The focus of the Junior World Championships shifted to the Bolgen t-bar of Davos-Platz, an ideal location to host the Alpine Team Event. With ease of access a raucous crowd was on hand to cheer on the Swiss Team which has been on a roll.
The Team Event was first introduced to the World Juniors in 2012, as part of the FIS lobby to gain Olympic recognition. It was important that all World Championship events – senior and junior – included this race format to convince the IOC. This parallel mixed gender competition was formally added to the Olympic Program for the upcoming Games.
Canada has a strong record of success, capturing a bronze in 2013 and were crowned World Champions in 2017. Two of the members of the Gold medal team are part of the 2018 Team: Stefanie Fleckenstein (Whistler) and Jeffrey Read (Banff Alpine), with Marina Vilanova (Tremblant) and Sam Mulligan (Grouse Mt.) the rookies to the event.
The seeding for the Team Event is based on the standings of the Marc Hodler Trophy from the previous year.
in the opening round, Canada (6th) took on France (10th). Marina Vilanova easily out-skied her competitor. Jeffrey Read showed his strong dual skills and put Canada up 2:0. Stefanie Fleckenstein narrowly lost her round, but Sam Mulligan hung on to take the win and move Team Canada into the quarter-final round.
Next were the Italians, who had easily disposed of Great Britain in the opening round. The confident Azzuri Squad defeated Canada 3:1, with Jeffrey Read the lone Canadian win for the round. This placed Canada 7th in the final standings.
Austria (ranked 1), Switzerland (2), Italy (3) and Norway (4) were the Nations that progressed to the semi-final. The first surprise was Norway knocking off Austria 3:1. Switzerland squeaked by Italy based on time after a 2:2 deadlock. With a tie, the combined time of the best male and best female time determines who progresses.
Switzerland had to rely again on the fast skiing of Aline Danioth and Semyel Bissig to break another 2:2 tie, to earn a spot in the gold medal round.
The Swiss were not to be denied, in front of the large home crowd who loudly cheered on the local favourites. Norway was no match, falling to the new Champions 4:0, leaving Norway with the silver. Austria took the bronze over Italy, winning the small final on times after a 2:2 tie.