Quick Hits: Åre 2019 volunteers wanted

Sports events would not be possible without volunteers. The Åre 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships are no exception. More than 1,600 volunteers are expected to help in roles such as team hostesses, crowd marshals, course crew and many other areas during the event in February 2019.

Almost one-third of the volunteers will already join the Organising Committee for the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Finals that will serve as the test events, scheduled during the 2017/18 season, in addition to the World Cup Stockholm City Event in January and the FIS World Cup Finals in March.

If you are interested in volunteering with Åre 2019, register here.

Slovak Ski Association elects new President

The Slovak Ski Association held its General Assembly on 14th May 2017. Besides reports on a successful competition season 2016/17, the Assembly elected Ivan Ivanič as its new President, following in the footsteps of František Repka who stepped down from his role in March.

Ski & Snowboard Australia appoints new Alpine Director

Three-time Olympic Alpine Ski coach Michael Branch has been appointed as Ski & Snowboard Australia’s new Alpine Director.

Bringing an impressive CV as a successful high performance coach with the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, Branch has coached some of the sport’s biggest names to top world rankings and Olympic medal success including Bode Miller, Ted Ligety and Andrew Weibrecht.

Branch comes to SSA with nearly 20 years coaching experience, including five years as head coach of the New South Wales Institute of Sport and Olympic Winter Institute of Australia Alpine programmes before moving to the USA as its high performance team coach.

Interview with Dario Cologna

Switzerland’s three-time Olympic gold medallist in cross-country skiing, Dario Cologna reveals on the IOC Athletes’ Hub how he is preparing for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, including training habits and advice for aspiring cross-country athletes.

Read the interview here.

First snowfalls of 2017 in Africa

In Africa, the two ski areas of Afriski in Lesotho and Tiffindell in South Africa have reported their first snowfalls last weekend. Cold fronts brought a lot of natural snow and some of the passes, including the famous Sani Pass, have been closed due to the winter conditions.

Lausanne 2020 construction starts on student housing to act as Youth Olympic Village

15th May 2017 marked the official ground breaking ceremony for ‘Vortex’, the spectacular new student housing complex which will serve as the Youth Olympic Village of the Winter Youth Olympic Games in January of 2020.

Based in the heart of the University of Lausanne’s campus, Vortex will become student accommodation and is a perfect example of the efficient use of an Olympic project for host city development. When it is officially handed to the University in the autumn of 2020, Vortex will house 1,000 students, professors and university guests.

What makes Vortex truly ‘Olympic’ is that six months before this handover to the University, the building will be at the heart of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games, playing host to 1,700 athletes and officials as the Youth Olympic Village. For the local authorities, the Youth Olympic Games project has accelerated the discussion and the planning around the project, allowing it to take shape faster than originally planned.