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Successful Alpine Juniors in Crans Montana (SUI)
Beautiful blue skies and sunshine pure characterized the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships in Crans-Montana (SUI) carried out over seven race days from 30th January through 5th February with close to 350 female and male racers from 50 nations.
Crans-Montana was a success not only thanks to the weather but also from an organizational point of view. All competitions of this important international event bringing together the best young ski racers, aged 15-19, were successfully carried out thanks to great efforts by the organizing team.
Over seven days, around 20'000 spectators came to witness the racing action, which kicked off on Sunday with the men's giant slalom. A crowd of more than 4,000 people also attended the opening ceremony on Sunday evening in the town center of Crans-Montana.
After the conclusion of all ten events, altogether nine nations won medals, seven of them gold. The most gold medals went to Switzerland with three golds, five silver and three bronze, which earned Switzerland the first place in the medals ranking. Slovenia followed in second with 2 medals (2 gold) and Austria took third with 7 medals (1 gold/3 silver/3 bronze).
The Swiss were also the only country with two triple medalists - the young talents Justin Murisier (2 silver, 1 bronze) and Wendy Holdener (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze) stood out among the many shining stars, many of whom have already made a splash at the FIS World Cup level.
The stars of Crans-Montana on the men's side also included Slovenia's Bostjan Kline with two gold medals (downhill and super G) and Austria's Frederic Berthold, son of the Austrian men's team head coach Mathias, with double silver (downhill and super-G). Reto Schmidiger of Switzerland was responsible for another highlight on the men's side as one of the most successful youngsters in Crans-Montana to go home with two gold medals (slalom and combined) after successfully defending his 2010 title in slalom.
On the ladies' side, only one other athlete besides Holdener won more than one medal; 18-year-old Austrian Cornelia Huetter who won two bronze medals (downhill and super-G).
The coveted Marc-Hodler-Trophy, named after the long-time former FIS President and for which the best two racers from each nation score points, also went to host country Switzerland with 132 points, 39 points ahead of Austria (93 points) and 85 points ahead of France (47 points).
Contributed by Sandra Kühni
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