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Top Gear

Season 7 Episode 7

Top Gear Winter Olympics

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 12, 2006 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary


The lads are in Lillehammer for their version of the Winter Olympics. So expect amongst other things: car ice-hockey with Suzuki Swifts, Jeremy trying to drive the new Jaguar XK around the ice rink faster than a speed skater and Stig riding a snowmobile down the ski-jump. James and Jeremy compete against each other in a biathlon using an Audi Q7 and a Volvo XC90, with the loser having to eat yellow snow.

There's also a spectacular attempt to send a rocket-powered Mini down the ski-jump.


Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Quite possibly the funniest television in the history of the world.

    This was the first episode of Top Gear I ever watched - guy show, who cares about cars. I'd rather watch Johnny Depp videos, etc etc.

    Oh my God. I have never laughed at a tv show so much in my life. Even better than Who's Line is it Anyway.

    Top moments:

    1. launching the mini off a ski jump

    2. Jag versus speed skater. No contest.

    3. Jeremy can't even shoot with an Uzi.

    4. Jeremy needs to ring his wife to find out how to operate his own car.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • James May: [during the Biathlon] Of course, the great thing about Jeremy's shooting is that you are perfectly safe, just as long as you are standing right in front of the target.

    • James May: [While preparing to jump a mini off a Ski Jump using rockets] This has never been done before.
      Richard Hammond
      : No. We are, in fact, at the cutting edge of cocking about.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: Biathletes need to eat six thousand calories a day - six thousand! That's the equivalent of: two pounds of butter, seventy slices of bread, a hundred and twelve eggs, eighty-six tubs of yoghurt, twenty-eight potatoes, a hundred and seventeen biscuits and, twenty-one Twix bars. I could be an Olympic biathlete!

    • James May: This is speed skating, which in the proper Olympics involves a lot of men in condoms slithering about.

    • Jeremy Clarkson: [fearing the forfeit for losing the race to James] I don't want to eat golden snow!

    • James May: This is Eskil Ervik and he is the world record holder for the 1500 metres skating quickly thing.

    • Jeremy Clarkson:So let's work this out: Mini does 0-60 in what?
      Richard Hammond
      : About 14 seconds?
      James May
      : No hang on that's not going to be very relevant though is it? Cause you're not going to get any grip off the tyres all you've got up there is gravity.
      Jeremy Clarkson
      : Ooh I know gravity's a cruel and unpredictable mistress. So...
      James May: Well, no it isn't, it's a constant all over the world.

  • NOTES (2)

    • In the end credits, the first name of the crew members is 'Björn' [Norwegian name], except for Benny Hammond, Agnetha May and Anni-Frid Stig.

    • Richard doesn't appear in large sections of this special episode, because he was in England filming his daytime TV show, Richard Hammond's 5 o'Clock Show.


    • James May: And this is Torvill... James is referring to former British, European,

      Olympic and world-ice dancing champion, Jayne Torvill. She and her partner, Christoper Dean, are best known for their 1984 Olympic performance in Sarajevo, when the pair became the highest scoring figure skaters of all time. They received twelve perfect 6.0s, including artistic impression scores of 6.0 from every judge.

      During their gold medal winning performance, they skated to the music 'Bolero' by the French composer, Joseph-Maurice Ravel. This is the same music played in this episode when Jeremy tried to race the Jaguar XK against speed-skater Eskil Ervik.