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The snowboarders from Germany won medals at the 2018 Olympics: Selina Jörg won silver, Ramona Hofmeister bronze. Things were worse for the German ski team.


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February 24: Snowboarders Jörg and Hofmeister win silver and bronze

The snowboarders Selina Jörg and Ramona Hofmeister won Silver and Bronze in the Parallel Giant Slalom at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The duo was only beaten on Saturday by the Czech dominator Ester Ledecka, who made history with gold in the Super-G of the ski racers with her second Olympic victory. Never before has an athlete won medals in these two sports at Winter Games.

The 30-year-old Jörg was narrowly beaten in the final of Ledecka, Hofmeister had no chance in the semifinals against the Czech. Despite the missed gold, the Germans were after the finals cheering in the arms and celebrated the greatest success in their careers. Hofmeister did not give Alina Sawarsina of the team of Olympic athletes from Russia (OAR) a chance in the small final for bronze.

German ski team remains without Olympic medal

The German alpine team has completed its difficult South Korea trip without a happy ending and could no longer prevent a record without a medal in the final team event. At the Olympic premiere of this team race failed the ski quartet to Linus Strasser, Alexander Schmid, Lena Dürr and Marina Wallner on Saturday in the quarterfinals against the future Gold Quartet from Switzerland.

"Our team has presented properly, you can retire against Switzerland in a time comparison," said Alpin CEO Wolfgang Maier. The decimated due to injuries German selection travels home for the first time since 2006 without Olympic gold.

However, the balance will not do the team justice, says Maier. "We are not a zero medal nation," said the sports director. "We were a little under-valued, we did not reach it, that's what we stand for, but that's why you do not have to disassemble the Alpine faction." Viktoria Rebensburg in fourth in her special discipline Giant Slalom and Thomas Dreßen as fifth in the downhill were in Pyeongchang even closer to the podium.

February 23: Olympic miracle in ice hockey: German team in the final

Incredible, indescribable, simply sensational: Germany's ice hockey wonder team is indeed reaching for Olympic gold. With an unprecedented coup at 4: 3 (1: 0, 3: 1, 0: 2) against record Olympic champion Canada, the team of coach Marco Sturm has already secured silver and the biggest success in the history of the German hockey Bunds (DEB) made perfect. The "miracle of Innsbruck" in the bronze win 1976 is already topped, now the big outsider on Sunday (05.10 clock MEZ / ZDF and Eurosport) against the Olympic athletes from Russia (OAR) finally write German sports history.

The historic success of Pyeongchang against the 26-time world champion shot in a rousing match Brooks Macek (15th minute), Matthias Plachta (24th), Frank Mauer (27th) and Patrick Hager (33rd) out. Never before had Germany won against the motherland of ice hockey at Winter Games - and trembled after a clear 4-1 lead to the end. 

The nine-time Olympic champion came against a passionate German team to goals by Gilbert Brule (29), Mat Robinson (43) and Derek Roy (50) and caused in the final third for suspense. Canada are only playing for bronze on Saturday against the Czech Republic. 

In addition, the Canadians proved to be bad losers. With a nasty check against the head of David Wolf, Brule did a very ugly scene and just four minutes after his goal, justifiably had to get off the ice. Mannheim striker Wolf remained motionless for minutes on the ice, then at least got up to drive supported in the cabin. In the final third of the Mannheim came even back on the ice.


As the German players played themselves in the course of the game downright in a frenzy and hardly scored held possible Kunsttour, not only the well over 7000 spectators, including several German sports greats, did not believe their eyes. Also, Canada coach Willie Desjardins shook his head in disbelief after Munich's wall in NHL manner tricked the puck into the net. With each goal, the facial expressions of the big favorite were always darker.

Also, Canada goalkeeper Kevin Poulin did not know what was happening when the pucks literally flew around his ears. The goalkeeper from the Eastern European KHL had previously not scored a goal in the tournament. With a penalty, Dominik Kahun could not overcome him after the second goal at the beginning of the final third.

"Canada are better equipped than we are, but we have the bigger heart," Sturm had said before the game and impressively proved right. Because of the Olympic boycott of the NHL are missing not only the favorite of many stars, even the best German players are not in South Korea. With the only DEL players existing squad no expert had expected before the tournament, let alone before the match against Canada. 

