News from the World of Skiing 

  FIS Grand Prix Ski Jumping 2007 opens in Hinterzarten (GER) ... more

  Summer Ski Jumping COC series underway ... more

  First races held Down Under ... more

 Inside FIS 

  Andi Kr”nner to support ladies FIS Alpine World Cup ... more

  Szczyrk with work ahead for the Nordic Junior Worlds 2008 ... more

  FIS Medical Committee Educational Series: Part 1

Return to snow sports post-concussion ... more

 In Depth 

  Athletes in Summer Training: Ski Jumping

Interview with Simon Ammann and Andreas Kttel ... more

 News from the World of Skiing 

FIS Grand Prix Ski Jumping 2007 opens in Hinterzarten (GER)
Adam Malysz won the 2006 Grand Prix
Photo: PAP

The 14th edition of the FIS Grand Prix Ski Jumping will begin with a team event in Hinterzarten (GER) next Saturday, August 11th. Sunday's individual competition in Hinterzarten will kick off the 2nd so-called "Four-Nations-Grand-Prix" which includes events in Hinterzarten (GER), Courchevel (FRA), Pragelato (ITA) and Einsiedeln (SUI). This year's final will take place in Klingenthal (GER) on Saturday 6th October. For the complete schedule, please click here.

The summer Ski Jumping competitions will incorporate all the rule changes for the 2007/2008 season. The most significant change is the increased importance of the qualification as only the best ten (10) athletes are pre-qualified for the competitions. "The FIS Grand Prix Ski Jumping is an important opportunity for us to test our rule changes in practice before the on-snow season. Besides the impact of the change in the number of pre-qualified jumpers, I am looking forward to seeing how the introduction of the four semi-professional Technical Delegate Assistants (TDAs) will help us improve the quality of our events next season," commented Walter Hofer, FIS Race Director Ski Jumping.

Introduced last season, the international FIS Youth Ski Jumping events will again be staged in conjunction of the FIS Grand Prix Ski Jumping in Hinterzarten, Pragelato, Einsiedeln and Zakopane. The FIS Youth Ski Jumping is targeted at female and male jumpers up to 14 years of age. "The FIS Youth events are held together with the FIS Grand Prix to provide the young jumpers with international competition opportunities staged in a professional manner. This includes proper infrastructure, timing and data systems and other key elements. The first year of the Youth events was a great success and with the inclusion of Pragelato, the series will now extend to four countries," noted Hofer.


Summer Ski Jumping COC series underway
Bastian Kaltenb”ck (AUT)
Ladies' jumping season will start Sunday

The latest competitions in the FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup took place on 4th-5th August in Oberstdorf (GER). 77 jumpers from 17 different nations participated as some were fighting for a ticket to the FIS Grand Prix Ski Jumping in Hinterzarten (GER).

In Saturday's evening competition, the local hero Geog Sp„th who lives only meters from the hill showed his prowess and won clearly ahead of Bastian Kaltenb”ck (AUT). Kaltenb”ck lost the connection cord between the shoes and the binding during his second jump and couldn't challenge Sp„th for the victory. On Sunday, Kaltenb”ck prevailed before Georg Sp„th and 17-year-old Shohhei Tochimoto from Japan. After five events, Kaltenb”ck leads the COC standings with 340 points ahead of Primoz Pikl (SLO, 280 points) and Keita Umezaki (JPN, 219 points). Please click here for complete current standings.

The ladies' FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup series, in existence since the 2004/2005 season, will start in Bischofsgrn (GER) on 12th August. The summer part of the series includes a total of eight competitions in Germany, Austria and the USA. Over 60 ladies from approximately 13 nations are expected to compete in the first events in Central Europe. Among them, the three-time FIS Continental Cup winner Annette Sagen from Norway and many newcomers.

With a view to the first-ever ladies' FIS World Championships in Ski Jumping in Liberec in 2009, the National Ski Associations, especially in Europe, have been able to register a significant increase in the number of female ski jumpers. Tommi Nikunen, Finnish National Coach commented: "We have noticed a general increase in the number of active ski jumpers recently. Although we do not yet have much experience, the inclusion of female jumpers seems to be helping our sport, in terms of numbers but also as a general boost of new energy." Click here to see the calendar for the ladies' FIS Continental Cup Ski Jumping.

