Quick Hits: Max Franz and Benni Raich to compete in Audi Sport TT Cup

The sixth race weekend of the Audi Sport TT Cup will see Austria's ski stars Max Franz and Benjamin Raich on the grid in Spielberg (AUT). From 22nd-24th September 2017, the two will have a spot in the guest entrants’ classification.

Last year, Alpine stars Adrien Théaux (FRA) and Peter Fill (ITA) switched skis for race cars at the Audi Sport TT Cup in Zandvoort (NED) where they challenged Dutch Prince Bernhard van Oranje who earned bragging rights against the two.

International Cross-Country Skiing Junior Camp “Heroes of Tomorrow” - movie has arrived

As previously reported in the Newsflash, with the support of FIS Solidarity, the Norwegian Ski Association staged an inspiring training camp for junior cross-country skiers from 27th July-4th August 2017. The goal of the camp was for athletes to have a unique opportunity to share knowledge from a leading Cross-Country Skiing nation, to help the sport can continue to grow and develop in more nations.

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Swiss-Ski and Chinese Ski Association sign letter of intent

Among the initiatives undertaken by National Ski Associations to develop winter sports in China, the Swiss-Ski and Chinese Ski Associations signed a letter of intent at the recent World Winter Sports Expo 2017 in Beijing.

The strategic partnership foresees close collaboration in areas including transfer of knowledge to develop a winter sports culture in China.

The initiative follows the goal of President Xi Jingping’s government to introduce 300 million Chinese to winter sport by the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

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IOC Athletes’ Commission with new “All In” strategy

The IOC Athletes Commission, chaired by Angela Ruggiero (USA/Ice Hockey), presented a focused, action-orientated, and engaging strategy to the recent IOC Session in Lima, Peru. The Strategy includes initiatives to empower athlete participation in the Olympic Movement decision-making process and support athlete development in their sporting and non-sporting careers. It results from a 10-month consultation process with athletes and stakeholders.

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Future of Youth Olympic Games revealed

Positioned as a global event for the world’s best young elite athletes, the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) is a core element in the development of future generations of top-level athletes. Extensive plans have been revealed at the IOC Session in Lima, Peru, that will make the YOG even more relevant for elite young athletes, and for the cities and nations that host them.

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