06:00-09:15: Live coverage from Pyeongchang, South Korea. The morning's action includes men's curling, where Team GB, led by Kyle Smith, take on Japan in the round-robin stages.
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It is all set to be another awesome
day at this 2018 winter Ellen. Good
morning from me from Pyeongchang,
where the sun is shining, blue
skies. The temperatures creeping up
towards zero but most importantly,
no wind and no delays at the Alpine
Stadium. We will be bringing you the
women's slalom but we are starting
with the curling because Great
Britain's men are back on the ice
and they won the first match in a
thrilling extra end against
Switzerland yesterday before falling
short against Canada last night, the
yesterday afternoon for you. In
their third match against Japan they
have built up a slender lead. Let's
head straight there and join the
action live with Logan Gray and
Welcome back. Nice to see Great
Britain with a strong start after
losing last night to Canada?
have come out all guns blazing and
Thomas Muirhead has played some
amazing shots. We could have been
4-1 ahead. On paper, they are
looking really strong at the moment.
I have seen some fantastic shots
from Thomas Muirhead earlier in the
Hasn't been at his best
in the first couple of games, but
seems like he is settling down and
starting to look at ease out there.
There is a real game changer. We saw
a lot of aggressive playing into the
four foot, and then one or two big
throwing stones coming down here. I
think he was hoping to move more
than he did.
than he did.
Kosuke Morozumi, the
third player for Japan. Just a
reminder that GB playing the red
stones and Japan throwing the
yellow. It is Japan with the hammer
in the fourth end. Kyle Smith, the
fourth player and skipper for the GB
men's team. Mixed success so far.
But a tough start to the event for
GB, playing against Switzerland and
Canada. Both very much medal
contenders. Canada, hot favourites.
We lost to them last night. But
hopefully we will see them later on
in the semifinals and we can turn
them over that time?
Yes, it was
always going to be a tough game. It
was a game of two halves as we would
say in football. The boys weren't in
it in the first half, but they tried
their best to get back in it in the
second half. Different seamount here
today, I see.
Have they carried that
confidence over from yesterday?
hope so, we have psychologists and
support staff with them and I am
sure they would have gone home and
looked up the game they play. They
have got to take the positives,
especially when the positives where
in the latter half of the game. They
have come out today, and they have
started strong. If they can keep
that lead, it forces the Japanese
team to take a two, it and it is
looking very positive for them at
the moment. But it is a long game,
can last up to three hours, ten ends
and we are only on the fourth end,
so they really have to concentrate.
Unfortunately, if you have just
joined us in the fourth end, but
Stone looked like it could have been
blanked. Both teams have
demonstrated they are willing to
take a bit of risk and get some
stones in play. Those early
exchanges have gone in favour of
Team GB. We would love to see them
put three on the board in the third
end. It was a straightforward final
stone for Kyle Smith. Just dropped
it a little bit inside and the
sweepers couldn't save that one. He
gets the green light on the top of
the handle this time. He had a bit
of a wild terms
of a wild terms earlier, the lights
started flashing on top of the
stone. But no such issues on this
occasion. The fourth end is blanked
by Japan and there will be no change
to the scoreline.
to the scoreline. With their hit and
roll-out by Yusuke Morozumi, Japan
remain with the advantage going into
the fifth end.
These teams, they
want to score two or more when they
have the hammer. They want to have
multiple scores when they have got
the hammer. Object of the game is to
take a two and forced one, if you
can. They want the two to come right
back in the game so they can level
it up at 3-3.
it up at 3-3.
Four games out there
and almost every session at the
round-robin, which continues on to
Wednesday next week. The third game
of nine in the round robin for many
of these teams. Once they have all
played each other once, based on the
standings, the wins and last record,
four teams will qualify for the
semifinals to fight it out for the
medals. It will be a straight
semifinal format, where the first
rank team will play against the
fourth ranked team and the second
will play the third. This is Kosuke
Morozumi, plays the lead stone for
Japan. His Scottish nickname is
Kenny, named after a well-known
Not because he
looks like him, I guess?
I am not
sure what the back story is, but he
is a little bundle of fun, he is a
really good fun guy, always smiling.
Cammy Smith has made a strong start
this morning. He really struggled
last night to get stones in the
right spots and he was quite candid
about in the post interview with
Steve Cram. He wasn't blaming
anything else other than himself.
anything else other than himself. It
is good to take responsibility for
your own performance.
Very much so.
Even if you have a stone that is
playing a little bit different than
the rest, you should be experienced
enough to manage and handled these
stones. So fair play to them. We saw
Japan cutting a corner -- putting a
corner guard on just outside the
house. They will use the corner
guard if they can get one of their
own stones in behind. They will be
setting up a really good and for the
possibility of a two.
possibility of a two.
guard. Japan, trying to get
something going, trying to be
offensive and build up some stones
in play, but they are not getting
their stones in the right position
and they are making life quite
simple for Team GB, so far.
Would be nice to get a little roll
across into the centre to protect
the forefoot. That is a good shot
from Kyle Waddell.
The only one without a brother on
Yes, I think his brother
has come to watch him. No, his mum
and dad are coming out, so family
here to support him. He is probably
quite glad about that. Do brothers
Kyle Smith and Cammy
Smith, I saw a bit of an interview
with them both and they are very
complimentary about one another. I'm
not sure I would say the same sorts
of things about my brother, but good
for them, they get on well and they
have played together for a long
time. But back in the game, Kyle
Waddell looks like he is trying to
mop things up here a little bit.
wants to remove both of these
yellows if he can just catch the
inside of it and roll across the
house as well with his own shooter.
Good job in spilling both of these
yellows. If they were being
perfectionists, they would have
liked to have rolled into the top of
the house. They have left that one
outside the rings and off to the
side as well, which is useful for
Japan. But better leaving one bear
than leaving them in the house.
Interestingly, Japan excusing to go
around the centre guard rather than
the corner. Not really kind of, not
a textbook approach for a team with
the last stone.
Certainly as in,
they are mixing it up, that is for
sure. We have watched them for the
last four ends and they are very
good at coming into the four foot.
When they go to the wings, they
might play them tight and they are
catching the guard, so this might be
to their advantage.
This will be an
interesting test for Thomas
Muirhead. We have seen him playing
well today, looking comfortable out
there. The first game, they looked
very nervous but they managed to get
the victory in the end. He has made
a good start today and this is
another good one.
Four, Reggie B stones in play, two
of them in the house.
continuing to play that very
aggressive game. They should be
trying to go for one of the shots in
the house and roll behind one of the
Constant communication from
the skippers, telling the skip how
far the stone is going to travel, so
they can judge the sweeping
accordingly. It doesn't finish in
shot position, I
Thomas was always going to ask for
the run back, wasn't he?
This low delivery,
perfect. Generates a lot of speed.
Bang. Super shot from Thomas
Muirhead. Almost too good.
Muirhead. Almost too good.
the red stones behind the T-line, so
Japan persisting to get one in and
now has something to freeze against.
Something we see a lot from this
Japanese team, they just throw
caution to the wind, and it makes
them an extremely dangerous
Yeah, they overslept that
there, slightly overcooked it, but
yeah, they're absolutely throwing
everything they've got at this game.
Well, they should have a good idea
of the kind of running line of this
shot. We saw Thomas Muirhead with
his first stone.
his first stone. He wants to connect
with as much of the stone as he can,
push it through the back. He will
move the red which is jammed on but
as long as he sits in tee-high
position with his shoe to, that will
be a good stonefish -- with his
He has played a much better weight
and a nice line for the boys to
Good shot here by Kyle. GB lying in
four. I think Japan will be getting
a little bit nervous here?
there's a lot of GB red stones in
there. Japan, of course, would wish
to be getting a two here, but it's
not looking like that at the moment.
But it just takes one good shot.
I think it's going to be very
interesting to see what Yusuke
Morozumi has come up with here -
he's got a great imagination. He's
not scared to throw a creative shot,
and it looks like they might be
going for triple takeout here. So,
there am I not be four reds in there
for much longer! -- there may not
Where is his shooter going to go,
though, Logan? Yeah, that's going to
be the key, isn't it? The real trick
is to keep your Yellowstone in the
house. If you don't, then Kyle is
just going to sink another one
around the centre guard and it could
hit quite difficult for Japan to
score. So, a high level of
difficulty in this shot here for
Well, as we predicted, gets
three of them going, but doesn't
keep their stone in the house. It
should be a straightforward draw
here for GB to really crank up the
heat on Japan.
Yeah, if we get a good stone here
from Kyle Smith, he could steal one
here, or he definitely could force
one, and that's the object of the
game, to force your opponent to only
get one. And then when you've got
the last stone advantage try your
utmost to get two or more. Seems to
be pleased enough that he's removed
a lot of granite, even though he is
an sitting in there himself.
I would love to be a part of that
team, they always seem to be having
fun, even though they're trailing by
two here, they still seem very
upbeat. Kyle trying to exert a
little bit more control over this
game - it has been all Team GB in
the first half.
If it can sit tee-high, it's a good
shot, but it looks like this is just
going to run. Yeah, pretty angry
with himself is Emma that's a wasted
opportunity for a steal there. Just
too heavy in the city.
too heavy in the city.
A little bit
of annoyance in the face of Kyle
Smith for that one, he's really let
them off the hook.
Yeah, if he could
flip them roundabout he would be
wanting to sit in that position.
There is a bit of back and forth
between the two Kyles. Trying to
work out why that Stone has gone
maybe 3ft or 4ft further than they
want. Kyle Waddell is of the opinion
that Kyle Smith's first stone is
maybe a little bit slower than the
last one that he threw. So, they
will need to try and sort that out
at half-time to make sure that
they're not making the same as
Well, it's definitely not short. Is
it on to the back red? It is. It's
going to be a score of one here for
Japan in the fifth end, as they go
into the half-time break. And after
five ends here, it's Japan 2-3 Great
Eyelid very close on the ice at the
gang young Curling Centre. While
they take a break we are going to go
to the ice hockey, because yesterday
the men's competition got under way.
For the first time since 1994 it
doesn't feature players from the
NHL. While that means the best
players in the world might not be
here in Pyeongchang, it does mean
that the competition is wide open.
And as Matthew Pinsent reflects, we
could have another miracle on the
Ice hockey has been one of the
sports that has provided the most
memorable moments of any at the
Winter Olympics. However, this year
is set to provide a different form
of drama altogether. For the first
time since Lily hammer 1994, the
men's Olympic ice hockey will not
feature me from the NHL, ruling out
the world's biggest talents. And
there will be no Dream Team at this
Olympics. The IOC decided it would
no longer cover the cost of
insurance, travel and accommodation,
while ice hockey's governing body
can't afford to do so.
politics unfortunately, and it has
become part of sports, obviously,
it's money, and it just came down to
players Association and not coming
to an agreement for its.
The NHL is
a business and to shutdown a
business for three weeks is a tough
thing. If you were an owner of an
NHL team to all of a sudden shuck
down your business and take some of
your most valuable commodities and
send them overseas, you know, it's a
little bit dicey.
So, we will not
see the likes of Wayne Gretzky and
the other great names. So, what does
that mean in terms of team
selection? Entries like the US,
Canada and Russia all have to
assemble teams from non-NHL players
from all around the world. Mind you,
that didn't work out too badly for
the American team in Lake Placid in
1980. This is one of the great
American sports stories. It was the
young, Amat American team against
the big, bad Soviet team which we
all felt, basically they were
professionals even though they
weren't, a team that should not have
been beaten but was. The famous line
that the American commentator used -
do you believe in miracles? Yes. And
it is one that people still use, it
has become part of the Lexicon. The
Americans have arrived in
Pyeongchang with just a handful of
practices under their belt. But they
do remain confident they can secure
Practices have gone great.
