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Day 2, Part 3

Live coverage of day two. Britain's Andrew Musgrave bids to climb the podium in the men's skiathlon. Action also includes snowboard slopestyle, ice hockey and speed skating.


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Hello, and welcome to our balcony

here at the Pyeongchang Winter

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Olympics for day two of the action.

Day one brought the first medals of

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the games, excitement, drama and a

bit of GB disappointment but

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ultimately it was a great start. Day

two will have more of the same.

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Unfortunately the weather has proved

a bit of a problem today. The

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temperature has fallen dramatically

and the wind has been a real

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problem.

It meant a postponement of the men's

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downhill and super-g skiing which

will take place later in the week

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and the cancellation of the women's

snowboard slopestyle which was

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including Aimee Fuller for Team GB.

That will run as a straight final

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tomorrow but we do have plenty to

keep us warm today. I'd like you to

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let us know what you are up to. Tell

us who you are looking out for, who

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you are watching and what events you

are really excited to see. Use the

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hashtag BBC Olympics. We will start

our BBC Two coverage at the Alpensia

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Cross-Country Centre where the two

Brits are in action at the

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skiathlon. Team GB's real medal hope

Andrew Musgrave is among them. From

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the Huntley Nordic Centre in

north-east Scotland committee comes

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in with a real chance of a medal.

We had a disappointing Olympic Games

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in Scotland, he felt that he

overtrained but now he feels he is

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at his peak. Graham Bell went to

meet him as he prepared for

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Pyeongchang.

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Pyeongchang, your third Winter

Olympics. What have you learned from

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Vancouver and Sochi?

When I first

went to Vancouver, I was still a

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junior. I wasn't that experienced. I

was definitely going to find out

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what the Olympics was like. I went

to Sochi, and I did slightly

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underperform compared to how I

thought I should be able to do. But

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I've learned a lot, especially after

Sochi about peak form, dealing with

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pressure, things like that. A lot

more experience going into these

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games compared to last time.

You won

the Norwegian championship is ahead

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of Sochi. That got you a lot of

press. Did it put extra pressure on

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you ahead of Sochi too?

I think I

was affected by it. I trained

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digital too card, did a little too

much in the lead up, I let things go

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to my head. It's one of the things

I've learned.

And in Sochi you said

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you skied like a tranquillised

badger. Why a badger?

Is a good

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question! It was the first thing

that came into my head, I was so

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annoyed with the race, I was never

going to be a favourite for a medal

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but I should have done better.

The

guy that you beat, just weeks

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before, won the gold.

He was too

good on the day, what a spectacle! I

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outperformed myself on that day, if

I did the same in the Olympics I

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could have been there fighting for a

medal but now I feel I should be

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able to be at that level without

having a super exceptional day.

And

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what of the British team have that

gives them an advantage over the

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Norwegians or the Swedes, or the

Russians? What gives you an edge?

I

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think the fact that we are a small

team. Sometimes it is a disadvantage

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but sometimes it can be an

advantage. We look at things

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differently, we come from a

different background. Big teams,

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they do the same things but they

have always done. They have a big

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structure and it can be hard to

change. We can come in and think of

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things we've done differently that

may have worked, that they'd never

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thought of trying.

It's looking good

for Pyeongchang. Which disciplines,

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which events, are you targeting?

The

15 kilometre is a skate race. That

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will pretty much be my main event.

The 30 kilometre is a combination of

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classic, the first 15 kilometres

classic, then the next 15 skiing. I

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finish my best style. Those two

races are the ones that I am

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targeting.

And what are your hopes

and expectations from Pyeongchang?

I

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was forced into the World

Championships last year, I feel I'm

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a better skier this year than last

year. This year is realistic for me

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to be fighting for a medal in the 30

K and the 15 K. Bring home a medal,

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that is the goal!

We are not far away from the

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skiathlon at the moment. Andrew

Musgrave and Callum Smith of Team GB

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going in that. Rob Walker is our

commentator for the cross-country. A

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little earlier this week, I went

with them to the Alpensia

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Cross-Country Centre for him to look

at the course in his own special

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way...

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This is the main arena for the

cross-country skiing here at

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Pyeongchang. A total of 12 gold

medals will be won here in one of

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the Winter Olympics most gruelling

sports. I'm just waiting for Rob

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Walker. He will do a bit of a run

around with me... What are you

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doing?

I'm off!

But... What? It is

-16 degrees out here, I'm not doing

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that! I'm off to get some transport!

# Keep on running... #

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I'm nice and warm, I don't know

about you, but we do have British

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interests who could do good stuff

around the slopes.

Annika Taylor is

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competing for the first time, Callum

Smith is back for his second games,

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and Andrew Young is back for a

third. We have the rock star Andrew

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Musgrave and there is so much hope

and expectation. We do need to be

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careful. We shouldn't be hanging a

medal around his neck but the fact

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that we are even talking about him

being a potential medallist shows

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how far he has come and what he's

done to raise the profile of

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cross-country skiing in Britain. I

really hope he gets a medal. We are

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looking at at least one top ten

finish and it would be fantastic.

It

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would be amazing but it is cold. You

are shivering. Will we check out

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more of the course? And you go! Are

getting my transport, shall I? -- I

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will get in my transport, shall I?

# Keep on running... #

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Go on, Rob!

This is a real example of some of

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the steep climbs, and the steep

descent switch up in this race.

This

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is brutal! You can see the gradient

now. They make it look quite easy.

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This may not look very technical at

the moment but there is a very steep

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downhill section. There will be some

tumbles because as they try and

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coming towards the finish, there

will be jostling for a position.

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That is why it is so good to watch.

You should we watch out for?

The

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Norwegians, this sport is in their

blood. As far as the men are

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concerned, Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo

has won nine of 12 World Cup races

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this season. He is 21 years old and

even the Norwegians are staggered by

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what he's doing on the World Cup

circuit. Surely he will get his

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first Winter Olympic gold, even a

second or a third? As far as the

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women are concerned, there is a lot

of excitement surrounding Marit

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Bjorgen, competing in her last

Winter Games. She is in decent form

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and will be keen to go out in style.

Cool!

What was that? I've just been

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having a cup of tea! How was the

cause?

Older than I am used to. I've

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been a club runner and a fun run

since I can remember. -- older. I've

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never run anywhere as beautiful as

this. It is absolutely stunning

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here. Stunning. I can't wait for the

start.

There's not much I had to say

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about that! Incredible for Rob

Walker. Now he's in the commentary

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box alongside Ollie Williams.

All I can say, Polycom is I hope for

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your sake his trousers are on!

We

are all good! You should see the

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amount of attention he got from

Norwegian journalists for that, they

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loved you, Rob, didn't they?

They

thought I was crazy but if you

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cannot do cross-country skiing, it's

the best way to get a taste of the

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hills and how tough the course is

going to be. Welcome to our second

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medal.

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If this race is half as good as the

women's skiathlon from yesterday, we

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are in for a treat. Double the

distance the women did yesterday,

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this was -- they did 15 kilometres,

this is 30. Four circuits, in the

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classic style, then four in

freestyle, that is Andrew Musgrave's

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favourite technique. It is

understand rumours grow for we will

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keep an eye on. There are a host of

world-class men who are all out for

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a slice of Winter Olympic history.

We have touched on Johannes Hoesflot

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Klaebo. The 21-year-old, without a

doubt, is the sport's new sensation

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this season, picking up the mantle

from the greats before him. If

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Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo wins today,

he will be breaking a record that

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has stood for 30 years. I should

mention as well here's compatriot,

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the 33-year-old master of

consistency in the skiathlon, hoping

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to build on a bronze medal behind

the defending champion here in

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fabulous form, Dario Cologna.

Winning a record-breaking fourth

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toured a ski. Magnificent when he

won four years ago. But the new rock

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star of cross-country skiing is

Klaebo. A lot of people are very

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excited to see what he can do. Four

podiums this year for Maurice

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Manificat. His third games. 84 years

ago. But Dario Cologna is bidding to

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become the third man to successfully

defend the title. In the old days,

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skiathlon was referred to as the

combined pursuit. It is the ultimate

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test of all-round cross-country

skiing ability. Here is the

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line-up... Wearing bib Number 10,

Andrew Musgrave. We are so excited

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about his chances here. Ollie, I do

think that we need to be realistic.

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The last two World Championships

committee has been in 12 and 11. He

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is going to smash the best

performance ever by a British

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cross-country skiing, 29th in Sochi

four years ago. Now we know he has

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come to terms with being prepared

for a major event. He missed the

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medal in the 50 K last year. A top

ten or top 15 would be superb here,

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bearing in mind his best event is

coming up in the 15 kilometre on

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Friday?

That's the point, he isn't

focusing on this event. If he gets

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into the top 15, even the top ten,

he will be doing very well indeed to

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get that far. This is good

preparation for what is coming up

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later this week...

And we just saw

Callum Smith's name, he went to

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Huntly. For an open day of training.

He was bitten by the bug, a graduate

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in chemical engineering. Full-time

now in Lily hammer. Here come these

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Herculean man, ready for what

promises to be about one hour ten

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minutes, one hour 15 minutes of

enthralling drama. Alex Harvey wears

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bib number four, hoping to become

the first male Canadian

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cross-country skiing medallist in

the Winter Olympics. He set history

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a few years ago, winning the team

sprint gold in the championships in

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2011. Farcical comes first and

Harvey has stayed at number one.

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Klaebo there. Harvey has said in a

press conference before the games

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began, he thinks the Norwegians, not

necessarily the likes of Klaebo, but

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number seven

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number seven Krueger, and the number

five Holund, will be able to skew

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them out their legs. Maurice

Manificat is back for his third

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games.

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games. There is the toured a ski

champion, Dario Cologna, so good at

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picking out the right time. Alex

Harvey there, a podium in three of

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his last four World Cup races. They

skiathlon bronze medallist back in

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the Worlds in 2015. Hans Christer

Holund, and in the Lillehammer

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skiathlon he was third. He had

Achilles' heel surgery ten years

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ago, now he is in top form. And what

about Martin Johnsrud Sundby? Bronze

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four years ago, second in the World

Championships last year. He has

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described, by the way, his

compatriot is almost embarrassing,

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Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, he is that

good. Simen Hegstad Krueger is

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rested, his first games. He has not

raced since December. Then, Iivo

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Niskanen, his sister was 60th in the

women's skiathlon yesterday. --

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16th. A good representation from the

French, in his fourth games, we have

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Jean Marc Gaillard. Then Andrew

Musgrave, proudly representing

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Huntly and Great Britain. Can he

produced the greatest performance

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we've seen from a British

cross-country skier? We all hope so.

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The First Event In The Men's

Cross-country PROGRAMME.

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They are and this is a race we have

been looking to for the last few

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months, bearing in mind the form of

some of the best in the world.

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There's so much history on the line

for so many competing here today.

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Dario Cologna is hoping to become

only the third man to send the

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title, Johannes close the club,

hoping to become the youngest ever

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champion.

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champion. That was Krueger who fell

there. The good news from their

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perspective is that hopefully the

pace would be too fast, they will

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have an opportunity to get back.

That's Krueger who was fresh and

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arrested for these games. Let's see

if we can get another indication as

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to what happened. -- he was fresh

and rested.

It is Krueger who goes

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down first, you have got Andrey

Larkov and Denis Spitsov. You're

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essentially on top of each other,

number 11, Andrey Larkov, going into

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the back. But if you have it happen,

have it happen now when you have got

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an hour of skiing left and you can

get back onto the back of the pack

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and make your way back on. It's too

early for that to be a race ending

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incident but that will unsettle

someone like Krueger who needs a new

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pole already, and your race plan is

out of the window.

That's especially

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relevant when you bear in mind what

Alex Harvey was talking about before

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the race, saying that he thought

Krueger was going to be one of the

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classical ski specialist who would

really force the pace. Well, he has

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got some work to do to get back

onside with the likes of even this

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can. For a split second I thought it

was Andrew Musgrave. -- he is

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was Andrew Musgrave. -- he is behind

the finish rider.

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It is not just Krueger who was

looking to go out hard early on, it

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was people like Hans Christer Holund

as well, and he now does not have

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that person beside him. Because if

you can make a break and get away

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from Klaebo, amazing young all-round

athlete, you got to hope if it's a

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sprint at the end, then Klaebo will

be the man who wins it. You need to

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break away.

The cat is 18 seconds at

the moment. Simon Alex Tait

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-- Simon Hickey at

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we will keep an eye on whether he

can close the gap. He is meant to be

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sharing pacemaking duties with Hans

Christer Holund, and Klaebo has been

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quite happy to... Another for live

there, the Lithuanian. Just coming

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on stock on the -- coming off on the

corner. It is very cold today, it

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was -16 when I was going around

jogging, and these men are going at

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peak capacity. It's very, very cold,

by far the coldest day we have had

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in the last five or six days.

Yes,

-16 or 17 on the back of the course.

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The other athletes did well there,

Callum Smith from Great Britain also

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fell as well and did very well to

recover quickly and get back up.

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It's cold and windy. You have got

ten miles an hour wind, that's not

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going to help people get away in the

front.

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front. It's good to be harder to get

off the front and try to break

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Klaebo.

A reminder, it's four

circuits, 3.75 kilometres in a

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classical technique when they stick

to the tracks and then they come in

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for a pit stop before they change

skis. Then they will be skiing

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freestyle, that's the discipline

where Andrew Musgrave becomes most

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comfortable. When he was 11th in the

world champions last year, he was

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the 22nd fastest on the classical

half and the fourth fastest on the

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freestyle. So if he's there or

thereabouts at halfway, then maybe,

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we could see something very special

indeed. But Iivo Niskanen not

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hanging around, deciding he wants to

take it on. Maybe you has realised

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that one of the two men who would

argue "Push the pace on the

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classical half is off the back. At

the last checkpoint he was 18

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seconds adrift, we will keep you

posted how much closer he is.

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I think that's Krueger has had

replaced the Dutch trucker I think

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that Niskanen has had to replace the

Norwegian athlete. He is only young,

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26, he does not have a skiathlon

background. He is more 15 K, same as

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Andrew Musgrave. He maybe feels his

only chance is to get off the front

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and bring a few other people with

them. They need more than two

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people, you cannot hang at the front

for 30 kilometres with two skiers.

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They need to get a few more if they

want to make an impact.

Meanwhile,

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Niskanen taking on the pacemaking

duties at the front with Hans

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Christer Holund behind him. Andrew

Musgrave is around seventh or

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eighth, certainly up to the group.

And it interesting that Dario

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Cologna, we have not spoken about

him because we have had the falling,

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he is nice and steady, ticking along

in third place. Andrew Musgrave top

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ten. Which excites cars, from a

British point of view, but we are

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not in control of the images so if

we don't see him, or he drifts, we

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will try and update you as much as

we can as well as updating you on

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Callum Smith. But Niskanen leads at

the moment. And even though it's

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bitterly, bitterly cold, this is a

long way for these men, respecting

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the fact that the hydration needs

are very much there. The golden rule

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in any sport, if you get to the

stage of being thirsty, you are

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already dehydrated.

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Andrew Musgrave just disappearing

underneath this great shot and there

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he is the right of frame wearing

number ten, behind Alex Harvey, the

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Canadian. It really is an absolutely

stunning course, this. When you walk

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or run up the top of the first hill,

it's a breathtaking vantage point.

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Klaebo is two seconds behind but

nothing to read in that. He's right

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there. The more important deficit

will do that involving Krueger which

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was up at 18 seconds after he fell.

It's now about 27 seconds. So there

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is essentially one big pack of

athletes. You could see Krueger come

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through now, just behind another 46.

He is desperate to try to work back

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to the front because he knows that

he cannot have any impact unless he

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gets onto the front and attempt to

break.

0:24:290:24:42

Maurice Manificat happy to settle

into the middle part of the leading

0:24:430:24:45

group. They are coming in towards

the completion of the first of the

0:24:450:24:51

four classical circuits. Niskanen

having a little glance over his

0:24:510:24:59

shoulder, Dario Cologna in second.

Andrew Musgrave is in around tenth

0:24:590:25:05

place at the moment. 29th is the

best performance by a British

0:25:050:25:12

cross-country skier, and it was his

own, disappointing performance in

0:25:120:25:18

Sochi, he thought he was capable to

at least get to the semifinal in the

0:25:180:25:27

individual sprint. He's just going

through there, Number ten.

0:25:270:25:34

through there, Number ten. He has

dedicated his life to cross-country

0:25:340:25:36

skiing, Andrew Musgrave. His

father's job in the oil industry got

0:25:360:25:40

an interest in him. A spell in a car

and then in Huntly, a club which has

0:25:400:25:50

inspired many cross-country skiers,

and if you go to that club, his 27

0:25:500:25:57

bed from Sochi hangs on the wall

alongside Andrew Young's number from

0:25:570:26:04

1971 when he greeted in Vancouver.

If you are a young skier, no better

0:26:040:26:12

place to go in Britain than the

Huntley club which has given birth

0:26:120:26:16

to a more than a few winter

Olympians.

0:26:160:26:23

Olympians. So, Iivo Niskanen leads.

The Norwegians are quite happy in

0:26:230:26:31

third, fourth and fifth. The only

one missing is Krueger who fell in

0:26:310:26:37

that collision with the Russians at

the very early stages. There is

0:26:370:26:42

Klaebo. He has been ridiculously

good this season.

0:26:420:26:51

good this season. And you were

following the ski Federation Twitter

0:26:510:26:56

feed and there are some mixed views

amongst the cross-country skiing

0:26:560:27:01

fraternity as to who is the

favourite for this one?

Yes, they

0:27:010:27:04

put it up to a vote on their Twitter

feed earlier on, four athletes,

0:27:040:27:10

which tells its own story, the

governing body itself thinks it's

0:27:100:27:16

between formats

0:27:160:27:22

between formats four athletes, and

the favourites came out as Klaebo

0:27:240:27:29

and Dario Cologna. The Norwegians

love Klaebo, they assume he will

0:27:290:27:36

come home with a lot of medals. The

Swedish media hate Klaebo because

0:27:360:27:39

they do not like Norwegians and they

don't think he's very good. There

0:27:390:27:45

was a fantastic expression in one of

the Swedish newspapers a little

0:27:450:27:47

while ago which basically said words

to the effect of that the Norwegian

0:27:470:27:53

press, in "Klaebo in the way they

had done, created a sea of

0:27:530:28:02

Norwegians with an ocean of

exaggerated hope. Klaebo is very

0:28:020:28:12

young, he has won gold buckles in

everything he has competed in, but

0:28:120:28:15

has he competed too much? -- gold

medals. If you temper it a bit and

0:28:150:28:22

you don't race so much in the

season, maybe you have a better

0:28:220:28:25

chance

0:28:250:28:30

chance in the Olympics and that is

where Dario Cologna comes in.

