FIS Freestyle Ski & Snowboard Junior World Championships underway in Valmalenco
From 26th March to 6th April 2014, the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Junior World Championships are showcasing a combined 620 talented youngsters from 34 countries in Chiesa/Valmalenco (ITA). During the two action-packed weeks, a total of 36 medals will be awarded and the first champions have been crowned already:
In Snowboard Natalia Soboleva became double Junior World Champion (PGS and PSL) starting things off strongly for the Russians. On the men’s side, teammate Dmitrij Taimulin earned his career's first JWSC title in PSL while Valery Kolegov took gold in PGS the day before.
In the first Freestyle Ski competition in aerials on 25th March, Canada’s Catrine Lavallee and Russia’s Maxim Burov flew to gold.
After six medal competitions, Russia is now leading the medal count with five gold medals.
While the competition programme in Valmalenco features the six Freestyle and five Snowboard individual events, it will be the first time in history that the young guns will also battle for gold in the snowboard cross team event.
For the second time since Otago (NZL) in 2010, the Junior World Championships for Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding are taking place at the same venue.
Chiesa in Valmalenco has a strong history in organising high-quality World Cup events and in hosting successful Junior World Championships in both disciplines.
In the last two years, the Italian ski resort welcomed the up-coming generation of freestyle skiers, while in 2011 the most talented riders battled for gold, silver and bronze in the snowboard events.