With sunny skies back on the menu, and racing on shorter courses than the seniors, it wasn’t any easier for the youth athletes – majority of their course was at lower elevations, thus, skiing on an even thinner snow-pack than seniors the day before.
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Individual Race – Men
In the junior category, Italian athletes completely swept the podium and once again are confirming that the depth of talented skimo athletes in their country has no limits:
- Davide Magnini – ITA
- Nicolo Canclini – ITA
- Enrico Loss – ITA
In the cadets category, it was two Swiss athletes winning gold and silver, with third place going to Italy:
- Aurelien Gay – SWI
- Leo Besson – SWI
- Alessandro Rossi – ITA
USA had a single athlete – Ian Clarke – competing and gaining experience in the junior category. While Ian is a seasoned cyclist he loves to skimo in the winter. Today, he finished 23rd.
On a shorter course, there were 3 cadets representing USA today. Top result went to Quinn Simmons (also a cyclist in the summer) who crossed the line in 11th only 8min behind the winner. The other two cadets – Henry Hanes and Henry Boyd – finished 16th and 17th respectively.
» Full results – juniors and cadet
Individual Race – Women
In women’s junior and cadet races, the podiums were a lot more colourful with 5 countries dividing 6 medals.
Women’s junior podium was:
- Giulia Murada – ITA
- Ekaterine Osichkina – RUS
- Julia Casanovas Cuairan – SPA
And here is the podium for the cadets category:
- Justine Tonso – FRA
- Samatha Bertolina – ITA
- Caroline Ulrich – SUI
The teams race, the longest one of these championships, is scheduled for tomorrow. Italian and French teams will be the biggest favourites.
USA will have 4 men’s and 4 women’s teams with John Gaston / Max Taam having the best chances in men, while Janelle Smiley / Jessie Young team will try to sneak into the top 5.
Canada will have 3 men’s and 2 women’s teams on the start. Everyone is looking forward to a long day in the mountains.