At the Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf there was nothing for cross-country skiers to celebrate.
Will the DSV team break the Norwegian dominance in the skiathlon?
The Nordic World Ski Championships will take place from February 23 to March 7 in Oberstdorf, Bavaria.
On Saturday the men and women will take part in the cross-country skiathlon.
The women start at 11.45, the men start at 1.30 p.m.
We accompany the competitions in the live ticker.
Oberstdorf - Can the DSV team celebrate their first medals today?
After the Norwegian cross-country skiers confirmed their dominance with four podium places on Thursday, DSV athlete Katharina Hennig in particular can hope for a good placement.
The skiathlon on Saturday over 15 kilometers (start: 11.45 am) the Saxon is more than the short distance, in which she was eliminated early on Thursday.
Nordic World Ski Championships: Cross-country skiing in the live ticker - "Other nations are better positioned"
While there is a surprise in the air for the DSV women, there is no way around the strong Norwegians for the cross-country skiers.
World champion Sjur Röthe and his teammate Simen Hegstad Krüger are favorites for the title, and Russian Alexander Bolschunow also throws his hat into the ring at the medal award.
It should be difficult for the German starters around Lucas Bögl.
The race over 30 kilometers starts on Saturday at 1.30 p.m.
For the third time after 1987 and 2005 the Nordic World Ski Championships will take place in Oberstdorf.
Actually an advantage, as the DSV cross-country skiers should be very familiar with the route.
According to her trainer Peter Schlickenrieder, however, it is not about medals.
"Other nations, the Scandinavians, the Russians, are better positioned, instead of medals the Germans have to fight for" that everyone shows their personal best here, ideally their best lifetime achievement ", said the 51-year-old.
Nordic World Ski Championships: Cross-country skiing in the live ticker - Do the German athletes use the home advantage?
The German cross-country team still wants to use the home advantage.
The DSV selection had Schlickenrieder often practice on the brutally difficult routes in the Ried ("the Burgstall climb is a world record").
In the run-up to winter he temporarily withdrew his A-team from the World Cup, instead it was called: Burgstall until you drop.
"It's a home advantage that we know when and where the hammer is coming," says the coach.
The skiathlon will show whether the special training for the DSV team was worth it.
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