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The medallists skate out individually to take their applause before taking their place on the podium. Joannie Rochette receives huge cheers as she is presented with her bronze medal. She is able to smile on the podium, despite tear-filled eyes as she waves to the crowd. Champion Kim Yu-Na gets an equally big cheer as she receives her gold medal. "An exquisite performance," says Robin Cousins.
And with that, friends, I will bid you goodnight. Thanks for your company. Tune back in tomorrow for women's slalom, 4x7.5km biathlon, four-man bobsleigh, the women's curling final, short-track speed skating and ice hockey semi-finals.
2052: GOLD FOR KIM YU-NA
in the women's figure skating competition. The white-hot favourite from South Korea lived up to all the hype and expectation to clinch her first Olympic title at the age of 19. The final skater, America's Mirai Nagasu, who was placed sixth coming into tonight, scored 126.39 for a total of 190.15 to finish fourth. So Japan's Mao Asada wins silver and Canada's Joannie Rochette claims an emotional bronze.
Another standing ovation for Joannie Rochette
at the end of her routine and she blows a kiss to the sky in honour of her mother, who died on Sunday. "She made the material happen, but it wasn't quite with the ease with which it came in the short programme," says Robin Cousins. She scores 131.28 for her free programme for a total of 202.64 to hang on to her third place. One skater left, Mirai Nagasu, who is ranked sixth.
Japan's Mao Asada, ranked second coming into the free programme, scores 131.72 for a total of 205.50 to remain in silver medal position. Joannie Rochette is next on the ice and receives huge applause.
The overwhelming favourite Kim Yu-Na
of South Korea shrugs off the massive weight of expectation from back home to score 150.06 in her free programme for a huge total of 228.56 to lead by miles. After her routine, the crowd rise to their feet, the South Korean broadcasters in the office down the corridor roar and Robin Cousins is mesmerised. "Absolutely gorgeous. She has been hiding a little bit from the pressure, but to come out and perform tonight like that, well
she was serene and technically superb," he says. "With this young lady none of the effort is visible - it oozes out of her and it's a joy to watch. They said they wanted to make her a happy skater and they certainly have. It will be a happy nation, too, because I'm sure we're looking at the Olympic champion."
Japan's Miki Ando, ranked fourth coming into the free programme, scores 124.10 for a total of 188.86 to take the lead with four skaters left. Next up, hot favourite Kim Yu-Na.
US champion Rachel Flatt, 17, gets the final group under way in fifth place in the competition. She scores 117.85 in the free programme for a total of 182.49 and only goes second behind Lepisto (187.97). "Downgraded twice for the triple flips," says BBC commentator Robin Cousins, the 1980 men's gold medallist in Lake Placid.
The final six are warming up and Canada's Joannie Rochette gets a huge cheer. As well as being the home girl, she's also receiving the warmth of the crowd after her mother passed away on Sunday, having just flown into Vancouver to watch her daughter compete.
Six skaters left. Finland's Laura Lepisto still leads. South Korea's Kim Yu-Na goes last. From my observations, it seems that no matter what you score when it comes on the screen in the "Kiss-and-cry" area, you have to smile and nod your head a lot.
Finland's Laura Lepisto skates into first place with a total of 187.97 points. Hot favourite Kim Yu-Na of South Korea, Japan's second-placed skater Mao Asada and Canada's hope Joannie Rochette go in the final group.
Just one more medal tonight, then, the women's figure skating. We're into the top 12 now, and Japan's Akiko Suzuki leads from Russia's Alena Leonova and Finland's Kiira Korpi.
1900: GOLD FOR ALEXEI GRISHIN IN THE MEN'S AERIALS.
The Belarus skier overhauls Canada's Kyle Nissen to grab the Olympic title at Cypress Mountain, his country's first ever Winter Olympics gold. Home favourite Nissen, leading after the first round and jumping last in the competition, performs a loose leap with legs bent and skis apart to drop to fifth, sparking boos from the crowd. America's Jeret Peterson takes silver with his marquee "Hurricane " jump, with China's Liu Zhongqing third.
