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WWW.FIS-SKI.COM Edition #342 | 29 June 2011
FIS Roller Ski World Cup commences in Bessans
Maurice Manificat (Photo

The FIS Roller Ski World Cup 2011 opened in Bessans (FRA) last weekend. After two events, two Italians are in the overall lead of the men's FIS Roller Ski World Cup 2011. Sergio Bonaldi leads with 116 points ahead of defending World Cup champion Simone Paredi. On the ladies' side, Elena Ektova has collected 122 points and leads over the French Anouk Faivre Picon by two points.

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200 days to Innsbruck 2012

The 27th June marked the 200-day milestone for the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Seefeld and the Tyrol region of Austria. The official opening ceremony will take place on 13th January 2012.  Friday, 1st July is the deadline for two other important Innsbruck 2012 projects, for becoming an Innsbruck 2012 volunteer and for voting for your favorite medal design at Innsbruck 2012.

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Final stretch to 2018 Games election
Durban (RSA)

The International Olympic Committee is scheduled to make its decision about the host city of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games at the 123rd IOC Session in Durban (RSA) on Wednesday 6th July 2011. This week the general assembly for the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) will give all three candidates, Annecy, Munich and PyeongChang an opportunity to make their final pitches to the delegates.

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Vonn, Clark, White and Rolland in the running for 2011 ESPYs
Kevin Rolland (Photo Agence Zoom)

Three-time Audi FIS Ski World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn (USA) and Olympic gold medalist snowboarder Kelly Clark (USA) comprise an unprecedented half of the Female Athlete of the Year ballot for the 2011 ESPY Awards. On the men's side, two-time Olympic gold medalist Shaun White (USA) and French freestyle skier Kevin Rolland are nominated for Best Male Action Sport Athlete.

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Volcanic ash threatens Southern hemisphere ski season
San Martin de los Andes

The Puyehue Volcano, located close to the Patagonian Lake District in Argentina which is a well-known skiing area, erupted on 4th June 2011. Due to Pacific winds that usually blow in the area, the plume of ash, which rose up to 10 km in height, was seen from the Argentinean side of the Andes. Vast amounts of volcanic ashes then drifted by air from Chile to Argentina and settled on the ground up to 30 cm deep causing severe disruption and financial losses, including to the area's ski business.

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FIS World Cups to be shown in USA on Universal Sports until 2015/16 season

Universal Sports of the USA has found an agreement with the rights holder Infront Sports & Media for a comprehensive number of FIS World Cup events through to 2015/16. The agreement covers all the FIS Alpine Skiing, Ski Jumping, Cross-Country, Nordic Combined, Snowboard and Freestyle World Cup races where Infront handles the media rights - almost 200 events per season - and begins from the 2011/12 season.

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Work for Sochi 2014 ORIS underway
FIS Alpine European Cup ladies 2011 in Sochi (Photo Sochi 2014)

Recording, verifying, displaying and distributing competition data, especially results, will be one of the most vital aspects of the competitions during the Sochi 2014 Games. This summer, the Olympic Results Information Service (ORIS) is being thoroughly reviewed during individual sessions for each of the six FIS Olympic disciplines in Lausanne.

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Photo NordicFocus

At its meeting in Ljubljana on 6th June, the FIS Council confirmed 'skiathlon' to be the new official name of the Cross-Country race format pursuit in which both the classical and free technique are used with equipment change at mid-distance. This was done in order to distinguish the competition from the handicap races which are a type of a pursuit as well.

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Nordic Combined TDs return to the school bank

The biannual FIS Technical Delegate (TD) Seminar for Nordic Combined took place from 22nd-25th June in Otepää (EST). 37 TDs, seven candidates and several officials from the Estonian Ski Association reviewed the latest rule changes and took the opportunity of exchanging experiences collected during the last two years.

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Celebrations of Australian skiing history underway

2011 is an historic year for Australian skiing, and the 150-year milestone is being celebrated across the nation's ski fields by many organizations. These include Ski Resort Operators, Historical Societies, Museums, Snow Australia videos, snow sport groups, national and local newspapers and ski clubs.

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Puyehue erupts
Photo: FASA

Fact of the Week

22 - sites in 11 nations that have already confirmed their participation in the first edition of the FIS World Snow Day!

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