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Clare Balding presents continued live coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea.


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Welcome back to day one

of the 23rd Winter Olympics

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from Pyeongchang in South Korea.

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We have all of the remaining live

coverage here on BBC Two and later

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on BBC One. And we also reflect on

what has happened so far. A typical

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day of Winter Olympics drama.

If no one... Elise Christie looked

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in top form as she began her quest

for Olympic glory easing through the

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opening round of the women's 500

metres short track. Her team-mate

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Charlotte Gilmartin crashed in her

heat and did not make the

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quarterfinals on Tuesday. Cat

Thompson always -- also out. And

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disappointment for British

snowboarder is Jamie Nicholls and

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Billy Morgan, they both failed to

qualify for the final stages of the

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Slopestyle.

The first gold of the Games went to

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Charlotte Kalla in the women's

Skiathlon. Marat Yergin was second.

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The flame burning brightly, it was

late last night of the opening

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ceremony. We are into the first

evening action and we will take you

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live to the louche very shortly. And

then the short track, the men's 1500

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metres, nine skaters qualify. Then

the 3000 metre women's speed skating

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and men's ski jumping. Normally that

would take place in the daytime but

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it is like Time out there and it

will all be lit up. On the red

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button you can follow coverage as

well.

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If you go online now

you will be able to watch

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the women's 7.5k biathlon -

Amanda Lightfoot going for Britain.

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I almost think that is the toughest

of the lot. Your skiing so hard and

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then you need to bring your heart

rate down and fire accurate shots.

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They have to have phenomenal lungs,

the lactic acid going through the

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legs and then to suddenly drop all

of that and go and fired their

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shots. People ask if when we are

sprinting flat out and then have two

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everything down yes but oh my

goodness.

They're phenomenal. What I

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love about the Winter Olympic

athletes, you admire each other's

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disciplines so much. Because you do

not normally get a chance to see it.

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It is just every four years we get

to catch up and see who was leading

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in each sport.

So it becomes really

exciting. And Johnny, getting revved

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up about the 1500 metres finals.

Yes

some typical short track, everyone

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just pumped up and ready to go. But

you have got to stay cool in those

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moments and we have had a lot of

crashes already. It is so exciting

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and everyone is a little bit tense.

So Elise Christie just cruised

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through, a big relief.

Let's take a

look at the standings in the louche.

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Four runs in total.

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Four runs in total. Felix Loch is

second but not far behind.

Another

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three runs. So it is all about the

Doubleday of racing. That planning

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and preparation. You need for solid

runs, you cannot drop any of them,

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they all count. So it is that

consistency. They do not know the

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track all that well. So you might

still be planning and testing some

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of the quarters. You might not yet

have your perfect run. And there may

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have to go to sleep and bring it all

together and bring it back for the

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final day.

Let's see how the second

run develops. John Jackson is

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alongside John Hunt.

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run develops. John Jackson is

alongside John Hunt.

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The second run about to begin. The

luge. We have a surprise leader

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after the first run. And now the

second

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second run for Ninis. A perfectly

good run for him.

And a smooth start

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it seems. He was one of the better

guys at the start. We are back into

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the top guys now and you should see

those lines that have been really

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smooth in comparison to the back of

the pack. These guys looking to

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close in on people now. And he has

made a mistake. You can see that

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height but he got, it was amazing.

This will cost him any chance he had

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of a medal place. Just gone out of

the window. He must've been at least

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two feet in the air.

That was

extraordinary. What a collision.

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What drama. And Ninis through in a

time of three seconds slower than

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his first run after that terrible

blunder.

That is the best we've seen

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so far and I think we will have more

of those to come. So unfortunate for

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him. But part of what this track is

giving them. As you look around, and

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you can see, look at the height he

is getting. Ten out of ten for

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effort. He comes into the corner at

the wrong way and look at the ice

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getting thrown around. That is

probably the worst but we've seen so

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far and he knows it. A big mistake

for him.

Well we should just make

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the point, if that can happen to the

man who finished seventh place it

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can happen to almost anyone.

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can happen to almost anyone. And

here is our leader, Gleirscher. His

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first run was beyond his wildest

dreams. Can he back that up now with

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another flying run? 47.652 after the

first run. And here he goes. We will

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hear the word a lot, consistency

this week right the way through all

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of the disciplines.

And Gleirscher

needs to prove he can do it again.

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Exactly, and this is what I have

mentioned, that consistency of exit

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numbers two and nine is key. Just a

bit early on to six coming into

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seven. The corner starts now to drop

down. And this is the key point.

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That is a great line into 12. This

is not about the guy who has just

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gone down but staying in front of

Felix Loch and the other guys close

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to him as he comes up to the finish

line.

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line.

So quite smooth for Gleirscher

but slower than the first run. Two

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tenths of a second slower. And that

opens the door for Felix Loch and

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the others.

Yes and that could be a

bit of the track, it is now hard

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after 40 sleds damn it, but it has

had a lot of action. This little

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mistake will not have helped him but

it was not such a bad run. The speed

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is still there and hopefully as we

see these next couple of fast guys

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coming down, whether to attend this

is the norm or those mistakes he

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made has just cost him enough.

And

next for

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Germany, Langhenham. A disappointing

third place for him. Now he has got

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a big point to prove. It is make or

break I would say for his game.

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break I would say for his game.

Any

of them can make a mistake. It is

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just him against the track.

And

we're watching Langenhan. We watched

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his first run and his second run

here, we are back here with

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Langenhan as they head towards the

finish. He has drifted a bit off the

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pace. And this is tricky for him as

he now comes to the closing stages

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of his run. He has drifted as you

can see. Three tenths of a second

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behind Gleirscher. And he now

finishes for tenths of a second off

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Gleirscher.

Gleirscher clearly

delighted. He is staying ahead of

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the guys and possibly that is a bit

slower as well as his first run. The

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speed may just have gone out of the

track a little bit. A couple of

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mistakes just down the bottom, 15 he

did not get quite right and they are

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just costing him time all the way

through. Especially coming into that

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uphill section in 16. Any mistake

there and you just double the

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consequences. But overall not a bad

run. You can see the difference in

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the lines of both of the leading

pilots at the moment. Very similar

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in what they're doing.

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in what they're doing. Gleirscher

just pulling away from him all the

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way through.

So we move on.

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way through.

So we move on. Tucker

West, his second Olympics and

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currently ranked -- ranked 26. The

deal with him, it is a clear one. A

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quick starter but not being held

together down the run. He's just

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making too many little mistakes. But

still relatively inexperienced. With

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a good run he could move up a few

places. With the start he needs to

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move up and get closer to these

guys. But it is difficult. Just one

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of those things, maybe he just has

not quite zoned into the track

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properly and got the optimum line.

Just making a little mistake on six.

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A big corner eight with the G-force

but this is now key. And that is

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perfect. Cutting through the

beginning of 12 a little bit early

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but keeping his speed. Not much

difference between the beginning of

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his run and the end timewise. He

will just start dropping away a

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little bit I think. I think so

although relative to the earlier to.

