News from the World of Skiing 

  FIS World Cup snowboard cross season starts in Chile ... more

  100 days to go - 2nd FIS Tour de Ski ... more

  Bjoergvinsson and Gantnerova best in ANC ... more

  Simari Birkner siblings top again in SAC ... more


 Inside FIS 

  Inspections of the 2013 Alpine Candidates ... more

  FIS Autumn Meetings in Zurich next week ... more


 Member News 

  Canadian teams with a new European base ... more


 In Depth 

  Athletes in Summer Training: Nordic Combined

After the Summer Grand Prix ... more


 News from the World of Skiing 

FIS World Cup snowboard cross season starts in Chile
Snowboard cross season begins in Chile
Men's 06/07 SBX World Cup podium

After the Snowboard freestylers kicked off the 2007/2008 NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup season with a half-pipe contest in New Zealand almost two weeks ago, it's time for the allrounders to launch their season in South-America next week. The riders will be returning to the well-established venue of Valle Nevado (CHI) to compete in the first two snowboard cross events from September 25th-29th.

The Chilean resort has hosted FIS World Cup events five times since 2002, the last time in September 2005. Teams from 21 nations have been entered to compete, including all the top names led by the SBX World Cup title winners Lindsay Jacobellis (USA) and Drew Neilson (CAN). Good conditions are said to await the riders in Chile, with sunny skies and temperatures down to -8C at nighttime and up to +4C during the day.

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100 days to go - 2nd FIS Tour de Ski
Prague in winter
Photo: OC Prague

There are just 100 days today until the start of the 2nd edition of the Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski 2007/2008 performance by Craft Sportswear on December 28th, 2007. In early September, a team of Tour Board members led by FIS Race Director Cross-Country Jrg Capol visited the future Tour sites (Nove Mesto, Prague, Oberstdorf, Asiago and Val di Fiemme) to discuss the status of preparations and to iron out the final logistical details.

"Especially the visit in Prague was important since Prague will be organizing its first-ever World Cup event. The sprint will take place in the famous Old Town area in front of the Prague Castle which celebrated its 650th anniversary this year. That's a pretty nice background for a city sprint," said Capol. "The visit in Val di Fiemme was also a big step forward. Together with the different stakeholders including representatives of TV, the OC and the rights holder Infront Italy, we optimized the arrangements for the last Stage and especially for the Final Climb to Alpe Cermis."

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Bjoergvinsson and Gantnerova best in ANC
Jana Gantnerova & Neill Bell

The finals series for the Australia New Zealand Cup (ANC) completed at Mt. Hutt (AUT) last Saturday. All in all, 13 countries were represented at the finals, demonstrating a keen interest in the opportunity to gain good points in super-G, super combined, giant slalom and slalom in one week.

The winner of the Australia New Zealand Cup for the men was Bjoergvin Bjoergvinsson (ISL), and for the ladies, Jana Gantnerova (SVK). The top Australia New Zealand male was Brenton Fetterplace (AUS) and the top Australia New Zealand female Janelle Miller (NZE). For complete ANC results, click here˙and standings, here.

It has been a very successful season for the ANC and the Sub-Committee wishes the athletes every success in the upcoming Northern hemisphere season. The TD for the series, Brian Lynam (CAN) commented: "I have enjoyed a great week at Mt Hutt; the cooperation of the coaches and the work of the volunteers has topped off a good series and it will be great to return to NZE in the future."

The ANC Sub-Committee also wishes to thank Apogee and Vist clothing, Ski & Snowboard Australia, Snow Sports NZ, and the NZ Community Trust for significant financial assistance, and Mt. Hutt Ski Area for their support in making this a great ANC finals series.

