FIS Alpine and Nordic Junior World Championships conclude in Switzerland
Competitions are coming to an end in Davos (SUI) with ten of eleven medals already awarded. Host nation Switzerland is currently in the lead with ten medals ahead of Austria with eight.
The big star was clearly local Marco Odermatt who took a record five gold medals.
Odermatt, who is competing in his last year at junior level, has won every event he entered at the Championships, taking downhill, super-G, team event, combined, and giant slalom gold. The 20-year-old has now matched Norway’s Henrik Kristoffersen’s record of most gold medals at Junior Worlds with six. Odermatt also took giant slalom gold in 2016.
Further multiple medal winners in Davos include Austria’s Franziska Gritsch (slalom silver, super-G silver, combined bronze, team event bronze), Slovenia’s Meta Hrovat (slalom gold, combined bronze) and Switzerland’s Aline Danioth (combined gold, team event gold, slalom bronze).
The Organising Committee has worked hard to prepare the courses to secure the best possible skiing conditions for the athletes. With the exception of the men’s downhill and ladies’ super-G, all competitions have been staged as planned.
The ladies’ downhill will close the Championships on 8th February.
Kandersteg/Goms hosts successful Nordic Junior & U-23 Cross-Country World Championships
The FIS Nordic Junior and U-23 Cross-Country World Ski Championships were successfully held from 28th January – 3rd February 2018 in Kandersteg and Goms (SUI).
Perfect snow conditions along with well-prepared courses and ski jumping hill welcomed 650 athletes from 40 nations. Medals were awarded in ten events for the juniors, and three events in the U23 category.
In Nordic Combined, smaller nations scored big with Ondrej Pazout of the Czech Republic and Vid Vrhovnik of Slovenia claiming gold in the individual events. Austria won the team event and the ladies’ Nordic Combined test event proved to be a real hit with Germany’s Jenny Nowak taking gold.
In Ski Jumping, 17-year-old Nika Kriznar (SLO) and 19-year-old Marius Lindvik (NOR) were the most successful athletes with two gold medals each. Kriznar claimed gold in the individual and team event, while Lindvik took gold in the individual as well as in the mixed team event.
In Cross-Country, Frida Karlsson of Sweden became one of the most decorated athletes in the junior category winning gold in skiathlon and bronze in sprint free and relay. With two gold in the individual 10km and relay events Jon Rolf Hope of Norway topped the men’s standings.
The U23 category saw a different winner in every event. Click here for an overview.