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Welcome back to continued coverage
of Winter Olympics. Great Britain's
women currently in action against
China. They're trailing 5-3 and
these are the absolutely crucial
shots at the end of end 7. Here is
shots at the end of end 7. Here is
Steve Cram. Eve Muirhead with two
stones left. That of course means
they have the advantage. Cheers
ringing around. I will update you
with Korea in a few moments. But Eve
Muirhead, they're starting to find a
bit of form now. Got the chance to
take this Korean stone out. Wants to
try and make it difficult for the
Chinese skip. So still sitting 2.
That is important. The minimum they
would have wanted from this end.
Just a little hint of a smile there
from Eve Muirhead. She has played
some nice shots towards the end of
the previous end. We forced the 1.
Now with a chance perhaps of a 2
here or at least giving themselves
Wang will want to make this as
difficult for Eve Muirhead to get a
2. Needs to lie shot after this.
She has asked to play a similar shot
that she played the shot before. But
this looks like it's not going to
get the roll either.
She knows it's fine.
Britain has been lying shot, you
could have drawn in for their
second. If they're unsure, they're
going to hit this on the nose, pick
up a 2 and they're straight back in
Final stone for Eve
Muirhead in end 7.
Needs the 2. To tie this match up.
Needs to hit this China red. Nicely
on the Ness. -- nicely on the nose.
Well done. So... 5-5 after 7 ends.
It has been a struggle, but just
beginning to become a good contest
between do teams. China have been
playing well. Advantage missed an
opportunity where it could have been
6-3. It wasn't, it was 5-3 and
Britain thankfully have capitalised
on that mistake and managed to tie
this up after 7. Elsewhere, I
mentioned Korea, they now have a 5-3
lead over Japan. They picked up
another one. They had a steal again.
Switzerland are leading United
States 5-3. In a tight match between
Sweden and Canada, Sweden just with
the edge 5-4.
Yes, we are right
back in the game now.
I'm happy the
biscuits have appeared! And I'm
happy because Eve Muirhead is a
We are at the
business end of this game. Into 8, 9
They have to remain
focussed and not give away an easy
2. Make it as difficult as possible.
A lot of rotation on these stones.
Coming in at the end.
nicely. Top tee, exactly where you
want it to be.
want it to be.
I was mentioning how
Wang had a great start to her career
in the World Championships, Olympic
Games, eight or nine years ago.
Continued that success for a while.
Then took some time-out to become a
mother. And then after well almost
three years out came back had the
World Championships and the next
Olympics will be in Beijing, a lot
of investment going into winter
sports in China. The men just missed
the medal in Sochi. Taking part here
the men. No, they're not are they?
No. That is in the mixed doubles.
They made the semi-final I think if
memory serves me correct.
It was ages ago!
I know! What day is
It actually started the mixed
doubles only one week ago.
One week ago today.
heavy schedule here at the Curling
But we are always on,
whatever the weather is doing
outside. Curling all the way.
outside. Curling all the way. That
long guard set by Lauren Gray. And
the corner guard in place for China.
Just going to try and come in behind
These girls are giving it
everything, you can hear them
huffing and puffing.
I have been impressed
with the youngster. Very consistent.
They all now need to make these
shots if they're going to win this
match. China with a hammer in this
eighth end and then it will be the
final end as well, the 10th, unless
we get a blank end at some point.
They all need to play good shots and
a good one there from Vicki Adams.
That was a nice call. That is when
you don't want to make a mistake -
when there's a shot behind the
corner. Great Britain still lying 2
here. Both of them in the top half
of the circle.
Not much to choose
between the two seconds. Those
statistics don't always tell all of
the full story. Never quite sure who
is having to make the tougher shots.
Just hangs on at the back.
didn't seem to be too bothered
sweeping that out at the back there.
Another opportunity for Vicki Adams
to play a nice controlled break down
Just tapped the British stone out.
But it was still a good shot. A hair
high? We have had a few hair widths
earlier on today. You may think, it
genuinely is at time, remember that
shot that Vicki Adams had this
morning that literally just changed
the whole end and in the end lost
the match. It wasn't her shot, but
it led to things happening after
They over curled. So they just need
to split the house here and ensure
they lie two stones.
watching this in your lunch hour,
back home, lucky you, if you're
having any lunch. I can't remember
the last time I was fed! An in joke
here, I'm worried about my belly! I
know during the day people are
enjoying the curling and plenty more
to come. Through the weekend as
well. All the way through into the
last day. Eve Muir head's team are
to make to it the final it is the
very last day a week on Sunday.
Actually it would be midnight a week
on Saturday for you at home. Let's
hope we can make a date for then.
But an awful lot of good curling
they're going to have to play to get
Bingyu asking her team to come down
here and tap the yellow out. They
have to be careful, because they
have got to get past the high guard.
You saw those stats which have
always been a bit in and out. Not
been the most consistent performance
from her. She has been OK with some
of these shots with weight.
of these shots with weight. Manages
to get that one out there. But
that's... Very easy to see. If
you're Eve at this point, three
stones left, Jackie, you were
talking about trying to split the
It is key that she, when
she's playing these shots stays in
the house. That makes it much more
difficult for China to pick up 2
here. This is going to hit and roll
though. So there is an opportunity
to come down and tap a red, remove
the yellow. She can actually only,
all she needs to hit is half of it.
She can roll across to the side of
the sheet. We needed to keep our
shooter in the house there.
Zhou Yan, has she got enough of
that? Now a British one stays and
has the Chinese one gone? It has.
Well not a good shot from her.
didn't connect with enough of it.
didn't connect with enough of it.
the opportunities are presented to
them in the last couple of ends,
they have fnt taken. They had a
chance to go 6-3 ahead. In the sixth
it was. In the sixth end. Didn't
take that one. You might think Eve
has not done well. If you're
wondering how that is made up, each
shot they play is marked out of
four. So if it is a four out of four
you get 100%. But one you get 25%.
Etc. A worried look on Eve
Muirhead's face. A little concerned
She wants to get the right
angle on this. She doesn't want to
jam it on the back. She has rolled
That is a pretty good
effort. She is getting a little
hoarse there. That won't bother her.
She has played some really nice
shots the last two or three ends,
Eve Muirhead, we keep saying this,
all you can do is make your shots,
if the opposition make theirs, fair
enough. Make yours. So Wang...
has played a good shot. She hit and
rolled across, but it is behind the
T. And this an opportunity for
Bingyu to come down, sit on top of
it and make it very difficult for
Eve to remove it.
Eve to remove it. China do have the
hammer and this is the first stone.
Just that graphic was wrong there it
has been taken off. It said this was
the last stone it is not.
They want want any bounds.
one food. She's played this draw
down here quite a cute times.
always with great success but this
one looks much better. A little
You can see what Eve wants to do.
That's not sitting right on top
which is the way that Wang wanted.
You heard what Eve said, I just need
to get to the nose.
And this week be a result if they
managed to hold China to one. A
Steel would be even better.
control tap, that weight.
Looking good. Very good from Eve
Two in a row.
Added to the previous end. Just the
one stone left here for China, wine,
Great Britain with three stones in
the house. Decisions. Exactly, she
has got to decide what shot she
wants to play, a couple of options,
get it wrong, no room for error.
can play the same weight as Eve did,
the hack weight, it get it fully on
the nose and tap it back or as we
have seen her do so many times, the
I would not play the draw if I
were her. No. Varying degrees of
success, I think you are right. A
bit of weight.
The draw is our act
66% come purge to the takeouts.
So, this is the final stone of the
eighth end. The best that China can
do is lie for one. Has she got this
right? She has! China take one. Two
ends left, one shot in it now.
Although China lead this 6-5, it's
been much better from Great Britain
in three ends, not only did they
stop them going three ahead, wine
herself missed that opportunity,
Great Britain close the gap, they
have held China to one, two ends,
China would have the hammer in the
final end on less Great Britain
decide to lag and end and take the
hammer into the final end. Jackie,
what would you do?
I think the way
the girls are playing at the moment,
I think they would like to pick up
two here, because that's a
confidence booster, if you know you
can perform well, play well, take
two. But they have to have a bail
out if things aren't going to plan.
Perhaps convert the blank end and
take the hammer down the last to get
two in the last. Of course,
everything Eve wants
everything Eve wants to do, Bingyu
will be trying to do the opposite.
First and foremost, they have to go
Cancel all your afternoon
appointments, stay with this, two
more ends, Great Britain, I think if
they pull this out of the bag, it
would be a massive confidence
booster. They began this match not
playing well, got better as it has
gone on, all to play for. Just come
back to your point about
back to your point about scoring,
OK, get two, then it is 7-6. If they
were tabled to hold China to one or
steal, going to an extra end, they
would have the hammer.
would have the hammer.
If and but.
That's not what you are looking for.
I was just going to say there's been
a lot of scoring for one, either
team, Bingyu scored, Eve scored two,
they have not been converting to get
on the board. Perhaps a big ask.
Great Britain girls are getting
stronger, unfortunately, an error
Does not alter your
thinking, this early in the end?
Let's hope not.
The strategy of the
game? Blanking and end.
We are still
playing three guards. So... Instead
of going to the wing, two corners,
we've got to get... Two centre
shops, you've got to try and come in
That is a better shot
from Lauren Gray.
The guys seen, it took a big curl.
Similar shot here.
Four matches, three others apart
from this, all pretty close affairs,
little cap, well hidden. Pushing the
Chinese stone out a little bit. Easy
to see, Korea still leading Japan,
Switzerland's 5-4, similar score
over USA, Canada and Sweden are tied
at five - five. Four very close
An opportunity now for China to get
the inside of that yellow. Come
across and hit the other one. She
would be sitting in behind the two
reds. Be quite keen to steal here.
China certainly not going
to make it easy for Great Britain at
Eve has decided time to get rid of
One sits in. At least there is only
Bingyu asking for another high
Zhou hasn't cleared this shot for a
while. Let's see how accurate she
Quite accurate. We know from
the weight comes off, it takes a
Enough. Not bad. Gives Great
Britain a chance to use that.
Get rid of both of these. Anna
Sloan, needing a good shot all the
Just missed that! So close!
look to the heavens from Anna Sloan.
Still asking you the question, at
what point do you decide what to do?
Do you wait until the mistake
happens, how far do you let it go?
When is it irretrievable?
are trying to bail out now and the
only way they can do that is left a
couple of shots, only doing one at
the moment. Trying to clear out that
front. Here we see a change of tack
Asking the question when whining
gets to play her last two.
Slow up. Slow up!
And it just has as
OK. Tucked in nicely. Hanging
onto the button.
Go back to this morning. The closing
stages of the match, China were very
much in control of that and let it
slip away from them. They lost 7-6.
Yes, I think it was a draw she
failed to make. The last stone.
Coming down the same side.
Sweeping hard, starting to turn.
trouble with coming in here, Bingyu
comes in, it might make it hard for
us to get two.
What do the girls do here?
called a time-out straightaway.
think what they are worried about,
trying to hit the top read, it's so
straight if you put weight on it you
get nothing. It could come in and
She is not going to call the bluff
and try this run, is she?
and try this run, is she?
you getting two here?
If we go
Or she might guard? The
only other option, you could free...
The objective of the game is to get
She is going to guard this
I think what Glenn is saying
if Eve puts a guard out, and wine
puts another guard, it makes it more
difficult. You have got nothing, no
yellows out there.
yellows out there. Get into the
No idea what's then but it's not the
end of an end. Such an atmosphere
swirling around the guys.
swirling around the guys.
you think? Or is that too much?
That's lots. You want to guard the
Got to make up their mind.
Did they decide on the guard in the
I think they did.
The clock is
the thinking time clock. They start
with 38 minutes each and we are in
the 9th end obviously.
for time. I think three and a half
minutes is what they need. They have
Eve Muirhead not trying to
come in here. She is wanting to
protect this position to give her a
chance with her last stone to score
She said I want to be level with the
red at least.
Here we go. A conversation from the
Chinese point of view obviously.
They have got a couple of options.
They could try the draw and come in
this side and say OK I'm cutting
down the 4 foot area and you're
going to have to play a nice shot to
bite the 4 foot. Or she has the
option of red on to red on to
yellow. She could then open up the
end if she doesn't get it correct
and give us the opportunity for
after 3 draw for a 2.
She made her
mind up pretty quickly. There wasn't
too much discussion.
They will use
the fact that Great Britain have
called a time-out also to regroup
and look at what they were going to
You tell me, I'm trying to work this
A bit close! Oh! Just
That was a good effort.
That was an ambitious shot from the
Chinese skip, but it means Eve
Muirhead has a draw and it's just
cleared out that side. There is an
opportunity to come in from that
same side into the 4 foot, score 2
and Great Britain would lead. The
worst that is going to happen is it
will be tied going into the final
end. Can Eve Muirhead make this 2?
Clawing back this lead that China
built. Eve Muirhead trying to
continue with a good shot. Trying to
continue the form she's found over
the last three-ends.
They like the line. It has the
weight correct. It is going to start
Needs to turn, needs to keep coming.
It looks pretty good. Another good
shot from Eve Muirhead takes the 2
and now Great Britain lead. Only one
shot in, but finally they pick up
their 2. It is 7-6 to Great Britain.
One end left. China with the hammer.
But it has been so much better from
It was looking
dangerous there before Bingyu played
her last stone. Unfortunately she
didn't make the stone and we had a
simple draw for 2, which Eve
executed well. We have to be careful
here, we are one up. But we don't
have the hammer. Nice shot there.
Under pressure. What she didn't do
there, you said about you know make
sure that if you give yourself the
room to be slightly up in the right
way. There was no way it was going
to be tight to any of the stones
coming in. It wasn't long. They
didn't have to sweep too much to be
fair. But just got the weight judged
perfectly well. I will just quickly
update the other scores. Korea are
for the first time are down. Japan
picked up 2 in the 9th. But Korea
have the hammer in that match in the
final end. The United States are two
down, 6-4 Switzerland lead the
United States. Sweden are 6-5 up
against Canada. Canada have the
hammer in that one. It is all very
A nice stone from Lauren
The reason I mention it, this
final end there are going to be
cheers around this arena. You need
to stay focussed on your match. As
you get to the climax of all of
these matches, they're all around
about the same time and the Korean
match, if the Koreans even come
close to looking like winning, they
will go crazy in here.
A nice first stone from Lauren Gray.
A corner guard in place for mrn.
Lauren Gray will try and put a guard
on that centre line. A familiar
Vicki sweeping as hard as she can.
Encouraging her to get closer to the
They did well that, that
looked as though it had no chance of
getting that far across. Still could
have done with a little bit more.
have done with a little bit more. So
that British stone is sitting there,
but they will ignore that. Going to
try and come in behind their corner
China desperately trying to
set up the opportunity for a 2 here.
Needs to curl as well. It starts to
as the weight comes off.
I think Eve
will still be able to see this.
A nice call there from Vicki. She
can't see much of the stone. So she
has got to try and go for it. But
the second option is if she catches
the guard, she is also clearing that
All of these girls, full-time
Vicki played a couple of nice
similar shots in the previous end.
So she is a bit more comfortable
with this shot. Couldn't see too
much of that. So played well. How's
really, you know, this, every match
is important, but to finish after
three matches with two wins rather
than two defeats, so important.
Nudges that one over.
quite connect in the right place to
remove both of them.
remove both of them. The girls
playing a comfortable weight. Just a
nice tap through weight. The sweeper
should be able to hopefully hold the
It is starting to move isn't it?
LAUGHTER. All action, Eve Muirhead,
I may as well sweep the other one.
You have got to match not just the
shooter and the stone, it is what
else is going on and try and move
stones as far as you can. That one
is sitting nicely. She can still see
a little bit?
She is going to try
and drive the high yellow on to the
ones in the house.
Just might lose this a bit. Well,
almost. Does well. Takes two out.
The guard at the front and one out
of the house.
of the house.
This is a nice call
from Eve, she has decided to take
that corner away. That might be the
only opportunity for Bingyu.
get one, then it is tied, you go
into an extra end. Great Britain
would have the hammer. So Eve won't
mind the 1.
Good shot. Anna Sloan. Every stone
that just disappears off that
graphic there with the situation
remaining as it is, is good news.
remaining as it is, is good news. I
think even 7-7, extra end, from
where they were, the way they were
playing, I think that's a great
Shows a lot of guts and
determination and they have had to
dig in hard here.
A nice attempt for China to freeze
that stone. But she has slightly sat
on the edge of it. So an opportunity
for Anna to spring all of these.
the house. Away it goes.
Done a good
Very good. Another one
just disappears. Smiems appearing in
the British camp. Job not done yet.
Tension at the curling - it's what
we love slam
Cheers are starting to ring out
elsewhere, but here they need to
Again she is trying to
freeze on to the GB stone. This
one's going to come up short.
watching Wang and she made a lovely
hand action of sweep, sweep, sweep!
She doesn't come and help!
shouts words of encouragement. So
Eve just going to peel off this
shot, because at the end of the day,
if she leaves that there, it does
give China the opportunity to come
round behind it. And it just needs
one mistake. Two stones left for Eve
She has been leading in the last few
ends brilliantly well, making her
shots. She looks good.
