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Day 1, Part 3

Live coverage of day one of the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang. The first of 102 Olympic champions is crowned on Saturday in the cross-country skiing's women's skiathlon.


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Last night, the opening ceremony got

the game is officially opened in

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style with a glimpse into the local

culture and Lizzy Yarnold carried

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the flag for Great Britain. But now

the focus carries today one of the

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games where we start to see the

other 12 venues here at Pyeongchang

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in all their glory. We are based

around 150 kilometres east of the

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capital city in the beautiful

Alpensia ski results. Welcome to our

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little balcony, right in the heart

of the mountain cluster. It's a

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beautiful view, a beautiful day,

it's warmed up, it only -8 with wind

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chill today which is actually a bit

of a delight. We are in the heart of

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the mountain cluster, we have the

ski jumping just have the right hand

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side, right next to the Sliding

Centre, we have the cross-country

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and Biathlon Centre very nearby as

well. There's been lots of sport

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already succumbing up today. -- so

coming up today.

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coming up today. Marat Bjorgen races

in the skiathlon. Elise Christie

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wants to put her Sochi heartbreak

behind her, we have been following

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her build-up and we will look back

at the team figure skating.

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Figure skating felt, former Olympic

champion Robin Cousins has joined

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me. The team event yesterday, let's

talk about this event, talk me

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through the structure and the

element of it.

It used to the

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Olympics at the Sochi games, and now

we have the men's, ladies, pears and

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ice dance competing as a team

together. We are seeing short

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programmes from the men and the

pairs first, ladies and ice dance in

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a few days. It's the chance to throw

the gauntlet down and say, this is

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how I am performing, look at me to

go. For others, it's the chance to

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say, I will be here for once. Some

teams are bigger than others so they

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can pick and choose, others will

have to have no choice, they will

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have to skate in the team event and

next week. For me, it is Shoma Uno

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and Nathan Chen and Patrick Chan,

they will be looking for the balls

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in the men's. And

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in the men's. And it is Tarasova and

Morozov representing athletes from

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Russia, they've just regained the

European title, they are going to be

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sitting there team up for gold in

the team event.

Lots of mind games

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and competition between the

individual elements of this team

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event. Who do you feel will be the

strongest team going into this

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event?

Collectively, it's going to

be interesting because you have got

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a couple who are really strong in

ice dance. Canada have a really

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strong team. It depends who they put

out in the field. They have got

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people to choose from. You will see

someone skate a short programme, if

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the teams qualified top five, they

go to the long programme, they might

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be able to put someone else in for

the free programme. Others have no

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choice, they are the only competitor

for the country. Someone like the

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Italians who have got a strong team,

they hold back knowing they have to

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compete in a week. There will be

some mind games but no one wants to

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go to and and a big stage and not

perform well.

It all started

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yesterday, Robin was there.

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Possibly the last time we'll see him

skating on Olympic ice, the great

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Patrick Chan.

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Patrick Chan. Ten time Canadian

champion, a new record when he was

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given that title a few weeks ago at

the age of 27. He is back looking

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for individual gold but also team

called for Canada after silver in

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Sochi.

Skating to a beautiful piece

of music which takes me back to my

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youth, most of his competitors will

never have heard of it!

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He will open with a quadruple toe

loop, triple toe loop.

Oh!

Tight on

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the take-off. Made the rotation. But

he fell and that will cost him.

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Very tight on the landing with the

triple Lutz, put the toe loop on the

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end. Just the double.

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Absolutely needs this triple axel.

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Not the start of the Olympics that

Patrick Chan would have wanted, I

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don't think. You can tell by the

slump of the shoulders there.

And

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two big red boxes. 38, 30 two. He

would want to be in the 50s from the

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technical school.

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So tight on the take-off, that right

free leg not travelling through, it

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needs to come through past the other

leg, barely part of the knee,

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nothing lifting and health with him

into the air and it's just. With all

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of the boys, they have continue the

rotation as they fall which means

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they're not getting into the air

soon enough to get the rotation on

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the take-off. A lot of them are

rotating on the way down and then

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eat to rotate on the way up. -- they

need to rotate on the way up.

81.66

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four Patrick Chan, so he takes the

lead but not as big as he would have

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liked to have looking down the field

and seeing who is coming up next.

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This is Oleksii Bychenko of Israel,

the first skater to win a European

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medal from Israel.

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Let's see what he can produce today

because he's here or he's not.

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Feel free to sing along at home,

people!

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Beautiful triple axel.

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Gorgeous quadruple toe loop. That's

what the other boys needed to do.

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You can hear the crowd clapping

along.

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along.

Triple Lutz, triple toe loop.

The team-mates are going wild in the

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box over there.

Technically clean,

not the prettiest of jumping

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elements.

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Terrific.

He skates with abandon and

he took the whole of this arena with

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him. Team Israel, there they are in

the mix with that.

And that's where

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everything can come together in a

short programme. It's just two

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minutes and 40 seconds. He delivered

great technical ability, the music,

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the components, the style,

everything comes together. It's

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slightly scrappy around the edges

but in this context, it's totally

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works.

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Watch that right leg, it will swing

through and up. That got him the

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elevation.

That's what Patrick Chan

was missing.

All of them so far, the

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same thing on the quadruple toe

loop, he got right down over the

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knee, no question of rotation. And

look how easy that was. No tension

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in the body at all.

He looks so

loose and relaxed on the ice.

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88.49 and a new season's Beth, what

a time to produce it the first

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competition in the game. -- seasons

best.

So we have a new leader. And

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the cat is among the pigeons.

Work,

Good cat! -- good works, cat! The

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final skater for the men's short

programme, Shoma Uno of Japan,

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hoping to add to sparkle to the

proceedings, because of the bigger

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names have failed to deliver on that

front. But this man, this man is

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capable of great things, but we said

that about Patrick Chan and Nathan

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Chen and Mikhail Kolyada and none of

them delivered. So there is a big

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gap at the top of the leaderboard if

he can deliver to his ability.

Two

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quadruple jumps planned.

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First of the two quadruples,

quadruple flips.

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A quadruple toe loop.

There you go!

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Phew!

Now we need the triple axel...

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Beautifully done, it difficult entry

with the spread Eagle on the exit,

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and the take-off.

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Look at that technical score

already...

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APPLAUSE

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Shoma Uno, the world silver

medallist, sparkling like his

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sequence! I think there was one

mistake. But he made up for it,

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didn't he?

He just fell out of the

landing of the triple flip, not a

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perfect performance but the

strongest we have seen today. It

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will be the leader. It's one of

those performances where you go

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great, I've done that, not my best

but I've got away with it. This will

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help him, moving next week.

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He does a hand down count as a

penalty -- does a hand down penalty

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count as much as a fall?

No. He fell

out, the hand will go down and there

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will be a deduction. That's

deduction is the grade of execution

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from the judges. But we were talking

about how the short programme is put

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together and for me, the composition

of this particular programme is

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fantastic.

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Shoma Uno has completed the short

programme...

Wow!

That's a fantastic

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score.

A big leap for Shoma Uno and

team Japan. That's 14 points clear

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of Israel, in second place. As it

works out it breaks down two points.

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If you are in first place you get

ten points, second placed nine

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points, third-place eight points...

That's the scores. Shoma Uno takes

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ten points for teamed Japan.

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ten points for teamed Japan. Patrick

Chan, despite costly mistakes, with

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team Canada in third taking V8

points. -- taking eight points.

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points. -- taking eight points.

And

after this pair have gone, I would

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expect Team Canada are way in the

mix. We have Megan Duhamel, and Eric

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Radford, silver medallists in the

last Olympics, and two-time

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champions.

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Brilliant to watch.

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Tight and fast on the triple

twist... The next element, side by

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side,

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side, the triple Lutzs. Squeaky on

both landings, but they made them

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happen.

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It's very well done on the throw

triple Lutz.

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APPLAUSE

Team Canada are on their feet in the

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team boxes. They loved that

performance. Megan Duhamel and Eric

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Radford will be pleased with that as

well.

Very strong indeed, they came

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out and they knew they had to lay

down the gauntlet. And they have

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done it. That was superb!

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Not as much hyped and more lateral

in the rotations as some of the

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other girls but it is clean into the

landing, down on the knee. The

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extension...

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extension... The side by side Lutzs.

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He was on two feet!

Spotted!

He was

fully rotated but he landed on two

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feet. Touchdown with the free foot

that was still crossed. Megan,

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clean.

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Megan Duhamel and Eric Radford have

earned in the short programme...

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76.57 for Megan Duhamel and Eric

Radford, putting them at the top of

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the leaderboard as the pairs are

concerned.

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concerned. This is a lovely, lovely

pair to watch. She's won bronze at

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the last two Olympics, two-time

world medallists together.

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world medallists together. The

German pair, Bruno Massot just got

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his passport in time to compete at

these Olympics.

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Took time-out, did not compete at

the European Championships,

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the European Championships, let's

see if this additional training time

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paid off... Watch the height on the

twist...

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The side by side triple Salchows...

Yes!

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Very cautious on the take-off of the

throw, the triple flip.

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CHUCKLES

Bags of pizzazz, I enjoyed that!

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Pretty much with everyone who has

skated so far today, just the one

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mistake.

Yes, they were so tentative

coming into the throw... They did

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not have any lift or height. Just

unable to be controlled at all.

It

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is a charming routine.

Fantastic,

there is so much to love!

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there is so much to love! Such

amazing height that they get on the

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twist. On one event, she went out of

the shot! He captures her with bags

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of room to spare.

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Excellent timing on the Salchows.

Beautifully done!

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Beautifully done! Just waiting and

waiting...

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waiting... For me, they did not

throw far enough. Yes, unable to

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control it.

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Hmm, 75.3 six. That is not enough to

lift them above the Canadian

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pairing, but they are in second

place at the moment. Barely a point

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in it. Canada are still in the top.

Germany are down in seventh place.

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And here are the Olympic Athletes

from Russia... The world bronze

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medal lists, newly minted European

champions.

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champions. Robin is rubbing his

hands, it isn't just the cold, is

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it?

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Beautiful on the triple twist. Great

speed, great flight. Easy, like

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landing, now we need the side by

side triple toe loop to be the same,

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yes!

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Triple loop. Beautiful!

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This into the reception for that,

that is superb skating. -- listen to

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the reception. The first time all

morning, finally, some skaters have

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come out onto the ice and put

together the performance they would

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have wanted.

Absolutely and they

will be in about an hour's time

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reliving this and going, that's what

we need to do next week because that

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was absolutely pristine and on the

money. Beautiful. Typical classical

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style. Russian way of skating.

Again, a good spirit. -- split.

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Filly, easy rotation, catch on the

waste, down, timing on the jumps is

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perfect.

Spot on, there.

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You can hear the Russian fans up to

the left in the stands, they are all

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holding up, straight tens! That's

not how the scoring works!

It isn't.

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A very difficult ending to this

list. -- lift.

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Of course, coached by Aliona

Savchenko's X skating partner. He is

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on the far right. Of the screen.

That was a superb demonstration of

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their skating.

Season's best, 78.83,

have adopted that? -- have they

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topped it? Yes they have, 80.92,

they have busted it. So three or

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four more on top of it.

And a very

comfortable lead.

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comfortable lead.

There it is.

Fourth place for the Olympic

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Athletes from Russia.

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Athletes from Russia. That's

confirmation of the pairs short

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programme, the limit athletes from

Russia leading the way, Canadians

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second, Germans that. This is just

the pairs short programme, the team

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event, there four elements to this.

I was heading to be able to update

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you on where the teams lie but I

don't think we will be able to see

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that. I can tell you that Canada out

in front, here they are. Canada out

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in front after the first day of the

team event, 17 points. USA in second

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and Japan in third.

Considering that event started

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and Japan in third.

Considering that event started

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before the opening ceremony had even

taken place, it sounded like a great

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atmosphere in the arrhythmia today.

We will start with the men's

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singles, Luna, Shoma Uno,

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singles, Luna, Shoma Uno, a great

performance.

We had seen Nathan

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Chen, Patrick Chan not deliver, it

was not going to be who is going to

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do it. But Shoma Uno has such class

and quality, he has got to be a

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favourite for gold and he is a

favourite of mine and a contender.

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Bychenko the only one who went clean

yesterday, a few slips and spills

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yesterday, can you say why?

Some of

the skaters are saying, it is not

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quite the ice they are used too

skating on, we have got short track

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events and figure skating events on

the same arena, and the ice is

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softer for the figure skaters

usually. It is the same for every

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body so you can say what you like

about it but you have to do your job

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and some did it better than others.

The Russians won gold in Sochi, and

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when they came out in the pairs

competing under the elliptic flag, a

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beautiful team.

Amazing, they did

not -- Olympic flag. They needed to

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put the gauntlet down and they did

it in style, there were so far ahead

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of everyone else and in a league of

their own. That is them saying, we

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are here for the gold medal, take it

from us.

Interestingly, as much as

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their routine is sensational,

everyone is talking about the

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Japanese pair. Because they danced

to an animated cartoon chewing at

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its centre place mat, -- and anime

theme tune, and the place went mad,

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it is like someone dancing to a

Frozen tune here.

It is huge here,

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anime cartoons are huge here, and

the music likewise. So the young

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Japanese pair team skating to music

from the TV show, and everyone has

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gone wild for it. The skating was

great, they have not been together

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that long. Medal contenders, not

right now, but they are YouTube

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sensations!

Maybe that is all they

need. Canada leads the way in terms

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of the official standings, two

elements to go. They have a large

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squad, other your favourites for

this metal? -- are they your

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favourites?

Yes, I think

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favourites?

Yes, I think they are,

they compete in the short dance for

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Canada, the pair, so they will be

looking to keep them in the event.

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And

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And then Evgenia Medvedeva from team

Russia is

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Russia is going to be here, she

wants to lay down her gauntlet for

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an Olympic gold, she was beaten by

Alina Zagitova previously,

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15-year-old team-mate.

There is no

figure skating today, that is why

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Robin is with me. Thank you very

much for joining us. That gets back

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and away tomorrow, the team event

with the women's individual and ice

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dance. But we're going to stick on

the ice, and going to stay on the

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skates. But very different gates,

because after a disappointment for

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years ago in Sochi, Elise Christie

arrives here with high medal

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expectations in the short track

speed skating. She is coming here as

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one of the stars of Team GB and

David McDaid went to meet her as she

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prepared for Pyeongchang.

This is Elise Christie. She's the

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best short tracks beats cater the UK

has ever produced. -- speed skater.

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A world record holder, triple world

champion and Great Britain's best

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hope for a gold medal at the Winter

Olympics. She's a very special

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athletes but four years ago, she

nearly walked away from the sport

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she loves.

They have all gone down!

I went for the win, and that's the

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way it went, unfortunately.

One of

the favourites for gold in Sochi,

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the Olympics you worked so hard for

ended in this qualification is,

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disappointment and death threats.

I

had a lot of abuse on the Internet

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that I had to deal with, it's been

tough as well. I'm finding it quite

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hard.

Hers is a remarkable story of

courage, not giving up in the most

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difficult circumstances, and

redemption.

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South Korea's capital and home to

almost 10 million people. A city

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always on the move, obsessed with

speed. And just 80 miles to the east

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lies the quiet ski resort of

Pyongyang, the venue for the 23rd

0:42:130:42:17

Winter Olympics. With the game is

fast approaching, I travelled to

0:42:170:42:21

Korea with a short track team from

Britain for an important training

0:42:210:42:25

camp.

So, the goal today on the ice,

obviously, it's going to be low

0:42:250:42:35

intensity session, the first session

on the ice. So our goal is just a

0:42:350:42:39

focus on our basic skating position,

get comfortable, get coordination

0:42:390:42:45

back.

Why have you decided to come

here, why is it so important?

We

0:42:450:42:52

have come over here the exact amount

of days before that we're going to

0:42:520:42:55

come out for the games, were

practising our exact run-up to the

0:42:550:42:59

games. Training on the rink that we

will stay at, staying at the same

0:42:590:43:04

hotel and going through every

process we will put in place for the

0:43:040:43:07

games to iron out any bugs.

For

athletes as well, you want them to

0:43:070:43:13

be used to things. They are finely

tuned machines. Creatures of habit.

0:43:130:43:19

Absolutely, and our guys aren't

great at change. If you think about

0:43:190:43:22

it, we come out at the end of

January for the whole month of

0:43:220:43:26

February and doing high-rise living

in hotel blocks. So it's important

0:43:260:43:31

for us to identify those places

outside that we can go and relax and

0:43:310:43:36

escape the bubble.

0:43:360:43:39

39.

O, Stuart, you win! We are

trying to check our strength each

0:43:440:43:58

day to see if our jet lag is

improving. I went up by ten in ten

0:43:580:44:01

minutes, so in ten minutes my jet

lag storm out of the building!

0:44:010:44:05

That's how it works!

Well, Elise,

we're here in Korea, how was it to

0:44:050:44:12

be here?

It's exciting, it bit

warmer than it is at home so we like

0:44:120:44:17

that. It's good to get out and act

is getting adjusting to the time

0:44:170:44:22

zone for the games and we really

like that the rink we are training

0:44:220:44:26

at anything was very cold and

anything is good.

This is all about

0:44:260:44:31

preparation for Pyongyang?

Yes,

we're -- for Pyeongchang? Yes, we're

0:44:310:44:40

practising on the same rink we will

be training on for the games, just

0:44:400:44:46

getting as much into a routine as he

can.

South Korea has one more

0:44:460:44:53

Olympic short track medals than any

other country, so it's an ideal

0:44:530:44:59

definition, and not just for

training. -- ideal destination.

0:44:590:45:06

Karim Tortilla!

It's a country that

you have spent a lot of time in,

0:45:060:45:15

tell us about your religion should

put the country.

I've been here --

0:45:150:45:20

relationship with your country. I

have been it a lot, I can understand

0:45:200:45:26

a bit of the language. It's one of

my favourite cities in the world, so

0:45:260:45:32

much to do, so lively, so different

to Britain. And sometimes it's nice

0:45:320:45:35

to have a contrast like that. I

don't know if I could live here all

0:45:350:45:40

the time because they are so busy

all the time and I feel like Britain

0:45:400:45:45

has a nice laid-back element where

you can go and sleep at night and

0:45:450:45:49

there is not everyone still buzzing

outside. It's nice to come on a trip

0:45:490:45:54

and see it all. And be part of the

action for a bit.

0:45:540:46:00

Do you get recognised

0:46:000:46:01

Do you get recognised in the street

ever, because you are the world

0:46:010:46:04

champion?

It has happened a couple

of times since I have been here

0:46:040:46:08

already. It is easy, because I am

blonde, it's not a normal thing to

0:46:080:46:14

see here. But people are always

sweet and friendly. I always like to

0:46:140:46:19

say hello to everyone who wants to

say hello. It is weird, it isn't

0:46:190:46:24

something I ever expected but it is

nice.

We haven't always been a

0:46:240:46:27

famous speed skater. Tell us how it

all began for you?

I started as a

0:46:270:46:34

figure skater, when I was really

young, like, seven. Then I

0:46:340:46:39

transferred over, because we did a

race the week after I started. Just

0:46:390:46:45

a fun race. I won the Selection box

of chocolates from winning the race.

0:46:450:46:51

After that, you are sat on the short

track! So I switched over to short

0:46:510:46:57

track. I did it full time from 15 or

16.

So it was a love of chocolate

0:46:570:47:03

that got you into it?

Definitely!

Once you get a Selection box, your

0:47:030:47:10

heart is set on it!

She was one of

those kids where you could show her

0:47:100:47:13

something and she picked it up

immediately. She had been natural

0:47:130:47:18

ability, probably from her figure

skating background, she knew how to

0:47:180:47:22

control her blades. After a few

weeks, one of the coaches from the

0:47:220:47:26

running club asked if she wanted to

join, they saw a lot of potential as

0:47:260:47:30

a runner there. But her heart was in

speed skating.

The choice between

0:47:300:47:36

the two was because she became

British champion and she was offered

0:47:360:47:41

a place, her dream was to go to the

Olympic Games. Because she was

0:47:410:47:45

offered a funded place, she took it.

0:47:450:47:50

She gets the thrills that she wants

and the competitiveness. Close

0:47:500:47:54

racing with other girls, and with

the guys as well, she is pretty

0:47:540:47:58

competitive!

But to go further in the sport,

0:47:580:48:03

Elise had to leave home in

Livingston to train with the Great

0:48:030:48:07

Britain squad. For the last 12

years, she has lived in Nottingham.

0:48:070:48:12

Would you describe yourself as a

morning person?

Definitely an

0:48:120:48:17

evening person! I hate mornings. Get

off, stop it! When she moved away

0:48:170:48:24

from home at 15, it was really

difficult.

As a parent it is

0:48:240:48:27

difficult to let your child go at

that age, especially a girl. Some

0:48:270:48:33

days I have regretted it. Because I

miss her. And it's always a long

0:48:330:48:37

distance away but the fact that she

is very good at keeping in contact

0:48:370:48:41

has really helped.

A lot of drinking

to do when you are an athlete... Not

0:48:410:48:46

the good kind! All right, let's get

out for the day. On time, that's

0:48:460:48:57

unusual!

Becoming a world leading

athlete takes dedication and

0:48:570:49:01

commitment. Training is long and

hard, particularly in an Olympic

0:49:010:49:04

year. Today, we are going to the

centre, what is happening today?

We

0:49:040:49:13

have the brief for the ice. They

tell us what to do and we go on the

0:49:130:49:18

ice, it's about one hour and 45

minutes to two hours on the ice. I'm

0:49:180:49:23

yawning now!

When did you realise

that you were pretty good at it?

0:49:230:49:29

That it could be your future?

Umm...