0:28:300:28:36

Yesterday, Norwegian female athletes

were looking a little tired, and

0:28:360:28:46

Heidi Weng was clearly suffering.

It's interesting because four years

0:28:460:28:51

ago, Dario Cologna's early-season

build-up to Sochi was disrupted by

0:28:510:28:55

an injury, he was on the exercise

bike for months and it was quite a

0:28:550:29:00

bad run. As a result, he came into

Sochi very fresh, won the skiathlon

0:29:000:29:05

and defended his 15 K title. This

year, he has competed in and won the

0:29:050:29:12

tour to ski for a record fourth time

but I see parallels between Cologna

0:29:120:29:19

and Charlotte Kalla, he is a proven

winner, not just on that but in the

0:29:190:29:25

Winter Olympic context and he knows

what it takes to peak for a big

0:29:250:29:30

occasion. And a lot of people feel

as though Cologna could be only the

0:29:300:29:36

third man

0:29:360:29:43

third man to successfully defend his

title.

0:29:430:29:48

title. Niskanen leading, it's a real

shame on an individual level for

0:29:490:29:56

Simen Hegstad Krueger because

classical is his best technique and

0:29:560:29:58

it must have been a real shock for

him. Just one of those things that

0:29:580:30:02

he was a man who fell with the two

Olympic athlete representing Russia

0:30:020:30:07

just behind him.

0:30:070:30:12

Nonetheless, Krueger's challenge

looks as though it has gone. We will

0:30:240:30:27

keep you posted on those times, to

see whether he can close the gap.

0:30:270:30:38

18, Clement Parisse. He comes here

with a little bit of form. But at

0:30:380:30:42

the moment, we have Johannes

Hoesflot Klaebo in third. Alex

0:30:420:30:52

Harvey of Canada is in sixth place,

wearing big number four. Similar to

0:30:520:30:57

the Norwegian outfit that it does

not have blue stripes on the base of

0:30:570:31:02

his quads. That's how you tell the

difference.

An interesting story for

0:31:020:31:09

Canada, probably his last Olympics

come on the verge of retiring. Like

0:31:090:31:13

Andrew Musgrave, he has spent the

last decade spending time trying to

0:31:130:31:20

get a degree. To become a lawyer. He

is as good a male cross-country

0:31:200:31:25

skier that Canada has ever produced

but they have not won and Olympic

0:31:250:31:30

Nordic skiing medal, that's all he

wants, a medal of any colour, he

0:31:300:31:35

says. The skiathlon, for him, he was

a world bronze medallist. He

0:31:350:31:41

considers himself a medal contender

and says it is his favourite event.

0:31:410:31:44

He is going to be in the top five

mix. If nothing goes wrong for

0:31:440:31:47

him...

You certainly has the

pedigree, third in 15. Then just off

0:31:470:31:57

the podium, last year, Andrew

Musgrave is in the top ten at the

0:31:570:32:00

moment. A fantastic performance,

bearing in mind his favourite style,

0:32:000:32:06

the freestyle, is still to come...

Clement

0:32:060:32:10

-- Niskanen looking over his

shoulder. It's an interesting debate

0:32:130:32:20

considering Klaebo, as we get a

dramatic shortcomings you can see

0:32:200:32:25

his own breath there, Niskanen.

Cologna.

0:32:250:32:34

Cologna. It's a really interesting

debate because when you follow the

0:32:360:32:38

races where Klaebo has been

dominant, the Sprint would be the

0:32:380:32:41

most obvious for a gold medal. But I

do think I've got this right, he has

0:32:410:32:47

only competed in one senior

skiathlon race, Lillehammer in

0:32:470:32:52

December, and he won! He is so

young, we still do not have enough

0:32:520:32:56

races to count against him in this

regard, even though, of course, the

0:32:560:33:00

Sprint would be the event in which

he would be the favourite. Krueger

0:33:000:33:09

still 38 seconds behind, Maurice

Manificat isn't as strong as he is

0:33:090:33:12

on B3. He is 15 seconds off the

pace, not life or death at the

0:33:120:33:19

moment but certainly Krueger's

deficit is pretty tough. But Klaebo

0:33:190:33:24

has only had one opportunity to show

what he can do in the skiathlon and

0:33:240:33:27

he won the World Cup race. He is

currently in third place, and is so

0:33:270:33:32

exciting to watch. Not just from a

Norwegian point of view, but we are

0:33:320:33:36

excited from the neutral standpoint!

It will be exciting to see how he

0:33:360:33:41

deals with it. His compatriot worse

dogs with injury. Andrew Musgrave is

0:33:410:33:52

wearing Number 10, you can see that

he is just behind the front pack

0:33:520:33:56

breaking away. Norway are looking at

Klaebo, a very different individual,

0:33:560:34:02

and much livelier. And much

friendlier, some people say, they

0:34:020:34:07

are expecting big things now, we can

just see Krueger making his way back

0:34:070:34:12

through. He is

0:34:120:34:21

through. He is behind Yoshida of

Japan. Imagine it is a Formula 1

0:34:210:34:24

race. It isn't easy to weave through

20 or 25 athletes. You've got to be

0:34:240:34:30

very careful otherwise you end up in

the same situation you were in in

0:34:300:34:33

the first place.

Not completely out

of it yet, Krueger, but he does have

0:34:330:34:39

a tough job. Dario Colonia, the

defending skiathlon champion, and

0:34:390:34:46

deciding to make his presence felt

and Niskanen is having none of it!

0:34:460:34:52

Coming up wide on the outside...

This will develop into a fascinating

0:34:520:34:58

race, when you get towards the

business end. Sometimes it is

0:34:580:35:04

difficult from the British point of

view, Andrew Musgrave is doing

0:35:040:35:09

fantastically at the moment.

Currently in tenth, behind the

0:35:090:35:13

breakaway group. If you are watching

cross-country for only the first or

0:35:130:35:19

second time, these are the rock

stars of their nation's sportsmen

0:35:190:35:21

and women. It is difficult to

exaggerate enough just how big the

0:35:210:35:27

stars are. The Norwegians say that

this is their Olympics. It's a great

0:35:270:35:37

showcase but their greatest hopes

come in the summer Olympic Games.

0:35:370:35:40

For Norway, this is the big one. The

summer Olympic Games is an

0:35:400:35:45

afterthought. This is absolutely

huge in the countries.

Especially

0:35:450:35:50

when you have a brand-new starlike

Klaebo. We talk about the skiathlon

0:35:500:35:56

that he won, not just what he did

but how he won. He is wearing the

0:35:560:36:00

number six.

0:36:000:36:06

number six. They had Sundby in

charge of the whole race but Klaebo

0:36:060:36:08

came back three. That's the thing.

Even if you have five or six seconds

0:36:080:36:16

over Klaebo, he can come back.

Certainly could.

0:36:160:36:25

Certainly could. It is very

interesting to see how he goes. What

0:36:250:36:29

a performance by Andrew Musgrave.

Just on the left-hand side of your

0:36:290:36:33

frame now. In eighth place. Steadily

working his way through the field.

0:36:330:36:39

This really would be exciting, if he

is in the mix can be business end,

0:36:390:36:43

especially as the 15 kilometre free

is meant to be his best chance of a

0:36:430:36:48

winter Olympic medal. He was third

in the freestyle earlier this

0:36:480:36:53

season. That races coming up on

Friday. Now, we have Harvey of

0:36:530:37:05

Canada just out of shot. The only

Norwegian missing is currently

0:37:050:37:13

Krueger, 35 seconds back after a

fall. And what

0:37:130:37:25

fall. And what about Sundby? He's

aiming to become Norway's oldest

0:37:250:37:30

male cross champion. In his last

nine skiathlon races, he is very

0:37:300:37:35

consistent and arguably at the age

of 33, I know that Marit Bjorgen got

0:37:350:37:39

the silver yesterday at age 37,

arguably it would take a big effort

0:37:390:37:43

for him to still be in the mix in

such a competitive team, come

0:37:430:37:48

Beijing, 2022. This could be

Sundby's last chance to become an

0:37:480:37:55

individual Winter Olympic champion.

He cannot be discounted, even though

0:37:550:38:00

all of the headlines in Norway are

being taken by his younger and more

0:38:000:38:05

daring compatriot, Klaebo.

If you

look at someone like Sundby, here's

0:38:050:38:11

another one of the old guys. They

are the Norwegians who have carried

0:38:110:38:17

the team for a decade. So much

consistency, but we have already

0:38:170:38:21

seen this season, Klaebo out of his

dumper completely. -- his number

0:38:210:38:28

completely. It would play on

Sundby's mind.

Just getting an

0:38:280:38:36

update on the checkpoint, Andrew

Musgrave just around seven seconds

0:38:360:38:41

off the pace of the leaders. This is

a brilliant piece of cross-country

0:38:410:38:46

skiing by the Britain, the first of

the two men in the distance Paire.

0:38:460:38:51

He has the very tall Daniel Rickards

and just behind him. He is no

0:38:510:38:55

slouch! -- Daniel Rickardsson. A

relay gold medallist twice for

0:38:550:39:04

Norway, he got a bronze in the 15 K

four years ago. I wonder if it is an

0:39:040:39:11

indication that they are slowing

down a fraction? Good work by the

0:39:110:39:17

French, we haven't really mentioned

that Maurice Manificat closed the

0:39:170:39:19

gap. And in the number nine,

Gaillard's fourth games, missing out

0:39:190:39:28

on a medal. Andrew Musgrave is just

out of shot on the left-hand side. I

0:39:280:39:32

think they are gripping up again

here. It is settling into a place,

0:39:320:39:37

rather than it being a case of

Niskanen probing for a gap.

And it

0:39:370:39:47

isn't an extraordinarily fast pace

yet. For these athletes. It is still

0:39:470:39:51

a bit bunched. Niskanen is using a

lot of fuel to stay out in front but

0:39:510:39:57

nobody really has tried to get away

to any real degree.

0:39:570:40:05

to any real degree.

Did from Callum

Smith, last seen in 60 First Place.

0:40:050:40:12

He finished in that position four

years ago, he says he wants to get a

0:40:120:40:16

top 30. A graduate in chemical

engineering from Edinburgh. He now

0:40:160:40:24

lives in Norway. Training with the

best. As indeed is Andrew Musgrave,

0:40:240:40:29

and his sister Posey, in the

commentary box yesterday with us,

0:40:290:40:35

she has travelled to the course to

watch her brother. She letters into

0:40:350:40:41

a secret, she says that he is

seeking that degree out, I was

0:40:410:40:45

speaking and saying how dedicated he

must be doing a completed degree in

0:40:450:40:50

a second language, but she says

there isn't a great deal of work

0:40:500:40:53

going on there! He shuffles the bits

of paper and it may take six or

0:40:530:40:58

seven years, but he will get the

degree in the end! Webb Andrew

0:40:580:41:01

Musgrave at the back of the group,

he isn't focused on his degree now,

0:41:010:41:06

he is focused on producing a piece

of British winter Olympic history.

0:41:060:41:10

There he is, just trying to attach

himself to the group. Torres --

0:41:100:41:21

Thomas Bingham Paire.

0:41:210:41:24

He has reattached which is useful. A

great performance so far. Alex

0:41:280:41:33

Harvey, moving across to the

right-hand track, wearing number

0:41:330:41:36

four.

0:41:360:41:42

four. It is Niskanen in the nearly

all-white outfit for Finland. A

0:41:420:41:47

little slip there. Important that

the waxing technicians get their job

0:41:470:41:52

right. It seems as though they've

done a good job for the Norwegians

0:41:520:41:55

this far. Four years ago they were

really struggling.

0:41:550:41:59

Uncharacteristically so in the early

races. Krueger, number seven in the

0:41:590:42:03

middle of your shot. This is better

from the Norwegian. If he could get

0:42:030:42:09

back into the mix for a medal, that

would be absolutely extraordinary.

0:42:090:42:13

All credit to him for deciding just

to carry on.

It will be interesting

0:42:130:42:20

when we get back to the shots at the

front. I think I saw Niskanen stand

0:42:200:42:24

aside and essentially say I've done

my job for the time being. Now he is

0:42:240:42:28

back in fifth or sixth position and

saying, it is someone else's turn,

0:42:280:42:33

I've done my time. We now have Dario

Cologna and Maurice Manificat out in

0:42:330:42:40

front together.

0:42:400:42:42

Easy to underestimate how technical

and how skilful these men and women

0:42:470:42:52

are in cross-country. It isn't all

about smashing the miles out.

0:42:520:42:56

Racking up hundreds of kilometres.

There is real skiing ability there

0:42:560:43:04

as well. A couple of the descents on

the course are really brutal,

0:43:040:43:08

especially be sharp left-hand turn

as they head backing towards the

0:43:080:43:12

stadium at the end of the circuit.

And in this weather as well. You are

0:43:120:43:17

not only descending sharply but

moving into a biting wind.

0:43:170:43:25

moving into a biting wind.

All of

these athletes are respecting the

0:43:250:43:28

conditions and environment, and

making sure that they get plenty of

0:43:280:43:30

liquids on board.

0:43:300:43:36

liquids on board. 12 seconds adrift,

they have Spitsov. The men who fell

0:43:360:43:44

are doing a good job. Spitsov was

knocked over, along with his

0:43:440:43:50

compatriot, Larkov, by Krueger. On

the right, wearing Number 10 for

0:43:500:44:00

Great Britain, it has slowed, you

are right, Miskin and into the pack.

0:44:000:44:04

He feels as though he has done his

job -- Niskanen. It has allowed,

0:44:040:44:10

this slowing of the pace, almost the

entire group to come back together.

0:44:100:44:15

Krueger is in the second group of

our fleets. Look at the driving wind

0:44:150:44:19

in their faces! This is definitely

slowing because soon, we suspect,

0:44:190:44:24

are going to have a very good lead

groupware at one stage it was ten or

0:44:240:44:30

11.

0:44:300:44:35

11. The cameras are focusing on

Krueger, following Spitsov,

0:44:360:44:46

rejoining a very big lead pack. A

good effort by the Norwegian. And

0:44:460:44:50

good effort from the world number 23

bronze medal is to Spitsov. He got

0:44:500:44:55

that last year in the 15 kilometre

and the skiathlon, the Olympic

0:44:550:44:58

Athlete from Russia.

0:44:580:45:04

Athlete from Russia. The pace has

slowed a fraction... That the

0:45:040:45:07

conditions are tough. They really

are. For the first time, Sundby in

0:45:070:45:14

the lead and deciding to make his

presence felt.

This downhill comes

0:45:140:45:19

into the stadium. Possibly a

deciding factor. The hill at the

0:45:190:45:23

end, then the downhill sweep into

the stadium area, back out and

0:45:230:45:27

Brown. It could well be what we see.

That could be where we see the race

0:45:270:45:35

decided.

0:45:350:45:40

Sundby needing, Harvey going really

well, the Canadian contemplating

0:45:430:45:48

retirement. No Canadian has ever won

a winter Olympic skiing medal in

0:45:480:45:55

cross-country. Andrew Musgrave is in

the top ten. Krueger has managed to

0:45:550:45:59

catch up, a fine effort from the

Norwegian, so too has

0:45:590:46:03

catch up, a fine effort from the

Norwegian, so too has. Spitsov.

0:46:030:46:06

Wearing bib 16. Where heading

towards the end of the classical

0:46:060:46:11

half of this race and then there

will be a pit stop. He ends 15th in

0:46:110:46:19

the World Championship last year.

This will be the last circuits of

0:46:190:46:30

3.75 kilometres skied in the

classical technique. All the main

0:46:300:46:35

protagonists are there, including

from a British point of view, Andrew

0:46:350:46:38

Musgrave. Marcus Hellner, a

skiathlon champion in Vancouver,

0:46:380:46:48

silver four years ago. He hasn't

been in that kind of form this

0:46:480:46:53

season but he's certainly got the

experience and exposure to produce a

0:46:530:46:57

great performance. He's only five

seconds adrift.

And he's not had the

0:46:570:47:07

greatest results recently, only 25th

this season, essentially written off

0:47:070:47:12

at home, Swedish fans don't expect

them to do anything, his time has

0:47:120:47:15

been and gone. But if you're only

five seconds adrift and in this

0:47:150:47:20

pack, essentially, he knows how to

win a race at this level.

Sundby

0:47:200:47:28

from Harvey. This is Spitsov, going

alone.

0:47:280:47:37

alone. He's a really talented young

athlete. As I said, a medallist in

0:47:380:47:44

the under 23. A third in the

0:47:440:47:53

the under 23. A third in the final

tour of Ski. The 21-year-old doing

0:47:540:47:59

his best to capture this big-league

group. Andrew Musgrave still there,

0:47:590:48:10

wearing Number ten, just behind a

rock star of the circuit this year,

0:48:100:48:15

Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo. Thomas

Bing, the German, still attached as

0:48:150:48:19

well.

0:48:190:48:25

well. And I wonder, in Sundby's

mind, he's identifiable because he's

0:48:250:48:31

got that blond beard which is

probably freezing in these

0:48:310:48:35

conditions, I wonder how far into

the freestyle half of the race,

0:48:350:48:42

Sundby might decide to have a go.

The acceleration that his young

0:48:420:48:47

compatriot Klaebo has is phenomenal.

Some of the races we have seen this

0:48:470:48:53

season, Klaebo has come back from

deficit against Sundby from huge

0:48:530:48:57

margins. What he did in Bill Hammer

was outrageous, it's well worth

0:48:570:49:04

looking at in you have five minutes.

Sundby does what Niskanen did a flap

0:49:040:49:14

and a half ago and says, I have done

my bit. I wonder how long Sundby can

0:49:140:49:20

leave this because he knows that

Klaebo, if you've not shattered, he

0:49:200:49:25

has the speed and arrogance of youth

to come sweeping past.