All the guys when they got here and
knew who they would be playing with
and what their role in the team
would be. You do your planning and
your preparation leading up to it
and then you get your four or five
practices in and then you drop the
park and play.
One of those players
is 39-year-old Brian Jean Todt, who
played foot Team USA in the 2006
Olympic Games. How fortunate do you
feel that you have had this chance
at the end of your career?
is a great opportunity for myself
and for the others on the team.
there can't be many others you will
be up against who will be 39?
it is very apparent that I am one of
the elder statesman around but I am
loving that I am having this
opportunity and I am able to still
play and I will continue to play as
long as I can.
The favourites are
the Olympic Athletes from Russia.
They have been virtually unaffected
by this election restrictions, due
to the strengths of the Continental
hockey league, which is considered
to be the second best in the world.
We are expecting a high skilled team
from Russia. They've got two club
teams from what I understand,
putting together a lot of the
players, so we will see who they are
once they start playing.
At what the
men's competition lacks in star
power, it makes up for in
unpredictability, with perhaps five
other countries vying for the gold
Without the NHL stars, it is
pretty wide open think that there is
a lot of talent around the world,
and I think people will be surprised
at what talent is out there which is
not in the NHL.
To win, we don't
need a miracle, we need to be at our
best for two weeks.
best for two weeks.
The 1980 hockey
gold for the US was one of the most
pulsating and exhilarating underdog
stories in Olympic history. And we
could all dream of something a
little bit similar here on the ice
in Pyeongchang. Do YOU believe in
miracles? Well, there were a couple
of surprises yesterday, the USA
being defeated by sliver key, and
the Olympic athletes of Russia also
being defeated 3-2, by Slovenia.
Today, later on, we will be joining
up with the first matches in group
seat, and top seeds in that group,
Sweden, play Norway. For now, we're
going to heads hacked to the
Gangneung Curling Centre, where the
match between Great Britain and
Japan is finely poised.
LOGAN GRAY: 3-2 for Team GB over
Japan. Cammy Smith's first stone of
the sixth end. GB will have the
hammer here in the sixth end as
well. Now, Jackie, the boys will be
looking to build on what has been a
very strong first half?
JACKIE LOCKHART: Yeah, they're only
one shot ahead but they have shown
great professionalism and they've
got a huge opportunity to pick up a
two-shot score here to increase
their lead. They have set themselves
up pretty well in some of the ends.
They missed a huge opportunity for a
three and only got a two. But I
think what is good from our point of
view is, they're setting themselves
up well for the ends.
up well for the ends.
there from Kosuke Morozumi, younger
brother of Ki, the Japanese skip. --
younger brother of Yusuke Morozumi.
I think one thing I really wanted to
see this afternoon, is what is just
a one game day for the Team GB men,
is strong performances from Cammy
and Tom. They have struggled a
little bit, especially last night,
so they have turned things around,
Yeah, they have,
Thomas is having a really good game
today. He's sitting at 95%, which is
Cammy just maybe a little
bit further than he would have liked
there. And it bounces off, and may
be a chance for Japan to spin both
of these round.
Yeah, we've spoken
about this earlier, but it is really
critical. Stone placement execution
for the lead is key. Even two or
three inches can make a huge
difference in this game.
difference in this game.
amount of ice that they're taking
here I would not say that they're
going for a double takeout on the
Reds. But they will be trying to
move that stone just played by
The real strategy of this
game, of course, is setting yourself
up, it's not always a race to the
1ft. It is about preparing the
stones, setting them in the right
place, giving yourself an
opportunity and when you have one to
make use of it. You always know your
opposition is trying to counteract
everything you do, though.
So here in the sixth end with a
1-shot lead, what is an acceptable
outcome for the end the Kyle Smith
and the boys?
Without question they
will want to score a two. If they
don't score a two, we might see a
lot of stones being removed from
play and clearing the house. But
they are going to try and set up the
two. But everything is coming into
the forefoot once again. No wingers,
nothing to come round.
nothing to come round. Japan, here,
quite happy to block up this
forefoot area down the centre.
forefoot area down the centre. Guard
being put on here. That will be to
the annoyance of Great Britain.
It feels like neither team have a
stranglehold on this end at the
moment. Maybe a little bit of cat
and mouse, waiting for the other
team to make their move.
Waddell just being asked to hit the
yellow. Upon to the yellow in the
Pretty disastrous. They made
a gamble to try to open things up.
Just couldn't have hit that one in
the house in a worse spot. Little
bit unlucky for Kyle Waddell. Lovely
situation for Japan as they go and
try to put a guard on to try and
protect those two yellow stones.
Teen Japan just hoping to get this
to stop short, just on the centre
line if possible. This one is going
to run a little bit further on than
They may not get a
better chance to move these yellows
and the button, than this one.
Thomas Muirhead has been deadly with
these so far.
If they have got the opportunity
here to spill everything here,
almost make a simple end and run it
out and go for your two in the mixed
ends. Of course, he's got to make
this shot, but he has been very
accurate with them so far.
accurate with them so far.
expect this want to be hanging
around. Watch out for the vapour
trail. Thomas Muirhead and in down a
Only got two of them out.
It was always going to be difficult
to move that other yellow as well
because it was going to jam on the
back red. If he had a bigger weight,
I thought he would have thrown a
heavier weight at that. I thought it
was quite a controlled weight from
Japan switching to a slightly more
defensive approach. They have rolled
out of the house. That is a real let
off the Team GB. This end is going
to turn on
to turn on its head after that stone
We need to put some
space between the two red stones. As
an opportunity to hit this and roll.
They can play a takeout here. Their
concern is, two red stones will be
close together. They could be
ambitious with this and tried to
flick their own red already in the
house, over to the side.
house, over to the side. Nice shot.
It is a good shot as well.
We saw in the fifth end, Morozumi
playing a triple takeout. This looks
a bit easier than that shot?
is a space between these stones.
Just has to catch the right side of
it. There is a high risk opportunity
here he may jam.
He has jammed it. He didn't play big
waiter that at all. I'm not sure if
he was trying to hit the stone or
right on the face of it so he sat in
front of it.
I thought he was going
to try and spread them and accept at
the end was going to be a blank.
This is a super opportunity now for
Kyle Smith to score the easiest of
He wants to play a controlled
weight. Maybe a little role to the
This, a critical shot. He really has
two hit and all I. With the
he was really hoping that would roll
to the 12 foot and the turquoise
part of the circle.
They were trying to roll further out
to the wing. You want to stay on the
safe side, as soon as you roll it
out the ring it is going hard.
you try and be too fancy, it can
sometimes work against you. The
first plan was to make connection.
He played a lovely wait, I am not
sure if they were scared to sweep it
early. We are lying two shots and it
has to be a really good shot from
Japan to remove both of these
I think he has got it.
Super shot from Yusuke
Morozumi. Great treble takeout and
the previous end. Definitely not
scared of those big shots, is he?
scared of those big shots, is he?
seems very comfortable with them,
That is something the Smith
team will want to be aware of and
try and force him into playing shots
that maybe he isn't so comfortable
Team GB were trying because
they knew if they hit it on the nose
they would be leaving a double.
Hopefully this will come out. It has
jammed. GB would have liked to have
seen that rolling out of the house,
to take the last advantage into the
next end, and they have had to
settle for one. 4-2 going into the
seventh end. Morozumi, still looking
very comfortable. Smiling.
away with one and still trailing by
two, however. You just wonder if GB
are going to rue some of these
missed opportunities to convert
multiple scores. They did have a
chance and it was thwarted by
Morozumi. Decent attendance here
this afternoon. Korea not playing in
this session so we did expect it to
be a little bit quieter. But still
lots of great action out here in
With that score in the sixth end,
Great Britain relinquish the hammer
in the Le stone advantage and begin
the seventh leading by two. -- the
last stone advantage.
Cammy Smith, draw weight in his
pocket today. Just sitting on the
one foot. As the lead, you don't
want your shots to be at the back of
We'll GB, be looking to continue to
score ordure shut up shop?
will be looking to force the one.
Take the hammer into the eighth end
and gained that little bit of a
lead. They have to be careful. You
don't want to be over aggressive and
get yourself into difficulty here.
Keep it simple. Games are not one in
the middle of a game, generally it
comes down to the last two or three
ends, eight, nine, ten.
ends, eight, nine, ten.
not got that perfectly in line with
the stone on the bottom. But it
cannot be removed at this point by
Morozumi, just asking his lead to
come around the corner yellow that
he placed with his first stone.
he placed with his first stone. This
looks to be a lovely shot.
Four stones have been played. Kyle
Waddell the GB come he can remove
these stones on the free guard zone.
Lovely round the guards, but Kyle
Waddell will try to tidy things up a
little bit here the Great Britain.
Just the one.
This is a very strong Japanese team.
They had their best result ever for
Japan in the World Championship in
2016, making it into the play-offs
and making it into fourth. They did
when on the world curling tour this
year in Japan. And of course, coming
in here on good form after a when
over the favourites, Norway. They
have only played one game so far in
comparison to GB's two.
This is looking a little bit heavy,
and it's not got enough curl on it.
Kyle Smith will be able to call the
hit and roll underneath.
Great effort. Cammy Smith trying to
hold that one on the inside with his
sweeping, trying to keep it
straight. But it just rolls a stone
too far and out the other side of
the guard, not protected. And now,
there will be a chance for Japan
play a double takeout here.
JACKIE LOCKHART: I think he was
hoping to catch the edge of the
stone there, but...
Grey I think
they miss judged that one a little
bit. I think they were just trying
to get it in behind the guard and
it's just died at the end.
LOGAN GRAY: Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi
clutching at that shoulder a little
bit, it is heavily taped up and I
just saw him grasping for it. It is
going to be a long wait for him if
he's got bad shoulders at this
Yeah, because they're only
endgame two, Japan. -- they're only
in Game Two.
in Game Two. After a strong six end,
that's a little error to leak crept
in. Japan of course have got the
hammer here so they could hit this
stone out and all Mac lying three
here. Well separated throughout the
house, which makes it difficult for
Team GB to remove them all. There is
still a red stone out the front that
could be used. And we saw Japan,
they were very, very aggressive
early on in the end, they ignored
all of Team GB's stones and pulled
behind a guard of their own, very
offensive, but it worked in their
Nice shot there, and Japan
lying three. And as far as the
outcome of the end is concerned for
Team GB, I think they just want to
make sure that they won't lose more
than two. So they will need to make
some sort of a multiple takeout
Yeah, if you can get this one
on the nose, usually be able to
remove the back one as well. That
would make up for Thomas's first
shot that didn't quite come off for
him. This is looking a little
Just a bit of a mental lapse
here in the seventh end from Thomas
Muirhead, he's been so good for the
first six end is.
Go near that's an adventurous call
that he's just made there, talking
about moving the guard and rolling
into the ring is! That would be a
very tricky shot. What have they
They have nominated
to go out to the wing. They're not
going to come into the centre.
going to come into the centre. I
think anywhere across where he has
indicated to go will still give
Great Britain the opportunity of
removing two of them. But if he puts
it well out on the wing, probably
Great Britain shooter will of the
house and won't stay in.
going to have a little bash at this.
When it passes the tee line, then
you can sweep your opposition stone
to get it further away from the
bottom, if you so wish. It does look
like there is a chance for a double.
You can make that easy double but...
If I roll out, he splits and we can
make it anyway on the next...
you can make it a couple of ways...
LOGAN GRAY: A big call here from
Kyle Smith, he's going to try and
play the long double across the
house here from the right to the
left, and try and get two yellow
stones out of the house that way.
There is a far easier double.
JACKIE LOCKHART: Yeah, and I think
in this instance they have to play
the scoreboard. Even if they lose a
two here, they're still in the game,
they go down to the eight, they've
got the hammer...
