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What a finish that was!
Welcome to another huge day of
winter sport here, and it's another
lovely, sunny day in Pyeongchang,
but don't be fooled, the hat is
staying on because it still chilly
out here. But we have plenty to keep
us warm, because it doesn't slow
down at the Winter Olympics and one
man's as certainly not been slowing
down, Dom Parsons. He has one Team
GB's first medal of these Olympic
Games, with bronze in the skeleton.
Incredible stuff. Huge celebrations
as a lubricious here also the South
Korea's Yun Sung-bin, who won gold
in that event. We will hopefully
have Dom and fellow GB skeleton
athlete Jerry Rice on the balcony
later. Here is what else is coming
up on day seven here in Pyeongchang.
Andrew Musgrave, fresh from a
British best seventh in the
skiathlon, goes in the lung bursting
15km free, his favoured event. You
know the result, but we will show
you how it unfolded as Dom Parsons
took a historic bronze medal in the
men's skeleton. We were had up to
the Phoenix Snow Park for the chaos
that is snowboard cross. Today, it's
the women. And we will be back on
the eyes to see if the Olympic
athletes from Russia could bounce
back when they face Slovenia in
group B. We will shortly be going to
the cross-country skiing.
Andrew Musgrave learned his trade in
the village of Huntly just outside
Aberdeen. He now comes to his third
Olympic Games, with his sights set
on a medal. He has already made
history here in Pyeongchang, his
seventh place finish in the
skiathlon was the best finish by a
British cross-country skier ever. He
was at one point second in the race,
but he just couldn't quite hang on.
Kruger had an incredible race. He
had fallen at the first and had to
come from all the way back to claim
gold. Now it's to the 15km,
Musgrave's favourite event in
Pyeongchang. The races start with
32nd intervals, with the fastest
winning gold. Let's head to the
Alpensia Cross-Country Centre and
your commentator, Rob Walker, for
what could be another thrilling race
here in Pyeongchang.
Good afternoon from Pyeongchang,
good morning if you are already up
and about back home as we watch
Sergio Rigoni head out onto the
course. This day seven of the
Alpensia Cross-Country Centre. It's
the men's 15 free, a race in which
Andrew Musgrave has a genuine chance
of securing a moment of sporting
history for himself and Great
Britain. He smashed the previous
best British performers, his own
from Sochi when he finished seventh
in that skiathlon. This is his best
opportunity to fulfil a lifelong
dream. He will be the 56th starter.
This is a dream that saw him move
his entire life to Norway to live,
train, eat and study with the best.
He has not only earned the respect
of the Norwegians, but he has shown
it's possible for a British
cross-country skier to be regarded
as world class. This is the son of
the legendary and is Veerpalu, who
got medals from 1992 to 2010. We
will focus on the starters in a
while. Andrew Musgrave knows this
will be tough today. He has to have
the right race in the right
conditions, and he will need to
control his nerves. Joining me in
the commentary box, we have been
sitting here for over an hour,
desperate for this race to start. It
is Ollie Williams. Ollie, we have a
massive contingent of high-class
Norwegians here, but Andrew Musgrave
has a genuine chance. When he starts
at around 3.28, he needs the race of
He does. Competitors are
going off every 30 seconds. It is a
time trial. It doesn't matter where
you are in relation to anyone else
on the course, it's your time when
you finish. Musgrave is halfway
through the 15 or so seeds that have
been staggered every minute. By
about 320 local time, 6.24 U, we
will be seeing them. You need to
focus on the spit times as we go
through and your finish on time at
the end. We need to see Andrew
Musgrave pretty far out in front of
anyone who came before him by the
time he crosses that finishing line
for him to have any chance, because
he will have six or seven more top
skiers coming after him who are
going to have a chance. So he needs
to be leading when he comes through
to have any chance of finishing with
a medal. There are a lot of people
who could win here. Dario Cologna is
the example from Sochi, going for
the chance to be the first man to
win a single cross-country event
three times in a row in an Olympics.
But everyone looks like they might
have a weakness.
have a weakness. Maybe Cologna has
skied a little too much this season.
It is possible.
It is possible. The seeds start at
numbers 42 to 70. We have a big
seagoing every minute. Andrew
Musgrave will be 56 on the course
and then Cologna is second in the
welcome standing sofa. He will be
the second last of the big seeds. No
disrespect to any of the men who
start after the seeds combo but the
competition is laid out in such a
way that once the last of the big
seeds comes home, and that is the
Frenchman, bidding to become the
first French winter Olympic
cross-country skiing champion, once
he finishes, we will know the
line-up of the top ten. We have six
guys in this field, all six of whom
beat Andrew Musgrave in the
skiathlon competing here, but he has
got a chance. Baldauf moves into the
lead, but we would expect that in
these early stages. None of the big
men are close to starting yet. This
is his best event. Seventh in the
skiathlon was a phenomenal
performance, upgrading the previous
best British, which was 29th, which
was Andrew's performance in Sochi,
with which he was disappointed. He
has been on the podium on the World
Cup circuit this year. But he still
needs everything to go his way. He
mentioned yesterday on Twitter that
he was nervous.
And it is good that
he is mentioning that. Andrew
Musgrave is perennially not
satisfied. He came off the skiathlon
with the greatest cross-country
result by a Briton ever. And he
immediately complained about the
fact that he had not won. He did
that to family as well as media. He
said he was frustrated that he
didn't get it right. His coach 's
Hans Christian start time, who
coached previously Kruger, who won
the skiathlon previously. So he
knows his stuff. He says Andrew
Musgrave has everything he needs to
win this. The fascinating thing for
me is that in Sochi 2014, Andrew
Musgrave said, I bought into the
hype too much when I wasn't that
good. It almost feels the other way
round now. Andrew Musgrave is almost
generating the hype and saying, I
know I can win. And we almost the
ones who have to pull back and on,
you still have nine or ten people in
this race who theoretically should
be ahead. But the tools are in the
tool box for this man to do it.
you are hearing the name Andrew
Musgrave for the
Musgrave for the first time, this
Swiss skier was 15th earlier in the
season. Andrew Musgrave then came
within a second of the bronze medal.
The difference is that this time, in
contrast to Sochi, here overtrained
for Sochi and arrived with people
expecting great things, but his legs
were shattered. That is a massive
lesson to learn and in these, his
third games, he has displayed real
maturity. That is one of the French.
Here is yet another of the Finns.
41st in the skiathlon. The big seeds
start coming out on big 42. We have
one man coming out every 30 seconds.
The seeds go out at one-minute
Let me take you through a
few of the seeds we are going to
see. You have to watch Dario
Cologna, the winner from Vancouver
and Sochi. The reason I said I am
not sure if he has over skied is
that he has never won a major medal
in the same season that he has won
detoured to ski, which is like a
mini Tour de France for skiing. He
won that season for the fourth time,
which shows how good he is, but
there are concerns in his native
Switzerland that every time he does
that, he doesn't have enough in the
tank for a major event. This
Frenchman is another one I would
pick out, he will be the last of the
seeds to go, just after 6:30am, your
time. He would be France's first
Olympic cross-country champion in
history if he does it and then look
at the Norwegians. We are going to
see a couple coming up who will be
the leading Norwegians. They were
already on the podium in the
skiathlon. Kruger will be back for
another shot at gold. And the man
who won the sprint gets a rest today
because Norwegian skiing is that
strong that he will be back later in
the games. Then we get to Andrew
Musgrave. The exciting thing for us
is that he genuinely is among the
contenders. In 15 minutes' time, we
will see him out on course. And
Andrew Young will be right after him
at the same time.
We have Andrew
Young and Callum Smith. All three
Britons will be out on the course.
Callum Smith is out at around 3.45,
our time. By sheer coincidence, they
have space to seeds out and it is
just a sheer fluke that Andrew Young
is the next athlete out on the
course after his friend Andrew
Musgrave. They have all come through
that Huntley breeding ground and I
hope there will be one or two boys
and girls, I know half term is
and girls, I know half term is go
home, so I hope there will be a few
who are inspired to have a crack at
Huntly. All the guys in
Aberdeenshire have done us fantastic
job with that facility and three of
their graduates are in Winter
Olympics action over the next hour
and a half. It is getting blustery.
I was about to say, the wind has
been a feature in all of the races
we have seen. We saw a biathlon race
postponed earlier because it was so
windy. Everybody starting right now
looks cold. I would not be holding
that phone in their hands for too
long. It is going to be a cold race.
It is a few degrees below zero, but
with the wind at about ten miles an
hour, it is feeling more like minus
ten. So you want to keep warm and
jump up a little on the start line
before you get out there. And that
is going to have an effect. It is
not the same as a mass start, where
you are looking to get a breakaway,
but now you have to manage those
conditions on your own
but now you have to manage those
conditions on your own. It is a
different mental approach.
the time trial format suits and the
Musgrave. That is Toni Livers, one
of the other Swiss athletes,
although not the favoured Swiss,
which is Dario Cologna. The question
is whether he is tired from the Tour
De Ski. But the element of time
trial that works for Andrew
Musgrave, Roy Young, Andrew
Musgrave, Roy Young, Andrew Young's
dad, says, and he has worked with
Andrew Musgrave, he says about the
Briton, his greatest strength is his
ability to push himself harder than
anybody else you know. That tells
you that these kind of racist suit
Andrew Musgrave. You get some --
these kind of racist suit him. You
get some athletes who prefer to be
eyeball with the athletes they are
trying to beat. Musgrave has the
ability to push himself to breaking
We are getting towards the business
end. This is Andrey Melnichenko. But
it is a style that suits Andrew
It takes away a tactic
this Norwegian team news, Kruger got
to the front and the two Norwegians
behind him, closed ranks and held
back on purpose to make sure Kruger
had a chance to get away. Once he
was far enough, essentially it is
team orders, the other Norwegians
went for it themselves and tidied up
the other medals. You cannot do that
in a time trial. There is nothing
you can do to control your
competitor's race. This opens it up
for Andrew Musgrave. He cannot call
upon a team of ten skier is to help
It is about the individual
race, this one. Plenty of
opportunities to go toe to toe with
your rivals. We have mentioned
Cologna. All three Norwegians who
produce the clean sweep are in the
race today. Tony livers, we saw him
warming up a few moments ago.
warming up a few moments ago. The
Swiss flags waving. The questions
over Cologna, the big seed to go
out. Is he tired after his efforts?
But Cologna is bidding for an
This is Erik Buell son. One man who
isn't here, even own skin and is the
reigning world champion in this
event but after a disappointing
performance in the skiathlon where
he finished 19th and a below par
sprint commie has decided to skip
this one. So the reigning world
champion from Finland is not in this
Sweden, their men's team is
nowhere near as strong as the women.
Jens Berman has been outside the top
20 in every skate we have seen this
season. The way this will work for
the rest of the coverage of this
race, we will get the checkpoints
along the way and we will be able to
compare times as people come through
them. That will give you an idea but
different athletes will take
different approaches. Because
somebody goes through ten seconds
quicker at a certain checkpoint, it
doesn't necessarily follow they will
be ten seconds quicker at the
finish. In the women's event, we saw
some athletes accelerate in the
second half of the ten kilometre
race. They talk chunks out of Marion
Bjorkman. New have to be patient and
Charlotte Kalla who followed
up her gold medal with silver
yesterday, went out hard in the
first lap and tried to hold on. This
is a high-quality performer. He is
not seeded but we need to keep half
an eye on him because he is a top
performer and he could have a
special day here.
If you are just waking up we have
119 men going in this race. We have
got a group of pretty decent
athletes going out and then all the
seeds. Then the rest. There will be
one Bulgarian and after this, we
will have the first of the 15 seeds.
This is where we will have to start
watching the clock.
Matty hiking and
had trouble with the classic leg of
the skiathlon. He looked much better
on the skate, which helps in button
has had a lot of trouble getting
into the mindset so far. If he is
going to do anything, this is the
race to do in. Mike Andrew Musgrave,
Finland is looking to him to do some
He is a former world
champion in this event. He is in his
third games and the first of the 15
big names out on the course. There
will be different tactics involved.
