William Vukelic becomes first Longines Future Ski Champion
As official timekeeper of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, the Swiss watch brand Longines launched a new project to support and promote young talent, the “Longines Future Ski Champions”. The event took place from 12th-14th December 2013 in Val d’Isère (FRA).
Fourteen skiers under the age of 16 from 14 different countries hosting FIS Alpine World Cup competitions competed in a two-run giant slalom on the lower section of the official slope for the FIS World Cup where world’s best male racers competed just a day later.
Representing Croatia, William Vukelic was crowned the first Longines Future Ski Champion. He won a Longines watch, a trophy and his National Ski Association was awarded with a cheque of USD 20,000 which will be invested into youth development activities
The podium was completed by Jérémie Lagier (FRA) who finished only 0.08 seconds behind and Semyel Bissig (SUI) who placed third (+0.64).
During the event, the timekeeping infrastructure and the ski conditions were identical to those of the World Cup official races. The bib draw took place the day before with ski star Aksel Lund Svindal, patron of the event and Longines Ambassador of Elegance, on hand.
The Longines Future Ski Champions initiative is a part of several activities started by Longines to support youth through sport and to encourage the discovery of young talent. While this year’s first Longines Future Ski Champions event was open to boys, next year's competition will also be for girls.
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