News from the World of Skiing 

  FIS Grand Prix Ski Jumping Finale in Liberec (CZE) ... more

  France to bid for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games .... more

  Vars (FRA) looking forward to FIS Speed Skiing World Championships 2009 ... more

  2008 Forum Nordicum follows Liberec 2009 Final Inspection ... more

 Inside FIS 

  FIS Autumn Meetings underway in Zrich ... more

  FIS welcomes two new staff members ... more

 Member News 

  First low lands skiing congress to be held in Belgium ... more

  Sudden death of Niki Den ... more

 In Depth 

  Voices of New Committee Chairmen ... more

 News from the World of Skiing 

FIS Grand Prix Ski Jumping Finale in Liberec (CZE)
Simon Ammann (SUI)
Photo: Nordic Focus
Ulrike Gr„ssler (GER)
Photo: DSV

The 15th edition of the FIS Grand Prix Ski Jumping will culminate this week in Klingenthal (GER) and Liberec (CZE). On Friday, 3rd October, the day of German reunification, the large hill in the Vogtland Arena at Schwarzberg will host the summer season's second to last competition. The final of the series will be held at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 venue of Liberec (CZE) on 4th October.

Thanks to his two victories in Japan, Simon Ammann (SUI) leads the overall Grand Prix rankings 17 points ahead of Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT). With two events remaining on the schedule Schlierenzauer is well positioned to fight for the summer title while his teammate Andreas Kofler (AUT) is ranked third, also with a fighting chance.

This weekend's competitions in Liberec will also feature two ladies' Continental Cup competitions on the small hill at the Jested jumping arena. For the ladies, these competitions will serve as pre-World Championships events as the premiere of the ladies FIS World Championships in Ski Jumping are less than 140 days away.

After last weekend's four Continental Cup competitions, two each for the ladies and men, in Oberstdorf (GER), the ladies' standing is led by Ulrike Graessler of Germany ahead of teammate Magdalena Schnurr. In the men's rankings Markus Eggenhofer leads ahead of Manuel Fettner, both of Austria.


France to bid for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games

France has confirmed its intentions to bid for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The French Olympic Committee informed last Wednesday that it will put forward one of three interested cities: Annecy, Nice and Grenoble, the latter having hosted the Games in 1968. The selection is expected to take place in March.

In addition to Grenoble 1968, France has staged the Olympic Winter Games previously in 1924 in Chamonix - the inaugural edition of the winter games - and in 1992 in Albertville. Paris was beaten in its bid for the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Summer Games by Barcelona, Beijing and London, respectively.

The IOC will begin the application process for 2018 after the campaign for the 2016 Summer Olympics ends next year. The IOC vote for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games is set for 2011 at the IOC Session in Durban (RSA).


Vars (FRA) looking forward to FIS Speed Skiing World Championships 2009
Vars (FRA)

The FIS Speed Skiing World Championships 2009 will be held in Vars (FRA) from 17th-24th January. With that event, Vars is renewing its engagement in Speed Skiing and returns to the foreground of the discipline's activities. The 2009 FIS Championships follow on a ‘prologue' that took the form of a FIS World Cup stage during the season of 2007/2008, from 29th January to 2nd February 2008.

The official opening ceremony will take place on Sunday, 18th January, kicking off a year of championships in France just some 10 days before the start of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2009 in Val d'Isère (FRA). About 15 nationalities (CZE, FRA, SUI, AUT, SWE, SPA, USA, GER, ITA, GBR etc) and the world's 70 fastest skiers are going to race down the Chabrières track at speeds that top 200 kilometers per hour. Those expected to participate include 2007 world champion Simone Origone (ITA), fastest in the world since 2006, vice champion Philippe May (SUI) and 2007 bronze medalist Bastien Montes (FRA). Among the ladies, world champion Sanna Tidstrand (SWE) will defend her title against Tracie Sachs (USA) and Karine Dubouchet (FRA), just to mention a few of the challengers.
Vars has significant tradition in organizing Speed Skiing events. In the late 1980's, a natural lane favorable for speed skiing was discovered and the resort has organized several competitions since the beginning of the 1990's, In the course of more than ten years, several legendary performances have been delivered on the Vars racing course. The Chabrières piste, 1220 long with an altitude drop of 495 m and maximum slope of 98% (average slope 52.50%), is now looking forward to hosting the 2009 FIS Speed Skiing championships and deliver another chapter to the history of Speed Skiing.

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2008 Forum Nordicum follows Liberec 2009 Final Inspection
Liberec (CZE)
Photo: Nordic Focus

The 2008 Forum Nordicum, the annual meeting of the Union of Nordic Ski Journalists that is part of the AIPS (‘Association de la Presse Sportive'), will take place in Liberec (CZE) from Monday, 13th October until Thursday, 16th October. The host of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009, Liberec will welcome some 80-100 representatives of the media, ski industry, local organizing committees and the Nordic ski sports' governing bodies at this traditional Forum. Besides special presentations on next year's title events in the three FIS Nordic disciplines as well as Biathlon, the agenda will include presentations on the FIS Team Tour and the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver 2010.

The so-called FIS Day will take place on Tuesday 14th October when FIS representatives led by the FIS President will discuss the latest developments in their respective disciplines along with a general update on the latest FIS news. The Forum Nordicum will follow the official Final Inspection of the preparations for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 which will be conducted during Monday, 13th October.