Some will be coming through late.
Tyler Cornfield is not one of the
seeds. We have 15 seeds to go on the
minute with a lower ranked skier
going every half a minute to give
the seeds one minutes of free skiing
between each other so there is not
too much of an overlap. It will all
become clearer when we get some
splits out on the course.
splits out on the course.
gave up mid-race and went and sat in
the car. He has top-10 finishes in
the string but I am not convinced he
will be much of a Challenger today.
We will get these updates as we go
through. They will become much more
meaningful by the time some unlike
Andrew Musgrave is out on the course
and we will see times of the seeds
coming through. We expect to have a
pretty good idea just after 7am your
time, where the medals are going.
The first of four quality in
Norwegians, as you would expect.
Norwegians, as you would expect. He
won the sprint in dramatic fashion a
few days ago.
few days ago. He was fifth in the
World Championship three years ago.
Parisse, now the seeds have gone
out, we should see one by one, not
in any particular order, which is
why it is an exciting race, the
seeds producing the early mid and
late race times. Just a few minutes
to go before Andrew Musgrave heads
out onto the course, about five
minutes from now. If you are just
getting ready for work, the TV is on
in the background in the lounge or
the kitchen, give us a little bit
more time this morning. Andrew
Musgrave could be heading out onto
the course to do very special. One
man we haven't spoken about is Denis
Betts. He is superbly talented.
Watching the Norwegians warming up.
He was fourth in the skiathlon and
only just missed a medal. He could
be a bit of a dark horse to feature
on the podium, even though he's
going out quite early.
because, Kruger had the collision at
the start but came back to win. He
was in the collision with him and
came back to finish fourth. So his
story at just 21 years old is almost
as good as Kruger's from the
skiathlon. From the point of Russia,
there will be looking at him and
saying commie he should be on the
He is certainly capable, as
is Daniel Ricketson. He is a monster
of a man of the leader-macro for a
Cross-Country Skiing. Maybe a shade
past his best. If you are watching
the Andrew Musgrave heroics, very
sensibly on a windy day, he got
behind this big Swede for much of
the race. It is eyeballs out from
start to finish as quickly as
possible. There is a long way to go.
Daniel Ricketson, out onto the
course. There he is, Marcus Halma,
Gold in this event four years ago.
He was fourth in the World
Championships a couple of years ago
but he is fantastic and his CV is
superb. But maybe the best days have
come and gone.
earlier this season is about the
best Marcus Hellner has been able to
produce. Now we have a couple more
athletes to go out before we see
Andrew Musgrave on the start line
here in Pyeongchang, for the race he
says he can win.
Another one of the Olympic athletes
and. So hard to remember to say
that, Andrew Luck. He was fifth in
this event at the World
Championships last year. He is a
world-class clarinet player and have
a place at music school and had a
debate with himself and then chose
correctly because he is in with a
shout of winter Olympic glory.
you have got the lungs for
cross-country skiing it is a
transferable skill. I have not heard
his clarinet playing, but I am sure
it is delightful.
We have just been
talking about Spitsov and Larkov.
Here is Andrew Musgrave of Great
Britain. Is he at the beginning of a
15 kilometre journey that will bring
him the glory he has sought for so
many years? We are not over
exaggerating, this is his best
distance, his best event and he has
a chance of doing something very
special over the next 35 minutes or
His determination has exuded
over this Olympics. Finish seventh
in the skiathlon, but not satisfied
with that, even though it was a
phenomenal result for British
cross-country. Even watching his
face on the start line, I felt he
was dripping with, let me add this.
I want to prove myself of this. We
will find out. It is going to take
each skier 35 minutes, give or take.
We will find out just after 7am UK
time if Andrew Musgrave did have
He is so experienced. He finished
eighth on the final climb of the
toured the ski. A mention of Andrew
Young, who we will have just missed,
he headed out between Andrew
Musgrave and Jean-Marc Gaillard.
may have to wait seven minutes after
Andrew Musgrave finishes whether we
know if he is on the podium or not.
Kruger, flat on his face with a
broken pole 100s into that race. It
was an extraordinary performance.
They will go down in history.
majority of that incredible
performance happened about six
kilometres into that race. He was
still 40 seconds back into the
classic and then he cut loose. This
event is suited to him. He is a
World Cup winner over 15 kilometre
skater earlier this season, which is
the same race Musgrave finished
third. So we know Andrew Musgrave
can be up there with these
contenders, but we have distress,
Andrew Musgrave has never won a race
This is huge for soon Sundby. He is
still searching for his first Winter
Olympics idle. If he does it today,
he will be the oldest Norwegian male
cross-country champion for them. He
is 33, which shows you just how
tough it is for someone like Sundby
to yet be a winter Olympic champion.
There is our first split from Andrew
Musgrave. He is a little way off the
pace of Krogh, who lived at this
stage. But there is a long way to go
here and there are different tactics
employed by different skiers. As we
saw yesterday. Here is the other
medallist from the clean sweep in
the skiathlon, the really talented
Hans Christer Holund. He has had two
podiums in his first race this year.
So again, not necessarily the rock
star of the Norwegian team, but he
could well feature as he did on
He was worried that he
wouldn't be put into that skiathlon
team from Norway. He was worried
that people were saying he wasn't
good enough. Getting that bronze
means that now he will have a lot of
confidence coming into this. As you
said about Andrew Musgrave's split,
it is still early. Now he will be
getting feedback from the coaching
team and he will be kept in touch
with where he is time-wise and he
can adapt as he needs to. We don't
know his strategy. It is hard to
tell if he is in trouble at this
point or if he is just pursuing it a
different way. Things will become
clearer when Rick pass some of the
later checkpoints like this ten
kilometre checkpoint we are coming
up on now, where you can see some of
the early athletes starting to come
Three big seeds have yet to
start in this massive field of
world-class cross-country skiers. It
is around -5. The wind at our last
checkpoint was 16 kilometres an hour
and it is getting blustery. That is
Krueger, the champion in the
skiathlon, bidding for back-to-back
Olympic gold medals. No one
Norwegian has won this title for 50
years, which I find extraordinary.
But those are the facts, so there is
a piece of history on the table for
the Norwegians if they can do the
I would be surprised
if it stays that way by the end of
the day, but here is a man who could
stop them winning, Dario Cologna.
Aiming for an unprecedented
hat-trick of victories. Gold in
Vancouver, gold in Sochi. And the
gold in Sochi came after he had
overcome a bad ankle injury earlier
in the season. That meant a
different approach to Sochi. He was
under raced and rested and ready. As
Ollie was saying earlier, this man
from Switzerland is a hugely popular
figure back home. The question is
whether he will be tired. Sundby is
searching for that elusive winter
Olympic gold medal. He is just three
seconds behind his compatriot,
Krogh, with a mile raced at the
moment and there are some big names
Interesting to see
Krogh's time holding up. Now, the
last of the big names.
Manificat, fifth in the skiathlon, a
couple of places ahead of Andrew
Musgrave. Good work from the
Frenchman. He has won two World Cup
races this season, both of them over
15K. No disrespect to the men who
start with its 71 to 119, but all
the men who will feature for gold,
silver and bronze are now out on the
course, including Saturday's bronze
medallist Holllund, who moved to
third. We are still waiting for our
second split from Andrew Musgrave.
Interesting to see there Norwegian
flags already stacking up as we look
at some of the early spits. We will
wait for the six kilometres split to
There is a long way to go here.
Remember, it is 15K, four circuits
of 3.75 kilometres.
of 3.75 kilometres. Alex Harvey is
after a piece of winter Olympic
history as well. And he is
disappointed, because he didn't come
through the qualification round in
the sprint. Harvey is not far off
Krogh's pace. Apparently, he got hit
by an enormous gust of wind. With
another skier, you might think they
were making excuses. We are looking
at Krogh. Alex Harvey has a chance
to do something special for Canada
today, and he is in shape.
He had a
tough start to these Olympics. You
mentioned that gust of wind. He
stormed out after that and didn't
even speak to anybody. He will need
to refocus himself.
to refocus himself. Now we get to
see Dario Cologna come through the
first checkpoint. This will give an
indication of where he is compared
to the time of Krogh, one of the
younger Norwegians. It will be
interesting to see what his strategy
is for the rest of this 15K.
understand the Swiss public being a
bit nervous about Cologna. But he is
the master of picking at the right
time. The question is whether he has
managed to shake off the fatigue
from that Tour De Ski in January.
Just an update on Andrew Musgrave.
His time at 1.5 K Rankin 42nd, 13
seconds off the leading time, which
is Krogh. This is the 21-year-old
Olympic Athlete from Russia. Now,
Manificat, last of the big names out
onto the course. You will hear
roaring from various coaches. And he
goes into the lead. He is bidding to
become the first French Olympic
cross-country skiing champion, which
would be an extraordinary story. You
could hear the coaches shouting
encouragement and information at
him. Information is crucial for
telling these skiers where they are
in relation to the others.
because you can't see them over your
shoulder. You have to get that
information from your coach to know
what your splits are looking like.
Manificat told reporters this week,
with the confidence I have, I have
to go for a medal. He likes this
and that is Boegl.
and that is Boegl. Andrew Musgrave
is a little off the pace.
is a little off the pace. But it
would be uncharacteristic for him to
be struggling this early. It is his
best event. I wonder whether he has
decided to start a bit
conservatively and then really wind
it up in the second half of the
race. 1500m, you are only a tenth of
the way through, so there is a long
way to go, but we wouldn't want to
see that time drifting more than 20
seconds behind the leaders.
be having to save a lot for the
second half of the race. Andrew
Young went through 32nd, compared to
42nd for Musgrave. Spitsov went
through 23rd. So he is not the only
one going through off the pace, that
it would mean now having to
absolutely accelerate and push
through into that six kilometre
onwards. Spitsov absolutely pulled
it back, but we would need to see
similar and much better from
Musgrave as we go through these
This is a beautiful course. The
South Koreans have done such a good
job. All of the tracks are stunning
to ski. They are not bad to jog
around either. They have done a
superb job. There is not much wind
on that section of the course.
on that section of the course. It is
quite blustery, but on that far
section, it looks relatively well
I wonder whether Dario Cologna could
close in on an unprecedented
hat-trick. It would take each of
these guys around 35mm to complete
this 15K. Fergie goes into the lead
by a minute, but you would expect
that bearing in mind the level of
performance from the skiers who
headed out before the 15 seats who
are now on the course.
are now on the course.
When you look
at the splits, focus on the distance
in the bottom right-hand corner. We
will see skiers go through different
checkpoints. By the time we see the
top seeds going through that
checkpoint, we will have an idea of
where they rank.
We are probably a few minutes back
from seeing the likes of Dario
Cologna go through the same
Andrew Musgrave has gone through in
14th place at the six K marker. In
time terms, he is 26 seconds off the
pace set by Halfvarsson. But one of
the other favourites is also a
little way off that pace. So a few
moments of concern here for Andrew
Musgrave, albeit he has yet to reach
the halfway stage. We don't know
whether he is struggling at this
point because we can't see him. And
maybe he had a tactic of going out
conservatively on the first two
circuits and winding it up in the
second half of the race. We will not
have to wait long to find out.
This is Krueger, the gold medallist
in the skiathlon. Good skiing from
the man who traditionally produces
his best in the classic style of
skiing where they stayed pretty much
in those tracks.
All the big names are now out on the
course. Furger is coming in to the
finish. I am sure it will be a
relief. It is a pretty testing
circuit. Halfvarsson has been
overtaken by Krueger.
It is anybody in the numbers from
the 50s onwards. You want to be
watching out for how they do as we
see Roman Furger crossing the
finishing line. He will set the
fastest time we have seen so far,
but to all these checkpoints now,
you see what it takes to get across
the finish line in this cold. We
watch Holland coming up to the six
kilometre checkpoint. We still have
five top athletes to come through
the six kilometre checkpoint where
we note Andrew Musgrave was 14th a
little while ago. We will let you
know once we have seen Maurice
Manificat come through. As we watch
Holland come through and he moves
into the provisional lead.
Norway, first, second and third.
