Recap: Olympic Winter sports Saturday

Francesco Friedrich and Marita Kramer are just some of the stars competing today (Saturday 11 December) as the Winter World Cup season continues across the globe. Follow all the action live on Olympics.com as the build-up to next year's Olympic Winter Games gathers pace. Beijing 2022 starts on 4 February 2022.

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Francesco Friedrich and Marita Kramer were in action this Saturday (11 December) as the winter season continued with bobsleigh, cross-country and more.

Read on for a recap of Saturday’s World Cup action as the globe's top athletes continued on their quest to qualify for Beijing 2022.

Kraft wins close ski jumping contest

Swedish world champion Stefan Kraft claimed a narrow victory at the Ski Jumping World Cup in Klingenthal, Germany.

The flying Swede landed two jumps of 138m and 130m for a score of 267 points to walk away with the victory. He beat the second-placed Halvor Egner Granerud of Norway by five points. Just 5.1 points separated Kraft from three-time Olympic champion Kamil Stoch of Poland in third place.

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Japan dominates moguls finals

Japan dominated the moguls at the Freestyle Skiing World Cup event in Idre Fjäll, Sweden, with Anri Kawamura and Ikuma Horishima winning the women’s and men’s events, respectively.

The 17-year-old Kawamura earned her first World Cup title with a score of 85.99 points finishing ahead of France’s Perrine Laffont (84.63 points). Jakarta Anthony Australia earned a top-three finish with a score of 84.55 points.

Horishima’s victory in the men’s competition was the cherry on top for Japan, landing a top score of 88.49 points to take the overall World Cup lead. Albin Holmgren of Sweden took second place with 87.81 points while France’s Benjamin Cavet (85.06 points) finished third.

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Klaebo and Dahlqvist on top in Davos

Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo underlined his class with a second Cross Country World Cup victory of the season in his specialist sprint event in Davos.

Klaebo came into the event as the firm favourite, leading the overall rankings. He lived up to expectations winning the race in a time of 2:22.84. Russia's Sergey Ustiugov finished second behind the Norwegian in 2:23.71, with France's Richard Jouve finishing third.

Sweden's Maja Dahlqvist claimed her third World Cup victory of the season in the sprint event, narrowly beating Switzerland's Nadine Faehndrich by 0.34s in the women's race. Slovenia's Anamarija Lampic was on their heels to bag the bronze.

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Burov and Scott triumph in Ruka

Russia's Maxim Burov was a runaway train in Ruka, Finland, claiming four consecutive Freestyle Skiing World Cup victories in the men's aerial competition.

He landed a full-full double full in the super final with an impressive score of 133.03 points to claim another title.

The Swiss duo of Pirmin Werner and Noe Roth had to be content with second and third place scoring 128.51 points and 128.50 points, respectively.

Danielle Scott led an Australian one-two podium stand in the women's competition, with Laura Peel earning the second step. Series leader Xu Mengtao of the People's Republic of China landed in third place. Scott scored 102.93 points for her first win of the season.

The People's Republic of China leads the overall aerial mixed teams rankings thanks to back-to-back victories in Ruka. The United States and Ukraine finished second and third in the event that will be making its debut in Beijing 2022.

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Maiden World Cup victory for Tchiknavorian

Frenchman Terence Tchiknavorian gave his home crowd something to cheer about racing to a maiden Ski Cross World Cup in Val Thorens.

It was double delight for France, with Bastien Midol sharing the podium with Tchiknavorian with Germany’s Florian Wilmsmann clinching the third step in the final.

In the women’s event, Sweden’s Sandra Naslund was in a league on her own, winning all her rounds, including the final for the World Cup title. Canada’s Brittany Phelan and Marielle Berger Sabbatel of France finished second and third.

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Egle denies Germans for Luge World Cup win

Austria’s Madeleine Egle denied a strong German contingent on home ice to claim her second Luge World Cup victory in Altenberg. 

Egle recorded the two fastest times on the track clocking a combined time of 1:45.208, with German world champion Julia Taubitz finishing second just 0.293s slower. Anna Berreiter rounded off the podium for a German two-three finish. 

The Austrian duo of Thomas Steu and Lorenz Koller gave their country another World Cup gold winning the men’s doubles luge by 0.003s relegating the German team of Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken to second place. The Latvian pair of Martins Bots and Roberts Plume claimed the third spot on the podium.

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Double delight for Kramer

Austrian sensation Marita Kramer highlighted her superb form, winning her second Ski Jumping World Cup gold in as many days in Klingenthal, Germany.

The 20-year-old Kramer was the only jumper to leap further than 120 metres on both her attempts (132.4m and 127.9m) for a total score of 260.3 points.

She finished first with a lead of 21.3 points over Norway’s Silje Opseth, with Katharina Althaus of Germany finishing in third place.

Kramer further cemented her place at the top of the overall World Cup rankings after also winning the competition the previous day.

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Francesco makes it four out of four

Olympic champion Friedrich Francesco tightened his vice-like grip on the overall lead in the Bobsleigh World Cup rankings after claiming a fourth consecutive victory in the four-man bobsleigh in Winterberg, Germany.

The German with Thorsten Margis, Martin Grothkopp and Alexander Schueller had to fight their way from third place after the first run to claim the title on home ice.

Winterberg produced a German one-two podium with Johannes Lochner with Florian Bauer, Christopher Weber and Christian Rasp, earning the second step ahead of Justin Kripps’ Canadian crew.

Francesco and his men won by the narrowest of margins, with their combined time outpacing Lochner by 0.05s.

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