Yeah, this does
bring a potential score of three
into the equation. That being said,
even if they don't make this one
maybe they will have a double with
the next one, so... Have to get this
one on the nose, Kyle...
one on the nose, Kyle... -- don't
want to hit this one on the nose,
And that's just what he's done
as well. But as you said, if Japan
replace that stone with theirs, I
think Kyle will then go for the
double on the other side, which is
in our opinion far easier.
Maybe if Japan make a nose hit there
and if Kyle is feeling adventurous,
he might be able to make a triple
That in my opinion might be
a step too far?!
So, Yusuke Morozumi just looking for
a simple takeout here and a hit and
lie. Actually a possibility, if he
goes too much to the centre, he's
got a few options here, actually.
Yeah, they're quite happy to put
this on the nose. So, as you
mentioned, Logan... Oh, dear!
I don't think this is
going to be anything too...! Just
when he was setting off to go down
the other end of the ice, he just
flicked... I don't think these
Japanese boys are going to cause
anybody too much trouble, a couple
of the nicest guys on the circuit.
So, as Logan said, when I see Kyle
play the double, and the two stones
that are quite close together...
think it might have been a little
bit further back, I think it looks
easier than it was initially.
just kicked it with his foot a
little bit forward, so still has to
An important shot here for
Kyle Smith. Japan still to play here
in the seventh end...
in the seventh end... The brushing
is usually a good sign... Great shot
thereby Kyle Smith, and that's going
to keep Japan to only scoring two.
And although GB will still have an
advantage in having the last stone
coming into the eighth end, that
advantage is just a little bit
slimmer than it was at the start of
Yeah, they haven't been
able to capitalise on that 3-1 lead
There just been an odd slack shot
here or there and it can make such a
difference in the end. But if this
is made, it will be 4- for.
-- it will be 4-4.
So, this one
should be a formality for Yusuke
Morozumi, the final stone of the
end, pretty much anywhere for two.
And at this level you don't expect
players of this calibre to miss
shots like this. And he certainly
does not. It is a score of two here
in the seventh end. And it is a tide
game, too close to call, with just
three ends to come.
Tied game after seven, and will
swear out there in this session,
Italy leading USA by ninesix.
Kicking on from a good start, the
Italians, defeating Switzerland last
night and maybe another upset on the
cards for one of the teams that came
through the Olympic qualification
event, the other one being Denmark.
All the others qualifying by right,
or being the host nation. Norway and
Canada... Norway making a slow
start, losing their first game
yesterday, but leading the hot
favourites Canada by 4-3 after a big
score of two in the sixth.
score of two in the sixth. And then
Switzerland, leading up
Switzerland, leading up a moment, a
must-win match really for them after
losing their two games yesterday.
With a measure about to take face in
the seventh end over there. Tied
game here, GB and Japan. And I think
we can expect some really offensive
play here from Japanese, Jackie?
Yeah, they've been quite happy
during a lot of this game to be very
aggressive. Lots of stones in play,
not at all bothered by the
So, the corner guard does go up for
the GB team.
So, on a scale of one to ten,
Jackie, how offensive do of the GB
are going to go here? Obviously,
they would like to score two here on
the eighth end but...
Yeah, so they
have put the corner on. The trouble
is, the corner is really close to
the house so I don't think, unless
they come around the outside breach
they haven't done much of during
this game, it's going to be quite
difficult for them to get into that
corner. I think what they also must
have is, if the game is not going
with them, to have a get out of jail
free card and say, OK, this is not
working for us, we're just going to
Touches the high guard. Can they
just wriggle into the side of the
house? Doesn't look like it is going
to travel far enough... But it does
move the guard over into kind of
useful position for GB.
still sitting in the free guard zone
area, although Japan could be
hitting them out. I'm surprised
they're not. They're quite happy to
block up the centre.
This is an indication of them
changing their mentality, their
stance. They have been chasing the
game since the score of two by GB,
but they are now on equal terms.
They seem to be going gung ho, as if
to say, I am going to steal this
now. Any other opposition, they
would have cleared the corner
guards. They are the one to them if
Great Britain get behind one of
them. Because they have put on the
centre, Great Britain having to be
forced to remove them, which they
have done. But they have left the
red shooter out there beside the
centre line. We have seen this
strategy all the way through from
Japan. They are being very
aggressive in their play.
We see a draw down here which is a
clockwise rotation of the stone.
They will really work this if they
have to get back the red guard.
Which they have done. It is
struggling for weight at the moment.
Kyle Smith, happy to run the red
right back into the yellow and
buckshot has been left to the
technicality of Kyle Waddell.
Very well played.
had a few of them and they are not
easy to do. They hit the first one
in a really good spots, they are
jamming them in be hand -- behind.
That can take the wind out of your
Here is this kind of take out here.
He really cannot see very much of
the red stone at all. But he has
played this very well.
It is a good
shot by Tetsuro Shimizu. I like the
way he gradually works his way down
and then throws it.
He has got a
really strange elbow delivery on his
stone, the way he comes out. It is
almost like he is taking a long time
to get into his sliding position
before he lets the stone go.
contrast in style to that of Thomas
Muirhead. Almost like a human arrow.
We have got one of our own up don't
worry, Steve? The Jar arrow. This is
looking hot. Just needed to slow
Where did that come from? It
needed to be high and stop in the
top half of the rings.
He started so well.
like he has left the building a
little bit, in the last couple of
ends. Hopefully, he will be back for
his next stone. Now a chance for
Japan to come around and gradually
getting lower. Sets are. Slinking.
Powerful sweeping by these guys,
they really want to take it as far
as they can. Well played. They
really are putting the pressure on.
Opportunity for Thomas Muirhead to
make up for his first disappointing
throw. One of the shots he does like
playing is running back the red onto
I saw Kyle Waddell play
a beauty down this line. He rolls
the shooter away. Maybe trying to
catch the wide one but it goes
between the two yellows in the
house. Feels like Japan in the
ascendancy at the moment. They kind
of remain really positive
throughout. It is paying off for
Their whole demeanour hasn't
changed. They have remained calm
throughout the whole game, even when
they were down, they still played
very aggressive shots to get
themselves back into the game. When
they didn't come off, we haven't
seen the momentum of them dipping,
they just pick themselves up, dusted
themselves off and continued with
the main shots making strategy they
Just a guard here for.
-- Yusuke Morozumi.
-- Yusuke Morozumi. The line they
are looking for is just to come
across the centre line here. Maybe
travelled a little bit further down
band they would have liked.
could have afforded to have been a
couple of feet higher than that,
Logan. This being closer to the
house makes it easier for a back.
Morozumi one the matchup in terms of
accuracy. 6% up on Kyle Smith.
They are talking about a good stone
and a bad stone. You wouldn't
normally leave a bad stone for your
No, you would want maybe your
second player, somebody who has
thrown a heavier weight, to take
that stone. Never a good idea to
leave it for your skip.
you go into the end, the more
crucial the shots become to the
final outcome. I don't know if that
was good or bad, but it was a good
result. Nicely done by Kyle Smith.
Opens at the centre of played
beautifully. That will give them a
great chance to score here in this
They are almost being a little bit
greedy, hoping they could wiggle
that stone in off one of the wide
one. But I think they will be happy
to get those ones off the centre
Morozumi, wondering where he
will put his second stone. To be
honest, as long as he gets it in the
house and forces Scotland to take
their one, Great Britain, not
Scotland. My apologies. Team GB.
Scotland. My apologies. Team GB. I
think just the corner of the
right-hand side of, actually it is
the left-hand side if you are
looking at it on the screen, just on
the top of the tea.
Force Kyle Smith two player draw
with his last.
Morozumi's final stone of the eighth
end. Team GB with the final stone of
the end, after this one.
the end, after this one. Looking to
block the path in.
hitting as well, because he cannot
hit that because the other yellow on
the other side would still be a
counter. Could have potentially been
right on the centre line, made it a
little bit harder. But he has left
away in. Kyle Smith, just has to be
fully in the eight foot, white part
of the circle.
Some brotherly love. A score of one
on the board, all the same.
on the board, all the same. GB will
restore a 1-shot lead with just two
ends to come of regulation time. Ten
ends to be played and when we
restart the ninth end, it will be
Japan's turn two have the last
All four games, still out there.
Some very tight games.
Some very tight games. Three shot
separation between the teams,
Switzerland, 74 up on Denmark.
Well look after, this final draw of
the eighth end. Looked a little bit
sketchy for a while for Team GB, but
managed to find their way out. Get
one on the board to go 5-4 up. Just
two ends to come.
two ends to come.
Wouldn't it be
great if we could try and force a
one from Japan. Giving us the hammer
in the last stone advantage going
down the last end. Still, a lot of
stones to come before this end has
This is one of the most
interesting tactical is now, coming
down this ninth end and how
offensive the teams want to be to
give themselves the best chance to
win in the tenth end. What
scorelines here are GB looking to
have here in the tenth end?
will be quite happy as long as they
have got the hammer. Are they going
to go gung ho and try and steal
here? I doubt it. If you get into
difficulty, it would be more likely
Japan would score a two here. Even
if they do score a two, you
shouldn't be afraid to go one down
with the hammer. They have a few
variances of what might happen here.
In terms of risk, how much risk do
you expect the GB team to take to
make that happen?
Do I think the
boys are risk takers? No, I don't
think. I don't think they will go as
aggressive as we have seen Japan
going in some of the other games. If
they have the opportunity of
stealing here, and I think they
might try for it, but you have to be
careful everybody is following the
same game plan.
So, a train of stones up the centre
line, almost equally spaced as well.
So, both teams, plenty of time on
the board. Thinking time, works out
roughly at about three and a half
minutes an end.
minutes an end.
It does. 38 minutes
for the teams in total for the tend
only, for them to complete their
compliments of stones and if they
can't play all their stones in that
time they would lose the game. Nice
freeze there at the back in a useful
position, and that is kind of what
GB are trying to do, to world up
lots of stones and force Japan and
to score one, ideally.
to score one, ideally. Well, Japan
are going to try and make sure that
they open things up here.
they open things up here. Losing one
of their own yellows in the house in
a garden position, very similar to
how it was. They have jammed them
both up here, they would like to
spill at least one more of those
guards. Quite evident that Tsuyoshi
Yamaguchi did not quite get that
want to work out how he would have
So, Kyle Waddell with an
opportunity here to come down and
sit one in the 4ft.
sit one in the 4ft. They certainly
all found the centre line coming
down the other side of the house -
let's see who can find the centre
line coming down this site...
line coming down this site... --
I love it, he's just like, I touched
it with my foot, and gives it a
whack! One of the nice things about
this sport is that you won't need to
bring out an official to sort out
every slight violations, as the
teams work it out between
Yeah, had hit a running
Stone, but if they've just
accidentally hit a stone which is
stationary in the house, then they
just let the opposition know and
replace it back to where they
thought it should be.
It's all very
That's a great shot
That was a bit of an end
Just slipped it, but still in a good
position for GB back there, that
Romeo Stone frozen. So it will be a
guard here, from Thomas Muirhead.
Good guard by Thomas Muirhead, gets
nice and tight to the house.
they did not want to come into the
house, either. They're quite happy
to sit outside of the house, to
bring it in. Makes it an easier
opportunity for Japan to make a
Japan trying something a bit
creative here. Trying to chip that
Redstone and roll into the house.
This is tense stuff, it is a one
shot game here, even in the ninth
end. Still very much anyone's game.
It kind of feels like the
communication levels have dropped a
little bit from the Team GB boys, I
would like to hear a bit more...
Yeah, a little bit more chat.
are getting very tense here on the
ninth end. It is an important game,
this, for GB, they finished 1-1
yesterday's, which was a good day at
the office given who they were up
against, but to turn that into a
really positive day, they need to
follow up and win here today, in one
of the games that they will need to
be winning if they want to be making
the medals. Yeah, I agreed. Every
game is God out here but you would
like to think they will be able to
take Japan. -- every game is
difficult out here.
