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Day 12, Part 4

09:15-13:00: Clare Balding hosts live coverage, including the conclusion of the women's bobsleigh. Cross-country skiing medals are at stake in the men's team sprint.


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What a great day for this team.

And

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there is Bishoo McNeill. -- Mica

McNeill.

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They've been crowdfunded to get

to Pyeongchang and now Mica McNeill

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and Mica Moore stand just 0.16

seconds away from a bronze

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medal after two runs

of the women's bobsleigh.

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It's an extraordinary

story because they are

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the ultimate underdogs...

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We will see their third round at

11:40am. That is all coming up live

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this morning.

But it has been a

really interesting night in the

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curling. My first question is, did

you sleep at all?

Not much last

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night at all. Two very tense games

to watch.

And we will shake you the

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highlights of those, in case you

haven't seen them yet, but this is

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what's coming up on BBC One between

now and 1pm. As Rhona mentioned, the

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great British men and women both

involved in crucial games last

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night. We will show you how they got

on, battling for places in the

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semifinals.

And in the team sprint, the

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Norwegian is going for one more

medal to become the most decorated

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Olympian of all time.

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Up, up and away

with the event that's

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got everyone talking -

it was qualification day

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for the men in Big Air.

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You've got to see it to believe it.

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The Dutch can double up in the men's

and women's team skating.

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Leading the way for them

will be superstars Ireen

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Wust and Sven Kramer.

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Flying down the mountain at full

force, Lindsay Vonn was trying

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to regain the downhill title

she last won in Vancouver.

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And in a couple of hours,

we'll be heading off

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to the Sliding Track to see

if the two M's - Mica and Mica -

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can bob up the order

in the final two runs.

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Can they make their dream come true?

We will be doing curling next and

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then we will catch up with the

women's downhill.

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The men's team sprint hopefully

featuring the British Andrews.

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Mainly, it is live sport all the

ways. Quite often, there is a gap at

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this time of day and there's nothing

happening but today there is. Now,

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Rhona has lived curling all her

life, she has been to the Olympics,

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she is an Olympic champion, she is

at how many times world champion?

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None.

OK, but she has been to a lot.

Check that one! Now, curling, a lot

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of different things can happen. Just

explain it.

It's simple. They just

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need to win.

That simple.

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explain it.

It's simple. They just

need to win.

That simple. Here is

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how the standings where for the

women going into their final game.

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As you can see, South Korea have

already qualified. Sweden are in

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second with five wins but also with

five wins we have got Great Britain

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and Japan. So, they were up against

Canada. Now, Canada have had a bit

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of a shocker. If they could beat

Canada, Canada would be out. This is

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the end of end three and Rhona,

Canadians?

We have got the hammer at

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this end so Great Britain are one

down and need to try to sport to you

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at this end with a hammer. But

Canada are really putting the

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pressure on Great Britain here. It

just comes up short. So, Canada do

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light to but even has got room to

draw into that.

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draw into that.

Anna Sloan standing

with the brush to mark the spot at

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which she once Eve Muirhead to aim.

You have coached Eve Muirhead for

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four years. She seems to be someone

who loves pressure.

She does. She

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leaves herself big shots and it's

always in the latter half of the

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game. She keeps things tight and

then goes for it. Just a wee bit

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heavy there, Canada sweeping and

Canada steal one.

So, as we move

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into the eighth end, the pressure is

on. And Canada, still with back to

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stone advantage, so leading 4-2.

Yes, and British have tried every

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end with the hammer and haven't

managed to score their two. They

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have played a clinical end here to

try to score two. Eve going for a

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really important hit and roll here

to put the pressure on Canada

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because she has that second counter

on the head and she plays a

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fantastic hit and roll. It means

Canada struggle to remove that and

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keep their encounter in the house.

So she plays it to perfection. It

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rolls right over on top and lies

short. So, it's not easy but Canada

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to remove and keep your shooter in

the house. They tried to hold it,

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but, no, so they roll out and leave

even with an open draw or two.

And

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she had been waiting for a while to

get back, G?

Yes, it's about

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constantly trying to force that

error from your opposition and the

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great thing here is that as soon as

Canada made a mistake, Great Britain

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capitalised. This is a lovely draw

for two there.

And not even having

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to sweep too much. That meant that

Great Britain were back level again

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as we head into the closing stages

of end nine and this is where we

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will pick up commentary Jackie

Lockhart. She was an Olympic -- a

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world champion but not an Olympic

champion, right?

Correct. Well done.

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So, Eve Muirhead here, you can see

in terms of this shot, the draw, her

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accuracy has been left wanting a

little bit in this match,

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particularly early on. She was short

on a couple. That is heavy.

It is

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high at the moment.

Heavy and hide.

This could be tricky, tricky,

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tricky.

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tricky. By Eve's standards, that

missed by a long way.

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missed by a long way.

So, how long

is Rachel going to take to make the

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decision here? They need to come and

sit right on it, the same as we

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wanted to do that.

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wanted to do that.

If she sits on

top of it, bought two, obviously,

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does Eve then try to get rid of

them?

It depends how much she can

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see of them.

That's why, if she

comes out on top and she's sitting a

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little wide of it, if she get this

wrong, my point is that Eve could

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take both stoned that?

Yes, but

there is not a lot of room for that.

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Yes, but if she is white? If she

doesn't get this tucked in?

She

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needs to be high across the centre

line to make it very difficult for

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us. By the same token, if she is too

high, we still probably have the

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draw in behind, say Canada need to

be right on top of the T-line here.

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Stone placement is key.

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Stone placement is key.

Yes, I would

play a different shot, but only

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because of the way Rachel Homan is

playing.

No, this is what she has to

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play, because if she doesn't get in

there... There still is an

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opportunity with reds behind the

T-line for Britain to get there.

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Just tucked in in the end. Eve might

be able to get to it.

She could have

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afforded to take that two or three

inches more but they were just kind

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of scared.

She is looking for a run

back of the two at the front.

I

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can't see the angles from here.

They

are not completely lined up. They

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are almost lined up. Eve is just

having a look. Got to be careful

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here.

I think that is Mr Nichol,

head of British curling. I hope I

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have got that right.

I hope so all

you have no chance of getting

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selected for the world CBS.

Just

ruined my chances.

-- I hope so all

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you have got no chance of getting

selected for the world seniors.

He

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has been here all week and he and

his wife have really enjoyed this.

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Eve Muirhead have to try to use

those front two yellows, run them

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back onto the Canadian red. They

will still have a good chance for at

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least one, maybe to you on how these

sit. Can she moved both of them?

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That is a great shot from Eve

Muirhead. She might even be sitting

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to hear. Eve Muirhead with a

cracker! What a shot. Well thought

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out, well executed. That was a

peach. Got the angles right, got the

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weight right and, to be fair, maybe

a bit of luck. That Canadian stone

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just spinning away beyond the two

British stones.

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British stones.

That really is

telling Rachel Homan I am here and

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if you want to win this game, you

are going to have to beat me.

A jump

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in the air for joy for Eve Muirhead

and why not. The best shot of the

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match. And what has that done to the

situation for Rachel Homan? How are

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your nerves, Rachel Homan?

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your nerves, Rachel Homan? First

slip from Emma Miskew. Coming in for

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the one.

They wouldn't be wanting

the one here. This will really knock

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the wind out of her sales.

Let's

release.

It looks pretty good, so I

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think she's not looking as

nervously, but it will be the one

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shot ball Canada here and that's

exactly what Britain wanted to do,

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force the 1-mac.

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-- force the one. So, a wonderful

shot from Eve Muirhead means that

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Canada just take the one. They are

leading after nine ends. One end

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left, of course, Great Britain with

the hammer. Two to win, one to type.

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Then we would be into an extra end

with Canada with the hammer. It is

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all to play for here. She has no

other option here other than to move

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these stones around and hope that

things fall nicely for her. Eve

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Muirhead still has two to come.

Rachel Homan with real intent and

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she needs to give this a bit of

welly. A technical term.

This is the

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shot she likes though. And that is

out wide.

She has sprung two of

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them. The point I was making, even

that top yellow for Britain, the

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fact she has left back in there, you

could even tap that in if Eve has

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got one, if she only has one in

there, it is still protecting those

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two.

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Canada are lying three.

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What hands do you like throwing?

This hand?

It has gone very quiet in

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the arena. They are all trying to

listen to the discussion.

What about

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if you send it here?

You could play

the small bomb.

I think Eve is just

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conscious that she doesn't want to

allow her a draw to get in there,

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don't give her the chance of the

draw. If she wants to move some of

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the stones around, fine, you have

plenty of yellows. Just don't allow

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her to draw around the outside to

come in.

She would be really

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struggling to sit shot, but she

could force the one. And the girls

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have chosen not to come from the

right-hand side end, they have

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chosen to come from the left-hand

side across the centre.

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side across the centre.

I like this.

OK.

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OK.

Hair less. The edge.

She will

want this to come, I believe, right

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into the 8-foot. Which also takes

off the draw for Rachel Homan, and

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probably forces her to play a triple

take-out.

Eve would still have this

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one sitting over the other side. As

long as she gets this right. This

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stone needs to come in as far as she

can. They are going to have to sweep

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this very hard, it has not got much

on it. Really got to get into the

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8-foot.

It has to be biting.

A bit

more, a bit more, bit more.

There is

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a back red as well.

The chances if

she tries to do the triple takeout

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of not hitting that red are slim.

She wants to draw in here.

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A little extra weight out here, or

Watt?

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Watt?

When she says she crashed, she

caught that guard on the way

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through, but she obviously doesn't

want to catch that British yellow

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that Eve has just played, she wants

to catch that on the way in, so she

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is giving it plenty of ice, she will

have to come in and around. She has

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still got to get very close with

this.

I think she should maybe have

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played the triple. Everybody has got

their hands on their hat at the

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moment!

This is it. No more chances.

Last stone for Canada. Last chance

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for Rachel Homan. Eve Muirhead

watching.

I bet she has got sweaty

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palms.

I bet you, heart rate high.

Just trying to stay calm, trying to

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survive.

This is the shots to either

keep Canada in the game or put Great

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Britain into a play-off place,

because we are sitting two right.

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Here it comes, Rachel Homan

watching. She has given this plenty

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of ice. She wants to at least lie

second stone.

She is pretty high on

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the line.

It is starting to turn,

but has she got the weight? High and

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hard, this is it, Great Britain are

going to win this. It is not going

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to get there. The handshakes mean

that Great Britain have won this

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match, a superb performance from Eve

Muirhead and her team, they

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struggled all through that match but

finally in the last three ends they

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all four of them came together, a

superb team performance, brilliantly

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led by Eve Muirhead with some

stunning shots.

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Congratulations, you are through to

the semifinal. Job done?

Delighted,

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we knew it was going to be a tough

end against Canada, and we came out

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and played a great game. And to book

our spot in semifinal was our first

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goal, delighted with that.

How about

the jump in the air? We saw you

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leaving the ice when you clear that

brilliant shot.

I can't actually

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remember it. When you are in that

zone, you forget about the small

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things. But I'm glad I landed safely

on my feet!

And, you were struggling

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early on but got it together in the

last three or four ends.

Definitely

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was, and kudos to the girls, they

stuck with me and they were really

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patient, and I think that really was

the story of the game. We know that

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we finish strong, and thank God I

turned up the last couple of ends.

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Patience and just staying in the

moment, that is exactly what we did,

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and we came through in the end.

How

tense was it out there, Vicki

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and we came through in the end.

How

tense was it out there, Vicki? You

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had the chance to put them out and

confirm your place in the

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semifinals. It was getting a little

nervous at times.

It was a tight

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game, but we expected that, we

talked about that in our pre-game,

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and we focused on our shots one at a

time and they all came together

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nicely.

Lauren, we have talked about

one game at a time, you have all

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said that, that you are now into the

semifinals, so how do you prepare

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for that now?

It is a new part of

the competition, and we will go away

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and regroup for the semifinals and

trying commit as strong as we can,

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see how we are playing and how we

frame that and try to build on that

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last performance.

Just a comment,

Eve, on the Canadian colleagues next

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to us here. It is a massive shock,

the women have never not made a

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medal at the Winter Olympics, they

are one of your big rivals. How does

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that make a difference of

accommodation now going forward?

We

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knew coming in the field was strong,

all ten teams are capable of getting

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a medal, and each team we went out

there and play our own game and

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concentrate on ourselves. I

understand how you think that Canada

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one of the top nations and haven't

missed a podium, but as a team we

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concentrated on our own performance,

and we will take whoever we have in

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the semifinals.

There was a pretty

good chance it might be swayed in

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the way things are looking. How

would you fancy that?

As I say, we

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are open to any team. We had a close

game against Sweden in the round

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robin, we beat them in the European

final and we always have close games

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when it comes to play-offs against

them. We look forward to the day off

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tomorrow, and fight strong the next

day.

Good luck. No more jumping up

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and down on the ice, OK?

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CLARE BALDING: If she is jumping for

joy, we don't mind. These are the

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qualifiers:

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It will be either the Japan or the

USA to join those three at the

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topping qualifying. The hog line

violation was right at the end of

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that game, really tight until then,

so anything could happen. Rhona, I

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know you didn't sleep last night

because you were watching both

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matches. When Eve played that shot

in end nine, was that the turning

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point?

Absolutely. It was Patience

the whole game, the British girls

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played really well, and here at

nine, Eve really wants to force

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Canada to take the one, not lose two

or blank, and this

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Canada to take the one, not lose two

or blank, and this shot here was

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phenomenal, the fact that it moved

both reds, and Great Britain that

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two. So this was a huge game changer

at this point.

How difficult is that

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shot?

Any shot in the ninth end, she

had to hit that absolutely spot on

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in the right place to catch both

reds in the house, so yes, she had

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to play the right weight, the right

line, it was a difficult shot, but

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she played it perfectly.

And it

really was the turning point,

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because that meant, going into the

tenth end...

That forced Canada to

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draw for one, and Eve was more than

happy to play the tenth. There she

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jumps, it wasn't jumping with joy,

it was more jumping at the sweepers,

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to listen to her.

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it was more jumping at the sweepers,

to listen to her. But that means

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Great Britain go into the tenth end

with a hammer, much easier to score

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their two, and they were happy with

that situation. So that shot in the

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night turned the game around.

The

shot of the Olympic Games so far?

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Not as in the degree of difficulty

of the shot, but shot under pressure

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to absolutely turn a scoreline

around, because if you think they've

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fought through that whole game, they

were always two down, always

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fighting for their two got other the

only got that on the eighth end.

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Friday will be the semifinal against

Sweden. Korea have been the most

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consistent team. What do you predict

will be the gold medal match?

Put on

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the spot, I would say it is a Korea

- Great Britain final.

That would be

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exciting! Exciting for the host

nation as well. Let's take a look at

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Great Britain's results so far and

how they have got an against the

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teams that are still left. As we

know, the Sweden result was very

0:24:070:24:11

tight and could have gone the other

way.

0:24:110:24:17

But Great Britain have faced...

South Korea have beaten Great

0:24:170:24:23

Britain 7-4, and Sweden have beaten

them. But it is a different evening

0:24:230:24:30

now.

Yes, three quarters of the week

is done, and to get over that

0:24:300:24:34

finishing line to reach the

semifinals is a huge weight off

0:24:340:24:36

their shoulders. They have done it,

they have played there are nine

0:24:360:24:41

teams, so now it is a different

competition, straight knockout, you

0:24:410:24:44

have to win. So there is no room for

error, and Eve loves the pressure.

0:24:440:24:49

The team can play really well under

pressure, they are so patient. They

0:24:490:24:54

don't try and win the game early,

they wait because they know they can

0:24:540:24:57

play the shots in the last few ends,

so they love the play-off games.

And

0:24:570:25:02

as for the men, pretty simple, they

had to win. They were up against the

0:25:020:25:07

USA, and when they don't win, also

of things happen. It is very

0:25:070:25:10

complicated. But before the match

today they were in second place

0:25:100:25:15

joint with Canada, but you see the

USA, if they were going to win, up

0:25:150:25:20

to five wins, and then it all gets

tight. And I woke up early to start

0:25:200:25:24

watching this this morning, and it

seems to me that the USA play a

0:25:240:25:29

different style of curling, they

play a much more aggressive style,

0:25:290:25:33

maybe just because they sweep

intensely. Kyle Smith at the end of

0:25:330:25:38

the fourth end here, what is he

trying to do?

They have lost a two,

0:25:380:25:43

got back to 2-2, and they are trying

to steal, so they played a great

0:25:430:25:48

draw around, then the USA trying to

go further ease, and they just miss

0:25:480:25:52

it, so it was a great steel from

Britain to go 3-2 up after being 2-0

0:25:520:25:58

down.

The Americans look pretty cool

in their kit. They look like golfers

0:25:580:26:05

or baseball

0:26:050:26:05

in their kit. They look like golfers

or baseball players, they look

0:26:050:26:07

different to everyone else.

Obviously the Norwegians look really

0:26:070:26:10

different, but there is a lot of

confidence in this USA team, they

0:26:100:26:14

know they have to win as well.

And

that was a great tapped to get the

0:26:140:26:17

three. Having just lost one at the

last end, for them at that fifth end

0:26:170:26:25

to go in and get the three is a

massive boost for the USA. So now

0:26:250:26:31

the USA are two up, playing this

eighth end, so Great Britain trying

0:26:310:26:37

to build up their two here. And just

catches the corner guard. So USA can

0:26:370:26:47

really put the pressure on now.

Great Britain have got last stone,

0:26:470:26:51

but they don't want to be forced to

take the one. But after that shot,

0:26:510:26:56

USA now just trying to lie.

It seems slightly...

They are

0:26:560:27:07

shouting louder, that is why you

think they are more aggressive. So,

0:27:070:27:11

Great Britain forced to draw for one

against four. Which isn't a

0:27:110:27:17

disastrous situation to go into the

ninth end just one down, but the

0:27:170:27:21

sweepers are on this the whole way.

0:27:210:27:29

And unfortunately, it comes up

short, just too many half shots from

0:27:290:27:34

Great Britain today. Yesterday they

were so clinical, played so well,

0:27:340:27:37

but the loss of four, that is game

over, really, just too many half

0:27:370:27:42

shots for them.

The American fans

celebrate, and that is a huge result

0:27:420:27:47

for the USA. But this is what it

means the Great Britain. It means

0:27:470:27:51

they move down the order to fourth

equal, and they now have a play-off

0:27:510:27:55

against Switzerland, that is at

midnight tonight. If they win that,

0:27:550:27:59

they will go through to the

semifinals tomorrow at 11am, so

0:27:590:28:02

whoever wins that match gets two

games within a few hours.

They all

0:28:020:28:10

finished on the same rankings, but

because USA had beaten both

0:28:100:28:13

Switzerland and Great Britain, they

go above them, so that is why they

0:28:130:28:18

are automatically through, and

Switzerland and Great Britain

0:28:180:28:20

play-off.

And what do you predict

that?

I think it will be a

0:28:200:28:25

play-off.

And what do you predict

that?

I think it will be a close

0:28:250:28:25

one. I think our boys, having seen

them that their clinical performance

0:28:250:28:28

yesterday, if they come out and play

like that, can win. They had a

0:28:280:28:33

really close first game with

Switzerland, but that was days ago

0:28:330:28:36

now.

It seems like ages ago.

So I

think both teams are going to be

0:28:360:28:42

absolutely desperate for that

semifinal place.

And Kyle Smith

0:28:420:28:44

needs to pick himself up, because

that was a disappointing end but

0:28:440:28:47

they can do it and they have showed

in this Olympics they are absolutely

0:28:470:28:52

Olympic class.

Absolutely, and at

the Olympic Games, what is the best

0:28:520:28:56

way to go? Through tie-breakers.

That's the way I did it!

Quite

0:28:560:29:01

right.

Keeps you fighting and

motivated.

Excellent, love that.

0:29:010:29:06

Rhona, thank you very much.

0:29:060:29:17

We are going to focus on the women's

downhill, which took place very

0:29:210:29:23

early this morning in perfect

conditions, and the star of the

0:29:230:29:25

show, all eyes were on Lindsey Vonn,

trying to capture the title that she

0:29:250:29:28

last won in Vancouver. She had

injuries that kept her out of the

0:29:280:29:32

World Championship. Let's catch up

with Matt Chilton.

0:29:320:29:34

COMMENTATOR: She has had two World

Cup victories, and a couple of

0:29:370:29:46

podiums as well, Goggia. She is high

on the Dragon rage, the winner of

0:29:460:29:50

the Olympic test 12 months ago. She

had a massive mistake in the

0:29:500:29:55

Super-G, which cost her a chance to

push for a medal, but she has been

0:29:550:29:58

going well in the free training

runs, and represents a serious, real

0:29:580:30:03

threat to Lindsey Vonn's chance to

win gold today. But Three has left

0:30:030:30:09

herself work to do. And that is

dangerous. Lucky that the wind

0:30:090:30:14

didn't get under her skis there and

cause to crash, but that is a sign

0:30:140:30:17

of the commitment that she is

putting into this race. Suffering

0:30:170:30:20

with a knee problem, she says when

she gets up in the morning walks

0:30:200:30:24

around, the knee is sore, it takes

ten minutes just to be able to walk,

0:30:240:30:28

and climbing the stairs is an issue,

but when she gets to the start gate,

0:30:280:30:32

she forgets all about it. It full

focus. She has just flown 25 metres,

0:30:320:30:38

and that is a good job, and it has

put Goggia right back in the Chase

0:30:380:30:43

here. 94 kilometres per hour, Bencic

celebrates beyond the 100 mark,

0:30:430:30:49

towards 104 kilometres per hour.

Smooth, accurate terms for Sofia

0:30:490:30:54

Goggia, the 25 you rolled Italian,

she hits that control gate, and the

0:30:540:30:59

next split it has got slightly

better for her. Goggia could back up

0:30:590:31:05

the victory in the Olympic test

event a year ago by skiing into gold

0:31:050:31:11

medal position here. It's a

brilliant run from Goggia, she leads

0:31:110:31:15

the way. It is a big margin in

favour of the Italian, 0.63, that

0:31:150:31:21

might bring her a medal today.

0:31:210:31:26

Will it be gold? This was one of the

risky moves that Sofia Goggia

0:31:260:31:34

polled, straight down onto the tales

of her skis. Incredible strength.

0:31:340:31:39

Lindsay Vonn is already a ski racing

legend, whatever happens today, the

0:31:390:31:45

most successful female ski racer of

all time. 81 World Cup victories.

0:31:450:31:50

She is chasing victory as she looks

to hunt down the all-time record.

0:31:500:31:57

She could add another couple of

World Cup wins at the end of this

0:31:570:32:01

season, maybe return at the start of

next and beat the record of 86. The

0:32:010:32:06

focus this season has been all about

today, the Olympic downhill

0:32:060:32:10

competition that she last one in

Whistler, the Vancouver games, eight

0:32:100:32:14

years ago. She has trained really

well. She has had an army of

0:32:140:32:21

technicians working on her skis, she

is fully fit, she's fast, she's

0:32:210:32:26

focused and she's flying there,

standing on the right speed, great

0:32:260:32:30

term coming into paradise for

Lindsay Vonn. Vonn is now 33 years

0:32:300:32:36

old, one of the oldest competitors

in the competition. Is she in front

0:32:360:32:40

here? She is four tenths slower than

Sofia Goggia and she and Goggia have

0:32:400:32:48

gone toe to toe in so many World Cup

races so far this season, with Vonn

0:32:480:32:53

winning three of them, including the

last two. She is fastest through the

0:32:530:32:59

speed gun. Will that translate to a

green light here? Not quite. Vonn

0:32:590:33:04

has still got to find time. Half a

second off the pace of Goggia. The

0:33:040:33:10

top two separated by .6 three. Vonn

is slightly wide. A straight line

0:33:100:33:15

all the way to the finish now. Vonn

is across the line and it is a

0:33:150:33:20

silver. Goggia Olesen. No gold medal

in what will almost certainly be

0:33:200:33:26

have final Olympic games for Lindsay

Vonn. Let's see what Mowinckel can

0:33:260:33:34

produce today. Norway's best, number

19, Mowinckel. Silver medallist in

0:33:340:33:42

the Olympic giant slalom last week.

