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Alpine Junior World Ski Championship 2008

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From the 22 of February to the 1st of March the Spanish Ski Ressort of Formigal will host the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championship.

Located 53 km away of Jaca, Formigal Ski Ressot will celebrate the Downhill, Super G, Gigant Slalom and Slalom competitions. More than 400 skiers from all over the world will take part in the World Championship.

In their website you can see an English video explaining all the details about the Championship (Accomodation, transport, location...):

Formigal 2008

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The World Championship starts in Formigal...

First ever Alpine Junior Worlds start in Spain

The ski resort of Aramon Formigal is serving as the first Spanish host of the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships, held there from 22nd February until 1st March 2008. Situated in the Tena Valley in the Aragon Pyrenees, in the region of Aragon, Formigal is staging an unforgettable event for almost 400 athletes aged 15-20 representing some 40 countries from around the world. His Majesty The King Juan Carlos I himself is chairing the Honorary Committee of the event. Young racers compete in the downhill, super-G, giant slalom and slalom races of which the technical events will be held on the Collado slope while the piste for the speed events is called Tres Hombres.

The ladies Super-G on Saturday, 23rd February kicked off the competition schedule. The opening race of the 2008 World Junior Championships was won by Germany's Viktoria Rebensburg followed by Austrians Anna Fenninger in second and Stefanie Moser in third.

The championships continue with downhill training for both men and ladies Sunday and Monday while the men's downhill is the next race on 26th February. The men's and ladies' giant slalom events on Friday, 29th February are scheduled to conclude the event.

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Well, the World Junior Championship has already finished...

Formigal 2008: Championships conclude with giant slaloms

The FIS Alpine Junior World Championships concluded Friday in Formigal (SPA) with the giant slalom races for both ladies and men. After a day of rain and fog, the sun returned to wish the young racers a good return trip home.

In the ladies' giant slalom, Anna Fenninger of Austria, silver medalist in the super-G in the opening race returned to the podium as winner after she had been 4th in downhill and 8th in slalom. With that, she also took the victory in the combined.

Germany's Victoria Rebensburg completed her medals collection from Formigal, by adding a silver to the gold from super-G and bronze from downhill. Bronze was won by Tessa Worley of France, who is also known from top ten results in World Cup this season.

The ladies' combined silver went to Larisa Yurkiw of Canada, followed by Eva-Maria Brem of Austria.

In the men's race, Marcel Hirscher (AUT) successfully defended his gold from last year's Junior Worlds and added a second gold to the one he won in slalom in Formigal. Together with Fenninger, Hirscher were the only athletes to win two gold medals, while Rebensburg captured three.

Markus Nilsen of Norway captured the silver medal ahead of Matts Olsson of Sweden. The top three also led after the first run in the same order.

In the combined event, a tally of points from the slalom, giant slalom and downhill races, Matts Olsson claimed the men's gold. He finished 3rd in GS, 10th in slalom and 4th in downhill. Kristian Haug of Norway took the silver and Hagen Patscheider of Italy the bronze.

In the medals table, Austria again collected the most medals with a total of 10 of which 5 gold. With two gold medals and one each silver and bronze, Germany finished 2nd ahead of Italy that collected one of each.

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