Contributed by Neill Bell

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Simari Birkner siblings top again in SAC
Christian Simari Birkner (ARG)
Photo: Stefano Pirola

The South American Cup (SAC) 2007 finished in Termas de Chillan (CHI) last week with excellent snow conditions, good weather, very high level competitions and the largest number of racers ever seen. This is what characterized the entire SAC this season, since its beginning in Cerro Castor (ARG) early August until last week's finals which also included a successful super combined. Given the difficult last winter in Europe, in addition to several World Cup teams many regional teams and clubs chose South America as the destination for their summer training camps and competition. This meant that each SAC race recorded the largest number of racers in the history of the Cup.

Great many World Cup athletes competed in this year's SAC, underlining its importance as the most extensive circuit of speed events among the Continental Cups with four downhill races, three super-G races and a super combined. Altogether, more than 400 racers from 20 different countries participated in the 2007 SAC season as 14 races were held in all alpine events. The overall trophies were again awarded to the Simari Birkner siblings Maria Belen and Cristian Javier from Argentina, while the Nations Cup went to the strong French team, with Canada in 2nd place and Argentina in 3rd. For complete results, click here; standings here.

Contributed by Stefano Pirola

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 Inside FIS 

Inspections of the 2013 Alpine Candidates

As a further step in the candidature process for the FIS World Ski Championships 2012/13, the FIS Inspection Group, led by FIS Secretary-General Sarah Lewis has been visiting each Candidate venue for the Alpine and Nordic events. The group was tasked with reviewing the proposed event concepts while acting as an advisory body to ensure the feasibility of their implementation. The Inspection Group, together with the Candidates, will next prepare a final report for review by the FIS Council, FIS Technical Committees and National Ski Associations by April 2008. A brief synopsis of the visits to the Alpine candidates - in alphabetical order - follows below.

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Sports Inspection Team in Cortina
Photo: Candidate Committee

Cortina d'Ampezzo (ITA)

The FIS Inspection Group was received by the Cortina d'Ampezzo Candidature Committee on 4th-5th September. Led by Enrico Valle, President of the candidature, Andrea Francesci, the new Mayor of Cortina and Alberto Piccin, Vice President of the Italian Ski Association, the Cortina team presented its plans for the organization of 2013 Championships.

The proposed concept at the venue of 1956 Olympic Winter Games and more than 69 FIS World Cup races calls for the construction of complete new slopes for most men's races. New downhill, super-G, and giant slalom courses are planned to be built at the Rumerlo-Ronzu˘s area where the ladies' classic World Cup races are held annually and are also planned to take place in 2013. Another new venue with very challenging, steep slalom courses at Colfiere-Col Drusci‚ complements the envisioned project for the sports sites. In addition, and an important legacy for the ski area, is a new monorail train connection planned from the town that would serve the locations of the two finish areas at Colfiere-Col Drusci‚ for the slalom races, and at Rumerlo-Ronzu˘s for all other events.

For more information on the Cortina candidature, please visit www.cortina2013.it.

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Inspection Group in Schladming
Photo: Candidate Committee

Schladming (AUT)

Schladming, the venue of the legendary Night Race, hosted the FIS Inspection Group on 3rd-4th September. Led by the Candidature Project Manager Hans Grogl, Austrian Ski Association representatives Secretary General Dr. Klaus Leistner and Joe Schmid, Communications Director, and Schladming Mayor Jrgen Winter, the Inspection Group visited all the planned event sites and facilities. As part of the general development for the town of Schladming and the Planai resort, the Candidature Committee presented plans for a new multi-use sports complex, a five-story garage to be built into the mountain next to the gondola station and an athletic center along with other construction projects already underway as well the new ladies' downhill course with a joint finish area with the men's courses.

A key concept in Schladming's candidature for 2013 is the so-called Magical Triangle, or the World Championships of short distances, between the main Planai stadium, the Planai West sub-stadium where both super combined and ladies' slalom are planned and the logistics center in town. The entire project draws on the experience of the Night Race that typically attracts 40'000 visitors.

Schladming has hosted 31 FIS World Cup races and the 1982 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. This is Schladming's third candidature after 2004 and 2006.

