A Ukrainian athlete leaves in protest. Ski cross rider Filip Flisar appears cool. Pechstein and Beckert continue to kick each other.
With Schnubbi: Filip Flisar. Picture: ap
The competition of the morning: After a solid team performance in the jump from the large hill, the German combined athletes started the four-by-five-kilometer relay on the large hill with a seven-second time cushion ahead of the second-placed Austrians.
Fabian Rieble tears his way across the finish line. But it is not quite enough, because in the end the Norwegian Jorgen Grabaak is 0.3 seconds faster. Eric Frenzel, Bjorn Kircheisen, Johannes Rydzek and Fabian Rieble won silver. The Norwegian team received gold. Austrians Lukas Klapfer, Christoph Bieler, Bernhard Gruber and Mario Stecher won bronze. (MAT)
The athlete of the morning: The men’s ski freestyle cross is spectacular. It looks more dangerous with poles and two skis on your feet, all of which could go in your eye, than with this newfangled board under your feet. Skis have a retro touch, even though skicross has only been part of the Winter Games since 2010.
But maybe it’s also because of Slovenian Filip Flisar, this vintage look. Flisar sports a mustache, has more than 8,000 fans on Facebook and has his own logo. But he does not belong to the leading ski-cross nations Canada and France. They made the final among themselves. Filip Flisar finished sixth. In the final, the only Canadian falls and the French finish in the following order: Jean Frederic Chapuis, Arnaud Bovolenta, Jonathan Midol – and win three medals for France.
The drama of the morning: See today’s episode "Bad glide, good glide"…. The German Speed Skating Association (DESG) has no clear concepts to solve the tensions between Claudia Pechstein and Stephanie Beckert. "We have not found the right lever to solve the conflict," sports director Gunter Schumacher said Thursday at a press conference of the federation.
"We have to accept the individuality of the female athletes," he acknowledged. The situation had boiled up from the outside, he said. "You will never be able to please everyone," Schumacher said. Schumacher rejected accusations that the DESG had favored Pechstein in Sochi because they had accredited her life partner as a supervisor. (with dpa)
Other decisions (medals):
Curling, women, third-place match: Great Britain – Switzerland 6:5
Other competitions: No competitions without a medal today.
Protests on the track: In protest of the Kiev government’s brutal crackdown on the opposition, Ukrainian ski racer Bogdana Mazozka and her coach Oleg Mazozki have announced their departure from the Sochi Winter Olympics.
"We are outraged by the actions of the president and the government. We have decided not to compete anymore, although we love Ukraine very much," both told Ukrainian TV channel 1+1 on Thursday, adding that after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned the Ukrainian team from wearing a mourning flag, they decided to leave. "Should we smile when there is so much blood and sacrifice in Ukraine? It’s just impossible!"
The IOC indirectly confirmed the planned departure. "Some have decided to go home," IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. The day before, the IOC had rejected a request by the Ukrainians to be allowed to wear mourning flor because of the many victims in Kiev. However, there had been a minute of silence in the Olympic village, Adams said. (dpa)