Biathletes finally get bronze with the relay

 By winning the bronze medal in the season, the German biathletes have ensured a conciliatory conclusion at the Olympic Winter Games. Erik Lesser, Benedikt Doll, Arnd Peiffer and Simon Schempp had beaten only surprise Olympic champions Sweden and Norway in Pyeongchang after a turbulent race, but missed the targeted first season gold for twelve years clearly. The quartet made three penalties and ten spare rounds and had in the finish after 4x7.5 kilometers 2: 07.1 minutes behind the Scandinavians to the German coach Wolfgang Pichler.

"It has all seen how hard this medal was, and with the changing wind you needed luck, you have to be grateful if you can drive home with a medal," said national coach Mark Kirchner: "We are happy that everyone has a medal, we could not achieve more here. " Lesser said, "The excitement was not enduring, it was a sea of ​​emotions, from the gold medal to the medal, everything was possible in this race."

After disappointing in the women's relay with eighth place and fourth place in the mixed relay, the men also had to shiver for a long time. Schempp still had the chance to win silver in the last shooting, but went into the penalty loop and was so chance. Last time the German skijager had brought in 2006 Olympic gold in Turin. Thus, the DSV biathletes finish the competitions in South Korea as the most successful nation with a total of seven medals. There were three gold, one silver and three bronze.

Even before the race, Lesser & Co. had clearly stated their goal. Olympic Gold should be it for the 2015 World Champion. And four years after silver in Sochi, when Schempp narrowly lost in the final spurt against the Russian Anton Schipulin, Germany started strong. Without the missing due to the doping scandal for the first time in an Olympic relay Russian Lesser went despite a spare early in the lead and handed in first place with 18.4 seconds ahead of Slovakia on Doll, the bronze winner in the pursuit.

The sprint world champion from the Black Forest remained lying faultless and moved on. The pursuers Ukraine and Austria were quickly over 35 seconds behind - until Doll had to go into the penalty loop twice and dropped back to fifth place. "I did not do well, I was just not awake at the shooting range," said Doll. While Austria took the lead, the Germans had barely 40 seconds behind as Sprint Olympic champion Peiffer went into the track.

In the mixed relay Peiffer had given as the final runner three days earlier, the almost sure gold medal from the hand and even lost bronze in the controversial final spurt against Italy. In the final race in South Korea, the 30-year-old made it better and halved his first shooting record before beating Sweden and Norway in third place. Rim Schempp showed nerves in the end and could not attack the tip.

Ice hockey team before the semi-finals: Focused and all fit

Germany's national ice hockey team is still in the semi-finals at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang against Olympic champion Canada this Friday (13.10 CET). "It's all fit," said coach Marco Sturm after a light warm-up on Friday morning Korean time. In the gate again Danny is from the birches of champion EHC Red Bull Munich. 

For Germany, this is the first semi-final at Winter Games ever. Even against the big favorites, the selection of the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB) pays a chance. "The players are focused, you can see their eyes: they're hot, they're ready, they're happy," Sturm said.

With the first victory at the Olympics against a Canadian selection, the German team would have the first medal since 1976 certainly. At least silver would also be the biggest success in the history of the DEB. There had been bronze in 1932 and 1976, respectively. At that time, however, no semi-finals were held. 

The hours after training until the start of the match in the late evening Korean time, the players spent around Captain Marcel Goc in the Olympic Village. "We have a meeting right now, then we have lunch and then we rest," Goc said after the training. For 10.30 clock MEZ the departure was scheduled to the stadium.

February 22: German biathletes finish eighth in the season

The favored German biathletes were surprisingly empty at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang in the relay race. The quartet in the cast Franziska Preuss, Denise Herrmann, Franziska Hildebrand and Laura Dahlmeier had to settle for third place after three penalties and eleven spare rounds. The Olympic victory at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang went on Thursday to Belarus, silver and bronze brought Sweden and France. 

Gold Hattrick for German Combine - Gala in team competition

Eric Frenzel , Johannes Rydzek and Co. have made Pyeongchang gold hat-trick perfect with another power demonstration in Nordic combined. The two individual Olympic champions raced on Thursday at the Winter Games together with Fabian Rießle and Vinzenz Geiger for the first gold in the team competition since 1988. The quartet won after jumping from the large hill and cross-country over 4x5 kilometers with more than a minute advantage over Norway and Austria, which was almost a humiliation for the competition.

