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Day 2, Part 1

Radzi Chinyanganya hosts live coverage of day two of the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea, beginning with the men's downhill skiing.


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Everyone, clear the decks. Sit down

and watch this. Charlotte Kalla

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becomes the Winter Olympic champion.

The defending champion is in a

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wonderful position now.

This is the

Olympic spirit, this is what it is

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all about.

Your Olympic champion is

Germany's Andreas Wellinger.

The

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moment that will be historically

remembered by all in attendance.

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Jamie, the disappointment. The hosts

have struck gold. All three of them

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are out now. It is great skating

from Elise Christie. She is safely

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through to the quarterfinals.

Those

were the thrills, the spills and the

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medals from day one and welcome to

the official day

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medals from day one and welcome to

the official day two for the

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Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. We

have the whole day ahead of us, and

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if you stick with us, you are in for

an absolute treat.

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We have curling coming up

from midnight with action

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from the final session of the mixed

doubles competition.

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We have

the rough and tumble

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of the men's slopestyle.

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Sadly no British interest but will

we see another Bloody Dracula?

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If you have no idea

what I mean, join us at 1am.

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And it's the women's turn

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in the slopestyle as qualifying

begins from 4.30am.

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No Katie Ormerod but Great Britain's

Aimee Fuller goes in that one.

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If you were expecting the men's

Downhill, sadly it has been

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cancelled because of the weather.

Now we have the Figure Skating.

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If you'd like to get in touch,

please tweet me using

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the hashtag #bbcolympics.

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Our question to you...

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"If you could be great

at any winter sport,

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what would it be and why?"

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For me, it would beat the Ski

Jumping. I would like to have the

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guts to slide down and jump of that

building whilst looking like this

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man here. I'd give you, Robert

Johansson. Look at his moustache. He

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is preparing to fly of 95 metres

with nothing but gravity being his

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friend as he uses the uplift, and

air resistance.

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air resistance. He is pumped with

himself and there is not a single

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hair out of place. That kind of

facial architecture, should get a

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medal. He did get a medal himself in

the Ski Jumping. Now it is time that

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the curling and if you are not an

expert, here is your own guide.

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Curling originated in 16th century

Scotland and peered in 1924 when

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Great Britain won the gold. The aim

of curling is to get more stones

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closer to the centre of the scoring

area known as the house, than your

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opponent. Sleeping is a key part. It

affects the distance and direction

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as stone travels. Tactics are

crucial, retaining last own

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advantage, known as the hammer. In

the events, there are four players

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in each team and they curl two

stones each end. Only one team can

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score per end and matches are over

ten ends. This year sees the

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addition of mixed doubles in the

limpid programme played over eight

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ends instead of the traditional ten.

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And it is the mixed doubles

competition that is in full swing.

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Here are the standings

going into the final

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session of the round robin.

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The top four qualify

for the semifinals with Canada

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and the Olympic athletes from Russia

are already in the hat by virtue

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of their head-to-head

record against the others.

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Norway and Switzerland need to win

to seal their spots, with China

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waiting in the wings.

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And it is the mixed doubles that

we'll be featuring tonight,

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as Norway take on China

and Jackie Lockhart joins us

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from the Gangneung Curling Centre.

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Jackie, what has the reaction been

for this debut at the Winter

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Olympics in the mixed doubles.

You

catch me here live in the curling

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centre. The mixed doubles has had a

fantastic result here. The Games are

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exciting, the crowds are loving it

and it is Fast and Furious and I

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think it is going down really well.

It is amazing to hear and we are

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focusing on the way against China,

what can you tell us?

The Chinese

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team need to win to keep their game

alive. Norway will go straight

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through to the play-off competition

if they win. The Chinese team have

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been playing OK.

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been playing OK. Ba Dexin has been

shooting his lights out and the only

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thing that has prevented them

succeeding earlier in the game, is

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the fact that last player hasn't

quite often finished the Stone. It

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will be interesting to see how they

get on.

After the 20 17th World

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Championships, Switzerland were

undefeated, so I expected them to

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possibly win this may be undefeated

again, what has happened to them?

It

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could be just the pressure. You are

the reigning world champions and you

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take at that, a lot of weight on

your shoulders. They have struggled

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this week. They have won a few games

I thought they might not. They have

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had to dig very hard. But let me

tell you, just one stone can make a

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difference in this whole game and

that's the only difference. They

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haven't been playing at their full

potential but they still have an

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opportunity to win the game today

Yankey their hopes alive.

Can we

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talk about Canada, their story to

this has been incredible. The fact

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that silver medallist from the 2017

World Championships lost to them in

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the Olympic trials, it is a kid to

2002 when Scotland beat Rhona

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Martin's team when they worth the

reigning champions?

The Canadian

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team have two very good players.

Both of them won an Olympic gold

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medal in the team game themselves.

Canada have taken this very

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seriously. They didn't have a good

start but they are playing well. I

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think they are the other team to

watch going into this last play-off

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stages.

They lost their first five

head-to-head, its momentum important

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in curling or can you turn it

around?

Momentum is very important,

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but the mixed doubles is very

dynamic and even if you are three or

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four shots ahead, you are never safe

because you can win big ends in this

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game. The way they play everything

into the four foot. I can see the

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Canadians are gaining in confidence

and they are shooting their lights

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out here just now. They will

definitely be playing like that

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today. They

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today. They are in a roll and they

are the ones to watch.

How gutted

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were you not to see a GB team?

The

Scottish team go out in Lethbridge

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last year and I was there. We

watched the last game and it was

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heart-wrenching. One shot, so close.

I am sure they will be back and we

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will see Great Britain in the mixed

doubles very shortly.

Thank you so

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much for your time, we'll let you

find your commentary position as we

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find no against China. Your

commentator is Logan.

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COMMENTATOR: this morning brings the

conclusion of what has been an

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exciting round robin and we still

have five Nations in contention for

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a semifinal spot. Two have already

qualified.

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qualified. Canada and Olympic

Athletes From Russia. It is an

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exciting new format providing lots

of stones in play, every single end.

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Unfortunately, TeamGB playing as

just mentioned. We will see them

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back out on the ice in the team game

in a few days. But this mixed

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doubles format, whetting the

appetite for lots of engrossing

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curling action. My name is Logan

Gray and alongside me, four-time

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Olympian and reigning world senior

champion, Jackie Lockhart. The teams

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just being for this final round

robin session.

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robin session. Our focus is going to

be at the game between Norway and

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China.

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This is how they stack up after six

rounds. Canada leading the way. They

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lost their first game but rattled

off five in a row to be the first

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team into the play-offs. What is

very clear at the moment, to be

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considered for the semifinals, they

will have to reach a record of four

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wins and three losses as a minimum.

If no way can beat China and draw

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seven, they will qualify at China's

expense. The liner will be complete

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for the semifinals. Jackie, welcome

back to the commentary bench.

Thank

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you, yes, just rushed from the

platform. Should be an exciting

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game. Both teams will be keen to

win, as you always are, but China,

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to keep their hopes alive and the

least get a play-off position. They

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need to win.

There is a look at the

results so far. Three extra ends for

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China. Losing two of them. Good win

in their last two games, so maybe

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momentum, making a run for the

play-offs. These are saying, perhaps

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no way are the dark horses this

week. They have given some good

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performances, the only team to have

beating Canada this week?

They got

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Canada in the first game and that is

when you want to catch Canada. They

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are quietly confident, the

Norwegians. They don't look overly

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confident, but they are throwing

some really good stones.

I think you

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are right, they go about their way

quietly, get on with the job, make a

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lot of shots and win games.

You

don't have two shout anything.

They

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can have pre-positioned stones. One

of the differences in the mixed

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doubles, we have two stones on the

centre line. At the moment there is

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a red guard of Norway, protecting

the house and a Yellowstone of China

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just up the back of their forfeit

circle. This is Kristin Skaslien.

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Throwing first in the game. 50% for

the week. In the round robin, we

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expect the stats to be slightly

lower than usual than the team

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format, if you like. Just due to the

kind of higher technical difficulty

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of the shots.

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Good shot to start the game from

Kristin Skaslien. He is Wang Rui,

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71% so far this week. Jackie, you

were mentioning it has been a mixed

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bag and maybe it is those key shots

that need to be made by Wang Rui?

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She generally has a very first good

stone, but she has to throw the last

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stone and that has made the

difference to this Chinese team. She

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has had a 50% record. It has been a

shame. I felt sorry for her, because

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quite often it was only just by

millimetres she was missing shots.

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It wasn't that she was playing

outrageously bad, they were so

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close, but not coming. If you keep

the same practice routine and the

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same mental ability that you use,

these shots are going to come after

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you.

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Disses Magnus

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Disses Magnus Nedregotten, the male

play of Norway, super stat, 79%, --

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this is Magnus Nedregotten. Normally

the players will play two stones in

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the team game, but in this format,

the first player just throws one,

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then you have the middle player, if

you like, throwing three

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consecutively before the first

player returns to throw the last

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stone in the end. Kristin Skaslien

will play the first and fifth stone

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of this end and Magnus Nedregotten

will play the second, third and

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full, as will Ba Dexin, playing 73%

for the week. Jackie, this is the

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first takeout of the game.

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first takeout of the game.

After

five stones in play, you can hit a

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stone out but we are playing with

Freegard rules, here, which helps

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keep the game dynamic -- three card

rules. Not being able to take out

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stoned early in the end means there

will be a few stones in play. --

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take out stones. A game created for

its dynamics, I think, for audience

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participation. I think it has come

across really well on the TV

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coverage. Wright I think you're

right. I think for a lot of the

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traditionalists in curling, the jury

has been out a bit around this

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format but here at the Olympic

Games, I think there is no question

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that mixed doubles is here to stay.

Definitely, the buzz has been very

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good in the mixed doubles. I think a

lot of people wondered why there was

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only eight teams participating this

year in the Olympics but I've heard

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a rumour that they will potentially

be looking at 16 for the next

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Olympics in 2022. I can see the

highlight of this, well, it has been

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raised, the bar has been raised so a

lot of teams will be desperate to

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get a position in that Olympic

event.

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It seems like a lot of games to get

through, Jackie, on top of the 50 we

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have already got, another eight

sessions or something?

I think they

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are going to put them into pools so

you would still have a schedule but

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it would be a lot of work for the

ice technicians, that is for sure

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but let's see how it goes. There's a

lot of permutations and scheduling

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and planning has to go into place

before it all happens.

And let's

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remember that the mixed doubles

curling started the day before the

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opening ceremony, the first of any

of the events to begin here at the

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Winter Olympics. That is just due to

the very extensive schedule that we

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have over the two weeks.

43 games, I

think, we have the potential for

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covering, Logan, which is an awful

lot of curling out there.

You know

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what? If they have all been as

exciting as what we have seen so by

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this week, I don't think it will be

a problem.

Not at all! We have had

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some great crowds in as well so we

have -- it has gone down well with

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the crowds here.

Norway throwing off

the guard and China have been

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playing it off so far. It looks like

Norway may well be lying one at the

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back of the button but a very close

indeed. Ba Dexin going to ignore the

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guard this time and tried to play

around on to the red at the top of

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the circle. A good look at the

sweeping technique of Wang Rui.

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Going past the guard? He has just

caught it. There's an awful lot of

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sweeping in this game, especially

when you only have one sweeper. You

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have to be pretty fit to be playing

mixed doubles, I would say. It may

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look simple to the person outside

watching it on the television but

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they are putting a lot of energy

into this sweeping and your heart

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rate will go right up and part of

the fitness programme is the fact

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that you can recover very quickly

because you then have two come down

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and sit on the black hack, there,

and managed to deliver very steadily

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a pretty intense stone.

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So Kristin Skaslien back in the pack

to deliver the last Norwegian stone

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in this first end. Going to put the

guard back on exactly where it was

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before.

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before. Jackie, these sweeping is

not just to keep your partner busy,

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is it, give them something to do?

There's actually some scientific

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reasons for doing it.

Yeah, you're

sweeper can help hold stones

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straight if necessary and you will

see the sweeper changing from one

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side to the other depending on the

direction, they can make it curl

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more or go the other side and sweep

to hold it straight but quite often

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you might see both of them come down

if they need to take it further. If

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you have two really good sweepers,

you could probably in the mixed

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doubles make it three or four feet

further than it would if you did not

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have a sweeper.

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have a sweeper.