After the second group of skaters in the women's free programme, Finland's Kiira Korpi leads from Canada's Cynthia Phaneuf and South Korea's Kwak Min-Jung. You can follow all the latest on our
women's figure skating page.
1850:1845: Canada's Steve Omischl goes top and is immediately usurped by American Ryan St Onge in the second round of the men's aerials. China's Qi Guangpu then leaps into second as the better jumpers begin to stake their medal claims.
Pandemonium among USA fans at Cypress as Jeret Peterson, in his spangly stars and stripes all-in-one, sticks his trademark "hurricane" jump, a full-triple full-full (three somersaults, five twists) - the equivalent difficulty to Shaun White's double McTwist 1260 - to take a huge lead with four jumpers left in the men's aerials.
In the men's aerials second round, Switzerland's Thomas Lambert goes second behind Dimitri Dashinki with a jump called a "back rudy-randy-full". Who has not done one of those getting out of bed? Then home favourite Warren Shouldice pulls a goody out of the bag to go top. But he made a mess of his first and is unlikely to survive at the top of the standings.
1820: Canada's Kyle Nissen leads the men's aerials after round one of two from Belarus's Alexei Grishin and China's Liu Zhongqing. Canada's Warren Shouldice is back in 10th after a disappointing first jump. You can check out the full standings on our
live aerials page.
is under way at Cypress Mountain. A clear night in which to plunge like a gyroscope from the sky, in contrast to last night's fog-fest for the women's final.
The first group have all performed their
in women's figure skating and the standings look like this: 1.
Sara Hecken 143.94 2.
Liu Yan 143.47 3.
Elena Glebova 134.19. "I thought a triple axel was something you found under a truck," says our Canadian engineer Jon, who is fast becoming a bit of a card.
Canada's gold in the women's ice hockey means they tie USA and Germany for the most golds on the
After receiving much criticism for the $117m "Own the Podium" plan, the hosts, who have already conceded defeat in their bid to win the most medals outright, could still end up with the biggest haul of golds. Canada are in the finals of the men's and women's curling competition, have good chances in men's aerials and short-track on Friday, and, of course, are favourites to beat Slovakia and advance to the men's ice hockey final. The medals table stands at: 1. USA
8G, 11S 12B Total 31 2. Germany
8G 11S 7B Total 26 3. Canada
8G 6S 2B Total 16
Great souvenirs to be had at Canada Hockey Place as the Canadian team lob their sticks into the crowd as they await the arrival of Finland to receive their bronze medals. Matt Pinsent was a proud recipient of a miscued match puck when he went to cover ice hockey last week.
More bobsleigh drop-outs as Janis Minins, of Latvia, withdraws from the four-man competition because two of his pushmen are injured. Minins, who had to miss the two-man event because of an appendectomy, crashed twice during practice. One of his crew sustained a concussion and the other bruised his leg and elbows. Minins won the four-man event on the Whistler Sliding Centre track last year. Latvia are the fourth team to drop from the field, joining Australia, Liechtenstein and the Netherlands. Any more and GB1 will be in with a shout.
1735: GOLD FOR CANADA
in the women's ice hockey final. The hosts beat USA
with two first-period goals from Marie-Philip Poulin. "America look devastated but they will have known the Canadians were strong and they were worthy," says BBC commentator Brent Pope.
Skiing news, and double Olympic medallist Lindsey Vonn
will race in the final event, the slalom, on Friday despite a broken finger. Vonn, who won downhill gold and super-G bronze, broke her finger when she crashed out of the giant slalom while leading the first leg on Wednesday. "She's definitely still in pain, but that's nothing she's not used to," said US team spokesman Doug Haney. "She's going to go out and do her best." Vonn's team-mate - and arch-rival at these Games - Julia Mancuso did not qualify for the US slalom team.