We saw in the

0:49:250:49:31

women's event yesterday, Charlotte

Kalla left it quite late until the

0:49:310:49:37

last couple of climate is and put

the accelerator down. I don't know

0:49:370:49:41

if you can do that with clay bow. --

0:49:410:49:52

. It was an amazing race. This is

Spitsov trying to do his best to get

0:49:570:50:04

back to the group.

0:50:040:50:06

The Norwegian Publix will be

churning in.

It's pretty early in

0:50:180:50:29

Norway for this race, but he was

estimating a minimum of a quarter of

0:50:290:50:34

the entire population would be

getting up to watch the men's

0:50:340:50:40

skiathlon and he said if the races

were

0:50:400:50:47

were closer to peak viewing, he said

it would be half the population. It

0:50:470:50:50

gives you some indication as to how

big this sport is in Norway.

We

0:50:500:50:57

usually use football as a

comparison, but maybe track cycling

0:50:570:51:02

would be a better comparison, you

know that there will be medals and

0:51:020:51:05

it will be a feel-good event. You

have got Sundby, clay bow, Hans

0:51:050:51:10

Christer Holund, you know that

something is going to happen. This

0:51:100:51:17

is box office television for

Norwegians because the whole field

0:51:170:51:20

is packed with athletes that could

do something special.

0:51:200:51:29

do something special.

Maurice

Manificat, the Frenchman, very

0:51:290:51:30

experienced athlete, leading from:

you're at the moment. -- from

0:51:300:51:37

Cologna at the moment. Andrew

Musgrave is at the back of this

0:51:370:51:44

group just behind Marcus Kalmar.

Cologna is looking good at second

0:51:440:51:50

place. Very composed. Hasn't really

done too much work at the front of

0:51:500:51:57

the field. Harvey just slipped a

little there. He was skiing

0:51:570:52:02

immediately behind Cologna who has

now moved over to the left-hand

0:52:020:52:04

track. Harvey is wearing number

four. We would get an indication as

0:52:040:52:11

to the deficit to Andrew Musgrave.

Eight seconds. So he's just allowed

0:52:110:52:18

a second or two to grow between

himself and the leading ten. At the

0:52:180:52:26

end of this loop, they will be

swapping over to the freestyle which

0:52:260:52:29

is his favoured technique. And how

exciting would it be if he was to

0:52:290:52:35

get in amongst the traditional

heavyweights, the Norwegians and the

0:52:350:52:38

Swedes and Finns? A fantastic story,

in this, his second-best event. I

0:52:380:52:47

wonder how excited Posy Musgrave is

getting up on the course? We will

0:52:470:52:50

find that when she us in the

commentary box later.

This isn't his

0:52:500:52:58

best event at the top 15 finish

would be great, but he has been very

0:52:580:53:03

clear before the races that he

considers himself a realistic model

0:53:030:53:06

contender and he has not been afraid

to say it -- metal -- chrome medal

0:53:060:53:14

contender. He says that he has

learned his lessons from the hype

0:53:140:53:20

that he had before Sochi, he has

been on a World Cup podium this

0:53:200:53:26

season, he knows that if he stays in

touch the way he is doing, he

0:53:260:53:30

believes he has it within himself to

push through and get a medal, maybe

0:53:300:53:36

here, certainly in the 15 K.

The

biggest lesson he has learned is the

0:53:360:53:42

hardest one, not overtraining. He

won the Norwegian Championships just

0:53:420:53:45

ahead of Sochi and then I think

maybe it was such an inspirational

0:53:450:53:52

moment, Spitsov just getting on the

back of the group, Andrew Musgrave

0:53:520:53:56

is wearing Number ten. There he is.

I think that was the biggest lesson

0:53:560:54:05

he learned, it wasn't that he was

overawed by the occasion, he arrived

0:54:050:54:09

completely shattered because he was

overtraining. That's something very

0:54:090:54:14

much within his control and he went

back after the Sammon, got a little

0:54:140:54:18

bit ill, he said he always got ill

after the Tour de Ski, and he has an

0:54:180:54:29

opportunity this time after he has

arrived that his batteries are fully

0:54:290:54:36

charged.

One thing that helps is

coaching. In between the Olympics he

0:54:360:54:40

has brought on board Norwegian

coaches, essentially poached from

0:54:400:54:48

private skiing teams in Norway and

now he has the institutional

0:54:480:54:52

knowledge advantage of working with

top coaches from the country that

0:54:520:54:56

does this sport in the best way. And

they know how to get him to the

0:54:560:55:02

start line in perfect stage because

they have been doing it for Olympic

0:55:020:55:06

champions for years.

It's not quite

a Formula 1 pit stop, but it will be

0:55:060:55:12

important. As he said yesterday in

the women's skiathlon, you cannot

0:55:120:55:20

win, a bit like a triathlon, you

don't win the race in transition but

0:55:200:55:24

you can certainly give yourself a

problem if it doesn't go smoothly.

0:55:240:55:28

This can and just making sure --

Niskanen making sure he has an

0:55:280:55:36

opportunity to get in and out as

smoothly as possible. It is usually

0:55:360:55:40

35 seconds. Switching skis, they

have completed their circuit in the

0:55:400:55:48

classical technique and different

skis required for the freestyle

0:55:480:55:50

which will be faster. Andrew Young,

who is not competing for Great

0:55:500:55:56

Britain in this race but we will see

him later on, he equates its two

0:55:560:56:04

race with breast wrote front crawl.

So the freestyle or skating half

0:56:040:56:10

will be quicker. The main thing to

notice here is not so much if one

0:56:100:56:16

man gets out half a second quicker

than the others, but if anyone has a

0:56:160:56:20

lengthy problem. Looking to make

sure they are in and out. A little

0:56:200:56:27

bit of a double-take from Maurice

Manificat. Andrew Musgrave safely

0:56:270:56:33

through. Krueger has almost caused

the gap up, but traditionally he's

0:56:330:56:39

better on classical. He has not had

an opportunity to dominate, he has

0:56:390:56:45

used his classical ability to get

back to the big league group.

0:56:450:56:55

Musgrave just five seconds or so

adrift, pretty much in the big

0:56:550:56:58

leading group.

And out into the

skate skiing which is his preferred

0:56:580:57:11

discipline so this is as good as he

would hope to be at this point in

0:57:110:57:14

the race.

And other than Klaebo, all

of the main protagonists are there.

0:57:140:57:22

That's one of the men who fell with

Krueger at the beginning of the

0:57:220:57:26

circuit. He has done well to keep

going. His compatriot Spitsov has

0:57:260:57:33

got back in touch with the big

leading group, as has Simen Hegstad

0:57:330:57:38

Krueger. So we're halfway. Pretty

quick from Klaebo in the pit stop,

0:57:380:57:49

so to Jean Marc Gaillard.

0:57:490:57:55

so to Jean Marc Gaillard. Sundby

took away. -- took a while. The

0:57:550:58:02

classical half is done, now we turn

our attention to the second set of

0:58:020:58:08

four microcircuits of 3.75

calamities. -- kilometres. Sundby

0:58:080:58:18

was a few seconds slower than

Klaebo, we might just get an idea

0:58:180:58:24

here, he's next to Hans Christer

Holund, so what happened? Nothing

0:58:240:58:32

dramatic, just a little sluggish.

But it has cost him a few seconds.

0:58:320:58:38

Looking out for the frozen blond

beard. He is wearing number six. I

0:58:380:58:44

would have thought he is right back

up in the mix. That's a big group

0:58:440:58:49

now. It will not stay that way for

all four circuits as most of the men

0:58:490:58:58

will not want to leave it until the

last circuit because it will play

0:58:580:59:01

into the hands of Klaebo, and Sundby

has got back on terms.

0:59:010:59:12

has got back on terms. There is

Andrew Musgrave, what a performance

0:59:120:59:13

this is so far. A long way to go.

Eighth place, and bearing in mind

0:59:130:59:23

his previous best performance in

cross-country skiing from is 29. We

0:59:230:59:28

have got a few BBC news crews

heading up to the course. We were

0:59:280:59:36

saying to them, don't leave it too

long because he's looking good this

0:59:360:59:42

season, he might do something

special.

0:59:420:59:48

special. A little look over the

shoulder from the Italian.

0:59:491:00:00

shoulder from the Italian. Niskanen

leading, Klaebo in the middle of the

1:00:001:00:04

group. The Italians getting himself

on terms with that group. 14 or 15

1:00:041:00:11

of them, if you cant the guys who

are six or seven seconds off the

1:00:111:00:17

pace, but they're all thereabouts.

Klaebo wearing number one, because

1:00:171:00:22

he is the World Cup leader this

season. Marcus Hellner behind him.

1:00:221:00:32

This is quite a good shot, because

when we were up on the cause, we

1:00:321:00:37

couldn't really work out where the

gold poles were. This gives you a

1:00:371:00:41

slightly better feeling of what it

looks like over the summer. You

1:00:411:00:47

would hope it is a lot warmer than

it is today -- golf holes. By far

1:00:471:00:54

the coldest day we've had since we

went on because on Tuesday.

It's

1:00:541:00:58

going to get colder, it is not .5

degrees colder than when the race

1:00:581:01:02

began. The wind has also picked up,

very tough racing conditions -- it

1:01:021:01:11

is .5 degrees colder.

The

temperature in the air is -17

1:01:111:01:13

degrees. Niskanen leading. Gaillard.

Alex Harvey is still there. Cologna

1:01:131:01:23

wearing bib number three. Andrew

Musgrave, the closest we have seen

1:01:231:01:26

him to the front. He is in about

sixth place, skiing behind Harvey,

1:01:261:01:33

wearing number four. This is superb

from Andrew Musgrave. It really is.

1:01:331:01:40

A trailblazer for the sport from the

British point of view. I wonder if

1:01:401:01:45

there are any little boys all little

girls watching this who got up early

1:01:451:01:49

on a Sunday morning. Perhaps it

would spark an interest from them in

1:01:491:01:56

cross-country skiing. We are talking

about British cross-country skier

1:01:561:02:00

Andrew Musgrave, wearing the Number

10. A trailblazer, without a doubt.

1:02:001:02:07

We should reflect on what a big job

cross-country skiing centre played

1:02:071:02:13

in the life of all of the British

Olympians. Bob Lacey did so much in

1:02:131:02:22

the early days of getting the club

off the ground. He was tragically

1:02:221:02:26

killed on his way to a stag do on

his motorbike. Then, Roy Young,

1:02:261:02:33

Andrew Young's father, got involved

in coaching and he still is. To get

1:02:331:02:38

his own son Andrew Young into the

Winter Olympics and also to do his

1:02:381:02:44

best for the rest of the team. It's

a massive effort and there in

1:02:441:02:48

Aberdeenshire and the fact we are

talking about Andrew Musgrave being

1:02:481:02:51

in the top eight or nine in one of

the hardest races to win? That's a

1:02:511:02:57

real tribute to everyone who has

worked so hard up at Huntly.

That

1:02:571:03:02

was a marvellous move on the

left-hand side there. Bringing

1:03:021:03:07

Klaebo up to the front. He is

wearing the number one on the

1:03:071:03:10

right-hand side. He's decided maybe

now is the time? Sweeping through

1:03:101:03:15

five, six or seven athletes and now

he is at the front. Sundby is right

1:03:151:03:20

up ahead of him, another Norwegian

to push the pace now. Perhaps a

1:03:201:03:27

little early, we still have about 30

minutes to go but it's the first

1:03:271:03:31

time we see Klaebo and Sundby make a

concerted effort together at the

1:03:311:03:33

front.

One of the reasons may be

that the group was too big. Sundby

1:03:331:03:41

from Klaebo, a great effort from

Krueger, now up behind them. Norway

1:03:411:03:46

Singh, two and three. Andrew

Musgrave in fifth place. I know a

1:03:461:03:49

couple of those athletes will have

taken a ski or two back -- Norway in

1:03:491:03:57

first, two and three. They do have

some of the best cross-country

1:03:571:04:01

skiers in the world behind him.

Don't forget about Cologna. That is

1:04:011:04:06

the brutal climb. It is ever so

slightly different. This freestyle

1:04:061:04:14

circuit of 3.75 kilometres. This

hill will surely be the determining

1:04:141:04:19

factor in many of the races that we

will hopefully be enjoying over the

1:04:191:04:24

next 14.5 days. Krueger there. What

a story it would be from his

1:04:241:04:29

perspective if he was to get back

into the mix? And another of the men

1:04:291:04:38

who fell behind him, the Olympic

Athlete from Russia, Spitsov. You

1:04:381:04:44

can see how careful the

cross-country skiers are having to

1:04:441:04:49

be on that tight left-hand turn.

Three circuits to go. Sundby is

1:04:491:04:55

bidding to become Norway's oldest

individual male cross-country skiing

1:04:551:05:00

champion. Krueger, he felt right at

the start of the race. Cologna,

1:05:001:05:11

aiming to become only the third man

to successfully defend the skiathlon

1:05:111:05:15

title. A winner from Sochi. Well

poised in this race. Andrew Musgrave

1:05:151:05:20

of Great Britain is in uncharted

territory, the place, just on the

1:05:201:05:28

left of the picture. Very much in

touch. Not just breaking new ground

1:05:281:05:34

but absolutely smashing it from a

British cross-country skiing point

1:05:341:05:38

of view. Just behind him, Maurice

Manificat. Let's not forget about

1:05:381:05:45

Marcus Allen, the champion in this

event eight years ago, silver

1:05:451:05:50

medallist four years ago. All of the

big men that you would hope and

1:05:501:05:53

expect to see our right up there --

Marcus Hellner. This is developing

1:05:531:06:00

into the race that we hoped would

unfold in these brutally cold but

1:06:001:06:07

stunning conditions. In Pyeongchang.

This is the big chase group. Good

1:06:071:06:18

athletes among them. This is where

the real action will happen. Look at

1:06:181:06:25

Andrew Musgrave, coming through

there. The cameras focusing down.

1:06:251:06:31

Just on the right of the picture

there, Gaillard. Great skiing by the

1:06:311:06:38

Briton. Just watching out, there he

is. In third place, he is just

1:06:381:06:46

watching out for Klaebo. Nothing

much to read into this little

1:06:461:06:49

deficit for the World Cup leader, it

was a case of everyone making sure

1:06:491:06:53

they had clear snow ahead of them to

get their drinks. Sundby, leading at

1:06:531:06:59

the moment. A bronze medallist four

years ago behind Dario Cologna.

1:06:591:07:10

Andrew Musgrave is still right up

there for Great Britain, as is

1:07:201:07:24

Spitsov. Only 21 years old. The

Olympic Athlete from Russia.

1:07:241:07:33

One of the three men who fell in the

very early stages, we are talking

1:07:331:07:39

about the man wearing number 16, on

the right of the picture. Andrew

1:07:391:07:43

Musgrave in ten.

1:07:431:07:50

Musgrave in ten. They will be

starting to feel this... If you look

1:07:501:07:56

at Claremont Parisse, but hopes for

the French. The two men who

1:07:561:08:05

dominated in the biathlon programme,

that will be an exciting race later

1:08:051:08:09

today. The French will be joining in

in massive numbers to watch this.

1:08:091:08:12

They will be getting excited about

what they're cross-country skiers

1:08:121:08:19

are doing here. Maurice Manificat

going ahead of Cologna. Very much in

1:08:191:08:23

the mix, alongside the Frenchman

Gaillard in number nine.

We should

1:08:231:08:28

mention that this is such a quiet

part of the course. If we let it

1:08:281:08:34

speak for a second, you can hear

that it is so quiet out the back.

1:08:341:08:38

There is hardly anyone around, you

can almost hear a pin drop. That's

1:08:381:08:46

an Olympic cross-country skiing

final, it is just nature out there

1:08:461:08:49

and the sound of the few people

skiing. It is so far removed, tucked

1:08:491:08:54

away. A beautiful course and dead

quiet at the back like this.

1:08:541:09:07

This is a big group, the pace has

definitely eased. There are now 15

1:09:081:09:14

or even 20 men. Spitsov, the

21-year-old, leading. Andrew

1:09:141:09:20

Musgrave tucked in fourth or fifth

place. Sundby in second. The

1:09:201:09:27

Frenchman, Maurice Manificat, coming

through. Still no move from Cologna.

1:09:271:09:33

The longer they leave it, the more

tense it becomes. Niskanen set much

1:09:331:09:39

of the early pace in the classical

have.

1:09:391:09:46

have. -- car. It is beginning to get

quite exciting now... Andrew

1:09:461:09:52

Musgrave in the centre of your

picture there, wearing the trademark

1:09:521:09:57

blue shades, bright in the mix with

the very best cross-country skiers

1:09:571:10:02

in the world. Spitsov leading...

Sundby perhaps knows that he cannot

1:10:021:10:13

afford to leave it late against his

very talented young compatriot.

1:10:131:10:25

Klaebo, with nine wins on the World

Cup circuit.

1:10:251:10:32

Cup circuit. He is alongside Holund

now. Another big climb for these

1:10:331:10:38

men.

1:10:381:10:43

men. It doesn't get any easier on

this freestyle half of the course.

1:10:431:10:51

Krueger is right back up there as

well. Good skiing from the

1:10:551:11:02

Norwegians. Now, I wonder, there is

still a long way to go but Holund

1:11:021:11:07

has decided to have a little go of

the front. Looking over his

1:11:071:11:14

shoulder, his compatriot Klaebo

responds wearing the number one as

1:11:141:11:17

is Cologna, the defending champion.

21 kilometres. Nine kilometres to

1:11:171:11:24

go. This is a very big group. Andrew

Musgrave going through the shot,

1:11:241:11:32

wearing the Number 10. Niskanen and

Alex Harvey, perhaps looking at a

1:11:321:11:36

fraction tired there for the first

time. Harvey went through in 15th or

1:11:361:11:40

16th place. I wonder if team tactics

are at play? But Holund deciding to

1:11:401:11:50

stretch things out -- with Holund

deciding to stretch things out. The

1:11:501:12:01

Frenchman there, Gaillard, wearing

the number nine. Somebody has to

1:12:011:12:07

make a move that some stage, and I

wonder what the Holund, he may not

1:12:071:12:11

be making a definitive bid for

glory, but I think the pace may have

1:12:111:12:16

been too slow and he has decided to

up the tempo. You can see that with

1:12:161:12:24

how hard these men are working

uphill. Cologna hasn't done much at

1:12:241:12:28

the front. The Swiss defending

champion. But he covered that move

1:12:281:12:32

as soon as it began. Making sure

that if he needs to break, he can

1:12:321:12:37

move quite quickly. That was, in

fact, one of the reasons that Marit

1:12:371:12:42

Bjorgen was caught out in the

women's skiathlon yesterday, when

1:12:421:12:48

Charlotte Kalla made a move, Marit

Bjorgen was behind the wrong skier.