That guard was not

exactly played where they wanted it

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to buy Norway, drifting into the

house and you can see the Stones are

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kind of lined up, there are, so it

could well be a chance for China to

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raise the stones right up the line,

read on to yellow on to read, sort

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of thing, and maybe get a point on

the board. -- the read on to the

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yellow on the red.

She could do a

tap but she's going to do the shots

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that you suggested.

The final stone

of the first end. Wang Rui trying to

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get a point on the board for China.

Nicely done. Great shot by Wang Rui.

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And an end that looked like it might

be a steal for Norway turns into a

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steal, a point with the last stone,

for China, and I'm sure that'll be a

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nice settler for Wang Rui who played

here in session seven, -- one and

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played in the seventh session and it

is People's Republic of China 1-0

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Norway. Just a reminder that there

are four games out here in every

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round robin session. We are focusing

on the left-hand side. There's

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another look at that terrific final

stone. Lots of moving on this one.

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Sticking it right on the button to

get a point on the board. We will

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try to keep you up-to-date with what

is happening on the other three

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sheets that are out there. Finland

and USA on the second sheet,

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Switzerland and the Olympic athletes

of Russia on sheet C and Canada

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against Korea on sheet D.

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against Korea on sheet D. So, with

China starting the second end this

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time, having scored in the previous

end, they have to start the next

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one, the repositioned stones the

opposite way round this time, a

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Chinese guard out front.

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Chinese guard out front. And a stone

at the back of the forfeit. This

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will be be set up pretty much

throughout the whole game.

Yes, this

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is the setup through the whole game

and the only time we will see a

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change is if the team decide to play

a power play and that is when they

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move the stones to almost in the

same position as they are, not

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quite, but moving them across either

to the left or the right out on the

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wings, and the dynamic side of the

change. The idea is the team with

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the last stone want to try to keep

the forfeit open and hopefully give

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themselves a chance of a three Toure

four, a big score, we have not seen

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them successfully played out that

way this week but one mistake and

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the whole end changes. Of course, as

much as you are trying to manipulate

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the game to make it easy for you,

your opposition is trying to make it

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difficult at the same time. You are

also playing against what their

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tactics would be. Slightly tight,

there. She has popped the guard,

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opened it up.

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opened it up. Key point in this game

is having draw weight in your

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pocket. All of the teams get a

practice before they come on to

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start the competition itself, before

every game.

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every game. They will be throwing

draw after draw after draw to know

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what the draw weight is, draw

weight, touch back, come around, tap

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backs and the big things for mixed

doubles as the angles. -- the big

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thing for mixed doubles is the

angles.

Ba Dexin playing his first

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stone of the second end. The 2017

Asian Winter Games gold medallist,

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second position in the team game,

that is. This Chinese pair winning

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medals in 2016 and 2017 in the mixed

doubles curling Championships,

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silver in 2016 in Karlstad in Sweden

and bronze in Lethbridge in Canada.

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He has taken that yellow far enough

in. We will see how much of it,

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makes it difficult to remove both

yellow stones.

0:25:140:25:25

yellow stones.

There is the

Norwegian coach, a very good player

0:25:250:25:28

himself, played skip in the team

game for lots of years. I don't

0:25:280:25:32

think he plays quite so much these

days but an excellent player. This

0:25:320:25:39

Norwegian mixed doubles team are

very experienced, they played in the

0:25:390:25:43

last five world mixed doubles

championships together. Their best

0:25:430:25:46

result being a bronze medal in

Sochi, in 2015.

And I believe they

0:25:460:25:56

are engaged out as well. -- engaged

now. So they must be OK playing in

0:25:560:26:03

the same team.

I'm not sure I could

manage that with my wife! LAUGHTER

0:26:030:26:12

I'm going to get myself in hot

water, here.

I think I would get by

0:26:120:26:17

P 45 pretty quickly.

These guys are

still in the honeymoon period. He

0:26:170:26:23

has cleared the front, there. I'm

sure we will see Ba Dexin... He has

0:26:230:26:32

the opportunity, actually, of maybe

tapping his own yellow and change

0:26:320:26:35

the lay of where they are lying, he

could catch the yellow behind and

0:26:350:26:39

bring it on to the face of the back

red.

0:26:390:26:45

So both the Chinese pair are

full-time athletes.

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Just going to rumble things around,

as you said, Jackie, and it improves

0:27:000:27:03

the angles. They will be able to

play some raises on those yellow

0:27:030:27:11

stones onto the bottom point of the

stone at the back of the button.

0:27:110:27:14

What is really good is that the

Chinese team are protecting the

0:27:140:27:19

front of the forfeit circle which is

the red circle you see in the

0:27:190:27:23

centre, there, and that is ideally

where they want to be. They want to

0:27:230:27:26

be controlling that. Norway have the

hammer and they have the last stone

0:27:260:27:33

but China have the opportunity of

tapping some of the yellows onto the

0:27:330:27:36

back red. It would need a helicopter

for Norway to get in, then.

0:27:360:27:45

So taking plenty of ice out here.

He's going to play an out turn, come

0:27:540:27:59

around, and anti clockwise rotation

of the stone.

Look at the release,

0:27:590:28:11

one o'clock and turning it back to

12 o'clock to make its been in that

0:28:110:28:14

clockwise rotation and ultimately

make it curl back towards the centre

0:28:140:28:17

of the sheet. Magnus Nedregotten

actually...

This is going to over

0:28:170:28:29

curl.

He was close to playing in the

team format this week as well, he

0:28:290:28:38

ran very close to getting a

Norwegian place and he has an

0:28:380:28:40

extremely high calibre curler. -- so

he is. They went to the World

0:28:400:28:48

Championships and beat Austria in

the qualifiers but I think in the

0:28:480:28:51

end the Norwegian curling

Association went for experience over

0:28:510:28:56

youth.

0:28:560:29:02

youth. The leader of the infamous

pair before of Canada, that coach,

0:29:020:29:06

multiple world champions in the

early 2000, coaching the peoples

0:29:060:29:09

Republic of China this week. He is

the national coach so we will see

0:29:090:29:14

him out there for the time-outs in

the mixed doubles and also for the

0:29:140:29:19

team games next week.

0:29:190:29:28

Ba Dexin, yellow onto the back. He

has played a lovely shot. It is just

0:29:330:29:44

sitting to the left of the centre

line. So an opportunity for Norway

0:29:440:29:49

to come down and sit right on top of

it.

That there is exactly what they

0:29:490:29:58

wanted to set up with this one.

0:29:580:30:04

wanted to set up with this one.

Two

stones remaining.

0:30:070:30:13

stones remaining. He is wanting to

come right down and sit right on to

0:30:130:30:17

where we see the Olympic rings, on

the yellow in the house.

0:30:170:30:30

In the bottom corner of the screen,

we see a stopped clock running. That

0:30:390:30:44

is going to take a time between the

line from when the stone has to be

0:30:440:30:53

released. We are seeing around about

14 seconds to get the stones to the

0:30:530:31:01

tee line. Not struggling for weight

so much, but lining the inside.

He

0:31:010:31:10

is needing to take either more eyes,

it is difficult to say whether he

0:31:100:31:16

can lead the stone Prattley. -- ice.

,

0:31:160:31:28

, said Wang Rui, they are still

lying two shots but that is a

0:31:300:31:34

danger. She has either got to take

it out without catching any of her

0:31:340:31:39

yellow stones or she has got to play

God. -- guard.

0:31:390:31:54

Interesting decision. Weighing up

the option of lying for five against

0:31:550:32:00

potentially having two stones in a

much stronger position. Looks like

0:32:000:32:07

they are going to throw the guard.

If you make them, it is the right

0:32:070:32:16

shot, if you don't make them, it is

the wrong shot. We have followed

0:32:160:32:20

China couple of times this week and

she just hasn't been able to do it.

0:32:200:32:26

This will be the easy option for

her.

Just scrapes over the red line

0:32:260:32:32

to get into the playing area. If the

stone was touching the line, it

0:32:320:32:36

would be removed from play. That was

a good sleep thereby Ba Dexin. --

0:32:360:32:45

sweep.

0:32:450:32:47

With it being a really, really high

guard, the Norwegian team have the

0:32:540:32:58

opportunity to come down and they

should be able to get past the high

0:32:580:33:07

guard and get into the one foot for

the shot. We have seen a couple of

0:33:070:33:15

the shots pulling too much towards

the centre. Last stone

0:33:150:33:26

the centre. Last stone here.

About

126

0:33:280:33:40

126 feet to the end. With the guard

being a bit too long, Norway still

0:33:400:33:45

have the chance to get out of this

one. Still a tough shot.

She has

0:33:450:33:50

played this very well. Yes they

have. Only just.

Fabulous shot by

0:33:500:34:01

Kristin Skaslien. That shot is right

up there with the bus. Just a score

0:34:010:34:09

of one for Norway. Both teams not

managing to make full use of that

0:34:090:34:13

last advantage so far in this game.

At this stage, it is 1-1.

0:34:130:34:30

A look at that fantastic last stone

by Kristin Skaslien. The high guard

0:34:390:34:45

was a bit of a nuisance. Trusted the

line and perfect weight. Great shot.

0:34:450:34:56

Elsewhere here in sessions as in, --

seven, Canada are still on fire, off

0:34:560:35:10

to a great start against the host

nation, Korea. 2-0 after two ends.

0:35:100:35:23

He is the first stone of the end

again. Kristin Skaslien seems to

0:35:380:35:42

have this shot in her back pocket at

the moment. Makes a good one.

0:35:420:35:51

Do you think it easier or more

difficult to have open and honest

0:35:570:36:03

communication with your fiancee out

on the ice, as opposed to just a

0:36:030:36:06

friend?

You do tend to say a lot of

things you wouldn't say to a

0:36:060:36:14

colleague. But you should both be

very clear on your dynamics.

They

0:36:140:36:24

seem to be very good at separating

their home lives and what is

0:36:240:36:28

happening on the ice.

0:36:280:36:37

happening on the ice.

It is a sport

where you have to know how your

0:36:370:36:42

colleagues are feeling, if they are

having a good day, if they are

0:36:420:36:45

having a bad day. Especially in the

mixed doubles, there is only two of

0:36:450:36:50

you, you have to be a good

partnership to make it work.

0:36:500:36:54

Likewise in the team event, it is

only for people. You have an

0:36:540:37:00

opportunity in the normal team

events, where you have got a buddy

0:37:000:37:04

who will pull you out of trouble.

There is less likeliness of that

0:37:040:37:07

here. There is nowhere to hide in

mixed doubles if you are not having

0:37:070:37:18

a good game.

We were talking at

breakfast about those days you can

0:37:180:37:23

have sometimes, where you just

cannot feel the weight. How

0:37:230:37:27

difficult it is to overcome that.

Huge part of this game is having

0:37:270:37:34

good draw weight and having it for

the whole eight ends of this game.

0:37:340:37:44

The team is also have the

opportunity, they can change the

0:37:450:37:52

dynamics if somebody is struggling.

They can ? not during the game but

0:37:520:37:55

after each end. You may want to say,

I am not finish this last stone off,

0:37:550:38:03

can I move and do the three stones

in the middle? Feel the comfort,

0:38:030:38:08

settle and then in the next end you

could go back. We haven't seen much

0:38:080:38:12

of that happening at all. But there

is the opportunity for the teams to

0:38:120:38:18

change.

I don't think I have seen it

happen at all. Every time I have

0:38:180:38:23

played mixed doubles in the past, it

is something we have tended to do,

0:38:230:38:27

if things are going badly and we are

under the cosh at every end, we will

0:38:270:38:31

try something different.

I thought

the Chinese team, they should have

0:38:310:38:35

done it in game three when poor

little Wang Rui was struggling. On

0:38:350:38:43

the counter side are back, you have

got to believe your form is going to

0:38:430:38:47

come back. They persevered.

0:38:470:38:58

It is a bit of deja vu in the setup

in this third end. The second end

0:38:590:39:04

was very similar. The yellow wall

across the front of the house and it

0:39:040:39:08

worked out quite nicely.

Once again,

they are commanding the front of the

0:39:080:39:15

forethought and that is exactly what

you want to do. A lot of eyes they

0:39:150:39:22

are taking, so it must be a big curl

from left to right into the centre

0:39:220:39:27

of the house.

0:39:270:39:33

of the house.

