FIS News In Brief - August 2017 - Week 2
Six months to PyeongChang 2018
Exactly six months from today, athletes from all around the world will descend on PyeongChang (KOR) in pursuit of Olympic gold.
The 2018 Olympic Winter Games will feature seven sports and 15 disciplines in the mountains of South Korea. More than 90 nations are expected to compete in 102 medal events. Of these 50 are in the six FIS disciplines, including the new inclusions on the programme of the Alpine team event and Snowboard big air. Some athletes will be returning stars others will be looking to make their Olympic debut.
Competition will kick off on 8th February 2017, a day before the Opening Ceremony and run through 25th February, the day of the Closing Ceremony.
Youth Cup off to a great start
21 athletes from five countries had a great start to the international Nordic Combined competition season 2017/18 at the FIS Youth Cup in Vuokatti (FIN) last weekend. The top spots in three different categories were divided between athletes of Estonia, Finland and Germany.
Austrian Ski Association stages Nordic Combined camp for youngsters
Recently, the Austrian Ski Association staged a camp for the youngsters of Nordic Combined. 38 Austrian boys and six girls took part in the 12th edition of the camp which featured jumping sessions in Saalfelden and rollerski training in Hochfilzen. A team sprint rounded out the camp which was led by experienced coaches and included Nordic Combined star Mario Seidl who visibly inspired the young talents.
Ski Jumping Continental Cup "Beskydy Tour" makes debut
From 18th-20th August 2017, a new competition series will be held at three different locations in two countries as part of the men’s FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup.
Competitions will be held on three consecutive days at the venues of Szczyrk, Wisla (both POL) and Frenstat pod Radhostem (CZE) where an overall winner will be crowned. He will receive a special trophy and EUR 1,500 in prize money.
The new series honours Czech Ski Jumping legend Jiri Raska, who won the first ever gold medal for Czechoslovakia at the Olympic Winter Games in 1968 in Grenoble (FRA).
Konstantin Gribov appointed Secretary General of Belarus Ski Union
On 1st August 2017, the Belarus Ski Union elected Konstantin Gribov as its Secretary General. Gribov previously served as Sports Director and has played a major role in developing skiing in Belarus, notably through staging FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup and Europa Cup events along with World Snow Day and many other FIS competitions.