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Hello again.

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Later start Prasanna said Tendai or

the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

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-- a later start for us. That is

because of events at Murrayfield. It

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is very close.

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So we're in catch-up mode on this

second day of the 23rd

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Olympic Winter Games.

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And we'd better get our skates

on, quite literally.

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It is all about once Libby and one

group issuing curling. Who will slip

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up in a tense tie-break in the mixed

team event. And also some cold tier

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in your lungs, with a finish that

will take your breath away in the

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main's snowboard slopestyle.

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We're off to the Gangneung Ice

Arena, which is one of the busiest

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venues at the Games,

yesterday hosting the short track.

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24 hours later, the ice has been

reconditioned and ready for more

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figure skating in the team event.

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This is making its second

appearance at the Games.

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When it made its debut in Sochi,

it gave our then hosts, Russia,

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their first gold of the Games,

and also provided the charismatic

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Evgeni Plushenko with his record

equalling fourth Olympic

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figure skating medal.

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No Evgeni this time.

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Rush-hour bag but not as we know it.

They are now the Olympic Athletes

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From Russia. They have not been

officially invited to the game, they

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are competing under a neutral flag.

There are skaters are the ones to

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beat.

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They've actually been under way

in this event since Friday,

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a few hours before the Olympic flame

was even lit, in the pairs

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and the men's short programmes.

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Points make Olympic prices year. Ten

points up for grabs in each state.

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That was the situation after the

first two events. The Russians in

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joint third place. The Canadians out

in front from the United States.

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Only the top five nations will go

through to the free programmes.

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There were a lot for grabs in both

the ice dance and the ladies' short

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programmes this morning. There were

a couple of extra special

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performances we want you to see. We

will do so in the company of

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Katherine Downes and Robin Cousins.

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will do so in the company of

Katherine Downes and Robin Cousins.

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Next escape, representing Canada,

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moore.

These

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are the Canadians, Tessa Virtue and

Scott Murray, the reigning world

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champions, silver medallists from

Sochi, the last Olympics. They were

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deeply disappointed with that, took

a couple of years away from

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competition and came back to win the

World Championships last year.

Let's

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watch.

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MUSIC: "Sympathy For The Devil"

by the Rolling Stones.

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MUSIC: "Hotel California"

by The Eagles.

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CHEERING

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If you could not tell that that was

a class apart you're probably

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watching with your eyes closed. I

absolutely love watching them state.

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They have been skating together for

over 20 years. And that is the

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synchronicity.

It is that in eight

knowing of the other person,

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everything.

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everything.

Tessa Virtue and Scott

Moir have earned in the short dance

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80.50 one.

A massive score. All eyes

on the ice. This is Russia putts ice

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Princess. Medvedeva, representing

the Olympic Athletes From Russia.

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Back-to-back World Championships for

her. And to lay down a marker to her

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country women who pipped to the

European Championships. It was a bit

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of a shock. Medvedeva coming back

for injury, though. She's here to

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see the gold medal is main,

hands-off.

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-- to say the gold medal is mine.

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A very solid triple flip, triple toe

loop combination.

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A lovely triple loop.

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CHEERING

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A deep inhalation of breath at the

end. Absolutely exquisite from

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Evgenia Medvedeva.

A beautiful

performance. Seven clean boxes there

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as well, all greens, as they

happened. No question of the

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technical ability.

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It is a new season's best for

Medvedeva. 81.0 six. And she has

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staked a claim for the gold medal.

She knows that is exactly what she

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wanted to do, the message she wanted

to send out to the pretenders to

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throw in.

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to send out to the pretenders to

throw in.

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Not just a season's best, but in

fact a world record for the

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18-year-old Muscovite. She is

special, two-time world champion,

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competing in her first Olympics and

the reigning world Champion awarded

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that 81.0. That was enough to hoist

her fellow Russian colleagues very

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much bike into the reckoning. It is

an overall team competition. You

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suspect this young lady will be a

major, major force in the ladies'

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singles, the individual event which

will be stated much later in the

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Olympics. Absolutely beautiful.

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will be stated much later in the

Olympics. Absolutely beautiful. It

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is very seldom that someone makes an

impression quite like that in their

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opening performance in an Olympic

Games. I cannot wait to see more of

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her. Beautiful.

That was enough to hold the Russians

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into silver medal position. Canada

in pole position. They have brought

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the largest number of figure skaters

from any nation to Korea and the

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nerve that four point advantage. A

maximum of ten points for each

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victory goes into this team event.

It is Canada, the Russian athletes,

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USA, Italy and Japan who go through

to skate in the concluding free

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programmes. That will decide the

medals. Those free programmes began

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today in the pairs, so back we go to

Katherine Downes and Robin Cousins

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once again.

We're getting to the business end of

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the competition. There is all to

play for. The ice is cleared as we

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take a look at first competitors in

this pairs long programme. They are

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the Japanese, who qualified fourth

place. Miu Suzaki and Ryuichi

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Kihara.

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Kihara.

Trying to find that fine

line between delivering a strong,

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solid performance, but keeping

enough in reserve to deliver again

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in a few days' time.

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Side by side triple Lutzes.

Completely different timing on the

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entrance, but be exaggerated that

with the choreography.

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A little tight on the triple twist,

but the rotation was made.

