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As it happened - Winter Olympics day three

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By Ollie Williams in Vancouver

2008: Right then, that wraps up Sunday here in Vancouver. British Winter Olympic fans, get home from work and plonk yourselves down on that sofa for 1800 UK time on Monday so you don't miss the men's downhill. And don't forget your cowbell, because Britain needs more cowbell - as does US skier Lindsey Vonn, who should be training on Monday after coming through today with no more shin trouble. It's all shaping up nicely.

But Valentine's Day here will be remembered as the day a Canadian rose to the challenge:
"Great to see a French Canadian win gold, Bravo Alex!" - daveox1
"Good for Canada... but the Canadian ego will completely explode now which is not fun for a Brit living here!" - DBRowan

Ah, c'mon now. What Canadian ego would that be? I've not seen hide nor hair of it so far. I hope the next 24 hours are nothing but one big party for the home fans here. Goodnight!

Figure skating

1956: The pairs skating short programme ends with a late rally against that 76.66 score from opening Chinese pair Shen and Zhao, which had looked unassailable throughout. There are now four pairs up alongside them in the 70s, Germany's Alona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy being closest having just posted 75.96 to close the session. Explore the full standings for yourself ahead of Monday's medal-deciding free skate.

Alpine skiing

1951: I've just been given the start list for the men's downhill which will now be held from 1030 Vancouver time (1830 UK) on Monday. Some names of interest:
8 - Bode Miller (US)
9 - Erik Guay (Can)
17 - Michael Walchhofer (Aut)
19 - Manny Osborne-Paradis (Can)
20 - Carlo Janka (Sui)
22 - Didier Cuche (Sui)
43 - Ed Drake (GB)
Coverage will begin at 1800 UK time on BBC Two.

Freestyle skiing

1941: First Canadian home gold medallist Alexandre Bilodeau: "I don't think I really realise it. It's too good to be true. There are so many good goals to come, Canada is so strong right now. I'll be in the stands cheering them on. I'll have to try to keep a bit of my voice for them."

Figure skating

1935: The last Canadian pair to take to the ice are Jessica Dube and Bryce Davison, and their home crowd are clapping along, but that last spin caps a routine that wasn't as clean as it needed to be - especially with that Chinese score looming like a mountain over the rest of the field. The judges aren't keen and they're down in third. Groans followed by cheers from the crowd. They look non-plussed. Britain's David King and Stacey Kemp currently in 13th with three pairs to go.

Ice hockey

1925: Hockey fans - Finland's 5-1 win over Russia maybe took a back seat, but how about this goal from America's Jocelyne Lamoureux against China earlier? You'll only be able to see the video if you live in the UK so, for those of you elsewhere, I'll describe it: she hits the blue line on the left, feints inside herself past her last opponent, and finds the five-hole (i.e. through the goalie's legs) with her next touch. I can't stop watching it. Smooth as you like.

Biathlon

1916: It now feels like a very, very long time ago, but do you remember Lee Jackson's 55th in the men's 10km biathlon sprint? Granted, that may not be the most remarkable result of the day - but it means he qualifies for the 12.5km pursuit on Tuesday, becoming the first Briton to ever qualify for the pursuit at a Winter Games.

Figure skating

1909: Still nobody getting near those Chinese masters of pairs skating, Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo. They were first to go today and their stratospheric score hasn't been touched since. Give them the gold already. Five pairs to go, click here for our extensive live results service.

Freestyle skiing

1902: OK, I asked you to tweet me, and you definitely tweeted me. Here goes:
"So happy as a British-Canadian to see my adopted country win its first gold on home soil! Our couch just exploded!" - spinning_plates
"As Brit living in Canada that was AMAZING to watch. Go Canada!" - scrapctmh
"The whole country will be smiling tomorrow" - tmduggan
"Alex Bilodeau = LEGEND. The curse is broken - first gold on home turf - GO CANADA GO!" - roots_gurl99

1851: Figure skating is the last event here in Vancouver on what now goes down as the finest day in Canadian Olympic history. Two more groups to go in the pairs short programme, which will keep us busy until around 2000 in Vancouver, or 0400 on Monday in the UK.

