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Everyone, clear the decks. Sit down
and watch this. Charlotte Kalla
becomes the Winter Olympic champion.
The defending champion is in a
wonderful position now.
This is the
Olympic spirit, this is what it is
Your Olympic champion is
Germany's Andreas Wellinger.
moment that will be historically
remembered by all in attendance.
Jamie, the disappointment. The hosts
have struck gold. All three of them
are out now. It is great skating
from Elise Christie. She is safely
through to the quarterfinals.
were the thrills, the spills and the
medals from day one and welcome to
the official day
medals from day one and welcome to
the official day two for the
Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. We
have the whole day ahead of us, and
if you stick with us, you are in for
an absolute treat.
We have curling coming up
from midnight with action
from the final session of the mixed
the rough and tumble
of the men's slopestyle.
Sadly no British interest but will
we see another Bloody Dracula?
If you have no idea
what I mean, join us at 1am.
And it's the women's turn
in the slopestyle as qualifying
begins from 4.30am.
No Katie Ormerod but Great Britain's
Aimee Fuller goes in that one.
If you were expecting the men's
Downhill, sadly it has been
cancelled because of the weather.
Now we have the Figure Skating.
If you'd like to get in touch,
please tweet me using
the hashtag #bbcolympics.
Our question to you...
"If you could be great
at any winter sport,
what would it be and why?"
For me, it would beat the Ski
Jumping. I would like to have the
guts to slide down and jump of that
building whilst looking like this
man here. I'd give you, Robert
Johansson. Look at his moustache. He
is preparing to fly of 95 metres
with nothing but gravity being his
friend as he uses the uplift, and
air resistance. He is pumped with
himself and there is not a single
hair out of place. That kind of
facial architecture, should get a
medal. He did get a medal himself in
the Ski Jumping. Now it is time that
the curling and if you are not an
expert, here is your own guide.
Curling originated in 16th century
Scotland and peered in 1924 when
Great Britain won the gold. The aim
of curling is to get more stones
closer to the centre of the scoring
area known as the house, than your
opponent. Sleeping is a key part. It
affects the distance and direction
as stone travels. Tactics are
crucial, retaining last own
advantage, known as the hammer. In
the events, there are four players
in each team and they curl two
stones each end. Only one team can
score per end and matches are over
ten ends. This year sees the
addition of mixed doubles in the
limpid programme played over eight
ends instead of the traditional ten.
And it is the mixed doubles
competition that is in full swing.
Here are the standings
going into the final
session of the round robin.
The top four qualify
for the semifinals with Canada
and the Olympic athletes from Russia
are already in the hat by virtue
of their head-to-head
record against the others.
Norway and Switzerland need to win
to seal their spots, with China
waiting in the wings.
And it is the mixed doubles that
we'll be featuring tonight,
as Norway take on China
and Jackie Lockhart joins us
from the Gangneung Curling Centre.
Jackie, what has the reaction been
for this debut at the Winter
Olympics in the mixed doubles.
catch me here live in the curling
centre. The mixed doubles has had a
fantastic result here. The Games are
exciting, the crowds are loving it
and it is Fast and Furious and I
think it is going down really well.
It is amazing to hear and we are
focusing on the way against China,
what can you tell us?
team need to win to keep their game
alive. Norway will go straight
through to the play-off competition
if they win. The Chinese team have
been playing OK.
been playing OK. Ba Dexin has been
shooting his lights out and the only
thing that has prevented them
succeeding earlier in the game, is
the fact that last player hasn't
quite often finished the Stone. It
will be interesting to see how they
After the 20 17th World
Championships, Switzerland were
undefeated, so I expected them to
possibly win this may be undefeated
again, what has happened to them?
could be just the pressure. You are
the reigning world champions and you
take at that, a lot of weight on
your shoulders. They have struggled
this week. They have won a few games
I thought they might not. They have
had to dig very hard. But let me
tell you, just one stone can make a
difference in this whole game and
that's the only difference. They
haven't been playing at their full
potential but they still have an
opportunity to win the game today
Yankey their hopes alive.
talk about Canada, their story to
this has been incredible. The fact
that silver medallist from the 2017
World Championships lost to them in
the Olympic trials, it is a kid to
2002 when Scotland beat Rhona
Martin's team when they worth the
team have two very good players.
Both of them won an Olympic gold
medal in the team game themselves.
Canada have taken this very
seriously. They didn't have a good
start but they are playing well. I
think they are the other team to
watch going into this last play-off
They lost their first five
head-to-head, its momentum important
in curling or can you turn it
Momentum is very important,
but the mixed doubles is very
dynamic and even if you are three or
four shots ahead, you are never safe
because you can win big ends in this
game. The way they play everything
into the four foot. I can see the
Canadians are gaining in confidence
and they are shooting their lights
out here just now. They will
definitely be playing like that
today. They are in a roll and they
are the ones to watch.
were you not to see a GB team?
Scottish team go out in Lethbridge
last year and I was there. We
watched the last game and it was
heart-wrenching. One shot, so close.
I am sure they will be back and we
will see Great Britain in the mixed
doubles very shortly.
Thank you so
much for your time, we'll let you
find your commentary position as we
find no against China. Your
commentator is Logan.
COMMENTATOR: this morning brings the
conclusion of what has been an
exciting round robin and we still
have five Nations in contention for
a semifinal spot. Two have already
qualified. Canada and Olympic
Athletes From Russia. It is an
exciting new format providing lots
of stones in play, every single end.
Unfortunately, TeamGB playing as
just mentioned. We will see them
back out on the ice in the team game
in a few days. But this mixed
doubles format, whetting the
appetite for lots of engrossing
curling action. My name is Logan
Gray and alongside me, four-time
Olympian and reigning world senior
champion, Jackie Lockhart. The teams
just being for this final round
robin session. Our focus is going to
be at the game between Norway and
This is how they stack up after six
rounds. Canada leading the way. They
lost their first game but rattled
off five in a row to be the first
team into the play-offs. What is
very clear at the moment, to be
considered for the semifinals, they
will have to reach a record of four
wins and three losses as a minimum.
If no way can beat China and draw
seven, they will qualify at China's
expense. The liner will be complete
for the semifinals. Jackie, welcome
back to the commentary bench.
you, yes, just rushed from the
platform. Should be an exciting
game. Both teams will be keen to
win, as you always are, but China,
to keep their hopes alive and the
least get a play-off position. They
need to win.
There is a look at the
results so far. Three extra ends for
China. Losing two of them. Good win
in their last two games, so maybe
momentum, making a run for the
play-offs. These are saying, perhaps
no way are the dark horses this
week. They have given some good
performances, the only team to have
beating Canada this week?
Canada in the first game and that is
when you want to catch Canada. They
are quietly confident, the
Norwegians. They don't look overly
confident, but they are throwing
some really good stones.
I think you
are right, they go about their way
quietly, get on with the job, make a
lot of shots and win games.
don't have two shout anything.
can have pre-positioned stones. One
of the differences in the mixed
doubles, we have two stones on the
centre line. At the moment there is
a red guard of Norway, protecting
the house and a Yellowstone of China
just up the back of their forfeit
circle. This is Kristin Skaslien.
Throwing first in the game. 50% for
the week. In the round robin, we
expect the stats to be slightly
lower than usual than the team
format, if you like. Just due to the
kind of higher technical difficulty
of the shots.
Good shot to start the game from
Kristin Skaslien. He is Wang Rui,
71% so far this week. Jackie, you
were mentioning it has been a mixed
bag and maybe it is those key shots
that need to be made by Wang Rui?
She generally has a very first good
stone, but she has to throw the last
stone and that has made the
difference to this Chinese team. She
has had a 50% record. It has been a
shame. I felt sorry for her, because
quite often it was only just by
millimetres she was missing shots.
It wasn't that she was playing
outrageously bad, they were so
close, but not coming. If you keep
the same practice routine and the
same mental ability that you use,
these shots are going to come after
Disses Magnus Nedregotten, the male
play of Norway, super stat, 79%, --
this is Magnus Nedregotten. Normally
the players will play two stones in
the team game, but in this format,
the first player just throws one,
then you have the middle player, if
you like, throwing three
consecutively before the first
player returns to throw the last
stone in the end. Kristin Skaslien
will play the first and fifth stone
of this end and Magnus Nedregotten
will play the second, third and
full, as will Ba Dexin, playing 73%
for the week. Jackie, this is the
first takeout of the game.
first takeout of the game.
five stones in play, you can hit a
stone out but we are playing with
Freegard rules, here, which helps
keep the game dynamic -- three card
rules. Not being able to take out
stoned early in the end means there
will be a few stones in play. --
take out stones. A game created for
its dynamics, I think, for audience
participation. I think it has come
across really well on the TV
coverage. Wright I think you're
right. I think for a lot of the
traditionalists in curling, the jury
has been out a bit around this
format but here at the Olympic
Games, I think there is no question
that mixed doubles is here to stay.