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They have completed their two

throws. A stroke triple Lutz. A

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little overcooked on the take-off

from Kihara.

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Under rotated by her.

They are both

given scores just as doubles.

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Second throw. Triple Sal Cole again,

not quite right on the take-off.

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Somewhat lacking in romance at times

for Japan's Romeo and Juliet. Not

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quite balanced when he was letting

go.

This is where we saw trouble on

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the twist. The bit tide in the

catch, but they made the rotation.

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So the throat was fully rotated, but

landed on two feet. They will get

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credit for the rotation.

I think she

knows that is not their season's

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best.

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best. Three more competitions for

them to claw back into those medal

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places coming up tomorrow.

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Valentina Marchei and Ondrej

Hotarek.

Making their Olympic debut.

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What can they do with this free

programme?

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Much stronger than they have done

the triple twist in practice.

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Side by side triple toe loops they

want. Lovely.

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Triple Salchow, the bull double toe.

Excellent. Not sure about the camera

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angle, but the jumps were good.

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Gorgeous throw triple loop.

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One big element left. Triple Lutz.

Beautiful.

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What a show. That is how it feels to

get green boxes across the board.

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Look at that.

I knew that screen was

coming.

No mistakes at all from the

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Italians.

Good height and flight on

the tours. Making sure the right arm

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doesn't touch his shoulder. How is

that for timing?

Oh my goodness. It

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is big. 138.44 a whopping new

season's best. What a performance

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from the Italians. What applies to

bring your absolute best skating of

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the season.

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Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris

Knierim, got married in 2016. The

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crowd love that, they love a married

couple on the ice.

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Huge flight and beautiful control on

the triple twist.

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Triple Salchow. They went in side by

side triple Salchow. Just a slight

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step out.

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Second of triple jumps. Triple toe.

Chris, is down.

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Throw, triple flip. Slight touch

down with the left free fought on

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the landing. Rotation made.

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In have its moments, but some big

mistakes, and I think they are a bit

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disappointed by that one.

Not

prepared, not ready for that

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landing. Rotation fully made. So the

1-point mandatory deduction for the

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fall.

So, not far off their season's

best.

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best. If only Chris had stayed on

his feet, they could have seen a new

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best score for the Americans.

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If Megan Duhamel and Eric Radford

cannot recapture the top spot for

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Canada, then who can?

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Opening with the triple twist.

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Side triple Lutzes. -- side by side.

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Now the biggest element of the pairs

championship. If they go for it, it

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is a throw quadruple Salchow.

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is a throw quadruple Salchow. Take

that breath. They got it clean,

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hands down, but be made the

rotation.

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Throw triple Lutzes. Coming down.

Got it.

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CHEERING

Big tricks from Canada's big guns.

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That is surely enough to see them

back into the gold medal position.

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This is the quad. No question she

made that on one foot, cleaned to

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backwards. Triple Salchow. Double

toe loop, and another one.

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toe loop, and another one.

That is a

massive lead for them in the pairs

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free skating event. There are ten

points clear of the Italian in

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second. That does put Canada back up

to the top of the standings as we

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return to the ice for our final

couple for this pairs free skate

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competition, and they are the

recently crowned European bronze

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medallists.

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Triple toe loop, double toe loop,

double loop. Just to be slightly

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different in the combination.

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They would have wanted those to be

side by side triple Salchows.

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Very nice. The triple flip.

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A massive throw triple loop.

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Well, that will be costly. That is a

shame.

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CHEERING

Just an untimely trip. It just come

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out of nowhere.

You do well to say

that. She did not fully go to the

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floor. We will see if they get a

deduction on that or not.

133.2.

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There is the deduction for the trip.

It will prove costly, way down on

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their personal best. Let's have a

look at the pairs free skating

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results. Confirmation that Meagan

Duhamel and Eric Radford are out in

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front. They take the ten points. The

brilliant performance from the

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Italians in second, and the Olympic

Athletes From Russia after that

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costly trip, it means that they take

eight points and third position. And

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of course, this is a team event. We

can see how the team standings are

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going into the final day. Canada out

in front. The Olympic Athletes From

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Russia hold the sink -- the silver

medal position, but it is closed

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between them the United States.

It all comes down to tomorrow.

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between them the United States.

It all comes down to tomorrow. That

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will be taking place overnight. All

of those free programmes. There is a

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feast of figure skating if you have

night owl cravings. You can gorge

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yourself on all of that. The gold

medal will be presented in the small

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hours. Today was supposed to be the

day that the Winter Games might all

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Darder clashed head-on with the new.

The oldest, grandest occasion of

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them all, the men's downhill, was

supposed to take place on an equal

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billing with the men's snowboard

slopestyle. However, there was a

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howling gale at the course and the

downhill has been postponed until

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Friday, which meant that

snowboarding had the toppling today.

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It is staged on one of the scariest

alp in -- Alpine playgrounds you

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will see but it is child's play to

men like this, Ben Kilner,

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snowboarder supreme, two-time

Olympian with Great Britain. You

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were a half-pipe specialist but how

much does it get the juices flowing

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to see a course like this. It links

petrifying to novices like me. Do

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you really crave a go on a?

Yes, it

is amazing to watch.