And Kyle Smith
has never lost to Japan, either, and
he still needs to maintain that
record. Super shot by Tetsuro
Shimizu. He shimmied past that guard
quite nicely as well
Shimizu. He shimmied past that guard
quite nicely as well!
All of the players out there head
off to the gym, the sport has really
changed in the last 10-15 years,
lots of weightlifting, interval
training, on ice training,
absolutely everything they have to
do is done in order for them to try
and reach their Olympic dream.
Train to freeze that yellow. Just a
little shy. But good to get it
directly in line with that back
Yellowstone - that stops Japan
really having a chance tonight two.
Change in approach here, it is a
very similar tactical position to
the previous stone, and with the red
at the back of the 4ft, so trying
for a freeze this time. Maybe
they've decided that they're not
going to get the chance to blank
here, so they may as well try and
score two. The last thing Japan want
here is to be forced to score one.
So, the Japanese skip playing the
same draw, really, as the one that
Kyle just played. Maybe they will
try and stay high...
He's played a nice shot there. One
which we have to follow.
This is the last stone for Team GB.
He really has to come down, sit
right on top of it. Won't want to
have any bounce of it at all, or
give Japan the opportunity to try
and pick up two here.
I said before
that Japan really don't want to be
forced to score one here but they
don't want to lose a steal here,
either. And actually if Kyle gets
this on the button then it could be
very difficult to get it out of. So,
right on the pin here is the ideal
position for Kyle Smith.
They really need the weight to come
off this if pair going to get it
into the centre. They're working it
hard. Every inch has to be swept...
Get it down there! Oh, just a
fraction short! Still no gimme for a
two, but a chance for Japan. New
kind of felt like they were waiting
and waiting to try and get the line
right, and they just left it a
fraction of a second too late to get
it down into shot position.
thought I heard one of the boys
saying it was back button but it was
quite high and I guess the guys were
waiting before they really don't
indeed for the sweeping. So, a
chance here for Kosuke Morozumi to
just catch the edge of the 1ft. And
this is the right side for him to
Not a huge target area for him to
reach, but definitely one that is
manageable. We will see an out turn
draw, which is anticlockwise
rotation of the stone. Really need
the legs to come of this if they
want to score. Yeah, that's just too
far, so just a score of one there
are 14 Japan. -- for Team Japan. And
we will go down the last at
fivefive, and Great Britain will
have the hammer.
have the hammer.
So, they didn't
make that final stone perfectly, but
did enough to force a very difficult
shot there for Yusuke Morozumi. He
couldn't convert to put that score
of two on the board. And Great
Britain now, a tied game coming
home, they've got the hammer,
hopefully we're going to see GB put
their second win on the board here
in the men's curling event.
Now, Thomas Muirhead ready to pounce
as soon as it hits that red line.
We're only talking a few inches away
there. So, a good result there for
Kyle Smith and his team. And Jackie,
obviously, the women's team lost
this morning to the USA. Will this
give them a bit of a boost if the
boys team can come back with a win
here this afternoon?
the girls will be back at the
village and they will have the
curling on so they will be willing
the boys on to win. And if the Great
Britain boys get a win then I'm sure
that will give the girls a lift for
their game this evening. The girls,
of course, play China later
of course, play China later on
tonight here in Gangwon.
tonight here in Gangwon.
just seemed to run out of gas a
little bit this morning, things not
quite going their way in the tenth
end and giving up a steal to lose
the game. Great effort by the team
but it wasn't good enough do they
dropped their first game of the
week, the women.
week, the women. And Cammy, he did
to those in the first game against
Switzerland and they needed them
most, in the extra end. --, when
they needed them most.
This is impressive, the fact he has
made these shots.
made these shots. That is helping
clear up the forefoot, when you know
you have the hammer. Going to try
and clear up again. Often they say
it is the harder shot, to do the
same shot again. Let's see if he can
He did manage it which
led to the most straightforward of
drawers for Kyle Smith. This is
where they can make the drawers, the
guards and the freezes. This can
make a big outcome.
be worried they have put that one in
the house, it is in the back of the
rings. The forefoot is open, two
very good shots from Cammy Smith.
That is all they are trying to
achieve, keep the centre open.
keep the forefoot open, give your
skip the opportunity with either a
hit or a draw with the last stone of
Japan just have to keep persevering
and keep putting the centre guards
up. They want to try and steal and
an order for them to do that, they
need something out the front that
they can come in and behind. Great
Britain doesn't need the steal, they
just need the forefoot open.
just need the forefoot open.
three Guardsmen role is over, Team
GB can start to try to remove these
stones in the wide area outside the
front of the house. That is what
they are trying to do, not hit and
stick on the nose in this situation.
Trying to peel them. Remove the
opposition's stones while rolling
your throwing stone away so that
Japan cannot hang behind them.
We are going to see quite a few of
If you are Kyle Smith out there and
you are the skip, how are you
feeling with this tied game?
as he is concentrating, he should be
thinking, if my team do everything I
want for me, and I have a free draw,
then I have got to deliver.
shot by Kyle Waddell to spill one of
the guards at the side as well. Make
things a little bit more
straightforward to get stones out of
play, nothing blocking in the wings.
He is experienced enough and has
played in plenty world tour events
to know it can often come down to
the last stone he plays and he has
got to lay it well. You shouldn't be
too nervous at the moment.
too nervous at the moment. His team,
so far, has performed the shots he
has wanted to.
Maybe they will go after the yellow
in the house as well, not that there
is really any need to remove it.
They have got in. Didn't want to be
sitting in the middle. They have
rolled to the wings, so good
sweeping by the team.
I think the Japanese at the moment,
are thinking they may need to change
It is all too simple
for our boys to remove them. Looking
at moving get across the eyes a
little bit further because they are
looking for some sort of a jam.
looking for some sort of a jam.
are going to try and move this one
over to the side a bit. The British
boys will be quite happy to see this
putting one over there. It's not any
sort of threat to them.
They wanted to put back guard over
to the side a little bit. They are
thinking they want to preserve that
stone at the back of the house. They
are not giving GB the chance to run
the guard into it, really.
the guard into it, really.
to make sure they get this stone
right. Both of them, if possible.
And your own shooter.
And your own shooter. Quite happy to
just take the top one. I think if
you went for the both of them, they
could have jammed and pushed one of
the Yellows into the house. So it is
OK. Are they going to take a
time-out? They have already had a
time-out, have they?
I don't think
so. Both teams are entitled to a
one-minute time-out. I don't think
they are going to use it in the end.
They are going to go back to that
centre guards again. It just takes
one mistake. But I don't think that
is going to happen. Hopefully our
boys can see the win insight here.
Still some discussion about where
they want to go here.
they want to go here. I think the
concern here for them is if they
throw one onto the centre line, Kyle
could run that stone onto the one at
the back of the house and then they
would not have the opportunity to
lie two with the last one. If Kyle
did make a take out against those
two, he could get the steel that
So, the guard made by Morozumi,
perhaps a little bit further down
the eyes than they would have liked.
-- ice. Almost a bit of a shock to
He's not at all bothered
about that winger. Just wants to
make sure the yellow stone at the
top of the house goes and the
shooting stone Kyle is about to
throw with, doesn't want to stay in
the front of the house either.
says he is not bothered about it,
but I bet he wants it. He gets it.
Great shot by Kyle Smith.
Great shot by Kyle Smith.
real cover that Morozumi has here
behind the two red stones, the two
Corner red stone is that Great
Britain have. Unfortunately, if he
makes the shot, which will be a
great shot, he will leave the whole
of the forefoot open for Kyle Smith
to draw too. But of course, it is to
make that shot. First and foremost,
Morozumi, with a draw.
Morozumi, with a draw.
called a time-out here, but I think
it is not really needed. Just giving
themselves a little bit of extra
time to focus on the shot, perhaps
putting a little bit of ice on Kyle
as well. Maybe just giving
themselves a little bit of extra
insurance they weren't going to run
out of time. This draw looking
pretty good. But, GB have been in
control of this final end. They have
made every single shot. Testament to
Cammy Smith, has made it so easy for
his team-mates by making those first
two tick shot 's. They need to make
the eighth to get the win.
the one that counts, he does have
the whole of the eight foot to play
with. He has just got to lay it and
let the sleepers take it into the
house. This isn't every day shot
skip will play. It will be playing
and his mind that he has to make
this shot for the win. Taking his
time and concentrating.
Here it is,
hold your breath. The final stone of
the tenth end. We have seen some
great draws by Kyle Smith. Just
needs to be in the eight Foot Circle
to put another win on the board for
The boys are looking right
confident at the minute. Just
cleaning. Should be good enough for
the win. It is. Well done, the boys.
Well done by Kyle Smith and his
team. Gets the second win of the
week for GB in what was a very, very
tight game throughout. Neither team
giving an inch. But as GB, on the
right side of the decision and here
in session three, they go to two
wins and one loss.
So a dramatic last stone win for the
boys against Japan and that is their
second win of their Olympic campaign
so far in the round-robin stages.
While the boys are competing in
their first Olympics, Team GB's
women are seasoned pros. Eve
Muirhead is in her third Olympic
Games and she is desperate to get
the only gold medal that has so far
and eluded her. They had one session
yesterday where they were
comfortable winners against the
Olympic Athletes from Russia. This
morning they played the USA, but it
was a surprise defeat to a USA team
who are competing in their first
Olympics. They would take the win
seven bash for against the Brits.
And after the match, Eve Muirhead
spoke to Steve Cram.
Lauren, Eve, your verdict?
disappointing result. It came down
to a few half shots by us when the
crucial stages. But there is a long
way to go, we had a good win last
night and we have another important
game later on against China. We have
too learned as much as we can from
that game and take the positives
into the game later on.
What was the
issue out there today, Lauren?
Jackie were saying the ice was
playing a bit tricky?
It was a
little bit faster, but we had to
adapt and that is why you saw the
half shots we didn't get, and we
have to regroup and come back
You have nine matches, it
is never about one, single game?
is a marathon, a lot of games and
our number one goal is to qualify
for the play-offs. There is a long
way to go before that.
this evening against China.
They will be back on the
isolated today, looking to bounce
back from a defeat when they take on
China. That match will start at 11am
and you can see it on BBC One. In
terms of where they are in the
table, Great Britain are sitting
fourth. One win, one defeat so far.
Good morning. From Pyeongchang if
you're just joining us. We are
heading towards the end of the
afternoon here in South Korea, which
means there has been plenty of
action so far. Here are the
headlines of what has been an action
packed condemn so far. Axon and send
our rolled back
our rolled back the years, making
history twice, at 35 he is now
alpine skiing's oldest Olympic
champion. Mikaela Shiffrin has been
tipped to win a host of medals here
in Pyeongchang, and the American got
her campaign off to the perfect
start, winning the giant slalom
gold. Germany top medal table and
they got another gold today in the
pairs figure skating competition.
They were fourth after the short
programme and then they set a new
world record free skate to claim
gold by less than half a point. And
then in the snowboard
then in the snowboard cross, there
was a dramatic final with the
Frenchman taking gold. Plenty more
still to come on day six and here is
what is coming up over the next
couple of hours. Next we will be
heading to the skeleton, which got
under way today with the men's
heats. The ice hockey started
yesterday and today we have the
first matches in group see and we
will be following Sweden when they
take on Norway. And the wind has
dropped so there have been no delays
at the Alpine Centre and we will
catch up with the men's downhill.
So, to the skeleton, and Britain
have great pedigree in this sport.
