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Day 1, Part 4

Clare Balding presents live coverage of day one of the 2018 Winter Olympics as Great Britain's Elise Christie begins her speed skating campaign in the heats of the 500m.


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After a spectacular and beautiful

Opening Ceremony, where peace and

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unity were the central themes,

Pyeongchang has been humming to the

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sound of live sports, and dealt

there they are into the evening

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sessions of the ice hockey, luge and

short track speed skating.

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Welcome to the first day of the full

competition at the 23rd Winter

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Olympic Games, the first gold medal

has been awarded to Sweden!

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Yesterday, a world record was set

for the number of drones used in

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live-action, 1218 of them.

Now thousands are heading into the

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mountains and coastal venues to

enjoy live sport and

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enjoy live sport and Great Britain's

major chance of golden glory.

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The person who could provide it gets

her campaign underway today, she is

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a world champion, three times, a

world record holder and ranked

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number one in the world but so far,

Elise Christie has only felt the

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cold edge of disappointment at the

Olympic Games...

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I love the ice. When I am on the

ice, I am free. At the Olympics, it

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is quite nerve-racking.

Before the gun goes off, I go

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straight to the line and stand

there. I can do this. I will do

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this.

From that moment the gun goes off,

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you have to be fighting. Every race

is quite aggressive.

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Speed... Movement...

Power... On the edge. It is so hard

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to move, because you are skating at

35 miles an hour. Sometimes, you get

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it right. Sometimes, I really don't.

When you cross the line, it is the

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biggest relief you ever feel in your

life. You have to really race to win

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in this sport. The only colour I

really want is gold. I'm going to

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give it my all to win it.

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And

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And this is Elise Christie come out

on the ice, getting herself moving

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and preparing for the challenges

ahead.

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Qualification for the 500 metres

event, she holds the world record

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there.

Coming up before 11am.

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South Korea is the short track speed

Skating capital of the world.

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Their most successful Winter Olympic

sport, that place will be packed.

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It will be noisy and exciting.

Getting excited on our half, Sarah

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Lindsay,

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Getting excited on our half, Sarah

Lindsay, John Healey, he did the

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same and carried the flag four

Izaguirre, and Amy Williams, she

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will be our expert on that.

Sarah, you were saying that you are

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nervous?

I feel I'm getting ready to

compete myself! It's a little

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between myself feeling it, getting

those old feelings back, moving into

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being Elise 's nervous month!

John,

you are feeling confident about

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this?

I've seen their preparation

and how hard the team have worked

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behind, and more than happy that

they will put in a good performance

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this morning. It is about

qualification for Elise.

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And we have a medal contender in the

1500 too.

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Amy, we will talk about the Sliding

Centre in a moment, you want to get

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in touch with us, use the hashtag

BBC Olympics, if you have questions,

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comments or if you want to know more

about the competitors, the sports,

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the venues, what these guys have

been up to.

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Here's what we have coming up over

the next few hours...

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All eyes are on Elise as the ice

Queen begins her Olympic campaign in

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the 500 metres. She's the world

record-holder.

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Team-mate and friend Charlotte

Gilmartin is also trying to get

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through to the quarterfinals.

She is in heat eight.

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The first gold of the short track

will be won in the 1500 metres where

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Canada's Charles Hamlin is the

defending champion.

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Joe Mennie's Felix Locke is a legend

of the luge, going for his third

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consecutive title -- Germany's.

And, flying into the air with the

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utmost grace, Stoch defends his

title on the normal hill for Poland.

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We have the smoking barrels of the

biathlon too, live on the red

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button... Obviously a lot of things

are happening at the same time. We

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will be hopping to the best of the

action, bringing it to you. Coming

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up, we have the men's luge.

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At midday, we will be switching to

BBC Two. If you want to follow the

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live action on the red button, that

is continuous. The defending

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champion Hamelin is about to go.

Live on the red button. We will be

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getting over there for the best of

it all. Time for the headlines on

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day one...

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The opening morning of the Winter

Olympics has brought disappointment

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for one of Britain's medal hopes,

snowboarder Jamie Nicholls failed to

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get through the qualifying for the

men's slopestyle. And it was a

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similar story for his British

team-mates Billy Morgan, who exited

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the men's slopestyle after the

opening stage.

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Norway's cross-country skier Marit

Bjorgen became the most decorated

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female Winter Olympian ever with a

record 11th medal, a silver in the

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skiathlon. Sweden's Charlotte Kalla

took the gold medal, the first of

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these games.

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Sarah and John, let's talk about

Elise Christie. First, the mental

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side, how much do you think she has

changed in the last four years?

In

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the last Olympics, she was

absolutely, without question, good

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enough to win medals. We know that

everything went wrong for her. She

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is too good. Too good not to now.

She's been at the top of her game,

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experienced at going out into major

championships and winning. In the

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last Olympics, it was all a bit new

to her.

And John, physically, how is

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she different as an athlete?

She has

really moved on, and as you said,

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she has really moved on. She is head

and shoulders above everyone else

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and she will show that today, when

she goes and blasts it from the

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start.

Let's hope, so much can go

wrong in the short track, at least

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in the luge it is just you and the

track?

You and the track and your

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commitment! It will be great to

begin watching the luge today. --

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your equipment. Luge on the skeleton

and the bobsleigher are all on the

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same track. Three different starts,

luge begin at the top so they have

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more speed. They go first, the ice

is more rounded, the Bobsleigh tends

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to mash it up. You do not have a

proper groove cut in, but it chips

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on the ice. Especially when it is so

cold. The luge make it all smooth,

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then we come along and take their

ice off of them!

We are watching

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from afar, all of the action taking

place 5500 miles away in the

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Republic of Korea, as it is

officially known, known here as

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South Korea. Japan in the East,

North Korea in the north. It is a

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technology hub, very futuristic.

They have the best Wi-Fi out there

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of any Olympic venue

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They have the best Wi-Fi out there

of any Olympic venue ever, people

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are saying! It is all lit up in the

night sky, it will be very dramatic.

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Amy, the competitors get to walk the

track. I always think that must be

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Amy, the competitors get to walk the

track. I always think that must be

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more difficult than sliding it. They

have all walked down the track with

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the spikes in their shoes?

Yes,

track walking as part of your

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training. We have special tracks

bikes we put over our shoes. We look

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at the profile of the corners, you

work out all of the lines in your

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head. You only have two runs per

day, six runs to learn the entire 16

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corners of a track. It isn't like

Formula 1, Lewis Hamilton can go

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round hundreds of times. We only

have six. You have the mental

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imagery, writing your track notes.

All of that is information you log

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in your brain.

And the later

competitors will be watching the

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earlier ones with interest. Let's

have a look at the action as it gets

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underway. John Jackson, one of

Britain's best ever bobsleigh

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pilots, is in the commentary box...

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COMMENTATOR: Good evening from a

very chilly South Korea,

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Pyeongchang, the first 16 days of

sliding gets underway. Six bobsleigh

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days coming up. Three skeleton, with

Lizzy Yarnold tucked away in the

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middle of all of the action. Six

days of the luge are beginning here,

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and it's the right time. The first

dozen or so of these luge athletes

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to go, this is Semen Pavlichenko,

the reigning European champion. The

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first dozen are theoretically all

going to be chasing the gold medal.

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This track is so technical,

especially as we get down to the

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bend. You will hear plenty more of

that through the course of the next

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two weeks or so. John Jackson is

looking at every possible

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technicality as the European

champion Pavlichenko is on his way.

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He is going down the street now, he

made a mistake straightaway. There

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is a lot of skidding. Little moments

like this will cost you medals. Not

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everybody has drilled into the

track, working out the lines. That

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tricky corner will cost a lot of

people. You can see he is putting

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down his feet a lot. Not a good

first run in his Olympic campaign.

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Not fluent at all. In the luge

daytime things to the 1000th of a

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second. That is because back in the

1970s there was a dead heat for the

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gold medal. You saw his body

language, a shake of the head from

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Pavlichenko, he is not happy. We are

expecting a fewer of the top stars

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to go less than 48 seconds?

There

will definitely be a new track

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record.

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record. You can see here, as he

comes down the straight, there was a

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big skid at the entrance to 12

there. There is a lot of G-force on

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the corner. It cost him a lot of

time.

Pavlichenko is unhappy but we

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do have some superb sliders to come.

To reiterate... These early athletes

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are the likely medallists. Coming up

next for Austria, the current world

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champion, Wolfgang Kindl.

Pavlichenko made a mess of his first

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run. Now, what can Kindl do? It has

been 50 years since Austria won a

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gold medal in this event, thanks to

Manfred Schmidt. Can Kindl

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consolidate his position and become

an Olympic champion? He needs four

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consistent runs, not a slick away

from Pavlichenko. He needs to be a

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lot need to down the track?

His line

into two was great. Another part of

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the course that has been tripping up

people. The ice is a lot quicker

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than what they are used to do when

they came here last year. It has

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caused people trouble. The extra

cold temperatures makes the ice

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really hard and fast at the same

time. But it is a good line into 12.

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Now he should start picking up his

speed and on the competitor which

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has gone down in front of him. You

can now see he is pulling away...

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He comes into the last corner.

Uphill to the line here. If you have

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lost your speed midway down, it's

tricky to get it back. There you go,

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47.9. Kindl with a new track record.

This though is a very young track,

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of course. But Kindl has set the

early standard.

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The world champion starts his run,

was that a little shake of the head?

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Yes, he knew that that mistake cost

him. It's a great line-out, but as

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he comes into the bend, he has to

work so hard to correct that. It

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costs him time. This will be such a

tight race. The last day of

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training, the top seven athletes

were covered by 15 hundredths of a

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second. They were not making

mistakes in training but they are

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now in the race. It is wide open.

Earlier we were watching the women

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having their practice runs, some of

them looked as though they had never

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been on the luge before! Now, for

Germany, the third to go down,

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Johannes Ludwig. It is his third

Olympics, current number five in the

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world for Germany. They completely

dominating this event, and they have

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done with the exception of the great

arm and certainly years for Italy.

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Germany the team to beat. He has

been impressive in his training

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sessions, Ludwig?

Yes, he is one of

the guys to watch. You can see more

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control in his sled, how they steer

it, they use their shoulders and

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legs, the top leg does the steering.

It is a great line into 12. And it

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is key to keeping speed at the

bottom of the track. As he comes

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down into the big Olympic corner,

corner 14, you can see the Olympic

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logo there. Building speed through

the speed trap. Over 80 miles an

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hour.

These guys are really motoring down

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there. Moving into first place,

Ludwig goes ahead Earth Kindl. If

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finishing speed of 151 Lahmert is

per hour, over 80 mph. He translates

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his excellent practice sessions over

the last few days to this first

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all-important run -- 151 kilometres

per hour.

Let's point out, as you

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watch a replay again... The last

couple of Olympics from day one, you

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needed to be in the first three to

get a medal. It is that important to

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get a great start and on this track

of all, it is so important that you

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are consistent in the four runs.

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Without a doubt consistency is key

and it is all about who has got the

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mental toughness to cope with the

Olympics. It is no different to any

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other race that they have been in

before.

Next for Italy,

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before.

Next for Italy, 24-year-old

Dominik Fischnaller, a policeman,

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and tonight, speeding is mandatory!

Straight into that early right-hand

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bend. He was third in the World

Championships behind Kindl.

And he

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also holds the track record, but

there is another mistake and I think

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they are just gripping into the ice

which is causing them not to be on

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the optimum line. Ice conditions can

change it so much from day.

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Hopefully he will keep the speed

that he needs at the bottom of the

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track to stay close to Ludwig. But

he has lost a couple of tenth is

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already and that will be difficult

to get back.

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to get back.

Watching on is the

legendary Italian Armin Zoeggeler,

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now coach of these Italian boys.

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And after that Dominik Fischnaller

is currently in second place.

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Quickest at the moment is Ludwig.

And you can see the coach, he knows

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what it means, he has got six

Olympic medals from six Games, he's

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a legend of the sport. Just under

their chin you will see a little

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strap, that yellow looking cord,

that is to stop their head being

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thrown back when they go in to the

big G corners, it is one of the bits

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of safety equipment that these guys

use. And here is the great Felix

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Loch, incredible to be calling him

great, just 28 years old, but he has

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won the last two Olympic Games, a

brilliant talent from Germany and if

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he can win gold here this week he

will replicate the achievements of

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his compatriot Georg Hackl, who won

three. Such a classy exponent of the

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art of luge, what do you make of his

start, John Jackson?

Again, looks

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nice and smooth, squeezing his legs,

using the top leg to steer around

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the corner. Slid off that one a

little bit did not get the ultimate

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line out, but everything looks good

so far. Starting to build speed,

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let's see what his line is like,

he's been good in training... Yep,

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nailed the straight. This is where

he should start building speed now,

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into the bottom of the track. And

he's just starting to pull away,

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these real smooth lines as he comes

up to the final corner, are really

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paying dividend for him.

