Winter Olympics 2018: day nine from Pyeongchang – live!

 

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Triple cork 1260 finishes off Beaulieu-Marchand’s clean run of jumps, but he looked to go one-legged on the rail. The judges agree, and it’s just an 82.40, which means he stays in third.

Next up is Andri Ragettli, but he can’t nail the final jump! Just not quite enough elevation on the 1260. Just Oscar Wester to come now, as all competitors wait nervously for their final results.

Alex Beaulieu-Marchand
Alex Beaulieu-Marchand of Canada competes during the Freestyle Skiing Men’s Ski Slopestyle Final on day nine. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Nick Goepper pulls off a 93.60 to bump James Woods down to fourth position! So sorry, GB fans, but it was a wonderful run and he’s into the silver medal slot as it stands. He’s followed by current leader in Oystein Braaten, who makes some very difficult technical work look easy. It’s not his best run, and ends with him falling on his face with the double cork 1440. He’ll hold onto first place with the 95 he scored on his first run.

Three competitors to go…

Oystein Braaten of Norway
Oystein Braaten of Norway sits in gold medal position with three competitors to come. Photograph: Fazry Ismail/EPA

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Really nice final run by Teal Harle of Canada after he failed to land his first two attempts, which ends with an impressive switch 1440. The judges have taken an excruciatingly long time to deliberate, but his score is 90.00! Ouch. That leaves him just out of contention for a medal, but he’s pleased nonetheless.

Teal Harle
Teal Harle of Canada crashed out on his first two attempts at the ski slopestyle. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

A few competitors have had a write-off on their final run, including Elias Ambuehl, who has just received a 73.20 for his last attempt. Now the moment of truth for James Woods. Switch 270 was very clean to begin with, then showed us a big Japan, but a little early on the rail, then too deep on his next jump, he almost falls, but manages to ski the run out… finishes with a nice switch 1440, but 91.00 will be his best score, which he managed on his second run.

He hits 90.00 on the final run, which isn’t bad considering, but won’t elevate him further up the podium. Now he’ll have to hope he holds onto bronze.

James Woods
James Woods of Britain competes in the men’s slopestyle final at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Photograph: Kin Cheung/AP

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Here are our ski slopestyle rankings currently, with the final run about to start. Team GB are confident of a medal, can James Woods do it?

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Welcome to day nine

Hello everyone and welcome to another exciting day of Pyeongchang action.

We’re officially at the halfway point of the 2018 games, and Germany are leading the way with nine gold medals, four silver and four bronze. Second are Norway with seven gold, and the Netherlands come in third with six. Canada and the US follow with five gold each.

Medal action today includes:

  • Alpine skiing: Men’s Giant Slalom, live now
  • Biathlon: Men’s 15km Mass Start (22:15 AEDT)
  • Cross-country skiing: Men’s 4x10km Relay (17:15 AEDT)
  • Freestyle skiing: Men’s Ski Slopestyle, live now and Men’s Aerials (22:52 AEDT)
  • Speed-skating: Women’s 500m (22:56 AEDT)

Since we’ve got the men’s giant slalom and ski slopestyle happening now I’ll leave this here, and get onto some of the results as they stand.

Ryan Cochran-Siegle
Ryan Cochran-Siegle of the United States leads the Alpine Skiing Men’s Giant Slalom on run two in the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

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