In every single Winter Olympics that
skeleton has been included, Britain
has won a medal and there are high
hopes for Lizzy Yarnold. It is the
men who get under way first, with
Britain's Dom Parsons, who has been
tearing up the track in training so
far, and lookout for the South
Korean who is hoping to become South
Korea's first medallist outside of
the ice rink. Let's head to the
Alpine Sliding Center, with your
commentary team, Amy Williams, John
Jackson and John Hunter.
JOHN HUNT: Now, for many people is
Deeney favourite for gold, getting a
huge ovation just listen to the
roar. He had an unbelievable clash
here in Pyeongchang with Dukurs,
losing out by a tiny margin in the
And you will see the difference in
his sliding compared to the others.
The last two sliders who have
The last two sliders who have come
down, there is just a bit of a
wobble whereas his lines are
perfect. You can see the helmet this
guy has, it is absolutely brilliant
and look at the lead he has got.
he's going to be the one to set the
standard, as we expected. It is
clean and fast and he has over a
second hooker than any body else so
And with a track record as
Next up, the German, 26 at his
first Olympics, silver medallist in
last year's World Championships,
number two in the world.
the start you will see that some of
them are starting with their hand
over the groove, but he's starting
with his hand in the middle, and
that for me is a risky option.
these athletes train so hard and you
hope that it is a good groove which
has been cut out and you have to do
with what you feel comfortable with,
whether on the left or on the right
and which groove to choose to get
the best line, so he just has to be
careful to make sure his core is
strong so he's not putting too much
weight down on the handle. But so
far, really clean lines for the
German. You can see he's just using
his feet to change the angle of the
He is looking good but his
time relative to Yun Sung-bin is way
off, perhaps illustrating how good
he was. Alex Jungk is a high class
athlete and made to look ordinary in
that run. Now, in his fourth Olympic
Games, is he going to be beaten by a
Korean? He is absolutely fantastic
to watch, the power... He just had
to correct himself there as we saw
his feet darting out but usually he
is absolutely mustard, Dzeko?
think a lot of people coming out of
that left-hand groove, it seems to
give them a bit of an issue as they
come out and then struggling to
control the sled. But I think
between him and the Korean, it is
for gold and silver. Bronze is
potentially up for grabs with
anybody else. And he has just made a
little mistake there - is that going
to be the difference? You can see
the height that he gains just from
coming into their late.
You have got
to be so good at finding speed on
this track but let's see how
unforgiving this track is...
probably going to go second,
Dukurs... No, not even second gen
Alex Jungk stays ahead of him! And
Yun Sung-bin, with that devastating
first cost, already has a massive
advantage over some of his key
competitors! Can any of these next
wave of athletes do anything about
this amazing lead that Yun Sung-bin
has already? The next competitor was
23 years old yesterday, four-time
world champion and coming into this
Olympic Games ranked number five in
the world, a quality athlete once
And he's clearly up there in
the rankings, he's got nothing to
lose. So far he has taken some
really good lines down this track.
It's all about getting your
selections and with each corner
you're trying to cancel out the
highs and lows, keeping the fastest
line possible, no real lows and no
real highs. Coming into 13, he's got
to not make any mistakes now as Ema
there's the uphill section just
As long as he doesn't make any
mistakes coming into 16, he's going
to go second... It is a pretty
decent run and he goes into second
place, three tenths behind Yun
Sung-bin. Dom Parsons, the 30 old
from London in his second Olympic
Games, next, for Great Britain and
he has been flying in training and
it is now time, Amy Williams, for
him to put that into practice!
come of the nerves are here, but he
has got a great start so let's see
how much time he can get!
narrowly beaten once this year by
Sung-bin Yun. Get a good start, Dom
Parsons and we could get in for an
excellent run. That's not too bad.
Not too bad, not brilliant, he might
have that extra attention in his
legs. He has got on really well with
this track in training, but it's
race day and anything can happen. He
has got to convert it, and the
pressure of that... So far not
looking too bad, his legs are a
little bit all over the place, he is
having to fight a bit so let's hope
he stays relaxed and stays calm.
Good line, slightly different to the
others going into 12. This is the
part of the track where he needs to
hold it together, not make any
mistakes. That little clip will
probably cost him uphill into 14.
Still going to-odd top ten, though.
It is better than that! He is into
fourth place! And he has gone ahead
of the magnificent Dukurs!
what we have been seeing in training
with Dom Parsons, when he has got it
right he is faster than the Korean,
when he's got it wrong, he is still
faster. So if he can get the next
run and nail that exit line down the
straight, he's going to move himself
up into that bronze medal position
Next up will be the second
Briton, rated number 90 in the
world, his first Olympic Games for
Jerry Rice. And reading his
biography he seems to be quite a
character. He likes a bit of fun and
games along the way, but now, his
Olympic Games gets deadly serious.
We did a team-building together with
Jerry Rice, we were on the same team
and he is a really, really nice guy.
Yeah, he comes from St Moritz, he
has sled a lot in St Moritz. Perfect
body position there, just got to
stay cool, calm and collected but so
far this is very good from Jerry
19thth in the World
Championships last year. This is a
lovely first half.
And he is one of
these sliders who could if he gets
it right put himself in the mix.
Just a little bit late there.
very good, he just needed to put his
head down a little bit, you could
just see him looking too much into
the next corner, but this looks like
a really, really good run from Jerry
Could easily be top ten. Jerry
Rice has had a wonderful run! And he
goes tenth! So, a bid leader here,
Sung-bin Yun. Dom Parsons in a share
of fifth and it is 11th for Jerry
Rice. Some real big guns to be fired
off over the next ten minutes.
off over the next ten minutes. This
is Dukurs, fourth in Sochi, fourth
in Vancouver. Although his brother
is the headline of the double act,
Tomas definitely wants to get
involved in this medal chase.
that was faster than his first run
so he is really wanting this, gets
down and hold it together... Let's
see how he comes out of this first
section of the track. Going through
a flat section between four and
five. You've got to keep it together
and get a perfect exit at nine. Just
letting it drifts, but he knows how
to control it into 12 there.
thing the Latvians have, they have a
beautiful style on the sled, they're
nice and relaxed and they just let
the corners do the work for them.
Can you see his shoulders haven't
once lifted off the sled? Perfect
It is so impressive.
Three tenths of a second quicker
than his first run, and that is
going to shoot him well forward. He
was already beautifully positioned
in seventh place, and that is now
what Dom Parsons has got to do, he's
next for Great Britain. Heery is,
Dom Parsons for Great Britain, run
two. Tomass Dukurs has just thrown
down a big statement run and Dom
needs to do something similar here.
Exactly the same start time as his
other one, very consistent sliding.
Just got to keep it together, Dom.
Heeded 50.85 in the first, and 50.7
given what we have just seen from
Tomass Dukurs would be lovely here.
When Don gets it right he has been
one of the fastest in training but
he has also been fast when he has
not got it quite right. He needs a
big run here, this is where it
counts... Perfect, that's one of the
best lines we've seen, so is he
going to start pushing himself
forward towards the medals? Come on,
Dom, this is what we need!
catching Tomass Dukurs now! Final
couple of bends, looking smooth to
the finish... Dom Parsons goes to
the front! Come on, Dom! What a
finish that was! And he's done
exactly what Tomass Dukurs did! And
that puts pressure on those above
him! The medal chase for Britain is
on here! And now in equal fifth
place, the legendary Martins Dukurs,
twice silver medallist at the
Olympic Games, and no is going to
have to try and chase down Parsons!
Yeah, joint with the Korean in run
one. These guys are now just going
for it, that was a really good push.
The medals are up for grabs, they
want to go into the next day of
racing in the best position
He looks like he's losing
a lot of time to Dom at the top of
the track - is there enough track
left for Dom Parsons to rein in the
legendary Latvian slider as he makes
his way down?
Italy going to be
tenth in it round the 16th and final
curve... Martins Dukurs, only three
hundredths in it! Can you believe,
Dom Parsons is just three hundredths
off the magnificent Martins Dukurs?!
And he knows how close he is! Make
no mistake, Parsons is in the next
Currently in second place, the
Olympic Athletes from Russia.
Celebrated his birthday yesterday,
Nikita Tregubov. I hope those
celebrations were not too heavy.
Solid start time, in fifth place.
These athletes train their whole
lives, all summer to get as fast and
be strong as they can, explosiveness
of the blocks and then they have to
learn how to slide and drive and
feel comfortable on the sled. Using
his feet to steer through that
section of ten and 11. Good, clean
lines. Not made any major mistakes.
He is in the green so I think we
will see him with a fast time.
that way. No mistake through 15.
Nikita Tregubov, goes first. Tenth
of a second ahead of Dukurs and
daily two tenths ahead of Parsons.
Run two comes to its conclusion with
the Korean, Sungbin Yun, the last
one to go. We have been talking
about tenths of a second. This
fella, after the first run was three
tenths of a second clear of anybody
else. If he can put this in again,
we can already half put the gold
medal round his neck.
I could hear
the other guys in the next
commentating Booth, I could hear
them, the nonnormal time he has put
down, see them's record.
what he has come to do, a new Star
Trek. It wouldn't surprise me if we
see a new track record as well.
Doesn't look quite settled on the
sled, but it is working for him.
Huge lead. Seven tenths in the lead.
Growing all the time. Yun the
magnificent vent, slight mistake,
steering with his right foot.
Wow! New track
record. You can hear the crowds
outside. Spectacular run. He was
using his feet so he didn't think he
was on the Perth that line, but that
is how to slide this track.
incredible. He has come for
business. Sungbin Yun has taken the
first two runs a part here in
Pyeongchang and he is a massive
favourite to now go on and win the
gold. But, the great news for Great
Britain is, there are five others
who will chase the other two medals
and Dom Parsons in fourth place is
one of those. He has put himself in
a great position as he Jerry Rice is
a great position as he Jerry Rice is
12. A thrilling first two heats up
the Sliding Centre, they will be
back tomorrow for three and four to
decide who will win the gold medal.
I am joined by Amy Williams. How is
the jet lag, you arrived yesterday?
I am a little bit fuzzy has it --
headed, so if I say something odd, I
will blame it on that.
What a great
session it was for the Brits
Great way to stop the
competition, both Brits putting down
some incredible runs, in particular
Dom Parsons, who has got on really
well in training. Likes the track,
suits it. Is peaking at the right
time. Jerry Rice, the newcomer in
12th place. Almost in the top ten,
which for him would be an
They have flown
under the radar coming into this,
they haven't had the best of results
coming in, but now they are making
people stand up and look at them
here in Pyeongchang?
and the skeleton are good at peaking
for the major competitions. The team
are working well and they have this
momentum going. The men and the
women have been doing well in their
training times. It is a brand-new
track so everybody is on a level
playing field, apart from the
Korean, who is in first place at the
moment. Everyone has got to learn
the track quickly and that is what
we are good at doing in Great
Sungbin Yun, he could
become a national hero here?
could, tomorrow and it looks like at
the moment, he will. We have the
Latvian, Martins Dukurs, who is very
strong. Dom is only just behind the
medal position. If he goes back to
their apartment, get their runners
ready, then just wake up, pretend
that yesterday, well, today, never
happened and then just do what he
knows he is doing well. He had the
fastest speed in the time clock. So
the bottom half of the track, he is
doing well. Very unique, this uphill
section, steep bits and flatbread.
Got to hold it all together.
Hopefully he will push a little bit
further and I don't see why we
cannot get the bronze medal.
have to mention suitgate and the
Great Britain suits are taking
criticism. I am not down with the
technicalities, so can you explain
it to us? Is it something that is a
mind game when Misi guys going down
the track quickly, they find
something to take them out of their
Whenever there is an athlete
that comes out of nowhere, at an
Olympic Games, people are asking,
what are they doing? What is
different? It is psychological, the
suits, the sled is, the runners get
tested by the jury members and they
have all been passed. They said they
have used these suits before so why
are people picking holes in them
now? I don't know. I have not
physically seen them but I don't see
much difference. It is innovation,
Great Britain are good at research
and development, but so is every
other nation. I don't know, trying
to play games, Great Britain are
confident in their suits, their
helmets and their sled sat been
okayed by a jury.
interesting to see how they get on
tomorrow, the girls are in action,
Lizzy Yarnold and Laura Deas. They
have been burning up the track, have
you spoken to them?