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is amazing to watch. I just want to

go out there, and you can turn on

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your TV and it is near, it is

brilliant. The slopestyle made quite

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an impression on its debut in Sochi

a few years ago. Rather like your

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discipline, half-pipe, did towards

the end of the 1990s. How big an

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impression do you think that

slopestyle has made compared with

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what you experience when you were

growing up?

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I first saw half-pipe in 2002 at

Salt Lake City and I just remember

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these snowboarders going down, we

had the finish snowboarder, with the

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big mohawk. I was such a young lad

at the time. I just decided, I want

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to do that, I want to throw myself

upside down. It's sort of gathered

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more momentum. Snowboarding has

evolved so much. New tricks are

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being performed.

It keeps it very

exciting. That inspired you all

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these years ago to become a double

Olympian. I wonder how many kids are

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going to watch what we are about to

show you this afternoon and say, I'm

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going to do that. 12 finalists going

into this one. None of them Britons,

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sadly, but they got three runs each.

Their best one is the only one that

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counts. Do not move a muscle. You do

not want to miss this.

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counts. Do not move a muscle. You do

not want to miss this. The men's

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slopestyle final.

Marcus Kleveland, he has entered the

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slopestyle contest this year and he

has won three contests. There is no

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one in the world better than Marcus

Kleveland.

On paper anyway. Well,

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you jinxed him because he caught his

tail as he did the 270 onto that. It

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did not seem to affect him.

And

again.

Do you think he meant that?

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The 270 out of the box was new. The

gap to the backside is massive. That

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is my favourite bed. Real nice,

setting him up. Dropping in with the

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switch. Switch backside 1080. You

can see him tucking for the wind.

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Having to open up on the 1260 to

stop the rotation. Speed is his

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friend. Has he got the triple?

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friend. Has he got the triple?

1620.

The biggest spin we have seen so far

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at the Phoenix Park. Marcus

Kleveland does exactly what Jamie

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Nicholls called and comes out guns

blazing in the first run. There we

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go. Those are your leaders at the

moment. Carlos Garcia Knight, Marcus

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Kleveland, Mark

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Kleveland, Mark McMorris, Torgeir

Bergrem. Next, Staale Sandbech,

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style performer spied when it comes

to snowboarding.

-- style

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personified. Interestingly he was

winning a big jacket yesterday but

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he has stripped down.

Inner dynamics

are coming into play. They control

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it requires to switch up on the end

of that rail.

Really nice, a little

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100 neatly into a transition that

you cannot see from that image. How

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playful he is making this flick.

Little 180s into the transitions. He

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went a little bit bigger on the

first run on the Pyramid into the

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bowl. Into the takers, this is where

it really starts to count. A

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frontside 1000 1440.

-- 1000 440. He

has held on. Absolutely massive.

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has held on. Absolutely massive.

A

huge 1260 at the bottom.

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Back-to-back 1260s from the man from

Norway.

It looked like he was

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wrestling an invisible bear.

Try not

to look into his eyes. You will get

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lost. We are waiting for the scores

to come in. He is a man never far

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from a smile. You see around in

practice. The new leader. A massive

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score. Staale Sandbech moves up into

gold medal position.

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He just needs to clean up this run

and he should see a considerable

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hike in the scores. What he is doing

is good. Really nice. So difficult.

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The tail slide 450. On the hip.

He

looks uncharacteristically sketchy

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at the moment. It is always so

perfect with Mark McMorris. We are

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used to seeing it flow from him and

it's not at the moment, it looks

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like he is forcing it. Spinning

again to the direction of the skewed

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kicker.

Front triple. Well held. He

held on. Back triple, is it?

Yes.

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Anything you can do, Marcus

Kleveland, I can do. He cannot do it

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better, but he can do it.

He has

upped his game. You're right, he has

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turned the corkscrew, he has upped

the second and third jump from his

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first run. First place, 85.2!

That

is a good run.

Canada and Norway

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going toe to toe for gold at the

moment and it continues as Marcus

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Kleveland stands at the top of the

cause. He learned the double cork at

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11, triple Cork at 13 and landed the

quad Cork at 17.

Little mistake. The

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flow score will be through the roof

after that section. Looking really

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good so far. Doesn't seem to be

affected by the pressure. He is

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absolutely drinking this in. He has

gone. He has dropped it.

We rarely

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see this. He was going for his

little shifty trick on the end of

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that 540, wasn't he?

That is

amazing. I love that.

The wizardry

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that Marcus Kleveland is capable of.

Once you start to slow things down

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you get absolute magic like that.

Mark McMorris, looking very, very

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happy at the moment. There is still

one run left here at the men's

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snowboard Slopestyle finals. Mark

McMorris, currently in Gold medal

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position. Staale Sandbech, in silver

and Carlos Garcia Knight, rounds up

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the top three. The fans here in

Phoenix Park enjoying themselves, we

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have had an incredible show so far.

The superpowers of snowballed

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Slopestyle going toe to toe. This is

the third and final run. Staale

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Sandbech, one of the most gifted

snowboarders in the world. His third

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Olympics. Already has a silver

medal. He has got what it takes.

I

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was just about to say, you just

needs to clean this up. His first

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run had mistakes, second run with

mistakes. If he can clean it up, he

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is going to be looking good.

That is

such a good line.

He is packing a

0:50:550:51:04

lot in, but he is not slowing down,

is he? Needs to pick up some speed

0:51:040:51:11

here.

Looking good into the jumps.

