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Thusnelda
Monday, February 7th, 2011, 06:41 PM
Today is an important day for all Skiing fans worldwide: The World Championships of Alpine Skiing just opened in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the first Ski Championship on German and Bavarian soil after 33 years, at the very same village where the Winter Olympics of 1936 took place! :thumbup

From 7th till 20th February, 525 athletes from 69 nations fight for gold, silver and bronze in 11 disciplines.


http://www.gaestehaus-alpengluehn.de/Allgemein/Bilder/Umgebung/Ski_WM_2011.gif

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the Skiing center of Germany, offers one of the most demanding and thrilling ski slopes of the world, with a declivity of nearly 95% at some parts of the slope (like the "Freier Fall" passage).


http://www.gap2011.com/cms/upload/bildergalerien/veranstaltungsorte/Sportstaetten_skiwm2011.jpg

http://www.leki.de/xfiles_a6/1238400232_2.jpg

It´s the first time after 17 years that the women of Alpine Skiing have races in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. In 1994, the then Austrian World Cup-leader Ulrike Meyer had an deadly accident on the downhill slope and since then no womens race took place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen again up until now.

The medal favourites are the US American ski-star Lindsey Vonn, the German ski-stars Maria Riesch and Viktoria Rebensburg, the US-American Bode Miller, the Swiss Didier Cuche and the Austrian Michael Walchhofer.


Get the party started! :)

http://diepresse.com/images/uploads/5/7/b/615803/maria_riesch_faehrt_lindsey_ski-abfahrt-riesch20101203214238.jpg

http://www.reisenews-online.de/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/garmisch.jpg
Garmisch-Partenkirchen during winter

Thusnelda
Tuesday, February 8th, 2011, 03:28 PM
The first race, the Women´s Super G, is over and the first podest looks like that: :)

Gold: Elisabeth Görgl - Austria

http://diepresse.com/images/uploads/2/3/f/631359/u_Elisabeth_Goergl.jpg


Silver: Julia Mancuso - USA

http://relevant.at/system/galleries/upload/3/1/1/23241/news_87297.jpg


Bronze: Maria Riesch - Germany

http://www.sport1.de/media/_redaktion/sportarten/wintersport/skialpin/200910/riesch-kugel-5x4_Diashow.jpg


Here´s the victory run of Elisabeth Görgl on the very difficult and icy slope of Garmisch Partenkirchen:

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wittwer
Wednesday, February 9th, 2011, 06:31 PM
Great! This beats the Superbowl hands down... :D

Thusnelda
Thursday, February 10th, 2011, 08:31 PM
The podium of the 2nd race, the Men´s Super G:

Gold: Christof Innerhofer - South Tyrol (As South Tyrol is, regrettably, a part of Italy since the end of the First World War, the medal counts as an "Italian gold medal" officially, but we all know that´s laughable)

http://suedtirolski.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Sölden-Oktober-2010-herren-017-580x435.jpg

Silver: Hannes Reichelt - Austria

http://www.leki.de/xfiles_a6/1212416285_3.jpg

Bronze: Ivica Kostelic - Croatia

http://www.topnews.in/files/ilvica.jpg


Here´s the victory run of Christof Innerhofer :)

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(Two races by now, two times gold for members of German tribes! :thumbup)

Thusnelda
Friday, February 11th, 2011, 02:04 PM
The podium results of the 3rd race, the Women´s Super Combination:

Gold: Anna Fenninger - Austria

http://www.nordbayern.de/polopoly_fs/1.426838.1294498808!image/4014130102.jpg_gen/derivatives/600/4014130102.jpg


Silver: Tina Maze - Slovenia

http://mayimbe.blog.siol.net/files/2010/01/tina_maze_lombar.jpg


Bronze: Anja Pärson - Sweden

http://www.skionline.ch/images/content/frauen_int/frauen_int_portraits/paerson/paerson_10/paerson_medaille_SC_OS_key.JPG

Untersberger
Friday, February 11th, 2011, 06:32 PM
I AM ABSOLUTELY LOVING THIS THREAD ;)

Weiter So :)

Untersberger
Friday, February 11th, 2011, 06:44 PM
Regarding Südtirol (South Tyrol) .. It is absolutely disgusting Italy claims any medals from any south Tirolean Sportsman or Sportswoman..

