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Day 17: Sunday, 28 February 2010

Completed

  • 17:30Cross country skiing: Men's 50km mass start

    Result
    • Gold: NORTHUG Petter, NOR
    • Silver: TEICHMANN Axel, GER
    • Bronze: OLSSON Johan, SWE

Completed

  • 20:15Hockey: Men's Final - United States 2-3 Canada

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By Anna Thompson in Vancouver

2110: Right folks, that's pretty much it for today but thanks for all your tweets and texts, which kept us amused and informed, and almost gave us a story (see curling controversy below). Just a bit of housekeeping to let you know in the ice dance, the British couples John and Sinead Kerr and Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland finished eighth and 20th respectively. There is some ice hockey still going between Switzerland and Russia for the fifth-sixth place classification and it's 1-1 in overtime. We'll be back tomorrow with the men's giant slalom, women's ski cross, more curling, a bit of women's bobsleigh featuring Nicola Minichiello and Gillian Cooke, and the ladies short programme. Catch you then.

Curling

2105: They think it's all over... it is now as GB beat Germany 8-2 with two ends to spare in the men's curling and pretty much look nailed on for a semi-final place. Rhona Martin says: "Playing like that, they are on a roll and looking good."

Results

2055: So it's GOLD for Canada's Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in the ice dance, silver for America's Meryl Davis and Charlie White and bronze for Russian duo Oksana Domnina and Maxin Shabalin. BBC commentator Robin Cousins says it's Canada's Bolero (in reference to Torvill and Dean's gold medal performance in 1984)> He adds: "It's one of the highlights of my skating life to have witnessed that free dance. I feel privileged to have been here live." I think I'm safe in saying Robin absolutely loved it. He reckons they would have scored perfect sixes, like T&D, had the old scoring system still been in place.

Curling

2050: GB's Euan Byers leaves the curling sheet which could be for either illness or injury so Graeme Connal is pressed into his first Olympic duty, playing the lead. Germany pinched one back in the seventh but still trail 6-2 with three ends to play.

Figure skating

2040: Canadian duo Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir look odds-on to win the host nation's fifth GOLD of the Games with a flawless performance to Symphony number five by Gustav Mahler. It was "absolute perfection" says an emotional BBC commentator Robin Cousins. He's not wrong as they score a whopping 110.42, 221.57 overall. There are two other couples to skate but no one is going to catch them. The crowd are on their feet and Sue Barker declares "we've witnessed something special tonight". Stirring stuff.

Curling

2035: The GB men are looking at a confidence-boosting win over Germany as they score two in the sixth end to lead 6-1. Surely they won't blow it now?

Figure skating

2025: As predicted the Kerr siblings have been knocked off the medal spots and unless there is an almighty cock-up with any of the last three couples , will finish eighth and it could be the last time we see them on the Olympic ice. They've not committed to Sochi in 2014, saying they're going to take it "a year at a time".

Curling

2015: German skip Andy Kapp has been the handicap so far for his team but rescues one in the fifth end. However GB lead 4-1 at the break. Britain's Euan Byers recently became a dad for the first time and his tiny tot is at the match, but she's fast asleep with the Union Flag draped over her pram. I think she's called Anna, which is a fine choice of name, even if I say so myself.

Curling

2010: It's all kicking off in the women's curling with the China coach, Canadian Dan Rafael, lambasting his team after they were beaten 7-4 by lowly Russia. He accused them of lacking passion and is threatening to quit after the Olympics. Sounds like he's taking his ball (or rather stone) home with him.

Figure skating

2000: Back over at Pacific Coliseum and the Kerrs are clinging onto the bronze medal at the moment but with the top five couples still to compete , it looks as though they will be stepping off the podium very soon.

Ice hockey

1940: The women's semi-final finished a while ago but in case you missed the result, Canada ran out a 5-0 win over Finland so will face USA in the gold medal match on Thursday. At the moment Russia and Switzerland are facing off for the fifth and sixth place classification with Russia leading 1-0 in the second period.

