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The young South Tyroleans showed off in Kitzbühel.

It's not just Schieder and Paris that shine on the Streif

South Tyrol's young Alpine racers can look back on an intense weekend. At the local level, the focus was on the Raiffeisen Grand Prix series and the state downhill championships; nationally, the state squads took part in the Gran Premio Italia. But the “young wild ones” also knew how to impress in Kitzbühel.

Last Thursday the national champions were crowned in Reinswald as part of the first of two downhill runs that are part of the Marlene Cup. Among the young women, Leonie Girtler (Renngemeinschaft Wipptal) came out on top in the U18 age group, achieving the best time of 58,85 seconds on the Schönebenpiste. She narrowly relegated Nora Damian (Seiser Alm/+0,06) and Nora Pernstich (TZ Überetsch-Unterland) to the places of honor.

In the U21 age group, victory went to Nicole Ploner from Val Gardena (59,19), who left behind Greta Morandell (TZ Überetsch-Unterland) and Tessja Rungg (Prad). For the boys, the national championship title in the U21 category went to Emanuel Lamp (Gsiesertal/56,62), who lost out to Tommy Lochmann (Vigiljoch) and Felix Braun (Tscherms). Haflinger Lorenz Ranzi won the U18 age group in 58,02 seconds. Luis Schuster (Kronplatz) and Noah Gamper (Tscherms) took the places of honor here. Nora Damian (U18), Nicole Ploner (U21), Luis Lechner (U18) and Emanuel Lamp (U21) won the second downhill run for the Marlene Cup.

The new national downhill champions.

The Raiffeisen Grand Prix series also continued at the weekend with several giant slaloms. On Puflatsch (Centre Zone), the organizing Seiser Alm Ski Team celebrated a triple success in the U14 young women's category with Annalena Piok (2.03,22), Hannah Mahlknecht (2.03,79) and Nika Kerschbaumer (2.04,47). Among the boys of the same age, Pascal Kostner from Val Gardena (2.00,14) came out on top ahead of Felix Profanter (2.01,98) and Samuel Gruber (2.02,08/both Seiser Alm). In the U16, Arianna Putzer (SC Gröden/1.58,89) was completely convincing. Her teammate Nicole Piccolruaz took second place (2.00,20), third was Emma Ladurner (Seiser Alm/2.02,07). There was also a double victory for the boys born in 2008 and 2009 by Matthias Mahlknecht (1.57,48) and Christian Kostner (1.57,51), while David Angerer (Seiser Alm/1.58,29) came third.

Merano 2000 and the Wallpach 1 slope were the venue for the West Zone race. Marie Unterthurner (Riffian-Kuens) was the fastest in the U14 in 1.48,32:1.48,67 minutes. Her teammate Noemi Laimer took second place (1.48,88:14), while Klara Weger from Sarnen came third in 1.43,90:1.43,98. The boys' U1.44,13 team was won by Hannes Pichler (SC Jochgrimm) in 16, ahead of Samuel Prantl from Ultimo (1.42,07) and Michael Thaler (1.43,65) from Sarntal. Rittner Victoria Klotz won the U1.43,88 in 16:1.40,87, ahead of Miriam Andreatta (ASC Hafling/1.41,96:1.42,25) and Laura Wenter Heiss (ASC Sarntal/XNUMX:XNUMX). Leon Schöpf (Vinschger Oberland) was the winner of the UXNUMX and achieved the best time of the day in XNUMX:XNUMX, relegating Max Spögler (Sarntal/XNUMX:XNUMX) and Benjamin Graf (XNUMX:XNUMX) from Passiria to the places of honor.

The podium in the U14.

The young racers from the East zone were at the start on the Gitschberg. Isabel Wisthaler (Taisten/1.43,54) won the U14 category ahead of Amy Happacher (3 Zinnen Dolomites/1.45,11) and Francesca Miribung (Ski Team Alta Badia/1.45,46), in the Burchen Hannes Valentini (Ski Team Alta Badia /1.47,02) ahead of Elias Obojes (Kronplatz Ski Team/1.47,10) and Felix Tscholl (TZ Jochtal/1.47,20). In the U16 young women's category, Sophie Schweigl (Kronplatz Ski Team/1.42,31) held her own ahead of Nadine Lercher (3 Zinnen Dolomites/1.46,59) and Petra Leiter (Skiclub Ahrntal/1.46,92). Among the boys of the same age, Alessandro Galluzzi (Ahrntal Ski Club/1.43,35) won the day, ahead of Mattia Chiericato (Kronplatz Ski Team/1.43,97) and Noah Gasteiger (Ahrntal/1.44,39).

Zucchini with podium triple

Francesco Zucchini (ASV Prad) made it to the podium three times in the slalom last week as part of the Gran Premio Italia series. In Sestriere, the national squad athlete came third once. In Valgrisenche in the Aosta Valley, the 20-year-old achieved another third place before even winning at the end.

With Florian Schieder (2nd) and Dominik Paris (3rd), two South Tyroleans were able to leave their mark on the two descents as part of the 84th Hahnenkamm Race in Kitzbühel. In the run-up to what is probably the most legendary ski race in the world, six young South Tyrolean athletes also took part in the Longines Future Hahnenkamm Champions 2024. Arianna Putzer, Alenah Taschler, Victoria Klotz, Matthias Mahlknecht, Nicola Zampedri and Noah Gasteiger came in behind Germany and Austria 1 third place.

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