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What a great day for this team.
there is Bishoo McNeill. -- Mica
They've been crowdfunded to get
to Pyeongchang and now Mica McNeill
and Mica Moore stand just 0.16
seconds away from a bronze
medal after two runs
of the women's bobsleigh.
It's an extraordinary
story because they are
the ultimate underdogs...
We will see their third round at
11:40am. That is all coming up live
But it has been a
really interesting night in the
curling. My first question is, did
you sleep at all?
Not much last
night at all. Two very tense games
And we will shake you the
highlights of those, in case you
haven't seen them yet, but this is
what's coming up on BBC One between
now and 1pm. As Rhona mentioned, the
great British men and women both
involved in crucial games last
night. We will show you how they got
on, battling for places in the
And in the team sprint, the
Norwegian is going for one more
medal to become the most decorated
Olympian of all time.
Up, up and away
with the event that's
got everyone talking -
it was qualification day
for the men in Big Air.
You've got to see it to believe it.
The Dutch can double up in the men's
and women's team skating.
Leading the way for them
will be superstars Ireen
Wust and Sven Kramer.
Flying down the mountain at full
force, Lindsay Vonn was trying
to regain the downhill title
she last won in Vancouver.
And in a couple of hours,
we'll be heading off
to the Sliding Track to see
if the two M's - Mica and Mica -
can bob up the order
in the final two runs.
Can they make their dream come true?
We will be doing curling next and
then we will catch up with the
The men's team sprint hopefully
featuring the British Andrews.
Mainly, it is live sport all the
ways. Quite often, there is a gap at
this time of day and there's nothing
happening but today there is. Now,
Rhona has lived curling all her
life, she has been to the Olympics,
she is an Olympic champion, she is
at how many times world champion?
OK, but she has been to a lot.
Check that one! Now, curling, a lot
of different things can happen. Just
It's simple. They just
need to win.
It's simple. They just
need to win.
That simple. Here is
how the standings where for the
women going into their final game.
As you can see, South Korea have
already qualified. Sweden are in
second with five wins but also with
five wins we have got Great Britain
and Japan. So, they were up against
Canada. Now, Canada have had a bit
of a shocker. If they could beat
Canada, Canada would be out. This is
the end of end three and Rhona,
We have got the hammer at
this end so Great Britain are one
down and need to try to sport to you
at this end with a hammer. But
Canada are really putting the
pressure on Great Britain here. It
just comes up short. So, Canada do
light to but even has got room to
draw into that.
draw into that.
Anna Sloan standing
with the brush to mark the spot at
which she once Eve Muirhead to aim.
You have coached Eve Muirhead for
four years. She seems to be someone
who loves pressure.
She does. She
leaves herself big shots and it's
always in the latter half of the
game. She keeps things tight and
then goes for it. Just a wee bit
heavy there, Canada sweeping and
Canada steal one.
So, as we move
into the eighth end, the pressure is
on. And Canada, still with back to
stone advantage, so leading 4-2.
Yes, and British have tried every
end with the hammer and haven't
managed to score their two. They
have played a clinical end here to
try to score two. Eve going for a
really important hit and roll here
to put the pressure on Canada
because she has that second counter
on the head and she plays a
fantastic hit and roll. It means
Canada struggle to remove that and
keep their encounter in the house.
So she plays it to perfection. It
rolls right over on top and lies
short. So, it's not easy but Canada
to remove and keep your shooter in
the house. They tried to hold it,
but, no, so they roll out and leave
even with an open draw or two.
she had been waiting for a while to
get back, G?
Yes, it's about
constantly trying to force that
error from your opposition and the
great thing here is that as soon as
Canada made a mistake, Great Britain
capitalised. This is a lovely draw
for two there.
And not even having
to sweep too much. That meant that
Great Britain were back level again
as we head into the closing stages
of end nine and this is where we
will pick up commentary Jackie
Lockhart. She was an Olympic -- a
world champion but not an Olympic
Correct. Well done.
So, Eve Muirhead here, you can see
in terms of this shot, the draw, her
accuracy has been left wanting a
little bit in this match,
particularly early on. She was short
on a couple. That is heavy.
high at the moment.
Heavy and hide.
This could be tricky, tricky,
tricky. By Eve's standards, that
missed by a long way.
missed by a long way.
So, how long
is Rachel going to take to make the
decision here? They need to come and
sit right on it, the same as we
wanted to do that.
wanted to do that.
If she sits on
top of it, bought two, obviously,
does Eve then try to get rid of
It depends how much she can
see of them.
That's why, if she
comes out on top and she's sitting a
little wide of it, if she get this
wrong, my point is that Eve could
take both stoned that?
there is not a lot of room for that.
Yes, but if she is white? If she
doesn't get this tucked in?
needs to be high across the centre
line to make it very difficult for
us. By the same token, if she is too
high, we still probably have the
draw in behind, say Canada need to
be right on top of the T-line here.
Stone placement is key.
Stone placement is key.
Yes, I would
play a different shot, but only
because of the way Rachel Homan is
No, this is what she has to
play, because if she doesn't get in
there... There still is an
opportunity with reds behind the
T-line for Britain to get there.
Just tucked in in the end. Eve might
be able to get to it.
She could have
afforded to take that two or three
inches more but they were just kind
She is looking for a run
back of the two at the front.
can't see the angles from here.
are not completely lined up. They
are almost lined up. Eve is just
having a look. Got to be careful
I think that is Mr Nichol,
head of British curling. I hope I
have got that right.
I hope so all
you have no chance of getting
selected for the world CBS.
ruined my chances.
-- I hope so all
you have got no chance of getting
selected for the world seniors.
has been here all week and he and
his wife have really enjoyed this.
Eve Muirhead have to try to use
those front two yellows, run them
back onto the Canadian red. They
will still have a good chance for at
least one, maybe to you on how these
sit. Can she moved both of them?
That is a great shot from Eve
Muirhead. She might even be sitting
to hear. Eve Muirhead with a
cracker! What a shot. Well thought
out, well executed. That was a
peach. Got the angles right, got the
weight right and, to be fair, maybe
a bit of luck. That Canadian stone
just spinning away beyond the two
That really is
telling Rachel Homan I am here and
if you want to win this game, you
are going to have to beat me.
in the air for joy for Eve Muirhead
and why not. The best shot of the
match. And what has that done to the
situation for Rachel Homan? How are
your nerves, Rachel Homan?
your nerves, Rachel Homan? First
slip from Emma Miskew. Coming in for
They wouldn't be wanting
the one here. This will really knock
the wind out of her sales.
It looks pretty good, so I
think she's not looking as
nervously, but it will be the one
shot ball Canada here and that's
exactly what Britain wanted to do,
force the 1-mac.
-- force the one. So, a wonderful
shot from Eve Muirhead means that
Canada just take the one. They are
leading after nine ends. One end
left, of course, Great Britain with
the hammer. Two to win, one to type.
Then we would be into an extra end
with Canada with the hammer. It is
all to play for here. She has no
other option here other than to move
these stones around and hope that
things fall nicely for her. Eve
Muirhead still has two to come.
Rachel Homan with real intent and
she needs to give this a bit of
welly. A technical term.
This is the
shot she likes though. And that is
She has sprung two of
them. The point I was making, even
that top yellow for Britain, the
fact she has left back in there, you
could even tap that in if Eve has
got one, if she only has one in
there, it is still protecting those
Canada are lying three.
What hands do you like throwing?
It has gone very quiet in
the arena. They are all trying to
listen to the discussion.
if you send it here?
You could play
the small bomb.
I think Eve is just
conscious that she doesn't want to
allow her a draw to get in there,
don't give her the chance of the
draw. If she wants to move some of
the stones around, fine, you have
plenty of yellows. Just don't allow
her to draw around the outside to
She would be really
struggling to sit shot, but she
could force the one. And the girls
have chosen not to come from the
right-hand side end, they have
chosen to come from the left-hand
side across the centre.
side across the centre.
I like this.
Hair less. The edge.
want this to come, I believe, right
into the 8-foot. Which also takes
off the draw for Rachel Homan, and
probably forces her to play a triple
Eve would still have this
one sitting over the other side. As
long as she gets this right. This
stone needs to come in as far as she
can. They are going to have to sweep
this very hard, it has not got much
on it. Really got to get into the
It has to be biting.
more, a bit more, bit more.
a back red as well.
The chances if
she tries to do the triple takeout
of not hitting that red are slim.
She wants to draw in here.
A little extra weight out here, or
When she says she crashed, she
caught that guard on the way
through, but she obviously doesn't
want to catch that British yellow
that Eve has just played, she wants
to catch that on the way in, so she
is giving it plenty of ice, she will
have to come in and around. She has
still got to get very close with
I think she should maybe have
played the triple. Everybody has got
their hands on their hat at the
This is it. No more chances.
Last stone for Canada. Last chance
for Rachel Homan. Eve Muirhead
I bet she has got sweaty
I bet you, heart rate high.
Just trying to stay calm, trying to
This is the shots to either
keep Canada in the game or put Great
Britain into a play-off place,
because we are sitting two right.
Here it comes, Rachel Homan
watching. She has given this plenty
of ice. She wants to at least lie
She is pretty high on
It is starting to turn,
but has she got the weight? High and
hard, this is it, Great Britain are
going to win this. It is not going
to get there. The handshakes mean
that Great Britain have won this
match, a superb performance from Eve
Muirhead and her team, they
struggled all through that match but
finally in the last three ends they
all four of them came together, a
superb team performance, brilliantly
led by Eve Muirhead with some
Congratulations, you are through to
the semifinal. Job done?
we knew it was going to be a tough
end against Canada, and we came out
and played a great game. And to book
our spot in semifinal was our first
goal, delighted with that.
the jump in the air? We saw you
leaving the ice when you clear that
I can't actually
remember it. When you are in that
zone, you forget about the small
things. But I'm glad I landed safely
on my feet!
And, you were struggling
early on but got it together in the
last three or four ends.
was, and kudos to the girls, they
stuck with me and they were really
patient, and I think that really was
the story of the game. We know that
we finish strong, and thank God I
turned up the last couple of ends.
Patience and just staying in the
moment, that is exactly what we did,
and we came through in the end.
tense was it out there, Vicki
and we came through in the end.
tense was it out there, Vicki? You
had the chance to put them out and
confirm your place in the
semifinals. It was getting a little
nervous at times.
It was a tight
game, but we expected that, we
talked about that in our pre-game,
and we focused on our shots one at a
time and they all came together
Lauren, we have talked about
one game at a time, you have all
said that, that you are now into the
semifinals, so how do you prepare
for that now?
It is a new part of
the competition, and we will go away
and regroup for the semifinals and
trying commit as strong as we can,
see how we are playing and how we
frame that and try to build on that
Just a comment,
Eve, on the Canadian colleagues next
to us here. It is a massive shock,
the women have never not made a
medal at the Winter Olympics, they
are one of your big rivals. How does
that make a difference of
accommodation now going forward?
knew coming in the field was strong,
all ten teams are capable of getting
a medal, and each team we went out
there and play our own game and
concentrate on ourselves. I
understand how you think that Canada
one of the top nations and haven't
missed a podium, but as a team we
concentrated on our own performance,
and we will take whoever we have in
There was a pretty
good chance it might be swayed in
the way things are looking. How
would you fancy that?
As I say, we
are open to any team. We had a close
game against Sweden in the round
robin, we beat them in the European
final and we always have close games
when it comes to play-offs against
them. We look forward to the day off
tomorrow, and fight strong the next
Good luck. No more jumping up
and down on the ice, OK?
CLARE BALDING: If she is jumping for
joy, we don't mind. These are the
It will be either the Japan or the
USA to join those three at the
topping qualifying. The hog line
violation was right at the end of
that game, really tight until then,
so anything could happen. Rhona, I
know you didn't sleep last night
because you were watching both
matches. When Eve played that shot
in end nine, was that the turning
Absolutely. It was Patience
the whole game, the British girls
played really well, and here at
nine, Eve really wants to force
Canada to take the one, not lose two
or blank, and this
Canada to take the one, not lose two
or blank, and this shot here was
phenomenal, the fact that it moved
both reds, and Great Britain that
two. So this was a huge game changer
at this point.
How difficult is that
Any shot in the ninth end, she
had to hit that absolutely spot on
in the right place to catch both
reds in the house, so yes, she had
to play the right weight, the right
line, it was a difficult shot, but
she played it perfectly.
really was the turning point,
because that meant, going into the
That forced Canada to
draw for one, and Eve was more than
happy to play the tenth. There she
jumps, it wasn't jumping with joy,
it was more jumping at the sweepers,
to listen to her.
it was more jumping at the sweepers,
to listen to her. But that means
Great Britain go into the tenth end
with a hammer, much easier to score
their two, and they were happy with
that situation. So that shot in the
night turned the game around.
shot of the Olympic Games so far?
Not as in the degree of difficulty
of the shot, but shot under pressure
to absolutely turn a scoreline
around, because if you think they've
fought through that whole game, they
were always two down, always
fighting for their two got other the
only got that on the eighth end.
Friday will be the semifinal against
Sweden. Korea have been the most
consistent team. What do you predict
will be the gold medal match?
the spot, I would say it is a Korea
- Great Britain final.
That would be
exciting! Exciting for the host
nation as well. Let's take a look at
Great Britain's results so far and
how they have got an against the
teams that are still left. As we
know, the Sweden result was very
tight and could have gone the other
But Great Britain have faced...
South Korea have beaten Great
Britain 7-4, and Sweden have beaten
them. But it is a different evening
Yes, three quarters of the week
is done, and to get over that
finishing line to reach the
semifinals is a huge weight off
their shoulders. They have done it,
they have played there are nine
teams, so now it is a different
competition, straight knockout, you
have to win. So there is no room for
error, and Eve loves the pressure.
The team can play really well under
pressure, they are so patient. They
don't try and win the game early,
they wait because they know they can
play the shots in the last few ends,
so they love the play-off games.
as for the men, pretty simple, they
had to win. They were up against the
USA, and when they don't win, also
of things happen. It is very
complicated. But before the match
today they were in second place
joint with Canada, but you see the
USA, if they were going to win, up
to five wins, and then it all gets
tight. And I woke up early to start
watching this this morning, and it
seems to me that the USA play a
different style of curling, they
play a much more aggressive style,
maybe just because they sweep
intensely. Kyle Smith at the end of
the fourth end here, what is he
trying to do?
They have lost a two,
got back to 2-2, and they are trying
to steal, so they played a great
draw around, then the USA trying to
go further ease, and they just miss
it, so it was a great steel from
Britain to go 3-2 up after being 2-0
The Americans look pretty cool
in their kit. They look like golfers
in their kit. They look like golfers
or baseball players, they look
different to everyone else.
Obviously the Norwegians look really
different, but there is a lot of
confidence in this USA team, they
know they have to win as well.
that was a great tapped to get the
three. Having just lost one at the
last end, for them at that fifth end
to go in and get the three is a
massive boost for the USA. So now
the USA are two up, playing this
eighth end, so Great Britain trying
to build up their two here. And just
catches the corner guard. So USA can
really put the pressure on now.
Great Britain have got last stone,
but they don't want to be forced to
take the one. But after that shot,
USA now just trying to lie.
It seems slightly...
shouting louder, that is why you
think they are more aggressive. So,
Great Britain forced to draw for one
against four. Which isn't a
disastrous situation to go into the
ninth end just one down, but the
sweepers are on this the whole way.
And unfortunately, it comes up
short, just too many half shots from
Great Britain today. Yesterday they
were so clinical, played so well,
but the loss of four, that is game
over, really, just too many half
shots for them.
The American fans
celebrate, and that is a huge result
for the USA. But this is what it
means the Great Britain. It means
they move down the order to fourth
equal, and they now have a play-off
against Switzerland, that is at
midnight tonight. If they win that,
they will go through to the
semifinals tomorrow at 11am, so
whoever wins that match gets two
games within a few hours.
finished on the same rankings, but
because USA had beaten both
Switzerland and Great Britain, they
go above them, so that is why they
are automatically through, and
Switzerland and Great Britain
And what do you predict
I think it will be a
And what do you predict
I think it will be a close
one. I think our boys, having seen
them that their clinical performance
yesterday, if they come out and play
like that, can win. They had a
really close first game with
Switzerland, but that was days ago
It seems like ages ago.
think both teams are going to be
absolutely desperate for that
And Kyle Smith
needs to pick himself up, because
that was a disappointing end but
they can do it and they have showed
in this Olympics they are absolutely
Absolutely, and at
the Olympic Games, what is the best
way to go? Through tie-breakers.
That's the way I did it!
Keeps you fighting and
Excellent, love that.
Rhona, thank you very much.
We are going to focus on the women's
downhill, which took place very
early this morning in perfect
conditions, and the star of the
show, all eyes were on Lindsey Vonn,
trying to capture the title that she
last won in Vancouver. She had
injuries that kept her out of the
World Championship. Let's catch up
with Matt Chilton.
