|News from the World of Skiing|
From water jumping and trampolines to boxing and kayaking ... more
|News from the World of Skiing|
The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee has selected three cities as official Candidate Cities to host the XXII Olympic Winter Games in 2014. The Candidate Cities Sochi (RUS), Salzburg (AUT) and PyeongChang (KOR) were accepted unanimously from a total of seven Applicant Cities, which also included Jaca (SPA), Almaty (KAZ), Sofia (BUL), and Borjomi (GEO).
The selection was based on an analysis of the Candidate Cities' applications submitted earlier this year. The analysis was conducted by a working group comprising Olympic Games experts who made a technical assessment of each Applicant City's potential to stage successful Games in 2014.
The three Candidate Cities now have until 10th January, 2007, to submit their Candidature File to the IOC. The final decision on the host city will be made by the full IOC membership during the 119th IOC Session in Guatemala City in July 2007.
|Senior Female Team Sprint|
Copyright OC Oroslavje
The 2006 FIS Roller Skiing World Cup kicked off in Croatia on 23rd- 25th June. Taking place in Oroslavje, the first of the four World Cup weekends included an uphill mass-start race in Bistra, a World Cup premiering team sprint race, and an individual sprint race. The tough uphill race in classical style counted almost 60 competitors representing eight countries. In the team sprint race in the free technique, held on a two-kilometer loop circling around the center of Oroslavje, the two-member teams from Italy and Germany left all the others behind in all the various categories. The final sprint race was staged on a 180 meter-track in a very hot weather on Sunday.
This weekend, on 1st - 2nd July, the FIS Roller Skiing World Cup will move to Presolana (ITA), near Bergamo. The schedule there will include two uphill races (one in each technique) and a night-sprint.
The third stage of the World Cup will take place in Yaroslavl (RUS) on 5th-6th August, also awarding the European Championships. This year's World Cup season will end with the Transjurassienne (FRA) on 16 - 17th September, a mass start race mimicking the world-famous cross-country competition held there each winter.
In Italy, Gaetano Coppi (69), a FIS Council Member, was recently re-elected President of FISI, (Federazione Italiana Sport Invernali, or Italian Ski Association), for another four-year period. Serving as President of FISI since 2000, Mr. Coppi won the election clearly with almost 60% of the vote. Following his re-election, Mr. Coppi indicated that he plans to continue along the established lines, including working with the regional ski associations and military sports groups to implement the plans to increase regional participation, to improve support for the sport clubs and to enhance PR and media work.
The FISI Assembly in Modena also elected all 14 Council members, as well as four athlete representatives, two service staff representatives and the Association's auditors.
The Conference of the Czech Ski Association (SLCR, or Svazu lyzařů Česk republiky) took place on 17th June. Lukas Sobotka was elected President, succeeding Ales Vanek who did not stand for re-election. Mr. Sobotka will work with the Executive Committee consisting of Milos Fiala, Petr Houser, Cestmir Skrbek and Daniel Volopich. The Supervisory Board will be presided by Roman Kumpost in the next four-year period.
At 32 years of age, Lukas Sobotka, who previously served as Vice-President of the Supervisory Board, is the youngest president in the history of the Association. "Obviously, I am not going to make any radical changes in a well-functioning system", he said and added: "But, I would like to introduce cross-departmental decision-making and will focus on confirming sufficient financial resources for our athletes."
In Slovakia, the delegates at the Conference of the Slovakian Ski Association (SLZ, or Slovensky lyziarsky zvz) elected Igor Rattaj as new President. At the same time, Peter Brll was confirmed as General Secretary, Richard Magdolen as Alpine Director, and Peter Neuschl as Nordic Director.
Honorary Member of the FIS Sub-Committee for the Alpine European Cup Heinz Pachler will be celebrating his 80th birthday on July 1st. Serving as Chairman of the Sub-Committee from 1979 to 1996, Mr. Pachler played an instrumental role in increasing the importance of the European Cup.˙He also served in various roles both with the Austrian Ski Association and the Ski Association of Steiermark, as well as FIS Technical Delegate and as Chief of Competition,˙including at many Krummholz-World Cup races˙in Haus und˙at the FIS Alpine˙World Ski Championships˙in Schladming/Haus in 1982.
