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Day 17: Sunday, 28 February 2010


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

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


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

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By Rob Hodgetts in Vancouver

2210: Folks, I'm going to wrap this thing up now. You can still follow Germany v Belarus on our live ice hockey page. Germany are leading 2-1. Thanks for your company today. We'll reconvene early doors for the men's ski cross qualifiers (0915 here, 1715 of your UK hours) and men's super-combined (1000).

2200: British skip David Murdoch after defeat by arch-rivals Canada: "There's been a lot of media attention on the fact that we beat them the last four times but that win was more important for us. We're now in a tricky situation." Euan MacDonald added: "We've got to try to take the positives form that game. The bottom line is, we win our last three games we'll meet those guys again somewhere." Canada skip Kevin Martin said: "It was a battle. It is good to win that for a couple of reasons but most importantly we're one win from the play-offs. You cant win this thing if you don't get in the semis. They outplayed us for the first five but for the second half we came on strong and had them in real trouble."

2155: Amy Williams says she will have a "a sip of champagne" tonight to celebrate winning skeleton gold. She appeared to hold back the tears as she was awarded her medal, but admitted that she did cry when watched internet footage of her brother and twin sister cheering her home on television in her local pub in Bath. "I'm going to have a sip of champagne tonight but I'm going to save the party for when I get home. I did have tears when I saw the scenes at my local pub. It really choked me up."

She added: "I've been in a bubble since I won and it feels like it's got thicker. It feels a little bit more real now that I'm holding the medal. I've had a message of congratulations from the Prime Minister and the whole thing is amazing."


2145: British skip David Murdoch delivers his final stone and plays a big draw on the right hand-side. But it doesn't curl enough and Canada take two to win 7-6. Canada are unbeaten in six matches, Britain have won three, lost three. They really need to win their last three matches to have a realistic chance of progressing.

2140: Euan Macdonald is faced with a difficult decision with three Canadian stones in a tight cluster in the house. He could try a delicate draw to nudge two out but in the end goes for a heavier weight to spread all three out. That opens up the house for the two skips to battle it out.

2130: "Whoa, heavy," says one of the Canadians, sounding like Neil from the Young Ones. The home crowd erupts into Canada's National Anthem, ending with a massive cheer. Canada's Mark Kennedy has to wait for it to finish until he can play his shot, running it a bit close on his time clock. Nine shots left in end 10, Britain lead 6-5. Canada have the hammer.


2125: A blank in the ninth end so Britain lead 6-5 going into the final end. Canada have last-stone advantage. A rousing rendition of " David Murdoch's barmy army" rings out from a pocket of noisy British fans. "Regardless of whether you're playing Canada or one of the lesser teams, a win's a win in the round-robin stage," says BBC commentator Rhona Martin.


2115: Some serious yelling going on now as the match approaches the sharp end. Canada skip Kevin Martin exclaims "Aw, shute" at one stage. I wonder if that was coming out differently. With the final stone, Martin cries: "Come on honey, curl." But it doesn't and Britain score one to lead 6-5 with two ends left. HenryWhitfield on Twitter says: "Murdoch and Martin NEED to be the curling finals.... This is turning out to be a classic right now!"

Across Vancouver at the Thunderbird Arena, Russia beat Slovakia 4-2 in their play-off match and will now meet Sswitzerland to decide fifth place.

2105: British skip David Murdoch conjures another good shot to level the score at 5-5 after seven ends in a tense match with arch-rivals Canada.

If you're not already, you can follow all the action on our curling live page. And that goes for all Winter Olympics sports. Go to the page for your specific sport on the BBC Sport website and click on results and schedules on the left-hand side.


2045: Canada grab two in end six to take a 5-4 lead against Great Britain. Meanwhile, in women's ice hockey play-offs Russia lead Slovakia 3-2 in the third period.


2030: British skip David Murdoch produces the goods again with his final stone to snatch another score to take a 4-3 lead after five ends against Canada. Interestingly, all the players wear microphones so you can hear exactly what they're saying. So not only have they got to concentrate on the game, but they've got to remember to keep it clean as well. Clearly not for everyone, curling. You can follow all the action on our curling live page.


