This week's Global Podium for the best sportspeople in the world features Francesco Friedrich & Thorsten Margis, Alexander Bolshunov and Kamil Stoch.
Gold: Francesco Friedrich / Thorsten Margis
Francesco Friedrich won gold in both IBSF World Cup races at Winterberg (DEU): the 2-man and 4-man Bob races, both with Torsten Margis. With this win, Friedrich has become the winningest Bobsleigh male competitor in World Cup history, with a 46th gold medal, one more than André Lange (DEU), and is joint first between men and women, tied with Sandra Kiriasis (DEU). These also the 8th and 9th World Cup gold in the season for Friedrich in 10 races, while Margis has 5 gold medals in 6 races contested.
Watch the Winterberg World Cup highlights magazine (IBSF)
Silver: Alexander Bolshunov
(Russian Federation, Cross-Country Skiing)
Although the Norwegian team was not present, Alexander Bolshunov (RUS) was the defending Champion of the Tour de Ski and he won it again, and in a more impressive fashion: by taking five consecutive gold medals plus taking two silvers and a bronze in the other races he did not win. Of these, three golds, a silver and a bronze were this week. His five consecutive race wins are also a joint-record at Tour de Ski.
Watch a summary of his record-equalling 15 km MST Tour de Ski win
Bronze: Kamil Stoch
(Poland, Ski Jumping)
Stoch won the FIS World Cup at Bischofshofen (AUT) to take his third Four Hills Tournament Championship (2017, 2018, 2021). He then won the first World Cup at Titisee-Neustadt (DEU) and became the joint-third winningest World Cup Ski Jumper of all time, with 39 gold medals, tying fellow Polish ski jumper Adam Malysz. Halvor Egner Granerud (NOR) took the second World Cup at Titisee-Neustadt, where Stoch was 17th.
Watch Stoch’s winning jump at Titisee (FIS)