I think it was after Vancouver. I

0:49:290:49:36

came back from there and I thought

either stop now and go back to

0:49:360:49:41

school, and be with my family... Or

I can, like, switch my mindset a

0:49:410:49:47

bit. Make a lot of changes. And then

make myself the person to be. I

0:49:470:49:54

think the biggest thing, how it

changed, was the belief. Thank God

0:49:540:50:01

for parking assist! All right... You

get a special... Boop! Elise's coach

0:50:010:50:18

is Nick Gooch, he won a bronze medal

in 1994 at the Olympics. He is now

0:50:180:50:24

helping Elise realise her potential.

I think you are doing good today.

0:50:240:50:31

What is your relationship like how

would you describe yourself?

She is

0:50:310:50:36

challenging, she likes to be

competitive. If I go to the gym and

0:50:360:50:40

I train with her, she always tries

to compete with you. The key is the

0:50:400:50:46

mental toughness. How hard she is

prepared to push herself. She is

0:50:460:50:50

emotionally invested on a daily

basis which is why she gets so much

0:50:500:50:56

from training but investing her

emotion on a daily basis has a cost.

0:50:560:50:59

On the turn, you are using your hip

to turn but bring your left leg

0:50:590:51:03

through, don't keep it static. Do

you understand what I mean? OK,

0:51:030:51:09

first group, let's go.

It's been an

interesting ten years, with the

0:51:090:51:14

relationship developing gradually.

It started well we didn't get along

0:51:140:51:17

at all to start with. I was coached

by someone else. Then we were forced

0:51:170:51:23

to work together and that's when we

developed. I'm really unfit just

0:51:230:51:27

now, as I am skating.

Take it one at

a time.

I think I know better than

0:51:270:51:34

him all the time and he finds it

hilarious. It has been a funny

0:51:340:51:39

relationship, but it is definitely,

you know, he has put as much into

0:51:390:51:42

this as I have.

Keep leaning! Keep

it!

It hasn't been an easy few

0:51:420:51:51

months. Elise has struggled with a

thigh injury, limiting how much

0:51:510:51:54

training she can do. She has had to

miss some big races.

Today was an

0:51:540:52:00

increase in the last couple of days,

she is feeling it. Some progress in

0:52:000:52:05

terms of the volume completed. She

had a tough session in the gym

0:52:050:52:10

yesterday, it's making sure we don't

push too hard too early, we will

0:52:100:52:14

build up her training when she's

back to where she needs.

0:52:140:52:21

Thankfully, plenty of time to

recover before the Olympics.

And

0:52:210:52:24

less training at the rink means more

free time.

Bella, Bella! We are

0:52:240:52:30

leaving you...

You have two docs

now?

Yes, does much of our s.

One

0:52:300:52:37

was a gift?

Yes, it was a gift from

my boyfriend for my birthday. I

0:52:370:52:44

don't get to go out much. We walk

the dogs together sometimes and it

0:52:440:52:48

gives us something to do. You have

something to distract you from

0:52:480:52:54

skating, I guess! It's a lot of fun.

It's nice to have some company at

0:52:540:53:00

home.

Your boyfriend lives in

Hungary, right?

Yes, there is Face

0:53:000:53:10

time, but nobody there a lot. My

neighbour is around a lot. My family

0:53:100:53:14

try and get down. But with him

living away, it's nice to have some

0:53:140:53:19

dogs around.

His boyfriend -- her

boyfriend is also a short track

0:53:190:53:26

world champion. He represents

Hungary, based in Budapest. So time

0:53:260:53:31

together is rare.

I calculated we

spent two days outside of skating

0:53:310:53:36

together this year. It's been

difficult, but last year I was

0:53:360:53:41

flying over for weekends there to

have a break and stuff like that.

0:53:410:53:45

Now we are only training together

this year so it has been a lot

0:53:450:53:48

tougher without any time. Everything

has turned into Santa Claus.

0:53:480:53:55

Amazing!

She is trying to build this

relationship as strong as she can,

0:53:550:54:01

even if we cannot be together. I'm

in Budapest, she is in Nottingham.

0:54:010:54:12

If I said I can come to England any

more, I think she would make the

0:54:120:54:15

choice to move to Hungary for me.

That's pretty good.

Is amazing for

0:54:150:54:21

her, he's really level-headed and

laid-back and chilled. Is the

0:54:210:54:27

opposite, they need that balance so

she doesn't go too far with things.

0:54:270:54:30

They are really good for one

another.

That is cool!

That is you.

0:54:300:54:38

That's not a bad thing to be

compared to.

if something bad

0:54:380:54:42

happened to her, I would always try

and let her see the good side. I am

0:54:420:54:49

trying to be... Maybe that is part

of my job? To be there for her 24-7.

0:54:490:54:55

To always be positive.

0:54:550:55:01

To always be positive.

2014 in the

Russian resort of Sochi. Elise's

0:55:010:55:05

second Winter Olympics and a medal

was a very real possibility...

At

0:55:050:55:12

Sochi, I knew that I was capable of

getting a medal but I knew that I

0:55:120:55:17

was inexperienced compared to a lot

of the people I would be racing. I

0:55:170:55:19

knew that I could be a there and by

the time I got to Sochi that year, I

0:55:190:55:24

was skating the best I had ever

done.

Racing in three events, she

0:55:240:55:29

found herself with a chance at an

unfamiliar distance.

Suddenly I was

0:55:290:55:33

in the 500 final. I hadn't been in

the European Championship 500 final

0:55:330:55:39

or a World Championship, or a World

Cup. I also found myself in the 500

0:55:390:55:46

final, which was really cool. 500 is

always the most exciting, to me!

The

0:55:460:55:53

ladies 500 metres is about to get

underway...

0:55:530:55:58

Going away cleanly this time.

0:55:580:56:05

Overhauled by Elise Christie! They

have all gone down! There is only

0:56:050:56:08

one ice skater left standing.

We can

see it again here, the start was

0:56:080:56:16

clean, coming out of the first bend,

Elise Christie charges down the

0:56:160:56:21

inside... There wasn't a lot of

room. Crashing straight into

0:56:210:56:28

Fontana.

The collision has been

assessed and looked at. The upshot

0:56:280:56:34

is that Elise Christie has been

penalised and sadly after finishing

0:56:340:56:37

second, she has had to finish with

fourth.

I had the speed, I moved up

0:56:370:56:43

and unfortunately, the girl hit me

off my feet. So I hit everyone else

0:56:430:56:48

as I went down.

You have the 1000

metres to go?

Yes, I will use the

0:56:480:56:53

next day to get my head back

together and go for it.

The whole of

0:56:530:56:56

the country is behind you, I'm sure

you have every sympathy. You made us

0:56:560:57:01

proud. Well done.

Thank you.

0:57:010:57:06

Two days later she was back on the

ice, this time try to reach the

0:57:060:57:10

final of the 1500 metres.

Once

again, luck wasn't on her side.

Into

0:57:100:57:15

the back straight... They are

struggling behind, the two at the

0:57:150:57:19

front. Here comes Fontana. Elise

Christie takes it. The Russian is

0:57:190:57:25

there. It's a great confidence

booster for Elise Christie... I

0:57:250:57:32

cannot believe it, she has again

been penalised! What an honour --

0:57:320:57:38

what on earth happened?

I don't know

what happened, I'm gobsmacked. I

0:57:380:57:46

mean, I respected the decision the

other day but today I've got no idea

0:57:460:57:49

what is going on.

What is your

reaction? I've been in the sport

0:57:490:57:53

over 30 years, and I have never seen

anything like this. Straying barely

0:57:530:58:00

one centimetre off the track led to

a second disqualification of the

0:58:000:58:04

games. As well as all of the drama

on the ice, she was dealing with

0:58:040:58:08

something quite sinister off it.

I

had quite a lot of abuse over the

0:58:080:58:13

Internet but I've had to deal with.

It has been tough so I am finding it

0:58:130:58:17

quite hard.

What do you mean you've

had stuff on the Internet?

I've had

0:58:170:58:22

a few people threatening me. Stuff

like that. Just cyber bullying,

0:58:220:58:28

basically. It has been a tough few

days anyway.

0:58:280:58:31

What is it like to get a death

threat? I don't think most of us,

0:58:340:58:40

thankfully, we did experience that?

I'd heard of it happening to other

0:58:400:58:43

people and I thought, it's just an

online message. Surely you don't

0:58:430:58:47

think that is going to actually

happen? But you do. When it happens

0:58:470:58:52

to you, you do believe that person

and these people are genuinely

0:58:520:58:56

threatening your life. And your

family's life, and so it becomes

0:58:560:59:01

very scary. I spent about six months

afterwards feeling scared of being

0:59:010:59:07

in my house alone. Or going out

alone. So many out once made it feel

0:59:070:59:13

so real. Even though realistically,

it was coming from most of the

0:59:130:59:20

Koreans. They weren't going to be in

England but it was a very difficult

0:59:200:59:24

time. Since I've gone into

competition since, everybody has

0:59:240:59:29

been super fans and really nice.

It's a nice turn around and there is

0:59:290:59:32

definitely no fear now, but having

anything happening. Anybody who does

0:59:320:59:37

say anything, I can see that they

are sat behind a computer, thinking

0:59:370:59:43

it is funny or feeling powerful.

When actually, they aren't. So it is

0:59:430:59:49

very difficult at the time. For

anyone who has experienced it. It is

0:59:490:59:55

life changing.

With death threats

preying on her mind, there was a

0:59:550:59:58

last chance for Olympic redemption

in her favourite event, the 1000

0:59:581:00:03

metres. Flying through the heats,

she easily made the semifinals.

The

1:00:031:00:10

last one was the most frustrating.

That

1:00:101:00:12

last one was the most frustrating.

That is the one where I did not do

1:00:121:00:15

anything wrong.

Here comes Elise

Christie, she has ignited the

1:00:151:00:21

burners. She is in third. That was a

brilliant piece of skating. But the

1:00:211:00:28

Chinese skater has challenged her on

the inside. She falls and takes

1:00:281:00:32

Elise Christie out as well.

1:00:321:00:38

I cannot believe

1:00:441:00:45

I cannot believe it, the Chinese

skater penalised, and Elise

1:00:451:00:48

Christie, and she's not going to

advance.

I can't believe it's

1:00:481:00:51

happened again. The last thing I

expected to happen today. I was

1:00:511:00:55

trying to skates so cleanly.

1:00:551:01:01

That right when you were back in

your room with Charlotte, with your

1:01:011:01:03

roommate, what was it like?

I was

probably better than I was a few

1:01:031:01:10

months later. I wasn't great, I

didn't really know what to do and

1:01:101:01:18

think about, how can I cope with

such a big loss. It was the thing

1:01:181:01:25

that I dedicated everything to, and

work ridiculously hard for. And then

1:01:251:01:30

I also knew what everyone else was

saying on social media, and they

1:01:301:01:36

hadn't seen the turnaround of that

because I had -- I had not seen the

1:01:361:01:41

turnaround because I had turned my

social media or so I was still under

1:01:411:01:45

the impression that everyone was

still abusing me. There was nothing

1:01:451:01:48

anyone could do, I was so scared and

alone.

It's really hard what anyone

1:01:481:01:53

go through that, especially when

they're so close, and were sharing

1:01:531:01:56

rooms together. So each night you

try to talk it through but there's

1:01:561:01:59

not much you can say to someone when

she's got the disqualification and

1:01:591:02:04

it didn't go to plan. She went into

the Olympic games, she could have

1:02:041:02:10

come away with three gold medals,

she was that good at that point,

1:02:101:02:13

which made it even more devastating.

As parents, we found that very

1:02:131:02:17

difficult to deal with this

especially because they have a

1:02:171:02:23

bubble around the team, and the

child, so it's difficult for

1:02:231:02:26

apparent because you don't have very

much access to your child at all.

1:02:261:02:29

And then we're getting all of the

media, getting reported on Facebook

1:02:291:02:35

and the papers, it was very

difficult, actually.

The way Elise

1:02:351:02:40

dealt with the disappointment was by

getting straight back to

1:02:401:02:44

competition. But those distractions

only proved to be a short-term fix.

1:02:441:02:48

I went off on my off-season, and

that was when I thought, I'm not

1:02:481:02:53

going back. Because I can't deal

with that. There's no way I could go

1:02:531:02:59

to that ever again in my life. I was

fine when I skated, but my outside

1:02:591:03:05

life, I'd became totally useless. I

was in a tournament which I didn't

1:03:051:03:09

need to talk to anyone at, and that

is how I worked. Because at the

1:03:091:03:16

time, there was no impact on my

performance, I thought, I'm strong

1:03:161:03:20

enough to deal with this. But I

really wasn't.

Close to walking away

1:03:201:03:27

from speed skating, she considered

her switch to track cycling but a

1:03:271:03:33

sense of loyalty to the team who

stuck by her through the tough times

1:03:331:03:36

brought her back. European titles

followed before in 2017, she

1:03:361:03:44

conquered the world. From a point

from not wanting to do the sport to

1:03:441:03:50

becoming the world champion, some

turnaround.

It was my dream to be

1:03:501:03:54

all title winner, but a shrug I was

dreaming to be world champion for

1:03:541:04:00

awhile but it was not this year, it

was a different trajectory. The

1:04:001:04:04

first one was the biggest deal.

It's

going to be tight, she's done it!

1:04:041:04:11

She is the world champion, Elise

Christie!

I just remember screaming,

1:04:111:04:16

and I never act like that.

1:04:161:04:25

My in motion 's tentative stay in

the box in public. So for me to just

1:04:251:04:29

scream like that -- might in motion

to stay in the box. So to scream Mac

1:04:291:04:38

that was weird. I think it really

took over when I got the other

1:04:381:04:43

title, it didn't sink in, it

probably has not even sunk in now

1:04:431:04:47

because I'm so busy preparing for

the next thing. It's the biggest

1:04:471:04:51

achievement in short track to be

crowned overall world champion,

1:04:511:04:54

bigger than an Olympic gold

medallist, it's the biggest thing

1:04:541:04:57

you can do.

It was an incredible

season. Yes, I think... It was a

1:04:571:05:03

great time.

Obviously very emotional

thinking about it?

Yes, I think...

1:05:031:05:13

You're on the journey with them on a

daily basis, you invest that emotion

1:05:131:05:17

as well. So when she achieves, that

means a lot to me as well.

1:05:171:05:24

In Seoul, there is a break in the

training schedule and a trip to

1:05:381:05:43

remind the team why they're putting

in the hard graft. What are you

1:05:431:05:47

thinking when you see that?

It still

feels like a long time! 100 days,

1:05:471:05:53

still a third of the year. So I

thought it was a lot closer. So it's

1:05:531:05:58

quite nice to be in Korea when it is

100 days because that's quite cool,

1:05:581:06:02

I didn't know until quite recently

that we were going to be so it's

1:06:021:06:07

nice to be around everyone and be

here where the clock is.

Just

1:06:071:06:14

describe what Pyeongchang, these

Winter Olympics, these Olympics,

1:06:141:06:22

signify to you.

Everyone wants to

seek redemption, but I already

1:06:221:06:26

personally think like I've made

redemption so for me it's not about

1:06:261:06:29

redemption. For me, it's about

changing the way people view me. But

1:06:291:06:33

also, it's the dream. Every athlete

dreams of being an Olympic

1:06:331:06:39

medallist.

This is where you keep

the medals, not on display?

No,

1:06:391:06:43

they're going to get put on display

but I haven't figured out where yet.

1:06:431:06:48

The boxed ones are all

championships.

What would it be like

1:06:481:06:54

if she won an Olympic gold?

I

think...

1:06:541:07:03

think... I don't know!

I would have

said in Sochi she could have won

1:07:031:07:10

three gold medals, to see it unfold

how it did was heartbreaking and at

1:07:101:07:17

that point I thought, she was one of

the fastest. Definitely the

1:07:171:07:21

strongest going into that games.

Will she ever be that far ahead of

1:07:211:07:25

the field? But I feel like she's

even stronger and faster and that's

1:07:251:07:28

what hurts last season has shown. It

wouldn't faze me, if I was allowed

1:07:281:07:34

to bet on it, I would!

Seeing her as

a small insecure girl who didn't

1:07:341:07:41

have a great deal of self belief,

she has gone full circle to being,

1:07:411:07:46

I'm the best.

When she was a girl,

she would come in if something had

1:07:461:07:53

not on highway and through her

skates into the cupboard, she's

1:07:531:07:56

never going to do it again. Now we

know how much it means to her and

1:07:561:08:00

how much it means to the team and

we're excited and hoping that she

1:08:001:08:03

will achieve her dream.

Is there

room for an Olympic one?

Three big

1:08:031:08:10

smackers here. Since the Olympics, I

have believed that even if something

1:08:101:08:15

is getting to be mentally, I will be

able to perform and not worry about

1:08:151:08:19

that. Which is why, I guess, I feel

like I'm robust enough for these

1:08:191:08:23

games coming up because it doesn't

matter what goes on, the performance

1:08:231:08:26

will be fine. The point is, why have

I trained that Hodge to settle for

1:08:261:08:32

second place? That's almost not fair

on myself. The dream is not to go

1:08:321:08:37

out and sit in second place and pick

up a medal, the dream is to go out

1:08:371:08:41

and try and win the gold. And that

might mean we replicate Sochi, but

1:08:411:08:46

I'm not scared. I'm not scared of

doing that in terms of how hard I

1:08:461:08:52

have worked, I feel like I deserve

to go out and try to win, irrelevant

1:08:521:08:56

what anyone else will try and save.

-- irrelevant to what anyone says.

I

1:08:561:09:03

get the impression it's more than

just a nice piece of metal to you.

1:09:031:09:10

Definitely, you know what they say,

the medal will probably end up in a

1:09:101:09:14

cabinet someone, like my world

medals. But it's not about the piece

1:09:141:09:19

of metal, it's about what it means.

It will be disappointing to stick by

1:09:191:09:22

it for four years and for that not

to happen, obviously. That would be

1:09:221:09:27

really tough. But there are four

more years afterwards. If needs be!

1:09:271:09:34

So, it K. -- it's OK.

1:09:341:09:45

Well, what an incredible four years

it has been for Elise Christie. It's

1:09:461:09:50

amazing to see the emotion that is

invested from her coat and ever

1:09:501:09:55

around her and from her, and she

gets her Olympic challenge underway

1:09:551:10:00

today. She's in the 500 metres for

-- short track speed skating,

1:10:001:10:09

10:45am UK time. Not to be missed. A

lot of expectation and excitement

1:10:091:10:16

around that. From one woman going

for her first Olympic medal to the

1:10:161:10:20

iron lady who already has ten of

them. Marit Bjorgen is going in the

1:10:201:10:26

cross-country little bit later and

she is aiming for an incredible 11th

1:10:261:10:30

Olympic level which could make her

the most decorated female Winter

1:10:301:10:34

Olympian in history.

1:10:341:10:41

Marit Bjorgen is closing in on

another superb piece of Winter

1:10:471:10:51

Olympic history. This is a woman

totally dominant. Gold on the very

1:10:511:11:00

first day, gold in the team sprint,

and she's finishing in style. It's

1:11:001:11:06

gold again for the iron Lady of

Norway.

1:11:061:11:15

The Norwegian currently sits joint

top on ten medals, six of them have

1:11:151:11:19

been gold, three of them came in

1:11:191:11:22

top on ten medals, six of them have

been gold, three of them came in

1:11:221:11:25

Sochi four years ago. Claudia

Pechstein is also competing this

1:11:251:11:32

year but she has not won a

1:11:321:11:37

Pechstein is also competing this

year but she has not won a medal

1:11:371:11:38

since 2006. Before we see if she can

make history, let's have a look at

1:11:381:11:45

the Alpensia cross-country arena.

Cross-country skiing is one of the

1:11:451:11:51

ultimate physical challenges. One of

its disciplines races over the

1:11:511:11:56

longest distance of any winter and

export. 50 kilometres in one go.

1:11:561:12:02

There are two microwaves to ski,

classic, which involves a fast

1:12:021:12:06

walking motion along parallel

tracks, and freestyle, which

1:12:061:12:13

resembles ice-skating. There are six

events for men and women, all with

1:12:131:12:18

the goal to complete the various

distances as quickly as possible.

1:12:181:12:24

Norway is the dominant force and six

time champion Marit Bjorgen could

1:12:241:12:27

become the most decorated the bill

Olympian of all time if she adds to

1:12:271:12:31

her tally of ten medals here in Plum

Chang.

1:12:311:12:35

-- Pyeongchang.

Such any credible gruelling sport

1:12:351:12:40

and they approaching the start line.

Marit Bjorgen going for the 11th

1:12:401:12:46

medal. Rob Walker is the

commentator, you might have some

1:12:461:12:52

history, what a way to start your

Olympics. Do you think she can do

1:12:521:12:56

it?

1:12:561:12:59

Good afternoon. I'm certain she can.

A medal of any colour and she will

1:12:591:13:07

be the most decorated female

Olympian in history, as you have

1:13:071:13:10

said. As a woman used to going for

gold, only one colour will do.

1:13:101:13:17

Stunning conditions here at the

skiing centre, we are so excited

1:13:171:13:21

about this first instalment of

drama. And I know these world-class

1:13:211:13:25

women are itching to get going.

Heidi Weng is leading the World Cup

1:13:251:13:34

standings, she is still searching

for her maiden individual gold. She

1:13:341:13:39

is yet to stand on top on her own.

Oestberg, another Norwegian, team

1:13:391:13:54

sprint gold, racing since the age of

two. And what about Jessica

1:13:541:14:02

two. And what about Jessica Diggins,

she won the last...

