700 athletes from 40 different nations are registered to participate in the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in Lahti in January 2019. After receiving the preliminary entries, the Organising Committee anounced that the number of athletes will be about the same as last year’s Championships in Goms-Kandersteg (SUI).
The Nordic Combined Ladies will have their first major international competitions in Lahti, whereas it has not increased the overall number of athletes since they carried out a test event at the Championships in Kandersteg last year.
Cross-Country Skiing will be the biggest discipline with 472 skiers from 40 nations, including non-traditional countries without their own mountains and snow, including Brazil and Thailand. In Ski Jumping, 143 athletes from 21 countries will be competing and Nordic Combined will feature 103 male and female athletes from 16 countries.
Hannu Lehman, Chief of Competition, is happywith the number of participants: ”We are happy about the continued big interest. You never know about the number of “exotic” countries, if the teams will attend or not. This year we’ll have teams also from Mongolia and Iceland”.
In addition to the athletes, there will be approximately 400 staff and team members.
Snow making at the Lahti Sports Centre started a week ago and the jumping hill HS100 is ready and open for jumping. The first kilometers of the Cross-Country tracks are also open and more will be ready soon. Some national teams will train in Lahti in upcoming weeks.