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Welcome to the Winter Olympics and
Day ten in Pyeongchang. We will have
a new Olympic discipline coming up
in snowboarding, the big air. We
will see the qualifying shortly, as
well as some more traditional winter
sports. As for me, I've invented my
own sport. I give you the big hair!
Is not going to work otherwise, I
want to look like Jenny Jones, here
is what is coming up, go, song, go!
At 1am, we get our first ever
glimpse of snowboarding big air at
the Winter Olympics. As
qualification for the women's
competition begins. Aimee Fuller of
Great Britain goes on that one.
After that, women's halfpipe skiing
as Molly Summerhayes and Rowan
Cheshire try to reach Tuesday's
file. Kelly Coomes at Nick Buckland
first appearance in the figure
skating and at 5am, it is Great
Britain versus Denmark in the
curling. Here is the plan...
Have you got all that? I'm glad
somebody has! We've been asking you
to get in touch with the
to get in touch with the hash tag
#bbcolympics, and we have been
asking what drinkers keeping you
watching the action. For me, it is
good, old-fashioned builder C.
Before you join averse piece of
action let's look at yesterday's
men's ski slopestyle file which
featured Britain's James Woods who
went on the hunt for his first ever
This is 2018, the Phoenix.
Next up, we have slopestyle, let's
break it down for you... It is the
perfect mix. And the field in the
men's event is stacked. In the mixes
Mr James Woods, right out of
I was a grimy
kid, and I really don't care about
anything but going shredding.
Woodsy, keep it simple. His runs
when today. Are you ready? We're
ready, let's drop it.
Too much? A
bit over the top? I think it
probably was. Woodsy has been and is
up for this. He loves the course. He
thinks it is absolutely mega, and
this is going to be incredible. He
stomped his first run scoring 90.2,
but the standard in qualifying was
insane and he ended up finishing in
eighth. Some big names didn't even
make it including gold medallist at
the X Games, Henrik Harlaut. The top
12 advanced through to the finals.
Bob McAdoo ski slopestyle finals.
Conditions are perfect.
Bob McAdoo ski slopestyle finals.
Conditions are perfect. Evan
Mceachran, the Canadian. Sent me off
the wrong way. The level of
difficulty and technicality was off
the chart. There's one, three, 4.5,
16, 20, pow! That is how you start
things off. The judges leaving
themselves plenty of room, there.
Now the Norwegian, Oystein Braaten.
Big, big name on the jumps.
Big, big name on the jumps.
some big tricks. Hold tight. Just
using that little detail up there.
To try and pique the judges'
affection. The 450... And so really
nice. He seemed to miss his thingy
off the saddle.
The double 1260. He
winds up hard.
The switch double 14.
We are going to see back-to-back
14s, left and right, so much going
on, then he absolutely stomps the
Talk us through these,
Murray. The shifting hands and tail
grips, that is really hard to do.
And there you go, 95.
have gone early. That seems really
high, really soon. Woodsy's first
run was almost perfect. Brilliant
control from the Royals on the first
two kickers but he didn't make his
newest trick stick. He will be
looking to improve in-run two.
looking to improve in-run two. James
Woods. He came so close on his first
run. Look at the smile.
by the free ski community. 270 off.
Can you double it this time's you're
both of them. -- you heard both of
Coming off in different
directions which the judges will
Using the direction of the
Twisted Sister kicker, but going
right off the corner.
that time. Now, the bottom jump,
here, what has he got for us? The
octo is there a!
Yes, Woodsy! That
was huge! Great Britain's free ski
throws down a run that showcases him
at his very best. Matthew Bourne.
So, second place for Woodsy at the
moment. -- 91. Second
moment. -- 91. Second place to
Braaten at the moment. We knew that
Israel's were going to be strong but
he backed it up with powerful
kickers on his first run. And now
he's poised to strike.
He is like a
wild Cobra. Into jump two. He has
gone really deep on that.
gone really deep on that. The switch
16 triple at the end. Very big, and
the Canadians know it. Solder is 91,
bronze is anything above 89.4, and
Alex Beaulieu-Marchand of Canada
moves into the second, the silver
medal position. Oystein Braaten
remains in gold, James Woods gets
pushed down into bronze. Third and
final runs coming up here at the
men's ski slopestyle finals. James
Woods, looking to repeat Izzy
Atkin's, this meant yesterday and
take a medal here. -- Izzy Atkin's
Up and over the
goalpost. I really like that line.
Years missed the 450 amp. A lot of
work needs to do, something very
special. He has just tagged his way
out of that. He is going to use the
transition. So, so smooth, there.
He's gone straight over the front.
Into the 1260. The earth came to
meet him, there. My goodness, it was
perfect! Oh, but he has missed that
one rail. Arguably the rail that he
has made look so stylish and clean
up to this point. 90 points. If the
450 had been there, it would have
been an improvement, he might have
reeled in Alex Beaulieu-Marchand in
silver position but instead it is a
long and torturous wait for James
Woods. Nick Gopper. This will be
Bronze medal in Sochi. He needs
to up his game a little bit. Nice
top section, through the top.
top section, through the top. The
right side triple, double grab.
he made that look easy, opened up
early, spotted the landing.
scores, 93.6, he goes into silver
medal position, Alex
Beaulieu-Marchand goes into bronze
and James Woods drops out of the top
three. He shakes the
three. He shakes the hand of Goepper
and walks out of the finish area.
Alex Beaulieu-Marchand will watch
very nervously in bronze medal
position as Oscar Wester prepares to
drop. What has he got?
He needs the
run of his life here. Huge 450. Took
that the wrong way, so the pretzel
And he's gone. That's it. And
celebrations can begin down at the
bottom. The Norwegian with a
fantastic first run that has stood
the test of time in final, will take
the gold medal. In second place, it
is the American, the bronze in
Sochi, with the silver here in
Pyeongchang. In third place, it is
the Canadian Alex Beaulieu-Marchand,
and heartbreakingly, in fourth, is
and heartbreakingly, in fourth, is
It is a game of
perfection. And not just that,
you've got to go above and beyond,
difficulty wise, and that was
insane. I've come here, instructed
this run to win. It was definitely a
go for broke run, wasn't quite
perfect, but I managed to step up
under the knife. That was a show.
Goodness me, it was a good one. So
frustrating for James Woods, and so
close to getting his first ever
Winter Olympic medal. One man who
already has one is Marcel Hirscher,
who took gold in the men's Alpine
combined, but could he make it two
in the men's giant slalom?
Marcel Hirscher on a mission.
the greatest of all time. The one
thing missing from his trophy
cabinet is an Olympic gold medal.
Glorious slalom skiing from Marcel
Hirscher. At last, he is an Olympic
It Marcel Hirscher
achieves what is capable of and win
three gold medals at these games, he
will be the undisputed, greatest
male skier of all time. He has
already won gold in the combined and
in the giant slalom he is in
spectacular form. He is the reigning
world champion. The only question
is, can he deal with the pressure of
expectation? On the first run, the
only other skier to win a World Cup
giant slalom was Alexi Panter Row.
Set the pace. His team-mate might
have got some information from his
partner, Mikaela Shiffrin, to ski in
till a very fast time into second.
Then it was the turn of Marcel
Hirscher who improved his class on
the first run, skiing Outers .63
lead. He leads the Olympic giant
slalom by a massive margin. Manuel
Feller and Luke P Dan Bailey crash
spectacularly into the fence on the
final gate. The man who is lying
second in the World Cup standings,
Kristoffersen, who could be Marcel
Hirscher's biggest rival, was slow
and was in tenth position. The
Norwegian, proved he is a big event
skier being in third in the first
run. The Italian came in from 18 to
be placed fourth on the first run.
There are only six races within a
second of Marcel Hirsch, so this is
one for the Austrian Toulouse. Over
to your commentator, Matt Chilton.
COMMENTATOR: Kristoffersen had a
disappointing first run by his
standards. The second best giant
slalom skier of the season.
Nothing wrong with this top section
from Henrik Kristoffersen.
He is getting quicker and quicker.
He was the bronze in the slalom four
years ago behind the two Austrians.
He will move into gold medal
position. He does so with the lead
of 1.14 seconds.
of 1.14 seconds. Much more attack
and much more aggression and taking
the right amount of risk with the
line. He was running late at times
but just on the edge. It was a good
enough time potentially to climb up
onto the podium.
