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Welcome back to day one
of the 23rd Winter Olympics
from Pyeongchang in South Korea.
We have all of the remaining live
coverage here on BBC Two and later
on BBC One. And we also reflect on
what has happened so far. A typical
day of Winter Olympics drama.
If no one... Elise Christie looked
in top form as she began her quest
for Olympic glory easing through the
opening round of the women's 500
metres short track. Her team-mate
Charlotte Gilmartin crashed in her
heat and did not make the
quarterfinals on Tuesday. Cat
Thompson always -- also out. And
disappointment for British
snowboarder is Jamie Nicholls and
Billy Morgan, they both failed to
qualify for the final stages of the
The first gold of the Games went to
Charlotte Kalla in the women's
Skiathlon. Marat Yergin was second.
The flame burning brightly, it was
late last night of the opening
ceremony. We are into the first
evening action and we will take you
live to the louche very shortly. And
then the short track, the men's 1500
metres, nine skaters qualify. Then
the 3000 metre women's speed skating
and men's ski jumping. Normally that
would take place in the daytime but
it is like Time out there and it
will all be lit up. On the red
button you can follow coverage as
If you go online now
you will be able to watch
the women's 7.5k biathlon -
Amanda Lightfoot going for Britain.
I almost think that is the toughest
of the lot. Your skiing so hard and
then you need to bring your heart
rate down and fire accurate shots.
They have to have phenomenal lungs,
the lactic acid going through the
legs and then to suddenly drop all
of that and go and fired their
shots. People ask if when we are
sprinting flat out and then have two
everything down yes but oh my
They're phenomenal. What I
love about the Winter Olympic
athletes, you admire each other's
disciplines so much. Because you do
not normally get a chance to see it.
It is just every four years we get
to catch up and see who was leading
in each sport.
So it becomes really
exciting. And Johnny, getting revved
up about the 1500 metres finals.
some typical short track, everyone
just pumped up and ready to go. But
you have got to stay cool in those
moments and we have had a lot of
crashes already. It is so exciting
and everyone is a little bit tense.
So Elise Christie just cruised
through, a big relief.
Let's take a
look at the standings in the louche.
Four runs in total.
Four runs in total. Felix Loch is
second but not far behind.
three runs. So it is all about the
Doubleday of racing. That planning
and preparation. You need for solid
runs, you cannot drop any of them,
they all count. So it is that
consistency. They do not know the
track all that well. So you might
still be planning and testing some
of the quarters. You might not yet
have your perfect run. And there may
have to go to sleep and bring it all
together and bring it back for the
Let's see how the second
run develops. John Jackson is
alongside John Hunt.
run develops. John Jackson is
alongside John Hunt.
The second run about to begin. The
luge. We have a surprise leader
after the first run. And now the
second run for Ninis. A perfectly
good run for him.
And a smooth start
it seems. He was one of the better
guys at the start. We are back into
the top guys now and you should see
those lines that have been really
smooth in comparison to the back of
the pack. These guys looking to
close in on people now. And he has
made a mistake. You can see that
height but he got, it was amazing.
This will cost him any chance he had
of a medal place. Just gone out of
the window. He must've been at least
two feet in the air.
extraordinary. What a collision.
What drama. And Ninis through in a
time of three seconds slower than
his first run after that terrible
That is the best we've seen
so far and I think we will have more
of those to come. So unfortunate for
him. But part of what this track is
giving them. As you look around, and
you can see, look at the height he
is getting. Ten out of ten for
effort. He comes into the corner at
the wrong way and look at the ice
getting thrown around. That is
probably the worst but we've seen so
far and he knows it. A big mistake
Well we should just make
the point, if that can happen to the
man who finished seventh place it
can happen to almost anyone.
can happen to almost anyone. And
here is our leader, Gleirscher. His
first run was beyond his wildest
dreams. Can he back that up now with
another flying run? 47.652 after the
first run. And here he goes. We will
hear the word a lot, consistency
this week right the way through all
of the disciplines.
needs to prove he can do it again.
Exactly, and this is what I have
mentioned, that consistency of exit
numbers two and nine is key. Just a
bit early on to six coming into
seven. The corner starts now to drop
down. And this is the key point.
That is a great line into 12. This
is not about the guy who has just
gone down but staying in front of
Felix Loch and the other guys close
to him as he comes up to the finish
So quite smooth for Gleirscher
but slower than the first run. Two
tenths of a second slower. And that
opens the door for Felix Loch and
Yes and that could be a
bit of the track, it is now hard
after 40 sleds damn it, but it has
had a lot of action. This little
mistake will not have helped him but
it was not such a bad run. The speed
is still there and hopefully as we
see these next couple of fast guys
coming down, whether to attend this
is the norm or those mistakes he
made has just cost him enough.
