Frozen in Germany: European skiers stranded in Alpine crossing

The European skiers who spent several days stranded on the Swiss-Italian border and had to wait in high winds and sub-zero temperatures to try to reach the finish line for the world championships are set to return to compete in Friday’s finals.

The European skiers Marcel Hirscher and Anton Fink had to hold off Alexander Nyman and Simon Geschke-Flacher of Austria to claim the gold medals in the men’s super-G.

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The two Austrian athletes and Hirscher had to cross into Italy by boat on Friday night. According to the coaching team, the small flotilla of boats were too small to keep up with the massive German speedskaters, who raced and then sailed back to the Rio skiing centre for a training session.

Patrick Kueng is among the third group of skiers who was stuck behind Austrian skiers, but it is thought that the 18-year-old was able to make it to the Italian Alps, at least for a few days.

The European race director Gunter Thielink said: “For many it will be an emotional return to the area. We will be waiting in Geneva for them, even if it is raining. It is not nice to have to wait that long to ski, especially in such bad weather conditions, but we know these things happen.”

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