On 11th June, FIS President Gian Franco Kasper and FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis were bestowed the honour of nomination as 'Guest Professors' at Beijing Sports University. Pictured here with members of the Beijing Sports University staff, including Vice President, Gao Feng, Party Secretary Cao Weidong, Hu Yang, deputy director of the National Sports Administration of Winter Sports Management Centre, Liu Chengliang, Vice Chairman of the China Ski Association, Deputy Secretary General of the China Ski Association Yang Dong, and Minister of the Chinese Ski Association Deputy Secretary-General Li Yang.
Before the ceremony, Cao Weidong and the FIS President and Secretary General had a cordial meeting to discuss the many skiing activities underway in China. With the Olympic Winter Games 2022 coming to Beijing, China's focus is on ice and snow, especially skiing. The Beijing Sports University School last year set up a special ice and snow sports college and comprehensive ice and snow museum is under construction. With the help and support of FIS, the ice and snow sports academy will become a national standard of teaching, training and a key research centre.
Additionally, Sarah Lewis presented the FIS and FIS Academy project “Get Into Snow Sports - China” and the representatives discussed the key role that Beijing Sports University will play with it’s development.
Project launched to develop ladies’ Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined in Norway
The Norwegian Ski Federation (NSF) launched a project to foster the development of ladies’ Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined in the country.
The project, entitled Prosjekt 2022, aims to bring more girls into the sport of Nordic Combined and to increase the number involved in high-level Ski Jumping. It was launched with the support of the "Olympiatoppen", which is an organisation that is part of Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF).
Former Norwegian ski jumper Line Jahr has been employed as Prosjekt 2022’s head coach by the NSF and the Lillehammer arm of Norges Toppidrettsgymnas (NTG), a foundation in Norway that operates private high schools.
Find out more here.
Nordic Combined Technical Delegates meet in Oberwiesenthal
Last weekend, more than 60 Technical Delegates from 19 nations met in Oberwiesenthal (GER) for the bi-annual Technical Delegates seminar. The seminar which focused on educating the different level TDs and to license new candidates featured various presentations, group work and hands-on-workshops.
Besides an update on rule changes, Guenther Csar, FIS Sub-Committee Chairman for Officials, Rules and Control and other highly experienced TDs along with FIS staff led a full programme of topics including safety, sanctions and appeals, the wind and gate system, equipment control, TD work, as well as a review of the past season.
Furthermore, group work, intense discussions and a practical workshop on different aspects of Oberwiesenthal’s Fichtelbergschanze were on the schedule. Meanwhile, eight new candidates took their exam and can look forward to first TD tasks in the upcoming season.
At the same time, the group participated in a charity race benefiting an organisation of parents with children affected by cancer.
Site inspection for Audi FIS Ski World Cup in Killington
The FIS Alpine World Cup team for the ladies events, led by Race Director Atle Skaardal, recently conducted a site inspection at the Killington Resort (USA).
The Vermont venue staged ladies’ technical competitions last season, with the meeting looking ahead to the next two years of racing. Officials from the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association joined the FIS delegation alongside the Killington representatives.
After one of the most successful debut FIS Alpine Ski World Cup races in memory last November, among the improvements planned for next season include, giant slalom and slalom race starts are set to be moved further up the hill, which will result in longer run times. The slalom course will include additional terrain at the start.
Organisers believe they have improved snow-making capabilities as well, which should provide better early season conditions in the autumn.
The event is scheduled to take place from 25th-26th November 2017.