|News from the World of Skiing|
|News from the World of Skiing|
|Thomas Morgenstern (AUT)|
|Bode with 2007 super-G globe|
Photo: Agence Zoom
The e.on Ruhrgas FIS World Cup Ski Jumping made its traditional Asian tour in Sapporo (JPN) last weekend. Thomas Morgenstern (AUT), the season dominator, continued his winning ways and snatched his season wins #8 and 9. Janne Happonen from Finland finished 2nd in both competitions.
With his back-to-back wins in Sapporo, Morgenstern made a big step towards winning the overall World Cup as nine individual competitions remain on the calendar. The Austrian has now 1455 points, which is 610 points more than Janne Ahonen (FIN) who did not compete in Japan.
At the official test event for the 2009 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Val d'Isre (FRA), the men's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill scheduled to take place on Saturday morning had to be cancelled due to late heavy snowfall. On Sunday, Bode Miller (USA) confirmed his victory in the men's super combined World Cup rankings by taking a clear victory in the season's last super combined on the challenging `Face Bellevarde'. Behind Miller, Ivica Kostelic (CRO) finished 2nd to claim the silver medal in the event World Cup. Together with teammate Natko Zrncic-Dim, Kostelic celebrated a novel feat: two Croatians on the men's podium.
With his fifth season win, Miller grew his lead in the overall World Cup rankings to 122 points over Benjamin Raich of Austria who has 945 points as two slalom events are up next.
|Tina Maze (SLO)|
Photo: Agence Zoom
|Nina Li (CHN)|
Photo: Mike Ridewood
On Saturday, in the ladies' Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill in St. Moritz (SUI), Slovenian Tina Maze collected her first World Cup downhill win and the first downhill win ever for a Slovenian female. Maze's triumph was made extraordinary by the fact that she won with a bib number #47 of 51 ladies at start, a world record for the ladies. Behind her, young Swiss star Lara Gut, the 16-year-old talent who is leading the European Cup standings, finished 3rd and took her first World Cup podium in her just fourth World Cup start despite crashing and sliding into finish. In the super-G on Sunday, Canada's Emily Brydon finally got her first World Cup win after 10 years on the tour. At the venue of her first World Cup podium seven seasons ago, she delivered a great run and distanced Elisabeth Goergl of Austria. It was the ninth podium and third win of the season for the Canadian team, coming after Brydon won all the training runs but then finished 4th in downhill just three hundredths off the podium.
In the ladies rankings, the competition is exciting with Nicole Hosp (AUT) continuing to lead with 957 points, ahead of Lindsey Vonn (USA) with 868 points in 2nd before the ladies have another speed weekend in Sestriere (ITA).
The Freestyle FIS World Cup continued with a three event set-up at the Visa Freestyle International at Deer Valley Resort (USA). On Friday, World champion Nina Li of China won the ladies' under-the-lights aerials event over World Cup leader Jacqui Cooper of Australia. In the men's event, Stanislav Kravchuk of Ukraine won as the Swiss had a great night with Renato Ulrich (SUI) taking 3rd, his first podium place, and a third of the athletes in the men's final of 12 being Swiss.
In the first-ever Freestyle FIS World Cup ski cross race in North America held on Saturday, Davey Barr of Canada finally broke Tomas Kraus's (CZE) winning streak. It was his career-first World Cup victory while Kraus who finished 5th kept his leader's bib. In the ladies' competition, Ophelie David of France won to reclaim the lead in the FIS World Cup ski cross standings.
The season first dual moguls competition was dominated by North Americans who took five of the six podium places before more than 8'500 fans on Saturday night. In the ladies race, veteran Shelly Robertson (USA) skied off with the first victory of her career while in the men's contest, Canadian Vincent Marquis took his first World Cup event.
In the fourth snowboard cross in the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup this season, young Helene Olafsen (NOR) beat the French Diane Thermoz Liaudy in the final on the "Chaux de Mont" course in Leysin (SUI). Mellie Francon (SUI) kept her yellow Cup leader's jersey by finishing 4th. On the men's side, Mario Fuchs (AUT) scored already his second World Cup victory this season.
