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Hello, and welcome to our balcony
here at the Pyeongchang Winter
Olympics for day two of the action.
Day one brought the first medals of
the games, excitement, drama and a
bit of GB disappointment but
ultimately it was a great start. Day
two will have more of the same.
Unfortunately the weather has proved
a bit of a problem today. The
temperature has fallen dramatically
and the wind has been a real
It meant a postponement of the men's
downhill and super-g skiing which
will take place later in the week
and the cancellation of the women's
snowboard slopestyle which was
including Aimee Fuller for Team GB.
That will run as a straight final
tomorrow but we do have plenty to
keep us warm today. I'd like you to
let us know what you are up to. Tell
us who you are looking out for, who
you are watching and what events you
are really excited to see. Use the
hashtag BBC Olympics. We will start
our BBC Two coverage at the Alpensia
Cross-Country Centre where the two
Brits are in action at the
skiathlon. Team GB's real medal hope
Andrew Musgrave is among them. From
the Huntley Nordic Centre in
north-east Scotland committee comes
in with a real chance of a medal.
We had a disappointing Olympic Games
in Scotland, he felt that he
overtrained but now he feels he is
at his peak. Graham Bell went to
meet him as he prepared for
Pyeongchang, your third Winter
Olympics. What have you learned from
Vancouver and Sochi?
When I first
went to Vancouver, I was still a
junior. I wasn't that experienced. I
was definitely going to find out
what the Olympics was like. I went
to Sochi, and I did slightly
underperform compared to how I
thought I should be able to do. But
I've learned a lot, especially after
Sochi about peak form, dealing with
pressure, things like that. A lot
more experience going into these
games compared to last time.
the Norwegian championship is ahead
of Sochi. That got you a lot of
press. Did it put extra pressure on
you ahead of Sochi too?
I think I
was affected by it. I trained
digital too card, did a little too
much in the lead up, I let things go
to my head. It's one of the things
And in Sochi you said
you skied like a tranquillised
badger. Why a badger?
Is a good
question! It was the first thing
that came into my head, I was so
annoyed with the race, I was never
going to be a favourite for a medal
but I should have done better.
guy that you beat, just weeks
before, won the gold.
He was too
good on the day, what a spectacle! I
outperformed myself on that day, if
I did the same in the Olympics I
could have been there fighting for a
medal but now I feel I should be
able to be at that level without
having a super exceptional day.
what of the British team have that
gives them an advantage over the
Norwegians or the Swedes, or the
Russians? What gives you an edge?
think the fact that we are a small
team. Sometimes it is a disadvantage
but sometimes it can be an
advantage. We look at things
differently, we come from a
different background. Big teams,
they do the same things but they
have always done. They have a big
structure and it can be hard to
change. We can come in and think of
things we've done differently that
may have worked, that they'd never
thought of trying.
It's looking good
for Pyeongchang. Which disciplines,
which events, are you targeting?
15 kilometre is a skate race. That
will pretty much be my main event.
The 30 kilometre is a combination of
classic, the first 15 kilometres
classic, then the next 15 skiing. I
finish my best style. Those two
races are the ones that I am
And what are your hopes
and expectations from Pyeongchang?
was forced into the World
Championships last year, I feel I'm
a better skier this year than last
year. This year is realistic for me
to be fighting for a medal in the 30
K and the 15 K. Bring home a medal,
that is the goal!
We are not far away from the
skiathlon at the moment. Andrew
Musgrave and Callum Smith of Team GB
going in that. Rob Walker is our
commentator for the cross-country. A
little earlier this week, I went
with them to the Alpensia
Cross-Country Centre for him to look
at the course in his own special
This is the main arena for the
cross-country skiing here at
Pyeongchang. A total of 12 gold
medals will be won here in one of
the Winter Olympics most gruelling
sports. I'm just waiting for Rob
Walker. He will do a bit of a run
around with me... What are you
But... What? It is
-16 degrees out here, I'm not doing
that! I'm off to get some transport!
# Keep on running... #
I'm nice and warm, I don't know
about you, but we do have British
interests who could do good stuff
around the slopes.
Annika Taylor is
competing for the first time, Callum
Smith is back for his second games,
and Andrew Young is back for a
third. We have the rock star Andrew
Musgrave and there is so much hope
and expectation. We do need to be
careful. We shouldn't be hanging a
medal around his neck but the fact
that we are even talking about him
being a potential medallist shows
how far he has come and what he's
done to raise the profile of
cross-country skiing in Britain. I
really hope he gets a medal. We are
looking at at least one top ten
finish and it would be fantastic.
would be amazing but it is cold. You
are shivering. Will we check out
more of the course? And you go! Are
getting my transport, shall I? -- I
will get in my transport, shall I?
# Keep on running... #
Go on, Rob!
This is a real example of some of
the steep climbs, and the steep
descent switch up in this race.
is brutal! You can see the gradient
now. They make it look quite easy.
This may not look very technical at
the moment but there is a very steep
downhill section. There will be some
tumbles because as they try and
coming towards the finish, there
will be jostling for a position.
That is why it is so good to watch.
You should we watch out for?
Norwegians, this sport is in their
blood. As far as the men are
concerned, Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo
has won nine of 12 World Cup races
this season. He is 21 years old and
even the Norwegians are staggered by
what he's doing on the World Cup
circuit. Surely he will get his
first Winter Olympic gold, even a
second or a third? As far as the
women are concerned, there is a lot
of excitement surrounding Marit
Bjorgen, competing in her last
Winter Games. She is in decent form
and will be keen to go out in style.
What was that? I've just been
having a cup of tea! How was the
Older than I am used to. I've
been a club runner and a fun run
since I can remember. -- older. I've
never run anywhere as beautiful as
this. It is absolutely stunning
here. Stunning. I can't wait for the
There's not much I had to say
about that! Incredible for Rob
Walker. Now he's in the commentary
box alongside Ollie Williams.
All I can say, Polycom is I hope for
your sake his trousers are on!
are all good! You should see the
amount of attention he got from
Norwegian journalists for that, they
loved you, Rob, didn't they?
thought I was crazy but if you
cannot do cross-country skiing, it's
the best way to get a taste of the
hills and how tough the course is
going to be. Welcome to our second
If this race is half as good as the
women's skiathlon from yesterday, we
are in for a treat. Double the
distance the women did yesterday,
this was -- they did 15 kilometres,
this is 30. Four circuits, in the
classic style, then four in
freestyle, that is Andrew Musgrave's
favourite technique. It is
understand rumours grow for we will
keep an eye on. There are a host of
world-class men who are all out for
a slice of Winter Olympic history.
We have touched on Johannes Hoesflot
Klaebo. The 21-year-old, without a
doubt, is the sport's new sensation
this season, picking up the mantle
from the greats before him. If
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo wins today,
he will be breaking a record that
has stood for 30 years. I should
mention as well here's compatriot,
the 33-year-old master of
consistency in the skiathlon, hoping
to build on a bronze medal behind
the defending champion here in
fabulous form, Dario Cologna.
Winning a record-breaking fourth
toured a ski. Magnificent when he
won four years ago. But the new rock
star of cross-country skiing is
Klaebo. A lot of people are very
excited to see what he can do. Four
podiums this year for Maurice
Manificat. His third games. 84 years
ago. But Dario Cologna is bidding to
become the third man to successfully
defend the title. In the old days,
skiathlon was referred to as the
combined pursuit. It is the ultimate
test of all-round cross-country
skiing ability. Here is the
line-up... Wearing bib Number 10,
Andrew Musgrave. We are so excited
about his chances here. Ollie, I do
think that we need to be realistic.
The last two World Championships
committee has been in 12 and 11. He
is going to smash the best
performance ever by a British
cross-country skiing, 29th in Sochi
four years ago. Now we know he has
come to terms with being prepared
for a major event. He missed the
medal in the 50 K last year. A top
ten or top 15 would be superb here,
bearing in mind his best event is
coming up in the 15 kilometre on
That's the point, he isn't
focusing on this event. If he gets
into the top 15, even the top ten,
he will be doing very well indeed to
get that far. This is good
preparation for what is coming up
later this week...
And we just saw
Callum Smith's name, he went to
Huntly. For an open day of training.
He was bitten by the bug, a graduate
in chemical engineering. Full-time
now in Lily hammer. Here come these
Herculean man, ready for what
promises to be about one hour ten
minutes, one hour 15 minutes of
enthralling drama. Alex Harvey wears
bib number four, hoping to become
the first male Canadian
cross-country skiing medallist in
the Winter Olympics. He set history
a few years ago, winning the team
sprint gold in the championships in
2011. Farcical comes first and
Harvey has stayed at number one.
Klaebo there. Harvey has said in a
press conference before the games
began, he thinks the Norwegians, not
necessarily the likes of Klaebo, but
number seven Krueger, and the number
five Holund, will be able to skew
them out their legs. Maurice
Manificat is back for his third
games. There is the toured a ski
champion, Dario Cologna, so good at
picking out the right time. Alex
Harvey there, a podium in three of
his last four World Cup races. They
skiathlon bronze medallist back in
the Worlds in 2015. Hans Christer
Holund, and in the Lillehammer
skiathlon he was third. He had
Achilles' heel surgery ten years
ago, now he is in top form. And what
about Martin Johnsrud Sundby? Bronze
four years ago, second in the World
Championships last year. He has
described, by the way, his
compatriot is almost embarrassing,
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo, he is that
good. Simen Hegstad Krueger is
rested, his first games. He has not
raced since December. Then, Iivo
Niskanen, his sister was 60th in the
women's skiathlon yesterday. --
16th. A good representation from the
French, in his fourth games, we have
Jean Marc Gaillard. Then Andrew
Musgrave, proudly representing
Huntly and Great Britain. Can he
produced the greatest performance
we've seen from a British
cross-country skier? We all hope so.
The First Event In The Men's
They are and this is a race we have
been looking to for the last few
months, bearing in mind the form of
some of the best in the world.
There's so much history on the line
for so many competing here today.
Dario Cologna is hoping to become
only the third man to send the
title, Johannes close the club,
hoping to become the youngest ever
champion. That was Krueger who fell
there. The good news from their
perspective is that hopefully the
pace would be too fast, they will
have an opportunity to get back.
That's Krueger who was fresh and
arrested for these games. Let's see
if we can get another indication as
to what happened. -- he was fresh
It is Krueger who goes
down first, you have got Andrey
Larkov and Denis Spitsov. You're
essentially on top of each other,
number 11, Andrey Larkov, going into
the back. But if you have it happen,
have it happen now when you have got
an hour of skiing left and you can
get back onto the back of the pack
and make your way back on. It's too
early for that to be a race ending
incident but that will unsettle
someone like Krueger who needs a new
pole already, and your race plan is
out of the window.
relevant when you bear in mind what
Alex Harvey was talking about before
the race, saying that he thought
Krueger was going to be one of the
classical ski specialist who would
really force the pace. Well, he has
got some work to do to get back
onside with the likes of even this
can. For a split second I thought it
was Andrew Musgrave. -- he is
was Andrew Musgrave. -- he is behind
the finish rider.
It is not just Krueger who was
looking to go out hard early on, it
was people like Hans Christer Holund
as well, and he now does not have
that person beside him. Because if
you can make a break and get away
from Klaebo, amazing young all-round
athlete, you got to hope if it's a
sprint at the end, then Klaebo will
be the man who wins it. You need to
The cat is 18 seconds at
the moment. Simon Alex Tait
-- Simon Hickey at
we will keep an eye on whether he
can close the gap. He is meant to be
sharing pacemaking duties with Hans
Christer Holund, and Klaebo has been
quite happy to... Another for live
there, the Lithuanian. Just coming
on stock on the -- coming off on the
corner. It is very cold today, it
was -16 when I was going around
jogging, and these men are going at
peak capacity. It's very, very cold,
by far the coldest day we have had
in the last five or six days.
-16 or 17 on the back of the course.
The other athletes did well there,
Callum Smith from Great Britain also
fell as well and did very well to
recover quickly and get back up.
It's cold and windy. You have got
ten miles an hour wind, that's not
going to help people get away in the
front. It's good to be harder to get
off the front and try to break
A reminder, it's four
circuits, 3.75 kilometres in a
classical technique when they stick
to the tracks and then they come in
for a pit stop before they change
skis. Then they will be skiing
freestyle, that's the discipline
where Andrew Musgrave becomes most
comfortable. When he was 11th in the
world champions last year, he was
the 22nd fastest on the classical
half and the fourth fastest on the
freestyle. So if he's there or
thereabouts at halfway, then maybe,
we could see something very special
indeed. But Iivo Niskanen not
hanging around, deciding he wants to
take it on. Maybe you has realised
that one of the two men who would
argue "Push the pace on the
classical half is off the back. At
the last checkpoint he was 18
seconds adrift, we will keep you
posted how much closer he is.