2020: Apolo Anton Ohno bids to become the most successful American athlete in Winter Olympics history as he goes in the men's 1000m short-track final. The Hamelin brothers - Charles and Francois (who was advanced to the final after being fouled in the semi) - go straight to the front. Ohno takes up third with Koreans Jung-Su Lee and Ho-Suk Lee at the back. With four laps left Ohno makes his move and slips up to second but as he does so, he gets a push from Francois Hamelin and both Koreans dive through. Jung-Su Lee, who also won the 1500m, clinches GOLD with world champion Ho-Suk Lee second, while Ohno scraps to bronze to win a seventh Olympic medal. His silver in the 1500m last week equalled Bonnie Blair's US record.

2005: Canadian skip Kevin Martin delivers the final stone and plays it inch perfectly to deny Britain a point and level the score at 3-3 after four ends.

In the women's 1500m short-track final, China's Zhou Zang wins GOLD with an Olympic record, with South Korea's Eun-Byul Lee second and countrywoman Seung-Hi Park third.


1955: British skip David Murdoch comes up trumps with the final stone in end three and, though he misses out on scoring four, still picks up three and his men take a 3-2 lead against Canada.

1950: Germany's Andre Lange takes the lead at the midway point of men's two-man bobsleigh competition. The three-time gold medallist and his longtime brakeman Kevin Kuske lead countrymen Thomas Florschuetz and Richard Adjei. Russia-1, driven by Alexander Zubkov was third going into Sunday's last two heats.

Check out the standings on our live timing page.

1945: I've had a text from SnowyToes who was at Amy Williams's gold medal ceremony in Whistler: "I'm a very, very proud Brit tonight. I don't mind admitting I had a tear in my eye. She's amazing."

1935: Canada take a 2-0 lead over David Murdoch's British team after two ends. South Koreans Lee Ho-Suk and Lee Jung-Su qualify from the first semi-final of the men's 1000m short-track but Canada's Francois Hamelin goes crashing out after being manhandled by American JR Celski. Protests likely. In semi two, Apolo Anton Ohno swoops around the outside and then nips up the inside to take the lead and secure his spot in the final. Canada's Charles Hamelin takes the second spot.


1925: GB bobsleigh driver John Jackson on the crash that put him out of the two-man event: "It's disappointing because we've had some fairly decent times in the two-man. The track is in an amazing condition and it's beautiful to drive. I just made a mistake." His brakeman Dan Money said: "We were in the top-10 in training and we felt really good. It's a good track. It's fast and challenging, but it's the Olympic Winter Games, so you expect it to be. This can happen - it's bobsleigh, it's not ballet dancing."

Keep up to date with heat two on our live timing page.

1920: Canadian skip Kevin Martin sends down a rocket to blank the first end against Great Britain. You can follow all the action on our curling live page.


1910: We're under way in the men's curling match between GB and Canada. It's a bit of a grudge game as David Murdoch's GB side have beaten Kevin Martin's men the last four times they have played them. A big partisan crowd is at the Vancouver Olympic Centre. "We know we're going to have to deal with hand signals," said Murdoch. "It's going to be a spectacle. The fans have been looking forward to it for a long time. For both teams, it's another win on the board. The game is a bit more important for us than them."

1905: Women's skeleton GOLD medallist Amy Williams walks out to receive her medal at the Whistler ceremony. Or "ceremowny" as they call it in these parts. Sir Craig Reedie, former boss of the BOA and now an IOC bigwig, dishes out the gongs. Amy steps up, arms aloft and beaming. As you would. Lots of Brits in the crowd waving Union Jacks. Amy holds up the medal with one hand and flowers with the other. National anthem time. Amy sings along, possibly holding back a tear and then does some more waving. Then it's photos with the silver and bronze medallists, a bit more cavorting for the snappers and they walk off. And that's how you get a gold medal.

1850: Here's the full list of qualifiers for the semi-finals of the men's 1000m short-track: Charles Hamelin, Apolo Anton Ohno, Jung-Su Lee, Han Jialiang, Sung Si-Bak, J.r. Celski, Lee Ho-Suk, Francois Hamelin.