Still 2-0 to Canada against in the final of the women's ice hockey. Nine minutes left in the third.
Coming up shortly we have the much-awaited free programme of the
women's figure skating.
South Korea's Kim Yu-Na is the white-hot favourite. A superstar at home, she would be South Korea's first Winter Olympics medallist outside short-track and speed skating. Japan's 19-year-old Mao Asada is in second, while the whole of Canada will be willing Joannie Rochette to a medal after her mother died suddenly at the weekend.
Canada go in still
up against USA in the women's ice hockey final after a second period that was "all about special teams", according to our Canadian engineer and resident hockey expert Jon.
1642: Norway and their trousers beat Switzerland 7-5 to join Canada in the final of the men's curling competition.
The final takes place at 1500 local (2300 GMT) on Saturday. Switzerland and Sweden will contest bronze at 0900 (1700 GMT) on Saturday.
1630: Curling semi-final result - Canada 6-3 Sweden. HenryWhitfield
says: "Disappointed Murdoch won't be in the Finals against Martin, but Martin has been clinical in his play these games, world class. "
Sweden grab another one in end nine for
against Canada and opt to play out the last end. Canada just send their stones down the ice at the side, to the bemusement of the largely non-expert crowd, as Sweden play properly. Eventually Canada are forced to remove a Swedish guard but the match is effectively over.
in the Canada v USA women's ice hockey final as a scuffle breaks out in front of goal. Still 2-0 to Canada. Now then, check this out. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and his Canadian counterpart Dimitri Soudas have had a bet on the outcome of the match. White House spokesman Nick Shapiro says that if the USA win, the Canadian prime minister's press secretary will don a Team USA jersey when he next meets reporters. Victory by Canada would mean Gibbs would wear a Team Canada jersey at his next briefing.
Switzerland also narrow the gap to 5-4 down against
Norway and their trousers
after eight ends in the other semi-final.
Sweden claw back a shot to get to
down against Canada with two ends left. It was very nearly a two for Sweden's Niklas Edin. But it wasn't.
In the women's ice hockey final, it's
to Canada with three minutes left of the first period after two goals from Marie-Philip Poulin.
Amid much shouting and gurgling (OK, not so much gurgling but lots of shouting), Canada steal another two to march into a commanding
lead after six ends. In the other semi-final it's
Norway 4-3 Switzerland.
A rare loose shot from Swedish skip Niklas Edin gives Canada two to take a
lead after five ends. In the other semi-final it's
Norway 4-1 Switzerland.
My colleague Anna Thompson reckons Kevin Martin looks more like British actor
This from BBC Sport's Ollie Williams at the Canada v USA women's ice hockey final: "We've just been hearing back from the women's hockey bronze medal game, which took place a few hours earlier in Canada Hockey Place. Sweden lost in overtime and missed out on a medal, but their coach Peter Elander is talking tough: "People who say the Sweden team didn't prepare - I'm going to nail them on it. The Sweden team worked their backsides off." (He didn't actually say 'backsides'. I edited that. This is the Beeb, after all.)
1515:1510: The Canadian crowd are just not playing ball (stones?) and are silent when Swedish skip Niklas Edin produces a bit of magic. Canada skip Kevin Martin is forced to take just the one and they lead
after four ends. In the other semi-final it's
Norway 2-1 Switzerland.
It's not all curling, of course, because in 15 minutes we have the women's ice hockey final. As you all know, it's Canada v USA, who have met in two of the last three finals. It's one win apiece, with Canada the defending champions after beating Sweden in 2006. The USA won bronze in Turin. Canada also beat USA 3-2 in a pre-Olympic warm up last month.
Sweden skip Niklas Edin delivers the last stone into a packed house and almost conjures a wonder shot but in the end settles for one to level the score at
Sweden 1-1 Canada
after three ends. In the other semi-final it's
Norway 2-0 Switzerland
after three ends.