Holland, the bronze medallist from
the skiathlon, Krueger, the
champion. It is Norway in first,
second and third. Andrew Musgrave is
33 seconds off the pace. This is
Denis Spitsov coming up. I think he
has got a great chance because those
world under 23 championships were
not that long ago. He has come off
the back of some top quality racing.
Got on the podium with a silver. He
will be feeling pretty confident
after coming so close to a medal in
the skiathlon. He moves ahead of
Just a little
update, as we watch Alex Harvey the
Canada, losing time, sitting third
through six kilometres. Andrew
Musgrave is 30 seconds back, so it
would take some phenomenal splits to
the end of the race for him to have
an impact on the medals.
bearing in mind seven of the top
names are on an earlier section of
the course. We would expect the
leading time from 7.5 kilometres of
Calle Halfvarsson to be overtaken,
possibly by the three Norwegians who
got on the podium on Saturday. 68,
Dario Cologna. A popular figure in
Switzerland. Three winter Olympic
gold medals. He has taken the lead
by ten seconds. We were talking
about him being overcooked and
tired. That is good work from Dario
Cologna. It is only the French of
Maurice Manificat to come through
the checkpoint behind him.
newspaper this morning called him
the Roger Federer of snow, for what
he has done for so long in this
sport and we will get to see if that
time will outlast his rival, Maurice
Manificat, as he, the last of the
seeds approaches this six kilometre
Already, gasping for air. It
is a brutal sport, the ultimate test
of upper body, as well as the legs.
Dario Cologna, has put a marker
down. No man in the history of
Cross-Country Skiing has won the
same event three times. Dario
Cologna was victorious in Vancouver
and Sochi. And Maurice Manificat is
in a medal position at the moment.
He is in the bronze medal position.
But the man who has set the pace for
the first six kilometres is Dario
Cologna. He didn't have the legs in
the skiathlon. He couldn't go with
the Norwegians, but this is looking
better so far from the man from
You cannot necessarily
tell. As we look at the standings,
there is plenty of Norwegian talent
in with a chance of a medal. But you
cannot tell just how much strategy
goes in. We see Andrew Musgrave,
21st at the six kilometre mark with
44.5 second gap and we will wait to
see how it looks around the ten
kilometre mark later on, as we see
some of the other finishers coming
through. There is so much strategy
in terms of when you decide to push
in this 15 kilometres. Which part of
the cause you decide to go big on.
You can see what it takes out of
athletes. Eventually when you have
finished, you get to sit in the hot
seat at the end of this and relax
for a little while. That is Roman
Furger, we were watching. At the
finish, he is your leading man, so
far. But that time will get pushed
further and further down as you see
those seeds come in in maybe the
next ten or 15 minutes.
Andrey Melnichenko coming into the
finish. He was the 31st man out onto
the course. 29th in the skiathlon.
He is not going to push Roman Furger
out of the leader's chair right now.
From a British point of view we are
keeping an eye on Andrew Musgrave,
who was in 21st position and six
kilometre marker. On the button, who
was so good in the skiathlon on
Sunday, he cannot afford for the gap
to get any bigger. Andrey
Melnichenko, flat on his face. These
men and the women in the
cross-country races, giving
everything. It is a familiar sight
to see them lying horizontal on the
floor at the end of the race,
gasping for oxygen.
There is nothing
better at the end of the race than
the feeling of cold snow. You give
so much to it, it is the easiest way
to relax and get your breath back to
lie prone on the floor and get some
of the snow into your face.
of the snow into your face.
Boegl, coming into the finish. Dario
Cologna is in the lead. Holland is
in second place with Alex Harvey the
Canadian in third. Still waiting for
the update on Andrew Musgrave. Our
last checkpoint, he was 21st. He has
moved up one place to 20th, but move
further behind in time from 45 to 50
seconds adrift. Halfway through the
rays, cannot afford that to get any
bigger. This is Krueger, the
magnificent champion from the
skiathlon. Denis Spitsov was in
seventh at the preceding checkpoint.
It gives you an indication as to how
many big names have yet to come
through. Denis Spitsov was leading
up until Krueger leading that
checkpoint at around six miles. What
a story it was from Krueger. He
almost contemplated not carrying on.
The poll was broken in the
skiathlon, flat on his face. It was
only the second race on the
cross-country programme here in
Pyeongchang. It was an indication as
to how much drama was to come and
how much drama we still have before
the end of the programme next
One thing that may not be
too apparent from the pictures is
how steep some of the hills you are
looking at. There are four loops of
two separate courses. Both of them
have significant elevation. This is
by no means flat. You see Calle
Halfvarsson at that stage, going
into a relatively healthy lead. When
we look back at Dario
we look back at Dario Cologna, you
look at the times he is putting in
there are only six or seven athletes
within 40 seconds of him. When we
see Dario Cologna coming to this
checkpoint, it will be interesting
to see who is in any sort of touch
We are getting to the
interesting part of this race now.
Hans Christer Holund, that camera
angle does illustrate how tough some
of these climes are. But Hans
Christer Holund, coming through. He
is in third place. Just drifting a
few seconds behind Krueger. The man
behind whom he finished in the
skiathlon. Great shots of the three
Norwegians on the podium. But we are
waiting to see Dario Cologna reach
that checkpoint. 66 is Alex Harvey.
Remember, Alex Harvey is after a
piece of history, to be the first
Canadian man to win a Winter Olympic
Cross-Country Skiing medal. I am
sure his dad would be very proud.
His dad was a winter and summer
Olympian and in 1988 when Alex
Harvey was born, his dad had the
honour of leading the athletes' out
at the opening ceremony in Calgary.
Now can he close in on a very
special performance? Andrew
Musgrave, by the way, has gone
through this 9.8 kilometre
checkpoint 48 seconds off the pace
in 18th place. It is not looking
good at the moment for Andrew
Musgrave. It is not looking like it
will be as good a performance as we
saw from him in the skiathlon on
Sunday. As far as the leaders are
concerned, Dario Cologna, the
charismatic man from Switzerland,
these checkpoints tell you how much
he has been putting away from
Krueger. -- pulling away. He is
almost two thirds of the way
through. Only Maurice Manificat, one
of the big names behind him. What a
performance from Dario Cologna.
Maurice Manificat is going to have
to find a minimum of 15 seconds to
catch up where Dario Cologna is now.
He has taken times out of the
Norwegians. Another sensational
performance from super Dario. We
still have big names on this race
and you cannot afford to thing you
have won. And the feedback from his
coach will be, you have got to keep
Now, at the finish, the
seeds are beginning to come to the
end of their race. Matti Heikkinen
was the first seed to go out on the
course. He took the lead and Calle
Halfvarsson, by 0.9 of a second will
have the honour of sitting in the
leader's chair. Maurice Manificat,
last of the big names coming up to
this checkpoint. Now you get an
indication of the wind, you can see
the snow blowing across the course
into the faces of these Herculean
men, made of iron will and solid
legs. Maurice Manificat in second
place, 23 seconds off the pace being
set by Dario Cologna. Dario Cologna,
three times a winter Olympic
champion, twice in this event. He is
bidding for an unprecedented
hat-trick. Dario Cologna has a
stranglehold on this, can he keep it
When you look at this you are
two thirds through the race. Andrew
Musgrave, that kind of, this far
into the race is surely going to be
almost too much for anyone else to
pull off. That being said, as we
were talking about a few moments
ago, Dario Cologna cannot afford to
take it easy but some of his
pedigree should be able to defend a
wide margin like that.
has come across the line, a fine
performance from the 21-year-old. He
is a star for the future. Only just
missed a medal in the skiathlon,
finishing in fourth. World under 23
silver in this event. He sets the
fastest time by 37 seconds. All the
best of the rest top seed still to
make their way towards the finish
line. If you are just waking up,
hoping to hear good news for Great
Britain's Andrew Musgrave, he is
just inside the top 20 with about
five kilometres to go of this 15
mutter course. It is not necessarily
looking like it will be the heretics
who saw from him in the skiathlon on
Sunday. -- heretics. This is
confirmation of how it stands at the
finish. This should be a few changes
at the top of that leader board
wants the big names, most notably
the four world-class Norwegians,
coming across the line. The
Canadian, Alex Harvey, who is in
with a shout for Winter Olympic
glory. Daniel Rickardsson, the huge
Swede, did so well to get a medal in
this event four years ago. But he
hasn't been in that kind of shape
this year. In fact, we should
mention that his journey in this
sport has been laced with tragedy.
He was changing attire by the side
of the road with a good friend of
his and both were run over
of the road with a good friend of
his and both were run over. His
friend was killed. He says he uses
his skiing as a therapy. He has been
on a tough journey away from the
sport. It is a good effort from
Daniel Rickardsson, but it won't be
a medal for him today.
line, likely to be the time we next
he Andrew Musgrave. We are still
keeping an eye out for his time. We
now watch Marcus Hellner, a real
Swedish skiing great, 32 years old,
gold in Sochi, gold in Vancouver. He
is provisionally in second place as
he collapses over the finish line.
But we are expecting him to be
pushed down by the
pushed down by the likes of Krueger.
This is our last chance to get an
update on these athletes before they
had to the finish.
Krueger, hoping to close in on
something that hasn't been done for
half a century by a Norwegian, which
is hard to believe considering how
much they have dominated male and
female cross-country skiing in
recent years. No Norwegian man has
won this title since 1968. And how
he would be excited if he could win
two successive winter Olympic gold
An update on Andrew Musgrave
- he came through this 13.5
kilometre checkpoint one minute and
38 seconds slower than Krueger.
Currently in 20 Third Place. That
will become 24th when we see some
become through -- when we see Sundby
come through. They will not be
Andrew Musgrave's day.
I am sure we
will get information afterwards as
to why today hasn't been as
encouraging as the performance on
Sunday. We should mention that he
has the opportunity to go in the 50
K, an event in which he was only a
second half away from a bronze medal
last year in Finland. Sundby is in
second place behind his compatriot
Krueger. And that was how they
finished in the skiathlon on Sunday.
Krueger, being roared on by the
Norwegian coaches. But we have yet
to see Dario Cologna reached the
13.5 K marker. Hollund will be the
next of the big one Norwegian is to
come through. He was delighted when
he was on the podium, a great
picture that was on the front of the
Norwegian papers on Monday morning.
He said he felt a bit surprised to
be alongside Krueger and Sundby. It
was a special moment for him. You
would imagine the predominant colour
for the Norwegians is read, but when
he went on the podium, for some
reason he was wearing all blue. I
had to double check whether it was a
Norwegian 1-2-3 and it was, but
there must be a reason why he was
wearing a different tracksuit.
Last-minute signing by the Swedish
team between the finish line and the
We are watching Krueger come down
towards the finished now.
will surely replace Spitsov in the
leader's chair, because at the 13.5
K marker, Spitsov was ten seconds
slower than Krueger. He is having a
fantastic Winter Olympic Games,
Simen Hegstad Krueger. Gold in the
skiathlon after falling.
skiathlon after falling. He is about
to put himself back on top. The
question is, for how long? It's a
fine effort from the 21-year-old
Spitsov, because Krueger is quicker,
but not by much. And that is how
much it has taken out of the man who
got the gold medal on Sunday.
Phenomenal from Krueger, who has
left out of this Norwegian team and
is making a name for himself. We are
seeing Cologna come up to the 13.5 K
marker. We did just see Alex
Harbour, who was a medal prospect.
He was in fifth place -- Alex
Harvey. And Cologna has just taken a
bite out of that time and has an 18
second margin over Krueger heading
into the last 1.5 kilometres. What a
An amazing performance from
Dario Cologna. Sundby was still
watching Krueger from that
magnificent aerial shot. Krueger,
flat on the ground, watching his
compatriot Sundby come home, but
Sundby will finish behind him. He
has been a magnificent ambassador
for Norwegian cross-country skiing.
He is third, just behind Denis
Spitsov. It underlines the great
last 1.5 kilometres it was from
Spitsov, the Olympic Athlete from
Russia at the age of 21. Sundby is
third at the moment. Krueger leads.