COMMENTATOR: She has had two World
Cup victories, and a couple of
podiums as well, Goggia. She is high
on the Dragon rage, the winner of
the Olympic test 12 months ago. She
had a massive mistake in the
Super-G, which cost her a chance to
push for a medal, but she has been
going well in the free training
runs, and represents a serious, real
threat to Lindsey Vonn's chance to
win gold today. But Three has left
herself work to do. And that is
dangerous. Lucky that the wind
didn't get under her skis there and
cause to crash, but that is a sign
of the commitment that she is
putting into this race. Suffering
with a knee problem, she says when
she gets up in the morning walks
around, the knee is sore, it takes
ten minutes just to be able to walk,
and climbing the stairs is an issue,
but when she gets to the start gate,
she forgets all about it. It full
focus. She has just flown 25 metres,
and that is a good job, and it has
put Goggia right back in the Chase
here. 94 kilometres per hour, Bencic
celebrates beyond the 100 mark,
towards 104 kilometres per hour.
Smooth, accurate terms for Sofia
Goggia, the 25 you rolled Italian,
she hits that control gate, and the
next split it has got slightly
better for her. Goggia could back up
the victory in the Olympic test
event a year ago by skiing into gold
medal position here. It's a
brilliant run from Goggia, she leads
the way. It is a big margin in
favour of the Italian, 0.63, that
might bring her a medal today.
Will it be gold? This was one of the
risky moves that Sofia Goggia
polled, straight down onto the tales
of her skis. Incredible strength.
Lindsay Vonn is already a ski racing
legend, whatever happens today, the
most successful female ski racer of
all time. 81 World Cup victories.
She is chasing victory as she looks
to hunt down the all-time record.
She could add another couple of
World Cup wins at the end of this
season, maybe return at the start of
next and beat the record of 86. The
focus this season has been all about
today, the Olympic downhill
competition that she last one in
Whistler, the Vancouver games, eight
years ago. She has trained really
well. She has had an army of
technicians working on her skis, she
is fully fit, she's fast, she's
focused and she's flying there,
standing on the right speed, great
term coming into paradise for
Lindsay Vonn. Vonn is now 33 years
old, one of the oldest competitors
in the competition. Is she in front
here? She is four tenths slower than
Sofia Goggia and she and Goggia have
gone toe to toe in so many World Cup
races so far this season, with Vonn
winning three of them, including the
last two. She is fastest through the
speed gun. Will that translate to a
green light here? Not quite. Vonn
has still got to find time. Half a
second off the pace of Goggia. The
top two separated by .6 three. Vonn
is slightly wide. A straight line
all the way to the finish now. Vonn
is across the line and it is a
silver. Goggia Olesen. No gold medal
in what will almost certainly be
have final Olympic games for Lindsay
Vonn. Let's see what Mowinckel can
produce today. Norway's best, number
19, Mowinckel. Silver medallist in
the Olympic giant slalom last week.
13th in the super-g. She has been
consistent in World Cup downhill
races this season. Five times in the
top ten but never better than sixth.
Two green light to start with.
Mowinckel has had an outstanding
season. She was always one of the
sort of middle order athletes until
the start of the new World Cup
season at the end of 2017 and she
started to show some fine form. That
was a huge tan therefore Mowinckel
of Norway. -- a huge ten there for.
Norway have had a fine programme
with gold, silver and bronze is so
far. Mowinckel contributed to that
with a silver in the giant slalom.
The speed is good therefore
Mowinckel. Three green lights and
then read, but not bar. One tenth a
second off the pace. Mowinckel is
bringing her a game to the biggest
race of this season. The top three
separated by so little. Mowinckel
picked an unusual line into that
time. Can she swim quicker than
Goggia? Mowinckel may well move in
amongst the medals. Can she ski
quickly enough to go into gold? Off
the final jump, Mowinckel has gone
into silver. 900th of a second.
into silver. 900th of a second. It
is a second Olympic medal, her
second silver. What a day for Sofia
Goggia. She was the Olympic downhill
champion, the first Olympic -- the
best Italian woman ever to do so.
And it is the second silver for
Mowinckel in the downhill. And
Lindsay Vonn goes home with the
downhill bronze in 2018 after
winning eight years ago.
We saw had jumping for joy and look
at this, Sofia Goggia, giving the
snow in delight. Lindsay Vonn took
bronze and afterwards, her good
friend Jimmy Alcott caught up with
her. Suffice to say, emotions were
You overcame all of
the pressure, all the expectation
and you got a bronze today.
was intense and I think mostly it
was intense because I just wanted to
win for my grandpa. And it's hard to
process this is my last Olympic
downhill race. You know, I really
want to keep racing for ever but I
So, I'm... Lindsay, knowing
your family, your grandfather would
be so happy you went did your best,
I hope so.
So, I chatted with your dad earlier
and he was here to support cheap. He
didn't care about your time as long
as you knew you went out there and
did your best. He did that, the
super-g, this is how you came back
and that shows you are a super
Thanks. You know, I'm sure
my dad will find something that I
did wrong. He loves to be critical
but it meant a lot to me that he was
here. You know, we had some rough
times there and he wasn't in
Vancouver when I won, so it meant a
lot to me that he was here. I mean,
we've all been really emotional
because of my grandfather, so it
meant a lot to all of us to be here
altogether. It's just a really
emotional day. I'm really proud to
walk away with a medal. It may not
be gold and I'm sure a lot of people
will say that I should have gotten a
gold, but you know what, it's so
hard to win or to get a medal at the
Olympics and I'm proud of my
performance, so I'm walking away
Shimmy Alcott joins us
live now from Pyeongchang, listening
to that live I'm sure it's making
you well up and not many people
would have got that access or that
reaction. It's amazing to see the
really human side of Lindsay Vonn.
Yes, I've noticed that really change
with her over the last year. I think
she's become a lot more accessible
to her emotions. She also -- she
always used to put up this guard of
what you call people wanted her to
be and now she's realised that she
the champion and when you're
champion, you can beat who you are,
to do those feelings. It's
incredible that you spoke about the
men in her life because she has gone
through the divorce with her
husband, she got really close to her
grandfather because her father
wasn't in the picture them, so
that's where all these raw emotions
are coming from. I'm not sure if
they are coming from the fact this
is her last Olympic downhill all the
whole scenario of grieving with him.
That bronze was like a gold for her
today. She just needed to get a
Amazing to see her on the
podium. She has made it clear that
although she won't be at another
Olympics committee is still going
for the World Cup world record,
Definitely. She is only
by the way, chasing history. She has
done everything out she can in the
sport in terms of achievements for
female alpine skiers. It definitely
an accessible goal for her. The next
Olympics is four years away, how her
body will hold up. She has gone
through so much adversity and
injuries over the years that I think
she's anticipating that for years is
too much, but who knows of Lindsay
Vonn. When she is riding high bill
of confidence, you can't write her
Let's talk about Sofia Goggia,
the gold medallist. There are some
interesting testament to her
She is a firecracker.
She's never called me by my name,
she has nicknames for everyone.
Whatever she wants to do, she does
it, whatever she wants to save.
She's the most exciting skier to
watch. Actually, her run was
probably the most controlled I've
seen have. It was a really solid
performance. She knew what she had
to do to win gold and she had a
nervous wait up the surprise in the
super-g with the snowboarder coming
down and taking gold, with the
Norwegian coming down. She said he
didn't mind who was -- how far
behind someone was as long as they
And the first time in
many years Italy have one, so a huge
moment for them?
It is huge and the
way Italians celebrate, they are the
most amazing team out there. Every
single athlete stays to watch their
team-mates race. They have such a
good connection, when Sofia Goggia,
when the race was eventually over,
her coaches, you could see how much
it meant to them as the United team.
She is an amazing firecracker. She
is great but the sport, Lindsay Vonn
actually men told her over the last
few years and she beat her very
slightly here last year in a test
event, but I'm sure she is more
frustrated to buy beaten -- to be
beaten by her today.
There is still
the team event to come for the
women. Could Lindsay Vonn be
involved in that?
There is still the
combined tomorrow. As of yet, I am
not sure whether she will be
starting it. With her emotions, I am
not sure she will start. Who knows.
With the slalom, it's quite
difficult tomorrow, it will suit the
technical skiers like shivering but
there is a spot on the American team
for Lindsay if she wants to take it.
In terms of the team parallel, I
don't think Lindsay will started.
focus switches to Michaela Shifrin
for the Americans. One of the many
reasons we sent you out there is
because we have got the slalom
coming up and Dom Parsons. How is he
I mean, cool, collected, he
is just keeping to his own. He's
trying to take it as another race.
He doesn't have a big team here. His
family are watching back home, they
became up because they are watching
you. His girlfriend is here working
for Dutch TV so I will be standing
with her tomorrow and feeling the
vibe because he genuinely has the
possibility. There is a place on the
podium, there are about three or
four years he could get it and Dave
is definitely one of those guys.
Good luck with all of that. Thanks
so much was going up to talk to us.
This view, friends.
We miss you too.
Now we are going to head live to
cross-country skiing. Rob Walker is
there to explain how this skiing
works and also who she will be
skiing with. Does a moment of
history back for the iron Lady
wearing number one on the left of
This, arguably, one of the hardest
earned gold medals of any sport
hearing Pyeongchang. There is beer
can. 16 and a half minutes away from
something very, very special.
They are under way in this women's
teams per in to vinyl. Only two
athletes per nation, six circuits
skied in all, so it's three each and
the only rest each skier gets is the
length of time it takes their
team-mate to ski each of their
circuits. Marit Bjoergen in second
place here for Norway. At the
moment, she is tied in medals, 13 in
total. She has seven goals, three
silvers and the bronzes. A medal of
any colour would bring her 14 Winter
Olympic medals in total and no one
has done better. She would be the
greatest of all time. If you really
want to be a stickler for
statistics, if it was to be gold for
Marit Bjoergen, and she is in the
lead at the moment ahead of the
American, if it was to be gold,
there is no question whatsoever
because she would be ahead by virtue
of one single bronze. Marit Bjoergen
has been sensational at these games,
she really has. And how about this
for a potential omen? 16 years ago
on this very day, a skinny
inexperienced Norwegian led the
relay first leg and it was her first
medal, a silver. Well, Ollie
Williams alongside me, the omens are
good, it all sounds great, but she
has got to get over the line and
there is a world-class pair from
Russia just behind her and the
Swedes have a fantastic duo as well.
Yes, it is not just about Marit
Bjoergen, it is about the other
Norwegian in this team of two who
you see just waiting to handover
from Marit Bjoergen. You also have
the US, this week, everyone in this
mix, they will be looking less at
Marit Bjoergen, more her team-mate
and it's ridiculous to use the brave
the weak link, but it could be that
Neil said he would take over for
Sweden, you can see her entering
your picture there, it could be that
she will target her and try to bring
this bold home for Sweden instead of
Norway and just
The Norwegians are the defending
champions and reigning world
champions. This is a really, really
competitive race. They have already
skied a semifinal just to get to
this big showdown. Julia Bellerin
this big showdown. Julia Bellerin,
the camera focusing in now. This
Russian duo, for all the reasons
that have been well publicised, the
Olympic athletes of Russia have
brought a very young but talented
team, and Yulia Belorukova will be
determined to spoil the Marit
Bjoergen Norwegian party.
get a couple of minutes to recover
as best they can. You saw a little
error at the back, that will cause
some time for Slovenia. They look
very good, at the front you can see
it is Stena Nielsen, and we take one
more look here, you can see that
little error, the trip for Slovenia
that just drops her a little bit
further back. This race looks to be
on paper a four way battle, Norway,
with Maiken Caspersen Fall out on
course at the moment. And those
young Olympic Athletes from Russia.
Here now you can see you have Maiken
Caspersen Falla on the right-hand
side, Stena Nielsen keeping pace
with Sweden, and so far this final
We are poised for
history here, but how will this go?
We have a whole host of world-class
women determined that the Norwegians
will not have this great celebration
all their own way. Vital work going
on by the wax technician is, it is a
big part of the science of
cross-country skiing, it is not just
a question of putting the skis on
and going for it, there is a lot of
work that goes on behind the scenes
to make these races so spectacular.
Sweden and Norway, little bit of
ground lost therefore the Olympic
athletes of Russia. Yulia Belorukova
not quite as impressive on this leg.
Marit Bjoergen contemplating the
second circuit. Remember it is three
each in total, so now both
team-mates have done a circuit each.
Marit Bjoergen will be going up
against Charlotte Callan, she is
wearing bib 12 of Sweden, just on
the right of the picture. The
Americans won the team sprint, the
men won it back in 1976, and no
American woman has ever won a winter
Olympic cross-country medal. Third
place at the moment with Randall, it
would be a huge day for American
cross-country skiing. It cannot be
This is the USA's
last chance, Randall's in
particular, 35 years old. She thinks
this is it in terms of her ability
to finally for the first time put
the US on an Olympic podium in this
sport, but also think about
Charlotte Kalla, she has never won
this in the Olympics, and I don't
think she will get better
opportunity than being paired up
with an out and out sprint queen
like Stina Nilsson. Marit Bjoergen,
as you see her surging up this hill
that form such a dominant part of
this short but punishing course.
Marit Bjoergen isn't always Norway's
go to girl for a team spread. She
wasn't in the last couple of team
sprints, but in this course, you do
a semifinal, so many little circuits
of this course, it demands sheer
endurance, and that is what it shows
she brings in this field.
almost like the ultimate rap
session, rewarded with the gold,
silver and bronze medal. Here are
some of the all-time greats, let's
not underestimate Charlotte Kalla
and her team-mate, Stina Nilsson, up
against Maiken Caspersen Falla, and
it was Stina Nilsson and Maiken
Caspersen Falla who took the medals
in the individual sprint races.
Couple of gaps opening up.
Couple of gaps opening up.
allowed a little bit of a deficit to
open up. It is Norway from Sweden.
The United States have never been on
a women's Winter Olympics
cross-country podium. They are in
third. Switzerland coming into the
mix as well. But it is the two great
nations of Norway and Sweden, side
by side, locked together in this
battle for global supremacy, a sport
that is absolutely worshipped in
both countries, and the Germans have
a little bit of ground to make up,
disappointing so far for them in
You mentioned the Swiss, you can see
her off the back there, you can see
her skiing for Switzerland, Laurien
van der Graaff, impressive to come
through the way they did, and they
are keeping themselves in touch.
Look at Jessica Diggins, her face
painted with glitter, the way it
always is and always has been, in
her unique style that she has
brought to this US team, and she has
tried to haul this sport into US
prime-time, and nothing would do
that better than getting on the
podium tonight, and Marit Bjoergen
and Norway, Maiken Caspersen Falla,
just tucked in behind Stina Nilsson
behind them as they head back up
this hill one more time, and the US
A great effort here from
Jessica Diggins. Fifth in the ski
Avalon, the American, fifth in the
ten K, fifth in the relay, and she
made the sprint final. She is trying
to give herself and her team-mate
Kikkan Randall every opportunity.
There will be two complete circuits
left at the end of this one, this is
the second time we have seen Maiken
Falla of Norway coming up this
brutal hill. Stina Nilsson is
inferred. -- in third. They will
hope that history does beckon with a
gold, and Maiken Falla would already
be feeling this, they will be tired.
They have skied just to make this
final tonight. It is getting colder,
-5 out on the course, but they won't
be feeling that at the moment, they
will be getting a surge of
adrenaline. The noise from the
crowd. Most of them over on the far
side gathered by the finish. This is
a fascinating race at the moment,
the Olympic athletes of Russia are
out of it. This is sensational for
the Americans. It will be Jessica
Diggins to Randall, and as far as
the Norwegians and Swedes are
concerned, Maiken Falla will hand
over to Marit Bjoergen, and it will
be Stina Nilsson to Charlotte Kalla.
They are out on the tracks for the
last time, they can afford to give
it everything here. This is going to
be a fascinating circuit, and how
Kikkan Randall is going to come
under pressure here from Marit
Bjoergen and Charlotte Kalla, the
Olympic athletes of Russia
completely out of this now.
worried that the US, having gone so
hard in the semifinal, might be the
ones to blow up in this final, but
instead it is those young athletes
from Russia who have just not been
able to keep any kind of pace, as
frankly neither has anyone else,
because these three are now well out
in front, and it would take quite
some effort. You can see the Swiss
still just about in touch, but it
looks like it might just be into a
sprint finish between these three,
but the Norwegians will still think
they have an ace up their sleeves to
move ahead. Equally, the Swedish
will be looking at Lizzy waiting for
Stina Nilsson -- Charlotte Kalla
waiting for Stina Nilsson, it is no
strategic of when you push ahead,
and it looks like Norway are try to
take this out now.
has won a medal in every event she
has contested here in Pyeongchang.
