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WWW.FIS-SKI.COM Edition #291 | 7 July 2010
On their way to the Games?

The Olympic Games are one of the main highlights in the international sporting calendar. At the XXI Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010, a total of 86 Olympic medal events were carried out. The only Olympic debut at the Vancouver 2010 Games was that of the ladies' and men's ski cross events which delivered some of the most spectacular battles for the Olympic medals and especially appealed to the younger generations.

The 47th International Ski Congress in Antalya (TUR) decided to request the IOC Executive Board to consider the inclusion of four new events in the Olympic Winter Games program. These events are: the ladies' Ski Jumping competition, the nations' team competition in Alpine Skiing (both following the decision of the 45th International Ski Congress in 2006), the men's and ladies' Freestyle half-pipe, and the men's and ladies' Snowboard slopestyle competitions.

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Ladies' Ski Jumping
Photo: NordicFocus

The FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup series for ladies was introduced in the 2004/2005 season. Ladies' Ski Jumping debuted as part of the program of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 in Liberec (CZE), after the first junior title competitions had already been staged as part of FIS Nordic Junior World Championships in 2006. As decided by the FIS Council in Antalya, the ladies' team event will be included as part of the Junior World Championships from next season and the ladies' World Cup in Ski Jumping will launch with the 2011/2012 season.

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Alpine Skiing Nations' Team Event
Photo: Agence Zoom

The nations' team event (NTE) was introduced at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2005 in Bormio (ITA) and has featured as an integral part of top level ski racing ever since, both at the FIS World Cup Finals and at the FIS World Ski Championships. Following a recent review with major stakeholders, the FIS World Cup Finals 2010 saw the first edition of the nations' team competition staged in parallel giant slalom format. The new competition format showed itself to bring added value through an exciting, dynamic competition and received excellent feedback from the media, viewers, competitors and experts alike.

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Freestyle Half-Pipe
Photo: Agence Zoom

The first FIS Freestyle World Championships in Freestyle ski half-pipe were organized in 2005 in Ruka (FIN). The event was introduced to FIS already in 1999, with the first FIS World Cup event carried out in 2002. 151 competitors (ladies and men) representing 19 nations participated in FIS half-pipe competitions in 2009. Freestyle ski half-pipe has also been included on the program of the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck 2012.

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Snowboard Slopestyle
Photo: Oliver Kraus / FIS

Slopestyle is an exciting event with very high credibility with the younger age groups. The 2010 FIS Congress decided to include Snowboard slopestyle as a World Championship event at future FIS Snowboard World Championships starting with 2011. The event has already been included in the FIS World Cup since the 2008/2009 season and counted 588 male and 188 female riders with international FIS license during the 2008/2009 season.

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WADA signs cooperation agreement in the fight against doping in sport

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA) have signed a joint Declaration on Cooperation in the fight against doping in sport in Lausanne (SUI) this week. The Declaration aims to facilitate voluntary cooperation between WADA and IFPMA member companies, to identify medicinal compounds with doping potential, minimize misuse of medicines still in development, improve the flow of relevant information and facilitate development of detection methods in the context of the fight against doping in sport.

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Introducing New FIS Council Members III: Peter Schröcksnadel (AUT)
Peter Schröcksnadel (AUT)

The 47th International Ski Congress in Antalya (TUR) elected eight new members of the FIS Council for the two-year period 2010-2012. This FIS Newsflash completes the introduction of all the new members.

Peter Schröcksnadel (AUT)

Peter Schröcksnadel (*1941) was member of the FIS Council from 2002-2008 and was re-elected in 2010. He has served as President of the Austrian Ski Federation since 1990. Prior to that, he was Vice President of the Federation from 1987-1990 and responsible for recreational skiing from 1978-1990. A successful entrepreneur, Peter Schröcksnadel is the founder and owner of Sitour Produktions- und WerbegesmbH and of Feratel Media Technologies AG. He is also CEO of four subsidiaries of the Austrian Ski Federation.

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Michel Vion (FRA)
Michel Vion (FRA)

Michel Vion (*1959) was member of the FIS Council from 2004-2008 and re-elected in 2010. Since 2002, he is also Member of the Board of the French Ski Association and was elected its President in June 2010. Previously, he worked as Alpine Director at the French Ski Association for seven years and as General Sports Director for another two years. In 2001, Michel Vion moved to the industry to serve as Competition Director at Ski Dynastar. From 2005-2009, he was Director of Racing at the Rossignol Group.A former world-class ski racer, Michel Vion became World Champion in combined at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 1982.

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GAP 2011: International Youth Camp to coincide with 2011 championships
Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER)

The organizing committee of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2011 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER) will not just stage the highlight event of the season from 7th to 20th February 2011, but will also carry out an International Youth Camp at the same time. The camp will be held under the motto of ‘Promoting the sport of skiing' and has been designed to motivate young people to be and remain involved in skiing.

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2011 invitations out, Holmenkollen ski jump again open for the public
Åsne Havnelid in Holmenkollen tower (Photo: Oslo 2011)

The beginning of July is typically the time for sending out the official invitations to the FIS World Ski Championships scheduled to be held the following winter. Both GAP 2011 and Oslo 2011 have now sent their invitations to all FIS member National Ski Associations. Thursday, 1st July also represented another important milestone for the Oslo event as the new tower of the ski jump was opened to the public. The tower contains a magnificent reception room with space for some 50 people, and a plateau overlooking the roof on top of the tower.

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Preparations well on their way for Otepää 2011
Site inspection in Otepää

The Tehvandi Sports Center in Otepää will host the first World Ski Championships in Estonia next year. In the past years, in addition to the annual FIS Cross-Country World Cup events and the Tartu Marathon, the FIS Continental Cups in Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined have just staged their premiere events on the Tehvandi K90 jumping hill. Representatives of the FIS Nordic disciplines visited Otepää last week for a site inspection and to gain a detailed look into the preparations for the FIS Nordic Junior and U-23 Cross-Country World Championships that will take place from 25th to 31st January 2011.

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The Legion of Honor for Karine Dubouchet Revol
Karine Dubouchet Revol (FRA)

The 2009 Speed Skiing world champion Karine Dubouchet Revol will receive the Legion of Honor award from the hands of Jean-Claude Killy this Friday, 9th July, in Aix-Les Bains (FRA).

The President of the French Republic is the Grand Master of the Order, which is the highest decoration given in France. Besides being an extraordinary champion, Karine Dubouchet Revol is seen as a remarkable young woman, caring mother and dedicated educator which makes her much deserving of this coveted award.

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Applications invited to host the 2014 FIS Congress

With the 47th International Ski Congress in Antalya (TUR) still fresh in everyone's memories, applications are now requested from FIS Member National Ski Associations interested in hosting the 2014 FIS Congress. The 2012 FIS Congress will be held in the Gangwon Province of Korea.

Interested National Ski Associations are requested to consult the information on the requirements of hosting an International Ski Congress. Updated questionnaire and information sheet should be returned to the FIS Headquarters by latest 1st September 2010.

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Manabu Ono

FIS sends its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Manabu Ono (59) who passed away on July 3rd. A former coach of the gold medal winning Japanese team at the 1998 Nagano Olympic Winter Games in Ski Jumping, Manabu Ono was a former member of the FIS Sub-Committee for Ski Jumping Equipment and Development. He was Head Coach of the Japan Ski Jumping team from 1992 to 2000.

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Skiing at Treble Cone (NZE)

Fact of the Week

44 - Days until the start of the FIS Freestyle & Snowboard Junior World Championships 2010 in Otago/Wanaka (NZE), the first combined World Championships for the two disciplines on 20th August 2010.

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