in Sochi. She
said she couldn't bear to look at
that point. She was looking here,
A real nice job, jumping up into the
play. Assistant captain for Team
Canada, just loses the handle of the
park. A good job from Oona coming
out to help her team-mates.
out to help her team-mates. --
Got it on the stick, so it was OK.
If anyone manages to go home with an
Olympic Park, they have different
ones for each game. A gold one for
the gold-medal game.
the gold-medal game. Four years ago,
the referee said even the officials
were trying to steal them from the
officials's room because they all
wanted a memento, but they are kept
under lock and key.
A chance, Jenner, stopped by
Jenner using her great strength. --
This is better from the Finns.
Towards the middle. Lindstedt jumped
into the play. They have to get
better in a hurry.
Jenner has really stepped up her
game here today. So strong out
there. Some terrific work in the
Canada will go back outside, across
the crease. Play continues. Three
and a half minutes to go in the
first session, it has been all
energy. And pretty intense as well,
neither side is willing to back down
here. Another big body contact in
the middle. I think the officials
will have to start thinking about
Venla Hovi. Can't keep her feet,
under pressure from Wakefield.
Centre back in by Rahunen. Szabados
will act like a sweeper. Taking
control for Canada.
control for Canada. Spooner offside
again. And what a finish! Poulin.
Play continues. This is remarkable.
Poulin thought for sure the puck
went in the back of the net, the
referee was right there, she waved
it off. You know they are going to a
video replay to see if it went in
and out in a blink of an eye.
It has to be a goal. Poulin thought
the short it went in.
Picking out the pass. A great
attempt on goal by 40 Non. They will
put time back on the clock if they
need to. Now, the whistle blows. You
can bet the officials are heading to
the box. Everyone is asking the same
question, a horn went in the arena.
It seems pretty clear cut.
It looked like it went in, it
happened very quickly. The
juxtaposition was incredible, the
minute the referee signalled no
goal, the Horn went off.
pointing, it went in.
This is the replay.
That is a goal.
Straight off the back bar, and out.
This is a goal. How about those hand
from Poulin. A bubbling puck. She
picks it up and in a second rifles
it up. She knew right away. She was
looking in disbelief at the referee.
You can't fault the referee, it
happened so quickly.
Here is the official call.
Here is the official call.
video review, we have a good goal.
They will put the time back on the
clock that elapsed from that moment.
And Canada now lead by 2-0.
Heartbreak for Jenni Hiirikoski, the
defenceman for Finland. The worst
three people in the world who could
let that puck go on to the stick.
Remarkable, to the backhand,
upstairs. Wonderful to watch. 43
seconds had elapsed, put back on the
This is where video replay works
To ensure we got the right decision.
A mistake at the other end, Szabados
shrugging it off. Johnston goes
chasing. Finland now trailing by
two. Hiirikoski will be frustrated
that she thought she had it under
control, but it left the stick and
Poulin was predatory.
What is the response from Finland?
They need to find a way to get a bit
more pressure on Szabados.
Canada will we see it again.
Mikkelson has it back again. Finland
step up. Chasing after it with
Good checking from Spooner.
Savolainen went down but did well.
Spooner Court of time, a third time
in this period. -- court.
This is from Poulin.
Those hands are so fast. Look at the
I love it. Getting to celebrate
twice. The whistle didn't go, play
kept going, she quickly had to get
back into it. Then she got to do it
the real after the referee gave her
Raty gives it straight to Daoust,
Klakegg using the backboard. --
Lacazette. Early and late is what
Canada have done.
Probably going to be a holding call.
Exactly what the official signals.
No need to take her hand off the
stick and grab onto Agosta. They are
already down 2-0. A real strong
opportunity for Canada. To almost
put this game out of reach.
Absolutely. Looking at recent
fixtures between the teams, 4-3, the
Finns won in the group phase of the
World Championships. 4-0 in the
knockout phase. 2016, 6-1, 5-3, the
Canadiens one. The key is Finland
have to keep it tight, late, in a
game like this.
Lindstedt try to use her size and
strength. Find Hiirikoski. Turning
into trouble. Canada have possession
back. Lacquette. Agosta. In the end,
Jenner was just a little bit too
high to collect the pass. Good stick
contact to force a shot wide.
