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|News from the World of Skiing|
Photo: Oliver Kraus/FIS
|Lindsey Jacobellis (USA)|
Photo: Oliver Kraus/FIS
After the season start in New Zealand, the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup season continued in South America last weekend. In the first ever FIS Snowboard World Cup competition held in Argentina, the best qualifiers also topped the finals: Lindsey Jacobellis (USA) and Pierre Vaultier (FRA) won the season's first snowboard cross race in Chapelco. The reigning ladies' snowboard cross world champion from the USA triumphed with a comfortable lead over Mellie Francon (SUI). On the men's side, Pierre Vaultier crossed the finish line ahead of Norway's Stian Sivertzen.
Both Jacobellis and Vaultier handled the demanding course which was peppered with technical roller sections and huge jumps the best. In windy conditions especially in the top part of the course, Jacobellis delivered a great run to claim her career's 15th World Cup victory. On the men's side, the windy weather in the upper part of the course also played a role. In the end, the two fastest snowboard cross athletes of the previous season duelled it out between them. For the 21-year-old Frenchman, the unambiguous victory helped him start the season exactly the same way as a year ago when he won the opening competition in Chile.
The next competition in this year's LG Snowboard FIS World Cup series will be an indoor competition in Landgraaf (NED) where the alpine borders will kick off their season with a parallel slalom on 10th October 2008.
|Simon Ammann (SUI)|
Simon Ammann (SUI) took a clear victory in both of the FIS Grand Prix Ski Jumping competitions in Hakuba (JPN). On Saturday, Ammann triumphed with a margin of almost 25 points while in the second competition he won by 7.3 points. Local star Daiki Ito made the home spectators happy by taking the second place in both competitions, along with receiving the Man of the Day award on Saturday. Andreas Kuettel (SUI) finished third on Saturday but had to let Roar Ljoekelsoey (NOR) ahead of him on Sunday, when the Norwegian led after the first round and took the Man of the Day award.
With two victories, Ammann also claimed the lead in the overall Grand Prix rankings in the absence of the former overall leader Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT) in Japan. Ammann is now 17 points ahead of Schlierenzauer as two competitions remain on the summer schedule. Andreas Kofler (AUT) who also skipped the trip to Asia is ranked third. The Grand Prix will continue on 3rd October in Klingenthal (GER).
|Oliver Jenot at Mt Hutt|
With the deepest snow base since 1992 (3.03 m), largely favorable weather, a great race course and athletes from 13 nations competing to secure the respective ANC event cups, the Mt Hutt ski area (NZE) produced a memorable week of ski racing. All events were completed.
The ANC technical series had started at Mt Hotham (AUS) and then moved on to Treble Cone (NZE), before culminating in the finals at Mt Hutt. The overall cup winners in each technical and speed (other than DH) event were decided at Mt Hutt and with the introduction of the new overall ANC cup series winner, there was added interest and excitement in the outcome.
Using the iconic Blue Pub in Methven as the base for team captains' meetings and prize-givings also contributed to the overall positive atmosphere for the series. For the first time at such an event in New Zealand, a public bib draw was held in the central town square for the ANC GS event and this was well received by athletes and coaches, as well as the general public.
New Zealand and Australian athletes were very competitive in the Mt Hutt races and as well there were also great results from Iceland's Bjoergvin Bjoergvinsson, Sweden's Fredrik Nordh and Poland's Katarzyna Karasinska and her team-mate Agneszka Gasienca-Daniel. Tim Cafe (NZE) and Janelle Miller (NZE) were the respective overall ANC cup series winners.
The ANC series is in very good health and we look forward to an even better series next year, when the ANC will be part of the Winter Games and there will be an additional SC course at Coronet Peak (NZE). With a new DH course being prepared at Cardrona (NZE) to hopefully be homologated for the 2010 season, the ANC series will then be complete in all events.
Contributed by David Howden
FIS President Gian Franco Kasper will participate in the meetings of the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) Executive Committee this coming weekend in Montreal (CAN). The agenda for the September meeting, the Executive Committee's second annual meeting, traditionally includes the List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (List) for approval for the following year. The 2009 List will be published by October 1, 2008, and will come into force on January 1, 2009.