And

straight into the lead! Now, that is

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the mark of an Olympic champion! And

you can see his coach is very, very

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tatters vied -- satisfied with that!

What a start for the great Felix

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Loch.

You can see knows what he's

doing, he has done it many times

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before, he knows what it is like to

handle this pressure.

He does

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indeed. Very happy, and why not, so

important to get a good start, the

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power as you push away from the

start and it ended up being a decent

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line out although it was quite high?

Yeah, it was quite high, all of

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those little bits just cost you time

and ultimate top speed.

Now, if

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there is a youngster to beat Felix

Loch, it might be this youngster,

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from the Olympic athletes of Russia

team, this is Roman Repilov, a

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21-year-old, I saw him training at

the start of the week, he made big

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mistakes. I saw him training

yesterday - he looked as though he

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had learned a lot of lessons, he's

talented, John?

Yep, his first

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Games, this is another guy, can he

handle the pressure of what those

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five rings ring to it? Just not

settled into his rhythm just yet if

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although he is only 27 thousandths

behind, which is not much. Coming

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into these big pressure corners just

this is key... In needs to be

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straight, and he has drilled that

straight down the middle, straight

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into 12, big G corner into 13,

everything looking good... He's just

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starting to drop off Felix Loch a

little bit but he's going to keep

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himself in contention as he comes

into the final corner.

Round he

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comes, then. Let's see where he

marches

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marches up to Felix Loch... And that

is a fairly big gap already. He has

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got work to do. And there are plenty

more talented luge athletes to come

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in this first ten or 12. To

reiterate - you're watching right

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now the best in the world. Whatever

happens this week, Roman Repilov has

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got a big future.

Yes, he has,

definitely. You can see how they use

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their legs to steer, and this is the

difference between Felix Loch and

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the guy who is on the sled at the

moment. You can see the different

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lines, and what they're doing on the

sled to achieve that. Ultimately, is

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one faster than the other? You could

say that one is but it is about

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getting the best for you and your

equipment to get the ultimate speed

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for yourself.

Next to go, for

Austria, 28-year-old Reinhard Egger.

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Unlike the guys we've just seen, a

top-10 finish I think for him this

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week would be a realistic aim for

him. He will be going for the

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podium, obviously, but his

performances suggest that that might

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be beyond him. Let's see what he's

got, Reinhard Egger, his best World

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Cup result this year was fourth in a

number of. He just doesn't seem to

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quite have the quality of the likes

of some of the others.

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of some of the others.

Yep, some of

it is just down to the equipment.

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You will find a young guy like Roman

Repilov, he's just a natural talent,

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where others have to work hard to

find the lines. And he's working

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hard. He has come into that corner a

little bit late and he has got to

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work harder into 12, but he gets a

good line into 13, where we have

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seen some guys messing it up. He's

just dropping off a little bit as he

0:23:220:23:26

comes up the hill. So, towards the

finish he comes, this is Reinhard

0:23:260:23:32

Egger, and he's in sixth place.

We're talking half a second, but

0:23:320:23:36

that's a massive margin. It

indicates the gap between the

0:23:360:23:39

calibre that is Reinhard Egger and

the calibre that is Loch. Who will

0:23:390:23:48

have had to work harder as he came

into the entrance of 12, and that

0:23:480:23:53

just takes your speed away from the

bottom half of the track, and you

0:23:530:23:56

can see how much he's lost. The exit

there, you can see him using his

0:23:560:24:00

right leg to try and turn the sled

coming out of seven, and this is

0:24:000:24:04

where he just starts to drift away,

and as it comes out of shot he's

0:24:040:24:08

more into the middle of the corner,

and he's just got to work, you can

0:24:080:24:12

see him trying to use his feet to

get into the right place.

Those slow

0:24:120:24:16

motion shots are fantastic, the face

of Reinhard Egger trying to battle

0:24:160:24:21

through that straight after bend

number nine - fantastic stuff. As

0:24:210:24:27

now, the young Latvian Kristers

Aparjods gets his chance, his first

0:24:270:24:34

Olympics, he's only 19, he turns 20

at the end of the month, he is

0:24:340:24:39

you've Olympic champion, and he had

four absolutely super training runs

0:24:390:24:43

out of the six that you are allowed.

I'm looking forward to seeing how he

0:24:430:24:45

gets on. He is a real talent for the

future, like Repilov.

Definitely,

0:24:450:24:54

and he has got a relatively good

start. This is the key and he has

0:24:540:25:00

got through their relatively well

and hopefully that will keep the

0:25:000:25:05

speed for him. He's just starting to

drop off, but that's relative to his

0:25:050:25:09

start. He was brave hundredths

behind and now he's six. Hopefully

0:25:090:25:14

he can start to get it back as he

comes down the track. That corner

0:25:140:25:18

drops away so much from eight. Write

down the middle, nice, smooth line,

0:25:180:25:22

just look at the legs and see how

much they're working. That's just

0:25:220:25:27

took keep control of the sled. Into

the big corner, and you can see he's

0:25:270:25:32

still within reach.

Good speed, you

know! He's doing really well here,

0:25:320:25:39

and Kristers Aparjods goes into

fourth place - that's an excellent,

0:25:390:25:44

excellent run from him! Who will be

thrilled, for one so young that was

0:25:440:25:49

a fantastic run and just look at the

smile through the visor! He knows he

0:25:490:25:53

has studied his Olympic campaign

just as he wanted!

Yeah, definitely

0:25:530:25:58

that was a really good run. Just

lost a little bit of a speed at the

0:25:580:26:04

bottom, but that happens when you're

trying to fight the sled, sometimes

0:26:040:26:08

you can just drive a little bit too

much. And you could see that he was

0:26:080:26:11

working quite hard with his legs

through the big corners to keep

0:26:110:26:15

control of the sled. You can see him

shifting his body weight down,

0:26:150:26:19

tucking his hands in and getting

ready for the first corner. Sliding

0:26:190:26:22

off that corner getting a bit high.

Coming round you can see how much

0:26:220:26:26

they're using their feet, as he

comes across the line.

Early stages,

0:26:260:26:32

then, Repilov is in third, and out

in front is Loch.

0:26:320:26:42

in front is Loch. The world champion

is down in fifth place at the

0:26:420:26:47

moment. This is Tucker West from the

United States, he had a bad crash on

0:26:470:26:52

his first day of training but he

seems to be running fast. He has

0:26:520:26:57

just shaved a bit off his old

record.

Well, that's what the

0:26:570:27:01

Olympics brings, everybody wants to

come here in tiptop shape and

0:27:010:27:04

hopefully he can carry that down the

track and use it to pull himself up

0:27:040:27:08

the rankings. He just slipped up

that corner a little bit there, you

0:27:080:27:14

could hear it, he didn't get the

optimum online, and hopefully that

0:27:140:27:17

will not cost him too much. Yeah, he

has got that wrong, and that was

0:27:170:27:23

just from him keeping the steer onto

long and that affected his line

0:27:230:27:27

round 12 through the chicane. He was

seven hundredths behind, he is now

0:27:270:27:32

going to drop nearly five tenths

towards the end, if not more.

Yeah,

0:27:320:27:38

and in terms of trying to get a

medal, that is probably game over

0:27:380:27:42

for him. Tucker West, and that

mistake after nine into the chicane,

0:27:420:27:48

it's a vital part of the track and

he made a right mess of it, did

0:27:480:27:53

Tucker West, and there is no hiding

place?

No, you've got to be perfect

0:27:530:27:57

on this track, and the key to

getting a medal on this track is

0:27:570:28:00

getting through exit two correct,

and off exit nine. If you get those

0:28:000:28:06

two try to... You can just see he

has just steered too much and that's

0:28:060:28:11

why he's ended up in the wall. He's

trying to get control, steadied the

0:28:110:28:16

sled and almost just hang on and not

get knocked off.

Great pictures

0:28:160:28:22

again of Tucker West struggling with

the middle part of this track. Great

0:28:220:28:26

starter, exciting talent for the

future, as we move on to the

0:28:260:28:31

33-year-old German Andi Langenhan, a

medallist at three World

0:28:310:28:36

Championships. He was fourth in

Sochi, fifth in Vancouver. Firmly

0:28:360:28:42

enough that so chic he did not get a

particularly good start but went on

0:28:420:28:45

to do very well, just missing the

medals. In his third Olympics now

0:28:450:28:50

and under way...

Yeah, this track is

a lot shorter than Sochi. So, for

0:28:500:28:57

him to be a little bit behind on the

start, on a short-track, is not

0:28:570:29:01

going to help him. Yes, he's a great

driver but you just run out of track

0:29:010:29:06

to be able to catch the guy is just

at the moment he has got a bit of a

0:29:060:29:12

high driving line and I think that

is going to cost him time. You can

0:29:120:29:15

see as he drops down in eight, that

corner, the elevation, drops so

0:29:150:29:20

much. He is going to come into that

corner late and have to do a bit

0:29:200:29:26

more work into 12. Coming into 13,

you can see that I'm dropping away,

0:29:260:29:30

and that's cost him big. That corner

is so important, that transition,

0:29:300:29:34

and just a little bit high in 15

he's going to have lost a lot of

0:29:340:29:39

time coming up the hill.

And Andi

Langenhan drops down to seventh

0:29:390:29:48

place, so again, under early

pressure in the early stages of the

0:29:480:29:53

men's singles luge competition.

Looking a little bit resigned, Andi

0:29:530:29:59

Langenhan. Wanted better, didn't

quite get it. And these are top guys

0:29:590:30:05

ahead of him.

Yeah, and the start

was great but it is this line here,

0:30:050:30:10

as he drifts over and he's trying to

get himself back into 12, and that's

0:30:100:30:14

what cost him. The characteristics

of this track is, it is easy to get

0:30:140:30:19

down but it is hard to be fast,

because it is so technical, and the

0:30:190:30:24

athletes are struggling to find the

speed in the track, because they're

0:30:240:30:27

just slightly off-line.

0:30:270:30:33

Those are the leaders, separated by

two tenths of a second. Big margins

0:30:330:30:38

from first place to fifth place in

the early stages. Now, the Austrian

0:30:380:30:45

competitor,, the 23-year-old David

Gleirscher making his Olympic debut.

0:30:450:30:49

Coming into the game is ranked

number 12 in the world. Capable, we

0:30:490:30:54

saw them training together this

week. He is capable of fast times

0:30:540:31:00

down the track?

A lot of these

athletes are, that's in training.

0:31:000:31:04

There's no pressure, you do your own

thing. On race day, it's a different

0:31:040:31:07

ball game to what you've done in

training. It just isn't quite in the

0:31:070:31:13

read them yet. Sliding off the

corner is a bit. Not quite getting

0:31:130:31:18

his optimum line, he slides across

again. Going into the middle, just

0:31:180:31:24

losing some time all the way down.

It is because he isn't coming off

0:31:240:31:28

the exit directly. He slides off,

costing him time. That's what we

0:31:280:31:32

find here.

Picking uphill in the

mid-hill section four Gleirscher.

0:31:320:31:41

There we go, he found some great

speed towards the bottom of the

0:31:410:31:46

track, he nips ahead of Loch. A

tremendous effort ultimately from

0:31:460:31:51

Gleirscher. We saw flashes of this

earlier this week. I do think his

0:31:510:31:56

problem will be consistency. He

needs three more of the same. He has

0:31:560:32:00

shown in the past he hasn't quite

delivered that level of consistency

0:32:000:32:03

but what a start!

Definitely, you

can see it sliding off the corners

0:32:030:32:10

rather than coming straight out.

That would usually mean it would

0:32:100:32:13

slow down, but he has found his

speed. Maybe that is his style and

0:32:130:32:18

it works for him? A great start. He

looked a little messy at the top but

0:32:180:32:22

he got sorted at the bottom of the

track, and found a speed when nobody

0:32:220:32:27

else has found it in the last few

runs.

We are only 11 athletes in. 40

0:32:270:32:33

in this first section. I would be

amazed if anybody can touch

0:32:330:32:41

Gleirscher now for the lead. Ahead

of Loch and Ludvig. Next ago, Jozef

0:32:410:32:44

Ninis. His fourth Olympics, would

you believe? 20th at Sochi, that was

0:32:440:32:53

his best ever placing.

He came a

little too high around the exit of

0:32:530:32:58

two. You can see that is just a

little higher on the corners. He is

0:32:580:33:06

making his way down. The lines are

fine and looking good from this

0:33:060:33:11

point on. Initially, not so great.

No, out of nine, he clattered to the

0:33:110:33:17

right-hand wall. To the bottom end

of the track here, and Ninis has to

0:33:170:33:25

hold it together. Hitting a wall

like that at halfway, I would

0:33:250:33:28

imagine it is difficult to maintain

control? Ninis finishes his run. He

0:33:280:33:33

ends in sixth place. To be honest,

that is pretty respectable. Nearly

0:33:330:33:38

two tenths of a second behind

Gleirscher. The big guns have gone.

