The around 700 expected World Cup athletes have to take on a lot this time on the way to the longed-for medals, coronavirus tests are on the agenda. Due to the coronavirus mutations, the situation in the run-up to the World Cup has worsened.
The Tyroleans in the ÖSV team were not allowed to prepare for the title fights in their home environment at least ten days before arriving in Germany, which is in a long coronavirus lockdown.
Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf begin
The southernmost municipality in Germany has applied to host the World Cup several times in the last decade and has now probably had the worst possible year. A postponement of the title fights was not possible from the FIS and so they try to defy the virus in Allgäu and make the best of it.
ÖSV team is hoping for some medals
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 also through the combiners. In cross-country skiing, however, a podium for Teresa Stadlober after the season’s performances so far would be a sensation, even if the Salzburg woman has had weeks of World Cup training behind her.
The Salzburg woman is still the most promising red-white-red World Cup participant in the seven-person World Cup cross-country skiing team and has already achieved five top ten places in this World Cup season. With the exception of Barbara Walchhofer, all other ÖSV participants have gained World Cup experience in the cross-country skiing competitions this winter. Lisa Unterweger and Mika Vermeulen were most involved.
Precious metal is ready for Kramer
The only Austrian individual World Cup victories this winter fell into the ski jumping camp, with Marita Kramer taking 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 coronavirus test situation.
The experienced athletes Daniela Iraschko-Stolz and Eva Pinkelnig, who finished seventh twice on the comeback in Rasnov, can also be trusted.
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 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 brings two individual World Cup podiums to the World Cup.
Lamparter in station wagon as great hope
In the combination it was primarily the 19-year-old Johannes Lamparter who convinced during the season. Only once did the junior world champion not make it into the top ten, but at the start of the season, the Norwegian season dominator Jarl Magnus Riiber came 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. Lisa Hirner is the ÖSV hope for women.
Internationally, the Germans are defending champions in all ski jumping team competitions. With the local heroes, things didn’t go quite as desired on the hills recently. Not so with Riiber, the World Cup leader also recently completed targeted preparations for the World Cup. In cross-country skiing, there were only Scandinavian World Cup victories in 2019, this time Norwegians and Co. skipped several races in the run-up to the World Cup.
The challengers lead the World Cup leaders Alexander Bolschunow (RUS) and Jessie Diggins (USA).