All eyes on Dario Cologna. Super
Dario, aiming for an unprecedented
hat-trick of victories in this most
brutal of events. Ollie, the Swiss
may have been worried about him
being overcooked from a fourth
unprecedented Tour De Ski victory.
He is proving he is still the man to
We are looking at Manificat.
Maybe Spitsov, who has performed so
well today, might get onto the
podium. He is now fourth or fifth.
It is looking like it could be a
procession into the stadium for
Manificat was 28
seconds behind Cologna at that
point. It is not to be a repeat of
Hollund's brilliant bronze in the
skiathlon, another man crashing to
the ground. One by one, the would-be
pretenders to Cologna's throne are
falling by the wayside. It's an
incredible record if he can secure
the hat-trick. An update on Andrew
Musgrave. He has finished in what is
so far 25th position, one minute 48
off the pace. A real shame and I am
sure he is a man who sets very high
standards for himself, which was why
he was disappointed with seventh in
the skiathlon because he thought he
was good enough to get a medal
the skiathlon because he thought he
was good enough to get a medal.
There must be a reason for Musgrave
finishing outside the top 20. We
hope to bring that to you after this
race. But let's focus on the man on
our screens. Alex Harvey is bidding
to become Canada passed my first
male cross-country medallist. It was
not to be, but he should be proud of
that performance. This is Dario
Cologna. Gold in Vancouver, gold in
Sochi and against all the odds and
up against an unbelievable quartet
of Norwegians, it looks like it's
going to be gold again here in
Pyeongchang. We have just witnessed
history. No man has ever won the
same event three times in the
history of cross-country skiing, but
Dario Cologna has. He is already the
toast of Switzerland. His status now
as one of the all-time greats is
They thought he
had done too much this season,
winning the Tour De Ski an
unprecedented fourth time. If you
look at the other Olympic champions
here, Krueger, they all dropped out
of the Tour De Ski. They said, we
need to prepare. This man won it,
came to the Olympics and won again.
The third time in a row that he has
taken the Olympic gold medal, unless
Maurice Manificat can pull out
something truly Manificat in the
last kilometre or so. But time is
running out. He will not take that
incredible gold medal away from
He worked. A good
effort from the Frenchman, who was
also chasing his own moment of
history. Cologna is still flat on
his back, probably barely able to
believe what he has just achieved.
Manificat is being roared on by the
crowd. But it is not to be a medal
for the Frenchman. It looked like he
might close in on Denis Spitsov, but
not to be. What a performance from
Dario Cologna. It is hard to
overplay what a popular figure he is
in Switzerland. He set up a parkour
club for kids in Switzerland. 7000
and in the first year alone. Now he
salutes the crowd. Now the
realisation dawns that he is a
three-time winner of this event, and
not even the great beyond an managed
to achieve that in the same event.
It is such a brutal sport with so
many things that can go wrong, and
he has done it. Dario Cologna reigns
supreme today here in Pyeongchang.
STUDIO: Disappointment Andrew
Musgrave, but history at the
cross-country course. Dario Cologna
from Switzerland winning a third
consecutive gold medal in this
event, the first time any
cross-country skier has that feat.
Andrew Musgrave will I am sure be
disappointed with his day at the
If you have just joined us, welcome.
We have gone off piste. The balcony
was not merely cold enough for us,
so we have come down here into the
snow. If you have just joined us,
here is what you have missed on day
seven so far. Here are the
headlines. Reigning champion and you
took the figure skating title with a
flawless programme -- Hanyu. His
archrival Nathan Chen suffered a
nightmare routine to end down in
17th. Lindsey Jacobellis's bid for
Olympic snowboard cross redemption
ended in disappointment again as the
American, 12 years after her
infamous showboating left her with
silver in Turin, finished fourth as
Italy's Michela Moioli one goal.
Norway have won the last four Libby
got medals in the men's Super-G, but
it was Austria's 2014 downhill
champion Matthias Mayer who took a
surprise victory today. There was a
massive shock in the women's slalom
is America's Mikaela Shiffrin, one
of the biggest gold medal favourites
in Pyeongchang, could only finish
fourth as Sweden's Frida Hansdotter
took gold. And in that race, Great
Britain's Charlie Guest finished
33rd, a very credible result given
that she is making her Olympic debut
in Pyeongchang just three years
after fracturing four vertebrae
whilst training in Sweden. Great
Britain have won a skeleton medal in
every single Winter Olympics the
sport has been included in.
Yesterday, Team GB's Dom Parsons and
Jerry Rice got their Olympics
underwear and both were very quick.
Dom Parsons in particular sat in
fourth place -- they got their
Olympics under way. Today, they were
going in their final two runs. Let's
see how the action unfolded with our
commentary team up at the Olympic
Sliding Centre, Amy Williams, John
Jackson and John Hunt.
This career and could be a
superstar. He certainly looks like
it. -- the Korean. For sliding, what
a big moment this is for Korea. No
Asian skeleton athlete has ever won
a medal in skeleton. Now watch Yun
go. What all the times as well. He
is usually electric off the blocks.
He is slightly slower but he is
Slightly slow start, but
still a fast start. Look at these
lines. It is so important to get
these first four corners, get the
speed from the start. There is a big
flat section before drops away
again. Look at him go. This is how
to slide the Pyeongchang track.
is the first mistake we have seen
him make. Is it the difference in
the icy temperatures? The sliders
may have adjusted their equipment.
Can he go under 50 seconds? Not
quite. With 50.18, reinforces his
position as the gold medallist in
waiting. Another wonderful run from
the Korean. Currently in second
place from the Olympic athletes of
Russia team, Nikita Tregubov sets
off in the silver medal position at
the moment. He is obviously one of
those that Dom Parsons is going to
have to tussle with over the course
of the next two runs. In Sochi, he
came sixth. And he held it together
in Sochi from start to finish.
in Sochi from start to finish.
Koreans are in the same position as
the Olympic athletes of Russia from
four years ago. Can he hold it
together? Just makes a little
This is a good run. They
have all improved on their runs from
yesterday. Look at his body
position, feet together. Just doing
a little adjustment.
50.5 coming he has done this all
three runs, Tregubov.
One of the
greats for Latvia, Dom Parsons will
follow Martins Dukurs. Silver medal
in Sochi and Vancouver. Rubbing his
hands together. Exponents of the art
of Skeleton. In Yun, he will
probably find an athlete to good to
him. But Martins Dukurs is the last
person you want to scrap out with
Matching his start time
from yesterday morning. Put down
incredible start times, just got to
hold it together now.
hopefully. We were speaking to the
Latvian media yesterday and he told
them he had made mistakes with his
set. He will have made changes. That
is really good.
He didn't have to
fight it there. Maybe when we talk
about the setup, it depends how much
contact the runner has on the ice.
The more contact, the more grip you
have, but potentially you are
Martins Dukurs, into second
place. A whole second of Yun, but
just ahead of Tregubov. Martins
Dukurs has done what he needed to
do. Tregubov has dropped back to
bronze medal position at the moment.
50.4 last time which was a great
A few of the Skeleton
guys in the crowd, watching and
hoping this is going to be them in a
Even if he cannot get
past Martins Dukurs or Tregubov, Dom
Parsons cannot allow the gap to grow
between himself and the other two
rivals. He is 1.4 seconds of Yun at
Hasn't got quite as fast
start, but he had incredible speed
down the track. Just needs to hold
it together and find the speed in
Just looks like he is
unsettled a little bit. Whether that
is his style, but he looks a little
bit sideways. Maybe it is working
for him, but is great, he nailed
that. He needs to find speed at the
bottom, which is what he was doing
Needs to maintain his
He is two tempts off
at the moment, needs a fast and
accurate finish. Look at that! He is
right in the mix and goes ahead of
Tregubov into third place. He is
breathing down Martins Dukurs' neck.
A wonderful run from Dom Parsons
again and he goes thirds with Thomas
Ducker is to come. Now, Thomas
Dukurs, brother of Martins Dukurs.
Superb Skeleton athlete. Fourth in
Sochi and 40 Vancouver tells you
about his quality as well.
been the one to watch for years.
They sink and mould into their sled.
They are good people to watch if you
are a budding athlete or if you are
on the Skeleton programme. He has
got good lines so far. Is there too
much for him to make up?
think he has the momentum he needs
to pull himself up towards the
Olympic athlete of Russia and Dom
Parsons. He is dropping. Unless
there are any mistakes, the top four
are set in their positions.
be half a second of Dom Parsons.
Reset out with potentially four
sliders going out for the medals.
Now it looks like it is down between
Martins Dukurs, Tregubov and Dom
Parsons for the medals. The run for
medals is on, Dom Parsons is in the
bronze medal position. Yun Sungbin
is almost assured of the goal. Tomas
Dukurs, world-class, fourth in Sochi
and forth in Vancouver. He now sets
off on his way. He needs a time of
nearly 50 seconds. 50.8 won't do for
him, he needs to be electric.
Latvians haven't got to grips as we
thought they would with this track.
It is incredible to watch how they
slide and how they are so smooth and
you cannot even see them steering.
They are putting pressure through
the shoulders. Pair the line. He
will come back fighting because he
wants a medal.
I don't think he will
get it. He is quicker than Kim, but
his time needs to be in the low 50s
to put any pressure on at all. 50.6
will not cut the musters.
what happens to the next few
sliders. That was a good run from
him. He will be happy enough,
That is Thomas
Dukurs, who momentarily goes into
the lead. But the medals will be
sorted out by the next four people.
The four times Junior champion,
Tregubov in fourth place. This man
has been so consistent. Has gone
50.5 every run. One mistake, one
mistake could be so costly.
down a good start time. That is what
you need on this track, get a good
start through the first few corners
and then hold it together. So far
looking good, he is looking clean.
Just starting to lose a bit of
time on Dukurs. We need him to make
a little mistake somewhere to help
Dom Parker and -- Dom Parsons.
Tregubov, did all he can. Another
50.5. We know Dom Parsons can go
quicker. Dom Parsons, next. Sit
tight everybody, he says he thrives
on the pressure. His nickname is The
Wizard. Let's see if he can work
some winter Olympic magic and get a
medal. If his time goes green under
Tregubov's name coming he is in good
shape. He has started off a little
Hold it together, like
he has on the last three runs.
lines are good at the moment. We
need him to keep it together. Now we
are starting to build into the fast
part of the track. This corner is
the key. The little tap, has it got
enough pace? This will be key as we
come down the track. Is this the run
that will get great Britain their
first Olympic medal of these Winter
He is in front in a
What? He misses out by
of a second. Tregubov is celebrating
a guaranteed medal. Dom Parsons made
just missile. Oh my word.
he has missed it.
These two sliders
have just put a lot of pressure on
Martins Dukurs, started in
second place. He was only just in
front of Dom Parsons. If Martins
Dukurs makes a mistake, Dom Parsons
might be back in the medals. We need
a mistake from Dukurs but he has
produced many of those.
That was a
big mistake! Is he now able to keep
at the time or is he also going to
drop vital split seconds down this
He has made two mistakes at
the top of the track. The time is
starting to ebb away. This is where
Dukurs might lose the speed.
in the red. How far is he going to
He is behind Dom Parsons
and Dom Parsons has unbelievably got
Come on, Great Britain!
Dom Parsons has a bronze medal
because of Martins Dukurs, the great
Latvian unable to hold it together.
From abject misery for Dom Parsons,
delight for him. Dukurs now feels
the pain, he misses out. Martins
Dukurs was a five-time world
champion and he has just blown it to
give Dom Parsons the bronze medal.
Settle back now and enjoy what we
think will be the gold
think will be the gold performance
from Yun Sungbin of Korea. One safe
run will see him reach the gold
medal here and put Korea and Asia on
the map for the first time in
Skeleton. No Asian athlete has ever
won a medal. Yun, seconds away from
This is a victory lap for
him, he is so far ahead. He has been
the quality act at the Sliding
Centre so far. The home crowd will
go wild at the bottom.
He has got to
hold it together. 1.5 seconds. He
has got to stay on his sled, the
last two corners.
athlete, Yun is a superstar in Korea
and is coasting to gold. He has won
by the biggest margin in history.