Definitely, the buzz has been very
good in the mixed doubles. I think a
lot of people wondered why there was
only eight teams participating this
year in the Olympics but I've heard
a rumour that they will potentially
be looking at 16 for the next
Olympics in 2022. I can see the
highlight of this, well, it has been
raised, the bar has been raised so a
lot of teams will be desperate to
get a position in that Olympic
It seems like a lot of games to get
through, Jackie, on top of the 50 we
have already got, another eight
sessions or something?
I think they
are going to put them into pools so
you would still have a schedule but
it would be a lot of work for the
ice technicians, that is for sure
but let's see how it goes. There's a
lot of permutations and scheduling
and planning has to go into place
before it all happens.
remember that the mixed doubles
curling started the day before the
opening ceremony, the first of any
of the events to begin here at the
Winter Olympics. That is just due to
the very extensive schedule that we
have over the two weeks.
43 games, I
think, we have the potential for
covering, Logan, which is an awful
lot of curling out there.
what? If they have all been as
exciting as what we have seen so by
this week, I don't think it will be
Not at all! We have had
some great crowds in as well so we
have -- it has gone down well with
the crowds here.
Norway throwing off
the guard and China have been
playing it off so far. It looks like
Norway may well be lying one at the
back of the button but a very close
indeed. Ba Dexin going to ignore the
guard this time and tried to play
around on to the red at the top of
the circle. A good look at the
sweeping technique of Wang Rui.
Going past the guard? He has just
caught it. There's an awful lot of
sweeping in this game, especially
when you only have one sweeper. You
have to be pretty fit to be playing
mixed doubles, I would say. It may
look simple to the person outside
watching it on the television but
they are putting a lot of energy
into this sweeping and your heart
rate will go right up and part of
the fitness programme is the fact
that you can recover very quickly
because you then have two come down
and sit on the black hack, there,
and managed to deliver very steadily
a pretty intense stone.
So Kristin Skaslien back in the pack
to deliver the last Norwegian stone
in this first end. Going to put the
guard back on exactly where it was
before. Jackie, these sweeping is
not just to keep your partner busy,
is it, give them something to do?
There's actually some scientific
reasons for doing it.
sweeper can help hold stones
straight if necessary and you will
see the sweeper changing from one
side to the other depending on the
direction, they can make it curl
more or go the other side and sweep
to hold it straight but quite often
you might see both of them come down
if they need to take it further. If
you have two really good sweepers,
you could probably in the mixed
doubles make it three or four feet
further than it would if you did not
have a sweeper.
have a sweeper.
That guard was not
exactly played where they wanted it
to buy Norway, drifting into the
house and you can see the Stones are
kind of lined up, there are, so it
could well be a chance for China to
raise the stones right up the line,
read on to yellow on to read, sort
of thing, and maybe get a point on
the board. -- the read on to the
yellow on the red.
She could do a
tap but she's going to do the shots
that you suggested.
The final stone
of the first end. Wang Rui trying to
get a point on the board for China.
Nicely done. Great shot by Wang Rui.
And an end that looked like it might
be a steal for Norway turns into a
steal, a point with the last stone,
for China, and I'm sure that'll be a
nice settler for Wang Rui who played
here in session seven, -- one and
played in the seventh session and it
is People's Republic of China 1-0
Norway. Just a reminder that there
are four games out here in every
round robin session. We are focusing
on the left-hand side. There's
another look at that terrific final
stone. Lots of moving on this one.
Sticking it right on the button to
get a point on the board. We will
try to keep you up-to-date with what
is happening on the other three
sheets that are out there. Finland
and USA on the second sheet,
Switzerland and the Olympic athletes
of Russia on sheet C and Canada
against Korea on sheet D.
against Korea on sheet D. So, with
China starting the second end this
time, having scored in the previous
end, they have to start the next
one, the repositioned stones the
opposite way round this time, a
Chinese guard out front.
Chinese guard out front. And a stone
at the back of the forfeit. This
will be be set up pretty much
throughout the whole game.
is the setup through the whole game
and the only time we will see a
change is if the team decide to play
a power play and that is when they
move the stones to almost in the
same position as they are, not
quite, but moving them across either
to the left or the right out on the
wings, and the dynamic side of the
change. The idea is the team with
the last stone want to try to keep
the forfeit open and hopefully give
themselves a chance of a three Toure
four, a big score, we have not seen
them successfully played out that
way this week but one mistake and
the whole end changes. Of course, as
much as you are trying to manipulate
the game to make it easy for you,
your opposition is trying to make it
difficult at the same time. You are
also playing against what their
tactics would be. Slightly tight,
there. She has popped the guard,
opened it up.
opened it up. Key point in this game
is having draw weight in your
pocket. All of the teams get a
practice before they come on to
start the competition itself, before
every game. They will be throwing
draw after draw after draw to know
what the draw weight is, draw
weight, touch back, come around, tap
backs and the big things for mixed
doubles as the angles. -- the big
thing for mixed doubles is the
Ba Dexin playing his first
stone of the second end. The 2017
Asian Winter Games gold medallist,
second position in the team game,
that is. This Chinese pair winning
medals in 2016 and 2017 in the mixed
doubles curling Championships,
silver in 2016 in Karlstad in Sweden
and bronze in Lethbridge in Canada.
He has taken that yellow far enough
in. We will see how much of it,
makes it difficult to remove both
There is the
Norwegian coach, a very good player
himself, played skip in the team
game for lots of years. I don't
think he plays quite so much these
days but an excellent player. This
Norwegian mixed doubles team are
very experienced, they played in the
last five world mixed doubles
championships together. Their best
result being a bronze medal in
Sochi, in 2015.
And I believe they
are engaged out as well. -- engaged
now. So they must be OK playing in
the same team.
I'm not sure I could
manage that with my wife! LAUGHTER
I'm going to get myself in hot
I think I would get by
P 45 pretty quickly.
These guys are
still in the honeymoon period. He
has cleared the front, there. I'm
sure we will see Ba Dexin... He has
the opportunity, actually, of maybe
tapping his own yellow and change
the lay of where they are lying, he
could catch the yellow behind and
bring it on to the face of the back
So both the Chinese pair are
Just going to rumble things around,
as you said, Jackie, and it improves
the angles. They will be able to
play some raises on those yellow
stones onto the bottom point of the
stone at the back of the button.
What is really good is that the
Chinese team are protecting the
front of the forfeit circle which is
the red circle you see in the
centre, there, and that is ideally
where they want to be. They want to
be controlling that. Norway have the
hammer and they have the last stone
but China have the opportunity of
tapping some of the yellows onto the
back red. It would need a helicopter
for Norway to get in, then.
So taking plenty of ice out here.
He's going to play an out turn, come
around, and anti clockwise rotation
of the stone.
Look at the release,
one o'clock and turning it back to
12 o'clock to make its been in that
clockwise rotation and ultimately
make it curl back towards the centre
of the sheet. Magnus Nedregotten
This is going to over
He was close to playing in the
team format this week as well, he
ran very close to getting a
Norwegian place and he has an
extremely high calibre curler. -- so
he is. They went to the World
Championships and beat Austria in
the qualifiers but I think in the
end the Norwegian curling
Association went for experience over
youth. The leader of the infamous
pair before of Canada, that coach,
multiple world champions in the
early 2000, coaching the peoples
Republic of China this week. He is
the national coach so we will see
him out there for the time-outs in
the mixed doubles and also for the
team games next week.
Ba Dexin, yellow onto the back. He
has played a lovely shot. It is just
sitting to the left of the centre
line. So an opportunity for Norway
to come down and sit right on top of
That there is exactly what they
wanted to set up with this one.
wanted to set up with this one.
stones remaining. He is wanting to
come right down and sit right on to
where we see the Olympic rings, on
the yellow in the house.
In the bottom corner of the screen,
we see a stopped clock running. That
is going to take a time between the
line from when the stone has to be
released. We are seeing around about
14 seconds to get the stones to the
tee line. Not struggling for weight
so much, but lining the inside.
is needing to take either more eyes,
it is difficult to say whether he
can lead the stone Prattley. -- ice.
, said Wang Rui, they are still
lying two shots but that is a
danger. She has either got to take
it out without catching any of her
yellow stones or she has got to play
God. -- guard.
Interesting decision. Weighing up
the option of lying for five against
potentially having two stones in a
much stronger position. Looks like
they are going to throw the guard.
