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As it happened - Winter Olympics day 10

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By Ollie Williams in Vancouver

1912: A big night for hockey - and it doesn't end with that stunning American victory over Canada. Defending Olympic champions Sweden take on Finland in today's final game, and I'm off down to Canada Hockey Place to see it. Join me on the red button if you can, from 2100Van/0500UK. In the mean time there is curling just starting, which you can follow on our live results pages. If you're Canadian and a hockey fan, that may well be the soothing two hours you need right now.

Ice hockey

BBC Sport's Brent Pope: "Canadians so desperately and so closely link themselves with their prowess as a hockey nation. When they under-perform they will be confused, stunned and uncertain what to make of themselves."

1903: Canada had 45 shots on goal to America's 23, but that doesn't necessarily tell a story. Does it?

Max in Toronto texts: "The difference in the game was Ryan Miller. Stop slagging Brodeur."

1858: How, then, does Team Canada deal with that? Canada fail to reach the quarter-finals - for the time being. They head into the play-off stage, needing a win to get into the quarters alongside the US. The Canadian media will be full of analysis but it will come down to raw results now. I don't think many people in Canada seriously thought they'd lose this one.

Result: Canada 3-5 US

1853: Canada 3-5 US

Game over. With Brodeur pulled, Ryan Kesler steers the puck into the empty Canadian net.

1851: Canada pull their netminder to get the extra attacker with just over a minute to go. Canada laying siege to the US net.

1848: Canada 3-4 US

Oooh, I was literally just writing the obituary of Canadian hockey, and then Sidney Crosby steered home Canada's third goal. Three minutes to go.

1845: Four-and-a-bit minutes to go at the hockey. Canada 2-4 US. Not the end of Canada's world, but close. There will be inquest upon inquest in Monday's newspapers here.

peaceism tweets: "I can't agree with people saying Luongo should come in. That would only happen after several bad goals. Brodeur's only had one - the second."

Glen texts: "It's looking similar to Premier League football: no confidence in the goalie, so a shaky and nervous defence. Get Brodeur out, Luongo in and go Canada. Simple tactics, come on Babcock!"

Figure skating

1837: Sinead and John Kerr earn a score of 56.76 in the original dance at Pacific Coliseum. Their overall score, 93.78, sends them second overall for now. But will it be enough to move them up from eighth? There are still seven pairs to go.

Ice hockey

chorlton1975 tweets: "It pains me to say it but has Old Father Time caught up with Brodeur?"

1833: Canada 2-4 US

Oh, dear. If you're Canadian, look away now. Jamie Langenbrunner deflects home the fourth US goal of the night and they have a two-goal advantage with 12 minutes remaining in the game. It sounds deathly quiet inside Canada Hockey Place.

Figure skating

1831: French duo Isabelle Delobel and Olivier Schoenfelder have to work hard to keep up with their can-can music at the figure skating but their overall score is 96.67, a very healthy number that gives them the lead for now. Sinead Kerr and John Kerr are next for Britain.

Ice hockey

Gwig texts: "I can't believe Canadian coach Mike Babcock won't pull Brodeur. Even with some good saves, they wouldn't be in this mess with Luongo. Look at the Norway result!"

1824: The third period between the US and Canada is under way, with Canada still trailing 3-2. Canadian goalie Martin Brodeur continues to look unsure of himself, and what Canada need is an attacking spell to relieve the pressure on him. However, Canadian star Sidney Crosby is going into the box for two minutes (high sticking), so the US have a power play.


1821: GOLD for Andre Lange and Kevin Kuske of Germany, who are Olympic champions once again. Lange could well be the greatest competitor this event has ever seen. The pair eclipse fellow countrymen Thomas Florschuetz and Richard Adjei, who take silver, while Russians Alexsandr Zubkov and Alexey Voevoda pick up bronze.

1818: We're about to find out which German bobsleigh team is going to go home with gold in the two-man event in Whistler...

