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tv   Path to Pyeongchang  BBC News  March 10, 2017 8:30pm-9:01pm GMT

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it will feel and the south—east. it will feel fresher by sunday, with temperatures tend to 13 degrees. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: a drug addict driving a stolen car being chased by police has been jailed for 12 years for running over and killing a young boy and his aunt in south london. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines: a drug addict driving a stolen car being chased by police has been jailed for 12 years for running over and killing a young boy and his aunt in south london. we came here today to see justice done and that there would be remorse and sorrow shown for killing. but he has shown on. schools in england are having to drop gcse and a level courses. headteachers blame a funding crisis. it comes as the education secretary was heckled at a conference over her plans for more grammar schools. the controversial columnist katie hopkins has been ordered to pay £24,000 in damages
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for libelling the food writer jack monroe on twitter. tributes have been paid to the racing legend john surtees who has died aged 83. commentator murray walker described him as one of the greatest people who's ever lived in the history of motorsport. now on bbc news, a look at the build—up to the 2018 winter paralympics, in the path to pyeongchang. from a rather basic beginnings to a new age of technological innovations. paralympic sport has come a long way. record numbers watch the london and rio summer games. another winter paralympians are starting to make their mark, too. 2014 was undoubtedly the biggest
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winter paralympics to date. from a british perspective, a at least dazzle, winning six medals. that was four years after drawing a blank in vancouver. but will that be good and of the podium places in pyeongchang? jade hetherington was one briton's biggest success stories, securing four of gb's six medals. but she since retired. her paralympic team—mate kelly gallagher is still competing. in 2014 she claimed britain's first amber winter paralympic gold and continues to win medals. a heavy crash in training for this year's world championships ended the season early. but she is determined to return stronger than ever. you tend to fall a lot in
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skiing, you are pushing yourself to the limit, it was a real accident. i didn't land very well after coming of age and i could not recover. i felt there was something wrong. but i couldn't tell what it was. mike i'd got to me first and i asked him to ta ke i'd got to me first and i asked him to take my engagement ring of, so i have my priorities! i dislocated my elbow and broke some ribs and i hurt my leg. i had a big bone bruise on my leg. i had a big bone bruise on my right leg, but i'm on the mend at least. no one is harder on me than myself. when i came back, i was so overwhelmed. i don't see it as
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negative in any way. i think in northern ireland and all of the world we should celebrate people's endeavours and then trying their best in all walks of. it's best in all walks of life. it's taken me a bit longer to put my trust and make our... to bill to make us a winning team. i could plan an amazing speech, but i'm not sure i am the best person to planet. i will just love i'm not sure i am the best person to planet. i willjust love it. i want to get the skiing out of the road. realistically, i will probably be back training on snow in august and then the idea is to be back for the full season arrays and training and then back to pyeongchang in the
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summertime. hopefully i will have something to celebrate and done if not, iam moving something to celebrate and done if not, i am moving onto the next thing. i'm sure sure we'll be back pushing to the podium and challenging for the medals later this year. the listenable championships gave to the visually impaired rising star british skiers to prove their potential at pyeongchang. i'm a world champion. pyeongchang, 2008 team will be my second paralympics. it will be my first paralympics. it will be my first paralympics. how important is a guide? i can only see tee-macro meters. they will be disastrous to ski on my own. about 90 kilometres an hour. it feels amazing. i have
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got pretty and he skis two meters in front of me. he said the snow conditions and the terrain and then ican conditions and the terrain and then i can indicate whether i can see him and whether we need to speed up or slow down. this is a special partnership. i'd say we will probably be friends for life now. it is amazing from a perspective what she does. she must have a screw loose or something! i'm blind in my left eye i can only see about 5% vision in the right eye. i merely focus on the orange jacket and that is pretty much all i can see at that speed. we get an amazingly well. she is pretty much like a sister. without the fighting. when i come into the sport i started working with millie so i was able to build the knowledge and experience and then when i started working with
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jenna, we could slot in nicely. it's a huge responsibility. until you do it, you don't realise what the rate on your shoulders is. you are in charge of somebody‘s life in a trust you completely. it's quite restricting, being visually impaired off the piece. but on the skis, the speed i can go the freedom i have, i will never be able to drive a car, but i can ski faster than some people can drive. you have internal rivalries. you accomplish one another. it is great having competition. she is quite fearless and a good technical skier. shejust has strength behind her. she is a fantastic spear. she won the gold in 2014. we are all great competition. despite kelly gallagher's absence,