You can follow all the updates on our live page.

Over at the Sliding Centre, heat two of the two-man bob is under way, and USA 2 lead. Keep up to date on our live timing page.

1845: It's all kicked off in the last half an hour but let's have a little recap. Elise Christie missed out on qualifying in the women's 1500m short-track, Britain's two-man bobbers are out after a nasty crash in heat one - they are OK though. And Shani Davis misses gold in the men's 1500m speed skating as Mark Tuitert wins gold for the Netherlands.

Coming up: Britain's men's curling team take on arch-rivals Canada from 1900 (0300 GMT).

Ice hockey

1840: Bit of an ice hockey update for you: Slovakia beat Latvia 6-0 in the men's competition, while earlier Switzerland beat China 6-0 in the women's play-offs.

Short track

1830: Canada's Charles Hamelin and American Apolo Anton Ohno cruise into the semi-finals of the men's 1000m short-track.

1825: Casualty report: Sweden's Patrik Jaerbyn was discharged from hospital on Saturday, a day after his crash in the Olympic super-G. The 40-year-old suffered concussion and face bruises after a heavy fall which delayed the race for almost 20 minutes.

1820: Britain's women's curlers crashed to an agonising extra-end 6-5 defeat by America earlier and 19-year-old GB skip Eve Muirhead shouldered the blame.

"We were in control of that whole game there and a few slack shots from myself let the whole team down," she said. "One up playing the last we couldn't ask more, we had an opportunity to win it then and even again in the extra end. I can't say that the noise affected me, although they were making a racket. It was a poor shot by myself and that cost us."


1812: The Australian bobsleigh also crashes to take the number of spills up to three in heat one, alongside Liechtenstein and GB. Liechtenstein, though, will be allowed to compete in heat two as their crash took them over the line. Heat two will be delayed as a result. You can follow all the latest on our live timing page.

Short track

1805: Britain's Elise Christie finishes fourth in heat four of the women's 1500m and fails to qualify for the semi-finals.


1800: OH NO! DISASTER. Britain's two-man bobsleigh turns over and slides upside down. Brakeman Dan Money flies out the back but pilot John Jackson is trapped as the sled thunders down the track. Money eventually gets up, battered and bruised. When Jackson is dragged out of the sled he strips off his lycra top to expose ice burns all down his back. The two guys embrace when they finally meet up and Money climbs into the grandstand to hug family and friends to show he's OK. Unfortunately, that means they are out of the event and will have to wait for the four-man bob which starts on 26 February.

Speed skating

1757: American Shani Davis, the 1000m champion, can't quite summon the energy in the final laps and Mark Tuitert from the Netherlands takes GOLD from Davis and Norway's Havard Bokko.

1755: Ouch. The first big crash of the men's two-man bobsleigh. Liechtenstein 1 flip and rocket through 50/50 corner upside down. The sled eventually comes to a halt and officials rush to their aid. The crew are OK though. Germany 2 lead form Germany 1 and Canada 1. GB 1 go shortly.

At the Richmond Oval, Dutchman Mark Tuitert leads the men's 1500m from Norway's Havard Bokko and Russia's Ivan Skobrev.

Speed skating

1740: Russia's Ivan Skobrev pips South Korea's Tae-Bum Mo to take the lead in the men's 1500m.

Using my magic monoski to hoon over to curling, I can update you with the news that China beat Germany 9-7 after the extra end. And at the men's ice hockey Slovakia are beating Latvia 5-0 in the second quarter.


1725: Lots of grunting, groaning and gurning coming from the men's two-man bobsleigh start. Much testosterone flying around. Love it. Germany 2 still lead.

Over at the Richmond Oval, South Korea's Tae-Bum Mo, the 500m champion, takes the lead in the men's 1500m. Shani Davis goes second to last.

Speed skating

1710: AP texts: " Simon Kuipers looked worryingly shattered after his exceptional run which put him ahead of fellow Dutchman Kramer. I can see no one stopping Kuipers becoming Holland's 13th gold medallist in the event. He really is on top form." You can follow the 1500m on our live timing page.