She is quite
happy to roll out of the house
herself. These girls will be
preparing for Bingyu to take a 1 in
this end and move into the extra
end. But it has been a clean end and
it's what they're looking for.
main thing they have managed to do
since the half way point is just
eliminate, there has still been one
or two slightly loose shots, but
eliminate mistakes and keep the
pressure on. They have picked up
their shots when they have needed to
and Wang has had her opportunities
limited. So they will try and play a
similar shot to the one she did
Or better than her team mate did.
This one looks like it has a lot of
running in it. What she wanted to do
was maybe come in behind it. But she
has just played way too heavy.
Britain can sweep that one past that
T-line. Didn't even need to really.
Well, this is a bait deja vu for
China, they had a good position in
their match with OAR this morning
and let it slip away. What is Eve
going to do? When you see Wang play
you know, I am sure she wouldn't
make two mistakes like that.
would think not. I think Eve's
wanting to come in and, because
there is a whole of the 4 open for
Bingyu to draw to. You have got to
play your shot to believe that your
opposition is going to make their
stone and what is the best shot that
you can play? They're going to try
and tap it a bit more into the 4
foot. And the throwing stone she is
delivering will sit high with their
yellow stone just a couple of feet
As the question of Bingyu. Played
this end really well.
Yes, that's a good shot.
enough, just catching their side of
the red circle. It's a draw here to
level this up to take us into the
extra end. Get this wrong, Great
Britain will win. Now how is your
nerves? Such a good player over the
years. Bingyu. So much experience.
She had three years out, had a
child, came back to curling, said
she was so excited to come back for
the world Championships last year in
Beijing. I didn't do so well. Had to
make it through qualifying in
December to make it to this Olympic
Games and this morning, she didn't
play a good shot at all with her
last stone and she needs a very good
one here to take the shot. She
stayed down at the bottom end of the
ice, I think she likes this, they
still need to work this. Is it going
to come up short? It might just
about make it, China get one. Well
swept. We are tied, 7-7, there will
be an extra end, Great Britain will
have the hammer, they have
manufactured this situation really
well, made their shots, they got
level, got in front, China have come
back and squared it, Great Britain
will have the crucial advantage of
the hammer in the extra end. Been
keeping up-to-date with matches
elsewhere and I can tell you
Switzerland's have been victorious
over the USA, 6-5. Sweden are at 6-5
up, I'm just trying to see what has
happened, there may well be an extra
end in the match against Canada, no
one is shaking hands, they have tied
their match, 6-6, Canada getting one
in the final end, Sweden carrying
the hammer into the final end. All
quiet in the stands. Korea are one
down, I can see Japan lying one at
the moment. Here is the extra end.
So important, wasn't it, Jackie, the
two they picked up to move that one
into the lead. Almost putting enough
pressure on wine to snatch the
We have seen the Great
Britain girls string a lot of shots
together. A nice couple of ends
completed. -- Wang.
China just happy to throw short ones
up the front. Great Britain cannot
remove them from play until they
have three guards. Lauren Gray being
asked to try a tip shot. She just
wants to catch an edge of a high
stone. Just a little bit too much
weight and it stayed heavy.
is an omen, I think when we have the
hammer, that's what Lauren did,
wasn't that the end, Lauren went
sailing through? I'm not saying it's
a good thing to do, I'm saying, as
an omen... OK. You are looking at me
as though I am...
as though I am... LAUGHTER if she
connected with too much of the stone
it would have to be replaced, it's a
fine, delicate stone, you just want
to catch an edge, open things up.
Once again, I think we are going to
see her trying the same shot.
the seat stuff, this. If you've been
with us for all of the match, hang
in there. This would be a great
victory for Great Britain if they
manage to pull it off.
misses again. Unfortunately. That's
a shame. You need the shot to spring
them, calmly Smith played
fantastically. As it stands at the
moment, two red counters out there
for China, guards that they want and
we don't want to have.
we don't want to have.
what Jackie is saying, it makes the
job so much more difficult, even
though you have the last stone. The
more difficult China can make that
with the stones out front and
bringing stones into the bottom.
Crowded out. Just towing to make
Eve's job more difficult.
That is a
little bit far. Even a short one
would have been good. Another high
guard, two guards can be removed, a
great shot that Nicky Adams plays.
No messing around
from Eve Muirhead.
She wants Vicki
Adams to send at least one here.
She might get another shot at that.
Bingyu going to try and replace
another guard there.
To be honest, they want them all in
that centre line.
I think she sensed
straightaway she had thrown out a
bit heavy, if I understood the hand
As it is, it stopped on the
centre line, just off it and it's
very difficult for Eve to get two of
them here, they are looking to run
the top red into the red in the
house, they have to be careful they
do not leave their own stone out
I think even was saying take
this one, I don't think she's even
trying to run it back into the other
one. Maybe for that reason you said.
Yes, you don't want... Yes, that's a
Clearing things out in front. Still
two Chinese stones there. Two more
players left, Vicki Adams's last
stone of the match.
Assuming it is.
This is a shot that Zhou, I think I
said before, played some really good
take-outs, not necessarily as good
with the draw, see how she manages
to place this, if she does. A good
I think they have got that too
far in, they really wanted a high
guard there. Given us the
opportunity to take two red away
You might have heard the
groans in the crowd. Well done. The
reason? Although Korea had the last
stone in their match in the extra
end, it was actually in the tenth
end, they weren't able to be
successful. Japan have one that,
7-5. Two matches left here, China
and Great Britain, then Canada
Sweden. China trying to prevent
Britain from winning this.
Britain from winning this.
remaining two sheets of ice that
have extra ends playing here, they
are going to have to concentrate,
the arena is empty now that Korea
The centre line this time.
on the centre line but once again,
close to being able to allow Great
Britain to lift two of them which
would be great for us.
and Eve Muirhead knows all the time
it will come down to that last
stone. Anna Sloan can help. Well
played, Anna Sloan!
Yes, a nice try,
she even moved the red away.
Time-out being called here by
A major improvement on the
situation. Really good shot from
Anna Sloan. Pushing that out, the
one stone staying in, of course, but
compared to where we were at. Things
looking pretty good. So the two
skips left to play, two stones each,
China going first, time-out cold,
the coach is still on his way down,
he gets 45 seconds to make his way
down and then the conversation
You are right about keeping your
focus, everybody is leaving, apart
from the British supporters. Some
Canadians left, their match still
out there, some Swedish flags as
What can you do? You must have been
in this position many times?
China's first stone and they have to
try and put a centre WADA on. Put
the centre on. Try for a mistake. --
put a centre guard on. She will try
and come in. Do a very similar shot
as Eve played in the last end.
Cutting down the playing field that
Eve will have to draw her shot too.
We are going to see the centre
Indicated just high of the house.
That's exactly where she wanted it
Eve will just remove this.
And then I think we will see Bingyu
bring the shot down into the house,
she will leave it, it's the only
thing she can do, she might be a
little bit close to the centre line
but yes, she's asking the question
of Eve. Do you want to try and hit
these or draw?
I think it was always
coming down to that. Eve Muirhead
with a draw to win the match. This,
to give her a clear run as that or
as clear as possible, get rid of
She looks like she's indicating
right on the centre, just high, I
think I would play it to the right
of the centre.
leaving the other one completely
wide open and even could hit and
flopped in and I think if you kind
of show half of each...
I see what
you mean, the back red is wide open.
Come up against bat and flop in? As
long as she hits on the inside. OK.
She is trying to reduce the playing
field here, the 4 foot area.
why you wouldn't come just right on
to the button.
You don't want to
come too far, you want to make it
difficult, because Eve has to ignore
both of the Chinese stones and play
a cool straight forward draw. If you
come too far you might give her an
easy shot and she could tap you back
and gets her shot. Key she stops
high of the 4 foot.
This has plenty
on it as well.
This is just going to
run. That is what we were talking
about. It has run too far. On
about. It has run too far. On the
nose hit here.
Well, if you have been with us all
the way through this match, there
was something that told you it was
always going to come down to Eve
Muirhead and we knew in this final
end this what is she has played for,
it is what the team has been played
for. It has been set up. They have
done so well to get back into this
match, initially to go back into the
limit, limit China to low scoring.
So Eve Muir head, this to win the
match. She just needs to hit this
Chinese red stone rigt on right on
the nose. It is looking good at the
moment. And it is. Eve Muirhead
brings Great Britain home. It has
been a tough match. It was one they
really had to win after a defeat
this morning and China played really
well. There were a few errors early
on from Britain, but Eve Muirhead in
particular got better and better. We
can all breathe a huge sigh of
relief. Great Britain win and move
to a two in one record. But it was
very close. They came out by one
STUDIO: 8-7 the final shower. China
did lead 5-3.
did lead 5-3. Jackie, Great Britain
up into second place. They would
have been all the way down there if
they had lost. How big a moment do
you think it is in the battle for
who they might face in medal
That was a real difficult
game for the girls. They showed, you
know what? They showed real
resilience and determination to pick
up their 2 in the 7th and to do the
same again in the 9th. They were a
much more confident team in the
second half. They had to take it to
the extra end. But they played out
the ends as they wanted to.
think the adrenaline that must be
coursing through you when you have
that final stone, knowing she has
has to deliver it. But still don't,
does your hand not start to sweat?
LAUGHTER. People ask skips that all
the time. You're so focussed on the
game in hand, you don't have time to
think about the negotiationtivelity
of it -- negativity of it I. You are
playing about the shot you're going
to play. I think Eve was confident
about the ice, it is pretty straight
and she delivered it very well.
backed up by Anna Sloan, who played
particularly well to set things up
for Eve, so she could finish up.
Yeah, the whole team played and
performed very well in the latter
half of the game and they scraped
through the first half, but it is
never over until you get to the
10th, 11th end. That will stand them
in good stead moving into the rest
of the competition. On paper we
should these should be easier wins
for the girls and they haven't been.
But they have got the wins under
their belts and they have to keep
stepping it up every game.
we will be hearing from the team
when Steve Cram has a chance to
catch up with them. But three hours
of intense action and in the end
Great Britain winning 8-7. Thank you
to Jackie and Steve and they get a
bit of a break. So let ease just
give you an idea of what still to
I will be back at 7 o'clock on BBC
Two with a round up of the action.
Later tonight Radzi takes over just
after midnight. The medals will the
decided in the men's skeleton from
12.30. Can Dom Parsons move up from
fourth into the medal positions? We
will find out at about 2 o'clock in
We will be back 11.20 for the first
runs of women's skeleton with Lizzie
Yarnold and Laura Deas. Can they
transfer that training form into the
actual runs? It will be fascinating
to see. Now some women's ice hockey
and in what could be a dress
rehearsal for the final, the United
States were taking on Canada. Here
is what has happened.
Canada want to get set up in the
zone. They're wearing red.
Augusta still. Back to that blue
line. Could be a chance. What an
opportunity. It's there! Canada
This is all Augusta. She
starts this play. What a pass from
Spooner. She fires that puck. Rooney
gets a bit of it, but not enough.
What a goal. How did that find its
Nurse was looking for
options, looked like she was going
to pass and at the last second she
shoots. Perfectly placed right over
the shoulder, top corner from Sarah
Nurse. What a huge goal from this
Top spot in group 1 at
stake for the winner. And a slightly
easier route through to the gold
medal game. And Coyne scores!
Coyne, the American speedsters
scores, 23 seconds in, the come back
She comes through the
neutral zone. Gets a pass from
Dekker and then in stride fires this
past the keeper. What an enormous
goal. The Americans were looking for
a spark, but they got a bonfire from
Coyne will link it to Dekker.
This is powerful spoon. Spooner off
the skates and in. This will go to
Let's watch it. I hope the
referee's in the screen. The referee
makes no motion whether this should
be a called a goal or not. It's got
to be a kicking motion. 21 going,
she is stopping. Ooh, that could be.
It her left foot that it goes in.
Great job from Spooner. Irwin going
to the net. She is trying to stop,
but it is always tricky, when you're
trying to stop, you're moving your
The call has changed. It's a
kick. No goal.
The call on the ice
was goal. Video replay says no goal.
Interesting the players found out
the same time as the fans. And
everybody else in the arena. Can the
United States carve out one more
chance? Canada killing this off on
the boards. Final five seconds. They
need a quick shot. The last chance
of game. It goes all the way
through. Where is it? The buzzer
goes, the puck's on the line and we
will get some pushing and shoving.
Turnbull is in there. Oh, boy, this
rivalry is spilling over.
goes down on her back it is zero.
There is no chance it was a goal.
You can see the puck and then it all
kicked off from there!
call on the ice stands - no goal. No
The result stands.
call on the ice stands - no goal. No
The result stands.
STUDIO: I wasn't expecting that sort
of fisticuffs! If they get to that
gold medal match again, clearly
worth watching. Finland beat OAR5-1
and the Finner men beat Germany. Now
we will show you in the men's Norway
Big shot comes in and the first goal
of the game.
of the game. Sweden take the lead
through Lindholm. Sweden have been
dominant and they're going to look
and score another and they get it.
Just in time.
Lander and Sweden have their second.
This is a chance and a goal. Great
finish. Arriving late on the the
scene and Omark wove some magic. We
mentioned Omark and that was an
incredibly good play. Now he has
possession again. Trying to feed it
to the man in the points. Another
assist for Omark and another goal
for Sweden as this game will be put
to bed. Beautiful, beautiful work.
Down low in the zone. The keeper
Down low in the zone. The keeper
beaten again. There is good ice
hockey going on all over. But the
ticket everyone wanted was to sea
South Korea. They have been playing
the Czech Republic. We will be
joining it live, but here are the
goals so far.
Snapshot and South Korea have
scored. Ho, Korea in their first
ever Winter Olympics score the goal.
And open the scoring in this game.
Lovely work and a shop shot and Ho
writes his name in the history
books. Korea lead 1-0. A power play
for the Czech Republic. How are they
going to move the puck around?
Five skaters against four. The way
in which they spread around, try and
take that advantage. First shot and
a goal. That was on stuff! The way
they worked it around. And some
Czech Republic flags flying around,
that is why you cannot afford to
take penalties against this team.
This will be sent down the ice. This
could be a chance. Another snapshot.
Could not keep it out. Headed in.
All the way through the Met. Too
little too late. Goal from the Czech
Republic, they come from a goal
down. STUDIO: the Czech Republic
leading 2-1, we join it in the third
here at live. We join the
commentators. COMMENTATOR: thank
you. This has been a cracker of a
game. The Czech Republic hanging in
there, riding a bit of a storm and
they have done it very, very well.
Trying to find a way to get an
equaliser in the final six minutes.
Fantastic, the fans out in force
making plenty of noise. Cleared. The
Czech Republic do a great job of
recovering. The red shirts of this
check side have been swarming.
check side have been swarming. Time
is the shout, plenty of time to get
that clear. Out of play. 2-1, Paul
Thompson former Great Britain coach
alongside me. When you look at this
game, how much longer do Korea leave
They will shorten the
bench, Seth. The top three offensive
lines, just over five minutes to go.
They have bent and bent and not
broken. Still a one goal hockey game
and with this crowd behind them...
Huge giveaway and a great save, has
it gone through? It was close.
Dalton has been magnificent. Made
save after save and that is another
Giveaway on the blue line,
semi-rake away, holding his
position. Hoping this one has not
gone through. The defence coming
behind to support.
Shuts his ankles
at the bike time.
He shuts the door.
I can only imagine what will happen
if the Koreans score a second goal.
This is a purely South Korean team,
no mixture like in the women's game,
that is why they are wearing
different jerseys. They have not got
the landmass of the Korean
peninsula. The North Korean cheer
squad still in attendance making
plenty of noise behind the goal. The
Czech Republic heading back again.
The group phase for these teams. The
Czech Republic won this back in
Nagano in 19 98. Bronze medallists
in Turin. Swift pulling it back. A
hard pass. Not able to be taken.
Quite happy to get that away. They
know they are taking time off the
You want to activate the
defence man. It is a shame that Smid
did not get a chance. A diving
attempt. Good play by Regan. So
smooth. The alternate captain of the
team steps forward.
Going down low.
What can they create? Trying to
stuff it short side. Plant. Stiffly
gets it out, big shot goes over the
top. Down the ice it goes. The
whistle will blow. The Koreans will
be almost 200 feet away from where
they want to be.
The Korean coaching
staff will think about their line
matches, if they have to pull the
goal, the set play to get this game
tied up. Normally under two minutes,
they will be looking for puck
possession time. Get a six on five
opportunity, just like Slovenia did
yesterday against the USA but you
have to get the puck.
games already. Doesn't quite work
out. Back to the blue line. Again,
out at the age of his crease. Dalton
has had a terrific, terrific game,
he has been brilliant, thoroughly
enjoyable to watch. Been one of the
players whose been bought in from
Clinton, Ontario in Canada and he
has played in the American hockey
league, has had some time with a
Boston team but has been first
class, this is his third
international tournament with the
Korean side, he knows exactly what
this means and when Jimmy was
building his team, he was excited to
be part of it. Nice skating. The
Czech Republic will want to keep the
Keep it down low. They know
they can run down the clock, not
looking to throw pucks into areas
for Korea can counter.
You got to pay the price. If you
want to win the game, you do.
