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Day 13 as it happened

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By Rob Hodgetts in Whistler

2045: OK, team. That's it from me tonight. Thanks for your company and thanks to the Whistler Sliding Centre for hosting a little piece of history for the Winter Olympics live text commentary. (ie not in Vancouver). Don't forget to come back bright and early in the morning for day 14. It's going to be a real honey. First up, women's giant slalom second run at 0930.

If you want to follow tonight's remaining two hockey games, you can via our live pages. On now is Finland v Czech Republic and from 2100 (0500 GMT) is Sweden v Slovakia


2028: And that's a high-flying GOLD for Australia's Lydia Lassila in the final of the women's aerials. Lassila, second after round one, took the lead with the penultimate jump and then watched as China's Xu Mengtao failed to stick her landing with the last jump of the competition to slide to sixth. China's Li Nina took silver and compatriot Guo Xinxin bronze. Lassila amassed a combined total of 214.74 in her two jumps, Li scored 207.23 while Guo posted 205.22.

Ice hockey

2022: Still locked at 0-0 after second period in Finland v Czech Republic quarter-final. The winner will meet USA who beat Switzerland 2-0 earlier today.

Speed skating

2017: Speed skating fans will be pleased to know that IOC president Jacques Rogge also "suffered" alongside Sven Kramer. The 23-year-old Dutchman was deprived of an almost certain second gold when his coach Gerard Kemkers wrongly told him to switch lanes, an error which allowed South Korea's Lee Seung-Hoon to be promoted to gold medal winner. "It's sad what happened. The coach committed the error, not the athlete," said Rogge. "I'd like to tell Sven that I suffered with him. He is the best skater of his generation and one of the greats like Eric Heiden, Kees Verkerk and Johan Olav Koss."

Freestyle skiing

2010: It's a very foggy night over at Cypress Mountain where the final of the women's aerials is in full-full swing. A little aeriallists gag there. The massive floodlights are illuminating the landing area though, as a packed grandstand enjoys watching these incredible gymnasts plunging out of the gloom. Australian Jacqui Cooper leads.

Short track

2000: Britain's Jon Eley earlier got through to Friday's 500m short-track quarter-finals. Here's what he thought: "I was disappointed with the start but I put it right in the end and all that matters is that I'm through to the next round. I believe I've got a good enough start, I just didn't show it today but I've still got it in the locker. It's something I've been working on. I was really pleased with my skating as it was a really patient race. I've definitely learnt from the last Olympic Games, having a few days break is not normal for us so I'm going to go back and refocus, have a day off tomorrow and get pumped up for Friday. I've said all along I'm here to win a medal and that's what I'm aiming to do."

Ice hockey

1952: For all you "puckheads" out there, and any other innocent members of the community, Finland and the Czech Republic are tied 0-0 at the start of the second period in their quarter-final clash in Vancouver.

1950: Hey, everyone, check this out. I've got more tenuous British medal-winning connections for you. (It's a dark day for us real Brits). The husband of Kaillie Humphries, who won gold for Canada in the women's bob, is called Dan and he competed in bobsleigh for Team GB in Turin in 2006.

1945: Thought you might like to hear a bit more from GB 1 pilot Nicola Minichiello after that nasty-looking crash in the third run of the women's bobsleigh: "We knewwe really had to go for it today and we threw everything into that run. We still believed we could do it, even after yesterday. Unfortunately it didn't pay off. We hit corner one again, but the rest of the run was going pretty well until we made a mistake going into 11. We didn't do our fourth run today because Gillian hurt her leg in the crash and because the sled was damaged. We're devastated by what happened, because so much of our focus has been on these Games. It's a tough track, but that's no excuse because it's the same for everyone. We were really pleased to see how well Paula and Kelly did today. It's been a really intense few months for us and now we're going to go back to the village to chill out."

1932: Gareth texts to say, re: 1905: "Hogging the track? Canada collected four medals today. I cheered for Williams for her gold, why can't you be happy for us Canucks?" We're all delighted, Gareth. Honestly. I'm only joshing. But you did have 10 times as many practice runs as anyone else, certainly in the skeleton. GB performance director Andi Schmid told me personally.

1925: I've had a text from James in Toronto to say: "This Canadian men's hockey team is reminding me of the 2007 England rugby squad. The difference is incredible from Sunday to Wednesday." Nice analogy that, James. England suffered a woeful defeat by South Africa in the group matches, only to find a second wind, smash the Aussies and meet the Boks again in the final. Like it. Sir Clive Woodward's knocking about outside somewhere. Maybe I'll put that to him. (Don't wait up, though, just in case I don't). Now, not that Britain are trying to claim any reflected glory, but word reaches me at Live Text Towers (draughty bobsleigh track media tent), that the parents of Helen Upperton, who has just won bob silver for Canada, are from Portsmouth and Southampton. In England. And they're called Kerry and Hilary. So we've got that going for us. Which is nice.