0:33:380:33:43

Don't forget Adam Rosen and Rupert

Staudinger are competing for

0:33:430:33:49

Britain. The pacesetter from

Austria, Gleirscher ahead of two

0:33:490:33:56

Germans. STUDIO: Thanks to John Hunt

and Joe Jackson, that's on the red

0:33:560:34:03

button. AJ Rosen in

0:34:030:34:06

and Joe Jackson, that's on the red

button. AJ Rosen in 31st position.

0:34:060:34:07

Although Felix Loch has just been

overtaken on the first run, he is

0:34:070:34:12

the man, isn't he?

He is the one to

watch committee has so many years of

0:34:120:34:17

experience, as you say. In our

sport, learning the track quickly,

0:34:170:34:21

Years & Years knowledge of the

environment, the ice and the

0:34:210:34:27

technology and the sled.

There is so

much pressure on your neck in the

0:34:270:34:34

luge and the skeleton?

We do a lot

of training in the gym for your neck

0:34:340:34:42

strength, using weighted belts but

nothing can prepare you for the

0:34:420:34:44

pressure of the G-force on the ice.

Coming back from summer and not

0:34:440:34:52

sliding, you are in pain. You cannot

replicate the actual G-force.

And it

0:34:520:34:59

different ice sport, we will go to

the Gangneung Ice Arena. This is the

0:34:590:35:05

hot ticket... South Korea

0:35:050:35:07

the Gangneung Ice Arena. This is the

hot ticket... South Korea is the

0:35:070:35:08

hotbed of short track speed skating.

Every session is a sell-out. In

0:35:080:35:13

terms of British hopes, all eyes

will be on Elise Christie.

0:35:130:35:18

This is Elise Christie. She is the

best short track speed skater the UK

0:35:220:35:26

has ever produced... She is a world

record holder, a triple world

0:35:260:35:32

champion, and she is Great Britain's

best hope for a gold medal in the

0:35:320:35:36

upcoming Winter Olympics.

0:35:360:35:38

best hope for a gold medal in the

upcoming Winter Olympics.

0:35:380:35:41

Tell us how it all began for you?

I

started as a figure skater when I

0:35:410:35:46

was really young, like, seven. I

transferred over, because we did a

0:35:460:35:52

race the week after I started. It

was a fun race. I dig through a

0:35:520:35:58

Selection box of chocolate from

winning that race! -- I've won a

0:35:580:36:04

Selection box.

She was one of those

kids can you could show her

0:36:040:36:07

something and she would pick it up

immediately. She had a natural

0:36:070:36:12

ability.

Elise is a very special

athlete but four years ago she

0:36:120:36:16

nearly walked away from the sport

that she loves. One of the

0:36:160:36:22

favourites for a gold medal in

Sochi, the Olympics she worked so

0:36:220:36:26

hard for ended with

disqualifications, and death

0:36:260:36:30

threats.

I've had a lot of stuff on the

0:36:300:36:33

Internet I've had to deal with, it

has been tough, I am finding it

0:36:330:36:36

quite hard.

What is it like to get a

death threat? Most of us,

0:36:360:36:41

thankfully, I don't think have

experienced that?

You do believe

0:36:410:36:44

that those people and that person,

that they are genuinely threatening

0:36:440:36:49

your life. It becomes scary, I spent

six months after being scared of

0:36:490:36:54

being in my house alone or going out

alone, because so many, at once,

0:36:540:36:59

made it feel so real. Even though

realistically, it was coming from

0:36:590:37:05

mostly the Koreans. They weren't

going to be in England. But it was a

0:37:050:37:10

very difficult time.

Pyeongchang,

these Winter Olympics, what does it

0:37:100:37:15

signify for you?

You want to see

redemption. Is the dream. For every

0:37:150:37:24

athlete, they dream of being an

Olympic medallist.

Is there room for

0:37:240:37:32

an Olympic medal?

Three brakes is

here!

The dream isn't to go out and

0:37:320:37:38

sit in second place, the dream is to

go and try and win a gold medal.

0:37:380:37:42

That might mean you replicate Sochi

but I'm not scared of doing that in

0:37:420:37:47

terms of how hard I have worked, I

feel like I deserve to go out and

0:37:470:37:51

try to win, no matter what anyone

says about it. STUDIO: She is

0:37:510:37:57

try to win, no matter what anyone

says about it. STUDIO: She is

0:37:570:37:57

prepared to risk it all, that's the

message you get from it.

0:37:570:38:01

She is embracing the challenge. This

is what Elise Christie has already

0:38:010:38:05

achieved in her career...

A three-time world champion, 12

0:38:050:38:08

World Championship medals, 17

European Championship medals, ten

0:38:080:38:15

European titles, she is the world

record-holder over the distance that

0:38:150:38:17

she will be racing today, the 500

metres.

0:38:170:38:22

Sarah, where does she stand among

female short

0:38:220:38:25

Sarah, where does she stand among

female short track speed skater 's?

0:38:250:38:26

She is the best skater that there

has ever been. She really is the

0:38:260:38:31

fastest girl on the ice. She has won

everything now. This is all that is

0:38:310:38:37

left for her. I think only a gold

medal would do.

And John, what she

0:38:370:38:41

need to do, in these early stages?

She has to be in first two. And not

0:38:410:38:49

get into trouble?

She has a great

start, she is in lane two. Alper

0:38:490:38:57

block, she can get going and be

confident of leading the race.

0:38:570:39:01

Hopefully her coach can tell her she

is five or ten metres ahead, and she

0:39:010:39:06

can relax.

British team-mates are in

action, Charlotte Gilmartin, she

0:39:060:39:09

could go really well, and Kat

Thompson. Backstage, you guys have

0:39:090:39:19

been there and competed, but Sarah,

tell us about what Elise does in

0:39:190:39:24

these latter stages?

It's really

difficult with her, I mean look...

0:39:240:39:28

You've no idea what she is thinking.

I have been addicted to social media

0:39:280:39:33

and stories and things. She appears

to be very relaxed. It is the

0:39:330:39:38

biggest moment of her life. But I do

think that she is enjoying herself.

0:39:380:39:42

She told me that she gets very

chatty before a race. And she uses

0:39:420:39:46

it to psych out the other skaters?

She really does try and interact

0:39:460:39:50

with others. Giving off a persona

that she is very relaxed.

And there

0:39:500:39:56

is Charlotte.

It's great to see the

girls warming up together...

0:39:560:40:00

Charlotte to the left, and Kat

Thompson with her plats?

Yes, both

0:40:000:40:05

looking very relaxed. Elise is

exercising with Nicky Gooch, her

0:40:050:40:10

coach. And the performance

scientist. Her boyfriend is also

0:40:100:40:14

there. Shaolin, he has been in the

1500 metres.

He is a world champion.

0:40:140:40:24

He skates for Hungary. It was nice

in the documentary, everybody said

0:40:240:40:30

that he has been a really good

influence on her?

He has really

0:40:300:40:35

helped Elise. The two together, the

last two years together, they've

0:40:350:40:40

come on in leaps and bounds

together. Hopefully they can both be

0:40:400:40:44

successful together.

And in Kat

Thompson's heat, we will see Fontana

0:40:440:40:50

of Italy, she is very good, isn't

she?

Yes, she has been winning for a

0:40:500:40:55

long time. She's done very well at

the Europeans. She has Olympic

0:40:550:41:00

medals already. She is definitely

one to watch.

She carried the flag

0:41:000:41:06

for Italy last night, she might be a

bit tired...!

Get you! You would be

0:41:060:41:14

telling her that. And tell me about

Charlotte Gilmartin. John Cooney you

0:41:140:41:18

were saying not to ignore her? She

has become a very strong skater.

0:41:180:41:23

Yes, she is from my own club, the

Solihull Mohawks. She will be loving

0:41:230:41:28

this. She loves these big

competitions. She will put in a

0:41:280:41:35

performance in this.

And it must be

that Andy Murray effect on Kyle

0:41:350:41:38

Edmund and others, that when you

have someone as good as Elise,

0:41:380:41:43

training as hard as she does,

everybody around her, their level

0:41:430:41:48

rises?

Definitely, I do think they

feed off one another well, Elise and

0:41:480:41:52

Charlotte, and I think that Kat can

do the same.

Charlotte practising

0:41:520:41:58

her starts. In the 500 metres, the

start is crucial. But anything can

0:41:580:42:04

happen, as you know. What happened

to you in Vancouver?

Umm, it was a

0:42:040:42:11

normal start. We crashed and you do

not have a lame. There is no right

0:42:110:42:16

of way into you get to the middle

block. -- you do not have a lane. I

0:42:160:42:22

crashed with another girl, so we

started the race again. The same

0:42:220:42:26

thing happened again, so I was sent

off. I have done six restarts

0:42:260:42:31

before. They always recall it.

Why

were you sent off?

I don't know,

0:42:310:42:36

there was a suggestion of being

behind time with the TV. It was

0:42:360:42:40

taking too long. Each restart takes

another five minutes, I think they

0:42:400:42:44

wanted to hurry it along. They

probably knew the same thing was

0:42:440:42:47

going to happen, I wasn't going to

give up, I was always going to fight

0:42:470:42:52

for the first corner, if I'm not in

front I went when. My start is my

0:42:520:42:56

strong point and it's the same with

the girl I was next to, those were

0:42:560:43:02

her strengths. Neither of us were

going to back down.

You've got to be

0:43:020:43:06

able to cope with decisions that are

clearly... I was going to say and

0:43:060:43:11

just, but they can feel very unfair.

As a team we always say that the

0:43:110:43:16

referee will make a decision, let's

try and stay out of those issues.

0:43:160:43:22

Try and skate as clean as possible

but as Sarah says, on the start

0:43:220:43:26

line, it is dog eat dog you got to

look after yourself in the best way

0:43:260:43:31

possible. They are great starts,

Charlotte has lain one, Elise has

0:43:310:43:38

the second.

And help close a family

is the short track speed skating

0:43:380:43:43

world?

Very. It is a small sport...

And Mike Pence is there by the

0:43:430:43:50

way...

The USA VP! It is a big

sport...

Sorry, Sarah, what about

0:43:500:43:59

understanding each other? Presumably

someone will always be at the raw

0:43:590:44:05

end of the deal... Yes, you are with

one another every single day.

But

0:44:050:44:08

you do know what each other is going

through, everybody has the same goal

0:44:080:44:13

and everybody wants to win. When one

of your team members wins, it feels

0:44:130:44:21

like a victory for everyone.

I think

that is the Korean President too.

0:44:210:44:26

Isn't it interesting how Olympic

sport can bring along so much

0:44:260:44:30

political diplomacy!

Is the place

0:44:300:44:33

sport can bring along so much

political diplomacy!

Is the place to

0:44:330:44:33

be seen! You have to be in it at the

right time... This definitely is the

0:44:330:44:36

place to be seen. Look at that, as a

stadium. The adrenaline really

0:44:360:44:43

begins to ramp up when you have that

big a crowd.

You cannot see that on

0:44:430:44:48

the TV, the atmosphere.

You cannot

feel it unless you are really in

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there. But you really feel all of

that excitement, throughout the

0:44:520:44:56

entire crowd.

Are they adding more

water with the watering can?

They

0:44:560:45:00

will be cleaning it a bit.

They put

on the water to help to settle the

0:45:000:45:05

ice. It has been freshly cut, it

will be dry. The water goes on and

0:45:050:45:09

so the athletes can grip as much as

possible. They can hit the corner as

0:45:090:45:14

fast as they want and hopefully

carry that speed out of the corner.

0:45:140:45:19

This is going to be extremely

exciting and very tense. Coming up,

0:45:190:45:23

in heat four, elite Christie.

Kat Thompson in the second heats,

0:45:230:45:27

and Charlotte Gilmartin going later,

let's go over to our commentators,

0:45:270:45:33

Wilf O'Reilly is with Simon

Brotherton...

0:45:330:45:44

SIMON BROTHERTON: Welcome to the

Gangneung Ice Arena, this is the

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women's 500 metres. Elise Christie

will be in heat number four, and the

0:45:490:45:58

first heat is just about to start.

The Canadian Kim Boutin goes

0:45:580:46:03

first heat is just about to start.

The Canadian Kim Boutin goes to the

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front. She was fourth in the World

Championship 500 metres this season.

0:46:030:46:10

She has done well at other distances

as well. And at the moment Lana

0:46:100:46:14

Gehring from the USA is bringing up

the rear. Just moving into third

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place. So, leading the way is Kim

Boutin, second place is the Polish

0:46:170:46:29

athlete. That's Natalia Maliszewska.