Always very

interesting to kind of understand

0:39:330:39:37

the different strategies of the

different teams. This situation here

0:39:370:39:42

looks like they will throw in

another guard. They are shutting up

0:39:420:39:46

shop already here. So trying to

block the path down onto these

0:39:460:39:53

yellow stones. In that situation you

might see a team like Canada try and

0:39:530:39:59

tidy things up and say, I am not

going to lose any point in this end,

0:39:590:40:04

I am going to make sure I can score.

But they are taking a much more

0:40:040:40:09

risky strategy here.

0:40:090:40:14

Ba Dexin, deciding himself he wants

to clear up the front. He needs to

0:40:290:40:34

get in and that is a good result

there.

0:40:340:40:40

Maybe Norway will take a different

approach. Still lying short at the

0:40:460:40:50

back of the button.

Even if they put

a guard up, one would not be enough

0:40:500:40:57

to cover both sides of the two

yellows down there. Looks like we

0:40:570:41:03

will see him trying to move both

these yellows. He needs to catch the

0:41:030:41:12

one on the right quite thin and

catch the one on the left and push

0:41:120:41:20

it through the house.

Not throwing

heaps of weight at this one. Just

0:41:200:41:29

controlled weight which allows him

to jump up and sweep it.

0:41:290:41:37

to jump up and sweep it.

He missed

the top one, but he caught the other

0:41:370:41:43

and that is actually sitting very

nicely.

That is a really good shot

0:41:430:41:49

by Magnus Nedregotten. We saw him

jump but as he throws the stone and

0:41:490:41:52

sweeps it. That is something you are

taught not to do in the team game,

0:41:520:41:57

isn't it?

It is, yes.

0:41:570:42:06

isn't it?

It is, yes. You have got

to be comfortable on the ice. The

0:42:060:42:10

conditions are good out there.

People watching will be thinking,

0:42:100:42:14

they have one slippy soul and one

gripper soul, how do they balance.

0:42:140:42:20

But it's not as slippy as you would

think it would be. There is a pebble

0:42:200:42:25

on top of it. Like every athlete in

their disciplined sport, they make

0:42:250:42:32

it look easy.

0:42:320:42:37

it look easy.

This is the final

stone at the end for Ba Dexin. Just

0:42:380:42:45

the one more to come after this 4-3.

-- Wang Rui.

Just an nice weight

0:42:450:42:58

here, catch the red and push it

through. Could have afforded to have

0:42:580:43:07

caught a bit more of the red and he

wouldn't have rolled so far to the

0:43:070:43:11

left. But he has the yellow stones

still sitting in front of the

0:43:110:43:20

Norwegian red, so difficult to

remove and not touch his own stone,

0:43:200:43:27

the Norwegian.

Looking a bit

precarious, that Redstone at the

0:43:270:43:34

moment, three yellow stones lying

about in scoring position. Just a

0:43:340:43:40

reminder, you don't get any points

for having the stones on the

0:43:400:43:44

periphery of the house, it is about

who is closest to the middle and how

0:43:440:43:47

many. Only one team can score in an

end.

0:43:470:43:54

How's your Norwegian, Logan?

They

were doing some housework on behalf

0:44:020:44:07

of, getting the stone prepared but I

believe they're going to try to get

0:44:070:44:10

another one into the house and

freeze this side of the yellow

0:44:100:44:14

stone.

Corner freeze.

They have to

get it in because it's an easy

0:44:140:44:21

take-out at the moment for China, to

score as many as four. Already a key

0:44:210:44:25

shot in this game for Kristin

Skaslien. We saw a super shot to

0:44:250:44:30

finish the second end and they need

another one coming here.

0:44:300:44:41

It needs to be in bird shot

position.

She's managed that. --

0:44:430:44:52

third shot position. They can't

cover all options and they've left

0:44:520:44:56

the option of the yellow that we see

Ba Dexin standing behind, raising it

0:44:560:45:02

to the red in the centre.

The key

was to get in the third shot

0:45:020:45:08

position and not lined them up.

And

out count the yellow in the back of

0:45:080:45:13

the rings, there.

0:45:130:45:17

So she just needs to get the quarter

on the right-hand side of that

0:45:220:45:30

yellow, drive it back into that red

in the house, hopefully get a score

0:45:300:45:34

of two. These are the key shot that

she sometimes hasn't been making.

0:45:340:45:45

How is this one going to work out?

Too thin.

Just caught it to them.

0:45:450:45:52

Can you believe she has squeezed

that through there? Thinner, she

0:45:520:45:56

comes off her own yellow and makes

it an figure, she makes it.

That has

0:45:560:46:02

been the story of a week.

In a game

the other day, she had shots for

0:46:020:46:07

four and she was giving up one, and

it is a five shot swing in just one

0:46:070:46:11

shot. A shame for Wang Rui, there.

Norway really get away with that,

0:46:110:46:18

they steal one in the third end to

take a 2-1 lead over China. Here is

0:46:180:46:23

another look. Just hit a fraction

more of that stone, it will go on to

0:46:230:46:30

the red but a bit too thin and clips

it, through the port between the two

0:46:300:46:34

stones.

0:46:340:46:39

stones. Only single scored so far,

here. -- singles scored. China with

0:46:390:46:47

one in the first end and then

consecutive singles in the second

0:46:470:46:50

and third, for Norway. There is the

scoreboard in the background that

0:46:500:46:56

you can see and also the clocks so

both teams have 22 minutes of

0:46:560:47:04

thinking time, basically, when a

stone is not running, the clock is

0:47:040:47:07

running instead. When players are

thinking about and deciding what

0:47:070:47:13

shots to play and preparing the

stones, the clocks will be running.

0:47:130:47:18

And once they have delivered the

stone, the clock stops so it is all

0:47:180:47:22

about thinking time and not about

the running time of the stone.

0:47:220:47:26

Introduced several years ago to help

teams who are playing a lot of

0:47:260:47:31

drawers against someone who is

playing it weights because the time

0:47:310:47:35

difference was making a big impact

on the game.

And of course we want

0:47:350:47:41

people to play draw shots and get

lots of stones in place so you don't

0:47:410:47:46

want those teams to be penalised. --

in play.

This is re-dynamic, if you

0:47:460:47:53

break it down, it is about three

minutes per end that each team have

0:47:530:47:57

to think and play these five shots.

There's not a lot of time. Quite

0:47:570:48:03

often we will see at the end,

getting to the latter stages of the

0:48:030:48:07

end, teams are rushing to finish and

that is when mistakes can get made.

0:48:070:48:12

I guess that is the whole dynamics

of why they have made the game so

0:48:120:48:15

quick and fast and brought it down

to just 22 minutes.

0:48:150:48:22

Peoples Republic of China, actually

playing well at the moment but we

0:48:290:48:32

have seen this all week, playing

really well but not getting the

0:48:320:48:36

results out of it.

Yes, they seem to

be controlling ends but not

0:48:360:48:42

converting it into points.

Just not

finishing it off and that is why I

0:48:420:48:46

find it really difficult to

understand why they have not change

0:48:460:48:48

the dynamics.

I think Magnus has

overcooked that slightly.

Once

0:48:480:48:58

again,

0:48:580:49:04

again, behind the T-line and he

would have preferred to stop, angled

0:49:040:49:08

against the bed, the yellow in the

house.

0:49:080:49:16

We can see five stones in place so

if China did want to play a

0:49:160:49:20

take-out, they can now. If they

decided to do that on any of the

0:49:200:49:27

previous shots, or removed one from

play by mistake, it would be

0:49:270:49:30

replaced.

0:49:300:49:36

replaced. So Ba Dexin, I think,

trying to come down and rumble

0:49:360:49:39

things around a little bit familiar,

trying to free the red stone off the

0:49:390:49:43

bottom.

0:49:430:49:47

So just bounces a little bit off,

there and opens up that stone at the

0:49:590:50:04

bottom once again.

0:50:040:50:13

One on the edge of the button at the

moment. Quite a nice pocket for

0:50:160:50:20

Norway to be able to draw one down,

Kristin Skaslien holding the brush,

0:50:200:50:25

the aiming point for the throwing

player. Not where the stone will

0:50:250:50:31

finish but it starts off on that

line, if you draw a line between the

0:50:310:50:35

player in the hack and the brush,

that is the line they will start off

0:50:350:50:39

on and then it will curl away from

there and into the middle of the

0:50:390:50:42

sheet.

A lovely pocket of stones for

him to sit in front of and use them

0:50:420:50:51

for protection. It is a lot harder

for the opposition to hit it out,

0:50:510:50:59

then. He's really got to sweep hard,

be fully in the four foot, the red

0:50:590:51:05

circles. He's just come up light,

disappointing shot.

0:51:050:51:16

Seems to be struggling with that

side of the sheet.

0:51:160:51:20

Cutting a little bit of a frustrated

figure at the moment. There does

0:51:240:51:31

seem to be a lot of curl of that

Barry said, the outside sheet, the

0:51:310:51:39

barrier on the right-hand side and

sometimes it tends to curl a little

0:51:390:51:42

bit more when you are next to the

barrier. As opposed to on some of

0:51:420:51:46

the other sheets in the centre.

Another opportunity for Ba Dexin to

0:51:460:51:53

come in and control the top of that

four foot. This one looks a little

0:51:530:52:04

bit high at the moment and it's

amazing how much they curl when the

0:52:040:52:09

weight comes off them. Just once

this to stop on the T-line. It has

0:52:090:52:16

ever so slightly crept further back

and he is lying two shots, there,

0:52:160:52:22

but there is a great opportunity for

Norway to come in and sit a red

0:52:220:52:25

right between the two yellows and

that would be going anywhere. --

0:52:250:52:30

that won't be going.

You are right,

Jackie, if the two yellows stones on

0:52:300:52:36

the button were the other side of

the T-line you would say they were

0:52:360:52:39

in great shape but because they are

behind it, it allows Norway to come

0:52:390:52:43

down and rest against them rather

than have to move them to be in a

0:52:430:52:46

shot position. It really is a game

of inches. Magnus Nedregotten with a

0:52:460:52:53

great chance to retrieve a bit of a

sticky situation.

0:52:530:53:03

sticky situation.

Yeah, opportunity

for him to correct the wrong from

0:53:030:53:06

the stone before.

0:53:060:53:16

Just over corrected and that too

much weight on that and it is

0:53:190:53:22

sitting too far out. -- and put too

much. Real momentum swings in this

0:53:220:53:28

end. Both teams have had

opportunities to close it out and

0:53:280:53:31

neither have done so, so far.

0:53:310:53:38

neither have done so, so far. So Ba

Dexin with an opportunity, now, to

0:53:380:53:39

come down and sit on the four foot,

he wants to be there but he wants to

0:53:390:53:46

be high off the centre, one Foot

Circle where you can see the Olympic

0:53:460:53:51

rings, there, just sitting in front.

If he comes right onto the top of

0:53:510:53:55

it, it is looking into both of the

yellow shots.

0:53:550:54:06

All about creating the opportunity

for you to finish it off. I am

0:54:130:54:17

surprised. This is a great example.

I'm not sure why he does not get

0:54:170:54:23

Wang Rui up in the head because he

places shots, comes out and ask Sir

0:54:230:54:28

to watch the line, edges her out of

the way.

He's got his elbows out and

0:54:280:54:33

everything in there.

Great shot,

look at that. But in that situation,

0:54:330:54:37

Wang Rui could be in the head,

calling the line all the way.

I

0:54:370:54:43

think you are absolutely right. Ba

Dexin has done that a few times this

0:54:430:54:51

week, comes up and almost barges are

out of the way and does the

0:54:510:54:54

sweeping.

She crouches down and does

what she is told. "I Will call the

0:54:540:54:59

line!"

One thing is for sure, it is

going to be a score for China, the

0:54:590:55:08

yellow played by Ba Dexin is in jail

and is never coming out. It is going

0:55:080:55:16

to be damage limitation here, for

Norway.

Can she sit right on top of

0:55:160:55:24

the red, Logan, and out count more

than just one? Need to see the

0:55:240:55:32

house.

0:55:320:55:34

They still seem to be decided what

to do from the other end of the ice

0:55:420:55:45

which can be quite difficult.

Generally the pattern of play would

0:55:450:55:49

be to decide what you want to do at

the end with the stones and then go

0:55:490:55:54

down and play it but still a lot of

discussion at the hack.

I think they

0:55:540:55:58

have played a few times down the

outside side of the sheet and it is

0:55:580:56:04

maybe what I to take. Oh, she's

going to play some weight at this.

