Quick Hits: Superstar Eric Frenzel in interview

Germany’s Nordic Combined star Eric Frenzel owns five overall World Cup titles, twelve World Championship and three Olympic medals.

In this interview, he talks about his aspirations for the new season and the comeback of some of the sport’s biggest stars.

Sami Jauhojärvi raises awareness for clean sport

Former Cross-Country ace and Athletes’ Commission member Sami Jauhojärvi inspires young athletes and provides them with useful tips in his leisure time.

On 21st November, the triple World Championship bronze medallist provided the next generation of skiers with valuable information on planning their career, competing clean and everything they need to know about anti-doping. The event was organised by the Finnish Center for Integrity in Sports, SUEK, the Lahti Sport Museum and Lahti Ski Club.

As part of the event, a “snowball” was handed over to the Ski Museum of Lahti by SUEK Secretary General Harri Syväsalmi and FIS Anti-Doping Coordinator Sarah Fussek. The “snowball” was signed by all medallists from the 2017 Lahti FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, including bronze medallist Jauhojärvi, who all showed their commitment to clean sport as part of an anti-doping awareness campaign.

The campaign was run by FIS and the National Anti-Doping Agency (Finnish Center for Integrity in Sports / Finnish Anti-Doping Agency, FINADA) and the Lahti 2017 Organising Committee. It was taken up by over 400 of the world’s leading athletes, coaches and support personnel, and has a lasting and meaningful impact, both on a national and international level. 

Improve your snowboarding: Radoslav Yankov’s top tips

Bulgaria’s leading male snowboarder, 27-year-old Radoslav Yankov, 2015/16 FIS Snowboard World Cup parallel overall globe winner, shares his advice with young winter athletes on maximising their potential.

Visit the Olympic Athletes’ Hub here for his top tips.

Behind the Results with alpine aces Alexis Pinturault and Mattias Hargin

In the latest episodes of “Behind the Results”, FIS Alpine takes a close look at the background of French and Swedish superstars Alexis Pinturault and Mattias Hargin who share their career goals and passion for the sport.

Follow the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Torch Relay

During its first two weeks in the Republic of Korea, the Olympic Torch Relay has already travelled on land and sea, shining a light on the rich diversity of cultural life in the host country, and delving into its fascinating history.

Check out this interactive map containing interesting information about the different stops.

IOC launches brand campaign “Become The Light”

This week, the IOC launched a new integrated brand campaign, “Become The Light”, that aims to promote the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect.

The campaign uses “light” as the symbolic representation of the Olympic values. Through a series of public service announcements, the campaign demonstrates how the inspirational achievements of athletes and the Olympic spirit can motivate people around the world to “Become The Light” and act as beacons of positivity.

Click here to find out more about the campaign.

Ski & Snowboard Australia receives prestigious award

Ski & Snowboard Australia has recently been recognised for leadership in community sport by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) in receiving its inaugural ASC Excellence in Participation award for their Snowracer initiative, a centralised platform for information, resources and engagement for snow sports competitions across all levels.

From left: CEO of Ski & Snowboard Australia Michael Kennedy, Gymnastics Victoria Innovation and Inclusion Manager, Kerry Tavrou and Patrick McInerney from Tennis Australia

Ski & Snowboard Australia CEO Michael Kennedy, said Snowracer has been a real success for the sport, allowing participants to connect in a way never before experienced. 

“In just one year we have been able to develop an online platform that centralises information for in excess of 300 events across all resorts for 25,000 participants. We are passionate and excited about developing Snowracer in years to come and providing a service that makes Snowracer competitions more engaging and easier to navigate,” Kennedy said. 

For more details on the programme visit www.snowracer.com.au

Manchester’s Indoor Snow Centre Celebrates Big 1-0

Manchester’s Chill Factore indoor snow centre has celebrated its 10th birthday this week with a mass ski down led by famous ski jumper Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards.

The facility, home to the UK’s longest indoor snow slope at 180 metres, also published some 10th birthday stats including that:

  • Since opening in 2007, the piste machine which grooms the slopes at Chill Factore has travelled 4,071 miles – the distance from Manchester to the North Pole
  • In the last ten years, Chill Factore has welcomed more than 14 million visitors, taught over half a million lessons, sold 1.5 million lift passes and employed over 3,000 people.
  • In addition, 35,000 tonnes of snow has been created within the centre in the last 10 years, an average of 10 tonnes every night!

Over the years, Chill Factore has also achieved World Record breaking status, including achieving the longest chain of skiers in 2011, the greatest number of people to perform the same trick at a single venue in 2013 and the greatest distance snowboarded indoors in 24 hours by Richard Millington in 2014, who boarded a total of 46,200 metres – equivalent to skiing down the vertical height of Mount Everest more than five times.

“We’re proud to have taught millions of people to ski and snowboard over the last ten years, helping develop the nation’s love of snow sports and making the sport fun and accessible to both beginners and experienced athletes,” said Morwenna Angove, Chief Executive at Chill Factore, who added, “During our 10-year heritage, we’ve been passionate about nurturing the talent of aspiring young athletes, some of whom have gone on to represent the country.”