13th in the super-g. She has been

0:33:420:33:51

consistent in World Cup downhill

races this season. Five times in the

0:33:510:33:55

top ten but never better than sixth.

Two green light to start with.

0:33:550:34:00

Mowinckel has had an outstanding

season. She was always one of the

0:34:000:34:07

sort of middle order athletes until

the start of the new World Cup

0:34:070:34:11

season at the end of 2017 and she

started to show some fine form. That

0:34:110:34:15

was a huge tan therefore Mowinckel

of Norway. -- a huge ten there for.

0:34:150:34:25

Norway have had a fine programme

with gold, silver and bronze is so

0:34:250:34:32

far. Mowinckel contributed to that

with a silver in the giant slalom.

0:34:320:34:37

The speed is good therefore

Mowinckel. Three green lights and

0:34:370:34:42

then read, but not bar. One tenth a

second off the pace. Mowinckel is

0:34:420:34:49

bringing her a game to the biggest

race of this season. The top three

0:34:490:34:55

separated by so little. Mowinckel

picked an unusual line into that

0:34:550:34:59

time. Can she swim quicker than

Goggia? Mowinckel may well move in

0:34:590:35:11

amongst the medals. Can she ski

quickly enough to go into gold? Off

0:35:110:35:16

the final jump, Mowinckel has gone

into silver. 900th of a second.

0:35:160:35:27

into silver. 900th of a second. It

is a second Olympic medal, her

0:35:300:35:32

second silver.

0:35:320:35:37

second silver. What a day for Sofia

Goggia. She was the Olympic downhill

0:35:370:35:44

champion, the first Olympic -- the

best Italian woman ever to do so.

0:35:440:35:49

And it is the second silver for

Mowinckel in the downhill. And

0:35:490:35:56

Lindsay Vonn goes home with the

downhill bronze in 2018 after

0:35:560:35:59

winning eight years ago.

We saw had jumping for joy and look

0:35:590:36:06

at this, Sofia Goggia, giving the

snow in delight. Lindsay Vonn took

0:36:060:36:18

bronze and afterwards, her good

friend Jimmy Alcott caught up with

0:36:180:36:21

her. Suffice to say, emotions were

running high.

You overcame all of

0:36:210:36:28

the pressure, all the expectation

and you got a bronze today.

Yes, it

0:36:280:36:33

was intense and I think mostly it

was intense because I just wanted to

0:36:330:36:36

win for my grandpa. And it's hard to

process this is my last Olympic

0:36:360:36:42

downhill race. You know, I really

want to keep racing for ever but I

0:36:420:36:48

can't.

So, I'm... Lindsay, knowing

your family, your grandfather would

0:36:480:36:54

be so happy you went did your best,

you know?

I hope so.

0:36:540:37:07

So, I chatted with your dad earlier

and he was here to support cheap. He

0:37:110:37:15

didn't care about your time as long

as you knew you went out there and

0:37:150:37:21

did your best. He did that, the

super-g, this is how you came back

0:37:210:37:25

and that shows you are a super

champion.

Thanks. You know, I'm sure

0:37:250:37:32

my dad will find something that I

did wrong. He loves to be critical

0:37:320:37:35

but it meant a lot to me that he was

here. You know, we had some rough

0:37:350:37:42

times there and he wasn't in

Vancouver when I won, so it meant a

0:37:420:37:46

lot to me that he was here. I mean,

we've all been really emotional

0:37:460:37:53

because of my grandfather, so it

meant a lot to all of us to be here

0:37:530:37:58

altogether. It's just a really

emotional day. I'm really proud to

0:37:580:38:02

walk away with a medal. It may not

be gold and I'm sure a lot of people

0:38:020:38:07

will say that I should have gotten a

gold, but you know what, it's so

0:38:070:38:11

hard to win or to get a medal at the

Olympics and I'm proud of my

0:38:110:38:15

performance, so I'm walking away

very happy.

Shimmy Alcott joins us

0:38:150:38:22

live now from Pyeongchang, listening

to that live I'm sure it's making

0:38:220:38:27

you well up and not many people

would have got that access or that

0:38:270:38:31

reaction. It's amazing to see the

really human side of Lindsay Vonn.

0:38:310:38:37

Yes, I've noticed that really change

with her over the last year. I think

0:38:370:38:41

she's become a lot more accessible

to her emotions. She also -- she

0:38:410:38:45

always used to put up this guard of

what you call people wanted her to

0:38:450:38:50

be and now she's realised that she

the champion and when you're

0:38:500:38:52

champion, you can beat who you are,

to do those feelings. It's

0:38:520:38:57

incredible that you spoke about the

men in her life because she has gone

0:38:570:39:01

through the divorce with her

husband, she got really close to her

0:39:010:39:04

grandfather because her father

wasn't in the picture them, so

0:39:040:39:07

that's where all these raw emotions

are coming from. I'm not sure if

0:39:070:39:11

they are coming from the fact this

is her last Olympic downhill all the

0:39:110:39:18

whole scenario of grieving with him.

That bronze was like a gold for her

0:39:180:39:22

today. She just needed to get a

medal.

Amazing to see her on the

0:39:220:39:27

podium. She has made it clear that

although she won't be at another

0:39:270:39:31

Olympics committee is still going

for the World Cup world record,

0:39:310:39:34

isn't she?

Definitely. She is only

by the way, chasing history. She has

0:39:340:39:41

done everything out she can in the

sport in terms of achievements for

0:39:410:39:46

female alpine skiers. It definitely

an accessible goal for her. The next

0:39:460:39:51

Olympics is four years away, how her

body will hold up. She has gone

0:39:510:39:56

through so much adversity and

injuries over the years that I think

0:39:560:39:59

she's anticipating that for years is

too much, but who knows of Lindsay

0:39:590:40:02

Vonn. When she is riding high bill

of confidence, you can't write her

0:40:020:40:07

off.

Let's talk about Sofia Goggia,

the gold medallist. There are some

0:40:070:40:14

interesting testament to her

character.

She is a firecracker.

0:40:140:40:22

She's never called me by my name,

she has nicknames for everyone.

0:40:220:40:26

Whatever she wants to do, she does

it, whatever she wants to save.

0:40:260:40:31

She's the most exciting skier to

watch. Actually, her run was

0:40:310:40:35

probably the most controlled I've

seen have. It was a really solid

0:40:350:40:40

performance. She knew what she had

to do to win gold and she had a

0:40:400:40:45

nervous wait up the surprise in the

super-g with the snowboarder coming

0:40:450:40:49

down and

0:40:490:40:58

down and taking gold, with the

Norwegian coming down. She said he

0:40:580:41:00

didn't mind who was -- how far

behind someone was as long as they

0:41:000:41:05

were behind.

And the first time in

many years Italy have one, so a huge

0:41:050:41:10

moment for them?

It is huge and the

way Italians celebrate, they are the

0:41:100:41:15

most amazing team out there. Every

single athlete stays to watch their

0:41:150:41:20

team-mates race. They have such a

good connection, when Sofia Goggia,

0:41:200:41:27

when the race was eventually over,

her coaches, you could see how much

0:41:270:41:30

it meant to them as the United team.

She is an amazing firecracker. She

0:41:300:41:35

is great but the sport, Lindsay Vonn

actually men told her over the last

0:41:350:41:41

few years and she beat her very

slightly here last year in a test

0:41:410:41:49

event, but I'm sure she is more

frustrated to buy beaten -- to be

0:41:490:41:53

beaten by her today.

There is still

the team event to come for the

0:41:530:41:59

women. Could Lindsay Vonn be

involved in that?

There is still the

0:41:590:42:02

combined tomorrow. As of yet, I am

not sure whether she will be

0:42:020:42:09

starting it. With her emotions, I am

not sure she will start. Who knows.

0:42:090:42:15

With the slalom, it's quite

difficult tomorrow, it will suit the

0:42:150:42:21

technical skiers like shivering but

there is a spot on the American team

0:42:210:42:25

for Lindsay if she wants to take it.

In terms of the team parallel, I

0:42:250:42:29

don't think Lindsay will started.

So

focus switches to Michaela Shifrin

0:42:290:42:36

for the Americans. One of the many

reasons we sent you out there is

0:42:360:42:42

because we have got the slalom

coming up and Dom Parsons. How is he

0:42:420:42:47

looking?

0:42:470:42:52

looking?

I mean, cool, collected, he

is just keeping to his own. He's

0:42:520:42:56

trying to take it as another race.

He doesn't have a big team here. His

0:42:560:43:04

family are watching back home, they

became up because they are watching

0:43:040:43:07

you. His girlfriend is here working

for Dutch TV so I will be standing

0:43:070:43:12

with her tomorrow and feeling the

vibe because he genuinely has the

0:43:120:43:16

possibility. There is a place on the

podium, there are about three or

0:43:160:43:22

four years he could get it and Dave

is definitely one of those guys.

0:43:220:43:26

Good luck with all of that. Thanks

so much was going up to talk to us.

0:43:260:43:31

This view, friends.

We miss you too.

Now we are going to head live to

0:43:310:43:44

cross-country skiing. Rob Walker is

there to explain how this skiing

0:43:440:43:57

works and also who she will be

skiing with. Does a moment of

0:43:570:44:03

history back for the iron Lady

wearing number one on the left of

0:44:030:44:08

your picture?

This, arguably, one of the hardest

0:44:080:44:10

earned gold medals of any sport

hearing Pyeongchang. There is beer

0:44:100:44:15

can. 16 and a half minutes away from

something very, very special.

0:44:150:44:30

They are under way in this women's

teams per in to vinyl. Only two

0:44:330:44:38

athletes per nation, six circuits

skied in all, so it's three each and

0:44:380:44:43

the only rest each skier gets is the

length of time it takes their

0:44:430:44:47

team-mate to ski each of their

circuits. Marit Bjoergen in second

0:44:470:44:53

place here for Norway. At the

moment, she is tied in medals, 13 in

0:44:530:45:01

total. She has seven goals, three

silvers and the bronzes. A medal of

0:45:010:45:09

any colour would bring her 14 Winter

Olympic medals in total and no one

0:45:090:45:14

has done better. She would be the

greatest of all time. If you really

0:45:140:45:19

want to be a stickler for

statistics, if it was to be gold for

0:45:190:45:23

Marit Bjoergen, and she is in the

lead at the moment ahead of the

0:45:230:45:27

American, if it was to be gold,

there is no question whatsoever

0:45:270:45:31

because she would be ahead by virtue

of one single bronze. Marit Bjoergen

0:45:310:45:35

has been sensational at these games,

she really has. And how about this

0:45:350:45:42

for a potential omen? 16 years ago

on this very day, a skinny

0:45:420:45:47

inexperienced Norwegian led the

relay first leg and it was her first

0:45:470:45:55

medal, a silver. Well, Ollie

Williams alongside me, the omens are

0:45:550:45:58

good, it all sounds great, but she

has got to get over the line and

0:45:580:46:03

there is a world-class pair from

Russia just behind her and the

0:46:030:46:07

Swedes have a fantastic duo as well.

Yes, it is not just about Marit

0:46:070:46:11

Bjoergen, it is about the other

Norwegian in this team of two who

0:46:110:46:18

you see just waiting to handover

from Marit Bjoergen. You also have

0:46:180:46:23

the US, this week, everyone in this

mix, they will be looking less at

0:46:230:46:30

Marit Bjoergen, more her team-mate

and it's ridiculous to use the brave

0:46:300:46:35

the weak link, but it could be that

Neil said he would take over for

0:46:350:46:40

Sweden, you can see her entering

your picture there, it could be that

0:46:400:46:44

she will target her and try to bring

this bold home for Sweden instead of

0:46:440:46:50

Norway and just

0:46:500:46:56

The Norwegians are the defending

champions and reigning world

0:46:590:47:04

champions. This is a really, really

competitive race. They have already

0:47:040:47:11

skied a semifinal just to get to

this big showdown. Julia Bellerin

0:47:110:47:20

this big showdown. Julia Bellerin,

the camera focusing in now. This

0:47:210:47:25

Russian duo, for all the reasons

that have been well publicised, the

0:47:250:47:28

Olympic athletes of Russia have

brought a very young but talented

0:47:280:47:37

team, and Yulia Belorukova will be

determined to spoil the Marit

0:47:370:47:43

Bjoergen Norwegian party.

They all

get a couple of minutes to recover

0:47:430:47:48

as best they can. You saw a little

error at the back, that will cause

0:47:480:47:54

some time for Slovenia. They look

very good, at the front you can see

0:47:540:48:03

it is Stena Nielsen, and we take one

more look here, you can see that

0:48:030:48:12

little error, the trip for Slovenia

that just drops her a little bit

0:48:120:48:19

further back. This race looks to be

on paper a four way battle, Norway,

0:48:190:48:27

with Maiken Caspersen Fall out on

course at the moment. And those

0:48:270:48:33

young Olympic Athletes from Russia.

Here now you can see you have Maiken

0:48:330:48:41

Caspersen Falla on the right-hand

side, Stena Nielsen keeping pace

0:48:410:48:44

with Sweden, and so far this final

is bunched.

We are poised for

0:48:440:48:52

history here, but how will this go?

We have a whole host of world-class

0:48:520:48:58

women determined that the Norwegians

will not have this great celebration

0:48:580:49:02

all their own way. Vital work going

on by the wax technician is, it is a

0:49:020:49:09

big part of the science of

cross-country skiing, it is not just

0:49:090:49:14

a question of putting the skis on

and going for it, there is a lot of

0:49:140:49:18

work that goes on behind the scenes

to make these races so spectacular.

0:49:180:49:24

Sweden and Norway, little bit of

ground lost therefore the Olympic

0:49:240:49:26

athletes of Russia. Yulia Belorukova

not quite as impressive on this leg.

0:49:260:49:35

Marit Bjoergen contemplating the

second circuit. Remember it is three

0:49:350:49:39

each in total, so now both

team-mates have done a circuit each.

0:49:390:49:45

Marit Bjoergen will be going up

against Charlotte Callan, she is

0:49:450:49:51

wearing bib 12 of Sweden, just on

the right of the picture. The

0:49:510:49:58

Americans won the team sprint, the

men won it back in 1976, and no

0:49:580:50:07

American woman has ever won a winter

Olympic cross-country medal. Third

0:50:070:50:16

place at the moment with Randall, it

would be a huge day for American

0:50:160:50:21

cross-country skiing. It cannot be

underestimated.

This is the USA's

0:50:210:50:30

last chance, Randall's in

particular, 35 years old. She thinks

0:50:300:50:35

this is it in terms of her ability

to finally for the first time put

0:50:350:50:40

the US on an Olympic podium in this

sport, but also think about

0:50:400:50:45

Charlotte Kalla, she has never won

this in the Olympics, and I don't

0:50:450:50:53

think she will get better

opportunity than being paired up

0:50:530:50:58

with an out and out sprint queen

like Stina Nilsson. Marit Bjoergen,

0:50:580:51:05

as you see her surging up this hill

that form such a dominant part of

0:51:050:51:09

this short but punishing course.

Marit Bjoergen isn't always Norway's

0:51:090:51:14

go to girl for a team spread. She

wasn't in the last couple of team

0:51:140:51:22

sprints, but in this course, you do

a semifinal, so many little circuits

0:51:220:51:29

of this course, it demands sheer

endurance, and that is what it shows

0:51:290:51:35

she brings in this field.

It is

almost like the ultimate rap

0:51:350:51:40

session, rewarded with the gold,

silver and bronze medal. Here are

0:51:400:51:45

some of the all-time greats, let's

not underestimate Charlotte Kalla

0:51:450:51:49

and her team-mate, Stina Nilsson, up

against Maiken Caspersen Falla, and

0:51:490:51:56

it was Stina Nilsson and Maiken

Caspersen Falla who took the medals

0:51:560:52:01

in the individual sprint races.

Couple of gaps opening up.

0:52:010:52:08

Couple of gaps opening up.

This has

allowed a little bit of a deficit to

0:52:090:52:11

open up. It is Norway from Sweden.

The United States have never been on

0:52:110:52:18

a women's Winter Olympics

cross-country podium. They are in

0:52:180:52:22

third. Switzerland coming into the

mix as well. But it is the two great

0:52:220:52:29

nations of Norway and Sweden, side

by side, locked together in this

0:52:290:52:34

battle for global supremacy, a sport

that is absolutely worshipped in

0:52:340:52:40

both countries, and the Germans have

a little bit of ground to make up,

0:52:400:52:44

disappointing so far for them in

this final.

0:52:440:52:47

You mentioned the Swiss, you can see

her off the back there, you can see

0:52:470:52:55

her skiing for Switzerland, Laurien

van der Graaff, impressive to come

0:52:550:52:59

through the way they did, and they

are keeping themselves in touch.

0:52:590:53:05

Look at Jessica Diggins, her face

painted with glitter, the way it

0:53:050:53:08

always is and always has been, in

her unique style that she has

0:53:080:53:12

brought to this US team, and she has

tried to haul this sport into US

0:53:120:53:17

prime-time, and nothing would do

that better than getting on the

0:53:170:53:21

podium tonight, and Marit Bjoergen

and Norway, Maiken Caspersen Falla,

0:53:210:53:25

just tucked in behind Stina Nilsson

behind them as they head back up

0:53:250:53:29

this hill one more time, and the US

still lead.

A great effort here from

0:53:290:53:34

Jessica Diggins. Fifth in the ski

Avalon, the American, fifth in the

0:53:340:53:40

ten K, fifth in the relay, and she

made the sprint final. She is trying

0:53:400:53:47

to give herself and her team-mate

Kikkan Randall every opportunity.

0:53:470:53:53

There will be two complete circuits

left at the end of this one, this is

0:53:530:53:56

the second time we have seen Maiken

Falla of Norway coming up this

0:53:560:54:04

brutal hill. Stina Nilsson is

inferred. -- in third. They will

0:54:040:54:12

hope that history does beckon with a

gold, and Maiken Falla would already

0:54:120:54:16

be feeling this, they will be tired.

They have skied just to make this

0:54:160:54:21

final tonight. It is getting colder,

-5 out on the course, but they won't

0:54:210:54:26

be feeling that at the moment, they

will be getting a surge of

0:54:260:54:29

adrenaline. The noise from the

crowd. Most of them over on the far

0:54:290:54:33

side gathered by the finish. This is

a fascinating race at the moment,

0:54:330:54:40

the Olympic athletes of Russia are

out of it. This is sensational for

0:54:400:54:43

the Americans. It will be Jessica

Diggins to Randall, and as far as

0:54:430:54:49

the Norwegians and Swedes are

concerned, Maiken Falla will hand

0:54:490:54:53

over to Marit Bjoergen, and it will

be Stina Nilsson to Charlotte Kalla.

0:54:530:54:59

They are out on the tracks for the

last time, they can afford to give

0:54:590:55:03

it everything here. This is going to

be a fascinating circuit, and how

0:55:030:55:07

Kikkan Randall is going to come

under pressure here from Marit

0:55:070:55:11

Bjoergen and Charlotte Kalla, the

Olympic athletes of Russia

0:55:110:55:19

completely out of this now.

We were

worried that the US, having gone so

0:55:190:55:23

hard in the semifinal, might be the

ones to blow up in this final, but

0:55:230:55:27

instead it is those young athletes

from Russia who have just not been

0:55:270:55:30

able to keep any kind of pace, as

frankly neither has anyone else,

0:55:300:55:36

because these three are now well out

in front, and it would take quite

0:55:360:55:40

some effort. You can see the Swiss

still just about in touch, but it

0:55:400:55:45

looks like it might just be into a

sprint finish between these three,

0:55:450:55:50

but the Norwegians will still think

they have an ace up their sleeves to

0:55:500:55:54

move ahead. Equally, the Swedish

will be looking at Lizzy waiting for

0:55:540:55:59

Stina Nilsson -- Charlotte Kalla

waiting for Stina Nilsson, it is no

0:55:590:56:05

strategic of when you push ahead,

and it looks like Norway are try to

0:56:050:56:08

take this out now.

Marit Bjoergen

has won a medal in every event she

0:56:080:56:13

has contested here in Pyeongchang.

She is 37 years of age, she is a

0:56:130:56:19

mother now, she balances a life

outside cross-country skiing, she is

0:56:190:56:21

writing this final chapter in

glittering glory, but is it to be a

0:56:210:56:27

gold? Unless there is a problem with

the skis or a fall, you would almost

0:56:270:56:33

certain things that Norway and

Sweden will be on the podium, but

0:56:330:56:36

Marit Bjoergen has shied away from

the questions about becoming the

0:56:360:56:42

greatest of all time. She has

focused on each race at a time, but

0:56:420:56:46

her job here is almost done, and

what a responsibility for her

0:56:460:56:51

team-mate and good friend Maiken

Falla. She will have the

0:56:510:56:57

responsibility of trying to ensure

history is made with gold with a

0:56:570:57:01

title defence, and a real problem

here. That is disappointing for the

0:57:010:57:05

Olympic athlete of Russia. A snap

poll, and that may well be

0:57:050:57:08

contributing to why they are so far

behind. If Marit Bjoergen is to

0:57:080:57:14

become the greatest of all time, she

has given her compatriot Maiken

0:57:140:57:18

Falla every opportunity. But this

isn't just about Marit Bjoergen,

0:57:180:57:21

this is a great race between Norway,

Sweden and the United States, and

0:57:210:57:25

how about that from the Americans?

They are closing in on a medal that

0:57:250:57:29

for so many years seemed it would

never come. Norway, Sweden and the

0:57:290:57:35

United States with one circuit left

too long burst their way towards the

0:57:350:57:42

finish.

The Swedish newspapers

interviewed Charlotte Kalla before

0:57:420:57:45

this race, and she said, if Stina

Nilsson and Maiken Falla eyelevel

0:57:450:57:51

going into the final leg, we will

not be that worried. She essentially

0:57:510:57:55

said, she thinks Stina Nilsson can

take it for Sweden. It was a brave

0:57:550:58:00

thing to come out and say, it has

been all over the Scandinavian

0:58:000:58:04

media, and now Stina Nilsson has to

deliver, because there is nothing to

0:58:040:58:09

choose between Norway, Sweden and

the USA, currently out in front

0:58:090:58:13

thanks to Jessica Diggins going for

that podium at last.

This is a great

0:58:130:58:20

race for the Americans, it really

is. Jessica Diggins has missed out

0:58:200:58:24

on so many occasions. We knew she

was on form, she won the last World

0:58:240:58:29

Cup race coming into these games.

She leads from Maiken Falla in the

0:58:290:58:34

silver medal position for Norway at

the moment, which would surely make

0:58:340:58:38

Marit Bjoergen the greatest of all

time, but this just for a moment

0:58:380:58:43

isn't about Marit Bjoergen. It is

about Maiken Falla of Norway. It is

0:58:430:58:47

about Jessica Diggins of the United

States. Sweden looked like a couple

0:58:470:58:52

of meters are opening up between

themselves and the leading duo.

0:58:520:58:57

Having said that, Stina Nilsson

trying to close the gap on the

0:58:570:59:00

inside. Maybe we are still going to

have a 3-way battle for gold. Maiken

0:59:000:59:05

Falla for Norway. Jessica Diggins,

the weight of history and all those

0:59:050:59:12

disappointments on the American

shoulders, and what about Stina

0:59:120:59:14

Nilsson? She beat Maiken Falla in

the sprint final, they call her

0:59:140:59:22

silver Stina

0:59:220:59:24

the sprint final, they call her

silver Stina, always the bridesmaid,

0:59:240:59:26

never the bride. Nothing to choose

between the three of them as they

0:59:260:59:29

head down to the stadium. The medals

are short, but in which order? And

0:59:290:59:34

there is a tussle between Maiken

Falla and Stina Nilsson. Jessica

0:59:340:59:38

Diggins did not get involved.

