Miyazaki won gold in the historic race

Nordic Combined ladies competed in a historic race today at the JWSC. Today was the first time ever that World Championship medals were awarded in women’s Nordic Combined competition.

After ski jumping Austrian Lisa Hirner was in the lead. Gyda Westvold Hansen from Norway was second, leaving 12 seconds after Hirner for the skiing part of the competition.
Japanese Ayane Miyazaki jumped the third best, leaving 22 seconds after Hirner.

The gold medal battle was between Miyazaki and Westvold Hansen. Westvold Hansen lead the competition after the final downhill, but Miyazaki passed her just before the last curve, taking home the historic gold medal.

– Getting medal was my goal in this competition. Getting gold was a surprise that is hard to comprehend, but I’m really happy about it, Miyazaki told.

– It was really hard race. I had a good cross country race. In the end I was not able to keep up with Ayane but I’m satisfied, Westvold Hansen said.

Bronze medalist, Japanese Anju Nakamura, left to the skiing part from the 16th position, one minute and 41 seconds after Hirner. In the finish line she was just 18,5 seconds behind the winner Miyazaki.

– I’ve trained skiing 4 years now and jumping is not my strength. Coming here and being able to be so good with the skiing made me very happy, Nakamura told the press.


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Schmid took the gold medal at men’s nordic combined

The fourth day of FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships at Lahti finished with U20 men’s nordic combined individual HS100 and 5 km freestyle skiing competition.

The winner of the whole competition was Julian Schmid from Germany with margin of 5,3 seconds. Johannes Lamparter from Austria was the silver medalist and Norwegian Jens Luraas Oftebro took the bronze. He crossed the finish line 8,2 seconds after silver medalist Lamparter.

Oftebro had the lead after ski jumping part. He jumped 92 meters so as Lamparter who headed to track just one second after Oftebro. Schmid was third at hill with 91,5 meter’s jump and got to the track two seconds after Oftebro.

German made his attack at last uphill and run away from Oftebro and Lamparter.

Schmid was happy with his jump and when he crossed the finish line. Schmid told press about his decision to attack at the last uphill.

– Johannes and Jens were so close behind me. I thought ‘makes beat, makes beat’ and then my coach said that I have a little gap and then I gave everything over the top, told Junior World Champion.

His next step is to get some starts at World Cup. Schmid thinks that Friday’s team competition in nordic combined will be very interesting.

– Austria and Norway are very strong this year. Also team Germany is very good on the hill, said Schmid.

Silver medalist Lamparter was especially happy with his jump.

– In the end I’m very satisfied to have a medal on my neck, told Lamparter.

He planned to attack also at last uphill.

– Julian did it a little bit better, said Lamparter.

Bronze medalist Oftebro told the press that the race was extremely hard.

– Very tough weather and lot of snow. At the end I’m very satisfied with the medal here, said Norwegian.

He told press that the top three planned to work together at cross country part.

– We wanted to work together to keep the gap from other athletes. I think we did it well, said Oftebro.


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Lapierre continued strong success of France at JWSC2019

The fourth competition day of FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships at Lahti included U23 men’s 15 kilometer cross country freestyle race. Number one was French Jules Lapierre with clear margin of 29,8 seconds.

Fight of the second place was really tight. Michal Novak from Czech Republic took the silver medal with margin of just 0,02 seconds ahead of the bronze medalist Ivan Yakimushkin from Russia.

Winner Lapierre was happy with his performance today.

– It was a very good day for me. I’m very happy and in good shape. I like the track. It’s very tough.

France has started JWSC2019 in a strong way. French Jules Chappaz took a gold medal on Tuesday. Lapierre said to the press that this is the best way to start these World Championships. Lapierre will still take part in 30 kilometres race on Friday.

Silver medalist Novak was a little surprised of the result. He didn’t expect so good race. Novak took the first medal for Czech Republic in these competitions.

Novak thought that the track suited him very well.

– I competed here last year in world cup and previous year.

Novak will still take part at least 30 kilometres on Friday.

The bronze medalist Yakimushkin thought that first two laps were really tough for him.

– Sure I’m glad about the medal but still I’m far from my ideal condition but today I showed my best.

Yakimushkin didn’t yet know how his season continues.

U23 men’s next competition is on Friday. They compete medals on mass start 30 kilometer classic style race.