1:14:041:14:10

It's not all about the Norwegians,

Kalla is a master at Peking at the

1:14:161:14:24

right time. She has raced sparingly

this year and she will be feeling

1:14:241:14:27

very fresh. Another one of the

Norwegians, Haga. And then Krista

1:14:271:14:41

Parmakoski, but Bjorgen has only

lost one race. She looked poised,

1:14:411:14:49

composed and ready. She said she is

as hungry and energetic as he was

1:14:491:14:56

right at the beginning of her

career. Another quality performer

1:14:561:15:03

here, she only just missed a medal

in the skiathlon last year. Two

1:15:031:15:08

different techniques, the real test

of the all-rounder. Our first race

1:15:081:15:14

for gold is underway in Pyeongchang.

Is it destined to be a moment of

1:15:141:15:20

history for Marat beer can,

defending world champion, or can one

1:15:201:15:23

of the others than I have the glory

that she desires? Basher or deny her

1:15:231:15:33

the glory? So much to look forward

to.

1:15:331:15:35

I'm delighted to be joined by you,

your first looking forward to the

1:15:401:15:47

cross country. Ollie, we have been

itching for these days to take down.

1:15:471:15:50

We forget about the statistics and

now we get on with watching world

1:15:501:15:54

class action.

We have been bouncing

off the walls! A phenomenal setting

1:15:541:15:59

for these races. We have 7.5

kilometres of classic, that is what

1:15:591:16:05

we are seeing in front. Then the pit

stop, when you switch, then 7.5

1:16:051:16:10

kilometres along the same course,

skating to the finish. Marit

1:16:101:16:16

Bjorgen, the headline. Everybody

wants to know whether she can beat

1:16:161:16:20

the number one female Winter

Olympian of all time. She isn't that

1:16:201:16:24

far off being the number one Winter

Olympian of all time, male or

1:16:241:16:28

female. She could do it with a bit

of effort at these games. She is a

1:16:281:16:32

multiple Olympic gold medallist when

she turns up. But any Norwegian

1:16:321:16:37

here, there are a couple of sweets,

we have Finland, pushing her close.

1:16:371:16:44

And even Jessie Diggins from the

USA. I think we have five or six

1:16:441:16:50

candidates which could beat her to

the finish.

Alongside Ollie, a

1:16:501:16:57

fascinated observer is posing

Musgrave, the Winter Olympian in

1:16:571:17:01

Sochi four years ago. You know what

it takes to compete alongside these

1:17:011:17:05

women. Put into context in these

early stages, as we look at the back

1:17:051:17:11

there at Number 10, put into context

what Marit Bjorgen has already

1:17:111:17:18

achieved in the sport and how

incredible it would be if she gets a

1:17:181:17:23

medal of any colour here and moves

to 11 medals already?

She is one of

1:17:231:17:31

the greatest performers we've ever

had, 37 now and at the top of her

1:17:311:17:35

game for 15 years. It's a tough

sport and it's incredible to compete

1:17:351:17:40

at such a level for such a long

time. She's shown after the major

1:17:401:17:44

championships how to perform at the

top level when it really matters.

1:17:441:17:48

I'm excited to see what she can do

today.

It's an important point, she

1:17:481:17:53

knows what to do on the day and she

knows her body well enough, she

1:17:531:17:58

doesn't have two race as much as her

rivals. We haven't seen since the

1:17:581:18:02

end of last year. She finished

fifth, she had a cold and wasn't

1:18:021:18:06

necessarily on top form. She doesn't

need to be doing that the whole

1:18:061:18:09

time. It's a different approach and

build up taking it into the race

1:18:091:18:13

like that, compared to the younger

the regions and the Swedes nipping

1:18:131:18:18

at her heels.

Posy, have us your

view on this ski Avalon. In the old

1:18:181:18:23

days it was known as the combined

pursuit, it is an all-round test. We

1:18:231:18:29

have a ski classical on the tracks,

then there is the transitional area,

1:18:291:18:34

as you mention, and then two fast

circuits of freestyle. It's a really

1:18:341:18:38

tough test. If you favour the

classical, you could look impressive

1:18:381:18:47

early on, Kowalczyk is past her best

now, but you cannot just nail one

1:18:471:18:50

can you have to be good at both?

Absolutely, some say it favours the

1:18:501:18:56

skate specialists, if you can hang

with the pack, you've got the chance

1:18:561:18:59

to push the pace and be in front

when it counts at the finish.

1:18:591:19:04

Regardless, if you can't do it in

the pace section. We need to be a

1:19:041:19:11

good all-rounder.

1:19:111:19:16

good all-rounder.

If you are

Charlotte Kalla, looking someone to

1:19:161:19:20

stop Marit Bjorgen, with someone

like Charlotte Kalla's pedigree, we

1:19:201:19:23

know that she is phenomenal. If you

remember Sochi 2014, Charlotte Kalla

1:19:231:19:28

delivered an incredible relay

finish, coming over the line. It was

1:19:281:19:32

one of the moments of the games. How

do you beat that woman there? How do

1:19:321:19:36

you beat Marit Bjorgen? Do you try

and stretch out the race or go for

1:19:361:19:41

it?

Nobody has the answer, which is

why she is so successful. Marit

1:19:411:19:49

Bjorgen pushes the pace, she is

further back, we are used to seeing

1:19:491:19:53

her at the front but she controls

the pace. If it comes to a sprint

1:19:531:19:57

finish, she will be able to beat

everyone at the end but she can push

1:19:571:20:00

the pace in the pack too.

Charlotte

Kalla is hugely popular in Sweden,

1:20:001:20:09

she comes from a tiny town in the

Arctic Circle. It's interesting, she

1:20:091:20:14

has decided to do this year exactly

what she did ahead of Sochi. She has

1:20:141:20:19

barely raised since Christmas. She

will be arriving here fresh. In

1:20:191:20:25

contrast to someone like Heidi Weng,

although brilliantly she won a

1:20:251:20:29

second consecutive tour to ski, she

has raced literally everywhere. With

1:20:291:20:34

a set of events as brutal as this,

coming in fresh has to be helpful

1:20:341:20:40

for Charlotte Kalla. The tactic

works and she did so brilliantly in

1:20:401:20:46

Russia.

Yes, she did brilliantly

there and we have seen in the World

1:20:461:20:50

Championships. She had her home

Championships in Sweden in 2015, we

1:20:501:20:55

didn't see much of her before that

she won gold in front of a home

1:20:551:20:58

crowd. It works for her. It's

important if you know you're winning

1:20:581:21:02

strategy to stick at it. There's no

point her racing too much when she

1:21:021:21:06

knows she can work without that.

A

clarification, Charlotte Kalla is

1:21:061:21:11

now in the centre of your picture,

on the left-hand tracks wearing the

1:21:111:21:16

number five, number one is the World

Cup leader Heidi Weng. I noticed

1:21:161:21:20

towards the front of the group,

Kowalczyk, wearing the number 22. A

1:21:201:21:27

good performer when it comes to the

classical. An Olympic champion in

1:21:271:21:32

her own rights. Arguably a touch

past her best. Marit Bjorgen happy

1:21:321:21:37

wearing number eight. To be in that

pack, there's a long way to go here.

1:21:371:21:43

The pack is looking fairly close

together as we come to the first

1:21:431:21:46

checkpoint.

They have done 2.26

kilometres now. We can see over 20

1:21:461:21:52

people within ten seconds of one

another. Not strung out too much.

1:21:521:21:59

They are doing two loops of 3.75

kilometres in a classic style.

Posy,

1:21:591:22:08

there are some very technical

elements to cross-country. It isn't

1:22:081:22:10

as simple as it looks. For those who

may be watching cross-country skiing

1:22:101:22:16

for the first time, give us the

layman 's guide to waxing? Although

1:22:161:22:19

it may sound like a boring subject,

it was vital in Sochi. In spite of

1:22:191:22:26

all of the resources the Norwegian

team have that their disposal, they

1:22:261:22:30

got their waxing very wrong in their

first few races at Sochi, it was

1:22:301:22:36

nearly a national outcry! Give us

the inside's guide as to what is

1:22:361:22:40

important with wax and wide.

They

did indeed, it can win or lose your

1:22:401:22:45

race, it's frustrating when you rely

on your skis at the end of the day.

1:22:451:22:50

Firstly, you have the glide wax

which makes you going fast downhill.

1:22:501:22:54

That's about the speed and acquired

that in the classic, you have a kick

1:22:541:23:00

wax. In the centre of your ski, you

have a kick wax own. You apply the

1:23:001:23:05

wax there and as you compress it

gives you the push to get uphill.

1:23:051:23:11

It's about getting a balance between

glide and kick, you want to get

1:23:111:23:16

uphill but go downhill quickly as

well. There is a lot to think about.

1:23:161:23:19

You need a good set of skis to put

the wax on as well.

There's a lot

1:23:191:23:24

that happens behind the scenes which

is decisive in terms of getting the

1:23:241:23:28

athletes to be start line and in the

shape where they can win. The

1:23:281:23:32

Swedish coaching team has had a

struggle with Nora virus this week.

1:23:321:23:36

It could have, even if it takes not

.5% of Charlotte Kalla or Nielsen,

1:23:361:23:46

the disruption is big news. Headline

news in Sweden all week long. If

1:23:461:23:53

there was ever a chance of Charlotte

Kalla winning an Olympic skiathlon,

1:23:531:23:58

today is the day.

Definitely, it's

too early to count though. There are

1:23:581:24:05

still 20 or so people in the front

pack. Let's see how it goes. She

1:24:051:24:09

could do really well today. I have

good feelings for her.

We mentioned

1:24:091:24:15

Jessie Diggins towards the start of

our coverage, she's on the left-hand

1:24:151:24:21

side. It's really important for the

non-European nations to show that

1:24:211:24:25

they can get among the heavyweights

of Norway and Sweden, she has

1:24:251:24:31

improved a lot in the last few

years. She's at the forefront of a

1:24:311:24:36

big development in of American

cross-country skiing?

The American

1:24:361:24:42

team has been really strong in the

last few years. It's nice to see a

1:24:421:24:45

new nation competing at the top. It

isn't just her, there are three or

1:24:451:24:51

four skiers on their day who can win

in these different events. For

1:24:511:24:55

Jesse, we talked about how you have

to be good at a classic technique.

1:24:551:25:03

She is now able to be competitive in

races like the skiathlon, which she

1:25:031:25:07

may have struggled in before. It's

interesting to see her staying with

1:25:071:25:10

the pack but also leading. I think

it shows how much she has improved

1:25:101:25:15

in her confidence.

The US team in

general.

Jessie Diggins is really

1:25:151:25:22

looking forward to these events

later in the Olympics. The strength

1:25:221:25:26

and depth, it isn't just her, you

have Randall, Marit

1:25:261:25:34

and depth, it isn't just her, you

have Randall, Marit, they've got a

1:25:341:25:36

real group which they haven't had

before. There's the chance they can

1:25:361:25:39

kick it off and get on the podium

today.

She definitely has a shot

1:25:391:25:45

today. Jessie Diggins has a lot of

self belief, every time she goes

1:25:451:25:51

out, she believes she can be on the

podium. It's important to make it at

1:25:511:25:54

the top level.

The first of four

circuits completed. It is 3.75

1:25:541:26:06

kilometres in classic. It is

important to get in and out as

1:26:061:26:13

quickly as possible, a big group

altogether. Nobody has really been

1:26:131:26:19

dropped. I noticed the cameras were

focused on the German and nights and

1:26:191:26:24

the last climb of the tour to ski,

Boehler was just off the back of the

1:26:241:26:31

big group but everyone seems in

touch. 15 going through with 62 in

1:26:311:26:35

total.

1:26:351:26:42

total.

For bid 62, that's Annika

Taylor, the only British contender

1:26:421:26:45

we have. Born in the USA, in

California. Her father is British.

1:26:451:26:50

She's been in the team since 2013, I

believe. Posy, you are overlapped

1:26:501:26:56

with her a bit, give us a flavour of

what the experience would be like

1:26:561:26:59

for her? You might she will have a

similar experience to what I had in

1:26:591:27:03

Sochi. This ski races different to

the others. You may have braced in

1:27:031:27:08

World Championships or World Cups,

but there is more exposure and more

1:27:081:27:13

people watching -- you may have

raced. She can really take a

1:27:131:27:17

positive experience from this.

Hopefully we will see some good

1:27:171:27:20

things from her.

The last time we

see the athletes going uphill, Marit

1:27:201:27:27

Bjorgen had moved level with the

leaders. She is on the left-hand

1:27:271:27:31

side, wearing number eight. Number

35 is Victoria Carl, she was 12th in

1:27:311:27:38

the sprint in Innsbruck six years

ago, in the youth Winter Olympic

1:27:381:27:45

Games. She has had a taste of the

big time.

1:27:451:27:52

big time. Number 22 Kowalczyk, just

on the left there. Palmer Caskey is

1:27:531:27:59

tracking, the iron Lady with a long

way to go. She was not bothered with

1:27:591:28:05

the early pace. She was in the third

or fourth row. Now, she has just

1:28:051:28:10

decided to let everybody else know

that she is there. She is focused

1:28:101:28:14

and ready to go for gold again --

Parmakoski is tracking.

Parmakoski

1:28:141:28:20

tracking behind her. They've had an

interesting relationship in terms of

1:28:201:28:24

how close they've been to one

another in these races. In the World

1:28:241:28:29

Championships, Parmakoski was the

only one who could really stay in

1:28:291:28:33

touch with Marit Bjorgen in that

race. Finishing five seconds off.

1:28:331:28:36

Then there was a gap of about half a

minute, back to Charlotte Kalla in

1:28:361:28:40

third.

Parmakoski had her third

individual World Cup this season,

1:28:401:28:47

she's been on the podium plenty of

times and had her first actual win.

1:28:471:28:52

A massive confidence boost going

into the games. IMac it came ten

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days or so before she got onto the

plane to come out here. It is a

1:28:561:29:03

tough course and she knows that she

is in good shape.

A super Saturday

1:29:031:29:09

for them, Parmakoski is seen as a

big hope. In the biathlon, they have

1:29:091:29:17

huge hopes with a couple of shots at

the gold today?

They will be working

1:29:171:29:23

on their biathlon. It promises to be

a great race as well. It is

1:29:231:29:32

alongside Sir Alpensia cross-country

skiing centre, they use a lot of

1:29:321:29:35

their own tracks. It is stunning. We

have walked and jogged round, Ollie

1:29:351:29:43

and I, it is well laid out. In

Sochi, there were some eye watering

1:29:431:29:49

climbs, it isn't an easy course at

all, but this skiathlon isn't

1:29:491:29:56

necessarily as hilly as Sochi. Those

clients are perhaps more gradual in

1:29:561:29:59

places, but there is one absolute

monster when they get onto the

1:29:591:30:04

skating half of the race -- climbs.

But overall, in terms of the

1:30:041:30:10

gradient, it isn't as hilly as

Sochi.

No, but what I would say is

1:30:101:30:15

on the classic cause they have a big

climb out of the stadium and then it

1:30:151:30:19

is flat and undulating after that.

It is in Paulson -- important to

1:30:191:30:26

work on that. Sometimes you get a

nice downhill afterwards, you can

1:30:261:30:29

get your breath back in those ten

seconds but I do think there is a

1:30:291:30:35

potential breakaway spot over the

top. If you keep pushing it can not

1:30:351:30:39

a few people off the back of the

pack.

It is exposed in many places,

1:30:391:30:43

we haven't talked much about

amateur, we've said Pyeongchang is

1:30:431:30:49

very cold, minus four degrees or -5,

the snow is hard and greasy, but

1:30:491:30:53

what does it mean? We haven't even

mention that your brother will be

1:30:531:30:58

going for Great Britain here, he

sounds confident at getting a medal,

1:30:581:31:03

what are the conditions mean for

him?

We will talk about a lot the

1:31:031:31:06

next few days, it means that the

moment that the snow is very fast

1:31:061:31:11

and I see, because it has been

called the snow packs down firm and

1:31:111:31:16

is fairly stable. In terms of the

waxing, it should make it fair

1:31:161:31:21

because of the conditions are stable

the smaller teams have a chance to

1:31:211:31:24

find the best conditions with wax.

But it means it will favour someone

1:31:241:31:28

who can be quite powerful if the

snow is very hard pack, you can push

1:31:281:31:33

down with a lot of force whereas if

it is a bit softer, you favour those

1:31:331:31:39

with a last and five to -- faster

tempo. Marit Bjorgen shouldn't worry

1:31:391:31:44

in every condition.

She isn't

struggling.

1:31:441:31:50

Look at this. It's not a definitive

bid for gold but it looks like she

1:31:501:31:54

is very confident, she was a little

bit below form, she was only 15 her

1:31:541:31:58

last World Cup race before coming

here. This is a very confident bit

1:31:581:32:03

of French skiing from Marit Bjorgen.

Kalla right behind her, one of the

1:32:031:32:09

jewels that we were looking forward

to, Oestberg is in fourth, Heidi

1:32:091:32:14

Weng is third. I wanted to meant --

mention Anderson, the Swede. Really

1:32:141:32:25

young, she had her best ever placing

in her senior World Cup race. She is

1:32:251:32:33

wearing number 18. She has an -- she

is an exciting prospect, she's in

1:32:331:32:39

the right place to keep track the

moves.

Yes, she's nicely positioned

1:32:391:32:45

at the front there. Kalla coming to

the end of her career, Andersson can

1:32:451:32:52

do it. She was meddling in the world

Juniors, she went three times, very

1:32:521:33:03

unusual because each year she gets a

lot of development but she was still

1:33:031:33:08

competing for the top slots.

Posy,

you mentioned Oestberg, to the end

1:33:081:33:14

of her career, -- Kalla, how

exceptional is it for someone to

1:33:141:33:21

compete at the age that they are?

Marit Bjorgen is 38. It's about

1:33:211:33:29

endurance, like breath and running,

people do get better as they get

1:33:291:33:32

older. -- like marathon running. If

you train and compete well, you can

1:33:321:33:40

be competitive through your 30s. For

me, it is motivation. If you are

1:33:401:33:45

Bjorgen and Kalla and you have won

everything, how much do you keep it

1:33:451:33:50

up? Because you have to sacrifice a

lot to be desktop yellow and she's

1:33:501:33:53

now her mother,.

-- she is now a

mother. I went to a press conference

1:33:531:34:04

that was in Norwegian, so I could

only read the body language, I asked

1:34:041:34:11

a question in English, frankly her

in the she's very good. I get the

1:34:111:34:16

feeling she is in quite a content

place, the iron lady who was leading

1:34:161:34:19

at the moment. When the next chapter

comes, she will be ready for that

1:34:191:34:23

and ready to close the door on this.

That's the luxurious position you

1:34:231:34:27

are in. She hopes that she wins a

whole host of great medals over the

1:34:271:34:31

coming 16 days but even if these

games do not panel out exactly as

1:34:311:34:36

she would have liked, she can draw

towards the end of a glittering

1:34:361:34:41

career before she focuses on the

next phase of her life. That makes a

1:34:411:34:47

quite dangerous and hard to beat

because I didn't get the feeling

1:34:471:34:50

from that press conference that she

was coming here feeling that she was

1:34:501:34:53

under a massive amount of pressure.

I got the feeling she was relishing

1:34:531:34:57

yet another challenge at SS games.

It's such a unique position to be

1:34:571:35:03

in, -- at another Olympic Games. She

knows what it is like to be here,

1:35:031:35:07

she has won everything, it would be

de-icing on the cake to get a few

1:35:071:35:10

more medals. I think she can still

do it and those years of experience

1:35:101:35:16

make a difference.

Here is the

transition line. Coming up to the

1:35:161:35:20

end of the 7.5 kilometres, the

athlete pile on and you can take as

1:35:201:35:24

long as you need to get your classic

skis off and get the skate skis on,

1:35:241:35:28

just like the triathlon transition

zone. Every second counts

1:35:281:35:34

particularly when you have got

someone like Marit Bjorgen, she took

1:35:341:35:37

all the time in the world to switch

skis at the bar champion, but if it

1:35:371:35:41

goes wrong for everyone else, they

lose time.

We will get your

1:35:411:35:45

impressions on the transition soon,

but the cameras were focusing their

1:35:451:35:52

on Haga, because she is struggling,

she is a fraction off the pace as

1:35:521:35:58

they headed towards the transition

area. OK, Posy, do the cross-country

1:35:581:36:03

skiers practice transition like the

triathletes do? Their mantra is, you

1:36:031:36:12

can never win a race with the

transition but you could cause

1:36:121:36:16

problems.

Yes, people don't spend

weeks or hours of practice on but

1:36:161:36:20

when you have a big event like this

coming up, you make sure you

1:36:201:36:26

incorporate it into a session. You

can do and interval session, you can

1:36:261:36:32

do an interval in one technique and

change over to another so you

1:36:321:36:35

practice doing it out of breath as

well which is important.

In an ideal

1:36:351:36:39

world, how long should these

transitions take?

They have already

1:36:391:36:43

come past the line at the back

there, they were able to start

1:36:431:36:46

skating, also taking their poles. So

they are just ready to unclip the

1:36:461:36:51

skis, click into the other skis,

pick the poles up, get out and put

1:36:511:36:57

the poles on so they should be in

the box no more ten seconds.

Jessica

1:36:571:37:05

Diggins wearing number three. Now

the second half of the race.

1:37:051:37:10

Classical finished for the first 15

or so of these cross-country skiers.

1:37:101:37:14

And I wonder how long we will wait

before the big move comes. A shame

1:37:141:37:20

for Haga, a little bit of work to do

to try and catch up. Her uncle

1:37:201:37:26

represented Norway in cross-country

in 1980. She will have to work to

1:37:261:37:30

close the app.