1920: Canada are now up to third in the medal table behind Germany and USA. The Germans have seven golds, 10 silver, seven bronze for a total of 24; USA have seven golds, nine silver, 12 bronze for a total of 28; and Canada have seven golds, six silver, two bronze for a total of 15. If they're not quite "owning the podium", Canada at least have a nice little timeshare plan going on.


1912: For those who like that level of detail - and for their families - Kaillie Humphries and Heather Moyse are Canada's bobsleigh gold medallists. Compatriots Helen Upperton and Shelly-Ann Brown took the silver with bronze going to Erin Pac and Elana Meyers of the United States. Britain's Paula Walker and Kelly Thomas were 0.05secs adrift of 10th place, their goal for the Games.


1905: GOLD AND SILVER FOR CANADA in women's bobsleigh. Canada 1 came down last as the leaders after round three and took the win after Canada 2 pipped USA 2 to the silver. I guess that hogging of the track has paid off a bit, eh? Gold in men's skeleton, gold and silver in women's bob. Agonising for GB 2 as they just miss out on their goal of a top 10, finishing 11th.


1900: Massive - and getting 'massiverer' - excitement out on the track as Canada 2 take the lead with two sleds left. Especially when USA 2, penultimate team down, can only go second. Canada 1 the final sled to come.


1855: Another big smash in the women's bobsleigh as Germany 2 flip in a similar place to GB 1. The brakewoman comes flying out of the back as everyone holds their breath, but the crew come out of it battered and bruised but OK.


1850: GOLD FOR CHINA in the women's 3000m short-track relay with a new world record after South Korea, who thought they'd won, were were disqualified. The South Koreans, disqualified for impeding a Chinese skater, were seeking a record fifth consecutive gold medal in the event. China's team of Sun Linlin, Wang Meng, Zhang Hui and Zhou Yang leaped in joy when they were announced as Olympic champions. Canada take the silver and United States the bronze.

Ice hockey

1847: CANADA BEAT RUSSIA 7-3 TO REACH SEMI-FINALS That's right, Canada, who lost to USA last week to send the whole country into turmoil, have smashed the mighty Russians - Alexander Ovechkin and all - to get to the last four. Most people thought before the Games it would be a Canada v Russia final but it's looking more like a rematch against their rivals from south of the border. Canada will play the winners of Sweden v Slovakia which kicks off at 2100 (0500 GMT).


1840: Britain's Paula Walker and Kelly Thomas in GB 2 fly down unscathed in their final run and go third for the time being. They are really hoping for a top 10 and could squeeze in but all the top crews are still to come.

1830: Evening all. I'm coming to you cordless from the sliding track media centre. How's life? Ace. Right, quick update on the sport's in progress. We're on run four of the women's bobsleigh with Canada 1 leading from USA 2 and Canada 2 after three runs. I just witnessed Minichiello and Cooke's crash. The crowd were silent until the upturned sled was picked up and they emerged unscathed. Then there were big cheers. The pair hugged and went to speak to BBC Sport's Clare Balding in tears. Clare was fighting to hold the tears back herself. They were devastated and really believed they had a chance. Sir Clive Woodward was on hand with a shoulder to cry on.

In the Canada v Russia ice hockey match it's 7-3 to the hosts with six minutes left of the final period. And the women's 3,000m short-track relay is under way.

By Anna Thompson in Vancouver

1815 Stick with us guys as we have three more medals to bring you tonight, the women's bobsleigh, the women's 3,000m relay in the short track and the ladies aerials. And to guide you through these will be Mr Rob Hodgetts, live from Whistler.

Ice hockey

1810: There's one period to go in the men's ice hockey quarter-final and Canada lead Russia 7-3. Ade via text says: "Any time Crosby and Ovechkin line up against each other, there is always fireworks. It is one of the greatest professional rivalries. I saw a game between Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals in last year's eastern conference semi-final series, where they both got hat-tricks. Is a repeat on the cards?

Short track

1755 It's time for Jon Eley in the men's 500m. He finished fifth in the finals in 2006 and wants a medal here in Vancouver and he's made it through to the quarter-finals after finishing second in his heat. He will be mightily relieved and that's his night's work done. The quarters, semis and the final are on Friday. You're GB's best medal hope now Jon, no pressure there then! And doesn't it seem a long time ago since Amy Williams won gold for Britain in the skeleton? If you want to re-live that golden moment then you can click on the link, UK users only.

