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Well we are heading straight to the
Alpensia Sliding Centre, Laura Deas,
number six in reverse order after us
on the track for her second run.
Here is John. COMMENTATOR:, in run
number one, the mistake came
Here is John. COMMENTATOR:, in run
number one, the mistake came after
laying number nine. The chicane, she
brushed it with her left shoulder,
clattered into the wall.
is under way. This is where she
needs a big run, settle into the
run, do what she did before, make a
small adjustment in the important
corner. Towards the Dragon's tell.
The top part of the track was good,
she started to lose speed as she
came into corner eight. Now she's
relaxed. Can she find speed?
party for her. Good girl, she has
done it, com on, keep it together,
stay relaxed, keep this position. I
think she's going to hold onto the
She's got to go under 52
seconds at the lead. Then 15, 16, a
wobble, hasn't quite gone under 52
seconds. She takes the lead. How bad
is going to affect her final
standings after the second run, we
will have to wait and see. Some
powerful athletes to come, she could
have done with going quicker.
could but you know what, she melded,
got it right, didn't do that on the
first run but has that cost? She
perfected it. She needed that
confidence and directing the
confidence of that good run will
make her happy, make her be able to
go to sleep tonight and bring it out
tomorrow. Has she done too little
too late in this very tight race?
She was only 100th behind the next
competitor. If the German makes
mistakes, she could move up.
Currently in fifth place. Must be
better and she's done at exactly the
same. Quite moderate.
For an elite
athlete. To be fair, the Germans
have not got the fastest starts yet
they are awesome drivers but if they
had a start but was two or three
hundredths quicker, they would be
smashing it. They are naturally good
at driving but is it enough on this
track, you need to have a really
Laura has dropped a long
As John? At the end, she is
going to be 12-15 hundredths time.
Bend 13, Fernstaedt, the direct
comparison with Laura Deas and Laura
stays in front of her. Up to fifth
We have got to hope that run
there, they will realise how good
Laura's run was, good, beautiful to
watch. Can Laura stand on the podium
for a few more athletes?
has had a lot of sleds down at
tonight. Starting to change. Is it
naturally losing speed which is why
we are seeing a lot of the sliders
coming in over that 52 second mark,
before there was a handful coming in
These last four to go into
Dean Lizzy Yarnold, were under 52
seconds, that barrier seems to be a
struggle. Her debut Olympics,
Herman. World champion in 2016.
World ranked two, world silver
medallist last year. Brimful of
quality. Let's see how her start
goes. 5.24 she managed to achieve.
Laura was only two hundredth behind,
she has thrown down the God that. It
is about the first person that
twitches. Minor little mistakes.
Hundredths here and hundredths
there, she's going to be behind a
little bit from the start but how
much can she close? As Laura pooed a
run in... That will be the mistake
that keeps behind, she is going to
have to work hard, this will cost a
lot of time. I do not think she will
close, Laura will move up, yes, she
has started to move behind coming
into the speed trap.
That was really
hard, I winced as she had a corner
and we can see that, it did affect
her speed, making this tiny
mistakes, as we saw in the men's
race earlier, Laura smiling.
wonder, she is up to fourth.
came down fourth, the Latvian comes
down and makes that mistake, and
Dominic managed to move up into
third, the British slider. The
pressure is on for these athletes to
maintain their place and when you
see an athlete go down in a really
good time like Laura, that extra bit
of tension, trying too hard,
thinking about it too much and you
need to go down with an empty head,
so much going on. You have got to
empty it out and it means Laura Deas
is there on that finishing platform.
Three to go. In third place, Janine
Flock, ninth in the games in Sochi.
Behind Lizzy Yarnold. Former world
number one. Two World Cup victories
to her name this winter. She was
just over a tenth quicker than Laura
Deas in run number one, that
comparison again tween the two, you
see for yourself, green means good
news. Read means good news for Laura
Similar start times, Laura
just a little bit quicker, that was
very messy, skidding around. The
harder you steer the more your
runners dig into the eyes, and slow
you down so far can she do here on
this flat section?
Nothing in it
between Laura Deas and Janine Flock.
That is good for Laura, good there,
she can start pulling away on this
part of the track. Looking like she
is making mistakes, this will keep
her ahead of Laura at the moment.
much better run camp are with her
first run, gone back to the coach
and perfect at her steer and there
she is. Maintained her lead, 15
hundredths in the lead.
Laura, Laura looking likely to end
the day in fourth place. Janine
Flock has gone well. Two pig guns to
go including Lizzy Yarnold as the
second run reaches its climax.
is good, Laura Putin a faster run
and she can do that tomorrow there
is no reason she cannot pull herself
towards the metal table and put
pressure on these girls to make
mistakes, like that.
Laura, I think,
just had nervousness in her legs, a
little bit more attention, that's
why she did not quite male perfect
run on the first run but Janine,
looking so happy, she has lived for
so many years, this one is one that
deserves to get a medal.
deserves to get a medal. -- that is
why she did not quite make a perfect
The world champion. The
youngest world champion, male or
female aged just 22. Had a brilliant
winter. One of the key moments of
the entire women's skeleton event.
Her start times three tenths down on
Laura. And Janine Flock. She has got
to drive this track so much to get
any speed because of that slow
That little mistake between
four and five might be the key to
her weaknesses on the track and what
will cost the end of the day.
has to absolutely... She didn't... A
perfect line, she clips it, 10-11, I
do not think she will have enough on
the uphill section to come through
If she drops 15 hundredths
from Janine Flock, Laura Deas might
go ahead. Let's see. She fought back
like the champion she is.
like the champion she is. Loelling
and Janine Flock separated by two
hundredths of a second. The German
girls go into corner 14 in the red
and yet somehow through the uphill,
14, 15, 16 they find a few
hundredths of a second.
them into the lead. Lizzy Yarnold
went 51.56, if she finds that again
she is great position. All of these
girls apart from the Austrian have
made mistakes, this is a chance, if
Lizzy Yarnold can give herself more
breathing space for tomorrow.
Olympic champion, rising once again
to the intensity of battle at the
Lizzy Yarnold on her
way. So good at performing under
pressure, she loves the pressure,
that thrill and she always competes
really well in four run races, over
two days, she made the same mistake
some of the others made in the top
part of the track, she needs to keep
it together, she still has a lot of
time in the lead.
From the mistake,
recovered well. She needs to do the
Just about got away
with that. Is this enough to stay in
front of Janine Flock?
I think she
might just drop behind the Austrian
as we go into the second.
be very close between Loelling and
Lizzy Yarnold, she has dropped back
to third place, a tenth of a second
off the leader.
off the leader.
My hands are
shaking, my heart is pumping. Slower
than average, but the times have
been slower on this heat, she seems
absolutely fine, she is happy, she
made several mistakes on that front
that she didn't do on the top. It is
an unforgiving track, you have to
have a clean run and I would
actually say, I think Laura Deas
fits down the best result of the
second run. If she can be consistent
tomorrow, all these athletes in the
top four - five, everything is to
play for, they have to stay calm and
not make mistakes.
Your point is
good, but was not one athlete under
Maybe the track has
slowed, the weather, the snow, the
Canadian has had the fastest run,
then it was Laura Deas, two
hundredths behind but for Elizabeth,
but first run has cost her
potentially that medal, you can see,
her quality of being the fastest.
Loelling leads at halfway. Lizzy
Yarnold and Laura Deas for Great
Britain in third and fourth.
STUDIO: terrific run from Laura
Deas. Let's hear from her. With
A fantastic couple
of runs but especially that second,
you must be delighted.
Yes, with the
first I wanted to shake out the
nurse, it's been a day and a half
since I was on the track, I wanted
to relax and get that out of the way
and then I had some things to work
on for a second round would say nice
position to be in. Meet some
improvements on the second run,
really happy with where I am sat.
How have you find the track training
and for racing?
It's a tough,
technical track and the rewards the
fast person, you can't let your
brain rest, it's hard work. Tonight,
going home, recovering, coming back
So important. Right
in the mix for medals, it must be
It's a really nice
place to be, sitting in fourth, only
seven hundredths out at a moment but
it is a sport anything can happen,
things can change. But yes, I want
to stay really positive and find
those hundreds tomorrow.
I'm much of
an inspiration was Dominik's
It went from heartbreak
to elation in the space of a few
minutes, what an inspiration, he has
worked so hard for so many years, so
pleased for him, that it came in the
end. Well done and see you tomorrow.
STUDIO: looking very
happy and relaxed. So she should.
Laura Deas posted the second fastest
time on the second run, all of the
sliders were slower than they had
been on the first but in her time
only three hundredths of a second
slower than her first. Alex? So
Normally you expect
them to slow down on the second run,
the track we prepared well, you have
sleds going down, people putting
down their feet, knocking the ice
off the wall so for her to get that
time, it's incredible.
she said she had things to work on,
but her second run was really
strong, she made the improvement
that she needed to.
She looked a
little bit skittish, making
adjustments but obviously she
settled a lot better in the second
run, it flowed more smoothly, a lot
cleaner, that gave her the speed.
These are alive shops, Lizzy Yarnold
on the left, her immediate reaction
after the first run was to mouth the
words I'm busy and she looked to Jen
Bryant to support her from the
track. Lost a bit of time, Alex, but
there will be areas she knows she
can't improve on. -- she can.
We said they will chop and change
positions. They will probably move
around tomorrow. The times are so
tight that anyone has got a chance
still. You have got to pull together
the two consistent runs tomorrow and
keep your head in the game.
look at both runs. Laura Deas, what
are you seeing from the professional
She has to calm her
nerves and be careful not to push
out of the groove. She is loaded and
She settled into a nice body
position. She is coming out of bends
in good time. She is not hitting
anything or skidding. She has a nice
low line around the bend. She came
out nice and early that set her up.
This is an area where she had
problems before. You can hear the
helmet on the ice a bit. But it is
not causing her problems. A lovely
exit. She has to keep herself calm.
This is the part where they have
uphill and they can lose speed. She
is maintaining it well. She will be
over the finish with this amazing
time and there we go.
I love the
fact that she is clearly enjoying
it. Every time we talked about the
advice you give to a first time
Olympian, it is always, just enjoy
it. And she is. She is full of
smiles. Lizzie Yarnold posted the
fastest time on her first run.
Slipped back on her second run. She
is in third place with two more runs
to come tomorrow. Let's find out how
she felt. She is with Matthew.
How do you assess the performance?
haven't looked at the time sheet. I
know I'm third, but the times are
the important thing. Yes, it was, a
much faster track than in training.
I have got a bit of a threat and
sore kind of sinus thing going on.
Was that the issue at the end of the
I think I'm struggling to
breathe enough, because it is very
cold here. It is actually a little
bit dusty as well. I'm doing lots of
steaming over a bowl. But it's a
brilliant track and yeah it has been
a great first night racing. This is
the bit I love, everyone getting
nervous and getting a nice night's
Compared to the last couple
of seasons, you're right in the mix,
it must be a wonderful feel
Yes, at the World
Championships last year I still got
a bronze medal and so I love to
compete at big events when everyone
brings their best. So I think I'm
still well in the mix and so yeah,
that is the big goal, which is
frightening to say sometimes, to be
the first British winter Olympian to
retain my title, it is not easy, it
has been a hard few years, but
hopefully can I do it for everyone
who has supported me, all the
National Lottery players and all
afamily and everyone and thank you
and I will do it for you. We will
see you tomorrow. Thank you.
STUDIO: No slider has successfully
defended an Olympic tiet. -- title.
STUDIO: No slider has successfully
defended an Olympic tiet. -- title.
This run wasn't as good as her first
run. I don't think she was as
relaxed. She was showing a bit side
ways. She is still getting some
great top speeds. Although she is
taking knocks, she is not letting it
That is where the
experience comes, to stay relaxed
and know you can still make up time
and this is not the defining run.
This is, we are only half way at the
moment. Tomorrow is another day. The
conditions will be different, the
ice will be different. It depends
how the athletes sleep and eat and
She has been having problem
with her sinuses, she talked of the
dust and the extreme cold and she is
struggling to breathe.
can sort that. She has been doing
some steaming. If she can produce
these runs when she is under the
weather. If she is feeling better
tomorrow, who knows.
Is it good to
go away and be in third, as opposed
to fist. -- first. You have a day to
think about it. Lizzie's taken that
off a bit and moved back to third
and can relax into it.
I think that
it has given her, the British public
are not going to say she is in first
and she is going to walk off with
the gold. She is close to it.
can see how tight it is.
can see how tight it is. Lizzie a
tenth off the leader and 0 .17 off
the leader for Laura Deas. That is
This is going to be a
great race. And the real race starts
tomorrow. That is what everyone
should get excited about.
tomorrow. That is what everyone
should get excited about.
analyse this, do they look at
Loelling's run and say this is what
To be honest at this
stage, it is too #4r5i9. Late. They
have -- too late. Thvest. They have
to turn up with their game plan, fit
and healthy and try and enjoy it.
Now Jacqueline Loelling, she is
leading, she has been a consistent
She is an amazing
athlete. She has got really lovely
style on the sled. The Germans tend
to drive in a very specific way.
They use a lot of toe-steering when
they drive. She has done it just
there. They tend to come from the
same technical school. The Germans
have got four tracks in Germany and
they can get a lot of experience.
The juniors in Germany, if you turn
up to a track, there will be kids of
eight, nine, ten, starting in luge
and skeleton. They start them young,
get them used to the idea of being
on the ice. It is something they
should be good at. And over the
years they have produced some
excellent skeleton drivers and she
is the latest in a long line.
Yes it is definitely.
What is a tenth of a second? It is
There is a very buoyant
British skeleton camp. We heard
Laura Deas talk of how proud and
excited they were, because the fist
British medal has been one by a
skeleton slider and for the first
time since 1948 it is a man. That
was John Crammond in 1948. Now it is
Dom Parsons and he can join us from
the Sliding Centre. Congratulations.
Thank you. Thank you.
How much pride
do you take in this moment of having
managed to achieve something you
have worked so hard for?
amazing. It hasn't, I still don't
fully believe it. Yeah, I'm standing
here with a medal in my hand.
it up for us, Dom! And you had that
medal ceremony and what was great
for you was a massive crowd, because
the winner was from the host nation.
So what was it like?
Yeah, there was
so much noise. There were quite a
lot of Brits. I saw bobsled boys
going crazy. My mum looked like she
had a tear in her eye. It was a
During the race
itself, you went through the full
range from despair as you finished,
thinking, oh no, to waiting and
watching your competitor, Martin
Dukurs who has been a stalwart of
skeleton and that thing of going,
oh, good he has slipped down and I'm
Yes, I was still upset about my
run when he was going down and I
wasn't really watching what was
going on. I couldn't believe it when
I saw a three next to his name. Yes
it is still a bit of disbelief.
tell me a bit about your build up to
this, about switching from being an
athlete and what skeleton has been
like and getting better at it as you
It's... Yes it has been a
long four years. At certain points I
thought I was well off this goal.
Thanks to the work I have done with
Kristin and the coaches for British
skeleton and all the support from
back home, I have managed to get
things to come together at the right
time. It is a huge relief.
seem shell-shocked, were there
moments when you thought this is
never going to happen?
low moments. I have got to admit
some of the races this season I was
wondering where I would find the
speed. Then after Christmas, it all
started coming together a bit more.
So I came into the games on pretty
When did you think, yeah,
can I do this, was it when you
started posting those training
It was, yes, quite early on.
I had a bit of an abductor injury
about two weeks ago and it was a
stressful couple of weeks comes in
here. And training to get that
working and Funging so I could --
functioning so I could push flat
out. My first flat out push was do
days before. Even in the training
runs where I had to take it easy, I
was getting good times. So we knew
things were going well.
still in pain in competition?
was pushing the sled I was fine.
There was still some stiffness
around my hip. But I only felt that
between runs. It was fine while I
I think holding that
medal, that is working like a
healing stone. Nothing hurts any
Yeah, it makes it all better.
I have got no problems.
straight back out to the sliding
track to support your girlfriend and
Laura and Lizzie, what have you made
of their Fir two runs?
Yeah, so I
got here just in time to see
Jackie's first run and then came
down to the bottom of the track to
shout at Jackie and Laura and
Lizzie. Yeah, Laura and Lizzie are
in a really good position, they're
very close to the top. It is very
tight. It will be a great couple of
You will be back for that will
Definitely, I I shall be
shouting myself hoarse.
Chemmy is cheering you on. Well
Dom Parsons, our
first medallists from these games
and the first since skeleton was
reintroduced and the first man since
John Crammond in 1948, who loss won
bronze and David Carnegie in 1928.
No 1 in the total on the right means
that Great Britain enter the medal
table. And gold went to South Korea.
They are in tenth. Germany are in
front having a stunning games.
Looking again at Dom's run and at
the time when he finished he had no
idea. He thought it had shoved him
off that podium, but because of
Martin Dukurs making a mistake,
Dom's added together time of four
runs and not forgetting it is about
consistency over the four. He was
the third most consistent.
Yes it is
four miles, if you imagine you're
going to run a four mile race, you
won't win it in the first 800
metres. It is as you cross the line.
The girls need to remember it is not
over until that last sled crosses
If we look at what is
coming up, tomorrow morning is the
time to stay at home, turn on the
television and watch is in unfold.
Because at 10 o'clock we have Elise
Christie hopefully in the
quarter-finals of 1,500 metres. She
has announced she is taking a break
from that. And just focus on this,
she is world champion in the 1,500
metres. She is going at 10 and 10
past 11 for her semi-final. In
between her semi-final and final we
will go to the skeleton.
This time tomorrow...
How are we
going to handle bad?
We are going to
handle it calmly... As I handle
everything. Everyone gets excited,
we want to be able to see good sport
and get involved and enjoy it and
know more about the competitors and
thanks to you Alex, we know more
about skeleton. That's why it's
called skeleton because the sled is
stripped back, Berrer.
It's fast and
it is scary and we are brilliant.
