|FIS Congress Special|
|News from the World of Skiing|
|FIS Congress Special|
The organizers of the 2012 FIS Ski Flying World Championships and the 2013 FIS Alpine, Nordic, Freestyle and Snowboard World Championships will be elected by the FIS Council on Thursday, 29th May. The announcement of the elected organizers will take place at the Westin Grand in Cape Town (RSA) at approximately 19:00 CET.
The FIS Newsflash is pleased to present below brief portraits of the four candidates for the 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships (in alphabetical order). Due to the large number of the candidates, the five candidates for the Nordic World Ski Championships will be presented on 14th May while the candidates for the 2012 Ski Flying and 2013 Freestyle and Snowboard World Championships will follow on 21st May.
Beaver Creek/Vail (USA): Candidate for the 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
Hosts to the 1989 and 1999 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships, the Vail Valley Foundation, in conjunction with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, is pleased to represent the United States in the campaign to return the sport's premier event to the Beaver Creek and Vail.
Plans call for competition in both Beaver Creek and Vail, with festivities spread throughout the valley. In addition to a strong ski racing legacy, solid community and volunteer support and a year-round organizing committee, a 2013 FIS World Championships would also showcase the over $2.5 billion renovation currently underway in the Vail Valley, along with a challenging new ladies' downhill course that will be constructed if the bid is successful.
The campaign also features a unique concept dubbed "Engaging New Worlds", a focused effort to grow the sport of skiing via the Championships by helping to identify and equip the next generation of skiers from all walks of life. This program is already underway in the Vail Valley, providing all children with the opportunity to experience skiing and snowboarding.
Beaver Creek and Vail are honored to be among a truly world class field of candidates vying for the 2013 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships.
For more information, visit www.vvf.org
Cortina d'Ampezzo (ITA): Candidate for the 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
Cortina d'Ampezzo, the queen of Dolomites, is one of the most prestigious winter resorts of the Alps but it is also the seat of the international jet set. Today, Cortina, known all over the world for the organization of the 1956 Winter Olympic Games, is a favorite destination for all sport, mountain and fun lovers. Looking around in its 250 shops you can find the best of Italian fashion and `Made in Italy.' This is the reason why Cortina is loved by all the most important industrialists, politicians and VIPs. Among its illustrious, regular visitors is Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, current President of FIAT and Ferrari.
Cortina is located in a green valley surrounded by spectacular mountains, a pure jewel born millions of years ago as a giant barrier reef which emerged from the ocean. It has more than 140 kilometers of slopes connected to the Dolomiti Superski circuit, the longest in the world. The main skiing areas are Tofana and Col Drusci (chosen as seat of the championships races), but also include the Faloria, Cristallo and Cinque Torri, all of them part of the Cortina 2013 project.
Cortina has been hosting FIS World Cup races for 20 years, with all the best athletes in Alpine Skiing. With her ten victories, Renate Goetschl is known as the queen of Cortina.
The origins of Cortina go back to 1200 AD, when the emperor Massimiliano d'Asburgo conquered it by defeating the Republic of Venice. In the middle of the 19th century it was discovered by the English, in their eternal search for the highest and most spectacular mountains of the continent to climb.
For more information, visit www.cortina2013.it
Schladming (AUT): Candidate for the 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
The Schladming candidature for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2013 is based on a concept of a festival of sport - a celebration of sport as a contribution to the rich history of Alpine skiing.
Schladming sees itself as a host to events ranging from the support of young local athletes with appropriate infrastructure, to staging large-scale, international competitions. Schladming's experience in organizing and arranging events is prestigious: in addition to the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 1982, the FIS Junior Alpine World Ski Championships in 1997 and 34 FIS World Cup events since 1973, Schladming hosted the 1993 Special Olympics World Winter Games - a true proof of the open-mindedness and philanthropic attitude of the local organizations and institutions and also known as Schladming's credo.
The Schladming Winter Sports Club is proud to celebrate its 100 year anniversary in 2008.
