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FIS mourns the loss of pioneer freestyle judge Paul Nicholas

Jun 22, 2023·Freestyle
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It is with profound sadness that the International Ski Federation (FIS) received the news of the passing of esteemed FIS judge, Paul Nicholas. On June 19th, the freestyle skiing community said goodbye to a remarkable trailblazer and one of the sport's highly influential figures.

Paul Nicholas held a pivotal role in the development of freestyle skiing judging. As essentially FIS Judge #1, he played an instrumental part in shaping the judging framework and establishing the foundations of the discipline. He authored the first-ever FIS Judges book, an invaluable resource that guided judges before the existence of the International Competition Rules (ICR).

His contributions extended beyond his role as a judge. Paul Nicholas acted as a vital bridge during the sport's transition from the IFSA to FIS and its subsequent inclusion in the Olympic Winter Games. His knowledge, expertise, and dedication significantly impacted the sport's growth and success.

Paul Nicholas' impact on the freestyle skiing community was immeasurable. His influence led countless individuals to pursue careers as freestyle officials. His dedication to the sport and his unwavering commitment to fair and accurate judging will always be remembered. His passion for the sport and his genuine connections within the freestyle skiing community touched the lives of many.

The International Ski Federation extends its deepest condolences to Paul Nicholas' family, friends, and loved ones during this difficult time. His contributions to freestyle skiing judging will forever be cherished, and his memory will live on in the hearts of those whose lives he touched.

Rest in peace, Paul Nicholas, a true pioneer and a beloved figure in the freestyle skiing world.

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