Berchtesgaden (GER). Berchtesgaden has a good reputation for organising major international sporting events. They recently proved this as the host of the third FIS Snowboard World Championships in 1999 which was a huge success with perfect race action and a big Open air concert that drew thousands. This year they already organised one stage of the 1999/2000 NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup and will host the FIS Junior World Championships next weekend, from 11 through 13 February. During this time the snowboarding newcomers will compete for titles at the “Götschen”, the training centre of the German Ski Federation which is also the region’s ‘Boarder Dorrado’.
The event will be kicked off with the official Opening ceremony on 10 February, taking place in the Berchtesgaden Ice Arena.Exciting head-to-head duels in both Parallel Giant Slalom and Parallel Slalom as well as a competition in Europe’s most modern Halfpipe are scheduled for the weekend and beside the sports there’s also a lot of action going on with side events and parties all over. The most spectacular of those will be staged on Saturday, 12 February, when Antenne Bayern invites to the famous “Dance on Snow” party, starting at 19h30 at the Königssee parking lot.
300 riders and coaches from 27 nations registered for the Junior Worlds and some of those juniors recently joined ranks with the better known World Cup riders. “Aussi” John Fletcher needs to be mentioned, who finished second in the Snowboard Cross at Ischgl, Austria, last weekend. He will compete in all three disciplines at Berchtesgaden. German Christophe Schmidt for the first time participated on the World Cup tour once it stopped at Berchtesgaden in January and finished 23rd in the Halfpipe. His teammate Philipp Markthaler also needs to be considered since he claimed the Junior World Championship gold in sandboarding last summer.
Check out the stars of tomorrow and be part of the action at Berchtesgaden once the juniors compete for the titles and have fun at the side events.
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