He cannot do it. That is not what
Kristoffersen did. He left it all on
the mountain and unfortunately it is
not happening. Can he get amongst
the provisional medal places?
the provisional medal places? He is
sixth and with two to come,
remarkably, Henrik Kristoffersen is
guaranteed an Olympic medal. Leave
Kristian Ernesto Hagen, it wasn't
enough on the turns and then
skidding at the end of each turn and
that is when it slipped away.
Penultimate skier on the hill.
Bronze medallist four years ago in
Sochi. He has a decent lead over
Kristoffersen. Managed to make his
landing. I don't think he lost too
much speed. It was untidy at worst.
It is still very... Handy, that
advantage. This was untidy again. It
is a risky second run.
is a risky second run. This one is
going to go right to the wire. Final
terms are clean and fast, now he
lets them run. Kristoffersen can
barely watch. Kristoffersen stays in
Seat of the pants skiing. Aggressive
on the top part of the cause. Almost
jumped out of the course altogether
and then on the steep section,
perhaps a bit too hard on his edges.
He was late when he came down most
of those terms on the steep. He had
believed, but it just slipped away
by four hundredths of a second. Next
up, Marcel Hirscher.
up, Marcel Hirscher.
comes into the second run. This
greatest skier of his generation.
Already the gold medallist the
Alpine Skiing. Opens up one second
over Kristoffersen. They have
enjoyed great rivalry over the last
few season. But in the last two it
is usually Marcel Hirscher who comes
out on top. He's probably the best
Austrian ski racer of all time. It
doesn't matter about that mistake,
you can get away with another couple
of errors and still go on and claim
his second gold of The Games.
his second gold of The Games. He is
carving beautiful turns, so much
movement and athleticism on display.
1.25 seconds. He is in a different
league. Cruising towards gold medal
number two. He is the giant slalom
Olympic champion. It is the golden
44 Marcel Hirscher in Pyeongchang.
It was quite fantastic. Gold medal
number two with a superb masterclass
display of giant slalom skiing. On
the top section he was sensational,
made a bit of a mistake going on to
the steep, got the line wrong and
had to do an edge set. On the steep,
one turn was slightly late but
immediately corrected the folds and
he took his foot off the gas in the
last couple of gates and crossed the
line. Miles ahead of the rest of the
Combine gold, big surprise
but everybody was expecting tie with
when the gold medal in the GS race.
Aggressive conditions appear, not
typical, not used to buy European
athletes, so it was tricky to find
the right setup.
But we manage this.
What does a feel like to emulate
your childhood hero, Alberto Tomba?
It is special. Two gold medals and
now it is time to celebrate.
Double gold, but his best event is
yet to come. You are here to talk
about the big air, making its
Olympic debut, what can you tell us
It is one of the most
dynamic disciplines in snowboarding.
This is like taking one of those
jumps off the end and asking a rider
for their best trick. It is shorter
in its format, more explosive and
dynamic. Instead of seeing 80% of
what a rider is capable of, we will
see 110%. In the finals you see more
variations, three jumps on the best
two count. In this case, they have
done an interesting thing with the
jump. It is bigger, it is enormous
but by the scale of the riders, it
is medium to large. So it may not
allow for the quad core, which is
the biggest trick. Four rotations
where the head goes underneath the
board well they are spinning on a
horizontal axis at the same time. It
is called a Cork because it is like
a corkscrew rotation. Billy Morgan
was the first person to land it, the
British rider. But this jump will
take, you'll have to send it to the
bottom of the landing to make space
for that. I have heard murmurings in
might be possible but we will kick
off with the women and the women in
training, they have been raving
about this job. They say it is
In the Slopestyle, there
were big issues with the wind and
Aimee Fuller was gutted with how bad
it was. That is out of the way, so
is this a chance of redemption?
is exactly what will happen. The
women's Slopestyle became a lottery
because of those conditions, it
wasn't a showcase of the best of
women's snowboarding. When you
consider how far it has progressed
in the last Olympic cycle, we have
gone from two rotations, to 2.5.
Sina Candrian tried a 1080 in Sochi.
All the women now will have the
trick. The progression is huge and
to be able to showcase back in
conditions like this, I think today
could be a brilliant, brilliant
You have set it up
beautifully and I am pumped for
this. Aimee Fuller will be looking
to make amends in the qualification.
She has been given free rein
throughout The Games to write for
the BBC. This is her latest
Amy, I love you. I love
Korea. Where are we going? You are
now an Olympian.
Opening ceremony, baby. It is such a
windy contest, it really was
absolutely crazy. Gave it everything
I had in the tank, but that last
jump just wasn't meant to be.
now mother of the Olympian. I always
Has been a good crack.
Behind-the-scenes. I met up with my
family and we are walking around the
markets. Nice to get out of the
village for a day. I love Korea.
Thank you. Where are you from?
Britain. I would not eat that.
are you from?
I am back in the village,
straight back to it.
We are at the big air then you,
Jessica has just gone down. She is
looking good. Hope it is not too
windy. Makes make sure you tune in.
By compete on the 19th, to make sure
you tune in.
She has been enjoying
herself so let's see how she gets on
in the women's big air qualifiers.
We had over to Ed.
herself the first of our
commentators is about to go. Not her
favourite discipline in 2006. She
sets out with a backside 720. By her
standards, very simple but the great
example, first up, of just how
comfortable the woman are on this
jump after three days of practice.
It is getting rave reviews from the
women. The backside 720. Backside,
because that's the direction of
rotation. She turns her back on the
landing, the tail grab air, gets
hold of the tale, just a little bit
early, maybe. She lands just off the
first line. In the sweet spot of the
landing. A little bit untidy. But
she has been held up, there, for
about four minutes. You can forgive
her for being a little bit stiff,
the format of qualification, two
jumps, and the best run will count.
26 women jumping. 65, always
difficult, the first run, Cheryl has
a backside 900. She can take that if
she wants. Next up, Britain was Mike
Aimee Fuller. Her coach, just behind
her. It will be interesting to see
what direction Aimee drops in in.
She has a cab double under Philip.
She is going for it, and she just
sat back on the landing. But the
first double of the day goes down.
So, so close.
So, so close. Aimee's got two runs.
Just got the grab, a tiny tickle,
the second one, but doubles have
become almost standard in women's
snowboarding now. The first of them
arrived in 2013, 2014, when Aimee
landed this trick in Sochi, at the
Winter Olympics. But Katie Ormerod,
who is not here and riding, after
she cracked her heel in training for
slopestyle. He knows it's all down
to second runs, now.
thank you for waking up early!
gives it up for the second jump.
Yes, doubles are commonplace now,
but there will be a requirement, I
think, 1080s or doubles, for the
final. Aimee is throwing it out
there. Now, Hailey Langland,
fantastic style. The 17-year-old
from Southern California has such a
relaxed attitude. Never looks like
she has been training. Looks like
she has just been doing hot laps in
the park for fun. A lot of promise
in 2016-17, but hasn't quite back
that up in 2018.
that up in 2018. The cab 720, taking
off backwards and rotating
frontside. That's can spin, very
simple. She is filming up, there,
for a cab 1080. That is a really
stock trick, lovely style on it,
though. You can see she grabs... The
stalefish air, the Mellon, and then
onto the tail.
onto the tail. There is. There the
stalefish air. She got to grab on
the board, there, so that she can
just get hold of those grabs,
beautiful grounds, style- was, a lot
cleaner than Cheryl Maas, who took a
65 on her first jump. Hailey
Langland moves up into the lead, on
73. Relatively simple. The judges
without bad a big discussion. She
has a little shimmy shake going on,
there. Canadians giving it up for
the American. Good to see. They are
also anticipating the drop of this
woman, Spencer O'Brien, heartbroken
in Sochi in 2014, and so
disappointed at the Slopestyle at
the beginning of last week.
the beginning of last week. So, can
see now make her Olympic dream a
reality, like Cheryl Maas, she's one
of the veterans of the sport. One of
the first woman to advocated equal
rights for kickers for the women,
she didn't want to ride smaller
jumps. Frontside 720, so, so smooth.