I haven't spoken
to them, I have left messages. I
have spoken to other members of the
team. Coach says we are in a good
place, like we were before
Vancouver, like we were before
Sochi. The athletes know they
peaking at the right time and
building this momentum. Laura Deas
is physically in the best shape of
her life and has had unbelievable
starts. Lizzie, we know she loves
big competition and is a
championship slider. She is the
reigning world champion and Olympic
champion. Let's see what she can do
and there is no reason, if they do
as well as their training times, but
they cannot bring home the medals.
Thank you be joining us, we will let
you get over the jet lag and get
some sleep. We look forward to the
skeleton tomorrow but we are heading
to the ice hockey because the group
C group matches have got underway
and Sweden are taking on Norway.
They are in the first period so
let's go to our commentary team.
Thank you. Sweden on the scoreboard.
The Swedes are wearing the familiar
yellow shirt. Just in time.
yellow shirt. Just in time. Sweden
have their second in the game and
they deserve nothing less. The
goalkeeper has been under siege and
has made some super saves. Sweden
doubled their ad vantage and now
Look at the puck movement.
The shots are met.
The shots are met. Watch the post,
just come up a little bit. Not
enough to dislodge the net
completely. Did the player go in
under their own steam? It should be
a good goal. Anton Lander, the nose
of a goal-scorer going to the front
of the net.
between the officials.
between the officials.
We had a
player in the US, Canada women's
game earlier today that was called
back. This is where two Canadian
players went into the blue paint,
under their own steam.
He had no choice but to go that way.
Had the Swedish player Gunning of
his own accord, that would have been
This has been so impressive
from Sweden, having watch the
Olympic Athletes from Russia
yesterday. Started well, but
fizzled. Sweden don't want that to
happen to them and be looking for a
third goal in this all Viking
match-up. Sweden against Norway and
Sweden, as we
Sweden, as we watch Lander.
little back hand pass.
little back hand pass. Went to the
front of the net is able to put the
home what we call, a garbage goal.
Easy tap in for Anton Lander.
can clear away again. Sweden go
back. That was a better penalty
coming against the Swedes. It is a
tripping call. That is the signal
made forcibly, by the officials.
Heading to the penalty box.
argue this one. No way coming into
the offence alone. Number 45 gets
his stick. This would be a big
opportunity for Norway. If they can
somehow sneak one pass the netminder
to make this a 2-1 game before it is
Sweden trying to clear this one
away. They have done a great job. It
will go zipping wide of the target.
No way, finding it hard to get the
puck out of their own zone right
now. Wide it goes. Options here in
the offensive zone for the
Norwegians. But they need to make
sure they get the quality chances
The ice, cutting up in this period.
Reach and a stretch and Sweden
should get this clear. Under a
minute remaining the power play.
Nice shot from the Swedish penalty
killers, keeping an active stick.
Always moving it back and forth.
Disrupting the passes.
Disrupting the passes. Picked up by
the captain. Sweden want to get it
over the line. This impressive
Swedish performance is extended to
their power play unit, their penalty
That is where we are now.
Into the final minute.
This is five on four. Look up the
two yellow checkers, causing so much
havoc to the Norwegian players.
The face-off goes back into the
Norwegian's zone. Norway is going to
have to match the pace of Sweden if
they want to get back into this game
because Sweden have been flying out
Sweden just overpowering at the
moment. No way, trying to move it
out of their own zone.
The first period, absolutely totally
and completely dominated by Sweden.
Anton Lander made it 2-0, but they
could be five or four up at this
moment. You have got to say Sweden
look a class above. End of the first
period in this all Scandinavian
affair, it is Sweden who lead Norway
So, that one going with form, Sweden
with an advantage over Norway. And
we will be back to the hockey centre
for the start of the second period.
But if you are just joining us, good
afternoon. From Pyeongchang that it
has been a beautiful day here's, the
sun just beginning to set behind me
and here is what has been happening
so far today. Mikaela Shiffrin has
been tipped to win a host of medals
in Pyeongchang, and the American got
her campaign off to the perfect
start by winning the giant slalom.
Germany topped the medal table in
Pyeongchang, and they got another
gold today in the pairs figure
skating. They were fourth after the
short programme but set a new world
record free skate to claim gold by
less than half a point. In the
snowboard cross, the Frenchman
Voltier retained his Olympic title.
And Great Britain's Dom Parsons is
in medal contention at the halfway
stage of the men's skeleton
competition, sitting fourth after a
great days work at the Olympics
leading centre. The South Korean
home favourite Sung-bin Yun leads
the way. But we're going to stick
with high-speed and head to the
Alpine Centre, where we finally got
the men's downhill under way today.
It is an exhilarating event and it
tends to throw up quite a bit of
drama as well. The reigning world
champion has not had the best of
luck at the Olympics, missing
Vancouver with injury and injured in
Sochi as well and not able to get
into the medals.
It does not always follow the form
guide, so to talk you through it,
it's Matt Chilton.
MATT CHILTON: At long last it is a
stunning morning here and conditions
are now perfect for the blue and
event at the Olympic Winter Games,
the men's downhill. And the German
as a way. The 24-year-old made his
mark in January by winning in
Kitzbuhel, what a way to get your
first victory on the toughest course
of them all. And here he goes. You
have to fight against gravity, which
sends you off to the left.
sends you off to the left. Flying
over that jump, Tommy Dressen, who
was first to ski in the downhill
stage of the Olympic combined, won
by Marcel Hirscher earlier in the
week. He was the quickest man on the
mountain, nobody was able to ski
quicker than Tommy Dressen. He has
not put a foot wrong just yet...
Getting bounced around. Next jump,
stands on that right foot, into the
Paradise turn, just lost a little
bit of ground there. But didn't lose
too much speed.
bit of ground there. But didn't lose
too much speed. It goes flat here
after the Paradise turn. Now,
heading towards the Blue Dragon
Valley, the narrowest part of the
course of. Spectacular racing here.
Down towards the Magic Tree. Gets
airborne again. We will keep an eye
on that jump, because Matthias Mayer
absolutely flew it in the downhill
leg of the Alpine combined, so did
Marcel Hirscher, and that made a
difference. Kept his flight
relatively low and short there. He's
almost home now, first man on the
course. Takes off and flies the
jump... And his time is 1:41.03.
Dominik Paris, roared out of the
start by the Italian team members,
and he's like a speed skater there!
As he heads off onto the bumpy and
pulled Breckenridge, with that
adverse camber. Trying to stay as
high as he can. -- onto the
high as he can. -- onto the bumpy
Dragon Reach. Now heading off to the
Dragon Claw part of the course. Nine
hundredths in front of. It has been
green all the way for Dominik Paris,
who's the third best downhiller of
the World Cup season. He had a win
on home snow just for New Year on a
similarly rough and bumpy course.
Winding down the windows there!
Difficult landing! Paradise Turn
could sort them out today!
could sort them out today! So, down
towards the Blue Dragon Valley. It
was green all the way and it is
still green, despite that mistake!
Dominik Paris might have taken a,
which others might not be able to!
Keeps that flight quite low, we'll
see if that brings him the reward.
Dominik Paris is still in front. Six
green lights down the course of! But
it's this final time that really
matters! -- down the course! Dominik
Paris leads the Olympic downhill by
a court of a second! One of the big
favourites, from Switzerland, Beat
Feuz, the best downhiller of the
season so far, with three victories.
The won in November and again in
finding, and then he claimed the
final downhill before the Olympics
and garnish. Skiing pretty solidly
in training and did not give much
away because he was standing up and
skiing gently on the bottom half of
his training runs, make no mistake,
he's a serious threat today. Huge
unit of a man, massive jump there!
As he slammed the inside edge of
that right ski down onto the snow!
Oh, Beat Feuz is living dangerously!
It's the Olympic downhill, and he's
bringing all the risks into this
race! Just about hanging in. Needed
a huge amount of strength to hold
himself up right over his skis.
120km/h, the latest reading for Beat
Feuz, as he flies down towards the
Blue Dragon Valley. And Beat Feuz is
faster than Paris by a 0.21. A
little lopsided on landing as he
enters the Blue Dragon Valley and
sets up for the final quarter of the
Olympic downhill course. What a
flights! That was magnificent
downhill skiing from the Swiss! He
is going to go close here. He may
well go into gold medal position!
Beat Feuz has put down a magnificent
Olympic downhill run! Huge jump to
finish! Beat Feuz is first!
Fantastic skiing from Beat Feuz!
He's into gold medal position! Full
of risk, he took so many chances,
but he got the reward. Look at that,
almost horizontal on the snow going
to how did he keep that ski carving?
Ready to race is Aksel Lund Svindal,
in what will certainly be his final
Olympic downhill. Fifth in the
second training run, third in the
final training run. Aksel Lund
Svindal on his way. Silver medallist
in Vancouver in 2010. Decent start
for the multitalented Aksel Lund
Svindal. Just tucked slightly lower
on that adverse camber, and he
trails Beat Feuz bio tenth.
Clattered that control date, and
flattened it. Workers going out to
make the repair. Svindal has lost
his ideal racing line. He's throwing
everything at his last Olympic
everything at his last Olympic
downhill competition, but he might
be pushing just too hard. Now,
Svindal will have to take the
riskiest was able line, cut off the
corners, as tightly as he dare, if
he is to get back into contention
here. What a shot that is of the
great man in full site. As he lands
at 111km/h, just a quarter of a
second off the pace at the last
split. Now, Svindal is in front...
The gamble might be paying off for
Aksel Lund Svindal! Into the Blue
Dragon Valley! Off-balance! Didn't
seem to lose any speed! He's
recovered his poise, he's got his
dynamic posture back over his
skis... And he leads Beat Feuz by a
quarter of a second! Svindal skiing
for gold medal position for Norway!
Just want jump to come... It is a
long flight, he tucks in, he has
gone into gold! Svindal steals the
lead away from Feuz! Magnificent
Aksel Lund Svindal! Well, this was
not textbook downhill jumping from
Aksel Lund Svindal, but he knew that
the risk might just bring him the
reward. The Norwegian, number nine.
He's off, he's pushing, he's
skating. Maximum forward propulsion
for the Norwegian. And he's got the
early green light. Six hundredths of
a second quicker than his great
rival and friend and team-mate Aksel
Lund Svindal. A little low on the
Dragon reach there. But the speed is
good, 111km/h. Long jump chip, stood
immediately on the inside edge of
that right ski - wonderful
anticipation and control from the
32-year-old Norwegian! And he is
flying here! Huge again! He knows he
has got to roll the dice and take a
real chance with this.
real chance with this. They're all
watching keenly now, as Kjetil
Jansrud is absolutely pushing. 112
on the landing, he travelled 38
metres, it's green again for Kjetil
Jansrud! 0.37 in front of Aksel Lund
Svindal! He could deny Aksel Lund
Svindal the one thing that is
missing, the Olympic old medal in
downhill! Goodness me, upper body
twisting like a freestyler! But he
seemed to land cleanly enough, and
it's green all the way! Only just!
Four hundredths of a second between
the two Norwegians! Which way will
this go? One jump to come, he takes
off... Lands, Thaksin for the
line... And Kjetil Jansrud is
second, Aksel Lund Svindal holds on!
