Quick Hits: Australian Ski and Snowboard Award

PyeongChang stars take top honours at 2018 Australian Ski and Snowboard Award

On 3rd May 2018, Australia’s elite ski and snowboard athletes gathered in Melbourne to recognise the best achievements from the 2017/18 season.

Australia’s top performers at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter and Paralympic Games were recognised for their outstanding results during the season.

Among the winners were Olympic silver medallists Matt Graham (moguls) and Jarryd Hughes (snowboard cross) who jointly took home the prestigious Athlete of the Year Award, with Paralympic gold and bronze medallist Simon Patmore (snowboard) being recognised as the Athlete of the Year in the Paralympic category.

19-year-old Jakara Anthony, who claimed fourth position in the Olympic ladies’ moguls event, received the Junior Snowsport Athlete of the Year Award, while 12-year-old snowboarder Valentino Guseli was awarded Rising Star.

Ski and Snowboard Australia CEO Michael Kennedy said the 2017/18 season was a stand out one for Australia’s top snow sport athletes, with many worthy nominees and winners.

Important report on ‘Sport at low Temperatures - Prevention of Cold Injuries’

Injuries due to cold weather in earlier decades and even centuries seem to have been underestimated by Organisers, coaches and many skiers themselves, according to reports and articles. But even in medical care, hypothermia has often been underestimated. In many types of outdoor accidents, hypothermia adds a severe complication to the acute injury. Sports doctors, trainers, and all those responsible for the health of athletes must emphasise the dangers of accidental hypothermia.

Inggard Lereim, Vice-Chair of the FIS Medical Committee has produced a comprehensive report on 'Sport at low Temperatures - Prevention of Cold Injuries'.

The FIS Medical Committee recommends all stakeholders to read it carefully.

Chilean Ski and Snowboard Federation elects new President

Sport at Low Temperatures - Prevention of Cold Injuries in Snow Sports

On 26th April 2018, the General Assembly of the Chilean Ski and Snowboard Federation elected Stefano Pirola, a long-time FIS Technical Delegate and Chairman of the FIS Sub-Committee for Alpine Intercontinental Cups, as its new President for a four-year mandate. Pirola succeeds Patricia Anguita.

During the Assembly, a comprehensive overview was given on the increase of Chilean FIS registered athletes, notably in the disciplines of Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboard.

Royal Moroccan Federation of Ski and Mountaineering elects new President

The Royal Moroccan Federation of Ski and Mountaineering held its General Assembly on 6th May 2018 in Marrakesh, host city of the next International Ski Congress in 2020.

The Assembly elected Hicham Ait Ouarchikh as its new President, following in the footsteps of Haj Abdenbi Lerhenane. Mohamed Ezzine was appointed Secretary General, replacing Tarik Fettah. Abderrahmane M’Rabtine and Nourddine Bouchaal were appointed Vice Presidents.

Alpine World Cup athletes sign new equipment deals for 2018/19

Along with team selections, coaching changes, and retirement announcements, spring in the sport of Alpine Skiing is also a critical time for athletes to finalise equipment contracts for the upcoming years. While many athletes extend their existing contracts with their long-time brands, some choose to test and then change their allegiance for the equipment they will use in the coming competition season. 

These athletes have announced that they will switch to a new manufacturer for the 2018/19 season.

New series on the Olympic Channel: Far From Home

From the Caribbean to the Himalayas and South America to the Middle East, Olympic hopefuls from around the world share the dream of competing at the Olympic Games, showing the world that circumstances do not define their potential.

The Olympic Channel’s new documentary series Far From Home features the inspiring stories behind the most unlikely winter Olympic athletes who faced financial, personal and cultural hurdles on their journeys before, during and after the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

The multi-part series debuted on 3rd May on the Olympic Channel global digital platform which is available worldwide at olympicchannel.com and on its mobile apps.

Episode 1 – Sojung Shin (Ice Hockey) – Republic of Korea

Episode 2 – Jazmine Fenlator and Carrie Russell (Bobsleigh) – Jamaica

Episode 3 – Shiva Keshavan (Luge) – India

Episode 4 – Julian Yee (Figure Skating) - Malaysia

Episode 5 – Forough Abbasi (Alpine Skiing) – Iran  

Episode 6 – Victor Santos (Cross-Country Skiing) – Brazil