Former World Cup skier Maria Jose Rienda was named the new Spanish Secretary of State for Sport. Rienda, who has participated in five Olympic Winter Games and seven FIS World Championships in Alpine Skiing, is the first lady to hold the position in Spain. The 43-year-old is the most decorated Spanish athlete in the Alpine circuit with 11 podiums, six of them victories in giant slalom in FIS World Cups and she competed in the sports structure of the Royal Spanish Winter Sports Federation for 19 years.
Rienda retired in 2011 and at the same time received the Gold Medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merit, granted by the Spanish Consejo superior de Deportes (Higher Sports Council). During the last four years she has maintained close contact with the RFEDI especially during the Sierra Nevada 2017 FIS Freestyle and Snowboard World Championships. Rienda has held the position of General Director of Activities and Sports Promotion of the Junta de Andalucía since 2015. She is also a member of the FIS Sub-Committee for Ladies’ Alpine Skiing.