Winter Olympics: Great Britain’s Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland advance in ice dance

‘Comeback kids’ – GB’s Coomes & Buckland qualify for free skate
XXIII Olympic Winter Games
Venue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 February
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Full coverage times

Great Britain’s Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland safely progressed to the final day of the ice dance competition at the Winter Olympics.

The pair scored 68.36 in the short dance and finished 10th with the top 20 competing in Tuesday’s free dance.

GB’s Rowan Cheshire, 22, also qualified for the ski halfpipe final but Molly Summerhayes, 20, missed out.

Briton Aimee Fuller, 26, fell on both runs in the snowboard big air and failed to make the final.

Coomes and Buckland are making their third appearance at a Winter Games, two years after Coomes smashed her kneecap into eight pieces and was told she would never skate again.

Christopher Dean, who won Olympic gold alongside Jayne Torvill in 1984, helped choreograph the pair’s routine.

Coomes and Buckland will now compete in the free dance on Tuesday, starting at 01:00 GMT, with the medals awarded to the pairs with the highest cumulative score over the two dances.

Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir lead the standings after the short dance with a world record score of 83.67.

“I’m so happy, relieved and overwhelmed to be here,” Coomes said. “No matter what, we did it. I’m so proud of us and our team.”

Elsewhere, the British women’s bobsleigh team of pilot Mica McNeill and Mica Moore impressed in pre-competition training despite having never claimed a World Cup podium.

They finished joint-second and third in the final two runs on Monday. The competition begins on Tuesday at 11:50 GMT.

A mixed day on snow

Cheshire through to Olympic final after four-year wait

Cheshire qualified for the halfpipe final in ninth place with a score of 74.00 while Canada’s Cassie Sharpe topped the standings 93.40.

The Briton missed the 2014 Games in Sochi after suffering heavy concussion in a fall and has since contemplated quitting the sport due to anxiety.

Summerhayes, whose sister reached the ski slopestyle final, is competing at her first Games and could only manage a score of 66.00 and came 17th.

Fuller came 25th after crashing on both runs of the big air, having also crashed in the snowboard slopestyle final which was described as “too dangerous” due to winds.

Austria’s Anna Gasser produced the best score in qualifying, an impressive 98.00 on her second run.

Winter Olympics 2018: Anna Gasser shines as Aimee Fuller fails in big air qualifier

Other news from Pyeongchang

Still to come on day 10

Brit watch

  • 05:05-08:00: GB men’s curling team face Denmark
  • 11:05-14:00: GB women’s curling team face Switzerland
  • 11:15-14:00: Brad Hall pilots the sole GB men’s bobsleigh in the two-man event

Medals to be won

  • 11:53: Speed skating – men’s 500m final
  • 11:15-14:00: Bobsleigh – men’s two-man final heats
  • 12:30-14:15: Ski jumping – men’s team final

BBC TV coverage

Live coverage

00:00-06:00, BBC One & BBC Red Button and online

06:00-09:15, 13:00-18:00, BBC Two and online

06:00-14:00, BBC Red Button and online

09:15-13:00, BBC One and online

The Games Today

19:00-20:00, BBC Two and online

14:00-19:30 & 22:00-00:00, BBC Red Button (replays)

Olympics Extra

20:00-21:00, BBC Four and online

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