Germany, Langhenham. A disappointing
third place for him. Now he has got
a big point to prove. It is make or
break I would say for his game.
break I would say for his game.
of them can make a mistake. It is
just him against the track.
we're watching Langenhan. We watched
his first run and his second run
here, we are back here with
Langenhan as they head towards the
finish. He has drifted a bit off the
pace. And this is tricky for him as
he now comes to the closing stages
of his run. He has drifted as you
can see. Three tenths of a second
behind Gleirscher. And he now
finishes for tenths of a second off
delighted. He is staying ahead of
the guys and possibly that is a bit
slower as well as his first run. The
speed may just have gone out of the
track a little bit. A couple of
mistakes just down the bottom, 15 he
did not get quite right and they are
just costing him time all the way
through. Especially coming into that
uphill section in 16. Any mistake
there and you just double the
consequences. But overall not a bad
run. You can see the difference in
the lines of both of the leading
pilots at the moment. Very similar
in what they're doing.
in what they're doing. Gleirscher
just pulling away from him all the
So we move on.
So we move on. Tucker
West, his second Olympics and
currently ranked -- ranked 26. The
deal with him, it is a clear one. A
quick starter but not being held
together down the run. He's just
making too many little mistakes. But
still relatively inexperienced. With
a good run he could move up a few
places. With the start he needs to
move up and get closer to these
guys. But it is difficult. Just one
of those things, maybe he just has
not quite zoned into the track
properly and got the optimum line.
Just making a little mistake on six.
A big corner eight with the G-force
but this is now key. And that is
perfect. Cutting through the
beginning of 12 a little bit early
but keeping his speed. Not much
difference between the beginning of
his run and the end timewise. He
will just start dropping away a
little bit I think. I think so
although relative to the earlier to.
Not too bad for Tucker West.
Not too bad for Tucker West. But I'm
afraid he will probably drift
mid-table obscurity, really. But he
still seems to be relatively happy
with his first Olympics experience.
It is one of those things now, he
just has to fight for the spots of
the people around him and we will
see more of where he is finally
ranked at the end of this. But for
tomorrow with the third runs, it is
where they finish from today and
that is where he can start to jostle
for the points and prizes. And try
to get as far up the table as
possible. Now in the first round we
enjoyed this young fellow. He was
six after the first run. He turns 20
later this month. He was the winner
of the youth Olympic championships a
couple of years ago. So much before
him. Can he build on that?
him. Can he build on that?
has been really strong here and good
to see that. The Germans and
Austrians have competition. The
Germans have been dominant in the
sport and this is looking very good
run. Good to see other nations
fighting for the medals. If Felix
Loch is going to get his third
medal, he will have to earn it. This
is almost perfect. Just playing with
his steering. Just a bit too much
over to the middle point. Doing
relatively well in terms of keeping
his speed for the bottom of the
track. Up the hill to the final
corner and not a bad result.
corner and not a bad result.
Latvian coach looking happy with
Aparjods. And he is talented.
Keeping himself in the mix.
needed to come down and keep that
spot as close to the leader as
possible. Because you never know.
That gap might be his chance of
keeping a medal place. The top guys
can make mistakes as we have seen.
Just coming up the hill into the
last corner. Taking a little bit of
a wave because that is where the
pressure is. That is the neutral
part of the corner.
Very shortly we
have Felix Loch. Roman Repilov to
come as well.
Bearing in mind he finished the
World Cup was quite strongly. That
20th place will have very good
You probably should have
been better than that. Definitely.
These guys have come and perform
well at the World Cup. Sometimes
when you come to attract like this,
when you have limited experience, it
is more about whether you jell with
the trite and get on with it
straightaway, you can work out the
lines and it suits your style of
driving, or you have to work hard to
find a speed. Sometimes it takes
longer than the 30-40 runs that
these guys have had on the track to
do that. The runs are not looking
too bad at the moment. It should not
be from the top guys. It should be
minor errors instead of big
mistakes. You never have the perfect
run but that was inch perfect, down
the wall, into the corner. It will
help him keep speed as we come
through this speed trap. 129 speed,
89 mph as he comes into the last
Five tenths of Gleirscher. It
is a big margin. Relative to the
leader, it is a big gap between
Gleirscher and Egger that has now
I think, for him, his
challenge for a medal is gone over
these two mega runs. He will be
fighting for the top ten positions,
or however Heidi can get in the
positions. We will see tomorrow
where these guys need to fight TB.
There is lots of action still to
come. You never know where they're
going to finish from what we have
seen so far.
Next up will be the
exciting Russian. We get a kiss
blown away from Egger. This is Roman
Repilov, representing the Olympic
athletes of Russia. A really good
first run. Just what we were hoping
for and expecting, putting him in
fourth place. Needing to consolidate
bad. Can he get closer to Gleirscher
and apply some pressure on the great
Loch who will come next?
This is a
great opportunity for this luge
pilot to stamp his name in the
Olympic history books. He just needs
a good, consistent run. We have seen
he is quick in training all the way
through the week. If he can get a
good run as he starts building down
the track, into seven, coming into
the big drop in Connor Braid as he
accelerates again. This is key, can
you stay in the medals? Perfect. He
will keep the pressure on the
leading Austrian as he makes his way
down the track. Into the big corner
towards the speed trap.
exciting. He has closed the gap on
Gleirscher but a terrible mistake.
Round to the finish he lost ground.
It was a vital stage. I thought he
was going to take the lead but how
did that unravels so laid?
out of 15 to far around Andrew
himself into the wall. That is all
that was. It cost him the lead. When
he came through, the light had
turned green, so he was in front.
