|News from the World of Skiing|
|News from the World of Skiing|
|Christoph Bieler (AUT)|
|Adam Malysz (POL)|
The 9th FIS Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix ended on Sunday in Klingenthal (GER). While `local matador' Bjrn Kircheisen led a threefold-triumph by Germany in the mass start competition that included jumps on the newly inaugurated hill at the Vogtland Arena, the overall Summer Grand Prix was won by Christoph Bieler (AUT). After four individual competitions, Bieler - also the winner on Friday in Steinbach-Hallenberg (GER) - ended up 24 points ahead of his teammates Mario Stecher and Felix Gottwald. Netting a total of CHF 8'750, he thus repeated the summer series victories from 2005 and 2004. In the Nations Cup standings with nine scoring nations, Austria dominated before Germany and Norway.
At the FIS Grand Prix Ski Jumping in Zakopane (POL), Adam Malysz (POL) prevailed before his home audience of 20'000. Malysz now also leads the FIS Grand Prix standings. Second in the standings and in Saturday's competition was Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT) before Andreas Kofler (AUT) who did not start due to a knee injury. After four podium places in his first summer series, 16-year-old Schlierenzauer will not compete in the remaining Grand Prix competitions, and will instead concentrate on training. The next competition in the series will take place on Saturday, 2nd September in Kranj (SLO).
Down-under, the ANC Cross-Country is finished up with the 16th Kangaroo Hoppet-the opening race of the 2006/2007 Worldloppet series of ski marathons-at Falls Creek in Australia. Surprisingly good conditions set the backdrop for the last three events in Australia, good weather and good snow. The overall winners of the ANC CC were Ben Sim (AUS) ahead of Geoffroy Pais (FRA) in the men's series, and Samantha Bondarenko (NZE) ahead of Natascia Leonardi-Cortesi (SUI) in the ladies. Sim and Leonardi-Cortesi dominated the last three events of the series, including winning the Kangaroo Hoppet, which was enough for Sim to clinch the overall ANC ahead of Pais, but not quite enough for Leonardi-Cortesi to catch Bondarenko, who kept her overall lead with a handy sixth place in the final event.
|Duncan Grob (CHI)|
At the half-way point of the South American Cup 2006, everything is looking good. To a large extent, this is thanks to excellent conditions in all ski resorts. With big snowfall hitting Chile and Argentina this month, the SAC started in Chapelco (ARG) on August 4th-6th. The two giant slaloms and slalom there had more than 170 participants from more than ten different nations, proving that many teams continue to choose South America for their training camps. In Chapelco, the winners included Sami Uotila (FIN), a current World Cup racer, and as usual, Cristian Simar” Birkner and his sisters Macarena and Mar”a Belen, who dominated the first races. The high level participation by racers born in the early 1990's, including more than 25 from Chile and Argentina, should also be noted. The South American Cup circuit is clearly having a positive impact on a new racer generation in this part of the world!
After Chapelco, the series was scheduled to continue in Bariloche (ARG). Unfortunately one of the biggest snow storms in the last 50 years, lasting six days, made it impossible to run the races.
The South American season then continued with FIS races at Cerro Castor, Ushuaia (ARG) on 14th-16th August, in excellent snow conditions and good weather. Cerro Castor in Ushuaia is called "The World's End", being probably the southernmost ski resort in the world. It is also the place were many world cup teams are staging their training camps, including France, Switzerland, Slovenia, Finland, Slovakia and Italy. The excellently organized races were a success, and the winners included well known ski stars such as Tanja Poutiainen (FIN), Veronika Zuzulova (SVK) and Thomas Grandi (CAN).
Last week, the series continued in Las Le¤as with two slaloms, giant slalom and super-G, again with excellent participation. The winners included Massimiliano Blardone (ITA), Noel Baxter (GBR), and Macarena Simari (ARG) who continued her dominance in this year's ladies SAC-circuit.
Next week, the SAC will move to Chile for the traditional speed events in La Parva from August 30th to September 2nd, then to El Colorado for the SAC giant slalom finals, and finally to Termas de Chillan from 5th to 14th September for the other finals. Significant participation by racers from many different countries is expected at all the remaining races, hopefully to be held in excellent weather and snow conditions.
