The 2017 FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships concluded last weekend in Spindleruv Mlyn (CZE) with the slopestyle and big air competitions. This season, the events were split across three different venues and two nations.
Slopestyle and Big Air
In Spindleruv Mlyn, 16-year old Tess Coady (AUS) won gold, both in slopestyle and big air to become the first Australian rider ever to win a Junior World Championship in a snowboard event.
On the men’s side, 16-year old Yuri Okubo (JPN) prevailed in the big air competition while Chris Corning (USA) defended his slopestyle title from the previous year. The 17-year old crowned a successful season which saw him win silver in big air and bronze in slopestyle at the recent senior FIS Snowboard World Championships in Sierra Nevada (ESP).
In halfpipe, 32 emerging young talents showed their skills in the famous superpipe in Laax (SUI). Home favourite Berenice Wicki (SUI) and Hyeon-Min Cho (KOR) pulled off impressive tricks to be crowned Junior World Champions at just 14 years of age.
Cross and Alpine Snowboard
In Klinovec (CZE), the young riders battled in the events of snowboard cross, team snowboard cross, parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom from 18th-21st February.
Team Russia led the countries with four titles and four silver medals which amounted to one third of the 24 possible podium places.
The most successful rider also came from Russia: just like in 2016, Kristina Paul claimed the gold in the individual snowboard cross event, whilst claiming silver in the team event.
Russia wins Marc Hodler Trophy
Combining all the FIS Snowboard Junior World Championship events, Team Russia convincingly earned the prestigious Marc Hodler Trophy for the best overall team performance with 108 points ahead of Switzerland (69) and the United States (68). The medal standings were also dominated by Russia with eight medals ahead of the United States with six and Australia with four. In total, eleven nations took home medals. Click here for the standings.
For full results, click here.