ITALY SECOND IN THE MEDALS TABLE BEHIND FRANCE BUT WITH A RECORD NUMBER OF MEDALS.
The programme of the EYOF2023, the European Youth Olympic Festival, in which more than 1300 athletes from 47 nations took part, came to an end today with the awarding of the last medals.
The last day of competition saw the alpine skiing competitions with the men’s and women’s super-G and the biathlon with the mixed 4×6 km relay.
In Tarvisio, the women’s Super-G shone with Tatum Bieler winning bronze behind Switzerland’s Laura Huber (gold) and Austria’s Nadine Hundegger.
In the men’s race, the podium was only 9 hundredths apart. Hungary’s Attila Banyai won ahead of Norway’s Rasmus Bakkevig (who thus repeated his silver medal from the giant) and Moritz Zudler (who thus won his second bronze medal after the one from the giant).
In Forni Avoltri, the biathlon programme ended with the mixed 4×6 km relay, which gave Italy a wonderful bronze medal. The Italian relay team climbed the podium together with France (gold) and Germany (silver).
This race is decisive in determining the final medal table of the event, in which France takes the top spot with 7 gold medals, overtaking Italy, which remains at 6 medals of the noblest metal, but with a record total of 21 medals (6 gold, 8 silver and 7 bronze). Third is Austria, also with 6 gold medals.
Last night the final of the men’s ice hockey tournament took place in Torreano di Martignacco with a clear victory of Switzerland over Latvia (5:0 the result).
Today at 5pm, the closing ceremony of a very successful edition of the EYOF2023 will take place at the Udine Exhibition Centre. The European Olympic flag will be handed over by the EYOF2023 organising committee to the representatives of Borjomi and Bakuriani in Georgia, the country that will host the next edition of the EYOF in two years’ time.