Ski Freestyle (F): Gu becomes Olympic Champion!
The freestylers write Olympic history: Top favorite Tess Ledeux from France flutters her nerves in the third and final round and shows her weakest attempt in the Big Air final. Accordingly, local hero Ailing Eileen Gu actually just overtakes Ledeux and grabs the first gold at the winter games in this discipline. China’s Gu had previously passed Switzerland’s Mathilde Germaud, who still managed to stay on the podium. So silver goes to France, while the Alpine republic can rightly celebrate bronze!
Ski Freestyle (F): Bronze for Gu!
Megan Oldham is in fourth place before the final jump in the Big Air finals and is still eyeing a medal accordingly. However, the Canadian’s 88.75 points don’t frighten the competition. Quite the contrary: Ailing Eileen Gu easily fends off Oldham’s attack with an outstanding 94.50 points and can be very happy about the podium in front of the home crowd – the 18-year-old defends third place and at least has bronze for that!
Snowboard (F): Perfect German start
In the Genting Snow Park, the German snowboarders don’t show any weaknesses in the qualification for the parallel giant slalom! Behind the defending champion Ester Ledecka from the Czech Republic, the team is currently in the following places. Ramona Hofmeister is in second place ahead of Carolin Langenhorst and Melanie Hochreiter and thus underpins her justified medal ambitions early in the morning.
Alpine skiing (M): DSV hopes for improvement
The starters of the German Ski Association want to forget the disappointing result from the downhill in the Super-G. In 13th place, Romed Baumann was the best German, but was almost a second behind the medals. Josef Ferstl then summarized the start of the Olympics with a meaningful saying: “Sentence with X.” Today the DSV team consists of Baumann (start number 8), Ferstl (12) and Andreas Sander (17). Dominik Schwaiger is out after his fall the day before, he suffered a bruise on his left forearm and elbow. Instead, Simon Jocher (21) moves up and can look forward to his debut at the Winter Games.
Alpine skiing (M): Decision in Super-G
From 4 a.m. (CET) on the Olympic slope “The Rock” the next set of medals in the alpine area will be awarded, this time the Super-G is on the program for the speed specialists. In addition to the three-time winner of the season, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde from Norway, the top favorites are above all Swiss Marco Odermatt, who confidently leads the overall World Cup leader, and Matthias Mayer from Austria. In addition, downhill winner Beat Feuz and reigning world champion Vincent Kriechmayr can be expected.
Ski Freestyle (F): Ledeux goes for gold
France’s Tess Ledeux looks at the camera in disbelief as she also lands the second jump flawlessly and can count on a comfortable cushion of five points in second place from the last round. There, Mathilde Germaud from Switzerland has overtaken the Chinese hopeful Ailing Eileen Gu and is also close to winning precious metal. Canadian Megan Oldham lurks in fourth position.
Snowboard (M): Also master builders in the circle of favorites
From 04:07 a.m. (CET) the men will also start qualifying for the race for gold, silver and bronze – also with excellent German cards. A parallel giant slalom was held five times this winter, and Stefan Baumeister made it to the final four times. The snowboarder from Bad Aibling competes in Zhangjiakou as the World Cup leader, so the podium is the clear goal. “We would like two medals, one for the girls and one for the boys,” sports director Andreas Scheid told SID before the competition. Next to Baumeister, Yannik Angenend and Elias Huber are holding up the German flag. The Russian Dimitrii Loginov, Sangho Lee from South Korea, the Italian Roland Fischnaller and Tim Mastnak from Slovenia are traded as other candidates for the Olympic victory.
Ski Freestyle (F): Germaud convinces
Now the freestylers have to put their creativity to the test and unpack a new jump for the next attempt in the spectacular air show. While the Swiss Sarah Höffli shouldn’t be satisfied with her second performance, Mathilde Germaud is celebrated by the fans after a great jump and shouts out to her friends – 93.25 points are the third highest score that we have had so far at the Olympic premiere in Big -Air finals have seen.
Snowboard (F): Medal chance for Hofmeister
In the Genting Snow Park in Zhangjiakou, things will get serious for the snowboarders from 3:40 a.m. (CET) when the qualifying runs for the knockout rounds up to the grand final in the parallel giant slalom are held in the early morning hours . For women, Ramona Hofmeister from Bischofswiesen has good chances of winning a medal. The 25-year-old was already successful in third place four years ago in Pyeongchang, and now the other two medal colors are also within the realm of possibility. “Of course it’s a huge dream to be able to fly home again as an Olympic champion,” admitted Hofmeister honestly. The toughest opponent is Ester Ledecka from the Czech Republic, who will take up the competition as the defending champion. Meanwhile, Carolin Langenhorst and Melanie Hochreiter complete the German team.