She is 37 years of age, she is a
mother now, she balances a life
outside cross-country skiing, she is
writing this final chapter in
glittering glory, but is it to be a
gold? Unless there is a problem with
the skis or a fall, you would almost
certain things that Norway and
Sweden will be on the podium, but
Marit Bjoergen has shied away from
the questions about becoming the
greatest of all time. She has
focused on each race at a time, but
her job here is almost done, and
what a responsibility for her
team-mate and good friend Maiken
Falla. She will have the
responsibility of trying to ensure
history is made with gold with a
title defence, and a real problem
here. That is disappointing for the
Olympic athlete of Russia. A snap
poll, and that may well be
contributing to why they are so far
behind. If Marit Bjoergen is to
become the greatest of all time, she
has given her compatriot Maiken
Falla every opportunity. But this
isn't just about Marit Bjoergen,
this is a great race between Norway,
Sweden and the United States, and
how about that from the Americans?
They are closing in on a medal that
for so many years seemed it would
never come. Norway, Sweden and the
United States with one circuit left
too long burst their way towards the
The Swedish newspapers
interviewed Charlotte Kalla before
this race, and she said, if Stina
Nilsson and Maiken Falla eyelevel
going into the final leg, we will
not be that worried. She essentially
said, she thinks Stina Nilsson can
take it for Sweden. It was a brave
thing to come out and say, it has
been all over the Scandinavian
media, and now Stina Nilsson has to
deliver, because there is nothing to
choose between Norway, Sweden and
the USA, currently out in front
thanks to Jessica Diggins going for
that podium at last.
This is a great
race for the Americans, it really
is. Jessica Diggins has missed out
on so many occasions. We knew she
was on form, she won the last World
Cup race coming into these games.
She leads from Maiken Falla in the
silver medal position for Norway at
the moment, which would surely make
Marit Bjoergen the greatest of all
time, but this just for a moment
isn't about Marit Bjoergen. It is
about Maiken Falla of Norway. It is
about Jessica Diggins of the United
States. Sweden looked like a couple
of meters are opening up between
themselves and the leading duo.
Having said that, Stina Nilsson
trying to close the gap on the
inside. Maybe we are still going to
have a 3-way battle for gold. Maiken
Falla for Norway. Jessica Diggins,
the weight of history and all those
disappointments on the American
shoulders, and what about Stina
Nilsson? She beat Maiken Falla in
the sprint final, they call her
the sprint final, they call her
silver Stina, always the bridesmaid,
never the bride. Nothing to choose
between the three of them as they
head down to the stadium. The medals
are short, but in which order? And
there is a tussle between Maiken
Falla and Stina Nilsson. Jessica
Diggins did not get involved.
the history books will be written
and they will show that tonight,
Marit Bjoergen became the greatest
of all time but with which colour
medal? Stena Nelson trying to pull
away hair and suddenly there's a gap
and the Norwegians are there. The
Americans will get their first ever
cross-country skiing medal in the
Olympics and it looks as though
Maiken Falla is beaten. It will be
history for Bjoergen but it looks
like it will be bronze. What a race,
Stena Nelson, Jess begins for a
piece of history. And the Americans
have done it. For the first time,
they are on the podium and they are
on the podium with gold. Sweden take
silver and Marit Bjoergen becomes
the greatest of all time but it is
bronze tonight. Let's focus on the
Americans. So many times they have
come up short, so many times they
have had questions to answer but not
tonight. Sloan well -- Bjoergen
tonight. Sloan well -- Bjoergen will
make the headlines, but the US are
That is the raise that the US
have been waiting for decades to
deliver. They thought they were
almost out of time, they were given
50 places, fourth places, they have
done it at the World Championships,
they won the World Championship in
2013 together but they had never
done it at the Olympics until now
and it means more than the world for
them to beat Norway and Sweden at
their own game.
If you have never
watched a cross-country skiing race,
I really, really hope you enjoyed
that. This is a sport of Herculean
effort and hard. That is why they
collapse over the finish line. If
you prefer your racing on the roads
rather than on snow, I hope you have
been won over tonight. Marit
Bjoergen does become the greatest
Winter Olympian in history with 14
medals, but quite rightly, the
cameras are focusing in on the
Americans. That is an absolutely
phenomenal achievement. Yes, they
became team sprint champions, but
that was five years ago and people
were starting to doubt how many more
opportunities this great American
duo would have. And how about this?
Surely one of the principles of the
Winter Olympic Games and the summer
Olympic Games is to inspire the next
generation and how many young boys
and girls will be watching this in
the United States and will say to
their mums and dads, yes, I know
about Lindsay Vonn, but now I also
know about kicking Randall and just
begins and I'm going to have a go at
cross-country skiing. This is huge
for the sport in North America. It
takes an Olympic gold medal,
especially with the dominance that
America has across so many sports,
it takes Olympic gold and I said
that Sweden were expected to beat
the Norwegians, they were not
expecting the US to come at them and
win in that style. An absolutely
incredible moment in history but not
just for Marit Bjoergen, an amazing
finish from two American women who
have produced the race of their
lives against some of the all-time
greats. What a race and what a
privilege to witness this unfolding
in the commentary box. It has been
an absolutely wonderful 20 minutes
at the Alpensia Cross-Country Centre
centre and that was the moment be
America knew she had delivered gold.
What another sensational finish to a
cross-country race. America now have
a gold medal in the cross-country
team spin -- team sprint but Marit
Bjoergen now goes to the top of this
list of winter Olympic greats. These
are in terms of most medals won.
Marit Bjoergen top of that list with
14 of them.
Ireen Wust is the only one that list
who is a speed skater and she will
be in action later, so she could add
Marit Bjoergen goes to the top
without bronze medal she took in the
Now, the last time a British women's
bob finished in the Olympics was
Ninth place. And I was there.
It is about the whole team
contributing to the performance.
There's no way I could have done
what I did in my career without
with us as well, our skeleton
champion from 2010. This is a huge
moment for the women's bob sleigh
and for another sliding sport to
appeal to a new generation of girls.
I think that has been the joy of the
Winter Games this year, it has
inspired so many people. For these
two girls, for Mica to be driving
into third place, it is achievable
for her to achieve that which is so
Before that, we will tell
you a bit more about the story of
Mica Moore and Mica McNeill. It has
been a real story for them to get
here, not just athletically but to
fund themselves, because this is a
team funded by the people.
that hard years that we have worked
thinking, this is Olympic year, we
want to go into this year in the
best shape possible and then it just
It was absolutely
heartbreaking. BBC sport understands
that bobsleigh is set to withdraw
funding from its women's team just
five months before the Olympics.
Mica McNeill said she was shocked
and gutted to discover there was no
money left to fund her team because
of an overspend.
It was my career
very, very low. As low as you can
get. You have worked hard and it is
crushed. You don't know if you can
turn from that.
turn from that.
We instantly came
together with a plan that we could
move forward swiftly with because
the season was coming round very
quickly and I think we did that very
I honestly didn't know if it
was going to work. I thought we
might get a terrible response, like
we might get a lot of criticism for
setting this up. But we set it up
and then it just sort of started
Seeing people logging in to
support us that our boss and our
journey was just amazing. We want to
say thank you to all your
contributions for our campaign.
are so grateful. We have had a good
few days out on the Ivor Bell so
excited for our season.
of you watching at home centre view
quit their way. Nearly £50,000 was
raised for them. A good start. Let's
see the British girls on their way.
Terrific. Clean out of 15. Eyes on
seventh place. Six she goes. What a
good run that was from Mica and
Mica is starting to become a
really good pilot. They just need a
little bit more horsepower at the
top and by that start. That is all
they are missing. This is the reason
they are flying because she has
nailed this trade every time she has
come through it.
History was made on
the ice today with the first African
and indeed the Nigerian bobsleigh
team. Their debut appearance showed
the inexperience of the pilot, but
the bands -- fans were enthusiastic
nonetheless and they were thrilled
that the hair, despite finishing
last. 30 years after call running --
cool running, the Jamaicans were
slightly off the pace with no coach
to fine tune their run. A I have
finished seems unlikely. So do the
key contenders, Canada set the early
finished seems unlikely. So do the
key contenders, Canada set the early
lead with a time of 50.70 two. Not
one of her finer runs, especially
with the Americans and Germans hot
on her tail. The pilot on the United
States have won everything except
Olympic girl and cheese set the
fastest time to knock the reigning
champion of her perch with a time of
50.50 two. That time proved
impassable despite a terrific time
from the German pair, who finished a
tantalising to hamper of a second
behind the leaders. US team-mates
Jamie Gribble Poser and partner Amy
Evans finished a close third. With
reigning champion Humphreys of
Canada lying in fifth with our crowd
funded duo Mica and Mica in six
going into heat two.
For Great Britain in sixth place,
Mica McNeill -- Mica McNeill and
Mica Moore. Mica is driving this
track really well. You can see the
gap is starting to close that this
is the part of the track she's been
doing so well, getting this straight
right. If she comes through here
clean, she gets a little bit of tap
but she's carrying enough speed at
this point... That's another
mistake. She needs to settle into
this run. She is clothing but is
there enough track the incoming of
the Canadians at the bottom?
gone green. They are quicker. Can
they put pressure on Humphreys? They
are going to end run to no worse
than 60 with 50 point -- 52.9 five.
Now, work to do here for Humphreys
if she is to hold onto the gold
medal for a third time.
I don't know if Mica will come in
front of her here but she is losing
speed to the British sled.
real doubt say now that Humphreys
will be able to get another gold
Now, is this where Schneider
was stop pulling ahead of Kaillie
Humphries because she has started
losing speed? It certainly looks
like she is losing speed at the
bottom camp at the Kaillie
The German pair don't
normally lose speed, do they? And
the Germans go ahead? Yes, is the
answer. This is >> Jamanka -- this
The best person to
pledge will miss the meadow. -- the
first person to flinch will miss the
medal today. She has got to keep a
good margin here as she comes down
to beat speed trap.
It is a growing
margin as well. The German has put
herself in a great position and is
currently in first place. Now, the
Americans. They have a 200th
advantage as Elana Meyers Taylor
goes in pursuit of the one prize
that has eluded her through her
career, an Olympic gold medal.
is why they are in the lead and that
is a big mistake. That will cost
out. That 23 hundredths, I don't
think she will have that at the
bottom. She has lost that into
She will struggle. Germany
and the United States, the two will
be the leaders and Elana Meyers
Taylor has just lost the lead. The
big message though is that those two
are now a comfortable margin ahead
of Schneider, Gribble Poser and
And down in sixth place is
the great British pair. Not far off
Is it possible? It is.
This track has shown anything is
possible. The form book has been
What do they need to do,
They need to hold it together
and not do anything different. Don't
get freaked out by the fact they are
in a position they never thought
they would be.
We will head over
there in an hour's time but we are
going back to cross-country skiing
because we saw a vocational finish
to women's cross-country skiing,
with a photo finish and Bjoergen
going up to the top of the all-time
greats list. This is the men's team
final. We were hoping to maybe the
Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young in
there for Great Britain but as Rob
Walker explained, that was
Yes, thank you, Claire. This great
race is about to start. If it's half
as good as the women's final we have
just enjoyed, we are written for
another treat. Just a quick headline
on Andrew Young and Andrew Musgrave,
just missing out on a fastest loser
's spot in this final. But they
didn't finish the men's team sprint
in Sochi or Vancouver. Andrew Young
suffers from a condition called
tacky cardia which means that the
type of pressure being put on the
heart head when you are burning at
full space for three minutes and
then stopping while your team-mate
goes means he has had quite a lot of
races which he hasn't managed to
finish. The two Britons doing the
nation proud, a great effort, with
Andrew Musgrave 's thoughts turning
to his final on Saturday. So, no
British duo in here but we have a
world-class pair of very, very young
talented skiers from the Olympic
athletes of Russia. And it's Dennis
bits of on the lead leg for them. He
got a bronze in the 15 K, a silver
in the relay. He leads and the
question here surely is whether
these Olympic athletes of Russia can
put the Norwegians or the Swedes
under pressure? 16 is Marcus Helmer,
a legendary figure in Swedish
skiing, possibly a shade past his
best and coming up now, Ollie, the
familiar red script -- strip of
Norway. They will not like the fact
they got bronze in the women's
event, despite history being written
Yes, watch out for
Norway when they handover in a
moment. Norway won't even on the
podium four years ago. They finished
fourth in this. Norway treat this
like football. This is their Super
Bowl, if you like. Same in Sweden,
so it is Norway versus Sweden,
Sweden looking a little more
impressive than we thought. Your
contenders here, the Olympic
Athletes from Russia wearing 15,
Norway in one, Sweden in 16. What is
two in particular as they can mount
the first leg of six.
Nicely bunched here, each of these
men will ski three times, so Martin
Johnsrud Sundby coming in behind,
the Olympic athlete of Russia
handing over to an incredible young
talent, Alexander Bolshunov. And
that young man with the pink poles
and the pink helmet, he is Johannes
Hoesflot Klaebo. He has made his own
piece of history here, the youngest
ever male cross-country skiing
winter Olympic champion, two goals,
one in the sprint and the other in
the relay, and the manner of his
victory as the cameras focusing on
Helguson of Sweden, he is so good,
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, wearing
bib and one, I think he is the
equivalent of Usain Bolt. He has
made it look ridiculously easy so
And usually you mean that they
have won by a distance, but he went
out of his way to make those
victories look easy. In the relay
the other night, Johannes Hoesflot
Klaebo parked himself behind Dennis
Betts of and effectively at a mile
jog ended up passing him to win. It
was ridiculous how simple he made
that look. Will he do it again
tonight? He is up against a
different athlete, he is up against
Alexander Bolshunov, not Denis
Spitsov this time, and you can see
him, Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, on
the right-hand side, and Alexander
Bolshunov looked incredible and
relays, and what will be interested
tonight is whether he pushes
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo more than
Spitsov did in this final.
out as well for the Canadians can
Alex Harvey on the second leg for
them, will they have taken
inspiration from the North American
rivals? No Canadian men have ever
won skiing medal. Alex Harvey didn't
take part in the four by ten
kilometres relay. Remember if you
are just joining us, only two men
per nation, they ski three times
each, that is Johannes Hoesflot
Klaebo going for a hat-trick of
goals. There is his team-mate,
Martin Johnsrud Sundby. We have seen
the first piece of skiing from
Alexander Bolshunov, not the
fireworks we were expecting from the
Russian, who is level with the
German in a roundabout fourth place.
It is Sweden from the French, and
they have got a fine pair, that is
Richard Jouve coming across and
Maurice Manisa cat. A big group
coming together here, Martin
Johnsrud Sundby in third place, so
when will the big move,, and who
will it be from? This is a race that
unfolds very quickly. That fall is
Eric Bjornson of the United States,
a real shame for him. He will hand
off to Simeon Hamilton, they are
really going for this up an incline
that is steeper than it may one
appear. He is third from the left
hand side, and he just caught up on
the experienced Italian. That is a
savage blow to the Americans to get
into the mix.
That is pretty much
the end of that. Maurice Manificat
France wearing the number four, just
tucked in behind Sweden. He
scratched from the 50 kilometres
finale for the men on Saturday, and
this has been such a frustrating
Olympics for him, he has won bronze
medal but he finished fifth twice in
the individual races, and he will be
doing everything he can to get on
that podium as we watch them
frantically preparing the skis at
the bottom of the course. For the
relay, Dennis Betts off complained
bitterly that his wax did not look
as good as Norway's. Norway looked
supreme that time around, and here
comes Martin Johnsrud Sundby, moving
forward to join Sweden now. Marcus
Hellner leads the Sweden, and surely
in his last Winter Olympics, he was
33 years old, and he seemed to be
chasing a gold that seem to escape
him, not so after the relay. He has
had silver medals in the relay in
bronze and silver medals, and he is
in second place behind Marcus
Holness. Maurice Manificat, the
Frenchman in third, at the young duo
from the Olympic athletes of Russia.
Germany five, Italy six, and then
the Americans, Eric Bjornson trying
to make amends with that fall up the
first hill. We are at the halfway
stage here. Marcus Helmer, and son
be. They have skied two of their
three circuits, and now it is the
return of Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo.
He is arguably has more on paper
than Richard Jouve. The Finn is in
the seven. Alex Harvey heading out
onto the course, but it is Alexander
Bolshunov and Johannes Hoesflot
Klaebo, and we have Sweden still in
the mix. It is single file, they are
all in a line, and most of the big
names are in contention as they
embark on the fourth circuit. To
give you a bit of context, they will
be sitting at home in their tens of
millions watching this. This is a
huge sport for Norway. Their new
superstar, they have already had a
big day. They hit their target of 30
medals for Norway at these games,
and they have surpassed their
target. The men's ice
target. The men's ice hockey team
reach the quarterfinals at an
Olympic tournament for the first
time ever today, and they will be
expecting Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo
to cap it all off in supreme style
by brushing past Alexander
Bolshunov, but we have already seen
that Alexander Bolshunov has so much
to give, and age.
Both of them 21,
and it is that young Olympic Athlete
from Russia, wearing bib 15, bronze
in the spread, silver in the relay,
five times he has been on the World
Cup podium this year, but there is
the man streaking up the right-hand
side, he has his own distinct style
up the hills, and that was massive
from Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo. That
is why they refer to him as the
Usain Bolt of snow. In the last 40
metres of backline, he has just
shown why he is the new global star.
