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BBC Two Day 5: GB Men in Curling Action and Men's Doubles Luge

13:00-18:00: Continued coverage of day five, featuring ice hockey, luge and men's curling - the latter features an intriguing match between Great Britain and Canada.


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Good afternoon and welcome back to

coverage of the fifth day of

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competition at the Winter Olympics

in Pyeongchang. We are heading

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straight there, because there is

live curling, Canada against Great

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Britain, whose rink is an all-new

line-up. It is very tight and we are

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getting to the crucial stages of end

7. Ten ends in total. Here is Steve

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Cram.

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7. Ten ends in total. Here is Steve

Cram. COMMENTATOR: An improving

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performance against Canada. Still

very much in this match. Canada with

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the hammer in this end and it has

been building one way and the other.

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That is a nice shot. A nice hit and

roll across.

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roll across. It will jam against

that back red as well. Thomas

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Muirhead, all four now just starting

to play nice shots, building their

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confidence.

You can hear it in the

communication as well, Steve, much

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more upbeat, much more positive. And

it is contributing to more shots

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getting made.

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Good crowds in. Korea not performing

particularly well in the match with

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Sweden, it is 5-2 to Sweden. It is

not surprising, Sweden if you took

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Canada out, they would be second

favourites. They're in great form in

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last couple of years. But

nonetheless we have had a good

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atmosphere here. Plenty of British

support here. Lots of Canadians in.

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Marc Kennedy with this target at the

back of the house. Sweeping,

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stopping and then again on. Is that

going to go? It might just hang in.

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Well a similar shot to that which

Thomas Muirhead played a few minutes

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ago. Kyle Smith the skip looking to

remove this Canadian stone and try

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and roll in again. We have those

three stones out front. Giving a bit

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of protection.

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He wants to make sure that his

running stone that hits this red

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stays in the house. He just wants it

to roll across and sit on the back

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four foot.

A nice shot.

These

Canadians are almost talking

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themselves out of a game. They're

doing a lot of questioning of every

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stone. Is not going to catch it

enough? That is a good shot.

Not bad

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at all. Well played. Well watched as

well. The line was just about

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perfect there. Another couple of

inches over and it would have been

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absolutely ideal. But it is a good

shot.

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shot.

That is going to force Kevin

Koe to play the draw, which isn't

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really what he wanted to do.

He

hasn't played too many. We keep

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coming back, they can play shots

that are less familiar or he is more

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uncomfortable with. It looks

straight forward. But they have all

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had trouble with weight, the draw

weight. One player after another.

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The Canadian skip, Kevin Koe, in a

bit of a scrap now with Great

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Britain. Of course has h hammer

here.

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That is curling quite a lot. He has

really got to make this go. They're

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having to work hard.

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having to work hard.

Have they done

enough to get it into position.

We

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need an overhead. It is close. He

doesn't think so. He is not too

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happy with it. They do just enough.

A couple of inches in it.

That was

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swept all the way from it left his

hand.

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hand.

He was tiring by the time he

got down there.

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got down there. Can they take both

of those stone out? They can, but

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they're going to give up an easy

score of 1. They need to decide what

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they want to achieve - to steal or

force the one.

Two behind, the

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hammer in the 8th and the 10th.

There is worse situations.

Force a

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1, take a 2.

I think I would rather

be in a tied game though.

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Great Britain have used their

time-out. Both teams have used their

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time-out.

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time-out.

Risk and reward, that's

what every shot's about, isn't it?

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Looks like they are going to go for

the double take-out here.

Let's see

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how this works out for Kyle Smith.

Not far away and he's got it. What a

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nice shot.

They were looking at some

sort of double raise up the centre

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line, looked a little adventurous

for me. Yeah, they went for the

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safer shot and got the job done. The

best Canada can do here is pick up

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one.

They have got no option to

blank the end of course, three

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British stones in the house, so it

looks fairly straight forward for

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the Canadian skip to draw in here

and take their 1. Again sweeping it

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straightaway. I didn't quite hear

what he said.

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Still coming. Where is that going?

It is just going to be right. Well

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done. I think that is a partial good

result for Great Britain when you

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consider the position they were in 3

ends again and we thought it could

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be all over all early. Now they're

two behind. But they will have the

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hammer in the 8th and the 10th end.

So still in this match. I think the

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key is Britain are playing much

better and they're forcing the issue

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a bit with Canada and taken the

momentum, if not completely away

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from them, it is sitting somewhere

in the middle now between the two

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teams the. So into the 8th.

Those

last two ends have been much more

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positive for GB and they're finally

managing to put some pressure on

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this Canadian side.

Credit to Kevin

Koe, he had to draw in there, 4-1.

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Wasn't a super difficult shot, but

he still had to make it.

What we are

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seeing is a much more confident GB

team here. Kyle especially. That was

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a tremendous double takeout.

Elsewhere Switzerland have pulled

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one back versus Italy. 4-2 to Italy.

Japan leading Norway 5-3. Sweden

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still in control against Korea,

although they have reduced the

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deficit. It is 5-2.

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deficit. It is 5-2.

Ben Hebert

negotiating with the officials about

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the time clocks. I think they feel

their time clock continued to run

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when it shouldn't have been and they

maybe lost 10 seconds.

Or 11.

He

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wants 11!

When did it keep running,

I didn't see that. They obviously

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noticed it. And they have added,

have they added any on there?

They

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will fix it in a second I guess.

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I wa explaining at din hear the Ben

Hebert doesn't do the clock-wise

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rotation. I don't think I have seen

him play one this game. They know he

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is strong on that handle and they

just keep him throwing all the time.

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They're going to have to work this

one hard.

Is this the same stone?

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It is going to kill the boys with

all that sweeping. You don't want to

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over throw it. Even if you have a

rogue stone that is slower. They

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want the corner guard on.

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No pocket. No pocket.

They don't

want to put them side by side.

Which

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I think they may end up just about.

Almost.

We saw a couple of ends ago

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when you start to create these

pockets and you put a stone in

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between, it is impossible to get

them out. That could be an

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opportunity for GB later on in the

end.

Not much to choose in the stats

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of the two leads. Smith trying to

come around that guard.

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Almost.

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That is a shame, because it's kind

of brought it closer to the four

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foot there.

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foot there. They needed to be around

behind their guard. And in the

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house.

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There is a target there for Great

Britain.

The frustrating thing about

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that previous stone from Smith, they

left it in a position that blocked

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the draw around the very average

corner guard they had. So it is

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completely useless now where it is

and they're forced to play into the

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middle. Which isn't what they would

have liked. But at least there is a

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couple of stones kicking about for

them to use.

A little heavy again.

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Just going to tap that back. Sitting

on the other one.

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I'm sure that stone will go through

there if they hit it in the right

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spot. Just hit it on the nose.

We

have to remember with this British

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men's team, this is a all-new

experience for them. Well, the same

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can be said, well can't be said,

well half of this Canadian team have

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already won Olympic gold.

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Nicely done.

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All the Canadian stones in the top

half of the circle, making it

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All the Canadian stones in the top

half of the circle, making it a bit

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harder for Great Britain to hide or

come in behind any of them, so they

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will have to start setting something

up here. They are going to force

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that yellow second shot that Cammy

Smith played into the pack. That

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job. Kyle Waddell.

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-- that job falls to Kyle Waddell.

Again, not quite.

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Again, not quite.

Kyle Smith

apologising for that one there. It's

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so difficult to get them absolutely

spot on. It was a great shot.

We

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heard Kyle 's sake, he threw it

well. -- we heard Kyle say, he threw

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it well.

They have worked hard to

get into a position to take this all

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the way through. Into the eighth

end. Really wanted to score two to

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try to even up the match. Marc

Kennedy playing third for Canada. He

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has just hit that with his brush.

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One of the great things about

curling, it was accidental, so the

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stone is put back to where they all

agree it approximately was,

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hopefully within just a few

millimetres.

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millimetres.

There's still quite a

few stones to come in this end. They

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could play quite a defensive shot

here and spray at least a couple of

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the reds, to give them a better

opportunity to play the draw with

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the next one. Looks like they will

go for a hit and roll here and be

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happy to leave a couple of reds

around the four foot.

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Good shot.

Year air. Rolling in

behind the two guards.

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He's a warning to the task, Young

Muirhead. -- he's warming to the

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task.

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They are going to use that stone to

try to remove the other one, or is

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he just peeling this off?

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It just hairs by the British yellow

stone, and rolls into a nice

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position for a corner guard. Maybe

Great Britain can try to hit and

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roll behind the cover on the

left-hand side now.

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I think we need to play this!

I

think it's an end turn. What do you

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think?

Yeah, I like that. Barrier?

Yeah, it won't do a lot.

I don't

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think so.

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A big shot here for Thomas Muirhead.

Wants to try and hit this. The

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Canadian red. Move across and in

behind the other one that's lined

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out there. It's on the wrong side

there, though. That's a missed

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chance.

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chance. And at this stage of the

match, you have to take every

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opportunity.

Very disappointing,

that shot. Even if you don't make

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the take out, you need to make sure

you keep your stones in play. If you

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don't do that, you make it so easy

to defend for the Canadian side.

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to defend for the Canadian side.

I

got some air. Control right here,

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lots of room.

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lots of room.

He said, I haven't

thrown any this way! A bit of a

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whinge from the Canadian skip!

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That's control, and then roll onto

the button.

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A huge amount of communication with

the sweeteners. -- with the

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sweepers.

Neither skip shooting the

lights out. But Kevin Koe with the

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accuracy. The skips have the most

difficult shot to play, under

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pressure as well.

It always feels

like there is so much control in

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Kevin Koe's shots. He delivers at a

nice speed. The sweepers put it

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where they want to. No panic in the

communication. Generally the shot is

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met.

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Unfortunately, after that previous

miss from Thomas Muirhead, the

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opportunity is really kind of lost

here at the moment for a score of

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two. Difficult to see where they can

hide one to generate the deuce they

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are looking for.

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Plenty of room!

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Once again, this running stone has

to stay in-house. Which it has.

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Would have quite liked that to...

Curly little bit more and get inside

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the court behind the front yellow.

This is fully visible for Canada,

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and they will just tap this through

for two and force Great Britain to

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take one. And they have the hammer,

the last stone advantage.

A pity

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really, the opportunity was there.

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Kevin Koe. Trying to make sure Great

Britain only take one here.

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Britain only take one here. Well

done. It's always on the way down

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where there is a bit of panic and

shouting and hollering, and then

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everyone says, well done.

This is

one of those situations we saw

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earlier in the game where Canada

didn't manage to get their stone

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position is quite right. This is

what they were trying to do around

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the second and third end. Now we

have a position where Kyle can't hit

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the front stone and rely on the shop

position because of the one at the

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front back. The other problem Kyle

has is the positioning of the guards

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making it difficult to draw into the

middle. So he has to play his draw

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up the middle and curl it out to the

wings a little bit, while still

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staying in eight short position. Not

simple.

Kyle calling a technical

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time-out. His stone must be loose.

You see him crossing his arms. The

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stopcock should stop.

The handle is

loose!

We have had a few loose

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handles this week. The man with a

magical Alan T. Oh no, he's coming

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to try to find out what the problem

is, and then the magical Alan

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is, and then the magical Alan key

man will be coming. Why doesn't the

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man with the key just stay closer?

He should. We have seen a lot of

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stones like that this week.

You've

got one job!

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got one job!

If I know the Deputy

Chief Executive well enough, he's

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probably by the copy burden -- by

the coffee urn.

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the coffee urn.

Is he the only man

allowed to tighten them up?

I think

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any of the other ice technicians can

do it.

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do it.

I know how to use and Allen

key! Textbook use of an Allen key.

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It's not ideal for Kyle. I'm sure he

would much rather have got down

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there with his handle fixed and play

the shot. Instead he has had to wait

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a little bit. And this is a shot

that must be made. Full focus

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required for Kyle Smith.

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Line is good.

This will curl across

the centre line and they will try to

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catch, coming into the house. You

can see the top stone, and that's

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not a bad shot at all. Great Britain

picked up only one, but they really

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wanted two to tie this up. It means

Canada will still lead this with two

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ends to go. Don't forget, Great

Britain will have the hammer unless

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Canada decides to blank an end.

Canada have the lead, 5-4. Two ends

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left. All still to play for here.

The top-ranked team in the world,

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Canada. Great Britain performing

pretty well. The scores elsewhere...

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Sweden 6-2 Korea. Italy maintaining

a grip on their match over

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Switzerland, leading 5-2. Japan and

Norway, they are getting closer at

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5-4. As we move into the late

evening in

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evening in the curling venue at the

top of the Olympic Park. Takes 15 or

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20 minutes to get up here. And we

walk fast, I can tell you.

It's been

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very good for my step counter this

week to!

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Cammy Smith has struggled a little

bit with his first stone at times.

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Thomas Muirhead coming to help.

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Just off the centre line. Ben

Hebert, the Canadian lead. Just sits

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up and admires his work.

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up and admires his work.

Another

anticlockwise rotation. We were

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looking at the stats from the

previous game. 85% of his shots were

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on the out-turn.

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Line's good, on you.

To be clear

with this one, I think we will see

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GB go all out on this end. They are

not trying to throw one out onto the

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red stone. They are trying to put it

on the red line, the baulk line that

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the stone has just crossed. They are

trying to fully maximise the guards

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on rule. There can be another stone

outside the house. And at the

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moment, they can't be removed.

The

reason being, with the hammer they

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would like a nice clear line in all

the time. The more stones they have

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to remove, the more they use up.

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Struggled a little bit. Going back

to the time left, both teams have

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plenty of time. Both have seven

minutes or so, with two ends to go.

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Plenty of thinking time if it is

required. No time-outs left. Both

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have used it.

They have 14 seconds

to get to the line over the past

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week. That one just about 15

seconds. This demonstrating the

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power of the sweepers to carry those

extra feet.

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extra feet.

Young Thomas still

hasn't taken his top off though.

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Staying cool.

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Very warm but cool I think probably.

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This is the all great experience,

this youngish team.

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this youngish team. We see the first

peel. Getting rid of that long

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guard.

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You like the look of that?

Looks

like they're going to play a

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take-out here.

What is the best

result in here, one for Great

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Britain, one shot to Canada, if you

steal, Canada take the hammer into

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the final end. You don't want to

give up two. You limit them to one

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and then hope you can score 2 in the

final end. But the extra end, Canada

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have the hammer. Help me out.

A

steal 2 would be great.

There is

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definitely a couple of options, if

they steal a 1 as you say, Steve,

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they go down the last without the

hammer. But they have been playing

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well and I think they probably have

the confidence they could steal

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against Canada in the last end.

Again it wouldn't be bad if they

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forced 1 and they go down the last 2

down with the hammer if they can try

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and pick up a 2. The only thing I

would say is we haven't yet scored a

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2. The Canadians have scored a 2

when we have the hammer. But we

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haven't.

Good shot. Taken two out of

the three.

We are still in OK shape

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here for a steal. Drive across the

face and spill those two yellows

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out. They moved the red stone more

up on to the T-line. That is in a

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prime position now.

There is the

request. Thomas Muirhead, see what

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he can do here. The game on the

sweep next to them have finished

0:33:210:33:31

Korea were defeated by Sweden.

0:33:310:33:39

Get back. It did. It curled too much

in the end. Good try.

Great weight.

0:33:390:33:46

Just the line.

It is always the way,

when you have had your line and you

0:33:460:33:51

have been making everything for a

line and struggling for weight and

0:33:510:33:55

you have finally found your weight

and you have lost a line.

0:33:550:34:02

They want to clear this away.

0:34:070:34:14

We have heard the

0:34:260:34:30

We have heard the word juicy used a

couple of times by the Canadians.

0:34:340:34:41

That one was pretty juicy.

It was.

Keep one at the top of the 12 foot,

0:34:410:34:47

the shooting stone.

Ben was scared

to sweep that. But he didn't want to

0:34:470:34:54

sweep it out.

0:34:540:35:00

Options now?

Well they can either

draw around it. Or they can hit it.

0:35:080:35:15

And I don't think either of them are

great.

Hitting it is probably

0:35:150:35:23

playing into the Canadians' hands.

Where they can peel and... Clear the

0:35:230:35:28

end they would probably go down the

last with the hammer. Having said

0:35:280:35:33

that, even coming around behind it

was a difficult shot and you would

0:35:330:35:38

have to bury it quite deep.

Here is

my scenario, Canada decide to blank

0:35:380:35:48

this end and we steal one... We

steal 2.

You have been watching too

0:35:480:36:00

much mixed doubles.

Blanking this

end doesn't change it.

No it doesn't

0:36:000:36:05

change anything.

Because if they

have stolen the 9th end they would

0:36:050:36:10

have to steal in the 10th. Instead

they're just delaying it. They get

0:36:100:36:14

an extra end and they can steal one

more.

So we have got to steal twice?

0:36:140:36:20

Absolutely.

0:36:200:36:30

Absolutely.

I know we are using

terminology, stealing shot means

0:36:300:36:34

exactly that, you steal a shot when

you don't have the hammer, the other

0:36:340:36:38

team have the hammer and you manage

to... Win the end and the team who

0:36:380:36:45

had the hammer get the chance to do

it all over again sadly.

I just

0:36:450:36:53

heard Marc Kennedy saying it's

straightened up a lot. I think the

0:36:530:37:00

Canadians specially, because they

play on huge swinging ices, ice that

0:37:000:37:05

swings six feet, they may be

struggling if this ice doesn't prove

0:37:050:37:10

to have the big swings they're

looking for. We have definitely in

0:37:100:37:14

the last three games seen it a lot

straighter than it was last week in

0:37:140:37:17

the mixed doubles.

Swinging in the

mixed doubles!

LAUGHTER. Careful.

0:37:170:37:32

That was a really good introduction

for the new format. Very popular.

0:37:320:37:42

I think if the conditions do

continue to play straight, that may

0:37:460:37:51

play into GB's favour. These guys

are well accustomed to playing on

0:37:510:37:57

straight ice conditions in some of

the clubs around Scotland. Maybe

0:37:570:38:00

even Sweden as well. You know, a lot

of ice rinks in Sweden can have

0:38:000:38:06

quite straight ice conditions.

How

would that change so much, if you

0:38:060:38:10

said it was swinging when the mixed

doubles and we came back the next

0:38:100:38:14

day and started, the next morning in

fact. How does the ice change that

0:38:140:38:18

much or can it change that much?

Here is my thoughts on that, we

0:38:180:38:26

playing with different stones. The

stones for the mixed doubles were

0:38:260:38:29

taken off the ice and we have new

stones for the men's and ladies'

0:38:290:38:35

event, it may be the difference of

these stones. Other than that I

0:38:350:38:39

can't think of it.

0:38:390:38:46

can't think of it. But it was

definitely much swingier. Conditions

0:38:470:38:52

haven't changed out side, apart from

the wind, but that won't affect it.

0:38:520:38:56

So for me I think it is stones.

I

have a couple of theories. One, the

0:38:560:39:01

games are much longer, so the ice

tech nickses need to -- technicians

0:39:010:39:08

need to maintain the conditions

longer and keep it colder. And you

0:39:080:39:14

have got much more players out

there. Which obviously makes the

0:39:140:39:20

atmosphere warmer. It is all very

technical.

Could be any of them

0:39:200:39:26

actually.

OK.

0:39:260:39:31

actually.

OK. Theories abound and

theories around how Britain get

0:39:310:39:34

themselves ahead here. Well there is

only one way that is going to

0:39:340:39:38

happen. After nine ends they're one

behind. They will need to steal in

0:39:380:39:42

the final end with Canada having the

hammer after blanking that end. So

0:39:420:39:47

the, it is straight forward really -

they have to steal at least one.

0:39:470:39:51

That would take us into an extra

end. Then again they would have to

0:39:510:39:56

do the same. Because Canada would

still retain the hammer into the

0:39:560:40:01

extra end. For me the positive that

is Great Britain have taken this

0:40:010:40:07

match all the way to the final end

here, when I have to be honest after

0:40:070:40:14

about three-ends, we were concerned

as to things would last this long.

0:40:140:40:19

You can see it was 4-1. And maybe

could have been worse. But they have

0:40:190:40:25

played well in this, probably since

the third end, they have played much

0:40:250:40:31

better, stuck to their task well,

found their shots. Still had one or

0:40:310:40:37

two opportunities which have gone

begging, but the same can be said

0:40:370:40:41

for Canada. That is going to be

burnt is it?

It is not going to be

0:40:410:40:46

burnt, it is going to be hogged.

Sorry, wrong phrase. Same result.

0:40:460:40:51

Absolutely. So the stone needs to be

fully over that red hog line for it

0:40:510:40:57

to be in play. Doesn't manage to do

so and... Yeah, that is disastrous

0:40:570:41:03

for GB's chances.

Instead of having

two good guards out there, they're

0:41:030:41:12

only ever going to have one now at

the moment.

0:41:120:41:18

the moment.

Again I will let you

explain why that is put Canada, was

0:41:190:41:23

that deliberate? Sending that

through?

They don't need any stones

0:41:230:41:27

in the house now. They want to be

able to hit everything out of way

0:41:270:41:30

and they don't want anything that

Great Britain can use to come around

0:41:300:41:36

behind or sit on top of. Every stone

now for Canada is a danger for

0:41:360:41:42

themselves.

The other bonus for can

darks they don't have -- Canada,

0:41:420:41:49

they don't have to score. They can

blank it. No need to leave

0:41:490:41:54

everything around in the wings. They

can just skittle everything out of

0:41:540:41:58

play now.

A real pity there. Cammy

Smith has struggled with one, at

0:41:580:42:05

least one of his stones throughout

this match since the second or third

0:42:050:42:10

end. Very quickly, give you an

update. It is Switzerland have

0:42:100:42:17

pulled back and they're into the

final end also. 5-4 to Italy. Japan

0:42:170:42:23

still leading Norway.

0:42:230:42:28

still leading Norway.

There we see a

tick shot. Canada weren't allowed to

0:42:310:42:37

remove that stone from play. It was

still in the free guard zone. So

0:42:370:42:41

they just tried to tick it to one

side of the rings and roll their

0:42:410:42:45

shooter to the other. Opening up the

four foot.

0:42:450:42:57

Kyle wah Waddell had a good match.

0:43:040:43:13

You have to OK, the first stone from

Cammy Smith, not what the team

0:43:180:43:22

wanted or the needed, you have got

to keep throwing your stones and see

0:43:220:43:27

how this develops. Canada are

capable of mistakes as well.

0:43:270:43:39

We're going to see Great Britain

persevere and keep putting up a

0:43:470:43:52

centre.

How long do you keep doing

that for? Just keep hoping and hope

0:43:520:43:58

they make a mistake.

Yes, as long as

it takes really.

Even if it's up to

0:43:580:44:05

the second last stone, the first

stone of the skip.

They know two

0:44:050:44:11

guards that are there are not good

enough is the problem. The

0:44:110:44:19

enough is the problem. The reason

for that is it is still quite a

0:44:190:44:24

distance from the middle of button.

Kevin Koe can just draw one and it

0:44:240:44:30

will be game over. They're pushing

for something a little more useable

0:44:300:44:34

at the moment.

0:44:340:44:38

Laing playing the second stones for

Canada. Almost seems the quiet man

0:44:460:44:50

of the team this guy.

0:44:500:44:59

It seems unfair but Canada are just

going to keep doing that the way

0:45:020:45:06

things are at the moment. Looks like

a change of strategy here from Kyle.

0:45:060:45:19

Rather than going for the

traditional approach of going for a

0:45:280:45:31

steel around the centre guard, they

will go for the red stone around the

0:45:310:45:36

house, and hope for some mistake

from Canada and put another one in.

0:45:360:45:40

And then what Canada have to face is

two British yellow stones, and they

0:45:400:45:46

have to decide whether to draw or

hit with the last one.

The first job

0:45:460:45:52

was to get around the guard.

Unintentional guard, I guess.

0:45:520:46:02

Unintentional guard, I guess.

It

looks awfully thin.

You could quite

0:46:040:46:09

easily take the yellow and roll

yourself, but he knows Kyle will ask

0:46:090:46:13

for the same shot again. You saw him

indicate, do you want to try to hit

0:46:130:46:18

the red onto the yellow and try to

spin them all so there is nothing in

0:46:180:46:21

the house. But should you do it

wrong, Kyle's shot is almost at the

0:46:210:46:26

one foot, and he can draw one in

behind.

