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Last night, the opening ceremony got
the game is officially opened in
style with a glimpse into the local
culture and Lizzy Yarnold carried
the flag for Great Britain. But now
the focus carries today one of the
games where we start to see the
other 12 venues here at Pyeongchang
in all their glory. We are based
around 150 kilometres east of the
capital city in the beautiful
Alpensia ski results. Welcome to our
little balcony, right in the heart
of the mountain cluster. It's a
beautiful view, a beautiful day,
it's warmed up, it only -8 with wind
chill today which is actually a bit
of a delight. We are in the heart of
the mountain cluster, we have the
ski jumping just have the right hand
side, right next to the Sliding
Centre, we have the cross-country
and Biathlon Centre very nearby as
well. There's been lots of sport
already succumbing up today. -- so
coming up today.
coming up today. Marat Bjorgen races
in the skiathlon. Elise Christie
wants to put her Sochi heartbreak
behind her, we have been following
her build-up and we will look back
at the team figure skating.
Figure skating felt, former Olympic
champion Robin Cousins has joined
me. The team event yesterday, let's
talk about this event, talk me
through the structure and the
element of it.
It used to the
Olympics at the Sochi games, and now
we have the men's, ladies, pears and
ice dance competing as a team
together. We are seeing short
programmes from the men and the
pairs first, ladies and ice dance in
a few days. It's the chance to throw
the gauntlet down and say, this is
how I am performing, look at me to
go. For others, it's the chance to
say, I will be here for once. Some
teams are bigger than others so they
can pick and choose, others will
have to have no choice, they will
have to skate in the team event and
next week. For me, it is Shoma Uno
and Nathan Chen and Patrick Chan,
they will be looking for the balls
in the men's. And
in the men's. And it is Tarasova and
Morozov representing athletes from
Russia, they've just regained the
European title, they are going to be
sitting there team up for gold in
the team event.
Lots of mind games
and competition between the
individual elements of this team
event. Who do you feel will be the
strongest team going into this
Collectively, it's going to
be interesting because you have got
a couple who are really strong in
ice dance. Canada have a really
strong team. It depends who they put
out in the field. They have got
people to choose from. You will see
someone skate a short programme, if
the teams qualified top five, they
go to the long programme, they might
be able to put someone else in for
the free programme. Others have no
choice, they are the only competitor
for the country. Someone like the
Italians who have got a strong team,
they hold back knowing they have to
compete in a week. There will be
some mind games but no one wants to
go to and and a big stage and not
It all started
yesterday, Robin was there.
Possibly the last time we'll see him
skating on Olympic ice, the great
Patrick Chan. Ten time Canadian
champion, a new record when he was
given that title a few weeks ago at
the age of 27. He is back looking
for individual gold but also team
called for Canada after silver in
Skating to a beautiful piece
of music which takes me back to my
youth, most of his competitors will
never have heard of it!
He will open with a quadruple toe
loop, triple toe loop.
the take-off. Made the rotation. But
he fell and that will cost him.
Very tight on the landing with the
triple Lutz, put the toe loop on the
end. Just the double.
Absolutely needs this triple axel.
Not the start of the Olympics that
Patrick Chan would have wanted, I
don't think. You can tell by the
slump of the shoulders there.
two big red boxes. 38, 30 two. He
would want to be in the 50s from the
So tight on the take-off, that right
free leg not travelling through, it
needs to come through past the other
leg, barely part of the knee,
nothing lifting and health with him
into the air and it's just. With all
of the boys, they have continue the
rotation as they fall which means
they're not getting into the air
soon enough to get the rotation on
the take-off. A lot of them are
rotating on the way down and then
eat to rotate on the way up. -- they
need to rotate on the way up.
four Patrick Chan, so he takes the
lead but not as big as he would have
liked to have looking down the field
and seeing who is coming up next.
This is Oleksii Bychenko of Israel,
the first skater to win a European
medal from Israel.
Let's see what he can produce today
because he's here or he's not.
Feel free to sing along at home,
Beautiful triple axel.
Gorgeous quadruple toe loop. That's
what the other boys needed to do.
You can hear the crowd clapping
Triple Lutz, triple toe loop.
The team-mates are going wild in the
box over there.
not the prettiest of jumping
He skates with abandon and
he took the whole of this arena with
him. Team Israel, there they are in
the mix with that.
And that's where
everything can come together in a
short programme. It's just two
minutes and 40 seconds. He delivered
great technical ability, the music,
the components, the style,
everything comes together. It's
slightly scrappy around the edges
but in this context, it's totally
Watch that right leg, it will swing
through and up. That got him the
That's what Patrick Chan
All of them so far, the
same thing on the quadruple toe
loop, he got right down over the
knee, no question of rotation. And
look how easy that was. No tension
in the body at all.
He looks so
loose and relaxed on the ice.
88.49 and a new season's Beth, what
a time to produce it the first
competition in the game. -- seasons
So we have a new leader. And
the cat is among the pigeons.
Good cat! -- good works, cat! The
final skater for the men's short
programme, Shoma Uno of Japan,
hoping to add to sparkle to the
proceedings, because of the bigger
names have failed to deliver on that
front. But this man, this man is
capable of great things, but we said
that about Patrick Chan and Nathan
Chen and Mikhail Kolyada and none of
them delivered. So there is a big
gap at the top of the leaderboard if
he can deliver to his ability.
quadruple jumps planned.
First of the two quadruples,
A quadruple toe loop.
There you go!
Now we need the triple axel...
Beautifully done, it difficult entry
with the spread Eagle on the exit,
and the take-off.
Look at that technical score
Shoma Uno, the world silver
medallist, sparkling like his
sequence! I think there was one
mistake. But he made up for it,
He just fell out of the
landing of the triple flip, not a
perfect performance but the
strongest we have seen today. It
will be the leader. It's one of
those performances where you go
great, I've done that, not my best
but I've got away with it. This will
help him, moving next week.
He does a hand down count as a
penalty -- does a hand down penalty
count as much as a fall?
No. He fell
out, the hand will go down and there
will be a deduction. That's
deduction is the grade of execution
from the judges. But we were talking
about how the short programme is put
together and for me, the composition
of this particular programme is
Shoma Uno has completed the short
That's a fantastic
A big leap for Shoma Uno and
team Japan. That's 14 points clear
of Israel, in second place. As it
works out it breaks down two points.
If you are in first place you get
ten points, second placed nine
points, third-place eight points...
That's the scores. Shoma Uno takes
ten points for teamed Japan.
ten points for teamed Japan. Patrick
Chan, despite costly mistakes, with
team Canada in third taking V8
points. -- taking eight points.
points. -- taking eight points.
after this pair have gone, I would
expect Team Canada are way in the
mix. We have Megan Duhamel, and Eric
Radford, silver medallists in the
last Olympics, and two-time
Brilliant to watch.
Tight and fast on the triple
twist... The next element, side by
side, the triple Lutzs. Squeaky on
both landings, but they made them
It's very well done on the throw
Team Canada are on their feet in the
team boxes. They loved that
performance. Megan Duhamel and Eric
Radford will be pleased with that as
Very strong indeed, they came
out and they knew they had to lay
down the gauntlet. And they have
done it. That was superb!
Not as much hyped and more lateral
in the rotations as some of the
other girls but it is clean into the
landing, down on the knee. The
extension... The side by side Lutzs.
He was on two feet!
fully rotated but he landed on two
feet. Touchdown with the free foot
that was still crossed. Megan,
Megan Duhamel and Eric Radford have
earned in the short programme...
76.57 for Megan Duhamel and Eric
Radford, putting them at the top of
the leaderboard as the pairs are
concerned. This is a lovely, lovely
pair to watch. She's won bronze at
the last two Olympics, two-time
world medallists together.
world medallists together. The
German pair, Bruno Massot just got
his passport in time to compete at
Took time-out, did not compete at
the European Championships,
the European Championships, let's
see if this additional training time
paid off... Watch the height on the
The side by side triple Salchows...
Very cautious on the take-off of the
throw, the triple flip.
Bags of pizzazz, I enjoyed that!
Pretty much with everyone who has
skated so far today, just the one
Yes, they were so tentative
coming into the throw... They did
not have any lift or height. Just
unable to be controlled at all.
is a charming routine.
there is so much to love!
there is so much to love! Such
amazing height that they get on the
twist. On one event, she went out of
the shot! He captures her with bags
of room to spare.
Excellent timing on the Salchows.
Beautifully done! Just waiting and
waiting... For me, they did not
throw far enough. Yes, unable to
Hmm, 75.3 six. That is not enough to
lift them above the Canadian
pairing, but they are in second
place at the moment. Barely a point
in it. Canada are still in the top.
Germany are down in seventh place.
And here are the Olympic Athletes
from Russia... The world bronze
medal lists, newly minted European
champions. Robin is rubbing his
hands, it isn't just the cold, is
Beautiful on the triple twist. Great
speed, great flight. Easy, like
landing, now we need the side by
side triple toe loop to be the same,
Triple loop. Beautiful!
This into the reception for that,
that is superb skating. -- listen to
the reception. The first time all
morning, finally, some skaters have
come out onto the ice and put
together the performance they would
Absolutely and they
will be in about an hour's time
reliving this and going, that's what
we need to do next week because that
was absolutely pristine and on the
money. Beautiful. Typical classical
style. Russian way of skating.
Again, a good spirit. -- split.
Filly, easy rotation, catch on the
waste, down, timing on the jumps is
Spot on, there.
You can hear the Russian fans up to
the left in the stands, they are all
holding up, straight tens! That's
not how the scoring works!
A very difficult ending to this
list. -- lift.
Of course, coached by Aliona
Savchenko's X skating partner. He is
on the far right. Of the screen.
That was a superb demonstration of
Season's best, 78.83,
have adopted that? -- have they
topped it? Yes they have, 80.92,
they have busted it. So three or
four more on top of it.
And a very
There it is.
Fourth place for the Olympic
Athletes from Russia.
Athletes from Russia. That's
confirmation of the pairs short
programme, the limit athletes from
Russia leading the way, Canadians
second, Germans that. This is just
the pairs short programme, the team
event, there four elements to this.
I was heading to be able to update
you on where the teams lie but I
don't think we will be able to see
that. I can tell you that Canada out
in front, here they are. Canada out
in front after the first day of the
team event, 17 points. USA in second
and Japan in third.
Considering that event started
and Japan in third.
Considering that event started
before the opening ceremony had even
taken place, it sounded like a great
atmosphere in the arrhythmia today.
We will start with the men's
singles, Luna, Shoma Uno,
singles, Luna, Shoma Uno, a great
We had seen Nathan
Chen, Patrick Chan not deliver, it
was not going to be who is going to
do it. But Shoma Uno has such class
and quality, he has got to be a
favourite for gold and he is a
favourite of mine and a contender.
Bychenko the only one who went clean
yesterday, a few slips and spills
yesterday, can you say why?
the skaters are saying, it is not
quite the ice they are used too
skating on, we have got short track
events and figure skating events on
the same arena, and the ice is
softer for the figure skaters
usually. It is the same for every
body so you can say what you like
about it but you have to do your job
and some did it better than others.
The Russians won gold in Sochi, and
when they came out in the pairs
competing under the elliptic flag, a
Amazing, they did
not -- Olympic flag. They needed to
put the gauntlet down and they did
it in style, there were so far ahead
of everyone else and in a league of
their own. That is them saying, we
are here for the gold medal, take it
Interestingly, as much as
their routine is sensational,
everyone is talking about the
Japanese pair. Because they danced
to an animated cartoon chewing at
its centre place mat, -- and anime
theme tune, and the place went mad,
it is like someone dancing to a
Frozen tune here.
It is huge here,
anime cartoons are huge here, and
the music likewise. So the young
Japanese pair team skating to music
from the TV show, and everyone has
gone wild for it. The skating was
great, they have not been together
that long. Medal contenders, not
right now, but they are YouTube
Maybe that is all they
need. Canada leads the way in terms
of the official standings, two
elements to go. They have a large
squad, other your favourites for
this metal? -- are they your
Yes, I think
Yes, I think they are,
they compete in the short dance for
Canada, the pair, so they will be
looking to keep them in the event.
And then Evgenia Medvedeva from team
Russia is going to be here, she
wants to lay down her gauntlet for
an Olympic gold, she was beaten by
Alina Zagitova previously,
There is no
figure skating today, that is why
Robin is with me. Thank you very
much for joining us. That gets back
and away tomorrow, the team event
with the women's individual and ice
dance. But we're going to stick on
the ice, and going to stay on the
skates. But very different gates,
because after a disappointment for
years ago in Sochi, Elise Christie
arrives here with high medal
expectations in the short track
speed skating. She is coming here as
one of the stars of Team GB and
David McDaid went to meet her as she
prepared for Pyeongchang.
This is Elise Christie. She's the
best short tracks beats cater the UK
has ever produced. -- speed skater.
A world record holder, triple world
champion and Great Britain's best
hope for a gold medal at the Winter
Olympics. She's a very special
athletes but four years ago, she
nearly walked away from the sport
They have all gone down!
I went for the win, and that's the
way it went, unfortunately.
the favourites for gold in Sochi,
the Olympics you worked so hard for
ended in this qualification is,
disappointment and death threats.
had a lot of abuse on the Internet
that I had to deal with, it's been
tough as well. I'm finding it quite
Hers is a remarkable story of
courage, not giving up in the most
difficult circumstances, and
South Korea's capital and home to
almost 10 million people. A city
always on the move, obsessed with
speed. And just 80 miles to the east
lies the quiet ski resort of
Pyongyang, the venue for the 23rd
Winter Olympics. With the game is
fast approaching, I travelled to
Korea with a short track team from
Britain for an important training
So, the goal today on the ice,
obviously, it's going to be low
intensity session, the first session
on the ice. So our goal is just a
focus on our basic skating position,
get comfortable, get coordination
Why have you decided to come
here, why is it so important?
have come over here the exact amount
of days before that we're going to
come out for the games, were
practising our exact run-up to the
games. Training on the rink that we
will stay at, staying at the same
hotel and going through every
process we will put in place for the
games to iron out any bugs.
athletes as well, you want them to
be used to things. They are finely
tuned machines. Creatures of habit.
Absolutely, and our guys aren't
great at change. If you think about
it, we come out at the end of
January for the whole month of
February and doing high-rise living
in hotel blocks. So it's important
for us to identify those places
outside that we can go and relax and
escape the bubble.
O, Stuart, you win! We are
trying to check our strength each
day to see if our jet lag is
improving. I went up by ten in ten
minutes, so in ten minutes my jet
lag storm out of the building!
That's how it works!
we're here in Korea, how was it to
It's exciting, it bit
warmer than it is at home so we like
that. It's good to get out and act
is getting adjusting to the time
zone for the games and we really
like that the rink we are training
at anything was very cold and
anything is good.
This is all about
preparation for Pyongyang?
we're -- for Pyeongchang? Yes, we're
practising on the same rink we will
be training on for the games, just
getting as much into a routine as he
South Korea has one more
Olympic short track medals than any
other country, so it's an ideal
definition, and not just for
training. -- ideal destination.
It's a country that
you have spent a lot of time in,
tell us about your religion should
put the country.
