|News from the World of Skiing|
|News from the World of Skiing|
|Ramp at University of Moscow|
Photo: New League Sports Club
On January 2nd, 2009, for the first time in the history of FIS Alpine Skiing, a parallel slalom contest will take place in Moscow (RUS). This special competition is designated as a promotional event in support of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup. It is also specifically designed to stimulate interest for Alpine Skiing as part of the build up to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
The world's best alpine skiers are invited to take part in the event. They will compete on a construction designed especially for the Moscow contest. The ramp will be about 60 meters high, 36 meters wide and 150 meters long and it will surely stand out against the background of the Moscow State University building - one of the most impressive Moscow skyscrapers. The huge dimensions of the ramp together with the specially planned spectators' area will allow more than 30.000 people to watch the exiting performances of the Alpine Skiing stars. The unique artificial slope will be pre-built in the Vorobyovy Mountains and then transported to the urban landscape of the Moscow megalopolis.
Originally, the contest was planned for November 22nd, 2008. However, the date has now been confirmed as 2nd January, 2009 due to organizational and technical reasons. The massive ramp is truly a unique construction even by Russian measures and 25% larger than the ramp built at the same square for the FIS Freestyle and Snowboard World Cup events last season. As a result additional time was required to ensure the safety of the construction and plan the technical implementation including high quality preparation of the snow. The new date was also chosen to better meet the needs of the athletes and their travel schedules.
"We were happy to delay the date of the event to right after New Year's in order to best serve all the invited athletes and guests, especially as most of them have already confirmed their participation in the FIS World Cup Alpine Promotional event in Moscow," commented President of the Russian Alpine Ski and Snowboard Federation (RASSF), Mr. Andrey Bokarev together with RASSF Vice President Mr Dmitry Svischev. For more information on the event, please visit www.worldcupmoscow.com.
Includes contributions by OC Moscow
|WADA's new President John Fahey|
Meeting in Montreal (CAN) last weekend, the WADA Executive Committee of which FIS President Gian Franco Kasper is a member, approved the List of Prohibited Substances and Methods for 2009. This new List will be published online by 1st October, 2008, and will go into effect on 1st January, 2009.
The 2009 List offers a number of changes compared to the 2008 List, including modifications to align the 2009 List with the more flexible sanctions set forth in the revised 2009 WADA Code that will come into effect on 1st January. The objective of this flexibility is to allow for enhanced sanctions for deliberate doping offenders, and reduced sanctions for those who can unequivocally establish that the substance involved was not intended to enhance performance.
As a result, while all prohibited methods, the classes of anabolic agents and hormones, as well as stimulants and hormone antagonists and modulators so identified on the 2009 Prohibited List maintain their status, the remainder of prohibited substances will now be considered as specified substances for the purpose of more flexible sanctions. In these cases, the sanction may be reduced as low as a reprimand and no period of ineligibility. At the same time, the use of non-specified substances should be more likely to result in a standard two-year ban for a first anti-doping rule violation, or to a ban of up to four years in aggravating circumstances.
WADA's Executive Committee also approved scientific research projects for funding totaling US$6.5 million and approved the accreditation of a new laboratory in New Delhi, India. In addition, the Executive Committee approved a new International Standard and two revised International Standards seeking to harmonize technical aspects in the fight against doping. Regarding the new International Standard for the Protection of Privacy and Personal Information, the Executive Committee asked WADA's management to continue its discussions with European governments to see whether any further improvements might be made.
|World Cup winners|
The end of the summer also signifies the end of the dry-land season and the 2008 FIS World Cup Roller Skiing. This year's edition of the FIS World Cup concluded last weekend in an awesome atmosphere in Thessaloniki, Greece. The long summer season included events at six different World Cup venues and a total of 15 competitions in Italy, Germany, Croatia and Greece.
The dominators of the season were the Italians Mateja Bogatec and Emanuele Sbabo, who won the overall ranking in the main category. Bogatec, second in the 2007 overall standings, won the ladies' title˙with a margin of 162 points over Elena Ektova (RUS). Erika Bettineschi (ITA) took third, 255 points behind her compatriot Bogatec.
On the men's side, Emanuele Sbabo succeeds Igor Glushkov (RUS) who took second this year, 54 points behind Sbabo. Simone Paredi (ITA) finished third. The Nations' Cup went to Italy in a dominating fashion, ahead of Russia and Germany.