If you make them, it is the right
shot, if you don't make them, it is
the wrong shot. We have followed
China couple of times this week and
she just hasn't been able to do it.
This will be the easy option for
Just scrapes over the red line
to get into the playing area. If the
stone was touching the line, it
would be removed from play. That was
a good sleep thereby Ba Dexin. --
With it being a really, really high
guard, the Norwegian team have the
opportunity to come down and they
should be able to get past the high
guard and get into the one foot for
the shot. We have seen a couple of
the shots pulling too much towards
the centre. Last stone
the centre. Last stone here.
126 feet to the end. With the guard
being a bit too long, Norway still
have the chance to get out of this
one. Still a tough shot.
played this very well. Yes they
have. Only just.
Fabulous shot by
Kristin Skaslien. That shot is right
up there with the bus. Just a score
of one for Norway. Both teams not
managing to make full use of that
last advantage so far in this game.
At this stage, it is 1-1.
A look at that fantastic last stone
by Kristin Skaslien. The high guard
was a bit of a nuisance. Trusted the
line and perfect weight. Great shot.
Elsewhere here in sessions as in, --
seven, Canada are still on fire, off
to a great start against the host
nation, Korea. 2-0 after two ends.
He is the first stone of the end
again. Kristin Skaslien seems to
have this shot in her back pocket at
the moment. Makes a good one.
Do you think it easier or more
difficult to have open and honest
communication with your fiancee out
on the ice, as opposed to just a
You do tend to say a lot of
things you wouldn't say to a
colleague. But you should both be
very clear on your dynamics.
seem to be very good at separating
their home lives and what is
happening on the ice.
happening on the ice.
It is a sport
where you have to know how your
colleagues are feeling, if they are
having a good day, if they are
having a bad day. Especially in the
mixed doubles, there is only two of
you, you have to be a good
partnership to make it work.
Likewise in the team event, it is
only for people. You have an
opportunity in the normal team
events, where you have got a buddy
who will pull you out of trouble.
There is less likeliness of that
here. There is nowhere to hide in
mixed doubles if you are not having
a good game.
We were talking at
breakfast about those days you can
have sometimes, where you just
cannot feel the weight. How
difficult it is to overcome that.
Huge part of this game is having
good draw weight and having it for
the whole eight ends of this game.
The team is also have the
opportunity, they can change the
dynamics if somebody is struggling.
They can ? not during the game but
after each end. You may want to say,
I am not finish this last stone off,
can I move and do the three stones
in the middle? Feel the comfort,
settle and then in the next end you
could go back. We haven't seen much
of that happening at all. But there
is the opportunity for the teams to
I don't think I have seen it
happen at all. Every time I have
played mixed doubles in the past, it
is something we have tended to do,
if things are going badly and we are
under the cosh at every end, we will
try something different.
the Chinese team, they should have
done it in game three when poor
little Wang Rui was struggling. On
the counter side are back, you have
got to believe your form is going to
come back. They persevered.
It is a bit of deja vu in the setup
in this third end. The second end
was very similar. The yellow wall
across the front of the house and it
worked out quite nicely.
they are commanding the front of the
forethought and that is exactly what
you want to do. A lot of eyes they
are taking, so it must be a big curl
from left to right into the centre
of the house.
of the house.
interesting to kind of understand
the different strategies of the
different teams. This situation here
looks like they will throw in
another guard. They are shutting up
shop already here. So trying to
block the path down onto these
yellow stones. In that situation you
might see a team like Canada try and
tidy things up and say, I am not
going to lose any point in this end,
I am going to make sure I can score.
But they are taking a much more
risky strategy here.
Ba Dexin, deciding himself he wants
to clear up the front. He needs to
get in and that is a good result
Maybe Norway will take a different
approach. Still lying short at the
back of the button.
Even if they put
a guard up, one would not be enough
to cover both sides of the two
yellows down there. Looks like we
will see him trying to move both
these yellows. He needs to catch the
one on the right quite thin and
catch the one on the left and push
it through the house.
heaps of weight at this one. Just
controlled weight which allows him
to jump up and sweep it.
to jump up and sweep it.
the top one, but he caught the other
and that is actually sitting very
That is a really good shot
by Magnus Nedregotten. We saw him
jump but as he throws the stone and
sweeps it. That is something you are
taught not to do in the team game,
It is, yes.
It is, yes. You have got
to be comfortable on the ice. The
conditions are good out there.
People watching will be thinking,
they have one slippy soul and one
gripper soul, how do they balance.
But it's not as slippy as you would
think it would be. There is a pebble
on top of it. Like every athlete in
their disciplined sport, they make
it look easy.
it look easy.
This is the final
stone at the end for Ba Dexin. Just
the one more to come after this 4-3.
-- Wang Rui.
Just an nice weight
here, catch the red and push it
through. Could have afforded to have
caught a bit more of the red and he
wouldn't have rolled so far to the
left. But he has the yellow stones
still sitting in front of the
Norwegian red, so difficult to
remove and not touch his own stone,
Looking a bit
precarious, that Redstone at the
moment, three yellow stones lying
about in scoring position. Just a
reminder, you don't get any points
for having the stones on the
periphery of the house, it is about
who is closest to the middle and how
many. Only one team can score in an
How's your Norwegian, Logan?
were doing some housework on behalf
of, getting the stone prepared but I
believe they're going to try to get
another one into the house and
freeze this side of the yellow
They have to
get it in because it's an easy
take-out at the moment for China, to
score as many as four. Already a key
shot in this game for Kristin
Skaslien. We saw a super shot to
finish the second end and they need
another one coming here.
It needs to be in bird shot
She's managed that. --
third shot position. They can't
cover all options and they've left
the option of the yellow that we see
Ba Dexin standing behind, raising it
to the red in the centre.
was to get in the third shot
position and not lined them up.
out count the yellow in the back of
the rings, there.
So she just needs to get the quarter
on the right-hand side of that
yellow, drive it back into that red
in the house, hopefully get a score
of two. These are the key shot that
she sometimes hasn't been making.
How is this one going to work out?
Just caught it to them.
Can you believe she has squeezed
that through there? Thinner, she
comes off her own yellow and makes
it an figure, she makes it.
been the story of a week.
In a game
the other day, she had shots for
four and she was giving up one, and
it is a five shot swing in just one
shot. A shame for Wang Rui, there.
Norway really get away with that,
they steal one in the third end to
take a 2-1 lead over China. Here is
another look. Just hit a fraction
more of that stone, it will go on to
the red but a bit too thin and clips
it, through the port between the two
stones. Only single scored so far,
here. -- singles scored. China with
one in the first end and then
consecutive singles in the second
and third, for Norway. There is the
scoreboard in the background that
you can see and also the clocks so
both teams have 22 minutes of
thinking time, basically, when a
stone is not running, the clock is
running instead. When players are
thinking about and deciding what
shots to play and preparing the
stones, the clocks will be running.
And once they have delivered the
stone, the clock stops so it is all
about thinking time and not about
the running time of the stone.
Introduced several years ago to help
teams who are playing a lot of
drawers against someone who is
playing it weights because the time
difference was making a big impact
on the game.
And of course we want
people to play draw shots and get
lots of stones in place so you don't
want those teams to be penalised. --
This is re-dynamic, if you
break it down, it is about three
minutes per end that each team have
to think and play these five shots.
There's not a lot of time. Quite
often we will see at the end,
getting to the latter stages of the
end, teams are rushing to finish and
that is when mistakes can get made.
I guess that is the whole dynamics
of why they have made the game so
quick and fast and brought it down
to just 22 minutes.
Peoples Republic of China, actually
playing well at the moment but we
have seen this all week, playing
really well but not getting the
results out of it.
Yes, they seem to
be controlling ends but not
converting it into points.
finishing it off and that is why I
find it really difficult to
understand why they have not change
I think Magnus has
overcooked that slightly.
again, behind the T-line and he
would have preferred to stop, angled
against the bed, the yellow in the
We can see five stones in place so
if China did want to play a
take-out, they can now. If they
decided to do that on any of the
previous shots, or removed one from
play by mistake, it would be
replaced. So Ba Dexin, I think,
trying to come down and rumble
things around a little bit familiar,
trying to free the red stone off the
So just bounces a little bit off,
there and opens up that stone at the
bottom once again.
One on the edge of the button at the
moment. Quite a nice pocket for
Norway to be able to draw one down,
Kristin Skaslien holding the brush,
the aiming point for the throwing
player. Not where the stone will
finish but it starts off on that
line, if you draw a line between the
player in the hack and the brush,
that is the line they will start off
on and then it will curl away from
there and into the middle of the
A lovely pocket of stones for
him to sit in front of and use them
for protection. It is a lot harder
for the opposition to hit it out,
then. He's really got to sweep hard,
be fully in the four foot, the red
circles. He's just come up light,
Seems to be struggling with that
side of the sheet.
