Nordic

Utah Prepares for 2017 Nordic Junior and U23 Worlds

by
USSA
2016-08-29 10:45
 

PARK CITY, UT (Aug. 29, 2016) – It’s been just over a year since Utah was awarded the bid for the 2017 FIS Nordic Junior and U23 World Ski Championships. The Olympic venues in Park City, UT and Midway, UT are gearing up to host the world’s best junior athletes Jan. 28 – Feb 5, 2017. With over 700 athletes expected to compete, the Juniors Worlds will be the largest international skiing event held at these venues since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), in conjunction with the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation and its venues at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City and Soldier Hollow Nordic Center in Midway, as well as the Utah Sports Commission, put forth and won the bid for the event in June 2015. Both venues have a long history of hosting international and domestic competitions, including the nordic events for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The Junior Worlds will be comprised of cross country, ski jumping and nordic combined competitions, including the first ever women’s ski jumping team event. Athletes will represent 40 nations and compete in 21 events across the three disciplines. Over a thousand athletes, coaches and support personnel are expected from around the world.

“Hosting these championships not only enhances the sustainability of Utah’s Olympic Legacy but is also an opportunity to showcase the nordic sports,” said USSA Executive Vice President, Athletics Luke Bodensteiner. “We expect to see some exceptional performances from the top junior athletes, and we hope these performances will inspire youth and adults alike to view nordic skiing as a healthy, life-long activity. It’s going to be a great event for the community.”

The communities of Park City and Midway are coming together to ensure an exceptional experience for athletes and spectators during the event. Local hotels and business partners will provide athletes with unique social experiences and the opportunity to experience Utah’s culture. The Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow will be hosting multiple elite events prior to Junior Worlds, including the L.L.Bean U.S. Championships for ski jumping, nordic combined and cross country, ensuring any necessary venue updates are noted and made.

“Soldier Hollow and the Utah Olympic Park will showcase Utah’s commitment to providing athlete training and competition venues at world class levels,” said Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation President & CEO Colin Hilton. "The cross country courses and nordic jumps will provide for a challenging and exciting competition. I am excited to see the Heber Valley and Park City communities work together to welcome and support over a thousand athletes and coaches from nearly 40 countries.”

More information and updates on the 2017 FIS Nordic Junior and U23 World Championships can be found at www.utah2017.com.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The 2017 FIS Nordic Junior & U23 World Championships are coming to Utah Jan. 28 – Feb. 5, 2017.
  • The event will take place at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, UT and Soldier Hollow in Midway, UT and include competitions in cross country, ski jumping and nordic combined.
  • U.S. athletes competed for Junior Worlds spots on these same venues at the L.L.Bean U.S. Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships in July 2016 and will also compete at the L.L.Bean U.S. Cross Country Championships in January 2017.
  • Over 700 athletes will represent 40 nations and compete in 21 events.
  • The event is expected to attract over a thousand athletes, coaches and team support personnel.
  • This will be the largest international skiing event held at the venues since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
  • The organizing committee will open a variety of volunteer opportunities for the event. More information can be found at www.utah2017.com.
     

 

QUOTES

Luke Bodensteiner, Vice President, Athletics, USSA
Hosting these championships not only enhances the sustainability of Utah’s Olympic Legacy but is also an opportunity to showcase the nordic sports. We expect to see some exceptional performances from the top junior athletes, and we hope these performances will inspire youth and adults alike to view nordic skiing as a healthy, life-long activity. It’s going to be a great event for the community.

Colin Hilton, Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation
Soldier Hollow and the Utah Olympic Park will showcase Utah’s commitment to providing athlete training and competition venues at world class levels. The cross country courses and nordic jumps will provide for a challenging and exciting competition. I am excited to see the Heber Valley and Park City communities work together to welcome and support over a thousand athletes and coaches from nearly 40 countries.
 

2017 FIS NORDIC JUNIOR & U23 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS COMPETITION SCHEDULE
All cross country competitions will be held at Soldier Hollow in Midway, UT.
All ski jumping competitions will be held at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, UT.
Schedule subjec to change.

Monday, Jan. 30
Opening Ceremonies

Cross Country
Women’s and Men’s Class Sprint Qualifications and Finals (JWSC)

Tuesday, Jan. 31
Cross Country
Women’s and Men’s Class Sprint Qualifications and Finals (U23)

Nordic Combined
Individual Gundersen HS100 Trial and Competition
Individual Gundersen 10k

Wednesday, Feb. 1
Cross Country
Women’s 5k Freestyle (JWSC)
Men’s 10k Freestyle (JWSC)

Ski Jumping
Women’s HS100 Trial and Competition
Men’s HS100 Trial and Competition

Thursday, Feb. 2
Cross Country
Women’s 10k Freestyle (U23)
Men’s 15k Freestyle (U23)

Nordic Combined
HS100 Team Trial and Competition
Team 4 x 5k

Friday, Feb. 3
Cross Country
Women’s Skiathlon 5C/5F (JWSC)
Men’s Skiathlon 10C/10F (JWSC)

Ski Jumping
Women’s HS100 Team Trial and Competition
Men’s HS100 Team Trial and Competition

Saturday, Feb. 4
Cross Country
Women’s Skiathlon 7.5C/7.5F (U23)
Men’s Skiathlon 15C/15F (U23)

Nordic Combined
Individual Gundersen HS100 Trial and Competition
Individual Gundersen 5k

Sunday, Feb. 5
Closing Ceremonies

Cross Country
Women’s 4x3.3k Relay C/F (JWSC)
Men’s 4x5k Relay C/F (JWSC)

Ski Jumping
Mixed Team HS100 Trial and Competition