For Karl Geiger and his colleagues, the second part of the four-hill tour continues in the new year. Cross-country skiers continue the Tour de Ski in Val di Fiemme, Italy. Bobsleigh and figure skating are also about victories.
Singles, gentlemen, Innsbruck, Austria
Qualification 2.00 p.m. (from approx.1.50 p.m. ZDF and Eurosport)
The Four Hills Tournament will be in the second half this Friday. With the equivalent of about 3.5 meters behind leaders and last year’s winner Ryoyu Kobayashi, second-placed Karl Geiger has intact chances for the first overall victory since Sven Hannawald’s triumph in 2002. Geiger, who was second in his hometown of Oberstdorf and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, wants the Bergisel to attack again. Before it comes to tour points on Saturday, this Friday is about qualifying for the competition of the top 50 jumpers.
Tour de Ski, World Cup, Val di Fiemme, Italy
Mass start, women, 10 kilometers, classic style, 1:15 p.m. (ZDF and Eurosport)
Mass start, men, 15 kilometers, classic style, 3.15 p.m. (ZDF and Eurosport)
The tour has reached its last stop. After Lenzerheide in Switzerland and the Italian Toblach it continues in Val di Fiemme. The conclusion is on Sunday the climbing tour on the Alpe Cermis. Katharina Hennig (Oberwiesenthal) is eleventh in the overall classification, Lucas Bögl (Gaißach) is 13th.
World Cup, four-man bobsleigh, Winterberg
2.30 p.m. first run
4:00 p.m. second run (ZDF livestream and live from around 4:10 p.m.)
Olympic home runner Nico Walther makes his season debut at the Home World Cup in Winterberg. After his training fall on the World Cup track in Altenberg in October, Walther, who had sustained a thoracic vertebra injury, wants to draw attention to himself in the four-man double race. The World Cup race on Friday is practically the EM dress rehearsal, because the races in the big sled on Saturday are also rated as the European Championship. The defending championship is Johannes Lochner. One of the favorites is double Olympic champion Francesco Friedrich.
German championships, figure skating, Oberstdorf
Freestyle decisions (2 p.m.)
At the German Championships, the titles will be awarded in the freestyle competitions on Friday. Nicole Schott could make her fourth win since 2015. Last year’s winner Paul Fentz is a contender for men. As in 2019, the Berlin Minerva-Fabienne Hase / Nolan Seegert are unlikely to be beaten in pairs. In contrast, it is far from certain in the ice dance that Shari Koch / Christian Nuchten (Berlin / Milan) can repeat the success of a year ago. This winter Katharina Müller / Tim Dieck and Jennifer Janse from Rendsburg / Benjamin Steffan have presented themselves better so far.