The 1919 Treaty of Versailles was not only spitefully unjust but also criminal and actually illegal under International law.

Refer this to International lawyer and American historian Alfred de Zayas and he can confirm it officially although Rome in all its hypocrisy will ignore it. Alfred is resident in the Swiss city of Geneva and is a tireless worker to bring justice and a voice to the absolute millions of innocent German civilians massacred towards the end and at the end and in the aftermath of WW2 all over German speaking Europa..
(sorry for going a little off topic but I feel for Südtirol each and every day and it really irks me the Italians take any kind of glory from a region that is NOT Italian)..

Thusnelda
Sunday, February 13th, 2011, 02:41 AM
The podium result of the 4th race, the Men´s Downhill:

Gold: Erik Guay - Canada

http://www.lessignets.com/signetsdiane/calendrier/images/aout/5/3/Erik_Guay252527.jpg

Silver: Didier Cuche - Switzerland

http://s5-052.m2p.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2008/03/450px-didier_cuche.jpg

Bronze: Christof Innerhofer - South Tyrol (officially: Italy)

http://www.skischule-speikboden.com/fotogalerie/Christof%20Innerhofer%20Fan%20Club%20Ren nen/slides/Christof%20Innerhofer%20Fan%20Club%20Ren nen%20052.jpg

Victory Race of Erik Guay:
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Thusnelda
Monday, February 14th, 2011, 01:58 AM
The result of the 5th race, Women´s Downhill! :)

Gold: Elisabeth Görgl - Austria

http://d.yimg.com/i/ng/sp/ap_photo/20110213/all/l5012935.jpg


Silver: Lindsey Vonn - USA

http://moondogsports.com/wp-content/gallery/misc-sports/lindsey_vonn.jpg


Bronze: Maria Riesch - Germany

http://www.innsalzach24.de/bilder/2011/02/13/1121158/1929666058-riesch_dpa.9.jpg

Sigurd
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011, 01:44 AM
The World Championships of Alpine Skiing just opened in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the first Ski Championship on German and Bavarian soil after 33 years

Dear Thussy, I don't think my absence did you well. I'm deeply offended about this. What about Schladming 1982, Saalbach-Hinterglemm 1991, St. Anton am Arlberg 2001? That is German and Bavarian soil as well, where does all that Sectarianism suddenly come from? :wsg

Happiest thus far about Fenninger's Gold, currently my favourite female skier. Pretty, Bavarian, brave (FFS, Motocross is her hobby :D) and fast. :thumbup

Sigurd
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011, 01:52 AM
Results of the 6th Race - Men's Super Combined

Gold - Aksel Lund Svindal (Norway)
http://de.academic.ru/pictures/dewiki/65/Aksel_Lund_Svindal.jpg

Silver - Christof Innerhofer (South Tyrol/"Italy")
http://www.live-wintersport.com/images/09040848-christof-innerhofer.jpg

Bronze - Peter Fill (South Tyrol/"Italy")
http://suedtirolski.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Peter-Fill-384x580.jpg

Austrian favourite Benjamin Raich took fourth, so that's Germanics filling the first four places, I am happy.

Current medal count after six competitions:
Bavarians: 4-2-4
Germanics (including Guay as Acadian): 6-3-5.

I'm one happy man. Austria (3-1-0), the Bavarian tribe (4-2-4), and Germanics as a whole (6-3-5) are rocking the WC. This is good stuff. :thumbup

Thusnelda
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011, 05:22 PM
Results of the 7th Race, the Team Event (where Germany lost against the later victor with less than 1/10 second in the quarter final! :thumbdown)

Gold: France

http://www3.pictures.gi.zimbio.com/Men+Slalom+FIS+Final+Ski+Alpine+World+Cu p+8DL_mBv5U3Nl.jpg

Silver: Austria

http://resources.vol.at/ski-wm-team-silber-fuer-oesterreich/news-20110216-01142225-1624429125.jpg

Bronze: Sweden

http://www.seger.se/typo3temp/pics/s_4ba7010cdd.jpg

Sigurd
Thursday, February 17th, 2011, 04:27 PM
Results of the 7th Race, the Team Event (where Germany lost against the later victor with less than 1/10 second in the quarter final! :thumbdown)

Yes, I noticed this. France won the quarterfinal on quicker added time at a 2-2, the same happened against Sweden in the semifinal, and against Austrian in the final. Against Austria I think it was 0.14s --- or alternatively 0.01 if you remember this is the gap by which Marmottan beat Kirchgasser in their run.

