The German snowboarders are hoping for two or three medals at the Olympic Winter Games. Sports director Andreas Scheid announced this on Tuesday at a press conference before leaving for Beijing.
“In all areas we have the chance to be in the narrower final circle,” he said: “If things go well, then it’s also in the direction of medals.”
Unlike the past two Winter Games, they are “stable and competitive in all areas,” says Scheid: “We’ve made a real step forward there.”
Snowboard Germany has nominated 15 athletes, more than ever before, for the Winter Games (February 4th to 20th). “The preliminary work was outstanding,” said Scheid: “We have never traveled to the Olympic Games with such a force of great results.”
Stefan Baumeister, along with discipline colleague Ramona Hofmeister, one of the most promising medal candidates in the parallel giant slalom, spoke of a “good feeling” before departure. “I’ve got some pressure that I put on myself,” he said: “I think there are four or five people who are as fast as me.”
In addition to Baumeister and Hofmeister, who won bronze in Pyeongchang behind her teammate Selina Jörg, who has since retired, Martin Nörl is also given good chances of winning a medal. The 28-year-old is currently leading the snowboard cross world cup.