Very, very nice. Just gliding
through that. Look so relaxed. She
will be really pleased. It is so
much talent in this field. A great
view of the 19.5 metre table top the
riders have to clear. Lovely.
There's so much talent in this
field, so many solid riders. In
perfect conditions like this, it's
going to be very, very difficult.
The judges were let off lightly in
slopestyle but the win, where it
essentially became a lottery. That
is a score of 69.5 for Spencer.
There are quite like directions you
can spin, if you bring forward you
can do frontside and backside, and
the same when you are going
backwards. Switch backside is going
backwards and turning your back on
the landing, that is the hardest.
Sina Candrian, talking to some OTHER
COACHES, we have not seen her
training over the last couple of
days. I'm not sure if she has
sustained any kind of injury in
slopestyle. She was one of the many
riders who went down quite hard in
slopestyle, but she has a big one
side repertoire. Going frontside ten
81st hit, and just slips down. That
is the trick she landed and pushed
the judges very hard with to take
Jenny Jones' bronze medal in 2014.
So it's still working very hard for
her. The frontside 1080, three ball
spins, taking off the heels, a much
harder edge to control. Gets the
grab nice and early, but then let's
go, early. She is down on the tail a
bit too soon. Because she hasn't got
her edge in contact with the slow,
she can't kill the rotation in her
upper body. It keeps rotating. She
just slides out.
just slides out. The teeth gritted.
She knew that it was overcooked.
Spots the landing. She can't kill
it. Sina Candrian will rely on her
next jump. 31.7 five.
next jump. 31.7 five. The judging is
for overall impression, looking at
every aspect of the jump,
technicality, how clean it is, the
landing. Julia Marino. Silver
medallist of X Games two weeks ago.
She has the cab double under Philip.
-- underflip. A little bit more
rotation on it now, Harper tell
whether it is the cab double cork
900, for it to be the 900, the
Neasden not the two backflips at a
90 degrees rotation. -- there needs
not to be the two backflips.
not to be the two backflips. Yes, I
can hear the MC calling it the cab
double underflip 900. Means that she
is in two double backflip territory,
there. But the corkscrew lets you
short cut through horizontal degrees
rotation. Spending on two
rotation. Spending on two axes,
83.75. For me, that trick very
similar to the one that we saw Aimee
Fuller falling on early on. An
indication of what score is
available if Aimee Fuller lands it.
Zoi Sadowski Synott, we got a
glimpse of what she is capable of in
slopestyle. Huge double backflip,
and she stomps it, almost to the
fifth line. The youngest women in
the field, just 16, and she has been
so exciting. The first time I saw
her riding was the World
Championships in 2017. It was a very
hot course. And it was a very big
course. Some of them are intimidated
by the course, some of the big seas.
And she was doing some of the
biggest jumps, and making a mockery
of the biggest names of the
business, their fears. She's done it
again, here. Look how comfortable
she is in this trip. She knows that
she has over rotated, opens up, lays
it out, and stomps it on the
penultimate line of the landing. The
biggest we have seen anyone go.
There is no horizontal rotation, no
360, 540, but it is a great
rangefinder. It will be interesting
to see whether judges put this. So
just behind Hailey
just behind Hailey Langland on
72.75, third place for Zoi Sadowski
Synott. So the helicopter just
circling around this enormous
scaffolding tower. Brooke Voigt, she
took 14th in Copper, and eight in
the Beijing Air And Style. She has
was done well on home turf in
Canada. Two silvers from the World
Championships. The second in Calgary
at the World Cup, there. Frontside
720 with a melon grab. The landing
was lovely. First jump in the bag
for Brooke Voigt. As we have seen
with the doubles being thrown down
by the likes of Julia Marino and Zoi
Sadowski Synott, it's going to need
to be very, very clean to make the
finals. Candrian has come up with a
statement of intent from the
frontside 1080. And now what we have
seen from Brooke Voigt begs the
question whether that rotation will
be enough for the files any more.
With the amount of practice the
women have had, and how comfortable
they are on this jump, it is going
to be all about the doubles. Brooke
Voigt, 67.75. I'd imagine the judges
are working on the idea that, if all
of the strong jumps are in and
landed, you'd be looking at scores
of 80, and above. Next up, double
gold medallist in Olympic
slopestyle. She has one goal both in
Sochi and here. Can she cap that
slopestyle medal with a gold here?
Certainly, her practice on the
airbag in Park city, that $3 million
facility that has paid off so well
already for the Americans has taught
her doubles. She has gone double.
And she came up a little bit short.
Uncharacteristic for Anderson. But
we never really see her pushed. In
slopestyle, she doesn't need this
cab double under. She made a debut
with it in New Zealand at the first
World Cup of the year but,
interestingly, her execution of it
was not as strong as the Slopestyle
run she pulled off without that, so
it's not that trick she has Perth --
permanently added to the Slopestyle
run and, as such, you have to ask,
is it the finished article? She's
very late on that second dip. That
is most definitely a cab. Cab 900.
Underflip. She's got the horizontal
rotation in there, as well. Just one
jump left for Jamie Anderson but if
the last 12 years of Slopestyle
riding has taught us anything it is
that Jamie Anderson can deal with
Next in, Enni Rukajarvi. She is so
smooth. Winds up, cab 720. One of
her tricks she uses in Slopestyle,
regularly. She is so consistent.
That was like clocking in the Enni
Rukajarvi. Yes, that is my cab
seven, no fanfare, nothing fancy.
Just a very tidy switch sides 720.
Very, very clean. She has been very
smart, Enni Rukajarvi. She suffered
from burn-out just before Sochi,"
into 2013, the qualification process
took its toll on her. Another 720
that measures 70 points. Landed
cleanly and she couldn't break 70
points. So, Enni Rukajarvi looking
around. Fifth place. The judges are
saying, we are expecting more than
720, ladies. They have been watching
practice and they know what
everybody is capable of. They are
not giving out the big scores for
what they see as a run of the mill
tricks. We will see anything but a
run of the mill trick here.
Reira Iwabuchi, just 16 years of
age. She has thrown this trick
consistently over the last three
days in training. I would be very
surprised if she doesn't set the cat
amongst the pigeons here first go.
Say that, she is dropping in switch.
She has gone very easy as well, cab
900. Two and a half spins, taking
off backwards, landing/ to Reira
Iwabuchi, so consistent is already
at 16. She came literally out of
nowhere. She got second at the
Junior World Championships in the
Czech Republic. She stepped up to
the big stage, second in her first
World Cup, second at the big air,
second at the Slopestyle and took
Slopestyle in the big air at X
Games. The 16-year-old has arrived
already. Just missed the grabs.
Didn't quite have that as cleanly as
she would have liked. The judges
will penalise her, but 80 points.
Big rotation, puts her into second
place. Just behind Julia Marino. The
Japanese rider sandwiched between
two Americans. The Japanese have
been pushing so hard in women's
Slopestyle and big air.
Now, Yuka Fujimori. Her fourth
winter Olympics but second as a
Slopestyle. Usually freestylers get
old and they don't want to take the
hits on the big jumps in any more
and start riding Snowboard Cross.
Yuka Fujimori, has done it the
opposite way around. Far from making
up the numbers here, the 31-year-old
has been throwing down some doubles
in training. Eggs at the world
champions in Nevada at the end of
last season. -- eight. Still
discussing with the coach exactly
what she is going to do.
Just holding here. Certainly no
wind. I take that back, you can see
the flag just down below them. A
little tiny bit, but we are in a
little bowl, so whatever there is
should be swirling lightly.
should be swirling lightly. So the
dreaded W word those rare its head
again. It is a headwind. Can see
from that angle. It gives you an
idea of just how big the running is
for this. Very steep as well.
Steeper than any black run you will
be able to ride in any resort,
anywhere in the world. The riders
need a vast amount of speed in a
very short space of time. The wind
has dropped down and Yuka Fujimori
drops in. Backside 900 and stomps
it. Tiny, tiny finger drag, if you
are interested, the women's ski
halfpipe, featuring Rowan Cheshire
and Molly Summerhayes is on the red
button now. Red button coverage, the
women's ski halfpipe, over there
now. We will stay here for the
women's big air qualifying first
runs. Just dragging a tiny bit.
