2017 marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of the International Skating Union (ISU). The first World Championships of the year 2017 are held in Innsbruck, a city with a long history in hosting sport events. 1964 and 1976 the Olympic Games were held. Unforgettable moments happened when for example in 1964 Russian Lidija Skoblikowa won all gold medals at the Olympic speed skating events. 2012 the upcoming stars were participating at the first Winter Youth Olympic games at Innsbruck. To honour this big history the Austrian Speed Skating Association has designed a folder to sum up our history in this sport and we also introduce our athletes.
Dear Skating Friends!
Over 200 athletes from more than 40 countries who compete to find the best in more than 200 races within 3 days; more than 100 team officials, 40 ISU Officials, technical operators and 50 volunteers – those are the mere facts and figures of the ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2017 in Innsbruck.
But to tell the truth, what we are really looking forward to is welcoming friends from all over the world to celebrate this festival of sports and youth together.
May all your wishes and goals come true and be achieved – we hope that the ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2017 in Innsbruck will turn out to be an unforgetable experience for all of us.
Dr. Hans Spohn
President of Österreichischer Eisschnelllauf Verband
Dear Skating Friends,
Herzlich Willkommen! Welcome!
On behalf of the International Skating Union, it is a pleasure for me to extend a warm welcome to all of you in Austria for the 2017 ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships. It is an extra festive edition of the Championships because the ISU is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.
We have the opportunity to see the best Junior Short Track Skaters in the world at the Olympiaworld Innsbruck. These promising young Skaters are the Champions of tomorrow. I am sure this Event will be full of exciting performances, and I wish everybody a very joyful and memorable experience.
The ISU would like to thank the Österreichischer Eisschnelllauf Verband. Compliments go to the Organizing Committee, the officials and the many volunteers who have worked hard to make the Event a success. I also would like to extend my gratitude to the media and sponsors for their interest and contribution to the promotion and development of Short Track Speed Skating.
Last but not least, I wish the Skaters a lot of success. Let us enjoy their performances and give everybody a big round of applause.
I would like to wish you all a wonderful ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships in this celebratory year!
Austria and the city of Innsbruck are hosting the ISU World Junior Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2017. More than 210 athletes from all over the world are participating at the event.
Host organizer is the Austrian Speed Skating Association. Venue of the event is the Olympic Hall. 1964 and 1976 Innsbruck hosted the Olympic Games. In 2012 the capital city of the alps organized the Youth Olympic Games. Short Track Speed Skating events were held at the Olympic Hall.