Schladming's philosophy of international encounters is also reflected in the annual culture festivals featuring a symbiosis of rich Austrian musical tradition and international colours. Sport, culture and nature are the main ingredients of Schladming's event concept. At the same time, Schladming promises to stage the world championships of extremely short distances with stadiums right in the town centre! Add to that the legendary Schladming FIS World Cup Night Slalom atmosphere with up to 47,000 spectators and you have the perfect conditions for successful FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2013.
All competition sites are ready - Schladming is looking forward to welcoming athletes and visitors from all over the world.
For more information, visit www.thenightrace.at
St. Moritz (SUI): Candidate for the 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships
St. Moritz is ready! Many reasons explain why the world famous mountain resort in Switzerland is competing to bring back the 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships:
Not many other resorts can look back on such a long-lasting history of great events as St. Moritz. It has been the only Swiss venue for the Winter Olympics (1928 and 1948) and is a proven organizer of World Cup races as well as World Ski Championships. Experienced organizational and volunteer staff, already part in 2003, are again highly motivated to welcome the FIS-family back. 322 days of sunshine each year speak for themselves, added to the unique backdrop of the famous Upper Engadin valley at 1,800 meters above sea level and the legendary assurance of snow.
Taken together, St. Moritz offers the ideal premises for successful events! A unique hotel infrastructure with five 5-star hotels in St. Moritz alone plus many other hotels and restaurants of outstanding quality in town and in the area offer a cosmopolitan flair with guests from all over the world and leisure activities which cater to every taste. And last but not least: A convincing sports concept for top-class contests, with a single finishing line at 2'000 meters above sea level, is ready to provide athletes, spectators, sponsors and the media with the best possible stage for unforgettable competitive sports action.
The candidacy committee with the support of World Cup ski racer Marc Berthod is willing to take up the challenge and to bring back the 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships to the birthplace of modern winter tourism! St. Moritz is ready!
For more information, visit here.
|News from the World of Skiing|
Photo: Cross-Country Canada
|Fredrik Aukland |
As usual before a season with the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, the changes in the coaching ranks for the Cross-Country World Cup teams have been minimal. Here is a summary of some that have come to the attention of the FIS Newsflash:
In Canada, the new World Cup coach will be the Norwegian Arild Monsen, a former top skier, who is a FIS Technical Delegate and coached Team Trondelag in Norway last season. As replacement for Albert Manhardt, the coach of the Swiss men's team, Swiss Ski has hired 29-year-old Fredrik Aukland (NOR) while confirming that Markus Cramer (head coach & coach for the ladies' team) and Trond Nystad (men's sprint team) will continue in their jobs.
The Norwegians will continue to work with their existing staff around head coach Age Skinstad but have hired Per-Oyvind Torvik and the Dane, John Max Ertner, to support head sprint coach Ulf Morten Aune. In the Czech Republic, a small change has taken place with an additional ladies' coach Vladimir Slofar who will support head coach Vladimir Pavlata.
Some of the teams continuing into the season 2008/2009 with their current staff include Austria (head coach: Bernd Raupach), Germany (head coach: Jochen Behle), Estonia (head coach: Mati Alaver), Finland (head coach: Magnar Dalen), Italy (head coach: Silvio Fauner), Slovenia (head coach: Ivan Hudac) and France (head coach: Pierre Mignerey).
Some nations are still in negotiations, such as Sweden, and will announce the names of their coaches later.
Contributed by Sandra Spitz
Photo: Gudmundur Ag£stsson
The very last entry in the FIS international calendar for the 2007/2008 season entails four FIS Freestyle competitions, two in moguls and dual moguls each, scheduled to take place in Riksgrnsen (SWE) this coming weekend, 8th-9th May. These events are part of the King of the Hill series also including a big air and slopestyle competitions that will be staged at the small ski area above the Arctic Circle.