The additional benefit of

0:46:260:46:37

peeling the red into the yellow is

that it opens up the sheet for the

0:46:370:46:40

final stone at the end.

They have

decided just to simply take the

0:46:400:46:45

yellow out. Thomas Muirhead on the

drawers has been struggling all

0:46:450:46:53

evening.

0:46:530:46:56

This is beginning to have a bit of a

sense of inevitability about it.

0:47:050:47:18

Trying to execute this a little

better than the last attempt.

0:47:320:47:42

That's a much better shot from

Thomas Muirhead.

0:47:500:48:00

I like this, just tell me where you

want to hit it!

And no messing with

0:48:060:48:13

this guy, Marc Kennedy hollering

down the ice. Let's get rid of it.

0:48:130:48:24

Just complicating matters as far as

Kevin Koe can see.

0:48:240:48:36

Possibly the final stone of the

match for Marc Kennedy.

0:48:360:48:43

match for Marc Kennedy. Oh!

Sorry,

fellas.

Missed.

That's the mistake

0:48:440:48:58

that Thomas and Kyle were trying to

force. Still no guarantees of a

0:48:580:49:05

steel here by any means, but it's

starting to develop how they would

0:49:050:49:10

have hoped, and at least given

themselves a chance to steal in the

0:49:100:49:13

tenth end.

Two stone is left for

Great Britain and Canada. Canada

0:49:130:49:23

playing the final stone. Great

Britain must steel here to take it

0:49:230:49:26

to an extra end. A slight mistake

from Canada, Marc Kennedy was trying

0:49:260:49:35

to

0:49:350:49:39

to take out the back stone and

missed it.

0:49:400:49:52

missed it. So he just wants to bring

that around and tuck in. If he can.

0:49:520:49:58

And live short. They have got to

sweep it.

0:49:580:50:16

You may not have seen, the sweepers

were a little bit in the way, but it

0:50:190:50:24

caught the guard. Another apology

from the skip.

I think the

0:50:240:50:28

discussion between the sweepers and

the skip indicates the ice

0:50:280:50:34

conditions have slowed down a little

bit at this end. Probably the same

0:50:340:50:39

weight as earlier, but they monitor

the playing conditions as the game

0:50:390:50:43

goes on and the sweepers relate that

to Kyle, but he wasn't able to make

0:50:430:50:47

the necessary adjustment.

0:50:470:50:53

Barring a real mistake from the

Canadian skipper here... And we're

0:51:110:51:17

not really going to get it.

0:51:170:51:25

not really going to get it. Just

wondering what to do here, try to

0:51:250:51:28

use that stone and maybe rolled and

lie short. Still fairly

0:51:280:51:33

straightforward for Kevin Koe.

Canada just need one here. Britain

0:51:330:51:39

need the

0:51:390:51:47

need the steal.

Didn't spend long

considering this. Could have played

0:51:470:51:51

the freeze.

I considered that as

well. With the freeze, the men can

0:51:510:51:58

have such a heavy weight at it, but

with a good freeze it can be a

0:51:580:52:02

really difficult shot. They have

decided to do a little flop over to

0:52:020:52:05

the side, but who are leaving the

four foot open for Kevin Koe and his

0:52:050:52:10

team to do a simple draw.

Maybe the

Canadians will have the same issue.

0:52:100:52:23

Are they going to use this?

They

need to be lying short here? And

0:52:230:52:30

that's the game.

Canada have taken

the one they need, and the final

0:52:300:52:36

end, Great Britain unable to make

the steal. They played pretty well.

0:52:360:52:41

A difficult start to the match.

Canada, in the first three or four

0:52:410:52:46

ends, looks like they might coast to

victory, but Great Britain pulled it

0:52:460:52:51

back and made them fight hard and

work hard and took it all the way to

0:52:510:52:55

the final end. But as expected,

perhaps in the script for Canada, to

0:52:550:52:59

win this one. That's exactly what

they have done. Canada beating Great

0:52:590:53:04

Britain Zig Zag STUDIO: Rhona Howie

in the studio with me. There were

0:53:040:53:09

chances there.

0:53:090:53:14

chances there. -- Canada beating

Great Britain 6-4.

0:53:150:53:21

chances there. -- Canada beating

Great Britain 6-4.

Both teams

0:53:210:53:23

struggling with stones and with the

ice slightly changing, a lot of

0:53:230:53:26

communication about it changing,

maybe atmospheric conditions. But

0:53:260:53:31

they have to be aware of it and keep

on top of it. But we really put the

0:53:310:53:35

pressure on Canada in the second

half. Had we got two back in the

0:53:350:53:39

eighth end, it could have been a

different result.

What happens after

0:53:390:53:43

a game, do they go away to analyse

the mistakes made and say, we will

0:53:430:53:47

do it differently next time, or do

they practice?

They will go away and

0:53:470:53:52

look at the video analysis of the

game. The coach will pick out

0:53:520:53:56

certain times in the game where

maybe a stone could have been placed

0:53:560:54:00

differently, or a shot was called

where they could look at a different

0:54:000:54:02

option. There is no right or wrong,

but there are different options to

0:54:020:54:07

play. They could look at that and

speak to the team and work out what

0:54:070:54:10

they would have done differently.

That Canada team, obviously selected

0:54:100:54:16

after an incredibly long process in

Canada among many very strong rinks.

0:54:160:54:22

How good or not do you think they

look?

They came out in the first few

0:54:220:54:27

ends and looked really good, but

they kind of... I don't know, they

0:54:270:54:31

didn't looked as enthusiastic and as

keen as normal Canadian teams are.

0:54:310:54:38

They looked quite placid and

subdued.

Quiet, weren't they lost in

0:54:380:54:45

blue they were, but there is a lot

of pressure on Canada because they

0:54:450:54:48

are expected to take home the gold

medal. -- quiet, weren't they?

They

0:54:480:54:53

were. They are a strong team and

steady team. They communicate very

0:54:530:55:00

well and talk through every shot.

Overall a decent day for the great

0:55:000:55:05

British men, with victory over

Switzerland which could be crucial

0:55:050:55:07

at the end of the round robin

matches. And not a bad performance

0:55:070:55:12

against Canada, chances there, but

not quite taken. The British women

0:55:120:55:17

were up against the Olympic athletes

of Russia earlier today. And this

0:55:170:55:21

was a very impressive victory.

It

was, they played their shots very

0:55:210:55:30

well. They tactically played a good

game. Just really put the pressure

0:55:300:55:35

onto the Russians throughout whole

game. Really good, Eve Muirhead will

0:55:350:55:42

be very good with that performance.

With the women's competition, Canada

0:55:420:55:46

the favourites again?

Yes, you would

probably think Canada, but Britain

0:55:460:55:52

are up there as well, they are

favourites out there. There is a

0:55:520:55:57

target on their back as well.

Norway

always fantastic fun to watch

0:55:570:56:01

because the men tends to have an

outfit they save for special days.

0:56:010:56:07

They have taken inspiration from

Chemmy, wearing trousers that are

0:56:070:56:10

very like your top.

If I wore the

trousers it would be a one piece.

0:56:100:56:19

Their trousers would go better with

your top than with the red tops they

0:56:190:56:22

are wearing.

0:56:220:56:29

They aren't lucky, though, are they?

It was a really good game against

0:56:320:56:37

Japan, getting beaten 6-4, Norway.

It's always a really good bit of fun

0:56:370:56:43

to see what they wear. Is it the

skip that designs their kit?

Is

0:56:430:56:47

their second player who has all the

ideas for trousers. He makes the

0:56:470:56:53

decisions and the rest follow. Bold

decisions. And every game, they will

0:56:530:57:00

make a statement with their

trousers. But lovely hearts on the

0:57:000:57:04

trousers for Valentine's Day, but

the red tops don't quite go.

It's a

0:57:040:57:09

clash, terrible decision.

The

wardrobe designer needs to make a

0:57:090:57:15

different choice. They have to wear

dark or light tops depending on the

0:57:150:57:18

stones they are throwing. They will

have trousers to go with those.

But

0:57:180:57:24

they could wear different trousers

every day if they wanted?

They

0:57:240:57:27

could.

But they will not wear those

once again because it's unlucky.

But

0:57:270:57:31

it's Valentine's Day over now.

0:57:310:57:38

it's Valentine's Day over now.

It

could be superstition.

Going back to

0:57:380:57:41

the men's team, it's being thrown

into the deep end, your first day at

0:57:410:57:44

the Olympics, two matches, one

against a hot Swiss team and against

0:57:440:57:50

Canada. If you were to sum up how

they performed across the day, what

0:57:500:57:55

would you say?

They have done

remarkably well. A win over

0:57:550:57:59

Switzerland, it doesn't matter how

you get the win, a win is a win, and

0:57:590:58:04

you just want points on the board.

The game against Canada, they are

0:58:040:58:08

the favourites, but they came out

there, had a ropey first five ends

0:58:080:58:13

and struggled with the stones at

that point. They played well in the

0:58:130:58:17

second five ends and ask questions

of Canada. It's a great learning

0:58:170:58:20

curve for the boys to move forward.

The next seven round robin games are

0:58:200:58:25

gone.

Seven out of ten for the

performance?

That would be pretty

0:58:250:58:30

good, seven out of ten for the first

day of performance.

Room for

0:58:300:58:35

improvement. We can hear what they

have been thinking about it,

0:58:350:58:39

speaking to Steve Cram.

Kyle, a

pretty tight affair at the end,

0:58:390:58:42

looked like a tough match in the

first three ends, but then you got

0:58:420:58:46

going.

It's a shame we had a slow

start. That was the real difference

0:58:460:58:51

in the game. We came on to things

and in five, six, seven and eight we

0:58:510:58:57

played good curling and ask

questions of them. A pity we didn't

0:58:570:58:59

start with that form.

All of this is

a great experience, Thomas, but

0:58:590:59:05

playing Canada on your first day, is

that a good time to play them?

You

0:59:050:59:09

know you will face them at any

point, it's a team you have to

0:59:090:59:13

expect to go out and play your best

and unfortunately we had a bit of a

0:59:130:59:17

slow start, but then we hit form,

which is promising, having a good

0:59:170:59:22

second half. If you can carry that

on tomorrow, it doesn't matter who

0:59:220:59:25

is in front of us, we just have to

play our best against whoever it is.

0:59:250:59:31

Just come back fighting again

tomorrow.

Cammy Smith, we wondered

0:59:310:59:36

whether there was a problem with one

of the stones you were throwing.

I

0:59:360:59:40

seemed to struggle a wee bit, so I

hope it was the rocks!

We were

0:59:400:59:48

remarking that maybe things have

changed. We were watching the mixed

0:59:480:59:52

doubles earlier in the week and even

overnight it seems things were not

0:59:520:59:55

moving as much and it wasn't curling

as much, it might have been slower

0:59:551:00:00

out there.

There were probably two

different sides of the sheet and one

1:00:001:00:05

was swinging more than the other.

But we didn't make enough shots in

1:00:051:00:09

the early half and we played better

in the second. They were not at

1:00:091:00:12

their best either, but if we had

started like we finished, we would

1:00:121:00:16

have had a better chance.

Overall,

your first day, what are your

1:00:161:00:21

thoughts?

It could have been worse!

First to get the first win under the

1:00:211:00:28

belt and we have played two very

difficult games. There is a lesson

1:00:281:00:33

to be learned from tonight's game,

so we will take what we have learned

1:00:331:00:37

into tomorrow.

Well done for today

and good luck for tomorrow.

1:00:371:00:44

STUDIO: They were certain they were

not going to blame the ice or the

1:00:441:00:48

stones.

I know their performance in

the first five ends let them down.

1:00:481:00:55

It is learning.

They have one game

tomorrow against Japan, who beat

1:00:551:01:02

Norway and Japan can sort of be

anything?

Yes, they have put a lot

1:01:021:01:09

of investment into curling and you

never know what Japanese team is

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going to tun up. They have come out

firing today against Norway.

From 5

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in the morning, your mother in law

will be watching.

Yes he has coached

1:01:211:01:29

by Lorna. He v she

The women play US

tomorrow and then they play China.

1:01:291:01:36

Also tomorrow we are going to have

skeleton action for real. But we can

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show you the training runs of Lizzie

Yarnold and Laura Deas. They have

1:01:411:01:48

been going fast in training and

training times are crucial. It is

1:01:481:01:53

difficult to hold back. You're

trying to learn the track, get your

1:01:531:01:57

best lines, this is the defending

champion, Lizzie Yarnold who so far

1:01:571:02:02

is in season has had a mixed time in

World Cup races. One third place.

1:02:021:02:06

Came into the games feeling calm and

confident, carried the flag at the

1:02:061:02:11

opening ceremony. It is only when

she got out on the ice that she is

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in the form that could win a medal

and may yet win a gold medal. She

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was fastest in fourth training and

she is looking very smooth there.

1:02:221:02:27

Third fastest all over and second

fastest were her times. She is

1:02:271:02:33

learning, Chemmy, trying to get her,

the smoothness of the turns is

1:02:331:02:37

crucial. When she won gold four

years ago she led by such a

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distance.

She is so good in this

environment. It is a different

1:02:421:02:47

format in the Olympics, they have a

different amount of runs. She talks

1:02:471:02:54

of characteristic of the track and

you have to embrace it and make

1:02:541:02:58

friends with it. You see the

connection they have with the ice.

1:02:581:03:03

She is gained so much confidence

from this and she is probably doing

1:03:031:03:08

better than she anticipated. But

they have tricks up their sleeve.

1:03:081:03:18

There are the new suits. There is no

doubt these suits are helping

1:03:181:03:24

improve their times and Laura Deas

has been the big mover. Not a

1:03:241:03:29

surprise to those in the skeleton

world who know her results have been

1:03:291:03:33

better than Lizzie's, but to get out

here on this track at an Olympics

1:03:331:03:39

and be posting these times is

exciting.

She had a good start and

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you can see the power. And great for

her to be somebody we are talking

1:03:461:03:51

about. It has always been about

Lizzie. For the underdog to shine

1:03:511:03:57

and push Lizzie.

They get on

together well. It is a very happy

1:03:571:04:03

team. Like skiing, it is you against

the course. You're not on at the

1:04:031:04:07

same time.

It is a dangerous sport

and you have respect for each other.

1:04:071:04:16

If somebody beats you, you shake

their hand, they can share

1:04:161:04:21

information. That is the power of

having someone at the top of the

1:04:211:04:26

gear, they share knowledge, lines

and tactics and I always think there

1:04:261:04:31

must be a better way of stopping.

Why not give them a nice uphill. It

1:04:311:04:41

is because the luge is still going

on.

Hardly out of breath. She has

1:04:411:04:48

just got to do it when the stands

are full of roaring supporters.

You

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see her start. . She is an

equestrian originally. She is used

1:04:531:05:02

to going on fast paces. Very good

core strength.

I would rather have a

1:05:021:05:08

horse with four legs!

We have a

skeleton for you here, you can have

1:05:081:05:16

a go, Rhona. It is going to be an

exciting programme in skeleton and

1:05:161:05:22

it starts tonight. Dom Parsons will

go on his first run after midnight

1:05:221:05:27

and then tomorrow early hours to

late-night, for the women's it is at

1:05:271:05:33

a different time of day. That is

great for us here, because it means

1:05:331:05:36

it will be going and medals will be

decided mid morning. So 1am and

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midnight 30 for the men's skeleton.

1:05:441:05:52

Skeleton all the way and that

sliding track today has had one of

1:05:551:06:01

strangest things happening on it.

Rhona's never seen this before. When

1:06:011:06:05

I said we are showing double luge,

you said, what is that? Here is the

1:06:051:06:10

thing... It is two people right on a

luge. So feet first head back.

Men.

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It doesn't have to be men. It is

open. It could be a man and a woman

1:06:181:06:23

or two women. Two men are heaviest

and fastest so it has always been

1:06:231:06:28

two men.

So we could do this.

It is

a sport I think when they came up

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with it, they had drunk a

1:06:341:06:42

with it, they had drunk a lot of

something.

1:06:431:06:46

Brothers in Latvia. In their first

Olympics.

1:06:551:07:04

Olympics. A very effective pair.

They had a surprising disappointing

1:07:041:07:10

World Championship. The Sics

brothers are under way. They have

1:07:101:07:18

made a promising start.

It looked

good so far.

1:07:181:07:26

good so far.

The reason they look so

smooth, they're a quality pairing.

1:07:261:07:29

They just missed that one. That was

as close as you want to get to the

1:07:291:07:35

wall, especially with the double

sleds. If nay get it wrong, they

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will be in trouble and lose speed.

The double sled are top heavy.

1:07:401:07:50

They're quicker than the Russians,

the Sics brothers take the lead.

1:07:501:07:57

Three very big pairings to come. The

Sics do well. They have five top

1:07:571:08:07

five finishes in World Cup races

without winning any.

You can see

1:08:071:08:11

where the straps are on the top of

the sled, the top person is strapped

1:08:111:08:17

into the sled, unlike the singles

where you're just holding on.

In the

1:08:171:08:26

women's event yesterday, because

they come from the same start house,

1:08:261:08:29

we saw them having issues with that

first kink and getting enough speed

1:08:291:08:36

down the ramp.

Next the two heroes

for Germany from Sochi. They won the

1:08:361:08:45

gold by half a second.

1:08:451:08:56

How difficult are these early

curves?

Definitely. Like I said

1:08:591:09:06

they're getting settled and there is

a couple combinations you have to

1:09:061:09:13

get right.

This is the important

part of the track. That is another

1:09:131:09:17

perfect line. Because the sleds have

more weight than the single sleds,

1:09:171:09:25

they're more stable, but if you're

getting things wrong, they're easier

1:09:251:09:29

to crash. That is the big

difference.

You can see their

1:09:291:09:33

quality. Arlt and Wendl. They put

down a big marker. They're half a

1:09:331:09:40

second clear will have.

That was a

massive run. We're going to have

1:09:401:09:46

some quality pairings, but to be

that far ahead of the Latvians, that

1:09:461:09:50

is a massive run.

1:09:501:09:56

Their coach is already ahead of the

game.

He was thrilled with the win

1:10:031:10:08

yesterday.

Yes after the hiccup.

You

see how close they were to the wall.

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That was perfect. As well as to come

up the hill to the final corner.

1:10:171:10:26

Next the favourites are, Eggert and

Benecken. In the last 18 months they

1:10:271:10:38

have been unstoppable and an

extraordinary year of success,

1:10:381:10:42

winning eight of nine World Cup

races across Europe and North

1:10:421:10:49

America. So these are the ones we

are expecting to set the standard.

1:10:491:10:55

But they have got to chase down

Wendl and Arlt.

1:10:551:11:04

Wendl and Arlt.

You can see these

guys are quality. The lines are

1:11:061:11:09

perfect. Just as they start building

speed into the big Olympic corner,

1:11:091:11:15

but they're losing a bit of ground

as they come to the bottom of the

1:11:151:11:20

track. Are they going to stay within

it or drop off more.

It looks like

1:11:201:11:25

they will struggle. A tenth of a

second. That is not insurmountable.

1:11:251:11:31

But interesting that Arlt and Wendl

are going to be we think the leaders

1:11:311:11:36

into the second medal run.

It is

such a big advantage from that first

1:11:361:11:43

run compared to the other

competitors. Just that one tenth

1:11:431:11:48

they're behind they could make it up

in the second round.

The two German

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pairings already four tenths of a

second clear of the other two

1:11:551:11:59

pairings that have been too So far.

What are you noticing Jacko?

You can

1:11:591:12:06

see the difference in the lines

between the two leaders that we

1:12:061:12:09

have. There is slight differences of

just one's just weaving slightly

1:12:091:12:15

more up and down. That is just the

difference of making the small

1:12:151:12:18

adjustments and those differences in

the lines are the potential why they

1:12:181:12:27

lost the others.

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lost the others.

I wish Peter Penz

was called Peter Pan, he is 33. They

1:12:321:12:37

were third after the first run. They

had an absolute disaster on the

1:12:371:12:42

second run.

Yes definitely. But he

has always come out very well and in

1:12:421:12:48

some of the big races.

They have

been a partnership together for 13

1:12:481:12:53

years now and took silver at the

Latvian world Championships three

1:12:531:13:00

years ago. Penz and Fischler.

You

can see on the sled as they come

1:13:001:13:08

into the first corner, they're doing

a lot of work with their legs. What

1:13:081:13:12

is the reason for that?

It is

interesting, because where the lady

1:13:121:13:16

and doubles position comes into the

track, it is a separate one. So

1:13:161:13:22

you're steering harder to make it

into where all the track comes down.

1:13:221:13:27

So their hooking the sled.

That

That

bit of touch down with the feet.

1:13:271:13:31

Will that cost them? They looked

like they were catching up and maybe

1:13:311:13:37

going to cost them.

They were close.

Look at that. Despite that touch, 7

1:13:371:13:45

hundredths of a second only off the

leaders. Eggert and Benecken have

1:13:451:13:56

dropped to third. Peter Penz has a

cracker.

Especially considering he

1:13:561:14:04

has his feet down in the 13 to 14

section.

As he comes out of the

1:14:041:14:11

bend, how much work he is doing with

his left leg. Trying to get that

1:14:111:14:14

control into the first corner.

Another great line. As we see coming

1:14:141:14:19

down there the dragon's tail as it

has been named.

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STUDIO: Germany out in front. We

know how good they are ahead of

1:14:281:14:35

Austria and another German pair in

third. So second and final run here

1:14:351:14:39

it goes again.

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COMMENTATOR: Zero degrees - sounds

cold, but it is tropical bearing in

1:14:451:14:50

mind what we have had. We are about

to start run 2. We go in reverse

1:14:501:15:00

order from slowest pairings to the

fastest. In pole position at the

1:15:001:15:04

moment and going 20th and last Wendl

and Arlt.

1:15:041:15:14

These boys are real class acts on

their day, ninth in the final medal

1:15:181:15:22

round, but fourth in the world. They

have won medals at each of the last

1:15:221:15:27

two Olympic games as well. This is a

big disappointment for them, they

1:15:271:15:31

now have to try to overhaul the

Koreans, you can barely believe you

1:15:311:15:34

are saying that sentence.

Definitely, and you know they will

1:15:341:15:40

try with the team as well. Out of

the question for this race but they

1:15:401:15:45

will try tomorrow.

Great lines into

that corner. They sounded like they

1:15:451:15:51

were sliding about, a lot of noise

as they were turning the sled, but

1:15:511:15:55

they have good velocity and I think

they will pull away from the Koreans

1:15:551:15:58

and try to put a run in towards the

top six or seven.

They definitely

1:15:581:16:04

have the Koreans here. That's better

from the Sics brothers.

1:16:041:16:15

The Koreans have done their job. The

Sics Brothers move into the lead.

1:16:151:16:22

But there are some big guns to fire

shortly. I think ultimately this

1:16:221:16:26

will remain a disappointing Olympic

games for the Latvian pair.

If they

1:16:261:16:33

had done that on the first run, they

would have been further up the table

1:16:331:16:37

and been able to push towards that

top five or bronze medal position.

1:16:371:16:43

It's all about being consistent in

the runs they have. Unfortunately

1:16:431:16:49

for them, whatever happened in the

first run, it didn't quite happen

1:16:491:16:53

again. Whether it was the

conditions, or whether they just

1:16:531:16:57

wanted a run in the bag, but in a

two like competition, you can't do

1:16:571:17:05

that.

Toni Eggert and Sascha

Benecken have proved almost

1:17:051:17:09

unbeatable over the last 18 months,

taking this competition by storm.

1:17:091:17:15

Until now perhaps. If they can go

45.8 low then it will stamp pressure

1:17:151:17:27

on leaders Wendl and Arlt and also

Peter Penz and Georg Fischler.

If

1:17:271:17:43

they win gold via its potential they

will go to their team-mates, because

1:17:431:17:47

the Germans are strong, and they

will win a second gold.

Will see how

1:17:471:17:51

it unravels, looking clean and

professional so far. A slight slide

1:17:511:17:56

there.

Became out of nine with a bit

of left pressure, kind of skidding

1:17:561:18:00

away. We'll see if they lose

anything.

I don't think it's the

1:18:001:18:09

people behind them they have to

worry about. That slide might be the

1:18:091:18:13

one that cost them the medal they

want, as they want to move up

1:18:131:18:17

towards that gold and silver.