Come on, Staale Sandbech. There is

0:51:110:51:18

two and three and a half. He has

gone. Commentator's curse.

He hasn't

0:51:180:51:25

looked comfortable on the first

kicker, has he?

No. 38.13, Staale

0:51:250:51:33

Sandbech has a long and agonising

wait to see if the best in the game

0:51:330:51:37

can overhaul his score.

0:51:370:51:42

can overhaul his score. So, Redmond

Gerard, the young rider on all

0:51:450:51:48

American hopes are pinned.

Come on,

he has got a lot of pressure. He is

0:51:480:51:57

well respected, well liked and loved

in the snowboard community.

Six of

0:51:570:52:04

seven kids. He built a snow piled in

his back garden in Colorado.

And he

0:52:040:52:11

does this. Shift apple three on that

one. There is a new desktop

0:52:110:52:20

screensaver. Through the ball.

0:52:200:52:25

screensaver. Through the ball.

He is

letting the nose of the board clip

0:52:260:52:28

the rail on the way over. He needs

the speed through here.

0:52:280:52:36

the speed through here.

Switch

backside. Much better speed.

He has

0:52:370:52:43

landed that one.

0:52:430:52:49

landed that one. He is willing this

arm and he has got a triple. Red

0:52:490:52:56

Gerard, cat amongst the pigeons. You

were talking about pressure, the

0:52:560:53:00

whole of America, the pressure on

his shoulders and he has gone and

0:53:000:53:06

delivered. That was clean. This is

incredible.

0:53:060:53:19

87.16 foot Red Gerard. Three riders

left to drop. All have the pedigree,

0:53:190:53:33

the repertoire and experience to

take down Red Gerard. The first of

0:53:330:53:38

them to drop is Mark McMorris, most

successful Slopestyle rider in

0:53:380:53:42

history.

Really night top rail

section.

Technical. Very nearly

0:53:420:53:52

coming up short and came up early.

He has this step it up. First time

0:53:520:54:01

he got but really well-balanced.

Now

he needs the jumper run of his life

0:54:010:54:06

here. Switch backside 1260. He needs

all the speed he can get here.

0:54:060:54:18

all the speed he can get here. It is

there. Absolutely huge. Hold your

0:54:180:54:21

nerve, Mark McMorris.

No! He has

gone. Red Gerard hugging current

0:54:210:54:32

bronze medal position Staale

Sandbech. Man Mark McMorris, the

0:54:320:54:37

bronze medallist in Sochi knows now

about the gold medal will now elude

0:54:370:54:42

him.

0:54:420:54:47

him. Strap yourselves in, Marcus

Kleveland, this kid is on paper, the

0:54:470:54:52

best Slopestyle rider in the well.

He has failed to put down a clean

0:54:520:54:57

run in the first and second percent.

Can he do it now, when it matters?

0:54:570:55:03

-- dissent.

0:55:030:55:05

He is literally taking a bath in a

pressure cooker right now.

0:55:100:55:13

Unbelievable.

Huge switch. He will

be feeling this run. Look how slow

0:55:130:55:20

he is. He is so relaxed.

There is

one, there is two and there is

0:55:200:55:26

three.

The backside 1080 has been

his undoing. The switch backside

0:55:260:55:33

1080 is his undoing.

0:55:330:55:41

1080 is his undoing. The man who has

been forcing square pegs into round

0:55:420:55:46

holes for the first two runs, is he

going to try the frontside triple?

0:55:460:55:53

He wants this, it is the only way

he's going to take gold now, is if

0:55:530:55:56

he can do a frontside triple because

the rest of his run isn't strong

0:55:560:56:01

enough without it.

0:56:010:56:09

enough without it. 270 on Bartlett

slide on the down bar. Backside 360,

0:56:090:56:15

one 80. He has been flawless through

these rails.

Needs to take it easy

0:56:150:56:23

on the backside rodeo. Hold your

breath. Three and a half, there is

0:56:230:56:32

the 1260 out of the way. That is

speed with him? Just the double.

He

0:56:320:56:40

has played safe, he has not unveiled

the triple.

0:56:400:56:51

1440, to finish. He steers clear of

the triple on the second jump. What

0:56:520:56:56

do the do now? The judges have got a

huge decision to make now.

0:56:560:57:07

huge decision to make now. It is

silver medal position for Max

0:57:090:57:13

Parrot. The American 17-year-old,

Red Gerard, ban storms the

0:57:130:57:21

Slopestyle finals. Mark McMorris

will be bronze again. Max Parrot

0:57:210:57:26

makes it silver. The Norwegians are

left wanting.

Essentially turned up

0:57:260:57:31

with a packet of cranes and

delivered and Manet.

That lived up

0:57:310:57:39

to all expectation. The men's

Slopestyle results confirm. Red

0:57:390:57:44

Gerard will take the gold medal back

to The States. Max Parrot in silver,

0:57:440:57:50

Mark McMorris in bronze. Red Gerard,

the American meat in a Canadian

0:57:500:57:59

sandwich. Gold medal, but the kid

from Colorado at the first time of

0:57:590:58:05

asking. Congratulations.

0:58:050:58:16

You can imagine life will be

different for him when he gets home.

0:58:170:58:24

I was surprised to even make it to

the finals of the Olympics and to

0:58:240:58:28

get first is above me, I don't know

what is going on.