It was the perfect finish for the German team after Frenzel had triumphed in the competition from the normal hill and then it had even given a German triple victory of the large hill. Five medals in three competitions - the team of national coach Hermann Weinbuch was fully present at the season's highlight after everything but carefree World Cup winter. The 13th gold for the entire German winter sports team also had a historic touch, because with it the best yield since reunification is perfect.

In the trail, the preliminary decision fell after just a few miles, as Geiger took over the lead and his colleagues extended the lead steadily to the competition. Already at the jumping, the German team had earned a good starting position with second place. With only six seconds behind Austria, but still 21 seconds ahead of fellow favorite Norway, the DSV quartet went into cross-country skiing.

"It was not easy to hire the squad for this event, but after the triumph and the trial jump, the gold medal was already pretty big in the eye, so it's not that easy to keep up and focus on the task," said Weinbuch ,

And it went as planned. Geiger quickly ran to the Austrian Wilhelm Denifl and also moved away. "I tried to travel a gap, which I did quite well," said Geiger. Subsequently, the strong Rießle increased the lead over the second placed Norwegians from 12 to 44 seconds. The rest was for the gala. Frenzel, who through the third Olympic Gold of his career to the record victors Ulrich Wehling (GDR), Samppa Lajunen (Finland) and Felix Gottwald (Austria) unlocked, handed over to Rydzek with a minute advantage and already cheered with his ski pole. Rydzek finally brought the victory safely to the finish.

Biathlon relay with Dahlmeier only eighth in the Olympics

The favored German biathletes were surprisingly empty at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang in the relay race. The quartet in the cast Franziska Preuss, Denise Herrmann, Franziska Hildebrand and Laura Dahlmeier had to settle for eighth place after three penalties and eleven spare rounds. The Olympic victory at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang went on Thursday to Belarus, silver and bronze brought Sweden and France.

Germany missed a medal in Sochi, as it did in 2014, four years ago it had only been eleventh in Russia after a similarly weak race. For double Olympic champion Dahlmeier and Co., the result is particularly bitter, as they had celebrated a total of seven wins in the past eight season races seasonally. This includes the triumph at the 2017 World Cup in Hochfilzen.

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February 21: DEB team creates ice hockey sensation: For the first time in the Olympic semi-final

With a small ice hockey wonder, the German Kufencracks have achieved the greatest success in 42 years. The DEB selection picks for a medal for the first time since 1976 at the Olympic Games. After the sensational 4: 3 (2: 0, 0: 0, 1: 3) after extra time against World Champion Sweden in Pyeongchang, the team of national coach Marco Sturm is the first time ever in an Olympic semi-final. There Germany will meet Olympic champion Canada on Friday.

Cologne's Christian Ehrhoff (14th minute), Marcel Noebels (15th), Dominik Kahun (49th) and Patrick Reimer (62.) in overtime made perfect their first win of the winter against a Swedish selection on Wednesday. The favorites were Anton Lander (47.), Patrik Hersley (50.) and Mikael Wikstrand (52.). Numerous German Olympic athletes once again celebrated the historic success in the stands with the selection of the German Ice Hockey Federation (DEB), which the Sturm team fought hard for and deserved. 

This awakens memories of the sensational win of the bronze medal in 1976 in Innsbruck. At that time, the medals were awarded on the final settlement of a six-round. Even with the bronze prize in 1932, there had been no semi-final with only four participants. The 13th victory in the 103th international match against the Swedes topped the surprising semi-final participation in the home World Cup 2010, especially since then, unlike this time at the Olympics and NHL professionals were there. For this reason too, the continuation of the upswing under national coach Sturm is completely unexpected.

Jamanka and Buckwitz are Olympic champions in the two-man bob

Bobpilot Mariama Jamanka has given the German team the twelfth gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The 27-year-old won the two-man bob ahead of the USA. Germany is now in the medal table with twelve gold medals, seven silver medals and five bronze medals second behind Norway, who scored his Olympic gold medals number 12 and 13 in the cross country team sprint and in the team pursuit of the speed skaters. 

Bob-Ass Jamanka was in second place in the last run with pusher Lisa-Marie Buckwitz, only in the last few meters she reached the best time before world champion Elana Meyers Taylor. Bronze went to the two-time Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries from Canada.