46.05,

they have gone slower than round

1:18:171:18:25

number one. We thought them to be

potentially unbeatable beforehand.

1:18:251:18:31

They might be looking at a bronze

medal here.

It

1:18:311:18:41

medal here.

It depends on Georg

Fischler and Peter Penz now.

They

1:18:411:18:45

embrace, giving the impression they

are happy about that, but on the

1:18:451:18:49

form of the last 18 months they

would have surely felt big

1:18:491:18:53

favourites. Has that cost them?

It

has. Not to become closer to fourth

1:18:531:18:59

place, but stop the moving forward

to silver and bronze. But this is

1:18:591:19:03

what this track brings, consistency

is key, and these big names and big

1:19:031:19:09

teams are potentially just making

little mistakes. That mistake was

1:19:091:19:13

from being just one or two inches

offline, and it's those small

1:19:131:19:17

margins.

Two to go. The excitement

is growing all the time. Love the

1:19:171:19:25

way these events reach their climax.

We are now waiting for the

1:19:251:19:31

Austrians, Peter Penz and Georg

Fischler. Remember at Sochi when

1:19:311:19:35

they were in third place after the

first run, and at Sochi they had a

1:19:351:19:41

disastrous second run. I wonder if

that is anywhere in their minds

1:19:411:19:45

right now.

You know it is playing in

the back of their mind. They did not

1:19:451:19:50

want to be beaten four years ago,

and we will see if they have had a

1:19:501:19:54

lot of experience and can face up

against these competitors here.

1:19:541:20:00

Finishing second to Toni Eggert and

Benecken four times this winter.

1:20:001:20:05

They have a chance to beat their

rivals to a silver medal and maybe a

1:20:051:20:10

gold.

What games it would be for the

Austrians are so far if they could

1:20:101:20:14

pull that off, a double sweep in the

men's and the doubles. When was the

1:20:141:20:19

last time that happened for the

Austrians, for them to win both? It

1:20:191:20:23

has been a long time. They are

pulling out a big run here. Is that

1:20:231:20:27

the pressure they are applying to

the Germans in the lead at the

1:20:271:20:30

moment?

Oh no.

I think they did that

in the first one as well.

It will be

1:20:301:20:40

interesting to see how much time it

costs them as they come over the

1:20:401:20:43

line into silver.

It is going to be

silver. The Austrians are beside

1:20:431:20:49

themselves again. As Peter Penz and

Georg Fischler go ahead of Toni

1:20:491:20:58

Eggert and Sascha Benecken. My word!

Steady, boys. That's a celebration.

1:20:581:21:06

We are getting to see a lot of

Austrians celebrate.

I certainly

1:21:061:21:15

think for the last three sleds,

certainly for the Germans on the

1:21:151:21:19

bronze, it was almost a victory lap.

Fourth place was so far behind that

1:21:191:21:23

you can almost relax into it. You

just want to get down in one piece

1:21:231:21:27

and be good. They still made one

mistake. They need to do what the

1:21:271:21:31

Austrians have just done to put

pressure on them. The Austrians

1:21:311:21:35

might have had a sigh of relief when

they saw the mistake happened to the

1:21:351:21:39

Germans, it has given them some

breathing space.

1:21:391:21:48

breathing space. The silver medal is

ours and we can push towards the

1:21:481:21:50

gold.

Guaranteed silver. It's not

impossible to get gold via.

1:21:501:21:52

Definitely not from what we have

seen so far in this competition.

The

1:21:521:21:57

defending Olympic champions. In last

place at the moment, obviously, but

1:21:571:22:01

after the first run the lead over

the Austrians was tiny. Just

1:22:011:22:05

hundreds of a second. Gold

medallists from Sochi, Tobias Arlt

1:22:051:22:11

and Tobias Wendl. On their way. Will

it be the Germans, or will be

1:22:111:22:17

Austrians cause another sensation?

It was a big run from the Austrians

1:22:171:22:20

to apply pressure to despair. They

have the quality, they are Olympic

1:22:201:22:26

champions and seasoned sliders, but

it's about having the nerve, as we

1:22:261:22:31

saw with Felix Loch in the men's

competition, he threw it away at the

1:22:311:22:35

big corner, where he made his

mistake.

I think they had it

1:22:351:22:39

perfect.

It was beautiful through

there. The next time will be very

1:22:391:22:44

important, relative to Peter Penz

and Georg Fischler, it looks as

1:22:441:22:48

though they are heading to gold.

A

little twitch as they come up the

1:22:481:22:53

hill, but I think they will have

enough to get over the line, and

1:22:531:22:57

it's another gold for Germany.

Wendl

and Arlt win again, back-to-back

1:22:571:23:02

gold medals. German celebrations

once again stopped Wendl and Arlt

1:23:021:23:07

have won by a tenth of a second of

Peter Penz and Georg Fischler of.

1:23:071:23:11

Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken in

third. The standings after the first

1:23:111:23:19

run confirmed the all-important

medal run, run number two. The

1:23:191:23:23

tremendous return to winning ways,

particularly when you think how they

1:23:231:23:27

must have felt seeing Tony Eckert

and Sascha Benecken dominate in the

1:23:271:23:31

last two years, certainly since the

last European Championships.

When we

1:23:311:23:37

get to the Olympic Games, what you

have done in European Championships,

1:23:371:23:42

World Championships, World Cup

races, it means absolutely nothing.

1:23:421:23:46

These are the medals people want on

their CV, the Olympic medals. It

1:23:461:23:50

only comes round every four years.

If you make a mistake, you don't

1:23:501:23:56

think, we will get it at the World

Championships next year. It takes

1:23:561:23:59

four years, and your career can end

in that time. But that is absolutely

1:23:591:24:05

perfect. That's why they are Olympic

champions.

Definitely, this run is

1:24:051:24:10

perfect. And they are great

competitors. So cool, starting to

1:24:101:24:15

break away, and he's trying to fix

it by barely tapping his foot down.

1:24:151:24:19

A tiny dab on the brakes, that was

it, a tiny blemish. Both of them, 30

1:24:191:24:27

years old and close friends. Tobias

Wendl is godparent to Tobias Arlt's

1:24:271:24:37

daughter, so very close on the track

and off. A lovely result for them.

1:24:371:24:41

Three times world champions and now

twice Olympic champions as well.

1:24:411:24:45

STUDIO: The two Tobias. Germany hold

of Austria, and they take bronze as

1:24:451:25:00

well.

1:25:001:25:05

Rhona Howie, what did you make of

your first experience of doubles

1:25:051:25:12

luge.

1:25:121:25:13

your first experience of doubles

luge.

It was amazing. I have never

1:25:131:25:18

seen it before.

You said you went

out on your sledges as a child in

1:25:181:25:24

Scotland. You could have done that.

We could invent the ladies taking

1:25:241:25:27

part in the pairs as well. We could

just have two heavier women if it's

1:25:271:25:34

all about the body weight. I will go

on the bottom, you can go on the

1:25:341:25:40

top.

Eight double luge pair!

Retract!

If you want to get involved

1:25:401:25:48

in any of the sliding sports, go to

get inspired. Maybe we should, get a

1:25:481:25:54

load of kids doing the luge doubles

and we will be there for Beijing.

1:25:541:25:58

Other sports to round up, and there

has been an awful lot of ice hockey

1:25:581:26:02

happening today. Sweden against

Switzerland in the women's

1:26:021:26:06

preliminary round, both already

qualified for the quarterfinals and

1:26:061:26:08

this was a rematch of the bronze

medal match from four years ago.

1:26:081:26:12

Here is Seth and Kent.

1:26:121:26:17

COMMENTATOR: Ready to go in the

final pool one game between

1:26:171:26:21

Switzerland and Sweden. The first

face-off won by the Swiss, wearing

1:26:211:26:26

white jerseys with red flashes

around the arms. Muller is close to

1:26:261:26:30

the net. It was an early test. My

works the right side. Gets it back

1:26:301:26:38

from Muller.

1:26:381:26:45

from Muller. What a goal! Muller,

number six in the tournament for

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her. She absolutely rattled that one

home on the power play.

Watched the

1:26:501:26:59

fake from Christiaan Meyer, a

wonderful job getting the defender

1:26:591:27:01

and goal-tender to bite a little

bit. It allows the slightest of

1:27:011:27:09

holes to open up for Muller to put

that in. -- Christine Meyer.

What a

1:27:091:27:23

finish. Finally it comes.

1:27:231:27:30

finish. Finally it comes.

The most

dangerous weed in this third period.

1:27:301:27:35

Going to the difficult area in front

of the net. The angle of her stick

1:27:351:27:42

blade, absolutely perfect to get it

over the

1:27:421:27:49

glove, Borgqvist.

Phoebe stands on

the power play and Switzerland have

1:27:561:28:07

the lead again.

1:28:071:28:17

the lead again. That is Christine

Meier's sixth assist on the

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tournament.

Phoebe goes to the front

of the net. Stick on the ice, on the

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backhand.

Another face-off win for

Muller. And that will make such a

1:28:261:28:34

difference, as it comes out in front

again. It will go out of the zone

1:28:341:28:38

and Switzerland will win. They will

top group one. STUDIO: Big

1:28:381:28:45

celebrations for Switzerland. But

the arena was absolutely packed to

1:28:451:28:48

see the final group game of the

unified Korea team, so far being

1:28:481:28:54

beaten 8-0 and 8-0. Could they score

their first goal in these Olympics,

1:28:541:29:01

hosted in South Korea, but the big

story was North Korean players

1:29:011:29:04

integrated into the team as well.

And they were up against Japan.

1:29:041:29:07

COMMENTATOR: Japan against Korea

under way. The atmosphere in the

1:29:071:29:16

building is absolutely electric. So

loud. The question will be, can

1:29:161:29:23

Korea give them something to really

cheer about.

1:29:231:29:27

It would be some achievement if

Korea could get something out of

1:29:451:29:52

this, but Kubo floats into position

and find the back of the net.

1:29:521:29:56

Wonderful vision by Toko behind the

net, has her head up, sees Kubo

1:29:561:30:04

coming right down Main Street and

through the slot.

1:30:041:30:07

Ono on the doorstep.

This is exactly

how you draw up a power play goal.

1:30:151:30:21

You move it around up top. You

overload down low in front of the

1:30:211:30:25

net.

1:30:251:30:27

Good chance and a goal! Oh, they

have done it! Korea have scored

1:30:341:30:41

their first ever goal in an Olympic

ice hockey tournament and this arena

1:30:411:30:47

stands - they wave their flags. It

is Randy Griffin. What a moment it

1:30:471:30:55

is. Griffin battled and battled and

in the end it scraped through. Not a

1:30:551:31:03

thing of beauty, but a moment of

history for this combined Korean

1:31:031:31:07

team.

1:31:071:31:15

Japan 20 more seconds with the

player advantage. Japan have it. It

1:31:181:31:24

could well now be out of creature of

the Cree -- reach of the Koreans.

1:31:241:31:30

Wonderful puck movement from Team

Japan.

1:31:301:31:37

Japan.

Ukita with an empty net to

shoot on. You can stick this one in

1:31:391:31:43

the books then. Japan are going to

skate to victory over Korea, but

1:31:431:31:48

this has been a way more difficult

game than they could ever have

1:31:481:31:53

imagined.

1:31:531:31:58

imagined.

Yu taking too much time to

decide where to put that puck. Ukita

1:31:581:32:06

got up quickly and was able to take

away her pass.

Behind the net it

1:32:061:32:11

goes. Pushed out in front. Can they

score one more? Time will run out.

1:32:111:32:17

And it is game over. History-makers.

Japan skate to a first Olympic

1:32:171:32:24

victory. Whilst Korea get their

first ever goal. It was played in a

1:32:241:32:33

sensational atmosphere.

STUDIO: As he said, not a moment of

1:32:331:32:38

beauty, but a moment of history.

Congratulations to that team.

1:32:381:32:44

beauty, but a moment of history.

Congratulations to that team. They

1:32:441:32:47

have only been playing together for

a month.

It was a last minute

1:32:471:32:51

decision, you think on the tactics

side, they wouldn't have thought

1:32:511:32:54

about play together, because it is a

new team. The fact they got that

1:32:541:32:58

goal was amazing.

I would have hated

them to go through with no goals.

1:32:581:33:04

They're not finished yet. There is

still a chance for a win. But it us

1:33:041:33:08

just great to have seen them.

Rhona's still digesting doubles

1:33:081:33:15

luge.

We will practice.

Good, great

I would like too see it

1:33:151:33:21

demonstrated. That may be the

future. Thank you. Now, men's ice

1:33:211:33:29

hockey, United States against the

Slovenia.

1:33:291:33:39

hockey, United States against the

Slovenia.

1:33:391:33:44

Slovenia. COMMENTATOR: Butler stands

on the first shot again. Now they

1:33:451:33:51

have the lead. O'Neil scores. Puck

went loose, back out in front of the

1:33:511:33:56

net and O'Neil was on to it and this

time they got the first shot right.

1:33:561:34:00

So often in the period so far we

have seen the first shot messed up

1:34:001:34:05

by the U.

1:34:051:34:15

Greenway at the back post steps in

and makes it 2-0 to the USA.

1:34:251:34:36

Slovenia just coughed up the puck

inside their own zone, gave it away.

1:34:361:34:44

And Greenway was on hand at very

close range to tap it in. 2-0.

1:34:441:34:52

Space now in the left circle and

Slovenia

1:34:521:35:01

Slovenia are back in it. Gregorc and

the Slovenians have found their way

1:35:021:35:14

back into the match. The six foot

three inch defenceman jumping

1:35:141:35:20

forward and found himself with space

and hammered it past the keeper.

1:35:201:35:26

Empty net for the USA to aim at.

1:35:261:35:33

And it's gone in. The special play

pays off for Slovenia. So many

1:35:391:35:46

players in front. And Slovenia have

equalised. 2-2 is the score.

1:35:461:36:00

equalised. 2-2 is the score. It is

the captain Music. Gave themselves

1:36:001:36:03

the extra skater and it pays off as

Music turns and fires home. 2-2.

1:36:031:36:14

Music has finished it back post and

it's only taken them 38 seconds of

1:36:261:36:31

overtime for Slovenia to pull off a

superb victory. From 2-0 down they

1:36:311:36:37

have come back. Marshalled by Music.

They have beaten the United States

1:36:371:36:48

3-2 in over time. Music scores in

the first minute of overtime to win

1:36:481:36:52

it for Slovenia. A first ever

victory for them in international

1:36:521:36:58

hockey against the United States.

And they have been superbly

1:36:581:37:04

captained by Jan Music.

Cometh the

hour cometh the man. We talked if

1:37:041:37:10

Slovenia are going to get success,

they need their captain to be the

1:37:101:37:14

reason. He dominated the first 30

seconds of the three on three.

1:37:141:37:19

Doesn't get picked up. The US get

sucked into the puck. Comes back off

1:37:191:37:25

the defence man. Great pass. And Mew

sack is left alone and buries it.

1:37:251:37:42

The United States coaching staff

will see this as one that got away.

1:37:421:37:49

STUDIO: Although the United States

don't have their big NHL stars, they

1:37:491:37:56

would expected to dominate. For

Slovenia to beat them is a massive

1:37:561:38:02

result for the Slovenians. Really

good action and we have one more

1:38:021:38:09

game to show you. After that Hazel

is with us and they have a feast of

1:38:091:38:17

figure skating. Now the Olympics of

Russia would have been favourites in

1:38:171:38:23

the men's ice hockey here is what

happened. COMMENTATOR: Russia in the

1:38:231:38:30

early stages trying to find a back

door pass. What a chance this is.

1:38:301:38:39

That was a nice stop.

1:38:391:38:49

That was a nice stop. It's gone

through everybody. Conrad was

1:38:491:38:51

screened. As it came back, there

1:38:511:39:02

screened. As it came back, there was

enough traffic there. The Olympic

1:39:021:39:07

Athletes from Russia score their

first of this tournament. A big tip

1:39:071:39:11

and another goal. Oh, taken out of

the air. Slovakia shell-shocked.

1:39:111:39:23

Great hand/eye co-ordination. Conrad

beaten for a second time and OAR are

1:39:231:39:30

on fire. They're skating in excess

of 25mph F you equate that to the

1:39:301:39:39

fact they're 16 or 17 stone some of

the players, some bigger than that.

1:39:391:39:44

In comes a chance and a great goal.

1:39:441:39:52

From nothing, Slovakia cut the

deficit in two. A bit of speed here.

1:40:011:40:09

What will they do? Wow! Stunning

finish.

1:40:091:40:17

The flag waving from the Slovakians

starts. Two down to 2-2. Breaking in

1:40:271:40:35

with speed. Can they do something

with this? Back to the blue line.

1:40:351:40:43

They have taken the lead. A power

play goal and Slovakia come from two

1:40:431:40:50

down to now take the advantage.

1:40:501:40:57

down to now take the advantage. A

bomb of a shot. Having led by two

1:40:571:41:01

they were comfortable. Now they must

come back themselves.

1:41:011:41:08

STUDIO: We have got both Slovakia

and Slovenia on top of that group

1:41:081:41:16

with the United States and the

Olympic Athletes from Russia. I'm

1:41:161:41:22

here for the afternoon.

1:41:221:41:23

Olympic Athletes from Russia. I'm

here for the afternoon. We have a

1:41:231:41:26

lot to come between now and 6

o'clock. Shall we show you the good

1:41:261:41:30

bits? In figure skating the start of

the pairs competition.

1:41:301:41:41

the pairs competition. Lifts, twists

as two become more. It has been a

1:41:411:41:47

baptism of fire for the British on

the curling. The Swiss came first.

1:41:471:41:53

Four golds out of four for the Dutch

at the moment. Favourites don't come

1:41:531:42:02

bicker than Shaun white, going for a

third gold in the halfpipe. But it

1:42:021:42:08

wasn't a done deal. This is the

double luge, a kind of human speed

1:42:081:42:17

sandwich. An amazingly bonkers

watch.

1:42:171:42:26

watch. Now the Christopher Dean. Is

that an event you would ever try.

I

1:42:271:42:35

like the sliding events. They look

great. Back in 1984 I did have the

1:42:351:42:40

opportunity to go down with a four

man bob. We had a brakeman and they

1:42:401:42:46

said, come on have a go. I jumped in

and one of the best experiences I

1:42:461:42:51

have had.

Really?

Yes.

Did you get a

real buzz from it. He said keep your

1:42:511:42:59

head up and have a look around.

There we were and we would come

1:42:591:43:04

around a 180 and your head got

dragged to the bottom.

Fear factor

1:43:041:43:08

or not.

Not when somebody else is

driving. Not for me. Maybe if I was

1:43:081:43:14

driving.

Not happy Valentine's Day,

but this is in fact...

1:43:141:43:24

but this is in fact...

Balero day,

the day we won our gold medal. We

1:43:241:43:28

all wear purple today.

Purple day.

1984 in Sarajevo. I don't see why we

1:43:281:43:36

shouldn't look back on it. We have

had so many requests for your

1:43:361:43:41

greatest hits. Here it is. Happy

Balero Day.

1:43:411:43:48

COMMENTATOR: So in complete contrast

to Karen and Nicky, the dramatic

1:43:561:44:07

Ravel's Balero.

1:44:071:44:12

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

1:48:361:48:39

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

STUDIO: We will never tire of seeing

1:48:391:48:42

that. Do you, Chris?

I have seen it

a few times now, but actually I

1:48:421:48:48

don't. When you look back at it and

the significance of it, it's time in

1:48:481:48:54

my that changed our lives. Looking

back now, it's certainly within

1:48:541:48:59

Diomande.

It changed sport, what you

did in dance. -- it's with

1:48:591:49:10

endearment. You started on your

knees, and that's a very good reason

1:49:101:49:13

for that.

At the time we were not

using tape recorders and razor

1:49:131:49:22

blades, for the music to edit it. We

did not have computers at the time,

1:49:221:49:26

so we worked with an arranger who

broke it down into all its parts and

1:49:261:49:31

said, it sounds quite simple but

it's really difficult, the

1:49:311:49:39

construction, Ravel was pretty

smart. He said the best he could do

1:49:391:49:42

was 4.2 eight. Out of necessity, we

said, the stopwatch starts when you

1:49:421:49:49

begin to skate. And Jayne's blades

do not hit the ice until 18 seconds

1:49:491:49:57

after the music starts, so that's

when the music counts. So that

1:49:571:50:01

iconic move on the beginning on the

knees was born out of necessity

1:50:011:50:05

because of the music.

Extraordinary,

you actually rearrange the music

1:50:051:50:10

itself, and that was pretty cutting

edge.

In actual fact we went to a

1:50:101:50:15

studio and worked with a chap, I

think he was in the Shadows. He had

1:50:151:50:23

a keyboard type instrument, but it

had all the latest software that

1:50:231:50:29

would create all the students.

1:50:291:50:36

would create all the students. In

the Bolero, the real instruments

1:50:361:50:38

were the timpani and the saxophone

and the drums, but the rest of it

1:50:381:50:43

was done by this instrument.

I

remember you collecting flowers of

1:50:431:50:50

the ice when the scores came up,

three sixes in the first technical,

1:50:501:50:54

and then sixes across the board.

That famous moment. It was such a

1:50:541:51:02

melee, taking all the flowers up.

We've taking it in at that point?

1:51:021:51:07

Not so much as to when we were

skating, I felt like we were in a

1:51:071:51:12

bubble. Watching its now, I can't

remember how it was, it was like an

1:51:121:51:17

out of body experience now. Because

we are so in the zone and focused in

1:51:171:51:22

the moment, when you get to the end

it's almost like a movie scene, it's

1:51:221:51:29

all slow motion and then suddenly

comes rushing back. We finished, and

1:51:291:51:34

then the applause, it was deadly

silent in the routine and then a

1:51:341:51:37

huge amount of applause, and then

lots of flowers coming onto the ice

1:51:371:51:41

and we were collecting it. It was

only when there was a huge roar that

1:51:411:51:45

we realised something big had

happened. We looked up and saw the

1:51:451:51:49

sixes across the board. It was an

amazing moment in our lives.

I have

1:51:491:51:54

to say, the hairs on the back of my

neck stand up just talking about it.

1:51:541:51:58

You must get thrills and chills.

The

further you get away from it, the

1:51:581:52:03

more significant it becomes when you

look back.

It's also significant

1:52:031:52:08

when we see those scores. We will be

talking about the pairs competition

1:52:081:52:15

today. That was the last across the

board sixes that has been done in

1:52:151:52:19

skating. It was this pairs event

that changed the way ice skating and

1:52:191:52:23

figure skating was judged. You may

remember in 2002 we had a Russian

1:52:231:52:31

pair. They took gold on the night.

Controversially awarded it at the

1:52:311:52:37

expense of the Canadians, but

shortly afterwards, a judge in carve

1:52:371:52:40

up was uncovered. Not this villain,

but IOC president Jack Rob stepped

1:52:401:52:51

in to award joint gold to both

couples a couple of days later.

1:52:511:52:56

Joint champions, a massive story

that consumed us all in salt lake

1:52:561:52:59

city, and it was a turning point for

skating because the judging system

1:52:591:53:04

was completely overhauled

thereafter, hence why we don't get

1:53:041:53:06

any perfect sixes any more. How

significant a moment for skating was

1:53:061:53:12

this event 16 years ago?

It has

changed how it has been marked. It's

1:53:121:53:20

not a judge putting up two marks

from zero to 6.0 for technical merit

1:53:201:53:26

and artistic impression. We knew at

the time, Alan weeks would be

1:53:261:53:31

talking about it all the time, just

two marks. But now with the

1:53:311:53:37

International Judging System, it's

broken down into so many parts that

1:53:371:53:41

every element gets a mark, and it's

categorised by a technical panel.

1:53:411:53:46

They call it, and then the judges

give it a plus or minus three. And

1:53:461:53:51

each element required gets marked.

Beyond that, you have the component

1:53:511:53:56

scores, which are skating scores,

timing, choreography. They have

1:53:561:54:01

given a mass of numbers now that

accumulate.

Which is fine, yes...

1:54:011:54:11

However...

The audience don't

understand it at all.

The USB in a

1:54:111:54:16

perfect six was there. As we've lost

something as a result.