The hundreds of the setting tears
behind, the tap on the wall cost him
the lead. It shows how dangerous
years. Did that cost him an Olympic
gold medal? You will not see
something like that from Felix Loch,
I am sure.
We were talking about the
curse of the commentator error.
Guess who is next?
The great German.
You can see the crowd getting into
the rhythm of things. The great man,
Indeed. Bidding for his
third straight gold medal. He has
Gleirscher and Repilov in his
sights. Let's see. If ever you could
put your money on somebody to
deliver in the white heat of
competition eight is this German,
who is still only 28.
20 when he won
his first gold medal. Yes, and a
great start. The lines look smooth.
There is .0 one seconds in it, less
than the blink of an eye. -- zero
.01 seconds. The light has gone
Green so years in front. That was
perfect. He could not have been any
closer to the wall. He is sliding
around the corners on the exits but
he is still pulling away. It is
obviously working for him. You did
not see the mistake that has just
happened from the athlete prior to
him. That is a big margin he has
pulled out on them. He is stamping
his authority on the Olympics.
a big run, to come from behind. At
the end of run two, Felix Loch pits
himself nearly 0.2 seconds ahead of
the leader on the first run, David
Gleirscher. That is about applying
pressure. To mega runs down for
Loch, and the defending Olympic
champion is in a wonderful position.
-- two runs. It is like he said he
would take it easy on them in the
first run, to lull them into a false
sense of security. He opened up on
the second run, to show his
Did you notice any
On a few of the corners he
is sliding off rather than coming
straight out and using the pressure.
But he is fast, so it is working for
him. He will potentially be a
three-time Olympic champion the way
things are going at the moment.
was a sparkling run from Loch. Now
we have Dominik Fischnaller from
Italy. Fischnaller is in the top ten
after run number one. He is a really
consistent top ten performer this
year. The legendary Italian 16
medals in six different games. He is
now the man inspiring encouraging
these young Italians. How is
Fischnaller looking, John Jackson?
He is looking good. He made a little
mistake on the first run which has
cost him time. He will be looking to
put that right as he comes to the
exit. He was tempted. You could tell
that he had to steer high. You could
see the ice kicking up on the
entrance to 12. That will cost him
speed. As he came into the chicane,
then the living, the end of it, he
wanted to pull away from the wall.
You could see his feet twitching. I
am going to hit the wall. You could
see the ice. Hopefully we will see
that on the replay. Little mistakes
like that are costing these
You saw the way from Loch.
Whoever is leading at any given
stage stays on the podium. You will
see on a regular basis. I hope Loch
will wrap up warm. He will need some
awkward because he will be standing
there for a while, analyse the likes
of Johannes Ludwig are the world
champion, Wolfgang Kindl, can
improve their positions in a few
For those guys it is
about fighting for the lesser medals
rather than the gold. I do not think
they will catch on.
That was Dominik
Fischnaller for Italy. Loch stands,
and he is about to see his
compatriot, Johannes Ludwig. This is
his second run. This is a big moment
in these Games in the luge. He was
third, Ludwig, after that first run.
He has got to go and replicate what
Loch bid, to keep tabs with his
great rival and he made.
In the first run, perhaps, some of
these guys put a little bit of
pressure on the great German
himself, but he has just put the
pressure right back on them, to put
in a good run. These guys have got
to be perfect to have any chance of
catching him, even the guys in
second and third. He came on to that
corner too early. This will cost
him. Hopefully he can get up as
drops down into eight. To catch the
second and third guys he has to be
perfect. He is playing about with
this dealing with legs. Things are
not quite as good as the first run,
looking at the way he is doing. He
has good speed, over 80 mph, but it
is whether he can close in on the
He has lost ground on
Loch. Quite apart from gaining it,
you 0.4 seconds behind. That is a
massive gap. Loch, just in these
last four minutes, he has got a vice
like grip on this competition.
like grip on this competition.
Sorry to cut off John Jackson. These
are the scenes at the ice hockey.
They were a few moments ago. A
moment of history as the unified
Korean team takes to the ice. Kim
Jong-un's sister is in the crowd.
She is watching for the first time
at their Winter Olympics. Certainly
in recent years, since they were
divided. North and South Korea have
taken to the ice together. They are
taking on Switzerland. It is
goalless at the moment. That matches
live on the red button. Just to
recap on the luge, Felix Loch,
trying to win his third consecutive
luge title, he is in the lead after
the second run. We will let you know
how the British lugers have got on.
We will switch back to short track
speed skating. We will see the final
of the 1,500 metres.
of the 1,500 metres. I will be
cheering for the Hungarians sit --
the Hungarian skater.
He is Elise
Christie's other half. Yes, I am
will get behind them. Earlier on, we
signed crash out of qualification.
He was advanced to the final lap to
the equivalent of the steward's
Yes, we have adopted him,
Team GB. Fingers crossed for him
that he does really well.
be nine skaters in this 1,500 metres
final. Does that not mean chaos?
will be intense. Medals on the line.
