News from the World of Skiing 

  Ski Jumping: Great start for Continental Cup in Slovenia ... more

  Ski tunnel in Oberhof finished ... more

  Changes in the FIS Marathon Cup Calendar ... more


 Inside FIS 

  First Aid & Promotion Alpine Camp in Hintertux ... more


 Member News 

  General Assembly of Swiss Ski ... more

  Death of Robert Louis-Dreyfus ... more


 In Depth 

  Introducing the Members of FIS Athletes' Commission: Kikkan Randall (USA) ... more


 News from the World of Skiing 

Ski Jumping: Great start for Continental Cup in Slovenia
Winner Pikl & Kranjec (SLO)
Photo: SKK Velenje
Jumping hill in Velenje

The FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup started in Velenje and Kranj (both SLO) with the home team's double victory on Friday, 3th July in Velenje. As last year, the winner of the Continental Cup kick off was Primoz Pikl, this time ex aequo with teammate Robert Kranjec. The third place went to Akseli Kokkonen, who is newly starting for Norway after a two year competition break. In the second competition, in Kranj on Saturday, Pikl and Kranjec finished first and second, while Marcin Bachleda (POL) rounded off the podium. The third and last competition last weekend was also won by a Slovenian. Robert Kranjec took a clear victory in Sunday's competition ahead of two Austrians, Thomas Diethard and Daniel Lackner.

Robert Kranjec, the outstanding athlete last weekend, commented after the competitions: "The start was good. I'm satisfied with these results and I have a good feeling for the rest of the season 2009/10."

After three competitions, the Continental Cup series is led by Robert Kranjec with 280 points, 80 ahead of teammate Primoz Pikl. Akseli Kokkonen ranks third with 155 points.

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Ski tunnel in Oberhof finished
Inside the skitunnel
Skitunnel Oberhof (GER)

The first ski tunnel in Germany will open this summer: In Oberhof (GER), where the 4th edition of the Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski performance by Craft Sportswear will start on 1st January 2010, the new tunnel is now finished and the test period has begun. The 14,5 million Euro project includes a 1,9 km long Cross-Country track with up- and downhills up to 12 % incline. In the next eight weeks the entire infrastructure will be tested as well as snow quality and the atmospheric environment. The official opening is planned for 24th August but already last week the venue was used by some German top athletes. From the end of August, the tunnel will also be open for the public.

 

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Changes in the FIS Marathon Cup Calendar
Marathon feeling
Photo: Nordic Focus

The calendar for the FIS Marathon Cup (FMC) in the upcoming two seasons is now available. From 2009/2010 on, the König Ludwig Lauf in Germany will no longer be part of the FIS Marathon Cup series. Instead, the American Bikerbeiner will join the Cup in the season 2010, while in 2011 the traditional Finlandia Hiihto is part of the schedule.

The kick off event into the FMC season 2009/2010 will be La Sgambeda on 13th December in Livigno (ITA), followed by Jizerska Padesatka, Dolomitenlauf and Marcialonga in January. The Transjurassienne, Tartun Marathon and American Bikerbeiner will be the marathon highlights in February while the Vasaloppet, Engadiner Ski Marathon and the Bikerbeinerrennet conclude the season. Please click here to see the detailed schedule

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 Inside FIS 

First Aid & Promotion Alpine Camp in Hintertux
Aid & Promotion Camp
Photo: Markus Malsiner
Training on the glacier
Photo: Markus Malsiner

From 28th June to 4th July 2009, 47 participants from 18 developing ski nations took part in this season's first FIS Aid & Promotion Alpine Training camp in Hintertux (AUT). Despite the unseasonal weather with fog and rain nearly all week, the participants had successful training especially slalom and giant slalom on the glacier in the morning and dry land sessions in a sport hall or outside on a sports ground in the afternoon.

"It was a great and successful week in Hintertux. Every day we were able to see the steps which the athletes took after training hard in optimal surroundings while having a great time with each other," said Markus Malsiner, FIS Alpine Training Camp Coordinator. "Guided by eight coaches and other staff, we were able to provide the athletes with a good and efficient training program throughout the week."

After the evaluation week in Hintertux, several athletes will be selected for the next training period starting in October, which will focus on the final preparation for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver (CAN).