I think the

1:54:161:54:25

audience was more engaged when they

knew what the mark was. But is now

1:54:251:54:29

100 and something points come you

don't totally know unless you are

1:54:291:54:32

totally tuned into skating. A

competitor can look at his marks

1:54:321:54:36

now, advocate all the individual

parts and say, we lost marks on

1:54:361:54:40

this, so we can improve this. It can

be categorised like that. But still

1:54:401:54:48

the judges' opinion counts for a

lot.

It is all change. If you have

1:54:481:54:52

questions for Chris, just use the

hashtag and we will try to get

1:54:521:54:57

through as many as we can. We have

some wonderful sport to share with

1:54:571:55:01

you, it's a short programme in the

pairs, and this sport has produced

1:55:011:55:05

some wonderful champions.

Interestingly, no Canadians on the

1:55:051:55:11

podium since 2002 and there is a

good Canadian pair in this one. And

1:55:111:55:16

also look out for the Chinese,

Germans and athletes from Russia.

1:55:161:55:22

COMMENTATOR:

1:55:221:55:24

COMMENTATOR: Representing the

Olympic Athletes from Russia... .

1:55:241:55:32

The Russians taking silver in the

team event. But these two did not

1:55:321:55:38

feature 14 Russia, so this is our

first look at them and their Olympic

1:55:381:55:41

programme. -- did not feature for

Team Russia.

1:55:411:55:48

They open their performance. That

was very nice, didn't happen for

1:56:071:56:20

them in the warm up, but it's all

about what you do in front of the

1:56:201:56:23

judges. The second element, a triple

twist.

1:56:231:56:28

Brilliant control from both skaters

through the lift.

1:57:021:57:09

Triple flip.

1:57:171:57:22

And that is just the Russian third

pair, such depth in their squad.

1:58:421:58:50

They are the number for Russian team

because the number two team are not

1:58:501:58:53

here. Because she was put onto a

banned list, one of the athletes not

1:58:531:59:03

allowed to come to Pyeongchang. I

think that was one of their best

1:59:031:59:12

performances. They had trouble with

the side by sides in the warm up,

1:59:121:59:17

but nailed them in performance.

1:59:171:59:25

but nailed them in performance. A

good fight and flight on the

1:59:251:59:26

twister. Fully rotated before he

catches, down onto the ice.

1:59:261:59:37

Christina has amazing flexibility

and a lovely core tension with all

1:59:371:59:41

her lifts and throws. A very strong

performer. No question we will be

1:59:411:59:47

looking at new readers. A season's

best of 70.4 seven. What do we think

1:59:471:59:55

they will be at today?

The quality

of the competitors notches up as we

1:59:552:00:00

move through the group 's.

They are

drawing within their world rankings,

2:00:002:00:06

so the higher up the table you are,

the later you will perform.

It is a

2:00:062:00:13

season's best.

2:00:132:00:15

For the third pair from Russia in

this competition. Kristina Astakhova

2:00:202:00:23

& Alexei

2:00:232:00:24

this competition. Kristina Astakhova

& Alexei Rogonov leap up to the top

2:00:242:00:27

of the leaderboard, and that means

they have automatically qualified

2:00:272:00:30

for

2:00:302:00:36

for tomorrow's free skate. An

historic moment as the pair from

2:00:362:00:39

North Korea skate out onto the ice

here in South Korea. There was a

2:00:392:00:45

time when we didn't know if these

guys would be here because they miss

2:00:452:00:49

the deadline to send in their entry

but the organisers granted

2:00:492:00:53

permission, and they are. -- here

they are.

2:00:532:01:04

The first element, the triple twist.

2:01:172:01:22

Easy.

2:01:232:01:30

Side by side triple toe lifts. Yes!

2:01:342:01:50

A triple loop.

2:01:562:02:04

Terrific footwork through the left.

Change of direction midway, as well.

2:02:392:02:45

-- through the lift.

2:02:452:02:48

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

Taking their moment of history in

2:03:422:03:46

their stride. Don't forget, this

isn't the first time the world has

2:03:462:03:50

seen these skaters. They are global

athletes. They travel the world.

2:03:502:03:55

Some of these guys, perhaps, do not.

You can say what you like about the

2:03:552:04:04

Korean cheerleaders and what they

represent, the fact they are here is

2:04:042:04:08

remarkable in itself.

They were so

light and airy when they performed,

2:04:082:04:15

and I love to watch them. As I said,

they came first onto the scene at

2:04:152:04:23

the 2017 World Championships. You

can just tell the quality of their

2:04:232:04:28

basic skating skills has been

learned so well. They want to get a

2:04:282:04:33

little more height and flight and

the throat. 65.25 a personal best. I

2:04:332:04:41

have a feeling we might see a higher

score here. -- a bit more height and

2:04:412:04:46

flight in the throw. There was a

question if they would qualify for

2:04:462:04:51

the free. I think this performance

has guaranteed that.

A massive new

2:04:512:04:56

season's best. 69.40. Appreciation

right around this stadium from North

2:04:562:05:06

and South Koreans alike.

2:05:062:05:12

These are the Chinese national

champions. A beautiful short

2:05:122:05:20

programme to Swan Lake. It looks

like a ballet on ice. I think you

2:05:202:05:24

are going to enjoy this one. Only

teamed up last season.

2:05:242:05:35

Zhang Hao At his fifth Olympics.

2:05:392:05:41

Beautiful side by side triple toe

loops.

2:06:042:06:10

Some height here and the twist.

2:06:242:06:33

The Chinese are known for their

jumps. Beautiful!

2:07:342:07:46

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

They perform it so beautifully,

2:08:292:08:33

don't they? Physically they are such

a mismatch but it all comes together

2:08:332:08:37

on the ice.

Incredible experience,

Zhang Hao, silver Olympic medallist

2:08:372:08:44

in 2006.

2:08:442:08:50

Great flight and the twist, easy

quarter in the air. The Chinese are

2:08:502:08:58

known for their throw jumps on their

speed across the ice. It was that

2:08:582:09:06

smoothness of that speed which sets

them apart. Two whole points of

2:09:062:09:13

execution. Don't think there's a

question we are going to see new

2:09:132:09:17

leaders, but how much.

Pretty handy

from the Chinese, they take the

2:09:172:09:22

lead. A new season's best, as well.

They are through to skate in the

2:09:222:09:29

free programme tomorrow. So Vanessa

James and Morgan Cipres

2:09:292:09:35

get things going for us in this

penultimate group of skaters, in

2:09:382:09:42

which we will see some of the finest

talent of the world. European bronze

2:09:422:09:46

medallists, these two. We have

already seen them compete in the

2:09:462:09:51

team event but this is just them out

on their own.

2:09:512:10:00

Vanessa and Morgan opening with the

triple twist.

2:10:252:10:33

That is probably one of the best

ones I have seen them do lately.

2:10:332:10:37

Beautiful side by side triple

sarcos.

2:10:522:11:03

And solid, triple flip.

2:11:272:11:39

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

We didn't get to see them skate the

2:12:472:12:52

free skate in the team event but

that will surely be enough for

2:12:522:12:57

Vanessa James Morgan Cipres to

qualify for tomorrow's competition.

2:12:572:13:02

It will be very, very tight between

these two and the current leaders

2:13:022:13:06

from China. Fantastic side by side

triples.

2:13:062:13:14

triples. Huge throw, triple lift.

So

not enough to remove the Chinese

2:13:162:13:25

from the top spot. Vanessa James and

Morgan Cipres the European bronze

2:13:252:13:30

medallist from France through,

safely. They have the vital green Q.

2:13:302:13:39

Looking to join them are

2:13:392:13:46

Italy's Nicole Della Monica & Matteo

Guarise. Iraola skating medallist.

2:13:522:14:01

-- a roller skating medallist.

2:14:012:14:03

Side by side.

2:14:242:14:34

And the triple twist. She rotates so

fast in the air.

2:14:412:14:47

It is what caused the problem in the

team event, but that was a much

2:14:522:15:01

stronger throw triple loop.

2:15:012:15:04

Team Italy finished just outside the

medals in the team competition, but

2:16:472:16:51

they are looking to get two pairs of

skaters through to skate for the

2:16:512:16:54

medals tomorrow.

In for the twist.

She rotates so fast. Level three for

2:16:542:17:07

the twist. Fours for the

combinations, the sequence and the

2:17:072:17:17

lift. A season's best of 70.60 five.

-- 70 .65. They may have eclipsed

2:17:172:17:28

that. We shall see.

Yes, a new

season's best, just under four

2:17:282:17:32

points above their last stop they

are up into third place. The Chinese

2:17:322:17:37

lead the way, the French in second,

and the Italians currently

2:17:372:17:42

qualifying in third place. All that

could be about to change, because

2:17:422:17:46

this is our first look at the

reigning world champions. We haven't

2:17:462:17:51

seen them yet on the Olympic ice in

Pyeongchang. The Chinese perhaps

2:17:512:17:59

choosing to keep their powder dry.

What a comeback to win the last

2:17:592:18:05

World Championships in 2017.

Terrible injury meant she had double

2:18:052:18:10

surgery on both feet and had to

learn to walk again.

2:18:102:18:19

Triple toe loop to open.

2:18:362:18:49

Watch the size of this triple flip.

Absolutely glorious.

2:18:552:19:05

The triple twist...

2:19:112:19:19

CHEERING

And that is why they are the world

2:20:502:20:57

champions. She is ice cool. She is

known among her fans as the Empress.

2:20:572:21:03

That the row is absolutely

exquisite. She is -- that the

2:21:032:21:18

exquisite. She is -- that the row --

throw. Level format for every single

2:21:182:21:20

element that they have got there.

Looking at 12 points or above over

2:21:202:21:27

and above what their base score

would be. 32.80 was the base.

No

2:21:272:21:36

question that we will have new

leaders.

This is the gauntlet being

2:21:362:21:42

thrown down.

80.14 is their season's

best. It is another season's best -

2:21:422:21:55

82.39 for Sui Wenjing and Han Cong.

The world champions leaked to the

2:21:552:22:00

top of the board. -- leap to the top

of the board.

2:22:002:22:11

This is the first look at the short

programme from Marchei and Hotarek.

2:22:182:22:24

Side by side triples to open.

2:22:512:22:54

Triple twist.

2:23:162:23:26

Got it!

2:23:262:23:36

Well, that got the crowd going. And

where these two go, there is always

2:25:232:25:28

better.

They will be very happy,

absolutely having delivered that

2:25:282:25:31

free programme the other which was

the skate of their lives, admittedly

2:25:312:25:36

a very short life as pair skaters.

They both have great experience.

2:25:362:25:44

Didn't quite have the flight. There

is the touch on the arm that brings

2:25:442:25:51

it down from level three to level

two on the twist. Easy there on the

2:25:512:26:01

throw. They have no pair skating

experience four years ago when they

2:26:012:26:06

had their first try out. They have

come so far so quickly.

A new

2:26:062:26:12

season's best. It has taken

Valentina rather by surprise.

2:26:122:26:22

Valentina rather by surprise. 74.50,

then, for the Italians, and they

2:26:222:26:27

jump above their countrymen, who are

in fifth.

Eric Radford and Megan

2:26:272:26:32

DuHamel have already

2:26:322:26:40

DuHamel have already won a medal, in

the team competition. Megan took to

2:26:402:26:44

twitter about an hour ago to say she

had dropped her phone into a

2:26:442:26:48

non-flush toilet. Let's hope for her

that that wasn't an omen for today's

2:26:482:26:52

performance.

2:26:522:26:59

Triple twist to open. Their jump of

choice,

2:27:192:27:28

choice, the hardest jump in the

pairs event. This is their second

2:27:292:27:34

element.

2:27:342:27:37

They made them happen. They weren't

the most pretty or clean, but they

2:27:422:27:47

were there.

2:27:472:27:50

The touchdown from Megan do -- from

Megan...

2:28:002:28:17

The stakes are so high for these two

at these games. Since the last

2:29:432:29:47

Olympics, they have won two world

titles, and they are gunning for

2:29:472:29:52

their first medal here in South

Korea. You could see the tension

2:29:522:29:55

creeping into the performance,

couldn't you, Robin? Bite my guess,

2:29:552:29:59

in comparison to the performance

they did in the short programme at

2:29:592:30:02

the team event, this was not as

clean, but they have so much going

2:30:022:30:06

for them. So much stronger

emotionally. --

yes,... Here is the

2:30:062:30:13

twist. It doesn't have the flight.

No connection between her arms and

2:30:132:30:24

his body. The jumps are way off in

terms of Eric touching down with

2:30:242:30:34

that free foot on the landing as

well. Here is the throw. The foot

2:30:342:30:42

down on the landing there as well.

2:30:422:30:48

76.82, a good school. The pair from

China lead the way, an exquisite

2:30:542:31:00

performance from them. The first of

two pairs from the Olympic Athletes

2:31:002:31:04

from Russia in this final group,

Natalia Zabiiako & Alexander Enbert.

2:31:042:31:11

They go away from this game is that

they silver in the team event. The

2:31:112:31:16

Olympic Athletes from Russia having

to settle for silver behind the

2:31:162:31:20

Canadians.

2:31:202:31:27

Great height on the triple twist,

not a lot but speed coming into it.

2:31:442:31:56

-- not a lot of speed coming into

it.

2:31:562:32:04

Side by side triple toe loops.

2:32:072:32:14

That is the throw, the triple loop.

2:32:252:32:32

Precision skating from the Olympic

Athletes from Russia. Green boxes

2:34:112:34:18

across the board, no technical

mistakes spotted so far.

One of

2:34:182:34:23

their better performances, I think.

Clean, precise, together.

Nothing

2:34:232:34:28

too exciting. I was going to say

that, I didn't want to sound too

2:34:282:34:33

unfair. It didn't excite me the way

we have seen the Chinese or

2:34:332:34:39

Canadians go out there.

They don't

have oomph. They have classes for

2:34:392:34:46

all be based scored. They would want

to be into the 9s with their

2:34:462:34:55

component scores but they are made

8s. Level fours for the lifts. I

2:34:552:35:06

think they're going to beat their

personal best.

Yes, and it is the

2:35:062:35:11

new season's best.

2:35:112:35:19

new season's best. 74 .35 is a

marked improvement on their previous

2:35:192:35:22

personal best. In sixth position for

now but if you think perhaps the

2:35:222:35:28

Olympic Athletes from Russia lacked

attack, like Robin did, there will

2:35:282:35:31

be no lack of it from this next

pair.

2:35:312:35:38

pair. Aliona and Bruno, two time

world medallists. Aliona has won

2:35:382:35:42

bronze at the last two Olympics. She

has paired up with Bruno Massot for

2:35:422:35:47

this Olympics, who only got his

passport in time to compete. This is

2:35:472:35:53

a really fun routine.

2:35:532:35:56

Watch for the height and the twist.

That is massive!

2:36:282:36:38

Oooh, Bruno. Just a double Salchow.

2:36:452:36:55

But she's got the throw on one foot.

Aliona has a habit of either

2:37:112:37:17

touching down or landing and two

feet.

2:37:172:37:20

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

Personality and pizzazz from the

2:38:492:38:55

Germans.

You can see the disappointment and

2:38:552:38:58

Bruno's face instantly. The smile

fades, just missed that jump.

Such a

2:38:582:39:02

costly error, as well.

But no

question they will qualify, but the

2:39:022:39:08

position in which they qualify will

matter.

They will want to be on a

2:39:082:39:11

medal position already now. They are

going to get just one point, plus

2:39:112:39:17

changed about double Salchow, as

opposed to 5-6 points they could

2:39:172:39:23

have gone had they done the triples,

so it will be costly. So, each of

2:39:232:39:32

the judges will decide once the

elements have been cleaned up,

2:39:322:39:36

whether they thought it was a plus

or minus, whether it was really good

2:39:362:39:40

they can give up to plus three, plus

one or plus two grades of execution

2:39:402:39:45

and if not so great, they can go -1,

-2, minus three. Points will either

2:39:452:39:52

be added... She did really well not

to put that foot down. Added two

2:39:522:39:58

were taken away from the base score

for each element.

76.59 is way down

2:39:582:40:05

on their season's best. They are in

third place, though. Bronze medal

2:40:052:40:10

position going through to the free

skate tomorrow but there is another

2:40:102:40:17

couple yet to come. Evgenia Tarasova

& Vladimir Morozov Were ahead of the

2:40:172:40:23

rest of the field in the short

programme in the team event a couple

2:40:232:40:26

of days ago. Olympic athletes of

Russia took only silver in that

2:40:262:40:30

competition. These two really

catapulted them up into the mix with

2:40:302:40:35

this regime. The newly crowned

European champions and world bronze

2:40:352:40:39

medallist.

2:40:392:40:41

Exquisite triple twist. Light, great

flight across the ice and beautiful

2:41:092:41:17

controlled. Can they do the same and

the side by side triple toe loops?

2:41:172:41:26

Yes, they can.

2:41:262:41:34

Triple loop. Beautiful again.

2:41:452:41:50

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

The European champions faultless

2:43:332:43:36

once again.

That was quite the

performance. For me, this was even

2:43:362:43:41

better than the short programme they

did in the team competition. Just

2:43:412:43:45

looked so calm and relaxed and yet

you know there has to be tension in

2:43:452:43:49

order for these elements to work

properly. Their season's

2:43:492:43:57

properly. Their season's best 80.9

two. I think it will be very close.

2:43:572:44:04

As we would want it to be. Again,

look at the timing here, absolute

2:44:042:44:10

perfection.

2:44:102:44:13

Love to see the continuation of the

movement in the take off from her,

2:44:182:44:23

into the landing which continues, it

doesn't crack onto the ice. This

2:44:232:44:29

team and the Chinese team,

phenomenal.

Right then, where do

2:44:292:44:32

they end up?

2:44:322:44:37

they end up? 81.68 for the Olympic

Athletes from Russia. European

2:44:372:44:41

champions. Not quite done enough to

knock the Chinese world champions

2:44:412:44:46

from their perch.

2:44:462:44:51

Let's have a look at those standings

going in tomorrow's free skate.

2:44:512:44:58

going in tomorrow's free skate. The

Chinese looking to add the world

2:44:592:45:00

title to their crown. And then in

the second, Evgenia Tarasova &

2:45:002:45:08

Vladimir Morozov. In fourth place,

Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot,

2:45:082:45:17

they will need excellent to keep

their chances alive but they are not

2:45:172:45:19

far behind those Canadians.

2:45:192:45:26

STUDIO: There is zero margin for

error here, very exciting.

In all

2:45:262:45:32

the events, across the board, and

certainly in the pairs, just the

2:45:322:45:36

slightest mistake can mean the

difference between gold, silver and

2:45:362:45:42

bronze, it is that type. It is a

great competition. I loved the

2:45:422:45:46

difference in styles, but it is that

close.

It is, indeed. Let's talk

2:45:462:45:50

about the couple in pole position,

the Chinese. We were talking

2:45:502:45:55

watching it, physically, there is

not that much between them. We went

2:45:552:46:00

through a period, the Soviet period,

and China coming into it, the

2:46:002:46:05

so-called gorilla and the flea. This

is not the case?

They are evenly

2:46:052:46:10

matched, and I think that is what

makes them look so beautiful. When

2:46:102:46:15

they are out there, they really are

a team. The passion she puts into

2:46:152:46:21

it, you live through every moment

with her. And as a partner, he just

2:46:212:46:26

complements what she's doing,

supporting, doing exactly what he

2:46:262:46:29

needs to, but she is the front

person on this. You can see with the

2:46:292:46:34

emotion she puts into it, it is

beautiful skating. I think they will

2:46:342:46:37

be tough to beat. Like I say, it

doesn't take much on the night. You

2:46:372:46:42

can catch an edged out there,

something can be a little off, and

2:46:422:46:48

is it. It is the difference between

silver and gold.

Teams from Russia

2:46:482:46:52

have dominated the pairs. I think

they won 12 titles between 1964 and

2:46:522:46:58

1998. The Chinese knit their title

in 2010, but they were back on the

2:46:582:47:05

podium in 2014. Into Russell and

Morosov, you have such a strong

2:47:052:47:11

pair, and that wonderful choice of

Rachmaninov complemented their

2:47:112:47:16

routine beautifully.

I have to say,

I love her skating. When she takes a

2:47:162:47:20

line, she is like a dart. Her legs

straight and clean beautiful. In the

2:47:202:47:27

air as well, obviously very talented

jumpers. I like the skating in

2:47:272:47:35

between all the elements, and it is

just beautiful skating, clean lines.

2:47:352:47:42

And the aesthetics of the two of

them is beautiful. I'm not such a

2:47:422:47:48

big proponent of their long

programme, if I'm honest. I think

2:47:482:47:51

the Chinese are stronger.

We shall

see, the long programme comes

2:47:512:47:56

tomorrow. You have an interest in

the current third-place bronze

2:47:562:48:02

medallist.

Five Olympics over 16

years. I worked on them with a long

2:48:022:48:10

programme. She is such a competitor.

We would work for four or five hours

2:48:102:48:14

and she would be happy to stay for

another four or five hours on that

2:48:142:48:18

date. She is just born to be a

competitive skater.

So charismatic.

2:48:182:48:26

Bruno is like an ox, so strong. I

don't know whether he has that same

2:48:262:48:33

determination she has.

One tiny

mistake and that will potentially

2:48:332:48:36

put them out of a better finish.

The

Salchow, he doubled and she tripled.

2:48:362:48:42

That can be the difference. I think

they are down in fourth place.

Third

2:48:422:48:48

at the moment.

Well...

The Canadians

are in third.

I think they can get

2:48:482:48:56

on the podium, for sure, but maybe

the gold is just a step too far.

OK,

2:48:562:49:01

there was also a huge ovation for

the North Korean pair. Of all of the

2:49:012:49:05

athletes from North Korea, this was

the pair who had qualified by right

2:49:052:49:10

to be here. And they put on quite a

show.

I was really surprised by

2:49:102:49:15

their abilities. I saw them earlier

in the year in a junior competition,

2:49:152:49:19

which was a qualifying competition,

and when a country that hasn't

2:49:192:49:25

really been involved with figure

skating, like the Chinese were some

2:49:252:49:28

15 years ago, they come, but there

is determination. You can tell they

2:49:282:49:33

are not ready yet, but they came out

of the box looking really good. I

2:49:332:49:37

think they've had some training in

Canada, but this pair, I think,

2:49:372:49:43

something to watch for the future.

Good to see, and they got a huge

2:49:432:49:49

ovation. Lots of questions have been

asked. Why purple for Bolero? And

2:49:492:49:56

Aimee Fuller says, do you still have

your 1984 costume?

You know, they

2:49:562:50:02

are in a museum somewhere, almost

like we are! The costumes are in a

2:50:022:50:06

museum. The reason is, I love the

iris, the flower for the BBC the

2:50:062:50:12

purple shading, and the gold in the

middle of the flower, that's where

2:50:122:50:16

it came from.

Thank you. Matt and

big Al say, under the new scoring

2:50:162:50:21

system, what would Bolero have

scored, do you think?

I don't think

2:50:212:50:27

it would register. Simply because

the elements, the requirements now,

2:50:272:50:31

are completely different from what

you are required to do. Our

2:50:312:50:38

requirements was a four-minute

programme, give or take ten seconds,

2:50:382:50:41

and you could only do five lifts,

and that was it. Now, there is a

2:50:412:50:48

volume this thick of rules and

regulations that require what you

2:50:482:50:54

have to do and how it is scored.

That brings me to a question raised

2:50:542:51:01

by Michelle colon they move from one

component to the next, far removed

2:51:012:51:05

from the seamless fluidity you

achieved with Jane.

It is just that

2:51:052:51:11

there are so many elements required.

You have three required lifts. A

2:51:112:51:17

choreographed lip, a travelling

choreographed spin, two footwork

2:51:172:51:20

choreographed lip, a travelling

choreographed spin, two footwork

2:51:202:51:20

sequences you have to get in. And

all of these just eat up the time.

2:51:202:51:27

Basically, it is how you transition

from element to element which is

2:51:272:51:30

what the choreography is now.

OK, I

get it. Another viewer says: Do you

2:51:302:51:38

prefer the traditional

instrumentation?

A good question. If

2:51:382:51:43

they are appropriate and they feel

that they complement it, I am all

2:51:432:51:47

for vocals. When people hear a vocal

that is talking more singing about

2:51:472:51:54

something, you can e-mail it to

that, so the audience can quickly

2:51:542:51:57

tune into what that is, sometimes.