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Not too bad for Tucker West.

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Not too bad for Tucker West. But I'm

afraid he will probably drift

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mid-table obscurity, really. But he

still seems to be relatively happy

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with his first Olympics experience.

It is one of those things now, he

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just has to fight for the spots of

the people around him and we will

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see more of where he is finally

ranked at the end of this. But for

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tomorrow with the third runs, it is

where they finish from today and

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that is where he can start to jostle

for the points and prizes. And try

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to get as far up the table as

possible. Now in the first round we

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enjoyed this young fellow. He was

six after the first run. He turns 20

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later this month. He was the winner

of the youth Olympic championships a

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couple of years ago. So much before

him. Can he build on that?

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him. Can he build on that?

Latvia

has been really strong here and good

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to see that. The Germans and

Austrians have competition. The

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Germans have been dominant in the

sport and this is looking very good

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run. Good to see other nations

fighting for the medals. If Felix

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Loch is going to get his third

medal, he will have to earn it. This

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is almost perfect. Just playing with

his steering. Just a bit too much

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over to the middle point. Doing

relatively well in terms of keeping

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his speed for the bottom of the

track. Up the hill to the final

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corner and not a bad result.

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corner and not a bad result.

The

Latvian coach looking happy with

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Aparjods. And he is talented.

Keeping himself in the mix.

He

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needed to come down and keep that

spot as close to the leader as

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possible. Because you never know.

That gap might be his chance of

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keeping a medal place. The top guys

can make mistakes as we have seen.

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Just coming up the hill into the

last corner. Taking a little bit of

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a wave because that is where the

pressure is. That is the neutral

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part of the corner.

Very shortly we

have Felix Loch. Roman Repilov to

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come as well.

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Bearing in mind he finished the

World Cup was quite strongly. That

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20th place will have very good

slightly.

You probably should have

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been better than that. Definitely.

These guys have come and perform

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well at the World Cup. Sometimes

when you come to attract like this,

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when you have limited experience, it

is more about whether you jell with

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the trite and get on with it

straightaway, you can work out the

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lines and it suits your style of

driving, or you have to work hard to

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find a speed. Sometimes it takes

longer than the 30-40 runs that

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these guys have had on the track to

do that. The runs are not looking

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too bad at the moment. It should not

be from the top guys. It should be

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minor errors instead of big

mistakes. You never have the perfect

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run but that was inch perfect, down

the wall, into the corner. It will

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help him keep speed as we come

through this speed trap. 129 speed,

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89 mph as he comes into the last

bend.

Five tenths of Gleirscher. It

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is a big margin. Relative to the

leader, it is a big gap between

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Gleirscher and Egger that has now

developed.

I think, for him, his

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challenge for a medal is gone over

these two mega runs. He will be

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fighting for the top ten positions,

or however Heidi can get in the

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positions. We will see tomorrow

where these guys need to fight TB.

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There is lots of action still to

come. You never know where they're

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going to finish from what we have

seen so far.

Next up will be the

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exciting Russian. We get a kiss

blown away from Egger. This is Roman

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Repilov, representing the Olympic

athletes of Russia. A really good

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first run. Just what we were hoping

for and expecting, putting him in

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fourth place. Needing to consolidate

bad. Can he get closer to Gleirscher

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and apply some pressure on the great

Loch who will come next?

This is a

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great opportunity for this luge

pilot to stamp his name in the

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Olympic history books. He just needs

a good, consistent run. We have seen

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he is quick in training all the way

through the week. If he can get a

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good run as he starts building down

the track, into seven, coming into

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the big drop in Connor Braid as he

accelerates again. This is key, can

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you stay in the medals? Perfect. He

will keep the pressure on the

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leading Austrian as he makes his way

down the track. Into the big corner

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towards the speed trap.

This is

exciting. He has closed the gap on

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Gleirscher but a terrible mistake.

Round to the finish he lost ground.

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It was a vital stage. I thought he

was going to take the lead but how

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did that unravels so laid?

He came

out of 15 to far around Andrew

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himself into the wall. That is all

that was. It cost him the lead. When

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he came through, the light had

turned green, so he was in front.

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The hundreds of the setting tears

behind, the tap on the wall cost him

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the lead. It shows how dangerous

years. Did that cost him an Olympic

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gold medal? You will not see

something like that from Felix Loch,

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I am sure.

We were talking about the

curse of the commentator error.

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Guess who is next?

The great German.

You can see the crowd getting into

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the rhythm of things. The great man,

Felix Loch.

Indeed. Bidding for his

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third straight gold medal. He has

Gleirscher and Repilov in his

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sights.

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sights. Let's see. If ever you could

put your money on somebody to

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deliver in the white heat of

competition eight is this German,

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who is still only 28.

20 when he won

his first gold medal. Yes, and a

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great start. The lines look smooth.

There is .0 one seconds in it, less

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than the blink of an eye. -- zero

.01 seconds. The light has gone

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Green so years in front. That was

perfect. He could not have been any

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closer to the wall. He is sliding

around the corners on the exits but

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he is still pulling away. It is

obviously working for him. You did

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not see the mistake that has just

happened from the athlete prior to

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him. That is a big margin he has

pulled out on them. He is stamping

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his authority on the Olympics.

What

a big run, to come from behind. At

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the end of run two, Felix Loch pits

himself nearly 0.2 seconds ahead of

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the leader on the first run, David

Gleirscher. That is about applying

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pressure. To mega runs down for

Loch, and the defending Olympic

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champion is in a wonderful position.

-- two runs. It is like he said he

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would take it easy on them in the

first run, to lull them into a false

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sense of security. He opened up on

the second run, to show his

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authority.

Did you notice any

mistakes?

On a few of the corners he

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is sliding off rather than coming

straight out and using the pressure.

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But he is fast, so it is working for

him. He will potentially be a

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three-time Olympic champion the way

things are going at the moment.

That

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was a sparkling run from Loch. Now

we have Dominik Fischnaller from

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Italy. Fischnaller is in the top ten

after run number one. He is a really

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consistent top ten performer this

year.

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year. The legendary Italian 16

medals in six different games. He is

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now the man inspiring encouraging

these young Italians. How is

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Fischnaller looking, John Jackson?

He is looking good. He made a little

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mistake on the first run which has

cost him time. He will be looking to

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put that right as he comes to the

exit. He was tempted. You could tell

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that he had to steer high. You could

see the ice kicking up on the

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entrance to 12. That will cost him

speed. As he came into the chicane,

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then the living, the end of it, he

wanted to pull away from the wall.

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You could see his feet twitching. I

am going to hit the wall. You could

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see the ice. Hopefully we will see

that on the replay. Little mistakes

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like that are costing these

athletes.

You saw the way from Loch.

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Whoever is leading at any given

stage stays on the podium. You will

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see on a regular basis. I hope Loch

will wrap up warm. He will need some

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awkward because he will be standing

there for a while, analyse the likes

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of Johannes Ludwig are the world

champion, Wolfgang Kindl, can

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improve their positions in a few

moments time.

