ZOH 2022 | ZOH ONLINE: Men go slalom, how will the Czechs do? Davidova et al. are getting ready for the relay

The men’s slalom does not have a clear favorite, as each of the six World Cup races had a different winner. The Norwegians Lucas Braathen and world champion Sebastian Foss-Solevag are the best in the overall classification, but in Kitzbühel, for example, the British Dave Ryding won, and if it reached the podium on Wednesday, it would be the first medal for the United Kingdom in Olympic history. alpine skiing. The Austrians, as the most successful of all, already have 122 of them, and Johannes Strolz, who won the combination thanks to a great slalom, can add more.

This season, the Czech pair attacked in vain to advance to the second round, if they manage to successfully complete the first round in Beijing, the latter are certain. Zabystřan did not finish any of the three slaloms and ended up in the same way. Krýzl last among the thirty slalom skiers at the World Cup in November 2016.

Norwegian biathlete Marte Olsbu Röiseland is the biggest star of the games so far with three gold and one bronze medal and will want to improve her position in the relay. But the Norwegians lost one of their supports when Ingrid Landmark Tandrevold collapsed in Sunday’s fighter. The fifth of the sprint has already left Beijing.

The Czechs drew attention to themselves at the World Cup in Anterselva, where only the fall of Lucie Charvátová deprived them of the podium in the last round. The result was sixth place, which was still the best result of the season.

Johannes Hösflot Klaebo is preparing for the same in pairs after defending the gold in the individual sprint. In Pyongyang, his partner was Martin Johnsrud Sundby, who had already ended his career. But he also won the World Cup with Erik Valnes last year. In the women’s race, hardly anyone will beat the Swedish duo Jonna Sundling – Maja Dahlqvist, who took the first two places in the individual race. They also showed their strength in the only doubles sprint this season in Dresden. Michal Novák and Luďek Šeller and Kateřina Janatová and Petra Hynčicová will also be fighting for a place in the ten-member final.

In short-speed speed skating, the only Czech representative, Michaela Hrůzová, is waiting for the 15-year-old, in which she finished 24th four years ago. The same place belonged to her in Beijing on the opening five-hundred, and this time it will be a very difficult task for her to advance to the 18-member semi-finals. It is only 32nd in the World Cup rankings.

Suzanne Schulting from the Netherlands already has two gold and one silver medal. She won two World Cup races at the age of 15, but the overall classification is closely led by Korean I Ju-pin, who contributed to silver in the relay.

Wednesday program of the Beijing Olympics (finals and Czech participation):
2:30 acrobatic skiing – slopestyle men,
3:15 and 6:45 downhill skiing – men slalom (Krýzl, Zabystřan),
8:15 cross-country skiing – sprint pairs classic men and women – semifinals (Novák – Šeller, Janatová – Hynčicová),
8:45 biathlon relay 4×6 km women (CZ),
10:15 cross-country skiing – sprint doubles classic men and women – final,
12:00 acrobatic skiing – men’s jumps,
12:30 women’s hockey – 3rd place: Finland – Switzerland,
12:30 speed skating on short track – 1500 m women – quarterfinals (Horror), semifinals and finals, relay men – finals.

Twenty years ago, Aleš Valenta won gold in acrobatic ski jumping in Salt Lake City, but none of his successors appeared, and the Czech Republic is not represented in Beijing either. Sovereign of last seasons Russian Maxim Burov, who triumphed at two world championships and in two years won nine of the ten World Cups in which he participated, surprisingly lost the qualification. He can be represented by his brother Ilya, who brought bronze from Korea four years ago.

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