You weren't the

0:58:280:58:33

absolute favourite going into this

contest?

I wasn't even close. Canada

0:58:330:58:38

and Norway have some of the best

riders. Canada has so many good

0:58:380:58:45

riders. It amazes me, Mark and Max

landed some of the best jumps.

When

0:58:450:58:53

you went into the third run, what

were you thinking?

I just wanted to

0:58:530:58:58

land a run. Every competition, just

land a run and then it is up to the

0:58:580:59:04

judges.

They are like policeman,

getting younger and

0:59:040:59:08

judges.

They are like policeman,

getting younger and younger. Only 17

0:59:080:59:10

and the youngest American Olympic

champion for 90 years and the second

0:59:100:59:15

youngest in an individual event at

the Winter Olympics in history. He

0:59:150:59:19

was 11 out of the 12 going into the

final run. He had one run left and

0:59:190:59:26

he made it count.

Heat two

everything down on the line. He took

0:59:260:59:30

a different approach. A lot of the

riders were hitting the jumps

0:59:300:59:36

straight on, he came on at the side

and to the judges, that is different

0:59:360:59:39

and that is what they look out for.

How was this guy regarded when he

0:59:390:59:44

came in. He was well-known to

everybody, but is he the young kid

0:59:440:59:50

on the block?

He was a contender,

but I don't think the guys saw how

0:59:500:59:55

serious he was when he came into The

Games.

Here he is, it was this trick

0:59:551:00:01

coming up bridges, and you will

correct me if I am wrong, the triple

1:00:011:00:06

backside cork 1440I am told, which

1:00:061:00:08

correct me if I am wrong, the triple

backside cork 1440I am told, which

1:00:081:00:09

made the difference, how difficult

is that?

It is hard, the conditions

1:00:091:00:15

are ICL bear. Getting the triple

Cork in and making sure they are

1:00:151:00:21

landing far down the landing is the

trick for these guys.

When they gave

1:00:211:00:28

him the teddy bear, it was

appropriate.

It took a few years off

1:00:281:00:33

is already young age.

Not being

rated for the medals, to be standing

1:00:331:00:39

there when they represented,

extraordinary. It is Max Parrot of

1:00:391:00:42

Canada and Mark McMorris with his

second bronze, as he did in Sochi,

1:00:421:00:50

the sandwich with him in the middle

of it.

1:00:501:00:57

His history, building his own skate

park in the back garden, having been

1:00:581:01:03

living -- having been leading in

Ohio and then moving to Colorado, it

1:01:031:01:08

is a wonderful the story.

It shows

you what is possible? Yes, he has

1:01:081:01:12

moved to Colorado and done

everything that is good for him in

1:01:121:01:16

snowboarding. It has worked a treat

on getting him on the podium.

You

1:01:161:01:20

have brought your snowboard along.

This is a half-pipe board. It is not

1:01:201:01:24

far removed from the slopestyle

board. Tell me about the spatial

1:01:241:01:28

awareness you need in order to be

able to control this.

The difference

1:01:281:01:32

between slopestyle and half-pipe is

mostly down to the edges. The

1:01:321:01:37

half-pipe guys normally sharpening

edges, razor sharp, because they are

1:01:371:01:41

not taking the real features.

Sometimes the rails would catch. It

1:01:411:01:46

would be interesting to see how the

guys prepared their edges for the

1:01:461:01:51

slopestyle course. It is obviously

very icy. They do not want to lose

1:01:511:01:54

their grip but they do not want to

stick on the rails.

What about the

1:01:541:01:59

spatial awareness? In terms of

trampolining and all of the snow

1:01:591:02:04

training that you do, I'll be

spending lots of time on that

1:02:041:02:08

particularly?

Yes, you will find

that most of the guys in trampoline

1:02:081:02:12

centres all across the world. I know

that when Team GB go out to Colorado

1:02:121:02:17

the straight into the trampoline

centres, training with the likes of

1:02:171:02:21

Red Gerard, who is always there. I

always remember seeing this little

1:02:211:02:26

kid jumping around, and seeing him

there today, it has obviously

1:02:261:02:29

helped.

It is a kind of pinch me

moment, from your perspective?

Yes,

1:02:291:02:35

it is crazy her first snowboarding

has come. I was saying earlier,

1:02:351:02:39

there was no career in snowboarding,

nowadays, varies.

People are

1:02:391:02:44

accepting the sport as a job. 20

years ago was when it first started,

1:02:441:02:50

1998. Read Gerald will go in the big

air as well, which will be an

1:02:501:02:55

impactful event. He could become the

first snowboarder to win two medals

1:02:551:03:02

in a single Olympics. You're also a

former team-mate of Andrew Musgrave

1:03:021:03:04

and cross-country. He has also been

going to a third Olympic Games. You

1:03:041:03:09

competed in two. If you were not

familiar with what happened today,

1:03:091:03:13

Andrew Musgrave, winning Number 10

in the skiathlon today, what an

1:03:131:03:19

incredible performance from the man

who started out at the Huntley

1:03:191:03:23

Nordic ski centre a good few years

ago. He was second with four

1:03:231:03:31

kilometres to go and came home in

seventh place. That's matches his

1:03:311:03:36

own personal best of 20 Ninth Place

in the Olympic Games. That was Great

1:03:361:03:40

Britain's best ever results. Andrew

has come home in seventh place. You

1:03:401:03:45

know him well. Can you sum up what

that is going to do for anybody who

1:03:451:03:49

has ambitions to compete on skinny

skis in this country?