But track record. 1.3 is six
seconds. -- 1.36 seconds. What an
What a race, what an
athlete, smashed it. Most
importantly we have a bronze medal
for Great Britain by Dom Parsons.
The camp is going to be ecstatic.
What a way to have these games and
have Dom Parsons doing his best. His
aim was to get a medal, no one
thought it was possible, but he has
loved this track from the moment he
arrived, from the moment Olympics
The place for Great
Britain. What a thrilling climax.
Dom Parsons, The Wizard delivered
his magic. Albeit with a bit of help
by Martins Dukurs' mistakes. Dom
Parsons can cherish, aged 30, a
bronze medal at his second Olympic
Congratulations. Thank you.
medallist at the Olympic Games,
first mother lit but at Pyeongchang,
first men's medal in history, what
is your reaction?
It hasn't sunk in,
I thought I had lost it. I thought
it had gone away. I looked up at the
time and I made a couple of mistakes
in that run.
in that run. But Martins Dukurs made
You have been mixing
it with the best in the sport and
going toe to toe with them, you must
Yes, all the work we
have put in, has paid off. The
federation, friends and family, even
people playing the National Lottery,
where the funding comes from, thank
you to them.
Incredible scenes at
the Sliding Centre, huge
celebrations, first of all for South
Korea, winning the gold medal. But
Team GB, our first medal in these
games at Pyeongchang from Dom Parker
ins -- Dom Parsons. Amy
games at Pyeongchang from Dom Parker
ins -- Dom Parsons. Amy Williams was
commentating, it is not quite so
warm down here off the balcony, but
thank you for joining us. Amy, how
proud are you of those two boys
I feel like their big sister
and to watch both of them come up
through the ranks, through Great
Britain to be here at the Olympics.
Jerry Rice, in his first Olympics,
getting into the top ten. And Dom,
bringing home a bronze medal. He was
enjoying himself, he was loving it.
The result follow. How impressed by
you of the mental side of it that
Dom show to be in the mix for a
medal overnight to go away and there
you have to come back the next day
and go that little bit faster and
you could go home with the first
He showed he was calm
and collected. He has looked so in
control and almost relaxed and just
enjoying it. I think that is one of
his strengths, he thinks things
through so well, he doesn't get
flustered by anything.
through so well, he doesn't get
flustered by anything. I think he
thought at first he had lost the
medal, but then obviously when the
Latvian came down just behind him,
you could see the relief and the
complete joy in his face when he
realised he was a bronze medallists.
Check Amy, when you won your medal,
you were leaving. How difficult is
it to stay calm?
psychological battle. I had to just
not think about it. I was like, OK,
I'm in first place, but it's done. I
have to prepare in the same way, eat
the same breakfast and do the same
things. You are always taught to
only think of the process goals,
don't think of the outcome goals. If
you think, I could win a medal,
don't. You have just got to pop down
the same solid runs, and that was
what Dom did.
How big a part does
the team play for both Dom and Jerry
today? Trying to keep everything
normal, how big a part does the team
It's a massive part of it.
With the results today, that will
give the wider GB team a boost as
well. Overnight, it's all about the
training runs. They were coming into
it with confidence, and so are the
women tonight. It will be a great
boost to the team, especially if we
see more medals tomorrow from both
The skeleton women,
yeah. Lizzy Yarnold is the one with
a target on her back. She has a
title to defend and there is huge
expectation for her. And Laura Deas
is going quick as well.
is going quick as well. Lizzie wants
that next gold medal, and Laura is
the underdog that no one is talking
about. But we are just starting to.
Don't ever rule out a Laura! She has
an incredible start time, which is
what you need on this track. Both of
them have put down the fastest runs
in training. Like Dom, they love the
track. We saw Laura last night in
the restaurant and I had to say,
good luck. Have fun out there. You
race well when you are having fun.
The team around them are confident
and they are all in a good place.
Exciting stuff. And today we will
have the girls racing later tonight
with their first two runs. Lizzy
Yarnold is the Olympic champion, but
Laura Deas is also going quick. Have
they peaked at the right time? You
can catch them at 11.20 with their
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This is going to be awesome. Lindsey
Jacobellis, extending her lead at
the early stage of this course. This
is a lap of honour for Lindsey
Jacobellis. Micro O, drama!
Jacobellis is down! Look at her!
This is incredible, Frieden! Lindsey
Jacobellis has thrown the gold medal
away in the last 100m. This is
The drama of the
snowboard cross. That was Lindsey
Jacobellis. She is the world
champion. She has won gold in 15 of
the last 16 seasons in either World
Cup, World Championships or X Games
championships, but as we have just
seen, the Olympic Games have not
been her friend. That was 2006, the
gold medal in her grasp, but a bit
of showboating of the final dump and
she had to settle for silver.
20:2014, both times she went out at
the semifinals and a 32 years old,
you would have to say it is now or
never for the American. Let's see
what drama unfolded up at the
Phoenix Snow Park as we ran through
the semifinals and final that took
place earlier today with Tim Warwood
and Ed Leigh.
They await starters' orders.
could go any way.
Any way. They are
all very quick. They are all neck
and neck area. On the outside as the
16-year-old Frenchwoman, who may
have the lead! But it is Moiola and
Jacobellis is out in front. She
needs to hang on in front, but
Moioli has been very fast.
Moioli has been very fast.
cuts out in front. And our
back-to-back. Moioli moves ahead of
her, Jacobellis now in the fight of
her life. She once this gold. She
slotted behind Chloe Trespeuch.
Moioli is so fast. She has five
World Cups under her belt.
It is neck and neck
for silver and bronze! They are all
down, it's all over the place! No
doubting who took the gold. It's
Michela Moioli. Look at them, they
have given everything they have got
to this course. Trespeuch,
Jacobellis. None of them know,
Moioli limping, but celebrating.
That was as intense as sport gets.
Wow. Unbelievable final section.
Chloe Trespeuch over jump to the
bottom jump, took herself out. She
couldn't hang onto the landing. We
are still waiting for the official
I think it is Samkova in
third. Jacobellis, again missing out
on the medals.
on the medals. All they will give us
is the winner at this stage.
Trespeuch congratulating Michela
Moioli. Certainly a popular choice.
Second place is De Sousa Mabileau. A
silver medal for the 16-year-old.
She is in tears. What a race!
She is in tears. What a race! And
Samkova is confirmed as the bronze
medal. One of the closest races not
just in Olympic women's snowboard
cross a story, but of all time.
Lescott the beginning. Six brilliant
starts. There was nothing to choose.
The noses of every board crossed the
line. There was nothing between
them. Jacobellis here tucks up
early. Her inertia gets her in
early. Her inertia gets her in front
of De Sousa Mabileau.
of De Sousa Mabileau. You get a
brilliant idea of how tight this
Trespeuch a second here and Mabileau
De Sousa in fourth. Jacobellis in
third, and she lost. She just didn't
have the gliding speed to keep up
with Michela Moioli.
At this point,
she is in fourth place. The
youngster was perfect.
This is the bottom
jump. Oh, my goodness, Trespeuch!
There is nothing between Jacobellis
and Samkova there.
and Samkova there. Ooh!
the top, Jacobellis at the bottom
for third. Goodness gracious, what a
final. Thank you, boardercross!
Snowboard cross once again delivers
in dramatic style.
STUDIO: I love the snowboard cross,
absolute drama. We will be back at
the Snow Park tomorrow for the
women's skiing slopestyle. GB's
Katie Summerhays and Izzy Atkin are
both in the field. That will be
tomorrow morning from one o'clock.
To more fast and frantic stuff, this
time on the ice in the ice hockey,
the second round of matches in group
B getting under way today. There are
no NHL players in Pyeongchang this
year because of a problem between
the NHL and the Olympics. So the
best players in the world are not
here, but that does mean the field
is wide open. There were a couple of
surprises in the first matches in
this group. But the USA and the
Olympic Athletes from Russia lost
their opening matches, so the
Olympic Athletes from Russia are
looking to bounce back today when
they take on Slovenia. Let's head to
the ice arena with your
This is an early chance for the
Russians to try and get this in on
goal. Seeking redemption in so many
ways. Untearable Olympic Games in
Sochi -- a terrible Olympic Games in
Sochi, and then all the problems
that came afterwards. They are now
representing as the Olympic Athletes
from Russia. But in the first game,
things went in a very similar way to
their previous campaign at the
Olympics, where they were just so
far from being their best. They had
a 2-goal lead, but were eventually
beaten by Slovakia. They can't
afford another slow day.
afford another slow day. The
familiar red shirts of the old Red
Army are very much in effect in this
game. Russia desperately need to get
themselves on the board. There will
not be eliminated with defeat here,
but victory would set them up for a
final group game which could prove
to be very helpful to them later in
the tournament. Good defensive play
by the Slovenians, doing what they
needed to do to take possession
away. OAR have it in their own zone.
The Olympic Athletes from Russia
have possession back. Alongside me
is the former team Canada forward
Kent Simpson. How important it is
game for the Russians?
massive. They got help today when
the USA were able to knock out
Slovakia. So a win for the OAR would
put them right back at the top of
the group B standings.
the group B standings.
This group is
wide open. Nobody anticipated what
would happen earlier in the
competition with defeats the USA and
Russia. The Slovenians in white move
this one down the ice.
Taken out pretty hard on the boards.
Russia will come back into the
offensive zone. It was a wonderful
pass. Fighting hard to win it back.
Hard pass to the top. Off the post.
Wasn't a hard shot, just worked
towards the net.
towards the net. That is a decent
save. That was some shift from the
Terrific display of skill from
the Russian athletes. So much poise
and vision from Datsyuk.
and vision from Datsyuk.
Goalless, five minutes and 34
Really good start from
the Olympic Athletes from Russia.
But you'll only have to go back a
couple of days ago to see the start
they had against Slovakia. Playing
the body. This short side shot of
the stick of Gusev.
the stick of Gusev. The mindset of
the Russian team really needs to be
to get a goal early and leave no
doubt, they are the superior. They
let the Slovakian team hang around
too long and then it was too late.
Slovakia found a sense of belief
realising they could play with the
lar team. See how this transpires
over the next few minutes of play.
Let's make no mistake, the nation of
Russia expects. They may not be
wearing the Russian flag, but from
the president down, the viewpoint
is, this team should win the gold
medal. And if they don't, then they
will be disappointed and I will be
inquests and postmortems on the
first performance and
first performance and the first
defeat to Slovakia. The players will
be feeling the pressure, even though
it is thousands of miles away.
Lifted away by Slavonia. Vladislav
Gavrikov comes in.
This is lazy play
by the Russian athlete. He was deep
inside Slovenia's zone. Puck came
out. It came across the blue line
but the Russian forward was lazy in
coming out and that is why it is
The women's team,
supporting their male counterparts.
Interesting wording on the front of
those jackets. All it says is
player. Nondescript, the Olympic
Athletes from Russia, not allowed to
display any flags like those.
such restrictions in the stands,
flags aplenty, whether it is the
hearts or the flags on the faces.
Not every person partaking in that.
Some are little cooler in this
building than others.
building than others.
certainly had the majority of the
possession early on, but not a whole
lot of shots to account for. One of
the posts of Gusev. But no good
Dumping and chasing. They look good
when they do this, Ticar was back in
possession again. The Russians will
bring it away. Good save.
bring it away. Good save. Get the
left had down quickly.
prime shooting position from the LA
The net keeper tuck away this
shooting angle and made a great
Good save! He closed the gap
brilliantly and in
brilliantly and in the end, Kirill
Kaprizov couldn't find the net. He
might not get as good a chance as
that again. That was a backhand
effort from Datsyuk. Goes over the
top. Slovenia, lived to fight
Given away by the Olympic Athletes
from Russia. Driving hard into the
zone. Luka Vidmar. He will get some
The chase is on. Lots of pressure
Ales Music, good possession from
him. That was close to a penalty.
