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WWW.FIS-SKI.COM Edition #372 | 25 January 2012
World Snow Day launches with great success

Sunday, 22nd January 2012 saw the inaugural FIS World Snow Day take place all around the world. 225 events organizers in 39 countries invited children, their families and the general public to enjoy the day through a variety of fun activities in and on the snow.

FIS would like to thank all the participants for joining the global celebration and all the Organizers for their fantastic efforts in staging a great number of events. FIS would also like to thank its partners for all their contributions to the World Snow Day events.

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Eight new FIS events successfully carried out at the Youth Olympic Games 2012
The parallel team event was a great success at YOG 2012 (Photo FIS)

The first ever Winter Youth Olympic Games (YOG) not only saw aspiring young athletes competing against their counterparts from around the world, but also marked the introduction of new Olympic events. Innsbruck 2012 concluded on Sunday 22nd January. During nine days of competitions, 20 events in FIS disciplines were staged, and a total of 78 medals were handed out to athletes from 21 different nations.

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FIS Athlete Role Models involved with the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games
Yoggl fell in love with Petra Majdic

The Athlete Role Model program played a unique role at the first Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck. FIS was happy to have six former top athletes join the Games to interact with the youth Olympians. Ski Jumper Andreas Küttel (SUI) and Cross-Country Skier Petra Majdic (SLO) made special appearances at the Seefeld arena for the Nordic disciplines. Samppa Lajunen (FIN), a retired Nordic Combined athlete, participated in the Congress Hall's Culture and Education Program (CEP) activities. Snowboarder Nicola Thost (GER) and Freestyle Skier Shannon Happe Bahrke (USA) also participated in the CEP and visited the competitions in Kühtai whilst Marco Büchel (LIE) was in his element at the Alpine venue at Patscherkofel.

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Major World Cup weekend on two continents
Didier Cuche (Photo Agence Zoom)

It was another major winter sport weekend last weekend. From Otepää to Zakopane, from Kitzbühel to Kranjska Gora, Schladming, Lake Placid and Veysonnaz, the FIS World Cups delivered top level winter sports excitement the world over.

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Great progress towards applying air bags to skiing
Photo Dainese

FIS and Dainese presented in Kitzbühel the initial results of the D-air® Ski project. The aim of the cooperation is to investigate the potential application of air bag technology to top-level Alpine Skiing. Specifically the current project seeks to improve the protection of athletes by applying D-air® technologies (air bag designed around the human body). The timeframe of the feasibility study extends until the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

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Freestyle Skiing world mourns one of its brightest stars
Sarah Burke (Photo Agence Zoom)

The Freestyle Skiing world mourns the death of one of its brightest stars. Canadian Freestyle skier Sarah Burke succumbed to injuries 19th January 2012 suffered while training in Park City, Utah, nine days earlier. She was 29 years old.

"I would like to offer sincerest condolences from FIS to the husband, family, and friends of Sarah Burke. She was a great athlete and a pioneer for ladies' Freestyle Skiing," said FIS President Gian Franco Kasper.

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Ski jumping legend Jiri Raska passed away
Jiri Raska

The Czech Republic has lost one of its most important personalities. The Czech ski jumping legend Jiri Raska died at age 70 after a long and serious illness on 20th January. At the Olympic Winter Games 1968 in Grenoble (FRA), Raska won the gold medal on the normal hill and silver on the large hill. In season 1970/71 he won the Four-Hills-Tournament.

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The first Winter Youth Olympic Games exceeded expectations
Photo: IOC

Fact of the Week

Get a glimpse of the many activities that took place around the world on the inaugural World Snow Day, 22nd January 2012 through the video collection at

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