Quick Hits: FIS Alpine athletes return to snow

Some of the world’s best Alpine skiers have started snow training in the Southern Hemisphere and on glaciers around Europe.

The U.S. Ski Team has descended on Roundhill Ski Area (NZL) for on-snow training in the Southern Hemisphere while the Austrian, Canadian, German, Russian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Swedish and Swiss Ski Teams have benefitted from perfect skiing conditions in the famous Swiss mountain resorts of Saas Fee and Zermatt. The French and Italian technical teams are currently training in Les Deux Alpes (FRA), while the Italian men’ speed team is taking advantage of home snow on the Stelvio glacier (ITA).

Enjoy this video of Sweden’s Mattias Hargin and Matts Olsson as they return to snow.

Marco Buechel delivers speech on Swiss National Day

Former Alpine athlete Marco Buechel (LIE) was invited to deliver the official speech for the annual festivities of Swiss National Day on 1st August in the Swiss town of Oberhofen, which is home to the FIS headquarters. The Liechtenstein/Swiss dual national who has a Swiss mother, spoke about topics including his skiing career, mental strength and solidarity in front of a packed house of Oberhofen residents who visibly enjoyed his anecdotes.

Shane O’Connor elected to Olympic Council of Ireland Athlete Commission

Shane O’Connor (IRE) was recently elected to the Olympic Council of Ireland Athlete Commission, being the sole winter sports representative among the eight summer athletes. O’Connor, who represented Ireland in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games in Alpine Skiing and at five FIS World Championships, will fulfil the role of Secretary General of the Commission. In April, he was elected to the Executive Board of SES (Small Evolving Ski Nations) and serves as Secretary General of the group. Besides, O’Connor is a member of the Snowsports Association of Ireland Executive Committee working directly with high performance athletes. 

Q&A with Nordic Combined legend Hannu Manninen

It was one of the biggest Nordic Combined news of this spring: Finnish legend Hannu Manninen has extended his comeback to compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang (KOR).

Find out about is training, his job and his thoughts about the possible revival of the mass start format in this interview.

Blink Festival highlights and results

The famous Blink Festival took place last weekend in Sandnes (NOR) with participants from 16 nations including a stacked field of top Cross-Country skiers who competed in four Roller Skiing events.

Click here for highlight clips and results.

Successful Grass Skiing Youth Camp in Rettenbach

From 24th-27th July, a youth camp was organised in Rettenbach (AUT) where 70 children aged 6-16 from seven nations worked on their Grass Skiing skills in giant slalom, slalom and combined, and participated in fun poly-sports sessions. It was the first time, the camp was organised in Rettenbach. At the end of the camp, the young athletes were able to showcase their skills by participating in children’s cup races.

The initiative forms part of increased efforts of the FIS Grass Skiing Committee to develop youth and children.

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