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36th edition of Skiri Trophy XCountry
in Val di Fiemme (Italy) on 19th and 20th January
10% of the registration fee will be donated to the association “Amici Trentini”
Baby, Cuccioli, Ragazzi and Allievi but also Revival competitors
“Combined” rankings: Skirilonga and Pinocchio

After consulting the students of the school Liceo del Design e delle Arti “G.Soraperra” in Pozza di Fassa for the realization of the sketches for the trophy, the sports group G.S. Castello is ready to organise the Skiri Trophy XCountry on 19th and 20th of January, which has kept the youngest cross-country athletes waiting for a year. The trophy celebrates its 36th edition ‘Kinder+Sport Joy of Moving’ and has become a point of reference for the young cross-country athletes. The “mini-world championship” will take place at the Cross-country Stadium in Lago di Tesero in about fifty days – on the World Snow Day 2019 – and will see a great number of countries and many children also from overseas compete in Val di Fiemme.

Entries will open on 1st December, and the categories “Baby”, “Cuccioli”, “Ragazzi” and “Allievi” will enjoy an event full of fun on the snow. The “Baby” (2009-2010) will compete on a 1.5-km-long track, the “Cuccioli” (2007-2008) will cover 3 km (female category) and 4 km (male category), the “Ragazzi” (2005-2006) 4 km (female category) and 5 km (male category), and the “Allievi” (2003-2004) 5 km and 7 km. Registrations must be sent to G.S. Castello di Fiemme no later than Tuesday 15th January; only online registrations are possible, accessing the section on the website of the event and paying the registration fee of 11 euros (limit of participants: 1,400). Next January there will also be an event for adults, i.e. a 5 km race in classic technique reserved for all those who participated in the previous editions of Skiri Trophy XCountry.
Each participant will receive a rich race pack with gadgets offered by the organizing committee, including a technical race cap and material provided by the partner Kinder+Sport Joy of Moving; the Revival participants will receive a race pack offered by Rode. It is important to note that 10% of the participation fee of each competitor will be donated to support children in need all over the world in collaboration with the Association “Amici Trentini”.

There will also be a combined ranking free of charge named “Skirilonga” – a collaboration between Marcialonga and G.S. Castello for a special ranking created through an algorithm that will add up the single performances of parents and children –, and the combined ranking with Pinocchio, a race that will see young athletes compete at the Cross-country Stadium Piana Amorotti in Modena. The combined between Skiri and Marcialonga will guarantee important prizes to the winners, such as a personal voucher for a free registration to Marcialonga Skiing for the young competitor who participates in the Skiri Trophy XCountry to be used once he/she turns 18, and a voucher for a free stay of a weekend for two people in a hotel in Val di Fiemme. In order to register to the combined, you need to fill in the entry-form available when registering for the Skiri Trophy XCountry no later than 20th January 2019. There will also be some entertainment events in Val di Fiemme. After the welcome ceremony to all foreign and national representatives with the participation of the marching band of Molina di Fiemme, there will be a show with Onelio whose affinity, magic and juggling will entertain all those present on Saturday 19th January at 8 p.m. at the Theatre in Tesero. Kinder+Sport Joy of Moving, an international project of Social Responsibility by the Ferrero group, aims to bring the joy of moving in every child’s life and will organise playing activities for children in an entertainment village based on the philosophy of Joy Of Moving, specially set up at the Cross-country Stadium in Lago di Tesero. Once again, the future of cross-country skiing passes through the direction of G.S. Castello.


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35th edition of the Skiri Trophy XCountry today in Val di Fiemme (ITA)
Rai Sport will broadcast the event at 14.50 on Tuesday 13th and at 2 and 6 on Wednesday 14th.

The young athletes of the cross country sky will go through the 35th edition of the Skiri Trophy XCountry at Centro del Fondo di Lago di Tesero (TN), on Rai Sport channel on Tuesday 13th at 14:50 and on Wednesday 14th at 2:00 and 6:00 a.m., with the voice of the Rai journalist Gianfranco Benincasa.
Three appointments in each time frame for the amazing young “world chammpion” organized by the Gruppo Sportivo Castello.


