Quick Hits: Behind the Scenes with Anna Gasser

Anna Gasser (AUT), 2017 FIS Snowboard Big Air World Champion, crystal globe winner, and Olympic medal candidate, took a moment at the recent FIS Big Air World Cup in Milan (ITA) to talk about her success.

More ski areas open early for season

According to a report by Patrick Thorne, the SnowHunter, nearly a dozen ski areas in Canada, Italy and the USA opened early last week.

In Canada the two Banff resorts, in addition to Lake Louise and Sunshine opened last week. The BC Panorama on the East and the coastal resort of Cypress Mountain both opened over the weekend – the first in the province to do so and its third earliest opening ever.

In the USA the first ski areas to open on the East Coast was Audi FIS Ski World Cup host Killington last Wednesday. Mount Snow and Okemo in Vermont, Sugarloaf and Sunday River in Maine and Wildcat in New Hampshire opened last Saturday. It is one of the earliest openings for Wildcat in the past decade, and one of the earliest opening dates on record for Mount Snow. 

On the West Coast, Mammoth Mountain has already opened and Copper, Keystone and Breckenridge in Colorado opened on schedule last weekend.

In Europe, three ski areas in the southerly Pyrenees and Dolomites mountain chains have opened early for winter, last weekend.

The Pyrenees – home to around 60 ski areas in France, Spain and Andorra, have seen some big pre-season snowfalls over the past week, particularly on the French side.

Porte Puymorens opened last weekend, the second in France to do so, after Tignes. In the Dolomites, Audi FIS Ski World Cup host Cortina d’Ampezzo and the Three Peaks region opened their lifts.

Also in Switzerland and Austria, major snowfall arrived in the Alps, and snow has also arrived at the FIS Headquarters in Oberhofen, located at 585 metres about sea level, just in time for the FIS Council Meeting this weekend.

UN General Assembly adopts Olympic Truce for PyeongChang 2018 by consensus

In a strong sign of confidence of the Member States of the United Nations in the upcoming Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, on 13th November 2017, the UN General Assembly adopted the resolution “Building a peaceful and better world through sport and the Olympic Ideal” by consensus. It followed two hours of discussions between the Member States.

The consensus for the Olympic Truce resolution included  the upcoming 2018 and future hosts of the Olympic Games: Korea, Japan, China, France and the United States of America.

The resolution calls on the nations of the world to uphold the Olympic Truce for the time of the Olympic Winter Games. The first operative clause of the resolution specifically asks Member States “to ensure the safe passage, access and participation of athletes, officials and all other accredited persons taking part in the Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games”. This specific call is especially important, given the time and place of these Olympic Winter Games.

IOC and Global Association of International Sports Federations sign ground-breaking Memorandum of Understanding

The IOC and the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), formerly SportAccord, have signed a ground-breaking Memorandum of Understanding, intended to further strengthen an already important partnership with the International Federations.

The new agreement provides a stable and sustainable framework for strengthened cooperation between the two organisations, with clarity on the roles and responsibilities of both bodies in relation to support to IFs and the organisation of multi-sport events. It will also enable both organisations to better serve all IFs by aligning the work of GAISF and its members with the overarching objectives of the Olympic Movement.

Crucially, GAISF will transfer the expertise, human resources and services of the Doping Free Sport Unit (DFSU) to the newly created Independent Testing Authority (ITA). This will be a very important step in strengthening the global anti-doping system.

Read the full release here.