Offside. That is given. There is
Jimmy. Two-time Stanley cup winner,
former Nottingham pampered, great
stint in the UK, to go for it this
programme some years ago. -- Notting
Hamp and third.
Done a great job. Really. He and
Richard. I coached against them, ten
years ago. To see where their
programme has gone over that time,
great investment, the Asian league
holding up as it is. These guys
being exposed and playing at a
higher level, great experience for
coaching staff and players, giving
themselves a chance against one of
the world's elite teams in the Czech
Republic. What they do with junior
hockey, they are developing at all
levels, developing the women's team,
this is an holistic change for ice
hockey in Korea. It has two start
from the bottom up, Seth, we know
You can get a quick fix from
the top down. An offensive face-off,
just sorting themselves out, the
Czech Republic. Here it is. Back to
the blue line, straight into the
body, quick shot, not particularly
good. You mention it has to come
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in. Plenty of ice hockey going on
around the UK. Korea want something
special. Grabbing the headlines. By
making history, scoring the first
ever goal for a Korean men's team.
At an Olympic ice hockey tournament.
Wouldn't it be something if they
could come back from here and get a
Helped out of the zone.
Playing with quite a lot of
intelligence, this team from the
Czech Republic, leaping into spaces.
Can they start reading this towards
the net? Good defensively. Here it
comes again, to the top. Does not
get it through. He wants a second
look at this. This time it will go
through. Can they get another shot
in on goal, they cannot, cleared all
the way down and still Dalton
Yes, I'm a little
confused by that, good puck
possession time, no pressure on.
Hopefully get the six on five goals
that will take you into overtime.
Going to have a second look at this,
skating in circles. The Czech
Republic team doing a good job in
the neutral zone. Great play!
Another go, that is dropped, very
nearly beat Frank. Little trick to
get high his man in neutral ice and
I daresay we will see a
time-out. Looked to run set play, he
has been their best player, scored a
fantastic all, has been in the
middle of everything.
Ho, great little player. The noise
level will build once again. Will it
crescendo with a goal?
been good. He hasn't had a lot to
do, a lot of it has been from the
outside, he is comfortable. We have
been saying to him, get the Middle
driver, Richard is talking now, they
will have a set play already set up,
who he wants in what position, if
you lose the puck, where you go to
retrieve it. We slot -- sought the
Slovenians do it yesterday. You
If you were drawing it
up, which of the Koreans would you
see shooting the puck?
You can see
now on the point is the goalscorer,
loading up three on the inside by
the looks of it. Get a little drop,
back to the point, have a little
play, this face-off is key.
Pretty much the front for with the
way they have played. They should be
pinched in. Still time. The net
remains empty. The Koreans step
forward. Ho, round the back of the
net it goes.
net it goes. Kovar rushed, two big
bodies. Three, four, five players.
If they do not win the puck it will
be over very, very quickly. Swift,
great defensive work. Got to get
going, right up the middle of the
ice but what can he make happen?
Entering a sea of red, putting
brakes entering the net, maybe one
last shot? Bigshot, it goes wide.
What a start! For these teams. So
close. So, so close.
close. So, so close. That man made
history scoring his goals but the
Czech Republic team will take the
accolades and the points as well,
they had to come from behind to do
this but they've played ever so
well, a team that is very well
drilled and they came through a big
scare at the end.
Great game. If
that comes off the other side of
your shin pad and it ricochets...
Full credit to South Korea, they
have come in and never gone away.
The Czech style is a little bit more
experienced, they kept them to the
outside defensively but they never
went away. A great game, fantastic
Search a great game.
Victory of the Czech Republic,
disappointment for the Korean fans
but the fans in the stadium will
have enjoy every moment of this. The
final score Czech Republic beat
Korea by 2-1. STUDIO: great stuff,
11:30pm in South Korea, that is the
last live sport other night but it
starts again in not too many hours
and from midnight tonight you can
watch all sorts of things on the
BBC, including a full wrap of the
day at 7pm on BBC2 and for those who
don't stay up through the night,
quite a lot, this afternoon with
Hazel Irvine to wrap up. Some
breaking news from Pyeongchang, the
British International Olympic
Committee Adam Pengelly has been
sent home from the Winter Olympics
following an altercation with a
security guard. The IOC has
announced his departure, a
spokesperson says the IOC wishes to
apologise for the behaviour of one
of its members and feels extremely
sorry for the incident caused
following an interview with the RUC
Adam was one of three British
members of the IOC, a former
skeleton athletes. He has explained
what happened. So this morning he
was leaving his hotel. He says, I
tried to walk past the security
guard when he told me to go the
other way. Hi came close to me and
asked to see my accreditation. I
asked to see his manager. He
wouldn't take me to his manager and
asked to see a photograph of my
accreditation. It went on for 30
seconds and I ran past him. I didn't
stop. I have since heard he fell
over. But I didn't hear him fall or
shout out. At no point did I touch
him. Although I have been told that
footage makes look as if I pushed
him, this was not the case and if
anything he was coming towards me.
It was my mistake and I'm sorry, I
should have turned around and I also
apologise for swearing. I'm sorry to
the security guard and I spoke about
IOC members being held to a higher
standard and I have let myself down.
Some say there was a fight or
scuffle. This is incorrect. So Mr
Pengilly has been sent home from the
winter Olympics and there was
skeleton action this morning. There
has been the team luge. This is a
competition in which the countries
that have a depth of luge talent
have an advantage, because it
comprises one female, one male
luger. As they come down, they have
to hit the barrier at the top. It is
a knock out. They have to hit the
pad a as they finish so the next one
can start. It is interesting. After
this, Hazel will take over. Here is
what happened in the main
contenders, starting with the United
States in Team luge.
COMMENTATOR: COMMENTATOR: This could
be good if she nails it. If she
slides like she has been doing. He
has looked a bit sort of she is
going to get down quick or crash.
Hopefully she will nail it to give
the Americans a chance of getting
another medal at this Olympics.
is in this team ahead of bronze
medallist from Sochi, Erin Hamlin.
This is where she was having
problems, on the corner. She is
still nervous on that. That is why
she was having issues. But putting
her feet down it will slow her down.
But will it keep her in contention
for the next rider. To pull them
back into it. She is going to lose a
bit of time coming up the hill.
afraid it has not been a good run.
Britcher, maybe they will rue not
putting Hamlin in.
Mazda has had an excellent week.
This is different, because they're
coming from a different part of the
track. So it is slightly lower. It
is just the way they slide the
track. He has made good adjustments,
but he is now starting to lose time.
Have the teams got what it takes to
pull them back in the front? This is
not the run they need to pull them
towards the medals.
hundredths of a second off. Huge
pressure on Matthew
pressure on Matthew Mortensen and
Terdiman. They have a big job on to
get themselves back ahead of Italy.
They're up against it I think, John?
Yes, that mistake there, I don't
know whether that will be enough.
The sleds are a bit heavier. Are
they gaining? They are gaining. But
is there enough track to come up the
hill and get up there? It is very
tight. You can lose a lot of speed
up the hill.
They have done it by
two thousandths of a second! At the
start of week we explain ed this was
the only event that is timed down to
the thousand. We needed that
facility to separate the United
States from Italy. The United States
guaranteed fourth. And I bet Summer
Britcher is the most relieved person
in this Sliding Centre.
I think she
will be. Because that run she had
was probably better than the two
runs she made mistakes on in the
women's race. But it was still not
necessarily good enough. I don't
know if this team have put in a good
enough performance to beat the next
three teams coming up. They're
looking at the Canadians and
Austrians. But it would take a lot
for the Canadians, who have a strong
team, to make a mistake and come
down. You see Chris having to reach
across and getting that wrong. The
doubles teams did well.
Britcher was fourth quickest only
from the first run. Mazda and the
doubles boys have brought it back
for America. They lead ahead of
Italy and Latvia and this is getting
spicy as the Canadians go. Three
more teams to go. A strong team for
Canada. Edney and Wau kir lker and
Smith to come. Alex Gough is first
She had a slide into the second
bend. I don't know if she wasn't
quite settled. The quality of her
over Britcher we have seen. She
didn't make any mistakes in her
race. If she nails this part. That
line looks flat. You can almost hear
it accelerating. There is no sound.
And this is good. But she is still
in the red. She has now started to
accelerate. She will put time over
Britcher, because she made mistakes.
Canada, their noses in front after
the first leg. By 16 hundredths of a
second. The very last run on the
world stage for Sam Edney, who was
sixth in the men's individual event.
She is charged with the
responsibilities of trying to grow
is in Canadian lead over the United
States and hand them a guaranteed
medal. If they can beat the United
States they can win a medal.
crunch time for these teams. Now the
times are in a way, Mazda's drive
wasn't that bad. He is starting to
pull away. You can see the
difference between him being a
silver medallist and him finishing
sixth. This will come down to the
Can Edney keep the
lead for Canada? Just by
millimetres. As you say, it is now
Walker and Smith. There is no doubt
that they were better than the
Americans in the doubles event. They
finished fifth. The Americans have
finished 10th. They need a mistake
to allow the Americans in. I reckon
if they're clean and fast Canada
will get a medal.
Yes this was
almost a dead heat. You can see how
much they pull out. Unless they make
a mistake, this is Canada heading
for another medal. They're going to
get the bronze medal at least.
They're very high into the 16th and
final bend A late mistake. It
doesn't matter. Canada are
medallists again. Canada have a
bronze medal and it looks with
Austria and Germany to come that...
That the Americans might miss out!
Although they're still alive. Canada
know they have a medal. Guaranteed
bronze. Look at the joy -
I wonder if Alex Gough
at the start thought she would be a
double sort of bronze medallist. We
say that yes, but at least a double
The team in Sochi as well
were fourth. So these two fourths
have now been converted into two
thirds. It is a sweet feeling for
It is. This is the sort of
result that drives these nations
forward, and they get more funding
and get better equipment and they
can move from being successful to
trying to be dominant like the
Wonderful. And Sam Edney
ends his international career at
last an Olympic medallist. Great for
He will be overjoyed.
pressure now on this young lady.
Madeleine Egle, who wasn't one of
the star names from the ladies'
event. She finished ninth. The next
two won gold and silver in their
If this is, although she
finished ninth, if this is the weak
link of the team that is going to
let the Americans in, this is where
it will be lost for the Austrians.
Will she come down in fronts of the
Canadian? I don't think so. She will
lose time? This is a good thing for
the Austrians, she will be so close
to Gough, because she wasn't this
close in the women's competition.
think she needed to be two tenths at
least in hand of the Americans. She
is two hundredths, I think she has
given Austria a great chance. A
question I think whether it will be
silver or bronze. Of course, that
all assumes that the Germans will go
It does. You have
still got to get even across the
line in one piece and not make a
mistake. Some of the men have made
mistakes. But that was from higher
up the track. This is surprising
that he is losing time, compared.
For the previous team, the Canadian,
Sam had a good run, although he is
trying to pull it back. It will be
down to the doubles run.
This is the
Olympic champion. Silver medallist,
33-year-old Penz and Fischler have
got to hold if they can superiority
over Canada. It is just momentarily
swung back Canada's way.
They had a
slide off corner one at the end. So
now this is the fast part of the
track and we start to build speed.
That could be the mistake. Just
there. That cost them a medal. Or
can they hold on? They still have 14
hundredths in the bag. Another
mistake. The Americans are only 14
or 15 hundredths behinds. Can they
Are Canada about to improve
their position here as well? They
are. A silver medal for Canada.
Austria guaranteed bronze. Still
verse for Canada at least. Bronze
for Austria at least. The Americans,
assuming the Germans don't make a
real hash of things, the Americans
are going to finish out of it.
Americans have missed out by a tenth
of a second. That is really close.
But these are the small differences
between the teams. All of them you
know they just did enough. I thought
the doubles pairing would have done
better. And confirmed them with the
silver. But she did very well.
she is only 19. She has got an
When you look at the
difference between these top
sliders, there is nothing in it.
Specially over one run. They have
had to learn the track from one
side. This cost them, that little
skid. But at least they have come
home with a bronze. Well, we are
thinking that the Germans are just
going to glide into this without a
mistake. The Germans to come. Canada
Great celebrations in Canada
House I'm sure tonight. What a
strong team this is. Two gold
medallists and a bronze medallist to
go for Germany.
go for Germany. Geisenberger if she
gets a medal would create a record,
chasing her fourth gold at Olympic
All class in the women's event. She
won by a long, long way and she is
the last you expect to make a
She is a class act. The
German ice queen as she is known.
Look at these lines, everything she
does looks effortless. That is why
she is what she is. She is going to
give their team a chance, the way
she sets this up, she will have
three tenths lead.
handing over to Ludwig.
Felix Loch, his last run a disaster.
Giving the doubles team a great shot
Not really making any
difference. Look at the difference
in the time. Not really making any
inroads. Giving the pairs team at
least two tenths in the back. They
are the quality act.
The two tenths
gap, but final run of the luge
series, six exciting days toiling
down to this, the double Olympic
champions now will try and bring it
home for Germany.
Just a little bit
late into the corner. These are a
quality act. As long as they get
this right, they are starting to
melt this, perfect. This is Germany.
Walking into another old medal as we
thought they would. They are the
favourites. Starting to pull away.
-- gold medal. No issues.
A big win
for them, history made. Germany
strikes old once again, winning
three out of the four luge golds.
She can celebrate. Two golds at the
games and no one in the world can
say they have not been the best team
around. That is the way to enforce
your suppose it superiority. No
mistakes from any of them. Ludwig,
just sort of lukewarm, his run, the
other two were excellent, weren't
These were the favourites. As
they always are. The real excitement
was for the sort of second, third
and fourth place and the difference
between medal positions, we are
looking at tenths, hundredths,
thousands, as a team, a nation.
Looking at the quality above
everyone else. For sheer consistency
and skill, she hasn't put a foot
wrong. Everyone has had little
twitches and mistakes, even the
men's winner, he wasn't perfect, he
got herself into the second
position. Felix Loch made a massive
mistake. But she has definitely been
the class act.
Ludwig on the right.
Another old medal one. Really
enjoying the luge, John. It's
obviously skeleton that will
dominate the next two days. And the
Bobsleigh will kick in in the next
few days. Confirmation that Germany
wins. Austria digging up the bronze.
That is the luge team relay.
COMMENTATOR: Germany retaining three
of the four titles in the luge in
these Olympics. All but Perot Felix
Loch did the business. Hello, lovely
to be with you, a bumper edition
this afternoon, weather delays we
accept at an Olympic Games, the game
of hurry up and wait is finally over
for the alpine skier is and it has
presented us with a bumper two for
one offer, two races today. And that
is not all. China will be the next
Winter Olympic hosts but could be
first gold in Korea come in the
pairs figure skating? The free
programme to enjoy. Then we are in
for a thrill ride, every hundredths
of a second counts, the bone shaking
skeleton event for men against a
day. But late than never, the
women's giant slalom begins, Mikaela
Shiffrin taking part. And we will
find out who will be the fastest man
on skis in one of the greatest and
grandest Olympic occasions men's
downhill. One at a time on the
mountain in snowboard cross, a
helped skelter bun fight, first
across the line counts. And it's a
real favourite for me in the Winter
Olympics, I'm not sure it's an event
even you Christopher Dean could
choreograph, and extraordinary
They come careering down the
mountain, jostling for position,
short track on snow.
You are in for
a treat but it's iceskating we will
talk about. Before we get warmed up
for the climax of the pairs event we
make absolutely no apology for this,
we have been once again rifling
through the back catalogue of
Torvill and Dean is greatest hits
and I asked you the other day but
you would count as one of your
favourite routines. And you said
firmly for a variety of reasons
which we will go into later, Mack
and Mabel might be the one. Just for
you, here it is.
COMMENTATOR: what can you say?
Absolute magic. This crowd is
absolutely standing on their feet,
stamping and cheering, the most
amazing feeling. Jayne Torvill and
list of Dean, knowing right from the
start, no one can touch them.
Faultless performance, here are the
marks. -- Christopher Dean.
they have skated first, it will be
difficult for any judge to give them
a maximum six when there are another
five hours to go after them. There
are five sixes, those Union Jacks
have every right to be waived, I am
sure no one is going to beat those
Bravo. The late, great, Alan
weeks, trading alongside Robin
Cousins. You want the world title
four years, 1980-84, why did you
We heard it a year before
but we thought we weren't ready for
it so we went to the BBC Radio Foyle
to an library, all the old LPs and
we would trawl through all the
music, put them on the record player
and listen and listen and we came
across this piece and it had an
overture and it was from beginning
to end and it was orchestrated,
seamless, told a story. And it just
seemed right for us. A lot of people
that follow skating, it's still one
of their favourites, lots of steps
in it. I was tired just watching it,
I hadn't seen out in ages.
had I and it takes us right back in
time. I wonder how that actually
helped in the transition towards
Bolero, there is a storytelling
element of it?
Absolutely. Each year
we wanted to re-invent ourselves. It
was like a premier. The Mack and
Mabel sort of started that and then
it went on to Barnum and eventually
Bolero and each year you just grow,
you have more information, you
understand more, what goes into it,
the music am often we Thampi
orchestration, we went to Barnum, it
was how could we find that perfect
orchestration but posted together,
Michael Crawford who introduced us
to the musical director of Barnum,
we got the musicians into the studio
and they recorded it for us and then
Let's go trawling through
the archives, definitely.
