Read on for a recap of the news and results from each competition as athletes continued with their quest to qualify for Beijing 2022.
Ski jumping: Lindvik wins in Poland
Norwegian ace Marius Lindvik landed his second Ski Jumping World Cup victory of the season with a best effort of 139.5 metres in Zakopane, Poland.
Lindvik was ranked third after the first round with a jump of 135.0 metres, with Japanese star Ryoyu Kobayashi leading with 136.0m.
The Norwegian raised the bar with his second attempt of 139.5m for a combined score of 291.7 points to launch him into first place. Germany’s Karl Geiger finished in second place, 10 points adrift, with Anze Lanisek of Slovenia bagging bronze.
Nordic combined: Lamparter claims back-to-back victories
Rising Austrian star Johannes Lamparter claimed back-to-back Gundersen large hill/10km victories in Klingenthal, Germany.
The world champion landed the top spot on the podium on Saturday, which he followed up on Sunday for his third victory of the World Cup season.
Lamparter again had the better of Kristjan Ilves of Estonia, who finished second behind the Austrian on both days.
The 20-year-old Lamparter won the ski jumping section with a best effort of 143 metres (142.3 points) and started the cross-country skiing leg with compatriot Franz-Josef Rehrl. Rehrl landed the furthest jump of 147m (142.2 points).
Lamparter had Ilves and Rehrl for company for the majority of the race but put the hammer down to claim the win. The Austrian edge ahead of Norway’s Jarl Magnus Riiber on the overall World Cup standings.
Biathlon: Fillon Maillet wins first sprint/pursuit double
Frenchman Quentin Fillon Maillet on Sunday won the men’s 12.5 km pursuit adding to the sprint title he won days earlier at the Biathlon World Cup in Ruhpolding, Germany. The two victories marked the first sprint-pursuit double of his career.
The tables turned during the standing stages, with Fillon Maillet taking the lead to hold on for the win.
Luge: Egle wins Taubitz arm wrestle
Austrian luger Madeleine Egle the latest arm wrestle with world champion Julia Taubitz for her fifth World Cup victory in the women’s singles in Oberhof, Germany.
Egle threw down the gauntlet on her first run with the fastest time of 41.994 seconds, which she followed up with 42.080s for a combined 1:24.074.
Taubitz was the fastest on the second run (41.984s) but could not catch Egle, who finished ahead of her by 0.020s. Anna Berreiter of Germany won the bronze medal.
Next week’s final Luge World Cup will come to an exciting conclusion, with Taubitz holding a slender 57-point lead over Egle on the overall standings.
In the team relay, Germany made up of Taubitz, Johannes Ludwig, Toni Eggert, and Sascha Benecken, won in 2:21.536. They finished ahead of the Latvian quartet, with Austria finishing third.
Bobsleigh: Kibermanis upsets Friedrich in St Moritz
Latvian slider Oskars Kibermanis caused a major upset on the final four-man-bobsleigh event of the World Cup season, claiming his first victory since 2017 in St Moritz.
Kibermanis brought double Olympic champion Francesco Friedrich’s 11-race World Cup winning streak to an end, relegating the German to second place.
World championship silver medallist Kibermanis and his crew started the second run in pole position. They posted the fastest time of 1:04.69 on the first run while they were 0.03s slower than Friedrich on the second.
Friedrich fought his way from third place into silver-medal position with a track record on his second run. However, his efforts were not enough to beat Kibermanis, who walked away with the win. Kibermanis’ last World Cup victory in 2017 was at the same venue. Russian pilot Rostislav Gaitiukevich finished in third place, 0.28s slower than Kibermanis.
Friedrich bowed out of the World Cup season at the top of the overall rankings, with Canada’s Justin Kripps in second place and Gaitiukevich third. The German has not lost a four-man bobsleigh race at the World Cup since February 2020.
Biathlon: On fire Olsbu Roeiseland wins 10km pursuit
Norway’s Marte Olsbu Roeiseland underscored her biathlon supremacy in Ruhpolding, Germany, winning her fourth 10km pursuit World Cup title of the season.
The Olympic silver medallist Olsbu Roeiseland was on fire with a clean sheet on the shooting range to claim victory in a time of 30:55. She finished 20.8 seconds ahead of Swedish sprint winner Elvira Oeberg in second place with two penalties. Her sister and defending Olympic 15km individual champion Hanna Oeberg finished third, with one penalty.
Olsbu Roeiseland had Elvira for company until the second prone stage, where the Swede missed a shot that allowed the Norwegian to get her nose in front before putting some daylight between her and the chasing sisters.
With the win, Olsbu Roeiseland tightened her grip on the yellow bib leading Elvira by 88 points on the overall standings.
Freestyle skiing: Ragettli bounces back with aplomb
Reigning slopestyle world champion Andri Ragettli made a stunning comeback from a lengthy injury-enforced break to claim slopestyle victory at the Freeski World Cup in Font Romeu, France.
Ragettli suffered a devastating knee injury – almost completely torn his medial cruciate ligament (MCL) as well as tearing his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) – in the Big Air at the world championships.
The Swiss sensation demonstrated his class and showed he had not much of his magic touch, winning the competition with a top score of 86.36 points on his first run.
He pipped Kiwi skier Ben Barclay in second place (82.71 points) and Edouard Therriault (81.71 points) of Canada in third place.
“I got injured at the world champs almost 10 months ago, and I have been in rehab,” Ragettli said in an interview on the competition’s live stream.
“It was a lot of hard work, and it just feels so good to be back skiing. This was my comeback competition, and I won. It is just amazing!”
Ledeux grabs gold
Two-time freestyle skiing world champion Tess Ledeux was head and shoulders above her peers in the slopestyle competition at the Freeski World Cup on home snow in Font Romeu, France.
Ledeux was the only skier to score more than 80 points in the competition, which she did on both her runs for a resounding victory.
Her first-run score of 86.46 points was good enough for the gold, and scored 84.36 points on her second run.
American Marin Hamill was the second-best freestyle skier on the day, with a top score of 73.56 points. Lara Wolf of Austria finished third with 66.16 points.
Bobsleigh: Germany dominate two-women bobsleigh in St Moritz
Germany dominated the podium in the last competition of the Bobsleigh World Cup series, with Kim Kalicki leading the charge in St Moritz, Switzerland, with her second victory of the season.
Kalicki and brakewoman Lisa Buckwitz set a track record of 1:07.40 on their second run to move from third place into pole position with a combined winning time of 2:15.50.
Reigning Olympic champion Mariama Jamanka finished in second place, 0.04s off the pace, with Laura Nolte bagging bronze for a German 1-2-3.
Nolte, who has been the pacesetter throughout the season, conceded the overall World Cup title to American slider, Elana Meyers Taylor.
The bronze medal was Nolte’s sixth podium – including four victories – out of six competitions she competed in this season. She missed the race in Sigulda, which ultimately saw her lose to Meyers Taylor by 19 points.