Everyone will want to get as far
forward as possible so there will be
less overtakes at the end of the
race. These guys are used to it,
they have raced with nine people in
the race. Olympic medals on the line
so it will be intense. Let's show
you the crash of Sandor Liu in
On the straights, and
they are not long, you can go inside
the barriers, the little markers,
but only corners you have got to go
Very much so. On the
corners, there are clear track
markings. On the straights, you can
cut inside. That is where you can
overtake. You can go as far as you
like inside the track but you've got
to get back for the corners.
shot is in waiting to find out if he
had made it through or not. The
relief must be great. We'll Elise
Christie be watching or is she and
her called on routine?
I think she
will watch, but if it interferes
with her called on, her preparation,
she will get on with what she needs
to do. -- her cool down.
Is this the
actual lane order?
to do. -- her cool down.
Is this the
actual lane order? Yes. So he is
second from the outside. That will
go in their times from the previous
It does not matter too much
at this distance. There will be lots
How much are you
allowed to use your elbows?
as there is no elbowing motion, you
can use your arms to protect
How do you define an
As long as it is
part of the natural arm swing. We
have to Korean skaters in this so
there will be lots of excitement in
the stadium. I think so. This is
their main event in the men's. They
do love a 1,500 metres. I have a
feeling that they have moved it at
the early from previous Games for
that reason, so they can get the
Elise Christie is through in
qualification. Charlotte Gilmartin
had a bad crash but she is all
right. Kathryn Thomson also crashed
out. It is heart stopping, watching
Yes, you know they are all
exceptional athletes. They are
physically as good as each other but
I am learning from the others. It is
a psychological game, tactics. How
much do they study the tactics of
individuals? Does one athlete always
do a certain thing? If so, you can
think, they are going to do that, I
will therefore do this is my tactic.
In our team we have a performance
analyst. She will be in the crowd
making sure she is capturing the
video. All the preparation will be
done with her beforehand.
rugby, you will have performance
analysis, going through every single
They are introducing the
athletes to the crowd. Let's head to
Wilf O'Reilly and Simon Brotherton.
Thanks, water final this will be.
There is the Olympic champion from
four years ago. The world champion
from 2014 has been introduced to the
cloud as well. -- to the crowd. Lim
Hyojun, a big exciting talent.
The Netherlands in fifth position.
De Laet. And another favourite, the
winner of four European titles.
Facuconnet of friends stayed out of
trouble and worked his way into the
final. And from Hungary, the world
500 metre champion and Samuel Girard
from Colback, world silver medallist
last year. Crashed out of the semi.
But it was ruled not to have been
his fault and he has advanced to
his fault and he has advanced to
And what a final this is
going to be. 13.5 laps. An Olympic
What an action packed 13.5 laps
lying in front of us here.
Off they go. Who is going to make a
good start? Charles Hamelin bidding
to become the oldest ever Olympic
champion at age 30 three. Canada at
one and two.
one and two. The two Korean athletes
following in behind.
following in behind. Towards the
back of the field is De Laet.
Charles Hamelin in second place
behind his team-mate. Not
particularly fast. 9.7 laps. The
Canadians are one and two. Moving up
to first place Elistratov.
Koreans moving into the lead now.
Reading this Olympic final with half
a dozen laps to go.
The Koreans know
it is such a long way. Moving around
the outside with five laps to go.
What a race this is going to be.
They just managed to stay upright.
Knegt being followed down the home
straight. With three laps to go,
Knegt at the front. It will be a
Third here now is Elistratov with
one lap to go and Korea leading the
way. Lim Hyojun takes it. And the
Olympic athlete from Russia
Elistratov taking the bronze and the
hosts take the gold medal in the
Gangneung ice Arena. They have
lifted the roof. We have a win for
Lim Hyojun of South Korea.
bit of skating from the Koreans.
Interesting to see what the final
outcome is. There was so much
pushing and barging. I'm not sure
about that will remain the final
result. So many of the big hitters
made it through, so many world
number ones of recent years. Charles
Hamelin the Olympic champion from
four years ago was out of the
running at the end. Of course we
wait to see whether there are any
penalties applied in this final. And
looking at it here, the time of
2:10.5. If that is ratified it would
be an Olympic record time as well
for Lim Hyojun. And on the
for Lim Hyojun. And on the outside
you can see Knegt making that
mistake, superb piece of skating and
the Koreans once again, the blue
ribbon event. Winning the 1500
metres. In an Olympic record time as
well. There is the win. 86
centimetres. It may as well have
been a mile.
And of course still
waiting for the official results.
And we have seen on this first day
of competition in the short track
racing that it is not over until
they have checked the video review
downstairs. So we will just hang on
to make sure it is a new Olympic
record and the result is as it
stands provisionally. But yet again
they are looking at everything and
doing it as quickly as they can. But
so much is going on during these
races that there is quite a bit for
them to work their way through.
Early in the race it could be that
something has happened. Now Lim
Hyojun was the winner of the first
World Cup meeting of the season and
then he missed the rest with a back
problem. So we were not sure what
his form was going to be but we know
We certainly do. And the
Olympic record is being ratified. It
is being confirmed.
is being confirmed. Lim Hyojun will
send the home crowd happy, yet
another gold medal for South Korea.
22 out of 49 if that stand. We wait
to see if it stands. The atmosphere
will sour inside this arena I think
if there is any change. Or a ruling
that would penalise the hosts.
Interesting to see what will happen
now, is it just on the intranet with
the Korean in third place...