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35th edition of the Skiri Trophy XCountry today in Val di Fiemme (ITA)
Aksel Artusi and Ilaria Scattolo won the race “Ragazzi”
Nadine Laurent and Andrea Gartner were the best in the race “Allievi”
Among the clubs: SKI Association PGZ wins ahead
of S.C. Alpi Marittime and S.C. Alta Valtellina

Snow fell at the Cross Country Stadium in Lago di Tesero (ITA), making the Skiri Trophy XCountry even more magical, an event that was able to bring 40,000 competitors in 35 years of history to Val di Fiemme. Today the categories of “Ragazzi” and “Allievi” got on the track: the best athletes were Ilaria Scattolo, ahead of the Slovenian Jana Begus and Aurora Morassi, and Aksel Artusi ahead of Gioele Arado and Davide Ghio in the category “Ragazzi”. Nadine Laurent won ahead of Elisa Gallo and Francesca Cola in the female race of “Allievi”, while Andrea Gartner arrived at the finish line well ahead of Lorenzo Moizi and Anze Gros (SLO) in the male race of the same category. Yesterday, the smaller skiers took part in the competitions: in the “Baby” category there has been a Croatian supremacy thanks to Nives Baricevac and Matija Stimac, while in the “Cuccioli” race the Basque Peio Anarbe came first as well as Aurora Giraudo from Cuneo. Among the clubs, victory for the Croatian SKI Association PGZ ahead of the S.C. Alpi Marittime and S.C. Alta Valtellina. The main partner Kinder+Sport “Joy of Moving” was present with a “village” to promote sports activities among young people.

The final results are available on line here.

Download pictures and TV images: www.broadcaster.it.


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35th edition of the Skiri Trophy XCountry today in Val di Fiemme (ITA)
Nives Baricevac and Matija Stimac: Croatian supremacy in the “baby” race
Spain’s Peio Anarbe first in the “cuccioli” race,
a good race also for Aurora Giraudo from Cuneo
Kinder+Sport “Joy of Moving” world project in Lago di Tesero with its own stand

It was forecast to be stormy today in Val di Fiemme (ITA), but the children of Skiri Trophy XCountry brought sun and joy to the XC Stadium in Lago di Tesero, in the first of two spectacular days of races with the competitors of the 35th edition.

The “Gruppo Sportivo Castello” organized a real “little world championship” reserved to young skiers, a real parade of nations and colours that reminds parents and fans of how important it is to bring their children to practise sport, whatever it may be. Kinder + Sport’s initiative “Joy of Moving” – a worldwide project involving 28 countries – is also based on these precepts. It was present in the “cradle of Nordic skiing” with a special play area where children could take part in a full range of activities, from football to tennis, and also in small athletic gestures. The tracks are the same that a few days ago hosted the cross-country skiers of Tour de Ski and Nordic Combined World Cup, therefore practically in perfect condition; the sunny day and the good temperatures for cross-country skiing have completed this special day, with many athletes coming from the near Croatia and Slovenia, but also from the town of Vitoria in the “Paìs Vasco”, certainly not round the corner.

The importance of individual victories is not the main piece of news in these cases. Enjoying training in the open air and dreaming, who knows, to enter one day in their respective national teams is probably the real piece of news.

The first race has seen the female “baby” skiers compete on the snows of Lago di Tesero, and two Croatian athletes were able to arrive in first and second place, with Nives Baricevac faster than her teammate Paola Zivanovic (both of the Ski Association PGZ), while in third place arrived Giada Ravera from Cuneo (S.C. Alpi Marittime). Another Croatian won the male “baby” event with another Croatian-Cuneo duel: Matija Stimac (Ski Association PGZ) who came ahead of Giacomo Barale (S. C. Valle Stura) by just a nose, third place for Boris Stefancic, also from the Balkan peninsula.

