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Innsbruck, Austria - 19.01.2020 – The third edition of the Winter World Masters Games enters the finishing straight today. The competitions in Ice Skating competitions and Ski Orienteering wrapped up what has been a thrilling week of action during which athletes from around the world joined together in a celebration of sport and camaraderie under clear blue skies. The official closing ceremony will take place this afternoon at 17:30 in the Masters Village.

The Winter World Masters Games (WWMG) 2020 in Innsbruck have provided the best possible proof of the power sport has to bring people together. Around 3200 amateur sportsmen and sportswomen from 58 countries gathered in Tyrol together with hundreds of friends, family and coaches supported by over 700 volunteers for an unforgettable celebration. Smiling faces, endless motivation and a shared passion for sport make the Masters Games a truly unforgettable event. The oldest athletes of the WWMG2020, over 80 years of age, could be found competing on the Patscherkofel mountain south of Innsbruck as well as in the nearby Nordic sports mecca of Seefeld and the Olympiaworld Innsbruck venue in the city centre. They were joined there by local school pupils taking part in the Tyrolean School Winter Games (TSWG). In total, 85 school teams participated in the TSWG competitions in the disciplines Ice Hockey, Speed Skating, Team Ice Skating, Curling, Alpine Skiing and Cross-Country Skiing. “It has been had ten days full of action and emotions,” comments Georg Spazier,” head of the WWMG 2020 organising committee. “All the competitions have taken place without any major postponements. We have also enjoyed the biggest silent disco in western Austria plus three great concerts by Matakustix, Erwin & Edwin and Josh. The culture and event programme in the Masters Village has been well received by the local population. We are also delighted that we have been able to incorporate local youngsters into the event by holding the Tyrolean Winter School Games at the same time as the Winter World Masters Games.”

First the Winter Youth Olympic Games, now the WWMG 2020
The event motto #spirittogether was present at all the venues across the region. The WWMG 2020 once again underlined Innsbruck’s reputation as a sports city and an outstanding location for major sporting events. An example is the de Neeling family from the Netherlands. Sanneke de Neeling took part in the Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Innsbruck in 2012. She was supported back then by her mother, who also worked as a volunteer at the YOG. In 2012, Marianne de Neeling-Lans had the pleasure of watching her daughter win gold over 3,000m and 1,500 metres in the Olympic Stadium.

Eight years later, Sanneke de Neeling today competes at international level. Her mother, Marianne de Neeling-Lans, returned to Innsbruck this year to take part in the WWMG 2020. “I have a special connection to Innsbruck and the WWMG 2020. It’s great to see how many people have come here to cheer us on as we do what we all love. It’s a really beautiful experience which we were lucky enough to have for the first time at the YOG 2012,” explains Marianne de Neeling-Lans. Indeed, she still takes pride in wearing the YOG 2012 uniform she received as a volunteer eight years ago. As she heads home, Marianne de Neeling-Lans will take with her plenty more positive memories from the city of Innsbruck. One thing is for sure: just like the Winter Youth Olympic Games in 2012, the International Children´s Games in 2016, Crankworx, the 2018 UCI Road World Cycling Championships and many more events organised by innsbruck-tirol sports, the Winter World Masters Games 2020 will leave behind a sustainable world-class impression on Innsbruck and Tyrol.

Ambassadors of #spirittogether
Anette Boe, Martin Koch and Andreas Goldberger were just three of the many Austrian athletes and former Olympic champions taking part in the WWMG 2020. Martin Koch (Olympic champion, ski jumping team competition) and Andreas Goldberger (world champion, ski jumping) both participated in the Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined events and both walked away with three gold medals and a bronze medal in the team event. Team Austria 1 I came third in the team competition behind Finland (1st place) and Norway (2nd place). “The Winter World Masters Games are first and foremost about having fun. Seefeld is my favourite region. It’s a great feeling to be on the start line once again,” says Anette Boe. The three-time world champion in cross-country skiing won her age group in the 7.5km classic race. Alexander Pointner, long-time head coach of the Austrian ski jumping team, was one of the forerunners at the Alpine Skiing races on the Patscherkofel mountain, while Austria’s ice hockey team coach, Roger Bader, presented medals at some of the daily victory ceremonies.
Ambassador video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwIMLyBGcfU

Results lists
Anette Boe, Cross-Country Skiing: https://www.innsbruck2020.com/images/games-time/sport/langlauf/20200113_results_CC_OFFICIAL.pdf

Martin Koch and Andreas Goldberger:
Nordic Combined: https://www.innsbruck2020.com/images/games-time/sport/nordische_kombination/Ergebnisliste_NK_Ende__Gesamt.pdf
Ski Jumping (Team): https://www.innsbruck2020.com/images/games-time/sport/skispringen/200115_Result_Ski_jumping_Team.pdf
Ski Jumping (HS 109): https://www.innsbruck2020.com/images/games-time/sport/skispringen/200115_Result_Ski_jumping_Team.pdf
Ski Jumping (HS 75): https://www.innsbruck2020.com/images/games-time/sport/skispringen/Ergebnisliste_HS75_komplett.pdf

Coming up in the Masters Village
19.01 // 17:30    Medal ceremony and closing ceremony with Nathan Parson, Fausto – ChairArtist, Tom Öhler and fire show by Pyroterra.

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Caption 01: Marianne de Neeling-Lans wearing her YOG 2012 uniform at the WWMG 2020.

thumb pic 02 c shootandstyleCaption 02: Martin Koch wins gold in the combined competition.

thumb pic 03 c shootandstyleCaption 03: Andreas Goldberger crosses the line in style in Seefeld.

thumb pic 04 c shootandstyleCaption 04: Alexander Pointner was among the forerunners in the Alpine Skiing competitions.

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