Contributed by Sandra Spitz


First races held Down Under
Snowboarding in Cardrona

The ski season Down Under is getting in full swing. Last weekend, the first FIS Entry League Alpine races took place at Treble Cone, near Wanaka, New Zealand, featuring participants from more than ten nations (see results here). The first half-pipe there also opened for the 2007 season in Snow Park (NZE) last Friday, August 2nd. The Snow Park half-pipe is claimed to be the one of the best half-pipes in the world and will hold a first Snowboard competition this week as hundreds of international riders will test out the construction. The Nokia Snowboard FIS World Cup's opener will take place at the near-by Cardrona ski resort in just three weeks. Cardrona has one of the longest terrain parks in New Zealand, along with up to four half-pipes along with a high performance center for advanced riders.

At the same time, the season's first FIS snowboard cross and ski cross competitions were held in excellent conditions at Mount Hotham (AUS), located some 350 kilometers north east of Melbourne, on August 4th-5th. Mt Hotham will host the opening Australia New Zealand Cup (ANC) Alpine races starting on 20th August 2007.


 Inside FIS 

Andi Kr”nner to support ladies FIS Alpine World Cup
Andreas Kr”nner

FIS is pleased to announce that Andreas ,Andi' Kr”nner has been appointed to the position of World Cup Support for the ladies' FIS Alpine World Cup circuit. Succeeding Fredy Brupbacher in this role, Andi will supervise the various promotional and advertising services delivered on-site for the FIS World Cup sponsors/partners in close collaboration with the organizers and FIS Marketing. He will also execute the equipment controls and support the press and media in the mixed zone as well as provide general support for the FIS Race Directors during the ladies' FIS World Cup.

A native of Straubing (GER), Andi holds an engineering degree with a specialization in architecture from the University of Applied Sciences in Regensburg (GER). In 1997, he founded the Kr”nner Festzelt that operates one of the seven tents at the G„ubodenvolksfest in Straubing, the second largest folk festival in the state of Bavaria after the Oktoberfest in Munich, and also runs a beer garden in the summer time. Following a few winters of˙freelancing with APF Marketing, Andi has successfully handled the implementation of Audi's title sponsorship of the FIS Alpine Cup on the men's tour since 2002. He will start in his new FIS role in October 2007 to cover the competition season, but will also meet with the key persons from Organizing Committees during the FIS Technical Committee Meetings and FIS Alpine World Cup Organizers Meeting in September in Zurich (SUI).

"I am looking forward to this new challenge with the ladies' FIS Alpine World Cup tour and to working together with Atle Skaardal and his entire team," commented Andi Kr”nner just days prior to the start of the G„ubodenvolksfest.


Szczyrk with work ahead for the Nordic Junior Worlds 2008
OC Szczyrk during inspection

Jrg Capol and Uli Wehling, FIS Race Directors Cross-Country and Nordic Combined, respectively, paid a visit to Szczyrk and Wisla (POL) on Tuesday to inspect the progress of preparations at the venue for the 2008 FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships and the U-23 World Championships Cross-Country. This important event, the largest in the FIS Nordic disciplines after the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, is scheduled to be staged in the Szczyrk region from 3rd-10th February 2008. Located in the heart of the Beskidy mountains, Szczyrk is one of the most important winter resorts in Poland, along with Zakopane and Karpacz.

Organizationally, the preparations are on schedule and the organizing team is well-staffed and motivated. The general sports infrastructure in the area is solid. Due to the delay in receiving the necessary construction permits, however, substantial work remains to be done at both venues - the hills in Szczyrk and the Kubalonka Cross-Country stadium in Wisla - to ensure that the fields of play for the planned competitions are at the level required for Junior Worlds. All construction work is scheduled to begin in the next few weeks and update reports will be sent to FIS on a monthly basis. The organizing team has the full support of the Polish Ski Association and the regional political leadership to ensure a high-quality event as per schedule.

The Polish Cross-Country Ski Championships will be organized in Wisla in the season of 2007/2008 and the Beskidy Cup races in the FIS World Cup B Nordic Combined in January 2008 will serve as the main test event. The Szczyrk/Beskidy region will also serve as host for the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in 2009. For more information, visit the event's home page here.