She does tend to be

slightly stronger on the freestyle

1:37:301:37:34

skiing that we have moved onto. She

will have to work very hard to get

1:37:341:37:39

back up to the front pack. The

danger is that if you work too hard

1:37:391:37:44

to get to the front pack, you have

burned all your matches once you get

1:37:441:37:48

there and if someone makes a move

from the front group, you have

1:37:481:37:51

nothing to go with them. So it's a

dangerous position.

One skier we

1:37:511:37:56

have not mentioned on the

1:37:561:38:06

have not mentioned on the farce

side, but crucially is on the far

1:38:061:38:09

side, the Olympic athletes

representing Russia, Nepryaeva. We

1:38:091:38:17

can already see a group of seven or

eight beginning to pull away. I

1:38:171:38:23

wonder at what stage we might start

to see a big move.

You feel like

1:38:231:38:28

once people get into the skate and

you do not have to worry about the

1:38:281:38:30

transition any more, like those he

was saying, you stay with the pack,

1:38:301:38:35

you get to the transition. -- like

Posy was saying. If you have a

1:38:351:38:39

chance against someone like Marit

Bjorgen, you have to go early. It's

1:38:391:38:43

the same when you deal with someone

like Chris Froome in cycling, how do

1:38:431:38:48

you conquer that, someone who has

seen it all and done everything.

1:38:481:38:54

Maybe the best option is to go as

hard as you can. If you see the pit

1:38:541:38:58

stop there, roughly 30 seconds,

Marit Bjorgen takes a little bit

1:38:581:39:03

longer than most, she feels like she

does not have to worry. As we get

1:39:031:39:07

into the skiathlon, people will be

cranking this up. How much does it

1:39:071:39:12

matter that you don't have, let's

see R Stena the Swedish coaching --

1:39:121:39:20

let's say, Stena Nilsson, how much

do you rely on the coach running

1:39:201:39:30

alongside you?

Most of your work is

done now. It's more important in the

1:39:301:39:35

time trails, women do ten

kilometres, you go out in 32nd

1:39:351:39:42

intervals so you can get more

feedback on how your competitors are

1:39:421:39:45

doing, that can be important if you

are just a few seconds behind, you

1:39:451:39:50

can work harder. You have the

feedback of people being around you

1:39:501:39:54

now. It's thinking about who is in

this group, or I need to do and

1:39:541:40:00

where I'm going to work hard.

The

gap is emerging, a group of nine

1:40:001:40:07

with a couple hanging on to the

coat-tails and it looks likely test

1:40:071:40:11

starting to get this main pack which

may be our winner will come from.

1:40:111:40:17

Yes, the two Swedish athletes, then

three, possibly four from Norway.

1:40:171:40:23

Kalla followed by Andersson who is

having a fantastic race. Heidi Weng

1:40:231:40:31

is still there and at the moment

Marit Bjorgen is this sixth, but

1:40:311:40:35

nothing to read into that, I don't

think. She is still there. At what

1:40:351:40:41

stage do you expect a move to come,

if they're going to give themselves

1:40:411:40:45

the best possible chance of beating

Bjorgen?

Look at what's happening

1:40:451:40:49

right now, no one wants to make a

move. This place is crawling along.

1:40:491:40:54

Really interesting to see this, we

don't tend to see it very often,

1:40:541:40:59

normally we see someone like Bjorgen

Heidi Weng going as hard as fossil.

1:40:591:41:03

Here she has gone to the front, she

has had enough of this. They were

1:41:031:41:08

crawling over the hill and I think

someone will start to make a move

1:41:081:41:12

soon.

Is it the case of someone

forcing themselves to be brave?

1:41:121:41:15

Think so, and some people know they

are not as strong when it comes to

1:41:151:41:20

the sprint finishes, and they will

have to push the pace. People like

1:41:201:41:24

Teresa Stadlober, she is a good

distance skier, she does not have a

1:41:241:41:31

good sprint finish. If she wants to

be near the top, she has to push it

1:41:311:41:35

soon. I think some of the Norwegians

will push it, Marit Bjorgen will get

1:41:351:41:41

fed up of this playing around and

show us who is boss soon.

We are

1:41:411:41:46

excited about Marit Bjorgen from the

point of view that she could create

1:41:461:41:51

a piece of history. To reiterate, if

you are joining us, she is leading

1:41:511:41:55

the race, she is known as the iron

Lady. She is tied with two other

1:41:551:41:59

cross-country skiers as the joint

most decorated female Olympian in

1:41:591:42:07

history with ten medals, so at medal

of any colour, even though she wants

1:42:071:42:15

the gold, will see her hold the

greatest tag all on her own.

1:42:151:42:23

greatest tag all on her own. The

male athletes who has 13 medals from

1:42:241:42:28

Norway, he's not competing in this

championship, so Marit Bjorgen, if

1:42:281:42:36

she has a great 16 days, could end

up as the greatest male or female

1:42:361:42:41

athlete in winter in a big history.

We just saw the Swiss athlete, she

1:42:411:42:47

is right up there at the front, she

is an athlete who has not had that

1:42:471:42:54

podium success and has been so close

to it and has been saying for a long

1:42:541:42:58

time but she is due, Van Siebenthal.

She has now moved onto the front of

1:42:581:43:04

this. Is that the brave move that we

talk about that someone has to take?

1:43:041:43:09

Absolutely, she is not the one who

has had podium finishes so you would

1:43:091:43:16

think she was not so confident but

she knows that she has to break the

1:43:161:43:21

pack apart. I think she has made

that move, she's certainly starting

1:43:211:43:27

to ramp it up.

Everyone is working

harder. She is a good athlete, Van

1:43:271:43:32

Siebenthal, she just missed a medal

last year in the World Championship

1:43:321:43:36

last year, and in the under 23

championship three years ago.

1:43:361:43:43

Although she has just missed out on

the podiums this year in the World

1:43:431:43:48

Cup, she has been pretty consistent.

Four performances in top six. So one

1:43:481:43:53

by one beginning to get whittled

down.

1:43:531:44:01

down. Von Siebenthal's injection of

pace has just asked some questions

1:44:011:44:04

and it's beginning to get

interesting here.

And Von Siebenthal

1:44:041:44:09

had a bit of a dress rehearsal last

year, because when she came forth at

1:44:091:44:13

the World Championship is, she led

home in a sprint pack of four or

1:44:131:44:17

five skiers who were 30 seconds of

the front but she has that

1:44:171:44:24

experience of coming home in a

sprint when you have got five skiers

1:44:241:44:27

around you. Not for gold but still

replicating that and it gives her

1:44:271:44:32

that experience which she might need

in about ten minutes.

Absolutely and

1:44:321:44:38

every cross-country skier out there

is so hungry for success that he

1:44:381:44:42

will fight for fourth place and

seventh place, it's not just the top

1:44:421:44:44

few across the line that really

work.

A little bit of a gap opening

1:44:441:44:48

up potentially. Back to Jessica

Diggins and perhaps Heidi Weng as

1:44:481:44:55

well, Bjorgen now leads with Kalla

in second, Von Siebenthal in third.

1:44:551:45:00

And the other Norwegians, wearing

number one and number two, you can

1:45:001:45:08

just see Ingvild Oestberg

disappearing on the far left frame,

1:45:081:45:14

they need to pay attention. This is

a brutal hill. I have jogged up with

1:45:141:45:20

this and it is really very, very

steep indeed. Coming into the

1:45:201:45:24

stadium again. This particular hill,

could be the decisive factor in a

1:45:241:45:31

lot of the races we're going to

enjoy watching.

1:45:311:45:37

Absolutely, if we are still as

packed as this as in 3.75

1:45:371:45:43

parameters, they will be sprinting

of that hill to make a gap before

1:45:431:45:46

they get through the last stretch.

And you had to hold back enough. All

1:45:461:45:51

of this jockeying for position we

are seeing, you have to think if you

1:45:511:45:55

kilometres ahead the whole time,

when will I turn this on? It is a

1:45:551:46:01

great mass of unknowns at the

moment.

It is quite brave of Von

1:46:011:46:06

Siebenthal to go earlier. If she

uses all of her energy potentially

1:46:061:46:09

she doesn't have anything left that

if she does not do that and it comes

1:46:091:46:13

to the sprint finish, maybe she

can't manage that. What do you do?

1:46:131:46:18

Questions being asked of Heidi Weng.

The two leaders in the World Cup

1:46:181:46:23

circuit this year, I have noticed

the seven coming in, Kowalczyk,

1:46:231:46:33

behind Marit Bjorgen by less than

five seconds in the World

1:46:331:46:36

Championships last year. It's

gearing up to be a great last lap!

1:46:361:46:41

Marit Bjorgen can taste history here

but there are plenty of women still

1:46:411:46:45

in touch wanting to deny her off

this golden opportunity to become

1:46:451:46:49

the greatest of all time.

We still

have Stadlober in the pack, and

1:46:491:46:54

Heidi Weng off the back as well.

There are five, six or seven people

1:46:541:47:01

who have the pedigree to take these

last few kilometres and make it

1:47:011:47:04

their own. They are all up against

it. Someone in Marit Bjorgen, who

1:47:041:47:09

has done it time and again. The last

two Olympic skiathlons, she has

1:47:091:47:16

fended off everybody! It must play

on the minds of the rest of the

1:47:161:47:19

pack. What would Marit do, what

should I do now?

She will be hard to

1:47:191:47:26

beat if it comes to the final

sprint. She looks comfortable still,

1:47:261:47:31

I think she still has something in

the tank. She will be feeling very

1:47:311:47:36

confident going into the last lap of

the course.

Von Siebenthal, leading

1:47:361:47:41

on the right-hand side wearing the

Number 10. Heidi Weng hanging onto

1:47:411:47:44

the leading group. Jess Diggins is

still there as well. Charlotte

1:47:441:47:52

Kalla, Ebba Andersson, candy

youngster from Sweden upstage her

1:47:521:47:55

famous compatriot, Heidi Weng? Five

seconds there, that could be a

1:47:551:48:05

significant gap,

1:48:051:48:10

significant gap, with Oestberg

leading the second group. It is

1:48:121:48:15

about to get interesting, Marit

Bjorgen hasn't had the race all to

1:48:151:48:18

herself. There are women here who

can genuinely put her under pressure

1:48:181:48:22

in the closing stages. How brave are

they willing to be and how much will

1:48:221:48:26

they have two push on that really

steep hill coming into the stadium

1:48:261:48:30

at the end of the loop?

Ebba

Andersson, what a story that would

1:48:301:48:35

be for Sweden. It is impossible to

overstate the rivalry between Sweden

1:48:351:48:40

and Norway in cross-country skiing.

This is football, three o'clock

1:48:401:48:45

Saturday afternoon in Scandinavia

right now. Clear the decks and sit

1:48:451:48:49

down, watch this! There is so much.

Charlotte Kalla, moving forward,

1:48:491:48:53

Sweden would love to take the

opening medal? They would. They have

1:48:531:48:59

never won the combined pursuit, as

it used to be called. Two silver

1:48:591:49:04

medals, Charlotte Kalla came in

fresh.

Von Siebenthal is still in

1:49:041:49:10

there. Marit Bjorgen in third. Also

still right alongside the legendary

1:49:101:49:15

Norwegian is Christa Palmer Kosky.

In third place, just behind

1:49:151:49:28

In third place, just behind her --

Parmakoski. A bold move from

1:49:281:49:31

Charlotte Kalla, she can be a Winter

Olympic champion, she's already won

1:49:311:49:35

in the ten kilometre race. Can she

do it today?

It is a big move by

1:49:351:49:40

Charlotte Kalla. Marit Bjorgen got

stuck behind Von Siebenthal, she

1:49:401:49:46

played it badly. Costing her

valuable seconds. Can she make up

1:49:461:49:50

the gap? I don't know. She will have

to put her foot down towards the top

1:49:501:49:54

of the hill.

These hills are going

to separate out the pack. As I said

1:49:541:50:01

before, Charlotte Kalla, the Swedish

fans have said is her time, if she

1:50:011:50:05

is to win the gold medal, it is to

be today. The snow is in her favour,

1:50:051:50:11

snow underfoot, in terms of what

conditions are like, it plays into

1:50:111:50:15

what she likes. There is no dominant

force this season. Charlotte Kalla

1:50:151:50:21

with a sizeable gap. There is a long

left in this at all.

Marit Bjorgen

1:50:211:50:26

will have two Douzable in specialty

pick up the gap. Four seconds on the

1:50:261:50:30

group. That could mean an awful lot

here. -- do something special to

1:50:301:50:36

pick up the gap.

1:50:361:50:47

To resist our job is a classy

performer but Charlotte Kalla has

1:50:481:50:51

been brave, racing smart, she has

the race at the moment. That was a

1:50:511:50:58

dizzying short! The Swedish fans are

getting excited. The youngster is

1:50:581:51:09

still very much in the mix, with

Andersson, momentum with the Swede.

1:51:091:51:20

There is Marit Bjorgen. With the

other Swede Andersson behind her. In

1:51:211:51:28

fourth place, you have Parmakoski.

As they climb up this hill, if

1:51:281:51:33

Charlotte Kalla does this, she is

loved in Sweden. People love her

1:51:331:51:37

personality, she is emotional and

says what she thinks. People really

1:51:371:51:41

warmed to her in terms of how she

reacts. As she surges uphill, not

1:51:411:51:46

only will she potentially win the

gold medal but she could become the

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first Swedish woman to become a

three-time Olympic medallist in the

1:51:501:51:55

cross-country skiing. She could put

herself out even further as a

1:51:551:51:59

national hero, if she takes the gold

medal now.

They are really working

1:51:591:52:03

hard as they go uphill. Last time

there were tactics and play. Taking

1:52:031:52:08

it easy but now it is all out 100%.

They put everything on the line. I

1:52:081:52:14

don't think Marit Bjorgen has given

up. She won't give up until the end.

1:52:141:52:22

If she makes up the gap, and wins

the gold medal, it will surely

1:52:221:52:26

confirm her as the greatest female

cross-country skier of all time to

1:52:261:52:30

do that?

It would be pretty special,

she is no slouch on the ski! It

1:52:301:52:35

would be incredible to do. She is an

incredible competitor. I know her

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and I know she would give up. She

still believes she can do it, even

1:52:391:52:43

if no one else does.

This is getting

tied for second and third. We know

1:52:431:52:49

Marit Bjorgen's class, but

Parmakoski of Finland is right

1:52:491:52:54

there. Andersson of Sweden is there.

Von Siebenthal hasn't been

1:52:541:52:59

completely detached from the Battle

of silver and bronze. Surely with

1:52:591:53:03

the gap as it is, if there's a huge

move up that brutal hill coming into

1:53:031:53:09

stadium from Marit Bjorgen, this

looks very much as though it could

1:53:091:53:14

be a winning lead. 37 years old,

Father Time marching on, she has the

1:53:141:53:24

class Berdych she is to close it,

she to do it now. Charlotte Kalla

1:53:241:53:29

was brave and bold, she will be

hurting. She will be beginning to

1:53:291:53:32

finish this. -- feel this. Marit

Bjorgen is being pushed by the

1:53:321:53:40

athlete that occur so close to the

world title last year. Parmakoski,

1:53:401:53:46

seven. Andersson, the other young

Swedish athlete in fourth place,

1:53:461:53:49

with Von Siebenthal in Number 10.

Marit Bjorgen has to find something

1:53:491:53:56

here. She can produce history. Any

medal would make her the greatest

1:53:561:54:01

alone of all time. He mentioned her

history with Charlotte Kalla, if she

1:54:011:54:05

wins a medal here, she will join

Anya Pearson, the Alpine skier, as

1:54:051:54:11

the greatest Swedish individual

medallist with six Winter Olympic

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medals. That's the gap... Surely

this is too much? Even for Marit

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Bjorgen?

I think she might have let

it go too much. This is too little,

1:54:221:54:28

too late for her. This is phenomenal

skiing by the ladies. I think

1:54:281:54:33

Charlotte Kalla has braced the

perfect race today. Parmakoski is

1:54:331:54:40

hot on her heels. Marit Bjorgen has

had to work hard for so long to

1:54:401:54:45

close the gap to Charlotte Kalla.

I

still think that she can do it. But

1:54:451:54:50

Parmakoski is definitely working

hard to stay on her tales.

You could

1:54:501:54:54

see Parmakoski, I do think it shows

that Parmakoski is finding it easy

1:54:541:54:59

enough to stay in contention with

Marit Bjorgen, if she could do

1:54:591:55:01

something about it by now, surely

Parmakoski couldn't stay as close as

1:55:011:55:05

she is?

Charlotte Kalla has raced

superbly here. Now, Marit Bjorgen

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with a small gap over Parmakoski.

Ebba Andersson out of the medals at

1:55:131:55:18

the moment. But this will be a

sweet, sweet moment for position

1:55:181:55:21

like Charlotte Kalla. The grimace

will turn to a smile. She is going

1:55:211:55:28

to secure the first gold medal of

the 2018 Winter Olympics here in

1:55:281:55:33

Pyeongchang! A really big effort

from Parmakoski to try to close down

1:55:331:55:39

Marit Bjorgen. There will be history

for the Norwegian today but it isn't

1:55:391:55:44

in the position to which she has

grown accustomed... Charlotte Kalla,

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Sweden's Golden girl, has delivered

perhaps the performance of her life.

1:55:491:55:54

So bold and so brave. It is she who

becomes the skiathlon Winter Olympic

1:55:541:56:01

champion. History secure for Marit

Bjorgen. She is right to celebrate

1:56:011:56:05

her silver medal. It makes her the

most decorated female Winter

1:56:051:56:09

Olympian in history, and she will

have other chances for gold.

1:56:091:56:13

Parmakoski did her very best to put

the Norwegian and the Swede under

1:56:131:56:16

pressure. She completes the podium

after a silver last year, bronze

1:56:161:56:22

this time. Well, Marit Bjorgen has

created headlines and history here

1:56:221:56:26

today. So too has Sweden's Charlotte

Kalla. What a race, and what a

1:56:261:56:31

performance!

1:56:311:56:36

Charlotte Kalla has been phenomenal.

We expected this to be a relatively

1:56:361:56:43

close race, if not very, very close.

We see skiathlons decided by a

1:56:431:56:49

second or less but if you watch

Charlotte Kalla, accelerating away

1:56:491:56:52

in the second half of that. It was

the perfect start to her Olympics,

1:56:521:56:59

the Sweden's Olympics. Scandinavia

will be going Postal over the event

1:56:591:57:08

they had just seen, it was a

dominant win?

It was a perfect race

1:57:081:57:13

by Charlotte Kalla. She stayed nice

and comfortable on the classic, it

1:57:131:57:17

was very sensible. When it came to

the skate, that has been her

1:57:171:57:22

strongest technique. She had a burst

of speed when it counted. I think

1:57:221:57:28

she had perfect tactics, a

phenomenal race.

Interesting to see

1:57:281:57:33

that Marit Bjorgen put her arms up

at the finish, perhaps she realises

1:57:331:57:37

it was a fine performance and

another great silver medal? Maybe

1:57:371:57:42

she realises that actually she

wasn't going to have it all her way

1:57:421:57:44

this year. She's done well in the

World Cup series, winning a couple

1:57:441:57:49

of races but she has finished off

the podium sometimes as well. I do

1:57:491:57:53

think she is pleased with herself a

medal. I don't think it is bitter

1:57:531:57:57

disappointment. But elation that she

has another medal.

She's a great

1:57:571:58:06

competitor. A real sportswoman. She

will congratulate her competitors in

1:58:061:58:10

this race. So many medals in the

bag. Silver is still great.

The

1:58:101:58:18

first gold has been secured. It has

gone to Charlotte Kalla. Her status

1:58:181:58:24

as a golden goal in Sweden was

already secured with the gold medals

1:58:241:58:28

that she has enjoyed in Vancouver

and in Sochi. But you suspect the

1:58:281:58:34

manner of that victory puts the gold

medal at the top of her collection.

1:58:341:58:41

We have so many races in cost

crunchy -- cross-country yet to

1:58:411:58:48

come. What a superb day for

Charlotte Kalla.

1:58:481:58:55

An incredible race, the first gold

of the games goes to Sweden and

1:58:551:58:59

Charlotte Kalla. History made at the

cross-country. The iron Lady Marit

1:58:591:59:03

Bjorgen is officially the most

decorated Winter female, female

1:59:031:59:09

Winter Olympian of all time.

1:59:091:59:15

Winter Olympian of all time. Quite

incredible. We are now leaving the

1:59:161:59:18

mountain cluster and we are heading

to the coastal cluster, taking a

1:59:181:59:22

visit to the grand dog ice Hockey

Centre, where all of the women's

1:59:221:59:28

hockey is taking place. The first

match is underway, Japan play

1:59:281:59:32

Sweden. In the first quarter, let's

catch up with all of the action.

1:59:321:59:37

Joining it live with our commentary

team Ken Simpson and Steph Bennett.

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COMMENTATOR: Good points from the

youngster as another long-range

1:59:461:59:50

effort goes towards the goal...

Ripping one, top shelf! Short

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side...

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side... Fujimoto beaten. Sweden

winning 1-0.

What do you do? Short

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side upstairs, what a shot! Passing

Fujimoto, right under the crossbar.

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Fujimoto thinks she has the post

covered. It goes right under.

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Postage stamp!

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She could be one of those energy

players throughout this tournament.

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Massive smiles.

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Leading rests won 1-0. Japan have

pushed back in the last couple of

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minutes. They are creating and they

may have a chance as they break into

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the zone. The shooting opportunity

goes wide. Japan create the turnover

2:00:572:01:06

again. They are giving Sweden a run

for their money. The shot was

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blocked in front. It should be

cleared. The Swedish captain. She

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will get help.