I've been here --
relationship with your country. I
have been it a lot, I can understand
a bit of the language. It's one of
my favourite cities in the world, so
much to do, so lively, so different
to Britain. And sometimes it's nice
to have a contrast like that. I
don't know if I could live here all
the time because they are so busy
all the time and I feel like Britain
has a nice laid-back element where
you can go and sleep at night and
there is not everyone still buzzing
outside. It's nice to come on a trip
and see it all. And be part of the
action for a bit.
Do you get recognised
Do you get recognised in the street
ever, because you are the world
It has happened a couple
of times since I have been here
already. It is easy, because I am
blonde, it's not a normal thing to
see here. But people are always
sweet and friendly. I always like to
say hello to everyone who wants to
say hello. It is weird, it isn't
something I ever expected but it is
We haven't always been a
famous speed skater. Tell us how it
all began for you?
I started as a
figure skater, when I was really
young, like, seven. Then I
transferred over, because we did a
race the week after I started. Just
a fun race. I won the Selection box
of chocolates from winning the race.
After that, you are sat on the short
track! So I switched over to short
track. I did it full time from 15 or
So it was a love of chocolate
that got you into it?
Once you get a Selection box, your
heart is set on it!
She was one of
those kids where you could show her
something and she picked it up
immediately. She had been natural
ability, probably from her figure
skating background, she knew how to
control her blades. After a few
weeks, one of the coaches from the
running club asked if she wanted to
join, they saw a lot of potential as
a runner there. But her heart was in
The choice between
the two was because she became
British champion and she was offered
a place, her dream was to go to the
Olympic Games. Because she was
offered a funded place, she took it.
She gets the thrills that she wants
and the competitiveness. Close
racing with other girls, and with
the guys as well, she is pretty
But to go further in the sport,
Elise had to leave home in
Livingston to train with the Great
Britain squad. For the last 12
years, she has lived in Nottingham.
Would you describe yourself as a
evening person! I hate mornings. Get
off, stop it! When she moved away
from home at 15, it was really
As a parent it is
difficult to let your child go at
that age, especially a girl. Some
days I have regretted it. Because I
miss her. And it's always a long
distance away but the fact that she
is very good at keeping in contact
has really helped.
A lot of drinking
to do when you are an athlete... Not
the good kind! All right, let's get
out for the day. On time, that's
Becoming a world leading
athlete takes dedication and
commitment. Training is long and
hard, particularly in an Olympic
year. Today, we are going to the
centre, what is happening today?
have the brief for the ice. They
tell us what to do and we go on the
ice, it's about one hour and 45
minutes to two hours on the ice. I'm
When did you realise
that you were pretty good at it?
That it could be your future?
I think it was after Vancouver. I
came back from there and I thought
either stop now and go back to
school, and be with my family... Or
I can, like, switch my mindset a
bit. Make a lot of changes. And then
make myself the person to be. I
think the biggest thing, how it
changed, was the belief. Thank God
for parking assist! All right... You
get a special... Boop! Elise's coach
is Nick Gooch, he won a bronze medal
in 1994 at the Olympics. He is now
helping Elise realise her potential.
I think you are doing good today.
What is your relationship like how
would you describe yourself?
challenging, she likes to be
competitive. If I go to the gym and
I train with her, she always tries
to compete with you. The key is the
mental toughness. How hard she is
prepared to push herself. She is
emotionally invested on a daily
basis which is why she gets so much
from training but investing her
emotion on a daily basis has a cost.
On the turn, you are using your hip
to turn but bring your left leg
through, don't keep it static. Do
you understand what I mean? OK,
first group, let's go.
It's been an
interesting ten years, with the
relationship developing gradually.
It started well we didn't get along
at all to start with. I was coached
by someone else. Then we were forced
to work together and that's when we
developed. I'm really unfit just
now, as I am skating.
Take it one at
I think I know better than
him all the time and he finds it
hilarious. It has been a funny
relationship, but it is definitely,
you know, he has put as much into
this as I have.
Keep leaning! Keep
It hasn't been an easy few
months. Elise has struggled with a
thigh injury, limiting how much
training she can do. She has had to
miss some big races.
Today was an
increase in the last couple of days,
she is feeling it. Some progress in
terms of the volume completed. She
had a tough session in the gym
yesterday, it's making sure we don't
push too hard too early, we will
build up her training when she's
back to where she needs.
Thankfully, plenty of time to
recover before the Olympics.
less training at the rink means more
Bella, Bella! We are
You have two docs
Yes, does much of our s.
was a gift?
Yes, it was a gift from
my boyfriend for my birthday. I
don't get to go out much. We walk
the dogs together sometimes and it
gives us something to do. You have
something to distract you from
skating, I guess! It's a lot of fun.
It's nice to have some company at
Your boyfriend lives in
Yes, there is Face
time, but nobody there a lot. My
neighbour is around a lot. My family
try and get down. But with him
living away, it's nice to have some
His boyfriend -- her
boyfriend is also a short track
world champion. He represents
Hungary, based in Budapest. So time
together is rare.
I calculated we
spent two days outside of skating
together this year. It's been
difficult, but last year I was
flying over for weekends there to
have a break and stuff like that.
Now we are only training together
this year so it has been a lot
tougher without any time. Everything
has turned into Santa Claus.
She is trying to build this
relationship as strong as she can,
even if we cannot be together. I'm
in Budapest, she is in Nottingham.
If I said I can come to England any
more, I think she would make the
choice to move to Hungary for me.
That's pretty good.
Is amazing for
her, he's really level-headed and
laid-back and chilled. Is the
opposite, they need that balance so
she doesn't go too far with things.
They are really good for one
That is cool!
That is you.
That's not a bad thing to be
if something bad
happened to her, I would always try
and let her see the good side. I am
trying to be... Maybe that is part
of my job? To be there for her 24-7.
To always be positive.
To always be positive.
2014 in the
Russian resort of Sochi. Elise's
second Winter Olympics and a medal
was a very real possibility...
Sochi, I knew that I was capable of
getting a medal but I knew that I
was inexperienced compared to a lot
of the people I would be racing. I
knew that I could be a there and by
the time I got to Sochi that year, I
was skating the best I had ever
Racing in three events, she
found herself with a chance at an
Suddenly I was
in the 500 final. I hadn't been in
the European Championship 500 final
or a World Championship, or a World
Cup. I also found myself in the 500
final, which was really cool. 500 is
always the most exciting, to me!
ladies 500 metres is about to get
Going away cleanly this time.
Overhauled by Elise Christie! They
have all gone down! There is only
one ice skater left standing.
see it again here, the start was
clean, coming out of the first bend,
Elise Christie charges down the
inside... There wasn't a lot of
room. Crashing straight into
The collision has been
assessed and looked at. The upshot
is that Elise Christie has been
penalised and sadly after finishing
second, she has had to finish with
I had the speed, I moved up
and unfortunately, the girl hit me
off my feet. So I hit everyone else
as I went down.
You have the 1000
metres to go?
Yes, I will use the
next day to get my head back
together and go for it.
The whole of
the country is behind you, I'm sure
you have every sympathy. You made us
proud. Well done.
Two days later she was back on the
ice, this time try to reach the
final of the 1500 metres.
again, luck wasn't on her side.
the back straight... They are
struggling behind, the two at the
front. Here comes Fontana. Elise
Christie takes it. The Russian is
there. It's a great confidence
booster for Elise Christie... I
cannot believe it, she has again
been penalised! What an honour --
what on earth happened?
I don't know
what happened, I'm gobsmacked. I
mean, I respected the decision the
other day but today I've got no idea
what is going on.
What is your
reaction? I've been in the sport
over 30 years, and I have never seen
anything like this. Straying barely
one centimetre off the track led to
a second disqualification of the
games. As well as all of the drama
on the ice, she was dealing with
something quite sinister off it.
had quite a lot of abuse over the
Internet but I've had to deal with.
It has been tough so I am finding it
What do you mean you've
had stuff on the Internet?
a few people threatening me. Stuff
like that. Just cyber bullying,
basically. It has been a tough few
What is it like to get a death
threat? I don't think most of us,
thankfully, we did experience that?
I'd heard of it happening to other
people and I thought, it's just an
online message. Surely you don't
think that is going to actually
happen? But you do. When it happens
to you, you do believe that person
and these people are genuinely
threatening your life. And your
family's life, and so it becomes
very scary. I spent about six months
afterwards feeling scared of being
in my house alone. Or going out
alone. So many out once made it feel
so real. Even though realistically,
it was coming from most of the
Koreans. They weren't going to be in
England but it was a very difficult
time. Since I've gone into
competition since, everybody has
been super fans and really nice.
It's a nice turn around and there is
definitely no fear now, but having
anything happening. Anybody who does
say anything, I can see that they
are sat behind a computer, thinking
it is funny or feeling powerful.
When actually, they aren't. So it is
very difficult at the time. For
anyone who has experienced it. It is
With death threats
preying on her mind, there was a
last chance for Olympic redemption
in her favourite event, the 1000
metres. Flying through the heats,
she easily made the semifinals.
last one was the most frustrating.
last one was the most frustrating.
That is the one where I did not do
Here comes Elise
Christie, she has ignited the
burners. She is in third. That was a
brilliant piece of skating. But the
Chinese skater has challenged her on
the inside. She falls and takes
Elise Christie out as well.
I cannot believe
I cannot believe it, the Chinese
skater penalised, and Elise
Christie, and she's not going to
I can't believe it's
happened again. The last thing I
expected to happen today. I was
trying to skates so cleanly.
That right when you were back in
your room with Charlotte, with your
roommate, what was it like?
probably better than I was a few
months later. I wasn't great, I
didn't really know what to do and
think about, how can I cope with
such a big loss. It was the thing
that I dedicated everything to, and
work ridiculously hard for. And then
I also knew what everyone else was
saying on social media, and they
hadn't seen the turnaround of that
because I had -- I had not seen the
turnaround because I had turned my
social media or so I was still under
the impression that everyone was
still abusing me. There was nothing
anyone could do, I was so scared and
It's really hard what anyone
go through that, especially when
they're so close, and were sharing
rooms together. So each night you
try to talk it through but there's
not much you can say to someone when
she's got the disqualification and
it didn't go to plan. She went into
the Olympic games, she could have
come away with three gold medals,
she was that good at that point,
which made it even more devastating.
As parents, we found that very
difficult to deal with this
especially because they have a
bubble around the team, and the
child, so it's difficult for
apparent because you don't have very
much access to your child at all.
And then we're getting all of the
media, getting reported on Facebook
and the papers, it was very
The way Elise
dealt with the disappointment was by
getting straight back to
competition. But those distractions
only proved to be a short-term fix.
I went off on my off-season, and
that was when I thought, I'm not
going back. Because I can't deal
with that. There's no way I could go
to that ever again in my life. I was
fine when I skated, but my outside
life, I'd became totally useless. I
was in a tournament which I didn't
need to talk to anyone at, and that
is how I worked. Because at the
time, there was no impact on my
performance, I thought, I'm strong
enough to deal with this. But I
Close to walking away
from speed skating, she considered
her switch to track cycling but a
sense of loyalty to the team who
stuck by her through the tough times
brought her back. European titles
followed before in 2017, she
conquered the world. From a point
from not wanting to do the sport to
becoming the world champion, some
It was my dream to be
all title winner, but a shrug I was
dreaming to be world champion for
awhile but it was not this year, it
was a different trajectory. The
first one was the biggest deal.
going to be tight, she's done it!
She is the world champion, Elise
I just remember screaming,
and I never act like that.
My in motion 's tentative stay in
the box in public. So for me to just
scream like that -- might in motion
to stay in the box. So to scream Mac
that was weird. I think it really
took over when I got the other
title, it didn't sink in, it
probably has not even sunk in now
because I'm so busy preparing for
the next thing. It's the biggest
achievement in short track to be
crowned overall world champion,
bigger than an Olympic gold
medallist, it's the biggest thing
you can do.
It was an incredible
season. Yes, I think... It was a
Obviously very emotional
thinking about it?
Yes, I think...
You're on the journey with them on a
daily basis, you invest that emotion
as well. So when she achieves, that
means a lot to me as well.
In Seoul, there is a break in the
training schedule and a trip to
remind the team why they're putting
in the hard graft. What are you
thinking when you see that?
feels like a long time! 100 days,
still a third of the year. So I
thought it was a lot closer. So it's
quite nice to be in Korea when it is
100 days because that's quite cool,
I didn't know until quite recently
that we were going to be so it's
nice to be around everyone and be
here where the clock is.
describe what Pyeongchang, these
Winter Olympics, these Olympics,
signify to you.
Everyone wants to
seek redemption, but I already
personally think like I've made
redemption so for me it's not about
redemption. For me, it's about
changing the way people view me. But
also, it's the dream. Every athlete
dreams of being an Olympic
This is where you keep
the medals, not on display?
they're going to get put on display
but I haven't figured out where yet.
The boxed ones are all
What would it be like
if she won an Olympic gold?
think... I don't know!
I would have
said in Sochi she could have won
three gold medals, to see it unfold
how it did was heartbreaking and at
that point I thought, she was one of
the fastest. Definitely the
strongest going into that games.
Will she ever be that far ahead of
the field? But I feel like she's
even stronger and faster and that's
what hurts last season has shown. It
wouldn't faze me, if I was allowed
to bet on it, I would!
Seeing her as
a small insecure girl who didn't
have a great deal of self belief,
she has gone full circle to being,
I'm the best.
When she was a girl,
she would come in if something had
not on highway and through her
skates into the cupboard, she's
never going to do it again. Now we
know how much it means to her and
how much it means to the team and
we're excited and hoping that she
will achieve her dream.
room for an Olympic one?
smackers here. Since the Olympics, I
have believed that even if something
is getting to be mentally, I will be
able to perform and not worry about
that. Which is why, I guess, I feel
like I'm robust enough for these
games coming up because it doesn't
matter what goes on, the performance
will be fine. The point is, why have
I trained that Hodge to settle for
second place? That's almost not fair
on myself. The dream is not to go
out and sit in second place and pick
up a medal, the dream is to go out
and try and win the gold. And that
might mean we replicate Sochi, but
I'm not scared. I'm not scared of
doing that in terms of how hard I
have worked, I feel like I deserve
to go out and try to win, irrelevant
what anyone else will try and save.
-- irrelevant to what anyone says.
get the impression it's more than
just a nice piece of metal to you.
Definitely, you know what they say,
the medal will probably end up in a
cabinet someone, like my world
medals. But it's not about the piece
of metal, it's about what it means.
It will be disappointing to stick by
it for four years and for that not
to happen, obviously. That would be
really tough. But there are four
more years afterwards. If needs be!
So, it K. -- it's OK.
Well, what an incredible four years
it has been for Elise Christie. It's
amazing to see the emotion that is
invested from her coat and ever
around her and from her, and she
gets her Olympic challenge underway
today. She's in the 500 metres for
-- short track speed skating,
10:45am UK time. Not to be missed. A
lot of expectation and excitement
around that. From one woman going
for her first Olympic medal to the
iron lady who already has ten of
them. Marit Bjorgen is going in the
cross-country little bit later and
she is aiming for an incredible 11th
Olympic level which could make her
the most decorated female Winter
Olympian in history.