By the way, you know all that hoo-ha last week about the weather and temperatures here in Vancouver/Cypress/Whistler? Well, SnowyToes texts to say it's nearly 14C (57F) in Sochi, Russia, venue for the 2014 Games. So there.


1700: Switzerland get the men's two-man bobsleigh competition under way up at the Whistler Sliding Centre. Switzerland 1 set the fastest ever time on the track before Germany 2 take the lead with 51.57. Marine John Jackson and breakman Dan Money go for Team GB in start number 24. The second of today's two runs begins at 1835 (0235 GMT). If you ever get a chance to go and watch sliding events live, do. It's great and the speed is outrageous.


1655: America lie one with one shot left from Eve Muirhead. The British skip cries "easy for line" but the stone misses completely and USA grab a 6-5 victory. That's three wins, three losses for GB now and they lie fourth in the table. Other results this afternoon: Russia 10-1 Sweden, Switzerland 8-7 Denmark. China and Germany are locked 7-7 going into an 11th end.

1645: Coming at 1900 (0300 GMT), Amy Williams will receive her GOLD medal at the medals ceremony in Whistler. Craig Reedie, former boss of the BOA and now an IOC bigwig, will do the honours. Do you reckon Amy will cry? Not at the sight of Mr Reedie, but at hearing the anthem.


1640: Tense times in the 10th end with a stone from each side lying side-by-side in the middle of the house. Big discussions from the US over what to do with their last stone. GB have the last-stone advantage so the USA's game hangs on this. The US skip delivers her stone but it falls short, though acts as a kind of guard, and British skip Eve Muirhead has a good view of the potentially scoring US stone. Muirhead screams at her sweepers but the stone draws into the guard stone and America steal the shot to tie the match 5-5. Extra end needed.


1625: America pick up another point in the ninth end, giving Britain a 5-4 lead going into the 10th. GB, though, have the hammer (last stone advantage).

1620: If you're reading this in Britain, looking at a clock that says 0020 GMT, and are contemplating going to bed now - don't. Because if you do, here's what you'll miss: Men's 1500m speed skating now; women's 1500m short-track from 1745 (featuring Britain's Elise Christie); men's 1000m short-track from 1830 (with Apolo Anton Ohno looking to become the most successful American athlete in Winter Olympic history); GB v Canada in men's curling at 1900; men's two-man bobsleigh (with John Jackson and Dan Money going for Team GB) at 1700, plus Norway v Switzerland and Latvia v Slovakia in men's ice hockey.

Changed your mind about hitting the sack? Good. Let's rock.


1605: USA blank the eighth end with the final stone and trail Great Britain 5-3 going into ninth. USA have the hammer (final stone). Coming up at 1615, men's 1500m speed skating with American Shani Davis going for gold to add to his 1000m crown. Davis is the world record holder and won the world title on this Vancouver track last year. His main threat could be team-mate Chad Hedrick, while South Korea's Mo Tae-Bum and Norway's Havard Bokko also in with a shout.

1600: By the way, I mentioned Didier Defago and his dimply chin earlier. If we ever do discuss the physical characteristics, ages, or other features, of the Winter Olympics athletes, don't forget we have profiles of all of them . Every one of them. Which is nice.

Stuart Carnohan has texted to say: "Would like to share our 8th wedding anniversary with Rhona, Jackie and the girls and my wee wifie Angela as we are watching GB again."


1555: British skip Eve Muirhead puffs her cheeks out and sends down the last stone, hoping to just tap the American stone in the house. She gives it a little nudge to earn the two and Britain take a 5-3 lead after seven ends. Other score updates: Russia 7-1 Sweden, Denmark 5-5 Switzerland, Germany 5-4 China. Noisy old game, curling. Lots of screeching and shouting.

1550: British skeleton performance director Andi Schmid has accused Canada of unsporting behaviour after their protest over Amy Williams's helmet. "The helmet is maybe 1% of the equipment and all the nations know how minimal the effect of the helmet is, but they tried to distract us like they did with the Germans.
"It's interesting that it (the protest) happened. How can you do it twice when it was denied the first time? I don't understand why it happened. To me it was always clear. We did everything right in our preparations and we brought the helmet into a check in the middle of the week and it received the stamp. We did everything right, they said it was okay, and then the protests started."