The official 2009 World Championship Ski Jumping test events on 8th-9th February in Liberec (CZE) will be the first Ski Jumping competitions in the renovated Jested facility. The venue has been rebuilt and a new permanent grandstand for 10'000 spectators has been constructed on time for the two back-to-back night events this week.
According to Luk s Tyfa, Jested venue manager, the hill is completely prepared and if necessary, the competitions could be held today. "We have the guns ready should it get colder, but the amount of snow we have now is sufficient to carry out the competitions," he said.
Kateřina Neumannov , President of Organizing Committee for Liberec 2009, confirmed last Friday that the e.on Ruhrgas FIS World Cup Ski Jumping events will be held as scheduled. The lift that did not function during the FIS World Cup B for Nordic Combined in January has been certified and works well so the athletes will have it at their disposal. Liberec mayor Jiř” Kittner further assured that last week's landslide in the Jested hills' outrun would not impact the event.
"The outrun area has not been damaged," he said. "The slope subsided because it was literally soaked due to the continuous rainfall we have had. The landscape has been explored by a hydro geologist who said that there is no risk of a repeated slide and that the spectators will be safe. Experts will install barriers in front of the landing area so that safety fences will hold back the soil in case it slides again. But according to their research that should not happen," he concluded.
After the Ski Jumping competitions, the 2009 test events for Cross-Country and Nordic Combined are planned to follow as of Friday,15th February. The official snow control for these events will take place on Thursday, 7th February.
Contributed by OC Liberec
Photo: OK WM 2011
After the two speed weekends in Chamonix and Val d'Isere (FRA), the men's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup will continue with’a slalom event’on 9th February 2008 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER), host of the 2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. The competition will be held on the new course on the legendary Gudiberg slope.
For the spectators, the entire remodeled course will be visible from the finish area at the Olympic stadium. The last couple of gates will in fact be in the outrun of the new Ski Jumping Hill allowing the use of one stadium which can house up to 50'000 spectators.
Besides an ample side program during the World Cup event, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is currently celebrating the 30th anniversary of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1978. An exhibition commemorating the event will be open until 30th March 2008.
For more information on the World Cup, visit www.skiclub-garmisch.de. For an update on the preparations for the 2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, visit www.gap2011.com.
The FIS Freestyle World Cup will continue at Cypress Mountain Resort just outside of Vancouver this week with its second Canadian stop this season. More than 130 athletes from 17 countries will be competing on brand new courses at Cypress Mountain that will also be the venues for the freestyle skiing events at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
"This is really exciting," said 2007 World Champion mogul skier Kristi Richards of the Canadian team. "All the teams are buzzing about getting onto these courses. The courses are tough but fair - it's going to be a great competition."
Training at Cypress will start on Wednesday, 6th February and there is a full slate of competition and entertainment through the weekend. The moguls competitions are set for Saturday followed by aerials on Sunday, 10th February. For more visit here.
Contributed by Canadian Freestyle Association
Rossignol, one of the oldest brands in skiing, is celebrating its centenary this season. Since ski production began in Voiron in 1907, Rossignol has been a leader in the ski industry. Now owned by the Quiksilver group, the company is marking its anniversary with various celebrations and activities. In addition to many events taking place in several countries, Rossignol invited 100 champions and snow lovers to share their most personal testimonies in 100 short film clips that are aired on French TV, among others. The stars featured bridge generations, ranging from Emile Allais (95 years old) to Kevin Rolland (16). To view some of these, click here.
During its 100 years, Rossignol has collected a total of 133 Olympic medals, including 62 golden ones. It, together with the Dynastar and Lange brand names, is represented in 53 countries with a product range that covers alpine and nordic skis, boots, bindings, clothing & accessories, snowboards and poles. The latest showing of Rossignol's commitment to the sport of skiing is support for Val d'Isre 2009 through a national sponsorship announced during the official test events in the French resort last weekend.
|Photo: OC Val d'Isere|
The World Broadcasters' Meeting for the 40th FIS Alpine World Ski Championships took place in Val d'Isre on Monday and Tuesday following the men's FIS World Cup competitions which served as the 2009 test events last weekend. Hosted by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), FIS's partner and the rights holder for the championships, its French member and host broadcaster France Television (FT)/TVRS and the Organizing Committee of Val d'Isre 2009, some ten TV and radio stations gathered to discuss the preparations and detailed plans for next season's highlight event.