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Istomina strongest in ladies U23 10km freestyle competition

FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships continued today with cross country U23 ladies 10 kilometer freestyle competition. Mariya Istomina from Russia won the race with a margin of only two seconds before Finnish Eveliina Piippo.

– It was a really hard and tough race, Istomina told the press.

– In general, leaving last was an advance for me.

Piippo told the press that her tactic was to go first round pretty easy and give it all in on the second round. In her own words, instead of doing that, she started pretty fast but had enough power to keep the same pace all throughout the race.

Both girls will compete in Ulricehamn, Sweden in the World Cup and therefore will not compete again in the Junior World Championships this year.

Norwegian Tiril Udnes Weng was 29,6 seconds behind Istomina and took home the bronze medal.

– The race was really tough. There were a lot of uphills in the course and I like the downhills best, Weng laughed at the press conference.

– The two girls in front of me were lot stronger, so I’m happy about the bronze.

U23 ladies will compete again on Friday when the race will be mass start 15 kilometer classic style.


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French Jules Chappaz won the gold ahead of Terentev and Andersen in U20 10km Free

FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships continued with Cross Country U20 10 km competition on the third day of the races. French Jules Chappaz took the win in the men’s competition. Russian Alexander Terentev took silver medal and Norwegian Iver Tildheim Andersen bronze medal.

French Chappaz took the win and felt very good.

“My start position was last. My plan was not to go so fast in the end but the coaches support gave me confidence. I started really fast and I was the last to leave, so I was able to follow the times. It was an advantage for sure. I rested yesterday and prepared for today well. I am taking part in the 30 km and the relay this week.”

Russian Alexander Terentev was the silver medalist 21 seconds behind the gold medalist Chappaz. The weather didn’t bother Terentev that much, since his home is in the same climate as in Lahti.

“Today was a tough race and I began too fast and I could’t keep the same pace”, said Alexander.

Andersen thought that the competition was probably the hardest race of his life.

“Lots of attention for the race and I felt the pressure, because it’s important race and I think that made it so special, said Andersen. He was really satisfied with today result. Andersen was 27.2 seconds behind Chappaz.

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Frida Karlsson was the strongest in 5km in Lahti JWSC2019

FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships continued with Cross Country U20 ladies 5 km free. Swedish Frida Karlsson was the winner of the women’s competition. It was emotional win for her.

“It was fun to ski today. I just wanted to have my revenge”, Karlsson said after the race.

Frida Karlsson succeeded today after Sunday’s disappointment in sprint competition.

Norwegian Helene Marie Fossesholm was the silver medalist 11,1 seconds behind the gold medalist Karlsson.  Fossesholm was also satisfied for today’s race. Fossesholm was especially happy with her technique today.

“The course required a high level of stamina and high level of technical ability, I loved it. I’m looking forward 15 km and I will fight it to the podium.”

Third of the women’s 5 km was Finnish Anita Korva. It was a second start to Korva in championships and also a second medal. She was satisfied for today after difficulties during the training period. She said that the first kilometres of race were hard but then her body woke up and it was a good race.

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Valnes and Lundgren were the gold medalists of second competition day

FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships continued with Cross Country U23 Sprint competitions on the second day of the races. Swedish Moa Lundgren took the win in the women’s exciting competition and Norwegian Erik Valnes was strong winner of the men’s race.

Lundgren thought that the competition was really tough.

– I was so tired, said Lundgren.

Lundgren also said that a medal is always a goal for her. She didn’t know yet what competitions she’s going to take in the races.

Norwegian Tiril Udnes Weng was the silver medalist just 0,05 seconds behind the gold medalist Lundgren who take the won tightly.

Also Weng thought that the race was tough but felt good today.

– Moa was strong at the last fifty meters. I am a bit disappointed that I didn’t take the gold but silver is also good, told Weng.

Weng will still take part in women’s 10 km race.

Third of the women’s final was Russian Aida Bayazitova. She crossed the finish line 3,78 seconds after the winner. Bayazitova told the press that she was a bit tired after the race but all was good in today’s competition.

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Winner of the men’s race, Erik Valnes won the sprint qualification with margin of 5,13 seconds. He also won all of his heats. Valnes was a little surprised of his good shape.