Andrew has

1:03:491:03:54

been one of those driven guys who

has won sole purpose and that is to

1:03:541:03:59

win a gold medal. When I last spoke

to Andrew, he has never been happy

1:03:591:04:06

with any of his results. Even his

seventh place today, you still was

1:04:061:04:09

not happy. I know exactly where he

is aiming and that is a gold medal.

1:04:091:04:15

He has the 15 km to common that it

is best event on Friday. He has the

1:04:151:04:20

team event as well, and if km. He

has got Byron Lawrence, it is

1:04:201:04:26

extraordinary.

I have seen some of

the training videos, and I know the

1:04:261:04:31

coaches and staff around him have

been pushing him hard. He is

1:04:311:04:34

maturing into a real athlete.

He has

real medal potential. You will be

1:04:341:04:39

able to see more of his progress

because we will have a special

1:04:391:04:45

report with accessibility to

behind-the-scenes story with Andrew

1:04:451:04:50

and his family on her programme

tonight at seven o'clock. Thank you,

1:04:501:04:54

I am looking forward to picking your

brain over the next few days for

1:04:541:04:57

more of the snowboarding events. You

can see we are now in the house. We

1:04:571:05:01

are moving from boards to brims. I

have giving this a go. It is useless

1:05:011:05:07

for housework, but it is quite good

in an Olympic setting. Everybody

1:05:071:05:14

went curling crazy and Nagano. I am

sure you were part of that. We are

1:05:141:05:18

hoping that starts again. The first

event which was started before the

1:05:181:05:28

Olympics began was the mixed

curling. Let's remind you of the

1:05:281:05:31

basics of this rather ancient sport.

Curling originated in 16th century

1:05:311:05:40

Scotland and appeared in the very

first Winter Olympic Games of 1924.

1:05:401:05:45

Great Britain won the gold medal.

The aim of curling is to get more

1:05:451:05:49

stones closer to the centre of the

scoring area, known as the house,

1:05:491:05:55

than your opponent. Sweeping is a

key part. It affects the distance

1:05:551:05:58

and direction of the stone travels

in. Tactics are crucial, in

1:05:581:06:03

particular retaining last stone

advantage, known as the hammer. In

1:06:031:06:09

the men's and women's events, there

are four mogul players in each team,

1:06:091:06:11

known as a rink, who have two stones

for each end. Matches are over ten

1:06:111:06:18

ends. This year sees the addition of

mixed doubles in the Olympic

1:06:181:06:24

programme, shorter, more dynamic

event played over eight ends,

1:06:241:06:27

instead of the traditional pen.

Now we knew that in this new mixed

1:06:271:06:32

team event it was Canada, Russia and

Switzerland who had already booked

1:06:321:06:35

their places in the semifinals.

There was one more Place up for

1:06:351:06:39

grabs and it was a straight fight in

a tie-breaker after the round robin

1:06:391:06:43

matches between China and Norway.

Interestingly, the Chinese had

1:06:431:06:48

beaten the Norwegians 9-3 earlier on

the same day. Would it be deja vu.

1:06:481:06:55

Jackie Lockhart and Steve Cram on

commentary. Now, the power play from

1:06:551:07:00

Norway. You notice that the stones,

instead of being placed on the

1:07:001:07:03

centre line are off to one side. Now

we have the yellow stone, so the

1:07:031:07:08

back stone is on the eight feet. The

other stone is placed as a guard.

1:07:081:07:15

You and I have been chatting all

week about the power play, how to

1:07:151:07:19

plate. How different teams and

attack it. It is meant to be an

1:07:191:07:25

opportunity for the team invoking

the power play to score big.

We have

1:07:251:07:28

not really seen much of that this

week.

You were saying about the

1:07:281:07:35

Canadians, trying the shot, to move

the guide.

Yes, the Canadians were

1:07:351:07:43

trying to take the red out of the

house. Actually, just moving it

1:07:431:07:47

across, into the centre. There is

the option that you can probably

1:07:471:07:51

move it into the house.

1:07:511:07:57

move it into the house. It is not a

bad shot, what she has done there.

1:07:571:08:06

Quite opposition -- quite often, we

have seen the opposition say, I do

1:08:091:08:13

not care that you put the corner

there. What are you going to do

1:08:131:08:16

about it? There is a real mismatch.

In some ways, even by doing that, by

1:08:161:08:26

making teams think in trying to come

up with the strategy they are happy

1:08:261:08:31

with, it is just altering, instead

of the normal possessions but might

1:08:311:08:35

it is changing the dynamics of the

end. Nothing wrong with that. Not

1:08:351:08:42

curling another for Skaslien.

Yes,

they have decided to leave it high.

1:08:421:08:48

It is OK, angle wise. This is

forcing China to try and freeze. To

1:08:481:08:58

come round behind the high yellow,

the Jelle we see at the top of the

1:08:581:09:02

house, and freeze on top of the wine

or in the tee line.

1:09:021:09:10

or in the tee line. -- on top of the

stone on the tee line. It will have

1:09:121:09:15

to be a good shot. Even if he does

not make it. He wants to finish

1:09:151:09:22

high. Anything behind is no good to

him at all. You can see de Klerk

1:09:221:09:27

on-screen. They are claiming it.

