#481 | WEDNESDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2014
FIS-SKI
OLYMPIC SPECIAL
The FIS President’s perspective on Sochi 2014 The FIS President’s perspective on Sochi 2014

In what seems like the blink of an eye, the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi have come and gone. First and foremost, I would like to congratulate the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee on delivering on their promise to host a safe, successful Winter Olympics with first-rate venues.

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IOC President Thomas Bach a regular at FIS Events IOC President Thomas Bach a regular at FIS Events

At every Olympic Winter Games, the stadiums are packed with Heads of State, Prime Ministers, Royalty and other government leaders. But there is perhaps no higher honour for an event than when the President of the International Olympic Committee pays a visit to a venue.

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OLYMPIC HIGHLIGHTS
Sochi 2014 Statistics Sochi 2014 Statistics

The International Olympic Committee released its final facts and figures surrounding the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi and they are nothing less than impressive, and in several cases, record setting.

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49 FIS Athletes serve as Closing Ceremony NOC Flag Bearers 49 FIS Athletes serve as Closing Ceremony NOC Flag Bearers

FIS athletes were well represented at the Closing Ceremony in Sochi as many were asked to serve as the flag bearers for their nations.

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Norway and Sweden top medals table in Cross-Country Norway and Sweden top medals table in Cross-Country

The Scandinavian countries of Norway and Sweden topped the Cross-Country medals table in Sochi with each collecting a stunning 11 medals. But the competitions at the Laura Cross-Country stadium were nothing short of surprises.

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Jumping into Olympic history Jumping into Olympic history

With the normal, large hill and team competitions on the line, in addition to the first ladies’ competition in Olympic history, excitement ran high at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center.

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Traditional powers claim gold in Nordic Combined Traditional powers claim gold in Nordic Combined

In the three Nordic Combined events in Sochi (two individual, one team competition), the excitement was on as medals were split among Norway, Germany, Austria and Japan.

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Alpine Skiing – old and new faces on the sport's biggest stage Alpine Skiing – old and new faces on the sport's biggest stage

The Sochi Olympics had two weeks of thrilling action in Alpine Skiing where some of the favourites lived up to expectations, but also where newcomers claimed top spots.

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Freestyle Skiing shines at Sochi Freestyle Skiing shines at Sochi

Sochi 2014 was something of a coming-out party for Freestyle Skiing, with consistently entertaining competitions and a progressive, youthful vibe providing highlight after highlight for fans old and young around the world.

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Skills and thrills in Snowboarding Skills and thrills in Snowboarding

With two new events – slopestyle and parallel slalom – added to the Olympic programme in Sochi, there was more snowboarding action than at any other Olympic Winter Games in history.

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NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING
FIS Alpine Junior Worlds underway in Jasna – Schwarz and de Vettori first gold medallists FIS Alpine Junior Worlds underway in Jasna – Schwarz and de Vettori first gold medallists

Marco Schwarz and Matteo de Vettori are Junior World Champions in the events of super-G and super combined winning the first medal competitions on 26th February 2014.

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BRING CHILDREN TO THE SNOW CORNER
Books replaced with skis and snowboards Books replaced with skis and snowboards

For school children, experiencing snow sports can sometimes be difficult. In the Netherlands, this problem is emphasised by the absence of natural mountains with snow. But there is solution. Bring snow sports to the schools.

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