Many shining stars at Alpine Junior Worlds in Jasna, Austria takes Marc-Hodler-Trophy
Talented racing, pure excitement and the emergence of new ski racing stars characterised the 32nd edition of the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships 2014 which was held from 26th - 5th March in Jasna (SVK).
All competitions in this important international event, bringing together the best young ski racers born in 1993-1997, were successfully held thanks to great efforts by the local Organising Committee.
“The Organisers in Jasna have set a very high standard for the World Juniors. We are very appreciative of the spirit and hard work seen throughout the Organising Committee. It allowed us to have really great races which showed the full talents of many younger athletes that we will see in the future.” Ken Read, former Alpine ski racer and Chairman of the FIS Youth and Children Sub-Committee said.
Among the many emerging young talents from a number of nations, some of whom have already made a name even at FIS World Cup level, one of the male stars of the event included Norway’s alpine sensation Henrik Kristoffersen, who won the giant slalom and slalom in dominant fashion after returning from the Sochi Olympic Winter Games with the slalom bronze. On the ladies’ side, Switzerland’s Corinne Suter took gold in super-G and downhill while local hero Petra Vhlova of Slovakia raced to slalom gold in her home resort.
In addition, Adrian Smiseth-Sejersted (downhill, NOR), Marco Schwarz (super-G, AUT), Matteo de Vettori (super combined, ITA), Marta Bassino (giant slalom, ITA) and Elisabeth Kappaurer (super combined, AUT) all took their maiden Junior World Championship victories.
One of the highlights of the Championships was the Nations Team Event which was staged as a parallel slalom. Sweden won the tight head-to-head race ahead of Switzerland, just as in the previous year, with Germany finishing in third position
The coveted Marc-Hodler-Trophy, named after the long-time former FIS President, was won by Austria with 116 points, ahead of Switzerland (97 points) and Norway (94 points).