Cutting a little bit of a frustrated
figure at the moment. There does
seem to be a lot of curl of that
Barry said, the outside sheet, the
barrier on the right-hand side and
sometimes it tends to curl a little
bit more when you are next to the
barrier. As opposed to on some of
the other sheets in the centre.
Another opportunity for Ba Dexin to
come in and control the top of that
four foot. This one looks a little
bit high at the moment and it's
amazing how much they curl when the
weight comes off them. Just once
this to stop on the T-line. It has
ever so slightly crept further back
and he is lying two shots, there,
but there is a great opportunity for
Norway to come in and sit a red
right between the two yellows and
that would be going anywhere. --
that won't be going.
You are right,
Jackie, if the two yellows stones on
the button were the other side of
the T-line you would say they were
in great shape but because they are
behind it, it allows Norway to come
down and rest against them rather
than have to move them to be in a
shot position. It really is a game
of inches. Magnus Nedregotten with a
great chance to retrieve a bit of a
for him to correct the wrong from
the stone before.
Just over corrected and that too
much weight on that and it is
sitting too far out. -- and put too
much. Real momentum swings in this
end. Both teams have had
opportunities to close it out and
neither have done so, so far.
neither have done so, so far. So Ba
Dexin with an opportunity, now, to
come down and sit on the four foot,
he wants to be there but he wants to
be high off the centre, one Foot
Circle where you can see the Olympic
rings, there, just sitting in front.
If he comes right onto the top of
it, it is looking into both of the
All about creating the opportunity
for you to finish it off. I am
surprised. This is a great example.
I'm not sure why he does not get
Wang Rui up in the head because he
places shots, comes out and ask Sir
to watch the line, edges her out of
He's got his elbows out and
everything in there.
look at that. But in that situation,
Wang Rui could be in the head,
calling the line all the way.
think you are absolutely right. Ba
Dexin has done that a few times this
week, comes up and almost barges are
out of the way and does the
She crouches down and does
what she is told. "I Will call the
One thing is for sure, it is
going to be a score for China, the
yellow played by Ba Dexin is in jail
and is never coming out. It is going
to be damage limitation here, for
Can she sit right on top of
the red, Logan, and out count more
than just one? Need to see the
They still seem to be decided what
to do from the other end of the ice
which can be quite difficult.
Generally the pattern of play would
be to decide what you want to do at
the end with the stones and then go
down and play it but still a lot of
discussion at the hack.
I think they
have played a few times down the
outside side of the sheet and it is
maybe what I to take. Oh, she's
going to play some weight at this.
-- what ice to take. As the
potential to move one of the yellows
out to the side. Actually not a bad
Kristin Skaslien has
done very well with the last stone
of the fifth end, fourth end, sorry,
for Norway. Just move them both
enough to lie second shot, I think.
Looks like it might be another
single, here. Difficult to see.
think the yellows are lying two,
people's republic of China are lying
two, difficult to see from the
camera angle sometimes, you really
have to be overhead, so an
opportunity now for Wang Rui to come
in with a turning in, clockwise
rotation of the stone.
stone of the fourth end, Wang Rui,
all the play has been done the other
side of the sheet so perhaps some
guesswork required but still a
chance to get one onto the edge of
the button and secure the multiple
score. It looks pretty close. Ba
Dexin trying to squeeze it. Great
He's done that very well. A
definite two. You have to be careful
when they are removing all of these
stones. One, two, and I think they
might measure for a third. No,
they've given up three.
shot by Wang Rui to put another one
on the board and you were right, it
was a three, the first multiple
score of the game. China now leading
Norway 4-2 at the half-time break.
If you have enjoyed this first half
of the game and you want some more,
we are going to be leaving you want
BBC One at moving over to the red
button for the conclusion of this
pivotal last game of the round
You can continue to follow the
action on the red button as we turn
our attention specifically to the
men's slopestyle final but before
that, Twitter. We asked you to get
in touch via the hashtag,
#bbcolympics and some of the
pictures are genuinely outstanding.
Case in point, Diane, who has
clearly taken inspiration from the
clearly taken inspiration from the
Norway against China and to need a
20 kilograms granite stone when you
can use a plastic clad kettle bell.
Note the attention, there is a
broom, she's gone for the corridor
curling option. Diane, I like your
style. This next one, everybody
loves a cute dog picture, and this
is Lindsay's .com Buddy who is Ray
confused by the luge and the speed
at which they seem to go past the
screen but Buddy, I'm glad you're a
fan. Last but by no means least, if
ever Michael Eddie "The Eagle"
Edwards ever needed a tribute act,
it would look like Adrian. I hope
everyone is watching the action in
that position because you must have
quads like Thor to maintain that
position. You are a hero and thank
you for taking part. Get in touch
via the hashtag, #bbcolympics. I
mention the men's slopestyle final
is around the corner. Qualification
happened yesterday and as ever, it
Here we go, Marcus Kleveland. Bomb
jump. 1440 to finish.
Nicholls, the first Britos free to
That is a lot lower than
I thought we would see.
I thought we would see.
McMorris, backside 14, treble.
absolutely nailed it.
Dracula, Rowan Coultas!
Oh, no, he's
He had all the
ingredients in the first run.
The disappointment else. Max Parrot,
currently sat in second place.
Something big, here, backside
triple, so playing it safe. Doing it
all wrong! 87.3!
Jenny Jones is down by the slope.
am so excited. I don't live you
noticed yesterday Max Parrot came
out on top. Normally
out on top. Normally would see
Marcus Cleveland. Shame about the
Brits, but this will be exciting.
All the BBC crew asking the
question, will we see another bloody
The double handed grab at
the end of his tail, so hopefully it
will be there. There will be some
stylish riding from these guys. What
has happened here today, we have
found the wind, as you can see, is
picking up so it is a downhill win.
That could affect them in going
really deep on the landings but I
don't think we will worry about
clearing the jumps today for the
Aimee Fuller said on
Instagram, she is ready to drop in
later today. When they are about to
drop in, what will be going to the
minds with the wind behind them?
They will have felt the wind in the
practice and it is going to be about
getting the natural dial in of your
body and censor your speed. As you
come to the Wales the rails, can you
feel the wind against you or are you
going faster, so have felt the wind
in the practice and it is going to
be about getting the natural dial in
of your body and censor your speed.
As you come to the rails, can you
feel the wind against you or are you
going faster, so had to slow down it
is like a battle with these teams.
Try to follow Marcus Cleveland,
sorry Mark McMorrisa and Max Parrot
because they will be on Marcus
Cleveland's tale. And he is the one
to beat, the best slope style rider
we have at the moment. He won the
gold two weeks ago. But Mark
McMorris and Max Parrot, few
outsiders will get in the mix.
outsiders will get in the mix.
White isn't even doing slope style,
he is focusing on the half pipe, so
is the field more open than what it
could have been?
Over the four years
we have seen amazing talent come
through from these riders. It is a
very stacked field. Mark McMorris
came in third in Sochi, got the
bronze. He had broken ribs at the
time. So that is really impressive
to have got that results. If you
look at Mark McMorrisa over the last
two years coming he has had some
horrific injuries. He has broken his
femur, broken ribs, massive crash
when he knocked himself out and was
in hospital. He is still here
competing today for this goal, which
I think is incredible. Marcus
Cleveland, everybody knows is an
amazing slope style rider. Max
Parrot is more known for the big air
events, but yesterday he put down a
great run. It will be challenging. I
don't think the fact that Sage is in
here, he has been retired for a
while, has any effect on how
exciting this is going to be.
it is time for me to hand over to
Tim, Edwards and athlete that didn't
make it through to the final, but
the most positive man in TeamGB,
How are you feeling, Jamie, the dust
I am feeling great
today, much better than yesterday.
Everything has sunk in.
response from the UK.
It is amazing
how much love and support there is
from back home, it is brilliant.
This is one of the most creative and
challenging courses we have ever
seen, not just that an Olympics. It
is made up of six modules. This one,
section five, two angled take-offs
that will play a role. In section
six, known as the money boot, the
big, last jump, where the big money
is one. You get a fantastic shot of
it there, you can see the blue
lines. This course is in pristine
condition. This is the start list...
Mons Roy 's Lynn and has a shoulder
injury, he might be out. What you
see looking at the start list, what
stands out is you have four
Canadians, four Canadians, Tim?
is incredible they have managed to
come through and bring all four of
those riders. Here are the judges
who are charged with picking apart
Six judges, panel one
will be looking at features one and
two and so on. Then three judges
looking at the overall impression.
How does the run all fit together,
this is a subjective judged sport.