1740: UK Sport invested more than £5m in these Winter Olympics and was expecting a three-medal return from Team GB for its money but that is not going to happen now unless there is an almighty upset of the form book. Britain can win another medal, Jon Eley carrying the best chance in the men's 500m short track speed skating, which is about to start. But I can't see any other medals in alpine skiing, men's four-man bob or Adam McLeish in the snowboard parallel giant slalom.

Ice hockey

1730: Just time to let you know it's 6-2 to Canada in the ice hockey in the second period. For bang up to date info, go to the live stats page.


1720: There's drama too in the bobsleigh as GB 1 crash after corner 12 and finish the run on their side. Thankfully Nicola Minichiello and Gillian Cooke are OK but the world champions' hopes of an Olympic medal are gone. BBC commentator Colin Bryce says: "They will be emotionally wrecked after that." Going into these Winter Olympics, Britain had two world champions, the men's curlers and the women's bobsleigh and both had genuine medal chances in Vancouver. And in the space of five minutes, those hopes were crushed.


1715: This is a huge disappointment for GB curling as the men are the current world champions and expected to make the semi-finals at least. They had their chance in the 10th end to score a double and it was set-up perfectly to win but one misplaced stone from David Murdoch has lost them the match. Rhona Martin says: "That will be very galling for them". But hats off to the super cool Swedes who soaked up the pressure put on them in the second half of this match to advance into the semi-finals.

1715: CURLING NEWSFLASH - GB men are out of the Olympic curling after losing 7-6 to Sweden.

Ice hockey

1710: A fourth goal in the first period for Canada, just as the Russians were looking to improve on their foothold in the game. Brenden Morrow tries the shot, then he and Russian goalie Evgeny Nabokov can only look on as the puck trickles down Nabokov's leg into the net. One minute left in the first period and it's difficult to see Russia coming back, even if more than 40 minutes of hockey still remain.

Short track

1705: GB's Elise Christie is in action in the 1000m and there are two false starts before the race proper gets under way but she's squeezed out at the back and can only finish third - and out. That's the 19-year-old's Olympics over.

Ice hockey

1702: Dmitry Kalinin rattles the crossbar and finally finds the net for the beleaguered Russians, who now have a path back into this game. Just like Canada, they can't afford to lose this. Both teams would be devastated to be knocked out at the quarter-final stage.

Ice hockey

1700: Dan Boyle shoots from distance and the puck squeezes between the Russian goaltender's legs to double the Canadian advantage - and, moments later, Rick Nash makes it three. The Russians, supposedly one of the few teams who present a real threat to Canada in the battle for gold, have called a time-out. This is a horrendous for them, the first period hasn't even ended.


1655: GB make a bit of an error and have to settle for one to tie 6-6 with Sweden after 10 ends in the men's curling play-off so it's time for an extra end. How's your fingernails?


1650: Still in the 10th end in the curling but a quick heads up to let you know we have more Brits in action very soon. There are two women's teams in the bobsleigh starting at 1700 (0100 GMT), can Nicola Minichiello and Gillian Cooke win Britain's second medal? and in the short track speed skating Elise Christie is in the heats of the 1000m and Jon Eley in the 500m. Surely there's too much going on to consider retiring to bed for all of you back in the UK?

Ice hockey

Matt Pinsent, reporting for BBC Sport at the hockey: "Both the Canadian team and the crowd are in a different league to the US game. Russians need to be careful not to drop out of this completely."

Ice hockey

1640: There's a GOAL in the ice hockey as Canada get on the board nice and early against the Russians, at least as far as the host nation's fans are concerned. Ryan Getzlaf converts Dan Boyle's pass, looks up to the heavens and says a quick "thank you" as chants of "Go! Canada! Go!" ring out around Canada Hockey Place. That is exactly the start Canada needed and they could have had at least one more by now.


1635: "Hi we're in Norwich watching the curling on the laptop could you explain the changing of the hammer? What decides which team has it? Harry & Lisa." Hello Harry and Lisa - the hammer belongs to the team who have lost the previous end. If it's a blank end then the team in possession of the hammer retains it. And in the ninth end GB men were happy to blank it and retain the hammer going into the final end, despite trailing 6-5.

Ice hockey

1630: Canada v Russia is about to start in the men's ice hockey quarter-final and BBC ice hockey commentator Bob Ballard texts to say: "So here we go - a noisy atmosphere as you might expect at Canada Hockey Place. The tension, combined with expectation, is palpable. Whether it's just bravado, I don't know, but the Canadian fans think they will beat Russia, albeit narrowly."