The second to last event on the calendar was the traditional Fossavatn Cross-Country ski marathon that was held in Isafjrdur in Iceland on 4th May. It was the 59th edition of the 50 km in the classical technique. which concluded the Cross-Country season, had to be held on a 10 km lap due to too much new snowfall! In the ladies' event, the victory went to˙Lina Andersson (SWE)˙who triumphed ahead of the veteran Hilde G. Pedersen (NOR) to end an otherwise rather difficult season for her. In the men's race, Svein Tore Sinnes (NOR) was almost six minutes faster than the second-ranked Vasaloppet champion Oskar Svard (SWE). In fourth place, the Cross-Country legend Thomas Alsgaard had a very respectable showing for a retiree. The men's FIS World Cup champion in sprint Ola Vigen Hattestad (NOR) finished 7th.
Subsequent to the first two WADA Symposia on Investigatory Powers of Anti-Doping Organizations held in Colorado Springs (2006) and in London (2007), WADA hosted a third follow-up symposium on 1st-2nd May in Sydney (AUS). This meeting further explored the matters raised at the previous meetings and, in particular, reviewed the drafts of information-sharing protocols with a view to finalizing them.
WADA's investigation strategy, launched in 2006, is based on the recognition that doping controls do not catch all cheaters and that evidence gathered by enforcement agencies and others, shared in a legally appropriate manner, with anti-doping and sport authorities helps to uncover anti-doping rule violations that might otherwise escape detection.
FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis, FIS representative in these series of symposia, stated: "Collaboration between the anti-doping organizations including WADA, the national anti-doping agencies, international sports federations with international as well as national law enforcement agencies is really developing positively to support the fight against doping to totally new levels, Tangible results have already been achieved, notably in the United States with not only high profile cases such as Marion Jones (athlete) but also the conviction of large-scale steroid suppliers. The sports movement is heartened by the work of law enforcement to treat the trafficking of doping substances so seriously."
|Lukas Bauer |
The members of the Forum Nordicum, the Union of Nordic Ski Journalists that is part of the AIPS (`Association de la Presse Sportive') have voted Lukas Bauer (CZE), the overall FIS World Cup champion and winner of the 2nd FIS Tour de Ski, as king of Nordic Skiing in the 2007/08 season. With 411 votes, Bauer had almost double the votes received by the 2nd ranked ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern (AUT), the dominator of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup season, who collected (209). Closely behind Morgenstern, Ronny Ackermann (GER), the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup champion, received 201 votes. The best female, or Nordic queen, was the ladies' Cross-Country World Cup champion Virpi Kuitunen (FIN) who finished 6th overall with 102 votes. The 21-year-old, three-time world champion Magdalena Neuner (GER) won the simultaneous voting for the biathlete of the year.
As communicated earlier, FIS is in the process of developing a world-wide campaign to promote skiing and/or playing in the snow as the number one outdoor activity choice in winter. The main aim of the "Bring Children to the Snow" campaign is to generate passion for snow activities with the younger generations.
FIS is pleased to announce that it has appointed Munich (GER)-based CNC Communications and Network Consulting (www.cnc-communications.com), together with its creative partner Heye & Partner (www.heye.de), to develop the structure and detailed concept of the activity, marketing and communications campaign. Most importantly, CNC/Heye will be using its connections to establish relationships with the possible partner organizations particularly in the governmental sector and in non-governmental organizations working with health, education and sports.
The first milestone for the "Bring Children to the Snow" campaign will be a presentation to the FIS Council and the 46th International Ski Congress in Cape Town (RSA) later this month.
FIS is pleased to announce the appointments of Sarah Fussek as Assistant to the Secretary General and Anja Joerg as Alpine World and Continental Cup Assistant. Both Sarah and Anja will be on site at FIS Congress in Cape Town (RSA) to meet with the representatives of the National Ski Associations, FIS partners and other participants.
28-year-old Sarah Fussek is a native of Salzburg (AUT). She has been working at the International Biathlon Union supporting the administration, notably as anti-doping administrator, since 2004. At the same time, she has worked as graduate assistant in the Institute of International Law and Organizations at the University of Salzburg. In addition to German and English, Sarah is fluent in Russian, speaks basic Polish and Ukrainian and is learning French. She is a keen skier, hailing from a ski family where both parents are ski instructors, and enjoys outdoor activities. She will officially join FIS on 30th June.