In the junior category, Solange Chabloz (ITA) and Ragnar Bragvin Andresen (NOR) claimed victory in the overall rankings.
FIS and the FIS Roller Skiing Sub-Committee led by zkan Koyuncu can be proud of a successful season with more than 200 athletes from 20 countries, the highest number ever in the history of the FIS Roller Skiing World Cup.
Contributed by Sandra Spitz
|GS podium in El Colorado (CHI)|
The South American Cup 2008 in Alpine Skiing˙finished last week in La Parva (CHI) in excellent snow conditions, good weather and with very high level competitions. The season had started in Cerro Castor (ARG) in early August.
The most remarkable aspect of this SAC season was the excellent snow conditions with early snowfalls and lots of snow in the beginning of the season which led to the presence of many teams from Europe and North America during the entire South American season.
In total, 11 races were held (2 DH, 3 SL, 3 GS, 2 SG , 1 SC) for each gender as more than 300 racers from 18 different countries participated in the 2008 SAC. Overall winners were the siblings Macarena and Cristian Javier Simari Birkner (ARG), whilst the Nations Cup went to Argentina with the USA in second place and France third. While Macarena took the 2008 ladies title ahead of her older sister and last year's champion Maria Belen, for Cristian Javier Simari Birkner, it was the ninth consecutive SAC title!
Contributed by Stefano Pirola
|Isabel Clark Ribeiro (BRA)|
The South American Cup Snowboard calendar consisted of just one event this season, which was organized by the Brazilian Snow Sports Federation with the help of Knowledge Integrated Marketing, the organizing committee, in Chapelco, San Martin de los Andes (ARG).˙The resort last hosted SAC SB in 2002. The 2008 competitions took place from 1st to 7th September, one week before the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup snowboard cross opening which resulted in a very special field both in the number and the level of competitors. In one slopestyle and two SBX competitions, a record number of 128 riders from 23 nations started, including Torino 2006 Olympic medalists, World Champions and World Cup overall winners.
The resort, now under new management, put a great effort into the organization and more than once went out of its way to help produce an outstanding event. The both SBX for ladies and men were 500 points events. The overall victories went to Nick Baumgartner (USA) and Dominique Maltais (CAN) while I¤aqui Irrarazaval (CHI) and Isabel Clark Ribeiro (BRA) were the best South American riders. The Nations Cup was conquered by Canada followed by USA and France.
For the third year the South American Cup Snowboard calendar suffered from a difficult sponsorship environment which meant that the Argentinean and Chilean stops did not take place. At the same time the 2008 SAC season was the first time ever that Snowboard Masters events were held in Argentina. A record number of 15 nations participated.
Contributed by Stefano Arnhold
|Island of Mainau at Lake Constance|
Organized by FIS and the Marc Hodler Foundation, the III FIS Forum on the island of Mainau at Lake Constance˙took place this Monday and Tuesday. Following on from the first two FIS Forums, 'The Culture of Skiing' and 'Skiing in the Visual Arts', the third Forum concentrated on the topic of `Sustainability of Snow Sports'. Some 70 representatives of FIS Member National Ski Associations, FIS professional staff, Committee and Sub-Committee chairmen and close friends of skiing enjoyed the great hospitality of the Family Bernadotte and listened to presentations by an esteemed group of speakers.
Already in 1994, FIS adopted the so-called Mainau Manifesto which articulates its commitment to supporting the sustainability of skiing, through concern for nature and the environment. Sustainability is a complex issue which reaches beyond sport and the environment, and has significant economic, socio-political and social dimensions. The goal of the 3rd FIS Forum was to provide an opportunity for an objective assessment of the available scientific facts together with recent experiences from related fields such as industry, trade and tourism.
