|News from the World of Skiing|
|News from the World of Skiing|
|Summer Ski Jumping in Hinterzarten|
The 16th edition of the FIS Grand Prix Ski Jumping will begin Saturday, 8th August 2009 in Hinterzarten (GER) with a team event that will be held as a night competition. This represents the 11th time that Hinterzarten hosts the opening competition of this traditional summer highlight event series.
Sunday's individual competition in Hinterzarten will kick off the 4th so-called `Four-Nations-Grand-Prix' which includes competitions in Hinterzarten (GER), Pragelato (ITA), Courchevel (FRA), and Einsiedeln (SUI). There will again be a special points ranking for the Four-Nations and other prizes.
Traditionally, the Grand Prix in Ski Jumping has given a good indication of the form for the upcoming season. The last four winners each went on to win the overall World Cup the following winter, such as the 2008 winner Gregor Schlierenzauer (World Cup winner 2008/09), 2007 winner Thomas Morgenstern (World Cup winner 2007/08), 2006 winner Adam Malysz (World Cup winner 2006/07) and 2005 winner Jakub Janda (World Cup winner 2005/2006).
Taking advantage of the synergies of organizing both tournaments simultaneously, the Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix will also commence in Hinterzarten on Saturday 8th August 2009, to be followed by competition in Val di Fiemme (ITA) on 10th August, in Oberstdorf (GER) on 13th August and concluding together with Ski Jumping in Einsiedeln on 15th August.
Both Grand Prix series will also pilot the proposed Ski Jumping rule changes for the 2009/2010 season.˙The background for this pilot phase is the fundamental rule requiring each jumper to have the same inrun length during any given competition round. Under the proposed new rules, the influence of the two main factors (wind and inrun speed) can be evaluated and standardized. Using a new formula, they would allow the jury to change the length of the inrun without requiring a restart of the entire competition round despite a change in the external conditions. For more information, click here.
|Ulrike Graessler |
Photo: Skiclub Bischofsgrn
Simultaneously to the men's Grand Prix starting this weekend in Hinterzarten (GER), the ladies' Continental Cup (COC) summer series in Ski Jumping˙will get underway in Bischofsgrn, near Bayreuth in Bavaria (GER). After the kick off on the coming weekend with two normal hill competitions in the shadow of the greatest peaks in the Fichtelgebirge mountain range between, Schneeberg (1051 m) and Ochsenkopf (1024 m), the ladies' summer circuit will continue in Phla, Saxony (GER) on 12th and in Oberwiesenthal in the Erzgebirge mountains on the German border with the Czech Republic on 14-15th August. The last two of the seven summer competitions will be held in Lillehammer (NOR) on 21st-23rd August.
"We are very excited for the summer series as it will be the first time we will be using the new suits especially tailored for the female body, with the main changes in the back part of the design," commented Chika Yoshida, Coordinator of the FIS Ladies' Ski Jumping Continental Cup. "The summer series' separate ranking across the seven competitions represents a great chance for the ladies to test their level of fitness before the winter season. For us the main season highlight will be the ladies Junior World Championships in Ski Jumping in Hinterzarten in January 2010."
75 ladies from 15 nations are expected at the start in Bischofsgrn this weekend. The 2009 COC title in ladies' Ski Jumping went to Norway's Anette Sagen - for the fifth time - before Daniela Iraschko (AUT) and Ulrike Graessler (GER).
|Horni Lhota competitors|
|Young Grass Ski talent|
Beautiful summer weather and excellent Grass Skiing pistes created ideal conditions for the FIS Grass Skiing Junior World Championships at the Vankuv ski area in Horni Lhota (CZE) last weekend.
11 female and 42 male competitors from nine nations delivered a respectable fight for the title of the 2009 world champion in four events (SL, GS, SG and SC). Along the perfect organization under the direction of the OC president Petr Gardavsky and FIS Technical Delegate Marco Gut (SUI), outstanding performances and friendly atmosphere helped make great promotion for the sport of Grass Skiing with the spectators and media.
Austria returned home with the most medals: 5 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals. The best current junior talents are Jaqueline Gerlach (AUT), who picked up three gold medals, and Jan Gardavsky (CZE), who collected two gold, and one silver and bronze medal each. Overall the event served to show the positive future perspectives for the sport.