I think that's Krueger has had
replaced the Dutch trucker I think
that Niskanen has had to replace the
Norwegian athlete. He is only young,
26, he does not have a skiathlon
background. He is more 15 K, same as
Andrew Musgrave. He maybe feels his
only chance is to get off the front
and bring a few other people with
them. They need more than two
people, you cannot hang at the front
for 30 kilometres with two skiers.
They need to get a few more if they
want to make an impact.
Niskanen taking on the pacemaking
duties at the front with Hans
Christer Holund behind him. Andrew
Musgrave is around seventh or
eighth, certainly up to the group.
And it interesting that Dario
Cologna, we have not spoken about
him because we have had the falling,
he is nice and steady, ticking along
in third place. Andrew Musgrave top
ten. Which excites cars, from a
British point of view, but we are
not in control of the images so if
we don't see him, or he drifts, we
will try and update you as much as
we can as well as updating you on
Callum Smith. But Niskanen leads at
the moment. And even though it's
bitterly, bitterly cold, this is a
long way for these men, respecting
the fact that the hydration needs
are very much there. The golden rule
in any sport, if you get to the
stage of being thirsty, you are
Andrew Musgrave just disappearing
underneath this great shot and there
he is the right of frame wearing
number ten, behind Alex Harvey, the
Canadian. It really is an absolutely
stunning course, this. When you walk
or run up the top of the first hill,
it's a breathtaking vantage point.
Klaebo is two seconds behind but
nothing to read in that. He's right
there. The more important deficit
will do that involving Krueger which
was up at 18 seconds after he fell.
It's now about 27 seconds. So there
is essentially one big pack of
athletes. You could see Krueger come
through now, just behind another 46.
He is desperate to try to work back
to the front because he knows that
he cannot have any impact unless he
gets onto the front and attempt to
Maurice Manificat happy to settle
into the middle part of the leading
group. They are coming in towards
the completion of the first of the
four classical circuits. Niskanen
having a little glance over his
shoulder, Dario Cologna in second.
Andrew Musgrave is in around tenth
place at the moment. 29th is the
best performance by a British
cross-country skier, and it was his
own, disappointing performance in
Sochi, he thought he was capable to
at least get to the semifinal in the
individual sprint. He's just going
through there, Number ten.
through there, Number ten. He has
dedicated his life to cross-country
skiing, Andrew Musgrave. His
father's job in the oil industry got
an interest in him. A spell in a car
and then in Huntly, a club which has
inspired many cross-country skiers,
and if you go to that club, his 27
bed from Sochi hangs on the wall
alongside Andrew Young's number from
1971 when he greeted in Vancouver.
If you are a young skier, no better
place to go in Britain than the
Huntley club which has given birth
to a more than a few winter
Olympians. So, Iivo Niskanen leads.
The Norwegians are quite happy in
third, fourth and fifth. The only
one missing is Krueger who fell in
that collision with the Russians at
the very early stages. There is
Klaebo. He has been ridiculously
good this season.
good this season. And you were
following the ski Federation Twitter
feed and there are some mixed views
amongst the cross-country skiing
fraternity as to who is the
favourite for this one?
put it up to a vote on their Twitter
feed earlier on, four athletes,
which tells its own story, the
governing body itself thinks it's
between formats four athletes, and
the favourites came out as Klaebo
and Dario Cologna. The Norwegians
love Klaebo, they assume he will
come home with a lot of medals. The
Swedish media hate Klaebo because
they do not like Norwegians and they
don't think he's very good. There
was a fantastic expression in one of
the Swedish newspapers a little
while ago which basically said words
to the effect of that the Norwegian
press, in "Klaebo in the way they
had done, created a sea of
Norwegians with an ocean of
exaggerated hope. Klaebo is very
young, he has won gold buckles in
everything he has competed in, but
has he competed too much? -- gold
medals. If you temper it a bit and
you don't race so much in the
season, maybe you have a better
chance in the Olympics and that is
where Dario Cologna comes in.
Yesterday, Norwegian female athletes
were looking a little tired, and
Heidi Weng was clearly suffering.
It's interesting because four years
ago, Dario Cologna's early-season
build-up to Sochi was disrupted by
an injury, he was on the exercise
bike for months and it was quite a
bad run. As a result, he came into
Sochi very fresh, won the skiathlon
and defended his 15 K title. This
year, he has competed in and won the
tour to ski for a record fourth time
but I see parallels between Cologna
and Charlotte Kalla, he is a proven
winner, not just on that but in the
Winter Olympic context and he knows
what it takes to peak for a big
occasion. And a lot of people feel
as though Cologna could be only the
third man to successfully defend his
title. Niskanen leading, it's a real
shame on an individual level for
Simen Hegstad Krueger because
classical is his best technique and
it must have been a real shock for
him. Just one of those things that
he was a man who fell with the two
Olympic athlete representing Russia
just behind him.
Nonetheless, Krueger's challenge
looks as though it has gone. We will
keep you posted on those times, to
see whether he can close the gap.
18, Clement Parisse. He comes here
with a little bit of form. But at
the moment, we have Johannes
Hoesflot Klaebo in third. Alex
Harvey of Canada is in sixth place,
wearing big number four. Similar to
the Norwegian outfit that it does
not have blue stripes on the base of
his quads. That's how you tell the
An interesting story for
Canada, probably his last Olympics
come on the verge of retiring. Like
Andrew Musgrave, he has spent the
last decade spending time trying to
get a degree. To become a lawyer. He
is as good a male cross-country
skier that Canada has ever produced
but they have not won and Olympic
Nordic skiing medal, that's all he
wants, a medal of any colour, he
says. The skiathlon, for him, he was
a world bronze medallist. He
considers himself a medal contender
and says it is his favourite event.
He is going to be in the top five
mix. If nothing goes wrong for
You certainly has the
pedigree, third in 15. Then just off
the podium, last year, Andrew
Musgrave is in the top ten at the
moment. A fantastic performance,
bearing in mind his favourite style,
the freestyle, is still to come...
-- Niskanen looking over his
shoulder. It's an interesting debate
considering Klaebo, as we get a
dramatic shortcomings you can see
his own breath there, Niskanen.
Cologna. It's a really interesting
debate because when you follow the
races where Klaebo has been
dominant, the Sprint would be the
most obvious for a gold medal. But I
do think I've got this right, he has
only competed in one senior
skiathlon race, Lillehammer in
December, and he won! He is so
young, we still do not have enough
races to count against him in this
regard, even though, of course, the
Sprint would be the event in which
he would be the favourite. Krueger
still 38 seconds behind, Maurice
Manificat isn't as strong as he is
on B3. He is 15 seconds off the
pace, not life or death at the
moment but certainly Krueger's
deficit is pretty tough. But Klaebo
has only had one opportunity to show
what he can do in the skiathlon and
he won the World Cup race. He is
currently in third place, and is so
exciting to watch. Not just from a
Norwegian point of view, but we are
excited from the neutral standpoint!
It will be exciting to see how he
deals with it. His compatriot worse
dogs with injury. Andrew Musgrave is
wearing Number 10, you can see that
he is just behind the front pack
breaking away. Norway are looking at
Klaebo, a very different individual,
and much livelier. And much
friendlier, some people say, they
are expecting big things now, we can
just see Krueger making his way back
through. He is
through. He is behind Yoshida of
Japan. Imagine it is a Formula 1
race. It isn't easy to weave through
20 or 25 athletes. You've got to be
very careful otherwise you end up in
the same situation you were in in
the first place.
Not completely out
of it yet, Krueger, but he does have
a tough job. Dario Colonia, the
defending skiathlon champion, and
deciding to make his presence felt
and Niskanen is having none of it!
Coming up wide on the outside...
This will develop into a fascinating
race, when you get towards the
business end. Sometimes it is
difficult from the British point of
view, Andrew Musgrave is doing
fantastically at the moment.
Currently in tenth, behind the
breakaway group. If you are watching
cross-country for only the first or
second time, these are the rock
stars of their nation's sportsmen
and women. It is difficult to
exaggerate enough just how big the
stars are. The Norwegians say that
this is their Olympics. It's a great
showcase but their greatest hopes
come in the summer Olympic Games.
For Norway, this is the big one. The
summer Olympic Games is an
afterthought. This is absolutely
huge in the countries.
when you have a brand-new starlike
Klaebo. We talk about the skiathlon
that he won, not just what he did
but how he won. He is wearing the
number six. They had Sundby in
charge of the whole race but Klaebo
came back three. That's the thing.
Even if you have five or six seconds
over Klaebo, he can come back.
Certainly could. It is very
interesting to see how he goes. What
a performance by Andrew Musgrave.
Just on the left-hand side of your
frame now. In eighth place. Steadily
working his way through the field.
This really would be exciting, if he
is in the mix can be business end,
especially as the 15 kilometre free
is meant to be his best chance of a
winter Olympic medal. He was third
in the freestyle earlier this
season. That races coming up on
Friday. Now, we have Harvey of
Canada just out of shot. The only
Norwegian missing is currently
Krueger, 35 seconds back after a
fall. And what
fall. And what about Sundby? He's
aiming to become Norway's oldest
male cross champion. In his last
nine skiathlon races, he is very
consistent and arguably at the age
of 33, I know that Marit Bjorgen got
the silver yesterday at age 37,
arguably it would take a big effort
for him to still be in the mix in
such a competitive team, come
Beijing, 2022. This could be
Sundby's last chance to become an
individual Winter Olympic champion.
He cannot be discounted, even though
all of the headlines in Norway are
being taken by his younger and more
daring compatriot, Klaebo.
look at someone like Sundby, here's
another one of the old guys. They
are the Norwegians who have carried
the team for a decade. So much
consistency, but we have already
seen this season, Klaebo out of his
dumper completely. -- his number
completely. It would play on
Just getting an
update on the checkpoint, Andrew
Musgrave just around seven seconds
off the pace of the leaders. This is
a brilliant piece of cross-country
skiing by the Britain, the first of
the two men in the distance Paire.
He has the very tall Daniel Rickards
and just behind him. He is no
slouch! -- Daniel Rickardsson. A
relay gold medallist twice for
Norway, he got a bronze in the 15 K
four years ago. I wonder if it is an
indication that they are slowing
down a fraction? Good work by the
French, we haven't really mentioned
that Maurice Manificat closed the
gap. And in the number nine,
Gaillard's fourth games, missing out
on a medal. Andrew Musgrave is just
out of shot on the left-hand side. I
think they are gripping up again
here. It is settling into a place,
rather than it being a case of
Niskanen probing for a gap.
isn't an extraordinarily fast pace
yet. For these athletes. It is still
a bit bunched. Niskanen is using a
lot of fuel to stay out in front but
nobody really has tried to get away
to any real degree.
to any real degree.
Did from Callum
Smith, last seen in 60 First Place.
He finished in that position four
years ago, he says he wants to get a
top 30. A graduate in chemical
engineering from Edinburgh. He now
lives in Norway. Training with the
best. As indeed is Andrew Musgrave,
and his sister Posey, in the
commentary box yesterday with us,
she has travelled to the course to
watch her brother. She letters into
a secret, she says that he is
seeking that degree out, I was
speaking and saying how dedicated he
must be doing a completed degree in
a second language, but she says
there isn't a great deal of work
going on there! He shuffles the bits
of paper and it may take six or
seven years, but he will get the
degree in the end! Webb Andrew
Musgrave at the back of the group,
he isn't focused on his degree now,
he is focused on producing a piece
of British winter Olympic history.
There he is, just trying to attach
himself to the group. Torres --
Thomas Bingham Paire.
He has reattached which is useful. A
great performance so far. Alex
Harvey, moving across to the
right-hand track, wearing number
four. It is Niskanen in the nearly
all-white outfit for Finland. A
little slip there. Important that
the waxing technicians get their job
right. It seems as though they've
done a good job for the Norwegians
this far. Four years ago they were
Uncharacteristically so in the early
races. Krueger, number seven in the
middle of your shot. This is better
from the Norwegian. If he could get
back into the mix for a medal, that
would be absolutely extraordinary.
All credit to him for deciding just
to carry on.
It will be interesting
when we get back to the shots at the
front. I think I saw Niskanen stand
aside and essentially say I've done
my job for the time being. Now he is
back in fifth or sixth position and
saying, it is someone else's turn,
I've done my time. We now have Dario
Cologna and Maurice Manificat out in
Easy to underestimate how technical
and how skilful these men and women
are in cross-country. It isn't all
about smashing the miles out.
Racking up hundreds of kilometres.
There is real skiing ability there
as well. A couple of the descents on
the course are really brutal,
especially be sharp left-hand turn
as they head backing towards the
stadium at the end of the circuit.
And in this weather as well. You are
not only descending sharply but
moving into a biting wind.
moving into a biting wind.
these athletes are respecting the
conditions and environment, and
making sure that they get plenty of
liquids on board.
liquids on board. 12 seconds adrift,
they have Spitsov. The men who fell
are doing a good job. Spitsov was
knocked over, along with his
compatriot, Larkov, by Krueger. On
the right, wearing Number 10 for
Great Britain, it has slowed, you
are right, Miskin and into the pack.