This could be a chance for Rebecca
Johnston! Shoots and scores! The
referee says no. This one is going
to go upstairs. With 4.5 seconds
remaining in the first period, it
feels like... We are going to have
another one of those big moments
Well, there is no doubt about
it, the puck is in the back of the
net. The referee is on the opposite
side of the goal-tender but there is
no question this puck is in the back
of the net. Terrific camera work
right here, the puck is completely
over the red line. You can see
Rebecca Johnston look. The referee,
the American referee, was waving it
off as all five Canadians are
celebrating in front of her. Once
again, they are going to check out
the video review.
It is absolutely a
goal from what we have seen and I
imagine that is the conclusion very
quickly they will come to. The
referees don't have the benefit of
the replay but let's see this.
Spooner is right there. The first
one went in and then Spooner made
sure. There is the best angle of it
right there. Raty pad gets pushed
inside the post. And was not able to
keep the puck out. This will be a
killer for Finland if this comes
with 4.5 seconds left in the first
period to make it 3-0.
shoots, it bobbles, and it is in
before Spooner forces it over the
Noora Raty is not happy with
the goal. It hits her pad closer to
derny and roles, deflecting off the
knee into the net. She had a pad the
Apart from that, it is
her momentum moving backwards into
the net as well.
You're right but a
netminder of her capability, she
knows where she is moving.
go, then. Conversations on the
backbenches. Hard to imagine Canada,
assuming this counts... No goal!
This is remarkable.
think clearly that was over the line
from what we saw.
Everything that we
saw showed it was. We did not see an
overhead. Maybe the puck rolling on
its side, maybe there was a corner
of it still upright on the goal
line. But this is a remarkable
judgment call. It was called no girl
on the ice.
If the video evidence
isn't conclusive, they have to go
with the on ice rule. The shots
which we saw, which looked
definitive, wasn't definitive enough
for the people on the video review,
saying we can see white underneath
but we can't see if it exactly
crossed over the line. The question
is where the face-off should take
place. The Finns want it outside the
zone because it means no scoring
chance but it will be inside the
scoring zone. Canada will feel
aggrieved because they know that
went over the line or feel it went
over the line. Finland and Noora --
Noora Raty get over the line. It
should be 3-0, it is a moment of
controversy. Should Finland come
back and cause problems for Canada,
you can here than being very upset
with what has happened. As it is,
though, Canada relatively
comfortable leading 2-0.
right, it'll be interesting how both
teams react to start the second
So, Canada in control. The
defending champions leading the
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So, drama at the end of the first
period of that ice hockey match. We
will be back for the second period,
Canada looking good at the moment to
make it to make wins out of two in
the group stages. If you have just
joined us, good morning. The snow is
starting to fall in Pyeongchang. If
you have missed any of the action so
far, here is a quick look at the
best of the headlines on this fourth
day. The Olympic Athletes from
Russia won the first ever medal
awarded in mixed curling when they
beat Norway 8-4 in the bronze medal
match. Canada and Switzerland go
head-to-head for gold later today.
Shaun White's bid to win a historic
third half-pipe gold medal is firmly
on track after the American topped
the qualifying with an incredible
run awarded 98.5 points out of a
possible 100. Chloe Kim, an American
teenager with South Korean parents,
produced one of the minds of the
game so far when living up to her
favourite tag and claiming snowboard
half half-pipe gold in near flawless
style. The build-up to Pyeongchang
2018 has been dominated by doping.
Today we have had our first failed
drugs test of these Games. Japanese
short-track speed skater Kei Saito
has tested positive for a masking
agent and has been suspended. He is
a reserve and hasn't competed in
South Korea so far and there will be
a final ruling issued after these
Games. The wind finally dropped in
Pyeongchang and the Alpine skiing
got under way, the first event was
the men's combined, it downhill
followed by a slalom session.
There's two times are added together
to find out who would be crowned
Olympic champion. Austria's Marcel
Hirscher, 55 World Cup wins, as yet
no Olympic gold, he would face tough
competition, particularly from the
Frenchman Alexis Pinturault, one of
the dominant forces on the World Cup
circuit. So, we will head to our
commentators in a little while at
the Alpine arena to find out who
could lift the first Alpine gold
medal of this Winter Olympic Games.
Graham Bell and Matt Chilton take
you through the best of the action.
