Teams triumph in a double package in Dresden
News - 12.01.2019
The second and last competition day of the Ski World Cup Dresden was as exciting as the first - but instead of the duels everyone against everyone the team performance was in the foreground now.
The most impressive in front of the 2,300 spectators in the robotron Ski Arena and the 8,000 spectators at the track was the strong team from Sweden around Stina NILSSON and Maja DAHLQVIST in front of their team mates Ida INGEMARSDOTTER and Jonna SUNDLING. Third place went to the strong Norwegian duo Mari EIDE and Maiken Caspersen FALLA. "With the result we are almost sad that we can't let three teams start," laughed Stina Nilsson at the award ceremony.
In the men's singles it was the Norwegians who triumphed in a double pack: first place went to Sindre SKAR, who won yesterday's race and together with his teammate Erik VALNES relegated the second Norwegian duo around Paal GOLDBERG and Eirik BRANDSDAL to second place ahead of the Russians Artem MALTSEV and Gleb RETIVYKH.
For the organizing team of the Ski World Cup the work goes on: While the big FIS team moves on to the next World Cup, the junior week takes place on the banks of the Elbe until next Sunday. "We are relieved, happy and full of thanks! A team of 400 people made this great World Cup possible. Volunteers from Holland, China, all over Germany have joined in. The athletes are enthusiastic about this great atmosphere and the unique stadium atmosphere at the Königsufer", René Kindermann was pleased to say.
3.38 million TV viewers at 24% market share watched the individual races on ZDF alone. Live broadcasts in Asia, Scandinavia and NBC in the USA once again contributed to the city's popularity in the world of sports and tourism: "We started out to send great pictures from Dresden out into the world, and we did that," says Kindermann.
Surprising Highspeed Kings
The exclusive evaluation by SAP, which showed the maximum speed on the track for all journalists and spectators on the Königsufer, provided a sporting surprise: The British were in the lead in the men's race with a maximum speed of 44.6 km/h, while the US team was in the lead in the women's race with 41.4 km/h. The women's race was a great success. They finished fourth and sixth place respectively in the overall standings.