1815: Our text inbox is full of messages with no names on them. Please let me know who you are. What are you afraid of - Marty Brodeur coming round your house in the night?

Figure skating

1812: Coomes and Buckland "made the twizzles happen" according to our analyst Robin Cousins, a former figure skating gold medallist, at Pacific Coliseum. Do the judges concur? They make the pair wait - long enough for them to say hello to entire extended families on camera - but, when the results arrive, the British duo don't quite get a season's best. The crowd are unimpressed with their overall score of 72.01, which puts them in 10th place. Off they go to huge applause... but little to show for it, with 10 pairs still to go.

Ice hockey

1808: Two periods gone and Team Canada trail on home ice against their friendly southern (barring Alaska) neighbours. "I'm hearing the first rhythmical chants of U-S-A," texts BBC Sport's Matt Pinsent from Canada Hockey Place. Twenty minutes of hockey left for Canada to save face. Or Martin Brodeur to save anything.

(I know, that's entirely unfair but it was a good line.)

Figure skating

1806: Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland are next to go in the original dance at the figure skating, competing for Britain.

Ice hockey

1803: Canada 2-3 US

Boos ring out for two reasons: first, Chris Drury finds the back of the net with Brodeur sprawled all over the place. Second, the Canadian fans reckon there was an infringement against Brodeur in the build-up. Which, looking at the replay, there may have been. If Sir Alex Ferguson coached Canada, he'd have to pick which of the two refs on the ice to direct his venom at. I don't want to think about what would happen if Sir Alex Ferguson were coaching Canada, really. No such thing as injury time in hockey.

1800: Canada's Corey Perry ends up in a bundle on the floor as he collides with not one, but two of his own team-mates - Chris Pronger and Eric Staal. Perry has headed straight off to the dressing room after that. There's only so much all that padding will do for you. It is not Pronger-proof.

1757: Ryan Miller twitches his left leg and in doing so, denies Canada a chance to go ahead. The host nation are finding a bit more rhythm. However, Brodeur still needs to fling himself into the air to fend off another Rafalski bullet, which slams into the goalie's helmet and out of the rink. This game is improving, chances at both ends.

Anon texts: "People need to stop blaming Martin Brodeur for Canada's lack of dominance in this game. Sure, the second US goal was his fault, but Luongo is more mistake-prone than Marty. It's clearly the Canadian defence that's letting them down, not the goaltender."

1750: It's still 2-2 at the hockey but Jack Johnson may need reminding of that, following a beast of a hit from Rick Nash of Canada. This is a tasty game to watch in a sort of "something's bound to happen sooner or later" way. But it hasn't, yet. So far, I've seen better. Sort it out, North Americans.


1745: Away from Canada Hockey Place - away from Vancouver, in fact - the final run of the two-man bobsleigh has started at the Whistler Sliding Centre. After three runs it looks as though a German one-two is a realistic prospect. Follow the bobsleigh with live timings as the final run progresses.

Ice hockey

1740: Canada 2-2 US

Scratch that. Dany Heatley finishes the easiest of rebounds after Jonathan Toews wraps around the net and squeezes the shot in from an angle. Last time, the US went up the other end and got their lead back. Canada need to make sure that's not the case now - they've barely spent any time in this game on level terms.

1738: The second period is here and the Americans are maintaining an aggressive approach to this game - no shutting up shop, and rightly so because it's far too early. That should be of some comfort for Canadians but the crowd will get increasingly restless, to the point where it'll be a very jumpy atmosphere if they're still trailing by the end of the second.

Anon texts: "Just in case anyone is wondering how dominant the US have been over Canada in the first period, the shot count was: Canada 19, USA 6."

If only shots counted. Does that mean we're laying the blame at Martin Brodeur's somewhat less-than-shut door, then?

1719: The first period ends and Canada trail 2-1 against the United States. Full stats from the first period are available on our real-time results page. Suggestions for beleaguered Olympic host nations failing to play their own game properly are not.

