Successful Germans at the 2022 Winter Olympics! Posted by Sten on Feb 11, 2022 in Culture, Sports, Television, Vocabulary
Currently, the Olympischen Winterspiele (Winter Olympic Games) are in full force. While there is contention around them, and plenty of countries decided not to participate due to a host of reasons, Germany did end up sending a delegation. Here’s how Germany’s been doing so far, and some vocabulary for you to understand the Winterolympiade (Winter Olympics) in German. Los geht’s!
Want to learn about other sports in German? We’ve written about the topic before!
How’s Germany doing at the Winterspiele?
Germany has actually been doing amazingly well so far! As a country, Germany is currently ranked second, just after Norway, with 6 gold medals and 3 silver medals. Not bad! For example, a few days ago, Johannes Ludwig won the goldene Medaille (f, gold medal) in das Rennrodeln (luge) – and Natalie Geisenberger won the women’s Rennrodeln. But that wasn’t all! In the Doppelsitzer (m, double), Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt won gold, too. But besides dominating in Rennrodeln, the Germans also did well in other disciplines. Denise Herrmann won gold in der Biathlon, while Vinzenz Geiger won gold in die Nordische Kombination (Nordic Combined). Gratulation!
If you want to see German coverage of the Olympiade, the German website of Eurosport is a good one. They also have many short videos of different events, so if you want to get some German practice in, that could be a good place to go! But of course, they are not the only outlet that reports on the Winterolympiade. If you want to look for one yourself, the following vocabulary can help you, too!
The Sports at the Winter Olympics
There are plenty of Sportarten (f, sports) at the Winterolympiade – 15 in total. Here’s all of them in German:
der/das Biathlon – Biathlon
der Bob – Bobsleigh
das Curling – Curling
das Eishockey – Ice Hockey
der Eiskunstlauf – Figure Skating
der Eisschnelllauf – Speed Skating
die Nordische Kombination – Nordic Combined
das Rennrodeln – Luge
der Shorttrack – Short Track Speed Skating
der Skeleton – Skeleton
der Ski Alpin – Alpine Skiing
der Ski Freestyle – Freestyle Skiing
der Skilanglauf – Cross-country Skiing
das Skispringen – Ski Jumping
das Snowboard – Snowboard
Other Sports Vocabulary
das Olympische Dorf – Olympic Village
der Sportler – sportsman/athlete
der Rennrodler – luger
der Skispringer – ski jumper
der Shorttracker – short track speed skater
das Training – training
das Finale – final
der Trainer – coach
der Sieg – victory
die Siegerehrung – award ceremony
Bronze – bronze
Silber – silver
Gold – Gold
die Niederlage – defeat
Alles geben – to give it everything/to give one’s all
Mühsam – tedious, painstaking
durchkämpfen – to fight through
sich zusammenreißen – to pull oneself together
Have you seen the Winterolympiade in German? What do you think about the games? Let me know in the comments below!
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