He feels as though he has done his
job -- Niskanen. It has allowed,
this slowing of the pace, almost the
entire group to come back together.
Krueger is in the second group of
our fleets. Look at the driving wind
in their faces! This is definitely
slowing because soon, we suspect,
are going to have a very good lead
groupware at one stage it was ten or
11. The cameras are focusing on
Krueger, following Spitsov,
rejoining a very big lead pack. A
good effort by the Norwegian. And
good effort from the world number 23
bronze medal is to Spitsov. He got
that last year in the 15 kilometre
and the skiathlon, the Olympic
Athlete from Russia.
Athlete from Russia. The pace has
slowed a fraction... That the
conditions are tough. They really
are. For the first time, Sundby in
the lead and deciding to make his
This downhill comes
into the stadium. Possibly a
deciding factor. The hill at the
end, then the downhill sweep into
the stadium area, back out and
Brown. It could well be what we see.
That could be where we see the race
Sundby needing, Harvey going really
well, the Canadian contemplating
retirement. No Canadian has ever won
a winter Olympic skiing medal in
cross-country. Andrew Musgrave is in
the top ten. Krueger has managed to
catch up, a fine effort from the
Norwegian, so too has
catch up, a fine effort from the
Norwegian, so too has. Spitsov.
Wearing bib 16. Where heading
towards the end of the classical
half of this race and then there
will be a pit stop. He ends 15th in
the World Championship last year.
This will be the last circuits of
3.75 kilometres skied in the
classical technique. All the main
protagonists are there, including
from a British point of view, Andrew
Musgrave. Marcus Hellner, a
skiathlon champion in Vancouver,
silver four years ago. He hasn't
been in that kind of form this
season but he's certainly got the
experience and exposure to produce a
great performance. He's only five
And he's not had the
greatest results recently, only 25th
this season, essentially written off
at home, Swedish fans don't expect
them to do anything, his time has
been and gone. But if you're only
five seconds adrift and in this
pack, essentially, he knows how to
win a race at this level.
from Harvey. This is Spitsov, going
alone. He's a really talented young
athlete. As I said, a medallist in
the under 23. A third in the
the under 23. A third in the final
tour of Ski. The 21-year-old doing
his best to capture this big-league
group. Andrew Musgrave still there,
wearing Number ten, just behind a
rock star of the circuit this year,
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo. Thomas
Bing, the German, still attached as
well. And I wonder, in Sundby's
mind, he's identifiable because he's
got that blond beard which is
probably freezing in these
conditions, I wonder how far into
the freestyle half of the race,
Sundby might decide to have a go.
The acceleration that his young
compatriot Klaebo has is phenomenal.
Some of the races we have seen this
season, Klaebo has come back from
deficit against Sundby from huge
margins. What he did in Bill Hammer
was outrageous, it's well worth
looking at in you have five minutes.
Sundby does what Niskanen did a flap
and a half ago and says, I have done
my bit. I wonder how long Sundby can
leave this because he knows that
Klaebo, if you've not shattered, he
has the speed and arrogance of youth
to come sweeping past.
We saw in the
women's event yesterday, Charlotte
Kalla left it quite late until the
last couple of climate is and put
the accelerator down. I don't know
if you can do that with clay bow. --
. It was an amazing race. This is
Spitsov trying to do his best to get
back to the group.
The Norwegian Publix will be
It's pretty early in
Norway for this race, but he was
estimating a minimum of a quarter of
the entire population would be
getting up to watch the men's
skiathlon and he said if the races
were closer to peak viewing, he said
it would be half the population. It
gives you some indication as to how
big this sport is in Norway.
usually use football as a
comparison, but maybe track cycling
would be a better comparison, you
know that there will be medals and
it will be a feel-good event. You
have got Sundby, clay bow, Hans
Christer Holund, you know that
something is going to happen. This
is box office television for
Norwegians because the whole field
is packed with athletes that could
do something special.
do something special.
Manificat, the Frenchman, very
experienced athlete, leading from:
you're at the moment. -- from
Cologna at the moment. Andrew
Musgrave is at the back of this
group just behind Marcus Kalmar.
Cologna is looking good at second
place. Very composed. Hasn't really
done too much work at the front of
the field. Harvey just slipped a
little there. He was skiing
immediately behind Cologna who has
now moved over to the left-hand
track. Harvey is wearing number
four. We would get an indication as
to the deficit to Andrew Musgrave.
Eight seconds. So he's just allowed
a second or two to grow between
himself and the leading ten. At the
end of this loop, they will be
swapping over to the freestyle which
is his favoured technique. And how
exciting would it be if he was to
get in amongst the traditional
heavyweights, the Norwegians and the
Swedes and Finns? A fantastic story,
in this, his second-best event. I
wonder how excited Posy Musgrave is
getting up on the course? We will
find that when she us in the
commentary box later.
This isn't his
best event at the top 15 finish
would be great, but he has been very
clear before the races that he
considers himself a realistic model
contender and he has not been afraid
to say it -- metal -- chrome medal
contender. He says that he has
learned his lessons from the hype
that he had before Sochi, he has
been on a World Cup podium this
season, he knows that if he stays in
touch the way he is doing, he
believes he has it within himself to
push through and get a medal, maybe
here, certainly in the 15 K.
biggest lesson he has learned is the
hardest one, not overtraining. He
won the Norwegian Championships just
ahead of Sochi and then I think
maybe it was such an inspirational
moment, Spitsov just getting on the
back of the group, Andrew Musgrave
is wearing Number ten. There he is.
I think that was the biggest lesson
he learned, it wasn't that he was
overawed by the occasion, he arrived
completely shattered because he was
overtraining. That's something very
much within his control and he went
back after the Sammon, got a little
bit ill, he said he always got ill
after the Tour de Ski, and he has an
opportunity this time after he has
arrived that his batteries are fully
One thing that helps is
coaching. In between the Olympics he
has brought on board Norwegian
coaches, essentially poached from
private skiing teams in Norway and
now he has the institutional
knowledge advantage of working with
top coaches from the country that
does this sport in the best way. And
they know how to get him to the
start line in perfect stage because
they have been doing it for Olympic
champions for years.
It's not quite
a Formula 1 pit stop, but it will be
important. As he said yesterday in
the women's skiathlon, you cannot
win, a bit like a triathlon, you
don't win the race in transition but
you can certainly give yourself a
problem if it doesn't go smoothly.
This can and just making sure --
Niskanen making sure he has an
opportunity to get in and out as
smoothly as possible. It is usually
35 seconds. Switching skis, they
have completed their circuit in the
classical technique and different
skis required for the freestyle
which will be faster. Andrew Young,
who is not competing for Great
Britain in this race but we will see
him later on, he equates its two
race with breast wrote front crawl.
So the freestyle or skating half
will be quicker. The main thing to
notice here is not so much if one
man gets out half a second quicker
than the others, but if anyone has a
lengthy problem. Looking to make
sure they are in and out. A little
bit of a double-take from Maurice
Manificat. Andrew Musgrave safely
through. Krueger has almost caused
the gap up, but traditionally he's
better on classical. He has not had
an opportunity to dominate, he has
used his classical ability to get
back to the big league group.
Musgrave just five seconds or so
adrift, pretty much in the big
And out into the
skate skiing which is his preferred
discipline so this is as good as he
would hope to be at this point in
And other than Klaebo, all
of the main protagonists are there.
That's one of the men who fell with
Krueger at the beginning of the
circuit. He has done well to keep
going. His compatriot Spitsov has
got back in touch with the big
leading group, as has Simen Hegstad
Krueger. So we're halfway. Pretty
quick from Klaebo in the pit stop,
so to Jean Marc Gaillard.
so to Jean Marc Gaillard. Sundby
took away. -- took a while. The
classical half is done, now we turn
our attention to the second set of
four microcircuits of 3.75
calamities. -- kilometres. Sundby
was a few seconds slower than
Klaebo, we might just get an idea
here, he's next to Hans Christer
Holund, so what happened? Nothing
dramatic, just a little sluggish.
But it has cost him a few seconds.
Looking out for the frozen blond
beard. He is wearing number six. I
would have thought he is right back
up in the mix. That's a big group
now. It will not stay that way for
all four circuits as most of the men
will not want to leave it until the
last circuit because it will play
into the hands of Klaebo, and Sundby
has got back on terms.
has got back on terms. There is
Andrew Musgrave, what a performance
this is so far. A long way to go.
Eighth place, and bearing in mind
his previous best performance in
cross-country skiing from is 29. We
have got a few BBC news crews
heading up to the course. We were
saying to them, don't leave it too
long because he's looking good this
season, he might do something
special. A little look over the
shoulder from the Italian.
shoulder from the Italian. Niskanen
leading, Klaebo in the middle of the
group. The Italians getting himself
on terms with that group. 14 or 15
of them, if you cant the guys who
are six or seven seconds off the
pace, but they're all thereabouts.
Klaebo wearing number one, because
he is the World Cup leader this
season. Marcus Hellner behind him.
This is quite a good shot, because
when we were up on the cause, we
couldn't really work out where the
gold poles were. This gives you a
slightly better feeling of what it
looks like over the summer. You
would hope it is a lot warmer than
it is today -- golf holes. By far
the coldest day we've had since we
went on because on Tuesday.
going to get colder, it is not .5
degrees colder than when the race
began. The wind has also picked up,
very tough racing conditions -- it
is .5 degrees colder.
temperature in the air is -17
degrees. Niskanen leading. Gaillard.
Alex Harvey is still there. Cologna
wearing bib number three. Andrew
Musgrave, the closest we have seen
him to the front. He is in about
sixth place, skiing behind Harvey,
wearing number four. This is superb
from Andrew Musgrave. It really is.
A trailblazer for the sport from the
British point of view. I wonder if
there are any little boys all little
girls watching this who got up early
on a Sunday morning. Perhaps it
would spark an interest from them in
cross-country skiing. We are talking
about British cross-country skier
Andrew Musgrave, wearing the Number
10. A trailblazer, without a doubt.
We should reflect on what a big job
cross-country skiing centre played
in the life of all of the British
Olympians. Bob Lacey did so much in
the early days of getting the club
off the ground. He was tragically
killed on his way to a stag do on
his motorbike. Then, Roy Young,
Andrew Young's father, got involved
in coaching and he still is. To get
his own son Andrew Young into the
Winter Olympics and also to do his
best for the rest of the team. It's
a massive effort and there in
Aberdeenshire and the fact we are
talking about Andrew Musgrave being
in the top eight or nine in one of
the hardest races to win? That's a
real tribute to everyone who has
worked so hard up at Huntly.
was a marvellous move on the
left-hand side there. Bringing
Klaebo up to the front. He is
wearing the number one on the
right-hand side. He's decided maybe
now is the time? Sweeping through
five, six or seven athletes and now
he is at the front. Sundby is right
up ahead of him, another Norwegian
to push the pace now. Perhaps a
little early, we still have about 30
minutes to go but it's the first
time we see Klaebo and Sundby make a
concerted effort together at the
One of the reasons may be
that the group was too big. Sundby
from Klaebo, a great effort from
Krueger, now up behind them. Norway
Singh, two and three. Andrew
Musgrave in fifth place. I know a
couple of those athletes will have
taken a ski or two back -- Norway in
first, two and three. They do have
some of the best cross-country
skiers in the world behind him.
Don't forget about Cologna. That is
the brutal climb. It is ever so
slightly different. This freestyle
circuit of 3.75 kilometres. This
hill will surely be the determining
factor in many of the races that we
will hopefully be enjoying over the
next 14.5 days. Krueger there. What
a story it would be from his
perspective if he was to get back
into the mix? And another of the men
who fell behind him, the Olympic
Athlete from Russia, Spitsov. You
can see how careful the
cross-country skiers are having to
be on that tight left-hand turn.
Three circuits to go. Sundby is
bidding to become Norway's oldest
individual male cross-country skiing
champion. Krueger, he felt right at
the start of the race. Cologna,
aiming to become only the third man
to successfully defend the skiathlon
title. A winner from Sochi. Well
poised in this race. Andrew Musgrave
of Great Britain is in uncharted
territory, the place, just on the
left of the picture. Very much in
touch. Not just breaking new ground
but absolutely smashing it from a
British cross-country skiing point
of view. Just behind him, Maurice
Manificat. Let's not forget about
Marcus Allen, the champion in this
event eight years ago, silver
medallist four years ago. All of the
big men that you would hope and
expect to see our right up there --
Marcus Hellner. This is developing
into the race that we hoped would
unfold in these brutally cold but
stunning conditions. In Pyeongchang.
This is the big chase group. Good
athletes among them. This is where
the real action will happen. Look at
Andrew Musgrave, coming through
there. The cameras focusing down.
Just on the right of the picture
there, Gaillard. Great skiing by the
Briton. Just watching out, there he
is. In third place, he is just
watching out for Klaebo. Nothing
much to read into this little
deficit for the World Cup leader, it
was a case of everyone making sure
they had clear snow ahead of them to
get their drinks. Sundby, leading at
the moment. A bronze medallist four
years ago behind Dario Cologna.