So, Kim Boutin of Canada leading the

0:46:290:46:40

way, Natalia Maliszewska performing

extremely well to take second, ahead

0:46:400:46:46

of Lana Gehring of the USA.

Superb

piece of skating by Kim Boutin of

0:46:460:46:54

Canada. Storming into the first bend

having started number three on the

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line. And on the inside the Italian

Lucia Peretti got left for dead.

It

0:46:570:47:07

was a tentative looking start from

the Italian, from which she was

0:47:070:47:09

never able to recover. To be fair to

her, she was in a high-quality

0:47:090:47:13

field.

She certainly was. And, of

course, it's all about the skate

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crossing the line when the time

stops. And in this first round,

0:47:190:47:24

Simon, the skaters are placed on the

line based on a random computers

0:47:240:47:28

election.

There's confirmation of

the result of Heat 1. Kim Boutin

0:47:280:47:35

very dominant there. So, two of the

four skaters in each heat go

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through. And we will have four heats

of four in the quarterfinals, again

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the top two going through and two

heats of four in the semi. So, four

0:47:480:47:52

races to win it. That's Kathryn

Thomson of Great Britain in heat

0:47:520:47:57

number two. The Hungarian Andrea

Keszler there as well. Four and a

0:47:570:48:06

half laps. If you hear some singing

in the background, it's the North

0:48:060:48:14

Korean cheerleaders who are here.

The Korean president is sitting just

0:48:140:48:22

in front of us, next to the US vice

president Mike Pence. Here we go

0:48:220:48:28

with heat number two, and this is

going to be extremely difficult for

0:48:280:48:33

Kathryn Thomson - and Kathryn

Thomson is on the deck already! And

0:48:330:48:37

it wasn't her fault! And Andrea

Keszler from Hungary went down

0:48:370:48:42

first, and so they have stopped the

race, because it happened so soon

0:48:420:48:45

after the start.

Well, the rule is,

Simon, that if the skater falls

0:48:450:48:53

before the halfway, top block, as we

call it, on her own... There is a

0:48:530:49:00

slight clash of blades, as we can

see. Coming in and taking down

0:49:000:49:07

Kathryn Thomson of Great Britain, so

that's why they will be start the

0:49:070:49:11

race with all four skaters.

This is

a really tough field for Thomson,

0:49:110:49:15

and what a nerve-racking Olympic

debut for her, to end up crashing to

0:49:150:49:22

the ground so soon through no fault

of her own. Some running repairs for

0:49:220:49:27

Andrea Keszler, European

Championship silver medallist last

0:49:270:49:28

year in the 1000 metres. Arianna

Fontana from Italy in this race as

0:49:280:49:34

well, silver medallist four years

ago in the 500 metres. And from the

0:49:340:49:41

Netherlands, Suzanne Schulting, who

was fourth overall in this year's

0:49:410:49:44

European Championship. Let's hope

they get away at the second time of

0:49:440:49:48

asking. On the inside, Andrea

Keszler. The Italian, is a major

0:49:480:49:55

threat in this 500 metres

competition, going straight to the

0:49:550:49:58

front, assuming control.

0:49:580:50:04

front, assuming control. Andrea

Keszler in second place, a bit of a

0:50:050:50:07

gap back to Kathryn Thomson. The

Dutch skater disappearing almost

0:50:070:50:12

underneath the barriers! Fontana is

staying out of trouble. Second place

0:50:120:50:19

is Andrea Keszler from Hungary...

And Kathryn Thomson has gone as

0:50:190:50:23

well! And these two only need to

stay up right as they take the bell,

0:50:230:50:30

because they're the only two stills

gating around the track, and it's

0:50:300:50:35

Arianna Fontana and Andrea Keszler

who go through from Heat 2.

Well,

0:50:350:50:43

there was discussion is about the

quality of eyes here and two skaters

0:50:430:50:47

have gone down, nobody next to them,

no argy-bargy.

0:50:470:50:55

no argy-bargy. Is it the ice? I

don't know.

Presumably that would be

0:50:550:51:01

very unusual with skaters of this

ability?

Absolutely, for them both

0:51:010:51:06

to go down with nobody around.

To

people who do not follow the sport,

0:51:060:51:09

ice is ice, a skating rink is a

skating rink, but actually, you have

0:51:090:51:16

got the figure skating here as well,

and it is not the same, is it?

No,

0:51:160:51:20

generally speaking the figure

skaters prefer to have the ice a

0:51:200:51:24

little bit softer. Probably have it

set somewhere around four... And you

0:51:240:51:31

can see Kathryn Thomson just going

down - absolutely no reason

0:51:310:51:33

whatsoever.

Pretty straightforward

for those two, then. Sliding home

0:51:330:51:39

with room to spare. Andrea Keszler

from Hungary and Arianna Fontana

0:51:390:51:45

from Italy. Kathryn Thomson

finishing in third place but does

0:51:450:51:50

not advance. Spectacular crash the

Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands

0:51:500:51:54

as well.

0:51:540:51:59

as well. Among the next grouping on

the track will be Yara Van Kerkhof

0:52:030:52:06

from the Netherlands.

0:52:060:52:16

The Olympic Athlete from Russia,

Sofia Prosvirnova, has won four

0:52:170:52:21

European Championship titles, and

from Japan, Sumire Kikuchi has a

0:52:210:52:24

world relay bronze medal from last

year. So, it is Yara Van Kerkhof

0:52:240:52:31

from the Netherlands on the front.

Very good start. Seven point zero

0:52:310:52:36

five for her, really setting the

pace of. Against any skaters want to

0:52:360:52:40

skate as fast a time as possible so

that when they get through to the

0:52:400:52:43

quarterfinals they can go on the

number one position.

Leading the way

0:52:430:52:46

is Yara Van Kerkhof. The Olympic

Athlete from Russia now move through

0:52:460:52:52

on the inside, Sofia Prosvirnova, to

take the lead. And at the back is

0:52:520:52:57

the Japanese athlete Sumire Kikuchi,

who's not competitive in this field

0:52:570:53:02

at all.

0:53:020:53:07

at all. And Sofia Prosvirnova goes

through, and Yara Van Kerkhof, who

0:53:120:53:17

went out of the traps very quickly

at the start of the race, hanging on

0:53:170:53:22

to take second, they are the two who

go through to the quarterfinal.

0:53:220:53:25

Well, probably the two I expected to

go through.

0:53:250:53:32

go through. We have to wait, of

course, for the official result.

0:53:340:53:36

Can't see the referees going to the

video replay.

0:53:360:53:43

video replay.

Well, here it is again

at the start, and just look at Yara

0:53:450:53:49

Van Kerkhof, asserting her authority

early on the race and setting the

0:53:490:53:52

platform for her to qualify, but in

the end, she had to give way to

0:53:520:53:57

Sofia Prosvirnova.

0:53:570:54:06

Now, Heat 4, Elise Christie of Great

Britain will be on the ice any

0:54:070:54:13

moment now. There's confirmation of

the result from heat number three.

0:54:130:54:23

Now, the triple world champion from

2017, Elise Christie from Great

0:54:230:54:27

Britain. She was ranked fourth in

the 500 metres last year at the

0:54:270:54:33

World Championship. She has got a

tough field here. The French athlete

0:54:330:54:39

Veronique Pierron, twice sixth in

the World Championship, the Chinese

0:54:390:54:45

athlete Qu Chunyu and from Korea,

skating in front of her home crowd,

0:54:450:54:53

she grew up here in Gangneung. Four

and a half laps of the track.

0:54:530:54:59

Important for Elise Christie to make

a clean start to her Olympic

0:54:590:55:04

campaign... And she's underweight!

Elise Christie goes to the front,

0:55:040:55:08

and that is where she will intend to

stay to stay out of any trouble.

0:55:080:55:11

Elise Christie leading, and it's Qu

Chunyu of China in second place. The

0:55:110:55:19

Korean athlete, is a real threat in

this competition, third at the

0:55:190:55:22

moment with two-and-a-half laps to

go. Christie out of the gate quickly

0:55:220:55:26

and staying out of trouble at the

moment. She has got Qu Chunyu right

0:55:260:55:29

behind her. Shim Sukhee of Korea

will have to try and challenge here!

0:55:290:55:36

Taking the bell and Christine Still

leads. Qu Chunyu is in second place,

0:55:360:55:39

and it's going to be a real battle

with Shim Sukhee of Korea trying to

0:55:390:55:44

go round the outside! Elise Christie

is safely through to the

0:55:440:55:47

quarterfinals! Christie wins it, Qu

Chunyu is in second place, and Shim

0:55:470:55:52

Sukhee of Korea, the local skater,

originally from Gangneung, out of

0:55:520:55:58

it, in third.

Well, Kristie Baillie

through the gauntlet down there.

0:55:580:56:03

Smile on the face, I said it was

going to be a big game-changers,

0:56:030:56:07

this race, and she has really risen

to the occasion.

That was really

0:56:070:56:13

important, wasn't it, Wilf, that she

made such a good start?

That's

0:56:130:56:16

right. She has also got the fastest

time to date at 42.89. So if nobody

0:56:160:56:22

goes any faster in the

quarterfinals, she will get number

0:56:220:56:26

one start position.

So that will

help her, she has done everything

0:56:260:56:33

she can in terms of staying out of

trouble and winning in a fast time

0:56:330:56:42

to give her all the help possible as

the competition progresses. This is

0:56:420:56:46

the only round at this distance

today. And it is a new Olympic

0:56:460:56:52

record for Elise

0:56:520:57:00

record for Elise Christie, 42.872,

so the Olympic record goes in

0:57:000:57:03

qualifying, then.

And of course

Elise Christie also holds the world

0:57:030:57:12

record, which is 42.335.

Coming up

in

0:57:120:57:24

in the next heat, ten times world

champion in total, the Chinese

0:57:240:57:28

athlete Fan Kexin. From the United

States, the athlete, 17 years of

0:57:280:57:35

age, the first African-American

woman to make the United States

0:57:350:57:38

speed skating team for the Olympics.

Kim Alang of Korea and Anastassiya

0:57:380:57:46

Krestova of Kazakhstan. And going to

the front is Fan Kexin, and the

0:57:460:57:53

United States athletes watched by

the United States vice president

0:57:530:57:58

sitting in the stands of. These two

look as if they're dominating

0:57:580:58:02

provided they can stay upright.

There is work to do here for Kim

0:58:020:58:06

Alang of Korea. There's quite a gap

between them. And it is Fan Kexin

0:58:060:58:13

leading the way... And she could be

the one to beat, actually, in the

0:58:130:58:16

500 metres! Fan Kexin of China

leading them home.

0:58:160:58:31

leading them home. Maame Biney of

the United States safely through as

0:58:310:58:33

well.

0:58:330:58:38

well.

Well, again, a superb piece of

skating, much, much slower, almost

0:58:390:58:43

half a second slower than Christie.

43.36 four Fan Kexin of China. So,

0:58:430:58:52

half a second at this sort of

distance is approximately seven or

0:58:520:58:56

eight metres difference.

Let's have

a look at it again, a lot of

0:58:560:59:06

pressure on Maame Biney, there's

been a lot of media attention on her

0:59:060:59:10

around the world, particularly at

home in the United States, just 17

0:59:100:59:14

years of age. But she handled the

pressure well on her first Olympic

0:59:140:59:19

outing.

She did, blocking well, with

Kim Alang trying to get through on

0:59:190:59:26

the inside, making sure she had no

room whatsoever.

0:59:260:59:33

room whatsoever.

So, Fan Kexin

safely through. And it was never

0:59:340:59:37

really in doubt. There's

confirmation of the result.

0:59:370:59:48

confirmation of the result. And now,

it's Heat 6, the Chinese athlete on

0:59:480:59:54

the right-hand side, from Italy,

Martina Valcepina, newly crowned

0:59:541:00:01

European champion in this distance

at Tristan at the beginning of the

1:00:011:00:04

year. From Canada, the 23-year-old

Jamie Macdonald, and Tifany Huot

1:00:041:00:11

Marchand of France, who finished

15th in the 500 metres at the recent

1:00:111:00:17

European Championships, so she would

be the outsider here.

1:00:171:00:20

4.5 laps of the track, a way to go.

Martina Valcepina in tremendous

1:00:251:00:31

form, the Italian. Valcepina leading

the way, head of Han Yutong of

1:00:311:00:38

China. Jamie MacDonald of Canada in

third, a gap back. Now Jamie

1:00:381:00:44

MacDonald has gone down, and

amazingly Tifany Huot Marchand

1:00:441:00:47

managed to avoid her. Not taken out

in that incident.

My goodness, she

1:00:471:00:52

did well there. Valcepina leading

the way for Italy. Ahead of Han

1:00:521:00:56

Yutong. These two should comfortably

go through as they take the bell,

1:00:561:01:01

the time is important. They need to

keep going as fast as they can. That

1:01:011:01:05

would affect their position for the

rest of the competition. Valcepina,

1:01:051:01:10

just on the line but it was a photo

finish, with Han Yutong closing

1:01:101:01:15

fast. Jamie MacDonald is out of it

in third place. On the ground and

1:01:151:01:22

forth, Tifany Huot Marchand of

France, finishing in third. She will

1:01:221:01:24

not advance.