Curling

1935: They've played two ends in the men's curling and GB lead Germany 1-0. There has been some classic names of competitors at these Winter Olympics which have provided much mirth among the online crew although I've been told I'll be sacked if I repeat them! But a definite safe one is the German skip who goes by the name Andy Kapp, I kid you not.

Figure skating

1920: It's time for John and Sinead Kerr's free dance and there is a huge applause when they take to the ice. Choosing an unusual track for ice dance, American rock band Linkin Park, there's loud applause when Sinead lifts her brother, which BBC commentator Robin Cousins calls "equal opportunity lifting!" He adds "it was a much better performance than at the Europeans." They make one error in a twizzle sequence which costs them points but they score a season's best 92.23, 186.01 overall to take the lead but for how long?

Curling

1905: Right, after all the controversy with the women's curlers, the men have to focus on their match against Germany, which is just kicking off now. Germany have played eight matches so far and have won four, lost four and GB have played seven, winning four of theirs, so it could be another nail-biter. Can your nerves handle it?

Curling

1855: Right, here is the final word on footgate (see previous curling entries). The British Olympic Association statement says: "There was an occurrence in the 10th and final end of the game where a Danish player inadvertently touched one of their own stones with her foot.

"As per the rules of the sport, the Danish player acknowledged that she had touched the stone to Jackie Lockhart, who was in charge of the head. Jackie agreed that there was no significant impact to Great Britain's position and decided to play on without any correction of the stone.

"The sport of curling is played with a high degree of respect and sportsmanship and the Great Britain women's team does not see this as an issue giving them any cause for concern with regards to the outcome of the game.

"Furthermore the rules of the sport do not allow for any review or appeal of such matters." So there you have it folks, but it wasn't for the want of trying on your part.

Ice hockey

1850: Just time to give you a quick update on the women's ice hockey semi where it very much looks as though Canada will be facing USA in the gold medal showdown. Canada are 4-0 up in the third period.

Curling

1840: If you're wondering what on earth we've been going on about re footgate in the curling. Well here's your chance to check out the controversial incident (UK users only).

Curling

1830: Thanks for all the efforts of the GB curling fans who texted in to try and get the women's curling result looked at again or even overturned (see previous curling entries) but the BOA is about to issue a statement to say it will not be appealing. Will let you have it as soon as it's sent to me. So the result stands. GB women lost 9-8 to Denmark and pretty much need a miracle to make it to the medal stage.


Curling

1825: We have a full story now which recaps what has happened with footgate - namely that a bunch of BBC viewers were eagle-eyed enough at 1.30am to spot that a Danish foot inadvertently kept in play what turned out to be a crucial stone. You texted us and BBC Sport staff in Vancouver watched the incident back, confirmed that one of the Danish curlers did indeed (accidentally, we assume) keep the stone in play, and informed the British Olympic Association and officials at the Vancouver Olympic Centre. Currently we are waiting to hear what the BOA intends to do - there is an initial suggestion that both skips and the officials spotted the incident at the time and agreed it was accidental, so let it go. They could not have known then, of course, that that stone would be the one which Eve Muirhead could not dislodge with the final stone of the game.

Figure skating

1820: BBC Sport's Ollie Williams is at the ice dance and has spoken to the Coomes/Buckland combo. They received a warm reception when they took to the ice and Penny said afterwards: "We have this really long plan, we intend to go on for as many Olympics as possible. Potentially we could go on for three more because of this sport and you only get better with that maturity and experience. We're looking towards Sochi, that's a real goal for us."

Figure skating

1805: Blimey with all the curling controversy I've not had time to tell you about the ice dance. Well Great Britain duo Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland scored a season's best 71.60 in their free dance and were delighted with their efforts. GB siblings John and Sinead Kerr were in eighth place after the original dance and will be the 15th couple to skate. Full details are available in real-time on our wonderful live pages.

Curling

1745: As a result of all your text messages re the curling, we have been in touch with the British Olympic Association, and it is reviewing what happened. As soon as I know anymore I will let all you guys know but thanks for bringing it to our attention in the first place.

Ice hockey

1735: While we're trying to get some answers from the curling, I've got time to tell you Canada are leading Finland 2-0 after the first period in the women's ice hockey semi-final. You can keep up to date with that match by using the live stats page .