Tomorrow. It is lovely seeing them.
I stand thing, as we saw, in the
pairs event, there are a couple of
historical moments we want to share
with you that probably explains some
of the changes over the last few
years, particularly the Russians,
64-68, dominated it. This was the
couple that started at. A married
couple who want back-to-back in
Grenoble and it was the start of a
Soviet Russian dynasty in the pairs
event, their skaters won or assured
12 gold medals in a row until Nagano
Eventually sport became a...
Everybody, they were professional
sports people. They were employed
and they would skate and so they
took skating to another level, it
wasn't just a something recreational
and a past time, fitting it in
between work, they were full-time
skaters and they took it to a degree
and they developed it to an artform,
the athleticism but that the same
time developing the artistic side,
that is what they were known for.
They could do all the jobs and lifts
and at the same time brought this
beautiful elegant quality.
And after the Protopopovs
came the human dynamo
that is Irina Rodnina -
she won three golds in a row,
first with Alexei Ulanov
and the next two with her husband
She was a buzz bomb!
This lady could
go back to back run-through sent out
skate almost everyone. When she did
forward crossovers she got so deep
into it and the power she could
generate was amazing. I remember one
championship when the music stopped
and they didn't, continuing to the
Three golds in a row.
first with Alexei Ulanov
and the next two with her husband
From elegance to athleticism.
in style in the pairs.
She was a buzz bomb!
She brought that athletic side to
it, and the East Germans were up
there as well. Then it moved onto
the beautiful elegance of those that
Amazingly, Russian skaters have only
lost this title once
since the Protopopovs -
in Vancouver, when they
were beaten by China.
That was in 2010. Back on top of the
podium in Sochi again. And in the
free programme of the pairs
competition today we expected a
fight between the Russians and
Chinese again, but Canada and
Germany were also in the mix.
It all comes down to this,
the free programme, watched for us
by Robin Cousins
and Katherine Downes.
Skating for a chance of bronze.
The opening triple twist.
Side by side, triple toe loop 's
next. Very nice.
Double toe loop. And triple Salchow.
Always assured with the footwork on
The first of their two throws. Throw
triple loop. Got it, gorgeous,
And spot on on the side by side
The second through triple Lutz. And
they've got it.
That's the benchmark. If they want
to win a medal, all the others will
have to beat that.
know her surprise is, not once, but
twice in one week, they delivered
the skate of their lives in the team
competition and they have just done
it again. The triple twist, a level
three they got in the team event.
Level two in the short programme,
but level three again today. No
touch with the right arm. The triple
loop, again, good height and good
flight travel. Lovely running edge
on the landing. Couldn't have done
It's a season's best as
well. That catapults them up to the
top of the leaderboard, into the
gold medal position. And they will
be pushing for the bronze medal
position. That's how to kick some
ice. The pair that came through in
eighth position for the Olympic
Athletes from Russia. They already
come through the games with a team
silver. Quite a story to this
programme, Robin. I think it's a
rehearsal for the first half and
then the performance begins halfway
through. See if you can spot it.
Huge triple twist.
And yes, they say
the first part with just the piano
is like being in the rehearsal room.
Triple toe loop. Double toe loop,
Timing completely off on the
take-offs on what to have been side
by side triple Salchows. Downgraded
to a double, I suspect.
The hands down there, I think on the
Nicely done with the spin.
No trouble on the throw triple loop.
And the rehearsal is over and we go
into the performance of Swan Lake.
And the costume change.
Needed the skate off their season to
catch up with the first placed
Italians, but it wasn't to be for
Natalia Zabiiako and Alexander
Enbert from the Olympic Athletes
This was the take off,
and she was ahead of him already. He
made the rotation and she did not.
But because she didn't his job will
be downgraded, so it's just the
double stop what they do have a
season's best. But they needed more
They needed 142 to beat
the Italians. The Olympic Athletes
from Russia, with another pair to
come from that country, in second
place for now. It will be impossible
for them to challenge for bronze.
But this pair are gunning for a
place on the podium. And they do
have their weapons in their arsenal
to clinch a medal if they perform
right here, right now. They were
tenth in Sochi at the last Olympics.
Looking to improve on that, coming
to the short programme in six. Could
they take a gold medal home to
Vanessa and Morgan have a
throw quadruple Salchows planned.
But before that, a triple twist to
Lovely twist there. Brilliant
control, good height and flight.
Need the same now on the side by
side toe loops.
And they've got them, two double toe
loops to follow.
If the quadruple throw is going to
appear, it will be here.
They went for it.
And made the
Double Salchow from Vanessa.
They need the throw. Yes, the
It is too tight at the top four
mistakes. How much will that have
cost them? They had their hands down
on one of the throws, just doubled
when they were for a triple.
the throw, one, two, three... Four.
Landed on two feet and two hands,
but definitely clean. No, he did do
a triple, she did the double.
big new season's Beth, beating their
previous mark by a couple of points,
143.19. And that means that Vanessa
James and Morgan Cipres are our new
leaders. They are still in the hunt
Yu and Zhang were fourth in the
World Championships. They will be
looking for a medal here. The
Chinese looking to transport us to a
galaxy far, far away.
Opening with side by side triple
Better there, an easy flight on the
Triple toe loops. She struggled
there as well.
The first of their two back-to-back
throws. The loop is lovely on one
foot. The second throw is the
Oh, lost the dismount there as well,
on the left.
on the left. -- on the lift.
The music from the Star Wars
soundtrack, the performance not
The toe loop
combination has been downgraded, so
that has gone from what had been a
base of 4.70, has just given them
2.60 points. Again, it is the
And they were the leading
contenders. So close. And mistakes
like this are just too costly.
Slightly awkward. The second throw,
plenty of time, just caught the
They tumble down the standings
to fourth. The French still out in
front, the Italians in second, and
the Olympic athletes are brush in
bronze medal position at the moment.
But we do have the best pairs in the
world yet to come. Ali Savchenko and
Bruno Massow looking for the skate
of their lives. They are just
outside the medal positions right
now by just 0.2 three. No mistakes.
A great performance and it could be
a third bronze medal at the
Olympics. They need this to be
May open with a triple twist. Watch
the height that it flies.
the height that it flies. -- Bay
open. The first of the throws. And
she's got it on one foot. That's
Triple Salchow, double toe loop,
double toe loop. Yesterday it was
just a double for Bruno, and it cost
them dearly. Today, perfection.
Side by side triple toe loops. Got
This is looking good.
Triple Salchow. That is their big,
difficult elements done for them.
Brilliant strengthened control
through the lifts. -- strength and
Foot perfect. The race for bronze is
I think the race for gold is on.
They were out of the medal positions
before this free skate.
going to be fighting for the bronze
medal place, but that performance
has now put them on a podium, and
what colour that medal will be, we
will have to find out. But I think
that'll be a tough one to beat. They
will go into the 160s. Beautiful
transitions. Slight recognition
factor, partly because they were
choreographed by Christopher Dean.
He spent time with them last year in
the autumn, helping to clean and fix
these transitions between. And for
me it is the detail that will
separate this from some of the
It's going to be big, absolutely.
That is the best they have skated.
159.31, a season's best. Is that how
they clinch the Olympic title?
they clinch the Olympic title?
will have broken their own world
record with that free skate score.
It was sensational skating, wasn't
it? And this is the couple with whom
they were tussling for the bronze
medal position. Megan Duhamel and
Eric Radford of Canada, already team
champions, going away from these
Games with a gold medal. And the
pressure is on these two now to hang
on to a spot on the podium.
The hardest side solo jump element,
and now side by side triple Lutses.
Hands down from Megan. Not sure it
was fully rotated either. That will
And is now quadruple through
Salchow. And she's got it.
Nine points from that one element.
Side by side triple Salchow, double
toe loop, double toe loop.
Throw triple Lutz.
Throw triple Lutz.
Fighting for a medal. Fighting to
hold onto a podium spot. Eric
Radford and Megan Duhamel.
thrilled with skate.
But there was
Slightly, on the Lutz.
And they're triple twist is not the
strongest or highest, just level
three. This is the Lutz.
where the hands went down the.
think it was under rotated. And not
so with the quad on one foot, so
good to see them come out and
deliver on that quad, boom.
enough to go ahead of the Germans.
They are in the silver medal
position, Megan Duhamel and Eric
Radford. They needed a world record
to chase down the Germans. In fact
from everyone needs a new world
record to chase down the Germans.
So, the world champions from China,
Sui Wenjing and Han Cong. When they
are at their best, they are world
And they will open their free
programme with a quadruple twist, so
four revolutions in the air from
Side by side triple toe loops.
The triples were fine, but
not the combination they wanted
afterwards with the jumps. Just
singles from him.
Of the triple Salchow for her. That
was a problem in the warm up as
well, with two falls.
Triple flip. Absolutely glorious.
Same there with the throw triple
It's rousing stuff, but is it enough
to hold onto their lead? The Germans
The second half was
absolutely superb, but a couple of
very costly errors on those side by
side triple jumps. The quad, one,
two, three, four.
two, three, four. She had fallen on
the Salchow in the warm up.
On the back of the heel,
and then down. But nobody can touch
them on the throws.
It's not going
to be enough.
It's not enough for them to hang
onto their gold medal. So Savchenko
and Bruno Massot of Germany, they
are out in front. The final skaters
of the free skate competition, and
these two will be looking to push up
into the medals as well.
into the medals as well. Winning
silver in the team event already,
the Olympic Athletes from Russia.
They were in the silver medal
position after the short programme,
and they are relying on Christina
Aguilera for a gold medal.
Our final team will open their bid
for gold with a quadruple twist.
That was lovely.
Side by side triples, first triple
Salchow. He did, she didn't.
Big throw, triple Salchow now. Oh,
that's gone as well.
Need to get the composure now for
that side by side triple toe loops.
-- the side by side triple toe loop,
with double toe loops to follow.
Into the throw, triple loop.
Well, it's not going to be good
enough for gold. It's not going to
be good for silver. Will it be good
enough for a medal at all?
they might struggle to be on the
podium, to be honest. They certainly
did not have their normal pizzazz
and champion feel about it.
Tentative, just the double Salchow.
Always strong with the throws, but
overcooked on that one, way too far
forward on the toe for the landing.
Right, is it a medal, then, for the
Olympic Athletes from Russia? No.
143.25. No medal, then, for the
Olympic Athletes from Russia, and
that means that Aliona Savchenko and
Bruno Massot learn that they are the
Olympic champions. What fight,
Olympic champions. What fight, what
Alion to jump from fourth position
to the top of the podium. And they
are worthy winners. -- what mettle.
They came out, laid it on the ice,
and they were foot perfect.
were glorious. And she has been
fighting for this moment for a few
years now. Even with her previous
partner, it didn't quite happen.
Olympic bronze medals in the past,
but she is now the Olympic champion
at the age of 34. STUDIO: Really
moving scenes, and no wonder - her
fifth games, the partner, two bronze
medals, a 15 year journey, and she
has finally done it. From your
perspective, you worked with them,
how much did it move you do see them
win the gold?
I had a lump in my
throat, just to see them do the
performance, but to see the raw
emotion at the end, and those scenes
just now... She is such a
competitor. To be at the top of your
game for 15 years, five Olympic
medals, and I was talking to her as
we were choreographing the routine
earlier in the year and saying,
after the Olympics, what is after
that? She said, I would like to keep
going. She is just a competitor.
What a difference a day makes. From
the short programme, making that
simple mistake of doubling rather
than doing the triple, the other
teams make their mistakes in the
long programme, which was costly,
but having said that, they were so
on their game. It was an all or
beautiful. What was your remit when
they approached you to choreograph a
We wanted to do an ice
dance routine for pair skaters. I
got the call. For Aliona, it came
naturally. For Bruno, less, but he
was really determined to apply
himself and try to put the style in,
because it's all about getting from
one element to the next one, and how
you achieve that. I think that's
what they looked the best at today.
Some people have been mentioning,
there was a little nod in the
There was a little bolero
The colour as well. It is
worth watching, because their
coaches actually skate this from the
sidelines. Watch the two fellows in
He has watched this
every day for nine months. He's just
with them every step of the way,
willing them on.
skating it with them.
You do. You
are that third part, almost.
sense of satisfaction at seeing this
particular woman achieve her dream
must be absolute for them too.
so many people. Competitors within
the sport no of her, she has been
around for such a long time. She has
achieved so much. She's got silver
medals, World Championship medals,
but the gold is the one that she
wanted in her trophy cabinet.
put the frighteners on everyone who
came after them because they moved
from fourth to first and everyone
else was scrambling. The Canadians
were first, and when you watch their
routine, actually, Megan was
delighted with this because I think
she landed a quad at one point.
put her hands down there, so
straightaway, they are getting
deductions for that. The simplest of
mistakes make all the difference
when everybody is on their game.
they have got a gold already from
the team event, so to go home with a
bronze... And you can see the
delight in her face. Tears of joy.
You've got to imagine, you climb
this mountain, and you get to the
cliff, and then you jump, and then
it's done. You've been building to
this one moment, this four minutes
in your career, potentially, where
you could be top of the podium, and
suddenly, you are there, you have
achieved it, and it is this rush of
all emotions at the end.
young Chinese pair came onto the
ice, could you sense the pressure
that they were under?
is beautiful, wonderful, and their
abilities, their technique, their
style, the emotion that they put
into it. It has everything. But
today, I haven't seen them make as
many mistakes as that in the past.
And on this particular day, yeah, it
just went south for them, just off a
They are only 22 and 25,
their first Olympics.
You know they
will be the ones to be watching as
we go to China for the next
Home games for them. They
will be one of the real favourites.
When you're at this level, for the
next four years, they have to keep
this up to carry the momentum or
keep their momentum going into
Is that quite a thought as a
skater? You come off in thing, I've
got a medal or what ever, and then
it all starts again?
Yes, for Jane
and I, through our competitive time,
as we finished the World
Championships, I don't think we took
a week off. We were right back onto
the ice. We were a bit crazy like
that, very channelled in what we
wanted to do. Nowadays, they have to
take a break because the amount of
training that they do, and the
elements that they are doing are so
rigorous on the body, so they have
to pace themselves. Year in, year
out, for the next four years, they
have to stay in the forefront and
keep their momentum. Some people
might take a year off, but it is
hard when you have been out.
knew if you appreciated this until
we started watching, because you
have coached and choreographed so
many people, but since you retired
from ice dancing, that is the first
gold medal at an Olympic Games that
you have choreographed.
Thank you! I feel
there is a little bit of British
gold in there. It is all down to
them, they put the work and the
effort in, I just launched them.
it must be terribly satisfying to
see a project like this come to
Yes. When you are at in at
the start of this, the music, the
concept, the ideas, the first step
on the ice, to seeing the pinnacle
at the Olympics and then winning a
gold medal, like I say, a lump in
We're looking forward to the start
of the men's short programme
tomorrow. A quad fest. Thanks,
tomorrow. A quad fest. Thanks,
Chris. If there is one winter sport
that Britain can claim to be a
winter power in it is bob skeleton.
What is it about them hurtling down
the ice headfirst with your chin
only five inches from the ice at
speeds of up to 90 miles an hour? It
may be appeals to our eccentric
Britishness. There is a great
tradition in this for our bob
skeleton races. Since it has been
included, they have won a medal at
every single games, and so far, it
is to mangles, one silver, three
bronze and counting. Counting is the
important bit, because with all the
talk of the new aerodynamic suits,
swimming around out there in
Pyeongchang, maybe there is more
scope for gold medals, not just in
the women's event but in the men's.
Matt Pinsent has been trying to ask
questions about how we got so good
The sport of skeleton has a proud
recent history for Team GB, none
more so than Lizzy Yarnold's
fantastic gold medal in Sochi four
years ago. COMMENTATOR:
Yarnold is the Olympic champion.
has to be said, in the past couple
of years, Lizzie, Laura Deas and Dom
Parsons, our leading skeleton
riders, have been a bit hit and
miss. On arrival here, the Brits
have gone from outside contenders to
the sleds to beat, topping times in
training. It has left some of the
other nations wondering what on
earth is going on.
I was notified
this morning about the speed suits.
I am curious to know if that is
legal. It has nothing to do with the
athletes at all. Amy Williams, one
of my best friends, her helmet in
2010 was a question, so it seems to
be a recurring thing and I would
rather address it before we start
We are always thinking
outside the box, where can we find a
1% difference, improve our
equipment? But there is a very
strict rule book and everything gets
checked by a jury that checks every
There has been some
chat about these British suits. It
appeared in the paper. Is that a
factor in what is making them quick?
I don't think so. They could just
have mentioned this suit, similar to
British Cadillac cycling saying they
made a wheel that was more RAM. They
have worked on another element of
and that is putting people off the
How is this suit?
How is this suit?
We push the
boundaries, this is the Winter
Olympic Games, nobody sleeps in
every nation will get the best kit
they can and we are exactly the
Have you cleared it with the
relevant authorities before racing?
All equipment is cleared and agreed
and checked and everything,
Those aerodynamic suits have been
creating a lot of noise
in the sliding community.
They have been checked and passed.
But last night they were ruled
as legal and they will be worn
in anger first in the men's event
today, by Dom Parsons
and debutant Jerry Rice.