He has won nine of 12 World Cup
events so far this season, but it is
one thing winning here and there
around Europe, it is quite another
when you arrive here is one of the
favourites and you deliver not won
or two, but maybe three. We have
still got one complete circuit each
of the two team
of the two team members, but
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo has shown
why so many people in this sport are
excited about what he is doing and
what he is capable of doing in the
future. Norway are in the lead with
two circuits remaining.
change could lead to a couple of
days ago, we Johannes Hoesflot
Klaebo sat behind Denis Spitsov of
Russia and only at the end gently
went past him to take that gold
medal. This time around, clearly
baulk is thinking to himself, let's
not leave this to chance, let's go
and put as much distance as we can,
as early as we can, and make these
four Chase, make them break
themselves of those hills pursuing
Martin Johnsrud Sundby. That is a
completely different strategy for
Norway, and you can see now Martin
Johnsrud Sundby trying to preserve
as much of that gap as he can. Three
seconds in almost any other race
wouldn't seem like that much, but in
team spread like this, three seconds
is a healthy gap for Norway to have
at this stage.
He will be feeling
it, they all will. They have skied a
semifinal, and here they are on the
third of their lung bursting
circuits. Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo's
acceleration of that very steep hill
has given Martin Johnsrud Sundby an
opportunity to extend the advantage,
and Marcus Hellner of Sweden is not
closing at the moment from second.
Neither is Denis Spitsov in third.
For the other
For the other fourth are the French,
and after this, it is down to their
team-mates to anchor them home. This
is superb from Martin Johnsrud
Sundby. He was given the lead from
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, he is
arguably past his best, but he has
been fantastic today in the semis
and here in the final, and so is
Maurice Manificat, the French man in
his last games, Izzy? And if he is,
is he finishing in style with a
medal. The French are right up
there, and the youngsters from
Russia are coming under some
pressure here ahead of the sixth and
final circuit. There is Martin
Johnsrud Sundby. He has been a
superb ambassador for Norwegian
cross-country skiing. He has been
beaten a few times by the man he is
about a tap on the back, and he says
he is so talented, Johannes Hoesflot
Klaebo, it is almost embarrassing to
be in the same race as him
sometimes. And that from a man who
has stood on the top of the Winter
Olympics podium. Martin Johnsrud
Sundby has built on the lead that
Klaebo delivered. Sweden in second,
the Olympic athletes of Russia in
fourth, and it is the French in the
battle for the podium as well,
Maurice Manificat has been
magnificent, as Klaebo embarks on
this bid for a hat-trick of golds,
all before his 22nd birthday. They
are in the driving seat here. What
can the best of the rest do to close
it down on this last circuit? Surely
this is Norway's and Klaebo's
It seems almost impossible
to envisage circumstances that would
stop Batman from winning. They will
try anything. This has been so
impressive from Sweden. We maybe
didn't have them as medal prospect
at the start of this but they are
keeping in touch, but you can now
see that it is the French and the
Olympic Athletes from Russia that
are just trying to take this away
from Halvorsen, the 28 euros from
Sweden, who has never really been a
force in the team spread. He checks
behind him to see what the gap is to
the remainder of the pack, and it
looks like the three medals will
come from those four, but it is
almost impossible to figure out how
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo can be
stopped. Once again, it almost looks
like he will have a bit of a
procession to that gold medal, the
way he is going.
It is a brilliant
performance from Klaebo, because it
was looking tight. He is now driving
up that hill, trying to get into the
silver medal position. Johannes
Hoesflot Klaebo had enough time to
pick up the Norwegian flag as he
ambled his way across the finish
line, a desperate battle to silver
and bronze at the moment being won
by Alexander Bolshunov, the Olympic
litre Russia, and what a performance
from the French. Richard Jouve
building on the great work of
Maurice Manificat, and Sweden now
beginning to become detached. So it
is Norway from the Olympic athletes
of Russia, with France in third. As
now they begin to think about their
big drive towards the line. Calle
Halfvarsson has got to close the
gap. This is phenomenal from
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, he is 21
years of age and he is away and
clear. And how he will enjoy these
celebrations as he comes into the
finish. He will be unaware of the
drama unfolding behind him, but he
does have time to look over his
shoulder. We are watching someone
who is as exciting in his sport as
Usain Bolt was ten years ago when he
pumped his chest as he crossed the
line in Beijing. A global star is
born. He wears pink shades, but it
is all gold for the Klaebo, silver
for the Olympic athletes of Russia
and a brilliant bronze for the
French. Klaebo made that look easy.
He is already a household name in
Norway, and tonight he produces an
incredible hat-trick, three golds,
and he is still yet to turn 22. He
could be around for a very, very
long time to come.
And once again, he makes it look
like the simplest art in the world.
It is easy when we took about Klaebo
to overlook the achievement of his
team-mates each time because without
help in the relay, he would have
been nowhere, without help from
Martin Johnsrud Sundby tonight, he
would have been nowhere, but it is
the style with which he finishes
these races that sets him apart and
draws that comparison with Usain
Bolt because he brings charisma,
personality, and he just uses
presence, even when he is finishing
an Olympic final and Norway love
that man. They are already talking
about multi-million pound
sponsorships for Johannes Hoesflot
Klaebo. It is their national sport,
he is their national hero.
what celebrations there will be for
the Norwegians tonight. The again
made history with a bronze, moving
to 14 medals in all but gold is the
colour that obsessed the nation he
grow up on skis, on cross-country
tracks almost as soon as they can
walk, they are out on the tracks. A
fantastic performance. Norway on top
on the men's team sprint tonight.
And Rob, looking at those pictures,
there really does seem to be, there
is so much interest in this event
and so much respect for these
athletes because, gosh, they have to
work for it.
Do you know what,
Claire, it has been a privilege
sitting in the commentary box for
both Ollie Williams and myself. In
every single race apart from when it
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, the man
with the pink shades, everybody else
collapses over the line. It's the
ultimate all-round test of your
upper body as well as your legs
aren't the only person I've ever
seen, crossed the finish line and
not collapse in a heap is Johannes
Hoesflot Klaebo, who is now a
three-time Winter Olympic champion
at the age of 21. It is so much
harder than it may appear, this
board, Claire, it really, really is.
They earn every ounce of the medals
they are presented with on the
podium and there is a great esprit
de corps with these men and women,
Claire, because I think they are all
aware of how hard everyone else's
working. So, yes, there's a little
bit of needle between the Norwegians
and the Swedes sometimes, but there
is enormous mutual respect between
these men and women.
They know how
hard their sport is. Believe me, it
looks like it as well and that is
why we should respect what Andrew
Musgrave has achieved in these
games, finishing seventh in the
skiathlon, best finish ever the
British cross-country skier. But he
and Andrew Young teamed up for the
team sprint and went out in the
semifinals. Give us more detail on
I don't think it was about
performance, Claire, because they
went in the first semifinal,
finished in sixth place and the way
these events work, you have two from
each semifinal plus six fastest
losers in all, so they were in a
spot after the first semifinal, they
just missed out on a spot in the
final, but to put this in context,
Andrew Young has a condition called
tacky cardia which means it's very
difficult by him to get his post
back under control if he is doing
interval efforts and this is an
event where you share intervals with
your compatriots, going hard for
three minutes and waiting for three
minutes. They weren't able to finish
their semifinal in the team sprint
in Vancouver or Suchy, so the fact
they were in with a shout at a
fastest loser spot shows progress.
And the fact they are both
three-time Winter Olympians, Andrew
Musgrave what have another chance in
the 50 K, and he has done a huge
amount, they both have, to further
the cause of cross-country skiing.
You would have thought British skier
would finish in the top ten ten
years ago. He was seventh in the
skiathlon and maybe there is more to
come in the 50 K.
Let us hope so.
Thank you so much for all your work,
Rob, and there with confirmation of
So, the medal table, well, Norway
are having a very good day.
Great Britain still in 16th thanks
to that gold medal from Lizzy
Yarnold in the skeleton. Earlier
this morning, we saw the women's
downhill and Lindsay Vonn taking a
bronze medal and she has been
extremely emotional, knowing that
this will be her last Winter Olympic
appearance and she is there on the
podium once again. She has come back
from so many injuries. She lays it
all out there on the mountain. And
while a bit of power will be
disappointed that she didn't quite
go quick enough to secure the gold
medal, another Olympic medal for her
is a real achievement. Thomas park
they're making the presentation and
hugging Lindsay Vonn. And you saw
her interview with Jamie Alcott
earlier where they both broke down.
She is very raw at the moment,
Lindsay Vonn, but that is a
tremendous performance. And Sofia
Goggia from Italy took the gold
medal, Italy's first-ever win in the
women's downhill. And they haven't
actually one that many Alpine
medals, very huge, huge moment for
the Italians. Right, building up to
the third run of the women's
bobsleigh and it is just about 40
minutes away. It is a sport that,
Nicola, a lot of people cross into
it from other sports, there have
been some athletes, for example.
is. I transferred from Olympics
myself. Mica did a lot of different
sports. Most people transfer over
from anything that is short power
and actually the UK have one of the
best chance for programmes which
spans across all sports. I know huge
numbers for skeletons as well, which
means we take athletes who perhaps
either have achieved or they have
specific skills for a sport and slot
them into it. Put them where their
skills seat and we see people
And if you were to
sell Winter sports and sliding
sports in particular, Amy, what is
the best thing about that?
Everything! You can transfer your
skills across. It's the excitement,
the unknown. The weather conditions
are so interchangeable between the
eyes, the snow, whether it's -2, -5,
will it snow, will it be foggy? The
extreme nest takes it to another
level and yet there's still a real
physical side to it as well. You
still have to train like a sprinter,
be powerful of the blocks in our
sports. It's great that you can
transfer your skills across from
summer. My dream was to be a 400
metre runner but it never quite
happened, yet you can switch to a
And become an Olympic
champion, as you have been. Lizzy
Yarnold was a heptathlete, moved
into skeleton and now she is a
history maker. Britain's first-ever
double Winter Olympics champion.
This is her story. I know I am a
ruthless competitor when it comes to
it, it is me and the track. You are
lying on the sled listening to the
rattle or the vibrations of the ice.
It's just a complete orchestra of
You have to be sure if
you go headfirst. Nothing to block
you, nothing to stop you, nothing
between you and triumph or disaster.
You just really have to look at the
eyes, understand what the basics are
of the ice and then on the first day
of training, jump on the shed, go
down and see what it's doing with
I haven't always run three
Lizzy Yarnold's games though. She
wanted to be a heptathlete long
before a UK sport scheme pointed
head towards a sled. She relied on
the generosity of others initially.
A work colleague called Mervyn
sponsored her when money was short.
Has led still bears his name. Back
then, Lizzie worked in insurance, a
trade based on knowing what can go
wrong. A sport she is beginning to
dominate is one of terrifying risks.
Lizzy Yarnold has a few terrifying
moments to wait.
building to Sochi.
goes for gold for Great Britain. She
hit outside, it doesn't matter, she
will win gold, surely? She's going
to do it. Lizzy Yarnold is the
Olympic champion! Oh my goodness.
Well, maybe she will keep sliding
and comeback in four years, who
I think she will.
days of her gold, she had won every
skeleton title there was to win and
then she walked away.
quickly knuckled back down, focused
in on these new challenges and then
realised that I was just at the
point of exhaustion and I needed to
She had a year out, got
married, and then she came back to
it. She always intended to go back
to the Olympics to defend her title.
But you can't simply slide back into
the skeleton. Sweat comes before the
eyes and last year she was diagnosed
with an innately disorder that
affects balance. At the same time,
she couldn't find her former speed.
In our World Cup races this season,
Lizzy Yarnold was outside the top
The lesson that I think I
needed was to respect sport and
respect the day of competition, but
mainly to understand that I do know
what I'm doing and I need to trust
myself lot more.
To those on the
outside, the signs weren't good, but
as Pyeongchang approach, Yarnold was
To have the confidence and
faith in this plan that will be
taking me to Pyeongchang, it's not
about the World Cups, it's about
trying to become the first British
Winter Olympian to retain my title.
She goes first. Clearly Lizzy
Yarnold is here for business.
a lightning start, run one, position
one, but something was wrong. The
dizziness seemed to have returned.
Lizzie was also struggling to
breathe because of a chest
infection. She was close to pulling
The Olympic champion. Can she
make history and win it again?
at the gap. She has got half a
This could be at least
silver for Lizzy Yarnold. She goes
to the front and how!
With that, the
grammar school girl from Kent had
become one of Britain's greatest
sportswomen, a back-to-back Olympic
And she may refuse to answer the
question of what next, but Amy
Williams, in your opinion, what next
for Lizzy Yarnold?
Having not spoken
to her next, but if I was her, I
would go and take a bit of time out,
see what it is like when you get
home and all the press and what you
can do to inspire, go and have a
holiday, and knowing her, she will
feel like she's in the prime of her
life, fully funded on an incredible
programme, she probably will just
continue. So you think you could do
a third Olympics? Part of me says
no, she will stop, maybe she will
want to have children, the other
half of me thinks maybe she would
take a year out, still maybe have
children, and then come back.
Because she is having fun. Laura and
her have fun, they have a great
team, why wouldn't you continue? She
is fit, healthy and strong.
helps, if you are not dealing with
injuries all of the time at the
tiring nature of that, it helps a
positive about things. Yesterday, we
were shell-shocked in the studio
where we saw Elise Christie crash
out once again than Olympics.
Paralympics is over. No short track
today but we do have long track.
Less opportunity for but we do have
the possibility of some. We will see
the Dutch greats in action today.
The Netherlands against the USA
head. Let's rejoin Wilf O'Reilly and
Simon by ten.
Thank you, Claire. Presumably not so
many video reviews either today in
this long track. The Netherlands
first on the track, the best of the
semifinals in the women's team as
you do. They are up against the
And this is a straight knockout
here. Away they go first time, and
look at these two teams lining up
here. One would expect the Dutch to
prove to be too strong of this
event, aren't they?
They have really
put the domination of this event.
And the Americans are already a
quarter of a lap behind. It is a six
laps race, and the winner from this
final will go into the final, and
then the winner of the Seki
semifinal -- second semifinal will
go in as well.
And they have it all
to do here. Nice smooth flowing
style here from the United States,
but they are already falling well
behind to this magnificent Dutch
team, the Dutch have won five gold
medals and for silver in this
particular distance. They have won
the World Championship on four of
the five occasions it has been held.
And the tactics here will be that
the Dutch as long as they win this
race, they don't have to skate their
socks off. They will be saving
themselves later on this evening for
These team pursuit squads
have four skaters, only three skate
in any one race, and Marrit Leenstra
is resting in this one. She could
come in for the final fresh leg,
raring to go.
For the Americans,
this is really all about if they
finish second in the semifinal, they
will meet the semifinal second place
winner from the next round, and
skate off later for the bronze
Antoinette de Jonge, on the
front, and the Dutch look as if they
are skating within themselves here.
Very comfortable indeed, all four
need to skate to get a medal, so
what they have done now is they have
put the reserve skater now inshore
that that that person will get a
Antoinette De Jong, and there
is Irene vast -- Ireen Wust, with
more skating medals than any other
athlete in history, male or female,
and I think she will add another
tonight, gold or silver, because
they are winning this semifinal by a
country mile, and the Netherlands
coming around now, still nicely
packed together. Working well as a
team. They have been working on this
for months now. Sometimes the teams
are thrown together at the end just
before the championship, but they
have spent some time working
together. And here come the United
States. I think they always knew
that they were going to be up
against it against the Dutch.
was just like a very good warm up
for the Dutch. There is the other
skater who will skate in the final,
perhaps the coach couldn't decide
which of the four he could select
three from. Just give you some the
Netherlands in their heat skated a
time of 2:55.61, so that is about
four seconds slower than the heats,
because this is a definite knockout
They did look as if they had
been Fraustro in the park when they
cross the line. So the Dutch are
through to the final. And as you can
see, they were coming into the same
straight as the United States. We do
see that in team pursuit in track
cycling rather more often, but of
course as it is much smaller track,
250 metres in cycling as opposed to
this 400 metres monster Oval. But
the Dutch were really eating up the
metres very quickly indeed. So the
Netherlands through as the winners
of the first semifinal, and the
second semifinal will come up very
quickly now, and it is between
Canada and Japan. And that Canadians
are represented by Keri Morrison and
Isabelle Weidemann. Canada champions
in this event but not since 2011,
and Japan are the trio up against
them, with me had Takagi, so she has
had a really good Olympics, Miho
Takagi, and they were the last team
other than the Dutch to win the
world title, but have had to settle
for silver in each of the previous
two years, so when it comes to the
seedings and what we expect to see,
we expect to see Japan against the
Netherlands and the final, and it
could be pretty competitive based on
what we saw the quarterfinals.
Well, for the uninitiated, why do
they line up in the way that they do
at the start?
