Lake Placid 2023: FISU World University Games very successful for German team

13 medals - historically best result for German national student team

The German national student team finished the 31st FISU World University Games in Lake Placid with another top eight result. Anna-Maria Dietze (University of Colorado, USA) finished fifth in the 30 km mass start in cross-country skiing. She thus ensured a rounded conclusion to the ten days of competition, which Germany ended in tenth place in the national rankings with three titles and a total of 13 medals.

"The FISU Games were a huge success for the German team, which was represented in seven of twelve sports, from a sporting point of view. With thirteen medals, the German National Student Team achieved its best FISU Winter Games result in history," summed up adh Sports Director Thorsten Hütsch.

Hütsch was particularly satisfied because with three gold, four silver and six bronze, the German delegation not only improved the previous medal record of the 2015 Games (three gold, four silver and one bronze), but also far exceeded the goals set thanks to the 17 additional top eight results.

"These key figures, which provide information on whether the FISU Games have fulfilled their mandate as a targeted junior performance event for the perspective and junior squads of the top professional associations concerned, are at a very high level," said Hütsch.

The adh board chairman and head of delegation Jörg Förster emphasized that the international top sport event has been a gain for the adh in several respects: "In addition to the sporting successes, the German athletes and the organization team on site have succeeded in making an excellent impression away from the sports venues. A major contribution to this was made by the extensive support of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Home Affairs."

"With the visit of the member of the Bundestag Axel Schäfer (SPD) as well as representatives from the responsible departments of the BMI, the broad support, which the student top-class sport enjoys in the meantime, became visible. This is essential for us, both as hosts of the Rhine-Ruhr FISU World University Games in July 2025, and as the umbrella organization of nationwide university sports," said Förster.

Förster concluded: "Mandela once said that sport has the power to change the world. Students from 46 nations experienced the great hospitality of the volunteers from 20 nations and the local organizing committee at the FISU Games in Lake Placid. They were able to make many new friends here, connected by sports and studies. When they return home, the experiences from Lake Placid will help them create a better world for tomorrow. It is our special pleasure and obligation to make a further contribution to this as host of the FISU Games 2025!"

Results from 22 January

Cross-country skiing

On the last day of competition, the men's mass start (freestyle) over 30 km and the women's mass start over 15 km were on the program in cross-country skiing.

Anna-Maria Dietze (University of Colorado, USA) managed to run to an excellent fifth place in her sixth and last competition. "The mass start was brutally exhausting and the pace was really high from the beginning. I am very satisfied with my result today, but also with the placings so far. Overall, the level at the FISU Games was very high with many World Cup starters. I can only recommend the event, it is fun and strong", Dietze said after the competition.

Her teammate Hannah Stocker (HS Kempten) finished 31st.

In the men's event, Marius Bauer (Euro FH Hamburg) finished ninth as the best German. Jakob Lauerer (Uni Würzburg) finished in 20th place, followed by Philipp Moosmayer (University of Alaska, USA) in 26th place and Valentin Haag (Uni Freiburg) in 31st place.


Cosmo Taniguchi (TU Munich) finished 15th in the men's parallel slalom.

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