COMMENTATOR: The first I Alpine ski
racer, Thomas Dressen, at the 2018
Olympic Games. Delays with the wind,
we have had to wait for the Tuesday
for the men's Alpine combined to get
under way. It is a shortened course
because of the wind and Graham Bell
will talk you through it now.
starting on top of the
roller-coaster section where there
are tunnels underneath the course
coming up onto what would be the
second jump in the downhill, the
Dragons poor around the big sweeping
turn, the Paradise turn. And over
the second jump, and then heading
towards the blue Dragon Valley. Now,
Thomas Dressen, he is experienced
downhill, not up to much in slalom
and this combined race really is a
match of the two. He has got good
speed, had good speed in the
training runs, top seven in the last
training runs so expect Dressen to
set down a very good time. He has
had an error-free run, with a little
bit of wind. He comes past the magic
tree, heading towards the final jump
Dressen the man who won the
downhill just before the start of
the Olympic Winter Games with a
couple of reasonable results in
combined events on the World Cup
this season. There will be plenty of
interest now is Marcel Hirscher
prepares to race. Hirscher in action
for the first time. Since the last
Olympic Games where he claimed a
silver medal in the slalom, and the
world Championships in 2015, he won
gold. The following worlds, he
claimed silver in the Alpine
combined event. If Hirscher goes
reasonably well in downhill, he will
be the man to catch in the second
leg later on.
His training runs, his
best was 3.66 out. That was a big
jump! He went over that roller and
luckily he was balanced as he took
to the air. This is a good run. He
can afford to give away 2.5 seconds
to Dressen as long as he stays in
the top 30, that is the most
important thing Hirscher has to do
today. Damage limitation in the
That is pretty good,
within 1.32, Hirscher will be pretty
content with the way his combined
Olympic campaign has begun. That was
a jump that took him by surprise,
however. He flew that!
however. He flew that! Pavel
Trikhichev, from the OAR team.
Trikhichev, from the OAR team. What
has happened to him? Must have had
an incident early on.
Oh, my word.
He straggled. The binding exploded.
Goodness me. Thankfully both skis
are off but he got tangled up badly
in the safety netting.
So we are
going to have a start stop. This
snow is so grippy, it pinched him in
on the gate. Now we are onto some
downhillers. They will have an
impact into what is happening with
Yeah, this is Aksel Lund
Svindal. We imagine he will not be
turning up for the slalom later.
This is something he's treating as
another reconnaissance mission for
downhill Day which has been moved to
Yeah,... He was late going
into the blue Dragon Valley. He is
nowhere near good enough to race
slalom. That short, sharp pressure
in on the gates. Downhill, you can
build the pressure, you can get away
with being slow, strong and
powerful. Look how much looser and
more relaxed he is than the slalom
skiers we have seen before.
young now, Aksel Lund Svindal, and
he is here with one thing in mind -
to win the Olympic downhill on
Thursday. He is in second position
at the moment but that is just
another training run. Here is the
Olympic downhill champion and
Matthias Mayer is his name, he
claimed the gold four years ago and
became a national hero in Austria.
As all previous downhill Olympic
champions do. Mayer joins the list.
Seven in total.
He will defend his
title on Thursday. Matthias Mayer
first of all tackles the Alpine
combined and away he goes.
Mayer is in front at the first
Looking for signs of
wind on the track. It looks like
Mayer is having a fairly clean run
with no gusts. That is the
left-hander, going through the gate.
Looks like there is a headwind.
Looked like there was a bit of a
Next intermediate, 45.89
for Dressen, Mayer is in touch.
is clean and fast.
It is huge! What
a jump! He's styled it out, putting
an old school twister in there.
Spectacular skiing from Mayer. I
think he would have enjoyed that.
has got some airtime and some speed
Still the fastest time from
the first man down the mountain but
Mayer has come close. Good finish.
Matthias Mayer skis into third
position, via a spectacular jump,
which gave him a huge amount of
height and distance.
height and distance. Kjetil Jansrud
on his way. He along with Aksel Lund
Svindal the trailblazers for the
Norwegian men's team. Jansrud is
here with a chance to win one, two,
possibly three medals, if everything
goes according to plan.
I think what
has happened is the tailwind that
Dressen had has died away. These
guys are getting a strong headwind
and a lack of a tailwind the earlier
skiers had. Jansrud is doing a very
good job in difficult conditions
because he doesn't have the
advantage of a tailwind on the mid
part of the cause.
half a second attempt to our's lead.
Has he managed to close the gap?
This could set things alight. There
is his good team-mate, his mate
Aksel Lund Svindal. Jansrud skis
Innerhofer was Olympic bronze
medallist four years ago in Sochi.