Some of the skaters,
for example the Canadians will have
a slower start, so some of the
skaters prefer to be able to see
where they are starting. You can see
the skater on the back of Canada
just pushing forward. They are
allowed in fact to assist, so
Isabelle Weidemann pushing the
backside of skater number two
And it is Miho Takagi on
the front for Japan. They have
settled into a very nice rhythm.
Working well as a unit, and the
Canada, it is if any blonde
Canada, it is if any blonde --
Ivanie Blondin, and she is still on
the front for the Canadians, just
under a second slower than Japan.
This is a six lap race.
And it is
all about conserving your energy,
and I think what will happen, the
Japanese are convinced they will win
this race comfortable. They won't be
using too much energy, saving it for
the ultimate final, going for the
Japan have done well in
World Cup race pursuits in recent
They have employed a Dutch
coach, you can see him in the
background there in his Japan
tracksuit. He will be giving them
the lap times they need to skate to
remain ahead of the Canadians but
not give it too much energy that
they can save the later on in the
So what we are seeing is a
measured effort from Japan. They
have given themselves of elbow room
over Canada, and on the front for
the Canadians is Isabelle Weidemann,
but you can clearly see Japan have
the significant advantage, 1.76
seconds, but the speed they are
going, you can cover a lot of ground
in that time.
I would say it is
probably in the region of 30-40
It has gone up a little more
with two laps to go. You can see the
steadying hand from the second
skater onto the
skater onto the backside of Nanna
Takoradi. All those World
Championships that were held here
last year, somewhere in the region
of two or three seconds slower than
the times they have skated
previously. And based on what we
have seen from the Netherlands here,
I think Japan are going to need to
conserve every ounce of energy that
they can. It could be a spectacular
final between the Perofeta. Here
come the Canadians, they are set to
face the United States in an all
North American race for the bronze
medal, coming up a little bit later
on. Just over two and a half seconds
down here, but this has been nice
and comfortable, a smooth effort
from Japan. Remember that when it
comes to team pursuit, it is the
third skated across the line, so it
is no point in doing what the
Koreans did the other night and
leave the third member of your team
lagging behind, because it is their
time that will count, and you need
to have teamwork and not just the
pure speed of your strongest athlete
here, you are only the strongest as
the weakest in your team.
still two seconds quicker than the
Dutch, but that won't really make
any difference for the gold medal
Oath of these semifinals went
to form, and in both semifinals, the
United States and Canada were unable
to really prove to be competitive
against the opposition, but I think
it is fair to say that we are set up
for a final that is not that easy to
On paper you would certainly
say that the Dutch have a good
chance of retaining their title, but
the progression that the Japanese
had made, they are really compact
team, they work well together, they
make a very good train, they are all
about the same height, so they are
very streamlined from the front to
the last athlete, so that works
The athletes will go and warm
down and prepare, because they will
be in action a little bit later on.
The Netherlands will race against
Japan in the first final, and the B
final will feature the United States
of America against Canada. They will
be resurfacing the ice here now, and
then after that we will have the
semifinals of the men's team
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That website is really good,
actually. And one of the things
about winter sport is there are some
sports you could take up a little
later, couldn't you? You don't have
to be six.
Absolutely. I transferred
over to bobsleigh at 23. Before I
was 23, I had no idea what it was,
but I could transfer my skills from
heptathlon and get into the sport
and thankfully within two months I
was already in Olympic team.
talking to Alex Coomber about
whether she could transfer to
another sport, because she wants to
get back into it, what would she
choose? Because there is nothing of
her, we were talking about ski
Yes, she is tiny.
fly from miles. Would you try an
alternative winter sport?
What can I
do? When I look at short track all
on track skating, I am like, they
have quads to die for, and when you
hear it, the sound of the skates on
the ice is such a beautiful noise,
it makes you want to put some skates
on and go.
And as you know, in
Korea, they are mad for speed
skating, but there has been a rumpus
about their long track team, because
500,000 people have signed a
petition demanding that two of the
South Korean speed skaters are
banned from the national team, and
the two athletes appeared to blame a
team-mate after they failed to reach
the semifinals which we have just
seen of the women's team pursuit,
and essentially the petition is
saying, that is unsporting of two of
you to blame the other one, because
they take the time of the third
going is harder she can but she
couldn't keep up, they were saying
she isn't good enough.
within the team, that is incredibly
When you go to games, do they
say to you, do not under any
circumstances say anything negative
about team-mates or the team setup?
No, not for us. It is very different
in hours, we are clearly an
individual sport because you are
there with your sled and you are
doing it, but you can't do it
without the team, the coaching
staff, the physio, the doctors, but
unlike within a bobsleigh when there
are physically two or four of you
working together, but it wouldn't
even cross my mind. Tricky politics.
If everyone is giving it their best,
that is ultimately all you can ask
for, so it is interesting. Obviously
the emotions of it, it is their home
games, and maybe the emotions have
all gone over the top.
I find it
hard having never been competitive
in a team sport apart from being
back in school to then know that you
are still, your performance matters
from what everyone else in the team,
you want to know everyone else is
giving 100%, because if you are NN
individual sport, it is you and you
alone giving 100% everyday, and how
can you be assured and trust within
your team that everyone is doing
their very best.
Obviously with the
Bob, it is a team, you both have to
push and work, and for Misha McNeill
and Mika Moore, what are they both
bring to each other? You know them
well. You discovered her. What are
her talents, and what she need to
They are both such positive
people, they are bubbly and focused,
very determined, and right from the
off when I met Mica at 14 or 15,
what stood out was how it focused
she was, she was already a
world-class competitor, and it was
about developing that physical and
the ability to drive.
about how they had to fight to get
to these Winter Olympics, and when
to crowdfunding to raise the money
to get there. Now they have produced
two sensational runs. They are in
the top six. When you look at this,
Nicola, what are they doing well
already, and where can they improve?
The start time is not great, we know
that, they started 14th and 12th,
but the velocity is fantastic,
because coming straight to the first
corners, they dropped two places on
the second run, three on the first,
and the start was consistent. The
second run was a little bit more
scrappy, but she was clearly letting
the sled run, and you could see all
three o'clock she was one of the few
athletes that just dropped and
dropped and brought her time right
They are only 0.16 of a second away
from a medal but that doesn't take
into account that the others can
improve and on the third run they
will go fastest first. Is it better
to be on the ice first before there
are marks in it?
There are, every
sled that goes down cuts up the ice,
so it slows down. Yesterday,
starting 17th was a disadvantage and
today they will start six, and she
is right there, where all the world
competitive sleds are.
How are you
driving? You can see the runners on
the bottom. Are you controlling it
with your hands?
There are two
pieces of cable attached to the
front axel, so you have about a 90
degrees range of movement.
are basically doing this?
a technical go-kart. Go right, and
obviously you are on the corner,
pulling down and up. You pulled too
much and create too much pressure,
it slips you up at the end of the
corner, which causes you to crash.
If you don't stay enough, you lose
pressure and you fall off the wall.
It's constant adjustment and, to be
perfect, you need centimetre perfect
lines. To get that straight, she had
to be within three or four
if she can hold it together, she can
at least maintain sixth place, if
not move up. You only need the
third, fourth, fifth placed athletes
make a tiny mistake, they could drop
down. Even if Mica made a small
mistake, the worst she could come is
great. I believe she can stay up
there, with Kaillie Humphries just
in front of her, double Olympic
champion. Can she moved up or will
she stay there?
We are about 20
minutes from the third run. We will
find out soon whether they can move
up. Let's held over to the Alpensia
Night two of the women's bobsleigh
runs, three and four happening this
evening, and the medals. Let's talk
about that British Bob, sixth place
overnight. Are you worried about
them? Are you excited about them?
think it's going to be a really good
night for them. It will be very
relaxed, no pressure on their
shoulders, they are just going out
to have fun. As long as they can do
that and let the people around them
make mistakes, it should be a good
Their start is probably in
the top 15, but not the top six, so
how do they try to make up for that?
Don't change anything. They will not
be to change their start, physically
they are where they act.
Is it just
Yes, their physicality and
power and speed. Against the top
nations, that is where they are
struggling, but don't change it.
Mica's lines from yesterday, go
better, do the same? Hazard again,
don't change anything for the you
don't want to try and find speed in
She needs to exit corner
two right, go down the dragons tail
straight, and I think it will be
good for them.
We've been studying
time sheet overnight, 0.16 back on
third. Is that realistic or
something they can't worry about?
think it would take a lots of
mistakes from other people for them
to get the bronze, but they will be
charging hard for their own medals
and, if people make mistakes, they
are ready to pounce, so why not?
What about the race for gold?
think that's so not 20 Americans and
the Germans. Where they will finish
off, I'm not sure, but maybe the
bronze medal is three, four and
five, because it's so close.
go, run three and four coming up. A
big evening for British sliding.
Well, morning our time, 11:40am.
Lots of Korean fans to support the
sliders, but even more of them are
in the Gangneung Oval for the speed
skating. Because we are going to see
South Korea in our next semifinal
for the men's team pursuit, up
against New Zealand, fighting for a
place in the final. Can they make
it? The other semifinal will be the
Netherlands, featuring Sven Kramer,
against Norway. Who will win the
first of these semifinals? We know
where the host nation will be
screaming and shouting at hoping
for. Is it possible? It will not be
for. Is it possible? It will not be
quiet in here for long because we
are just a minute and a half away
from the start of the first
semifinal, Korea against New
Zealand, and the Kiwis are up
against it. Because of the way it
works from the quarters, the fact
that Korea were the fastest, New
Zealand only just made it through
into the semifinals.
before fastest time, so in the next
semifinal, the second fastest time
meet the third fastest, and a
straight knockout system. They have
their work cut out.
A quick mention
of New Zealand, the fact that, as a
nation, they have only ever won one
medal at the Winter Olympics, which
was in 1992 in the slalom. Can they
get a second ever medal tonight? New
Zealand represented by Shane Dobbin,
Reyon Kay and Peter Michael. Most of
these squads have four skaters, and
they tend to mix and match between
rounds quite often. New Zealand have
free and that's it. It's these three
or nothing. They are happy with that
They were second at last
year's World Championships here, so
they are a force to be recognised.
Is this trio from Korea, Min Seok
Kim, Seung-Hoon Lee and Hyong-Jun
Joo. They won the silver medal four
years ago. That was in Sochi. Eight
laps of the track for the men.
Hyong-Jun Joo is forced to watch
this time. -- is the forced to
watch. Eight laps of the track, and
a roar goes up. 8000 people packed
in here, and for New Zealand its
Reyon Kay on the front at the
moment. He is one of those who won
the silver medal in the World
Championships last year for New
Zealand. Peter Michael in second
place, pushing him slightly. And the
Kiwis already one tenth of a second
round this strong Korean team.
Winsock even -- Min Seok Kim for
Korea. Korea fell on last year's
World Championships, so they have no
real ranking, so they have been put
into this semifinal with the New
Zealand and will really have to wait
and see what happens in the last two
laps. Michael is on the front, so
Reyon Kay is at the front for New
Zealand at the moment, and New
Zealand are ahead against Korea.
Shane Dobbin doesn't go to the front
at any point, because they have
worked out that, the fewer changes
they make, the less time they lose,
and I think Shane Dobbin feels he
isn't quite strong enough to remain
strong on that last lap if he's been
doing turns on the front.
doing turns on the front. Seung-Hoon
Lee leads the way for Korea, but New
Zealand have the advantage. This is
going to go to the wire.
Michael on the front for New
Zealand. They will be pushing it.
They have worked specially for this
event. The Koreans or eggs short
track speed skaters, used to skating
behind one another. -- the Koreans
all former short track speed
The Olympic champion in the
10,000 metres on the front. Again,
New Zealand are just edging it. By
just over a tenth of a second at the
moment. Min Seok Kim taking it up
for Korea. The coach pointing with
his finger, showing they are one
tenth behind. They will not be able
to see them directly on the other
side of this 400 metres track. What
a struggle this is going to be.
Again, just over a tenth of a
second. Peter Michael is a class
act, a World Championship bronze
medallist as an individual in the
5000 metres last year, but he's
going to have to do a very big turn
on the front, two tenth of a second,
advantage New Zealand.
This could be
a turn-up for the books if the New
team make it through to the eighth
A very big two laps to go,
and Korea with a lot of work to do.
It's almost half a second. Lee on
the front for Korea. All former
short trackers, used to accelerating
at the last bend. A fuel grows going
up from the crowd. They are not
eating into the New Zealand
advantage. The teams coming round to
take the bell. 400 metres to go. New
Zealand have the advantage, but only
by a quarter of a second. The
Koreans bringing back that four
tenths of a second head start that
they had an New Zealand. Everybody
digging deeper. Sprinting all the
way to the line. It will be so
close. 0.07 of a second. It's a wild
sprint to the line for the chance to
race in the gold-medal race later.
Over the line, and taken by Korea,
3:38.82. They sprinted for all they
are worth in that last 400 metres,
and they pulled it out of the bag at
the last moment. New Zealand had led
all the way through, but they didn't
quite happy in the final metres.
It's all about the third skater,
when the third skater crosses the
line, that's when the time stops,
and you saw quite clearly the New
Zealanders were really struggling on
the back, and they're disappointed
faces tell the whole story.
Effectively with New Zealand you've
got two skaters pulling the cart all
the way round throughout the entire
distance, and what a great job they
did, but just not quite enough to
guarantee themselves gold or silver.
But the track record has gone, I
It has, smashed. That was the
world record winning time from last
year, when the Dutch won this event.
Maybe we could have another turn up
for the books when the Dutch, going
into the red-hot favourites, their
track record has just been smashed
by two seconds.
Nobody will be going
home from here today, because the
home crowd will be waiting to see
their team in the men's team pursuit
final, making up somewhat for the
disappointment for the Korean fans
in the women's team, a terrible
result in the quarterfinals, racing
for seventh place now. Let's move on
to the second semifinal, Norway
against the Netherlands. Norway
represented by Haavard Boekko, Simen
Nilsen and their role and Pedersen.
Pedersen won bronze last week in the
5000 beaters. World bronze medallist
last year. And now the Netherlands,
with Patrick Roest brought in for
this semifinal, Sven Kramer and Jan
Blokhuijsen completing the team.
Sven Kramer nine times world
all-round champion, 19 times single
distance world champion. Eight
Olympic medals to his name. Is he
going to add to that total tonight?
The odds would say yes. Sven Kramer
has a yellow band round his forearm.
The Norwegians in their qualifying
heat only 100th of a second slower
than the Dutch, so this will be a
Just 0.34 of a second between them.
Sven Kramer, who we saw winning one
of the single distance events at the
Olympics in majestic style, nearly
half a second, the advantage, was
well beaten in another race on a day
where he said he just didn't have
it. We thought he'd turn up and win,
and many thought that's all he would
have to do, and he ended up in
fixed. On the front, Pedersen, who
has been their strongest athlete so
far. Haavard Boekko, world champion
in the 1800 metres, taking up the
running for Norway.
almost six tenths of a second faster
than the Dutch at the moment, with
Jan Blokhuijsen at the front of the
Patrick Roest, the Dutch
silver medallist in the 1500 metres.
He struggled a bit in the
quarterfinals, not quite on top
form. The Dutch, as you can see,
have ground to make up. It's almost
three quarters of a second. They are
still losing ground of course. And
Nelson of Norway on the front for
this Norwegian team. -- Simen
Nilsen. Norway are an incredible
form at the moment, having won the
500 metres gold, and the Dutch are
struggling, as Sven Kramer moves
back onto the front. The Dutch have
won nine of the ten world titles
that have been awarded in this
discipline, the Olympic champions
from 2014 but, with four laps to go,
their place in the final is far from
assured. Half a second to make up,
and presumably best time to do that.
I think so. Sven Kramer will be
turning on the speed. He is bringing
it back again, 15 hundredths of a
second, with just over three laps to
go. Presumably the Dutch will be
raised to a schedule more than
against Norway per se until the
closing stages. Almost six
hundredths the second slower than
the Norwegians now, but it will be
interesting to see whether Sven
Kramer will do the last three laps
on his own.
Pedersen on the front
for Norway. I think he's the one
they will be looking to in the
closing stages of this one. He is
the one who really has the form at
these championships. Still nearly
half a second between them, with two
laps to go. 800 metres remaining.
Jan Blokhuijsen, one of those who
won a gold in Sochi four years ago,
going to the front. You can see the
effort. It's starting to hurt was
there was almost a full for Patrick
The judge really struggling.
-- the Dutch. I'm not sure this is
the right setup, Sven Kramer should
be on the front of these three, and
it could be that the Dutch go out.
They will have to come up with an
astonishing sprint over the final
half a lap, because we could be
about to see an upset, with Norway
leading the way, and Pedersen on the
front, and the gap over a second.
