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Day 4 in Pyeongchang is still not
done and it has been an up and down
one for Team GB. The skeleton riders
are posting good times. Elise
Christie got through to the final of
the 500 metres. This is what
the 500 metres. This is what
happened. They get away first time.
Van Kerkhof not with with a great
start. Elise Christie behind
Minjeong. Boutin of Canada is in
second. Elise Christie has work to
do. We know she has the speed in her
legs. Christie trying to get the
inside line. Christie tries to make
it on the inside. She is third. And
Christie crashes out. Christie is
out again. It is a photo finish on
the line between Fontana and Choi
Minjeong. In her quest for gold,
Elise Christie ends up on the floor
again. She crashed out of final four
years ago and history repeats itself
years ago and history repeats itself
in Korea. Rhianna Fontana awarded
the gold and Choi Minjeong was
disqualified. That didn't help Elise
Christie. She crossed the line in
fifth place, promoted to fourth.
That means again, four years to the
day she was disqualified in Sochi
no, medal for Elise Christie. After
she was very emotional.
very disappointed, tell us if you
can what is going through your mind
Just I was knocked over,
I didn't fall on my own. I don't
want this in a final. I don't give
you any penalty when somebody gets a
penalty. Just tough. I worked so
hard for the 500. It's just been
taken away from me. Even in the
semi-final I got crashed in. And
then ended up in lane 4. I know it's
short track and I'm supposed to be
prepared for this, but it still
We all feel for you now.
There is millions of people watching
back home and have seen your journey
and are supporting you. You have
come back from this before and I'm
sure you're strong enough to do it
Yeah, hopefully. I have a few
days to reset and obviously it's
about still almost a week until my
best distance. So the positive is...
I don't know. Right now I just keep
living with this feeling, you know?
It's out of my control. I got
knocked Ove and that's that.
have a lot of strong people behind
you, your mum is here, Charlotte and
Martin your roommate. But as you
said, there is a lot to build on
there. Two Olympic records, it
wasn't to be tonight but your
favourite distances to come. You may
not feel like it now, but there are
positives to take.
I'm just, I don't think I will be
taking much positives tonight.
Listen, Elise, thanks very much. We
are so sorry it didn't go your way,
but we will be supporting you on
How can you take positives
in the immediate aftermath?
bearable to watch her so upset. She
does have a few days. She has time
to have a look at it and analyse it
with the team and put it behind her
and move on. She still has the two
distances to go, which are her
It is not a bad thing to
show your feelings. It is not bad to
show how much you care.
she had been the ice queen and said
this different affect me, none of us
would believe her. We have seen she
has this amazing personality, we
want her to feel that pain, we feel
that pain. She needs to get that out
and explore her true feelings so
park them and move on.
Interestingly, she touched on it in
the interview, I wonder if her head
the mistake was made in the
semi-final of not winning the
semi-final and not getting one of
the inside two lanes?
You can do
that and look at it with hind sight.
But if she was going to win that
semi-final she would have. So I
don't think there is a lot of point
in looking back at what could have
been. You can see her hand was taken
away from her. If she hadn't fallen
and what could have been.
Shaolin, a world champion himself.
They're in there with you and have
been through it yourself. Shaolin
there. He will know exactly what
this means to her and what she's
really feeling and he will feel
protective of her.
there is no way of appeal. Even
though we have seen the shots that
suggest that it wasn't Elise's
fault. Her hand was taken away and
her hand actually balancing probably
over a third of her body weight
taken by van Kerkhof.
Who got the
silver medal. She had no hope of
staying on her feet under those
conditions. So very sad for her.
What are they seeing? Why didn't
they do a disqualification.
can't appeal after the decisions
have been made. So they have all the
different angles and they can look
at the cameras and they will make
the decision. Once that has been
announced, then it's over.
all made one disqualification.
all made one disqualification. Choi
Minjeong got disqualified and Boutin
got bumped up and she was lucky to
We thought she would be
Things might have
happened differently. They didn't.
This what is we have to deal with.
And this what is Elise Christie has
to deal with and she is going to
feel dreadful. But the point about
her is the come back queen. She
knows how to pick herself up and she
can do that. The 1,500 and the 1,000
metres to come. And she is world
champion. She will be OK. Now cross
country skiing. Today saw the finals
of the men's and women's sprints.
They qualify by tile and then go
head-to-head. It takes place at the
Alpensia centre. Over to our comment
ray team. -- commentary team.
COMMENTATOR: The adrenaline will be
flowing. Does history beckon for
Falla. She is the defending and the
world champion. Hanna Falk missed a
medal last year. In the World
Championships. Diggins silver last
year in the World Championship. She
doesn't look overawed. Here we go.
year in the World Championship. She
doesn't look overawed. Here we go.
The women's sprint final. We can
feel our adrenaline going. How must
they be feeling.
they be feeling. There is Fallin the
defending champion. Will one try and
strike up that brutal climb? Nilsson
is going for it. It is only 1.2K.
But it will already be hurting after
the rounds of qualification. This
medal is earned the hard way.
such a hard race. I think for them
nothing less than gold will be
enough. One will end up with it.
wouldn't like the pick it at the
moment. Very tight around that
Nilsson has the advantage over the
Nilsson always the silver
medallist. Always the bridesmaid. Is
this to be her day to shine in these
freezing conditions? Falla's coming
back though. What can Falla do to
try and defend her crown in Nilsson
has the edge.
Falla will fight to
the line. It is not enough of a gap
to let up. As they come around
to let up. As they come around the
corner, Falla has some ability.
Nilsson being roared on by the
Swedes in the crowd.
Swedes in the crowd. Maiken Falla
knows no man or woman has
successfully defended this title.
But Nilsson is pulling further away
from the defending and world
champion. Berorukova may even catch
her. Gold is sown up.
her. Gold is sown up. Stina Nilsson,
they call her silver Stina. No more
it is all gold. Falla is second and
Berorukova is third. No one was
going to deny Stina Nilsson the
victory. That was superb against a
great champion, who she finally
forced down into silver. What a
victory for the swooefd. -- Swede.
Fantastic as they got over the top
of the hill, they were locked
head-to-head. At the end it was an
easy victory. That was incredible.
Such a good ski by her.
finally on top it is silver this
time for Maiken Falla and Berorukova
time for Maiken Falla and Berorukova
STUDIO: Stina Nilsson wins in the
cross country sprint. That looks
like it is short and sweet. But they
have been through a lot of rounds.
She has worked really hard for this.
In the men's version. Britain's
Andrew Young struggled with illness
and didn't make it through to the
knock out stages, but here what
happened in the final.
knock out stages, but here what
happened in the final. COMMENTATOR:
The snow has stopped and sky
Is this the moment? Is this the
night and the moment where Johannes
Klaebo turns it into Olympic glory.
He is making a bit of a statement
with the pink shades.
The Swedes cheering on
their man. So many Norwegians have
also made the journey here to
Pyeongchang. It is a freezing night,
but their evening will be warmed if
the 21-year-old star in the making
delivers on the biggest occasion of
There is Hakola, the qualifier.
Klaebo, the new dominant force in
cross country sprinting. But this is
the biggest test of his life.
Federico Pelligrino, the reigning
world champion from Italy.
Bolshunov. This is the cross country
sprint final for men. Watch the
Pellegrino is the defending world
champion, wearing nine. And
Bolshunov on the outside, trying to
put Klaebo under pressure. A nation
expects. Can Klaebo deliver?
Bolshunov going to the front and
that will not panic the young
Norwegian at the moment. Pellegrino
currently in third trying to close
the gap on the two young pretenders
ahead of him. Bolshunov from Klaebo.
These two are opening up a gap
already on the field. Bolshunov
tried this in the semifinal, trying
to get in front and get it his own
way. Didn't work out in the
semifinal. Will it work out in the
final? I don't think so.
Bolshunov is doing everything he can
to give himself the opportunity to
cause a huge upset. The favourite is
Klaebo, there is still doubt. But
being the favourite, you have to
deliver. And Pellegrino, the world
champion, not too far behind in
There is a bit of a gap. I
think Pellegrino is doing a really
good job over the top of the hills
to close the gap. At a fantastic
second half in the semifinal. I
expect him to put on the jets any
time now. If he gets to the
right-hand side of Bolshunov you
will have a clear lane to push
forward. He really goes for it over
He's driving and pushing.
He has the weight of a nation on his
shoulders. He's carrying that
favourite tag. At the moment he is
living up to the hype. He has his
own unique style and he is streaking
away from a world-class field here.
On the most brutal incline. He has
made it look easy. Alexander
Bolshunov is in second. World
champion Pellegrino in third. But
surely, this is Klaebo's to take. It
was a monstrous climb and he did it
He burst of the field
apart as he went over the top of a
hill. As we said before, quite
tight, but over the top of the field
he suddenly has clear space and he
can most cruise home now. But I'm
pretty sure he will keep on pushing
as he goes around the corner.
watching a separate battle here.
Klaebo has looked over his shoulder.
He has taken apart some superb
challenges here. He is miles clear.
You don't see sprint races won by
this margin. Alexander Bolshunov is
winning the battle for silver at the
moment but a world champion from
Italy is trying to close him down. A
glorious night for Klaebo, living up
to all the hype and expectation. A
new star is born tonight here in
new star is born tonight here in.
The star man delivering under the
most immense pressure with
phenomenal style and grace. Klaebo,
remember his name Commies saw his
first Winter Olympic gold right here
in Pyeongchang. -- remember his
name, we saw his first Winter
Olympic gold. Still waiting to find
out who gets silver and bronze.
Pellegrino confirmed for the silver
medal. Amazing from him.
By two one
hundredths of a second. Klaebo was
already easing up at the line.
Klaebo is the Winter Olympic sprint
champion, and how he did it in
style. World champion Pellegrino in
second and Bolshunov takes bronze.
STUDIO: Very impressive from
Norway's Klaebo, the leader of the
World Cup sprint standings. Taking a
gold medal here for Norway.
Team GB set a target of five medals
for the Winter Olympic Games. They
sent their biggest team, one that
had never had so much money invested
in it in the build-up. Things not
going to plan first off, but Elise
Christie made the final of the 500
metres, where she tumbled out of
contention and finished in fourth
place. This was the reaction of Mike
Hay, Team GB's chef de mission.
Thanks for joining us. I'm sure
watching that and watching how Elise
Christie was afterwards, I'm sure
you are as despondent as everyone
Like everyone else, it's
a tough sport to watch. It's never
over until it's done, and even the
winning girl got it as qualified at
the end of the day. This belief is
and disappointed for Elise. --
disbelief and disappointment. This
will be tough tonight, but they will
get over it tomorrow. She has her
two favourite events to come and we
still have high hopes she will do
I was speaking to
performance director Stuart flying
and he said they have plans in place
to come around Elise and help her.
But there is a greater Great Britain
and Team GB, will you also rally
We will. We will give her
tonight and tomorrow first. A lot of
British athletes came down from the
mountain tonight to cheer her on.
She did great the final of the
Olympics. Of course coming forth
sucks. Lane for is not a great draw,
and she'd tried a lot of things to
do something in that short space of
time. Unfortunately it ended in a
crash for her.
So far it has been a
little bit unlucky for a couple of
the top medal hopes. Elise tonight
and Katie Ormerod, who fractured her
heel. You must be hoping the look
can improve soon.
Not been a great
start. We wanted an early medal to
give the team some confidence going
into the next ten days. It hasn't
happened, we didn't win a short
track medal in Sochi, but me you
manage to take four medals. -- but
we managed to take. Poor Katie
didn't quite make the start line,
which is big for us. But she is in a
couple of events, slopestyle and big
air as well and we still have talent
in the team to come.
We wish Katie
Ormerod well as well, and Elise
Christie. But she will be back any
1000 and 1500 metres. Will you be
sending a big contingent to cheer
We will have plenty of
athletes, and I'm sure she will
STUDIO: It's a real
test of the mental strength for
Elise Christie and it's a test of
the team around her. Will they let
her wallow in disappointment for a
while and pick her up again
You have to let her
experience her emotions. You can't
expect her not to be disappointed.
She has only just finished. She will
be down and sad. I'm sure she will
have a good cry and talk things
through. They will go through the
video analysis and then there is a
point where we have to cut it off
and put it behind her and move on.
You must have had moments like this,
Chemmy, with yourself and friends.
Having been to four Olympics, we
pass so much hope on somebody
getting an early medal, like Mike
Hay just said, it's almost something
the whole team needs to get. The
whole team has witnessed that
disappointment. They need to be
wrapped in cotton wool and built up
again as well. You need somebody to
start the ball rolling, and when
that happens, it's amazing what you
can achieve as a team.
Thinking back to Canada, Vancouver
in 2010. Canada took ages to win
their first gold medal but ended up
leading the table at the end as host
nation, incredibly important to
them. And that ice hockey final was
huge. We will not finish top of the
medal table, but we don't have the
strength. But the target of five is
still perfectly achievable,
particularly with the skeleton
particularly with the skeleton
riders going so fast in training
with new suits that are clearly
helping. Where they had only
predicted with skeleton, top eight
and maybe one medal, that could be
better. Potentially one or two to
come from curling and maybe
something from skiing or
snowboarding. Bobsleigh could get a
medal. And Elise Christie still has
two more events, and they are her
stronger events. She is world
champion in both of them. Sarah Com
you said all along the
champion in both of them. Sarah Com
you said all along the trouble with
500 metres is when one thing goes
wrong you don't have time to
There really is no room for
error. She had a couple of little
bumps. Her hand was taken away from
her, but in longer distances she is
really strong. If something happens
and there is a mistake, you have
time to make up for it. But the 500
is over before you know it stop what
it reminds me a little bit of Andy
Murray getting beaten by Roger
Federer at Wimbledon.
After that he
picked himself up and won Wimbledon
and the Olympic gold medal. Elise
Christie knows how to do it. And she
will not start playing it safe.
People are saying she is a different
athlete. We are all panicking
because we saw it happen four years
ago and it started a downward
spiral. She isn't that person any
more and she needs to remember that.
She can't put superstition around
the word Olympics. She is a world
champion. There is not much
difference. She needs to believe
it's the same event she has done so
many times in the last four years.
She has to say, the Olympics is not
a bad word. The and pigs is the
Goodwood. I am here to show my sport
and my strength. -- the Olympics is
the good word.
We saw the action
unfold live on BBC One earlier. In
ice hockey, Canada winning the gold
medal on the final day of
competition in Vancouver. They have
been very dominant in women's ice
hockey. We would expect Canada to
get through to the final. They might
well meet their North American
neighbours, the USA. The USA Today
took on the Olympic athletes of
Russia. This is what happened.
Recent results haven't been good
against the USA. COMMENTATOR: And
they love scoring against the
Russians. That is fired in from the
point from Bellamy.
point from Bellamy. Bellamy with a
relatively innocuous shot, but there
was enough on its to cause problems.
The rebound pops out again.
The rebound pops out again. Jocelyn
on the rebound.
on the rebound. The valiant defence
of the Olympic athletes from Russia
is breached. It has taken a while.
It helps when you have the telepathy
of the twins. There could be another
chance... What a goal.
chance... What a goal. Doubling up,
this time it was all about the skill
from Jocelyne Lamoureux. Before it
was all about perseverance and
strength and now it's the
razzle-dazzle. Fake the goalkeeper
and plan to home the puck and the US
are in control. STUDIO: The
supporters have more to cheer
because a fourth scored for the USA,
and they lead 4-0. We will shortly
join the third period of that match
live. Bearing in mind the USA beat
Russia 7-0 at last year's World
Championships. Strong favourites for
that, with possibly more goals to
come. Five-time... Trying to me 52nd
gold medal, Canada, up against
Finland. Canada are strong
favourites for. -- trying to win
their fifth consecutive gold medal.
COMMENTATOR: Finland know what it
takes. They have beaten this
Canadian side is not so long ago.
Other meetings between the pair have
taken a couple of empty net goals.
They have been very close going into
the final three or four minutes of
games. That will be one of the keys
of this game, not to make mistakes
like that. This could be an
opportunity. Fines are blessed with
the back door.
Melodie Daoust picks out the past to
Wakefield, Spooner was
offside again. Right out in front,
what a finish.
what a finish. Play is continuing.
This is remarkable. They were sure
the puck was in the back of the net.
The referee was standing right
there. We will go to a video replay
to see if this went in and out in
the blink of an eye.
the blink of an eye. That's a goal.
After video review, we have a good
They will put the time back on
the clock that elapsed from that
moment. Canada now leading 2-0.
Still Fortino. Working it back to
the blue line.
The pressure paid for Canada.
can only stem the tide for a while.
Up the middle Saulnier with a great
So authoritative and precise.
This for the Finn s to try and make
something happen. They put it
towards the net and chance, can they
score in they force
score in they force it over the
line. It is a goal for history. She
needed three bites of cherry.
needed three bites of cherry.
fast, terrific execution. Caused
Finland -- caught Finland on their
heels. They were able to spin
through through to 4. In the end it
was playing it out. The net minder
was called on a few times, but not
enough from a Finnish perspective.
Canada are through to the semi times
with a strong performance against
the Finnish side who couldn't do
STUDIO: Stewed There are loads of
places to try hockey in Britain.
we have an ice hockey league. On our
web-site there is a lot of details
of how to get involved. We have been
sent so many people of young people
loving it with their cardboard
We are going to switch from
short track speed skating to long
track. Explain the differences. It
is not just the style and the length
It is a completely discipline
and there is not a lot of cross
over. Some people do make the
switch. The athletes are difficult.
Long track athletes are taller. It
is on a 400 metre track. So it is
It is about gliding
and they put their hands behind
And huge quads.
the men's 1,500 metres, known as the
race of kings.
the men's 1,500 metres, known as the
race of kings. COMMENTATOR:.
Patrick Roest, silver in the World
Three and three quarter laps, the
men's 1,500. The Dutchman in the
orange and blue against the Kiwi.
Patrick Roest is a young upstart. He
made the Olympic team almost as a
surprise. He I think surprised
himself that he made the team. He is
only 22. His first Olympic race.
probably has something to prove to
the Dutch and he has got a good one
going. That is a terrific opener.
Can he keep up that pace? That is
always the question in the 1,500.
They come out fast. But that last
500 takes so much out of you. You
have got to have something left in
the tank to be successful.
the tank to be successful.
shows how deep the Dutch team is,
they can have a 22-year-old come in
and reach a level you wouldn't
expect. And Kay has come from
in-line skating. His biggest chance
in the Olympics is in another event.
He will be using this as a warm up.
1,100 metres down and Roest is still
flying. 400 to go.
flying. 400 to go. Roest looks as if
he is bound and determined to take
He has nothing to lose.
You can see that left arm flailing.
I would like to see that nice and
tight on his back. But he is doing
everything he can.
Roest at the
line. There is your leader. 1.44.86,
a solid skate from Patrick Roest of
the Netherlands. Oda from Japan. He
finished 16th last year.
Nuis only raced the 1,500 twice and
his best was a third in Calgary.
Nuis and Oda. Nuis on the left in
the blue and orange. Oda on the
right in the black and white.
Excellent start for Nuis. Comes off
the line quickly. Nuis is one of my
favourite skaters. He is flawless
technically. Excellent position,
look at how low his shoulders are.
Everything is going into the ice.
This is a good pair and a fast pair.
The opens times are fast.
where we are starting to get into
the flight of skaters who are going
to challenge Roest and most likely
surpass him. Nuis has not made the
Olympics the last two times he has
tried. He has been criticised for
not stepping up to the big
competition and he has worked to get
that pressure under control.
the leader right now, can he keep it
going? In the men's 1,500 metres.
Nuis trying to take down the time of
his team mate. You can see that
black virtual leader line and he is
miles ahead of it now.
It would take
a huge event to prevent Nuis from
making it to the top of the
leaderboard. He looks beautiful
skating. He is keeping it together.
There is no sign of tying up. He
just looked awesome.
