12. - 19. 2. 2011

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Tuesday February 15 2011 09:38 PM
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The second day of the European Youth Olympic Festival 2011 brought plenty of sports events, with the program featuring as many as eleven disciplines. While we had watched the Cross Country and Alpine skiers race before, the biathletes, jumpers, Nordic combined athletes and snowboarders all competed for the first time.

Biathlon – 12.5 km boys: Germans rule
The programme consisted of individual races for 88 participants – 12.5 km for the boys. Having rightfully won gold in the boys’ category, Matthias Dorfer from Germany shone with happiness at the finishing line during the symbolic flower ceremony. “I didn’t expect to place so well. I am all the happier because I am not the only German on the winners’ rostrum,” Dorfer said proudly. His teammate Roman Rees finished third.

Complete results here.


Biathlon - 10 km girls: Two misses enough for gold
Gold in the girls’ category went to the German athlete, Laura Dahlmeier, who left 78 opponents behind. “I feel wonderful. Only two misses in shooting  but my running was excellent. I am incredibly happy about the gold medal,” Laura Dahlmeier described her triumph.

Complete results here.

Classical sprint - girls: The Swedes set the pace
The white track race continued on the second day with a 1.15km sprint. The competition started with 79 athletes but only the elite thirty reached the finals.  Although there was not a single Czech athlete left in the semi-finals, the spectators still watched a fierce fight for the medals. The sprint ended with a clear triumph for the Swedish athletes, with Stina Nilsson taking gold. The silver medal was won by her compatriot, Sofia Henriksson, the champion of the classical 7.5 km race held on Monday.

Complete results here.

Classical sprint - boys: The unbeatable Finn
The race had a clear winner in Christoffer Lindvall from Finland. The eighteen-year-old, starting only with number 74, narrowly beat the greatest front-runner Artem Maltsev from Russia. “My biggest thanks go to our technicians. I felt great about them,” the winner applauded his team. Bronze was taken by the German representative, Lennart Metz.

Complete results here.


Giant slalom - boys: The front-runner didn’t give the opposition a chance
A record number of 101 Alpine skiers lined up at the start. The favourite on paper, Norwegian Henrik Kristoffersen, fulfilled his role, winning with a fifty-second lead. “I have won a few races before but this is quite outstanding. I did my best in the race and showed everyone what I have to offer,” said the ecstatic Kristoffersen.

Complete results here.


Snowboardcross: Swiss-Italian triumph
The first Snowboarding discipline at the Kořenov-Rejdice venue ended with a great Swiss-Italian triumph. In the girls’ Snowboardcross, the Swiss, Caroline Weibel won gold. In the time qualification competition of 29 athletes she finished ninth and then easily passed through the elimination four-member quarterfinal and semi-final rides. “I can´t believe it! It´s amazing! These are the best riders from all over Europe,” Weibel wondered at her victory.

The boys’ race was clearly dominated by Italians, who placed first and second. The winner was Matteo Menconi, who finished as low as seventh in qualification. “Just to get to the finals was a success, it was very difficult. And to win! It’s terrific!” Menconi rejoiced. His compatriot Maurizio Bormolini’s ride won silver.

Complete results here.

Nordic Combined – boys: The German rolled the Austrian favourites
44 athletes from 13 countries were at the start of the Nordic Combined at Ještěd. From the very beginning the Austrians were the favourites on paper. They met these expectations when Markus Gruber landed on the 101.5 metres mark, leaving all the other athletes behind. He did not make use of his head start though and the finishing line was crossed first by the German athlete David Welde, who set off in fourth position, 1:08 min behind the leader.

Complete results here.

In the afternoon Ice Hockey match, Switzerland defeated Latvia 4:3. In the second game The Czech Republic defeated Slovakia 4:2.


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Did you enjoy the EYOWF 2011 in the Liberec Region?