0:56:040:56:10

-- what ice to take. As the

potential to move one of the yellows

0:56:100:56:19

out to the side. Actually not a bad

result, there.

Kristin Skaslien has

0:56:190:56:27

done very well with the last stone

of the fifth end, fourth end, sorry,

0:56:270:56:32

for Norway. Just move them both

enough to lie second shot, I think.

0:56:320:56:42

Looks like it might be another

single, here. Difficult to see.

I

0:56:470:56:52

think the yellows are lying two,

people's republic of China are lying

0:56:520:56:59

two, difficult to see from the

camera angle sometimes, you really

0:56:590:57:03

have to be overhead, so an

opportunity now for Wang Rui to come

0:57:030:57:10

in with a turning in, clockwise

rotation of the stone.

The final

0:57:100:57:16

stone of the fourth end, Wang Rui,

all the play has been done the other

0:57:160:57:20

side of the sheet so perhaps some

guesswork required but still a

0:57:200:57:23

chance to get one onto the edge of

the button and secure the multiple

0:57:230:57:29

score. It looks pretty close. Ba

Dexin trying to squeeze it. Great

0:57:290:57:35

draw.

He's done that very well. A

definite two. You have to be careful

0:57:350:57:41

when they are removing all of these

stones. One, two, and I think they

0:57:410:57:46

might measure for a third. No,

they've given up three.

Wow, great

0:57:460:57:53

shot by Wang Rui to put another one

on the board and you were right, it

0:57:530:58:00

was a three, the first multiple

score of the game. China now leading

0:58:000:58:03

Norway 4-2 at the half-time break.

If you have enjoyed this first half

0:58:030:58:12

of the game and you want some more,

we are going to be leaving you want

0:58:120:58:16

BBC One at moving over to the red

button for the conclusion of this

0:58:160:58:19

pivotal last game of the round

robin.

0:58:190:58:28

You can continue to follow the

action on the red button as we turn

0:58:290:58:33

our attention specifically to the

men's slopestyle final but before

0:58:330:58:37

that, Twitter. We asked you to get

in touch via the hashtag,

0:58:370:58:42

#bbcolympics and some of the

pictures are genuinely outstanding.

0:58:420:58:45

Case in point, Diane, who has

clearly taken inspiration from the

0:58:450:58:49

Norway

0:58:490:58:51

clearly taken inspiration from the

Norway against China and to need a

0:58:510:58:53

20 kilograms granite stone when you

can use a plastic clad kettle bell.

0:58:530:58:58

Note the attention, there is a

broom, she's gone for the corridor

0:58:580:59:02

curling option. Diane, I like your

style. This next one, everybody

0:59:020:59:06

loves a cute dog picture, and this

is Lindsay's .com Buddy who is Ray

0:59:060:59:12

confused by the luge and the speed

at which they seem to go past the

0:59:120:59:17

screen but Buddy, I'm glad you're a

fan. Last but by no means least, if

0:59:170:59:22

ever Michael Eddie "The Eagle"

Edwards ever needed a tribute act,

0:59:220:59:28

it would look like Adrian. I hope

everyone is watching the action in

0:59:280:59:33

that position because you must have

quads like Thor to maintain that

0:59:330:59:39

position. You are a hero and thank

you for taking part. Get in touch

0:59:390:59:43

via the hashtag, #bbcolympics. I

mention the men's slopestyle final

0:59:430:59:48

is around the corner. Qualification

happened yesterday and as ever, it

0:59:480:59:52

was epic.

0:59:520:59:57

Here we go, Marcus Kleveland. Bomb

jump. 1440 to finish.

Jamie

0:59:581:00:05

Nicholls, the first Britos free to

drop in.

Very nice.

Very smart.

1:00:051:00:12

71.50 six.

That is a lot lower than

I thought we would see.

1:00:121:00:20

I thought we would see.

Mark

McMorris, backside 14, treble.

Boom,

1:00:201:00:24

absolutely nailed it.

Bloody

Dracula, Rowan Coultas!

Oh, no, he's

1:00:241:00:30

gone again.

He had all the

ingredients in the first run.

No!

1:00:301:00:39

The disappointment else. Max Parrot,

currently sat in second place.

1:00:391:00:48

Something big, here, backside

triple, so playing it safe. Doing it

1:00:481:00:54

all wrong! 87.3!

1:00:541:00:56

Jenny

1:01:091:01:09

Jenny Jones is down by the slope.

I

am so excited. I don't live you

1:01:091:01:19

noticed yesterday Max Parrot came

out on top. Normally

1:01:191:01:26

out on top. Normally would see

Marcus Cleveland. Shame about the

1:01:271:01:29

Brits, but this will be exciting.

All the BBC crew asking the

1:01:291:01:34

question, will we see another bloody

Dracula?

The double handed grab at

1:01:341:01:40

the end of his tail, so hopefully it

will be there. There will be some

1:01:401:01:46

stylish riding from these guys. What

has happened here today, we have

1:01:461:01:51

found the wind, as you can see, is

picking up so it is a downhill win.

1:01:511:01:56

That could affect them in going

really deep on the landings but I

1:01:561:02:02

don't think we will worry about

clearing the jumps today for the

1:02:021:02:05

athletes.

Aimee Fuller said on

Instagram, she is ready to drop in

1:02:051:02:13

later today. When they are about to

drop in, what will be going to the

1:02:131:02:17

minds with the wind behind them?

They will have felt the wind in the

1:02:171:02:21

practice and it is going to be about

getting the natural dial in of your

1:02:211:02:27

body and censor your speed. As you

come to the Wales the rails, can you

1:02:271:02:33

feel the wind against you or are you

going faster, so have felt the wind

1:02:331:02:37

in the practice and it is going to

be about getting the natural dial in

1:02:371:02:40

of your body and censor your speed.

As you come to the rails, can you

1:02:401:02:43

feel the wind against you or are you

going faster, so had to slow down it

1:02:431:02:46

is like a battle with these teams.

Try to follow Marcus Cleveland,

1:02:461:02:52

sorry Mark McMorrisa and Max Parrot

because they will be on Marcus

1:02:521:03:01

Cleveland's tale. And he is the one

to beat, the best slope style rider

1:03:011:03:05

we have at the moment. He won the

gold two weeks ago. But Mark

1:03:051:03:13

McMorris and Max Parrot, few

outsiders will get in the mix.

1:03:131:03:22

outsiders will get in the mix.

Shaun

White isn't even doing slope style,

1:03:221:03:24

he is focusing on the half pipe, so

is the field more open than what it

1:03:241:03:30

could have been?

Over the four years

we have seen amazing talent come

1:03:301:03:33

through from these riders. It is a

very stacked field. Mark McMorris

1:03:331:03:39

came in third in Sochi, got the

bronze. He had broken ribs at the

1:03:391:03:45

time. So that is really impressive

to have got that results. If you

1:03:451:03:50

look at Mark McMorrisa over the last

two years coming he has had some

1:03:501:03:54

horrific injuries. He has broken his

femur, broken ribs, massive crash

1:03:541:04:02

when he knocked himself out and was

in hospital. He is still here

1:04:021:04:06

competing today for this goal, which

I think is incredible. Marcus

1:04:061:04:11

Cleveland, everybody knows is an

amazing slope style rider. Max

1:04:111:04:17

Parrot is more known for the big air

events, but yesterday he put down a

1:04:171:04:22

great run. It will be challenging. I

don't think the fact that Sage is in

1:04:221:04:28

here, he has been retired for a

while, has any effect on how

1:04:281:04:33

exciting this is going to be.

Jenny,

it is time for me to hand over to

1:04:331:04:42

Tim, Edwards and athlete that didn't

make it through to the final, but

1:04:421:04:45

the most positive man in TeamGB,

Nicholls.

1:04:451:04:58

How are you feeling, Jamie, the dust

has settled?

I am feeling great

1:05:041:05:10

today, much better than yesterday.

Everything has sunk in.

Positive

1:05:101:05:16

response from the UK.

It is amazing

how much love and support there is

1:05:161:05:22

from back home, it is brilliant.

This is one of the most creative and

1:05:221:05:28

challenging courses we have ever

seen, not just that an Olympics. It

1:05:281:05:32

is made up of six modules. This one,

section five, two angled take-offs

1:05:321:05:38

that will play a role. In section

six, known as the money boot, the

1:05:381:05:46

big, last jump, where the big money

is one. You get a fantastic shot of

1:05:461:05:52

it there, you can see the blue

lines. This course is in pristine

1:05:521:05:55

condition. This is the start list...

1:05:551:06:08

Mons Roy 's Lynn and has a shoulder

injury, he might be out. What you

1:06:101:06:17

see looking at the start list, what

stands out is you have four

1:06:171:06:25

Canadians, four Canadians, Tim?

It

is incredible they have managed to

1:06:251:06:30

come through and bring all four of

those riders. Here are the judges

1:06:301:06:35

who are charged with picking apart

those runs.

Six judges, panel one

1:06:351:06:41

will be looking at features one and

two and so on. Then three judges

1:06:411:06:46

looking at the overall impression.

How does the run all fit together,

1:06:461:06:53

this is a subjective judged sport.

60% of the score comes from

1:06:531:06:58

individual features. 40% comes from

overall impression. That gives us a

1:06:581:07:03

score of 100.

1:07:031:07:09

score of 100. The format is three

runs and it will be the best run

1:07:121:07:15

that counts.

Flow is a very

important part. I held my hands up,

1:07:151:07:26

what we thought were judging

inconsistencies, but when we went

1:07:261:07:32

and analysed it and had a good look

at it, the judges are rewarding

1:07:321:07:36

slope. They want to see good

execution and the tricks done

1:07:361:07:41

perfectly. Good height and amplitude

on the tricks and they want to see

1:07:411:07:46

it flowing. They want to cede the

snowboarder is having fun riding

1:07:461:07:50

down, not changing speed too much,

taking the course in their stride.

1:07:501:07:55

First rider ready to go, Nicholas

Matson. The temperature is very

1:07:551:08:06

cold, -7 bursting. Winding up into

the gap about into the double King

1:08:061:08:13

Grail.

Riding switch, backwards,

like writing with your

1:08:131:08:25

like writing with your left hand,

nobody doing the switch into the

1:08:261:08:27

need backflip into the tractor seat.

Integer number two. Just a little

1:08:271:08:36

bit short, the wind is still

gusting. Mostly crosswind. That is

1:08:361:08:45

one of the gifts when these riders

dropout is getting to see what they

1:08:451:08:50

do offer the knuckle of the job.

This'll be a score he will put in

1:08:501:08:56

the digital trash bin.

1:08:561:09:02

the digital trash bin. 270 out of

the lips slide on the top rail. The

1:09:051:09:08

tractor seat is part of the jittery,

but we found yesterday it was one of

1:09:081:09:12

the things that confuse us a little

bit. The scoring isn't a big

1:09:121:09:17

differential on the tractor seat,

it's not counting. Less than three

1:09:171:09:22

points difference between a bigger

scores and the lower scores on that

1:09:221:09:25

obstacle.

1:09:251:09:30

obstacle. So, 31 from the individual

sections, 7.3 of the overall gives

1:09:311:09:37

Niklas Mattsson a score of 38.40

three. The next

1:09:371:09:50

three. The next rider in is Seppi

Smits. The riders have these

1:09:501:09:56

brilliant internal speedometers. And

Seppe Smits in practice felt it

1:09:561:10:04

wasn't going quite fast enough.

So,

first, front side boards slide was

1:10:041:10:10

textbook. He switched, backside 270

catching the rail between his legs.

1:10:101:10:19

My son composed between the rails

and he is looking really solid. This

1:10:191:10:26

is a nice tidy start from the

Belgian.

He is making it look very

1:10:261:10:31

slow. Almost double dip in that.

That was the second kick he

1:10:311:10:40

struggled on in practice. We have

seen two mistakes on that now. You

1:10:401:10:52

can see Seppe Smits is raising his

hands, the wind is howling out with

1:10:521:10:55

a second job. Lovely style on the

270 out.

Such a shame, the wind got

1:10:551:11:03

him bad. He will take that one.

There will be a haematoma creeping

1:11:031:11:12

up on his head by the end of the

night. So Seppe Smits, the Belgian

1:11:121:11:19

will be relying on his second and

third run to find the best score,

1:11:191:11:24

but he is the current world champion

and he can ride on difficult world

1:11:241:11:27

causes.

