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one, two, and three for the
Norwegians with Holund coming home
for the bronze. We are still waiting
for Andrew Musgrave. A sensational
effort from the Britain. It really
is. Andrew Musgrave is in seventh
position. The best previous
performance by a British
cross-country skiing is 29th.
Musgrave announces his arrival at
the top of the sport and says, we
Brits can be world class as well.
What a race and what a finish from
Musgrave. Along his scalps, the
World Cup leader, who could only
finish in tenth position.
I was going out with a lap and a
half to go, I was feeling confident.
I thought I would be able to get a
medal. I was feeling really good. I
tried to keep up with Krueger on the
last lap and went a bit hard. I
slipped back in the field.
do you need to do to beat the
Go faster than them!
It's a completely different race,
with the individual start. I need a
new race to get into it, a couple of
days of easy training and I should
be ready to fight.
He does sound projected. The best
By far. Having said he
lived all over the world, massive
credit to the handling Nordic and
outdoor Centre in Aberdeenshire.
joined it to make friends. Amazing.
That is the power of grassroots
sport. His coach is one of the guys
who used to compete against. It
shows the power of being around
people doing the same thing, and
wanting to be the best.
skis halfway through the race. The
start of classic style Andy Goode to
free spell which he prefers. The
winner, the first gold
free spell which he prefers. The
winner, the first gold medal of the
games for Norway, Hegstad Kruger, he
has a fall early on.
Tell us what
happened. The mass start is
exciting. Lots of things happen. He
is one of the best in the world and
has great technique but you see him
lose grip. The ski has a textured
panel that has a sticky base in it
so they can grip when they are doing
this classic style. Just watch.
Seven, he tips/ p makes an
adjustment. He takes everyone out.
It was his fault, and maybe that is
why he had this incredible energy.
Incredible that he could go on.
was not that quick getting up. No.
They looked like they had a chat.
One of the others guy skis come off.
There is an amazing team
environment. Other coaches will give
you a pole. It is the toughest
endurance sport in the Winter
endurance sport in the Winter
Andrew Musgrave competes
again on Friday. The weird thing
about cross-country, one year they
will do the 15 km and classic, and
the next year they will do it free
That is why it is impressive
that he was disappointed. We are
expecting him to do successful
things but he was in second place
for a lot of that, and he believed
he could podium. That shows he's
full of confidence. It does not
matter if it is a Norwegian ahead of
him, whoever it is has a target on
their back. I love it we are getting
I have goose bumps. More
from Chemmy Alcott. If there is
anything you want to hear more
about, if you want to know more
about athletes, you can use the hash
tag. Can I tell you something
interesting? Yesterday was the first
time since 1998 that the USA have
failed to win a medal of any colour
on the opening day of winter or
summer Olympic Games. Pressure. I
will get a prize for my stats. We
will see the USA in action against
Finland in the women's ice hockey.
It will be a good game. Let's catch
up on what has happened is over,
with commentary from Seth Bennett
and Kent Simpson.
The Finnish players take it deep. It
is Viitasuo -- it is Hovi. 5.8
seconds to go and the Finns find the
net. That was clinical from Hovi.
Great work deep in the zone. When it
came back, Hovi blasted it.
beating, and the Finns lead. Just
under six seconds left in the
period. Great work from the Finns.
That was right on to the stick of
Hovi. No chance for the netminder,
in the net in the blink of an eye.
in the net in the blink of an eye.
did save and then the rebound. It is
a great finish from
Lamoureux-Morando. Really tenacious
play. This has been the lane that
looked like they would make it
happen for the Americans. Raty makes
the first save, but as it breaks
back, Lamoureux-Morando adds to her
Olympic tally. Her eighth Olympic
goal. What the finish.
She took the
puck to the net with authority and
she stayed there. What the second
effort for our Lamoureux-Morando.
At the neck, Knight is a free play.
What a goal. Coyne rifles at.
Finally the power play pays off. It
was a great pass, but the finish
from Coyne. It was first class.
Really good work by the Americans.
It is Decker on the boards, and it
is Coyne to bury it.
What a fabulous
shot from the stick of Coyne. No
chance for the netminder, Raty.
As we join at life, the score is
USA are leading. The US in control
of this game right now. The leaders
only slender, that one goal the
difference. It was a fine finish
from Coyne. Finland are struggling
to match this immensely powerful
American side. Lamoureux-Davidson,
one of twins in the American side,
she will send it into the zone. The
Finns have another 30 minutes to
bring themselves back into this
game. They have to find a way to get
out of their own zone. It has been a
problem for them but maybe this will
be the opportunity.
possession back. If the Finns are
going to get back in this game, it
will be from this line. They have
been the most dangerous unit.
been the most dangerous unit.
Finns, in the blue shirts, will try
and clear their own zone. Now they
have some space. Tapani driving
towards the net. The Americans, now
read on their jerseys at this Winter
Olympic Games. It always looks a bit
odd. Knight steps in, one of the
superstars of the women's game. Good
play again by Raty. Coyne for the
USA. Back it goes again. That was
easy for Raty. Slides across and
takes it away. In the end, no real
danger. Flanagan was looking to make
our mark on this game.
Raty will be
called upon a few times to stop the
puck for Finland. You see her
getting a much-needed drink of
water. If the Finns are going to be
able to tie this game up at two,
Raty will have to make this saves.
She gets some help from her post and
crossbar. Barnes jumped in with her
head up. She tries to go short side
and has the glove bead but she could
not get it past the post.
great story. She began her USA
career and was dismissed. She was
told that they were not looking at
her. She went off, she went to
college and she was at Boston
College, one of the top
universities. Very shortly into the
season, they said, maybe we made a
mistake, do you fancy coming back?
She quit school and she returned to
national team duty.
It has been a
whirlwind went for the 18-year-old,
getting cut from the American team,
enrolling in Boston College, playing
in five games for the team there,
and then the US National women's
team calling her back, and her
having to withdraw from her courses.
No full-time with the Olympic team.
It is an injury on the ice.
It is an injury on the ice. It looks
like there might be an interference
call. That was Valimaki. So, first
power play of the game, coming the
way of the Finns. What a window of
opportunity this will be. Just a bit
ugly from Decker. So, it is five
against four. One played advantage
for the Finns. There is a little tip
out in front of the net. It was
Valila was there, using all of her
experience, 44 years of age.
your eye on number six. Hiirikoski.
She is going to quarterback it.
Also, the top scorer 13 Finland,
number three. She will be very
dangerous on this power play. You
played with her brother? I played
with her brother in Denmark. A
wonderful young player. This was
about ten years ago. Michelle was
just about 18, starting her career.
Just after, she went over and played
hockey at the University of Dakota.
She had a great career in America,
and now internationally with
A good face-off by the
Americans. They get a break with
Coyne. Can they use the extra
players kicking in. They cannot
quite. Great penalty killing by the
Americans. Finland very nearly
caught short at the back.
the speed from Coyne. Not many
players faster than her.
to watch. Back in her own
to watch. Back in her own zone,
Kessel will clear way. The Finns
clear on the blue line. She is using
her massive wingspan. Six foot one.
Is there an opportunity?
Is there an opportunity? Fired in.
Good save. Rooney tracked it well.
They are creating traffic in front
of Tapani. Another face-off in the
offensive zone. 30 seconds
remaining. What about this from
Great speed down the ice.
Looking for Kessel, two of the
fastest players in the women's game.
It goes of the state of Hiirikoski,
and then against the helmet of Raty.
That helmet has seen some puck
strike it this afternoon.
made of Kevlar, the helmets and they
are designed so that the puck never
hates you flat. It means that we do
not get too many netminders these
days with concussions.
Yes, it is
usually always a glancing blow.
final ten seconds of the power play.
Good skating. She does not get the
quality shot away. The move was
nice. It is alive. Valimaki, the
slow pass to the blue line. The shot
will be sent in, it comes of the
stick of the player in front. That
has killed them. So many Americans
they are. In the zone. They are able
to snuff it out again. That is the
problem for Finland. America can be
more defensive minded. They do not
have to take risks.
The Americans do
not need to open this game up any
more. At one point trailing 1-0. Two
quick goals have given them the lead
in the second period. They do not
need to push the envelope. That
being said, you do not want to go
into a defensive shell when you're
just worried about playing defence.
You have got to move the puck up the
Time and space for Finland in
the end zone. That past does not
reach its intended target, which was
Karvinen. They will break away
again. That is a nice exchange of
passes. Karvinen is after it and she
will get it as well. Towards the
blue line. On the deflection,
Karvinen nearly got there. Knight
will bring it away for the US. They
survive a small skier. She picks out
Coyne. Her goal separates the two
The USA trying to make something
happen. In the end, Raty will hang
on. They are happy with that, the
Americans. The Finnish fans in the
stands, maybe a little less so.
are hoping there is an equaliser to
come pretty soon. On the right side
of your screen you can see some of
the top prize from hockey Canada.
The chief executive officer. Let's
look at Coyne again. Look at the
speed, quick feet, moving it.
Kessel, her brother is a superstar
in the National Hockey League,
two-time Stanley cup winner with the
Pittsburgh Penguins, that is her in
front of the net, number 28. She has
been a long-time veteran of this US
women's national team. A good slow
motion short of the puck coming
right of the helmet of Raty. She
knew she was going to be busy this
afternoon and the Americans have not
You suspect she is a
goalkeeper that enjoys the extra
work that she gets, she really
thrives if she gets 30 shots every
You're right. Most goalkeepers
do. You can stay engaged in the
game. They love to see 30, sometimes
40 shots. It is tough to stay
focused when you are only seeing 15
to stay focused through a 60 minute
Good play by Hovi. They couldn't
finish it! What an opportunity that
Great identification from
Hiirikoski. And the Finns have to do
more of this, put the puck to the
net. You can just see it squeeze
through the pads of Maddie Rooney.
We spoke about the other goalkeeper
Ceren lots of action and Maddie
Rooney only saw four shots in the
second period, so not a lot and
maybe she just misjudged but one.
Hiirikoski with the shot, and Rooney
tightening up. She is a youngster,
you sense, 20 years of age, and you
just wonder if Finland could get
some sustained pressure, whether
there's a good opportunity for them
here. To see whether the youngster
will crack. She's going to hang on
again. And they've recognised this,
there are just putting everything in
on goal here.
It's definitely the
right game plan. Onto the stick
Hiirikoski, but a good job by the
American team. Three way as jerseys
collapsing in front of their young
netminder to make sure they can
clear that puck out of danger. --
three quite jerseys.
three quite jerseys.
Not allowed to
make body checks in the women's game
but this one has been allowed. Sent
towards the net...!
towards the net...! And again...
Coming it down it's
Coming it down it's a captain Meghan
Duggan, one of the ten players who
work in Sochi.
work in Sochi. Decides she can't
beat the two defenders, and it's not
a bad decision.
her last couple of shifts out there,
really jumping up to the plate. When
you're down, you want to activate
your defenceman to get up into the
plate and try and create some
situations. She is such a wonderful
skater publisher can usually jump
off and then if there is trouble,
she can be one of this first skater
is back in the other direction. --
one of the first skaters back in the
It is with Joceeyne
Lamoureux. Niskanen eventually gets
it back. Hiirikoski logs huge
minutes! 30 years of age now, but a
superfit athlete and now a full-time
player as well. In Sweden. Finland
now move it towards the goal, Rooney
keeps it alive for the USA. Joceeyne
Lamoureux... And now, Tuominen.
Spinning away from trouble... Oh,
she has got herself in some trouble,
of this could be a chancesave!
Clearing up the mess, she stayed
square to the shooter, another good
save to preserve that scoreline.
little indecision from the Finland
defenders there. And it was jumped
on by the Americans. Tries to open
up the legs of Noora Raty and slide
it between, but Noora Raty did a
wonderful job. Getting her pads
And as she throws the stick
out, she's got the technique where
she can do that, not all goalies do
You're right, not all do it.
She had the presence of mind to
realise that Kendall Coyne was going
to try to slip it between the pads.
Enjoying the replays on the screens
as well! It must be nice to be able
to add my real work immediately!
Collected by Hilary Knight, breaks
towards the blue line, just about
held in by Lee Stecklein. Brianna
Decker for the USA. Knight lays it
off to Kendall Coyne. Back to the
blue line it goes again. Kendall
Coyne in possession.
Coyne in possession. Now, a chance
to skate away for Finland. Not quite
over the red line.
over the red line. With five minutes
and ten seconds to go, has this been
the performance from an American
site which looks like it will win
the gold medal?
We've seen flashes
of it, no doubt about it. Up until
now I would say no. But they don't
need to be, this is just game widget
of the tournament, you want to peak
in the semifinals, and ultimately in
that old medal game. But we have
seen some wonderful things.
seen some wonderful things.
Hiirikoski breaking down the middle,
and Hiirikoski is really leading by
example for Finland. Susanna Tapani
pumped from behind there. Explain.
This could be a penalty against the
Americans. Yeah, it is. And there is
Brandt. You're not allowed to flick
the puck up like that from your own
A little bit of a strange
decision here. Hannah Brandt
inexplicably, she had a bit of time
with the puck on her stick and she
just rifled it up over the glass.
So, with four minutes and 37 seconds
left in third period tackle, an
opportunity for Finland to equal the
Is that just a player who is
on Olympic debut, who maybe just
panicked a little?
Yeah, may be. The
nerves should be gone by now. She
didn't seem to be under any duress.
Does it not change when you get into
the final four or five minutes of a
game, you start to feel the
pressure, because you know it's just
You're exactly right,
set. She doesn't look too nervous
sitting there, but just a strange
decision. The coach setting up the
plan. For very Finnish power-play
unit. They've got to be directing
the puck towards Maddie Rooney, the
United States netminder.
background in the top flight in
Finland, also a head coach over in
one of the top leagues in Sweden.
Good save by Rooney! Nice play!