He has got to put down a serious
downhill run to give himself a
chance. He has the go close if not
quicker than Dressen.
Quicker at the first split. Good
stuff from the Italian. Innerhofer
does like it super icy. He has got
Innerhofer had a difficult time in
January, crashing in the two biggest
downhill races of the season. Got
away with it, no injuries. It is a
good run. Suddenly in the mix. No
change at all, Thomas Dressen leads
The race is underway, Muffat-Jeandet
should be the first man to complete
the course. Before him, Murisier
started but didn't get very far. A
good combined skier, here's one an
event already this season.
Starting on a clean track.
A lot of
offset in this slalom.
Muffat-Jeandet with an early start
number will need a good one. 2.23
down on the winner of the first,
Thomas Dressen. Disappointed with
his downhill. He could get a medal
from this position with a great
Their one has gone before him. A
fresh canvas underfoot. Carving some
sweet turns, the Frenchman. He races
in Valdez air. His
in Valdez air. His combined time,
the benchmark now.
Here he is, a regular World Cup
slalom specialist, he will attack
the top part of the course. Through
the first five turns, you can tell
the difference straightaway between
those who skied regularly top level
slalom and those who dabble. Still
in the green.
Really all that
advantage has gone.
He is skidding, you can see the snow
coming out from underneath the skis
at the top of the turn. This is the
tricky banana gate up onto the final
Still potentially good enough to go
into silver medal position.
First and second separated by .40
Can Schwartz finish with a flourish
and put pressure on Muffat-Jeandet,
he has come close.
Good enough for second.
Muffat-Jeandet still leading the way
for France. Now, it is the main man,
Marcel Hirscher. The best technical
skier in the world. 1.01 seconds his
advantage over Muffat-Jeandet after
the first run. A beautiful downhill
leg this morning. The one thing
missing from his trophy cabinet is
an Olympic gold medal.
Can he put
Looking pretty good but not as clean
as Muffat-Jeandet on the top part.
Laying them over onto an edge. This
is where the acceleration comes,
risking everything on the second
He is adding to his lead. Doing what
he does best in the Alpine skiing
world. The wind is there but he is
battling his way through, she
doesn't seem to care. The wind is
whipping up trying to distract him.
Can he do enough to move into gold
medal position? Yes. Comfortably.
Oh, glorious slalom skiing from
There is the man who could change
things around. Alexi Pinturault from
France is ready to race for the
final time today. Pushing hard out
of the start, he doesn't have an
awful lot over Hirscher coming into
this second leg.
0.28 his lead.
A little stumble.
Oh, he countered protected. A great
recovery. And again the same
mistake. Jetting out on the turn.
Pinturault finds himself behind
Marcel Hirscher. He has turned on
the red light.
Right now, it is good enough
potentially for silver medal
position. Hirscher was so quick on
the bottom half, there is no way
Pinturault can move into gold.
has gone into second.
He didn't have the wind Hirscher had
on the lower half. That is what we
thought. It's all decided now.
Hirscher, Gold. Holding on.
Pinturault gave it everything.
Back to the top.
No Svindal. With one to come, Marcel
Hirscher and Alexis Pinturault are
guaranteed medals. Can Thomas
Dressen snatch the bronze from the
grasp of Victor Muffat-Jeandet.
Off to a steady start. Steady is the
operative word. He has slipped off
his lead. Can he squeeze into bronze
He had to finish within 1.01 seconds
of Marcel Hirscher. At the next
split, he trailed the great
That was tidy. That was OK.
It has grown, it is almost certainly
out of reach now. The French are
starting to think they will take two
medals. Thomas Dressen lived
dangerously but finishes in nine.
The medals are decided. At last,
Marcel Hirscher is an Olympic
champion, he takes the men's Alpine
combined gold. Silver Fork
Pinturault, the bronze to
Graham Bell is alongside me, you
finally got some work to do.
The wind wasn't too bad. Affecting
the downhill, a tail wind which died
of meant the early starters, Thomas
Dressen and Marcel Hirscher
The slalom was a great race. How did
conditions affect things? They got
the Alpine underway the first time,
but in terms of the quality of the
The wind has blazed the snow making
it icy. There were some crashes
because the snow was so aggressive.
Crashing through gates. The downhill
section was a warm up for the slalom
skiers. It reduced the length of the
course. It was playing in the hands
of the slalom skiers, Hirscher,
Muffat-Jeandet, Pinturault, they
were always in with a shout.