It would be interesting

to see what happens there. Of

1:01:241:01:31

course, Jamie MacDonald came through

up the inside, flashing her skates

1:01:311:01:36

with Han Yutong of China. There

could be an advancement?

Let's have

1:01:361:01:42

a look at that race replay.

Valcepina in great form, straight to

1:01:421:01:48

the front ahead of Han Yutong.

We

can see McDonald trying to get up

1:01:481:01:55

the inside and clashing into the

back of Han Yutong's skates. Almost

1:01:551:02:01

colliding with the French skater and

just missing it.

It could have been

1:02:011:02:07

nasty for two reasons, firstly it

could have meant the French skater

1:02:071:02:11

Bell but also these blades are

excessively sharp. It could have

1:02:111:02:17

been a nasty injury for the

Canadian.

She pulled her and back.

1:02:171:02:21

So she did not skate over it -- she

pulled back her arm.

We do have a

1:02:211:02:28

lot of video reviewing here. We had

it in a good number of the races in

1:02:281:02:35

the short track here. Let's have

another look at the incident. Coming

1:02:351:02:38

up now... You can see that there is

a penalty. It goes to Jamie

1:02:381:02:49

MacDonald of Canada. She was the

skater who fell. Valcepina and Han

1:02:491:02:54

Yutong going through.

Again,

remembering in that time, Elise

1:02:541:03:00

Christie is by far the quickest in

the 500 metres so far.

Here we are,

1:03:001:03:05

with heat seven, the Canadian

overall cup winner in the 500 metres

1:03:051:03:11

this season. In this one, alongside

Polish Magdalena Warakomska. The

1:03:111:03:18

19-year-old German student. Anna

Seidel.

1:03:181:03:26

Seidel. St Gelais leading the way.

An amazing start. The girlfriend of

1:03:281:03:36

the reigning Olympic 300 metre

champion from Canada.

St Gelais

1:03:361:03:40

leading by a country mile. Anna

Seidel tries to challenge. At the

1:03:401:03:48

back, Magdalena Warakomska. They

take the bell. This is a very

1:03:481:03:54

dominant performance by St Gelais.

Second in all three distances in

1:03:541:04:01

last year's championships. She

certainly means business that these

1:04:011:04:05

Olympic Games. St Gelais takes it

ahead of Anna Seidel of Germany, the

1:04:051:04:11

19-year-old was 70th in this event

back in 2014. The Netherlands's

1:04:111:04:18

competitor in third. Warakomska of

Poland bringing up the rear.

A

1:04:181:04:25

superb start, the Canadians

dominating after seeing her

1:04:251:04:30

team-mate receiving a penalty in the

race before.

It's a big gains for

1:04:301:04:34

her, she plans to retire after

Pyeongchang, a three-time Olympic

1:04:341:04:39

silver medallist, can she make it to

the top of the podium this time

1:04:391:04:43

around? An impressive start from her

here.

Certainly, a bit of bumping

1:04:431:04:48

and barging there.

1:04:481:04:54

and barging there. Anna Seidel

scrapes through on the inside, to go

1:04:541:04:56

through to the quarterfinals.

Looking so comfortable, St Gelais.

1:04:561:05:04

At a top speed.

There was no doubt

about the winner of that race, from

1:05:041:05:08

the moment they started.

1:05:081:05:14

the moment they started. Well,

Charlotte Gilmartin of Great Britain

1:05:151:05:17

will be in heat number eight,

confirmation of the result from heat

1:05:171:05:20

seven.

1:05:201:05:25

seven. Charlotte Gilmartin come out

on the ice now. Europe in 500 metre

1:05:261:05:29

bronze medallist last year. Petra

Jaszapati of

1:05:291:05:40

Jaszapati of Hungary, and the

Olympic Athlete from Russia in this

1:05:401:05:43

field, Emina Malagich. And the

overall champion when she was 16,

1:05:431:05:52

Choi Minjeong. Twice the overall

world champion. Choi Minjeong is a

1:05:521:05:59

big local favourite.

1:05:591:06:05

big local favourite. Charlotte

Gilmartin there. We are just having

1:06:051:06:07

to wait for the skaters from the

previous race, they appear to have

1:06:071:06:12

lost their skate guards. The skaters

will not get off the ice.

That seems

1:06:121:06:21

to be the delay. Charlotte is

waiting to start this last 500

1:06:211:06:26

metres.

1:06:261:06:32

metres.

What is going on here? Are

they adamant that they will not walk

1:06:321:06:35

on the carpet in those blades? Are

they that finely tuned?

Absolutely.

1:06:351:06:42

It isn't like when we go skating at

Christmas and we go clumping off at

1:06:421:06:46

the ends. The guards are a very

important part of their equipment,

1:06:461:06:51

to protect those blades. After every

race they going to the changing room

1:06:511:06:55

and sharpen those blades. We can see

there she is just

1:06:551:07:09

there she is just waiting,, Marianne

St Gelais. The officials are trying

1:07:091:07:13

to get her off the ice and she says

she is not getting off.

Charlotte

1:07:131:07:17

Gilmartin will have to wait a little

longer, she is sliding around at the

1:07:171:07:22

moment, gathering her thoughts. What

chance do you give her in this heat?

1:07:221:07:28

The 500 metres isn't one of her best

distances. But she does have a

1:07:281:07:35

fantastic start position.

16th in

the event four years ago. Charlotte

1:07:351:07:41

Gilmartin there. On the inside...

Petra Jaszapati of Hungary. Emina

1:07:411:07:50

Malagich of Russia. There was a

false start.

I do think that was

1:07:501:07:56

Malagich. Of Russia.

1:07:561:08:02

Malagich. Of Russia. Races are only

allowed one false starts and if

1:08:041:08:07

anybody false starts the second

time, they had to leave the ice.

1:08:071:08:11

Charlotte has had to watch all of

the other heats, they will wait

1:08:111:08:14

until they are finished, and then

have a second go.

1:08:141:08:23

have a second go. Here we go... The

eighth and final heat. Away they go

1:08:231:08:29

this time. Jaszapati of Hungary

makes a good start. Charlotte

1:08:291:08:33

Gilmartin tries to hang onto second

place. Choi Minjeong of career up

1:08:331:08:36

into second. Jaszapati... Malagich,

has a lot to do. Charlotte Gilmartin

1:08:361:08:44

tries to close at. Jaszapati senses

that Choi Minjeong is right on her

1:08:441:08:49

shoulders. She skates past her.

Great racing from Choi Minjeong.

1:08:491:08:54

Charlotte Gilmartin has gone, all

three are out! All three have been

1:08:541:09:00

chasing Choi Minjeong. They are at a

heap at the side of the track. It's

1:09:001:09:04

who can get back into the race.

Charlotte Gilmartin has clearly been

1:09:041:09:09

injured in that crash. She is

struggling to get going.

1:09:091:09:15

struggling to get going. The winner,

clearly, Choi Minjeong of South

1:09:151:09:18

Korea, the only one who avoided

falling. But it's bad news for

1:09:181:09:24

Charlotte Gilmartin, she seems to

have heard her right hip. Her right

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side as she skates around, slowly

and forlornly. As we look there at

1:09:281:09:35

Jaszapati of Hungary, the judges

will have another look here.

That's

1:09:351:09:41

right, Malagich of Russia, the

athlete from Russia, she tried to go

1:09:411:09:46

up the inside, and started to fall.

Here, hopefully this is the first

1:09:461:09:54

bend. Charlotte was coming back on

the leading skate. She was skating

1:09:541:10:01

extremely well.

1:10:011:10:06

extremely well. You can see Malagich

tries to squeeze through the inside,

1:10:071:10:11

taking Charlotte down with her and

pushing her hands on the Hungarian

1:10:111:10:15

skater, knocking her out of balance

and all three go down.

Charlotte

1:10:151:10:22

Gilmartin clearly was not at fault

there.

Not at all. It will be

1:10:221:10:28

interesting to see what happens

here. It looks and appears from this

1:10:281:10:32

angle of the camera that Malagich

was the culprit. I think she knows

1:10:321:10:37

it, because she has walked straight

off the ice.

It does look like

1:10:371:10:42

Malagich caused the problem. It

looks as though Jaszapati fell

1:10:421:10:46

without contact.

That's right. But

if you look at it from a different

1:10:461:10:51

angle, you can see Malagich,

possibly even Charlotte puts her

1:10:511:10:55

hand on Malagich's backside.

We

anxiously await a video review, to

1:10:551:11:06

see Charlotte Gilmartin. It is so

annoying, you work so hard for this

1:11:061:11:10

opportunity and you can see that it

wasn't a problem of her making here.

1:11:101:11:18

It depends, there is a lot of

controversy as to who is the culprit

1:11:181:11:21

in this particular point. Malagich

comes in on the inside and the

1:11:211:11:26

question is, is she in front of

Charlotte at that particular point?

1:11:261:11:35

Still deep in debate. It has been a

very busy table.

Certainly. I would

1:11:351:11:40

like to see with the physio repeat

that they have a line, a clear line

1:11:401:11:46

to define who is the lead skater or

not -- Nvidia repeat.

And do they

1:11:461:11:55

base it on to what extent you left

the door ajar?

It's you changing

1:11:551:12:01

your line. Charlotte came from the

outside.

We do have a decision...

1:12:011:12:07

They teased us!

1:12:071:12:13

They teased us! They added they

would have a decision in a few

1:12:131:12:15

seconds. Choi Minjeong, the Korean,

was superb.

1:12:151:12:25

was superb. Jaszapati of Hungary,

finishing in second place. This is

1:12:251:12:29

that incident again... You can see

the hand on the back of the

1:12:291:12:33

Hungarian, causing her to lose her

balance. That was quite a smash for

1:12:331:12:36

the other three. Gilmartin certainly

had the wind taken from her sales

1:12:361:12:43

for a few moments there. It is a

penalty. Charlotte Gilmartin has

1:12:431:12:51

been given a penalty, she has been

disqualified. Choi Minjeong goes

1:12:511:12:58

through. Jaszapati of Hungary goes

through as well.

Charlotte came from

1:12:581:13:06

the outside and went to the inside.

Disappointment for Charlotte and

1:13:061:13:12

again, Choi Minjeong has stated a

new Olympic world record in this

1:13:121:13:15

heat. -- skated a new record.

Elise

Christie and Choi Minjeong supremely

1:13:151:13:24

impressive, they are the fastest two

in this first round of the ladies

1:13:241:13:28

500 metres. The only race they will

take part in today. STUDIO: A big

1:13:281:13:36

thumbs down in the studio from Sarah

1:13:361:13:40

take part in today. STUDIO: A big

thumbs down in the studio from Sarah

1:13:401:13:41

and John at the disqualification of

Charlotte Gilmartin.

It is a real

1:13:411:13:45

shame.

It was a horrible fall but

you got the sense in those eight

1:13:451:13:50

heats, you saw everything that short

track speed skating can bring,

1:13:501:13:53

making it a relief that Elise

Christie stayed out of trouble.

With

1:13:531:13:58

Charlotte, we spoke before about

trying to stay out of trouble. It

1:13:581:14:01

came down to a 50-50 call. It is

harsh but has a short track athlete,

1:14:011:14:06

the girls know that it could happen

to them. Charlotte couldn't shut

1:14:061:14:10

that door quick enough but most

importantly, she was skating great

1:14:101:14:13

and going fast. She caught up and it

bodes well for the next distances.

1:14:131:14:18

She is better over 1000 and 1500.

Talk us through that crash. Why do

1:14:181:14:23

these things happen?

1:14:231:14:27

Talk us through that crash. Why do

these things happen?

Everybody is

1:14:271:14:29

out there trying to win. The top two

qualify. The person in front is way

1:14:291:14:34

ahead. The three behind are all

going for the one spot. You have to

1:14:341:14:38

take the risks, I guess. You need to

get through clean, and all three

1:14:381:14:44

have gone down. Hopefully, Charlotte

isn't hurt and she can recover well.

1:14:441:14:49

They must have decided that

Charlotte leaning in on the Russian

1:14:491:14:52

athlete causes the Russian athlete

to put her hand on the Hungarian and

1:14:521:14:56

therefore, the person who starts

that effect, that is Charlotte,

1:14:561:15:01

there?

It is a 50-50 call, to be

honest. It is a difficult one.

It is

1:15:011:15:10

difficult for Charlotte. She is

trying to turn into that corner. The

1:15:101:15:13

natural reaction is to put your hand

across as you go in, you try and

1:15:131:15:17

lean into the corner and keep your

speed. The Russian came in there to

1:15:171:15:21

take the spot.