– My shape has been good for some weeks now. I tried to keep the phase high.

Valnes doesn’t compete in other races at these competitions.

Sergey Ardashev took the silver medal in the sprints. Russian told the press that he did his best in the finals and made his maximum result and thought it was not possible to fight with Erik in today’s race. Ardashev crossed the finish line 1,38 seconds after Valnes.

Ardashev also said that he is taking a train in the evening to Russia so he don’t take part in any other races in Lahti.

Norwegian Joachim Aurland was third with margin of 0,62 seconds behind the silver medalist. Aurland was satisfied with his own performance but a little bit disappointed that he didn’t managed to get the silver medal.

– It was nice to compete here, said Norwegian.

Aurland will still take part in the men’s 30 km race on Friday.

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Skistad and Terentev claim victories in U20 sprints at JWSC2019

FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships started today with Cross Country U20 Sprint competitions. Winner of the women’s race was Norwegian Kristine Stavaas Skistad and Alexander Terentev took the win in the men’s competition.

Skistad was very happy with her competition.

– It was a really good competition. I will be competing again in 5 kilometer race and in relay, said Skitad.

Polish Monika Skinder was second with margin of 0,63 seconds behind the winner. She said that she didn’t have any tactics for the race. She will be competing again in the relay. Finnish Anita Korva came in third 0,71 seconds behind winner Skistad.

– We had a really good competition today and it was very even for all of us. I hope I can keep good result in every competition, said Korva.

The gold medal favorite, Swedish Frida Karlsson was fifth in the final.

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The front-runner of the men’s sprint, Russian Alexander Terentev, won the race with margin of 2,88 seconds. Terentev really liked the course in Lahti.

– The course was really nice for me, a lot of uphills which is very suitable for me, Russian told the press.

He will be competing again in the 10 kilometer freestyle race. He also said that he will be hopefully competing in the relay.

Norwegian Ansgar Evensen came in second.

– The competition was really tough and it was a hard course. I am very happy.

Evensen told the press that he is gonna chill for the rest of the competition week and hopefully compete in the relay. Evensen’s country-man, Haakon Skaanes was third with only one hundredth of a second behind the silver medalist.

– The competition was hard, there were a lot of strong athletes. The race was really close at the end. My tactic was to go all out. I tried to keep at the winner’s pace but he was a lot faster. I wanted to be in a good position in the last uphill.

U20 skiers continue their competitions on Tuesday, women with 5km and men with 10km freestyle races.

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Janne Ahonen is the Ambassador of JWSC2019

Ambassador for the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships will be, one of the best ski jumpers ever, Janne Ahonen. Ahonen himself compete two times in a JWSC, and everyone knows what Ahonen achieved in his career. You could not have a better ambassador for junior world championships.

“I have good memories about JWSC, of course. When I participate in first time, I hadn’t so much experience for international competitions. First one was in Harrachov, legendary place for ski jumping, so I got good memories from there. That competition felt so big back then”, Ahonen says.

Ahonen have a lot to tense in these championships. Janne’s son Mico Ahonen will compete in Lahti.

“That’s good thing. That was one of the seasons main goals for Mico to make the team. But you could not be too satisfied for that. Now when Mico is in the team, lets try to get best result that is possible. Although Mico could compete in these games for many times after these Lahti games.”

Ahonen is one of the best ski jumpers ever, so he certainly can give some advices for young ski jumpers.

“You have to remember that these games are just same kind of ski jumping that they have jumped in every competition this year. Focus on your own jumping and do same things what you have done earlier and have learned before. It is a same kind of competition even though it’s a world championship”, Ahonen reminds.

Ahonen has an honour to hand out the trophys for mens individual ski jumping competition on Thursday. Ahonen takes this task for pleasure, but have some thoughts about that ceremony.

“I don’t know how many of these young ski jumpers will remember who Janne Ahonen is. Maybe they remember. Of course, it’s nice that some of these kids have watched me jumping, so it’s nice to be part of that prize giving ceremony”, Ahonen smiles.

Positive snow control for JWSC2019 in Lahti

Everything starts to be ready for the JWSC in Lahti! Snow control is looking good and weather forecast sounds promising for  the upcoming days. Ski jumping hill and skiing tracks are ready for the competitions!