That elusive gold for Marcel
Hirscher, where does he sit in your
list of greatest of all time?
He could well be the greatest of all
time. Hirscher in German means,
Stag. He is up there. He has won the
over world -- overall World Cup
title six times. He now has an
Olympic gold and could go on to win
another two individuals and may the
Another potential of the two
individual gold medals, what does
this one do to the competitors? Does
it make it more difficult given he
has shown he can live up to the
pressure? Or make it easier, that he
might ease off.
No, the others are absolutely
against it, Hauser has his nose in
front, and always does well. He
fights really hard. It will take the
pressure off him in the giant slalom
and slalom. He can go away and train
and relax before he comes back with
giant slalom, slalom and the team
Tomorrow, the Alpine continuing
without weather delays, what do we
Kayla Shiffrin in the women's
arguably more dominant than
Hirscher. She has won races over the
last couple of seasons by 3.5
seconds. Tomorrow, it is not a
question of if Shiffrin wins but by
We look forward to that.
Like you for joining us. Finally, a
gold medal for Marcel Hirscher. Now,
another girl trying to get our hands
on a first Olympic gold medal, Elise
Christie for GB, in the
quarterfinals of the short track
speed skating 500m at around 10am.
The final is tonight. We will be
hoping she has a chance for gold. We
have been catching up with her
roommate Charlotte Gilmartin.
It is fair to say, a woman who knows
Elise Christie more than most, team
mate, roommate and your maid of
honour is -- Maid of honour at your
Double excitement in the camp. A lot
to come before them. As your
roommate, what is she like?
She is noisy and messy but has a lot
It works well.
This morning, race day, what has she
Really calm. Race day, we are
waiting until the evening to start
racing. You want to save your
energy. She is starting to get in
She had said she was really nervous
before the race which is unusual for
her, any signs of nerves today?
It is a good thing. It brings
She is in the stadium preparing to
go on the ice in the quarterfinal,
what will she be doing before she
Sticking to the normal processes,
the same warm up routine, saying
eating routine. Keeping everything
as normal as possible. She has got
World Championship adults from that
Listening to music.
Listening to music. I have
asked a lot of people how they think
she has changed in the years since
Sochi, what is your take on that,
how different is chic, what makes
you think she can get success
She is more resilient now. She knows
this is a the end of the world, she
has got through it once. It can't be
as bad as Sochi. She is in a good
mind set and understand herself more
On the lowdown, do you think she
will get it?
She has the capability, short track
gets crazy out there, I know that
myself. There is the
unpredictability but she's good
Not long to go until Elise Christie
is in the 500m quarterfinals and
hopefully in the final standing on
An hour and 15 minutes to go to that
Let us head back to the Hockey
Centre for the second period of that
group match between Canada and
Finland, Canada leading 2-0.
It has been an intriguing and much
talked about first 20 minutes of
this game, Canada leading 2-0.
Looking to add to that. Options out
in front. In the end, Mikkelson
couldn't get in touch. The
controversy, it looked like Canada
had a good goal disallowed, Kent has
a theory on this. Canada still
working to find that third goal. We
will come to the reasons shortly.
Still 14 Evra. Working it back to
the blue line. And she scores,
Daoust. -- Fortino. The Canadians
put movement there. In the end,
You can only stem the tide is long.
How about the fake shot from Daoust
will stop putting the Finnish player
on her knees. A terrific screen in
front in the form of Agosta. No idea
where it was. Daoust fires it. We
have already gone to video replay
twice. No doubt about that one.
Daoust's third of this tournament so
far. She played a huge part in the
first goal as well. So, things going
well for Melodie Daoust, and that
line for the Canadiens, which is
where all their friends has come
from, and Finland hasn't been able
to get the pressure on here. At any
point, any kind of sustained
Let's take one more look
at this goal. Just that fake
slapshot, that throws Karvinen, and
Raty, opening up that open lane to
shoot the puck into the left side of
Spooner will go back and clears all
the way down the ice.
Finland starting to play at around a
bit in their own zone but not making
the most of their clearing
I think Jalosuo wanted a penalty,
nothing given. Johnston can't
control. It is criminal to give the
puck away right on the blue line
when you are the offensive player.
You are down three. We talk about
managing the puck, you want to make
sure you get it in deep. Terrific
angle on that shot.
angle on that shot. Rougeau had the
whole net to put it into. It is true
zero, Canada in terrific form and it
isn't so much what Finland is doing,
it is just that Canada seem to be on
top of their game.