He is going
into the inner, coming out of inner
and he is still looking smooth. This
is is Nuis of the Netherlands. And
naus has done it -- Nuis has done
it. Your new race leader is Nuis of
the Netherlands, the 28-year-old,
the world shamp yon has moved --
champion has moved into the Olympic
I think he can put the
critics to side now. He stepped it
up today. That was a beautiful race.
The last 50 metres was the only part
he broke down a bit. The last lap
wasn't as strong as Roest. But what
a beautiful race, he was calm,
relaxed and smooth the entire race.
That is the first one we have seen
today that I would say was close to
a perfect race. He said his most
perfect race was at the Olympic
trials to just to make the team. He
made the team after two attempts.
Love that race. The love the
A huge roar from the
crowd from Kilp MinSeok.
Kim on the the right. Silovs on the
We don't see that stance as
much. It works for some people. They
are mimicking the track and field
stars. Hoping they can get off the
line quicker with that technique.
have seen how important that opening
can be. And for Silovs.
getting comfortable, the country
doesn't have a background in speed
skating. He has moved around the
world looking for a group to train
with. He has been all over. He just
tries to find what he can, where he
can get it.
Two laps to go for this
pair. Seok and Silovs.
pair. Seok and Silovs.
Can they get
the speed they need with this
The crowd really getting
behind Kim Min Seok. He has picked
it up. Has he got enough?
arms behind the back. That is so
rare towards the end of the race.
The shoulders are moving from side
to side. This is the strategy and it
The crowd bringing home
the local favourite. Silovs trying
to catch him, but he won't. Here is
the time. It puts him into the
bronze medal spot at 1.44.93 for
Silovs who goes to fourth.
Impressive race by that young
18-year-old, he is only 18 years
old. He is now in third place
position. I don't expect that will
happen. We have a lot of better
skaters to come. But we are starting
to see everyone start to fill that
gap on Patrick Roest's time. A good
race by Kim. I was impressed by his
two arms around the back all the
way. That is hard to do when you're
trying to get speed early in the
What a future that young man
has if he continues to improve. Naus
of the Netherlands the leader
followed by Roest. And then Kim, the
Young South Korean moving into the
bronze medal position. Two skaters
left in the men's 1,500 metres.
Pedersen and Mantia. There is
Mantia, 32 years of age, from the
United States. He won the mass start
at the US trials. 7th in the 1,500
at the same worlds. 21st in the
1,500 in Sochi. Joey Mantia of the
US on the left. Pedersen of Norway
on the right.
on the right.
Pedersen, the only one
left can who salvage things for
Norway. He is a small, compact
skater. He is very smooth. I expect
to see him strong at the end of
The opening times not the fastest.
23.27 for Mantia.
23.27 for Mantia.
more relaxed than Henrikson. You
can't do the two arms if it is not
working for you. I think they're
behind now the first lap time.
Pedersen doing his best to get a bit
of a draft off Mantia. The middle
part of the race is critical, keep
the turnover high and the tempo
going and do your best to keep the
technique together going into the
They heard the bell, less
than 400 metres to go for Pedersen
and Mantia. 1:44.01 is the time to
Not sure what happened with
Pedersen, looks like he almost went
down. Maybe he hit a patch of ice
that was repaired.
that was repaired.
finish with the inner advantage.
Both farms working as they drive to
the line. And Mantia can't beat the
time. Pedersen is ninth, giving
South Korea a bronze. And the Dutch
are gold and silver. But the crowd
erupts at the Oval because a South
Korean has won a bronze medal in the
men's 1500 metres.
The 18-year-old South Korean, taking
home a bronze medal. STUDIO: There
have been four speed track events so
far for medals, and all four
gold-medal Sabin won by the
Netherlands. They are dominating, so
They have such strength in
numbers in Holland. Go to any long
track ice rink, so many everywhere.
And you have youngsters starting
early. It's a strong sport for them.
And less chaotic than short track.
Not as exciting to watch, that's
true. There will be a loss to
reflect on throughout the afternoon.
Hazel Irvine will be here. And there
still live sport going on in
Pyeongchang where it is coming up to
almost 11pm. USA leading the
athletes of Russia in the women's
ice hockey. COMMENTATOR: The USA
trying to push home their advantage.
A sensational second session from
the Americans where they scored
three goals in under three minutes
including two in under six seconds
from Jocelyne Lamoureux. It gave
them the opportunity. As Emily
Pfalzer has a shot into the body.
The Americans showing their power as
the game goes on. They want to put
the game to bed.
It took awhile for
the game to get going but you felt
it was just a matter of time before
the Americans were able to break the
wall of the Russian team. The
Olympic athletes from Russia,.
Pavlova goes to the net, but it's
too high. Really skilful play from
the Russian player.
the Russian player. They can't make
use of the space
use of the space with Amanda Kessel.
Lee Stecklein is an experienced
defender, shuffling it forward. This
game has been a lot of fun so far.
The rebound comes out, just
The rebound comes out, just over
from Breanna Decker, who was odds-on
to score. The game is wide open
We talked about that,
Russia have to open up the game,
down four. They need to get one or
two to make it closer. They can't
hold back like they did through the
first 30 minutes of the game. It
will allow more opportunities for
the American team.
The chance for
Hilary Knight. A bit of danger here.
The Americans facing it from
Emily Pfalzer coming down
with a left-handed shot. Goals of
the helmet of Nicole Hensley, the
American netminder. The
controversial helmet we talked about
at the start of the game.
at the start of the game. Making a
big save from America.
trying to wriggle away. Well stood
up at the blue line. Worked forward.
The Americans back in possession
with Monique Lamoureux. To Jocelyne
Lamoureux, the twins combining and
getting it to the zone, as they have
so many times. Jocelyne Lamoureux
with two goals. It goes out in front
and Jocelyne Lamoureux tries to
force it home. The Lamoureux twins
are working ever so hard together.
They have been a standout players on
the American team. A little
deflection took it away. A snap pass
from Kelly Pannek. The two sisters
grinding this puck. Offside will be
called and that gives us a good
opportunity to discuss the
goal-tending mask that became a big
controversy in the last few hours.
About half an hour before the game
we saw a report come through saying
that the IOC was considering making
the two American goal-tenders cover
up the statue of liberty that they
have on their masks. It's part of
the design. In the IOC's guidelines
they say no item may feature the
wording all the rix from national
anthems, motivational words, public
or political messaging or slogans
relating to national identity. I
guess they deem the Statue of
Liberty falling into that category.
It seems the American team won the
argument because Hensley is wearing
her original mask. You can see the
Statue of Liberty. Interesting
sequence of events, the game within
the game, I guess. This time the IOC
and the USA hockey team. The only
thing you can see on the mask of the
Russian our sponsors names covered
with white tape.
commentator's perspective, I kind of
like the big numbers on the front.
Lee Stecklein, the US leading 4-0
and heading towards the semifinals.
It will mean they get the
opportunity to have a little bit of
time off while the quarterfinals are
played. That's how the women's
competition works. If you are in
group one and finished the top two
spots... A big collision. Pain on
the face of Kidder Rover. She will
go back to the bench stability is
important to get a bit of extra
time. The first two teams in the
group, looks like it will be Canada
and the United States, they will get
an extra day off with a buy through
to the semifinals. They will get to
sit in the comfort of the Olympic
Village to watch the quarterfinals,
and that remains to be seen. We will
know who those teams are by
tomorrow. Whether it's Sweden and
Switzerland. Hannah Brandt, a great
delay, passing it low. A wonderful
save. It was read brilliantly by
morals over. Hannah Brandt with a
Morozova has done
her job since she came down. She has
seen a lot of rubber since she came
on for five minutes ago.
athletes from Russia give possession
away again. Hannah Brandt with a
pass through the middle, but she was
falling. Pavlova sneaks into the
zone. Takes a suspicious look at her
skates, maybe they let her down.
We'd like to see more of Pavlova. In
the two games we have seen already,
she has had a handful where we have
seen, she has terrific hands and she
can be a difference maker out there.
Outside of that come you don't
notice very much at all and part of
that is because she is playing
against Canada, and the Americans
have not had the puck on their stick
a lot, but she gives the impression
she can things happen.
she can things happen.
inside her own zone. The Americans
with Bellamy, who opened up the
scoring in this one. Hilary Knight
gets it out in front. Two or three
chances. Knight. The ice and the
puck is still alive. Eventually,
puck will clear. They get it out of
their own zone. Great passing from
the Americans to make their way
Good to see coin and knight
playing so well in this third
period. Once again, morals over up
to the challenge. Terrific speed and
support coming up into the OAR zone.
It's a chance for Lamoureux, looking
for the hat-trick, but it's across
goal. The feed was bullied. The
first save was good, but the second
was so close. -- the feed was
brilliant. The Lamoureux sisters
have been so good, bikini Americans,
strapping them on their backs and
shoving them towards the semifinals.
-- picking the Americans up,
strapping them on their backs. A bit
of devil in their play.
Went to the
University of North Dakota. Their
brothers played there as well. A
real hockey family, the Lamoureux
Long skate for Keller, under
pressure. Deep into the zone.
Looking for help. Keller is back in
possession. The first pass is a good
one to Meghan Duggan, the captain of
the side. One of the more
When you are up 4-0, we talk about
how there is a lot of hockey in a
short amount of time. The pass from
Lamoureux, back door to her sister.
It was rolling a little bit, so she
could get all of it. Kendall Coyne,
right onto the tape of Brianna
Decker. A great save from the OAR
Brianna Decker is one of
the fastest players in this
tournament, a real speedster on the
ice. Into the zone. Duggan wanted
it. Cleared away.
it. Cleared away. Sosina, the
captain of the Olympic athletes of
Russia. The Americans are just happy
to have some possession here.
Heading up the ice. We'll see how
many of the Russian players are back
there. It loops over the top four
Hannah Brandt, and she scores.
Number five, taken out of the air by
Hannah Brandt, batting it in from a
couple of inches. Morozova was
beaten. And Hannah Brandt scores as
the US head to the final four in
Hannah Brandt was coming
off the bench. A loose puck jumped
to the middle of the ice. One shot
at it, the rebound went up and into
the air. The Russian player is
arguing, thinking it might have gone
off the glove of Hannah Brandt. We
will check this angle to see if we
can get the exact view we want.
It might be her glove that punches
in. We will see if it goes to video
review. You can't direct the puck
into the goal with your hand.
to video review. We have had some
interesting ones so far. This is
another one. It is not the usual
kind of play you would get to go to
video review. It is generally
whether the puck's crossed the line.
You're looking for the hand making
contact with the puck.
Did you see
her hand open up? She is holding on
to her stick. A great first shot
from Brandt. The other angle you can
see her hand open up a bit. That is
not allowed. I think this will come
back. But because it was called a
goal on the ice, you need proof and
I think we saw it there from the net
cam. You can see her fingers come
off her stick and open up a bit and
because of that...
You saw the
fingers move as well.
celebrated like she did nothing
wrong. But this is definitely going
to be called back.
She may have felt
she opened her hand to be able to
use the stick and that it may have
hit some of the stick as well as the
fingers. Hannah Brand t has a sister
playing in this tournament. Her
sister plays on the Korea team.
Marisa was born in Korea and
eventually headed back to America,
where she was adopted by the Brandt
family. A long conversation. I think
this is bag news for Megan Duggan. I
think this will be washed out. One
more look. Did it off off the
fingers are not. No goal!
that's the right call.
that's the right call. Hannah Brand
t a bit frustrated. But she knows it
went off her fingers.
Can the Americans find that fifth
goal? They thought they had it. But
it has been the day of VAR -
individual yes review. And -- video
review. And there was a goal earlier
in the day that wasn't given that
looked like it was actually in the
net. Now another goal that again in
real time looked clear. But with the
use of video technology, the answer
is actually that it shouldn't have
been given and it's been wiped
offches -- off.
Keller has centre ice will look to
bring back in again.
Another good save down low. Knight
trying to force that one in short
side. Stecklein. A quick exchange of
passes. Another good save from
passes. Another good save from More
from the keeper.
Again that takes a big deflection.
Morozova does well. Finally some
relief. An opportunity to take a
shot. Kulishova falls over.
Nowhere to go for the Americans for
Lamoureux goes back again. Bellamy
takes it on.
Jocelyn Lamoureux tries to feed it
back to her sister again. But it is
just a little behind. Can you
imagine being the third wheel on
that line? You must wonder at times
what you would have to do.
It is a
difficult role to have, but it is a
very important role. Although it
looks like the Lamoureuxes just have
eyes for each other, you need that
other person out there. You need a
person like Panic that can be there.
The captain looking for the pass out
in front. Under six minutes to go.
Sosina is tired now.
Marvin got there first and helped it
into the net. That was the fourth
goal and the third in three
explosive minutes - two from Jocelyn
Lamoureux and one from Marvin after
Bellamy had given the US the lead in
the first period.
the first period. Under five minutes
to go in the game.
to go in the game. Cameranesi gets
They have created more in this game
after being put together yesterday.
Kessel is somebody we expected to
see a lot of. She has had a quiet
couple of games, but shes the type
of play hear the can break out in a
It falls almost to Kessel.
Cameranesi stuck in there.
Hilary Knight on her backhand side.
A good save. Morozova stayed square
to the shooter. Decker gives it her
best. Knight pokes it out in front
and Morozova will hold on. Knight
with fabulous shot. One of best
shooters in the American game. But
not troubled the scorers so far.
the game ticks on, Hilary Knight
didn't need that goal. But she would
have loved to put one in the back of
the OAR goal. Just to get her first
of this Olympic tournament. Like you
said, she is going to be counted
upon before this tournament's over,
we can see her pick this puck up.
Gets ahead of Smolina. Not one
player over 20 minutes ice time. The
most is Goncharenko.
most is Goncharenko. Looks like it
is going to be Stecklein at 19. 39.
A bit different than we saw that
game earlier today, Finland and
Canada, where they each had a couple
of players over 20 minutes.
talking about 40 seconds sprints, it
is the equivalent of running three
or four hundred metres, that kind of
activity you're going to do 25-plus
times in a game. It takes it toll.
The Russian fans have been up and
dancing and chanting and cheering.
The game has been placed in a very
That is tipped out in front. There
is Knight, gets cross-checked to the
ice by Goncharenko. Clean house.
is a physical, physical game. It is
a battle. And it gives you an
example of why you need so much
rest. Here is the long shot from
Stecklein. A good save by Morozova
and Goncharenko gives her a little
reminder of if you're going to be
that close to my goalie, I'm going
to let you know that you're maybe
going to watch on you were backside.
The reaction is how is that not a
penalty? It is a question that will
remain unanswered by us, because I
don't think there is a good one.
Final three minutes of the game. The
US are heading towards the
semi-finals. But they have had a
good work out. They have had to work
hard to get the goals they have had.
Sosina goes wide. Flies one across
the face of goal and it takes a
deflection and comes back off the
Considering the last time
they played, was 7-0 to the merps --
Americans. So slightly better. But
unless they score in the last two
minutes and change here, it willing
be three straight games where the
Olympic Athletes of Russia are yet
to score against the United States.
It breaks to Kerr. -- Keller.
I have been impressed with Keller on
the back end. She has done a good
Marvin links the pass to Duggan,
that is a good short pass.
Now here come the Russians. The shot
will come high. A chop on the hands,
that will have been a painful one
It is interesting, Seth, we
have seen now 12 shots fired by the
OAR. The majority of them have all
been up really high.
Great move to
middle and there is a faller and
another goal! That is the fifth and
this time Brandt gets the reward.
Having had one taken away, this time
she finds the net and she knows it
is going to count. The USA happy,
they will high five, they're through
to the semi-finals and they now know
the small matter of a match up
against Canada is their next group
It is a terrific pass from
Keller. In her own zone,
Keller. In her own zone, he finds
Cameranesi and Brandt picks up the
loose puck and fakes it to her --
takes it to her backhand for the
finish. Great anticipation from
Brandt to jump on that loose puck.
And make no mistake by put being it
in the net.
There is still time for more in this
from the Americans.
It has been given away. Thisan
opportunity for the Olympic Athletes
Into the final minute and the
Americans well worth their 5-0
advantage as Sosina goes wide. Is
there an opportunity for the
Russians to make something happen
here? Thrown into the corner. Sosina
first to it.
Now Coyne gets it back into her own
zone. Nobody wants to take the puck
on. It is like a hot potato. Finally
some calmness on the flight. Decker
Everybody playing the pass. It goes
to the net. A big dip from decker.
Into the final few seconds. And the
Russians will clear that one now.
Fist bumps all round from the
coaching staff from the Americans.
Still plenty for them to work on.
They shut out, but at times they
found it very difficult to break
down the Olympic athletes from
Russia. In the end, goals from
Jocelyne Lamoureux, one from Marvin
and one from Hannah Brandt, and the
Americans march on, qualifying for
the semifinals with a 5-0 victory
over the Olympic athletes from
Russia will stop STUDIO: That means
the Canadians and USA are both
straight through to the semifinals.
They cannot be overhauled in group
A. They will play in a match that is
the last of those matches, Canada
against the USA, which looks like
it'll be a dress for the final. The
Canadians are going for five gold
medals in a row. -- a dress
rehearsal for the final.
medals in a row. -- a dress
rehearsal for the final. Fantastic
to be with you until 6pm. An
important day for the Winter
Olympics world and Great Britain's
medal chances. The bosses set a
target of five medals at the games,
which would be the best Winter
Olympic medal haul ever. Would the
first of them come this afternoon?
We have been waiting four days to
get answers to that. But Elise
Christie has been searching for
answers for four years. The 500
metre sprint is the event that
signalled the start of a Sochi
nightmare for the Scot. Would there
be a turnaround in these Olympics,
the world record-holder lining up
earlier this afternoon. This is a
first, the inaugural mixed doubles
curling final. Some heavyweight
nations, Canada and Switzerland
contesting the final. Hurry up and
wait for the Alpine skiers so far.
Men's combined, one run downhill and
two slalom with a first gold medal
up for grabs. And we go to the Oval
again for the so-called race of
Kings, the men's 1500 metres. And
for once, the Dutch were not the
runaway favourites for gold. The
standout stars of snowboarding and
most likely the games in action,
America's Chloe Kim in the half pipe
final, and our first sighting of the
flying tomato, Shaun White, in
qualifying. Sarah Lindsay is with us
once again. Great to see you on a
moment of sporting significance for
Elise Christie and British Short
track speed skating. You and Nicky
Gooch, long-standing friends, he was
your coach, and is also the culture
of Elise Christie. You were in touch
with the team this morning before
the 500 metre final. What was the
mindset before today?
I spoke to the
director Stuart Lang, and he said
the team was very positive. They
knew what today meant, and there was
a huge amount of pressure, but
everybody felt positive going into
It's a pure sprint,
500 metres. It was your special
event, making the final in Turin.
What is paramount going into the
latter stages of this competition?
It depends a little bit on the type
of athlete you are. If you are a
natural sprinter then the start will
become very important to you. If you
are slightly more towards the longer
distances, then just getting into a
good position so you are not caught
up in any of the fights that go on
in the middle of the race and saving
yourself to make good overtakes at
Could Britain's Blade
Runner come good at the end? This
was a chance number one.
They've gone down.
Elise Christie to make a clean
Christie out of the gate
quickly. She still leads. Christie
COMMENTATOR: Two of these three will
go through to the semifinal. Let's
see if they can get round the first
bend this time, at the third round
of asking. And they do. Arianna
Fontana, as expected, has the speed
to go in front. The outsider is the
Polish skater. It's a four and a
half lap race. The absence of St
Gelais has made life easier for
Fontana, giving Van Kerkhof a good
opportunity to go through here as
well. I don't think Maliszewska will
have the speed to get past the
Dutchwoman. Van Kerkhof in second
place behind Fontana. Arianna
Fontana from Italy, the silver
medallist of 2014. Andy Yara van
Kerkhof from the Netherlands are
through to the semifinals. And not a
very quick time.
43.1 four. It means
when Fontana goes through, I
predicted Fontana would win. Again,
if Elise Christie wins this one,
depending on her time and the
winning remaining times for the
other quarterfinals, Fontana could
meet Christie in the semifinal.
