THE LAST TIME the best junior alpine skiers in the world came to Sweden to compete for the FIS Junior Alpine World Ski Championship medals was thirty years ago. This year the Championships is back on Swedish soil. On Monday, March 6, the championships kicked off with downhill training in a slope that tested the athletes’ abilities.
The sun came out right in time for the junior athletes to kick off the FIS Junior Alpine World Ski Championships on Monday, March 6. The week started off with the first of two downhill training sessions for both the ladies and the men to prepare for the downhill competitions on Wednesday, March 8. Due to hard winds at the top the start had to be moved down, but it seemed the athletes didn’t mind.
”It was a good ride” Swedish athlete Zack Monsén said after performing the sixth best time of the day.
The ladies’ training session saw two Austrian athletes performing the fastest times of the day: Nina Ortlieb and Franziska Gritsch. Swedish athlete Lin Ivarsson, who competes for for local alpine club Åre SLK, came in on the third best time in the training session.
In the men’s training session Maximilian Lahnsteiner, also representing Austria, was the fastest athlete of the day, followed by Olle Sundin, Sweden, and Erik Arvidsson, USA. Tomorrow, Tuesday March 7, another training session awaits before the competition section of the FIS Junior Alpine World Ski Championships of 2017 starts with the ladies’ and men’s downhills.
45 nations are represented in the championships that continues until March 14. The athletes will compete in Downhill, Super G, Giant Slalom, Slalom, Alpine Combined and Team Event and the winner doesn’t just get a medal but a ticket for the World Cup finals in Aspen later this season.
The FIS Junior Alpine World Ski Championships is hosted by Åre 2019, the host of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Åre in two years’ time.
See full results on www.are2017.com.