Nice yarn from Austrian Elisabeth Goergl, who earlier claimed her second Olympic bronze medal to emulate the feat of her mother 46 years ago. Goergl finished third in the giant slalom to match her performance in the downhill, the event her mother Traudl Hecher took bronze in at the Games of 1960 and 1964.
"Maybe we have a bronze gene in the family," said Goergl. "But I have to say I would have preferred gold."
Canada skip Kevin Martin, who looks like life insurance salesman Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, picks up one in the second end to give Canada a 1-0 lead against Sweden in the semi-final. Switzerland have also taken a 1-0 lead against Norway on the other sheet. By the way, Rhona Martin just used the word "drat" on commentary. I've not heard that for a good 25 years. Might have to resurrect it.
USA's Bill Demong surges inside the final kilometre to throw off countryman Johnny Spillane and Austrian Bernhard Gruber to claim America's first individual title in nordic combined and add the Olympic crown to his world title. Spillane claims his third silver of these Games, with Gruber hanging on in third. Those three were a short margin ahead of the rest of the field.
"When Demong went, nobody had an answer," said BBC commentator Rob Walker. You can check out the full standings on our
nordic combined page.
1415: I should remind you that the 10km cross country section of the men's individual nordic combined is approaching the halfway mark, with Johnny Spillane of USA in a narrow lead from countryman Bill Demong and Bernhard Gruber of Austria. These three have a small gap on the rest of the field. You can see a full breakdown of the standings on our
live nordic combined page.
Just before the action gets under way, let me regale you with an ice hockey tickets story. News reaches me that a mate of one of our Canadian engineers has just sold two tickets for the men's final - bench side, 10 rows back, centre line - for $11,000. Retail approx $800 each. "That's a lot of slurpies (slush puppies)," says Jon.
That's it from me, I'm off to the women's hockey final between Canada and the US in a bit. Stick with me
if you're keen on that. We have a momentary lull in the action at the Winter Games, but Rob Hodgetts will be here in around half an hour to guide you through the rest of the day's many events. Enjoy!
"Mikko Kokslein must be gutted. First to second-last with the reset of the jumps!"
That is an excellent spot. Poor Mikko.
was leading the Nordic Combined ski jumping when high winds forced it to be abandoned, with only 15 of the 46 competitors left to go. They wiped the results sheet clean, started the event again, and he ended up going just 96.5m, the second-worst distance in the competition. He will be worth steering clear of.
1317: Finland 3-2 Sweden
Finland take the women's ice hockey bronze medal in overtime as
taps home from close range. There then follows an on-ice pile-on from the victorious Finnish team.
We're going into overtime at the ice hockey. Finland and Sweden are locked together at 2-2 so we'll have an extra period, where first to score wins.
There has been such interest in the possibility of a British long track speed skating venue that I'll be writing a blog about it as soon as my time here with you is done. (And that isn't far off - Rob Hodgetts is in the building.) Look out for that on Friday morning UK time. I've really appreciated all your views.
Joris in Liverpool texts:
"A year ago a Brit called Philip Brojaka competed at the European all-round speed skating champs, and he wasn't half bad on the 500m!"
And the man
has his own website
too, where he tells us he switched from short to long track to "pursue his Olympic dream" - presumably, then, having not made the grade at short track.
1249: Finland 2-2 Sweden
brings Sweden back level with just under 15 minutes left in the third period.
That delay in the Nordic Combined means our only live action until around 1400 in Vancouver (2200 in the UK) is the women's ice hockey bronze game.
Finland lead Sweden 2-1
early in the third period after a goal-of-the-tournament contender from Michelle Karvinen.
After the earlier delay in the Nordic Combined ski jump, the
cross-country portion of the event
has been pushed back slightly and will now begin in roughly 90 minutes' time.
"Good idea (see 1214 entry). Some changes need to be made instead of blaming the athletes. It's amazing how well cycling does given the lack of velodromes."
