A new successful edition of the FIS Development Camp for Cross-Country Skiing was held in Val di Fiemme (ITA) from the 9th- 19th December 2018. Despite the lack of snow, athletes and coaches participating at the camp had the chance to ski in four different locations in Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa.
Thanks to modern snow production systems, the local organisers were able to provide quite some kilometres of tracks for cross-country skiing. A total of 35 athletes and 13 coaches, representing 15 National Ski Association (ARG, ARM, BIH, BRA, DEN, GRE, HUN, ISL, LBN, LTU, MKD, MNE, ROU, SRB and RSA), were present. A special welcome was given to the representatives of South Africa, who participated at the camp for the first time.
The athletes and coaches were addressed by the leader of the camp, Alberto Rigoni, who is a former national level coach of the Italian Cross-Country team. Rigoni was supported by Alessio Giancola, Matteo Betta and the Roller Ski World Champion in Sprint, Emanuele Becchis.
The main focus of the camp was the development of classic and skating technique on snow, with several exercises and practical lessons on the field of play. The athletes were skiing in Passo Lavaze’, Passo S. Pellegrino, Campitello-Canazei and in the World Championship stadium of Lago di Tesero in Val di Fiemme, a resort that is included in the candidature of Italy for the Olympic Winter Games in 2026.
Special attention was given to social activities with games and activities creating a good spirit among the participants.
A specific lesson about ski preparation was also organised for all participants. In addition, the athletes enjoyed a lecture on the topic “from the FIS Development Camp to Olympic Games PyeongChang 2018” which shared the experience of Lebanese athlete Samer Marioun Tawk, who started his experience with skiing at the FIS Development Programme Camp and was a participant at last season’s Games in Korea.
Further activities for Cross-Country Skiing will take place at FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Seefeld (AUT) followed by a Coaches’ Seminar dedicated to the Development Nations in spring.