Double win for Norway in the Ladies Downhill, Henri Battilani new Junior World Champion!
HAFJELL, NORWAY: On the last day of the FIS Alpine Junior World Championship in Hafjell it was set for downhill both ladies and men. The championship so far has been blessed with beautiful weather, and today was no exception. In the ladies race it was a double win for Norway. Mina Fürst Holtmann (NOR) clocked the fastest time at 1.32.58. She was followed by her teammate Maria Therese Tviberg (NOR) +0.50 and Nicole Delago (ITA) +0.75 behind.
“This is amazing! It feels so good to win the downhill today, and it’s even more fun to do it with my teammate by my side. To grab the gold medal after my second place in the Super-G feels great”, the new champion said.
The second place finisher was also happy with her race, and getting beat at the finish line by her teammate wasn’t that bad.
“I’m very happy that Mina is the one to beat me today. If it had been anyone else I probably would have been bitter, but it’s okay to loose to a teammate”, Tviberg said.
Henri Battilani new downhill champion.
In the men’s downhill, Italian Henri Battilani grabbed the gold medal. While Battilani crossed the finish line at 1.29.62, Marcus Monsen (NOR) raced to silver (+0.33) and Niels Hintermann (SUI) completed the podium +0.34 behind the winner.
“My season haven’t been so good, and I’ve had a lot of injuries especially in January and February. To win the gold medal here today is quite a surprise, but it feels amazing. It’s a great way to end my junior career”, Battilani said.
Marcus Monsen (NOR) was disappointed after the fourth place in the combined, and it tasted good to get his revenge on today’s downhill.
“I’m very happy with my silver medal today. I’ve had some problems with my back, and I haven’t raced downhill for several months – so it feels great to grab a medal today”, Monsen said.
Today was the last day of the FIS Alpine Junior World Championship here in Hafjell. It’s been an amazing time for athletes, volunteers, spectators and everyone involved.