National Ski Association News - December 19
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Important week for snow sports in Brazil

The Brazilian Snow Sports Federation (CBDN) had a successful week for the development of snow sports in its country.

In an important victory for the sports community, Brazilian President Michel Temer sanctioned law no. 13.756 on 12th December granting lottery funds to continue financing the development of high performance Olympic and Paralympic Sports in Brazil. The Brazilian Snow Sports Federation (CBDN) played an important role helping unite the main stakeholders and supporting the movement with technical studies. 

In the same week, a 12-year strategic sports development plan that was started just before Sochi 2014 bore its first fruit. CBDN chose to invest in Cross-Country as a main discipline due to the training possibilities in Brazil using rollerskis. The well established year-round National Rollerski Circuit, has more than 80 athletes. 

Cristian Ribera, the youngest athlete at the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games, and Aline Rocha achieved three historic podium results at the World Para Nordic Skiing World Cup in Vuokatti (FIN) on the past weekend, with Ribeira winning one silver and a bronze medal and teammate Rocha claiming a bronze medal in the ladies’ sitting category. Those were the first ever Latin American medals in a Para Cross-Country World Cup.

“Our success in Para Cross-Country would not be possible if we did not have an able-body Cross-Country programme, backed by FIS, that laid the foundation for a strong roller ski programme that enables training in Brazil”, said CBDN Chairman Stefano Arnold. “Cristian's silver medal was a big achievement , especially if you consider that he beat Eui Hyun Shin (KOR), the Paralympic Champion from PyeongChang 2018.”

U.S. Ski & Snowboard welcomes Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games decision

U.S. Ski & Snowboard welcomed the decision by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to support Salt Lake City as a possible future Olympic Winter Games destination.

“The possibility of having a future Olympic Winter Games in the USA is incredibly exciting,” said Tiger Shaw, President and CEO of U.S. Ski & Snowboard. “Colorado and Utah have created many of the world’s best athletes in our sports and both have been very supportive in hosting world class events. We are very appreciative of the passion and commitment from both states. Naturally we are excited that U.S. Ski & Snowboard’s home state of Utah is the home of the USOC’s chosen bid city. The 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Legacy Foundation, Utah Sports Commission and generous citizens have kept current and grown the Olympic venues, providing exceptional development opportunities for Olympic hopefuls. This impact will only grow with an Olympic bid. 

“This news also raises excitement levels even higher about the forthcoming 2019 FIS Snowboard, Freestyle and Freeski World Championships, taking place here in February 2019,” Shaw continued. “Those events will include a number of sports that will make their FIS World Championships debut ahead of their first appearance at an Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, 2022, and the opportunity to showcase how ready Utah is to stage world-class snowsports competitions just raises the stakes even higher for the events that will take place from February 1 to 10, 2019. This is truly an incredible time to be part of the winter sports community in the USA!”