Your prediction? Definitely a medal,
hopefully two, what colour, who
We are going to calm down a
little now before we get into the
fast sports and it's the sedate
sport of curling. When we left it at
the half time marker at the end of
end five, great written have got the
scores back level, Sweden had a good
end six, we join it in end eight,
Sweden leading 6-5, and the
commentators are Steve Cram and
Jackie Lockhart. -- Great Britain.
COMMENTATOR: extra ends, teams
winning by just a shot, you would
expect it at this level,
theoretically. The high quality of
teams here, had to come through the
final qualification in December.
All of the nations decide the
representatives of the team
differently, Great Britain selected
both teams, who arrived here, Canada
go for a play-off approach,
basically the top ten teams based on
results over the previous year,
play-off to get the honour to where
the Maple leaf. I think the USA with
the same, actually. And Switzerland.
They do have different approaches.
Norway, for example, they were kind
of selected but told if you do not
medal at the Europeans you are going
to have to play-off against the
second best team.
Silver Lakes standard opening,
corner guard for Great Britain, the
guard laid out.
guard laid out. The strategy changes
a little bit.
Cammy Smith just watching.
Well done. We can see, Cammy Smith,
playing well, the figures reflect
that, only the one takeout. The
stats, pretty spectacular, to be
I think they were hoping to sit in
front of the only read, they
slightly over curled.
Kyle just needs to forget the stone
that he played in the previous end.
He's been pretty consistent. I would
say this is quite an important shot.
Made some mistakes in the last
couple of errands.
Looked that way all the way down.
We expected a much more defensive
end from Sweden. Almost misjudged
Britain still have one.
Looked as though that was going to
result in a double takeout. You can
see the draws from Kyle at 67%. For
he struggled. -- where he struggled.
Just saying, you can take a here
Holding the brush for the line.
That was nice communication from the
boys, Kyle was asking his skipper if
he laid the first one OK, if he
hadn't, Kyle said he played it well,
it must just be pulling here, I
think they might we buy... So close.
There must be a big finish at the
end, and you heard Kyle saying it is
He took a little more
ice. Unless the line he set out on
was wrong it seemed as though they
were pretty happy.
find the sheets of ice, it looks
very flat but if you start going
down to Nano millimetres and all
sorts, the ice technicians are
shaping the ice a little bit and
that can sometimes make it curl a
Almost kind of going
uphill a little and it comes into
the centre much quicker.
A chance to
raise his own yellow onto the red
that has been played.
It's a difficult shot, they need to
get closer to the guard. Rumble the
one in the centre line as well.
Move it! Move it!
Not a bad result.
The shooter is sad
right on top of the Swedish stone
and they sat in there for the third
You always know when it's not ended
up too bad when Nicolas scratches
his head a little bit.
Lacking that front stone raised onto
the yellow and red and he thinks the
yellow can cross. Time out. Cars
liking. Wants to have a little bit
of a think about this. What will
they be worried about here?
the shop they are mainly worried
about is that Great Britain can make
a raise onto the yellow stone. I
think they want to get another one
Lindbergh was the second team in
Sochi and Vancouver.
Sochi and Vancouver.
I don't know if
Sebastian is playing now or
travelling? Taking some time away
from curling? This is when I wish I
knew how to speak several languages!
LAUGHTER surely there is
If you had a phone... LAUGHTER we
are running out of time.
What are they calling here?
Drawdown, yes, they are going to
come in. And I think they would like
to sit probably quite far back. I am
not going to put myself out there
and just yet.
And the other thing,
maybe, Ericsson mentioned a few
minutes ago, he has only played four
They are putting the guard
up. I thought the draw would be an
Create an opportunity to
get the red alert even easier. Play
the guard. To stop this run back
from Great Britain.
They seem very
concerned about that. Was there a
danger for Great Britain on the run
back if you hit the yellow, the
chance of the red hitting the back
I am maybe panicking and deciding to
do the shop before Nicolas... But
Kyle just said, whatever they do now
he might just tap it next.
He doesn't need to see the inside.
You may be able to hear, some
American fans in tonight! Thomas
pierhead, important shot, trying to
set this up for his skipper, he has
He needed to connect with
a lot more of that stone. You heard
him, he just aged it out as he let
it go down the centre line. If you
have wait, they are holding very
Looks like they are going to play
your shot, Jackie.
I would leave it
on that line two, I was just
panicking it wouldn't play earlier.
Baby that is just the cos I am a
woman. Of course, Thomas moved the
rest, you can see a lot more of it
now. -- maybe that is because I am a
I don't think there's any
added value and that makes the shot
is more difficult. Actually putting
one at the back of the ring they may
have made the draw easier. No added
Him hitting the line, especially if
your opposition can use to jam on or
Needs a good draw here, Kyle
Smith. Put a little bit of pressure
on his counterparts. Looks like it
is as good as it can be here.
Hopefully they will have watched two
shots from Kyle and they should know
what this line is going to do.
line is better on this, has he given
This will come up short.
The initial call was that it
was back 8 or back 4. They thought
it was heavy.
You heard them say
That is the same shot
that Kyle Waddell played down there
as well. His pulled more and caught
This is not looking good
Sweden still have to be careful,
because they're only lying one shot.
There is the thought if he comes in
below that red that... He would
still be able to for instance,
Britain, with their last stone
He has to ensure he has
second shot. If he doesn't make a
shot in the house to lie second
shot, Britain will have an
opportunity to come and catch the
yellow and and the left above the
red and tap it enough that they
could tap the red through and get
their 2 or even a 3. Important that
he gets the second shot in. It is
just where he puts it.
to draw away from the cluster.
is what I thought. Not give them a
If nay come down the other
-- if they come down the other side
they could set up a double take out.
Just makes it.
That is a good shot.
There was a bit of a panic there. It
looked like the stone darted off.
looked like the stone darted off.
meant that... He hasn't given them a
chance. Just watch how close this
was. It would look even closer from
that angle. But there wasn't much to
choose. Not much room for error
around that guard.
We just have to
draw here for a 1. And we are taking
a different line. They're going to
follow the similar shot to
Nicholas's down here. Don't have to
be hitten, they just have to hit the
We have talked about
learning from your opposition stones
and they got caught out a bit on the
other side. Hopefully they have been
timing the shots so they understand
the speed of this line.
They just need to sit on that line.
That is looking pretty good.
That is looking pretty good. Slows
it down a little and up. Britain
take the 1. We are tied up. There
are two ends left. The next one
Sweden will have the hammer, Great
Britain in the last one. If Sweden
manage to hold Britain to one shot
in that end, but at least they got
their 1. And we have got a good game
on still here. Sweden 6, Great
Britain 6. Check on the scores
elsewhere. Canada have sorted
themselves out. Now 7-3 over Korea.
The United States 8-5 now. Denmark
did take a couple back. They're
still fighting on in that one.
They're still in the 8th. The match
between Switzerland and Japan with
Switzerland leading 5-3. They have
the hammer in that 8th end. You
know, we talked about the momentum
swings, it has definitely moved to
Sweden after the half way point. But
it is still 6-6.
It wouldn't feel
like a GB win if it wasn't going
right down to the wire, would it?
They're not worrying about the
clock. They still have six minutes.
No time-outs left. Britain with a
bit more thinking time.
game has been a great advert for
curling. It has been of the highest
I think whatever the
outcome here, Britain have put up a
really good performance against
Sweden. Particularity the first --
particularly the first five ends.
The odd shot here and then since
half way. All in all, they will be
pleased with the way they have
played. When you get this close, you
want to get over the line if you
That would be a booster for our
guys. They can take the scalp of
In this situation what, Sweden will
be looking for is a blank or a score
of two, where as Britain will be
trying to force a score of 1 either
way. If they can steal one that
would be great. Worse case they can
get that all-important hammer back
into the 10th end.
Expecting to see a very aggressive
end from GB. That is backed up by
the two guards they have thrown in
here. They're going to set their
stall out here and go for it.
interesting thing here is Sweden
don't have a lot of time. I see they
have been in the head very quick
after our team have played and he is
indicating if they want an in turn
or out turn. It would be interesting
to see if they overrush. They could
If you run out of
Then you lose the game. It is
important that you are in the hack
and ready to play.
and ready to play.
I think they
should get bonus points for the
amount of minutes you save, to
encourage the teams to play fast.
Maybe a bonus shot. One shot?
that. If you finish the game with
more than five minutes on the clock,
you can have a bonus point.
Japan have tide it up
against Switzerland. That is 5-5.
It is all relevant for Great
Britain. Only one win so far.
Another nice shot. Sometimes you
cannot do anything about the
opposition in terms of their
results. Now they're playing. But
you will get sort of five matches
into this and start to look at who
is where and who you have got left
Since Sweden struggled with
their signature double take-outs.
There is another one missed. That
was actual lay very difficult one to
play. It is easy to move both the
yellows, but not easy to roll the
shooter as well. It was a good
After couple of indifferent shots,
Kyle wad Waddell played a good one.
Can he follow that up. Britain
trying to get some yellow in there.
The guys are having to work this
Just nudging it.
been a game of just catching the
guard for Kyle Waddell today.
guard for Kyle Waddell today.
of whooping and hollering, feels
like I'm at the Ryder Cup or
Some of the garb that the
United States are wearing it is a
bit Ryder Cupesque!
weren't making as much noise.
Just hangs on to it. The United
States have won that one obviously,
9-5 against Denmark. Yeah OK. Canada
look set for a win ginest Korea. --
win against Korea. No surprise
there. These two other matches, this
one and the one next, 5-5 in that
one. 6-all in this one. Sweden a
good shot with their previous stone.
This isn't ideal for GB having to
play this take-out. They don't have
an opportunity to be offensive at
the moment. I wonder if Sweden will
go for the kill here in the 9th end
and try and put a few on the board?
A change of tools.
That indicates to
me they have a stone that probably
swings more and this could be a
stone that Swinns more and they're
happy to play it more when they're
throwing a heavier weight. They have
certainly changed the stone there.
It is Oscar.
I think he whistles for
them not to touch the stone.
usually the Danish skip that does
Normally they whistle if they
are suffering from a sore throat and
can't call. I think they wanted that
in the house. That is a
Kyle just went
to have a look. It is the edge of
the stone as to whether it's just
cutting the line. He had a shake of
the head to say no, it is not. It is
Rather than just hit one of
the reds that we can see, they're
going to utilise their yellow and
drive it into the reds.
That was a bit way ward
That is just catching
the circle. The edge of the ring.
He started well today. In fact they
all did. They have all just been
slightly off in the second half. Not
much. Just inches here and there. Or
Eriksson coming down to have a look.
The clock still ticking.
The yellow then?
I think it
is and it is quite an interesting
situation, because due too that
yellow stone being in the house, it
forces swede on the decide whether
they want to blank the end or
whether they want to go and score 2.
They could play a take-out on the
yellow to give themselves a chance
to blank. Maybe leaves GB a hit and
roll behind. So they're going to
play a draw.
This is the other side.
This is to be fair this has been his
shot. Eriksson. His draws have been
pretty much spot on.
The boys looking at lots of options
and what they do, will how will
Sweden counteract it?
That one is not in. I think... The
camera work showing us, showing us
that it is. The yellow in front of
Thomas Meer head, the angle at which
he wants to try and hit the stone.
-- Thomas Muirhead.
plays here his shooter still stays
in the house, he doesn't want to
roll out here.
To do that they need to miss the
double takeout all stock that's what
I was saying, I thought at first he
was looking at a double take out.
That is a great shot by Kyle Smith.
It did not spin over, the lying
shot, they have the third as well,
that yellow at the top, it cannot be
You know what made that so
good was that they rode for enough
to force Sweden to hit and rule to
the wing. Give them a great chance
to make a double with the last one.
Because they can't hit it on the
Every shot crucial now. He's done
quite well. They are close enough
together. Big opportunity here.
rolled the stone too far, if he
comes back and Kyle plays the double
takeoff, Sweden still blank at the
end by hitting the yellow on the
other side but because he put them
side by side, Britain can make the
double takeout sit around.
Well, well, well.
Still plenty of stones left to play,
two in this and of course, the tenth
end. Some nice shots so far from
Great Britain, certainly the latter
half of this end. You can see little
mistakes still creeping in. Kyle
Smith, can he take both of these
stones and stay in the house? He has
missed it! Going to roll over.
is a real shame.
What a chance that
was! What a chance that was for Kyle
Smith. He won't get too many of them
when you are at the Olympic Games.
And you've got one of the favourites
on the ropes a little bit, you want
to capitalise, just missing, not
only missing, it is because he
missed, he was not able to stay in
the house, fairly straightforward
drop for the Swedish skip. Going to
take two. That was a chance.
Edin left the building, pretty much,
left the sweepers to put it where it
needs to go.
A game of tiny margins.
That is a shot he would make a lot
of occasions, not that difficult,
but he did this. Sweden picking up
two and after nine pence, excuse me,
they believed by two, going into the
final end, Britain have the hammer.
8-6, it can see how despondent they
are. Now, of course, if it goes to
an extra end, Sweden have the hammer
in the extra end. All the advantage
very much with the Swedes.
very much with the Swedes.
absolutely spot on, Steve, we kind
of had them on the ropes. It is a
real shame that one shot could cost
us the opportunity to win the game.
If he had made that we would have at
least had a 50% chance to win.
Exactly three minutes on the clock
for Sweden in this final end, they
can't hang around. Decision-making.
Between shots, they are going to be
rushed a little bit, keep an eye on
Niklas Edin has not
returned from the little boys room.
It makes Sweden's job easier, happy
to give up one. Does not matter.
Just making sure Great Britain do
not score two here. Makes their job
a little easier.
I still say, we have all said it,
whatever happens in this final end,
it has been a good performance, they
have matched Sweden most of the way.
In that respectable probably be
disappointed if they don't close
this out, if it was not go that way.
Plenty of things to be happy about.
Tight match against Sweden. This is
the top is to match Sweden have had,
three very comfortable victories up
until this point, the fourth match
for Great Britain. Canada heading
for a victory in their match against
I think whatever the outcome
in this game, it's going to be a
positive feeling for team GB. I
think if they can continue this sort
of form there is no question they
can win a medal this week.
Cammy Smith once more, trying to
come around this card he laid. --
Some textbook play coming from
Sweden. No need to take any risks
from their point of view.
Sweden get the chance they are going
to hit everything. Take away that
Bit of a pity, isn't it? It could
end up as a bit of a damp squib
which is a bit of a shame because
they played very well at times.
we have seen it just takes one
mistake from your opposition and you
can capitalise. The guys have to
keep digging in.
We've got a good
setup. A great chance to score.
in the house, putting the guard on.
They are nice and straight so it
makes it very difficult for Sweden
to remove both of them, they end up
having to take the top one all the
The question here for Kyle and the
boys is, when do you do something
other than continuing with the
Whether you do something with
the Reds in the house, it's all
They are only lying in
third shot at the moment, they
should do something with them. At
some point they could draw one
around the back.
Could also try and come to them and
tap them back a little bit and use
them as backing at some point. If
It's not bad.
Sorry... Kyle had struggled with a
little bit of draw weight in the
last 2-3 ends but that was well
played. Like waiting for a mistake
to happen, these are fairly
straightforward shots here, you need
to make them attempt something a bit
You are not going to
see Sweden and is one of these, one
of the easiest shots in the game,
especially with these guys and their
level of accuracy, it's just the
case of running the stones down at
the moment so bad when GB make a
move in the house, Sweden have less
stones to retrieve the situation.
Thomas needs to be accurate here as
well. Coming down exactly the same
line. They should know what this is
Here we go again. LAUGHTER Kyle is
wanting the boys to stay for a
He needs a little bit of
social contact. Like Logan said,
when are they going to actually do
something with the two reds?
of team talk around this. How do
they force the situation? Try and
get two, take this to the extra end?
I think there's an opportunity for a
two rather than a three. I like
Thomas's confidence. Two is what we
are looking for, boys, at the
minute, I think.
The confidence of
youth! Britain with three stones
left, Sweden two, just the skipper
to play. Whatever happens, I'd be
trying to make Niklas Edin drawer,
he has been just a little bit off
We just have to make sure
when Thomas hits this back he gets
the role across the house that he is
looking for, keeps the two yellows
separated. Still in a good position
to pick up two.
The key to this end
for GP is do not leave Sweden a
The line on it, did
not get a cross.
Like that. Because
of the angle between two stones,
it's not a natural double, you would
probably hate it a little bit
thinner than perhaps a quarter stone
and you could make both these go
away and it would pretty much be a
Yes, only two stones left
for Britain, they must score two to
tie this up. And if they take two of
these out, it's not going to happen.
Niklas Edin still has another stone
after this, if he removes two
here... Or something crazy...
surprised. I am surprised at him, I
feel like he is debating this one.
One minute and 40 seconds thinking
time left, two shots, just has
another look down.
His team are
telling him, you do not have much
time. I think he is going to go for
the outside yellow. Yes. A hit
Interesting. I think he's
scared if he goes for the double
takeout and gets it wrong, it's a
little bit thin and he could miss it
all together. What he is banking on
as he knows by playing this hit and
roll, it forces Kyle to play a
double and it will bring the two
yellows together, so he could make a
double takeout his last one.
go. Trying to hit this British stone
and roll across, if he can. Pretty
Maybe not lying.
I don't know who is
lying second. That is what Thomas
If that had just been
quarter of an inch, half an inch
further away. Just having another
If he notices that, then we
are in trouble.
They should split their own yellow
to open up the shot.
That is a good
call, low dpan. -- Logan.
call, low dpan. -- Logan.
double tricky for him. Like that.
double tricky for him. Like that.
played a really very good stone with
his penultimate one in the previous
end. It was just the last stone that
was not what he wanted. At least put
a bit of pressure on. Don't give
Nicolas Edin an easy option.
remember back to the 8th end, they
played a couple of draws down here
and got caught out by over curling.
That should mean the take-out will
curl a lot too.
Where is this going?
Will be close.