 Inside FIS 

FIS Autumn Meetings underway in Zrich
Hilton Airport Hotel

The FIS Autumn Meetings for all FIS disciplines will take place this week at the traditional venue of the Hilton Airport Hotel in Zurich (SUI) that provides an ideally situated location, excellent meeting facilities, as well as welcoming staff who look forward to the annual gathering of the FIS family. Following the detailed discussions and reviews of the previous two-year period that took place at the 46th International Ski Congress held in Cape Town (RSA) in May, the Autumn sessions concentrate on reviewing the work done in the past summer months and discussing the many practical items in anticipation of the 2008/2009 season.˙

The 6th FIS Youth and Children's Seminar kicked off the Autumn Technical Meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday along with update sessions for the timing working group and the Alpine TD education along with the first Committee meetings. More than 50 participants from more than 30 nations gathered to review and provide feedback on the current status and future plans for the FIS campaign "Bring Children to the Snow."

Facilitated by Ken Read (CAN), Chairman of the FIS Coordination Group for Youth and Children's Questions together with Youth and Children's Sub-Committee Chairmen Satu Kalajainen (FIN) and Polly-Jo Clark (USA) along with FIS staff and representatives of CNC, FIS's agency partner, the seminar was well-received and provided great feedback and perspective for developing the next steps of the campaign.


FIS welcomes two new staff members
Trude Edvardsen Zurbuchen
Barbara Sp”rri

FIS is pleased to welcome two new staff members as of this last week: Trude Edvardsen Zurbuchen (41) will support the FIS Communications department as a Project Assistant on a part-time basis. She will initially focus on the FIS Campaign entitled "Bring Children to the Snow," together with Riikka Rakic, FIS Communications Manager. A former overall FIS Telemark World Cup champion and many-time World Cup winner, Trude is from Norway but has lived in Switzerland for the past eight years. She and her Swiss husband and two children now live in Thun, near to the FIS Office.

Barbara Sp”rri (29) joined FIS on 30th September as Event Marketing-Sponsoring Assistant. She will be supporting Niklas Carlsson, FIS Event Manager, and partially succeeding Susanne Gawlyta, FIS Marketing Assistant, who will leave FIS in mid-November due to a move abroad. A native of Mrren in the Bernese highlands, Barbara has worked for the administration of the Lauberhorn race organization during three years and for the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC). She is a certified ski teacher and great outdoor enthusiast.


 Member News 

First low lands skiing congress to be held in Belgium

The Belgian Ski and Snowboard Federation, the University of Brussels and The Government of Sports are staging the first International Low Lands Congress on Science and Skiing (ILLCSS) on 11th October 11th in Brussels (BEL).

ILLCSS is a new conference that strives to combine academic experience with high performance ski racing experience. The low lands are a non-alpine area. Yet, several thousands of highly motivated people go skiing every year and in recent years, ski racers and snowboarders from the low lands have also achieved promising results in high ranking competitions.                                                                                               

The aim of the Congress is to support evidence-based professionalism in ski training and coaching, to promote skiing sports and facilitate training and coaching for young people in countries that do not have natural skiing facilities. Topics to be discussed include periodization in ski and snowboard training, injury prevention in skiing and snowboarding, biomechanics and physiology in ski and snowboard training along with case studies. For more information, visit


Sudden death of Niki Den
Niki Den (JPN)

FIS sends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Niki (Kazuo) Den (56) who passed away on 29th September of sudden cerebral haemorrhage. Niki Den was the chair of the international relations committee of the educational division of the Ski Association of Japan (SAJ) and an executive director of Sports Unity Inc. During his lifetime Niki Den supported almost all FIS major events held in Japan. He did great work at the Nagano Olympic Winter Games 1988 as Alpine finish area director and supported the past two FIS World Ski Championships in Japan (1993 Morioka and 2007 Sapporo). Moreover he always supported the many Japanese FIS World Cups in all different disciplines. He was recently appointed to be the international liaison of the FIS Freestyle World Championships in Inawashiro 2009 in recognition of all his efforts to make international athletes feel comfortable in Japan.

The funeral for Niki Den will be held on 15th October in Tokyo while a farewell party will take place on 31st October also in Tokyo.

Contributed by Suke Kawazu


 In Depth 

Voices of New Committee Chairmen
Reto Nadig (SUI)

Reto Nadig (SUI), new Chairman of the FIS Court

"To begin with, I would like to say that my nomination is a great honor for me and I am looking forward to contributing to the ski sport in this new capacity.

The collaboration with an international team of judges has captivated me in the past. My judge colleagues are strong characters and we have had many fascinating encounters, both professional and personal. During the previous cases it was very interesting to witness how three judges of different nationalities and jurisdictions would lead a profound discussion in order to work out a solution. It was impressive how quickly they agreed on the fundamental questions. There seems to be a rather large consensus on the practice of a fair proceeding amongst the participating international judges. I regard it as my task to establish an efficient court organisation and, in a team with the involved judges, to deliver correct decisions.

The basis of our work is the rules which are there to be observed and every competitor is entitled to that. With rules we mostly refer to the FIS rules, from ski-technical (e.g. equipment rules), to organizational (e.g. awarding of World Cup points) or procedural (e.g. appealing a decision). The rules could further include national laws whereby FIS is an association under the Swiss law, or international regulations. It is the FIS Court's duty to ensure these rules are abided by.

The benefit of an association-intern yet independent court is that the FIS Judges are professional judges, professors or attorneys who are in close contact with the ski sport. Through the combination of judicial professionalism and their understanding of the ski sport, they seek to find legally correct and feasible solutions given the sports environment. In addition, the association-internal courts are typically faster and more cost-efficient than external ones"