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Three ski journalists awarded for life-time work
Three esteemed members of the international ski media have been awarded with the FIS Journalist Award during the current 2011/12 season. Presented by the sport's international governing body for career contributions to the sport, selections for the FIS Journalist Award are made by National Ski Associations on behalf of the FIS.
In the USA, long-time Olympic broadcaster Tim Ryan was honored for his decades of service as a commentator for alpine ski racing during the Beaver Creek FIS Ski World Cup events.
"Tim has become a part of the alpine ski racing family," said Tom Kelly, chairman of the FIS PR and Mass Media Committee. "He's a skier himself so he understands the uniqueness of our sport and has always put a special passion into his work." "It is a thrill for me to be included in such a line-up of exceptional ski journalists," said Ryan. "Of all the sports I have covered, ski racing means the most to me."
Ryan's career has spanned more than 50 years, 40 of those with both NBC and CBS. He began working in ski racing in 1977 and made a key decision in 1992 when he chose alpine ski racing over hockey and figure skating for his CBS' entry to the Albertville Olympic Winter Games. Ryan went on to cover seven straight Winter Olympics for CBS and NBC. He has also been in the broadcast position at six FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.
In Japan, the FIS Journalist Award was presented to two internationally renowned ski journalists, Jin Shiga and Hiroyuki Yakushi for recognition of their long term contributions to promoting the FIS World Cups, World Championships, and Olympic Winter Games. When the FIS Alpine World Cup started during the 1960's, both of them already followed the action and as they reported, enthusiasm for skiing widely spread in Japan. The 1972 Sapporo Games served to further popularize skiing and the interest in ski competition was boosted. Behind the scenes the efforts of these two journalists has played a critical role ever since.
Jin Shiga commented: "When not many people were travelling outside of Japan, I discovered the ski sports which I found wonderful and through the Ski World Cup, I then discovered Europe. In Japan, the 1960's were the eve of popularizing skiing; I think there was hardly anyone interested in skiing in Japan before that. I helped introduce the ski racing scene and wrote about how fantastic the sport was in a ski magazine for a long time. I am pleased and honored to receive this award in recognition of my journalist activities."
Hiroyuki Yakushi added: "I am very honored to receive the FIS Journalist Award. In 1968, when the Alpine World Cup started and I saw it first, I was literally "impressed". Trying to promote this amazing sport to as many people as possible, I attended competitions in the World Cup, the FIS World Ski Championships, and Olympic Winter Games. Even after reaching the age of 60, I still have a strong passion for the sport and have never been away from ski competition. As long as I can move around, I plan to continue to follow ski competition."
Includes contributions by the USSA and Japan Ski Association