Updates from Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined
All of the disciplines have been busy over the past few days with their Committee meetings and Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined were no different with a full agenda in their gatherings.
The top news coming out of Ski Jumping was the implementation of a new Ski Flying competition format, which shall be implemented for the first time during the upcoming summer Grand Prix to test the system. In the 2014/15 season the new format shall be applied to World Cup level, counting the points of the qualification for the final result for all competitors, also for the ten already pre-qualified athletes. The best 48 qualifiers will move on to the competition.
Meanwhile, the prize money for ladies’ Ski Jumping has been slightly increasedto reward the top 20 athletes and not only 15. The proposal was initiated by the athletes through their Athletes‘ Commission representative Sabrina Windmueller. Starting in the coming winter, the prize money for World Cup events will therefor be a minimum of CHF 19‘890 per competition (up from CHF 17’940).
Besides these two announcements, there were no surprises in the competition calendars. Next to the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Falun (SWE), the 4-Hills-Tournament will remain the season highlight for the male jumpers.
All modifications and calendars for summer 2014 and winter 2014/15 can be found here: http://www.fis-ski.com/ski-jumping/
The biggest news to come out of the meeting was the announcement that the first steps will be taken with Ladies’ Nordic Combined, through the organisation this summer of a training camp alongside two competitions in Obertsdorf (GER) from 26th to 30th August. An impressive 11 nations reported that they would take part in the training camp with athletes and coaches.
Also of high interest was the finalised competition calendar which will go to Council for final approval. The calendars presented were for the 2014 Summer Grand Prix, the 2014/15 World Cup and Continental Cups. New for the upcoming season are stops in Sapporo (JPN) and Liberec (CZE). In addition, a preliminary calendar for 2015/16 was presented.
On the promotional side, an improved pre-event presentation was discussed in addition to enhancing television graphics. Positive TV, website and social media figures were also presented to the Nordic Combined Committee.