0:59:380:59:45

the history books will be written

and they will show that tonight,

0:59:460:59:50

Marit Bjoergen became the greatest

of all time but with which colour

0:59:500:59:54

medal? Stena Nelson trying to pull

away hair and suddenly there's a gap

0:59:541:00:00

and the Norwegians are there. The

Americans will get their first ever

1:00:001:00:06

cross-country skiing medal in the

Olympics and it looks as though

1:00:061:00:10

Maiken Falla is beaten. It will be

history for Bjoergen but it looks

1:00:101:00:14

like it will be bronze. What a race,

Stena Nelson, Jess begins for a

1:00:141:00:20

piece of history. And the Americans

have done it. For the first time,

1:00:201:00:25

they are on the podium and they are

on the podium with gold. Sweden take

1:00:251:00:32

silver and Marit Bjoergen becomes

the greatest of all time but it is

1:00:321:00:37

bronze tonight. Let's focus on the

Americans. So many times they have

1:00:371:00:42

come up short, so many times they

have had questions to answer but not

1:00:421:00:49

tonight. Sloan well -- Bjoergen

1:00:491:00:58

tonight. Sloan well -- Bjoergen will

make the headlines, but the US are

1:00:581:01:03

there.

That is the raise that the US

have been waiting for decades to

1:01:031:01:07

deliver. They thought they were

almost out of time, they were given

1:01:071:01:15

50 places, fourth places, they have

done it at the World Championships,

1:01:151:01:20

they won the World Championship in

2013 together but they had never

1:01:201:01:24

done it at the Olympics until now

and it means more than the world for

1:01:241:01:28

them to beat Norway and Sweden at

their own game.

If you have never

1:01:281:01:35

watched a cross-country skiing race,

I really, really hope you enjoyed

1:01:351:01:39

that. This is a sport of Herculean

effort and hard. That is why they

1:01:391:01:45

collapse over the finish line. If

you prefer your racing on the roads

1:01:451:01:49

rather than on snow, I hope you have

been won over tonight. Marit

1:01:491:01:54

Bjoergen does become the greatest

Winter Olympian in history with 14

1:01:541:01:59

medals, but quite rightly, the

cameras are focusing in on the

1:01:591:02:03

Americans. That is an absolutely

phenomenal achievement. Yes, they

1:02:031:02:09

became team sprint champions, but

that was five years ago and people

1:02:091:02:13

were starting to doubt how many more

opportunities this great American

1:02:131:02:16

duo would have. And how about this?

Surely one of the principles of the

1:02:161:02:24

Winter Olympic Games and the summer

Olympic Games is to inspire the next

1:02:241:02:28

generation and how many young boys

and girls will be watching this in

1:02:281:02:32

the United States and will say to

their mums and dads, yes, I know

1:02:321:02:37

about Lindsay Vonn, but now I also

know about kicking Randall and just

1:02:371:02:41

begins and I'm going to have a go at

cross-country skiing. This is huge

1:02:411:02:47

for the sport in North America. It

takes an Olympic gold medal,

1:02:471:02:52

especially with the dominance that

America has across so many sports,

1:02:521:02:59

it takes Olympic gold and I said

that Sweden were expected to beat

1:02:591:03:04

the Norwegians, they were not

expecting the US to come at them and

1:03:041:03:10

win in that style. An absolutely

incredible moment in history but not

1:03:101:03:14

just for Marit Bjoergen, an amazing

finish from two American women who

1:03:141:03:20

have produced the race of their

lives against some of the all-time

1:03:201:03:24

greats. What a race and what a

privilege to witness this unfolding

1:03:241:03:32

in the commentary box. It has been

an absolutely wonderful 20 minutes

1:03:321:03:37

at the Alpensia Cross-Country Centre

centre and that was the moment be

1:03:371:03:41

America knew she had delivered gold.

1:03:411:03:47

What another sensational finish to a

cross-country race. America now have

1:03:561:04:04

a gold medal in the cross-country

team spin -- team sprint but Marit

1:04:041:04:10

Bjoergen now goes to the top of this

list of winter Olympic greats. These

1:04:101:04:15

are in terms of most medals won.

Marit Bjoergen top of that list with

1:04:151:04:19

14 of them.

1:04:191:04:27

Ireen Wust is the only one that list

who is a speed skater and she will

1:04:391:04:44

be in action later, so she could add

that.

1:04:441:04:48

Marit Bjoergen goes to the top

without bronze medal she took in the

1:04:531:04:58

team sprint.

1:04:581:05:07

Now, the last time a British women's

bob finished in the Olympics was

1:05:121:05:18

in...

Ninth place. And I was there.

It is about the whole team

1:05:181:05:28

contributing to the performance.

There's no way I could have done

1:05:281:05:31

what I did in my career without

amazing team-mates.

Amy Williams

1:05:311:05:35

with us as well, our skeleton

champion from 2010. This is a huge

1:05:351:05:41

moment for the women's bob sleigh

and for another sliding sport to

1:05:411:05:44

appeal to a new generation of girls.

I think that has been the joy of the

1:05:441:05:49

Winter Games this year, it has

inspired so many people. For these

1:05:491:05:53

two

1:05:531:06:00

two girls, for Mica to be driving

into third place, it is achievable

1:06:001:06:04

for her to achieve that which is so

exciting.

Before that, we will tell

1:06:041:06:14

you a bit more about the story of

Mica Moore and Mica McNeill. It has

1:06:141:06:19

been a real story for them to get

here, not just athletically but to

1:06:191:06:28

fund themselves, because this is a

team funded by the people.

All of

1:06:281:06:32

that hard years that we have worked

thinking, this is Olympic year, we

1:06:321:06:36

want to go into this year in the

best shape possible and then it just

1:06:361:06:42

gets stopped.

It was absolutely

heartbreaking. BBC sport understands

1:06:421:06:48

that bobsleigh is set to withdraw

funding from its women's team just

1:06:481:06:55

five months before the Olympics.

Mica McNeill said she was shocked

1:06:551:06:59

and gutted to discover there was no

money left to fund her team because

1:06:591:07:03

of an overspend.

It was my career

very, very low. As low as you can

1:07:031:07:10

get. You have worked hard and it is

crushed. You don't know if you can

1:07:101:07:14

turn from that.

1:07:141:07:19

turn from that.

We instantly came

together with a plan that we could

1:07:191:07:22

move forward swiftly with because

the season was coming round very

1:07:221:07:26

quickly and I think we did that very

well.

1:07:261:07:34

well.

I honestly didn't know if it

was going to work. I thought we

1:07:341:07:38

might get a terrible response, like

we might get a lot of criticism for

1:07:381:07:42

setting this up. But we set it up

and then it just sort of started

1:07:421:07:46

rolling.

Seeing people logging in to

support us that our boss and our

1:07:461:07:53

journey was just amazing. We want to

say thank you to all your

1:07:531:07:57

contributions for our campaign.

We

are so grateful. We have had a good

1:07:571:08:01

few days out on the Ivor Bell so

excited for our season.

Maybe those

1:08:011:08:08

of you watching at home centre view

quit their way. Nearly £50,000 was

1:08:081:08:13

raised for them. A good start. Let's

see the British girls on their way.

1:08:131:08:18

Terrific. Clean out of 15. Eyes on

seventh place. Six she goes. What a

1:08:181:08:24

good run that was from Mica and

Mica.

Mica is starting to become a

1:08:241:08:32

really good pilot. They just need a

little bit more horsepower at the

1:08:321:08:36

top and by that start. That is all

they are missing. This is the reason

1:08:361:08:40

they are flying because she has

nailed this trade every time she has

1:08:401:08:44

come through it.

History was made on

the ice today with the first African

1:08:441:08:49

and indeed the Nigerian bobsleigh

team. Their debut appearance showed

1:08:491:08:55

the inexperience of the pilot, but

the bands -- fans were enthusiastic

1:08:551:09:02

nonetheless and they were thrilled

that the hair, despite finishing

1:09:021:09:07

last. 30 years after call running --

cool running, the Jamaicans were

1:09:071:09:19

slightly off the pace with no coach

to fine tune their run. A I have

1:09:191:09:28

finished seems unlikely. So do the

key contenders, Canada set the early

1:09:281:09:32

finished seems unlikely. So do the

key contenders, Canada set the early

1:09:321:09:32

lead with a time of 50.70 two. Not

one of her finer runs, especially

1:09:321:09:39

with the Americans and Germans hot

on her tail. The pilot on the United

1:09:391:09:46

States have won everything except

Olympic girl and cheese set the

1:09:461:09:49

fastest time to knock the reigning

champion of her perch with a time of

1:09:491:09:55

50.50 two. That time proved

impassable despite a terrific time

1:09:551:10:00

from the German pair, who finished a

tantalising to hamper of a second

1:10:001:10:04

behind the leaders. US team-mates

Jamie Gribble Poser and partner Amy

1:10:041:10:09

Evans finished a close third. With

reigning champion Humphreys of

1:10:091:10:16

Canada lying in fifth with our crowd

funded duo Mica and Mica in six

1:10:161:10:21

going into heat two.

For Great Britain in sixth place,

1:10:211:10:28

Mica McNeill -- Mica McNeill and

Mica Moore. Mica is driving this

1:10:281:10:33

track really well. You can see the

gap is starting to close that this

1:10:331:10:39

is the part of the track she's been

doing so well, getting this straight

1:10:391:10:44

right. If she comes through here

clean, she gets a little bit of tap

1:10:441:10:48

but she's carrying enough speed at

this point... That's another

1:10:481:10:52

mistake. She needs to settle into

this run. She is clothing but is

1:10:521:10:56

there enough track the incoming of

the Canadians at the bottom?

It has

1:10:561:11:01

gone green. They are quicker. Can

they put pressure on Humphreys? They

1:11:011:11:07

are going to end run to no worse

than 60 with 50 point -- 52.9 five.

1:11:071:11:18

Now, work to do here for Humphreys

if she is to hold onto the gold

1:11:181:11:22

medal for a third time.

Great start.

I don't know if Mica will come in

1:11:221:11:26

front of her here but she is losing

speed to the British sled.

There are

1:11:261:11:32

real doubt say now that Humphreys

will be able to get another gold

1:11:321:11:34

medal.

Now, is this where Schneider

was stop pulling ahead of Kaillie

1:11:341:11:42

Humphries because she has started

losing speed? It certainly looks

1:11:421:11:46

like she is losing speed at the

bottom camp at the Kaillie

1:11:461:11:49

Humphries.

The German pair don't

normally lose speed, do they? And

1:11:491:11:53

the Germans go ahead? Yes, is the

answer. This is >> Jamanka -- this

1:11:531:12:03

yum anchor.

The best person to

pledge will miss the meadow. -- the

1:12:031:12:14

first person to flinch will miss the

medal today. She has got to keep a

1:12:141:12:20

good margin here as she comes down

to beat speed trap.

It is a growing

1:12:201:12:27

margin as well. The German has put

herself in a great position and is

1:12:271:12:34

currently in first place. Now, the

Americans. They have a 200th

1:12:341:12:44

advantage as Elana Meyers Taylor

goes in pursuit of the one prize

1:12:441:12:49

that has eluded her through her

career, an Olympic gold medal.

This

1:12:491:12:53

is why they are in the lead and that

is a big mistake. That will cost

1:12:531:12:57

out. That 23 hundredths, I don't

think she will have that at the

1:12:571:13:02

bottom. She has lost that into

corners.

She will struggle. Germany

1:13:021:13:08

and the United States, the two will

be the leaders and Elana Meyers

1:13:081:13:13

Taylor has just lost the lead. The

big message though is that those two

1:13:131:13:21

are now a comfortable margin ahead

of Schneider, Gribble Poser and

1:13:211:13:29

McNeill.

And down in sixth place is

the great British pair. Not far off

1:13:291:13:34

the medal.

Is it possible? It is.

This track has shown anything is

1:13:341:13:39

possible. The form book has been

torn up.

What do they need to do,

1:13:391:13:44

Amy?

They need to hold it together

and not do anything different. Don't

1:13:441:13:48

get freaked out by the fact they are

in a position they never thought

1:13:481:13:51

they would be.

We will head over

there in an hour's time but we are

1:13:511:13:57

going back to cross-country skiing

because we saw a vocational finish

1:13:571:14:00

to women's cross-country skiing,

with a photo finish and Bjoergen

1:14:001:14:07

going up to the top of the all-time

greats list. This is the men's team

1:14:071:14:11

final. We were hoping to maybe the

Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young in

1:14:111:14:15

there for Great Britain but as Rob

Walker explained, that was

1:14:151:14:19

impossible.

Yes, thank you, Claire. This great

1:14:191:14:26

race is about to start. If it's half

as good as the women's final we have

1:14:261:14:30

just enjoyed, we are written for

another treat. Just a quick headline

1:14:301:14:35

on Andrew Young and Andrew Musgrave,

just missing out on a fastest loser

1:14:351:14:39

's spot in this final. But they

didn't finish the men's team sprint

1:14:391:14:45

in Sochi or Vancouver. Andrew Young

suffers from a condition called

1:14:451:14:49

tacky cardia which means that the

type of pressure being put on the

1:14:491:14:53

heart head when you are burning at

full space for three minutes and

1:14:531:14:57

then stopping while your team-mate

goes means he has had quite a lot of

1:14:571:15:01

races which he hasn't managed to

finish. The two Britons doing the

1:15:011:15:08

nation proud, a great effort, with

Andrew Musgrave 's thoughts turning

1:15:081:15:17

to his final on Saturday. So, no

British duo in here but we have a

1:15:171:15:24

world-class pair of very, very young

talented skiers from the Olympic

1:15:241:15:32

athletes of Russia. And it's Dennis

bits of on the lead leg for them. He

1:15:321:15:37

got a bronze in the 15 K, a silver

in the relay. He leads and the

1:15:371:15:42

question here surely is whether

these Olympic athletes of Russia can

1:15:421:15:48

put the Norwegians or the Swedes

under pressure? 16 is Marcus Helmer,

1:15:481:15:54

a legendary figure in Swedish

skiing, possibly a shade past his

1:15:541:16:00

best and coming up now, Ollie, the

familiar red script -- strip of

1:16:001:16:06

Norway. They will not like the fact

they got bronze in the women's

1:16:061:16:09

event, despite history being written

for Bjoergen.

Yes, watch out for

1:16:091:16:17

Norway when they handover in a

moment. Norway won't even on the

1:16:171:16:21

podium four years ago. They finished

fourth in this. Norway treat this

1:16:211:16:25

like football. This is their Super

Bowl, if you like. Same in Sweden,

1:16:251:16:30

so it is Norway versus Sweden,

Sweden looking a little more

1:16:301:16:34

impressive than we thought. Your

contenders here, the Olympic

1:16:341:16:39

Athletes from Russia wearing 15,

Norway in one, Sweden in 16. What is

1:16:391:16:45

two in particular as they can mount

the first leg of six.

1:16:451:16:52

Nicely bunched here, each of these

men will ski three times, so Martin

1:17:001:17:03

Johnsrud Sundby coming in behind,

the Olympic athlete of Russia

1:17:031:17:11

handing over to an incredible young

talent, Alexander Bolshunov. And

1:17:111:17:20

that young man with the pink poles

and the pink helmet, he is Johannes

1:17:201:17:30

Hoesflot Klaebo. He has made his own

piece of history here, the youngest

1:17:301:17:39

ever male cross-country skiing

winter Olympic champion, two goals,

1:17:391:17:42

one in the sprint and the other in

the relay, and the manner of his

1:17:421:17:49

victory as the cameras focusing on

Helguson of Sweden, he is so good,

1:17:491:17:55

Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, wearing

bib and one, I think he is the

1:17:551:17:59

equivalent of Usain Bolt. He has

made it look ridiculously easy so

1:17:591:18:06

far.

And usually you mean that they

have won by a distance, but he went

1:18:061:18:12

out of his way to make those

victories look easy. In the relay

1:18:121:18:15

the other night, Johannes Hoesflot

Klaebo parked himself behind Dennis

1:18:151:18:19

Betts of and effectively at a mile

jog ended up passing him to win. It

1:18:191:18:26

was ridiculous how simple he made

that look. Will he do it again

1:18:261:18:31

tonight? He is up against a

different athlete, he is up against

1:18:311:18:37

Alexander

1:18:371:18:43

Alexander Bolshunov, not Denis

Spitsov this time, and you can see

1:18:431:18:45

him, Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, on

the right-hand side, and Alexander

1:18:451:18:48

Bolshunov looked incredible and

relays, and what will be interested

1:18:481:18:50

tonight is whether he pushes

Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo more than

1:18:501:18:56

Spitsov did in this final.

And watch

out as well for the Canadians can

1:18:561:19:00

Alex Harvey on the second leg for

them, will they have taken

1:19:001:19:06

inspiration from the North American

rivals? No Canadian men have ever

1:19:061:19:10

won skiing medal. Alex Harvey didn't

take part in the four by ten

1:19:101:19:20

kilometres relay. Remember if you

are just joining us, only two men

1:19:201:19:24

per nation, they ski three times

each, that is Johannes Hoesflot

1:19:241:19:28

Klaebo going for a hat-trick of

goals. There is his team-mate,

1:19:281:19:32

Martin Johnsrud Sundby. We have seen

the first piece of skiing from

1:19:321:19:41

Alexander Bolshunov, not the

fireworks we were expecting from the

1:19:411:19:43

Russian, who is level with the

German in a roundabout fourth place.

1:19:431:19:47

It is Sweden from the French, and

they have got a fine pair, that is

1:19:471:19:59

Richard Jouve coming across and

Maurice Manisa cat. A big group

1:19:591:20:11

coming together here, Martin

Johnsrud Sundby in third place, so

1:20:111:20:13

when will the big move,, and who

will it be from? This is a race that

1:20:131:20:19

unfolds very quickly. That fall is

Eric Bjornson of the United States,

1:20:191:20:25

a real shame for him. He will hand

off to Simeon Hamilton, they are

1:20:251:20:30

really going for this up an incline

that is steeper than it may one

1:20:301:20:35

appear. He is third from the left

hand side, and he just caught up on

1:20:351:20:44

the experienced Italian. That is a

savage blow to the Americans to get

1:20:441:20:50

into the mix.

That is pretty much

the end of that. Maurice Manificat

1:20:501:20:57

France wearing the number four, just

tucked in behind Sweden. He

1:20:571:21:04

scratched from the 50 kilometres

finale for the men on Saturday, and

1:21:041:21:07

this has been such a frustrating

Olympics for him, he has won bronze

1:21:071:21:11

medal but he finished fifth twice in

the individual races, and he will be

1:21:111:21:16

doing everything he can to get on

that podium as we watch them

1:21:161:21:19

frantically preparing the skis at

the bottom of the course. For the

1:21:191:21:23

relay, Dennis Betts off complained

bitterly that his wax did not look

1:21:231:21:29

as good as Norway's. Norway looked

supreme that time around, and here

1:21:291:21:34

comes Martin Johnsrud Sundby, moving

forward to join Sweden now. Marcus

1:21:341:21:40

Hellner leads the Sweden, and surely

in his last Winter Olympics, he was

1:21:401:21:46

33 years old, and he seemed to be

chasing a gold that seem to escape

1:21:461:21:51

him, not so after the relay. He has

had silver medals in the relay in

1:21:511:21:58

bronze and silver medals, and he is

in second place behind Marcus

1:21:581:22:03

Holness. Maurice Manificat, the

Frenchman in third, at the young duo

1:22:031:22:10

from the Olympic athletes of Russia.

Germany five, Italy six, and then

1:22:101:22:15

the Americans, Eric Bjornson trying

to make amends with that fall up the

1:22:151:22:18

first hill. We are at the halfway

stage here. Marcus Helmer, and son

1:22:181:22:27

be. They have skied two of their

three circuits, and now it is the

1:22:271:22:34

return of Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo.

He is arguably has more on paper

1:22:341:22:41

than Richard Jouve. The Finn is in

the seven. Alex Harvey heading out

1:22:411:22:50

onto the course, but it is Alexander

Bolshunov and Johannes Hoesflot

1:22:501:22:56

Klaebo, and we have Sweden still in

the mix. It is single file, they are

1:22:561:23:01

all in a line, and most of the big

names are in contention as they

1:23:011:23:10

embark on the fourth circuit. To

give you a bit of context, they will

1:23:101:23:17

be sitting at home in their tens of

millions watching this. This is a

1:23:171:23:21

huge sport for Norway. Their new

superstar, they have already had a

1:23:211:23:25

big day. They hit their target of 30

medals for Norway at these games,

1:23:251:23:30

and they have surpassed their

target. The men's ice

1:23:301:23:38

target. The men's ice hockey team

reach the quarterfinals at an

1:23:381:23:39

Olympic tournament for the first

time ever today, and they will be

1:23:391:23:42

expecting Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo

to cap it all off in supreme style

1:23:421:23:48

by brushing past Alexander

Bolshunov, but we have already seen

1:23:481:23:51

that Alexander Bolshunov has so much

to give, and age.

Both of them 21,

1:23:511:24:00

and it is that young Olympic Athlete

from Russia, wearing bib 15, bronze

1:24:001:24:07

in the spread, silver in the relay,

five times he has been on the World

1:24:071:24:11

Cup podium this year, but there is

the man streaking up the right-hand

1:24:111:24:15

side, he has his own distinct style

up the hills, and that was massive

1:24:151:24:21

from Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo. That

is why they refer to him as the

1:24:211:24:25

Usain Bolt of snow. In the last 40

metres of backline, he has just

1:24:251:24:32

shown why he is the new global star.

He has won nine of 12 World Cup

1:24:321:24:37

events so far this season, but it is

one thing winning here and there

1:24:371:24:40

around Europe, it is quite another

when you arrive here is one of the

1:24:401:24:44

favourites and you deliver not won

or two, but maybe three. We have

1:24:441:24:51

still got one complete circuit each

of the two team

1:24:511:24:59

of the two team members, but

Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo has shown

1:24:591:25:00

why so many people in this sport are

excited about what he is doing and

1:25:001:25:05

what he is capable of doing in the

future. Norway are in the lead with

1:25:051:25:12

two circuits remaining.

A complete

change could lead to a couple of

1:25:121:25:15

days ago, we Johannes Hoesflot

Klaebo sat behind Denis Spitsov of

1:25:151:25:20

Russia and only at the end gently

went past him to take that gold

1:25:201:25:23

medal. This time around, clearly

baulk is thinking to himself, let's

1:25:231:25:27

not leave this to chance, let's go

and put as much distance as we can,

1:25:271:25:33

as early as we can, and make these

four Chase, make them break

1:25:331:25:38

themselves of those hills pursuing

Martin Johnsrud Sundby. That is a

1:25:381:25:42

completely different strategy for

Norway, and you can see now Martin

1:25:421:25:46

Johnsrud Sundby trying to preserve

as much of that gap as he can. Three

1:25:461:25:50

seconds in almost any other race

wouldn't seem like that much, but in

1:25:501:25:53

team spread like this, three seconds

is a healthy gap for Norway to have

1:25:531:25:56

at this stage.

He will be feeling

it, they all will. They have skied a

1:25:561:26:04

semifinal, and here they are on the

third of their lung bursting

1:26:041:26:08

circuits. Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo's

acceleration of that very steep hill

1:26:081:26:13

has given Martin Johnsrud Sundby an

opportunity to extend the advantage,

1:26:131:26:18

and Marcus Hellner of Sweden is not

closing at the moment from second.

1:26:181:26:21

Neither is Denis Spitsov in third.

For the other

1:26:211:26:29

For the other fourth are the French,

and after this, it is down to their

1:26:291:26:34

team-mates to anchor them home. This

is superb from Martin Johnsrud

1:26:341:26:37

Sundby. He was given the lead from

Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, he is

1:26:371:26:47

arguably past his best, but he has

been fantastic today in the semis

1:26:471:26:51

and here in the final, and so is

Maurice Manificat, the French man in

1:26:511:26:54

his last games, Izzy? And if he is,

is he finishing in style with a

1:26:541:27:00

medal. The French are right up

there, and the youngsters from

1:27:001:27:03

Russia are coming under some

pressure here ahead of the sixth and

1:27:031:27:06

final circuit. There is Martin

Johnsrud Sundby. He has been a

1:27:061:27:15

superb ambassador for Norwegian

cross-country skiing. He has been

1:27:151:27:17

beaten a few times by the man he is

about a tap on the back, and he says

1:27:171:27:22

he is so talented, Johannes Hoesflot

Klaebo, it is almost embarrassing to

1:27:221:27:25

be in the same race as him

sometimes. And that from a man who

1:27:251:27:28

has stood on the top of the Winter

Olympics podium. Martin Johnsrud

1:27:281:27:32

Sundby has built on the lead that

Klaebo delivered. Sweden in second,

1:27:321:27:36

the Olympic athletes of Russia in

fourth, and it is the French in the

1:27:361:27:41

battle for the podium as well,

Maurice Manificat has been

1:27:411:27:46

magnificent, as Klaebo embarks on

this bid for a hat-trick of golds,

1:27:461:27:50

all before his 22nd birthday. They

are in the driving seat here. What

1:27:501:27:54

can the best of the rest do to close

it down on this last circuit? Surely

1:27:541:28:00

this is Norway's and Klaebo's

Toulouse?

