Italy’s Val di Fiemme rainbow dressed next year
World’s best young skiers to gather in Lago di Tesero and Predazzo
21 races scheduled from 27 January to 3 February, 2014
After the successful Nordic Ski World Championships housed last February and March, Italy’s Val di Fiemme gets ready to stage the 2014 FIS Nordic Junior & U23 World Ski Championships, from 27 January to 3 February, 2014. World’s best young XC skiers, ski jumpers and NC specialists will be facing each other inside the Predazzo and Lago di Tesero stadiums and will be warmly welcomed by the Fiemme team who has been working very hard in the past years and managed to reach impressive goals so far.
Dates and race schedule has been recently confirmed for the 2014 FIS Nordic Junior & U23 World Ski Championships, and reads as follow: first official trainings and meeting on January 27, while the very first competition will be the SJ Individual HS 106 (Junior - Ladies) on the following day in Predazzo Ski Jumping Arena. On Wednesday 29 January, the XC arena will host the Junior and U23 Sprint events in free technique, and on the following day the same venue will welcome the 10k and 15k U23 CT races. In the meantime, Junior ski jumpers will fire the stadium up with the Team HS 106 Ladies and Individual HS 106 Male events. The first Junior NC competition (HS106/10k) is also scheduled on Thursday 30 January. The skiathlon races will take place on January 31 (Junior – 5+5k and 10+10k) and February 1 (U23 – 7,5+7,5k and 15+15k). On the first day of February, the Junior HS 106/5k NC race and the male Team SJ event are also scheduled. Three further races will get on the Italian tracks on Sunday 2 February, namely 5k and 10k CT and NC Team race (HS 106/4x5k), both in Junior category. The very last event of the 2014 FIS Nordic Junior & U23 World Ski Championships will be the Relay XC races on Monday 3 February at the XC Stadium in Lago di Tesero.
At the 2013 World Championships held in Liberec (CZE), Russia and Germany national teams grabbed 18 and 11 medals each (both Junior and U23). The two squads are certainly considered the most favourite ones in Italy as well.
Val di Fiemme and Trentino region will be housing the FIS Nordic Junior & U23 World Ski Championships for the first time, while this event has already been partly or entirely organised in Italy five times in the past. The very first Nordic Junior World Ski Championships took place in France in 1968, while the U23 section was added from 2006 onwards.
Several current stars of senior world skiing took part in the U23 and Junior categories in the past: Petter Northug, Dario Cologna, Markus Hellner, Marit Bjoergen, Therese Johaug, Katerina Neumannova, Lukas Bauer, Thomas Morgenstern, Gregor Schlierenzauer, Alessandro Pittin, to name a few. Some more are on the way to Val di Fiemme next winter.