Quick Hits

Anna Gasser and Mikaela Shiffrin on ballot for January Academy Athlete of the Month

Snowboard ace Anna Gasser (AUT) and ski star Mikaela Shiffrin (USA) are on the United States Sports Academy’s Athlete of the Month ballot for January.

Each month, the public is invited to participate in the Academy’s worldwide Athlete of the Month programme by nominating athletes and then voting online. The male and female monthly winners then become eligible for selection to the prestigious United States Sports Academy’s Athlete of the Year ballot.

Votes can still be cast on the Academy’s website at www.ussa.edu until Thursday, 9th February 2017.

Snowboard Behind the Scenes: How to tune your snowboard

Gary Greenshields talks us through the basics of tuning a snowboard, as he prepares the lethal weapon of Cheryl Maas for her next two FIS World Cup contests in Quebec City and Stoneham (CAN).

From surfing the snow to surfing the waves

2007 World Champion Rok Flander (SLO), who debuted on the FIS Alpine Snowboard World Cup tour in 2001, recently retired after 143 World Cup starts at his home race in Rogla. Read more about his plans for the future here.

Right To Play charity race ahead in St. Moritz

Tuesday, 14th February 2017 will be filled with some exciting skiing action in St. Moritz (SUI) as the tradtional charity race takes place.

The race, which features 20 teams and countless former World Cup and World Championship Alpine Skiing stars including Kjetil Andre Aamodt, Bernhard Russi and Didier Cuche will benefit Right To Play, the international charity partner of FIS, together with Passion Schneesport, the Swiss charity supporting junior talents.

Stay tuned to the FIS website to follow the action.

Albanian Ski Federation elects new Executive Board

The Ski Association of Albania recently elected a new Executive Board. Shkelqim Mema was re-elected President of the Federation until 2020 while Lek Hakani was newly appointed to the position of Secretary General.

Alpine Behind the Scenes: The excitement of City Events

The Audi FIS Ski World Cup stopped in Stockholm (SWE) for a city event last week. FIS Alpine took a look into what makes city events so special and what strategies the athletes have for this exciting parallel race format.

FIS Doping Panel Decision on appeals of the provisionally suspended Russian Cross-Country athletes Ivanova, Petukhov, Shapovalova and Vylegzhanin

Six Russian Cross-Country athletes on 22nd December 2016 after the findings in the McLaren Report outlined alleged anti-doping rules violations in connection with the Olympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi (RUS).

were provisionally suspended

The athletes and the Russian National and Cross-Country Ski Associations were duly notified of the disciplinary proceedings and further investigations by the IOC, and the implementation of provisional suspensions by FIS. Following this notification, the athletes appealed the provisional suspension.

The FIS Doping Panel, after having heard Julia Ivanova, Evgenia Shapovalova, Alexey Petukhov and Maxim Vylegzhanin, and the FIS, has decided on 6th February 2017 by majority not to reverse its initial decision but to uphold the provisional suspensions of the four athletes until further notice. A similar decision was handed down for the teammates Alexander Legkov and Evgeniy Belov on 25th January 2017.

As a result of the decision, the four athletes may not take part in any competitions at any level.

‘Dein Winter.Dein Sport’ symposium discusses future of winter sports

In conjunction with ISPO, the largest worldwide event for the international winter sports industry, a symposium of ‘Dein Winter.Dein Sport’ (Your Winter, Your Sport) was staged on 6th January 2017 in Munich (GER) to discuss the future of the winter sports market.

Attended by 150 participants, key figures in economics and representatives of the sporting goods industry outlined the current challenges and potential of the winter sports market. Meanwhile, a number of athletes including German snowboarder and FIS Athletes’ Commission member Konstantin Schad and former top Cross-Country skier Peter Schlickenrieder discussed their own contributions to attracting people of all ages to winter sports.

PyeongChang 2018 reaches one-year-to-go-mark

On 9th February 2017, a key milestone will be reached in the build-up to the next Olympic Winter Games as PyeongChang 2018 celebrates the one-year-to-go mark. The Games are already taking shape, with a number of test events already completed, tickets sales set to start on the day of one year to go, and some 91,000 applications received for the 22,400 places that will be filled on the volunteer programme.

Read more here.