Slips... Almost got a bang in the
I think the issue
is what is going to happen now with
Fauconnet. Samuel Girard from Canada
of course was fourth. He is waiting
to see, if someone gets a penalty
everyone would move up. No wonder
he's waiting to see, just in case he
can take the bronze ahead of
Elistratov. It looks as if reaching
a conclusion to their deliberation.
Better to try to get the decision
right no matter how long it takes.
And there is a penalty. They have
not announced who it is for. So it
is Charles Hamelin who is penalised.
It confirms that Lim Hyojun in
Olympic record time is the winner.
Now silver for the Netherlands. And
Elistratov the former world
champion, Olympic athlete from
Russia, taking the bronze. So the
young Canadian just out of the
medals. Charles Hamelin the Olympic
champion from four years ago
disqualified. And a first medal of
the Games for Korea, the home core
-- home crowd
the Games for Korea, the home core
-- home crowd smiling from ear to
Almost the perfect start for the
short track action, nothing like the
home nation taking the first gold
medal in their favourite sport.
think they had that on the first day
because they were confident of the
men bringing home a gold medal. So
great for the home nation and again
for the atmosphere of the short
track, really getting the crowd
And the final of nine
athletes, not all of them of course
I expected it to be a
bit messier. We did have few crashes
but I expected a lot more of that.
Looks like the French skater got
kicked in the face actually when he
went down. Hopefully he's OK. It is
a dangerous sport.
Oh, my word.
also a great message for any young
short track speed skaters out there
about staying close to the front of
It is difficult to be
prepared for a race like this. It is
rare to get so many skaters in the
same race so your tactics would have
been disrupted by that.
And the guys
who are at the front, six laps to
go, they stayed at the front. Let
the other guys message other up
Lim Hyojun taking the
gold medal and that was the result.
Everyone in that stadium, certainly
the Koreans, but was the result they
We saw Elise Christie just watching
in the background.
I think he will
be happy with that, setting him up
for the next round, the 1000 metres
It proves how Rolex
Elise Christie is, just happy to
watch. And her performance in
qualification earlier this morning
was almost perfect.
as she said in her interview she had
been practising on the start and
just getting out in front makes it
so much easier.
And she admitted
afterwards that she was very nervous
before that. Probably as nervous as
she had been in six years. And she
also said I'm not even fully fit
She is always fully fit! I
think that she was holding back a
bit, she did not put everything out
on the track because she has a lot
of races to come. So she did not I
think gives everything.
And we have
seen what can go wrong, Charlotte
Gilmartin, we thought that she might
have a chance of that least
advancing to the quarter finals but
she is at the back and she got taken
And we can just see
Charlotte, that is tough going into
the corner, the referee made the
call and again she has two more
distances coming up so fingers
crossed she is fully fit.
go round the corner with her arm up,
so that is a shame for her.
can get her reaction because she
spoke to David McDaid after that.
It seemed to be going so well for
you and then the crash.
Yes, I think
from the start I have had, I was
injured so for the last three weeks
I had a brand-new start and I said
if it was a false start I would not
be confident. But I was pleased that
I committed and stayed with the new
start because it was faster. So it
started well, I was feeling good and
just needed to get past the person
in front foot up but then someone
took my sprays and I was in two
minds, if I step out now, I could
get back to fourth. Try to commit
and told my ground and attack the
next corner. So yes, I'm devastated
to come away with a penalty. I
trained every day to try to get it
right. And what could have been but
just unfortunately did not happen
It is short track and
anything can happen but the penalty,
you just will take it on the chin or
are you annoyed at getting it?
thought it was a 50-50 cool, I
thought I was ahead but you cannot
fight the decision. So yes, I just
upset I did not get to continue. And
just grateful for the support I know
I will have from my team. And all of
the UK lottery ticket buyers and
anyone else that has boosted us. I
will try to make up for it in the
next couple of distances.
he tried to give up using to be in a
bit of pain.
But you're OK? I have a
sore rib but my legs are fine which
is the main thing.
A few days now to
get back on track and get out for
the next races.
I have a few days as
you say to do that. My legs are
still in good condition and I did
have a lot of speed.
So look at the
positives, well done.
It seems the best quality to have is
the ability to click -- to pick
yourself up and just get out there
again. Unbelievably and hopefully
Charlotte will be fine.
I think what
came out of that interview was that
positivity. Because she is caught up
so much and she probably had the top
speed of all the top girls in the
world and that is a great sign.
it helps when the team is strong and
you can keep which other motivated.
yes, being an outsider, you can feel
the chemistry and
yes, being an outsider, you can feel
the chemistry and the team for the
They're all behind each
other. If one has a bad start, the
rest rally around. When one is doing
well, the others want to be there
and behind. Clearly that is why the
all succeeds so well.
I think we
have always had that as Team GB, in
the house, they all support each
other. There is lots of support from
Yes, that is the thing.
You're all very separate sports but
once in the Olympics, you come
together under the Team GB banner.
You have the Olympic rings on your
chest and your one big family
supporting each other. Not everyone
has great days. Her snowboarders
have just crashed out, but you're
still there are supporting. You
might have another chance, another
distance. It is the ability to
psychologically put it in the past.
