While the world’s top racers compete at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St Moritz, the Åre 2019 organizing committee is preparing to welcome the stars of the next generation for the Junior World Championships 2017. Starting on March 5, 320 athletes from 46 nations will arrive at Åre.

The world’s greatest alpine athletes are competing in FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St Moritz. At the same time, the alpine stars of the next generation are preparing for the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships 2017 in Åre. The event will welcome approximately 320 athletes to compete from 6-14 March in downhill, super-G, slalom, giant slalom, alpine combined and in the nations’ team event.

Assistant Sports Director and former alpine athlete Hans Olsson knows what the Junior Championships mean to the young athletes.

– This is an event of a lifetime for a junior athlete, the greatest experience in your career so far. It’s a stepping stone onto the next level of your alpine career, says Olsson, who holds a gold medal from the Junior Championships in super-G in 2004.

The athletes competing will represent 46 nations from all over the world and the organizers expect over 250 team guests per day. The workforce dedicated to make the experience for the athletes the best possible consists mostly of experienced local volunteers.

– I can really recommend working as a volunteer. I started doing it in 2005 and I am really hooked on it now, says Tompa Eriksson who joins the volunteer crew as often as he can.

The FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships kick off on March 6 with official training and a welcome party for the athletes.

Photo: Klas Rockberg