For more information on the Schladming candidature, please visit www.thenightrace.at.

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St. Moritz (SUI)
Photo: Candidate Committee

St. Moritz (SUI)

St. Moritz received the FIS Inspection Group on 5th-6th September. The Candidature Committee at the site of the FIS World Ski Championships in 1934, 1948, 1974 und 2003, is led by Hugo Wetzel who also presided the 2003 event's organization. The St. Moritz team was supported by Duri Bezzola, President and Hansruedi Laich, Director of the Swiss-Ski Association. The core of St. Moritz's 2013 candidature lies in the organizational experience gathered during the successful events in the past (two Olympic Winter Games, four FIS Alpine World Ski Championships and 25 FIS Alpine World Cup races).˙

The Candidature Committee plans to leverage the know-how and relationships developed during the 2003 event as well as the existing modern facilities that were constructed and updated for the event. As new elements, the 2013 concept includes plans to enhance the slalom courses together with innovative ideas for social and side events and an international festival village. Since 2003, the town of St. Moritz has undergone significant development, including the construction of substantial additional parking facilities.

For more information on the St. Moritz candidature, please visit www.skiwm2013.ch.

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Greg Johnson & Atle Skaardal
Photo: Candidate Committee

Vail/Beaver Creek (USA)

The final visit of the FIS Inspection Group to the 2013 Alpine candidates took place in Vail/Beaver Creek (USA) on 13th-14th September. The Colorado ski areas are bidding for the event which has been held in Vail and Beaver Creek twice before, in 1989 and 1999. Vail and Beaver Creek have also hosted almost 80 FIS Alpine World Cup events.

The Candidature Committee led by Ceil Folz, President of the Vail Valley Foundation and U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President Bill Marolt, along with key members of the Vail Valley Foundation, Vail Resorts, USSA and local governmental staff, presented an overview of a major renovation, valued at USD $2.5 billion, throughout the Vail-Beaver Creek region that has been underway since 2002 and will be completed by 2013. Current projects include more than 25 major public and private development projects, highlighted by two new five star hotels, two ice skating rinks, underground parking and new skier services throughout the town. On the slopes, Vail/Beaver Creek's concept includes the construction of a new ladies' course in Beaver Creek if the bid is successful. Moreover, Vail/Beaver Creek has partnered with 500 other US ski areas in a project designed to attract new people to the sport of skiing while promoting the 2013 championships.

For more information on the Vail/Beaver Creek candidature, please visit www.vvf.org.

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FIS Autumn Meetings in Zurich next week

The FIS Autumn Meetings will take place at the Hotel Hilton Zurich Airport next week as usual. More than 400 members of the FIS Technical Committees and representatives of the FIS organizing committees, partners, sponsors, and suppliers are expected to gather there from Wednesday 26th September until Sunday 30th September. To review the latest meeting schedule please click here.

Moreover, in preparation of the Autumn Meetings, several updated FIS rules documents are now available on the FIS web site. For Alpine Skiing, this includes e.g. Rules for World Cup, Quotas and FIS Points (here). For the three Nordic disciplines, the current documents are available as follows: Cross-Country (here), Ski Jumping (here), and Nordic Combined (here), and for Freestyle (here) and Snowboard (here). Finally, the latest updates for the FIS WC Advertising Rules und Sponsor Guides can be found here˙and for the Specifications for Competition Equipment (here).

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 Member News 

Canadian teams with a new European base
Pietro di Godenz & Dave Pym signing agreement
Photo: CSA

The Canadian Snowsports Association (CSA) announced last week that it has formed a new partnership with Val di Fiemme, the Italy Tourism Authority and the Trentino Region. This partnership will give Canadian ski and snowboard teams a home-away-from-home and on snow training facilities over the next 3 years.

According to Dave Pym, Managing Director of the CSA: "This partnership is based in a very unique location close to Bolzano/Trento with superb Alpine, Cross Country and Ski Jumping facilities, coupled with permanent bases that can be used from December to April (and in summer for Jumpers), and should enable our various teams to have a base central to Switzerland, Austria and Italy around various World Cup, Continental Cup and other FIS events."

