WorldSkills 2022 – Styrian is the best florist in the world
Nicola Hochegger won the first “golden” for Styria at the current world skills championships, the Worldskills: The 21-year-old from East Styria fought for victory in Finland and can now call herself the best florist in the world.
“I still can’t believe I got gold from the florists. I still can’t find the words and can’t believe it” – was the happy first reaction of the newly crowned world champion from Styria. On Monday, 21-year-old Nicola Hochegger won the florist competition at the WorldSkills 2022 world skills championships in the Finnish capital Helskini. It is the first gold medal of this year’s championships for Styria and the second for Austria. “I’m very proud of myself” “The last few days have been really, really exhausting! I was able to pull off a really good performance, which I’m very happy with. The assignment on the last day bothered me a little. But to be honest, I’m very, very proud of myself – you don’t say that often, but I hope it’s okay this time,” says the Weizer native in view of her top success. The 21-year-old works in the family business at Blumen Kubat in Anger near Weiz. Styria as the defending champion Die Weizerin created eight different pieces during the World Cup – starting with a bridal bouquet and filling containers to room decorations inspired by Scandinavian buildings. The international jurors rated Hochegger’s achievements with 726 points, giving the florist gold ahead of her competitors from Switzerland and France. Austria and Styria thus defended the title among florists: In 2019 Julia Leitgeb also won gold at WorldSkills in Kazan. For Styria it is the 44th medal at WorldSkills: Including Hochegger’s title, representatives from the state won gold twelve times, eleven Silver and 13 bronze medals.Competitions divided among 15 countries for the first timeThis year, by the way, WorldSkills will be held in a very special format for the first time: after the cancellation of Shanghai, the competitions will take place around the world. For the first time in history, the World Skills Championships will be held in a total of 15 countries. The competitions in Austria will be the crowning glory of WorldSkills 2022. Seven competitions will be held in Salzburg from November 23rd to 27th.