Andrew Musgrave is still right up
there for Great Britain, as is
Spitsov. Only 21 years old. The
Olympic Athlete from Russia.
One of the three men who fell in the
very early stages, we are talking
about the man wearing number 16, on
the right of the picture. Andrew
Musgrave in ten.
Musgrave in ten. They will be
starting to feel this... If you look
at Claremont Parisse, but hopes for
the French. The two men who
dominated in the biathlon programme,
that will be an exciting race later
today. The French will be joining in
in massive numbers to watch this.
They will be getting excited about
what they're cross-country skiers
are doing here. Maurice Manificat
going ahead of Cologna. Very much in
the mix, alongside the Frenchman
Gaillard in number nine.
mention that this is such a quiet
part of the course. If we let it
speak for a second, you can hear
that it is so quiet out the back.
There is hardly anyone around, you
can almost hear a pin drop. That's
an Olympic cross-country skiing
final, it is just nature out there
and the sound of the few people
skiing. It is so far removed, tucked
away. A beautiful course and dead
quiet at the back like this.
This is a big group, the pace has
definitely eased. There are now 15
or even 20 men. Spitsov, the
21-year-old, leading. Andrew
Musgrave tucked in fourth or fifth
place. Sundby in second. The
Frenchman, Maurice Manificat, coming
through. Still no move from Cologna.
The longer they leave it, the more
tense it becomes. Niskanen set much
of the early pace in the classical
have. -- car. It is beginning to get
quite exciting now... Andrew
Musgrave in the centre of your
picture there, wearing the trademark
blue shades, bright in the mix with
the very best cross-country skiers
in the world. Spitsov leading...
Sundby perhaps knows that he cannot
afford to leave it late against his
very talented young compatriot.
Klaebo, with nine wins on the World
Cup circuit. He is alongside Holund
now. Another big climb for these
men. It doesn't get any easier on
this freestyle half of the course.
Krueger is right back up there as
well. Good skiing from the
Norwegians. Now, I wonder, there is
still a long way to go but Holund
has decided to have a little go of
the front. Looking over his
shoulder, his compatriot Klaebo
responds wearing the number one as
is Cologna, the defending champion.
21 kilometres. Nine kilometres to
go. This is a very big group. Andrew
Musgrave going through the shot,
wearing the Number 10. Niskanen and
Alex Harvey, perhaps looking at a
fraction tired there for the first
time. Harvey went through in 15th or
16th place. I wonder if team tactics
are at play? But Holund deciding to
stretch things out -- with Holund
deciding to stretch things out. The
Frenchman there, Gaillard, wearing
the number nine. Somebody has to
make a move that some stage, and I
wonder what the Holund, he may not
be making a definitive bid for
glory, but I think the pace may have
been too slow and he has decided to
up the tempo. You can see that with
how hard these men are working
uphill. Cologna hasn't done much at
the front. The Swiss defending
champion. But he covered that move
as soon as it began. Making sure
that if he needs to break, he can
move quite quickly. That was, in
fact, one of the reasons that Marit
Bjorgen was caught out in the
women's skiathlon yesterday, when
Charlotte Kalla made a move, Marit
Bjorgen was behind the wrong skier.
She lost a couple of seconds, I
don't think she would have caught up
with Charlotte Kalla anyway but
suddenly the gap was bigger than it
needed to be. Cologna is playing a
smart game looking at the chase
group. Abbring these moves can he
knows what it takes to beat the
Norwegians. I'm not saying he would
definitely win the race but
tactically it is sharp from the
defending champion in second place,
wearing the number three at the
moment. Klaebo, number one, Maurice
Manificat behind him. Andrew
Musgrave of Great Britain behind
him. Krueger, that really is such a
steep hill. It takes your breath
away to run or walk up it!
away to run or walk up it! The
dissent will be icy.
Holund leading. They are coming
through now. Coming through to great
applause from the fans, who have
packed out this state-of-the-art
facility. They tested the course
with three Korean national
championships in the big event last
year. 22.5 kilometres.
All the big names are still very
much in contention here. Niskanen,
maybe allowing a few seconds to go?
Ten off the pace. Cannot afford the
gap to go any bigger.
gap to go any bigger. That is
Salvadore, he should be in a
gangster film with a name like that!
Trying to close the gap. It's an
enormous lead group. It contains
Andrew Musgrave, in third place at
the moment. Just towards the
right-hand side of the picture. He
has covered every move. When will
the big break come?
When will the big break,?
It is to microcircuits to go, for in
classical, for in freestyle. Polonia
is after piece of Winter Olympic
history. -- Cologna. If he was
pushing the pace, things have got a
little bit slower which is why so
many men are now right back up
alongside Hans Christer Holund,
including Andrew Musgrave. What a
story it would be. It's still too
early to get excited but do you know
what, he has worked so hard, Andrew
Musgrave, and has transported his
life to Norway. He's immersed
himself in the culture of the nation
who have the best record in
cross-country skiing, and that takes
some bottle to do. He's not going
living on the other side of the
world, he's decided to compete with
and against the best. You have got
to learn from the best. And Britain
is in fourth and fifth place at the
moment, in with a chance of the
Winter Olympic medal in
cross-country skiing, that's
We're an hour
We're an hour into an
Olympic cross-country skiathlon and
the British contender is this or
If you're just waking up, I
apologise if you have heard me say
this before, the best performance by
a British cross-country skier in
history is his 29th place finish in
the sprint in Sochi, that's why
we're getting so excited about the
Britain in fourth place in number
ten, ahead of Alex Harvey, the
Canadian, bidding to become the
first Canadian to win a
cross-country mail muddle. -- mail
medal. A lot of very knowledgeable
cross-country experts feel as though
Klaebo's best chance of the medal is
in the sprint, but he has demolished
world-class fields at skiathlon as
well. Most notably at Lillehammer a
few months ago, well worth looking
at up on YouTube, a phenomenal
importance. Daniel Rickardsson got a
bronze plaque in 2014 in the 15 K.
So he leads, Daniel Rickardsson.
Less than two microcircuits remain.
And Rickardsson is a man for whom
cross-country skiing is almost
therapy. In something like 2013, he
and a friend were changing attire on
his car, and a camper van ran them
both over and the friend he was with
was killed. I think Rickardsson
damaged his cruciate ligament and
it's amazing he had the motivation
to come back. He feels as though
cross-country skiing gives him the
race and an outlet for his grief
over losing his best friend and so
nearly losing his own life. We're
obviously incredibly excited about
Andrew Musgrave, and it's a great
story if he gets on the podium, it's
a great story if Alex Harvey gets on
the podium but there is a brilliant
story to all of these leading man.
Because some of them, like
Rickardsson, have gone through
personal tragedies. It's not simply
the case that if you're from Norway
or Sweden editor Tom the pair of
skis, you're guaranteed to get --
and you put on a pair of skis,
you're guaranteed to get a medal.
They have all been on the hunt for
Winter Olympic history.
It's one of
the toughest sports in the whole
Olympics and now Andrew Musgrave is
in second place!
I can't believe how
well he skiing at the moment. He was
third and sixth in previous events
in the 15 K, which is his best
chance of a medal. And that comes on
Friday. This is a brilliant,
brilliant performance, at the
moment. Oh, my goodness me! You have
got to win the battle of the remote
control if you are just waking up
with the children's channels, forget
about Peter Rabbit! Forget about the
Go Jetties, because you have got
Andrew Musgrave performing so well,
he is taking it to the Norwegians
with whom he trains, and he studies
for a degree in Norway. Krueger is
leading and if you missed the early
part of the race, he was flat on his
face in the first 200 metres of the
race and somehow managed to crawl
his way into contention and into the
lead. Krueger from Musgrove, Dario
Cologna, the defending champion, in
third. Martin Johnsrud
third. Martin Johnsrud Sundby in
sixth, his beard will be frozen, the
air temperature here is minus 16.
Now they are beginning to work. Now
they realise that the business end
of this most brutal race is upon us.
It's the classic taste of the
allrounder. This can and it's
beginning to struggle, and Jean Marc
Gaillard has been blown out of the
back. -- Niskanen beginning to
struggle. Half the race in freestyle
and half in classical. Look at
Andrew Musgrave. Oh, my goodness me!
What an effort and what a
performance so far. He's just got to
keep it going. Even if he doesn't
end up on the podium, what
confidence this will give him for
his best event, the 15 K. That's why
the director is focusing in on these
shots, we don't have control of
which pictures we are shown by the
director, but they're very good at
following the story and globally,
Andrew Musgrave is the story at the
moment and that's why we're getting
a close-up. They Britain ever inside
the top 25 of any -- no Britain has
ever been inside the top 25 of any
Winter Olympic cross-country skiing
game and he is flying at the moment.
One circuit remains. We're excited
about Andrew Musgrave. And we should
be. But what a story it would be for
cement house that Krueger -- recruit
Simen Hegstad Krueger to rise from
the ground in joint last place and
win the title. This is a bold move
and I'm imagining that one of the
reasons he's decided to do this is
because he knows that the likes of
his compatriots Martin Johnsrud
Sundby and Klaebo, the World Cup
leader, too fast for him, closing
stages. This is absolutely superb
from Andrew Musgrave. Just under
four kilometres away from something
that 15 years ago, we couldn't have
even dreamt of. In British sport.
Krueger has set his stall out early,
it's up to Klaebo and Andrew
Musgrave and the rest of the
world-class field who are chasing
down this brave Norwegian to deny
him what would be a fantastic goal
but all. Andrew Musgrave leading the
charge, now 14 seconds. Spitsov is
right up there, in third in the
maroon outfit. He was also on the
ground in that tumble with Krueger.
Right at the beginning of the race.
Musgrave doing all the hard work.
Silver medal position, I am just
enjoying saying that! Come on,
Andrew! Krueger clearly feels as
though going hard with for climate
is to go is his best chance of
getting on the podium and winning.
-- four kilometres to go. When will
we see a move from Johannes Hoesflot
Klaebo, the World Cup leader who has
dominated the circuit over the last
four or five months?
four or five months? Andrew Musgrave
in second. Let's not forget about
Alex Harvey, the Canadian is chasing
their nation's first male
cross-country skiing medal. History
on the line all across the first
seven or eight men. And the gap is
growing. 20 seconds. Andrew Musgrave
needs to keep driving and believing.
What a break this is from Krueger.
If you are new cross-country skiing
and more used long-distance running,
that's the same kind of thing. The
Britain needs to hold on, Maurice
Manificat now in second. Dario
Cologna in third, Spitsov, and now a
few metres open up between Andrew
Musgrave and the men who are
currently not battling for three
medals, but two.
medals, but two. Because Krueger is
off the front and going for this.
Surely at some stage, bearing in
mind all that he has been through,
the wheels. Coming off
metaphorically. He has got to tire.
There are a couple of brutal climbs
to come between now and the finish.
But the longer the lead goes on, and
the more it increases, the more
softly few have. The Norwegians are
one of -- self belief he will have.
The Norwegians are one of the best
supported teams, he will know that
the lead has grown to 22 seconds.
Andrew Musgrave now drifting back to
seventh or eighth, needs to find
something in the closing stages. Now
it's 23 seconds. What a brave
performance from this man. Bearing
in mind he was flat on his face in
last place in the opening lap.
seconds into it, on his face, gets
up and pushes through. Phenomenal
from him and Musgrave.
He is in
eighth place at the moment,
Musgrave. Still a sensational
performance if he finishes in the
top ten. Just allowing a little bit
of a gap to open up. No one can
question his commitment to the
sport. And to this race in
particular. His best chance, to
remind you, will come in the 15 K.
He's not out of this yet. But
Krueger now, little over a mile away
from a slice of British history --
Olympic history. Mo Farah got off
the deck to win the 10,000 metres
last day, and Simen Hegstad Krueger
has got off the floor and somehow
clawed back into the lead. At one
stage, Krueger was something like 37
seconds off the pace of the leaders.
Andrew Musgrave has gone past
Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo. He is the
World Cup leader.
World Cup leader. Simen Hegstad
Krueger, leading. We have just got
to watch and see whether that lead
begins to be eroded. I think they're
closing a little bit. At one stage,
this is Sundby with the rock-solid
golden beard, he has close the gap
from 22 seconds to 14. Andrew
Musgrave has got to hang on. He has
Dario Cologna just in front of him.
I think Klaebo may have run his
race, he is now 32 seconds adrift.
The man that deal Norwegians are
getting excited about might well
produce a gold medal but it's not
going to come in this skiathlon
unless he does something ridiculous
in the last kilometre.
in the last kilometre. Sundby can
see his compatriot up ahead of him
and he has got Hans Kristian
Holland, it could be Norwegian one,
two, three. Because also, Denis
Spitsov, the Olympic Athlete from
Russia, also fell at the beginning.
The Norwegians are closing down on
Krueger and they have a monstrous
climb still to content between now
and the finish.