1540: If you're a massive Amy Williams fan - and who isn't these days? - you'll want to see her relive her gold-medal winning performance with our BBC team in Whistler earlier today.

In the curling, British skip Eve Muirhead can't manage to shift the American stone and the USA level the match at 3-3 going into the seventh end.

1530: Olympic downhill champion Didier Defago - he of the dimpled chin - clocks the fastest time in downhill training for Sunday's super combined. Fellow Swiss Silvan Zurbriggen and Croatia's Ivica Kostelic were second and third fastest. American Bode Miller and Norway's Olympic super-G champion Aksel Lund Svindal were among those who opted not to have a run. I was stood next to Didier Cuche as he was being interviewed up at Whistler Creekside yesterday. He was wearing a "Benny" hat and I couldn't help thinking he looked quite old. Then I realised he's three years younger than me. You'll have to do the research yourself.


1520: Here's the scores on the other sheets in the women's curling: Sweden 0-7 Russia, Denmark 5-2 Sweden, Germany 3-2 China. You can follow those on our curling live page.


1515: British skip Eve Muirhead takes her time with the last stone as she and her team discuss how to thread their way past the American guard to get to their scoring stone in the house. But Muirhead hits the guard and the USA take one against the head and Britain's lead is reduced to 3-2.


1500: USA take one with the last stone in end four to reduce Britain's lead to 3-1. GB have the hammer (last stone advantage) in the fifth. In other matches, Russia lead Sweden 4-0, Denmark are 3-2 up against Switzerland and China lead Germany 2-1. You can follow all the scores on our curling live page.

Back up at Whistler, Britain's Andrew Musgrave, the 19-year-old, finishes 51st, eight minutes 56.5 seconds adrift in the men's 30km cross country pursuit.

1448: GOLD for Sweden's Marcus Hellner in the men's 30km pursuit but HEARTACHE for countryman Johan Olsson who led for the final half of the race. Olsson raced out to a 25-second lead and was still 12 seconds ahead with four kilometres left. But the pack hunted him down and Hellner took the lead coming out of the woods into the stadium circuit. Germany's Tobias Angerer grabbed silver as Olsson dug deep to hang on for a bronze. Must be an awful feeling of panic, knowing there's a gold medal waiting for you but also feeling the heat and the breath of the pursuers behind you. That's my new favourite event, by the way. "That was absolutely fascinating," says BBC commentator Rob Walker. "All sorts of heart and guts being shown out there. Olsson must have been to some dark places."

In the curling, Great Britain steal two against the last stone to lead 3-0 going into the fourth end against USA.

1430: Back of the net! Switzerland grab a late overtime goal to beat Norway 5-4. One of the Norway players hurls his stick over the goal in disgust.

Ski jumping superstar Simon Ammann, the former Harry Potter lookalike (he used to wear big round glasses) won gold earlier today in the large hill to add to his normal hill triumph. Afterwards he said: "I'm speechless. I was so nervous. It was a nerve-wracking experience. But I had this magic force to jump far. This is truly great." Who needs a Nimbus 20000 broomstick when you can fly like Ammann?

In the women's curling, Great Britain and USA remain 1-0 after the second end. USA retain the hammer (last stone in the third end).

1420: Great Britain take an early 1-0 lead over USA in the women's curling. Follow the scores on our curling live page

A quick magic carpet ride over to the Whistler Olympic Park and I can tell you that Sweden's Johan Olsson leads by about 12 seconds with about 10km left to go in the 30km pursuit. Britain's Andrew Musgrave is five minutes adrift.

1410: More dispatches from our commentators at the curling. Steve Cram is (still) thinking about his tucker, while Rhona Martin has got all wistful about her gold-medal winning performance in the US eight years ago. "Looking for three from three today, and one to the good so far," says Steve. "More importantly, found a great place for lunch just a 10-minute walk away. It could be seeing a lot of me over the coming days." Rhona, referring to the GB women going up against the USA women , adds: "The game this afternoon really brings back Salt Lake City memories. Losing to the US team in our last round-robin game put us in a three-way play-off for a place in the semis."