On the subject of track cycling, Steve Redgrave said: "We should concentrate on an area where we can be the world's best. We were not very good at track cycling until we built the Manchester velodrome. There are people now who will never, ever get on to the cycling team but who would walk on to any other team. Why not get them to try another sport?"
Two periods gone and Finland lead Sweden 2-1 in the women's hockey bronze medal game.
Full in-game stats
are available on our results page.
Wow. The reaction to Steve Redgrave's speed skating venue plan is pouring in on Twitter. Here is a sample:
"Great idea - surely it's a sport that we could dominate!"
"Oooh yeah! Two of my favourite sports in one place? I'm in! Does Sir Steve need staff?"
"Imagine a stone going long and taking out the skaters! LOL!"
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1218: Finland 2-1 Sweden
swoops in staggering fashion from the boards, cutting across Swedish goaltender Sara Grahn and finishing off in style. A superb goal to restore Finland's lead in the bronze-medal game.
Sir Steve Redgrave, British 68-times Olympic rowing champion (or similar), is trying to get the funds together to build a long track speed skating venue in Britain. He wants to train speed skaters on the track itself, then put the GB curling teams in the middle of the rink. This is what he told us:
"A third of your medal chances could be under one roof, 365 days of the year. I have spoken to a couple of sponsors, but the big issue is capital. UK Sport said if I can find the funds for the capital build, they could run it. I am speaking to key donors and will speak to all the governing bodies when I get back. To me, it just seems like moving the sports in the right direction."
There has been no British involvement in the long track speed skating in Vancouver... and a disappointing level of involvement in the curling.
1211: Finland 1-1 Sweden
sharp deflection steers the puck past Finnish goalie Noora Raty to level the game, midway through the second period.
At the second time of asking, everybody taking part in the Nordic Combined has landed their ski jump without the wind intervening.
Check our stats pages
for the standings so far, as they move on to the cross-country section of the event later today.
1201: Finland 1-0 Sweden
has given Finland the lead in the women's bronze medal game.
We sent a cub reporter in a natty-looking brown suit to meet the British Olympic Association this morning. So what does
the British team make of its one-gold-medal haul to date?Team GB chef de mission Andy Hunt:
"Objective number one was to deliver more medals than Turin.
Amy Williams' gold
checked off that objective. We would have liked more medals but that is a good outcome. One gold is a tremendous achievement. This is not like the Summer Olympics - these are unpredictable sports. The funding we get is minimal and we have given a lot of the athletes the opportunity to compete at their first Games."
for Norway in the women's 4x5km cross-country relay. The Norwegian women were comfortably ahead of second-placed Germany, while the Finnish team have taken the bronze. There are
full details and split times
on our results page.
The US Olympic Committee has confirmed that one of its bobsleigh athletes, Bill Schuffenhauer, was "detained and released" by Canadian police on Wednesday. Schuffenhauer was previously down to compete for the third US bobsleigh team in the four-man event on Friday - we don't know if that is still the case.
Canada reach the women's curling final as
fails to pull off that last shot. She needed to score two, but the second Swiss stone slides agonisingly away to send Canada through to face Sweden. Check out
the full details from that semi-final
on our detailed results page.
gets rid of one Swiss stone and that looks like enough. Switzerland have one last shot to level up the tie, and it's a very difficult one.
The Swiss skip, Mirjam Ott, pulls off a superb final shot having struggled a little earlier in her semi-final. Cheryl Bernard has a shot which could win Canada the tie, level the game and take it to an extra end, or hand the win to Switzerland. One stone left.
Still no score
between Finland and Sweden at the first period break in the women's hockey bronze medal game. Much discussion at the curling, meanwhile. Brooms being pointed in quizzical fashion. Pressure.
Crunch time for Canada and Switzerland in the curling. Three stones to go, final end.
Speaking of the cross-country,
Poland have snuck into the lead
after the second exchange (this being a four-woman relay) with Italy and Norway there or thereabouts.