But then I think there are pop songs

2:51:572:52:02

that some people come out and use

and I don't think it's quite

2:52:022:52:06

appropriate for the sporting arena

that we're in.

Careful what you wish

2:52:062:52:10

for in that regard.

Yes.

Thank you

very much, there are loads of them.

2:52:102:52:15

EV asks, can you still do the

splits?

I'm not sure it's still in

2:52:152:52:20

my repertoire!

Beverage your answer.

Vanessa says, everyone remembers

2:52:202:52:26

Bolero, but I love barn, can we see

it again? Maybe. Still on the eyes,

2:52:262:52:34

but curling this time, and I know

that many of us went crazy,

2:52:342:52:38

including Chris, a few years ago,

because in Sochi, it was the first

2:52:382:52:43

time that the men's and women's

teams came back with medals.

2:52:432:52:47

time that the men's and women's

teams came back with medals. Eve

2:52:472:52:50

Muirhead got underway overnight. A

very good straightforward ten stones

2:52:502:52:58

to three victory over the Russians,

and she would have had half an eye

2:52:582:53:03

on her little brother, because he

was part of Kyle Smith's Great

2:53:032:53:06

Britain team as they set out onto

the ice for their first match. They

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are a new, young team, but they have

been together for a long time,

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winning the world Juniors, so much

expectation. Tough opening day, two

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matches. This one was against the

Swiss. What a match it was. We will

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join it in the last of ten schedule

ends. Great Britain 5-4 in front,

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watched by Logan Gray and Steve

Cram. COMMENTATOR: They would like

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to rumble the stones in the house

around a little bit, just put them

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in slightly usable positions. Has he

got it at all?

It is skinny.

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LAUGHTER

He knows he got away with one there.

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Not the ideal result, but at least

it took the stone away, just.

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it took the stone away, just. A bit

of humour never goes amiss, does it?

2:54:102:54:14

That keeps everybody relaxed. Thomas

Muirhead, the next for Great

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Britain. The Swiss skipper here,

Peter de Cruz.

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Peter de Cruz.

I bet Kyle's heart

might have skipped a beat when he

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let that one go! He literally just

papered it out the side door.

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Switzerland have actually given up

on the guard game now. They will try

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and do something in the house by

drawing around the Great Britain

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stones and hiding one on the back

line.

2:54:552:55:02

line. That one will still be seen,

so it should be a straightforward

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takeout for Thomas Muirhead.

2:55:062:55:13

takeout for Thomas Muirhead.

A

straight peel. Good call.

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Even if they make, good, we can

still run outside one.

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still run outside one.

Some smart

verbals going on there around Thomas

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Muirhead's hate, as it were. Just

trying to say, either way, it will

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be a good shot. A straightforward

peel is a good shot.

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peel is a good shot. A good enough

result.

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result.

Thomas Muirhead has had a

much more assured second-half.

It

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has all come back together. He

should be pretty proud of himself,

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actually, for managing to do that

after admittedly two shots which he

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won't want to see again, I'm sure. A

measure of the man that he has

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produced some good shots since.

Claudio Patz, not going quite so

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well for him after a few good ends.

2:56:442:56:56

He will do better than his skipper

did.

They have a better line this

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time. They have managed to tap it

right over there behind a stone in

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second shot position.

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He will try to use the second

yellow. Maybe asking if he can try

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to run that back onto the Swiss red.

Again, the talk was, if I catch the

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first yellow, it's still not bad.

Just trying to take the negativity

2:57:402:57:44

out of it. This could be good,

actually.

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actually.

To good -- too good! A

slight grimace on his face, just

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because they have left that yellow

stone at the back of the four foot.

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Nonetheless, with the three British

stones in there, they still have a

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couple at the top of the house, use

them. Three more stones for

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Switzerland. They need to score two

to win this. One would tie it up

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into an extra end. If they can work

this one...

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this one... It's amazing, isn't it?

He was so solid earlier on, playing

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so well. Just the last couple of

ends, Claudio Patz, we saw him smack

2:58:472:58:53

his broom onto the floor, the head

fell off, and now he might be losing

2:58:532:58:58

his own head a little bit.

Thai, I

think, here.

An opportunity here.

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Again, just keep forcing the

opposition to make the shots. Don't

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give them anything easy. The last

three ends, Britain doing a good

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job.

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We only have two matches still out

there. Sweden have finished 9-5

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against Denmark.

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against Denmark. Similarly, USA

against Korea, 11-7. A good battle

2:59:372:59:39

against the USA, but the Americans

have won out. And it is still pretty

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tight going into the final end of

Canada against Italy. Canada have

2:59:462:59:50

the hammer and lead by one, 4-3.

Italy have given Canada a close

2:59:502:59:56

match as well.

2:59:563:00:04

match as well.

Do we tap it on that

angle? We probably have to tap it

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that way, don't we? We still play

the shot, and I am still probably

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running, if he makes it.

If we tap

this to here and check into there,

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we will have three of our own stones

to use.

The worst thing would be to

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leave some sort of standarder.

If

you peel it...

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you peel it... -- some sort of

stander.

They are just going to try

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and tap that stone, the middle one,

back a little. He still wants the

3:00:503:00:56

option to be able to run one of

those other yellows. He needs

3:00:563:01:01

another one at the top to have two

sitting at the top that he can use.

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Absolutely spot on. And can you

switch things up a little bit? They

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played the whole end this is -- for

Switzerland just as all one but they

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are in such a strong position now

they smell blood and they are going

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to try and steal the game here in

this ten end.

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Not the easiest side any of them

have managed to cope with, that is

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the only thing here. Draw

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the only thing here. Draw weight for

Cammy Smith. He wants to move that

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yellow back.

Looking pretty good,

actually.

3:01:533:02:00

Another few inches would have been

perfect, but a great effort.

It's

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still good.

A little more would have been ideal.

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But you are right, it's just making

life very difficult for Switzerland

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here.

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And Todd Princess and is in the

house right now. Don't know if you

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can see that on the TV. -- I'm told

Princess

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Here.

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Here.

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I'll just stop this

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what are the options here for

Switzerland, as they try and tap

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their own in?

I think they are going

to dry, it looks like they will play

3:03:153:03:22

a take out on it. If they stick it

they might have a chance to score

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two but they want to make sure they

have a chance to score one. A little

3:03:283:03:32

bit surprised to see them throwing a

take out weight at this, thought

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maybe they would play a tap up to

give themselves a greater chance of

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putting themselves in a strong

position to score a two.

But he has

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been struggling with his weight.

You

would think if they went to the next

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round without the last and they only

realistically have a 20% chance of

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winning. Just really straight down

that side.

Great shot. Yes, well

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done. That was the call, to tap that

back. And now Switzerland lie a

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shot... So do they block the route

in, run that back?

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We good either throw the guard...

Not sure if we can place it.

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The other option Switzerland could

have... He just played a shot, don't

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allow Switzerland to tap it back

again, you can play almost the same

3:04:483:04:52

shot and knocked that stone in

42-macro. Surely they have to do

3:04:523:04:57

something and that side. Not an easy

one to get rid of, that stone.

It

3:04:573:05:06

looks like they are potentially

guarding playing the same shot again

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and hopefully just accepting they

will go to the next round. In their

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time-out they talked about not kind

of blocking those promotional take

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outs and actually that's exactly

what they did, they snookered

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themselves a little on the left-hand

side. They can't promote either of

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these yellows onto the red.

The last thing they want to do here

3:05:273:05:36

is throw some sort of a Hail Mary to

get the red out of there and make

3:05:363:05:40

things much easier for Switzerland

to get another one in there to score

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two.

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Still 6.5 minutes on the clock here.

They are giving this one their full

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attention.

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This is the final stone for Kyle

Smith and for Great Britain in the

3:06:163:06:28

temperament. Kyle Smith has found

his form in the latter stages, will

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try and protect his position, happy

to give up the one, don't want to

3:06:373:06:41

give Switzerland the opportunity to

pick up two. They will have to sweep

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this really hard, really hard.

Almost not giving it enough. Really

3:06:453:06:49

have do sweep it.

Great sweep to get

it in play, but it's not going to do

3:06:493:06:58

anything. It is far too long.

Having said that, I was really

3:06:583:07:05

surprised by how little ice the

Swiss took for that previous stone.

3:07:053:07:10

It must be quite straight down that

side of the sheet. Maybe it does

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drop.

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There is no real room to come round

that one. Doesn't look as though

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there is. There is a British stone

at the back, behind the one that's

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counting. Anything too wide is

probably not going to get second

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shot. The option, the preferred one

might have been to tap that red, the

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shot they just play before, to the

position where that counting stone

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is. Still looking at it.

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So sorry, time-out has been called.

The Swiss coach is there, helping

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with the discussion. Looks as though

they made their mind up pretty

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quickly. He is off.

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I think I heard the Swiss players

say they didn't think the draw

3:08:163:08:23

around the outside was possible

because it is quite straight there.

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They are looking to try and play the

same shot again, three quarters

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contact and that red and put it into

the middle for two.

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Is weight important? When you are

tapping the stone up onto the other

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one... I don't think there's enough

room to push it by. That yellow

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there is to close behind. Anyway,

here we go, the final stone for

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Switzerland. They need the one here.

Two would give them victory over

3:09:013:09:05

Great Britain. A cruise shot here.

Schwartz played a good shot last

3:09:053:09:11

Imhoff that he is past the guard,

just got a nudge to push it out.

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That much is enough to make sure

that that stone is not going to come

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into where he wanted it. It is one

for Switzerland, a tied match after

3:09:203:09:27

ten end Son Buster Great Britain did

a great job, one point even looking

3:09:273:09:30

like they could get this deal but

limited Switzerland to one end. Pied

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Piper and Great Britain will take

the hammer into the extra end. --

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tied up at 5-5. We knew it was

tight, they said it was tight. Just

3:09:463:09:55

a whisker catches that guard. When

Kyle Smith put it out there and the

3:09:553:09:59

guys swept it, you go back to how

hard they swept to get it that extra

3:09:593:10:04

inch, because it was heading for a

nice little tap back and they would

3:10:043:10:08

have got the two and they would have

got the win. A bright smile from

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Benoit Schwarz.

Always looked a

little inside. Does bring moment I

3:10:163:10:20

wondered if that little flick off

the top guard could have corrected

3:10:203:10:23

the line a little bit and it was

going to make it anyway... But good

3:10:233:10:26

for us it didn't!

Here is the

chance, then. Extra end. Great

3:10:263:10:35

Britain with the hammer.

3:10:353:10:38

I will very quickly update you with

the match that is still out there.

3:10:413:10:47

Canada leading 4-3, it is in the

final end. Italy have got a

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time-out.

3:10:503:10:59

Guard being put in place. Just comes

across the centre line. So, I think

3:11:033:11:14

if you are Great Britain, you kind

of thing, yes, we managed those last

3:11:143:11:19

3-4 ends well. At one point you

could have said the memorandum was

3:11:193:11:24

just slightly with Switzerland. The

last two or three ends it shifted

3:11:243:11:28

back and even during that last end,

it was beginning to look as though

3:11:283:11:33

just that one shot, didn't tap their

own stone back far enough.

3:11:333:11:39

Nice shot from Cammy Smith. It is

all about inches and if and only and

3:11:423:11:51

all the rest of it, but at least

they limited Switzerland to the one

3:11:513:11:56

there and now are in a good

position. In a position you would

3:11:563:11:59

want to be in, with the extra end

and with a hammer. Only needs one

3:11:593:12:06

now, of course.

Definitely. That

shot might have looked a little

3:12:063:12:08

strange. We have seen that type of

shot for the first time. Basically

3:12:083:12:14

what you're trying to do is move

your opposition's stone to the side

3:12:143:12:18

because you can't remove it from

play because of something called

3:12:183:12:22

Freegard zone rule which prevents

you from removing the opposition's

3:12:223:12:25

stones from that area, from the

front of the house. So basically,

3:12:253:12:35

what GB are going to try and do here

is keep that centre wide open, so

3:12:353:12:39

that Kyle can lay one on the bottom

to win the game.

3:12:393:12:45

So, another one of them please,

Cammy!

3:12:473:12:52

Come on, you've got a!

They are sweeping this had. -- had.

3:13:013:13:11

Don't want to hit it too skinny. All

done. Just maybe thought for a

3:13:113:13:22

moment it was closer than that.

There's a lot of smiles now and a

3:13:223:13:28

bit of a swagger. Not getting too

confident or anything but like I

3:13:283:13:34

said, the last 3-4 ends helped pull

it back together.

It's those shots

3:13:343:13:40

that Cammy made that gives them a

good buzz and feeling. Just by

3:13:403:13:47

making, because they play a lot more

mundane shots, the draws on the

3:13:473:13:53

guards, but in this situation, this

is the one where they can make a

3:13:533:13:56

massive difference to the outcome of

the game. And how straightforward

3:13:563:14:01

the final stone is for the skip.

3:14:013:14:04

What are you thinking? You got

anything? Just under half customer

3:14:143:14:24

interesting to see a bit of that

stone.

3:14:243:14:31

Peel I think was the call.

Are you

saying Peel?

Yeah.

Ideally they

3:14:313:14:40

would go after the one in the house

here, but they don't want to risk

3:14:403:14:45

feathering it like Benoit Schwarz

did in the last end. Going the safer

3:14:453:14:50

route here and peeling the guard.

Not going to hit it... Sorry, did! I

3:14:503:14:56

am sitting on the wrong side looking

at it. Keep watching the TV screen,

3:14:563:14:59

much easier.

Well, as he said, keeping things

3:14:593:15:05

nice and clear. -- as you said. I

was half watching the end of Canada

3:15:053:15:13

and Italy. Canada just kept giving

themselves plenty of room, they had

3:15:133:15:17

the last stone and they have run out

victors by 5-3. Picked up one in the

3:15:173:15:24

final end. It was a tight affair all

the way through that one. Italy

3:15:243:15:29

giving Canada plenty to think about.

3:15:293:15:31

Great Britain will face Canada in

this evening's session. Would love

3:15:363:15:42

to go there with a victory under

their belt.

3:15:423:15:49

their belt. The same again, another

appeal for Kyle Waddell -- another

3:15:493:15:58

peel.

3:15:583:16:07

So far, so good.

Absolutely, another

three of them would be quite fine,

3:16:133:16:21

and you would expect that Kyle

wouldn't have too hard a shot to win

3:16:213:16:24

the game. Switzerland do have one in

near to the forefoot at the moment.

3:16:243:16:38

Any skipper

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would take that, wouldn't you?

Absolutely.

3:16:503:16:59

Absolutely.

Are Switzerland just

hoping that they get there and say,

3:16:593:17:07

there you go, then? Not much else

they can do.

3:17:073:17:14

they can do. Thomas Muirhead, doing

a good job. What you don't want to

3:17:173:17:23

do is stick it. You don't want to

hit it on the nose and leave your

3:17:233:17:30

own stone sitting there. The element

that is the difference between a

3:17:303:17:34

takeout and what they are calling a

peel, which is when you peel your

3:17:343:17:38

own stone away from the playing

area, as well as the stone that is

3:17:383:17:45

in place already. -- in play.

3:17:453:17:56

in place already. -- in play. Here

we go again.

3:17:563:18:02

we go again. The centre play is

lovely and open, exactly as you

3:18:033:18:07

would want. That is largely down to

that horrific two shots by Cammy

3:18:073:18:15

Smith, to start the end. Those shots

really opening things right up.

3:18:153:18:27

really opening things right up. Good

going. Another nice shot from Thomas

3:18:273:18:32

Muirhead. His last three ends have

been very good.

3:18:323:18:44

Now Benoit Schwarz and Peter de Cruz

working out where they want to put

3:18:473:18:53

their last stone of the end, rather

than this one. They will throw a

3:18:533:18:56

guard here and probably put one in

somewhere around the centre line,

3:18:563:19:03

about the same distance from the

bottom is the one at the back. Just

3:19:033:19:10

about protecting that back red at

the moment.

3:19:103:19:16

the moment.

We can see where he

would like it to finish up. The

3:19:213:19:26

blowers have come back on again.

3:19:263:19:35

I think Great Britain's cause has

been helped slightly by a bit of a

3:19:393:19:43

sticky patch that Benoit Schwarz

went through. The last stone in the

3:19:433:19:54

tenth end was catching the guard on

the way through as well.

3:19:543:20:01

the way through as well. Get this

across...

3:20:013:20:12

They just want to move that out the

way, keep this nice and clear. The

3:20:133:20:18

skipper from Great Britain will have

a shot at the end, we are resuming,

3:20:183:20:21

here, to win the match. -- we are

assuming.

3:20:213:20:32

assuming. It has gone quiet in

here... The British

3:20:333:20:42

here... The British contingent,

including British dignitaries and a

3:20:423:20:46

British team watching this.

3:20:463:20:54

That was not what they were looking

for, but I guess they get kind of

3:21:003:21:04

second prize there. All of a sudden,

the difficulty for Kyle Smith's

3:21:043:21:09

final shot of the end has probably

gone up.

He wants to draw behind

3:21:093:21:16

that and be close in.

3:21:163:21:23

that and be close in. Kyle Smith

will have to work around. It depends

3:21:233:21:26

how good he goes here, of course.

They are working out exactly where

3:21:263:21:28

they would like to be.

3:21:283:21:34

It is never over, is it? You just

think this was going nicely Great

3:21:403:21:47

Britain's way, keep the ice nice and

clear, a draw into the forefoot to

3:21:473:21:50

win the match, and he is still going

to have a chance to win it, it will

3:21:503:21:57

just have to be a very, very good

shot. Let's see what Benoit Schwarz

3:21:573:22:01

can do here. He struggled with his

weight, but good players come good

3:22:013:22:09

when it matters.

3:22:093:22:15

Somewhere just touching the edge of

the button on the side is what

3:22:153:22:19

Benoit is looking for. Trying to

close down that scoring area for

3:22:193:22:25

Kyle Smith's last one.

3:22:253:22:36

The line looks pretty good, but they

are having to work this to get it as

3:22:363:22:41

far as it can. It captures the guard

again. It is not even in the house.

3:22:413:22:45

That is a real mistake from Benoit

Schwarz. He has made a few, and that

3:22:453:22:50

is a cardinal error there. It was a

tight line, but sure as well. They

3:22:503:22:55

were trying to sweep it in, get it

passed that guard. At least into the

3:22:553:23:01

house would have given Kyle Smith

something to think about. The most

3:23:013:23:04

straightforward of shops now for him

just to draw this into anywhere in

3:23:043:23:10

the house, and Great Britain will

win their first match. Thomas

3:23:103:23:13

Muirhead certainly played his part

after a couple of indifferent shots

3:23:133:23:17

in the middle of the match, he has

come good towards the end. Kyle

3:23:173:23:21

Smith has struggled with one or two

of his shots, but this is pretty

3:23:213:23:24

straightforward. The British skip

with the chance to draw in. This

3:23:243:23:32

extra end, the last stone...

3:23:323:23:37

I'm holding my breath as well. I

don't know why. It is such a

3:23:433:23:47

straightforward shot.

It looks fine.

Well, the handshake comes in the

3:23:473:23:53

end. What a win for Great Britain.

An incredibly tight match all the

3:23:533:23:57

way through, and nobody got more

than one shot ahead of the other.

3:23:573:24:04

Great Britain, in the final end,

holding Switzerland to one, meaning

3:24:043:24:08

we went into the extra end. Great

Britain with a hammer, and they

3:24:083:24:13

played it brilliantly. One or two

mistakes from both teams, then a bit

3:24:133:24:16

of a nailbiter that one, but what a

way for Britain's men to start. They

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have won their first match against

Switzerland. In the end, 6-5 to

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Great Britain. STUDIO: A great

start, and full of confidence and

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adrenaline from that extra end win.

Kyle Smith's lads were back out on

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the ice a few hours later to face

defending champions Canada. It is

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not the same team as from Sochi, but

led by a double world champion. The

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British guys went down 6-4, Canada

taking a 1 in the final end. Britain

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had been 4-1 down by the fifth, so

they did well to come back at them,

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but a mixed day of results, then, in

the opening day in the men's

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competition. This is how it looks in

the round-robin stages. Remember,

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nine matches to play between today

and next Wednesday. Canada and

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Sweden have both played two and won

two. Great Britain, with one win and

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one defeat, are down in fifth place.

A long way to go, though, and Great

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Britain play Japan tomorrow.

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Britain play Japan tomorrow. The

Dutch have won 75% of the medals at

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the speed skating in the Oval so

far, including four golds out of

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four. Can anyone, someone, stop the

stranglehold there? Today was the

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women's 1000 metres. Eileen. The

Netherlands greatest of all time,

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was also in this one. It was hoped

that Japan's out and out sprinters

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might have the advantage of. We will

find out once we have had a quick

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refresher.

In speed skating, the aim

is simple: Race a defined distance

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as fast as possible. It is the

ultimate test of speed and

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technique. The event takes place on

a 400 metres Oval track for almost

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four times larger than the short

course. In most individual events,

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skaters race in pairs, on separate

tracks, known as the inner and outer

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lanes. They switch lanes every lap

in order to skate an equal distance.

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Event distances range from 500

metres to 10,000 metres for men, and

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500 metres to 5000 metres for women.

In the team pursuit race, two teams

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of three compete against each other,

starting from opposite sides. The

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mass start is a new discipline,

which lasts 16 laps and is the only

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individual event in which long track

speed skaters compete directly

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against each other.

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Irene Wust, the greatest Dutch

Olympian of all time. Perhaps not

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her best event?

Certainly not her

best distance. She prefers the 3000

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metres. I think everybody in the

stadium will be rooting for Ireen

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Wust to add another gold medal, but

I think you will be lucky to get on

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the podium.

Incredible, ten Olympic

gold medals for Ireen Wust. She has

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only ever been the world champion at

this distance once before, and that

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was back in 2007. Her most

successful speed -- the most

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successful speed skater in the

history of the Olympic Games. And it

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is a false start.

The skaters are

only allowed one., so if someone

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were to false start a second time,

they would have to leave the ice.

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The white flag indicates the skater

wearing the white armband was the

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skater with that., and that as the

is in fact Ireen Wust.

Wow, all that

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experience and it still happens to

her. It shows how keen she is, and

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how important she knows it is to

make a fast start here, to get up to

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speed as quickly as possible. This

will be potentially a split-second

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thing in terms of where the medals

go. She missed out by 0.08 of a

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second the other day in the 3000

metres.

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She can't afford to make a mistake

now. I they go at the second time of

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asking. You see this mad dash to get

up to speed as quickly as possible

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for this 2.5 lap race.

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for this 2.5 lap race. Wust on the

inside for the first lap. She's

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trying to keep as close as possible

to the Italian skater, and doing

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very well indeed coming through the

first 200 metres. A superb start for

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Wust, 18.31. At the first aid, both

of inside the previous fastest time.

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We have 16 pairs, and this is only

the fourth pair out on the ice. One

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of the biggest names clearly in Wust

from the Netherlands. She will take

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the Bell over the line this time.

She is almost half a second in

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front. It is all about Wust skating

as fast as possible.

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as fast as possible.

Wust going down

the back straight. It is a big, long

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sprint for the line here. Will it be

enough for her to claim another gold

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medal? She will have a long time to

find out, but I think she will set a

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new fastest time. And she has -

1:15.32. By over one second, a new

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early leader, and it is

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early leader, and it is the great

Ireen Wust.

I don't think it will be

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quick enough to win the gold. They

were having test races just over a

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week ago, and the time in a test

race was 1:14.32. Summit is lower

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than that. The ice conditions are so

bad today, so we would expect a

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faster time than this time Ireen

Wust at the moment.

It is back

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loaded in terms of the pairings,

because you have most of the

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favourites going later.

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Yes. This is an Ireen Wust's

favourite distance and she hasn't

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skated in many World Cups in the

past so she will skate fairly early

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on.

And now the nights pairing.

Training with the short track

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skaters ahead of this season to try

and improve her technique. And the

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defending Olympic champion Hong

Zhang, from China. The first-ever

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Olympic speed skating medallist from

China.

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Three shots to make sure everybody

knew it was a false start.

That is

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right. Again indicating, the white

flag indicating the false start. It

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was Czerwonka from the inside.