I was worried there. They
swept it well, kept it on track.
swept it well, kept it on track. He
is saying, it is about as good as he
thinks he could have done there.
is very clever curling from Nicolas
Edin. He would have gone for that
double. Be he misses and gives up
They have got a chance here
though. It is a big shot still. He
has got to be accurate here. He has
got the chance to take out both of
these British stones, doesn't matter
if his own goes. Britain only have
only one stone left. He is not
bothered about what else happens. He
wants both of these stones. Nicolas
Eden, the Swedish skip, his final
stone looking to hit the first
British stone on to the other, take
them both out. And he has done it.
It is going to go. That is it. Hand
shakes. It has been a good match
from Great Britain. For a long time
they looked as if they had a chance
to turn over this very good Swedish
team. Sweden know they have been in
a tough match, but Eden found a way
to get through. They move on to four
wins from four matches. Britain with
two wins and two losses after four.
two wins and two losses after four.
STUDIO: Stewed As Steve was saying
that is two wins and two losses for
the British men. They were be in
action against South Korea. As for
Eve Muirhead and her women's rink,
not in action today, but they have
two matches tomorrow. Speaking of
tomorrow, it is a big one for Elise
Christie, our short track speed
skating hope. She has had a few days
to dwell on what was a very
difficult opening start to her
programme in the women's 500 metres.
Tomorrow it is the 1,500 and she is
the world champion in that. Let's
hope she can banish memories of
The women's 500 metres. Four
and a half laps of the track.
There is Elise Christie, the world
record holder at this distance. The
start needs to be good. Away they
go. Christie in second. Smart move,
sliding through on the inside. Take
the advantage over Boutin, this two
should be the class of the field.
That is what it looks like. Christie
leading the way. Boutin is behind
her. Up to the line. Elise Christie
has successfully negotiated the
first hurdle of the day. And
Christie is going faster and faster
here. Elise Christie the fastest
qualifier, four and a half laps to
make it into the final and the
chance to race for gold. Away they
go. And Christie second to that
first corner. Kim Boutin of Canada
taking it. Christie just closing the
door as Yu had a look. Challenging
on the inside. Goes to the front.
Forced a bit wide. Kirchhoff leads.
Christie holding off Boutin. Round
the bend they come. Up to the line.
Christie and van Kerkhof in a photo
for first place. Yu is penalised and
Boutin is advanced from third place
into the final. Van Kerkhof, Elise
Christie and Boutin all going
through. At least she gets the
chance to race for gold. Nearly
time. The Olympic final in the
women's 500 metres. The nation holds
its breath. Away they go, the final
is on. Christie trying to move
through. She has work to do.
Christie now trying to hug the
inside line. Had a look. No room
past Boutin. Christie tries to make
it on the inside. Christie crashes
out. She is out of it again. Boutin
going... It is a photo finish on the
line. There is a penalty for Cheong.
Kim Boutin from Canada has the
bronze. A crushing blow for Elise
Christie. She has to go away and put
it behind her and try to come back
for the 1,000 and the 1,500.
knocked over, I didn't fall on my
own. I don't want this in a final. I
don't think you get any benefit when
somebody gets a personality. It is
just -- penalty. I worked so hard
for the 500 and it has been taken
away from me. Even in the semi-final
I got crashed in. I have a few days
to reset and it is still almost a
week until my best distance. The
positive is... I don't know. Right
now I can't keep living with this
feeling. I mean it is out of my
control. I got knocked over and
STUDIO: How we would love to see
tears of joy for Elise.
She is the world champion in the
1,500 and she is one of keen
favourites for gold. Then it is a
very busy morning. We have got
Lizzie Yarnold and Laura Deas in
third and fourth in the women's
A lot to look forward to. We are
going to start here with one of real
Olympic favourites. It is the ski
jumping. On Saturday, we saw the
men's normal hill and they were
flying distances of about 98. They
they move up to the big hill and
will be jumping 130 metres. It was
part of the original first Olympics
in 1924. So strap on your fat skis
and take a deep, deep breath!
jumping takes place on either the
normal hill or the large hill.
Competitors jump further than the
length of a football pitch at speeds
of 90mph. Points are awards or the
distance, style, posture and flight
and landing. Points for distance are
determined by where a jumper lands
in relation to the K-point. It is
the equivalent of a far score in
golf. If they jump beyond that mark,
they earn extra points. If they are
short, they lose points. Each
competitor has two jumps.
competitor has two jumps. Japan's
Kasai is back for a record eighth
games. At the ripe old age of 45.
Everybody hoping that Kasai can make
it into the final.
He jumps 122.5 metres and a combined
score of 104.2. He is certainly
through. That is a relief to all of
us over the age of 40! And let's
look and see who will join him. What
a sight this is. It is one of true
spectacles of any winter Olympics.
Majestic. They're flying about six
metres above the outrun and it is
very scary at the top.
COMMENTATOR: He goes into ninth.
This is our last qualifier. We will
see ten more in a minute. Stjernen
has to make sure he doesn't make a
mess out of this. Clean enough on
the takeoff. Good distance. Again
not the best.
not the best. But it will be enough.
128.5. Ranked 12th in the world. His
dad was a World Cup-winning ski
jumper. He was fourth just outside
the medals at last year's World
Championships. Judges liked it.
Qualification score puts him in
tenth and that concludes our
qualifiers. So here is the list
starting from the top. Everyone has
qualified. Kobayashi leads. What an
outstanding jump that was.
That is the end of their
participation in this large hill
event. Now we enjoy Kobayashi's jump
one more time. That really was a
thing of beauty.
thing of beauty.
Looks very calm,
doesn't he? Yeah, I knock those out
any day that ends with a Y.
should be fun. These guys are
already qualified. They don't have
to do anything. They're just jumping
for the experience and to entertain
. That was a good jump. Brings the
arms down. Gets over the top of the
skis to make the most of the air
under neath. You can see the snow
swirling in the air around him. The
landing gets away from him a bit.
Maybe he would have been shooting
for 18s otherwise from the judges.
123.6. Again, he has already
qualified. But that puts him into
fourth place. Kubacki.
Eighth in this event in last years
championship, 35th in the Hill,
coming back. That's OK. Solid but
He had an odd week last week, the
third best jump in qualifying and
did not get out of the first round
in the final itself. But he was
getting himself into the top three
in large hill training this week.
See what he gets with the judges.
18s, they are fans. But since
seventh. Not quite as impressive as
qualifying. -- that puts him. This
man has seen his younger brother go
over 143 metres, and his other
finished above him in last week's
Olympic final. -- his brother. He
has some questions to answer from a
family point of view! And that will
not answer them! You need to go and
chat to your younger brother, he has
got the measure of this course and
these conditions and you are
struggling a little bit.
struggling a little bit. All right
form wise on the way down, the
Telemark was a little... Look at
that from his younger brother, tried
to keep that emotion bottled up! 150
metres. Your brother has just
outjumped you buy the best part of
28 metres. That is a way. This will
be interesting, the world champion.
Finished 13th in the normal hill.
That might go some way towards
restoring things. Good understands.
On hundreds 31 metres. -- 131
metres. Extending up through that
The concentration. They make it look
easy, it's not easy.
easy, it's not easy. The judges
very, very happy. They have shifted
the gate again. The distance wasn't
quite there but Stefan Kraft into
sixth place. This man and his
moustache, forecast extra crispy!
Whatever its doors for the
aerodynamics that moustache works,
135 metres. Robert Johannson. We are
going to see three Norwegians in a
row. This event has not won by a
Norwegian since 1964. More than half
a century ago. When that kind of
moustache was still reasonably
fashionable! Did not initially
crouched into that Telemark as much
as I would have liked. The judges
contradict me beautifully, they say
they loved it, there are played.
Into the lead. 135 metres with the
benefit of data points. -- fair
play. Nor way have struggled in this
event for 50 years. Norwegian ski
jumping has such history, they won
gold after gold when this event was
originally introduced to the Winter
Big talk in the Norwegian media this
week about Norway getting back on
top of this event, 137 metres is how
you do that, not as
you do that, not as far as
Kobayashi. But this is impressive.
Held nicely. High five from the
coaches. He is looking on eagerly.
He thinks this is going to be good
and it is good, 19s
across-the-board. A little wind
assistance so he lost some points.
Slots in just behind Robert
Johannson. Now, the last Norwegian
we will see. Six in the normal hill.
Just seen his teammates lay down
some excellent jumps. That, though,
may be a little short of what he was
after, let's see... I think an extra
five metres on that. Would have been
more to his liking.
more to his liking. Holding good
form, the right-hand just coming out
at the end to stabilise him on
landing. Yes, fifth. There is Robert
Johannson, occupying hotseat, very,
very happy, this is what Norway
wanted to see, their athletes to
come backfiring this week.
come backfiring this week. Led by
the Germans, this man, the normal
hill Olympic champion. Also the
world silver medallist in the large
hill, he could win this too. This,
his initial statement in this event,
dude on distance. Just a little
trouble on the landing. -- good
Less than a week since he won the
Olympic gold, bit of an outsider for
that. Fantastic performance, he
thinks he can do it again. Only
placed around tenth in training this
week but again he was top in the
warmup jumps to night. Just a
fraction of the leader line. Good
scores from the judges. Only enough
for fourth place right now, the
Norwegians including Johannson hold
the lead. And here now... Ninth in
the normal hill event last week.
Looked good in large hill training,
just like his teammate.
A little short of the Norwegian
marker laid down, his moustache is
shorter, his jump is shorter!
Not the easiest conditions through
that snow although it has to be
said, World Cup ski jumpers are used
to that, Babel jumping almost
anything. His arms out for the
Telemark. The distance combined with
reasonably good but not spectacular
judging means he will slip down and
he will only be in 12th place. We
have one to go. The wind has barely
got it our way deceiving, that is
good news, hopefully that stays for
tomorrow. The defending Olympic
champion, he only finished fourth.
He needs something good. Poland
expects from this man. It's good.
It's not incredible statement of
intent good but it is good enough,
gets a smile.
gets a smile. And Kamil Stoch will
advance comfortably, in the top ten
But he's going to need to step it
up. To look at successfully
defending that Olympic gold medal
when we reconvene on Saturday. Into
that landing. Waiting for the
judges. Seventh place with a
distance for Kamil Stoch. Work to do
for him and Poland. Robert Johannson
of Norway is your top qualifier, all
the scores are reset on Saturday, it
means nothing on paper but that
means nothing on paper but that is a
big confidence boost for the
Norwegians and it means when we come
back to this hill on Saturday they
will be looking to go for gold and
take back control of this event for
Germany. STUDIO: it could be the
most celebrated moustache and all of
Norway if it happens, I am keeping
my fingers crossed. I know the
Germans, Norwegians and Dutch have
in carrying the weight sackfuls of
medals from various locations but
you get the feeling the British
athletes are warming up nicely.
There are metal hopes have been on
ice for the first 6-7 days but
things are thawing and not just for
us. We've had the teams, the
players, it's every man for himself,
the individual event in figure
skating. The short programme coming
very soon. Also today, the medal
mission, American Mikaela Shiffrin
defends her slalom title, she won
her first gold yesterday. And expect
Norway's attacking Vikings to be in
full cry as they go for a fifth gold
in a row in the superquick men's
super-g. Speaking of quick, it's
headfirst hurtling in skeleton, Dom
Parsons in a medal shakeup for the
men, defending champion Lizzy
Yarnold and Laura Deas just getting
under way. And the women's riders
tackle the huge Winter Olympic
obstacle course in snowboard cross,
this was quite a final! But first.
Relax, everybody, it's time for
Christopher Dean. An oasis
Relax, everybody, it's time for
Christopher Dean. An oasis of calm
in all the Olympic frenzy. Great to
see you. You played such an
important part for Savchenko and
mass art yesterday. Has there been
champagne and chocolate?
I have had
nothing yet. After an Olympic gold
in Germany there is such a frenzy. I
am sure they have been inundated
with lots of requests. They are
enjoying their moment, that is for
sure and I think I will hear from
them in a couple of days.
you will. Do you have any
professional interest to declare in
the men's event?
I had to think
about it, I have worked with the
American boy and with Nathan when he
was recovering from an injury.
limited extent but you have your
finger in a pie. But before we get
started on the quad fest, we have
been enjoying our trip down memory
lane, getting some nostalgic videos
and so much so, people have asked,
notably Vanessa on the hashed --
hash tag, asked to see Adam. We are
going to have another Torvill and
Dean perfect moment.
COMMENTATOR: And just look
at that! Everyone of them a 6.
at that! Everyone of them a 6. We
don't have to wait, we know. Jane
Torvill and Christopher Dean are the
world champions of 1983.
smile. T -- makes you smile.
not seen that in such a long time.
I'm exhausted just watching it.
must have been one of the most
overwhelming reactions from any
crowd. They were on their feet and
roses and flowers on the ice.
Sometimes the choice of music
encourage people to be up with you.
The music got everybody in the mood
and they were stood up and clapping
and it all came together.
were on your way to Sarajevo. But
there had been back-to-back golds in
the men's event and those were the
days when figure skating was the
Olympic games for Great Britain.
When you look back at 1976, John
Curry, Innsbruck. This was a very
influencial performance. How would
you sum up his approach and
John brought the artistry
to the ice and he was the first that
was a ballet dancer on ice. He
brought the aesthetics, the style,
everything came together on the ice.
People loved his skating. But there
were some within skating saying, it
wasn't athletic enough. For me, it
brought it all together. Athleticism
and the ballet quality.
It was art
as well as sport.
He went and
moved to Colorado, because we didn't
have the ice facilities here for
that level. Robin Cousins followed
and he became a gold medallist.
the same school. Robin had that
artistry, but he brought the
athleticism back into it. This is an
amazing performance in Lake Placid.
Still the exuberance, but he still
had the John Curry grace.
was tall and statuesque. The jumps
were fluid. I think Robin brought it
Thereafter through the
80s, the picture was dominated by
North America and then the Brians.
They were actually
They were actually coached or core
graphed by the same woman. She was
criticised, but Brian on the day
championed and won.
His influence is
still part of skating, some of his
moves are still gaining marks.
had a triple jump with one hand in
the air. It has been deemed by the
judges are giving it more credit to
do jumps with hands in the air. You
will see with the men and indeed a
lot with the ladies certainly that
every jump is in the air. It has
taken it to its extreme. I think
they should pull it back a bit. Such
You mentioned the
triples. Those were the old days. It
is quads now. Is it the best jump
hear the will win?
I think it will
be both. We still want the style.
Certainly if you are going to go out
there and do anything between three
to five quads, which some of the men
will do, you will win.
questions coming. Hashtag ask Chris
and you will enjoy an important
short programme. It will be
commentated on Catherine Downs and
commentated on Catherine Downs and
Robin Cousins. COMMENTATOR: This is
the new star of Team USA.
fourth in the US Championships.
fourth in the US Championships. The
selection committee took into
account the whole season and brought
the No 1, 3 and 4 to the games and
he proved in the team event he was
the right choice.
He is the first
openly gay Olympian for the United
States and he has been outspoken
against the Trump administration. He
has been on social media answering
his critics and his fans alike. But
now it is time to let his skates do
No quadruple jump
planned. He will want the triple
axel and the triple to be pristine.
Triple flip and triple toe loop.
The triple axel. He has got it.
The final element. Fantastic layback
spin. Not something that we see in
the men's event that often.
is a party on the ice! A superstar
is born for Team USA.
You see that
red box, not the fact that the
triple axel wasn't called, but it
wasn't pristine and the grade of
execution from the judges will be a
minus. But everything else on the
money. He needed to be more forward
on that take off from the triple
axel. Watch the landing. Oh, there
it is. There is the deduction. But
the rest of it brilliant. One of the
few men to do a layback spin within
So up to the top of
qualification goes Adam Rippon of
the USA. I expect we will see a lot
of him when he gets back to the
Aliyev representing Olympic Athletes
of Russia. His first Olympic Games.
I have to verify, because it
re-Taited so fast -- rotated so
fast. Quadruple toe loop there.
Beautiful triple axel.
Wow! Wow! Wow! Wasn't ready for
He suffered an ankle injury at
the start of season. But he seemed
to make up for any lost time.
is the rotation - boom, boom, boom!
There is a lyrical quality, you have
fantastic music. That is what you
Wow! It is a massive new
season's best for him.
He is pushing the 100 mark, and top
of the leaderboard by a country
The Sochi silver medallist, a
superstar in the world of figure
skating. A three-time world
champion, winning a record tenth
Canadian championship before these
games. Already goes away from
Pyeongchang with team gold for
Canada, but he was the weakest link
in the team. Not a great short
programme, then. Improvement is
Quadruple toe loop, triple toe loop,
he wants. Quadruple toe loop, he
Triple Lutz. Triple toe loop. Smart
Triple Axel. It is his Achilles'
That's a bit more like the Patrick
Chan who won three world titles. But
still a mistake in there. How costly
could that be, Robin?
could that be, Robin?
It would be
points down plus the deduction, so
four points down in total. Made the
rotation, not really sure why he
wanted to do the combination. Maybe
he was tactically playing it safe
and then opting for an easier for
him, triple and triple toe loop,
which puts pressure on the triple
Axel, and it is the Achilles' heel.
One of the Canadian commentators
calls the triple Axel Patrick Chan's
virus. If it goes wrong then it will
affect every element that follows.
It hasn't been comfortable for him
in a few years. And it was under
rotated, so it will be downgraded.
90.01 then. The deductions at the
end, a whole point for hitting the
ice. Not enough to beat Dmitri Aliev
fraud the Olympic Athletes from
Russia. Some big names are still to
come. Whatever comes over the next
two and a half minutes or so, Yuzuru
Hanyu will be carried through short
programme on a wave of adoration is.
There are Japanese flags 360
degrees, where ever he looks in this
Ice Arena. The defending Olympic and
Quadruple Salchow, made even more
difficult for the entry from the
spread-eagled both before and after
Glorious triple Axel.
Quadruple toe loop, triple toe loop,
there it is.
And there is the roar
from the crowd.
And the roof comes off the brink.
Absolutely sublime from the
defending Olympic champion, Yuzuru
Hanyu from Japan.
My hands are
shaking. My whole body is shaking.
