The ÖSV Quartet
The Austrian team can also calculate their chances of winning the medals if the strongest woman fails due to the absence of Marita Kramer due to the corona virus. But it shouldn’t be an easy affair, because there are some teams that can compete for medals. Silver medal winners Manuel Fettner and Stefan Kraft as well as Lisa Eder and Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, who placed eighth in the women’s competition, were nominated.
What is possible for Germany?
With the silver medalist Katharina Althaus, the German team has an athlete in its squad who is doing well on the hill in China. Next to her, Selina Freitag was nominated as the second woman, but she did not get past 22nd place in the individual. The men have also had their difficulties with the plant in Zhangjiakou. In addition to Karl Geiger, for whom it is important to forget the individual and attack again, Constantin Schmid was given preference. With eleventh place in the men’s category, he was able to achieve the best individual result.
Who is favorite?
Despite the successes at world championships, the German team is by no means one of the favorites today. This position is occupied by the team from Slovenia. Ursa Bogataj and Nika Kriznar were nominated for the women, who won gold and bronze in the women’s competition. Peter Prevc and Timi Zajc, who finished fourth and ninth in their singles, take over the men’s part. The team was also able to dominate the last mixed before the Olympics, albeit in a different composition.
First time at the Olympics in mixed
So far, the ski jumpers had to be fobbed off with a medal decision at the Olympics, this year they have another competition with the mixed team. The mixed team has been part of the World Championships since 2013. Japan had won the premiere in Val di Fiemme. In 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021 gold at the World Cup went to the German quartet. Ten teams registered for the premiere.
At the end of the competitions on the normal hill, there is an Olympic premiere in Zhangjiakou today. For the first time, gold, silver and bronze will be awarded in a mixed team competition. It starts at 12:45 p.m.!