For those guys it is

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about fighting for the lesser medals

rather than the gold. I do not think

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they will catch on.

That was Dominik

Fischnaller for Italy. Loch stands,

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and he is about to see his

compatriot, Johannes Ludwig. This is

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his second run. This is a big moment

in these Games in the luge. He was

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third, Ludwig, after that first run.

He has got to go and replicate what

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Loch bid, to keep tabs with his

great rival and he made.

Definitely.

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In the first run, perhaps, some of

these guys put a little bit of

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pressure on the great German

himself, but he has just put the

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pressure right back on them, to put

in a good run. These guys have got

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to be perfect to have any chance of

catching him, even the guys in

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second and third. He came on to that

corner too early. This will cost

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him. Hopefully he can get up as

drops down into eight. To catch the

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second and third guys he has to be

perfect. He is playing about with

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this dealing with legs. Things are

not quite as good as the first run,

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looking at the way he is doing. He

has good speed, over 80 mph, but it

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is whether he can close in on the

final stage.

He has lost ground on

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Loch. Quite apart from gaining it,

you 0.4 seconds behind. That is a

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massive gap. Loch, just in these

last four minutes, he has got a vice

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like grip on this competition.

Definitely.

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like grip on this competition.

Definitely.

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Sorry to cut off John Jackson. These

are the scenes at the ice hockey.

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They were a few moments ago. A

moment of history as the unified

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Korean team takes to the ice. Kim

Jong-un's sister is in the crowd.

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She is watching for the first time

at their Winter Olympics. Certainly

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in recent years, since they were

divided. North and South Korea have

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taken to the ice together. They are

taking on Switzerland. It is

0:25:410:25:46

goalless at the moment. That matches

live on the red button. Just to

0:25:460:25:51

recap on the luge, Felix Loch,

trying to win his third consecutive

0:25:510:25:56

luge title, he is in the lead after

the second run. We will let you know

0:25:560:26:00

how the British lugers have got on.

We will switch back to short track

0:26:000:26:04

speed skating. We will see the final

of the 1,500 metres.

0:26:040:26:16

of the 1,500 metres. I will be

cheering for the Hungarians sit --

0:26:160:26:19

the Hungarian skater.

He is Elise

Christie's other half. Yes, I am

0:26:190:26:27

really excited.

Hopefully everyone

will get behind them. Earlier on, we

0:26:270:26:32

signed crash out of qualification.

He was advanced to the final lap to

0:26:320:26:36

the equivalent of the steward's

enquiry.

Yes, we have adopted him,

0:26:360:26:43

Team GB. Fingers crossed for him

that he does really well.

There will

0:26:430:26:48

be nine skaters in this 1,500 metres

final. Does that not mean chaos?

It

0:26:480:26:55

will be intense. Medals on the line.

Everyone will want to get as far

0:26:550:26:59

forward as possible so there will be

less overtakes at the end of the

0:26:590:27:03

race. These guys are used to it,

they have raced with nine people in

0:27:030:27:08

the race. Olympic medals on the line

so it will be intense. Let's show

0:27:080:27:14

you the crash of Sandor Liu in

qualification.

On the straights, and

0:27:140:27:20

they are not long, you can go inside

the barriers, the little markers,

0:27:200:27:24

but only corners you have got to go

around them.

Very much so. On the

0:27:240:27:30

corners, there are clear track

markings. On the straights, you can

0:27:300:27:34

cut inside. That is where you can

overtake. You can go as far as you

0:27:340:27:38

like inside the track but you've got

to get back for the corners.

That

0:27:380:27:43

shot is in waiting to find out if he

had made it through or not. The

0:27:430:27:46

relief must be great. We'll Elise

Christie be watching or is she and

0:27:460:27:51

her called on routine?

I think she

will watch, but if it interferes

0:27:510:27:56

with her called on, her preparation,

she will get on with what she needs

0:27:560:28:00

to do. -- her cool down.

Is this the

actual lane order?

0:28:000:28:07

to do. -- her cool down.

Is this the

actual lane order? Yes. So he is

0:28:070:28:10

second from the outside. That will

go in their times from the previous

0:28:100:28:17

round.

It does not matter too much

at this distance. There will be lots

0:28:170:28:22

of jostling.

How much are you

allowed to use your elbows?

As long

0:28:220:28:25

as there is no elbowing motion, you

can use your arms to protect

0:28:250:28:30

yourself.

How do you define an

elbowing motion?

As long as it is

0:28:300:28:34

part of the natural arm swing. We

have to Korean skaters in this so

0:28:340:28:39

there will be lots of excitement in

the stadium. I think so. This is

0:28:390:28:45

their main event in the men's. They

do love a 1,500 metres. I have a

0:28:450:28:50

feeling that they have moved it at

the early from previous Games for

0:28:500:28:54

that reason, so they can get the

medal.

Elise Christie is through in

0:28:540:29:01

qualification. Charlotte Gilmartin

had a bad crash but she is all

0:29:010:29:04

right. Kathryn Thomson also crashed

out. It is heart stopping, watching

0:29:040:29:11

this.

Yes, you know they are all

exceptional athletes. They are

0:29:110:29:17

physically as good as each other but

I am learning from the others. It is

0:29:170:29:23

a psychological game, tactics. How

much do they study the tactics of

0:29:230:29:27

individuals? Does one athlete always

do a certain thing? If so, you can

0:29:270:29:32

think, they are going to do that, I

will therefore do this is my tactic.

0:29:320:29:37

In our team we have a performance

analyst. She will be in the crowd

0:29:370:29:41

making sure she is capturing the

video. All the preparation will be

0:29:410:29:44

done with her beforehand.

Similar to

rugby, you will have performance

0:29:440:29:50

analysis, going through every single

detail.

They are introducing the

0:29:500:29:56

athletes to the crowd. Let's head to

Wilf O'Reilly and Simon Brotherton.

0:29:560:30:02

Thanks, water final this will be.

There is the Olympic champion from

0:30:020:30:07

four years ago. The world champion

from 2014 has been introduced to the

0:30:070:30:13

cloud as well. -- to the crowd. Lim

Hyojun, a big exciting talent.

0:30:130:30:26

The Netherlands in fifth position.

0:30:380:30:44

De Laet. And another favourite, the

winner of four European titles.

0:30:460:30:55

Knegt.

0:30:550:31:05

Facuconnet of friends stayed out of

trouble and worked his way into the

0:31:080:31:12

final.

0:31:120:31:20

final. And from Hungary, the world

500 metre champion and Samuel Girard

0:31:200:31:27

from Colback, world silver medallist

last year. Crashed out of the semi.

0:31:270:31:33

But it was ruled not to have been

his fault and he has advanced to

0:31:330:31:36

this final.

0:31:360:31:38

his fault and he has advanced to

this final.

And what a final this is

0:31:380:31:40

going to be. 13.5 laps. An Olympic

final.

