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Olympic downhill of the ski men NOW in the live ticker: Start postponed!

2022-02-06T03:19:51.497Z

Olympic downhill of the ski men NOW in the live ticker: Start postponed! Created: 2022-02-06 04:13 By: Alexander Kaindl Romed Baumann is Germany's hope on the downhill. © Sammy Minkoff / Imago An early hit at the Olympic Winter Games: On Sunday morning, the alpine ski men will start their downhill run straight away. We will be there from 4 a.m. in the live ticker. Update from February 6, 4:05



Olympic downhill of the ski men NOW in the live ticker: Start postponed!

Created: 2022-02-06 04:13

By: Alexander Kaindl

Romed Baumann is Germany's hope on the downhill.

© Sammy Minkoff / Imago

An early hit at the Olympic Winter Games: On Sunday morning, the alpine ski men will start their downhill run straight away.

We will be there from 4 a.m. in the live ticker.

Update from February 6, 4:05 a.m.:

"Starting now would be an absolute no-go," said FIS race director Markus Waldner a few minutes ago.

At 12 o'clock they want to decide when the men's downhill can start here today - the start may even be postponed by another hour.

Then the ski aces would only fall down the slope at 6 a.m. German time.

Update from February 6, 3:59 a.m .:

The start of the men’s Olympic downhill has been postponed due to strong gusts of wind.

The race at the Olympic Winter Games in China, which was scheduled for 11:00 a.m. (4:00 a.m. CET), was initially postponed by one hour by the race jury, as announced by the World Ski Association Fis on Sunday.

The wind had already led to delays and cancellations during the training days.

Update from February 5, 6:01 p.m .:

Vice World Champion Andreas Sander gets the fourth and last German start ticket for the Olympic downhill in Beijing.

The 32-year-old is preferred to Simon Jocher (25).

This was announced by head coach Christian Schwaiger after the final training session for the race on Sunday (11:00 a.m. OZ/4:00 a.m. CET) had to be canceled due to the wind.

Actually, the duel between Sander and Jocher should have decided the fourth starter alongside Romed Baumann, Josef Ferstl and Dominik Schwaiger.

Head coach Schwaiger found it "a shame" that "Mother Nature" prevented this duel, but called the decision in favor of Sander "very clear".

In addition to the training on Saturday, the decisive factors were the world rankings and the World Cup standings in the supreme discipline.

Sander's relief after the last few difficult weeks was "very great".

He is confident for Sunday: "The fact that I was beaten in the last race doesn't mean that I can't compete for medals - I trust myself to do that."

However, wind is also expected in the medal fight, there is a risk of a lottery.

In addition, some athletes were annoyed that the third test run was canceled after three drivers, including top favorite Aleksander Aamodt Kilde from Norway and two-time Olympic champion Matthias Mayer (Austria).

The others were only allowed to inspect the slope - a disadvantage.

Downhill of the ski men in the live ticker: Olympic surprise even before the start

First report from February 4th, 11.07 a.m .:

Yanqing – It is undisputedly one of the big highlights at these Olympic Games: the downhill of the alpine ski men!

Only shortly after the season highlights in Kitzbühel, the aces are chasing down the slope again at crazy speed.

This time on a Chinese track, which had been the subject of so much discussion before the start of the Winter Games.

The big surprise before the race: The downhillers are absolutely thrilled!

"It's got everything that a modern descent needs," said world champion Vincent Kriechmayr from Austria after the first training session on Thursday.

“A flat section, jumps, banked curves, hanging curves.

There is always something to do.

You can never rest.”

Men's Olympic downhill in the live ticker: highlight on Sunday morning

The Swiss Beat Feuz, who celebrated a perfect Olympic dress rehearsal with his victory in the World Cup on the legendary Streif almost two weeks ago, also thinks the route is "very nice".

The Austrian Matthias Mayer, who won Olympic gold in the downhill in 2014 and in the Super-G in 2018, called it "casual".

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Until now, the ski racers had only known the brand new slope on Xiaohaituo Mountain in Yanqing from videos and pictures or the view from the gondola.

After the enthusiasm about the first impression, worry lines soon followed, because: The wind caused big problems for the drivers in the sessions, the second practice session on Friday even had to be postponed by an hour.

No problem for Romed Baumann - the DSV driver delivered the best German time and finished eighth overall.

Departure today in the live ticker: Olympic surprise for the DSV aces?

His teammate Josef Ferstl was 16th. Dominik Schwaiger, Andreas Sander and Simon Jocher were 32nd, 34th and 36th. The fastest of the day was Norwegian Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, who is one of the top favorites for the gold medal.

What happens on Sunday?

We accompany the ski highlight in the live ticker.

It starts at 4 a.m. German time!

(akl/dpa)

Source: merkur

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