Rebensburg missed medal

Viktoria Rebensburg has been without a medal in her last Olympic race at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The ski racer from Kreuth came in ninth place in the downhill victory of the Italian Sofia Goggia on Wednesday. Rebensburg lost 0.95 seconds to superstar Lindsey Vonn, who took bronze. Thus, the American missed her second downhill gold after 2010 and cried again and again in the finish area. The 25-year-old Goggia prevailed just before the surprise second Ragnhild Mowinckel from Norway and triumphed as the first Italian downhill Olympic champion.

As the second German starter Kira Weidle showed a decent performance and finished eleventh. Thus, the German Alpine team in South Korea has continued to bring no precious metal.

February 20: Rydzek Olympic champion in the combination - triple success

Led by four-time world champion Johannes Rydzek, the German team has stormed to a historic triple triumph. Six days after the coup by Eric Frenzel Rydzek triumphed at the Winter Olympics from the large hill and won the first gold of his career. Directly behind the four-time World Champion completed on Tuesday after the show jumping and the 10-kilometer cross-country skiing Fabian Rießle and Frenzel as second and third the German success. Three Germans on the podium had only once in Olympic history. 1976 won Ulrich Wehling in the GDR jersey in front of the West German Urban Hettich and the second DDR athlete Konrad Winkler.

The focus this time was Rydzek, who reported back impressively after he had to settle for the normal hill with fifth place. Germany's athlete of the year had his nose in the eternal duel with team-mate Frenzel this time. Overall, it was the eighth German individual Olympic gold medalists, but the first of the large hill. The decision in a highly exciting competition in the Alpensia Nordic Park fell just before the finish when the German trio attacked. Only the Norwegian Jarl Magnus Riiber could follow, but in the sprint he was without a chance.

Due to excellent jumping, the German athletes had taken an excellent starting position. Ironically, the jumping that had caused so many problems in this World Cup winter. But not in South Korea: In places four, five and six, Frenzel, Rydzek and Riessle went hunting for overall World Cup leader Akito Watabe, who had come in first after jumping with 138.9 points. The Japanese were on the trail but on their own, while the German trio could make common cause.

"A German should finally be at the top," Rießle had issued as a march route. And so the three athletes quickly caught up with the Austrian Wilhelm Denifl. A good four kilometers from the finish, they finally found a connection to the leading duo Watabe and Riiber.

And in the finish Rydzek turned on. The fact that he had the disadvantage over Frenzel on the normal hill and had only finished fifth, spurred the ambitious Bayer additionally. Because Rydzek and Frenzel are not only teammates, but also for years, great rivals. Winter after winter, they have pushed to new heights. Here is the five-time World Cup winner Frenzel, there the four-time world champion Rydzek. Only at the Olympics Frenzel was always ahead, but not on Tuesday.

German mixed relay is fourth - Controversial finish sprint

A penalty by Sprint Olympic champion Arnd Peiffer at the last shooting has cost the German mixed relay the medal of the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Vanessa Hinz, double Olympic champion Laura Dahlmeier, Erik Lesser and sprint Olympic champion Arnd Peiffer had to settle for fourth place on Tuesday. 0.4 seconds were missing to the German team on bronze winner.

Gold went to France, which prevailed over Norway and Italy. However, men's national coach Mark Kirchner did not agree with the behavior of the Italian Dominik Windisch in the final sprint, which changed the track shortly before the finish and hindered Peiffer. The jury had to decide now. This delayed the award ceremony. 

Four hours before the race, Simon Schempp, who was supposed to be the final runner, had to cancel his start slightly. The mass start second complained of a sore throat. With 32.6 seconds ahead of France superstar Martin Fourcade and the Italian Windisch and 33.1 seconds ahead of Norway's Emil Hegle Svendsen, Peiffer had set off. But with two spare rounds, he gambled the lead, the flawless Fourcade ran on and took the lead. Peiffer then had to go into the penalty loop on his last appearance on the shooting range, while Fourcade and Svendsen had gold and silver. With Windisch Peiffer now fought for bronze.

Starting runner Vanessa Hinz delivered after her weak mass start appearance with 25th place in the season a strong performance from. "The material was simply bombastic," Hinz praised the German technicians. "I'm overjoyed," she said. The Schlierseerin came through at the shooting range without a spare and handed over with a gap of 2.2 seconds on Italy to Dahl Meier. The start of the seven-time world champion had long been questionable, only a few hours before the race gave the 24-year-old green light. "A relay without Laura would have come into question only if she had signaled: I can not," said national coach Gerald Hönig. 