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 Member News 

General assembly of Swiss Ski
General assembly
Photo: Swiss Ski
Virginie Faivre (SUI) honored for her success
Photo: Swiss Ski

On 1st July, the 105th General Assembly of the delegates of Swiss Ski took place in Pontresina (SUI). Under the lead of Swiss Ski President Urs Lehmann, review of the financial aspects was a main focus, and with a positive balance of 635'810 CHF, the books were approved by the delegates. The dates and venues of future Swiss National Championships were also announced and the main actors, the successful athletes, were honored with the Association's Golden Medal, as were several officials (please click here to see the honored athletes).

The General Assembly also made some changes to the statutes. The most important change was the change in the number of Vice-Presidents. From now on, Swiss Ski will have three Vice Presidents, instead of just one, to enable a better representation from the different regions.

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Death of Robert Louis-Dreyfus
Robert Louis-Dreyfus

FIS sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Robert Louis Dreyfus, who died last Saturday at the age of 63 in Zürich after a long and courageous fight against leukaemia. Robert Louis-Dreyfus was Chairman of the Board and a major shareholder of the international sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media, who is a partner of the International Ski Federation and many FIS Member National Ski Associations, Best known as the man who masterminded the renaissance of sports brand Adidas after a difficult period in its history and a former Managing Director of Saatchi and Saatchi, Robert Louis-Dreyfus has been Infront's Chairman and shareholder since the official inception of the company in 2002. During the past six years, Robert Louis-Dreyfus has played a major role in the development of Infront into a widely diversified, successful and leading sports marketing company.

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 In Depth 

Introducing the Members of FIS Athletes' Commission: Kikkan Randall (USA)
Randall (USA) in action
Photo: Nordic Focus
Kikkan Randall (USA)
Photo: Nordic Focus

Kikkan Randall (USA) is the representative of the female Cross-Country skiers on the FIS Athletes' Commission. The 26-year-old native from Alaska started skiing the day after her 1st birthday. She began competitive skiing as an alpine racer before switching to Cross-Country to pursue her Olympic dreams. Kikkan got her first taste of international ski racing at the 2000 World Juniors and has since been to five FIS World Ski Championships and two Olympic Games. The highlights of her ski career so far have been winning a World Cup in Rybinsk (RUS) in December 2007 and taking the silver medal in the sprint at the 2009 World Championships in Liberec. Off the snow, she enjoys working on the computer and spending time with her husband (also a Cross-Country ski racer) and their two kittens, Lulu and Sophie.  

FIS Newsflash: What does it mean to you to have been elected as the Cross-Country representative on the Athletes Commission?

Kikkan Randall:
I am excited to have the opportunity to work closely with FIS and with other athletes, to make the voices of the Athletes heard, and to help promote and improve the sport of skiing. This is a unique opportunity for athletes from different disciplines to work together and I am excited to represent Cross-Country skiing within the group.
 

FIS Newsflash: What are your goals with the Athletes Commission?

Kikkan Randall: As a representative on the Athlete Commission I have three main goals.  My first goal is to work within the greater Athlete Commission to represent the concerns of athletes from all disciplines and all countries, and to work toward solutions that will protect athletes and promote our winter sports. My second goal is to work closely with the Cross-Country Committee to address issues and discuss ideas specific to cross-country athletes. My third goal is to help athletes understand how FIS operates and to help foster an open pathway for communication between FIS and the athletes.

FIS Newsflash: What was your first impression from the Athletes Commission meeting and the Cross-Country Committee Meeting in Drubrovnik?

Kikkan Randall: My impressions of the meetings in Dubrovnik were very positive. I was impressed by the level of enthusiasm within the Athlete Commission. All the representatives seemed to be in agreement on the key issues and there was a good energy within the group as if we'd already worked together. I was also impressed with the openness of FIS and the Cross-Country Committee and their interest in having athletes involved.  

FIS Newsflash:
Beside your work in the Athletes Commission what are you doing this summer to be prepared for the Olympic season?

Kikkan Randall: This will be a very exciting season coming up!  To prepare, I will be training several times at a glacier training facility near my home and will be visiting the Olympic venue in Whistler one more time in September to view the courses.  There doesn't need to be any magic in the training, just more hard work!

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