It was a shame to see Germany go out of the competition so early, under the old format this probably would not have happened and Germany would have very likely taken a medal, the new format allows for surprise victories (such as the Czech Republic in last year's test run at the World Cup finals in Garmisch-Partenkirchen).

The parallel giant slaloms and parallel slaloms, including the one we had in Munich, are very exciting and very viewer-friendly, but I'm lacking the sportive justification for either, I just don't think Alpine skiing should be 'man against man', I'm wondering how long it'll take thill this madness spills over to ski-jumping with double-hills built or sth. :P

In either instance, it's all spectacular for the TV friendliness' sake, and TBH I don't like it. Just because it's more exciting this way doesn't make it any more fair. That being said, Austria would have deserved to win the final against France, especially after the serious injury of Benni Raich. :(

Sigurd
Saturday, February 19th, 2011, 02:51 PM
We've not had updates for a while, and I've agreed to take over the announcement of those. ;)


Results of the 8th Race, the Women's Giant Slalom on Thursday

Gold - Tina Maze (Slovenia)
http://www.merkur-online.de/bilder/2011/02/17/1128316/1535628825-tina-maze.9.jpg

Silver - Federica Brignone (Italy)
http://d.yimg.com/i/ng/sp/reuters/20110217/19/2035692547-17022011192446.jpg

Bronze - Tessa Worley (France)
http://www.skionline.ch/images/content/frauen_int/frauen_int_portraits/worley_tessa/worley_11/worley_semmering_dez10_key.JPG
(Yes, I know, picture is from Semmering in December:P)

Bad day for the Germanic skiing world, if we push the envelope we can say Tessa Worley's father being an Australian we made half a medal in this race, for anything else - that was quite a disappointment. Denise Karbon may have surprised in 4th (but you don't get a wooden metal for this), but both the German favourites (Maria Riesch DNF, Viktoria Rebensburg 5th, Kathrin Hölzl DNS 2nd run) and the Austrian favourites (Elisabeth Görgl 10th, Kathrin Zettel 12th, best: Marlies Schild 8th) disappointed. :shrug

Sigurd
Saturday, February 19th, 2011, 03:00 PM
Results of the 9th Race, on Friday, the Men's Giant Slalom

Gold - Ted Ligety (USA)
http://www.ovb-online.de/bilder/2011/02/18/1130013/8086685-109268020_10.9.jpg

Silver - Cyprien Richard (France)
http://www.tz-online.de/bilder/2011/02/18/1130013/122958374-109268699_10.9.jpg

Bronze - Philipp Schörghofer (Austria)
http://www.merkur-online.de/content/tz-online/de.id.medal.model.medalresult/000000297/bronze.jpg


Gold for Ligety - who fetched his title with a strong second run - was almost predictably, as he won four of six races in this discipline this year. Richard was a bit of a dangerous outsider to the podium, and Schörghofer was following on from his strong form that he demonstrated in the last race before the WC in Hinterstoder just two weeks ago.

Notable here is - Schörghofer was basically our last hope. We fielded a bit of a "B-Team": A total of three medal favourites - Marcel Hirscher, Benni Raich, Hannes Reichelt - injured themselves in the past few weeks and were unable to compete. Hel, we even gave Björn Sieber a shot and his best result was something like 20-something this season. :P

Sigurd
Saturday, February 19th, 2011, 03:14 PM
Results of the 10th race, and penultimate race, the Women's Slalom, held today.

