The Swiss Junior Downhill Championships that took place on the Mont Lachaux slope in Crans-Montana counts equally for the classification of the Discipline as for the classification of the Alpine Combined. During the Alpine Combined race, it is a young man from the Bernese Oberland, with a renowned name, who was at the top: Noel von Grünigen, 19 years old - son of a famous World Cup skier, two-time world champion in Giant Slalom, Michael von Grünigen - won the gold medal in the category M21 (years 94-96). Thanks to the best time in the Slalom run, he left John Felber (SC Horw) in the second place the Valaisan Dario Walpen (SC Eggishorn Fiesch) in a tie with Luca Beutler (Eggiwil) in the third position.
In the category M18 (97/98), it is another young man from the Bernese Oberland, Marco Kohler (SAK Haslital Brienz) who brilliantly won the title in front of Marco Odermatt (SC Hergiswil) and Moreno Caplazi (SC Lenzerheide-Valbella). In spite of some fog banks, the athletes benefitted from a fair slope. The Swiss Junior Championships had just finished as the Organising committee of the World cup had already set its eyes on the European Cup Men who will be hosted by Crans-Montana from Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 January. In the programme a Giant Slalom, a Super-G and an Alpine Combined, with the participation of 143 athletes from 16 countries. About 50 percent of the athletes involved have already participated in World Cup races! Spectators can already be enthusiastic to be able to come see such passionate and high level races.
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