Confirmation of the result of the
first quarterfinal. Marianne St
Gelais, one of those who would have
been a strong medal contender, is
out of the competition already.
There is Elise Christie, the world
record-holder at this distance.
Andrea Keszler of Hungary. Kim
Boutin of Canada is ranked number
for this winter. And the German on
the outside. The opening corner
taken by Kim Boutin of Canada.
Christie settling in in second
place. Christie, Smart move, sliding
through on the inside and taking
advantage of a Kim Boutin. These two
are the favourites to go through
from this and they should be the
class of the field. At the moment,
that's exactly what it looks like.
It'll be interesting to see the time
Elise Christie posts. Christie
leading the way on the last lap. At
the moment she will be through to
the semifinals. Kim Boutin behind
her. Christie towards the line.
Elise Christie takes it. Kim Boutin
slides over the line on her backside
and Elise Christie has successfully
negotiated the first hurdle of the
It was a superb time. A new
Olympic record, I think, if that
The unofficial time
says 42.71 seconds. 42.870 is the
Olympic record, held by Kristi at
Superb start from the
Canadian skater. It worked quite
well for Christie, who had the first
one and a half laps, had time to
relax. Normally in a World
Championships you have the heats and
quarterfinals and semifinals and
final all on the same day. So this
quarterfinal for her was trying to
get into the racing. We can see
Andrea Keszler sliding out as she
comes into the final turn. I don't
think the referees will have any say
over that. Clearly Christie is
number one and Kim Boutin is number
It is confirmed as a new
Olympic record. Elise Christie and
Kim Boutin are through to the
semifinals. And Christie is going
faster and faster here.
Away they go in the third semifinal.
The five-time world champion is at
Maame Biney, the 17-year-old from
the United States is bringing up the
rear. Third in the world Junior
Championships only last year so it's
a big step up from her.
a big step up from her. Prosvirnova
goes to the front.
goes to the front. The ten time
world champion is behind her in
second. Franck Azema -- Fan Kexin
behind Prosvirnova to go through to
the semifinals. Choi Minjeong in the
white. Qu Chunyu in second place for
China. Four and a half laps of the
track. At the back, work to do.
track. At the back, work to do. A
little bit of air. Choi Minjeong is
still searching and sliding and
trying to find a way through. She
has the speed to do it and suddenly
Valcepina is being put under
pressure. Qu Chunyu is in there. It
will be a photo finish as they cross
the line. What a sensational final
Amazing skating at this Olympic
arena. It looks like Choi Minjeong
has made it.
The roars around the
stadium tell us Choi Minjeong has
got through in second place ahead of
It also means Christie is
by far the fastest qualifier, so she
will be assured of having the inner
lane for the semifinal.
of the result of the fourth
They are just resurfacing the ice
between the two events. Confirmation
that Elise Christie is the fastest
qualifier for the semifinals in a
new Olympic record time. Away they
go. Four and a half laps of the
track with Fontana making the best
start. The Italian, the five-time
Olympic medallist, leading the way.
Choi Minjeong in second. Fan at the
back has a lot to do. Fontana is
putting the pressure on with her and
Choi Minjeong leading the way.
Fontana is put under pressure by
Choi Minjeong. The pair of them come
to the line and take the bell. Choi
Minjeong takes the front with
Fontana in second. Quite a big gap.
Choi Minjeong looked really strong.
Arianna Fontana from Italy, silver
medallist four years ago, is group
to the final again. And Fan Kexin,
five-time finalist at this distance,
A surprising result.
Fontana makes it look so easy,
controlling the race from the front.
Waiting confirmation of the time,
because we think it could be an
Olympic record time. The record may
have gone by up to three tenths of a
second. Choi Minjeong, first over
the line. Arianna Fontana in second.
Waiting for official confirmation of
the result. And the Olympic record
has gone. Choi Minjeong, 42.4 to two
is the time.
Elise Christie, four and a half laps
to make it into the Olympic final
and the chance to race for gold.
Away first time and Christie is
second into the first corner. Kim
Boutin Canada in first place.
Christie is closing the door as Qu
Chunyu had a little luck. Kim Boutin
definitely got out of the blocks
quickly. Christie challenging on the
inside. Forced a little bit wide. Qu
Chunyu has gone down. Van Kerkhof is
out the front. Christie is in second
but Van Kerkhof leading from Elise
Christie, who is holding off the
challenge of Kim Boutin in third.
Round the bend they come and up
towards the line. Christie and Van
Kerkhof in a photo finish for first
place. I think Kim Boutin was third
over the line.
Kim Boutin got a
superb start and Christie stumbled a
little bit on the first corner. Came
through clearly. Kim Boutin was
knocked off balance. If Christie
remains in second, Kim Boutin, her
left arm comes across. If I was the
referee here, I would clearly be
penalising Kim Boutin.
lunge for the line. Van Kerkhof and
Elise Christie stretching for it.
Waiting for the official
confirmation. Van Kerkhof just
marginally in front of Christie. We
are almost ready with the decision.
Qu Chunyu is penalised and will
finish last. And Kim Boutin, as you
can see from Canada, thoroughly
delighted, she has advanced from
third place into the final. This is
the line-up for the final with Choi
Minjeong of Korea, setting a new
Olympic record in the semifinal.
Arianna Fontana, Van Kerkhof, Elise
Christie and Kim Boutin are the
skaters to go for gold.
The women's final in the 500 metres.
A nation holds its breath. Away they
go, the final is on. They get away
first time. Van Kerkhof not with a
great start. Christie trying to move
through on the inside behind
Minjeong. Fontana lead. Christie is
in fourth. She has work to do to get
back into contention. We know she
has got the speed in her legs.
Fontana still leads. Up into third
was Christie. Now trying to hug the
inside line. Boutin almost collided
with Minjeong. But Christie crashes
out. Christie is out of it again. It
is a photo finish on the line
between Fontana and Choi Minjeong.
Well, what do I say there? There is
a video review going on as you can
So it is a provisional result.
There is a penalty for Choi
Minjeong. Of Korea. Choi Minjeong
has been penalised and the home
crowd can't believe it. Fontana is
the Olympic champion. Van Kerkhof
takes have s silver and Boutin has
bronze. A crushing blow for Elise
Christie. She has to go away and try
and put it behind her.
disappointed, tell us what is going
through your mind.
disappointed, tell us what is going
through your mind.
Just I was
knocked over, I didn't fall on my
own. I don't give you any benefit
when somebody gets a penalty. It is
just tough. I worked so hard for the
500 and it's been taken away from
me. Even in the semi-final I got
crashed in and... Then got in lane
4. I know it's short track and I'm
supposed to be prepared for this,
but it is still hurts you know.
think we all feel for you right now.
Millions of people are watching back
home and they have seen your journey
and they're all supporting you, I
have looked at social media and
everybody's behind you. You have
come come back from this before.
Yeah, hopefully. I have got a few
days to reset and it is still almost
a week until my best distance. So
the positive is... I don't know...
Right now I just can't see living
with this feeling. I just... I mean
it is out of my control. I got
knocked over and that's that.
have a lot of strong people behind
you, Nick your coach and your mum
and your roommate, who will be there
for you tonight. But as you said,
there is a lot to build on there.
Two Olympic records, it wasn't to be
tonight, but your favourite
distances to come. You might not
feel like it but there are
Yeah definitely. I'm
just, I don't think I will be taking
much positives tonight.
Elise thanks, so sorry it didn't go
your way, but we will be back
supporting you on Saturday.
It was a
very tough interview to have to do
and to listen to as well. I wonder,
people all over the country, will be
saying, when will she get a break in
the Olympics. We have been talking
about this. This is not the Elise
Christie that is the brilliant
skater in World Championships and
World Cups that we see all the time.
This is is the problem. We see her
on TV every four years and she had a
terrible time in Sochi and not
everything realises how much she has
done in between a terrible outcome
for her today and I know she is Dev
Taited -- devastated. But she has
her two best distances to come and
she has to put this behind her.
Let's talk about your assessment of
the way Elise raced this. The
problems had arguably started in the
semi-final, there was a bit of
bumping and barging and she was in
lane 4. That in itself was something
of a hindrance?
Yes, she was almost
half a second slower in the
semi-final than in all her other
races, because there was some
bumping going on. She did go into
the final in lane 4, which is a huge
disadvantage. She started really
fast, she was aggressive and made
some great moves. But you know it
seemed out of her control. She got
hit a couple of times. And then her
actual fall was unavoidable. There
was another skater taking her hand
out from her. A lot of her weight is
going through her hand. She had no
The Canadian hit
her so hard. It was a very unfair
It means that once again this
is the nightmare scenario that
started in Sochi, I wonder from this
point in Scottishy when again she
went out, she was disqualified, she
finished this one obviously. But
spiralled out of control for her and
she was disqualified in her next two
events. For you, what is different
about Elise Christie now that will
enable her to equip herself better
in the coming two disciplines?
think they learned from what she has
already gone through. So they did
have this scenario in mind. You're
to plan for everything that can
happen. And Stuart Lang said they
have thought about this, if the
first doesn't go well, because it
isn't her favourite what, will they
do now? They have had four years to
get ready for this situation. So I'm
sure they have got it under control.
The jeopardy, the stress of your
sport, I don't know how you do it,
it is difficult to watch, I feel
thankful that Elise has two other
events and I won't remind you, but
in 2010 this was your one event and
this sport can whip the feet from
you and you had that that day.
qualified for all the distances but
all my eggs in one basket, I knew I
would never medal at the 1,515. I
was skating the best I had ever
skated going in and for one of the
only times, I was very confident in
my ability and instead of being
scared, I was looking forward to it.
But it was a judge's call. We did a
start and crashed. They recalled the
start and we started again, crashed
exactly the same way and I got
disqualified, which you know was a
particularly unfair call. I got send
off and I never got to do my race
and show people what I was made of.
It was very disappointing. But you
In that regard, the
fact that Elise has two other races
to go to now. Will that eventually
after the disappointment and the
grieving of this match is over, of
this particular race rather, will
that give her some comfort?
course, especially if she wins. She
will forget all about this. But she
has to get her head back in the
game. It has only just started.
Actually she finished fourth. She
still you know did the best she has
ever done at the Olympics. So
although it wasn't the outcome she
wanted. She is still flying and
skating really well.
Well said. All
right. Our optimism is high. We are
going to stay on the ice, but the
pace a little more leisurely. It is
the curling and the mixed doubles.
The bronze medal will be Kwon tested
by two -- contested by couples on
and off the ice.
Curling originated in 16th century
Scotland and appeared in the first
Winter Olympics in 1924. The aim is
to get more stones closer to the
centre of the scoring area known as
the House than your opponents.
Sweeping is a key part. Tactics are
crucial, in particular retaining
last stone advantage, known as the
hammer. There are four players in
each team, known as a rink. Matches
are over ten ends. This year sees
the addition of mixed doubles, a
shorter more dynamic event played
over eight ends, instead of ten.
She is asking him to work hard on
this. He is good as sweeping as
well. Swinging it in.
well. Swinging it in.
Just over curled by a fraction.
Didn't quite sit on top of that
Because it has not stayed in
front of that yellow stone, Norway
can make a play on it. If it just
finished there it would be great.
But it ran that extra six inches and
opened up that yellow stone.
says, no way slam -- no way!
The brush the target and then coming
in with a fair bit of weight here.
Trying to move these stones. Using
Norway with a bit of work
to do. They have opened things up a
little bit. But still not that easy
to see how they're going to score an
easy 2. They need too score a couple
of points here in the 7th end.
want They want to try and get two on
up and close and personal with the
OAR as they go into the last end.
It may seem negative, but this is
damage limitation. They don't want
Norway to score any more than a 1 or
One of those English words is a
Canadian term of the speed. A bit of
a control to take out weight. That
is the best way I can describe it.
You were on about whatever you said
around the house yesterday, he
indicated he wanted her, he is going
to try and hit this outside right
stone, come on to the ear red and
then rebound back to wards the
bottom. I know.
Easy to draw these
things up. Not so easy do them.
would be a heck of a shot if it
happens. Let's see.
happens. Let's see. That would be a
real high risk strategy. High
I think he is looking to
play enough weight to come right to
the back of these.
He is going to
try and tuck one behind the two
stones at the bottom.
Is it going to
slice over? There is such a pull at
the end and we have seen it a few
times, when the weight comes off it,
there is a bigger momentum of drive
for it to pull towards the centre
How request you not? Never
That is the issue you have
when you play these delicate weights
f you don't get them perfect,
they're not going to work for you.
Had he caught the red it would have
helped with the momentum. Maybe a
bit of wrong calling?
Yes I was
going to say, I have another term
for you, a tweenor, when you're
between two shots.
That is like last
it was almost as if he played a shot
that was neither one nor the other.
I very much. So when he let it go I
thought he was doing a draw and he
was trying to do the tap.
I will put that in my book.
I think it was a little bit of
indecision, didn't know which shot
to go for and they ended up doing
neither. A great chance for Russia,
if they can poke the yellow through
Make sure he's past the
guard. Great shot.
Look at this.
Norway with the hammer will
hopefully try to come in and pick up
one. Even this, all of a sudden,
what looked like easy shots, trying
to hang onto this match by their
fingernails. One is the least reward
they would have wanted from this
end. That means they will head into
the final end with OAR leading and
with the hammer.
It's very easy to
say she has the draw and one shot,
but she is facing four. That's when
the mental game comes into play.
Don't think about the fact you are
facing four shots, just think about
the simple draw to one foot.
misses this, I think there will be
handshakes because they will be two,
three, maybe even four shots to
Russia. But they seem OK with it. It
needs to work.
It's heavy. Just one
that they will give up.
that they will give up.
still... I said a mountain to climb,
it's the Himalayas all rolled into
one for them here. 7-4 down. OAR in
a brilliant position as we head into
the final end. And they will have
the hammer as well. Barring anything
crazy happening here, the bronze
medal is already being polished up
with the name OAR on it.
Last year in the world final, Canada
were leading by three, and lost four
to give up the gold medal.
was Canada's last shot, it just went
all wrong for them. Switzerland had
a free draw for four and won the
World Championship, so it's amazing
how the game can change.
Norway will be hanging onto, that
thought. The issue them for OAR is
not to be too defensive here. You
don't want to have the end build
towards a situation where Norway can
pick up three. On the other hand,
you still have to play your shots.
You want that to sit. Again, just
sliding too far, I think. They will
want to be in the front half and
control that. These stones sitting
at the back are not the best for
Norway at the minute. One of them of
course was already placed there,
The other thing we should
mention about last ends and big
comebacks, the OAR team in the last
game of the round robin were playing
Switzerland and had to up coming
home and lost three. Definitely no
question that this could go to an
extra end. What's key for the OAR
team is about not making the bad
This looks like a pretty
decent shot from Bryzgalova.
the door for Norway, unless they can
do something. Something spectacular.
The opportunity now for moving some
of these stones.
Pleased with that,
every single stone they have placed
accurately. Edging them closer and
closer to the podium.
closer to the podium. Something
needs to happen for Norway here. And
they are the ones who have been
making the mistakes more than their
We have seen Magnus make
a few mistakes coming down towards
the home end. That looks like a
pretty good one, again trying to
shuffle things around a little bit.
He has put the red Stone right into
the pocket. It may well cancel out
the two yellow stone 's.
OAR using their
OAR using their time out, haven't
had the chance to use their power
play with the steal and Norway
maintaining the hammer into the
final end. This shot could leave it
a little high.
I like the phase. It
messes with your team game head when
you are thinking...
On the guard.
Even looking at any sort of take out
here, you're right, it's completely
different in the team game. It's
when you have a three shot lead, all
you need to do is keep the
opposition stones out of play.
don't have to win the game, just
don't lose it.
It can be a bit
disconcerting. Just not quite as
comfortable to defend the lead in
Looks as though they are just going
to come in. It's all about where
this ends up.
this ends up.
Watch the weight come
off it and pulled to the centre
line. It's a nice shop. And on the
right side as well. -- it's a nice
It's not easy to move that.
The OAR team is closing the door on
Norway at the moment. But it's never
over... Till it's over.
shot, or a good shot followed by a
bad one from the opposition. At this
point com you certainly want to be
in the shoes of OAR.
A nice look at
the ice from the other end there. I
wondered if they could see enough of
the top yellow. But they are going
to have to almost whisker passed the
top red, because they need to catch
as much as they can see of it. Just
playing that nicely. I think if we
had been watching Canada
had been watching Canada here, John
Morris would have thrown that
straight down with a good weight.
Looking pretty promising here. It's
opened up a little bit. And they
still have stones in there, but
plenty of red as well. At the
moment, OAR have two here. Doesn't
matter to them in this end, scoring,
they just want to make sure Norway
don't get three.
The good thing for
Norway at the moment, there are a
few yellow stones kicking about the
house. The problem stone is the one
at the back at the bottom. It's
lined up straight onto the yellow at
the back of the ring. They need to
get all three of those reds out of
It was the decision from OAR
to come and sit on top of their own,
or close to their own yellow.
Sorry, red, sit on top of the
Norwegian yellow. A similar shots to
that she played a few moments ago.
Nudges it out.
Nice shot. She wanted
to change the angle of the yellow
and move it.
Bryzgalova has had a
really good game. A bit of a hit and
hope from Norway now.
Just to stones
left, and their Olympic hopes are
starting to disappear. -- just two
stones left. At least put a little
bit of doubt and pressure onto
scattering to the wind.
nerves of Krushelnitskiy coming to
the oi. He knows he will have a big
chance. -- coming to the fore.
chance. -- coming to the fore. Not
done too well for them. Still OAR
This one is going to
be over after this next one, pretty
much. A chance for OAR to fit in
line four, and it will need
something almost impossible from the
Norwegians to score the three shots
OAR only have to remove
the yellow in the white circles on
the left-hand side. And I would
suggest that would be game over.
Hasn't been the best of matches for
Norway. They have almost been the
architects of their own demise. And
for the OAR, watching this last
stone come-down. It doesn't sit, but
nonetheless, it is beginning to look
as though this is the end for
Norway. Having a little look to see
if there is anyway they can take
three out. It would have to be some
sort of miracle shot. It's not just
taking it out, it's sitting in the
house for three.
They can definitely
get them all moving by hitting the
one on the left first and rolling
into the other two. But you
definitely can't get them all out
and then sit in the house. Having
three yellows is the other problem.
Would pull Kristin Skaslien have the
weight to do that?
She doesn't have
the firepower of the Russian pair.
The view is to at least give it a
try. Gritting her teeth and giving
it everything she's got, pushing all
her weight behind it.
Has she made
It was a good try, an
excellent try. The handshakes mean
the OAR win the first-ever bronze
medal in mixed doubles curling. The
married couple embrace, the
celebrations begin for them. For
Magnus Nedregotten and his partner
Justin Skaslien, its disappointment.
But for these two, it's tears of
joy. -- and his partner Kristin
Skaslien. It's the married pair who
come out on top. In the end they
played a great game, Bryzgalova was
solid all the way through. Missed
some opportunities earlier on, but
goodness me, they made it count when
it mattered. And she was solid all
the way through. It was a good final
and Norway did as much as they could
to take it through to the eighth
end. And there are the bronze
medallists in the mixed doubles.
STUDIO: A bit of history made there.
And look who's here to talk curling
with us, only the 2002 Olympic
champion and still if of the Stone
of destiny, Rhona Howie. Delighted
to see you. How delighted are you to
see your sport back in the Olympic
see your sport back in the Olympic
It's been great. Mixed
doubles is a new discipline and
nobody knew how it would take off,
but it has come across well on TV.
You have to be quick, the strategy,
everything is quicker, and you only
have 22 minutes thinking time. The
feedback has been really good and
everybody is really enjoying it.
Unfortunately, Britain didn't have a
team in there.
Remind everybody why
not. This game has been around for a
number of years.
It has. The
countries qualified through their
ranking in the last couple of World
Championships. Britain did well two
events ago, but did not do as well
last year. In ranking points, we
finished eighth. There were eight
countries that qualified but Korea.