It seems almost impossible

1:28:001:28:05

to envisage circumstances that would

stop Batman from winning. They will

1:28:051:28:09

try anything. This has been so

impressive from Sweden. We maybe

1:28:091:28:14

didn't have them as medal prospect

at the start of this but they are

1:28:141:28:17

keeping in touch, but you can now

see that it is the French and the

1:28:171:28:22

Olympic Athletes from Russia that

are just trying to take this away

1:28:221:28:26

from Halvorsen, the 28 euros from

Sweden, who has never really been a

1:28:261:28:32

force in the team spread. He checks

behind him to see what the gap is to

1:28:321:28:36

the remainder of the pack, and it

looks like the three medals will

1:28:361:28:40

come from those four, but it is

almost impossible to figure out how

1:28:401:28:46

Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo can be

stopped. Once again, it almost looks

1:28:461:28:49

like he will have a bit of a

procession to that gold medal, the

1:28:491:28:53

way he is going.

It is a brilliant

performance from Klaebo, because it

1:28:531:29:02

was looking tight. He is now driving

up that hill, trying to get into the

1:29:021:29:10

silver medal position. Johannes

Hoesflot Klaebo had enough time to

1:29:101:29:12

pick up the Norwegian flag as he

ambled his way across the finish

1:29:121:29:16

line, a desperate battle to silver

and bronze at the moment being won

1:29:161:29:21

by Alexander Bolshunov, the Olympic

litre Russia, and what a performance

1:29:211:29:24

from the French. Richard Jouve

building on the great work of

1:29:241:29:28

Maurice Manificat, and Sweden now

beginning to become detached. So it

1:29:281:29:34

is Norway from the Olympic athletes

of Russia, with France in third. As

1:29:341:29:39

now they begin to think about their

big drive towards the line. Calle

1:29:391:29:46

Halfvarsson has got to close the

gap. This is phenomenal from

1:29:461:29:51

Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, he is 21

years of age and he is away and

1:29:511:29:54

clear. And how he will enjoy these

celebrations as he comes into the

1:29:541:30:00

finish. He will be unaware of the

drama unfolding behind him, but he

1:30:001:30:03

does have time to look over his

shoulder. We are watching someone

1:30:031:30:07

who is as exciting in his sport as

Usain Bolt was ten years ago when he

1:30:071:30:14

pumped his chest as he crossed the

line in Beijing. A global star is

1:30:141:30:17

born. He wears pink shades, but it

is all gold for the Klaebo, silver

1:30:171:30:23

for the Olympic athletes of Russia

and a brilliant bronze for the

1:30:231:30:26

French. Klaebo made that look easy.

He is already a household name in

1:30:261:30:33

Norway, and tonight he produces an

incredible hat-trick, three golds,

1:30:331:30:38

and he is still yet to turn 22. He

could be around for a very, very

1:30:381:30:43

long time to come.

1:30:431:30:48

And once again, he makes it look

like the simplest art in the world.

1:30:481:30:53

It is easy when we took about Klaebo

to overlook the achievement of his

1:30:531:30:57

team-mates each time because without

help in the relay, he would have

1:30:571:31:02

been nowhere, without help from

Martin Johnsrud Sundby tonight, he

1:31:021:31:05

would have been nowhere, but it is

the style with which he finishes

1:31:051:31:10

these races that sets him apart and

draws that comparison with Usain

1:31:101:31:13

Bolt because he brings charisma,

personality, and he just uses

1:31:131:31:19

presence, even when he is finishing

an Olympic final and Norway love

1:31:191:31:23

that man. They are already talking

about multi-million pound

1:31:231:31:27

sponsorships for Johannes Hoesflot

Klaebo. It is their national sport,

1:31:271:31:33

he is their national hero.

Well,

what celebrations there will be for

1:31:331:31:40

the Norwegians tonight. The again

made history with a bronze, moving

1:31:401:31:48

to 14 medals in all but gold is the

colour that obsessed the nation he

1:31:481:31:54

grow up on skis, on cross-country

tracks almost as soon as they can

1:31:541:31:57

walk, they are out on the tracks. A

fantastic performance. Norway on top

1:31:571:32:04

on the men's team sprint tonight.

And Rob, looking at those pictures,

1:32:041:32:10

there really does seem to be, there

is so much interest in this event

1:32:101:32:14

and so much respect for these

athletes because, gosh, they have to

1:32:141:32:18

work for it.

Do you know what,

Claire, it has been a privilege

1:32:181:32:22

sitting in the commentary box for

both Ollie Williams and myself. In

1:32:221:32:29

every single race apart from when it

Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, the man

1:32:291:32:33

with the pink shades, everybody else

collapses over the line. It's the

1:32:331:32:39

ultimate all-round test of your

upper body as well as your legs

1:32:391:32:42

aren't the only person I've ever

seen, crossed the finish line and

1:32:421:32:45

not collapse in a heap is Johannes

Hoesflot Klaebo, who is now a

1:32:451:32:50

three-time Winter Olympic champion

at the age of 21. It is so much

1:32:501:32:53

harder than it may appear, this

board, Claire, it really, really is.

1:32:531:32:58

They earn every ounce of the medals

they are presented with on the

1:32:581:33:02

podium and there is a great esprit

de corps with these men and women,

1:33:021:33:07

Claire, because I think they are all

aware of how hard everyone else's

1:33:071:33:11

working. So, yes, there's a little

bit of needle between the Norwegians

1:33:111:33:17

and the Swedes sometimes, but there

is enormous mutual respect between

1:33:171:33:20

these men and women.

They know how

hard their sport is. Believe me, it

1:33:201:33:24

looks like it as well and that is

why we should respect what Andrew

1:33:241:33:29

Musgrave has achieved in these

games, finishing seventh in the

1:33:291:33:34

skiathlon, best finish ever the

British cross-country skier. But he

1:33:341:33:37

and Andrew Young teamed up for the

team sprint and went out in the

1:33:371:33:44

semifinals. Give us more detail on

that.

I don't think it was about

1:33:441:33:50

performance, Claire, because they

went in the first semifinal,

1:33:501:33:54

finished in sixth place and the way

these events work, you have two from

1:33:541:33:57

each semifinal plus six fastest

losers in all, so they were in a

1:33:571:34:04

spot after the first semifinal, they

just missed out on a spot in the

1:34:041:34:08

final, but to put this in context,

Andrew Young has a condition called

1:34:081:34:13

tacky cardia which means it's very

difficult by him to get his post

1:34:131:34:18

back under control if he is doing

interval efforts and this is an

1:34:181:34:21

event where you share intervals with

your compatriots, going hard for

1:34:211:34:26

three minutes and waiting for three

minutes. They weren't able to finish

1:34:261:34:30

their semifinal in the team sprint

in Vancouver or Suchy, so the fact

1:34:301:34:35

they were in with a shout at a

fastest loser spot shows progress.

1:34:351:34:40

And the fact they are both

three-time Winter Olympians, Andrew

1:34:401:34:43

Musgrave what have another chance in

the 50 K, and he has done a huge

1:34:431:34:48

amount, they both have, to further

the cause of cross-country skiing.

1:34:481:34:55

You would have thought British skier

would finish in the top ten ten

1:34:551:35:00

years ago. He was seventh in the

skiathlon and maybe there is more to

1:35:001:35:04

come in the 50 K.

Let us hope so.

Thank you so much for all your work,

1:35:041:35:10

Rob, and there with confirmation of

the results.

1:35:101:35:12

So, the medal table, well, Norway

are having a very good day.

1:35:181:35:25

Great Britain still in 16th thanks

to that gold medal from Lizzy

1:35:361:35:41

Yarnold in the skeleton. Earlier

this morning, we saw the women's

1:35:411:35:46

downhill and Lindsay Vonn taking a

bronze medal and she has been

1:35:461:35:50

extremely emotional, knowing that

this will be her last Winter Olympic

1:35:501:35:54

appearance and she is there on the

podium once again. She has come back

1:35:541:35:59

from so many injuries. She lays it

all out there on the mountain. And

1:35:591:36:04

while a bit of power will be

disappointed that she didn't quite

1:36:041:36:07

go quick enough to secure the gold

medal, another Olympic medal for her

1:36:071:36:13

is a real achievement. Thomas park

they're making the presentation and

1:36:131:36:17

hugging Lindsay Vonn. And you saw

her interview with Jamie Alcott

1:36:171:36:23

earlier where they both broke down.

She is very raw at the moment,

1:36:231:36:27

Lindsay Vonn, but that is a

tremendous performance. And Sofia

1:36:271:36:33

Goggia from Italy took the gold

medal, Italy's first-ever win in the

1:36:331:36:37

women's downhill. And they haven't

actually one that many Alpine

1:36:371:36:43

medals, very huge, huge moment for

the Italians. Right, building up to

1:36:431:36:49

the third run of the women's

bobsleigh and it is just about 40

1:36:491:36:55

minutes away. It is a sport that,

Nicola, a lot of people cross into

1:36:551:37:00

it from other sports, there have

been some athletes, for example.

It

1:37:001:37:04

is. I transferred from Olympics

myself.

1:37:041:37:12

myself. Mica did a lot of different

sports. Most people transfer over

1:37:121:37:16

from anything that is short power

and actually the UK have one of the

1:37:161:37:20

best chance for programmes which

spans across all sports. I know huge

1:37:201:37:25

numbers for skeletons as well, which

means we take athletes who perhaps

1:37:251:37:29

either have achieved or they have

specific skills for a sport and slot

1:37:291:37:35

them into it. Put them where their

skills seat and we see people

1:37:351:37:41

winning medals.

And if you were to

sell Winter sports and sliding

1:37:411:37:45

sports in particular, Amy, what is

the best thing about that?

1:37:451:37:49

Everything! You can transfer your

skills across. It's the excitement,

1:37:491:37:55

the unknown. The weather conditions

are so interchangeable between the

1:37:551:37:59

eyes, the snow, whether it's -2, -5,

will it snow, will it be foggy? The

1:37:591:38:06

extreme nest takes it to another

level and yet there's still a real

1:38:061:38:09

physical side to it as well. You

still have to train like a sprinter,

1:38:091:38:14

be powerful of the blocks in our

sports. It's great that you can

1:38:141:38:19

transfer your skills across from

summer. My

1:38:191:38:24

summer. My dream was to be a 400

metre runner but it never quite

1:38:251:38:28

happened, yet you can switch to a

sliding sport.

And become an Olympic

1:38:281:38:30

champion, as you have been. Lizzy

Yarnold was a heptathlete, moved

1:38:301:38:34

into skeleton and now she is a

history maker. Britain's first-ever

1:38:341:38:41

double Winter Olympics champion.

This is her story. I know I am a

1:38:411:38:45

ruthless competitor when it comes to

it, it is me and the track. You are

1:38:451:38:50

lying on the sled listening to the

rattle or the vibrations of the ice.

1:38:501:38:54

It's just a complete orchestra of

information.

You have to be sure if

1:38:541:39:01

you go headfirst. Nothing to block

you, nothing to stop you, nothing

1:39:011:39:06

between you and triumph or disaster.

You just really have to look at the

1:39:061:39:11

eyes, understand what the basics are

of the ice and then on the first day

1:39:111:39:15

of training, jump on the shed, go

down and see what it's doing with

1:39:151:39:19

you.

I haven't always run three

Lizzy Yarnold's games though. She

1:39:191:39:26

wanted to be a heptathlete long

before a UK sport scheme pointed

1:39:261:39:30

head towards a sled. She relied on

the generosity of others initially.

1:39:301:39:35

A work colleague called Mervyn

sponsored her when money was short.

1:39:351:39:38

Has led still bears his name. Back

then, Lizzie worked in insurance, a

1:39:381:39:48

trade based on knowing what can go

wrong. A sport she is beginning to

1:39:481:39:52

dominate is one of terrifying risks.

Lizzy Yarnold has a few terrifying

1:39:521:39:57

moments to wait.

Everything was

building to Sochi.

Lizzy Yarnold

1:39:571:40:04

goes for gold for Great Britain. She

hit outside, it doesn't matter, she

1:40:041:40:10

will win gold, surely? She's going

to do it. Lizzy Yarnold is the

1:40:101:40:15

Olympic champion! Oh my goodness.

Well, maybe she will keep sliding

1:40:151:40:19

and comeback in four years, who

knows?

I think she will.

Within 407

1:40:191:40:27

days of her gold, she had won every

skeleton title there was to win and

1:40:271:40:32

then she walked away.

I quite

quickly knuckled back down, focused

1:40:321:40:36

in on these new challenges and then

realised that I was just at the

1:40:361:40:40

point of exhaustion and I needed to

get away.

She had a year out, got

1:40:401:40:46

married, and then she came back to

it. She always intended to go back

1:40:461:40:49

to the Olympics to defend her title.

But you can't simply slide back into

1:40:491:40:55

the skeleton. Sweat comes before the

eyes and last year she was diagnosed

1:40:551:41:00

with an innately disorder that

affects balance. At the same time,

1:41:001:41:05

she couldn't find her former speed.

In our World Cup races this season,

1:41:051:41:10

Lizzy Yarnold was outside the top

ten.

The lesson that I think I

1:41:101:41:18

needed was to respect sport and

respect the day of competition, but

1:41:181:41:22

mainly to understand that I do know

what I'm doing and I need to trust

1:41:221:41:26

myself lot more.

To those on the

outside, the signs weren't good, but

1:41:261:41:33

as Pyeongchang approach, Yarnold was

positive.

To have the confidence and

1:41:331:41:37

faith in this plan that will be

taking me to Pyeongchang, it's not

1:41:371:41:42

about the World Cups, it's about

trying to become the first British

1:41:421:41:46

Winter Olympian to retain my title.

She goes first. Clearly Lizzy

1:41:461:41:52

Yarnold is here for business.

It was

a lightning start, run one, position

1:41:521:41:59

one, but something was wrong. The

dizziness seemed to have returned.

1:41:591:42:04

Lizzie was also struggling to

breathe because of a chest

1:42:041:42:07

infection. She was close to pulling

out.

1:42:071:42:14

out.

The Olympic champion. Can she

make history and win it again?

Look

1:42:141:42:19

at the gap. She has got half a

second.

This could be at least

1:42:191:42:24

silver for Lizzy Yarnold. She goes

to the front and how!

With that, the

1:42:241:42:30

grammar school girl from Kent had

become one of Britain's greatest

1:42:301:42:34

sportswomen, a back-to-back Olympic

champion.

1:42:341:42:38

And she may refuse to answer the

question of what next, but Amy

1:42:381:42:43

Williams, in your opinion, what next

for Lizzy Yarnold?

Having not spoken

1:42:431:42:48

to her next, but if I was her, I

would go and take a bit of time out,

1:42:481:42:52

see what it is like when you get

home and all the press and what you

1:42:521:42:56

can do to inspire, go and have a

holiday, and knowing her, she will

1:42:561:43:01

feel like she's in the prime of her

life, fully funded on an incredible

1:43:011:43:09

programme, she probably will just

continue. So you think you could do

1:43:091:43:12

a third Olympics? Part of me says

no, she will stop, maybe she will

1:43:121:43:17

want to have children, the other

half of me thinks maybe she would

1:43:171:43:20

take a year out, still maybe have

children, and then come back.

1:43:201:43:24

Because she is having fun. Laura and

her have fun, they have a great

1:43:241:43:30

team, why wouldn't you continue? She

is fit, healthy and strong.

That

1:43:301:43:35

helps, if you are not dealing with

injuries all of the time at the

1:43:351:43:39

tiring nature of that, it helps a

positive about things. Yesterday, we

1:43:391:43:44

were shell-shocked in the studio

where we saw Elise Christie crash

1:43:441:43:46

out once again than Olympics.

Paralympics is over. No short track

1:43:461:43:52

today but we do have long track.

Less opportunity for but we do have

1:43:521:43:58

the possibility of some. We will see

the Dutch greats in action today.

1:43:581:44:06

The Netherlands against the USA

head. Let's rejoin Wilf O'Reilly and

1:44:061:44:10

Simon by ten.

Thank you, Claire. Presumably not so

1:44:101:44:17

many video reviews either today in

this long track. The Netherlands

1:44:171:44:24

first on the track, the best of the

semifinals in the women's team as

1:44:241:44:28

you do. They are up against the

United States.

1:44:281:44:37

And this is a straight knockout

here. Away they go first time, and

1:44:411:44:48

look at these two teams lining up

here. One would expect the Dutch to

1:44:481:44:53

prove to be too strong of this

event, aren't they?

They have really

1:44:531:45:01

put the domination of this event.

1:45:011:45:07

And the Americans are already a

quarter of a lap behind. It is a six

1:45:121:45:16

laps race, and the winner from this

final will go into the final, and

1:45:161:45:20

then the winner of the Seki

semifinal -- second semifinal will

1:45:201:45:26

go in as well.

And they have it all

to do here. Nice smooth flowing

1:45:261:45:35

style here from the United States,

but they are already falling well

1:45:351:45:41

behind to this magnificent Dutch

team, the Dutch have won five gold

1:45:411:45:45

medals and for silver in this

particular distance. They have won

1:45:451:45:51

the World Championship on four of

the five occasions it has been held.

1:45:511:45:58

And the tactics here will be that

the Dutch as long as they win this

1:45:581:46:01

race, they don't have to skate their

socks off. They will be saving

1:46:011:46:05

themselves later on this evening for

the final.

These team pursuit squads

1:46:051:46:09

have four skaters, only three skate

in any one race, and Marrit Leenstra

1:46:091:46:19

is resting in this one. She could

come in for the final fresh leg,

1:46:191:46:26

raring to go.

For the Americans,

this is really all about if they

1:46:261:46:34

finish second in the semifinal, they

will meet the semifinal second place

1:46:341:46:37

winner from the next round, and

skate off later for the bronze

1:46:371:46:40

medal.

Antoinette de Jonge, on the

front, and the Dutch look as if they

1:46:401:46:50

are skating within themselves here.

Very comfortable indeed, all four

1:46:501:46:56

need to skate to get a medal, so

what they have done now is they have

1:46:561:47:02

put the reserve skater now inshore

that that that person will get a

1:47:021:47:06

medal.

Antoinette De Jong, and there

is Irene

1:47:061:47:20

is Irene vast -- Ireen Wust, with

more skating medals than any other

1:47:201:47:23

athlete in history, male or female,

and I think she will add another

1:47:231:47:30

tonight, gold or silver, because

they are winning this semifinal by a

1:47:301:47:33

country mile, and the Netherlands

coming around now, still nicely

1:47:331:47:38

packed together. Working well as a

team. They have been working on this

1:47:381:47:43

for months now. Sometimes the teams

are thrown together at the end just

1:47:431:47:46

before the championship, but they

have spent some time working

1:47:461:47:48

together. And here come the United

States. I think they always knew

1:47:481:47:55

that they were going to be up

against it against the Dutch.

That

1:47:551:47:59

was just like a very good warm up

for the Dutch. There is the other

1:47:591:48:04

skater who will skate in the final,

perhaps the coach couldn't decide

1:48:041:48:09

which of the four he could select

three from. Just give you some the

1:48:091:48:13

Netherlands in their heat skated a

time of 2:55.61, so that is about

1:48:131:48:21

four seconds slower than the heats,

because this is a definite knockout

1:48:211:48:24

race.

They did look as if they had

been Fraustro in the park when they

1:48:241:48:27

cross the line. So the Dutch are

through to the final. And as you can

1:48:271:48:32

see, they were coming into the same

straight as the United States. We do

1:48:321:48:37

see that in team pursuit in track

cycling rather more often, but of

1:48:371:48:40

course as it is much smaller track,

250 metres in cycling as opposed to

1:48:401:48:46

this 400 metres monster Oval. But

the Dutch were really eating up the

1:48:461:48:51

metres very quickly indeed. So the

Netherlands through as the winners

1:48:511:48:55

of the first semifinal, and the

second semifinal will come up very

1:48:551:49:02

quickly now, and it is between

Canada and Japan. And that Canadians

1:49:021:49:09

are represented by Keri Morrison and

Isabelle Weidemann. Canada champions

1:49:091:49:22

in this event but not since 2011,

and Japan are the trio up against

1:49:221:49:27

them, with me had Takagi, so she has

had a really good Olympics, Miho

1:49:271:49:36

Takagi, and they were the last team

other than the Dutch to win the

1:49:361:49:44

world title, but have had to settle

for silver in each of the previous

1:49:441:49:48

two years, so when it comes to the

seedings and what we expect to see,

1:49:481:49:54

we expect to see Japan against the

Netherlands and the final, and it

1:49:541:49:56

could be pretty competitive based on

what we saw the quarterfinals.

1:49:561:50:00

Absolutely.

1:50:001:50:06

Well, for the uninitiated, why do

they line up in the way that they do

1:50:161:50:19

at the start?

Some of the skaters,

for example the Canadians will have

1:50:191:50:22

a slower start, so some of the

skaters prefer to be able to see

1:50:221:50:27

where they are starting. You can see

the skater on the back of Canada

1:50:271:50:31

just pushing forward. They are

allowed in fact to assist, so

1:50:311:50:35

Isabelle Weidemann pushing the

backside of skater number two

1:50:351:50:40

imposition.

And it is Miho Takagi on

the front for Japan. They have

1:50:401:50:47

settled into a very nice rhythm.

Working well as a unit, and the

1:50:471:50:52

Canada, it is if any blonde

1:50:521:51:05

Canada, it is if any blonde --

Ivanie Blondin, and she is still on

1:51:051:51:07

the front for the Canadians, just

under a second slower than Japan.

1:51:071:51:10

This is a six lap race.

And it is

all about conserving your energy,

1:51:101:51:14

and I think what will happen, the

Japanese are convinced they will win

1:51:141:51:18

this race comfortable. They won't be

using too much energy, saving it for

1:51:181:51:24

the ultimate final, going for the

gold medal.

Japan have done well in

1:51:241:51:30

World Cup race pursuits in recent

times.

They have employed a Dutch

1:51:301:51:38

coach, you can see him in the

background there in his Japan

1:51:381:51:42

tracksuit. He will be giving them

the lap times they need to skate to

1:51:421:51:45

remain ahead of the Canadians but

not give it too much energy that

1:51:451:51:49

they can save the later on in the

race.

So what we are seeing is a

1:51:491:51:53

measured effort from Japan. They

have given themselves of elbow room

1:51:531:51:58

over Canada, and on the front for

the Canadians is Isabelle Weidemann,

1:51:581:52:04

but you can clearly see Japan have

the significant advantage, 1.76

1:52:041:52:09

seconds, but the speed they are

going, you can cover a lot of ground

1:52:091:52:12

in that time.

I would say it is

probably in the region of 30-40

1:52:121:52:18

metres.

It has gone up a little more

with two laps to go. You can see the

1:52:181:52:25

steadying hand from the second

skater onto the

1:52:251:52:31

skater onto the backside of Nanna

Takoradi. All those World

1:52:311:52:38

Championships that were held here

last year, somewhere in the region

1:52:381:52:41

of two or three seconds slower than

the times they have skated

1:52:411:52:45

previously. And based on what we

have seen from the Netherlands here,

1:52:451:52:49

I think Japan are going to need to

conserve every ounce of energy that

1:52:491:52:53

they can. It could be a spectacular

final between the Perofeta. Here

1:52:531:52:57

come the Canadians, they are set to

face the United States in an all

1:52:571:53:01

North American race for the bronze

medal, coming up a little bit later

1:53:011:53:05

on. Just over two and a half seconds

down here, but this has been nice

1:53:051:53:08

and comfortable, a smooth effort

from Japan. Remember that when it

1:53:081:53:14

comes to team pursuit, it is the

third skated across the line, so it

1:53:141:53:17

is no point in doing what the

Koreans did the other night and

1:53:171:53:20

leave the third member of your team

lagging behind, because it is their

1:53:201:53:26

time that will count, and you need

to have teamwork and not just the

1:53:261:53:30

pure speed of your strongest athlete

here, you are only the strongest as

1:53:301:53:35

the weakest in your team.