And it's a big relief

to see Charlotte there all right. I

1:15:211:15:27

wonder if she caught a blade in the

chaos. Let's have a look at Elise

1:15:271:15:32

Christie. We thought it would be the

fastest time that actually she was

1:15:321:15:36

outdone by the Korean skater by a

fraction. Talk to me about how calm

1:15:361:15:42

she looked and how strong she

looked. Her start and the way she

1:15:421:15:46

became so fluid straightaway?

1:15:461:15:52

She got a great start, she got away

really, really quick and out of

1:15:541:15:57

trouble. There was some argy-bargy

behind her which means she had a

1:15:571:16:02

clear run almost to time trial it.

Like Sarah sat, great speed off the

1:16:021:16:08

start and then she was able to sit

and relax and just keep an eye on

1:16:081:16:15

things. You can see her coach on the

side. As the other girls have

1:16:151:16:20

started to catch up, but they

weren't coming past.

It is amazing

1:16:201:16:24

balance, isn't it?

I am learning

loads of stuff from these two! I'm

1:16:241:16:31

asking loads of questions! As

someone who doesn't know anything,

1:16:311:16:37

when you're watching, I'm sorry that

people at home haven't got these

1:16:371:16:43

two, when we are fair, we are asking

all these questions! I wanted to

1:16:431:16:48

know why her chin strap wasn't done

up really tightly because I thought

1:16:481:16:52

aerodynamically...

What was the

answer?

It is in front of her neck

1:16:521:16:58

and her shoulders, and when she is

due to change direction she wants to

1:16:581:17:03

have that little bit of... Don't

worry, it is tight on her head.

She

1:17:031:17:09

looks phenomenal, she looks so

strong. Any tension, prerace nerves

1:17:091:17:15

and stuff, getting the first Olympic

race out of the way, she's going to

1:17:151:17:20

that, she's gone through with a

flying time, so hopefully that's

1:17:201:17:26

what she needed.

And on Tuesday she

will have the quarterfinals,

1:17:261:17:30

semifinals, and final in quick

succession, with very little time to

1:17:301:17:33

think about it. So there is the

danger that she might have been more

1:17:331:17:38

nervous before this call than

anything else?

They've been out here

1:17:381:17:42

for a couple of weeks planning, and

they've been planning really since

1:17:421:17:46

November, since the qualification

competition, so there's been a lot

1:17:461:17:49

of hard work and if there was any

nerves, it would have been here. But

1:17:491:17:53

the most important thing is that she

has got the second fastest time and

1:17:531:17:57

she will have lain one in the next

round.

That is the goal for her to

1:17:571:18:03

keep that time coming in so that she

can control the start. Because you

1:18:031:18:06

can make your life easier?

Absolutely.

We can hear from Ellison

1:18:061:18:11

herself now, she spoke to David

McDaid. That was a start and a half,

1:18:111:18:16

you got the Olympic record as well?!

I know, crazy! I did not even feel

1:18:161:18:21

like I was going Max. I went fast

for the first lap and a half,

1:18:211:18:26

because I had practised my start a

lot before. And then after that I

1:18:261:18:30

was just trying to maintain a good

speed, so I can't complain. If I

1:18:301:18:34

have got more to go than that,

that's a good thing!

We have seen

1:18:341:18:40

know what happened at Sochi, how did

you feel beforehand?

I'm not going

1:18:401:18:44

to lie, I don't think I have been

nervous in about six years like

1:18:441:18:48

that. It wasn't even like scared of

my skating, I was just... I felt

1:18:481:18:54

like, because everyone back home has

waited so long to see me skate

1:18:541:18:58

again, I was so nervous! I was like,

I'm not going to do this because I'm

1:18:581:19:02

so nervous! But actually it was fine

and I got up to the line and I was

1:19:021:19:07

excited and I'm just going to I got

to race in front of everyone again.

1:19:071:19:10

It looks like despite the nerves

you've really put down a marker

1:19:101:19:13

again, how much did you want to show

the rest of the field what they are

1:19:131:19:17

up against?

You

1:19:171:19:25

up against?

You were there when I

was suffering my injury and it has

1:19:251:19:27

not gone well this year with the

injury, so to come back and this is

1:19:271:19:30

the first event since, I wanted to

let everybody know I am back and I

1:19:301:19:33

am back to full strength again, and

I think I did that. I don't know if

1:19:331:19:37

I have ended up with the fastest

time but I am definitely up there. I

1:19:371:19:40

think I have showed them I'm back!

And that's not even your favourite

1:19:401:19:43

event?

No, it's my favourite because

it is the most fun and it is over

1:19:431:19:46

and done with so quick, but my best

distance is the last one, the 1000m.

1:19:461:19:52

So, I'm building into that, really.

Trying to conserve some good

1:19:521:19:55

training to keep building into that,

so I'm not even at full fitness yet,

1:19:551:19:58

I don't think!

That was a fantastic

start, your back on Tuesday

1:19:581:20:04

hopefully for the following rounds

up to the final - what do you do

1:20:041:20:08

between now and then?

I don't know,

I just want to get it done, I want

1:20:081:20:13

to go out and do it again because I

feel quite the! But yes, just get

1:20:131:20:17

some solid speed training done in

the lead-up to it as a mother

1:20:171:20:21

quarterfinals is going to be tough.

I'm going to have to get off the

1:20:211:20:25

line fast and get into the top eight

and after that anything is possible.

1:20:251:20:30

It is just getting the preparation

in between done.

Fantastic stuff,

1:20:301:20:34

thank you very much.

Thank you!

I

love hearing from Elise Christie

1:20:341:20:41

because it is almost like she hasn't

been media trained, there is no

1:20:411:20:45

filter, she gives it all away just

as we were saying beforehand,

1:20:451:20:49

actually worse before qualification

but now that is out of the way...

1:20:491:20:53

Definitely, it is gametime now. She

has got over there and enjoy that

1:20:531:20:57

first race, big smile on her face,

and now, this is where the real

1:20:571:21:02

experience comes in. Because they're

not used to having a long period

1:21:021:21:06

between races. She has now got two

days off and you will go again on

1:21:061:21:12

Tuesday and she has been and done it

before so she will know how to

1:21:121:21:16

prepare.

And you can see how easily

it can go wrong, we lost Charlotte

1:21:161:21:23

Gilmartin, and we have now lost

Farrell Treacy as well. Sadly, no

1:21:231:21:27

time to recover on this occasion.

Second last, just losing his

1:21:271:21:29

footing?

Yeah, it is a real shame

because it is his first experience

1:21:291:21:34

of the Olympic Games. He has also

got the 1000m. It is now up to him

1:21:341:21:40

and the team to get him up for that

1000m. He has got a good break until

1:21:401:21:46

Tuesday so that he can refocus. And

I think that's where the great

1:21:461:21:52

support staff they have got will

make a big difference for him.

These

1:21:521:21:56

are the first semifinalists. There

are three semifinals for the 1500m.

1:21:561:22:01

Let's hand you back to Wilf O'Reilly

and Simon Brotherton.

1:22:011:22:04

SIMON BROTHERTON: Just in time for

the semifinals of the men's 1500m.

1:22:041:22:11

On the inside the Olympic jump in.

Alongside him the leader of the next

1:22:111:22:22

Canadian generation, with number

three on his helmet.

1:22:221:22:30

three on his helmet. The Olympic

Athlete from Russia now sliding back

1:22:301:22:34

into fifth. We've got the Australian

fourth at the moment. The Latvian

1:22:341:22:45

athlete was really impressive in

qualifying, Roberts Zvejnieks.

1:22:451:22:54

qualifying, Roberts Zvejnieks.

The

Canadians staying out of trouble.

1:22:541:22:56

The other person to keep and eye on

is

1:22:561:23:05

is the Korean, is at the back of the

field at the moment.

1:23:061:23:18

As it really starts to wind up

now...

1:23:191:23:28

now... And the United States skater

leads from the 2015 world champion.

1:23:301:23:36

In third place is Francois Hamelin.

First and second will go into the A

1:23:361:23:49

final.

Doing his best to stay out of

trouble is JR Celski. And now going

1:23:491:24:01

inside JR

1:24:011:24:06

inside JR Celski... And there is a

roar around the arena because the

1:24:071:24:11

Korean athlete is really powering

around the outside! On the rails,

1:24:111:24:16

trying to force his way into this

final is Seo Yira. And Semen

1:24:161:24:21

Elistratov comes to the front! Semen

Elistratov first over the line! Seo

1:24:211:24:27

Yira in a photo finish the second

place with Francois Hamelin! What a

1:24:271:24:31

race! But Semen Elistratov really

showed his class.

He did, he was

1:24:311:24:38

third at the European Championships

overall three weeks ago, and that is

1:24:381:24:40

a surprising

1:24:401:24:45

a surprising performance by Semen

Elistratov.

Yeah, that was a bit of

1:24:461:24:49

a turn-up. Seo Yira was the world

champion in the 1000m last year, and

1:24:491:24:55

the overall World Championship will

that really is the biggest thing you

1:24:551:24:58

can win as a speed skater, along

with, of course, an Olympic title.

1:24:581:25:02

It shows the ability that he has

got. But he suddenly found life

1:25:021:25:06

really difficult out there.

WILF O'REILLY: There we can see

1:25:061:25:11

moving through into fourth place,

Charles Hamelin, almost being

1:25:111:25:17

Charles Hamelin, almost being taken

down by Samuel Girard, who was just

1:25:201:25:22

almost losing an edge. The coach

from Canada there. You can see

1:25:221:25:28

Charles Hamelin squeezing through

into second place! It will be quite

1:25:281:25:31

interesting to see who in fact...

It

is a photo between four of them!

1:25:311:25:38

Including the Australian!

1:25:381:25:44

Including the Australian! The only

clear outcome is that the Olympic

1:25:441:25:47

Athlete from Russia crossed the line

in first place. Here we go, has

1:25:471:25:51

Charles Hamelin made it into the

final? If he has it is by the skin

1:25:511:25:55

of his teeth... Did he have the

momentum hammered it was so close!

1:25:551:26:00

Well, I would think that was Charles

Hamelin, the Olympic champion at

1:26:001:26:05

this distance. It may be a dead heat

and if that is the case both will go

1:26:051:26:11

through to the A final.

What an

absolutely thrilling race. There is

1:26:111:26:17

the photo finish, and Charles

Hamelin WILL have the chance to race

1:26:171:26:23

to defend his title, I think.

Because I think it was his skate

1:26:231:26:28

that was in front of. They still

haven't announced the official

1:26:281:26:31

decision, but what a finish it.

There is Peter worth, looking down,

1:26:311:26:38

still a lot of work to do here,

because, of course, Samuel Girard

1:26:381:26:43

was taken down!

Yeah, they're

presumably looking at the incident

1:26:431:26:50

where Samuel Girard hit the deck and

slid off the track. There he is,

1:26:501:26:53

Samuel Girard. Cloud will be hoping

that he is rescued by video

1:26:531:27:00

evidence, and maybe he could

advance. We will have to wait and

1:27:001:27:02

see, but Charles Hamelin there would

become the oldest man to win a

1:27:021:27:09

short-track medal if he manages to

do so later in this session, at the

1:27:091:27:13

age of 33. Has he done through? We

still await official confirmation.

1:27:131:27:18

They've got to get this right, the

skaters for the second semifinal are

1:27:181:27:26

out at the moment on the buzz as we

take one more look at it, Wilf?

1:27:261:27:34

There is a penalty, but they have

not said, who are yet.

May be JR

1:27:341:27:43

Celski on the outside?

JR Celski

clipping Girard?

Yep.

And he knew it

1:27:431:27:58

was worth waiting for, he wasn't

going to go disappearing off to the

1:27:581:28:00

changing room! And he is through!

Semen Elistratov, Charles Hamelin

1:28:001:28:09

and also the other one going through

is Samuel Girard. And two others

1:28:091:28:16

going through to the B final.

That's

correct. And that means we will have

1:28:161:28:21

seven people in the final, and

there's already two Canadians in the

1:28:211:28:24

final.

So, fastest two will qualify

for the A final and the chance to go

1:28:241:28:36

for gold. The 2016 world champion

over 500m, on the right of the

1:28:361:28:42

picture, Shaolin Sandor Liu. From

the United States, John-Henry

1:28:421:28:44

Krueger in this one as well, and the

Dutch athlete on the left-hand side,

1:28:441:28:53

six

1:28:531:28:58

six time world champion, just moving

around now into third place, Sjinkie

1:28:591:29:04

Knegt.

And Thibaut Fauconnet likes

to go to the front in these kind of

1:29:041:29:07

races. And Sjinkie Knegt moving

around the outside again, he's the

1:29:071:29:13

type of skater... And the Canadian

athlete Pascal Dion on the outside.