Here it is... He is seriously
hurting now. His lead has been
halved from 22 seconds down to 11.
Sundby in second place... He has
Holund just behind him. Norway,
occupying all three medal positions
at the moment. Their lungs will be
absolutely bursting. The Frenchman
Maurice Manificat coming into the
mix with four. Spitsov in fifth.
Alex Harvey insects, with Andrew
Musgrave around about seventh place
at the moment. Ahead of the
defending champion, Cologna.
Sensational from Andrew Musgrave.
Phenomenal so far. What can they do
in the closing stages? Is it to be
glory for son and heartache for
Krueger? -- for Sundby? Now, he can
soak up the applause. What a
performance! Surely they've left it
too late here?
too late here? An absolutely
incredible piece of cross-country
skiing from all three of these men.
Krueger, having fallen right at the
start of the race is going to finish
the day in a blaze of glory. An
absolutely incredible recovery
against one of the best skiathlon
fields ever assembled. Krueger is
the Winter Olympic champion. He was
down at the start but he wasn't out.
He didn't give up. The very epitome
of what the Winter Olympics is all
about. It is a one, two, three for
the Norwegians. Holland coming home
for the bronze. We are still waiting
for Andrew Musgrave. A sensational
effort from the Britain. Cologna
just ahead. Andrew Musgrave in
seventh, in 29th was the best
position previously for a British
cross-country skier. He says we
Brits can be world class as well.
What a race and what a finish from
Musgrave. The World Cup leader,
Klaebo, could only finish in tenth.
What a race and what a day, if
that's the first time you've ever
watched cross-country skiing, this
is how good the sport can be!
What a race from
Andrew Musgrave and from Krueger.
He's never been on the podium
before. Now an Olympic gold
My goodness. Niskanen,
the early leader in that race,
pushing the pace. That fellow,
Sundby, in second. Krueger was down,
flat on his face and contemplating
you suspect, for a split second not
getting to the finish. A reminder,
Andrew Musgrave of Great Britain has
finished in seventh, in this, one of
the most brutal tests of
cross-country skiing. He has beaten,
among others, the World Cup leader
Klaebo. Marcus Hellman, the 2010
skiathlon champion. Daniel
Rickardsson, the bronze medallist
from four years ago. Phenomenal
performance from the man whose
career began at Huntly. Let's take
nothing away from Krueger. He fell
right at the start of the race. Over
half a minute behind the leaders. At
one point. Then he found the
motivation and the drive, and the
belief, to come back into the race
and sweep past them all on the
freestyle, not his favourite
technique. His best discipline is
the classical. He lost the
opportunity to impose himself on the
race in the first 15 kilometres. But
how brave was that? With four
limiters to go. Sundby congratulates
his compatriot. These guys are
metaphorical rock stars in Norway.
Krueger may not have generated as
much publicity in the lead up to
this as his younger compatriot. But
he will be the toast of his nation
tonight. That is for sure. What a
performance. I think it may even top
Mo Farah climbing off the floor to
win the 10,000 metres in London. He
was so far adrift, for such a long
time. He could easily have given up.
The one, two, three, to Norway. An
incredible race for the man just
crowned the Winter Olympic champion.
What an amazing performance from
Great Britain's Andrew Musgrave,
finishing in seventh. Cross-country
at its finest here in South Korea.
Incredible, for Krueger to win that.
What a race from Andrew Musgrave,
the best place finished ever by a
British cross-country skier was 20
night, that was him in 2014, Sochi.
He will be delighted with what he
has done today. You may notice that
we've made a move from our balcony
on one side of the building to this
on the other side of the building.
We have some special guests joining
us later on. You see in the
backdrop, the ski jump dominating
the skyline here. Right behind that
was the cross-country. That's where
Andrew Musgrave put that phenomenal
race down. But we are going to have
a look at the headlines on day two,
as we head into the late afternoon
here in Pyeongchang. Here's what has
happened so far... American teenager
read Gerard upset the form book to
get the gold ahead of Max Parrot and
Mark McMorris. Another big winner on
day two so far has unfortunately
been the Pyeongchang weather. High
winds meaning the women's slopestyle
qualification cannot take place
today. All the men's Alpine skiing
race. Another event unaffected by
the weather, the figure skating team
event started before even the
Opening Ceremony had taken place. It
involves the men's and women's pairs
and an ice dance element. Today was
the pairs. Let's go to the
Gangneung, Ice Arena and see the
best of the pair 's action with
Robin Cousins and Katherine Downes.
COMMENTATOR: Looking to retake that
top spot. These are some big
Canadian chances for a gold medal.
Perhaps even in the individual. If
Megan DuHamel and Eric Radford
cannot capture the top spot for team
Canada, who can? Silver at last
year's team event, they go for the
gold this time...
Opening with a triple twist...
Side by side triple Lutz...
The biggest element of the pairs
championship... If they go for it,
it is a throw
it is a throw quadruple Salchow.
Take a breath... They made it clean,
they got the rotation.
The triple Lutz, coming down... And
they got it.
The tricks from Canada's big guns,
surely enough to see them back in a
gold medal position?
Probably one of the best
performances of the season so far,
that's what they want. Yes, yes,
yes, says Megan.
The red box for the throw quadruple,
that will be reviewed. I think she
made the rotation. The hands went
How many times do we see
quadruples in pairs skating?
that often. They've been working on
it for a while. There were a couple
of other teams. We famously saw the
Chinese team crashing into the
boards. At the Olympics. Not the
best landing for them out of the
triple twist. The side by side
Lutzs. No question, she made it on
one foot. Clean backwards. The
triple Salchow, a double toe loop
and another. You can see her taking
those intakes of breath, preparing
and regrouping herself. If I've ever
had a complaint about this pairing,
their height size and their skating
styles are so different that every
now and again, it doesn't match. It
doesn't blend. Then you deliver
material like they deliver. And it
is forgiven. You accept that that is
the way it is. Rock-solid. Superb.
They are so strong, the two of them,
Megan has been around a
long time, very strong. She has
always had this power.
You can see
the muscles in her back and her
arms, she is not the delicate female
we see in some pairs. She is a real
She says it was a good
fight. Yes, it is!
fight. Yes, it is!
148.51, a massive
lead for them in this pairs free
skating then. Ten points clear of
the Italians in second place. That
puts Canada back up to the top of
the standings. They are in a gold
medal position, just where they
wanted to be at the end of this
second day of the team competition.
Of course there is the men's ladies
and ice dance to come tomorrow.
Sensational dancing from the
Canadian pairs, let's have a look
and see what it does to the overall
standings in the team event of the
Canada are one of the favourite and
then out in front. It's a much
closer bunch in the chasing pack but
Canada certainly was quite a
commanding lead ahead of the rest of
the elements of that team event.
Snowboarding became an Olympic sport
back in 1998. It had an interesting
history over the last 20 years, from
a sport that wasn't necessarily one
that many of the athletes look
forward to the one that has become
one of the favourite events here at
When it was announced in 1996 that
snowboarding was going to be part of
the elliptic staple of sports, I was
still a pro snowboarder, freeriding
and enjoying my winters. And like
most of the core of my sport, I was
outraged because skiing was to
control the qualification process
for snowboarding at the elliptic.
But two years later come the event,
I couldn't resist watching the best
snowboarders in the world on the
The best event of the games was the
parallel giant slalom, not the most
inspired discipline but it somehow
managed to poke the establishment in
Snowboarding's first ever
He has failed
eight dogs test.
I wonder -- drugs
test. I won the medal and it was the
best moment of my life, and I lost
the drugs test and it was the worst
moment of my life.
The idea of the
first gold medallist testing
positive for drugs would be
ridiculously embarrassing. But in
snowboarding it was celebrated
because their identity is fiercely
counterculture. The half pipe went
ahead without the legend whose
boycott of the games was an example
of an anti-Olympic attitude in the
core. The Swiss athlete took the
men's optician, the German athletes
the women. Europe and not win
another half pipe gold for 16 years.
It is incredible to think where pipe
riding is today. That was absolutely
cutting edge but riders are just six
feet or two metres out of the pipe
and the tricks are so basic. You can
also see very clearly that fashions
have changed but that was ever the
case in snowboarding.
Good luck to the athletes and let
the games begin!
My abiding memory
of Salt Lake City but two gold
medallists. They both hail from one
of the few places in the world with
a super pipe. Kenny Clark would
still be in contention for a gold
medal in this Olympics. -- Kelly
The crowd go absolutely wild!
The 2006 games represented turning
point for snowboarding at the
Olympics. Up until then, half pipe
had been the headline act but it was
difficult for people to relate to
the physical act of riding a half
pipe and some of the ridiculous
trick names. In contrast, border
cross was beautifully simple. 46
riders go through, and its
aggressive fast and physical. And it
provided one of the most iconic
This is a lot of honour...
Oh, drama! She is down!
Oh, drama! She is down! Freedom!
half pipe also produced a memorable
results. But it was no supplies.
Sean White announced himself on the
world stage with his first Olympic
gold. History repeated itself in
Vancouver in 2010. Sean White had
sewn up the gold medal after his
first run so the only question was
whether he would land the Tomahawk.
Are we going to see it? All three?
Here we go. Has he got it? He has!
The women's half pipe final from
that here is one of my personal
favourite. This run was one of the
most complete I have seen in the men
or women category, stylish,
technical and lots of amplitude.
Russia saw the introduction of
slopestyle welcome by snowboarding,
because it reflects the kind of
snowboarding that people do all over
the world. So suddenly snowboarding
was opened up to everyone and from a
British point of view, this was even
more exciting because we had one of
the most dominating forces in
solid for Jenny Jones.
Check out the
grab! Put the UK out of their
Jenny Jones, bronze
Pyeongchang sees big air make it
Olympic debut, another event which
will have viewers on the edge of
their seats and with British
interest to look forward to. There's
no doubt that snowboarding has come
a long way from Olympic outcast to
part of the family.
Not many would have predicted that.
At Aussie I would have sums special
guests, -- I told you I would have
some special guests, wearing
quarter, Jamie Nicholls, Edley, or
joining me. -- Reverend Richard
How you would join the
balcony? It's cold!
We just saw the history of the
snowboarding of the Olympic Games,
how is it viewed in the wider
last 20 years, there's been a huge
progression that we've seen every
four years, riders wanting to come
to the Olympics with new tricks of
the want to be faster and better.
That has accelerated with each
Olympic cycle. Snowboarding is as
much of an art as a sport so there
is a real push me and pull you as to
whether the elliptic has been
positive. This Olympics especially
feels like it's marking and
transition, it's an accepted part of
the sport and people who are
following the Olympic dream am happy
to do so and the sport's ascetic
side is the other side.
How do you
view the Olympic snowboarding
movement? You're behind it, you have
got the Team GB kit on and you are
part of the games.
And super excited
to be here, it's my second Olympics
and just to make the team again is a
dream come true to represent your
country. It's good to be here.
has it lived up, your first
It's been an amazing
experience my first time here, and
to have Jamie and Billy around as
well to help me out.
You have got
your first runs under way, a bitter
disappointment for Jamie with the
scores you got the first round and
then the second run.
that, I was gutted about my score
and I felt like for me, I was gutted
how low it was. But that's just how
competitive snowboarding goes. I
said it before and those kind of
things are totally out of your
You have got to deal with the
positives, I landed a man that I was
proud of and happy with and super
happy about that.
You got some great
commentary experience as well, thank
you for joining the boys! How do you
reflect on your first ever Olympic
Pretty good, I didn't land
mine unfortunately. But really
gutted about that.
Still got a big
air next week.
It has been amazing
and the course was really fun to
How was the course, how did it
compare to Sochi?
I thought the
course was brilliant. It's one of
the best courses I've ever ridden.
So many different lines, really
creative lines in there and we seem
they have introduced the sides
take-offs which they did not have in
Sochi. It's a very creative course,
more than Sochi. I'm fortunate that
I didn't get to the finals but I
have still got big air.
still to come. You were there
commentating on the boys and the boy
who wasn't here, Billy, what did you
think of the performances and the
boys who made it through to the
final, don't give away the winner!
Yesterday qualifying was brilliant,
we love it, we love watching
Yesterday qualifying was brilliant,
we love it, we love watching it and
die testing it. It's extra special
when your friends are there writing.
In the commentary, we said we were
gutted for Jamie and we thought it
was iffy judging, maybe it was there
or thereabouts. It's easy to get
caught up in the emotions. They did
themselves proud. In the contest
they were unlucky, but in practice,
they absolutely killed it like every
now. He put the trick down every
single time he practised, but he
fell in the contest. That's the way
it goes. These are the 40 best
snowboarders in the world and we
have three Brits in their and we
nearly had for. Really pleased to
The final was
this morning but before we talk
about that, we were supposed to have
the women today, you were down
there, they were cancelled, how
windy was it?
It was bad, with no
boarding, if it's constant, you can
deal with it. If the course is right
and the wind is constant, you just
upload speed. At this course, the
riders were already at full feed.