Canadian in London texts: "I think Canada made a mistake starting Martin Brodeur in net. He is good but getting slower in his old age."

1711: Patrick Marleau tests Miller in the US goal one more time but, with five minutes left in the first period, the Olympic host nation are struggling to live up to their billing. The Canadian coach, Mike Babcock, used to be player-coach of Whitley Warriors in the UK a long, long time ago. That's where he became accustomed to facing the crushing pressure of an entire community's expectations, you know.

BBC Sport's Matt Pinsent texts from Canada Hockey Place: "Huge release of emotion in the hockey and then back in the doldrums as Rafalski slides one low under Brodeur. Fans might turn on the Canadian goalie if he doesn't raise his game."


1703: The third run of the two-man bobsleigh has finished, with the two German teams maintaining their lead. The fourth and final run has been rescheduled and will take place in just over half an hour's time.

Ice hockey

1702: Canada 1-2 US

Clever from Eric Staal who, having positioned himself in front of the net, chops a deflection down past Miller. That levels the game for Canada. However, Brian Rafalski goes straight back down the other end and restores the American advantage, with the Canadian defence offering him the freedom of the Vancouver ice. Martin Brodeur didn't cover himself in glory with that either. Canadian fans had 22 seconds to enjoy parity. They are in for a long night on this evidence.

1655: Six minutes gone in the first and Sidney Crosby has had one relatively decent spell, forcing a save from US goaltender Ryan Miller. Otherwise the Canadians have yet to threaten, but they now have a power play.

Dave in York texts: "What is with all the Canadian love? Time to burst the bubble - that first minute goal will do nicely. U-S-A!"

1647: Canada 0-1 US

Wow. Now we have a game. A shot from distance from Brian Rafalski is deflected into his own net by none other than Canadian hockey legend Sidney Crosby with less than a minute gone.

1645: We are under way.

Ian in Halifax, Canada, texts: "Looking forward to a good North American style game - hard forechecking and physical play, combined with offensive skill. I'm sick of watching the Europeans use neutral zone traps and defensive play."

Rossi in Australia texts: "I'm an Anaheim Ducks fan in Australia and, with five players in this game, it's going to be hard. But Getzlaf will be the best on the ice and Canada wins 5-2."

Sam in Worthing texts: "Looking forward to the ice hockey. Backing Canada all the way. Hoping Getzlaf's injury doesn't cause him problems."


1639: Britain's male curlers have wrapped up a 4-2 victory over the US down at the Vancouver Olympic Centre. Off to Canada Hockey Place we go: we are moments away from Canada v the US. Your predictions, please.


1633: GOLD for Ireen Wust of the Netherlands in the women's 1500m speed skating at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Canada's Christine Nesbitt goes out far quicker in the final pairing - but Nesbitt, powering herself forward with all her might, runs out of steam on the final lap. She can only finish sixth. Wust is the gold medallist with Canada's Kristina Groves second and Czech skater Martina Sablikova third.

Ice hockey

1623: Just under 20 minutes until Canada take on the US in the men's ice hockey. Matt Pinsent has been out at the hockey over the past day or two, sampling the atmosphere and the Canadian obsession with the game. His video is well worth five minutes of your time during the build-up.

A Canadian fan

Canada's ice hockey obsession

Baku Viking texts: "Would love to watch Kane and Toews do battle but I'm stuck on the night shift on a gas platform in the Caspian. Gutted."

Scott in Northern Ireland texts: "I'm a New Jersey Devils fan so I don't know whether to go for Parise and Langenbrunner with USA or Marty Brodeur with Canada! Either way it'll be worth practically sleeping in school tomorrow. I'm so excited!"

Figure skating

1618: The original dance part of the ice dance competition is starting over at Pacific Coliseum. For Britain, Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes go in group three, while Sinead and John Kerr are in group four.


