St. Moritz 2017 grand opening and first medallists

The 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz (SUI) presented by Audi got underway on 6th February, with FIS President Gian Franco Kasper officially opening the event during the Opening Ceremony.

The next day in the ladies super-G, it was Austrian Nicole Schmidhofer earning the first gold medal, beating Tina Weirather (LIE) and crowd favourite Lara Gut (SUI). On the men’s side, Erik Guay (CAN) raced to super-G victory today, 8th February, ahead of Kjetil Jansrud (NOR) and his teammate Manuel Osborne-Paradis.

On 5th February, Gian Franco Kasper met the media for the official opening press conference together with the President of the Local Organising Committee, Hugo Wetzel, Swiss Ski President Urs Lehmann, Swiss Television Head of Sport, Roland Magerle and FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis.

It is the fifth time that the Swiss town, located in Canton Graubuenden, has welcomed the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. The previous editions were in 1934, 1948, 1974 and 2003. The region is famous for its international sports events as it was also the host of the Olympic Winter Games in 1928 and 1948.

“We are thrilled to have the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz for a fifth time,” said Kasper. “There is not a doubt in my mind that the next two weeks will be a fantastic celebration of Alpine ski racing both on the slopes and around the entire town of St. Moritz and the region. The Organisers have worked tirelessly to ensure that the athletes will have ideal conditions to show world class performances in their quest for gold.”

All in all, nearly 600 athletes representing 76 nations have entered to participate. In total there will be 11 medal events; five individual competitions each for men and ladies and the mixed team competition.

View the World Championship schedule here.

For an overview of all the activities and events during the Championships, the St. Moritz 2017 mobile App can be downloaded here for iOS and Android.

For further information, stay tuned to the official website and follow the hashtag #stmoritz2017 on Social Media.