The problem was it was gusty. One
rider would be OK and would make it
over the job of the next one would
get a gust of wind and it would hold
them up they would go short of the
It important to remember how
the jumps are, but if you make a
mistake, you could get a serious
injury or worse.
Have you had a
chance to speak to any since this
morning? She's now in two straight
-- to Aimee. She is now into a
straight final tomorrow.
pressure going in, because you have
not got to worry about
qualifications, just straight final.
Two runs, all nothing! She may have
just go for it.
Your cousin Katie
Ormerod was meant to be racing in
that, but she had that really
unfortunate couple of injuries, have
you spoken to her, how is she?
I'm actually going to see her
tomorrow. I was devastated, it was
awful with her arm and stuff. Going
into the second day of practice, she
is very tense going into the first
round, she just slipped off the
rail. I have seen so many people
slipped off the rail and do exactly
the same but she came out with a
broken heel. She was in so much
pain. I was crying, it made me cry,
it was awful. She's family, so.
her all the very best from all of
us, we were also gutted. The boys
will stay with us, we will look at
the men's final in a second. If you
have any questions, get in touch.
I'm not going to hand over to the
soap style final because you were in
the commentary booth, it --
slopestyle, so you introduce it!
I'm not that good!
was in the commentary box for the
men's slopestyle final earlier
So, Mark Mcmorris, the most
successful rider in history.
needs to clean up the run and he
should see a considerable hike in
his scores. What he's doing is good.
So difficult. The tail slide 450,
and then a wrong way care to normal
on the hip. He looks
always so perfect with Mark
Mcmorris. Where it used to seeing
its flowing for him, but he's
forcing it it looks like.
forcing it it looks like. Alley-oop,
or against. A front triple well
held, and aback triple.
can do, I can do!
He cannot do it
better but he can do it.
So he has
upped his game. He has gone and
turned a corkscrew. He has opted the
second jump and third jumps from his
It is first place, 85.2.
That is a
So, the young rider on
whom all American hopes are
pinned... Redmond Gerard.
He has a
lot of pressure. He is well
respected, well liked, loved in the
Six of seven
kids, he built a Snow Park on his
back garden in Colorado.
And he does
this... A big nose bone over the
That is the new desktop
screensaver. Through the ball... We
If you cannot see it or
hear it, he is letting the nose of
the board clip the rail on the way
over. Now, he needs the Spieth
through here. -- he needs the speed.
Much better speed. He has landed
Pumping for speed, he is
willing at on. He got the triple...
Red Gerard is a cat among the
I tell you what you
were talking about pressure. The
whole of America pressure on his
shoulders. He has gone and
That was clean. Look at
that. This is incredible. The man
who has been forcing square pegs
into round holes for the first two
runs, is he going to drive the
frontside triple? We have seen him
go twice so hard. He wants this.
It's the only wake he will take hold
now. If he can do a frontside
triple. The rest of the run isn't
strong enough without it.
strong enough without it. 270 on the
down bar... A backside 360.
proved a lot of people wrong with
his rail section today.
He needs to
take it easy on the backside
rodeo... And here we go... Hold your
breath! 3.5, is the speed with him?
Just a double... He plays it safe.
He hasn't unveiled a triple. Ooh! A
backside triple! To finish off, he
cleans the run, steering clear of
the triple on the second jump, what
did the judges do now?
This is it,
the judges have a huge decision to
make now. 86! Silver medal position
for Max Parrot, the American
17-year-old Red Gerard storms the
men's slopestyle finals. Mark
McMorris will be bronze again. Max
Parrot in silver, two Canadian
medals, one American. The Norwegians
are left wanting.
Turning up with a
packet of crayons, delivering a
That lived up to all
expectations. -- Monet. Red Gerard,
taking the gold back to the United
States. Max Parrot in silver. Mark
McMorris with a bronze medal.
United States of America!
Gerard, the American meat in a
Canadian sandwich. A gold medal. The
kid from Colorado in the first time
of asking. Congratulations, Red
. Life will be very different for
him when he gets home. Sensational
stuff from Red Gerard in the final.
stuff from Red Gerard in the final.
Jamie and Rowan are alongside me.
Put into context that race, how good
He was clearly, I mean, he
is from top to bottom nailing it. A
superb clean run. The whole of the
course, from going over the quarter
pipe take-off, and into the down
flip, nobody else was doing that.
Just him. And the side take-off on
the second. The jump feature, nobody
else is doing that. He definitely
deserved to win.
He was amazing. 17
years old, would you have picked him
to be a gold medallist at the end of
He was definitely up
there, I think. He has been smashing
it for the last few years. He was
definitely up there, one of the few
who would do it.
And he is a
likeable and will respected guy on
loves Red, he is amazing and a good
kid. He is a good snowboarder on the
cause. Everybody respects him. Not
only has he won a gold, but he is
good for snowboarding as well.
have a funny Instagram picture that
they will put
have a funny Instagram picture that
they will put on the screen of Red
Gerard when he was a youngster...
that the one with the glasses on? I
love that picture!
I bet you don't
have any of these embarrassing
You think, was it taken
last week or something!
You think, was it taken
last week or something!
You will all
be back and he will be in the big
air. For both of you, probably
slopestyle, that is your favourite
events? Are you setting your sights
high on the big air?
slopestyle is my favourite, but the
last season I've had really good
results in the big air. I'm looking
forward to it. Hopefully I will get
to land it!
I have seen your
training shots, and the big blow-up
trampoline kind of thing. How has it
If it wasn't for UK
Sport and the funding towards the
airbag, it has massively helped.
It's helped both of us with our
training for these games. Not only
have we managed to learn new tricks
but also to work on the tricks we
can already do. But in a risk-free
environment which really helps, so
close to the games. You don't want
to be injured. Two months out, when
we were training back in December,
we were already scared. To have that
is amazing. We've both learn tricks
on it and hopefully we can add it
into the big air.
I took a trip down
to the big air. It is high! It is a
big and a high jump. What goes
through your mind before you put
yourself down the slope, with a huge
kick in front of you?
Your first run
is always the scariest. I don't like
to go first. Normally I let someone
else go first! Get over it, make
sure you don't land on your knuckle.
It is basically where the start of
the landing is.
You definitely don't
want to land there. It isn't good on
I can imagine. Billy
Morgan is probably the big air
specialist between you?
He got an X
Games bronze in it.
There will be a
high expectation from him. What
would be good for you?
coming into any contest, it's always
about trying your best. If you put
down your own, and do your best that
day, you can walk away proud. I hope
I can go and do the runs that I want
to do. Maybe it gets me in the
finals or maybe not but if I can
land it, I would be happy. ?
same. Land the best possible trick I
can do on the jump. If it gets to
the finals, that's amazing but if
not, I've done what I came to do,
which is my best.
Can you give us a
small insight into life as a GB
And not even sure when we
I believe the 21st
is the big air...
18th, training I
believe. We have about a week off.
Spend time enjoying the games, watch
the other events and support
team-mates in other disciplines.
Have a good time and stuff, some of
my family are coming out tomorrow so
I will see them. And I will see
Katie tomorrow which I'm really
We will pass on our
best. Thank you for coming up to our
freezing balcony! We are going
inside. Going to an Ice Arena for
the speed skating. Sven Kramer is
going for his fourth gold medal in a
row in the 5000 metres speed
row in the 5000 metres speed
skating. If you are not clued up on
it, this is our handy guide...
it, this is our handy guide... In
speed skating, the aim is simple.
Race a defined distance as fast as
possible. It's the ultimate test of
speed and technique. The event
expose on a 400 meter oval track,
almost four times larger than the
short cause. In most individual
events, skaters race in pairs. On
separate tracks, known as the inner
and outer lanes.
and outer lanes. Event distances
range from 500 metres to 10,000
metres for men, and 500 metres to
5000 metres for women. Two teams of
three can compete against each other
starting from opposite sides. The
mass start is a new discipline
lasting 16 laps, and is the only
individual event where long track
speed skaters can be directly
against each other. Sven Kramer of
the Netherlands has back-to-back
5000 metre gold medals, but he is
targeting an elusive 10,000 metre
title. His Dutch compatriot will be
competing in her final Olympics in
Pyeongchang. COMMENTATOR: Welcome to
the Gangneung overall, and in the
nick of time, is the sixth pairing
of 11 in the men's 5000 metres. It
is not a heat, it is a pairing. They
are not strictly raising one another
in the sense that they are actually
racing in a whole field, trying
racing in a whole field, trying to
set it. Andrea Giovannini, in the
early going here, he is the fastest
of everyone who has gone at this
point, in green. In red, it's
outside the quickest time, but the
green means it is the number-1 time
of all, not just of the pairing.
Wilf O'Reilly, he is alongside me
here. It will be some meeting.
Billed as a heavyweight clash
between Sven Kramer, a three-time
Olympic champion, and now of Canada,
Ted-Jan Bloeman. He didn't get into
the Dutch team of four years ago,
but then he could move to Canada.
His father was born in New Brunswick
and since then he has gone like a
drain! A lot to come in this event?
5000 metres, 12.5 laps of the 400
metre track. Andrea Giovannini
almost one seconds slower than the
leaders at the moment. As the
skaters exchange lanes, one goes to
the outside. Norway's Haavard Boekko
on the inner lane there. Just coming
around the inside lane. Ten laps to
Both are outside of the fastest
times so far. Haavard Boekko of
Norway, with nine laps to go. The
2011 world champion of the shorter
distance, 1500 metres, and he's an
Olympic bronze medallist, he won in
Vancouver. And in the 1500, fourth
in the event in 2010. Boekko vast
experience to come interesting to
see if he has a chance of perhaps
being an outsider for a medal. It's
a tall order for him. He will need
to get moving from where he is at
the moment, over one second down on
the fastest time. The leader in the
clubhouse here, Seunghoon Lee. He
had a very fast finish and the crowd
went absolutely wild inside of this
8000 capacity arena. Barely a spare
seat in the house. Far more
excitement to come. Largely ceded.
It should get better and better the
longer it goes on. This is the sixth
pairing of 11.
Giovannini, in the
slipstream behind Boekko. In the
inner lane, skaters have one arm on
their back. A tight and tax
position. That blue line on the
screen is the winning time at this
particular time in the race.
particular time in the race. Four
hundredths of a second outside of
the leading time at this particular
To give you an idea of what
we expect from Giovannini, the
Italian on the left-hand side of the
picture, he was 70th in the event
four years ago but he does have
fourth place and sixth place in 5000
metre races in the World Cup series
over this winter -- 17th.
skaters have an advantage, they know
what time has been previously
skated. As they come around the
turn, you should be able to see the
coaches on the left-hand side of the
screen. Giving them the lap times,
the other coach will be telling them
whether they need to increase in
speed or not.
Until the end, until
that final lap or so, how important
is it that these athletes ensure
they do not race against each other
and measure where they are compared
to each other, and actually
concentrate on their own schedule?
That is the most important part,
concentrating on your schedule and
then perhaps the last 800 metres,
really put down to the floor and
enable yourself to speed up.
This is the second and final batch
of skaters here in the men's 5000
metres, they resurfaced the ice and
we had to wait for it harder not
ready for what will be the big
hitters in this competition. At the
moment we have harboured Paco from
Norway, only sixth fastest --
haven't Paco, only the 16th the
The quickest has been
Lee Seung-hoon, who did not make the
Vancouver games, but went on to win
the Olympic gold medal.
Not quite as
strong this winter, tenth is the
best place that he has managed so
far, Giovannini going slower and
slower. 1.5 laps to go for these
You can see Bokko, the left
shoulder is wobbling, speed is all
about leg power. He has that tight,
tucked position. He's not
maintaining it, he's not staying
tight on the blue line signifying
the markers on the 400 metres.
could see that he looks quite
upright there and stiff going around
that bend. This is the final bend
for harboured -- Bokko from Norway.
He has found the going tough here
and for the time being, the Korean
skater Lee Seung-hoon will be the
leader. He lost an awful lot of time
in the closing stages. And
Giovannini from Italy, way down in
the standings. Tenth fastest, and
night -- Bokko will be disappointed.
I think his face says it all. We can
see him in the replay, looks quite
comfortable, the racing suit is very
important, wind resistance, you can
see over the knees and the forehead,
they try to do it extensive wind
tunnel testing so the wind goes over
So is this quite similar to
track cycling, with constant pushing
at the boundaries and the roles of
regulations in terms of the type of
materials and the extent to which
you can cover yourself up?
Absolutely. One of the things that
the speed skaters have to realise,
particularly in the short tracks, he
saw a lot of the girls, Elise
Christie yesterday, with their hair
outside of their helmet. These are
areas where you can win thousands of
So Davide Ghiotto from
Italy will be in the seventh
pairing, face here in the World
Championship, quite a character, as
you can see, the 24-year-old. And
Alexis Contin, the only French speed
skater hit at this competition. He
was fourth in the 10,000 metres in
Vancouver. So, the white armband of
Ghiotto signalling that he starts on
the inside lane. The red armband of
Contin sharing that he is on the
outside. And remember, they will
exchange later, swapped over, down
the back straight, each lap. To
ensure that everybody covers the
Both skaters having
an in-line skating background, moved
across to long track speed skating
because in-line speed skating is
still not some political discipline.