1725 At the BBC office in Vancouver's International Broadcast Centre, away from the curling venue, we have just watched back the incident that lots of you are texting us about. We have seen the Danish foot touch that stone, and our team are making the officials aware. Clearly the BBC cannot affect what happens next, but we have made the right people aware and we will keep you posted. We will also try to get the video of the incident up as soon as we can ...

Curling


1715: Right we're getting lots of texts in from the eagle-eyed among who are claiming the Danes kept a stone in play with their foot in the final end. It was the stone Eve Muirhead failed to dislodge in her quadruple take-out attempt. Just to let you know we are checking it out and will get back to you on it.

Curling

1710: Well that was all a bit depressing wasn't it? What can we do to cheer ourselves up? What about this ? The King of Norway could make a splash by sporting a pair of his team's dazzling trousers at the Norway v Great Britain men's curling match on Tuesday. King Harald has apparently confessed a liking to the white, red and blue diamond-checked strides more usually favoured by colourful golfer John Daly. "It's crazy. We were on the front page of one of the major newspapers back home and it said the King of Norway may be coming to our game on Tuesday when we play Great Britain and a reporter asked him if he would wear the pants," said Norwegian player Thomas Ulsrud. "And the King of Norway said, 'Yeah, sure, I love those pants'. I mean, we could hang out with the King of Norway and give him some pants. We definitely have a pair of pants we can give him."


Curling

1700: GB curler Jackie Lockhart, a former world championship winning skip, said: "It is a team competition. There's no I in team. Sometimes we rely on Eve pulling off the big shots, other times we play well and we have to stick with her. We win as a team and lose as a team. It's gut wrenching at the minute but that's curling for you." As you can imagine they are not happy bunnies and BBC's Steve Cram is almost apologetic having to interview them at this time.

Curling

1655: GB skip Eve Muirhead says she let the rest of the team down with her performance in the defeat which pretty much means they need a miracle to progress. A glum looking Eve says: "I'm pretty gutted. A few crucial shots cost us. "

Curling

1650: Colin from Edinburgh texts to say: "Taking Eve as skip was a gamble that hasn't paid off. She's talented, but too young to deal with the pressure of being skip at the Olympics. Hopefully she'll be back in Sochi in four years time with more experience and maturity to go with her skill."

Curling

1647: CURLING NEWSFLASH GB women lose 9-8 to Denmark despite a brave quadruple take-out attempt by Eve Muirhead with the last stone. They now need to beat Canada tomorrow and hope other teams above them in the table mess up to stand any chance of progressing.

Curling

1645: There is one stone left each and GB are lying one on the button at the moment. Denmark take a time-out to discuss what they are going to do. Everyone looks pensive.

Curling

1630: We're in the final end and the pressure is beginning to tell on GB women as they make a couple of elementary errors when putting up guards. "We've had signs of brilliance from each of the girls but they haven't been able to put it all together at the same time," says Rhona Martin. And Steve Cram adds: "Denmark have found their form at the right time. They have hung in there after a dodgy start and are in control."

Curling

1625: Has it all gone wrong for GB women? Another mistake by teenage skip Eve Muirhead gifts Denmark two in the ninth and they take a 9-7 advantage going into the final end. Muirhead looks close to tears and smashes her brush down on the ice, breaking it and in need of a spare. GB women are really going to have to pull it out of the bag now or could be waving their Winter Olympics goodbye.

Ice hockey

1620: China have beaten Slovakia in the seventh-eighth place play-off in the ice hockey. Canada will be attempting to make it to the final to take on the US for the gold. The US have already trounced Sweden 9-1. Canada v Finland starts at 1700 (0100 GMT).

Curling

1615: Right we're getting towards the business end in the curling and I'm getting a bit nervous, if I'm honest. GB have levelled it to 7-7 after eight ends but Denmark have the hammer. GB are going to have to force the issue here. "It's a creeping tension," says BBC commentator Steve Cram. I know exactly how he feels. In other matches Switzerland have already run out 10-4 winners against Japan, Canada lead defending Olympic champions Sweden 6-1 and Russia are 6-4 up against China.

