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Longines introduces “Longines Rising Ski Stars”
Longines, the well-known Swiss watch brand, is the official timekeeper for the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup competitions and the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. This season, the brand introduces the “Longines Rising Ski Stars” prize which reflects Longines’ commitment to supporting young sportsmen and sportswomen. In 2013, Longines will also be back to Kitzbühel and is proud to provide its timekeeping know-how for the Hahnenkamm Races again as it has done for many decades from 1948 on.
For the 2012/2013 ski season, Longines introduces the “Longines Rising Ski Stars” prize which will be awarded to the best young female (under 21) and male (under 23) athlete taking part in the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup. It consists of a trophy and a Longines watch as well as a cheque for 20’000 CHF. The prizes will be presented to the winners in the frame of a gala event at the end of the season.
This new competition reflects Longines commitment to supporting young sportsmen and -women. The Swiss watchmaker already organises the “Longines Future Tennis Aces” tournament at Roland Garros for young tennis talents under the age of 13. Moreover, during the Prix de Diane Longines, the “Longines Future Racing Stars” is the race for young and promising European jockeys from France, England, Germany, Ireland and Italy.
Günter Hujara, FIS Chief Race Director for the men's Alpine, commented: "When you know how difficult it is to break through in the very competitive and tight field of the world's top athletes competing in the men's FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, it is absolutely correct to focus on the extraordinary performances by the best young athletes and bring them to the spotlight of the global audiences."
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Atle Skaardal, FIS Chief Race Director for the ladies' Alpine, added: "This is an excellent initiative. Besides underlining the great cooperation between FIS and Longines, it will provide an additional highlight for the circuit to be keenly followed by the fans and will surely also be well-received by the racers."