1609: By the way, the US curling team have brought an unlikely lucky charm with them for this game. Vernon Davis plays tight end for the San Francisco 49ers in American Football's NFL, and he's there today as honorary captain for the Americans.

He tweeted a pic of himself at the venue earlier.

The 49ers, who many senior colleagues (in several senses) won't shut up about having seen their five Super Bowl wins in the 80s and 90s, play at Wembley in October - Davis will be in London for that game. Maybe his British fans will have forgiven him by then if he inspires the US to victory here...

1605: It's getting nervier at the Vancouver Olympic Centre. The US have pulled it back and now trail 3-2 against Britain's men, with two ends to go.


1600: The two-man bobsleigh medals are decided today at the Whistler Sliding Centre. The British team crashed out in spectacular fashion on Saturday - those who remain face two more runs, starting now, which will produce an Olympic champion.

Ice hockey

Chris in Solihull texts: "Can't wait for the ice hockey, hope Crosby gets a few. Will there be a live stream online?"

There certainly will, Chris. Canada-US and Sweden-Finland are both live on the BBC website and red button, with the former on BBC Two (after the first period) as well. If you just saw the name Crosby and thought of former Nottingham Forest midfielder Gary Crosby, who famously headed the ball out of Andy Dibble's hands before scoring, then you may want to read my blog about the Crosby in question.


1543: There are seven ends gone and Britain's men now lead the US 3-1. A rare chink of light for the Brits?

Speed skating

1537: We're now almost halfway through at the women's 1500m speed skating and Dutch skater Annette Gerritsen leads.

Ice hockey

Mol_Daze texts: "Just arrived in Madrid. The city is abuzz with the Super Sunday of ice hockey."


1523: For the rest of the day I may rename this sport Carling. Down on the ice at the Carling, the British Carlers are now 2-1 up having fought back against the American Carlers.

Carl Lewis on curling: "People love it in the States. When the Winter Olympics comes round, it's one of the most popular sports. You would think this is an older man's sport but a lot of the American team are so young. They could all be my kids."

Imagine being the child of Carl Lewis in that situation. You would have to win a lot of Olympic curling tournaments to get out of that shadow.

1518: "That's not Rhona Martin," I thought to myself when I looked at the curling just then. It isn't, either. Carl Lewis - who has a strong claim to be the greatest Summer Olympian of all time - is chatting to fellow Los Angeles 1984 veteran Steve Cram. Cram has dipped back into the curling and Lewis is doing his best to look concerned about the British team's plight.

Alpine skiing

1510: Bode Miller won men's combined gold up in Whistler earlier today. If I was that medal, I would be very afraid. Miller is reported to have lost his 2003 World Championship combined gold medal after using it to hold up his toilet seat at home. (Think about that... what? How?) He then lost his 2005 World Championship Super-G medal after it was stolen from his jacket. He did at least get that one back. I still can't work out how you lose a medal by holding up a toilet seat with it.

Speed skating

1459: Starting any moment now is the women's 1500m speed skating final. Canada's Christine Nesbitt already has one gold and is in the hunt for another. Watch it online if you live in the UK or follow the results as they come in using our live timings page.


curling_fan tweets: "Guddle also means 'looking for fish under rocks with your bare hands'."

Best. Tweet. Ever. From somebody using a picture of Chief Vitalstatistix as their Twitter profile picture, which seems entirely appropriate for curling, for reasons I can't quite understand.

Leigh in Stockport texts: "Can someone please correct Steve Cram, who stated that someone in the curling crowd was waving a Union Jack? It is only a Jack when at sea and a Union Flag at all other times."

Don't start me on that, Leigh. To refer to that flag as the Union Jack, in any situation, is entirely correct. We have been through this six million times and the myth about it only being a Jack at sea is just that: a myth. Yes, it's a Jack at sea. But the flag does not change its name on dry land. Both Union Flag and Union Jack are correct and the latter is favoured by the BBC's own style guide. Shush.