60% of the score comes from
individual features. 40% comes from
overall impression. That gives us a
score of 100.
score of 100. The format is three
runs and it will be the best run
Flow is a very
important part. I held my hands up,
what we thought were judging
inconsistencies, but when we went
and analysed it and had a good look
at it, the judges are rewarding
slope. They want to see good
execution and the tricks done
perfectly. Good height and amplitude
on the tricks and they want to see
it flowing. They want to cede the
snowboarder is having fun riding
down, not changing speed too much,
taking the course in their stride.
First rider ready to go, Nicholas
Matson. The temperature is very
cold, -7 bursting. Winding up into
the gap about into the double King
Riding switch, backwards,
like writing with your
like writing with your left hand,
nobody doing the switch into the
need backflip into the tractor seat.
Integer number two. Just a little
bit short, the wind is still
gusting. Mostly crosswind. That is
one of the gifts when these riders
dropout is getting to see what they
do offer the knuckle of the job.
This'll be a score he will put in
the digital trash bin.
the digital trash bin. 270 out of
the lips slide on the top rail. The
tractor seat is part of the jittery,
but we found yesterday it was one of
the things that confuse us a little
bit. The scoring isn't a big
differential on the tractor seat,
it's not counting. Less than three
points difference between a bigger
scores and the lower scores on that
obstacle. So, 31 from the individual
sections, 7.3 of the overall gives
Niklas Mattsson a score of 38.40
three. The next
three. The next rider in is Seppi
Smits. The riders have these
brilliant internal speedometers. And
Seppe Smits in practice felt it
wasn't going quite fast enough.
first, front side boards slide was
textbook. He switched, backside 270
catching the rail between his legs.
My son composed between the rails
and he is looking really solid. This
is a nice tidy start from the
He is making it look very
slow. Almost double dip in that.
That was the second kick he
struggled on in practice. We have
seen two mistakes on that now. You
can see Seppe Smits is raising his
hands, the wind is howling out with
a second job. Lovely style on the
Such a shame, the wind got
him bad. He will take that one.
There will be a haematoma creeping
up on his head by the end of the
night. So Seppe Smits, the Belgian
will be relying on his second and
third run to find the best score,
but he is the current world champion
and he can ride on difficult world
Next in, one of the biggest
names in terms of anaesthetics in
snowboarding. There is the
competition side and then the
filming and competition side. We'll
see what he can bring here. You can
see nice, good flow through this
section from Torgeir Bergrem. Just
slowing down, not switching the
board around. 181, 360. Liberal hand
drag. Front side spin here.
Little square on the
landing. Just made it over the
knuckle. Get his money 's worth into
the bottom. Now, final jump. A
little reverb as he landed, he went
The judges will have
marked that. For the judges now and
we always say this, on a course like
this it comes up even more. The
judges are looking for an excuse.
The moment you offer them one, they
will take it.
Absolutely, such is
the level of snowboarding now, if
all these guys put their runs down
you would be splitting has. It would
be, I don't like the colour of his
Of course it wouldn't, but you
are right, the judges need an excuse
and that is it there. He shrugs, he
knows. I just want to go quickly
back to Seppe Smits's run. He was
lining it up perfectly, he is one of
the most experienced competitors?
is a consistent snowboarder and the
current world champion. It is such a
shame, when the wind is so strong on
the second jump, it is difficult to
play. He has another two runs, I am
sure he will get it.
Next in, the
first of the Canadians, the two
superpowers of snowboarder slope
style, Canada. Tyler Nicholson put
down a very nice run to qualify
The thing with the
Canadians, for spaces but probably
eight riders that could fill those
spaces. Eyebrows were raised when
Tyler Nicholson's name appeared on
the team sheet.
He is using the
easier, right-hand side of the
obstacle. Brings it back to the
middle with the double-click rail.
Getting a lot of bang for his buck.
You could hear him. The first of the
jobs, pretty straight, double cork,
really nice double Cork ten, left
the last 360 so late. Switch,
The same thing as
happened yesterday, bouncing out of
the front door of the nose.
happy penguin, he's gone down the
front of that and he will be fine,
maybe a bit of snow down his pants.
That is one of the most technical
tricks we see in the rail section,
if you isolated them as individual
It is the switch on the top
rail, the switchback.
Just a bit sketchy, he did not ride
the whole rail on the second feature
but the riders, strategy wise,
Jamie, it looks like Seppe Smits was
looking for a really basic run, a
foundation run. Do you think that is
what most riders will be doing or
will you see some just sending it
I think you will see,
especially like Cleveland, I can't
imagine him doing a mellow run, I
can imagine him sending it from the
start. He will be thinking, "I have
three runs and an opportunity to get
on the podium". He
on the podium". He will want it.
you know you got the firepower, why
not scare everybody?
might as well go all in on the first
Healy comes in his third
Olympics, one of the most stylish
snowboarders in the world, battling
some really difficult injuries back
at the end of 2016 but he has come
back very powerfully in 2018. He
looks so comfortable on this course.
He really does and pulled it out of
the bag and when we spoke about
flow, this guy is liquid
snowboarding. He goes down this
caused the same way a bowling ball
would, if you just let it go, it
would find a natural route and that
is exactly how Staale Sandbech
He's mixing it up every
time, we are seeing something
different every time.
Dean. Cranking the four full
rotations, not the cleanest of
And there is the style, a backside
180, tucking it up.
The slowest half
gap we have seen, switch 180 to
finish, the defending silver
champion putting in a run but not
Exactly what we
just talked about, are you going to
come out and lay down a marker, or
are you going to go berserk? Staale
Sandbech wanted to go berserk.
He got some pop out
He is so good at
snowboarding on everything, even
That is what he competed in,
half a foot long Mohican if I
Just not getting
the full rotation, there. There we
see the world's slowest switch 180,
that would have felt like time
standing still while he was up
It is so windy, you can hear
him saying it. Really challenging.
It becomes critical because the
experience of riders like Sebastien
Toutant, Seppe Smits and Staale
Sandbech comes to the fore. I tell
you what, low centre of gravity and
really, really strong, inertia could
played to Sebastien Toutant's
Backside 180 on and then
the wrong way backside 180 off,
chucking in the heave Ho and then
through the king. He's come off
earlier that will cost him, normally
such a strong rail rider.
normally really strong but he will
One of the few big
competition riders who as a
legitimate street part.
He is still
going for it, though.
12, well, no
more, it 11.30 six.
As soon as you
get the headwind, you can see it on
the flags blowing upwards, it is
What is phenomenal is the
riders are still rolling the dice
We saw yesterday
in qualifying, it was gusty, one
rider would have a run when it was
not so windy and that the next rider
would overshoot the jumps. Like you
say, they've got to roll the dice.
mean it is hard to control something
you can't control, like if the wind
is blowing and you just have to go
for it either way.
That is the most
important factor, isn't it? Everyone
is dealing with it.
Yeah, it's the
same for everyone.
I tell you what,
yesterday, Mark McMorris and Max
Parrot made it look like it was not
No, they just went for it,
didn't they? Put it down.
Toutant saying the same, all of the
riders are struggling with it. At
the moment, Torgeir Bergrem's run is
in first place but we have three
runs, if you are just joining us, it
is the first three runs and the
men's snowboard slopestyle final.
Next in, Red Gerard. He is one of
the only Americans do following sage
Koppenberg's footsteps. The
Americans are so powerful and half
pipe but they have fallen behind the
Norwegians and Canadians in
slopestyle. Red Gerard, the first
really competitive American rider we
have seen in a few years.
nice line from them. Huge front side
air up and overly hitching post,
more like a goalpost as you called
it, Eddie, really high, and then
through the king, 360 off, really
nice, really stylish. Oh, lovely.
Showing the control. Almost the
snowboard equivalent of the last air
Interestingly, he's started
sucking up, one of the smallest
riders so he will suffer with speed
Trying to keep as a
dynamic as he can.
Smart move, very
smart move, rather than trying to go
the whole distance over the top. He
did not even have enough speed to
get over that.
Such a shame! Most of
the guys already that have dropped
in, they have all felt it.
thing is, we sat in the commentary
box during practice this morning and
everyone was riding, there's speed
was there. I think the wind has come
The contest director has got a
decision to make very soon as to
whether or not they can carry on
What is the protocol
once the riders dropped down and
I've got no idea!
First jump off the skewed take off.
Switchback 12, he got it but he was
high on the landing, did not quite
get the speed.
The way the course is
designed, you've got to land the
first jump in the sweet spot, in the
right position because that is the
speed you need to take you over the
next two jumps.
surprise package, Carlos Garcia
Knight coming out of New Zealand.
Well, he is only a surprise package
if you have not been watching the
That is true!
rides, he's incredibly consistent.
