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It's bronze for Dom Parsons in the skeleton - the first time Britain has won an Olympic medal in the men's skeleton for 70 years. But Andrew Musgrave has a shocker.



It took until day seven but Team GB has picked up its first medal in Pyeongchang.

It's a bronze in the skeleton for 30-year-old Dom Parsons, a former 400 metre runner.

But there was disappointment for GB's hope in the cross-country, Andrew Musgrave who went in his favoured event, the 15km free.

He finished 28th, describing his performance as "pretty shocking"

We have more on his reaction to the result below.

Dom Parsons edged Latvia's Martins Dukurs, the silver medallist in 2014, taking the final podium position by just over a tenth of a second.

Dom ParsonsDom Parsons on his final run























Korean World Cup champion Yun Sungbin took gold ahead of Nikita Tregubov, an Olympic Athlete from Russia - who finished just two hundredths of a second ahead of Parsons in silver.

Parsons is the first British man to win an Olympic skeleton medal since John Crammond in 1948.

And it's the fifth consecutive Games a British skeleton slider has made the Olympic podium.

"That was a bit of a rollercoaster and it hasn't really sunk in yet, he said.

"I thought I'd lost it after that fourth run, it felt like it'd had gone, I thought I'd binned it.

"But Martins Dukurs has made some more mistakes and he's the last person I'd expect that from, he's been dominant for so many years.

"It's just those little hundredths making a difference, it's so close at the top. I'm just grateful that I got lucky.

"It's just incredible. Four years of work has gone into this, right from after Sochi when I started working with Kristan Bromley, this has been the goal from that point. Sometimes it seemed like it wasn't that close in coming and it's just amazing that it's all come together this time.

"It's been great, all the work we've put in has paid off. Right now it's just very hard to process and doesn't seem real.

GB's other athlete in the event, Jerry Rice finished in a career-best 10th place.

Lizzy YarnoldLizzy Yarnold second run























The women's skeleton got under way today with the defending champion, GB's Lizzy Yarnold, and teammate Laura Deas both in with a chance of a medal.

They are in third and fourth place respectively with the final two runs to come on Saturday. 

Andrew MusgraveAndrew Musgrave on the 15km start line






















A few hours after Britain's first medal, hopes were high for a second as Andrew Musgrave led the GB charge in the 15km free cross-country race.

He'd started his Olympic campaign by making history in the 30km skiathlon, finishing seventh.

It was the best result by a British cross-country skier by a long way.
He was a real hope for a medal in his best event but came in a hugely disappointing 28th place.

"That was pretty shocking. I started off conservatively but I felt heavy the whole way around and never got going, it's just a shocker," he said.

"I'm just gutted, this was the race that I've been targeting. I knew on a good day I could be here fighting for a medal but I never thought I'd go as slow as that.

"I'm going to do the 50km and, if I have a good day, then I should be near the top end but right now I just need to think about something else.

"The 50km is classic style at this Olympics not skate and I'm a much better skater unfortunately.

"I'm not the most confident about my ability to ski at the moment, I'm just gutted."

Andrew MusgraveA gutted Musgrave talks to the BBC
























Musgrave will next compete in the team sprint before the 50km mass start but the 15km was his best chance of getting on the podium.

GB's Andrew Young finished 57th in the 15km and Callum Smith was 75th.

There were 116 finishers, among them the Tongan, Pita Taufatofua, who had told the BBC that his ambition was to "finish before they turn the lights off" and "don't ski into a tree".

He was 114th.

Other headlines from day seven...

There was a shock in the women's slalom as the red hot favourite and defending champion, Mikaela Shiffrin missed out on a medal, finishing fourth.

GB's Charlie Guest had a good race, moving up from 42nd in her first run to finish 33rd. Teammate Alex Tilley failed to finish her first run.
The men's super G was won by Austria's Matthias Mayer with the silver and bronze a mirror image of the downhill.  This time Beat Feuz of Switzerland took silver and Norway's Kjetil Jansrud bronze.

In the women's snowboard cross, GB's Zoe Gillings-Brier got through to the quarter-finals but just missed out on progressing to the semi-finals.  She finished in 13th place.

The American and World Champion Lindsey Jacobellis, who was looking for an elusive first Olympic gold, got through to the final but finished outside the medals in fourth.

Highlights coming up on day eight.....

Could it be Super Saturday for Team GB?

All the medal prospects come in women's events - the ski slopestyle, the skeleton and short-track speed skating.

Ski slopestyle

The women's qualification and final take place with the youngest athlete in the GB Squad 19-year-old Izzy Atkin competing alongside teammate Katie Summerhayes.

Both have every chance of making the podium and producing the first medal on snow at Pyeongchang.

19-year-old Atkin goes into the event after taking the silver medal at the prestigious X Games in Aspen and bronze in a World Cup competition there last month.

Izzy Atkin X Games silverIzzy Atkin with X Games silver

































Last season she became the first British woman to win a ski slopestyle World Cup gold medal and was third in the World Championships. 

Katie Summerhayes (22) is a multi-medallist at World Cup level.  Her most recent success was a silver at the World Cup slopestyle in Stubai in November.

She has just returned to action after an ankle injury two months ago.

Summerhayes finished seventh at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 - one of the top five individual performances for Team GB.

Katie SummerhayesKatie Summerhayes in Pyeongchang



























Qualification is at 10am (1am GMT) wth the final for the top 12 women starting at 1pm (4am GMT).

The final will consist of three runs.

Skeleton

With GB's Dom Parson's securing the team's first medal of the Games, it's over to the GB women.

The defending champion, Lizzy Yarnold will try to improve on her current third position after two runs, with Laura Deas also attempting to move up from fourth.  

Runs three and four which will decide the medals take place on Saturday at 8.20pm (11.20am GMT) and 9.45pm (12.45pm GMT).

Short-track speed skating

Following her heartbreak when she crashed out in the final of the 500m, Team GB's Elise Christie will be hoping for better luck in the 1,500m.
She is the world champion at the distance but considers the 1,000m, which comes later in the Games, to be her best event.

After training on Thursday she said she had picked herself up after the disappointment.

Elise ChristieElise Christie
























"I feel ready to go again. I'm super focused for the 1000m, which is my last event, because that's my favourite and best distance," she said.

"I'm just getting back on track for that and I'll still be racing fearless.

"I'm trying to enjoy the moment I'm in and not focus on everything that has gone wrong.

"I know I can do well in the 1500m but it's never a distance that I focus on. It's about having a race and getting ready for the 1000m.

"However, I know I'm capable of medalling in it because I'm the world champion at 1500m too. It's nice to finish with my best event but I'll be looking to get that medal this weekend too."

Men's aerials qualification


GB's Lloyd Wallace is just happy to be in Pyeongchang after suffering a horrific training accident that put him in a coma last August.  A top 10 would be a superb result for him.

Qualification starts at 8pm (11am GMT)

Lloyd WallaceLloyd Wallace in Pyeongchang




























Alpine - Women's Super G


No British involvement but our first chance to see the great Lindsey Vonn in action.  Her US teammate Mikaela Shiffrin had planned to race in all the alpine disciplines but has pulled out of the Super G.
The race starts at 11am (2am GMT).

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