Cuneo won it back some time later in the female “cuccioli” race, with Aurora Giraudo faster than Carlotta Gautero, while in third place came Slovenia’s Mina Repe (SD Gorje). Spain’s Peio Anarbe of Vitoria in Paìs Vasco continued the parade of colours and nations being able to win ahead of Riccardo Giuliano from Cuneo (Ski Avis Borgo – Libertas) and Federico Pozzi from Valtellina. They are very young but already aware skiers: “I’m very happy with my result, the snow here is wonderful”, said the little Basque, “We have come a long way but it was worth it”, said the very young Croatia’s Zivanovic and Baricevac.

Then there are the competitors of the Revival event in the early afternoon, athletes who participated to the event in the past. Tiziano Conti, the athlete from Tesero, won: “Two years ago I took part in the first Revival event, today I’ve won so I’m proud, these races are made to have fun. Every day I come here to practice so I know the track well”, ahead of the Croatian Fran Vukonic: “I’m happy with my performance, it was my first time in the Revival category, the track was perfect and the organization exemplary, as always”. The cross-country skier Matteo Betta from Cavalese came in third place: “This is the second time in a row at the Revival event, the tracks of Lago are always very tough”. Alan Martinelli, the 4th, was thought to arrive among the first three and is an excellent cross-country skier with a remarkable past: “I’ve broken a stick and this has penalized me, Val di Fiemme is always Val di Fiemme and it’s a pleasure to come back”.

Among the ladies of the Revival event, the first was so surprised to have conquered her position, Lea Demetz: “I couldn’t be happier”. The second was Judith Moroder and the third was Roberta Tarter, also known for being the first Italian woman in the ranking list of Marcialonga in the last years.

To conclude, here is a comment by the coordinator of the organizing committee, Nicoletta Nones, who won the Allievi category in 1985: “This first day went very well”, states the niece of Franco Nones, the first Italian Olympic gold medallist in the history of cross-country skiing, “it was a sunny day and the children were all happy, there wasn’t any problem at all. Tomorrow it will be another beautiful day. About ten nations and over 1,000 competitors, with many entries at the last minute, even 40,000 competitors in 35 years of Skiri Trophy, a great achievement for the G.S. Castello. We are happy also because of the big crowd and the Kinder village”.

Tomorrow there will be the “Ragazzi” and “Allievi” races and you will have the possibility to follow the event organized by Gruppo Sportivo Castello on their Facebook and Instagram profiles, where you can also watch live the event and find updated information of the races. Start at 9.30 a.m.

The final results are available on line here.

Download pictures and TV images: www.broadcaster.it.


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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.


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35th Skiri Trophy XCountry in Italy’s Val di Fiemme
Four categories on track next Saturday and Sunday
Entries officially close today
Kinder as main partner. Skirilonga and Pinocchio combined events

Two days of exciting races, children coming from all corners of the world to Italy’s Val di Fiemme, the paradise of Winter Sport in the Dolomites, and the idea of an event that represents some sort of a starting point for any cross-country skier.
Entries to the 35th Skiri Trophy Xcountry close today and next Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 January hundreds of young skiers will be invading the Italian alpine valley, in particular the XC Skiing Stadium in Lago di Tesero. About ten days ago, the same venue hosted the 2018 FIS Tour de Ski finals and three Nordic Combined World Cup races a few days after.

Four different categories – between 2002 and 2009 born girls and boys – will battle it up, in classic technique only, on Saturday at 14.00 and on Sunday from 9.30 on. A so-called Revival event is scheduled on Saturday at 15.30 along with former participants.
One of this year’s main news is the Skirilonga combined event. Young participants to the Skiri Trophy XCountry and their parents (mum or dad) who are joining next Marcialonga ski-marathon, will create a special combined standings where both times will be summed up. The first three teams on the table will be awarded during the Marcialonga awarding ceremony (at 17.00 of 28 January) and will receive a two-night stay each in one of the following hotels: Hotel Bellavista in Cavalese, Hotel Torretta in Bellamonte and Agritur Maso Pertica in Castello di Fiemme. First three kids on the race podium will also get a free Marcialonga entry to be used when they turn 18 years old.
The 2018 Skiri Trophy Xcountry will team up and create a second combined event, this time with the Trofeo Pinocchio sugli Sci da Fondo scheduled on 3 and 4 February.

