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Winter Olympics 2022: great hopes in biathlon, Pinturault enters the arena ... The program for Tuesday February 8


The Fillon-Maillet / Jacquelin duo will try to make the powder speak in the individual biathlon while the skier Alexis Pinturault will aim

Alexis Pinturault, giant slalom specialist, will try to achieve the same success in Super-G.

A few hours later, the two French leaders of the general classification of the World Cup will feed the hope of a formidable double blow during the individual biathlon.

Find the complete program of the Blues engaged in Beijing this Tuesday, February 8.

Times are given in French time.

Pinturault for a first

He's a great champion… who won't start as the favorite tonight.

One of the world references in giant slalom, in difficulty lately, will compete in the Super-G event from 4 am.

A race which is closer to downhill and which the Frenchman did not make his specialty despite a nice bronze medal obtained at the Worlds in Cortina d'Ampezzo (Italy) last year.

It is therefore as an outsider that the double Olympic medalist in Sochi then in Pyeongchang will set off into the night.

Matthieu Bailet, Nils Allegre and Blaise Giezendanner will be the three other tricolors on the track.

A biathlon raid?

If the sport were an exact science, the men's individual biathlon would certainly offer two medals to the tricolor delegation.

The French Quentin Fillon-Maillet, leader of the general classification of the World Cup and his runner-up and compatriot Emilien Jacquelin will start this race against the clock which offered a silver charm to Anaïs Chevalier-Bouchet this Monday.

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Despite two failures during their last outing in Antholz-Anterselva (Italy), the two friends are among the big favourites.

Fabien Claude and Simon Desthieux will also set off alongside them.

The succession of Martin Fourcade, five-time gold medalist at the Games, is just waiting to be assured.

Tess Ledeux, the triumph of youth?

Although the temperature can drop below -20°C in the Beijing mountains, Tess Ledeux is not afraid.

At only 20 years old, the young tricolor has established herself as a true reference in freestyle skiing.

Double world champion in Sierra Nevada in 2017 then in Park City in 2019, she remains on a victory at the X-Games in Aspen in 2021. For the first time in history, she has achieved the feat of triumphing in two categories during the same edition: in big air and in slopestyle.

It is in the first that she will try to win the night from Monday to Tuesday from 3am.

Beginning of qualifying for the sprint in cross-country skiing

From 10 a.m., the French cross-country skiers, led by Delphine Claudel, will start qualifying for the sprint final.

Les Bleues are not starting favorites as demonstrated by the skiathlon event where only Claudel managed to integrate the to 10 (9th).

This time, it is the To 16 that you will have to aim for to access the next round.

Flora Dolci, Mélissa Gal, Léna Quintin and Coralie Bentz are the three other French women involved.

Among men, hopes are higher.

Richard Jouve, head of the gondola of the France team, is currently living the best season of his career.

In the sprint, he occupies 2nd place in the general classification and should calmly consider qualifying.

Alongside him, Adrien Backscheider, Lucas Chanavat and Renaud Jay will also represent France in this event.

Starting point for figure skating

No Papadakis / Cizeron duo yet but two Frenchmen engaged in the men's short program.

Among them, the five-time French champion, Kevin Aymoz and the young Adam Siao Him Fa (21 years old).

The latter experienced some fears when setting foot in Beijing since he tested positive when he left the plane.

Direction isolation for a few days before a new test, negative this time, allows him to compete.

The men are playing their first Olympic Games but are not really favored by the forecasts since the Americans and the Russians act as scarecrows

Source: leparis

All sports articles on 2022-02-07

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