Gold - Marlies Schild (Austria)
http://kurier.at/mmedia/2011.02.18/1298055062_5.jpg

Silver - Kathrin Zettel (Austria)
http://static3.kleinezeitung.at/system/galleries_520x335/upload/5/1/7/2612559/zettel726apa310709.jpg

Bronze - Maria Pietilä-Holmner (Sweden)
http://d.yimg.com/i/ng/sp/ap_photo/20101128/all/l4877305.jpg



What can I say, our ladies' team keeps on impressing beyond anything to be expected before the championships (Schild won 5 races in the slalom, but Zettel's season best was I think 6th or 7th) as close to total victory as it gets, Gold AND Silver is pretty impressive. :victory

One has to say here that perhaps no-one deserves this Gold Medal more than Marlies Schild. A dominant slalom skier throughout her career, often winning with 2 seconds ahead of the rest, she always fell short of promise once the "big events" came around. Then she injured herself badly in late 2008 and had to sit out an entire season, just to come back just as strong. And now, three days after her boyfriend, Benni Raich, injured himself badly in the Team Event, I think she really deserved her first individual title at long last. :)

A shame though Maria Riesch missed a medal. Being this season's top athlete, and having finished on the podium in five races in the slalom, she would have well deserved a medal and took the unthankful 4th place. Now it's all up to Felix Neureuther tomorrow to save what is considered a dismal outcome (two bronze thus far)... I would have much wished for the northern half of our tribe to perform exceeding expectations, but it just doesn't happen. :shrug :(

Notable to mention is also that Tanja Poutiainen of Finland - this season's third strongest athlete in the discipline - appears to have potentially straddled a gate. After not suffering a DNF in a World Cup slalom in almost four years (fairly impossible!) it seems to have happened just at the WC. I think the disqualification procedure is pending. :P

Sigurd
Saturday, February 19th, 2011, 03:36 PM
Ahead of tomorrow's closing Men's Slalom, here's something for the statistician. Here's the Top-10 of every women's race listed for now. Tomorrow, after posting the medalists for the Men's Slalom, the detailed Men's competitions will also be posted :thumbup

Ladies' Races

Super-G (Tuesday, February 8th 2011)

G - Elisabeth Görgl (AUT) - 1:23,82
S - Julia Mancuso (USA) - +0,05
B - Maria Riesch (GER) - +0,21

4. Lara Gut (SUI) - +0,44
5. Anna Fenninger (AUT) - +0,82
6. Elena Curtoni (ITA) - +0,83
7. Lindsey Vonn (USA) - +0,84
8. Fabienne Suter (SUI) - +0,93
9. Daniela Merighetti (ITA) - +1,09
10. Anja Pärson (SWE) - +1,17


Super Combined (Friday, February 11th 2011)

G - Anna Fenninger (AUT) - 2:43,23
S - Tina Maze (SLO) - +0,09
B - Anja Pärson (SWE) - +0,27

4. Dominique Gisin (SUI) - +0,67
5. Elisabeth Görgl (AUT) - +0,89
6. Denise Feierabend (SUI) - +1,28
7. Julia Mancuso (USA) - +1,33
8. Johanna Schnarf ("ITA") - +1,36
9. Marusa Ferk (SLO) - +1,77
10. Lotte Smiseth Sejersted (NOR) - +1,79


Downhill (Sunday, February 13th, 2011)

G - Elisabeth Görgl (AUT) - !:47,24
S - Lindsey Vonn (USA) - +0,44
B - Maria Riesch (GER) - +0,60

4. Lara Gut (SUI) - +0,94
5. Tina Maze (SLO) - +0,98
6. Julia Mancuso (USA) - +1,06
7. Daniela Merighetti (ITA) - +1,42
8. Dominique Gisin (SUI) - + 1,46
9. Andrea Fischbacher (AUT) - +1,62
10. Laurenne Ross (USA) - +1,63


Giant Slalom (Thursday, 17th February 2011)

G - Tina Maze (SLO) - 2:20,54
S - Federica Brignone (ITA) - +0,09
B - Tessa Worley (FRA) - +0,48

4. Denise Karbon ("ITA") - +0,74
5. Viktoria Rebensburg (GER) - +0,88
6. Manuela Mölgg ("ITA") - +0.89
7. Jessica Lindell-Vikarby (SWE) - +1,01
8. Marlies Schild (AUT) - +1,20
9, Anja Pärson (SWE) - +1,21
10. Elisabeth Görgl (AUT) - +1,25
Taina Barioz (FRA) - +1,25