That was absolutely glorious and
faultless. And look at the mass
Winnie the Pooh sacrifice! He loves
Winnie the Pooh. Look at those
firms. -- those fans. Goodness me,
he delivered. It wasn't in the plan
either. He was thinking about the
quadruple loop, but that Salchow was
glorious. He's on a cereal being
when he's on the ice. -- he's an
cereal being. -- he's an ethereal
If you need any indication as
to the quality of this man, that's
it. He's not far off that world
record today, which he also holds.
Nathan Chen of the USA, the first
man to land five quads in a free
programme, the US national champion.
Saw him skate in the team event, and
it wasn't a good performance from
him. Those big jumps were not
working for him. What can he do
Nathan Chen's opening combination.
Went for the quadruple Lutz and went
Stepping out of the quadruple toe
loop. Slightly off-kilter on the
And all so on the triple Axel, and
that triple toe loop potentially a
not valid element.
There has been so much attention on
this young man's shoulders. Just 18
years old, because of what he can
achieve when he's at his best. But
you get the impression this might
not be his day.
Definitely not. He
wanted a quadruple Lutz combination.
The fall on the Lutz. I think the
experience and lack of it is what
has shown here in De Jong Nathan
A season's best of 104 plus.
It's way down for Nathan Chen.
Mikael Kolyada, the Russian national
champion and European bronze
medallist from last month. And he
didn't have a particularly good
performance in the short programme
in the team event. He will look to
pull out the big tricks from the bag
this time around.
Another skater who has a quadruple
Lutz plan. Just the triple Lutz,
then. Playing safe there. He knows
what's gone ahead of him.
what's gone ahead of him. Now, what
will he do for the combination?
Quadruple toe loop he wants. He's
Easy with the triple Axel. Beautiful
position is therefore the spin.
Not wavering off the spot.
Another mistake in there for Mikhail
Kolyada. He is scratching his head
thinking what on error went wrong?
You can see the tension, the crooked
body-line, the left shoulder up
almost into the ear. Not going to
happen. But then look how light. The
spins are exquisite.
He is in fifth place with Adam
Rippon. Yuzuru Hanyu way out in
front, the only skater so far to
break the magical 100 point barrier.
Here comes his countrymen, the world
silver medallist at his first
Olympics, 20 years old, Shoma Uno.
We saw him perform in the team
event. Japan came fifth.
Two quadruple jumps planned.
That was the first, quadruple flip.
Quadruple toe loop, triple toe loop.
Just the triple axel. Very well to
Shoma Uno, the dark horse of this
Olympic competition lays down his
claim for a place on the podium.
do enjoy watching him skate.
Quadruple toe loop. Little tight in
the shoulders but down
the shoulders but down in the knees.
He such a compact skater.
strong looking. Just short of the
season 's best. He becomes the
second skater to date to break the
100 barrier. Still behind Yuzuru
Hanyu who leads the way. Here is the
long-time rival and training mate,
Javier Fernandez. Two-time world
champion who recently won his sixth
consecutive European title. This is
his final Olympics, he has already
said it is his last season, he has
had enough at the age of 26.
Retirement beckons for Javier
He will open with the temp the knead
quad toe loop, triple toe loop,
lovely stuff right in front of the
Second jump, quadruple salchow.
CROWD CLAP TO MUSIC.
CROWD CLAP TO MUSIC.
Beautiful triple axel, the jump
Here we go!
The Olympic medal is the only thing
missing from his collection but it
looks like he is out to put that
right at the final time of asking.
Where do we start? Perfect landing
position from the quad to take off
for the trouble, take off in the
need for the quad salchow. Doesn't
quite have the overall furnace of
Yuzuru Hanyu technically Firmino. --
Just a fraction of
his season 's best. Javier Fernandez
slots in between Yuzuru Hanyu and
Shoma Uno into second place. Bronze
medal at the last two World
Championships, 20 years old as well,
he has been one to watch for the
last few years Jin Boyang. He
completes this short programme.
Planning two quadruple jumps in this
short programme as well. Here is the
first. Quadruple lutz, triple toe
loop, and he's got it.
And there is the quadruple toe loop,
very nice indeed.
Don't forget me says Jin Boyang, do
not count me out just yet.
Thrilling. Definitely going to be
over the 100. Where is he going to
Seasons best is 100.17 and that
looked pretty good to me. Seasons
An absolute cracker.
It's an new season 's best, he
breaks the 100 point barrier. So
let's have a look at the results
from today. The two time world
champion chasing his first Olympic
medal in second. But Yuzuru Hanyu
back to his untouchable best. The
short programme is the building
block for Olympic gold and Yuzuru
Hanyu has laid the surest
He certainly has, ten points better
than he managed in Sochi four years
ago, and the first time he has
properly skated in four months, he's
had a lot of problems.
He has had in
ankle injury he is coming back from
but he's done all the right stuff.
He was away from competition and
rightly so, preparing for the
Olympics. Back stronger than ever.
About four points ahead of the
Spaniard but in terms of the class
how much further ahead is he than
the rest of the field?
He has got
everything, style. What I love about
him is the ease with which he moves
over the ice. He can accelerate and
get momentum so quickly and so easy.
That goes towards his jumps that
he's able to be tight in the air,
rotate quickly and come out of the
jumps with clean running edges, not
on the tour peg, not skidding, fully
He is such a superstar,
when he turned up in Pyeongchang he
had to be given an escort and he has
this massive fan club who throw
Winnie the Pooh's, it goes back to
him having a Winnie the Pooh tissue
holder which everyone latched onto.
Look at this. He keeps a few of them
but the rest of them go to a local
children's hospital so everyone is
willing him on.
He has a huge
following across Japan, he is a
The headlines for the New
York Times, Yuzuru Hanyu commands
the stage, Nathan Chen falls off it.
It's a huge role for him, going into
this Olympics after Lindsey Vonn
from skiing he was the next gold
medal hope. It all unravelled for
him on the night. I have seen him
training in Colorado and he's pretty
consistent. He trains hard and for
this to happen, I can only put it
down to the pressure upon him. This
is his first Olympics. He is not
lost anything this season. The eyes
of America are on him and it just
didn't work out.
Very tentative, only 18 years of
And you forget that the.
in the team event, some reports said
he looked a bit starstruck.
the pressure of the media attention.
He's a pretty laid-back guy, doesn't
take it all on, but I think he has
internalised all that pressure, and
it has unfolded here on the short
It looks as though the
Japanese might become the first, if
he can keep it together, since
Richard button a long time ago, to
defend the title. In second place,
Fernandez. How large is the clamour
for this man to get an Olympic
He has won the World
Championship twice, I believe. He is
Championship twice, I believe. He is
just a talent, and really engages
with the audience. He's a
storyteller, when he goes out there,
he tells a story. This is a Charlie
Chaplin -esque routine. And by the
end of it the audience were with
him, the music and style, and he
engages people. Such a character,
and you can see how he finishes with
that move. People love him.
shares a coach with Yuzuru Hanyu as
Brian also. He's Japanese,
Canadian, he's all over the place.
But I imagine it's a good system for
the two top boys because they see
what each other is doing. They push
each other, and it's really close.
Between second and fourth, just four
points separating them. In third
place, Shoma Uno from Japan, a real
buzz bomb by comparison to Yuzuru
He is compact and powerful.
When he skates, he gets really deep
into the ice. He has the same coach
as the ladies world champion from
the 90s. They have a similar style,
they get really deep into the ice.
What I love about his skating, not a
lot of people talk about spins, but
he has very fast spins.
years of age. So is China's Jin
Boyang. He is pushing for the bronze
medal position and it's frightening
the number of very young skaters we
talk about. Nathan Chen is only 18.
These are just out of their teens
and they perform these incredible
If you don't have the quad,
you can't be in the club of getting
a medal, I don't think. Very few
people will challenge these guys
because of the quad. Some of the
older skaters, let's say, if you
don't have a quad, you will not get
And we will see a heck of a
lot more of them in the free
They only have
to put in two in the short
programme. That's what they can do,
but there is a potential for five in
the long and Nathan Chen was the
first to do that.
skates EU have helped with his
-- the skater who you have
helped with his style. This was the
What other components of
that, and what is he successfully
The Axel is the hardest jump,
but the Lutz is the next hardest, if
you're talking about quad. Nobody
has done a quad of Axel, but the
next hardest is the quad of Lutz.
You have to rotate from the outside
of the edge, and that makes it
There will be a high
degree of difficulty in some of the
routines they will attempt tomorrow.
Chris, we look forward to your
company tomorrow. Don't forget to
keep sending your questions in. We
are talking Mission impossible in
some respects in scheme because
Mikaela Shiffrin is going for an
unprecedented fourth gold medal. If
she can pull it off, it was mission
accomplished in terms of the first
part of the jigsaw yesterday when
she won gold in the giant slalom.
Today comes the event where she is
the defending champion, giant
Now it's the
turn of Mikaela Shiffrin. She pushes
out at the start hut. She is the
finest exponent of giant slalom and
slalom skiing in the world right
now. She is getting after this giant
slalom second run. She is looking
for her second Olympic title. And
she is on her way to gold medal
position, surely now. It's been
lightening quick from Mikaela
Shiffrin. Mikaela Shiffrin is the
Olympic champion for the second
STUDIO: In the women's slalom
she has claimed five of seven wins
in the races in slalom that have
been staged on the World Cup already
this season, so in some respects it
would be a bigger surprise if you
didn't win. She's up against not one
of the worlds best ski races, but
history itself because in the long
history of this event, in the
Olympic games, no one has ever
successfully defended the women's
slalom title. Would she break the
mould again? Let's find out with
Graham Bell and Chilton.
COMMENTATOR: Wendy Holdener will be
first to ski, which is often an
advantage. A nice clean track
underfoot. She had a course
inspection, will visualise the
pattern of gates that lay before
her. The 2018 Olympic women's slalom
is underway. Wendy Holdener, the
first to ski for Switzerland. She is
the third ranked slalom skier on the
2018 World Cup tour, behind Mikaela
Shiffrin, of course, and Petra
Vlhova, second in the rankings.
Regular on the World Cup podium,
second, third, second, third, second
in a parallel slalom in Stockholm. A
serious threat for a medal today. As
she hits the flat, this is great
slalom skiing from Wendy Holdener.
Superb acceleration, and she is
laying down a really good marker.
Full of confidence, no mistakes,
good speed from turn to turn. And
it's a cracking start. Apologies for
the problem with the graphic there.
Wendy Holdener, first downhill, and
I would imagine she is pretty happy
with that run.
with that run. Nina Haver-Loeseth,
comes fresh off the back of her
first World Cup win for a while.
Four tenths behind Wendy Holdener at
the first intermediate, wearing the
same colours as Wendy Holdener, but
racing for Norway. They have a lot
of the same livery week to week and
in a major championships. No
advertising is allowed on the race
suits, of course. Nina
Haver-Loeseth, 0.55 off the pace of
Wendy Holdener. It has been a clean
run. Slightly on the cautious side,
hoping to get a second run. And she
has made it to the foot of the
course, just off the pace. She is in
great shape, it will be tougher for
the later starters. -- the course is
in great shape. The return of
Shiffrin, looking for the double.
Encouraged out at the start gate by
the coaches. Into this metronomic
tempo. As a youngster, the
Shiffrins, she was coached by her
mother and father, they favoured
deliberate practice over competition
and she had limited time in ski
races. Bearing in mind a ski race
was only two runs and they felt she
could do ten, 15, 20 runs in a day
when practising. The family insisted
Shiffrin would practice her turns
even when going from the bottom of
the race course to the ski lift.
Most races ski straight down,
scaring the living daylights out of
tourists, but Shiffrin practised her
turns whenever possible. It brought
her the Olympic slalom title four
years ago in Sochi. She was the
Olympic gold medallist yesterday in
giant slalom and she is in good
shape as she goes for the double.
Skiing into second. Excellent
skiing. Still plenty of talented
racers who could push for a top
three place in this first leg. Anna
Swenn Larsson is next to go. Has a
wild upper body movement. Hands held
that face height, and they come
through to punch away the
spring-loaded gates, rather like a
boxer. Reminds me of a fellow Swede,
that slightly unorthodox upper body
movement. It's going well for Swenn
Larsson so far. 33 hundredths of a
second off the place of Wendy
Holdener. She could move into second
position and Bush Mikaela Shiffrin
down a notch. With a fast finish
here. Swenn Larsson is holding
nothing back. She pushes for the
line and has gone second. Terrific
skiing from Anna Swenn Larsson.
The number one Austrian skier,
Bernadette Schild. Her sister was a
silver medallist behind Mikaela
Shiffrin four years ago, and also
second in 2010. That sister has now
retired, leaving Bernadette to
represent the family, doing that in
some style this season, on the
Closing the gap to the leader, Wendy
Holdener. But slower than Mikaela
Shiffrin, judging by the
intermediate time. Skiing
potentially for third or fourth
place, Bernadette Schild. In the
end, fifth. Exactly one seconds
slower than Wendy Holdener. By no
means out of the medal hunt here.
Frida Hansdotter, one of the top
skiers in the world. Sixth in giant
slalom yesterday. An exceptional
giant slalom performance from Frida
Hansdotter. Because she is really a
slalom specialist. The third ranked
slalom skier on the World Cup so far
this season. And she is in front at
the first intermediate, and the
second split. Hansdotter is mixing
things up here. We knew she was in
good form with a good result in
yesterday's GS, but this is her day,
her chance to shine. Only just
behind, nine hundredths of the pace
of Wendy Holdener. Hansdotter
powering through the bottom turns
and I think she will be clear of
Mikaela Shiffrin. Second place. The
32-year-old showing the youngsters
how to do it. Now, Katharina
Gallhuber of Austria, the second
Austrian on the Hill today.
Bernadette Schild, team mate,
seventh place. Gallhuber has lots of
strength and technical ability. Lots
of consistency this season, fifth in
Stockholm, sixth in Zagreb and a
couple of seventh places as well.
The second best Austrian slalom
skier of this World Cup season. She
is holding her own here. A good
start for Gallhuber. The top surface
of this track is starting to
deteriorate, meaning a deep rut is
beginning to form. Not as deep as it
will be for the racers starting in
the late 20s and 30s. But it is
beginning to develop. Katharina
Gallhuber has handled it
beautifully. It's a fine run. The
starter number of 15. Not far off, a
great result for Katharina
Gallhuber, giving her a serious
opportunity to shoot for a medal in
the second leg. Wendy Holdener
leading the way, she was first to
ski. Hansdotter came in at number
seven to go second. And Swenn
Larsson holds third.
Larsson holds third. Katharina
Gallhuber, 0.31 is her advantage
over her team-mate after the first
leg. Gallhuber is away.
Look at that, Katharina Gallhuber
just about tripling her lead since
the start at the first intermediate.
A huge amount of time, she will not
mind about the deteriorating course
and the rough underfoot, she can
drive through that with brute
strength. Terrific skiing from
Katharina Gallhuber. She could give
Austria first and second. Building
all the time, it gets better and
better through every turn, her lead
could be a second and a half. She is
flying through the final turns and
her advantage is 1.62 seconds. That
is massive. Ninth quickest after the
first run. I just wonder if this
second run which was full of fire
might move her up into the medals?
she is adding to her advantage,
good, strong, Slaven skiing from the
Austrians. -- slalom skiing.
Bernadette Schild with some of the
best slalom turns I have seen from
her all season. Her timing is
smooth. Now she makes are just first
mistake. She had .75 but
unfortunately the mistake came on
the flat and it might just rob her
of the chance to lead the Olympic
slalom. She's gone second. If you
make an error on the steep gravity
can come to the rescue but she made
the mistake just as she came onto
the flat and there was no steepness
to give her the quick exhilaration
to recover. Now, fifth after the
first run, needs some of the speed
she showed to win the team event in
Stockholm, the parallel event in
Stockholm just prior to the Olympic
Winter Games. She heads off into the
wind which is blowing right up the
hill. It can only slowing down. Now
she is behind by two hundredths of a
second. Katharina Gallhuber still
leading the way. I wonder if she
might go on to take a medal in this
Olympic slalom. Nina Haver-Loeseth
starting to find some speed now she
is out of the teeth of the wind but
the damage already done. .69 down.
She might get in amongst the
provisional medal positions but I
don't think she will trouble the
gold medal. She has gone second but
look what she was dealing with,
brutal gusting at the top of the
course. Next ago Michaela Shifrin
looking for the double, she became
the giant slalom champion 24 hours
ago and her advantage over Katharina
Gallhuber is significant. Looks like
the wind has eased off for Michaela
Shifrin. Good, clean start. Four
racers in the past have done the
double in the same
double in the same games. First
mistake for Mikaela Shiffrin. The
can Mikaela Shiffrin do the double?
Not only is she looking for the
double she is hoping to defend the
slalom gold she won four years ago
in Sochi and she's finishing with
incredible speed. She has gone
second. She will not make it two
gold medals. Mikaela Shiffrin made
that mistake, that is the mistake
which cost her the chance to lead
the race. Three still to come. Anna
Swenn Larsson, then Frida Hansdotter
then Wendy Holdener. Anna Swenn
Larsson away. Third after the first
run. Into the breeze. She will not
mind that too much I don't think.
She has got incredible strength. She
is maintaining most of her lead even
as she battles through the wind. I
heard her screaming in an effort to
encourage herself back onto the
ideal racing line. Anna Swenn
Larsson of Sweden still in front. If
she goes into first position here
she will be guaranteed an Olympic
medal. The time to beat one minute
26.62 seconds. Anna Swenn Larsson
pushing for the line. Has she done
enough? She is third, she is in
bronze and Katharina Gallhuber is
guaranteed a medal, extraordinary.
Katharina Gallhuber was only ninth
after the first run but will finish
with bronze at worst.
with bronze at worst. Frida
Hansdotter poised to race for the
final time today. Her advantage over
Katharina Gallhuber is significant.
1.03 seconds. Aggressive skiing at
the top from Frida Hansdotter who
had a solid first run and a good
giant slalom day yesterday. Likes
this hill. The majority of her
advantage is intact, the worst of
the wind is this part of the course.
