BRONZE IN THE MEN’S SKI CROSS AND SKI MOUNTAINEERING MIXED RELAY. ALL PODIUMS IN THE FIVE COMPETITIONS OF THE DAY.
The competition programme of the EYOF2023, the European Youth Olympic Festival, awarded more medals today on a day that saw the Italian team add one silver and two bronze to its medal tally.
In Tarvisio, after the first alpine ski race with the men’s special slalom (gold for France), there was a repeat today, again between the narrow poles, with the girls as protagonists. The most valuable medal goes to Austria’s Leonie Raich, who inflicts a nine-tenths gap on Germany’s Laila Illig. Third at two hundredths was Sweden’s Moa Landstroem. The “Azzurre” were unlucky because of the disqualification of Tatum Bieler, author of two excellent runs. Ludovica Righi finished in 17th position.
Women were also in the spotlight in Sappada. After the Italian gold and silver medals for the men on the first two days of competition, the women’s individual competition in the free technique followed. In the 5 km distance, gold went to France’s Margot Tirloy, who left the sprint duel between Finland’s Silva Kemppi (silver) and Switzerland’s Estelle Darbellay (bronze) behind. Best of the Italians, 22nd, Marie Schwitzer.
Great show on the ski cross course in Piancavallo with the grand finals. In the women’s race, Switzerland won with Chiara Von Moss ahead of Germany’s Mattli Maria Magdale Fersh and Sweden’s Alexandra Nilsson. There was bronze for Italy in the men’s event, with Paolo Piccolo taking the bottom spot on the podium along with German winner Nico Offenwanger and Sweden’s William Young Shing (silver).
From the ski jumping hill in Planica (Slovenia) comes a great silver medal for Italy in the women’s team competition. Italy is second behind hosts Slovenia. Germany is in third place, overtaken by the Italians in the final round of the jumps. In the men’s category, the podium was for Austria (gold), Poland (silver) and Germany (bronze).
In Forni di Sopra, the second day of competition for ski mountaineering with the mixed relay. Italy confirmed itself as a great protagonist and interpreter of this discipline by winning bronze behind Spain (gold) and the Swiss team.
Meanwhile, the curling rounds continue in Claut, women’s hockey in Spittal, Austria, and men’s hockey in Torreano di Martignacco before the finals and medal ceremonies on Friday.