Ice hockey

1605: China are 3-1 up against Slovakia in their seventh-eighth place play-off .

Curling

"I suspect Rhona Martin is the best commentator on TV at the moment, please thank her from me!"Alistair, Leeds. We will pass it on Al, cheers.

"Hate to say it but Eve has lost her focus. She's let the defeats get to her and she needs shake that off if they are to do well." Rich, Stoke

Curling

1558: There's a mistake by Eve Muirhead to enable Denmark to score a three in the seventh end, to lead GB 7-6. Is the pendulum swinging towards Denmark or can GB save their bacon? Rhona Martin says Denmark are certainly looking a lot happier but urges GB "not to get despondent" as they are only one down and have the hammer.

Ice hockey

1555: Also coming up at 1700 (0100 GMT) is the second semi-final in the women's ice hockey between Canada and Finland and our ice hockey commentator Bob Ballard confidently predicts: "Canada will be too strong".

1545: So in an hour's time (0045 GMT) we've got the start of the free dance at Pacific Coliseum, with Canada aiming for their fifth gold of the Games. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir take just over a two-point lead over America's Meryl Davis and Charlie White. GB siblings John and Sinead Kerr are eighth overall but have the chance to move up to a top six finish if they can have a flawless performance.

1530: As you've probably guessed, there's not much going on apart from the curling at the moment. But there is some live ice hockey, the women's classification match for the 7th and 8th place between China and Slovakia to be exact. It's 2-1 to China in the third period. To keep up to date with that match, you can use the mightily impressive live page.

Curling

1520:So the GB women are 5-4 up after five ends and are now tucking into a mini picnic of fruit and energy bars during the break. GB coach Nancy Murdoch tells the girls to keep the "same focus and same desire" in the second half. Text from AP: "Impressive stuff from the GB women curling team. Pressure's on in a must win game and they are duly delivering. Credit to them. I feel proud to be British. Let's just hope they can hang on!! Come on Scotland!!" An anonymous texter asks: "So why is the skip the important one in a curling team? As far as I can tell stone rolling (forgive me if this term is incorrect!) responsibilities are shared amongst all team members." From what I understand Mr Anonymous, although they both have two stones each, the skip decides on the tactics during each end and is normally the one who takes the final two stones (the high pressure ones).

Curling

1505: GB women regain a two-point cushion over Denmark as they score two in the fourth end. But the sweepers have been working furiously to make sure Muirhead's final stone makes it into the house and past the Danish stone. A huge sigh of relief for the 19-year-old. In the other matches Canada are 4-0 up against Sweden, Switzerland are leading Japan 6-2 and Russia have found their form and are beating world champions China 3-2. You can keep bang up to date with our live stats page .

Curling

1455: Back over at Vancouver Olympic Centre and Denmark have evened it up against GB women in the curling after a mistake by skip Eve Muirhead allows them to take two. Muirhead is clearly furious with herself but veteran curler Jackie Lockhart gives her some words of advice, pretty much telling her to put the error out of her mind.

1440: So Germany lead the medals table after their win in the women's cross country team sprint. Canada have conceded they will not be able to finish their Olympics with the most medals, which was their aim. So was their Own the Podium programme, in which they spent $117m (£75m), a waste of money? They have nine medals so far, including four golds. Britain by comparison invested just more than £5m in it's winter sports programme and has one gold thus far, you might remember Amy Williams winning the skeleton?! You do the math!

Curling

1430: Good start for GB women in the curling as they take a three in the second end after a mistake by Denmark's Madeleine Dupont to lead 3-1. The GB women are really up for this and chatting away quite happily which is a good sign.

Ice hockey

1425: BBC commentator Bob Ballard was at the women's ice hockey, he says: "Comfortable win for the US as we suspected. Curious though is the fact we had a hat-trick for Monique Lamoureux and no hats appeared on the ice. They did when Jarome Iginla got three goals for Canada's men in their opening match." So it's hats off to Monique but not for the fans, who did not want to depart with theirs.

Ice hockey

1410: US women have easily beaten Sweden 9-1 in the women's ice hockey play-offs semi-final at Canada Hockey Place.