0:31:400:31:48

What an action packed 13.5 laps

lying in front of us here.

0:31:480:31:56

Off they go. Who is going to make a

good start? Charles Hamelin bidding

0:31:560:32:04

to become the oldest ever Olympic

champion at age 30 three. Canada at

0:32:040:32:13

one and two.

0:32:130:32:21

one and two. The two Korean athletes

following in behind.

0:32:210:32:29

following in behind. Towards the

back of the field is De Laet.

0:32:290:32:35

Charles Hamelin in second place

behind his team-mate. Not

0:32:350:32:38

particularly fast. 9.7 laps. The

Canadians are one and two. Moving up

0:32:380:32:47

to first

0:32:470:32:54

to first place Elistratov.

The

Koreans moving into the lead now.

0:32:540:33:07

Reading this Olympic final with half

a dozen laps to go.

The Koreans know

0:33:070:33:12

it is such a long way. Moving around

the outside with five laps to go.

0:33:120:33:19

What a race this is going to be.

They just managed to stay upright.

0:33:190:33:32

Knegt being followed down the home

straight. With three laps to go,

0:33:320:33:43

Knegt at the front. It will be a

desperate struggle.

0:33:430:33:56

Third here now is Elistratov with

one lap to go and Korea leading the

0:33:580:34:02

way.

0:34:020:34:10

way. Lim Hyojun takes it. And the

Olympic athlete from Russia

0:34:100:34:16

Elistratov taking the bronze and the

hosts take the gold medal in the

0:34:160:34:22

Gangneung ice Arena. They have

lifted the roof. We have a win for

0:34:220:34:29

Lim Hyojun of South Korea.

A superb

bit of skating from the Koreans.

0:34:290:34:36

Interesting to see what the final

outcome is. There was so much

0:34:360:34:43

pushing and barging. I'm not sure

about that will remain the final

0:34:430:34:46

result.

0:34:460:34:51

result. So many of the big hitters

made it through, so many world

0:34:510:34:57

number ones of recent years. Charles

Hamelin the Olympic champion from

0:34:570:35:02

four years ago was out of the

running at the end. Of course we

0:35:020:35:06

wait to see whether there are any

penalties applied in this final. And

0:35:060:35:11

looking at it here, the time of

2:10.5. If that is ratified it would

0:35:110:35:19

be an Olympic record time as well

for Lim Hyojun. And on the

0:35:190:35:31

for Lim Hyojun. And on the outside

you can see Knegt making that

0:35:320:35:34

mistake, superb piece of skating and

the Koreans once again, the blue

0:35:340:35:41

ribbon event. Winning the 1500

metres. In an Olympic record time as

0:35:410:35:48

well. There is the win. 86

centimetres. It may as well have

0:35:480:35:57

been a mile.

And of course still

waiting for the official results.

0:35:570:36:03

And we have seen on this first day

of competition in the short track

0:36:030:36:07

racing that it is not over until

they have checked the video review

0:36:070:36:13

downstairs. So we will just hang on

to make sure it is a new Olympic

0:36:130:36:17

record and the result is as it

stands provisionally. But yet again

0:36:170:36:22

they are looking at everything and

doing it as quickly as they can. But

0:36:220:36:26

so much is going on during these

races that there is quite a bit for

0:36:260:36:31

them to work their way through.

Early in the race it could be that

0:36:310:36:35

something has happened. Now Lim

Hyojun was the winner of the first

0:36:350:36:43

World Cup meeting of the season and

then he missed the rest with a back

0:36:430:36:46

problem. So we were not sure what

his form was going to be but we know

0:36:460:36:50

now.

We certainly do. And the

Olympic record is being ratified. It

0:36:500:36:56

is being confirmed.

0:36:560:37:02

is being confirmed. Lim Hyojun will

send the home crowd happy, yet

0:37:020:37:08

another gold medal for South Korea.

22 out of 49 if that stand. We wait

0:37:080:37:13

to see if it stands. The atmosphere

will sour inside this arena I think

0:37:130:37:21

if there is any change. Or a ruling

that would penalise the hosts.

0:37:210:37:28

Interesting to see what will happen

now, is it just on the intranet with

0:37:280:37:34

the Korean in third place...

Slips...

0:37:340:37:46

Slips... Almost got a bang in the

face, Fauconnet.

I think the issue

0:37:460:37:52

is what is going to happen now with

Fauconnet.

0:37:520:38:02

Fauconnet. Samuel Girard from Canada

of course was fourth. He is waiting

0:38:020:38:05

to see, if someone gets a penalty

everyone would move up. No wonder

0:38:050:38:13

he's waiting to see, just in case he

can take the bronze ahead of

0:38:130:38:16

Elistratov. It looks as if reaching

a conclusion to their deliberation.

0:38:160:38:30

Better to try to get the decision

right no matter how long it takes.

0:38:300:38:36

And there is a penalty. They have

not announced who it is for. So it

0:38:360:38:46

is Charles Hamelin who is penalised.

It confirms that Lim Hyojun in

0:38:460:38:52

Olympic record time is the winner.

Now silver for the Netherlands. And

0:38:520:39:04

Elistratov the former world

champion, Olympic athlete from

0:39:040:39:07

Russia, taking the bronze. So the

young Canadian just out of the

0:39:070:39:11

medals. Charles Hamelin the Olympic

champion from four years ago

0:39:110:39:17

disqualified. And a first medal of

the Games for Korea, the home core

0:39:170:39:25

-- home crowd

0:39:250:39:26

the Games for Korea, the home core

-- home crowd smiling from ear to

0:39:260:39:26

ear.

Almost the perfect start for the

0:39:260:39:31

short track action, nothing like the

home nation taking the first gold

0:39:310:39:34

medal in their favourite sport.

I

think they had that on the first day

0:39:340:39:39

because they were confident of the

men bringing home a gold medal. So

0:39:390:39:43

great for the home nation and again

for the atmosphere of the short

0:39:430:39:46

track, really getting the crowd

going.

And the final of nine

0:39:460:39:52

athletes, not all of them of course

would finish.

I expected it to be a

0:39:520:39:57

bit messier. We did have few crashes

but I expected a lot more of that.

0:39:570:40:02

Looks like the French skater got

kicked in the face actually when he

0:40:020:40:10

went down. Hopefully he's OK. It is

a dangerous sport.

Oh, my word.

And

0:40:100:40:20

also a great message for any young

short track speed skaters out there

0:40:200:40:25

about staying close to the front of

the race.

It is difficult to be

0:40:250:40:31

prepared for a race like this. It is

rare to get so many skaters in the

0:40:310:40:35

same race so your tactics would have

been disrupted by that.

And the guys

0:40:350:40:42

who are at the front, six laps to

go, they stayed at the front. Let

0:40:420:40:46

the other guys message other up

behind them.

Lim Hyojun taking the

0:40:460:40:53

gold medal and that was the result.

Everyone in that stadium, certainly

0:40:530:40:58

the Koreans, but was the result they

wanted.

0:40:580:41:03

We saw Elise Christie just watching

in the background.