Marit Bjorgen is closing in on
another superb piece of Winter
Olympic history. This is a woman
totally dominant. Gold on the very
first day, gold in the team sprint,
and she's finishing in style. It's
gold again for the iron Lady of
The Norwegian currently sits joint
top on ten medals, six of them have
been gold, three of them came in
top on ten medals, six of them have
been gold, three of them came in
Sochi four years ago. Claudia
Pechstein is also competing this
year but she has not won a
Pechstein is also competing this
year but she has not won a medal
since 2006. Before we see if she can
make history, let's have a look at
the Alpensia cross-country arena.
Cross-country skiing is one of the
ultimate physical challenges. One of
its disciplines races over the
longest distance of any winter and
export. 50 kilometres in one go.
There are two microwaves to ski,
classic, which involves a fast
walking motion along parallel
tracks, and freestyle, which
resembles ice-skating. There are six
events for men and women, all with
the goal to complete the various
distances as quickly as possible.
Norway is the dominant force and six
time champion Marit Bjorgen could
become the most decorated the bill
Olympian of all time if she adds to
her tally of ten medals here in Plum
Such any credible gruelling sport
and they approaching the start line.
Marit Bjorgen going for the 11th
medal. Rob Walker is the
commentator, you might have some
history, what a way to start your
Olympics. Do you think she can do
Good afternoon. I'm certain she can.
A medal of any colour and she will
be the most decorated female
Olympian in history, as you have
said. As a woman used to going for
gold, only one colour will do.
Stunning conditions here at the
skiing centre, we are so excited
about this first instalment of
drama. And I know these world-class
women are itching to get going.
Heidi Weng is leading the World Cup
standings, she is still searching
for her maiden individual gold. She
is yet to stand on top on her own.
Oestberg, another Norwegian, team
sprint gold, racing since the age of
two. And what about Jessica
two. And what about Jessica Diggins,
she won the last...
It's not all about the Norwegians,
Kalla is a master at Peking at the
right time. She has raced sparingly
this year and she will be feeling
very fresh. Another one of the
Norwegians, Haga. And then Krista
Parmakoski, but Bjorgen has only
lost one race. She looked poised,
composed and ready. She said she is
as hungry and energetic as he was
right at the beginning of her
career. Another quality performer
here, she only just missed a medal
in the skiathlon last year. Two
different techniques, the real test
of the all-rounder. Our first race
for gold is underway in Pyeongchang.
Is it destined to be a moment of
history for Marat beer can,
defending world champion, or can one
of the others than I have the glory
that she desires? Basher or deny her
the glory? So much to look forward
I'm delighted to be joined by you,
your first looking forward to the
cross country. Ollie, we have been
itching for these days to take down.
We forget about the statistics and
now we get on with watching world
We have been bouncing
off the walls! A phenomenal setting
for these races. We have 7.5
kilometres of classic, that is what
we are seeing in front. Then the pit
stop, when you switch, then 7.5
kilometres along the same course,
skating to the finish. Marit
Bjorgen, the headline. Everybody
wants to know whether she can beat
the number one female Winter
Olympian of all time. She isn't that
far off being the number one Winter
Olympian of all time, male or
female. She could do it with a bit
of effort at these games. She is a
multiple Olympic gold medallist when
she turns up. But any Norwegian
here, there are a couple of sweets,
we have Finland, pushing her close.
And even Jessie Diggins from the
USA. I think we have five or six
candidates which could beat her to
Alongside Ollie, a
fascinated observer is posing
Musgrave, the Winter Olympian in
Sochi four years ago. You know what
it takes to compete alongside these
women. Put into context in these
early stages, as we look at the back
there at Number 10, put into context
what Marit Bjorgen has already
achieved in the sport and how
incredible it would be if she gets a
medal of any colour here and moves
to 11 medals already?
She is one of
the greatest performers we've ever
had, 37 now and at the top of her
game for 15 years. It's a tough
sport and it's incredible to compete
at such a level for such a long
time. She's shown after the major
championships how to perform at the
top level when it really matters.
I'm excited to see what she can do
It's an important point, she
knows what to do on the day and she
knows her body well enough, she
doesn't have two race as much as her
rivals. We haven't seen since the
end of last year. She finished
fifth, she had a cold and wasn't
necessarily on top form. She doesn't
need to be doing that the whole
time. It's a different approach and
build up taking it into the race
like that, compared to the younger
the regions and the Swedes nipping
at her heels.
Posy, have us your
view on this ski Avalon. In the old
days it was known as the combined
pursuit, it is an all-round test. We
have a ski classical on the tracks,
then there is the transitional area,
as you mention, and then two fast
circuits of freestyle. It's a really
tough test. If you favour the
classical, you could look impressive
early on, Kowalczyk is past her best
now, but you cannot just nail one
can you have to be good at both?
Absolutely, some say it favours the
skate specialists, if you can hang
with the pack, you've got the chance
to push the pace and be in front
when it counts at the finish.
Regardless, if you can't do it in
the pace section. We need to be a
If you are
Charlotte Kalla, looking someone to
stop Marit Bjorgen, with someone
like Charlotte Kalla's pedigree, we
know that she is phenomenal. If you
remember Sochi 2014, Charlotte Kalla
delivered an incredible relay
finish, coming over the line. It was
one of the moments of the games. How
do you beat that woman there? How do
you beat Marit Bjorgen? Do you try
and stretch out the race or go for
Nobody has the answer, which is
why she is so successful. Marit
Bjorgen pushes the pace, she is
further back, we are used to seeing
her at the front but she controls
the pace. If it comes to a sprint
finish, she will be able to beat
everyone at the end but she can push
the pace in the pack too.
Kalla is hugely popular in Sweden,
she comes from a tiny town in the
Arctic Circle. It's interesting, she
has decided to do this year exactly
what she did ahead of Sochi. She has
barely raised since Christmas. She
will be arriving here fresh. In
contrast to someone like Heidi Weng,
although brilliantly she won a
second consecutive tour to ski, she
has raced literally everywhere. With
a set of events as brutal as this,
coming in fresh has to be helpful
for Charlotte Kalla. The tactic
works and she did so brilliantly in
Yes, she did brilliantly
there and we have seen in the World
Championships. She had her home
Championships in Sweden in 2015, we
didn't see much of her before that
she won gold in front of a home
crowd. It works for her. It's
important if you know you're winning
strategy to stick at it. There's no
point her racing too much when she
knows she can work without that.
clarification, Charlotte Kalla is
now in the centre of your picture,
on the left-hand tracks wearing the
number five, number one is the World
Cup leader Heidi Weng. I noticed
towards the front of the group,
Kowalczyk, wearing the number 22. A
good performer when it comes to the
classical. An Olympic champion in
her own rights. Arguably a touch
past her best. Marit Bjorgen happy
wearing number eight. To be in that
pack, there's a long way to go here.
The pack is looking fairly close
together as we come to the first
They have done 2.26
kilometres now. We can see over 20
people within ten seconds of one
another. Not strung out too much.
They are doing two loops of 3.75
kilometres in a classic style.
there are some very technical
elements to cross-country. It isn't
as simple as it looks. For those who
may be watching cross-country skiing
for the first time, give us the
layman 's guide to waxing? Although
it may sound like a boring subject,
it was vital in Sochi. In spite of
all of the resources the Norwegian
team have that their disposal, they
got their waxing very wrong in their
first few races at Sochi, it was
nearly a national outcry! Give us
the inside's guide as to what is
important with wax and wide.
did indeed, it can win or lose your
race, it's frustrating when you rely
on your skis at the end of the day.
Firstly, you have the glide wax
which makes you going fast downhill.
That's about the speed and acquired
that in the classic, you have a kick
wax. In the centre of your ski, you
have a kick wax own. You apply the
wax there and as you compress it
gives you the push to get uphill.
It's about getting a balance between
glide and kick, you want to get
uphill but go downhill quickly as
well. There is a lot to think about.
You need a good set of skis to put
the wax on as well.
There's a lot
that happens behind the scenes which
is decisive in terms of getting the
athletes to be start line and in the
shape where they can win. The
Swedish coaching team has had a
struggle with Nora virus this week.
It could have, even if it takes not
.5% of Charlotte Kalla or Nielsen,
the disruption is big news. Headline
news in Sweden all week long. If
there was ever a chance of Charlotte
Kalla winning an Olympic skiathlon,
today is the day.
too early to count though. There are
still 20 or so people in the front
pack. Let's see how it goes. She
could do really well today. I have
good feelings for her.
Jessie Diggins towards the start of
our coverage, she's on the left-hand
side. It's really important for the
non-European nations to show that
they can get among the heavyweights
of Norway and Sweden, she has
improved a lot in the last few
years. She's at the forefront of a
big development in of American
team has been really strong in the
last few years. It's nice to see a
new nation competing at the top. It
isn't just her, there are three or
four skiers on their day who can win
in these different events. For
Jesse, we talked about how you have
to be good at a classic technique.
She is now able to be competitive in
races like the skiathlon, which she
may have struggled in before. It's
interesting to see her staying with
the pack but also leading. I think
it shows how much she has improved
in her confidence.
The US team in
Jessie Diggins is really
looking forward to these events
later in the Olympics. The strength
and depth, it isn't just her, you
have Randall, Marit
and depth, it isn't just her, you
have Randall, Marit, they've got a
real group which they haven't had
before. There's the chance they can
kick it off and get on the podium
She definitely has a shot
today. Jessie Diggins has a lot of
self belief, every time she goes
out, she believes she can be on the
podium. It's important to make it at
the top level.
The first of four
circuits completed. It is 3.75
kilometres in classic. It is
important to get in and out as
quickly as possible, a big group
altogether. Nobody has really been
dropped. I noticed the cameras were
focused on the German and nights and
the last climb of the tour to ski,
Boehler was just off the back of the
big group but everyone seems in
touch. 15 going through with 62 in
For bid 62, that's Annika
Taylor, the only British contender
we have. Born in the USA, in
California. Her father is British.
She's been in the team since 2013, I
believe. Posy, you are overlapped
with her a bit, give us a flavour of
what the experience would be like
for her? You might she will have a
similar experience to what I had in
Sochi. This ski races different to
the others. You may have braced in
World Championships or World Cups,
but there is more exposure and more
people watching -- you may have
raced. She can really take a
positive experience from this.
Hopefully we will see some good
things from her.
The last time we
see the athletes going uphill, Marit
Bjorgen had moved level with the
leaders. She is on the left-hand
side, wearing number eight. Number
35 is Victoria Carl, she was 12th in
the sprint in Innsbruck six years
ago, in the youth Winter Olympic
Games. She has had a taste of the
big time. Number 22 Kowalczyk, just
on the left there. Palmer Caskey is
tracking, the iron Lady with a long
way to go. She was not bothered with
the early pace. She was in the third
or fourth row. Now, she has just
decided to let everybody else know
that she is there. She is focused
and ready to go for gold again --
Parmakoski is tracking.
tracking behind her. They've had an
interesting relationship in terms of
how close they've been to one
another in these races. In the World
Championships, Parmakoski was the
only one who could really stay in
touch with Marit Bjorgen in that
race. Finishing five seconds off.
Then there was a gap of about half a
minute, back to Charlotte Kalla in
Parmakoski had her third
individual World Cup this season,
she's been on the podium plenty of
times and had her first actual win.
A massive confidence boost going
into the games. IMac it came ten
days or so before she got onto the
plane to come out here. It is a
tough course and she knows that she
is in good shape.
A super Saturday
for them, Parmakoski is seen as a
big hope. In the biathlon, they have
huge hopes with a couple of shots at
the gold today?
They will be working
on their biathlon. It promises to be
a great race as well. It is
alongside Sir Alpensia cross-country
skiing centre, they use a lot of
their own tracks. It is stunning. We
have walked and jogged round, Ollie
and I, it is well laid out. In
Sochi, there were some eye watering
climbs, it isn't an easy course at
all, but this skiathlon isn't
necessarily as hilly as Sochi. Those
clients are perhaps more gradual in
places, but there is one absolute
monster when they get onto the
skating half of the race -- climbs.
But overall, in terms of the
gradient, it isn't as hilly as
No, but what I would say is
on the classic cause they have a big
climb out of the stadium and then it
is flat and undulating after that.
It is in Paulson -- important to
work on that. Sometimes you get a
nice downhill afterwards, you can
get your breath back in those ten
seconds but I do think there is a
potential breakaway spot over the
top. If you keep pushing it can not
a few people off the back of the
It is exposed in many places,
we haven't talked much about
amateur, we've said Pyeongchang is
very cold, minus four degrees or -5,
the snow is hard and greasy, but
what does it mean? We haven't even
mention that your brother will be
going for Great Britain here, he
sounds confident at getting a medal,
what are the conditions mean for
We will talk about a lot the
next few days, it means that the
moment that the snow is very fast
and I see, because it has been
called the snow packs down firm and
is fairly stable. In terms of the
waxing, it should make it fair
because of the conditions are stable
the smaller teams have a chance to
find the best conditions with wax.
But it means it will favour someone
who can be quite powerful if the
snow is very hard pack, you can push
down with a lot of force whereas if
it is a bit softer, you favour those
with a last and five to -- faster
tempo. Marit Bjorgen shouldn't worry
in every condition.
Look at this. It's not a definitive
bid for gold but it looks like she
is very confident, she was a little
bit below form, she was only 15 her
last World Cup race before coming
here. This is a very confident bit
of French skiing from Marit Bjorgen.
Kalla right behind her, one of the
jewels that we were looking forward
to, Oestberg is in fourth, Heidi
Weng is third. I wanted to meant --
mention Anderson, the Swede. Really
young, she had her best ever placing
in her senior World Cup race. She is
wearing number 18. She has an -- she
is an exciting prospect, she's in
the right place to keep track the
Yes, she's nicely positioned
at the front there. Kalla coming to
the end of her career, Andersson can
do it. She was meddling in the world
Juniors, she went three times, very
unusual because each year she gets a
lot of development but she was still
competing for the top slots.
you mentioned Oestberg, to the end
of her career, -- Kalla, how
exceptional is it for someone to
compete at the age that they are?
Marit Bjorgen is 38. It's about
endurance, like breath and running,
people do get better as they get
older. -- like marathon running. If
you train and compete well, you can
be competitive through your 30s. For
me, it is motivation. If you are
Bjorgen and Kalla and you have won
everything, how much do you keep it
up? Because you have to sacrifice a
lot to be desktop yellow and she's
now her mother,.
-- she is now a
mother. I went to a press conference
that was in Norwegian, so I could
only read the body language, I asked
a question in English, frankly her
in the she's very good. I get the
feeling she is in quite a content
place, the iron lady who was leading
at the moment. When the next chapter
comes, she will be ready for that
and ready to close the door on this.
That's the luxurious position you
are in. She hopes that she wins a
whole host of great medals over the
coming 16 days but even if these
games do not panel out exactly as
she would have liked, she can draw
towards the end of a glittering
career before she focuses on the
next phase of her life. That makes a
quite dangerous and hard to beat
because I didn't get the feeling
from that press conference that she
was coming here feeling that she was
under a massive amount of pressure.