Shortly before her first shooting Dahlmeier overtook on the second six-kilometer round Dorothea Wierer. The Italian was the first to leave the shooting range - even though the two ski-jumpers had remained perfect under ideal conditions. At the second appearance on the shooting range Dahlmeier then came through with a spare load, while the co-favorites from Italy and France had more problems. The Norwegian Tiril Eckhoff even had to go into the penalty loop.

With a lead of almost exactly half a minute, former World Champion Lesser embarked on the 7.5-kilometer lap. "A relay race is something special, mixed relay is something very special, it's a bit different when you're traveling with the men," says Dahlmeier. "I was able to get over the recharge," she said. "This is a top starting position for the men."

Lesser took advantage of them, lying perfectly clean, standing he needed a replacement cartridge. Twice the Thüringer had disappeared from the shooting range, before the competition had arrived. Then he handed over to Pfeiffer, and the thriller started.

Biathlon jury meets after mixed relay - tribute is delayed

The German biathletes initially ran out of power at the Olympic Winter Games with the mixed relay - but the result is still subject to reservations. After the race, the jury met, as the Italian Dominik Windisch could have hindered the German captain Arnd Peiffer in the final sprint. The Flowerzermonie was therefore first postponed. 

Vanessa Hinz, Laura Dahlmeier, Erik Lesser and Arnd Peiffer had to settle for fourth place in Pyeongchang on Tuesday. The Olympic victory went to France. Norway finished second. Gold and silver were not up for discussion.

Dahlmeier runs mixed relay - Peiffer replaces Schempp

Shortly before the start of the mixed relay, the German runner Simon Schempp has signed off with a sore throat and will be replaced by Arnd Peiffer. Double Olympic champion Laura Dahlmeier, however, is no longer tired and has given the go-ahead for an assignment. Although the formation of the German biathlon quartet for the race on Tuesday was long unclear and had to be changed at short notice, Mixed World Champion Germany is aiming for a medal in the first of the three Olympic relay races of Pyeongchang.

"If we want to be successful, if we want to fight for the podium, then we have to bring our best athletes to the start, because the mixed relay is fiercely contested, because it succeeds many nations, two strong women and two strong men to bring to the start, "said women's national coach Gerald Hönig.

Of course, Hönig did not know that the mass start second Schempp had to give up his job just four hours before the start. Two days after his silver medal in the mass start the Uhinger complained of a sore throat. The Germans in the cast Vanessa Hinz, Dahl Meier, Erik Lesser and Sprint Olympic champion Arnd Peiffer go into the race as Schempp replacement. Two days after the mixed race, the ladies' relay will take place on Thursday. The men's relay follows on Friday.

Hönig meanwhile announced on Tuesday the late decision on the use of double Olympic champion Dahl Meier. "We simply waited until the end of the registration period, gave us the opportunity to give the Laura the personal assessment - I'm ready, I can run this mixed relay also in full possession of my powers and thus also a support for the team Or does it make sense to regenerate one or two days longer to be fit again in the women's relay, "said Hönig.

February 19: German ski jumpers win silver in the team competition

Andreas Wellinger and Co. grabbed each other's arms, then jumped on the podium and cheered brilliantly on the silver won together in the team competition. The second place behind the superior Norwegians was for Karl Geiger, Stephan Leyhe, Richard Freitag and Wellinger the hoped-for successful conclusion for successful Winter Olympics in South Korea. In a ski jump thriller, the DSV Quartet won on Monday in front of the third-placed Poland and thus ensured in the third competition for the third German precious metal of the men.

In the end, the German team saved a lead of 3.3 points to Poland to win the silver medal. The outstanding Norwegians, however, were hard to beat. Thus, the German team lacked 22.8 points on the Scandinavians and the fourth team gold after 1994, 2002 and 2014. The yield can be seen, however, especially Wellinger is in Pyeongchang already in single with gold from the normal and silver from the large hill jumped into the spotlight. Due to the recent podium finish, the 22-year-old Bayer is the first German jumper with three medals at the same Winter Games.

The decision for the second place fell just before the end. With a lead of 0.6 points Poland had gone into the last jump. Wellinger put down a set of 134.5 meters, large-scale Olympic champion Kamil Stoch followed with the same width, but had better wind conditions and therefore got fewer points.

