Recap: Olympic Winter sports Sunday

Laura Nolte and Vinzenz Geiger were just some of the stars competing today (Sunday 9 January) as the Winter World Cup season continues across the globe. Relive all the action live on as the build-up to the Olympic Winter Games gathers pace. Beijing 2022 starts on 4 February 2022.

By Ockert de Villiers
Picture by 2021 Getty Images

Laura Nolte and Vinzenz Geiger were in action this Sunday (9 January) as the winter season continued with bobsleigh, snowboard, Nordic combined, biathlon and luge.

Read on for the latest news and results from each competition as athletes continued with their quest to qualify for Beijing 2022.

Biathlon: Olsbu Roeiseland dominates in Oberhof

Norway’s Marte Olsbu Roeiseland brought her weekend to a climactic end with a golden hat-track winning the 10km pursuit at the Biathlon World Cup in Oberhof, Germany.

Buoyed by her sprint victory two days earlier, Olsbu Roeiseland stamped her authority on the race to claim victory in a time of 33:18.8.

She finished more than 30 seconds ahead of Sweden’s Hanna Oeberg in second place, with Dzinara Alimbekava of Belarus finishing third. All three women conceded two penalties on the shooting range.

Olsbu Roeiseland also claimed the top step of the podium on Saturday as a member of the triumphant Norwegian 4x7.5km mixed relay team to round off a dominant weekend.

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Bobsleigh: Friedrich continues unbeaten run

The unstoppable train that is double Olympic champion Francesco Friedrich added another four-man bobsleigh gold medal to his collection, sliding to victory at the World Cup in Winterberg.

Friedrich and his crew triumphed on home ice courtesy of the two fastest runs on the day, clocking a combined time of 1:49.08.

The peerless German is yet to taste defeat this season, with the World Cup series concluding in St Moritz next weekend. Should Friedrich win in St Moritz, he would extend his unbeaten run across two World Cup seasons.

British pilot Brad Hall may be peaking at the right time with less than a month to go to Beijing 2022 by securing his third silver medal in the four-man bobsleigh. Hall was 0.42s slower than Friedrich, leapfrogging into second place after posting the fourth-fastest time on the first run.

United States driver Hunter Church earned his nation’s first podium on the World Cup circuit this winter, finishing in third place, clocking 1:49.54.

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Luge: Egle on song in Sigulda

Madeleine Egle won the women’s singles at the Luge World Cup in Sigulda, Latvia, after posting the fastest times on both her runs. She set start records on both her runs clocking 1.606s on the first and 1.590s on the second. 

The 23-year-old Austrian won with a combined time of 1:24.192 to clinch her fourth World Cup victory of the season. She beat German world champion and overall series leader Julia Taubitz by 0.180s, with Tatyana Ivanova of Russia finishing third.

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Biathlon: Fillon Maillet in fighting form

Frenchman Quentin Fillon Maillet fought his way from 18th position into first place in the men’s 12.5km pursuit at the Biathlon World Cup in Oberhof, Germany, to reclaim the overall series lead.

Fillon Maillet took the lead after the last shot relegating Russian Alexander Loginov, who led for most of the race, to second place. Three missed shots on the final standing ultimately cost Loginov despite a strong performance on the skis.

Fillon Maillet worked his way into contention from 18th place after the first prone stage to win in a time of 36:48.3 with two penalties. Sebastian Samuelsson of Sweden bagged the silver medal, nine seconds behind the Frenchman, with Norway’s Tarjei Boe finishing third.

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Nordic combined: Geiger wins chase to the finish

Germany’s Vinzenz Geiger reeled in the leading bunch in the cross-country skiing leg to win the second day of the normal hill/10km competition at the Nordic combined World Cup in Val di Fiemme, Italy.

Kristjan Ilves of Estonia was the top performer in the ski jumping portion with a leap of 105 metres (138 points) which translated into a three-second lead over Germany’s Terence Weber in the cross-country skiing competition.

Geiger, starting 36 seconds behind Ilves, worked his way up the field to move into a medal position halfway through the course. He produced a sprint finish to ultimately claim victory five seconds ahead of Saturday’s winner Johannes Lamparter of Austria. Germany’s Johannes Rydzek completed the podium in a sprint to the finish.

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Bobsleigh: Nolte back to winning ways

Rising German star Laura Nolte returned to the top of the World Cup podium in the two-women bobsleigh, winning on her home track in Winterberg. 

Throwing down the fastest time on her first run and the fifth-best on the second, Nolte clinched her fourth World Cup win of the season to inch closer to the lead on the overall rankings. She finished sixth in her last race of 2021 in Altenberg, Germany and missed the first event of this year in Sigulda, Latvia. 

Nolte and brake athlete Deborah Levi finished ahead of team-mates Kim Kalicki and Leonie Fiebig for a German top-two finish. Kalicki’s combined time was 0.13s slower than Nolte, with double Olympic champion Kaillie Humphries of the United States finishing third. 

U.S. pilot Elana Meyers Taylor, who finished fourth in Winterberg, holds a slender 35-point lead over Nolte on the overall World Cup standings. 

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Snowboard cross: Bankes and Noerl make it two out of two

The Snowboard Cross World Cup in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, delivered in spades for British world champion Charlotte Bankes and Germany’s Martin Noerl, winning gold on consecutive days.

The second day of racing in the Siberian resort was the final opportunity for riders to earn points on the World Cup circuit before the Olympic qualification window closes 16 January.

Bankes was again in a class of her own, effectively leading the four-women big final from start to finish for a repeat of the previous day’s podium. France’s Chloe Trespeuch finished as runner-up with Lindsey Jacobellis of the United States, settling for the bronze medal.

Noerl broke a three-year podium drought in style, striking gold twice in as many days and, in doing so, launched himself into the lead on the overall Snowboard Cross World Cup rankings. 

The 28-year-old Noerl had to work his way to the front after a slow start which saw him trail Jakob Dusek (Austria), Eliot Grondin (Canada) and Adam Lambert (Australia).

Grondin held an early lead, but Noerl go his nose in front over the second half of the course and had Dusek as company pushing him to the finish. Noerl raced across the line in disbelief, with Dusek and Grondin finishing second and third, respectively. 

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