FIS Nordic Junior/U23 World Ski Championships – Thursday February 2 Recap
The sun was shining as the athletes lined up for the first race of the day – another exciting day at Whistler Olympic Park! Day 6 of the 2023 FIS Nordic Junior/U23 World Ski Championships kicked off with the Junior Women’s Free 10km followed by the Junior Men’s Free 10km. In the afternoon, the Women’s and Men’s Ski Jumping took place, with Canada earning their first medal of the Championships! Light snow is expected overnight.
Norway dominated the podium in the Junior Women’s and Men’s 10km Cross-Country Individual Free event. Milla Grosberghaugen Andreassen took home the gold medal while her teammate Tuva Anine Brusveen-Jensen took home silver. Marina Kaelin won the bronze medal, claiming Switzerland’s first medal of the Championships. In the Men’s race, Finland’s Niko Anttola won the gold medal, while Norway’s Lars Heggen won silver. Thomas Linnebo Mollestad won the bronze medal, taking home Norway’s fourth medal of the day.
Canada’s Alexandria Loutitt won the gold medal in the Junior Women’s Ski Jumping with a total of 260.7 points. She is the first Canadian to win a World Junior Championships Ski Jumping medal since Steve Collins in 1980 and is fresh off of a World Cup win in Japan. Ski Jumping legend Steve Collins was there to watch her jump and had the honour of presenting the gold medal to Loutitt. Slovenia’s Nika Prevc took home the silver while Austria’s Julia Muehlbacher claimed the bronze. Shortly after, the Junior Men started their jumps, with Finland’s Vilho Palosaari winning the gold medal. Jonas Schuster of Austria won the silver medal and Jan Habdas of Poland won the bronze medal, securing Poland’s first medal of the Championships.
Junior Women’s Cross-Country Individual Free 10km:
- Milla Grosberghaugen Andreassen, NOR (26:55)
- Tuva Anine Brusveen-Jensen, NOR (+6.1)
- Marina Kaelin, SUI (+15.3)
Junior Men’s Cross-Country Individual Free 10km:
- Niko Anttola, FIN (23:35)
- Lars Heggen, NOR (+6.0)
- Thomas Linnebo Mollestad, NOR (+7.3)
Women’s Ski Jumping:
- Alexandria Loutitt, CAN (260.7)
- Nika Prevc, SLO (245.8)
- Julia Muehlbacher, AUT (221.1)
Men’s Ski Jumping:
- Vilho Palosaari, FIN (257.9)
- Jonas Schuster, AUT (257.3)
- Jan Habdas, POL (256.3)
REWATCH the full Livestreams of today’s events at the link below:
(Women’s Ski Jumping highlights included in the Men’s Ski Jumping Livestream)
HIGHLIGHT VIDEOS of the day:
Thank you to Salomon, Jaga Climate Designers, BN3TH, Seaspan, and Blackcomb Snowmobile for sponsoring today’s races!
Tomorrow on Friday February 3rd, Nordic Combined is back along with the U23 Individual Free 10km Cross-Country Skiing. The events begin at 9:45am (PST) with the Women’s Nordic Combined Junior – Ski Jumping.
Come be part of the action in-person at Whistler Olympic Park or tune in to the Livestream from home using the link below:
WATCH LIVE: https://www.wjc2023.ca/livestream/
TOMORROW’S SCHEDULE – FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3
9:45 am (PST) → Women’s Nordic Combined Junior- Ski Jumping (No Livestream)
10:00 am (PST) → Women’s Cross-Country U23 Individual Free 10km (Livestream)
11:30 am (PST) → Men’s Cross-Country U23 Individual Free 10km (Livestream)
11:30am (PST) → Men’s Nordic Combined Junior- Ski Jumping (No Livestream)
1:30pm (PST) → Women’s Nordic Combined Junior- 5km Ski (Livestream)
2:30pm (PST) → Men’s Nordic Combined Junior- 10km Ski (Livestream)
Check out the professional PHOTOGRAPHS by Official Event Photographers Joern Rohde and Doug Stephen of the races and opening ceremony here: drive.google.com/file/d/1rhZpQSjCP1Bc7Lww7DuuGlduHN5TsD9N/view?usp=sharing
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For more information on the event, please visit www.wjc2023.ca