She drops in and starts to go to
work and still 0.85 in front. Frida
Hansdotter has never won an Olympic
medal, can she put it right today?
Sixth in the giant slalom yesterday.
The former World Cup slalom
champion. Half a second is the lead.
Still a huge chunk of green in
favour, can she beat that? She can!
Moves into the gold medal position.
She is guaranteed silver at worst.
Sensible skiing from Frida
Hansdotter. She knew she had a hefty
advantage after the first run and
she used it to good effect. Now they
have to wait and watch. The last
skier, Wendy Holdener of Switzerland
who has had so many tight battles
with Frida Hansdotter in the World
Cup series, last season, this
season. Now it is down to the second
run of the Olympic slalom. Comes in
with an advantage of two tenths,
Wendy Holdener. She trails by 100th
of a second. She's got the worst of
the wind. It's absolutely quipping
in from left to right. Up into the
face, into the goggles. Three
hundredths behind, not done too much
more damage. From here on in she can
start to relax a little more. She is
out of the breeze, she has to push
through every one of these turns,
only four hundredths down, she can
still turn it around and take the
Olympic title. Wendy Holdener of
Switzerland trying to deny Frida
Hansdotter, she takes silver. Frida
Hansdotter is the Olympic champion!
The gold medal to Frida Hansdotter.
Wendy Holdener takes the silver
medal for Switzerland and Katharina
Gallhuber comes away with the
bronze, with Mikaela Shiffrin pushed
out of the medals down to fourth.
Frida Hansdotter is the Olympic
slalom champion Abdur two
sensational runs in Yongpyong. Frida
Hansdotter so often the runner-up to
Mikaela Shiffrin at the World Cup
races finally gets her moment in the
spotlight. I don't think she quite
believe that but she got it done.
That is the first global gold in the
Olympics or a World Championship not
won by Mikaela Shiffrin since 2011
Incredible, all eyes
were on Mikaela Shiffrin, this was
her dominating discipline. 30 World
Cups in slalom alone. Remembering
her age, that is incredible. When
she was not on form it opened up for
the whole of the field to go OK I
can do this. There was so much self
belief. Because she was struggling
today and not feeling well, Mikaela
Shiffrin, throwing up before the
first run, people saw it and used it
as an opportunity to bring their
best. I want to reiterate that Frida
Hansdotter won this, Mikaela
Shiffrin did not lose it. Frida
Hansdotter was the best, she nailed
it. It was only 500 psi head of
Wendy Holdener but she deserves
this. So many times she's been the
bridesmaid and not the bride. The
speed she is generating across the
flat, the upper body today was
stable, the legs firing underneath
her. She was sixth in the giant
slalom yesterday so brimming with
confidence from that.
the skiing we have seen from this
women, we have seen a lot of really
good Swedish women
good Swedish women in Alpine, a long
tradition in technical skiing
They have so much
strength in numbers in the women's
and men's racing. There are a few of
them up there, we saw on the first
run Anna Swenn Larsson had a good
run, they all have individual
styles, they are all a bit loose
with the upper body but they don't
let it distract you from what the
legs are doing. Frida was so
deserved, everyone is a big fan of
hers. She is a very quiet girl and
so often second so it was nice to
see her win.
This was a barnstormer
from Katharina Gallhuber. Really
unexpected, she was solid in the
first round but the second round
from steep to flat was flawless.
This is what we expected from
Mikaela Shiffrin. The best she had
ever skied before this was fifth in
Stockholm in the parallel slalom.
Never been on the podium.
Incredible, to do it with that much
pressure, getting in a good position
with the first run and then
delivering, the Austrians are so
good at it at big events.
Washington Post says a rare flash of
imperfection from Mikaela Shiffrin.
She said I did not feel like myself,
when we watched from the start you
could see was off. The timing was
not there. Hesitation at the top of
the turns. The feet twisting instead
of our and that was the only mistake
she made. It was just a bit
sluggish. I don't know if the medal
ceremony last night to get out of
her, we know she loves getting a lot
of breast but it was not her day.
But she came forth, it's not a
disaster. But for her dominance it
is not what she wanted.
She was ill,
physically unwell at the start and
we just hope it's not a new case of
moral virus which we know is going
around out there. She said before
the giant slalom gold that there
were moments where she thought she
did not know if she was good enough
to do it and one thing we have not
factored in is the fact she's the
only 22. She comes to her Olympics
and wins the first goal and people
think that is number one, lets get
People saying she could
win five medals and be the best they
have ever seen, its huge praise but
also huge pressure. Before the games
she had a slight wobble, coming out
of one race, it is so normal in
Alpine skiing to do that. She parked
it and won the giant slalom and so
we all thought this was the start of
the story for the three-mile Alpine
skiing at the Olympics but it's not
a shock, it does happen. She is very
young to be harbouring all of this
attention and she does have other
events. I think she will not race
the super-g tomorrow. It will be
best to rest and come back for the
Alpine combined at the end of the
And the downhill?
if the training runs go well which
they will because she's really good
in the air when she will race that
Two British racers, Alex
Tilley crashing out.
Two British racers, Alex
Tilley crashing out.
disappointed in the giant slalom and
again, we will put this on slow
motion in a second but it happened
so quickly. She pulled back, inside
hand down, this is a combination, we
call it a here pen, the distance
call it a here pen, the distance
goes to about five and a half metres
so you have two charge into them and
there is no recovery, now covering
back. I feel for her because she had
the potential to shine and make her
mark. She's not this time but she's
got it in the future. And Charlie
Guest is an incredible
got it in the future. And Charlie
Guest is an incredible story, broken
vertebrae in 2014, three years
coming back, three national titles,
the first run was solid, the second
she had a really good run on the
second coming 30th and was skiing
like she was fluid,
second coming 30th and was skiing
like she was fluid, this is her
first Olympics again so it's great
we have two girls, two female
athletes for Britain. They will push
each other. They are not where they
can be right now but will get there.
We were now strapped on the longer
skis, the super giant slalom, the
super-g, what is different from the
downhill course from yesterday
rushing it's a completely new set.
It can be different on any given day
in super-g. Downhill is satellite.
They know the set they will have.
Super-g can be anything and anyone
can put the gates anywhere they want
on the hill. And they don't get
training runs. You do an inspection
on the morning of it, it takes an
hour commies slides down, visualise
the gates. And then you have to
execute that line while travelling
around 70 mph. There is a lot of
risk. You want to just make the
gates. If you are too clean, or to
round on the Sunday line, you won't
be fast enough.
You have to have 35
turns in the super-g. It is twisty,
turning and very first.
Norway's pedigree in the super
giant slalom, or super-g,
is unparalled at the Winter Games.
The great Lasse Kjus won it,
Kjetil Andre Aamodt twice,
Aksel Lund Svindal stretched
their dominant run in
Vancouver and Kjetil Jansrud
kept it going in Sochi.
Now they're going for
a fifth gold in a row.
History tells us this title
could be heading north.
COMMENTATOR: The 2018 Olympic men's
super-g is underway here. The first
Austrian on the course, Vincent
-- Vincent Kriechmayr.
with super-g is you want to get
exactly the right line. If you set
up too far behind then you are safe,
you will be on track, but we will
not carry speed. You want to try to
cut off the corners to the maximum,
but if you cut them off too much,
get direction run, and you will go
out, as we saw the first two races
do. Got the right direction over
that jump, heading towards what was
the paradise turn in the downhill
and the Blue Dragon Valley.
Kriechmayr safely through that
section. That Valley caused Peter
Fill problem. Set up closer to the
Lessons learned from the first
two who failed to finish. Kriechmayr
with a good run so far. A World Cup
winner this season, third ranked in
the season-long World Cup super-g
campaign. His season peak was in
Colorado in November. Off the final
jump, makes the last red turn and
leads the Olympic super-g. The first
man to complete the course.
Kriechmayr leads the way.
good run from the Austrian.
Cook for Canada is the next to ski.
29 years old, Dustin Cook.
He's ready to go, racing giant
slalom as well, raced in yesterday's
downhill, finishing outside the top
30, in 32nd position. We'll see how
he deals with the top part of this
He's a good technical racer,
is Cook. And he's already ahead of
Kriechmayr. We saw that yesterday in
the downhill, the turns at the top
don't necessarily equates to a fast
time at the bottom because you need
to be able to let the speed go from
the steep to the flat.
the newest of the alpine
disciplines, introduced in the
Calgary games of 1988 when France
won gold, and his hotel in Calgary
has been named after that.
has been named after that.
the Blue Dragon Valley. A bit
tighter on the. That was more
aggressive than Kriechmayr, who I
think set up a bit too much behind
coming out of Dragon Valley. White
this will be tight, the Canadian
Dustin Cook is about to reach the
final element. He flies it, tucks in
and it's straight finish. He misses
the lead by a tent. Relief for
Vincent Kriechmayr who stays in
gold. Bostjan Kline, the 26-year-old
Slovenian. He's away. He comes from
the Maribor ski club, that produces
so many good races. Offered in GS
and slalom and they turn out the
occasional top downhill and super-g
skier. They have had a World Cup
winner, last season in the women's
competition. Five hundredths in
front at the first intermediate. A
little bit wide at the lying there.
That was the worst place to make
that state because the course
flattens out in that section.
Heading over the jump and down
towards the blue Valley.
slightly late in the turn, entering
the Blue Dragon Valley. Accelerating
up to a top speed of 107 kph,
through the turns of the Blue Dragon
Valley. Really late there, brakes.
Came over the rise and knew he was
going slightly wrong direction.
Because he was light, the skis went
slightly sideways and it was a big
skid in motion, but it didn't cost
him too much time because he was
almost weightless when he made the
The time to beat belongs
to Vincent Kriechmayr. It's close.
He has gone third, Bostjan Kline
into bronze. Just floated wide. The
defending champion, Jansrud.
defending champion, Jansrud. He was
the silver medallist behind
team-mate Aksel Lund Svindal 24
hours ago in the men's downhill
here. Can he turn that silver into
gold and successfully defend his
Olympic super-g crown?
He was great
at the top part of the course
yesterday in the downhill. For me,
he's the favourite in this
competition today. He has better
super-g skills than Svindal. Svindal
will also be struggling with a
swollen knee that swells up after
each race. But this is great from
Jansrud is flying. What a
jump, incredible landing, 100%
accuracy, and he's 1400 's in front.
And now half a second infant.
Jansrud is getting after this, he
wants the gold again.
He got it just
right. Got the line exactly perfect.
Again on the exit, just on the
limit. The ideal situation with
super-g, you want to be risking 200%
but don't want to go over.
but don't want to go over.
Norwegian winning two games in a row
in salt lick city in 2002 and Turin
in 2006. Can Jansrud repeat that
feat? It's a good lead, more than
half a second.
He's pumped, but he
will have to wait.
he won the Olympic downhill
yesterday. Now he goes for the
double as he sets off in pursuit of
the super-g title. It's never been
done before. An American came close
in 94, winning downhill gold and
taking silver in the super-g. Frank
Picard in 88 also went close.
Straight through a controlled date,
ducked his head into it. That will
hurt. It's a scrappy run from
Svindal. This was where he was so
good yesterday, on the lower part of
the course. Only one hundredth
behind with all those mistakes. Not
as risky going into the Blue Dragon
He trails Jansrud. It will
require a miracle finish from Aksel
Lund Svindal to surpass the time set
by his great friend and team-mate.
The next intermediate, Svindal is
four tenths of the place. Could
still slip into silver. The top
three separated by 0.61 the second.
Svindal flies the jump. He almost
didn't finish. He has finished in
silver, despite almost tripping up.
He has gone into second. That was a
heart stopping moment at the base of
the mountain. The next ago, lays
Giezendanner, he's on his way for
France. Number ten. -- the next to
go, Blaise Giezendanner.
We will see
what he can do, risking it, going
for it from the line. Over the
rollers on the top part of the
course. The roller coasters of the
Dragons claw. Around the Paradise
This camera angle gives you
such a good idea of the speed these
guys are travelling across the snow.
A massive jump from Blaise
Giezendanner. 32 metres of flying at
And that's in a super-g
with no course inspection.
Frenchman is going well, half a
second down. Top three at the base
of the mountain divide by 0.51, so
you need to be within half a second
of Jansrud to get in the medals
It's a good run from the
Frenchman. He trained well in the
downhill. Was disappointed with his
downhill performance. This is a
great time in the super-g from
He could go
past Svindal and ski into silver
medal position. Giezendanner is
almost home, taking the final jump.
A little late. He's got silver medal
position. He has demoted Svindal to
bronze. Giezendanner can't believe
it. He's second in the Olympic
He took a lot of risk and
it paid off for him.
for Germany. Thomas Dressen starts
with number 20, the first of the
Germans to go is Andreas Sander. The
last German winner of this was
Marcus Fass Meyer, who did the GS
super-g double. That was in
Lillehammer in 94.
particularly upset with a British
racer who managed to beat him in the
downhill and went on to win two gold
Was that your brother?
was me! I don't think Martin did
beat him. But maybe.
is the first of several talented
Germans. They had a serious input of
financial backing in the last couple
of years, the German team, and it's
beginning to bring reward. Slightly
late in the line before the red.
That has cost him. Now trailing by
half a second behind the
half a second behind the current
The Germans are
coached by Christian, who works with
Alain Baxter and the British team at
He was coach with Baxter
when he won is bronze in the slalom
in salt lake city in 2002.
Buhler told it's another one of
Baxter's old coaches.
Fifth at the
moment for Andreas Sander, out of
This race is far from
over. A lot of good races to come in
the next seven.
Fanclub watching closely. He is away
for Austria, the last role of the
dice for the mighty Austrian Alpine
ski racing team. The Olympic
champion in downhill four years ago.
Had a disappointing outing in
yesterday's downhill instalment,
missing the medals and finishing
ninth. Can he bite back today?
Fightback today? He has made a good
Nice turns from the Austrian.
He loves it when it's technical.
Now, can he glide over this slightly
less steep section? Needs to get the
line right off the jump. Heading
towards the Blue Dragon Valley,
where Jansrud was so good, just
through that section.
still in the hunt. A tenth of a
second off the pace of Jansrud. The
difference between gold and bronze
at the moment is .31 the second, so
there is room on the podium for
Matthias Mayer as he hunts for his
second Olympic medal. I wonder if he
lost his chance... No! Goodness me,
he's out in front. Jansrud will be
holding his breath, he can barely
watch was top Matthias Mayer was
Olympic downhill champion four years
ago. Can he win the super-g? He can!
He leads the Olympic super-g. The
Austrian has skied into gold.
Brilliant from Matthias Mayer. Not
able to defend his downhill title,
so he wins, or is leading the
Feuz, bronze medallist in the
downhill yesterday. Comes cruising
out at the start. Comes out of his
bulk and ability to use accelerate.
How does he compare at the split?
1100s the pace.
1100s the pace. Big turn
they are for Beat Feuz. Getting
bounced around. Coming down towards
the blue Dragon Valley. Big leap
into that, he is certainly here to
get a medal. He's not turning up for
the minor places. He is in the hunt
again. Dead level at the second
split with Matthias Mayer.
Quickest in that speed trap, Beat
Feuz looking for a big surprise
here. 0.3 one. Might just have let
it slip slightly, if he can close
his way back he could get back among
the medals again as he did on
downhill bay. He leaps off, Thaksin
for the line and Beat Feuz is in
silver. It's all change here.
Matthias Mayer into gold, Beat 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. Either lies
he could have been climbing into top
But still the gold in the
hands of Matthias Mayer. Unless this
man has anything to say about it.
Powering out of the start and
beginning his quest to win his first
Olympic gold medal.
If it was all
about size and weight Lynne Paris
would be the winner but he has had
the advantage of watching all the
other racers. And the course has
been set for Paris. Missed the apex,
missed the start of the turn and
actually went two metres off the
gate, that will be an extra couple
of metres onto his distance which
will make him slightly more slow at
the next split.
Quicker at landing,
102, he is three hundredths off the
pace. Now it might have gone beyond
him. The top three separated by just
0.1 eight. Overloaded the outside in
the ballet which gave him a bright
but the line is right and he's back
contract. This is still recoverable
for Dominik Paris. Now it's probably
too much. Might end up out of the
top five today.
top five today. The leading time of
one minute 24.4 for second. Dominik
Paris goes into seventh. Matthias
Mayer is the man for the big
occasion winning his second Olympic
gold. Second Olympic medal of these
games for Beat Feuz, adding silver
to his downhill bronze. And Kjetil
Jansrud takes bronze following his
silver in Olympic downhill.
The last non-Norwegian to stand atop
the podium in this event was a man
from Austria, Hermann Maier.
from Austria, Hermann Maier. Almost
unbelievably in the same
circumstances, in 1998 he crashed in
his first race and came back and won
it and so did this man today.
the crash in the slalom where he
took out a few of the course
workers. It takes confidence
took out a few of the course
workers. It takes confidence to come
back from that even though it wasn't
his discipline and it was more of
him about the downhill yesterday he
has redemption from letting that
title, that Olympic gold go in the
downhill. Now he concedes he has
won, he came firing today.
of bouncing back will hereafter be
known as doing a Mayer.
that crash was not like the one in
nag now with Hermann Maier which was
crazy. In super-g there are lines
all over the mountain, ten metres
apart, you have to go where you want
to go and he took unique lines
through the middle section, crossing
underneath the blue line and coming
back in but his ankles and knees
were rolling so subtly, he executed
exactly where he wanted to be.
Amazing win. The fire in his belly
from yesterday. From letting the
downhill title go.
his dad won silver in 1988 in
super-g, Helmut Mayer. He said he
super-g, Helmut Mayer. He said he
had been looking at that medal all
his life and he is happy to have one
now himself and upgraded to gold.
