The German Olympic team was nominated even before the last races in the Biathlon World Cup before the Beijing Games – the skiers weren’t really happy with that.
With an “exemption request” they wanted to ensure that the race on Friday was still included in the Olympic qualification, said Bernd Eisenbichler, the sports director of the German biathletes, in the “ARD”. “The DOSB didn’t grant us that,” Eisenbichler criticized the German Olympic Sports Confederation.
At the Olympic dress rehearsal in Antholz, the women’s singles over 15 kilometers are on the competition program. And then 34-year-old Franziska Hildebrand still had a chance of taking part in her third Olympics after 2014 and 2018.
Denise Herrmann, Franziska Preuß, Vanessa Hinz and Vanessa Voigt had met the norm and were considered set – but there were discussions about who should get the last place in the women’s team.
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Although 25-year-old Anna Weidel, like Hildebrand, did not meet the norm, the Bavarian was called up to the Olympic team.
Positions ninth and 16, half the Olympic norm, are in Weidel’s balance sheet, 48th in the overall World Cup.
Weidel last ran in Oberhof on January 9, where she fell in the sprint and had to end the race prematurely. Hildebrand is currently ranked 37th in the most meaningful biathlon ranking list.
She’s been in better form lately. In Ruhpolding, the former relay world champion with ranks 17 and 20 was even the best German actor in sprint and pursuit.
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A thorough analysis was made and Franziska Hildebrand’s upward trend was described, said Eisenbichler.
They wanted to give her and Weidel another chance. The DOSB rejected this, said the top official of the German biathletes.
Olympic champion Arnd Peiffer, as an “ARD” expert, called the DOSB procedure “very regrettable”. “Assuming that Franzi does Babikov tomorrow and achieves a great result, it would be all the more bitter that she can no longer be nominated.” The Russian Anton Babikov, who left the World Cup team at the beginning of the season, won the men’s singles in Antholz on Thursday.
“Of course, the goal is to take the best possible team to Beijing. So it’s absolutely understandable that the German Ski Association wanted to wait until Friday,” said Peiffer.