They are

still two seconds quicker than the

1:53:351:53:44

Dutch, but that won't really make

any difference for the gold medal

1:53:441:53:46

race.

Oath of these semifinals went

to form, and in both semifinals, the

1:53:461:53:55

United States and Canada were unable

to really prove to be competitive

1:53:551:53:59

against the opposition, but I think

it is fair to say that we are set up

1:53:591:54:03

for a final that is not that easy to

call.

On paper you would certainly

1:54:031:54:09

say that the Dutch have a good

chance of retaining their title, but

1:54:091:54:15

the progression that the Japanese

had made, they are really compact

1:54:151:54:20

team, they work well together, they

make a very good train, they are all

1:54:201:54:24

about the same height, so they are

very streamlined from the front to

1:54:241:54:30

the last athlete, so that works

well.

The athletes will go and warm

1:54:301:54:35

down and prepare, because they will

be in action a little bit later on.

1:54:351:54:38

The Netherlands will race against

Japan in the first final, and the B

1:54:381:54:44

final will feature the United States

of America against Canada. They will

1:54:441:54:49

be resurfacing the ice here now, and

then after that we will have the

1:54:491:54:53

semifinals of the men's team

pursuit.

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That website is really good,

actually. And one of the things

1:55:331:55:37

about winter sport is there are some

sports you could take up a little

1:55:371:55:40

later, couldn't you? You don't have

to be six.

Absolutely. I transferred

1:55:401:55:46

over to bobsleigh at 23. Before I

was 23, I had no idea what it was,

1:55:461:55:51

but I could transfer my skills from

heptathlon and get into the sport

1:55:511:55:55

and thankfully within two months I

was already in Olympic team.

I was

1:55:551:56:00

talking to Alex Coomber about

whether she could transfer to

1:56:001:56:02

another sport, because she wants to

get back into it, what would she

1:56:021:56:05

choose? Because there is nothing of

her, we were talking about ski

1:56:051:56:11

jumping.

Yes, she is tiny.

She could

fly from miles. Would you try an

1:56:111:56:17

alternative winter sport?

What can I

do? When I look at short track all

1:56:171:56:22

on track skating, I am like, they

have quads to die for, and when you

1:56:221:56:28

hear it, the sound of the skates on

the ice is such a beautiful noise,

1:56:281:56:31

it makes you want to put some skates

on and go.

And as you know, in

1:56:311:56:39

Korea, they are mad for speed

skating, but there has been a rumpus

1:56:391:56:43

about their long track team, because

500,000 people have signed a

1:56:431:56:46

petition demanding that two of the

South Korean speed skaters are

1:56:461:56:48

banned from the national team, and

the two athletes appeared to blame a

1:56:481:56:53

team-mate after they failed to reach

the semifinals which we have just

1:56:531:56:56

seen of the women's team pursuit,

and essentially the petition is

1:56:561:57:00

saying, that is unsporting of two of

you to blame the other one, because

1:57:001:57:04

they take the time of the third

going is harder she can but she

1:57:041:57:12

couldn't keep up, they were saying

she isn't good enough.

Politics

1:57:121:57:14

within the team, that is incredibly

hard.

When you go to games, do they

1:57:141:57:17

say to you, do not under any

circumstances say anything negative

1:57:171:57:21

about team-mates or the team setup?

No, not for us. It is very different

1:57:211:57:27

in hours, we are clearly an

individual sport because you are

1:57:271:57:29

there with your sled and you are

doing it, but you can't do it

1:57:291:57:33

without the team, the coaching

staff, the physio, the doctors, but

1:57:331:57:37

unlike within a bobsleigh when there

are physically two or four of you

1:57:371:57:42

working together, but it wouldn't

even cross my mind. Tricky politics.

1:57:421:57:47

If everyone is giving it their best,

that is ultimately all you can ask

1:57:471:57:52

for, so it is interesting. Obviously

the emotions of it, it is their home

1:57:521:57:57

games, and maybe the emotions have

all gone over the top.

I find it

1:57:571:58:02

hard having never been competitive

in a team sport apart from being

1:58:021:58:05

back in school to then know that you

are still, your performance matters

1:58:051:58:11

from what everyone else in the team,

you want to know everyone else is

1:58:111:58:16

giving 100%, because if you are NN

individual sport, it is you and you

1:58:161:58:21

alone giving 100% everyday, and how

can you be assured and trust within

1:58:211:58:25

your team that everyone is doing

their very best.

Obviously with the

1:58:251:58:29

Bob, it is a team, you both have to

push and work, and for Misha McNeill

1:58:291:58:34

and Mika Moore, what are they both

bring to each other? You know them

1:58:341:58:38

well. You discovered her. What are

her talents, and what she need to

1:58:381:58:46

provide?

They are both such positive

people, they are bubbly and focused,

1:58:461:58:52

very determined, and right from the

off when

1:58:521:58:59

off when I met Mica at 14 or 15,

what stood out was how it focused

1:58:591:59:05

she was, she was already a

world-class competitor, and it was

1:59:051:59:08

about developing that physical and

the ability to drive.

We talked

1:59:081:59:12

about how they had to fight to get

to these Winter Olympics, and when

1:59:121:59:15

to crowdfunding to raise the money

to get there. Now they have produced

1:59:151:59:20

two sensational runs. They are in

the top six. When you look at this,

1:59:201:59:25

Nicola, what are they doing well

already, and where can they improve?

1:59:251:59:34

The start time is not great, we know

that, they started 14th and 12th,

1:59:401:59:42

but the velocity is fantastic,

because coming straight to the first

1:59:421:59:45

corners, they dropped two places on

the second run, three on the first,

1:59:451:59:47

and the start was consistent. The

second run was a little bit more

1:59:471:59:50

scrappy, but she was clearly letting

the sled run, and you could see all

1:59:501:59:53

three o'clock she was one of the few

athletes that just dropped and

1:59:531:59:55

dropped and brought her time right

down.

1:59:552:00:02

They are only 0.16 of a second away

from a medal but that doesn't take

2:00:022:00:06

into account that the others can

improve and on the third run they

2:00:062:00:11

will go fastest first. Is it better

to be on the ice first before there

2:00:112:00:16

are marks in it?

There are, every

sled that goes down cuts up the ice,

2:00:162:00:22

so it slows down. Yesterday,

starting 17th was a disadvantage and

2:00:222:00:27

today they will start six, and she

is right there, where all the world

2:00:272:00:33

competitive sleds are.

How are you

driving? You can see the runners on

2:00:332:00:37

the bottom. Are you controlling it

with your hands?

There are two

2:00:372:00:43

pieces of cable attached to the

front axel, so you have about a 90

2:00:432:00:49

degrees range of movement.

So you

are basically doing this?

Yes, it's

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a technical go-kart. Go right, and

obviously you are on the corner,

2:00:532:00:59

pulling down and up. You pulled too

much and create too much pressure,

2:00:592:01:03

it slips you up at the end of the

corner, which causes you to crash.

2:01:032:01:07

If you don't stay enough, you lose

pressure and you fall off the wall.

2:01:072:01:12

It's constant adjustment and, to be

perfect, you need centimetre perfect

2:01:122:01:16

lines. To get that straight, she had

to be within three or four

2:01:162:01:23

centimetres, fantastic.

I believe,

if she can hold it together, she can

2:01:232:01:26

at least maintain sixth place, if

not move up. You only need the

2:01:262:01:33

third, fourth, fifth placed athletes

make a tiny mistake, they could drop

2:01:332:01:37

down. Even if Mica made a small

mistake, the worst she could come is

2:01:372:01:42

great. I believe she can stay up

there, with Kaillie Humphries just

2:01:422:01:46

in front of her, double Olympic

champion. Can she moved up or will

2:01:462:01:51

she stay there?

We are about 20

minutes from the third run. We will

2:01:512:01:54

find out soon whether they can move

up. Let's held over to the Alpensia

2:01:542:01:59

Sliding Centre.

Night two of the women's bobsleigh

2:01:592:02:08

runs, three and four happening this

evening, and the medals. Let's talk

2:02:082:02:12

about that British Bob, sixth place

overnight. Are you worried about

2:02:122:02:16

them? Are you excited about them?

I

think it's going to be a really good

2:02:162:02:22

night for them. It will be very

relaxed, no pressure on their

2:02:222:02:26

shoulders, they are just going out

to have fun. As long as they can do

2:02:262:02:30

that and let the people around them

make mistakes, it should be a good

2:02:302:02:34

evening.

Their start is probably in

the top 15, but not the top six, so

2:02:342:02:39

how do they try to make up for that?

Don't change anything. They will not

2:02:392:02:46

be to change their start, physically

they are where they act.

Is it just

2:02:462:02:53

speed?

Yes, their physicality and

power and speed. Against the top

2:02:532:02:56

nations, that is where they are

struggling, but don't change it.

And

2:02:562:03:03

Mica's lines from yesterday, go

better, do the same? Hazard again,

2:03:032:03:06

don't change anything for the you

don't want to try and find speed in

2:03:062:03:11

the track.

She needs to exit corner

two right, go down the dragons tail

2:03:112:03:19

straight, and I think it will be

good for them.

We've been studying

2:03:192:03:22

time sheet overnight, 0.16 back on

third. Is that realistic or

2:03:222:03:30

something they can't worry about?

I

think it would take a lots of

2:03:302:03:34

mistakes from other people for them

to get the bronze, but they will be

2:03:342:03:38

charging hard for their own medals

and, if people make mistakes, they

2:03:382:03:41

are ready to pounce, so why not?

What about the race for gold?

I

2:03:412:03:48

think that's so not 20 Americans and

the Germans. Where they will finish

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off, I'm not sure, but maybe the

bronze medal is three, four and

2:03:552:03:59

five, because it's so close.

Here we

go, run three and four coming up. A

2:03:592:04:05

big evening for British sliding.

Well, morning our time, 11:40am.

2:04:052:04:14

Lots of Korean fans to support the

sliders, but even more of them are

2:04:142:04:18

in the Gangneung Oval for the speed

skating. Because we are going to see

2:04:182:04:23

South Korea in our next semifinal

for the men's team pursuit, up

2:04:232:04:27

against New Zealand, fighting for a

place in the final. Can they make

2:04:272:04:31

it? The other semifinal will be the

Netherlands, featuring Sven Kramer,

2:04:312:04:35

against Norway. Who will win the

first of these semifinals? We know

2:04:352:04:41

where the host nation will be

screaming and shouting at hoping

2:04:412:04:46

for. Is it possible? It will not be

quiet in

2:04:462:04:53

for. Is it possible? It will not be

quiet in here for long because we

2:04:532:04:54

are just a minute and a half away

from the start of the first

2:04:542:04:58

semifinal, Korea against New

Zealand, and the Kiwis are up

2:04:582:05:02

against it. Because of the way it

works from the quarters, the fact

2:05:022:05:07

that Korea were the fastest, New

Zealand only just made it through

2:05:072:05:12

into the semifinals.

They were

before fastest time, so in the next

2:05:122:05:17

semifinal, the second fastest time

meet the third fastest, and a

2:05:172:05:20

straight knockout system. They have

their work cut out.

A quick mention

2:05:202:05:26

of New Zealand, the fact that, as a

nation, they have only ever won one

2:05:262:05:31

medal at the Winter Olympics, which

was in 1992 in the slalom. Can they

2:05:312:05:38

get a second ever medal tonight? New

Zealand represented by Shane Dobbin,

2:05:382:05:45

Reyon Kay and Peter Michael. Most of

these squads have four skaters, and

2:05:452:05:49

they tend to mix and match between

rounds quite often. New Zealand have

2:05:492:05:53

free and that's it. It's these three

or nothing. They are happy with that

2:05:532:05:58

though.

They were second at last

year's World Championships here, so

2:05:582:06:03

they are a force to be recognised.

Is this trio from Korea, Min Seok

2:06:032:06:12

Kim, Seung-Hoon Lee and Hyong-Jun

Joo. They won the silver medal four

2:06:122:06:20

years ago. That was in Sochi. Eight

laps of the track for the men.

2:06:202:06:34

Hyong-Jun Joo is forced to watch

this time.

2:06:342:06:42

this time. -- is the forced to

watch. Eight laps of the track, and

2:06:422:06:46

a roar goes up. 8000 people packed

in here, and for New Zealand its

2:06:462:06:51

Reyon Kay on the front at the

moment. He is one of those who won

2:06:512:06:56

the silver medal in the World

Championships last year for New

2:06:562:06:58

Zealand. Peter Michael in second

place, pushing him slightly. And the

2:06:582:07:05

Kiwis already one tenth of a second

round this strong Korean team.

2:07:052:07:14

Winsock even -- Min Seok Kim for

Korea. Korea fell on last year's

2:07:142:07:22

World Championships, so they have no

real ranking, so they have been put

2:07:222:07:27

into this semifinal with the New

Zealand and will really have to wait

2:07:272:07:31

and see what happens in the last two

laps.

2:07:312:07:38

laps. Michael is on the front, so

Reyon Kay is at the front for New

2:07:382:07:41

Zealand at the moment, and New

Zealand are ahead against Korea.

2:07:412:07:45

Shane Dobbin doesn't go to the front

at any point, because they have

2:07:452:07:49

worked out that, the fewer changes

they make, the less time they lose,

2:07:492:07:54

and I think Shane Dobbin feels he

isn't quite strong enough to remain

2:07:542:07:57

strong on that last lap if he's been

doing turns on the front.

2:07:572:08:05

doing turns on the front. Seung-Hoon

Lee leads the way for Korea, but New

2:08:052:08:08

Zealand have the advantage. This is

going to go to the wire.

Peter

2:08:082:08:12

Michael on the front for New

Zealand. They will be pushing it.

2:08:122:08:16

They have worked specially for this

event. The Koreans or eggs short

2:08:162:08:22

track speed skaters, used to skating

behind one another. -- the Koreans

2:08:222:08:27

all former short track speed

skaters.

The Olympic champion in the

2:08:272:08:35

10,000 metres on the front. Again,

New Zealand are just edging it. By

2:08:352:08:41

just over a tenth of a second at the

moment. Min Seok Kim taking it up

2:08:412:08:46

for Korea. The coach pointing with

his finger, showing they are one

2:08:462:08:51

tenth behind. They will not be able

to see them directly on the other

2:08:512:08:55

side of this 400 metres track. What

a struggle this is going to be.

2:08:552:09:01

Again, just over a tenth of a

second. Peter Michael is a class

2:09:012:09:09

act, a World Championship bronze

medallist as an individual in the

2:09:092:09:12

5000 metres last year, but he's

going to have to do a very big turn

2:09:122:09:15

on the front, two tenth of a second,

advantage New Zealand.

This could be

2:09:152:09:23

a turn-up for the books if the New

team make it through to the eighth

2:09:232:09:29

final.

A very big two laps to go,

and Korea with a lot of work to do.

2:09:292:09:34

It's almost half a second. Lee on

the front for Korea. All former

2:09:342:09:41

short trackers, used to accelerating

at the last bend. A fuel grows going

2:09:412:09:45

up from the crowd. They are not

eating into the New Zealand

2:09:452:09:49

advantage. The teams coming round to

take the bell. 400 metres to go. New

2:09:492:09:57

Zealand have the advantage, but only

by a quarter of a second. The

2:09:572:10:00

Koreans bringing back that four

tenths of a second head start that

2:10:002:10:05

they had an New Zealand. Everybody

digging deeper. Sprinting all the

2:10:052:10:09

way to the line. It will be so

close. 0.07 of a second. It's a wild

2:10:092:10:18

sprint to the line for the chance to

race in the gold-medal race later.

2:10:182:10:21

Over the line, and taken by Korea,

3:38.82. They sprinted for all they

2:10:212:10:29

are worth in that last 400 metres,

and they pulled it out of the bag at

2:10:292:10:35

the last moment. New Zealand had led

all the way through, but they didn't

2:10:352:10:39

quite happy in the final metres.

It's all about the third skater,

2:10:392:10:46

when the third skater crosses the

line, that's when the time stops,

2:10:462:10:50

and you saw quite clearly the New

Zealanders were really struggling on

2:10:502:10:55

the back, and they're disappointed

faces tell the whole story.

2:10:552:10:59

Effectively with New Zealand you've

got two skaters pulling the cart all

2:10:592:11:02

the way round throughout the entire

distance, and what a great job they

2:11:022:11:08

did, but just not quite enough to

guarantee themselves gold or silver.

2:11:082:11:16

But the track record has gone, I

think.

It has, smashed. That was the

2:11:162:11:23

world record winning time from last

year, when the Dutch won this event.

2:11:232:11:27

Maybe we could have another turn up

for the books when the Dutch, going

2:11:272:11:31

into the red-hot favourites, their

track record has just been smashed

2:11:312:11:35

by two seconds.

Nobody will be going

home from here today, because the

2:11:352:11:41

home crowd will be waiting to see

their team in the men's team pursuit

2:11:412:11:45

final, making up somewhat for the

disappointment for the Korean fans

2:11:452:11:49

in the women's team, a terrible

result in the quarterfinals, racing

2:11:492:11:54

for seventh place now. Let's move on

to the second semifinal, Norway

2:11:542:11:59

against the Netherlands. Norway

represented by Haavard Boekko, Simen

2:11:592:12:05

Nilsen and their role and Pedersen.

Pedersen won bronze last week in the

2:12:052:12:10

5000 beaters. World bronze medallist

last year. And now the Netherlands,

2:12:102:12:16

with Patrick Roest brought in for

this semifinal, Sven Kramer and Jan

2:12:162:12:21

Blokhuijsen completing the team.

Sven Kramer nine times world

2:12:212:12:27

all-round champion, 19 times single

distance world champion. Eight

2:12:272:12:34

Olympic medals to his name. Is he

going to add to that total tonight?

2:12:342:12:40

The odds would say yes. Sven Kramer

has a yellow band round his forearm.

2:12:402:12:46

The Norwegians in their qualifying

heat only 100th of a second slower

2:12:462:12:55

than the Dutch, so this will be a

nail-biting semifinal.

Tremendous.

2:12:552:13:01

Just 0.34 of a second between them.

Sven Kramer, who we saw winning one

2:13:012:13:06

of the single distance events at the

Olympics in majestic style, nearly

2:13:062:13:11

half a second, the advantage, was

well beaten in another race on a day

2:13:112:13:16

where he said he just didn't have

it. We thought he'd turn up and win,

2:13:162:13:20

and many thought that's all he would

have to do, and he ended up in

2:13:202:13:24

fixed. On the front, Pedersen, who

has been their strongest athlete so

2:13:242:13:29

far. Haavard Boekko, world champion

in the 1800 metres, taking up the

2:13:292:13:35

running for Norway.

The Norwegians

almost six tenths of a second faster

2:13:352:13:42

than the Dutch at the moment, with

Jan Blokhuijsen at the front of the

2:13:422:13:45

Dutch trio.

Patrick Roest, the Dutch

silver medallist in the 1500 metres.

2:13:452:13:55

He struggled a bit in the

quarterfinals, not quite on top

2:13:552:13:59

form. The Dutch, as you can see,

have ground to make up. It's almost

2:13:592:14:03

three quarters of a second. They are

still losing ground of course. And

2:14:032:14:08

Nelson of Norway on the front for

this Norwegian team. -- Simen

2:14:082:14:13

Nilsen. Norway are an incredible

form at the moment, having won the

2:14:132:14:19

500 metres gold, and the Dutch are

struggling, as Sven Kramer moves

2:14:192:14:23

back onto the front. The Dutch have

won nine of the ten world titles

2:14:232:14:27

that have been awarded in this

discipline, the Olympic champions

2:14:272:14:32

from 2014 but, with four laps to go,

their place in the final is far from

2:14:322:14:37

assured. Half a second to make up,

and presumably best time to do that.

2:14:372:14:42

I think so. Sven Kramer will be

turning on the speed. He is bringing

2:14:422:14:48

it back again, 15 hundredths of a

second, with just over three laps to

2:14:482:14:51

go. Presumably the Dutch will be

raised to a schedule more than

2:14:512:14:56

against Norway per se until the

closing stages. Almost six

2:14:562:15:01

hundredths the second slower than

the Norwegians now, but it will be

2:15:012:15:06

interesting to see whether Sven

Kramer will do the last three laps

2:15:062:15:10

on his own.

Pedersen on the front

for Norway. I think he's the one

2:15:102:15:15

they will be looking to in the

closing stages of this one. He is

2:15:152:15:20

the one who really has the form at

these championships. Still nearly

2:15:202:15:25

half a second between them, with two

laps to go. 800 metres remaining.

2:15:252:15:31

Jan Blokhuijsen, one of those who

won a gold in Sochi four years ago,

2:15:312:15:36

going to the front. You can see the

effort. It's starting to hurt was

2:15:362:15:41

there was almost a full for Patrick

Roest.

The judge really struggling.

2:15:412:15:47

-- the Dutch. I'm not sure this is

the right setup, Sven Kramer should

2:15:472:15:51

be on the front of these three, and

it could be that the Dutch go out.

2:15:512:15:56

They will have to come up with an

astonishing sprint over the final

2:15:562:16:00

half a lap, because we could be

about to see an upset, with Norway

2:16:002:16:04

leading the way, and Pedersen on the

front, and the gap over a second.

2:16:042:16:08

More than halfway around the final

lap, Norway are going to upset the

2:16:082:16:13

apple cart in this semifinal, unless

the Dutch find something from but

2:16:132:16:16

they haven't! Norway have

unofficially set a new Olympic

2:16:162:16:22

record of 3:37.0 eight. A superb

escape from them. The Dutch, renewal

2:16:222:16:30

world champions, defending Olympic

champions, toppled in the semifinal,

2:16:302:16:35

and further disappointment at these

Olympic Games for the great Sven

2:16:352:16:39

Kramer, on the right-hand side of

your picture. He and his team-mates

2:16:392:16:44

will not be racing for gold today.

2:16:442:16:50

Clearly the Norwegians have skated

out of their skates.

Absolutely,

2:16:562:17:01

Norway, world bronze medallist last

year, they won the Silver Medal two

2:17:012:17:05

years ago, so they are a very strong

outfit. But there you can see that

2:17:052:17:10

typifieded the way everything wept

for the Dutch there. They never

2:17:102:17:13

really looked comfortable and they

never were able to assert any

2:17:132:17:17

authority on the race, but Pedersen,

in particular there, was a great

2:17:172:17:21

Captain on the ice in many ways for

Norway.

He certainly through

2:17:212:17:26

gauntlet down the Dutch. They looked

so, in that train, the line, making

2:17:262:17:32

sure they are close enough to one

another, that they get the maximum

2:17:322:17:37

slipstream they are looking for. The

raise of the arms says it all. ? How

2:17:372:17:42

surprised are you by what we have

seen? It was very very close, they

2:17:422:17:46

have skated three tenths of a second

faster than the time of the Korean,

2:17:462:17:50

and I would say they have still a

bit left in the tank.

Well, we will

2:17:502:17:56

see fascinating finals then in the

men's team pursuit but Norway

2:17:562:18:02

winning the second semifinal, and

Norway will race against Korea for

2:18:022:18:06

the gold medal later on, and the

Netherlands will race against New

2:18:062:18:10

Zealand, but there you can see the

disappointment on the face of Kramer

2:18:102:18:16

who could still add to his total of

eight Olympic medals but it won't be

2:18:162:18:22

another gold or a silver. They will

be rub surfacing the ice again and

2:18:222:18:27

we will be back later on.

-- resurfacing.

