Gold medalists can look forward to a philharmonic collection from Münze Österreich AG worth 17,000 euros.

Gold medalists can look forward to a philharmonic collection from Münze Österreich AG worth 17,000 euros.

Gold medalists can look forward to a Philharmonic Collection from Münze Österreich AG worth 17,000 euros. A set worth 13,000 will be paid out for silver, while bronze is worth a silver-plated 11,000 euro bonus. German Olympic champions are rewarded a little more generously. There are 20,000 euros for gold and 15,000 euros for silver. Bronze is more valuable in Austria. German bronze medalists receive 10,000 euros.

The tax savers

Thanks to a law that was passed under ex-President Barack Obama, the American Olympians are now exempt from the so-called victory tax. The US athletes now have significantly more of the 50 percent higher premiums of up to $ 37,500 for gold. For stars like Lindsey Vonn, these sums are more likely to be peanuts.

The stingy

For Swedish medalists there is traditionally nothing but fame and honor. At the summer games in Rio, the Swedish committee only gives away the Olympic mascots. That should be the same this time: Soohorang and Bandabi. Nor do the Norwegians pay their new cross-country superstar Johannes Kläbo or the other medalists any money. They would qualify for a sports scholarship of up to 12,000 euros next year. This is reduced if the athlete earns more than 50,000 euros per year. And that applies to almost all Norwegian stars.

And Russia?

Even if the Russian athletes are only allowed to start under a neutral flag this time because of the scandal surrounding doping manipulation at the Games in Sochi, the Putin government will give bonuses if they are successful. It would be four million rubles (just under 56,300 euros) for gold. The home regions often award extra grants. The Olympic champions also receive a luxury car. But after the summer games in Rio, the first free car was offered for sale on the Internet just a day later.

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The wind makes Hannes Reichelt,

Vincent Kriechmayr

and Co. thwart the bill. The

Departure

was canceled.

Because of the strong wind and the poor forecast for the day, the Olympic downhill run for the alpine ski men on Sunday in Jeongseon was canceled early in the morning (local time).

New appointment

The jury has rescheduled the men’s alpine ski run, which was canceled on Sunday at the Olympic Games in South Korea, for Thursday.writing paper for money The Super-G originally planned for next Thursday has been postponed to Friday. Both races in Jeongseon are scheduled to take place at 11 a.m. local time (3 a.m. CET).

The teams were informed five hours before the race that the gondola was not in use due to the weather and that the route was closed to everyone. The athletes were asked to stay at the hotel. This is right at the foot of the Alpine Center.

Snowboard ladies‘ slopestyle qualification canceled

The slopestyle qualification in women’s snowboards on Sunday in Bokwang has been canceled due to too much wind. After a delay of half an hour, the preliminary round of the competition, in which the Austrian Anna Gasser is one of the favorites, was canceled. The final is scheduled for Monday.

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From the bobsleigh run to the altar. Bobsleigh pilot

Benjamin Maier

has a private highlight after the sporting climax.

His focus is now entirely on his Olympic appearances in the two and four-man bobsleigh. But after the sporting climax, pilot Benjamin Maier has a private highlight shortly after the games in Pyeongchang: The 23-year-old Tyrolean marries his Canadian friend Elisabeth Vathje in Hawaii, who incidentally is a direct competitor for medals of Janine Flock in skeleton.

For Maier, the love story didn’t start out promisingly at first. „I’ve known Lizz a year longer than she did me. I met her at the 2015 World Championships in Winterberg, so she wasn’t really interested in me,“ he told the APA – Austria Press Agency with a smile. He tried it once with a Facebook friend request. It wasn’t until a year later that he met his beloved again, they started talking and: „We got along really well from the start.“

Getting married in Hawaii

The long distance to the skeleton pilot who lives in Calgary has not bothered him at all since then. On the contrary. „The circumstances are great. I’m gone all winter, just like them, but bobsleigh and skeleton always travel together. Now I see them all winter and in summer we commute between Canada and Austria.“ In addition, the mutual understanding of the sport is of course much nicer.

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After a two-week break to Pyeongchang, the next long-distance journey is on the program. „Then I’ll go to Hawaii and get married there. It already gives you positive energy when you know that there will be a personal highlight immediately afterwards,“ says Maier happily.