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Japan continue to work hard. They

are creating. Sweden were resolute

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defensively. They can break away

with speed.

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with speed. Almost over the line.

Japan will try and clear this away.

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Now they have space to clear.

You

get the feeling that Japan needs to

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capitalise on one of their

opportunities. Boy, they have had

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some wonderful ones in the last few

minutes of play, point-blank

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opportunities.

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opportunities. Those opportunities

will not keep coming unless they

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find the back of the net.

It is

taken away. Looking for help on the

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blue line. She will get it. That is

very close to a bodycheck on the

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boards. It is one of the differences

in the rules between the men's and

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the women's game. You're not allowed

to make bodychecked but you can make

2:02:272:02:32

body contact. You will see them

crashing to each other every once in

2:02:322:02:35

awhile but it is when the referee

judges are made -- they have made

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ahead, that is where they will get

the penalty. This is the

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opportunity. Looking for the

wraparound. This could be the

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opportunity. A good save again by

the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper just

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seems to be doing enough right now.

The Swedish defence are doing a

2:02:572:03:02

wonderful job taking away the second

and third opportunities. Japan are

2:03:022:03:07

getting the shots, and the rebound

is sitting there but Japan cannot

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seem to get it.

The shooting chance

from the goal-tender from Japan.

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from the goal-tender from Japan. --

saved by the goal-tender from Japan.

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They have it back in their own zone.

Sweden seem to be on the back foot

2:03:272:03:36

for the moment. Trying to work

something deep in the zone.

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She has helped from the captain. It

is brought away.

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is brought away. Two players check

one another. They are both Swedish,

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though. It was almost the perfect

play. Another opportunity, Japan

2:03:572:04:03

moving the puck. It goes all the way

across the crease. In the end it was

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neither a short nor a pass but it

only needed a little deflection.

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That seems to be the theme of the

last ten minutes of play. It has

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been all Japan.

This is a problem.

Sweden, against the run of play.

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They have it. She cannot find her

defensive partner and they will have

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to retreat because everybody was

offside. They do just that. So

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impressive, the way Japan have

fought hard in this game.

I really

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like their speed, the way they are

flying. They have their legs under

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them, but they are moving the plot

quickly. We are not seeing long 50

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foot passes, we are seeing ten feet

passes, and did close support all

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over the ice.

They just need to be

clinical in the final third of the

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ice. The question is, will they be

able to do that? That is strong

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play. Sweden are the much bigger,

more physical team. Right now, they

2:05:122:05:17

cannot clear their own zone. It does

not matter, they are causing their

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own problems.

Two minutes and 21

seconds in, Sweden took the lead and

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since then it has been all Japan. I

think the Japan team has caught the

2:05:262:05:33

eye of the Sweden team. There will

be comments in the first intimation

2:05:332:05:39

from the coach, saying, it is time,

let's go.

Two great opportunities.

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It has been unfortunate that Sweden

were not able to clear that. If it

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comes off your skate it can go

anywhere, but two great chances. She

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does not get enough of this.

You

cannot be in a better position to

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shoot. You are about six feet from

the keeper. It is just rolling a

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little bit, it looks like it rolls

off her stake and away the side. --

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her stick.

Good defensive play, but

Japan keep working so hard in the

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offensive zone to get the turnovers

and rebounds. Maybe we would not

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have expected the Swedish goalkeeper

to be the busier of the two, but she

2:06:332:06:37

certainly has been. Make no mistakes

about it, Sweden would have come

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into this game expecting to win

handsomely. Now they will have a

2:06:432:06:48

chance to break into the zone.

2:06:482:06:52

Good possession. Sweden can relieve

the pressure. Careless, sloppy play.

2:06:542:07:03

They are forced back into their own

zone.

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The shot on the angle goes well wide

of the target. It was a bad shot. It

2:07:162:07:22

did not give any opportunity for

anything other than the one shot.

2:07:222:07:28

No, when you're coming down the wing

and you're going to take a shark,

2:07:282:07:31

angled shot, you have to hit the

net. If you do not, you're helping

2:07:312:07:37

the other team break-out. Case in

point. That shot misses and was all

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the way around the boards outside

the blue line and gives Japan a

2:07:412:07:45

little sigh of relief.

2:07:452:07:51

Sweden will take this one into the

zone. That sounded like a

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bodychecked. The referee has decided

it was just a collision. Japan have

2:07:562:08:03

got to be careful, having fought so

hard for much of this period. They

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cannot afford to take a penalty or

concede another goal at this point.

2:08:072:08:13

At the very least, they deserve to

go in trailing by one. Maybe they

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have other ideas as they break into

the offensive zone. That shot was

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never going to cause major problems.

It is never a bad idea to put the

2:08:252:08:31

puck on the net, especially late in

the period, you want to keep it in

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the offensive zone. Perhaps there is

a rebound for the taking.

Good times

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to come away from it. Into the body

it goes.

2:08:432:08:52

it goes. You just feel, when Japan

break into the zone, they are not

2:08:522:08:55

going to score from the first

opportunity on the Swedish

2:08:552:08:59

goalkeeper. This is such a good

opportunity. The shot through the

2:08:592:09:06

screen, but no problem for the

goalkeeper.

You're right. It was a

2:09:062:09:10

nice play, using the screen,

shooting, but not enough on the

2:09:102:09:15

shot, and right into the body of the

keeper for an easy start.

That is

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Japan again, another shot that does

not make its way through. It is

2:09:212:09:24

blocked in front. She clears. Japan

will look to go again. They have it.

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The Paz goes all the way across the

zone. Sweden are allowed to

2:09:342:09:38

intercept. That should have been a

hand past. -- pass. It should have

2:09:382:09:49

been neutralised. It was not given.

2:09:492:09:51

The long outlet Paz goes all the way

down the ice. With 53 seconds

2:09:552:10:04

down the ice. With 53 seconds to go,

the teams are separated by one goal.

2:10:042:10:09

This is a superstar of women's

cocky, in her fourth Olympic Games,

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but so far she has been very quiet,

and that is largely down to the play

2:10:132:10:19

of Japan.

The Japanese head coach

has got to be happy with what he is

2:10:192:10:23

seen from his club, is specially in

the last 15 minutes of play.

The

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shot and save. We have a break at

the other end. Sweden, so close.

2:10:282:10:35

Second chance. Cleared on the line.

Now the breakaway. Two golden

2:10:352:10:41

opportunities. Japan come back the

other way. This is some game. What

2:10:412:10:47

an opening period to this

tournament. Another long-range shot

2:10:472:10:49

goes wide. There are still may be

time for one last opportunity.

2:10:492:10:59

Sweden through this one down the

ice.

2:10:592:11:05

ice. The long outlet Paz. Japan,

seven seconds. Probably not enough

2:11:052:11:09

to get another shot on goal. This

could be a chance. Good defensive

2:11:092:11:16

play in the end.

What a first

period. What an opportunity late in

2:11:162:11:23

the period. You can see the

defenceman, she blocked the shot.

2:11:232:11:31

That set up the breakaway. She

missed the first shot but had

2:11:312:11:36

wonderful presence of mind to shoot

back towards the net. She got behind

2:11:362:11:41

the goalkeeper and sat in the

crease, but Tim Japan was able to

2:11:412:11:45

beat them to it.

Without a doubt

they will be the happier of the

2:11:452:11:49

teams that the end of the period.

The players having to put on there

2:11:492:11:53

are skate guards as they wander

back. They do not want to blunt the

2:11:532:11:56

blades as they wander back. Back to

the locker room. You can see one

2:11:562:12:04

player hobbling, wincing with pain.

She felt the full effect of that

2:12:042:12:10

one. In Game one of the tournament,

the last thing you need is a stinger

2:12:102:12:14

like that. Over the next 24 hours

that will only hurt more and get

2:12:142:12:19

more swollen. The ice will be

resurfaced. I think Sweden will

2:12:192:12:24

reflect on a period which could have

gone better. Japan will feel great

2:12:242:12:27

despite the fact the trail in the

opening game of the tournament, 1-0.

2:12:272:12:38

Sweden with the slender lead at the

end of the first quarter. We will be

2:12:412:12:44

back for the second quarter but

before that, let's head back to the

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cross country. Tomorrow it is the

main's skiathlon and it features

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Great Britain's Andrew Musgrave, in

his third Olympics. He has his

2:12:532:12:59

sights set on a medal. Graham Bell

went to meet him before it all kicks

2:12:592:13:03

off.

2:13:032:13:04

Pyeongchang, your third Winter

Olympics. What have you learned from

2:13:132:13:18

Vancouver and Sochi?

When I went to

Vancouver I was pretty young, still

2:13:182:13:23

a junior, not that experienced. I

was definitely going to find out

2:13:232:13:26

what the Olympics was like. Sochi, I

went there and I did slightly

2:13:262:13:32

underperformed compared to what I

thought I should be able to do, but

2:13:322:13:35

I have learned a lot, especially

after Sochi. Peak form, how to deal

2:13:352:13:41

with pressure, things like that. A

lot more experience going into this

2:13:412:13:44

Games than last time.

You on the

Norwegian Championships ahead of

2:13:442:13:50

Sochi, and that got you lots of

press coverage. Did that put extra

2:13:502:13:54

pressure on you ahead of Sochi?

I

was a little affected by it, I

2:13:542:14:00

trained too hard, I did too much in

the lead up. I did not do what I

2:14:002:14:05

normally do. I let things go to my

head. That is one of the things I

2:14:052:14:10

have learned.

In place to make you

said you skied later tranquillised

2:14:102:14:15

badger.

Why badger? It is a very

good question. I do not think I was

2:14:152:14:29

going to be one of the favourites

for a medal, but I should have done

2:14:292:14:32

better.

The guy you beat a few weeks

before won the gold.

Toogood on the

2:14:322:14:35

day.

What a spectacle. He did. I

outperformed myself on that day. If

2:14:352:14:41

I had done the same in the Olympics

I could have been in the fight for

2:14:412:14:47

the medals, but now I feel I should

be able to be at that level without

2:14:472:14:52

having to have a super exceptional

day.

What do the British team have

2:14:522:14:57

that gives them an advantage say, or

the Norwegians, the Swedes or the

2:14:572:15:03

Russians?

What gives you the edge?

The fact that we are a small team.

2:15:032:15:09

Sometimes it is a disadvantage, but

it can be an advantage. We look at

2:15:092:15:14

things differently, we have come

from a different background but the

2:15:142:15:17

big teams do the same things they

have always done. They have this big

2:15:172:15:21

structure

2:15:212:15:26

structure that is hard to change.

We

can think of the things that we can

2:15:272:15:30

do differently that may work that

they have never thought of trying.

2:15:302:15:33

Looking good for Pyeongchang. Which

discipline, which event are you

2:15:332:15:34

targeting?

2:15:342:15:39

The 15 kilometres is my main event

and the 30 kilometres, that is a

2:15:412:15:47

combination of classic for the first

15 and then skating which is good

2:15:472:15:52

for me as well. We finish in my best

style. So those races I am really

2:15:522:15:57

targeting.

So what are your hopes

and expectations from Pyeongchang.

I

2:15:572:16:06

was forth at the World Championship

last year and I feel but I am a

2:16:062:16:11

better skier at this year. So this

year I think it is realistic for me

2:16:112:16:16

to be fighting for a medal in 30 and

15 K. So that is the goal.

2:16:162:16:27

For the Skiathlon it is getting

underway tomorrow morning at a

2:16:282:16:32

quarter past six. We will bring you

that live right here on BBC Two.

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From the Huntly Nordic Centre to

potential Olympic medallist, what a

2:16:412:16:45

journey it could be for Andrew

Musgrave. But we already had some

2:16:452:16:49

medals from the cross-country. The

headline act has been the Norwegian

2:16:492:16:53

Marat Bergsson, the most decorated

female Winter Olympian of all time,

2:16:532:17:00

taking silver and taking her tally

to an incredible 11 Olympic medals.

2:17:002:17:06

Charlotte Kalla of Sweden took the

first gold medal of the Games. Well

2:17:062:17:12

disappointment for the GB trio in

Slopestyle. They all failed to make

2:17:122:17:16

it through to the final tomorrow.

Max Parrot was the top qualifier.

2:17:162:17:27

Well you might have heard is

mentioning that it is a little bit

2:17:282:17:33

cold here at Pyeongchang! Actually

it is not so bad today, I believe

2:17:332:17:37

the current temperature only around

-9 in the wind chill. I only have

2:17:372:17:43

five layers of clothing right now,

believe me that is an improvement.

2:17:432:17:48

So we went out to check out the cold

weather is going to affect Team GB

2:17:482:17:52

and these Winter Olympics.

Jung Chang is situated in the

2:17:522:17:59

mountains 700 metres above sea level

and the locals claim it is perfect

2:17:592:18:02

for healthy living. But alongside

that is the weather. The very, very

2:18:022:18:07

cold weather.

The Pyeongchang area is the coldest

2:18:072:18:20

place in Korea. Because of the

mountainous area. The average

2:18:202:18:27

February temperature is around -11

Celsius.

It really is cold. Take a

2:18:272:18:34

look at this. I know it is supposed

to be cold, it is the Winter

2:18:342:18:41

Olympics, but the coldest on record

was in Lily hammer in 1994 and that

2:18:412:18:46

year it went as low as -11 degrees.

So if temperature stayed this low

2:18:462:18:52

could that affect the 2018 Winter

Olympics?

We continue to ask the

2:18:522:19:05

operators at which temperature it

would be impossible to operate the

2:19:052:19:08

Games.

They say it depends on the

situation. And that situation is

2:19:082:19:13

largely determined by the amount of

time that the athlete spends outside

2:19:132:19:17

in the freezing climate. For an

Alpine racer it is less than two

2:19:172:19:21

minutes. But a cross country skier

more like two hours. Whatever the

2:19:212:19:26

amount of time, a crucial element is

the kit that they wear it to cope

2:19:262:19:31

with the frosty conditions. With

around 60 Team GB athletes

2:19:312:19:35

travelling out here that is a lot of

sports and a lot of kit.

Four years

2:19:352:19:41

ago we had shorts and flip-flops in

Sochi. So quite a shift. Great to be

2:19:412:19:47

part of the Olympic Winter Games in

which it is actually cold. We all

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have about 100 items of kit. Each

sport has their own and we have

2:19:512:19:57

village where as well. The goose

down jackets, scarf and gloves, hand

2:19:572:20:03

warmers.

Do you think the cold could

help or hinder Team GB?

Help,

2:20:032:20:12

cross-country is a great example,

the preparations that they have done

2:20:122:20:16

in the background is ideal. So they

have a great time out on the track.

2:20:162:20:24

So we are in great shape to cope

with this to the benefit of Team GB.

2:20:242:20:31

So for the first time ever I'm going

to hope it stays cold!

2:20:312:20:35

Will the build-up to the Games has

been more difficult than usual. The

2:20:352:20:41

North Korean, South Korean

neighbours in the north and the fate

2:20:412:20:43

of the Russian athletes have

dominated the build-up to these

2:20:432:20:47

Games. Matthew Pinsent has been out

to assess Games caught up in

2:20:472:20:52

controversy.

Every edition of the Olympic Games

2:20:522:20:58

is going to have its challenges. But

it seems as if Pyeongchang is taking

2:20:582:21:03

it to a whole new level. 50 miles

across those hills is North Korea.

2:21:032:21:11

And let's be honest, relations with

them recently have been absolutely

2:21:112:21:16

appalling. But in the last few weeks

North Korea announced that they were

2:21:162:21:19

sent a delegation to the Winter

Games to compete. So are we on the

2:21:192:21:23

eve of some chorion goodwill?

I have

been doing courier for 30 years and

2:21:232:21:31

I cannot recall when the situation

was as dangerous as the last year.

2:21:312:21:35

The tension between South and is

becoming more sophisticated and a

2:21:352:21:43

little bit dangerous. Especially for

our side of the Korean peninsula.

2:21:432:21:49

All this reconciliation is not going

to last for long. Because the United

2:21:492:21:55

States would be deadly opposing any

kind of economic interaction between

2:21:552:21:59

North and South.

Still the Korean

citizens have the same history and

2:21:592:22:06

we are one unit, one people and one

nation. So we are rooting for both

2:22:062:22:12

teams.

Korea and North. Hopes in

Korea itself may be high but in the

2:22:122:22:18

rest of the world including the UK

questions remained about attending

2:22:182:22:21

the Games at all.

We feel it is

better to come rather than boycott

2:22:212:22:25

or not turn up. It is the athletes,

they do not choose, it is the

2:22:252:22:31

pinnacle of their career and they

want to be here. It is up to us to

2:22:312:22:36

do our utmost as long as we can

guarantee their safety.

Another

2:22:362:22:39

problem the Olympic authorities have

to deal with is that of Russia and

2:22:392:22:45

they doping. This began back of the

last Winter Olympics. In Sochi in

2:22:452:22:50

2014. But just recently it has come

to a head.

Russia has been banned

2:22:502:22:54

from competing at the Olympics in

South Korea following an

2:22:542:22:59

investigation into allegations of

state-sponsored doping.

The Court of

2:22:592:23:04

Arbitration for Sport has upheld an

appeal is in the last few days from

2:23:042:23:08

28 of those banned Russian athletes.

Which leaves a lot more questions.

2:23:082:23:13

And the only person who can answer

them is the president of the IOC,

2:23:132:23:17

Thomas back.

Can you go into any

more detail?

Do you have any regrets

2:23:172:23:25

about the intervening four years and

the way the IOC has handled this?

2:23:252:23:31

No, we issued the toughest sanctions

which we can issue on a national

2:23:312:23:38

Olympic committee. This is the

exclusion from the Olympic Games.

2:23:382:23:42

But the IOC did clear 169 athletes,

who they judged to be drug-free.

2:23:422:23:49

They compete under Olympic flag with

neutral kit and no Russian anthem if

2:23:492:23:53

they win.

We gave a new young

generation of Russian athletes the

2:23:532:24:00

opportunity to be invited to show

the Russians that it pays off to be

2:24:002:24:06

clean.

In one final chapter to the

Russians trying to get to

2:24:062:24:12

Pyeongchang, a further 32 athletes

this week challenge their ban from

2:24:122:24:16

December. But just hours ahead of

the opening ceremony, their appeals

2:24:162:24:21

were dismissed. Stating that the IOC

were within their rights to block

2:24:212:24:27

them. No one is naive enough to

think the Winter Olympics will solve

2:24:272:24:32

all the sporting or political

problems of the world. But with

2:24:322:24:36

world-class event is about to begin,

hopefully we can all take a 17 day

2:24:362:24:44

break from them.

Well the Korean

women's hockey team are in action

2:24:442:24:47

today, that is on the Red Button at

12:45pm. But heading back to the ice

2:24:472:24:52

now for the second period of Japan

against Sweden.

2:24:522:24:56

now for the second period of Japan

against Sweden.

2:24:562:25:01

Swedish fans, some may be smiling

but it is the Japanese fans who will

2:25:012:25:04

feel better about their performance.

I think many of the Koreans in the

2:25:042:25:12

building are supporting the

Europeans. You suspect they could

2:25:122:25:22

have been a little rocket in that

locker room going in the direction

2:25:222:25:26

of the Swedish team. They were not

great in the first period. I'm sure

2:25:262:25:31

at the head coach had a few words

for his team. What a wonderful start

2:25:312:25:37

for Sweden, just a couple of minutes

in getting on the board. Maybe that

2:25:372:25:40

was the worst thing to get that

early goal and then they think it is

2:25:402:25:44

going to be an easy game the rest of

the way. But Japan responded in a

2:25:442:25:48

big way. They went to the power

play, not able to convert but I

2:25:482:25:52

think that was the difference. Just

stemming the flow of the game was up

2:25:522:25:59

from there we have Japan using their

speed and they had a lot of

2:25:592:26:02

wonderful opportunities. But I tell

you what, scoring chances, they were

2:26:022:26:10

even more in favour of Japan. There

is Fanny Rask, the goal scorer

2:26:102:26:16

there. Great goal from Fanny Rask,

she really can cause some problems.

2:26:162:26:31

Somebody who plays in the Swedish

women's league. Could Fujimoto have

2:26:312:26:37

done anything about that? I really

do not think so.

2:26:372:26:47

do not think so. So period number

two, Japan with the white and red

2:26:472:26:50

jerseys. They will want to build on

that great work of the second half

2:26:502:26:55

of the first session. And they will

try to find their way back into this

2:26:552:27:01

game. Japan now in the offensive

zone. Going back to the blue line

2:27:012:27:10

and following a similar theme, this

first 30 seconds or so.

2:27:102:27:19

first 30 seconds or so. Osawa

opening things up and a chance

2:27:192:27:23

there. Quite a weak shot, not having

the power to cause big problems. And

2:27:232:27:30

Sweden looking to go forward now.

Japan have to go back. That is the

2:27:302:27:38

fourth opportunity Japan have had

from that high slot area. Really

2:27:382:27:43

findings open ice. But just not able

to get quality shots from that area.

2:27:432:27:51

Intercepted.

2:27:512:27:57

Intercepted. Chasing into the

corner. Japan trying to create in

2:27:572:28:01

the offensive zone.

2:28:012:28:09

the offensive zone. Japan Sea is go

back to the other end and they can

2:28:092:28:13

create again.

Going back to Sochi

four

2:28:132:28:20

four years ago,. Smile Japan was the

nickname, very easy-going, the team

2:28:202:28:24

having a lot of fun. A lot of the

fans smitten by them but

2:28:242:28:30

unfortunately they did not win a

single game in the tournament. And

2:28:302:28:33

they left a little bit ashamed. And

now they're looking for redemption

2:28:332:28:37

in South Korea.

