Introducing new FIS Council Members – Martti Uusitalo
Martti Uusitalo (*1971) was elected to the FIS Council at the FIS Congress 2014 in Barcelona (SPA). The former professional Alpine skier has an active role in the Finnish Ski Association as the Chairman of 'Ski Sport Finland'.
Uusitalo has a wealth of experience in the skiing community on many levels. Firstly as an Alpine skier, where he represented Finnish National Team until 1994, when he retired as a professional athlete.
He then served as the head coach of the Finnish Ladies National Team and built a successful team that included skiers such as Tanja Poutiainen. He worked until 2001 as Head of the Finnish Alpine and Freestyle Skiing disciplines.
In 2001, Uusitalo was named the Alpine Coordinator for FIS, where he worked on various new projects such as the Nations Team Event, World Championship inspection groups and the Olympic Winter Games 2002 in Salt Lake City.
Uusitalo returned to Finland in 2003 and became a shareholder of the Finnish Outdoor and Skiwear Company Halti, the official FIS clothing supplier. Halti’s international marketing was strongly based on sponsorship within the ski community. Halti has been one of the main sponsors and clothing suppliers of several World Championships.