Italy’s Skiri Trophy Xcountry has a partnership with Ferrero Group, and the project ‘Kinder+Sport’, that aims to promote sport and physical activity from an early age, will get on track too next weekend in Val di Fiemme. Several stands and booths will be available to athletes and public inside the stadium, everyone is invited to join the event and collect some useful gadgets during both days.
The Skiri Trophy Xcountry used to be the Trofeo Topolino Cross Country Skiing, ‘we were afraid of the name change’, said OC coordinator Nicoletta Nones, ‘however, it all went great last year and we have to thank some important partners like Kinder+Sport Joy Of Moving and others that allowed us to create a top-level event.’


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35° Skiri Trophy XCountry on 20 and 21 January in Val di Fiemme (Italy)
Two days of CT races plus several side events
Baby and Cuccioli categories on track on Saturday
Ragazzi and Allievi to compete on Sunday

As a matter of fact, the Skiri Trophy XCountry – former Trofeo Topolino Cross Country Skiing – may be viewed as some sort of World Championship for new generations of Cross Country skiers.

Back in 1984, the Gruppo Sportivo Castello OC gave birth to the international event and next 20 and 21 January it will celebrate its 35th anniversary.

All the races (Classic Technique is the only one allowed!) will take place inside the modern XC skiing stadium located in Lago di Tesero (Val di Fiemme), the same area where World Cup superstars will battle it up in the upcoming FIS Tour de Ski, next weekend.

The official programme reads as follows: Baby and Cuccioli categories will get on track at 14.00 on Saturday 20, followed by the Revival event (at 15.30) together with former participants who have become today’s important skiers on a national and international basis. The official opening ceremony will take place in Castello di Fiemme at 17.30 with live music, a traditional parade and the cauldron lighting part.

A comedy theatre show will entertain everyone at Tesero Cinema Teatro Comunale later in the evening.

Older categories, namely Ragazzi and Allievi, will show up at the XC skiing Stadium at 9.30 on Sunday morning 21 January. Several side events and activities are scheduled inside the arena during the day and the closing ceremony will take place at 15.00.

Every track looks perfectly set, recent snowfalls have whitened the area and the entire alpine valley now looks amazing.

For those who plan to register to the Skirilonga combined event, the OC recommends to specify the name of the parent taking part into the Marcialonga di Fiemme e Fassa on the registration process at the Skiri Trophy.

Registrations to the Skiri-Pinocchio event may be submitted at the Pinocchio Trophy on 3 and 4 February.

Do follow next Skiri Trophy XCountry on Facebook and Instagram official pages with pics, data and real time live videos.


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35th Skiri Trophy XCountry next 20 and 21 January
‘Skirilonga’ and ‘Pinocchio’ team up with 2018 Skiri Trophy
Race packet unveiled. Texmarket and Kinder+Sport Joy of Moving as main partners
All races to go live video streaming on Facebook

Entries open to the 35th Skiri Trophy Xcountry in Italy’s Val di Fiemme. The two-day event at the feet of majestic Dolomites – scheduled on 20 and 21 January 2018 – was invented and is now orchestrated by the GS Castello OC who once again gives the opportunity to young skiers to dream of becoming a XC skiing champion.

The race packet has been unveiled and contains a band cap by the main sponsor Texmarket, an Italian family company specialised in manufacturing of personalised sportswear, based in South Tyrol area.

One of the main partners of the Skiri Trophy Xcountry is Kinder that supports the ‘Kinder + Sport Joy of Moving’, the Gruppo Ferrero’s social responsibility project that involves 28 countries and aims to promote next generations’ active lifestyle.
Skirilonga is a new born combined competition. Young participants to the 2018 Skiri Trophy XCountry and their parents joining Marcialonga on the 28 January will team up and have the chance to win holidays in Val di Fiemme. Entries to the Skirilonga event will be accepted when children register (https://www.skiritrophy.com/skirilonga-2/).