Little double grab. Front hand on
the toe edge to backhand on the toe
edge. We saw the cab 1080 which is a
little bit easier. Taking off
backwards and landing switch. This
is taking a forwards and landing
backwards. You can see the impact
from Yuka Fujimori. If you wear it
impact shorts, you have a little bit
of padding on your hips. If you fold
directly on your hips, it is easy to
get groin strain with a heavy impact
on the pelvis., 82 points for Yuka
Fujimori. And I think we are seeing
the first of the Japanese riders,
who are really going to start
dominating this big air appeal.
Silje Norendal pulled out of X Games
Slopestyle because of the snow. She
doesn't have the mass if conditions
aren't perfect. She will be watching
and waiting to see what the wind
does. The Norwegian, three
consecutive X Games Slopestyle
medals. Very, very experienced rider
at this level.
2013, 2014, 2015 X Games gold-medal
with a frontside of her toes. If you
imagine he will stand sideways and
then open your shoulders. The front
of your body faces in the direction
of your travel. You should do it off
your heels, as she has done there,
switch 900 and very clean. Not huge,
she didn't take off the biggest
part, but she still made it over the
kicker comfortably. She started the
rotation really early on the kicker
as well. Watch the replay, she is
sliding up the face of the jump.
Again, the double grab. This is a
great sign that women feel really
comfortable on this jump. Brings the
same hand round onto the toe edge.
That is difficult. Most people if
they are doing two grabs in one
jump, she has done almost 180
degrees as she took off. Really
washing through the start of that.
At I will be very interested to see
what the judges make of that. Very,
very clean landing from Silje
76 for Silje Norendal. Fourth place.
Little bit premature on the
take-off, I thought. I would like to
see her really pumped into that and
wash through the kicker. It would
give her more distance. OK, she is
the current leader of the women's
World Cup. She has been dominating
this discipline. She was heartbroken
to miss out in Slopestyle. She
redefined what women Slopestyle is
that the US open ten months ago.
But, look at the result, gold at X
Games two weeks ago at big air. She
took first, the big air, first in
Beijing and first in Milan. She has
one every contest she has ended.
Switch double on the flip. Very
tidy, very big. That is first place.
Finally, the Austrians have
something to cheer about here. After
a huge degree of expectation
surrounding Anna Gasser in
Slopestyle, where she just wasn't
able to deliver. She is one of the
riders who likes conditions to be as
good as possible. She isn't fuzzy,
but she knew at her weight, things
wouldn't go her way. She was very
courageous and attempted this trick
in Slopestyle but it didn't work for
her. She was blown off course on the
first of the three kickers. But she
comes in here and lays it down first
go, making it look very, very easy.
Anna Gasser, smiling today as
women's Snowboarding gets the
platform it deserves. 88.25 and Anna
Gasser moves 4.5 points into the
lead. , another one of the very
talented Japanese riders. Miyabi
Onitsuka, I have seen her going
through the gears in the last two
years. She was over the moon in
2014. She took second in the
European open Slopestyle contest.
That was the trick she used to such
good effect. She has had it in her
repertoire for three years and it is
starting to look very, very clean. I
have known for a fact she spent the
run-up to these games at the
maximised facility in Canada. She
has a lot more to give than the cab
900. Taking off on the left-hand
side of the kicker. Rather than
drifting to the right, she actually
drifts to the left. Really
interesting. She doesn't quite get
the grab on that to prove to the
judges that she is really in control
of that trick. It is not going to be
the top spot, but high 70s? I think
78, maybe? We have
78, maybe? We have seen Silje
Norendal outdo the cab 900, but she
didn't pop into the take-off like
Miyabi Onitsuka. Low 80s. I wasn't
100% sure it was worth that much.
But the judges obviously rewarding
the pop over the lack of grab.
Canadian in next.
Canadian in next. Laurie Blouin. She
had a decent black eye, on her left
eye. But, as is so often the case,
you see one person take the medal
and then they find their confidence,
their Mojo. It could be the case
with Laurie Blouin here.
The cab double under 900. Nice
horizontal rotation mixed with the
backflips. Much more of a corkscrew
to that. Laurie Blouin looking very
happy and relaxed. You can see the
remnants of that shiner. Lovely
rotation. She gets a good bit of
spin in, alongside the Philips. The
cab double under corkscrew 900, good
grab, great style on the landing.
Grabs on, solid, really holds onto
that. So, decent style. Really clean
on the landing. It's going to be a
very strong score, I think. Is it
better than Anna Gasser's? According
to the judges it is, 90.25. Laurie
Blouin, confidence has got her
honour roll. Very impressive from
the 21-year-old Canadian out Quebec.
Next up, Jessika Jenson, one of the
few riders in the first run of
slopestyle last Monday to lay down a
clean run. She is the fourth pick
for the American women's slopestyle
team. Love that, oh, yes! Beautiful!
The backside rodeo late corkscrew
seven. Wow! Very nice. You do not
see that in women's snowboarding.
Jessika Jenson, where have you
pulled that one from? She comes in
off the toes, then falls into the
back of that rotation. Very, very
nice. Just falling off the toes, and
dipping the head. It's very hard to
do that on a snowboard. We saw it on
skis a lot yesterday. On the ski
slopestyle. Very, very nice riding
from Jessika Jenson. This is the cat
amongst the pigeons for the judges.
What can they do with this? I
thought she might have caught an
edge, I haven't seen that trick from
her. Jessika Jenson giving a shout
out to her local resort, Kelly
Canyon in Idaho. 13th on the slope
in Sochi. She came into those games,
I remember thinking she'd come out
of nowhere, but she got third place
twice in the US Grand Prix
qualifiers. Wasn't able to step up
into finals. Easily the highest 720
score we have seen, 76.25, because
of unorthodox rotation, but she
wasn't able to reel in those big
doubles that we have seen from Anna
Gasser, Zoi Sadowski Synnott, Julia
Marino and Laurie Blouin.
Marino and Laurie Blouin. Next in,
Sofya Fedorova. She does some big
backflips. In training, we have seen
a couple of cab double unders.
a couple of cab double unders. The
goofy-foot, dropping in forwards.
The backside 720. She went big. A
giveaway. Christopher Walken talks
about it in True Romance, every man
has a tail. Lovely jump, there go
the arms. Just as she comes in, she
realises she's gone a little bit too
far, she had gone a bit bigger than
she thought. And the judges getting
a clear signal from Sofya Fedorova
that she was out of control. She let
go of the grab, early. Oh, I have
gone a bit too big, she winds down
the windows, still manages is to put
it down cleanly, but we have seen
720s in the high 60s, then we see a
very unorthodox one beautifully
accomplished by Jessika Jenson in
the high 70s, but for Sofya
Fedorova, she needs to up her game,
there are, if she wants to make the
top 12. At the moment, Enni
Rukajarvi is in the top-10 spot. We
still have eight more riders in the
first runs here. Things have just
been brought up to a simmer. Haven't
really started to reduce this stock.
The Swiss road very well, for me,
she is one of the most courageous in
the slopestyle finals. Lovely tweak
on that backside 720. Neat grab,
just pushing it out really nicely
She takes off, the front hand goes
down to the toe edge, she
straightens the front leg. Take
another look at that take-off, she
might have got a very quick grab in.
No, it was just a trailing arm. It
looked for a second like a grab, and
she punches the middle of the board,
down by the tail.
down by the tail. Carla Somaini,
another one of those riders out of
Laas in Switzerland, who have been
using that incredible snow party
training. Of the standard 720s we
have seen S definitely the biggest
squirrel. Currently in 11th place.
-- the biggest school. That pushes
Enna Rukajarvi into 13th. So a lot
of pressure building now. And we are
seeing strength in depth in this
field, of women really getting put
to the test.
Next in, Katerina Vojackova, this is
very much about experience for the
young Czech. A couple of decent
World Cup results.
World Cup results. Dropping in
forwards, the double Wildcat and
over rotates, goes really big. But
she has come out with one of her
biggest tricks first, the double
backflip. She spins back up.
backflip. She spins back up. Martin
Cernik, who won the board crashed at
the snowboard festival in the UK in
the late 90s, you would have seen
him plying his trade, he won that
cup more than a few times. Big body
grab, there. From Katerina
Vojackova, Andy left arm locks
underneath the front leg. And the
judges really don't like seeing
that. She's got a body grab, and no
board grab. Things that will
highlight to the judges that the
jump was left -- less than perfect.
