FIS was saddened to learn about the passing of Gerry Rinaldi (CAN) and Lembitu Kuuse (EST).
A World Cup racer on the Canadian Ski Team in the late 1960’s, Gerry Rinaldi passed away on 9th January 2017 at the age of 72.
Rinaldi competed in the 1968 Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble (FRA) and went on to score his best career result, a 10th place in the famed Hahnenkamm downhill in Kitzbühel (AUT) in 1969.
A standout personality in the ski world, he was a long-serving FIS Technical Delegate from 1989–2014 and served as Canadian representative on various FIS Sub-Committees including Alpine Courses.
Longtime Eesti Televisioon sports journalist and reporter Lembitu Kuuse passed away on 14th January 2017 at the age of 66.
Kuuse began working for Eesti Televisioon during the early 1980s. A well-known and respected reporter, he interviewed hundreds of distinguished sports and public figures from around the world over the course of his career, which included FIS Nordic World Ski Championships and Olympic Winter Games. He earned numerous awards in Estonia in recognition of his outstanding work and helped promote the sport of Cross-Country Skiing significantly. In order to understand the sport better, he even took a Technical Delegate exam.
FIS would like to express its sincere condolences to the families and friends of Gerry Rinaldi and Lembitu Kuuse.