Sunday February 6 – day 2
The French on the menu
It’s the big day for Perrine Laffont, our Olympic champion in mogul skiing in Pyongchang, who is putting her title on the line on Sunday at the start of the afternoon at your home in Zhangjiakou. Known for her incomparable speed on skis on the circuit, the 23-year-old Frenchwoman finished second in qualifying on Thursday. She may become the third Frenchwoman to win two gold medals at the Winter Games after figure skater Andrée Joly (1928 and 1932) and skier Marielle Goitschel (1964 and 1968).
We will also follow with a certain tenderness Maurice Manificat’s big meeting on the
skiathlon at 8 o’clock in the morning. The most medal-winning cross-country skier in French history has never been rewarded except as a team and has raced very little this season. But he ticked “his most important race of the Games, his last opportunity to bring back an individual medal”.
The race of the night
How can we talk about anything other than the mythical men’s alpine ski descent, the equivalent of the 100m at the Summer Olympics. This year, a new track, The Rock, three elevation markers, curves, bumps, a 68% wall, particularly abrasive snow and gusts of wind that can make the event “a lottery”, according to Johan Clarey. The Frenchman has his card to play, like Brice Gienzendanner, but the favorites are to be found on the side of Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, world number in the discipline, Marco Odermatt,
the Swiss prodigy who has just taken 2nd place in Kitzbühel, and his compatriot Beat Feuz, tanned in 2018 and holder of the last four downhill globes.
The athlete to follow
This one, we went to look for it far and it is not really a star, but we will think very strongly of Andrea Braendli. The goalkeeper of the Swiss ice hockey team managed a titanic match Thursday against the Canadian defending champions (58 saves), but she still took twelve in the haversack. And to think that we have to put it back at 2 p.m. against the United States, the second best team in the world for girls. Good luck Andrea for the upcoming bombardment.