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Short track: Gold for Hungary Liu

Short track: Gold for Hungary Liu

 Hungarian short tracker Shaoang Liu has won the 500m race at the Beijing Winter Olympics.


The 23-year-old won the short distance on Sunday ahead of Konstantin Iwlijew (ROC) and Canadian Steven Dubois. It was Liu's third medal in China after bronze in the 1000m and mixed relay.


The Netherlands had previously celebrated gold. The women's relay around 1000 m Olympic champion Suzanne Schulting, who also won her third medal in Beijing, prevailed over South Korea and China.


German starters did not take part in either race.

Fifth Olympic gold: "Toboggan Mama" Geisenberger triumphs in front of Berreiter

 

Fifth Olympic gold: "Toboggan Mama" Geisenberger triumphs in front of Berreiter

Natalie Geisenberger stayed cool on her record hunt. The "toboggan mom" glided through the Yanqing ice track as if on rails, passed the exit of the treacherous curve 13 a fourth time without any problems - and was welcomed at the finish by the jubilant German delegation. With all her experience, the record world champion raced to her fifth (!) gold medal at the Winter Games and now has her sights set on an Olympic record.

Debutante Anna Berreiter rounded off the strong German result with silver. Team D had already celebrated a double victory in Pyeongchang 2018 and Sochi 2014 with Geisenberger at the top, since 1998 the Olympic champions in the women's singles have always come from Germany. After Johannes Ludwig's triumph in the men's category, the German lugers, used to success, celebrated their second gold medal in China.

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The fact that Julia Taubitz ultimately missed the podium by a long way came as no surprise on Tuesday: After her fall the day before, the world champion fought her way up a few places to seventh place, but ultimately she was only convincing in two of four runs. Bronze went to ROC athlete Tatjana Ivanova.

With her fifth coup, in 2014 and 2018, she also won in the team, Geisenberger caught up with Claudia Pechstein after gold medals. If the German relay wins the team competition on Thursday, the 34-year-old would even leave the speed skater behind after Olympic victories and become the most successful German winter Olympian.

But what Geisenberger means a lot more: After the birth of her son Leo in May 2020, she made it back to the top of the world. After giving birth, the Bavarian quickly returned to world-class level. In Yanqing she remained almost flawless and also celebrated a victory over her own fear.

Remarkably honestly, the best female tobogganer in history spoke about her respect for curve 13, in front of this treacherous section of the world's longest toboggan run at 1475 m. Here Taubitz fell in the second round the day before, Geisenberger had the same fate in the World Cup in November and in the penultimate training session.

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"I wasn't nervous about the race, but about the curve down there," Geisenberger reported halfway through the race. Men's Olympic champion Ludwig described the point that lifts many sleds out of the wrong direction due to the round throat as an "executioner".

But Geisenberger, who also wore a necklace with her son's hand and footprints around her neck as a lucky charm during the race, kept her nerve - as did Berreiter. The 22-year-old, a passionate late sleeper, stayed wide awake in all four runs and rewarded herself with her biggest success to date.

Taubitz, on the other hand, who cursed after repeated mistakes in the third run ("So Eine Scheisse"), has to wait at least four years for her big moment on the Olympic stage. The changing of the guard in the German team did not take place in China. Olympia's queen of the ice rink remains: Natalie Geisenberger.

Ski jumper Althaus leads and reaches for gold

 

Ski jumper Althaus leads and reaches for gold

Ski jumper Katharina Althaus (Oberstdorf) has her sights set on the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Beijing and thus the first German precious metal. The 25-year-old silver medalist from Pyeongchang 2018 leads after the first round on the normal hill with a jump of 105.5 m and 121.1 points ahead of Slovenian Ursa Bogataj.

Bogataj jumped further with 108.0 m, but had better conditions and only got 118.0 points. Converted, Althaus' lead is around one and a half meters. Nika Kriznar (113.9 points) and World Champion Ema Klinec (112.1 points) also placed third and fourth place for Slovenia.

The second best German is Pauline Hessler (Lauscha) with 89.5 m (80.9 points) in 21st place. Juliane Seyfarth (Ruhla) is in 23rd place with 86.0 m (78.7 points). Selina Freitag (Aue) came in 28th with 80.0 m (69.8 points).

The Norwegian Pyeongchang Olympic champion Maren Lundby is completely suspended this winter, Austria's World Cup leader Marita Kramer had tested positive for Corona shortly before the games and is therefore missing.