It's a great story. You want the
Austrians to come away with a speed
Olympic gold medal because it helps
so much of the Austrian skiing
fraternity. It's so big, they need
the Olympic speed title. The
downhill maybe more than the
super-g, that's the one everyone
wants so it's important for the
Austrian community to get one.
the Norwegians have had a good time
with Aksel Lund Svindal winning the
downhill, and Kjetil Jansrud, it
downhill, and Kjetil Jansrud, it
looked like this would be his for a
while but he had to do a shuffle and
it went from gold to silver to
He was skiing fantastically,
he's been on such good form in
super-g this year. Reigning gold
medallist. He did fantastically, one
armed tuck looking for speed
everywhere. Just a few heavy age
checks at the end of the turn to
stay on track, not leading the ski
school as much as Matthias Mayer but
it was close. Really good skiing,
very happy, he's just happy to get
mentioned in the same sentence as
his idol growing up.
Let's hope this one stays in his
pocket. If you crave the need for
speed like us, although I just did
vicariously through watching these
guys, but there is plenty more
coming your way. Get ready for the
white knuckle ride as Britain's
sliders attempt to tame the track in
looking for a seventh medal in
skeleton history. We will tell one
of the great Olympic redemption
tales, Lindsey Jacobellis hopes.
tales, Lindsey Jacobellis hopes. And
the dizzying world of freestyle
aerials operating 20 metres off the
ground, the most elevated of any
Olympic discipline, women's final to
come. No more jokes about skeleton
because those days have long gone,
the appliance of science combined
with blistering acceleration,
fantastic driving skills and a
little raw Courage have made it one
of the most dynamic events. Every
single time it has been included on
the Olympic programme Great Britain
has managed to get on the podium.
Most recently back-to-back gold
When I look back at Sochi... It was
like a tunnel.
The rules like somewhere at the end.
-- there was light somewhere at the
end. There was one way out. Success.
Here goes Lizzy Yarnold. This
competition has got off to a
blistering start. She is half a
second up, coming to the line. This
is a big margin.
This was my
opportunity. I was fighting for the
It's her fastest start
so far. It's a track record in this
This was the day I
had had in my calendar for the past
four years. It was the moment of my
Lizzy Yarnold goes for gold
for Great Britain.
for Great Britain. She is still in
the lead by a comfortable margin.
She's going to win the gold medal,
surely. She is going to do it!
Lizzy Yarnold is the Olympic
champion, oh my goodness.
Today Lizzy Yarnold set out in her
quest to become the first ever
skeleton bob champion to
successfully defend an Olympic
title. We will see horror and Laura
Deas in their first couple of runs
in the women's event but whilst
success for Britain has largely been
the preserve of the women in recent
years, Dominic Parsons was hoping to
break the mould in the men's event.
He went into his concluding runs
today only three hundredths of a
second off the medals, so could he
convert was the big question for
Great Britain but the big question
for our hosts was their iron man
going to be successful in his
attempt to become the first South
Korean Olympic champion to win gold
without winning a pair of skates?
Let's find out with Amy Williams,
John Jackson and John Hunt.
COMMENTATOR: This Korean could be a
superstar in the making. He
certainly looks it. What a big
moment this is for them. No Asian
skeleton athlete has ever won medal
in skeleton. Now watch go. He is
usually electric of the blocks.
Slightly slower but he is under way.
Slightly slower start but still the
fastest start we would have seen
from yesterday as well. Look at
these lines. It's so important to
get these first corners, get the
speed from the start, big flat
section before it drops away. Look
at him go. This is how to slide this
First little mistake we've
seen him make. It could just be the
difference in the ice temperature,
they might have made adjustments to
their equipment. He's just getting a
feel of the track but he has so much
time in hand I don't think it will
Can you go under 50 seconds
I wonder? Not quite, 50.18
reinforces his position as the gold
medallist in waiting. Another
wonderful run. Currently in second
place from the Olympic athlete of
Russia team, who enjoyed his 23rd
birthday this week, Nikita Tregubov
sets off in the silver medal
position at the moment. He is of a
sly one of those that Dom Parsons is
going to to tussle with. The
interesting thing about Sochi was he
held it together from start to
That was his home track. The
Koreans in the same position as the
Olympic athletes of Russia where
four years ago. Can he hold it
together? He's not even halfway down
the run and he is a second behind
and it shows the dominance of the
Koreans. Again makes a little bit of
a mistake. They will have to work
harder to turn the sled.
This is a
really good run. They have all
improved from yesterday. We have
only had two down so far but look at
the body position, beat together,
but all adjustments.
single run for Nikita Tregubov. That
enhances his position as well as a
real medal hope. One of the greats
now, for Latvia. Dom Parsons will
follow, silver medallist in Sochi
and Vancouver, Martins Dukurs. A
wonderful exponent of the art of
skeleton. In Yun Sungbin he will
probably find an athlete just too
good for him. But Martins Dukurs
probably the last person you want to
scrap for with medals. His third run
Matching his start time
from yesterday morning. Just tap to
hold it together.
Or not, hopefully!
We were talking to the Latvian
leader earlier and he said he made a
lot of mistakes with the setup
yesterday so he will have made
changes but has he gone the right
way to be faster? Hopefully from a
British point of view that is not
what we want.
Did not have divided
there, when we talk about the setup,
it depends how much contact the
runner has with the ice, the more
contacted the more grip but the more
grip means you're potentially
Martins Dukurs could be
going into second place. A whole
second of Yun Sungbin but just ahead
of Nikita Tregubov. Martins Dukurs
has done what he needed to do.
Nikita Tregubov drops the bronze
medal at the moment. Dominic Parsons
prepares for his start. Great step
forward last time.
The talent squad watching on, hoping
it will be them in the next few
Right now, Dom Parsons surely
can't allow the gap to grow between
himself and the other two rivals. We
need his gap to be much closer to
one second off Yun at the moment.
had incredible speeds down the
tracks. Not quite as fast a start as
Just looks like he's
unsettled a little bit. That could
be his style, but sometimes he looks
a little bit sideways. Maybe that's
working for him. But that's a great
straight. Mailed that. He needs to
find speed at the bottom, which is
what he did yesterday.
It looks like
a skiddy track today. -- nailed
Needs a fast and accurate
finish, closing right up. And he's
right in the mix, going ahead of
Tregubov into third place. And he's
breathing down the neck of Dukurs
for silver medal. A wonderful run
from Parsons again. And he goes
third with Tomass Dukurs to come.
third with Tomass Dukurs to come. An
absolutely superb skeleton athletes,
The Dukurs brothers
have been the ones to watch for
years and years. They sink and mould
into their sled. Perfect body
position. They are good to watch if
you are a budding athlete or already
on the skeleton programme. He has
good lines, so far everything is
going well. But is there too much
for him to make up?
I don't think he
has the momentum he needs to pull
himself back up towards the Olympic
athletes of Russia and Dom Parsons.
I think the top four will be set in
their positions. It just depends
where they finish.
could be just half a second off Dom
Parsons, which would be great news
for him. We set out with potentially
four going for the remaining two
medals. It looks like it will now be
down to Tregubov, Dukurs martins and
Parsons for those two medals. This
is turning into a great competition.
There is perhaps another young man
we shouldn't discount on the chase
for medals, and it's this youngster,
Kim, the 25-year-old is 25th in the
world coming in. He has completely
overachieved, like so many of the
Korean athletes have done. He looks
to draw inspiration from what Yun
has achieved up until this point.
Tim underway, starting sixth for
This is what the home crowd
bring. It's like in football, using
the crowd as the 12th Man. Getting
behind their homes slider. He knows
the ice so well that it plays to his
Nice and neat.
athletes get three days of training,
two runs per day. Six runs to learn
the track. They all had a World Cup
competition last year and three
weeks of training. Every other
nation apart from the Koreans have
had equal time, and lots of people
on Twitter have been asking how Dom
is so good, and we are very quick at
learning tracks in Great Britain.
Kimber seems to be slowly but surely
getting further and further away
from Parsons. Six tenths of Parsons.
His quickest run so far of the
competition, so the Korean is
improving on the track.
next, number two in the world, so he
will be disappointed to be in
seventh place after the first two
runs. Silver medallist at last
year's World Championships. His
second run, 51.01, he described as
his first run of the entire weekend,
even in training.
These German boys
really want a medal. They have got
medals in everything, World Cup,
World Championship, but they have
never won an Olympic medal. The
girls have, but not the guys. They
are fighting, they want it so bad.
The Germans have or some equipment
and always find speed at the bottom
of the track.
of the track. He's making tiny
mistakes, doesn't look like he has
it. Just in the exits and entrances
of the corners stop what he was
untidy to the Dragon's bell.
untidy to the Dragon's bell.
was untidy through the
was untidy through the Dragon's
If you come through corner 12
late you have to work to improve it.
You are cutting through the eyes.
You can see from his body language,
he's not happy at all.
goes for Great Britain. He's had a
fantastic games and so wants this
top 12 position to be secured. We
will see, it would be lovely if he
could jump ahead of the likes of
Alexander Gassner, Grotheer and
maybe Antoine, for the 27-year-old
from high Wycombe.
He only started
sliding in 2002. Pushed him off that
Lillehammer sent him on his way.
Really wants to get in the top ten.
This is our talent, the performance
and development programmes we have
in Great Britain are working. We
know how to bring medals in and
athletes like Jerry Rice.
Top ten is
possible, Amy. The 16th bend. Just
lost it late.
give him the next run and say he
will get into the top ten.
hope so. His third run time was
51.04, the quickest of his three so
far. The run for medals is on. Dom
Parsons is currently in the bronze
medal position. Yun looks assured of
gold. Excitement to come in the
men's skeleton. Dom Parsons just
before looking completely relaxed.
Jerry Rice for Britain, underway. It
would be lovely if he could secure a
top 12 position, or maybe do even
better than that.
The fact you are
mentioning his name with the same as
the likes of Antoine and the German,
it shows how quality he is because
they are all good season athletes as
it is. A good young athletes like
this who is still developing, to be
in that company is really good.
had a beautiful run so far. Good
lines and holding it together. His
body position is really good and we
keep talking about it, always
perfect through that section. He is
controlling it really well, holding
it together and doing his best run.
Can he get under 51 seconds? The
final bends. 15 is good and 16 for
Jerry Rice, what a games he's had
come and he's under 51 seconds. A
marvellous run for Jerry Rice. Who
knows, maybe top ten might be
waiting for him.
He has put down a
personal best on the fourth run,
improving with every single run, and
that's all you can ask for. He has a
huge fan club out there, and look at
the smile on his face, he has
achieved what he came out to do.
move into the top six. This is Kim
for Korea ant. If he is to have any
chance of getting anywhere near
their medals, he needs to go near to
the track record, I think, held by
Yun, of pretty much 50 seconds dead.
He has been good so far, but nowhere
near that mark.
Hasn't quite been up
there with his team-mate, but he is
a good slider and knows this track
well. Look at him perform. We will
still see some incredibly good lines
This will be a phenomenal
result for the Korean team if they
can get two sleds in the top five or
six. This is their programme really
moving forward. That's what the home
This fella is number 25
in the world. Talk about over
That's what it's like
when you know you have had hundreds
of runs of the track, you'd know
every inch, you know where to get
the speed, you know the corners and
what to do. But at that incredible
50.8, it's not going to
trouble Dom Parsons and Tregubov and
Dukurs in the medals race, but a
great result for Korea. Tomass
Dukurs, world-class, fourth in Sochi
and fourth in Vancouver. He now sets
off on his way. He needs a time of
near 50 seconds. 50.8 will not do
for him. He needs to be electric
The Latvians haven't got
to grips like we thought they would
on this track. They are still the
world's best sliders, winning week
in, week out, incredible to watch
how they slide. How they are so
smooth on the sled come you can't
really see them steering. Steering
with their shoulders, putting
pressure on the sled with the
shoulders. Perfect line, he will
come back fighting because he wants
Don't think he will get
it. Quicker than Kim, obviously, but
his final time needs to be in the
low 50s, really low 50s, to put any
pressure on at all. 50.6 will not
cut the mustard.
We will see what
happens with the next few sliders.
It was a good run from him. He will
be happy enough. A very consistent
set of times.
momentarily goes into the lead, but
the medals will be sorted out by the
next four. Four times world junior
champion, Nikita Tregubov, in fourth
place. Maybe the medal is between
him and Dom Parsons. This fella has
been so consistent, going 50.5 in
every run so far. One mistake could
be so costly for him. We will see
how he gets on.
He puts down a
really good start time there. That's
what you need on this track. Get a
great start and get through the
first few corners and then hold it
together. So far, looking good,
Just starting to lose
a bit of time on Dukurs. He did on
the first run, but that's good. We
hope he has good lines for his
competition, but we need him to make
a twitch or mistake somewhere to
help out Dom Parsons a little bit.
Lovely and clean through 15. The
final curve for Tregubov, who has
done all he can. He has knocked in
another 50.5, four on the bounce for
him. We know Parsons can go quicker.
Parsons is next. Sit tight,
everybody. He says he thrives on
pressure. His nickname is the
wizard. We'll see if he can work
some Winter Olympic magic and get
himself a medal. The equation is
simple. Directly against Tregubov
here. You can follow their relative
times together. If his time goes
green and Tregubov's name then he is
in good shape but he starts a slight
Needs to hold it
together, stay calm, and not
concentrate on the end result.
Concentrate on the process goals
like on the previous three runs.
lines are good at the moment. Good
sliding, Dom, we need you to keep it
together. Starting to building into
the fast part of the track,
accelerating down the hill. This
corner is key. That little tap,
doesn't have enough pace. This will
be key, coming down the track. Is
this the run that will get Great
Britain their first Olympic medal of
these Winter Olympics?
front of Tregubov. No!
front of Tregubov. No! He misses out
by two hundreds of a second.
Tregubov celebrates a guaranteed
medal. Dom Parsons may be just about
to agonisingly missed out.
He knows he has missed it.
sliders have just put a lot of
pressure on this man, but does he
have the bottle to keep it?
Dukurs starts in second place. He
was only just in front of Dom
Parsons. If Martins Dukurs makes a
mistake, who knows, Parsons could be
back in the medal race. But we need
a mistake from Dukurs, and he hasn't
produced many of those over a
glittering career that has seen him
win the silver medals at two Olympic
There it is!
That was a big
mistake he has never made before. Is
he able to keep the time or will he
also drop vital split seconds down
The time is starting to ebb away.
This is where Martins Dukurs might
lose the speed because of the
mistakes at the top.
Keys in the
Five hundredths between himself
and parsons at the second last term.
Dom Parsons unbelievably has his
medal! Come on great written.
medal! Come on great written. The
great Latvian unable to hold it
together. From abject misery for
together. From abject misery for Dom
Parsons, delight for him and Martins
Dukurs feels the pain of missing
out. Martins Dukurs was a five-time
world champion and has just blown it
to give Dom Parsons the bronze. We
will reflect on at the moment but
settle back on what we think will be
the gold medal performance of Yun
Sungbin who starts off a mile clear
of his competitors. One safe run
will see him reach the gold medal
here and put South Korea and Asia on
the map here for the first time in
skeleton. No Asian athlete has ever
won medal and Yun Sungbin is seconds
away from gold.
This is a victory
lap for him. For the home crowd to
see this, they are preparing to go
wild at the bottom.
He has so much
time to play with, a second and a
half. He just has too stay on the
sled, completely nail less. The last
A superstar in Korea,
coasting to gold and he wins by the
biggest margin in history. 1.63
seconds. The winner in Sochi won by
seven tenths. Incredible from Yun
What a race, what an
athlete, track record, fourth run,
smashing it. Most importantly we
have a bronze medal for Great
Britain from Dom Parsons. Camp will
be ecstatic and what a way to have
these games and to have him here
doing his best, his aim was to get a
medal, nobody thought he would,
nobody thought it was possible but
he has loved the track from when he
arrived. Look at him, third place
for Great Britain.
What a thrilling
climax. Dom Parsons, the wizards
delivered his magic albeit with a
little bit of help from one of the
greats Martins Dukurs with his final
run mistakes dropping out of the
three. Dom Parsons can now cherish,
aged 30, a bronze medal at his
second Olympic games.
Congratulations. Bronze medallist at
the Olympic Games, first medallist
Congratulations. Bronze medallist at
the Olympic Games, first medallist
for Great Britain, first men's
skeleton medal in history, what is
It has not really
sunk in yet. I thought I had lost it
in the fourth run. I looked up, made
a couple too many mistakes.
a couple too many mistakes. But
Martins made more mistakes and he
was the last person I expected to do
You have been mixing it with the
best in the sport, it must feel
It has been great, all
the work we put in has paid off. All
the help everyone in the federation,
friends and family, people playing
the national lottery even where our
funding comes from. Big thanks to
all of them.
That is the end of the
men's skeleton, two British sliders,
Jerry Rice did well.
ten performance in his first ever
Olympic games after only starting
the sport in 2012. Four really great
runs, improving with every single
one and he looked really
comfortable. He was clearly enjoying
it, smiling. To take the experience
of an Olympic games and moving on,
let's add four years and I think we
have another champion.
bronze medal, men's skeleton, it's
not happen for a while and he has
opened the Team GB account.
medal of the games for Team GB,
everyone will have been watching
that and cheering on, I know
everyone at home stayed up late to
watch it. To bring home a medal for
Great Britain, it's always been the
women who have brought home the
medals. I am so glad he has broken
that spell shall we say and proven
it's not impossible. He has loved
the track since the moment he's come
here and look at the results he's
managed to bring.
The drama, it said
second and he dropped down, it was
like, oh, no, it's all gone wrong.
His instant reaction was he had lost
You do not know how well you are
doing and he made a few mistakes on
the last run. Your heart drops to
your shoes because you think I have
missed out, I'm not getting a bronze
medal but the race wasn't over.