Katerina Vojackova is going to rely
on her second run.
She has the talent still -- there is
a lot of talent still left to drop,
though. 20th place for Katerina.
It's all academic. Six riders left
to drop. And this woman is very
interesting, Slovakian, 24 years
old, a frustrating 2017 for her, but
you look back through the ages and
she has been one of the trailblazers
for women in terms of big air, first
woman to land a front double ten.
The first woman to take that into
competition in 2017. And that's what
she has gone for. The front side
double cork 1080. Amazingly, she
didn't have enough speed. So,
brilliant free rider and always
throws it down and relaxed sessions
but she has struggled. She goes
frontside air double cork 1080. This
one wouldn't look out of place in
the men's competition. You have to
feel for her, because she's been one
of the trailblazers, she has just
never got the podiums to match her
trick repertoire. She just can't
settle herself, can't take the
pressure at big competitions, I
don't know, but it would be a
travesty if Klaudia Medlova doesn't
make the finals.
make the finals. She obviously is
confident. She must have thrown this
trick down a lot in training.
trick down a lot in training. Now
the Czech rider, Sarka Pancochova,
an integral figure in women's
snowboarding over the last 15 years.
Look up shop bales and mass attacks
Web series, and you will see just
how good she is.
how good she is. -- shark tails. Not
the most technical trick but nicely
done, really nice style. Have a look
at this. The ground is beautiful.
And she really gives it a bit of
whang in the middle. A little double
poke, very tidy from Sarka
Pancochova. Carving hard, easing up
the back leg, extends that front
leg. Actually looks more subtle in
slow motion. It was much more
pronounced in real-time. Sarka
Pancochova, 65.5. About what we were
expecting for the 720. She has a
unicorn. That is excellent news!
Now, Isabel Derungs suffered a
horrific leg break riding up a drag
lift. Someone rode in tow, nothing
she could do. She has been coming
back from that. She's one of the old
hands. -- someone rode into her. She
has been on great form this season.
The frontside air 720, she missed
the grab, she will be really
disappointed about that.
disappointed about that. So, the
Swiss, she has a lovely backside
radio. -- rodeo. Good to see that
come out. Both hands hunting around
for any kind of grab. She knew that
she had locked into the rotation,
she was spinning nicely, but just
can't settle her upper body on top
of the board. That's a perfect
example of why snowboarders grab. A
great indicator of control in a
trick and if you're really in
control, then you can start to throw
the ball around, to tweak, poke and
bonehead, as it is known in
snowboarding. Highly amusing double
entendres but brilliant words to
describe what you can do with the
snowboard indy air, once you have it
at your disposal.
Next in, Jessica Rich has been
looking very smooth in qualifying.
27 years old. She knows the game.
And just like we saw from Shaka
panko Cove, there will be lashings
of style. -- Sarka Pancochova. The
Australians have had a consistent is
daily-macro presence in the
Snowboarding. Very rare to see the
front seven of the toes. It is
called the toedeo.
called the toedeo. You throw your
body around the front of the board
as you take-off. The toes are
carving one way and the upper body
spins the opposite way so it creates
this lovely, conflicted rotation
where the head leads to the front of
the spin. Very difficult to land.
Slow the rotation down. She lands on
the toe edge and it fires her across
the landing, but lays the elbow
The kangaroo and
the category in the Australian
Olympics, Matt. Jessica Rich,
waiting for her score. 73.5 so after
Jessika Jenson it is the highest
score we have seen for a 720. She
will be stoked about that. For the
next of our Japanese riders, fourth
and final Japanese rider, they
brought a full quota, just as the
Americans have done.
Americans have done. Just as the
Swiss have as well. So Asami Hirono,
next to drop. 27 years old.
next to drop. 27 years old. Hasn't
had the same success at big air.
Going for a front side 900. Usually,
one of the last directions of spin
you will ever see from a rider.
Switch backside always scores big
points, but taking forward and
landing backwards. One of the
hardest tricks, you are going
backwards and you to kill the
rotation. Slipping out, it so
difficult to land at that speed on
your heels. You have less control on
your heels when you do on your toes.
On your toes, if you can imagine,
your toe joints which can subtly
adjust pressure on the edge, your
ankles and your knees. And your
heels, you cannot use your ankles,
straight through your meals and the
hips. Less movement is available and
more position required. Let's see
what Asami Hirono gets after falling
foul of her frontside 900. At the
top, the last rider of the women's
big air qualification.
big air qualification. Elena Koenz,
from the south-east of Switzerland.
Frontside 720. While it was clean,
it was a little bit small. It was a
little too upright. There was no
firing into it, there was no pop, no
explosion. She just flowed through
the take-off, sliding into it. Only
just clears the knuckle. Slides the
board round. It is still a great
trick, but at this level, we want to
see more. First runs, as we watch
this replay, this sums up the first
runs for me. Very clean, very
consistent. But, we are coasting.
There is a lot more to come from all
of the women riding here. So, the
overwhelming strategy to get one in
the bag. 19th place for Elena Koenz.
62 points. Top 12 at the moment,
Hailey Langland and Zoi Sadowski
Synnott, Carla Somaini on the
bubble. We have Jamie Anderson, look
at that, in 23rd. Gold medallist
from Slopestyle. Aimee Fuller in
25th. Amy going for the cab under
the lip, and if she lands that is,
we will see her go to the other end
of the leaderboard. Slopestyle
requires consistency from top to
bottom and favours the more
experienced students of the game,
but at big air, it is one, big
trick. So anyone can come in. If you
are interested, there is Figure
Skating on the red button. If you
want to watch the Figure Skating,
you can head over to the red button.
We will stay here for qualification
run two of women's big air.
run two of women's big air. We have
got a day off before we visit, sorry
two days off before we visit the
finals for this. Setting up very
early. We will be back on Friday the
23rd, very early in the morning for
the three runs of finals. Before we
can talk about finals, we need to
decide who exactly is going there.
We have 26 women competing. There
are only 12 spots in the final. As I
was just saying, those 12 spots are
not going to go at the moment to the
most experienced and biggest names
in the game. Instead, because this
is just the one biggest trick you
have, it is favouring the young
pretenders. We have seen a lot of
big tricks going down, Anna Gasser,
arguably not a big pretender. She
was in such a 2014. She had just
arrived on Snowboarding's biggest
stage and made her presence felt
with first place in qualification.
She wasn't able to deliver in the
Slopestyle. She had an ignominious
slide down the start gate and had to
go back up because the TV cameras
were not ready. The mistakes she
made in the run gave Jenny Jones a
bronze medal. In the four years
since then she has dragged women's
Snowboarding into the 21st century,
kicking and screaming. She has
beaten Jamie Anderson on the biggest
stage, the US open. And enforce
Jamie Anderson's hand. Jamie
Anderson, the gold medallist in
Sochi. Last year, set about the
water jump and airbag the Americans
have installed in Park city. She is
now the proud owner of a double. As
I said, as she dropped earlier on,
she hasn't needed it, her Slopestyle
run is so strong, Jamie Anderson
hasn't needed the double. She wasn't
able to land its first go here, so
she is under pressure. At the top of
the jump it is Cheryl Maas.
Unbelievably, she broke her neck and
six blazes, diving into a swimming
pool at the end of last season. --
in six places. She has battled her
way back. She goes down Axel you can
hear the shrieks in the finish area.
So disappointing the Cheryl Maas. I
feel like I have said there's a lot,
but we have a lot of the
trailblazers of women's Snowboarding
here. And Cheryl Maas, redefined
what it was to be an urban rider in
the early 2000. Urban riding is
reimagining architecture, buildings,
rails, sets of stairs, banks, walls.
Beyond their first design purpose
and instead looking at them as
playthings. She would go out into
the streets, slide enormous
handrails. She was voted rider of
the year by snowboarder. So, she has
never quite had the success she
deserves. She browse out here in the
qualifiers. But I promise, it is not
the last we will hear from her. Next
in, Aimee Fuller of Great Britain.
We saw her try the tumble under
Philip on her first go.