1:12:481:12:52

She lost a couple of seconds, I

don't think she would have caught up

1:12:521:12:56

with Charlotte Kalla anyway but

suddenly the gap was bigger than it

1:12:561:13:00

needed to be. Cologna is playing a

smart game looking at the chase

1:13:001:13:03

group. Abbring these moves can he

knows what it takes to beat the

1:13:031:13:07

Norwegians. I'm not saying he would

definitely win the race but

1:13:071:13:11

tactically it is sharp from the

defending champion in second place,

1:13:111:13:15

wearing the number three at the

moment. Klaebo, number one, Maurice

1:13:151:13:23

Manificat behind him. Andrew

Musgrave of Great Britain behind

1:13:231:13:25

him. Krueger, that really is such a

steep hill. It takes your breath

1:13:251:13:34

away to run or walk up it!

1:13:341:13:42

away to run or walk up it! The

dissent will be icy.

1:13:421:13:49

Holund leading. They are coming

through now.

1:13:511:14:06

through now. Coming through to great

applause from the fans, who have

1:14:071:14:13

packed out this state-of-the-art

facility. They tested the course

1:14:131:14:19

with three Korean national

championships in the big event last

1:14:191:14:24

year. 22.5 kilometres.

1:14:241:14:32

All the big names are still very

much in contention here. Niskanen,

1:14:381:14:45

maybe allowing a few seconds to go?

Ten off the pace. Cannot afford the

1:14:451:14:50

gap to go any bigger.

1:14:501:15:00

gap to go any bigger. That is

Salvadore, he should be in a

1:15:001:15:02

gangster film with a name like that!

Trying to close the gap. It's an

1:15:021:15:08

enormous lead group. It contains

Andrew Musgrave, in third place at

1:15:081:15:16

the moment. Just towards the

right-hand side of the picture. He

1:15:161:15:21

has covered every move. When will

the big break come?

1:15:211:15:29

When will the big break,?

1:15:291:15:31

It is to microcircuits to go, for in

classical, for in freestyle. Polonia

1:15:371:15:46

is after piece of Winter Olympic

history. -- Cologna. If he was

1:15:461:15:53

pushing the pace, things have got a

little bit slower which is why so

1:15:531:15:57

many men are now right back up

alongside Hans Christer Holund,

1:15:571:16:05

including Andrew Musgrave. What a

story it would be. It's still too

1:16:051:16:12

early to get excited but do you know

what, he has worked so hard, Andrew

1:16:121:16:18

Musgrave, and has transported his

life to Norway. He's immersed

1:16:181:16:21

himself in the culture of the nation

who have the best record in

1:16:211:16:25

cross-country skiing, and that takes

some bottle to do. He's not going

1:16:251:16:29

living on the other side of the

world, he's decided to compete with

1:16:291:16:33

and against the best. You have got

to learn from the best. And Britain

1:16:331:16:38

is in fourth and fifth place at the

moment, in with a chance of the

1:16:381:16:43

Winter Olympic medal in

cross-country skiing, that's

1:16:431:16:45

incredible.

We're an hour

1:16:451:16:52

incredible.

We're an hour into an

Olympic cross-country skiathlon and

1:16:521:16:54

the British contender is this or

fixed.

If you're just waking up, I

1:16:541:17:00

apologise if you have heard me say

this before, the best performance by

1:17:001:17:07

a British cross-country skier in

history is his 29th place finish in

1:17:071:17:12

the sprint in Sochi, that's why

we're getting so excited about the

1:17:121:17:20

Britain in fourth place in number

ten, ahead of Alex Harvey, the

1:17:201:17:25

Canadian, bidding to become the

first Canadian to win a

1:17:251:17:27

cross-country mail muddle. -- mail

medal. A lot of very knowledgeable

1:17:271:17:40

cross-country experts feel as though

Klaebo's best chance of the medal is

1:17:401:17:45

in the sprint, but he has demolished

world-class fields at skiathlon as

1:17:451:17:51

well. Most notably at Lillehammer a

few months ago, well worth looking

1:17:511:18:01

at up on YouTube, a phenomenal

importance. Daniel Rickardsson got a

1:18:011:18:10

bronze plaque in 2014 in the 15 K.

1:18:101:18:13

So he leads, Daniel Rickardsson.

Less than two microcircuits remain.

1:18:171:18:29

And Rickardsson is a man for whom

cross-country skiing is almost

1:18:291:18:33

therapy. In something like 2013, he

and a friend were changing attire on

1:18:331:18:42

his car, and a camper van ran them

both over and the friend he was with

1:18:421:18:46

was killed. I think Rickardsson

damaged his cruciate ligament and

1:18:461:18:54

it's amazing he had the motivation

to come back. He feels as though

1:18:541:18:57

cross-country skiing gives him the

race and an outlet for his grief

1:18:571:19:03

over losing his best friend and so

nearly losing his own life. We're

1:19:031:19:10

obviously incredibly excited about

Andrew Musgrave, and it's a great

1:19:101:19:13

story if he gets on the podium, it's

a great story if Alex Harvey gets on

1:19:131:19:18

the podium but there is a brilliant

story to all of these leading man.

1:19:181:19:22

Because some of them, like

Rickardsson, have gone through

1:19:221:19:26

personal tragedies. It's not simply

the case that if you're from Norway

1:19:261:19:29

or Sweden editor Tom the pair of

skis, you're guaranteed to get --

1:19:291:19:35

and you put on a pair of skis,

you're guaranteed to get a medal.

1:19:351:19:40

They have all been on the hunt for

Winter Olympic history.

It's one of

1:19:401:19:46

the toughest sports in the whole

Olympics and now Andrew Musgrave is

1:19:461:19:52

in second place!

I can't believe how

well he skiing at the moment. He was

1:19:521:20:00

third and sixth in previous events

in the 15 K, which is his best

1:20:001:20:07

chance of a medal. And that comes on

Friday. This is a brilliant,

1:20:071:20:14

brilliant performance, at the

moment. Oh, my goodness me! You have

1:20:141:20:19

got to win the battle of the remote

control if you are just waking up

1:20:191:20:24

with the children's channels, forget

about Peter Rabbit! Forget about the

1:20:241:20:33

Go Jetties, because you have got

Andrew Musgrave

1:20:331:20:42

Andrew Musgrave performing so well,

he is taking it to the Norwegians

1:20:421:20:45

with whom he trains, and he studies

for a degree in Norway. Krueger is

1:20:451:20:52

leading and if you missed the early

part of the race, he was flat on his

1:20:521:20:56

face in the first 200 metres of the

race and somehow managed to crawl

1:20:561:21:01

his way into contention and into the

lead. Krueger from Musgrove, Dario

1:21:011:21:09

Cologna, the defending champion, in

third. Martin Johnsrud

1:21:091:21:19

third. Martin Johnsrud Sundby in

sixth, his beard will be frozen, the

1:21:201:21:23

air temperature here is minus 16.

Now they are beginning to work. Now

1:21:231:21:29

they realise that the business end

of this most brutal race is upon us.

1:21:291:21:34

It's the classic taste of the

allrounder. This can and it's

1:21:341:21:40

beginning to struggle, and Jean Marc

Gaillard has been blown out of the

1:21:401:21:46

back. -- Niskanen beginning to

struggle. Half the race in freestyle

1:21:461:21:53

and half in classical. Look at

Andrew Musgrave. Oh, my goodness me!

1:21:531:21:59

What an effort and what a

performance so far. He's just got to

1:21:591:22:03

keep it going. Even if he doesn't

end up on the podium, what

1:22:031:22:06

confidence this will give him for

his best event, the 15 K. That's why

1:22:061:22:12

the director is focusing in on these

shots, we don't have control of

1:22:121:22:16

which pictures we are shown by the

director, but they're very good at

1:22:161:22:20

following the story and globally,

Andrew Musgrave is the story at the

1:22:201:22:24

moment and that's why we're getting

a close-up. They Britain ever inside

1:22:241:22:29

the top 25 of any -- no Britain has

ever been inside the top 25 of any

1:22:291:22:39

Winter Olympic cross-country skiing

game and he is flying at the moment.

1:22:391:22:47

One circuit remains. We're excited

about Andrew Musgrave. And we should

1:22:471:22:50

be. But what a story it would be for

cement house that Krueger -- recruit

1:22:501:23:02

Simen Hegstad Krueger to rise from

the ground in joint last place and

1:23:021:23:07

win the title. This is a bold move

and I'm imagining that one of the

1:23:071:23:13

reasons he's decided to do this is

because he knows that the likes of

1:23:131:23:17

his compatriots Martin Johnsrud

Sundby and Klaebo, the World Cup

1:23:171:23:23

leader, too fast for him, closing

stages. This is absolutely superb

1:23:231:23:27

from Andrew Musgrave. Just under

four kilometres away from something

1:23:271:23:33

that 15 years ago, we couldn't have

even dreamt of. In British sport.

1:23:331:23:42

Krueger has set his stall out early,

it's up to Klaebo and Andrew

1:23:421:23:47

Musgrave and the rest of the

world-class field who are chasing

1:23:471:23:50

down this brave Norwegian to deny

him what would be a fantastic goal

1:23:501:23:57

but all. Andrew Musgrave leading the

charge, now 14 seconds. Spitsov is

1:23:571:24:04

right up there, in third in the

maroon outfit. He was also on the

1:24:041:24:10

ground in that tumble with Krueger.

Right at the beginning of the race.

1:24:101:24:15

Musgrave doing all the hard work.

Silver medal position, I am just

1:24:151:24:21

enjoying saying that! Come on,

Andrew! Krueger clearly feels as

1:24:211:24:29

though going hard with for climate

is to go is his best chance of

1:24:291:24:36

getting on the podium and winning.

-- four kilometres to go. When will

1:24:361:24:42

we see a move from Johannes Hoesflot

Klaebo, the World Cup leader who has

1:24:421:24:48

dominated the circuit over the last

four or five months?

1:24:481:24:55

four or five months? Andrew Musgrave

in second. Let's not forget about

1:24:551:24:58

Alex Harvey, the Canadian is chasing

their nation's first male

1:24:581:25:02

cross-country skiing medal. History

on the line all across the first

1:25:021:25:08

seven or eight men. And the gap is

growing. 20 seconds. Andrew Musgrave

1:25:081:25:14

needs to keep driving and believing.

What a break this is from Krueger.

1:25:141:25:20

If you are new cross-country skiing

and more used long-distance running,

1:25:201:25:35

that's the same kind of thing. The

Britain needs to hold on, Maurice

1:25:351:25:42

Manificat now in second. Dario

Cologna in third, Spitsov, and now a

1:25:421:25:49

few metres open up between Andrew

Musgrave and the men who are

1:25:491:25:55

currently not battling for three

medals, but two.

1:25:551:26:03

medals, but two. Because Krueger is

off the front and going for this.

1:26:031:26:07

Surely at some stage, bearing in

mind all that he has been through,

1:26:071:26:13

the wheels. Coming off

metaphorically. He has got to tire.

1:26:131:26:17

There are a couple of brutal climbs

to come between now and the finish.

1:26:171:26:20

But the longer the lead goes on, and

the more it increases, the more

1:26:201:26:28

softly few have. The Norwegians are

one of -- self belief he will have.

1:26:281:26:33

The Norwegians are one of the best

supported teams, he will know that

1:26:331:26:40

the lead has grown to 22 seconds.

Andrew Musgrave now drifting back to

1:26:401:26:46

seventh or eighth, needs to find

something in the closing stages. Now

1:26:461:26:50

it's 23 seconds. What a brave

performance from this man. Bearing

1:26:501:26:56

in mind he was flat on his face in

last place in the opening lap.

15

1:26:561:27:02

seconds into it, on his face, gets

up and pushes through. Phenomenal

1:27:021:27:07

from him and Musgrave.

He is in

eighth place at the moment,

1:27:071:27:14

Musgrave. Still a sensational

performance if he finishes in the

1:27:141:27:17

top ten. Just allowing a little bit

of a gap to open up. No one can

1:27:171:27:21

question his commitment to the

sport. And to this race in

1:27:211:27:26

particular. His best chance, to

remind you, will come in the 15 K.

1:27:261:27:31

He's not out of this yet. But

Krueger now, little over a mile away

1:27:311:27:41

from a slice of British history --

Olympic history. Mo Farah got off

1:27:411:27:51

the deck to win the 10,000 metres

last

1:27:511:27:58

last day, and Simen Hegstad Krueger

has got off the floor and somehow

1:27:581:28:04

clawed back into the lead. At one

stage, Krueger was something like 37

1:28:041:28:09

seconds off the pace of the leaders.

1:28:091:28:16

Andrew Musgrave has gone past

Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo. He is the

1:28:181:28:26

World Cup leader.

1:28:261:28:32

World Cup leader. Simen Hegstad

Krueger, leading. We have just got

1:28:321:28:34

to watch and see whether that lead

begins to be eroded. I think they're

1:28:341:28:41

closing a little bit. At one stage,

this is Sundby with the rock-solid

1:28:411:28:53

golden beard, he has close the gap

from 22 seconds to 14. Andrew

1:28:531:28:59

Musgrave has got to hang on. He has

Dario Cologna just in front of him.

1:28:591:29:04

I think Klaebo may have run his

race, he is now 32 seconds adrift.

1:29:041:29:14

The man that deal Norwegians are

getting excited about might well

1:29:141:29:17

produce a gold medal but it's not

going to come in this skiathlon

1:29:171:29:21

unless he does something ridiculous

in the last kilometre.

1:29:211:29:30

in the last kilometre. Sundby can

see his compatriot up ahead of him

1:29:301:29:35

and he has got Hans Kristian

Holland, it could be Norwegian one,

1:29:351:29:41

two, three. Because also, Denis

Spitsov, the Olympic Athlete from

1:29:411:29:55

Russia, also fell at the beginning.

The Norwegians are closing down on

1:29:551:30:01

Krueger and they have a monstrous

climb still to content between now

1:30:011:30:03

and the finish.

1:30:031:30:09

Here it is... He is seriously

hurting now. His lead has been

1:30:111:30:15

halved from 22 seconds down to 11.

Sundby in second place... He has

1:30:151:30:21

Holund just behind him. Norway,

occupying all three medal positions

1:30:211:30:26

at the moment. Their lungs will be

absolutely bursting. The Frenchman

1:30:261:30:33

Maurice Manificat coming into the

mix with four. Spitsov in fifth.

1:30:331:30:40

Alex Harvey insects, with Andrew

Musgrave around about seventh place

1:30:401:30:44

at the moment. Ahead of the

defending champion, Cologna.

1:30:441:30:53

Sensational from Andrew Musgrave.

Phenomenal so far. What can they do

1:30:531:30:58

in the closing stages? Is it to be

glory for son and heartache for

1:30:581:31:07

Krueger? -- for Sundby? Now, he can

soak up the applause. What a

1:31:071:31:16

performance! Surely they've left it

too late here?

1:31:161:31:23

too late here? An absolutely

incredible piece of cross-country

1:31:231:31:25

skiing from all three of these men.

Krueger, having fallen right at the

1:31:251:31:32

start of the race is going to finish

the day in a blaze of glory. An

1:31:321:31:41

absolutely incredible recovery

against one of the best skiathlon

1:31:411:31:44

fields ever assembled. Krueger is

the Winter Olympic champion. He was

1:31:441:31:50

down at the start but he wasn't out.

He didn't give up. The very epitome

1:31:501:31:55

of what the Winter Olympics is all

about. It is a one, two, three for

1:31:551:32:04

the Norwegians. Holland coming home

for the bronze. We are still waiting

1:32:041:32:09

for Andrew Musgrave. A sensational

effort from the Britain. Cologna

1:32:091:32:17

just ahead. Andrew Musgrave in

seventh, in 29th was the best

1:32:171:32:24

position previously for a British

cross-country skier. He says we

1:32:241:32:27

Brits can be world class as well.

What a race and what a finish from

1:32:271:32:31

Musgrave. The World Cup leader,

Klaebo, could only finish in tenth.

1:32:311:32:37

What a race and what a day, if

that's the first time you've ever

1:32:371:32:43

watched cross-country skiing, this

is how good the sport can be!

1:32:431:32:45

Williams racing.

1:32:451:32:51

Williams racing.

What a race from

Andrew Musgrave and from Krueger.

1:32:511:32:55

He's never been on the podium

before. Now an Olympic gold

1:32:551:32:58

medallist.

My goodness.

1:32:581:33:07

medallist.

My goodness. Niskanen,

the early leader in that race,

1:33:071:33:11

pushing the pace. That fellow,

Sundby, in second. Krueger was down,

1:33:111:33:18

flat on his face and contemplating

you suspect, for a split second not

1:33:181:33:23

getting to the finish. A reminder,

Andrew Musgrave of Great Britain has

1:33:231:33:29

finished in seventh, in this, one of

the most brutal tests of

1:33:291:33:33

cross-country skiing. He has beaten,

among others, the World Cup leader

1:33:331:33:38

Klaebo. Marcus Hellman, the 2010

skiathlon champion. Daniel

1:33:381:33:47

Rickardsson, the bronze medallist

from four years ago. Phenomenal

1:33:471:33:51

performance from the man whose

career began at Huntly. Let's take

1:33:511:33:55

nothing away from Krueger. He fell

right at the start of the race. Over

1:33:551:34:04

half a minute behind the leaders. At

one point. Then he found the

1:34:041:34:10

motivation and the drive, and the

belief, to come back into the race

1:34:101:34:15

and sweep past them all on the

freestyle, not his favourite

1:34:151:34:19

technique. His best discipline is

the classical. He lost the

1:34:191:34:22

opportunity to impose himself on the

race in the first 15 kilometres. But

1:34:221:34:27

how brave was that? With four

limiters to go. Sundby congratulates

1:34:271:34:32

his compatriot. These guys are

metaphorical rock stars in Norway.

