Quick Hits: Lindsey Vonn named Youth Olympic Games 2020 Ambassador

Last weekend, Alpine super star Lindsey Vonn (USA) was announced as the first Lausanne 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games Ambassador.

The announcement by the IOC was made in conjunction with the Audi FIS Ski World Cup races in St Moritz – which will host the luge, skeleton, bobsled and speed skating events at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in January 2020.

This is the third time that Vonn has been a Youth Olympic Games Ambassador dating back to the inaugural event in Innsbruck in 2012.

“It is so important that we support young athletes to discover where sport can take them. I have a platform to promote the great work the IOC is doing for young people and hope to inspire more people to enjoy sport and to stay in sport. Lausanne is a city with such Olympic history and with its amazing venues and beautiful scenery, I can’t wait to be involved”, Vonn commented.

Wendy Holdener Switzerland’s Athlete of the Year

Alpine skier Wendy Holdener was crowned as the best female athlete of the year 2017 at the Swiss Sports Awards gala held in Zurich last weekend. Holdener won gold in the combined and silver in the slalom at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in St. Moritz.

Alpine star Beat Feuz, who took downhill gold in St. Moritz ranked third in the men’s category, behind tennis ace Roger Federer and mountain bike star Nino Schurter

Happy Birthday Longines!

Longines, the official partner and timekeeper of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, is celebrating its 185th anniversary this year. Ski stars and Ambassadors of Elegance Mikaela Shiffrin and Aksel Lund Svindal joined the family of international Longines Ambassadors in wishing the brand a happy birthday.

In November, Longines celebrated its 185th anniversary in Beijing, commemorating a legacy of tradition, elegance and performance at a grand gala evening in the capital’s historic Imperial Ancestral Temple (Taimiao). Headlining the event was the official launch of the Record collection, the latest emblem of the brand’s watchmaking expertise.

Find out more here about 185 years of Longines.

More than a metre of snowfall in the Alps and big falls in the Dolomites and Pyrenees too

According to Patrick Thorne, the SnowHunter, snowfall totals for the past 72 hours have now passed the one-metre mark in the Alps.

Two areas received 1.3 metres of fresh snow in the past 72 hours – Madesimo in Italy and Orcieres-Merlette in France.

In terms of big name resorts La Thuile (ITA) has had 1.2m, Andermatt (SUI) 105cm, Bormio and Bardonecchia (ITA) 1m, Montgenevre (FRA) 90cm, Laax and St Moritz 80cm, Verbier and the 4 Valleys as well as la Plagne 75cm.

Most ski areas have had 40-70cm of snow so far.

Elsewhere in Europe Cortina d’Ampezzo (ITA) tops the snowfall totals in the Dolomites with 70cm in 72 hours – by far the best start to the season there for several years.

In the Pyrenees Font Romeu and Pyrenees 2000 reported a metre of snow in the past 72 hours.

David Wise: Olympic Dreams and Golden Memories

In the latest Freestyle ‘Behind the Scenes’ episode, Olympic ski halfpipe champion David Wise (USA) opens up about the “moment of clarity” that he had while standing on the podium and listening the U.S. national anthem play at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, and the reason why the Olympics will always be very special to him.

What it’s all about: Magnus Kim on cross-country skiing

Magnus Kim was one of the stars of the Winter Youth Olympic Games 2016 in Lillehammer (NOR), reaching the podium in every event he entered and winning two gold medals.

Born to a Korean mother and a Norwegian father, Kim spent part of his childhood in Norway, where he had access to a local ski club. On the IOC website, the 19-year-old gives insight into the life of a cross-country skier as he prepares for his home Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang.

Find out here.

Learning Korean 101

With less than 60 days to the Olympic Winter Games 2018, FIS Nordic Combined, with the assistance of Korean athlete Je-Un Park, taught the athletes the most relevant Korean words.

Enjoy the outcome!