For the host nation,
however, the pre-race buzz
was all about Yun Sungbin,
who's bossed the World Cup races
this season and could win
South Korea's first Winter medal
outside an ice rink!
He has bossed the World Cup races
Four runs in total,
the first two today,
watched by Amy Williams,
John Jackson and John Hunt.
COMMENTATOR: Now, for many people,
the favourite for gold, Yun Sungbin,
for South Korea, getting a huge
ovation at the top of the track and
the bottom. We can hear the roar. He
hadn't unbelievable clash with due
Dukurs earlier in the season.
difference between him and the other
races. He is a lot cleaner. The last
two riders who have calmed down, the
left-hand side as you look at the TV
screen, there is a little bit of a
wobble, but his lines are perfect.
You see the helmet he has is
brilliant, but look at the lead he
He will smash them out of it.
We expect him to set the standard.
It looks really clean and fast and
he's more than a second quicker than
everyone else so fast up blue with a
track record as well. Next up is
Axel Jungk for Germany. Number two
in the world.
Watching the start
here, watch how some start with
their hand over the groove, but he
starts with his hand in the middle,
and I think that's a risky option
where you can put too much pressure
on and pop out the outside runner
from its groove. Can that happen,
It can. But these athletes
concentrate so hard on their start.
You hope it's a good groove that has
been cut. You have to do what you
feel comfortable with, either on the
left or right of your sled, and then
which group you pick to get the best
line. He needs to make sure his core
is a strong. But so far this German
has some really clean rides. Down
the straight, perfect control, and
he was using his feet to toe tap to
change the angle of the sled.
Looking good, but his time relative
to Yun Sungbin is way off, showing
how good the Korean was. Axel Jungk
from Germany is a high class athlete
but he has been made to look
ordinary by Yun Sungbin.
His fourth Olympic games, the
narrative is, will he be beaten by a
Korean, having been beaten
previously by a Canadian and German.
Good power, just had to correct
himself. His feet would die thou to
the left, but usually his technique
The left-hand groove as
we look at the screen, it seems to
be giving them some issues, just
popping out a little bit. Giving
issues controlling the sled. I think
between him and the Korean, it's for
gold and. The bronze is potentially
up for grabs with everyone else. But
he has just made a little mistake.
Will it make the difference? You see
the height he gains with the
So good at finding speed on this
track usually. We will see how
unforgiving it is.
probably going to go second... No
comity dropped right off and Yun
Sungbin with a devastating first
run, already has a massive
advantage. -- no, he dropped right
off. Then any of these next wave of
athletes do anything about this
amazing lead Yun Sungbin has
already. For the Olympic Athletes
from Russia, Nikita Tregubov is
next. 23 yesterday, a four-time
world champion, and coming into this
Olympic Games ranked number five in
the world. Equality athlete once
Clearly up there in the
rankings. Has nothing to lose. But
eyes are on him. We will see how he
does, and so far he looks like he
has some good lines down the track.
It's all about getting the
oscillation, the highs and lows in
the corner. What he's trying to do
in each corner is cancelled them
out, so no real highs or lows, just
keep the fastest line through the
corner. Into corner 12, looking
good, clean into 13. Has to hold
together and not make any mistakes
because there is the uphill section
coming through part.
He is going to
go second here, Tregubov. A pretty
decent run. Into second place behind
Yun Sungbin, but three tenths
behind. Dom Parsons goes next for
Great Britain. The 30-year-old from
London, and his second Olympic
Games. Has been flying in training,
and it's now time, Amy Williams, to
put that into practice.
the nerves are here. He has got a
great start, so we will see what
pushed time he can get.
runs at Winter Burke and St Moritz
this year. Only beaten once narrowly
by Yun Sungbin. That's not too bad,
but not brilliant.
You never know,
he might have some extra attention
in his legs. But on race day,
anything can happen. He has to put
down four consistent runs and the
pressure of that. So far, not
looking too bad. His legs are a
little bit all over the place. You
can see he's having to fight a
little bit, so let's hope he stays
relaxed and calm. Good lying there,
slightly different to others going
into corner 12. This is the part of
the track to keep it together and
not make mistakes. A little clip
that will probably cost him through
the uphill section into 14.
be top ten, maybe closer to five or
six. Better than that, into fourth
place, and he has gone ahead the
magnificent Martins Dukurs. Less
than a tenth of the second of
This is what we have seen
training with Dom Parsons. When he
has got it right, he is faster than
the Korean, but when he gets it
wrong, he is still fast. If you can
nail the technical parts on the next
run, corner to Mike and exits nine
down the straight, you will move up
into the bronze medal position at
Next up is the second Briton,
Jerry Rice, rated 19 in the world,
and his first Olympic games. And
reading some of his autobiographies,
he is quite a character and likes
some fun and games. But now his
Olympic Games gets deadly serious.
did a team-building session with
Jerry as part of the build-up, and
he is a really, really nice guy.
comes from St Moritz, so has slid a
lot there. Great start from him.
Perfect body position, just had to
stay cool, calm and collected, but
so far looking really good from
19th in the World
Championships last year. Going very
well, love the first half.
He is one
of those sliders, if he gets it
right, he will put himself in the
mix. A little bit late there.
good, just needed to put his head
down a little bit. He's looking a
bit too much into the next corner.
Needs to lower his head a little bit
but it's a good run from Jerry Rice.
Could easily be top ten. Jerry Rice
with a wonderful run, going to
tenth. Yun Sungbin, a big reader
here from Tregubov and Axel Jungk.
Some real big guns to be fired off
in the next ten minutes. This is
Tomass Dukurs. Forth in Sochi and
forth in Vancouver. Make no mistake,
his brother Martins is the headline
of that particular double act, but
Tomass Dukurs still wants to get
Faster than his first run
at that stage. He really wants this,
a fast push, and hold it together.
We will see how he comes out of the
first section. 1-4 is really steep
so the push camps. -- the push
counts. That's good, he just let it
drift, but he knows how to control
it into the corner 12.
One thing the
Latvians have is a beautiful style
on the sled, nice and relaxed,
letting the sled and corners do the
work for them.
His shoulders haven't
once lifted off the sled. Impressive
So impressive, three tenths of
a second quicker than his first run.
And that will shoot him well
forward. He was already beautifully
sat in seventh. And that is now what
Dom Parsons has to do. He is next
for Great Britain. Dom Parsons'
second run. Tomass Dukurs has thrown
down a big statement run. Dom needs
Exactly the same time
as last time there.
50.85 in the
first run. 50.87, given what we have
seen from do-gooders, would be
Went Dom Parsons gets
it right, he's one of the fastest in
training. He also gets it faster
when he doesn't get it quite right
and his first run was still fast.
That is one of the best lines we
have seen through there. Will he now
start pulling himself forward
towards the medals and forget about
the Latvians and people behind him?
Come on, Dom! This is what we need.
He is catching Dukurs. Smooth
through the finish. Dom Parsons,
what a finish! He has done exactly
what do Kurds did.
Come on, Dom!
what do Kurds did.
Come on, Dom!
medal chase for Great Britain is on
here. In equal fifth place, Martins
Dukurs, the legendary Martins
Dukurs. Twice a silver medallist at
the Wintel in big games. He has to
chase down Parsons.
The fastest push
of the day, joint with the Korean.
Really good push, and these guys are
going for it. The medals are up for
grabs and they want to go into the
next day of races as fast as they
can and in the best position as
Looks like he's losing a
lot of time to Dom Parsons at the
top of the track, but is there
enough time left for Dom Parsons to
rein in the legendary Latvians
slider? How much speed to stay in
front drop behind in the uphill
There will only be a tenth
in it. Only three hundredths in it.
Can you believe, Dom Parsons is just
three hundredths of the magnificent
Martins Dukurs? And he knows how
close he is. Parsons, make no
mistake, he's in the mix. Currently
in second place, the Olympic Athlete
from Russia. This is Nikita
Tregubov, number five in the world,
celebrating his birthday yesterday.
I hope those celebrations were not
too heavy, because he needs another
good run to keep right in touch with
Dukurs, Parsons, and maybe close a
little bit on the leader, Yun
Solid start, fifth place.
The start and Bush is so important.
These athletes train their whole
lives and all summer to get as fast
and strong as they can with that
explosiveness of the box and then
they have to go out and learn to
slide and drive and how to feel
comfortable on the sled. Using his
feet to steer through that section
of ten and 11. Good, clean lines.
Looking good. Hasn't made any major
mistakes. In the green, so I think
he will have a fast time.
of 15. Tregubov is a contender, for
sure. He goes first, more than a
tenth of a second ahead of Dukurs
and nearly two tenths ahead of
Parsons, with one to go. The second
run comes to its conclusion with the
Korean, Yun Sungbin, the last one to
go. We have been talking about
hundredths of a second and tenths of
a second. This fella, after the
first run, was three tenths of a
second clear of anybody else. If he
can put that in again, we could
already do half put the gold medal
around his neck.
This starts time, I
could hear the guys in the
commentary box next door, I could
hear them. The nominal starting
time, a season's record.
It wouldn't surprise me if we saw a
new track record at the bottom. He
will put the afterburners on. He is
not quite settled on the sled, but
it is working for him.
hundredths in the lead.
hundredths in the lead. Yun Sungbin,
no mistakes, slight the ring with
his right foot. Magnificent. Slicks
74 hundredths. A new track record.
You can hear the crowd outside.
Absolutely spectacular run. He was
using his feet, so he wasn't
thinking he was on the perfect
lines, but that is 50.07. Yun
Sungbin has taken the first two runs
apart here in Pyeongchang, and he is
the massive favourite to go on and
win gold. The massive news for Great
Britain is that there are five
others who will chase the other two
medals, and Britain's Dom Parsons,
in fourth place, is one of those. He
has put himself in a great position,
as Jerry Rice is 12.
The end of the
second run for the skeleton, halfway
through the competition. This is
getting quite exciting.
exciting, I am trying to keep it
together. As we have seen, things
can shift in those top five places,
everyone scrambling for medals. Dom
Parsons held his call and stuck with
it. The Latvians just came on
through, Martins. It is those fine
lines, and this is an unforgiving
track, everyone has to hold it
together, have a phenomenal start,
keep it together for the top
section, which is quite flat, get in
the exit of nine, completely
the exit of nine, completely nail
it, and then the speed in the bottom
Dom Parsons, a big
championships, he has been top ten,
close to a medal but never stood on
a podium. It is a different
challenge now, overnight, for him?
They all have to go away, prepare
their sleds, mentally rest, get
their bodies in fighting form and
come out here and do it all again.
Look at the video, or no point?
might, or you might say to your
coach, any key area? It is just
about being relaxed, staying
together. He trains really hard in
the summer. And then you need to
almost forget it all, forget that
the day before even happened,
because you can't go out there and
What would his ideal mental set
up the? Relaxation or aggression? I
think he needs to
forget, I am in
the medal position. Forget that,
because as soon as that is in your
head, you start to do different
things. He's got to stay relaxed and
calm, and that will come through.
His form, the speed etc will just
The track will be a
special place tomorrow. It could be
Korea's medal to win, and displays
will be electric.
It will go mad,
won't it? Great fans, already
shouting and cheering. If they get a
medal, it will be their first of the
games, I believe, and it will be
mental. We want to know that maybe
we could get one of the other
medals. Dom is in a really great
medal position. Jerry Rice, if he
gets in the top ten, even getting a
top 12 position would be a stunning
result from him, so if he can get in
the top ten, Great Britain and the
men will have been putting down a
really solid result in this men's
Runs three and four are
tomorrow at the same time.
Runs three and four are
tomorrow at the same time. Yun
Sungbin has the picture of Ironman
on his helmet. All eyes on him,
because it could be the first South
Korean ever to win a medal at the
Winter Olympic Games outside the ice
rink. Runs three and four from half
past midnight UK time. Then it is
Lizzie and Laura Deas going in the
women's event from 11:20pm UK time.
A lot to look forward to.
delays are all part and parcel of
the Winter Olympics, especially in
the Alpine events. I shudder to
think how much hot chocolate we
drank and worse over the years
waiting for events to get going, so
it's nothing new. 20 years ago, we
only staged a couple of events in
the first seven days, then we had a
mad scramble, seven events over the
last five, and so it goes. They have
had problems in Pyeongchang, but at
last, under blue skies, we were
green for go this morning.
green for go this morning. The
women's giant slalom officially
signalled the start of Shiffrin's
assault on these games. The men's
downhill, at long last. And now
firmly established as another Winter
Games favourite, the mayhem and
madness of snowboard cross, where
virtually anything goes. Just as
Michael Phelps came to the Winter
Olympics, the Summer Olympics, even,
in 2008, trying to go for an
outlandish eight gold medals, so
looks outlandish the hopes of
Mikaela Shiffrin, the American Idol
going for maybe four Golds.
going for maybe four Golds. Very few
people have won free Golds Alpine
events, so Mission impossible? Maybe
events, so Mission impossible? Maybe
I have been working towards
this for my entire career. It helps
with speed to have strength. The
thing is to be able
to master the hill. COMMENTATOR:
Every time I get in the
start gate, I know what I need to
Shiffrin wins the
Is right now, I am
excited with the mindset that I
I am going to
execute. STUDIO: She is an Alpine
all-rounder, and so was this lady,
Chemmy Alcott. What is so special
about this 22-year-old?
absolutely incredible, with the
touch to let her skis run. She has
the ability to be strong, powerful
and precise in technical scheme, but
also gliding and speed. He is
comfortable in the air, so an
How unusual is it
to have someone who looks so
naturally suited to both the
technical and speed events?
one of the only ones right now,
because the level of skiing, male
and female, is so high that you have
to specialise in order to be good at
that one discipline. The fact that
she is competitive in so many, it's
incredible. When she came to Lake
Louise last year, people were
thinking, she might be going for
experience because of the Olympic
downhill, and she went and won. She
had the red bib, which meant she was
discipline leader. She didn't stop
the downhills after because she was
focusing on the technical
discipline. It is like a stab in the
leg for those who ski downhill only,
because she had the red bib and she
wasn't even racing.
How dare she?
Exactly. She makes speed. Quite a
lot of people, myself included, you
are trying to be nice, clean and
fast, but she is not. She's looking
for speed every time she pushes out
the start gate.
We shall see how she
does. We always say on ski Sunday,
giant slalom is the easiest to ski
but the hardest to master. Let's see
how she fares with Matt Chilton.
COMMENTATOR: After four days of
strong wind and cold temperatures,
the weather has settled down and we
are ready for the 2018 Olympic
women's giant slalom. The first
skier on the
skier on the Hill is Moelgg from
Italy. Vastly experienced. The
course is in fantastic shape. Onto
the flat section of this piste at
young Chong. It drops down to 965
metres, so a vertical drop of 400
metres. It is a course that is
greatly appreciated by the top giant
slalom skiers. They like it's
variety of state's, flat caps and
rollers. She is a little light on
that thread. Gets away with it, and
sets the pace. One minute --
1:10.62. It was a solid start. The
best of the
best of the Italians Brignone. She
has also been on the World Cup
podium in downhill. That was a huge
surprise to everybody. Her mother
won format World Cup slalom is
between 1979 and 1984. A good start
for Brignone. She comes from the
sunshine into the shade and then
back out into this sunny part of the
course. There are pockets of blue
sky all the way down. The racers had
to adjust their vision. Nice
transition there. That is a gate
that has caught out both of the
previous starters. Brignone
anticipated it well. The time to
become a 1:10.62, and Brignone is
second. Italy first and second.
second. Italy first and second. Next
ago, for Germany, one of the
pre-Olympic favourites, the leader
in the World Cup season long
standings. This is Victoria
Rebensburg, from Germany. Off to a
really relaxed start.
She has doubled her advantage, 0.1
three. Standing tall after the most
technically demanding part of the
course. The blue lines are to aid
visibility. The banana gate, and
back into the next roller.
Rebensburg has just eased up
slightly. This banana gate on the
other roller could be crucial. A
beautiful day in John Peel. At last,
-- Yongpyong. At last, the weather
is playing ball. Without that
mistake a couple of gates from the
finish line, Rebensburg may have
skied into second place.
skied into second place. Mowinckel
for Norway. She has had an
outstanding season, currently
sitting fifth in the World Cup giant
slalom standings. The World Cup
begins in October. That concludes
this season in mid-March in Sweden.
They really strong start from
Mowinckel. Intelligent skiing.
Keeping it nice and tight on every
turn. Slightly late there. The
course is chewing up quite quickly,
the snow surface degrading as each
racer comes down and carves their
way through the top surface.
Relatively soft, the racing surface
here in Yongpyong.
here in Yongpyong. Mowinckel almost
sees the skis out but does enough to
go ahead of the German. She made a
mistake but gets home and dry, and
she will be back for the second run.
Mikaela Shiffrin is ready to race.
The American, just 22 years old. She
won the slalom Olympic title four
years ago in Sochi when she was just
18. But she has been dominant in the
first quarter of the World Cup
season. She has won in giant slalom
twice already this season. She has
been totally dominant in her
favoured discipline of slalom, in
which she is the defending champion.
