Cross-country skier Katharina Hennig is not one of the favorites at the Olympic Games, but dreams of a medal.
“To realistically flirt with a medal, there’s still one step missing. There’s just a lack of consistency. But that doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t dream of it,” said the 25-year-old of the “German Press Agency”. “It’s my dream and I want to be able to win a medal in a major event at some point in my career. I don’t know if it will be the case this time, and I don’t know if it will ever be the case. I’m going to give everything for it.”
Hennig has had one podium place in the World Cup so far this season. In Ruka she was third over ten kilometers in the classic technique. In this race she also has the best chances in Zhangjiakou, even if the track profile doesn’t particularly suit her according to team manager Peter Schlickenrieder. “You have to be realistic: Neither the routes nor the height are built for a Katharina Hennig,” he said. “It would be a miracle if she got a medal there in an individual competition.”
Schlickenrieder praised Hennig as “one of the most perfect cross-country skiers overall. But she’s not a mountain runner. There are lightweights who are stronger.”
The ten-kilometer classic is scheduled for the Winter Games on February 10th. At the start of the cross-country skiing competitions, Hennig and her teammates compete today (8:45 a.m. / ARD and Eurosport) in the skiathlon over 2 x 7.5 kilometers.