I think he will

0:41:030:41:07

be happy with that, setting him up

for the next round, the 1000 metres

0:41:070:41:13

on Tuesday.

0:41:130:41:20

on Tuesday.

It proves how Rolex

Elise Christie is, just happy to

0:41:200:41:22

watch. And her performance in

qualification earlier this morning

0:41:220:41:29

was almost perfect.

Definitely. And

as she said in her interview she had

0:41:290:41:36

been practising on the start and

just getting out in front makes it

0:41:360:41:41

so much easier.

And she admitted

afterwards that she was very nervous

0:41:410:41:47

before that. Probably as nervous as

she had been in six years. And she

0:41:470:41:52

also said I'm not even fully fit

yet.

She is always fully fit! I

0:41:520:41:58

think that she was holding back a

bit, she did not put everything out

0:41:580:42:02

on the track because she has a lot

of races to come. So she did not I

0:42:020:42:08

think gives everything.

And we have

seen what can go wrong, Charlotte

0:42:080:42:14

Gilmartin, we thought that she might

have a chance of that least

0:42:140:42:17

advancing to the quarter finals but

she is at the back and she got taken

0:42:170:42:23

out, penalised.

And we can just see

Charlotte, that is tough going into

0:42:230:42:29

the corner, the referee made the

call and again she has two more

0:42:290:42:34

distances coming up so fingers

crossed she is fully fit.

She cannot

0:42:340:42:41

go round the corner with her arm up,

so that is a shame for her.

Well we

0:42:410:42:46

can get her reaction because she

spoke to David McDaid after that.

0:42:460:42:52

It seemed to be going so well for

you and then the crash.

Yes, I think

0:42:520:42:56

from the start I have had, I was

injured so for the last three weeks

0:42:560:43:04

I had a brand-new start and I said

if it was a false start I would not

0:43:040:43:09

be confident. But I was pleased that

I committed and stayed with the new

0:43:090:43:14

start because it was faster. So it

started well, I was feeling good and

0:43:140:43:20

just needed to get past the person

in front foot up but then someone

0:43:200:43:26

took my sprays and I was in two

minds, if I step out now, I could

0:43:260:43:30

get back to fourth. Try to commit

and told my ground and attack the

0:43:300:43:35

next corner. So yes, I'm devastated

to come away with a penalty. I

0:43:350:43:42

trained every day to try to get it

right. And what could have been but

0:43:420:43:47

just unfortunately did not happen

today.

It is short track and

0:43:470:43:51

anything can happen but the penalty,

you just will take it on the chin or

0:43:510:43:56

are you annoyed at getting it?

I

thought it was a 50-50 cool, I

0:43:560:44:02

thought I was ahead but you cannot

fight the decision. So yes, I just

0:44:020:44:07

upset I did not get to continue. And

just grateful for the support I know

0:44:070:44:12

I will have from my team. And all of

the UK lottery ticket buyers and

0:44:120:44:18

anyone else that has boosted us. I

will try to make up for it in the

0:44:180:44:23

next couple of distances.

Well when

he tried to give up using to be in a

0:44:230:44:27

bit of pain.

But you're OK? I have a

sore rib but my legs are fine which

0:44:270:44:33

is the main thing.

A few days now to

get back on track and get out for

0:44:330:44:37

the next races.

I have a few days as

you say to do that. My legs are

0:44:370:44:41

still in good condition and I did

have a lot of speed.

So look at the

0:44:410:44:49

positives, well done.

It seems the best quality to have is

0:44:490:44:54

the ability to click -- to pick

yourself up and just get out there

0:44:540:44:58

again. Unbelievably and hopefully

Charlotte will be fine.

I think what

0:44:580:45:06

came out of that interview was that

positivity. Because she is caught up

0:45:060:45:09

so much and she probably had the top

speed of all the top girls in the

0:45:090:45:15

world and that is a great sign.

And

it helps when the team is strong and

0:45:150:45:22

you can keep which other motivated.

0:45:220:45:28

yes, being an outsider, you can feel

the chemistry and

0:45:280:45:31

yes, being an outsider, you can feel

the chemistry and the team for the

0:45:310:45:32

short track.

They're all behind each

other. If one has a bad start, the

0:45:320:45:39

rest rally around. When one is doing

well, the others want to be there

0:45:390:45:43

and behind. Clearly that is why the

all succeeds so well.

I think we

0:45:430:45:47

have always had that as Team GB, in

the house, they all support each

0:45:470:45:52

other. There is lots of support from

everybody.

Yes, that is the thing.

0:45:520:46:00

You're all very separate sports but

once in the Olympics, you come

0:46:000:46:03

together under the Team GB banner.

You have the Olympic rings on your

0:46:030:46:07

chest and your one big family

supporting each other. Not everyone

0:46:070:46:13

has great days. Her snowboarders

have just crashed out, but you're

0:46:130:46:17

still there are supporting. You

might have another chance, another

0:46:170:46:20

distance. It is the ability to

psychologically put it in the past.

0:46:200:46:26

That is done, matter-of-fact, it did

not go well, but I have another

0:46:260:46:33

chance.

We can see the psychology to

be able to do that. Britain has the

0:46:330:46:36

strength to be able to have good

contenders and lots of different

0:46:360:46:38

sports. You tend to find there are

certain sports for certain nations.

0:46:380:46:43

The Germans are dominant in the

luge, the Austrians like the double

0:46:430:46:48

luge. The Koreans like the short

track speed skating. The Dutch are

0:46:480:46:53

very good at lots of thing, but long

track speed skating. Against the

0:46:530:46:58

clock, Horsley two skaters on the

ice. One of the skaters has won four

0:46:580:47:05

medals in Sochi. More than any other

athlete. We will catch up with the

0:47:050:47:09

action that has been happening with

Steve Armitage and Kristina Groves,

0:47:090:47:15

a four-time Olympic medallist

herself.

0:47:150:47:22

The Dutch skater on the right. The

Polish skater, the teenager, the

0:47:220:47:29

17-year-old, on the left. 7.5 laps,

the women's three km. The time to

0:47:290:47:38

beat by the Japanese skater.

She has

nothing to lose. Bosiek. This is the

0:47:380:47:50

first opportunity for the Dutch to

show what they have. We remember

0:47:500:47:55

from Sochi, 21, was E21 medals? 23.

Lots of them have said, we do not

0:47:550:48:04

think we're as good as we were then.

The rest of the have come. The Dutch

0:48:040:48:10

will be cheering for their first

skater of the game.

Those are pretty

0:48:100:48:16

good opening times. They are both

below the times set by Sato of

0:48:160:48:21

Japan. They are off to a quick

start. This is the fifth of 12 heats

0:48:210:48:28

in the women's 3,000 metres.

You can

see there is more energy compared to

0:48:280:48:37

the race before. There is more

energy in the skaters. They are more

0:48:370:48:43

fresh. They look like the timing is

good.

