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Ski mountaineer Annalisa Pitscheider (right) took third place at the Italian Championships in Forni di Sopra. © gilberto_baschiera

Rain of medals in the driving snow in Ridnaun

The Italian Biathletes Cup continued in Ridnaun at the weekend. At the same time, the races were also counted as Italian championships for the U17, U19 and U22 age groups. South Tyrol's ski hunters won numerous medals.

In the individual competition, in which a total of 177 ski hunters from all over Italy took part in light snow, Anna Anvidalfarei (SC Gröden) was the best South Tyrolean in the U17 (Aspiranti) age group in fourth place, while Jan Steinkasserer (1st) achieved a double victory in the boys' category .) and Julian Huber (2nd/both Antholz). Eva Hutter (finance guard) won the silver medal in the under-19 category. Among men of the same age in the “Giovani” category, Maximilian Leitgeb (Carabinieri) came sixth as the best local ski hunter. In the U22 category, Ridnaun was happy about the victory of a local hero, Birgit Schölzhorn (Carabinieri). Sophia Zardini (Antholz) and Denise Planker (Army Sports Group) also won silver and bronze. In the men's competition, Felix Ratschiller (Carabinieri) came second.


The Italian Championships in Ridnaun concluded on Sunday with the exciting relay competitions. In the boys' U17, South Tyrol 2 with Aaron Galiani, Aaron Niederstätter and Andreas Braunhofer prevailed ahead of South Tyrol 1 with Jonas Tscholl, Jan Steinkasserer and Julian Huber. Among the young biathletes of the same age, the title also went to South Tyrol, namely Thea Wanker, Anna Anvidalfarei and Tanja Wanker. Patrizia La Marchina, Sara Eisath and Eva Weiss won the bronze medal behind Aosta 1. In the U19 category, South Tyrol took sixth place among women, but fifth among young men. Maximilian Leitgeb and Hannes Bacher won the bronze medal with the Carabinieri sports group.

Group photo of the biathletes in Ridnaun.


Gold among the under 22s went not only to Christoph Pircher with the police sports group, but also to the South Tyrol women's team with Eva Hutter, Sophia Zardini and Birgit Schölzhorn. Meanwhile, Denise Planker and Gaia Brunello took second place with the army sports group.

The other competitions at a glance

NORDIC COMBINATION: Manuel Senoner from Val Gardena won the Nordic combined at the FESA Alpine Cup in Oberhof in Germany on Saturday. 24 hours later, the young talent took third place. His sister Anna was happy about fourth and fifth place. At the start there were two other combined athletes, Felix Mair and Iorio Min, who were able to gain a lot of experience. There was also a competition for special jumpers, in which Maximilian Gartner (35th) took part and demonstrated his talent.

SKI MOUNTAIN CLIMBING: There was also a success at the national level in ski mountaineering at the weekend. At the Italian Championships in Forni di Sopra, Annalisa Pitscheider (Badiasport) achieved third place in the U18 age group - in the Olympic sprint discipline.

SNOWBOARD: The snowboarders in Schnals have put in a double layer. The FIS races at the Glockenlift counted as FIS races for the overall ranking of the Alperia Cup and the parallel slalom on Saturday also counted as the national championship.

Sophie Rabanser was the best South Tyrolean with fourth place.


In the two women's FIS races there was a German triple success on Saturday, led by Mathilda Scheid. Sophie Rabanser (Gröden) took fourth place as the best Azzurra, who was also crowned national champion in the Junior age group. On Sunday, a German snowboarder, Hannah Gunkel, won again. Anna Victoria Mammone (Welschnofen) came tenth as the best South Tyrolean. In the men's race, the Austrian Julian Treffler took victory on Saturday, ahead of the Val Gardena veteran Georg Rabanser. Tommaso Felice Da Col took the junior national championship title, finishing in seventh place. Treffler was also unbeatable in the second men's race, Tommy Rabanser (Gröden) won the small final against Manuel Haller (Burgstall).

All South Tyrolean national champions in the various youth categories at a glance:
Years 2015-16: Nico Ungerer (Burgstall)
Years 2013-14: Nina Holzknecht (Villnöß) and Rafael Battocletti (Burgstall)
Years 2011-12: Lia Holzknecht (Villnöß) and Matteo Bogliolo (Burgstall)
Years 2009-10: Asia La Torre (Burgstall) and Tobia Mutschlechner (St. Vigil)
Born 2007-08: Sofia Federplayer (Villnöß) and Edoardo Leone Da Col (Welschnofen)
Born 2004-06: Sophie Rabanser (Gröden) and Tommaso Felice Da Col (Welschnofen)

FREESTYLE: Due to the weather, the Italian Cup for Freestylers (Freeski) could not continue with slopestyle in Madonna di Campiglio as planned. However, a rail contest was held in which the young South Tyroleans were able to impress. In the junior/senior category, Maria Gasslitter (SC Gröden) and Andi Engl (Vitamin-F Freestyle Club) each celebrated a day's victory, while Engl's teammate Tim Mairhofer came third. In the 2009-10 vintage category, Alex Putzer and Max von Aufschneiter took second and third place, while Maya Recla also won in the 2011-12 vintage category.

Maria Gasslitter (center of the picture) was happy about a day's victory.


CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: At the U14 Italian Championships in the Piancavallo cross-country skiing center, Magda Moser from ASC Sarntal made people sit up and take notice with two top performances. She not only took second place in the new competition format Skating Gimkana, but also won the silver medal in the distance race in the classic technique over 4km.

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