Val di Fiemme, at the entrance to the Dolomites with 11 communities including Cavalese, Tesero, Panchia, Predazzo and Pampeago, is located less than 2 hours from Innsbruck and 90 minutes North of Verona. It includes the ski areas of Alpe Cermis and Ski Center Latemar, Alpe Luisa, Passo Rolle, Passo San Pellegrino and LavazŠ-Oclini.

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 In Depth 

Athletes in Summer Training: Nordic Combined
Moan & Lamy Chappuis on 06/07 sprint WC podium
Photo: NordicFocus
David Kreiner - winner of 2007 SGP

After the Summer Grand Prix

FIS Newsflash was able to conduct brief interviews with the winner of 10th FIS Summer Grand Prix Nordic Combined, David Kreiner (AUT), the winner of the 2006/07 sprint World Cup, Jason Lamy Chappuis (FRA), and the Sapporo silver medallist in sprint, Magnus Moan (NOR).

Christina Fritz (CF): David, you claimed your first-ever victory in the FIS Summer Grand Prix Nordic Combined a few weeks back. What have you been doing since?

David Kreiner: The week after the SGP I just relaxed. After that, I visited the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart. I used to do gymnastics myself. There would not have been a reason for a fan group to travel there to see me perform though which is why I switched to the audience side! By now, we are back training in Courchevel (FRA).

CF: What does the SGP victory mean to you?

David Kreiner: Of course, it is great for my motivation. I also know why I am so strong now: in the past, I was often injured but now I have been healthy for a while and have been able to train according to the plan. After my accident (ed. note: in the summer of 2001), I felt like a Porsche with a Mini's motor. My head was still in good shape while the body needed more time to recover which I would not allow it to have.

CF: Jason, how did it feel winning the last stage in the SGP and finishing 2nd overall?

Jason Lamy Chappuis: Mentally it's nice to be on the podium because it shows that my training has been effective and I'm in good shape. The last competition was the best for me, even if my jumps weren't as good; it was great to win the final sprint in front of David Kreiner who was the man of the SGP. I was proud to hear the "Marseillaise" on the podium!

CF: What do you think about the format of the SGP?

Jason Lamy Chappuis: I think that since summer is not our main focus of the year and if we want all the nations to participate, we have to stay with the compact format. For me it's a good format even if I was really tired after the 10 days.

CF: Are there elements that you think would make the series more attractive?

Jason Lamy Chappuis: I think roller skis would be better because it's closer to our sport. We in France never use inline skates for training; we just put them on a few weeks before the SGP to get used to them. And I don't think the competitions would be any less interesting.

CF: What importance does the SGP have for you, especially with a view onto the next winter season?

Jason Lamy Chappuis: It gives me a goal in the summer and it's kind of a test for the winter too: I can try different things to be in a good shape for the SGP and then if it works do the same thing in winter.

CF: How about you, Magnus? The summer is more or less over - how did your training go until now?

Magnus Moan: My training has been good this summer. Especially the jumping. I have been jumping on a much higher level that I have ever been before.. The Cross-Country is always good.

CF: You chose to skip the SGP this year - why?

Magnus Moan: I didn`t go to the SGP because I felt it wouldn't give me the training and competition I need. So, I stayed home and trained because I want to be ready when the World Cup starts.

CF: There are a few weeks to go until the season opener in Kuusamo - how does your schedule look like until then?

Jason Lamy Chappuis: I'll have one week's break and then be back to training in Predazzo for a week and another two weeks in Courchevel as usual. After that, we'll wait for the snow...

Magnus Moan: I will train well, have a camp in Sweden to ski, and do some more jumps in Trondheim and Lillehammer. That is the plan.

David Kreiner: I have always liked the autumn training best so I will continue with much joy and energy to get ready for the season.

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