News from the World of Skiing 

SportStars to be honored in Lausanne
Antoine Deneriaz (FRA)
Lars Bystoel (NOR)

Eurosport is hosting the 4th edition of its SportStar Awards ceremony in Lausanne on Thursday, 20th April, 2006. This ceremony will honor 30 European Olympic medalists at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympics. All the nominated athletes delivered outstanding results in Turin while showing true Olympic spirit. The celebration will take place in the presence of FIS President Gian-Franco Kasper and under the patronage of Dr. Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Juan Antonio Samaranch, IOC Honorary President for Life, and Mario Pescante, President of the European Olympic Committees.

The first SportStar Awards, following the Sydney Olympic Summer Games, were held in 2000 in Monte Carlo. Since then, the event has taken place after each Olympic Games - summer or winter - in a very appropriate venue: the Olympic Museum of Lausanne. The celebration can be viewed on Eurosport on Sunday 23 April at 18.30 CET.

The nominated athletes in the FIS disciplines are the following:

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Race for 2014 Olympic Winter Games

Now that Torino 2006 has been written into the Olympic history books and the Olympic Torch handed over to Vancouver for 2010, focus turns to the bids for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

According to the current procedure, the process leading to the election of the host city for the Olympic Winter Games consists of two phases: Phase 1 for Applicant Cities and Phase 2 for Candidate Cities.

Since the IOC launched the 2014 bid process in May 2005, seven cities have applied for the XXII Olympic Winter Games. These seven cities are: Almaty (KAZ), Borjomi (GEO), Jaca (SPA), PyeongChang (KOR), Salzburg (AUT), Sochi (RUS), and Sofia (BUL). All the Applicant Cities submitted their replies to a questionnaire prepared by the IOC by 1st February, 2006. The cities' dossiers are currently being studied by a panel of technical experts tasked to help draft a shortlist of the candidates. This analysis is focused on several areas, including the potential of the cities and their countries to host the Olympics, the motivation of the bid, and the applicant's vision for the 2014 Games.

The decision on which cities will become Candidate Cities will be taken by the IOC Executive Board at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 22nd June 2006. There are expected to be 3-4 Candidate Cities. The Candidate Cities will then be asked submit their Candidature Files to the IOC by January 10, 2007. The final decision on the host city for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games will be taken by the IOC Session in Guatemala City in July 2007.

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 Inside FIS 

Design of FIS Injury Surveillance System developed

The design of the research and data collection program underlying the FIS Injury Surveillance System (ISS) has been established by the ISS Steering Group consisting of FIS Medical Committee members Bengt Saltin (chairman), Hans Spring and Eero Hyv„rinen, and Roald Bahr and Stig Heir as the representatives of the Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center (OSTRC). As announced, the program will commence with the beginning of the 2006/2007 competition season. Building on the existing FIS injury reporting system, detailed data will eventually be collected on all injuries that occur during official training or competition in a FIS-sanctioned competition in all disciplines and also require attention by medical personnel. The injury reports will be augmented by interviews with athletes and coaches in select World Cup teams and records maintained by team medical personnel.

The ultimate objective of the FIS Injury Surveillance System is to reduce injury rates through changes in rules and regulations, equipment or coaching techniques enabled by a more detailed understanding of injury mechanisms. Research for the FIS ISS is led by the OSTRC, and the project is supported by dj Orthopedics, a global medical device company specializing in rehabilitation and regeneration products for the non-operative orthopedic and spine markets.

The ISS Steering Group together with Tonje W†le Florenes, the physician who will be responsible for the day-to-day research activities, will be present at the FIS Congress in Vilamoura/Algarve during the FIS Congress week. They will discuss the ISS project in more detail at select Technical Committee meetings. In addition, the Congress participants will have a chance to find out more about dj Orthopedics and its DonJoy products at the Congress exhibition.

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2nd Annual Sport Management Seminar for Women in Lausanne

The International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) is hosting the second annual Sport Management Seminar for Women from 5th - 8th June in Lausanne, Switzerland. Last year, more than 70 women from 50 different countries participated in the first edition of the seminar.

Specially targeted at women in international federations and national associations, other sports organizations or major event organizing committees, this four-day education program aims to provide the participants with a solid understanding of the key skills needed to pursue a successful career in international sport. The program includes detailed and practical case studies, interactive workshops and lectures. The subjects include communication, teamwork and leadership, sport marketing, sponsorship and media, and project management.

With FIS as one of the organizing partners, the event will take place on the campus of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). The registration fee of CHF 550 includes all documents and meals. Hotel accommodation is not included but will be organized by the city of Lausanne at a reasonable price. Registration deadline is 15th May, 2006. For more details, please click here.

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 In Depth 

Preview of 45th International Ski Congress: Just a month to go
Hotel Marinotel
Vilamoura/Algarve (POR)

Two years after the last FIS Congress in Miami (USA), the 45th International Ski Congress will take place from 21st to 27th May 2006.

What is the Congress?

As per the FIS Statutes, the Congress represents the highest authority of the FIS. It has the following functions:

Congress Venue

The Congress participants will be accommodated in the Hotel Marinotel at Vilamoura/Algarve (POR),˙where also the meetings of the FIS Committees, the Council and the General Assembly will take place. In addition, there will be an exhibition of the candidates for the FIS World Championships in 2010 & 2011, the elected˙2007, 2008 & 2009 FIS World Championship organizers, FIS Partners and Sponsors.

Congress Program

The various FIS Committee and Council meetings are scheduled from Sunday, 21st May - Wednesday, 24th May while the Council will convene on Thursday,˙25th May, and the General Assembly on Friday, 26th May. In addition, the Congress participants are invited to join a Jeep Safari excursion on 25th May to see the beautiful coastal cliffs and several traditional villages, and enjoy a lunch made of Portuguese specialties. A FIS Golf Tournament will also take place during the FIS Congress week.

Current Status

As of now, 781 participants representing 60 nations, including 58 of the 67 full, voting˙members, have been registered. Close to 1000 participants are expected to join the first-ever FIS Congress in Portugal. All National Ski Associations should shortly have received the Congress Agenda along with the 200-page Congress Book and other supporting documentation.

Those still interested in registering or needing help with their travel arrangements should contact FIS Travel Service by phone at +41 33 244 1444 or by email at ris@fisski.ch

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