I got the feeling she was relishing
yet another challenge at SS games.
It's such a unique position to be
in, -- at another Olympic Games. She
knows what it is like to be here,
she has won everything, it would be
de-icing on the cake to get a few
more medals. I think she can still
do it and those years of experience
make a difference.
Here is the
transition line. Coming up to the
end of the 7.5 kilometres, the
athlete pile on and you can take as
long as you need to get your classic
skis off and get the skate skis on,
just like the triathlon transition
zone. Every second counts
particularly when you have got
someone like Marit Bjorgen, she took
all the time in the world to switch
skis at the bar champion, but if it
goes wrong for everyone else, they
We will get your
impressions on the transition soon,
but the cameras were focusing their
on Haga, because she is struggling,
she is a fraction off the pace as
they headed towards the transition
area. OK, Posy, do the cross-country
skiers practice transition like the
triathletes do? Their mantra is, you
can never win a race with the
transition but you could cause
Yes, people don't spend
weeks or hours of practice on but
when you have a big event like this
coming up, you make sure you
incorporate it into a session. You
can do and interval session, you can
do an interval in one technique and
change over to another so you
practice doing it out of breath as
well which is important.
In an ideal
world, how long should these
They have already
come past the line at the back
there, they were able to start
skating, also taking their poles. So
they are just ready to unclip the
skis, click into the other skis,
pick the poles up, get out and put
the poles on so they should be in
the box no more ten seconds.
Diggins wearing number three. Now
the second half of the race.
Classical finished for the first 15
or so of these cross-country skiers.
And I wonder how long we will wait
before the big move comes. A shame
for Haga, a little bit of work to do
to try and catch up. Her uncle
represented Norway in cross-country
in 1980. She will have to work to
close the app.
She does tend to be
slightly stronger on the freestyle
skiing that we have moved onto. She
will have to work very hard to get
back up to the front pack. The
danger is that if you work too hard
to get to the front pack, you have
burned all your matches once you get
there and if someone makes a move
from the front group, you have
nothing to go with them. So it's a
One skier we
have not mentioned on the
have not mentioned on the farce
side, but crucially is on the far
side, the Olympic athletes
representing Russia, Nepryaeva. We
can already see a group of seven or
eight beginning to pull away. I
wonder at what stage we might start
to see a big move.
You feel like
once people get into the skate and
you do not have to worry about the
transition any more, like those he
was saying, you stay with the pack,
you get to the transition. -- like
Posy was saying. If you have a
chance against someone like Marit
Bjorgen, you have to go early. It's
the same when you deal with someone
like Chris Froome in cycling, how do
you conquer that, someone who has
seen it all and done everything.
Maybe the best option is to go as
hard as you can. If you see the pit
stop there, roughly 30 seconds,
Marit Bjorgen takes a little bit
longer than most, she feels like she
does not have to worry. As we get
into the skiathlon, people will be
cranking this up. How much does it
matter that you don't have, let's
see R Stena the Swedish coaching --
let's say, Stena Nilsson, how much
do you rely on the coach running
Most of your work is
done now. It's more important in the
time trails, women do ten
kilometres, you go out in 32nd
intervals so you can get more
feedback on how your competitors are
doing, that can be important if you
are just a few seconds behind, you
can work harder. You have the
feedback of people being around you
now. It's thinking about who is in
this group, or I need to do and
where I'm going to work hard.
gap is emerging, a group of nine
with a couple hanging on to the
coat-tails and it looks likely test
starting to get this main pack which
may be our winner will come from.
Yes, the two Swedish athletes, then
three, possibly four from Norway.
Kalla followed by Andersson who is
having a fantastic race. Heidi Weng
is still there and at the moment
Marit Bjorgen is this sixth, but
nothing to read into that, I don't
think. She is still there. At what
stage do you expect a move to come,
if they're going to give themselves
the best possible chance of beating
Look at what's happening
right now, no one wants to make a
move. This place is crawling along.
Really interesting to see this, we
don't tend to see it very often,
normally we see someone like Bjorgen
Heidi Weng going as hard as fossil.
Here she has gone to the front, she
has had enough of this. They were
crawling over the hill and I think
someone will start to make a move
Is it the case of someone
forcing themselves to be brave?
Think so, and some people know they
are not as strong when it comes to
the sprint finishes, and they will
have to push the pace. People like
Teresa Stadlober, she is a good
distance skier, she does not have a
good sprint finish. If she wants to
be near the top, she has to push it
soon. I think some of the Norwegians
will push it, Marit Bjorgen will get
fed up of this playing around and
show us who is boss soon.
excited about Marit Bjorgen from the
point of view that she could create
a piece of history. To reiterate, if
you are joining us, she is leading
the race, she is known as the iron
Lady. She is tied with two other
cross-country skiers as the joint
most decorated female Olympian in
history with ten medals, so at medal
of any colour, even though she wants
the gold, will see her hold the
greatest tag all on her own.
greatest tag all on her own. The
male athletes who has 13 medals from
Norway, he's not competing in this
championship, so Marit Bjorgen, if
she has a great 16 days, could end
up as the greatest male or female
athlete in winter in a big history.
We just saw the Swiss athlete, she
is right up there at the front, she
is an athlete who has not had that
podium success and has been so close
to it and has been saying for a long
time but she is due, Van Siebenthal.
She has now moved onto the front of
this. Is that the brave move that we
talk about that someone has to take?
Absolutely, she is not the one who
has had podium finishes so you would
think she was not so confident but
she knows that she has to break the
pack apart. I think she has made
that move, she's certainly starting
to ramp it up.
Everyone is working
harder. She is a good athlete, Van
Siebenthal, she just missed a medal
last year in the World Championship
last year, and in the under 23
championship three years ago.
Although she has just missed out on
the podiums this year in the World
Cup, she has been pretty consistent.
Four performances in top six. So one
by one beginning to get whittled
down. Von Siebenthal's injection of
pace has just asked some questions
and it's beginning to get
And Von Siebenthal
had a bit of a dress rehearsal last
year, because when she came forth at
the World Championship is, she led
home in a sprint pack of four or
five skiers who were 30 seconds of
the front but she has that
experience of coming home in a
sprint when you have got five skiers
around you. Not for gold but still
replicating that and it gives her
that experience which she might need
in about ten minutes.
every cross-country skier out there
is so hungry for success that he
will fight for fourth place and
seventh place, it's not just the top
few across the line that really
A little bit of a gap opening
up potentially. Back to Jessica
Diggins and perhaps Heidi Weng as
well, Bjorgen now leads with Kalla
in second, Von Siebenthal in third.
And the other Norwegians, wearing
number one and number two, you can
just see Ingvild Oestberg
disappearing on the far left frame,
they need to pay attention. This is
a brutal hill. I have jogged up with
this and it is really very, very
steep indeed. Coming into the
stadium again. This particular hill,
could be the decisive factor in a
lot of the races we're going to
Absolutely, if we are still as
packed as this as in 3.75
parameters, they will be sprinting
of that hill to make a gap before
they get through the last stretch.
And you had to hold back enough. All
of this jockeying for position we
are seeing, you have to think if you
kilometres ahead the whole time,
when will I turn this on? It is a
great mass of unknowns at the
It is quite brave of Von
Siebenthal to go earlier. If she
uses all of her energy potentially
she doesn't have anything left that
if she does not do that and it comes
to the sprint finish, maybe she
can't manage that. What do you do?
Questions being asked of Heidi Weng.
The two leaders in the World Cup
circuit this year, I have noticed
the seven coming in, Kowalczyk,
behind Marit Bjorgen by less than
five seconds in the World
Championships last year. It's
gearing up to be a great last lap!
Marit Bjorgen can taste history here
but there are plenty of women still
in touch wanting to deny her off
this golden opportunity to become
the greatest of all time.
have Stadlober in the pack, and
Heidi Weng off the back as well.
There are five, six or seven people
who have the pedigree to take these
last few kilometres and make it
their own. They are all up against
it. Someone in Marit Bjorgen, who
has done it time and again. The last
two Olympic skiathlons, she has
fended off everybody! It must play
on the minds of the rest of the
pack. What would Marit do, what
should I do now?
She will be hard to
beat if it comes to the final
sprint. She looks comfortable still,
I think she still has something in
the tank. She will be feeling very
confident going into the last lap of
Von Siebenthal, leading
on the right-hand side wearing the
Number 10. Heidi Weng hanging onto
the leading group. Jess Diggins is
still there as well. Charlotte
Kalla, Ebba Andersson, candy
youngster from Sweden upstage her
famous compatriot, Heidi Weng? Five
seconds there, that could be a
significant gap, with Oestberg
leading the second group. It is
about to get interesting, Marit
Bjorgen hasn't had the race all to
herself. There are women here who
can genuinely put her under pressure
in the closing stages. How brave are
they willing to be and how much will
they have two push on that really
steep hill coming into the stadium
at the end of the loop?
Andersson, what a story that would
be for Sweden. It is impossible to
overstate the rivalry between Sweden
and Norway in cross-country skiing.
This is football, three o'clock
Saturday afternoon in Scandinavia
right now. Clear the decks and sit
down, watch this! There is so much.
Charlotte Kalla, moving forward,
Sweden would love to take the
opening medal? They would. They have
never won the combined pursuit, as
it used to be called. Two silver
medals, Charlotte Kalla came in
Von Siebenthal is still in
there. Marit Bjorgen in third. Also
still right alongside the legendary
Norwegian is Christa Palmer Kosky.
In third place, just behind
In third place, just behind her --
Parmakoski. A bold move from
Charlotte Kalla, she can be a Winter
Olympic champion, she's already won
in the ten kilometre race. Can she
do it today?
It is a big move by
Charlotte Kalla. Marit Bjorgen got
stuck behind Von Siebenthal, she
played it badly. Costing her
valuable seconds. Can she make up
the gap? I don't know. She will have
to put her foot down towards the top
of the hill.
These hills are going
to separate out the pack. As I said
before, Charlotte Kalla, the Swedish
fans have said is her time, if she
is to win the gold medal, it is to
be today. The snow is in her favour,
snow underfoot, in terms of what
conditions are like, it plays into
what she likes. There is no dominant
force this season. Charlotte Kalla
with a sizeable gap. There is a long
left in this at all.
will have two Douzable in specialty
pick up the gap. Four seconds on the
group. That could mean an awful lot
here. -- do something special to
pick up the gap.
To resist our job is a classy
performer but Charlotte Kalla has
been brave, racing smart, she has
the race at the moment. That was a
dizzying short! The Swedish fans are
getting excited. The youngster is
still very much in the mix, with
Andersson, momentum with the Swede.
There is Marit Bjorgen. With the
other Swede Andersson behind her. In
fourth place, you have Parmakoski.
As they climb up this hill, if
Charlotte Kalla does this, she is
loved in Sweden. People love her
personality, she is emotional and
says what she thinks. People really
warmed to her in terms of how she
reacts. As she surges uphill, not
only will she potentially win the
gold medal but she could become the
first Swedish woman to become a
three-time Olympic medallist in the
cross-country skiing. She could put
herself out even further as a
national hero, if she takes the gold
They are really working
hard as they go uphill. Last time
there were tactics and play. Taking
it easy but now it is all out 100%.
They put everything on the line. I
don't think Marit Bjorgen has given
up. She won't give up until the end.
If she makes up the gap, and wins
the gold medal, it will surely
confirm her as the greatest female
cross-country skier of all time to
It would be pretty special,
she is no slouch on the ski! It
would be incredible to do. She is an
incredible competitor. I know her
and I know she would give up. She
still believes she can do it, even
if no one else does.
This is getting
tied for second and third. We know
Marit Bjorgen's class, but
Parmakoski of Finland is right
there. Andersson of Sweden is there.
Von Siebenthal hasn't been
completely detached from the Battle
of silver and bronze. Surely with
the gap as it is, if there's a huge
move up that brutal hill coming into
stadium from Marit Bjorgen, this
looks very much as though it could
be a winning lead. 37 years old,
Father Time marching on, she has the
class Berdych she is to close it,
she to do it now. Charlotte Kalla
was brave and bold, she will be
hurting. She will be beginning to
finish this. -- feel this. Marit
Bjorgen is being pushed by the
athlete that occur so close to the
world title last year. Parmakoski,
seven. Andersson, the other young
Swedish athlete in fourth place,
with Von Siebenthal in Number 10.
Marit Bjorgen has to find something
here. She can produce history. Any
medal would make her the greatest
alone of all time. He mentioned her
history with Charlotte Kalla, if she
wins a medal here, she will join
Anya Pearson, the Alpine skier, as
the greatest Swedish individual
medallist with six Winter Olympic
medals. That's the gap... Surely
this is too much? Even for Marit
I think she might have let
it go too much. This is too little,
too late for her. This is phenomenal
skiing by the ladies. I think
Charlotte Kalla has braced the
perfect race today. Parmakoski is
hot on her heels. Marit Bjorgen has
had to work hard for so long to
close the gap to Charlotte Kalla.
still think that she can do it. But
Parmakoski is definitely working
hard to stay on her tales.
see Parmakoski, I do think it shows
that Parmakoski is finding it easy
enough to stay in contention with
Marit Bjorgen, if she could do
something about it by now, surely
Parmakoski couldn't stay as close as
Charlotte Kalla has raced
superbly here. Now, Marit Bjorgen
with a small gap over Parmakoski.
Ebba Andersson out of the medals at
the moment. But this will be a
sweet, sweet moment for position
like Charlotte Kalla. The grimace
will turn to a smile. She is going
to secure the first gold medal of
the 2018 Winter Olympics here in
Pyeongchang! A really big effort
from Parmakoski to try to close down
Marit Bjorgen. There will be history
for the Norwegian today but it isn't
in the position to which she has
grown accustomed... Charlotte Kalla,
Sweden's Golden girl, has delivered
perhaps the performance of her life.
So bold and so brave. It is she who
becomes the skiathlon Winter Olympic
champion. History secure for Marit
Bjorgen. She is right to celebrate
her silver medal. It makes her the
most decorated female Winter
Olympian in history, and she will
have other chances for gold.
Parmakoski did her very best to put
the Norwegian and the Swede under
pressure. She completes the podium
after a silver last year, bronze
this time. Well, Marit Bjorgen has
created headlines and history here
today. So too has Sweden's Charlotte
Kalla. What a race, and what a
Charlotte Kalla has been phenomenal.
We expected this to be a relatively
close race, if not very, very close.
We see skiathlons decided by a
second or less but if you watch
Charlotte Kalla, accelerating away
in the second half of that. It was
the perfect start to her Olympics,
the Sweden's Olympics. Scandinavia
will be going Postal over the event
they had just seen, it was a
It was a perfect race
by Charlotte Kalla. She stayed nice
and comfortable on the classic, it
was very sensible. When it came to
the skate, that has been her
strongest technique. She had a burst
of speed when it counted. I think
she had perfect tactics, a
Interesting to see
that Marit Bjorgen put her arms up
at the finish, perhaps she realises
it was a fine performance and
another great silver medal? Maybe
she realises that actually she
wasn't going to have it all her way
this year. She's done well in the
World Cup series, winning a couple
of races but she has finished off
the podium sometimes as well. I do
think she is pleased with herself a
medal. I don't think it is bitter
disappointment. But elation that she
has another medal.