Kjetil Jansrud's jump was
unorthodox, lost control of his left
ski pole. Ninth best downhiller of
the season, Phil is not without a
chance of getting in amongst the
medals, he was pretty solid in
training. -- Fill. Seventh four
years ago in Sochi. Twice the World
Cup downhill champion. Became the
first Italian to win the World Cup
downhill championship and he did so
two years in a row. Peter Fill on
his way. His team-mate Paris
currently in fourth. Peter Fill has
had time to get a course report over
the two-way radio. And Peter Fill is
off to a flying start, he's one
100th of a second off the pace of
Aksel Lund Svindal, who raced with
number seven. Peter Fill is on the
course with number 13. And he's in
front at the next intermediate. He
was one hundredths behind, then he's
one hundredths in front of. -- in
front. Peter Fill pushing hard and
taking all sorts of gambles and he
almost flattened that turn!
almost flattened that turn! Now, the
bottom heart of the track. This is
the key split... And Peter Fill is
now a quarter of a second removed
from Aksel Lund Svindal's time. And
that puts him outside of bronze
medal position. He needs a really
direct line, and that was off to the
left, skier's left in the soft snow,
I don't think that's going to help
him. The time has got worse and he's
now half a second off the pace. And
that will push him down to about
fourth or fifth position. Last jump,
Peter Fill lands, Peter Fill crosses
the line. He's missed the medals,
he's sixth. 0.83 off the pace.
35-year-old Aksel Lund Svindal is
the Olympic downhill champion.
Aksel Lund Svindal has just become
the oldest Alpine skier gold
medallist at 35 years old. What a
moment. Earlier we saw the men's
great British curling team in their
third match and they picked up their
second win of the round robin
stages. It was a last gasp win, yet
again. Tension at the Curling Centre
as they beat Japan. A huge result
and the team was speaking afterwards
to Logan Gray.
Congratulations on a hard-fought
win, how pleasing is it to come
through such a tight game with a
Great feeling. We are trying to
get it for Kyle in his last draw,
and we produced the goods to get
Once again, you nail
Once again, you nail those two
tick shots, how pleasing is that?
Something we try very hard for in
practice, so great it is coming.
Kyle, last night was a mixed bag at
times, but the strong performance in
the second half, how important was
it to bounce back and continue that
momentum you generated last night?
It is something we talked about to
try and be more consistent through
the entire games, having good spells
and a few bad spells. I think we put
that into action today. A couple of
times, things didn't look too good
but we managed to get the bailout
shot when we needed it and it was a
good team performance and we ground
out the win.
Sweden in the next
game, you have had some good
performances against them in the
past, will back give you some
confidence going into the game
They are one of the best
teams in the world, if we can play
like we did today, shorten up a bit
on the slight mistakes we made, we
can take them all away.
Well done on
your second wind, keep up the good
We are going back to the ice
hockey were at the top seeds in
group C, Sweden have the lead ever
Norway after the first period. We
are joined Ken Simpson and Seth
Bennett now for the second period.
Norway, to start this period have
come out with a bit more jump in
their legs, a bit more attitude, if
you like. That will be important if
they are to try and claw their way
back into this game.
back into this game. Sweden are a
hockey superpower. And even without
their NHL superstars, who are back
home in North America, they can
still put the very strong team out
on the ice, which could be good
enough to go one better than four
years ago and take home the gold
medal. Broken stick. £160 worth of
hockey stick which has been pushed
aside there. The netminder for
Sweden has several of their
team playing domestically in the
SHL, and also the KHL.
SHL, and also the KHL. Although no
NHL players, they can put a very
good team out on the ice.
who have been to North America.
Already have had their taste of it
and for whatever reason I moved back
to Europe. Might have been in the
wrong place at the wrong time, or
not quite have been at that level.
Different style of hockey between
North America and Europe. Sweden,
you will see in this game, they
skate so well. They move so quickly.
And they play on this Olympic size
ice very well. What can they do now,
they get possession back. Shot goes
high and wide from Henrik Lundqvist.
In comes the Norwegian
In comes the Norwegian shot and
Olimb has a shot. Norway look to get
themselves on the board.
themselves on the board. Norway,
just exerting a tiny bit of pressure
here. Sweden should clear that one
away. I mentioned Henrik Lundqvist,
he was the netminder for Sweden in
the Olympic final not so long ago.
His brother now playing in this
Nice little toe
Nice little toe drag off the
stick of Ken Andre Olimb. He has
been one of the Norwegian players
who has been most notable. Norway
will be looking for more of the
same. Getting the puck indeed,
trying to use their speed against
the big, hulking Swedish defenders.
Ken Andre Olimb is one of those
players who played in Sochi. He was
part of the Norwegian team four
years ago. They did themselves very
proud indeed. Doing quite nicely for
himself, seven goals in the season.
We have a collision and a player
down. Getting to its feet is Anton
Lander, scorer of the second goal.
He wanted a penalty on the play. I
think it was incidental contact.
Just looking in two directions. They
run into each other.
run into each other. You can
understand his frustration. He
wasn't watching. Martin Roy Mark,
came across the neutral zone.
in the traditional shirt, the yellow
with the three crowns.
with the three crowns. Expectations
in Sweden will be, once again there
will be finishing on the podium.
Going into this tournament, many
people have the Olympic Athletes
from Russia as the favourites. But
Sweden, Canada, Finland, our teams
that would not surprise anyone if
they wear wearing the gold medal
around their necks will
around their necks will stop ice
hockey always a good place to be at
the Winter Olympics.
action and guaranteed relative
warmth in the arena. There has been
some good entertainment as well.
That one goes over the top from
Norway and Sweden, two
countries close biogeography, both
Scandinavian countries, but wide
apart when it comes to the hockey
world. 63,000 players registered
playing in Sweden. You have 356
indoor ice rinks, 156 outdoor ice
rinks. No way, 47 indoor ice rinks
and just one outdoor ice rink. --
Sweden will send this one
down the boards. They have
possession back. Maybe can create a
little bit more.
little bit more. Norway, a lot more
resolute. Almost like they needed
one period just to get it out of
their system. Maybe get the journey
out of their legs. But everybody has
been here quite long enough. The
shot will come back. Chance to clear
away again. Out of the zone and that
is well held onto. Norway, pressing
Sweden higher up the ice. They do
have a player down on the ice.
Sweden come forward. Snapshot goes
in. Now, Norway will try and get it
away. Sweden doing a good job at
getting in on the blue line and
sticking the puck back in.
sticking the puck back in. Chance
now to create for Norway. Back to
the blue line. It it's the official.
Painful. Norway putting some
pressure on the net. Goes out in
front again and Sweden can clear
away. Sweden will retreat. We have
some pushing and shoving. Not happy
with one another.
with one another.
Remember the last
time Lander was out. He was hit from
behind by Martin Roymark. He comes
behind this time.
Now it goes deep into the zone. Ice
hockey is one of those sports wear
lots of new phrases and terms are
thrown. Face-offs are known as
drawers. Amongst other things.
drawers. Amongst other things. The
boards known as walls. The half wall
as well, little bits of terminology
may hear about to the cause of this
Winter Olympics. Bouncing back of
the pads. Norway come into the zone
and they may profit from this. Shot
in but deflected well wide of the
target. Sweden then turn it back the
other way. It was a great play from
Frederick Pettersson. But no way
eventually read it.
Norway go chasing. This is a chance
at the side of the net. Can be
finished this one up?
finished this one up? Cleared away
by Sweden. Penalty coming against
the Swedes. Right and Berg was the
player who went closest.
response from Norway. It was a loose
puck by the net that started it all.
Sharp angled shot got the Swedish
team running around.
team running around.
It was during
the scrum in front of the net, the
puck was loose. The netminder was
The puck was
loose. You can see the crosscheck.
That is a tough call, it was the
back referee that made that call.
Six of one, half a dozen of the
other, it looked to me. Tommy
You can sense
his frustration. He was trying to
get his stick away free to get it on
the eyes when
the eyes when he got Johan Franzen.
That is too bad, that is the best
push we have seen from Norway so far
They end up one
short because of it. Norway will go
on the pathway and they will look to
make something happen. How will they
Big deflection! Really nice idea,
that, as they sent it hard to the
net, it was just a hard pass, not
looking to get any power on the
shot, just redirect the speed that
was already there.
Pettersson shipping it right towards
the tape of Patrik Zackrisson and he
just wants to deflect it so it is
really tough for the goalie as the
puck suddenly redirects, and made a
Good turnover in the
offensive zone. He goes tumbling to
the floor. Back goes Mikael
Sweden start to think about setting
up. Linus Omark is a magician, the
way he manipulates that puck. And he
finds Fredrik Pettersson! Fredrik
Pettersson misses the net! Back he
Aksel Lund Svindal has it stolen,
the Norwegians are on the break! Can
they use it well?! What a passage of
play! -- Pettersson has it stolen.
Fredrik Pettersson was someone who
caught our eye in the first period,
we both really liked his energy. It
was his shot. That's one of the
things about Linus Omark, you
mentioned he's a magician with the
puck, if he's got one fault, it is
that he looks to pass too often, and
we saw that there will as the power
play comes to a close.
create opportunities, a few heart
stopping moments but any big saves?
No, not in the power play, you're
right. They moved the puck around
nicely but nothing to show for it.
And this is where they will become a
little frustrated, having had such a
hot start to the game. We saw it
with the Olympic Athletes from
Russia and we saw it with the USA,
that it only takes a goal for the
other team all of a sudden to start
to believe, and then everything
changes entirely. A third goal will
change things the other way. That
was close. Good skating to get there
from Johan Fransson.
from Johan Fransson. Long outlet
pass is eventually cleared. It
needed two bites at the cherry from
Good movement from Mats Rosseli
Mats Rosseli Olsen falls but keeps
possession. Net empty to our
left-hand side... And as soon Sweden
touched the puck, the whistle will
go. And it looks like the captain
Joel Lundqvist will go. A shake of
Well, he's the veteran on
this team, as you mentioned, the
captain. One thing about Joel
Lundqvist, a wonderful player, if
there is any question mark about his
game it is his skating, and there he
just loses his step and has to take
his hand off the stick, grab onto
the Norwegian, as you can see right
here... Any time you take your hand
off your stick and you wrap it
around the opposing player, it's a
pretty easy call for the referee.
So, Norway survives their penalty
kill, and now they get to go up one
here. Still very much in this game.
How about the back check here from
Well, he's a
player who has already shown what he
can do at the other end, and it has
got to be commitment to team defence
for Sweden. And that's exactly what
Pettersson did there with how he got
back. Much busier period, this, for
Viktor Fasth. As Norway go on their
second power play of the game.
Compared with the four power play is
for Sweden. So, it's going to come
down to that big unit.
down to that big unit. Norway have
it at the top. We've seen them
trying to spread out the Swedish
side. As the shot goes high, and it
is easily claimed. Quite happy to
kill the puck there, Viktor Fasth.
Viktor Fasth is such a big
netminder, you can see this shot...
Not the best angle when you're on
the power play. Pretty easy growth
save from the Swedish netminder. --
pretty easy glove save.
pretty easy glove save.
never makes it all the way through
and Sweden will try and clear it
away. They do get it out of the zone
but not enough to go for a change,
so Norway will come forward again.
Trying to find some setup time here.
Dished off by Steffen Thoresen.
Dished off by Steffen Thoresen. Ken
Andre Olimb takes his shot, it
breaks nearly to the side of the
net, and the deflection almost did a
huge favour to Norway there.
huge favour to Norway there. Still
not found that clear opportunity.
There's another penalty coming here
and it is a holding stick call.
That's the second holding stick call
we've seen tonight.
we've seen tonight. It's going to be
Jonas Ahnelov, and Norway is going
to get a real good chance here as
they go five on three. Definitely
the right call, as you can see Jonas
Ahnelov grabbing on to the
Norwegian's stick, not allowing him
to play the puck.