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The HS100 is in profile. The snow is mainly artificial snow, the latest layer shot at the end of November. Above the human-made snow base, there is some natural snow compressed with snow roller. The in-run has FIS certified TOPSPEED® ice track with a cooling system.

The hill has been open for training from Nov 30th 2018.

Cross Country

The 2,5km North and 2,5km South courses have similar snow construction as at the ski jumping hill and have adequate snow situation. The base of the snow-pack is artificial snow, on top, there are layers of groomed natural snow.

“The whole 5km course network (2,5km North and 2,5km South) has been covered by artificial snow. There is also an additional 1,6km course for warming up, located pretty close to the service area. This course has also been covered by artificial snow in early season.” -Annmari Viljanmaa, CC snow control report for JWSC 2019 (Jan 8th 2019)


Snow depth in Lahti area is 30cm, and some more fresh snow is still expected in the coming days. According to the forecast, the temperatures will remain below zero until the event.


Live stream available in FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships

FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in Lahti will be shown via live stream. All events, excluding qualifications, will be streamed during the 20th until 27th January.

Production of the live stream from the Junior World Championships is an important part of the mission of Finnish Ski Association and the event organizers: creating a visilibility of young talented athletes and shown the high-quality sport events for the large amount of audience in Finland and abroad.

”One of the goals of Finnish Ski Association is to increase the visibility of young athletes. With the production company Videpe we can offer high-quality live stream, which is also financially reasonable”, says the Executive Director of Finnish Ski Association Mika Kulmala.

Aino-Kaisa Saarinen, Secretary of General of Junior World Championships sees the importance of the live stream.

”It is very important, that we can offer the live stream with large scale. There has been a lot of questions concerning the live stream. Junior World Championships is the main goal for the athletes during their career and we are proud to show the highlights for the audience as well.”

Live stream will be produced by Videpe Oy and it is shown via internet www.jwsc2019.com. The event pass (8 days) costs 29,99 euros and day pass 8,99 euros.

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SEO will be the presenting sponsor of JWSC2019

Finnish Energy Cooperative, SEO, is the presenting partner of FIS Nordic Junior and U23 Cross-Country World Ski Championships. SEO is local but has nationwide distribution channels. Partnership between SEO and Junior World Championships is based on similar values and the desire to support young athletes.

Junior World Championships are being held on 20-27 January in Lahti. SEO’s CEO Arto Viljanen is extremely happy with this partnership and hopes for a national coverage and also success at sport.

“We think precisely, what kind of partnerships we go into. Aino-Kaisa Saarinen introduced her case so convincing that we decided to go along in this local event”, says Viljanen.

JWSC2019 starts in two weeks and preparations have gone well.  Secretary General  Aino-Kaisa Saarinen is happy how arrangements have gone and is relief about that winter has made its way to Lahti.

“The big picture starts to be clear and now we focus on smaller details.  Biggest thing is snow. Now it is coming from the sky and also from snow cannons. Tracks are ready”, tells Saarinen.

Saarinen is giving a big thank you to the organizing committee for all of the hard work.

“Organization has proved again, that things are done extremely well here and athletes can focus on making results. Its very important”, Saarinen says.

Junior World Championships are the main goal of the season for many athletes, and it can open doors for next competitions. World Cup in Salpausselkä and World Championships in Seefeld are in many athletes’ minds.

“Let’s hope that audience is coming to watch success stories which are made in here. We are going to see some exiting races and get new stories, when young athletes race against each other in world championships”, Saarinen ends.

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A brand-new track will be used in FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in Lahti

A brand-new track will be used in FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in Lahti

FIS Nordic Junior and U23 Cross Country World Ski Championships are soon here and preparations are going fast. Last changes on the track were made in early December and also a new track was acknowledged by FIS. Competition Manager Mr. Hannu Lehman tells about what kind of a process it has been to get the skiing routes approved and in good shape.

“The new 3,3km relay track was acknowledged by FIS on the 7th of December. The brand-new track was built on two different routes, because U20 ladies have an unusual skiing length 3,3 kilometers”, Lehman tells.

Tracks in Salpausselkä will definitely not be easy, even though it’s Junior Championships in question.

“This is a World Cup level track and not just made for the young athletes. Biggest rise on the track is 41 meters and total rise is 136 meters. If we will have World Cup relays in the future, this is a good track for it. So, it’s definitely a tough route”, Lehman convinces.