Freestyle skiing

1847: Have a read of our full report on Alexandre Bilodeau's historic Canadian gold, and see exactly how the judges gave Bilodeau gold with our expanded standings from the men's moguls. Let it all sink in. Canadians, tweet me your thoughts.

John in Calgary, Canada, via text: Merci beaucoup, Alex. You have lifted a hoodoo and a country! Merci, merci, merci!!!!

Ice hockey

1836: Finland are cruising past Russia in the women's ice hockey, 5-1 up with a few minutes left to tick away in the third (i.e. final) period.

Figure skating

1833: The British pair get a score of 48.28, not quite a personal best. They go eighth with seven pairs still to go - and the medals don't get decided until after Monday's free skate.

1830: Both kitted out in purple with dazzling sequins, Britain's King and Kemp occasionally struggle on the synchronicity of their movements, dancing to Linkin Park (a popular choice for British skaters). It gets a healthy reception from the crowd, but we'll need to wait for the judges...

1826: Alright focus, everybody, focus. David King and Stacey Kemp are about to go in the pairs skating. David's dad is a jeweller and hand-crafted a one-off golden British lion for his mum to wear here at the Games. David himself is a dab hand at furnishing jewellery. Wonder what Stacey got for Valentine's then?

Freestyle skiing

1824: If you stayed up in the UK to watch that moguls final, I bet you don't regret one second. What a Valentine's Day gift to Canada - a home Olympic gold, delivered safely into Canadian hands by Montreal's Bilodeau (who shares his birthday with Madame Luge, our own Anna Thompson, don't you know). There will be a huge party here in Vancouver tonight. For him, not Anna.

Results

1820: Hold your breath, Canada. France's Guilbaut Colas, who qualified first, stands between 30,000,000 people and the gold they've been craving for 34 years. There are shaky moments but he soars through the air in his second jump and look at that, the Canadian crowd are terrified! What's it going to be? Is that gold medal finally coming home to Canada? YES! CANADA WIN THEIR FIRST HOME OLYMPIC GOLD! Colas is down in sixth and Alexandre Bilodeau is a Canadian home Olympic champion!

Freestyle skiing

1816: David King and Stacey Kemp are out warming up at the pairs skating. They'll compete in 10 minutes' time. Meanwhile Bryon Wilson of the US, who looked superb coming down the Cypress Mountain slope, only takes second. Here's the last Canadian challenger, Alexandre Bilodeau - no pressure, son, but if you don't outdo Dale, this is another gold down the pan. Here goes: a double twist in the first jump lights up Cypress and he slides into a stunning, stunning first place. One more to go but that was a legendary run.

Ice hockey

1811: Finland 3-1 up over Russia in the women's hockey. Just so you know. Now get back to watching the moguls. Three to go.

Freestyle skiing

1810: Dale Begg-Smith looks down on his native Vancouver, but he's wearing Australian colours as he nails a backflip, then rumbles from mogul to mogul before landing a 720. How does he look at the bottom? Hmm. I've seen happier, and the crowd aren't sure how to react either. But it's the judges that matter, and they send Begg-Smith into first place! One Canadian left to rescue that gold medal - drama...

Figure skating

1807: Canada's Anabelle Langlois and Cody Hay are, at last, putting a little pressure on Shen and Zhao in the skating. The Canadians posted a score of 64.20, 12 points behind the leaders. Here comes Dale Begg-Smith for Australia, the Olympic favourite, in the moguls...