1:29:131:29:18

The Belgian skater is a long way

back. But moving through to the

1:29:181:29:22

front, Pascal Dion of Canada.

So,

leading the way is Pascal Dion from

1:29:221:29:31

Canada, moving around the outside,

trying to find a way through is

1:29:311:29:36

John-Henry Krueger, who bases

himself in the Netherlands. And

1:29:361:29:41

Shaolin Sandor Liu finding a way

through on the inside to go to the

1:29:411:29:44

head of the race. Sjinkie Knegt is

right there with him, and now most

1:29:441:29:49

to the front. Sever the Dutchman

leads, Netherlands first, Hungary

1:29:491:29:53

second, Canada third at the moment,

then USA. On the inside is the

1:29:531:30:01

Belgian athlete with the yellow

sleeve, Jens Almey, battling for the

1:30:011:30:05

place.

Seven laps to go and you can

see all the skaters starting to

1:30:051:30:11

Domino from the back, as John-Henry

Krueger tries to go around the

1:30:111:30:14

outside! And Sjinkie Knegt

dominating this race, with just five

1:30:141:30:19

laps to go!

1:30:191:30:24

Sjinkie Knegt in the position he

wanted to be in. Shaolin Sandor Liu

1:30:241:30:29

has crashed out. Sjinkie Knegt

leading the way. Hungarian Shaolin

1:30:291:30:33

Sandor Liu in second place. A nifty

move there. He goes down! After a

1:30:331:30:43

tussle there with John-Henry

Krueger, he finds himself at the

1:30:431:30:47

back. Sjinkie Knegt's decision to go

to the front and stay there has paid

1:30:471:30:50

off, up to now. Suddenly, Thibaut

Fauconnet of France fancies his

1:30:501:30:56

chances of getting through here.

Pascal Dion of Canada is in third.

1:30:561:31:02

Sjinkie Knegt of the Netherlands up

and over the line. I cannot believe

1:31:021:31:07

it, a great skate to take second.

Pascal Dion was third. We lost a

1:31:071:31:12

big-name there, crashing to the

ground.

We did, and interesting

1:31:121:31:19

call, if the referee decides after

the race. Fauconnet is through to

1:31:191:31:24

the final. As is Sjinkie Knegt. It's

going to be very interesting indeed.

1:31:241:31:30

Possibly now, with an advancement,

yet again we have eight skaters in

1:31:301:31:35

the final.

And Liu, this will be

interesting, won't it? As to whether

1:31:351:31:44

he is able to advance as well. All

but that the problem that he had is

1:31:441:31:48

judged to have been his fault?

John

Henry Knox on his left shoulder. --

1:31:481:31:58

knocked on his left shoulder. There

is a collision with the Belgian

1:31:581:32:01

skater.

1:32:011:32:06

skater. But Sjinkie Knegt had no

problem whatsoever. John Henry tries

1:32:081:32:11

to block again, the same as

Charlotte. Moving into the inside

1:32:111:32:15

and not allowing Liu room to come

through.

1:32:151:32:25

through. The Canadian skater,

rotating, over rotating, the speeds

1:32:251:32:27

they go through the terms, they are

approximately 50 kilometres per

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hour.

Is extraordinary that Pascal

Dion could stay upright there. It

1:32:341:32:37

shows how skilled these skaters are.

Knegt has his eyes on an Olympic

1:32:371:32:45

gold. Is he the one out of everybody

carrying the Dutch hopes here?

I

1:32:451:32:51

would have thought so, most

definitely. In the last race, we

1:32:511:33:00

have, from the Netherlands, the

champion of the B finals, Itzhak De

1:33:001:33:05

Laat. Every World Cup he has made it

and won it. We are still waiting for

1:33:051:33:10

an official result from this race.

John-Henry Krueger there. Do you

1:33:101:33:18

think he would be concerned at this

moment in time?

Possibly. Well, I

1:33:181:33:24

think to deduct the Hungarian skater

was clearly not pass. If you are

1:33:241:33:29

next, it isn't a problem but from

this angle, if the camera is 90

1:33:291:33:34

degrees looking at the side, there

is no room whatsoever.

1:33:341:33:42

is no room whatsoever.

Both skaters

there, waiting to see who will have

1:33:421:33:45

made it through. On a penalty, one

skater will receive it and probably

1:33:451:33:55

the other one advanced to the

1:33:551:34:02

final. The referee's decision will

hopefully come shortly... The

1:34:021:34:10

coaches are all anxiously awaiting

an outcome. The skaters for the

1:34:101:34:16

third semifinal, they continue to

warm up. There's a penalty to

1:34:161:34:19

John-Henry Krueger. Of the United

States. So, Liu of hungry advances.

1:34:191:34:31

He goes through to the final. -- of

hungry advances. And interesting

1:34:311:34:38

call.

The

1:34:381:34:44

call.

The referee has a different

camera position to us. I thought

1:34:451:34:48

John Henry was in front going into

the bend. We can see the qualifiers

1:34:481:34:52

to date... As we go into the third

semifinal.

On the inside of Korea,

1:34:521:35:02

Lim Hyojun.

1:35:021:35:10

Lim Hyojun. We also have Shaoang

Liu, his brother has just completed.

1:35:101:35:18

With a field like this, I guess it

isn't entirely surprising that we

1:35:181:35:23

have a false start. Everybody needs

to make a good start on the first

1:35:231:35:27

bend?

Yes, normally we would have

had six skaters in the semifinal. A

1:35:271:35:33

false start, going too... I think it

was the Korean skater on the inside,

1:35:331:35:40

Lim. The referee will announce which

skating position had a false

1:35:401:35:45

start... The position six, with a

false start.

1:35:451:35:57

13.5 laps of this track. This is the

third and final of the semifinals.

1:35:591:36:05

In the men's 1500 metres. It

promises to be a battle row. With

1:36:051:36:10

two skaters more than we would

normally expect, it would be more

1:36:101:36:14

difficult for them to get round in

1-piece -- it will be a Battle

1:36:141:36:21

Royale. You cannot race as a team in

this, three from Korea and three

1:36:211:36:29

from China.

This is the blue riband

event for the Koreans. And they

1:36:291:36:37

still do not have any in the 1500

metre final. It is important that

1:36:371:36:42

both of the Koreans make it through

otherwise it would be a disaster of

1:36:421:36:47

a start for their team.

1:36:471:36:52

Coming around, Shaoang Liu of

Hungary.

1:36:581:37:09

Hungary.

One of the next big things

of the short track in South Korea,

1:37:101:37:14

and he knows that he needs to be out

in front, his team-mates coming. Lim

1:37:141:37:22

Hyojun tries to go on the inside,

but there is no room whatsoever. And

1:37:221:37:26

it is still... Career on the front.

A lot of bumping and barging. We

1:37:261:37:33

knew that they were not all going to

finish. That is how it is going to

1:37:331:37:36

be. In a good position for the

Netherlands, you have Itzhak De

1:37:361:37:44

Laat. Lim Hyojun goes in front. De

Laat clinging on to third place. He

1:37:441:37:50

will be challenged by the French

skater. With two laps to go.

1:37:501:37:55

Sebastien Lepape.

Leading the way, De Laat, at the

1:37:551:38:04

front. De Laat of the Netherlands

coming around in third position. The

1:38:041:38:12

two Koreans lift the roof of the

Gangneung Ice Arena. De Laat skating

1:38:121:38:19

extremely well to finish in third

place but the Koreans with a 1-2

1:38:191:38:23

going into the final!

As I said, it

is the blue riband event for the

1:38:231:38:29

Koreans. They needed it desperately

to get two Koreans in the cut a

1:38:291:38:37

final later this evening.

You cannot

underestimate this for the Koreans,

1:38:371:38:44

they have won nearly half of the

gold medal is awarded in short track

1:38:441:38:48

skating since it was added to the

Olympic programme. They have won

1:38:481:38:54

2148 gold medals here. That the

crash which took out another one of

1:38:541:39:00

the bigger names in this semifinal.

Wu Dajing. Do you see any foul play?

1:39:001:39:19

In the third semifinal, and

qualifying for the Be semifinal,

1:39:191:39:25

Itzhak De Laat.

The current world

champion didn't even make it into

1:39:251:39:30

the Olympic team! That's how good

they are. That is the strength and

1:39:301:39:33

the depth that they happy, the host

nation at these Olympic Games. Yet

1:39:331:39:38

again, we go to the video evidence

here. The judges have been

1:39:381:39:42

incredibly busy, nothing they aren't

used to in the sport.

I think we

1:39:421:39:47

need to get to a point where we can

have a clear and defined line. In

1:39:471:39:53

soccer, you play offside. Here we

can see the Chinese candidate going

1:39:531:39:57

from one side of the rink to the

other. Nearly knocking Itzhak De

1:39:571:40:01

Laat completely inside of the track.

I do not think there is much of a

1:40:011:40:09

chance of Wu Dajing advancing to the

final, based on what we have just

1:40:091:40:13

seen...

So much speed, he tries to

break but crashes into the padding.

1:40:131:40:24

He doesn't think so, he isn't

hanging around. It will be a very

1:40:241:40:29

interesting call, there could even

be one or two penalties dished out

1:40:291:40:33

in the race. There is a lot to sort

out and not surprising given that we

1:40:331:40:38

had eight skaters.

There isn't a lot

of room on those bends, normally you

1:40:381:40:43

have six, but a couple had been

advanced. They have been victims of

1:40:431:40:49

these incidents in previous rounds.

Meaning that they were able to

1:40:491:40:54

advance. Once more, the stadium

awaits. An excellent sized crowd,

1:40:541:41:00

not many empty seats inside of the

Gangneung Ice Arena. A 12,000

1:41:001:41:05

capacity stadium.

1:41:051:41:11

capacity stadium. This is where I

think South Korea feel that they

1:41:111:41:13

will be collecting a large

percentage of their medals from the

1:41:131:41:19

games.

Traditionally, that is what

they have always done. The arena is

1:41:191:41:23

packed here on the first night.

Obviously, they are here to support

1:41:231:41:27

their team skaters, picking up gold.

A little delay at the moment, as we

1:41:271:41:38

await official confirmation. That

racing was exciting. The way to not

1:41:381:41:41

quite so much. -- the wait. Wu

Dajing is about to go hurtling

1:41:411:41:49

across the screen, it's as though he

lost his footing on the ice.

He had

1:41:491:41:55

so much speed. He tried to brake.

His skate shop the wrong way, but it

1:41:551:42:01

went outside to the inside.

What is

surprising, allowing for the fact

1:42:011:42:06

that a number of skaters have

fallen, far more have managed to

1:42:061:42:10

stay upright in the middle of those

incidents.

1:42:101:42:18

incidents. Fees are almost dancing

on ice -- these are almost dancing

1:42:181:42:27

on ice.

Is that Guus Hiddink in the

crowd? He loves his sport, I

1:42:271:42:34

remember seeing him at the Tour de

France while he was still the

1:42:341:42:41

manager of Chelsea!

He is a national

hero here in Korea.

Of course, in

1:42:411:42:46

the 2002 World Cup, they nearly went

all the way to the final. We are

1:42:461:42:50

still awaiting any official

confirmation and come at the moment,

1:42:501:42:57

him and Wang safely through.

1:42:571:43:04

him and Wang safely through. That

was the first block, Itzhak De Laat

1:43:051:43:12

came through easily but Wu Dajing

tries to cut from the right-hand

1:43:121:43:14

side of the screen to the left hand

side. From this angle, of course

1:43:141:43:20

from left to right, it is going to

be very, very interesting as to the

1:43:201:43:27

decision there.

And there was a

barge

1:43:271:43:35

involving Shaoang Liu on the Dutch

skater?

At the moment, we are not

1:43:421:43:48

getting a camera view from directly

down the straightaway. We are not

1:43:481:43:53

seeing the same angle as the

referees.

The Dutch coach there and

1:43:531:43:57

the assistant coach there.

1:43:571:44:03

the assistant coach there. It

certainly puts the time taken to get

1:44:041:44:07

a decision from VAR into perspective

in the football. Awaiting this.

1:44:071:44:11

There is so much going on throughout

the 13.5 laps.

I think in future, we

1:44:111:44:17

could

1:44:171:44:22

could get rid of the referees on the

ice, it would be better to just have

1:44:221:44:27

the video referees.

We are about

ready for the result. Two penalties

1:44:271:44:32

being announced any second now...

They have obviously made a decision,

1:44:321:44:39

and we will know any second now.

Definitely two of the skaters have

1:44:391:44:47

been disqualified. Wu Dajing has

been disqualified.

1:44:471:44:59

been disqualified. Itzhak De Laat of

the Netherlands advancing as well.

1:45:021:45:06

He goes through to the final as

well.

1:45:061:45:12

dominating this race, with just five

laps to go!

1:45:121:45:17

CLARE BALDING: There will be nine

skaters in that 1500m final, so

1:45:171:45:21

anything can happen!