And the green light has been
replaced by the red light at
intermediate number three. She is
late there, fell down the side of
that roller. She might have lost
another ten. Now, she settled in and
drives for the line. How close is
Shiffrin? Good enough for second.
Wonderful skills on display from
Shiffrin. Number eight ready to go
for Switzerland, what they charge
out of the start
out of the start gate for Lara Gut.
Super-G will perhaps be her best
chance of a medal in these Winter
Olympic Games. She has started
strongly. O! She is down, and Lara
Gut can't stop. She has taken up the
photographers. Goodness me! Lara Gut
has only just returned from injury.
There are maybe a broken camera or
two, but Gut is OK.
Sara Hector, missed a lot of last
season with injury. Three top five
finishes this season though. Pretty
straightforward through the first
turn, quite flat. How close is
Hector? 14 hundredths behind. She
has to stand tall and work the skis
through this really tough section.
The Italian coaches laid out best
track and rightly so, made it as
tough as it can be. The roller, and
Sara Hector is keeping herself in
touch. Manuela Moelgg leads for
Italy, the 34-year-old. Incredible
22-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin is
second. Federica Brignone is third.
Sara Hector is the first of the
Swedish skiers. She goes fifth. Word
will reach the top of the track that
the last red gate has to be watched.
Marta Bassino. A huge roar for the
21-year-old. An out and out giant
slalom specialist. This is her
discipline. And Marta Bassino is
just about matching Manuela Moelgg.
Two hundredths of a second is all
that separates the two Italians.
Lovely skiing from Marta Bassino, as
we follow her from the cable-cam
high above the trees. You can see
the speed and also the damage done
as the snow gets eroded as each
skier comes down. A couple of big
mistakes from Marta Bassino. What a
beautiful morning in the mountains
of Korea. Marta Bassino continues to
rack up the errors but finishes
within half a second of the lead,
despite the mistakes, carrying good
speed all the way down. The Italians
are there in force. Frida Hansdotter
from Sweden. New colours in the
Olympic Games for the Swedish team.
Multicoloured race suit for Frida
Hansdotter. Frida Hansdotter, better
known as a slalom skier rather than
a GS skier, having a really good
run. Three hundredths off the pace
of Manuela Moelgg. Frida Hansdotter,
a former World Cup slalom champion,
showing improving form in giant
slalom this season. Manuela Moelgg
still leading the way for Italy. At
the next intermediate, Frida
Hansdotter, having struggled on the
steep is 0.94 off the pace but still
potentially looking at a top ten
finish here. Frida Hansdotter of
Sweden just leads inside the
penultimate red and goes seventh. A
fine run from Frida Hansdotter.
British number one Alex Tilley from
Aberdeenshire. A member of the
Gordon skiers club. Coached by Noel
Baxter, the younger brother of Alain
Baxter. A good start from Alex
Tilley, who has had promising form
in giant slalom this season. In
Killington she set the ninth
quickest time in the first run.
She's a little late there. That was
right at the bottom of the steep, so
may not have been too costly. Taking
lots of risks here.
lots of risks here. And Alex Tilley
does a full 360 and crashes out of
the Olympic giant slalom. She was
pushing hard, throwing everything at
this first run. And eventually she
ran out of luck. Manuela Moelgg,
first on the Hill, into top spot.
Two tenths clear of Mikaela Shiffrin
with Federica Brignone in third.
Mikaela Shiffrin has the earphones
in. Manuela Moelgg will be last to
ski. What a moment for her. Viktoria
Rebensburg was the Olympic champion
eight years ago at the Vancouver
games. On the mountain in Whistler
she claimed gold. Four years ago in
Sochi, she was bronze medallist in
the Olympic giant slalom. Make no
mistake, Viktoria Rebensburg is
currently on top of the game in
giant slalom and is contender for
victory this time. When in more than
300 races this season, winning in
Killington, in Italy, and two second
places. And she is still in front of
Tessa Worley by three quarters of a
second. Worley, Viktoria Rebensburg
and Shiffrin are three of the top
names in World Cup giant slalom at
all still in this competition along
with one or two Italians you fancy
their chances. Manuela Moelgg will
be last to ski. Viktoria Rebensburg
keeps it smooth all the way, and
aggressive, the knees absorbing all
the terrain changes. She tucks into
go first. Viktoria Rebensburg leads
the Olympic giant slalom by nearly
half a second. Frida Hansdotter is
next to ski, a superb slalom skier.
Her giant slalom performance this
morning was one of her best ever
giant slalom runs that I have seen.
Can she turn it around? She is
seventh quickest after the first
run. Minimum air time. 0.13 is the
lead over Viktoria Rebensburg with
which she starts the second run and
she adds another three tenths. An
electrifying start from Frida
Hansdotter from Sweden. Has only had
one top ten finish in GS this
season, and hasn't stopped making
the podium in slalom racing. This
could be the giant slalom day of her
life. A tenth of a second in front
of Viktoria Rebensburg as the wind
starts to buffer the races coming
down the track. It was still and
calm this morning but the dreaded
wind has returned to make life
difficult for the later starters.
Frida Hansdotter trails by 0.4 four.
The top three divided by a short
enough time to get in among the
provisional medal positions. Frida
Hansdotter tucks in at the line and
goes into silver. Viktoria
Rebensburg lead me away for Germany.
Frida Hansdotter into second for
Sweden. The Swedish supporters still
have Sara Hector, who will be next
up. A champion eight years ago,
leading the 2018 instalment.
leading the 2018 instalment. Sara
Hector's turn, a quarter of a second
is her advantage over Viktoria
Rebensburg after the first run. It's
not much. But races are won by less.
That's a good start, rhythmical, a
metronomic start from Sara Hector.
Then she made a mess of the landing
of the job and had to check before
she could carry on her way. No
damage done. Not yet, anyway. Might
come back to haunt her at the next
intermediate. A former Junior World
Championships in giant slalom, but
that was a long time ago. Now she
has gone behind. Sara Hector heads
into the teeth of the wind, which is
bothering the athletes in the middle
part of the course. It's at the top,
but not bad at the bottom. But on
the steep it's a factor. Sara
Hector, a difference of six tenths
of a second. At this rate, she will
ski out of the medal positions. A
little late again. Sara Hector tax
income are desperately trying to get
speed across the line, but she is
fifth. The wind was definitely a
factor. Marta Bassino is on her way.
For Italy. Giant slalom is her
thing. This is her specialist
discipline. She has been improving
all the time. Fourth in complex on
Italian snow just prior to making
the trip to Pyeongchang. Started
with a lead of a quarter of a second
over Viktoria Rebensburg. Now
hitting the middle part of the
course. Wind is waiting around the
next corner for Marta Bassino. She
was a little late coming onto the
steep. As a result, she trails
Viktoria Rebensburg by 22 hundredths
of a second. The wind seems to have
eased up slightly in a middle part
of the course. There was snow being
blown around and that has stopped
now. Sara Hector had the worst of
it. Marta Bassino seems to be in
relatively calm air, but still
trails. Enough to put her
professionally in the podium
positions, but I don't think she
will be able to dislodge Viktoria
Rebensburg from gold medal position.
Marta Bassino has gone silver. Good
Ragnhild Mowinckel of Norway is next
up. Look at that, straight into the
tuck, aggressive and accurate. Giant
slalom skiing, she is ripping it up
on the top. Ragnhild Mowinckel
handled the job well. Is she still
in front, and if so by how much? She
has added three tenths to her lead.
Sensational start from Ragnhild
Mowinckel of Norway, who has never
had a World Cup win but has come
close this season, a second in the
Italian giant slalom. On the podium
at the valve is their super-g. She
is capable of winning medals in
downhill, super-g and GS in
Pyeongchang. It. But as she came
over the roller. Has it damaged her
time? 0.38 was the advantage last
time the clock stopped. She is now
in the red zone but only just. She
knows she has made errors, she has
to do let it run and take a risk to
remove Viktoria Rebensburg from gold
medal position. Ragnhild Mowinckel
goes first! Gold medal position for
the Norwegian. What a finish.
the Norwegian. What a finish. Her
outstanding season continues. She
leads the Olympic giant slalom.
Mowinckel has gold at the moment
with Viktoria Rebensburg in silver
and Marta Bassino in bronze. Three
to go in the Olympic giant slalom.
Federica Brignone is next up.
Federica Brignone is next up. She is
a superb technician, but has also
learned to ski downhill in super-g
in recent seasons. And that has
helped her straight-line speed in
giant slalom. 0.26 was the lead at
the top and it has been reduced.
Mowinckel's secret was nailing the
top ten turns, the current leader,
that's where she was better than
anyone else. Federica Brignone is
slightly more cautious. Back into
the green. Back in front. A little
back seated there. Federica Brignone
is having to work hard through some
of these turns. A little late again.
Mowinckel next split... It's only
two hundredths for Federica
Brignone. It's so tight in this
second run. Federica Brignone could
still ski into a medal position but
what colour would it be? Almost home
for Italy, tucking in and going into
silver. With just two skiers to
come, Ryan Hill Mowinckel is
guaranteed a medal! -- Ragnhild
Mowinckel is guaranteed a medal. Now
it's the turn of Mikaela Shiffrin.
0.35 was the advantage after the
first leg. Shiffrin pushes out at
the start, still pushing between
Gates one and two. Beautiful turns
from Mikaela Shiffrin. She is the
finest exponent of giant slalom and
slalom skiing in the world right
now, in a league of her own when it
comes to the technical aspect of the
sport. It's a smooth, error-free
start from Mikaela Shiffrin. Her
advantage over Mowinckel has been
reduced slightly, but it's still
green as she comes into the first
steep section. Nice and high in the
line. Shiffrin is getting after this
giant slalom second run. The slalom
champion four years ago at the age
of 18. Now at 22 she is looking for
her second Olympic title. She could
win three or possibly four gold
medals in Pyeongchang in 2018, and
she is on her way to a gold medal
position, surely, if she stays on
her feet. It has been lightning
quick from Mikaela Shiffrin from top
to bottom. One mistake, but she has
enough in reserve and has the gold
medal position with one to go.
Shiffrin risked everything on the
last six turns and nearly came
unstuck. But she leads the way.
One skier to come.
Moelgg is the last skier on the
Hill. The veteran Italian. If she
wins a medal right now, she weren't
careful so we have got used over the
years to see the second run
challenges from Moelgg, where she
puts her foot to the floor and takes
chances. She trails Shiffrin by
0.21, not the smoothest start for
Moelgg, but plenty of Touraine left
on this course. The Italian can put
herself back in contention. 0.63
now. She is potentially out of the
medals. The Italian has made a
couple of mistakes. The course has
seen 29 others go before, so it has
suffered erosion with all these
steel edges slicing through the top
surface. Shiffrin will be the
Olympic champion. Mowinckel will
take the silver, Brignone the
bronze. And I think that Moelgg will
leave the giant slalom empty-handed.
Can she fight back in amongst the
medals? Oh, she is only eight.
Mikaela Shiffrin is the Olympic
champion for the second time. She
begins her quest for a handful of
Olympic medals with victory in the
giant slalom by 0.39 to Mowinckel,
with Brignone taking the bronze.
STUDIO: Shiffrin joins the
powerfully elegant ranks of people
like vanilla company
like vanilla company only --...
knew she was going out there to win.
She was pushed by Mowinckel, the
Norwegian, who is speaking at the
right time. She is full of self
belief, and that is Norway's first
medal since 1936.
Shiffrin, she dominated from the
start. The extra pushes she was
putting in, clean on the skis,
building a big angle at the top and
charging into those gates.
this hat-trick/ Quad on here? What
about the timetable now? It has all
got a bit compressed. She
potentially could have three races
back-to-back. She has the defence of
her slalom, and maybe the Super-G,
though that seems to be in doubt.
The original programme was perfect.
The day is being stacked with the
crazy wind we had. I would have said
three, for sure. The slalom tomorrow
is risky and anything can happen,
but she is definitely the favourite.
The combined, so comfortable on the
downhill long boards that I would
say that too. I would say that
Super-G, she has a good chance, but
her mother has said
her mother has said that since there
are three different races with
different equipment on consecutive
days, it will be tough. It is hard
mentally, so her mum has said that
there is a chance she won't raise
the Super-G. I think it depends how
she is tomorrow. If she has a great
race and doesn't expend too much
energy, the camp might change their
mind. That is what they are saying.
It is about the combined later on in
Let's have our quick look
at this explosive second run. She
was vying with Moelgg and she knew
she had to go for this. It was not a
It was a fight, but she went
out the start gate with the bit in
her teeth as she always does. So
disciplined with the upper body. A
nice little jump, soft landing,
always rolling at the top of the
terms, extending the legs away from
her, which means the skis tip up
onto a big angle and then arc
through the snow. It is icy snow.
When Lara fell earlier, we saw how
far she went. This PG carries to the
bottom of the course, that is her
strength, the steep to flat section.
It was a bit jab to recover and you
can see that the Klizan not so
can see that the Klizan not so coin
-- this skis are not so clean.
competitors who come later do have
to deal with the course that is
The front ones get the
benefit of the clean course. It
shows that the women who win our
right, congratulations, that is gold
number two of her career, the first
of a possible Quad, we shall see. As
you said, a fantastic day from
Norway's perspective as well. We
have Mowinckel Cinema is this a name
we will hear of more? It is her
first global medal.
She has been up
there with the girls. The Norwegians
rafted me for the last few years,
she was one of the up-and-coming
skiers, and already, she was so
strong. Now she is finding her own.
Look at the skiing, so full of self
belief. She was in amazing position
to attack and she didn't choke. She
made mistakes, took risks and the
speed came. I have got goose bumps
now, because I am so impressed with
how she handled all that pressure.
The Norwegians are this global
talent in ski racing, but she is one
of the only females out there who
are going for it. Really impressive,
and like you said, in Super-G and
We have the slalom
tomorrow, and then the first
sighting of Lindsey Vonn on
Saturday. I think everybody is
fascinated to see a potential US
derby between Shiffrin and Vaughan.
It may not come on Saturday. --
I think Mikaela Shiffrin. The
downhill to use it as practice for
the Alpine combined. The more time
she gets on those long skis, the
more prepared and comfortable she
will be, and the more she will be
able to attack for that final gold
in the Alpine combined.
talking about the women's downhill,
but today, at last, the men's
downhill. We were extremely excited.
Chemmy has the screen all sorted
out. You have Killie, Zurbriggen,
the list goes on. Somebody was going
to cement themselves into Olympic
history today. Perhaps most famous
of all is, of course, Franz Klammer,
who careered down the mountain at
his home Olympics in 1976 in
Innsbruck, a man on the edge of
Here is Franz
Klammer, every I will be on him. He
has been skiing with new skis that
have had holes cut in the toes. We
looked at them and they did not
appear to be lie. Look to the
midpoint time. 13.24, just outside,
but he can make it up on the lower
half. The brilliance of this man,
challenging the reigning Olympic
champion. A magnificent run so far.
Franz Klammer going at 15. 22. The
hero of Austria takes the leap well,
survives it well. Cut down, get
sailor malign. The time... He's done
it. Franz Klammer has done it!
it. Franz Klammer has done it! --
gets to the line.
Just listen to
that. It just still get you going.
Pure daring and commitment. They
don't make them like that these
days, do they?
Back then, I think
they used to walk up the slopes. At
least now we have machines and get
to ride on a lift and ski down. Back
then, no safety nets, people lining
it, and yet they were on the limit
every single term.
You see it with
hay bales for netting. As a downhill
racer yourself, what are the
conflicting messages that go through
your head when you are starting in a
start gay, just before you go win to
take your turn?
You feel scared. You
feel fear, the butterflies in your
stomach are telling you this is the
craziest thing ever. I think these
are good emotions to feel when you
are doing winter sports because it
shows you have respect for what
you're about to do. So many other
kids say, I know I am in the Luke
not allowed to be scared, but I am
fearful, and I say, that is natural.
It is mental to throw yourself down
a mountain at 70 miles an hour, but
it is about accepting that, knowing
you will be on the edge and that
that is the fine line between
success and possible disaster, but
the adrenaline is addictive.
to interview the guys coming down,
and the women, and they would come
down after throwing themselves off a
mountain and rationalise the
experience in five different
languages at the bottom to all the
different interviewers. It is
extraordinary, really is. What does
the Olympic title do for your CV in
It is the ultimate.
Men's downhill, probably a toss-up
between the kitsch feel downhill and
the Olympics. In Korea, it is a
sprint downhill, and it comes around
every format years. You have done
thousands of hours of work, mentally
and physically, and then you have
one minute and 40 seconds to put
your life on the line and come away
with ultimate glory.
At Sochi, it
was a risk and reward course. This
one has been described as a bit
vanilla. It is a motorway, but the
course they have set up on it is
quite technical, with lots of times.
Since the test event, they have
built more to rain and put tunnels
under the slope, so you have rollers
and to rein in there. It is an easy
slide, but as Stendhal said after
the first training run, it is not
easy to go fast, so I expect to see
risk, and that will be rewarded with
Graham Bell is
never fearful of any cause, whether
it is vanilla or the toughest you
can imagine. And he does it with one
ski pole and a camera. He is a
five-time Olympian. Your heart is
always in your mouth when you see
this. Enjoy this, one of the great
pieces of television of any Winter
Let's look at the men's
Olympic downhill at the Jeongseon
Alpine Centre. This is what the
racers have to focus on. It starts
pretty much straightaway, because
you come around this right footed
term, and you dive down onto this
bumpy Traverse, really important to
carry the speed over these little
rollers, through the bumps here.
