Despite the corona-related exclusion of spectators, thousands of people are expected in Oberstdorf in the coming days at the Nordic World Ski Championships. A total of 4,500 participants will travel to the German Allgäu for the title fights, according to the organizers. Among them are 750 athletes from over 60 countries.
Oberstdorf 2021 promises great sport
Athletes, officials and journalists are said to have been tested closely for the coronavirus using PCR and antigen tests. The hygiene concept had been refined again and again until shortly before the start of the event. The hotel staff in the 10,000-inhabitant town directly on the border with Austria should also be tested regularly.
The memories of the title fights 16 years ago with up to 350,000 spectators on the cross-country ski runs and jumps promised another lavish festival in Oberstdorf. Due to the corona, the highlight of the season for ski jumpers, combiners and cross-country skiers will now be another event without fans. Great sport is still to be expected.
The SALZBURG24 sports editorial team predicts realistic chances of triple precious metal.
Salzburg hope bearer at Nordic World Championships
On Saturday, the Presidium of the Austrian Ski Association nominated a total of 28 athletes (twelve women and 16 men) for the 53rd Nordic World Championships – eleven of them come from Salzburg.
- Chiara Hölzl
- Marita Kramer
- Jan Hörl
- Daniel Huber
- Stefan Kraft
- Claudia Purker
- Mario Seidl
- Teresa Stadlober
- Barbara Walchhofer
- Michael Föttinger
- Lukas Mrkonjic
City lover in cross-country skiing Salzburg’s sole entertainer
In the course of the winter, however, the red-white-red team also learned to adapt to constantly changing regulations and framework conditions. Some medals should find their way to the ÖSV-WM-Quartier in Kleinwalsertal, through the ski jumpers and possibly the combiners. In cross-country skiing (twelve medals to be awarded), a podium from Teresa Stadlober from Radstadt after the previous season’s achievements (two top four places) would be a sensation, even if the Salzburg woman has had weeks of World Cup training behind her.
Barbara Walchhofer (no World Cup results this season), Michael Föttinger from Strobl and Lukas Mrkonjic from Fuschl can only calculate outsider chances.
S24 forecast in cross-country skiing: zero medals.
Kramer hot for the World Ski Jumping Championship
The only Austrian individual World Cup victories this winter fell into the ski jumping camp – Marita Kramer took care of all three. In the last four World Cup competitions, however, the Salzburg woman was disqualified once at the material control, and twice – last week in Rasnov – she was refused entry due to an unclear corona test situation. Kramer then lost the yellow jersey including the overall World Cup lead. In an emotional Instagram post, the 19-year-old from SK Saalfelden published a picture that shows her with tears on her face. Of the ÖSV aces, Marita Kramer is most likely to have the best shape to win big at the World Cup.
Hölzl lags behind expectations
The 23-year-old from Schwarzach is lagging behind expectations this year, finishing in the top ten three times in nine individual competitions. A ninth place is the best result this winter for the 13th overall World Cup. However, in the past few years she has often shown that she has enough potential for the world’s best.
The re are a total of seven titles to be won in ski jumping. A new feature is the individual ski jumpers from the large hill.
With ski jumpers only Kraft and Huber podium candidates
The other two ÖSV World Cup victories were in men’s ski jumping team competitions. Here – as in the women’s and mixed team competition – something countable could come out. In the two men’s individual competitions, only Stefan Kraft is currently among the podium contenders, after a difficult start to the season, the Salzburg man has established himself in the front field since the Four Hills Tournament. Daniel Huber, who is always good for surprises, brings two World Cup individual podium places to the World Cup.
S24 forecast in ski jumping (individual competition): two medals.
S24 forecast in ski jumping (team competition): A medal.
Seidl with plenty of room for improvement
In the combination, it was primarily the 19-year-old Tyrolean Johannes Lamparter who convinced during the season. Only once did the junior world champion fail to make it into the top ten or, at the season opener, to come close to the Norwegian season dominator Jarl Magnus Riiber in second, up to a second. With two third places, his compatriot Lukas Greiderer has also proven his podium potential.
Lamparter / Greiderer are also promising for the team sprint, as well as in the team competition. Mario Seidl has not yet made it to the top of the world after his injury. In addition to seventh and 13th place, the combined athlete was not able to achieve a top 15 placement in eleven competitions. Lisa Hirner from Styria is the ÖSV hope for women. For Claudia Purker from SC Bischofshofen, it is the World Cup premiere where her chances of winning a title are very slim.
S24 forecast in combination: zero medals.