More than halfway around the final
lap, Norway are going to upset the
apple cart in this semifinal, unless
the Dutch find something from but
they haven't! Norway have
unofficially set a new Olympic
record of 3:37.0 eight. A superb
escape from them. The Dutch, renewal
world champions, defending Olympic
champions, toppled in the semifinal,
and further disappointment at these
Olympic Games for the great Sven
Kramer, on the right-hand side of
your picture. He and his team-mates
will not be racing for gold today.
Clearly the Norwegians have skated
out of their skates.
Norway, world bronze medallist last
year, they won the Silver Medal two
years ago, so they are a very strong
outfit. But there you can see that
typifieded the way everything wept
for the Dutch there. They never
really looked comfortable and they
never were able to assert any
authority on the race, but Pedersen,
in particular there, was a great
Captain on the ice in many ways for
He certainly through
gauntlet down the Dutch. They looked
so, in that train, the line, making
sure they are close enough to one
another, that they get the maximum
slipstream they are looking for. The
raise of the arms says it all. ? How
surprised are you by what we have
seen? It was very very close, they
have skated three tenths of a second
faster than the time of the Korean,
and I would say they have still a
bit left in the tank.
Well, we will
see fascinating finals then in the
men's team pursuit but Norway
winning the second semifinal, and
Norway will race against Korea for
the gold medal later on, and the
Netherlands will race against New
Zealand, but there you can see the
disappointment on the face of Kramer
who could still add to his total of
eight Olympic medals but it won't be
another gold or a silver. They will
be rub surfacing the ice again and
we will be back later on.
Raise thraiz is a major shock, the
Dutch will not be in the gold medal
race, they will not be in the final,
the A final as it were of that speed
skating, so Korea will face Norway
in the men, the Dutch are in the
women's final. Thaw will be up
against Japan. That is the medal
table. Already the morning or early
hours this morning for Italy the
first Tam I don't know woman to win
the Olympic down hill. Lindsey Vonn
took bronze. And Marit Bjoergen won
her 14th medal helping Norway to
take bronze in the Koss country
team, the Norwegians reached that 12
gold medals, by winning the, the
men's race in the cross-country. We
are now focussing on bobsleigh, look
at the shots of the Alpensia sliding
centre, lit up against the hillside.
Prepareling for their third run are
the British bob duo of Mica and
Mica. This is how they have been
getting on so far.
This is is a good run. Eyes maybe on
seventh place. Sixth she goes.
Humphries is here and means
New track record.
good start but I think she should be
quicker than that down the track.
She is starting to move away,
hundredth by hundredth. She has had
a storming run.
Number three in the
Jamaica. Jamaica is in this race for
gold without a shadow of a doubt.
It has gone green. Can
they put pressure on Kaillie
Humphries? Kaillie Humphries with
work to do, if she is to hold on to
the gold medal for the third time.
She is losing speed to the British
There is real doubts now that
Kaillie Humphries can get herself
another gold medal.
The first person to flinch is going
to lose out on a medal. Jamanka
finishing well for Germany. Puts
herself in that great position. They
had a 200th advantage. Taylor goes
off in pursuit of the one prize that
has eluded her. An Olympic gold
She has lost a bit.
lost the lead. She is seven
hundredths behind. Jamanka will lead
at the end of day one but kneel is
less than two tenths off the bronze
medal. They look so happy. They are
up for this
medal. They look so happy. They are
up for this enjoying their
experience. You can see there, how
tight it is at the top, Germany
taking over from the USA, so Germany
go into the third run in the lead.
Jamanka will go down first. In sixth
place Mica McNeill. It there is not
much in it. What can you read into
their body language. Mica, what are
they thinking now, and House of
Representatives beat will they be?
You can see from the smiles they are
loving it. Now they will focus, just
prepare, they look relaxed which is
perfect. Wasn't her to focus on the
process. The result, they cannot
control the result. As they can
control is what they do.
Humphries, history maker already.
Cam ka haven't had the greatest
They were disappointed. I
spoke to them and Jaz says she wants
to show they can be competitive and
the result, take care of itself, it
more about what it means.
have in park ferme, all they can
focus on is warm up, like they do
every other competition and go back
to the changing room, keep warm,
stay ready and wait your turn, you
know what time you are out on the
track to give that push after your
life, push in the bobsleighs and
sprinting as fast as you can.
it change your attitude or
preparation, we see Humphries giving
a wave to us, to start thinking hang
on we could win a medal. Must they
not think that?
They have to focus
on process, the point they get
carried away with the result, then
the focus go, the reason they were
great yesterday, there was no
pressure on them and they just did
the job they need to do. Same track,
same sled, same ice, just drive it,
push and drive it.
push and drive it.
Love that. Let us
head over and join John Jackson and
head over and join John Jackson and
John Hunt. Track side here and this
is a big 15 minutes coming up.
Fascinate, relative to the men's
event, where in run one they were
quick, run two they were slower, run
three was the quickest run of the
competition, so I think as Jamanka
tries to psyche herself up in the
lead at the moment, we need to see
some sparkling hot times.
Fascinating stage of the
competition. John Jackson, the ice
temperature still chilly?
Yes, it is
minus 11, which is five degrees
colder than yesterday, so this could
have an effect on people's equipment
and how it run, signs the small
window they work in.
Wondering whether or not the quirk
push in behind the brake. We will
see the 5.38. That is their slowest
start so far. They start this vital
third round a 7 hundredth gap
between themselves and Meyers
For the top five or six
sleds, they need to put the run down
that is going to keep them in the
medal hunt. If they don't do that
they can't win the medals on this
run but they can throw them away.
This is looking like a clean run so
far which you would expect from the
German pilot. Nice down the strait.
Comes in there, she will hold the
speed. This will put pressure on
Elena to put a big run in, which I
think she will.
Do we get a sub 5.50
from Jamanka? It would be a
statement if she can achieve it.
Round she come, she is under 5.50. A
track record. Jamanka, possibly one
more runway from achieving her
dream, that is really good start.
Can anybody go quicker than that?
That? That sets the standard for
There was a good run.
No faults other than coming into
corner 12, just a bit down the left
side which meant he would have do a
bit of work. Just here, she could
have done a bit more middle into the
corner you can see how animated the
coaches are. They know how big a run
that was. We are about the see how
big it is, now that she has set the
Run. No faults other than
coming into corner 12, just a bit
down the left side which meant he
would have do a bit of work. Just
here, she could have done a bit more
middle into the corner you can see
how animated the coaches are. They
know how big a run that was. We are
about the see how big it is, now
that she has set the pace. A quote
from Meyers Taylor "I have come too
far, we have come too far, too much
stuff has happened to rest on our
laurels and try and hold our
position. No, we are going to go and
attack." Thomas Bach watches on from
the IOC. Meyers Taylor has just seen
Jamanka go quick. Meyers Taylor had
held the track record just before.
Jamanka has taken it. So she set out
her intentions, she has never won
Olympic Gold, this to keep her in
the hunt, together with Jamanka and
maybe you never know one or two oh
here she go, she is usually very
quick. With Gibbs in the brake. Her
start so far, she has done it again.
I spoke to her after the race and
she knew what he did wrong at this
point. Has she got it right? She
just got away with that, so this is
going to be the run now, it is green
at moment but that is relative to
the start. She has made another
mistake, similar to yesterday. Are
those two mistakes going to be what
loses her time at this point you can
see it is starting to close down a
little bit, just hundredth by
hundredth. Can she get through
straight? I think gem car has done
enough to stay in front of the
American sled at this time. It will
be down to the hundredth again.
could easily be as close as the
men's race. Meyers Taylor, two early
mistake, she drops second but she is
still in the mix for gold. She is
only 4 hundredth off for Jamanka.
She has closed the gap from one two
to run three.
This is lining up for
another corking finish, like we have
seen in every race so far, the
medals have changed round so much as
the last four or FIA have come down,
again, a couple of mistakes at the
top. Minor mistakes but those are
the differences between coming down
4s in fronts and four hundredths
behind. It has probably cost her a
tenth at least, this mistake. It
leads us into a good final run.
And there will be others hoping they
can get close to Jamanka and Meyers
Taylor as well.
Elana pleased with her early evening
work here. German wars next for
Schneider. Worth reminding you of
the races that took place Schneider
won three of them.
Beating Meyers Taylor and Kaillie
She was tenth in Sochi, she will
improve on that but by how much?
Schneider on her way now, with
Drazek. 5.38 is their time. The
slowest start for them so far
thought they would be quicker off
the mark. I think they are carrying
a couple of injuries they are having
to manage with. She really does now
need to put a good run in because
the three, four sleds behind her are
all tightly packed in. Maybe that
mistake won't help her out. She is
ine %ed compared to anybody else.
This is the run that maybe cost her
that bronze medal spot at moment.
Can she say in the mix with Kaillie
Humphries and the sledge coming up
Losing time, good news for Jamie
Greubel Poser and Humphreys to come.
Stephanie Schneider not having a
good run, and she is now half a
second behind the first placed
Jamanka. A costly third run for
Schneider, the 27-year-old from
Her inexperience showed a
bit, and her starts on what they
should be, but those little mistakes
will cost her a medal. You can't
show that inconsistency. But that's
good for the likes of Jamie Greubel
Poser, Kaillie Humphries and even
Mica McNeill, coming up. Any one of
these sleds makes a mistake, the
British could move up into fifth or
That's a good point,
Schneider has put the door open for
three athletes to go past her.
They've still got to do it though.
An absorbing run and under free.
might be the case that the ice is so
cold it doesn't suit her equipment.
Next for America, Jamie Greubel
Poser. She saw her husband,
Christian, missing out in the men's
event, having led. Bronze medallist
in Sochi, she'd love to do this for
her sister, Elizabeth, who was
Korean and was adopted, aged just
five months. Her sister is here, all
the family here to see if Jamie can
improve on what she did in Sochi.
She is now 34. Jamie Greubel Poser,
not usually as quick as Elana Meyers
Taylor and Lauren Gibbs, but
certainly a bit quicker than the
Germans we've seen so far. Jamie
Greubel Poser on her way. She has
got 5.30 one.
A little mistake. I'm
not sure if they were just out
slightly. But a decent start, a
faster start. This could be the run
that Jamie puts in which really
pulled her back towards the front.
She is probably a slightly better
toilet technically than Elana Meyers
Taylor. But it's whether she's got
the speed in the sled. Can she pull
up to the leaders at this minute?
She needs to keep in front of
Taylor just for hundreds back rows
behind. Jamie Greubel Poser goes
third, but four tenths off the lead
at the moment, Jamanka. That is on
the teams that have gone so far, a
big gap developing. A bigger gap
between silver and bronze. Bronze is
where Jamie Greubel Poser sits at
Looking at the results
yesterday, dropping off another
tense is about right between the two
sleds. It's between the two sleds at
the front for gold and silver and
it's now down to these ones to fight
it out for bronze. Not many
mistakes, almost perfect, just not
quite working for her.
acknowledging the crowd.
acknowledging the crowd. Next up,
huge Canadian support for a legend
of the game, Kaillie Humphries,
together with her break, Phylicia
George, a top-class athlete herself.
Twice a gold medallist, the door
very definitely open for her now to
slip into bronze if not better.
There will be nobody more determined
than her as she starts her run for
Canada. Very quick as usually, Saab
They definitely need to go
below 5.30. This is the one that's
going to keep Kaillie in the medals.
If she makes any mistakes, I think
her medal chances have gone, but you
can never tell what will happen on
the fourth run. She is the most
experienced pilot in the field. It's
whether she can use that experience
and use everything she knows to make
it down as quickly as possible, and
she's doing well so far. This is
what you expect from a double
Time ebbing away
hundredth by hundredth. Got to keep
it as close to two tenths as
possible. She is now nearly four
tenths behind Jamanka. Kaillie
Humphries takes third, just ahead of
Jamie Greubel Poser and Schneider,
with the British girls to come.
Definitely an opportunity here for
Mica McNeill and Mica Moore to make
some progress. It's getting very
This was a textbook run
This was a textbook run
from Kaillie, nothing wrong with it.
A line here and there that might
have been a fraction long, but that
could be down to the way her
equipment works. It was almost
perfect. Comes out of here and
absolutely nails this straight,
which is what you need to carry
speed into the bottom of the track.
Her equipment doesn't quite seem to
have the out and out speed of the
Kaillie Humphries are still
looking positive. But the gold medal
might be slipping away. The
Canadians waiting in the slipstream.
This, the British pair. Mica
McNeill, Mica Moore, the brake.
Thank you, the watching public, for
getting them here, funding slashed
completely, they went crowdfunding
and raised thousands, which brought
them here. Now we are expecting a
moderate start, but they have been
one of the best teams on the bottom
end of the track in the entire
competition. Don't expect fireworks
early, but let's hope for a clean
run to keep them in it. 5.54 is
about what you'd expect.
where Mica will start doing her
work. As long as she gets here
clean, as she has. If she had the
same start as Elana Meyers Taylor or
even the Germans, another tense
closer, she would be leading at the
moment. This is what the British
team lack, the out and out start,
but she has been one of the best
drivers. She just needs to get this
right. A little mistake. She didn't
make that over the last couple of
days. She needs to control this and
get back on. She's going to lose a
bit of pace, which could drop her
down a bit. The sled behind her are
Slightly ragged for
the great British team, and they're
going to finish over a second
behind. They were less than half a
second behind. And that isn't good
news for Great Britain. Mica
STUDIO: -- Mica and Mica may lose
their sixth place by two or three
Just a bit of inexperience
on the track. She didn't do the
training last year or at the
beginning of the year because the
British didn't come here, and this
is potentially costing them now.
This is her 11th run on the track.
Everybody else has had at least 40,
40 five. She just made a little
mistake, but that is so costly. She
is turning hard, she goes above the
line, has to work hard again, she
has three lots of pressure in that
corner, and you can see how high she
is, she is lucky she didn't crash.
Subdued scenes, perhaps. Elana
Meyers Taylor watching on from the
sidelines. Here now
sidelines. Here now for Canada,
Alysia whistling, together with the
ghastly experienced Heather Moyse,
who is brake. -- Alysia whistling,
together with the fastly experienced
Heather Moyse. A golden chance for
them to move up the order. They
should definitely take sixth place
from the British. 5.42, their usual,
fairly average start.
third in the test event this year,
so she has a good feeling for this
track, she just haven't found it
yet. If she could put a rundown
here, there is no reason she
couldn't pull herself up into faith
or even start putting some pressure
on to fourth place. She just needs
to be good through this point. Not
quite, and maybe that will cost her.
Still a bit back as she gets to the
bottom of the track. A little nudge
will not help us beat. Relatively
Should take McNeil's place in
fix. Smooth round the last bend. Now
eight tenths behind Jamanka, but
comfortably ahead of McNeil. We knew
that run from the British team would
be costly, and there are, maybe even
now, three or four more who could
jump ahead of Mica McNeill.
really tight. Four hundredths...
Three macro tenths behind her, she
could drop into around tenths. This
was a great drive from here, maybe
just released a bit too soon on two,
just that little nudge, not an ideal
line, but it seems to be the line
most people accept if they can't get
now for Christine De Bruin and
Melissa Lotholz, number ten in the
world, Christine. And here she start
dates, after run number two. -- she
starts eight. She into the games,
qualification seemed to have slipped
through her fingers, but the
Americans performed badly and the
Olympics back to Christine De Bruin.
There don't seem to be as many
mistakes at the top of the track
from these top pilots, which is
good, keeping everybody in the
fight. She has said some consistent
runs but just not quite had the
speed, and that could be down to her
experience, because she is one of
the younger pilots in terms of time,
but that's a great line, probably
one of the best we've seen. Will it
be enough to carry the speed down?
Just overdriven there, so it may
cost a bit come in through the speed
track. -- trap.
Quite a lot of the
times are dropping off noticeably,
and she is eight tenths of a second
behind. That puts head of the
British, who dropped back to eighth
place. Christine De Bruin just a
fraction behind the other Canadian,
who remains six.
Just starting to
compress a bit in certain places, so
it's all down to the hundredths. It
will be a good finish as we come
into the last run. A great camera
angle, the athletes loading into the
sled. Not much wrong with it, just
this little tap down the bottom into
13. It shouldn't have cost her a lot
of time, may have overdriven 12 a
See how far Jamanka and Elana
Meyers Taylor are clear off the
field, a gap of over three tenths of
a second back to the bronze. That
doesn't sound like much, but it's a
yawning gap in bobsleigh terms.
Elana Meyers Taylor, is she just an
hour or two away from winning a gold
medal? Here now for Switzerland is
Sabina Hafner. Number nine in the
world, World Cup finish this year,
six at St Moritz. She has been at
this sport for a long, long time, 13
years ago she was fourth in the
World Championships. She got a 5.54
time, and that looks fairly
pedestrian, but it's what she
Yes, and that is
just where their programme is at the
moment. Similar to be British, they
just lack a bit of speed at the top.
She's been driving really well, is a
good, consistent pilot, just runs a
bit high on the end of seven, but it
pushes her into eight. Is this
crucial? Centimetres away from a
perfect line, but that's the
difference between getting it right
and wrong. Good speed, but not
enough, just dropping off a bit with
She isn't going to
take eighth place with this run.
