Quick Hits

Comeback of Nordic Combined star Hannu Manninen

Nordic Combined star Hannu Manninen (FIN) who has achieved an unparalleled 48 FIS World Cup victories during his career, plans to return to competition at the upcoming FIS World Cup events in Lahti (FIN) with his sights set on the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships there in February. FIS Nordic Combined caught up with the 38-year-old to find out about his goals and motivation.

Read the interview here.

Slovenian Ski Association launches ‘Heroes of the Winter’

The Slovenian Ski Association has released a sticker album entitled ‘Heroes of the Winter’ for children and youth. The album features information on the various disciplines of the Slovenian Ski Association its World Cup racers and ski clubs in a fun and educational way. The aim of the initiative is to promote snow activities as the healthy recreational activity for children and youth in winter, which is completely aligned with the FIS Bring Children to the Snow Campaign. The album is currently available in more than 2’000 shops across Slovenia and is planned to be released each winter to bring the “Heroes of the Winter” to every home in Slovenia.

An exciting year for Longines and Alpine Skiing technology

FIS Partner Longines is getting ready for an exciting year which includes the launch of a major advance in Alpine Skiing timekeeping technology and data handling – the ski-boot data chip. This technological innovation will be officially launched during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2017 in St. Moritz (SUI), for which Longines is the Official Partner and the Official Watch. The chip is equipped with a radar and motion sensors which will enable the real-time and continuous measurement of the athlete’s speed, acceleration and deceleration, the time it takes to reach 100km/h and an analysis of jumps. This data will be presented in TV graphics to viewers at home, to the spectators attending the competitions and to the athletes themselves.

Furthermore, the Championships will also host the 4th edition of the “Longines Future Ski Champions”, a race organised by the brand that sees young skiers under 16 years of age from all over the world representing each nation in the current FIS World Cup calendar, face off against one another. During the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Finals in Aspen (USA) in March 2017, Longines will present its annual “Longines Rising Ski Stars” prize, which rewards the best female skier under 21 years old, and the best male skier under 23 years old who participated in the FIS World Cup. These two programmes are part of the brand’s global commitment to support young sports talents.

Happy New Year from the FIS Alpine Athletes