1405: An anonymous texter asks: "I notice that the BBC has a different medal table to that on the Vancouver 2010 site. So is it on number of golds or total number of medals?" Ah, we've reached that point which we get to in every Olympics, either Summer or Winter, where this hardy question gets a run out. It cropped up a lot during the Beijing Games two years ago. In North America they tend to organise the table by the net number of medals won. That is why on the website, Germany (second) are ahead of Norway (third). In pretty much every other part of the world, the table is organised by who has won the most golds. That is why the BBC website has Norway second and Germany third. USA are currently top by either measurement. This is why Canada's 'Own the Podium' campaign is aimed at winning more medals than anyone else, no matter what the colour.

Ice hockey

1400: Switzerland take a 4-3 lead halfway through the third quarter against Norway in the men's ice hockey. But no sooner do I finish writing that than Norway equalise. This is what's known in technical hockey parlance as "a tight one".


1355: You can follow all the latest updates from GB v USA women's curling on our live scores page but if you're more interested in the other games in action on adjacent sheets - Denmark v Switzerland, Germany v China, Sweden v Russia - you can follow it on our general curling live page.

1345: Afternoon all. How's tricks? Cooking on gas here. Great to be able to report from Amy Williams's gold medal-winning night last night. But now, straight down to business. The men's 15km pursuit is under way and you can follow all the latest from our real-time results.

Coming up at 1400, Eve Muirhead's GB side take on USA in their latest round-robin match. Britain have played five, won three, lost two. They lie joint third in the table with four games left.

By Anna Thompson in Vancouver

1335: What a nice note to end my stint on the text commentary. Mr Rob Hodgetts will guide you through the next few hours having just returned from Whistler where he witnessed Amy Williams' fantastic gold medal, lucky man!


1330: It's GOLD for Swiss ski jumper Simon Ammann who wins double gold at Vancouver, to add to his double gold in Salt Lake City eight years ago. He is now the most successful ski jumper in history, a round of applause Mr Ammann from me. Poland's Adam Malaysz wins his second medal of the Games as does Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer, in a complete copy of the podium in the normal hill. They all look mighty happy with themselves as they receive their flowers. Medals will follow later.

Cross country skiing

1320: The men's 30km pursuit will start in 10 minutes' time and will Norwegian Petter Northug finally strike gold after disappointing so far in these Games? Brit Andrew Musgrave is also in action, bib 55. You can find out all the last from our real-time results .

Ice hockey

1305: Back over at Canada Hockey Place and Norway are now 2-1 against Switzerland. The latest scores on our stats page .


1245: I think it's the first time we've used the nice bobsleigh graphic this Games. But later on today 1700 (0100 GMT) the men's two-man bobsleigh gets under way with GB represented by marine John Jackson and Dan Money, who's a headhunter. They have been doing pretty well in training with three top 10 results so let's see if they can carry it on in the main race. By the way, the women's two-man teams have also been training and medal hopes Nicola Minichiello and Gillian Cooke (she of the pant-splitting YouTube fame) were fifth in their first training run.

Ski jumping

1225: Swiss master Simon Ammann, nicknamed Harry Potter, is bidding to become the first ski jumper to twice win golds in the same Games on both normal and large hill, a double double if you like, and it's definitely on as he jumps a spellbindingly massive 144m to take the lead with 144.7 points, more than six points ahead of Poland's Adam Malaysz.

Ice hockey

1215: There's some hockey happening at Canada Hockey Place and Norway are taking on Switzerland, with the Swiss 1-0 up. Full details on our wonderful live page , which makes my job a lot easier and gives me the chance to eat my breakfast, although it's now lunchtime in Vancouver!