Freestyle skiing

1805: Maybe this is the day Canada's home gold medal jinx finally disappears. There is now a Canadian one-two at the moguls as Pierre-Alexandre Rousseau moves into silver medal position behind Marquis, but fellow countryman Maxime Gingras ricochets down the hill like a human pinball and doesn't threaten the podium. Follow the final in full statistical detail with our results service or watch it live if you're in the UK, with only five more to go.

Figure skating

1801: At the pairs skating short programme, there is still nobody remotely near Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo, who went out first and set a cricket score for the rest to follow. But Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig have just moved into second place for the US, some 19 points behind. Vincent Marquis still leads the moguls for Canada with two Canadians set to go now.

Freestyle skiing

1757: American Patrick Deneen is the moguls world champion, but he goes flying posterior-first into the snow at Cypress Mountain, then bundles straight on through a control gate for the least dignified moguls run I've yet seen here. His dad, also Pat Deneen, coaches Britain's Ellie Koyander, who finished 24th in the women's event on Saturday.

Luge

1754: This just in from British luger AJ Rosen who finished 16th earlier, equalling his own Olympic best: "From what I've heard they won't build any tracks as fast as this in the future. It was a really fast track and I don't think we will ever encounter a course like this again."

Freestyle skiing

1748: Vincent Marquis is the first of four Canadians to compete in the men's moguls final, going for that first home gold that I've been banging on about for ages. (Imagine being Canadian - you've already had two Olympics of this first-home-gold chat and it's still going on...) Marquis goes top with 25.88, a 0.77-point lead, and believe you me, the noise up at Cypress Mountain when a Canadian takes the lead is monumental.

1741: American moguls star Nathan Roberts looks utterly bewildered and furious with himself as he loses himself midway down the course and slides out of bounds. He does at least make up for it with a humongous backflip. Doesn't beat the one from Canada's Kristi Richards, who also crashed beforehand at last night's women's final so went out with a similar bang.

Figure skating

1737: In the pairs skating, we anticipate British duo David King and Stacey Kemp will be performing from 1826 Vancouver time, 0226 on Monday morning in the UK. Take a look at their video profile to learn a bit more about them before you watch them in action.

Freestyle skiing

1729: More ice resurfacing at the pairs skating, and Finland have nicked a goal to go 2-1 up over Russia in the women's hockey. But my focus is switching to Cypress Mountain, where the sunset looks glorious and clear skies should make the men's moguls look even more stunning. No fewer than four Canadians in this final.

1722: Familiarise yourself with the men's moguls final start list because it's going to dominate the next hour and a bit of your life. Not too many Olympic sports more spectacular than this, and you can watch it live on this website if you live in the UK. Can Vancouver-born Aussie Dale Begg-Smith leave the Canadians real big miffed? Rob Hodgetts will be tweeting from beside the Cypress Mountain slope.

1716: You know you can follow BBC Sport's coverage on Facebook don't you? You'll get all our reports and blogs plus a selection of tweets from yours truly, Rob "Mister Moguls" Hodgetts and Anna "Madame Luge" Thompson. Send me a tweet any time you like for answers about the Games and follow me for updates from events here in Vancouver.

Figure skating

1709: An early error for US pairs skaters Caydee Denney and Jeremy Barrett, but the crowd reaction to their routine is enormous. They move into second place on 53.26, which is still light-years behind the first-placed Chinese pair - click here for a full breakdown of everybody's scores so far. 1-1 in the ice hockey between Finland and Russia at the end of the first.

Luge

1701: A happy, tearful Felix Loch is hoisted on the shoulders of silver medallist David Moeller and bronze medallist Armin Zoeggeler up at the luge in Whistler.

Figure skating

1658: Back at the pairs skating, the first group (three pairs in each) is completed. Chinese stars Shen and Zhao's score is so, so far ahead of the other two pairs that it's embarrassing. As AP reporter Nancy Armour points out on Twitter, the Chinese pair's technical score (42.42) was bigger than the overall score of both the pairs which followed. It's a bit difficult to argue with that.