Normally we would expect to see 14,

1:09:271:09:41

that would be a nice tee weight. It

was a little bit light. Lots of the

1:09:411:09:49

players like to tender stone so they

know roughly where they are going to

1:09:491:09:52

finish at the other end. He did not

make that stone, that opportunity

1:09:521:09:58

was missed. This will be a hit for

Norway. They have three shots as

1:09:581:10:09

long as this stays in the house.

So,

five stones in place. From this

1:10:091:10:15

point on, you can take a stone out

of the house, not before this,

1:10:151:10:19

though.

1:10:191:10:26

Quite happy to catch the stone and

rolled to the other side of the

1:10:271:10:31

house.

It looks that that is what is

going to happen.

Not much of a role.

1:10:311:10:36

Trying to keep separation.

1:10:361:10:44

Ba Dexin deciding to hit the red, to

take the yellow out to the left-hand

1:10:551:10:58

side. They read that he has head

should jam, and the shooter could

1:10:581:11:05

also roll across you could

potentially light two Reds at the

1:11:051:11:09

top of the house. Something for him

to use, if necessary, especially as

1:11:091:11:14

he does not have the hammer in this

end. The hammer being the last stone

1:11:141:11:19

advantage.

Yes, and the idea would

be that there would be one on either

1:11:191:11:24

side at the top of the house, it

gives them more of an option later.

1:11:241:11:28

Whoa. Whoa.

He does not want to lose

his shooter.

That is going to go. It

1:11:341:11:42

looked heavy from the start. He

asked her not to sweep it. She was

1:11:421:11:48

not listening. She did not sweep

much, to be fair. I do not think she

1:11:481:11:52

made that much difference.

It is

more his fault.

How he set it off.

1:11:521:11:58

At least they are laughing about it.

1:11:581:12:04

Any big score at this point, you

have to mag relevance after this.

1:12:111:12:17

They would like to have the hammer

in the final end.

Even if you are

1:12:171:12:23

the four shots ahead, we have seen

teams pick up a four, go to an extra

1:12:231:12:28

end. It is not over, this game,

until it is over. Unless the team

1:12:281:12:34

feels that there are just not

playing the shots technically well

1:12:341:12:37

enough to continue. We have seen

ends were Euro three up and you

1:12:371:12:44

think it is that Tim's game, and all

of a sudden, their opponents are

1:12:441:12:48

knocking at the door and saying,

here we come. They're just wanting

1:12:481:12:54

this to sit on the tee line, just a

little further back if possible. To

1:12:541:12:58

take off any angles. There is a

double still there. They lacked on

1:12:581:13:05

and on to the other one near his

fit.

They have called that.

1:13:051:13:15

Yes, he either had to leave that one

much higher, or it has to be back

1:13:181:13:23

and dead level, so it is very

difficult to do and across the house

1:13:231:13:26

double.

It is one thing to go back.

I think he was doing that

1:13:261:13:31

intentionally.

Six inches, ten

inches short. Too short. Easy for us

1:13:311:13:40

to say appear. The wizards behind

the glass.

1:13:401:13:50

the glass. -- to say up here. This

is an opportunity for Ba Dexin to

1:13:501:13:56

remove some of these stone.

1:13:561:14:02

remove some of these stone. That

just curl too much.

1:14:041:14:10

Well, China only have one more stone

left. Just the little momentum

1:14:111:14:17

swings. I agree. They have been

hanging on a little bit. In the end

1:14:171:14:21

before, they picked up the two, but

Norway have had several big chances

1:14:211:14:26

what -- which China have got away

with.

1:14:261:14:29

The power play for Norway. You

imagine they will want to get at

1:14:341:14:38

least two as they can.

1:14:381:14:46

They are sitting two at the moment.

If he gets this, he wants to make

1:14:481:14:53

sure he lives with three shots.

1:14:531:15:01

He would have loved that to have

moved further across.

It is not bad.

1:15:011:15:05

If he tries the double, he will lose

his shooter.

1:15:051:15:12

his shooter.

He will not want to

give away four. They will want to

1:15:121:15:15

move both of those. Two will be OK,

you're one down with two ends left.

1:15:151:15:22

You do not want to give four away.

He just has to catch have the yellow

1:15:221:15:27

on the left-hand side is we're

looking at. Hopefully he will catch

1:15:271:15:32

back on and both of will go.

1:15:321:15:40

The danger is too thin.

1:15:401:15:50

I don't think this is her favourite

type of shot, Wang Rui. She is

1:15:501:16:01

watching the line.

I think it is too

much. She has missed it. That is how

1:16:011:16:08

you get the big scores in the power

play.

It is not her shot.

1:16:081:16:16

Commentator's purse. All week she

has been missing those.

1:16:161:16:27

has been missing those. It draws

nice, playing that sort of game.

1:16:291:16:33

When she needs the big power shots,

they just sometimes are not there.

1:16:331:16:41

So, chance of for here...

And an

easy chance, this is an open goal,

1:16:411:16:50

isn't it?

Bread and butter shot of

mixed doubles.

1:16:501:16:57

She has left it to Magnus to do the

work.

It looks fine.

Just had to be

1:17:051:17:12

in the house.