Great angle, this, behind the net.
The shot comes in again and Rooney
makes the save! She's been solid so
Hiirikoski back to Michelle
Karvinen. It goes all the way
through a de Roon need as well!
Pushing and shoving!
Pushing and shoving! Out in front
was Emma Nuutinen, but it was a good
exchange of passes.
Real nice job
from Hiirikoski and Michelle
Karvinen. The Finns are going to
continue to look for her to wind up
with that shot.
with that shot.
And the battle will
continue. Hiirikoski finds Karvinen,
works it round the boards. They need
that quality possession, which they
should get now, with Karvinen. The
Americans are trying to put pressure
on. The shot was good from
Lindstedt... But not really her
forte. Usually a big defender.
Lindstedt! Where is the puck
breaking?! And Rooney covers! Bodies
flying everywhere! Nuutinen down but
not out. Is she going to get holding
by the officials here?
by the officials here?
from Hiirikoski. Lindstedt right
there on the rebound, Nuutinen in
there as well.
Three minutes 33
remaining, can the blue shirted
Finns find a way back to level this
game? And it has been a wave of blue
for the last few minutes. Finland
trying EVERYTHING! Hiirikoski deep
in her own zone, 35 seconds
remaining on the power play. They're
200ft away from where they want to
be. Trying to slide her way through
on her own, and the Americans will
deal with that and get it away.
Still Cameranesi... Takes it away
and taking the sting out of the
Real nice job from
Cameranesi, taking the puck up and
then bringing it back. Ultimately
that's killed off the rest of the
power play, as the final seconds
So, the US back to full
strength, five skaters out there.
And Kendall Coyne will look to hit
with speed. Two-and-a-half minutes
remaining in this game, the opening
group game, remember. The top two in
the group go straight through to the
semifinals. If you finish in third
or fourth place, you have to play
that extra game in the
quarterfinals, and the expect Asian
would be that the USA and Canada
will be one and two. But can the
Finns have a say in that? They beat
Canada at the World Championships in
the summer. They only lost by a
couple of goals to the Americans in
the same tournament. And they lead
in this game as well. They are
genuine medal contenders.
genuine medal contenders. The net is
empty... This is a chance for the
Americans to finish it off, the
Finns have gambled. Six on five, the
net is unguarded.
net is unguarded.
Americans are doing a wonderful job,
even though it's six against five.
They were looking for a pass there.
They were looking for Monique
Lamoureux. And the coach will be
frustrated because that brings it
right back in front of his own goal.
It gives the Finnish team an
opportunity to call a time out and
set up the play that they want. Six
attackers will be on the ice for
Finland against five and the
netminder for the United States.
They've not taken the time out as
bass interesting. Hiirikoski takes
this one and it hits an American,
and this could be game over. That
will probably chase Noora Raty back
between the pipes again. And she
will head back into protect the net.
With 77 seconds remaining. She has
had a super game, Noora Raty, one of
the elite netminders in women's
hockey history. She might actually
be the very, very best.
she's probably prove that here this
afternoon! She has been absolutely
wonderful, really the reason that it
is just 2-1 for the Americans.
also played three years of men's
hockey back in Finland.
Maybe the Americans can get
another goal here - that's what is
now looking for. Noora Raty
The Americans are doing
exactly what they want - and that's
keep the puck as far away from their
own end as possible, winning some
battles down near the net of
Finland. Finland has got to do some
quick work to get this puck up to
the offensive zone in the remaining
Hovi picks up the pieces. Good from
the Americans. It was Coyne. Driving
the net with Decker. Keller,
brilliant for the Americans. The way
they are keeping the puck away from
the Finns. Taking time out of the
game. Now they will have to defend
again. Raty adds to the bench and it
will be six and five. What can the
Finns do? Is there one clear-cut
chance? The answer is no. Now it
should be finished.
should be finished. It is
Cameranesi. That will do it. Finland
concede the empty net goal, gambling
again. What a moment that will be.
Cameranesi, first Olympic goal on
her debut. 13 seconds to go, the
Americans have been given a run for
their money, but they will run out
You can see the replay.
Finland pulled the goalie but the
only had to Michael players up the
ice to try and get on the forecheck
to win the puck bag. The Americans
had four back there. That is not how
you want to do it. Cameranesi was
able to walk in and with the
wide-open net, deposit for a 3-1
American lead. She has sealed the
The clerk will take down.
The clerk will take down. --
clock will tick down. How do you
analyse this US performance?
adjustments the Americans made. They
were caught off-guard in the opening
period. The coach made the decision
to put Coyne with Knight and Decker.
That paid off. The other thing he
identified early on was that the
veteran twins were going strongly.
He relied on them a lot.
Americans took over the game from
there. Credit to the American coach
but what about the Finns? Genuine
medal contenders and is it only the
bronze medal that they can win?
not think so. They have proven that
they can compete alongside this
American team. They do not have the
depth of the Americans, but the
goal-tender, Raty, she can steal a
game any time she's able.
come, Canada, potentially the
favourites, against the Olympic
athletes from Roger. The USA start
with the win. The Finns fought hard,
but the USA Konko 3-1.
with the win. The Finns fought hard,
but the USA Konko 3-1.
Brilliant action. But I do feel for
Finland having chucked everybody on
with no goalkeeper. The goal in the
last minute of the game. Did you see
the cameraman on skates?
about how this is filmed. How
talented as a cameraman? He has got
to film and dodge the skaters. I
assume that you love a soggy? I am a
ferocious persons or anything where
I can throw myself into it and take
people out legitimately.
love a challenge now so much, we
should introduce a section the
programme called Aske Chemmy Alcott.
You can basically test your
knowledge of winter sports. People
have been getting intact using the
hash tag. This is specifically for
you. We were talking about
cross-country skiing earlier after
the sensational performance of
Andrew Musgrave, seventh in the
skiathlon, the best finish by a
British cross-country skier by a
long way. The difference between the
two skis and the skiing styles.
as food. First we have the original
Lembit classic style. The piste has
grooves. As they start the skis need
to be in the grooves. It is
one-dimensional, they are pushing
and gliding. The
one-dimensional, they are pushing
and gliding. The skis have textured
panels in the middle of it. They put
wax on the panel so they can push
from them. This is the pit stop
where the change to the freestyle
skis. It is a completely different
You have to be really
quick in changing like Pavon.
quick. They put the toe piece down
and they have to start from scratch.
The base is flat and fast. The skis
are really liked. The profile of
them is very narrow. Very different
from the Alpine skis that we see.
They looked very unstable. Going
downhill on these is amazing. You
can see that the poles are slightly
longer. That is how they can get the
arm extension through the push
You can see Andrew Musgrave
going through your shot. He will be
back in action later. The
cross-country skis are different,
classic and freestyle, what is the
next one up in terms of winter?
next one up is probably a mogul ski.
They are straight up and down. They
need to go through the bronze.
need to go through the bronze.
going to see the moguls.
other side, we are talking about
sturdy downhill skis, metal edges,
they do not have those on the
Those take some
muscle to carry around. We will see
examples of all the skis and
techniques later. Rebecca, ten years
old, watching us in France, she
says, do the competitors in
slopestyle now the course in
advance, and do they get to train on
That is a really good
advance, and do they get to train on
That is a really good
question. They had a test event
integrity 2016. They looked at the
natural features on the track to
enhance those. 100 days before the
Games, they released what the
anticipated building, so yes, the
athletes look at that and plan how
they are going to ski the rails and
make the big jumps. But they do not
know the speed of the soul. That is
what we have seen change over
different Olympics. In Sochi it was
on, at the 80s cold and there are
winds. The most important thing with
the slopestyle is to get the speed
of the take-off right. You do not
want to land on the flat, they talk
about knuckling. You want to land on
the steep side.
They have got to
adapt their plans in training. We
can look at the course with Ed Leigh
and Tim Ward ahead the action.
Welcome to the slopestyle course in
Phoenix Park. There is almost no
natural snowfall in Korea which
means this course has been
constructed almost entirely from
Because of that it
has incredible consistency which has
enabled the course designers to
create the most aesthetically
pleasing course we have ever seen.
It looks like it has been carved
Slopestyle is made up
of six different modules. Let's take
a closer look.
The first three
modules or rail modules. These are
not the standard options, hips,
kickers, hitching post, boxes and
double kinks. This is without
question the most creative course we
have ever seen.
Because of that, the
judges will have a real headache.
There are so many lying choices and
options through the course. It
caters for every style of wider. It
is also worth noting that all these
features are massive.
This is almost
a bonus feature for the competitors,
halfway between the rails and the
kickers. It has been dubbed the
tractor seat. It offers a
competitive something unique. We
think it's main purpose is to split
them. For these two Michael, angled
take-offs. This is jump number one.
The kickers look like they have
collapsed but they are built this
way. Alongside this standard kicker,
they offer the competitors a
multitude of choices.
jump number two which resembles the
frozen rampart of an ice palace.
Finally, something we recognise. Two
standard kickers on the last jump.
It is the best course ever.
Absolutely. It is like a code that
the competitors will have to crack.
It will be interesting to see who
can do it.
I think they both enjoy bad. In
Sochi, the gold medal winner was
from the USA. Not doing slopestyle
competition any more, concentrating
on making snowboarding movies.
shows that these athletes are about
expression and creativity. He got to
the highest level he could and
wanted to move on and make movies.
If you feel like you have done
everything in the sport, why not
It is open. It is exciting
to watch, so let's head over and
bring you the best of the men's
slopestyle. Jamie Nicholls and Billy
Morgan did not qualify for this
final. Commentary from Jenny Jones,
Ed Leigh and Tim Ward.
final. Commentary from Jenny Jones,
Ed Leigh and Tim Ward. Welcome to
Now the surprise
package, Carlos Garcia Knight,
coming out of New Zealand.
coming out of New Zealand. He is
only a surprise package if you have
not been watching. He is incredibly
consistent. In New Zealand, they
have an airbag footed. Carlos and
his team-mate were able to use that
to great effect. I love that real
trick. So hard, going into the flat
The little flip onto the
centre of the tractor seat. He is
making this look effortless.
looking at the flags. He almost has
a tail wind. Into the transition.
The second John. A massive backside
12. Wind assisted. We got the
back-to-back 12s yesterday. It will
be the same again today.
place. The gods were with him.
Amazing. I shift in the wind
direction and you can see what has
happened. Look how much that means
Yes, look at that, high 70s.
20 points of daylight. So, the heat
is on. Time to capture the dream.
This man is the fairy tale. The
fairy tale of 2013. He rode in Sochi
with a broken rib and still took the
bronze medal. He has had a broken
femur in 2016 and a broken humanist,
broken jaw, broken ribs and 2017 but
he is at the top of the sport. He
has battled his way back. This is
the first of three runs.
flow through the first two sections.
Really nice from him. Then we see
this huge 270.
He could not get it.
His first mistake. He will make this
look so easy. Switch backside, 1260
on jump on. Jump two, front 1080.
Three rotations, upside down twice
during that. He is going for it.
goodness. You can see the way the
arms opened up on the last take-off.
He grabbed for everything he had. He
tucked in, and the first 1440 of the
finals has gone down.
those two mistakes, look at the
75.3 so he slots in bank
Carlos Garcia Knight in second
place. Marcus Kleveland has entered
the slopestyle contest this year and
he has won three slopestyle
contests. There is no one in the
world better than Marcus Kleveland.
On paper. You jinxed him because he
caught his tail as he did the 270
onto that. It did not seem to affect
Do you think he meant
that? The 270 out of the box was
new. The gap to the backside is
That is my favourite bit.
Real nice, just setting him up. The
drop in switch. Switch backside
1080. Just tucking for the wind.
Having to open up on the 1262
opening the rotation. Speed is his
friend. Has he got the triple?
friend. Has he got the triple?
The biggest spin we have seen so far
at the Phoenix Park. Marcus
Kleveland does exactly what Jamie
Nicholls called. He comes out guns
blazing. The mistake laptop has cost
them. Max Parrot proved everyone
wrong in qualifiers is today. He was
our first place qualifier and now he
has a point to prove. He has been
known as a big jump wider, but he
has added the rails, and is course
certainly seems to sit in.
jump competitor. He has the luxury
of starting last. The hard way 270
on the first rail. Then backside
360, locking in the grain.
Really technical. He did not kiss
the rail, he landed on it perfectly.
He is playing with fire on the
rails. Normally he would be all over
that. I do not think he will have
the speed. Just coming up a bit
short. He needs to channel his inner
It is a big hit. That
was massive. He went for the triple,
regardless, the speed was not there
from jump on. He still went for it.
45.1 three. The last run of the men
in the snowboard slopestyle final.
They have three runs. Those are your
leaders at the moment, Carlos Garcia
Knight, Marcus Kleveland, Mark
McMorris. OK, next, Staale Sandbech.
This is still personified when it
comes to snowboarding.
He was wearing quite big jagged
yesterday and he has stripped that
down - I think aerodynamics are
coming into play! Really nice little
180 in to a transition which you
can't quite see from that image. How
playful he's making it look.
playful he's making it look. Just
little 180s into the transitions.
went a little bit bigger on that
one, but into the kickers, this is
where it really starts to count...
Oh, he is held on!
massive! Wow! And a huge 1260 at the
bottom! Back-to-back 1260s from the
man from Norway! It looked like he
was wrestling an invisible bear!
was wrestling an invisible bear!
not to look into his eyes here, you
will get lost! As we wait for these
scores to come in. And here's a man
never far from a smile. We have seen
him around practice. Oh, huge score!
So, Staale Sandbech moves up into
gold medal position.
