Great Alpine Junior World Championships conclude in Åre
The FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships were staged in Sweden with Åre playing host from 6th-14th March 2017 to the most important annual competition for the next generation of FIS World Cup racers.
The best 320 athletes from 45 nations born between 1996-2000 battled it out in ten individual medal competitions along with the team event, which was won by Canada.
Meillard and Fest best athletes
Among the shining stars, 20-year old Loic Meillard (SUI) and 19-year old Nadine Fest (AUT) stood out as the most successful athletes with two gold medals each, both winning the alpine combined, as well as the giant slalom (Meillard) and super-G (Fest).
Overall, eleven nations took home medals with team Austria topping the standings with three gold, four silver and five bronze medals.
Austria also won the prestigious Marc Hodler Trophy for the best overall team performance with 125 points convincingly ahead of Switzerland (88) and Italy (50).
The Junior Worlds were a key part of Åre’s preparation for the next FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2019 and provided the Organisers with a perfect opportunity to test their venues and train staff and volunteers.
Ken Read, Chairman of the FIS Youth and Children’s Sub-Committee commented: “Åre has given the young athletes a great opportunity to shine on the international stage. We would like to thank the Organising Committee including its many volunteers who have worked very hard to stage an excellent Junior World Championship. Åre is in good hands to prepare for the World Cup Finals in 2018 and senior Championships in 2019. We are wishing them best of luck for these Championships!”
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