I hope the Russians drop the Norwegians by the time the skate leg starts. Then we’ll see what the wheelsucker is capable of.I can see several routes even without Kruger. All we need to do is to give Klæbo a chance to be there in the end. Valnes, Amundsen, Tønseth are all capable of doing a good enough job in a 10km leg.
True and Fillon Maillet is a similar example in the men's side even if didn't have the same level before this year. Today's performance from Olsbu was brutal, she had lost 20 seconds to Elvira Öberg in Ruhpolding and now beats her by 30 seconds, she should become one of athletes of these Olympics. Great race from Rezstova too, one of the strongest on the track today if she improves her shooting she should get a medal in the next 2 races
France is also looking like a contender for Bronze in tge men's relay.Got to be happy for Niskanen especially after what happened with his sister yesterday. I wouldn't rule out Finland to get a medal especially for the relay where they seem to be favourite for bronze.
Bolshunov wasn't as good but he still did a very good race, he can't reach 5 golds anymore in these games but 5 medals seem likely (maybe 4 golds!) which should make him the athlete of the games.
Klæbo really strong this time to get his first individual distance medal ever but this is historically his best race so I can't see him getting a medal in the 50km only in the team sprint and in the relay, although Norway will have a hard time for the latter one especially if they don't have Krüger for the third leg.
It's a shame the women weren't here, that would be another 2 guaranteed golds (individual and relay) 3 if there was a mixed relay.I might be happy with that. Feels strange, but in the relays Norway should have good chances in both of the biathlon relays and in nordic combined. In xc it is hard to see us as anything else than medal contenders at best.
It is a shame that they aren't there regardless of who would take the medals. And the women ski jumpers should be allowed to compete in the big hill. The quality and competition is good enough. The excuses from FIS and IOC are no longer valid. I'm sure it is room in the program as well. Hopefully they will all be there in the next olympics.It's a shame the women weren't here, that would be another 2 guaranteed golds (individual and relay) 3 if there was a mixed relay
Seems a similar career path to Tora Berger, who hadn't won a race until nearly 26 either. The way she suddenly went from a shoot-first athlete you hide in a leadoff role to a ski-first athlete and one of the best anchors in the sport so suddenly at the Holmenkollen Worlds in 2016 is crazy, but she's basically been that athlete ever since. And putting 20 seconds into everybody on the skis and hitting 10 targets, there was no chance anybody was going to get close.
Twenty years ago Kati Wilhelm dropped from 1st to 2nd with missing 4, while Olga Medvedtseva shot 19/20 and won coming back from 1:03 down in the Sprint. Normally it is very difficult to catch up more than a minute to win a pursuit. Happened only seven times in the history of women's biathlon.Skiing like this can probably now miss 3 in the pursuit (maybe even 4), everyone else shoots clean and she still wins.
Norwegian commentators made a point today that Reztsovas mother was the first olympic champion in a woman's sprint 30 years ago on the exact same day. They speculated in the fact that her daughter could repeat the achievement. Former Norwegian coach, Stein Gruben then had a dry reply: What do you mean "repeat"? Winning or doing 3 penalty laps? (Reztsova won the gold in 92 even though she missed 3 shots in the last shooting)Reztsova
I don't think it's the right approach, especially with Stupak likely to put the hammer down from the start. In skating, I struggle to see Kerttu closing biggish gaps on a what's gonna be sth like 4 or 5 teams ahead.Interesting lineup for the Finnish women, Kyllönen, Matintalo, Niskanen and Pärmäkoski. They really don’t have strong distance skate skiers, apart from Niskanen and Pärmäkoski, and those two are better in classic. There hope is that they won’t lose too much in the first half and then they’ll try to make up whatever deficit they have.
I think that’s a good set up. Last season they had Gimmler in first and Fink in third. That was also a good lineup, but Gimmler hasn’t skied as well this season, particularly in distance races, and Sauerbrey has been a revelation for them. Krehl is a good sprinter and is a bit better in skate so that’s a logical pick. Last season the Germans were close to a medal in Oberstdorf, but Carl just couldn’t quite hang with Pärmäkoski and Diggins the second time up the Burgstall climb and they ended up 5th. The conditions were tricky for classic last season, and many struggled the second part of the 5km. It should be easier waxing. The course itself wasn’t too tough, but once you start losing kick, you can really start to lose time quickly, even on a milder course.I don't think it's the right approach, especially with Stupak likely to put the hammer down from the start. In skating, I struggle to see Kerttu closing biggish gaps on a what's gonna be sth like 4 or 5 teams ahead.
I'm pleasently surprised how the German's are handling it, though: maximize the potential of the first three starters, launch Krehl close to the lead, and hope for the best.