The best Italian junior in the winter

Posted on | February 15, 2015 | Category: Arena

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Italy is really speeding up among their juniors. Last summer they got their first medal. Now they have also got a girl who could step up for a prize at JWSOC.

Lia Patscheider was number five on the Middle Distance, and that’s the best result of an Italian junior in a Junior World Championship in ski orienteering ever. “It’s very nice to do so well”, she smiles.

Lia is from Bolzano and is a last-year junior. In Bolzano there is no snow, but just half an hour away she can do skiing. The Italian started with orienteering in 2006 and ski orienteering in 2011, just four years ago, but she is learning fast.

In the summer, Riccardo Scalet took a medal on the Middle Distance at JWOC in Bulgaria. “His result is inspiring me a lot”, Lia says. Next winter she will be a senior, but Patscheider will go on hard and wants to be among the best senior women. “I hope some time to be so good that I can be among the ten best”. She is studying architecture in Graz in Austria, and just in Austria is the European Championships in the coming winter.

The leader of the Italian Team is Nicolo Corradini. He has a lot of good advice on how to reach the very top. As a senior he has won World Championship golds in ski orienteering.

 
Text & photo: Erik Borg

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