1:34:321:34:40

Krueger may not have generated as

much publicity in the lead up to

1:34:401:34:44

this as his younger compatriot. But

he will be the toast of his nation

1:34:441:34:48

tonight. That is for sure. What a

performance. I think it may even top

1:34:481:34:56

Mo Farah climbing off the floor to

win the 10,000 metres in London. He

1:34:561:35:01

was so far adrift, for such a long

time. He could easily have given up.

1:35:011:35:08

The one, two, three, to Norway. An

incredible race for the man just

1:35:081:35:14

crowned the Winter Olympic champion.

What an amazing performance from

1:35:141:35:18

Great Britain's Andrew Musgrave,

finishing in seventh. Cross-country

1:35:181:35:23

at its finest here in South Korea.

Incredible, for Krueger to win that.

1:35:231:35:37

What a race from Andrew Musgrave,

the best place finished ever by a

1:35:371:35:43

British cross-country skier was 20

night, that was him in 2014, Sochi.

1:35:431:35:47

He will be delighted with what he

has done today. You may notice that

1:35:471:35:51

we've made a move from our balcony

on one side of the building to this

1:35:511:35:55

on the other side of the building.

We have some special guests joining

1:35:551:36:00

us later on. You see in the

backdrop, the ski jump dominating

1:36:001:36:04

the skyline here. Right behind that

was the cross-country. That's where

1:36:041:36:11

Andrew Musgrave put that phenomenal

race down. But we are going to have

1:36:111:36:16

a look at the headlines on day two,

as we head into the late afternoon

1:36:161:36:20

here in Pyeongchang. Here's what has

happened so far... American teenager

1:36:201:36:26

read Gerard upset the form book to

get the gold ahead of Max Parrot and

1:36:261:36:34

Mark McMorris. Another big winner on

day two so far has unfortunately

1:36:341:36:41

been the Pyeongchang weather. High

winds meaning the women's slopestyle

1:36:411:36:48

qualification cannot take place

today. All the men's Alpine skiing

1:36:481:36:54

race. Another event unaffected by

the weather, the figure skating team

1:36:541:36:59

event started before even the

Opening Ceremony had taken place. It

1:36:591:37:03

involves the men's and women's pairs

and an ice dance element. Today was

1:37:031:37:08

the pairs. Let's go to the

Gangneung, Ice Arena and see the

1:37:081:37:12

best of the pair 's action with

Robin Cousins and Katherine Downes.

1:37:121:37:20

COMMENTATOR: Looking to retake that

top spot. These are some big

1:37:201:37:27

Canadian chances for a gold medal.

Perhaps even in the individual. If

1:37:271:37:35

Megan DuHamel and Eric Radford

cannot capture the top spot for team

1:37:351:37:38

Canada, who can? Silver at last

year's team event, they go for the

1:37:381:37:45

gold this time...

1:37:451:37:53

Opening with a triple twist...

1:38:171:38:22

Side by side triple Lutz...

1:38:351:38:47

The biggest element of the pairs

championship... If they go for it,

1:38:511:38:58

it is a throw

1:38:581:39:05

it is a throw quadruple Salchow.

Take a breath... They made it clean,

1:39:061:39:09

they got the rotation.

1:39:091:39:15

The triple Lutz, coming down... And

they got it.

1:40:251:40:37

The tricks from Canada's big guns,

surely enough to see them back in a

1:42:311:42:37

gold medal position?

Absolutely.

Probably one of the best

1:42:371:42:40

performances of the season so far,

that's what they want. Yes, yes,

1:42:401:42:44

yes, says Megan.

1:42:441:42:54

The red box for the throw quadruple,

that will be reviewed. I think she

1:42:591:43:04

made the rotation. The hands went

down.

How many times do we see

1:43:041:43:12

quadruples in pairs skating?

Not

that often. They've been working on

1:43:121:43:16

it for a while. There were a couple

of other teams. We famously saw the

1:43:161:43:21

Chinese team crashing into the

boards. At the Olympics. Not the

1:43:211:43:27

best landing for them out of the

triple twist. The side by side

1:43:271:43:32

Lutzs.

1:43:321:43:40

Lutzs. No question, she made it on

one foot. Clean backwards. The

1:43:401:43:45

triple Salchow, a double toe loop

and another.

1:43:451:43:53

and another. You can see her taking

those intakes of breath, preparing

1:43:531:43:56

and regrouping herself. If I've ever

had a complaint about this pairing,

1:43:561:44:07

their height size and their skating

styles are so different that every

1:44:071:44:12

now and again, it doesn't match. It

doesn't blend. Then you deliver

1:44:121:44:16

material like they deliver. And it

is forgiven. You accept that that is

1:44:161:44:21

the way it is. Rock-solid. Superb.

They are so strong, the two of them,

1:44:211:44:30

as athletes.

Megan has been around a

long time, very strong. She has

1:44:301:44:35

always had this power.

You can see

the muscles in her back and her

1:44:351:44:40

arms, she is not the delicate female

we see in some pairs. She is a real

1:44:401:44:45

powerhouse.

1:44:451:44:49

powerhouse.

She says it was a good

fight. Yes, it is!

1:44:521:44:59

fight. Yes, it is!

148.51, a massive

lead for them in this pairs free

1:45:011:45:04

skating then. Ten points clear of

the Italians in second place. That

1:45:041:45:09

puts Canada back up to the top of

the standings. They are in a gold

1:45:091:45:15

medal position, just where they

wanted to be at the end of this

1:45:151:45:19

second day of the team competition.

Of course there is the men's ladies

1:45:191:45:24

and ice dance to come tomorrow.

Sensational dancing from the

1:45:241:45:29

Canadian pairs, let's have a look

and see what it does to the overall

1:45:291:45:32

standings in the team event of the

figure skating...

1:45:321:45:39

Canada are one of the favourite and

then out in front. It's a much

1:45:411:45:45

closer bunch in the chasing pack but

Canada certainly was quite a

1:45:451:45:49

commanding lead ahead of the rest of

the elements of that team event.

1:45:491:45:54

Snowboarding became an Olympic sport

back in 1998. It had an interesting

1:45:581:46:02

history over the last 20 years, from

a sport that wasn't necessarily one

1:46:021:46:07

that many of the athletes look

forward to the one that has become

1:46:071:46:11

one of the favourite events here at

Pyeongchang.

1:46:111:46:19

When it was announced in 1996 that

snowboarding was going to be part of

1:46:191:46:23

the elliptic staple of sports, I was

still a pro snowboarder, freeriding

1:46:231:46:27

and enjoying my winters. And like

most of the core of my sport, I was

1:46:271:46:33

outraged because skiing was to

control the qualification process

1:46:331:46:36

for snowboarding at the elliptic.

But two years later come the event,

1:46:361:46:40

I couldn't resist watching the best

snowboarders in the world on the

1:46:401:46:49

biggest stage.

The best event of the games was the

1:46:491:46:51

parallel giant slalom, not the most

inspired discipline but it somehow

1:46:511:46:58

managed to poke the establishment in

the eye.

Snowboarding's first ever

1:46:581:47:04

Olympic challenge...

He has failed

eight dogs test.

I wonder -- drugs

1:47:041:47:13

test. I won the medal and it was the

best moment of my life, and I lost

1:47:131:47:17

the drugs test and it was the worst

moment of my life.

The idea of the

1:47:171:47:21

first gold medallist testing

positive for drugs would be

1:47:211:47:25

ridiculously embarrassing. But in

snowboarding it was celebrated

1:47:251:47:28

because their identity is fiercely

antiestablishment and

1:47:281:47:32

counterculture. The half pipe went

ahead without the legend whose

1:47:321:47:38

boycott of the games was an example

of an anti-Olympic attitude in the

1:47:381:47:44

core. The Swiss athlete took the

men's optician, the German athletes

1:47:441:47:51

the women. Europe and not win

another half pipe gold for 16 years.

1:47:511:47:58

It is incredible to think where pipe

riding is today. That was absolutely

1:47:581:48:04

cutting edge but riders are just six

feet or two metres out of the pipe

1:48:041:48:08

and the tricks are so basic. You can

also see very clearly that fashions

1:48:081:48:12

have changed but that was ever the

case in snowboarding.

1:48:121:48:19

Good luck to the athletes and let

the games begin!

My abiding memory

1:48:191:48:24

of Salt Lake City but two gold

medallists. They both hail from one

1:48:241:48:30

of the few places in the world with

a super pipe. Kenny Clark would

1:48:301:48:37

still be in contention for a gold

medal in this Olympics. -- Kelly

1:48:371:48:45

Clark.

The crowd go absolutely wild!

1:48:451:48:56

The 2006 games represented turning

point for snowboarding at the

1:49:011:49:03

Olympics. Up until then, half pipe

had been the headline act but it was

1:49:031:49:07

difficult for people to relate to

the physical act of riding a half

1:49:071:49:10

pipe and some of the ridiculous

trick names.

1:49:101:49:16

trick names. In contrast, border

cross was beautifully simple. 46

1:49:181:49:23

riders go through, and its

aggressive fast and physical. And it

1:49:231:49:29

provided one of the most iconic

moments.

This is a lot of honour...

1:49:291:49:38

Oh, drama! She is down!

1:49:381:49:44

Oh, drama! She is down! Freedom!

Freedom! Unbelievable!

The men's

1:49:461:49:50

half pipe also produced a memorable

results. But it was no supplies.

1:49:501:49:55

Sean White announced himself on the

world stage with his first Olympic

1:49:551:49:58

gold. History repeated itself in

Vancouver in 2010. Sean White had

1:49:581:50:05

sewn up the gold medal after his

first run so the only question was

1:50:051:50:13

whether he would land the Tomahawk.

Are we going to see it? All three?

1:50:131:50:25

Here we go. Has he got it? He has!

1:50:251:50:34

The women's half pipe final from

that here is one of my personal

1:50:361:50:39

favourite. This run was one of the

most complete I have seen in the men

1:50:391:50:44

or women category, stylish,

technical and lots of amplitude.

1:50:441:50:52

Russia saw the introduction of

slopestyle welcome by snowboarding,

1:50:521:50:58

because it reflects the kind of

snowboarding that people do all over

1:50:581:51:02

the world. So suddenly snowboarding

was opened up to everyone and from a

1:51:021:51:08

British point of view, this was even

more exciting because we had one of

1:51:081:51:11

the most dominating forces in

women's slopestyle.

Looking very

1:51:111:51:16

solid for Jenny Jones.

Check out the

grab! Put the UK out of their

1:51:161:51:24

misery!

Jenny Jones, bronze

medallist.

1:51:241:51:31

Pyeongchang sees big air make it

Olympic debut, another event which

1:51:361:51:39

will have viewers on the edge of

their seats and with British

1:51:391:51:43

interest to look forward to. There's

no doubt that snowboarding has come

1:51:431:51:48

a long way from Olympic outcast to

part of the family.

1:51:481:51:54

Not many would have predicted that.

At Aussie I would have sums special

1:51:541:51:58

guests, -- I told you I would have

some special guests, wearing

1:51:581:52:04

quarter, Jamie Nicholls, Edley, or

joining me. -- Reverend Richard

1:52:041:52:10

Coles.

How you would join the

balcony? It's cold!

1:52:101:52:13

We just saw the history of the

snowboarding of the Olympic Games,

1:52:191:52:26

how is it viewed in the wider

snowboarding community?

Over the

1:52:261:52:29

last 20 years, there's been a huge

progression that we've seen every

1:52:291:52:35

four years, riders wanting to come

to the Olympics with new tricks of

1:52:351:52:39

the want to be faster and better.

That has accelerated with each

1:52:391:52:44

Olympic cycle. Snowboarding is as

much of an art as a sport so there

1:52:441:52:52

is a real push me and pull you as to

whether the elliptic has been

1:52:521:52:55

positive. This Olympics especially

feels like it's marking and

1:52:551:53:04

transition, it's an accepted part of

the sport and people who are

1:53:041:53:07

following the Olympic dream am happy

to do so and the sport's ascetic

1:53:071:53:11

side is the other side.

How do you

view the Olympic snowboarding

1:53:111:53:20

movement? You're behind it, you have

got the Team GB kit on and you are

1:53:201:53:23

part of the games.

And super excited

to be here, it's my second Olympics

1:53:231:53:31

and just to make the team again is a

dream come true to represent your

1:53:311:53:35

country. It's good to be here.

How

has it lived up, your first

1:53:351:53:43

Olympics?

It's been an amazing

experience my first time here, and

1:53:431:53:48

to have Jamie and Billy around as

well to help me out.

You have got

1:53:481:53:52

your first runs under way, a bitter

disappointment for Jamie with the

1:53:521:53:57

scores you got the first round and

then the second run.

Something like

1:53:571:54:02

that, I was gutted about my score

and I felt like for me, I was gutted

1:54:021:54:08

how low it was. But that's just how

competitive snowboarding goes. I

1:54:081:54:12

said it before and those kind of

things are totally out of your

1:54:121:54:15

control,.

1:54:151:54:18

You have got to deal with the

positives, I landed a man that I was

1:54:181:54:23

proud of and happy with and super

happy about that.

You got some great

1:54:231:54:30

commentary experience as well, thank

you for joining the boys! How do you

1:54:301:54:36

reflect on your first ever Olympic

runs?

Pretty good, I didn't land

1:54:361:54:40

mine unfortunately. But really

gutted about that.

Still got a big

1:54:401:54:46

air next week.

It has been amazing

and the course was really fun to

1:54:461:54:52

ride.

How was the course, how did it

compare to Sochi?

I thought the

1:54:521:54:57

course was brilliant. It's one of

the best courses I've ever ridden.

1:54:571:55:01

So many different lines, really

creative lines in there and we seem

1:55:011:55:06

they have introduced the sides

take-offs which they did not have in

1:55:061:55:08

Sochi. It's a very creative course,

more than Sochi. I'm fortunate that

1:55:081:55:17

I didn't get to the finals but I

have still got big air.

Loads are

1:55:171:55:22

still to come. You were there

commentating on the boys and the boy

1:55:221:55:29

who wasn't here, Billy, what did you

think of the performances and the

1:55:291:55:35

boys who made it through to the

final, don't give away the winner!

1:55:351:55:38

Yesterday qualifying was brilliant,

we love it, we love watching

1:55:381:55:43

Yesterday qualifying was brilliant,

we love it, we love watching it and

1:55:431:55:44

die testing it. It's extra special

when your friends are there writing.

1:55:441:55:49

In the commentary, we said we were

gutted for Jamie and we thought it

1:55:491:55:52

was iffy judging, maybe it was there

or thereabouts. It's easy to get

1:55:521:55:59

caught up in the emotions. They did

themselves proud. In the contest

1:55:591:56:06

they were unlucky, but in practice,

they absolutely killed it like every

1:56:061:56:10

now. He put the trick down every

single time he practised, but he

1:56:101:56:20

fell in the contest. That's the way

it goes. These are the 40 best

1:56:201:56:24

snowboarders in the world and we

have three Brits in their and we

1:56:241:56:31

nearly had for. Really pleased to

their achievements.

The final was

1:56:311:56:35

this morning but before we talk

about that, we were supposed to have

1:56:351:56:39

the women today, you were down

there, they were cancelled, how

1:56:391:56:41

windy was it?

It was bad, with no

boarding, if it's constant, you can

1:56:411:56:48

deal with it. If the course is right

and the wind is constant, you just

1:56:481:56:54

upload speed. At this course, the

riders were already at full feed.

1:56:541:56:59

The problem was it was gusty. One

rider would be OK and would make it

1:56:591:57:05

over the job of the next one would

get a gust of wind and it would hold

1:57:051:57:09

them up they would go short of the

jumps.

It important to remember how

1:57:091:57:14

the jumps are, but if you make a

mistake, you could get a serious

1:57:141:57:19

injury or worse.

Have you had a

chance to speak to any since this

1:57:191:57:24

morning? She's now in two straight

-- to Aimee. She is now into a

1:57:241:57:30

straight final tomorrow.

Less

pressure going in, because you have

1:57:301:57:34

not got to worry about

qualifications, just straight final.

1:57:341:57:40

Two runs, all nothing! She may have

just go for it.

Your cousin Katie

1:57:401:57:46

Ormerod was meant to be racing in

that, but she had that really

1:57:461:57:50

unfortunate couple of injuries, have

you spoken to her, how is she?

Yes,

1:57:501:57:54

I'm actually going to see her

tomorrow. I was devastated, it was

1:57:541:58:00

awful with her arm and stuff. Going

into the second day of practice, she

1:58:001:58:06

is very tense going into the first

round, she just slipped off the

1:58:061:58:11

rail. I have seen so many people

slipped off the rail and do exactly

1:58:111:58:14

the same but she came out with a

broken heel. She was in so much

1:58:141:58:19

pain. I was crying, it made me cry,

it was awful. She's family, so.

Wish

1:58:191:58:25

her all the very best from all of

us, we were also gutted. The boys

1:58:251:58:32

will stay with us, we will look at

the men's final in a second. If you

1:58:321:58:37

have any questions, get in touch.

I'm not going to hand over to the

1:58:371:58:43

soap style final because you were in

the commentary booth, it --

1:58:431:58:48

slopestyle, so you introduce it!

No,

I'm not that good!

Jamie Nicholls

1:58:481:58:54

was in the commentary box for the

men's slopestyle final earlier

1:58:541:58:59

today.

1:58:591:59:05

So, Mark Mcmorris, the most

successful rider in history.

He

1:59:051:59:09

needs to clean up the run and he

should see a considerable hike in

1:59:091:59:13

his scores. What he's doing is good.

So difficult. The tail slide 450,

1:59:131:59:22

and then a wrong way care to normal

on the hip. He looks

1:59:221:59:28

uncharacteristically sketchy.

It's

always so perfect with Mark

1:59:281:59:33

Mcmorris. Where it used to seeing

its flowing for him, but he's

1:59:331:59:38

forcing it it looks like.

1:59:381:59:46

forcing it it looks like. Alley-oop,

or against. A front triple well

1:59:461:59:51

held, and aback triple.

Anything you

can do, I can do!