Ice hockey

1653: At the hockey, Finland's women have levelled it up against Russia. It's 1-1 midway through the first period.

Luge

1650: GOLD for Felix Loch in an emotional men's luge final after the tragedy and turmoil in Whistler this week. Loch only just missed the track record to win. It'll be interesting to see what now happens up in Whistler, with Nodar Kumaritashvili's death very fresh in all our minds.

1647: Italian luge maestro Armin Zoeggeler will not get a third successive gold, because Germany's David Moeller sneaks ahead of him with just one luger left. That also guarantees Germany gold since Felix Loch is last to go.

Figure skating

1643: I'm already wiping the tears away after Shen and Zhao perform to a classical rendition of Queen's Who Wants To Live Forever. Yikes, that tugged some heartstrings. Did it twang the ventricles of a judge or two, though? Our survey says... 76.66, a new personal best. That's set a daunting standard for everyone else to follow.

1638: Follow the pairs skating in detail with what is, if we do say so ourselves, the most comprehensive live results service - ours. And if you're in the UK you can watch it live, too. Four more to go in the luge, by the way.

1635: Shen Xue and Zhao Hongbo have come out of retirement and are big contenders in the pairs, with Sunday being the short programme and the medals being awarded on Monday. King and Kemp are unlikely to figure in the medals for Britain, at their first Games. They do, however, have one of the most impressive height differences I think I've ever seen. More than once I have really struggled to get them both in the same photo.

1630: Any second now we'll have two more events joining the luge (which is hotting up now, medals soon to be decided). Finland play Russia in women's hockey and there's pairs figure skating, involving Britain's Stacey Kemp and David King. More about them later. I reckon they'll be in action around 0130 UK time, that's an hour from now.

Luge

1620: Roughly translated, that means Rosen needs at least one of the lugers still to go to mess their run up, if he's to finish in the top 15.

1619: Here goes AJ Rosen after a hefty 15-minute delay. He finishes just a few hundredths of a second outside America's Bengt Walden, and the worst he can finish now is 16th. If, though, he manages to stay in the top 15, it'll be his best-ever Olympic finish.

1615: So, where have we got to? There were five medals on offer today - it would have been six but the women's combined was postponed. Of those five, the Nordic Combined event, 3000m women's speed skating and men's 10km sprint biathlon have been claimed, which means the men's luge and the men's moguls are the prizes still up for grabs today.

Luge

1605: Ah, I see, they're resurfacing the ice. As a hockey man I'm used to seeing a Zamboni doing that job, but I suspect you'd have trouble driving one down the luge track so they're spraying it instead. Could take up to 10 minutes before AJ goes down.

1603: It seems to be taking ages for AJ Rosen to be given the green light, with his brother looking on and holding a massive Union Jack. We're still waiting for him to go. This track must be nerve-wracking enough, given earlier events, without an additional wait at the top.

1556: One more luger before Britain's AJ Rosen competes in his final run. So you've got about a minute to get watching, Team GB fans.

1552: Tara, whoever you are, Ian Cockerline loves you. The Canadian luger has "Happy Valentine's Tara" on his gloves as he heads down the Whistler track. Very touching, but could make a man feel somewhat uneasy about his own Valentine's efforts, you know. I hope you were treated well by your other half today. I imagine you didn't go luging with them.

Nordic combined

1545: The medal for American Johnny Spillane in the Nordic Combined means that, in the history of the Winter Olympics, the US has now had at least one medal in every discipline - except biathlon.

Luge

1539: Moguls qualifying has finished so check out the results to see who's in the final in two hours' time. Men's luge is now the only sport taking place but there's a gold medal in the offing for somebody - Czech luger Ondrej Hyman is currently leading.

Freestyle skiing

1532: Begg-Smith seems to be a little inside himself in the moguls qualifiers but he'll still qualify easily for the final (later on Sunday Vancouver time, and around 0130 GMT on Monday if you're in the UK). Four Canadians will go in the final, too. Meanwhile, up in Whistler, it's the final run of the men's luge where they're going in reverse order. Madame Luge herself - Anna Thompson - is watching for me.

