Quick Hits

Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Grand Prix Finals this weekend

Both the FIS Ski Jumping and the FIS Nordic Combined Grand Prix series will have their finals this weekend.

In Ski Jumping, Anze Lanisek of Slovenia is leading the overall rankings with 331 points, followed by Junshiro Kobayashi (JPN, 314 points) and Dawid Kubacki (POL, 300 points). All three still have a chance to fight for the overall victory in the final competitions on 1st October in Hinzenbach (AUT) and on 3rd October 2017 in Klingenthal (GER).

In Nordic Combined, Austrian Mario Seidel is in the lead with 340 points, followed by Eric Frenzel and Fabian Riessle (both GER) with 290 and 276 points respectively. The final two competitions will take place in Planica (SLO) on 30th September and 1st October.

Enjoy this Behind the Scenes about what makes the Grand Prix so special.

Franz beats Raich in Audi Sport TT Cup

Last weekend in Spielberg (AUT), ski stars Max Franz and Benjamin Raich competed in the Audi Sport TT Cup. In the guest entrants’ classification, Franz had the upper hand against his former teammate Raich in both races.

Increasing the broadcast value of World Cups and World Championships

FIS and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), organised a two-day workshop in Geneva (SUI) last week with all key stakeholders from ski racing and broadcasting, including 25 skiing experts from FIS, EBU and all major EBU winter sports members, Swiss Timing and Infront Sports & Media.

The parties discussed and proposed concrete measures to increase the broadcast value of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup and World Championship events. These include production harmonisation, starting groups, graphics with special focus on dynamic, 3D and remote graphics, as well as the on-site and on-screen advertising.

Ingolfur Hannesson, Head of Winter Sports at EBU commented: "We are really pleased to have been able to initiate this work-shop, to bring all key stakeholders together and tackle interesting and progressive topics.  I'm confident that our discussions and proposals will lead to improvement on the FIS events and how they are conveyed to the public through the professional approach of our member broadcasters. And this is only the beginning when entering into the world of sports and digital media." 

Christian Frison-Roche retires from Salomon

Christian Frison-Roche will retire from his role as International Racing Director at Salomon on 31st December 2017 after 40 years of dedicated, loyal service.

Originally, Frison-Roche was the Cross-Country Junior Champion in the French Savoy region at the age of 18 but had to retire for health reasons. He joined Salomon in 1977 and has since equipped ski stars from all over the world in different FIS disciplines with ski bindings, boots and/or skis, including big names such as Günter Mader (AUT), Ophelie David (FRA), Bjoern Daehli (SWE), Vegard Ulvang (NOR), Janica Kostelic (CRO), Anja Paerson (SWE), Alexis Pinturault (FRA) and Ingemar Stenmark (SWE).

Frison-Roche has also been a member of the board of SRS (Ski Racing Suppliers) and a key liaison to FIS on its behalf for many years. Last week, Salomon hosted a retirement party which enjoyed the presence of a number of ski stars, as well as FIS Council Member and President of the French Ski Federation, Michael Vion, and FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis.

The FIS family wishes Frison-Roche continued joy and happiness in his retirement.

Sir John Ritblat awarded Pery medal

Recently, Sir John Ritblat was awarded the Pery medal, the highest award handed out by the Ski Club of Great Britain, the largest and oldest snowsports membership organisation in the UK, with over 28,000 members.

Ritblat is an English property developer and Honorary President and formerly Chairman and CEO of the British Land Company, as well as Honorary President of the British Ski & Snowboard Federation.

"Sir John has been providing funding and support for British Snowsports for almost 40 years. Without the backing of British Land and then Delancey it is quite possible that we would simply not have had skiers and snowboarders representing Great Britain at the highest level of our sport," said the current President of the SKI Club Frank Gardner OBE as he handed the award over. 

Read the full story here.

WADA hosts 4th TUE Symposium in Helsinki

From 21st-22nd September 2017, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) hosted its fourth Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) Symposium in Helsinki (FIN). The TUE process is a means by which an athlete can obtain approval to use a prescribed prohibited substance or method for the treatment of a legitimate medical condition.

More than 200 representatives from National Anti-Doping Organisations, International Federations and other international sports organisations from around the globe gathered to continue their unified approach to the TUE process, ensuring that athletes with genuine medical problems remain fully engaged in sport. They discussed and debated a variety of timely topics including contentious TUE case studies, cultural differences with prescribing practices, retroactive TUEs and balancing the ideals of transparency and privacy.

FIS was represented by FIS TUE Committee Chair Dr. Karlheinz Zeilberger and FIS Anti-Doping Coordinator Sarah Fussek.