"Everything is possible!" Wellinger had announced and was right. Because already in the first round a very close three fight developed. The gap of the DSV team to Norway at half time was just two points, one meter. Three more counters behind, Poland was in wait. But in the second round Norway was unstoppable. Ski flying world champion Daniel Andre Tande impressed as the starting jumper of the Scandinavians with 140.5 meters. National coach Werner Schuster had changed his team on a position. Instead of Markus Eisenbichler jumped Leyhe, who still had to watch in the individual competitions. The 26-year-old did his job well with 128 and 129 meters, but fell in comparison to his colleagues.

There was no medal for Japan with oldie Noriaki Kasai. The 45-year-old, who contests his eighth Winter Games, reached sixth place with the Asians. Thus, Kasai went out of hand in South Korea, after he had brought silver from the large hill and bronze with the team four years ago. But the sympathizer wants to continue until 2026 and then would have two more Olympic opportunities.

Friedrich and Canadians Kripps two-time Olympic gold medalist at the same time

Francesco Friedrich and his pusher Thorsten Margis won the gold medal in the two-man bob at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The four-time world champion had on Monday after four exciting races share the Olympic gold medal with the Canadians Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz. Bronze went to the Latvians Oskars Melbardis. Nico Walther and Christian Poser, who had led after the first day, were fourth ahead of Johannes Lochner and Christopher Weber. 

Four years ago in Sochi there had been a historic bankruptcy for the German bobsleigh. For the first time in 50 years, they remained without a medal. Now Frederick got in a thriller in the first competition gold. It was the eighth Olympic victory of a German bobsleigh pilot. Two bobs co-existed at the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano. At that time the Italian Günther Huber and the Canadian Pierre Lueders got gold.

After two not so good races on Sunday Friedrich started fifth in the second half of the competition. With a track record of 48.96 seconds, he advanced to second in the third race and was only six hundredths of a second behind Kripps. Lochner kept his third place with Weber and was only three hundredths of a second slower than Friedrich. 

It became dramatic in the final round. The 27-year-old Friedrich presented as a penultimate starter, then Kripps followed and had at the end of exactly the same time as the Thuringian. Already at the 2017 World Cup, the two had delivered an exciting duel. At that time Friedrich won with nine hundredths of a second ahead of the Canadian.

Nico Ihle lands eighth - women's trio without a medal

Nico Ihle shouted "shit" through the Gangneung Oval right at the finish line. The speed skater from Chemnitz remained on Monday at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang on his parade route over 500 meters without the hoped Olympic medal and finished only eighth. This threatens the German speed skating team now again a medalless Olympic debacle as four years ago in Sochi. 

"At first I did not dare look at the scoreboard," said Ihle. But only a few minutes after his race he could smile again. It was not a bad run, you have to be eighth in such a field, "said the 32-year-old, adding," I think the people watching me are worse off than I am . "  

Ihle equalized his best ever Olympic placing four years ago in Sochi, but his goals were higher. When starting on the first 100 meters, he missed the decisive hundredths to take the momentum for the round. In 34.89 seconds he was at the end 0.23 seconds slower than winning the World Cup silver in the previous year at the same place. 

On Thursday Ihle has more than 1000 meters another chance for his first Olympic medal. "The 500 meters make even more desire for Olympic races," he said. There was no trace of depression in the Saxons.     

The acclaimed winner over the shortest distance was the Norwegian Havard Lorentzen. In 34.41 seconds, the World Cup leader made for an Olympic record. With a hundredths of a second behind the South Korean Cha Min Kyu followed by the Chinese Gao Tinyu on the bronze medal (34,65).

World Champion Jan Smeekens of the Netherlands, who crashed in the final training session the day before, did not get past the top ten. The world record holder and five-time world champion Pavel Kulishnikov from Russia had received no invitation from the IOC because of the state doping affair in Sochi. Joel Dufter from Inzell had to be satisfied with his 29th (35.50 seconds) in front of more than 7000 spectators at his Olympic premiere. 

Earlier, the three German ladies had not met the expectations of head coach Jan van Veen of a medal. In 3: 02.65 minutes ran Claudia Pechstein, Roxanne Dufter and Gabi Hirschbichler in the team pursuit by about three seconds past the semi-finals. "It was clear to me that I was a bit of a risk factor," admitted Dufter after a prolonged illness phase. "Only until the fifth lap did I feel good." 