The first sustained
pressure from Slovenia. Just one
shot to account for it, but a really
nice job getting up the eyes in a
hurry. -- ice.
overwrought by the occasion, playing
in their second Olympic Games. Look
at their strength on the boards. Now
they are looking to create something
here. Great strength from Jan
Mursak. The hero, the goal-scorer
for this Slavonia and team. They
captured the imagination of the
nation in Sochi. Then comes another
shot, goes well wide of the target.
The big hit was coming.
The big hit was coming. Twisting and
turning. Trying to set something up
here, Vladislav Gavrikov. Good
defensive play. The danger isn't
cleared. The Russians are back in
possession and trying to find a way
through. Finally, the release valve.
Chance to get it forward.
Chance to get it forward. Robert
Sabolic, taken down.
Bit of fortune for Slovenia as they
get this away and break into the
offensive zone. Now with some speed,
what can be work from the side of
the net? Everybody will have to get
out from a Slovenian perspective.
Backwards, they go. Quick line
One thing that has been
common throughout these games early
on in the men's tournament is the
pace of play. Everyone on the ice,
such terrific skaters.
This could be
danger. Forgot to take the puck with
him. Good work from Slovenia. The
support systems are really good.
typically have two B two, if not
three players when you bring the
puck from your into the attacking
This has been a lightening
quick 12 minutes. There has barely
been a whistle. This is an
opportunity. Into the body. Held
Vasily Chris check skin. We get a
break in play and for the players to
have a breather.
have a breather.
Surprise start the
Vasily Koshechkin. I thought he was
weak with the goals he let in from
Slovakia. Getting another chance, he
stands six feet seven. This is a
look at the best chance. Right in
front was Kirill Kaprizov. I like
the line adjustments the head coach
Oleg Znarok has made, from the
Russian team. Nikita Gusev has been
really good. In the opening game we
saw Datsyuk in the same line. The
head coach wants to juggle them up a
So far, so good.
Slovenia with it deep in the zone,
trying to find something here.
trying to find something here. Into
the offensive zone, with a bit of
speed. Read down to the side of the
net. They have got to be careful.
The rebound popped out again. The
red tide is coming. The rebound is
falling into great areas. Finally,
Slovenia, just about, will get this
one clear. They will go for a big
change. The defensive line is
Wonderful shift from the
Olympic Athletes from Russia. You
get a sense of the strength of these
Olympic athletes. How strong they
are. Most hockey players, their legs
are very strong and they have a low
centre of gravity.
Break into the
zone from Slovenia. Good linking
play from Marcel Rodman. Now it goes
back the other way. It is a good
reach and a good clear.
Pushed forward down the eyes.
Slovenia will get there first. Late
hit on the play. No penalty called.
Immediately, they go back the other
way. Great clearing play. Should be
Slovenia, finding the quiet area,
settling things now.
It has been a
The speed from out
wide. Back to the blue line. Space
is opening up for Slovenia. The
Russians just letting them have
that. It sat there for a moment,
right in front.
right in front. Another quick
opportunity. In many respects, this
is more wide-open than some of The
Games we have seen. Both teams are
getting opportunities every time
they rush the puck into the zone.
Maybe not grade a scoring chances,
but certainly good one.
Rebound. Another opportunity comes
Sergei Mozyakin is a legend in
He is indeed.
He is indeed. The Russians
are trying to put the pressure on
here. Slovenia will batter it out of
the zone. There could be a bit of
danger here. That is a huge hit.
More good digging work.
More good digging work. That was
nearly a very bad giveaway. Pretty
physical game. Maybe this is the
opportunity for the Russians to get
something in on goal.
Ten shots now coming Luka Gracnar's
way. Two of them have been good
scoring chances. You see the
wraparound attempt. The rebound was
there for the taking. It just
bounced over the stick of Shirokov.
Over the last couple of decades...
Great Britain have played Slovenia
an awful lot. This has been a
physical game. For those fans who
are hoping that one day Great
Britain will get an Olympic Games,
Slovenia are potentially one of the
nations that Great Britain could
have a look at. They don't have many
ice rinks or registered players. In
Sochi four years ago, one in four of
their registered players in the
country were playing for the
national team at an Olympic Games,
which is a remarkable stat and is
probably an accurate figure of the
number of adults playing ice hockey.
It gives you an idea of how you can
convert talent to play at the
So much talk about no
NHL players at these Olympics. It
really doesn't impact Slovenia. In
Sochi, they have a player from the
NHL and maybe one other player. So
what you are seeing here, 90% of the
Slovenia team would be here no
Jan Mursak has been so good.
Slovenia have a very pragmatic
approach. We have a penalty coming
here. It is a high stick. They are
just checking to see if there is any
blood. That is because the penalty
would double. If there is blood on
an accidental high stick, you get a
two plus two penalty.
STUDIO: Apologist believing that
slightly early, but we have some
very special guests -- apologies. We
have Olympic medallist Dom Parsons
and Jerry Rice, fresh from their
skeletons excess this morning. Dom,
Olympic medallist sounds good,
It does. Feels like I am
in a dream.
How does it feel to
stand on the podium? Unlike you,
most of us will never have that
moment. I was in a bit of days while
was going on. Hopefully, I will be
more within it when we have the
ceremony later. I was just trying to
process what had happened. Jerry, I
know you came into this game hoping
for top ten. But to have achieved it
It feels amazing. I
feel like we both turned up today.
It couldn't have gone better. I'm
over the moon for Dom and I am so
pleased with my result.
both been tearing it up in training
ahead of the metal ones. You seemed
to bond with the course quickly. Why
That is due to the last
four years of work that we have put
in. Our coaches are awesome. Chris,
who started me off by telling me I
needed to track walk all the time,
who coached me in Sochi, and since
then we have had another incredible
courage. -- an incredible coach.
Most of the World Cup races for the
last four years, I have been there
when everyone has been going on, and
I have walked down the track again
and gone over the feelings and how
the ice looks. And that was also the
one we came here, I could look at
the ice and predict how everything
would feel and get to know the track
It just shows that hard
work pays off. Talk me through last
night. You both put in some good
runs yesterday. You're both sitting
in good positions. You knew you
could be in with a medal and you
knew you could be in for a top ten
place. What do you do the night
Normal stuff, really. We
both just wanted to get to bed
early. I'm a bit of a snorer, so Dom
did his normal routine, got his
headphones and earplugs ready to
block me out!
We had Jack Thomas in
earlier and he did mention that you
were a snorer.
It's getting louder
as the games are going on.
just a normal evening for both of
us. The environment among the teams
has been really relaxed, strangely
relaxed, to be honest. Everyone has
been chilled out because we felt so
prepared for everything. I slept
like a baby.
Yeah, I heard him!
you didn't get quite such good
sleep. People like Jack have their
eyes set four years down the line at
a Winter Olympics, but for people
taking up the sport, you are now an
inspiration. Can you take yourself
out of this moment and see the
Yeah. It's great to
be an ambassador for the sport. I
have been here for ten years and
busting a gut trying to make it to
the podium. You don't normally think
of trying skeleton, but it's a great
sport to do and it has been a fun
obsession for the last ten years.
And one for the boys as well. The
girls have been picking them up, but
now you have got one back.
been asked when the boys were going
to get a medal. Hopefully, we will
get a couple more for the girls this
Will you be watching them?
I will be screaming at the top of my
voice. I can't wait to see them go.
It feels good to be done. Once the
girls have got it done with tomorrow
evening, then it will really feel
like job done.
Hopefully, we will be
celebrating more medals.
Congratulations to both of you. Your
job is done. The girls are coming up
and latest day, you can watch their
first two runs lie. Aksel Lund
Svindal made history yesterday in
the downhill. At 35, he became the
oldest gold medallist in the men's
downhill. He has had terrible
injuries over the years. He was back
on the snow today in the Super-G.
Like the downhill, it is one run
down the mountain, a shorter course
but with more twists and turns.
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The 2018 Olympic men's Super-G is
under way. First Austrian on the
course. The first two men down where
the Italian and the Swiss man, who
failed to finish. The thing with
Super-G is, you want to be able to
get exactly the right line. If you
set up too much from behind, you are
skiing a longer distance. You will
be safe, but you are not carrying
speed, so you want to cut off the
corners to the maximum, but cut them
off too much and get the direction
wrong and you will go out. That is
what the first two racers did. He is
heading towards the paradise turned
in the downhill and towards the blue
Dragon Valley. Safely through that
section. Coming out of this valley
was what caused the other skier
That was a better line.
The lessons have been learned from
the first two who failed to finish.
Kriechmayr is the third ranked on
this season long campaign. His win
came in Colorado at the tail end of
November. Now, makes the last term
and leads the Olympic Super-G.
and leads the Olympic Super-G. The
first man to complete the course.
Kriechmayr leads the way.
That is a
good run from the Austrian.
good run from the Austrian.
was the silver medallist behind
team-mate Aksel Lund Svindal 24
hours ago in the men's downhill in
Pyeongchang. Can he turn that silver
into gold and successfully defend
his Olympic Super-G Crown? He was
great on the top part of the course
yesterday in the downhill and for
me, he's the favourite in this
competition. He has better CBG
skills -- better Super-G skills than
Svindal. This is great from Jansrud.
What a jump, incredible landing.
What a jump, incredible landing. He
is half a second in front. He wants
the gold again.
the gold again. He got the line
perfect. That is that in ideal
situation with Super-G.
situation with Super-G.
Norwegian won the Super-G title two
games in a row, salt lake 2002 and
Turin in 2006. Can Jansrud repeat
that feat? He is into gold again.
Jansrud leads the way.
Jansrud leads the way. Racer number
nine, Aksel Lund Svindal, looking
for the double.
for the double. Now he is going for
the speed doubles as he sets off in
pursuit of the Super-G title. It's
never been done before. The American
came close in 1992.
came close in 1992. No one has ever
struck gold twice. Could Svindal be
the first to do the bid golden
Straight through a control
gate there. That is going to hurt.
It's a scrappy run from Svindal.
This is where he was so good on the
lower part of the course yesterday.
Now he trails Jansrud. It is going
to require a miracle finish from
Aksel Lund Svindal to surpass the
time set by his friend and
He could still slip into
silver, though. Svindal flies the
final jump. He has finished in
silver, despite almost tripping up.
That was a heart stopping moment at
the base of the mountain.
the base of the mountain. Now,
Giezendanner is on his way for
Let's see what he can do. Risking
it. Over the rollers on the top part
of the course. The Dragons claw.
Around the Paradise Turn.
camera angle gives you such a good
idea of the speed these guys are
travelling with across the snow.
That there is a massive jump.
That there is a massive jump.
is in a super-g with no course
Half a second now. You
need to be within half
need to be within half a second of
Jansrud to be in the medals. Trained
well in the down hell. He could go
past Svindal and ski into silver
medal position. A little late on the
last. He has got the silver medal
position. He has demoted Svindal to
the bronze. He cannot believe it, he
He took a lot of risk and
it paid off for him.
it paid off for him.
Highway four Austria. Olympic
champion in Downhill four years ago.
Had a disappointing outing
yesterday. Missed the medals and
finished ninth. Can he bite back
today. Fight back today. He has made
a good start. Eight hundredths of a
second off the pace.
He loves it
when it is technical. Now, can he
glide over this slightly less steep
section? Needs to get the line right
after the jump. He heads towards the
Blue Dragon Valley. This is where
Jansrud was so good.
is still in the hunt here. The
difference between gold and bronze
at the moment. There is room on the
podium the Matthias Mayer as he
hunts for his second Olympic medal.
I wonder if he has lost his chance.
Nope, he is out in front. Point 19
ahead of Jansrud. He can barely
watch. Matthias Mayer was the
Olympic downhill champion four years
ago. Can he win the super-g? He can.
Matthias Mayer leads the Olympic
super-g. The Austrian has skied into
the gold medal. Matthias Mayer, not
able to defend his downhill title,
So Hee Lee needs the super-g
How does he to Matthias Mayer up the
They turned their for Beat Feuz.
Comes down towards the Blue Dragon
Valley. Big leap into that. He is
certainly here for a medal. He is
not turning up for the minor places
and he is in the hunt again. Level
at the second split with Matthias
Mayer. Quickest in that speed trap.