BBC Sport's Matt Pinsent texts the live text cooler from the speed skating at the Richmond Olympic Oval to say: "Band playing again. Trying to buoy some disappointed Dutch fans. Canadians loving the bronze for Groves."

Freestyle skiing

1526: Four to go in the men's moguls qualifiers and BANG, Russia's Sergey Volkov slams into the snow after changing his mind too late on his second jump. He wafts through the air, arms flailing, and thunders down to the ground spectacularly. Australia's Dale Begg-Smith still to go. Please, please watch this live if you're in the UK. It is glorious viewing even if you don't have a clue what's going on.

1520: Not that I'm complaining - what a night that was, and hopefully more in prospect in the next few hours. Moguls favourite Dale Begg-Smith was born in Vancouver but now competes for Australia, and he faces three Canadians in the final, assuming they all make it through qualifying, which is ongoing. More of that shortly but we also have figure skating, speed skating, luge and hockey to keep an eye on. So settle in.

1517: Hello everybody. Hugs all round for Martina Sablikova but that Canadian home gold medal wait is going on a bit, isn't it? Rob is off to the men's moguls at Cypress Mountain and he's picked a fine day for it - the weather up the hill looks gorgeous compared to Saturday, where I got soaked to the bone watching the women's final.

By Rob Hodgetts

1510: OK team, I'm heading to the moguls final up at Cypress Mountain. The legend that is BBC Sport's Ollie Williams will guide you through the rest of the day.

Speed skating

1505: GOLD for the Czech Republic's Martina Sablikova in the women's 3000m speed skating final. Germany's Stephanie Beckert wins silver and Canada win a bronze with Kristina Groves.


Freestyle skiing

1500: Big cheers at Cypress as Canada's Alexandre Bilodeau goes second in qualifying. The slate will be wiped clean for this evening's final, which starts at 1730 (0130 GMT).

Speed skating

1455: Germany's Stephanie Beckert storms into the silver medal position with a thrilling race against Canada's Kristina Groves who goes third. Martina Sablikova still leads with one pair left.


Speed skating

1450: Home favourite Clara Hughes goes second in 4:06.01. Two more pairs to go.

Speed skating

1445: The Czech Republic's Martina Sablikova storms into a five-second lead over Japan's spangly gold-suited Masako Hozumi. Canada's flag bearer Clara Hughes is on track with three heats left.

Freestyle skiing

1440: France's Guibaut Colas takes the lead in the men's moguls qualifying. Ten will drop out for the final.


Speed skating

1435: Canada's Cindy Klassen is raising the roof at the Richmond Oval and looks like posting the lead before fading badly in the final few laps to cross the line in sixth.

Freestyle skiing

1430: Men's moguls qualifying gets under way up at a sunny Cypress Mountain.

Speed skating

1420: We have a new leader in the women's 3000m. America's Nancy Swider-Peltz Jr clocks 4:11.16.
BBC Sport's Matthew Pinsent at the Richmond Oval: "Roof is a masterpiece - like the most complex jenga set imaginable."


Nordic combined

1410: GOLD for France's Jason Lamy Chappuis as he overtakes American Johnny Spillane on the final corner. Italian Alessandro Pittin grabs the bronze. A thrilling finish.

Final score in the women's ice hockey: USA 12-1 China.

Have a watch of BBC Sport's package from last night's ice hockey between Canada and Slovakia Eighteen goals in 36 seconds

Nordic combined

1405: American Johnny Spillane has sprinted clear and the 2003 world champion is racing for the line. France's Jason Lamy Chappuis and Italian Alessandro Pittin are chasing hard. American Todd Lodwick is just off the back of these three.