Next in, one of the biggest

names in terms of anaesthetics in

1:11:271:11:34

snowboarding. There is the

competition side and then the

1:11:341:11:46

filming and competition side. We'll

see what he can bring here. You can

1:11:461:11:54

see nice, good flow through this

section from Torgeir Bergrem. Just

1:11:541:11:59

slowing down, not switching the

board around.

1:11:591:12:07

board around. 181, 360. Liberal hand

drag. Front side spin here.

1:12:071:12:15

Frontside 900.

Little square on the

landing. Just made it over the

1:12:151:12:19

knuckle. Get his money 's worth into

the bottom. Now, final jump. A

1:12:191:12:29

little reverb as he landed, he went

round 180.

The judges will have

1:12:291:12:36

marked that. For the judges now and

we always say this, on a course like

1:12:361:12:40

this it comes up even more. The

judges are looking for an excuse.

1:12:401:12:45

The moment you offer them one, they

will take it.

Absolutely, such is

1:12:451:12:51

the level of snowboarding now, if

all these guys put their runs down

1:12:511:12:54

you would be splitting has. It would

be, I don't like the colour of his

1:12:541:13:01

coat.

Of course it wouldn't, but you

are right, the judges need an excuse

1:13:011:13:05

and that is it there. He shrugs, he

knows. I just want to go quickly

1:13:051:13:16

back to Seppe Smits's run. He was

lining it up perfectly, he is one of

1:13:161:13:21

the most experienced competitors?

He

is a consistent snowboarder and the

1:13:211:13:26

current world champion. It is such a

shame, when the wind is so strong on

1:13:261:13:32

the second jump, it is difficult to

play. He has another two runs, I am

1:13:321:13:36

sure he will get it.

Next in, the

first of the Canadians, the two

1:13:361:13:43

superpowers of snowboarder slope

style, Canada. Tyler Nicholson put

1:13:431:13:48

down a very nice run to qualify

yesterday.

The thing with the

1:13:481:13:54

Canadians, for spaces but probably

eight riders that could fill those

1:13:541:13:58

spaces. Eyebrows were raised when

Tyler Nicholson's name appeared on

1:13:581:14:03

the team sheet.

He is using the

easier, right-hand side of the

1:14:031:14:11

obstacle. Brings it back to the

middle with the double-click rail.

1:14:111:14:19

Getting a lot of bang for his buck.

You could hear him. The first of the

1:14:201:14:26

jobs, pretty straight, double cork,

really nice double Cork ten, left

1:14:261:14:32

the last 360 so late. Switch,

backside 1260.

The same thing as

1:14:321:14:39

happened yesterday, bouncing out of

the front door of the nose.

To the

1:14:391:14:44

happy penguin, he's gone down the

front of that and he will be fine,

1:14:441:14:47

maybe a bit of snow down his pants.

That is one of the most technical

1:14:471:14:52

tricks we see in the rail section,

if you isolated them as individual

1:14:521:14:57

tricks.

It is the switch on the top

rail, the switchback.

Unbelievable.

1:14:571:15:03

Just a bit sketchy, he did not ride

the whole rail on the second feature

1:15:031:15:09

but the riders, strategy wise,

Jamie, it looks like Seppe Smits was

1:15:091:15:13

looking for a really basic run, a

foundation run. Do you think that is

1:15:131:15:17

what most riders will be doing or

will you see some just sending it

1:15:171:15:22

first up?

I think you will see,

especially like Cleveland, I can't

1:15:221:15:26

imagine him doing a mellow run, I

can imagine him sending it from the

1:15:261:15:29

start. He will be thinking, "I have

three runs and an opportunity to get

1:15:291:15:34

on the podium". He

1:15:341:15:43

on the podium". He will want it.

If

you know you got the firepower, why

1:15:431:15:45

not scare everybody?

Exactly, you

might as well go all in on the first

1:15:451:15:48

run.

Healy comes in his third

Olympics, one of the most stylish

1:15:481:15:51

snowboarders in the world, battling

some really difficult injuries back

1:15:511:15:55

at the end of 2016 but he has come

back very powerfully in 2018. He

1:15:551:16:02

looks so comfortable on this course.

He really does and pulled it out of

1:16:021:16:07

the bag and when we spoke about

flow, this guy is liquid

1:16:071:16:12

snowboarding. He goes down this

caused the same way a bowling ball

1:16:121:16:15

would, if you just let it go, it

would find a natural route and that

1:16:151:16:19

is exactly how Staale Sandbech

snowboards.

He's mixing it up every

1:16:191:16:25

time, we are seeing something

different every time.

Topside for

1:16:251:16:28

Dean. Cranking the four full

rotations, not the cleanest of

1:16:281:16:35

landings.

LAUGHTER

And there is the style, a backside

1:16:351:16:38

180, tucking it up.

The slowest half

gap we have seen, switch 180 to

1:16:381:16:48

finish, the defending silver

champion putting in a run but not

1:16:481:16:51

without mistakes.

Exactly what we

just talked about, are you going to

1:16:511:16:55

come out and lay down a marker, or

are you going to go berserk? Staale

1:16:551:17:00

Sandbech wanted to go berserk.

He

did.

Definitely.

He got some pop out

1:17:001:17:06

of this.

He is so good at

snowboarding on everything, even

1:17:061:17:12

pipe.

That is what he competed in,

in 2010.

Silver medallist.

With a

1:17:121:17:20

half a foot long Mohican if I

remember rightly.

Just not getting

1:17:201:17:24

the full rotation, there. There we

see the world's slowest switch 180,

1:17:241:17:30

that would have felt like time

standing still while he was up

1:17:301:17:33

there!

It is so windy, you can hear

him saying it. Really challenging.

1:17:331:17:43

It becomes critical because the

experience of riders like Sebastien

1:17:431:17:47

Toutant, Seppe Smits and Staale

Sandbech comes to the fore. I tell

1:17:471:17:53

you what, low centre of gravity and

really, really strong, inertia could

1:17:531:17:58

played to Sebastien Toutant's

strengths.

Backside 180 on and then

1:17:581:18:04

the wrong way backside 180 off,

chucking in the heave Ho and then

1:18:041:18:08

through the king. He's come off

earlier that will cost him, normally

1:18:081:18:12

such a strong rail rider.

He is

normally really strong but he will

1:18:121:18:16

get it.

One of the few big

competition riders who as a

1:18:161:18:23

legitimate street part.

He is still

going for it, though.

12, well, no

1:18:231:18:30

more, it 11.30 six.

As soon as you

get the headwind, you can see it on

1:18:301:18:36

the flags blowing upwards, it is

difficult.

What is phenomenal is the

1:18:361:18:40

riders are still rolling the dice

knowing that.

Yeah!

We saw yesterday

1:18:401:18:47

in qualifying, it was gusty, one

rider would have a run when it was

1:18:471:18:50

not so windy and that the next rider

would overshoot the jumps. Like you

1:18:501:18:56

say, they've got to roll the dice.

I

mean it is hard to control something

1:18:561:19:00

you can't control, like if the wind

is blowing and you just have to go

1:19:001:19:03

for it either way.

That is the most

important factor, isn't it? Everyone

1:19:031:19:10

is dealing with it.

Yeah, it's the

same for everyone.

I tell you what,

1:19:101:19:17

yesterday, Mark McMorris and Max

Parrot made it look like it was not

1:19:171:19:20

windy.

No, they just went for it,

didn't they? Put it down.

Sebastien

1:19:201:19:26

Toutant saying the same, all of the

riders are struggling with it. At

1:19:261:19:29

the moment, Torgeir Bergrem's run is

in first place but we have three

1:19:291:19:36

runs, if you are just joining us, it

is the first three runs and the

1:19:361:19:41

men's snowboard slopestyle final.

Next in, Red Gerard. He is one of

1:19:411:19:47

the only Americans do following sage

Koppenberg's footsteps. The

1:19:471:19:53

Americans are so powerful and half

pipe but they have fallen behind the

1:19:531:19:56

Norwegians and Canadians in

slopestyle. Red Gerard, the first

1:19:561:20:01

really competitive American rider we

have seen in a few years.

Really

1:20:011:20:04

nice line from them. Huge front side

air up and overly hitching post,

1:20:041:20:10

more like a goalpost as you called

it, Eddie, really high, and then

1:20:101:20:15

through the king, 360 off, really

nice, really stylish. Oh, lovely.

1:20:151:20:19

Showing the control. Almost the

snowboard equivalent of the last air

1:20:191:20:25

Bender.

Interestingly, he's started

sucking up, one of the smallest

1:20:251:20:31

riders so he will suffer with speed

the most.

Trying to keep as a

1:20:311:20:36

dynamic as he can.

Smart move, very

smart move, rather than trying to go

1:20:361:20:41

the whole distance over the top. He

did not even have enough speed to

1:20:411:20:45

get over that.

Such a shame! Most of

the guys already that have dropped

1:20:451:20:51

in, they have all felt it.

The funny

thing is, we sat in the commentary

1:20:511:20:56

box during practice this morning and

everyone was riding, there's speed

1:20:561:20:59

was there. I think the wind has come

in.

The contest director has got a

1:20:591:21:07

decision to make very soon as to

whether or not they can carry on

1:21:071:21:11

this contest.

What is the protocol

once the riders dropped down and

1:21:111:21:16

have started?

I've got no idea!

First jump off the skewed take off.

1:21:161:21:24

Switchback 12, he got it but he was

high on the landing, did not quite

1:21:241:21:27

get the speed.

The way the course is

designed, you've got to land the

1:21:271:21:33

first jump in the sweet spot, in the

right position because that is the

1:21:331:21:36

speed you need to take you over the

next two jumps.

Yeah.

Now the

1:21:361:21:43

surprise package, Carlos Garcia

Knight coming out of New Zealand.

1:21:431:21:47

Well, he is only a surprise package

if you have not been watching the

1:21:471:21:51

results.

That is true!

Where he

rides, he's incredibly consistent.

1:21:511:21:57

New Zealand has got an airbag fitted

outside of the back of good runner

1:21:571:22:04

and Carlos and his team-mate Deanne

Collins were able to use that to

1:22:041:22:08

great effect. Love that rail trick,

so hard, going into the flat section

1:22:081:22:12

of the King. -- kink. A Miller flip

onto the centre of the track. He is

1:22:121:22:21

making this look really effortless.

Looking at the flags, he's almost

1:22:211:22:28

got a tailwind, he's gone really

deep into the transition. Second

1:22:281:22:31

jump. Huge backside 12. Wind

assisted through here.

Back-to-back

1:22:311:22:39

12s yesterday, will it be that they

today?

Oh, my goodness, first place,

1:22:391:22:44

the gods were with him.

Wow.

A shift

in the wind direction and you can

1:22:441:22:50

see what has happened.

I tell you

what is fascinating, when you look

1:22:501:22:55

at the New Zealand slopestyle team,

they have almost completely rebuilt

1:22:551:22:58

it since Sochi and the talent they

have produced in Collins, Carlos

1:22:581:23:03

Garcia Knight and later, Zoe

Sadowski Sinnott in the women's is

1:23:031:23:08

phenomenal. But Carlos Garcia

Knight, say hello to the big-time.

1:23:081:23:12

This kid has announced himself on

the biggest stage.

Rocking the air,

1:23:121:23:17

the roast beef and chicken salad.

The little homage to the roast

1:23:171:23:22

dinner, that is the name of the grab

if you place your back and between

1:23:221:23:25

your feet on the heel edge, it is

called the roast beef grab.

Perfect

1:23:251:23:30

landing, straight down, hardly

even... Look how much it means to

1:23:301:23:35

him!

That will be a good score.

Will

be really good, tidy run, really

1:23:351:23:41

good flow. Look at that, I 70s.

78.6, 20 points daylight, just shy,

1:23:411:23:51

19.8 between Carlos Garcia Knight

and Torgeir Bergrem. So the heat is

1:23:511:23:56

on. Time to capture the dream. This

man is the fairy tale. Road in Sochi

1:23:561:24:06

with a broken rib and still took the

bronze medal. He's had two

1:24:061:24:11

horrendous injuries, breaking his

femur in 2016 and his humorous, his

1:24:111:24:15

jaw and his ribs in 2017. But he is

still at the very top of the sport.

1:24:151:24:21

He has battled his way back. This is

the first three runs.