We have got

time to catch up on what has been

1:45:211:45:26

happening in the first run of

1:45:261:45:32

happening in the first run of the

men's luge.

1:45:331:45:39

It has been 50-year is since they

won the gold medal here in this

1:45:451:45:55

event. He needs four consistent

runs. He will need to be neater and

1:45:551:46:01

quicker down the track, who John?

Definitely. This is another part of

1:46:011:46:06

the course which has been causing

trouble, and we see there another

1:46:061:46:11

mistake from these guys.

1:46:111:46:16

mistake from these guys. The ice is

really hard compared to when they

1:46:181:46:20

came here last year due to

1:46:201:46:22

really hard compared to when they

came here last year due to the extra

1:46:221:46:22

cold temperatures. He should start

picking up speed here and picking up

1:46:221:46:29

on the competitor who has just gone

down in front of him and you can see

1:46:291:46:33

now that he's starting to pull away,

as he comes into the last corner.

If

1:46:331:46:38

you've lost your speed midway down,

it is hard to get it back. And there

1:46:381:46:42

you go.

1:46:421:46:44

Kindl gets the new track record,

although of course this is a very

1:46:531:46:55

young track. The world champion,

then, and that was a shake of the

1:46:551:47:03

head from him, John?

Yeah, he knew

that mistake cost him. This one

1:47:031:47:08

here, as he comes into the bend,

he's having to work so hard to

1:47:081:47:11

correct that and it is making more

steering than he wants. This is

1:47:111:47:15

going to be such a tight race, the

last day of training, the top seven

1:47:151:47:20

athletes were covered by 15

hundredths of a second.

Here now for

1:47:201:47:29

Germany, Johannes Ludwig, the third

to go down, his first Olympics, the

1:47:291:47:33

current number five in the world.

Germany, of course, completely

1:47:331:47:37

dominate this event and have done,

with the exception of the great

1:47:371:47:42

Armin Zoeggeler years for Italy,

Germany very much the team to beat.

1:47:421:47:47

And Ludwig has been impressive in

training?

He definitely has a, but

1:47:471:47:53

so have all the Germans. You can

just see that they've got a little

1:47:531:47:57

bit more control in the sled, the

way they steer it, they will use

1:47:571:48:01

their shoulders and using their top

like to do the steering. Keeping the

1:48:011:48:06

speed in the bottom of the track

after 12. Coming down into the big

1:48:061:48:10

Olympic corner, where you see the

Olympic logo. Building speed through

1:48:101:48:18

the speed trap, over 80mph, these

guys are really motoring down there.

1:48:181:48:22

And Ludwig moves into first place,

ahead of Kindl. That finishing

1:48:221:48:31

speed, 131km/h, that is over 80mph.

Ludwig, translating his excellent

1:48:311:48:38

practice sessions over the last few

days to this excellent run and he's

1:48:381:48:43

pleased, he's very pleased. We

should just point out, as you watch

1:48:431:48:47

the replay, the last couple of

Olympics, from day one, you needed

1:48:471:48:51

to be in the first three to get a

medal. It is THAT important to get a

1:48:511:48:55

great start, and on this track,

especially, it is so important to be

1:48:551:49:00

consistent over the four runs. Here

nurdles because all Felix Loch,

1:49:001:49:08

incredible to be calling him great

aged just 28, but he has won the

1:49:081:49:13

last two Olympic Games. A brilliant

talent, from Germany. And if he can

1:49:131:49:17

win gold here this week, he will

replicate the achievements of his

1:49:171:49:21

wonderful compatriot Georg Hackl,

who won three on the bounce for

1:49:211:49:25

Germany. So, Loch is under way. Such

a classy exponent of the art of luge

1:49:251:49:33

- what do you make of his start,

John Jackson?

Yeah, he's had a great

1:49:331:49:38

start, nice and smooth. Squeezing

his legs, using the top leg to steer

1:49:381:49:43

around the corner, didn't get the

optimum line out there but

1:49:431:49:48

everything looks good so far. You

can see him starting to build speed.

1:49:481:49:52

Let's see what his line is like...

He's been good in training... Yep.

1:49:521:49:58

Nailed the straight, as he closes in

on the big G-force corner. Just

1:49:581:50:03

starting to pull away. Real smooth

lines as he comes up to the final

1:50:031:50:06

corner.

Loch very strong at the

finish here... Straight into the

1:50:061:50:13

lead! Now, that, the mark of an

Olympic championship and you can see

1:50:131:50:18

his coach is very, very satisfied

with that. What a great start for

1:50:181:50:23

the great Felix Loch.

He is a guy

who can handle the pressure, he's

1:50:231:50:28

Olympic champion, he has got three

gold medals, he knows what it is

1:50:281:50:31

like to handle this pressure.

So

important to get a good start, the

1:50:311:50:36

power as you pad all away from the

start. I thought he was very high

1:50:361:50:40

John, but it ended up being a decent

line?

Yeah, it was quite high and

1:50:401:50:46

you saw how the sled looked like it

slid out of the corner rather than

1:50:461:50:49

doing straightforward. All of that

costs you time and ultimate top

1:50:491:50:53

speed.

1:50:531:50:58

speed.

This is Roman Repilov, a

21-year-old, I saw him training at

1:50:581:51:02

the start of the week double he made

big mistakes. I saw him training

1:51:021:51:07

yesterday, he looked as though he

had learned a lot of lessons, he's

1:51:071:51:11

talented, John?

And this is his

first Games, so can he handle the

1:51:111:51:17

pressure of what those five rings

bring to the sport? He's just not

1:51:171:51:22

settled into his rhythm just yet,

although he is only 27 thousandths

1:51:221:51:28

back, which is not much. It's just

whether he can keep up as he goes

1:51:281:51:34

further down the track. Coming into

nine, this is key, he needs to be

1:51:341:51:39

straight... And he a drilled that,

coming into 13 now, big G corner,

1:51:391:51:48

everything's looking good. He has

just started to drop off Felix Loch

1:51:481:51:53

a little bit but he's going to keep

himself in contention.

Let's see

1:51:531:51:57

where he matches up to Loch... He's

a tenth of a second behind, that's a

1:51:571:52:03

fairly big gap, even after round

one, the youngster from Russia has

1:52:031:52:06

now got work to do to get Loch back,

and there are still plenty more

1:52:061:52:12

talented luge athletes to come in

this first 10-12. To reiterate,

1:52:121:52:17

you're watching right now the best

in the world. Whatever happens this

1:52:171:52:21

week Repilov has got a big future.

Yes, has, definitely. You can see

1:52:211:52:26

how they're using their legs to

steer, and this is the difference

1:52:261:52:28

between Loch and the guy who is on

the sled at the moment. You can see

1:52:281:52:35

what they're doing on the sled to

achieve the different lines.

1:52:351:52:38

Ultimately is one faster than the

other hammered you could say so but

1:52:381:52:42

it is about getting the best for you

and your equipment to get the

1:52:421:52:46

ultimate speed for yourself.

1:52:461:52:52

ultimate speed for yourself.

Now,

23-year-old David Gleirscher from

1:52:521:52:54

Austria, making his Olympic debut,

ranked number 12 in the world

1:52:541:53:01

standings. Edible, we saw training

together this week, John, he's

1:53:011:53:07

capable of some fast times down this

track?

-- capable. A lot of these

1:53:071:53:13

athletes are, but that is training

when there is no pressure on... Now,

1:53:131:53:17

it is race day and it is a whole

different ball game to training. And

1:53:171:53:22

he's just not quite at it, he seems

to be sliding off the corners a

1:53:221:53:26

little bit and not quite getting the

ultimate line. You can see how much

1:53:261:53:29

he's working. Great line into 12,

just losing time all their way down

1:53:291:53:36

and it's because he's not coming off

the exit directly, he's a sort of

1:53:361:53:41

sliding off, and that's costing him

time.

Picking up a little bit

1:53:411:53:46

towards the uphill section for

Gleirscher, into the final bend...

1:53:461:53:51

And there we go! He found some great

speed towards the bottom of the

1:53:511:53:55

track, and he nips himself ahead of

Loch! We saw flashes of this earlier

1:53:551:53:59

in the week. His problem I think,

John, is going to be consistency -

1:53:591:54:05

he now needs three more of the same.

He has shown in the past that he has

1:54:051:54:09

not quite done it consistently, but

what a start.

Evidently. When you

1:54:091:54:13

look at the sled and you see it

sliding off corners rather than

1:54:131:54:16

coming straight out of, which

usually means it would slow down,

1:54:161:54:19

but he has found some speed and

maybe that's his style and it works

1:54:191:54:24

for him.

Confirmation of the

leaderboard.

1:54:241:54:31

leaderboard. Here, then, Adam Rosen

for Great Britain! Come on, Adam!

1:54:311:54:35

16th place at Vancouver and also

Turin.

1:54:351:54:43

Turin.

Yeah, AJ has been a great

ambassador for luge for Great

1:54:451:54:48

Britain. And he really enjoys and

loves the sport, and his run so far

1:54:481:54:55

is not too bad. Just a little bit of

a slide there, and that is a good

1:54:551:55:02

line. You can just see him tweaking

his feet to try and keep control...

1:55:021:55:10

But this is a good run, it looks

smooth, it looks in the right place,

1:55:101:55:14

it's just whether or not the British

equipment is up to the standard of

1:55:141:55:17

the top guys. He maybe took a little

bit of a tap there, you could hear

1:55:171:55:22

the crowd. But 25th is not where he

is expecting to be. Positionally,

1:55:221:55:27

again published looked OK for most

of the way - not enough speed.

1:55:271:55:32

Whether they've gone for the wrong

runner choice for this type of

1:55:321:55:35

equipment and maybe thought it was

going to be a little bit older or a

1:55:351:55:39

little bit warmer. Having the wrong

runners on your sled is like having

1:55:391:55:43

the wrong tyres on a Formula 1 car.

The speed just wasn't there. That is

1:55:431:55:49

a great view coming into it, and

that's where the

1:55:491:55:56

that's where the photographs

saddling photographers will stand to

1:55:561:55:58

get great pictures. When you have a

run like that and you've got, does

1:55:581:56:02

not really much you can do about it

and you've just got to go to the top

1:56:021:56:06

and try again.

And our second

representative now, Rupert

1:56:061:56:13

Staudinger - how has he been, you

have spoken to him a couple of times

1:56:131:56:17

this week?

He seems happy enough,

he's enjoying the environment, I

1:56:171:56:21

don't know whether he has fully got

to grips with the track yet. He is

1:56:211:56:25

just here to enjoy the Olympic

experience and do the best he can...

1:56:251:56:28

As he makes a mistake straightaway.

And that was just from that little

1:56:281:56:33

shift onto the sled. He's got a

lower line, maybe that's because he

1:56:331:56:37

just hasn't got the speed. But this

is what happens at this level, these

1:56:371:56:42

guys with limited experience,

they're trying 110%, which sometimes

1:56:421:56:47

is 10% too much, and that's what

causes mistakes, and it is

1:56:471:56:50

unfortunate for Rupert. He needs to

put it behind him and come back for

1:56:501:56:55

the next run and try and sort it

out. But that's not a bad line into

1:56:551:57:00

12, so it shows that he can drive

and he understands the bottom of the

1:57:001:57:03

track. He's just a sliding around a

little bit so whether he has gone

1:57:031:57:07

for quite a small contact patch...

He's just not getting the optimum

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lines. He's just sliding about too

much. He's going to be upset with

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that and he knows that he messed up

at the start.

John, you've waited

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all your life to get to an Olympic

Games and his 20, and within ten

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metres, it's game over.

Yep. But

that's what makes the Winter

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Olympics so different to the summer

- if in a world champion could do

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that. It could happen to one of

these experienced guys, it can

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happen to anybody, in any of the

events. People have tripped and

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slipped over, because snow and ice

is slippery and it causes accidents.

1:57:481:57:53

And this is so unfortunate. He knows

about point, he just wants to get

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off - let me have another go!

Poor

old Rupert.

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off - let me have another go!

Poor

old Rupert. Claire label Rupert

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ended up in 30 Third Place, Adam

Rosen in 23rd.

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Rosen in 23rd. -- in 33rd place.

That second run on the luge will be

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coming up shortly on BBC Two. And we

will be reflecting on the

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performance of Elise Christie, who

came safely through her qualifying

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heat further 500m, winning the hit.

It was an Olympic record at the

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time, although it did not last long,

but she's second quickest after

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qualifying. Most importantly, having

seen what

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Clare Balding presents live coverage of day one of the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea. Great Britain's Elise Christie begins her bid for short track speed skating glory in the heats of the 500m. Christie endured a nightmare games at Sochi 2014 when she was disqualified in all three events, including the 500m. Four years on, Christie bids for redemption in Pyeongchang, having won three gold medals at the 2017 World Championships.