Tuesday, March 3, 2009

2009 FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships

After 2006, when the World Championship were last staged in Asia (Vivaldi Park, Korea), nearly 300 young riders, born between 1989 and 1993 (in the half-pipe competitions athletes born between 1989 and 1995 are qualified to participate), representing 25 nations will be participating in the 13th FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships in Nagano (Japan) from 3rd to 7th March.
In Nagano, in the center of Japan's main island, Honshu, about 200 km from Tokyo, Snowboarders will compete for the titles in four of five World Cup disciplines: Parallel Slalom, Parallel Giant Slalom, Snowboard Cross and Half-pipe.
For Snowboard as a discipline, going to Japan also means a return to the site of its first inclusion in the Olympic Winter Games. The first Olympic Giant Slalom was staged in 1998 on Mt. Yakebitai, whereas the first Olympic Half-pipe competitions were held in Kanbayashi. This time, the competitions will be organised by the Shiga Kogen Ski Club in the Chubu Region, in the shadow of Mt. Fuji. Shiga Kogen is the largest ski resort in Japan, lying in the heart of the Johshinetsu Kogen National Park, and has already hosted 12 FIS Alpine World Cup events for Men and for Ladies. Specifically, the Parallel events will be hosted at the Yomase Onsen ski resort, the half-pipe at the Takaifuji ski resort and the Snowboard cross competitions at the Ryuoo ski park.