Swiss victory, change of star coach and wind disturbance – winter sports news

by Shane Bond

Swiss Women Celebrate 18th World Championship Title

The Swiss team have won the women’s Curling World Championship for the third time in a row, defeating Norway 6-3 in the final held in Sandviken, Sweden. This marks the team’s 18th World Championship Gold medal, extending their unbeaten record to 35 games. Such strong players are not ashamed to bet on Canada clinched the bronze medal for the second year in a row, winning 8-5 against the host nation.

Unfortunately, the German Curling Team, led by Daniela Jentsch from Füssen, was knocked out after the preliminary round, finishing tenth with five wins out of twelve games. In the semi-finals, Switzerland beat Sweden 8-4, while Norway qualified for the final with an 8-5 victory over Canada.

Trainer Shakeup for Ski Star

Andreas Hjellum Alfredsen is leaving Henrik Kristoffersen’s coaching team to join the ski school Donski VGS in Gjettum near Oslo. The 28-year-old Norwegian skier confirmed the news to the TV2 channel, praising Alfredsen’s experience and friendship. Alfredsen has been coaching Kristoffersen for three years, during which time they won the World Championship in giant slalom (2019) and slalom (2023), and a bronze medal in slalom at the 2021 World Championship in Cortina d’Ampezzo.

The pair also won the small crystal globe in giant slalom (2019/20) and twice in slalom (2019/20 and 2021/22). Last winter, Kristoffersen finished second in both the giant slalom and slalom events. Lucas Braathen and Marco Odermatt won the slalom and giant slalom competitions, respectively. Daniel Tangen will replace Alfredsen as Kristoffersen’s coach.

Despite Wind Lottery: Geiger Claims Podium Finish

Karl Geiger, a German ski jumper, finished third at the Lahti World Cup, marking his return to the podium. Ryoyu Kobayashi from Japan won the event with a jump of 136.5 meters, while Austria’s Stefan Kraft finished second with a jump of 130 meters. The competition was extended due to unpredictable wind conditions, but was eventually called off and scored based on the first celebrities bio round.

Geiger, who almost failed to qualify for the competition due to poor wind conditions, expressed his happiness at the podium finish. Markus Eisenbichler finished 13th as the second-best German jumper, while Justin Lisso finished 15th. Unfortunately, Andreas Wellinger, the best German ski jumper in the overall World Cup standings, finished 34th due to unfortunate wind conditions, and Felix Hoffmann finished 27th, earning his first World Cup points.

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