So, he just
needs to clean up this run and he
should see a considerable
should see a considerable hike in
the scores. So, the tail fly, 450
and then kind of a
and then kind of a wrong way
uncharacteristically sketchy at the
moment. We're used to seeing it just
flew over Mark McMorris, but it's
not at the moment, it looks like
he's forcing it.
he's forcing it. Triple... Oh my
gosh, he held on! Now, it's a back
triple, is it? Yeah. Anything you
can do, Marcus Kleveland! He can't
do it better, but he can do it!
he has upped his game, you're right,
Jamie W said it and he has turned
corkscrew, he's upped that second
and third jump from his first run.
That's first place.
Wow! That is a
good run. Canada and Norway going
toe-to-toe for gold at the moment,
as Marcus Kleveland stands at the
top of the course. He was the third
person to land a quadruple cork at
17. What has he got for us in second
270 on, 270 off... He's
alley-ooped that! His flow score
will be through the roof after that!
He's absolutely drinking,
will be through the roof after that!
He's absolutely drinking,! Oh, he's
gone! He's dropped it! And we rarely
see this. He was going for his
little shifty trick on the end of
that 540, wasn't he?
Is amazing! I
love that! How did he do that?! A
glimpse of the wizardry that Marcus
Kleveland is capable of. So often we
just see him doing enormous spins
but once you start to slow things
down, you get absolute magic, like
that. Mark McMorris looking very,
very happy at the moment. There is
still one run left here at the men's
snowboard slopestyle finals. Mark
McMorris currently in gold medal
position. The Norwegian Staale
Sandbech in second and the second
placed qualifier from yesterday, who
Carlos Garcia Knight, complete the
top three just the fans here in
Venus park, though, -- here in
Phoenix park, though, really
enjoying themselves, we've had an
incredible show so far. The
superpowers of snowboard slopestyle
going to vote if you're just joining
us, this is the Olympic snowboard
slopestyle men's final and it is the
final run. Staale Sandbech, one of
the most gifted snowboarders in the
world, in his third Olympics,
already has a silver medal, and he's
got what it takes.
I was just about
to say, he just needs to clean this
run up. He made mistakes on his
first and second runs, if he can
clean it up, he's going to be
looking good. That's such a good
line, Switch 270.
He is backing a
lot in but he's not slowing down, is
Now, needs to pick up some speed
here... Looking good, into the
jumps, come on, Staale Sandbech.
There's three and a half... And he's
Commentator's curse! He hasn't
looked comfortable on that first
kicker, has he?
Staale Sandbech has a long and
agonising wait to see if the best in
the game can overhaul his score. So,
Red Gerard, the young rider on whom
all American hopes are pinned.
on, Red! Literally took the words
out of my mouth, I was going to say
that! He's got a lot of pressure,
he's well respect to, loved in the
snowboarder's snowboarder, sixth of
seven kids, he built a snow part in
his back yard and in Colorado.
he does this...
Look at that! A big
nose blowing over the goalpost!
Shift apple three on that one!
There's a new desktop screensaver!
Now, threw the ball... If you can't
see it there or hear it, he's just
letting the nose of the board clip
that rail on the way over, tucking
up. Now, he needs the speed through
Switch backside, better
speed, much better speed.
pace and he's taken off halfway
Oh, he's landed that one!
Pumping for speed here! You can see
him willingness on! And he's got a
triple... Yes! Yes, Red! Oh, Red
Gerard, he's a cat amongst the
pigeons! And you were talking about
pressure, the whole of America
pressure on his shoulders, and he
has gone and delivered! That was
clean! Friend! And what he's done,
this is incredible... Oh!
this is incredible... Oh! 87.16 four
Red Gerard, he doesn't know it, he
Is looking at it,
saying, really?! Three riders left
to drop, all of them have the
pedigree, the repertoire and the
experience to take down Red Gerard.
The first of them to drop is Mark
McMorris, the most successful
slopestyle rider in history.
nice top rail section, 450 out
Yes, it's a big
gap from that one-hit. Very nearly
coming up short on that 270, and
he's come off early, so he's going
to have to step it up now.
time he's got that really
Yeah, that was really
nice, love that. Now, he needs the
jump run of his life here... Switch
backside... 1260... He needs all the
speed he can get here. One, two,
three... It's there! It's absolutely
huge! Now, hold your nerve, Mark
He's going to!
He's going to!
gone. So, the bronze medallist from
such oh, no knows that the gold
medal here in Pyeongchang will elude
him. Now, struck yourselves in,
Marcus Kleveland, this kid is on
paper the best slopestyle rider in
the world, he has failed to put down
a clean run in the first and second
descent, can he do it now when it
matters? The pressure is immense.
Yeah, he is literally taking a bath
in a pressure cooker right now, this
is what he's doing! Unbelievable!
He's going to be absolutely feeling
run. Huge switch it! Look how slow
he is, he's a so relaxed! There's
one, two, three... He's gone!
backside 1080 has been his undoing!
And the switch backside 1080 was his
undoing here! The man who's been
forcing square pegs into round holes
for the first two runs, is he going
to try the frontside triple again?
We have seen him slam so hard! Look
at him, he wants this!
It's the Only
Way Is Essex gold now, is if he can
do a frontside triple, because the
rest of his run isn't strong enough
without it. Backside 360, 180 off,
he's been flawless through these
He's proved a lot of people
wrong with his rail section today.
Now, needs to take it easy on the
backside rodeo. Here we go, hold
your breath... One, two, three and a
half... That's the 1260 out of the
way. Is speed with him? Just the
double... He's played safe, he's not
unveiled the triple!
1440 to finish off! He cleans the
run up, he steers clear of the
triple on the second jump - what do
the judges do now? This is it, the
judges have got a huge, huge
decision to make now. 86! It's
silver medal position the Max
Parrot! The American 17-year-old Red
Gerard barnstormeds the slopestyle
finals! Two Canadian medals, one
American, and the Norwegians are
Essentially turned up
with a packet of crayons and
delivered a Monet, didn't he? That
delivered, it lived up to all
expectation! Red Gerard will take
the gold back to the states. In
silver medal position, Max Parrot,
with Mark McMorris taking bronze.
Red Gerard, the American meat in a
Canadian sandwich. Gold medal for
the kid from Colorado at the first
time of asking.
I can imagine life'sgoing to be very
different for him when he gets home.
It really is a good result, with the
last two years I've had, I kind of
need to pinch myself and tell myself
that, because in my body, I feel so
good, and I feel so ready, and I
feel like I'm at the top of my game,
but realistically, like, my body has
had a lot of change over the last
while, and I have probably done the
least amount of time as I have done
in my life, so it feels pretty cool
to be able to land the run which is
going to to get on the podium. I
just wish I could have cleaned it up
a little bit but it's all good.
can easily say I am in a cloud right
now! Super happy, especially to end
my third run after bailing twice in
a row, I felt a lot of pressure to
land this one. And I think if I
would have failed three times in a
row, I would have been really,
really not happy. So, I'm happy to
have been able to deal with the
pressure, the stress, and put it
down. So, this is my first Olympic
medal, and I'm happy to put a check
next to that for my career.
surprised even to make it to the
finals of the Olympics, and to get
first is above me, I don't even know
what's going on to be honest right
You weren't even the absolute
favourite going into it?
No, I was
not even close. Of Canada and Norway
have some of the best riders. Norway
has got Staale Sandbech and the
others and Canada has got so many.
Mark landed some of the best runs
today, and so did Max.
entered that third run, what were
I just wanted to land
a cost, to be honest. That is how I
go into every competition, just to
land a run, and after that it is up
to the judges.
That was a final
worthy of the Olympics are.
Yesterday after qualifying we said
that everything had gone to script -
today that could not have been
further from the truth?
thought this was going to be a
thought this was going to be a
battle between Canada and Norway for
the gold. Marcus Kleveland, I almost
had him settle that.
The last three events he has been in
in slopestyle he has won all of
them, so he can deal with the
pressure, but it must have been to
do with the wind.
He is one of the
lightest and smallest riders are,
but the irony is that the lightest
and smallest of all of them won
I think it is also worth
mentioning that snowboarding, it is
in the back of everyone's mind that
it might be getting a bit
standardised, all the tricks
becoming a little bit the same, but
he was creative out there today, and
Red Gerard won the gold medal but it
is also a big win for snowboarding
The Americans of stolen from under
the noses of the Canadians and
Americans. Red Gerard has won
himself an entire new legion of fans
in the shape of Liverpool
That is short for Redmond. The women
slopestyle has been cancelled
because of the weather so everyone
goes straight through to the final,
including Aimee Fuller of Great
Britain. Two runs tomorrow in the
early hours of this morning -- of
the morning, one o'clock.
about Red Gerard. He had a disaster
in the first two runs, amazing to
have that much strength
psychologically. Going into the last
run he was in last place. He knew he
had to pull out the perfect run. He
looked so relaxed. 18 of his family
He executed from
start to finish. He said that for
him it is more about having a good
time, not that it medals or where
you are in the leaderboard.
in a way it does not matter. He's so
young, 17, he does not understand
pressure yet. He went out there and
put it down. Those guys did not push
themselves fire and.
put it down. Those guys did not push
themselves fire and.
Let's have a
look at is run. Toppers threw it in
terms of technique and how much you
have to adapt what you were planning
These guys have seen this
course. They have seen how it has
panned out but they have to adapt
continuously with the speed. Coming
in the, taking a little bit of time
off, this is his click over the goal
posts. No one else did that. It
flows, it is like Roger Federer
playing tennis. There is no braced
effort, it is precision to the
It seems like everything is
happening in slow motion. He does
pick up the speed but even when it
late 60s going slow, he finishes
Look at the rotation,
the aggression. He pumps before the
last few jumps to get up to speed.
He knows he can do it with big kite.
Look at the landings, the pump on
the board, looking for it.
the board, looking for it. He left
it all to this anti-delivered.
such an athlete, years 5'5" and
weighs a handed in £18, eight stone
£4. He is a featherweight. This is
the first medal of the Olympics for
the USA. He will be in big air at
the end of the game might as well.
He will take the confidence going
forward. At this point he did not
even know, he knew he had fun. He
ended up executing his perfect line.
A phenomenal success for him. He
will be the darling for the USA.
Yes, we talked about them not having
a great day so they need to medals
to start coming so the rest of the
team left their game. As an example
of how young he is, he put this
photograph up on Instagram. This is
only a couple of years ago. What a
clock. He does not take himself too
seriously. Snowboarders are fiercely
competitive with themselves. We saw
Jamie Nicholls talking about this,
delivering the best performance he
can do. They cannot control anyone
else. Red Gerard wanted to do the
best he could. He did his best but
he did not know if it was good
enough for a podium. He was not in
the league at that point.
Lizzy Yarnold on her gold medal in
skeleton, the British Olympic
Association said they had 35,000
applications straightaway from women
and girls wanting to do it. I think
this slopestyle will have the same
effect on young kids. I agree. They
will see this angle, I want to do
Skateboarding, free running,
there are sports on the. People can
see his age and evil thing, I could
transfer this to a winter sport. We
have all these snow domes, with
rails and jumps in the UK. We have
avenues for people can transition
those grassroot skill. Have you
tried it? I am terrible in the air.
When I retired I went down to my
local gym to try and get better at
I am useless at it. Do
you love the fact the Winter
Olympics are expanding to drawing
more different types of people?
needs to. Not everyone can be a
downhill skier, not everyone wants
to wear like and go 80 mph. There
are creative people out there. Dance
is popular for young girls in the
UK. Then they see fit -- then they
see this and they think might it be
a winter Olympian. It has to
You can go to
the BBC website, get inspired,
information on where you could take
this up. When you arrive at the
Olympic Games, the first thing you
see is the Olympic Village, where
you're going to stay. Radzi can show
you're going to stay. Radzi can show
Each and every one of those flags
represent the country competing here
in the Winter Olympics and this is
the Olympic athlete Village. We have
come to take a look around.
Genuinely no idea what goes on here.
All I know is it says recreation
area. This is my kind of place.
Pool, table hockey, basically one
conclusion, it does not matter what
country you come from, entertainment
is a universal language. Sometimes
you have to have your arm twisted to
do things. I will just take this one
for the team, the massage chair. I
have never sat in one of these
before. I will get used to this. It
has started. That is really good. It
is pressing. Let's never move from
here. With the temperature is being
officially Baltic, the place you
come to replenish the calories is
riding here, the official dining
hall. I cannot get in because I am
not an athlete but it smells very
good. We are in part of the gym
which is the car deal focused area.
This is where the athletes cannot
get much stronger or fitter but they
can make sure they keep things
ticking over for the most important
day of their lives. When the Team GB
athletes are not competing or
training to compete, they are inside
here, the Team GB headquarters. We
have been invited inside. It says
please do not disturb. That is not
there -- that is for a very good
reason because the bobsleigh guys
have just had a nap. I am told it is
messy, it is lived in. Straightaway
we have seen a man in his boxers.
How are we doing? Good, good. Good
to see you. How are you feeling?
Your first Winter Olympics. Amazing,
and toppled the world.
feeling incredible. The second
Olympics and Britain's third fastest
Yes, that is nice, the second
Olympics is as exciting as a first.
I just want to get out there, it has
been such a build-up.
There is no
question about the team spirit. You
obviously get on?
He talks in his
sleep so we get on in the day.
see the Helmut? Yes. This will be
the helmet you will be wearing?
this will be the helmet when you see
me rocking to the blog and sliding
down I will be wearing this.
has been going through your head
before the most important
performance of your life?
good, we're happy. We compete
against these guys all year round at
the World Cup. This is the big one
we want to win.
Great access from
Radzi. You stayed in the Olympic
Village. The gym looked like the
busiest spot, as it should be.
the most amazing people watching in
that gym. Athletes with every type
of body, you're playing a guessing
game, must be a speed skater, look
at those quads. She is tiny, she
might be an ice bands. I used to get
overexcited. What can I give to this
amazing athletic body, training, so
I used to stand on a Swiss ball.
That was my skill. People were like,
she is a skier. I would have stood
on the plate. There is a thing that
those massage. It is not very
flattering if you are in super slow
motion, but it is great. The massage
chairs is a new addition.
