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Nordic Junior Worlds underway in Otepää (EST)
Only two days after the World Cup weekend in Otepää, the Estonian winter capital welcomes the world's future stars of Cross-Country Skiing, Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping to the FIS Nordic Junior and U23 Cross-Country World Championships from 25th-31st January 2011. The 2011 event, the first FIS Championships held in Estonia, will bring together some 500 young athletes from more than 35 countries. Junior ladies and men in Cross-Country are the first to fight for a set of FIS World Championship medals.
Otepää is the best-known winter sports center in the Baltics. The Tehvandi Sport Center is already well known among the fans of Cross-Country Skiing. Prior to the 2011 Championships, the Center was thoroughly renewed. A new stadium was constructed, teams can enjoy new wax rooms and the competition and media center are located in a newly-built stadium building. Also the Tehvandi K90 jumping hill, completed in November 2007, was only recently inaugurated in the Continental Cup series for Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined.
"The basic layout of the courses was done by Hermod Bjoerkestoel and Vegard Ulvang when they were here during Saku Suverull back in 2003," explained Cross-Country Chief of Competition Tiit Pekk and continued: "The courses are very suitable for juniors and younger skiers. They are not on the extreme side of our homologation guidelines."
First event scheduled Wednesday was ladies 5 km individual start free with 88 ladies from 35 nations participating. In the ladies' race Norway swept the podium led by Ragnhild Haga whilst the men's title went to Sindre Bjoernestad Skar before Markus Weeger (GER) and Perttu Hyvärinen (FIN).
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