FT recently won the Sport Video Group award for its expertise in high definition (HD) production on the Tour de France. It plans to continue to build on this experience to produce the first-ever totally HD widescreen (16:9) coverage of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships next February. It also plans to exploit cutting-edge production technology to help the EBU members to enhance their coverage of the event, including new images, standards and access options. Some of the innovative ideas include plans for a new cable camera aside the men's course and hyper slow-motion cameras (over 500 frames per second). With the help of tight close-ups and vivid slow motion imaginary the planned coverage will bring the drama of the competitions right into the living rooms of the global audiences. The international production will be directed by Daniel Costerg, a well-known French TV director.
Following the’World Conference on Doping in Sport in Madrid (SPA) in November, the working group for the International Standards for Testing (IST) met at the WADA headquarters in Montreal, Canada, this Tuesday and Wednesday. After the approval of the revised Code last year, the Anti-Doping Organisations (ADOs) which include International Federations, National Anti-Doping Organizations and Governments have contributed to the development of the International Standards that form the basis of the practical implementation of the obligations defined in the World Anti-Doping Code.
Sarah Lewis, FIS Secretary General and’a member of the working group commented from Montreal: "The collaboration between the different bodies responsible for the anti-doping work is reinforced through the new International Standards. Processes for dividing responsibilities and sharing of information have been defined, such as athletes whereabouts data and details about missed tests. The new regulations will serve to enhance the coordinated and concerted fight against doping."
The International Skiing History Association has selected Skisport in der Bildenden Kunst, and its companion book Skisport 2.FIS-Forum in der Bildenden Kunst, as the winner of the Association's 2007 Ullr award for outstanding ski book. The ceremony will be held in Aspen (USA) on the evening of April 3, 2008, in conjunction with the annual Skiing Heritage Week at the Jerome Hotel. The prestigious Ullr Award (named after the Scandinavian patron saint of skiing) recognizes’this special book about skiing and art, published on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the German Ski Association (Deutscher Skiverband) in 2005 with the support of the Marc Hodler Foundation. The idea and concept were developed by Dr. Hubert Bruehl of the German Ski Association, and by Christian Knauth, FIS marketing and communications director, together with Drs. Guenter Witt and Karin Rase.
Skisport in der Bildenden Kunst can be purchased via the German version of Amazon here.
The men's Audi FIS Alpine World Cup downhill race that was cancelled due to heavy snowfall in Val d'Isre (FRA) last Saturday has been rescheduled in Kvitfjell (NOR) on for 29th February at 11:30 CET.
The race will take place a day before another scheduled downhill, followed by a super-G as planned.
|Racers in Flaine|
The Ladies' Ski Club, founded in Murren in 1923 by the leading lady racers of the day with the encouragement of Sir Arnold Lunn, is the oldest alpine ladies' ski club in the world. Most of the British female skiers are or have been members and the Club organizes the British Schoolgirls' Races, a popular annual event which takes place in the Alps at the end of January.
The 2008 races were held in Flaine (FRA) on 28th-29th January, marking the 50th Anniversary of the British Schoolgirls' Races. Competitors aged from 12 to 20 years old compete in the disciplines of; slalom, giant slalom and parallel slalom. From their humble beginnings in 1958 in Gstaad (SUI) with a few debutantes at finishing school in Switzerland, the races in Flaine were oversubscribed with schools and more than 150 participants from all over Britain participating.Undoubtedly the highlight of the 50th anniversay week in Flaine was the attendance by the competition's founder, Liz Fulton, who spoke about the early days of cutting slalom poles from a forest in rural England and colouring bedsheets to use for gate flags. More information can be found on www.ladiesskiclub.org