Henrik Kristoffersen wins historic 6th Junior Worlds title, Moltzan takes first big international victory!
HAFJELL, NORWAY: Local hero Henrik Kristoffersen became historical after winning his 6th gold medal in the FIS Alpine Junior World Championship today. A regular at FIS Europa Cup races and defending super-G junior World Champion, Marco Schwarz (AUT) landed in second position, 1.55 second off the pace. AJ Ginnis (USA) crossed the finish line with a 1.75 second margin and grabbed the bronze medal.
After being equal to Benjamin Raich after yesterday’s competition, Kristoffersen now is the most winning male alpinist in Junior World Championship history.
“I like to beat records and this is great! In a way it was already historic yesterday to tie with Benjamin but it’s even cooler to be the record-holder now on the men’s side. Success doesn’t come easy. There’s a lot of hard work involved.”
Born in 1994, it was the last showing of 20-year-old Kristoffersen at this level as he is no longer eligible to compete at Junior Worlds.
“It’s been a great end to my junior career. Now, I have to become grown-up, gain some weight and even behave like a grown-up”, Kristoffersen joked.
Paula Moltzan with first big international victory
In the ladies’ slalom, which started shortly after the conclusion of the men’s race, Paula Moltzan (USA) raced to gold. Moltzan clocked the fastest time by +0.65 and +0.99 down to Marlene Schmotz from Germany and Katarina Truppe from Austria.
“I am really happy as I wasn’t expecting this at all. It’s a nice surprise! In the first run, I ran first and the conditions were just unreal,” the happy Junior World Champion said after the race.
It was Moltzan’s first big title on an international stage. The 20-year-old who landed in fourth at the past Junior Worlds in Jasna (SVK), recently did an outstanding job on the “biggest stage”, the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Vail-Beaver Creek (USA) where she ranked 20th in the slalom.