The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St Moritz, Switzerland, are over after two amazing weeks of ski racing. On Sunday, the Championships wrapped up with the men’s slalom where Marcel Hirscher won gold and fellow Austrian Manuel Feller claimed silver, with Felix Neureuther of Germany rounding off the podium in third. After the competition, it was time for St Moritz to hand over the event to the next championship host Åre 2019.

The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St Moritz were as full of sunshine as they were successful. After two weeks of competing in beautiful conditions the event ended on Sunday and the St Moritz organization presented the FIS flag to Åre 2019 that will host the next Championships two years from now.

The FIS flag symbolizes assuming the responsibility for the championships and it is handed over at the end of each championship to the host of the following championship. During the closing ceremony, the St Moritz local organizing committee president Hugo Wetzel and director Franco Giovanoli passed the FIS flag to the CEO of Åre 2019 Niklas Carlsson and Mats Årjes, CEO of Skistar, 50% owner of the Åre 2019 organizing committee, and President of the Swedish Ski Association.

– It’s an important day for us. We’re the next ones up and the spotlight will be on us from now on for the next two years. It’s a big but a fun task that lies ahead, says Niklas Carlsson.

In 2019, Åre will host the World Championships for the third time. The first time was in 1954 was followed by the second edition in 2007. Especially the 2007 event is remembered as a huge success, not only for the Swedish team that collected a whopping seven medals.

Up until the 2019 championships, the host organization will also stage a number of test events such as the FIS Ski World Cup Finals in 2018 and the annual city event at Hammarbybacken in Stockholm. Next up on the agenda are the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships in Åre in March 2017. For Åre 2019, the city event is especially important because it’s all about the future of alpine skiing.

– The most important thing about the Juniors is that we’re taking responsibility for the next generation of alpine skiers, says Hans Olsson, Project Manager for the Junior Worlds Åre 2017.

The FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships will take place in Åre from 6-14 March 2017.

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