1443: You may have heard the curling commentators referring to the word "guddle" just now. Half of Scotland has texted in to inform the world that a guddle is Scottish slang for "a mess". I wasn't listening at the time. Were they referring to the British curling results so far?

Ice hockey

1441: While I realise you are comfortable in the serenity induced by an hour in which nothing but curling is taking place, I do hope you are steeled for this hockey later. It is huge. The full Canada-US game is on the red button and this website for UK users, and the second and third periods will be live on BBC Two. Face-off is a couple of hours away.


1433: And, swiftly putting me out of my curling lexicon misery, the British men go a stone down. 1-0 to the US after two ends.

1432: It is also curling night in Canada, but that phrase has neither the same ring to it nor the illustrious heritage in my opinion. That said, Britain's men need to pull something out of the bag after the women suffered a miserable defeat by Switzerland, conceding with the score at 10-6 after nine ends. The men are currently stoneless versus the US. (What? Go on then, if you know what the curling equivalent of goalless is...)

Ice hockey

1427: A short while ago at Canada Hockey Place, Russia finished off the Czech Republic with an empty-net goal to win 4-2, the Czechs having pulled the goalie (ie. got rid of him for an extra attacking player) in a desperate bid to draw level in the last 20 seconds. That was the starter in an Olympic hockey menu the likes of which you may never see again - I cannot overstate how tasty today's games are. Canada against the US is your main course, and defending Olympic champions against fierce rivals Sweden is pudding. Dessert, actually. Pudding doesn't make it sound quite as good.

By Rob Hodgetts

1422: Team, this morning's action has been fast and furious. I hope you've enjoyed it. Something for everyone there, I thought, from curling to the madness and mayhem of ski cross. I'm going to hand over to Ollie Williams at the Robson Street end while I take up a position at third man for a rest, but I'll be back for another spell after tea.


1350: GOLD for Germany's Magdalena Neuner in the women's 12.5km mass start biathlon. It's her second gold and third medal of the Games after winning the pursuit and coming second in the sprint. Olga Zaitseva of Russia is second with Simone Hauswald of Germany third. In the men's ice hockey, Russia lead Czech Republic 3-1 early in the third period.


1330: GOLD for Switzerland's Michael Schmid in the inaugural Olympic ski cross. Schmid gets out of the gate first and muscles off the attentions of Andreas Matt on the first corner. Norway's Audun Groenvold is third with Canada's Chris Delbosco fourth going into the middle part of the course. But Delbosco finds speed from somewhere and reels in Groenvold to nip into a medal position. Schmid thunders down clear in front and Matt looks safe in second, despite a wobble over the "woops". But Delbosco crashes over the penultimate jump and Groenvold screams through to grab bronze. "It's a man's sport, ski cross," says BBC commentator Graham Bell.

1315: To whet your appetite for Canada v USA in the ice hockey later, have a watch of Matthew Pinsent's look at Canada's national obsession with ice hockey. By the way, a large police presence is expected at tonight's massive match in Vancouver. In the second period, Russia lead Czech Republic 2-1. Enak Gavagio wins the small final of the men's ski cross from Davey Barr.

1310: Norway's Audun Groenvold wins semi-final two of the men's ski cross but Chris Delbosco of Canada is forced to come from behind after a slow start to overhaul Australian Scott Kneller to qualify. Slovenia's Filip Flisar is fourth.

1305: Swiss Michael Schmid takes an early lead and stays clear to win from Austrian Andreas Matt. Both qualify. Canada's Davey Barr is left behind in third followed by France's Enak Gavaggio in the first ski cross semi-final.

Freestyle skiing

1300: Ski cross semi-finalists: Gavaggio, Matt, Schmid, Barr, Delbosco, Flisar, Groenvold, Kneller. My money's on ski cross specialist Enak Gavaggio of France, but Mario Matt's brother Andreas looks good, too.