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these two helped push each other to these two helped push each other to the podium positions. they power to an impressive giant slalom bronze, whilst millie and brett would make history. they claim britain's first—ever world championship gold medal in this blog before adding three further silver medals to their horse. ijust come back from an illness, so come into this world championship, i didn't have any expectations. so to win a gold, it was incredible. can you enjoy watching her until she is finished? no. as long as she comes over that reach and when she comes to the finish line, than i can relax a little. my mother has been there from the start, always fighting my corner. for her to be here is phenomenal. the support incredible. —— be support is incredible. can you describe how you are feeling
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now? i'm can you describe how you are feeling no 7 can you describe how you are feeling now? i'm very proud. they have worked so hard for this. i am really pleased. it is a good preparation for next year. this code is fantastic. we couldn't have thought of anything better. but the end goal is south korea. we train every day with a goal of winning a gold. we go to the gym at 6am and then school and then back to the gym. it is tougher. winning or getting any type of medal in the paralympics is one of medal in the paralympics is one of my biggest dreams. it will be absolutely amazing for us together to be on the podium in pyeongchang. winning a medal with your best friend would be life changing. from the super speedy skiers to slightly,
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colours. gb have excelled in it in olympics and the paralympics are looking to follow suit. whilst they battled to bronze in sochi three yea rs battled to bronze in sochi three years ago. they generate alainjufer could best be described as a roller—coaster. —— their journey could best be described as a roller—coaster. —— theirjourney to pyeongchang could best be described asa pyeongchang could best be described as a roller—coaster. it may appear quite a simple sport, but unlike in the olympic version, which as sweepers, in the paralympics, if an offaly makes a mistake, there is no wa nt to offaly makes a mistake, there is no want to brush up after them. —— if an offaly makes a mistake. team gb have been successful though. relegation 2015 sauber £1.1 million
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of uk sport funding axed. sochi was one of the highlights of my career. the funding was fantastic to have and it allowed me to give up myjob asa and it allowed me to give up myjob as a teacher and training full—time as a teacher and training full—time as an athlete. so that was a major blow to take the funding away. there was a lot at stake. we decided to cut our squad so it cut its from 12 to seven at that point. they responded well. they buckled down. they have thrown everything at the challenge of getting back the world championships and qualifying for the paralympics. sport scotland stepped in with some money and against all the odds, they defied expectations to secure their place of the 2080 winter paralympics to secure their place of the 2080 winter pa ralympics late to secure their place of the 2080 winter paralympics late last year. this man is one of the new members of the squad keen to show what he can do on the sport's bigger stage after an unlikely introduction to curling. i was in a bubbling
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dominoes ina curling. i was in a bubbling dominoes in a wheelchair and the coach asked me if i'd ever tried wheelchair curling and i said, no. i didn't know it existed. but i loved it. i played rugby growing up and being ina it. i played rugby growing up and being in a wheelchair, i missed that. dominoes wasn't really fulfilling it. angie malone has competed in all three paralympics in the sport's debut. after winning bronze and silver, only one colour will do in pyeongchang. we had such an exciting time in sochi, coming back with a bronze. we want to go out to pyeongchang let the rest of the world know what a great team we are. we are confident belief we can be on the podium. so we are going for the big medal. still to come... we meet two of gb's leading prospects in one of the game's most
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exciting new sports, snowboarding. british troops injured in active service tell us about their bid to end gb's 20 years of absence from nordic skiing. and germany's five—time olympic champion gives us a guide to skiing head of her bid to make more history. the first to the hosts of the last games, russia. despite holding what was arguably the greatest winter paralympics of all time, the country's reputation has nosedived recently. following the mclaren report commissioned by the mclaren report commissioned by the world anti—doping agency, russia was banned from some sports at the 2016 olympics. the international paralympic committee took an even bolder stance, excluding gold russian athletes from the real paralympics. the report alleged their country had operated a state—sponsored doping programme. further revelations have since been revealed, claiming that over thousand russian athletes they have
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benefited from cheating in events across london 2012 and the sochi 2014 games. russia remains unable to compete in five of the six winter paralympic sports. the question is whether they'll be allowed back in full for the pyeongchang games. i asked their president. there has to bea asked their president. there has to be a transformation in the manner in which the nation looks at our sport. we have laid a certain conditions and there's a lot of activity and energy being put into getting things right and back to normality, if i can put it that way. sochi was a bigger games and it is somewhat tarnished because of what has come up tarnished because of what has come up with the mclaren report.|j tarnished because of what has come up with the mclaren report. i can understand that. we got this terrible news and we knew nothing of it. it was all new to us. i still have fond memories of sochi, but most certainly what has happened has tarnished it. how confident are you russia will be there in pyeongchang?
