Quick Hits: Updates from Georgia

Georgian Ski Federation elections

The Georgian Ski Federation recently held its General Assembly and reported that the entire board was re-elected by its members including its President, Zurab Kostava

New World Record in 24 hour Cross Country Skiing

Hans Mäenpää (FIN) is the new world record holder in 24-hour cross-country skiing. Mäenpää skied 472 km in Levi in the classical technique as part of the Visma Ski Classic. It averages an hourly speed of almost 20 km/h.

Mäenpää increased the record by almost 40 km. A Finn also owns the ladies world record with Anni Angeria skiing 375,564 km.

The Visma Ski Classics is a Scandinavia competition series of long-distance races in classic technique..

A look inside the Nordic Combined Season awards

What the Oscars are to the film industry, the Nordic Combined Awards are to the FIS discipline. This edition of "Behind the Scenes" casts some more light on the inner workings on the discipline's award show and its big night out in Schonach. Red carpet appearances included.


Sir John Ritblat celebrates 40 years sponsoring British Skiing

A leading businessman for more than half a century, Sir John Ritblat, became the longest serving supporter of a British sport this year during the British Alpine Ski Championships in Tignes (FRA).

This year marks his fortieth year involved with the sponsorship of British ski racing. The ski enthusiast has dedicated the majority of his life to supporting snow sports, and in his 83rd year he is still incredibly nifty on the piste, skiing alongside the top British athletes including Olympian and World Cup podium slalom specialist Dave Ryding.

As the former Chairman of the then largest property company in the country British Land, Sir John has provided significant funding for the sport. He also helped to establish the governing body for all British snow sport athletes, which is now known as The British Ski and Snowboard Federation.

The current Principal Sponsor of British Ski and Snowboard is now Delancey, a real estate investment and advisory company. Sir John is Chairman of the company Advisory Board founded by his son, Jamie Ritblat. After forty years of sponsorship and long term President of British Ski and Snowboard, he is confident the sport is heading for further exceptional progress.