Ski Freestyle (F): The first round is done
Co-favorite Tess Ledeux raises her arms! The French made a first attempt with great difficulty from the kicker and landed the jump extremely safely. Ledeux was rewarded with 94.50 points for the brilliant start and deservedly moved to the top of the intermediate classification after the first round. The Canadian Megan Oldham still has some room for improvement, collecting 85.00 points at the beginning.
Tobogganing (M): Olympics for Austrian doubles over
The Yanqing National Sliding Center, the bobsleigh and toboggan run of this Winter Olympics, is already busy again. The fifth training run of the doubles is currently underway, where the German athletes have their sights set on a medal in the following competition on Wednesday and Thursday. Tobias Wendl/Tobias Arlt land in second place after all the favorites have reached the finish line, around 14 hundredths behind the Austrians Thomas Steu/Lorenz Koller. The Latvians Andris Sics/Juris Sics asserted themselves in third place ahead of Toni Eggert/Sascha Benecken. In contrast, the Olympic Games for Armin Frauscher/Yannick Müller, also from the Alpine republic, have already ended. Yesterday, Müller broke his left forearm in a collision with a gang and will be returning home soon.
Ski Freestyle (F): Gu takes the lead
A few minutes later, Mathilde Germaud tops her teammate Sarah Höffli and is happy after receiving her score of 89.25 points in the first jump. Then it’s the turn of the Chinese local matador Ailing Eileen Gu and with 93.75 points she sets the first real exclamation point in the Big Air final to the cheers of the spectators! As a result, Gu takes first place for now.
Ski Freestyle (F): A good start for Höffli
Sarah Höffli had to tremble for a long time in the qualification, but finally made it to the Big Air final in the last few meters. Now the Swiss masters the start of the three final jumps with a clean attempt, which earns her a total of 82.50 points. As a result, Höffli initially ranks second behind the currently leading Norwegian Johanne Killi.
Figure skating (M): Chinese convinced
The Chinese Boyang Jin sets the first big exclamation point in the P&X Stadium. 90.98 points at the end of his short program.
Ski Freestyle (F): The Big Air Finale
From 3 a.m. (CET) we can look forward to an Olympic premiere when the freestylers present their best jumps over the kickers and the first set of medals at Winter Games in Big Air history is awarded. The favorite athletes, Megan Oldham from Canada and France’s Tess Ledeux, showed off their skills impressively in yesterday’s qualification and ended up taking first and second place. Chinese hopeful Ailing Eileen Gu should also be on the list when it comes to fighting for precious metals. In addition, Switzerland is represented twice in the final by Mathilde Germaud and Sarah Höffli.
Tobogganing (F): German duo trains
Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken as well as Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt are currently training at the Yanqing National Sliding Centre. The German two-seater duo will be fighting for precious metals tomorrow, Wednesday.
Figure skating (M): Britschgi can still hope
Britschgi starts well. But after a mistake by Lutz, which almost led to a fall, and slight problems in being in sync with the music at the end, it will be difficult for the 24-year-old Swiss. With a good 76.16 points, he ranks behind Majorov. Is that enough for the final, in which only 24 athletes are allowed to take part?
Figure skating (M): Swiss Britschgi in action
After a poor start by Canadian Roman Sadovsky, who can say goodbye to the Olympics, and a good performance by Swede Nikolaj Majorov, who scores a strong score to a heavy metal version of “Sound of Silence”, it is now Switzerland’s Lukas Britschgi required on the ice. Like all participants, he has to complete seven compulsory elements within his short program.
Figure Skating (M): Bad news for Zhou
Of the 30 qualified, only 29 athletes are at the start because the American Vincent Zhou tested positive for the corona virus.
Figure skating (M): Without German participation
The hunt for gold among the figure skating men takes place without a German participant. The top favorites in the short program include Japanese Yuzuru Hany and American Nathan Chen.
What’s to start?
We will start immediately with the first medal decisions. In ski freestyle, the women will be able to see spectacular jumps in the Big Air from 3:00 a.m. CET. In parallel, the figure skaters will soon be running in the men’s short program. At 3:40 a.m. CET, the women’s snowboarders get into action.
The program of the day
Of course, the female lugers are of particular interest to us. Natalie Geisenberger is on course for gold and could make her title hat-trick perfect after 2014 and 2018. Anna Berreiter, who finished second, also has a medal within reach. In addition, the individual competition over 20 kilometers is on the program for the biathlon men. And after Denise Herrmann’s gold coup yesterday, the German ski hunters are of course hoping. We are also looking forward to the men’s Super G, which is scheduled to start at 4:00 a.m. CET. Medals are also awarded in mixed doubles in curling, men’s 1,500-meter speed skating, cross-country freestyle sprint for both sexes, and snowboarding parallel giant slalom.
Welcome to another long Olympic day in Beijing! Ten sets of medals are at stake this Tuesday. We will be able to spend many hours with winter sports again.
Good morning and hello to the fourth day of competition in the Winter Olympics! Another packed day awaits, which for the first time will not start with curling. Figure skating is scheduled for 2:20 as the first competition of the day!