1425: It's getting tense in the curling. Sweden take one in the eighth and lead GB men 6-5 with two ends to go. Murdoch's men have the hammer so do they blank the ninth end and aim for two in the 10th or should they try and score two or more now? Decisions, decisions... it's not easy this curling lark is it? Paula Radcliffe is watching alongside Rhona Martin and Steve Cram and she says: "You can feel the tension rising." She is so right.

mikehenke_gpeak via Twitter to @annat1972 : Re 1540 "..comments re challenging for a medal were totally unrealistic". Huh - is it a crime for a Brit to display confidence? I agree with you Mike. I know Chemmy and her mindset is always to try and win the race otherwise what is the point? If she said she was aiming for a top 10 wouldn't she then be criticised for being unambitious?


1610: There's some GB cheer to report as skeleton slider Adam Pengilly has been elected by his peers to serve on the Athletes' Commission of the International Olympic Committee. He topped the bill of nine candidates and said: "Clearly I am very excited to be representing the athletes' voice and perspective and, in particular, the winter athletes. It is a real privilege to be elected by my peers. I will represent them to the very best of my ability." Well done to him.


1555: Great Britain steal another one and are now tied at 5-5 after seven ends after another mistake by Sweden. Is the tide turning for Murdoch's men?


1545: Sweden gets themselves into a pickle and concede one in the sixth end but still lead GB 5-4 and have the hammer. Were the young bucks getting a bit full of themselves?

Ice hockey

1540: We have the relative calm of the curling going on at the moment but Canada is about to whip itself up into a frenzy as the men's ice hockey team take on Russia in the quarter-final at 1630 (0030 GMT). As I type there are Canadians rushing home from work or packing into bars because they don't want to miss this one.

Hello - Jay in Surbiton is back to respond to Anonymous from 1455: "Yes I know (Chemmy Alcott) is a Surbiton ex pupil and have met her in Hampton Court. She is a lovely person but her comments re challenging for a medal were totally unrealistic and we have to accept that after those pre-Games comments accepting 15th or 20th is ridiculous.


1525: It's the halfway point in the crunch curling match between GB men and Sweden and after five ends the Swedes are leading 5-3 and have the hammer in the sixth. The young Scandinavians have been pulling of their big shots while GB have not got into their stride yet. Have Murdoch's men got the time and the mental strength to pull it back?

Alpine skiing

1515: So what does a girl do when she's stuck at the top of a ski run, patiently waiting for the race to start? Well in Brit Chemmy Alcott's case she gets out her mp3 player for an impromptu karaoke with her best mate, America's Julia Mancuso. You can check the video out, if you're in the UK that is.


1305: David Murdoch fails in a double takeout attempt and Sweden score a steal to lead 5-2 after four ends. The GB fans have gone quiet and BBC commentator Steve Cram says: "Britain are struggling and they need to make something happen and soon." Doesn't sound too promising does it? GB are the world champions and to not make the semi finals would be seen as a major disappointment.

Alpine skiing

1455: The FIS jury has met and decided the first leg result of the women's giant slalom will stand and the second leg is postponed until tomorrow, not sure what time yet. So no re-run for Lindsey Vonn. The top 30 skiers will race in reverse order with Brit Chemmy Alcott sixth out of the start-gate after finishing 25th in the first run. Glad that's all tidied up then!

Gordon Lindsay via Twitter : "Good solid second end there. Fantastic. Let's hope it continues. Good end for Byers who started off poorly in my opinion."

An anonymous texter says: "Jay of Surbiton's 1100 comment re Alcott is short sighted and misunderstands that British participation can only be improved by supporting the existing talent. There are no better skiers in UK than her. PS wonder if Jay knew she went to school in Surbiton (a disgruntled former classmate?)

Alpine skiing

1445: The second leg of the women's giant slalom should be happening now but that low cloud and fog ain't going anywhere. And it seems I was fed a bit of duff info before (see 1410) re whether the will start the whole race again or whether they will allow the first leg result to remain and resume the race from there. Apparently an International Ski Federation jury will meet to decide what to do and it will be a battle between the powerhouses of Austria and USA. The US will obviously want the race re-started because that would benefit Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso. Austria will want it to resume as their very own Elisabeth Goergl was fastest in the first run and they have three skiers in the top four. Will be a fascinating outcome!


1438: Czech Martina Sablikova wins GOLD in the women's 5000m at Richmond Olympic Oval and she looks shattered but happy. It's two golds in these Games for her after triumphing in the 3000m and she has the track record to boot. "It was a compelling race," says BBC commentator Hugh Porter as Germany's Stephanie Beckert finishes just 0.48 seconds behind for silver and there is cheer for the home nation as veteran Canadian Clara Hughes takes the bronze.


