Quick Hits: ISPO concludes in Munich

The International Sporting Goods Trade Fair (ISPO) Munich concluded on 31st January 2018 after four days, with over 2,800 brands showcasing their new products in the fields of snowsports, outdoor, health & fitness, as well as urban and team sports.

Among the leading brands present was FIS long-term official clothing partner Halti which enjoyed an extremely busy week receiving trade customers to see the launch of the new winter collection for 2018-2019, including some specialist FIS-branded outfits which will be part of the production line.

Meanwhile, ISPO hosted a symposium of ‘Dein Winter.Dein Sport’ which focused on the outcomes of a recent study by the Sports University of Cologne on German snow sports participation. The report concluded that Alpine Skiing is the most popular snow sport with 7.4 million participants annually, followed by Cross-Country Skiing, which has seen an upward trend, with 5.7 million. Overall, 27.7 million Germans took part in snow sports in 2017.

The panellists, including snowboarder Anke Wöhrer and freeskier Bene Mayr, who support the Dein Winter.Dein Sport campaign along with 40 other high profile athletes, gave concrete inputs on the topic “discover snow on site, communicate online” in front of a full house.

IOC Meetings coming up

Ahead of the Olympic Winter Games 2018, the IOC will hold a number of key gatherings in PyeongChang.  FIS President Gian Franco Kasper will attend the IOC Executive Board Meetings from 3rdto 5th February as well as the 132nd IOC Session from 6th-8th February in his capacities as Member of the Executive Board and IOC Member at which he will be joined by FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis.

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The Association of Înternational Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF) of which Gian Franco Kasper is President and Sarah Lewis Secretary General will officially meet the IOC shortly before the Opening of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and ensure all parties are prepared for the next 16 days of sport.

Passing of Warren Miller

Warren Miller, the iconic and beloved U.S. filmmaker who introduced generations to the thrills and freedom of skiing and outdoor adventures, passed away at the age of 93 on 24th January at his home on Orcas Island, Washington.

Miller was a pioneer of snow-sports filmmaking, eventually producing more than 500 adventure-sport films.

From the 1950s onward his films toured cinemas around the world each autumn, building up anticipation for the coming ski season and introducing snow-hungry skiers to exotic destinations around the world

FIS would like to express its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Warren Miller whose contributions to snow sports will be long remembered.

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