You see many of skaters moving
across from -- still got eight
summer Olympic discipline. You see
many of the skaters moving across.
You saw the changeover just then,
people may be wondering watching at
home, what happens when they are
neck and neck on the ice, who assert
their authority? Who has the right
of way? Or do you have athletes
It happens very
occasionally but essentially the
rules state that the skater on the
outer lane, because they have
travelled the furthest distance,
they have the right of way.
to go, next time over the line,
coming up shortly.
coming up shortly. Ghiotto was sixth
in the recent European chaplain
chips over this distance. --
You can see the coaching staff with
their boards on the side of the
tracks, a minute and a half into a
race which will probably be between
six and a quarter and six and a half
minutes. The latest time check now,
and Contin just under half a second
outside the quickest time. Sixth
fastest at this point and Ghiotto
with some grants to make up, just
the ninth fastest skater.
tucked position from both skaters,
evenly matched. The danger is that
you start skating against your
opponent as opposed to the time but
it's quite helpful if the skaters
are fairly evenly matched.
Aerodynamics key in sports such as
this, what is the ideal, a small
frontal area, bigger Crouch? Does
that compensate in terms of someone
who is more powerful and bigger but
not very aerodynamic?
you're looking for a very rounded
back area, tucked position, the blue
line there is actually signifying a
He is slower than the
leader at the moment, Lee from
Korea. Close enough that he can keep
going, and you fastest time could be
in reach. Talking about dynamics?
Yes, you can see a lot of skaters,
Contin has taped over his skates and
that has a dual purpose, one, to
keep the laces fastened but also
make sure that the wind goes up
above the skates.
above the skates. He has brought it
back down and he is creeping back
slowly but surely.
slowly but surely. Contin has had
some success in the World
We will see some
mass start races in this Olympics
for the first time. He is now the
leader of the track overall. The
fastest we have seen so far, Contin.
He looks very comfortable. You
normally see a grimace on his face
but you can see he's concentrating
very well, looking on the inside of
the term. This is still a little bit
slow at the moment. The last lap has
not been as quick as we would have
The Italian is over four
seconds slower. Way down of those
being out on the ice so far.
that is one of the powers and the
skills of Sven Kramer, he can skate
a split second difference lap to
lap. His coach doesn't even need to
identify what time he skating.
Kramer said the Olympic record
fastest time in Sochi. There's every
chance that a livid record could go.
-- that Olympic record. Contin
trying to find some speed in his
legs in the closing stages to become
the new leader in the clubhouse.
Two laps to go and he is losing
ground. He just got inside the
fastest time but it's slipping away
from him. Ghiotto will not figure
anywhere near the top of the
leaderboard at all.
leaderboard at all. He's not going
to add a high position to that six
in the European Championships.
Contin from Brittany takes the Bell,
400 metres to go as he grits his
teeth down the back straight. What's
he got left?
Contin is not going to set a new
fastest time. But how close can he
get? Into the finishing straight.
Alexis Contin from France the
quickest of this pairing, four
seconds outside the fastest time.
It's still Lee Seung-hoon from Korea
who leads so far. And a very tired
Davide Ghiotto from Italy, 15
We can see Contin and Ghiotto here,
again, those racing suits, the left
arm at the back, trying to gain the
maximum slipstream. And he's pushing
his foot out because it's when the
skate crosses the line that the time
will stop. A disappointing race for
He has 6.18 and the two
Italians going in consecutive
pairings. There's our leader, Lee
Seung-hoon. Waiting, watching on.
But I think knowing that it's only a
matter of time before his position
at the top of the leaderboard
disappears. Jan Blokhuijsen from the
Netherlands and Peter Michael the
next up on the track. Blokhuijsen
the silver medallist four years ago
in Sochi, plenty of support inside
the stadium for him. And Peter
Michael from New Zealand, the first
Kiwi to win a speed skating while
chanting chips medal, he got bronze
-- World Championship medal, he got
bronze last year here and added the
team pursuit silver. A good pedigree
here. 12.5 laps of the track, this
is not heat, they just happen to be
going in pairs. It is a one and done
in the 5000 metres. One chance to
set the fastest time.
away. They know already the time
they will be looking for but of
course with the big guns still to
come, it's important that they
absolutely try and get the best time
that they can possibly get. Jan
-- Jan Blokhuijsen already half a
second inside Lee from Korea.
Blokhuijsen from the Netherlands
already has three Olympic medals,
one of each colour, in his career
and he has team pursuit medal.
6:11.91 is his best. Both of these
skaters inside the previous fastest
time of Lee Seung-hoon. A very fast
start from Blokhuijsen.
are moulded to his feet and they
have a mechanism, about ten years
old, it is a hinge mechanism which
allows you to get more pressure into
the ice and more speed.
It is the
clicking sound that you can hear
from time to time. If you can look
closely, you can see a little
sister, a little gap at the back of
the skates when you lift them up of
The coaches are there and
they will be instructing the
athletes, of their lap times, are
they on their schedule but they
pre-decided having seen the ice
What is the advantage of
having clamped skates? They don't in
short track races.
In short track
races, the Blade opens so it would
be too dangerous. So the Skating
union decided to ban them in short
track speed skating.
in the traditional colours of the
Netherlands, this is the sport in
Holland, they absolutely love it.
Dutch radio and TV are here in great
numbers presenting their TV and
radio programmes from the Gangneung
We're looking for clean sweep,
the ladies won the gold, silver and
bronze yesterday in the 3000 metres.
And earlier, the Dutch skater didn't
perform very well said at least we
won't have a clean sweep here today.
Bob De Vries not as impressive as
many as would have exacted. Seven
laps to go. While inside the fastest
times. Blokhuijsen performing very
well and beginning the board at the
side of the tracks of the schedule.
Is the coach there,.
going out on a schedule of 6.12,
6.10 is the Olympic record. He
knows he needs to do those kinds of
times to be competitive for a medal,
never mind trying to cause an upset
and get to the top of the podium.
The skaters trying to stay as tight
as possible. Drifting out quite a
lot there, he has two skate more
distance, more metres, then
Presumably the key is
to stay as close to the blue line as
much as possible, all the way
around. Still nearly four seconds up
on the time of Seunghoon Lee. Eking
out every fraction of a second, to
give themselves a chance. The
favourites are still to come out
here on the eyes. Jan Blokhuijsen of
the Netherlands, four laps to go. He
may be just inside of that Olympic
record. He lost a bit of ground on
the last lap. Just under four laps
to go now. He is still looking in
control of his effort, Jan
He just shouted, stay
down low! Ethan Lowe! Make
everything so efficient.
everything so efficient. Jan
Blokhuijsen, perhaps starting to
find the going tough. Remember, Lee
Seunghoon had a big sprint in the
final couple of laps, he pulled it
out of the bag. Jan Blokhuijsen will
have to dig in here. Yet he comes,
into the finishing straight. You can
see the effort on his face. Jan
Blokhuijsen getting a slowdown as he
can. Maintaining an aerodynamic
position. Adding the inside line of
the brand. He's done much better
their competitor last time. 200
metres to go, but cows and moving to
the outer lane. He needs to stay
tight on this. Peter Michael of New
Zealand, inside the previous fastest
time. As you can see, he is behind
the Dutchman. The blue line marks
the fastest time before this
pairing. It's going to be close! The
crowd are being made aware of that.
Michael, of New Zealand, has perhaps
saved the best until last. He has a
big spread here. Jan Blokhuijsen's
legs will be screaming at him now.
They are really hurting. Here they
come, into the finishing straight...
Will we have a new fastest time? We
most certainly are, but by how much?
Peter Michael, taking it on the
line. Just inside of the previous
time set by Lee Seunghoon. Michael
of New Zealand 6:14.0 seven. Looking
so good for so long. Leading lap
after lap. His time was only good
enough for fourth place. Already he
is outside of the medal placings. He
clearly didn't quite judge 's effort
to perfection but Michael really
did. Keeping his powder dry until it
mattered at the end. Having ensured
that he was in the ballpark. Hanging
in behind the Dutchman.
Disappointment for Jan Blokhuijsen.
But Peter Michael with a superb last
two laps. You could really see that
effort. Coming in, coming from
in-line skating. Accelerating,
racing against the clock. Completely
different racing against other
And you can see the
frustration and disappointment on
the face of the Dutchman there. It
hasn't been a day so far. Of course,
that will all be forgotten if Sven
Kramer takes his fourth Olympic gold
medal. We don't have long to find
out. Lee Seunghoon is still in the
silver medal position there, Peter
Michael, the new leader, the first
Kiwi to win a speed skating World
Championship medal, the first from
New Zealand to win a gold medal at a
World Cup event, winning over 5000
metres in 2016 in a stunner. He had
success in his career already. He is
currently the leader at the moment.
This will be really interesting.
This pairing. The world
record-holder from Canada, Ted-Jan
Bloeman. He set it on the back end
of last year. And Norway,
represented by Sverre Pedersen. The
25-year-old from Bergen, he has won
World Cup races this winter,
including at 5000 metres, this
distance. We will talk more about
Ted-Jan Bloeman when we are under
way. But the billing ahead of this
is it could be a head-to-head
heavyweight clash, between Ted-Jan
Bloeman and Sven Kramer, going in
the next pairing. The way they go,
12.5 laps of the track in the men's
Olympic 5000 metres. Ted-Jan
Bloeman, basically could not get
into the Dutch team four years ago
in Sochi. His father was born in New
Brunswick. He has blossomed, he has
done really well. If he comes back
today, it really would come back to
haunt the Dutch! Certainly, he is
here to score goal. His coach from
Holland as well there with the white
cap on the left-hand side. They are
here to pick up the gold medal.
world number one this winter. But in
three head-to-head meetings with
Kramer he was beating each time. Yet
to take the scalp of the great
Kramer in a head-to-head matchup. He
has certainly shown the ability to
make life uncomfortable for Kramer,
A close cross over.
Ted-Jan Bloeman nearly went into the
back of the Norwegian. They have to
be careful there. That the Norwegian
doesn't receive a penalty and maybe
not even finish in the ranking.
Sverre Pedersen struggled in the
World Championships, when they were
held here a year ago. He had a bad
cold, which affected his efforts.
Ranked number three in the world. He
is certainly coming into this not
considered, or not spoken about as a
potential winner but certainly as a
potential bronze medallist in this.
Sven Kramer decided not to compete
in all of the World Cup 's see you
do get a skewed result in terms of
where Kramer should be represented
as opposed to to the Norwegian
On the inside lane, there
are three lanes on the track. They
skate quickly on the inside. They
are the competitors for future
pairings, just limbering up. They
are allowed on the track as long as
they stay on the inside. That's what
it is there four. Ted-Jan Bloeman is
not .54 of a second inside of the
previous fastest time. -- zero .54.
The likelihood is he will have to
gain more ground to stand a chance
of becoming Olympic champion. All
things being equal.
things being equal.
was almost four seconds ahead, Jan
Blokhuijsen. Maybe he is changing
his tactics a little bit? Ahead of
Lee of career.
-- Korea. We have had
a Dutch win in four of the last five
Olympic Games. Kramer winning the
last two. Traditionally, Norway have
been really good. Nine previous
winners from Norway in this event
but not since Lillehammer in 1994.
Both under the previous fastest
time. This event builds to something
of a crescendo.
of a crescendo. Ted-Jan Bloeman
leading the way. How has he measured
his efforts? Ted-Jan Bloeman's
coach, also from Holland, he needs
to raise the game. He is two seconds
ahead at the moment.
There will be
some people in the Dutch Federation
panel sitting a little
uncomfortably, with their fingers
Yes, they had a test
event Ted-Jan Bloeman and Kramer a
couple of days ago. He threw the
gauntlet down. It will be very
When I was flying over,
Wolf was at the track already.
Kramer is absolutely flying.
Presumably trying to lay down a
psychological marker. Keeping an eye
on Ted-Jan Bloeman in
the red and black of Canada. Sverre
Pedersen, as we mentioned, is more
than capable as a skater, with World
Cup wins this winter in the 1500 and
the 5000. A World Championship
bronze medallist in this event in
2016. He is going really well here.
Sverre Pedersen storming in here.
Two laps to go, coming round to the
leaderboard. Sverre Pedersen has
really timed his acceleration to
We can see from the body
language that Sverre Pedersen is all
business as we get into the closing
stages. Ted-Jan Bloeman has a bit to
do, to claim the lead here. Next
time, over the line, they will have
one lap to go. A 29.5 laps from
He crosses from the
outer lane in front of Ted-Jan
Bloeman of Canada in the black and
red suit. In the outer lane. Sverre
Pedersen is storming away here.
will be a tremendous final lap here
between two of the big names in the
men's 5000 metres. As they take the
bell, Sverre Pedersen leads the way.