2:18:272:18:32

Raise thraiz is a major shock, the

Dutch will not be in the gold medal

2:18:322:18:36

race, they will not be in the final,

the A final as it were of that speed

2:18:362:18:42

skating, so Korea will face Norway

in the men, the Dutch are in the

2:18:422:18:46

women's final. Thaw will be up

against Japan. That is the medal

2:18:462:18:48

table. Already the morning or early

hours this morning for Italy the

2:18:482:18:54

first Tam I don't know woman to win

the Olympic down hill. Lindsey Vonn

2:18:542:19:01

took bronze. And Marit Bjoergen won

her 14th medal helping Norway to

2:19:012:19:08

take bronze in the Koss country

team, the Norwegians reached that 12

2:19:082:19:15

gold medals, by winning the, the

men's race in the cross-country. We

2:19:152:19:21

are now focussing on bobsleigh, look

at the shots of the Alpensia sliding

2:19:212:19:27

centre, lit up against the hillside.

Prepareling for their third run are

2:19:272:19:34

the British bob duo of Mica and

Mica. This is how they have been

2:19:342:19:38

getting on so far.

This is is a good run. Eyes maybe on

2:19:382:19:51

seventh place. Sixth she goes.

Katie

Humphries is here and means

2:19:512:19:58

business.

New track record.

Pretty

good start but I think she should be

2:19:582:20:06

quicker than that down the track.

She is starting to move away,

2:20:062:20:12

hundredth by hundredth. She has had

a storming run.

Number three in the

2:20:122:20:18

world.

Jamaica. Jamaica is in this race for

2:20:182:20:26

gold without a shadow of a doubt.

-- Jamanka.

It has gone green. Can

2:20:262:20:36

they put pressure on Kaillie

Humphries? Kaillie Humphries with

2:20:362:20:43

work to do, if she is to hold on to

the gold medal for the third time.

2:20:432:20:49

She is losing speed to the British

sled.

There is real doubts now that

2:20:492:20:53

Kaillie Humphries can get herself

another gold medal.

2:20:532:20:58

The first person to flinch is going

to lose out on a medal. Jamanka

2:20:582:21:04

finishing well for Germany. Puts

herself in that great position. They

2:21:042:21:12

had a 200th advantage. Taylor goes

off in pursuit of the one prize that

2:21:122:21:17

has eluded her. An Olympic gold

medal.

She has lost a bit.

She has

2:21:172:21:22

lost the lead. She is seven

hundredths behind. Jamanka will lead

2:21:222:21:29

at the end of day one but kneel is

less than two tenths off the bronze

2:21:292:21:35

medal. They look so happy. They are

up for this

2:21:352:21:38

medal. They look so happy. They are

up for this enjoying their

2:21:382:21:39

experience. You can see there, how

tight it is at the top, Germany

2:21:392:21:44

taking over from the USA, so Germany

go into the third run in the lead.

2:21:442:21:51

Jamanka will go down first. In sixth

place Mica McNeill. It there is not

2:21:512:21:55

much in it. What can you read into

their body language. Mica, what are

2:21:552:22:02

they thinking now, and House of

Representatives beat will they be?

2:22:022:22:07

You can see from the smiles they are

loving it. Now they will focus, just

2:22:072:22:12

prepare, they look relaxed which is

perfect. Wasn't her to focus on the

2:22:122:22:18

process. The result, they cannot

control the result. As they can

2:22:182:22:22

control is what they do.

Kaillie

Humphries, history maker already.

2:22:222:22:35

Cam ka haven't had the greatest

time.

They were disappointed. I

2:22:382:22:43

spoke to them and Jaz says she wants

to show they can be competitive and

2:22:432:22:49

the result, take care of itself, it

more about what it means.

The sleds

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have in park ferme, all they can

focus on is warm up, like they do

2:22:572:23:01

every other competition and go back

to the changing room, keep warm,

2:23:012:23:06

stay ready and wait your turn, you

know what time you are out on the

2:23:062:23:09

track to give that push after your

life, push in the bobsleighs and

2:23:092:23:14

sprinting as fast as you can.

Does

it change your attitude or

2:23:142:23:22

preparation, we see Humphries giving

a wave to us, to start thinking hang

2:23:222:23:25

on we could win a medal. Must they

not think that?

They have to focus

2:23:252:23:30

on process, the point they get

carried away with the result, then

2:23:302:23:34

the focus go, the reason they were

great yesterday, there was no

2:23:342:23:37

pressure on them and they just did

the job they need to do. Same track,

2:23:372:23:42

same sled, same ice, just drive it,

push and drive it.

Love that.

2:23:422:23:51

push and drive it.

Love that. Let us

head over and join John Jackson and

2:23:532:23:58

John Hunt.

2:23:582:23:58

head over and join John Jackson and

John Hunt. Track side here and this

2:23:582:24:01

is a big 15 minutes coming up.

Fascinate, relative to the men's

2:24:012:24:05

event, where in run one they were

quick, run two they were slower, run

2:24:052:24:10

three was the quickest run of the

competition, so I think as Jamanka

2:24:102:24:16

tries to psyche herself up in the

lead at the moment, we need to see

2:24:162:24:21

some sparkling hot times.

Fascinating stage of the

2:24:212:24:24

competition. John Jackson, the ice

temperature still chilly?

Yes, it is

2:24:242:24:31

minus 11, which is five degrees

colder than yesterday, so this could

2:24:312:24:36

have an effect on people's equipment

and how it run, signs the small

2:24:362:24:40

window they work in.

Jamanka.

Wondering whether or not the quirk

2:24:402:24:51

push in behind the brake. We will

see the 5.38. That is their slowest

2:24:512:24:56

start so far. They start this vital

third round a 7 hundredth gap

2:24:562:25:03

between themselves and Meyers

Taylor.

For the top five or six

2:25:032:25:07

sleds, they need to put the run down

that is going to keep them in the

2:25:072:25:10

medal hunt. If they don't do that

they can't win the medals on this

2:25:102:25:14

run but they can throw them away.

This is looking like a clean run so

2:25:142:25:19

far which you would expect from the

German pilot. Nice down the strait.

2:25:192:25:23

Comes in there, she will hold the

speed. This will put pressure on

2:25:232:25:29

Elena to put a big run in, which I

think she will.

Do we get a sub 5.50

2:25:292:25:35

from Jamanka? It would be a

statement if she can achieve it.

2:25:352:25:40

Round she come, she is under 5.50. A

track record. Jamanka, possibly one

2:25:402:25:47

more runway from achieving her

dream, that is really good start.

2:25:472:25:51

Can anybody go quicker than that?

That? That sets the standard for

2:25:512:25:57

Meyers Taylor.

There was a good run.

No faults other than coming into

2:25:572:26:02

corner 12, just a bit down the left

side which meant he would have do a

2:26:022:26:09

bit of work. Just here, she could

have done a bit more middle into the

2:26:092:26:13

corner you can see how animated the

coaches are. They know how big a run

2:26:132:26:17

that was. We are about the see how

big it is, now that she has set the

2:26:172:26:22

pace.

Run. No faults other than

coming into corner 12, just a bit

2:26:222:26:28

down the left side which meant he

would have do a bit of work. Just

2:26:282:26:30

here, she could have done a bit more

middle into the corner you can see

2:26:302:26:33

how animated the coaches are. They

know how big a run that was. We are

2:26:332:26:36

about the see how big it is, now

that she has set the pace. A quote

2:26:362:26:39

from Meyers Taylor "I have come too

far, we have come too far, too much

2:26:392:26:42

stuff has happened to rest on our

laurels and try and hold our

2:26:422:26:45

position. No, we are going to go and

attack." Thomas Bach watches on from

2:26:452:26:48

the IOC. Meyers Taylor has just seen

Jamanka go quick. Meyers Taylor had

2:26:482:26:50

held the track record just before.

Jamanka has taken it. So she set out

2:26:502:26:58

her intentions, she has never won

Olympic Gold, this to keep her in

2:26:582:27:03

the hunt, together with Jamanka and

maybe you never know one or two oh

2:27:032:27:09

here she go, she is usually very

quick. With Gibbs in the brake. Her

2:27:092:27:15

start so far, she has done it again.

I spoke to her after the race and

2:27:152:27:19

she knew what he did wrong at this

point. Has she got it right? She

2:27:192:27:22

just got away with that, so this is

going to be the run now, it is green

2:27:222:27:26

at moment but that is relative to

the start. She has made another

2:27:262:27:30

mistake, similar to yesterday. Are

those two mistakes going to be what

2:27:302:27:35

loses her time at this point you can

see it is starting to close down a

2:27:352:27:40

little bit, just hundredth by

hundredth. Can she get through

2:27:402:27:45

straight? I think gem car has done

enough to stay in front of the

2:27:452:27:49

American sled at this time. It will

be down to the hundredth again.

This

2:27:492:27:54

could easily be as close as the

men's race. Meyers Taylor, two early

2:27:542:28:01

mistake, she drops second but she is

still in the mix for gold. She is

2:28:012:28:07

only 4 hundredth off for Jamanka.

She has closed the gap from one two

2:28:072:28:11

to run three.

This is lining up for

another corking finish, like we have

2:28:112:28:16

seen in every race so far, the

medals have changed round so much as

2:28:162:28:20

the last four or FIA have come down,

again, a couple of mistakes at the

2:28:202:28:23

top. Minor mistakes but those are

the differences between coming down

2:28:232:28:31

4s in fronts and four hundredths

behind. It has probably cost her a

2:28:312:28:36

tenth at least, this mistake. It

leads us into a good final run.

2:28:362:28:41

And there will be others hoping they

can get close to Jamanka and Meyers

2:28:412:28:45

Taylor as well.

Elana pleased with her early evening

2:28:452:28:52

work here.

2:28:522:28:57

work here. German wars next for

Schneider. Worth reminding you of

2:28:582:29:03

the races that took place Schneider

won three of them.

2:29:032:29:07

Beating Meyers

2:29:072:29:12

Beating Meyers Taylor and Kaillie

Humphries.

2:29:122:29:17

She was tenth in Sochi, she will

improve on that but by how much?

2:29:172:29:22

Schneider on her way now, with

Drazek. 5.38 is their time. The

2:29:222:29:29

slowest start for them so far

I

thought they would be quicker off

2:29:292:29:32

the mark. I think they are carrying

a couple of injuries they are having

2:29:322:29:36

to manage with. She really does now

need to put a good run in because

2:29:362:29:43

the three, four sleds behind her are

all tightly packed in. Maybe that

2:29:432:29:46

mistake won't help her out. She is

ine %ed compared to anybody else.

2:29:462:29:51

This is the run that maybe cost her

that bronze medal spot at moment.

2:29:512:29:55

Can she say in the mix with Kaillie

Humphries and the sledge coming up

2:29:552:29:59

behind her?

2:29:592:30:04

Losing time, good news for Jamie

Greubel Poser and Humphreys to come.

2:30:042:30:12

Stephanie Schneider not having a

good run, and she is now half a

2:30:122:30:17

second behind the first placed

Jamanka. A costly third run for

2:30:172:30:20

Schneider, the 27-year-old from

Germany.

Her inexperience showed a

2:30:202:30:28

bit, and her starts on what they

should be, but those little mistakes

2:30:282:30:33

will cost her a medal. You can't

show that inconsistency. But that's

2:30:332:30:40

good for the likes of Jamie Greubel

Poser, Kaillie Humphries and even

2:30:402:30:45

Mica McNeill, coming up. Any one of

these sleds makes a mistake, the

2:30:452:30:50

British could move up into fifth or

even fourth.

That's a good point,

2:30:502:30:56

Schneider has put the door open for

three athletes to go past her.

2:30:562:30:59

They've still got to do it though.

An absorbing run and under free.

It

2:30:592:31:06

might be the case that the ice is so

cold it doesn't suit her equipment.

2:31:062:31:11

Next for America, Jamie Greubel

Poser. She saw her husband,

2:31:112:31:17

Christian, missing out in the men's

event, having led. Bronze medallist

2:31:172:31:23

in Sochi, she'd love to do this for

her sister, Elizabeth, who was

2:31:232:31:28

Korean and was adopted, aged just

five months. Her sister is here, all

2:31:282:31:33

the family here to see if Jamie can

improve on what she did in Sochi.

2:31:332:31:38

She is now 34. Jamie Greubel Poser,

not usually as quick as Elana Meyers

2:31:382:31:47

Taylor and Lauren Gibbs, but

certainly a bit quicker than the

2:31:472:31:50

Germans we've seen so far. Jamie

Greubel Poser on her way. She has

2:31:502:31:54

got 5.30 one.

A little mistake. I'm

not sure if they were just out

2:31:542:32:01

slightly. But a decent start, a

faster start. This could be the run

2:32:012:32:08

that Jamie puts in which really

pulled her back towards the front.

2:32:082:32:12

She is probably a slightly better

toilet technically than Elana Meyers

2:32:122:32:16

Taylor. But it's whether she's got

the speed in the sled. Can she pull

2:32:162:32:24

up to the leaders at this minute?

She needs to keep in front of

2:32:242:32:29

Kaillie Humphries.

Elana Meyers

Taylor just for hundreds back rows

2:32:292:32:36

behind. Jamie Greubel Poser goes

third, but four tenths off the lead

2:32:362:32:42

at the moment, Jamanka. That is on

the teams that have gone so far, a

2:32:422:32:52

big gap developing. A bigger gap

between silver and bronze. Bronze is

2:32:522:32:56

where Jamie Greubel Poser sits at

the moment.

Looking at the results

2:32:562:33:03

yesterday, dropping off another

tense is about right between the two

2:33:032:33:05

sleds. It's between the two sleds at

the front for gold and silver and

2:33:052:33:11

it's now down to these ones to fight

it out for bronze. Not many

2:33:112:33:17

mistakes, almost perfect, just not

quite working for her.

Age Evans,

2:33:172:33:26

acknowledging the crowd.

2:33:262:33:33

acknowledging the crowd. Next up,

huge Canadian support for a legend

2:33:332:33:35

of the game, Kaillie Humphries,

together with her break, Phylicia

2:33:352:33:41

George, a top-class athlete herself.

Twice a gold medallist, the door

2:33:412:33:47

very definitely open for her now to

slip into bronze if not better.

2:33:472:33:51

There will be nobody more determined

than her as she starts her run for

2:33:512:33:57

Canada. Very quick as usually, Saab

5.30.

They definitely need to go

2:33:572:34:07

below 5.30. This is the one that's

going to keep Kaillie in the medals.

2:34:072:34:16

If she makes any mistakes, I think

her medal chances have gone, but you

2:34:162:34:19

can never tell what will happen on

the fourth run. She is the most

2:34:192:34:24

experienced pilot in the field. It's

whether she can use that experience

2:34:242:34:29

and use everything she knows to make

it down as quickly as possible, and

2:34:292:34:32

she's doing well so far. This is

what you expect from a double

2:34:322:34:36

Olympic champion.

Time ebbing away

hundredth by hundredth. Got to keep

2:34:362:34:45

it as close to two tenths as

possible. She is now nearly four

2:34:452:34:49

tenths behind Jamanka. Kaillie

Humphries takes third, just ahead of

2:34:492:34:57

Jamie Greubel Poser and Schneider,

with the British girls to come.

2:34:572:34:59

Definitely an opportunity here for

Mica McNeill and Mica Moore to make

2:34:592:35:07

some progress. It's getting very

exciting.

This was a textbook run

2:35:072:35:13

from Kaillie

2:35:132:35:13

exciting.

This was a textbook run

from Kaillie, nothing wrong with it.

2:35:132:35:16

A line here and there that might

have been a fraction long, but that

2:35:162:35:20

could be down to the way her

equipment works. It was almost

2:35:202:35:25

perfect. Comes out of here and

absolutely nails this straight,

2:35:252:35:29

which is what you need to carry

speed into the bottom of the track.

2:35:292:35:34

Her equipment doesn't quite seem to

have the out and out speed of the

2:35:342:35:38

leaders.

Kaillie Humphries are still

looking positive. But the gold medal

2:35:382:35:43

might be slipping away. The

Canadians waiting in the slipstream.

2:35:432:35:51

This, the British pair. Mica

McNeill, Mica Moore, the brake.

2:35:512:35:58

Thank you, the watching public, for

getting them here, funding slashed

2:35:582:36:05

completely, they went crowdfunding

and raised thousands, which brought

2:36:052:36:07

them here. Now we are expecting a

moderate start, but they have been

2:36:072:36:14

one of the best teams on the bottom

end of the track in the entire

2:36:142:36:18

competition. Don't expect fireworks

early, but let's hope for a clean

2:36:182:36:21

run to keep them in it. 5.54 is

about what you'd expect.

This is

2:36:212:36:30

where Mica will start doing her

work. As long as she gets here

2:36:302:36:34

clean, as she has. If she had the

same start as Elana Meyers Taylor or

2:36:342:36:39

even the Germans, another tense

closer, she would be leading at the

2:36:392:36:42

moment. This is what the British

team lack, the out and out start,

2:36:422:36:46

but she has been one of the best

drivers. She just needs to get this

2:36:462:36:51

right. A little mistake. She didn't

make that over the last couple of

2:36:512:36:56

days. She needs to control this and

get back on. She's going to lose a

2:36:562:37:01

bit of pace, which could drop her

down a bit. The sled behind her are

2:37:012:37:05

only hundredths.

Slightly ragged for

the great British team, and they're

2:37:052:37:11

going to finish over a second

behind. They were less than half a

2:37:112:37:16

second behind. And that isn't good

news for Great Britain. Mica

2:37:162:37:20

STUDIO: -- Mica and Mica may lose

their sixth place by two or three

2:37:202:37:31

places.

Just a bit of inexperience

on the track. She didn't do the

2:37:312:37:35

training last year or at the

beginning of the year because the

2:37:352:37:38

British didn't come here, and this

is potentially costing them now.

2:37:382:37:42

This is her 11th run on the track.

Everybody else has had at least 40,

2:37:422:37:49

40 five. She just made a little

mistake, but that is so costly. She

2:37:492:37:53

is turning hard, she goes above the

line, has

2:37:532:38:02

line, has to work hard again, she

has three lots of pressure in that

2:38:022:38:04

corner, and you can see how high she

is, she is lucky she didn't crash.

2:38:042:38:07

Subdued scenes, perhaps. Elana

Meyers Taylor watching on from the

2:38:072:38:13

sidelines. Here now

2:38:132:38:20

sidelines. Here now for Canada,

Alysia whistling, together with the

2:38:202:38:22

ghastly experienced Heather Moyse,

who is brake. -- Alysia whistling,

2:38:222:38:30

together with the fastly experienced

Heather Moyse. A golden chance for

2:38:302:38:36

them to move up the order. They

should definitely take sixth place

2:38:362:38:41

from the British. 5.42, their usual,

fairly average start.

Alysia was

2:38:412:38:53

third in the test event this year,

so she has a good feeling for this

2:38:532:38:57

track, she just haven't found it

yet. If she could put a rundown

2:38:572:39:01

here, there is no reason she

couldn't pull herself up into faith

2:39:012:39:05

or even start putting some pressure

on to fourth place. She just needs

2:39:052:39:09

to be good through this point. Not

quite, and maybe that will cost her.

2:39:092:39:14

Still a bit back as she gets to the

bottom of the track. A little nudge

2:39:142:39:19

will not help us beat. Relatively

tidy.

Should take McNeil's place in

2:39:192:39:28

fix. Smooth round the last bend. Now

eight tenths behind Jamanka, but

2:39:282:39:34

comfortably ahead of McNeil. We knew

that run from the British team would

2:39:342:39:39

be costly, and there are, maybe even

now, three or four more who could

2:39:392:39:46

jump ahead of Mica McNeill.

It was

really tight. Four hundredths...

2:39:462:39:51

Three macro tenths behind her, she

could drop into around tenths. This

2:39:512:40:00

was a great drive from here, maybe

just released a bit too soon on two,

2:40:002:40:07

just that little nudge, not an ideal

line, but it seems to be the line

2:40:072:40:12

most people accept if they can't get

straight through.

Canadian cheering

2:40:122:40:18

now for Christine De Bruin and

Melissa Lotholz, number ten in the

2:40:182:40:25

world, Christine. And here she start

dates, after run number two. -- she

2:40:252:40:35

starts eight. She into the games,

qualification seemed to have slipped

2:40:352:40:40

through her fingers, but the

Americans performed badly and the

2:40:402:40:45

Olympics back to Christine De Bruin.

There don't seem to be as many

2:40:452:40:51

mistakes at the top of the track

from these top pilots, which is

2:40:512:40:56

good, keeping everybody in the

fight. She has said some consistent

2:40:562:40:59

runs but just not quite had the

speed, and that could be down to her

2:40:592:41:04

experience, because she is one of

the younger pilots in terms of time,

2:41:042:41:09

but that's a great line, probably

one of the best we've seen. Will it

2:41:092:41:13

be enough to carry the speed down?

Just overdriven there, so it may

2:41:132:41:17

cost a bit come in through the speed

track. -- trap.

Quite a lot of the

2:41:172:41:25

times are dropping off noticeably,

and she is eight tenths of a second

2:41:252:41:28

behind. That puts head of the

British, who dropped back to eighth

2:41:282:41:33

place. Christine De Bruin just a

fraction behind the other Canadian,

2:41:332:41:40

who remains six.

Just starting to

compress a bit in certain places, so

2:41:402:41:48

it's all down to the hundredths. It

will be a good finish as we come

2:41:482:41:53

into the last run. A great camera

angle, the athletes loading into the

2:41:532:41:57

sled. Not much wrong with it, just

this little tap down the bottom into

2:41:572:42:03

13. It shouldn't have cost her a lot

of time, may have overdriven 12 a

2:42:032:42:07

bit.

See how far Jamanka and Elana

Meyers Taylor are clear off the

2:42:072:42:15

field, a gap of over three tenths of

a second back to the bronze. That

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doesn't sound like much, but it's a

yawning gap in bobsleigh terms.

2:42:192:42:25

Elana Meyers Taylor, is she just an

hour or two away from winning a gold

2:42:252:42:32

medal? Here now for Switzerland is

Sabina Hafner. Number nine in the

2:42:322:42:42

world, World Cup finish this year,

six at St Moritz. She has been at

2:42:422:42:48

this sport for a long, long time, 13

years ago she was fourth in the

2:42:482:42:53

World Championships. She got a 5.54

time, and that looks fairly

2:42:532:43:00

pedestrian, but it's what she

usually delivers.

Yes, and that is

2:43:002:43:05

just where their programme is at the

moment. Similar to be British, they

2:43:052:43:08

just lack a bit of speed at the top.

She's been driving really well, is a

2:43:082:43:13

good, consistent pilot, just runs a

bit high on the end of seven, but it

2:43:132:43:19

pushes her into eight. Is this

crucial? Centimetres away from a

2:43:192:43:26

perfect line, but that's the

difference between getting it right

2:43:262:43:28

and wrong. Good speed, but not

enough, just dropping off a bit with

2:43:282:43:33

every corner.

She isn't going to

take eighth place with this run.

2:43:332:43:38

Crossing the line, going ninth. So

Mica McNeill and Mica Moore stay in

2:43:382:43:48

eighth place, despite the

disappointment of that third run

2:43:482:43:50

from them. Even eighth, if they

could hang onto that, that would be

2:43:502:43:56

a tremendous result for them.

It

certainly would, still the best ever

2:43:562:44:01

British finish for a woman in

Olympic Games. So still a lots of

2:44:012:44:04

positives to be taken, when you

think about in September, they

2:44:042:44:08

weren't given coming. But the Swiss,

again, little mistakes down the

2:44:082:44:14

straight, but no different to

anybody else. You can see the

2:44:142:44:19

difference between the leading

German sled and the Swiss sled.

2:44:192:44:22

Almost the same lines, not much

between them, but you can see how

2:44:222:44:26

the German sled was pulling away. A

big way in the Olympic corner.

2:44:262:44:35

Tenth to go from Austria will be

Hengster, she was is ath in Sochi.

2:44:382:44:49

Kleiser her brake. Lots of

experience, been to the worlds eight

2:44:492:44:54

time, best finish was last year,

when fifth. I think she has a very

2:44:542:45:01

big job on here to jump ahead of the

British pair, John, she starts off a

2:45:012:45:07

long way behind them. She would have

to go a good deal quicker thank my

2:45:072:45:13

ka and Mica did.

