Müller and Bjoernnes take ski cross titles
The second ever combined FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard Junior World Championships since Otagao, New Zealand, 2010, wrapped up in Valmalenco, Italy, today with the ski cross race.
On the ladies' side, Jorinde Müller, the 2012 silver medallist on the same course, crowned her season with her career's first ever Junior Worlds title.
The Ski Cross Europa Cup title winner and runner-up of the Swiss Nationals had already underlined her top form in the qualifiers with the third best time before blasting through the knock-out rounds in style.
Müller won all of her heats and thus the finals ahead of best qualifier Sandra Naeslund (SWE) and Germany's Margarethe Aschauer. Her medal was a bit surprising to her however: "This is amazing! I wasn't really expecting that. Especially Sandra is such a great skier and she too was dominant all the way to the finals where we had to ski against each other. I am extremely happy about my gold medal which I took in my last year as a junior. It's a perfect match!", Müller said after the race.
On the men's side of things, Magnus Bjoernnes (NOR) met the expectations at his fourth ever Junior World Championships.
The skier who had dominated the qualifiers with .51 on second best athlete of the time trials Valentin Egger (GER) dominated his heats except of the quarter final when he came in second.
However, the Viking took it as wake-up call and ignited an extra boost for the last two rounds finally being rewarded with Gold.
John Eklund (SWE) and Valentin Egger also went home with some precious neck wear placing second and third on the podium.
As a result of the last competition day in Italy, Switzerland edged off France from the third rank of the medals ranking with one Gold, two Silver and one Bronze. However, France kept its third rank in the race for the Marc Hodler Trophy.
While Team Sweden finally claimed its first bling bling with two ski cross silver medals, USA was the most successful freestyle ski nation with a total of eight medals, including three Gold.
Russia, which was the most dominating country over both disciplines, freestyle ski and snowboard, finished in second.
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