1405: Cheers Rob, he's left me to bring C-day to you in the curling, either celebration or crying time for the GB women's team. This is it girls, they realistically need to beat Denmark to stay in the competition. On paper GB should win but as BBC summariser Rhona Martin says: "As we've seen in these Olympics, not everything goes to plan". You can tweet or text me on 81111 (UK) using OLYMPICS as your first word or +44 7786200666 (worldwide). Also if you could refresh the page, that would be grand.

By Rob Hodgetts

1400: Cross country's my new favourite event and there's plenty more to come these Games. And with that, I'm off to dip my white hot typing fingers into some cool water. Anna Thompson will guide you through the afternoon's action. Have fun.

Results

1350: GOLD FOR NORWAY as Petter Northug bides his time before skiing down Germany's Axel Teichmann on the final lap of the men's team sprint. Germany claim silver and Russia grab the bronze. Teichmann surged into the lead early on the final lap and opened up the first real gap of the race. Northug made one probe to test his resistance before dropping back to bide his time. But coming into the final few bends in front of the grandstands, Northug hit the gas and stormed past Teichmann to claim the victory.

You can study the full results on our cross country page.

Cross country skiing

1348: The pace is being upped by Germany who make a massive surge at the front to open up the first gap of the race. Canada, Norway and Russia dig deep to try to chase them down on the last lap.

Cross country skiing

1345: Disaster for France as their racer falls just before the handover. Canada make a big push on the outside to head USA with Germany battling hard too.


Cross country skiing

1340: France storm to the front and exchange first from Russia and Norway but positions are changing by the second and Germany and Kazakhstan are right in the mix too. Interestingly, some racers are furiously pedalling exercise bikes as they wait for the hand over, while ski techs quickly wax their skis.

Cross country skiing

1335: Kazakhstan, Norway, Germany and Russia are driving the pace at the head of the field on the second leg of the team sprint.

Cross country skiing

1330: After the first exchange in the men's team sprint, Russia hold a slim lead over Finland and Italy but the group is fairly tightly bunched.

Cross country skiing

1325: We go straight into the men's team sprint final and here's a reminder of the field: Russia, Norway, Germany, Czech Republic, USA, France, plus fastest losers from the semis of Canada, Finland, Italy, Kazkhstan. Similar format for the women, though slightly longer course - a two-man team, three laps of 1.6km each.

I can also tell you that the reason the GB men did not finish in the team sprint semi-finals was because the 17-year-old Andrew Young had a cold and was feeling low on energy. He said: "I didn't really ski that well today. My legs were really tired. It's been a bit frustrating as I didn't perform as well as I should have in the 15km and I was having the best race of my life in the sprint before I crashed. But I've got an experience that no else of my age in the world has got and that's definitely stands our cross-country team in good stead for future Games and future competitions." Andrew Musgrave, 19, said: "It's been awesome being here. I'm going to go into next year pretty confident I can make the next step up and make the jump to senior level."

Results

1320: Anna Haag, the silver medallist in the pursuit for Sweden, makes her break but the German Claudia Nystad goes with her. Nystad chases Haag down and powers past on the final bend to clinch GOLD FOR GERMANY with team-mate Evi Sachenbacher in the women's cross country team sprint. Haag and Kalla win silver for Sweden and Russia take bronze. You can see the full standings on our cross country live page.

1315: Sweden's Charlotte Kalla pushes hard on the penultimate lap and only Germany can live with her. Kalla hands over to Anna Haag but Germany nip past early on with Russia slightly adrift in third. You can follow the standings on our cross country live page.


1310: Ten minutes in and Sweden lead from Germany and Italy in the women's team sprint. These three have opened a small gap on Russia and Finland who are slipping back in fourth and fifth respectively. You can follow the standings on our cross country live page.



1300: Here we go then, for the start of the women's cross country team sprint. The finalists are Sweden, France, Italy, Norway, Germany, USA, Canada, Poland, Russia and Finland. The format is two racers who alternately sprint around the one-mile course for a team total of six laps. You can follow the standings on our cross country live page.