Nordic combined

1355: The nordic combined 10km cross country is under way and there are seven men out in front including Americans Johnny Spillane and Todd Lodwick and French jumping specialist Jason Lamy Chappuis. Finn Janne Ryynaenen led after the ski jumping this morning and began with a 34-second lead over Lodwick but has fallen back as the better skiers came to the fore.

Luge

1350: Just to mark your bobsleigh and skeleton cards, both events will begin from their normal starts at the Whistler Sliding Center, unlike the luge which has been lowered for both men and women in the wake of the tragic death of Nodar Kumaritashvili.

BBC Sport commentator Colin Bryce at the men's luge: "These guys are so strong and during the summer they train by pushing themselves round a 400m track on a luge on wheels. It is quite a bizerre sight."

Women's ice hockey: USA 9-0 against China at the Thunderbird Arena.


Luge

1335: Britain's AJ Rosen is on course and climbs a place with his third run to 15th. Seems happy enough and waves to some cheering supporters in the crowd. If you are still wondering how luge works, have at look at our guide. USA 8-0 China, by the way.

Ice hockey

1325: Canadian Hockey fans, I don't want to alarm you and there's no need to panic, but I've got some slight Sidney Crosby bad news. Sid "the Kid" took a slap shot off his shin during last night's NHL game for his Pittsburgh Penguins against Nashville Predators. The Canadian lynchpin winced in pain but finished his shift before burying his head in his hands on the bench and slamming his stick into the floor in apparent frustration. Canada's men open their Olympic campaign against Norway on Tuesday. And the Canadian nation very, very, very much expects.

Speed skating

1320: Canada will be hoping her experience of carrying the flag at the opening ceremony will inspire Clara Hughes to victory in the women's 3000m to add to her 5000m title from Turin. Czech skater Martina Sabilkova is favourite from Germany's Stephanie Beckert. Stay tuned and I'll bring you all the crucial action.
Luge

1310: Leader Felix Loch goes down first in run three. Second-placed man David Moeller is down next but lacks pace and finds himself more than half a second adrift at the bottom. Armin "The Animal" Zoeggeler follows but can't close the gap and remains third. The big man will have to really fly in the final run later on if he is to claim that third straight gold. USA 7-0 China, by the way.

HenryWhitfield on Twitter to @RobHodgetts (see entry at 1235): "Curling is HUGE over here in Canada, and we can only dream of a finals with Murdoch and Martin head to head again!"


Luge

1255: The men's lugers are all set for runs three and four. Germany's Felix Loch leads from countryman David Moeller with two-time champion Armin Zoeggeler back in third. The Italian is trying to emulate the great Georg Hackl in winning three straight Olympic titles but has it all to do today. Britain's Adam Rosen is lying 16th. I'll keep you smack up to date but also follow our live luge page.

If women's long-track speed skating is your bag, follow our
Women's ice hockey score update: USA 6-0 China.

Ice hockey

1245: USA 5-0 China after first period. "Hard work for the world champions but they have now worked out a way through the Chinese defence. More goals will surely follow," says BBC commentator Bob Ballard.

1240: Coming up at 1300 (2100 GMT) - men's luge final two runs from Whistler; women's 3000m speed skating.

1235: The American women go 5-0 up against China, still in the first period. Curling news, and British skip has something of a celebrity status in Canada, where it is a popular televised sport. As the British team were queuing up to get into the opening ceremony, one keen Canadian curling fan shouted out, "Hey, where's Murdoch?" He won't be so keen to see the Scottish maestro if Britain beat Canada on 20 February.

We have an anonymous text but it is so charming that we shall publish it anyway: "Happy Valentines to the Beeb Belles! Enjoyed Hazel's midnight feats: watch out for chilblains team! x"


1220: "When are Team GB going to have a good chance to win a medal", asks Simon from Nottingham. Simon, we reckon Zoe Gillings has Britain's first (outside) chance of a medal on Tuesday in the snowboard cross, if that event goes ahead on time, given the weather problems. Team GB would like three medals during the Games. The best ever haul is four. USA 2-0 China in the women's ice hockey.