Among other topics, WADA's Executive Committee will also consider for approval the International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information. The purpose of this new International Standard is to ensure that all relevant parties involved in anti-doping in sport apply a minimum suitable privacy protection in relation to the collection and use of athletes' personal data-as it relates to whereabouts, doping controls and therapeutic use exemptions. WADA led an extensive consultation process among stakeholders, legal experts, international organizations and the commissions on privacy protection from several countries.
|Edoardo Frau (ITA)|
|Ingrid Hirschhofer (AUT)|
Photo: Klaus Krckel
The Grass Skiing season came to an end at the World Cup finals in Forni di Sopra (ITA) on 6th-7th September. The overall World Cup winners this season are Ingrid Hirschhofer (AUT) and Edoardo Frau (ITA). For the first time, Team Austria took the honors in the Nations' Cup ahead of the Czech Republic and Italy.
In the men's rankings, Austrian Michael Stocker delivered a strong challenge to Frau until the very last weekend. In the end he finished 2nd 92 points behind Frau. Stefan Portmann of Switzerland took 3rd. Altogether 70 men from eight countries scored World Cup points.
On the ladies side, Hirschhofer was close to unbeatable as she won 8 of the 10 World Cup competitions and claimed the event rankings in all four categories (slalom, giant slalom, super-G and super combined). Hirshhofer's teammate Jaqueline Gerlach finished 2nd in the overall rankings, ahead of Ana Lena Buedenbender (GER). There were 19 ranked ladies from seven countries.
One of the season's highlights was the Grass Skiing Junior World Championships in Rieden bei Gommiswald (SUI) in August. Junior athletes representing ten nations - Iran, Taiwan, Lithuania, Japan, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Germany and Switzerland - competed in four events for both ladies and men. In the ladies competitions, Jaqueline Gerlach (AUT) and Petra Mlejnikova (CZE) delivered an exciting fight for goal every time, with each taking two titles. Gerlach also collected two silver medals and Mlejnikova one. Diane Lenz (SUI) captured three bronze medals.
In the men's events, Jan Gardavsky (CZE) was best in both super-G and super combined while finishing the unthankful 4th in slalom. Local star Mirko Hppi (SUI) took one gold and two silver medals. The Czech Republic won the medals table with a total of seven medals (four gold), ahead of Austria with five and Switzerland with six (one gold, five bronze).
Herv Gaymard, President of the Savoy County Council, officially launched the so-called `2009 invitation' in Chambery (FRA) last weekend. This very special invitation concept grants free access for all to the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Val d'Isere (FRA) from 2nd to 15th February 2009. Herv Gaymard presented the inaugural invitation to Jean Claude Killy, making him the first person to be "invited" to this event. Mr Killy, triple Olympic medalist, specified that the free invitation concept was already part of the initial candidature for hosting the championships and that it had been created to encourage the public to attend the event and to promote skiing as a whole.
Val d'Isere 2009 can rely on strong regional government support: "The Savoy County Council is involved in two main areas of the event: sustainable development and the free entry concept. Firstly, concerning sustainable development, our focus is on `clean' transport systems and environmentally friendly Championships. The concept of free access for all involves an investment of 5 million euros from the counties of Savoy and High Savoy through the "Pays de Savoie" Assembly and "Savoie Mont Blanc" Tourism," noted Herv Gaymard. From now on, registration to receive the free invitation and travel voucher for 1 Euro is available at the event's website at www.valdisere2009.com.
The autumn coordination group meeting with the organizing committee, FIS, and the television and marketing rights holders, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), for the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Oslo (NOR) took place on Monday, 15th September. In addition to productive working-group discussions, the participants went outside to view the construction work that has now begun at Holmenkollen. On the administrative side, the organizing committee team is developing and is focusing on establishing the working practices and responsibilities of the different roles. Oslo 2011's modern new brand and logo was also presented with the implementation concepts. At the competition site, the legendary Holmenkollen arena, the work has now begun. The K95 normal hill at Midtstuen is the most visible development with the ground work well underway. The time schedule foresees the completion of the competition facilities in good time for the test events, the traditional FIS Nordic World Cup weekend in early March 2010.
