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Behind the Scenes: 25 years of World Cup Kvitfjell

Kvitfjell which means white mountain in Norwegian was developed for the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer and has since evolved into one of the world’s most modern resorts, serving as a perfect example for Olympic legacy.

Welcoming the world’s best male speed skiers each year, the venue celebrated its 25th anniversary as Audi FIS Ski World Cup host last weekend.

Eurovision showcases new remote graphics

Eurovision Media Services (EMS), the business arm of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), showcased its new remote graphics service during the 2018 FIS Ski World Cup taking place in Crans-Montana (SUI) from 3rd-4th March.

With more events and content available, it's important for sports federations and event organisers to make their content more relevant for audiences around the world. At the same time, event sponsors are continuously looking for better ways to target their messaging.

Until now, the most common way to achieve some level of personalization for sports events was to produce several signal versions at the origin and transport them separately to rights holders – a costly and complex operation. Without this, sports federations and event organisers were limited to one signal message when targeting multiple audiences.

"Our latest Eurovision Remote Graphics Service allows clients to efficiently adapt their graphical overlays for different locations by transmitting one single feed across multiple geographical zones and inserting personalised graphics at the destination", said Louis Matignon, Multiplatform Solutions Manager, EMS.

 "As the live signal from the event arrives to rightsholders, our system inserts the correct graphics. The central production crew fully controls which chart, language, unit or sponsor logo they display while ensuring full alignment with the predefined graphical chart", he continued.

Kasai aims for ninth Olympic appearance

Noriaki Kasai set a record in PyeongChang by participating in his eighth Olympic Winter Games, but that's not enough for the Japanese, who has already set high goals for himself for Beijing 2022.

"I'm not just going to try, I will definitely be there. I watched the others win medals and it fired me up. I can still keep going. I am by no means finished,” said the 45-year-old.

Noriaki Kasai finished 21st and 33rd in the two individual competitions in PyeongChang and came in sixth with the Japanese team on Monday. The veteran was not satisfied with these results.

In 1992, Noriaki Kasai took part in his first Olympics. He won his first medal in 1994 in Lillehammer with second place in the team competition. 20 years later in Sochi, the Japanese claimed silver in the individual event on the large hill and won the bronze medal with the team.

IOC and IPC to partner until 2032

Last week, the Presidents of the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee, signed a long-term agreement establishing a partnership between the two organisations until 2032.

As a result of the new partnership, the IOC will continue to make it obligatory for any host of the Olympic Games also to organise the Paralympics, and both parties will work together to increase the visibility of the Paralympics and the Paralympic brand, among other topics.

To read the full release, click here.

The 2018 IOC Women and Sport Trophy applications are open

The IOC Women and Sport Trophy provides an opportunity to receive recognition and empowerment.

Each year, the IOC Women and Sport Awards are given to women, men or organisations who have made remarkable contributions to the development, encouragement and reinforcement of women’s participation in sport.

Introduced in 2000, the award highlights role models and change agents in the pursuit of gender equality. Six trophies are distributed each year, one for each of the five continents and one at world level.

The winners’ work to promote gender equality through different projects is also supported with a grant to help them continue and extend their work.

For more information about how to nominate a deserving individual, please click here.

Worldloppet Cup 2018 Champions crowned

Every race venue of the FIS Worldloppet Cup 2018 was presented in winter wonderland conditions and after last weekend’s 50th edition of the Engadine Ski Marathon in St. Moritz (SUI), the champions for the season were crowned.

Ivan Perrillat-Boiteux was the most constant male skier of the season. With one victory (La Transjurasienne), two second places and a third place the Frenchman finally added the FIS Worldloppet Cup to his collection for the first time.

In the ladies’ FIS Worldloppet Cup 2018 Aurelie Dabudyk (FRA, Haute Savoie Nordic Team) wrote history in 2018 becoming the first skier to win the cup three times.

For complete results, click here

Sign up to join the Winter World Masters Games 2020

Around 3,000 athletes from around the world are expected to travel to Innsbruck and Tirol (AUT) in January 2020 to compete in eleven Olympic disciplines at the Winter World Masters Games.

Among the disciplines already confirmed are Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Ice Hockey, Ski Jumping, Speed Skating, Figure Skating and Biathlon.

True to the mottos “sport for all” and “sport for life”, the World Masters Games encourage people of all ages to practice sport and stay active. The Winter World Masters Games are open to competitors who meet the necessary minimum age requirements for their respective disciplines.

Applications to participate in the Games have officially opened. Please go to www.innsbruck2020.com for complete information.