She's a great
competitor. A real sportswoman. She
will congratulate her competitors in
this race. So many medals in the
bag. Silver is still great.
first gold has been secured. It has
gone to Charlotte Kalla. Her status
as a golden goal in Sweden was
already secured with the gold medals
that she has enjoyed in Vancouver
and in Sochi. But you suspect the
manner of that victory puts the gold
medal at the top of her collection.
We have so many races in cost
crunchy -- cross-country yet to
come. What a superb day for
An incredible race, the first gold
of the games goes to Sweden and
Charlotte Kalla. History made at the
cross-country. The iron Lady Marit
Bjorgen is officially the most
decorated Winter female, female
Winter Olympian of all time.
Winter Olympian of all time. Quite
incredible. We are now leaving the
mountain cluster and we are heading
to the coastal cluster, taking a
visit to the grand dog ice Hockey
Centre, where all of the women's
hockey is taking place. The first
match is underway, Japan play
Sweden. In the first quarter, let's
catch up with all of the action.
Joining it live with our commentary
team Ken Simpson and Steph Bennett.
COMMENTATOR: Good points from the
youngster as another long-range
effort goes towards the goal...
Ripping one, top shelf! Short
side... Fujimoto beaten. Sweden
What do you do? Short
side upstairs, what a shot! Passing
Fujimoto, right under the crossbar.
Fujimoto thinks she has the post
covered. It goes right under.
She could be one of those energy
players throughout this tournament.
Leading rests won 1-0. Japan have
pushed back in the last couple of
minutes. They are creating and they
may have a chance as they break into
the zone. The shooting opportunity
goes wide. Japan create the turnover
again. They are giving Sweden a run
for their money. The shot was
blocked in front. It should be
cleared. The Swedish captain. She
will get help.
Japan continue to work hard. They
are creating. Sweden were resolute
defensively. They can break away
with speed. Almost over the line.
Japan will try and clear this away.
Now they have space to clear.
get the feeling that Japan needs to
capitalise on one of their
opportunities. Boy, they have had
some wonderful ones in the last few
minutes of play, point-blank
opportunities. Those opportunities
will not keep coming unless they
find the back of the net.
taken away. Looking for help on the
blue line. She will get it. That is
very close to a bodycheck on the
boards. It is one of the differences
in the rules between the men's and
the women's game. You're not allowed
to make bodychecked but you can make
body contact. You will see them
crashing to each other every once in
awhile but it is when the referee
judges are made -- they have made
ahead, that is where they will get
the penalty. This is the
opportunity. Looking for the
wraparound. This could be the
opportunity. A good save again by
the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper just
seems to be doing enough right now.
The Swedish defence are doing a
wonderful job taking away the second
and third opportunities. Japan are
getting the shots, and the rebound
is sitting there but Japan cannot
seem to get it.
The shooting chance
from the goal-tender from Japan.
from the goal-tender from Japan. --
saved by the goal-tender from Japan.
They have it back in their own zone.
Sweden seem to be on the back foot
for the moment. Trying to work
something deep in the zone.
She has helped from the captain. It
is brought away.
is brought away. Two players check
one another. They are both Swedish,
though. It was almost the perfect
play. Another opportunity, Japan
moving the puck. It goes all the way
across the crease. In the end it was
neither a short nor a pass but it
only needed a little deflection.
That seems to be the theme of the
last ten minutes of play. It has
been all Japan.
This is a problem.
Sweden, against the run of play.
They have it. She cannot find her
defensive partner and they will have
to retreat because everybody was
offside. They do just that. So
impressive, the way Japan have
fought hard in this game.
like their speed, the way they are
flying. They have their legs under
them, but they are moving the plot
quickly. We are not seeing long 50
foot passes, we are seeing ten feet
passes, and did close support all
over the ice.
They just need to be
clinical in the final third of the
ice. The question is, will they be
able to do that? That is strong
play. Sweden are the much bigger,
more physical team. Right now, they
cannot clear their own zone. It does
not matter, they are causing their
Two minutes and 21
seconds in, Sweden took the lead and
since then it has been all Japan. I
think the Japan team has caught the
eye of the Sweden team. There will
be comments in the first intimation
from the coach, saying, it is time,
Two great opportunities.
It has been unfortunate that Sweden
were not able to clear that. If it
comes off your skate it can go
anywhere, but two great chances. She
does not get enough of this.
cannot be in a better position to
shoot. You are about six feet from
the keeper. It is just rolling a
little bit, it looks like it rolls
off her stake and away the side. --
Good defensive play, but
Japan keep working so hard in the
offensive zone to get the turnovers
and rebounds. Maybe we would not
have expected the Swedish goalkeeper
to be the busier of the two, but she
certainly has been. Make no mistakes
about it, Sweden would have come
into this game expecting to win
handsomely. Now they will have a
chance to break into the zone.
Good possession. Sweden can relieve
the pressure. Careless, sloppy play.
They are forced back into their own
The shot on the angle goes well wide
of the target. It was a bad shot. It
did not give any opportunity for
anything other than the one shot.
No, when you're coming down the wing
and you're going to take a shark,
angled shot, you have to hit the
net. If you do not, you're helping
the other team break-out. Case in
point. That shot misses and was all
the way around the boards outside
the blue line and gives Japan a
little sigh of relief.
Sweden will take this one into the
zone. That sounded like a
bodychecked. The referee has decided
it was just a collision. Japan have
got to be careful, having fought so
hard for much of this period. They
cannot afford to take a penalty or
concede another goal at this point.
At the very least, they deserve to
go in trailing by one. Maybe they
have other ideas as they break into
the offensive zone. That shot was
never going to cause major problems.
It is never a bad idea to put the
puck on the net, especially late in
the period, you want to keep it in
the offensive zone. Perhaps there is
a rebound for the taking.
to come away from it. Into the body
it goes. You just feel, when Japan
break into the zone, they are not
going to score from the first
opportunity on the Swedish
goalkeeper. This is such a good
opportunity. The shot through the
screen, but no problem for the
You're right. It was a
nice play, using the screen,
shooting, but not enough on the
shot, and right into the body of the
keeper for an easy start.
Japan again, another shot that does
not make its way through. It is
blocked in front. She clears. Japan
will look to go again. They have it.
The Paz goes all the way across the
zone. Sweden are allowed to
intercept. That should have been a
hand past. -- pass. It should have
been neutralised. It was not given.
The long outlet Paz goes all the way
down the ice. With 53 seconds
down the ice. With 53 seconds to go,
the teams are separated by one goal.
This is a superstar of women's
cocky, in her fourth Olympic Games,
but so far she has been very quiet,
and that is largely down to the play
The Japanese head coach
has got to be happy with what he is
seen from his club, is specially in
the last 15 minutes of play.
shot and save. We have a break at
the other end. Sweden, so close.
Second chance. Cleared on the line.
Now the breakaway. Two golden
opportunities. Japan come back the
other way. This is some game. What
an opening period to this
tournament. Another long-range shot
goes wide. There are still may be
time for one last opportunity.
Sweden through this one down the
ice. The long outlet Paz. Japan,
seven seconds. Probably not enough
to get another shot on goal. This
could be a chance. Good defensive
play in the end.
What a first
period. What an opportunity late in
the period. You can see the
defenceman, she blocked the shot.
That set up the breakaway. She
missed the first shot but had
wonderful presence of mind to shoot
back towards the net. She got behind
the goalkeeper and sat in the
crease, but Tim Japan was able to
beat them to it.
Without a doubt
they will be the happier of the
teams that the end of the period.
The players having to put on there
are skate guards as they wander
back. They do not want to blunt the
blades as they wander back. Back to
the locker room. You can see one
player hobbling, wincing with pain.
She felt the full effect of that
one. In Game one of the tournament,
the last thing you need is a stinger
like that. Over the next 24 hours
that will only hurt more and get
more swollen. The ice will be
resurfaced. I think Sweden will
reflect on a period which could have
gone better. Japan will feel great
despite the fact the trail in the
opening game of the tournament, 1-0.
Sweden with the slender lead at the
end of the first quarter. We will be
back for the second quarter but
before that, let's head back to the
cross country. Tomorrow it is the
main's skiathlon and it features
Great Britain's Andrew Musgrave, in
his third Olympics. He has his
sights set on a medal. Graham Bell
went to meet him before it all kicks
Pyeongchang, your third Winter
Olympics. What have you learned from
Vancouver and Sochi?
When I went to
Vancouver I was pretty young, still
a junior, not that experienced. I
was definitely going to find out
what the Olympics was like. Sochi, I
went there and I did slightly
underperformed compared to what I
thought I should be able to do, but
I have learned a lot, especially
after Sochi. Peak form, how to deal
with pressure, things like that. A
lot more experience going into this
Games than last time.
You on the
Norwegian Championships ahead of
Sochi, and that got you lots of
press coverage. Did that put extra
pressure on you ahead of Sochi?
was a little affected by it, I
trained too hard, I did too much in
the lead up. I did not do what I
normally do. I let things go to my
head. That is one of the things I
In place to make you
said you skied later tranquillised
Why badger? It is a very
good question. I do not think I was
going to be one of the favourites
for a medal, but I should have done
The guy you beat a few weeks
before won the gold.
Toogood on the
What a spectacle. He did. I
outperformed myself on that day. If
I had done the same in the Olympics
I could have been in the fight for
the medals, but now I feel I should
be able to be at that level without
having to have a super exceptional
What do the British team have
that gives them an advantage say, or
the Norwegians, the Swedes or the
What gives you the edge?
The fact that we are a small team.
Sometimes it is a disadvantage, but
it can be an advantage. We look at
things differently, we have come
from a different background but the
big teams do the same things they
have always done. They have this big
structure that is hard to change.
can think of the things that we can
do differently that may work that
they have never thought of trying.
Looking good for Pyeongchang. Which
discipline, which event are you
The 15 kilometres is my main event
and the 30 kilometres, that is a
combination of classic for the first
15 and then skating which is good
for me as well. We finish in my best
style. So those races I am really
So what are your hopes
and expectations from Pyeongchang.
was forth at the World Championship
last year and I feel but I am a
better skier at this year. So this
year I think it is realistic for me
to be fighting for a medal in 30 and
15 K. So that is the goal.
For the Skiathlon it is getting
underway tomorrow morning at a
quarter past six. We will bring you
that live right here on BBC Two.
From the Huntly Nordic Centre to
potential Olympic medallist, what a
journey it could be for Andrew
Musgrave. But we already had some
medals from the cross-country. The
headline act has been the Norwegian
Marat Bergsson, the most decorated
female Winter Olympian of all time,
taking silver and taking her tally
to an incredible 11 Olympic medals.
Charlotte Kalla of Sweden took the
first gold medal of the Games. Well
disappointment for the GB trio in
Slopestyle. They all failed to make
it through to the final tomorrow.
Max Parrot was the top qualifier.
Well you might have heard is
mentioning that it is a little bit
cold here at Pyeongchang! Actually
it is not so bad today, I believe
the current temperature only around
-9 in the wind chill. I only have
five layers of clothing right now,
believe me that is an improvement.
So we went out to check out the cold
weather is going to affect Team GB
and these Winter Olympics.
Jung Chang is situated in the
mountains 700 metres above sea level
and the locals claim it is perfect
for healthy living. But alongside
that is the weather. The very, very
The Pyeongchang area is the coldest
place in Korea. Because of the
mountainous area. The average
February temperature is around -11
It really is cold. Take a
look at this. I know it is supposed
to be cold, it is the Winter
Olympics, but the coldest on record
was in Lily hammer in 1994 and that
year it went as low as -11 degrees.
So if temperature stayed this low
could that affect the 2018 Winter
We continue to ask the
operators at which temperature it
would be impossible to operate the
They say it depends on the
situation. And that situation is
largely determined by the amount of
time that the athlete spends outside
in the freezing climate. For an
Alpine racer it is less than two
minutes. But a cross country skier
more like two hours. Whatever the
amount of time, a crucial element is
the kit that they wear it to cope
with the frosty conditions. With
around 60 Team GB athletes
travelling out here that is a lot of
sports and a lot of kit.
ago we had shorts and flip-flops in
Sochi. So quite a shift. Great to be
part of the Olympic Winter Games in
which it is actually cold. We all
have about 100 items of kit. Each
sport has their own and we have
village where as well. The goose
down jackets, scarf and gloves, hand
Do you think the cold could
help or hinder Team GB?
cross-country is a great example,
the preparations that they have done
in the background is ideal. So they
have a great time out on the track.
So we are in great shape to cope
with this to the benefit of Team GB.
So for the first time ever I'm going
to hope it stays cold!
Will the build-up to the Games has
been more difficult than usual. The
North Korean, South Korean
neighbours in the north and the fate
of the Russian athletes have
dominated the build-up to these
Games. Matthew Pinsent has been out
to assess Games caught up in
Every edition of the Olympic Games
is going to have its challenges. But
it seems as if Pyeongchang is taking
it to a whole new level. 50 miles
across those hills is North Korea.
And let's be honest, relations with
them recently have been absolutely
appalling. But in the last few weeks
North Korea announced that they were
sent a delegation to the Winter
Games to compete. So are we on the
eve of some chorion goodwill?
been doing courier for 30 years and
I cannot recall when the situation
was as dangerous as the last year.
The tension between South and is
becoming more sophisticated and a
little bit dangerous. Especially for
our side of the Korean peninsula.
All this reconciliation is not going
to last for long. Because the United
States would be deadly opposing any
kind of economic interaction between
North and South.
Still the Korean
citizens have the same history and
we are one unit, one people and one
nation. So we are rooting for both
Korea and North. Hopes in
Korea itself may be high but in the
rest of the world including the UK
questions remained about attending
the Games at all.
We feel it is
better to come rather than boycott
or not turn up. It is the athletes,
they do not choose, it is the
pinnacle of their career and they
want to be here. It is up to us to
do our utmost as long as we can
guarantee their safety.
problem the Olympic authorities have
to deal with is that of Russia and
they doping. This began back of the
last Winter Olympics. In Sochi in
2014. But just recently it has come
to a head.
Russia has been banned
from competing at the Olympics in
South Korea following an
investigation into allegations of
The Court of
Arbitration for Sport has upheld an
appeal is in the last few days from
28 of those banned Russian athletes.
Which leaves a lot more questions.
And the only person who can answer
them is the president of the IOC,
Can you go into any
Do you have any regrets
about the intervening four years and
the way the IOC has handled this?
No, we issued the toughest sanctions
which we can issue on a national
Olympic committee. This is the
exclusion from the Olympic Games.
But the IOC did clear 169 athletes,
who they judged to be drug-free.
They compete under Olympic flag with
neutral kit and no Russian anthem if
We gave a new young
generation of Russian athletes the
opportunity to be invited to show
the Russians that it pays off to be
In one final chapter to the
Russians trying to get to
Pyeongchang, a further 32 athletes
this week challenge their ban from
December. But just hours ahead of
the opening ceremony, their appeals
were dismissed. Stating that the IOC
were within their rights to block
them. No one is naive enough to
think the Winter Olympics will solve
all the sporting or political
problems of the world. But with
world-class event is about to begin,
hopefully we can all take a 17 day
break from them.