FIS Medical Committee Educational Series: Part 1
Concussion is prevalent in snow sports

Return to snow sports post-concussion

In the coming months, the FIS Newsflash will include a series of short educational articles prepared by the members of the FIS Medical Committee. These articles will address important medical themes that the members of the FIS family often encounter in their skiing and snowboarding activities. The FIS Medical Committee Educational Series will provide both basic medical background and practical advice for dealing with such situations. The first article in the series, written by Bob Morrell (CAN), member of the FIS Medical Committee,˙concerns the "Return to snow sports post-concussion" and can be accessed here.

Concussion is a very prevalent injury in snow sports. It is defined as a disturbance in the functioning of the brain following a blow to the head or a force transmitted to the head, which may or may not cause a loss of consciousness. The article provides important advice along with a step-by-step process for how to treat an athlete that has suffered a concussion immediately after the incident, as well as in the days following the accident.


 In Depth 

Athletes in Summer Training: Ski Jumping
Simon Ammann and Andreas Kttel

Interview with Simon Ammann and Andreas Kttel

By Sandra Spitz

This week's "Athletes in Summer Training" features an interview with the top two Swiss ski jumpers, Simon Ammann (2002 double Olympic Champion, 2007 World Champion and third in the overall World Cup ranking last season) and Andreas Kttel (5th in the overall World Cup), who are currently preparing for the FIS Grand Prix Ski Jumping.

FIS Newsflash: What have you been doing after finishing up the fantastic season, during which you had great personal success beside the Swiss team finishing third in the Nations Cup?

Simon: I took it easy in the spring, relaxed and recharged my batteries, as well as attending certain events for supporters and sponsors. The training started again in May.

Andreas: In April, I enjoyed the fantastic weather in Switzerland, went skiing and met up with friends. From May until the end of July besides my training for the upcoming season, I did an internship at the headquarters of Infront Sports & Media, one of the leading international sports marketing companies in Zug (SUI). That was a great experience for me!

FIS Newsflash: Werner Schuster was appointed as the new coach of the Swiss national team following the retirement of your long-term coach Berni Sch”dler last spring. What does this mean for you and has anything changed in your preparation for the Grand Prix and the winter?

Simon: The coach change took place at the optimal moment for me. We had an amazing season with Berni at the end of his time as national coach. I'm very happy that Berni could find an interesting alternative and can now share his great experience with the younger jumpers in Switzerland.

Our summer training has not differed much from our usual training. In conditioning and in terms of the training hours, we have stayed nearly at the same levels as in the past years. Werner has set new impulses where we needed it so that our bodies develop further.. In my case, we have mainly tried to change the position in the in-run to gain more speed.

Andreas: Each season has some new challenges! My goals always include maintaining my strengths, while continuing to improve the weak spots. We have kept the basics of our team's philosophy, but I'm also ready for some changes and refinements with our new coach.

FIS Newsflash: The home site for the Swiss team - the hills in Einsiedeln (SUI), which are the newest facilities in Switzerland - has some financial problems. How important are these facilities for you and were you able carry out good training there for the Summer Grand Prix?

Andreas: The Einsiedeln jumping hills are very important for us, because they are - so to speak - our `working place'. Our training is made much easier if we do not have to drive some 4-5 hours to the working place. The team is happy to help support the organization that is responsible for the facilities and we have already carried out some promotional activities.

The Einsiedeln hills were our main training base this summer. We did most of our jumps there along with some training sessions at the Summer Grand Prix venues Hinterzarten (GER), Courchevel (FRA) and Pragelato (ITA) as well as in Stams (AUT) and Oberstdorf (GER).

Simon: The facilities in Einsiedeln have enormous importance for Swiss jumpers. They have truly helped me get into top form. At the moment I'm in good shape and am looking forward to the upcoming competitions to demonstrate this to all the other world-class jumpers.

FIS Newsflash: What are your long-term goals, what do you still want to achieve?

Andreas: This season the FIS Ski Flying World Championships in Oberstdorf will certainly be the highlight and I will really try to put myself in the limelight there. Vancouver 2010 is my long-term goal, but every year, we also have the Four-Hills-Tournament and in 2009, the FIS World Championships in Liberec as well. The greatest would be to be on the top always!

Simon: The Four-Hills-Tournament is for me the most important goal. I want to win this series once to crown my great career. I plan to continue ski jumping until 2011 and hopefully I will be able to achieve a lot of top results in this time.