FIS Newsflash #598

#598 | WEDNESDAY 25 MAY 2016
Q&A with FIS President Gian Franco Kasper Q&A with FIS President Gian Franco KasperTwo weeks before the 50th edition of the FIS Congress in Cancun (MEX), FIS Newsflash took the chance to sit down with FIS President Gian Franco Kasper.
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16th FIS Leaders‘ Seminar to be held in Cancun 16th FIS Leaders‘ Seminar to be held in CancunServing as an excellent opportunity to learn and share, the annual FIS Leaders’ Seminar for the FIS developing ski nations will be held during the 50th FIS Congress week in Cancun (MEX).
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Important information for FIS Congress participants Important information for FIS Congress participantsDuring the time of the FIS Congress, temperatures in Cancun will be between 25°C – 33°C, with mostly sunny and warm, tropical weather.
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70th Anniversary of Icelandic Ski Association 70th Anniversary of Icelandic Ski AssociationFounded on 23rd June 1946, the Icelandic Ski Association celebrated its 70th Anniversary last weekend and took the opportunity to recognise the milestone through a special event as part of its annual meeting in Reykjavik.
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FIS represented at 'Lillehammer Call' promoting female leadership FIS represented at ‘Lillehammer Call’ promoting female leadershipLinda Hofstad Helleland, Norway’s Minister of Sport and Culture launched an initiative to promote female leadership in sport as a legacy of the Lillehammer 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in agreement with the IOC.
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Cross-Country skiers have kicked off training season Cross-Country skiers have kicked off training seasonLess than two months after the FIS Cross-Country World Cup season 2015/16 presented by Viessmann concluded in Canada, the world’s best cross-country skiers have returned to training for next season including its major highlight, the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti (FIN).
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Quick Hits Quick HitsLast week, the Canadian Freestyle Ski Association announced the recipients of the 2015/16 season awards.
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World Snow Day Organisers in China continue to expand World Snow Day Organisers in China continue to expandChina has seen an explosion in the number of ski areas opening in the past decade and there are now several hundred operating.
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USSA Congress

USSA logoIt was an excellent USSA Congress last week in Park City. Season reviews and proposals were heard with sport committees taking this to provide direction for next year. The annual awards banquet honored the best of the best in our sport with the highest honor, the Julius Blegan Award, being given to Bob Dart posthumously.

Review proposals, reports and minutes here.

Message from Jeff Weinman

Message from Jeff Weinman,

With some of the peculiarities of Vola, we’ve heard that we haven’t gotten everyone’s work credit applied properly with all of the races this year.

I’m not sure how widespread this is just looking at the number

In 2015 we processed 2,498 alpine races with 21,845 work records recorded – ~8.7 work records per race
In 2016 we processed 2,335 alpine races with 20,084 work records recorded – ~8.6 work records per race

This certainly isn’t limited to Vola, we regularly get results that include numbers that do not exist or where the wrong Sam Smith is included with the result.

As we’ve done in the past, if you know of any that need correcting, or as you hear of them let me know and I’ll get that fixed. What I need is

USSA ID, Name, Race Code, Date, Position worked



Jeff Weinman

Director, Competition Services
United States Ski and Snowboard Association

Message from Tiger – Survey

As we prepare for USSA Congress next week, I wanted to share a few developments with you and ask for your input and assistance with improving systems.

I once again want to thank you for your commitment to ski racing and all the hours you have put in this past winter to support, set up and run ski races for our USSA competitors. Throughout this past fall and winter, I was able to meet with and work with many of you and I learned a lot about what makes our organization work. Alpine ski racing could not exist without the efforts of people like you.

The changes associated with Vola timing systems this winter were not without challenges. I am well aware of this and many of you have given us considerable feedback on how to improve and help you organize and run events. Feedback included not only comments on how to improve Vola, but many of you also asked to have flexibility in choosing your timing software.  As you know, were in a situation last fall that led to our focus on Vola as the only approved system. For this coming season, we have forged a strong relationship with Split Second that allows us to approve both systems for use in timing USSA sanctioned races next season. Split Second is now a strong partner and we look forward to having them back as we envision a marketplace with both choices and flexibility.

Going forward, the live timing system will list races together from both systems and will be supported by both companies. All races run on both systems will be listed and available on Improvements and enhancements to USSA Live Timing are currently underway and we will be soliciting feedback directly from users soon. This survey information will be shared with both companies so that their support of Live Timing and its features and performance will benefit.

Since both Vola and Split Second are entering their cycles of software revisions and improvements, we are soliciting RAs, timers and others like you to help us prioritize and summarize the desired feature additions and changes. If you have used Vola’s timing and data platform please help us improve it by participating in this short survey:

Again, we cannot thank you enough for all that you do to support the USSA, your clubs, competitors and families.

Tiger Shaw
President and CEO
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association