Slalom (Satruday, 19th February 2011)

G - Marlies Schild (AUT) - !:45,79
S - Kathrin Zettel (AUT) - +0,34
B - Maria Pietilä-Holmner (SWE) - +0,65

4. Maria Riesch (GER) - +1,34
5. Tina Maze (SLO) - +1,76
6. Manuela Mölgg ("ITA") - +1,86
Tanja Poutiainen (FIN) - +1,86
8. Frida Hansdotter (SWE) - +2,05
9. Nastasia Noens (FRA) - +2,39
10. Veronika Zuzulova (SVK) - +2,40

Sigurd
Sunday, February 20th, 2011, 01:37 PM
Results of the 11th and final race, the Men's Slalom

Gold - Jean-Baptiste Grange (France)
http://www.nzz.ch/images/jean-baptiste_grange_fullSize_1.4136911.12602 90749.jpg

Silver - Jens Byggmark (Sweden)
http://magazin.skiinfo.de/xfiles_a6/1174564654_2.jpg

Bronze - Manfred Mölgg (South Tyrol)
http://suedtirolski.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Manfred-Moelgg-454x580.jpg

Fourth place for the World Champion of 2001 and 2007, Mario Matt. I'm very thrilled about Mölgg on the podium, but kind of a bit bitter about Matt's fourth place. Only 15th after the 1st run, but his time in the second run was the fastest by quite a margin, in those circumstances you don't want to be the first beside the podium. :oanieyes

Other than this fairly frustrating. Herbst DNF, Pranger (as the 2009 title holder) came 9th, Felix Neureuther - after a dismal first run where he was only 21st - crashed out. He would have been my 'secret favourite' for the race, you know, World Championships in his home village and after all he won last year's race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. But alas not. :shrug

Sigurd
Sunday, February 20th, 2011, 02:14 PM
Top 10 classifiers for all five men's races and the Nations' Team Event:

Men's Races

Super-G (Wednesday, 9th February 2011)

G - Christof Innerhofer ("ITA") - 1:38,31
S - Hannes Reichelt (AUT) - +0,60
B - Ivica Kostelic (CRO) - +0,72

4. Didier Cuche (SUI) - +1,03
5. Benjamin Raich (AUT) - +1,34
6. Romed Baumann (AUT) - +1,48
7. Carlo Janka (SUI) - +1,72
8. Werner Heel ("ITA") - +1,82
9. Peter Fill ("ITA") - +2,03
10. Adrien Theaux (FRA) - +2,13


Downhill (Saturday, 12th February 2011)

G - Erik Guay (CAN) - 1:58,41
S - Didier Cuche (SUI) - +0,32
B - Christof Innerhofer ("ITA") - +0,76

4. Romed Baumann (AUT) - +1,10
5. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) - +1,42
6. Andrej Sporn (SLO) - +1,84
7. Michael Walchhofer (AUT) - +1,87
8. Johan Clarey (FRA) - +1,94
9. Beat Feuz (SUI) - +2,06
10. Ambrosi Hoffmann - +2,07


Super Combined (Monday, 14th February 2011)

G - Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) - 2:54,51
S - Christof Innerhofer ("ITA") - +1,01
B - Peter Fill ("ITA") - +1,90

4. Benjamin Raich (AUT) - +2,17
5. Ondrej Bank (CZE) - +2,39
6. Paolo Pangrazzi (ITA) - +2,84
7. Lars Elton Myhre (NOR) - +2,99
8. Natko Zrncic-Dim (CRO) - +3,20
9. Andreas Romar (FIN) - +3,54
10. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) - +3,91


Giant Slalom (Friday, 18th February 2011)

G - Ted Ligety (USA) - 2:10,56
S - Cyprien Richard (FRA) - +0,08
B - Philipp Schörghofer (AUT) - +0,43

4. Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR) - +0,49
5. Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) - +0,73
6. Thomas Fanara (FRA) - +0,76
7. Carlo Janka (SUI) - +0,92
8. Didier Cuche (SUI) - +0,93
9. Gauthier de Tessieres (FRA) - +0,94
10. Marcus Sandell (FIN) - +1,10


