Oberhof (dpa) - Saturday is all about the biathletes in Oberhof, cross-country sprinter in Dresden, alpine ski racer in Adelboden and Nordic athletes in Val the Fiemme.
World Cup, Oberhof
Persecution, 12.5 kilometers, women (12.45 / ZDF and Eurosport)
Persecution, 15 kilometers, men (15.00 / ZDF and Eurosport)
After the historic sprint failure of the biathletes there was a team meeting, now is in the pursuit competition redress announced. "You do not need to talk nicely, that was not good," said women's coach Florian Steirer. However, one must consider the German result with the places 24 to 45 differentiated. The best chances are Denise Herrmann and Franziska Preuß. Herrmann starts 1:29 minutes behind Lisa Vittozzi from Italy, Preuß enters the track with a gap of 1:49 minutes.
Then begins with the men hunting for Sprint winner and former doper Alexander Loginow. Benedikt Doll and Arnd Peiffer are in positions four and five within reach of the Russian.
World Cup, Adelboden
Giant slalom, men
1st round, 10.30 am (ZDF and Eurosport)
2nd round, 1.30 pm (ZDF and Eurosport)
The German signs for the heavy race are not good: Stefan Luitz has to digest the news about the withdrawal of his victory from Beaver Creek. The long-injured Felix Neureuther does not even begin to focus on the slalom on Sunday. Fritz Dopfer, once a second at the Chuenisbärgli, slipped a long way behind the start list after a miserable start to the season. Just in this mini-crisis, a successful Saturday would do the German team so well. Top favorite on the victory in the Bernese Oberland is, as always, the Austrian Olympic champion Marcel Hirscher.
World Cup, Dresden
Sprint, men and women, 1:20 pm (ZDF from 4:10 pm)
Winter sports idyll in the middle of the city: The cross-country competitions in Dresden make it possible. In the sprints in the Saxon metropolis introduced last year, the DSV runners around the sprint-strong Sandra Ringwald are attacking again for the first time after the Tour de Ski. A similar race took place between 2002 and 2012 in Düsseldorf.
World Cup, Predazzo
Large hill, 1st round, 4 pm (Eurosport 2, ZDF from 4.30 pm)
Large hill, 2nd round, 17.00 clock (ZDF and Eurosport 2)
In the first competition after his second place at the Four Hills Tournament Markus Eisenbichler has to take an involuntary break. The 27-year-old was eliminated from the classification in qualifying because of a non-compliant ski suit. The greatest German hopes therefore rest on Stephan Leyhe and Karl Geiger. In Predazzo in Val di Fiemme, where the Nordic World Ski Championships took place in 2013, is the big favorite but Japan's high flyer Ryoyu Kobayashi. In addition to Leyhe and Geiger, German Olympic champions Andreas Wellinger, David Siegel and Richard Freitag have been nominated for the team. Severin Freund tries to get back into the team via the Continental Cup.
World Cup, Val di Fiemme
Jumping from the large hill, 10:00 am (Eurosport 2)
2 x 7.5 kilometers run, 2.15 pm (ZDF and Eurosport)
After the first German World Cup victory in winter, Johannes Rydzek and Co. want to reload in a team sprint. In paradisiacal Val di Fiemme only two athletes per team compete on the hill and then on the track. In the German team, Terence Weber, who has a health problem, must take a break. It is the penultimate race of the well-known triple that will take place this year in Chaux-Neuve in France.
World Cup and European Championship, Königssee
1:30 pm: two-man bobsleigh, women (ZDF, summary about 5.50 pm)
4:30 pm: Two-man bob, men
The World Cup leading Olympic medalists Mariama Jamanka and Francesco Friedrich are also considered parallel to the European Championships hosted in the World Cup in Zweierbob as favorites. However, the crashed in Altenberg Johannes Lochner wants to attack just on his home track. "Of course we have advantages because we have already completed so many training rides there and know every corner and spot perfectly. The problem is that if you do not get on the podium, it's even worse and more depressing, "said the Berchtesgadener.
At the RODLERN in Sigulda begins the immediate preparation for the home WC at the end of January in Winterberg, the doubles (13.45) with the World Cup leaders Eggert / Benecken and the ladies (16.30) to Olympic champion Natalie Geisenberger are among the favorites.
The SKISPRINGERINNEN are required at the first of two individual jumping (08.30 clock) in the Japanese Sapporo. After a four-week break, Pyeongchang silver winner Katharina Althaus wants to continue her success story of the current season. Ex-World Champion Carina Vogt is also starting. Next week, the women jump in Zao.
The German EISSCHNELLLÄUFER go with good starting positions in the decisive day (11:05 clock) of the European Championships in Klobenstein. On the wind-prone track in South Tyrol Joel Dufter is sixth. Nico Ihle is in eighth place after catching a gust on Friday.
The SHORTTRACKER Anna Seidel crashed at the European Championships in Dordrecht in the Netherlands for the start of 1500 meters. Over 500 and 1000 meters (11.30 clock) she wants to make up lost ground.