Crossing the line, going ninth. So
Mica McNeill and Mica Moore stay in
eighth place, despite the
disappointment of that third run
from them. Even eighth, if they
could hang onto that, that would be
a tremendous result for them.
certainly would, still the best ever
British finish for a woman in
Olympic Games. So still a lots of
positives to be taken, when you
think about in September, they
weren't given coming. But the Swiss,
again, little mistakes down the
straight, but no different to
anybody else. You can see the
difference between the leading
German sled and the Swiss sled.
Almost the same lines, not much
between them, but you can see how
the German sled was pulling away. A
big way in the Olympic corner.
Tenth to go from Austria will be
Hengster, she was is ath in Sochi.
Kleiser her brake. Lots of
experience, been to the worlds eight
time, best finish was last year,
when fifth. I think she has a very
big job on here to jump ahead of the
British pair, John, she starts off a
long way behind them. She would have
to go a good deal quicker thank my
ka and Mica did.
If she was on top
of her game, she would have been
possibly able to, but at moment she
is just sort of, her skill set is on
the downward bra jec tri, but she
has not been the pilot she was for
the last couple of years, so this
could be one of those hit and miss
run, it could be good. She has come
in a bit late there, I don't think
this is the slide they need to move
forwards towards Misha McNeill,
which is good for us.
They are not
going to take any step forward.
Hengster starts in tenth and that is
where she stays. No impression at
all on Mica McNeill and Mica Moore
who stay in eighth place. As these
athletes go one by one, it gets more
and more unlikely that McNeill and
Moore will lose that eighth place.
Bits and pieces all over that run,
just, made it a bit untidy and maybe
their equipment isn't running as
good as some of the other, but no
real massive mistake, eperfect, but
it could have been done with more no
the left-hand side of the screen, as
you look at it but you have to drive
more as you go into 12 to control
that. Scrubs speed off.
Hengster strides away. Jamanka
tenderly, lovingly looks after that
stretch of metal that might carry
her to gold in an hour or two's
time. For Belgian next, Willemsen,
what a contrast in Sochi to
Vancouver, really clean in the World
Cup here. Last March, her start time
has been her anchor for much of her
competitions over the last two
years, if she gets under 5.6 she
will be doing pretty well. She is
just under it.
That is a good start
from them, but, again, not enough.
They have had the best equipment,
that is whee they have had good
speed. The problem is everybody else
has that same equipment. They have
to advantage, so the lack of start
and her driving is not enough to
pull her up to the fronts like it
used to be. Another clean run. She
is one of the most experience pilots
in the field. You can see that, but
the sled doesn't have the speed it
used to another little tap. Won't
cost too much.
cost too much.
So much experience,
she is 3. She is world ranked number
11 and she is in 11th place. Exactly
where she was after number two.
Somebody letting out an almighty
roar! She is well-known for her loud
voice at the top of the track to gee
on the German, that was a tidy run,
a mistakes going into 13, but
nothing more than most other people.
It is this part that is, hinders
them so much they haven't got the
horsepower at top of the track to
get the sled out to a fast time.
This was that mistake, that caused
her to come off this corner and have
another slide here. You see the sled
pointing slightly the wrong way.
What is going through their minds?
There is a gold medal to be won
shortly. Will it be Germany or
America? Next for Germany Anna
Koehler, 12th place, world ranged
number seven, four top ten finish,
she should have been hiring up. She
is under way. 5.47. About her usual
type of start time. Now with much
work to do.
That mistakes was coming there, I
could hear, she drove too much round
one, too much in the engine to two
and you could hear the sled is
noisier on the ice because she is
doing too much work steering the
sled, compared to the top pilot.
That is why she is back where she
is, because she is doing too much. A
little mistake there. We have seen
how much time that cost her, so is
this going to be the run that moves
Looks like she going to
loose ground. It has not been
Koehler's games and she is over two
seconds is off the pace. And stays
in 12th place.
51.46 her time there. We were
disappointed initially with Mica's
run, 51.16, in comparison what
Koehler has just done. Three tenths
And she just overdrove the
track all way down the line, looked
good but she was forcing the line
rather than letting the sled do the
work. A lot of it came to that
mistake that was in from one to two
to three, that section was
overdriven. We might get to see that
now. Another big mistake, that costs
you so much time as you go into the
big corner 12. You can see the
difference in lines there between
the blue line, the leader, they also
come on to the same line. She cuts
it more. It is almost like putting a
braking force into the ice.
Meyers Taylor, separated by 4
hundredths of a second. Looks like
there will be a close run thing for
bronze medal. Kaillie Humphries
riding the mix. Medals decided later
today. Korean cheers now for their
entry here. Kim Minseong the pilot.
Pilot. Kim Yooran on the brake, they
have been consistent. 51.2 both so
far. I think given the conditions
and how this third run has been
shaping up, if they can match that
again they will be doing very very
well. 5.65 is their slowest start so
As the Korean programme moves
forward, that is what they have to
find, better athlete, the coaches
were happy when I spoke to them
today about how well she has done.
So that is a good start for them,
she is doing what she knows she can
do. Being where she is is a good
result for them, so o hopefully she
will stay in a sort of, around that
sort of 13, 14, 15, won't drop back
too far or try and pull forward up
to the top ten.
She might nip ahead
of Koehler. It will be close between
Koehler and Kim and Kim goes ahead
of Koehler to take 12th place.
That was another really good run,
but it should be, because she knows
this track so well, compared to all
the other slider, she will have
hundreds of hundred runs down where
everybody else has had 40, 45ish. On
the start there. It did look like
she got a first foot out. Maybe that
isn't enough to get it out at start.
A rally good run. This is is a --
this is is a great view. You have to
get past this wall, that is where
you carry your velocity into the
track and build speed as you get
into the bigger corners in the
middle and down the bottom.
So now we move on to the final
seven. For Russia next serg have a
together with Kocherzhova.
Disappointing games for then they
were record ranked five last year.
Crashed out in the World Champion
last year, that saw them start to
spiral down the rankings, they have
had a poor Olympic Games.
see that mistake coming from the way
she entered corner two. She got
pushed away and got a height later
on, that is why you saw that, she is
looking like she is just behind the
sled a bit. What I mean by that, is
sled's almost half a metre in front
of her, she is not quite in the
rhythm of the track yet. We are
nearly at the bottom and she is not
tapping round. That is one of the
only things she has got correctly.
But it is too late.
She might nip
ahead of Kim and Koehler here there
is a chance she will take 12th
place. Not quite. It is still such a
talented pilot a couple of years
ago, still a real disappointment.
The Olympic athletes from Russia,
not having a good games generally.
That is reflected on the track here,
at the Alpensia sliding centre.
doesn't look happy on the sled or
the track. This is one of those
thank -- tracks it zroent a rhythm,
it is like they have taken some of
the best. It doesn't work because
the corners don't push you into
others you have to find the rhythm
of the track and there really isn't
any. Sometimes it is difficult. You
see the athletes working on the
runners there, polishing them up,
checking there is no scratch,
because every hundredth counts.
Nervy moments for the leaders.
Less so for those at the bottom of
the rankings, this is the Belgians,
they had fun throughout the sliding
events with our commentators curse,
this,al let's, Vannieuwenhuyse has
seemingly got a beautiful eye for
that dragon's tail run. Last year
she was perfect through it, so far
in two runs she has been perfect.
Let us see if she can avoid the
commentary for's curse this time!
Yes, she has two good runs yesterday
but she did have a spill at the
first unofficial training, so if she
makes a mistake between two and
three, yes, she seems to be in the
rhythm of the track. She has driven
this really well. There is no speed
in the track. Running high there. So
that had an effect on how she came
in, she is getting that bit behind
the sled. Almost, a centimetre the
other way. This is the knock on
effect from that mistake. Five, six,
seven corners ago. She is gous
starting to catch up. I don't know
if she do it. Couldn't go past
Koehler and Sergeeva. She will be
disappointed. The somehowest of the
three runs so far for her.
Just a lot of mistakeses.
she had really good run, today, she
didn't. We will see what happens
with the next couple of sleds, how
that works out. This was the
mistake, she comes too far round,
doesn't do enough. You don't get to
see the knock-on effect. This gets
too high, down too much. You see her
runners are on the wood. That is not
the fastest line. You want to use it
to push you round, see her head pop
up. She is trying to get every
aerodynamic help as you can, doing
that is great, when you are smooth.
Doing that you have bounced off
That was a bit late in
the day to do that. Now for Romania
Constantin, together with Grecu. If
you follow your bobsleigh winter by
winter, Grecu, when she returns to
the pilot's seat is one to cope an
eye on, she is a good pilot herself.
Constantin has the on more of being
pilot this time round. 17th in Sochi
and improve ocean than would be a
great result for them, and that
reflects their standing at in world
at the moment.
Glar is a good pilot.
She is consistency. Some times the
level of equipment that the
Romanians have is not the top
equipment, because they are a small
funded nation. The fact they have
the sleds they have for the men and
the women in the two sled event if
you leek, shows they have found
something, she is having another
good drive. Almost just got through
there again. Having to do a bit of
work into 17. She is showing her
quality. She has a there. It will
cost her time.
Down is a. Chance she
could jump too here maybe. Could she
go 14th? Not quite. Section killing
a lot of speed remaining. Say it one
in 8 climb from after bend 14.
So, the Romanians there just having
to be content with sitting at the
moment, in 15th place.
Confirmation, as we watch the
Romanians go again, that, going into
the metal runs shortly, Mica McNeill
will be eighth and has a chance of
becoming the best ever placed
athlete in the women's event here at
an Olympic Games. If you can hold
eighth, that will be to her great
credit. We'll see if she can do it
quickly shortly -- pretty shortly.
Next to come, another Russian pair,
Aleksandra Rodionova, and you'll
years LMS neck. -- Yulia
Belomestnykh. They have a top ten
finish this season. They were quite
good here at the World Cup event in
Pyeongchang last March, but it seems
to have evaporated a bit. I don't
really know what's been going on
with the equipment that this team
has brought, across the men's and
women's sliders. Usually, they are
quick, you can hear them cutting a
bit of ice there, but usually they
have fine speed at the bottom, but
it hasn't worked for them. But
because of the things surrounding
the Russians out here, maybe it's
because they have got more
inexperienced coaching staff out
Speed dropping off all the
time for the Russians. Are they
going to stay in 17th place? They
are. No material improvement. We
move to the last three in our third
run. Next to nothing
run. Next to nothing between Jamanka
and Meyers Taylor for the lead. It
looks as though they are going to
fight out the gold medal run just
over an hour.
Not a bad run at all.
Just a couple of mistakes here and
there. Their equipment just isn't
working, forward have a reason they
are a powerhouse nation in sliding
and they haven't brought their
A-game. That's all I can say. You
can see the yellow sled, the leader,
just pulling away quite dramatically
in one corner. That's real time
footage of the overlay.
Next will go
the Jamaicans, Jazmine
Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie
Russell on the brake. It's been a
disappointing games for them. The
pregames hype was really good.
absolutely fantastic at press
conferences beforehand, talking with
great emotion about how she hopes
she can inspire young black boys and
girls, in particular, to say, if I
can make it here for Jamaica, you
hold onto that dream as well. They
were seventh in winter burg, but
they are a long way off that form.
They've got to put yesterday's
disappointments firmly behind them
and get back in shape. They seemed
to slide a little bit away from the
Not quite steady, a little
mistake. The issue the Jamaican team
have had is they've sort of got rid
of their coach. A bit of an internal
squabble. For a driver to not have a
coach at this level, and at this
event, or any event, and she really
does well through that point, but
it's the most important part of the
team, because they are your eyes and
ears on the track to give you the
good lines. She comes far too low
down that point, driving too hard.
That coach, they have had to do
without them, and I'm afraid the
results have rather reflected the
turmoil that has caused. They stay
18th. Their expectations were to be
much higher than that.
expect that from a pilot of her
quality. She has won medals for the
US team when she used to slide for
the USA, so it shows she has that
ability, but she isn't showing it
here. Maybe it's because of all the
stuff that's gone on in the
background. It's knocked her
confidence and ability to really
fine tune into the track.
A pat on
the head nevertheless for Carrie
Russell through the finish. We'll
see the Jamaicans one more time.
Their fourth and final run not far
Two more to go. World ranked number
19th and in 19th place, Austria, a
tree on bail -- Katrin Beierl and
Victoria Hahn. She tends to make
plenty of mistakes on this track.
She has much potential but it's cost
her here. That was better than
yesterday. She is trying to get it
right. Hopefully on the next run
she'll get one through at least to
finish her Olympics off with
something to smile about. She is
still very experienced as a pilot,
and this is what we are seeing. On
the European tracks she knows, she's
done relatively well, but that may
be shows her ability to quickly, she
hasn't got it because she's not got
the skills in front of the sled to
be able to adapt.
2.39, a chance
they could nip ahead of the
Jamaicans into 18th they have done
exactly that. Jazmine
Fenlator-Victorian drops back into
19th, with just the Nigerian team to
go. 51.51. Pretty consistent.
was a good heat, especially when you
think the Jamaican that came down
before her, they were almost three
tenths quicker, so it shows that was
a good run and she put in the lines
where she needed to, other than two
to three. Hopefully they can now
make a run on the next one to try
and move up out of the top 18 and
maybe towards 15 they have to get it
right first ball.
And they have one
more opportunity to do so. Run
number three comes to its
conclusion. The Nigerian flags are
raised once again here. They've
created a really nice feeling here.
We have a new brake, replacing a
Cormac Tommy O'Donnell. -- replacing
Omeoga. If you brought a team of
three, I suppose it's appropriate
for you all to be history makers on
the track. Not shows the first team
from Nigeria to contest Olympic
bobsleigh at these games, but the
first from Africa. Whether it's
clean or messy, Seun Adigun will
relish the spinal two runs. She's
been full of positivity. Can they
get inside 5.54? Sadly not.
get inside 5.54? Sadly not.
different brake woman, so it might
be slightly different. A good line,
slightly better than yesterday. You
can already hear, trying to listen
to the track as she's coming down, I
don't know who's taught her that
line, but that's not great, it's not
the way she should be coming round
that corner. You can hear her
digging into the eyes of the time
that she's steering, and that's the
level of pilot she is. It shows she
has potential to get it right. This
is the best run she's put down so
far. Good for her that she is trying
to clear things up and make an
That early mistake was
unusual, the first mistake we've
seen at any event, and staying in
20th place. You can see the reaction
from those who know. This is more
about the history of it all. 52.31,
much better than heat number two,
not quite as good as heat one.
Enjoyed their reaction to that. They
will be really thrilled.
And so they
should be. Not as many big mistakes,
although we still saw a couple.
although we still saw a couple. This
line, she starts low, she releases
the steering, which is why you see
the sled shook up, then it falls out
of the corner because it has nowhere
to go. It's the whole knock-on
effect. But this run, we've seen
some of the top pilots struggled to
get through there like that.
completes run number three. Gold
medal run to come pretty shortly.
What a race for gold where going to
have. Jamanka and Meyers Taylor
leading the field, four hundredths
of second between them. That gold
medal looks a long way away for
Kaillie Humphries, almost impossible
for her to get a third, but she is
in pole position for bronze, ahead
of Jamie Greubel Poser and
Schneider, as we look down the
standings. Great Britain in eighth
place. Mica McNeill and Mica Moore.
Slightly disappointing run at the
time, but a comfortable margin back
to the tenth team from Austria. Kim
for Korea in 12th.
for Korea in 12th. Disappointing
games for Russia and Germany
respectively. And those at the
bottom include the Jamaicans, with
Nigeria in last place. But to go
first, as we go in reverse order for
That happens at 1pm, but let's get
the reaction to that third run.
Slipping two places, what happened?
Whether it was the focus... Who
knows at this point. The run was
just wasn't as clean. A few little
mistakes, a bit skidding. With the
start, relative to the fastest, it
was closer, but the drive wasn't as
Hard to tell whether the ice
was colder today, -11, so that means
your equipment, your bobs, whether
or not she had the same setup as
yesterday, is that causing her to
drive differently? Slightly skiing,
-- skidding, a bit more scruffy,
falling off the corners a bit more.
It's the consistency, putting down
most four runs. That really took
away the speed there.
And she'd been
really nailing it. And then she was
a bit unsettled for three or four
They are only 24 and 25,
junior champions last year, and this
is a big step up. Perhaps it's not
surprising if you get a bit rattled.