102.9 kilometres an hour. Feuz is
looking for a big surprise. Now he
might just have let it slip
slightly. If he can get he will be
amongst the medals again, as he did
on Downhill day. He tucks in for the
line and Feuz is in silver. It has
all changed here. Matthias Mayer has
just ski into gold and now Feuz has
his hands on the silver medal.
thought the mistake he made coming
out of the Blue Dragon Valley, he
just got the line ever so slightly
wrong going into the following turn,
the right footed turn.
could have been climbing on to top
spot. But still, the gold in the
hands of Matthias Mayer. And most
Dominik Paris has something to say
about it. He is beginning his quest
to win his first Olympic gold medal.
If it was about size and weight,
Dominik Paris would be the winner.
He has had the advantage of watching
the others ski. His coach has set
the course for him, so it is fast,
not too technical. Paris is taking
the longer route. Missed the apex
and the start of the turn and ski
two meters off the gate. That will
add some metres onto his distance.
Big leap for Dominik Paris. Quicker
at take-off and landing. Now, it
might have just gone beyond him.
might have just gone beyond him. The
top three separated by just 0.18 and
he overloaded the outside ski in the
Blue Dragon Valley. Back on track
now. This is still recoverable for
Dominik Paris. Now, it is probably
too much. 0.67 and he might end up
outside the top five today. Matthias
Mayer's leading time... Dominik
Paris clerks 1:25.18 and goes into
seven. -- clocks. Matthias Mayer, is
the man for the big occasion. He
wins his second Olympic gold medal.
It is the second medal for Beat Feuz
and Jansrud takes the bronze medal
after his silver in the Olympic
Good morning. They feel are just
joining us from Pyeongchang, we were
getting a couple of comments that
the blue skies and the sunshine on
the balcony was looking warm. We
have decided to prove it is freezing
by coming down into the snow and it
is probably down around minus six
here at the moment. We have had
plenty to keep us warm on this day
seven. Here are the headlines so
far, if you have missed any of the
action. Great Britain are off the
mark in Pyeongchang after Dom
Parsons claimed bronze in the men's
Skeleton. A first medal in British
man since 1948. There was a massive
shock in the women's slalom as
Mikaela Shiffrin, one of the biggest
gold medal favourites for
Pyeongchang could only finish
fourth. Charlie Guest finished 33rd
in the women's slalom, a credit goal
-- to her after fracturing for
vertebrae after training in Sweden.
Lindsey Jacobellis' attempt ended in
disappointment for the American, 12
years after her infamous showboating
left her wanting in children. The
reigning champion, Matt Zhou hang
you took a giant leap to defending
his Olympic title with a flawless
short programme performance. He
holds a four-point lead heading into
the free skate. His archrival
suffered a nightmare routine.
Earlier this morning, Andrew
Musgrave took to the snow again in
the 15 kilometre freestyle. He had
high hopes of a medal position or a
high place finish, but finished 28th
and after the race he spoke to
Good question. I
don't know, I had a bad day. I went
out and the plan was to go out
pretty easy on the first lap. Wasn't
going to be too worried if I lost a
bit of time because I could make it
up in the second. I thought, it is
the Olympics and maybe there are a
few guys that went out too hard. I
went out at an even pace and then it
was shocking, never got going and
felt heavy the whole of the way
Even in the first 1.5
kilometres, you didn't have the
No, it was pretty shocking.
Sundays, you don't go that fast. I
don't know, I just didn't have a
What is next, we have the
other Andreu here. Come on in,
Andrew Young, what is next for you
Of who we have the team sprint
on Tuesday, so we will be doing the
team sprint and see how that goes.
Hopefully a better day for me and if
we have a good day, we can do pretty
Tactics for the team sprint?
Go fast. I think we can make it to
the final on a good day. We want to
stay in the mixed for the first few
laps and then the last lap, because
it is two of the best on each sheet.
We have two be fast enough to make
it into one of those spots.
Commiserations today, Andrew.
Whatever! Only eight years until the
I am sure he will come
We will see you in the team
Andrew Young popping into that
interview. You might have heard
Andrew Musgrave say it will be eight
years before the next because next
year they changed to the freestyle
from the classic style which is not
his event. When you leave the ice
hockey early, which we do apologise
for, there would be some drama. We
will round up the end of the action
from the first period before we
joined the second period between the
Olympic Athletes from Russia and
High and over the top. Power-play
goal. The net keeper beaten and that
is just what the Russians ordered.
Lovely movements of the puck. You
cannot give the time and space to
Mozyakin as he walked onto one there
and blasted home with ease.
Beautiful pass from Nikita Gusev.
Picked how difficult it is for a net
keeper following the puck left to
right and then it comes off the
stick of Mozyakin.
So, can they add a second before the
end of the session? And they get a
second. Oh my goes nurse --
goodness. Double quick time from the
Olympic Athletes from Russia.
Olympic Athletes from Russia. Ilya
Kovalchuk, have much to say after
the opening game, but the old adage,
actions speak louder than words and
right now, the actions are pretty
good for this Russian team. They
lead now 2-0.
Let's see what it hit
on the way through. It was the
Slovenian defender. Right off the
stick of Jan Urbas. Talk about the
big guns stepping up in a large way.
Into the second session and very
much the Olympic Athletes from
Russia, are in control of this and
Ilya Kovalchuk, looking to go in the
back door. It is a huge turn of
momentum, two goals in the space of
22 seconds. Slovenia are on the back
foot now. This game has changed,
snap your fingers and it has gone
the other way?
It is coming the
other way again.
Kovalchuk, wide of
the target. They weren't so close
and Ilya Kovalchuk has got the bit
between his teeth and he is one of
the superstars, one of the most
known players in this tournament.
Right now, he's putting in some
The 2-goal advantage belongs to OAR.
Slovenia have to do something to try
and get a grip on this game and stem
Rebound! Just wide. Not able to
finish it off. Penalty coming
against Slovenia. That will
frustrate them. They just managed to
get their first real play in the
That was the best opportunity.
Finally, Slovenia get a bit of
attack time. Here is the two on one.
This is a real tough penalty to
take, 200 feet away from your own
goal. Those are the ones that raise
the hair on the back of the neck of
your coach. The Russian team's power
play was so effective.
How are they
going to work this one around those
boards? It is with the main man
right now, Ilya Kovalchuk.
And they convert! Oh, boy. Right
place, right time. Six minutes into
the second period, OAR lead 3-0.
Right now, they are lethal in front
Of the power play once
again. Right onto Barabanov's stick
and he makes no mistake. Sometimes,
it's not how hard you shoot, it's
where you place it. A terrific shot
from Alexander Barabanov. Slovenia
were hanging in there. But in the
last eight minutes, the Olympic
Athletes from Russia have taken this
Barabanov credited with
the goal. And there could be even
more. They are in once again,
driving hard to the net. This could
be a penalty shot. It is. Hands in
the air. This will be the official
call on the ice.
call on the ice.
Counter shot for
tripping against team white.
the signal, hands crossed above the
Terrific shot here. He doesn't
have a lot of speed, but he
immediately shield the puck. The
Slovenian defender then has to take
We don't see many of these
in ice hockey. Correct call?
so. This is one of the most exciting
plays sport. Hits the post and away
it comes. He beat the goalie, but
not the goal frame.
In one motion, he fires that shot.
Like you said, he didn't get the
Slovenia get this one into the
offensive zone. This could be a big
opportunity. Good save.
opportunity. Good save. Gracnar is a
man under siege right now.
man under siege right now.
have to find some answers pretty
quick or this game will be out of
hand before they know it.
Mozyakin has it again.
Russia are winning the 50-50 and the
40-60 battles. They have a real
hunger right now.
You know the saying. Hard work beats
talent every time. But hard-working
talent is almost unbeatable. And
finally, we are seeing this from the
Olympic Athletes from Russia team.
Oh, my goodness!
That was class, world-class.
That was class, world-class. This
goal is all about the superstar that
is Ilya Kovalchuk. He slides through
the Slovenians before putting it on
a platter. And it was gratefully
consumed. This is a hockey clinic
being put on and it is being led by
Ilya Kovalchuk. What a play, just
three Slovenian defenders. And that
leaves a wide open opportunity. Look
at the pace.
This is just wonderful
hockey right here. This is what we
were waiting for. We knew the talent
on this Russian athlete team. And
now we are finally seeing it. They
are working hard. The skill on
display is amazing. That was the
player that missed on the penalty
That was a bit special from
Ilya Kovalchuk. He was one of those
players who featured in the Russian
shirt in Sochi who was criticised
for his performance. He wasn't very
good, let's face it. He had a bad
Olympic Games. He wants to atone for
that. Before this game, he had some
hard words. We didn't get the job
done, that was the sentiment of what
he had to say. He is one of the
superstars and right now, he is
delivering in a big way on the ice
and you can see what it means to
him. The Russians have got a taste
It doesn't look like they
are letting up any time soon.
Behind the back of the net, they
have a couple of opportunities to
The decision to make a few changes
to the line-up has paid off for the
Russian coach. Or I should say, the
OAR coach. And another one! That is
number five. The Slovenian team is
battered and bruised and in tatters.
The netminder has played well, but
they can't compete right now. This
is an awesome show of power from
what is becoming the new big red
You get flashbacks to the
old Russian army teams of legends
past. What a play here. This was not
an easy shot.
Russia are writing like puppet
masters right now. They have the
puck on a string, doing whatever
they want to do with it.
from five different scorers.
Three goals in four minutes and two
seconds of playing time of the
second period. This is such a
wonderful play. The pass goes
through an area that Kaprizov wasn't
in. It was a plague of almost
terrific poise from Gusev. We see
his patients when he has the puck
inside the blue line.
Here it is again. And here was
Gusev. Terrific patience. No
Slovenian was even aware that he had
jumped out there. And it is
pandemonium in the stands.
that will make you jump for joy.
Obviously, there was talk about no
NHL players here, where is the star
power going to come from? Everyone
pointed to this OAR team. Certainly
a bitter disappointment in Game one
for Slovakia, but they are redeeming
it here because we have seen five
goals, five beautiful goals.
been a performance of real quality
that will send shivers down the back
of the head coaches of the other
It certainly is a statement
This could get very tricky.
Interception from Slovenia.
I was making the point, going back
to the red Army days and from a
Slovenian perspective, it is a red
wave rolling over. You cannot tell
the difference whether it is Ilya
Kovalchuk on Gusev. Every time you
look up, you see a red jersey
bearing down on you with the puck.
As this one goes across the front of
the net from the civilians.
the net from the civilians. --
Slovenians. Another penalty here.
Maybe this is a chance to put an end
to things. Quick question from the
rhetoric, are you OK?
to find a way to stem the tide here.
Already 5-0 and I am sure there is
28 minutes of play still to go, but
I don't see any glimpses of a
comeback on the cards. But on the
Olympic stage, you don't want to be
Absolutely, but this is
the kind of performance that every
once in a while you can watch a team
who is having fun, being expressive
and showing what they can do out
there. It has been a long time since
a Russian side has played with this
kind of freedom.
kind of freedom.
Here is the thing,
typically Russia always has the best
players, the most talented. But they
don't have the best teams. They
don't work hard and there is not a
lot of chemistry. Obviously, we have
just seen 32 minutes of play here,
and it is leading us to believe that
if they play like this, they work
hard, they really are the
Absolutely. Other teams
will be in the mix, Canada, Sweden
have both looked good so far. That
is a huge hit. Stepping across and
making contact. That is the amazing
thing about this Russian side, they
are big and strong and willing to
trade physically. That is the other
interesting thing, it would be very
easy... Another chance... Off the
post. Maybe off the stick of the
netminder, but very close. This
point in puck's career, for him to
be killing penalties in a 5-0 game
shows you it is a team that is very
It tells you he is buying
in. Here is the giveaway.
in. Here is the giveaway. Remember,
Slovenia is on the power play here.