Automatic qualification as the host
nation. Although we finished eighth,
it was the top seven plus Korea. So
we were next in line. It was
disappointing not to qualify for the
first mixed doubles, but I am sure
there is a lot to think about now.
Do you think there will be an
impetus to making sure there is a
British curling team? This format
was to inspire the nontraditional
nations get involved, we had four of
the great nations but no Swedes?
British? They didn't make the top
eight. I think we have gone through
the first cycle of it. I think many
of the top countries now, all
countries will be looking at their
next doubles programming schedule
for the next four years, leading up
to Beijing. It is definitely a goer.
Countries are loving it.
not only does it feature the world
champions the Swiss but we have the
Canadians in it. Interestingly,
their duo of Kaitlyn Lawes and John
Morris, we know them from four
person teams over the last couple of
Olympics but they had only played
one practice match together before
the Canadian trials. I guess not the
huge amount was expected of them. It
will be an interesting to see how
this dynamic works.
it gets to these crunch games, the
medal games, in the semifinal, they
struggled a little. I think for the
coaches at the break, they came out
a different team in the second four.
John Morris has had to learn how to
play with a woman. He is used to
playing in men's teams and saying
things to his team-mates but it's
different to be able to encourage
and support and also, who's doing
the sweeping, who's doing the
calling, who is this a Mac? All of
this needs to be worked out and I
think it is taken Canada all week to
get this sorted but they can play
We shall see. The first
inaugural mixed doubles final in the
curling. Let's do it.
COMMENTATOR: He's thinking I've got
to go big, I've got to go big.
has to think about where he's going
to hit it, that's the main thing.
It's not about the big shot but
about where he is going to hit it.
One of the things we have
about where he is going to hit it.
One of the things we have already
spoken about in the team doubles,
when you are playing shots, you need
to know what the tolerances for that
shot. That was a great example. You
cannot afford to play at wide when
you're chasing the game, you need to
keep your stones in play. By hitting
rolling out, you are making things
extremely easy for the team winning
This time again not dissimilar shot,
just going to hit and roll across,
not looking for the double take out
Close. Not that bad a result,
The fact he put in for his
Kaitlyn heads down the other end.
One stone left for both teams.
I don't have any but it looks easier
Just accept, get rid of
this Swiss stone. What is the plan
She's just going to come down
the outside of the shape here in an
owl turn, and anticlockwise rotation
and try to catch the red and to get
the yellow through. She can see more
of it from this side rather than the
drawings shot towards the ring.
Either way, has to curl.
I think he
thought she let that go really wide
but she played in a lovely Headway
and she knows it will poll. Needs to
take this right out of the house.
That is a nice shot from Kaitlyn
By contrast yesterday in the
semifinal, Kaitlyn Lawes is really
finding her format the time. Sadly
for Switzerland, it is two red
stones that are sitting there and
instead of two or three yellows,
which they would have liked, the
power play has not worked for them
here. At best, they are going to get
the one. So straightforward draw was
nothing straightforward in the
gold-medal match... Jenny Perret
looking to reduce the deficit. Not
by enough, or certainly not quite as
much as they would have liked.
Martin Rios keeping an eye on it.
Just has to finish anywhere in the
eight foot. For a one. Carefully
managed and controlled by Martin.
Well, again, Martin Rios, it was his
penultimate stone, really, which
meant they were always up against it
there. A good effort with his last
stone to try and resurrect things.
In the end, could only give his
team-mate a chance to pick up one.
At the halfway point, and delete
this gold-medal match 6-3 over
Switzerland. -- Canada lead this
gold-medal match 6-3 over
So, Canada lead as they go into the
fifth end, 6-3. They have the
hammer. Jenny Perret and Martin
Rios, or they can do now is can play
the best game they possibly can,
make the shots and somehow hope that
Canada slip up and let them in.
Can't really fault Jenny Perret this
evening, when asked to make a shot
she has done. Another nice draw to
start this off.
He is going to be fuming with
himself, isn't he?
half-time break, he's had a chance
to reset a little bit. Probably came
out but a good time, the way he was
going, very much and tilt and Canada
could have been out of sight with
another end if they kept going.
I've been really impressed with
Kaitlyn Lawes this evening.
We said at the beginning, these two
have the chance to become the
first-ever Canadian stab two Olympic
gold medals. No one has had a chance
to win a medal in the mixed doubles,
of course. I think it is here to
stay, it is fair to say.
and I think it will even grow,
certainly in Canada I have no doubt
that having two players of this
calibre out there is only going to
help the game and they will take it
more and more seriously. We will see
Canada probably pin similar amounts
of investment into this new format
of the game and hopefully we might
even Seymour Nations at the next
Olympics, as well. Heard some
rumblings about potentially
increasing the number of teams to 16
from the eight that there are just
now. -- hopefully we will see more
They are talking about
probably making two groups of eight.
I do love it, but it will
have to start about to weeks before
the Olympics start! It is up to the
other sports to grow with ours.
The previous stone from Rios is not
exactly as he would have wanted it
to lie. John Morris doing what he
did last time as well. Just coming
in. He has had good draw weight
That was a good early
weight call from John Morris, he
played the stone, jumped up to sweep
it and quickly when he was sweeping
it he shouted it was heavy and Al
out Kaitlyn Lawes the sweeping call
accordingly. -- and it allowed
Kaitlyn Lawes the sweeping call
90% accuracy for Canada
on the takeouts. That is where the
real difference has been. That shot
that Rios ran through and then the
attempt at the double take out which
nearly came off. The second one
nearly did, the first one didn't.
Just his body language is just
starting to not tell a good story at
the moment, Martin Rios.
Is he going to catch this?
one of those shots, you know they're
not quite mentally right, Martin
Rios nowhere near the stone to sweep
it when Jenny Perret is trying to
have a bit of an audible and change
the play to come onto that back one.
You can say something has to happen,
Canada have to make a mistake, but
you have to make something happen,
you have do at least play, as I
stated when we started the fifth
end, you can't give it up easily. He
needs to settle himself down.
Actually, talking about team
dynamics, we have talked about Jenny
Perret being the one to almost
control Martin Little bit and calm
him down. She almost needs to do the
opposite here and gee him up again
because at the moment he is a little
bit lost at sea.
Good sweeping again from Morris.
Still a good shot, just flooding the
front of the T-line with red stones.
Martin has to keep thinking here, as
well. The danger is, you almost give
the stones away. He had some
imagination during the week in the
round robin. He needs to keep
thinking that way, somehow. Because
the danger is, if you're not making
your shots to play safe. He somehow
has to find a way still to have an
imagination. If it's a difficult
shot, you stuff to try and make it
happen, because otherwise this match
will slip away.
This is going to be close... Just
by. This could be good. That's a
better stone from Martin Rios. Right
in between them, I think, but not
Definitely a useful position,
getting one up in front of the
cluster they can promote onto the
red stones. That is what you're
looking for with every one of the
stones, a crucial part of this
I don't know John Morris
but I just see him sing in a bar
conducting things, telling people
stories, am I right?
John Morris has
got a lot of stories to tell!
He's got that voice, he's got that
Goes quiet as they watch this stone.
Canada going about their business.
John Morris controlling thing. He is
tapping his own stone in.
Switzerland want to score points in
this end and they will need to get
some Reds out of there. Sorry,
Canada have the last stone. But yet,
Switzerland are going to need some
Reds out of there anyway.
They could try running the centre
guard back, it is a bit of a Hail
Mary, but they really need to throw
caution to the wind a little bit at
some point to give themselves a
chance. So they could drive the
centre back onto the yellow, spill
the two red zone to the bottom. That
might help them with a couple. Other
than that, they don't have great
options at all.
They might have
taken a time-out, but if there are
not that many options, the thing to
remember is that journey is playing
and I don't feel this is her natural
shot, either. But that is what they
are going to play.
And so it is. Right, well, this
needs to go very, very well for
Switzerland here, trying to raise
that yellow. And it has missed. And
oddly enough, it has tapped one back
in. Might even be lying second.
Martin Rios goes straight to the
back of the ice.
It is better to
If you throw it to
heavy, if it bounces off that.
The back ring, you want to
hit half of this stone.
forlorn look on the faces of the
Swiss pair. Kaitlyn Lawes has been
on top form in this match tonight
already, the chance to extend
Canada's lead perhaps here, 6-3
already in the fifth end. Starting
to look really ominous for
He thinks it is missing. It is
trying. It's trying. There, I think
that is going to be two. Yes. So,
two to Canada, could have been
three. 8-3. Three ends left.
Switzerland have already used their
This is very much heading Canada's
way. The gold medal expectation for
them and their fans, and so far, so
We could trace this situation all
the way back to that stone of Rios
when he completely missed and went
through. It all changed then, didn't
Yes, and you just wonder what
goes through his head when something
like that happens, you think, is
this game going to go for me or go
against me? I was surprised that
shot from Kaitlyn, I think she
probably talked herself out of it,
she said I would rather flash than
catch it on the wrong side, and that
is exactly what she did almost,
rather than closing it out
Identity they are going
to be stressing too much. So,
Kaitlyn Lawes trying to catch that.
You just have to show a little
glimmer to your opposition, that is
all you need to show.
I know, but it
is 8-3 to Canada, these two have
been playing well, and John Morris
has got the ability to move stones
around that not many others have.
certainly strategically sees the
game really well and calls it really
well, and technically performs it
really well, so...
Big end from a
Swiss point of view. Just trying to
apply some sort of pressure.
That is a nice stone. Jenny is still
very much in the game here. She is
not going to let that five shot lead
that Canada have get to her, so she
has placed a nice stone there, top
half of the four foot in the
controlling area, meaning that
Canada have to try to come down and
freeze it, or tap it back.
I would suggest if they are going to
have any chance, they need to pick
up three here. If you are doing the
maths, it is five shots. A couple of
threes, the hammer in final end, we
are kind of playing with numbers
here, but at least you could create
a bit of belief for yourself.
in a curling match get ahead of
Absolutely, but that is
what I am saying, you can still go,
can we get three in that end? Yes,
There were two small errors
from team Canada, they are not
always performing 100%.
This is the
guy, he has been the man all week,
Martin Rios. I am always worried
when he jumps up as he goes after
his stone, he is like somebody
trying to get up onto a surfboard
for the first time, isn't he?
a little unsteady.
a little unsteady.
I think he would
have loved to have caught that just
a little less on the face. In behind
those other two. Not that I have
never managed to get up on a
That was a good shot by
Martin Rios, and certainly one that
was nominated, for me, not the right
one in this situation. I think they
should have ignored the red stone
and maybe forfeited the one at the
stop, may be splitting the centre
line, that would have turned up the
heat on Canada. Now Canada can
follow that down and just freeze.
Whereas they could have been facing
something a little more scary.
Again, we have talked about
decision-making, and your mind works
very clearly when things are going
well, and when it is not, it is a
Really needs to bring this right
down to sit on top of it.
going to get there.
It is just OK.
wonder whether a little space there
could have been picked out. It
doesn't look like it.
I would love to see Martin Rios make
three shots here in this end. That
is what we need. We need to see
Martin Rios run riot one more time
He has selected a tricky shot here,
coming between the guards.
He said zwischen durch.
Between them through, literally.
This is much more difficult when you
have only got one, as well. You have
somebody judging the wait.
What a shot, Martin Rios.
That couldn't have been played any
better, he had no room on either
side, absolutely perfect. He looks
up to the stands as if to say, thank
goodness, finally. Watch this,
either side, an inch here or there.
A decent results. But again, it is
an opportunity that certainly for
this man here, John Morris, this is
They have got four yellows
there, but two or three of them are
behind the T-line. Canada can come
in quite comfortably on top of one
of them. Making it much harder for
them to remove, and then the stones
that Switzerland can use then are
the ones at the front that they can
then maybe promote.
At least they
are doing what we said they needed
to do, trying to put some pressure
on John Morris. He can still come up
with the goods, though. But that is
all you can do.
Still an option of
getting these two reds and springing
them to the left and the right. A
great shot there would have been not
bumping that yellow, just leaving
them kissing together, making it
much harder for them to be removed.
He almost has to hit the outside
read -- red first and then just skim
across to the side of the ice.
lights of comeback on in the eyes of
Martin Rios, he is seeing a chance
here. Not bad. Almost. Just needed
to be another inch across where he
hit that first stone, it would have
pushed that read off to the side. As
it is, it just nudges it slightly
and actually nudges it in. Good
It is going to be very
difficult to get that one out of
And Kaitlyn Lawes' job
here now is to make it even more
difficult to get that out.
didn't really need to get rid of the
outside one, it is the one that is
still in there that needed to be
moved, so they might have been
better served by hitting that one
first, just to give them the
opportunity to bring all those other
yellows into play.
It was just the
fact that they had to push it
I think that is what he
was thinking, that if he caught that
one, he was looking for the big
score, wasn't he? Three sitting
there on the other side of the
T-line. So Kaitlyn Lawes with the
final stone for Canada here. Plenty
of yellow, but that one single
Canadian red sitting right in the
They still have to be very
careful with this shot. There are a
lot of yellows and you don't want to
give them any opportunity. And the
way that is sitting, that top red
there, even if they do hit it and
get it back, it isn't going to go
Well, Martin, you can stand and look
at it as long as you want, but...
has called a time-out, he is
thinking, I cannot say anything,
maybe the coach can.
situations, it is really about
holding your nerve as well. Canada
pretty confident there, only one red
in behind all of these yellows, but
they can just casually, put one down
on top, the cars that can be pretty
scary when you are thinking, just
one mistake here and they get a
lovely hit and leave many yellows.
But that top red I don't think is
What I am loving
here, John Morris, it is almost as
if he has seen a shot, he is
gesticulating. You can imagine his
brain whirring away.
I can only see... I can see a way to
get the one at the bottom right, but
it is the one played here by Kaitlyn
Lawes that is difficult.
I can hear
them saying, try to get at least
two. Bump, bump, it sounds good.
is not a bad guy to have to call on,
And it is Jenny
Perret who has to play this. What
was the decision in the end?
they hit that top red that we see in
the left-hand top quartile, it is
jamming on the road or the yellow.
This isn't quite hit and hope, but
Canada lying with the shop there.
Suppose something is better than
nothing here. Anyway, here we go,
She gave that there.
Two to Canada. Just wondering
whether or not they think enough
might be enough. A little look
between the two of them. Waiting for
Jenny Perret to come down. They will
decide what to do.
I think that is
game over, is it? They have had
That is it. A cuddle from
Jenny Perret for Kaitlyn Lawes and a
handshake to John Morris. It is
Canada's gold medal. A brilliant
performance from the two of them.
One defeat all week in their very
first match against Norway but since
then they have been a perfect
couple. The first ever winners of
the gold medal in the mixed doubles
at the Winter Olympics. Switzerland
not on their game tonight, but you
could not fault Kaitlyn Lawes on
John Morris, much to the delight of
the huge Canadian support. They have
had a great week, the Swiss, but not
tonight, tickly Martin Rios, not on
his game. You even wonder if he had
been, was there a way ever to be the
Canadians? Kaitlyn Lawes on John
Morris become the first Canadians to
win two gold medals, John Morris in
the men's event in 2010, Kaitlyn
Lawes on Sochi 2014, and now they
are the mixed doubles champions in
are the mixed doubles champions in
Pyeongchang 2018. Canada win 10-3.
Studio absolute delight for the
Canadians. They took a four in the
third end, the foundation of the
victory. Not bad after just one
training session together before the
Canadian trials. Shows what you can
achieve if you have the talent.
Absolutely. A different tactical
game you play mixed doubles. This
pair have obviously got the
experience of being at an Olympics
and can play the game, but the whole
dynamic between the two of them it's
key to get that right, that
key to get that right, that can be
the difference between winning and
How difficult is that to
achieve right off the bat? We can
see networks but in that final you
can see he is one of the Bath boys,
the real Canadian strongmen of
curling, a very different dynamic
between telling men from Mars and
curling women from Venus, a real
It is and you have to
get that dynamic right. It has
properly been a learning curve for
John and Caitlin. Not used to this
format but John Morris has to use to
a female playing the last stone of
the end. They have done it
fantastically well. Hats off to
them, they have played really,
really well this week.
Canada. They have more medal
chances, the Canadians, as has Great
Britain. Remember, Sochi, you were
the head women's coach there. We
have a new men's team, David Murdoch
won the silver last time. We have
Kyle Smith, a young and in
experienced team in their first
Olympic games, how will the British
boys do, do you think?
I think for
them it is about Olympic experience
for them. They have only been at
Europeans, and the bigger curling
events have not been at that. I'm
sure they have spoken about how to
deal with it and handle it. They
have a very tough opening day, they
play Switzerland in their first
game, they did manage to beat in the
semifinals of the Europeans
recently. But Peter Cruise, strong
team, lots of experience, Gold
medallists. Then they have Canada as
well. A very tough first day for
Great Britain, but I think these
boys are up for the challenge. They
have the ability.
It all starts for
the boys tonight at midnight. They
have two, one that midnight and one
at 11am tomorrow morning. Eve
Muirhead, a third Olympic Games, she
has that bronze but a tenacious
character. She has two siblings,
brothers, in the other team. It is
team Muirhead. As for the women's
chances, she really does a gold
medal this time round.
it's the only thing missing, she has
world Juniors, Europeans, she wants
the Olympic gold. A tonne of work in
the last four years. He has matured
greatly since Sochi. There is no
reason why not. If they can put the
performance in on the day, there is
no reason why not.
16 years since
your gold. It has been a long wait,
when you think about it.
Yes, but it
makes me sound old when you say
Curling has been great, the
investment that has come in on the
last 8-12 years. We can only learn
from what other countries are doing,
as well. And we have in Britain. We
now have a centre of excellence. We
are moving the sport forward but we
want that gold medal.
We sure do,
let's hope it comes in the next few
days because Eve Muirhead and to
bring to get underway at 5am
tomorrow morning against the Olympic
Athletes from Russia. It is the
start of the really interesting
10-day campaign for all of our
curlers. Rhona Howie, thank you,
always a pleasure to see you.
Ordinarily an Olympic leader in a
luge contest gets gold but that
fails to take into consideration
Felix Loch. The Bradley Sowell on
Sunday he blew a two tenths of a
second lead going into that final
run. Natalie Geisenberger is also
the defending champion to Germany in
the women's luge. She had an even
greater advantage, three tenths of.
She is a Bavarian police officer, so
if anyone can restore calm and order
on the podium, surely it would be
COMMENTATOR: Emily Sweeney next, her
first Olympics. Her back history
fascinating. 16-year-old when her
sister Megan beat her to the games
in Vancouver and then she suffered a
crushing blow went missing out on
Sochi altogether. Here she is back.
Came into the game 's number 11 in
the world. She starts here 14th and
bidding to improve upon that. It is
fair to say these next few are only
separated by tenths of seconds, so
there is the scope to make a little
bit of a jump forward here.
Everybody needs to be clean at this
point over the sliding lines. Yes,
trying to pull out a big margin and
the current leaders and that is why
her clock is currently green. But
any mistake at this point, and this
is what she has been doing all the
time... That is a massive mistake,
look at the lines, struggling to
keep control of that, she is
crashing. A Big Bang. She hit her
head on everything on the wall.
looks OK. She is distraught, poor
That looks like quite a nasty
crash, trying to fight this led to
keep hold of it. Hopefully she's OK.
Nobody likes to see that in the
sliding spot. You can see, trying to
put her feet down and gain control.
This slide here, she starts to turn
into the corner. Going to go in at
such an angle it will turn her
violently back the other way. From
that point there, she is struggling
to stay in control. You can see the
angle, almost it and it slips her
round. She's pointing down when she
is trying to get control of it. She
is completely out of control at the
minute. What can she do at this
point? She nearly spins all the way
around. She just lost complete
control at that point. That is one
of the worst crashes we have seen so
far. Most of the other people have
come off the side and have sort of
managed to control and slow down a
lot quicker because it is their body
weight causing friction against the
ice. There, because she was still on
the plates, it was difficult for her
to stop the slide. You can just see
her there, very ginger on her feet,
and she's walking off. She looks
like she's sort of OK. Managing OK.
