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Days, 7 Good News: Happy ending in bronze dispute, sports for all and terrific career finishes

LISTICLE | 12/14/2022
7 days, 7 good news stories: a heroic victory in the Tour-de-France, a head wash for the bathing cap ignoramuses and a football club taking a stand against racism.

We think so: Good news is needed every now and then. Especially from the world of sports. In our Good News we serve you seven news items every week that make our - and hopefully your - sports heart beat faster. Because the news is fun. Because they are trend-setting. Because they show new trends. Because they sprinkle a pinch of absurdity in a much too serious world. Or because they simply bring joy. The main thing is to be in a good mood - that's our motto in this news format. And we'll get right to work with a happy ending to the bronze medal dispute, sport for everyone, a grandiose career ending and a mother at the victory dance.

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Happy end in bronze dispute

First she was fourth in the Olympics, then third, finally fourth again: But now there is finally a happy ending for Daniela Maier in the bronze medal dispute. The ski crosser gets to keep her medal from the Beijing Olympics. And Switzerland's Fanny Smith also gets bronze - according to a ruling by the Cas Court of Sport. Maier had initially finished fourth, but was awarded bronze because Smith would have hindered her. A back-and-forth of appeals against the medal award followed. But now there is a solution following the suggestion the 26-year-old German made back in October. "The solution to award two medals would be in my mind, because we both deserve the medal." A win for all, then!

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The Confederation prescribes movement

Now comes the movement prescribed by the federal government: With a sports development plan, the federal government wants to get people in Germany moving more again. "Sport is the best medicine we have ever invented," says Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD). That's why a movement summit with representatives from politics, cities, municipalities and sports is supposed to bring about a cultural change to offer more sports. Sport for all - we love it.

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A grandiose ending

Congratulations on the grandiose end to a great career: Lisa Altenburg said goodbye to her sport as European champion in women's field hockey. With her 14 goals at the home tournament in Hamburg, the 33-year-old was also the top scorer. This pleased her husband and coach at the same time - she is married to national coach Valentin Altenburg. A successful end to a successful career.

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Victory dance with mom

This is what winners look like: Morocco's midfield star Sofiane Boufal and his mother Zoubida Belmoulat provided the most beautiful scene of the World Cup in Qatar. Their dance of joy after Morocco's historic run to the World Cup semifinals shows their love for the country, for sports and for each other. It doesn't get any better than this. Definitely watch it for a dose of good humor!

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Sensational comeback soon?

7 years conquered Gabriela Soukalová conquered the biathlon world as one of the best before she retired. At that time she wanted nothing more to do with professional sports, but it looks like her fire is slowly glowing again. The 33-year-old is finally having fun on her skis and at the shooting range again. A serious return has Soukalová has not yet tackled a serious return, but you can dream a little.

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Golden Girls

For the German women's indoor field hockey team it was a European Championship full of emotions, farewells and strong performances: Without losing any points, the German team went into the final, which they won 5:4 against the Dutch women. That alone is cause for celebration. But the European Championship is much more than just the victory for the German women's field hockey team: the tournament was the best advertisement ever for the sport. "We achieved all three goals we set ourselves. We wanted to be European champions. We wanted to inspire children and young people, with the way we play, for field hockey. And we wanted to enjoy this week as a team," said national coach Valentin Altenburg. They succeeded - and that's not all: Three German players received awards on top of that. All we can say is: Keep it up, girls, you rock!

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Liberal maternity protection in equestrian sports

This is a success that Olympic dressage champion Jessica von Bredow-Werndl successfully fought for: The maternity leave rule in equestrian sport is being liberalized. In future, female riders will be allowed to end their maternity leave after just three months. The secretary general of the FEI world federation, Sabrina Ibánez, said "this was done to give female athletes who have had a baby the opportunity not to lose all their ranking points while not competing in the course." Bredow-Werndl had still been denied a quick comeback after giving birth - that's different now. Hats off to the rider for her commitment, which will make it easier for women in the same situation in the future.

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