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The FIS Nordic Junior World Championships are back in the United States for the first time in more than 30 years.

The 2017 Junior World Championships and the U-23 cross-country World Championships kick off at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center in Midway and the Utah Olympic Park in Park City starting Monday.

According to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), it is expected to be the largest international event in Utah since the 2002 Olympic Winter Games 15 years ago. USSA anticipates more than 500 junior athletes to compete this week and as many as 1,500 athletes, coaches and support personnel to attend.

The Junior World Championships feature athletes 20 years old or younger, while the U-23's feature skiers aged 21 to 23. The event — the first in the U.S. since 1986 in Lake Placid, N.Y. —¬†was brought to Utah by the USSA, Utah Sports Commission, Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation and the multiple venues involved.

The Junior World Championships are being held at an Olympic venue for the first time since 1997. That year it was held in Alberta, Canada, the site of the 1988 Olympic Games. The Junior World Championships take place a week after the U.S. Grand Prix came to Solitude Mountain Resort. The annual Visa Freestyle World Cup event at Deer Valley returns to Park City this week, Thursday through Saturday. —

2017 FIS Nordic Junior World Championships/U-23 World Championships

Monday • Junior World classic sprint qualifiers/sprint finals, 10 a.m., noon

Tuesday • Nordic combined (UOP), 9-10 a.m., U-23 sprint qualifiers/sprint finals (Soldier Hollow), 10 a.m., noon

Wednesday • Junior World ladies' 5km freestyle (Soldier Hollow), 10 a.m., men's 10km freestyle, noon, men's and ladies' 100m comp (UOP)

Thursday • Junior World Nordic combined comp (UOP), 10 a.m., U-23 ladies 10km freestyle, men's 15km freestyle, 10 a.m., noon

Friday • Junior World skiathlon, 10 a.m., noon, ladies' and men's 100m comp (UOP)

Saturday • Junior World 100m (UOP), 9 a.m, 10 a.m., U-23 skiathlon, 10 a.m., noon

Sunday • Junior World relay, 10 a.m., noon, mixed team 100m (UOP), 1 p.m., 2 p.m.

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