Anja Joerg is 32 years old from Domat/Ems in Grisons (SUI). She, too, brings several languages in addition to her native Romansh, including German, English, Italian, Spanish, and some French and Portuguese. Her currently works as assistant to the manager at Golf Aaretal (Kiesen, SUI). A former ski racer (FIS and European Cup levels), she has worked as a ski instructor in Pontresina for more than 10 years as well as in the local ski school administration. Anja will join FIS on 1st July and will succeed Sonja Reichen, one of FIS's longest serving employees, who decided to leave after 21 years of service in spring 2008.
FIS would like to take this opportunity to thank Madeleine Erb for her great work and contribution to the organization as she has decided to take on a new challenge after nine years of service for FIS. Madeleine has been appointed to a manager position with Swiss-Ski in nearby Muri (SUI) so we are of course pleased to see that she will stay part of the international ski family in the future and wish her much success in her new position.
|Cape Town (RSA)|
Photo: South African Tourism
For the first time in FIS's history, the announcement of the elected organizers for the 2012/2013 FIS World Championships will be available through live web streaming (live TV on the Internet). The direct feed, available as of ca. 19:00 CET on Thursday 29th May, will show the FIS president announcing the results of the FIS Council's election of the organisers as well as the celebrations by the winners . After all the announcements, interviews with the elected hosts of the FIS World Championships 2012/2013 will be relayed. Following the Congress, the material will be available for 2-3 weeks for on-demand viewing.
The live streaming will be available through several web sites including the FIS official site (www.fis-ski.com) as well as (to date) the sites for the candidates in Val di Fiemme, Zakopane, Oberstdorf, Beaver Creek/Vail, St. Moritz, Cortina, and Vikersund, as well as the Norwegian Ski Association.
Since the FIS Bulletin now takes the form of a yearbook and the 2008 edition will be ready in time for the FIS autumn meetings in September, the Report of the FIS President to the 2008 Congress along with all the reports of the FIS Committee chairmen have been published in a special Congress report book. An electronic version of the report compendium is available for download here. A limited number of paper copies will also be available to the participants of the 46th International Ski Congress on site in Cape Town (RSA) on 30th May, 2008.
On Tuesday, 6th May, a FIS TV Seminar for Cross-Country Skiing was held at the Hilton Airport Hotel in Zrich. A great number of 28 Cross-Country TV broadcasters and commentators representing 11 different TV stations as well as FIS partners gathered to discuss several key issues in Cross-Country TV production and review some positive and negative examples from last season's race coverage under the lead of FIS TV Consultant Richard Bunn and FIS Cross-Country Race Director Jrg Capol.
During an afternoon workshop session, four groups worked out their proposals for the development of the TV graphics, key principles for producing interval start races and the art of camera positioning &˙use˙in mass start races.
As a next step, an expert group will be put together to review and develop a detailed TV production handbook. These guidelines will then form the contractual basis for every TV production in the FIS Cross-Country World Cup.
"The TV Seminar was a success and another step further. We had open discussions among the participants and now it is our duty to go step by step further with these ideas and realize the proposals together with the TV broadcasters," summarized Jrg Capol, FIS Race Director."Our big goal is to make the sport of Cross-Country Skiing more attractive, exciting and easily understandable for all the TV viewers."
Contributed by Sandra Spitz
A Swiss ski coach, Kilian Roten, spent two weeks in Iran last March, to train local ski experts. Roten (30) represented the Swiss Snow Education Pool on this project commissioned by the Iranian Olympic Committee. His task was to stage an entrance exam and provide technical and methodical training to local coaches.
Up to 35 members belonged to each group being educated. All communication took place in French, followed by translation into Frasi, the local language. Many of the participants were former members of the Iranian national team. One main area of emphasis centered on the carving technique. "Many of the participants had limited basic knowledge of carving so a three hour session already made a big difference in establishing the foundation for understanding it and even teaching the technique," commented Roten. "Overall the two week trip was a very pleasant experience and a memorable adventure into skiing in the Middle East."
Contributed by Swiss-Ski