The 7th FIS Aid & Promotion Leaders' Seminar will take place in Interlaken, Switzerland, and Slden, Austria from 21st - 26th October 2008. This year's seminar will focus on "Development of ski sport in emerging countries through events."
The different speakers will discuss the importance of events for sport development, from various perspectives such as the economic impact on the host regions, the interests of the ski industry, local organizer and National Ski Association as well as, on the international level, of FIS.
The participants will also visit the FIS headquarters in Oberhofen and attend the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup Opening in Slden (AUT) from Thursday 23rd - Sunday 26th October. Registration for the eligible Nations within the Aid & Promotion Program are due at the FIS office by 5th October.
Following the resounding positive feedback from the 2008 FIS Congress Management Education Program, the FIS Academy is pleased to announce its Continuing Management Development program to be delivered as part of the FIS Autumn Meetings..
The Academy is providing a topical module exploring sponsorship procurement. This has been developed as a stand-alone module to provide learning outcomes for all participants which builds on the themes presented at the Congress modules in Cape Town. The module is to be delivered by Steve Loader who has spent many years as Global Sponsorship Director for Qantas airlines. For further details please click here.
The FIS Academy will also be in Zurich throughout the FIS Meetings, happy to discuss educational programs offered to the FIS family. This provides an opportunity to discuss the new FIS Academy Athlete Certificate "Insure Now, Ensure Later" program which was successfully launched at Cape Town. In an innovative partnership with Aon insurance it provides tailored education along with athlete insurance. If you would like to arrange a meeting, please contact Zsolt Eigner, Sales - Marketing Coordinator via email email@example.com or by phone on +44 161 275 6335 or +44 779 442 4295.
|Steve Podborski (CAN)|
As reported earlier, the newly-elected FIS Council appointed several new Committee Chairmen in its first meeting following the FIS Congress in Cape Town (RSA). In this third part of the series, the FIS Newsflash is pleased to present the initial thoughts of another two of them as they embark on their new task for the 2008-2010 period:
Steve Podborski (CAN), New Chairman of the FIS Sub-Committee for Skiers with a Disability
"My vision as the new Chair of the FIS Sub-Committee for Skiers with a Disability is to come to a thorough understanding of the state of disabled skiing in the member countries throughout the world and, in partnership with the IPC, advance the sport of disabled skiing in a timely way on a world-wide basis.
The Sub-Committee intends to submit to the NSAs a detailed questionnaire with the objective of assisting it understanding better where disabled snowsports fits in their country and in their NSA.
Currently Disabled snowsports does utilize the majority of the FIS ICR as its basis for competition, adapted of course to fit the needs of the disabled competitors and often the FIS Technical Delegates work within the IPC for its competitions.
I hope we can foster a stronger working relationship with the IPC as well as to work closer within both the NSAs and those responsible within a nation for disabled sport and, in particular, the snowsports sector."
|Jos Luis MarcĒ (ARG)|
Jos Luis MarcĒ (ARG), New Chairman of the FIS Legal and Safety Committee
"I became member of the Legal and Safety Committee at the Bariloche Congress in 1977 when I was 27 years old. For many years, I was the youngest member of any FIS Committee. A few years ago the Council elected me as Vice Chairman and now, with the full support of my colleagues, Chairman in Cape Town. I am honored by this appointment and will seek to do my best in this role.
According to the FIS Statutes and rules for Committee work, the FIS Legal and Safety Committee works on those matters on which the FIS Council, through the Secretary General, requests its intervention.
After my election I have contacted all the Committee members to propose a new method of working via e-mail. This will give us the chance to analyze documents and exchange opinions about different topics in a real electronic forum. There was consensus about introduction of this method. This will mean that our future meetings will not be used to conduct analysis but to finalize our argumentation, polish the wording and produce the final proposals for consideration by the Council.
As a first step we shall analyze the Italian proposal to the Cape Town Congress of a new wording of the chapter of the FIS Statutes governing Appeals and Sanctions. This chapter was modified by the 2006 and 2008 Congresses following proposals from our Committee. We shall continue to have one annual physical meeting. This year we held a meeting in Cape Town and for this reason we shall not meet in the autumn. Our next proper meeting will be in May during the FIS Calendar Conference in Dubrovnik."