Meet FIS staff members Annemarie Friedrich and Judith Lessing
FIS Newsflash continues its series of introducing FIS office staff members by featuring the Nordic administration. Find out more about long-serving staff member Annemarie Friedrich (SUI) and Judith Lessing (SUI).
For how long have you been working for FIS and what did you do before?
Annemarie: I have been working for FIS for almost 19 years. Before, I worked for the Swiss Propellant Plant and for an Ice Cream company of the multinational Unilever company as Assistant to the CEOs. These two companies and FIS have one thing in common: propellant, ice cream and snow don't like the heat :-)
Judith: I joined FIS six years ago after working in the administration of the Nordic disciplines for Swiss-Ski. There my main tasks included competition entries, travel and accommodation arrangements for the teams and making all necessary arrangements for Junior and World Championships.
What are your main tasks at FIS?
Annemarie: My main tasks include the coordination and preparation of the Cross-Country, Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined World Cups and all additional series including the summer events, Olympic Winter Games, World Ski Championships, Junior Championships and the support of the FIS officials. In addition, I am responsible for the agendas and minutes for the Nordic Committees and for delivering administrative support for the seminars, rules and updates on the FIS Website. This happens in close collaboration with the Race Directors, Judith and the external Nordic Team of nowadays 20 persons.
Judith: My responsibilities include overseeing and updating the FIS calendar and FIS points lists, administering results and homologations, and delivering general administrative support for the non-Olympic disciplines: Telemark, Speed Skiing, Roller Skiing and Grass Skiing.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Annemarie: My hobby as a Cross-Country athlete and expert became my profession and I am still very excited about working in my favourite business - ski sports - with contacts and friends all over the world.
Judith: I enjoy the variety of my job. In particular, I enjoy working independently, employing my languages, working with people from all over the world and collaborating with these people in an uncomplicated and constructive way.
Which languages do you speak?
Judith: German, English, Italian, French and a little Spanish
Annemarie: German, English and French
What things you like to do in your free time?
Annemarie: I very much enjoy sports including swimming, cycling, hiking in the Alps and of course Cross-Country and Alpine Skiing. Next to that, travelling to South East Asia, the Caribbean or other beautiful islands and going to Bella Italia are high on my list. I also like to relax at home and enjoy the magnificent view on the Lake of Thun and the Alps.
Judith: I definitely like to do sports. Most of all mountain biking and road cycling, trail running, mountain running and Cross-Country Skiing. I also like to ride my touring bike all over the world to discover different countries and meet people and their cultures.