Smiseth-Sejersted becomes downhill Junior World Champion, Sweden wins Nation's Team Event
JASNA, SLOVAKIA – Young gun Adrian Smiseth-Sejersted from Norway took the men’s downhill title at the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships on 2nd March 2014, clocking a time of 1 minute and 17.31 seconds. A mere 0.02 and 0.09 seconds behind Germany’s Thomas Dressen and Austria’s Marco Schwarz raced to silver and bronze respectively.
The golden title is now completing Sejersted’s set of medals as the 19-year-old already took super combined silver on 26th February and super-G bronze at the 2013 Junior Worlds in Quebec (CAN).
“I am extremely happy with my performance! Today went really well. I did very good in the upper part of the slope and made a small mistake in the lower section but it was good enough to make the victory. It’s such a great feeling! I certainly want to continue this way.” the happy winner commented.
In the 2012/13 season, the strongest of his career to date, Sejersted claimed victory in five FIS Races and became national downhill champion next to his bronze medal performance from Quebec. Also Dressen (20) and Schwarz (18) are no unknown faces to the Junior Worlds podium. Dressen took giant slalom silver at the 2012 Junior Worlds in Roccaraso (ITA) while Schwarz raced to super-G gold in Jasna less than a week ago, on 26th February.
The race originally scheduled for 1st March was rescheduled to the 2nd because of difficult weather conditions.
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Sweden wins Team Event
Sweden won gold in the Nation’s Team Event which followed the men’s downhill competition. Just as in the previous year, the teams of Sweden and Switzerland battled it out in the super final with the Nordic country seeing the better end for itself by successfully defending its title. Switzerland claimed silver for the second consecutive time while Germany took bronze, winning the small final against a strong Norwegian squad.
2013 slalom Junior World Champion Magdalena Fjaellstroem, Max-Gordon Sundquist, Gustav Lundbaeck and Lisa Blomqvist have taken Sweden to gold.
Composed of four athletes per nation, a total of 16 countries competed in the knockout Team Event which has been a fixture on the programme of the Junior World Championships. Competing against each other in a parallel slalom - ladies against ladies and men against men - the competition guarantees some fresh and exciting action.
Team Composition Top 3
Sweden – Lisa Blomqvist, Magdalena Fjaellstroem, Gustav Lundbaeck, Max-Gordon Sundquist
Switzerland – Rahel Kopp, Corinne Suter, Luca Aerni, Bernhard Niederberger
Germany – Patrizia Dorsch, Marina Wallner, Sebastian Holzmann, David Ketterer