The German combined athletes missed the podium at the World Cup home game in Klingenthal, but showed good performances with fourth place for youngster Julian Schmid and sixth place for record world champion Eric Frenzel. On the day before the German Olympic nomination, Schmid in particular provided good arguments for a Beijing ticket when Austria’s world champion Johannes Lamparter won.
Schmid, the best German after the jump, prevailed in the sprint of a chasing group and finished 16.7 seconds behind winner Lamparter. Frenzel was 17.8 seconds behind. The only 20-year-old Lamparter, who won ahead of Estonian Kristjan Ilves (+0.3 seconds) and Japan’s Ryota Yamamoto (+0.7), drew level with points leader Jarl Magnus Riiber in the World Cup. The Norwegian, who has withdrawn from training, was absent from Val di Fiemme last week.
A German quartet with Manuel Faißt, Terence Weber, Johannes Rydzek and Vinzenz Geiger, who last won in Val di Fiemme, finished in places 10 to 13. For veteran Fabian Riessle, who was only 26th, it will be very tight in the fight for the Olympic ticket.
National coach Hermann Weinbuch will nominate his expected five Beijing drivers on Sunday after the second competition in Klingenthal.