Russia 1-1 Czech Rep in 2nd period.


1255: GOLD FOR BODE MILLER in the men's combined as the fastest man in downhill, Aksel Lund Svindal, crashes out of the slalom. Croatia's Ivica Kostelic is second with Switzerland's Silvan Zurbriggen third. Miller has now won a gold, silver (super-G) and bronze (downhill) at these Games. He's got five Olympic medals in allbut this is his first gold. The former bad boy is back in the fold and reaping the rewards.

Alpine skiing

1250: Olympic downhill champion Didier Defago crashes out of the slalom and fellow Swiss Carlo Janka goes fourth, meaning Bode Miller's first place is looking good. Shock second-place man in the downhill, Dominik Paris shows why he's ranked well down the World Cup combined standings as he drops more than three seconds.

Alpine skiing

1247: Bode Miller goes into first place, pushing out Ivica Kostelic in the slalom section of the men's combined.

Freestyle skiing

1245: Right, ski cross qualifiers are: Schmid, Iljans, Kerr, Barr, Kraus, Delbosco, Spalinger, Matt, Gavaggio, Kneller, Wittner, Miallier, Flissar, Hayer, Groenveld, Eliasson.

Alpine skiing

1240: Olympic slalom champion Benjamin Raich hauls himself up to second, but a slightly ragged run prevents him going ahead of Ligety in the combined.

Alpine skiing

1235: Defending Olympic combined champion Ted Ligety goes first after his slalom run.

1230: I implore you to watch some ski cross if you can. "It's time to kick-start your heart," says BBC commentator Ed "the Shred" Leigh. There also appears to be a bit of teamwork going on. One Frenchman can be heard saying to his countryman "C'est moi" as they thunder down, letting him know that the man breathing down his neck is not going to bundle him over. I'll give you a list of qualifiers in a sec.

1220: MONSTER MASH! Ski cross EXPLODES ( and I mean that in capital letters) into life with the first four-man heat. Michael Schmid qualifies first but Daron Rahlves and France Piccard have a virtual dogfight in the air over the last jump and both end up in a heap as Eric Iljans nips through from fourth to qualify. The second heat is just as thrilling as Jamaica's Errol Kerr (who actually grew up in California) and Davey Barr progress after Anders Rekdal eats snow.

1215: To follow slalom combined, check out our live timing page.

To follow the ski cross, use our ski cross results page.

And to keep up to date with Russia v Czech Republic, use our live scores page.

1205: Without exposing the mechanism behind the magic, I can reveal I'm triple-handed here - we've got the slalom section of the men's combined, the knockout stages of the men's ski cross and Russia v the Czech Republic in the men's ice hockey all on at once. What can possibly go wrong?

1200: British skip Eve Muirhead on the defeat by Switzerland which leaves her side needing to win their last two games: "We're gutted with that loss. Too many slack shots at the start put us on the back foot straight away. Good comeback, but too little too late. We know we can play all the shots, we've just got to believe we can."

Now then, I must fess up - earlier I gave an incorrect start time for the slalom section of the men's combined. It will begin at 1215 (2015 GMT). Sorry about that.


1142: GOLD for Russia's Evgeny Ustyugov in the men's 15km biathlon mass start. France's Martin Fourcade is second with Slovakia's Pavol Hurajt third. Norway's Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, chasing a sixth Olympic gold and 11th medal in total, can only manage 27th.


1140: GAME OVER - Switzerland grab one in end eight to go 10-6 up against Britain and the teams shake hands. GB now have four losses and three wins and must win their last two matches to have any chance of qualifying in the top four.

1120: Britain are making things interesting as they snatch one to edge to 9-6 down with two more ends to go. British skip Eve Muirhead has very piercing eyes, by the way. Switzerland's skip Mirjam Ott looks like Shaun White.