He cannot do it

1:59:512:00:01

better but he can do it.

So he has

upped his game. He has gone and

2:00:012:00:09

turned a corkscrew. He has opted the

second jump and third jumps from his

2:00:092:00:13

first run.

2:00:132:00:19

It is first place, 85.2.

That is a

good run.

2:00:192:00:27

good run.

So, the young rider on

whom all American hopes are

2:00:302:00:33

pinned... Redmond Gerard.

He has a

lot of pressure. He is well

2:00:332:00:42

respected, well liked, loved in the

snowboard community.

Six of seven

2:00:422:00:48

kids, he built a Snow Park on his

back garden in Colorado.

And he does

2:00:482:00:55

this... A big nose bone over the

goalposts.

That is the new desktop

2:00:552:01:04

screensaver. Through the ball... We

love that.

If you cannot see it or

2:01:042:01:09

hear it, he is letting the nose of

the board clip the rail on the way

2:01:092:01:14

over. Now, he needs the Spieth

through here. -- he needs the speed.

2:01:142:01:23

Much better speed. He has landed

that one!

Pumping for speed, he is

2:01:232:01:32

willing at on. He got the triple...

Yes!

Red Gerard is a cat among the

2:01:322:01:41

pigeons. Wallop!

I tell you what you

were talking about pressure. The

2:01:412:01:46

whole of America pressure on his

shoulders. He has gone and

2:01:462:01:49

delivered.

That was clean. Look at

that. This is incredible. The man

2:01:492:01:57

who has been forcing square pegs

into round holes for the first two

2:01:572:02:01

runs, is he going to drive the

frontside triple? We have seen him

2:02:012:02:06

go twice so hard. He wants this.

It's the only wake he will take hold

2:02:062:02:11

now. If he can do a frontside

triple. The rest of the run isn't

2:02:112:02:16

strong enough without it.

2:02:162:02:24

strong enough without it. 270 on the

down bar... A backside 360.

He

2:02:252:02:31

proved a lot of people wrong with

his rail section today.

He needs to

2:02:312:02:39

take it easy on the backside

rodeo... And here we go... Hold your

2:02:392:02:42

breath!

2:02:422:02:49

breath! 3.5, is the speed with him?

Just a double... He plays it safe.

2:02:492:02:54

He hasn't unveiled a triple. Ooh! A

backside triple! To finish off, he

2:02:542:03:06

cleans the run, steering clear of

the triple on the second jump, what

2:03:062:03:12

did the judges do now?

This is it,

the judges have a huge decision to

2:03:122:03:17

make now.

2:03:172:03:22

make now. 86! Silver medal position

for Max Parrot, the American

2:03:242:03:28

17-year-old Red Gerard storms the

men's slopestyle finals. Mark

2:03:282:03:36

McMorris will be bronze again. Max

Parrot in silver, two Canadian

2:03:362:03:41

medals, one American. The Norwegians

are left wanting.

Turning up with a

2:03:412:03:47

packet of crayons, delivering a

money!

That lived up to all

2:03:472:03:51

expectations.

2:03:512:03:56

expectations. -- Monet. Red Gerard,

taking the gold back to the United

2:03:562:04:02

States. Max Parrot in silver. Mark

McMorris with a bronze medal.

The

2:04:022:04:08

United States of America!

Red

Gerard, the American meat in a

2:04:082:04:13

Canadian sandwich. A gold medal. The

kid from Colorado in the first time

2:04:132:04:19

of asking. Congratulations, Red

. Life will be very different for

2:04:192:04:34

him when he gets home. Sensational

stuff from Red Gerard in the final.

2:04:342:04:40

Jamie and

2:04:402:04:41

stuff from Red Gerard in the final.

Jamie and Rowan are alongside me.

2:04:412:04:42

Put into context that race, how good

was it?

He was clearly, I mean, he

2:04:422:04:50

is from top to bottom nailing it. A

superb clean run. The whole of the

2:04:502:04:59

course, from going over the quarter

pipe take-off, and into the down

2:04:592:05:03

flip, nobody else was doing that.

Just him. And the side take-off on

2:05:032:05:08

the second. The jump feature, nobody

else is doing that. He definitely

2:05:082:05:13

deserved to win.

He was amazing. 17

years old, would you have picked him

2:05:132:05:19

to be a gold medallist at the end of

that final?

He was definitely up

2:05:192:05:23

there, I think. He has been smashing

it for the last few years. He was

2:05:232:05:28

definitely up there, one of the few

who would do it.

And he is a

2:05:282:05:34

likeable and will respected guy on

the circuit.

Definitely. Everybody

2:05:342:05:38

loves Red

2:05:382:05:40

the circuit.

Definitely. Everybody

loves Red, he is amazing and a good

2:05:402:05:41

kid. He is a good snowboarder on the

cause. Everybody respects him. Not

2:05:412:05:49

only has he won a gold, but he is

good for snowboarding as well.

We do

2:05:492:05:54

have a funny Instagram picture that

they will put

2:05:542:05:56

have a funny Instagram picture that

they will put on the screen of Red

2:05:562:05:57

Gerard when he was a youngster...

Is

that the one with the glasses on? I

2:05:572:06:04

love that picture!

I bet you don't

have any of these embarrassing

2:06:042:06:09

pictures...!

You think, was it taken

last week or something!

2:06:092:06:15

pictures...!

You think, was it taken

last week or something!

You will all

2:06:152:06:17

be back and he will be in the big

air. For both of you, probably

2:06:172:06:22

slopestyle, that is your favourite

events? Are you setting your sights

2:06:222:06:26

high on the big air?

I think

slopestyle is my favourite, but the

2:06:262:06:31

last season I've had really good

results in the big air. I'm looking

2:06:312:06:34

forward to it. Hopefully I will get

to land it!

I have seen your

2:06:342:06:40

training shots, and the big blow-up

trampoline kind of thing. How has it

2:06:402:06:47

been going?

If it wasn't for UK

Sport and the funding towards the

2:06:472:06:55

airbag, it has massively helped.

It's helped both of us with our

2:06:552:06:58

training for these games. Not only

have we managed to learn new tricks

2:06:582:07:03

but also to work on the tricks we

can already do. But in a risk-free

2:07:032:07:08

environment which really helps, so

close to the games. You don't want

2:07:082:07:12

to be injured. Two months out, when

we were training back in December,

2:07:122:07:17

we were already scared. To have that

is amazing. We've both learn tricks

2:07:172:07:24

on it and hopefully we can add it

into the big air.

I took a trip down

2:07:242:07:31

to the big air. It is high! It is a

big and a high jump. What goes

2:07:312:07:36

through your mind before you put

yourself down the slope, with a huge

2:07:362:07:41

kick in front of you?

Your first run

is always the scariest. I don't like

2:07:412:07:47

to go first. Normally I let someone

else go first! Get over it, make

2:07:472:07:52

sure you don't land on your knuckle.

It is basically where the start of

2:07:522:08:01

the landing is.

You definitely don't

want to land there. It isn't good on

2:08:012:08:08

your knees.

I can imagine. Billy

Morgan is probably the big air

2:08:082:08:15

specialist between you?

He got an X

Games bronze in it.

There will be a

2:08:152:08:23

high expectation from him. What

would be good for you?

As always,

2:08:232:08:29

coming into any contest, it's always

about trying your best. If you put

2:08:292:08:36

down your own, and do your best that

day, you can walk away proud. I hope

2:08:362:08:41

I can go and do the runs that I want

to do. Maybe it gets me in the

2:08:412:08:46

finals or maybe not but if I can

land it, I would be happy. ?

The

2:08:462:08:50

same. Land the best possible trick I

can do on the jump. If it gets to

2:08:502:08:58

the finals, that's amazing but if

not, I've done what I came to do,

2:08:582:09:00

which is my best.

Can you give us a

small insight into life as a GB

2:09:002:09:09

athlete?

And not even sure when we

start training!

I believe the 21st

2:09:092:09:13

is the big air...

18th, training I

believe. We have about a week off.

2:09:132:09:21

Spend time enjoying the games, watch

the other events and support

2:09:212:09:25

team-mates in other disciplines.

Have a good time and stuff, some of

2:09:252:09:28

my family are coming out tomorrow so

I will see them. And I will see

2:09:282:09:33

Katie tomorrow which I'm really

excited about.

We will pass on our

2:09:332:09:38

best. Thank you for coming up to our

freezing balcony! We are going

2:09:382:09:43

inside. Going to an Ice Arena for

the speed skating. Sven Kramer is

2:09:432:09:50

going for his fourth gold medal in a

row in the 5000 metres speed

2:09:502:09:55

skating.

2:09:552:09:55

row in the 5000 metres speed

skating. If you are not clued up on

2:09:552:09:57

it, this is our handy guide...

2:09:572:10:05

it, this is our handy guide... In

speed skating, the aim is simple.

2:10:062:10:09

Race a defined distance as fast as

possible. It's the ultimate test of

2:10:092:10:14

speed and technique. The event

expose on a 400 meter oval track,

2:10:142:10:18

almost four times larger than the

short cause. In most individual

2:10:182:10:22

events, skaters race in pairs. On

separate tracks, known as the inner

2:10:222:10:26

and outer lanes.

2:10:262:10:31

and outer lanes. Event distances

range from 500 metres to 10,000

2:10:352:10:40

metres for men, and 500 metres to

5000 metres for women. Two teams of

2:10:402:10:44

three can compete against each other

starting from opposite sides. The

2:10:442:10:48

mass start is a new discipline

lasting 16 laps, and is the only

2:10:482:10:53

individual event where long track

speed skaters can be directly

2:10:532:10:56

against each other. Sven Kramer of

the Netherlands has back-to-back

2:10:562:11:01

5000 metre gold medals, but he is

targeting an elusive 10,000 metre

2:11:012:11:05

title. His Dutch compatriot will be

competing in her final Olympics in

2:11:052:11:14

Pyeongchang. COMMENTATOR: Welcome to

the Gangneung overall, and in the

2:11:142:11:22

nick of time, is the sixth pairing

of 11 in the men's 5000 metres. It

2:11:222:11:29

is not a heat, it is a pairing. They

are not strictly raising one another

2:11:292:11:34

in the sense that they are actually

racing in a whole field, trying

2:11:342:11:41

racing in a whole field, trying to

set it. Andrea Giovannini, in the

2:11:422:11:44

early going here, he is the fastest

of everyone who has gone at this

2:11:442:11:47

point, in green. In red, it's

outside the quickest time, but the

2:11:472:11:53

green means it is the number-1 time

of all, not just of the pairing.

2:11:532:11:58

Wilf O'Reilly, he is alongside me

here. It will be some meeting.

2:11:582:12:04

Billed as a heavyweight clash

between Sven Kramer, a three-time

2:12:042:12:14

Olympic champion, and now of Canada,

Ted-Jan Bloeman. He didn't get into

2:12:142:12:19

the Dutch team of four years ago,

but then he could move to Canada.

2:12:192:12:25

His father was born in New Brunswick

and since then he has gone like a

2:12:252:12:28

drain! A lot to come in this event?

5000 metres, 12.5 laps of the 400

2:12:282:12:38

metre track. Andrea Giovannini

almost one seconds slower than the

2:12:382:12:46

leaders at the moment. As the

skaters exchange lanes, one goes to

2:12:462:12:50

the outside. Norway's Haavard Boekko

on the inner lane there. Just coming

2:12:502:12:57

around the inside lane. Ten laps to

go.

2:12:572:13:08

go.

Both are outside of the fastest

times so far. Haavard Boekko of

2:13:082:13:12

Norway, with nine laps to go. The

2011 world champion of the shorter

2:13:122:13:18

distance, 1500 metres, and he's an

Olympic bronze medallist, he won in

2:13:182:13:24

Vancouver. And in the 1500, fourth

in the event in 2010. Boekko vast

2:13:242:13:35

experience to come interesting to

see if he has a chance of perhaps

2:13:352:13:37

being an outsider for a medal. It's

a tall order for him. He will need

2:13:372:13:43

to get moving from where he is at

the moment, over one second down on

2:13:432:13:46

the fastest time. The leader in the

clubhouse here, Seunghoon Lee. He

2:13:462:13:57

had a very fast finish and the crowd

went absolutely wild inside of this

2:13:572:14:02

8000 capacity arena. Barely a spare

seat in the house. Far more

2:14:022:14:06

excitement to come. Largely ceded.

It should get better and better the

2:14:062:14:15

longer it goes on. This is the sixth

pairing of 11.

Giovannini, in the

2:14:152:14:23

slipstream behind Boekko. In the

inner lane, skaters have one arm on

2:14:232:14:27

their back. A tight and tax

position. That blue line on the

2:14:272:14:31

screen is the winning time at this

particular time in the race.

2:14:312:14:39

particular time in the race. Four

hundredths of a second outside of

2:14:392:14:41

the leading time at this particular

moment.

To give you an idea of what

2:14:412:14:47

we expect from Giovannini, the

Italian on the left-hand side of the

2:14:472:14:51

picture, he was 70th in the event

four years ago but he does have

2:14:512:14:54

fourth place and sixth place in 5000

metre races in the World Cup series

2:14:542:14:59

over this winter -- 17th.

Both

skaters have an advantage, they know

2:14:592:15:05

what time has been previously

skated. As they come around the

2:15:052:15:09

turn, you should be able to see the

coaches on the left-hand side of the

2:15:092:15:12

screen. Giving them the lap times,

the other coach will be telling them

2:15:122:15:18

whether they need to increase in

speed or not.

Until the end, until

2:15:182:15:23

that final lap or so, how important

is it that these athletes ensure

2:15:232:15:28

they do not race against each other

and measure where they are compared

2:15:282:15:31

to each other, and actually

concentrate on their own schedule?

2:15:312:15:35

That is the most important part,

concentrating on your schedule and

2:15:352:15:38

then perhaps the last 800 metres,

really put down to the floor and

2:15:382:15:46

enable yourself to speed up.

2:15:462:15:51

This is the second and final batch

of skaters here in the men's 5000

2:15:512:15:57

metres, they resurfaced the ice and

we had to wait for it harder not

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ready for what will be the big

hitters in this competition. At the

2:16:022:16:08

moment we have harboured Paco from

Norway, only sixth fastest --

2:16:082:16:15

haven't Paco, only the 16th the

sixth fastest.

The quickest has been

2:16:152:16:25

Lee Seung-hoon, who did not make the

Vancouver games, but went on to win

2:16:252:16:37

the Olympic gold medal.

Not quite as

strong this winter, tenth is the

2:16:372:16:45

best place that he has managed so

far, Giovannini going slower and

2:16:452:16:53

slower. 1.5 laps to go for these

pair.

You can see Bokko, the left

2:16:532:16:59

shoulder is wobbling, speed is all

about leg power. He has that tight,

2:16:592:17:11

tucked position. He's not

maintaining it, he's not staying

2:17:112:17:16

tight on the blue line signifying

the markers on the 400 metres.

You

2:17:162:17:21

could see that he looks quite

upright there and stiff going around

2:17:212:17:25

that bend. This is the final bend

for harboured -- Bokko from Norway.

2:17:252:17:35

He has found the going tough here

and for the time being, the Korean

2:17:352:17:43

skater Lee Seung-hoon will be the

leader. He lost an awful lot of time

2:17:432:17:48

in the closing stages. And

Giovannini from Italy, way down in

2:17:482:17:53

the standings. Tenth fastest, and

night -- Bokko will be disappointed.

2:17:532:18:05

I think his face says it all. We can

see him in the replay, looks quite

2:18:052:18:11

comfortable, the racing suit is very

important, wind resistance, you can

2:18:112:18:17

see over the knees and the forehead,

they try to do it extensive wind

2:18:172:18:21

tunnel testing so the wind goes over

it.

So is this quite similar to

2:18:212:18:31

track cycling, with constant pushing

at the boundaries and the roles of

2:18:312:18:36

regulations in terms of the type of

materials and the extent to which

2:18:362:18:41

you can cover yourself up?

Absolutely. One of the things that

2:18:412:18:44

the speed skaters have to realise,

particularly in the short tracks, he

2:18:442:18:48

saw a lot of the girls, Elise

Christie yesterday, with their hair

2:18:482:18:53

outside of their helmet. These are

areas where you can win thousands of

2:18:532:18:57

the second.

So Davide Ghiotto from

Italy will be in the seventh

2:18:572:19:08

pairing, face here in the World

Championship, quite a character, as

2:19:082:19:11

you can see, the 24-year-old. And

Alexis Contin, the only French speed

2:19:112:19:18

skater hit at this competition. He

was fourth in the 10,000 metres in

2:19:182:19:25

Vancouver. So, the white armband of

Ghiotto signalling that he starts on

2:19:252:19:33

the inside lane. The red armband of

Contin sharing that he is on the

2:19:332:19:40

outside. And remember, they will

exchange later, swapped over, down

2:19:402:19:44

the back straight, each lap. To

ensure that everybody covers the

2:19:442:19:50

same distance.

2:19:502:19:56

same distance.

Both skaters having

an in-line skating background, moved

2:19:562:20:00

across to long track speed skating

because in-line speed skating is

2:20:002:20:05

still not some political discipline.

You see many of skaters moving

2:20:052:20:12

across from -- still got eight

summer Olympic discipline. You see

2:20:122:20:15

many of the skaters moving across.

You saw the changeover just then,

2:20:152:20:22

people may be wondering watching at

home, what happens when they are

2:20:222:20:24

neck and neck on the ice, who assert

their authority? Who has the right

2:20:242:20:30

of way? Or do you have athletes

colliding?

It happens very

2:20:302:20:38

occasionally but essentially the

rules state that the skater on the

2:20:382:20:40

outer lane, because they have

travelled the furthest distance,

2:20:402:20:44

they have the right of way.

Ten laps

to go, next time over the line,

2:20:442:20:51

coming up shortly.

2:20:512:20:57

coming up shortly. Ghiotto was sixth

in the recent European chaplain

2:20:572:20:59

chips over this distance. --

Championships.

2:20:592:21:09

You can see the coaching staff with

their boards on the side of the

2:21:092:21:13

tracks, a minute and a half into a

race which will probably be between

2:21:132:21:19

six and a quarter and six and a half

minutes. The latest time check now,

2:21:192:21:27

and Contin just under half a second

outside the quickest time. Sixth

2:21:272:21:37

fastest at this point and Ghiotto

with some grants to make up, just

2:21:372:21:40

the ninth fastest skater.

