Henrik Kristoffersen grabs 5th World Junior Championships title!
HAFJELL, NORWAY: Norway’s alpine sensation Henrik Kristoffersen raced to gold in the men’s giant slalom in the FIS Alpine Junior World Championships. Kristoffersen won by almost a second down to silver medalist Loic Meillard from Switzerland, while Marcus Monsen from Norway completed the podium and took home the bronze medal.
The defending junior world champion was already in the lead after the first run, and spectators and Kristoffersen himself, was expecting him to take home his fifth gold medal.
“I’ve felt the pressure and I think many people, including me, expected me to win today. But it’s very fun to take home the gold medal”, he said after the race.
Kristoffersen now equals the record of Benjamin Raich for most Junior World Championship victories as both racers achieved an impressive five wins in the men’s category. Tomorrow he has the opportunity to set a new record.
“It’s fun to be tied with Raich, he has won a lot over the years. Although it would be fun to win tomorrow and beat the record”, said Kristoffersen.
Todays second place finisher Meillard has already scored a first, a second and a third place at FIS Europa Cup level this year. The silver medal in todays race seems to be a logical sequence of his strong performances previous this season.
“I’m really happy with the silver medal and my second run today. I was a bit hard to race in todays condition, but I’m satisfied”, Meillard said.
Kristoffersens teammate and todays bronze medalist Marcus Monsen scored his third Junior World Championship medal.
“My goal was to score a medal in this championship, so I’m very happy that I managed to do that”, Monsen said.
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