The FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships will take place, for the first time in Garmisch-Partenkirchen from 1st-7th March 2009. 350 young alpine ski racers, born 1989-1993, from 40 nations will be competing for medals in Downhill, SG, Giant Slalom, Slalom and a Combined which is a tally of the results in GS, SL and DH.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the small town "under the Zugspitze", is one of the most famous winter sport resorts of the whole alpine region. In the coming years the host town of the Winter Olympic Games 1936 and the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships of 1978 has big events coming up. In 2011 the Alpine Ski World Championships will once again take place in the Bavarian towm. At the same time Munich together with Königsee and Garmisch-Partenkirchen apply for the candidature of the Winter Olympic Games in 2018.
Several of the participating athletes have even already made their mark on the World Cup circuit. Names such as Lara Gut (SUI), Anna Fenninger (AUT), Tessa Worley (FRA), Marcel Hirscher (AUT), Tina Weirather (LIE) and Viktoria Rebensburg (GER), who will be defending three medals from the 2008 championships in Formigal (SPA), are well known from this season's results list at the highest level.
The Junior Worlds have a special importance as one of the major milestones onto the way to the 2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The competitions take place on the newly renovated and reconstructed world championship slopes, the legendary Kandahar (DH, SG, GS) and the Gudiberg Mountain (Slalom, with a spectacular new finish in the historical Olympic Stadium). Entry is free and the organizers look forward to great crowds to cheer on the young stars. Walter Vogel, managing director of the event organization commented: "We would like to provide the young athletes a memorable time in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and motivate them to continue on their way towards the international elite". Peter Fischer, head of the organizing committee added: "Garmisch-Partenkirchen will provide the youngsters with a proper stage, appropriate for World Championships, to present themselves. The spectators will surely be impressed by the level of their performances".
The opening ceremony will take place today on the Mohrenplatz in the Centre of Garmisch. Also the first competition, the Ladies' Slalom, will take place today. The award ceremonies of the single contests will be celebrated every evening at 6 PM at Mohrenplatz. On Wednesday the 4th of March at 7:30 PM there will be a big Party for athletes and attendants.