Is it easy to relax
in the? No, and everyone is buzzing
at different times because all the
athletes have different performance
times. The short track speed skaters
are getting ready to peak in the
evening. The entertainment is a
distraction. You've got to have
downtime. Lots of sports in the
Winter Games are dangerous. Your
brain cannot be switched on the
whole time. Especially over two
weeks, you have got to have the
downtime so you do not fatigue. It
looks like Kevin, you're watching
going, it looks great.
It does, but
they've got to concentrate on the
sport. For something like moguls,
you have the combination of
performance with speed, with
incredible juddering. To me, this
looks like it is brittle on the
So many different elements.
That is why the outfits have circles
on the knees, so you can see the
We can have a look at the
qualifying. It will be later this
morning. Let's have a look at this
competitor and her style. This is
what you do to get it spot on?
useless at this because of my metal
useless at this because of my metal
leg. They mostly save the biggest
tricks for the second one. It is all
about the rhythm. She has got to get
the full. Look at the speed they are
carrying. This sport is judged and
You have to be super precise.
Do they physically make those bumps.
Yes, they are carved. It might even
be elegant chronicling out, so they
are an equal distance the whole way
Let's look at some of the
other good runs. The Canadian was
another one. We will join
qualification life. Another ten from
20 will go through.
These were the
best runs on Friday. I talked about
the long poles of cross country.
Like how short those poles are. They
are starting them into the moguls
for timing. Look at her quick and
precise feet, going from side to
side, amazing feat. The knees are
highlighted in the outfits so the
judges can see, so she can highlight
execution. Red Gerard when the men
slopestyle at the age of 17. Britney
Cox from as Kilmarnock was only 15
when she competed in Vancouver. She
is still going strong and she has
set some standard.
Lovely. You can
see pulling her legs up. It is
difficult to land that jump and get
back the rhythm. Slopestyle is all
about jumping. They have got to hand
the agility of these bumps, and then
they cannot land and take a breath.
This allows countries that may not
have massive mountains, but have
maintenance big enough to do bumps
-- to do moguls.
Vancouver it was right in the town
because they only need at 200 metre
vertical drop for it.
It is night
came in Korea. Look at that. It is
coming up to 7:30pm and Magilton is
in position and he will guide us
through the runners and riders and
what to look out for in this second
part of qualification.
Thank you. Good evening. We are at
the Phoenix now part. This is the
start list for qualification. 20
athletes are going but only ten will
go through to the finals, which get
under way at nine o'clock local
time, that is midday in the UK,
tonight. This list will be cut in
half quite ruthlessly. Ten have
already qualified from Freddie's
initial qualification. That includes
most of the big names, but some will
be skiing again in qualification
two. They would have hoped to go
through automatically and they will
have a point to prove. These are the
scenes at the top of the course.
Light snow falling. We do not get
lots of snow in this part of Korea.
70% of the Korean peninsula is
mountainous. But they are small
mountains, as you were alluding to
in the studio, compared to the Alps
and Pyrenees. Therefore the
Canadians from the scores do well,
the Australians do well, because
they train on the small mountains
with short bump runs. The judges are
up in their tower. There are seven
of them in total. The turns make up
60% of the marks, it used to be 50%.
It has increased to 60%. The air
makes up 20% and the timing makes up
20%. We have seven judges overseeing
the bumps competition. Once again,
it is packed that the Phoenix now
part. They have been watching the
slopestyle alongside, the snowboard
slopestyle, earlier today. Now the
second qualification of the women's
moguls gets under way. Pertakhiya,
from the Olympic athletes from Roger
team, she will be the first to ski.
There are a few turns to compete
before the first kicker. -- to
complete. Then the main bulk of the
turns between kicker number one and
number two. The Russian gets under
way. Good times. Old fashion, it
traditional 360. But she has lost
control. That is where her Olympic
Games ends. There is no coming back
from that sort of mistake. She will
not be progressing to the finals at
nine o'clock local time tonight. We
go from 20 in finals number 12 12 in
finals number two, down to the last
six he will do battle for the
medals. Pertakhiya finishes with a
flourish, but the damage was done
It is all over for her now, which is
It is all over for her now, which is
a shame because she landed this jump
fairly solidly but never got it back
under control, and for
self-preservation she put the brakes
on. Into a snowplough as she landed,
she was desperately fighting to get
her weight over the middle of the
skis, but there was no coming back.
So, the score is irrelevant.
So, the score is irrelevant. The
score it got on Friday in first
qualification is top right of that
graphic, it's not enough to see her
through. Those are the details, snow
temperature and air temperature.
Next to ski, Jin Wang, from China.
She is away, Jin Wang, skiing the
first set of terms nicely. 360 off
the first kicker. And again, losing
is her rhythm -- loses her rhythm
slightly as she gets set for the
money terms in the middle of the
course, starting to pick up
Goodspeed. And losing control
slightly. Getting knocked out of the
rhythm of the track. Now, she's back
over the top of the skis as she
focuses her mind on the second jump
and goes in for two, quick rotation.
It wasn't a great finish, though. 35
point S one seconds of. So, it was a
little slow. -- 35.01 seconds.
There were some good moments in this
run for Wang Jin of China but she
won't score highly and she was off
balance as she landed that jump, the
20-year-old. Not as good as her
score from first qualifying on
Friday. Now, one of the more it is
very instant -- one of the more
experienced competitors, Deborah
Scanzio, 31 years old. First
kicker... Oh, nicely done. 11th in
Sochi four years ago, tenth in
Vancouver, ninth in Turin, ninth,
tenth and 11th in the last three
Olympic Winter Games, looking for a
place in the final. This is the best
we've seen so far tonight. She'd got
corked on that back somersault,
that's a good run from Deborah
Scanzio, she'll be pretty happy with
that. That will put her into first
place in this second round of
qualifying. We have 20 athletes
skiing tonight to, but only ten will
go through to join the ten who
qualified on Friday. Lots to enjoy
in this run from Deborah Scanzio,
look at the rhythm. The red bands
around the knees, designed to aid
the judges in their deliberation of
the terms of. Good rhythm from
Scanzio. The second jump publisher
got slightly off axis, the judges
will have a chance to review all of
this via the slow motion.
this via the slow motion. Scanzio,
so that puts her into top spot
amongst the second group of
qualifiers. Next to ski, one of the
brave cousins from the host nation,
this is Seo Jung Hwa. Back
somersault... Slightly on the back
of her skis but managed to get her
weight forward again and she's
ripping it up through the middle
part of the course, as we follow her
from the side. Really solid terms
here. Nothing wrong with the middle
part of the course, she's got with
in the bumps... Good speed! Full
twisting back somersault off the
second kicker! A little bit straight
line as she landed that second jump.
The speed was good and the Korean
supporters enjoyed it. Good skiing
from Seo Jung Hwa from Korea. The
time points are in. So, she's the
highest scorer on the 20% time score
so far. In the middle part of the
corset she got really good rhythm, a
little flick with the pole plant on
the top of the bumps, with the skis
carving between the moguls, and it
was a spectacular full twisting back
to complete her run.
71.58, best score of the night so
far. Next to ski, the Norwegian
athlete. 22 years of age. And on her
way. Norway with a decent record in
the women's moguls over the years.
Hasn't been totally controlled, but
it is good to watch, it's
spectacular skiing from the
Norwegian! A Norwegian won this
event in 2002, and also in 1994 on
home snow in Lillehammer. And Hedvig
Wessel may well have done enough to
put herself in the final here
tonight. Remember, we're looking for
the best ten to go up against the
already qualified ten. And then it
will be the next round, when 12 will
be whittled down to the last six,
who will go for the three medals.
Hedvig Wessel, 26th in Sochi four
years ago. She's moved on in leaps
and bounds in the intervening
Olympic cycle. Forward somersault,
you don't see a lot of that in
moguls, it's a tough trick to pull
off, because your natural rhythm
dictates that a back somersault on
the kickers, the way they are
shaped, is the easier option. Hedvig
Wessel goes into second position.
71.66 her score and she looks pretty
happy with the way things have
worked out so far. Next, the
26-year-old Austrian. Austrians tend
to focus on Alpine skiing but there
are one or two decent bump skiers
out there ready Melanie Meilinger is
the top Austrian at the moment, and
she is away. First kicker
approaching... Slightly over
rotated. It was more like a 400
degrees rotation. She has chosen to
come skier's left. Look how still
the upper body is, head and
shoulders facing down the four line,
knees doing the absorption as she
cast her way through the middle part
of the course. It certainly won't be
the quickest cost of the night so
far, but it's been good to watch.
Eczema salt... And she makes the
final few terms, and Melanie
Meilinger with a pretty solid run.
25th in first qualifying, made a big
mistake on Friday. That was the
landing on that 360. Skis slightly
further apart than she would have
liked. Look at the hands on the
poles, with a loose hold on the ski
poles, just to absorb vibrations, it
is a pretty heavy hit with the pole
plant on top of the bumps. 71.66
skis away and waits for the score to
come in. 57.71, she's been penalised
quite heavily there for the
mistakes. Now, the second of the
Korean cousins. Standing bottom left
of your screen. The second of the
Korean cousins next.
Korean cousins next. And Seo Jee Won
is off. Straight back into the
rhythm of the track... Now, she
starts to eat up the bumps, knees
absolutely locked in a tight
together. Not much wrong with this
sort of skiing from Seo Jee Won.
Hasn't made a mistake in the middle
part of the track - can she nail
this bottom jump? The kicker is
approaching... Top back somersault,
landed sweetly! And finishes with a
time of 31.55 seconds. Good skiing
from Seo Jee Won from Korea.
Here we go, first kicker, styled out
that 360. Immediately put in the
left-footed turn to continue on her
way, knees up to the chest.
way, knees up to the chest. Mogul
skiers have relatively short career
is, you won't be surprised to learn,
with the punishment that Denise take
in the bumps. -- the punishment that
Denise -- that knees take in the
bumps. And they've given her a
Now, 68.46 was the silver medallist
behind her sister four years ago in
Sochi. She did not have a great run
on Friday and she will hope to turn
it on here. 360... Oh, a Paul
Anderson! And she was fighting for
control. Now, she's back over the
top of her skis and she has done
well to get back into the rhythm of
the track. Absorbing the bumps
nicely and setting up for the last
few terms before the kicker. She
will have to go big... It IS big!
Lands the second kicker well and
skis away. So, Chloe Dufour-Lapointe
with a mixed bag there. She scored
well on the time points.
well on the time points. She clocked
29.45 through the clock, giving her
time points of 14.81. Most of the
competitors go anticlockwise on the
360. Chloe Dufour-Lapointe goes
clockwise. Here's the second jump,
you're right, iron cross, got a lot
of height and distance, left herself
with just another six turns to make
before the finish line.
before the finish line. She is fifth
for the moment, 69.53. So, it is the
score from Friday which puts her in
fifth at the moment - no improvement
following that poor landing. Next,
one of the Olympic Athletes from
Russia. And Ekaterina Stolyarova is
away. Eight turns before the first
kicker, and here it comes... 360...
But it is a bit conservative. Write
down the centre of the course, and
look at the style. This is classic,
tact book bump skiing technique,
effortless, easy, smooth transition
from turn to turn. Just one mistake
so far in the middle part of the
course, as she gets airborne again!
Back somersault, soft landing and
away! That's one of the best runs
with scene tonight, from Ekaterina
Stolyarova. 29 years old, lots of
experience. 19thth in Sochi four
years ago, made the top ten in 2010
in Vancouver. This was smooth and
effortless from Ekaterina
Stolyarova. No iron cross on the
second aerial, but the landing was
good and the coach was pleased with
what he saw.
73.4, put her into top spot at the
moment, leading qualification number
two. Regina Rakhimova will be next
to go. 28-year-old Russian, part of
the OAR team. She has been top ten
before, but no medals so far. She is
away. Regina Rakhimova, cruising
through the first few turns. 360
clockwise, a little long on the
first couple of terms after the
jump. Now she has found her form and
rhythm. Bumps being eaten up by the
latest of the OAR team on this
course. This is good skiing from
Regina Rakhimova. Legs burning now.
A big double grab on that back
somersault, that was a spectacular
conclusion to her run. Nice work in
her third Olympics from Regina
Rakhimova. Surely she has done
enough to make it through to the
first of the finals. She is -- which
is due at midday UK time. Whittled
down to 12 and then six in the super
final, when the medals will be
decided. The second kicker - look at
the grab here. Hamstrings. Reg to
make that happen.
make that happen. -- hamstrings at
full stretch to make that happen.
JoCo Anthony is next ago, the first
of the Australians, just 19 years
old. A huge moment for her
qualifications score in round one --
She has chosen to go skier's left on
this course. Three distinct lines to
choose from here. Jakara Anthony has
skied the second section absolutely
brilliantly so far. Good style.
31.69 on the clock. Aussie fans,
plenty of them here. The freestyle
and snowboard venue could be a happy
hunting ground for the Australian
team. No medals yet for the
Australian team. Netherlands lead
the medal table across the Olympic
disciplines right now. Jakara
Anthony in good shape. They still
have Madii Himbury to come, with
Britteny Cox already qualified for
the first final. She qualified in
sixth position, a chance of getting
three or four Australians through to
the final tonight. Jakara Anthony is
up into second with that scorer
73.30 five. -- 70 3.35.
73.30 five. -- 70 3.35. Ayaulum
Amrenova, just 16 years of age. The
way she goes. 24th in the World
Championships last year. Whips
around the 360 but doesn't recover
her place on the track and will have
to rely on her score from Friday
night to help her out here. Back
into the track now, but the damage
was done after the missed landing at
the top of the course, and it is a
rather steady self-preservation sort
of continuation from Ayaulum
Amrenova of Kazakhstan.
