2018 Winter Olympics Medal Count (Germany) Days 7-11

2018 Winter Olympics: German Medal Count (Days 7 – 11)

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

With only a few days left of competition in the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, the battle for the top medal count is heating up between Norway and Germany. Norway remains in the lead for total medals with 29, but after an impressive victory in the men’s nordic combined long hill, where all three medals went to Germany, the gap has gotten smaller as team Germany sits in second with 23. Going into day 12, both countries are tied in the gold medal count with eleven each.

Since our last roundup, Germany has added 8 medals to the standings. To see a rundown of those previous medalists, check out our rundown of Days 1-3 and Days 4-6.

 

Gold Medals (11 – 2 new)

 

  • Bobteam Friedrich
  • Francesco Friedrich & Thorsten Margis

    Bobsleigh
    2-man

    Gold (Tie): Justin Kripps/Alexander Kopacz (CAN)
    Bronze: Oskars Melbardis/Janis Strenga (LAT)

The 2-man bobsleigh competition results will be one to remember as the event ended in a tie for gold between Germany and Canada — each nation brought in a time of 3 minutes 16.86 seconds for their respective combined runs. Having a tie when the times are down to a hundredth of a second isn’t an easy task, though it did happen once before in the 1998 Winter Olympics bobsleigh when Canada tied with Italy. Those Canadians apparently like sharing as it was the last time the country won the gold in this competition.


  • Johannes Rydzek
  • Johannes Rydzek

    Nordic Combined
    Individual Gundersen LH/10km 

    Silver: Fabian Riessle (GER)
    Bronze: Eric Frenzel (GER)

Germany was unbeatable in the Nordic Combined Large Hill competition as all three medals went to German athletes. It was a close competition, but Johannes Rydzek sprinted his way to the finish line to beat out Fabian Riessle for the gold, finishing just 0.4 seconds ahead.

Rydzek, and his fellow German teammates, impressively chased their way to the top after starting the final cross-country event behind Japan, Norway and Austria after their athletes had a better showing in the ski jump portion of the competition. Towards the end of the race, it was clear that the three Germans in the lead would be unbeatable.


Silver Medals (7 – 5 new)

 

  • Jacqueline Loelling
  • Jacqueline Loelling

    Skeleton
    Women

    Gold: Lizzy Yarnold (GBR)
    Bronze: Laura Deas (GBR)

After proving herself as a fierce competitor in the qualifying rounds, Germany’s Jacqueline Loelling faced off with Great Britain’s defending skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold for a nail-biting final event that ultimately brought the German athlete the silver medal in the end. Loelling looked to have the gold medal in the bag, but after hitting the wall in the ninth turn of her first run, she had to spend the rest of the competition fighting her way out of the setback. She ended her run with a cumulative time of 3 minutes, 27.73 seconds, just 0.45 seconds shy of Yarnold’s first place finish.

Loelling’s silver medal finish comes with another cause for celebration as it marks the first Olympic medal won for Germany in the women’s skeleton competition.


  • Andreas Wellinger
  • Andreas Wellinger

    Ski Jumping
    Men’s Large Hill Individual

    Gold: Kamil Stoch (POL)
    Bronze: Robert Johansson (NOR)

Andreas Wellinger has been a force to beat in this year’s Winter Olympics with three medals hanging around his neck, the second of which was awarded after coming in second in the men’s large hill individual event. After winning gold in the normal hill event, Wellinger was up against defending champion Kamil Stoch from Poland, and while Wellinger had the edge with the longer jump distance of 142.0 meters, the judges rewarded Stoch for his superior style which landed him the gold.


  • Simon Schempp
  • Simon Schempp

    Biathlon
    Men’s 15km Mass Start

    Gold: Martin Fourcade (FRA)
    Bronze: Emil Hegle Svendsen (NOR)

The men’s 15km mass start biathlon event ended in a true photo finish that saw Germany’s Simon Schempp miss out on the gold by only a few centimeters as France’s Martin Fourcade crossed the finish line side by side, slamming his pole down thinking he had lost the gold to Schempp.

Both athletes had to wait in anticipation after crossing the finish line to find out who the true winner of the race was. Schempp was thrilled no matter what determination was made, telling reporters, “the wait is not so tough because you know you’re guaranteed a medal and you have to be really happy because only three athletes can get a medal in one race”.


  • Team Germany
  • Germany

    Ski Jumping
    Men’s Team

    Gold: Norway
    Bronze: Poland

While they fought hard for gold, the German men’s ski jumping team (Richard Freitag, Karl Geiger, Stephan Leyhe and Andreas Wellinger) couldn’t quite keep Norway off their tails and ended the night with the silver medal. Andreas Wellinger, who leading up to this event already won two Olympic medals in these games, briefly restored Germany’s lead towards the end, but a clean and impressive jump by Norway’s Robert Johansson helped bring his team back to the top.

“It’s a pretty good symbol for our team support,” Germany’s Richard Freitag told reporters upon winning the silver medal. “It’s not only the four of us, it’s a lot more athletes and especially the whole team behind the team. It’s a good thing for everybody.”


  • Fabian Riessle
  • Fabian Riessle

    Nordic Combined
    Individual Gundersen LH/10km

    Gold: Johannes Rydzek (GER)
    Bronze: Eric Frenzel (GER)

After winning the bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Germany’s Fabian Riessle was aiming higher for these 2018 games and was able to do so with a silver medal finish in the nordic combined individual gundersen large hill event. Riessle’s second place finish was part of the German sweep that saw the country grab all three podium spots.

“[Coach] Hermann told us to help each other during the race.” Riessle told reporters. “We kept switching positions and then we did a 1-2-3, which is just extraordinary.”


Bronze Medals (5 – 1 new)

 

  • Eric Frenzel
  • Eric Frenzel

    Nordic Combined
    Individual Gundersen LH/10km

    Gold: Johannes Rydzek (GER)
    Silver: Fabian Riessle (GER)

Germany’s Eric Frenzel, who captured gold in the nordic combined individual normal hill, rounded out the medal sweep for Germany in the long hill with a bronze medal.

“It was, I think, really good teamwork to get there,” Frenzel told reporters after he and his two German teammates stole the podium. “It was not so easy to close the gap to the front guys (at the start of the race) but we made it really good and at the end we had enough power for a good sprint at the end, so it was amazing for us.”

 

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Stephen Fuchs
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