Then really let it fly there. This
is the Gariwang jump, and onto the
roller-coaster section. Steep as
part of the course here. There are
tunnels under the track, and you
have to really absorb the rollers.
Coming up to the second jump now,
Dragon claw, straight up off there,
and heading down towards the forest
road. This turn here is crucial.
It's called the paradise turn, and
it brings you from the steep onto
the flat. It's the third jump. Over
that. Heading towards the blue
Dragon Valley. Really important to
keep the speed going as you go into
this almost half pipe section of the
course, just rolling from edge to
edge. Coming out of the blue Dragon
Valley, over the little roller,
heading towards the magic tree.
There it is on the left of the
course. In sight of the finish, onto
this little fall away section,
carrying speed through the last
turn, heading towards the last jump.
This is a big flight. And across the
line. Well, the course conditions
are absolutely perfect. These
freezing temperatures have made it
absolutely excellent for making
snow. It's fast, it has grip and it
will be a great race.
At long last,
it is a stunning morning, and it has
been worth waiting because
conditions are now perfect for the
ribbon event at the Olympic Winter
Games - men's downhill. Thomas
Dressen is a way for Germany.
24-year-old, made his mark in
January by winning in Kitspiel. What
a way to get your first victory on
the top is course of old. Gravity
sends you off to the skier's left
and you have to fight against that.
He flies the Gariwang jump. Thomas
Dressen was the 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 Thomas
Dressen. This is good racing. Hasn't
put a foot wrong just yet. Getting
bounced around. The next jump,
standing on the right foot and into
the Paradise turn, just lost a
little bit of ground there, but not
too much speed. It goes flat after
the Paradise turn, with the drop and
towards the Blue Dragon Valley. The
narrowest part of the course.
Spectacular racing here. Down
towards the Magic tree. Gets
airborne again. We will keep an eye
on that job because Matthias Mayer
flew it in the downhill part of the
combined. So did Marcel Hirscher.
Thomas Dressen kept it relatively
low and short, his flight. The first
man on the course, taking off,
flying Quebec jump. The time is
1:41.03. Dominik Paris. Out of the
start like an Italian speed skater.
Eight hundredths quicker than Thomas
Dressen at the intermediate time,
onto the bumpy dragon Ridge. Trying
to stay as high as he can. It has
got slightly better for Paris. 18
hundredths of a second. A big,
controlled flight on the Gariwang
jump. Now heading off to the Dragon
claw part of the course. Nine
hundredths in front. It has been
green all the way for Dominik Paris,
the third best downhill racer of the
current season. Had a win on home
snow earlier in the year at Borneo
on a similarly rough and bumpy
course. Winding down the windows
there. Bumpy landing, and Paradise
turn could sort them out today and
Paris didn't make the best of it.
Down towards the Blue Dragon Valley.
It was green all the way and is
still green despite the mistake.
Paris might have taken a new line
which others might not be able to.
He will fly here and actually keeps
it quite low. We will compare that,
see if it brings him the reward.
Paris is still in front. Six green
lights down the course. But it's
this final time that really matters.
Paris tucks in for the line. He
leads the Olympic downhill. By a
quarter of a second.
First-time Olympian, tenth last year
at St Moritz. Didn't skate for as
Paris did, Brice Roger. Down into
the aerodynamic tucked position. A
high line on the dragon Ridge and in
touch at the first intermediate, and
the second split.
the second split. Way he goes off to
the skier's right.
the skier's right. 35.47 for Paris.
Brice Roger is three tenths slower.
Left that jump way off to the left.
The next jump, tucking in, following
from the camera high up on the
course. It gives you a true idea of
the incredible speed these downhill
races travel at down the snow. 107
kilometres there. And that's not the
fastest part of the course. In the
red zone all the way for Brice
Roger. In towards the Blue Dragon
Valley, exiting stage towards the
magic tree and that's a bigger jump
than we have seen from some. 107.4
is the latest reading on the speed
gun. I think Paris will be safe in
the gold medal position at the
moment. His time of 1:40.79, that's
what they are all chasing now.
what they are all chasing now. Roger
goes into bronze medal position for
France. One of the big favourites,
Beat Feuz from Switzerland. The best
downhill skier of the season so far.
Claimed the final downhill before
the Olympics at
Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Skied pretty
solidly in training, sitting up and
skiing gently in the bottom half of
his training runs, but make no
mistake, a serious contender, a huge
unit of a man. Incredible jump,
slamming the inside edge of the
right hand skied down into the snow
to continue on his way. Beat Feuz
living dangerously. The Olympic
downhill, and he's bringing all the
risks into this race.
risks into this race. Beat Feuz is
just about hanging in. Need a huge
amount of strength to pour himself
back in over his skis.
back in over his skis. 120 kph, the
latest reading for Beat Feuz as he
flies down towards the Blue Dragon
Valley. Paris's time... And Beat
Feuz is faster. 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 flight from Beat
Feuz. Magnificent downhill skiing
from the Swiss. He is going to go
close here. He may well go into the
gold medal position. Beat Feuz has
put down a magnificent Olympic
downhill run. A huge jump to finish.
Beat Feuz is first! 0.36. Fantastic
skiing from Beat Feuz. He's into the
gold medal position. Full of risk,
he took so many chances, but he got
the reward. Look at that, almost
horizontal on the snow. How did he
keep that ski down there? Andreas
Sander will be next up for Germany.
Along the push and skate for the
German. Beat Feuz leading for
Switzerland, Dominik Paris in second
for Italy. German Thomas Dressen,
first on the course, sitting in
bronze medal position at the moment.
We are yet to see an Austrian, or
any of the Norwegians.
Svindal, Jansrud, both threats for a
medal. Andreas Sander into the
middle part of the course. A decent
line for Andreas Sander. Doesn't
have the bulk we have seen on
display from Beat Feuz. Has Andreas
Sander managed to claw back any
time? He heads down towards Blue
Dragon Valley. Andreas Sander is
half a second shy of the required
mark. The tightest and narrowest
part of the course, the transition
from Blue Dragon Valley, upwards and
over towards the magic tree. Luckily
there is no breeze, because that
could have been nasty if the wind
got under the tips of those downhill
The last jump, and Andreas Sander
has missed it. He is down in fifth
position for the moment.
position for the moment. Aksel Lund
Svindal is ready to race in what
will certainly be his final Olympic
downhill. Third in final training.
Fifth in the second to last training
A decent start for the multitalented
Aksel Lund Svindal. Just chucked
slightly lower on the camber on
dragon Ridge. Trailing by a tenth,
battered and clattered the control
gate. The workers go out to make the
repair and Svindal loses his ideal
racing line. Throwing everything at
his last Olympic cup edition in
downhill, but he might be pushing
too hard, winding down the windows
on that big jump. Cinderella will
have to take the riskiest possible
line. -- Swindell will have to take.
Try to get back into contention
here. What a shot of the great man
in full flight as he lands at 111
kilometres per hour. And now
Cinderella is in front. The gamble
might be paying off for Aksel Lund
Svindal. Blue Dragon Valley. The big
flight, off-balance. Didn't seem to
any speed. Recovers his poise and
gets his dynamic posture back over
his skis. He leads Beat Feuz by a
quarter of a second. Aksel Lund
Svindal, skiing for a gold medal
position for Norway. Just one jump
to come. It's a long flight, tucking
in and going into gold. Aksel Lund
Svindal steals the lead away from
Beat Feuz. Magnificent.
It wasn't textbook jumping, but he
knew the risk might bring him the
reward. Janssen Road of Norway,
number nine. -- Janssen
number nine. -- Janssen Jansrud of
Norway. A little low on the dragon
Ridge, but the speed is good. 111, a
long jump, standing immediately on
the inside edge of the right ski.
Wonderful anticipation and control
from the 32-year-old Norwegian. He
is flying here. Huge again. He knows
he has to roll the dice and take a
real chance with this. Aksel Lund
Svindal leads, Beat Feuz second and
Paris that. They all watch keenly as
Jansrud comes into the paradise turn
at full pelt. 112 on the landing,
travelling 38 metres.
Goodness me, the upper body is all
twisted. Like a freestyler, but he
seemed to land cleanly enough. It's
green all the way. Only just, for
hundreds of a second between the two
Norwegians. Which way will this go?
Yannis -- Jansrud is second, Svindal
holds on. Lost control of his left
ski pole. No one has ever won the
Olympic downhill twice in a row. Can
Mattias Meyer rewrite the record
books and win the title he won in
Sochi four years ago. He pushes out
and keeps pushing and skating. He's
looking for that forward momentum.
The reigning champion is on a
mission as he hits the dragon Ridge
and almost goes through the middle
of the control gate at the bottom.
It's a good line to bring him a
green light. A huge flight off to
his right. Stands of the left ski on
the next turn. Can Matthias Mayer
become the first man ever to win
back-to-back downhill medals? --
gold medals. For hundreds of the
pace of Svindal. Next, low body
position, where ever he feels
comfortable enough to tuck. Download
and looking for good aerodynamic
Good jump again there. Standing on
the right foot. Not as quick as
Aksel Lund Svindal, and he drills
the Norwegian now by three quarters
of a second. Surely, that's too much
for Matthias Mayer to claw back.
Let's see how he takes this jump. He
flew that much longer in the
downhill leg of the Alpine combined.
It's not happening for Mayer now.
1.11 seconds off the pace. The
Austrians will have to look
elsewhere. They still have Hannes
Reichelt Max Franz and Vincent
Kriechmayr to come. The champion
format years ago is only seven.
Svindal still the champion in
waiting. Ninth best downhiller of
the season. Peter Fill is not
without a chance of being in the
middle tier, pretty solid in
training. He became the first
Italian to win the World Cup
downhill challenge and did so two
years in a row. Peter Fill on his
way. Dominik Paris, his team-mate,
currently in fourth. Phil has had
time to get a court report over the
two-way radio, and he is off to a
flying start, 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 is in front at the next
intermediate. He was 100th behind,
then he is 100th in front.
then he is 100th in front. Peter
Fill pushing hard and looking for
straight line speed, taking all
sorts of gambles and, almost
flattened the curve coming into the
Paradise turn. Now the bottom part
of the track, the key split, and
Phil is now quarter of a second
removed from Svindal's time, and
that put him outside a bronze medal
position. -- Peter Fill is now
quarter of a second... I don't think
the soft snow will help in the --
will help him. The time has got
worse than he is now half a second
off the pace, pushing him down to
about fourth or fifth position. Last
jump, Peter Fill lands and crosses
the line. He has missed the medals,
he is sixth, 0.83 the pace. Max
Franz, was a bronze medallist at the
World Championships in San Moritz
last February in the World
Championship downhill. He heads down
onto the Dragon Bridge, a high line
for Max Franz, getting bounced
around by the bumps and ruts
underfoot, but at least they are
visible. You can see clearly.
Visibility is absolutely perfect
today, not a breath of wind. We have
the full Olympic downhill. There
were fears that we may have a
shortened run, a subdued version.
But no signs of that. Max Franz is
absolutely throwing everything,
heart and soul, into this downhill
run. Almost came a cropper there,
0.34 off the pace at the last
intermediate. The jumping isn't too
clever from Max Franz. Top three on
the bottom left of your screen. Max
Franz goes in towards the blue
Dragon Valley, down to the magic
tree. This secretary which has
needed to be protected while they
built and prepared this Olympic
downhill track. A massive jump from
Max Franz, similar to what we saw
from Matthias Mayer in the combined
stage, the downhill stage of the
combine. Hasn't done him any damage.
He's just 1.3 off the pace. Out of
the medal chances here, Max Franz,
just one more opportunity for the
mighty Austrians, with Vincent
Kriechmayr next. Too many errors for
Max Franz. Vincent Kriechmayr from
Austria. The quickest in final
training. He can't be disregarded.
He is a light, nimble but immensely
quick downhill skier.
quick downhill skier. Kriechmayr as
a good line into the Dragon Ridge.
Just about, moved his shoulder clear
of the final gate of that section.
The Austrian is starting to pay
close attention to the big screen at
the foot of the mountain. The next
split is key. 35.73 four Svindal,
35.794 Kriechmayr -- 30 5.79 four
Kriechmayr. He is throwing
everything at this Olympic downhill
course as he comes into the Paradise
turn. He might have gone slightly
lower than the ideal racing line. We
will wait for the split as he comes
down towards the blue Dragon Valley.
The speed is OK. Kriechmayr is now
half a second off. The Paradise turn
took its toll on his chance for a
medal. He just drifted to low after
the right foot element. Double jump
there. A hop and a skip before he
prepares for the last element.
prepares for the last element. He's
too far removed, I think, to push
for a medal now. It is so tight at
the top, the top three separated by
just 0.1 eight. Vincent Kriechmayr
might be the best Austrian. He is
seventh, but that is scant
consolation because he is out of the
medals. 35-year-old Aksel Lund
Svindal is the Olympic downhill
challenge. It is a Norwegian 1-2.
Switzerland getting amongst the
medals. Beat Feuz has the bronze.
World Cup wins, been their review
time to know how that feels. This is
different. It is one of those things
you keep looking up the hill because
you want to make sure it's real, no
one a skiing faster. This is fun.
STUDIO: And he will get the freedom
of Norway because not only is he the
oldest guy ever to win that, it is
no way's first victory, and the
Alpine downhill for men is the only
title they have never won. Wow!
title they have never won. Wow!
Olympic medals and not this one for
Aamodt. Wets how popular a win
amongst the whole Alpine fraternity,
not just amongst the Norwegians?
They love this guy.
He has overcome so much. From here
to his Achilles, he has smashed up
every part of his body. He has had
multiple surgeries and has fought
back to the sport he loves. This is
potentially his last ever Olympics,
so to come away with his gold is
He really pushed it. We
talked about Franz Klammer's run in
1976, and he was on the tails of his
skis, giving it all.
He was not
overturning on the soft snow, he was
flattening the skis as soon as he
could. The tips coming up, but
always fighting for the aerodynamic
position. It wasn't clean or
perfect, but the winner wasn't going
to be the guy who came down over
skiing it, it was the guy who just
charged and went for it. You made a
great point that this is one of the
downhill is for men that has more
turns, but he was able to work it
down, using gravity, and from this
section, he was invincible, so fast
down here, just loose, like he is
skiing on eggshells, losing snow
contact there, but not fighting what
the skis want to do, which is to go
Huge flight. He
is a two-time world champion but no
global medals in downhill since
2014. He missed the podium
completely in all of his events in
the last Olympics. Some people
thought it was all over at that
He is one of the guys on the
World Cup tour who wasn't able to
come and do a recce of the track.
Jansrud, his team-mate, did that and
they do help each other. Ironically,
the one person who challenged
Svindal today was Jansrud. He
charged the halfway point and then
Jansrud gave it to Svindal.
half a second.
On this downhill,
that was an eternity. Then a few
heavy edge sets, working against
gravity, and you can see he just
lost speed. A really good run.
Technically, a lot cleaner in the
air. He was able to land with a nice
flat ski. That was a substantial
lead, but at the end of that term,
tipping inside with the inside
shoulder, the weight transfers off
the outside ski and it isn't able to
power any more.
Apart from that
wobble, his looked the tidy run, by
far, and it was slower.
I have had
runs where I got down and thought,
that was amazing, turn to look at
the scoreboard and I was dead slow.
Sometimes you feel fast and you're
just making the gates and it's
messy, and that's the way to go.
That's why full risk is the way. You
have to be safe and strong enough to
pull it but like Svindal show today,
it is the limit you have to find.
upgraded his Sochi bronze to silver
in Pyeongchang. The world champion
gets on the podium here. For quite a
long time, all of Switzerland might
have thought that Beat Feuz had
Me too. He was skiing well in
training. He was standing up to not
give his time away to the other
competitors. It was quite
uncharacteristic today, made a lot
of mistakes and looked like he was
trying too hard, for me. I'm picking
it apart because he came third. It
was incredible. Beat Feuz was going
for the win today, and instead of
trusting his instincts, he tried a
little too hard. 110% goes against
We mentioned some of the
greats of the sport, Fritz Strobl,
Franz Klammer and Killie, but this
guy, Beat Feuz, one day for him, but
Svindal surely fits in with those
legends of the sport. It is entirely
appropriate that he wins this one,
Someone who has overcome so
much adversity and put their body on
the line for so many years with so
much talent deserves to have an
Olympic gold. It was a gaping hole
for him and now it is filled.
can't wait for the men's Super-G
tomorrow. Speed event after speed
event. Sometimes the weather does
what in our favour. Chemmy, thank
you. Alpine headline makers are
go-go, but there are plenty of
others across the whole Olympic
programme. Britain's Dom Parsons is
in the hunt for the medal at the
halfway stage of the men's skeleton.
He's in place, three hundredths of a
second away from bronze. The British
men made it to make wins out of
three in the round-robin stage of
the Carling. Kyle Smith is ayes team
beat Japan 6-5, a very tight one.
But -- of the curling. Eve
Muirhead's team suffered their first
loss, 7-4 down against the USA.