Significant score the

Norway and be moved to a three shot

1:17:121:17:18

lead.

Studio-macro China under it now. We

1:17:181:17:24

would join this in the penultimate

seventh end. No wait, three in the

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house and China, three stones

remaining. COMMENTATOR: It is going

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to come down to these big shots now.

No more room for error.

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No more room for error. China, they

have had a good week, particularly

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in the latter stages of the round

robin. That is an nice shot. She is

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trying to sweep it across.

It is OK.

Chinese ladies team up in the

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audience, supporting the mixed

doubles.

You could take both of

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those yellow stones out.

He has

built a lovely nest on that side.

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All of them behind. Lovely red guard

outside the house.

His task is to

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get in front of those three reds. He

has tried it twice now without much

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success. Third time lucky, as far as

he is concerned. Magnus Nedregotten.

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He needs a very good shot, otherwise

he could be facing...

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he could be facing...

Doesn't want

to bounce off anything.

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to bounce off anything. Just wants

to sit. It is an OK shot. It depends

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the angle that Ba Dexin can see.

He

is having a look to see if he can

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squeeze it out. I think he is going

to get rid of these other two. They

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have two stones left.

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have two stones left.

If he takes a

double here, then Norway have to

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make sure the

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make sure the line in the first

shot. Otherwise there is a shot for

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the red down in the yellow pack.

Again, Ba Dexin, a couple of

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takeouts, not gone well for him.

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Got his eyes on the two yellow

stones on the other side of the

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house.

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Missed.

He has just missed. That is

a definite one shot. I cannot tell

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who is lying bigger other side.

I

think it is Norway. As we keep

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saying, very close is not quite good

enough in this. That yellow on the

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left, as you look at it, is it lying

second? I think it is.

I think you

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could be right.

For Norway, this is

damage limitation. Keep them to one,

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even two.

She wants to take the red

out and lie first and second shot.

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She is going to hit this on the

nose. She is not shouting very much,

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but her the answer is doing plenty

of sweeping. It is not going to sit,

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is it?

Bit of a shame, she really

needed to...

He is looking to see if

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they have got the fourth shot. You

see the two that

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see the two that are in the

turquoise circle. He is thinking, if

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I move that one, how many will I

have?

They have got the opportunity

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to come within anticlockwise

rotation, centre out and catch the

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inside of the yellow. It will take

one of the red back one out, but

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there is a possibility of three.

I

think that is what he is checking,

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the outer stone, if you like, is

not, excuse me, the Norwegian one on

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the far side is not closer.

Yes.

They must think they have got a

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chance.

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That is interesting.

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It could be a two.

She has given it

to China herself. He is looking at

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the back of the stone, rather than

the inside. He wants a measure.

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There is a small bile underneath

that catches the edge of the stone.

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It is China.

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It is China. China pick up two in

their power play.

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It is all or nothing the China,

final end. We join it with two

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stones left for each team.

This is

the game where he needs to be at his

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best.

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It was a good try.

Norway are going

to have to drive that read at the

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top of the house onto the red in the

centre and try and squeeze it in

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between the two yellows.

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between the two yellows.

One thing

he doesn't want to do if it doesn't

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come off, is hit the yellow that is

in the bit above...

You don't want

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to jam both of them, that is for

sure. Plan B would be to catch it on

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the inside, if anything. He needs

this on the nose. Excellent shot.

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That is a good result.

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That is a good result. Here is the

draw he was talking about. Has she

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got room to come through there or

not? Just having a look at it.

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Because the yellow is high at the

top of the housing might have cut

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down her angle for the draw in

there. Which way do she go? This is

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a difficult shot. That is where she

wants to finish, but how she gets in

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there without catching one of the

yellows to chip it over a little.

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OK, she has 47 seconds to play this.

If she catches that yellow very

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thinly under way in, there is a

secondary shot where she moves

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across and taps the top yellow out

and it is still sitting short.

Even

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if she kisses the yellow ever so

slightly and it has a bit of a role,

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it is still sitting height of the

yellow in the back. It won't be an

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easy shot to be removed. There is a

possibility she could jam it she has

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stood give herself every

opportunity, 17 seconds.

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opportunity, 17 seconds.

Last stone

for China.

This is a big weight, she

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is going with here.

That is it.

Game

over.

That is a handshake. Norway

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will go to the semifinals and face

Canada after an excellent match,

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played really well. It was all in

their power play, they used it to

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huge advantage in the sixth end and

the couple who are engaged, all

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smiles. At acknowledging the

support. China have had an excellent

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competition. Just came up short at

the end, they beat Norway this

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morning to force this tie-break

matched. However, when it came to

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the last couple of ends, Norway,

hanging onto their nerve and hanging

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onto the win. They go through,

beating China 9-7 and they will face

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Canada in the semifinal tomorrow.

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In the other semifinal you have

Switzerland up against the Russians.

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In the full-sized curling events,

Great Britain's both teams will be

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underway on Wednesday. Let's have a

look at the medal table which shows

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Germany at the top of the standings.

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What is coming your way? Plenty of

the wintry stuff night or day.

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That is it, we are off to find a

decent broom but this studio, the

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last one was terrible. But we will

leave you with pictures of the day.

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Kruger is the Winter Olympic

champion. Andrew Musgrave in seven.

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Redmond Gerard, ban storms the men's

vinyl.

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