Quick Hits

Formal handover of first Alpine rulebook in St. Moritz

A copy of the first rulebook of Alpine Skiing dating back to 1930 was handed over to FIS President Gian Franco Kasper at a ceremony held in conjunction with the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz.

The 11th FIS Congress in Oslo (NOR) in 1930 marked the birth of the discipline Alpine Skiing when, for the first time, slalom and downhill were included in the International Competition Rules. However, the first edition of the rulebook was lost and it is with special thanks to Michael Huber, Chairman of FIS’ Sub-Committee for Alpine Rules who is a passionate alpine skiing historian and Ivan Wagner, editor of the yearbook from the Swiss Academic Skiclub SAS, that the rulebook was found. Wagner’s pre-predecessor Raoul Imseng found a copy of the rulebook as a supplement to edition four of the “Schneehase”.

Also attending the ceremony was FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis along with the Boards of Kitzbühel Ski Club and the Swiss Academic Skiclub SAS.

Digital copies of the Alpine rulebooks from 1930 until 2016 are available on the FIS website here.

Happy Birthday Urs Dietrich!

Urs Dietrich, Chairman of FIS’ Sub-Committee for Alpine Citizen Racers turned 80 today, 15th February 2017. Urs has been involved with FIS for more than 30 years. In 1985, he became a member of the Sub-Committee for Alpine Citizen Racers and was appointed Chairman in 1990 at the FIS Congress in Montreux (SUI).

FIS wishes to extend its best wishes to Urs Dietrich!

Countdown to FIS Cross-Country Masters World Cup 2017 in Klosters

The 37th edition of the FIS Cross-Country Masters World Cup is scheduled to take place from 3rd-7th March 2017 in Klosters (SUI).

30 competitions for all age categories will be staged as part of the annual competition for the world’s best Masters cross-country skiers. It will be the second time that the event will be held in Switzerland and final preparations are in full swing to welcome some 1185 athletes from 28 nations. The competitions are carried out according to the FIS International Competition Rules including the most recent rule change surrounding the maximum pole length in classic technique to preserve the use of classic technique.

For further information, visit the official website: http://www.mwc2017.com/en

PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Torch unveiled at One-Year-to-Go Ceremony

On 9th February 2017, PyeongChang 2018 reached another milestone, with the unveiling of the Olympic Torch and torchbearer uniform at an official ceremony marking one year to go to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

The ceremony included a programme of entertainment that showcased the host region’s rich cultural sporting heritage. This was followed by the Olympic Torch being officially unveiled by Yuna Kim, local icon and Olympic figure skating gold medallist, and Magnus Kim, who won the nation’s first ever gold medal in the history of Cross-Country Skiing at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer (NOR).

The ceremony was attended by IOC Coordination Commission Chair Gunilla Lindberg, Korean Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea Chung Sye-kyun, President of the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee Lee Hee-beom, and representatives of the Korean government.

Lillehammer 2016 – One year on

12th February 2017 marked exactly 365 days since the Winter Youth Olympic Games kicked off in Lillehammer (NOR) with a spectacular opening ceremony. Go Beyond, Create Tomorrow was the motto of the Games. One year on, the IOC has taken a look at the impact that Lillehammer 2016 has had on some of the participants, from international athletes to volunteers, and the effects on the city and on sport nationwide.

Find out more here and relive the highlights of the Games below.