"Why no commentary for the women's cross-country relay? The men's was on freeview and the women don't even get a commentator? Pathetic."
The problem, Catherine, is we have one commentator following both the cross-country and the Nordic Combined at these Winter Games. The unexpected restart in the Nordic Combined ski jumping (see 1052 and 1056 entries) means the poor fellow's got two events on the go at the same time, and clearly it's physically impossible for him to do both. I was on the point of volunteering my services but I think, given the choice between my cross-country skiing commentary or none at all, you may well choose the latter...
Canada's women ask for the distance between the Canadian and Swiss stones to be measured in the curling, to determine if Canada have scored one or two points in the ninth end. Out comes a peculiar-looking metre-rule type device, which determines Canada just get the one point, and Switzerland take the hammer (the last stone) into the final end. The score now is
Norway's women are a nose ahead of the pack in the early stages of the
cross-country skiing relay.
China's women needed a miracle to get back into
their curling semi-final
against Sweden, and one was not forthcoming. They scored just one in the ninth end and even they had to concede at that point, trailing 9-4. Sweden reach the final.
Steve in Austria texts:
"On your results and schedule list you have Canada v the US in ice hockey. Surely this is not right?"
My, my, Steve. In these enlightened times I'm disappointed in you. Canada take on the US in the women's ice hockey final in a few hours' time. In the meantime we are watching the bronze medal game between Finland and Sweden, which is goalless after eight minutes.
"It's ridiculous that Britain spent God-knows-what on
Beckham to boot a ball
at the 2008 Summer Olympics, but can't properly fund our Winter Olympians."
All the Nordic Combined results have, indeed, been reset. They are starting again. If you have spent the past hour watching the ski jumping, write to the wind and ask for your life back.
Nordic Combined ski jumping
venue is suffering from high winds with 15 competitors still to jump, and we won't have any more action there for the next 10 or 15 minutes at least. Norway's
is the clubhouse leader - but I'm now hearing that the whole competition is going to be restarted. They're scrapping all the jumps we've had so far. You'd be annoyed if you were Mikko Kokslien, wouldn't you.
"Is it OK that all that funding has gone to Chemmy Alcott for her to have a good time? (See 1029 entry.) She said she 'really enjoyed it' but she comes home a failure."
You say "all that funding", Jon, but the problem for Britain's skiers in recent times has been precisely the opposite. Their governing body
just before the Games, and coaches hadn't been paid for a number of weeks, if not months. The organisation owed hundreds of thousands of pounds. Even prior to that disaster, Alcott had been funding herself to a large degree for a long time.
That said, she has failed to live up to the billing she gave herself in the build-up to the Games. And funding problems are not unique to the British team, either. American Hannah Kearney, who won the women's moguls on the first day of the Games, said afterwards she didn't even know if she'd have the money to compete at the next World Cup event, despite winning gold. "I assume someone's going to dig deep and find money for us now that we're medal winners, but that's the life of the freestyle team," she said.
looks likely to finish around 27th in the giant slalom, which is still going on as those competitors outside the top 30 wend their lonely way through the fog. Alcott's thoughts on her second run: "I felt like I really knocked the door down. I didn't make a mistake, I just skied too hard. I'm disappointed because it didn't happen today, but I really enjoyed it."
China are 6-1 down at the halfway mark in the women's curling semis, but Switzerland have caught up with Canada and levelled their tie at 3-3.
That giant slalom win for Germany moves them a full gold medal clear of the United States in the medal table, as we slowly run out of events. Remember that the British - and indeed, almost the entire world bar the North Americans - operate
the medal table
based on gold medals won, not overall medal count. That means Canada could still "own the podium" to an extent, as the Canadians and Americans have seven golds each, to Germany's eight. Funny how I've seen very little British coverage of the medal table...
of Germany. I admit the competition isn't technically over yet, but Wednesday's leader,
of Austria, was the only person who could realistically deprive Rebensburg of gold. She was behind Rebensburg's time all the way down, though, and only just snatched bronze, while Slovenia's Tina Maze takes silver.