Alpine skiing

1200: All 53 racers have completed the super-G well I say completed, there were 15 DNFs (did not finish) which shows what a tough course it was and as I said at 1110 it was a first Austrian gold in alpine skiing in these Games, with success for Andrea Fischbacher, silver for Slovenia's Tina Maze and bronze for Lindsey Vonn. Brit Chemmy Alcott came 20th and said: "This hill is really tough. It's definitely a challenge and I love a challenge. But I didn't really go for it enough today." There's only you who can change that Chemmy. She'll be in action again in the giant slalom on Wednesday and in the World Cup this season has recorded an 11th at Are in Sweden.

Freestyle skiing

1145: At Cypress Mountain the women's aerials qualification has been taking place and I can tell you Bulgaria's Alla Tsuper was top, with Turin silver medallist Li Nina of China second and team-mate Guo Xinxin third. A total of 12 go through to Wednesday's final but from a GB point of view, Sarah Ainsworth will not be among them as she finished 22nd.

Ski jumping

1135: The men's large hill ski jumping is under way but they jump in reverse order so the top stars, the Simon Ammann's and Adam Malaysz's of this world will go last. You can keep up to date with what's happening at Whistler Olympic Park through the live page .


1130: A comprehensive result for GB men who have beaten China 9-4 with an end to spare. They now get a few hours off before the biggie tonight at 1900 (0300 GMT) against Canada. Canada are the favourites to take gold and they have lived up to that billing so far with an undefeated record. But the last four times they have played David Murdoch's men, Murdoch has come out on top. I'm going along to watch it and can't wait. Bring it on!

Nasko in London via text: "The sport similar to curling that Steve Cram was talking about is called Eisstockschiessen, known in English as ice stock sport or Bavarian curling." Cheers Nasko!


1110: They don't call me Anna "bold" Thompson for nothing, well I'm not called that at all but I am going to stick my neck out and say Austria's Andrea Fischbacher has won GOLD in the super-G with Slovenia's Tina Maze claiming a silver and a bronze for Lindsey Vonn. Of course these results are all provisional but none of the 23 runners left to go are going to beat her.


1100: Just time to nip back to the curling where there is good news for GB fans. David Murdoch's team take three in the sixth and another two in the seventh to open up a commanding 8-2 lead. They're rocking and a rollin'. For all the latest on the other matches, you know what to do, go to the impressive live page .

Williams helmet has ridges in the top
Complaints about the ridges in Williams' helmet were rejected
Lucy Ferr via Twitter to @annat1972 is comparing Amy Williams to Mercedes boss Ross Brawn because she wore a helmet so aerodynamic her competitors had not yet thought of the idea. Brawn of course came up with a Formula 1 car last year that was ahead of its rivals, helping Jenson Button get off to a start to the season which ultimately landed a world title for himself and the team, which was then called Brawn GP.

Alpine skiing

1045: Lindsey Vonn snatches the lead from Maria Riesch and could it be gold number two? But wait here's Austria's Andrea Fischbacher and she smashes Vonn's time by a whopping 0.74 seconds, setting up possibly Austria's first podium of the Games. BBC summariser Kerrin Lee-Gartner says: "That wasn't just bumping Lindsey off the top. That was in a different league."

1040: There's quite a lot of Olympic action going on so if you want to keep up to date then our comprehensive live stats pages will have all the answers for you. We've got everything from women's aerials to curling

Alpine skiing

1030: Germany's Maria Riesch knocks Julia Mancuso off top spot for the second race in a row, reeling in a 0.70 deficit at the top of the course, to lead the super-G by 0.04.

Alpine skiing

1020: Canada's big hope in the super-G Emily Brydon, who is from British Columbia where the Games are being held, crashes in the icy conditions and it ends a miserable Olympics for her. BBC commentator, Canadian Kerrin Lee Gartner, who won gold in Albertville in 1992, says: "She needed to relax and perform with her heart." Mancuso still leads with Vonn coming up bib 17 and Anja Paerson 21 but out of 11 starters so far, only six have finished.


1010: Back over at the curling and GB men have just scored two in the fourth end to lead 3-1. You can follow all the curling matches through our live stats page .

Curling producer Peter Small texts us: "We feel like a real hardcore curling commentary team now. Others are falling by the wayside. In the Canadian commentary box to our left, their floor manager is fast asleep."

