This year, too, the ice track will be made to glow again while tobogganing. You can find out here when and where you can watch the Luge World Cup 2022/23 live online and on TV.
You can easily follow the Luge World Cup 2022/23 on the public broadcasters ARD and ZDF. Another transmission is offered on the streaming service Joyn.
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There are some changes due to the football World Cup in winter. Several winter sports have been relocated to avoid football. The first ski jumping started earlier than usual, the discipline “largely elegantly avoided the World Cup”, as ARD program director Thomas Wehrle put it.
Some associations have postponed competitions to the new year. The broadcasters have “already coordinated with the various associations over the long term in order to keep overlaps to a minimum,” explained ARD sports coordinator Axel Balkausky. The public broadcasters also have more World Cups than otherwise only on the Internet.
ARD and ZDF have almost 400 hours of live reporting in their programs. The two public TV channels alternate on the weekends, ARD will start this year and, after the first biathlon races during the week, will show the first continuous program this Saturday for almost six hours. The special interest channel Eurosport has even more winter sports in its program.
The first and the second usually broadcast on Saturdays and Sundays from early morning to late afternoon. This Saturday, the ARD starts at 8.55 a.m. and offers, among other things, biathlon, cross-country skiing, tobogganing and bobsleigh. Until 3.15 p.m. there is winter sports in the first, it looks almost identical on Sunday. The round of 16 of the World Cup kicks off at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. So if you want, you can watch sports for more than twelve hours.
The second big winter sports weekend runs on ZDF. On Saturday in one week (December 10th) the second will show world cups on snow and ice from 10:10 a.m. to 3:20 p.m., at 4:00 p.m. a quarterfinal of the Qatar World Cup will be kicked off. On Sunday (December 11) there will be no games in Qatar and there will be no competition in winter sports.
Winter sports fans who don’t like the public service selection or find it too small can switch to Eurosport. According to its own statements, the niche broadcaster has more than 1,100 hours of programming on various platforms. For example, on Saturday and Sunday in the late afternoon there will be alpine skiing in Beaver Creek and Lake Louise at Eurosport. The broadcaster, which belongs to Warner Bros. Discovery, also relies on paid offers.
The ARD has a new expert duo in biathlon. Arnd Peiffer and Erik Lesser work for the first, Magdalena Neuner and Kati Wilhelm are no longer in action. The unchanged ZDF team includes Toni Innauer (ski jumping), Marco Büchel (alpine skiing), Sven Fischer and Laura Dahlmeier (biathlon).
Eurosport has the most experts on the microphone, including Martin Schmitt, Werner Schuster (ski jumping), Michael Rösch (biathlon), Vicky Rebensburg (alpine skiing), Jochen Behle (cross-country skiing) and Hans-Peter Pohl (Nordic combined).
At the end of the European Championships, the German lugers once again won three medals. Anna Berreiter and Dajana Eitberger celebrated a German double success in the individual competition on Sunday in Sigulda, Latvia. A little later, Berreiter, together with Max Langenhan and the doubles duo Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt, won silver in the mixed relay behind Latvia.
Berreiter won the World Cup, which was also considered the European Championship, ahead of her teammate (0.031 seconds) and then shed tears of relief. The 23-year-old Olympic silver medalist had a bad fall on the track in 2020 and couldn’t cope at all in the two following years. “It was torture for me to be in this place,” said Berreiter on ARD. She didn’t expect “that it would be enough for the European title. I took my heart in my hands.”
With a strong run, Berreiter managed to jump from seventh place to the top of the podium. For her it was the first women’s title and the fourth World Cup victory of her career.
Eitberger, who went from fifth to second place, defended her overall World Cup lead on the difficult track in Sigulda. “I was so happy for Anna because I know what she went through here,” she congratulated the winner.
Third was local hero Elina Ieva Vilola (0.037). Merle Fräbel in fourth rounded off the strong result of the German women lugers. The competition was disappointing for Julia Taubitz, who only finished eighth after a bad mistake in the first run.
Overall, the German team was in good form and continued to make progress ahead of the home World Cup in Oberhof later in the month. In addition to Berreiter, Langenhan also took gold in the men’s single-seater competition on Saturday, ahead of team-mate Felix Loch. David Nössler was eighth, Timon Grancagnolo was 16th.
Wendl and Arlt also managed to win in the doubles and thus also took over the overall World Cup lead. The duo won ahead of two local teams. It was her fourth European title. Toni Eckert and Sascha Benecken had to settle for a disappointing fifth place. Jessica Degenhardt and Cheyenne Rosenthal finished third in the women’s category.
Ski racer Linus Straßer confirmed his strong form three weeks before the Alpine World Championships in France, but just missed another podium. The man from Munich finished fourth when Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen won.
Boris Becker is back in front of the camera as an expert for Eurosport. Just in time for the start of the Australian Open, the TV broadcaster struggled with sound problems lasting several minutes. Many tennis fans complain about the constant humming noise in the background.