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i'm not looking for someone to get down on their knees and say sorry, i think it's been most people accept occurred. letters fix it and move on. russia is a great sporting nation. they are missed in the sporting sense of honour but we can't have nations competing when their performances have been tarnished by what has gone on. letters wipe the slate clean if we can and ensure it never happens again. evolving sports and adding new event is vital to the growth of the games and freestyle snowboarding has been huge for the olympics. for the paralympics, has been huge for the olympics. for the pa ralympics, snowboarding has been huge for the olympics. for the paralympics, snowboarding came before sochi, but there were no gb competitors. but we now possess some of the best in the world. then more won a world silver and bronze in 2015 and finished third at this yea r‘s 2015 and finished third at this year's competition. 2015 and finished third at this yea r‘s competition. his 2015 and finished third at this year's competition. his team mate had to be a little more patient, but has now made his breakthrough with world championship and world cup
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silver medals in the last two months. but theirjourney silver medals in the last two months. but their journey toward the snowboarding summit has been far from smooth. i used to be in the army. i was deployed to afghanistan at age 18. i had my leg smashed apart. they spent 18 months operating on it and it did not work. i was not my motorcycle a decade ago. i bounced down the road and lost the use of my arm. they said in the end, you can deal with it or you can get rid of it and at that point, i was tired of operations, so i decided to have it off below the knee. and now i've never looked back. it has completely changed my life. i've always been quite competitive and i love getting better at things, so for me it was 0k, better at things, so for me it was ok, i've lost my leg, now i've got
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to learn to walk and as soon as i've done that i will do something else. snowboarding it progressing to the crazy rate. sochi was a big one. they had above is raising and below knees. off the back of that, they've now got three categories. we've got upper limb. i am in the upper limb category, so anyone with an issue upwards from the waste will be classed enough. i do have my armour, the reason why it is in this sling is because it keeps it from moving around and putting me off balance. davitt in the paralympics is abused. snowboarding is about being stylish and we'll do things to keep our own style. new riders pop up everywhere. there were lots of people made aware
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of snowboarding from the games. it is mind blowing. we can ride the same course as everyone else. can you sum up what a gold would mean to you? i can -- i think you can see why the look on my face it would mean the world to me. i get to represent my country and to have a gold medal would sum up my snowboarding career. i've got a lot of pressure on snowboarding career. i've got a lot of pressure on us snowboarding career. i've got a lot of pressure on us now. snowboarding career. i've got a lot of pressure on us now. there's more people on the teams and it all helps. if we can get medals, it will be massive and open up so many more ways and getting more new people involved. the bigger and better against, the fun it becomes. the
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pyeongchang pa ralympics will just against, the fun it becomes. the pyeongchang paralympics willjust be about the british athletes. there are colours international stores looking to challenge for multiple and germany's athletes are among them. i am from germany and i am a paralympic champion. i love skiing the gazette is fast and when i get out i feel a lot of the journalling. when you ski, you have to push your trip into the snow and you can see how it goes into the snow and you can make your turn. the sport has
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developed a lot. the first games we re developed a lot. the first games were in vancouver and for me, it was a great event. but when i compare it to sochi, it was bigger. you had a lot more tv stations and lot more crowds. when the snow is a little bumpy, sochi was magnificent. i came there and knew it was possible for me to win. but i had a lot of pressure. i was so happy when i won the first gold medal and i said, was so happy when i won the first gold medaland i said, now was so happy when i won the first gold medal and i said, now! was so happy when i won the first gold medal and i said, now i have eight kilos left. the hardest thing is to have the balance. we have crutches in both hands, so i can stabilise myself. these would not be good for skiing, so i can push in. i have another little ski and that
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makes it better. pyeongchang is important to me and i look forward to it. there is now even more pressure for me. it is very difficult, but on the other hand, i wa nt to difficult, but on the other hand, i want to be in this position and have the pleasure and have this achievement. it feels very cool and things that happened in sochi, it's something i want to do again. she has every chance. she won three gold medals earlier this year, although her arch rival took the other two, their battle for paralympic honours could be one of the highlights of the 2018 games. another of the ones to watch includes this snowboarder from the netherlands when a paralympic gold medal. away from the slopes, one of the most exciting sports to look out for his paradise hockey. previously known as sledge hockey. previously known as sledge hockey. there will be no british tea m hockey. there will be no british team because they failed to qualify.