Getting back to that Dutch

0:48:430:48:50

domination in Sochi, 23 from 30

medals, eight gold medals, and they

0:48:500:48:58

swept four races. In other words,

they finished one, two, three, and

0:48:580:49:04

for. That had never been done in

Olympic history. That is quite

0:49:040:49:07

something. I do not think it will

happen in Pyeongchang. The

0:49:070:49:14

Norwegians are tougher, the Japanese

have come with a better team, the

0:49:140:49:17

Canadians have a slightly better

team.

There are lots of Russians

0:49:170:49:24

that have not been included in the

team, as well as the Americans who

0:49:240:49:28

were shutout in place to Mac who are

looking to redeem themselves. -- in

0:49:280:49:36

Sochi.

We should get back to the

race. It is a good one. We look like

0:49:360:49:39

we will get a new leader from the

young Dutch star. I say young at 28.

0:49:390:49:45

She has been around but she has not

been able to crack the top. Right

0:49:450:49:50

now, the number in the green is the

one you want to watch. Right now,

0:49:500:49:55

she up by four microseconds.

It is a

beautiful raise she is putting

0:49:550:50:00

together. Lots of shoulder movement

but it seems to be working for her.

0:50:000:50:04

You usually want to see the shoulder

is not moving from side to side but

0:50:040:50:09

she has nice read. You can see her

weight going from side to side, the

0:50:090:50:13

shoulders swinging, which I do not

like, but it is working for her.

She

0:50:130:50:18

is increasing the lead on Sato of

Japan.

She is still doing 31 second

0:50:180:50:27

lap times. It is a very flat race.

She started out as the hair but she

0:50:270:50:33

has not turned into the tortoise.

She is not dropping off, which is a

0:50:330:50:37

good sign. She is coming up on one

lap to go. She has a group of

0:50:370:50:43

friends who have saved up for six

years to come and cheer her so she

0:50:430:50:46

is putting on a good race for them.

When Ireen Wust on the world's

0:50:460:50:54

singles championships last year, she

did 3.5 nine. If she can get down to

0:50:540:51:00

the law four, or perhaps below, she

has a real positive chance at the

0:51:000:51:06

medal.

This is the first big

surprise for me at this competition

0:51:060:51:09

so far, the raise she is putting

down. Very strong.

She has the last

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50 metres. She has the finish line

in sight. Achtereekte of the

0:51:160:51:20

Netherlands. There is the time. That

is a good time. The Dutch coaches

0:51:200:51:27

love it. Coming in across the line,

the 17-year-old from Poland,

0:51:270:51:35

Caroline Bossi act.

0:51:350:51:41

Caroline Bossi act. -- the

17-year-old from Poland, Bosiek.

0:51:430:51:46

That is not just a good time, that

is almost out of nowhere. I knew

0:51:460:51:53

that the Dutch had the potential

like any Olympics, any competition,

0:51:530:51:57

to put in anyone they want and they

will have these kinds of results.

0:51:570:52:00

They have so much depth but that was

a beautiful race. I am really

0:52:000:52:05

impressed by that. I think that time

will scare a lot of skaters still to

0:52:050:52:10

come.

0:52:100:52:19

come.

Wust likes to grow very

quickly in the 3,000 metres. I do

0:52:190:52:21

not think she will be changing her

game plan at this point, with that

0:52:210:52:26

time already on the board from

Achtereekte.

Absolutely. Wust always

0:52:260:52:32

started fast when I raced against.

She likes to get the first couple of

0:52:320:52:37

laps, money in the bank. Weidemann

needs to make sure she does not get

0:52:370:52:45

thrown off by the fire start from

Wust. She's doing her own thing. She

0:52:450:52:51

is one of the tall skaters in the

circuit. She is the third tallest of

0:52:510:52:55

the Canadian team, including the

men.

Ireen Wust, doing what she

0:52:550:53:00

always does, with the quick start,

establishing herself as the dominant

0:53:000:53:07

skater in the pair. She is now up by

0.4 seconds.

Wust has been

0:53:070:53:17

unpredictable this year, she has had

a few injuries to deal with. She

0:53:170:53:20

arrives at races at the right time.

She has stepped back and went back

0:53:200:53:25

to training, to prepare for the

Olympics. I can see that she is on

0:53:250:53:31

it. You can see it in her eyes. She

is focused. She has a clear vision

0:53:310:53:38

of where she wants to go. She looks

like classic Wust at this point.

0:53:380:53:45

Look how relaxed she is. Look out

smooth and relax she is. That is the

0:53:450:53:50

difference between her and the

skaters we've seen so far. She makes

0:53:500:53:55

it look easy, she has the rhythm,

even in the corners.

It is critical.

0:53:550:54:02

There is the virtual leader line

behind Wust. She is ahead of the

0:54:020:54:07

time put up by her Dutch team-mate,

Achtereekte.

This is the Wust I was

0:54:070:54:14

hoping that would show up at the

Games. But she is putting down is

0:54:140:54:20

incredible. In the past, she has

been known to flag in the last few

0:54:200:54:25

laps, but she has so much in the

bank now. Those first three laps

0:54:250:54:31

were 30 seconds. She can afford to

die off and still take the lead.

Is

0:54:310:54:36

it possible she could go under 3.5

nine. That would be really tough to

0:54:360:54:41

beat for the likes of Pechstein and

Blondin.

Also Sablikova. This is the

0:54:410:54:51

advantage of going early. She can go

out and not worry about what the

0:54:510:54:55

other skaters have done. She can do

run thing, and see anyone can beat

0:54:550:54:58

her.

0:54:580:55:03

her.

She is putting on a clinic.

There are athletes who thrive in the

0:55:030:55:09

Olympic spotlight, and Wust of the

Netherlands is certainly one of

0:55:090:55:15

them. Eight Olympic medals. The all

time is Pechstein, with nine. A

0:55:150:55:22

medal retire with Pechstein,

providing that Pechstein does not

0:55:220:55:27

win another medal in the 3,000

metres.

She's looking good. Let's

0:55:270:55:33

not forget about Weidemann. She's

having a good raise farm level. She

0:55:330:55:38

has got to keep it in mind that this

is not about her losing this, but

0:55:380:55:45

this is where Wust needs to hang on.

The margin is getting smaller.

In

0:55:450:55:50

232 second laps. Ireen Wust of the

Netherlands. She is ahead of the

0:55:500:55:57

virtual leader line. She is pouring

it on. She's coming out of the final

0:55:570:56:03

turn. She has the finish line in

sight. Here comes Wust, in search of

0:56:030:56:12

medal number nine. Some good skaters

still to come.

0:56:120:56:19

still to come. You can see her time.

She goes to second spot, behind her

0:56:190:56:23

Dutch team-mate. She lasted over the

last few metres.

0:56:230:56:35

last few metres.

I have to say, my

heart breaks for her just a little

0:56:350:56:40

bit, to be so close. That shows you

how Achtereekte's race was

0:56:400:56:46

phenomenal. A very different race as

Wust started out on 32nd laps, which

0:56:460:56:54

is extremely fast, then 31 seconds.

