The Åre 2017 Junior World Ski Championships concluded with the men’s slalom on Tuesday.

Among the shining stars of the event were 20-year old Loic Meillard (SUI) and 19-year old Nadine Fest (AUT) who stood out as the most successful athletes with two gold medals each, both winning the alpine combined, as well as the giant slalom (Meillard) and super-G (Fest).

Overall, eleven nations took home medals with team Austria topping the standings with three gold, four silver and five bronze medals, ahead of Switzerland and USA.

Austria also won the prestigious Marc Hodler Trophy for the best overall team performance with 125 points convincingly ahead of Switzerland (88) and Italy (50).

The Junior Worlds were a key part of Åre’s preparation for the next FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2019 and provided the organizers with a perfect opportunity to test their venues and train staff and volunteers.

Ken Read, Chairman of the FIS Youth and Children’s Sub-Committee commented: “Åre has given the young athletes a great opportunity to shine on the international stage. We would like to thank the Organizing Committee, including its many volunteers, who have worked very hard to stage excellent Junior World Championships. Åre is in good hands to prepare for the World Cup Finals 2018 and the Championships in 2019. We wish them best of luck!”