Fritz Wagnerberger, President of the Marc Hodler Foundation and FIS Treasurer, concluded the III Forum stating: "During these two days, we have heard and learnt much from many different areas. We now know that we alone are not able to resolve the issue but together we can contribute significantly to the sustainability of our world. I was especially impressed by the engaged example of the Norwegian Ski Association and its project known as ,White Winter - Hvit Winter" which shows that each of us can truly help reduce emissions. Our goal must be to maintain the fascination of snow sports for the long term, and an essential part of that continues to be intact nature and white winter."
|Val di Fiemme 2013 coordination group|
The first Coordination Group meeting for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2013 in Val di Fiemme (ITA) took place on Wednesday, 24th September. Almost exactly four months after the election of the Italian site as host of the championships, the local organizing committee has already taken considerable steps to put its working structure in place and begin the planning processes. There is significant organizational experience in the committee from annual FIS World Cup Cross-Country events, notably the already famous final climb to conclude the FIS Tour de Ski, as well as regular FIS Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined World Cup competitions. Consequently the emphasis of the work over the coming years will focus on developing the activities to create a true festival event building up to and at the championships. A new, young team will lead the project "Vision 2013" which will collaborate closely with the Trentino tourism association to develop the destination together with the championships.
The sixth FIS Youth and Children's Seminar will be held in Zurich (SUI) in conjunction with the FIS Autumn Committee and other meetings. Following positive feedback on the fifth edition of the Seminar in 2007, the 2008 Seminar will again take advantage of the presence of the many National Ski Association experts in Zurich. It will be held on Wednesday 1st October with a pre-seminar networking evening on Tuesday, before most of the Technical Committees' meetings get underway.
The 2008 Seminar will focus on reviewing and collecting feedback on the plans for the FIS "Bring Children to the Snow" campaign. Along with afternoon working group sessions and a campaign status review, the presentations will include recent findings from a survey conducted among the young generations, perspectives of the ski industry and national examples of successful past projects.
The FIS Autumn meetings will kick off at the Hotel Hilton Zurich Airport with some workshops and TD seminars on Tuesday. More than 400 hours of informal and formal meetings of the FIS Committees and Sub-Committees will be held in the course of the next week until Monday 6th October when the innaugural FIS World Championships Organizers' Seminar will take place. For the latest meeting schedule please click here.
Media accreditation is now online for the major 2009 FIS World Championships. For the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Val d'Isere (FRA), the accreditation deadline is 15th November 2008. The media should also be aware that if they want to take advantage of one of the 900 media reserved rooms they must act by 1st October 2008 after which the rooms will be released for general bookings. To submit your request now,˙click here.˙
For the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Liberec (CZE), the media accreditation is available online here. The registration deadline is 17th October 2008.
Media accreditation requests are also being accepted for the FIS Freestyle World Championships 2009 in Inawashiro (JPN) by visiting here.
A timeline of historical events from the world of skiing has now been published on the FIS web site under the address of history.fis-ski.com. This timeline represents the results of the efforts of a working group of ski historians led by former chairman and long-time member of the FIS PR and Mass Media Committee Elisabeth Hussey (GBR) between 2005-2007. The goal of the group was to compile an international timeline of events which were important over the whole history of skiing.
The contents of this site are an ongoing work to which anybody with the necessary knowledge is encouraged to contribute. Contributions can be made following a simple registration on the site. They will be reviewed by a working group member before acceptance for publication. To take a first look at this new resource, please click here.
The 2008 editions of the FIS Bulletin and FIS Directory are now available. Most of the FIS Committee and Sub-Committee members should receive their copies by postal mail by the time they embark on their travel to the FIS Autumn Meetings in Zurich (SUI). Additional copies can be requested from the FIS office at email@example.com.
At the General Assembly of the German Ski Association (DSV), held last weekend at Oberjoch/Bad Hindelang, 48-year-old Alfons Hrmann was re-elected as President of the Association. The Assembly also confirmed the re-election of its entire board, consisting of Sabine Reuss, Helmut Schreyer, Peter Schlickenrieder und Dr. Franz Steinle.
Stefan Kraus, the new DSV Marketing Director, was named the Assistant Secretary General (stellvertretender Generalsekretr) and will increasingly support the DSV Secretary General Thomas Pfller in the future.
|Dr. Karl Heinz Klee|
FIS sends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Karl Heinz Klee who passed away at the age of 79 in Innsbruck on Sunday. Dr. Klee was Honorary President of the Austrian Ski Association (OeSV) since he served as its President from 1966 until 1972. Lawyer by profession, he was the Secretary General of the Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck in 1976. In May 2008, Dr. Klee was named honorary member of the FIS Legal and Safety Committee which he chaired for many years. Dr Klee's continuing engagement for the ski sports will be sorely missed.