Amrenova of Kazakhstan. 35.25
through the clock. Whipped around
that first 360 but then had to put
the skis sideways to slow herself
down. Then she was fighting for
balance, eventually putting the
brakes on and starting all over
again. Here is the second jump,
backflip I am cross. Quick rotation
to complete the run. -- I am -- iron
cross. Let's see what the judges
score her. She will have to use the
52.78 from the other night, which
put her way down the list at the
moment. One G Yan for China is next
-- Guan Ziyan. Guan Ziyan is just
17. 25th that the World
Championships last year. She is in
similar trouble to Ayaulum Amrenova
who went before her. She hasn't
really got back into the rhythm. A
snowball this is chasing her down
the cause and is overtaking her. I
think the damage is already done.
Approaching the second kicker. She
has good height straight down to
make the landing. She clocked 35.5
seconds. The 17-year-old from the
People's Republic of China. She got
off to a shaky start.
off to a shaky start. The Chinese
are building a solid team in
preparation for their home Olympic
Games in four years when Beijing
will be the host city.
Second kicker, well executed, made
the landing. Soft snow. They have
been up there are trying to soften
up the snow on the two landings.
51.8 is the score that counts for
her. No medals up for grabs right
now. This is the second round of
qualifying, and this is Lea Bouard
from Germany. Approaching the first
kicker. She is skiing nicely, right
down the middle of the course. She
is finding good speed as well,
chased down the track by the camera
at the side of the moguls pitch
here, and she is eating up the
ground quickly. One or two terms
which could have been executed
better, but she floats the big
kicker around, lands well and skis
through, her time of 28.96, a solid
ski from the German, who may well
have done enough to qualify.
have done enough to qualify. Good
rhythm, really attacking the middle
part of the course. Straight into
the flow. This was the first kicker,
a clockwise 360. Took a little time
to establish her line after that
first jump. When she did, it was
entertaining to watch as she got a
huge amount of height of the second
kicker. She styled it out with an
iron cross. Lea Bouard from Germany
scores 65.08, putting her in 14th
position for the moment. STUDIO:
Those who have qualified will be
We will show you the medals being
awarded at around 1:10pm. Amy
Williams is back. What do you think
Having had four Major
knee operations, my knees are
hurting as I watch. I live in a
Yes. Fair play
to them, I hope they have longevity
in their lives and can still walk.
Or they are older because they have
come back from multiple surgeries
and are still doing it. A lot of
people asking why they are wiggling
over the last section. The judges
are looking for three elements -
their turn speed, their airtime, and
the landing. That is why there is a
little bit of flair, a bit of extra
pole planting to get speed across
We will have more later
on, the final starting around
midday. We will join at around ten
past one for those we think will
make the medals. The reason Amy is
here is because we have sliding
coming up. We will shortly be live
with round three of the men's luge.
The great Felix Loch has won the
last two Olympic Games.
Roman Repilov, a 21-year-old, really
good first run. David Gleirscher
from Austria. He is capable of some
fast times down this track. And
there we go, he nips in itself ahead
of Felix Loch, leading into round
two. Can he now backed that up with
another fine run. Slower than the
first one. That opens the door for
Felix Loch and the others. Roman
Repilov has closed the gap on David
Gleirscher, but a terrible mistake
late on lie. If ever you could put
your money on somebody to deliver,
it is this German. That is all about
applying pressure. The defending
Olympic champion is in a wonderful
Felix Loch is very
cool. He will go first on the third
run and then they reverse it for the
run and then they reverse it for the
last one. What is the best place to
You want to be first off because
the ice has been freshly treated.
The workers go down with a big hose
and sprinkle fresh water on so that
you have beautiful eyes. That is the
quickest ice to go on.
Why are Joe
Mennie so strong in this? They have
dominated it for years.
three tracks. -- why are Joe Mennie
so strong in this? -- Joe
so strong in this? -- Joe Mennie --
... It is all about your setup and
being able to play around, knowing
whether the eyes will be -5 -2 and
what will I do to
whether the eyes will be -5 -2 and
what will I do to my equipment to be
able to steer properly and have
enough grip. You can watch him here,
straight into that perfect body
position, thinking about the
How much feet
steering, and how much are you doing
it with your shoulders?
A bit of
everything, depending on how hard
you want to steer, where you want to
steer in the corner. You don't want
the sled to skid, it so you are
trying to do the most subtle
steering. You want the oscillations,
the highs and lows in the corners,
to be as smooth as possible. He's
just move in and out of the corners,
no bumps, no skids, and he keeps
that tension in his body and lets
the sled run.
It is one of those
sports that you slightly think, back
in 1890, there was a frozen bit of
mountain and someone drank too much
and said, let's go down feet first
on a tray.
I would never do
on a tray.
I would never do luge,
and the luge athletes would probably
never do skeleton. Someone asked if
I would ever switch over, and I
said, you could, because it is the
same track. The equipment is
different. They are looking almost
over their toes. With skeleton, you
are on your stomach. I am steering
with my shoulders, pushing into the
sled. I think they are bonkers. Why
would you have your legs in front?
On that line, let's go to see the
third run life. Felix Loch will be
first down the track. John Jackson,
who piloted the men's Bob in Sochi
is alongside John Hunt with the
commentary. COMMENTATOR: Good
evening from Korea. This promises to
be very special, these final two
runs. Felix Loch in such a strong
position, as discussed with Claire
and Amy. But the race for the
medals, with anyone or perhaps seven
or eight fancying the chance later
on, John, of getting hold of some
silver or bronze, perhaps. But here
is Felix Loch, the great twice
Olympic champion. All the talk
around the track today as he begins
his third run as the leader of
course is how conservatively he will
handle this opening stage of his
third run. He is not a renowned
lightning fast starter. He is not
slack, though, that's for sure. And
he has made to make very, very
satisfactory runs so far. This is
the standard-bearer, one of the
greatest we've seen. Let's see how
Felix Loch is underway. He's
quicker. He has started off again,
John Jackson, really consistently.
Yes, this is where we are going to
see how he handles the conditions.
Its three degrees colder than
yesterday, this will make the track
slightly faster, maybe a bit more
difficult to control the thread.
We've had a bit more snow is so the
eyes are be becoming a bit more
greasy. This is why he's the lead.
We'll see how he controls the sled
at the bottom. This could be one of
the top speeds we've seen so far.
He's up towards 80 miles an hour,
great first run from Felix.
faultless from.. 47.56, Felix Loch.
He's clenching his fist. He's just
got back to clinch a bit tight
around that gold medal.
That speed was because he had a good
run but also because the ice is
colder. He's nailed all the sections
of the track that he needs to which
means he's going to be fast. He has
put the gauntlet down to everyone
else to follow him.
It was lovely to
watch, that little chicane one of
the toughest parts on the track.
That's what it means to the coaching
staff. Felix Loch said last night,
all I want is a good nights sleep
after a satisfactory first day. He's
right back on it and first ago.
Battle for Middle will be so close.
This is the surprise package soap
from Austria, David Gleirscher.
Laying in second place. To my mind
he's got to follow. To keep his
pressure on rivals. 47.6 will be a
good time to aim at for him. We were
discussing yesterday that in his
career so far. Has lacked
consistency. Let's see what they two
holds for him.
These next sliders
are covered by three hundredths of a
second. He's being relatively
consistent all the way through. The
next guy coming up is going to be a
win it or Bennett time. You can see
that. Doesn't look quite how is
refined as. Coming down. There's
going to be nothing between these
guys all the way down. You can see
him losing time. He's lost a tenth
tip Loch already.
To tenth slower,
47.5 is his time there, Gleirscher.
Gleirscher now considers his
position. So many strong contenders
to come. Roman Repilov.
to come. Roman Repilov.
You can see
how fast the track is. He's gone way
up on the breaking straight. Not a
bad run but we'll see whether it is
good enough to maintain him in the
medals on this run. Just a little
bit early there onto Corner seven
and we can see that might just have
affected him a little bit.
a rookie, a fine effort. Here is
Roman Repilov, the Star 21-year-old
from Russia. This is his first
Olympic Games. Let's see how he
begins. He's brimful of talent. You
said he's going to go for it.
just got onto the on take-off three
a bit early. He needs to settle into
his rhythm and find that speed. It
was more down the bottom of the
course yesterday that he found the
speed. Hopefully. Will start to
settle in. That is the winner Paul
Bennett attitude he's got. That is
potentially going to help him move
up into bronze.
Roman Repilov with a
big mistake coming out of the part
of the track they referred to as the
Dragon's tale. Roman Repilov was one
of the big dangers to Loch and in no
time he finds himself .6 of a second
behind Felix Loch.
At the start of
that run behind Gleirscher he was
only three hundredths behind. Now
he's for tenth. You can see how much
this mistake cost him. We saw
yesterday from the guys at the back
of the pack, we didn't see that from
any of the guys in the top six or
The gold medal might have
slipped away and who knows, all
medals might have slipped away. Next
for the United States, Chris
Mazdzer. The best performing
Americans in history managed fourth
in their respective Olympic Games.
Can Mazdzer improve upon that? He
had a brilliant day yesterday in
terms of his speed and capability.
He had a really good run when the
ice was colder. He might pull
himself towards the silver medal
position rather than thinking about
staying in third. This looks good,
it looks smooth. That noisy thread I
mentioned yesterday is really loud.
Great line in. That's as good as
Loch. None of them were as good as
that yesterday. This is a really
good run from him and he is keeping
himself in contention.
He's going to
be a fraction behind David
Gleirscher as they come to the final
couple of bends now and into the
finish. He's nipped ahead of him and
Chris Munster goes second for
America, dream territory for the
American. What a games he's having.
He was three hundredths behind, now
he's too hundredths in front. It is
between silver and bronze a dead
heat for the last run. That was
marvellous from Mazdzer.
into this last run, he's on a high.
He will be relaxed. He found a lot
of speed in the bottom of that
course which is where you need it.
13 in both Sochi and Vancouver, he
currently sixth in second. He is
getting great support as well.
American flags intertwined and the
Canadians now with Sam Edney. This
is the pen ultimate run of his
career. Fourth Olympic Games, he's
in dreamland, sitting in fifth place
before this run. Can he, like. And.
And., produced for a third time?
And., produced for a third time?
was only a tenth behind. Anything he
can do keeps them in contention for
the final run. All he needs to do
now is keep it smooth, keep the
lines where they should be. There's
no reason why he can't put pressure
on them. That's another great
straight. Keeping the speed, you can
see how the Russian guy called
himself so much time by that
I don't think it will
improve on fourth as he comes round
bends 14, 15 and 16. He stays in
fourth, half a second off Felix Loch
and a bit
and a bit behind. In fourth
position, surely more than he could
have hoped before he arrived in
Pyeongchang more than a week ago.
Fourth position is sort of the worst
one to be in. Now that he is three
tenths behind the bronze medal
position, that gives those three
guys in front of him currently sat
in the medal positions a slight
buffer to relax and know that they
just need to get down without making
Sam Edney being
congratulated there. He has one more
career run to come.
career run to come. Five down. Next
is Kevin Fischnaller. Number nine in
the world, his Olympic debut. Not
the smoothest of starts, John.
think he was a little nervous
yesterday through the sliding. Maybe
it shows today that he has just
tried a little bit too hard. He was
very quick, one of the quickest
throughout most of the training
sessions, so maybe just the ice
conditions have changed a little.
All of his lines were good. Just a
little bit close there, millimetre
perfect. He almost flinched from the
wall on the way past. He has good
speeds in the bottom section of the
track as we come into the far
He nudges into fourth
place, takes himself just ahead of
Sam Edney with that run, so Sam
Edney drops to fifth. The Italian
continues his momentum. Eighth after
run one, up to six before this run
and now into fourth place. He is
making a fight of it.
This is the
form that he showed in the training
runs, and you would have thought he
maybe would have done this
yesterday, and if he had, he would
be up there with Felix Loch, for
sure. Some great lines. That diving
line out. What the guys are doing
is, if that was bobsleigh, it would
slow them down, but because it is
luge, they can press down on their
shoulder as they come out of the
corner and it helps them accelerate.
Still two three more that may get
close to the medals. This is the
young Latvian, Kristers Aparjods,
from a strong sporting family. His
mother was an Olympian in luge. His
father represented Latvia in
Rowling. -- rowing.
Rowling. -- rowing. Kristers
Aparjods. He was the youth Olympic
champion. And he can perhaps smell
just a small opportunity of getting
close to a medal.
He was only
hundreds behind Kevin Fischnaller.
These guys at the top not making too
many mistakes. These guys seem to
have that straight drill. Another
one, millimetre perfect. You don't
want to be any closer to the wall
than what these guys are doing at
the moment. As we come into the
speed trap, he has got no speed,
maybe working too hard to achieve
As you say, he dropped
off very late there. And that leaves
him in seventh place. So he has not
improved. Sadly, it is so tight, the
likes of Ludwig to come and he might
lose further ground. The youngster
couldn't quite hold it together when
He's learned as a
youngster and now he's stepping up
to the senior level that it is so
difficult. This is a big learning
step for him as he moves forward in
his career to the next Olympic Games
in four years.
Still having a very
good couple of days. We'll see him
again in the fourth and vital run.
For Germany, Johannes Ludwig starts
off in eighth place. The first run,
Ludwig was third and then had a big
drop after that slow second start.
He usually starts well but on that
second run he didn't and I feel that
unnerved him slightly and mistakes
crept in. Here for Germany is
Ludwig, again at his first Olympics.
He was world bronze medallist in
This is where we talk about
the pressure and how people get
absorbed into those Olympic rings.
What it means to people when they
are sliding. This is no different
race other than that it's over four
runs. The ice is the ice, the track
is the track. He was a bit too late
as he comes into the corner. You can
see him working a bit too hard, too
much and that's why he's got that
big wave in 12. This is going to
cost him again, the Germans always
seem to have good speed up the
bottom of the track. He is well over
81 miles an hour.
