FIS Competition Management Update
After 14 seasons as FIS Women’s Alpine Ski World Cup Race Director, Atle Skaardal (NOR) has decided to change position to take over as FIS Alpine Technical Expert as from now and Peter Gerdol (SLO), current FIS Continental Cup Coordinator since 2014, will take over the role of FIS World Cup Women’s Race Director.
Peter has served as the FIS Alpine Continental Cup Coordinator since 2014. Prior to joining FIS he was Race Department Manager in Tarvisio where he also led the technical organisation of FIS Women’s World Cup competitions in 2007, 2009 and 2011, the FIS World Junior Championships: Alpine in 2002 and Nordics in 2007, the Winter Universiade in 2003, annual FIS European Cup competitions and numerous FIS races. Peter is fluent in Slovenian, Italian, German, English, Spanish, French.
Atle’s main tasks will primarily involve supporting the Olympic Winter Games Organisers during preparation phases, as well as the World Championships Organisers. This is particularly important with Beijing 2022 and the major events, since a considerable amount of the interaction is necessary during the competition period when the Race Directors are not available, such as leading study groups, etc. The role also includes inspections of potential Candidates for World Championships and World Cup. A key task with which Atle has already been very involved since its' inception, is leading the Alpine Skiing Injury Surveillance System and the various safety projects in collaboration with the Race Directors.
The transition between Atle and Peter has already officially started, with Peter already attending all meetings with the Women’s World Cup team.
Walter Hofer already made it known during the last season that he will retire in spring 2020 when he reaches 65. At the FIS Spring Meetings, it was announced that his successor will be Sandro Pertile from Val di Fiemme (ITA)
Sandro has been fully involved with the organisation of Ski Jumping in Italy and internationally since 1997, including as Ski Jumping Sports Manager for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in 2003, and the Torino 2006 Organising Committee for the Olympic Winter Games. He is one of the most experienced Technical Delegates with more than 100 assignments since 2002 at World Cup, World Championships and Olympic level and Italy's representative in the Ski Jumping Committee since 2002.
For the past five years, Sandro has also organised the FIS Development Programme Nordic Training Camps and activities and he was the Nordic Director of the Italian Teams from 2014 to 2018. At the Val di Fiemme 2013 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships he was responsible for the broadcast operation and is currently undertaking this role for the Biathlon World Championships in 2020 in Antholz.
During most of the FIS Summer Grand Prix 2019 and FIS World Cup 2019/2020 competitions next season, Sandro is assigned in the TD Assistant position to undertake a hands-on transition from Walter.