With two gold medals and one silver medal, the German Olympic team experienced its most successful day of competition to date at the Winter Games in China.
Nordic combined Vinzenz Geiger won the individual competition in Zhangjiakou. A little later, the lugers Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt raced to their fifth Olympic gold medal in doubles on the track in the Sliding Center Yanqing. Coup. After two rounds, the duo from Berchtesgaden and Königssee was just ahead of the world champions Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken.
With a total of five gold and three silver medals, the German team ended the fifth day of decision-making in Beijing after 37 of 109 competitions in first place in the national rankings.
Brilliant final sprint by Geiger
“Breathtaking. I’m speechless. I just can’t believe it. It’s so crazy,” said the 24-year-old violinist.
Eleventh after jumping off the normal hill, he started the cross-country ski run for the ten-kilometer run. With a brilliant finish, he left all the competition standing and snatched the gold from his teammate Johannes Rydzek in the last few meters. The long leader Rydzek finished fifth.
Geiger’s performance was all the more remarkable given the circumstances. In the past few days he had experienced a lot of chaos because, as the contact person for teammates Eric Frenzel and Terence Weber, who were infected with the corona virus, he had to accept numerous restrictions.
Gold and silver in the toboggan doubles
Gold and silver were almost to be expected in the toboggan doubles. The only question was which of the two German couples would be ahead. In the end, only 0.099 seconds separated Wendl/Arlt from their long-time rivals Eggert/Benecken. With five gold medals each, Wendl and Arlt have drawn level with the German winter record holders Claudia Pechstein and Natalie Geisenberger after Olympic victories. Together with Geisenberger, the duo can overtake Pechstein with a win in the team competition on Thursday.
In the alpine slalom it looked like a medal for Lena Dürr after the first run. But in the second round, the 30-year-old dropped from first to fourth. Gold went to Petra Vlhova from Slovakia. US star Mikaela Shiffrin experienced her next debacle and, after her early exit in giant slalom, also retired from the first run of the slalom.
After a positive test upon entry on Tuesday, the corona finding was not confirmed for a member of the German Olympic team in Beijing. After two more tests, the person was classified as a contact case, but can continue to train as such and take part in the competition, as the German Olympic Sports Confederation announced. The team member must separate from the team. If further tests at the Winter Games are positive, it is possible that the person will be placed in an isolation hotel.