If she was on top

of her game, she would have been

2:45:132:45:19

possibly able to, but at moment she

is just sort of, her skill set is on

2:45:192:45:30

the downward bra jec tri, but she

has not been the pilot she was for

2:45:302:45:35

the last couple of years, so this

could be one of those hit and miss

2:45:352:45:39

run, it could be good. She has come

in a bit late there, I don't think

2:45:392:45:43

this is the slide they need to move

forwards towards Misha McNeill,

2:45:432:45:50

which is good for us.

They are not

going to take any step forward.

2:45:502:45:57

Hengster starts in tenth and that is

where she stays. No impression at

2:45:572:46:02

all on Mica McNeill and Mica Moore

who stay in eighth place. As these

2:46:022:46:08

athletes go one by one, it gets more

and more unlikely that McNeill and

2:46:082:46:15

Moore will lose that eighth place.

Bits and pieces all over that run,

2:46:152:46:21

just, made it a bit untidy and maybe

their equipment isn't running as

2:46:212:46:27

good as some of the other, but no

real massive mistake, eperfect, but

2:46:272:46:33

it could have been done with more no

the left-hand side of the screen, as

2:46:332:46:36

you look at it but you have to drive

more as you go into 12 to control

2:46:362:46:41

that. Scrubs speed off.

Hengster strides away. Jamanka

2:46:412:46:55

tenderly, lovingly looks after that

stretch of metal that might carry

2:46:552:46:59

her to gold in an hour or two's

time.

2:46:592:47:07

time. For Belgian next, Willemsen,

what a contrast in Sochi to

2:47:092:47:14

Vancouver, really clean in the World

Cup here. Last March, her start time

2:47:142:47:23

has been her anchor for much of her

competitions over the last two

2:47:232:47:28

years, if she gets under 5.6 she

will be doing pretty well. She is

2:47:282:47:33

just under it.

That is a good start

from them, but, again, not enough.

2:47:332:47:40

They have had the best equipment,

that is whee they have had good

2:47:402:47:44

speed. The problem is everybody else

has that same equipment. They have

2:47:442:47:49

to advantage, so the lack of start

and her driving is not enough to

2:47:492:47:53

pull her up to the fronts like it

used to be. Another clean run. She

2:47:532:47:58

is one of the most experience pilots

in the field. You can see that, but

2:47:582:48:03

the sled doesn't have the speed it

used to another little tap. Won't

2:48:032:48:08

cost too much.

2:48:082:48:14

cost too much.

So much experience,

she is 3. She is world ranked number

2:48:142:48:18

11 and she is in 11th place. Exactly

where she was after number two.

2:48:182:48:28

Somebody letting out an almighty

roar! She is well-known for her loud

2:48:282:48:34

voice at the top of the track to gee

on the German, that was a tidy run,

2:48:342:48:40

a mistakes going into 13, but

nothing more than most other people.

2:48:402:48:44

It is this part that is, hinders

them so much they haven't got the

2:48:442:48:49

horsepower at top of the track to

get the sled out to a fast time.

2:48:492:49:01

This was that mistake, that caused

her to come off this corner and have

2:49:012:49:04

another slide here. You see the sled

pointing slightly the wrong way.

2:49:042:49:15

What is going through their minds?

There is a gold medal to be won

2:49:162:49:19

shortly. Will it be Germany or

America?

2:49:192:49:28

America? Next for Germany Anna

Koehler, 12th place, world ranged

2:49:282:49:32

number seven, four top ten finish,

she should have been hiring up. She

2:49:322:49:36

is under way. 5.47. About her usual

type of start time. Now with much

2:49:362:49:41

work to do.

That mistakes was coming there, I

2:49:412:49:47

could hear, she drove too much round

one, too much in the engine to two

2:49:472:49:51

and you could hear the sled is

noisier on the ice because she is

2:49:512:49:55

doing too much work steering the

sled, compared to the top pilot.

2:49:552:49:59

That is why she is back where she

is, because she is doing too much. A

2:49:592:50:07

little mistake there. We have seen

how much time that cost her, so is

2:50:072:50:11

this going to be the run that moves

her up.

Looks like she going to

2:50:112:50:19

loose ground. It has not been

Koehler's games and she is over two

2:50:192:50:24

seconds is off the pace. And stays

in 12th place.

2:50:242:50:31

51.46 her time there. We were

disappointed initially with Mica's

2:50:322:50:38

run, 51.16, in comparison what

Koehler has just done. Three tenths

2:50:382:50:42

quicker.

And she just overdrove the

track all way down the line, looked

2:50:422:50:49

good but she was forcing the line

rather than letting the sled do the

2:50:492:50:52

work. A lot of it came to that

mistake that was in from one to two

2:50:522:50:58

to three, that section was

overdriven. We might get to see that

2:50:582:51:03

now. Another big mistake, that costs

you so much time as you go into the

2:51:032:51:09

big corner 12. You can see the

difference in lines there between

2:51:092:51:14

the blue line, the leader, they also

come on to the same line. She cuts

2:51:142:51:18

it more. It is almost like putting a

braking force into the ice.

Jamanka,

2:51:182:51:28

Meyers Taylor, separated by 4

hundredths of a second. Looks like

2:51:282:51:32

there will be a close run thing for

bronze medal. Kaillie Humphries

2:51:322:51:35

riding the mix. Medals decided later

today. Korean cheers now for their

2:51:352:51:42

entry here. Kim Minseong the pilot.

Pilot. Kim Yooran on the brake, they

2:51:422:51:50

have been consistent. 51.2 both so

far. I think given the conditions

2:51:502:51:56

and how this third run has been

shaping up, if they can match that

2:51:562:52:00

again they will be doing very very

well. 5.65 is their slowest start so

2:52:002:52:08

far.

As the Korean programme moves

forward, that is what they have to

2:52:082:52:13

find, better athlete, the coaches

were happy when I spoke to them

2:52:132:52:18

today about how well she has done.

So that is a good start for them,

2:52:182:52:25

she is doing what she knows she can

do. Being where she is is a good

2:52:252:52:32

result for them, so o hopefully she

will stay in a sort of, around that

2:52:322:52:37

sort of 13, 14, 15, won't drop back

too far or try and pull forward up

2:52:372:52:41

to the top ten.

She might nip ahead

of Koehler. It will be close between

2:52:412:52:49

Koehler and Kim and Kim goes ahead

of Koehler to take 12th place.

2:52:492:52:55

That was another really good run,

but it should be, because she knows

2:52:552:53:01

this track so well, compared to all

the other slider, she will have

2:53:012:53:06

hundreds of hundred runs down where

everybody else has had 40, 45ish. On

2:53:062:53:13

the start there. It did look like

she got a first foot out. Maybe that

2:53:132:53:20

isn't enough to get it out at start.

A rally good run. This is is a --

2:53:202:53:28

this is is a great view. You have to

get past this wall, that is where

2:53:282:53:32

you carry your velocity into the

track and build speed as you get

2:53:322:53:36

into the bigger corners in the

middle and down the bottom.

2:53:362:53:47

So now we move on to the final

seven.

2:53:472:53:56

seven. For Russia next serg have a

together with Kocherzhova.

2:53:572:54:03

Disappointing games for then they

were record ranked five last year.

2:54:032:54:11

Crashed out in the World Champion

last year, that saw them start to

2:54:132:54:17

spiral down the rankings, they have

had a poor Olympic Games.

You can

2:54:172:54:21

see that mistake coming from the way

she entered corner two. She got

2:54:212:54:25

pushed away and got a height later

on, that is why you saw that, she is

2:54:252:54:30

looking like she is just behind the

sled a bit. What I mean by that, is

2:54:302:54:35

sled's almost half a metre in front

of her, she is not quite in the

2:54:352:54:40

rhythm of the track yet. We are

nearly at the bottom and she is not

2:54:402:54:47

tapping round. That is one of the

only things she has got correctly.

2:54:472:54:51

But it is too late.

She might nip

ahead of Kim and Koehler here there

2:54:512:54:57

is a chance she will take 12th

place. Not quite. It is still such a

2:54:572:55:05

talented pilot a couple of years

ago, still a real disappointment.

2:55:052:55:10

The Olympic athletes from Russia,

not having a good games generally.

2:55:102:55:16

That is reflected on the track here,

at the Alpensia sliding centre.

She

2:55:162:55:23

doesn't look happy on the sled or

the track. This is one of those

2:55:232:55:27

thank -- tracks it zroent a rhythm,

it is like they have taken some of

2:55:272:55:36

the best. It doesn't work because

the corners don't push you into

2:55:362:55:39

others you have to find the rhythm

of the track and there really isn't

2:55:392:55:44

any. Sometimes it is difficult. You

see the athletes working on the

2:55:442:55:49

runners there, polishing them up,

checking there is no scratch,

2:55:492:55:53

because every hundredth counts.

Nervy moments for the leaders.

2:55:532:56:02

Less so for those at the bottom of

the rankings, this is the Belgians,

2:56:022:56:10

they had fun throughout the sliding

events with our commentators curse,

2:56:102:56:20

this,al let's, Vannieuwenhuyse has

seemingly got a beautiful eye for

2:56:202:56:25

that dragon's tail run. Last year

she was perfect through it, so far

2:56:252:56:30

in two runs she has been perfect.

Let us see if she can avoid the

2:56:302:56:37

commentary for's curse this time!

Yes, she has two good runs yesterday

2:56:372:56:42

but she did have a spill at the

first unofficial training, so if she

2:56:422:56:49

makes a mistake between two and

three, yes, she seems to be in the

2:56:492:56:53

rhythm of the track. She has driven

this really well. There is no speed

2:56:532:56:58

in the track. Running high there. So

that had an effect on how she came

2:56:582:57:05

in, she is getting that bit behind

the sled. Almost, a centimetre the

2:57:052:57:11

other way. This is the knock on

effect from that mistake. Five, six,

2:57:112:57:18

seven corners ago. She is gous

starting to catch up. I don't know

2:57:182:57:27

if she do it. Couldn't go past

Koehler and Sergeeva. She will be

2:57:272:57:39

disappointed. The somehowest of the

three runs so far for her.

2:57:392:57:44

Just a lot of mistakeses.

Yesterday

she had really good run, today, she

2:57:442:57:49

didn't. We will see what happens

with the next couple of sleds, how

2:57:492:57:53

that works out. This was the

mistake, she comes too far round,

2:57:532:57:57

doesn't do enough. You don't get to

see the knock-on effect. This gets

2:57:572:58:02

too high, down too much. You see her

runners are on the wood. That is not

2:58:022:58:09

the fastest line. You want to use it

to push you round, see her head pop

2:58:092:58:13

up. She is trying to get every

aerodynamic help as you can, doing

2:58:132:58:19

that is great, when you are smooth.

Doing that you have bounced off

2:58:192:58:23

every wall.

That was a bit late in

the day to do that. Now for Romania

2:58:232:58:32

Constantin, together with Grecu. If

you follow your bobsleigh winter by

2:58:322:58:40

winter, Grecu, when she returns to

the pilot's seat is one to cope an

2:58:402:58:43

eye on, she is a good pilot herself.

Constantin has the on more of being

2:58:432:58:49

pilot this time round. 17th in Sochi

and improve ocean than would be a

2:58:492:58:54

great result for them, and that

reflects their standing at in world

2:58:542:58:59

at the moment.

Glar is a good pilot.

She is consistency. Some times the

2:58:592:59:06

level of equipment that the

Romanians have is not the top

2:59:062:59:11

equipment, because they are a small

funded nation. The fact they have

2:59:112:59:14

the sleds they have for the men and

the women in the two sled event if

2:59:142:59:19

you leek, shows they have found

something, she is having another

2:59:192:59:23

good drive. Almost just got through

there again. Having to do a bit of

2:59:232:59:28

work into 17. She is showing her

quality. She has a there. It will

2:59:282:59:34

cost her time.

Down is a. Chance she

could jump too here maybe. Could she

2:59:342:59:41

go 14th? Not quite. Section killing

a lot of speed remaining. Say it one

2:59:412:59:50

in 8 climb from after bend 14.

So, the Romanians there just having

2:59:503:00:01

to be content with sitting at the

moment, in 15th place.

3:00:013:00:09

Confirmation, as we watch the

Romanians go again, that, going into

3:00:113:00:15

the metal runs shortly, Mica McNeill

will be eighth and has a chance of

3:00:153:00:20

becoming the best ever placed

athlete in the women's event here at

3:00:203:00:28

an Olympic Games. If you can hold

eighth, that will be to her great

3:00:283:00:31

credit. We'll see if she can do it

quickly shortly -- pretty shortly.

3:00:313:00:39

Next to come, another Russian pair,

Aleksandra Rodionova, and you'll

3:00:393:00:49

years LMS neck. -- Yulia

Belomestnykh. They have a top ten

3:00:493:00:58

finish this season. They were quite

good here at the World Cup event in

3:00:583:01:04

Pyeongchang last March, but it seems

to have evaporated a bit. I don't

3:01:043:01:11

really know what's been going on

with the equipment that this team

3:01:113:01:15

has brought, across the men's and

women's sliders. Usually, they are

3:01:153:01:22

quick, you can hear them cutting a

bit of ice there, but usually they

3:01:223:01:27

have fine speed at the bottom, but

it hasn't worked for them. But

3:01:273:01:31

because of the things surrounding

the Russians out here, maybe it's

3:01:313:01:34

because they have got more

inexperienced coaching staff out

3:01:343:01:39

here.

Speed dropping off all the

time for the Russians. Are they

3:01:393:01:44

going to stay in 17th place? They

are. No material improvement. We

3:01:443:01:53

move to the last three in our third

run. Next to nothing

3:01:533:02:06

run. Next to nothing between Jamanka

and Meyers Taylor for the lead. It

3:02:063:02:09

looks as though they are going to

fight out the gold medal run just

3:02:093:02:13

over an hour.

Not a bad run at all.

Just a couple of mistakes here and

3:02:133:02:19

there. Their equipment just isn't

working, forward have a reason they

3:02:193:02:25

are a powerhouse nation in sliding

and they haven't brought their

3:02:253:02:30

A-game. That's all I can say. You

can see the yellow sled, the leader,

3:02:303:02:36

just pulling away quite dramatically

in one corner. That's real time

3:02:363:02:39

footage of the overlay.

Next will go

the Jamaicans, Jazmine

3:02:393:02:49

Fenlator-Victorian and Carrie

Russell on the brake. It's been a

3:02:493:02:53

disappointing games for them. The

pregames hype was really good.

3:02:533:03:00

Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian,

absolutely fantastic at press

3:03:003:03:02

conferences beforehand, talking with

great emotion about how she hopes

3:03:023:03:08

she can inspire young black boys and

girls, in particular, to say, if I

3:03:083:03:16

can make it here for Jamaica, you

hold onto that dream as well. They

3:03:163:03:19

were seventh in winter burg, but

they are a long way off that form.

3:03:193:03:26

They've got to put yesterday's

disappointments firmly behind them

3:03:263:03:30

and get back in shape. They seemed

to slide a little bit away from the

3:03:303:03:35

push.

Not quite steady, a little

mistake. The issue the Jamaican team

3:03:353:03:42

have had is they've sort of got rid

of their coach. A bit of an internal

3:03:423:03:45

squabble.

3:03:453:03:50

squabble. For a driver to not have a

coach at this level, and at this

3:03:513:03:55

event, or any event, and she really

does well through that point, but

3:03:553:04:02

it's the most important part of the

team, because they are your eyes and

3:04:023:04:05

ears on the track to give you the

good lines. She comes far too low

3:04:053:04:08

down that point, driving too hard.

That coach, they have had to do

3:04:083:04:18

without them, and I'm afraid the

results have rather reflected the

3:04:183:04:23

turmoil that has caused. They stay

18th. Their expectations were to be

3:04:233:04:27

much higher than that.

And you'd

expect that from a pilot of her

3:04:273:04:36

quality. She has won medals for the

US team when she used to slide for

3:04:363:04:41

the USA, so it shows she has that

ability, but she isn't showing it

3:04:413:04:46

here. Maybe it's because of all the

stuff that's gone on in the

3:04:463:04:50

background. It's knocked her

confidence and ability to really

3:04:503:04:54

fine tune into the track.

A pat on

the head nevertheless for Carrie

3:04:543:05:00

Russell through the finish. We'll

see the Jamaicans one more time.

3:05:003:05:04

Their fourth and final run not far

away.

3:05:043:05:11

Two more to go. World ranked number

19th and in 19th place, Austria, a

3:05:113:05:18

tree on

3:05:183:05:24

tree on bail -- Katrin Beierl and

Victoria Hahn. She tends to make

3:05:243:05:30

plenty of mistakes on this track.

She has much potential but it's cost

3:05:303:05:35

her here. That was better than

yesterday. She is trying to get it

3:05:353:05:39

right. Hopefully on the next run

she'll get one through at least to

3:05:393:05:45

finish her Olympics off with

something to smile about. She is

3:05:453:05:49

still very experienced as a pilot,

and this is what we are seeing. On

3:05:493:05:54

the European tracks she knows, she's

done relatively well, but that may

3:05:543:05:58

be shows her ability to quickly, she

hasn't got it because she's not got

3:05:583:06:03

the skills in front of the sled to

be able to adapt.

2.39, a chance

3:06:033:06:10

they could nip ahead of the

Jamaicans into 18th they have done

3:06:103:06:13

exactly that. Jazmine

Fenlator-Victorian drops back into

3:06:133:06:19

19th, with just the Nigerian team to

go. 51.51. Pretty consistent.

That

3:06:193:06:30

was a good heat, especially when you

think the Jamaican that came down

3:06:303:06:38

before her, they were almost three

tenths quicker, so it shows that was

3:06:383:06:41

a good run and she put in the lines

where she needed to, other than two

3:06:413:06:47

to three. Hopefully they can now

make a run on the next one to try

3:06:473:06:50

and move up out of the top 18 and

maybe towards 15 they have to get it

3:06:503:06:55

right first ball.

And they have one

more opportunity to do so. Run

3:06:553:07:00

number three comes to its

conclusion. The Nigerian flags are

3:07:003:07:06

raised once again here. They've

created a really nice feeling here.

3:07:063:07:15

We have a new brake, replacing a

Cormac Tommy O'Donnell. -- replacing

3:07:153:07:27

Omeoga. If you brought a team of

three, I suppose it's appropriate

3:07:273:07:33

for you all to be history makers on

the track. Not shows the first team

3:07:333:07:38

from Nigeria to contest Olympic

bobsleigh at these games, but the

3:07:383:07:45

first from Africa. Whether it's

clean or

3:07:453:07:54

clean or messy, Seun Adigun will

relish the spinal two runs. She's

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been full of positivity. Can they

get inside 5.54? Sadly not.

3:07:573:08:07

get inside 5.54? Sadly not.

A

different brake woman, so it might

3:08:073:08:08

be slightly different. A good line,

slightly better than yesterday. You

3:08:083:08:13

can already hear, trying to listen

to the track as she's coming down, I

3:08:133:08:18

don't know who's taught her that

line, but that's not great, it's not

3:08:183:08:22

the way she should be coming round

that corner. You can hear her

3:08:223:08:26

digging into the eyes of the time

that she's steering, and that's the

3:08:263:08:30

level of pilot she is. It shows she

has potential to get it right. This

3:08:303:08:38

is the best run she's put down so

far. Good for her that she is trying

3:08:383:08:42

to clear things up and make an

improvement.

That early mistake was

3:08:423:08:45

unusual, the first mistake we've

seen at any event, and staying in

3:08:453:08:51

20th place. You can see the reaction

from those who know. This is more

3:08:513:08:58

about the history of it all. 52.31,

much better than heat number two,

3:08:583:09:04

not quite as good as heat one.

Enjoyed their reaction to that. They

3:09:043:09:10

will be really thrilled.

And so they

should be. Not as many big mistakes,

3:09:103:09:14

although we still saw a couple.

3:09:143:09:22

although we still saw a couple. This

line, she starts low, she releases

3:09:223:09:24

the steering, which is why you see

the sled shook up, then it falls out

3:09:243:09:28

of the corner because it has nowhere

to go. It's the whole knock-on

3:09:283:09:33

effect. But this run, we've seen

some of the top pilots struggled to

3:09:333:09:42

get through there like that.

That

completes run number three. Gold

3:09:423:09:48

medal run to come pretty shortly.

What a race for gold where going to

3:09:483:09:52

have.

3:09:523:09:58

have. Jamanka and Meyers Taylor

leading the field, four hundredths

3:09:583:10:01

of second between them. That gold

medal looks a long way away for

3:10:013:10:05

Kaillie Humphries, almost impossible

for her to get a third, but she is

3:10:053:10:11

in pole position for bronze, ahead

of Jamie Greubel Poser and

3:10:113:10:14

Schneider, as we look down the

standings. Great Britain in eighth

3:10:143:10:19

place. Mica McNeill and Mica Moore.

Slightly disappointing run at the

3:10:193:10:24

time, but a comfortable margin back

to the tenth team from Austria. Kim

3:10:243:10:30

for Korea in 12th.

3:10:303:10:36

for Korea in 12th. Disappointing

games for Russia and Germany

3:10:363:10:37

respectively. And those at the

bottom include the Jamaicans, with

3:10:373:10:45

Nigeria in last place. But to go

first, as we go in reverse order for

3:10:453:10:53

heat four.

3:10:533:10:54

That happens at 1pm, but let's get

the reaction to that third run.

3:10:583:11:05

Slipping two places, what happened?

Whether it was the focus... Who

3:11:053:11:10

knows at this point. The run was

just wasn't as clean. A few little

3:11:103:11:16

mistakes, a bit skidding. With the

start, relative to the fastest, it

3:11:163:11:21

was closer, but the drive wasn't as

good.

Hard to tell whether the ice

3:11:213:11:28

was colder today, -11, so that means

your equipment, your bobs, whether

3:11:283:11:33

or not she had the same setup as

yesterday, is that causing her to

3:11:333:11:38

drive differently? Slightly skiing,

-- skidding, a bit more scruffy,

3:11:383:11:46

falling off the corners a bit more.

It's the consistency, putting down

3:11:463:11:50

most four runs. That really took

away the speed there.

And she'd been

3:11:503:11:56

really nailing it. And then she was

a bit unsettled for three or four

3:11:563:12:00

corners.

They are only 24 and 25,

junior champions last year, and this

3:12:003:12:07

is a big step up. Perhaps it's not

surprising if you get a bit rattled.

3:12:073:12:12

Yes, and if she can hold that eighth

place, it will still be the best

3:12:123:12:17

ever result by a British women's

team, and it would be amazing. They

3:12:173:12:22

are the future of this sport.

And

it's so important for women's

3:12:223:12:27

bobsleigh in this country that they

are there and getting airtime and

3:12:273:12:30

doing well.

Yes, so not a lot of

development athletes in the women's

3:12:303:12:35

programme at the moment, so the more

they can show this is a sport for

3:12:353:12:38

women, that is something we can be

good at, they will attract...

They

3:12:383:12:45

will have gained so much from these

Olympics. Fast forward four years,

3:12:453:12:49

how much more they can achieve. The

top lines between the top bobsleigh,

3:12:493:12:55

those oscillations, the highs, lows,

the loops, you are trying to get the

3:12:553:13:00

cleanest, flattest line. They were

so high, almost on the wood and not

3:13:003:13:04

to flip.

She had concussion last

year, they didn't go in October down

3:13:043:13:10

to the funding, so this is the first

time she's been on the track, so

3:13:103:13:15

much less experienced than anybody

else out there competing, and yet

3:13:153:13:18

she is still competing.

And she's

only had 11 runs, the others had

3:13:183:13:23

about 45. A track record broken by

Jamanka, then Meyers Taylor went

3:13:233:13:30

even faster. These shots we saw

afterwards, Jamanka it looks like

3:13:303:13:34

she is running up that blade with

her hand, what is she up to?

You are

3:13:343:13:43

sliding on four blades, and every

scratch costs you a couple of

3:13:433:13:46

hundredths of a second, so they get

four pieces of sandpaper, not even a

3:13:463:13:51

good grip, and they go over them,

trying to make sure they are as

3:13:513:13:55

smooth as possible, so it doesn't

brake up any ice at all.

