Willibald and Rodes golden in slalom as Alpine Junior Worlds wrap up
The FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships in Sochi/Rosa Khutor (RUS) wrapped up with ladies’ and men’s slalom races on 5th March 2016.
To the great joy of their teams, Elisabeth Willibald and Istok Rodes, bronze medallist of the alpine combined, claimed the first gold medals for their respective home nations of Germany and Croatia.
In the men’s event, Rodes sat in comfortable first position following the first run. In second place after the first leg and 1.74 seconds back, Germany’s Frederik Norys laid down the fastest second run to claim silver and finish 0.65 seconds behind the winner. Croatia's Elias Kolega clinched bronze, 0.84 seconds back.
Meanwhile, on the ladies’ side, Willibald sat in first position after the first leg and only lost a few hundredths in the second run to defend her lead by 0.29 towards Austria’s Katharina Gallhuber. The two were joined on the podium by Gallhuber’s teammate Katharina Huber who took bronze, 1.15 seconds back.
A mixture of rain and snow characterised the races and the Organising Committee had to put in huge efforts to stage the event. The competitions were originally scheduled for 4th March but the slope was not accessible that day due to avalanche risks.
Austria takes Marc Hodler Trophy
While most medals were won by Switzerland with three gold, one silver and two bronze, Team Austria won the prestigious Marc Hodler Trophy for the best overall team performance. Austria scored 97 points followed by Switzerland with 85 and Canada with 58 points.
The Championships were officially declared closed by FIS Council Member Andrey Bokarev following the medals ceremony.
FIS would like to express special thanks to the Organising Committee including its numerous volunteers for their hard and dedicated work.