Alpine Skiing Update

The FIS Congress concluded last Friday, 18th May 2018 after nearly a week of meetings. Today’s FIS Newsflash will deliver brief updates on the main areas addressed in Cross-Country, Ski Jumping, Alpine Skiing, Nordic Combined, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard.

Starting with the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2021 in Cortina, the individual parallel event will join the calendar. The exact format to work on a harmonisation of the existing formats will be determined in a newly appointed working group.

The major rule change going into next season is the adaptation of the minimum penalty for the different categories in alpine skiing. The penalty remains 0.00 for Olympics, World Cup and World Championship but has been raised in the other categories to 15.00 for Continental Cup levels and 20.00 for National Championships. That way, the difference of performance level between the World Cup and other races is reflected better.

Another highly anticipated decision was the eligibility and qualification for City Events. In the past, a qualified racer created a quota for its nation and could be replaced by another athlete from the country. However, now if a qualified athlete is not participating, the spot will go to the next athlete in the WCSL slalom, regardless of nationality.

A first step was made with a national quota reduction to better control the starting field size. On the men’s side, a National Ski Association may now enter a maximum of eight competitors per event, instead of nine, excluding the personal qualifications from the Continental Cups, thereby implementing a reduction of one athlete.