Philip on her first go. -- cab
double under Philip. She was spotted
and she went up to a camp in Mount
Hood. Gone early. She went so big on
the first hit, she tried to rotate a
bit slower on the second. But she
has gone a lot slower, whether the
jump is warming up. That was a big
hit. Amy, on all of her vital
organs. Mrs the grab. Maybe that is
the problem. She came up short. She
landed just before the first line.
On the first jump, she has opened
out. She hasn't... Not getting the
grab mean she has opened up. But she
hasn't gone in with the same amount
of speed. Disappointment for Aimee
She says thank
you. 26-year-old. Came so close in
Sochi. So unlucky in the Slopestyle
and not able to lay it down here in
the big air. Next in, Hailey
Langland. I feel like she went very,
very light on others.
very light on others. -- on us. She
is capable of the 1080. Which I
think is one of the biggest tricks
again. The double under flips we
have just seen from Aimee Fuller, we
have seen from Anna Gasser and we
have seen from our first-place
rider, Laurie Blouin. I think we
will see the ten. Big spin. Nine.
Beautiful and just the style on the
turn at the end, she has hurt her
shoulder. So, there it is. She has
been pushing through the separated
shoulder all season. Little bit off
axis. Obviously, the shoulder is
coming from deck chairing the
landing. She is such an exciting
rider. One of the snowboarders you
really want to see landing, because
you know what she is capable of. So
many tricks, so much style. So,
Hailey Langland has a nervous wait.
Currently intends with 73. It is not
all over, but the big trick, we
would have expected to have seen
. You can see the two ski jumps
facing the snowboard jump. One of
the big traditional disciplines.
When it comes to snow. Facing off
against one of the new comers. That
verb much the case for Spencer
O'Brien, the Canadian. One of the
biggest names in the game. She's had
so much success. She opened with a
win at the Dew Tour this year. Can
she find a big trick now? Coached by
the Austrian. One of the most
stylish riders still out there. Won
a lot of Big Air contests in his
day. Spencer going off the toes
So, very, very clean, that time.
She's gone for the same jump and
cleaned it up. . She's got the
switch backside 720, which is a very
difficult trick. There is the no
confidence in that smile or wave
from Spencer there. She did let go
again early. She sent it deep. The
landing was really, really nice and
easy. I feel... I feel like she's
undersold herself here. She's
capable of much, much more. She's
gone very, very - dare I say it -
she's painting my numbers with her
ability of artistry. She hasn't
backed herself here. Certainly the
Canadians are happy, but... 76.75.
So seventh place. I think facial
expression said it all - she
breathed a sigh of relief. She
wasn't confident at all. Next in
Sina Candrian, the Swiss rider. So,
so strong. Especially with her
frontside spins. We saw her go for
the 1080. I hope she goes for this
again. I don't want to see her back
One of the biggest tricks we will
see today, if she can land it. She
is lining up - yes! It's down!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Yes! Very, very nice. Sina Candrian
delivers! That is going to be one of
the top five spots. Most definitely!
When we look at the tricks, a slight
hand drag there, but three full
spins. We really don't see many of
those. Or, the wasn't in there for
very long. Backhand just drags -
almost a carbon copy of the 1080 we
saw in Sochi four years ago. I know
that because I watched it again and
again and again on the replays.
Because it was Sina Candrian's run
that threatened to put Jenny Jones
into fourth place. It was a very big
trick back then. It's clean. Let's
see what she gets. Third place -
very deservingly - with an 86. Sina
Candrian, the woman who hasn't
trained that much, has a spot - I
would say almost guaranteed at this
stage in the finals on Friday.
Next-up Julia, currently in fourth.
Lovely that cab double underflip. A
more 900. More horizontal access.
The persons making their voices
heard. Wait patiently on this score
and see if she can better that
83.75. Certainly it looked a lot
So, coming in backwards. Just
drifting, floating in. Nasty split
in her pants there. The Nasa outfits
weren't built for snowboarding
obviously! Cab double underflip. The
American judges seemingly happy with
that one. So, yeah, two-point -
well, 1 .75 improvement.
1.5 improvement even. My maths needs
improving! Into fourth place. Just
behind Sina Candrian. Next up: One
of the most cherished squat rats.
Her -- skate rats. Her parents
bought snow park, the old
snowboarding and freestyle skiing
facility outside Wanaka in New
Zealand. Zoi Sadowski Synnott has so
impressed the snowboarding world.
She stomped a huge double backflip
on her first jump. It is only good
enough for 13th at this stage. So
what can she add? Where can she go?
I don't think she can do that double
backflip any better. Maybe she can
keep it a bet tidier -- bit diddier.
Dropping in switch. Switch
becomeside! Yes! Oh! Yes! That was
Switch back spins are the hardst
rotation in snowboarding. The joint
youngest rider here, Zoi Sadowski
Synnott, has taken it on. I thought
she'd overcooked it in the middle of
that cork. Let's take a look at it.
So concentrated on the cork. Switch
becomeside 900! -- backside 900. I
house it was a 540. Dare I say it
that's the biggest trick we have
seen so far today. It's what Spencer
O'Brien had in her bag of tricks. It
is what I wanted to see from her.
But Zoi Sadowski Synnott - if you
didn't know about her at slopestyle
when she did the huge double wild --
wildcat you do know! This young
woman is going to go very, very far!
I think it's the most technical
trick we've seen so far. The judges
do too! 92 points for the young New
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
We have been talking about the Kiwis
in snowboarding since men's
slopestyle where we saw
qualified in the men's in second
place. The New Zealanders have
completely rebuilt their freestyle
programme since 2014. They have come
out guns blazing. Next in - Brooke
Voigt. A 24-year-old.
Backside 720. Just goes down! The
drama unfolds here. But if you are
looking for figure skating, Coombes
and Butland are on the ice. Head
over there now. So, after the
majesty of Zoi Sadowski Synnott's
switchback side 900, back down to
earth with Brooke Voigt and the
backside 720 - quite literally. Not
able to put that one down. Great
takeoff style. See, she's using that
leading arm to go for the grab, but
she doesn't get it. And then the
upper body overrotates as she lands.
Heavy on the tail. Brooke Voigt will
not be making the finals. She isn't
going to improve on that 67.75. Best
she can hope for is 16th. There we
have it. Current standings: Zoi
Sadowski Synnott in first, Laurie
Blouin in second, and Anna Gasser in
third. Fourth place, Sina Candrian,
Julia Marino in fifth. Now, all eyes
on Jamie Anderson. Currently in 23rd
And eighth. So the mute grab...
She's got a good bit of rotation.
It's not 90 degrees spin double
backflip 90 degrees spin, it is
actually bit of rotation through
each of the corkscrews. So, - double
under flip 9 is the official total.
Mmm. I would say that's maybe a
little high. Puts her in above Anna
Gasser. For me Anna Gasser - on the
same trick was a little bit cleaner.
But Laurie Blouin - the Canadian -
still in second place with the same
trick. So, the judges just dividing
up the cav double underflips there
essentially. Now Rukajarvi. One of
the most experienced riders who
needs something big here. Currently
in 16th. Dropping in switch. She
too... Can go switchback side. But
she's gone huge front... Switch
frontside 1080 double cork. And the
first big scalp is gone!
first big scalp is gone! Cav double
cork 1080 from any Enni Rukajarvi.
And the bronze medallist from
slopestyle, the silver medallist
from Sochi fighting for the end of
that rotation. She actually came
down over the board. Such a shame!
Big, big spin there. Spots the
landing. And then really corks into
the last 360 degrees, just deck
chairs over the back of the board.
So, Enni Rukajarvi - disappoint for
her. She's managed her competition
schedule so, so well over the last
five years after suffering burn-out
in 2013. Chronic fatigue. She came
back and she took the silver in
Sochi and then took another medal
here, the bronze, in slopestyle. So,
she can be very, very proud. Next in
Reira Iwabuchi. The Japanese rider
who has taken 2018 by storm with the
trick that we will hopefully see
now. Currently sat in ninth place on
80 points. It's a gamble if she
can't better that score. She will
be, I think, very lucky to hold on
to a qualification spot if she can't
better that 80 points.
better that 80 points. Drops in
switch. So, we're not going to see a
big trick that she's been warming
switch 900. That was a little bit
cleaner than the first jump.
cleaner than the first jump. A I'm
very surprised. From what we have
seen in training - some very clean
and consistent 1080s - very
surprised she hasn't used that trick
here. Just a switch, frontside 900.