Pechstein did not want to blame. "There are no complaints, we had a super season overall, everything was possible from third to eight," said the 45-year-old, plagued by coughing attacks. "In old age it gets worse, I drive home from every competition with a cough." Pre-champions were the Netherlands with an Olympic record of 2: 55.61 minutes and are now on Wednesday as the top favorite on gold. The German trio compete against China for fifth place.

Doping suspicion brings Russians in Olympia in distress

If the case is confirmed, the rating commission will take that into account, said Mark Adams, spokesman for the International Olympic Committee, at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Previously, a spokesman for the Olympic athletes from Russia had confirmed a possible doping offense in the team. According to Russian media, it should be bronze medal winner Alexander Kruschelnizki.

"If the case is confirmed, the rating committee will take this into account," said Mark Adams, spokesman for the International Olympic Committee, on Monday. Previously, a spokesman for the Olympic athletes from Russia had confirmed a possible doping offense in the team. 

According to Russian media, Alexander Kruschelnizki, winner of the bronze medal in Curler's new mixed competition, has been shown to be taking the banned substance meldonium in the A-sample. The B-sample should be opened on Monday. 

Russia's National Olympic Committee is currently suspended by the IOC in 2014 for systematic doping fraud at the home games in Sochi. In South Korea, the athletes of the country may start only under neutral flag and without their own anthem. The IOC had refused to participate in the Olympics after testing by a number of top Russian stars. 

A commission chaired by IOC member Nicole Hoevertsz examines during the Winter Games whether the Russians adhere to a pre-determined code of conduct. On Saturday, on the recommendation of the three-member group, the IOC executive will decide whether to suspend the suspension of Russia's NOK and allow the Russians to take part under their own banner at the closing ceremony.

"There are a number of conditions before they get a yes," Adams said. One of the rules of conduct for the Russians includes compliance with anti-doping rules. If the requirements of the IOC "in the wording and in the spirit" are not met, "there will be consequences," said Adams. "It would be very disappointing if the case is proved," said the IOC spokesman. 

Russia's curling coach Sergei Belanov rejected the suspicion of doping against Krushelnitsky on Monday. "It would be silly to use the same remedy that caused such a stir, Alexander is not stupid," Belanov said. Meldonium, at least until 2014, was often among the drugs used for doping, especially in Russia. The World Anti-Doping Agency WADA had noted high substance abuse in various sports and the drug on the effective since January 1, 2016 list of prohibited substances set.

"In any situation, a positive doping sample damages the reputation of an athlete, federation, sports nation," said Konstantin Wybornov, spokesman for the OAR team. Kruschelnizki and his wife Anastassija Brysgalowa had secured third place in the mixed competition held for the first time at Winter Olympics. Among the first reports of a suspected doping the 25-year-old had told the newspaper "Sport-Express": "I know nothing." 

His curling teammate Viktoria Moisejewa was shocked. "It was like a storm breaking over us, we never thought that would be possible in curling," Moiseyeva said. Rumor has it that another Russian athlete might have manipulated a Kruschelnizkis drink, Moiseyeva said, "I can not imagine anyone doing that and sleeping soundly at night, after all, it has not only destroyed one's life, but the whole country. "

According to IOC medical director Richard Budgett, athletes from Russia were among the most tested athletes in the run-up to the Games. The only Dopingfall in Pyeongchang so far was the Japanese Kei Saito, in which the diuretic acetalozamide had been detected.

February 18: Schempp gets silver in the mass start

In a tense race, Simon Schempp won the silver medal in the mass start of the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The world champion has the same time as Olympic champion Martin Fourcade - a photo finish decided on the victory. In the mass sprint, the world champion had only beaten the Frenchman Martin Fourcade in the final sprint by just one toe and won his first individual Olympic medal in South Korea with silver. Bronze went to Norwegian Emil Hegle Svendsen, who replaced Erik Lesser and Benedikt Doll in fourth and fifth place.

This brought the protégés of national coach Mark Kirchner in the four individual races three medals and topped their goal of an Olympic badge. Earlier, Arnd Peiffer won gold in the sprint and Benedikt Doll bronze in the pursuit. The only German mass start Olympic champion remains Michael Greis, who triumphed in 2006 in Turin. Schempp won only the second German medal in the mass start for the German men at all.