Mixed fortunes for Eve and women.
Mikaela Shiffrin, as you saw, has
her first gold of these games, with
the American producing a superb
second run to win the giant slalom.
And 35-year-old Aksel Lund Svindal
has become the oldest ever gold
medallist in Alpine skiing. Some
more news from today concerns IOC
member Adam Pengilly, who has been
sent home from Pyeongchang following
an altercation with a security
guard. A spokesperson said:
He has apologised for swearing at
the official but denies any physical
altercation, insisting, at no point
did I touch. The former skeleton
slider told us, this was my mistake
and I am sorry. I have spoken about
IOC members being held to a higher
standard and I have let myself and
others down. Now, there is a
magnificent grandeur to men against
mountain in the men's downhill, but
it is completely bonkers in the next
sport we will be seen. It is of
course snowboard cross. From the
sublime to the wonderfully
ridiculous, you might say. It is not
for the faint-hearted. I like to
call it the Forrest Gump of the
events at the Winter Olympics,
because you just never know what
you're going to get.
format. It is a beautiful thing.
This is far from being over.
going to be difficult to catch. This
boy has so much board speed. This is
very tight. The Italian has gone
To talk about this, Ben
Kilner has joined us, and Maisie
Potter, who actually dares to do
this event. Congratulations. Maisie,
you were a member of the British
men's snowboard cross -- of the
British snowboard cross team, but
you have hobbled up on crutches
because you felt trying to qualify.
This is the sport you love - what is
every race and every course is
different, so the athletes, we
travel, and likely with the half
pipe, it is similar, our courses
always different, which is exciting.
Tell me about the injury.
I came up short on my heel bone and
caught it and broke it.
I think so, it's a
rehab of 4-6 months.
snowboard cross at the last three or
four Olympic Games, how did you
first get involved and what's the
I really like snowboard
cross because it brings all the
aspects of snowboarding together.
You have the jumps, the calming, and
it's a head-to-head race. Its first
across the line. It's real racing.
It sure is, Ben, this made its debut
at Turin games in 2006 at
Bardonecchia and was an instant hit.
What's the appeal?
The fact there
are so many crashes in the sport, I
think it brought it to everyone's
attention. It's absolute carnage. At
times. But they go so fast down this
course, to go over these jumps at
the speed they do, it takes
remarkable talent. It's a great
Apart from the injuries,
what's the hardest thing to handle
about the sport?
That's a good
question. I would say adapting
quickly, which is where the
experience comes into play. The more
courses you have ridden, the more
they reappear again, so you learn to
adapt quicker to that particular
Anybody who skis and
snowboards is used to concentrating
on their own game, as it were. You
have to find your way down the
course, but at any point somebody
could cross your mind or bump you.
That's the brutal aspect of the
sport, things can be out of your
control and you can lose your place
in the final. It's definitely
given the heron scaring nature of
the racing, there has been
remarkable consistency to the
Olympics so far.
Seth Wescott for America
winning and 2006 and 2010.
And now Frenchman Pierre Vaultier
is back again trying to defend
the title he won in Sochi.
But, in this sport,
nothing's a done deal.
We recommend that
you do not look away.
Tim Warwood and Ed Leigh
in the commentary box.
COMMENTATOR: Pierre Vaultier, Kevin
Hill, red and green, but Jarryd
Hughes is closest to the camera.
was going to say, keep your eye on
the Australian closest to the camera
there. In the black bib on the
right-hand side of the screen.
was a long one. It's between one and
four seconds that they can leave the
gate. It's a random opening. Jarryd
Hughes, what a start from the white
bib of the Austrian. He is lowest
seed, 24th, but he is very quick
with the Olympic champion reeling
him in. They are jostling for
position trying to close the door on
each other. Nothing too tight yet.
They are coming into this
They are coming into this huge
booter with Pierre Vaultier with a
beautiful jump to go ahead of the
family. Jarryd Hughes jostling for
third place on the inside,
desperately wants that from Markus
The Austrian in the yellow
bib will not let it go easily.
Jarryd Hughes knuckled that one.
Pierre Vaultier has enough distance
to make sure he doesn't get dragged
down by the others. A brilliant
race. Oh, oh! Bat was huge. An
enormous crash there. Pierre
Vaultier first, Jarryd Hughes in
second and Haemmerle in third. But
the blue bib has pulled up
straightaway. Pierre Vaultier
looking majestic, bossing this heat.
The back protector will have done
its job there, that's for sure.
Let's hope so. We go back to the
top, Nikolay Olyunin. And the
precocious young Frenchman, Merlin
circuit, living up to the hype
bestowed upon him by some of the
greats of snowboard cross. Cameron
Bolton and Alex Pullin, the two
Australians both there in blue and
yellow. Michele Godino in the black
That's the gate, and they are in.
Nikolay Olyunin is out in front,
even though Merlin Surget get was
good. Merlin circuit just
good. Merlin circuit just behind
Bolton as they going to the front.
All fit into the back as we get
first and second with a tiny bit of
daylight. Merlin Surget going low on
He will not let this one
slip I don't think.
Lovely work from
Alex Pullin squashing the job.
Nikolay Olyunin opening to the tight
left-hander. More than 90 degrees
round that corner.
going from second to fifth in a
heartbeat. Keep your eye on the blue
bib of Cam Bolton. We have seen
people pass here, so there is a
battle for third. He's gone! He's
gone down really hard.
Australians make it through behind
the Russian. Nikolay Olyunin in
first, Alex Pullin second, Cam
Bolton third. And Michele Godino
went down very hard.
That jump, we
have seen a lot of people struggle
with it. At this point in the race
your adrenaline is peaking, you are
on the limit, and you are so buzzed
up that you just want to get in that
top three. .
The top three advanced
to the semifinals. I do
to the semifinals. I do like Mick
Dierdorff's style, keep an eye on
him closest to us.
him closest to us. I'm going to go
with the green bib of Hagan Kinney
and the yellow booter of Paul Berg.
And maybe Dierdorff in the white.
I'm pinning my tail on Mick
Dierdorff's donkey! That doesn't
even make sense.
The riders are
ready, watch the gate. They are
gone, with Dierdorff closest to the
camera, going out very well. But the
Canadian Christopher Robanske is out
in front. Regino Hernandez as well.
He's flying out in front in his
silver helmet. Dierdorff, by
Christopher Robanske. It's a huge
jump, and four of them are down.
There is going to be an incredible
race for third now. Hopefully the
director lets go of Regino Hernandez
and Mick Dierdorff out in front,
because the drama is unfolding
behind them in the battle for third.
It's all about qualifying in the top
three positions, advancing through,
get in the top three to get through
to the next round.
At some point
Dierdorff will glance behind him and
see there is nothing there and
hopefully take his foot off the gas,
because if these two start to really
push then they will be in danger of
knocking themselves out.
knocking themselves out.
takes the win. Regino Hernandez.
really popped off that.
Ethic in third is the blue
bib of Christopher Robanske.
Canadian will go through. I would
like to see that again, because
there was a crash at the back I
think Hagen Kearney might have
fallen off his own accord, catching
his heel edge.
Spots in the finals
for the three. Who will join them?
The fourth and final of the quarters
will tell us as we go back to the
top. Martin Noerl, Baumgartner,
Perathoner,. It has to be blue and
yellow for me, Baumgartner and
Emanuel Perathoner. And the best
thing to do is fly under the radar,
don't be anyone's threat stop the
green bib of Ken Vuagnoux, keep an
eye on him.
eye on him. Martin Noerl doing
And Baumgartner in
second with the orange goggles.
Brilliantly squashed going to the
second knuckle, Perrott owner. Very
tight in the first three here. --
Emanuel Perathoner. Emanuel
Perathoner coming up the inside and
they are inches apart.
in the blue has all the work to do.
sized through them. And the white
booter of Anton Lindfors of
Switzerland. -- the white bib.
Baumgartner has gone big with the
board is coming together between
Emanuel Perathoner and Baumgartner.
Anton Lindfors of Finland, so close.
I think it was Lindfors and
last four jobs where everything we
hoped they would be. Brilliant,
brilliant racing. Martin Noerl lead
for so long, taking control of the
race. It was so close.
jumping over the front of the
Italian. Emanuel Perathoner couldn't
do anything about it. Good clean
racing from all of them.
racing. This is why we love boarder
Pierre Vaultier is the defending
Olympic champion. The five-time
overall World Cup winner and
reigning world champion is in there.
Nikolay Olyunin, the Russian has
looked invincible so far. The two
Australians, Cameron Bolton and Alex
Pullin, Austrian Haemmerle and then
Jarryd Hughes. Hughes is closest to
us. Pierre Vaultier was like
lightning out of the gates as they
free fall into the first feature,
the bird bath.
Pierre Vaultier out
in the lead. Look how he is
in the white bib and then Jarryd
Hughes in third. But it's about to
start moving, pulling in the yellow
bib. Pierre Vaultier looking
comfortable, moving into the
The two Australians move
in together. Alex Pullin and Bolton.
Jarryd Hughes in second position.
Keep an eye on Aleksandar Haemmerle
in the white bib. Going hard and low
on the outside. Bolton pulling and
looking to go long. What a fantastic
race. Jarryd Hughes leading as
Pierre Vaultier tries to hold him.
Pierre Vaultier is down! Aleksandar
Haemmerle as well.
We have the two
Australians, Alex Pullin and Jarryd
Hughes. These two have beef but they
will make it through and it's a yard
sale for third place with everyone
else going down. I think the Olympic
champion went down of his own
accord. I don't think there was any
kind of coming together. I can't see
from here, but I think it's Pierre
Vaultier who is up. It is!
Pierre Vaultier, the Olympic
champion, playing his get out of
jail free card. We saw Haemmerle go
down and hit the outside of the net.
I think it was him who took out the
Russian, Nikolay Olyunin. Pierre
Vaultier is more than 20 seconds
behind but he's not against the
clock. And look at the body language
between these two. Pierre Vaultier
loses the leads to Jarryd Hughes.
And Haemmerle on the outside... It
is over jumped by Nikolay Olyunin.
Nikolay Olyunin tries to go around
the top and as Pierre Vaultier came,
his tale took out the front of
Nikolay Olyunin's board.
Did you see
Alex Pullin had to ride through
Pierre Vaultier. It was like NASCAR
racing. He was holding his line
while Pierre Vaultier, he knows of
Pierre Vaultier's board was spinning
around his leg. He has had to hop up
and strap back in. Pierre Vaultier
pretty confident he has made it down
in third. No photo finish for his
finals qualification. But it doesn't
matter. These three will have the
opportunity to battle it out for
medals in the men's snowboard cross
Gametime. The adrenaline kicks in.
Christopher Robanske E, Anton
Lindfors in white, -- Christopher
Robanske. It was another long wait.
Anton Lindfors drops out of the sky
closest to us. Regina Hernandez in
the red bib.
He is gone. Christopher
The two North
Americans chasing down with the
Spaniard. But look how wide Robanske
has gone. It is a great move from
Baumgartner, underneath Hernandez,
as they go down that enormous step
down and into the big, sweeping
champion, leading. The blue bib of
Robanske... And we have lost
I think it was the white
bib of Anton Lindfors. Oh, no!
Lindfors clips Robanske, as they
came through. Dominoes, just taking
each other out there. There is no
sign of anyone behind him. There has
been more drama for second and
All of a sudden, we are not
looking at the camera angle. Where
I have just seen him
raise his hands into the air for
What on earth happened
Goodness only knows. The
director has lost everyone, they are
so spaced out. I can see the place
out of the window.
It is the black
Cape of Mick Dierdorff.
As we have
said -- the black bib.
will also be under review by the
jury he had to try to figure out
exactly what went on. We lost it
here in the commentary booth.
here in the commentary booth.
was Mick Dierdorff that went down
He has come from last place.
He takes down the
German. Christopher Robanske takes
They were carrying
way too much speed. -- Martin
knurled... Regina -- regina
Hernandez makes the final, as does
Baumgartner and Mick Dierdorff. A
fantastic view from the helicopter
appear of this spectacular course.
Back up to the top. Six men, three
medals, who will take it?
looking forward to this. This will
have plenty of action, like a higher
price clothing sale. Jarryd Hughes
in the white.
Mick Dierdorff in the
There he is, the Olympic
champion, in the red, Pierre
So slick, so fast, so
quick on the start. And so is this
man, regina Hernandez. He has been
breathtaking out of the gate. --
regina Hernandez Nick Baumgartner is
ready for this. On the outside, the
man who has raced so well this
season, Alex pulling, also
season, Alex pulling, also known as
Cumpy. Listen to the noise. -- Alex
pulling. Jarrod in the close is
lying to us.
Hernandez getting out
well, Pullin getting out well.
Vaultier get out into the lead.
There is daylight between him and
Baumgartner is out on
the outside making up some places.
Jarrod use Thaksin behind Vaultier,
trying to get some slipstream.
Pullin is enforced as Hernandez goes
Three men down. It is a
question of who is taking which
colour of medal. Pierre Vaultier is
out in front, Jarryd Hughes goes
high, Hernandez, through the home
straight, through the whale tail.
Can Jarrod use defender silver medal
position? This is going to go to a
They will hit the jump
at the same time the bottom.
formation flying. Pierre Vaultier
makes it two gold medals in a row,
back-to-back, Sochi and Korea. He
was breathtaking. No one can hold a
candle to the Frenchman. Let's take
a look back at his action. What a
great race. Vaultier led from the
start. So much on that jump. We have
seen a lot of people come down
there. Pullin was in fourth
position. He went down.
Americans got up so quick.
And it is
a great race down the finishing
straight between Hernandez and
Hughes. Ultimately, the Australian
What a race! Smiles all
round. Double Olympic champion
there, Pierre Vaultier. Official
results are in, and they look like
that. Alex pulling did not finish.
-- Alex Pullin. Hernandez in bronze.
Jarrod use, silver, and a gold medal
goes to Pierre Vaultier.
Vaultier becomes the second Olympic
champion to successfully defend the
title in four editions of this one,
all the more remarkable when it is
such an unpredictable sport. Maisie,
what was your impression of what was
an is amazing final.
crashes which I am sure everyone
will want to see. The final was
quite clean. The first three raced
Speaking of crashing,
Pierre Vaultier was involved in one
in the semifinal. It was confusing
but he had to get up and get to the
bottom in order to secure his place
in the final.
He got out in front in
the final, which is almost a safe
place to be. You want to get away
from the crowd as much as you can.
Pierre has had a history of
injuries. I think he broke his back,
and he had a recent injury in 2014.
The last Olympics, he raced without
Could this be! There was one
broken bone that we know of. Nikolay
Olyunin, the silver medallist in
Sochi, we have heard he broke his
leg. You are a tough lot!
Tell me what you thought of the
course itself. It was a big course
they had to race. What were the
components that will have taken them
I guess, the whole
course was big. There was no easy
section. You had to be on the whole
time, be really big movements on
those jumps. There is a lot of kick
in them, as you can see. The start
section was impressive, with a three
A big drop. You have to
hit everything at top speed here,
then, don't you?
Yes, even in
training, when the guys are going
down the course of the full-time at
full speed, they have to fully
commit to it right from the start,
and I think you were saying earlier
that some of the women have not yet
completed the course in training.
Some of the girls have been
struggling a little bit, but just
because it's the Olympics. It's
obviously a lot bigger, but we have
had a couple more training days for
What gives this guy
Vaultier the charmed life in this
sport, and consistency, when all
around him, every sporting chaos? Is
he the one?
He has good board
control. His technique is perfect.
When he gets into traffic, he does
seem to just get through it. It does
not faze him too much.
Ben, you are
a half pipe specialist to try, but
have you had a go?
I did it in the
youth Olympics a long time ago. That
was my last time.
was my last time. I thought it was
not from me and that I would've
backed -- that I would go back to
Tomorrow, we're looking
forward to seeing
forward to seeing Zoe Lee
Gillings-Brier in her fourth games.
There is a feeling that
There is a feeling that Lindsay
Jacobellis can make amends this
time. Is it possible?
She is one of
the ones to watch. She has been
hunting that gold for long enough
now. It would be great if she could
finish a career with that goal. We
have some other girls who are very
dominant. One from Italy who has
been strong in the last World Cup,
back-to-back wins, and confident
going into these games. The
going into these games. The Olympic
and world champion as well.
seen defending champions come back
and are somehow able to produce
their best once again. Either Sam
Kovar, for those who don't know how,
what would be the characteristics by
which she separates herself from the
She is very strong,
and I would say the bottom section
is her strength. Like Pierre, she
stays flat on her board.
forward to it. Maisie, thanks very
much indeed. A good day for France,
and also for both Norway and for
Germany, because they have now
surpassed their total of eight gold
medals at the last games and they
are on their way, perhaps, to a
record equalling 12. Well played to
Germany, giving very well at the
top. Today at the
top. Today at the Games, live at
7pm. At APN, Winter Olympics Extra.
We have the women's slalom and
amends Super-G. -- APM. We will see
you for more, and the best is yet to
come, I expect. That's all for now.
Oh my goodness! Talk about
saving the best till last. The
gamble may be paying for Aksel Lund
Svindal. Lightning quick.
Musgrave announces his
arrival at the top of the sport.
What a finish that was! Theresa come