The 2017 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships came to a close on Sunday, 19th March in Sierra Nevada (ESP) after producing 13 days of highlights for both Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding.
It was an event of epic proportions, which featured nearly 800 athletes from 50 nations and five continents competing in 26 medal events. The Organisers had to battle difficult conditions, but with some re-scheduling it was ultimately possible to hold the full programme.
“It was thanks to the hard work of the Organisers and their dedicated volunteers that these Championships were able to be successfully staged,” said FIS President Gian Franco Kasper.“ The Organising Committee did an outstanding job in handling the logistical challenges as well as difficult and varying weather conditions. The athletes put on a memorable show for the spectators, and fans on site as well as the worldwide television audience.”
Eduardo Roldán, FIS Council Member from Spain said at the Closing Ceremony. “The emotion, pride, and honour are feelings that overwhelm us, and which summarize the success that has made athletes shine in the excellence of this ski and snowboard resort of Sierra Nevada.”
The United States and France paced all nations in the combined Freestyle Ski and Snowboard medals table, each taking home an impressive 13 medals. USA’s strength came in Freestyle Ski, where the nation picked up four gold medals, two silver and two bronze medals. Meanwhile, the Austrians were the powerhouse in Snowboard with six medals, including four golds.
At the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, Sierra Nevada officially handed over the FIS Flag to 2019 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championship host, USA. The Championships will be staged in Park City, Deer Valley and Solitude, Utah.