FIS Congress Special 

Candidates for the 2011 FIS Alpine and Nordic World Ski Championships

The organizers of the 2010 FIS Ski Flying World Championships and the 2011 FIS Alpine, Nordic, Freestyle and Snowboard World Championships will be elected by the FIS Council on Thursday, 25th May. The announcement of the elected organizers will take place at the Hotel Marinotel in Vilamoura (POR) at approximately 18:00 CET.

The FIS Newsflash is pleased to present brief portraits of the five candidates for the 2011 FIS Alpine and Nordic World Ski Championships (in alphabetical order):


Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER): Candidate for the 2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

We are ready for it!" is the slogan of Garmisch-Partenkirchen's candidature to host the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2011.

And they are more than willing to prove it. The 2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen promises to be a celebration of sports for all nations, for the youth and adults alike. The German hopefuls Maria Riesch and Felix Neureuther support the application with all their heart and soul: "We are convinced that the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 2011 would increase the popularity of ski sports enormously, even far beyond the German borders." Rosi Mittermaier and Christian Neureuther also support the application with deep conviction: "There is hardly any other place that fantastically combines nearly perfect infrastructure and top level conditions for World Championships."

Garmisch-Partenkirchen and its wonderful landscape have enthralled the fans of alpine skiing for generations. Fantastic runs encourage world class athletes to strive for new achievements. The races down the "Kandahar" are legendary and the slalom races at "Gudiberg" push athletes to their limits. The ski circus already meets at annual FIS World Cup races in the county of Werdenfels - a good reason to confer the 2011 FIS Alpine World Championships to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, to the region, to the whole of Germany. We are ready for it!


Oslo (NOR): Candidate for the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships

Welcome to the new facilities at Holmenkollen in 2011! Five years from now Oslo, the capital of Norway, is prepared to host the FIS World Ski Championships in the Nordic disciplines. The venue will be the famous Holmenkollen, where new facilities will be built to meet the demands of the future.. The old jumping hill will be dismantled and replaced by modern facilities.. The Cross-Country stadium and courses will be upgraded as well.

The famous jumping hill at Holmenkollen has been extended 18 times. The new facilities there will include:
 A less steep inrun with a freezing capacity
 Reconstruction of the lower part, from the jump until the end of the outrun
 New grand stands for spectators
 Better working conditions for the media
 New facilities for competition management, including jury and judges, media, coaches and athletes
 New lift
 New floodlight system
 Permanent wind protection measures
However, the architectural fingerprint of the old hill will be retained in order to maintain the famous Oslo skyline!

"There is still great interest in our national sport, skiing, all over the country. Hence we feel confident that the whole nation will unite in supporting the Oslo region in the preparation for the championships and will contribute to making the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships here a real folk festival," says Mr. Per Ditlef-Simonsen, the Lord Mayor of Oslo.


Schladming (AUT): Candidate for the 2011 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

Schladming's candidature for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2011 is based on a concept of the championships as a festival of sport - a celebration of sport in honor of young people from all over the world.

Schladming sees itself as an organizer of events ranging from the support of young local athletes with appropriate infrastructure to staging large-scale, international competitions. Schladming's experience as organizer is second to none: in addition to the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 1982, the FIS Junior Alpine World Ski Championships in 1997 and 29 FIS World Cup events since 1973, Schladming served as the venue of 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.

Schladming's philosophy of international encounters is also reflected in the annual culture festivals featuring a symbiosis of rich Austrian musical tradition and international colors. Sport, culture and nature are the main ingredients of Schladming's event concept. At the same time, Schladming promises to stage the championships of extremely short ways with stadiums right in the town center! Add to that the legendary Schladming FIS World Cup Night Slalom atmosphere with up to 45,000 spectators and you have the perfect conditions for successful FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2011.


Val di Fiemme (ITA): Candidate for the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships

As the official flag was lowered in Lago di Tesero on March 1st, the final day of the 2003 FIS Nordic Ski World Championships, the idea of presenting the valley again as organizer of a future event was already born. Pietro De Godenz, Chairman of the Executive Committee, toasted with his closest collaborators saying: "See you soon." Someone, exhausted, just smiled; someone else laughed at the sentence that seemed to be just a joke.

During the 2004 FIS Congress in Miami, the organizing committee presented the positive results obtained across the board in 2003. The most gratifying moment, however, was the speech delivered by FIS President Gian-Franco Kasper, who said: "There were no clouds from February 18th to March 1st in Val di Fiemme, neither in the sky nor in the organization".

That is why the hospitable Val di Fiemme is a Candidate for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 2011.

As an experienced FIS World Cup host, the classical resort of Val di Fiemme has established itself as an important point of reference in the Nordic skiing world. Its reputation owes a great deal to the support provided by the local municipalities, but most importantly to the many volunteers, who are the real backbone of the organizing committee. And they, too, look forward to welcoming the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships back to Val di Fiemme!


Zakopane (POL): Candidate for the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships

Zakopane, together with the Polish Ski Association, would be thrilled to organize the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 2011.

Zakopane, the cradle of Polish skiing, is situated in a valley at the foot of the Tatra Mountains. With skiing traditions reaching back over 100 years, Zakopane has long played an important role in the development of Nordic skiing. The organizer of FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 1929, 1939 and 1962, of three Winter Universiades, World and European Championships in Biathlon, and several FIS World Cups in Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, Cross-Country and Alpine Skiing (slalom), as well as many other events, Zakopane aspires to be counted among the group of main cities organizing world sports events. The organization of ski events has even been entered into the long-term Development Strategy of the City of Zakopane.

