Eight countries win gold on the first day of Masters WCH – Press Release

In total, 82 athletes from 15 countries and three continents competed in the first competition of the ISMF Masters World Championships.

Chopok, Slovakia, 31 March 2023  The Vertical race has opened the ISMF Masters World Championships 2023 in the Chopok mountain area, Slovakia. The ski resort in the heart of the Low Tatras was immersed in thick fog shortly before the start of the race.

Wind, fog and more than 700 vertical metres made today’s race a real challenge for all age categories. The race started on the ski slope, but most were off-piste, with some zig-zags and steep parts. Competitors at the finish line praised the race course very much. According to their words, it was a very nice vertical.

Eight different countries won gold medals across 12 categories. Men and Women competed in six categories each: Pre Master, O40, O45, O50, O55 and O60. 

All the Men categories started at 12:00. The first to cross the finish line was Matúš Danko (SVK), the winner of the Pre Master category. Nicolas Philipona (SUI), Lionel Bouzon (FRA), Jacques Grillet-Aubert (FRA), Thomas Koller (AUT), and Oleksandr Olivson (UKR) all became Masters World Champions.

Current World Champion in the Sprint race and the most successful Slovak skimo athlete in history, Marianna Jagerčíková, was the first woman in the finish outsprinting Corinne Ghirardi by centimetres. However, both Jagerčíková and Ghirardi became world champions – Jagerčíková in the Pre Master and Ghirardi in the O50, respectively.

Denisa Hančová (CZE), Anna Straková (CZE), Rowi Frank (GER), and Izabela Rafanidesová (SVK) grabbed the titles in the remaining age categories.

The action will continue on Sunday with the Individual race on both sides of the Chopok mountain. The technical track is ready for all the categories.

For the first time in the history of the ISMF, both the race jury and the race director were female.

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