New Zealand has got an airbag fitted
outside of the back of good runner
and Carlos and his team-mate Deanne
Collins were able to use that to
great effect. Love that rail trick,
so hard, going into the flat section
of the King. -- kink. A Miller flip
onto the centre of the track. He is
making this look really effortless.
Looking at the flags, he's almost
got a tailwind, he's gone really
deep into the transition. Second
jump. Huge backside 12. Wind
assisted through here.
12s yesterday, will it be that they
Oh, my goodness, first place,
the gods were with him.
in the wind direction and you can
see what has happened.
I tell you
what is fascinating, when you look
at the New Zealand slopestyle team,
they have almost completely rebuilt
it since Sochi and the talent they
have produced in Collins, Carlos
Garcia Knight and later, Zoe
Sadowski Sinnott in the women's is
phenomenal. But Carlos Garcia
Knight, say hello to the big-time.
This kid has announced himself on
the biggest stage.
Rocking the air,
the roast beef and chicken salad.
The little homage to the roast
dinner, that is the name of the grab
if you place your back and between
your feet on the heel edge, it is
called the roast beef grab.
landing, straight down, hardly
even... Look how much it means to
That will be a good score.
be really good, tidy run, really
good flow. Look at that, I 70s.
78.6, 20 points daylight, just shy,
19.8 between Carlos Garcia Knight
and Torgeir Bergrem. So the heat is
on. Time to capture the dream. This
man is the fairy tale. Road in Sochi
with a broken rib and still took the
bronze medal. He's had two
horrendous injuries, breaking his
femur in 2016 and his humorous, his
jaw and his ribs in 2017. But he is
still at the very top of the sport.
He has battled his way back. This is
the first three runs.
flow through the first two sections.
Really nice from him, then a huge
gap 270. Couldn't get it.
Absolutely. He will make this look
so easy now. So, switchback said
1260 on jump one, jump two, double
Cork front 1080. Three rotations,
upside down twice during that and
he's going for it. Oh, my goodness,
You could see the way the arms
open up on the last take-off, he
grabbed for everything he had,
tucked in and the first 1440 of the
finals has gone down.
Was this a mistake?
It's hard to
tell. I'm not sure, really not sure
because he has switched it up now.
That is a mistake, for sure.
It's worth pointing out
the gap is huge.
the switch backside 1260, holding
the grab for as long as possible,
which shows the judges just how in
control he is. A little touch of the
snow? The judges don't like that.
The frontside double. Locking the
I love how he switches
The front a double at the
moment is the setup trick, isn't it?
That is where he was going to push
it for the second run now he's got
it in the bag.
He could go for a
Frontside 1080 double
Cork becomes a frontside...
triple 14, and he did it before lots
Even with two mistakes,
look at the score.
75.3, he slots in
just behind Carlos Garcia Knight in
second. Now we come in for the
Norwegian, Marcus Kleveland. He has
ended three slopestyle contests this
year and won three slopestyle
contests this year. There is no one
in the world better than Marcus
Kleveland on paper.
You jinxed him
because he caught his tail as he did
the 270 do that. Did not seem to
affect him. Oh, and again! Do you
think he meant that?
The 270 out of
the box was new. That gap to the
Watch this, that is my
Nice butter, setting
him up, drop in switch now.
Switch backside 1080, just
tucking in for the wind. Having to
open up on the 1260 to stop the
rotation. Now speed is his friend.
Has he got the triple?
Has he got the triple?
1620! The biggest spin we have seen
so far at the Phoenix park. Marcus
Kleveland does exactly what Jamie
Nicholls called and he comes out
plans blazing first run. -- guns
Great shot from the
helicopter, there. Little mistake
which might affect his close call.
have a feeling the way he opened up
the carb 12, I think he was testing
for the 16. Like he did at the X
Here we go, switchback said.
Switch backside 1620, four and
a half rotations.
is getting put in perspective now.
We have gone up through the gears. I
thought we were in fourth gear
yesterday and we might get into
fifth. Now it feels more like we
were in second yesterday and now we
are in third or fourth. 77.6, the
mistake up top has cost him. Again,
we are getting a good indication
from the judges they are
prioritising cleanliness is next to
godliness. So Max Parrot, so many
people had written him off as a big
air riding was coming in, not to
make up the numbers in slopestyle
but possibly not to challenge for
gold but he proved everybody Robyn
qualifying yesterday. He was the
first place to qualify up and now he
has a point to prove. -- everybody
wrong in qualifying. Has been known
as a big jump rider but he has added
the rails and the course seemed to
Qualifying first yesterday
as unable to the luxury of dropping
in last and you can see hard way to
70. On the first rail. -- 270. Then
a backside 360, locking in the grind
and then 180 out, really technical.
Did not kiss the rail, got it
Playing with fire on the
rails and normally he would be all
over that but I don't think he will
have the speed. He's going for it.
Just coming up a bit short. He needs
to channel his inner speed demon
There you go.
It is a big
That was huge.
He went for the
triple, regardless but the speed was
not there on the start but he still
went for the triple.
He knew Marcus
Kleveland and Mark McMorris had made
mistakes and it was his chance to
really send it and get a score in
front. That is beautiful.
Definitely going for it which
is good to see in the first run.
Obviously the crashes where it gets
We have got a
competition on our hands, boys!
He's lucky to ride away
Glad he's OK.
that but one of the snowboard
journalist describes him as the
terminator! I think he's fine
landing like that to be honest. He's
made of stern stuff.
They have three runs. Those are the
leaders at the moment.
leaders at the moment. But the Kiwi.
I don't think he played it safe,
that was the run we saw from him in
qualify yesterday. He has the best
platform he can really start to
build and push this. Redmond Gerard.
Just 11 riders in the final today.
And the wind is certainly playing
its part. Snow temperature, minus
18. Wind speed says seven col
mutters, that is maybe the average,
the problem is it is gusting.
it said the snow conditions were
hard packed. I think that is South
Korean translation for bullet-proof.
There is not much give, is there
To be honest, I don't mind
You like it, don't you?
nice to ride on.
I don't know why.
How difficult is this course, we
have spoken about how good it looks,
but how difficult is it to ride this
It is difficult, but
enjoyable, it is one of the best
courses I have ever ridden. So much
fun and creativity and I love the
OK, finals run is about to
step up. We have talked about it a
lot, the judging is going to be
critical here isn't it? They have so
many options and you said you love
the rail sections but so many
options at the top. If it's not
working for you, how many of these
riders have the ability to mix it up
and try something else? Will we see
completely different rail runs if
someone lands what they want?
a big move to do something you have
not tried in practice already,
especially on the rails. They fit
like many other guys, obviously they
know the jumps, they write them all
the time and if they can do a trick
on the job likely saw Marcus
Cleveland, he was almost looking
like he was go and catch a ball. But
on the rails, because they are
different all the time, you have got
to practice those tricks.
We did see
little changes in the rails from
Mark McMorris and Marcus Cleveland?
I would love
to see him lock it in. He has the
ability to spin in all directions
and that is not something we have
touched on. The judges like this
either riders. You get penalised for
spinning in the same direction so
the judges like to see variety.
have backside and side. Inside you
open your body up to the front side
of the landing and them backside,
you turn your body on it. When you
approach the jump backwards, you can
open up. Switch frontside is when we
often revert it as. Named after
Niklas Mattsson, the first to drop
for the second runs. He has the
firepower on the jumps and is very
creative on the rails.
riding switch. Misses out a lot of
those features to get the huge
switch three Cisse 60 -- switch 360.
He is absolutely flying down this
course, speed is his friend here.
Here we go.
Frontside nine, whether
or not the wind played its part
Oh my goodness, that was
beautiful. He slowed back down and
realised how big he had gone. The
spatial awareness it takes to do
that. He is one of the quietest
riders body has the respect of
everyone because he has that
He slowed it down
by still grabbing. Some guys slowed
by opening up but he slowed down by
One of the things
that is very interesting, if we get
the skewed take of some of the
judges were talking yesterday and
they said even if those take-offs...
Here it is. Perfect. Little
handwrite, if you want to pick it
apart. I went freeriding, I say with
You chased him.
I chased him
back in January, his natural skill
is phenomenal, he is brilliantly
talented. As are all these riders,
but when you see it in the flesh, it
He needs to up that
900 and the second jump.
claiming it there, he said next one.
He needs to up that 900.
Smits, reigning Slopestyle world
champion hasn't made it over. He was
unable to make it over in his first
run so can he get rid of the who do
on his second run? He comes off the
rainbow early to catch a transition
with sets him up for the down well.