There are four giant slalom competitors from the top 30 still to go, and
of Germany holds the lead.
Poutiainen has gone fourth in a total time of 2:28.17, which we're told has come from a back-up system, but which may as well have been plucked out of thin air. Who would ever know? The bigger problem is for
of Sweden, who has been held at the start line for quite some time. She goes motoring off down the hill but loses time in the middle section, which Julia Mancuso absolutely nailed. Mancuso retains the lead, Paerson sits down in 10th.
Somewhat embarrassingly, the computers appear to have eaten the time of
of Finland. The clocks stopped working, Poutiainen is waiting patiently at the finish, and there is now a pause in proceedings. We wait while somebody gives her a Finnish time.
The top 30 skiers in the women's giant slalom are going in reverse order in this second run, so we are slowly getting to the cream of the crop with half of those 30 gone. From 31 onwards it's a long, long tail before we reach the 68th and final competitor, who happens to be
- Iran's first female Winter Olympian.
had her first run curtailed by an incredibly rare yellow flag after US team-mate Lindsey Vonn's crash on Wednesday but, following a much smoother second run, she holds the temporary lead in a time of 2:27.66.
Two ends gone in the women's semi-finals: China 0-2 Sweden, Canada 1-1 Switzerland.
is well off the pace, and her overnight aspiration of hitting the top 15 at this competition is looking like a pipe dream. Her total time is 2:29.94, more than a second behind current leader Ana Drev.
is first to go, and - for the time being - leads with a combined time of 2:29.37.
It's giant slalom time. Check out the
women's start list
on our stats pages,
watch this very sweet video
of Chemmy Alcott and Julia Mancuso sharing a moment, then settle in for the second and final run of the competition.
Sweden, meanwhile, have gone 1-0 up over China. I don't know if they meant to or not. The Chinese are smiling, but then that doesn't mean much, does it? (See 0848 entry.)
Curling must be one of the few sports in which it is possible to accidentally take the lead. Canada's women have gone 1-0 up against Switzerland without meaning to, or really wanting to.
The reason being: if you win an end in curling, your opponent has "the hammer" - the last stone - in the next end. So by accidentally leaving a stone in the scoring area and going 1-0 up, Canada have handed Switzerland the hammer, which means the Swiss will have the final say in the second end.
Swiss curling skip
stares into the camera and looks genuinely terrified of it. She, unlike opposite number Cheryl Bernard, doesn't appear to resemble any US sitcom characters (see 0848 entry).
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We'll also have the
ski jumping section
of the Nordic Combined (which combines ski jumping and cross-country skiing, and is Nordic) in about an hour's time. If that event isn't cross-country enough for you, there is some 100% not-from-concentrate cross-country when the
women's 4x5km relay
starts two hours from now, at the same time as the women's ice hockey bronze medal game between
Sweden and Finland
Curling begins our day but it isn't long until the
women's giant slalom
resumes - a bonus event, given it was supposed to be completed on Wednesday until fog interviewed.
of Austria leads, while Lindsey Vonn crashed in Wednesday's first run and is out of the competition. Britain's
will be sixth to go.
Both those games are starting in just under 10 minutes' time and you can watch the semi-final of your choice live on our website if you're in the UK. Alternatively you can follow either
Canada v Switzerland
China v Sweden
using our real-time results pages.
It's the women who play first. Canada, led by Cheryl Bernard - who looks a bit like the mum out of
Malcolm In The Middle
- take on Switzerland, while China play Sweden. The Chinese coach
threatened to leave the team
a few days ago, saying "they think it's funny when they lose". I can tell you the British team don't share that particular affliction. Team GB's women's skip, Eve Muirhead, was in the live text cooler at the back end of Wednesday looking utterly demoralised. Both the British men and women are out.
Hello, everybody. I've got two words for you: curling semi-finals.