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|Sella Nevea (ITA)|
|Sella Nevea (ITA)|
At its Portoroz Meeting, the FIS Council approved the designation of Sella Nevea (ITA) as an official "FIS Training Center." The resort is constructing a new course that will be reserved exclusively for training in all Alpine Skiing events, with a special focus on the speed events. The new course will have a dedicated lift, top-to-bottom snow-making, safety equipment, timing and technical support. The facility will be available to all National Ski Associations at an all-inclusive price of _ 85/day (including accommodation, full board and ski passes, etc). The offer will already be valid for the coming season as from late-November 2007. The resort is setting up an administrative service to assist with coordinating the available facilities also including use of fitness facilities, video analysis equipment, other training services and meeting rooms.
"The initial idea for the Training Center was born three years ago. Sella Nevea has long been involved with organizing European Cup and other FIS races. The resort has a slope that is particularly suitable for speed races and teams from the neighbouring countries such as Slovenia and Austria have long come to train here," said Peter Gerdol, responsible for race organization with Promotur, the resort management company for Sella Nevea, and Project Manager for the Tarvisio World Cup last season. "The Training Center is part of the development plan for the resort of Sella Nevea, which together with its partner resort Tarvisio is interested in attracting more athletes as well as holding more competitions. And, of course, we also want to make the resorts better-known among ski tourists. However, following the difficulties to find training and racing opportunities in the speed events over the last seasons, we think that the offer from the Sella Nevea FIS Training Center will be much appreciated."
"Such a training center is a long-time wish of ours. We are very grateful for the initiative and financial support by the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia that made this possible. The Sella Nevea slope for full-time non-commercial use is currently unique anywhere in the world. FIS is proud to support this training and development opportunity, which I know will come to serve many nations and hundreds of skiers from the youth to the very top levels," commented FIS President Gian Franco Kasper.
For more information on the FIS Training Center, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. A specific website will be available as from September 2007.
With the warm summer weather persisting in many places, the dry land training and Roller Skiing season is already well underway. The various Roller Skiing national tours for example in Germany and France have held their initial races while the FIS World Cup Roller Skiing 2007 will commence in just a few days.
The season kick-off will be a free technique sprint/uphill race combination in Piglio/Frosinone, near Rome (ITA), on 22nd-23rd June. The circuit will then continue in Villard de Lans (FRA) with another free technique sprint and a mass start distance race on 7th-8th July. A week later, the three-event German weekend is on the schedule, scheduled in Leipzig/Markkleeberg. The second period of the calendar consists of three races in Moscow (RUS) in mid-August. The 2007 World Cup season will conclude in Samsun (TUR) in mid-September.
The highlight of the season will be the FIS Roller Skiing World Championships in Oroslavje (CRO) staged by the experienced World Cup organizers from 29th August - 2nd September. Title competitions will include a prologue in the classical technique, a pursuit race, a free technique sprint as well as a relay for both the ladies and men. 170 participants from 21 nations are expected.
Alfio di Gregorio and Anna Rosa (both ITA) will be defending their 2006 World Cup titles. Their toughest challengers are likely to come from Italy, Ukraine, Sweden and France as well as from Russia.
Chris Robinson, Chairman of the FIS Freestyle Committee, will be honored by the Canadian Ski Council with the 2007 Judith Kilbourne Founders Award. This award is in recognition of Chris's outstanding contributions to the Canadian ski industry where he, over the last 30 years, has been involved as a competitive freestyle skier, a coach, an instructor, a ski event organizer and a television personality. Among other things, Chris Robinson has served as President of the Canadian Snowsports Association, a Director of the Canadian Ski Council Board of Directors, a board member of the Ski Canada Foundation and the host and producer of the Pontiac World of Skiing television program. His production company, Double Black Diamond Productions, has also produced coverage for many snow sports events including host coverage of Snowboarding at the Torino Olympic Winter Games.
The Judith Kilbourne Founders Award, the Canadian Snowsports industry's top national award, is presented each year to an individual who has made an outstanding, long-term commitment to the ski and snowboard industry in Canada, working as both a professional and volunteer. The winner of the award must demonstrate a love for snowboarding and/or Alpine and Cross-Country Skiing, and show determination to maintain the importance of winter sports for Canadians. Chris Robinson will receive his award at the Canadian Snow Industry Symposium to be held at Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood, Ontario, on July 24th.
Joe Fitzgerald, FIS Freestyle Coordinator is recovering from a knee surgery he underwent last Thursday after injuring his knee on his birthday in early February while doing a site inspection for the Freestyle FIS World Cup moguls event in La Plagne (FRA). Get fit soon Joe!
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Interview with Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR)
To provide a glimpse into how the various national teams and athletes are preparing for the new competition season, the FIS Newsflash will publish a series of articles under the heading `Athletes in Summer Training' over the course of the next couple of months. An interview with the overall FIS World Cup winner Aksel Lund Svindal (NOR), currently training at Passo Stelvio (ITA), will premiere this year's series.
FIS Newsflash: What have you been doing after finishing up your season at the Norwegian nationals at the end of March?
Aksel Lund Svindal: After the Norwegian nationals, I went on a round trip. The first stop was a wedding in Rome (ITA). I then visited the Atomic World Cup party in Altenmarkt (AUT) and the Verbier High-Five in Switzerland (Note from the Editor: a five-event fun race consisting of a giant slalom, Speed Monster, Big Bad Boarder Cross, Triathlon and parallel slalom). After that, I have been busy with training and appearances for my sponsors. In July, it will be time for my vacation. It is better to have it then when my friends also have some free time.
FIS Newsflash: You had a truly amazing season: two FIS World Championship gold medals, victory in the overall FIS World Cup, two small crystal globes and five World Cup wins. How does one feel after such a season and what are your goals for the next one during which no title competitions will be held?
Aksel Lund Svindal: The World Cup is the foundation for everything in Alpine Skiing. The World Championships are just five races while during an entire World Cup season we race some 35 races. So a season without any major championships is still an important season. For me, the overall World Cup title is the biggest thing I have won, and can win in skiing, so preparing for the next season is no problem.
FIS Newsflash: How does your summer look in terms of the training schedule?
Aksel Lund Svindal: In May and June we've had some training camps together with the team. We spent one week on Lanzarote (SPA) and also have camps in Oslo and elsewhere. In July, there will be no camps, and I plan to work out wherever I am. I won't make any plans, but will do what is possible where I am. But I will make sure I get in enough running or biking and weight lifting regardless.
FIS Newsflash: Is it difficult to get motivated after so many successes last season?
Aksel Lund Svindal: Motivation is no problem. I enjoy being so fast that I can fight for the big wins. I want to continue to be able to do that.
FIS Newsflash: Equipment-wise, how does it look for you?
Aksel Lund Svindal: I have all the same equipment partners as last year. There is no reason to change; it's been perfect! Because of the new rules, the skis will be a little different next season, but I'm confident we will find the fastest solutions.
FIS Newsflash: In the long-term, what do you still want to achieve?
Aksel Lund Svindal: I wanna be fast. It is as simple as that. Then we will see what happens!