Had a

top ten finish in the 1500 metres.

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You feel the start has been holding

them for quite a long time customer

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yes, absolutely.

Now both skaters

have to wait which at the end... We

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saw in the 5000 metres, 2000th of a

second.

Every fraction of the second

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count in the distance such as this.

Setting the skates on the ice.

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The defending champion and away in

the predominantly black skin suit on

3:32:553:33:00

the left-hand side of your screen.

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And they're very canny style, the

Chinese gate on the outside. The

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upper body, if she could retain and

keep it a little more still, she

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would be getting so much more power

into the ice. Hong Zhang slightly

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ahead of Ireen Wust's time. They

switch over lanes. It is important

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to stay as tight and that turn, and

she did it very well indeed. That is

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the time to beat, 46.1 nine. The

green indicating almost half a

3:33:393:33:45

second inside the time of Ireen

Wust. And Ireen Wust's bleeding time

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is under threat here from Hong

Zhang, the defending Olympic

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champion here in the 1000 metres.

Down the back straight, and she

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stumbled there and almost face

planted on the ice but she manages

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to keep it going. That will have

cost her sometime. She just lost a

3:34:013:34:07

bit of the river mud. I think that

may have ruined her chances. She

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comes over the line... Yes, it did.

Hong Zhang sees her Olympic crown

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disappear. Czerwonka did well, as

well, bringing herself up into

3:34:163:34:24

fourth place for the moment. But

what happened here? Hazard you can

3:34:243:34:29

see, she's just becoming very, very

tired, leaning the too far forward

3:34:293:34:33

and then the point of this gate

just

ground into the ice. You could see

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coming down the finishing straight,

it looks like she could barely lift

3:34:403:34:43

one leg in front of the other.

Basically it is an elongated sprint,

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this 1000 metres.

Ireen Wust is

hanging in there at the top of the

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leaderboard. The Norwegians still in

second place. Hong Zhang currently

3:34:553:35:03

third but that will come under real

pressure very shortly. We are

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getting to the business end of this

competition. This women's 1000

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metres here at the very impressive

overall. We have not seen a 400

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metre track, long track. It is an

impressive sight.

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impressive sight. Here is Jorien Ter

Mors from the Netherlands, a short

3:35:273:35:30

track and long track racer. But in

the long track, double Olympic

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champion

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champion in 2000 2014.

3:35:413:35:44

Jorien Ter Mors The 2016 world

champion.

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champion. This is a real heavyweight

clash, in terms of their skating

3:35:533:35:57

ability at this distance.

3:35:573:36:04

This is going to be absolutely

fascinating to see who has got the

3:36:043:36:08

speed and staying power here between

these two. Both of them former world

3:36:083:36:12

champions at this distance. Jorien

Ter Mors double Olympic champion in

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Sochi four years ago. Remember,

first time check coming up shortly

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as they crossed the finishing line

here. Brittany Bowe on the outside

3:36:223:36:25

for America in the blue and white,

she is storming away, almost half a

3:36:253:36:29

second already. The former 1500

metre Olympic champion. It will be

3:36:293:36:37

all about that last lap. That is

where Ireen Wust did the damage to

3:36:373:36:43

the rest of the group.

Quite a big advantage now over the

3:36:433:36:52

time of Ireen Wust. Ireen Wust's

time under real pressure here.

3:36:523:36:55

Brittany Bowe just has to keep it

going. And we will see whether

3:36:553:37:00

Jorien Ter Mors has the strength to

close in and put some pressure on

3:37:003:37:03

her here. Pair number 12 of 16. It

looks like the lead is going to go.

3:37:033:37:10

It does, the short track experience

coming down to the line.

Jorien Ter

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Mors is going to set a new fastest

time. The Olympic record has gone.

3:37:173:37:24

What a skate! A superb last lap from

Jorien Ter Mors, two time gold

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medallist from Sochi four years ago.

She was all business there. Brittany

3:37:293:37:34

Bowe took the fight to her all the

way, but in the end, Jorien Ter Mors

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had that staying power and that long

sprint and the form in her legs.

3:37:403:37:46

This was sensational skating from

the Dutch woman.

A superb piece of

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skating from Jorien Ter Mors. The

Dutch have been dominating this

3:37:523:37:56

event, the long track speed skating.

So, Ireen

3:37:563:38:02

Jorien Ter Mors so, setting a new

Olympic record.

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Olympic record. Miho Takagi Was this

over 3000 metres. This is her last

3:38:133:38:19

event of the game, the overall World

Cup champion.

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Cup champion. And the former six

time junior champion, Karolina

3:38:263:38:31

Erbanova. Karolina Erbanova from the

Czech Republic, bases herself in the

3:38:313:38:37

Netherlands.

So, Miho Takagi sixth in the World

3:38:373:38:46

Championship. Karolina Erbanova,

fifth. That is a sort of standard we

3:38:463:38:50

are looking at here. Can they

notched their way towards the

3:38:503:38:52

podium?

Miho Takagi from Japan on

the inner lane has a personal best

3:38:523:38:58

of more than a second quicker than

Karolina Erbanova.

Both of them

3:38:583:39:03

started really well here. But we

have seen that before. They really

3:39:033:39:08

need to start hard, to get the speed

done to cruise this first complete

3:39:083:39:11

lap.

3:39:113:39:14

Erbanova with the red skin suit on.

Takagi of Japan in the black and

3:39:193:39:24

white, as they come round to take

the bowl. Have they given themselves

3:39:243:39:28

a shot at this? Well, it is very,

very close. Erbanova is skating

3:39:283:39:34

superbly, bang on the money at the

moment. She has given herself a

3:39:343:39:36

chance. I think Takagi is finding it

a little tough at the moment.

3:39:363:39:42

Erbanova needs to stay technically

good if she wants to take that time.

3:39:423:39:49

Takagi coming on strong once more,

she found her second wind as they

3:39:493:39:53

come down the finishing straight

towards the line? The clock ticks

3:39:533:39:58

away. Second fastest time for

Takagi.

3:39:583:40:04

Takagi. 1:13.98. The Olympic record

time, the leading time Jorien Ter

3:40:083:40:13

Mors of came under pressure from

Takagi. A superb skateboarding her

3:40:133:40:16

in second place. Brittany Bos stays

third.

3:40:163:40:27

third.

Wust down to fit. We have

skaters who are more than capable

3:40:273:40:32

still of winning this Olympic title

to come. Here we go. The Vanessa

3:40:323:40:38

Herzog Austrian, the European 500

metre champion, newly crowned. She

3:40:383:40:46

was third in the winter at this

distance. And from Nao Kodaira

3:40:463:40:54

Japan, her third Olympic Games.

Second in the World Cup rankings

3:40:543:40:59

this winter. Number one at 500

metres, and she, as I just

3:40:593:41:05

mentioned, the 1000 metre world

record-holder. That set in December

3:41:053:41:09

2017 at Salt Lake City.

3:41:093:41:12

Beautifully timed from Kodaira.

Lovely smooth flowing style as she

3:41:253:41:35

gets up to speed. She makes it look

very easy indeed.

This is the medal

3:41:353:41:40

the Japanese are looking for.

Also a

strong start from Herzog, who has

3:41:403:41:48

had an excellent season. Literally

neck and neck, the pair of them. A

3:41:483:41:52

full second ahead of the fastest

time.

I think both skaters have

3:41:523:41:57

opened very, very fast indeed and it

might even be a little bit too much.

3:41:573:42:02

Kodaira at the moment is going

faster and faster. It reached seven

3:42:023:42:08

tenths of a second, just coming back

slightly now, as you can see. Half a

3:42:083:42:13

second the advantage with one lap to

go here for Kodaira. It is just a

3:42:133:42:17

case of whether she has the staying

power here now. It is coming down,

3:42:173:42:22

the advantage, bit by bit, as you

can see at the bottom right of the

3:42:223:42:27

screen. She has almost levelled out.

It may be slipping away. Now Kodaira

3:42:273:42:33

has to dig really, really deep into

the finishing straight. This is

3:42:333:42:36

where it hurts. Up towards the

line... It is good enough for second

3:42:363:42:43

place. Kodaira couldn't quite bring

it home. She did originally give

3:42:433:42:47

herself the blackboard for victory.

There is a very relieved smile on

3:42:473:42:52

the face of Jorien Ter Mors from the

Netherlands. One pair to go. Jorien

3:42:523:42:57

Ter Mors in gold. Kodaira, the

Japanese skater now in second place.

3:42:573:43:02

And Takagi in third. Brittany boat

nudged off the podium. --

3:43:023:43:16

nudged off the podium. -- Brittany

Bowe. Jorien Ter Mors, her anxious

3:43:163:43:18

wait will take a couple more minutes

and then she will know, we will all

3:43:183:43:22

know who the Olympic champion is. It

might be one of her own team-mates

3:43:223:43:27

who makes life a little

uncomfortable for her. Marrit

3:43:273:43:31

Leenstra, the 20 year

eight-year-old, won the gold in the

3:43:313:43:34

team pursuit the year ago and has a

bronze already in the 1500 here. And

3:43:343:43:40

the current world champion at 1000

and 1500 metres, and the 1500 metre

3:43:403:43:49

world record-holder, Heather Bergsma

of the United States. She has

3:43:493:43:52

finished seventh and ninth in the

Olympics in this event in the last

3:43:523:43:55

two Olympic Games.

3:43:553:44:02

The only two athletes who can

possibly deny Jorien Ter Mors.

3:44:023:44:08

Interesting, unique start from

Heather Bergsma, in terms of style.

3:44:083:44:19

Bergsma starting crouched down like

a sprint athlete on the track.

She

3:44:213:44:26

comes from in-line skating and that

is how they start. Both skaters know

3:44:263:44:29

exactly what time they need to beat.

What a couple of laps we have before

3:44:293:44:35

us. First time check coming up.

First time over the line and both

3:44:353:44:39

are inside the fastest time.

That is

good for Bergsma, just two

3:44:393:44:44

hundredths of a second quicker than

Jorien Ter Mors. She will be saving

3:44:443:44:48

a little bit in the tank for that

last lap.

3:44:483:44:50

Bergsma getting the opportunity to

slipstream. They come to the

3:44:543:44:59

finishing straight. As you can see,

it is bang on and it will be very,

3:44:593:45:03

very close. There is nothing in it.

Maybe Jorien Ter Mors's time ahead

3:45:033:45:08

of Bergsma at the moment.

Bergsma

having the last outer lane which

3:45:083:45:14

will make it a lot tougher for her.

The coaches urging them on. The

3:45:143:45:19

skater on the left-hand side of the

screen. I think Jorien Ter Mors will

3:45:193:45:22

be getting Olympic gold at the 1000

metres.

Round the bend for the final

3:45:223:45:26

time into the finishing straight.

The crowd up on their feet here.

3:45:263:45:30

Have they got the legs to bring it

home, as they go up towards the

3:45:303:45:34

line? No. Jorien Ter Mors from the

Netherlands is the Olympic champion.

3:45:343:45:41

Leenstra and Bergsma gave themselves

a chance with that fast start, but

3:45:413:45:45

like everyone else they couldn't

keep it going quickly enough and

3:45:453:45:49

that final lap. Jorien Ter Mors with

two gold medals in Sochi, now has

3:45:493:45:53

one here as well in Pyeongchang.

3:45:533:46:00

That was a superb skate from the

Dutch woman, setting a new Olympic

3:46:003:46:03

time as well. The winner of the

ladies 1000 metres is from the

3:46:033:46:10

Netherlands - Jorien Ter Mors.

STUDIO: Did we ever doubted? She did

3:46:103:46:14

not even qualify to defend her 1500

metres title because of injury, so

3:46:143:46:19

she bounces back at the shorter

distance. That is remarkably the

3:46:193:46:23

fifth gold medal for the

Netherlands. It is the first time

3:46:233:46:26

that any country has won the first

five speed skating event seen any

3:46:263:46:31

games, and if you go back this

put-mac to Sochi... Is anyone

3:46:313:46:38

working in the Netherlands just now,

Robbie sitting in front of the telly

3:46:383:46:43

and celebrating just now? Why would

you not? -- or are they sitting in

3:46:433:46:50

front of the television... There was

a unified Korean team between the

3:46:503:46:54

North Koreans and a South Koreans in

the women's ice hockey. They got

3:46:543:46:58

walloped in their first game, 8-0,

and they lost against the Swedes.

3:46:583:47:03

But in the last of the group A

matches, against Japan, there was

3:47:033:47:10

great rivalry.

3:47:103:47:16

great rivalry. There was the group

of North Korean cheerleaders, and

3:47:163:47:20

the atmosphere was absolutely free

trial. Enjoy this. COMMENTATOR: Here

3:47:203:47:25

we go, Japan against Korea. The

atmosphere that is building is

3:47:253:47:34

absolutely electric, so loud. The

question will be, can Korea give

3:47:343:47:39

them something to really cheer

about?

3:47:393:47:45

about? Poked deep into the zone

then.

3:47:463:47:55

then. With speed, uses her strength

on the outside. It would be some

3:47:553:48:02

achievement if Korea were to get

something out of this. Floats into

3:48:023:48:09

position and finds the back of the

net.

Wonderful vision by her record

3:48:093:48:14

toco behind the net. Has her head

up. Right through the slot.

3:48:143:48:28

up. Right through the slot.

They are

swinging around. A rebound, goal! Oh

3:48:283:48:32

no! On the doorstep.

This is how you

draw up a power-play goal. You move

3:48:323:48:41

it around up top, overload down low

in front of the net.

3:48:413:48:49

in front of the net.

Good chance,

and a goal! Korea have scored their

3:48:533:48:58

first ever goal in an Olympic ice

hockey tournament. As the arena

3:48:583:49:05

stands, they wave their flags. It is

Randy Griffin. What a moment it is!

3:49:053:49:12

Griffin that and battled. In the

end, it went through. Not a thing of

3:49:123:49:20

beauty but a moment of history for

this combined Korean team.

3:49:203:49:29

20 more seconds with the player

advantage. Japan had it. It could

3:49:363:49:42

now be out of reach of the Koreas.

Wonderful Park movement from Team

3:49:423:49:51

Japan.

3:49:513:49:55

Japan. -- puck. Japan are going to

skate to victory over Korea, but

3:49:573:50:06

this has been a way more difficult

game then they could ever have

3:50:063:50:10

imagined.

Leeching you just taking a

little bit too much time deciding

3:50:103:50:17

where to put that puck.

3:50:173:50:28

-- second night. Pushed out in

front, can they score one more? Time

3:50:303:50:34

will run out. And it is game over. D

is, Japan skate to a first Olympic

3:50:343:50:44

victory, whilst Korea get their

first ever goal. It was played in a

3:50:443:50:49

sensational atmosphere.

3:50:493:50:56

sensational atmosphere. STUDIO:

Commiserations to the Korean team,

3:50:563:51:00

but Randy Griffin, remember the

name, because that is the history

3:51:003:51:03

maker. They will have to play in a

classification match, so it might

3:51:033:51:11

not be all we see of the Korean

team.

3:51:113:51:14

not be all we see of the Korean

team. We are nine hours behind Korea

3:51:143:51:16

right now, so all is presumably

quiet there, apart from perhaps in

3:51:163:51:20

the Dutch victory house, but

elsewhere, we are all digesting the

3:51:203:51:24

news and the headlines from day

five. Here they are.

3:51:243:51:27

The British men off the mark in

curling, winning their opening match

3:51:313:51:35

against the Swiss. They couldn't

make it two out of two, losing to

3:51:353:51:40

Canada. Women's curling after a good

start, a confident display against

3:51:403:51:47

the Russians. 10-3 in their only

game of the day. As you know, the

3:51:473:51:50

Dutch have made it five out of five

in speed skating, Jorien Ter Mors

3:51:503:51:56

claiming gold in the 1000 metres.

And the Germans are having a

3:51:563:51:59

barnstorming games, yet

3:51:593:52:05

barnstorming games, yet another

medal in the bag from Eric Frenzel.

3:52:053:52:13

And the women's slalom, against the

strong winds, we are playing a

3:52:133:52:17

waiting game. Could it be that Shaun

White, snowboarding's most iconic

3:52:173:52:24

rider, might not have had it all his

own way in the snowboarding half

3:52:243:52:28

pipe final? As you know, he was

going for an historic third gold

3:52:283:52:32

medal and was expected to be pushed

very hard. If you've not seen this,

3:52:323:52:36

strap yourselves in. This was one of

the greatest finals we have ever

3:52:363:52:40

seen. Enjoy. COMMENTATOR: It is the

men's are pipe final, ostensibly an

3:52:403:52:47

arms race between the three big

players. On her runner, Scotty James

3:52:473:52:53

and Shaun White. Owner Murano is the

best competitor on paper.

He had

3:52:533:53:04

back-to-back 1440s. He followed it

up with back-to-back 1260s,

3:53:043:53:09

absolutely massive, and he will have

to bring that run here today to pull

3:53:093:53:12

it off.

What about the fiery

Australian, Scotty James?

He he had

3:53:123:53:20

a very technical run, leading with a

switchback side 1260. He has those

3:53:203:53:25

littered throughout the rest of his

run, but has he got the mental game

3:53:253:53:30

to win?

He has that incredibly

difficult trick, but it's not that

3:53:303:53:34

level of technicality through the

whole run. The one man who we have

3:53:343:53:38

seen consistently land a huge run

top to bottom is Shaun White.

Yes,

3:53:383:53:44

and he comes to South Korea with

this unrivalled belief that he is

3:53:443:53:47

not going to be beaten. He already

has one hand on the gold medal, and

3:53:473:53:51

couple that with his amplitude, the

Trixie is doing, and as he said in a

3:53:513:53:56

press conference, we haven't seen

his best run yet. I am getting very

3:53:563:54:03

excited about this. -- the tricks he

is doing.

A chance to claim that

3:54:033:54:07

third gold medal. We have dubbed

this the Valentine's Day massacre on

3:54:073:54:11

the half pipe. Get ready for the

men's finals. Patrick Burgener, from

3:54:113:54:18

Montana, looking relaxed.

He is

loving it.

A silver medallist from

3:54:183:54:30

to

3:54:303:54:37

to rent -- Turin.

A switchback nine

into a run.

First man to do a

3:54:373:54:44

switchback ten.

Kicking things off

nice and solid. The amplitude is

3:54:443:54:49

there. Back-to-back 1080s.

3:54:493:54:56

there. Back-to-back 1080s. Now,

backside 360. It is a set up trick.

3:54:563:55:00

He needs to increase the difficulty

there. A switchback side ten, then

3:55:003:55:05

into the big heave Ho, the hands go

up.

3:55:053:55:12

up.

One of the biggest runs I have

seen from Pat Bergen. Great

3:55:163:55:20

amplitude on those first two.

Technically, very very good.

84 will

3:55:203:55:28

stop the first big run that we have

seen landed. Next up, Chase Josey.

3:55:283:55:36

We call him the man in the mirror.

His run is a reflection of itself,

3:55:363:55:41

forwards and backwards. His switch

riding is incredible. The frontside

3:55:413:55:46

1080. He is going backwards. Pay

close attention. Switch double

3:55:463:55:50

crippler. Switch double Michael

Chuck.

Love that.

Switch frontside

3:55:503:55:59

1080. A frontside 900. And the

double Michael. The only thing

3:55:593:56:12

missing was to make it the frontside

900.

Devils advocate, the rotations

3:56:123:56:18

on these hits, we will see it from

the boys later on.

3:56:183:56:27

the boys later on. 87.75. I have to

say, the judges are putting

3:56:273:56:33

themselves in a difficult position

already. We are pushing the high

3:56:333:56:37

80s.

22 years old. He has been

setting the pace in 2014.

3:56:373:56:53

setting the pace in 2014. Love 1260

and 1440. Will we see them in this

3:56:533:56:56

run?

3:56:563:57:01

run?

Shoving his back to that

transition. Huge back side air.

3:57:023:57:11

transition. Huge back side air.

1440

second hit. Double 1080. Come on,

3:57:113:57:16

camera, keep up! Frontside 900.

Backside 12. I can hear the

3:57:163:57:23

commentators in each booth.

3:57:233:57:29

commentators in each booth. Whoa!

Into the frontside 12. What a run!

3:57:293:57:32

That is how you turn the heat up.

He

is the cat among the pigeons.

3:57:323:57:42

is the cat among the pigeons. 85.75.

Sit tight, ladies and gentlemen. It

3:57:433:57:48

is I YoMo who ran all -- are you

move there are no...

3:57:483:58:04

move there are no... Ayumu Hiano.

You can hear the crowd as he goes

3:58:043:58:07

stratospheric. Oh no! That wall.

There I say it, it looks a little

3:58:073:58:17

kink in the run-up to that wall.

We

talked about it in practice. There

3:58:173:58:21

is a tiny bubble on that on the way

in.

If you see that in slow motion,

3:58:213:58:26

it will look like he is trying to

come across the flat bottom like...

3:58:263:58:35

It is like there is a little speed

bump at the bottom of the

3:58:353:58:38

transition.

3:58:383:58:43

transition.

He did not have the

amplitude to get it ran.

We debated

3:58:453:58:48

it long and hard. Does Shaun White

beat him and Scotty James mentally

3:58:483:58:54

before he even drops in? Does that

unshakeable belief that he will win

3:58:543:59:00

affect the other riders?

When he

qualifies in first place, yes,

3:59:003:59:06

probably.

Ayumu Hiano is a veteran,

riding at the highest level for

3:59:063:59:13

eight years. He turned up at the US

Open at just 11 and poached the half

3:59:133:59:18

pipe there. Next in, Scotty James.

So much has been said about this

3:59:183:59:25

man. He certainly looks relaxed, a

smile on his face. Look captain,

3:59:253:59:30

enjoying every minute of this.

He

has just seen one of his biggest

3:59:303:59:34

rivals crashing.

The classic run is

12 to 12. Frontside 1260. Oh my

3:59:343:59:42

goodness! Verities.

3:59:423:59:48

goodness! Verities. Backside 1260.

Back-to-back 12s, done. -- there it

3:59:493:59:53

is. A huge crippler. Switch,

backside, 1260. There it is! He has

3:59:534:00:04

done!

What a run to lay down. That

is ridiculous.

4:00:044:00:13

92!

4:00:144:00:18

Scotty James moves into first place,

and Shaun White knows

4:00:184:00:21

the heat is on already,

and it's only the first runs.

4:00:214:00:26

Shaun White has had a little

nudge from Scotty James.

4:00:264:00:32

He has his eyes closed,

taking a few deep breaths.

4:00:324:00:35

A quick slap and clap with JJ

Thomas, his coach at the top.

4:00:354:00:41

This is where Shaun White

comes into his own.

4:00:414:00:45

He is brilliant under pressure.

4:00:454:00:49

1440 to start.

4:00:494:00:53

And that was massive,

into the switch 1080.

4:00:534:00:59

The skyhook, maybe lost a tiny bit

of speed in the flat bottom.

4:00:594:01:05

How did he hold onto that?!

4:01:054:01:10

Frontside 12.

4:01:104:01:13

He has to tuck in his head,

4:01:134:01:17

it was like he was landing

in the barrel of a wave.

4:01:174:01:20

He has just tossed his

helmet into the crowd.

4:01:204:01:22

He looks like he has

been electrocuted.

4:01:224:01:24

They are behaving

like it's the third run!

4:01:244:01:28

I need that back, he said!

4:01:284:01:31

Yes, you do, it's not over yet.

4:01:314:01:38

The card 1080 double cork.

4:01:384:01:40

We already know where this run

will improve, and it's there.

4:01:404:01:43

If he gets pushed,

that will be 1440.

4:01:434:01:45

94.25!

4:01:454:01:48

Shaun White is claiming it, but this

is not the third and final runs.

4:01:484:01:54

We are just finishing up

the first run.

4:01:544:02:02

Let's take a look at the scores.

Chase Josey, with that beautiful

4:02:044:02:13

switch run, 87.75. Raibu Katayama

was the only other rider with a 14

4:02:134:02:22

in there.

4:02:224:02:27

Kent Callister opens up the runs,

number two.

That signature method

4:02:374:02:43

from him. A big frontside double

1080, switched 1080.

They are

4:02:434:02:52

absolutely huge, these are the

Leviathan airs, but in the context

4:02:524:02:59

of what we have just seen, they

don't look that big, and they even

4:02:594:03:02

look a bit rushed.