That is done, matter-of-fact, it did
not go well, but I have another
We can see the psychology to
be able to do that. Britain has the
strength to be able to have good
contenders and lots of different
sports. You tend to find there are
certain sports for certain nations.
The Germans are dominant in the
luge, the Austrians like the double
luge. The Koreans like the short
track speed skating. The Dutch are
very good at lots of thing, but long
track speed skating. Against the
clock, Horsley two skaters on the
ice. One of the skaters has won four
medals in Sochi. More than any other
athlete. We will catch up with the
action that has been happening with
Steve Armitage and Kristina Groves,
a four-time Olympic medallist
The Dutch skater on the right. The
Polish skater, the teenager, the
17-year-old, on the left. 7.5 laps,
the women's three km. The time to
beat by the Japanese skater.
nothing to lose. Bosiek. This is the
first opportunity for the Dutch to
show what they have. We remember
from Sochi, 21, was E21 medals? 23.
Lots of them have said, we do not
think we're as good as we were then.
The rest of the have come. The Dutch
will be cheering for their first
skater of the game.
Those are pretty
good opening times. They are both
below the times set by Sato of
Japan. They are off to a quick
start. This is the fifth of 12 heats
in the women's 3,000 metres.
see there is more energy compared to
the race before. There is more
energy in the skaters. They are more
fresh. They look like the timing is
Getting back to that Dutch
domination in Sochi, 23 from 30
medals, eight gold medals, and they
swept four races. In other words,
they finished one, two, three, and
for. That had never been done in
Olympic history. That is quite
something. I do not think it will
happen in Pyeongchang. The
Norwegians are tougher, the Japanese
have come with a better team, the
Canadians have a slightly better
There are lots of Russians
that have not been included in the
team, as well as the Americans who
were shutout in place to Mac who are
looking to redeem themselves. -- in
We should get back to the
race. It is a good one. We look like
we will get a new leader from the
young Dutch star. I say young at 28.
She has been around but she has not
been able to crack the top. Right
now, the number in the green is the
one you want to watch. Right now,
she up by four microseconds.
It is a
beautiful raise she is putting
together. Lots of shoulder movement
but it seems to be working for her.
You usually want to see the shoulder
is not moving from side to side but
she has nice read. You can see her
weight going from side to side, the
shoulders swinging, which I do not
like, but it is working for her.
is increasing the lead on Sato of
She is still doing 31 second
lap times. It is a very flat race.
She started out as the hair but she
has not turned into the tortoise.
She is not dropping off, which is a
good sign. She is coming up on one
lap to go. She has a group of
friends who have saved up for six
years to come and cheer her so she
is putting on a good race for them.
When Ireen Wust on the world's
singles championships last year, she
did 3.5 nine. If she can get down to
the law four, or perhaps below, she
has a real positive chance at the
This is the first big
surprise for me at this competition
so far, the raise she is putting
down. Very strong.
She has the last
50 metres. She has the finish line
in sight. Achtereekte of the
Netherlands. There is the time. That
is a good time. The Dutch coaches
love it. Coming in across the line,
the 17-year-old from Poland,
Caroline Bossi act.
Caroline Bossi act. -- the
17-year-old from Poland, Bosiek.
That is not just a good time, that
is almost out of nowhere. I knew
that the Dutch had the potential
like any Olympics, any competition,
to put in anyone they want and they
will have these kinds of results.
They have so much depth but that was
a beautiful race. I am really
impressed by that. I think that time
will scare a lot of skaters still to
Wust likes to grow very
quickly in the 3,000 metres. I do
not think she will be changing her
game plan at this point, with that
time already on the board from
Absolutely. Wust always
started fast when I raced against.
She likes to get the first couple of
laps, money in the bank. Weidemann
needs to make sure she does not get
thrown off by the fire start from
Wust. She's doing her own thing. She
is one of the tall skaters in the
circuit. She is the third tallest of
the Canadian team, including the
Ireen Wust, doing what she
always does, with the quick start,
establishing herself as the dominant
skater in the pair. She is now up by
Wust has been
unpredictable this year, she has had
a few injuries to deal with. She
arrives at races at the right time.
She has stepped back and went back
to training, to prepare for the
Olympics. I can see that she is on
it. You can see it in her eyes. She
is focused. She has a clear vision
of where she wants to go. She looks
like classic Wust at this point.
Look how relaxed she is. Look out
smooth and relax she is. That is the
difference between her and the
skaters we've seen so far. She makes
it look easy, she has the rhythm,
even in the corners.
It is critical.
There is the virtual leader line
behind Wust. She is ahead of the
time put up by her Dutch team-mate,
This is the Wust I was
hoping that would show up at the
Games. But she is putting down is
incredible. In the past, she has
been known to flag in the last few
laps, but she has so much in the
bank now. Those first three laps
were 30 seconds. She can afford to
die off and still take the lead.
it possible she could go under 3.5
nine. That would be really tough to
beat for the likes of Pechstein and
Also Sablikova. This is the
advantage of going early. She can go
out and not worry about what the
other skaters have done. She can do
run thing, and see anyone can beat
She is putting on a clinic.