The Skiri Trophy Xcountry and the Pinocchio sugli Sci di Fondo event in Central Italy (scheduled on 4 February) have also recently signed a ‘combined’ deal and those who take part into both events might also race in a thrilling …Combined event that will sum up the times of each race. Entries to this event will be accepted at the Pinocchio race.

A live video streaming of both days (20 and 21 January) on the Skiri Trophy official Facebook page, has been announced by GS Castello OC member Nicoletta Nones. And so was a show in Tesero theatre right after the opening ceremony, and everyone is invited.

Regarding the trophy itself, the younger Baby and Cuccioli categories will get on the Lago di Tesero tracks on Saturday 20, while Ragazzi and Allievi will show up at the start the day after. In addition to this, former athletes will join the Skiri Trophy Revival event.
The 2018 Skiri Trophy Xcountry event is part of the FIS Snow Kidz and World Snow Day projects.

Proceed with the registration.


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The SKIPASS showcase hosted both events
Skiri Trophy XCountry and Pinocchio sugli Sci di Fondo OCs gathered in Modena
Hundreds of kids awaited on 20-21 January and 3-4 February 2018
A combined event will sum up the times of each race

Italy’s most important exhibition about travel and winter tourism took place in the city of Modena a few days ago. SKIPASS celebrated its 24th edition this year and both Skiri Trophy XCountry and Pinocchio sugli Sci di Fondo seized the moment.
Former Cross Country Skiing Topolino Trophy in Val di Fiemme (Trentino area) will get on track next 20 and 21 January while Pinocchio will wear boots and skis two weeks after in the mountains around Modena
Both OCs, namely Gruppo Sportivo Castello di Fiemme and Asd Olimpic Lama, unveiled their events and celebrated XC skiing in Modena the other day along with a bunch of young boys and girls who had the chance to compete inside the pavillion where a small ski track was purposely set up by the organisers.
Flipping through the Skiri Trophy XCountry history book, many little champions joined the Italian event and the Cross Country Skiing Arena in Lago di Tesero is about to welcome new generations of future champions in a little less than three months. As tradition goes, races will only be held in Classic Technique (Baby, Cuccioli, Ragazzi and Allievi age categories). Trofeo Pinocchio sugli Sci di Fondo, instead, will only allow kids to race in Free Technique, it is scheduled on 3 and 4 February in Piane di Mocogno (Modena Province), and those who will take part into both events might also race in a thrilling Combined event that will sum up the times of each race.


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Skiri Trophy XCountry (20-21 January) and Marcialonga (28 January) in Italy
Skirilonga is the natural and free combination of the two events
Mum or Dad takes part into the ski-marathon and kids join the Skiri Trophy
Holidays in Trentino area as awards for winners

When two of the world’s most famous cross country skiing events join together, the result cannot but be even bigger and more fun. Marcialonga represents the second most popular winter ski-marathon in the world, after Sweden’s Vasaloppet, and skiers and snow lovers from anywhere on this planet take part into Marcialonga in order to enjoy the fabulous and unique 70k track that crosses both Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa with all their picturesque little towns, at the foot of majestic Italian Dolomites. The Skiri Trophy XCountry recently changed its name, it used to be the XC Trofeo Topolino, but not much has practically changed as it remains some sort of reference point for all young skiers of any nation.
In 2018, both events will be strongly tied one another thanks to a new born competition named ‘Skirilonga’. Young participants to the Skiri Trophy XCountry and their parents will create a special combined standings where both times will be summed up and the deal will be done, better yet, the fun doubled! Only one rule must be followed, mum or dad plus one of their son or daughter will form the teams, that’s it, and it will be totally free for everyone.

The first three teams on the overall standings will be awarded as follows:
– FIRST PRICE: a two-night stay full-board included for two at the Hotel Bellavista in Cavalese for the first couple
– SECOND PRICE: a two-night stay full-board included for two at the Hotel Torretta in Bellamonte for the second team,
– THIRD PRICE: a two-night B&B stay for four people (2 adults and 2 children) at Agritur Maso Pertica in Castello di Fiemme to the bronze medallists.

The first three kids instead, will be awarded with a free participation to the Marcialonga (when they will be 18 years old).