The Finns should now get it away...
Eventually. It is hard work, though.
The whistle will blow again. There
is Rajahuhta. Canada in control
leading 3-0. What do Finland do? How
do they get themselves a little bit
back in the game?
Right now Canada
is giving them no time. Canada is on
them in the blink of an eye when
they have the puck on their stick.
One final look at this role from
Canada. Terrific job by Agosta?,
timed up with 88, Savolainen. There
is no chance they can see this puck
at all and when you are going up
against the best goalie in the world
in the form of Raty, one way to get
it past her is to make sure she
doesn't see the puck. Back to your
thoughts, Finland has to search for
something because Canada is right
now too fast, too strong. I think it
is going to have to start with
getting pucks deep. The land can't
control it so far. -- Finland cold
control and so far. They keep
getting turned over and the puck
goes the other way so Finland hasn't
had the puck on their stick very
often and when they do, they have to
make things happen.
It is the drive
for five for Canada, four gold
medals in a row, dating back to
2002, and they have almost given the
Americans a complex with this. The
Americans have won numerous world
champions but when it comes to the
gold-medal game, Canada have been
absolutely dominant since the very
first one in 98 where the Americans
took hold. Since then, Canada caught
up, surpassed, and now haunt the
Americans every four years.
haven't had the best team in each of
the last four Olympics. For whatever
reason, they've been able to get
into the head of the American team,
and when everything is on the line
in that gold-medal game, they've
come forward with the best effort.
Four gold medals in a row for
That could be a penalty. Offside is
Good news is, there was a gap
in the women's game and it is
closing big time. It is 3-0, Finland
ranked third in the world, they
played the Americans so well in the
opening game, it was a one goal game
the whole way through. Opening 20
minutes, Finland looked very strong,
in this game, so that is good news
for the women's game as that gap
continues to close every time-out.
You sense that a goal would make all
the difference in the world for the
Finns as they have another chance
from Niskanen. They are working
They just have not been able to
Larocque?, she is so dependable. She
knows her job, she knows her role
and takes it on well but there is a
211 break. Opportunity, looking for
that one-timer, which doesn't
happen, and Finland had a glimmer of
a chance. But just a sloppy pass
cost them a decent attempt on goal.
And when you go onto on one, it is
inexcusable to not get something on
That was too bad, that was
the break Finland needed. Larocque?
fell down creating that two on one.
And it was Saila Saari ready to one
time that puck and unfortunately the
pass across was a little too behind
her. We will get a replay, number
four falls down so it is 211, the
stick is in the air for 27. It is in
the air. The pass is behind her and
she has to Bringhurst dig down and
that is why it rolls off. You want
to keep your stick on the ice. The
sharp pass from Sara Sakkinen was a
little too hot to handle.
Finland having a burst for the
moment. Can they get any
Jalosuo had the elbows going,
digging to get back. A supremely
talented defender, Jenni Hiirikoski,
at fault for the second goal. And
that will be weighing on her mind.
She will play near on half the game
for Finland and she will barely be
off the ice in the third period if
they can mount some kind of Chase
Named best defence man at last
you's world Championships and
rightfully so. She is a wonderful
Offside is called. Time and space
now for Clark. Getting some ice
time. The Canadians look to extend
their bench a little bit.
They go to the net, can they finish?
Just wide. It was wobbling, she
didn't get a clean contact on it.
But better from Finland.
about execution. Two terrific goal
chances, unable to convert for
Finland. But you have to take the
good from bad. They are starting to
create some lanes, starting to back
off the Canadian D, and get some
chances. I guess you've got to look
at some small victories at the
That was good from the captain,
Hiirikoski. Not sure who that pass
was aimed for, really. It invites
the pressure back on.
Finland will try to battle this one
out. That is too many players on the
ice for the Canadians. A bit of a
miscommunication. Happen sometimes
when you start to extend your bench
a little bit, players get a little
bit confused as to who they are
replacing. Explain what happens when
you make a life change, how does it
happen, who initiates it?
obviously, when the game is in
progress, you're looking at a
35-42nd shift. The players on the
ice change on their own steam, no
one is telling them to. You're going
to jump off the ice, the new player
comes on. Canada opening up their
bench a little bit. You might be
used to taking some person, always
taking one player. I am a centre
person, I'm going to take the next
centre of the ice. We saw the
replay, someone jumped on the ice
before one play came off. You can't
play the puck if you are going on
the ice. Pretty easy call for the
linesman. It is going to be
Wakefield serving the penalty. The
door has opened a little bit for
Finland to make this a 2-goal game.