Peas pumped with

that, the double 12.

Kent Callister

4:03:024:03:11

definitely wins method of the day,

every time he drops in.

4:03:114:03:21

Cousin Andy, Alex, how are you?!

Jake Pates, currently in seventh.

4:03:264:03:31

Fell on the last double cork 1260,

so if he can put that down, we

4:03:314:03:39

should definitely see a high in his

score.

Stretching out his

4:03:394:03:46

hamstrings, a little Ollie popped

just before he drops in. Double

4:03:464:03:54

Michalchuk.

Really nice, that, so

high up the transition.

No-one

4:03:544:04:00

Wealth rotates like him, do they?

Really nice! The front nine,

4:04:004:04:09

backside double 1260, there it is.

Beautiful.

Eager and lands that

4:04:094:04:14

perfectly. -- he did land that

perfectly.

I like that, really nice

4:04:144:04:23

run, really flowed solid.

For me,

amplitude might be the issue.

Yeah.

4:04:234:04:29

When you look at the biggest spins,

are they busy? 82.25, Jake Pates

4:04:294:04:37

moves into sixth place, just behind

Patrick Burgener. Next in, you and

4:04:374:04:48

-- Jan Scherrer.

He crashed on the

backside 1260 at the end in his

4:04:484:04:52

first run. And it was a step up from

the backside nine. So all these

4:04:524:05:02

riders sprinkling a little bit more

magic on their runs.

Jan Scherrer

4:05:024:05:07

was 18th in Sochi, so by far his

best performance to date at the

4:05:074:05:17

Olympics.

That was really nice,

almost a flat switched 1080,

4:05:174:05:25

frontside 900

backside 1260.

There

it is.

Yes! Oh! Very, very nice run

4:05:254:05:35

from Jan Scherrer, and he stepped it

up from qualifying yesterday, really

4:05:354:05:39

only needed one of the 12 is to make

the final.

4:05:394:05:46

the final. 4.7 metres, the highest

trick there, but the average is what

4:05:464:05:53

could see his score drop a tiny bit.

80.5, yeah, did you see the lip,

4:05:534:06:03

there? I think he feels a little bit

unloved by the judges there.

4:06:034:06:13

unloved by the judges there. Ben

Ferguson has a beautiful run when he

4:06:134:06:17

does a backside 180 into the pipe,

but he is sticking with the more

4:06:174:06:20

traditional entry, a little indie

onto the backside wall. He lets go

4:06:204:06:28

early.

So hard to do big, that

trick, and keep the composure.

4:06:284:06:32

Switch double ten. Huge double

crippler, that was absolutely

4:06:324:06:38

massive! Backside 360, just caught

the lip. A beautiful switch McTwist,

4:06:384:06:44

the best he has done all week.

Switch double at the end. Very nice!

4:06:444:06:50

Technically perfect. He was landing

at the very top of the transition on

4:06:504:06:57

every hit there.

The backside 360.

Look at the body was Asian there.

4:06:574:07:04

Tucked up, watching that lip.

4:07:044:07:10

Tucked up, watching that lip. 83.50,

he nods his head in acceptance. Next

4:07:104:07:15

rider in, I Ayumu Hirano, we are

into our three final riders, and

4:07:154:07:20

these are the men vying for gold.

4:07:204:07:27

Stratospheric backside air from him.

4:07:304:07:37

Frontside 14.

4:07:374:07:38

Does he have the speed

for the switch 14?

4:07:384:07:40

Yes, he has.

4:07:404:07:42

Back-to-back 1440s,

and it's a backside 1260!

4:07:424:07:46

You knew he would land it

from the moment he took off.

4:07:464:07:53

The heat is on - it's on the street!

4:07:534:07:59

Shaun White, look at

the Japanese coaches.

4:07:594:08:05

They deserve that, they needed some

good news, and Ayumu Hirano has

4:08:054:08:08

landed the biggest run in half pipe

snowboarding just now.

4:08:084:08:15

Enormous backside air.

4:08:154:08:21

Look at this!

4:08:214:08:27

Five and a half metres

and into the front side 1440.

4:08:274:08:30

The grabs are held forever,

it helps him keep tight

4:08:304:08:32

and spin as fast as he is.

4:08:324:08:34

Shaun White is in the biggest fight

of his Olympic career.

4:08:344:08:39

He has never been put

under this pressure.

4:08:394:08:42

Back-to-back 1440s.

4:08:424:08:44

He follows that up

with what looked like 900

4:08:444:08:47

and then back-to-back 1260s.

4:08:474:08:50

He is going so big,

the spins aren't rushed.

4:08:504:08:54

The final 1260 still has it.

4:08:544:09:02

That is a run that would give

the scientists at CERN a headache.

4:09:034:09:11

To land that run, not loses head...

4:09:124:09:14

95.25.

4:09:144:09:16

We have talked long and hard

about where the judging had to go.

4:09:164:09:19

Hirano moves into first place.

4:09:194:09:23

I'm just going to rip

this script up.

4:09:234:09:25

That's gone!

4:09:254:09:29

We knew it would happen.

4:09:294:09:30

We knew it would be close.

4:09:304:09:33

Shaun White has dominated halfpipe

riding for the last 12 years

4:09:334:09:37

since he won his first

gold in Turin.

4:09:374:09:44

Two men pushing him hard.

4:09:444:09:46

We have seen one drop.

4:09:464:09:48

This is the second,

Scotty James, the Australian,

4:09:484:09:50

who won so many of

the big contests in 2017.

4:09:504:09:54

He was furious when he lost

to Shaun White three weeks ago.

4:09:544:10:00

He landed the best run of his life,

4:10:004:10:03

and Shaun White scored a perfect

100 to steal his glory.

4:10:034:10:09

Frontside 1260.

4:10:094:10:10

It was massive.

4:10:104:10:13

That is the best one

he has ever done of those.

4:10:134:10:17

Look, enormous frontside 1080.

4:10:174:10:22

Wow!

4:10:224:10:24

Switch backside 1260.

4:10:264:10:29

He tried to claim it at the end.

4:10:294:10:34

Switch backside 1260.

4:10:344:10:35

Massive.

4:10:354:10:37

The biggest trick

in snowboarding now.

4:10:374:10:38

That is why, it is hard,

it is difficult.

4:10:384:10:40

Tries to claim it,

but the hand drag was there.

4:10:404:10:44

I would love to see that score

broken down trick by trick.

4:10:444:10:47

I think he was on target there.

4:10:474:10:55

Well, he is still in the

third-place.

Ayumu Hirano tops the

4:11:034:11:07

leaderboard. Shaun White is in

second place, not a number we are

4:11:074:11:12

used to seeing next to his name at

the Olympics. This is a man used to

4:11:124:11:16

be giving the luxury of a victory

lap. Now he is in for the fight of

4:11:164:11:24

his life for his third Olympic gold

medal.

4:11:244:11:28

Front side 1440.

4:11:284:11:34

He has lost all of his momentum,

into the 540. The Tomahawk is there.

4:11:344:11:43

It is not there!

Is he cracking

under the pressure?! The first run

4:11:434:11:50

helmet Row appeals a very long way

away for Shaun White right now. --

4:11:504:11:54

throw. Shaun White in very uncharted

territory.

4:11:544:12:05

Shaun White in very

uncharted territory.

4:12:054:12:06

All change at the top.

4:12:064:12:08

95.25 for Hirano.

4:12:084:12:09

Shaun White in silver.

4:12:094:12:10

Scotty James in bronze.

4:12:104:12:11

Chase Josey just outside. Raibu

Katayama in fifth.

4:12:114:12:20

Katayama in fifth. I would love to

see pat pagan land this run. --

4:12:204:12:25

Patrick Burgener.

The too, a man

enjoying his snowboarding. Notice he

4:12:254:12:32

has ditched his jacket, going for

more aerodynamic.

Cranking those

4:12:324:12:37

bindings down. Halfpipe riding is

about aerial ability, but it is all

4:12:374:12:45

based, the foundation is inboard

control and edge control at the

4:12:454:12:48

bottom of the pipe, that is what

gives you the power to launch tricks

4:12:484:12:51

like that.

4:12:514:12:56

like that. Cab double cork 1080,

back-to-back tens, frontside 1260,

4:12:574:13:03

that was very tidy, huge backside

360.

Looking really good, this run.

4:13:034:13:11

Oh, my goodness!

Switch backside

1262 Switch double Michalchuk, that

4:13:114:13:16

is a massive run!

Huge run for

Patrick Burgener!

That is the second

4:13:164:13:28

helmet toss we have seen, and just

as justifiable! Look at the height

4:13:284:13:32

on that!

Landed right at the top of

the transition, enabling him to look

4:13:324:13:37

over four metres, pretty much the

same height. Really good consistency

4:13:374:13:43

of height in this run. The frontside

12 here was beautiful as well,

4:13:434:13:47

grabbed for the whole way round.

Scotty James is in bronze medal

4:13:474:13:52

position. Patrick Burgener,

fourth-place. He needed a 92 to beat

4:13:524:14:00

Scotty James. Magnanimous in that

fourth-place.

Good showing.

Next up,

4:14:004:14:09

Chase Josey. Currently knocked down

to fifth position by Patrick

4:14:094:14:19

Burgener's last run. Can he up the

tricks, can he up the amplitude?

4:14:194:14:26

Huge double cork 1080 to enormous

Switch double crippler.

That is the

4:14:304:14:38

biggest one of those we have seen.

Oh, it is perfect!

Chase Josey is

4:14:384:14:44

aiming for bigger is better right

now.

4:14:444:14:52

now. Oh!

Slight hand drive.

He was

serving in-flight meals on the

4:14:524:14:58

double Michalchuk, this one is

stratospheric.

4:14:584:15:07

stratospheric. 88, the hype was

rewarded. If the 1260 had been

4:15:074:15:12

clean, that would have been... Well,

would it have been a bronze medal

4:15:124:15:17

run? I think the judges have put a

90 threshold.

Yeah, for a medal.

4:15:174:15:24

Excellent. Definitely, 92 on Scotty

James at the moment.

4:15:244:15:34

Six riders left to drop up to the

third and final runs here at the

4:16:154:16:18

men's snowboard halfpipe final. I

chatted to Jan Scherrer on Friday

4:16:184:16:21

morning, he said the

4:16:214:16:21

chatted to Jan Scherrer on Friday

morning, he said the pipe was great,

4:16:214:16:22

he was enjoying riding it and just

having a good time. It is like my

4:16:224:16:25

mum says, I, it is taking part

counts. Into the Switch ten. The

4:16:254:16:32

frontside 900. Just killing a bit of

speed. In the flat bottom. But he

4:16:324:16:35

made it round to the back 12. The

front 12 to the Europcar, which is

4:16:354:16:39

when you put in a turn, and the tail

grab air, turns himself into a lawn

4:16:394:16:45

dart to get the rotation rout.

The

slides out, nose into the snow and

4:16:454:16:50

stands back up again.

Magic. Yann

Scherer, the 80.5 from run two will

4:16:504:16:58

stand. It's good enough the top ten.

-- Jan Scherrer.

4:16:584:17:07

-- Jan Scherrer. So, Raibu Katayama

is sat in sixth place.

He needs to

4:17:094:17:13

unleash hell.

4:17:134:17:18

He blasts into his first hit. Huge

backside air to start things off,

4:17:244:17:30

into the frontside 1440.

Just tagged

the landing a little bit. He still

4:17:304:17:37

got the cab 1080 round. The

frontside nine into the backside

4:17:374:17:43

1260, land is flat. Keep your speed

up, come on, huge, massive front 12

4:17:434:17:50

on the last hit. The amplitude

dipped a little in the middle and

4:17:504:17:54

maybe the technicality with the 900,

but he got six hits.

4:17:544:18:05

but he got six hits. Ayumu and Shaun

only have five hits. The Lola

4:18:054:18:10

amplitude giving Raibu Katayama more

hits in the pipe, but that is key,

4:18:104:18:15

and that is one of the most

important things to understand in

4:18:154:18:18

halfpipe riding, which is why

amplitude is given so much weight,

4:18:184:18:23

because if you didn't give the hike

so much weight, riders would do

4:18:234:18:26

tricks smaller and get more hits,

so, the bigger you go, it is like a

4:18:264:18:32

multiplier on your score rather than

a flat score. 87, as we thought. So

4:18:324:18:39

sixth place.

4:18:394:18:44

sixth place. Ben Ferguson. His

halfpipe run is unlike anyone

4:18:484:18:51

else's. It's not about the numbers.

It's not about the big spins, is

4:18:514:18:58

about linking creative and insanely

difficult tricks like that backside

4:18:584:19:07

grab, big, clean air to fakie to

kick-off, the best he has done, into

4:19:074:19:13

the front crippler, he lands that at

the top of the transition. Come on,

4:19:134:19:19

Ben Ferguson. Huge backside 360. The

biggest switch McTwist we have seen.

4:19:194:19:26

And the

4:19:264:19:32

And the smoothest double... That was

beautiful. The best version of that

4:19:324:19:37

run I've ever seen from him. This is

so good. Everyone is giving us their

4:19:374:19:40

best runs. He doesn't have the big

skinny flair tricks we see from the

4:19:404:19:48

other riders but what it does have

is the amplitude, creativity,

4:19:484:19:52

variety. 90.7 five. A very

well-deserved fourth-place. Should

4:19:524:20:00

it have pushed a little bit higher?

The Japanese rider Ayumu Hirano,

4:20:004:20:06

currently in Gold medal position.

He's just landed the biggest run in

4:20:064:20:13

halfpipe snowboarding. Can need

better it?

Those T-shirts those guys

4:20:134:20:19

are wearing, they say a phrase which

means "Do your best" in Japanese.

4:20:194:20:31

Keep up, cameraman. Enormous

backside air. 14. He's landed flat

4:20:314:20:37

and it has killed all of his speed.

He's had to go for the ten. It is

4:20:374:20:44

not to be. And he's gone on the

front 12. It doesn't matter. We have

4:20:444:20:51

seen it before. Is there anywhere

left to go? E has laid down the

4:20:514:20:56

biggest run in halfpipe snowboarding

with enormous backside air, 14, 14,

4:20:564:21:02

12, 12, and they were very close to

perfect. Two men left to go. It is a

4:21:024:21:10

huge weight for him, with Shaun

White and Scotty James still to

4:21:104:21:17

drop.

He's taking home a medal, but

which colour is it going to be?

Only

4:21:174:21:23

two men left to decide that.

4:21:234:21:30

two men left to decide that. The

famously competitive Australian,

4:21:304:21:31

Scotty James. He was distraught. He

lost to Shaun White in Snowmass. He

4:21:314:21:43

has got to lay down the run of his

life. Look at him, he looks relaxed.

4:21:434:21:51

He has a wry smile in the corner of

his mouth. Take a deep breath.

I

4:21:514:21:59

think I said it yesterday, he

doesn't wear boxing gloves by

4:21:594:22:03

coincidence. Easier to do battle and

he needs the run of his life here.

4:22:034:22:09

-- he is here to do battle. Big

frontside 1260, backside 1260,

4:22:094:22:17

camera, join us, there it is. Oh,

no! Scotty James will be the bronze

4:22:174:22:23

medal list today. And for the first

time in a long time it is by his own

4:22:234:22:30

hand.

Scotty James had the

potential, I think, for his biggest

4:22:304:22:38

run, potentially today to take that.

He waves to the crowd. No shortage

4:22:384:22:42

of love. I think he can walk away

and say that he gave his best. The

4:22:424:22:48

fact he hasn't gone home with the

gold, that may have started in

4:22:484:22:53

Snowmass three weeks ago when he

lost to Shaun White after landing

4:22:534:22:57

his best run and Sean swore that

perfect 100. Scotty James is now a

4:22:574:23:05

passenger with a bronze medal

watching the fight for gold. Shaun

4:23:054:23:11

White, the most successful halfpipe

snowboarder of all time, is about to

4:23:114:23:14

drop in. And he's in unfamiliar

territory. Every time he has taken

4:23:144:23:22

the gold he has been with the luxury

of a victory and now he is under

4:23:224:23:27

pressure, Heaney 's 95.25, and the

run of his life. Frontside 1440.

4:23:274:23:36

Switch, 1440. The skyhook. The

fixture of every winning Shaun White

4:23:364:23:44

run. Plenty of time for that. Shaun

White, can he? He has landed it! My

4:23:444:23:52

goodness. It is no longer about the

snowboarding, but about the judges.

4:23:524:23:56

Look at him. The first time he has

landed that running competition.

4:23:564:24:01

Scotty James looks down, he cannot

believe that Shaun White has found

4:24:014:24:06

another gear, and I don't think

Ayumu Hirano can.

Shaun White might

4:24:064:24:13

have done it. Let's weight and see

what the scores are saying.

It was

4:24:134:24:18

the backside air, the difference is

the backside air, and the frontside

4:24:184:24:22

540, this could be it, this could be

history. Judges, put the world out

4:24:224:24:27

of its misery! We are getting the

replays first. Well, look at the

4:24:274:24:38

direction. His head is looking

almost out of the rotation.

He is

4:24:384:24:43

using every ounce of his fibre to

get these tricks around. The toe

4:24:434:24:48

grab, frowned upon in snowboarding.

It is testament to the amplitude

4:24:484:24:52

he's got that he is not requiring

the body grabbed to get that round.

4:24:524:24:58

The skyhook, the grab on that!

And

here, his trademark signature

4:24:584:25:05

manoeuvre that he unveiled in

Vancouver, the double McTwist. Two

4:25:054:25:11

inverted 540s. And here is the other

1260.

I've just realised that Ayumu

4:25:114:25:24

use the backside air, 14, 14, 12,

12, Shaun White went 14, 14.

That is

4:25:244:25:31

more risk, higher up the pipe, and

more risk equals more points.

Shaun

4:25:314:25:36

White polarises opinion in

snowboarding. He has been the most

4:25:364:25:39

dedicated competitor.

4:25:394:25:44

dedicated competitor. 97.95. Shaun

White is the gold medallist here in

4:25:484:25:53

2018. Say or think what you want

about him, Shaun White has won it

4:25:534:25:57

today. An incredible display of

halfpipe snowboarding, and no one

4:25:574:26:01

can take that phrase away from him.

He has played it cool. It's a second

4:26:014:26:08

silver medal for Ayumu Hirano, but I

don't think he can have any

4:26:084:26:11

complaints. It was not a difficult

decision for the judges. And after a

4:26:114:26:18

heated season, a magnanimous

handshake from Scotty James to

4:26:184:26:23

congratulate the gold medallist

today. He was brilliant. Simply

4:26:234:26:30

brilliant. Shaun White, truly

tested, for the first time in 12

4:26:304:26:37

years. And he has delivered in some

style.

My goodness me. That was

4:26:374:26:45

absolutely breathtaking.

He has put

on a masterclass here at Phoenix

4:26:454:26:54

Park to take the gold medal. A

4:26:544:27:00

on a masterclass here at Phoenix

Park to take the gold medal. A clean

4:27:004:27:01

sweep for freestyle snowboarding

here, congratulations.

How hard was

4:27:014:27:03

that final? It was tough. My first

run was great. I did the biggest 14

4:27:034:27:09

of my life, that I will ever do, and

that really set the tone for the

4:27:094:27:14

rest of the competition. I was

hoping that I had skated to the

4:27:144:27:22

first, but I knew I had to step it

up. Second run was awash, came

4:27:224:27:26

through the last run and that this

kind of my sport, last run,

4:27:264:27:30

pressure's on and I put it down

straight.

A word on the standard of

4:27:304:27:36

riding in that final.

It was

incredible. Those guys are super

4:27:364:27:39

talented. There has been this sort

of attention.

Battling it out. Not

4:27:394:27:47

the nicest smiles at the top, we're

all fighting for the same thing. I'm

4:27:474:27:51

glad to come out on top today and I

want to thank those guys because

4:27:514:27:56

they pushed me to get to this point.

Scotty, congratulations, bronze

4:27:564:28:00

medal, was that the lock -- Bihar

this final ever?

That was exactly

4:28:004:28:06

the way I expected it to be, that

one, I was going to come out

4:28:064:28:10

swinging. All year, there has been

amazing competition in the halfpipe.

4:28:104:28:15

Today showed that as well. So that

was cool.

Two ones with back-to-back

4:28:154:28:21

14s, that was ridiculous. What was

the pressure like being a rider in

4:28:214:28:25

that final?

There was a lot of

pressure, for sure, but we all do

4:28:254:28:30

this. This is our job. This is what

we love doing. Those guys just came

4:28:304:28:36

out doing what they knew how to do,

all three of ours did, so we just

4:28:364:28:40

rode the way that we wanted to ride,

we just did that and that was the

4:28:404:28:45

way that it turned out, so...

Bronze

medal for the Aussies, and the 100th

4:28:454:28:51

window gold medal for the US. How

appropriate it should go to one of

4:28:514:28:55

their most iconic winter stars.

Triple gold medallist, the first

4:28:554:29:01

snowboard to earn three gold medals.

And Ben Kilner, your written against

4:29:014:29:05

these guys in the last two games. It

was a superb spectacle. How proud

4:29:054:29:09

are you of your sported a?

It was

just the battle that halfpipe

4:29:094:29:16

snowboarding needed. We have three

big competitors battling out between

4:29:164:29:19

each other and they have not really

gone head-to-head that often. Having

4:29:194:29:23

them all here at the Olympics has

just been brilliant.

It was much

4:29:234:29:28

closer than many people thought. You

did call this when we talk about

4:29:284:29:32

this. And thanks to Scotty James on

the first run, it put down a marker

4:29:324:29:37

that set the standard for the all

final.

He is quite a tall the

4:29:374:29:42

boarder. When I first met him, he

was so small. And then he went

4:29:424:29:48

through a growth spurt, but he has

managed to put down these massive

4:29:484:29:51

tricks, during his run. This is his

first one here, which he stomped,

4:29:514:29:57

clean. Just to describe how

difficult this last trick is, switch

4:29:574:30:02

backside is the hardest rotation,

and he gets a clean, right there.

4:30:024:30:07

Even compare to the 1440, the switch

backside rotation is always the

4:30:074:30:12

hardest.

The standards set by Scotty

James, then came Hirano Japan, only

4:30:124:30:21

19, and this was absolutely

incredible. What was there to for

4:30:214:30:24

you?

4:30:244:30:29

Egos so big out of the halfpipe.

He

has introduced the back-to-back 1260

4:30:314:30:37

as well, so he has really put

pressure on Shaun White.

So White

4:30:374:30:41

really under pressure after that

performance by the Japanese rider,

4:30:414:30:46

genuinely, how much pressure do you

think he felt at the top? You know

4:30:464:30:50

what he is like.

He is one of those

guys, he is so serious at the top,

4:30:504:30:56

before any run, and it just shows,

the more pressure that you give

4:30:564:31:02

Shaun White, the better his

snowboarding becomes. He is

4:31:024:31:05

completely attacking this run with

everything he has got, putting in

4:31:054:31:09

the back double 12 right here,

finishing and off with the frontside

4:31:094:31:17

double 12.

The right result in the

end?

I think so, I think the judges

4:31:174:31:22

have got it perfect, one, two and

three certainly.

So what next for

4:31:224:31:26

Shaun White? Does he'd snowboarding?

He is 31 years of age, but there is

4:31:264:31:32

talk of him going into the summer

Olympics.

4:31:324:31:34

Is also a very good skateboarder, he

has won numerous medals at the by

4:31:374:31:47

Games in halfpipe, I would be very

excited to see him going to Tokyo.

A

4:31:474:31:53

post script came to that, he was

asked about a past sexual harassment

4:31:534:31:58

allegation, which he referred to as

gossip. He had progressively Dominic

4:31:584:32:04

Grieve is the admitted sending

messages and a case was settled for

4:32:044:32:09

an undisclosed sum. The 31-year-old

has apologised, referring to the

4:32:094:32:14

allegations against him as gossip.

4:32:144:32:16

Time for one of the real

character events in any

4:32:164:32:19

Winter Olympics, the double luge.

4:32:194:32:22

Now technically speaking it is open

to men and women since 1992,

4:32:224:32:25

but so far only the boys have dared

to double up at 80 mph

4:32:254:32:28

in a kind of speed sandwich.

4:32:284:32:33

How do they do it?