1105: Great British skip Eve Muirhead delivers her last stone to claim three in end seven to narrow the gap to 9-5 down. A chink of light, perhaps?

Here's how the men's combined looks going into the slalom, which begins at 1345 (2145 GMT): 1. Svindal 2. Paris (+0.39) 3. Janka (+.50) Follow it all on our live timing page.

1055: Anonymous texts us to ask: "Are the beeb gonna show Canada v USA hockey live? *Begging*" No need to beg, anon. The whole game will be on the BBC red button and the BBC website (UK users only) with periods two and three on BBC 2 (once the bobsleigh has finished). The game is at 1640 local time in Vancouver, which is 0040 in the UK. If you're a British ice hockey fan, going to bed on time tonight is simply not an option, work tomorrow or not ...

1050: Switzerland edge to 9-2 up after six ends against Great Britain in the women's curling. Wonder how GB morale is right now? After the last end they had a little group huddle but skip Eve Muirhead wasn't involved. Trouble at t'ice sheet? Britain need to beat Denmark tomorrow to save their bacon. My boss told me to write that because he came up with it and he's still laughing. They must then also beat Canada on Tuesday. The only consolation for Muirhead's side is that other results today are going in their favour - Canada 6-2 USA, Denmark 4-1 Germany, Russia 6-3 Japan.

Coming up at 1100, it's the men's 15km biathlon mass start. Ole Einar Bjoerndalen is involved but he cannot now equal Bjorn Daehlie's Winter Olympics record of eight golds, at this Games at least, though he will be keen to take his tally to six golds and 11 medals in total. Team-mate Emil Hegle Svensen, who pipped him to gold in the 20km individual, will be a big threat, while Austrian Christophe Sumann and Russian Evgeny Ustyugov are others to watch.

Freestyle skiing

1030: Ski cross qualification has finished and Switzerland's Michael Schmid leads. Andreas Matt, brother of alpine racer Mario, lies fourth. Jamaica's Errol Kerr (who is actually from New York) is ninth, with former US downhill racer Daron Rahlves in 24th. Funnily enough - is it funny enough? (that gag copyright S Milligan esq) - 32 of the 33 starters qualify, leaving Zdenek Safar of the Czech Republic the only man to miss out. Heats will be ranked according to times, though. You can see the full list on our ski cross results page.


1020: The comeback starts here, maybe? Great Britain score one in end five to reduce the deficit to 8-2 down against Switzerland.

The BBC's curling producer Peter Small isn't convinced. He just sent a one-word text to us. "Disaster." That feels like it adequately sums up what has happened to the GB women's team on this Vancouver Sunday morning. Arguably one of GB's three biggest medal hopes before the Olympics along with the men's curlers and the skeleton athletes, are they about to go crashing out of the Games?

Britain's Ed Drake crosses the line 30th in the super-combined downhill, more than three seconds back.

Alpine skiing

1015: Italy's Dominik Paris goes into a surprise second place behind Svindal in the men's downhill section of the super-combined. Defending Olympic slalom champion Benjamin Raich lies 12th, 1.55 back. A big ask, maybe? Follow it all on our live timing page.

1010: CURLING NEWSFLASH - Great Britain crash to an 8-1 deficit against Switzerland after four ends of the women's curling. This could spell the end of their Games.

1005: Bode Miller is off the pace in the downhill section of the men's combined and finishes 0.76 seconds behind Svindal. A long way back for Bode in the slalom.

Interesting Tweet from Mark_Hanna, who says: "This ski cross is awful, if I wanted to see people snow plough then I would have gone to a ski school...way too many jumps." The racers are, indeed, putting in little speed checks to steady themselves. The course is like a bucking bronco and the key is just to get down and qualify. I think the real fun will come when the four-man heats start. Then it will be chaos. Famous mogul skier Mike Hattrup once said of skiing bumps: "The key to skiing these things is to go to a panic and then back off." In the ski cross knockout stages they might need to go to a panic and stay there.