Close to Edney and
just touches him out to move into
fifth place. Edney drops to six,
perfectly respectable from Ludwig.
His quickest run of the three so
far. He's put himself back in the
shake-up between 1's medal and
Ludwig now there is two tenths of a
second -- between the bronze medal
and Ludwig now.
He just lost control
in that corner which is why he went
to early into seven. He is happier
with that run than he was yesterday.
Maybe now we move onto the last man
who can make an impression. The
temperature checks on the runners, a
very important part of any sliding
If they are 5 degrees over
the temperature, they will get
Wolfgang Kindl, the
current world champion. His Olympics
so far have been disappointing. He
starts this third run in ninth
place. Surely he can find some
improved form. Way he goes.
improved form. Way he goes. Loch
surely is away and gone but can
Kindl now just apply some pressure
on the likes of Fischnaller, Ludwig
You would think a guy of
his experience would have been a lot
further up the order. He made a
couple of mistakes on day one and he
wasn't drilled into the track as
well as the other guys. That's
possibly going to cost him.
possibly going to cost him. He seems
to be sliding off the corners a bit
too much and as we see, still good
speed. The German equipment is
He's well down still
and unless he makes remarkable
progress late, that is a
disappointment for Wolfgang Kindl
who is nine and there's only been
nine gone. He's not going to make an
impression, he is half a second off
the bronze medal. He may be world
champion but he's not going to pick
up an Olympic medal in South Korea.
When you get to the Olympic Games it
doesn't matter how many World Cup
races you've won, it doesn't matter
how many World Championship races
you've won, you've won that Olympic
medal on your CV. Guys of his
experience, they want the Olympic
medal. It doesn't matter what colour
it is. Obviously for Felix Loch, he
wants to get the gold. But for these
guys any medal will do.
guys any medal will do.
great exponent of the art but it's
not been his week. Very these
elastic crowd waiting to greet our
next man from Canada, Reid Watts. He
was a bronze medallist in the youth
Olympics in 2016. He currently sits
in tenth place, a tremendous
achievement. If he can find the run
of his life here he could nudge up.
He's not far off the likes of
Ludwig, Fischnaller and Edney.
For him to be competing in the top
ten at this level, he potentially
has a great future ahead in luge.
There is a little noise coming from
the sled. Whether he is doing too
much work as he drills through the
Strait... This could be where his
experience shows. His line may be
dropping off a little there because
he is working too hard, but he has
But he is not making any
impression on them here, and he
stays in tenth place, Reid Watts
from Canada. Top ten would have been
beyond his dreams, but there was
just there a little opportunity to
improve upon even more, but tenth
indeed is where he stays. The top 20
go through to the final run. Reid
Watts salutes the crowd and gives us
another big smile.
Think he will be
happy with his Olympics after the
format runs. If you look at the
time, think about how much he has
got is compelled to Wolfgang Kindl,
world champion, and he is only four
hundredths off him. That shows where
he needs to be. Over the years, as
he gained experience, he will get
faster and faster. Some other
European nations might be in
It has been a fascinating
opening salvo here in run number
three. Competitor number 11 is
Dominik Fischnaller, cousin of Kevin
who went earlier. Kevin sits in
fourth place. Dominik Fischnaller,
his second Olympic Games. He was
third in the World Championships.
With form like that, he would have
had relatively high expectations,
especially having won the testy bent
on this track, John.
He made a big
mistake in the second run at the end
of the chicane. That little nudge,
he got more than that yesterday, and
that is what upset. He was trying to
get away from the wall. The lines on
the rest of the track I'm not too
bad and he seems to be holding
himself in there and has race speed,
like his cousin did earlier.
might move up a little bit here. He
has. Dominik Fischnaller goes to
seventh. Dominik Fischnaller and
Kevin Fischnaller, seventh and
fourth respectively heading into the
final run a little bit later on. He
is four tenths of a second away from
the bronze medal. It sells like too
big a gap.
Yes, but you can see that
his actual run time was ranked as
the. He gets a fraction too close.
The fact that he was ranked third,
that is where he should be in the
race. He should be in contention for
the medals. He just make that --
made that mistake yesterday, and
that is what cost him.
different view of Andi Langenhan. He
always seems to step up for the
Olympic Games. He was fourth in Soc
Chi and fifth in Vancouver.
Chi and fifth in Vancouver. -- in
Sochi. He is in 12th place starting
this run, and his starts have been
fairly moderate. He has had one or
two wobbles midway down as well. A
guy with his level of experience, he
just made too many mistakes on this
track in this race, and that is why
he is where he is. Usually, he would
be one of the top sliders. Sometimes
it happens that you don't get in the
groove, don't feel it. It is hard to
work out sometimes where you need to
find the speed, especially when it
is not coming to you naturally. The
lines look good. He just made a
couple of mistakes on critical
parts, which most of the guys did.
You would not expect him to make
those mistakes. He just has to
improve three or four Max Potts.
Everyone is so close, any mistakes,
and they will. His speed is where it
needs to be. He is giving over 80
miles an hour. Not as quick as some
of the other guys, though.
improves marginally, from 12th to
tenth. Sitting behind Kristers
Aparjods, ahead of all thank --
Wolfgang Kindl. Half a second off
the bronze medal.
For these guys
now, it is about fighting for places
and looking at who is around them on
the last run and may be trying to
think, right, he is a couple of
tenths or a couple of hundredths
ahead of me, I want to pick him off.
He is the guy that I am aiming for.
It gives you a little bit of fight
giving into the last run. -- going
into the last run.
into the last run.
This is Stefan
Fedorov, a 30-year-old from Russia.
Starting 13th quickest. He is in
about the right spot, Federov. He
was training all week. He has had
involvement in the closing stages of
a couple of well Championships. He
is a good exponent of the art but it
won't be enough, I feel in my bones.
He just made little mistakes,
nothing major. Might have had a bit
of a knock along the chicane, like
most people, but it just hasn't
worked out for him. If you look at
the lines at the top, they don't
look too bad. A bit of a slide as he
came into seven there, but as he
starts the bill speed into the
crucial corner, a little too flat
and too close. He is too much to the
left of the middle, which will mean
he has to work hard in 12. Can he
keep the speed down here? It is
good. Nearly 82 miles an hour.
has left it too late to make any
inroads. Federov, started 13th and
stays 13th. Not to be for the
Yeah, it is one of
those things where he is trying just
to refine it, and that is probably
his best run of the competition so
far. If he could have another one
like that, hopefully, he could at
least pull himself up maybe a spot
or two, or leave with a more
confident vibe than he had
He is only 30 - a
veteran! Apologies to all you
youngsters out there! He was quite
vocal yesterday, and he has found
his voice again.
He certainly likes
to speak to the camera.
We move into
the next stage, almost, where the
next ones down, we are onto the 14th
athlete, Rierder, from Italy. Only
the top 20 go to the next run. The
next few fellows will be looking
over their shoulders to a certain
Definitely. They are not
necessarily going to move towards
the medals, but they don't want to
make any big mistakes or they drop
out of that top 20. AJ Rosen, at 24,
he is only two tenths out, so he
will be fighting to get in it, so it
is very tight in the late teens and
early 20s to go for those spots. The
Italians have been good. Their
equipment works here. It was a
little bit slippy there from exit
six into seven. When you get this
exit right, he is playing around too
much, coming to light, which will
cost in speed. The guys know they
need to get that straight right,
which is why they are playing with
the legs, adjusting all the way
down. Not as fast as his team-mates,
but not a bad run.
and stays in 14th place. This might
make him a little more vulnerable.
He has certainly lost ground on
those who have gone before him. --
Rieder. The ones to come will
certainly fancied doing better than
Rieder has just done there. He might
just be borderline qualification. I
think he should be OK. That wasn't
the best run for him.
One of the big
reasons why he lost the speed was
his entrance into 12. He adjusted
too much on the straight to try to
come into the corner right, and that
cost in time. Once you come into
that corner, he had to work harder
to turn it. From what we saw
yesterday, it just scrubs speed off.
A lot of Austrian fans here today.
They have already had a fair bit to
Eggar is a 24-year-old. He clearly
has talent. He would love another
top ten finish, and away he goes.
These guys have their own fan clubs.
We saw earlier, the Egger Fanclub,
the big flag with a picture of him
on it. The Austrians love this
sport, it is like a national sport
to them, the same as the Germans and
Latvians. He came on to that corner
a little early. He looks a little
ragged, not just as smooth as some
of the top sliders. He is trying to
adjust and does get it right into
that corner. With that entrance into
12, he should be able to continue to
build speed. Into this be tracked,
and his speed is good, up to 82 mph.
Egger doesn't make any
Egger doesn't make any impression on
Riederr. A shame, because he had an
Definitely, you can see
the disappointment in his face.
There are cowbells and horn blowers.
They have come out in force equals
the medals will be presented
He finished eighth in
Sochi. He currently sits 15th. A
nervous few minutes for some of
those to come over the next 20
minutes or so. Next for Canada is
Mitchell Malik. We saw Reid Watts
doing well earlier. And Sam Edney,
of course. Third in the World
Championships two years ago. We will
see how he goes on run number three.
Stand out fourth at the World Cup.
That was at his home track in
I don't know if he's shown a lot
before or since to suggest that was
anything other than a fluke, we'll
It shows he has experience on
that track. You would say as a
coach, this guy has got potential.
He's very noisy, he's sliding on the
corners. He's probably going to lose
a bit of speed up on this top
section. Because he's got bad
quality there is no reason he can't
transfer that to other tracks. Once
he builds experience on them, that's
all it is. He doesn't look as tidy
and that little nudge is going to
cost him, just as he has to work
harder through 12. Especially coming
to the speed trap at the bottom,
he's got good speed, he might pull a
It's a possibility. Malyk
is going to finish now, he's just
nudged one place at order to 15th.
That drops Egger down a place. If
they keep nipping past him, maybe
he'll be denied a fourth run.
Obviously in the context of medal
chasing, none of these guys are
involved but they want their fourth
Definitely. He came here to
compete in four runs and that's what
they want. It's changed from Sochi
where everybody got to have a fourth
run from the slowest all the way up
to the first. This year they've cut
it to the top 20 going in reverse
So, we are almost halfway
through this third run now as we now
look at a man who is well fancied to
do pretty well but hasn't delivered.
Pavlichenko, an Olympic athlete of
Russia. Fifth in Sochi, reigning
European champion. He was world
champion in 2015 when the event was
held in Latvia. With that sort of CV
he should be more competitive than
He was the first person off
yesterday. He's a bit sloppy at the
top of the track and I think because
he was first off yesterday, a bit of
nerves. You're always the one they
are chasing and maybe the nerves got
to him. He had a big mistake at the
end of the straight he's coming up
to now. He tried too hard to stay
away from the wall. That big mistake
has cost him and this is why he's
now in the position he is.
going to nip ahead of one or two of
these. 1.31 is decent speed.
Pavlichenko is up to 14th, so that
is better. Certainly secured him a
fourth and final run. Nice to see
because he is certainly better than
he showed in the first two runs.
Definitely, without a doubt. An
eighth ranked run on that one, you
can see how much quicker that is
than his first run. That's because
he had that big mistake. A tidy run
he had that big mistake. A tidy run
from him. He had quite a heavy load,
you can see how much the sled kicks
out. But overall, a lot tidier than
guaranteed himself a fourth and
final run later on. Here is the man
who before the Olympics started was
the start record holder of the
track, Tucker West from the United
States. West improved upon that
earlier as well. He is a lightning
out of the gates here. Tucker's
problems clearly come further down
the track. It just seems to
dissolve, the further he goes.
could be because his natural
ability, he relies too much upon his
start and doesn't really try to
refine the lines. Is he started
slowly hid have to work harder to
find the speed he's driving. Maybe
he's not at a level where he can be
as smooth as he wants to be.
goes. Not quite rewriting the record
books with that start but still very
slick, quick yesterday.
going to be a good starter. He's
going to be a force to be reckoned
with because people won't be able to
catch him because of the way he gets
out of the blocks. That really noisy
sled and that slide off the end of
six, just not quite in the right
place where he needs to be to get
the optimum lines out. This is a big
mistake and it could cost him a
fourth run. You could see the ice
shooting up as he came into the
entrance at 12 and he's in the wrong
place again. You can see how much
he's fighting the sled. He tapped
the wall and he's got no speed...
When he gets to the top of the track
he'll be putting his kept on because
he definitely isn't getting another
A shame. You could sort of see
it coming. He's only 22. Great start
but certainly on a track of this
technicality, he can't hold it
As we saw yesterday, there
were a lot of people having trouble.
I think what happened is he's coming
to 12, he knows he's messed it up
and he hasn't been able to get that
out of his head as he is coming
round into 13. This is his problem,
bouncing off the wall, having to
work hard to try and keep it going.
It's this part here where he is
facing. Even here he is facing up
into the Olympic Corner completely
the wrong way. He's putting the
handbrake on and slowing himself
It's a shame for him, possibly
a great result for AJ Rosen.
definitely out of the way now.
Maciej Kurowski. The 31-year-old,
lots of experience. He's contested
nine World Championships in his
career to date and he begins run
number three for Poland. This is his
third Olympic Games.
one of those sliders to potentially
the equipment and the backing he
gets from his nation maybe isn't
where it needs to be. He's not
looking the best today, that little
nudge is putting him in late, you
can see the big wave. That will cost
him a little bit of speed. If that
enough to keep him in the top 20? It
might not be enough.
section... A good crowd watching on.
Kurowski is obviously ahead of
Tucker West but didn't really
improve his position greatly. There
is certainly an opportunity for the
next three or four. They would all
look at that, those last two or
three and think, this might be my
day getting a fourth run.
