Top Gear: Series 7, Episode 7 – Winter Olympics

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  • Top Gear hold their own Winter Olympics.

Episode Guide

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Biathlon: Clarkson raced a Volvo XC90 against May in an Audi Q7, cross-country, with 2 shooting rounds mid-course while every missed target gives 5 penalty seconds (the loser had to eat “golden snow”). May used a standard Biathlon .22 rifle, while Clarkson opted for a H&K MP5 machine pistol. Despite the increased firepower, Clarkson missed every target and felled a tree. May missed only 2 targets in the final shooting round. However, near the end, he crashed into a tree and had to dig himself out. Despite this, May re-overtook Clarkson at the end and won the race.

Cold Weather Endurance: Hammond was subjected to Arctic temperatures in a Citro├źn C1, in a bid to see who will crack first: man or machine? After being subjected to a temperature of about minus-40 Celsius, Hammond narrowly beat the car, concluding that ‘if you’re going to drive to the North Pole, buy a Hammond’. (Ironically disproved in later series by his runner-up placing in the Polar Challenge)

Speed Skating: Clarkson (‘Torville’ with no ability to walk on ice) raced a Jaguar XK against a human skater (Introduced by May as Eskil Ervik) on the ice course of Vikingskipet Olympic Arena. Clarkson was terrible at this event as his Jag had no grip whatsoever, being lapped twice by Ervik.

Off-Road Slalom: May and Clarkson raced a four-wheel drive Land Rover Discovery and a two-wheel drive Jaguar XK against the clock, on just about five inches of frozen lake. May declared himself the winner as he was the fastest with 2:03.28, but was disputed by Clarkson, who claimed his run to have been more graceful and interesting.

Bobsleigh: In a repeated segment from Series 5 Episode 8, Hammond and a bobsleigh team race against May and a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution rally car piloted by Norwegian Henning Solberg, along near-identical courses. Hammond won with 59.68 in the end, May’s time was 1:02.24

Ice Hockey: Ten Suzuki Swifts played 5-a-side hockey, in teams captained by Hammond and May, and refereed by Clarkson. At one point, Hammond’s team were winning 2-0, but a biased Clarkson intervened and successfully helped May to 2-2. In the end Hammond crashed into May’s car and was sent to penalty box, so May could score 2 more goals. The result was 5-4 to Hammond’s team.

Ski Jump: The trio attempt to find out if a rocket-powered Mini could jump further than a skier from a downhill slope. The challenge was then concluded by a ski jump on a snowmobile driven by The Stig.

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Rating: 8.8/10 (13 votes cast)

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