Germany at the forefront
Norway, ROC and Germany lead the field and play the snowplough for the teams behind.
It starts! Fifteen squadrons go in search of the medals. The conditions are difficult, it’s snowing in the freezing cold. The route is also considered to be very demanding.
The competition is about to start. Each of the four athletes has to complete ten kilometers. The first two cross-country skiers will complete their ten kilometers in the classic style, followed by two sets of ten kilometers in the freestyle technique.
Dario Cologna, Jonas Baumann, Candide Pralong and anchor Roman Furger will be on the track for Switzerland. They too will try to keep up with the front runners for as long as possible.
The DSV team
Coach Peter Schlickenrieder has nominated Janosch Brugger, Friedrich Moch, Florian Notz and Lucas Bögl as the final runners for the relay. The Germans are the clear outsiders, a medal is not to be expected. Nonetheless, they will try to put in a great race and get a good placement. The Germans should be inspired by the women’s silver coup – will the men achieve a similar sensation? A place in the top six would already be a success.
Norway and Finland got nothing in the women’s cross-country relays yesterday – that shouldn’t happen today under any circumstances. The Norwegians will fight for the medals with the formation Emil Iversen, Pål Golberg, Hans Christer Holund and high-flyer Johannes Høsflot Klæbo. However, with the exception of Johannes Høsflot Klæbo, the Norwegians have disappointed in the last few races. Let’s see what they are capable of today. Another top favorite is the Russian Olympic Committee team with Alexey Chervotkin, Alexander Bolshunov, Denis Spitsov and anchor Sergey Ustiugov. The Swedes and the team from France should not be underestimated either.
Welcome to Zhangjiakou. The next medal decision will be made here today in men’s cross-country skiing. The cross-country relay race begins at 8 a.m. We are excited to see who will win the medals!