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but the usa will be those to beat having won three of the last four paralympic games. and finally nordic skiing. this happily took silver and bronze in sochi but is expected to challenge for gold next year. on the mend's side, canada will be looking to add to their paralympic titles. but has not had a nordic skiers competing since 1998 in japan. but has not had a nordic skiers competing since 1998 injapan. but a group of injured british troops are hoping to end that. it is a hard sport. everything is full and flat out. if you don't do the training, you get found out very quickly. you are maxed out all the time. your lungs are on fire. in their words,
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isa lungs are on fire. in their words, is a sport that separates the men are from the boys. overcoming adversity is nothing new to these two men who were both injured whilst on patrol in afghanistan in 2011.|j stepped on an improvised explosive device planted in the ground. we did that while we were carrying out such operations. in the blast, i lost both my legs above the knee. operations. in the blast, i lost both my legs above the kneelj managed both my legs above the kneel managed to treat myself at the beginning, i was awake to be made to sleep and then i awoke in camp bastian awoke about the flight home. sol bastian awoke about the flight home. so i can picture every stage of it. it was a tough time. you go from being a super abel and super strong and capable soldier and then all of and capable soldier and then all of a sudden you're in bed forfour mums having to be fed and having people
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did the most basic tasks for you. it was very tough mentally to deal with that. once you get injured, you're full of tumblers and starts button a bit of weight i do feel pretty rubbish. and then, things start to change. in my recovery i was introduced to those opportunities —— various opportunities. sport became the catalyst for rediscovering what i could do instead of worrying about how i couldn't get up and down stairs. now i could go down the ski slope. this man was part of the 1998 team, the last british athletes to compete in nordic skiing events at the paralympics. he was going to coach the new recruits, but gb selectors had other ideas. they saw me skiing as said, no you should be giving us advice, you should try for it again and that is why i have ended up here. it really is an
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honour and to compete for the country. i have a token medalfor being at the 1998 paralympics, but what i want to do is to get a bronze, silver or main aim. the ultimate goal is pyeongchang. i've not come here for a laugh. it is a chance to redefine yourself. it isa it is a difficult ball but very rewarding. i would love to be part ofa rewarding. i would love to be part of a legacy and move it on for great britain. with a year to go until the winter paralympics it is clear britain are the potential to win any medals in pyeongchang. and gb's best ever haul was ten baqubah 1984 games and to get anywhere close to that would be an incredible achievement given the strength of international competition compared to them. but achieving a record total is far from impossible and we will keep you
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up—to—date with all the latest over the next 12 months as the athletes continue on their path to pyeongchang. there were clear spells today and here is the sun set in burnham on sea earlier today. we certainly have a clear spells and beautiful serena sunsets. but for most, cloudy. largely dry, bit of drizzle and rain across parts of northern ireland and scotla nd across parts of northern ireland and scotland through the early hours of saturday. pretty mild, frost free
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wherever you are and temperatures no lower than about 6—10d. could the misty and fog in southern and south—western parts. across scotland, it will be improving from the north—west. the northern ireland, sunshine. that rain crossing the borders into northern england, too. for much of england and wales it is dry. cloudy first thing, sunny spells across the south coast. slightly cloudy conditions for cornwall up towards pembrokeshire, too. the cloud, particularly towards southern parts will break up quite readily. in that sunshine it will feel really pleasa nt sunshine it will feel really pleasant out there, very spring like. temperatures of 17—18d. sunshine breaking through the afternoon. reigning parts of northern england. six nations rugby,
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it should be warm and sunny. a similar picture at twickenham. 15 degrees with bright spells. saturday evening, we have in ourfront across northern england and north wales and i will pep up overnight into sunday and rangers moving eastwards across many parts of the country. another weather front heading in from the west. although it is a mild start on sunday, it will be quite loudly. many of those horsey rain on sunday. not a wash—out though, because be sunshine and western parts with a view scattered showers. the temperatures are open to all degrees. —— 10—12d. next week, high pressure. try, settled. cloud. sunshine. temperatures 14—15. saturday will be better.
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