Martins Dukurs who we thought we'd
stay up there made an even bigger
mistake and that's the pressure of
those positions, being the last one
in the changing room, you have to go
and nail your run to get your medal
and he made mistakes. I have just
spoken to him, Martins Dukurs, and
he is heartbroken. I gave him a hug
and said it was not his day, maybe
it just wasn't his track.
catches people out, we saw it in
Lodz, in men's skeleton, things can
change -- in the
the uphill sections, you cannot
afford to make a mistake if you want
a medal. You need four consistent
runs and four Martins to make the
mistakes or let Dom move up and he
now has this medal that he does not
think he would have. We will have
two hold it together. The girls will
have been watching but they know
what they are doing and I have faith
for later on, you never know, we
might have more medals to bring
The Great Britain medal count
off and running. Dom Parsons
30-year-old wonder bogey Londoner,
known as the wizard as you heard in
common today because of his magical
touch on the mechanical engineering
side. He has been responsible for
much of the equipment that Great
Britain is using. You have do salute
Yun Sungbin because he is the iron
man of Korea. Something of a marvel
if you will pardon the pun. You have
just seen the greatest ever
performance in men's skeleton, he is
the bullet for the home country.
Shall we take a quick look at the
Shall we take a quick look at the
role of honour from a British
perspective? It's impressive. The
seventh medal in seven games. It is
the men who book end the list
because in 1928 David Carnegie was
the 11th Earl of North Esk and
thereafter in 1948 you had John
Crammond a City of London
stockbroker who served in the RAF in
the Second World War, the oldest
skeleton medal winner at the age of
41 and he wrote about winter sports
with The Observer thereafter. Since
2000 to an amazing progression for
the women. We have seen Dom but what
is next? No skeleton athlete male or
female has ever managed to come
is next? No skeleton athlete male or
female has ever managed to come back
and actually retain the Olympic
title. Lizzy Yarnold is the first
woman to even attempt it. Together
with Laura Deas who's in her first
Olympics they have been posting
terrific training times on the
track, who knows what is possible.
The women's event started out this
morning, four run competition with
COMMENTATOR: Three superb Germans.
The world champion at two years ago,
silver medallist at the World
Championships in 2017, Tina Hermann.
It illustrates our quality.
not look quite so smooth. Might have
to see a replay of that. But one
thing the Germans argued that, they
don't necessarily start the quickest
but they find speed in the track and
are usually some of the fastest
towards the bottom.
She's one of the
smaller and lighter athletes, a lot
more small on her sled but perfect
body position. Looking for shoulders
down, the together. You can see her
working with her head to get
She will start accelerating
away because she so quick and so
clean through the main parts of the
She has put a good distance
of ground between horror and the
Canadians. Tina Hermann making a
very big statement for Germany.
think we will see the track record
beaten quite a few times. Who at the
end of four runs is going to have
the record? That was a really good
run by Tina.
Without too much doubt
the most successful skeleton athlete
in the last 18 months, virtually
unstoppable in World Cup races this
year, winning four of them and the
World Cup on this track back last
March. Jacqueline Lolling the
pre-event favourite. Just a little
bit of corrective work to do.
groove on the left-hand side as you
look at it is giving them a bit of a
wobble as they come out. It's not
quite cut properly. This is one of
the best sliders in the field. High
diving line out, maybe that is her
style, needs to use it to get the
speed. She builds speed into the
This is looking
absolutely beautiful so far. Perfect
line, the body position, she looks
cool and calm on the sled. So far I
think we will see another track
record. She's better than her
Will she pull in front
even further? The world champion
Jacqueline Lolling sets the marker
that bit higher. Yun Sungbin with a
big statement but Jacqueline Lolling
has more than matched it.
An Olympic debut here, 21 fourth in
the World Championships, current
world junior champion Anna
Fernstadt, but she has a lot to do
to match her compatriots.
but you can see how the starts are
not where they need to be. She is
starting but at the bottom may find
speed and this is where they have
good lines. This is where in the
next couple of sled is the British
women are really going to challenge
these girls because the British
women can start and find speed as
well. This is not quite going as
well as planned four Anna
well. This is not quite going as
well as planned four Anna, not
whether she wants to be compared to
her team-mates coming down the
That is her push, that's the
difference between her push time,
starting slower. But the Germans are
very strong at finding speed at the
bottom which is why we were quite
surprised with the men's race
earlier on today that the German men
were not that bit more high in the
Austrian support strong for
the popular former world number one
in 2015 Janine Flock, now the world
She trained so hard in
the summer for her push, for her
start. Coached by my old coach who
has gone back to Austria. I expect,
Janine is a hit or miss athlete. She
is either flying and winning or
making a big mistake.
Two World Cup
victories this winter at St Moritz
and Lake Placid.
When it goes right
it goes right. Really good for her,
let's hope her start time she can
bring it down and through this crazy
Most have been
holding speed at this stage. Is she
going to take the lead here? Not
quite. Not quite. She lost a tiny
bit but only small margins. She goes
I thought she was going to
come through enforced. She was ahead
then just in the last corner did not
quite have the speed of the Germans.
Laura Deas next, 29 years old, her
first Olympic games. Trains in Bath
but from Wrexham originally.
in the restaurant with her
yesterday, I gave her a hug and told
her to enjoy it. Relax and enjoy it.
Let's see her start time. Exactly
what I was hoping for. An incredible
start. She is strong and powerful
Number seven in the world, two
places higher than Lizzy Yarnold at
She is using the track
to her benefit and get where she
needs to be by not doing too much.
Is she just losing a bit of time,
that'll be a costly mistake but is
it enough to keep in the mix?
Because of the start. We know, she's
just going to lose, probably a
couple of tenths back by the time
she crosses the line.
As long as she
doesn't too much. Suddenly she two
tenths behind. Costly mid-run
It wasn't even that bad, just a tiny
clip, but it was enough. She held it
together, you could see she stayed
calm, didn't panic, but she just
lost it in the uphill section. It's
so unforgiving, this track.
She just needs to put in
a good run. She can't win a medal on
this run but she can lose it with
too many mistakes. She has been
sliding well all week. A quality
Amy, she doesn't seem to be
sliding that well all winter though.
She admits that. She couldn't find
it in the sled, but it came together
when it matters, and it ought to
peak at these games now today and
tomorrow. That's what all these
athletes have been doing, working to
peak in these last four years. Not
the best start we have seen, but it
was solid, now she just asked to
hold it together and stay calm and
consistent like we know she can do.
Olympic champion Lizzy Yarnold
A couple of mistakes
between four and five. Is she just
settling into the sled? And Olympic
champion and quality athlete, but
there is the pressure in these games
of wanting to retain her title. One
of the better runs, we'll is she
loses speed by having to do too much
work. This could be the run to put
her at the top of the pile going
into the second runs.
It will be
close. Has to be clean on 15. The
final turn for home and she goes
first. Quicker than Jacqueline
Loelling. And clearly Lizzy Yarnold
is here for business.
It was a good
and solid run. I was interested to
see the tiny clip on that one keep
straight into 12, how would it
affect the rest of it? Luckily for
Lizzie, it didn't.
Lizzy Yarnold leading after the
Lets hope Laura Deas has
gone away, all she needed to do was
get the steering better in corner
nine and have a clear straight, and
then I know she could be up there in
the medal positions.
one, her mistake came after that
infamous Ben 's number nine, where
she brushed it with her right
shoulder and then clattered into the
left-hand wall. It will be the key
part of the track for her again.
This is where Laura needs a big run.
Settle into it and do exactly what
she did before but make that small
adjustment in the important corner
down towards the Dragons tale, the
top part of the track was really
good. But she's started to lose some
speed coming into the eighth corner.
Maybe doing too much on the slips.
She is relaxed, can she find the
Good girl, she's nailed it.
She just has to keep it together and
stay relaxed. Keep position in the
uphill section and I think she will
hold onto the lead.
I think she has
to go under 52 seconds at finish. A
wobble at 16, not quite on the 52
seconds. Takes Priedulena's lead,
but we will see how it affects the
final standings with some powerful
athletes to come. She could have
done with going quicker.
have, but she nailed that part, got
it right. Unfortunately she didn't
do it on the first run, and has it
cost her too much? But she got it
better and perfected it. She just
needed the confidence, I reckon. I
hope the confidence of the good run
will make her happy, make her be
able to go to sleep tonight and
bring it out tomorrow. But how she
done too little, too late?
Fernstadt is next. Currently fifth.
Her start earlier must be better
than the first run. She has done it
exactly the same, 5.4 zero. It's
quite moderate for an elite athlete.
To be fair, yes, the Germans do not
have the fastest starts but they are
awesome drivers on their sleds. If
they had a start that was two or
three hundredths quicker than they
would be smashing it. But they are
very good at driving. Is it enough
on this track, where you need to
have a really good push.
dropping a long way off.
think there is enough track for her
to close Laura down. In the end she
will be at least maybe 12 or 15
comparison with Laura Deas, and
Laura stays in front of her after
two runs. Laura up to fifth place.
In third place from the first run,
28-year-old Janine Flock, who was
ninth in the games at Sochi, just
over one tenth quicker than Laura
Deas in the first run. That
comparison again between the two of
them, green means good news for
Flock, and red means good news for
Similar start times,
Laura just a little bit quicker. But
steering really hard. The harder you
steer the more your runners dig into
the ice and cut into it and slow you
down. What can Janine do in this
flat section of the track?
in it between Laura Deas and Janine
Flock at the moment.
That mistake at
the top cost her a lot of time it
is. It's good for Laura. If she
keeps it clean but she looks like
she's making mistakes. This looks
like it's keeping her ahead of Laura
at the moment.
A much better run
from Janine Flock compared to her
first. She has gone back to her
coach and perfected her steering.
She has maintained her lead, 15
hundredths in the lead. Laura
looking likely to end the day in
fourth place. Janine Flock going
well. Two big guns to come.
Jacqueline Loelling and Lizzy
Yarnold. The second run reaching its
climax. In second place, Jacqueline
Loelling, the world champion. She
was the youngest world champion,
male or female, aged just 22. Has
had brilliant a winter. This is one
of the key moments of the entire
women's skeleton event.
time is three tenths down on Laura
and Janine Flock, so she has to
drive this track so much to get any
speed because of that slow start.
The little mistake between four and
five might be the key to wear her
weakness is on the track. Will that
cost her at the end of the day?
now has to absolutely get a
perfect... And she didn't! She
needed a perfect line between ten
and 11 but she clipped it. I don't
think she will have enough in the
uphill section to come through in
If she drops 15 hundredths
off Janine Flock then Laura Deas
might go ahead of her. Jacqueline
Loelling fighting back like the
champion she is, has a narrow lead
at the moment. Jacqueline Loelling,
Janine Flock, Laura Deas. The front
two separated. The Olympic champion,
rising once again to the intensity
of battle at the Olympic Games.
Lizzy Yarnold off and on her way.
She is so good at performing under
pressure. She loves the pressure,
loves the thrill. And she always
competes really well in four run
races, World Championships and
Olympic Games, it's always four runs
over two days. Making the same
mistakes of the other sliders have
made in the top part of the track.
She needs to keep it together and
stay calm. She still has a lot of
time in the lead.
Janine Flock made
mistakes and recovered well Lizzy
Yarnold needs to do the same.
this enough to stay in front of
Janine? It will be close. I think
she might drop behind the Austrian
as we go into the second day.
will be very close between
Jacqueline Loelling, Janine Flock
and Lizzy Yarnold. And Lizzy Yarnold
drops back to third place. A tenth
of a second behind the leader. Is
that a missed opportunity?
are shaking and my heart is pumping
to see where she would have come. It
was a slow heat, but everyone's
times have been average slower on
this heat. She seems happy getting
off the sled, but she made several
mistakes on that run, that she
didn't do on the top one. It's an
unforgiving track. You have to have
a clean run. I would actually say
that I think Laura Deas popped down
the best run of that second run.
Jacqueline Loelling leading at
halfway, just in front of Janine
Flock. Great Britain in third and
fourth, and still very much in this
It was a much faster
track than it had been in training.
I got a bit of a sore throat and
sinus thing going on.
Was that the
issue at the end of the first run?
think I'm struggling to breathe
enough, because it's very cold here
and a little bit dusty as well. I'm
doing lots of steaming, you know,
over a bowl. It's quite nice, but
this is a brilliant track. It's been
a great first night of racing. This
is the bit I love, going home and
everyone getting all nervous, and I
get a great night's sleep and fight
for it again tomorrow.
You are right
in the mix for medals. It must be
It's a nice place to
be, sat in fourth, just 700 is away
from a medal position. This is a
sport where anything can happen and
anything can change in a split
second. I want to stay positive and
try to find those hundredths
How inspirational was that
performance from Dom Parsons earlier
It was in relation to go from
heartbreak to joy. I'm so pleased it
came out for him in the end.
We're strapping on the skis again -
the skinny ones this
time - and after that history making
seventh place in the men's
crosscountry skiathlon on Sunday,
Britain's Andrew Musgrave was full
of purpose and even more self-belief
ahead of what is his favoured
event, the 15k race,
especially since it was to be staged
at these Games not in
the classical style -
in the parallel ski tracks -
but in his preferred skating,
But, it just wasn't to be his day,
as Paddy Geary can tell us.
Is Andrew Musgrave of Great Britain
at the beginning of the journey to
bring him the glory he has sought
for so many years? This was his
chance, no Britain has had more hope
of a cross-country medal than Andrew
Musgrave. His preferred distance,
his preferred free technique, and he
showed form by finishing seventh in
Skiathos. His plan was to start
slow, but he couldn't pick up the
pace over the gruelling course and
left crucial seconds in the snow.
Meanwhile, you might remember this
man from the opening ceremony. From
Tonga, or but with a few more layers
on comedy first skied on snow just
12 weeks ago and said he wanted to
finish before they turned the lights
off. He managed that, ending up
114th, around 23 minutes behind
Swiss time, Dario Cologna of
We have witnessed
history, his status now as one of
the all-time greats is surely
Everyone who finishes
this event is exhausted, but having
ended up 28th, Andrew Musgrave was
exasperated as well.
The plan was to
go out pretty easy on the first lap.
Wasn't too worried if I lost time,
because I thought I would be able to
make up a lot on the second lap. I
thought if it was the Olympics may
be some guys would go out too hard.
I went out pretty even paste. It was
shocking, basically. Never got going
and felt heavy the whole way round.
STUDIO: It wasn't to be for Andrew
Musgrave. Particularly dispiriting
because his preferred freestyle
category, when you have that skating
herringbone style, it doesn't come
back in for another eight years. The
next time it is raised in Beijing
will be in the long pole parallel
ski tracks, the classical style.
Better luck next time for Andrew,
who goes with Andrew Young in the
team sprint on Wednesday. It's very
probable he will also take part in
the ultramarathon 50 K as well. We
hope a lot more to come from Andrew
Musgrave. And congratulations to
super Dario Cologna, which is now a
fourth Olympic gold medal. Just
after 5pm, if you are home from work
or school, you will need to know
what's been going on on day seven.
And I have good news.
The first British medal of the games
has gone to Dom Parsons, bronze in
the men's skeleton. There could be
more success in the women's
skeleton, Lizzy Yarnold third at
halfway, fellow Briton Laura Deas
fourth, that concludes around
lunchtime tomorrow. Meanwhile
defending champion and prerace
favourite Michaela Shifrin failed to
reach the podium in the slalom.
reach the podium in the slalom. And
nasty crashing duties combined event
to win the super-g.
to win the super-g. And the
Netherlands, the all conquering
Netherlands making it six wins out
of seven in the speed skating.
Now for a moment of Olympic
intimate, something which are
registered with all of us who saw it
when snowboard cross made its debut
in 2006, Lindsey Jacobellis will
never forget it either.
Lindsey Jacobellis is cruising, she
knows she is out in front.
It looks like we've got gold and
silver are sewn up.
silver are sewn up. Very
unfortunate, this is a lap of honour
for Lindsey Jacobellis. The
American, drama! She is down! Look
at our! This is incredible!
Unbelievable! Lindsey Jacobellis has
thrown a gold medal away in the last
100 metres. What has happened?
Memorable as well for the common
today. -- the common today, we are
joined by two snowboard supremos, at
the age of 32 in her fourth games
Lindsey Jacobellis is back, she is
understandably known for that moment
but how unfair is it because Harlow
otherwise distinguished has this
She is one of the most
decorated out there in women,
multiple World Championship titles.
Really big competition, the X Games.
What is she like as a person?
very determined and as you can see
she keeps coming back looking for
It has almost haunted her.
I think it has helped with her
snowboard cross career, that she has
been doing the half pipe, but it's
almost like she is jinxed for the
That moment of infinity we
have been talking about is actually
summing up the glorious
unpredictability of snowboard cross
in some respects.
very much like the 500 metre short
track speed skating, it's so
unpredictable. I think it's so
important for these guys to get out
in front and get away from the crowd
and try not to get involved in all
Jacobellis one of the favourites
coming into this in what was her
fourth games. We are about to see
the final but in terms of the
build-up, how much hype has there
been about not just hard but the
There is a lot of
pressure with all the nations. I am
sure they will all be relieved it's
over and most of them are safe.
Let's see, because what a race this
turned out to be, what an event. The
helter-skelter world of women's
snowboard cross. Let's find out.
COMMENTATOR: First of the
In a good spot.
The French racer is
out in front. Zoe Gillings-Brier in
contention but the tight group.
Coming allowed the
Coming allowed the outside is tight
drawstring, Zoe Gillings-Brier just
off the pace.
The defending Olympic
champion, taking a very neat line,
Eva Samkova, gaining a few metres.
Zoe Gillings-Brier using a bit of
drag, back in the mix on the inside
and she is into third place. She has
the defending champion just behind
She needs to be clever into the
final straight. Needs to turn on the
afterburners. You can do it, didn't
quite squash the jump.
quite squash the jump.
Jekova in fast Eva Samkova in thirds
and temp three thirds. Zoe
everything right, such a shame.
everything right, such a shame. They
all did so well. Good, clean race.
Not too tight or bunched but the
lead changed a couple of times.
Alexandra Jekova took the lead and
for a second Zoe had a qualification
She was third. But the
experience of Eva Samkova.
Samkova came through.
Samkova came through. Zoe is not
able to send the jumps along and
law, a bit too high off the first.
Really deep on the second one. An
amazing performance from Zoe
Yun Sungbin Eva Samkova and Nelly
Moenne Loccoz into the semifinals.
