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Historical FIS World Championships in Turkey
For the first time in history, Turkey will be hosting the FIS Nordic Junior/U23 World Ski Championships. From 19th-26th February 2012 the world's best Nordic junior athletes and U23 Cross-Country skiers will be fighting for medals in the Turkish resort of Erzurum, which hosted the Winter Universiade last year.
All Cross-Country skiing and Nordic Combined competitions will take place in the Kandilli Nordic Ski Center, which covers an area of 160 hectares. The Cross-Country and Biathlon Center is located 37 km away from the city of Erzurum. The competitions in the Kandilli Cross-Country venue will be carried out on 2.5km, 3.75km and 5km courses and two (1.6km and 1.3km) sprint tracks. Meanwhile, the Ski Jumping competitions will be held in at the Kiremitlik Tepe in Erzerum itself. The HS 109 hill record holder there is Yumu Harada (JPN) who jumped 106.0 m on 31st January 2011.
The Nordic Junior World Ski Championships feature three individual events: a free technique sprint, a 5/10 km classic for ladies/men, a 10/20 km skiathlon for ladies/men, and the relays. The U23 skiers will be fighting for titles over a free technique sprint, an individual 10/15 km start competition and the 15/30 km skiathlon. In Ski Jumping, men's and ladies' team and individual competitions will be carried out with two names prominent ahead of others: Youth Olympic champion Sara Takanashi (JPN) and overall World Cup leader Sarah Hendrickson are expected to be the first rivals for gold. In Nordic Combined, two individual (1 jump/10 km, 1 jump/5 km) and one team competition will be held.
A total of 35 teams with 224 junior and 146 U23 athletes have been entered for the Cross-Country competitions and around 200 Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined athletes are expected to participate.
The Marc Hodler Trophy is awarded to the most successful team across all three disciplines. A national team receives points for the best two top 10 results in a competition (1st place: 10 points...10th place: 1 point) with the nation with the most points claiming the prize, named after the late long-time former president of the International Ski Federation. At the Junior World Ski Championships 2011 in Otepää (EST), Norway collected 142 points to win the Trophy
For more information visit: http://www.erzurum2012jwsc.com
Contributed by Michal Lamplot and Egon Theiner