Cross country skiing

1245: Here's that list of finalists for the men's team cross country sprint I promised you: Russia, Norway, Germany, Czech Republic, USA, France, plus fastest losers from the semis of Canada, Finland, Italy, Kazkhstan. For some reason, Great Britain's Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young didn't finish. I'll let you know why when I find out.

Bobsleigh

1235: Bit of bobsleigh news for you - after four-man bobs from Canada and Norway crashed in training on Monday, officials met with representatives from 11 sliding nations and decided to shave an inch or more of ice off certain curves to make the track more navigable.

Britain's Nicola Minichiello and Gillian Cooke begin their competition on Tuesday (from 0200 GMT) and will take inspiration from Amy Williams's gold in the skeleton. Minichiello said: "If you look at Amy's season before these Games her results weren't that spectacular and you could say the same about us. But when we were in preparation camp together you could see Amy was so focused and was handling herself brilliantly. And if you do something brilliant at the Olympics nobody will remember what happened in the rest of your reason. She peaked at precisely the right moment."

Cross country skiing

1220: In the men's first cross country team semi-final, defending champions Sweden missed out on qualifying, finishing eighth after Teodor Peterson slipped and broke a ski pole. And Belarus were even more unlucky as Leanid Karneyenka took a wrong turn in the final few metres while in the lead. Full list of the finalists to follow, but in the meantime you can check out our cross country live page.

Results

1215: GOLD for Austria in the men's team ski jumping competition. The 20-year-old Gregor Schlierenzauer, the double individual bronze medallist, comes down last and puts in a monster 146.5m leap but stumbles a bit on the landing. But the dip in style points makes little difference and Austria's team of Loitzl, Kofler, Morgenstern and Schlierenzauer notch up a record total of 1107.9 points to beat Germany (1035.8) and Norway (1030.3). You can peruse the full stats on our ski jumping live page.


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1155: Here's a quick stat for you: Germany are the only country to have won a medal on every day of these Games so far. That's out of the 26 different nations to have "medalled" (I've used inverted commas to denote this increasing use of noun as verb) in Vancouver.

Ski jumping

1150: Austria lead by miles from Germany with one jumper to come from each team. Austria's double bronze medallist Gregor Schlierenzauer goes as the very last man down and his team are heading for a record points total. Norway are third with Finland very close on their heels in fourth. You can follow all the latest stats on our ski jumping live page.

Cross country skiing

1130: Women's cross country team sprint news, and I can tell you that Sweden, Norway, USA, France, Italy, Germany, Russia, Poland, Finland and Canada qualified for the final, which begins at 1300 (2100 GMT). The men's semis are now under way. cross country live page.

Ski jumping

1120: Under way again in the second round of the men's team ski jumping competition. You can follow all the latest stats on our ski jumping live page.

1115: An anonymous texter has asked us "what time and day Gillian Cooke and Nicola Minichiello are racing in the bobsleigh". We can tell you that the British duo will be in the first run of the bob on Tuesday - that goes at 1700 local time which is 0100 in the wee small hours of Wednesday in the UK. In the meantime, why not have a look at Eleanor Oldroyd's blog on Minichiello and Cooke - who might just be GB's best remaining medal hope given the struggles of our curlers.

1110: Martin, who is just down the road from me in Victoria, British Columbia, texts: "I'm a Brit at university here in Canada, and it's fair to say that last night's result in the hockey knocked the stuffing out of many here. Hockey is almost like a national identity in Canada, and many this morning may be waking up in crisis. Canada now have a rough road to the final - Germany (let's hope it doesn't go to penalties), Russia (world champions) in the quarters, probably Sweden (Olympic gold holders) in the semis to possibly meet the old enemy in the final ... USA!

1105: Quite a few of you have texted me to say that the "Woe Canada" headlines in the papers aren't a pun on "Go Canada Go" like I suggested earlier, but "Oh, Canada", after the the national anthem. Yep, good point, you're probably right. Still, nice day for it. Ahem.