She saying she is fine, probably
just feeling a little bit
claustrophobic with the amount of
people around her. Hopefully, as she
works round, maybe her neck is a
little stiff, but as she works her
way round the track she will get big
under way after Emily Sweeney's
crash with Andrea Voetter, in 11th
place, representing Italy. It would
be a disaster if she repeats what
she did at Sochi, where she was 19.
She is surely going to do a lot
better than that.
Just a little
mistake coming off the first bend,
just slid off. That makes you go
into the second corner as they look
at it a bit different. The first
couple of corners are not perfect
for her. It depends now, time is
starting to just slide away a little
bit. Is that relative to the start?
Will she start pulling away? Now
three hundredths behind, a great
line into 12. Slightly better than
the slide before her. Is this her
crawling back to the front or is
time slipping away Chris Wright she
has pulled back 100th. As we get the
line, this will be down to the
hundreds of thousands of seconds.
close between Andrea Voetter... Just
by three hundredths of a second.
That three hundredths of a second,
as she just fought her way back all
the way to the end, where she just
had a slightly better wine into 12,
which allowed her to carry a little
more speed into the bottom of the
track. This is the little mistake in
one. Slide off which put her
slightly wrong into two. A little
bit of a wave. But this line here,
going into 12 in right part, which,
the corner helps you do the work,
where previously she went on a
little more to the left, which means
you have to turn this led more. That
is the difference between getting it
right, the optimum line, it is
inches. You're trying to find those
inches at 60-70 miles an hour, it is
difficult to do that.
Into the top
ten. In tenth place currently from
Austria is Madeleine Egle. She has a
lot of work to do. She may well hold
the lead after this run but there is
greater big gap between her and the
girls in ninth, eighth and seventh.
She needs a big one if she will move
up, as opposed to holding her
position in tenth.
Her run on the
first run was actually ranked sixth
quickest. If she puts another one of
those in, she can pull herself
forward. It is about her slider,
levelling age. The level she is
that, can she be that consistent? We
will see as we come to the pivotal
part of the track. She has just
drifted across, that will cost her a
little bit of time. Is it enough to
stay in front or has she made the
right line so she can start to pull
forward towards the other slide of
question what doesn't seem to have
affected her too much. Not
overdriven the corner. But no speed
coming up the hill.
A pretty slow
finish, I'm afraid, for Madeleine
Egle. She is ahead of Andrea
Voetter. She should have
consolidated her position relative
to the young Italian, who gives us
the thumbs up. I think she is going
to have a hard job to improve from
tenth place now. After that. The
others should all, should all beat
her comfortably but we will see.
This track has been biting people
when they least expect it all week
It was just there, she knew
she would be close to the left-hand
wall as you look at the screen. Just
trying to think it away and
overcooked that. That ended up her
going later into the corner, which
is why you see that big wave in
corner 12. But for a young slider of
her age and her development, where
she is at with that, I think top ten
at Olympic Games is a great result.
Top ten at an Olympic games for
Romania's Raluca Stramaturaru is an
excellent result as well. She has
been really, really so consistent.
They're in mind a couple of
things... Her two Olympic Games to
date have found her finish 21st in
Vancouver and 30th in Sochi, so to
be in top ten territory for Raluca
Stramaturaru is excellent. She is 32
and she just needs another one.
a couple of little mistakes on the
ramp. Looked like it drifted over
and then she had that little slide
off one. Can she settle in this run,
to make sure she gets the optimum
lines and carries her speed? She
needs to really finish in the top
ten. She has a good margin of three
tenths. Is it enough to stay in
front? Of the athlete who has just
come down Chris Wright she is still
trying to pull away. This is where
she should strive, she has a better
line into this part of the track.
Will she start moving forward
thinking about the athletes in front
of her? Just starting to lose a bit
of time now. Did you work too hard
to get the optimum line?
comes down to her finish. She takes
the lead of Egle. Guaranteed top
ten, feels so sweet. A decent time
from her once again. 46.6. She has
been 46.5 and 46.4.
consistent from the Romanian. That
is what you need. When we start
looking at the ins and outs, look
there, as she loads of the sled,
goes into the corner. But this lying
down the street was perfect. That is
why she was able to carry that
little bit of speed coming down the
track. Look at how happy she is.
What we are getting into the realms
of now with these athletes in the
top ten, what markers for funding
have they been given? She is so
happy because potentially a top ten
or nine could be the equivalent of
what we know as lottery funding
within Romania. If they do well,
this is the sport they are looking
at to try get that little bit of
money to help them progress over the
next four years.
Well, there was nothing to choose
between the remaining and this young
lady to come. Summer Britcher holds
the track record.
That mistake that
she made on the start ramp, where
she hit the sort of left-hand wall
as you are looking at it, is still
manifesting its way now down the
track. She is now starting to get on
the sled, but she looks lower than
ever body else. It doesn't matter
now if she is putting her feet down
or not, she has killed all her
speed. She is almost 15 kilometres
slower than anybody else. And you
can see the time slipping away, so
that is now a top eight for the
Yes, this is horrible for
Summer Britcher. We talk all about
consistency, but she has been the
fastest down here, but she has had a
couple of the worst runs as well on
She has been an athlete
like Emily, the other slider, where
you think she is going to either win
it or bin it, she is either going to
put a flyer in or crash. She looks
like she hasn't really settled on
the sled. You are right, the
remaining is now eight at worst.
Summer is going to lose quite a lot
of ground obviously. It was over for
her in seconds. You can see how much
control she had lost, and she still
hasn't settled on the sled, and all
of that just because one hand
slipped as she was powering out.
There is no reason for her to make
that mistake, she should have been
back on plan, and all of that
because mentally she was still
thinking about the start.
So, now, it is Aileen Frisch, and
this should be absolutely fantastic.
She is only a fraction ahead of
Stramaturaru. Down the run goes
Aileen Frisch, who was part of the
German team not long ago, but now
sliding for Korea, and sliding well.
That line was great, but is it
enough? The time is slipping away.
Is the remaining going to pick off
another position? The light is going
red up the hill.
Is she losing it
late in the day he? She is. Ultimate
disappointment for her, and the
unlikely Stramaturaru still leads
with now just six to go.
Stramaturaru, to remind you, has had
two Distin finishes in the Olympics
before, as Aileen Frisch takes the
claim of the crowd.
nothing wrong with that run, it is
just the Romanian slider has put in
such a fantastic run.
She has been
brilliant, the 32-year-old from
Romania. But Frisch has acquitted
herself really well this week. It
just got a little bit ragged to the
end of her run.
Maybe just forcing
the bottom of the track a little too
much, but she is embracing the crowd
in the atmosphere that is going on
at the bottom of the track as we
head towards the final slide is
And this is it, the top
six now. Kimberley McRae has a big
start over the Romanian. Kimberly
goes here for Canada, and barring a
disaster for her, she should be
about to remove herself to the top
of the leaderboard. She was third in
the World Championships, fifth in
Sochi. She has pedigree, and she has
been sliding well.
These lines are
good for the top of the track, you
can't hear anything from the sled,
no sliding up and down the corners,
she is doing what she needs to do.
This is the key corner, if she nails
this, and she has, that was perfect.
You can see the running blade that
the war, but it didn't knock off
course. That should be the optimum
liner she now starts to pull away.
She is coming into almost the final
corner and up the hill.
has been excellent, what a run for
her, really quick. Excellent work
from her, and that puts a little bit
of pressure on Erin Hamlin, the
bronze medallist from Sochi who goes
next. Kimberley McRae has done what
she should have done, put the
Great run, no real big
mistakes, she comes into the second
corner, but this was perfect. You
can see is the camera comes down the
local further how close she was to
the wall. You can see that the other
line was slightly flatter, but she
is carrying more speed at this
point, so that little wave, trying
to find the optimum balance between
a flat line and a wavy line to carry
The culmination of the
women's individual championship here
at the Olympic games. Natalie
Geisenberger clear by three tenths
of a second, but the battle for
medals promises to be tight. Erin
Hamlin in the next once again,
created history when becoming the
first American to win a medal at the
Games in this event back in Sochi.
She gets married shortly, and this
would be one heck of a wedding
present if she can get in the next
She is only 13
hundredths out of a medal. All she
can do is aim for that number one
spot. And those are the mistakes
that have been costing people
medals. She will definitely drop
behind the Canadian, but how many
more spots will she drop? Is she
going to hold onto this? This will
be close. Is she going to manage
Cirstea front of her?
always the possibility of mistakes
still to come, but Erin Hamlin has
been untidy hair, and she cannot be
the Canadian. And she is out of the
medals. And McRae just gets a little
bit closer to them. Still with four
to come. McRae leading, and it is
fifth at worst for her.
This is what
we have seen from a lot of the
athletes. They know they have to get
that corner nine right, what has now
been named as the Dragons tale. That
cost her a little bit of pressure,
and she feels that skid coming
early, which is why she puts her
feet down, and that is the
difference between coming down in
front and that few hundredths
behind. A few thousandths bad, that
is how close it is. Cvijanovic
Dajana Eitberger had a blinding
46.1, very close to the track
record, and a repeat of that may
well give her a medal and heat
stacks of pressure on Alex Gough and
Tatjana Huefner to come. Here goes
Dajana Eitberger for Germany, coming
into the Olympic Games as number two
in the world. All of these sliders
now have been so consistent, there
is nothing between them in terms of
equipment, their driving styles.
They know how to get down the track,
but it is all about how they can
handle the mental pressure of
getting the optimum lines and making
sure they are building speed all the
way up the track especially as they
come through corners eight and nine.
Now, this should be enough for her
to hold onto the lead, and put
pressure on the next person. She is
holding a big gap and this is
definitely going to be her as she
Eitberger looks as though she will
be forth at the very worst, and we
know from the men is that anything
can happen with the big three. It is
a strong run and she knows it.
has put the pressure on Alex Gough
could we see a German 1-2- three, a
clean sweep of the podium at the
That has happened many times
in history. And Dajana Eitberger has
done all she can now, and waiting in
the wings is Canada's Alex Gough who
is waiting in the wings with her
knees trembling probably.
needs to do now is absolutely drill
that straight. If she gets that
slightly wrong or slightly out of
the optimum line, she might struggle
to stay in front. She needs to be
injured perfect all the way down the
The crowd are getting
excited, and this scrap for medals
is astonishing. Alex Gough, you have
got to feel for her. Fourth in the
singles in Sochi, she is not going
to finish fourth again, is she? She
is potentially less than 60 seconds
away from a medal, but Dajana
Eitberger has put so much pressure
on the shoulders of the 30-year-old
So we just need to keep
a look at the clock, that is nine
hundredths of a second at the
moment. Will it be red or green when
she gets to the bottom? There won't
be much difference. She now comes
down to the most pivotal point. Give
this right and you give yourself a
chance. That is a better straight,
now is this going to be an Olympic
bronze for Canada, or will it be
Germany? She is losing this, this
will be right down to the thousands
as she comes down.
tailing off. Is Alex Gough going to
miss out on a medal again? She ducks
very much like she is. Eitberger is
guaranteed a medal, and now Alex
Gough is relying on two legendary
lugers from Germany or she is out of
the medals again. Absolute crushing
heartbreak for the Canadian.
so tight between these, it is
unbelievable how close this is going
to be. When she looks back at this
now, the little the stakes, did she
overdrive the corner as she comes
down the straight? And just do too
much? You can see how disgruntled
she is. The next two people down,
and Olympic champion and an Olympic
Incredible scenes here.
They are not used to making
This is Tatjana Huefner in
second place currently. Eitberger,
Alex Gough, McRae is the order at
the moment. Tatjana Huefner is 34, a
legend in this sport. Three medals
in recent games, a gold in
Vancouver, a bronze. I think it is
very unlikely that Tatjana Huefner
can give Natalie Geisenberger
anything to think about with regard
to the gold, although we never know.
We saw what happened the other day
in the men's event. Huefner is
usually rock solid. Can she hold her
Because it is so close, you
are looking at 45 thousandths of a
second, if you make one mistake she
can drop back two places, which will
bob the Canadian pack up into
bronze. And that could be the
mistake! She has drilled the
straight, but is that enough? Will
she have to drive that curve too
much to keep the speed? Has she got
enough track left? This could be it,
this could be the difference. Is she
going to lose it coming up the hill?
This is so dramatic, up the hill to
the line, Huefner, Eitberger, Gough
it is all so tight. And Alex Gough
is back in, the Canadian can't
believe it! The Canadian has a
medal, Eitberger has a medal, and
the magnificent Huefner has blown
it. Or is there another sting in the
tail with bison -- Natalie
Geisenberger to come? Never before
has a Canadian being in the three in
the women's event. Of all people to
blow it, you would not have thought
it would be Huefner.
We didn't think
it would be Felix Loch in the men's
race, but he did the same thing, he
cracked under pressure. With one
person to go, is the German ice
queen going to falter at the last
What an extraordinary climax
to an extraordinary event. The gold
medal will be won either by this
young lady, Natalie Geisenberger, to
create history to win it for the
second time, or if she has a Felix
Loch moment, the gold will go to an
Olympic debutant, also from Germany,
Dajana Eitberger waiting in the
She looks more nervous than I
have seen her on any other run. Will
this be the point where the pressure
gets to her? Even though she is
Olympic champion, is the pressure
getting to her right at this moment?
She has three tenths of a second in
hand, but she is on her
As you can see from the
caption, she has nearly half a
second now. We have seen from people
making mistakes at the end of the
Dragon's tale, the end of that
chicane, it can cost them over half
a second. If she gets this corner
right now, she's on her way to being
Olympic champion in 2018. She is not
going to lose that amount of time in
these last few corners. If she comes
through the big Olympic corner, she
is still holding that 45 hundreths
She's going to do it
once again, Geisenberger, like she
did in Sochi. She is the tenth
German to win and only the third to
win it twice! A great day for
Germany, then. Natalie Geisenberger
has Nick Mangold. Dajana Eitberger
the silver and Canada, Alex Gough is
third time. Geisenberger deserves
that. She has been magnificent.
certainly has. You can see the
celebrations, the Germans happy and
possibly as well, after Felix Loch
lost the medal of the other night,
they're sort of golden girl has
lost the medal of the other night,
they're sort of golden girl has
managed to pull it off.
Geisenberger becomes a third woman
to successfully defend the Olympic
luge title. Dajana Eitberger in the
game is getting silver. Alex Gough
becomes Canada's first ever
medallist in the luge discipline.
Maybe if you can visit
the luge is the only event schlemiel
cup hasn't had a go out because she
is the ultimate all-rounder,
certainly in alpine terms. You raced
all five alpine disciplines at the
Olympic Games in four games. 3/11
places, one in the combined event
which combines speed and technical
ability. How difficult is it for you
to actually focus on a combined
event these days in an era of
really challenging. The aim was to
showcase the speed, adrenaline and
craziness of downhill, part with the
disco legs, the dynamic of slalom.
Everyone wants to see it one day. As
Natalie is difficult but you have
loads of kit but also the night
before, instead of thinking about
having power in your legs you have
to think about agility as well. A
very interesting event but it is
It is, but there is the
Alpine combined and at last the
alpine events are getting underway
after a couple of delays. You know
what this is like, it happens almost
all the time in your sport. But
there is one Austrian for whom the
whole nation is just keeping its
fingers collectively crossed. Why is
Marcel Hirscher such a superstar?
paper on one side he is the greatest
male ski racer of all time. People
back in the day... He has so much
talent across the board. He has
started 218 World Cups, 120 of them
he has been on the podium with 55
wins, percentage rate of being on
the podium 55%. Over half the start
he's ever done he's been on the
podium. He's won the sixth time
overall globe. Very talented, one
you always have to watch because you
never know what will happen with
I do like my stats on those
were crackers, you know that club
nobody wants to be a part of, the
greatest athlete or player never to
win a major or Olympic gold? That is
Marcel Hirscher. Will that change?
We will find out with Graham Bell
Thomas Drazen no Germany will be the
first Alpine skier. With all the
delays, we have had to wait until
this Tuesday for the men's Alpine
combined to get underway. It is a
shortened course because of the
wind. Graham Bell will talk you
through it now.
Starting on top of
the roller-coaster section, with
tunnels underneath the course,
coming up on to what would be the
second jump in the downhill, the
Dragon's claw, around the big
sweeping turn, Paradise turn. Then
the second jump on this course and
heading towards the blue Dragon
Valley. Thomas Dressen is an
experienced downhill, not up to much
in slalom. This combined race really
is a match of the two. Thomas
Dressen has good speed, had good
speed in the training runs. Top
seven in the last training run.
Expect him to set down a really good
time. Pretty much error-free in the
downhill. Still a bit of wind about
as he comes past the magic tree and
heading towards the final jump now.
Thomas Dressen won the downhill just
before the start of the Winter
Olympic Games. A couple of
reasonable results in combined
events on the World Cup this season
but there will be plenty of interest
now is Marcel Hirscher prepares to
race. Pyeongchang 2018. He is an
action for the first time. The last
Olympic Games he claimed the silver
in the Olympic slalom. In 2015 he
won gold. The following worlds at
San Moritz 2017 he claimed silver in
the Alpine combined event. If
history is anything to go by, will
be the man to catch on the second
His best was 3.6 six. A
big jump there. He went over that
roller and luckily he was balanced
as he took to the air. A good run
for a Marcel Hirscher. You can
afford to give away 2.5 seconds to
Thomas Dressen as long as he stays
in the top 30. That is the most
important thing he has to do today,
to put down a damage limitation run
Pretty good, within 1.32
of the man who won the kit downhill.
Marcel Hirscher will be pretty
content with how his combined
Olympic campaign has begun. That was
a jump that took him by surprise,
however. He flew.
Next from a layer... Must've been an
incident earlier on. He straddled,
not often you see guys straddling a
downhill gate. Left ski came off and
exploded that. Thankfully both skis
are off. He got tangled up badly on
the safety netting. We will deftly
have a start stop. It is so grippy
the snow, straddled the downhill
gate on the roller there. The wind
is still a factor. Look at it, the
control gate on the left of screen
is blown almost flat.
You would want
that wind, a lovely tailwind.
ready to go. The race can continue.
His mother Vic Matt Fish slalom gold
medal at the 1972 Olympic Games, in
which his uncle Bob also competed.
His aunts have both been Olympians.
Cousins have been Olympians. The
Cochrane family and established
skiing force on the east coast of
Oh no, his shoulder into
that gate. The same problem. Over
aggressive. It bit so much harder
than he was expecting. He rolled his
skis onto an egg, a little bit of a
bump and then the line was
A man who has won
a World Cup Alpine combined this
season in Borneo is next to ski. The
multi-talented man from France,
Alexis Pinturault. He has got the
early green light
early green light over Temple.
a second down, this is going to be
good. This will certainly set things
up nicely for the slalom run, if
Alexis Pinturault can get a good run
coming out of the blue Dragon
Valley, round past the magic tree,
just on the right on this screen.
1.11. Doesn't need to worry too much
Yes, it's all about
Marcel Hirscher. Can he go quicker
than Marcel Hirscher? He skis into
second position. He is ahead of
Marcel Hirscher. Iraq has been a
World Cup winner in slalom in the
past. He will fancy his chances now.
He will fancy his chances now.
The downhill skiers will have an
impact into what is happening with
This is Axel. Treating this as
another reconnaissance mission for
downhill Day, which has been moved
He is late in the line
going into the blue Dragon Valley.
Nowhere good enough, I think, to
race slalom, get that short and
sharp pressure in and the gate.
Downhill you can build the pressure,
get away with being strong and slow
and powerful. Look how much looser
and more relaxed he is than the
slalom skiers we have seen before.
35 years younger now. He is here
with one thing in mind, to win the
Olympic downhill on Thursday. He has
skied into second position here for
the moment. Remember, that is just
another training run.
another training run. Second in
Borneo and third place finish also,
a good all-rounder and a chance for
a medal here, and he is a serious
threat for downhill Day on Thursday.