She paid the price at the end,

0:56:540:56:59

dropping to 33.7 for her last lap.

She went for it. You have to give it

0:56:590:57:06

to. She went for the gold medal and

that will not be case today. For a

0:57:060:57:12

Weidemann, that is a very

respectable time.

0:57:120:57:15

Takagi of Japan in the black and

white. In the Dutch orange,

0:57:220:57:28

Antoinette De Jong. 7.5 laps, the

women's 3,000 metres.

The second to

0:57:280:57:34

last group. Takagi is said that goal

for the Olympics is to win a gold

0:57:340:57:41

medal. She has more chance in the

1,500 metres than in this race but

0:57:410:57:44

she is one of the contenders this

race. She is someone who can break

0:57:440:57:49

the Dutch dominance that we have

seen already. Wust and Achtereekte

0:57:490:57:54

already in the top of the podium.

They all have a chance to get onto

0:57:540:57:59

the podium. These are the best

skaters in the world.

Those numbers

0:57:590:58:06

are in the red, which means they are

behind the leaders at this point in

0:58:060:58:10

the race. You want to see green,

green is good.

Green is good, but

0:58:100:58:17

Fred is not necessarily bad. It

depends on the race profile, whether

0:58:170:58:21

you start hard and hang on as much

as you can or if you go out at the

0:58:210:58:25

slightly more even pace, and try and

keep it as flat as possible. So far,

0:58:250:58:32

De Jong looks like she's going

faster. Takagi, so smooth.

0:58:320:58:41

faster. Takagi, so smooth. She is a

perfect little skater. So relaxed

0:58:410:58:43

and Smith. Look at her shoulders.

Her upper body does not move at all.

0:58:430:58:51

She is almost like a statue.

You

want to relax. De Jong is ranked

0:58:510:58:58

number four in the World Cup circuit

in the 3,000 metres. She had a

0:58:580:59:05

second in Calgary, with one victory.

She has had a good World Cup season

0:59:050:59:09

so far. The World Cup final is

coming up in Minsk after the

0:59:090:59:14

Olympics.

Both of these skaters

starting a little bit slower than

0:59:140:59:20

Wust did. That is probably a good

thing. The key for these girls in

0:59:200:59:26

the middle of this race is to keep

the momentum going, and keep the lap

0:59:260:59:30

times at 31 seconds range. Both

looking strong and even so far. This

0:59:300:59:36

is a nice painting.

0:59:360:59:42

is a nice painting. -- pairing.

Shias two time world junior champion

0:59:420:59:49

the 3,000 metres, De Jong. Takagi is

coming back a little bit. De Jong

0:59:490:59:58

has the advantage with the draft,

she can get back in there and start

0:59:581:00:01

building in the inside lane. We talk

about building the terms in speed

1:00:011:00:09

skating. That is something I try to

focus on. You can build so much

1:00:091:00:12

speed in the turns.

1:00:121:00:18

Two laps to go. 3:59.21 the time to

beat to get the silver medal

1:00:181:00:27

position, and I think one of these

is going to better at the time set

1:00:271:00:35

by London.

These races can be so

fun, you can really build off each

1:00:351:00:46

other and use the switching of the

lane to just put yourself through

1:00:461:00:49

the race. But de Jong will have

advantage going into the last lap.

1:00:491:00:55

Almost dead even.

It is going to be

a good finish between the pair, they

1:00:551:01:00

are very close. De Jong will have

the advantage and will finish and

1:01:001:01:06

take full advantage of that inner

lane finish. She takes the lead.

1:01:061:01:13

Remember that time to get to third,

for .1 point four. And here comes de

1:01:131:01:21

Jong, going into third place.

1:01:211:01:29

Jong, going into third place. Takagi

of Japan going to fourth place.

1:01:291:01:36

Just a quick look at her face

against the race, looking a bit

1:01:421:01:47

disappointed. I think that she

expected more. She got tied up a

1:01:471:01:50

little bit in the last lap, the

shoulder starting to move, almost

1:01:501:01:54

trying a bit too hard. But we have

one parent to go. And three Dutch

1:01:541:02:01

first, second and third. Happening

again. Already sweeping the podium

1:02:011:02:06

with just one race race to go.

Probably the only one who could

1:02:061:02:15

unseat them is Sablikova.

Sablikova

on the left. 7.5 laps and the final

1:02:151:02:24

pairing.

1:02:241:02:29

pairing. 3:59.21 the time to beat.

Sablikova is so tiny and she can

1:02:291:02:43

just keep going and going. 3000 a

bit too short for her, she needs to

1:02:431:02:51

get her speed up. She can hang on

very well at the end.

Sablikova has

1:02:511:02:59

been plagued by back problems since

2012 but somehow she always seems to

1:02:591:03:04

rise above the pain. And to skate

through whatever is causing the

1:03:041:03:09

difficulties. And this year she

really had to back off because of

1:03:091:03:15

those back issues.

I raced against

Sablikova in 2006 and I think she

1:03:151:03:21

has had back problems since then.

She would come out and win the race

1:03:211:03:25

the next day so we never knew what

the case was with her. But coming

1:03:251:03:30

into these Games they came in early

before the track was even opened.

1:03:301:03:37

Kind of an unusual approach but they

wanted to come in and get settled.

1:03:371:03:40

They were training in local gyms and

going for runs in the first.

Not too

1:03:401:03:50

far off the pace. But they will have

to pick it up and maintain this

1:03:501:04:01

phase in the women's three K if

they're going to crack that Dutch

1:04:011:04:05

one, two, three. They have gold,

silver and bronze.

I liked the way

1:04:051:04:16

Sablikova is skating now, so smooth

and relaxed. Her top end speed is

1:04:161:04:21

not very fast. She does not have the

sprint but she can do these lap

1:04:211:04:27

times almost all day. But that lack

of training because of back problems

1:04:271:04:33

could affect her. Natalia Voronina

does not look quite so smooth to me.

1:04:331:04:37

But it does not matter what you look

like crossing the line. It is about

1:04:371:04:44

your effort. And how that will

affect you towards the end. Some

1:04:441:04:52

really nice skating from Sablikova.

She looks a lot better here at the

1:04:521:04:59

Olympics than she did in the last

World Cup event in Germany back in

1:04:591:05:03

January.

The thing you notice, the

difference between these skaters is

1:05:031:05:10

how far the knee is sticking out

over the toe. With Natalia Voronina

1:05:101:05:16

it looks like Ernie is getting

straight up. You want to get it over

1:05:161:05:20

the front and Natalia Voronina does

not really have that. So it is

1:05:201:05:28

harder to build the pressure.

Sablikova widening her margin over

1:05:281:05:34

the Olympic athlete from Russia,

Natalia Voronina. At 23-year-old who

1:05:341:05:40

did not skate in Sochi and therefore

is not tainted anyway by the doping

1:05:401:05:46

scandal. One lap to go in the

women's three K. The last pair and

1:05:461:05:53

they will have to pick it up if they

plan on getting to the podium.

