FIS News In Brief – Late Sept 16
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South American speed events wrap up
The FIS Alpine Continental Cup series is nearing its end in South America. From 12th-14th September 2016, the finals in downhill, super-G and alpine combined took place in El Colorado (CHI) with the participation of World Cup teams including France, Germany, Slovenia and Italy along with many other racers from 20 nations.
In the ladies’ standings, Ester Ledecka (CZE), a World Champion in alpine snowboard, won the super-G and alpine combined titles while Noelle Barahona (CHI) captured the downhill title. On the men’s side, Thomas Dressen and team-mate Josef Ferstl (both GER) topped the downhill and super-G standings respectively.
The final races of the FIS South American Cup 2016 will take place in Cerro Castor, Ushuaia (ARG), from 26th-29th September 2016 with giant slalom and slalom competitions where the season winners of both events will be decided along with the overall title.
Christine J. Feehan Appointed FIS ladies’ Alpine Media Coordinator
FIS would like to welcome Christine J. Feehan (USA) who has taken on the role as ladies’ Alpine Media Coordinator. Christine brings a wealth of journalism and ski experience to the role. She currently works for skiracing.com as Editor in Chief and lives in Burlington (USA) at the Lake Champlain close to the Canadian Border. She will replace Jerome Krieg (SUI) who accepted a position as ladies’ Alpine Media Coordinator with Swiss-Ski.
FIS would like to thank Jerome for his contribution and dedication during the last four seasons and looks forward to continue seeing him on the circuit.
Meanwhile, Gianluca de Cristofaro will begin an internship in the FIS marketing and communications departments in mid-October 2016. Gianluca has both Italian and British nationalities and is currently finalising his Master’s degree at the International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) in Lausanne (SUI).
Please join us in welcoming Christine and Gianluca to FIS!
Passing of Robert Brunner
One of the well-known faces on the men’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup tour, Robert Brunner (ITA) has passed away at the age of 64.
Brunner, a native of Sterzing, accompanied the great champions of the golden years of Italian skiing as a PR expert, starting with Alberto Tomba. He moved on from the Italian Winter Sports Federation to work with the Austrian Alpine men’s team from 2001-2010.
In 2010 he made his return to his roots and moved back to FISI as Sports and later Marketing Director before closing his long career.
FIS would like to express its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Robert Brunner.
Cardrona Games come to an end
Cardrona Alpine Resort (NZL) played home to the Cardrona Games from 12th-16th September 2016, featuring a strong international field which competed in ski and snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle FIS Australia New Zealand Cup competitions.
Kelly Sildaru (EST) and James Woods (GBR) took home top honours in the two ski slopestyle events. In the ski halfpipe, Sidaru claimed her third win while Taylor Seaton (USA) secured the victory in the men’s event.
In the snowboard halfpipe, Japanese riders stood out with their trick variety and amplitude as Kurumi Imai and Naito Ando went for the glory in the ladies’ and men’s events, respectively. In snowboard slopestyle, local Zoi Sadowski Synnott (NZL) and Sebastien Toutant (CAN) took home the win in dominant fashion.
Countdown to St. Moritz 2017: Building a successful volunteer team
On 17th September 2016, the St. Moritz Organising Committee for the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2017 brought more than 220 volunteers together for an adventurous day outdoors around the famous resort. Aimed at building a winning team, the programme consisted of hiking, mountain biking, e-biking and exploring the famous town of St. Moritz. At a joint lunch, the Organisers provided the latest information about the Championships to prepare the volunteers for their assignments.
Sports meets business
Vice President Janez Kocijancic and Secretary General Sarah Lewis represented FIS at the 2nd World Summit on Ethics and Leadership in Sports last week in Zurich (SUI).
Under the theme “Preserving the beauty of sports and leveraging its full potential for society”, the summit focused on what business and politics can learn from sport, as well as addressed the current opportunities and challenges in sports ethics.
The vast list of speakers included names such as WADA investigator Professor Richard McLaren and Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary General on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke.
The gathering featured a mix of keynote addresses and discussions as well as workshops including Alpine star Tina Maze (SLO) to enrich participants’ overall knowledge and experience and propose a substantial agenda for action. Topics included the role of digital and other media to promote ethics in sports, anti-corruption and creating synergies in reform processes.
PyeongChang 2018 receives ISO 20121 certification
The PyeongChang Organising Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG) recently received the ISO 20121 certification, demonstrating that it has considered within its management system all key financial, economic, social and environmental issues relevant to its operations. The certification is considered one of the highest standards for sustainable events.
POCOG has engraved sustainability throughout the preparation process and applied it in key areas including transportation, volunteer recruitment and training, food and beverages and waste disposal.