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FIS President Gian Franco Kasper honoured by Hellenic Olympic Committee

FIS President Gian-Franco Kasper was honoured by the Hellenic Olympic Committee on the day of the General Assembly of the FIS Congress

Kasper, a member of the International Olympic Committee Executive Board and the President of the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations, was greeted by HOC President Spyros Capralos.

He was presented with an award to recognise "his longstanding contribution to the Olympic Movement and sport".

Vassilis Katsoras, a member of the HOC Plenary Session, and Hellenic Ski Federation President Dimosthenis Girousis were also in attendance.

New President for Four Hills Tournament

Johann Pichler was named the new president of the Four-Hills-Tournament by the organising committee during their spring meetings in Munich. The 62-year-old is the first representative of the Bischofshofen ski club to chair the Four Hills tournament in its 66-year history. Pichler will succeed Michael Maurer from ski club Partenkirchen.

"It's a special honour for me to be the first from Bischofshofen in this office,” said Pichler, who received the golden eagle, the 4-Hills-Tournament trophy, at the symbolic hand-over from Maurer.

Pichler is highly regarded as a Ski Jumping official. The 62-year-old was a judge and FIS technical delegate at more than 120 competitions. For 18 years he was head of the Bischofshofen ski club and was named the president of the club two years ago.

Pichler is the seventh president of the 4-Hills-Tournament and the third Austrian in this office. The previous presidents were Putzi Pepeunig (Innsbruck, 1952 - 1986), Hans Ostler (Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 1986 - 2003), Dietmar Hemerka (Innsbruck, 2003 - 2006), Claus-Peter Horle (Oberstdorf, 2006 - 2010), Alfons Schranz (Innsbruck, 2010 - 2015) and Michael Maurer (Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 2015 - 2018).

Q&A with Nordic Combined Race Director Lasse Ottesen

After a very productive Nordic Combined Committee meeting in Costa Navarino and big decisions for the Nordic Combined ladies, Race Director Lasse Ottesen looks back on the past and into the future.

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Alpine Athletes with new Equipment Suppliers

Along with team selections, coaching changes, and retirement announcements, spring is also a critical time for athletes to finalise equipment contracts for the upcoming years. While many athletes extend pre-existing contracts with longtime suppliers, some choose to test and then change their equipment allegiance from the next competition season. 

Please note, this story will be updated throughout the summer as new deals are announced.

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