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Big surprise in the German mixed relay

The DSV revealed on Friday which quartet should go on a medal hunt at the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. The result is quite surprising.

In addition to the established Denise Herrmann and Benedikt Doll, Philipp Nawrath and Vanessa Voigt will also be on the trail.

While Doll has already won two bronze medals at the Olympic Games and the 2017 World Championship title in the sprint, Nawrath is competing at the Winter Games for the first time ever.

This winter, however, the 28-year-old reached the top 10 twice in the sprint. In Ruhpolding, Nawrath was also part of the German mixed relay, which finished second.

Denise Herrmann’s nomination is no surprise

For the women, it was actually clear that Herrmann would start. Since Franziska Preuss is still struggling with her form after an injury and an infection with the corona virus, the former cross-country skier is clearly the driving force of the women’s team.

In 2018 she went empty-handed at her first winter games as a biathlete, in 2014 Herrmann won bronze in the cross-country relay in Sochi.

Vanessa Voigt the chick in the German biathlon team

At 24, Voigt is the chick in the German team. However, over the course of the winter, the reigning German champion in the pursuit established herself in the World Cup squad straight away.

It is quite surprising that the DSV does without Johannes Kühn and Erik Lesser. Lesser has been in good form lately, and Kühn has even won a race this season.

However, one thing is clear: in order to have a real chance of winning precious metal, the German quartet can hardly afford to make any mistakes and must also hope for the blunders of the competition. The teams from Norway and France are the absolute top favourites, and Sweden and Belarus are also capable of a lot.

Biathlon: Benedikt Doll hopes for mistakes from the competition

Doll assesses the situation similarly. “We can definitely get involved, but you have to say at the moment: If other nations do a perfect race, we’ll have a hard time,” said the veteran. “If we do a very good race, we can keep our chance, but it has a bit to do with what the others are doing.”

For Nawrath, “a childhood dream comes true” with the mission, he said: “Of course we hope to be able to attack in the medal ranks.”

When France won the Olympics in Pyeongchang four years ago, the German quartet took fourth place and was even in the lead for longer. Final runner Arnd Peiffer, who had previously won gold in the sprint, lost a medal after a penalty loop.

At the finish, only 0.3 seconds were missing from bronze. None of the team from that time is now in China.

In the mixed relay, which was only introduced at the Olympics in 2014, Germany has not yet won a medal. Eight years ago, the team was subsequently disqualified after the doping case involving Evi Sachsenbacher-Stehle.

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