1425: It's advantage Sweden in the curling as they take two in the first end against GB men in the play-off. BBC commentators Rhona Martin and Steve Cram have been joined by Paula Radcliffe and they've been talking technology and the Norwegian team's John Daly-esque trousers. David Murdoch's men pull it back to 2-2 in the second end and Crammy says: "That might just settle their nerves a little."

Ice hockey

1415: The US are through to the semi-finals of the men's hockey after a 2-0 win over Switzerland at Canada Hockey Place. They sealed the win after Zach Parise scored an empty net goal with 11 seconds to go. Canada v Russia is up at 1630 (0030 GMT).

Alpine skiing

1410: The second leg of the women's giant slalom is pushed back again, to 1445 at the earliest, as the low cloud and fog refuses to budge. If they can't complete it today then they will have to start all over again with two legs either tomorrow or the day after (whenever the weather improves) so it could play into the hands of Lindsey Vonn, who crashed out today. Interesting.


1400: It's hammer time as GB men and Sweden take to the ice sheet in the curling in the men's play-off match. The winner will face Canada in the semi-final, the loser will be going home. As always your views and comments are much appreciated so you can either text me on 81111 (UK) using OLYMPICS as your first word or +44 7786200666 (worldwide). You can tweet me as well. Oh, and if you could do a cheeky refresh you will see my name magically appear at the top of the page.

Ice hockey

1355: Thankfully the ice hockey is the only action going on at the moment, it's difficult enough for me trying to keep up with it! USA are 1-0 up with 10 minutes left in the third period in the quarter-final but it's tense stuff.

Ice hockey

1347: What a time to take over, the Swiss think they've scored to even it up against USA and its sent up for a video replay which shows the puck hits the post and rebounds out so it's not a goal. "It's a little bit crazy here" says BBC ice hockey commentator Bob Ballard.

By Ollie Williams

Alpine skiing

1345: Anna Thompson is here to take you through the remainder of the day, so I'll leave you with news of two firsts in giant slalom skiing:

Marjan Kalhor became the first Iranian woman to compete at a Winter Olympics in the first run. She finished 21.75 seconds off the pace and will be last to go in the second run. The 21-year-old wore a normal racing suit and fuschia pink head scarf beneath her safety helmet to comply with Islamic dress code.

Cynthia Denzler also set a first, becoming the first Colombian to compete at a Winter Games. She got a friend who makes silk screen T-shirts to print "Colombia Ski Team" on her race suit. There aren't even any Colombian journalists here to cover her, as they didn't realise they had an athlete...

Enjoy the second run, if/when it ever takes place, and the rest of the day's action.

Ice hockey

1343: US 1-0 Switzerland

Another juggling act from Jonas Hiller in the Swiss goal, and Zach Parise finally gets the opening goal, early in the third period.

1335: That fog just doesn't want to shift. We're now told there will be no giant slalom for at least another 45 minutes.

Ice hockey

1328: And there were cheers from Canadians in Whistler, where organisers have put the US v Switzerland hockey game on the big screens during the giant slalom delay, as the US goal was disallowed.

1327: With the very last action of the second period, as the clock shows 0.0 seconds, Swiss goalie Jonas Hiller juggles the puck and accidentally shoulders it over his head into his own net. It goes to a video replay to decide if the puck crossed the line before the time ran out - and the officials wash the goal out. No goal! The Canadians in the arena celebrate wildly, and we still have no score after two periods here.

Alpine skiing

1321: The women's giant slalom has been delayed for half an hour, presumably by the immense Whistler fog.

Ice hockey

1317: Goalless still at Canada Hockey Place but that's a mammoth hit from Switzerland's Mathias Seger on poor, unfortunate American Bobby Ryan. Three minutes left in the second period - will anybody break the deadlock?

Alpine skiing

1312: Fresh from BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts in Whistler: "The course for the second run of the women's giant slalom will be nine gates shorter because of thick fog sitting on the mountain."

1310: With that second giant slalom run approaching, you may want to review the video of Lindsey Vonn crashing out if you're in the UK. She told us: "I was like a pretzel in the net. I hurt my hand and I will get an X-ray. I am frustrated and disappointed with myself, but I am still smiling. I am beaten up. It was a long season: my back hurts. And my shin."

Other than that, though, she's just grand.

Ice hockey

1304: I do love a good hockey game so it says a lot for the cross-country final that I spent the last 15 minutes watching that instead. Now, however, we have 10 minutes to indulge in the US-Switzerland men's quarter-final before the second run of the women's giant slalom begins. It's still 0-0.


