PyeongChang 2018: Day 10 in Review
PyeongChang 2018

PyeongChang 2018: Day 10 in Review

19 February 2018 / 16:19

Brad Hall and Joel Fearon finish 12th in the bobsleigh two-man event, Rowan Cheshire qualifies for tomorrow's freestyle skiing halfpipe final and there are wins for Team Muirhead and Smith in the curling. 

  • Brad Hall and Joel Fearon secure a top-12 finish in the bobsleigh two-man event. GB women continue their preparations by finishing inside the top three on their final two training runs
  • Rowan Cheshire finishes ninth to qualify for the freestyle skiing halfpipe final, while Molly Summerhayes places 17th
  • Figure skaters Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland open their PyeongChang 2018 campaign by finishing tenth in the short dance
  • There's a win a piece for the men and women's curling rinks who beat Denmark and Switzerland respectively
  • Aimee Fuller competes in the very first Olympic big air snowboarding competition but two falls means she is unable to qualify for the final

Bobsleigh

Brad Hall and Joel Fearon believe the signs are promising ahead of their four-man competition after gaining valuable time on the ice.

The British duo concluded their two-man campaign on Monday evening, finishing 12th with a time of 3:18.34 from the four runs.

Brad Hall and Joel Fearon

That was 1.48 seconds off champions Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz of Canada but still a personal best two-man result for the pair at world level.

"To be in seventh place yesterday, we dropped a few places, but that's still my best performance thus far," said Hall. "Hopefully if I can bring the same driving as I did yesterday in two-man to the four-man we should be in business."

Fearon added : "It's all building really well for the four-man. We're going to add a couple of extra horses to the sled and see what happens.

"We know we have got kit that can work, we know Brad likes it so it should be good. Today was a personal best for the two-man so if we can do that in the four-man that would be great."

Freestyle Skiing

A face mask and an early bed was how Rowan Cheshire was going to prepare for her first ever Olympic halfpipe final.

Cheshire showed no signs of nerves or apprehension when she dropped into the pipe on Monday for her maiden Games appearance.

The freestyle skier was denied the chance to do so four years ago in Sochi when a nasty pre-competition fall left her concussed, bruised and ruled out of the Olympics.

Rowan Cheshire

But the smile was firmly back on Cheshire's face in PyeongChang as scores of 74.00 and 71.40 saw her place ninth in qualification, inside the required top 12 progressing through to Tuesday's final.

“It feels amazing to reach the final, I'm so happy, I can relax a little bit now,” she said.

“I had a really good training run, I was trying to stay relaxed and chilled through it all.

“I'm going to pamper myself tonight, maybe a face mask, have an early night. Maybe watch a bit of Netflix and do some yoga and just relax.”

Molly Summerhayes missed out, finishing 17th with 66.00 although there was no wiping the smile off her face.

“I can't believe I got to compete at an Olympics, I'm still in a bit of shock,” said Summerhayes, who suffered a serios ACL injury two years ago.

“I'm really happy with the way I skied, it's the best I've ever skied. I'm just speechless. I'm so proud of what I achieved.

Curling

Eve Muirhead kept her cool to deliver a shot that kept alive her Olympic dreams - but admits she only expects the pressure to increase.

The British skip knew she couldn’t lose to her Swiss rivals but was trailing 7-6 heading into the final end of an encounter of crippling incremental tension.

And she produced the goods with her last rock, meaning qualification for the knockout stages is still all to play for with two group matches remaining.

“I could see about an inch of that stone,” she admitted. “I train for those shots every day and nine times out of ten I’d make them but it is different when the pressure is on and you’re on the big stage.”

Team Smith

Meanwhile, Kyle Smith’s British men’s rink were buzzing with confidence after their second straight win, also secured with the final stone, against Denmark. They’ve won four from seven but next up is Thomas Ulsrud’s Norway.

“We've played Norway a lot and they've got years of experience in their team,” he said.

“We beat them when we last played at the European Championships but they've beaten us on plenty of times too. We've got room to step it up a little and, if we do that, I think we will be alright.

“After we went to two wins and three losses we knew we had to win a couple of games and it's looking much more positive now. We need to keep that same strategy and we won't be far away.”

Figure Skating

Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland defied the odds to take to the Olympic stage in PyeongChang.

The duo's preparations for these Games have been far from ideal with Coomes smashing her knee into eight pieces following a training accident in June 2016 that required two lots of surgery.

Nick and Penny

But they battled on to secure their places at a third Games which started with a tenth place finish in the ice dance short dance on Monday.

“It felt amazing being out there after everything we’ve been through,” said Coomes, following their score of 68.36.

“It was a very special and powerful moment. When something you love so much goes, it’s the most amazing feeling in the world to have it back.

“I’ve had two surgeries and a lot of blood, sweat and tears and it was an all-time low. I couldn’t walk for three months and it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through.

“While I wish it never happened, I am thankful for the journey because I’ve found a lot of inner strength.”

Snowboarding

Aimee Fuller pushed her luck but it eventually ran out after two falls in qualifying for the first-ever Olympic big air competition.

She finished 25th with only the top 12 progressing to the final.

You do need a bit of luck sometimes,” said Fuller. “It's a shame my luck was in the practice and not when it counted. I landed it in training. It's gutting not to land it in qualification.”

What to look out for tomorrow...

Elise Christie will face a late fitness test on her ankle to see if she is able to compete in the women's 1000m alongside Charlotte Gilmartin and Kat Thomson. The short track speed skating heats begin from 19:00 (10:00am UK time).

Also in the evening are the opening two heats of the women's bobsleigh with Mica McNeill and Mica Moore starting from 20:50 (11:50am UK time).

But there is also plenty of action during the day with Rowan Cheshire going in the women's ski halfpipe final at 10:30 (01:30am UK time) and figure skaters Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland in the free dance from 10:00 (01:00am UK time).

Peter Speight, Murray Buchan and Alexander Glavatsky-Yeadon compete in the men's ski halfpipe qualification round from 13:15 (04:15am UK time) and the curlers play a game each with the men taking on Norway at 09:05 (00:05am UK time) and the women playing Japan at 14:05 (05:05am UK time).