Yes, and if she can hold that eighth
place, it will still be the best
ever result by a British women's
team, and it would be amazing. They
are the future of this sport.
it's so important for women's
bobsleigh in this country that they
are there and getting airtime and
Yes, so not a lot of
development athletes in the women's
programme at the moment, so the more
they can show this is a sport for
women, that is something we can be
good at, they will attract...
will have gained so much from these
Olympics. Fast forward four years,
how much more they can achieve. The
top lines between the top bobsleigh,
those oscillations, the highs, lows,
the loops, you are trying to get the
cleanest, flattest line. They were
so high, almost on the wood and not
She had concussion last
year, they didn't go in October down
to the funding, so this is the first
time she's been on the track, so
much less experienced than anybody
else out there competing, and yet
she is still competing.
only had 11 runs, the others had
about 45. A track record broken by
Jamanka, then Meyers Taylor went
even faster. These shots we saw
afterwards, Jamanka it looks like
she is running up that blade with
her hand, what is she up to?
sliding on four blades, and every
scratch costs you a couple of
hundredths of a second, so they get
four pieces of sandpaper, not even a
good grip, and they go over them,
trying to make sure they are as
smooth as possible, so it doesn't
brake up any ice at all.
We saw the
USA doing the same thing. The gap
between gold and silver is now four
hundredths of a second, and it was
600ths in the men's, which ended in
a dead heat. Let's take the
opportunity now to catch up on the
head life far on day 12.
And Goggia the first Italian woman
to win the down hill. Lindsey Vonn,
probably her finest Olympic medal.
to win the down hill. Lindsey Vonn,
probably her finest Olympic medal.
And the women's skating got under
way. Zagitova had a record score. In
the curling the goodbye women beat
Dan to confirm their place in
Friday's semifinals, the Canadians
were gold list in Sochi but that
sends them out of the competition.
It was a different story for the
British men who lost 10-4 against
the USA. If they are to reach the
semifinals they will have to win a
tie-breaker against the Swiss.
Marit Bjoergen has become the most
decorated winter Olympians of all
time. She took bronze in the
The Norwegians won the corresponding
men's race, earning their 12th gold
medal of the game, they ended ahead
of the OAR and France and the
goodbye team failed to qualify for
the finals. -- GB team. But as you
have seen, our British pair in the
women's bob lying in 8th place, we
will show their fourth run live on
BBC Two. One of the big hits of the
competition has been big air, we
will see the men shortly and it will
feature Billy Morgan who is an
acrobatic guy. He did the
slopestyle, finished ten. Big air is
his thing, Ed Leigh went to meet him
before the games.
Is this going to be your last
Before they came up I was
thinking this is probably going to
be my last one. I am hoping they
separate slopestyle and big air and
I could do big air, this year the
qualifications are for both. But if
they separated them, I could do big
He did a triple backslide rodeo,
first man to do that. You were the
first man to do the Quad cork.
Stands to reason that big air is
your discipline. When that was
included did you your hands like
this, ooh yes?
Not really I thought
I had done the Quad, which was
amazing but it was the scariest
thing I had ever done. Because it
was on such a specific jump for the
job, I was like I hope I don't have
do that under pressure, I was stoked
to get it done, and then, big air is
in the Olympics and I am like, I am
probably going to have to give it
Is it still scary?
only did it the one, I haven't done
it since, so, we keep coming out to,
with the objective to try it again.
But we haven't had a jump big enough
yet or I've been too scared.
conscious you have changed
Shouldn't have done
it. I am glad I did it and got the
first title but I wish I had kept
the gates closed longerer there are
a few guys that have done it now.
How is the build up to this Olympics
been compared to the last one?
think it's been similar, because we
are always chasing the new tricks
and trying to up the snowboarding as
much as possible. It is the same
goal. The tricks have moved on a lot
since then. A lot of guys head to
the gym, a lot of guys head to the
air bags and things like that to
You do power acro, balance
yoga sport, you do something ditch
I try and mix it up as much as
possible. I was an acrobat when I
was younger and I try to bring that
into my training and I have someone
to do acro, it is like doing squats
but instead I am leg pressing a
human, so it is more balance and
perception stuff. I do lots of gym
stuff, skate a bit, and do some acro
to keep everything going.
What can we expect from you?
expect me to try my hardest.
the answer I was looking for.
try my hardest. I don't like to
think about whether I can get a
medal, because it is such a roll of
the dice on the day. If everybody
falls over, I will definitely win,
but, if everybody lands it makes it
a harder game.
How excited are you
about the encollusion of big air?
Epic. We have two chances to show
off what we do. We have always done
big air as well. It is no like it is
sprung upon us and we have to learn
new stuff. I am glad they are
including it and they give us a
chance to show what we can do.
Apologies to Tim, that was him
talking to Billy Morgan, training
for that looks dangerous enough,
this is the biggest ramp in the
world for big air, 49 metres high
and that should mean the biggest
trick, first challenge for Billy
Morgan is to get through the
qualifying. Top six from each heat
will go into the final. This is how
they got on.
Welcome to men's
they got on.
Welcome to men's snowboard big air
Junior World Champion, 2014.
So switch, backside. Triple cork,
1440, that was really nice. That leg
grab in there.
It is a big, big
signpost to the judge, they hate
87 points is third place.
Tony Nicholls just getting into the
groove. It is all on the line here.
Unlucky not to make finals in
He was, he will want to
make amends here.
He needs to send
it from the top here. The boy from
Bradford. 24 years of age.
what he does, he barely took a slide
slip. Tower -- powering in. 1440.
That is how you do it.
It is a
flat spin, a 1440, it was big.
it was switch.
Where is grab?
There isn't one.
No body grab.
all the way. Boom! 81.25. It is not
there. 8th place. He knocks down his
fellow countryman. He knows for 2018
his Olympics is done. Now, this is
going to be a lot of fun, what is
Max Parrot going to do? He has the
lead at moment, very very
comfortably, is he going to send
this one, is he going to use this to
test things out or will he coast
along? He is scrubbing a lot of
speed. He is going frontside again,
I think. Same trick, frontside,
triple cork, 14, even better. That
is an improvement in the score for
him. There is no-one, no-one who
works like Parrot and he imagines
that dedication with the desire to
Into the 90s. Take a
bow. We are watching the man who
everyone else has to beat.
Next Chris Corning. Sniff round a
No slouch on a snowboard.
He has a bit of style
He has time to
stretch out the front leg. 88. So,
he jumps into second place ahead of
fellow countryman Kyle Mack. He
still wouldn't have beaten Max
Parrot's score. This man brings hiss
own flavour and style.
goodness. Great tweak, but it's from
a boot grab. How much are judges
going to punish him for a boot grab?
88.75. So the judges seemingly not
too worried about the boot grab,
interesting. So Gerard, gold
medallist, slopestyle Olympic
Needs something very very good here.
Again, opens up very early.
It feels to me like he sold himself
a little short there.
What do I know? The judges have
given it an 85.
So Mattsson in 15th. He definitely
has the power.
Like Jamie Nicholls
he doesn't dip his spins so no short
cuts for him. His rotations are kept
flat. I think he is changing that
Oh my goodness.
That was beautiful. Look at the way
he comes through here, such
beautiful close board control. 4.5
spins we have seen put down nice an
cleanly, the trailing hand is just
Look at that.
Look at that.
He is well
within reach of the top spot. It is
So out of Bedford via Austria...
goes big an it is clean but the
trailing article was on the knee
again. Stays off the knee. Think it
does. It is an improvement. But not
He missed out by 0.
Max Parrot looking all powerful at
the top of the standings there,
no-one even close to that 92.5. Not
when you look at how close the
scores were, fifth place Schaerer.
It is not done and dusted yet. Heat
two just round the corner.
Bergrem, we have talked about the
fact this Norwegian has sat in the
shadow of perhaps the more high
profile names on the team but it is
undeserve, he is stylish in his own
right and brilliant at big air.
big air winner, 1620. Oh my
That is as big as we have
seen anyone go. Heat one or two.
Two. 94.25. So it is a different
contest, you can't compare it but it
is same set of judges and way bigger
than Max Parrot's score from heat
one. So Seb Toutant. The French
Canadian dropping in switch. Switch.
Switch frontside spin coming up.
Switch, frontside double cork, 1620,
ladies and gentlemen, sit down,
strap yourselves in, it is calling
Yes, second place. He
makes it lose easy.
So next rider in Boesiger.
Ooh! The cameraman got a bit
Look how much it means to him. He is
absolutely over the moon with that
one. Backside 1620, triple cork.
Keeping his hands up there.
Let us see, it does go down.
96! Wow! Oh my goodness.
Next in Garcia Knight. He is in
fifth place. Landed backside was it
switch backside or...
To start, dropping in
forwards this time.
Signposting that he is going switch
with a 180 at the top. He will clean
this up. And he has.
I don't think it was possible to
clean it up. Look at the style as
Really nice. Brilliant.
hello to first place Garcia Knight.
That is ludicrous.
Next in, Mark McMorris. Currently in
fifth place, just ahead of Billy
Morgan. We say this a lot, but it's
not somewhere he is used to being
sacked. Mark McMorris is bone fide
A sharp intake of breath from the
commentary booth. He's gone switch
backside, arguably the hardest
direction to spin it, and he's
fighting fire with fire.
fighting fire with fire. 95.75. That
switch backside working with the
judges. They like it.
British fans in effect getting ready
for this man, Billy Morgan. Back in
2015, he landed the
2015, he landed the quad cork. This
jump not big enough for it at the
moment, supposedly. Massive. Oh,
it's better! It's better!
Bending the board. Lee Morgan, 90.5.
The look on the lead's face. Carlos
Garcia Knight, blazing his way to
the top second qualification heat.
Jonas Boesiger in second, Sebastien
Toutant in fifth. Billy Morgan in
So Billy Morgan will be in the final
Big Air, late Friday night, 1am, and
I think will all be following that.
I love the enthusiasm of our
commentators. I don't know what any
of those tricks are, but it's so
I know, just nailing it.
All about the backside.
The judges loved a backside! We've
seen so fantastic sports but none so
chaotic as you find in ski cross. If
the downhill is Formula 1, this is
bumper cars, knockout all the way.
Edgeley again in the commentary box,
this time with Graham Bell.
Even though he's in the blue bib in
the outside lane, I think the Brady
Leman is going to go well.
Leman is going to go well. Niederer
not panicking his quarterfinal,
pulled himself into the lead. Two
Swiss, one Slovenian and a Canadian.
And the Swiss drop, and it's looking
like Brady Leman on the outside has
just got ahead of Flissar.
just got ahead of Flissar. Brady
Leman in second, but somehow Marc
Bischofberger in yellow blasted out
I think maybe Flissar and
Brady Leman cancelled each other
out. They let the Swiss through.
He's made a mistake, and he's going
to open the door.
And the Canadian
taking advantage, Flissar in third,
Niederer in fourth, desperately
trying to find a way in front of
Flissar. The Canadian and the Swiss
battling it out.
coming back, the great line.
Niederer all the way through from
fourth. Will we see him coming right
back through to the front?
Brady Leman's to lose. He's in lead
towards the last kicker. It's
closed. He punches it forward. Brady
Leman goes through, into the Olympic
final again. Fourth place last time
in Sochi. What can he do now?
is where we see that mistake from
Inside ski lead
into the turn too much. As long as
Brady Leman can ski that cleanly,
he'll be fine. If it wasn't for the
mistake from Marc Bischofberger, he
would have taken that when, but it
doesn't matter, he is qualified,
through to the finals, but he'll
know that if you make a mistake like
that into the final, you could be
out of the medals.
Back up to the
top for the second of the sect Derry
semifinals. I think the last
Frenchman in the mix, Bovolenta.
Dave Duncan broke his collarbone
ahead of the Olympics in Vancouver.
Bovolenta in the nearest lane. He
hasn't been starting that quickly
but he makes his presence felt. He's
done the same.
He has made a right
hash brown of it.
Sergey Ridzik keen
to cut out the Canadians. Dave
Duncan in the yellow bib, and then
Kevin Drury in the green, trying to
go around the outside, but
Bovolenta, his maths has worked for
him, and he's back in the mix.
Flailing in last place though. -- is
At the moment, Dave Duncan in
the yellow bib in second. Racing
round the outside.
Dave Duncan has
gone wide, letting his team-mate
through. Sergey Ridzik into second.
Somehow, Bovolenta is in the mix,
after all those mistakes. They have
done -- Dave Duncan was hopping over
the tails of Bovolenta's skis in
I think that Sergey Ridzik
is just clear of Bovolenta.
Drury out in front, Sergey Ridzik in
second, Bovolenta in third. And Dave
Duncan slipping all the way down to
fourth. What a race! That is Sergey
Ridzik's big move on the outside,
and so close, Dave Duncan actually,
I think, shaving a bit of speed to
make sure he doesn't take down Brady
Leman. Looking like it's going to be
a real humdinger. We've got two
Canadians through, Kevin Drury and
Brady Leman, from the first heat,
and the Russian and the Swiss will
stop Marc Bischofberger looking very
strong. If he can get out in front,
he could take gold, but he's got two
Canadians to worry about. Watch out
for Sergey Ridzik. Back up to the
top. It's time to hand out the
medals. This is going to be very,
very close. They are lining up in
the gates. Marc Bischofberger in the
lane closest to the camera.
mechanic from Switzerland, up
against the Olympic Athlete from
Russia, Sergey Ridzik, who has raced
very well, quickest of these racers
in the seeding round. And there is
Brady Leman, is the chance, he was
fourth in Sochi four years ago.
the green bib macro on the outside,
unusually opting for the outside
lane, Kevin Drury, the Canadians so
fast, the Russians so clever, and
Marc Bischofberger so widely. They
are under starter 's orders. This
drop-off start... Pressure on the
gate and the skis.
underway. Radial and looking good,
but it's the Russian that's ahead.
-- the Canadian looking good.
of work to be done by the Canadians.
Look at that move from Brady Leman!
It's gone for the Russian! Who can
get up fastest?
A battle for gold
between Marc Bischofberger and Brady
Brady Leman is guaranteed a
medal as long as he can stay on his
Marc Bischofberger in silver
medal position, chasing down Brady
Leman. Can Sergey Ridzik get up and
claim the bronze, or will it be the
We are focusing on the
front, and it would be incredible
from Brady Leman. Eight years ago,
he broke his leg just ahead of the
Winter Olympics. Four years ago,
agonisingly fourth. He is losing a
bit of time.
slipstreaming, and Sergey Ridzik in
bronze medal position. As they come
over the last Jungle...
the Canadian. -- over the last jump.
What an incredible performance from
Silver for Marc
Bischofberger, the Swiss leader of
the World Cup. He turns it into a
medal. And then it is Sergey the
Russian, working his way through.
Unfortunately for Kevin Drury, a
Canadian, who convincingly let every
one of his races up to this point,
he's taken out.
I think it was Drury
that went down. We'll have to see
that crashed again. These are the
medallists, and look what it means
to Brady Leman. It's taken him so
long to get there, onto an Olympic
podium, and he's got top spot.
Bischofberger right over the front
end of his skis, beautifully
The speed that Brady
Leman gets coming in to hear... It
was a definite fall for Kevin Drury.
Went down first, and took Sergey
Ridzik out at the knees. Brady
Leman, soaking up these jumps, down
into the finish area, and Marc
Bischofberger, so close, you could
nearly touch Brady Leman, but he
takes silver, and then Sergey Ridzik
Decent crowd and good conditions,
fabulous action in the ski cross,
giving Canada their ninth gold medal
of the games, in third place,
stretching clear of the Netherlands.
Great Britain still in 16th place,
with just one gold and three
bronzes. We started today hoping
that maybe the women's bob would
give us another medal. It was asking
a lot. Full credit to Amy Williams,
who has made this two-man bob.
needed a bit more time.
It's a good
two bob effort, and you didn't even
have two box to make it! Mica
McNeill at Mica Moore have slipped
down the table after their third
run, so now in eighth, but it could
still be the best ever finish in
Yes, they are 24, 25,
without the experience or
background, without the number of
runs the other athletes had, so
still fantastic and hopefully
they'll solidify that or even move
You both know what it's like to
be up there at the top of the
sliding track, waiting for your
fourth run, you know you'll go in
reverse order, what do you do in the
Your mind is racing
and you are constantly telling
yourself, don't do anything
differently, they will be warming
up, they will have got the
bobsleighers already, and they will
just go through the run, so Mica
will be going through those lines,
running through the mental imagery
in her head. They don't get many
runs to learn this track. She will
be going through exactly what she's
doing here, shutting her eyes,
picturing each corner in her head
and going through the steering
It's all about thinking
ahead and anticipating the bends.
Yes, no time to reflect on what's
happened, it's constantly ahead,
what's my next movement, how am I
coming into this corner and what
adjustments do I need to make? We
all get carried away, and you'd hope
she wouldn't be concentrating too
much on the medal, but perhaps those
mistakes in the third run, she got
ahead of herself a bit. Now the
pressure is off, she needs to go out
there and put down the greatest run
of the week, and she'll come back.
51.16 her third run, slowest so far,
but still in eighth place. A top ten
finish would be magnificent for a
team that have relied on
crowdfunding to get to Pyeongchang.
They are the ultimate underdogs.
We'll show you that fourth run on
BBC Two. They will be going in
reverse order. This could yet be the
best ever finish in women's bob for
a Team GB pair. Join us over there
is the action continues. We are
heading to the one