A goal here will give them some hope
of going to the third period.
Here is another attempt on goal,
blocked out in front. Good stuff
from Rougeau. Finland go back into
their own end. Canada's penalty kill
perfect so far.
This is where your good skaters are
out there. Some of the best skaters
have some of the least brain out
there on the eyes. I'm talking
across the whole of the hockey
world, not just these two teams.
Were you a great skater or were you
Oh, both, definitely!
Canada trying to clear away but
Finland have it back again.
Lindstedt, took her and aged to get
the puck under control. Canada still
have the possession.
This last rush for Canada has killed
off 35 seconds of this penalty kill.
Look at the back pressure from the
two Canadian forwards, working so
hard, Clark and Nurse. Only four
players on for Canada. That deflects
off the skates of Rougeau and it was
an easy one for Shannon Szabados.
Here is the chance from earlier.
would like to see that one shot beer
tap in. That time allows the
netminder to square up to the
Canada will come away with it.
Finland into the zone and a quick
shot. That was good from Savolainen
but they are so easy for Shannon
It is. She is such a
terrific netminder, if it is a shot
40 feet out our pie, she can pick it
out of the air. That is shot Number
Ten from Finland. Directed towards
Shannon Szabados. At the other end,
Canada have fired 20 at Noora Raty.
And it feels like they have shot
more than that!
This game is opening up into the
offensive zone, good defensive play
by the Canadians.
Working it around the boards.
Hakola. The players who are there.
Everyone is offside. It is wide open
here. Saulnier! 4-0. Snuck in and
around the back.
around the back. Canada heading
straight through to the semifinals,
in some style here.
Strange play from
Finland, four players going off on a
line change. Saulnier waiting by
herself, a terrific pass by
Johnston. How about that from
Saulnier. Just so authoritative, so
precise. Soon as it left her stick,
she knew she was in. No chance for
Noora Raty. It seems the finish
players thought it was offside and
they let up.
They are considering a
It is a question
whether Saulnier's foot was up when
she received that pass. Let us watch
her back legs. It looks pretty OK.
If her leg is on the ice, it is
Definitely on-site. The puck has two
completely cross the blue line
before the player does. If the
player has any portion of their
skate touching the blue line and
that puck goes across, it is
on-site. Terrific replay where we
could see Jillian Saulnier was
Canada should have enough now in the
tank. They will want more.
tank. They will want more. They have
done so well at the start and end of
each period. A goal at the start and
end. It kills momentum at the start
and at the end it pumps the tyres.
For the second period, it was how
both teams would yet after that no
goal call. It could have been an
opportunity for Finland to take
advantage. Instead, Canada lit the
A long rebound, Fala Mackie
goes after it.
-- Valour Mackie. Clearing away.
-- Valour Mackie. Clearing away. --
Valimaki. A strong outlet pass
evading the Finnish shirts. 33
seconds to go, anyway back for
As we look at the goal one more
Terrific pass from Rebecca
Johnston. This line, they had
nothing to show for it, but they
have been the best line for Canada,
Saulnier and Jenner. Great to see
them finally get rewarded.
On your point, is there any chance
for Finland to come back? I don't
see it right now, something had to
change drastically. Maybe with a
late power play for Finland. Emily
Clark gets called for the/.
A bit of indiscipline from Emily
Clark. Bouncing around All Over The
Place: Asia. Still tied up there.
That second effort. She tries to get
free. There is a little chop after
that, the back official noticed. And
two reveries on the ice, you can't
get away with that kind of stuff.
Canada working hard on the penalty,
getting it out of the zone, that
will kill it for the period. Nora
Batty, in frustration. She is not
happy. And easy-going day between
the pipes for the Canadians because
the offence is going, Saulnier with
that fourth goal, the Finns have
lots of talking to do to try to find
a map back into this game. But they
are very much on the back foot.
Canada in control, heading towards
the semifinals. 4-0.
It looks like it should be two wins
from two at the Hockey Centre. The
countdown is on to Elise Christie
and her 500m quarterfinals in the
short track speed skating, an
incredible four years, from troubled
disqualification in Sochi, the
overall world champion. Looking for
a first Olympic medal here in
Pyeongchang. She is coming here with
nothing else in her mind than
I knew I was capable, I am skating
the best I have ever skated.