Super good

1:24:211:24:28

flow through the first two sections.

Really nice from him, then a huge

1:24:281:24:34

gap 270. Couldn't get it.

Uncharacteristic mistake.

1:24:341:24:38

Absolutely. He will make this look

so easy now. So, switchback said

1:24:381:24:49

1260 on jump one, jump two, double

Cork front 1080. Three rotations,

1:24:491:24:55

upside down twice during that and

he's going for it. Oh, my goodness,

1:24:551:25:01

yes!

You could see the way the arms

open up on the last take-off, he

1:25:011:25:06

grabbed for everything he had,

tucked in and the first 1440 of the

1:25:061:25:10

finals has gone down.

Triple grab.

Was this a mistake?

It's hard to

1:25:101:25:16

tell. I'm not sure, really not sure

because he has switched it up now.

1:25:161:25:23

That is a mistake, for sure.

Definitely.

It's worth pointing out

1:25:231:25:29

the gap is huge.

Yeah, massive.

Love

the switch backside 1260, holding

1:25:291:25:36

the grab for as long as possible,

which shows the judges just how in

1:25:361:25:40

control he is. A little touch of the

snow? The judges don't like that.

1:25:401:25:44

The frontside double. Locking the

landing in.

I love how he switches

1:25:441:25:52

the grab.

The front a double at the

moment is the setup trick, isn't it?

1:25:521:25:56

That is where he was going to push

it for the second run now he's got

1:25:561:26:00

it in the bag.

He could go for a

triple 14.

Frontside 1080 double

1:26:001:26:06

Cork becomes a frontside...

Into the

triple 14, and he did it before lots

1:26:061:26:15

of times.

Even with two mistakes,

look at the score.

75.3, he slots in

1:26:151:26:22

just behind Carlos Garcia Knight in

second. Now we come in for the

1:26:221:26:28

Norwegian, Marcus Kleveland. He has

ended three slopestyle contests this

1:26:281:26:36

year and won three slopestyle

contests this year. There is no one

1:26:361:26:39

in the world better than Marcus

Kleveland on paper.

You jinxed him

1:26:391:26:46

because he caught his tail as he did

the 270 do that. Did not seem to

1:26:461:26:52

affect him. Oh, and again! Do you

think he meant that?

The 270 out of

1:26:521:26:59

the box was new. That gap to the

backside.

Watch this, that is my

1:26:591:27:04

favourite bit.

Nice butter, setting

him up, drop in switch now.

Front

1:27:041:27:11

ten.

Switch backside 1080, just

tucking in for the wind. Having to

1:27:111:27:18

open up on the 1260 to stop the

rotation. Now speed is his friend.

1:27:181:27:22

Has he got the triple?

1:27:221:27:28

Has he got the triple?

Orange Graco

1620! The biggest spin we have seen

1:27:281:27:31

so far at the Phoenix park. Marcus

Kleveland does exactly what Jamie

1:27:311:27:36

Nicholls called and he comes out

plans blazing first run. -- guns

1:27:361:27:42

blazing.

Great shot from the

helicopter, there. Little mistake

1:27:421:27:46

which might affect his close call.

I

have a feeling the way he opened up

1:27:461:27:51

the carb 12, I think he was testing

for the 16. Like he did at the X

1:27:511:27:57

games.

1:27:571:28:02

games.

Here we go, switchback said.

Wow.

Switch backside 1620, four and

1:28:031:28:10

a half rotations.

Wow!

Qualification

is getting put in perspective now.

1:28:101:28:16

We have gone up through the gears. I

thought we were in fourth gear

1:28:161:28:20

yesterday and we might get into

fifth. Now it feels more like we

1:28:201:28:25

were in second yesterday and now we

are in third or fourth. 77.6, the

1:28:251:28:29

mistake up top has cost him. Again,

we are getting a good indication

1:28:291:28:34

from the judges they are

prioritising cleanliness is next to

1:28:341:28:37

godliness. So Max Parrot, so many

people had written him off as a big

1:28:371:28:44

air riding was coming in, not to

make up the numbers in slopestyle

1:28:441:28:48

but possibly not to challenge for

gold but he proved everybody Robyn

1:28:481:28:52

qualifying yesterday. He was the

first place to qualify up and now he

1:28:521:28:56

has a point to prove. -- everybody

wrong in qualifying. Has been known

1:28:561:29:00

as a big jump rider but he has added

the rails and the course seemed to

1:29:001:29:05

suit him.

Qualifying first yesterday

as unable to the luxury of dropping

1:29:051:29:09

in last and you can see hard way to

70. On the first rail. -- 270. Then

1:29:091:29:18

a backside 360, locking in the grind

and then 180 out, really technical.

1:29:181:29:24

Did not kiss the rail, got it

perfectly.

Playing with fire on the

1:29:241:29:29

rails and normally he would be all

over that but I don't think he will

1:29:291:29:33

have the speed. He's going for it.

Just coming up a bit short. He needs

1:29:331:29:39

to channel his inner speed demon

cor.

There you go.

Oh!

It is a big

1:29:391:29:47

hit.

That was huge.

He went for the

triple, regardless but the speed was

1:29:471:29:53

not there on the start but he still

went for the triple.

He knew Marcus

1:29:531:29:58

Kleveland and Mark McMorris had made

mistakes and it was his chance to

1:29:581:30:02

really send it and get a score in

front. That is beautiful.

Comes up

1:30:021:30:07

short.

Definitely going for it which

is good to see in the first run.

1:30:071:30:13

Obviously the crashes where it gets

picked apart.

We have got a

1:30:131:30:19

competition on our hands, boys!

A

heavy hit.

He's lucky to ride away

1:30:191:30:24

from that.

Glad he's OK.

You say

that but one of the snowboard

1:30:241:30:31

journalist describes him as the

terminator! I think he's fine

1:30:311:30:34

landing like that to be honest. He's

made of stern stuff.

1:30:341:30:44

They have three runs. Those are the

leaders at the moment.

1:30:471:30:57

leaders at the moment. But the Kiwi.

I don't think he played it safe,

1:30:571:31:00

that was the run we saw from him in

qualify yesterday. He has the best

1:31:001:31:06

platform he can really start to

build and push this. Redmond Gerard.

1:31:061:31:15

Just 11 riders in the final today.

And the wind is certainly playing

1:31:211:31:28

its part. Snow temperature, minus

18. Wind speed says seven col

1:31:281:31:36

mutters, that is maybe the average,

the problem is it is gusting.

Also,

1:31:361:31:44

it said the snow conditions were

hard packed. I think that is South

1:31:441:31:50

Korean translation for bullet-proof.

There is not much give, is there

1:31:501:31:55

Jamie?

To be honest, I don't mind

it.

You like it, don't you?

It is

1:31:551:32:04

nice to ride on.

I don't know why.

How difficult is this course, we

1:32:041:32:09

have spoken about how good it looks,

but how difficult is it to ride this

1:32:091:32:14

course?

It is difficult, but

enjoyable, it is one of the best

1:32:141:32:19

courses I have ever ridden. So much

fun and creativity and I love the

1:32:191:32:22

rails.

1:32:221:32:28

rails.

OK, finals run is about to

step up. We have talked about it a

1:32:281:32:32

lot, the judging is going to be

critical here isn't it? They have so

1:32:321:32:38

many options and you said you love

the rail sections but so many

1:32:381:32:43

options at the top. If it's not

working for you, how many of these

1:32:431:32:46

riders have the ability to mix it up

and try something else? Will we see

1:32:461:32:52

completely different rail runs if

someone lands what they want?

It is

1:32:521:32:57

a big move to do something you have

not tried in practice already,

1:32:571:33:02

especially on the rails. They fit

like many other guys, obviously they

1:33:021:33:07

know the jumps, they write them all

the time and if they can do a trick

1:33:071:33:10

on the job likely saw Marcus

Cleveland, he was almost looking

1:33:101:33:14

like he was go and catch a ball. But

on the rails, because they are

1:33:141:33:22

different all the time, you have got

to practice those tricks.

We did see

1:33:221:33:27

little changes in the rails from

Mark McMorris and Marcus Cleveland?

1:33:271:33:36

I would love

1:33:361:33:44

to see him lock it in. He has the

ability to spin in all directions

1:33:511:33:58

and that is not something we have

touched on. The judges like this

1:33:581:34:01

either riders. You get penalised for

spinning in the same direction so

1:34:011:34:06

the judges like to see variety.

You

have backside and side. Inside you

1:34:061:34:13

open your body up to the front side

of the landing and them backside,

1:34:131:34:17

you turn your body on it. When you

approach the jump backwards, you can

1:34:171:34:22

open up. Switch frontside is when we

often revert it as. Named after

1:34:221:34:30

Steve Caballero.

1:34:301:34:40

Niklas Mattsson, the first to drop

for the second runs. He has the

1:34:431:34:47

firepower on the jumps and is very

creative on the rails.

270 out,

1:34:471:34:52

riding switch. Misses out a lot of

those features to get the huge

1:34:521:34:59

switch three Cisse 60 -- switch 360.

He is absolutely flying down this

1:34:591:35:15

course, speed is his friend here.

Here we go.

Frontside nine, whether

1:35:151:35:23

or not the wind played its part

there.

Oh my goodness, that was

1:35:231:35:29

beautiful. He slowed back down and

realised how big he had gone. The

1:35:291:35:35

spatial awareness it takes to do

that. He is one of the quietest

1:35:351:35:39

riders body has the respect of

everyone because he has that

1:35:391:35:45

incredible still.

He slowed it down

by still grabbing. Some guys slowed

1:35:451:35:50

by opening up but he slowed down by

grabbing. Amazing.

One of the things

1:35:501:35:57

that is very interesting, if we get

the skewed take of some of the

1:35:571:36:00

judges were talking yesterday and

they said even if those take-offs...

1:36:001:36:07

Here it is. Perfect. Little

handwrite, if you want to pick it

1:36:071:36:12

apart. I went freeriding, I say with

him...

You chased him.

I chased him

1:36:121:36:23

back in January, his natural skill

is phenomenal, he is brilliantly

1:36:231:36:27

talented. As are all these riders,

but when you see it in the flesh, it

1:36:271:36:32

was effortless.

He needs to up that

900 and the second jump.

He was

1:36:321:36:40

claiming it there, he said next one.

He needs to up that 900.

OK, Seppi

1:36:401:36:52

Smits, reigning Slopestyle world

champion hasn't made it over. He was

1:36:521:36:58

unable to make it over in his first

run so can he get rid of the who do

1:36:581:37:02

on his second run? He comes off the

rainbow early to catch a transition

1:37:021:37:11

with sets him up for the down well.

It gives him the speed for the huge

1:37:111:37:16

270 that we just saw. Off the

tractor seat. Very nice. Talk and

1:37:161:37:25

roll. Speed is your friend, you

cannot get hurt in the air. Switch

1:37:251:37:32

backside 1080. Gone really deep,

wind-up and is clearing it this

1:37:321:37:35

time. What has he got on the last

kicker?

1:37:351:37:49

kicker? Light on the kickers, but a

really good, clean run. I would say

1:37:491:37:53

the cleanest we have seen after

Carlos Garcia Knight.

Very fair to

1:37:531:37:58

say.

He lands very late on the rail,

that is the one standout but how

1:37:581:38:05

likely is he on these kickers?

That

is a replay of Niklas Mattsson from

1:38:051:38:10

the run before. The director

obviously likes the look above.

1:38:101:38:14

There he back again. So light on the

jumps, you are right.

The third and

1:38:141:38:25

final jump is called the money boot

for good reasons. When we talk about

1:38:251:38:29

the tricks, the higher the number,

the better it will score. We have

1:38:291:38:38

seen from Marcus Cleveland, 1620 and

he is three off the pace. He has got

1:38:381:38:43

to really step that up and a good

conundrum for the judges. We said

1:38:431:38:51

cleanliness was getting rewarded. A

fair score their the Seppe Smits.

1:38:511:39:04

Torgeir Bergrem, really damaged his

elbow early in the season.

He is the

1:39:121:39:26

Jimmy White of snowboarding. He is

there or thereabouts but has never

1:39:261:39:29

won anything matter.

He is always

top five material but he very rarely

1:39:291:39:37

gets on the podium.

Is he going to

prove us wrong here? Nice, you can

1:39:371:39:43

see him relaxing into this run.