To make a giveaway when you have the
man advantage, tells you something
about where we are at here.
minutes remaining in a period that
may comeback in the
may comeback in the nightmares of
Luka Gracnar, the Slovenian
goal-tender. There will be red blurs
when he closes his eyes later,
firing shots from all angles at him.
Finally, Slovenia Ansah back here.
Jan Mursak again, is the one that
makes the difference. And the
captain, trying to get his team
going. They break the shoot out with
a garbage goal. Garbage in the sense
it was scored by picking up the mess
in front. But Slovenia on the board.
The captain, has scored twice. Once
late and an overtime the day against
the UK. This was a nice pass from
Verlic. Right in that difficult
area. It is an important goal. I am
not saying it will start a comeback,
because I cannot see that happening
here. But Slovenia need some kind of
win, something to give them a bit of
motivation late in the second
Goal-scoring is, in this
game, maybe not quite as difficult
as some of the others in this
tournament so far. Third of the
tournament for Mursak and that is a
huge thing for him. Huge thing for
Slovenia as well, even though they
trail pretty heavily right now.
Three power plays, three goals.
Don't take a penalty in this game.
That would be my suggestion. The
civilians are having a little push
here. They tried to get a second in
quick succession. Under the catching
glove. We have another stoppage.
love when leaders speak up, but
normally when they do that and prove
it on the ice, some comments after
the game against Slovakia, they said
it was the power play that let them
down. We have to be better. The
power play has stop there is Mursak,
he had three points in Sochi at the
Right now he has
three goals in this tournament. This
is the third of them.
is the third of them.
Little bit of
relief for the Slovenian club.
relief for the Slovenian club. 5-1
A chance to pause
for breath. Barely been an
opportunity for that in this period.
It has been a lot of fun.
We, alongside every hockey fan, we
were looking to see how our team
play. It was disappointing against
Slovakia. They have gone back to old
tendencies. Did not work, let
Slovakia hang around. They have come
out refreshed, renewed and
The face-off breaks
towards the Olympic Athletes from
Russia team and they will be
breaking again. Looking for more
goals in this game. Kirill Kaprizov,
this line is clicking now. Nikita
Gusev. They are linking so well with
each other. They have potentially
the best part of the line behind
them with travelled that suck. One
of the greatest Russian players to
ever play the game will stop --
You are well within
your right with that statement, he
is about to be induced into the
Russian hall of Fame.
and spin away. Some great
and spin away. Some great skating.
The Russians will break in at the
other end. Under four minutes to go
in this second period. From a
technical standpoint, this Russian
team has played so well. Done all of
the right things. Everyone was alive
to the giveaway.
to the giveaway. The Slovenians,
scrappy, trying to hang in. But it
is just so tough when they have
wave, after wave, after wave. Here
comes the next wave. This one
download... Good save. Luka Gracnar
did well. He took it away from Ivan
Great pass. A drop of on the play.
They are showboating... Ilia Kabul
Chuck -- Ilya Kovalchuk. Second of
the game for him. They are being the
big red machine right now and
demolishing what is in front of
Speechless. This will be one of the
nicest goals you will ever see. The
long clearing pass. He wants it
back. Then what a rocket shot and I
love the motion. What a pretty play.
How do you defend that?
you don't defend it. You do what
Slovenia did and that is collect the
puck from the back of the net. It is
a combination of four years of hurt,
frustration and anger from all of
those questions he has not liked.
The embarrassment, think about what
they did in Sochi, the host team,
out of there. There was a Russian
hockey inquisition. How can we have
so many talented players and how can
we not perform? This is a guy that
has taken his team on his back.
is almost Harlem Globetrotters. Many
people might not have watched a lot
of ice hockey, so what you are
seeing is very special. It is a
throwback to the days of the old
USSR team, the old red Army team
would do things like that. They are
on a different level to the
collegiate USA team of the
travelling Canadian team and they
are doing it right now. This is a
special, special performance and if
they can keep this level up, it
would take a very good performance
and a very good and disciplined team
to beat them.
You have hit the nail
on the head. The things the Russian
teams from the 70s and 80s did, was
so much different than anyone in
hockey had ever seen.
possession. Slavonia are gone. They
are shot right now.
I don't blame
them. Puck possession, jumping
through holes, incredible chemistry,
knowing where your team-mate is,
like this right here.
like this right here. Nikita Gusev
wins this puck and right away he
knows where Datsyuk is.
If the kids
are watching, head of their trip to
school, they can enjoy this.
Particularly those who have an
interest in ice hockey. If you are
inspired, it gets to the Get
Inspired BBC web page. Your father
still plays, doesn't he?
old and still going strong. You can
find him at the rink three days a
He loves it. Is he better now
than when you were a kid, I wonder?
He probably is.
He probably is.
stand back and admire, they have to
keep working hard. Otherwise the
scoreboard is going to look very
lopsided. It already is looking
remarkably like that.
I just love
how the Olympic Athletes from Russia
team has not let up. They got up
3-1, kept going. 4-1, 5-1 and they
are not ready to put this one away
Absolutely not as Lavinia
You know what this
does, it sets up a matchup with Team
Potentially the first place in
the group as well.
first place. Slovakia will still be
in the right position, but if the
USA can get three points, they would
have seven through the groups. The
most the Russians can get is six and
the most Slovakia can get is six. I
am looking forward to see how the
young American team handles a
Russian team, but hopefully
continues their play, from what we
have seen here.
Well, playing against this quality
would be an education for the
collegiate American team. Certainly,
the players will never have faced
this kind of competition before.
Into the closing few moments of this
period. It's the speed of thought as
much as the speed of foot in this
game. Another shot comes in. It was
Kovalchuk looking for the hat-trick.
He thinks he might be able to get
one before the end of the period.
Slovenia can breathe a sigh of
relief that there will not be a
seventh goal in this period. You can
see the difference here in hockey
nations. The Russian defender Zub
went at the net. The difference in
nations is that one has the second
best league in the world, the other
doesn't have a proper professional
And a population of 140
million compared to 6 million.
a period. The Ilya Kovalchuk show.
An incredible performance from him.
And the Olympic Athletes from Russia
have just shown what they are all
about. When we were looking at the
teams before the start, this is what
we were hoping for from this group
We knew that without the
star power from the NHL team, all
eyes would be on this OAR club. They
have star power in spades.
Kovalchuk, Mozyakin and a couple of
stars in the making, Gusev and
Kaprizov. Stunning stuff.
All of the above!
It has been
a work of art from the Russian team,
who are chasing top spot. They were
beaten in their first game, didn't
play well after the opening seven
minutes. But this has been the kind
of performance that the Russian
players have been threatening to
deliver a maybe four or five Olympic
Games. And you are witnessing it
now. At the end of two periods, the
Olympic Athletes from Russia are
leading Slovenia 6-1. STUDIO: Yeah,
the Olympic Athletes from Russia
bouncing back from that surprise
opening group match defeat in some
style. If you want to watch the
third period of that match, you can
head over to BBC red button. Mikaela
Shiffrin is one of the big adult
contenders here in Pyeongchang in
the Alpine events. She already won
her first gold yesterday in the
giant slalom, but the slalom is her
preferred event. I don't think
anybody was expecting anything more
today from the slalom done another
Mikaela Shiffrin gold. But she had
it all to do heading to her second
run. She was sitting in fourth
position and Matt Chilton talks you
through what was a thrilling finale
to the women's slalom.
Next ago, Mikaela Shiffrin, looking
for the downhill double. She became
the champion 24 hours ago on this
hill. Her advantage is significant.
And it looks like the wind has just
eased off for Mikaela Shiffrin. Now
she finds the worst of it. Good,
clean start. Four races in the past
have done the GS and slalom doubles.
The first was in Oslo. Then in Lake
Placid. Another did it in Calgary in
1988. First mistake for Shifrin. The
most recent star with a double medal
was in 2002 in Salt Lake City. Can
Mikaela Shiffrin Derek? Not only is
she looking for the GS slalom ?
she's hoping to defend the slalom
gold she won four years ago in
Sochi. And she is finishing with
incredible speed! She has gone
second. Shiffrin will not make its
two gold medals.
two gold medals. Gallhuber stays in
first position. Three to go, and
Shiffrin made the error that cost
her the chance to lead this race.
Shiffrin will not win the Olympic
title. Three to come.
She has incredible strength. She is
maintaining most of her Ndidi even
as she battles through the wind. I
heard her scream in an effort to
encourage herself back onto the
ideal racing line. And us when
Larsson from Sweden, still in front.
Swenn Larsson, pushing for the line.
She is in bronze. Galllhuber is
guaranteed a medal. That is
extraordinary. Katerina Gal hygge --
Galllhuber will finish with bronze
at worst. Two to come.
Hansdotter is on her way. She had a
solid first run and a good giant
slalom day yesterday. The majority
of her advantage is intact. The
worst of the wind is at this part of
the course. Hansdotter has never won
an Olympic medal. Can she put that
right today? She is the former World
Cup slalom champion.
Cup slalom champion. Hansdotter
beats the lead! She moves into gold.
She is guaranteed silver at worst.
With one to come, Galllhuber finally
surrenders the lead.
surrenders the lead. Sensible skiing
from Hansdotter. Now they have to
wait and watch.
wait and watch. The last skier,
Wendy Holdener from Sweden.
Wendy Holdener from Sweden. But now
it's down to the second run of the
She has got the worst of the wind.
It's absolutely whipping in to the
face and goggles of the skier.
face and goggles of the skier. From
here, she can start to relax. She is
out of the breeze. She's got to push
through every one of these terms.
She can still turn this around and
take the Olympic title. Wendy
Holdener Switzerland, trying to deny
Hansdotter. Holdener takes the
silver! Hansdotter is the Olympic
STUDIO: What an incredible finish to
the event. Graham Bell, you said
yesterday, for Shiffrin not win,
there would have to be a meteor
strike! I must have missed that.
have never seen Shiffrin look so
sluggish on her edges.
It was like a meteor strike.
Shiffrin won her first Championships
and then she won the Olympics the
next year. She is undefeated in
major championships since 2013. For
her not to win today, I think
something special happened. She has
apparently been ill, but it was more
the fact that she won yesterday and
the fact that the programme has been
squeezed in. She had no day off in
between. She had to do the medal
ceremony and she normally goes to
bed at 8.30 at night. Lack of sleep?
In fairness to her, she does say she
has been ill, but that was not the
excuse she was giving. But it must
have played a part. When you're
coming off a day like yesterday, the
emotional highs of winning the gold,
it must be difficult to turn that
around if you are not 100%.
after the first run, when she was
0.42 out, which is not much, because
she can win races by three seconds,
I expected her to nail it. She made
a slight mistake which cost her a
medal, but she just didn't have any
energy. She didn't have that oomph
that she had. And the other two
women, I did pick them to silver and
bronze. They moved up and they were
Is it good to have a
surprise like this?
I think so, and
it proves how difficult it is to win
a gold medal. The fact you have won
one, yes, it gives confidence, but
to do it the next day is tough.
Stepping away from the Alpine
centre, you were at a cross-country
centre today watching Andrew
Musgrave. How do you assess his
race? He must have been
He was very
disappointed, almost inconsolable.
But he will bounce back. I was
talking to Andrew Young, who also
raced in that race, and I are
planning on racing the team sprint
as well. That should be interesting.
Gives them another shot at a medal.
When you spoke to Andrew Musgrave
before the Olympics, he had his
sights set on a medal, particularly
in today's 15 kilometres.
the fact that he was so close in the
skiathlon, maybe that drained him of
energy. He said to me that he was
planning on going out reasonably
easy for the first half, and then he
was going to go really hard. And he
went to go hard and there was
nothing there in the tank.
we expect from them in the team?
they can get into the top ten cut,
anything can happen. They will
definitely try as hard as they can.
Thank you for joining us. It's been
another great day and it is not over
yet. Darkness is falling, but Clare
Balding will take over from us on
BBC One. Do pop over there to join
her, because she will look back on
that fabulous bronze medal from Tom
Parsons as well as look ahead to
Lizzy Yarnold, who gets her Olympics
underweight in the skeleton
alongside Laura Deas. Lots to look
forward to. Goodbye from me.