There are athletes who thrive in the
Olympic spotlight, and Wust of the
Netherlands is certainly one of
them. Eight Olympic medals. The all
time is Pechstein, with nine. A
medal retire with Pechstein,
providing that Pechstein does not
win another medal in the 3,000
She's looking good. Let's
not forget about Weidemann. She's
having a good raise farm level. She
has got to keep it in mind that this
is not about her losing this, but
this is where Wust needs to hang on.
The margin is getting smaller.
232 second laps. Ireen Wust of the
Netherlands. She is ahead of the
virtual leader line. She is pouring
it on. She's coming out of the final
turn. She has the finish line in
sight. Here comes Wust, in search of
medal number nine. Some good skaters
still to come.
still to come. You can see her time.
She goes to second spot, behind her
Dutch team-mate. She lasted over the
last few metres.
last few metres.
I have to say, my
heart breaks for her just a little
bit, to be so close. That shows you
how Achtereekte's race was
phenomenal. A very different race as
Wust started out on 32nd laps, which
is extremely fast, then 31 seconds.
She paid the price at the end,
dropping to 33.7 for her last lap.
She went for it. You have to give it
to. She went for the gold medal and
that will not be case today. For a
Weidemann, that is a very
Takagi of Japan in the black and
white. In the Dutch orange,
Antoinette De Jong. 7.5 laps, the
women's 3,000 metres.
The second to
last group. Takagi is said that goal
for the Olympics is to win a gold
medal. She has more chance in the
1,500 metres than in this race but
she is one of the contenders this
race. She is someone who can break
the Dutch dominance that we have
seen already. Wust and Achtereekte
already in the top of the podium.
They all have a chance to get onto
the podium. These are the best
skaters in the world.
are in the red, which means they are
behind the leaders at this point in
the race. You want to see green,
green is good.
Green is good, but
Fred is not necessarily bad. It
depends on the race profile, whether
you start hard and hang on as much
as you can or if you go out at the
slightly more even pace, and try and
keep it as flat as possible. So far,
De Jong looks like she's going
faster. Takagi, so smooth.
faster. Takagi, so smooth. She is a
perfect little skater. So relaxed
and Smith. Look at her shoulders.
Her upper body does not move at all.
She is almost like a statue.
want to relax. De Jong is ranked
number four in the World Cup circuit
in the 3,000 metres. She had a
second in Calgary, with one victory.
She has had a good World Cup season
so far. The World Cup final is
coming up in Minsk after the
Both of these skaters
starting a little bit slower than
Wust did. That is probably a good
thing. The key for these girls in
the middle of this race is to keep
the momentum going, and keep the lap
times at 31 seconds range. Both
looking strong and even so far. This
is a nice painting.
is a nice painting. -- pairing.
Shias two time world junior champion
the 3,000 metres, De Jong. Takagi is
coming back a little bit. De Jong
has the advantage with the draft,
she can get back in there and start
building in the inside lane. We talk
about building the terms in speed
skating. That is something I try to
focus on. You can build so much
speed in the turns.
Two laps to go. 3:59.21 the time to
beat to get the silver medal
position, and I think one of these
is going to better at the time set
These races can be so
fun, you can really build off each
other and use the switching of the
lane to just put yourself through
the race. But de Jong will have
advantage going into the last lap.
Almost dead even.
It is going to be
a good finish between the pair, they
are very close. De Jong will have
the advantage and will finish and
take full advantage of that inner
lane finish. She takes the lead.
Remember that time to get to third,
for .1 point four. And here comes de
Jong, going into third place.
Jong, going into third place. Takagi
of Japan going to fourth place.
Just a quick look at her face
against the race, looking a bit
disappointed. I think that she
expected more. She got tied up a
little bit in the last lap, the
shoulder starting to move, almost
trying a bit too hard. But we have
one parent to go. And three Dutch
first, second and third. Happening
again. Already sweeping the podium
with just one race race to go.
Probably the only one who could
unseat them is Sablikova.
on the left. 7.5 laps and the final
pairing. 3:59.21 the time to beat.
Sablikova is so tiny and she can
just keep going and going. 3000 a
bit too short for her, she needs to
get her speed up. She can hang on
very well at the end.
been plagued by back problems since
2012 but somehow she always seems to
rise above the pain. And to skate
through whatever is causing the
difficulties. And this year she
really had to back off because of
those back issues.
I raced against
Sablikova in 2006 and I think she
has had back problems since then.
She would come out and win the race
the next day so we never knew what
the case was with her. But coming
into these Games they came in early
before the track was even opened.
Kind of an unusual approach but they
wanted to come in and get settled.
They were training in local gyms and
going for runs in the first.
far off the pace. But they will have
to pick it up and maintain this
phase in the women's three K if
they're going to crack that Dutch
one, two, three. They have gold,
silver and bronze.
I liked the way
Sablikova is skating now, so smooth
and relaxed. Her top end speed is
not very fast. She does not have the
sprint but she can do these lap
times almost all day. But that lack
of training because of back problems
could affect her. Natalia Voronina
does not look quite so smooth to me.
But it does not matter what you look
like crossing the line. It is about
your effort. And how that will
affect you towards the end. Some
really nice skating from Sablikova.