Ahead of Ted-Jan Bloeman. But what
does he have left? Does Ted-Jan
Bloeman have a big sprint over the
final 400 metres? The Norwegian is
in his sights, can he close the gap
on the eyes? Clear ice between them.
As you can see. Sverre Pedersen is
going to set a new fastest time.
Unless there is a big sprint here
from Ted-Jan Bloeman. Ted-Jan
Bloeman could take it on the line?
It is really close between the pair.
You cannot split them! Exactly the
same time! Set by the parents them
after 5000 metres out on the ice.
What a finish! Ted-Jan Bloeman had
to dig deep. Sverre Pedersen really
laid down the challenge in the final
couple of laps. Great racing between
the pair of them.
The clap on the
shoulder said it all. Both skaters
dug deep, particularly Ted-Jan
Bloeman. What an amazing last lap.
It was a stunning last lap.
needed to be. He wasn't in a great
position. Sverre Pedersen had
clearly gained an advantage with a
lap to go. Ted-Jan Bloeman chased
him down for all he was worth.
Having the inner lane, you have your
skater in front of you, you can
really try and dig deep. Coming
across the line, it is all about the
blade crossing the line.
Bloeman was marginally in front.
think that time is going into 1000th
of a second.
So, Ted-Jan Bloeman is
the new leader.
the new leader. 2000th of a second
slower. Ted-Jan Bloeman in gold
medal position. All of that effort,
and Sverre Pedersen has been nudged
into second place.
Barely by the
blink of an eye!
Here comes Sven
Kramer. The one that the Dutch
nation will be sitting at home,
watching and listening to now. Just
to give you an indication as to how
great he is in the sport, a
three-time Olympic champion. He has
won this race the last two times it
has been held. And a record 19 gold
medals from the World Championships.
But Patrick Beckert has the chance
of a medal as well. A two-time world
bronze medallist in the 10,000
metres. Seventh four years ago in
Can Kramer make it a hat-trick of
the men's 5000 Olympic titles? We do
not have long to find out. 12.5 laps
of the track. Kramer up and running.
One pairing to come after these two.
But on paper at least, I think we're
going to know who is one this
I would certainly say so,
the expression on Kramer 's face,
starting a little bit slower. But
you can see the power in this guy,
so technically good and so
So good at this event,
not the only event he's good at
about eight times world champion in
the 5000 metres.
Kramer has a very
upright position, has a lot of
difficulty and a lot of injuries
with his lower back so he cannot sit
very deep. He will come onto his own
later on in the race.
In terms of
the scheduling, with the others
having gone is particularly the last
pairing, that gives an advantage to
these two. Kramer will know whether
he is in range of going ahead.
Absolutely, at the end you saw both
skaters accelerating towards the
end. Kramer will not be giving too
much initially because he will be
saving himself as well.
Runs in the
family with him, Kramer, his father
with a speed
with a speed skater in 1980 and
1984. Beckert looking comfortable, a
World Cup silver and bronze in the
5000 metres in the winter events so
the form is good for the German.
Kramer is pacing himself to
So Kramer there, it's
almost as if he can see that blue
line which he can't, in reality, but
it's like he has it in his sights
and he's making sure that he has
just a couple of moments behind him.
Of course, he's such a good
technician. He knows he can skate
these 400 metres almost to
perfection with milliseconds between
the laps. He is 1.62 seconds behind
the leader at the moment.
So on the
ice at this moment in time, Kramer
has got the fifth fastest, and
Beckert has the eighth fastest but
that may well not be truly
representative of their ability
because they can be pacing
themselves. Certainly Kramer at this
point in time. Again, he's pulled it
back down, just over
back down, just over a second Baha'i
Ted-Jan Bloemen. -- behind him. This
is where it will really get
interesting, where it really begins
It's almost like he's
waiting to explode in terms of his
speed, he's having to pace yourself
and at the same time, again, pulling
it back three tenths of a second
He is an absolute winner, 19
titles, two silver medals and one
runs, he doesn't miss out.
coaches, one will indicate the
previous lap time and the other
coach will be telling him what he
needs to do.
Kramer closing in on
the fastest time at the moment. Now
he is the fastest. For the first
time in the race, Sven Kramer is the
quickest with four laps to go.
think the expression on the face
says it all. You can really see him
digging deep, sitting down, starting
to really get the speed, the maximum
out of the legs.
There you can see
the gap in real time, the blue line
of the previous fastest time set by
Ted-Jan Bloemen. Already he's gained
a second on that last lap alone. So
he's really starting to open it up
now. And you saw the coach pointing
one finger down, indicating his one
schedule inside the second.
-- he is
one second inside schedule.
great race from Patrick Beckert from
Germany. All eyes on the Dutchman
now, two seconds quicker than the
previous fastest time but he's
skating. The sign
skating. The sign says, two seconds.
Skating towards the Olympics title
here. The all-time great Sven Kramer
of the Netherlands will take the
bell here, just over 400 to go in
his 5000 metre final and I don't
think that blue line will catch him.
Ted-Jan Bloemen had a fantastic last
lap so he has got to dig deep now.
He's got to go for it on the last
lap to make sure that he can take
the Olympic title for the third time
in a row. It was a tremendous last
lap sprint from Ted-Jan Bloemen.
Here is sent Kramer, and the Olympic
record has gone. He has beaten his
previous Olympic record time.
Beckert's time only good enough for
ninth place. But Sven Kramer was
really tested here. Because Bloemen
had taken his world record just
before the end of last year. But he
went away, he focused again and he
came back better than ever here. &
Kramer -- and Sven Kramer, an
Olympic record time, surely that
fourth Olympic gold medal is his
with only two more skaters to go on
A superb bit of skating
by Kramer. He makes it look so easy.
Technically good, the eye line, just
watching the line where he needs to
be skating, looking at the coach,
getting the information. Crossing
the line, sticking his skate out. As
the blade crosses the line. We saw
him later, giving the thumbs up. One
pair to go, so we have to wait to
see whether it will indeed be worst
case, bronze medal.
totally in control as he crossed the
Definitely coming he is just
telling the crowd to be a little bit
quiet for the remaining pair.
quiet for the remaining pair.
Ted-Jan Bloemen will have two settle
for silver at best. Sverre Pedersen
will be a bit nervous. Nicola
Tumolero from Italy and Moritz
Geisreiter still here.
Geisreiter still here. His best
result this season, Tumolero, second
in April in the World Cup meeting.
Moritz Geisreiter was a top-10
finisher in Sochi over 5000 and
10,000 metres. Sixth ranking in the
World Cup overall this winter.
It would be a massive upset if
either of these two were to threaten
the time of Sven Kramer. But there's
the chance of a medal, certainly.
And they also have the advantage,
they know exactly what time they
need to do when you're going in the
A quick reminder, people
saying, if it seceded, surely these
would be the fastest? Defra crit if
it is seeded? -- if they are seeded?
They are seeded in a pool of six
athletes, in the pool you can be
won, to our three, and then it's
sixth in the world, and he happens
to have come out of the hat in a
the Dutch fans are leaving the
arena, just staying indoors to make
sure. You know it's chilly when the
warmest place you've been all day is
the ice rink! Tumolero and
Geisreiter the final competitors in
this 5000 metre race. Geisreiter in
the outer lane in the black and
white suit, Tumolero from Italy in
the inner lane. There is a line that
Kramer skated in the previous race.
And Kramer didn't
look like he was going at full pelt
in the early laps.
thing is now, are either of the
skaters going for the bronze medal
because they have got a bigger
chance of winning a bronze medal,
than may be following the time of
Kramer and blowing up?
I would have
to break the Olympics record to do
it. It is whether they think they
can do that.
Geisreiter got third in
Salt Lake City this winter, can he
get that here? Will Tumolero, the
European champion, challenge Sverre
Lunde Pedersen of Norway or Ted-Jan
Bloemen for a medal position? Sven
Kramer has the time to beat.
Geisreiter's coach also from the
Netherlands, even though the
Netherlands keep reading these
golds, the coaches tend to go to
other countries to help them as
A bit of a debate in the
Netherlands about whether it's good
for the sport when the Dutch take
clean sweeps like they did in the
women's 3000 metres last night, a
similar discussion to the one in the
UK about British track cycling
dominating in the world cycling or
the Olympics, is it good for the
sport when one team sweeps the
Not really, it's always about
sport being there for everybody.
When one country dominates, and that
tends to happen far more in winter
sports because you have got those
conditions, you need them.
conditions, you need them.
Kramer pity his skate away for
another day, they have done the job
It won't be a clean sweep for
the Dutch, looks at the moment like
it will be Netherlands, Canada and
Tumolero, one point 46
seconds outside the fastest time.
Sixth quickest. And Geisreiter
eighth fastest. He was 14th on this
track in the watch amateur blaster.
-- World Championships last year.
Their game plan is very much towards
the bronze position.
That would make
sense given the previous hearings of
Absolutely. Tumolero now
in sixth place. Picking the case up
there. There is Kramer, on the
stairs. Absolutely exhausted.
He look like you getting ready for
the medal ceremony, to be honest. He
knows he will be in it whatever
happens. Tumolero slowly closing in
on the top three. Fifth fastest now.
Next time over the line, three laps
to go so Tumolero will be hoping
that he had timed his efforts to
perfection. As close to the
threshold as he can go off still
having a little bit left at the end
for a fast finish.
Geisreiter down in tents, five
seconds behind. Kramer just seemed
to go faster and faster. Tumolero
moving from the outside, really
grimacing on the inner tracks,
trying to raise his game.
bronze medal is within his grasp.
So, Tumolero coming up with two laps
to go. Are they two laps that will
carry him to a medal? He's got an
awful lot to do. Not making any
inroads at the moment. It looked as
though he was for several laps and
now the last couple of laps, he's
got stuck in fifth place. At the
moment he's finding it impossible to
advanced. But we have seen big blast
laps today. He comes round to take
the bell. It's slipping away, down
to six now, five seconds back. Not a
great 5000 metres for Germany. And
the Dutch know that they've done it
and Sven Kramer knows that he's done
it and that glittering, glorious
career goes on and on. The Olympic
title is his and it will be
confirmed very, very shortly. Here
comes Nicola Tumolero from Italy
after the finishing line. He crosses
the line eighth fastest, Geisreiter
12. And for the fourth time, in his
career, Sven Kramer is analytic
champion. -- Olympic champion.
For the third time in a row, he wins
the 5000 metres in the long track
speed skating at the Olympic Games.
What a career that shows no sign of
slowing down, whatsoever! We are
watching one of the true greats
We certainly are. Nicola
Turnolero finishing his last lap,
perhaps even his last Olympic Games.
But the Dutch here, standing on
their feet. In Orange, their scarves
and flags waving all around the
It was masterful stuff from
31-year-old Kramer. He would have
felt the pressure. Ted-Jan Bloeman
threw down the gauntlet in this
season. He looked forward to
challenging his authority. He took
the world record. Ted-Jan Bloeman is
still the world record holder. When
it came to the championship and the
race that mattered, there was just
one winner and he won with room to
The celebrations can start
now for Sven Kramer.
namely, winning two-time Olympic
gold at the hockey in the summer
Olympics. What will Ted-Jan Bloeman
make of this? A late Bloomer given a
late opportunity having moved from
the Netherlands to Canada?
the Netherlands to Canada?
Netherlands, you wouldn't even have
won because the standard is so high.
Not even able to take part here.
Given the performances of the top
two... No wonder Sverre Pedersen
looks so happy with his medal! It is
a race where Norway have excelled
over the years. There was one man
above all the others, who excelled
today. It is his eighth Olympic
medal, four golds to go with two
silver and two bronze. Confirmation
of the result. Sven Kramer for the
third time in a row is the Olympic
champion, and he got a new Olympic
record in doing so. Sverre Pedersen
have Norway taking
the bronze. Incredible, a hat-trick
of golds in the 5000 metres. As you
can see behind me, Knight is
beginning to fall here in
Pyeongchang, the temperature is
absolutely plummeting. But there is
still a lot of sport to come on day
two of the Winter Olympics. It is
time to leave the frozen balcony and
head into the warmth with the lovely
Clare Balding to take you through
the rest of the day. From me,
goodbye for now!
Bless, get inside and have a warm
cup of tea and enjoy the sport that
will take us through the evening.
For those who love the Winter
Olympics, it is fantastic. You can
watch it end to end. Ski jumping
didn't finish until quarter past
midnight last night. There is mass
is going on. This is throwing
everything at us.
everything at us.
Clear the decks,
sit down and watch this... Charlotte
Kalla becomes the skiathlon Winter
Olympic champion! The defending
champion is in a wonderful position
Is the Olympic spirit, what
it's all about.
A magnificent skate!
Laura Dahlmeier has taken the first
gold! In the biathlon. Jamie!
The hosts have
struck gold! Thompson has gone as
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.