Well the Korean
women's hockey team are in action
today, that is on the Red Button at
12:45pm. But heading back to the ice
now for the second period of Japan
now for the second period of Japan
Swedish fans, some may be smiling
but it is the Japanese fans who will
feel better about their performance.
I think many of the Koreans in the
building are supporting the
Europeans. You suspect they could
have been a little rocket in that
locker room going in the direction
of the Swedish team. They were not
great in the first period. I'm sure
at the head coach had a few words
for his team. What a wonderful start
for Sweden, just a couple of minutes
in getting on the board. Maybe that
was the worst thing to get that
early goal and then they think it is
going to be an easy game the rest of
the way. But Japan responded in a
big way. They went to the power
play, not able to convert but I
think that was the difference. Just
stemming the flow of the game was up
from there we have Japan using their
speed and they had a lot of
wonderful opportunities. But I tell
you what, scoring chances, they were
even more in favour of Japan. There
is Fanny Rask, the goal scorer
there. Great goal from Fanny Rask,
she really can cause some problems.
Somebody who plays in the Swedish
women's league. Could Fujimoto have
done anything about that? I really
do not think so.
do not think so. So period number
two, Japan with the white and red
jerseys. They will want to build on
that great work of the second half
of the first session. And they will
try to find their way back into this
game. Japan now in the offensive
zone. Going back to the blue line
and following a similar theme, this
first 30 seconds or so.
first 30 seconds or so. Osawa
opening things up and a chance
there. Quite a weak shot, not having
the power to cause big problems. And
Sweden looking to go forward now.
Japan have to go back. That is the
fourth opportunity Japan have had
from that high slot area. Really
findings open ice. But just not able
to get quality shots from that area.
Intercepted. Chasing into the
corner. Japan trying to create in
the offensive zone.
the offensive zone. Japan Sea is go
back to the other end and they can
Going back to Sochi
four years ago,. Smile Japan was the
nickname, very easy-going, the team
having a lot of fun. A lot of the
fans smitten by them but
unfortunately they did not win a
single game in the tournament. And
they left a little bit ashamed. And
now they're looking for redemption
in South Korea.
Another blocked shot
from Sweden. The fifth or sixth of
the game so far. It just tells you
Japan have created a lot. That is a
bad turnover. Now the opportunity to
push this one.
Fujimoto out to play it. That was a
bit sloppy from Japan.
bit sloppy from Japan. Stripped
again. And in now, and Sweden
starting to build momentum. Just
causing some turnovers and they do
exactly the same thing again.
Pernilla Winnberg across the line.
Wide of the target. Away they go
again. Japan clearing all the way
down the ice and Sweden going back
to play this one.
Well Japan cannot
be afraid to do just that, dump it
down. Just get it out of your own
zone if you feel under pressure.
Pressure coming. Sweden probably
have had their best shift in ten
minutes. Japan can relieve a bit of
pressure finally. They can break
with a little bit of speed as well.
And it is Fanny Rask the goal scorer
trying to clear away from her own
end. Needed 34 bytes of that cherry.
-- three or four.
-- three or four. The foot movement
has been exceptionally good through
Johannson echoes cause Sweden so
many problems. Another shot is
blocked again by Fanny Rask. Japan
are cranking on the pressure.
shot goes wide of the target. This
is new for Sweden. In your wildest
dreams they did not expect to be
hemmed in by Tim Japan. They need to
find a little relief in racing the
puck. The story of the game so far
is all this wonderful work from
Japan, but not resulting in any
scoring opportunities. We see
another block from Fanny Rask.
another block from Fanny Rask.
was Grahm made the save.
was Grahm made the save. It is end
over end. It is causing problems.
Yoneyama. More good work to keep
possession going. Japan are creating
everything they possibly can. Have
they got to be on collision -- the
one clinician who can find the
Finnish? That is a question mark. Do
they have enough goals. If they take
one of these chances, what does it
do to the mentality of Sweden?
Japan bench now they can play with
Sweden. They have proved that. There
are no doubters on the Japan bench,
but they need a goal-scorer, someone
who can even imagine bring them back
One player who could do
that is Kubo. She is on the ice now.
It will be the like of Fallman that
is concerned at this stage.
plays in Sweden. Good to see Fallman
back on the ice. We saw in a great
deal of pain, limping. She blocked
the shot that led to the breakaway
It is good to see her
back. They shot into the body. The
set play from the face-off. Almost
on cue, Kubo almost pulled the
What a wonderful face-off.
Kubo, a little of the circle. Ready
for it, and the puck went right onto
her forehand. She stopped it for
half a second, and then moved it on
in a hurry.
Grahn with a nice save.
She had five goals in qualifying,
Kubo, so she is maybe the one that
Japan will be looking to. She
actually had a break from ice
hockey. She got very frustrated and
decided she wanted to do other
things. Eventually there was the
lure of playing in an Olympic Games.
We have a two on one. It was a good
save by Fujimoto. Everybody in the
building was playing the pass apart
from Fujimoto. She was looking for
the past, up until the last second,
Pernilla Winberg, the
veteran, legendary hockey player in
Sweden. Perhaps a little bit of
indecision. She was thinking about
the pass. At the last moment, she
decided to shoot. She did not put
that were she wanted to. Fujimoto
made the same.
So, penalty against
Japan and the first opportunity to
have a look at that power play.
Let's have a look at it. It feels
like a soft call. There is Winberg,
or indeed to make on one. Could she
have gone wider?
Possibly. She tried
to end up going short side. The
glove of Fujimoto turned it aside.
That penalty will see Kubo in the
box and it will seize Sweden with
the one played advantage for two
minutes. -- will see Sweden. They
will try to make things happen in
the offensive zone. That is why
Winberg is out on the ice. Good
save. Fujimoto denies Emma Nordin.
It was a great pass by Winberg. This
is where Japan may struggle. Kicked
aside. Once again, it was a good
power play. The face-off will be in
Winberg is pulling the
strings. When she moves the puck she
puts real speed on it. What vision
to hate Nordin in stride. Coming
across the blue line. Fujimoto with
the save. A good job by Japan to
clear the rebound into the corner
for no further harm.
for no further harm.
Sweden will try
and work the outside. Japan get
clean again. We spoke early on about
the 17-year-old defender, Nylen
Persson. We wondered how much time
she would get but now look at her,
quarterbacking the power play. 17
years of age. Sweden are trying to
get something. It will be Nylen
Persson who will go all the way back
to our own zone. 30 seconds
remaining with the one played
advantage. Sweden sent this in.
Japan will try and clean again.
Eventually it is sent towards the
net. A big deflection against the
defender. That did not cause too
many problems by Fujimoto. -- four
Fujimoto. They have done some good
penalty killing. That was good
defending by Yoneyama, deep in her
own zone. Now they can lead to
build. Sweden lead by one goal.
Japan will feel somewhat
unfortunate. Kubo gets a stake on
that. Japan have had more than
enough chances to be level. -- a
stick on that. Japan, under
pressure. A good turnover in the
offensive zone. The physical
presence from the Swedish line could
be the difference maker.
be the difference maker. They
scored, the combination of Rask,
Kuller, Anton Karlsson.
able to control the pace of the play
Japan growing in
confidence in this game. They have a
chance to move away, into the
offensive zone. That was really good
work by Taka.
work by Taka. Working hard in that
corner. Now an opportunity to skate.
These are one of chances for Sweden,
they are not getting sustained
pressure. That was nearly tipped out
in front. It should not have cause
They say it is never a
bad play to put the puck on the net.
But you're right, we are seeing lots
of shots from far out from Sweden
and no rebound to speak of.
Japan, under some pressure in their
own zone. This is probably Sweden's
best shift since the power play. The
shot will come from range. It is not
pipped on the way through. Again
they will battle their way through.
Stenberg was outmuscled in the end.
It needed two players. It will be
clear down the ice. This is a long
shift for the Japanese five. You do
wonder if the fatigue will start to
cause a problem. That is a mistake.
It could have been offside.
given. This is too bad. This is not
offside. The Swedish player put the
puck back into her own zone. Even
though Osawa was ahead, it Sweden
puts it back into their own zone, it
should not be blown by the lines
That is a break for Sweden.
Everything from Sweden has been
tight, Donal, into the net. They
could do with creating something
further away from the neck, to give
That is a nice
drive from Olsson. But it is one and
done, the shot, and then cleared
away into the corner by Japan. That
was a nice job by Fujimoto, is
stealing the puck out of harm's way.
It is a little bit take and hold
from Sweden. They are not playing
with the confidence that they can
move the puck around and create a
Early on, a
couple of minutes into this game,
the line of Fanny Rask,
the line of Fanny Rask, Kuller Anton
Karlsson, they thought it was going
to be like that in every attack. Now
there is a whole team on the Japan
side that thought, we can play
against teams Sweden.
Two in this
group go through to the
quarterfinals. You would suspect
that all three of the teams will be
the Korean team, the lowest seeded
team, and they are in a state of
flux with the arrivals of players
from North Korea as well. Nobody
knows what to expect from them other
than they are unlikely to win a
game. Then it comes to the
head-to-head results and it means
you need to get something out of one
of the other games.
That is why the
first game is so massive. If you can
take your team into overtime and get
that bonus point, you never know. If
you can take care of South Korea,
and we do not want any team getting
past other teams, you can take care
of the game you are supposed to win,
and you can salvage a point in
another one, you could be moving on
to the quarterfinals.
help from Hjalmarsson. That is where
the puck goes. She cannot handle it.
That was against Ono. It was a great
forecheck from Tim Japan to cause
the turnover. That was an
opportunity lost. Ono had the puck
on her stick and she could not pull
Great play offensively.
Osawa gets it behind the back of the
net. She is getting some help from
Yoneyama. Sweden unable to clear.
The shot comes in. Another attempt
on goal. Emma Nordin getting in the
way. Sweden, anywhere will do for
them right now. That was immense
from Japan. Now Sweden will try and
have a go. Japan, much smaller in
stature. They are winning the battle
on the boards and in the middle of
the ice. Can they find that
finishing touch, to one of these
Ono. It is a really long shift out
there for Ono. She was on the
offence for 45 seconds and now she
is hemmed in her own zone for 30.
Explain what that is like. There are
four macro lens for the players,
four units of five on each team. The
expectation is you're going to play
Typically that is the
average length of the ship, you're
out there for 40 seconds. When you
come off, you're tired. When you're
down low, like this threesome in the
offensive zone, if the puck comes
back and you're in your defensive
area, you cannot go for a line
change because it will leave an
opportunity for Sweden to get the
chance. They've got to come back
into their own zone. You can see 27,
Ono, that was about a minute and 15
seconds. When you go back on the
bench it takes the a few shifts to
get your breath back. You do not
want the lactic acid to build up.
is very much a sprint sport, the
equivalent of running 400 metres
every time you go out there. It is
that kind of energy you would be
And Robbie, you're moving
quake, you're getting a break and
then you're right back at it.
are leading 1- nil in this opening
Japan deserved a little more than
the scoreline weeds, they've played
so well. Sweden potentially our
medal contenders. They took bronze
medal four years ago. You feel if
anyone is going to break into the
big two, USA and Canada, it will
between Switzerland, Finland and
Sweden will have to bring a
bit more than they are showing here
if they want to break into that top
two or even top three. They have
been forced in the last two
Olympics. Open for a better result
here of course.
Sweden will create
this all the way down the ice. This
is a chance. Great block out in
front. Right in the body. That will
really hurt Suzuki. Japan coming all
the way back the other way, putting
their bodies on the line and doing
everything they need to do in this
game. Some great skating.
game. Some great skating.
love this play from team Japan. A
huge block at one end from Suzaki.
Three on one. She is getting to.
Coming right back and the other way.
And a sucker has a wonderful chance
for the long range.
You do not get a lot of protection
in the rib area.
Exactly right. You
have shoulder pads but just come
down above the abdominal area. You
can see Suzuki holding on to the
side ribs. But she will tough it out
and do everything she can to get
back out there.
back out there.
Smile Japan looking
a lot happier than the Swedish
Rally. Even with the chance to be on
the big screen not quite enough for
them to be jumping up and down and
partying. That tells you the way the
play has gone. Just a bit too tight.
Another opportunity, set play. We
have seen this a couple of times.
Japan again building this, quick
turnover. This could be a real
danger. Ian Hansen chasing after it.
Now some speed the other way, a bit
of anger there. You may have just
caught that in the corner of your
Well how about the play from
Taka, leading Ford Japan going in
the other direction.
the other direction.
possession again. They will keep
putting the pressure on Sweden.
Creating another turnover. All three
players just overload on one of the
ice. This could be a real danger.
Sweden have it in front but no one
able to force it home. Pernilla
Winberg crossing wires.
Winberg crossing wires. Into the
zone it comes. The shot goes high
and over the top.
One thing Japan do
very well, running around a little
bit but they do not panic.
are precise in their passing. Japan
again with another opportunity on
the goal. Just forcing all the way.
The captain Osawa. Deflecting, so
much time and space out there. And
now a chance again for Japan. Going
wide again. Japan are all over
Sweden right now. Another shot,
higher this time. Sweden exhausted
out there. Another opportunity,
deflected through. Sara Grahn unable
to take advantage. This is
outstanding from Japan. The path to
the side of the net does not find
its destination. The captain behind
her own net, backhand shot and good
save again from Sara Grahn. Sweden
all over the place. Japan have
scored! Side of the net. Sweden, the
masters of their own downfall.
masters of their own downfall. The
Japanese fans brought to their feet.
Nothing less than may have deserved
in this game.
in this game.
You could see this
coming, what an
coming, what an effort and Japan
just staying with it. Able to jump
on that with the backend. If that
had been about two minutes of action
in Sweden zone. And you can see
those salutes as they bowed to each
other. It was too much for team
Sweden, they had nowhere to turn.
Every time they looked up there was
off-white jersey in their face. What
an effort from team Japan and they
are rewarded with that huge goal.
was outstanding from Japan,
absolutely outstanding. They must
make sure now they do not concede a
cheap one. The shot dealt with.
Missed. Japan try to clear their
zone away, they do not manage it. A
big response from Sweden. Good
presence of mind.
presence of mind. The captain Osawa
gets it across. Japan in deep again.
And winding back just a few moments
ago, clear possession behind the net
and the chance just stolen.
and the chance just stolen. Metallic
sound is that went past the net.
Another opportunity for Sweden as
they continue to push in the
offensive zone. The shot comes in,
no deflection. Sweden have reacted
well to conceding.
Almost a sobering
moment giving up that goal to even
up the game. And a wonderful
response from Sweden.
response from Sweden. They have
looked a bit out of it the entire
The atmosphere is
building. Everyone chanting, it
almost touched home. Just in front
of the net. There is nobody there.
The Japanese/ line change with just
over a minute remaining. It has been
an enthralling game.
