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Winter Sports News. Aggressive skier and the Biathlon World Championships


Rambo attack against German skier

In ski cross, physical contact can happen from time to time. After all, the athletes in this discipline do not race down the slope alone, but in fours. Use the best sportsbook online and make your predictions for winter competitions.

But what Youri Duplessis Kergomard allowed himself went too far. In the quarterfinals at the World Cup on the Reiteralm, the Frenchman drove out his elbow at high speed shortly before the finish in a duel with Tim Hronek.

The German, who had been in second place until then, crashed spectacularly – and suffered a bloody nose.

However, while Kergomard then raced towards the finish, Austrian Robert Winkler voluntarily ended his race and attended to the injured Hronek while still on the track.

A fair play gesture that was greatly appreciated by fans and athletes – and subsequently rewarded in sporting terms.

Because Kergomard was disqualified for his Rambo action after the race, Winkler moved up to the semifinals in his place.

For Hronek, however, there was no happy ending. The native of Traunstein was eliminated due to his fall, which was not his fault.

Decision on biathlon world championship relays

The German biathletes will probably be able to hunt for medals in the World Championships relays as planned. The world federation IBU and the organizing committee decided early Saturday morning in consultation with the German Weather Service and the Thuringian Forest that the races should take place.

One remains in the case of a deterioration of the weather situation, however, in the constant exchange. In any case, at 10:45 a.m., the competition jury is still dealing with the question of whether a fair competition is possible at all because of the strong wind.

The start of the men’s relay over 7.5 kilometers is scheduled for 11:45 a.m., the women are to take to the track at 3 p.m. (both ARD and Eurosport). Wind gusts with speeds of up to 85 kilometers per hour are forecast for Saturday afternoon. Therefore, the decision-makers had to take into account in particular the question of whether there could be a danger for athletes and spectators in the forest passages due to possibly falling trees.

At least for the time being, this question was answered with no after intensive consultation. The World Championships in Oberhof are scheduled to end on Sunday with the mass starts, the search for an alternative date for the relays would consequently be very difficult.

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