Contributed by Jiří Russwurm
The International Olympic Committee on Friday launched the bid process for hosting the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, setting a deadline of 15th October 2009 for national Olympic committees to inform it of applicant cities.
Applicant cities will participate in the observer program at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver (CAN), ahead of the deadline for submission of application files on 15th March˙2010. The IOC will confirm what bids have been accepted next June. Candidate cities will have until 11th January 2011 to submit their candidature files (bid books). The winner will be announced by the IOC Session in Durban (RSA) on 6th July 2011.
Cities that have expressed interest in bidding to host the Games so far include Munich (GER), PyeongChang (KOR), Annecy (FRA), and possibly Harbin (CHN) and Almaty (KAZ).
Voting for the Sportswoman of the Year 2009 is currently underway. Every year, the Women's Sports Foundation recognizes an individual and team sportswoman whose performances over a 12-month time span have been exceptional. Criteria are based on new records and world championships won.
Voting began at 12 a.m. EST on Saturday, 1st August 2009, and ends at midnight EST on Sunday, 9th August 2009. Winners will be announced at the Women's Sports Foundation's Annual Salute to Women in Sports on 13th October 13 at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City (USA).
Two FIS athletes have been nominated for the award. Two-time overall FIS Alpine World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn (USA) became the most victorious female ski racer in American history last season during which she also collected her second consecutive downhill and first super-G season title. The other FIS nominee is Lindsey Jacobellis (USA) Jacobellis' recognition is the result of another banner season in which she earned her second snowboard cross World Cup title, and has amassed enough SBX World Cup wins and podiums to mark her as the most successful snowboard cross athlete, male or female, in the world.
The other nominees include Serena Williams (Tennis, USA), Stephanie Gilmore (Surfing, AUS), Yu-Na Kim (Figure Skating, KOR), Lorena Ochoa (Golf, MEX) and Kerron Stewart (Athletics, JAM). The 2008 winner was gymnast Nastasia Liukin.
To submit your vote, click here.
One of the most exciting summer ski events is set to take place 8th August in Lac Beauport, Quebec (CAN) at the fifth edition of the Acrobatx Mondial.
Fifty aerialists from around the world including the entire Canadian National Freestyle Aerial Team will deliver their best jumps on the water ramps at the Centre National d'Entranement Acrobatique Yves Laroche (CNEAYL). Other countries represented at the event include China, Japan, the US and Slovenia.
"This year will have the best field of the five years we've done this," said Event President and National Aerials Coach Nicolas Fontaine. "It will be hard to predict the winner: we have the World Champion, the World Cup Champion and the 2006 Olympic Champion all competing."
The defending 2008 Acrobatx champions Amber Peterson and Ryan St. Onge, the 2009 world champion, will be challenged by the likes of Nina Li (CHN), Steve Omischl and Warren Shouldice, among others. For more˙information,˙visit http://www.acrobatx.com ˙
Infront Sports & Media is introducing a new, streamlined sponsorship platform for the majority of the FIS Alpine World Cup events, which will be implemented for the upcoming winter season. Infront markets a total of 40 races (of the 69 that make up the series next season) on a collective basis through its agreements with 12 National Ski Associations and several Local Organizing Committees.
Infront has reduced the advertising packages on offer from 14 to seven. This means that the maximum number of event sponsors per race will be capped at seven, excluding FIS Partners in the title and data/timing categories. A cohesive look and feel for all races will have the effect of increasing the impact for brands involved. Visibility will be improved through innovations such as LED boards, special Course Sections and by having only two Finish Area Partners. In the past, the races marketed by Infront offered as many as 14 advertising packages per race, resulting in more than 500 potential advertising variations.
Infront has been working closely with FIS, rights holders, sponsors and media companies over the past 12 months to develop and agree the new system. The new program is being marked across the Infront Group and serviced by Infront's Italian subsidiary - Infront Italy.
Bruno Marty, Infront's Executive Director, Winter Sports, said: "We believe that the Infront-marketed events will stand out clearly from other FIS World Cup events and will achieve the frequency, impact and quality of message that sponsors want.. Our expertise in stadium communications is being applied to the ski run, creating a consistent look-and-feel in winter sport, similar to the UEFA Champions League in approach and overall quality."