1:39:431:39:49

see him relaxing into this run. One,

23, frontside 1080. Keep your eye on

1:39:491:39:50

the wind socks. There is three and a

half. 1260, he needs a big trick,

1:39:501:39:58

Torgeir Bergrem.

He wants to send

theirs. Beautiful, 1260 on the

1:39:581:40:05

finish. I think he could have taken

it to 14.

He definitely has that in

1:40:051:40:10

him.

I think he will watch this back

and realise he missed a chance.

That

1:40:101:40:17

was a clean run.

It was very clean,

I think it was the most technical

1:40:171:40:24

run we have seen clean, start to

finish.

Yes, I think so.

I think the

1:40:241:40:31

first 1080 will be his let down.

Look at the height you get, when you

1:40:311:40:39

see them over the knuckle of the

landing. He opened up 270, wasn't

1:40:391:40:47

into the landing, plenty of time to

take that up, as you said.

Yes.

1:40:471:40:54

Enjoying himself. There was talk

yesterday his qualifying run

1:40:541:41:02

contained the snowboarding

equivalent of the hand of God. He

1:41:021:41:06

got away with and under rotated

landing.

1:41:061:41:16

landing. Maybe a little light at the

top on the rails. See if we can

1:41:161:41:22

gauge that. Very tidy. Currently he

slots into third place behind

1:41:221:41:30

countryman, Marcus Kleveland. Carlos

Garcia Knight, the New Zealander

1:41:301:41:34

sitting very pretty at the top of

the standings. Is Canada's Tyler

1:41:341:41:39

Nicholson.

1:41:391:41:45

Nicholson. Coming off an ACL injury

in March. It is a recovery that can

1:41:451:41:49

take anything between six and nine

months. The switchback flip side to

1:41:491:41:55

open the account.

1:41:551:42:02

open the account. Onto the double

kink rail.

Really nice. One of the

1:42:021:42:09

first we have seen to actually clean

the whole rail from start to finish.

1:42:091:42:13

Jump number one.

The judges will

have noticed on the kicker he didn't

1:42:131:42:20

use the skew, he used it almost like

a straight kicker. Manages to keep

1:42:201:42:27

his hands just off the snow.

1080.

Keeping it safe.

Seem to hang in the

1:42:271:42:39

air on the bottom 1080, three

rotations.

He could have got a front

1:42:391:42:47

14 on the end, because he has done

it in practice. He is probably

1:42:471:42:51

thinking, get one down, then the

last run.

Score on the board.

First

1:42:511:42:59

run, everybody sounded a little bit,

second run feels like an insurance

1:42:591:43:04

policy.

Then they will be taking

their seats back within 28 days for

1:43:041:43:13

a full refund.

So, Tyler Nicholson,

boyfriend of the reigning Olympic

1:43:131:43:22

champion Jamie Anderson in

Slopestyle. She won the gold medal

1:43:221:43:26

in Sochi. They train regularly

together. Jamie will be in action

1:43:261:43:32

this afternoon. It will be a busy

day in the Nicholson, Anderson

1:43:321:43:36

households.

The Canadian coaches, it

Jamie, interesting to see. He landed

1:43:361:43:43

the bottom jump, it was perfect,

grabbed perfectly. Into third place

1:43:431:43:49

with 76.41 but it is a heavy landing

and his hand slapped the snow. What

1:43:491:43:53

did the judges think when they see

that?

It is hard to say. I don't

1:43:531:43:58

really know, it is a difficult one.

He wasn't keeping himself above the

1:43:581:44:03

I guess.

1:44:031:44:12

I guess.

This is style personified

when it comes to snowboarding. He

1:44:121:44:19

was wearing a thick jacket yesterday

but has stripped it down I think

1:44:191:44:23

aerodynamics have come into play.

He

has such good style.

The controller

1:44:231:44:30

requires to search up on that end

rail.

Really nice. Look playful he

1:44:301:44:39

is making this look.

He went a

little bit bigger first run. On the

1:44:391:44:46

pyramid through the bowl, but into

the kickers. This is where it starts

1:44:461:44:50

to count. Frontside 1440.

He held

on.

1:44:501:45:00

Backside 12.

Absolutely massive!

1:45:011:45:07

Huge 1260 at the bottom, so

frontside 14, back-to-back 1260s for

1:45:081:45:13

the man from Norway.

It looked like

he was wrestling an invisible bear

1:45:131:45:20

as he did the 1440 but apart from

that it was nearly perfect.

Such a

1:45:201:45:25

shame, we could have seen the new

leader if the 1440 had been cleaner.

1:45:251:45:35

Technicality compare to Carlos

Garcia Knight's run was way higher

1:45:351:45:38

but again we come back down to the

debate, Torgeir Bergrem did fall

1:45:381:45:44

foul of that, Marcus Kleveland, Mark

McMorris, all small mistakes but

1:45:441:45:48

more technical runs.

So much style

on the cab 12.

It was the fact the

1:45:481:45:56

cameraman was not very zoomed in,

there was lots of daylight between

1:45:561:45:59

Staale and the snow and you still

couldn't see the ground.

Try not to

1:45:591:46:03

look into his eyes, you will get

lost as we wait for the scores to

1:46:031:46:08

come in. He is a man never far from

a smile, you see him around

1:46:081:46:11

practice. Wow! Huge score!

Staale

Sandbech moves up into gold medal

1:46:111:46:19

position. Midway through the second

runs at Phoenix park. 81.01, just

1:46:191:46:26

ahead of Carlos Garcia Knight of New

Zealand, fellow countryman Marcus

1:46:261:46:30

Kleveland moving down into third.

Next up, Sebastien Toutant. So

1:46:301:46:36

experienced.

1:46:361:46:41

experienced.

This man won't have a

lot of room left in his sock drawer

1:46:421:46:44

for a gold medal but I tell you

what, he will definitely make room

1:46:441:46:47

for it, the veteran wants this. And

that is beautiful, over cranked.

1:46:471:46:56

That is a hard trick.

Lovely, there

is a thing in snowboarding called

1:46:561:47:02

after bang which is the way you come

out of tricks and he just pops out

1:47:021:47:07

of the rails so cleanly.

1:47:071:47:10

Cutting quite a straight line on the

birds 1260 which he made looked like

1:47:151:47:19

a 900. -- on the first 1260. He had

to open up.

This is another

1:47:191:47:28

insurance policy run.

A triple?

I

say that! Over rotating.

Had plenty

1:47:281:47:35

of time on that.

With the second

run, the wind is playing ball for

1:47:351:47:43

us.

It is, there. The rails were

perfect. That is the 1260. Really,

1:47:431:47:52

really ripping it on the take-off.

Yeah.

You can see the board bending

1:47:521:47:59

under the grab, the Flex, how

strong, a vice like grip on the

1:47:591:48:02

nose.

The board wobbled as he let

go.

Frontside triple that we saw him

1:48:021:48:10

do in practice but it slip through

his fingers.

That is massive from

1:48:101:48:17

that angle.

Yeah, really big.

He

will know for the next one.

1:48:171:48:26

Sebastien Toutant currently sat in

tenth place has it all to do. If

1:48:261:48:31

third and final run to come. He is

certainly got the tricks but there's

1:48:311:48:35

no doubt about that whatsoever. It's

a question of whether he can lay

1:48:351:48:40

them down with his third and final

run. Second run here in the men's

1:48:401:48:47

slopestyle final for the American

protege, Red Gerard. Burst onto the

1:48:471:48:51

scene aged 11, with an incredible

video bar and he has slowly been

1:48:511:48:57

building to this point. We have

watched the boy become a man in

1:48:571:49:02

front of our eyes. This is the

biggest ST has faced yet.

360 off

1:49:021:49:07

the down bar. This rhyme really

nice, huge frontside grab over the

1:49:071:49:12

hitching post.

1:49:121:49:17

hitching post. Nice grind through

the kink on to tail slide and then

1:49:181:49:21

270 out.

A tap with the nose, so

precise.

But it is stopping him debt

1:49:211:49:28

and he needs to keep the flow going

on this run, he needs the speed.

1:49:281:49:32

Switch backside 12 from him last

time.

Switch backside nine.

He

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doesn't have heavy enough bows to

make the speed.

Definite speed,

1:49:391:49:44

there.

Too big.

He needed to take

off further up, the way the riders

1:49:441:49:50

get judged in comparison to that,

the first rider we have seen taking

1:49:501:49:54

off the said transitions of that

second kicker. -- said transitions.

1:49:541:50:00

He has hurt his back. But the judges

need to see the riders take off as

1:50:001:50:08

far back as possible. We saw it

yesterday, a frontside 540, going up

1:50:081:50:13

against your 1260 but you are only

separated by a point.

Exactly so

1:50:131:50:21

they are scoring side take-offs

quite well so if Eli is that, he

1:50:211:50:24

will be well up there.

Frontside

900.

He knew he was going huge, he

1:50:241:50:30

looked like he was still going up

when he finished the double.

1:50:301:50:34

Rewinding, trying to stall.

I hope

his back is OK.

He will be jarred,

1:50:341:50:42

for sure. Loosening his cavities.

Reaching for his ribs. Now the man

1:50:421:50:50

who was leading at the end of the

first run, he has just been knocked

1:50:501:50:53

off top spot. Staale Sandbech taking

over. Can he regain it? We saw the

1:50:531:50:59

run he pulled in qualifying but the

big question is, where will he go?

1:50:591:51:06

Yat back-to-back 1260s but add a

half rotation, it sets you in a

1:51:061:51:10

completely different way. Does he

have the tricks to roll with those

1:51:101:51:14

punches?

But I love he is performing

on the biggest stage and looks so

1:51:141:51:17

relaxed. Does not look like the

pressure is affecting him at all.

1:51:171:51:21

No, he's loving this.

I tell you who

will be loving it? All of New

1:51:211:51:27

Zealand will be going berserk!

Now

into the first jump.

Using the angle

1:51:271:51:35

of the take-off to fire him back

into the centre of the landing.

1:51:351:51:41

Front-end. Oh, backside five, quite

unsure, there, the wind playing

1:51:411:51:46

havoc.

The internal speedometer was

not registering where he wanted it

1:51:461:51:52

but he is boxing clever. He's had to

write the run off but you could say

1:51:521:51:57

that is fair because everyone else

on the first run got really done by

1:51:571:52:01

the wind and it looked like he got

away with it.

It is almost like

1:52:011:52:06

karma.

Giving one run to the wind.

That is a tongue twister!

Yeah, you

1:52:061:52:16

can see on the flag as he takes off.

There will be nervous now though

1:52:161:52:21

among the top three, when you start

looking at Marcus Kleveland, Max

1:52:211:52:26

Parrot and Mark McMorris, if they

think the wind has come back up, all

1:52:261:52:30

three of them suffered from the wind

last time.

You saw it perfectly in

1:52:301:52:35

the back of the shot, that Winsock

was fully horizontal, fully

1:52:351:52:38

inflated, straight up the course. --

wind sock.

52.98, Carlos Garcia

1:52:381:52:48

Knight, taking down his first run

school, there.

He needs to clean up

1:52:481:52:53

this run and you should see a

considerable hike in the scores.

1:52:531:52:59

What he's doing is good. Oh, really

nice. So difficult. Tail slide 450

1:52:591:53:07

and then kind of a wrong way air to

normal on the hip.

Looks

1:53:071:53:13

uncharacteristically sketchy at the

moment. It is always so perfect with

1:53:131:53:18

Mark McMorris, we are used to seeing

it flow for him and it's not at the

1:53:181:53:23

moment, looks like he's forcing it.

The alley up, spinning against the

1:53:231:53:31

direction of the skewed kicker.

Triple.

Front treble, well held.

He

1:53:311:53:37

held on.

Now the back treble?

Yeah.

Oh! Anything you can do, Marcus

1:53:371:53:46

Kleveland, I can do.

Wowsers.

Can't

do it better but he can do it.

He's

1:53:461:53:53

up to his game, you are right,

Jamie, in the first run, he's got

1:53:531:53:58

in, turned the corkscrew, up the

second and third jump from the first

1:53:581:54:02

run.

But what is happening? I think

Mark McMorris is really struggling,

1:54:021:54:08

focusing on the kickers which is

affecting his rail line.

He came off

1:54:081:54:13

the rail early last time, that is

not perfect but he got to the end.

1:54:131:54:17

It seems like the top rail has

changed from yesterday, if he did

1:54:171:54:21

the same top section as yesterday

and did that again, it would be a

1:54:211:54:26

super-clean run.

