Edition #1 - 28/05/2012
Welcome to Kangwonland!

Korea will certainly stand in the center of the skiing world's interest over the coming years, not only in connection with the 48th International Ski Congress this week, but also with the various international competitions leading up to the Olympic Winter Games 2018 in PyeongChang.

Besides the approximately 100 official meetings here in the wonderful Kangwonland Hotel during the Congress Week, we hope that you will have an opportunity to spend some relaxing moments with colleagues in the FIS family, and take advantage of a first inspection of the future venues for the Olympic Winter Games 2018.


I wish everybody a pleasant and successful 48th International Ski Congress and hope that the decisions to be taken in Kangwonland will serve the successful development of the sport of skiing.

Gian Franco Kasper

FIS President

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Arrival of the Participants
Sunday, 27th May was the official arrival day for the approximately 800 FIS Congress participants to Kangwonland. Always exciting and eagerly anticipated, more than half - some 450 - Congress delegates arrived spread across the day, after the first travellers already arrived on Friday and an estimated 20% on Saturday whilst the final 10% of the participants are still expected today, Monday 28th May.

The arrivals service was arranged by Coex with great care and attention to detail. The travel from the Incheon airport in Seoul went smoothly with the help of 35 luxury coaches which continuously shuttled between the airport and the Congress venue. Travel times varied from speedy 3:15 hours to over seven hours due to traffic caused by the national holiday today Monday in Korea which celebrates the Buddha's birthday.


The longest journey to Kangwonland was that by the representatives of Mexico who landed in Seoul, Korea after some 30 hours of travel. The biggest delegations of the 75 National Ski Associations, beyond the host nation of Korea, are those of Canada and USA each with some more than 20 representatives.

Exhibition is on! – FIS World Championship 2016/2017 Candidates showcase their bids

The final countdown as to who will be hosting the FIS World Ski Championships in 2016 and 2017 is now on. Starting today, the nine applicants will display their bids until Wednesday evening in the Candidate Exhibition.


Make sure to visit the hotel hallway to learn more about the Candidates and get a taste of their home countries and passion for the sport of skiing!


The official opening by the FIS Council is today at 10.00


When: Monday, 28 May, 10:00 - Wednesday, 30 May, 18:30

Where: Hotel hallway next to the registration desks

Do not miss the 3rd FIS Ladies Seminar from 15:30
Fast and female, Cross-Country sprint World Cup 2012 winner Kikkan Randall (USA) will speak about female participation in sport. The program focusing on "Medical Issues in Female Sport" is enriched by Larry Gaul (USA) and Hans Spring (SUI) from the FIS Medical Committee and following remarks by FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis will conclude in a round-table discussion.


The seminar is open to all Congress participants. Sign up at the registration desk!


When: Today at 15:30-18:30


Where: Forest Ballroom II (4F)

Dr. Sung Won Lee warmly invites you for the Welcome Dinner hosted by the Korea Ski Association
Tonight's dinner marks the official opening of the FIS Congress week 2012.


When: 19.00


Where: Convention Hall K


Dear participants of the FIS Congress 2012,

Welcome to Korea! The 48th International Ski Congress is a historic FIS Congress since for the first time in more than a centenary, FIS is staging a Congress on the Asian continent. In 2008, it has been initiated by Kangwonland. This has been very much appreciated and highly praised as Kangwonland Hotel has worked really hard to make this event successful in every aspect. It is the first large scale international convention activity since the hotel's inauguration.


The 2012 FIS Congress in Kangwonland also presents a perfect match of two significant, unique events: The biannual meeting of the international FIS family and the future 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games. On Thursday, an excursion to the venues for PyeongChang 2018 located 50km from the FIS Congress venue will be carried out. I am sure you will enjoy our preview of the sites of the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games 2018.


I sincerely hope that all of you enjoys your stay here and wish you all participants a successful Congress. In addition, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the FIS family for traveling to Korea, sometimes from very distant areas such as Europe or the American continents.


Enjoy a happy stay!

Dr. Sung Won Lee
FIS Council Member from Korea

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Partner Interview: Agence Zoom

Agence Zoom is the official FIS photo partner in Alpine Skiing and attending the FIS Congress 2012 in Kangwonland. In this interview, Mo Guile, Agence Zoom coordinator, answered few questions for the FIS Congress Daily.


FIS Congress Daily: "Who is Agence Zoom?"

Mo Guile: "Agence Zoom is a photo agency specializing in sport photography and digital services. We are partner photographers to the FIS providing photo coverage from numerous events such as FIS World Cups and FIS World Ski Championships for Alpine, Nordic, Snowboard and Freestyle Ski disciplines and the Olympic Winter Games. We likewise offer service to a number of other sporting federations such as cycling, tennis, rugby and golf.


We provide a comprehensive range of services from sporting event imagery, assignment work, post-production digital work, a design studio and the management of online digital library systems."


FIS Congress Daily: "What are you doing here at the FIS Congress?"


Mo Guile: "This will be the second time that the FIS has invited us to attend the Congress, providing photographic coverage of the event, the World Championship Candidates as well as the Congress and newly elected FIS Council.

It is an event that we look forward to, as it provides us with a unique chance to talk to members of the skiing fraternity outside the winter months in a relaxed and interesting setting."


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