Let's watch that goal again. Just
too much work. Two Swedish players
standing there in front of Sara
Grahn. But it comes to the side. And
great presence of mind to jump out
from and put it past the net minder.
A sharp angled shot and another good
Amazing what a goal can do if
your confidence. And this is a hard
shot but she lets go. Right back,
winning races to the puck. Her eyes
following at the whole way.
Different reaction from the Japan
A great opportunity.
Hosoyamada seeing that taken away
Team Japan has been
wonderful in finding those open
areas in the offensive zone and
jumping past defenders. That is what
Hosoyamada is doing here, and a
beautiful pass. Right on her stick.
And Sara Grahn continuing to be busy
here this afternoon.
Japan are ninth
in the world rankings. But tipping
those rankings around right now.
Only eight teams invited to the
women's competition. And Japan had
to qualified to go through. Coria
arrived as tournament hosts.
under 30 seconds left. You need to
make sure to get into the dressing
room tied up.
Japan will try to tidy this one
away. An opportunity to use that
speed to create one last chance.
With just four seconds to go. They
go wide. Fujimoto has to make the
save. What a period that was. Japan
with the only goal. Fujimoto with
very little to do. At the other end
it was Sara Grahn who had to make
them more quality saves. And Sweden
finding themselves pegged back. It
is Fujimoto and Japan who fight
back. All level at the end of the
second period with 20 minutes to go.
Potentially there is overtime and
potentially after that there may be
penalty shots. But at the end of 40
minutes we are tied at one goal
minutes we are tied at one goal
Well finally poised in that match
and we will head back for the third
period. But while we have a bit of a
break as you can see it is night
falling behind me here in
Pyeongchang. Earlier this morning we
had the men's snowboard Slopestyle
heats. Taking a quick look back,
three British athletes in
contention. Including Jamie
Nicholls. Well we can find out how
they got on.
Nicholls. Well we can find out how
they got on.
Here we go.
This will be the
benchmark right here. Smiles all
round, Marcus Kleveland. He burst
onto the scene aged 11 or 12.
Rumours of this kid who could do
doubles as 11 but he was one of the
first to do a triple 13.
first to do a triple 13.
another different line. That might
have been a little mistake. But this
kid can roll with the punches. Into
the first of the jumps. Huge
How did he stop that
Now this is the Marcus
Kleveland we know. He had so much
time to spare. Finished the full
spins and still three or four feet
in the air.
83.71, we have a new
leader. Carlos Garcia night. The
20-year-old Kiwi. From Christchurch
in New Zealand. Switch up on the
Huge gap, looked like he lost
a bit of control. Very technical,
the judges will like to see that.
Front side double Cork ten. Roast
beef grab through the legs. Lovely,
this is looking really good.
this is looking really good. Three
and a half rotations. He is happy
with that and so he should be.
a solid run. We saw him warming that
up in practice yesterday and it is a
very solid run. The rails I think
might be a tiny bit light. Moving
into second place just behind Marcus
Jamie Nicholls, the first Briton.
There are three. Really nice. 271.
270. He made that look easy. Very
nice, the switch 181.
Tucked in for
speed. The best real section we have
seen so far. Frontside ten. His
adrenaline will be peaking at the
moment. Backside 1260. It is looking
good for Jamie Nicholls.
good for Jamie Nicholls. Just in cab
Very nice. Very smart. The
score on the board. He can open up
on the last jump if he wants to.
Let's look at the real section. The
100 naked. The 50-50 when you line
up the board parallel with the rail.
Then the clock.
Then the clock. -- the tuck. That is
lower than I thought we were going
to see. No surprises to see who is
Settle yourselves. Jamie Nicholls,
currently in seventh, just outside
the top six qualifying spot. He
needs this run. Hamish Macdonell it
seen him off, the head coach of the
The boy from Bradford,
the goofy-footed rider, coming into
the first jump. He needs the grab on
that. 270, 270. Making it look so
easy. 181, 360.
Into the saddle.
Muscle memory starting to kick in
for Jamie Nicholls. He comes into
needs to put this town.
was huge. He had seen everyone else
coming up short.
He sensed it. He
I am going to dwell on
this point. We are not going to get
another chance having not seen him
I genuinely think he has
been robbed. I think he has been
robbed. If you could bottle
disappointment, it would look like
that. What a shame.
confirmation of the result. The top
six will qualify directly for the
I was gutted to see 71, genuinely
gutted. I felt like I was clean
through the rails. I was doing
something different from everyone
else on the housing and the third
section. 71, I was not happy with.
The man who has the most interesting
story and snowboarding preparing for
this. Two career ending injuries he
has come back from in the last two
years, consecutively, and he is back
in an Olympic final.
relatively safe through the rail
section, 271, 270. That is a big gap
to get to the Darren Barr.
it beautifully, square between his
bindings. Switch backside.
made it look like a 1080.
on the landing. Going upside down
twice through that. Into the third
and final jump.
and final jump. Backside treble
clock. He absolutely nailed it.
clock. He absolutely nailed it.
little knowing smile from Mark
McMorris. This kid is the real deal.
Redmond Gerard, out of Colorado. He
was born in Cleveland, Ohio. One of
seven kids, he is the sixth. They
moved to Denver and he has grown up
snowboarding. Gerard going in with a
similar line to Jamie Nicholls.
Nice. The first person we have seen
up and over the goal posts. 50-50,
riding the whole thing. So are to
stay on the rails.
Side 360 Mellon
grant. He needs to pick up the
speed. He is a slight little thing
and he might struggle with speed on
It is purely a case of
inertia for Gerard. Switch backside.
A massive double.
Well held. Your
trajectory coming into the landing,
you're dropping much faster.
How did he get that
around? I thought he was going to
land on his head. Phenomenal. He
landed with his head between his
Phenomenal strength to stand
up from mad.
-- from that. We are
joined in the box by Jamie Nicholls.
I am happy to say. Mark McMorris,
the first place qualified at the
moment. The most dominant rider of
the last eight years in slopestyle.
He is the consummate rider. Yes,
every time he lands. That is why in
first place right now.
first place right now.
270. On the
rail. Now backside 360, locking in
Landing boards like, you
have a foot each way. He is so
50-50. Backside 1260.
perfect. The landing was like laying
down an appeal. Look out easy these
The ground came up to
meet him. He did not have to do a
thing. He waited for the Earth to
rise to his McMorris.
rise to his McMorris. -- to his
feet. Mark McMorris. He made that
look deceptively easy. Max Parrot,
currently in second place. Known as
a big air rider who has struggled to
keep pace in the rails. Lots of
people thought he would struggle in
this enormous rails setup.
them all wrong.
That is so hard.
270, so high and the risk of
catching your snowboard on it.
wants to qualify first. Does he?
He definitely wants to. He has
lots of work to do to overhaul
McMorris. Backside Rodionova scrap.
I really like that.
He could go
front treble. He is going to go big.
No, front-end. Something big.
Backside treble. Playing it safe.
When you're talking about Parrot,
yes, it is playing it safe.
picture. The fantastic moustache.
The second run. Come on. He had all
the ingredients in the first run. He
had to make it into the finals. It
is a question of putting it all
The big 271, 270. Very
clean, fast through the top section.
It is light years dabbling.
onto that double really nicely. He
made sure he had plenty of the rail.
Judged his speed really well. Here
we go, a cab treble.
He knew he was
not going to get it rained. No. The
disappointment tells. It was his big
He knew all along it would be
a question of getting the size out
of these jumps. Helix gutted. The
journey has been how hard he worked
to get back from his knee injury.
OK, so confirmation of the result in
the second qualification heat.
You can see the qualifiers for the
That final gets under way tomorrow
at one o'clock in the morning on BBC
One. No British involvement, but
those three boys will all go again
in the big air in a few days' time.
There will be more slopestyle action
tomorrow. Aimee Fuller going for
Team GB in the women's heats. For
now, let's get back to the ice
hockey and join Japan and Sweden. It
is 1-1 in the third period.
Victory could send one of these
teams on their way. For Japan, what
an amazing leap forward.
They have never won an Olympic
match, Japan. This could be their
chance. Fanny Rask opened the
scoring. The reply was pretty swift,
lots of pressure coming from Japan.
Eventually they levelled things. How
will it go?
Eventually they levelled things. How
will it go? Team Japan has to play
the exact same way. That will be the
biggest issue for them. It is 1-1.
You mentioned how important the
third period is. It is human nature
to make sure you play defence first.
Sometimes you let your guard down.
Japan has been so good because they
have been using their pace and
speed. Winning the race to pucks.
That is why they have had Sweden on
their heels for most of the game. A
pretty good start, 14 seconds in,
getting the puck deed.
A penny for
his thoughts. The head coach of
Sweden. He would certainly feel very
disappointed if his side were to
come away without a victory. He will
have plenty to work on back in
training. Right now, Sweden are
fighting for their Olympic lives.
This is only the opening game of the
tournament. There we go. The top two
from this group go through to the
quarterfinals. The bottom two going
to the play-offs. Offside is called.
They will go to the classification
play-offs. Nobody is expecting Korea
to win any of their game and they
are ranked well below everybody
else. And with the transition of
their squad, the addition of the
North Korean players, it throws them
into a state of flux. It means that
two victories will guarantee you
going through, pretty much.
victories will guarantee. There is
the chants, depending on tie-break
rules, which comes down to goals for
and against, you could go on, on and
on, meaning a win, loss and an
overtime loss, and you still might
have an opportunity to move on to
the next round.
Japan trying to do
what they did so well for the first
40 minutes of this game. Kubo leaves
it for the goal-scorer, Ukita. Good
strong play on the boards coming
from Toko. Now the shot will go wide
of the target.
Not lots of
conviction in it. You just see the
amount of time that Japan has in the
offence. It is remarkable. Sweden
not being aggressive at all.
time for Japan to make a play.
Another turnover and blocked shot.
The way it goes. Japan back in
possession again. Nearly a big
giveaway. It is capitalised on
immediately. Sara Hjalmarsson.
Sweden retake the lead. Japan cars
themselves massive problems in their
own zone having dominated 20 minutes
of this game. They find themselves
It was Erika Grahm with
the great heads up play, getting up
the ice. If very active stick. She
forces the defence and creates the
turnover, then a backhand pass,
right out front to Hjalmarsson. What
a finish. That may be the difference
right there. We talked about Japan
and like to finish on the
opportunities they have had. Sweden
has not had many, but this was one,
point Blank. Hjalmarsson was able to
shovel it past Fujimoto. Sweden have
a little bit of breathing room and a
Sara Hjalmarsson plays in
Sweden. She is the second top scorer
on her team. That was a high-quality
finish. Japan will try and answer
straightaway. In own goal very
quickly. Turned aside.
Good defence to get back.
That could be the shot in the armed
that Sweden needed to get back in
Japan have done such a
wonderful job controlling the puck.
Just one turnover, really nice play
Nice play to try to cut
to the inside. But the Japanese
reading it well. That has got to be
a penalty. That has to be
interference. Nothing given by
either official. Of course we have
two referees, one in front of the
player and the other behind the
play. That has got to be
I thought it was the
Japan player that might have been
guilty. A terrific replay. Sara
Hjalmarsson in the blink of an eye.
A big goal early in the third
period. Suzuki the Japanese defender
there. She got her pocket picked by
Pernilla Winberg in the
circle. All a bit sloppy.
circle. All a bit sloppy. Great
skating to get away from trouble.
This is much better from Sweden.
Coming out in front again and chance
here. Good hold on the blue line by
Nylen-Persson. Sweden looking to
break away again. This could be an
opportunity. Japan just had enough
players to snuff things out. Coming
back the other way now. Wide to
A great save, wonderful stop by
Grahn. This was the
Grahn. This was the deflection and
what a great job after winning that
battle to go to the net.
And Grahn had to follow that puck
straight across and then did a
wonderful job holding on.
You can hear the referees, move your
feet, move the park. Giving the
instructions out there.
important that they do that. It is.
Sweden now they have been a lot of
times in trouble in their own zone
so they are content just to leave it
in the corner. You could hear the
referee from United States of
America tanning the players to keep
the play going.
I think a penalty is
The repeated message was,
move it. It could just be the shot
from behind. That will be the
So in discipline. You know
you're not playing well as a team
and then you give a soft penalty
That is the one to make
the coach shake his head. No danger
anywhere, no scoring opportunity
against. And Fallman just a bit too
aggressive. And opportunity now for
a team Japan to once again square
One power play apiece.
Neither have produced as yet. Good
skating by Pernilla Winberg,
clearing all the way down. Fujimoto
probably should have played that.
Great from Sweden. Fanny Rask. She
opened the scoring it seems like a
Terrific work, close
to six feet tall and towering over
the Japanese defenders. Able to kill
off a good 30 seconds of the power
Shot into the body.
I do not mind this shot whatsoever,
within about 15 feet of the net.
Unfortunately when you are that
close you have got to start picking
some holes. And not put it right
onto the net minder.
on. The shot coming back to the blue
line. No one knows where it is for a
second. Sweden clearing down the ice
Japan very good at the
face-off situation and they are
winning a lot of them in the
25 seconds remaining
with the player advantage. Could
there be that one chance for Japan.
They have it behind the net. Looking
to exchange passes again. Space at
the top. The shot deflects wide. The
battle goes again. There could be a
breakaway now for Sweden. Shipped to
the left, a breakaway.
out of the
out of the penalty box.
Fanny Rask. Fanny Rask again. This
line has been so effective. Just
wide. This line has been the one
that physically has dominated.
have seen many examples, a little
bit too far in between. The opening
shift for Fanny Rask and that unit,
a couple of big shifts since then
but nothing to show for it.
trying to dig this one out and send
it away. Plenty of time and space.
It should clear. That is a check.
Checking not allowed in the women's
game. That is worth a two-minute
penalty. And caught in the act.
There you go.
There you go.
Anna Nordqvist. They
will always let somebody contact
goal but that was a bit more
blatant, really a shoulder to
shoulder contact. And the discipline
from Sweden falling apart a little
bit. Too undisciplined penalties.
And you can see that replay,
shoulder to shoulder.
If they just
collide it is one thing but when you
start to move the shoulder into the
body that is when they have to call
It is a pretty easy call for the
referee. You can see the bend of the
Leas, the shoulder made contact. The
arm going up. And Japan right back
to the power play. They did not have
much going for them, a couple of
chances moving the puck around. They
have the look of that goal baseboard
and get as many players as you can.
I think it will be a rebound that
will tie the game up.
coming all the way through and
Sweden clear away again. They will
try to use Sternberg. Working really
hard. Really good penalty killing
from her. Held again at the blue
line and Japan now will settle
things down. For the first 30
seconds, already ticking off the
Causing a little bit of havoc
for Japan, Rebecca Stenberg.
times they pass the puck so well and
then other times they just crowd
their own work a little bit.
Japan just have that killer instinct
to finish. Once they get into that
offensive zone, just do not seem as
comfortable with the park as we have
maybe seen in their defensive play
and in the neutral zone.
they sneak over the line.
they sneak over the line. Behind the
back of the net and
back of the net and here is Kubo
with the shot. Sweden did a great
job of shutting the door.
many times this afternoon have we
seen Japan in that prime shooting
range and not able to get the shot
through. Kubo could not get it on
Who is going to win the race?