A skilled glider pilot and avid˙sailor, Mr. Pachler still managed to record 100˙skiing days this past winter!˙A life-long advocate of Alpine Skiing, Mr. Pachler is also an active promoter of our skiing heritage and an enthusiastic supporter of the Muerzzuschlag ski museum located nearby to his hometown of Krieglach, Austria.
FIS extends warm congratulations to a great friend of skiing!
All interested National Ski Associations are now welcome to submit applications for hosting the 47th International Ski Congress in 2010. The official applications should be sent to the attention of Sarah Lewis, Secretary General, at the FIS Office by 15th September 2006.
Depending on the number of candidates, the FIS Council may draw up a shortlist and, if necessary, request inspections to be carried out before a final decision is taken.
For details of the requirements for hosting an International Ski Congress, please click here.
|New water jump at Nurmes (FIN)|
Kuva Pekka Lehtikallio
|Margarita Marbler (AUT) & Nikola Sudova (CZE)|
Photo Harald Marbler
From water jumping and trampolines to boxing and kayaking
The second one in the series, this week's "Athletes in Summer Training" piece provides some insight into how the various Freestyle Skiing national teams˙are preparing for the new competition season.
Like the others, the Freestyle Skiing athletes have embarked upon the new training season. The ultimate 2006-07 season goal will be the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships in Madonna di Campiglio (ITA) from 22-28th January, 2007.
While some teams are now training on glacier snow, such as the Canadian moguls team that is working to refine techniques with the newly hired mogul "aerials" coach Darcy Downs on Blackcomb Mountain in Whistler, BC, many others are training on the various water jumps, such as the Czech and Austrian teams currently in Stity (CZE). Yet others, including Tim and Wes Preston and Hannah Kearney of the US Freestyle Team, are coaching youngsters in the secrets of moguls and aerials at summer camps. Ranging from on-snow glacier training to training on climbing walls, trampolines, skate parks and bowls, these camps allow the current World Cup athletes to train in perfect conditions while helping the younger generations defy gravity and develop their skills base during the off-competition season.
Taking advantage of the established cooperation between their teams, the Austrian and Czech national ladies' moguls teams recently held a joint dry-land training camp in Austria. As part of the schedule, the teams visited the Faaker See Training Center in Krnten (AUT). A highlight of the visit was a session with Joe `Tiger' Pachler, a former European Champion in boxing, who staged a demanding introduction to his sport, which like moguls skiing requires excellent coordination skills. Not only the competitors on snow, but also any overly eager suitors better watch out for these ladies' new tricks! In addition, the camp included a number of mountain bike rides as well as an introduction to kayaking presented by the trainer of the Austrian biathlon team. In short, cross-training pure!
In Finland, the strong men's mogul team still includes the Turin Olympic Silver Medalist Mikko Ronkainen and two-time WSC medalist Sami Mustonen who remain hungry for more while 2002 Olympic Champion Janne Lahtela retired at the end of the last season. Following regular fitness tests in May, the team launched its dry-land training at the newly renovated water jump facility in Nurmes, North-Eastern Finland, before the mid-summer celebrations.
The revamped jump will constitute the home base for the team's summer training. "For us, this updated facility will enable more jumps and more efficient training while saving money and time before we return to on-snow training on the glaciers in Zermatt (SUI) or France in August" commented Pekka Lehtikallio, the moguls team's coach, and added: "Since this jump is the only fresh-water jump of this caliber in the Nordic countries, there is a lot of interest in it from teams both East and West of Finland, too."
With the overall improvements in water jumps' profiles and materials, the importance of water jumping in Freestyle skiers' dry-land training has grown in recent years even though variety also remains important. The Finnish team, for example, plans to hold 5-6 camps at the Nurmes facility. "Water jumps, even with the differences in landing, represent the best off-season training method for us. We can really train all the elements of the jump, including the take-off, air flight and position in air. Once we get back on snow, we can focus on the skiing part and combining that with the jumps," Lehtikallio noted.