Freestyle skiing

AP texts: "Sarah Ainsworth is an inspiration. Switching sports so drastically and representing GB just four years on is incredible. Now let's get behind her. COME ON SARAH!!

Alpine skiing

1005: Right, the women's super-G has started and Julia Mancuso is the early leader. She's already won two medals so far (more than American team-mate Lindsey Vonn) and could add a third today as she puts down a challenging time. Brit Chemmy Alcott is not happy with her run as she almost two seconds off the pace.


0955: Amy Williams has been chatting to Clare Balding and says she still can't believe she's Olympic champion. "It's amazing. It hasn't sunk in yet but the more I see from the television , it will hit me." Poor Amy has yet to celebrate her gold with an alcoholic toast as "it's Games period" and they are not allowed. I'm sure she will make up for it when she returns home to Bath.

0950: There is a bit of a debate going on as to whether Amy Williams is GB's ninth or 10th gold medallist. She is the ninth at a Winter Olympics although good old Florence "Madge" Sayers won a gold medal in figure skating when it was included in the 1908 Summer Olympics. Whatever the answer, it was a brilliant achievement - and a very rare gold - for GB.

0940: The women's aerials (see 0855) is not a medal event today, it's the qualification jumps and GB is represented by Sarah Ainsworth . She is a former gymnast and trampolinist who switched to aerials just four years ago.

Jay texts from Beijing: "Good morning! 1.30am Beijing time! Watching LIVE 'yesterday's' epic encounter between GB and my Chinese hosts! Time zone lag! Come on boys, would love to put one over these locals!"

"I was lucky enough to be at the skeleton last night and it was a night I will never forget. Amy, you made me proud to be British." Sarah, Whistler.


0925: Early doors in the curling but GB men take one in the first end to lead China. Other matches going on this session are Norway ve Denmark, France v Germany and Sweden v the United States. Our pretty impressive live stats pages will keep you fully up to date. Steve Cram and Rhona Martin - the king and queen of the BBC's curling coverage - are, as ever, in situ. But one is happy with the culinary start to the day and the other is not. "Crunch day at the curling," says Crammy. "Not just because GB face Canada tonight in the game of the tournament but because it's Saturday and there's a new catering crew on so there's every chance I will get through the day without resorting to yet another hot dog." But Rhona tells us: "Very bad start to the morning - my favourite coffee shop was closed. A bitter blow - early morning curling sans coffee."

0920: So I want to know your thoughts on the day's action and even what you made of Amy Williams' gold medal in the skeleton. You can either text me 81111 (UK) using OLYMPICS as your first word or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) or you can send me a tweet . Go on, you know you want to.

0910: And Swiss Simon Ammann will be looking to add to his normal hill ski jumping gold, in the large hill event when that gets under way at 1130 (1930 GMT). Other ski jumping nations are not happy about his ski bindings but he has been cleared by the International Ski Federation to jump so it will be interesting what will happen if he wins. His main challengers will be Austrians Gregor Schlierenzauer, Thomas Morgenstern and Andreas Kofler while Adam Malysz of Poland, who took silver behind Ammann in the normall hill, is in good form

0855: So what have we got in store for you today? Well there are six medal events including the women's super-G featuring the Vonn to watch, Lindsey Vonn, can she get back on the medal trail after falling in the combined? Brit Chemmy Alcott is also racing in what is her preferred event and a low bib number (two) could work to her advantage. That's coming up at 1000 (1800 GMT). Before then the GB men's curlers are taking on China now and need a win as they face Canada later on in a big grudge match against the Olympic favourites who have been sublime so far. Other medals up for grabs are in women's aerials, men's 30km cross-country pursuit, 1500m speed skating, and men's 1000m short-track and women's 1500m (featuring Elise Christie for GB).

0845: A very good morning from a beautiful Vancouver - blue skies and sun. Life feels good. I bet Amy Williams feels on top of the world after her fantastic gold medal for Great Britain in the skeleton and so she should. Unofficial figures state more than two million of you were watching her on television as the clocked ticked past midnight - but I want to know where the rest of you were? GB's golden girl will be live on BBC 2 and this website at 0945 (1745 GMT) with Clare Balding so look out for that.

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

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