In addition to its sporting traditions, Zakopane is a significant center of culture. FIS World Ski Championships in Zakopane therefore not only promise to deliver many unforgettable sporting moments, already guaranteed by the tens of thousands of spectators that annually attend the FIS World Cup Ski Jumping events staged there, but also a glimpse of the "Zakopane phenomenon." This phenomenon has for years attracted people in love with the special atmosphere of Zakopane and its culture of folklore and highlands. Zakopane, in all its facets, looks forward to hosting the global skiing family in 2011!


The weather trend

Four days before the first committee meetings of the 45th International Ski Congress convene at the Tivoli Marinotel in Villamoura/Algarve (Por), the temperature in the Faro region is rising up to 27ø C. When the first participants from all over the world arrive on Saturday, the forecast announces that the weather should be as follows: Sunny, 27ø C and a (sea) water temperature of 19øC. The wind direction will turn from NW to W in the period from today to Saturday and the wind velocity will be approx. 3-4 Beaufort. So for the extra curricular activities please don't forget swimsuit, golf clubs and of course sun cream!...


FIS Academy 2006 Congress Modules

Meet the `Founding Father of the Sports Marketing Industry'

Don't forget to book you place on the FIS Academy Congress Modules before you leave home:

Sponsorship Procurement with Patrick Nally- Monday, 22nd May, 10.00am

Patrick Nally, described by Sports Business as "the Founding Father of the Sports Marketing Industry" and a Visiting Fellow of the Manchester Business School, will lead a thought-provoking discussion on where sport should be heading in commercial sponsorship and packaging terms - for the future.

Please note the changed start times for the other modules being delivered at the 2006 Congress:

Finance & Budgeting - Tuesday 23rd May, 9.00am

Governance & Stakeholder Relations - Tuesday 23rd May, 11.00am

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 News from the World of Skiing 

New season, new faces: Trainer changes in Ski Jumping
Lepist”: From Italy to Poland

The most spectacular coaches' transfer for the upcoming season has been made by Poland: Hannu Lepist” is engaged with a two years contract for the A-team builing around Adam Malysz. ,The new President, Apoloniusz Tajner asked me several times during the last winter. There are good possibilities to enhance the team around Adam Malysz", explained the experienced coach from Finland who celebrates his 60th birthday today - Syd„melliset onnittelut syntym„p„iv„n„si! (Happy birthday!). Lepist”, who moved from Italy to Poland, was already working as a coach for many famous ski jumpers. Among them are Matti Nyk„nen, Janne Ahonen, the Austrian team from 2002-2004 and the former World Cup winner Roberto Cecon, who will replace him now in Italy.

In Poland, the two Austrians Heinz Kuttin (A-team) and Stefan Horngacher (B-team) established quite a good team during the last two years. They both signed new contracts in Germany: Kuttin as the new responsible for the B-team and the training base in Oberhof, Horngacher as coach in Hinterzarten. With Falko Krismayr another representative of the exhaustless Austrian coaches' reservoir got a job as a coach in Berchtesgaden.

In return, the German Marc N”lke was appointed as the new assistant of the Austrian head coach Alexander Pointner. The former trainer of the German Ski Association and statistician of the TV channel RTL replaces Richard Schallert who has been appointed as a new head coach in the Czech Republic.

The former Czech coach Vasja Bajc will start his work as the new head coach in his home country Slovenia. He is the successor of Matjaz Zupan and will be supported by the former Slovenian B-coach Goradzd Pogorelcnik who will be replaced by Ari-Pekka Nikkola. The Team Olympic champion from 1988 was so far responsible for the B-team and the training base in Kuopio (FIN).

The new first assistant in Finland beside the chief Tommi Nikunen is now Janne V„„t„inen. He follows Kari P„t„ri who got a new job as director for the development of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined.

In Norway, the so called ,success coach" Mika Kojonkoski stays with his assistant Geir-Ole Berdahl. As a change they will be supported by Jermund Lunder the former club coach from ,Kollenhopp". The former B-team responsible Kjetil Strandbraten will now work as jumping coach in the Nordic Combined team. The former B-team is now called ,Team Vancouver" with Bj”rn Myrbakken as its' head.

The US-coach Corby Fisher resigned immediately after the last season. A new chief for the two protagonists Alan Alborn and Clint Jones is not yet decided.


Grass Skiing - 2006/07 Season Preview

A mountainside turning from white to green is also a sign of the upcoming Grass Skiing season: the 2006/07 season is upon us.

The Grass Skiing competition season will begin with a FIS race in Altenseelbach (GER) on 27th - 28th May, followed by races in Austria, Italy, Iran and Japan. The innovation of the season is known as the Swiss Tour, to be held in B”mmeli and Marbachegg (SUI) in late July. The Swiss Tour will be followed by the Bohemia Cup from 12th - 20th August, including two FIS races, and a FIS World Cup in Ceske Petrovice (CZE). Sattel / Hochstuckli (SUI) will stage another FIS World Cup in late August, followed by the World Cup Grande Finale at the Italian resort of Forni di Sopra.

The annual FIS Junior World Championship in Grass Skiing are proposed to take place in the ski area of Horni Lhota (CZE) from 21st - 23rd July, subject to confirmation by the FIS Council in Vilamoura. Up to ten nations are expected to participate.

Not to forget are a series of youth competitions and an international youth camp in Marbach / Marbachegg (SUI) this summer. The youth category has gained considerable popularity in the last two years, offering a promising future perspective.

Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany and Czech Republic represent the strongest Grass Skiing nations. In Asia, Japan is a strong proponent and in the Middle East, Iran, which organized the last FIS World Championships in 2005. Participation and cooperation is currently evolving in Russia, Poland, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China.

For more information about Grass Skiing, including online shops for the required equipment, go toÿthe Official FIS Grass Skiing Committee web site.