Well

1:05:531:05:57

this will be tight. Looking towards

another Dutch suite I would think.

1:05:571:06:05

Sablikova the only one left who

could beat them.

She needs to beat

1:06:051:06:13

for minutes and zero to second.

Sablikova is driving, coming to the

1:06:131:06:23

line and she has not done it,

finishing in fourth place. So the

1:06:231:06:27

story in the women's three K, a

continuation of what we saw in Sochi

1:06:271:06:32

four years ago. The Dutch continued

their domination. They finish one,

1:06:321:06:39

two and three in the women's three

K. The top Canadian finishing in

1:06:391:06:48

sixth spot. Her team-mate finishing

in seventh.

Well you could see the

1:06:481:06:57

disappointment in the face of

Sablikova. Just devastating for her

1:06:571:07:01

and I feel for her. So hard to come

in fourth place. But she was just

1:07:011:07:06

off the pace today by enough that it

was not able to get into the top

1:07:061:07:11

three. Her she must be disappointed

with that. This could be her final

1:07:111:07:16

Olympics. She has dominated this

event for so long. Maybe those back

1:07:161:07:20

problems have finally caught up with

her. Fourth is a tough spot. Really

1:07:201:07:30

she would've wanted to be on top of

the podium today. And already one,

1:07:301:07:35

two, three Dutch, an amazing start

already for Dutch.

1:07:351:07:37

two, three Dutch, an amazing start

already for Dutch.

1:07:371:07:41

Kristina Groves and Steve Armitage

with the commentary and it is a

1:07:411:07:44

Dutch one, two, three. They did so

well in Sochi as well, extraordinary

1:07:441:07:54

how dominant they are. With the

silver medal, Ireen Wust so that now

1:07:541:07:59

is her ninth Olympic medal. And

brings a level with the German

1:07:591:08:05

athlete for the most decorated in

big speed skater. But out in

1:08:051:08:13

big speed skater. But out in front,

Achtereekte. But Ireen Wust was one

1:08:141:08:19

second up on it only to lose. But a

Dutch one, two, three in the 3000

1:08:191:08:26

metres. Just to give your idea of

what is coming up in the next couple

1:08:261:08:34

of hours. Still plenty of action out

there in Korea. Highlights of the

1:08:341:08:38

second run of the men's luge on BBC

One and then we go to the men's ski

1:08:381:08:45

jump and that will be sensational.

We will catch up with the

1:08:451:08:54

snowboarding qualifying later and

that historic match between the

1:08:541:09:02

unified Korean team and Switzerland

in the women's ice copy also coming

1:09:021:09:05

your way.

1:09:051:09:11

your way. We have some really

interesting conversations to come.

1:09:111:09:19

Johnny has a brain full of facts

about speed skating and in fact his

1:09:191:09:26

actual skates. Elise Christie showed

me, the blade is just a little bit

1:09:261:09:31

off centre to help you balance

around the bends.

As you see we

1:09:311:09:34

skate only in one direction so it is

all set up to turn left around the

1:09:341:09:38

corner. So you're making sure if you

look down the line of the camera,

1:09:381:09:42

you will see it is offset and not

completely in the middle. So making

1:09:421:09:50

sure that actually you can turn in

the right direction.

Or the left

1:09:501:09:54

direction! If you stood still and

just glided down it would take you

1:09:541:09:59

to the left.

Got it. And how stiff

is the actual route?

Very stiff, you

1:09:591:10:06

can barely flex it.

It is

fibreglass.

Just be careful of that

1:10:061:10:12

blade! Amy your closer than me.

The

runners, we have a bowl as well in

1:10:121:10:26

our runners but the difference

between your skates and a long

1:10:261:10:31

track, you can hear them clicking as

they go around.

There skates would

1:10:311:10:36

come away at the heel. Almost trying

to keep as much contact on the ice

1:10:361:10:42

as possible. And when the blade

recalls that is when that sound but

1:10:421:10:48

for us such close contact racing,

you cannot have anything coming away

1:10:481:10:53

from the boot. That is part of the

rules.

We get scratches and you do

1:10:531:11:00

not really realise that broken ice

can actually scratch and tiny specks

1:11:001:11:05

of debt so how do you polish them.

So the guys would have them

1:11:051:11:09

sharpened up every training session,

keeping them as sharp as possible.

1:11:091:11:15

They do that themselves? It depends

on the time between the races. At

1:11:151:11:18

the latter stage of racing, the

turnover is pretty quick. So the

1:11:181:11:23

coach or blade technician would sort

that out. Sometimes the athletes

1:11:231:11:27

would like to do it themselves, it

would take their mind off the next

1:11:271:11:31

race, they find it quite soothing.

Hours and hours the night before a

1:11:311:11:37

race polishing your runners. It was

a pain but that is just what you

1:11:371:11:43

did, to spend time bonding with your

equipment. And also you said

1:11:431:11:48

earlier, I was interested in whether

you get your foot moulded, if

1:11:481:11:52

they're really individual.

These are

custom-made and again yes, as we

1:11:521:11:57

said, proper solid fibreglass and

moulded around your feet. But the

1:11:571:12:04

blades you change pretty regularly,

three or four players per year. But

1:12:041:12:07

your boots you would probably change

every three or four years.

Elise

1:12:071:12:12

Christie said she has not changed

hers for years, they are heard Lucky

1:12:121:12:16

boots.

I think she had another pair

and then went back to her old

1:12:161:12:20

favourites.

Their handmade soap made

to mould around your feet. --

1:12:201:12:26

handmade. The sport does come down

to a lot of the deal in the corners.

1:12:261:12:33

You need to be happy with your

equipment.

And it takes a long time

1:12:331:12:37

to get used to them as well. You do

not want to take the time to get

1:12:371:12:42

used to them and for that to slow

down your training.

Well talk about

1:12:421:12:46

technical details, with the luge,

you could see those spikes on the

1:12:461:12:52

gloves that they use to power off.

Well the start in the luge is all

1:12:521:12:57

about power in their upper body and

literally gripping with their

1:12:571:13:01

fingers, those spikes. You could see

them taped around on the gloves. So

1:13:011:13:06

the power literally coming from

their fingers. Digging into the ice

1:13:061:13:11

and then lying down into position as

quickly as they can. So straight

1:13:111:13:15

into that first corner. It is all

about that power at the start.

1:13:151:13:20

Pushing off the handles and then

paddling away at the ice.

And we

1:13:201:13:24

will see more luge shortly over on

BBC One. In the ski jumping it is

1:13:241:13:37

the normal hill for the men, the

first competition and that will be

1:13:371:13:42

sensational. Very cold for the

spectators but well worth watching.

1:13:421:13:46

It always gives us great headlines

whether they are very good or very

1:13:461:13:51

bad!

Just exceptional watching them.

I have sat at the top of the speed

1:13:511:13:55

heel and it is frightening.

Well all

that over on BBC One in just a

1:13:551:14:00

Clare Balding presents continued live coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea.