Altenberg / Cortina d’Ampezzo (dpa) – Now things are getting serious for many winter sports enthusiasts. The world championships for alpine ski racers begin in Italy, while bobsleigh riders continue in Altenberg. And the biathletes are preparing for the title fights in Slovenia.
WM in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italien
11.00 a.m. / 2.30 p.m .: Combination of women (ARD and Eurosport2)
No German competes in the first World Cup competition in the Dolomites. Actually, Kira Weidle would have wanted to drive the Super-G as the first part of the station wagon for training purposes and skip the slalom because of her hand that was operated on before Christmas. Because the program in Cortina was changed due to weather reasons and the slalom is already due in the morning, she cannot even start. In the fight for gold, a first exchange of blows is expected between Olympic champion Michelle Gisin, world champion Wendy Holdener (both Switzerland), Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) and Petra Vlhova (Slovakia).
World Cup in Altenberg, Germany
While the men around Francesco Friedrich and Co. can regenerate briefly after the two-man bobsleigh decision, the rest of the crew members focus on preparing materials for the four-man bobsleigh races. However, the ice track will only be used on Monday by the skeleton athletes who are doing their first training runs. Germany has two defending champions in Tina Hermann and Christopher Grotheer.
Before the World Cup in Pokljuka, Slovenia
Two days before the start of the season highlight on Wednesday (3 p.m. / ARD and Eurosport) in the mixed relay, the first official training sessions are on the program. The German team was preparing for the World Cup at the training camp in Obertilliach in Austria by the weekend and will now test the newly laid out routes for the first time. Due to the corona situation, no spectators are allowed to be in Pokljuka for a short time, the DSV ski hunters have also taken extensive hygiene measures and are only moving into their team hotel in nearby Bled.
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