We go back to the top. The next
quarterfinal contains the woman
whose narrative is why most people
know about snowboard cross, Lindsey
Jacobellis. She has won everything
else the sport has two offer. Five
World Championships at five times of
axing. She is best known for
throwing away a gold medal in the
debut in 2006. She is in there with
the Hemel Hempstead born athlete to
know races for France. Very
powerful. Charlotte Bankes out very
The Bluebird now,.
Showing everyone a clean set of
heels after that enormous crash on
the first. I think Lindsey
Jacobellis, time does not matter. If
she is smart she will back away. But
look at them, going neck and neck.
Keep your eye at the back, third
place being hotly contested.
and second does not matter but these
two are still going at it. Lindsey
Jacobellis leading. .
Year we go. I think the Canadian is
still in third place very
comfortably, Zoe Bergermann.
comfortably, Zoe Bergermann. Lindsey
Jacobellis from Hermann Maier with
Zoe Bergermann third. Charlotte
Bankes, one of the favourites taken
out at the first turn. It is her own
fault. She goes down herself. It's
the bounce back of Zoe Bergermann. I
think she went through the side of a
gate. There could yet be follow-up
on this. I think they are looking at
the crash. The jury will look again
at that because we saw somebody go
through the gate. But without
confirmation of the qualifiers. We
are going to move on to this third
quarterfinal. Another big pile of
names. Faye Gulini third at the last
World Cup. Chloe Trespeuch who had a
massive argument with Lindsey
Jacobellis. And Faye Gulini has gone
down on the dignity stripper.
taken her out.
taken her out.
Chloe Trespeuch, the
French number one seed pumping so
hard and really starting to stretch
daylight ahead of Megan Tierney. The
fourth seed in the American team.
The Russian is one of the loudest
and most effervescent racers here
and at the moment she is holding off
the Italian. Chloe Trespeuch very
much standard. Meghan Tierney, 21
years old at her first games,
Kristina Paul on the flatter section
using inertia to go through. It is
very tight now for a second third
and fourth. Meghan Tierney has made
a mistake, Kristina Paul in second
place. And Meghan Tierney road into
I think there are
going to be protests going on.
I think that was a change in racing
line by the Italian. Number 19 on
Did she closed the
door on Meghan Tierney? She really
did. Did not take the compression.
This is it. That's the knuckle.
This is it. That's the knuckle.
jumped right across. Maybe Raffaella
Brutto did. She came straight
across. Look at the change of lying.
Coming straight back across. How
Raffaella Brutto stayed on her feet,
she did incredibly well. There we
go. It is deemed to be fair.
Americans are losing a two of the
squad in 1/4-final. They would not
have seen that coming.
The number one seed if you looked at
the World Cup rankings, the Italian
so strong Michela Moioli. And the
young Frenchwoman but keep your eye
on the blue and white striped pants
of Michela Moioli.
of Michela Moioli. Very quick,
brilliant start from the Australian
but she's lost it through the third
Business as usual for the
Italian, she is out in front. She is
being chased. The young French girl
doing very well. Belle Brockhoff
will not let this slide. In a white.
Fantastic board seed in seeding,
Simona Meiler, she will be biding
her time. Big slopestyle style
kicker. It's enormous. Good board
speed, stretching a distance in
third place. Making a move. The
Polish girl made it up into first.
One of them is down at the back.
Michela Moioli out in front, Pereira
De Sousa in second. Michela Moioli
very comfortable. Pereira De Sousa.
Good start, good
clean start. It was Michela Moioli
from the very beginning wasn't it?
Brilliant start from Belle Brockhoff
in blue. As they came through the
third bath, that first little
feature, not able to pump for speed
and it cost her. The 16-year-old
French girl in second place.
The top three will advance through.
Keep an eye on Jacobellis in the
green. Samkova is the favourite in
Here we go with semifinal number
one. This will be good.
three across the line advance to the
finals. For the others, no
Samkova goes out
brilliantly in the mustard trousers.
And Charlotte Bankes again with a
brilliant start and then a birdbath.
Jacobellis is hot on the heels of
This might be very
lucky for Alexandra Jekova.
metres out in front of Samkova. All
the way through, and Charlotte
Bankes is back from nowhere. How did
she get from the very back to the
She wasn't able to make
it stick. She tried to force
Jacobellis out. But now Jacobellis
can force at her.
Charlotte Bankes our eye to eye but
now Charlotte Bankes is out with
Samkova taking advantage and sliding
Samkova, the Olympic
champion, can ride this final
straight so well. Jacobellis, a
nervous look over her shoulder from
the American. She will remain second
and advance, but that's a warning
shot to Jacobellis. She needs to be
further ahead in the final on that
straight if she wants to take the
win, because she doesn't have the
speed that Samkova has.
Charlotte Bankes in the blue. All
the way back, and two turns later
she is at the front.
Look how much
bigger she goes with her jobs.
Alexandra Jekova takes out the
French girl. And that was Samkova's
view of Jacobellis.
Back-up to the top for the second of
the semifinals. And there is no
shortage of talent on this side of
the draw. Blue and white pants
straddling the red pants of the
French. Keep an eye on that.
youngster goes out like a wet cat.
Flying here. She obviously didn't
read the script.
Both the French
upfront with Michela Moioli. Moioli
really flying through that section.
But De Sousa Mabileau is tucked in
behind. And Trespeuch dives out in
front. De Sousa Mabileau
slipstreaming behind Moioli. On this
section that is so critical. Popping
out from behind the traffic
stability pure eye on fourth place
Bella Brockhoff, the experienced
Australian. Bella Brockhoff is
struggling. They go on to the home
straight. Belle Brockhoff is down.
This is routine for the front three.
No time to see they are clear, but
there we go, the first three
finishes advancing to the final.
After seeing their fellow countrymen
take gold yesterday, the whole
French crew will be beside
themselves for this lady 's
snowboard cross final. Chloe
Trespeuch, you have to say she
hasn't put an arm wrong. Smiles all
Michela Moioli, so well liked
on tour. Chloe Trespeuch, a woman
who is unrivalled in her
competitiveness. She will do
whatever it takes.
whatever it takes. Now we move on to
the women's snowboard cross final.
The fastest six women who have
battled their way through the
quarters and semis to this point.
Alexandra Jekova settling herself as
they await the start's orders.
could go anyway.
They are all very,
very quick. Great start for Samkova
They are neck and neck.
On the outside is De Sousa married
They are neck and neck.
On the outside is De Sousa married.
Jacobellis is at the front.
Different lines taken but Jacobellis
takes a little luck. She is in front
but needs to hold on and make it
stick, but Moioli has been very
fast. Look at Julia De Sousa.
Jacobellis's board speed, Moioli
cuts out in front of Trespeuch.
Moioli moves ahead of her, overtake
in the air. Jacobellis in the fight
of her life. If she wants gold she
has to go. She slots in behind Chloe
Trespeuch, the most technical
section of the course. Moioli out if
it. Can they get some drag on her?
As they coming to this section,
Moioli is so fast all season, five
World Cups under her belt.
youngster Julia De Sousa has come
from fourth to second, the
Samkova at the last
minutes, starts driving. It's neck
and neck for silver and bronze. They
are all down and it's all over the
place! No doubting who took gold,
its Michela Moioli. But the
equipment says Julia De Sousa
Mabileau in second. Look at them,
they have given everything they've
got to this course. They are laid
down. Trespeuch, Jacobellis. None of
them know. Moioli limping, but
celebrating. That was as intense as
sport gets. One of the closest
races, not just in Olympic women's
snowboard cross history, but of all
time. Jacobellis tucks up early and
her inertia gets her out in front of
the light bones of De Sousa Mabileau
who goes from first to third in the
She has Chloe Trespeuch is
all over her.
On board with Samkova.
You get an idea of how tight this
racing is. Samkova, very smart,
staying out of traffic on the
This is the bottom jump,
Trespeuch. My goodness, Trespeuch.
There is nothing between Jacobellis
Samkova on the far
left, I think if ... It was Samkova
and Jacobellis. Samkova at the top
and Jacobellis down here at the
bottom. What a final, thank you,
boardercross. The official results
are in from the ladies snowboard
STUDIO: They look great
from an Italian point of view. Even
compared with the men's final
yesterday, that was absolutely
sensational, pure racing, Maisie
One of the best women's
finals I have ever seen, clean and
tight all the way to the finish
line, really well done.
wasn't dominated by crashes and
injuries, as we saw in the build-up
to the men's event. It was a
brilliant piece of racing. That's
what you are concentrating on when
you watched it.
They all have their
own positions. They are giving each
other space which is quite good.
They are managing to get down the
course in one piece.
for Italy, it was their second gold
for the Italian women at these games
after Arianna Fontana in the short
track, and there have been no
Italian women on the podium at the
last three games, so going well
here. Just characterise the nature
of this course for us and what was
so important as we went to the final
Obviously the last section was
straight, big jumps, you had to
absorb fully those last jumps and
I was going to ask, how
important is the wax on the
There is a lot of
pressure to get the right wax and it
makes a huge difference on the
course like this, it's a lot of
blind and it helps you get along.
great shot with Moioli. A fantastic
piece of television. But Julia De
Sousa Mabileau, only 16, taking
silver. You have worked with her,
living and training in France for a
She is a phenomenal rider
and deserved second place. She was a
surprise to the podium, but totally
Samkova settles for bronze. Once
again, agonisingly, Jacobellis
misses out. We said even in the
replay, do it this time!
that any athlete, certainly we have
talked amongst the fourth place
being called the forgotten place. It
really is. People only ever see the
top three, so forth, it may as well
be last at times. Obviously she has
done exceptionally well to battle
through and getting to the final.
She was so close to third place,
just caught the edge here.
spill down the final jump, we have
seen that in the last couple of
Olympics as well with everybody
piling across in a photo finish. I
wonder how much that whets the
appetite, Maisie? You hurt yourself,
shattered your heel in the Olympic
trial trying to get there. How much
does it whet the appetite to try to
get to the next one in Beijing?
Watching that inspires me to get
back out there. It was an
inspirational race by those ladies.
We wish you all the best. You'll
stay with us for a bit.
From boards and back on to skis.
Chloe Jennings Brier, didn't get
through to the semifinals but a
fantastic servant to British
boarding over the years.
been a fantastic team-mate and I
have learned so much from her. She
is in fourth place here, and she
nearly goes into third but loses it
at the end. But she raced very well
and can be happy with that.
Man's finest. Her fourth games, the
best place she had was eighth in
Vancouver in 2010. But we go from
boards back to skis. Some aerials.
These guys were getting some height,
but this is officially the highest
of any of the Olympic events, winter
These athletes are often
twisting and turning some 20
metre above the snow.
metre above the snow.
That's about 40 feet.
Ski jumpers are rarely more than 6
metre above the ground
as they hug the outrun.
Platform divers are
10m above the water.
So, in freestyle aerials,
a strong nerve and very
strong knees are required.
And you need good knees for
China, Belarus and the Russian
athletes dominated qualifying
for the women's final
at Phoenix Olympic Park.
COMMENTATOR: Each of the judges
gives a score out of ten. Of that
ten points, two of them are for the
air scores, take-off and height in
the air. Form is five points,
regards the trip itself. And landing
is three points. Five judges scores
are totalled, the highest and lowest
are discarded, and the remaining
three are multiplied by the degree
of difficulty of the trick. It's
really very simple! These jumps will
decide the medals. Madison Olsen is
going for fold, double full. Staying
on the right-hand kickers, going for
two backflips. The first will have a
full twist and the second will have
a double twist.
Oh! Pretty sure I heard the coach
shouting, you're good, you're good.
They are smiling.
She's happy. She's making the walk
of shame back-up to get her skis.
These smiley, almost a relief on the
faces for them.
A little bit early
on the take off. The skis twisted
up. She had two points nine and 2.6
degrees difficulty jobs before now.
The moment she spots the landing on
the second flip...
She pulls in her
legs, gets the landing gear up.
doll over the handlebars.
He was definitely shouting you are
good, you ordered.
good, you ordered.
It sounded like
brace. All smiles, very pleased to
have made the third round of the
women's finals here, Madison Olsen.
Now we are rolling out the big guns.
The defending Olympic champion,
going for the most difficult jump
will see tonight. Carries a degree
of difficulty of 4.05, huge
multiplier if she can get it right.
Three flips, three twists, has to be
pronounced and clean. 30 aged old
mother of two in her sixth Olympic
Games, Alla Tsuper.
She is dropping.
The coach says no but she says go.
Oh! She will relinquish the gold
medal. She puts her hand up, she is
OK. An inspiration.
OK. An inspiration. The most
difficult jump of the night and it
just does not go her way.
just does not go her way.
see the legs. Just bending slightly.
Shouting from the coaches telling
her to speed it up, get it done. She
is on her way down, throws herself
into the last flip.
That was a heavy
plant. Jill McCabe piledriver into
the snow. It is relatively soft.
the snow. It is relatively soft.
Give you another idea of the
frustration that Alla Tsuper feels.
I say congratulations to have made
it in the finals. But it will feel
like this appointment for her no
doubt. The Belarussian Hanna Huskova
at the opposite end of the spectrum.
25 years old.
Perfect conditions as she goes into
the full, full. Stays on her feet.
Huge degree of difficulty.
Alla Tsuper giving her a little
round of applause. Defensive body
language from Hanna Huskova. She has
looked nervous waiting for her
scores. The second jump I think is
her most perfect. She looked happy
with that. Certainly this one. A few
mistakes but again the degree of
difficulty works in her favour.
Everyone yet to drop has an easier
degree of difficulty. Form was good.
Holds onto the landing with one hand
down. I think the air and form will
be very good, the landing will
suffer but the degree of difficulty
is very good.
20 years of age.
Going for the
double full, full. 3.5 of
Absolutely huge hit.
her arm up, says she is all right.
her arm up, says she is all right. I
thought Hanna Huskova was going to
I think that has guaranteed her
Of some colour.
It was only
Laura Peel, not only Laura Peel, but
if Laura Peel had bested her she
would be down into the silver medal
And Laura Peel knew she
was going big, through the second
slip, she did not bring her arms in.
Two stretch it.
He called it. He
could see it. The disappointment.
The Australian currently in third
place. But no guarantee. We still
have two to drop.
have two to drop. Alla Tsuper in
silver medal position, Hanna Huskova
with the only clean landing of the
finals so far is in gold medal
position. The 32-year-old going for
full, double full.
full, double full.
There is the
signal. Into the pizza. Here she
Very clean. Certainly
cleaner than Hanna Huskova but the
degree of difficulty is just 3.5 25.
So what does this mean Weston let's
take a closer look.
The form is lovely, I think the
take-off is maybe a little messy.
She is over rotating, you can see
the arms coming up in the third and
final flat just to slow things down.
I think coupled with the degree of
difficulty it's not going to be
I don't know, Hanna Huskova
made a big mistake dragging the
It's not enough! Second place.
Hanna Huskova guaranteed a silver
medal. Alla Tsuper currently in
bronze. The final to drop, going for
full, double full. The same jump
we've just seen from Zhang Xin. The
degree of difficulty 3.5 25.
needs to be perfect.
She is so
Checking the glasses.
They are all over rotating! That has
guaranteed Hanna Huskova gold. What
it means for Zhang Xin and Alla
Tsuper is unclear. But still a smile
from Kong Fanyu. Hanna Huskova
hasn't seen the score but she is
beginning to celebrate. I think it
could still be bronze.
It was a huge
is it silver or bronze? Incredible
pressure here at the finals in the
third and final jumps. Only half the
field have landed their jumps and
only two of them have landed
Completely overcooked it.
She is up and skiing away very
quickly. This will be really
It is a big slap when
you see it like that. Let's go to
coach cam. He knew it from the
take-off. Kong Fanyu bronze medal.
You can see how much it means to
her. Hanna Huskova is the women's
aerials gold medallist. Zhang Xin of
China. And bronze you can see Kong
If you fancy a go at that details on
get inspired, I am sure your mum and
dad would be delighted if you gave
it a go! That is back-to-back wins
for Belarus, they must have great
I remember in
Vancouver it was going on right next
to the half pipe, the first time I
had seen it in person and the camera
does not do it justice, how high
A lot of them are former
gymnasts. Also the snowboarding
equivalent is the big air, tell us
about that, what are we in for when
we start seeing that from Monday?
You are in for a show. Snowboarders
will throw down their best tricks
A lot of revolutions.
What have you heard about the kicker
we are going to see?
Today was the
first day of practice and what I
gathered talking to some of the
riders, I am not sure if the jump
will be good to do quadruples on it.
I think there might be a a few
select riders including our own
Billy Morgan, you might get the
quadruple cork out of them but we
If it makes half as much
an impression as the half pipe dead
and indeed snowboard cross we are in
for a treat. This is our last time
that you may say, thank you so much,
what is next for you, what is your
Rehab and then hopefully the
World Championships in 2019.
forward to seeing you in Beijing.
Let me tell you about the big
headlines today not just for Great
Britain but the other nations.
Germany did not
Britain but the other nations.
Germany did not win a gold medal
today but they remain top of the
table. Great Britain off and running
off it thanks to the bob skeleton
bronze medal from Dom Parsons, the
first by a British man for 70 years.
Tonight we have live-action much
later on, women's curling, the women
against Denmark. The super-g slalom
for women. Lindsey Vonn coming into
that. The men play Korea in the
curling as well. And we will stay on
BBC One to watch Elise Christie go
for gold or any medal at all in the
event that she is the world
champion, the 1500 metres. A torrid
few days since crashing out in the
500 metres. We will see Lizzy
Yarnold and Laura Deas in their
Yarnold and Laura Deas in their
deciding runs. Let's hope it's
another Olympic super Saturday for
Great Britain. The champagne is on
ice for the British women but we can
officially uncorked the bubbly for
Dom Parsons. He is the toast of the
British team tonight, goodbye for
Lizzy Yarnold underway.
Supreme accuracy needed
Big power move.
This is a good start
from the British men.
does for the aerodynamics that
Elise Christie. The
nation holds its breath.