1301: GOLD for Sweden in the men's 4x10km cross-country skiing as Marcus Hellner (not Magnus, my apologies to him) has time to collect a Swedish flag on his way over the line. But Petter Northug has stunned the Czechs and particularly the French, hauling back a massive 30-second deficit to drag Norway kicking and screaming into silver-medal position. The French, as Anne Robinson might say, leave with nothing.

1258: It looks like Northug may be slowly running out of puff. Magnus Hellner of Sweden seems far enough ahead that the gold is heading into Swedish hands, and that will be a huge victory in a pretty fiery Scandinavian rivalry.

1256: The live text cooler is next door to the Norwegian broadcasters and the Swedish broadcasters. At least one of those two will kick off when this cross-country gold medal gets decided.

1250: I realise I keep writing about cross-country skier Petter Northug as though he's the Norwegian Usain Bolt, but he has already slashed that 30-second lead down to 15 seconds in the men's relay. He's got a few kilometres left to find the other 15 seconds and catch the French, Swedish and Czechs, which would be jaw-dropping.

Alpine skiing

1248: The second run of the women's giant slalom begins in Whistler in just under half an hour's time. Britain's Chemmy Alcott, 25th in the standings, will go sixth in the second run as the order is reversed for the top 30. Sixty-eight of the 86 athletes who started the first run made it through to the second. (If you don't finish the first run, you don't get another go. For example, Lindsey Vonn is out.) BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts advises me the snow has stopped, but it is still very foggy on the slope.

Cross country skiing

1245: Norwegian cross-country legend Petter Northug leads the chasing pack in the men's 4x10km and, even though he's a long way back on the three out in front, he's gaining ground fast. The Czech, Swedish and French teams were roughly 30 seconds ahead of him - that's now down to 25 seconds. Just over six kilometres left until we have new Olympic champions.

Ice hockey

1238: Swiss goalie Jonas Hiller is taking a pounding both in terms of shots and physical pressure from the Americans, but the first period ends goalless at Canada Hockey Place. By no means a tedious game despite the lack of goals - the Americans have had 18 shots on goal, the Swiss just four.

Cross country skiing

1234: The French, Swedish and Czech teams remain in contention in the men's 4x10km cross-country relay, with the last men in the relay just setting off. The Swedish team are out in front.


1228: I'm told one of the Dutch bobsleigh team has withdrawn from the four-man competition after losing confidence in his ability to race down the Whistler track safely. Edwin van Calker - the pilot of the sled - crashed in the two-man event and has decided to walk away from the four-man team rather than tackle the track again.

His head coach, Tom de la Hunty, said: "This is a personal decision on Edwin's part. It's a build-up of numerous factors, including his crash in the two-man, the tragic accident in the men's luge and external family pressures, all of which resulted in Edwin not having confidence in piloting."


1220: In a little under two hours' time, Britain's male curlers face a play-off against Sweden to reach the semi-finals of the competition. They have to win, otherwise all British curling involvement at these Games comes to an end. The curling teams were supposed to be two excellent medal chances for Britain - now only one chance remains, and it's in the balance. Live coverage of the whole match will be available on the red button and the BBC Sport website from 1400Van/2200UK. Worth noting that Sweden beat Britain 6-4 in the opening game.

Ice hockey

1212: After three minutes of largely American pressure, the Swiss Raffaele Sannitz line take the game to the US, Sannitz forcing a save from the almost-unsight American goaltender Ryan Miller. Miller has been outstanding so far in the Olympic competition.

1204: The teams are out on the ice at Canada Hockey Place and the quarter-final between the American and Swiss men will begin any moment now. Check each team's lines and follow live statistics throughout the game using the in-depth real-time results pages on our website.

Alpine skiing

1157: I'm told Julia Mancuso of the US, the defending Olympic giant slalom champion, has been in tears after her first run left her down in 18th. She had to abort her first attempt following team-mate Lindsey Vonn's crash, then begin again in inferior conditions after the first 30 athletes had already gone down.

Vonn herself is distraught about ruining Mancuso's gold medal bid. She said: "I don't want to crash anyway but to hurt my team-mate's chances of getting a medal... I hope she understands and has a good second run."

Ice hockey

1150: Here is how our ice hockey commentator, Bob Ballard, sees the US-Switzerland game:

"Fresh from their first Winter Olympic victory over Canada in 50 years, and with almost three days' rest, the US will surely be too strong for the Swiss.

"A win against Norway in overtime and a penalty-shots victory over Belarus prove Switzerland can perform for sixty-five minutes (or more) if required, but the ever-improving Americans beat the Swiss 3-1 in the opening game, and the result is likely to be similar today.