It gives him the speed for the huge
270 that we just saw. Off the
tractor seat. Very nice. Talk and
roll. Speed is your friend, you
cannot get hurt in the air. Switch
backside 1080. Gone really deep,
wind-up and is clearing it this
time. What has he got on the last
kicker? Light on the kickers, but a
really good, clean run. I would say
the cleanest we have seen after
Carlos Garcia Knight.
Very fair to
He lands very late on the rail,
that is the one standout but how
likely is he on these kickers?
is a replay of Niklas Mattsson from
the run before. The director
obviously likes the look above.
There he back again. So light on the
jumps, you are right.
The third and
final jump is called the money boot
for good reasons. When we talk about
the tricks, the higher the number,
the better it will score. We have
seen from Marcus Cleveland, 1620 and
he is three off the pace. He has got
to really step that up and a good
conundrum for the judges. We said
cleanliness was getting rewarded. A
fair score their the Seppe Smits.
Torgeir Bergrem, really damaged his
elbow early in the season.
He is the
Jimmy White of snowboarding. He is
there or thereabouts but has never
won anything matter.
He is always
top five material but he very rarely
gets on the podium.
Is he going to
prove us wrong here? Nice, you can
see him relaxing into this run.
see him relaxing into this run. One,
23, frontside 1080. Keep your eye on
the wind socks. There is three and a
half. 1260, he needs a big trick,
He wants to send
theirs. Beautiful, 1260 on the
finish. I think he could have taken
it to 14.
He definitely has that in
I think he will watch this back
and realise he missed a chance.
was a clean run.
It was very clean,
I think it was the most technical
run we have seen clean, start to
Yes, I think so.
I think the
first 1080 will be his let down.
Look at the height you get, when you
see them over the knuckle of the
landing. He opened up 270, wasn't
into the landing, plenty of time to
take that up, as you said.
Enjoying himself. There was talk
yesterday his qualifying run
contained the snowboarding
equivalent of the hand of God. He
got away with and under rotated
landing. Maybe a little light at the
top on the rails. See if we can
gauge that. Very tidy. Currently he
slots into third place behind
countryman, Marcus Kleveland. Carlos
Garcia Knight, the New Zealander
sitting very pretty at the top of
the standings. Is Canada's Tyler
Nicholson. Coming off an ACL injury
in March. It is a recovery that can
take anything between six and nine
months. The switchback flip side to
open the account.
open the account. Onto the double
Really nice. One of the
first we have seen to actually clean
the whole rail from start to finish.
Jump number one.
The judges will
have noticed on the kicker he didn't
use the skew, he used it almost like
a straight kicker. Manages to keep
his hands just off the snow.
Keeping it safe.
Seem to hang in the
air on the bottom 1080, three
He could have got a front
14 on the end, because he has done
it in practice. He is probably
thinking, get one down, then the
Score on the board.
run, everybody sounded a little bit,
second run feels like an insurance
Then they will be taking
their seats back within 28 days for
a full refund.
So, Tyler Nicholson,
boyfriend of the reigning Olympic
champion Jamie Anderson in
Slopestyle. She won the gold medal
in Sochi. They train regularly
together. Jamie will be in action
this afternoon. It will be a busy
day in the Nicholson, Anderson
The Canadian coaches, it
Jamie, interesting to see. He landed
the bottom jump, it was perfect,
grabbed perfectly. Into third place
with 76.41 but it is a heavy landing
and his hand slapped the snow. What
did the judges think when they see
It is hard to say. I don't
really know, it is a difficult one.
He wasn't keeping himself above the
This is style personified
when it comes to snowboarding. He
was wearing a thick jacket yesterday
but has stripped it down I think
aerodynamics have come into play.
has such good style.
requires to search up on that end
Really nice. Look playful he
is making this look.
He went a
little bit bigger first run. On the
pyramid through the bowl, but into
the kickers. This is where it starts
to count. Frontside 1440.
Huge 1260 at the bottom, so
frontside 14, back-to-back 1260s for
the man from Norway.
It looked like
he was wrestling an invisible bear
as he did the 1440 but apart from
that it was nearly perfect.
shame, we could have seen the new
leader if the 1440 had been cleaner.
Technicality compare to Carlos
Garcia Knight's run was way higher
but again we come back down to the
debate, Torgeir Bergrem did fall
foul of that, Marcus Kleveland, Mark
McMorris, all small mistakes but
more technical runs.
So much style
on the cab 12.
It was the fact the
cameraman was not very zoomed in,
there was lots of daylight between
Staale and the snow and you still
couldn't see the ground.
Try not to
look into his eyes, you will get
lost as we wait for the scores to
come in. He is a man never far from
a smile, you see him around
practice. Wow! Huge score!
Sandbech moves up into gold medal
position. Midway through the second
runs at Phoenix park. 81.01, just
ahead of Carlos Garcia Knight of New
Zealand, fellow countryman Marcus
Kleveland moving down into third.
Next up, Sebastien Toutant. So
This man won't have a
lot of room left in his sock drawer
for a gold medal but I tell you
what, he will definitely make room
for it, the veteran wants this. And
that is beautiful, over cranked.
That is a hard trick.
is a thing in snowboarding called
after bang which is the way you come
out of tricks and he just pops out
of the rails so cleanly.
Cutting quite a straight line on the
birds 1260 which he made looked like
a 900. -- on the first 1260. He had
to open up.
This is another
insurance policy run.
say that! Over rotating.
of time on that.
With the second
run, the wind is playing ball for
It is, there. The rails were
perfect. That is the 1260. Really,
really ripping it on the take-off.
You can see the board bending
under the grab, the Flex, how
strong, a vice like grip on the
The board wobbled as he let
Frontside triple that we saw him
do in practice but it slip through
That is massive from
Yeah, really big.
will know for the next one.
Sebastien Toutant currently sat in
tenth place has it all to do. If
third and final run to come. He is
certainly got the tricks but there's
no doubt about that whatsoever. It's
a question of whether he can lay
them down with his third and final
run. Second run here in the men's
slopestyle final for the American
protege, Red Gerard. Burst onto the
scene aged 11, with an incredible
video bar and he has slowly been
building to this point. We have
watched the boy become a man in
front of our eyes. This is the
biggest ST has faced yet.
the down bar. This rhyme really
nice, huge frontside grab over the
hitching post. Nice grind through
the kink on to tail slide and then
A tap with the nose, so
But it is stopping him debt
and he needs to keep the flow going
on this run, he needs the speed.
Switch backside 12 from him last
Switch backside nine.
doesn't have heavy enough bows to
make the speed.
He needed to take
off further up, the way the riders
get judged in comparison to that,
the first rider we have seen taking
off the said transitions of that
second kicker. -- said transitions.
He has hurt his back. But the judges
need to see the riders take off as
far back as possible. We saw it
yesterday, a frontside 540, going up
against your 1260 but you are only
separated by a point.
they are scoring side take-offs
quite well so if Eli is that, he
will be well up there.
He knew he was going huge, he
looked like he was still going up
when he finished the double.
Rewinding, trying to stall.
his back is OK.
He will be jarred,
for sure. Loosening his cavities.
Reaching for his ribs. Now the man
who was leading at the end of the
first run, he has just been knocked
off top spot. Staale Sandbech taking
over. Can he regain it? We saw the
run he pulled in qualifying but the
big question is, where will he go?
Yat back-to-back 1260s but add a
half rotation, it sets you in a
completely different way. Does he
have the tricks to roll with those
But I love he is performing
on the biggest stage and looks so
relaxed. Does not look like the
pressure is affecting him at all.
No, he's loving this.
I tell you who
will be loving it? All of New
Zealand will be going berserk!
into the first jump.
Using the angle
of the take-off to fire him back
into the centre of the landing.
Front-end. Oh, backside five, quite
unsure, there, the wind playing
The internal speedometer was
not registering where he wanted it
but he is boxing clever. He's had to
write the run off but you could say
that is fair because everyone else
on the first run got really done by
the wind and it looked like he got
away with it.
It is almost like
Giving one run to the wind.
That is a tongue twister!
can see on the flag as he takes off.
There will be nervous now though
among the top three, when you start
looking at Marcus Kleveland, Max
Parrot and Mark McMorris, if they
think the wind has come back up, all
three of them suffered from the wind
You saw it perfectly in
the back of the shot, that Winsock
was fully horizontal, fully
inflated, straight up the course. --
52.98, Carlos Garcia
Knight, taking down his first run
He needs to clean up
this run and you should see a
considerable hike in the scores.
What he's doing is good. Oh, really
nice. So difficult. Tail slide 450
and then kind of a wrong way air to
normal on the hip.
uncharacteristically sketchy at the
moment. It is always so perfect with
Mark McMorris, we are used to seeing
it flow for him and it's not at the
moment, looks like he's forcing it.