After the first shooting Doll was the best German in third place and took over the lead shortly thereafter. Lesser and Schempp also made it through the first two shots without any problems, while sprint Olympic champion Peiffer once had to go into the penalty loop.


Individual Olympic gold medalist Johannes Thingnes Bö from Norway had three penalties after the second prone and surprisingly dropped back to the end of the field, while pursuit winner Fourcade, despite a mistake in the lead group, interfered. Before Olympia, the duo had dominated and made the victory in 14 out of 15 races among themselves. Bo won eight times, Fourcade six times.

Before the third shooting, Lesser, Doll and Schempp were in perfect conditions and temperatures of two degrees below zero for a German triple lead before Fourcade took the lead. But Lesser and Schempp stayed at the ski-ends of the six-time overall World Cup winner. On the final lap Schempp and Fourcade also went close together after one miss.

The two rivals did not give a meter and stayed close together until the final. In the end, the now four-time Olympic champion Fourcade was a few inches ahead. Schempp was happy about silver shortly after the sprint.

Second Olympic victory for Austrian Hirscher - Germans far behind

Austrian Marcel Hirscher celebrated his second Olympic victory in the Pyeongchang Winter Games. In the giant slalom, the 28-year-old prevailed on Sunday in a superior manner and won gold as in the Alpine combination. Hirscher distanced the Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen by 1.27 seconds, bronze secured Alexis Pinturault from France. The German ski racers had nothing to do with the decision. Linus Straßer was 22nd, Fritz Dopfer came in 26th. Alexander Schmid was eliminated in the first race.


February 17: Wellinger flies to silver - superstar Stoch can not beat

Andreas Wellinger continues the dreamy days of Pyeongchang. One week after his gold coup from the normal hill, the 22-year-old high-flyer flew on Saturday at the Olympic Winter Games on the large hill to silver. Only the Polish superstar Kamil Stoch could not be beat this time. The 4-Hills-Tournament-winner already got his third gold after the double victory of Sochi. Bronze went to the Norwegian Robert Johansson.

Richard Freitag, the best DSV jumper of the year so far this winter, clearly missed a medal again as ninth and was only third best German. Because Karl Geiger finished seventh, for Markus Eisenbichler it was enough to rank 14th Thus all four Germans were in the top 15, which makes hope for team competition. Only the Norwegians were even stronger with four jumpers in the top ten as a team.

Biathlon mass start: Dahlmeier only 16. - Kuzmina wins gold

Double Olympic champion Laura Dahlmeier did not win a medal at the fourth round of the Winter Games in Pyeongchang for the first time.

After her Olympic victories in the sprint and pursuit and bronze in the individual had to settle for the 24-year-old from Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Saturday in the mass start with 16th place.

The seven-time world champion made in the race over 12.5 kilometers equal to two shooting errors and had in the end 1: 47.1 minutes behind the now three-time Olympic champion Anastasiya Kuzmina from Slovakia, who made only a mistake in their superior triumph.

Silver secured the Belarusian Daria Domratschewa, who had also once in the penalty loop. Bronze went to Tiril Eckhoff from Norway. Best German skijager was Denise Herrmann (two mistakes) in eleventh place in front of Franziska Preuss (1), who finished in 12th place. After four penalties, Vanessa Hinz only came in 25th.

Skeleton pilot Lölling brings Olympic silver

Skeleton pilot Jacqueline Lölling from Brachbach won the silver medal at the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The World Champion had to be defeated on Saturday only the British Lizzy Yarnold.

Snowboard star Ledecka wins sensational gold in Super-G

Snowboard star Ester Ledecka from the Czech Republic has sensationally won the Olympic gold medal in the Alpine Super-G. The 22-year-old triumphed on Saturday with a hundredths of a second advantage over the Austrian Anna Veith and Tina Weirather from Liechtenstein. Ski racer Viktoria Rebensburg from Kreuth finished tenth with four tenths of a second behind. So far, Ledecka had achieved seventh place in the Alpine Ski World Cup as the best result and still has the best chance of winning the Olympic gold medal in the parallel giant slalom in Pyeongchang.

US star Lindsey Vonn missed the medal ranks and finished sixth. As the second German starter Kira Weidle retired. (Dpa / afp / AZ)

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