Grass Skiing crowns world’s best in Kaprun and Sauris

The FIS Grass Skiing World Championships concluded on 9th September 2017 in Kaprun (AUT). The most significant biennial event for the world’s best grass skiers had perfect weather and a great atmosphere.

The Championships, which were opened by Klaus Leistner, Secretary General of the Austrian Ski Federation, were attended by athletes from nine nations, representing two continents. 

The event programme featured eight medal events in super-G, combined, slalom and giant slalom for both, ladies and men. Overall, five nations – Austria, Czech Republic, Italy, Japan and Slovakia – took home medals  with the Czech Republic dominating the medals tally with three gold, three silver and one bronze ahead of host nation Austria (3,2,3) and Japan (1,1,2).

To the great joy of the home crowd, Austria’s Jacqueline Gerlach was one of the biggest winners of the weekend, winning three medals. The 26-year old cruised to gold in slalom and giant slalom and silver in the combined event.

On the men’s side, Jan Gardavsky (CZE) was the most successful athlete as he claimed four medals with gold in super-G and giant slalom, and silver in slalom and the combined event.

The event featured up to 500 spectators per day with many media on site. It was enriched by the presence of high-ranking political officials and representatives of the Austrian Ski Federation.

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Youngsters shine in Sauris

Prior to the senior events, the world’s best Grass Skiing juniors competed at their World Championships from 28th August-1st September in Sauris (ITA). 37 athletes from eight nations born between 1996-2001 competed in eight medal events.

As in the senior Championships, the Czech Republic dominated the medals standings with seven medals (five gold, two silver) ahead of Japan (three gold, one silver, three bronze) and Italy (three silver).

Among the shining stars, Chisaki Maeda (JPN) and Martin Barak (CZE) stood out as the most successful athletes. While the 19-year old Japanese took gold in slalom, giant slalom and super-G, 17-year old Bartak took all there was to win, by claiming gold in all four medal events in the men’s field.

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“We have seen extremely well organised FIS Senior and Junior Grass Skiing World Championships in Kaprun and Sauris respectively. The Championships have certainly given great boost to the discipline. Special thanks should be expressed to the Organising Committees including their many volunteers for their hard and dedicated work”, commented Heidi Pfister, Chair of the FIS Grass Skiing Committee.