Gian Franco Kasper, FIS President, added: "FIS welcomes Infront's more exclusive approach to providing value to a limited number of sponsors. This is an important and carefully-considered move forward, which will further strengthen the image of the FIS Alpine World Cup. We have also been working with Infront on a separate `optimisation' project, designed to fine-tune the series' promotional activities and further increase the standard of event organisation for the benefit of the National Ski Associations, athletes, fans, and media amongst others."
The FIS Academy has set its education program dates for the 2009/2010 academic year, including the 5-Day International Event Administration program from 12th-16th October 2009 and the 3-Day Executive Administration and Risk Management program from 2nd-4th December 2009, both in Manchester.
The 5-Day International Event Administration program has been designed to equip leaders in sport organization and major event management with the necessary insights and tools to take their organization to the next level, particularly in relation to event strategy and operations.
The 3-Day Executive Administration and Risk Management Program addresses the core strategic and operational areas faced by the sports management teams and equips administrators with fundamental administrative and management perspectives to assist them in the day-to-day work inside their organization. This program provides a rare forum for discussion with like-minded individuals along with industry and academic experts.
For more information and sign-up, visit www.fis-academy.org ˙
|Palandken Mountain Erzurum TUR|
Photo: Joe Fitzgerald
The Turkish Ski Federation is making great progress in the development of skiing in Turkey and hosting the 2011 FISU Winter Universiade.
The planned site of the competitions, Erzurum (at 1850m), is the biggest city in the Eastern Anatolian region and is also a very ancient settlement. Located at the skirts of Palandken Mountain, the city has gained great importance in the field of winter tourism in recent years.
Just 150 km from the border with Georgia to the north east, 200 km to Armenia to the east, 250km from the boarders of Iran and Iraq to the south and 300km to Syria to the south west, Erzurum is uniquely positioned in the world of skiing. The ski areas around Erzurum now annually host international ski tourists from Iran, Russia, Israel and the Netherlands. The ski areas are open from December until April.
The Turkish Ski Federation owns the ski lifts, snow making facilities and grooming machines for pretty much all of the ski areas in Turkey. Their goal is provide one season pass available at all ten ski areas in Turkey.. There will be seven new high speed lifts installed and snowmaking installations with significant reservoir capacity.
The staging of the FISU Winter Universiade, set in late February 2011, has led to a great deal of new development in ski lifts, 14 km of a new snowmaking system, a new ski jumping facility, snowboard and ski half-pipe - the first in Turkey - as well as a brand new ski area for the Alpine competitions.
The Snowboard and Freestyle events will be held at Palandken Mountain (2000m to 3150m) just minutes from the center of Erzurum. The brand new ski area is called Konakli, some 20 minutes from Erzurum, and it will host the alpine competitions in four events. The new 125m and 95m ski jumps are located at Kiremitliktepe while the area of Kandilli will host Cross-Country and Biathlon competitions. It has been estimated that over 30 million Euros will be spent on the development of new winter sports infrastructure including 10 new grooming machines.
For more information visit http://www.universiadeerzurum.org
Contributed by Joe Fitzgerald
|Training at Center|
Photo: Roy Young
Photo: Roy Young
Great Britain may not be renowned for its programs in Cross-Country Skiing, but a group of dedicated enthusiasts at Huntly, Scotland, between Aberdeen and Inverness, are doing their best to change that.
Huntly Nordic & Outdoor Center is a purpose-built facility in a delightful setting, which includes 400m of all-weather classic mat and 800m of tarmac roller skiing tracks. When the there is snow, there are forest tracks in the Clashindarroch Forest, 13 miles from the center.
The Center's members compete at UK level and above. The club also organizes events in the GB Roller Skiing championship and Scottish Roller Skiing Championships during the summer. On snow race events are organized during the winter in the Clashindarroch Forest.
Two club members, Andrew Musgrave and Andrew Young, have qualified to compete for Great Britain in the FIS Cross Country World Cup, which is an excellent achievement and they also acquitted themselves with great credit at the FIS Junior Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Praz de Lys (FRA), including a top ten finish.
The special artificial surface used by the athletes for training classic technique has shown to be particularly effective for practising the race start. Indeed, so much so that a Norwegian club has decided to invest in the surface to use for their race start training on dry land.
Further information can be found on the Huntly website at www.nordicski.co.uk/hnoc ˙