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LR Dorner: “The Grasske Junior World Championship is a positive sign for Sportland Burgenland”

LR Dorner: “The Grasske Junior World Championship is a positive sign for Sportland Burgenland”

The FIS Grass Ski World Junior Championships will take place from August 2 to 6, 2023 in the Greater Bernstein, Rettenbach district

Turf skiing has been of particular interest in Rettenbach for decades, as Austria’s most modern training facilities are located there. The world skiing elite have been guests of the Bernstein region for many years. The highlight event so far was the World Championships in 2009. At the start of August 2023, the best young athletes in the world will be back in town to set top times in the Junior World Championships. Expectations within the Graske Austrian family are high, last year Austrian athletes won two gold, two silver and five bronze medals at the Junior World Championships in Neudorf (Germany). In Rettenbach, local champions Emma Eberhardt (Slalom) and Tina Hetfleisch (Super G) also want to try to successfully defend their world championship titles. Today, Thursday, July 13, 2023, State Councilor for Sport Heinrich Dorner and Mayor Renate Habitler, together with the organizers and representatives of Sport Burgenland, presented the Junior World Championship program: “It is a very positive sign for Sportland Burgenland that with the FIS Junior World Championship in Graske we have brought another first-class sporting event to Burgenland,” says Heinrich Dorner happily.

The state of Burgenland with state sports council member Heinrich Dorner is proud of the Rettenbach community and the responsible officials, “This junior world championship attracts people, and the organizers can look forward to many visitors, also because of the great support programme,” said the county council. Dorner congratulated Emma Eberhardt and Tina Hetfleisch on the site for their great successes last season. “Skiing on the lawn in Rettenbach is a great sport, but also for the tenacity, the comfort and the humility it’s always an experience here,” said the regional councilor, who finally said.

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Mayor Renate Haptler is proud that Rettenbach is once again the venue for such a great event. “It is not only an award and recognition for the organizers, but also for the companies, the region and the community,” Haptler said.

The vice-president of the Burgenland Ski Association, Alexander Hegedus, pointed out the importance of optimal frame conditions, professional training, the best equipment and passion: “The Burgenland Ski Association would like to offer our young athletes these conditions. We support our ski youth in every meter of their career. I hope you are The World Junior Championships is the perfect course.” For the head of the Rettenbach Ski Center, Thomas Auer, it is also a special honor that a major international event is being held for the fourth time: “Like ‘grass skating Mecca’ or ‘Summer Kitzbühel’, Rettenbach is inextricably linked with turf sports,” said Auer.

ASKÖ Burgenland President Alfred Kollar is pleased that the Rettenbach ski club has successfully competed under the ASKÖ flag in international competitions for ten years: “The club is the best ski club in Austria, which promotes many talents and also top athletes in the ‘start brings’,” he says. “As a native of Rettenbach, I am very happy that the Junior World Championships will be held here again,” says Köller. The contestants are well prepared and really dying to perform. In front of their fans back home to duel.”

Grasski Junior World Championship Program
Wednesday, August 2, 2023, 6:00 pm: Opening Ceremony in the Village Square
Thursday, August 3, 2023 at 3 PM: Super-G, followed by the flower ceremony at 7 PM: Awards Ceremony
Thursday, August 3, 2023, from 4 p.m.: sunset
Friday 4th August 2023 11am and 3pm: Brilliant Mix, followed by a flower party, 7.30pm: Awards Ceremony
Friday, August 4, 2023, from 9:00 p.m.: World Cup Gala.
Saturday 5th August 2023 11am and 3pm: Slalom Run, followed by the Flower Giving Ceremony 7.30pm: Awards Ceremony
Saturday, August 5, 2023, from 4 p.m.: Ski Wiesn Festival
Sunday, August 6, 2023 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.: giant slalom, followed by the flower ceremony and award ceremony, 2:30 p.m.: closing ceremony
Sunday 6th August 2023 from 10.45 am: morning pint

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More information about the Junior Grasski World Championships can be found on the organizer’s website:

Pictures for download:

Junior World Championship PK Grasski Rettenbach_1
BK Graske-Rettenbach Junior World Championship_2
Junior World Championship PK Grasski Rettenbach_3
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PK Grasski Rettenbach_1 Junior World Championship: State Councilor for Sport Heinrich Dorner (right) snaps his fingers for Emma Eberhardt and Tina Hetfleisch (left) for the Junior World Championships.

PK Grasski Rettenbach_2 Junior World Championship: Mayor Renate Habitler, Daniel Gschwandtner, President of ASKÖ Burgenland Alfred Kollar, Emma Eberhardt, Tina Hetflich, State Councilor for Sport Heinrich Dorner, Alex Hegedus and President Thomas Auer (from left) on the grass ski slope in Rettenbach.

PK Grasski Rettenbach_3 Junior World Championship: State Councilor for Sport Heinrich Dorner (pictured with Mayor Renate Habitler, Chairman Thomas Auer as well as Tina Hetflich and Emma Eberhardt) at the press conference at the Gasthaus Bock in Rettenbach.

BK Graske-Rettenbach Junior World Championship_4: The State Councilor for Sport Heinrich Dorner, Daniel Gschwandtner, Thomas Auer, Tina Hetflich, Emma Eberhardt, Renate Haptler, Alex Hegedos and Alfred Kollar announce the Junior Grasski World Championships in Rettenbach.

Image source: Burgenland State Media Service

Daniel Vines, July 13, 2023

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