Definitely. If they have good runs,
it is then relying more on other
people making mistakes. As we've
seen from the last two sliders, they
are making mistakes. You need to be
on your a game, put the run in that
you need to and hope people around
you will make those mistakes to help
you move up those utensils into the
Here is the man currently in
20th place, this is Ondrej Hyman.
Ondrej is 31, from the Czech
Republic at his third Olympic Games.
His best World
His best World Cup run... His best
run, 14th at Winter Burke. Any
replication of that would be good
news for him here.
The sledge sounds
a bit noisy. He sounds like he's
sliding about and having to work too
early. This is where the cause
starts building speed and start
exhilarating into these difficult
lines. Is he going to get this
straight? Is adjusting slightly but
that was relatively good. The
speeders and quite where it needs to
be. It's just not where the optimum
line should be coming down the
He's going to finish in 19th
place, as things currently stand. Of
course the only one slower than him
at the moment was Tucker West who
had a bit of a disaster for the
States. Hyman has got a nervous few
moments. I don't know.
moments. I don't know. A couple need
to overtake him to deny him.
very consistent across the board.
You can see he's been three, four
hundredths between the runs. It is
about at the level where he needs to
be at but other people have been
going quicker. Maybe his setup isn't
suiting this slightly colder ice.
You could hear him sliding around at
Inars Kivlenieks is next
for Latvia in his third Olympic
Games. His second run was slower
than his first. He needs to get it
back together again, can't really
afford for run three to be the
slowest of the three. He's starting
in 20 First Place. He knows that the
run of his life over the next 48
seconds might secure him a fourth
He will definitely be in the
20th position or in the top 20,
depending on how he gets through the
strait. That rotten from the
American costing too much time --
that run from the American cost him
too much time. As we get into the
realms of wanting to see what
happens with AJ in the next two
sleds, that was good but he was
playing a lot with his steering to
make sure he got there. That's
potentially going to cost him time
and speed, as we build to the
fastest part of the track. He's got
one of the fastest speeds we seem
for a while.
I think he's looking
good for top 20 here. 18th at the
moment for Kivlenieks.
moment for Kivlenieks. We've got
Alex Ferlazzo, Morris and Rosen to
come. They were two tenths of the
second of him. I think he's an
pretty good shape to get a fourth
He is. That 18th place is the
condition he needs to get in. I
don't think many of the guys behind
him will be able to jump up three or
four places to the guys in front.
It's all about getting that last
run. You can see the overlay, the
difference between him and Loch who
is currently in the lead.
to come in three. But, this would be
some story if Alex Ferlazzo could
get himself into the top 20 for
Australia. He's had a torrid time in
training. He's got his act together
very nicely indeed. 16th on the
first run, just dropped marginally
to 22nd ahead of this, slightly
wobbly on the push away. Ferlazzo
made headlines in Melbourne if he
could get top 20. It's not a
position we expect him to be in. He
was 33rd in Sochi...
He's had a big
crash, that's good for AJ. He's lost
it. He's definitely going to drop
back. That's a shame, he did so
well. He's not sitting on the sled
properly. He's trying to get himself
settled. Feet all the way down,
trying to keep control. He's going
to go back quite a long way. That's
another one who's made a mistake in
front of age AJ Rosen who is coming
up shortly, the British slider. We
need AJ to not make these mistakes.
He was one of the best yesterday in
terms of two consistent runs, the
speed just wasn't there because of
the level of equipment the GB setup
Didn't happen for Ferlazzo,
that's him done. Nevertheless, a
pretty good week for him. Not much
was expected. I think he's over
achieved despite a horrible looking
It's a great result
potentially for him. It depends how
he looks at it. It all came from
this corner, he just got into their
bit too much in three and then it
was all over, once he had come down
into that proportion of the track.
He couldn't get settled and recover
from that. We saw that with many
So far as AJ
Rosen is concerned, he'll be the
next one. Taylor Morris the American
is ready to go. Rosen's friends
is ready to go. Rosen's friends and
family and everybody supporting
British luge will be hoping Morris
makes a bit of a mess of this. He's
26, he's the Army. He's world ranked
top 20. He's now got to prove it.
certainly has. This is where the
pressure is on. He's right on the
ball, especially with the rest of
the guys in the mid-20s trying to
work their way forward. For some of
them it will be when it or Bennett.
They'll be trying to push and find
that extra bit of speed. They'll be
trying to do something that maybe
they haven't tried in training just
to find a bit more speed.
Not a bad line. He is just doing too
much with the steering and control.
As he comes into the speed trap, his
speed isn't bad. Hopefully that is
something that AJ can overcome as he
comes up next. Morris put himself in
19. It might be enough. Behind
Rosen, there is another little gap
to Arturs Darznieks and Anton
Dukach. Tucker West misses out. Alex
Palazzo misses out. 20th place at
the moment is held by the Polish
slider. Will his place be taking in
run number format by Adam Rosen? --
in run number
in run number four. Yesterday he was
pretty much fault free, wasn't he?
Two of the most consistent runs,
without a doubt. If you look at
Felix Loch and the other top guys,
he was there with them. The speed
just wasn't there because of the
So, Adam Rosen, a chance
to put himself into run number four.
Don't worry too much about his
relative place. If he can maintain
that distance, he will get himself a
fourth run. How was he looking?
lines look good so far. This is
typical of yesterday, smooth runs
all the way down the track. Exactly
where the sled needed to be. The
equipment just isn't working well.
If you look at how he is sliding, if
he had Felix Loch's equipment, he
would not be in this position,
fighting for 20th place. And I'm
sure if Felix Loch was in his
equipment, he would not be in the
late. That is the difference. There
is no difference in them at all when
you look at the lines. The equipment
just isn't there because they don't
have the funding.
It dropped away in
the closing stages, and he is
frustrated. Adam Rosen at his third
Olympic Games, 16th in Vancouver and
Turin, won't get a fourth one,
sadly, for Great Britain this
AJ should hold his head
high. He might be frustrated but he
should hold his head high as one of
the best sliders in this
competition, one of the most
consistent. That is all you can do
as a pilot. When you get on the
sled, put in the best run. It is you
against the track. For me, on these
three runs, he has beaten the track
every time, but the equipment is
just not up to the job.
It was the
quickest of his three runs, the last
one. You have to say good job to AJ.
Can Arturs Darznieks get himself
into the fourth and final run at his
first Olympic Games? Representing
Latvia, he is now ranked 22 in the
world. He would laugh, just for the
next two minutes or so, to put
himself in the top 20 in the Olympic
Games. The time he's chasing, in
terms of the difference, 1.869
seconds. That is the difference you
have to see for him if he is to get
The lines at the top were
maybe a little noisy as he came onto
three, a little too much work. A
little early on to seven there. It
is teetering between making sure you
are doing enough and not doing
enough. That is the difference. He
just made a mistake, a big slide.
There is no chance of him coming
into the top 20. That will cost them
too much. It is about letting the
sled go and doing enough to make
sure it is under control. He got a
little too far of letting the sled
run too much.
for Arturs Darznieks, who also exits
the competition. It
the competition. It looks as though
20th place is secured, unless
something remarkable happens in the
next couple of minutes, and it would
need to be, from the your cranium,
Anton Dukach, or the Polish slider,
You can see the
ice spraying up from underneath the
sled. That is the blades cutting
into the ice. They are like a pair
of hand brakes.
Anton Dukach. 48.8,
48.3. He has to go quicker than
that, and a fair bit quicker, if he
is to get anywhere near the 20th
place rider at the moment.
place rider at the moment. The Roski
sitting on the sidelines breathing a
little more easy. Anton Dukach is
underway for the Ukraine.
He had a
big mistake on his first run
yesterday, which is why he is so far
back. I think both the Ukrainian
team members made a mistake, which
cost and time. You can hear him
sliding around as he comes into
three. Down the big steep descent
from eight into the important part
of the track. You see him working
hard, but he drills straight down
the middle into 12, and hopefully
that will help them build speed as
he heads towards the 20th position.
He seems to be dropping back a
Too far off, John. It
won't happen for Dukach.
won't happen for Dukach. He is 23rd.
There is old Coach Cat weasel.
is a better run than he has had. You
can see the consistency with the run
before. It is the mistake on the
first run that has cost him his spot
in the top 20. That is what we spoke
about at the beginning of this race.
You need to put the runs together to
get the best result. These guys in
the back 20 of the field have made
too many mistakes, and that is why
they are not in the top 20.
12 or 13
more to come, from calculation.
Slightly more than that, maybe. The
next few we will see now are all
playing for pride. 20th place has
gone, I'm sure, for many of them.
Here is Mateusz Sochowicz.
like they can't find his visor. That
is what the coach was just looking
for. Whether he has dropped it, it
is in the changing room... I think
he might have watery eyes by the
time he gets to the bottom!
of aerodynamics, does it make a
This will be an
uncomfortable ride, especially as
the speed builds. Because he will
have to put his head up more to be
able to see. It won't put him in the
best position, not as aerodynamic.
I'm very surprised that they have
let him go. I don't know whether it
is a safety element that you need a
visor. If something like this
happens and he crashes, he has an
open face and it could go on the ice
and cause damage and harm to him,
which nobody wants to see as a
slider. Fair play to the guy, he is
going out, doesn't have the
equipment he needs, and he is going
out to finish off his Olympics.
a flourish, but a flourish that will
put him only in 26th place. And
there, the White of the eyes. That
must be very uncomfortable. We are
shielding our eyes just walking down
the hill, aren't we?
has come down there at 77 miles per
row of if you can imagine giving on
the motorway in your car at that
speed and opening the window and
sticking your head out, that is
effectively what he has just done in
wind of up to -12 Celsius. Fair
play, a good effort for doing that.
A white for the eyes just to get rid
of the TS.
All smiles. He has
clearly enjoyed his Olympic
experience. It is over now.
experience. It is over now.
his cheeks might be cold,
Next, Jozef Ninis. How
disappointed will he be, the
Slovakian. His fourth Olympic Games.
Seventh after round one, this
fellow, but a miserable second run
dropped him all the way down to 28.
I think they have renamed his sled
the General Lee, from the jokes of
hazard, because he had one of -- the
Dukes of Hazzard.
Dukes of Hazzard. He made such a big
mistake at the end of the straight.
As he builds speed now, downing
eight, into this crucial corner that
he will be trying to get right. He
has absolutely nailed it that time.
If he had done that on his second
run, he would still be in the top
ten. He should be building up speed
now. This will show where he should
potentially be when we look at his
actual run as an individual run on
Finishes 25th. And he is
out of the Olympic Games. A few more
to come. Felix Loch leads from Chris
Mazdzer and David Gleirscher. That
is the three, two, one heading into
the fourth and final run. Felix Loch
with his hand on the medal. STUDIO:
Jozef Ninis's sled took off really
only on the track yesterday and he
did well to recover. It is
fascinating to watch these guys
coming down, but one of the
questions that has been asked is
about the visors. We saw one of the
Polish competitors without one at
all, which is really rare, but
people want to know how you stop it
from steaming up.
We have a small
pot of shampoo. You can use fancy
spray, but we found that shampoo
works best, rub it in with your
hand, why the top with a tissue and
try to keep it warm. When I had my
helmet on, I would try to breed
downwards to stop it from steaming
up. That guy went down without it.
These are the ones with them. Some
of them have a tinted one.
slightly yellow tint. Different
shades of black are available. That
depends on the brightness of the
lights. You want to be able to see
the ice. If it is doubt, you want
that orange one. The Polish guy, he
doesn't have one.
His clip isn't
attached to him.
It won't be quite
as aerodynamic, and it is just the
fact that the wind, going at 130
kilometres per hour... You need to
see where you are giving, and he
will have to lift his head more and
not be as aerodynamic.
disappointing for a Jay Rosen that
he hasn't made the last 20, only
Yes, watching him, he
looks like he has lovely, clean
lines, good entrances and exits, but
it seems he may not have the right
runners on. Maybe he has only one
pair. Normally, you would change
your runners for the different ice
conditions, so maybe they are too
sharp. You watch him, and you just
think, he looks really smooth.
Sometimes you can
oversteer and you're not letting the
sled run, so it is a fine balance
between having perfect lines, but to
do then, you are steering a lot, so
you're slightly cutting the ice
every time you steer. It is hard to
make a call without speaking to him.
Frozen Rosen is his Twitter handle.
I thought it came from the movie
Which is the fastest sliding
Which is the fastest sliding
event and what speed did they reach?
The luge is the fastest. The luge,
men's luge are highest up, so they
sit on their sleds and they need
that steepness. Then it is the
bobsleigh start, men's bobsleigh,
and the skeleton. We are sprinting
off the top. The wake of the
bobsleigh is such that they are
generally faster. Luge are the
fastest ones because of the height
of the star, then the bobsleigh, the
obsession is cross-country skiing.
Musgrave got the best finish of any
British athlete just this morning,
finishing seventh in the skiathlon.
The biathlon is now underway, and
there are 87 competitors. They set
off at 30-2nd intervals. They are
doing three loops.
doing three loops. Two shooting
bouts, one prone, lying down. If
they miss, they have to do a penalty
loop. It is important that they slow
their pulse down.
their pulse down. Look out for the
Old Bailey of the USA. Biathlon,
interestingly, the only one of the
established sports that the USA has
not yet won a medal in. Let's join
Rob Walker who can bring us
up-to-date on everything that is
COMMENTATOR: Thank you, Claire and
everyone. Talk about ripping up the
form book, we're looking at Dominic
Vintage, who has just come across
the line to put himself in bronze
medal position at the moment. The
big story here is that coming into
this race, as we watch Slazenger
coming into the range, as Claire was
saying, the first shoot is prone,
the second standing. The big story
is that we were expecting a mammoth
duel. They have won 14 of the 15
World Cup races this season and have
not put a fingertip wrong all
season, and yet, as Claire was
saying, every mess at the range...
It results in a 120 metre penalty
loop, which takes 22-24 seconds.