Ski jumping

1100: So that's the first full round of jumping completed, with each team having sent down four men. Austria went last through Gregor Schlierenzauer, double bronze medallist here at these Games. The 20-year-old leaps a massive 140.5m to score 144.9 and give his side a huge lead with 547.3 points. Germany are second on 509.3pts with Norway third on 504. Only the top eight qualify for the second round of jumping, meaning France, Russia, USA and Canada miss out. You can see the full stats on our ski jumping live page.

Cross country skiing

1040: Coming up shortly it's the women's team sprint cross country. Finland, who won bronze in Turin, are the world champions and their main rivals will be Italy, defending champions Sweden, Norway, Germany and Slovenia. Canada won silver in 2006. Teams are two strong. You can follow all the latest on our cross country live page.

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Ski jumping

1035: At halfway in the first round of the team event, Austria's Andreas Kofler sticks a 132m jump to score 126.1 to give his team a commanding lead over Germany with Norway in third. You can follow all the updates on our ski jumping live page.

1030: Ski jumping is very much a game for small men, like being a jockey or a cox in rowing. Most of them weight between about 8-10 stone. That's because "fat don't fly". Finland lead the Czech Republic from Norway but it's still very early days. All this talk of jumpers just reminds me that I haven't brought enough clothes to counter the air conditioning in the office.

1020: Interesting chat from BBC commentator Paul Dickenson, who says ski jumpers wear slightly different suits - different thickness and textures - depending on conditions, such as head wind, tail wind and so on. All to do with getting maximum lift, you see. It's a bluebird in Whistler, crisp and clear. You can follow all the updates on our ski jumping live page.

1005: I've missed the old ironing board cover-suited telemark landers of ski jumping and this team event is the last of their disciplines at the Games. No Ammann for Switzerland but there's stars like Adam Malysz of Poland, silver medallist on both the normal and large hill competitions, and Austrian Gregor Schlierenzauer, bronze medallist in both individual events.

0955:Before the action starts, I should just tell you that Canada is waking up to the realisation that winning ice hockey gold might not be quite a straightforward as they thought after losing to USA last night. The headlines in both the Vancouver Sun and Globe and Mail newspapers say, "Woe Canada", a nice play on the "Go Canada Go" chant that is ubiquitous at these Games.

0940: First up, we'll be concentrating on the first round of team ski jumping which starts at 1000 (1800 GMT). Austria, the world and Olympic champions, are enormous favourites and won't have to worry about Switzerland's double double Olympic champion Simon Ammann (two doubles because he's won both hill events in two Games now), who is not competing. Germany and Norway will be their nearest challengers. The format is four-man teams, each man takes two jumps. Add 'em all up and you've got the winners. Easy, eh?

Other events to look out for today are men's and women's cross country team sprint freestyle from 1045 (1845 GMT) - Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young go for Team GB; Britain's Kerrs (currently eighth) in the free dance programme in the ice dancing competition from 1645 (0045 GMT); men's freestyle aerials at 1800 (0200 GMT); and women's ice hockey semis - USA v Sweden from 1200 (2000 GMT), followed by Canada v Finland at 1700 (0100 GMT).

0930: Ah yes. Hello everyone. Still got that Olympic fever? Good. That's the spirit. Now then, big day for Britain's women's curlers today. Massive, in fact. Only victory against Denmark (from 1400 local - 2200 GMT) will keep alive their chances in the competition. Eve Muirhead's side will also need to defeat unbeaten Canada on Tuesday. And if that wasn't enough, they need to rely on other results also going their way. Gulp. You can study the standings in detail on our curling table page.



There's men's curling under way at the moment with France v Norway, Canada v USA, Germany v China and Switzerland v Sweden. You can follow all the latest on our curling live page.

David Murdoch's British side are not in action again until they meet Germany at 1900 (0300 GMT). Victory for GB will see them closing on a quarter-final place, but defeat will see them face a must-win game tomorrow in their final round-robin game against Norway.



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Latest medal standings

# Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1. CAN 14 7 5 26
2. GER 10 13 7 30
3. USA 9 15 13 37
4. NOR 9 8 6 23
5. KOR 6 6 2 14
19. GBR 1 0 0 1

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see also
Day-by-day guide to the Winter Olympics
26 Feb 10 |  Vancouver 2010


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