Another blocked shot

from Sweden. The fifth or sixth of

2:28:372:28:44

the game so far. It just tells you

Japan have created a lot. That is a

2:28:442:28:51

bad turnover. Now the opportunity to

push this one.

2:28:512:28:59

Fujimoto out to play it. That was a

bit sloppy from Japan.

2:29:042:29:17

bit sloppy from Japan. Stripped

again. And in now, and Sweden

2:29:172:29:22

starting to build momentum. Just

causing some turnovers and they do

2:29:222:29:25

exactly the same thing again.

Pernilla Winnberg across the line.

2:29:252:29:32

Wide of the target. Away they go

again. Japan clearing all the way

2:29:322:29:39

down the ice and Sweden going back

to play this one.

Well Japan cannot

2:29:392:29:44

be afraid to do just that, dump it

down. Just get it out of your own

2:29:442:29:52

zone if you feel under pressure.

Pressure coming. Sweden probably

2:29:522:30:04

have had their best shift in ten

minutes. Japan can relieve a bit of

2:30:042:30:10

pressure finally. They can break

with a little bit of speed as well.

2:30:102:30:15

And it is Fanny Rask the goal scorer

trying to clear away from her own

2:30:152:30:21

end. Needed 34 bytes of that cherry.

-- three or four.

2:30:212:30:39

-- three or four. The foot movement

has been exceptionally good through

2:30:392:30:43

this game.

2:30:432:30:49

Johannson echoes cause Sweden so

many problems. Another shot is

2:30:492:30:53

blocked again by Fanny Rask. Japan

are cranking on the pressure.

The

2:30:532:31:00

shot goes wide of the target. This

is new for Sweden. In your wildest

2:31:002:31:05

dreams they did not expect to be

hemmed in by Tim Japan. They need to

2:31:052:31:13

find a little relief in racing the

puck. The story of the game so far

2:31:132:31:16

is all this wonderful work from

Japan, but not resulting in any

2:31:162:31:21

scoring opportunities. We see

another block from Fanny Rask.

2:31:212:31:30

another block from Fanny Rask.

That

was Grahm made the save.

2:31:312:31:37

was Grahm made the save. It is end

over end. It is causing problems.

2:31:382:31:43

Yoneyama. More good work to keep

possession going. Japan are creating

2:31:432:31:51

everything they possibly can. Have

they got to be on collision -- the

2:31:512:31:58

one clinician who can find the

Finnish? That is a question mark. Do

2:31:582:32:04

they have enough goals. If they take

one of these chances, what does it

2:32:042:32:12

do to the mentality of Sweden?

The

Japan bench now they can play with

2:32:122:32:17

Sweden. They have proved that. There

are no doubters on the Japan bench,

2:32:172:32:25

but they need a goal-scorer, someone

who can even imagine bring them back

2:32:252:32:31

into it.

One player who could do

that is Kubo. She is on the ice now.

2:32:312:32:38

It will be the like of Fallman that

is concerned at this stage.

She

2:32:382:32:44

plays in Sweden. Good to see Fallman

back on the ice. We saw in a great

2:32:442:32:49

deal of pain, limping. She blocked

the shot that led to the breakaway

2:32:492:32:57

by Stenberg.

It is good to see her

back. They shot into the body. The

2:32:572:33:03

set play from the face-off. Almost

on cue, Kubo almost pulled the

2:33:032:33:09

trigger.

What a wonderful face-off.

Kubo, a little of the circle. Ready

2:33:092:33:16

for it, and the puck went right onto

her forehand. She stopped it for

2:33:162:33:22

half a second, and then moved it on

in a hurry.

Grahn with a nice save.

2:33:222:33:27

She had five goals in qualifying,

Kubo, so she is maybe the one that

2:33:272:33:32

Japan will be looking to. She

actually had a break from ice

2:33:322:33:37

hockey. She got very frustrated and

decided she wanted to do other

2:33:372:33:41

things. Eventually there was the

lure of playing in an Olympic Games.

2:33:412:33:46

We have a two on one. It was a good

save by Fujimoto. Everybody in the

2:33:462:33:54

building was playing the pass apart

from Fujimoto. She was looking for

2:33:542:34:02

the past, up until the last second,

Winberg.

Pernilla Winberg, the

2:34:022:34:09

veteran, legendary hockey player in

Sweden. Perhaps a little bit of

2:34:092:34:15

indecision. She was thinking about

the pass. At the last moment, she

2:34:152:34:20

decided to shoot. She did not put

that were she wanted to. Fujimoto

2:34:202:34:24

made the same.

So, penalty against

Japan and the first opportunity to

2:34:242:34:31

have a look at that power play.

Let's have a look at it. It feels

2:34:312:34:37

like a soft call. There is Winberg,

or indeed to make on one. Could she

2:34:372:34:44

have gone wider?

Possibly. She tried

to end up going short side. The

2:34:442:34:51

glove of Fujimoto turned it aside.

That penalty will see Kubo in the

2:34:512:35:00

box and it will seize Sweden with

the one played advantage for two

2:35:002:35:03

minutes. -- will see Sweden. They

will try to make things happen in

2:35:032:35:13

the offensive zone. That is why

Winberg is out on the ice. Good

2:35:132:35:17

save.

2:35:172:35:22

save. Fujimoto denies Emma Nordin.

It was a great pass by Winberg. This

2:35:252:35:31

is where Japan may struggle. Kicked

aside.

2:35:312:35:39

aside. Once again, it was a good

power play. The face-off will be in

2:35:392:35:43

the zone.

Winberg is pulling the

strings. When she moves the puck she

2:35:432:35:49

puts real speed on it. What vision

to hate Nordin in stride. Coming

2:35:492:35:56

across the blue line. Fujimoto with

the save. A good job by Japan to

2:35:562:36:03

clear the rebound into the corner

for no further harm.

2:36:032:36:11

for no further harm.

Sweden will try

and work the outside. Japan get

2:36:122:36:15

clean again. We spoke early on about

the 17-year-old defender, Nylen

2:36:152:36:24

Persson. We wondered how much time

she would get but now look at her,

2:36:242:36:31

quarterbacking the power play. 17

years of age. Sweden are trying to

2:36:312:36:35

get something. It will be Nylen

Persson who will go all the way back

2:36:352:36:40

to our own zone. 30 seconds

remaining with the one played

2:36:402:36:46

advantage.

2:36:462:36:51

advantage. Sweden sent this in.

Japan will try and clean again.

2:36:522:36:58

Eventually it is sent towards the

net. A big deflection against the

2:36:582:37:02

defender. That did not cause too

many problems by Fujimoto. -- four

2:37:022:37:08

Fujimoto. They have done some good

penalty killing. That was good

2:37:082:37:17

defending by Yoneyama, deep in her

own zone. Now they can lead to

2:37:172:37:21

build. Sweden lead by one goal.

Japan will feel somewhat

2:37:212:37:25

unfortunate. Kubo

2:37:252:37:33

unfortunate. Kubo gets a stake on

that. Japan have had more than

2:37:332:37:35

enough chances to be level. -- a

stick on that. Japan, under

2:37:352:37:45

pressure. A good turnover in the

offensive zone. The physical

2:37:452:37:50

presence from the Swedish line could

be the difference maker.

2:37:502:37:58

be the difference maker. They

scored, the combination of Rask,

2:37:582:38:05

Kuller, Anton Karlsson.

They are

able to control the pace of the play

2:38:072:38:12

down low.

Japan growing in

confidence in this game. They have a

2:38:122:38:21

chance to move away, into the

offensive zone.

2:38:212:38:27

offensive zone. That was really good

work by Taka.

2:38:292:38:34

work by Taka. Working hard in that

corner. Now an opportunity to skate.

2:38:362:38:48

These are one of chances for Sweden,

they are not getting sustained

2:38:482:38:51

pressure.

2:38:512:38:56

pressure. That was nearly tipped out

in front. It should not have cause

2:39:002:39:03

the problem.

They say it is never a

bad play to put the puck on the net.

2:39:032:39:09

But you're right, we are seeing lots

of shots from far out from Sweden

2:39:092:39:14

and no rebound to speak of.

2:39:142:39:21

Japan, under some pressure in their

own zone. This is probably Sweden's

2:39:222:39:28

best shift since the power play. The

shot will come from range. It is not

2:39:282:39:36

pipped on the way through. Again

they will battle their way through.

2:39:362:39:43

Stenberg was outmuscled in the end.

It needed two players. It will be

2:39:432:39:47

clear down the ice. This is a long

shift for the Japanese five. You do

2:39:472:39:54

wonder if the fatigue will start to

cause a problem. That is a mistake.

2:39:542:39:59

It could have been offside.

It was

given. This is too bad. This is not

2:39:592:40:07

offside. The Swedish player put the

puck back into her own zone. Even

2:40:072:40:14

though Osawa was ahead, it Sweden

puts it back into their own zone, it

2:40:142:40:18

should not be blown by the lines

person.

That is a break for Sweden.

2:40:182:40:24

Everything from Sweden has been

tight, Donal, into the net. They

2:40:242:40:28

could do with creating something

further away from the neck, to give

2:40:282:40:33

themselves space.

That is a nice

drive from Olsson. But it is one and

2:40:332:40:42

done, the shot, and then cleared

away into the corner by Japan. That

2:40:422:40:46

was a nice job by Fujimoto, is

stealing the puck out of harm's way.

2:40:462:40:53

It is a little bit take and hold

from Sweden. They are not playing

2:40:532:40:57

with the confidence that they can

move the puck around and create a

2:40:572:41:02

great opportunity.

Early on, a

couple of minutes into this game,

2:41:022:41:06

the line of Fanny Rask,

2:41:062:41:15

the line of Fanny Rask, Kuller Anton

Karlsson, they thought it was going

2:41:152:41:17

to be like that in every attack. Now

there is a whole team on the Japan

2:41:172:41:23

side that thought, we can play

against teams Sweden.

Two in this

2:41:232:41:31

group go through to the

quarterfinals. You would suspect

2:41:312:41:33

that all three of the teams will be

the Korean team, the lowest seeded

2:41:332:41:41

team, and they are in a state of

flux with the arrivals of players

2:41:412:41:45

from North Korea as well. Nobody

knows what to expect from them other

2:41:452:41:52

than they are unlikely to win a

game. Then it comes to the

2:41:522:41:55

head-to-head results and it means

you need to get something out of one

2:41:552:41:58

of the other games.

That is why the

first game is so massive. If you can

2:41:582:42:04

take your team into overtime and get

that bonus point, you never know. If

2:42:042:42:09

you can take care of South Korea,

and we do not want any team getting

2:42:092:42:13

past other teams, you can take care

of the game you are supposed to win,

2:42:132:42:17

and you can salvage a point in

another one, you could be moving on

2:42:172:42:22

to the quarterfinals.

Svedin with

help from Hjalmarsson. That is where

2:42:222:42:28

the puck goes. She cannot handle it.

That was against Ono. It was a great

2:42:282:42:40

forecheck from Tim Japan to cause

the turnover. That was an

2:42:402:42:46

opportunity lost. Ono had the puck

on her stick and she could not pull

2:42:462:42:50

the trigger.

Great play offensively.

Osawa gets it behind the back of the

2:42:502:42:57

net. She is getting some help from

Yoneyama. Sweden unable to clear.

2:42:572:43:03

The shot comes in. Another attempt

on goal. Emma Nordin getting in the

2:43:032:43:11

way. Sweden, anywhere will do for

them right now. That was immense

2:43:112:43:14

from Japan. Now Sweden will try and

have a go. Japan, much smaller in

2:43:142:43:23

stature. They are winning the battle

on the boards and in the middle of

2:43:232:43:27

the ice. Can they find that

finishing touch, to one of these

2:43:272:43:31

chances?

2:43:312:43:34

Ono. It is a really long shift out

there for Ono. She was on the

2:43:392:43:50

offence for 45 seconds and now she

is hemmed in her own zone for 30.

2:43:502:43:55

Explain what that is like. There are

four macro lens for the players,

2:43:552:43:59

four units of five on each team. The

expectation is you're going to play

2:43:592:44:04

35-45 seconds?

Typically that is the

average length of the ship, you're

2:44:042:44:10

out there for 40 seconds. When you

come off, you're tired. When you're

2:44:102:44:16

down low, like this threesome in the

offensive zone, if the puck comes

2:44:162:44:23

back and you're in your defensive

area, you cannot go for a line

2:44:232:44:27

change because it will leave an

opportunity for Sweden to get the

2:44:272:44:29

chance. They've got to come back

into their own zone. You can see 27,

2:44:292:44:35

Ono, that was about a minute and 15

seconds. When you go back on the

2:44:352:44:41

bench it takes the a few shifts to

get your breath back. You do not

2:44:412:44:44

want the lactic acid to build up.

It

is very much a sprint sport, the

2:44:442:44:50

equivalent of running 400 metres

every time you go out there. It is

2:44:502:44:55

that kind of energy you would be

expending.

And Robbie, you're moving

2:44:552:45:00

quake, you're getting a break and

then you're right back at it.

Sweden

2:45:002:45:07

are leading 1- nil in this opening

game.

2:45:072:45:14

Japan deserved a little more than

the scoreline weeds, they've played

2:45:152:45:20

so well. Sweden potentially our

medal contenders. They took bronze

2:45:202:45:30

medal four years ago. You feel if

anyone is going to break into the

2:45:302:45:34

big two, USA and Canada, it will

between Switzerland, Finland and

2:45:342:45:40

Sweden.

2:45:402:45:46

Sweden.

Sweden will have to bring a

bit more than they are showing here

2:45:462:45:49

if they want to break into that top

two or even top three. They have

2:45:492:45:54

been forced in the last two

Olympics. Open for a better result

2:45:542:46:00

here of course.

Sweden will create

this all the way down the ice. This

2:46:002:46:08

is a chance. Great block out in

front. Right in the body. That will

2:46:082:46:15

really hurt Suzuki. Japan coming all

the way back the other way, putting

2:46:152:46:22

their bodies on the line and doing

everything they need to do in this

2:46:222:46:26

game. Some great skating.

2:46:262:46:35

game. Some great skating.

You just

love this play from team Japan. A

2:46:352:46:38

huge block at one end from Suzaki.

Three on one. She is getting to.

2:46:382:46:47

Coming right back and the other way.

And a sucker has a wonderful chance

2:46:472:46:52

for the long range.

2:46:522:46:57

-- Osaka.

2:46:572:47:05

You do not get a lot of protection

in the rib area.

Exactly right. You

2:47:052:47:12

have shoulder pads but just come

down above the abdominal area. You

2:47:122:47:25

can see Suzuki holding on to the

side ribs. But she will tough it out

2:47:252:47:29

and do everything she can to get

back out there.

2:47:292:47:36

back out there.

Smile Japan looking

a lot happier than the Swedish

2:47:362:47:39

Rally. Even with the chance to be on

the big screen not quite enough for

2:47:392:47:44

them to be jumping up and down and

partying. That tells you the way the

2:47:442:47:48

play has gone. Just a bit too tight.

Another opportunity, set play. We

2:47:482:47:56

have seen this a couple of times.

Japan again building this, quick

2:47:562:48:03

turnover. This could be a real

danger. Ian Hansen chasing after it.

2:48:032:48:14

Now some speed the other way, a bit

of anger there. You may have just

2:48:142:48:23

caught that in the corner of your

screen.

2:48:232:48:31

screen.

Well how about the play from

Taka,

2:48:312:48:39

Taka, leading Ford Japan going in

the other direction.

2:48:392:48:45

the other direction.

Japan gaining

possession again. They will keep

2:48:482:48:54

putting the pressure on Sweden.

Creating another turnover. All three

2:48:542:49:01

players just overload on one of the

ice. This could be a real danger.

2:49:012:49:10

Sweden have it in front but no one

able to force it home. Pernilla

2:49:102:49:18

Winberg crossing wires.

2:49:182:49:24

Winberg crossing wires. Into the

zone it comes. The shot goes high

2:49:242:49:27

and over the top.

One thing Japan do

very well, running around a little

2:49:272:49:39

bit but they do not panic.

And they

are precise in their passing. Japan

2:49:392:49:46

again with another opportunity on

the goal.

2:49:462:49:53

the goal. Just forcing all the way.

2:49:532:49:58

The captain Osawa. Deflecting, so

much time and space out there. And

2:50:042:50:09

now a chance again for Japan. Going

wide again.

2:50:092:50:18

wide again. Japan are all over

Sweden right now. Another shot,

2:50:182:50:23

higher this time. Sweden exhausted

out there. Another opportunity,

2:50:232:50:29

deflected through.

2:50:292:50:34

deflected through. Sara Grahn unable

to take advantage. This is

2:50:342:50:43

outstanding from Japan. The path to

the side of the net does not find

2:50:432:50:50

its destination.

2:50:502:50:58

its destination. The captain behind

her own net, backhand shot and good

2:50:582:51:03

save again from Sara Grahn. Sweden

all over the place. Japan have

2:51:032:51:07

scored! Side of the net. Sweden, the

masters of their own downfall.

2:51:072:51:19

masters of their own downfall. The

Japanese fans brought to their feet.

2:51:212:51:23

Nothing less than may have deserved

in this game.

2:51:232:51:30

in this game.

You could see this

coming, what an

2:51:332:51:39

coming, what an effort and Japan

just staying with it. Able to jump

2:51:402:51:46

on that with the backend. If that

had been about two minutes of action

2:51:462:51:56

in Sweden zone. And you can see

those salutes as they bowed to each

2:51:562:52:00

other. It was too much for team

Sweden, they had nowhere to turn.

2:52:002:52:06

Every time they looked up there was

off-white jersey in their face. What

2:52:062:52:10

an effort from team Japan and they

are rewarded with that huge goal.

It

2:52:102:52:16

was outstanding from Japan,

absolutely outstanding.

2:52:162:52:22

absolutely outstanding. They must

make sure now they do not concede a

2:52:222:52:25

cheap one. The shot dealt with.

Missed.

2:52:252:52:37

Missed. Japan try to clear their

zone away, they do not manage it. A

2:52:372:52:41

big response from Sweden. Good

presence of mind.

2:52:412:52:48

presence of mind. The captain Osawa

gets it across. Japan in deep again.

2:52:482:52:56

And winding back just a few moments

ago, clear possession behind the net

2:52:562:53:05

and the chance just stolen.

2:53:052:53:11

and the chance just stolen. Metallic

sound is that went past the net.

2:53:132:53:16

Another opportunity for Sweden as

they continue to push in the

2:53:162:53:19

offensive zone. The shot comes in,

no deflection. Sweden have reacted

2:53:192:53:26

well to conceding.

Almost a sobering

moment giving up that goal to even

2:53:262:53:33

up the game. And a wonderful

response from Sweden.

2:53:332:53:41

response from Sweden. They have

looked a bit out of it the entire

2:53:412:53:43

second period.

2:53:432:53:49

second period.

The atmosphere is

building. Everyone chanting, it

2:53:492:53:57

almost touched home. Just in front

of the net. There is nobody there.

2:53:572:54:06

The Japanese/ line change with just

over a minute remaining. It has been

2:54:062:54:10

an enthralling game.

2:54:102:54:21

Let's watch that goal again. Just

too much work. Two Swedish players

2:54:212:54:28

standing there in front of Sara

Grahn. But it comes to the side. And

2:54:282:54:35

great presence of mind to jump out

from and put it past the net minder.

2:54:352:54:42

A sharp angled shot and another good

save.

Amazing what a goal can do if

2:54:422:54:50

your confidence. And this is a hard

shot but she lets go. Right back,

2:54:502:54:57

winning races to the puck. Her eyes

following at the whole way.

2:54:572:55:06

Different reaction from the Japan

bench.

A great opportunity.

2:55:062:55:23

Hosoyamada seeing that taken away

from her.

Team Japan has been

2:55:252:55:31

wonderful in finding those open

areas in the offensive zone and

2:55:312:55:35

jumping past defenders. That is what

Hosoyamada is doing here, and a

2:55:352:55:42

beautiful pass. Right on her stick.

And Sara Grahn continuing to be busy

2:55:422:55:51

here this afternoon.

Japan are ninth

in the world rankings. But tipping

2:55:512:56:01

those rankings around right now.

Only eight teams invited to the

2:56:012:56:06

women's competition. And Japan had

to qualified to go through. Coria

2:56:062:56:14

arrived as tournament hosts.

Just

under 30 seconds left. You need to

2:56:142:56:24

make sure to get into the dressing

room tied up.

2:56:242:56:32

Japan will try to tidy this one

away. An opportunity to use that

2:56:412:56:45

speed to create one last chance.

With just four seconds to go. They

2:56:452:56:50

go wide. Fujimoto has to make the

save. What a period that was. Japan

2:56:502:57:00

with the only goal. Fujimoto with

very little to do. At the other end

2:57:002:57:05

it was Sara Grahn who had to make

them more quality saves. And Sweden

2:57:052:57:11

finding themselves pegged back. It

is Fujimoto and Japan who fight

2:57:112:57:17

back. All level at the end of the

second period with 20 minutes to go.

2:57:172:57:25

Potentially there is overtime and

potentially after that there may be

2:57:252:57:28

penalty shots. But at the end of 40

minutes we are tied at one goal

2:57:282:57:33

each.

2:57:332:57:34

minutes we are tied at one goal

each.

2:57:342:57:38

Well finally poised in that match

and we will head back for the third

2:57:382:57:42

period. But while we have a bit of a

break as you can see it is night

2:57:422:57:46

falling behind me here in

Pyeongchang. Earlier this morning we

2:57:462:57:51

had the men's snowboard Slopestyle

heats. Taking a quick look back,

2:57:512:57:57

three British athletes in

contention. Including Jamie

2:57:572:58:01

Nicholls. Well we can find out how

they got on.