Ice hockey

Women's score update: USA 1-0 China. I'll try to post goal updates, assuming the Americans do not go as crazy as the Canadians did against the Slovakians yesterday. If they do, you might have to go to our live ice hockey page.

Biathlon

1205: So as the stragglers come home, it's GOLD for France's Vincent Jay in the 10km sprint. Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway takes silver, with Jacov Fak of Croatia third.

Ice hockey

1205: The USA v China women's hockey match has kicked off at the Thunderbird Arena. It's 0-0 still.



Biathlon

1200: Britain's Lee Jackson finishes three minutes behind the leader in 54th place. Still some skiers out on the course but France's Vincent Jay is looking good for gold with a time of 24.07 minutes. The camera pans to a man blowing an instrument in the crowd . "Ah, good work. Good hat, good horn, good beard," says BBC commentator Rob Walker.

Andrew in Cheshire texts: "I must say, the live results and standings service is absolutely amazing. I was using the BBC site all day yesterday, and following the biathlon now! Great new addition to an already marvellous service you provide. "

Biathlon

1155: Biathlon great Ole Einar Bjoerndalen crosses the line a disappointing 13th, ending his bid to win a 10th Olympic medal.

1150: Have you seen our sport-by-sport live action pages for the Winter Olympics? If we say so ourselves, they are pretty good. If you are reading this on what we call 'the high web' rather than a mobile phone browser, you can click 'results and schedule' underneath any of the sport names on the left-hand side of the Winter Olympics pages and track the action. You could follow the biathlon right now, for example.


Biathlon

1145: Frenchman Vincent Jay crosses the line in the lead as snow starts to dump down at Whistler. Leguellec's penalty loop has dropped him down the pack as Jay shot cleanly.


Freestyle skiing

1140: A bit of chat from British mogul skier Ellie Koyander's coach Pat Deneen. He said her Olympic debut in the moguls (she finished 24th) was an "important building block for Sochi Winter Olympics, in 2014, and I have no doubt whatsoever Ellie will be a podium contender in four years."


Biathlon

1135: Canada's Jean Philippe Leguellec is the early leader, as Ole Einar Bjoerndalen misses at the first shooting station and is forced into two penalties loop. But up ahead Leguellec then misses himself and also has to undertake a penalty loop.

mikelinny Tweets me @RobHodgetts to say: "Watching the nordic combined. You'd think I'd have learnt from '94 when it cost me my A Level Communication Studies project.

Biathlon

1125: The 10km biathlon is under way at Whistler Olympic Park and it is our first glimpse of the great Ole Einar Bjoerndalen. The Norwegian is bidding to become the most successful athlete in Winter Olympics history. He's already got nine medals (five golds), and he's the world champion in this sprint discipline. Lee Jackson goes for Britain.

Ice hockey

1120: Coming up at 1200 (2000 GMT), the USA women take on China in the ice hockey at the Thunderbird Arena. BBC commentator Bob Ballard texted to say this: "So can the US women emulate or better Canada's goal-scoring feat against Slovakia? Probably not, 18-0 is a lot to expect, but it should be a comfortable match for the world champions."

Nordic combined

1105: Nordic combined favourite Jason Lamy-Chappuis goes down last and ranks fifth. So here's the standings after the ski jumping section: 1. Janne Ryynaenen (Fin) 135.5 2. Todd Lodwick (USA) 127 (+34 secs) 3. Christophe Bieler (Aut) 125 (+42 secs). That means Ryynaenen goes off first in the cross country (at 1345 or 2145 GMT) with a 34 second lead from Lodwick. Chapuis will start 46 seconds back.