Contributed by Stefano Pirola
Swiss-Ski held its 102nd annual General Assembly in Flims (SUI) on Saturday, 26th August. Along with approving the accounts for 2005/06 (with a loss of CHF 477'530), the delegates elected Urs Lehmann, 1993 FIS downhill World Champion, to the Association's board, replacing Hansruedi Laich who was named Director of Swiss-Ski earlier in the year. In addition, the Assembly nominated retired top athletes Daniela Meuli, Sonja Nef and Paul Accola as honorary members of Swiss-Ski. Altogether, the three have won three Olympic Medals, three World Championships medals and 44 FIS World Cup victories in their careers.
|Sample FIS Season Accreditation|
Regular visitors to FIS World Cups will again have the opportunity to register for the FIS Season Accreditation. Specifically this applies to the staff of the Member Associations, international media and the equipment industry. Issued for two seasons at the time-currently available for the 2006/07 and 2007/08 seasons-the FIS Season Accreditation enables its holder to access pre-defined, controlled areas of the venue at each FIS World Cup event they attend. It does not, however, replace the local accreditation cards administered by each FIS World Cup organizer. The nominal fee charged for the FIS Season Accreditation includes additional accident insurance for the card holders.
To ensure applicability across all FIS disciplines and all organizers, the FIS Season Accreditation categories, groups and access zones have been re-defined for the upcoming two-season period. Most importantly, for user friendliness, and to ensure data quality and improve processing efficiency, registration for the new edition of FIS Season Accreditation will only be available online and will last from 1st September until 30th September 2006. For more information and to register, please click here.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has denied the appeal of Swiss-Ski to revoke the disqualification of Didier Defago (SUI) from the FIS Alpine World Cup men's super combined race in Val d'Isere (FRA) on 11th December, 2005. CAS also ordered Swiss-Ski to pay FIS CHF 3'000 as a contribution to the legal costs.
In its reasoning, the Panel of CAS arbitrators validated the so-called `All-in-One' measurement procedure used in the equipment control in FIS Alpine World Cup since the 2001/2002 season. In addition, the Panel validated the use of the so-known `U-Instrument' to control the height of the racing skis for conformity with the equipment regulations. It further confirmed that the purpose of the measurement procedure is to confirm a breach of the regulations, rather than the severity of that breach. The Panel concluded that in the case of Didier Defago an infringement of the equipment regulations (Article B 2.1.2) had been unquestionably proven.
The second FIS-Forum on Skisport in der Bildenden Kunst ("Skiing in the Form of Art") was held at the Schloss Mainau ("Mainau Castle") on 9th -10th November, 2005. Organized by FIS together with the Marc Hodler Foundation, German Ski Association and European Culture Forum Mainau, the event investigated the magic of the perfect movement, or the nuances of the connection between fine arts and ski sports. Attended by many well-known artists, authors and leaders involved in ski sports, the proceedings of the Forum are now available in print.
Highlights of the book include remarks by FIS President Gian Franco Kasper, essays by Erich Demerz and Bazon Brock as well as notes from the panel discussion that featured Marc Hodler, FIS Honorary President, Stefan Banz and Daniel Quaderer. The book also includes a DVD encompassing the 30-minute film by Rainer Mlbert entitled "Das Gleiten von Holz auf Schnee" ("Wood gliding on snow"), made to commemorate the centennial of the German Ski Association last year. To purchase a copy of the book (available in German for Euro 21.80 + shipping), please click here.
|President Kasper with FIS Academy|
FIS President Gian Franco Kasper received representatives of the FIS Academy in Oberhofen (SUI) on Friday, 25th August. Chris Solly, Director, FIS Academy, Michael Carz, Program Manager, and Richard Bunn, Managing Director of RBI Network and Visiting Lecturer at the Academy, were proud to present and discuss the refined FIS Academy curriculum consisting of a further developed five-day Intensive Executive Education Program for the FIS Family and a new, separate three-day Athlete Manager's program debuting in February. The next 5-day program will take place on 4th-8th December, with additional details and registration information available shortly. The FIS Academy will also be present at the FIS Technical Committee meetings in Zurich (SUI) from 29th September.
For more information on the FIS Academy and the World Academy of Sport programmes visit http://www.fis-academy.org/ or www.wasec.mbs.ac.uk/programmes ’or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.