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      WWW.FIS-SKI.COM Edition #339 | 8 June 2011
      Decisions of the FIS Council in Ljubljana (SLO)


      The FIS Council held its spring meeting in Ljubljana (SLO) on 6th June, immediately after the FIS Technical Committees had met in Portoroz from 31st May to 4th June. It dealt with a full agenda including reports by Organizing Committees from the concluded as well as the future senior and junior FIS World Championships, appointment of technical officials, proposals from the FIS Technical Committees with calendar updates and developments to various rules.


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      Stone commits anti-doping rule violation


      The FIS Doping Panel found that Snowboarder Zachary Stone (CAN) has committed an anti-doping rule violation contrary to article 2.1 of the FIS Anti-Doping Rules. Zachary Stone tested positive during an in-competition doping control on 15th January 2011 in Barcelona (SPA).


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      Cross-Country: Longer Tour de Ski, debut of Poland and Moscow
      Tour winners 2010 (Photo NordicFocus)


      The FIS Cross-Country World Cup calendar for the upcoming season 2011/12 was confirmed by the FIS Council at its meeting in Ljubljana. 19 World Cup venues are included in the season which will kick off in Beitostoelen, Norway on 19th November. The 6th Viessmann FIS Tour de Ski performance by Craft Sportswear will be carried out over 11 days with nine races in two countries.



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      Ski Jumping: Ladies World Cup, mixed team events, new BMI


      The ladies FIS Ski Jumping World Cup will be officially introduced next season. The first World Cup calendar was approved by the FIS Council this week.The other main innovation for the upcoming season will be the introduction of mixed team competitions for the men and ladies as part of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup. A mixed team will consist of two ladies and two men from one nation. (Photo NordicFocus)



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      Nordic Combined: Steps in the right direction
      Photo NordicFocus


      The upcoming season of the DKB FIS Nordic Combined World Cup will return to a full calendar with 28 events at 13 venues. A new penalty race with a mass start will also be tested at one event - the idea is that depending on the jumping performance the athlete will have to race a longer distance depending on how far they are behind the best jump.



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      Alpine: City events in Munich & Moscow, focus on safety
      Munich city event (Photo Agence Zoom)


      The Alpine Skiing calendars for the 2011/12 season have seen some updates. The white circus will again stop in Munich (GER) on 1st January 2012 following the highly successful inaugural city event last season in the Olympic Park. The second city event will be held in Moscow (RUS) on 21st February. Next season will see the first competitions at World Cup level in Sochi as both men's and ladies tours will stage downhill and super combined competitions in consecutive weeks.



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      Freestyle: Junior Worlds in Valmalenco
      Photo: Agence Zoom


      At its Ljubljana meeting the FIS Council approved Italian Winter Sports Federation with Valmalenco as organizer of the 2012 FIS Freestyle Junior World Ski Championships.

      The FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup calendar for next season was not yet finally approved until the ski halfpipe events that are presently under discussion are included, following the event's recent addition to the program of the Olympic Winter Games.



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      Snowboarding: Format revisions
      Photo: Agence Zoom


      For the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup, the season will already begin on 27th-28th August in Cardrona, New Zealand, with the first halfpipe events, to then continue in Europe in October. Additionally the FIS Council appointed the Turkish Ski Association with Erzerum as organizer of the 2013 FIS Snowboard Junior World Championships. The 2012 edition of the Junior Worlds will be staged by Sierra Nevada (SPA).



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      World Cup Organizers ponder future ways to optimize skiing’s media exposure
      President Kasper, Richard Bunn in panel discussion (Photo Javostav Jaskowiak)


      More than 220 representatives of the FIS Member National Ski Associations and their World Cup Organizing Committees participated in the 2nd edition of the FIS World Cup Organizers Seminar that was held in Portoroz at the conclusion of the Calendar Conference week. The seminar, entitled 'Optimizing Media Exposure for FIS World Cup Events," began with an afternoon plenary session for representatives of all disciplines.



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      Åre joins Club 5+
      Åre delegation with Srecko Medven (Photo Club 5+)


      The Portoroz 2011 FIS Calendar Conference also saw the traditional spring meeting of the Club5+ association of classic Audi FIS Ski World Cup Organizers. At the Portoroz meeting, the Club accepted its 15th member as Åre of Sweden joined the organization.



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      Valle Nevado, first snow on 7th June 2011
      Photo: Courtesy of www.skiinfo.co.uk

      Fact of the Week


      79 - Days until the start of the first FIS World Cup series in the 2011/12 season. The LG Snowboard FIS World Cup will launch the new season in Cardrona, New Zealand, on 27th-28th August 2011.


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