1146: In 15 minutes' time the US face Switzerland in the first of four men's ice hockey quarter-finals, all of which are live on the BBC Sport website for UK users. Canada against Russia, which begins at 1630Van/0030UK, is the biggest of those games. Russia are probably Canada's main challengers for the title of World's Best Hockey Team, and neither team would want to be facing the other at this stage. The other quarter-finals are Finland v Czech Republic (1900Van/0300UK) and Sweden v Slovakia (2100Van/0500UK).

Alpine skiing

1136: More from Britain's Chemmy Alcott, who is looking to leapfrog an ambitious 10 places in her second giant slalom run. She told BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts she wants to finish "around 15th" and added: "A lot of these girls have just come here. They're fresh, they're here just for the technical disciplines. We've had two-and-a-half weeks of really tough conditions and it shows. The 'speed girls' are losing quite a lot down here because it's fatiguing."

Cross country skiing

1129: It is incredibly difficult to gain clues to the men's cross-country relay winner at this early stage. The Swedish team are technically ahead but it means very little. Check the live timings if you're keen to glean what you can from the times so far. Norway's Petter Northug is the man to beat and a national hero up in the fjords. The Swedish even have a Facebook group where thousands of people have pledged roughly £10 each to anyone who beats him.

Alpine skiing

1117: That was like driving to Norwich. Takes forever, nothing much happens for vast stretches, and everything travels increasingly slowly the nearer the end you get. But I am delighted to present you with the results from the first run of the women's giant slalom, where Elisabeth Goergl of Austria leads in a time of 1:15.12. France's Taina Barioz is two hundredths of a second behind and another Austrian, Kathrin Zettel, is 16 hundredths off the pace in third. Chemmy Alcott of Britain is 25th. The second run commences in two hours' time.

1114: Three giant slalom skiers to go. Nearly there. Come on.

Cross country skiing

1111: The men's 4x10km relay cross-country skiing begins in about five minutes' time, down the road from the giant slalom.

Alpine skiing

Britain's Chemmy Alcott, 25th after her first run:

"I went into it to charge today. I made a couple of mistakes, so I'm pretty pleased to be only 2.41 seconds out. It's a good position to be in going into the second run. If I can finish 15th or 20th it would be a good move up for me."

Speed skating

1106: On Tuesday, Dutch speed skater Sven Kramer ended up an embarrassed man when his coach told him to change lanes midway through a men's 10,000m race, only to discover it was the wrong lane. Kramer, the clear favourite for gold, was subsequently disqualified. However, he has just announced he will stick with coach Gerard Kemkers despite the calamity.

Alpine skiing

Anon texts: "Chemmy Alcott might not be threatening the podium but she's definitely better than this lot."

Jay in Surbiton texts: "The airtime dedicated to Chemmy Alcott is ridiculous considering she is so far off medal pace."

1100: We now have a gallery of photos from the day's action in Vancouver and Whistler, led by images of Britain's Chemmy Alcott and Lindsey Vonn of the US. There will be many more pictures as the day unfolds - and there is a lot happening today. More on that shortly.

1055: We can be relatively sure that none of the remaining 30 or so athletes will threaten Elisabeth Goergl of Austria, our current leader. Use our live timings page for full details of the first run so far. The second run is scheduled to begin at 1315Van/2115UK.

1052: Matea Ferk of Croatia exits the course in the least dramatic fashion I have ever seen. She runs a little wide, then comes slowly to a halt and stands there, motionless, contemplating her error. No flurry of snow, no thundering crash, just the serenity of failure.

1046: A challenge for you. Go to the start list for the giant slalom on our results pages and tell me how many of those little flags you can correctly identify. I'm fine until around somewhere in the 60s, after which it gets slowly dicier.

Ed in Derbyshire texts: "It appears Chemmy Alcott has massively under-achieved in Whistler so far. Is that fair?"

It depends which way you look at it, Ed. If you hold Alcott to her own predictions prior to these Games - for example, the proclamation "I have the self-belief to win gold" while talking to my colleague Anna Thompson - then yes, she has. But I don't know if many people necessarily shared that belief. Personally, I would have been surprised to see her threaten the podium in Whistler, simply because her results in the run-up to the Games didn't suggest it was likely to happen.

1039: Julia Mancuso now has a second bite of the cherry, having had her previous run wiped out by Lindsey Vonn's untimely exit from the course. Mancuso was up on our leader Elisabeth Goergl at the first split, but leaks a huge amount of time in the middle segment. Having to produce her run so far down the field won't have helped her at all, and her time of 1:16.42 will only earn her 18th place so far.

1034: News of Lindsey Vonn, who crashed out in the final section of the course a few minutes ago. According to Doug Haney, from the US ski team, Vonn "banged her finger a little bit" but is otherwise fine.