0955: Great Britain go 4-1 down to Switzerland after three ends in the women's curling. Dangerous time for Eve Muirhead's side, who really need a win to boost their qualifying hopes.

Switzerland's Silvan Zurbriggen, no relation to the great Pirmin, goes fourth, 0.73 behind Svindal but he's a red-hot slalom skier and will be in the hunt. Countryman Carlo Janka goes second and is another very serious threat for the title. Bode Miler yet to come. The slalom section of the super-combined begins at 1345 (2145 GMT).

0948: Almost immediately super-G champ Aksel Lund Svindal nicks Defago's lead in the combined downhill. Follow it all on our live timing page.

0945: Old dimply chin Didier Defago, the Olympic downhill champion, takes the lead in the downhill section of the men's super combined. In ski cross, former US alpine racer Daron Rahlves crosses the line back in 13th after his qualifying run. He dislocated his hip a few weeks ago. Not much of an excuse, that, is it?

0935: We're getting a full-on action broadside - the men's downhill section of the super combined is also under way at Whistler Creekside. Follow it all on our live timing page.

In women's curling, Great Britain take one in end two to narrow the gap to 2-1 against Switzerland.

You can follow the curling on our results page, which features graphics showing you where every stone is.

Steve Cram tells us: "Our women have the dreaded red stones on sheet A this morning. Last night even I was tempted to nip down and swap sheet B's reds with A's, but I resisted." Meanwhile, curling producer Peter Small adds: "Rhona had a bit of a bad start to a big day - she left her mobile phone in a coffee shop and had to return to pick it up. The women's team arrived on the ice before she did and texted Rhona to ask where she was."

0925: Just watched the first man down in the ski cross. The course is exactly the same as for boarding and with the jumps kicking them into orbit it's real rock 'n' roll stuff on skis. The racers are working so hard, and that's with just one man at a time for a qualifying run. It will be absolute carnage when there are four men on the track. You will not want to miss it.

0915: Good start for Switzerland as they take two in the first end to lead Great Britain in women's curling. Ominous. Unless you're Swiss, in which case, promising. GB have last-stone advantage in second end.

Dannynic on Twitter asks whether we will be showing the whole ski cross event? And the answer is that qualifying (single timed runs), which runs for an hour from 0915 (1715 GMT), will be on the Red Button (not Freeview) with the finals (1215/2015 GMT) live on BBC 2.

0905: Remember, you can join in the fun yourself by getting in touch via text on 81111 if you're in the UK or +44 7786200666 if you're not. Or via Twitter if that's your bag. For instance, Peacism Tweeted to say: "Am very, very, very stoked about ski cross. Expect it to be as exciting as the boarders except faster." To whet your appetite for the demolition derby on skis, check out Graham Bell competing in ski cross. Gnarly, dude.

0850: So, first by a nose we have women's curling and here's how they roll: Britain take on Switzerland, the 2002 and 2006 silver medallists, very much needing a win after yesterday's loss to USA. Britain have won three, lost three and are tied with Germany and Sweden in fourth place in the table. Canada, Norway and Switzerland are the one-two-three. The top four go through to the semi-finals. In this morning's other matches Germany play Denmark, Canada take on USA and Russia meet Japan. You can follow them all on our curling live pages.

0845: Hello team. On form? Ace. It's day 10 of the Games and I, for one, am stoked. Why? The sun's out and shortly we've got Britain's women in action against Switzerland in the curling, alongside the Olympic debut of skier cross, followed by men' super combined, with a little biathlon, a lot of ice hockey, some figure skating and some speed skating. That's one tasty combo. Oh, I forgot to add the relish - the final two-runs of the men's two-man bobsleigh. Shall we cook it on gas? Yeah, baby. Oh dear, I've been here too long.

For a full run down of what's on today, check out our schedule page. But don't worry, I'll flag them all up as we go along. Ready? Let's go.

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# 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
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