2:58:012:58:06

Nicholls. Well we can find out how

they got on.

2:58:062:58:10

Here we go.

This will be the

benchmark right here. Smiles all

2:58:102:58:18

round, Marcus Kleveland. He burst

onto the scene aged 11 or 12.

2:58:182:58:26

Rumours of this kid who could do

doubles as 11 but he was one of the

2:58:262:58:30

first to do a triple 13.

2:58:302:58:42

first to do a triple 13.

Again

another different line. That might

2:58:422:58:47

have been a little mistake. But this

kid can roll with the punches. Into

2:58:472:58:53

the first of the jumps. Huge

switchback.

How did he stop that

2:58:532:58:59

rotation!

Now this is the Marcus

Kleveland we know. He had so much

2:58:592:59:13

time to spare. Finished the full

spins and still three or four feet

2:59:132:59:19

in the air.

83.71, we have a new

leader. Carlos Garcia night. The

2:59:192:59:28

20-year-old Kiwi. From Christchurch

in New Zealand. Switch up on the

2:59:282:59:37

rail.

Huge gap, looked like he lost

a bit of control. Very technical,

2:59:372:59:46

the judges will like to see that.

2:59:462:59:57

Front side double Cork ten. Roast

beef grab through the legs. Lovely,

3:00:013:00:09

this is looking really good.

3:00:093:00:16

this is looking really good. Three

and a half rotations. He is happy

3:00:163:00:18

with that and so he should be.

What

a solid run. We saw him warming that

3:00:183:00:25

up in practice yesterday and it is a

very solid run. The rails I think

3:00:253:00:31

might be a tiny bit light. Moving

into second place just behind Marcus

3:00:313:00:38

Kleveland.

3:00:383:00:43

Jamie Nicholls, the first Briton.

There are three. Really nice. 271.

3:00:453:00:55

270. He made that look easy. Very

nice, the switch 181.

Tucked in for

3:00:553:01:06

speed. The best real section we have

seen so far. Frontside ten. His

3:01:063:01:14

adrenaline will be peaking at the

moment. Backside 1260. It is looking

3:01:143:01:20

good for Jamie Nicholls.

3:01:203:01:27

good for Jamie Nicholls. Just in cab

ten.

Very nice. Very smart. The

3:01:273:01:31

score on the board. He can open up

on the last jump if he wants to.

3:01:313:01:35

Let's look at the real section. The

100 naked. The 50-50 when you line

3:01:353:01:41

up the board parallel with the rail.

Then the clock.

3:01:413:01:50

Then the clock. -- the tuck. That is

lower than I thought we were going

3:01:503:01:55

to see. No surprises to see who is

first.

3:01:553:02:04

Settle yourselves. Jamie Nicholls,

currently in seventh, just outside

3:02:083:02:12

the top six qualifying spot. He

needs this run. Hamish Macdonell it

3:02:123:02:18

seen him off, the head coach of the

British team.

The boy from Bradford,

3:02:183:02:25

the goofy-footed rider, coming into

the first jump. He needs the grab on

3:02:253:02:30

that.

3:02:303:02:35

that. 270, 270. Making it look so

easy. 181, 360.

Into the saddle.

3:02:363:02:45

Muscle memory starting to kick in

for Jamie Nicholls. He comes into

3:02:453:02:49

the kickers.

3:02:493:02:55

the kickers.

Frontside 1080.

He

needs to put this town.

Massive.

It

3:02:553:03:00

was huge. He had seen everyone else

coming up short.

He sensed it. He

3:03:003:03:08

really did.

I am going to dwell on

this point. We are not going to get

3:03:083:03:16

another chance having not seen him

make it.

I genuinely think he has

3:03:163:03:20

been robbed. I think he has been

robbed.

3:03:203:03:27

robbed. If you could bottle

disappointment, it would look like

3:03:273:03:30

that. What a shame.

Let's get

confirmation of the result. The top

3:03:303:03:38

six will qualify directly for the

finals.

3:03:383:03:45

I was gutted to see 71, genuinely

gutted. I felt like I was clean

3:03:483:03:53

through the rails. I was doing

something different from everyone

3:03:533:03:58

else on the housing and the third

section. 71, I was not happy with.

3:03:583:04:07

The man who has the most interesting

story and snowboarding preparing for

3:04:073:04:12

this. Two career ending injuries he

has come back from in the last two

3:04:123:04:17

years, consecutively, and he is back

in an Olympic final.

For him,

3:04:173:04:22

relatively safe through the rail

section, 271, 270. That is a big gap

3:04:223:04:29

to get to the Darren Barr.

He landed

it beautifully, square between his

3:04:293:04:33

bindings. Switch backside.

1260. He

made it look like a 1080.

It snapped

3:04:333:04:42

on the landing. Going upside down

twice through that. Into the third

3:04:423:04:47

and final jump.

3:04:473:04:54

and final jump. Backside treble

clock. He absolutely nailed it.

3:04:543:05:03

clock. He absolutely nailed it.

A

little knowing smile from Mark

3:05:033:05:05

McMorris. This kid is the real deal.

Redmond Gerard, out of Colorado. He

3:05:053:05:15

was born in Cleveland, Ohio. One of

seven kids, he is the sixth. They

3:05:153:05:20

moved to Denver and he has grown up

snowboarding. Gerard going in with a

3:05:203:05:27

similar line to Jamie Nicholls.

Nice. The first person we have seen

3:05:273:05:32

up and over the goal posts. 50-50,

riding the whole thing. So are to

3:05:323:05:38

stay on the rails.

Side 360 Mellon

grant. He needs to pick up the

3:05:383:05:45

speed. He is a slight little thing

and he might struggle with speed on

3:05:453:05:49

these jumps.

It is purely a case of

inertia for Gerard. Switch backside.

3:05:493:05:58

A massive double.

Well held. Your

trajectory coming into the landing,

3:05:583:06:04

you're dropping much faster.

Treble

clock, 1440.

How did he get that

3:06:043:06:11

around? I thought he was going to

land on his head. Phenomenal. He

3:06:113:06:18

landed with his head between his

legs.

Phenomenal strength to stand

3:06:183:06:22

up from mad.

-- from that. We are

joined in the box by Jamie Nicholls.

3:06:223:06:33

I am happy to say. Mark McMorris,

the first place qualified at the

3:06:333:06:37

moment. The most dominant rider of

the last eight years in slopestyle.

3:06:373:06:47

He is the consummate rider. Yes,

every time he lands. That is why in

3:06:473:06:53

first place right now.

3:06:533:07:00

first place right now.

270. On the

rail. Now backside 360, locking in

3:07:003:07:04

the grind.

Landing boards like, you

have a foot each way. He is so

3:07:043:07:10

consistent.

50-50.

3:07:103:07:17

consistent.

50-50. Backside 1260.

So

perfect. The landing was like laying

3:07:173:07:20

down an appeal. Look out easy these

landings are.

The ground came up to

3:07:203:07:29

meet him. He did not have to do a

thing. He waited for the Earth to

3:07:293:07:34

rise to his McMorris.

3:07:343:07:44

rise to his McMorris. -- to his

feet. Mark McMorris. He made that

3:07:443:07:47

look deceptively easy. Max Parrot,

currently in second place. Known as

3:07:473:07:54

a big air rider who has struggled to

keep pace in the rails. Lots of

3:07:543:07:58

people thought he would struggle in

this enormous rails setup.

Proving

3:07:583:08:03

them all wrong.

That is so hard.

270, so high and the risk of

3:08:033:08:09

catching your snowboard on it.

He

wants to qualify first. Does he?

3:08:093:08:15

Yes.

He definitely wants to. He has

lots of work to do to overhaul

3:08:153:08:21

McMorris. Backside Rodionova scrap.

I really like that.

He could go

3:08:213:08:28

front treble. He is going to go big.

No, front-end. Something big.

3:08:283:08:41

Backside treble. Playing it safe.

When you're talking about Parrot,

3:08:413:08:54

yes, it is playing it safe.

3:08:543:08:57

All wrong.

Billy Morgan.

That

picture. The fantastic moustache.

3:09:003:09:13

The second run. Come on. He had all

the ingredients in the first run. He

3:09:133:09:20

had to make it into the finals. It

is a question of putting it all

3:09:203:09:24

together.

The big 271, 270. Very

clean, fast through the top section.

3:09:243:09:36

It is light years dabbling.

He got

onto that double really nicely. He

3:09:363:09:42

made sure he had plenty of the rail.

Judged his speed really well. Here

3:09:423:09:50

we go, a cab treble.

He knew he was

not going to get it rained. No. The

3:09:503:10:02

disappointment tells. It was his big

worry.

He knew all along it would be

3:10:023:10:11

a question of getting the size out

of these jumps. Helix gutted. The

3:10:113:10:17

journey has been how hard he worked

to get back from his knee injury.

3:10:173:10:22

OK, so confirmation of the result in

the second qualification heat.

3:10:223:10:31

You can see the qualifiers for the

finals.

3:10:333:10:41

That final gets under way tomorrow

at one o'clock in the morning on BBC

3:10:433:10:48

One. No British involvement, but

those three boys will all go again

3:10:483:10:53

in the big air in a few days' time.

There will be more slopestyle action

3:10:533:10:59

tomorrow. Aimee Fuller going for

Team GB in the women's heats. For

3:10:593:11:04

now, let's get back to the ice

hockey and join Japan and Sweden. It

3:11:043:11:09

is 1-1 in the third period.

3:11:093:11:15

Victory could send one of these

teams on their way. For Japan, what

3:11:303:11:34

an amazing leap forward.

3:11:343:11:45

They have never won an Olympic

match, Japan. This could be their

3:11:483:11:53

chance. Fanny Rask opened the

scoring. The reply was pretty swift,

3:11:533:11:59

lots of pressure coming from Japan.

Eventually they levelled things. How

3:11:593:12:03

will it go?

3:12:033:12:04

Eventually they levelled things. How

will it go? Team Japan has to play

3:12:043:12:07

the exact same way. That will be the

biggest issue for them. It is 1-1.

3:12:073:12:14

You mentioned how important the

third period is. It is human nature

3:12:143:12:18

to make sure you play defence first.

Sometimes you let your guard down.

3:12:183:12:24

Japan has been so good because they

have been using their pace and

3:12:243:12:26

speed. Winning the race to pucks.

That is why they have had Sweden on

3:12:263:12:33

their heels for most of the game. A

pretty good start, 14 seconds in,

3:12:333:12:38

getting the puck deed.

A penny for

his thoughts. The head coach of

3:12:383:12:44

Sweden. He would certainly feel very

disappointed if his side were to

3:12:443:12:51

come away without a victory. He will

have plenty to work on back in

3:12:513:12:57

training. Right now, Sweden are

fighting for their Olympic lives.

3:12:573:13:04

This is only the opening game of the

tournament. There we go. The top two

3:13:043:13:13

from this group go through to the

quarterfinals. The bottom two going

3:13:133:13:19

to the play-offs. Offside is called.

They will go to the classification

3:13:193:13:23

play-offs. Nobody is expecting Korea

to win any of their game and they

3:13:233:13:29

are ranked well below everybody

else. And with the transition of

3:13:293:13:33

their squad, the addition of the

North Korean players, it throws them

3:13:333:13:37

into a state of flux. It means that

two victories will guarantee you

3:13:373:13:41

going through, pretty much.

Two

victories will guarantee. There is

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the chants, depending on tie-break

rules, which comes down to goals for

3:13:483:13:52

and against, you could go on, on and

on, meaning a win, loss and an

3:13:523:13:58

overtime loss, and you still might

have an opportunity to move on to

3:13:583:14:01

the next round.

Japan trying to do

what they did so well for the first

3:14:013:14:07

40 minutes of this game. Kubo leaves

it for the goal-scorer, Ukita. Good

3:14:073:14:18

strong play on the boards coming

from Toko. Now the shot will go wide

3:14:183:14:25

of the target.

Not lots of

conviction in it. You just see the

3:14:253:14:29

amount of time that Japan has in the

offence. It is remarkable. Sweden

3:14:293:14:35

not being aggressive at all.

More

time for Japan to make a play.

3:14:353:14:40

Another turnover and blocked shot.

The way it goes. Japan back in

3:14:403:14:44

possession again. Nearly a big

giveaway. It is capitalised on

3:14:443:14:49

immediately.

3:14:493:14:54

immediately. Sara Hjalmarsson.

Sweden retake the lead. Japan cars

3:14:543:14:59

themselves massive problems in their

own zone having dominated 20 minutes

3:14:593:15:04

of this game. They find themselves

ban, 2-1.

It was Erika Grahm with

3:15:043:15:10

the great heads up play, getting up

the ice. If very active stick. She

3:15:103:15:16

forces the defence and creates the

turnover, then a backhand pass,

3:15:163:15:21

right out front to Hjalmarsson. What

a finish. That may be the difference

3:15:213:15:26

right there. We talked about Japan

and like to finish on the

3:15:263:15:31

opportunities they have had. Sweden

has not had many, but this was one,

3:15:313:15:37

point Blank. Hjalmarsson was able to

shovel it past Fujimoto. Sweden have

3:15:373:15:42

a little bit of breathing room and a

2-1 lead.

Sara Hjalmarsson plays in

3:15:423:15:50

Sweden. She is the second top scorer

on her team. That was a high-quality

3:15:503:15:55

finish. Japan will try and answer

straightaway. In own goal very

3:15:553:16:02

quickly. Turned aside.

3:16:023:16:07

Good defence to get back.

3:16:093:16:20

That could be the shot in the armed

that Sweden needed to get back in

3:16:203:16:24

the game.

Japan have done such a

wonderful job controlling the puck.

3:16:243:16:32

Just one turnover, really nice play

from Grahn.

Nice play to try to cut

3:16:323:16:41

to the inside. But the Japanese

reading it well. That has got to be

3:16:413:16:48

a penalty. That has to be

interference. Nothing given by

3:16:483:16:53

either official. Of course we have

two referees, one in front of the

3:16:533:16:57

player and the other behind the

play. That has got to be

3:16:573:17:01

interference.

I thought it was the

Japan player that might have been

3:17:013:17:10

guilty. A terrific replay. Sara

Hjalmarsson in the blink of an eye.

3:17:103:17:20

A big goal early in the third

period. Suzuki the Japanese defender

3:17:203:17:26

there. She got her pocket picked by

Grahn.

Pernilla Winberg in the

3:17:263:17:39

circle. All a bit sloppy.

3:17:393:17:51

circle. All a bit sloppy. Great

skating to get away from trouble.

3:17:513:17:59

This is much better from Sweden.

Coming out in front again and chance

3:17:593:18:08

here. Good hold on the blue line by

Nylen-Persson.

3:18:083:18:22

Nylen-Persson. Sweden looking to

break away again. This could be an

3:18:223:18:26

opportunity. Japan just had enough

players to snuff things out. Coming

3:18:263:18:36

back the other way now. Wide to

sour.

3:18:363:18:52

-- Osawa.

3:18:523:18:59

A great save, wonderful stop by

Grahn. This was the

3:18:593:19:07

Grahn. This was the deflection and

what a great job after winning that

3:19:083:19:13

battle to go to the net.

3:19:133:19:19

And Grahn had to follow that puck

straight across and then did a

3:19:243:19:28

wonderful job holding on.

You can hear the referees, move your

3:19:283:19:42

feet, move the park. Giving the

instructions out there.

Really

3:19:423:19:48

important that they do that. It is.

Sweden now they have been a lot of

3:19:483:19:54

times in trouble in their own zone

so they are content just to leave it

3:19:543:19:58

in the corner. You could hear the

referee from United States of

3:19:583:20:03

America tanning the players to keep

the play going.

I think a penalty is

3:20:033:20:08

coming.

3:20:083:20:13

coming.

The repeated message was,

move it. It could just be the shot

3:20:173:20:22

from behind. That will be the

penalty.

So in discipline. You know

3:20:223:20:29

you're not playing well as a team

and then you give a soft penalty

3:20:293:20:33

like that.

That is the one to make

the coach shake his head. No danger

3:20:333:20:41

anywhere, no scoring opportunity

against.

3:20:413:20:49

against. And Fallman just a bit too

aggressive. And opportunity now for

3:20:503:20:54

a team Japan to once again square

this up.

One power play apiece.

3:20:543:21:05

Neither have produced as yet. Good

skating by Pernilla Winberg,

3:21:053:21:10

clearing all the way down. Fujimoto

probably should have played that.

3:21:103:21:26

Great from Sweden. Fanny Rask. She

opened the scoring it seems like a

3:21:283:21:34

lifetime ago!

3:21:343:21:39

lifetime ago!

Terrific work, close

to six feet tall and towering over

3:21:413:21:45

the Japanese defenders. Able to kill

off a good 30 seconds of the power

3:21:453:21:51

play.

Shot into the body.

3:21:513:22:04

I do not mind this shot whatsoever,

within about 15 feet of the net.

3:22:063:22:12

Unfortunately when you are that

close you have got to start picking

3:22:123:22:16

some holes. And not put it right

onto the net minder.

Grahn coming

3:22:163:22:26

on. The shot coming back to the blue

line. No one knows where it is for a

3:22:263:22:34

second. Sweden clearing down the ice

again.

Japan very good at the

3:22:343:22:42

face-off situation and they are

winning a lot of them in the

3:22:423:22:47

offensive zone.

3:22:473:22:52

offensive zone.

25 seconds remaining

with the player advantage. Could

3:22:523:22:59

there be that one chance for Japan.

They have it behind the net. Looking

3:22:593:23:06

to exchange passes again. Space at

the top. The shot deflects wide. The

3:23:063:23:15

battle goes again. There could be a

breakaway now for Sweden. Shipped to

3:23:153:23:23

the left, a breakaway.

Player coming

out of the

3:23:233:23:32

out of the penalty box.

Here is

Fanny Rask. Fanny Rask again. This

3:23:323:23:41

line has been so effective. Just

wide. This line has been the one

3:23:413:23:52

that physically has dominated.

We

have seen many examples, a little

3:23:523:24:01

bit too far in between. The opening

shift for Fanny Rask and that unit,

3:24:013:24:08

a couple of big shifts since then

but nothing to show for it.

Japan

3:24:083:24:14

trying to dig this one out and send

it away.

3:24:143:24:21

it away. Plenty of time and space.

It should clear. That is a check.

3:24:223:24:30

Checking not allowed in the women's

game. That is worth a two-minute

3:24:303:24:36

penalty. And caught in the act.

There you go.

Anna Nordqvist.

3:24:363:24:50

There you go.

Anna Nordqvist. They

will always let somebody contact

3:24:503:24:52

goal but that was a bit more

blatant, really a shoulder to

3:24:523:24:57

shoulder contact.

3:24:573:25:02

shoulder contact. And the discipline

from Sweden falling apart a little

3:25:023:25:04

bit. Too undisciplined penalties.

And you can see that replay,

3:25:043:25:09

shoulder to shoulder.

If they just

collide it is one thing but when you

3:25:093:25:15

start to move the shoulder into the

body that is when they have to call

3:25:153:25:18

it.

It is a pretty easy call for the

referee. You can see the bend of the

3:25:183:25:27

Leas, the shoulder made contact. The

arm going up. And Japan right back

3:25:273:25:34

to the power play. They did not have

much going for them, a couple of

3:25:343:25:41

chances moving the puck around. They

have the look of that goal baseboard

3:25:413:25:49

and get as many players as you can.

I think it will be a rebound that

3:25:493:25:54

will tie the game up.

The shot

coming all the way through and

3:25:543:25:58

Sweden clear away again. They will

try to use Sternberg. Working really

3:25:583:26:05

hard. Really good penalty killing

from her.

3:26:053:26:14

from her. Held again at the blue

line and Japan now will settle

3:26:153:26:19

things down. For the first 30

seconds, already ticking off the

3:26:193:26:24

clock.

Causing a little bit of havoc

for Japan, Rebecca Stenberg.

At

3:26:243:26:38

times they pass the puck so well and

then other times they just crowd

3:26:383:26:42

their own work a little bit.

Team

Japan just have that killer instinct

3:26:423:26:48

to finish. Once they get into that

offensive zone, just do not seem as

3:26:483:26:54

comfortable with the park as we have

maybe seen in their defensive play

3:26:543:26:59

and in the neutral zone.

Eventually

they sneak over the line.

3:26:593:27:08

they sneak over the line. Behind the

back of the net and

3:27:083:27:14

back of the net and here is Kubo

with the shot. Sweden did a great

3:27:153:27:19

job of shutting the door.

Again how

many times this afternoon have we

3:27:193:27:27

seen Japan in that prime shooting

range and not able to get the shot

3:27:273:27:30

through.

3:27:303:27:36

through. Kubo could not get it on

net.

Who is going to win the race?

3:27:363:27:43

It is Sweden. Kubo back to the blue

line. Kubo again. The shot

3:27:433:27:52

deflecting

3:27:523:27:57

deflecting again off Fallman. She

has been in the wars.

It took the

3:27:583:28:04

referee a minute to realise. And

that was the opportunity right there

3:28:043:28:10

Japan needed. An opportunity to walk

right to the tops of the circles.

3:28:103:28:18

And you mentioned it, again Fallman

seem to be the defender who got in

3:28:183:28:24

the way of it.

Deflecting it up and

over. High stick as well. But a

3:28:243:28:33

decent shot, good traffic out in

front.

3:28:333:28:39

front. They need composure on that

ranch right now. They have a moment

3:28:413:28:46

to try to gather their thoughts.

What has been impressive about

3:28:463:28:50

Japan, despite the fact that they

have been pegged back, they just

3:28:503:28:54

kept playing the same way.