Slalom (Sunday, 20th February 2011)

G - Jean-Baptiste Grange (FRA) - 1:41,72
S - Jens Byggmark (SWE) - +0,43
B - Manfred Mölgg ("ITA") - +0,61

4. Mario Matt (AUT) - +0,82
5. Julien Cousineau (CAN) - +0,87
6. Naoki Yuasa (JPN) - +0,96
7. Cristian Deville (ITA) - +1,06
8. Ivica Kostelic (CRO) - +1,16
9. Manfred Pranger (AUT) - +1,31
10. Andre Myhrer (SWE) - +1,50


Nation's Team Event (Wednesday, 16th February 2011)

Big Final (Gold Medal race)
FRANCE - Austria 2-2 (tie breaker: 51.92 vs 52.10)

Small Final (Bronze Medal race)
SWEDEN - Italy 4-0

Semi-Final
AUSTRIA - Italy 4-0
FRANCE - Sweden 2-2 (tie breaker: 52.03 vs 52.07)

Quarter Finals
AUSTRIA - Croatia 2-2 (tie breaker: 52.12 vs 53.08)
ITALY - U.S.A. 3-1
FRANCE - Germany 2-2 (tie breaker: 52.40 vs 52.58)
SWEDEN - Switzerland 4-0

1/8-Finals
AUSTRIA - Bye
CROATIA - Canada 3-2 (additional point as Palic vs. B. Janyk finished level)
ITALY - Bye
USA - Bye
FRANCE - Bye
GERMANY - Slovakia 4-0
SWEDEN - Czech Republic 3-1
SWITZERLAND - Bye

(The Top 5 placed nations in the Nation's Cup were given byes in this round as from the Top-16 nations in that ranking Norway, Slovenia, Finland, Japan and Liechtenstein did not field a team.)

Sigurd
Sunday, February 20th, 2011, 02:30 PM
Final Medal Table (after 11 competitions)

1. Austria 4 - 3 - 1 (8)
2. France 2 - 1 - 1 (4)
3. Italy 1 - 2 - 3 (6)
[of which South Tyrol: 1 - 1 - 3 (5)]
4. USA 1 - 2 - 0 (3)
5. Slovenia 1 - 1 - 0 (2)
6. Canada 1 - 0 - 0 (1)
6. Norway 1 - 0 - 0 (1)
8. Sweden 0 - 1 - 3 (4)
9. Switzerland 0 - 1 - 0 (1)
10. Germany 0 - 0 - 2 (2)
11. Croatia 0 - 0 - 1 (1)

Medal Table for Ladies' Competitions (after 5 events)

1. Austria 4 - 1 - 0 (5)
2. Slovenia 1 - 1 - 0 (2)
3. USA 0 - 2 - 0 (2)
4. Italy 0 - 1 - 0 (2)
5. Sweden 0 - 0 - 2 (2)
5. Germany 0 - 0 - 2 (2)
7. France 0 - 0 - 1 (1)

Medal Table for Mens' Competition (after 5 events)

1. South Tyrol 1 - 1 - 3 (5)
2. France 1 - 1 - 0 (2)
3. Canada 1 - 0 - 0 (1)
3. Norway 1 - 0 - 0 (1)
3. USA 1 - 0 - 0 (1)
6. Austria 0 - 1 - 1 (2)
7. Switzerland 0 - 1 - 0 (1)
7. Sweden 0 - 1 - 0 (1)
9. Croatia 0 - 0 - 1 (1)

Special Medal Table rankings (:P)
Bavarian Tribe (to cheer Thussy up a little at least) 5 - 4 - 6 (15)
Germanics as a whole (for the forum's sake) 8 - 6.1/2* - 9.1/2* (24)
Ranking of "wooden medals" (=fourth places): Switzerland 4 - Austria 3 - Norway 1 - Italy 1 - South Tyrol 1 - Germany 1. :oanieyes

*The half medals are Tessa Worley's bronze medal for France. Father Germanic Australian, Mother Frenchwoman. And Julia Mancuso's medal for the US, IIRC mother's Germanic-American of some description and father's Italian-American. ;)

In either instance --- we as Germanics, and especially we Bajuvarians absolutely owned this World Championship. :victory