Before that, there is of course the cross-fingers in the Olympic Sliding Center. The overall World Cup third from Canada is one of the great competitors of Austria’s skeleton ace Janine Flock. „They are both very good friends in private, Janine was already at home with her,“ says Maier. Whether he is now in conflict as to whom he will grant gold more to? „I would be happy with both of them: Whether Janine wins gold or Lizz, it doesn’t matter who.“

As different as the two ice canal sports bobsleigh and skeleton are, every now and then you can benefit from each other, explains Maier. „Of course the steering points are very similar, the way you steer, of course, completely different. I explained to her how I would go down with a skeleton, because I’ve been a skeleton for seven years,“ he recalled his beginnings at the age of seven and adds, „And very rarely does it happen that you even notice another access point.“

„A great story, Lizzy is a lovely girl“

Incidentally, the future residence of the soon-to-be married couple has not yet been clarified. „We are already planning to move in together. We are currently talking about Calgary. I actually want to go there,“ says Maier, who however wants to continue his career and still has to clarify how he can do it from the former Olympic venue. „Otherwise she would be ready to come to Austria.“ As an individual athlete, it would of course have been a little easier. But the four-time European Championship silver and bronze winners (2016 and 2017) also want to „get away from mom“ for once. „Because of all the financial expenses I am still forced to live with my parents.“ In addition, Papa Manfred Maier is head coach.

When asked about the wedding on March 12th, Maier senior shines. „A great story, Lizzy is a lovely girl,“ says the future father-in-law Manfred happily. „Now we have two highlights ahead of us and we are happy.“

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Can Hannes Reichelt,

Vincent Kriechmayr

and Co. start on Sunday as planned? It’s going to be a challenge.

At least on paper, the chances are that the

Olympic men’s downhill

can take place on Sunday in Jeongseong according to plan, not very well. Wind speeds of over 70 km / h are predicted. If the „King’s Race“ is canceled, it will be postponed to Monday.

„Big Challenges“

The jury will see early on how bad the weather is when the first Alpine decision is made at the Jeongseon Alpine Center. „We have to prepare for a day with a great challenge,“ said Men’s Race Director Markus Waldner at the Team Captains Meeting on Saturday. If the wind is really that strong, the gondola lift would not be able to operate.

When do Reichelt, Kriechmayr and Co. start?

As always, the protocol is initially followed as usual. Waldner announced the first decision for 10:00 a.m. local time, the planned start of the race is 11:00 a.m. (3:00 a.m. CET). A postponement to later in the day is also possible. What is optimistic is that the wind was announced for the third training session on Saturday. But then the runners found extremely acceptable conditions.

There was confusion at the starting number draw on Saturday evening. The board, which is still in use, where the runners are listed on blackboards and which is also considered to be the last deciding factor, and the electronic display did not go together in the course of the process. But everything was clarified and ultimately handled correctly to the satisfaction of the team leaders.

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A few days before the beginning of the XXIII. At the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, the highly contagious norovirus broke out among security forces. The organizing committee reacted immediately and replaced the entire affected personnel from 1,200 people with 900 soldiers. From the red-white-red line-up, ÖOC boss de Mission Christoph Sieber soon gave the all-clear on Tuesday.

According to a broadcast from the Pyeongchang Winter Games Organizing Committee (POCOG), there are 32 confirmed norovirus cases. All those affected are treated in a quarantine area. Previously it was said that the gastrointestinal virus had broken out in 41 OC employees at the weekend, but they were housed away from the Olympic village.

Groundwater as a possible source

21 of the infected are private security guards who lived in the same district in Pyeongchang County, it said. Another eleven infected people – eight Koreans and three foreigners – were in other locations.

The affected accommodation is located away from the two athletes‘ villages. The cases of the disease have also raised concerns about food security in the region, reported South Korean newspapers. According to the OC, noroviruses could have entered food and beverages via the groundwater.

Drastic measures taken

ÖOC General Secretary Peter Mennel had put on a disinfectant ointment before entering the media on Tuesday. This was not by chance, as it soon turned out.

„Of course we communicated increased precautionary measures to the team.“

„Yes. The OK immediately took very drastic measures to curb that. There is currently no known case in the entire Olympic family, so there is justified hope that it was really possible to isolate the area,“ Sieber said . Nevertheless, the organization has adjusted to it.

Reluctance to contact people outside the team

„We have of course communicated increased precautionary measures to the team, i.e. hand disinfection, reluctance to contact people outside the team. We provide all team members with disinfectants.“ Many a shake-hands with sponsors, journalists or well-wishers, which some athletes rigorously refused to do at major events, will probably no longer exist.

Disinfectant dispenser in the dining hall

In addition, the athletes are encouraged to use the disinfectant dispenser, especially in the food hall. „These are things that most athletes take for granted anyway. I already learned how to do it right from cross-country skiers and biathletes,“ recalled the 2000 Olympic windsurfing champion.

The norovirus is transmitted through human contact on the one hand, but also through infected food and drink. Only last summer, the virus caused unrest at the World Athletics Championships in London. Several dozen athletes had contracted it.

„But we have no vaccination requirements“

Then the question arose to what extent the ÖOC athletes are advised to have vaccinations against other diseases such as influenza: „The ÖOC has extensive medical and sports medicine examinations that all athletes have to undergo in order to ensure that healthy and fit athletes can The games are sent. But we have no vaccination obligations, „said Sieber. From an international point of view, there are no vaccination recommendations for South Korea.

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