Huge moment for
Norway in this game, then. Five on
three, that's a two player advantage
for the Norwegians. And they're
going to take a time-out, that's how
important they see this as being, a
chance to rest the players but also
make sure everybody knows their
You only get one time out
through the course of the whole
game. A lot of times you see teams
wait near the end of the game, but
like you said, this just shows the
coaching staff of no way realise
this is pretty much make or break,
two nothing down, we need to know
ratio. So he wants to call a
time-out and make sure that everyone
knows the plan.
knows the plan. And you've got 56
seconds, so you don't want to take
too much time. You don't have to
rush but you don't want to take too
much time before you start taking
some shots on Viktor Fasth.
look there at Sweden, the Swedish
players, one of them wringing his
hands after catching the puck, the
outside of the glove, well
protected, the inside is very, very
soft leather. So, basically zero
protection! Anywhere, Norway have a
great opportunity here - can they
make it count? Long clearance... 40
seconds of five against three. So, a
two player advantage, they have to
make sure they make this account.
Sweden have already had one two-man
advantage power play. They didn't.
Norway must do better, though. They
know chances will be few and far
between like this. So, they're
looking to the top, this could be
the chance to move it now with the
captain Jonas Holos. The past,
though, is to nobody, they seem
reluctant to shoot the puck. Steffen
Thoresen... May be they're going to
walk in... That's too strong,
though. The power play comes to a
close, and that's a good save. One
skater back for Sweden. Snapshot
coming in, up in the air, as Norway
go back. They have to clear out the
zone so is there not offside. This
could be better... Snapshot never
makes it through. Good defensive
play by Sweden. Trying to work one
to the net here, just a bit too
intricate from Norway in the end.
Yeah, Norway was
looking for the perfect play. Just
making one pass too many. Several
opportunities they had, with the
Swedish players moving around peace,
you just want to drive that ran some
onto the net, even if it doesn't go
clean when you have got a five on
three, you can outnumber them in
front of the net.
It is behind the
net right now, and Anders Bastiansen
is there. Back to the blue line it
goes. Great work from Viktor Fasth.
The referee goes slipping over. Got
to be careful of that! Eventually
they aren't angle themselves.
Penalty over, but Viktor Fasth
they're just going to and in his
He's looked very, very solid
when called upon. Wasn't very often
in the first period, a lot more here
in the second. Norway now up to ten
shots on net. You look at that five
on three power play and then the
five on four, Norway just trying to
make the perfect shooting attempt,
and that might have been the best
one, off the stick of Mathis Olimb.
Into the glove, and then way up high
in the air.
Could have gone anywhere
after it hit Staffan Kronwall. It
takes a big deflection, it might
have taken a double deflection. But
that man so far has been
This is the little
break here in the arena, Seth, where
they clear out the crease of any
snow. But also they get a new puck
and they keep the parks frozen,
because if it's not frozen the puck
can really, really bounce on the ice
and they don't want to go more than
two minutes of play in the Olympics
without changing and putting in a
brand-new puck that's been frozen.
There's actually a little freezer
where the timekeeper's box is and
they keep about 40 of 50 pucks in
there. And after two minutes of
play, the next whistle, the linesman
goes over and changes the puck for a
brand-new frozen one.
And this is
actually in the rules of
competition, is it, that this will
happen? They're going on power
play... Big double big shot from
Pettersson! I think there might be a
second penalty here as well, you
know? More pushing and shoving. This
may well even out here. Pettersson
involved. Kristian Forsberg holding
Yeah, Kristian Forsberg
took a glove or a stick up in his
nose and drew a little blood. The
original penalty was coming to
Norway. Joel Lundqvist, the captain
will head over to the officials'
box. This was the original one...
What do you think of that?
suspect, but watch next one here...
That is a penalty, that IS a
penalty! Was that a stick?
I've got Kristian Forsberg as he's
falling down... That's definitely a
penalty as well, that brought that
referee's arm up.
That is scary, it was
Joel Lundqvist's skate coming
around. As you watch, slow motion,
the player is falling down and his
skate comes up and catches Kristian
Forsberg. That's going to be really
dangerous, he was bleeding quite
profusely. It's a good thing he was
able to get...
There you go.
Hopefully it's a kick in the face,
it's a broken nose rather than a
Hopefully it's the impact
rather than a slice, because that
could be really, really dangerous.
So, two-minute tripping call on
You know, it's funny that
Fredrik Pettersson is in the box, he
was the one that got cross checked
in the first place.
REFEREE: Crosscheck, two minutes,
number 20 on yellow, stick...
They've just messed up, they had the
wrong guy in the penalty box, it's
Joel Lundqvist that's getting the
high stick call. That was actually
more of a high skate, I think.
Absolutely. So, the power play will
still be with the initial call. They
then called the crosscheck, they
then called a high stick after that.
We're trying to unpick it for you as
we go here...
We've got number 20, a
high stick, two minutes.
doubled up the Joel Lundqvist
penalty, because if you draw blood
it is an automatic extra penalty.
But as we've seen on the replays, it
is a skate!
And this is where the
referee needs to chat with his
linesman and so, did you see what
I think they're
trying to do that now, but it is
almost in retrospect, which makes it
that much more difficult. Joel
Lundqvist is going to argue his
There is a big screen in the arena.
The referee cannot change his mind
by looking at that. But what a smart
referee will do, he will call all
the lines men in together and will
have the linesman facing the screen.
He will say, while we are chatting,
take a look at the replay. If it is
not a high stick, you let me know.
But it looks like they are having a
conversation about what they saw.
The linesman will casually looked up
and say, that was a skate, it wasn't
a stick. They will have that
conversation and the referee will
go, the linesman overruled it and
say it is escaped. That is what a
good referee will do. A lot of
confusion on this play.
Start of a
tournament, it rarely happens.
Lundqvist, continues to stand there
but eventually he will have to
accept his fate. Shape of the head.
They are frustrated. It was a skate.
Had that not been called, of course
then, he is pointing, it was my
scape. Anyway, net result here is
that nothing changes.
that nothing changes. On the ice, we
are, as you were. We are as you were
on the scoreboard. After Sweden
dominated the first period so much,
they really haven't in the second
session. They have been above
average, but no more than that and
Norway have been able to take the
game to them.
game to them. Into the final five of
the second period. Is this the fate
that will form across a number of
the expected to do well teams in
this tournament? You do wonder about
that. Jump out to a quick start and
then whoever they are playing tends
to figure out they can play a little
bit as well and they start to feel
comfortable in their surroundings
and get rid of some of those early
nerves. That is great skating.
Fredrik Pettersson... Goes wide. Big
deflection, goes wide again. Fredrik
Pettersson again, creating all kinds
out there. When they move their
feet, this Swedish team is a
different outfit. When they get
static, it was close to being
offside. Good turn by Fredrik
Pettersson. Big hit on the boards.
Good skating from Rizzoli Olsson.
That comes of the side of the net.
And Norway in the red and blue. They
will just try and do their thing,
can they grind out a goal? You sent
it is going to be a goal that comes
from... The shot comes in from the
side of the net. Again, the Norway
Jens come. The response will be a
quick one. Everything builds from
here. The shot never reaches the
net. Back towards the blue line.
Sweden, maintaining possession. Good
footwork. Jonas Gustavsson on the
blue line has plenty of help.
has tremendous pressure but they
haven't been able to get a shot.
They get the shot, but it is blocked
in front. The attempt comes in but
another block. Brilliant defensive
play from Norway. They are hanging
in there against the side who is
prodding and probing.
prodding and probing. Puck, comes to
the front of the net and Norway will
win the little battle. They are
fighting hard to stay in this game.
No way thought they would have it.
Wonderful presence on the back can
Granville. It was a quick shot.
Viktor Fasth, a little off-guard.
one stage, Norway were being
outshot. It was 11-1, now it is a
trial. Shows you how well they have
played in the second session.
There is a bit of aggro in this game
at the moment, you feel. The goal
would make it very interesting going
into the final period. Shot, well
Another scrum, another mother's
meeting. It is like the school
gates, everybody having a quick chat
about what has been going on.
of smiles. He is a look at Stefan
Cron Ville. Big defender. Get in the
way of this one. Look at how many
yellow jerseys collapsed to the
front of the net. When you are under
siege, all hands and back. Everyone
collapses and there is almost no
shooting lanes to put it through.
His brother, Niklas Kronwall has
some big, heavy hits to his name
over the course of his career.
Niklas Kronwall, in his draft year,
he played in the same team as one of
your former team-mates, David Long
stuff. They could have blown the
whistle on this about five seconds
The referee will be aware of
how many seconds were left in the
period and thought we might as well
just leave it there. I think both
teams were content to wind that
down. There was a little chuckle
there from Jonas Gustavsson.
Intriguing match between these two
Scandinavian teams. After 20
minutes, Sweden looked a class
above. They were 2-0 up, coasting
and showboating a little bit at
times. But Norway have
re-established themselves in this
game. We are set for an intriguing
third. But at the end of the second,
Sweden lead 2-0.
It will be an intriguing third
period and you can watch that on the
red button from around 9:45am after
the Biathlon. Today the weather has
played ball, we have had an
uninterrupted day at the Alpine
Centre. I am joined by Graham Bell.
It was a great day up there but it
is dangerously to your predictions
but you got the winner write today?
Yes, I did picking the favourite is
going to be easy. Mikaela Shiffrin
has come here with huge billing and
she has lived up to that today. You
could see when she crossed the
finish line, how much it meant to
Everyone said she was favourite
for this race, but I don't think so.
I think this one was difficult for
Mikaela Shiffrin and she was nervous
going in. And to win it is a big
She puts a lot of pressure on
herself and it seems to work. She
trains like no one else I think. It
is incredible, her training regime.
She rises to the pressure she puts
She has been doing this
for so long, she raised her first
World Cup at 15 and one the World
Championships at 17. Went to the
last Olympics and won the slalom in
such a becoming the youngest ever
gold medallist. Four years down the
line she has added giant slalom and
super-g to her repertoire. Going
tomorrow she is the absolute
She said she might not do
the super-g, we're not sure how many
she will eventually race. Nobody has
won more than three Alpine gold
medals at one Olympic Games. If it
was you, do you go for them all and
try to beat the record or do you
give your body arrest and excel at
the one you know you are good?
hasn't been helped with the
programme being squashed.
programme being squashed. It is
three back-to-back. I am not sure
she is down for gold medal in
super-g, she is not going to beat
Lindsey Vonn. She might think I have
a chance of a bronze, but I can sit
it out and make sure I get gold in
History in the men's
Downhill, Aksel Lund Svindal, 35
years old, incredible run from him
considering how many injuries he has
He is a double downhill
champion but Norway have never won
an Olympic downhill title. They were
close in 1952, in Oslo. Steyn
Erickson, didn't win that. For
Norway to win the men's Downhill is
massive. The Aksel Lund Svindal, it
will probably be the end of his
career. His knee is completely gone,
he has struggled over the last two
years, so I think this is the
crowning glory of his career.
look tomorrow, it is the women's
slalom, Alex Tilley will be
disappointed with today, looking to
bounce back. What will they expect
to do tomorrow?
They need to get
into the flip that the top 30. The
30th fastest races are flipped over
the fastest run. It means you start
early and then you can move up the
field. They are capable of doing
that and it will be a great results.
Mikaela Shiffrin, can anybody
challenge her tomorrow?
either to make a massive mistake or
there would be a meteoric strike.
Let's hope that doesn't happen, we
are heading over to BBC One where
Clare Balding will take you through
the rest of the day and look back on
what has been a sensational day six,
including one of my favourites, the
adrenaline field Snowboard Cross.
Have a good day and I will see you
Eilidh Barbour presents live coverage from Pyeongchang, South Korea, where the 2018 Winter Olympics are taking place. The morning's action includes men's curling, where Team GB, led by Kyle Smith, take on Japan in the round-robin stages. There is also action from the cross-country and the ice hockey.