He needs to ski a second and a half
or two seconds ahead of Marcel
Hirscher in order to have a good
chance. Goes into blue Dragon
A lucky escape there.
catchy and aggressive, this snow.
You have to race with sharp edges to
grip on the icy bits but when you
get onto the really creepy bits,
sometimes they catch too much. It
damages the skis as well, gives
freezer burned to the skis, the base
rubs away. Not a great run.
pushed Alexis Pinturault and Marcel
Hirscher down a place. A big
powerful unit but light on his feet
when he needs to be. 29 metres of
flight and that last jump. 21
hundredths ahead of Dressen, now
trailing by nearly half a second.
A bit of wind still around on the
course as well.
course as well. Dressen still holds
onto first position at the last
split Paris is about six tenths
behind the German. Has he managed to
close the gap he has gone into
fourth. Three quarters of a second
behind Thomas Dressen. Here is the
Olympic downhill champion, Mattias
Meyer. Claimed the Olympic gold
medal in Sochi Rod Tucker years ago
and became a national hero as a
result in Austria, as all previous
Olympic downhill Austrian skiers do.
I think there are seven in total.
EWorld defend that title on
Thursday. First of all he tackles
the Alpine combined and the way he
Dressen's split 14.8.
signs of wind on the track. Looks
like he is having a fairly clean
run, with no gusts through the
Paradise turn. The left-hander where
he would have been cutting it off
and going through the gate. It looks
like there is a headwind. Looked
like a little bit of a headwind.
Next intermediate... In touch, 600
staff the pace stopped into the
Dragon Valley, it's clean, it is
fast. It is huge! What a jumper, he
styled it out, almost put a little
old school twister in there
spectacular skiing from MAyer.
he got some airtime, and some speed
1:19.24, still the fastest
time from the first down the
mountain, but a little off the pace
of Thomas dress. And Mayer is in
third position via a spectacular job
which gave him a huge amount of
height and distance. Back to
height and distance. Back to the
top, it is Mermillod Blondin from
France, another decent all-rounder.
He has missed racing in a couple of
seasons from injury. He is behind
Dressen by six tenths.
Into the blue
Dragon Valley, no big mistakes so
far. Through the magic trees section
1.19 of the pace, and this is the
first stage of a long day on the
mountain for these racers. Thomas
Mermillod Blondin finds himself of
the call of the pace, he will have
to produce a lightning quick slalom
run to move up through the
And this is Jansrud is on
his way. He along with Svindal, they
are the trailblazers for the
Norwegian men's team. Here with a
chance to win one or two, possibly
three medals, if everything goes
according to plan.
according to plan.
I think that what
has actually happened is that there
is a lack of a tailwind, but they
are doing a very good job in
difficult conditions, because he
doesn't have that advantage of a
tailwind of the early part of the
Has he managed to close the
gap? This could set things alight
rather, as his good mate, Svindal,
peers in second. And another of the
big names in this sport, this is
He won the last training
run. Not up to much in the slalom,
but he is still there or
thereabouts, he needs a good lead,
but in the mid-part of the course,
he doesn't have that advantage of
Paris is next, and
then Fill. Currently the world
champion in Alpine combined is
slipping down the leaderboard, he is
14th at the moment, and Kriechmayr
might push him down another notch
Christof Innerhofer was the bronze
medallist four years ago in Sochi.
He came in for the bronze for Italy.
He needs to put in a serious
downhill one to give him suffer
chance. He has to go close if not
quicker than Dressen, and he is
quicker at the first split.
Innerhofer does like it super icy,
and he has got that today.
Innerhofer had a difficult time in
January, did the double, crashing in
the two biggest downhill races of
the season. He got away with it, no
injuries. How close is heaped to
Dressen here? It is a good run from
him, and Innerhofer is suddenly in
the mix. Jared Goldberg, the
American, 26 years old from Utah,
skating really hard. That control
gate won't have helped his racing
He ducked his head over the
Really aggressive downhill, and the
American downhill team has been
rocked by injury this year. Steven
Nyman busting his cruciate
Nyman busting his cruciate on the
very same job where he taught the
364 days after he had
done it the first time.
This is a
good run by Goldberg.
And he is
about to mix things up if he can
finish. How close can he go to
Thomas Dressen's time? He is top
ten. He has gone into ninth position
with a late start number. No change
at all, it is still Thomas Dressen
who leads the way
so, the race is under way.
Victor Muffat-Jeandet is a good
skier, he has won a World Cup event
already this season.
There is a lot
of offsetting the slalom run, and
Muffat-Jeandet with an early start
number really needs to put a good
run down. He is a little down on
Dressen, he would be disappointed
with his downhill, but this is a
great slalom run down here.
has gone before him so he has a nice
fresh canvas underfoot, he is
carving some sweet terms, the
Frenchman, races involved is there,
and his combined
and his combined slalom time is
good, so large as the benchmark now.
Now it is Ted Ligety, former
combined champion. He won the title
back in Turin in 2006, it was a
2-run slalom affair back then, and
since that gold medal winning run,
he has eased off on the slalom
campaign, concentrating on giant
slalom where he is also the current
Olympic champion and will go in
defence of that title next week. He
is not far off Victor
Muffat-Jeandet, holding his own.
Good run from Ted Ligety, he has
fought his way back to form, little
slow on the transition coming onto
this steep section. He generally
likes the courses when they have a
big offset, turning from one side to
the other. Carrying speed.
He is not
leading, but not far off.
leading, but not far off. 0.43
behind Muffat-Jeandet, currently
goes into silver medal position. And
the next man coming out of the start
Benjamin Thomsen is not in
the start at.
So we move straight
the start at.
So we move straight on
to Luca Aerni, he won the medal
ahead of Marcel Hirscher last time.
He is struggling for a grip here.
is trying to generate as much speed
as he can. But he has lost a lot of
time on Victor Muffat-Jeandet, and
that could put him onto the podium
if Luca Aerni can't match it. It
shows how good the Frenchman's run
Luca Aerni has made a mess of
the top half of the course, and he
is struggling to find speed on the
bottom, and he is a long way down,
look at that, nearly two seconds
down. And he was quicker than Victor
Muffat-Jeandet after the downhill.
It is one of the Slovenians who is
next ago, it is Stefan Hadalin. They
have small, short mountains so they
grow up doing nothing but slalom. He
has an advantage over Victor
Muffat-Jeandet, he is an experienced
Yes, he is getting his
skis onto maximum edge to create
around line. This is a good run.
1:45.57 is the next split, and he
keeps himself within striking
distance of the lead of this race,
the demands of the course are
becoming a little more tricky, it
gets quite steep here and really icy
underfoot. And Stefan Hadalin won't
be pushing for the lead here. How
close can he go? He is across the
line into third position for the
moment. So, Stefan Hadalin pushes
Luca Aerni out of the medals. Here
is the regular World Cup slalom
specialist, he will attack the top
part of the course. You can tell the
difference straightaway between
those who ski regularly top-level
slalom and those who occasionally
dabble, and he is still in the
green, but nearly all of that
advantage has gone.
He is really
skidding, you can see the snow
coming out of the underneath the
skis, it is better as he goes on the
flat. This is the tricky on the gate
as he comes onto the side of the
Still potentially good enough
to go into silver medal position. He
is 0.26 behind Victor
Muffat-Jeandet. Can he finish with a
flourish here and put pressure on
the lead? He has come close. Within
0.33, good enough for second.
0.33, good enough for second. Next
to calm is Thomas Mermillod Blondin.
He knows his way through a slalom
track, and he is skiing some decent
turns up the top.
Look at that
little jump at the start of the
turn, that little delay, you don't
see that with the specialist slalom
skiers. He has a wide stance, which
means his outside like us to do more
Keeping himself in touch,
could he give France first and
second in the middle part of this
lead? He is still in the hunt, 0.25,
I don't think he will overhaul the
lead off Victor Moffat gene that,
but he might push Marco Schwartz
down the place. Just missed it, 0.48
down. So now it is the main man,
Marcel Hirscher. The best technical
skier in the world. 1.01
skier in the world. 1.01 seconds his
advantage over Victor Muffat-Jeandet
after the first run, he did a
beautiful downhill like this
morning, Marcel Hirscher. The one
thing that is missing from his
trophy cabinet is an Olympic gold
medal, so can he put that right
He is looking pretty good,
but not as clean as Victor
Muffat-Jeandet on the top part of
the course. He is going for it now,
and this is where the acceleration
is coming. He is risking everything
on his second run.
Add adding to his
lead, Marcel Hirscher is doing what
he does best in the alpine skiing
world, the wind is there that he is
battling his way through it. He
doesn't seem to care, the Windies
whipping up, trying its best to
distract Marcel Hirscher. Can he do
enough to move into gold medal
position over Victor Muffat-Jeandet?
Yes, comfortably! More than a
second. Glorious slalom skiing from
Marcel Hirscher. And there is the
man who could change things around,
Alexis Pinturault from France. He is
ready to race for the final time
today. He pushes hard out of the
start gate. He doesn't have an awful
what over Marcel Hirscher coming
into this second leg of today's
A little stumble...
He counter rotated as he went into
that, a great recovery from
Pinturault, and a great turn. He
finds himself behind Marcel
Hirscher, he has turned on the red
light for the first time. Right now
it is good enough, still good enough
potentially for silver medal
position, but there is no way,
because Marcel Hirscher was so quick
on the bottom half, there is no way
Pinturault can move into gold. He
has gone into second.
He didn't have
the wind that Marcel Hirscher had on
the lower part of the course, able
to catch up some, but I think that
is all decided now. Hirscher, and he
He gave it everything.
Christof Innerhofer brings a margin
into this competition, that is what
he has over Marcel Hirscher after
the downhill leg. And he still has a
chunk of time in his favour.
not going to be gold or silver, but
can he sneaked the bronze again? He
is the best of the downhill skiers
Still in the hunt for the
bronze medal position.
bronze medal position. First to
third separated by just over a
second. It is getting a little shaky
here, and now he is too far away and
he doesn't have the ability to
accelerate and claw back the lost
time, and I think Victor
Muffat-Jeandet is safe in third. No
danger to Pinturault or Hirscher.
Muffat-Jeandet is smiling now, he
knows he is comfortable in bronze
Having never won a World Cup four
years ago, part of the Sochi games.
His advantage over Marcel Hirscher
is more than a second but a steady
old... He is out.
A heavy hit.
hope he is OK for the downhill he
has taken out a coach
has taken out a coach and one of the
cameramen as well. You wouldn't want
him thundering down towards you, all
hundred kilos of him. And it is not
a quick stop, because is shining on
the surface. You see the way he is
looking, that is the skill of a
downhill skier, you never give up,
even when you are crashing you still
think. One of those two calls
workers were a little slow to react.
They should have been looking up a
bit more, getting out the way.
bit more, getting out the way.
with one to gum, Marcel Hirscher and
Alexis Pinturault guaranteed medals.
Can Thomas Dressen snatch the bronze
from the grasp of Muffat-Jeandet?
Off to a steady start. Looks
comfortable in slalom.
Study is the
operative word. Going to slip half
his lead, and he has. -- steady. Can
he sneak into bronze medal position?
He has to finish within 1.01 seconds
of Marcel Hirscher. At the next
Brit, trails the great Austrian by
0.43 but that was tidy.
That was OK.
What will he do in the split?
almost certainly out of reach now.
The French are starting to think
that they will take two medals out
of the men's Alpine combined. Thomas
Dressen lives dangerously but
finishes in ninth. The medals are
decided. At last, Marcel Hirscher is
an Olympic champion. He takes the
men's Alpine combined gold. Gold for
Marcel Hirscher, silver per Alexis
Pinturault and the bronze to Victor
Pinturault and the bronze to Victor
Muffat-Jeandet. Magic Marcel
Hirscher. At last, all of Austria
size with relief. The foundation of
his victory was what?
I think you
put himself in a good position after
downhill, a solid downhill run and
then charged the slalom, executed a
different mind to the others we saw
before him. Going into really deep
in the turns, tipping it up and
asking strongly over the outside
ski. He takes risks but pulls. Can
see he is working with gravity,
where as a lot of the other racers
were going through the turn doing
nothing at the top and fighting
against gravity at the bottom, so
losing speed, wept as he is making
it. He even had to content with the
snow and wind. It is really hard
because you can't see the base of
the gate. One millimetre inside he's
going to straddle and he
accelerated, made up speed despite
that gust of wind.
What nerve for Marcel
Hirscher, is this the floodgates
about to open question what are the
possibilities for him? The first
gold of potentially four. He is the
mail to watch, we are expecting big
things from him, which is amazing.
Keirin Shiffrin has amazing skills
and speed but also in slalom. I
think Marcel Hirscher, now he has
that gold, can go and enjoy it. When
he enjoyed himself skiing, he goes
very, very fast.
I think that
combined also illustrates what we
were talking about earlier, the
difficulty of specialising in a
technical event and a speed event
and the reigning downhill champion
was living proof of that, wasn't he?
The downhill as struct. He
straddled. I have the pinpoint, was
amazing at crashing, didn't panic,
looked up where he was going to
crash and just relaxed into it,
falls like jelly, which is the way
to crash without hurting us.
Unfortunately, does take someone out
on the way and a drill is the
product of this result. Crash as
well, not hurt. As you can think he
was just a bit off. They struggle
with those short skis.
coursework are all be drill were
harmed! I think it's important to
show everybody the difficulty of
combining the two disciplines, why
I talked about the
different skills you need for
downhill and slalom but the
equipment is different. This is what
they were skiing this afternoon,
165. Fat, thin, aggressive, strong,
dynamic. The downhill skis the boys
using the morning, the men sorry,
they come all the way to hear. They
are much more straight and up and
down. They need to carry you safely
and steadily at speeds of up to 90
miles an hour. It takes a variety of
skills they don't have much time in
between to practice. So it really is
an amazing talent.
It is. It could
well be that that is the last ever
I know! The death of
the discipline, a discipline the
Olympics chose to run for the first
time in 1936 in Alpine skiing. The
popularity of the parallel is so
much now that they have to give
somewhere and it looks like Marcel
Hirscher might have that combined
Appropriate. Something new may be
coming along the way. We will find
out about that later.
Thank you. Still to come between now
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COMMENTATOR: The nation holds its
breath. Away they go. They get away.
Elise Christie trying to move
through on the inside. She is behind
Arianna Fontana of Italy. Christie
back in fourth at the moment. She
has work to do. We know she has
speed in her legs. Momentarily up
into third, Christie.
into third, Christie. Christie tries
to go on the inside... Christie is
out of it once again! Fontana
to go on the inside... Christie is
out of it once again! Fontana! In
her quest for gold, Elise Christie
ends up on the floor again. She
crashed out of the final four years
ago and history repeats itself in
Korea. She doesn't finish the race.
One chance gone, ended in bitter,
bitter disappointment for Elise
Christie. She has two more attempts
to try and claim an elusive Olympic
I was knocked over, I didn't fall on
my own. It doesn't give you any
benefit when someone gets a penalty.
It is just tough. I have worked so
hard for the 500. It has been taken
away from me, and even the
semifinal, I got crashed in and
ended up on the floor. I know it's
short track and I'm supposed to be
prepared for this, but it still
hurts, you know?
One of the things I
saw from the angle we were watching,
it looked more as though temperament
should have received the penalty.
That wouldn't have helped Elise at
all. Clearly the camera angles the
referee C, and this is something we
have been trying to get changed, we
also have the same camera angles as
the referees, makes it... More sense
to the people watching. We are
watching and calling the race. I
said Elise was trying to go through
on the inside, it was clear you
could see that. It looked me very
clearly that Kim Boutin's left hand
was trying to block police and
ultimately their penalty was given
to Choi. I said before the final
just to get a medal would be the way
to get bored. Now she's come away
and be forth again. She has the 1500
and 1000 metres still to go. I think
one of the things now she needs to
do is earn the British camp GB back
in the UK to get behind, stay
positive. It's just the start of the
Olympics. STUDIO: In the arms of her
boyfriend there. It is tough to
watch and tough to take I'm sure for
Elise but don't forget she's a
triple world champion. She has come
through so much to be here after a
really tough time in Sochi four
years ago. And another two events,
she will be back, don't you worry,
we will stick with skating
we will stick with skating but of
the long trek variety, as we look
back at one of the great moments in
Olympic history. 1980, the Lake
Placid games. A certain Eric-, a
legend of American skating. I was
looking back at this. He measured 81
centimetres around the waist and 69
centimetres around each of his
thighs. I will leave that to the
imagination. The first person in
Olympic history ever to win five
individual golds in one games and
this is how he did it, outside in
Commentator Eric Heiden settling on
the line. Eric Heiden 's leading
now, leading the Olympic champion,
chasing an Olympic record. He
crosses the line 38.03. A new
Olympic record! Eric Heiden comes in
and is going to have an impressive
margin at the line.
A new Olympic record!
Watch the clock, 1:57.95 is the time
to beat any will be miles inside it.
Another magnificent skate from Eric
7:05.59 to beat. And the finished
now... And a new Olympic record!
7:02.20 nine. Eric Heiden does it
Five times we have seen him skate
against the world's best opposition
and five times he has shattered
Olympic records. In the longest and
toughest race of the Morecambe and
the skating programme, he shatters
the world record. -- toughest race
of the more.
the world record. -- toughest race
of the more. Interesting to note, in
America American speed skaters
didn't win a single medal. A lot of
pressure on the likes of Davis and a
former winner of the 1500 metres. He
was in the field today, although he
is getting on a bit. Interesting to
note this is one of the few events
in long track skating in which the
Dutch were not necessarily a shoo-in
COMMENTATOR: The first of three
Dutch racers, Patrick Roest of the
Netherlands, six in the 1500 at last
year's worlds. Silver at last year's
world all-round championship. The
Dutch think they have a good one in
the 22-year-old. This is the
21-year-old from New Zealand, part
of the team that won silver in the
pursuit at last year's World
Championships. Patrick Roest of the
Netherlands and the right.
Three and three quarters laps, the
men's 1500. The Dutchman in the
orange and blue. Patrick Roest.
Patrick Roest is the young upstart
from the Netherlands, I think he was
surprised himself that he made the
team, and this is his first Olympic
He probably has something to
prove to the Dutch, and he has cut a
good one going, now can he keep up
that pace? That is always the
question in the 1500 metres. They
come out fast, but that last 500
metres takes so much out of you, you
have to have something left in the
tank to be successful.
think this is an indication of how
deep the Dutch team is. They can
have a 22-year-old coming to the
games out of the blue and reach a
level that you wouldn't expect of
someone at least 22 years old. And
lets not forget Reyon Kay, he has
come in from in-line skating and he
will be using this as a nice warm up
for that race as well.
down, and Patrick Roest is still
flying, 400 to go, a 26.79 lap time,
and Roest looks bound and determined
to take the lead.
He has nothing to
lose, you can see that left arm
flailing and I would like to see
that tight on his back, technique
falling apart just a little bit
And at the line, there is your
leader, 1:44.86, a solid skate from
Patrick Roest of the Netherlands.
And there is the veterinary, 35
years of age, Shyani Davis, for
Olympic medals, two silver medals in
the 1500, he was 11th in it four
years ago, three times world
champion in the difference and he is
paired with Bart Swings, with a time
of 1:46.75, a former in-line skater
and a very good one who went to the
ice in 2011, Shani Davis on the
right and Bart Swings of Belgium on
Three and three quarters laps, this
is the men's 15 and a Scot Shani
Davis and Bart Swings.
historically, Shani Davis has a
slower start, not the fastest
starter. Watch for him to be faster
at the end of the race. He said he
is here because he felt unfinished
business after disappointment in
Sochi, not just read him but the
entire US team.
And that is a great
opener from Shani Davis, can he keep
There is no question to me
that Shani Davis is an omission, he
wants to prove that he has still got
it. He is 35 years old, major
disappointment in Sochi, he has
spent the last two years in Korea.