The stalefish grab on it.
So, off the heels. Yet, she's
drifting off to the left. An optical
illusion that one. On her heels she
should be drifting more to the
right. Look at that! Perfect
landing! Absolutely stomps it.
Little salute claim there. Japanese
coach is very, very happy with that.
So a big smile. Awaiting a score. I
think it will be an improvement.
Low-to-mid-80s, I think. But she
needs to move up just to make
herself safe. Three places I don't
think is enough when you've got the
likes of Silje Norednal - 92.75!
First place! Wow! Personally I
disagree with that. I think that Zoi
Sadowski Synnott was definitely
better on the switchback side 900.
It is a harder rotation. The judges
rewarding the very, very clean
landing there, the pop and the size
of that jump, obviously. Next in -
Yuka Fujimori. The 31-year-old.
Second oldest here after Cheryl
Maas. Winds up. Lovely!
Backside 900. Very, very nice. This
is brilliant! We're starting to see
exactly what the women are capable
of. Look at how stoked she is as
well! This is just qualifying A lot
still being held back, but even at
this level, we're starting to see
the consistency that we saw in men's
slopestyle ski finals yesterday. And
it's beautiful! Get to see exactly
what level the women are at. Huge
there. Great style. Holding on to
that grab all the way through. And
on the strength of the scores we've
seen for both Zoi Sadowski Synnott
and Reira Iwabuchi this is going to
be a big one! I tell you what - they
thought it was something when a
snowboarder cross-codes and took an
Alpine gold medal. It is going to
happen again here within
snowboarding. It will be just as
much of a shock if a 31-year-old...
Look at that! 94.25!
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
I was going to say if a snowboard
cross-rider can cross the floor,
aged 26, and come out and win a goal
aged 31 -- gold medal aged 31 - it
is just qualifying. We are going
through the gears very, very nicely.
Starting to get some real momentum
on this final. This is yet another
woman who could add some fuel to the
fire. She's currently in 12th
position on a 76. She is not going
to want to sit there for too long.
She needs this jump now to take her
destiny into her own hands. Looking
at those rankings, I have just
noticed that Hailey Langland has
dropped out of the top 12. So,
dropping in - switch! Double grab.
900. Sits back! Just a little bit...
Hand to her heart. Just to calm
herself. She was obviously nervous
about that one. So, did she get a
cleaner takeoff? That's one of the
big questions. She's certainly gone
bigger. Got the double grab again.
Not both hands, but one grab, then
the other grab. Sits back. Let's see
it. Almost 180 - yes! Way better on
the takeoff. The grabs... It is the
same hand. Melon grab to mute grab.
But we saw how much the judges
enjoyed Zoi Sadowski Synnott and
Reira Iwabuchi's landings. So, they
are - I think they are going to mark
her down for this one.
She waves while waiting on
tenterhooks. 77.5. So, cleaner
takeoff, more pop, gives her a
little more. And it pushes her up
two spots. It is now Jessika Jenson
on the bubble. But bib number 1,
Anna Gasser, is in the start gate.
Currently in sixth place. She was in
second place at the end of round 1,
but way more consistency from some
of the big guns has seen her drop
down. Can she reinstate herself for
the top of the standings?
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Switch, frontside double cork 1080!
That is the top spot!
Wow! This is heating up very, very
nicely now. We have seen some
really, really big tricks. And it
isn't without a little bit of
sentiment -- sentimentality that I
mention some of the big names that
are being retired by these big
tricks. Enni Rukajarvi, Spencer
O'Brien, Cheryl Maas... Really,
really strong riders who just
haven't been able to keep up with
this, the phenomenal level of
progression in women's Big Air and
slopestyle snowboarding. This is
what we missed out on in slopestyle
the other day. Anna Gasser managing
to - did she keep the trailing arm
off the snow? No. A tiny touch. But
on a trick that big, that
progressive - look at that smile! A
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
The judges sending it now! I have
been looking at those top spots. A
very, very interesting mix. For a
while we had Zoi Sadowski Synnott
and Reira Iwabuchi - the two
16-year-olds - dominating. Then the
31-year-old jumped up to the top in
the shape of Yuka Fujimori. And now
Anna Gasser has reinstated herself
with a cab double cork 1080. Now
it's the turn of... Going for a
diddier version, the cab 900. We
calm things down just a touch.
Currently in ninth -- Miyabi
Onitsuka currently in ninth. Get the
real scale of this jump. For the
women it is absolutely perfect. It
would be remiss of me not to mention
that for the men it isn't quite as
big as it could be. But at this
moment, I really don't care, because
the jump is perfect for the women.
They have been raving about it all
week. It really is giving us the
very, very best of women's
snowboarding at the moment. Letting
go of the grab touch a touch early
there. But I think overall it's a
little bit cleaner than her first
jump. So, she could improve on the
81.75 we saw first time around.
81.75 we saw first time around. Very
popular celebration - rabbit ears
with the mits, the bottom of the
slopestyle course, big Air and
halfpipe. So the judges... They are
deliberating over this one long and
hard. The cameraman getting a good
Hmm. I don't see why this one should
be taking... 86.5. I think they are
probably looking at Jessika Jenson
on the bubble and what they want to
see. There is a very big gap at the
moment between ninth and 10th.
moment between ninth and 10th. Eight
points between Julia Marino and
Silje Norednal. The judges are
probably saying that the 85 -
mid-80s - is where they would like
to see the finals. But Laurie Blouin
will not have any bearing on those
positions at the moment. It is only
gong to be the running order for the
finals that she can adjust, because
she's currently in fifth.
She's gone huge! Isn't it all the
way to the bottom! Not as tidy as
some of the cab double underflips
we've seen. Only because she did go
enormous. So, what do the judges
make of this? Do they want to see it
clean or do they want to see it big?
Blouin into that -- floating into
that. The takeoff was lovely. Wasn't
rushing. Really, really patient.
Just falling gently off her heels
into this. Laurie Blouin, one of the
riders who's worked so hard at
maximise - the facility in Canada -
where they have a rope tow that you
can ride again and again and again,
up to 12 hours a day, just dialling
tricks in, with an airbag, then with
the chopped up landing... Until you
get it absolutely perfect. Laurie
Blouin one of the riders who has
benefitted from that. 92.25. She
moves up one spot. Unbelievably, Zoi
Sadowski Synnott's incredible switch
backside 900 has now been pushed
down into fifth place. There you can
say Reira Iwabuchi in third. Yuka
Fujimori in second. And Anna Gasser
in first. Jessika Jenson in
desperate need of a big score now.
She had that lovely offaccess 720
first jump. Where can she go?
Oh! I don't know... That's a really
interesting decision. I don't know
if she could have gone any better.
The first run was so perfect. I can
only surmise from that that's her
biggest trick. . She had nowhere
else to go. It's a beautiful late
Watch. She comes off the toes, but
then let's herself float backwards.
And then dips her head here.
Underneath the board. Really
unorthodox rotation, but she makes
it look so good.
Down. But the upper body weight is
just over the back leg a bit too
much. Clinging valiantly to the back
of that. Looked like a run away
stall on, didn't -- stallion, didn't
it? Unfortunately could get the
reins on it's. 39.75. A very nervous
wait for Jessika Jenson, who is in
We have eight riders still to drop.
Sofya Fedorova, the Russian. I have
seen her ride and I have seen her
look really, really loose and quite
wild. But in slopestyle, in
difficult conditions, she looked
really clean last Monday. Backside
720. A little bit under-rotated. Not
enough speed. Not enough purchase on
the takeoff. And the Russian will
not be advancing into the finals.
But great experience for Fedorova.
She's come here and ridden on the
biggest stage. Just 19-year-old. So,
in women's snowboarding, you see a
lot of the women coming into their
prime mid--to-late 20s. If you think
Jenny Jones was 33 when she won her
bronze, we have Cheryl Maas here at
33, few -- Yuka Fujimori at 31. A
longer shelf life in the women's
snowboarding than there is in the
men's. Billy Morgan, one of the
older riders at 27 in the men's.