The alley up, spinning against the
direction of the skewed kicker.
Front treble, well held.
Now the back treble?
Oh! Anything you can do, Marcus
Kleveland, I can do.
do it better but he can do it.
up to his game, you are right,
Jamie, in the first run, he's got
in, turned the corkscrew, up the
second and third jump from the first
But what is happening? I think
Mark McMorris is really struggling,
focusing on the kickers which is
affecting his rail line.
He came off
the rail early last time, that is
not perfect but he got to the end.
It seems like the top rail has
changed from yesterday, if he did
the same top section as yesterday
and did that again, it would be a
That is one.
jobs were flawless.
caught on the first one. That is
This is the landing we have to
Just gone past but he held
I think he has got
some kind of Cranborne on his --
book on his heel edge.
1620, for the month and dads out
there, it is first place, 85.2.
that is a good run but he could
still clean it up even more. There's
Definitely, there were
so many little issues with the rail
section, certainly the kickers
looked really good and there was one
sketchy landing but the rails were
The first one was nice
but definitely, the others need
Canada and Norway going
toe to toe for gold at the moment
and it continues as Marcus Kleveland
stand at the top of the course. He
learned the double cork at 11, the
triple core at 13, was the third
person to land a quad core at 17. --
Cork. What has he got for us in this
270 on and off, little
mistake, aleey-oop on that, the flow
school will be through the roof
after that section. Looking good so
far and does not seem to be affected
by the pressure. He is absolutely
drinking this in.
Oh, he's gone! He's gone! Is dropped
We so rarely see this. He was
going for his little shifty trick on
the end of that 540, wasn't he?
I love that.
It shows the wizardry
that Marcus Kleveland is capable of,
we often see him doing enormous
beans but when you start to slow
things down from you get magic like
that. Let's pull this about. That
big gap to the down rail.
backside 1080, that was obviously
supposed to be a 1260 but from the
take-off, just did not have the
speed. Just was not there. And you
saw the Winsock again gaping like a
-- wind sock. Like
Red Gerard is one of the smaller
riders in terms of physique so he
does not have the inertia. Mark
McMorris, looking very happy at the
moment but one rider left to drop in
the second run Sturm at Phoenix
park, Max Parrot. -- second runs at
Phoenix park. The man dubbed the
Terminator. He won X Games big air,
didn't even make the finals of the
slopestyle two weeks ago, but
qualified first here for the
Lip slide on the first
rail, throwing his board up and over
the rail, very difficult to do, to
not catch the board on the rail as
you do it. Really technical, the
judges will like that. 360 off the
bar, looking very clean in the rail
sections so far. First of the jumps.
There is Warne, there's two,
Wow. There is that triple
Oh, now absolute carbon copy
of the first run!
He just does not
have the speed, there. Oh!
like he would have because he went
so deep on the first one and had
good speed, there.
It was a good,
solid landing but tucked up as soon
as he came off the kicker.
he needs to pull in his legs a bit
more on the end of that frontside
The rail is perfect, pretty
That Condor set up trick.
Rodeo nose grab.
He rode it right
off the top corner, as well.
getting as much power and height as
he can out of the kicker but it does
not look high.
He does not get the
pop on it, it is such a hard trick
to get the pop on and to do that,
you've really got to explode off the
lip. Really pop with your legs and
he's not getting it.
He works harder
than anyone, though. He practices
longer and he is such a
perfectionist. Do not write off Max
Parrot. Still one run left at the
men's snowboard slopestyle finals.
Mark McMorris currently in Gold
medal position. Staale Sandbech of
Norway in second and Carlos Garcia
Knight, the second-place qualifier,
rounding out the top three. It will
be a cool head for him. I think he's
just 18. It is an incredible
position for him to be in at the
moment. Sorry, 20.
If you are watching this and
expecting to see the men's Downhill,
it has been postponed. It will go
out on Thursday. Do not despair,
there will still be an Olympic
downhill. The fans here in Phoenix
Park, really enjoying themselves.
We've had an incredible show so far.
The superpowers of snowboard
Slopestyle going toe to toe. Former
regions and for Canadians battling
it out. The depth of talent, Jamie
is amazing? Yes, they are all going
for it and it is good for the sport.
Tim, you were in Sochi four years
ago, how far has this sport
progressed in the period since?
has taken huge strides. When you
think back to what we've seen the
emergence of triple quartz. Now they
are a staple part of everybody's
run. It is back-to-back triples,
1620, in the big air a couple of
weeks down the line, I hope we will
see Quad Court, going upside down
four times in a rotation. The sports
of snowboarding is rising. Whether
it is because of the Olympics,
whether it is alongside the Olympics
or what? It doesn't really matter.
It is undoubtedly because of the
Olympics. I believe in every Olympic
cycle since snowboarding arrived at
the Olympics 20 years ago in 1998,
we have seen progression accelerate.
The Olympics have driven progression
in the sport. Certainly in terms of
gymnastic aspect. But what is lovely
to see, when you look down there,
Staale Sandbech, he is so aesthetic.
He will not do a trick unless he can
make it look good.
Also because a
lot of these big tricks to be done,
to apply the physics to them to be
able to spin around four times and
go upside down three times, they
have to be done a certain way.
Riders end up grabbing the board in
the same way, releasing at the same
point and looking the same. But
Staale Sandbech, he will do anything
unless he can do it his own way.
Sage Koch and Berg did an incredibly
technical trick but it was the hand
grabbed he did within the trick that
made it stand out. You have the mute
grab the front hand between defeat
on the toe edge and it is the Ford
Mondeo of Snowboarding grabs.
is the best way for these riders to
mix things up. I was disappointed
not to see Kyle Mack go through
He has some really
creative grabs. He is doing the
The Lamborghini of
grabs. Grabbing both hands on the
tail and pulling it up so it is
dislocating your spine, it is a
thing of beauty. There was a bit of
chat in Sochi, about the judges and
what they were going to prioritise.
What we ended up seeing was judges
rewarding creativity and it is one
thing that has become a staple part
of snowboarding judging and the
course building, they want to see
OK, you can see a packed
house here at Phoenix Park. In the
background you have the moguls
course and just behind that is the
aerials jump and
aerials jump and under is the
halfpipe. We have kicked things off
with men's snowboard Slopestyle and
that medal will be decided in the
next 20 minutes.
next 20 minutes.
I really like that.
If you are interested, the
temperature is -18 and the air
temperature is minus 13. The
qualification yesterday was
uncharacteristically warm. You guys
trained in -20?
The first day was
-20 and then it started, each day
leading up to qualifications,
getting warmer and yesterday was the
warmest day. Now it is freezing
On its way back down. Niklas
Mattsson will be the first rider to
drop in the third and final run. He
did call it, he said he was going...
Carlos Garcia Knight.
They have a
little reshuffle, they drop in
reverse order of the standings so
Mark McMorris, I believe will be
afforded the luxury of dropping in
Carlos Garcia Knight, the
manual are watching now, stood there
with the New Zealand coaches.
You can even, just do it like the
first run. Wise words. Those guys
will be so excited and desperately
trying not to show it at the moment.
Don't show it on the outside. Couple
of inches away from a medal but with
this level of talent, nothing is
given at this stage. Marcus
Kleveland, currently sat on 77.76
and has so far to go. The only rider
here legitimately landing quad
are right coming he has so much more
to give. So much further he can go
with it. However, has he been in
this position before? He is in
uncharted territory. All of a sudden
he finds himself in fourth position
and he's thinking, I have got to do
it now, the pressure is on.
that shot, Max Parrot on the
chairlift. Chilling out.
chairlift. Chilling out. For me,
Marcus Kleveland has been high
school. Not just in the build-up to
these Olympics, which he has, he has
had a little show Billy two game of
show and tell. Came second behind
Max Parrot in the big air, but that
preparation aside, his career, he
has been so low-key about all of the
world's firsts he has had. He has a
tiny resort and he can get them to
build anything he wants. He is a
very unusual rider?
He is very
talent, I think he is a wizard on a
snowboard. He can do anything he
Mark McMorris, the Canadian.
Mark McMorris, the Canadian.
see the wax worker there on Mark
McMorris's boards. How difficult was
it for the techs to get the waxes
right for these snow conditions?
It's actually - I think for them,
it's easy to get the wax right. But
it's just whether the wind's there.
So there's nothing you can do about
that. But the boards seem to - for
me, my board was running absolutely
perfect, and the snow conditions
haven't really changed. So it's just
cold snow, so hard wax...
people talking about, ah, ice burn
on the bases...
Yeah, my edges were
really white all across the edges.
And it was almost like I needed to
take a second board up there just to
switch onto during practice,
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