He is a bit of a loan wolf on the
American team, he is here to prove
what he has got.
He is still in the
lead, a lap time of 26.16.
after their third Davis, he doesn't
have as nice draft, that is where
the physical consequence of the race
comes in, the lactic acid starting
to build up and they start to feel
the pain now.
They have heard the
bell, less than 400 metres to go now
for Shani Davis and Bart Swings, and
Shani Davis is slowing down. He had
a real good race going, but he is
tiring now, you can see it in his
This is where Swings takes
back that advantage, he is more of a
ten K skater in that he is really
taking Shani Davis here at the end
of the race.
Bart Swings wins this
pair, and he puts up a time of
1:45.49 after a great start, Shani
Davis slowdown and he goes to
seventh place for the moment.
There is Canada's Denny Morrison. He
crashed his motorbike after Sochi,
and then suffered a stroke, so Denny
Morrison, the unbreakable Denny
Morrison, trying to come back here
in the Olympics in Pyeongchang, and
the fact that he is here is a
remarkable story, overcoming
incredible odds. Denny Morrison on
the left, Konrad Niedzwiedzki on the
Denny is looking good off the
right, but one of the injuries after
his motorcycle accident they decided
not to repair, and he doesn't have
that explosive open any more. But
the end of his race has been a lot
stronger since then, so that is what
we should be looking for.
by the motto that you never know
what you can do until you try. The
last few years have certainly tested
that philosophy with that bad
motorcycle accident and his stroke.
He had a lot of dark moments just to
be here, mere mortals would be happy
just to be healthy again, but he
wants to be the best in the world
despite everything he has been
through, he still wants to win here
in Pyeongchang. Very good opening
lap for Denny Morrison, he looks
relaxed and smooth, this looks easy
for him. This is the kind of skating
we want to see from him, he just is
unbreakable, it really is amazing to
me that not only is he here but he
looks this good and he has enough in
the tank for this last lap.
Morrison has heard the bell, he is
on the burlap bag the Denny Morrison
of Canada trying for the ultimate
comeback, skating with Konrad
Niedzwiedzki of Poland. Denny
Morrison will finish on the inner,
and it is an advantage. Morrison
coming off the corner, driving to
the line, here he comes. Has he got
it? He has a time of 1:46.36, and he
goes to fifth place for the moment,
and Konrad Niedzwiedzki of Poland,
1:47.07, 12th place.
1:47.07, 12th place. All Patrick
Roest can do is sit and watch and
hope. Takuro Oda, finish 16th last
year, and he is peered with killed
in -- Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands.
He only raised the 1500 metres
twice, and his best was a third in
Calgary. Kjeld Nuis on the left in
the blue and orange, Oda on the
right in the black-and-white.
Excellent start for Nuis, he is one
of my favourite skaters on the
circuit, he is flawless technically.
Look how low his shoulders are,
everything going into the ice.
this is a good, fast pair. Let's get
the opening times and they are fast,
23.25 per Oda, 23.22 for Nuis.
is where we are starting to get into
the skaters who will challenge for
the medals. Nuis has not made the
Olympics the last twice he has
tried, and he has been criticised
for not being able to step up in big
competitions, he has worked with
sports psychologists to get that
pressure under control and he is
doing well today.
Nuis is the leader
right now, and can he keep it going
in the men's 15 have? Nuis and Oda,
trying to take down the time of his
team-mate, Patrick Roest. And he is
miles ahead of that line right now.
It would take an apocalyptic event
here to prevent Nuis from making it
to the top of the leaderboard. He is
keeping it together, no sign of
tiring, he just looks awesome.
going into the end still looking
smooth. This is Kjeld Nuis of the
Netherlands, and he has beaten that
time, 1:44.01. Oda goes to third,
but your new race leader is Kjeld
Nuis of the Netherlands, the
28-year-old, the world champion has
moved into the Olympic spotlight,
and right now, it is shining
brightly on him.
I think he can put
those critics to silence at this
point. He really stepped it up
today. That was a beautiful race.
The last 50 metres was only part of
the race that I saw him break down
just a little bit, his last lap
wasn't as strong, but what a
beautiful race. He was calm and
relaxed and smooth the entire race,
and that is the first one we have
seen today that I would say was
close to a perfect race. He said his
most perfect race was at the Olympic
trials to make this team and he
finally made it after two attempts.
Love that race and the intensity,
and he should be happy.
Huge roar from the crowd for Kim Min
Seok, only 18 years of age, from
South Korea, and he is paired with
Haralds Silovs, he raced in
Vancouver eight years ago in long
track and short track on the same
day. Kim of South Korea on the
right, he won the 1500 at the Asian
games last year, and Silovs coming
from a 3-point stance on the left.
We don't see that stance as much as
we used to, it was a trend in the
past, but it seems to work for some
people, mimicking the track and
field start that you would see in
the sprints. So they can get off the
line a little quicker with that
We have seen how
important that opener can be. And
Silovs, 23.54, third-best, 23.94 for
Silovs comes from one of those
countries that doesn't have a lot of
background in speed skating, and he
bumped around the world looking for
a good group to train with. He has
been in their Netherlands and been
all over and in Calgary, too, so he
tries to find what he can where he
can get it.
Two laps to go. And the
Latvian Haralds Silovs.
good. Steimbach a little can help
skaters stay relaxed, but can they
get the speed they need? We saw it
in the women's yesterday.
are really getting behind Kim Min
Seok. He has picked it up, but has
he got enough?
Still two arms on the
back, it is so rare towards the end
of the race. You can see the
shoulders swinging a little from
side to side which you don't want to
see, but this is a strategy and it
is working for him.
bringing home the local favourite.
Silovs is trying to catch, but he
won't. Here is the time for the
South Korean, and it puts the bronze
medal spot for Silovs. Good race
from the Latvian, he goes to fourth
place for the moment.
the young 18-year-old, and look he
is now in third place position.
is now in third place position. Good
race by Kim, I really was impressed
by his two arms on the back the
whole way, that is hard to do in
1500 metres when you are trying to
get that speed early in the race.
What a future that young man has if
he continues to improve. Nuis of the
Netherlands the leader, followed by
his Dutch team-mate. And then Kim,
the young South Korean, moving into
the bronze medal position.
Two skaters left in the men's 15 to
competition. Pedersen coming off a
bronze medal, eighth in the 1500
four years ago, number four on the
World Cup circuit and that is Joey
Mantia, he won the start at the US
trials, seventh in the 1500 at those
same worlds, 21st in the 1500 in
Joey Mantia of the US on the left,
Pedersen of Norway on the right. The
time to beat 1:44.0 one.
the Norwegian, the only one that can
salvage things for his team. He is
the best one to do it, a small and
compact skater. Nice and smooth and
relaxed off the line. Expect to see
him strong at the end of the race.
Joey Mantia is a fast start, on a
mission to make up for that major
disappointment of the US team in
Opening times for Joey Mantia
and Pedersen not the fastest.
Pedersen with two arms on his back
and he looks a lot more relaxed to
me than the race we just saw. He is
very smooth. If you can't do that
two arms on your back... But I think
now quite a bit behind the first lap
700 metres gone. Two laps to
go. Pedersen of Norway and Mantia of
the United States.
his best to get a bit of a jack of
Mantia. This bit of the race is
critical. We have to keep that
turnover high, the tempo going and
try as best as you can to keep the
technique together going into the
They have heard the bell,
less than 400 metres to go for
Pedersen and Mantia.
Almost a fall
by Pedersen. Not sure quite what
happened. Maybe he hit that patch of
ice that was repaired. Hard to say
if that will really hurt him at the
end of the race here.
Mantia as he
comes driving to the line, both arms
working. Mantia can't do it...
Pedersen is ninth, but that gives
the South Koreans a bronze. The
Dutch a gold and silver. But the
crowd erupting here at the Oval
because a South Korean has won a
bronze medal in the men's 1500 's.
Just listen to the raw.
Just listen to the raw. -- roar.
Kjeld Nuis wins the 1500, followed
by his team-mate, Patrick Roest. The
big surprise, Kim Min Seok, he takes
big surprise, Kim Min Seok, he takes
home a bronze medal. STUDIO: We were
wrong, four out of gold for the
Dutch so far. Extraordinarily, eight
out of the 12 medals at the Oval
have been won by the Netherlands,
75% of all of them. That surpasses
the total even in Sochi at this
point and no other country has won
more than one medal in the Oval. It
is an extraordinary run they are
having. It is about five past five
here in the UK, about 2am in the
morning and I really hope one of
Great Britain's find the skaters is
not having a sleepless night.
That is because, as you may well
know, the 500 metres short track
ended in tears for Elise Christie.
She has two more chances, though.
Meanwhile, Canada claimed a third
gold at these games, the first side
ever to be crowned Olympic mixed
curling champions, a comprehensive
win against the Swiss today. And
skiing all-time great Marcel
Hirscher ended his weight for
Olympic gold with the Austrian
clinching top spot in the men's
combined. A fantastic slalom run did
it for him.
And the Japanese short track skater
has become the first three at these
games to be punished for a doping
violation. Sent home after being
violation. Sent home after being
tested positive. A double Olympic
snowboarder is back, refreshed and
ready after a nap because he had
been up half the night watching the
women's snowboard half pipe final.
First of all, how are you? No
matchsticks I see?
I am OK. I was
excited watching it. It was really
We are going to see it but
explain to us why there was so much
interest ahead of this final?
Chloe Kim's time. She was too young
at the last Olympics to compete. She
is the only female to have ever
scored a perfect score of 100. She
has back-to-back ten 80s so it was
the time to showcase what she can
That only 18, would you be
impervious to the Olympic pressure?
Let's find out.
COMMENTATOR: The most successful
snowboarder ever to strap on in
This is Kelly's fifth
Olympics, can you believe that?
missed one of the snow Olympics. She
had a gold at the first time of
asking in Salt Lake City in 2002.
She won bronze at the last two
Olympics and is constantly asked
when she is going to retire. A
question you must have some sympathy
I do, she is only a year older
than I was when I was at the
Olympics. It is a reminder all the
time of your age. She is still
riding at this high level, and why
shouldn't she be competing? Here we
frontside air, backside 540. A lot
of trouble down the pipe. 1080 on
the third hit and that is huge, into
the frontside 720. A crippler, a
backflip. A tail grab. Kelly Clark
has just set a huge high mark here
in the women's half pipe finals. The
34-year-old from Newport, Rhode
Island, who grew up at the Stratton
Well done Kelly
Clark. She has come into this after
yesterday, having a bit of a
warbler. She would not normally find
herself dropping in at the beginning
of the finals in 11th place at the
moment. Coming into this. She is at
a disadvantage having to drop near
the start but she looks so much more
solid than she did yesterday.
Climbed so up the pipe on that
Incredible to see. In
2016, she came out at the US open in
excruciating pain, road and came
third and then went straight in for
hip surgery. Everyone was asking,
OK, is this the precursor to
retirement? But here she is, two
years later at her fifth Olympics
with 76.25. Next in is the next
Japanese rider, Sena Tomita. She has
been going from strength to
strength. To play second this year
in China, same competition we saw
Emily Arthur take 86. The Japanese
riders focus on aptitude. Such
powerful riders, a very strong half
So, just settling herself.
notice, they all have their
earphones, don't they? Music is very
important for a lot of these girls.
Tucks up, pumps had out of that
transition. Frontside 900. Backside
540. Frontside 720, just getting the
board it in the top of the lip.
Switch 720. Frontside 540 and a
straight edge to finish, lovely
method. Great amplitude on this and
the most technical trick of the run
comes at the top of the pipe.
do your trick right at the top, it
gives you a lot more points.
Moves into second place, just ahead
of Mirabelle Thovex. The 24-year-old
temple Amat surprised a lot of
people yesterday. A lot of people
from Japan we expected to see up
here, but no. -- the 24-year-old
Matsumoto surprise a lot of people
yesterday. Got a seven here at the
test event. A big frontside edge to
start. Backside 540. Frontside 900.
Switch seven out of the front seven.
She needs to be cranked up here. She
claims it. It is really hard. These
riders are really light and to get
tied up, you need a bit of weight.
If you haven't got the weight, you
take a more direct line down the
pipe, in order to get that speed up.
But by doing that, you lose hits and
it changes the way you do your
tricks. It is such a toss-up between
technicality, doing the tricks but
also getting the amplitude.
points the Matsumoto.
We have seen she is capable of one
of the most technical stylish,
creative and high runs
and she does
a lot of these tricks at the top.
are going to see hopefully her first
run with a switch method. Dropping
on backwards now. Like riding with
your left hand. She does the hardest
and most stylish tricks.
So hard to
keep your heel edge on that wall but
she has absolutely bossed it so far.
This is a beautiful run. Big
frontside five, landing nice and
high on the transitions.
Back-to-back fives. Front seven,
lovely stuff, could have got it
round a bit more but hands are in
the air, she is happy. She was so
relaxed. That last shot, the
close-up we saw of the landing of
the frontside 720, the arms down by
the side, the body language said it
all. She was in control. She had
that run absolutely dialled in.
think that is because it is her
stock trick, just put this down.
Under the nerves she is fine but she
doesn't seem nervous at all.
Frontside 540 third hit will be a
frontside 400 I think this 720 could
become at 1080 by the run.
That is a
We put all the ingredients in
a big stockpot and we would gently
bring them to the boil.
Hopefully we will have a tasty,
piping hot stew by the end of the
Attention to detail, getting
the grabs and holding them.
fascinating is, these women have
come from gymnastics programmes in
the Chinese Republic and then you
have them building slowly and taking
snowboarding and... 85.50.
happy, really happy with that.
is very, very happy. Chloe Kim. She
is of South Korean descent. Parents
emigrated to the United States. She
is the youngest person ever to win
three X games gold medals. Not just
that, she has won them
Wouldn't you love to
know what's playing in her ear right
Definitely. She is, without
question, the best half pipe rider
in the world. Whether she can put it
together now under pressure, the
Chinese rider, is what counts. --
like the Chinese rider, Liu Jiayu,
is what counts.
Switch now, loses a bit of speed,
but still gets the 720 around.
Frontside 900. There is the Mac
twist with the indie grab. A huge
inverted seven. What a run from her.
What a run from her.
The Koreans are
going crazy down at the bottom.
not saying she is ahead of the pack
but she is ahead of the pack! When
Mark Zuckerberg invented Facebook
there was a candy crush request from
her waiting for him.
She keeps that
amplitude the whole way down, it is
This is the fascinating bit,
the frontside 1080. Kelly Clark put
it in third hit, Chloe Kim second
hit. Out of that she puts... This is
the frontside 900. Outside the
frontside 1080 at the moment she has
the switch 720.
It lacked a bit of
For the first time ever
at the X games two weeks ago we saw
the consecutive 1080s.
And she has
two runs, not one but two more to
give the back-to-back tens a go.
gauntlet has been laid down by Chloe
Kim. Can you catch me? That is why
Kelly Clark got a 76 for an
incredible run earlier on. The
judges needed space to go for Chloe
She's looking surprised, but on the
form she has shown over the last
three years, it is almost expected.
Confirmation of first run scores,
with two to go. Chloe Kim on gold
medal position. Liu Jiayu in silver.
Kelly Clark in bronze has become
tradition at an Olympic finals, that
her position on Sochi and Vancouver.
Arielle Gold, from a snowboarding
family along with her older brother,
Taylor. She wants this
Taylor. She wants this frontside
Landed! You would almost say
she is a few degrees off the end of
it, but she backflip with the third
She needs to crank up the speed
little bit, get up the amplitude.
Frontside 900 and! And lovely into
the heave Ho to finish.
That is cat
amongst the pigeons right there,
She didn't quite get
it round, but the grabber was really
Chloe Kim did her 1080 on the
second hit. Arielle Gold has upped
I don't think it will
trouble the top spot.
I don't think
she agrees with that. Po-faced
rocked. Where can -- her face
dropped. Now, where can Kelly Clark
Did she have time to process
that score for Arielle? Will that
affect what she takes on from that
and what the judges are looking for?
There was certainly a couple of
holes, and the under rotation on the
1080 could have been a big part
1080 could have been a big part of
That was even bigger.
Kelly Clark is going stratospheric.
She has got to put the ten in here,
and she makes it again.
And she has lost her speed.
generate speed, she is good at
popping those transitions, and
already she is back enough nearly to
She had both hands off
the wheel then. She held onto that I
offer that last one. That is the
biggest front side we have seen.
That feels satisfying, doesn't it?
8175, though they liked the
amplitude at the top.
There is no doubting that this
woman, Queralt Castellet, has the
ability to go stratospheric.
Currently sat in seventh place on
59.75, a lot of work to do.
Beautiful style on the backside air,
taking a leaf out of Chloe Kim's
book. The speed is there. 1080.
She squeaked it around, she
was a little lower than she would
have liked to be, because she landed
so low in the 1080. The 540, gets
the Grabban that, nice and solid.
Will it be up in the eighties? But
wasn't quite cleaner. Not even the
So, next up, Liu Jiayu,
also known as birdie. She knows she
has got a really good run in the
bag. And she is free to go and chase
Chloe Kim Dan Snow.
She is more than
ten points ahead of fourth place, so
she has definitely got breathing
I beg to differ, it is only
Ahead of fourth place.
She is in the medals by ten
points. Backside air, and into the
switch seven, a real direct line,
and well held.
is happy. I think that was the same
run, she has just try to go a bit
bigger and almost squeeze a little
more out of it.
I would say it was
really cleaving the landings,
It is an interesting idea.
What it means is she is not thinking
about chasing down Chloe Kim. She is
into it securing silver medal
Due think they have that
What a lovely crab and a
Really does a good
job of keeping the speed.
You both called it the amplitude,
and it has worked for her.
what it is.
She has added to her
score. But what she has done is put
the pressure on this woman, Chloe
Kim. Are we going to see the
back-to-back tens? She landed them
very comfortable a few weeks ago at
She is a fierce competitor,
and she will unveil just why she is
the Queen of ladies halfpipe at the
Are we going to see the ten?
Yes. Oh, Chloe Kim is human after
The first one was lower.
She wasn't carrying as much speed,
so even though she landed it
perfectly, there wasn't enough
altitude on the third hit to get it
round. If that had been landed,
there would have been no one else
with back-to-back tens, but right
now, it is still open for third
runs. So, confirmation of the scores
after the second descent down this
enormous super pipe.
enormous super pipe. Arielle Gold
with her 1080 just outside the
medals. All four of the American
team are in, and the first of them
to drop his Arielle Gold. Landed a
brilliant run on her second run. Can
she now step it up, tidy it up and
make it as big and as clean as
possible? If she can, it could push
It really could. She won
the lax open, arguably the biggest
halfpipe competition outside the X
Interestingly, her dad said
to her back in the day when she
first got into snowboarding, most
girls do things the way girls do
things, you need to do it like the
men do, follow your brother who is
also a pro.
And also very good.
is an interesting comment.
discuss that after the run!
Huge 1080 to kick things off, switch
seven, build up the speed and get
the amplitude up, nice backflip,
call it what you will. She really
has the backside air, frontside
nine, huge twist, heave Ho at the
bottom, and the hands are in the
air. Is it enough?
I don't know!
think her score was so impressive
from the second run because of the
amplitude, and I think it was the
fifth hit, just to have it. She's
grimacing, she almost knows that
Lets see how clearly
she gets this round, because she
knows that is important, it is that
It is not far off.
She is under 90 degrees, which is...
It is only Chloe Kim who has got
that. And it is the first hit, it is
huge. Lovely grab, lands high.
almost went a bit too straight
across the pipe, she should have
gone for further down.
Let it run a
It is not enough. I don't
think it is enough. She is claiming
It is clean. Obviously
she felt something was better in
85! And 11 point shift.
That is huge. You can hear the
familiar USA chant going down.
Certainly at the moment it looks
like it could be
like it could be the third snowboard
gold medal in the pipeline. Jamie
Anderson has done it.