Shaun White an exception at 31. So,
next in - Carla Somaini. The
26-year-old goofy-footer. Won her
first event in the build-up to these
games - the Big Air. She came fifth
in the test event here. She's got
pedigree in Korea. Can she make it
pay now when it counts?
Currently in 19th. She needs to
improve on that first run score. She
can't. She will be really, really
disappointed by that. We were
robbed. I was really excited to
watch her ride in her home resort at
the Europe Open this year. The
biggest contest on European soil,
but the women's slopestyle was
cancelled and we were robbed of
seeing her ride on home soil which I
think would have given a great
indicator of just how far she's
come. She had one very nice run at
the slopestyle a week ago. But,
sadly, unable to deliver here at Big
Air. As it stands at the moment, the
Swiss have bought a full contingent
of four riders, and they only have
one in the top 12 in the shape of
Sina Candrian. So, Carla Somaini -
that run 1 score only good enough
Next up, cat Ripa Vojackova. What
are we going to get from the
21-year-old Czech rider. She's been
riding under Martin Chenick. She's
gone short! Really short. Oh,
terrible mistake. Just killed too
much speed at the top there. And she
had committed so heavily to that. I
was very, very worried she was going
to come up on the knuckle halfway
through that second flip. Oh, look
at that! It was so close. Very, very
lucky to get away with that. Just a
big old hit in the solar plexus, I'd
Madge. Could have been worse -
exposing all of her vital organs to
the knuckle there. The arms - oh.
Still, the snow here in Korea is
always subzero. Despite the sunny
condition, the sunny outlook, it is
ice-cold here and the snow reflects
that. Now, Klaudia Medlova, first
woman to land the double backside
rodeo 900. First woman to land the
frontside double cork 1080. Can she
make all of this progress pay in a
competitive arena? I hope so! That
is beautiful! No! The rotation, the
grab, the height, everything was
there. But Medlova can't put it down
and the best rider never to win in
competition continues that
tradition. Oh, what a
disappointment! I feel like we have
been cheated ever so slightly.
been cheated ever so slightly. --
slightly from seeing Klaudia ride in
the finals. Very, very good rider,
but you can't that it hasn't been
the perennial issue with Klaudia
Medlova. She just doesn't seem to be
able to replicate the progressive
nature of her riding in competition.
So we go back up to the top. We see
Sarka Pancochova, one of the most
enduring images from the slopes -
women's slopestyle in 2014 with
Sarka Pancochova. Riding away from
an enormous slam in the rider's area
at the bottom holding her helmet
which had split clean in two with
the impact. So dropping in forwards.
She's a regular rider, going for the
900. Oh! Everything about that, she
knew she got the 720 as good as she
could get it, but you got the
feeling she knew she got the 7, so
she may as well go for a nine and
see if it could make it work
Unfortunately, that trick
certainly not the finished article
for her. The body position was wrong
and body language here, she actually
braces for impact. -- impact in the
last 180. She's not settled and
ready to control the board. So Sarka
Pancochova enjoying what will sadly
be her last Olympic experience, I'd
imagine. Another one of the big
names in women's snowboarding who
has been retired by the doubles we
see dominating the top spots there.
Anna Gasser, Yuka Fujimori, Reira
Iwabuchi, Laurie Blouin, Zoi
Sadowski Synnott with that
incredible switchback nine. Now,
it's Isabel Derungs. Made finals at
slopestyle in Sochi, qualified first
in her heat and banked the fourth
highest score of anyone in
qualifying, but then fell in both
runs. She injured herself. A masters
in environmental science, can she
master this environment? Frontside
720. She's landed her trick, but I
think we have seen the 720s at best
making it to 76. That is the
threshold score at the moment with
Jessika Jenson, and put this
frontside 7 with a very short grab
up against that majestic backside
720 we saw from Jessika Jenson and
it's not going to hold up. Great
scale on this jump there. The 20m
table top. This jump is going to
provide a very, very interesting
stage for the men who qualify
tomorrow because this is so far
within their comfort zone and within
the women's. It means - there we go
59.25. Back to what I was saying -
the women are very, very comfortable
on that jump so the men will be
equally so and in that case, as we
have seen here, it becomes about the
biggest tricks and how stylishly you
can do them. That is always a treat.
It's not spin-to-win with quad corks
where there's no room for any style.
Instead we'll see all the biggest
tricks up to the quad corks, done
with an amazing array of grabs and
laissez faire style. Now, Jessica
Rich, beautiful frontside 720 off
her toes. Currently sat in 13th
place. So Jessika Jenson will be
nervous if she can really float
through this. Beautiful! It was
beautiful. So two 720s effectively
going up against each other. Jessica
Rich is frontside version of the
toes against Jessika Jenson's
backside version. She just dips her
head late, grab is lovely on that.
Landing is clean. If not completely
- it's such a lovely spin. It was
considered - it was massively
popular in the late '90s, 98, 99.
Like anything that's incredibly
fashionable, the phase or a fad, it
went out of fashion incredibly
quickly. But it's been the women who
have brought it back. 74.25. It was
an improvement, but not enough to
knock Jessika Jenson out of
qualifying spots. So Jenson has
another run with just two riders
left to drop. It's nervous times for
the Americans at the moment who
already have Jamie Anderson and
Julia Marino in the qualifying
spots. They are guaranteed Spencer
O'Brien and Jessika
O'Brien and Jessika Jenson waiting
nervously now as Asami Hirono drops
Asami Hirono, just waiting for the
wind again. She wasn't happy the
first time around, if you remember.
So you can see the flag there, great
shot that gives us an indication of
what the wind is doing. And it is an
issue for the lighter riders. They
can get really pushed around. It's
like this, and that certainly
applies a lot of the Japanese
riders. Reira Iwabuchi is absolutely
tiny. The 16-year-old really
struggles for speed sometimes. Go
for... Frontside 1080!
for... Frontside 1080! Wow, she
really, really wanted that and that
is a brilliant barometer of just how
hard the women are pushing in this
qualifier. So coming around to 720
there, got another 360 to go and
she's so unlucky, just underrotates.
If she had gone a tiny, tiny big
quicker. If she let go on the
run-in, really sent that, she would
have made it. She was centred over
the board perfectly there. So she
lands early there. She needs another
- just two or three feet. Tiny, tiny
bit more speed. That is the cruelty.
So Asami Hirono - 37.75. And that
means that at the top of the
standings, Spencer O'Brien is
assured qualification. Just one
rider left to drop - Elena Koenz and
Jessika Jenson, I think on paper
certainly, in all of the
competitions I have seen them both
ride in, Jessika Jenson has the
measure of Elena Koenz. Koenz is
going to need to step a long way out
of her comfort zone. -- zone to beat
Jessika Jenson. She needs a jump
with 76. 25.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Slightly over-rotated but a lot, lot
cleaner, a lot more impressive than
her first jump but again we come
back to the debate - it's a very,
very easy comparison. 720 for 720.
Jessika Jenson's was a lot better.
So Elena Koenz letting go of that
grab early and, yeah, it's Jessika
Jenson all the way for me on this
one. It will be a slight improvement
for Elena Koenz. She currently in
21st out of 26.
Maybe 67, 68 I think is possible.
The judges taking their time making
sure they get this one right. I
think Elena's face says it all.
Looking back, just waiting. This
final has been brilliant. 65.75.
After the fiasco that was the
wind-affected final in slopestyle,
we have seen the - have been given a
glimpse, I should say, what the
women are capable here. Anna Gasser,
number one seed in World Cup, takes
the lead here. The two Japanese
women, Iwabuchi and Fujimori there,
Blouin. Zoi Sadowski Synnott a very
solid performance from her.
Hailey Langland we expected to see
in the mix, and Enni Rukajarvi the
experienced Fin are out. And Cheryl
Maas and Sarka Pancochova not making
it and in 25th, Aimee Fuller not
making it after two valiant attempts
at her cab double flip.
Radzi Chinyanganya presents live coverage of day ten of the 2018 Winter Olympics. The early action includes women's big air snowboarding, featuring Britain's Katie Ormerod. The ice dance gets under way and features Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland, who are Britain's only figure skaters competing in Pyeongchang. Britain's men's curlers are also in action, facing Denmark in the round-robin stages.