FIS Congress Special 

Decisions of the 45th International Ski Congress in Vilamoura (POR)

Convening in Vilamoura (POR), the 45th International Ski Congress made the following important decisions:

Decisions directly related to the ski sports

Financial and administrative decisions

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Main Decisions of FIS Council in conjunction with the 45th International Ski Congress

Meeting in conjunction with the 45th International Ski Congress, the FIS Council made the following important decisions:

A more detailed "Short Summary" of the Council's decisions will be sent to all the NSAs shortly.

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Appointment of Vice Presidents, Committee Chairmen and Honorary Members

In its first meeting following election, the new FIS Council elected the vice presidents, treasurer and chairman of the Doping Panel, and appointed the chairmen and members of the FIS Committees for the upcoming two-year period (2006-2008).

FIS Council Appointments

Vice Presidents

Treasurer
Fritz Wagnerberger (GER)

Chairman of the FIS Doping Panel
Patrick Smith (CAN)

New Committee Chairmen

The full list of Committee members will be available from the FIS web site shortly.

Honorary Members
The FIS Congress appointed˙Anatolij Akentiev (RUS) as Honorary Member of FIS.

The former and the new Council appointed the following Honorary Members of FIS Committees in recognition of their outstanding service:

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 News from the World of Skiing 

Janica Kostelic nominated Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year
Janica Kostelic (CRO)

Janica Kostelic (CRO), the winner of more Olympic Alpine Skiing medals than any other woman, received yet another award as she was nominated the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year 2006.

The Laureus World Awards were presented in seven categories at an Awards Ceremony that took place in Barcelona (SPA) from 20th-22nd May. The award for the Sportsman of the Year went to Roger Federer (SUI), that of the Team of the Year to the Renault Formula One Team, Newcomer of the Year to Rafael Nadal (SPA), and Comeback of the Year to Martina Hingis (SUI).

In their 7th edition, the Laureus World Sports Awards honor the greatest sportsmen and women across all sports each year. True to the award's˙motto of 'the living legends of sport honoring the great athletes of today,' the winners are selected by the 42 members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, a collection of the world's greatest sportsmen and women including Boris Becker, Sergey Bubka, Miguel Indurain, Michael Johnson, Kip Keino, Edwin Moses, Ilie Nastase, Martina Navratilova, Mark Spitz, Daley Thompson, Alberto Tomba, and Katarina Witt, to mention just a few.

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 In Depth 

On the Way to the Olympics?
Ski Cross

The Olympic Games are clearly one of the highlights in the international sporting calendar. They are also one of the biggest organizational undertakings in the world of sport. In the Olympic Summer Games, almost 10,900 athletes compete in 28 sports. By contrast, there are 2500 athletes competing in seven sports in the Olympic Winter Games.

In his speech at the Opening Ceremony of the 118th IOC Session on 7th February 2006, IOC President Jacques Rogge noted: "The IOC has introduced exciting new events in various sports. We still have this opportunity in the Olympic Winter Games that are not threatened by gigantism. These events will attract an audience from among our young generation and allow us to implement the necessary evolutions within the Olympic program."

At the XX Olympic Winter Games - Torino 2006, 1128 athletes, including 408 women and 720 men, were entered to participate in the 38 FIS Olympic medal events. FIS premiered two new competitions: the snowboardcross for ladies and men, both of which turned out to be great successes. With 59 athletes representing 18 nations on four continents, the snowboardcross competitions delivered some of the most exciting battles for the coveted Olympic medals.

Given the success of the new Olympic events, the 45th FIS Congress decided to request the IOC Executive Board to consider the inclusion of three new events in the Olympic Winter Games program. These events are: the ladies' Ski Jumping, the nations' team event in Alpine Skiing, and the men's and ladies' ski cross in Freestyle Skiing.

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Lindsay Van (USA)
Winners of re Team Event

Ladies Ski Jumping

The FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup series for the ladies was introduced in the 2004-2005 season. 54 ladies representing ten nations scored points during the inaugural snow season. After the last winter season, 61 ladies were included in the final ranking based on ten competitions. In the 2005-2006 season, five nations representing three continents had athletes on the podium. The ladies' Ski Jumping also debuted as part of the program at the 2006 FIS Nordic Junior World Championships. In Kranj (SLO), 21 junior athletes from nine nations competed for the first title of a FIS Junior World Champion in ladies' Ski Jumping.

The 2006 FIS Congress decided to introduce a ladies' ski jumping event at the FIS World Ski Championships potentially as early as in 2009.

Alpine Skiing Nations' Team Event

The nations' team event was introduced at the 2005 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Bormio (ITA) and only the best nations are eligible to compete in the event. The competition consists of a super-G and a one-run slalom with four of the six entered athletes, two men and two ladies, participating in each race. At the end, the athletes' rankings in their respective group results are added up to determine the overall ranking of each nation.

In Bormio, nine nations challenged for the first edition of the competition where Germany claimed a surprise triumph ahead of Austria. In the second edition at the FIS World Cup finals in re (SWE), the best eight teams were at start. For next season, two nations' team events are planned: at the FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in re, and at the FIS World Cup finals in Lenzerheide (SUI).

Ski Cross

Since its introduction to the Freestyle Skiing World Cup in the season of 2002-2003, 31 nations have participated in the 44 ladies' and men's ski cross World Cup competitions held in eight nations. In the four World Cup seasons so far, 12 nations have celebrated podium finishes. In the last season, 46 men from ten nations and 35 ladies from 14 nations scored World Cup points in ski cross.

The first FIS Freestyle Skiing World Championships in ski cross were staged at Ruka (FIN) in 2005. The ski cross competitions there had 71 participants, 25 ladies and 46 men, from 16 nations and saw medal winners representing five nations. The next FIS World Championships in ski cross will take place in Madonna di Campiglio (ITA) in January 2007, followed by Inawashiro (JPN) in 2009.

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