He missed three shots in his first
visit to the range and then for some
reason Fourcad came out and after
skiing beautifully, heed to an
inexplicably missed three attempts.
His story at the moment is that
Feifer's race is done.
Feifer's race is done. Out there on
the course is Fourcad. He left the
second visit to the shooting range
just about in the hunt for a bronze
medal, if he could speak quick
enough towards the finish.
enough towards the finish. Seppala
has finished 48 seconds off the
pace, down and 78 place at the
moment. One of the Norwegians hoping
to feature after four golds and a
silver in previous editions of the
Winter Olympics is down in 16th. We
should say that conditions have been
absolutely brutal. It's bitterly
cold and that may be affecting the
trigger finger of one or two of
these men. Fourcad, we would have
expected him to be able to cope with
these conditions. He has been
material this season and is yet to
finish off the podium. He managed a
clean sweep on his standing shoot so
the question is by some miracle find
the necessary seconds in the closing
stages to get himself a medal.
stages to get himself a medal. The
other significance here as we watch
allow Lowell Bailey coming into the
range, the individual world champion
from last year, the winner of this
sprint has a head start in the
pursuit. There were ramifications...
That could be a costly miss for
Bailey. A shame for him. He looked
as though if it shot clean he would
have had half a chance of going out
level with Peiffer in terms of times
that the end of the second visit to
the range. He'll have some ground to
make up. Fourcad was seventh in
terms of time with 1.4 kilometres to
go. That's the question now, can the
Frenchman called back enough to get
himself in a medal position?
himself in a medal position? Weisne
11 in the spring two years ago.
11 in the spring two years ago. --
in the sprint. If you're watching
biathlon for the first time there
are five rounds to every visit to
the range. When they are lying down,
the target is about 4.5 centimetres.
That's about the same size as the
inner cardboard tube of a toilet
roll. When they are standing they
are aiming at 12.5 centimetres.
Fourcad, what can he find here? He's
in eighth position, surely this is
too little too late. The Italian in
the bronze medal position was only
seven seconds behind Peiffer. You
suspect that for all his great wins
and fantastic clean sheets on the
World Cup circuit this season, this
may not be enough for Fourcade to
start with a medal. He finished in
sixth position in the sprints in
Sochi and then managed to come back
and win the pursuit and at the gold
in the individual competition, and
only just missed out on a gold in
the mass start. This is not the
beginning we would have been
expecting for Fourcade. You cant
handle gold medals around athletes
and biathletes next but until you
get over the finish line they aren't
home and dry -- you can hang gold
medals. An amazing piece of shooting
from Peiffer. He surely is going to
remain in the gold medal position
and is that title. Fourcade will not
finish on the podium in his quest
for glory in Pyeongchang. Lessons
will need to be learnt. Neither he
or the man who currently lies second
in the World Cup standings are
anywhere near close to the podium
there. Fourcade in eighth place,
those three Mrs at his first visit
to the range proving very costly
indeed. Here is Weistner.
indeed. Here is Weistner. Peiffer's
time at the exit of the range. Can't
afford to miss this one and doesn't.
Wiestner has to go round that 150
metre circuit. There are no rules
about whether you go right to left
or left to right. Usually the first
or the fifth targets are the ones
that are there and doing.
that are there and doing. Nelin
trying to slow down his breathing.
Bears the mistake at the first shot.
Can't afford another one, surely.
Every time you see it flash red
there is a miss. And the first and
the fifth. The margins between
success and failure in this event
are so tiny. It's two very distinct
skill sets. The speed, the accuracy
and the technical ability of the
cross country skiing. And then the
cold, calm composure of a
world-class marksman in the shooting
range. We have to reiterate, I don't
think it is as windy as it was for
the women last night but it is
absolutely freezing out there and
that will certainly be affecting one
or two of these biathletes in terms
of their trigger fingers. Kazar
finishing in 20 at the moment. You
just saw these Slovenian Fak being
pushed down to 21st. He was a bronze
medallist in this event eight years
ago. Some world-class biathletes
have finished way down the
standings. Peiffer in the gold medal
position at the moment.
The times are important when all
these men return for the pursuit.
Peiffer in his third games. He won
the sprint world title back in 2011,
three relay titles. But this by some
margin would be the biggest moment
of his career so far. The German
coaches certainly liked it. That's a
big raw. Just looking down the
leaderboard to see whether anybody
else could cause a bit of an upset.
Peiffer is in pole position at the
moment. He wants to make absolutely
certain before he kick-starts the
celebrations. Nervous moments for
Peiffer nodding to the camera, and
this was the moment as he headed
towards the line after a brilliant
last 1.4 kilometres.
last 1.4 kilometres. A moment to
savour for a man who has been around
for such a long time. Sprint gold
seven years ago but this is the
Winter Olympic Games. This is
Pyeongchang and nobody expected
Peiffer to challenge the dominance
of Fourcade. An absolutely brilliant
performance. We're just waiting to
see whether anybody can mount a late
An exhausting night for the coaches,
they've been going backwards and
forwards. You can see them moving
around the course.
around the course. Wiestner is in
ninth place. That one penalty loop
equates to about 25 seconds. Just
waiting to get the latest update on
Lowell Bailey, the individual world
champion from last year. Here he
comes. Bailey over a minute adrift.
A magnificent performance last year,
not to be tonight for the
36-year-old American. I think now we
can be relatively comfortable in
confirming that Peiffer looks as
though he is going to finish this
blustery, freezing night in
Pyeongchang with the Winter Olympic
biathlon gold medal in the men's
sprint. Hiidensalo, a big burst of
speed for the Finn as he comes up to
the line. But it's not be a place on
the podium for him. On night that
began with expectations of a
wonderful duel between the two men
who have lit up the World Cup this
season, neither of them in the end
were anywhere close. Fourcade did
well to climb back into the top ten
after missing three shots at his
first visit to the range.
Boe currently occupies 29th position
Fourcade and Boe will come out
determined to show the class they
know they have.
They re-emerge for
the pursuit with their respective
deficits. Fourcade will be 22
seconds adrift, Boe will be over a
minute down. Just the last few men
out on the course. Brendon green the
Canadian... A costly miss for him.
You can see the flags, every five
metres on this biathlon course and
the 50 metres leading up to the
range. To Mrs for green equating to
48, 49 seconds, three Mrs. A wry
smile perhaps on the face of the
Canadians. Hiidensalo of
Switzerland... A really good effort
from Wiestner -- Wiestner of
Switzerland. 11th in the World
Championships two years ago. This
won't be enough to get him on the
podium but will be some fine
biathletes. An excellent
performance. Player-222 seconds
behind Wiestner so he'll be just a
shade behind the two-time champion
from Sochi. When they return for the
pursuit. A great atmosphere from
those watching. In fact it's so cold
that some of the spittle on the
beards of these men have been
absolutely frozen. They've literally
had icicles hanging from their
chins. Brutal, brutal conditions
Femling is the last man to have
begun his adventure here tonight.
Or have I cursed him?
Oh, and so often it's the fifth shot
that lets them down, because they
start thinking is that they are
about tissue clean. What a shame for
the man from Sweden. And one by one,
they are coming in towards the
finish, and we are not expecting
anyone to change the order of the
top three. Peiffer, the
German, Fourcade is still in eight.
Now, the celebrations are beginning.
We don't have every single
We don't have every single biathlete
home, but he knows what he has done
here tonight is good enough for
gold. You always start with
favourites. But they haven't got the
gold medal until they come across
the line. Smolski, just over a
minute behind. There are a handful
of men still out on the cause. 1400
metres to go. -- on the course. It
is a tough circuit. Fourcade skied a
loop last year and said how
unrelenting the course was, how
tough. Siemakov with three Misses at
the range, the same as Fourcade.
the range, the same as Fourcade. --
-- three misses at the range, the
same as fourcade.
gemling has a good biography. he
spends his summer as a circus
artists at that a circus artist and
said he was quite shy he did that.
-- he was quite shy before he did
that. peiffer's celebrations
continue back at the finish.
continue back at the finish. they
will have to turn their
disappointment into motivation in
the pursuit, in which peiffer will
enjoy a head start. he will only
have four seconds on crammer.
-- krcmar. you would think they
might have a little simple tonight.
eric lesser downing ten. -- down in
ten. we still haven't got down to
boe. a medallist in vancouver.
eder got a bronze medal four years
ago. it shows you that you can be
the favourite, you can be the man in
form all season, but you have to
deliver exactly when it counts. And
that is what Peiffer has done. What
a win for the German. STUDIO: Great
shots from biathlon. Wonderful
commentary from Rob as well. A third
gold medal of Germany, they go to
the top of the table and they are
having a very good start to the
games. It is remarkable at the
ability to control themselves from
the heart pumping, lung bursting
effort, to then be
the heart pumping, lung bursting
effort, to then be accurate in the
It takes such a variety of
skills. You have the endurance and
then the focus to channel inside and
shoot. We saw that it is so
important to take that time because
that is what happened with the
Olympic champion four years ago. He
could not do that and he made
mistakes and that opened the door.
Let's go back to luge, because we
saw Felix Loch in front. A Jay Rosen
won't get a fourth run. We will
catch up on reports touting up, the
other British competitor, who have a
lot of work to do.
He had a lot to
make up, but like we were saying,
you are still learning and he still
doesn't have the experience. He
might be nervous on that brand new
Let's join the commentary.
COMMENTATOR: You can see the focus
in his eyes as he gets ready to
Probably his best out of the
three. Gets himself settled into
that first corner. That is a good
line. Just sliding a little bit
there, but he has managed to get
eight back under control. You can
hear the sled moving around. The top
part of his slide yesterday was
really good. He doesn't have quite
the control that he wants, but that
is the level of his experience at
the moment. He has managed to keep
control of it there and that has
tidied it up a bit. It is the best
run he has had. He hasn't quite got
the control he needs. Whether the
runners he is on are not suited to
this, he is struggling to keep
48.9 and a clap of the
hands. That was much better, really.
A better run from him, and that is
all that you can ask. He won't be
happy with the overall position, but
for the level of experience, he has
been to an Olympic Games, which a
lot of people don't achieve. You can
see him playing to the crowd. There
is some British support. Good
effort, Rupert, in your first games.
Just rewinding 24 hours, the
horrific start he had on the first
run, and to come back the day after,
God knows how he slept last night,
and to produce the quickest of the
reruns. He made up for it.
probably dreamt about that run
thousands of times in his sleep last
Now a moment of Olympic
history comes to an end. Shiva
Keshavan, his final Olympic Games.
Yesterday, there were amazing scenes
when he finished his second run. I
thought he would hit the wall, a bad
start for him. A great story of
persistence where he has had to
battle all of his career to get any
I know this is
potentially his last run and he
would want a better one to finish
with, but for a guy with his
experienced to start like that, he
made mistakes on the first two runs
at the start, and a guy of his level
should not be making those mistakes.
He has done the straight perfectly
to make up for that, so he is
showing that he has the skills. It
hasn't quite worked out at the top
of the track. This is the end of his
Olympic Games. Anyone who has been
to six games, hats off to them.
Struggling a bit with hand injury,
as his career comes to a finish.
They just don't care, they are
clearly so proud of him.
It will be interesting to is he how
he reacts to the crowd and what he
does next. Will he go over and visit
them as he did yesterday?
really nice. There you go.
this moment. He doesn't care about
the person coming down, not in a
rush to press the green button. --
he will love this moment. That is as
perfect as any other top. He is
enjoying the moment, and fair play
to him. Well done.
25th that Turing
was his best ever finish, and that
is the way it will stay. STUDIO:
Just coming out of that little
sharply. A warm support in the cold
conditions. An Indian slider who
would have had no facilities,
nothing at home, can compete in six
Amazing, isn't it? He has
all the support and his love for the
sport. He might not have your own
track or the right equipment, but
look at the joy on his face. What a
career he has had anyway.
investment, there has been a lot of
criticism of the equipment for the
British athletes, and that is what
helped them back. GB luge have said,
we only operate on 2% of the budget
of other Olympic sports so there is
significantly less investment in
luge than in, for example, skeleton.
Skeleton has been lucky. We know
that you have to win medals to get
the funding, and we're lucky to have
a lot of lottery funding, from UK
cattle export as well, for research
and development. It has gone into
Can the technology not be
shared with luge?
It is very
different equipment for each sled.
The technology we have learned from
our runners and our equipment might
be able to cross over a little bit
into the luge. Let's hope we can get
some sponsors after this that can go
into the next development for the
next format years and we can see a
difference. We awful to know that
equipment makes a difference.
way it tends to work is, one person
did as well and they invest -- does
well and they invest money in that.
You need the money and technology
before you can do well, though.
Someone has to take the brunt and be
so super-talented that they can
podium without that backing to set
it up for the future.
Musgrave, finishing seventh debate.
He has done that now.
He has put so
much commitment, invested his own
time and money, gone and lived in
Norway will stop he picked Norway
because it was the hub of
Catch-22. You have to have the money
to get the medals but if you don't
have the medals, you don't get the
money, and how are you supposed to
do that? People are asking why AJ
doesn't have better runners and
equipment, but it is money, and it
cost a lot of money for athletes to
be away for six months of the year
training. Local businessmen, get
your money and support your local
On that impassioned plea,
we will shortly switch to BBC One
and show you the final run of the
men's luge, Felix Loch in prime
position for that. We will join the
women's moguls. They have two lots
of finals to come, and that will be
really good TV. We also have women's
ice hockey, Canada playing the
Olympic athletes of Russia. Canada
are the strongest team in the
women's ice hockey, so that will be
high-quality stuff. Brilliant
insight from my colleagues. They
will be on BBC One. The British
headline of the day is Andrew
Musgrave, but maybe the global
headline is the 17-year-old who took
gold in the men's slopestyle. We
will reflect on that as well.
Hopefully we'll hear from him. Join
us on BBC One for live moguls. See
you in a moment.