She has to
have another trick into this,
She is channelling her
inner Beyonce here, come on. Do as
Beyonce would do. Huge frontside
air, lands a little flatter that
will kill the speed. A little flat
again but she is holding the speed.
A big frontside ten, that is
beautiful, and now the switch seven,
again landing flat. How is she still
standing up? Huge crippler, that was
On that was the
extra hit, as well.
I Lee -- can Kelly Clark move up the
rankings with that one?
How did she
She is without a doubt
the Mr Miyagi of doing that. If we
had landed flat like that we would
have instant pins and needles in our
feet, but she somehow manages to
keep the speed. She has landed flat,
but she has still gone massive. A
big backside five, and you spoke
about it, she is holding the grabs.
And all the way round, that is check
this, she does grab it a little bit
there. And look at the height.
A little bit of the ballerina in
I don't know how to
call this one, really.
It is a slight improvement for
Kelly Clark, but not enough to
overhaul Arielle Gold, who remains
in bronze medal position, and an
agonising wait now for her, because
we have ten riders still to drop.
I feel a bit bad for Kelly
Clark. She was so close, so close,
but she has more medals, more
trophies, than anyone else.
be proud of that.
Not just women's
snowboarding, there is no one else
is still in professional
snowboarding now who rides at this
34 years old.
Who was riding
in Salt Lake City in 2000 to 16
years ago. That is how long she has
been at the top of her game.
You should be a
commentator! Mirabelle Thovex is
going for this frontside 900.
Frontside five, she backed off.
Straightaway you can see the
different attitude from the run
You really can. Interesting
choice of run. She used that trick
at the very top of her run before.
Was she trying to switch backside
Backside 360, yes.
like she was coming round for a
second then. She is inverted that
run, it was the other way around on
her first run, that went so highly
for her, so I can't see... How this
is going to... Beautiful style. You
can see it definitely runs in the
family, can't you? If you have never
come across Candy Thovex, going type
that into Google. One of the best
skiers in the world. The Thovex
dynasty pretty impressive. So an
improvement on the first run score,
doesn't change position. She remains
in eighth place. But the pressure
now comes back up to the top of the
pipe. She has been so relaxed all
day, Liu Jiayu of China. Her
nickname is Birdie. Such a relaxed
rider, she has been taking cues from
some of the most creative riders in
snowboarding, Annie Davis being one
of them, and she opens up the
disputable switch method, one of the
This is one of the
hardest starts right here get ready
with shift apple three. .
is the 1080.
Yes! But she is still
Backside five, and
frontside ten. And she has gone! If
she had landed that, we would have
had a big game on our hands, a big,
big game on our hands. Liu Jiayu
gives it absolutely everything, she
has left it all here in the pipe
here in Phoenix park.
looks over the moon because she
Look at Arielle Gold, she is made
up. This was a beautiful switch
Really difficult, really
hard. Definitely if you were to
award a standout trick of the day,
this no borders trick of the day, it
would be the switch method. Nice and
technical. -- snowboarders's trick
of the day.
Cranking up the spin on
the 900 before the last 180.
right on this hit, going into it
thinking, OK, I can do this.
foot file -- flat to the floor all
the way through that spin. OK, it's
not pretty but... Oooh!
There it is, confirmation for Chloe
Kim that she is the 2018 women's
snowboard half pipe gold medallist.
Liu Jiayu knows that she is the
silver medallist. 89.75 for that
second run score gives her the
silver. So, as so often has been the
case the Shaun White, Chloe Kim will
be gifted the lap of honour.
this, look, she tweeted this before
she even realised!
Oh my goodness,
she tweeted when I've finished my
breakfast, I wish I'd finished my
breakfast sandwich but my stubborn
self decided not to and now I'm
medallist! Thanks for that insight.
She is eating this pipe up the
Please do the
She is not holding
back, she knows she's got it. She's
Back-to-back 10s. Had
her legs turned on. There is the Mac
twist, which denies logic. Your
Olympic champion with the inverted
Following in the footsteps of Shaun
White interactive, landing
back-to-back 1080s when she didn't
Absolutely brilliant run
from Chloe Kim and no disputing who
takes the gold medal. I think we
might be looking at the beginning of
a very long reign for a new Queen of
half pipe snowboarding.
strong rider, amazing level of
Back foot behind ahead, so
difficult to get the body
impositions that. And the first of
these is 10s. As soon as the front
foot hits the lip she's gone,
uncorks Michael Wild Cobra. Goes all
the way round, locked cit on and at
that point she is only looking at
The composure as she was
over the board, you need to have,
you need to know you are landing
Clinging on and that
ledge. I love that she went for both
of those and got them, just to make
that point, yes, I know I have
already won, but look what I can do.
So proud of this standard of riding.
She should be hangry more often!
terrible hangry, just so we know,
but I think it works for her.
Amazing. That, ladies and gentlemen,
is ladies half pipe snowboarding at
98.25, a phenomenal run
from Chloe Kim. Look at that, look
at what it means to her. It is not
just the Americans in the crowd, the
South Koreans, her lineages South
Korean, her parents emigrated to
California just before she was born.
Now she has ridden here and claimed
gold for two nations. So
confirmation of the result. In
bronze medal position, Arielle Gold.
Just missing out, Kelly Clark. In
silver, China with Liu Jiayu. On
gold medal position, dominating the
women's snowboard half pipe, it is
women's snowboard half pipe, it is
Well done, how you
feeling, how have you felt with the
support and love from back home and
Someone has just hooked me
up with some ice cream so I am down
You tweeted earlier you
were hangry, do you think that
helped with the final half pipe run?
Yeah, I was getting really hangry
and was not really stoked because my
stomach was rumbling. But I think I
just focused all that anger from
being hangry into that third one and
STUDIO: She is a delight!
She's only 17. A transcendent star
in the making. How long could this
kid be around winning Olympic
I think she will be on the
scene for a long, long time now. She
is such a lovely girl as well. You
saw it in the interview how funny
she is. She is great for baseball. I
think today has really showcased
snowboarding half pipe for the
females. The weather has not played
havoc like as in the last few days.
8.5 point advantage, lapping the
field. Really, she won it on the
first run. Slipped up on the second
first run. Slipped up on the second
but this was just exhibitionism?
This is her victory lap. She is
improving on her best score already.
The fact she has managed to put him
back-to-back 1080s shows she is a
league above are pronounced. She
deserved that score.
How big a
personality could she become. We saw
it with Shaun White, he became
winter sport for a while, could she
I think so. I think a big
character goes very well when you
are at the top of your game in
sport. I think
are at the top of your game in
sport. I think Chloe's probably
going to be fast tracked into the
limelight now she has the gold.
wonderful moment as well because her
dad was born in Korea and emigrated
with his wife and Chloe has been
brought up as an American but she is
fluent in Korean as well and it's a
massive star over there. A wonderful
banner read" go Chloe". A native
said when I emigrated this was my
native home, now this is my American
dream. They will love that, when
The Americans have embraced
it. It has shown how well it has
done for her snowboarding, to
emigrate over to the state.
Olympic star is now born. But, as we
have been talking, the original
snowboarding style was Shaun White,
the flying tomato. He has had a bit
of beef with the Sochi half pipe
when he finished fourth. We will
see. Qualifying runs overnight.
when he finished fourth. We will
see. Qualifying runs overnight. One
of the three riders we expect to be
challenging for gold tomorrow. You
would expect qualification to be a
formality for the young Japanese
rider. Just 19 years old, burst onto
the scene in 2011, poaching the pipe
as a 12-year-old with the rest of
the Japanese rider for the US Open.
Look at this. Just floating through
the stratosphere on his first hit.
Frontside double ten. A switch.
1080. A big Crippler landing flat.
900, into the frontside 9. That,
ladies and gentlemen, for him, is a
five. You can go at least 12.
was quite literally a stroll through
the pipe for Ayumu Hirano.
weeks ago at the X games to get the
gold medal he did back-to-back
Just as rare as what we saw
from Chloe Kim this morning, the
back-to-back 1080s. Waiting for a
score... 87.5 four. As we said
before, a walk in the park for the
young Japanese rider. What read
Gerard is to snowboarding, this man
is to half pipe snowboarding.
is to half pipe snowboarding. A man
who absolutely loves it. He is just
as at home on a back slalom course
as he isn't icy pipe. Look at this
There you have it! Into the
switch 1080. The double crippler.
That is a posh word broke double
backflip. Backside. Switch McTwist.
Switch double rodeo to finish. What
a run from Ben Ferguson.
rushed to Danny Davis. Locale stoked
he is! That is the snowboarding
equivalent of an ambassador's
favourite chocolate. -- look how
stoked he is. I love the bar. We
speak a lot about the creativity on
slopestyle. You see it, different
tricks that are done big. That is
just gorgeous. What a run. 91, Ben
Then has gone into the
Next in, we have already seen
Ayumu Hirano, one of the men we
would earmark for potential gold.
This is the second of those men.
Scotty James, an incredibly fierce
competitor. He is so driven, so
determined. He was forced to sit in
the shadow of Shaun White three
weeks ago, after he landed his best
ever run. Let's see where he goes
Goodness me, what a start from
Scotty James. Backside 900.
Frontside 1080. Switch frontside
Into the switch, backside
nine. Going backwards up the pipe
wall on your heels is one of the
hardest things you can do, if not
the hardest thing you can do in the
pipe. Scotty James is one of the few
people who can do it and make it
look good. Everything about your
body at that stage is saying, no,
let's go back forwards, I can't see
the landing! Let's go forward,
89. Look at his face...
sounded a little bit sarcastic, the
fantastic, didn't it.
. He slots into second place. I
agree with that at this point. I
think Ben Ferguson's run was so
clean and so technical.
And eclectic. Very, very different.
Now it is the third of our potential
gold medal contenders. Remember,
this is only qualification. They are
sending warning shots across the
bowl. We haven't gone into full war
mode just yet. Shaun White, 31 years
old. For the first time in his
career, he is being pushed in this
qualification process. He is so
consistent. Enormous frontside 1080.
Cab, double Cork 1080. The skyhook.
That would have felt so
good to him to put that down. He has
struggled with that trick in the
past. Oh my goodness, what a run!
The double McTwist the penultimate
hit into the frontside 1080. What a
run that was. That was a canter to
Shaun White, I think it's fair to
It was spins and flips
the whole way. You said we weren't
in war mode yet but I tell you, that
was for attack from him.
It is not
full attack mode. It is a phenomenal
run, but we know he's got so many
areas he can push on this run.
areas he can push on this run. 93.2
five. The judges might be in trouble
here. We are only on the first run.
Look at that... Shaun White, Ben
Ferguson, Scotty James, Ayumu
Hirano. The surprise here, Raibu
Looking forward to the
second run here. The first of our
big guns in the second run, Ayumu
Hirano. They have wheeled him out
like some kind of secret weapon,
haven't I? CHUCKLES
He doesn't have to snowboard out on
his own, they just push him along
the floor like he is on casters.
they wheel him across the top of the
Just press the button on his
And off he goes. Do your best.
OK, very pedestrian run put him in
fourth place. He has qualified no
doubt be very comfortably but will
he go for the top spot?
this in, people. Absolutely huge
backside air to start things off.
Time stood still whilst he was up
there. Back-to-back tens. Can he
crank it up here? No, he doesn't
Front nine. Taking it so
easy, isn't he?
on his stock tricks.
There it is.
Frontside 1262 finish. Tease you
with something light. Frontside
double Cork 1260.
That is, playing
it so cool, isn't he?
A work of art.
5.2 metres out of the pipe on that
first hit, let's take a look.
He is literally above the camera
that is there to record how high he
They might have to rethink
About that camera
position... Now, we know that both
of those moves could have turned
He is making it look
like most riders have 720 airs.
you said earlier, he is not out of
That is absolutely
incredible, that he has got that
Just strolling off. Now, Ben
Ferguson, currently sat in third
position in qualifying, so he
doesn't need to really push himself,
but he is cropping in on the rider's
left-hand wall of the pipe, and that
means that we are not going to see
his backside 180 entry the pipe. The
wind spiralling through the pipe, it
is getting hooked in on the left as
we look at it, and then thrown in a
spiral through the flat bottom. We
love Ben Ferguson, and this is going
to be an incredible run.
He very nearly over rotated as he
came out of the pipe there. Back to
back tens, and here is the backside
360 landing blind into that
beautiful switch McTwist, a classic
twist, classic trek, with a
21st-century variation, and then
that switch double radio down at the
The same run that we saw on
the first run, and I don't think he
improved it. A little bit looser for
me, certainly that backside
alley-oop Rodeo at the bottom. It is
going to have cost him, that's for
sure. He might go down from third,
but he will be a part of the men's
final here tomorrow, and he will get
a chance to express and crank it up
with the rest of them tomorrow.
we come to that lovely part of the
start list where two of the biggest
rivals the gold go back to back. The
first of these two is Scotty James,
the Australian. In 2017, he won
pretty much everything. He was first
at the Ex-games, first at the test
event here, second at the US Open
behind Sean White, one of the few
contests that Shaun did.
contests that Shaun did. He was
absent in quite a few of them,
wasn't he, Shaun White? Very few
people can claim to have beaten
Shaun when he is on form.
goodness, absolutely huge.
is the add-on, the back-to-back
1260s, he is robotic through those.
Frontside 900. Sorry, backside 900.
Frontside five, switching into the
switch backside nine.
switch up there. I haven't seen him
use that before. Backside 12,
frontside ten, switch backside five.
Switch frontside five, switch
What is fascinating,
we are seeing just the carcass, this
is the skeleton of the run we are
going to see from him tomorrow. He
can put meat on the end of this run
like you have never seen. A switch
backside 1260 is in his repertoire,
and that, for me, that is the
hardest trick we see.
hardest trick in halfpipe
snowboarding. Haven't seen it there.
And a taipan!
That is what he went
for last time, and he missed the
So the hand comes from behind
the leg and through to the edge, you
don't see many of those. And it is
one of the wonderful areas as we
reach the limits of what is possible
gymnastic Lee in snowboarding.
96.75! Scotty James gives it a
little nod like you knew it was
Here I come!
applause for Scotty James, and now
he is forcing our next competitor,
Shaun White, to dig a little deeper
in his bag of tricks and see if he
can't come out. It is undoubtedly a
little bit of one-upmanship here.
They all want the luxury of dropping
last. So Scotty James moves into
first, just ahead of Ayumu Hirano.
What can Shaun White do?
definitely sprinkles pressure on his
breakfast cereal, so what can he do
hear? A huge frontside double ten.
The biggest two heats we have seen,
and he is spinning 1080s.
the frontside 540, a little bit
squirrelly but he has held it. And
frontside double 1260! You start
wondering, don't you, if Shaun White
isn't operating with some kind of
different gravitational force. Look
at him! The Eric Cantona claim, he
is to walking away from the board,
he knows it is good, he knows it is
big. How easy did he make it look,
For me, that run apart from
the little wobble on the double
McTwist that he had there, that was
the only flaw in that run,
everything else was perfect. Look
how he lands this, absolutely
perfectly, straight across the flat,
and this switched double 1080,
needed land this, the world rose up
to meet him.
He was grabbing his
binding there. Interesting. See on
the backhand? To hug himself in.
That is the only mistake I can see.
When you think of a skyhook is one
of the tricks he used in 2006 for
his gold medal, it is almost like a
nod to himself, a bit of nostalgia,
that he indulges himself with in the
middle of the run.
So he unveiled
this trick, then. You'd say he
perhaps let go a little, no, ye held
for the whole run, nearly took off
Shaun White, take a
bow. It gets harder and harder to
live up to your own hype, doesn't
it? 98.5! Wow. Certainly tomorrow,
I wish we had a camera Scotty James
now. Look on his face would tell you
everything you need to know. A
million different reasons why you
should watch the finals tomorrow, it
is written all over Scotty James'
face. So, men's halfpipe
qualification done, and what an
event it was. Shaun White Leeds
ahead just of Scotty James. Ayumu
Hirano will push hard, and a
surprising Jan Scherrer doing very
well. Plenty more to come from
Patrick Burgener in 19. And Yuto
Totsuka, the firecracker, he has
made it into the finals. And a nod
to the past here. Kent Callister is
the man with the best method in the
halfpipe. Heartbreak for the
Koreans. Is that just another day at
the office for you?
May be the
second run. The first run, I was
little nervous, don't tell anyone!
You get all the way to the Allen
picks, and people forget, they think
you have made it, and you say, no, I
still have to get through
qualifying. I am almost more nervous
during the qualifications because it
is like the shame if you don't make
it, being one of the expected guys
to do well. The first run, put it
down, got 93, and I stayed at the
top and even bobbed my score, got a
95, and then Scotty did amazing, so
I figured I needed to send it on
that one, and try and drop the last
tomorrow in the finals.
important is that starting position
I just like it, it is that
I have always had at the Olympics
and I ready wanted it again to match
up the vision I had in my mind of
how tomorrow is going to go, and
getting that spot meant Everton
Do you enjoy being pushed by
the likes of Scotty and Ayumu
Do you enjoy being pushed by
the likes of Scotty and Ayumu?
course! You don't run as fast unless
someone is chasing you. It is good
to do challenging runs and put the
pressure on me to answer back with
More from you to
Of course. Doing is a
big 14 is, some different, nations,
and I will see what happens.
He is impressive, isn't it?
Sensational stuff, and as we were
hearing, he was pushed. That second
run was important from his
perspective, for positioning in the
It is such a good battle now,
the top three positions between
Shaun White, Scotty James and Ayumu
Hirano from Japan. These guys really
are battling for the top three
I know because you have
told me that these guys are holding
things back. What on earth can this
guy actually reveal to us in the
final, do you think?
guy actually reveal to us in the
final, do you think?
That is what is
amazing, they are putting down such
technically difficult runs, going so
big out of the halfpipe, yet they
still are, they have more in the
bag. Scotty James has got two big
tricks to pull out, the frontside
double court 1440, and Shaun, he
might bring out the back-to-back
4040, as well.
You said that this is
going to be a proper contest, and
this is the Australian, Scotty
James, here. How much of a battle is
it going to be forgotten? Is this
the fellow who could actually unseat
The thing is, in the past,
these guys have not really come up
head to head that often, so it is
going to be very interesting. Scotty
has got some new tricks in the bag
that he has not yet competed against
Shaun with. I know that they had a
previous encounter in Aspen in a
World Cup, so it will be really
What kind of
final and you think it is going to
be? Will you be staying up for that,
half past one in the morning?
certainly will be.
Most of us will
certainly will be.
Most of us will
never know what it feels like to be
six metres in the air, in control of
a snowboard and performing like
that. What does it feel like?
can't replicate it, not even in
words. All I would say is that the
adrenaline rush that you do get from
landing a run is like no other. I do
still crave to do it, and watching
all this again just makes me want to
get in the car and drive straight to
the mountain is.
It is official, Ben
Kilner is coming out of retirement!
Enjoy the final tonight. You will be
able to see that live at 1:30am. A
quick check on the medals table,
because it has been a very busy day,
eight goals, all won by eight
different nations, including a first
different nations, including a first
eight goals, all won by eight
different nations, including a first
gold Italy, Fontana in the short
track. But it is Germany still out
in front. What else is coming up?
Live-action starts just after
midnight, Shaun White live, going
for that goal that won 30 AM, and
before that, we have Today at the
Games, Radzi is on the case at
eight, and all of the live stuff,
men's and women's curling, and the
boys and girls getting going. We had
hoped that Great Britain would be on
the medals table, but Elise
Christie, we have to wait. Good
things come to those who wait. Let's
hope so for her sake. Goodbye for
COMMENTATOR: Brilliant run from
Chloe Kim. Gloria skiing from Marcel
Hirscher. The Dutch are gold.
Canada's gold medal. Arianna Fontana
Clare Balding and Hazel Irvine present continued coverage of day four of the 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The first curling Olympic mixed doubles champions are crowned in what is a new event for the Winter Games. The schedule also features a mouthwatering women's ice hockey match between the USA and the Russian team.
And there is also be a chance to catch up on what happened earlier in the day's packed schedule.