PyeongChang 2018 Roundup: Day Six

Published 15 February 2018

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Dom Parsons put himself firmly in contention for a medal after day one of the men's skeleton competition. Parsons goes into the concluding day tomorrow lying in fourth and will aim to become the first British male skeleton medallist since 1948. The 30-year-old is currently just 0.03 seconds behind third-place Latvian Martin Dukurs after an aggregate time of 1.41.26 across his two runs so far. His second run was his best, clocking the third fastest time of the heat in 50.41s.

Encouragingly, he acknowledged there was room to do better. He said: "I overdrove a couple of bits on the first run and went a bit offline but the second run was much tidier. I'm still a bit disappointed because my start was not quite where I wanted it to be. I closed in on my rivals after that second run and hopefully I can keep reeling them in."

The medals are decided tomorrow with the final two heats due to start around 00:30 UK time, with the winner being the individual who records the quickest accumulative time across four runs.

Fellow Team GB slider Jerry Rice is in the running for a top-10 finish. The 27-year-old Olympic debutant is currently placed 13th with a cumulative time of 1.42.21, clocking 51.06 in his first run and 51.15 in his second.

Late drama for curling teams

Team Smith – the men's curling team – recorded another nail-biting victory, beating Japan 6–5 this morning. Going into the final end locked at 5-all, skip Kyle Smith held his nerve to win the match with the final stone.

The women couldn't quite match their male counterparts and went down 7–4 to the US in their opening clash. They were then involved in a close-fought battle of their own, beating China 8–7, taking the decisive point in the sudden-death extra end.

Both the men's and women's team lie third in their table with six group-stage matches to go.

Shiffrin reigns on the slopes

American Mikaela Shiffrin won her first of a possible four winter golds in the women's giant slalom. She later vies for top of the podium in the downhill, combined and slalom. PyeongChang's blue ribbon event, the men's downhill, was taken by Norwegian Aksel Lund Scindal. At 35 years of age, he became the oldest Olympic alpine-skiing champion.

Team GB on medal hunt tomorrow

Tomorrow is sure to be an exciting and busy day for Team GB. In skeleton, Dom Parsons races for a landmark medal and Jerry Rice has his own targets to aim for.

As the campaign ends for Team GB's male sliders, their female counterparts start theirs. Lizzy Yarnold and Laura Deas both finished in the top 10 in this season's Skeleton World Cup and have backed this up with top-10 times in PyeongChang training runs. They will have eyes firmly on a medal.

On Sunday, Andrew Musgrave gave the best-ever cross-country performance by a Brit in the Men's 15km + 15km skiathlon, finishing seventh. He'll challenge himself to better that result when he takes part in his favourite event tomorrow – the 15km freestyle.

The curling team continue their medal quest when the men's Team Smith meet Sweden at 11:05.


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