That is one.

The

jobs were flawless.

Really late

1:54:261:54:32

caught on the first one. That is

mad.

This is the landing we have to

1:54:321:54:36

look at.

Just gone past but he held

it.

No hands.

I think he has got

1:54:361:54:45

some kind of Cranborne on his --

book on his heel edge.

Backside

1:54:451:54:56

1620, for the month and dads out

there, it is first place, 85.2.

Wow,

1:54:561:55:01

that is a good run but he could

still clean it up even more. There's

1:55:011:55:05

still room.

Definitely, there were

so many little issues with the rail

1:55:051:55:11

section, certainly the kickers

looked really good and there was one

1:55:111:55:13

sketchy landing but the rails were

far clean.

The first one was nice

1:55:131:55:17

but definitely, the others need

cleaning up.

Canada and Norway going

1:55:171:55:23

toe to toe for gold at the moment

and it continues as Marcus Kleveland

1:55:231:55:28

stand at the top of the course. He

learned the double cork at 11, the

1:55:281:55:34

triple core at 13, was the third

person to land a quad core at 17. --

1:55:341:55:41

Cork. What has he got for us in this

second?

270 on and off, little

1:55:411:55:52

mistake, aleey-oop on that, the flow

school will be through the roof

1:55:521:55:56

after that section. Looking good so

far and does not seem to be affected

1:55:561:56:00

by the pressure. He is absolutely

drinking this in.

1:56:001:56:04

Oh, he's gone! He's gone! Is dropped

it!

We so rarely see this. He was

1:56:091:56:17

going for his little shifty trick on

the end of that 540, wasn't he?

That

1:56:171:56:23

is amazing!

LAUGHTER

I love that.

It shows the wizardry

1:56:231:56:29

that Marcus Kleveland is capable of,

we often see him doing enormous

1:56:291:56:34

beans but when you start to slow

things down from you get magic like

1:56:341:56:37

that. Let's pull this about. That

big gap to the down rail.

Switch

1:56:371:56:46

backside 1080, that was obviously

supposed to be a 1260 but from the

1:56:461:56:50

take-off, just did not have the

speed. Just was not there. And you

1:56:501:56:58

saw the Winsock again gaping like a

basking shark.

-- wind sock. Like

1:56:581:57:05

Red Gerard is one of the smaller

riders in terms of physique so he

1:57:051:57:09

does not have the inertia. Mark

McMorris, looking very happy at the

1:57:091:57:14

moment but one rider left to drop in

the second run Sturm at Phoenix

1:57:141:57:21

park, Max Parrot. -- second runs at

Phoenix park. The man dubbed the

1:57:211:57:27

Terminator. He won X Games big air,

didn't even make the finals of the

1:57:271:57:35

slopestyle two weeks ago, but

qualified first here for the

1:57:351:57:38

Olympics.

Lip slide on the first

rail, throwing his board up and over

1:57:381:57:45

the rail, very difficult to do, to

not catch the board on the rail as

1:57:451:57:49

you do it. Really technical, the

judges will like that. 360 off the

1:57:491:57:54

bar, looking very clean in the rail

sections so far. First of the jumps.

1:57:541:58:04

There is Warne, there's two,

beautiful.

Wow. There is that triple

1:58:041:58:08

again.

Oh, now absolute carbon copy

of the first run!

He just does not

1:58:081:58:17

have the speed, there. Oh!

He looked

like he would have because he went

1:58:171:58:24

so deep on the first one and had

good speed, there.

It was a good,

1:58:241:58:29

solid landing but tucked up as soon

as he came off the kicker.

It's like

1:58:291:58:32

he needs to pull in his legs a bit

more on the end of that frontside

1:58:321:58:36

triple.

The rail is perfect, pretty

much.

That Condor set up trick.

1:58:361:58:45

Rodeo nose grab.

He rode it right

off the top corner, as well.

He's

1:58:451:58:53

getting as much power and height as

he can out of the kicker but it does

1:58:531:58:57

not look high.

He does not get the

pop on it, it is such a hard trick

1:58:571:59:02

to get the pop on and to do that,

you've really got to explode off the

1:59:021:59:07

lip. Really pop with your legs and

he's not getting it.

He works harder

1:59:071:59:12

than anyone, though. He practices

longer and he is such a

1:59:121:59:17

perfectionist. Do not write off Max

Parrot. Still one run left at the

1:59:171:59:23

men's snowboard slopestyle finals.

Mark McMorris currently in Gold

1:59:231:59:27

medal position. Staale Sandbech of

Norway in second and Carlos Garcia

1:59:271:59:34

Knight, the second-place qualifier,

rounding out the top three. It will

1:59:341:59:38

be a cool head for him. I think he's

just 18. It is an incredible

1:59:381:59:45

position for him to be in at the

moment. Sorry, 20.

1:59:451:59:54

If you are watching this and

expecting to see the men's Downhill,

2:00:062:00:12

it has been postponed. It will go

out on Thursday. Do not despair,

2:00:122:00:17

there will still be an Olympic

downhill. The fans here in Phoenix

2:00:172:00:24

Park, really enjoying themselves.

We've had an incredible show so far.

2:00:242:00:28

The superpowers of snowboard

Slopestyle going toe to toe. Former

2:00:282:00:35

regions and for Canadians battling

it out. The depth of talent, Jamie

2:00:352:00:47

is amazing? Yes, they are all going

for it and it is good for the sport.

2:00:472:00:52

Tim, you were in Sochi four years

ago, how far has this sport

2:00:522:00:56

progressed in the period since?

It

has taken huge strides. When you

2:00:562:01:03

think back to what we've seen the

emergence of triple quartz. Now they

2:01:032:01:08

are a staple part of everybody's

run. It is back-to-back triples,

2:01:082:01:14

1620, in the big air a couple of

weeks down the line, I hope we will

2:01:142:01:24

see Quad Court, going upside down

four times in a rotation. The sports

2:01:242:01:28

of snowboarding is rising. Whether

it is because of the Olympics,

2:01:282:01:34

whether it is alongside the Olympics

or what? It doesn't really matter.

2:01:342:01:39

It is undoubtedly because of the

Olympics. I believe in every Olympic

2:01:392:01:44

cycle since snowboarding arrived at

the Olympics 20 years ago in 1998,

2:01:442:01:49

we have seen progression accelerate.

The Olympics have driven progression

2:01:492:01:54

in the sport. Certainly in terms of

gymnastic aspect. But what is lovely

2:01:542:01:59

to see, when you look down there,

Staale Sandbech, he is so aesthetic.

2:01:592:02:08

He will not do a trick unless he can

make it look good.

Also because a

2:02:082:02:14

lot of these big tricks to be done,

to apply the physics to them to be

2:02:142:02:20

able to spin around four times and

go upside down three times, they

2:02:202:02:23

have to be done a certain way.

Riders end up grabbing the board in

2:02:232:02:31

the same way, releasing at the same

point and looking the same. But

2:02:312:02:37

Staale Sandbech, he will do anything

unless he can do it his own way.

2:02:372:02:45

Sage Koch and Berg did an incredibly

technical trick but it was the hand

2:02:452:02:51

grabbed he did within the trick that

made it stand out. You have the mute

2:02:512:02:56

grab the front hand between defeat

on the toe edge and it is the Ford

2:02:562:03:01

Mondeo of Snowboarding grabs.

That

is the best way for these riders to

2:03:012:03:09

mix things up. I was disappointed

not to see Kyle Mack go through

2:03:092:03:16

yesterday, Jamie?

He has some really

creative grabs.

2:03:162:03:23

creative grabs. He is doing the

bloody dragon.

The Lamborghini of

2:03:232:03:28

grabs. Grabbing

2:03:282:03:33

grabs. Grabbing both hands on the

tail and pulling it up so it is

2:03:332:03:38

dislocating your spine, it is a

thing of beauty. There was a bit of

2:03:382:03:45

chat in Sochi, about the judges and

what they were going to prioritise.

2:03:452:03:49

What we ended up seeing was judges

rewarding creativity and it is one

2:03:492:03:53

thing that has become a staple part

of snowboarding judging and the

2:03:532:03:58

course building, they want to see

creativity.

OK, you can see a packed

2:03:582:04:04

house here at Phoenix Park. In the

background you have the moguls

2:04:042:04:09

course and just behind that is the

aerials jump and

2:04:092:04:16

aerials jump and under is the

halfpipe. We have kicked things off

2:04:162:04:22

with men's snowboard Slopestyle and

that medal will be decided in the

2:04:222:04:25

next 20 minutes.

2:04:252:04:34

next 20 minutes.

I really like that.

If you are interested, the

2:04:342:04:41

temperature is -18 and the air

temperature is minus 13. The

2:04:412:04:46

qualification yesterday was

uncharacteristically warm. You guys

2:04:462:04:50

trained in -20?

The first day was

-20 and then it started, each day

2:04:502:04:58

leading up to qualifications,

getting warmer and yesterday was the

2:04:582:05:00

warmest day. Now it is freezing

again.

On its way back down. Niklas

2:05:002:05:06

Mattsson will be the first rider to

drop in the third and final run. He

2:05:062:05:10

did call it, he said he was going...

Carlos Garcia Knight.

They have a

2:05:102:05:22

little reshuffle, they drop in

reverse order of the standings so

2:05:222:05:25

Mark McMorris, I believe will be

afforded the luxury of dropping in

2:05:252:05:28

last.

Carlos Garcia Knight, the

manual are watching now, stood there

2:05:282:05:35

with the New Zealand coaches.

2:05:352:05:41

You can even, just do it like the

first run. Wise words. Those guys

2:05:462:05:54

will be so excited and desperately

trying not to show it at the moment.

2:05:542:06:02

Don't show it on the outside. Couple

of inches away from a medal but with

2:06:022:06:09

this level of talent, nothing is

given at this stage. Marcus

2:06:092:06:15

Kleveland, currently sat on 77.76

and has so far to go. The only rider

2:06:152:06:21

here legitimately landing quad

courts consistently.

Absolutely, you

2:06:212:06:26

are right coming he has so much more

to give. So much further he can go

2:06:262:06:31

with it. However, has he been in

this position before? He is in

2:06:312:06:35

uncharted territory. All of a sudden

he finds himself in fourth position

2:06:352:06:41

and he's thinking, I have got to do

it now, the pressure is on.

Love

2:06:412:06:45

that shot, Max Parrot on the

chairlift. Chilling out.

2:06:452:06:54

chairlift. Chilling out. For me,

Marcus Kleveland has been high

2:06:542:06:57

school. Not just in the build-up to

these Olympics, which he has, he has

2:06:572:07:00

had a little show Billy two game of

show and tell. Came second behind

2:07:002:07:09

Max Parrot in the big air, but that

preparation aside, his career, he

2:07:092:07:13

has been so low-key about all of the

world's firsts he has had. He has a

2:07:132:07:22

tiny resort and he can get them to

build anything he wants. He is a

2:07:222:07:29

very unusual rider?

He is very

talent, I think he is a wizard on a

2:07:292:07:35

snowboard. He can do anything he

wants.

Mark McMorris, the Canadian.

2:07:352:07:43

Mark McMorris, the Canadian.

You can

see the wax worker there on Mark

2:07:472:07:51

McMorris's boards. How difficult was

it for the techs to get the waxes

2:07:512:07:55

right for these snow conditions?

It's actually - I think for them,

2:07:552:07:58

it's easy to get the wax right. But

it's just whether the wind's there.

2:07:582:08:02

So there's nothing you can do about

that. But the boards seem to - for

2:08:022:08:07

me, my board was running absolutely

perfect, and the snow conditions

2:08:072:08:11

haven't really changed. So it's just

cold snow, so hard wax...

I heard

2:08:112:08:18

people talking about, ah, ice burn

on the bases...

Yeah, my edges were

2:08:182:08:24

really white all across the edges.

And it was almost like I needed to

2:08:242:08:29

take a second board up there just to

switch onto during practice,

2:08:292:08:33

especially,

2:08:332:08:33

Radzi Chinyanganya hosts live coverage of day two of the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea, beginning with the men's downhill skiing, in which Austria's Matthias Mayer bids to defend his crown from Sochi four years ago.

Russia also holds happy memories for British snowboarder Jamie Nicholls, who is hoping to improve on his sixth-place finish from Sochi in the slopestyle final.