We saw the

3:13:553:14:00

USA doing the same thing. The gap

between gold and silver is now four

3:14:003:14:06

hundredths of a second, and it was

600ths in the men's, which ended in

3:14:063:14:10

a dead heat. Let's take the

opportunity now to catch up on the

3:14:103:14:17

head life far on day 12.

3:14:173:14:27

And Goggia the first Italian woman

to win the down hill. Lindsey Vonn,

3:14:283:14:36

probably her finest Olympic medal.

3:14:363:14:39

to win the down hill. Lindsey Vonn,

probably her finest Olympic medal.

3:14:393:14:44

And the women's skating got under

way.

3:14:443:14:50

way. Zagitova had a record score. In

the curling the goodbye women beat

3:14:503:14:54

Dan to confirm their place in

Friday's semifinals, the Canadians

3:14:543:14:59

were gold list in Sochi but that

sends them out of the competition.

3:14:593:15:03

It was a different story for the

British men who lost 10-4 against

3:15:033:15:08

the USA. If they are to reach the

semifinals they will have to win a

3:15:083:15:14

tie-breaker against the Swiss.

Marit Bjoergen has become the most

3:15:143:15:25

decorated winter Olympians of all

time. She took bronze in the

3:15:253:15:32

cross-country sprint.

3:15:323:15:37

The Norwegians won the corresponding

men's race, earning their 12th gold

3:15:373:15:41

medal of the game, they ended ahead

of the OAR and France and the

3:15:413:15:48

goodbye team failed to qualify for

the finals. -- GB team. But as you

3:15:483:15:53

have seen, our British pair in the

women's bob lying in 8th place, we

3:15:533:15:58

will show their fourth run live on

BBC Two. One of the big hits of the

3:15:583:16:04

competition has been big air, we

will see the men shortly and it will

3:16:043:16:09

feature Billy Morgan who is an

acrobatic guy. He did the

3:16:093:16:14

slopestyle, finished ten. Big air is

his thing, Ed Leigh went to meet him

3:16:143:16:21

before the games.

Is this going to be your last

3:16:213:16:28

Olympics?

Before they came up I was

thinking this is probably going to

3:16:283:16:32

be my last one. I am hoping they

separate slopestyle and big air and

3:16:323:16:37

I could do big air, this year the

qualifications are for both. But if

3:16:373:16:42

they separated them, I could do big

air.

3:16:423:16:49

He did a triple backslide rodeo,

first man to do that. You were the

3:16:493:16:55

first man to do the Quad cork.

Stands to reason that big air is

3:16:553:16:59

your discipline. When that was

included did you your hands like

3:16:593:17:03

this, ooh yes?

Not really I thought

I had done the Quad, which was

3:17:033:17:08

amazing but it was the scariest

thing I had ever done. Because it

3:17:083:17:12

was on such a specific jump for the

job, I was like I hope I don't have

3:17:123:17:17

do that under pressure, I was stoked

to get it done, and then, big air is

3:17:173:17:23

in the Olympics and I am like, I am

probably going to have to give it

3:17:233:17:27

another go.

Is it still scary?

I

only did it the one, I haven't done

3:17:273:17:32

it since, so, we keep coming out to,

with the objective to try it again.

3:17:323:17:38

But we haven't had a jump big enough

yet or I've been too scared.

Are you

3:17:383:17:48

conscious you have changed

snowboarding.

Shouldn't have done

3:17:483:17:51

it. I am glad I did it and got the

first title but I wish I had kept

3:17:513:17:58

the gates closed longerer there are

a few guys that have done it now.

3:17:583:18:04

How is the build up to this Olympics

been compared to the last one?

I

3:18:043:18:10

think it's been similar, because we

are always chasing the new tricks

3:18:103:18:14

and trying to up the snowboarding as

much as possible. It is the same

3:18:143:18:18

goal. The tricks have moved on a lot

since then. A lot of guys head to

3:18:183:18:23

the gym, a lot of guys head to the

air bags and things like that to

3:18:233:18:27

train.

You do power acro, balance

yoga sport, you do something ditch

3:18:273:18:34

rent.

I try and mix it up as much as

possible. I was an acrobat when I

3:18:343:18:42

was younger and I try to bring that

into my training and I have someone

3:18:423:18:48

to do acro, it is like doing squats

but instead I am leg pressing a

3:18:483:18:54

human, so it is more balance and

perception stuff. I do lots of gym

3:18:543:19:00

stuff, skate a bit, and do some acro

to keep everything going.

3:19:003:19:10

What can we expect from you?

You can

expect me to try my hardest.

That is

3:19:133:19:19

the answer I was looking for.

I will

try my hardest. I don't like to

3:19:193:19:24

think about whether I can get a

medal, because it is such a roll of

3:19:243:19:28

the dice on the day. If everybody

falls over, I will definitely win,

3:19:283:19:34

but, if everybody lands it makes it

a harder game.

How excited are you

3:19:343:19:39

about the encollusion of big air?

Epic. We have two chances to show

3:19:393:19:44

off what we do. We have always done

big air as well. It is no like it is

3:19:443:19:49

sprung upon us and we have to learn

new stuff. I am glad they are

3:19:493:19:53

including it and they give us a

chance to show what we can do.

3:19:533:19:59

Apologies to Tim, that was him

talking to Billy Morgan, training

3:19:593:20:02

for that looks dangerous enough,

this is the biggest ramp in the

3:20:023:20:07

world for big air, 49 metres high

and that should mean the biggest

3:20:073:20:12

trick, first challenge for Billy

Morgan is to get through the

3:20:123:20:15

qualifying. Top six from each heat

will go into the final. This is how

3:20:153:20:19

they got on.

Welcome to men's

3:20:193:20:25

they got on.

Welcome to men's snowboard big air

3:20:253:20:26

qualification.

Michael Shearer.

Junior World Champion, 2014.

3:20:263:20:41

So switch, backside. Triple cork,

1440, that was really nice. That leg

3:20:413:20:49

grab in there.

It is a big, big

signpost to the judge, they hate

3:20:493:20:54

seeing that.

87 points is third place.

3:20:543:21:02

Tony Nicholls just getting into the

groove. It is all on the line here.

3:21:023:21:07

Unlucky not to make finals in

slopestyle.

He was, he will want to

3:21:073:21:13

make amends here.

He needs to send

it from the top here. The boy from

3:21:133:21:18

Bradford. 24 years of age.

That is

what he does, he barely took a slide

3:21:183:21:23

slip. Tower -- powering in. 1440.

Yes!

That is how you do it.

It is a

3:21:233:21:31

flat spin, a 1440, it was big.

And

it was switch.

Yes.

Where is grab?

3:21:313:21:37

There isn't one.

No body grab.

Held

all the way. Boom! 81.25. It is not

3:21:373:21:46

there. 8th place. He knocks down his

fellow countryman. He knows for 2018

3:21:463:21:54

his Olympics is done. Now, this is

going to be a lot of fun, what is

3:21:543:22:00

Max Parrot going to do? He has the

lead at moment, very very

3:22:003:22:04

comfortably, is he going to send

this one, is he going to use this to

3:22:043:22:08

test things out or will he coast

along? He is scrubbing a lot of

3:22:083:22:11

speed. He is going frontside again,

I think. Same trick, frontside,

3:22:113:22:17

triple cork, 14, even better. That

is an improvement in the score for

3:22:173:22:22

him. There is no-one, no-one who

works like Parrot and he imagines

3:22:223:22:28

that dedication with the desire to

win.

Told you.

Into the 90s. Take a

3:22:283:22:38

bow. We are watching the man who

everyone else has to beat.

3:22:383:22:45

Next Chris Corning. Sniff round a

quad?

No slouch on a snowboard.

3:22:453:23:00

Another 1440.

He has a bit of style

on that.

Really nice.

He has time to

3:23:053:23:13

stretch out the front leg. 88. So,

he jumps into second place ahead of

3:23:133:23:25

fellow countryman Kyle Mack. He

still wouldn't have beaten Max

3:23:253:23:30

Parrot's score.

3:23:303:23:35

Parrot's score. This man brings hiss

own flavour and style.

Oh my

3:23:363:23:43

goodness. Great tweak, but it's from

a boot grab. How much are judges

3:23:433:23:51

going to punish him for a boot grab?

88.75. So the judges seemingly not

3:23:513:24:00

too worried about the boot grab,

interesting. So Gerard, gold

3:24:003:24:08

medallist, slopestyle Olympic

champion.

3:24:083:24:13

Needs something very very good here.

Again, opens up very early.

3:24:223:24:29

It feels to me like he sold himself

a little short there.

3:24:293:24:35

What do I know? The judges have

given it an 85.

3:24:353:24:43

So Mattsson in 15th. He definitely

has the power.

Like Jamie Nicholls

3:24:463:24:53

he doesn't dip his spins so no short

cuts for him. His rotations are kept

3:24:533:24:58

flat. I think he is changing that

now.

3:24:583:25:03

Oh my goodness.

Unlimited power.

That was beautiful. Look at the way

3:25:033:25:09

he comes through here, such

beautiful close board control. 4.5

3:25:093:25:16

spins we have seen put down nice an

cleanly, the trailing hand is just

3:25:163:25:22

poised.

Look at that.

3:25:223:25:30

poised.

Look at that.

He is well

within reach of the top spot. It is

3:25:303:25:35

rowan Coultas.

So out of Bedford via Austria...

He

3:25:353:25:46

goes big an it is clean but the

trailing article was on the knee

3:25:463:25:50

again.

3:25:503:25:55

again. Stays off the knee. Think it

does. It is an improvement. But not

3:25:563:26:02

enough.

Oh no.

He missed out by 0.

5.

3:26:023:26:10

Max Parrot looking all powerful at

the top of the standings there,

3:26:103:26:14

no-one even close to that 92.5. Not

when you look at how close the

3:26:143:26:20

scores

3:26:203:26:27

scores were, fifth place Schaerer.

It is not done and dusted yet. Heat

3:26:273:26:31

two just round the corner.

Bergrem, we have talked about the

3:26:313:26:42

fact this Norwegian has sat in the

shadow of perhaps the more high

3:26:423:26:47

profile names on the team but it is

undeserve, he is stylish in his own

3:26:473:26:52

right and brilliant at big air.

Yes,

big air winner, 1620. Oh my

3:26:523:26:59

goodness.

That is as big as we have

seen anyone go. Heat one or two.

3:26:593:27:06

Two. 94.25. So it is a different

contest, you can't compare it but it

3:27:063:27:14

is same set of judges and way bigger

than Max Parrot's score from heat

3:27:143:27:19

one. So Seb Toutant. The French

Canadian dropping in switch. Switch.

3:27:193:27:29

Switch frontside spin coming up.

Switch, frontside double cork, 1620,

3:27:293:27:42

ladies and gentlemen, sit down,

strap yourselves in, it is calling

3:27:423:27:45

it.

Lost it.

Yes, second place. He

makes it lose easy.

3:27:453:27:56

So next rider in Boesiger.

3:27:563:28:03

Ooh! The cameraman got a bit

confused there.

3:28:123:28:17

Look how much it means to him. He is

absolutely over the moon with that

3:28:173:28:21

one. Backside 1620, triple cork.

Keeping his hands up there.

3:28:213:28:27

Let us see, it does go down.

96! Wow! Oh my goodness.

3:28:273:28:40

Next in Garcia Knight. He is in

fifth place. Landed backside was it

3:28:403:28:50

switch backside or...

Switch

backside 16.

To start, dropping in

3:28:503:28:56

forwards this time.

Oh no.

Signposting that he is going switch

3:28:563:29:00

with a 180 at the top. He will clean

this up. And he has.

3:29:003:29:08

I don't think it was possible to

clean it up. Look at the style as

3:29:083:29:13

well.

Really nice. Brilliant.

Absolutely brilliant.

97.5, say

3:29:133:29:23

hello to first place Garcia Knight.

That is ludicrous.

3:29:233:29:26

Wow.

3:29:263:29:31

Next in, Mark McMorris. Currently in

fifth place, just ahead of Billy

3:29:313:29:40

Morgan. We say this a lot, but it's

not somewhere he is used to being

3:29:403:29:45

sacked. Mark McMorris is bone fide

podium material.

3:29:453:29:58

A sharp intake of breath from the

commentary booth. He's gone switch

3:29:583:30:04

backside, arguably the hardest

direction to spin it, and he's

3:30:043:30:07

fighting fire with fire.

3:30:073:30:12

fighting fire with fire. 95.75. That

switch backside working with the

3:30:143:30:16

judges. They like it.

Now the

British fans in effect getting ready

3:30:163:30:23

for this man, Billy Morgan. Back in

2015, he landed the

3:30:233:30:35

2015, he landed the quad cork. This

jump not big enough for it at the

3:30:373:30:40

moment, supposedly. Massive. Oh,

it's better! It's better!

Oh, Billy!

3:30:403:30:54

Bending the board. Lee Morgan, 90.5.

The look on the lead's face. Carlos

3:30:543:31:05

Garcia Knight, blazing his way to

the top second qualification heat.

3:31:053:31:09

Jonas Boesiger in second, Sebastien

Toutant in fifth. Billy Morgan in

3:31:093:31:15

six.

3:31:153:31:16

So Billy Morgan will be in the final

Big Air, late Friday night, 1am, and

3:31:203:31:25

I think will all be following that.

I love the enthusiasm of our

3:31:253:31:32

commentators. I don't know what any

of those tricks are, but it's so

3:31:323:31:35

exciting!

I know, just nailing it.

All about the backside.

Very cool.

3:31:353:31:44

The judges loved a backside! We've

seen so fantastic sports but none so

3:31:443:31:48

chaotic as you find in ski cross. If

the downhill is Formula 1, this is

3:31:483:31:54

bumper cars, knockout all the way.

Edgeley again in the commentary box,

3:31:543:31:58

this time with Graham Bell.

3:31:583:32:05

Even though he's in the blue bib in

the outside lane, I think the Brady

3:32:153:32:21

Leman is going to go well.

3:32:213:32:30

Leman is going to go well. Niederer

not panicking his quarterfinal,

3:32:303:32:31

pulled himself into the lead. Two

Swiss, one Slovenian and a Canadian.

3:32:313:32:37

And the Swiss drop, and it's looking

like Brady Leman on the outside has

3:32:373:32:42

just got ahead of Flissar.

3:32:423:32:49

just got ahead of Flissar. Brady

Leman in second, but somehow Marc

3:32:493:32:55

Bischofberger in yellow blasted out

in front.

I think maybe Flissar and

3:32:553:32:59

Brady Leman cancelled each other

out. They let the Swiss through.

3:32:593:33:05

He's made a mistake, and he's going

to open the door.

And the Canadian

3:33:053:33:11

taking advantage, Flissar in third,

Niederer in fourth, desperately

3:33:113:33:17

trying to find a way in front of

Flissar. The Canadian and the Swiss

3:33:173:33:22

battling it out.

Marc Bischofberger

coming back, the great line.

3:33:223:33:32

Niederer all the way through from

fourth. Will we see him coming right

3:33:323:33:36

back through to the front?

It's

Brady Leman's to lose. He's in lead

3:33:363:33:40

towards the last kicker. It's

closed. He punches it forward. Brady

3:33:403:33:47

Leman goes through, into the Olympic

final again. Fourth place last time

3:33:473:33:50

in Sochi. What can he do now?

This

is where we see that mistake from

3:33:503:34:00

Marc Bischofberger.

Inside ski lead

into the turn too much. As long as

3:34:003:34:07

Brady Leman can ski that cleanly,

he'll be fine. If it wasn't for the

3:34:073:34:13

mistake from Marc Bischofberger, he

would have taken that when, but it

3:34:133:34:17

doesn't matter, he is qualified,

through to the finals, but he'll

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know that if you make a mistake like

that into the final, you could be

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out of the medals.

Back up to the

top for the second of the sect Derry

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semifinals. I think the last

Frenchman in the mix, Bovolenta.

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Dave Duncan broke his collarbone

ahead of the Olympics in Vancouver.

3:34:453:34:51

Bovolenta in the nearest lane. He

hasn't been starting that quickly

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but he makes his presence felt. He's

done the same.

He has made a right

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hash brown of it.

Sergey Ridzik keen

to cut out the Canadians. Dave

3:34:593:35:08

Duncan in the yellow bib, and then

Kevin Drury in the green, trying to

3:35:083:35:11

go around the outside, but

Bovolenta, his maths has worked for

3:35:113:35:17

him, and he's back in the mix.

Flailing in last place though. -- is

3:35:173:35:22

maths.

3:35:223:35:27

maths.

At the moment, Dave Duncan in

the yellow bib in second. Racing

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round the outside.

Dave Duncan has

gone wide, letting his team-mate

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through. Sergey Ridzik into second.

Somehow, Bovolenta is in the mix,

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after all those mistakes. They have

done -- Dave Duncan was hopping over

3:35:433:35:50

the tails of Bovolenta's skis in

fourth.

I think that Sergey Ridzik

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is just clear of Bovolenta.

Kevin

Drury out in front, Sergey Ridzik in

3:35:583:36:05

second, Bovolenta in third. And Dave

Duncan slipping all the way down to

3:36:053:36:09

fourth. What a race! That is Sergey

Ridzik's big move on the outside,

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and so close, Dave Duncan actually,

I think, shaving a bit of speed to

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make sure he doesn't take down Brady

Leman. Looking like it's going to be

3:36:203:36:26

a real humdinger. We've got two

Canadians through, Kevin Drury and

3:36:263:36:32

Brady Leman, from the first heat,

and the Russian and the Swiss will

3:36:323:36:37

stop Marc Bischofberger looking very

strong. If he can get out in front,

3:36:373:36:42

he could take gold, but he's got two

Canadians to worry about. Watch out

3:36:423:36:45

for Sergey Ridzik. Back up to the

top. It's time to hand out the

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medals. This is going to be very,

very close. They are lining up in

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the gates. Marc Bischofberger in the

lane closest to the camera.

The

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mechanic from Switzerland, up

against the Olympic Athlete from

3:37:073:37:11

Russia, Sergey Ridzik, who has raced

very well, quickest of these racers

3:37:113:37:16

in the seeding round. And there is

Brady Leman, is the chance, he was

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fourth in Sochi four years ago.

In

the green bib macro on the outside,

3:37:213:37:29

unusually opting for the outside

lane, Kevin Drury, the Canadians so

3:37:293:37:33

fast, the Russians so clever, and

Marc Bischofberger so widely. They

3:37:333:37:38

are under starter 's orders. This

drop-off start... Pressure on the

3:37:383:37:49

gate and the skis.

They are

underway. Radial and looking good,

3:37:493:37:55

but it's the Russian that's ahead.

-- the Canadian looking good.

A lot

3:37:553:38:05

of work to be done by the Canadians.

Look at that move from Brady Leman!

3:38:053:38:11

It's gone for the Russian! Who can

get up fastest?

A battle for gold

3:38:113:38:19

between Marc Bischofberger and Brady

Leman.

Brady Leman is guaranteed a

3:38:193:38:23

medal as long as he can stay on his

feet.

Marc Bischofberger in silver

3:38:233:38:28

medal position, chasing down Brady

Leman. Can Sergey Ridzik get up and

3:38:283:38:33

claim the bronze, or will it be the

Canadian?

We are focusing on the

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front, and it would be incredible

from Brady Leman. Eight years ago,

3:38:383:38:42

he broke his leg just ahead of the

Winter Olympics. Four years ago,

3:38:423:38:48

agonisingly fourth. He is losing a

bit of time.

Marc Bischofberger

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slipstreaming, and Sergey Ridzik in

bronze medal position. As they come

3:38:533:38:56

over the last Jungle...

Flailing for

the Canadian. -- over the last jump.

3:38:563:39:05

What an incredible performance from

Brady Leman!

Silver for Marc

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Bischofberger, the Swiss leader of

the World Cup. He turns it into a

3:39:103:39:13

medal. And then it is Sergey the

Russian, working his way through.

3:39:133:39:23

Unfortunately for Kevin Drury, a

Canadian, who convincingly let every

3:39:233:39:26

one of his races up to this point,

he's taken out.

I think it was Drury

3:39:263:39:33

that went down. We'll have to see

that crashed again. These are the

3:39:333:39:38

medallists, and look what it means

to Brady Leman. It's taken him so

3:39:383:39:42

long to get there, onto an Olympic

podium, and he's got top spot.

Marc

3:39:423:39:47

Bischofberger right over the front

end of his skis, beautifully

3:39:473:39:50

positioned.

The speed that Brady

Leman gets coming in to hear... It

3:39:503:39:57

was a definite fall for Kevin Drury.

Went down first, and took Sergey

3:39:573:40:01

Ridzik out at the knees. Brady

Leman, soaking up these jumps, down

3:40:013:40:09

into the finish area, and Marc

Bischofberger, so close, you could

3:40:093:40:12

nearly touch Brady Leman, but he

takes silver, and then Sergey Ridzik

3:40:123:40:19

for bronze.

3:40:193:40:23

Decent crowd and good conditions,

fabulous action in the ski cross,

3:40:233:40:26

giving Canada their ninth gold medal

of the games, in third place,

3:40:263:40:31

stretching clear of the Netherlands.

Great Britain still in 16th place,

3:40:313:40:38

with just one gold and three

bronzes. We started today hoping

3:40:383:40:41

that maybe the women's bob would

give us another medal. It was asking

3:40:413:40:47

a lot. Full credit to Amy Williams,

who has made this two-man bob.

I

3:40:473:40:53

needed a bit more time.

It's a good

two bob effort, and you didn't even

3:40:533:40:59

have two box to make it! Mica

McNeill at Mica Moore have slipped

3:40:593:41:02

down the table after their third

run, so now in eighth, but it could

3:41:023:41:08

still be the best ever finish in

women's bob.

Yes, they are 24, 25,

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without the experience or

background, without the number of

3:41:163:41:19

runs the other athletes had, so

still fantastic and hopefully

3:41:193:41:22

they'll solidify that or even move

up.

You both know what it's like to

3:41:223:41:27

be up there at the top of the

sliding track, waiting for your

3:41:273:41:31

fourth run, you know you'll go in

reverse order, what do you do in the

3:41:313:41:35

final moments?

Your mind is racing

and you are constantly telling

3:41:353:41:42

yourself, don't do anything

differently, they will be warming

3:41:423:41:45

up, they will have got the

bobsleighers already, and they will

3:41:453:41:48

just go through the run, so Mica

will be going through those lines,

3:41:483:41:54

running through the mental imagery

in her head. They don't get many

3:41:543:41:57

runs to learn this track. She will

be going through exactly what she's

3:41:573:42:03

doing here, shutting her eyes,

picturing each corner in her head

3:42:033:42:06

and going through the steering

points.

It's all about thinking

3:42:063:42:12

ahead and anticipating the bends.

Yes, no time to reflect on what's

3:42:123:42:17

happened, it's constantly ahead,

what's my next movement, how am I

3:42:173:42:20

coming into this corner and what

adjustments do I need to make? We

3:42:203:42:24

all get carried away, and you'd hope

she wouldn't be concentrating too

3:42:243:42:29

much on the medal, but perhaps those

mistakes in the third run, she got

3:42:293:42:33

ahead of herself a bit. Now the

pressure is off, she needs to go out

3:42:333:42:37

there and put down the greatest run

of the week, and she'll come back.

3:42:373:42:44

51.16 her third run, slowest so far,

but still in eighth place. A top ten

3:42:443:42:50

finish would be magnificent for a

team that have relied on

3:42:503:42:53

crowdfunding to get to Pyeongchang.

They are the ultimate underdogs.

3:42:533:42:58

We'll show you that fourth run on

BBC Two. They will be going in

3:42:583:43:02

reverse order. This could yet be the

best ever finish in women's bob for

3:43:023:43:07

a Team GB pair. Join us over there

is the action continues. We are

3:43:073:43:11

heading to the one

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Clare Balding hosts live coverage of the Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea, including the conclusion of the women's bobsleigh, in which Canadian pilot Kaillie Humphries is hoping to win a third consecutive Olympic title, while British hopes rest with Mica McNeill and Mica Moore. Cross-country skiing medals are at stake in the men's team sprint, and the day's schedule also features ice hockey.