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After yesterday’s grown-up version, the weekend came to a fittingly fun close with a kids’ race on the pistes of Val Gardena. More than 230 children took part and were split into four categories.

Val Gardena (BZ), 02.04.2017 – Val Gardena enjoyed another great day of fun today. After yesterday morning’s thrilling edition of the Südtirol Gardenissima, the world’s longest giant slalom, today brought the second outing of the Südtirol Gardenissima Kids for young skiers born between 2003 and 2010.  

After yesterday’s victories of Alexander Rabanser and Verena Stuffer plus a great showing from a large group of former champions, today brought its own excitement. The atmosphere was much more relaxed and jolly as trainers, family members, friends and regular enthusiasts cheered on the champions of tomorrow all the way as they made their descent.  

An impressive number of 230 youngsters took part in this fun but competitive race, negotiating the 62 gates on the route from the top of Monte Seceda to the finish-line at 2,055 metres. The absolutely spectacular piste ran over two kilometres with a 463-metre elevation change and was anything but a breeze. Under the event rules, participants were split into four different classifications: the Teens standings were topped by Max Perathoner and Chayenne Kostner who stopped the clock in times of 1’51.49 and 1’54.40 respectively. The Under-12s Cubs category was won by Nathan Perathoner and Ana Bokal. Then, going down another couple of years, we find Arik Plancker and Lisa Mahlknecht first over the line in the Baby category, while the winners in the Superbaby were Matthias Mahlknecht and Ronja Kletzl.

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