Nice

tucked position from both skaters,

2:21:402:21:48

evenly matched. The danger is that

you start skating against your

2:21:482:21:52

opponent as opposed to the time but

it's quite helpful if the skaters

2:21:522:21:55

are fairly evenly matched.

Aerodynamics key in sports such as

2:21:552:22:04

this, what is the ideal, a small

frontal area, bigger Crouch? Does

2:22:042:22:10

that compensate in terms of someone

who is more powerful and bigger but

2:22:102:22:14

not very aerodynamic?

That's right,

you're looking for a very rounded

2:22:142:22:21

back area, tucked position, the blue

line there is actually signifying a

2:22:212:22:25

leading time.

2:22:252:22:31

leading time.

He is slower than the

leader at the moment, Lee from

2:22:312:22:36

Korea. Close enough that he can keep

going, and you fastest time could be

2:22:362:22:43

in reach. Talking about dynamics?

Yes, you can see a lot of skaters,

2:22:432:22:51

Contin has taped over his skates and

that has a dual purpose, one, to

2:22:512:22:56

keep the laces fastened but also

make sure that the wind goes up

2:22:562:22:59

above the skates.

2:22:592:23:07

above the skates. He has brought it

back

2:23:072:23:13

back down and he is creeping back

slowly but surely.

2:23:132:23:20

slowly but surely. Contin has had

some success in the World

2:23:212:23:24

Championship 's.

We will see some

mass start races in this Olympics

2:23:242:23:29

for the first time. He is now the

leader of the track overall. The

2:23:292:23:38

fastest we have seen so far, Contin.

He looks very comfortable. You

2:23:382:23:44

normally see a grimace on his face

but you can see he's concentrating

2:23:442:23:48

very well, looking on the inside of

the term. This is still a little bit

2:23:482:23:51

slow at the moment. The last lap has

not been as quick as we would have

2:23:512:23:56

liked.

The Italian is over four

seconds slower. Way down of those

2:23:562:24:04

being out on the ice so far.

I think

that is one of the powers and the

2:24:042:24:18

skills of Sven Kramer, he can skate

a split second difference lap to

2:24:182:24:25

lap. His coach doesn't even need to

identify what time he skating.

2:24:252:24:32

Kramer said the Olympic record

fastest time in Sochi. There's every

2:24:322:24:38

chance that a livid record could go.

-- that Olympic record. Contin

2:24:382:24:44

trying to find some speed in his

legs in the closing stages to become

2:24:442:24:49

the new leader in the clubhouse.

For.

2:24:492:24:57

Two laps to go and he is losing

ground. He just got inside the

2:24:582:25:05

fastest time but it's slipping away

from him. Ghiotto will not figure

2:25:052:25:10

anywhere near the top of the

leaderboard at all.

2:25:102:25:19

leaderboard at all. He's not going

to add a high position to that six

2:25:192:25:21

in the European Championships.

Contin from Brittany takes the Bell,

2:25:212:25:30

400 metres to go as he grits his

teeth down the back straight. What's

2:25:302:25:36

he got left?

2:25:362:25:38

Contin is not going to set a new

fastest time. But how close can he

2:25:432:25:49

get? Into the finishing straight.

Alexis Contin from France the

2:25:492:25:59

quickest of this pairing, four

seconds outside the fastest time.

2:25:592:26:02

It's still Lee Seung-hoon from Korea

who leads so far. And a very tired

2:26:022:26:10

Davide Ghiotto from Italy, 15

seconds back.

2:26:102:26:21

We can see Contin and Ghiotto here,

again, those racing suits, the left

2:26:212:26:28

arm at the back, trying to gain the

maximum slipstream. And he's pushing

2:26:282:26:36

his foot out because it's when the

skate crosses the line that the time

2:26:362:26:39

will stop. A disappointing race for

Contin.

He has 6.18 and the two

2:26:392:26:53

Italians going in consecutive

pairings. There's our leader, Lee

2:26:532:26:58

Seung-hoon. Waiting, watching on.

But I think knowing that it's only a

2:26:582:27:08

matter of time before his position

at the top of the leaderboard

2:27:082:27:13

disappears. Jan Blokhuijsen from the

Netherlands and Peter Michael the

2:27:132:27:20

next up on the track. Blokhuijsen

the silver medallist four years ago

2:27:202:27:27

in Sochi, plenty of support inside

the stadium for him. And Peter

2:27:272:27:32

Michael from New Zealand, the first

Kiwi to win a speed skating while

2:27:322:27:36

chanting chips medal, he got bronze

-- World Championship medal, he got

2:27:362:27:42

bronze last year here and added the

team pursuit silver. A good pedigree

2:27:422:27:46

here. 12.5 laps of the track, this

is not heat, they just happen to be

2:27:462:27:56

going in pairs. It is a one and done

in the 5000 metres. One chance to

2:27:562:28:02

set the fastest time.

Both skaters

away. They know already the time

2:28:022:28:09

they will be looking for but of

course with the big guns still to

2:28:092:28:14

come, it's important that they

absolutely try and get the best time

2:28:142:28:17

that they can possibly get. Jan

Black

2:28:172:28:21

-- Jan Blokhuijsen already half a

second inside Lee from Korea.

So

2:28:252:28:33

Blokhuijsen from the Netherlands

already has three Olympic medals,

2:28:332:28:36

one of each colour, in his career

and he has team pursuit medal.

2:28:362:28:48

6:11.91 is his best. Both of these

skaters inside the previous fastest

2:28:482:28:56

time of Lee Seung-hoon. A very fast

start from Blokhuijsen.

His skates

2:28:562:29:06

are moulded to his feet and they

have a mechanism, about ten years

2:29:062:29:13

old, it is a hinge mechanism which

allows you to get more pressure into

2:29:132:29:16

the ice and more speed.

It is the

clicking sound that you can hear

2:29:162:29:22

from time to time. If you can look

closely, you can see a little

2:29:222:29:26

sister, a little gap at the back of

the skates when you lift them up of

2:29:262:29:30

the ice.

The coaches are there and

they will be instructing the

2:29:302:29:36

athletes, of their lap times, are

they on their schedule but they

2:29:362:29:42

pre-decided having seen the ice

conditions.

What is the advantage of

2:29:422:29:48

having clamped skates? They don't in

short track races.

In short track

2:29:482:29:56

races, the Blade opens so it would

be too dangerous. So the Skating

2:29:562:30:00

union decided to ban them in short

track speed skating.

So Blokhuijsen

2:30:002:30:12

in the traditional colours of the

Netherlands, this is the sport in

2:30:122:30:16

Holland, they absolutely love it.

Dutch radio and TV are here in great

2:30:162:30:21

numbers presenting their TV and

radio programmes from the Gangneung

2:30:212:30:24

Oval.

2:30:242:30:29

Oval.

We're looking for clean sweep,

the ladies won the gold, silver and

2:30:302:30:33

bronze yesterday in the 3000 metres.

And earlier, the Dutch skater didn't

2:30:332:30:39

perform very well said at least we

won't have a clean sweep here today.

2:30:392:30:42

Bob De Vries not as impressive as

many as would have exacted. Seven

2:30:422:30:47

laps to go. While inside the fastest

times. Blokhuijsen performing very

2:30:472:30:54

well and beginning the board at the

side of the tracks of the schedule.

2:30:542:31:04

Is the coach there,.

Jan Blokhuijsen

going out on a schedule of 6.12,

2:31:042:31:20

6.10.

6.10 is the Olympic record. He

knows he needs to do those kinds of

2:31:202:31:27

times to be competitive for a medal,

never mind trying to cause an upset

2:31:272:31:31

and get to the top of the podium.

The skaters trying to stay as tight

2:31:312:31:36

as possible. Drifting out quite a

lot there, he has two skate more

2:31:362:31:42

distance, more metres, then

necessarily.

Presumably the key is

2:31:422:31:46

to stay as close to the blue line as

much as possible, all the way

2:31:462:31:51

around. Still nearly four seconds up

on the time of Seunghoon Lee. Eking

2:31:512:31:57

out every fraction of a second, to

give themselves a chance. The

2:31:572:32:04

favourites are still to come out

here on the eyes. Jan Blokhuijsen of

2:32:042:32:11

the Netherlands, four laps to go. He

may be just inside of that Olympic

2:32:112:32:16

record. He lost a bit of ground on

the last lap. Just under four laps

2:32:162:32:24

to go now. He is still looking in

control of his effort, Jan

2:32:242:32:27

Blokhuijsen.

2:32:272:32:33

Blokhuijsen.

He just shouted, stay

down low! Ethan Lowe! Make

2:32:332:32:36

everything so efficient.

2:32:362:32:47

everything so efficient. Jan

Blokhuijsen, perhaps starting to

2:32:472:32:51

find the going tough. Remember, Lee

Seunghoon had a big sprint in the

2:32:512:32:58

final couple of laps, he pulled it

out of the bag. Jan Blokhuijsen will

2:32:582:33:05

have to dig in here. Yet he comes,

into the finishing straight. You can

2:33:052:33:11

see the effort on his face. Jan

Blokhuijsen getting a slowdown as he

2:33:112:33:19

can. Maintaining an aerodynamic

position. Adding the inside line of

2:33:192:33:23

the brand. He's done much better

their competitor last time. 200

2:33:232:33:29

metres to go, but cows and moving to

the outer lane. He needs to stay

2:33:292:33:34

tight on this. Peter Michael of New

Zealand, inside the previous fastest

2:33:342:33:40

time. As you can see, he is behind

the Dutchman. The blue line marks

2:33:402:33:46

the fastest time before this

pairing. It's going to be close! The

2:33:462:33:51

crowd are being made aware of that.

Michael, of New Zealand, has perhaps

2:33:512:33:57

saved the best until last. He has a

big spread here. Jan Blokhuijsen's

2:33:572:34:02

legs will be screaming at him now.

They are really hurting. Here they

2:34:022:34:06

come, into the finishing straight...

Will we have a new fastest time? We

2:34:062:34:12

most certainly are, but by how much?

Peter Michael, taking it on the

2:34:122:34:17

line. Just inside of the previous

time set by Lee Seunghoon. Michael

2:34:172:34:22

of New Zealand 6:14.0 seven. Looking

so good for so long. Leading lap

2:34:222:34:31

after lap. His time was only good

enough for fourth place. Already he

2:34:312:34:39

is outside of the medal placings. He

clearly didn't quite judge 's effort

2:34:392:34:43

to perfection but Michael really

did. Keeping his powder dry until it

2:34:432:34:49

mattered at the end. Having ensured

that he was in the ballpark. Hanging

2:34:492:34:54

in behind the Dutchman.

Disappointment for Jan Blokhuijsen.

2:34:542:34:59

But Peter Michael with a superb last

two laps. You could really see that

2:34:592:35:02

effort. Coming in, coming from

in-line skating. Accelerating,

2:35:022:35:08

racing against the clock. Completely

different racing against other

2:35:082:35:13

competitors.

And you can see the

frustration and disappointment on

2:35:132:35:19

the face of the Dutchman there. It

hasn't been a day so far. Of course,

2:35:192:35:25

that will all be forgotten if Sven

Kramer takes his fourth Olympic gold

2:35:252:35:30

medal. We don't have long to find

out. Lee Seunghoon is still in the

2:35:302:35:36

silver medal position there, Peter

Michael, the new leader, the first

2:35:362:35:41

Kiwi to win a speed skating World

Championship medal, the first from

2:35:412:35:45

New Zealand to win a gold medal at a

World Cup event, winning over 5000

2:35:452:35:49

metres in 2016 in a stunner. He had

success in his career already. He is

2:35:492:35:58

currently the leader at the moment.

This will be really interesting.

2:35:582:36:02

This pairing.

2:36:022:36:08

This pairing. The world

record-holder from Canada, Ted-Jan

2:36:082:36:12

Bloeman. He set it on the back end

of last year. And Norway,

2:36:122:36:20

represented by Sverre Pedersen. The

25-year-old from Bergen, he has won

2:36:202:36:24

World Cup races this winter,

including at 5000 metres, this

2:36:242:36:29

distance. We will talk more about

Ted-Jan Bloeman when we are under

2:36:292:36:32

way. But the billing ahead of this

is it could be a head-to-head

2:36:322:36:36

heavyweight clash, between Ted-Jan

Bloeman and Sven Kramer, going in

2:36:362:36:41

the next pairing. The way they go,

12.5 laps of the track in the men's

2:36:412:36:48

Olympic 5000 metres. Ted-Jan

Bloeman, basically could not get

2:36:482:36:53

into the Dutch team four years ago

in Sochi. His father was born in New

2:36:532:37:01

Brunswick. He has blossomed, he has

done really well. If he comes back

2:37:012:37:06

today, it really would come back to

haunt the Dutch! Certainly, he is

2:37:062:37:12

here to score goal. His coach from

Holland as well there with the white

2:37:122:37:18

cap on the left-hand side. They are

here to pick up the gold medal.

The

2:37:182:37:25

world number one this winter. But in

three head-to-head meetings with

2:37:252:37:31

Kramer he was beating each time. Yet

to take the scalp of the great

2:37:312:37:35

Kramer in a head-to-head matchup. He

has certainly shown the ability to

2:37:352:37:39

make life uncomfortable for Kramer,

certainly.

A close cross over.

2:37:392:37:52

Ted-Jan Bloeman nearly went into the

back of the Norwegian. They have to

2:37:522:37:56

be careful there. That the Norwegian

doesn't receive a penalty and maybe

2:37:562:38:00

not even finish in the ranking.

Sverre Pedersen struggled in the

2:38:002:38:08

World Championships, when they were

held here a year ago. He had a bad

2:38:082:38:11

cold, which affected his efforts.

Ranked number three in the world. He

2:38:112:38:18

is certainly coming into this not

considered, or not spoken about as a

2:38:182:38:25

potential winner but certainly as a

potential bronze medallist in this.

2:38:252:38:32

Sven Kramer decided not to compete

in all of the World Cup 's see you

2:38:322:38:36

do get a skewed result in terms of

where Kramer should be represented

2:38:362:38:41

as opposed to to the Norwegian

skater.

On the inside lane, there

2:38:412:38:48

are three lanes on the track. They

skate quickly on the inside. They

2:38:482:38:51

are the competitors for future

pairings, just limbering up. They

2:38:512:38:56

are allowed on the track as long as

they stay on the inside. That's what

2:38:562:39:00

it is there four. Ted-Jan Bloeman is

not .54 of a second inside of the

2:39:002:39:07

previous fastest time. -- zero .54.

The likelihood is he will have to

2:39:072:39:13

gain more ground to stand a chance

of becoming Olympic champion. All

2:39:132:39:18

things being equal.

Absolutely.

2:39:182:39:25

things being equal.

Absolutely. He

was almost four seconds ahead, Jan

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Blokhuijsen. Maybe he is changing

his tactics a little bit? Ahead of

2:39:292:39:34

Lee of career.

-- Korea. We have had

a Dutch win in four of the last five

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Olympic Games. Kramer winning the

last two. Traditionally, Norway have

2:39:442:39:49

been really good. Nine previous

winners from Norway in this event

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but not since Lillehammer in 1994.

Both under the previous fastest

2:39:522:39:57

time. This event builds to something

of a crescendo.

2:39:572:40:04

of a crescendo. Ted-Jan Bloeman

leading the way. How has he measured

2:40:052:40:11

his efforts?

2:40:112:40:16

his efforts? Ted-Jan Bloeman's

coach, also from Holland, he needs

2:40:182:40:21

to raise the game. He is two seconds

ahead at the moment.

There will be

2:40:212:40:30

some people in the Dutch Federation

panel sitting a little

2:40:302:40:32

uncomfortably, with their fingers

crossed here.

Yes, they had a test

2:40:322:40:41

event Ted-Jan Bloeman and Kramer a

couple of days ago. He threw the

2:40:412:40:45

gauntlet down. It will be very

interesting.

When I was flying over,

2:40:452:40:52

Wolf was at the track already.

Kramer is absolutely flying.

2:40:522:40:59

Presumably trying to lay down a

psychological marker. Keeping an eye

2:40:592:41:05

on Ted-Jan Bloeman in

2:41:052:41:08

the red and black of Canada. Sverre

Pedersen, as we mentioned, is more

2:41:122:41:19

than capable as a skater, with World

Cup wins this winter in the 1500 and

2:41:192:41:25

the 5000. A World Championship

bronze medallist in this event in

2:41:252:41:29

2016. He is going really well here.

Sverre Pedersen storming in here.

2:41:292:41:34

Two laps to go, coming round to the

leaderboard. Sverre Pedersen has

2:41:342:41:40

really timed his acceleration to

perfection.

We can see from the body

2:41:402:41:46

language that Sverre Pedersen is all

business as we get into the closing

2:41:462:41:51

stages. Ted-Jan Bloeman has a bit to

do, to claim the lead here. Next

2:41:512:41:56

time, over the line, they will have

one lap to go. A 29.5 laps from

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Sverre Pedersen.

He crosses from the

outer lane in front of Ted-Jan

2:42:042:42:10

Bloeman of Canada in the black and

red suit. In the outer lane. Sverre

2:42:102:42:15

Pedersen is storming away here.

It

will be a tremendous final lap here

2:42:152:42:19

between two of the big names in the

men's 5000 metres. As they take the

2:42:192:42:25

bell, Sverre Pedersen leads the way.

Ahead of Ted-Jan Bloeman. But what

2:42:252:42:31

does he have left? Does Ted-Jan

Bloeman have a big sprint over the

2:42:312:42:35

final 400 metres? The Norwegian is

in his sights, can he close the gap

2:42:352:42:40

on the eyes? Clear ice between them.

As you can see. Sverre Pedersen is

2:42:402:42:47

going to set a new fastest time.

Unless there is a big sprint here

2:42:472:42:52

from Ted-Jan Bloeman. Ted-Jan

Bloeman could take it on the line?

2:42:522:42:55

It is really close between the pair.

You cannot split them! Exactly the

2:42:552:43:02

same time! Set by the parents them

after 5000 metres out on the ice.

