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Norway Tops Junior Worlds Medal Count

Tue, May  1, 2007 - By FIS

Four official FIS Junior World Championships were staged during the 2006/2007 season. The 26th FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships took place in Flachau/Altenmarkt/Zauchensee (AUT) from 4th – 11th March, 2007. In great conditions and impeccably carried out by the experienced World Cup organizers, the speed events were raced in Zauchensee and the technical events in Flachau.

Originally scheduled for January 29th - February 4th in Tarvisio (ITA), the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships were postponed together with the under-23 Cross-Country Championships to March 12-18, 2007. Thanks to great efforts by the organizers who despite lack of snow and very warm temperatures were able to stage the Cross-Country Skiing competitions in Tarvisio (ITA) and the Ski Jumping competitions in nearby Planica (SLO).

The 3rd FIS Freestyle Junior World Ski Championships were organized at a very high level by Ticino Freestyle in Airolo (SUI) from 16th March –19th March. The season’s last Junior Worlds were the 11th FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships held in Bad Gastein (AUT) from 10th-13th April.

At the top of the 2006/2007 Junior World Championships medals table is Norway which won six gold medals among its 14 total medals. Norway also topped the medals table for this year’s FIS World Championships ahead of Austria. The most Junior Worlds medals, 23, were won by Austria.

Both Switzerland and USA won 11 medals, while Finland collected nine and Sweden eight. Slovenia gathered four gold medals, and a total of seven medals, thanks to the great performances by its young slalom skiers and ski jumpers.

All in all, 22 nations won medals at this year’s four FIS Junior World Championships.