It is Sweden. Kubo back to the blue
line. Kubo again. The shot
deflecting again off Fallman. She
has been in the wars.
It took the
referee a minute to realise. And
that was the opportunity right there
Japan needed. An opportunity to walk
right to the tops of the circles.
And you mentioned it, again Fallman
seem to be the defender who got in
the way of it.
Deflecting it up and
over. High stick as well. But a
decent shot, good traffic out in
front. They need composure on that
ranch right now. They have a moment
to try to gather their thoughts.
What has been impressive about
Japan, despite the fact that they
have been pegged back, they just
kept playing the same way.
right, that is something we talked
about in the opening period. Winless
team are playing they played same
way every time. They could be down a
few, up a couple, they are efficient
and steady and we are seeing that
here halfway through the third
This is the first game of
the day, the second will attract
more attention, the combined team.
Physical play here after the whistle
blows. It is the combined Korean
team who will play against the
bronze medallist, Switzerland. Such
an exciting team, Switzerland,
really looking forward to seeing
So many eyes of course on the
unified Korean team. A little bit of
extra pressure on the opening game
tonight. Team Switzerland do not
want to get caught up in that a
whole lot. Just get ready to play
That is an offside
Your down a shot, now is the
time just to start to throw
everything you can at the net. Not
taking too many chances because
there's still time here for Sweden
and it could go the other way. You
do not want to take chances,
Here is the chance,
opportunity is there but they cannot
finish it off.
Kubo did so well. Fujimoto has to
hang on. What a great chance that
The teams Sweden netminder Sara
Grahn goes to stop the puck and then
she leaves it for Fallman. She
thinks Fallman is going to come get
it, but Kubo jumps on it.
is right on the stick. That kick
save, the extension to tick it away,
that was outstanding. Another shot
will come in. Fujimoto has to fight
it off. It was Nylen Persson, the
Nylen Persson has been
very good tonight. Talk about
jumping right into the fire as a
17-year-old, getting lots of ice
time, the power play, out here late
in the game.
It is a one goal game.
I tell you what, if the rest of the
games are anything like this, we are
in for an absolute treat over the
Are we ever? What
the start from Japan. Sweden holding
court, but they have given
everything that they can handle so
Two conceded on 21 shots for
Fujimoto. A great design on her
helmet as well. Celebrating Japan.
Fujimoto played a
Fujimoto played a little bit in the
American women's league. She played
for New York.
for New York.
Yoneyama takes it into
the zone. Yoneyama bombs her way
into possession. It will be cleared
by Fallman. Fallman without many
other options. Smart play. Japan
will try and clear this away. Good
poise. That was Kubo. Kubo gets it
back again. Trying to slicer with
her. Kubo, nearly something special.
-- to slice her way through. Here
she is again but the pass was too
weak. The cancer is going to go the
other way. It was a great save.
Johansson decided she was the best
option. It is like basketball, you
have a go, we will have a go.
went to get the equaliser. I do not
know if Sweden want to trade chances
like that. A great transfer Fujimoto
-- a great save by Fujimoto on the
break for Sweden.
That is a
bodycheck, but nothing given at this
stage. Japan will bring this one
away. A massive turnover as Emma
Nordin was in the right place at the
right time. Japan causing themselves
problems in their own zone. Time
running out for them in this game. A
little over 6.5 minutes remaining.
Sweden leading, 2-1. This is a very
tired Japanese unit.
They cannot get
the puck lied. They are taking a
deep with their captain. Osawa, then
it goes to the side of the net.
Nearly a chance. Sweden will try and
clear way. It is straight to
Japanese stick. Japan are battling
hard. Again, they nearly give it
away. Sweden will come clear, into
the offensive zone. It is Stenberg,
to the front of the net. It comes
Japanese skate. Japan will try and
break away. They're trying to get to
the bench for a change. There cannot
be many worse feelings than being
absolutely shattered and the puck
chooses you down.
Get that puck away
from me I need to get off the ice.
There is Fanny Rask. The snapshot
rebound, and Fujimoto hangs on.
Every time she is in the ice, you
sense there might be something
You can see her poise than
the offensive zone. She had her head
up. When the puck is a stick, she
tries to make things happen. Before
that, it was Stenberg with a great
opportunity. Whenever Sweden need a
spark, Stenberg has done that. The
effort from Kubo the other way,
trying to create magic of her own.
We said there were chances. It is
coming back the other way. This is
Lisa Johansson. She looked back and
wanted the pass.
It very nearly went
through. That went through the
armpit of Fujimoto and trickled out
the other side.
Then Rask finishing
of that passage of play with another
We could not have asked for
much more to open this women's
tournament. Tim Japan definitely
raising some eyebrows in this group.
Great for kids from Sara Grahn. 27
shots she has had, just one has had,
just one is creative. It was a tough
one, it was a rebound, from escape,
off of this and that.
It will have
to be another goal just like that
for Japan if they want to level
this. Shots from 20 feet out have
not been able to make their way
through. They have got to get
traffic in front of the goalkeeper
to make it harder for her, so she
Japan, trying to use the
middle of the ice. Well held by
stretching Anna Borgqvist.
not own to get caught deep with
offensive players to give Japan and
the transfer rush the other way.
There is the opportunity. Toko, the
snapshot. Grahn will chalk another
one up on the short list.
one up on the short list. -- the
shots list. There was shouting from
somebody on the ice. Now it is
flipped down the ice. This is a
chance to draw breath. At what point
do the Japanese coaching staff think
about removing the netminder for an
It is definitely in
their minds right now, but with four
and a half minutes left, it is too
early. You've got to be looking at
about one and a half minutes, one 40
seconds. That was a great replay,
from Toko. -- they're trying to set
this one going in front of the net.
It is a long chase back.
It is a long chase back. Ramboldt. A
nice interception. Japan will bring
it back the other way. The shot will
come in. The puck is somewhere
underneath Grahn. Grahn closes
everything up and hangs on once
again. More good
again. More good skating from
Strange decision making
from the Swedish captain. She turned
the puck over that led to the
Japanese goal. She has time and
space with the puck when she throws
it up the middle of the ice,
creating a turnover.
And Japan comes
the other way. The shot is wide of
the target. Can they create that one
golden opportunity? Yoneyama,
looking for somebody to pass too.
She has Toko at the top. Toko has
over 25 minutes on the ice. She will
be shattered having played half the
game at the end of it. A real
A lot of times
you will see a defender up there at
30 minutes, but not a foreword.
Japan are moving the puck well. Can
they create? Not enough to beat
Grahn. Japan keep it again. It is
like a power play. Around the net
they have time and space. Back to
Yoneyama. Toko on the blue line.
This is Kubo, fresh from the bench.
Kubo has that magic in her stick.
That was wasted. A little around the
net plated Kubo would've been
better. Sweden on to hold this one
in. They want a change. Japan want
to go. Oh, dear. A bad moment to
fall over. This is a good moment to
bring it into the zone. A transfer
Kubo at the side of the net. Ukita
will send it in again, third time
lucky. Toko in the corner cannot
find a blue line. It goes down the
Tim Japan have been dangerous.
They just about connect again to tie
the game up very late.
maybe time for one more shift. That
was heavy contact on the boards.
was heavy contact on the boards. Ono
kick the ice. Sweden must let out of
the zone. Borgqvist is working in
there. They are trying to work out
where the puck is. This is killing
of vital seconds for Sweden.
you're Japan, you went to get the
They have some defending
to do first. Great defending as
well. Sweden into the zone again.
One minute and 20 seconds to go and
Japan are at the wrong end of the
ice. Maybe they can finish this one.
Chances driving to the net.
Chances driving to the net. Winberg,
out there, really good for Sweden.
Nice stick work to get this moving
forward from Osawa. The offside is
called with 63 seconds remaining.
Stemming the tide. Is it time to
take a moment for the Japanese
If there is ever a
time to call a time-out, it will
happen right now. Set up your play.
The face-off will be outside the
blue line so we will have to see
what the head coach decides to do.
Will he pool Fujimoto wait till the
puck gets deep? What an opportunity
for Kubo. Kubo, Toko, Ukita, they
have been dangerous for our Japan.
If there is an equaliser it could
come from one of those three.
talk about face-offs being outside
the offensive zone. Toko has been
running about 65%, which is very
good. She is winning about 6.5 out
of ten. She has to be the one that
takes the face-off. Then you're
looking for your big players, Osawa,
Kubo, and I guess they will wait and
see whether they win the face of
before they remove the netminder.
That is probably the right play.
Fujimoto will be watching the bench,
waiting for the wave from the head
coach. It is a big face-off that is
won by Yoneyama.
again. Can they get quality
possession? Sweden will know they
have a chance to go to an empty net.
The whistle goes. Everybody is
looking at one another. Not entirely
sure of what is going on. The
Swedish players will know they have
been in a really tough game. A bit
of equipment retrieval for Svedin.
Tim Sweden are 45 seconds away from
coming away with three crucial
points in this group.
It looks like
they may have called a penalty. It
could be a holding call on Svedin.
There you go. That is why she lost
the stick, she had to use both hands
to bring the player down.
interesting call. There is no doubt
that the freehand of Svedin him over
The puck was in no danger
of going to work Sweden at all.
Crucially it means the face-off goes
into words the offensive zone.
gives an opportunity to pull the
four. Great drama in the opening
game of the women's tournament. The
face-off was won by Japan. They are
looking for something. It deflects
wide from Ukita. Sweden will go
towards the empty net. It did not
miss by much. 30 seconds remain.
This has been a grandstand finish
for a grandstand opener. It has been
good stuff. Is there one last press?
It is offside.
Just having trouble corralling it
before going over the blue line.
before going over the blue line.
coach for the team Japan there. 20
seconds to go. Japan need quality
possession. That is behind and that
may well be enough. Japan may be
with one last chance. Sweden to
clear it and it is going to be
Sweden who take this first game but
they have been pushed every step of
the way. Grahn a big reason for that
but if Sweden are going to win a
medal that man will have a lot of
thinking to do. They will have to
play an awful lot better than that
but credit to the Japanese team,
they were absolutely outstanding.
Their energy, their effort levels,
And you can see that
joy or maybe relief for team Sweden.
As you said, team Japan gave them
everything they had. What a terrific
Sweden did just
enough. They made the most of their
opportunities and this was the goal
that got them the win. It finishes
opportunities and this was the goal
that got them the win. It finishes
2-1 to Sweden.
So Sweden get their first win under
their belt and the ice hockey and I
am turning into iced out here, the
sunshine has vanished and the
temperature has just plummeted. So
we're back to the ice Arena where
curling is taking place. One of the
new offence is the team curling at
this Winter Olympics. One man and
one woman per team. And Switzerland
currently the world champions are
taking on a powerhouse in curling,
Canada. Just entering the sixth end
and Canada leading 6-2. Let's join
and Canada leading 6-2. Let's join
We have had Switzerland playing the
power play and one of the strategic
discussions would have been talking
about is how you defend against
that. That was perhaps one of the
most compelling approaches I've seen
I'm not convinced about the power
play. Looking at the statistics, the
average score is just one. So it is
not offering the teams much of an
advantage, the power play.
advantage, the power play. The only
ones who have done it particularly
well have been Korea.
I do not know
if it is the change up in the format
that disrupts their rhythm, but
often when they take time out the
shot following the time-out is
missed. I just wonder if it is the
same kind of principle.
That idea of
the power play, the Stones off to
the side, on a couple of occasions
you have seen the team is completely
ignoring that. And just plain to the
centre of the house.
Another feature is when to use that
power play. So far it has been
prevalent when the teams are down
and things not going particularly
well. Why not use it when you're
leading comic easy to say. But try
to build a lead or hold your lead
rather than waiting until you have
It is interesting, I think the jury
is out a bit still on the ruling.
But it is creating a lot of
You notice that all sports call them
power play 's, answers on a
postcard! You have any creative
ideas? Not yet!
You can hear Jenny just shouting, go
harder. There he goes, the man at
work. I'm a bit worried about the
angle and the force he is putting
through the brush that it could snap
at some point. Have you ever seen
Probably more so when
they are made of wood but nowadays
they are very strong, made of carbon
fibre. But no doubt he is putting a
lot of pressure through that rush.
Which is what you're trying to do.
The frustrating thing for
Switzerland, they want to be
aggressive and take the game on and
get a lot of stones in play. But
Canada just outplaying them at the
moment in every department. That is
forcing Switzerland into making
defensive decisions. They're
trailing by four. But there is no
space to get anything else in there.
Canada have just clocked it up. It
would be rare in the team game to
see this kind of situation where you
have been team trailing by four and
A better chance
here. Only moves one of them. If
that had worked perfectly... Partial
success for Martin.
A pretty good
shot. That yellow at the front of
the house. The one closest to Martin
is in a good position. That will be
a concern for Canada.
So that is their concern and they
will throw out guard on it to stop
Switzerland making a direct play on
to that yellow stone.
Talking about top 12 and what colour
would you turn it -- would you call
that. A kind
that. A kind of blue.
I'm going to
go with teal.
go with teal.
Just coming in, this
is pretty strong.
Maurice continuing, both of them
playing well, working together.
Switzerland still have a chance to
play onto that yellow stone for the
and raise it into those red stones.
This will have to be really
Not playing it softly
It is going to be very
I think it is good. Almost.
That is the juiciest.
So the back
yellow is their target.
I think they
want to get rid of it, just working
out the best way to do that.
out the best way to do that.
glory shot. What they're going to
do, nothing too fancy. There are
four shots ahead. Just going to pick
that stone at the bottom.
they will leave Switzerland a chance
but that would limit the damage.
pick is the terminology, just
removing the stone and running your
own stone away at the same time.
They throw them at Max Power. You do
not need to be that accurate but
just to make contact. A bit like
Nicely done and Jenny has got
to be pretty accurate.
to be pretty accurate. To leave
Switzerland with two. The best
they're going to get.
Not an easy
shot. The difficulty of this, they
need to steer it past their own
yellow. If they touch it at all it
is not going to work out for them.
That is starting to curl. Trying to
hang onto it. Very close. Reaching a
situation pretty quickly,
Switzerland will have no chance of
drawing back. So then Canada. There
is the handshake happening. I wonder
if it was going to.
if it was going to. Rios decided
enough is enough. So Canada get the
chance for an early cup of coffee
again. And they moved to the top of
the rankings now with four victories
and just one loss in their match
against Norway. John Morris will be
absolutely delighted with that. Well
played, the two of them. A very good
example of mixed doubles curling.
And Martin Rios and Jenny Perry
still have a good chance of
qualifying. They now have three wins
and two losses.
qualifying. They now have three wins
and two losses. So Canada winning
A big win for Canada in the team
trailing and we are coming to the
end of our broadcast here on BBC
Two. We're going to have to say
goodbye from our balcony which
perhaps is a good thing because
really it is getting pretty cold.
We're going from the cold to the
warmth of the studio with Clare
Balding over on BBC One. Lots to
come including Elise Christie
getting her Olympic campaign
underway. We had over now to BBC One
to join Clare Balding.
Eilidh Barbour presents live coverage of day one of the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea.
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