2:43:022:43:08

What a finish! Ted-Jan Bloeman had

to dig deep. Sverre Pedersen really

2:43:082:43:14

laid down the challenge in the final

couple of laps. Great racing between

2:43:142:43:18

the pair of them.

The clap on the

shoulder said it all. Both skaters

2:43:182:43:27

dug deep, particularly Ted-Jan

Bloeman. What an amazing last lap.

2:43:272:43:33

It was a stunning last lap.

It

needed to be. He wasn't in a great

2:43:332:43:37

position. Sverre Pedersen had

clearly gained an advantage with a

2:43:372:43:41

lap to go. Ted-Jan Bloeman chased

him down for all he was worth.

2:43:412:43:53

Having the inner lane, you have your

skater in front of you, you can

2:43:532:43:56

really try and dig deep. Coming

across the line, it is all about the

2:43:562:44:00

blade crossing the line.

Ted-Jan

Bloeman was marginally in front.

I

2:44:002:44:09

think that time is going into 1000th

of a second.

So, Ted-Jan Bloeman is

2:44:092:44:14

the new leader.

2:44:142:44:24

the new leader. 2000th of a second

slower. Ted-Jan Bloeman in gold

2:44:242:44:28

medal position. All of that effort,

and Sverre Pedersen has been nudged

2:44:282:44:31

into second place.

Barely by the

blink of an eye!

Here comes Sven

2:44:312:44:40

Kramer. The one that the Dutch

nation will be sitting at home,

2:44:402:44:46

watching and listening to now. Just

to give you an indication as to how

2:44:462:44:50

great he is in the sport, a

three-time Olympic champion. He has

2:44:502:44:55

won this race the last two times it

has been held. And a record 19 gold

2:44:552:45:03

medals from the World Championships.

But Patrick Beckert has the chance

2:45:032:45:07

of a medal as well. A two-time world

bronze medallist in the 10,000

2:45:072:45:12

metres. Seventh four years ago in

Sochi.

2:45:122:45:18

Can Kramer make it a hat-trick of

the men's 5000 Olympic titles? We do

2:45:212:45:26

not have long to find out. 12.5 laps

of the track. Kramer up and running.

2:45:262:45:34

One pairing to come after these two.

But on paper at least, I think we're

2:45:342:45:41

going to know who is one this

pairing.

I would certainly say so,

2:45:412:45:47

the expression on Kramer 's face,

starting a little bit slower. But

2:45:472:45:54

you can see the power in this guy,

so technically good and so

2:45:542:46:01

efficient.

So good at this event,

not the only event he's good at

2:46:012:46:05

about eight times world champion in

the 5000 metres.

Kramer has a very

2:46:052:46:12

upright position, has a lot of

difficulty and a lot of injuries

2:46:122:46:15

with his lower back so he cannot sit

very deep.

2:46:152:46:27

very deep. He will come onto his own

later on in the race.

In terms of

2:46:272:46:33

the scheduling, with the others

having gone is particularly the last

2:46:332:46:37

pairing, that gives an advantage to

these two. Kramer will know whether

2:46:372:46:43

he is in range of going ahead.

Absolutely, at the end you saw both

2:46:432:46:51

skaters accelerating towards the

end. Kramer will not be giving too

2:46:512:46:59

much initially because he will be

saving himself as well.

Runs in the

2:46:592:47:05

family with him, Kramer, his father

with a speed

2:47:052:47:14

with a speed skater in 1980 and

1984. Beckert looking comfortable, a

2:47:142:47:20

World Cup silver and bronze in the

5000 metres in the winter events so

2:47:202:47:27

the form is good for the German.

Kramer is pacing himself to

2:47:272:47:36

perfection.

So Kramer there, it's

almost as if he can see that blue

2:47:362:47:45

line which he can't, in reality, but

it's like he has it in his sights

2:47:452:47:49

and he's making sure that he has

just a couple of moments behind him.

2:47:492:48:00

Of course, he's such a good

technician. He knows he can skate

2:48:002:48:05

these 400 metres almost to

perfection with

2:48:052:48:11

perfection with milliseconds between

the laps. He is 1.62 seconds behind

2:48:122:48:20

the leader at the moment.

So on the

ice at this moment in time, Kramer

2:48:202:48:27

has got the fifth fastest, and

Beckert has the eighth fastest but

2:48:272:48:31

that may well not be truly

representative of their ability

2:48:312:48:35

because they can be pacing

themselves. Certainly Kramer at this

2:48:352:48:38

point in time. Again, he's pulled it

back down, just over

2:48:382:48:51

back down, just over a second Baha'i

Ted-Jan Bloemen. -- behind him. This

2:48:512:48:59

is where it will really get

interesting, where it really begins

2:48:592:49:02

to hurt.

It's almost like he's

waiting to explode in terms of his

2:49:022:49:10

speed, he's having to pace yourself

and at the same time, again, pulling

2:49:102:49:14

it back three tenths of a second

again.

He is an absolute winner, 19

2:49:142:49:22

titles, two silver medals and one

runs, he doesn't miss out.

Two

2:49:222:49:30

coaches, one will indicate the

previous lap time and the other

2:49:302:49:34

coach will be telling him what he

needs to do.

Kramer closing in on

2:49:342:49:38

the fastest time at the moment. Now

he is the fastest. For the first

2:49:382:49:46

time in the race, Sven Kramer is the

quickest with four laps to go.

I

2:49:462:49:53

think the expression on the face

says it all. You can really see him

2:49:532:49:57

digging deep, sitting down, starting

to really get the speed, the maximum

2:49:572:50:01

out of the legs.

There you can see

the gap in real time, the blue line

2:50:012:50:08

of the previous fastest time set by

Ted-Jan Bloemen. Already he's gained

2:50:082:50:17

a second on that last lap alone. So

he's really starting to open it up

2:50:172:50:22

now. And you saw the coach pointing

one finger down, indicating his one

2:50:222:50:30

schedule inside the second.

-- he is

one second inside schedule.

Not a

2:50:302:50:37

great race from Patrick Beckert from

Germany. All eyes on the Dutchman

2:50:372:50:45

now, two seconds quicker than the

previous fastest time but he's

2:50:452:50:48

skating. The sign

2:50:482:50:54

skating. The sign says, two seconds.

Skating towards the Olympics title

2:50:552:50:57

here. The all-time great Sven Kramer

of the Netherlands will take the

2:50:572:51:01

bell here, just over 400 to go in

his 5000 metre final and I don't

2:51:012:51:09

think that blue line will catch him.

Ted-Jan Bloemen had a fantastic last

2:51:092:51:17

lap so he has got to dig deep now.

He's got to go for it on the last

2:51:172:51:21

lap to make sure that he can take

the Olympic title for the third time

2:51:212:51:26

in a row. It was a tremendous last

lap sprint from Ted-Jan Bloemen.

2:51:262:51:33

Here is sent Kramer, and the Olympic

record has gone. He has beaten his

2:51:332:51:48

previous Olympic record time.

Beckert's time only good enough for

2:51:482:51:51

ninth place. But Sven Kramer was

really tested here. Because Bloemen

2:51:512:51:58

had taken his world record just

before the end of last year. But he

2:51:582:52:03

went away, he focused again and he

came back better than ever here. &

2:52:032:52:09

Kramer -- and Sven Kramer, an

Olympic record time, surely that

2:52:092:52:17

fourth Olympic gold medal is his

with only two more skaters to go on

2:52:172:52:23

the track.

A superb bit of skating

by Kramer. He makes it look so easy.

2:52:232:52:32

Technically good, the eye line, just

watching the line where he needs to

2:52:322:52:36

be skating, looking at the coach,

getting the information. Crossing

2:52:362:52:40

the line, sticking his skate out. As

the blade crosses the line. We saw

2:52:402:52:45

him later, giving the thumbs up. One

pair to go, so we have to wait to

2:52:452:52:50

see whether it will indeed be worst

case, bronze medal.

He looked

2:52:502:52:58

totally in control as he crossed the

line.

Definitely coming he is just

2:52:582:53:05

telling the crowd to be a little bit

quiet for the remaining pair.

2:53:052:53:12

quiet for the remaining pair.

Well,

Ted-Jan Bloemen will have two settle

2:53:122:53:14

for silver at best. Sverre Pedersen

will be a bit nervous. Nicola

2:53:142:53:25

Tumolero from

2:53:252:53:31

Tumolero from Italy and Moritz

Geisreiter still here.

2:53:312:53:39

Geisreiter still here. His best

result this season, Tumolero, second

2:53:392:53:43

in April in the World Cup meeting.

Moritz Geisreiter was a top-10

2:53:432:53:49

finisher in Sochi over 5000 and

10,000 metres. Sixth ranking in the

2:53:492:53:54

World Cup overall this winter.

2:53:542:54:00

It would be a massive upset if

either of these two were to threaten

2:54:002:54:05

the time of Sven Kramer. But there's

the chance of a medal, certainly.

2:54:052:54:12

And they also have the advantage,

they know exactly what time they

2:54:122:54:16

need to do when you're going in the

final pair.

A quick reminder, people

2:54:162:54:22

saying, if it seceded, surely these

would be the fastest? Defra crit if

2:54:222:54:27

it is seeded? -- if they are seeded?

They are seeded in a pool of six

2:54:272:54:35

athletes, in the pool you can be

won, to our three, and then it's

2:54:352:54:40

randomly decided.

So Geisreiter

sixth in the world, and he happens

2:54:402:54:46

to have come out of the hat in a

final pairing.

Absolutely.

None of

2:54:462:54:51

the Dutch fans are leaving the

arena, just staying indoors to make

2:54:512:54:55

sure. You know it's chilly when the

warmest place you've been all day is

2:54:552:55:03

the ice rink! Tumolero and

Geisreiter the final competitors in

2:55:032:55:10

this 5000 metre race. Geisreiter in

the outer lane in the black and

2:55:102:55:14

white suit, Tumolero from Italy in

the inner lane. There is a line that

2:55:142:55:21

Kramer skated in the previous race.

Already behind.

And Kramer didn't

2:55:212:55:27

look like he was going at full pelt

in the early laps.

The interesting

2:55:272:55:33

thing is now, are either of the

skaters going for the bronze medal

2:55:332:55:36

because they have got a bigger

chance of winning a bronze medal,

2:55:362:55:40

than may be following the time of

Kramer and blowing up?

I would have

2:55:402:55:45

to break the Olympics record to do

it. It is whether they think they

2:55:452:55:51

can do that.

Geisreiter got third in

Salt Lake City this winter, can he

2:55:512:55:57

get that here? Will Tumolero, the

European champion, challenge Sverre

2:55:572:56:04

Lunde Pedersen of Norway or Ted-Jan

Bloemen for a medal position? Sven

2:56:042:56:12

Kramer has the time to beat.

Geisreiter's coach also from the

2:56:122:56:22

Netherlands, even though the

Netherlands keep reading these

2:56:222:56:24

golds, the coaches tend to go to

other countries to help them as

2:56:242:56:28

well.

A bit of a debate in the

Netherlands about whether it's good

2:56:282:56:32

for the sport when the Dutch take

clean sweeps like they did in the

2:56:322:56:37

women's 3000 metres last night, a

similar discussion to the one in the

2:56:372:56:44

UK about British track cycling

dominating in the world cycling or

2:56:442:56:47

the Olympics, is it good for the

sport when one team sweeps the

2:56:472:56:51

board?

Not really, it's always about

sport being there for everybody.

2:56:512:57:00

When one country dominates, and that

tends to happen far more in winter

2:57:002:57:03

sports because you have got those

conditions, you need them.

2:57:032:57:10

conditions, you need them.

Sven

Kramer pity his skate away for

2:57:102:57:12

another day, they have done the job

today.

It won't be a clean sweep for

2:57:122:57:19

the Dutch, looks at the moment like

it will be Netherlands, Canada and

2:57:192:57:22

Norway.

Tumolero, one point 46

seconds outside the fastest time.

2:57:222:57:34

Sixth quickest. And Geisreiter

eighth fastest. He was 14th on this

2:57:342:57:41

track in the watch amateur blaster.

-- World Championships last year.

2:57:412:57:48

Their game plan is very much towards

the bronze position.

That would make

2:57:482:57:55

sense given the previous hearings of

these two.

Absolutely. Tumolero now

2:57:552:58:00

in sixth place. Picking the case up

there. There is Kramer, on the

2:58:002:58:06

stairs. Absolutely exhausted.

2:58:062:58:15

He look like you getting ready for

the medal ceremony, to be honest. He

2:58:152:58:23

knows he will be in it whatever

happens. Tumolero slowly closing in

2:58:232:58:29

on the top three. Fifth fastest now.

Next time over the line, three laps

2:58:292:58:36

to go so Tumolero will be hoping

that he had timed his efforts to

2:58:362:58:44

perfection. As close to the

threshold as he can go off still

2:58:442:58:47

having a little bit left at the end

for a fast finish.

2:58:472:58:56

Geisreiter down in tents, five

seconds behind. Kramer just seemed

2:58:572:59:03

to go faster and faster. Tumolero

moving from the outside, really

2:59:032:59:09

grimacing on the inner tracks,

trying to raise his game.

This

2:59:092:59:14

bronze medal is within his grasp.

So, Tumolero coming up with two laps

2:59:142:59:20

to go. Are they two laps that will

carry him to a medal? He's got an

2:59:202:59:29

awful lot to do. Not making any

inroads at the moment. It looked as

2:59:292:59:33

though he was for several laps and

now the last couple of laps, he's

2:59:332:59:36

got stuck in fifth place. At the

moment he's finding it impossible to

2:59:362:59:40

advanced. But we have seen big blast

laps today. He comes round to take

2:59:402:59:50

the bell. It's slipping away, down

to six now, five seconds back. Not a

2:59:502:59:59

great 5000 metres for Germany. And

the Dutch know that they've done it

2:59:593:00:06

and Sven Kramer knows that he's done

it and that glittering, glorious

3:00:063:00:10

career goes on and on. The Olympic

title is his and it will be

3:00:103:00:15

confirmed very, very shortly. Here

comes Nicola Tumolero from Italy

3:00:153:00:22

after the finishing line. He crosses

the line eighth fastest, Geisreiter

3:00:223:00:27

12. And for the fourth time, in his

career, Sven Kramer is analytic

3:00:273:00:35

champion. -- Olympic champion.

3:00:353:00:39

For the third time in a row, he wins

the 5000 metres in the long track

3:00:463:00:53

speed skating at the Olympic Games.

What a career that shows no sign of

3:00:533:00:58

slowing down, whatsoever! We are

watching one of the true greats

3:00:583:01:01

here.

We certainly are. Nicola

Turnolero finishing his last lap,

3:01:013:01:08

perhaps even his last Olympic Games.

But the Dutch here, standing on

3:01:083:01:12

their feet. In Orange, their scarves

and flags waving all around the

3:01:123:01:17

arena.

3:01:173:01:22

arena.

It was masterful stuff from

31-year-old Kramer. He would have

3:01:243:01:28

felt the pressure. Ted-Jan Bloeman

threw down the gauntlet in this

3:01:283:01:34

season. He looked forward to

challenging his authority. He took

3:01:343:01:39

the world record. Ted-Jan Bloeman is

still the world record holder. When

3:01:393:01:42

it came to the championship and the

race that mattered, there was just

3:01:423:01:46

one winner and he won with room to

spare.

The celebrations can start

3:01:463:01:55

now for Sven Kramer.

His girlfriend,

namely, winning two-time Olympic

3:01:553:02:01

gold at the hockey in the summer

Olympics. What will Ted-Jan Bloeman

3:02:013:02:07

make of this? A late Bloomer given a

late opportunity having moved from

3:02:073:02:11

the Netherlands to Canada?

3:02:113:02:16

the Netherlands to Canada?

In the

Netherlands, you wouldn't even have

3:02:173:02:19

won because the standard is so high.

Not even able to take part here.

3:02:193:02:24

Given the performances of the top

two... No wonder Sverre Pedersen

3:02:243:02:32

looks so happy with his medal! It is

a race where Norway have excelled

3:02:323:02:36

over the years. There was one man

above all the others, who excelled

3:02:363:02:42

today. It is his eighth Olympic

medal, four golds to go with two

3:02:423:02:50

silver and two bronze. Confirmation

of the result. Sven Kramer for the

3:02:503:02:57

third time in a row is the Olympic

champion, and he got a new Olympic

3:02:573:03:03

record in doing so. Sverre Pedersen

have Norway taking

3:03:033:03:11

the bronze. Incredible, a hat-trick

of golds in the 5000 metres. As you

3:03:113:03:16

can see behind me, Knight is

beginning to fall here in

3:03:163:03:21

Pyeongchang, the temperature is

absolutely plummeting. But there is

3:03:213:03:25

still a lot of sport to come on day

two of the Winter Olympics. It is

3:03:253:03:29

time to leave the frozen balcony and

head into the warmth with the lovely

3:03:293:03:32

Clare Balding to take you through

the rest of the day. From me,

3:03:323:03:36

goodbye for now!

3:03:363:03:41

Bless, get inside and have a warm

cup of tea and enjoy the sport that

3:03:413:03:44

will take us through the evening.

For those who love the Winter

3:03:443:03:49

Olympics, it is fantastic. You can

watch it end to end. Ski jumping

3:03:493:03:54

didn't finish until quarter past

midnight last night. There is mass

3:03:543:03:57

is going on. This is throwing

everything at us.

3:03:573:04:05

everything at us.

Clear the decks,

sit down and watch this... Charlotte

3:04:073:04:12

Kalla becomes the skiathlon Winter

Olympic champion! The defending

3:04:123:04:19

champion is in a wonderful position

now.

Is the Olympic spirit, what

3:04:193:04:26

it's all about.

A magnificent skate!

Laura Dahlmeier has taken the first

3:04:263:04:35

gold! In the biathlon. Jamie!

The

disappointment there.

The hosts have

3:04:353:04:47

struck gold! Thompson has gone as

well.

3:04:473:04:51

Eilidh Barbour presents live coverage of day two of the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea.

All eyes are on the Alpensia Cross-Country Skiing Centre as Britain's Andrew Musgrave bids to climb the podium in the men's skiathlon fresh from claiming his first ever World Cup medal in 15km freestyle in Italy in December 2017.

A busy day's action also includes snowboard slopestyle, ice hockey and speed skating.