Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Saas-Fee International Youth Cup

From April 6th to April 9th the 43rd Youth Ski Cup took place on the former world cup slope Plattjen at Saas-Fee in Switzerland. The 150 competitors, aged between 9 and 15, came from 5 winter sports centres: Madesimo IT, Courchevel FR, Montafon (Schruns) AUT, Oberstdorf D and Saas-Fee CH, and represent their countries colours. Skiers competed in Giant Slalom and Slalom disciplines.
This is the 9th time that Saas-Fee hosted the International Youth Cup with the organization being handled by the local Ski club, the SSC Allalin Saas-Fee, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
Founded in Madesimo, Italy in 1966 by Mauro Gian Nova, this "Youth Olympiad" includes all the highlights known to us all from the Alpine competitions of the adults including opening celebrations as the nations march in with their banners from the village square to the Kalbermatten sports field, the lighting of the Youth Cup flame, the moving award ceremony with national anthems and the crowning closing ceremony on the village square.