Olympic victory just missed: Katharina Althaus wins silver in Beijing

Second again: Katharina Althaus is just a meter away from gold in ski jumping. The Slovenian Ursa Bogataj wins.

Katharina Althaus hopped onto the podium with a mighty jubilation, the woman from Oberstdorf celebrated her silver medal like gold. “Of course I hoped that it would be enough this time. But the joy outweighs it. I’m super happy,” said Althaus after a roller coaster ride of emotions.

After leading at half-time, she could dream of Olympic victory, but in difficult conditions the Slovenian Ursa Bogataj overtook her.

“I was angry and happy at the same time. In the end I’m just happy with silver. That’s for my family and my friend, I wouldn’t be here without them,” said Althaus after the first German medal at the Winter Games in Beijing. She had already won silver four years ago in Pyeongchang, as well as at the 2019 World Championships in Seefeld.

This time, the 25-year-old was only 110 centimeters short of a big triumph. After a very strong first jump of 105.5 m, she was in the lead before she landed at 94.0 m in the second round. “At first I trembled as to whether it would even be enough to win a medal. The conditions were simply not good. That can very quickly turn out differently,” said national coach Maximilian Mechler.

Hannawald complained about the green light for Althaus

However, Sven Hannawald complained in the “ARD” that Althaus got the green light at all in difficult wind conditions – of all things by Miran Tepes, a Slovenian. But Althaus didn’t want to wash dirty laundry. “Of course they could have waited. I didn’t have the best wind, not the best luck. But that’s just part of ski jumping,” she said. Bronze went to Nika Kriznar from Slovenia.

In 2018, Althaus was still clearly behind Maren Lundby. Because the Norwegian is currently on a break and top favorite Marita Kramer (Austria) tested positive for Corona, the door to Olympic victory was wide open. But it was Bogataj who seized the opportunity. Curious: the 26-year-old has not yet celebrated a single victory in the World Cup.

Althaus thus missed a repeat of the triumph of Carina Vogt, who had won gold at the premiere in 2014 and was crossing her fingers on her 30th birthday from home. But at the third women’s ski jumping event in Olympic history, a German was on the podium for the third time. Althaus is also the first woman to win two Olympic medals.

Seyfarth succeeds in jumping properly

As the second best German, Juliane Seyfarth (Ruhla) finished in 19th place at temperatures of 13.5 degrees below zero. The 31-year-old should also have good cards for a start in mixed on Monday. “It was positive for me, I’m quite satisfied,” said Seyfarth. Close behind her followed Selina Freitag (Aue) and Pauline Hessler (Lauscha) in 22nd and 24th place.

In the mixed competition, which was held for the first time, Althaus has her second, albeit last, chance of a medal of the games on Monday. The chances are good: Germany has recently won gold four times in a row at the World Championships.


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