1032: Chemmy Alcott is already 1.42 seconds behind Goergl at the split, then almost lets it go but rescues herself to finish a good couple of seconds off the pace. The giant slalom is, on paper, her best event, but it'll be difficult to make much from that in the second run. She's currently 20th of 22 athletes to have finished the course.

1030: The state of play with 20 athletes having finished the course:
1. Elisabeth Goergl (Aut) 1:15.12
2. Taina Barioz (Fra) +0.02
3. Kathrin Zettel (Aut) +0.16

Chemmy Alcott goes next for Great Britain.

Anon texts: "How can they run the giant slalom in that fog? It seems unsafe."

Word from Whistler is that it is safe for two reasons. First, the fog is ever-changing and is not that bad at all for most of the competitors. (You can tell that much from the TV pictures.) Second, the TV cameras are zooming in from a fairly large distance to follow the skiers down the slope, which exaggerates the density of the fog. Visibility for the athletes themselves is apparently better than it is for us, watching.

1026: Fabienne Suter of Switzerland will go next, as Mancuso makes her way back to the top. There are 86 athletes in this giant slalom so safe to say Mancuso has time on her hands to get her focus back.

1024: Vonn's team-mate Julia Mancuso may not be helped by her American colleague's crash, as she got the yellow flag on her run and is being lifted back up to the start. The defending Olympic champion will now go whenever she feels ready. A yellow flag is a very rare occurrence in an event other than downhill. Vonn is up on her feet gingerly, still in her skis.

1021: Elisabeth Goergl romps home with her final split to lead by two hundredths of a second. Now here's Lindsey Vonn and she's off the course! Into the safety netting, skis still on her feet. She went into the netting back-first at quite some speed. We'll have a break in proceedings here as safety workers try to reach her - difficult to tell how badly hurt she is.

1018: This fog is not messing around. If you were a grizzly bear you could quite easily wander out, stand by the second or third gate (just round the corner from the start, nicely out of sight), and have a skier away. Nobody would know.

(I suppose they might eventually notice from the somewhat disappointing split times.)

breadhat tweets: "Whilst the bobsleigh women have work to do and Chemmy Alcott is a long shot, I'm banking on your 100%-of-British-medals live text commentary record."

And very proud I am of that record, too. However, it's going to have to be Chemmy because I'll be long gone by the time the final two bobsleigh runs begin at 1700Van/0100UK. Other medals today include the women's 5000m speed skating, the men's 4x10km relay cross-country, the women's 3000m relay short track, and lastly the women's aerials.

Alpine skiing

1010: Zettel still leads but Tina Maze of Slovenia has gone second. Maze won Slovenia's first medal of the Games last week, a silver in the Super-G. And now she's pushed back to third as France's Taina Barioz sets a new fastest time of 1:15.14. Remember there are two runs, the second of which is coming up in around three hours' time, so there will be no medals decided just yet.

1006: Austria's Kathrin Zettel goes top in a time of 1:15.28. The next eight racers all have first names ending in A. Fact.

1003: Hoelzl sets us a pace with a time of 1:15.81. Here's her German team-mate Viktoria Rebensburg and the fog has changed dramatically in the space of one competitor - the visibility is suddenly much, much better. Rebensburg's time is 1:15.47, about a third of a second quicker than Hoelzl.

1001: Tell you what, this fog isn't exactly marvellous from a televisual point of view, even if the athletes are managing. There's no wind, which helps, and we're reliably informed everyone can see at least a couple of gates ahead as Kathrin Hoelzl makes her way down.

0956: You may recognise a few names in this giant slalom start list. Lindsey Vonn of the United States already has a downhill gold and Super-G bronze to her name, but has never finished on the podium in a World Cup giant slalom so may be less of a threat here. She goes 17th. World champion Kathrin Hoelzl of Germany is first down the hill and may well be the favourite. Britain's Chemmy Alcott goes 24th. The full start list and live timings are available from our detailed results pages.

0950: What that also tells you is it's raining in Vancouver, but the weather is more important up in Whistler, where run one of the women's giant slalom is set to take place in around 10 minutes' time. Organisers have been worried about forecast fog, but it looks reasonable from our screens and BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts, on the slope, says it's no worse than "low cloud and light snow". We should be fine to get started.

0946: Hello, everybody. I had to go through a full security scan on entry to the live text cooler just now. They scanned everything but my umbrella, which was apparently "too wet" and simply got passed over the top of the scanner instead. Security here is watertight.

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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
Winter Olympics highlights
14 Feb 10 |  Vancouver 2010
Day-by-day guide to the Winter Olympics
26 Feb 10 |  Vancouver 2010
Winter Olympics day 13 photos
24 Feb 10 |  Vancouver 2010

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