OVER A THOUSAND YOUNG SKIERS IN VAL DI FIEMME (I)
Italy’s Val di Fiemme houses the 35th Skiri Trophy XCountry
Over a thousand young skiers to compete tomorrow and Sunday
‘Sport as a game’ says Olympic legend Franco Nones
Skiri Trophy hand in hand with the Kinder+Sport ‘Joy of Moving’ project
The 35th Skiri Trophy Xcountry is about to take the floor, better yet, it is getting on the Val di Fiemme tracks tomorrow and Sunday with an exciting two-day event dedicated to young champions. The XC Skiing Arena in Lago di Tesero recently hosted the FIS Tour de Ski’s last stages and three Nordic Combined World Cup legs, and now is about to open its doors to over a thousand young boys and girls from all over the planet who will compete, as mentioned above, in tomorrow’s and Sunday’s races. The first two categories will start off at 14.00 tomorrow, while older categories will jump on their skis on Sunday at 9.30. All races will be in classic technique only.
‘We had tons of registrations in the very last days – OC coordinator Nicoletta Nones says – due to a recent flu outbreak. We have planned many side events on both days, our mascot Skiri will entertain everyone, there will be a special lottery and our main partner Kinder+Sport will set up an authentic village of booths beside the tracks and in Castello di Fiemme town center.’
Kinder+Sport created an international project named ‘Joy of Moving’ that brings the joy of movement into the life of all children. The idea is to go well beyond the importance of physical activity for its own sake. According to the Joy-of-Moving manifesto, movement is the first form of communication a child discovers and children can learn values like friendship, respect and loyalty through sport and movement in every day life. All participants to the 2018 Skiri Trophy Xcountry will receive a unique ‘Joy of Moving’ t-shirt, a shoe bag and a skipass holder.
In the Mid-Eighties the local Gruppo Sportivo Castello di Fiemme founded the XC skiing event and Franco Nones, who won gold in the 30 km race at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, was among the creators. ‘Our main goal is the same today than it was then – said Nones – we wish that passion, happiness, amusement and respect may be solid values that children share during these two days. Sport, especially when you are that young, must be considered a game and some sort of a school of life.’
Two combined events have been created this year by the OC, Skirilonga ties the Skiri Trophy to the Marcialonga skimarathon while Skiri+Pinocchio combines the trophy in Val di Fiemme with a similar event that will take place in Modena province in a couple of weeks.
Race bib distribution is scheduled tomorrow from 9.00 until 12.00 at the XC Skiing Stadium in Lago di Tesero. As said, the first race will be at 14.00, a Revival event with former participants will take place at 15.30 and the official opening ceremony will be at 17.30 in Castello town centre. A theatre show with acting and clown performances is scheduled at 20.30 in Tesero theatre tomorrow.
Races on Sunday will kick off at 9.30 and the prize giving and closing ceremony will take place in Castello at 15.00.