COMMENTATOR: Overhauled by Christy!
They have all gone down.
I had the
speed so I moved up. Unfortunately I
got hit, which meant I hit everyone
else as I went down.
COMMENTATOR: Elise Christie takes
it. Oh, I can't believe it, she has
been penalised again.
I didn't have a clue what happened,
COMMENTATOR: The Chinese skater has
challenged her again, she falls.
Turmoil again for Elise Christie.
I have had people threatening me.
it like to get a death threat?
When it happens, you genuinely feel
they are threatening the life and it
becomes very scary. I spent six
months after feeling scared of being
in my house on my own, going out on
my own, just because, so many at
once made it feel so real. The meet
at the time it was so big, the loss.
The thing I had dedicated everything
too, had worked ridiculously hard
for. There was nothing anyone could
do. I was so scared and alone.
As parents we find that very
difficult to deal with. They will
call it the bubble around the team,
the athlete. It is difficult for a
parent because you don't have much
access to your child.
From a point where you were thinking
I don't know if I want to do this
any more, to becoming world
champion, that is some turnaround.
Yes. The first one I think was the
COMMENTATOR: Christie leading the
charge, it is tight, she has done
it, she is the world champion, Elise
I remember screaming. I never act
My emotions! For me to scream like
that was incredible. I think when I
got crowned overall world champion
that was really when I couldn't take
it in anymore. I couldn't believe
it. It is the biggest achievement in
short track to be crowned overall
world champion, bigger than an
Olympic gold medallist, the biggest
thing you can do.
It was an incredible season.
yes, it was a great time, you know.
You are getting emotional thinking
Yes, I think... You are on the
journey with them on a daily basis,
you are investing that emotion as
well. When she achieves, then that
means a lot to me as well.
Is this where you keep the medals,
not on display?
I just haven't figured out which way
I want to do it yet. The boxed ones
are all championship.
What would you like if she won
Yes, I think...
I don't know!
When she was a little girl she would
come in when something hadn't gone
away and through her skates in the
cupboard and said she would never do
it again. Now we know how much it
means to her and the team. We are
excited and hoping she will achieve
Is there room for an
Three big ones here. The dream is to
go out, not to sit in second place,
but to go out and try and win gold.
It might mean we've replicate Sochi
but I am not scared of doing that in
terms of how hard I have worked, I
deserved to go out and try and win
the relevant to what other people
will say about it.
-- irrelevant. 50 minutes until
Elise Christie's quarterfinal.
Graham Bell, we have the Alpine
skiing finally underway, have you
seen what the weather will be like?
Apparently, this wind is set to
drop. It is quite hard. And it will
get warmer, slightly, up two minus
That is tropical! Shiffrin, she is a
phenomenal force. She has had a
wobble. How do you rate her but is
she the overwhelming favourite?
Absolutely, it is a question of how
much she will win by, she will gain
constants by the fact Marcel
Hirscher did well today. The fact it
will be IC will help Shiffrin. When
it is difficult, that is when she
wins by a lot. It is the question of
how much she wins by.
There are some British interests,
Charlie Guest, in particular, these
games must be a lot given her
injuries she has come back from.
Yes. The Scottish girls have done
really well to get here, Alex Tilly
is better off in giant slalom. She
has scored World Cup points in
slalom. If they can get into top 15,
that would be a result.
medal hopes in Dave Ryding. Before
we see him. How excited should we
If these conditions stay as they
are, really icy and firm, Dave has
every chance of getting up onto the
podium. He is up against Hirscher
which will be a tough one. Hirscher,
and a medal up for grabs.
Give us an insight in the Olympic
Village waiting for the events to
come, when the weather is up and
down and you are not 100% sure if
the race will go ahead.
If you are a ski racer, you are used
to delays and cancellations. You
have to come back down again. Here,
you know at some point you are going
to race. In a World Cup, it is
cancelled and you move on. It is a
question of waiting it out and
How much have you
enjoyed the Alpine action?
I am glad it is under way. A great
race in the end, Marcel Hirscher,
brilliant skiing in difficult
We can't wait for tomorrow when
Shiffrin takes to the slopes. That
is all we have time for on BBC Two,
we are flipping over to BBC One with
Clare Balding and the build-up to
Elise Christie and her quarterfinal
in the 500m short track speed
skating. The final is later today on
BBC One. From me, goodbye now, see