“This track is quite unusual, as normally in relays classic and free part tracks go different routes, but here these go side by side.”

Young athletes are skiing on tracks familiar from MM 2017 Lahti

The tracks in Junior Championships will be an interesting test for the young athletes. The tracks are the same that were used a couple years earlier in adult’s World Championships.

“Apart from the relay track all the other tracks will be same than in Lahti 2017 World Championships. Northern and southern routes are the same, and the sprint track is also completely the same”, Lehman tells.

Conditions in Lahti are in order

Preparations for the upcoming event are on the run and everything seems to go well.

“The tracks will be finished up now after Christmas. The situation is really good, we will see great competitions”, Lehman promises.

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Over 700 athletes from 40 nations taking part in the FIS Junior Ski World Championships in Lahti

Preliminary entry deadline a week ago fulfilled the pre-expectations concerning the amount of athletes and nations taking part for the FIS Junior Ski World Championships in Lahti in January 2019. Over 700 athletes from 40 different nations are in on the entry lists.

The amount of athletes will be the same as previous year in Goms-Kandersteg, Switzerland. Ladies Nordic Combined was as the test event already last year so it will not that much increase the number of athletes.

Cross Country skiing will be the biggest discipline as usual with, all together U20 and U23, 472 skiers. All 40 nations are represented in XC with the exotic countries as Brazil and Thailand.

In Ski Jumping there will be 143 athletes from 21 countries and in Nordic Combined 103 from 16 countries. Chief of Competition Mr. Hannu Lehman is satisfied with the participators.

”Number of nations is exactly the same as last year, so we need to be satisfied. You never know about the exotic countries, if the teams are in or not. This year we’ll have teams in Lahti also from Mongolia and Island”, says Lehman.

In addition with the athletes there will be approximately 400 team members, which is a bit more than in Switzerland.

Snowmaking in Lahti Sports Center has begun a week ago and the jumping hill HS100 is ready and open for jumping. The first kilometers of Cross country skiing track is also open and more will be ready soon. National Teams, for example in ski jumping, will train in Lahti in up-coming weeks.

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Aino-Kaisa Saarinen appointed as Secretary General of Lahti Ski Games and JWSC2019

Multi-world champion and Olympic medallist Aino-Kaisa Saarinen has been chosen as the new secretary general of Lahti Ski Games. The secretary general is in charge of the event production of Lahti Ski Games and acts as the supervisor of the event organisation.

Saarinen will also serve as the secret ary general of the Nordic Junior World Ski Championships to be organised in Lahti in late January 2019.

In addition to serving as the secretary general, Saarinen will be in charge of the executive producer duties at the event management company Lahti Events year-round. Aino-Kaisa Saarinen will take up her new duties in early August.

Managing Director at Lahti Events Emilia Mäki believes that Saarinen’s background will be a huge asset in the new position. Saarinen has a good understanding of the game orga nisation and knows the people involved in it thanks to her background as a top athlete.

– AinoKaisa not only has a long and excellent experience in Lahti Ski Games but also a strong vision on how Lahti Ski Games event organising should look in the future. Mäki believes that Saarinen will bring a new and fresh perspective to the games.

The former top skier is excited about her new position. Saarinen , who ended her career as a professional skier last season at Lahti Ski Games, reminisces about the amazing atmosphere of the games.

– I was flattered at Lahti Ski Games how people came to see my performance and to cheer me. I feel that in a way, this is my chance to give back to the audience by being part of the event organisation and by developing the event. Lahti Ski Games is a wonderful winter tradition the atmosphere of which all friends of winter sports together with their families are eagerly waiting for.

Saarinen is planning the event to become more like a winter event targeted at families because Aino – K aisa herself has unforgettable memories of the winter festival already from her childhood, from her career as an athlete, as a mother and also through her children’s grandparents.

Athletes, too, are waiting for skiing tracks in Salpausselkä to be in top condition in order for them to be able to get good results. And it is the results and exciting competitions that people come to see because these create the atmosphereSaarinen sums up.

The 94th Lahti Ski Games will be held on 8.–10. February 2019 in Lahti. Nordic Junior World Ski Championships will be held on 20.–27. January 2019 in Lahti. Lahti Events Oy will be in charge of organising the event.