Exactly

right, that is something we talked

3:28:543:28:58

about in the opening period. Winless

team are playing they played same

3:28:583:29:04

way every time. They could be down a

few, up a couple, they are efficient

3:29:043:29:11

and steady and we are seeing that

here halfway through the third

3:29:113:29:14

period.

This is the first game of

the day, the second will attract

3:29:143:29:21

more attention, the combined team.

Physical play here after the whistle

3:29:213:29:30

blows. It is the combined Korean

team who will play against the

3:29:303:29:38

bronze medallist, Switzerland. Such

an exciting team, Switzerland,

3:29:383:29:43

really looking forward to seeing

them.

So many eyes of course on the

3:29:433:29:47

unified Korean team. A little bit of

extra pressure on the opening game

3:29:473:29:54

tonight. Team Switzerland do not

want to get caught up in that a

3:29:543:30:00

whole lot. Just get ready to play

some hockey.

3:30:003:30:08

some hockey.

That is an offside

call.

Your down a shot, now is the

3:30:083:30:18

time just to start to throw

everything you can at the net. Not

3:30:183:30:24

taking too many chances because

there's still time here for Sweden

3:30:243:30:27

and it could go the other way. You

do not want to take chances,

3:30:273:30:32

breakaways.

Here is the chance,

opportunity is there but they cannot

3:30:323:30:40

finish it off.

3:30:403:30:45

Kubo did so well. Fujimoto has to

hang on. What a great chance that

3:30:493:30:52

was.

The teams Sweden netminder Sara

Grahn goes to stop the puck and then

3:30:523:31:01

she leaves it for Fallman. She

thinks Fallman is going to come get

3:31:013:31:07

it, but Kubo jumps on it.

The puck

is right on the stick. That kick

3:31:073:31:12

save, the extension to tick it away,

that was outstanding. Another shot

3:31:123:31:19

will come in. Fujimoto has to fight

it off. It was Nylen Persson, the

3:31:193:31:24

17-year-old.

Nylen Persson has been

very good tonight. Talk about

3:31:243:31:31

jumping right into the fire as a

17-year-old, getting lots of ice

3:31:313:31:36

time, the power play, out here late

in the game.

It is a one goal game.

3:31:363:31:42

I tell you what, if the rest of the

games are anything like this, we are

3:31:423:31:46

in for an absolute treat over the

next fortnight.

Are we ever? What

3:31:463:31:51

the start from Japan. Sweden holding

court, but they have given

3:31:513:31:57

everything that they can handle so

far.

Two conceded on 21 shots for

3:31:573:32:03

Fujimoto. A great design on her

helmet as well. Celebrating Japan.

3:32:033:32:12

Fujimoto played a

3:32:123:32:17

Fujimoto played a little bit in the

American women's league. She played

3:32:183:32:21

for New York.

3:32:213:32:29

for New York.

Yoneyama takes it into

the zone. Yoneyama bombs her way

3:32:293:32:33

into possession. It will be cleared

by Fallman. Fallman without many

3:32:333:32:38

other options. Smart play. Japan

will try and clear this away. Good

3:32:383:32:49

poise. That was Kubo. Kubo gets it

back again. Trying to slicer with

3:32:493:32:57

her. Kubo, nearly something special.

-- to slice her way through. Here

3:32:573:33:10

she is again but the pass was too

weak. The cancer is going to go the

3:33:103:33:14

other way. It was a great save.

Johansson decided she was the best

3:33:143:33:24

option. It is like basketball, you

have a go, we will have a go.

Japan

3:33:243:33:32

went to get the equaliser. I do not

know if Sweden want to trade chances

3:33:323:33:36

like that. A great transfer Fujimoto

-- a great save by Fujimoto on the

3:33:363:33:45

break for Sweden.

That is a

bodycheck, but nothing given at this

3:33:453:33:50

stage. Japan will bring this one

away. A massive turnover as Emma

3:33:503:33:58

Nordin was in the right place at the

right time. Japan causing themselves

3:33:583:34:04

problems in their own zone. Time

running out for them in this game. A

3:34:043:34:10

little over 6.5 minutes remaining.

Sweden leading, 2-1. This is a very

3:34:103:34:16

tired Japanese unit.

They cannot get

the puck lied. They are taking a

3:34:163:34:23

deep with their captain. Osawa, then

it goes to the side of the net.

3:34:233:34:34

Nearly a chance. Sweden will try and

clear way. It is straight to

3:34:343:34:41

Japanese stick. Japan are battling

hard. Again, they nearly give it

3:34:413:34:47

away. Sweden will come clear, into

the offensive zone. It is Stenberg,

3:34:473:34:52

to the front of the net. It comes

Japanese skate. Japan will try and

3:34:523:34:58

break away. They're trying to get to

the bench for a change. There cannot

3:34:583:35:04

be many worse feelings than being

absolutely shattered and the puck

3:35:043:35:08

chooses you down.

Get that puck away

from me I need to get off the ice.

3:35:083:35:16

There is Fanny Rask. The snapshot

rebound, and Fujimoto hangs on.

3:35:163:35:21

Every time she is in the ice, you

sense there might be something

3:35:213:35:24

there.

You can see her poise than

the offensive zone. She had her head

3:35:243:35:30

up. When the puck is a stick, she

tries to make things happen. Before

3:35:303:35:37

that, it was Stenberg with a great

opportunity. Whenever Sweden need a

3:35:373:35:42

spark, Stenberg has done that. The

effort from Kubo the other way,

3:35:423:35:47

trying to create magic of her own.

We said there were chances. It is

3:35:473:35:52

coming back the other way. This is

Lisa Johansson. She looked back and

3:35:523:35:58

wanted the pass.

It very nearly went

through. That went through the

3:35:583:36:03

armpit of Fujimoto and trickled out

the other side.

Then Rask finishing

3:36:033:36:08

of that passage of play with another

shot.

We could not have asked for

3:36:083:36:13

much more to open this women's

tournament. Tim Japan definitely

3:36:133:36:19

raising some eyebrows in this group.

Great for kids from Sara Grahn. 27

3:36:193:36:29

shots she has had, just one has had,

just one is creative. It was a tough

3:36:293:36:34

one, it was a rebound, from escape,

off of this and that.

It will have

3:36:343:36:39

to be another goal just like that

for Japan if they want to level

3:36:393:36:42

this. Shots from 20 feet out have

not been able to make their way

3:36:423:36:48

through. They have got to get

traffic in front of the goalkeeper

3:36:483:36:51

to make it harder for her, so she

cannot see.

Japan, trying to use the

3:36:513:36:57

middle of the ice. Well held by

stretching Anna Borgqvist.

Sweden do

3:36:573:37:08

not own to get caught deep with

offensive players to give Japan and

3:37:083:37:15

the transfer rush the other way.

There is the opportunity. Toko, the

3:37:153:37:20

snapshot. Grahn will chalk another

one up on the short list.

3:37:203:37:30

one up on the short list. -- the

shots list. There was shouting from

3:37:303:37:34

somebody on the ice. Now it is

flipped down the ice. This is a

3:37:343:37:42

chance to draw breath. At what point

do the Japanese coaching staff think

3:37:423:37:50

about removing the netminder for an

extra attacker?

It is definitely in

3:37:503:37:54

their minds right now, but with four

and a half minutes left, it is too

3:37:543:37:59

early. You've got to be looking at

about one and a half minutes, one 40

3:37:593:38:04

seconds. That was a great replay,

from Toko.

3:38:043:38:19

from Toko. -- they're trying to set

this one going in front of the net.

3:38:213:38:25

It is a long chase back.

3:38:253:38:31

It is a long chase back. Ramboldt. A

nice interception. Japan will bring

3:38:323:38:35

it back the other way. The shot will

come in. The puck is somewhere

3:38:353:38:40

underneath Grahn. Grahn closes

everything up and hangs on once

3:38:403:38:45

again. More good

3:38:453:38:52

again. More good skating from

Hosoyamada.

Strange decision making

3:38:523:38:55

from the Swedish captain. She turned

the puck over that led to the

3:38:553:38:57

Japanese goal. She has time and

space with the puck when she throws

3:38:573:39:02

it up the middle of the ice,

creating a turnover.

And Japan comes

3:39:023:39:08

the other way. The shot is wide of

the target. Can they create that one

3:39:083:39:13

golden opportunity?

3:39:133:39:18

golden opportunity? Yoneyama,

looking for somebody to pass too.

3:39:193:39:23

She has Toko at the top. Toko has

over 25 minutes on the ice. She will

3:39:233:39:29

be shattered having played half the

game at the end of it. A real

3:39:293:39:33

athlete, superfit.

A lot of times

you will see a defender up there at

3:39:333:39:39

30 minutes, but not a foreword.

Japan are moving the puck well. Can

3:39:393:39:47

they create? Not enough to beat

Grahn. Japan keep it again. It is

3:39:473:39:54

like a power play. Around the net

they have time and space. Back to

3:39:543:40:00

Yoneyama. Toko on the blue line.

This is Kubo, fresh from the bench.

3:40:003:40:06

Kubo has that magic in her stick.

That was wasted. A little around the

3:40:063:40:15

net plated Kubo would've been

better. Sweden on to hold this one

3:40:153:40:20

in. They want a change. Japan want

to go. Oh, dear. A bad moment to

3:40:203:40:27

fall over. This is a good moment to

bring it into the zone. A transfer

3:40:273:40:36

Kubo at the side of the net. Ukita

will send it in again, third time

3:40:363:40:44

lucky.

3:40:443:40:52

lucky. Toko in the corner cannot

find a blue line. It goes down the

3:40:523:40:55

ice.

Tim Japan have been dangerous.

They just about connect again to tie

3:40:553:41:01

the game up very late.

There is

maybe time for one more shift. That

3:41:013:41:08

was heavy contact on the boards.

3:41:083:41:14

was heavy contact on the boards. Ono

kick the ice. Sweden must let out of

3:41:163:41:18

the zone. Borgqvist is working in

there. They are trying to work out

3:41:183:41:25

where the puck is. This is killing

of vital seconds for Sweden.

If

3:41:253:41:30

you're Japan, you went to get the

puck deep.

They have some defending

3:41:303:41:35

to do first. Great defending as

well. Sweden into the zone again.

3:41:353:41:40

One minute and 20 seconds to go and

Japan are at the wrong end of the

3:41:403:41:44

ice. Maybe they can finish this one.

Chances driving to the net.

3:41:443:41:53

Chances driving to the net. Winberg,

out there, really good for Sweden.

3:41:553:41:59

Nice stick work to get this moving

forward from Osawa. The offside is

3:41:593:42:04

called with 63 seconds remaining.

Stemming the tide. Is it time to

3:42:043:42:12

take a moment for the Japanese

coaching staff?

If there is ever a

3:42:123:42:16

time to call a time-out, it will

happen right now. Set up your play.

3:42:163:42:21

The face-off will be outside the

blue line so we will have to see

3:42:213:42:27

what the head coach decides to do.

Will he pool Fujimoto wait till the

3:42:273:42:33

puck gets deep? What an opportunity

for Kubo. Kubo, Toko, Ukita, they

3:42:333:42:42

have been dangerous for our Japan.

If there is an equaliser it could

3:42:423:42:46

come from one of those three.

We

talk about face-offs being outside

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the offensive zone. Toko has been

running about 65%, which is very

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good. She is winning about 6.5 out

of ten. She has to be the one that

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takes the face-off. Then you're

looking for your big players, Osawa,

3:43:023:43:09

Kubo, and I guess they will wait and

see whether they win the face of

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before they remove the netminder.

That is probably the right play.

3:43:143:43:18

Fujimoto will be watching the bench,

waiting for the wave from the head

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coach. It is a big face-off that is

won by Yoneyama.

Yoneyama stretching

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again. Can they get quality

possession? Sweden will know they

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have a chance to go to an empty net.

The whistle goes. Everybody is

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looking at one another. Not entirely

sure of what is going on. The

3:43:413:43:45

Swedish players will know they have

been in a really tough game. A bit

3:43:453:43:50

of equipment retrieval for Svedin.

Tim Sweden are 45 seconds away from

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coming away with three crucial

points in this group.

It looks like

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they may have called a penalty. It

could be a holding call on Svedin.

3:44:053:44:10

There you go. That is why she lost

the stick, she had to use both hands

3:44:103:44:16

to bring the player down.

An

interesting call. There is no doubt

3:44:163:44:22

that the freehand of Svedin him over

the top.

The puck was in no danger

3:44:223:44:27

of going to work Sweden at all.

Crucially it means the face-off goes

3:44:273:44:31

into words the offensive zone.

That

gives an opportunity to pull the

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netminder, Fujimoto.

Six against

four. Great drama in the opening

3:44:373:44:44

game of the women's tournament. The

face-off was won by Japan. They are

3:44:443:44:48

looking for something. It deflects

wide from Ukita. Sweden will go

3:44:483:44:56

towards the empty net. It did not

miss by much. 30 seconds remain.

3:44:563:45:02

This has been a grandstand finish

for a grandstand opener. It has been

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good stuff. Is there one last press?

It is offside.

3:45:083:45:16

Just having trouble corralling it

before going over the blue line.

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before going over the blue line.

The

coach for the team Japan there. 20

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seconds to go. Japan need quality

possession. That is behind and that

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may well be enough. Japan may be

with one last chance. Sweden to

3:45:503:45:56

clear it and it is going to be

Sweden who take this first game but

3:45:563:46:00

they have been pushed every step of

the way.

3:46:003:46:09

the way. Grahn a big reason for that

but if Sweden are going to win a

3:46:093:46:12

medal that man will have a lot of

thinking to do. They will have to

3:46:123:46:16

play an awful lot better than that

but credit to the Japanese team,

3:46:163:46:22

they were absolutely outstanding.

Their energy, their effort levels,

3:46:223:46:29

just terrific.

And you can see that

joy or maybe relief for team Sweden.

3:46:293:46:38

As you said, team Japan gave them

everything they had. What a terrific

3:46:383:46:42

opening game.

Sweden did just

enough. They made the most of their

3:46:423:46:49

opportunities and this was the goal

that got them the win. It finishes

3:46:493:46:57

opportunities and this was the goal

that got them the win. It finishes

3:46:573:46:58

2-1 to Sweden.

So Sweden get their first win under

3:46:583:47:03

their belt and the ice hockey and I

am turning into iced out here, the

3:47:033:47:09

sunshine has vanished and the

temperature has just plummeted. So

3:47:093:47:13

we're back to the ice Arena where

curling is taking place. One of the

3:47:133:47:19

new offence is the team curling at

this Winter Olympics. One man and

3:47:193:47:24

one woman per team. And Switzerland

currently the world champions are

3:47:243:47:29

taking on a powerhouse in curling,

Canada. Just entering the sixth end

3:47:293:47:34

and Canada leading 6-2. Let's join

our commentators.

3:47:343:47:40

and Canada leading 6-2. Let's join

our commentators.

3:47:403:47:43

We have had Switzerland playing the

power play and one of the strategic

3:47:433:47:51

discussions would have been talking

about is how you defend against

3:47:513:47:54

that. That was perhaps one of the

most compelling approaches I've seen

3:47:543:47:58

so far.

3:47:583:48:03

I'm not convinced about the power

play. Looking at the statistics, the

3:48:093:48:14

average

3:48:143:48:19

average score is just one. So it is

not offering the teams much of an

3:48:193:48:25

advantage, the power play.

3:48:253:48:33

advantage, the power play. The only

ones who have done it particularly

3:48:333:48:35

well have been Korea.

I do not know

if it is the change up in the format

3:48:353:48:41

that disrupts their rhythm, but

often when they take time out the

3:48:413:48:47

shot following the time-out is

missed. I just wonder if it is the

3:48:473:48:51

same kind of principle.

That idea of

the power play, the Stones off to

3:48:513:48:58

the side, on a couple of occasions

you have seen the team is completely

3:48:583:49:02

ignoring that. And just plain to the

centre of the house.

3:49:023:49:12

Another feature is when to use that

power play. So far it has been

3:49:203:49:24

prevalent when the teams are down

and things not going particularly

3:49:243:49:27

well. Why not use it when you're

leading comic easy to say. But try

3:49:273:49:34

to build a lead or hold your lead

rather than waiting until you have

3:49:343:49:39

are down.

3:49:393:49:48

It is interesting, I think the jury

is out a bit still on the ruling.

3:49:503:49:54

But it is creating a lot of

discussion.

3:49:543:50:00

You notice that all sports call them

power play 's, answers on a

3:50:073:50:16

postcard! You have any creative

ideas? Not yet!

3:50:163:50:24

Well played.

3:50:243:50:33

You can hear Jenny just shouting, go

harder. There he goes, the man at

3:50:363:50:44

work. I'm a bit worried about the

angle and the force he is putting

3:50:443:50:52

through the brush that it could snap

at some point. Have you ever seen

3:50:523:50:56

that happen?

Probably more so when

they are made of wood but nowadays

3:50:563:51:04

they are very strong, made of carbon

fibre. But no doubt he is putting a

3:51:043:51:09

lot of pressure through that rush.

Which is what you're trying to do.

3:51:093:51:23

The frustrating thing for

Switzerland, they want to be

3:51:303:51:35

aggressive and take the game on and

get a lot of stones in play. But

3:51:353:51:41

Canada just outplaying them at the

moment in every department. That is

3:51:413:51:45

forcing Switzerland into making

defensive decisions. They're

3:51:453:51:50

trailing by four. But there is no

space to get anything else in there.

3:51:503:51:58

Canada have just clocked it up. It

would be rare in the team game to

3:51:583:52:04

see this kind of situation where you

have been team trailing by four and

3:52:043:52:10

being defensive.

A better chance

here. Only moves one of them. If

3:52:103:52:18

that had worked perfectly... Partial

success for Martin.

A pretty good

3:52:183:52:28

shot. That yellow at the front of

the house. The one closest to Martin

3:52:283:52:36

is in a good position. That will be

a concern for Canada.

3:52:363:52:47

So that is their concern and they

will throw out guard on it to stop

3:52:493:52:55

Switzerland making a direct play on

to that yellow stone.

3:52:553:53:02

Talking about top 12 and what colour

would you turn it -- would you call

3:53:133:53:19

that. A kind

3:53:193:53:31

that. A kind of blue.

I'm going to

go with teal.

3:53:313:53:40

go with teal.

Just coming in, this

is pretty strong.

3:53:443:53:50

Maurice continuing, both of them

playing well, working together.

3:53:593:54:16

Switzerland still have a chance to

play onto that yellow stone for the

3:54:233:54:30

and raise it into those red stones.

This will have to be really

3:54:303:54:36

accurate.

Not playing it softly

either.

It is going to be very

3:54:363:54:47

tight.

I think it is good. Almost.

Almost.

3:54:473:55:01

Just checking.

3:55:043:55:10

That is the juiciest.

So the back

yellow is their target.

I think they

3:55:163:55:32

want to get rid of it, just working

out the best way to do that.

3:55:323:55:40

out the best way to do that.

The

glory shot. What they're going to

3:55:413:55:47

do, nothing too fancy. There are

four shots ahead. Just going to pick

3:55:473:55:55

that stone at the bottom.

They know

they will leave Switzerland a chance

3:55:553:56:03

but that would limit the damage.

The

pick is the terminology, just

3:56:033:56:13

removing the stone and running your

own stone away at the same time.

3:56:133:56:19

They throw them at Max Power. You do

not need to be that accurate but

3:56:193:56:26

just to make contact. A bit like

that.

3:56:263:56:32

that.

Nicely done and Jenny has got

to be pretty accurate.

3:56:353:56:43

to be pretty accurate. To leave

Switzerland

3:56:473:56:54

Switzerland with two. The best

they're going to get.

Not an easy

3:56:563:57:01

shot. The difficulty of this, they

need to steer it past their own

3:57:013:57:10

yellow. If they touch it at all it

is not going to work out for them.

3:57:103:57:19

That is

3:57:193:57:24

That is starting to curl. Trying to

hang onto it. Very close. Reaching a

3:57:243:57:32

situation pretty quickly,

Switzerland will have no chance of

3:57:323:57:38

drawing back. So then Canada. There

is the handshake happening. I wonder

3:57:383:57:44

if it was going to.

3:57:443:57:51

if it was going to. Rios decided

enough is enough. So Canada get the

3:57:513:57:57

chance for an early cup of coffee

again. And they moved to the top of

3:57:573:58:02

the rankings now with four victories

and just one loss in their match

3:58:023:58:06

against Norway. John Morris will be

absolutely delighted with that. Well

3:58:063:58:14

played, the two of them. A very good

example of mixed doubles curling.

3:58:143:58:20

And Martin Rios and Jenny Perry

still have a good chance of

3:58:203:58:23

qualifying. They now have three wins

and two losses.

3:58:233:58:28

qualifying. They now have three wins

and two losses. So Canada winning

3:58:283:58:31

this 17-2.

A big win for Canada in the team

3:58:313:58:34

trailing and we are coming to the

end of our broadcast here on BBC

3:58:343:58:37

Two. We're going to have to say

goodbye from our balcony which

3:58:373:58:41

perhaps is a good thing because

really it is getting pretty cold.

3:58:413:58:44

We're going from the cold to the

warmth of the studio with Clare

3:58:443:58:48

Balding over on BBC One. Lots to

come including Elise Christie

3:58:483:58:53

getting her Olympic campaign

underway. We had over now to BBC One

3:58:533:58:59

to join Clare Balding.

3:58:593:59:02

Eilidh Barbour presents live coverage of day one of the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The first of 102 Olympic champions is crowned on Saturday in the cross-country skiing's women's skiathlon. Norway's Marit Bjoergen is a good bet to add to her tally of six Olympic gold medals - the 'Iron Lady' is the reigning world and Olympic champion.