Tim via text asks: "Tell me, why don't people compete in both the Ski Jump and Nordic Combined? Ryynaenen's jump could've challenged for a medal yesterday, and Ammann could've got a good headstart today?" Tim, some of the ski jumpers may not be top-level cross-country skiers, and some of the athletes in Nordic Combined might not be as good at the ski jump as those that go in that event. They are rather the jack-of-all-trades of the Winter Olympics.

1055: Coming up at 1115 (1915 GMT) is Britain's Lee Jackson in the men's 10km biathlon sprint. Bit of confusion over his name - some bright spark once wrote it down as "Lee-Steve" in some official blurb and everyone has been calling him that since. But it's definitely just Lee, though we could make him feel at home by all adopting the extra moniker "Steve". Even people already called Steve. And girls.

1035: Now then, team, I'd love to have a bit of company while I'm commentating so why not get in touch via text or Twitter .
jordandias Tweeted me @RobHodgetts to say: "In the lounge at Gatwick Airport - enjoying the last BBC coverage I get before leaving the country for 12 days!"

1025: Not seen that before. Switzerland's Ronny Heer is sat on the bar at the top ready to go and then backs off and retreats to the sanctity of the stairs, like you and I would if we bottled out. But it turns out he's waiting for the wind to die down. Next up, Finland's Janne Ryynaenen launches a monster, with good style points, to soar into the lead. I was practising my telemark landing springing out of bed this morning. Much more stable than the old feet side-by-side style.

1015: Great slo-mo shots of the jumpers taking off the ramp show the tips and tails of the skis flexing and bending as the athlete thrusts himself into the air before adapting the "v" position in flight. Dappled sunlight now paints the hill. Frenchman Francois Braud is the early leader but the better ranked jumpers will come at the end.

Nordic combined

1000: Here's how the nordic combined works then: Ski jumping first, and the five judges give style marks. The best and worst scores are discarded and then the remaining three added to the distance to give a total mark. At the end, the score is turned into time, and the leader sets off on the cross country with that amount of head start, followed by the second man in the ski jumping and so on. Armin Bauer goes first. "Imagine being 19 and in your first Olympics. Life doesn't get much better than that," says bouyant BBC commentator Rob Walker.

Nordic combined

0950: Coming up in 10 minutes, the normal hill ski jumping opens the nordic combined event, with the 10km cross country section to follow at 1345 (2145 GMT). Low, wispy cloud hangs over the jumps up at Whistler but the landing area is clear and occasional shafts of sunlight light up the sparse but building crowd. There are no Britons in this one, but Lee Jackson goes in the 10km biathlon sprint at 1115 (1945 GMT) and David King and Stacey Kemp begins their pairs figure skating competition with the short programme at 1630 (0030 GMT).

0940: Morning/evening groovers, wherever you are. Welcome to day three of the Winter Olympics here in sunny Vancouver. Actually, it's not sunny in the slightest, nor is it up at Whistler where overnight rain has forced the cancellation of the women's downhill training for the super-combined. The event was originally supposed to take place today but was canned because of the weather and now organisers are desperately trying to preserve the snow for the postponed men's downhill, which is now set for Monday.

So no skiing today, but another feast of furious fun nonetheless, with five medals up for grabs. Here's the rundown: nordic combined, biathlon, men's luge, pairs figure skating, men's moguls, USA v China and Finland v Russia in women's ice hockey, women's 3000m speed skating. Click here for a full preview and here for the full schedule.

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see also
Canada secure historic gold medal
15 Feb 10 |  Freestyle skiing
German Loch wins luge gold medal
15 Feb 10 |  Luge
Sablikova wins speed skating gold
14 Feb 10 |  Speed skating
Lamy Chappuis takes combined win
14 Feb 10 |  Nordic combined
Winter Olympics day two
13 Feb 10 |  Live coverage
Canada miss out on historic gold
14 Feb 10 |  Freestyle skiing
Day-by-day guide to the Winter Olympics
26 Feb 10 |  Vancouver 2010


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