Longines Future Ski Champions Race - Val d' Isere 2013

14 December 2013 14:44

As Official Timekeepers of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, the Swiss watchmaking brand Longines organised this year for the first time the Longines Future Ski Champions in collaboration with the International Ski Federation (FIS). Fourteen young (U16) athletes from fourteen countries were invited in Val d'Isère to take part in a giant slalom down the official competition slope. The Croatian skier, William Vukelic won the competition in 1:14:50. The French skier Jérémier Lagier arrived second, only 0.08 seconds behind and Semyel Bissig from Switzerland finished third, 0.64 behind.

Fourteen young athletes from fourteen countries came together in Val d'Isère to contest a giant slalom in two-legs on the lower section of the mythical Face de Bellevarde, the official World Cup slope. The timekeeping infrastructure and the ski conditions were identical to those of the official races. The bib draw took place the day before with the presence of Aksel Lund Svindal, the patron of the event and Longines Ambassador of Elegance.

Representing Croatia, William Vukelic was crowned the Longines Future Ski Champion 2013. He mastered the piste in 1:14:50. The podium was completed by the French skier Jérémie Lagier, who arrived only 0.08 seconds behind and by the Swiss skier Semyel Bissig placed third 0.64 seconds behind.

The Longines Future Ski Champions project forms part of several activities undertaken by Longines to support youth through sport and to encourage the discovery of young talent. The Swiss watchmaking brand organises a tennis tournament for young hopefuls during Roland Garros, the Longines Future Tennis Aces and a race for young jockeys, the Prix Longines Future Racing Stars, which takes place during the Prix de Diane Longines in Chantilly. This first Longines Future Ski Champions tournament was open to boys. Next year's event will also be open to girls.

The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup is the top international circuit of Alpine Skiing competitions staged annually. It is considered the premier competition in alpine ski racing together with the quadrennial Olympic Winter Games and the biennial FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. Some experts event consider winning the World Cup to be athletically a more valuable title than winning gold at the Olympic Winter Games or the World Championships, since it requires a competitor to ski at an extremely high level in several events throughout the season, and not just in one race. Today, the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup races are held primarily at famous ski resorts in the European Alps, along with regular stops in Scandinavia, North America, and Far East Asia. Competitors attempt to score a maximum of points during the season in five events: slalom, giant slalom, super-G, downhill and super combined. The fifth event, super-combined, was introduced in 2005 and generally consists of a shorter downhill race and a one-run slalom. Sometimes the downhill is replaced by a super-G. Alpine was added to the Olympic winter schedule in 1936.

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