4:32:334:32:40

Standby for one of the great Olympic

oddities our time.

4:32:404:32:43

We have the Sics Brothers from

Latvia, their

4:32:484:32:52

We have the Sics Brothers from

Latvia, their fourth Olympics, they

4:32:524:32:53

were bronze medallists in Sochi and

in Vancouver. A very effective pair,

4:32:534:33:02

is reprising the disappointing World

Championship in Austria last year

4:33:024:33:05

when they finished only 13.

4:33:054:33:11

when they finished only 13. So the

Sics Brothers are under way,

4:33:114:33:13

promising start?

Good lines so far.

The reason they look so smooth, they

4:33:134:33:23

are a quality pairing, just missed

that war, that was as close as you

4:33:234:33:27

want to get to that wall, especially

with these double sleds. If they get

4:33:274:33:32

any inclination of getting it wrong,

they will be in trouble going into

4:33:324:33:36

12, losing a lot of speed at the

bottom.

Definitely double sleds are

4:33:364:33:41

a lot more top-heavy, it is easy to

flip them.

Quicker than the

4:33:414:33:45

Russians, the Sics Brothers, taking

the lead, three very big pairings to

4:33:454:33:52

come in the next three runs as well,

but the Sics pair doing very well

4:33:524:33:58

indeed there. They had five top five

finishes in World Cup races this

4:33:584:34:02

year without winning any.

4:34:024:34:07

In the women's events that we saw

yesterday, because they come out of

4:34:174:34:21

the same start house, we saw some of

the female sliders having issues

4:34:214:34:24

with that first little kink,

actually getting enough speeds down

4:34:244:34:29

the ramp and onto the sled.

Next up,

for Germany, the two heroes from

4:34:294:34:35

Sochi, the gold medallist there,

Tobias Arlt and Tobias Wendl. They

4:34:354:34:41

won the gold by half a second. Both

are in their 30s now but maintaining

4:34:414:34:47

their form, they are called the

Bayern express, these men, let's see

4:34:474:34:51

how they get on. How difficult are

these early curves?

Definitely, like

4:34:514:34:57

I said before, they are just getting

settled in, quite a few combinations

4:34:574:35:02

that you have to get right. It is

actually quite difficult to settle

4:35:024:35:05

in.

This is the important part of

the track to come down again, and

4:35:054:35:12

other perfect line, maybe because

these sleds have got more weight on

4:35:124:35:16

them than the single sleds, a little

bit more stable, easier to control.

4:35:164:35:21

But if you get anything wrong, they

are easier to crash as well, that is

4:35:214:35:25

the big difference between the two

types of sleds.

You can see their

4:35:254:35:31

quality, Wendl and Arlt, they go

straight into the lead, putting down

4:35:314:35:34

a big marker. That was a massive

run, we are going to have some

4:35:344:35:39

quality pairing is coming up next,

but to be that far ahead of the

4:35:394:35:44

Latvians, who have just gone down in

front of them, that is massive.

4:35:444:35:50

Especially, because their technical

coach is a five-time Olympian,

4:35:504:35:55

medalled numerous times, he is

always on top of the technology.

He

4:35:554:36:02

was thrilled with the win yesterday.

Especially, good that he came back.

4:36:024:36:10

You can see how close they were to

the wall there, that was perfect,

4:36:104:36:14

and coming up the hill to the final

corner.

Next up, the favourites to

4:36:144:36:21

win gold here, again from Germany,

Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken,

4:36:214:36:26

eight in Sochi, which sounds

relatively underwhelming, but in the

4:36:264:36:30

last 18 months they have been

absolutely unstoppable. An

4:36:304:36:35

extraordinary year of success,

winning eight of nine World Cup

4:36:354:36:37

races across Europe and North

America. And the one they lost was

4:36:374:36:44

to Wendl and Arlt by a tenth of a

second. So these are the ones we are

4:36:444:36:49

expecting to set the standard. But

they have got to chase down Wendl

4:36:494:36:53

and Arlt.

They are slightly behind,

perhaps due to their setup.

And you

4:36:534:37:01

can see that these guys are quality,

airlines are perfect, just as they

4:37:014:37:08

start building speed into the big

Olympic corner, but losing ground on

4:37:084:37:11

their German team-mates as they come

to the bottom of the track. Are they

4:37:114:37:15

going to stay within one tens or

drop off more?

It looks like they

4:37:154:37:20

will struggle, a tenth of a second,

they look pretty happy, that is not

4:37:204:37:25

insurmountable, but interesting that

Wendl and Arlt are going to be, we

4:37:254:37:30

think, the leaders into the second

medal run.

4:37:304:37:39

medal run.

Definitely, such a big

advantage from the first run

4:37:394:37:41

compared to the other competitors,

five tenths, huge.

4:37:414:37:48

five tenths, huge.

The two German

pairings, then, already, four tenths

4:37:484:37:52

of a second clear of the other

pairings that have been so far.

4:37:524:37:56

Watching closely, what are you

noticing, Jacko?

You can see the

4:37:564:38:03

difference in the lines between the

two leaders, just slight differences

4:38:034:38:08

and variations, one is weaving

slightly more up and down, and that

4:38:084:38:12

is the difference of making small

adjustments, and those differences

4:38:124:38:15

in the lines are potentially why

they lost the extra three or four

4:38:154:38:20

hundreds down the bottom of the

track.

A timeless competitor, I

4:38:204:38:31

think of him as Peter Pan, but

bearing in mind they were third

4:38:314:38:35

after the first run, an absolute

disaster on their second run,

4:38:354:38:39

effectively coming off.

Definitely

did, but they have come through well

4:38:394:38:44

in the bigger races, it will be

interesting to see.

They have been a

4:38:444:38:48

racing partnership together for 13

years now, they took silver at the

4:38:484:38:53

Latvian World Championships three

years ago. A strong combination,

4:38:534:38:58

Penz and Fischler, Georg Fischler,

his partner.

You can see, as they

4:38:584:39:04

come into the first corner, doing

quite a lot of work with their legs.

4:39:044:39:07

What is the reason for that, AJ?

It

is interesting, because where the

4:39:074:39:13

ladies and doubles starting position

comes into the track, it is a

4:39:134:39:16

separate first curve, so you are

steering harder to make it into

4:39:164:39:19

whether rest of the track comes

down, so they are putting the sled.

4:39:194:39:25

That little bit of touching with the

feet, will that cost them? They

4:39:254:39:28

looked like they were catching up,

that might cost them, but they will

4:39:284:39:33

be close, second place?

Close all

the way down, and despite that

4:39:334:39:38

little touch, seven hundredths of a

second only off the leaders, Wendl

4:39:384:39:42

and Arlt. So Eggert and Benecken,

the hot favourites, have just trot

4:39:424:39:49

back to third on this first run.

Peter Penz has a cracker, really.

4:39:494:39:55

Especially considering he had his

feet down in that section.

Yeah,

4:39:554:40:00

they will definitely catching up all

the way down the track, you can see

4:40:004:40:04

how much work is doing with his left

leg as you look the screen. That is

4:40:044:40:09

just tried to get the control into

the first corner, but another great

4:40:094:40:12

line, as we see them coming down the

dragon's tale, as it has now been

4:40:124:40:16

named.

4:40:164:40:21

named.

0 degrees sounds cold, but it

is tropical, bearing in mind what we

4:40:224:40:25

have had so far. We are looking at

the medal run now about to start,

4:40:254:40:32

run two, to decide this Olympic

title, and we go in reverse order

4:40:324:40:36

from slowest pairings to the

fastest, and in pole position at the

4:40:364:40:41

moment, 20th and last, Tobias Wendl

and Tobias Arlt.

4:40:414:40:51

and Tobias Arlt. I am sure you act

up the chance of Korea there, and

4:40:524:40:57

Park and Cho now go, setting off in

tenth place, after run number one.

4:40:574:41:01

Just to put that into context, they

were 27 coming into the games in the

4:41:014:41:07

world, and they have never broken

into the top 20. Their best World

4:41:074:41:11

Cup finish is 18th. They have done

so, so well.

Definitely, and is goes

4:41:114:41:20

back to the whole thing about

getting extra time on the track, you

4:41:204:41:24

feel comfortable, you know all the

secrets of how to drive.

This is to

4:41:244:41:28

try and hold on to tenth place, they

have got to keep that light green

4:41:284:41:34

and next to their name, relative to

the Olympic Athletes from Russia.

It

4:41:344:41:40

is close.

This is where the crowd

will go mental at the bottom of the

4:41:404:41:44

track, regardless as to whether they

come down in first or second. Great

4:41:444:41:49

lines there, and these are the

benefits of knowing the track inside

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out, as they come down, just

creeping away, the time will stay

4:41:534:41:57

green and as they make any big

mistake coming off the last part.

4:41:574:42:01

That looks good, this should keep

them in the lead.

They have got a

4:42:014:42:06

chance of tenth place, they have

done it, top-ten finish guaranteed

4:42:064:42:12

for the Koreans.

That is absolutely

amazing.

Excellent, you can see the

4:42:124:42:18

reaction of oil cells. Do you know

what is nice about this whole event?

4:42:184:42:22

Everybody is pleased for them, all

the nations there cheering.

They are

4:42:224:42:28

actually really nice people as well,

so for them to get a guaranteed top

4:42:284:42:32

ten, absolutely amazing for them.

Fantastic!

And now, as we get into

4:42:324:42:39

these top-ten sliders, what you may

find with a lot of the funding

4:42:394:42:42

bodies, like for example with the

British we have UK Sport, once you

4:42:424:42:47

start getting in towards the top

ten, you have targets, and this is

4:42:474:42:51

why they might be accepted tonight

excited, they may have hit back away

4:42:514:42:58

funding marker. They will have had a

lot of funding coming into their

4:42:584:43:02

home games, but this result could be

the start of the next cycle.

Who

4:43:024:43:05

would have thought that Park and Cho

might beat the Sics Brothers? These

4:43:054:43:12

are a class act on their days, ninth

into this final medal round, number

4:43:124:43:17

four in the world, and of course

they have won medals at each of the

4:43:174:43:21

last two Olympic Games as well. So

this is a big disappointment for

4:43:214:43:25

them, they have to try and overhaul

the Koreans, you can barely believe

4:43:254:43:29

you are saying that sentence.

Definitely, you know they're going

4:43:294:43:34

to try as well, it is out of the

question for this race, but they

4:43:344:43:38

will try for tomorrow.

Those are

great lines into that corner, they

4:43:384:43:42

sounded at the top as if they were

sliding about, a lot of noise from

4:43:424:43:46

them as they were turning the sled,

but I think this is going to be them

4:43:464:43:51

pulling away from the Koreans and

trying to put a run in towards maybe

4:43:514:43:56

the top six, top seven position.

They have got the Koreans,

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definitely, that is better from the

Sics. 46.1 is their time, they went

4:44:004:44:10

46.3 first round. The Koreans have

done their job, the Sics Brothers

4:44:104:44:14

move to the lead, but there are big

guns to fire shortly. I think,

4:44:144:44:21

ultimately, this will remain a

disappointing Olympic Games for the

4:44:214:44:23

Latvian pair.

If they had done that

on the first run, puts that running,

4:44:234:44:30

they would have been a lot further

up the table, may be able to push

4:44:304:44:34

towards that top five, maybe bronze

medal position, but it is all about

4:44:344:44:39

being consistent over the runs that

you have. They have got to be

4:44:394:44:43

consistent over two, and whatever

happened on the first run, it didn't

4:44:434:44:47

work for them, whether it was more

the conditions or they just wanted

4:44:474:44:49

to get a run in the bag to make sure

they get one down. In a two run

4:44:494:44:56

competition, you can't do that.

4:44:564:45:02

competition, you can't do that.

Here

now, Steu and Koller, fifth place

4:45:054:45:05

for them at the moment, for Austria.

Austria have two pairings in the top

4:45:054:45:10

five as we head towards the medals,

getting exciting here in the sliding

4:45:104:45:15

in Pyeongchang.

4:45:154:45:20

You can hear them cutting through

the corners in the ice. They are

4:45:234:45:26

quite noisy. You can see the time

there just reducing. They are doing

4:45:264:45:34

too much work in these bigger

corners. They might have enough left

4:45:344:45:37

in the bag to stay in front.

I think

they might have it. It is going to

4:45:374:45:49

be close.

It is going to be close,

but they have done enough, Steu and

4:45:494:45:54

Koller, guaranteeing themselves a

top five place. We say goodbye to

4:45:544:45:59

the Sics brothers. Steu and Koller,

Austria with this fabulous record in

4:45:594:46:05

this doubles event.

4:46:054:46:11

this doubles event. Great

performance.

You can see the great

4:46:144:46:21

shots of them just been relaxed on

the sled, and letting the sled do

4:46:214:46:25

the work rather than trying to fight

the sled and the ice. If you just

4:46:254:46:31

see everything warbling and shaking

around, shows that they are really

4:46:314:46:34

relax.

You see them breathing out,

and that is what you really want to

4:46:344:46:39

do, just relax and try to make each

turn as smooth as possible.

I think

4:46:394:46:45

most people would get on one of

these and they wouldn't breed for

4:46:454:46:48

the whole 60 seconds, it would just

be hold your breath all the way

4:46:484:46:52

down!

In fourth place for Canada,

Justin Smith and Tristan Walker.

4:46:524:46:59

Both 26. Strong Canadian support.

Fuelled by a strong performance from

4:46:594:47:06

them in the bronze medal single

event yesterday. Walker and Smith

4:47:064:47:11

giving you. They have to do better

than the time of Steu and Koller.

4:47:114:47:17

And you will see a direct comparison

all the way through this one. If

4:47:174:47:21

Walker and Smith stay green, they

will be fought.

There is no way that

4:47:214:47:28

these can move forward to the medal

positions unless there is a big

4:47:284:47:32

mistake by one of the top three

sliders that are left to come. Their

4:47:324:47:37

run so far looks pretty good.

It

looks pretty good. Good exit. You

4:47:374:47:45

can see that he's trying to push it

and get every little tenth out of

4:47:454:47:48

this.

It is tight. Look at that, one

100th of a second between these two

4:47:484:47:56

and Steu and Koller. Round into the

final by and.

They just drifted

4:47:564:48:03

away.

So close. They are fit, and

Steu and Koller I going to be full.

4:48:034:48:15

Unless there was a disaster for one

of the top three teams remaining in

4:48:154:48:18

the competition.

The top part of the

run was good. Just as they came down

4:48:184:48:25

the straight, they possibly went

into the entrance of 12, just a

4:48:254:48:29

little bit more to the left than

they want to do. What you have to do

4:48:294:48:33

when that happens, you have to work

harder to turn the sled, and that

4:48:334:48:37

just scrubs of speed, and that's

what we saw there, in the bigger

4:48:374:48:42

corners, any over driving, you might

as well just put the handbrake on.

4:48:424:48:46

You don't see the timing difference

until further down, because it just

4:48:464:48:50

slows you down. Toni Eggert and

Sascha Benecken have taken the

4:48:504:48:58

doubles world by storm over the last

18 months.

They have proved to be

4:48:584:49:02

almost unbeatable until now,

perhaps. They are 11 hundredths of a

4:49:024:49:07

second off the gold medal at the

moment. So if they can go 45.8, low,

4:49:074:49:17

that will stack pressure on the

leaders. Yellow Maccabees are going

4:49:174:49:26

to put in a big run. They are in a

race with their team-mates, and this

4:49:264:49:32

is what it is all about.

If they win

gold here there is potential that

4:49:324:49:36

they will go into the team race

because the Germans are so strong,

4:49:364:49:39

and win a second gold.

Lets see how

it all unravels. Looking very clean

4:49:394:49:45

and professional, so far.

You can

see that they came out of nine with

4:49:454:49:52

a bit of pressure, so they kind of

just skidded away, so we will see of

4:49:524:49:56

that impacts their time. Let's see

if they Ashley lose anything. --

4:49:564:50:04

actually lose anything.

That slide

may be the one that cost them the

4:50:044:50:09

medal as they want to move up

towards that gold or silver. It is

4:50:094:50:16

at 46.05, they have gone slower than

round number one. We thought they

4:50:164:50:22

could be potentially unbeatable

beforehand. They might be looking at

4:50:224:50:26

the bronze medal, here.

It depends

on them, for sure, right now, if

4:50:264:50:31

they can have a better run than they

have just had done.

Well, they

4:50:314:50:37

embrace. Certainly giving the

impression that they are happy with

4:50:374:50:40

that. But on the form of the last 18

months they would have felt they

4:50:404:50:44

were big favourites. Is that what

has cost them?

Not to come them

4:50:444:50:51

closer to fourth place but to stop

them moving forwards towards the

4:50:514:50:54

silver and the bronze. This is what

this track brings. Consistency is

4:50:544:51:00

key. And big names and big teams are

potentially just making little

4:51:004:51:03

mistakes. That mistake was from one

or two entries off-line, and that,

4:51:034:51:09

those are the small margins.

4:51:094:51:15

those are the small margins.

Two to

go, the excitement growing all the

4:51:154:51:16

time. I love the way that these

events reach their climax. We are

4:51:164:51:23

now waiting for the Austrians, Peter

Penz and George Fischler. Remember

4:51:234:51:27

in Sochi they were in third place

after run number one, and that Sochi

4:51:274:51:32

they had a disastrous second run. I

wonder if that is in their minds

4:51:324:51:37

right now?

It is definitely playing

in the back of their minds. They do

4:51:374:51:42

not want to repeat four years ago.

They've had a lot of experience.

4:51:424:51:47

They are some of the oldest

competitors. They could definitely

4:51:474:51:50

pull it out. They finished second to

Eggert and Benecken four times this

4:51:504:51:57

winter. They have a golden chance of

beating their old rivals to a silver

4:51:574:52:01

medal and potentially gold, as well.

What the games that would be for the

4:52:014:52:06

Austrians, if they could pull that

off, a double sweep in the men's and

4:52:064:52:10

doubles events. When was the last

time that happened for the

4:52:104:52:14

Austrians, for them to win both? It

has been a long time they are

4:52:144:52:18

pulling out a big run. This is the

pressure that they are applying to

4:52:184:52:22

the Germans in the lead at the

moment.

Oh, no.

I think they did

4:52:224:52:29

that in the first one, as well.

Interesting to see how much time it

4:52:294:52:36

costs them as they come over the

line. Is it going to be silver?

Yes,

4:52:364:52:42

it is. The Austrians are beside

themselves

4:52:424:52:53

again as Penz and Fischler go of

Eggert and Benecken. That is a

4:52:574:53:02

celebration, isn't it? Well, well,

well.

4:53:024:53:08

well.

I think these last few sleds,

certainly for the Germans on the

4:53:084:53:12

bronze, that was almost like a

victory lap, because the fourth

4:53:124:53:15

place was so far behind that they

could almost relax into it, they

4:53:154:53:18

just needed to get down in one piece

and they still made that little

4:53:184:53:22

mistake. They needed to do what the

Austrians have done to try and apply

4:53:224:53:27

pressure on them. The Austrians

might have had a sigh of relief when

4:53:274:53:31

they saw the mistake. And the

Germans have thought that gives us

4:53:314:53:35

some breathing space, Silver Medal

is Alice, we are now looking to push

4:53:354:53:39

towards the gold.

It is not

impossible that they can get the

4:53:394:53:46

gold. Definitely not. All down to

the defending Olympic champions.

4:53:464:53:50

They are obviously in first place at

the moment, but after the first run

4:53:504:53:53

their lead over the Austrians was

tiny. We are talking hundredths of a

4:53:534:53:58

second. Gold medallists from Sochi.

Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt, will

4:53:584:54:07

be the Germans, although the

Austrians cause another sensation?

4:54:074:54:12

It was a big run from the Austrians

to apply pressure to this pair. They

4:54:124:54:16

obviously have quality. They are

Olympic champions, seasoned sliders,

4:54:164:54:21

but this is about having the nerve,

as you saw with Felix Loch in the

4:54:214:54:25

men's competition, he threw it away

on the big corner, exactly where he

4:54:254:54:29

made a mistake.

Beautiful. The next

time will be very important,

4:54:294:54:39

relative to Penz and Fischler. They

are 13 hundredths of a second up on

4:54:394:54:42

them. Looks like they are heading

for the gold.

Little twitch coming

4:54:424:54:46

up the hill but enough to come over

the line, and that is another gold

4:54:464:54:50

for Germany.

Wendel and Arlt win

again, back-to-back gold medals,

4:54:504:54:57

German celebrations once again.

Wendel and Arlt winning by the

4:54:574:55:02

content of a second over Penz and

Fischler of Austria. Eggert and

4:55:024:55:06

Benecken in third place. The

standings after run one confirmed in

4:55:064:55:11

the all-important medal run, run

number two. And that's a tremendous

4:55:114:55:16

return to winning ways, particularly

when you think how they must have

4:55:164:55:19

felt seeing Eggert and Benecken

dominate the last two years,

4:55:194:55:24

certainly since the last European

Championships.

When we get to the

4:55:244:55:31

Olympic Games, what you have done in

European Championships, World

4:55:314:55:36

Championships, World Cup races,

means absolutely nothing. These are

4:55:364:55:38

the medals that people want on their

CV, Olympic medals. It only comes

4:55:384:55:44

round every four years. So if you

make a mistake it is not like you

4:55:444:55:48

think you will get it at the next

World Championships, it takes four

4:55:484:55:53

years, and some people's careers end

in that four years, but that is

4:55:534:55:57

absolutely perfect, and that is why

they are Olympic champions.

They are

4:55:574:56:04

always great competitors. Just look

at that poise, it is Martin to break

4:56:044:56:07

away and he's fixing it by just

barely tapping foot down.

Just a

4:56:074:56:14

tiny dab on the brakes, that was all

that was, the only blemish. Two of

4:56:144:56:19

them, both 30, both close friends,

so clearly they are extremely close

4:56:194:56:28

on the track and off it. And it's a

lovely result for them. Three times

4:56:284:56:36

world champions, now, twice Olympic

champions, as well.

4:56:364:56:43

champions, as well. Confirmation,

then. Gold to Germany, Wendel and

4:56:454:56:48

Arlt beat the Austrians Penz and

Fischler who pick up the Silver

4:56:484:56:52

Medal. Eggert and Benecken paste a

rare defeat. Bronze for

4:56:524:56:57

Medal. Eggert and Benecken paste a

rare defeat. Bronze for them in the

4:56:574:56:58

loose doubles. Two out of the three

events in the luge successfully

4:56:584:57:04

defended by Germany, and they are

the masters of sliding. You got to

4:57:044:57:10

say, it is an extraordinary event.

And would double luge tempt you to

4:57:104:57:17

return to the Olympic fold?

I don't

know, it's as if you gone down to

4:57:174:57:21

the local Snow Park with your best

mate and both decided to jump on the

4:57:214:57:25

sleds together.

It reminds me of

going to the golf course, getting

4:57:254:57:30

your pal's Sledge and having a go,

then you see a tree coming towards

4:57:304:57:35

you. Yes, those days are great! If

you want to give the double luge

4:57:354:57:41

ago, go to our Get Inspired page.

I'm not sure if it has a page

4:57:414:57:50

dedicated to the double luge, but

you tell me. Germany are the ones to

4:57:504:57:53

beat in the medals table winning two

of the four on offer today and one

4:57:534:57:58

shy of their total of eight. That

they got in Sochi. It is only day

4:57:584:58:02

five. If you want a pint sized

resume of it all, we have more on

4:58:024:58:11

Olympics extra on BBC. And then a

five-day weight for the runs in the

4:58:114:58:19

Alpine event, we hope that will be

well worth it. Curling, also. It is

4:58:194:58:22

Valentine's Day today but you should

love what is on offer tomorrow, two

4:58:224:58:30

Alpine events for the price of one.

What is not to love about that? From

4:58:304:58:35

Ben and me and the rest of the team,

goodbye and thanks for your company.

4:58:354:58:43

# Lovers in the air.

# Lovers in the air.

4:58:464:58:56

# Love is in the air.

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4:58:564:59:02

Clare Balding and Hazel Irvine present continued coverage of day five of the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The day's schedule features ice hockey, luge and men's curling - the latter featuring an intriguing match between Great Britain, the 2014 silver medallists, and reigning champions Canada.

And there is also a chance to catch up on what happened earlier in the day's packed schedule.