She looks a lot better here at the
Olympics than she did in the last
World Cup event in Germany back in
The thing you notice, the
difference between these skaters is
how far the knee is sticking out
over the toe. With Natalia Voronina
it looks like Ernie is getting
straight up. You want to get it over
the front and Natalia Voronina does
not really have that. So it is
harder to build the pressure.
Sablikova widening her margin over
the Olympic athlete from Russia,
Natalia Voronina. At 23-year-old who
did not skate in Sochi and therefore
is not tainted anyway by the doping
scandal. One lap to go in the
women's three K. The last pair and
they will have to pick it up if they
plan on getting to the podium.
this will be tight. Looking towards
another Dutch suite I would think.
Sablikova the only one left who
could beat them.
She needs to beat
for minutes and zero to second.
Sablikova is driving, coming to the
line and she has not done it,
finishing in fourth place. So the
story in the women's three K, a
continuation of what we saw in Sochi
four years ago. The Dutch continued
their domination. They finish one,
two and three in the women's three
K. The top Canadian finishing in
sixth spot. Her team-mate finishing
Well you could see the
disappointment in the face of
Sablikova. Just devastating for her
and I feel for her. So hard to come
in fourth place. But she was just
off the pace today by enough that it
was not able to get into the top
three. Her she must be disappointed
with that. This could be her final
Olympics. She has dominated this
event for so long. Maybe those back
problems have finally caught up with
her. Fourth is a tough spot. Really
she would've wanted to be on top of
the podium today. And already one,
two, three Dutch, an amazing start
already for Dutch.
two, three Dutch, an amazing start
already for Dutch.
Kristina Groves and Steve Armitage
with the commentary and it is a
Dutch one, two, three. They did so
well in Sochi as well, extraordinary
how dominant they are. With the
silver medal, Ireen Wust so that now
is her ninth Olympic medal. And
brings a level with the German
athlete for the most decorated in
big speed skater. But out in
big speed skater. But out in front,
Achtereekte. But Ireen Wust was one
second up on it only to lose. But a
Dutch one, two, three in the 3000
metres. Just to give your idea of
what is coming up in the next couple
of hours. Still plenty of action out
there in Korea. Highlights of the
second run of the men's luge on BBC
One and then we go to the men's ski
jump and that will be sensational.
We will catch up with the
snowboarding qualifying later and
that historic match between the
unified Korean team and Switzerland
in the women's ice copy also coming
your way. We have some really
interesting conversations to come.
Johnny has a brain full of facts
about speed skating and in fact his
actual skates. Elise Christie showed
me, the blade is just a little bit
off centre to help you balance
around the bends.
As you see we
skate only in one direction so it is
all set up to turn left around the
corner. So you're making sure if you
look down the line of the camera,
you will see it is offset and not
completely in the middle. So making
sure that actually you can turn in
the right direction.
Or the left
direction! If you stood still and
just glided down it would take you
to the left.
Got it. And how stiff
is the actual route?
Very stiff, you
can barely flex it.
Just be careful of that
blade! Amy your closer than me.
runners, we have a bowl as well in
our runners but the difference
between your skates and a long
track, you can hear them clicking as
they go around.
There skates would
come away at the heel. Almost trying
to keep as much contact on the ice
as possible. And when the blade
recalls that is when that sound but
for us such close contact racing,
you cannot have anything coming away
from the boot. That is part of the
We get scratches and you do
not really realise that broken ice
can actually scratch and tiny specks
of debt so how do you polish them.
So the guys would have them
sharpened up every training session,
keeping them as sharp as possible.
They do that themselves? It depends
on the time between the races. At
the latter stage of racing, the
turnover is pretty quick. So the
coach or blade technician would sort
that out. Sometimes the athletes
would like to do it themselves, it
would take their mind off the next
race, they find it quite soothing.
Hours and hours the night before a
race polishing your runners. It was
a pain but that is just what you
did, to spend time bonding with your
equipment. And also you said
earlier, I was interested in whether
you get your foot moulded, if
they're really individual.
custom-made and again yes, as we
said, proper solid fibreglass and
moulded around your feet. But the
blades you change pretty regularly,
three or four players per year. But
your boots you would probably change
every three or four years.
Christie said she has not changed
hers for years, they are heard Lucky
I think she had another pair
and then went back to her old
Their handmade soap made
to mould around your feet. --
handmade. The sport does come down
to a lot of the deal in the corners.
You need to be happy with your
And it takes a long time
to get used to them as well. You do
not want to take the time to get
used to them and for that to slow
down your training.
Well talk about
technical details, with the luge,
you could see those spikes on the
gloves that they use to power off.
Well the start in the luge is all
about power in their upper body and
literally gripping with their
fingers, those spikes. You could see
them taped around on the gloves. So
the power literally coming from
their fingers. Digging into the ice
and then lying down into position as
quickly as they can. So straight
into that first corner. It is all
about that power at the start.
Pushing off the handles and then
paddling away at the ice.
will see more luge shortly over on
BBC One. In the ski jumping it is
the normal hill for the men, the
first competition and that will be
sensational. Very cold for the
spectators but well worth watching.
It always gives us great headlines
whether they are very good or very
Just exceptional watching them.
I have sat at the top of the speed
heel and it is frightening.
that over on BBC One in just a
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