Dear AIJS colleagues and friends from the ski world…
First of all, I wish you a Happy New Year 2022… In these mostly unpleasant and uncertain times, I can only hope that each of you remain in the best possible shape and avoids a possibly dangerous infection. The Pandemia strongly hurt again our organization last year, preventing us once more to meet early in the season at Soelden where it was not possible to hold in good conditions our main events – the General Assembly, the AIJS Dinner and the presentation of the « Skieur d’Or AIJS » during the traditional FIS Forum Alpinum which had also to be canceled for the second year in a row.
This unfortunate situation unfortunately also somehow derailed the normally smooth process of some of our operations including the exchange of information between us, the vote of the « Skieur d’Or AIJS” 2021
Yet in the best interest of our association that has been so successfully remodeled ten years ago by the previous active AIJS president Gernot Mussner and his partners Michael Schuen and Remo Geisser assisted by our friends Michael Smejkal and René de Boer, it’s time to move on and find ways to recover back some of our past momentum.
It surely is crucial to fight back and get going with some of our most popular trademarks such as the election of the « Skieur d’Or AIJS » 2021 and discuss other important initiatives able to boost our association, its role and its image within the World Cup tour.
I also wish to share with you my emotions losing some longtime companions and former (also honorary) members of our association such as FIS President GF Kasper who has been supporting us for a long time. Interestingly enough he has also been a journalist in his younger years as well as a very “proactive” interview partners for some of us.
While some of our longtime colleagues are either retired or no longer so active on the World Cup circuit, a few of them also left us forever, at least physically since we won’t fully forget them. Among them my longtime friend in cycling and also skiing, Piero Ratti, former reporter at the Gazzetta dello Sport, who has been covering snow sports for decades, including Nordic disciplines. It was also the case for another of our members, Alfredo Pigna from RAI in Italy who contributed so strongly to make Alpine racing so popular in his country in the 1980s and 1990s thanks to his interesting commentaries.
I felt sorry to have lost touch with him in recent years and one of my first reactions was to imagine a possibility that former members as him would remain in our group as « retired members » in order to keep track of them in a way or the other. What made the World Cup tour so pleasant in its earlier years was that special feeling of camaraderie and ties that linked us over all those years and sites… As a veteran myself, I can remember nearly hundreds of former colleagues who sometimes suddenly disappear without notice.
I would also like to inform the AIJS colleagues up to date with AIJS membership fee planning to attend the Lauberhorn event 2022 to let me know if they wish to benefit from the Lodging Discount Coupon of 200.- Chf per person in case of staying in Wengen during the competitions (answer me please at: email@example.com )
Welcome to F-Stop (Photographic Gear) which will offer a nice gift to the winner!
July 30, 2021
Dear friends and colleagues from the ski world !
Even though we are still in the middle of the summer, some of our partners from the OCs on the World Cup tour need to start their media organization for the next season. Among them our dear Ken Kilroe from Lake Louise who sent me an important message on the actual situation in Canada.
Please have a look and get back to him for more information if needed.
The Race Organizing Committee for the Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup is excited to be back on track for the men’s and women’s speed events in November and December in Lake Louise.
We are well into planning and preparing to welcome the world safely to the races and would like to know how many media and photographers from outside Canada to expect to join us in person. We are not looking for a commitment, we are just asking about your intentions. Should we have to request special consideration to avoid quarantine for out of country persons, given any potential for COVID-19 restrictions, we require some idea of numbers. We also want to be able to offer relevant information for those traveling internationally about our expectations regarding testing, vaccination, accommodation, food service and health and safety protocols when the time comes.
With the health and safety of the athletes, volunteers and community a top priority, we are planning and preparing to adapt to all government and public health orders. Under the guidance of Alberta Health Services and the FIS we are developing strategies to operationally manage expectations to mitigate the risk of COVID-19. We will be flexible and continue to pivot as needed so everyone can return safely to Lake Louise.
As COVID-19 continues to be an active pandemic, Alberta Health Services has developed provincial guidelines for the relaunch of many industries, including the event and sport tourism industry within the province. We strongly support the government and public health authority’s ongoing efforts to encourage vaccination against COVID-19 and it will be important that media and photographers are double vaccinated if attending in person to help us mitigate any risk to the event.
Please contact me directly by email by August 20 if you plan on coming to Lake Louise. Thank you for help in this matter, stay safe and we hope to see you soon.
Chief of Media
Lake Louise Audi FIS Ski World Cup
Federica Brignone Skieur d’Or AIJS 2020
Twenty-five years after the great Alberto Tomba, another Italian
champion has been elected « Skieur d’Or AIJS » by the members of the
International Association of the Ski Journalists following the 2019/2020
season – Federica Brignone, the first Italian woman to clinch the
overall World Cup standings after a tremendous season.
It’s only the 20th time since the creation of the AIJS Trophy back in
1963 that a woman was elected by some of the most renowned Ski Experts
on the circuit as the « Athlete of the Winter ».
Among this very exclusive list of « Ski Greats » one can find true skiing
legends starting with the Goitschel sisters in1964 and Canada’s Tiger
Nancy in 1968 and including Mikaela Shiffrin in 2017 and 2019. Of course
top champions such as Annemarie Moser-Proell Rosi Mittermaier, Lindsey
Vonn or Janica Kostelic also belong to this prestigious group.
Interestingly, Brignone is also the first member of the Italian « Squadra
Rosa » to be named « Skieur d’Or AIJS » in its history, a fully deserved
reward for the accomplished champion who is also an excellent
communicator with the international media thanks to her language skills,
she speaks excellent Italian, German, English and French.
With 16 World Cup wins and 44 podiums in four specialties in her career
to date, plus medals at Olympics and World Championships in 2018 and
2011, « Fede » is ranked among the most successful Italian athletes on the
Alpine circuit. Last winter she celebrated five wins and a total of
eleven podiums which allowed her to also clinch the globes in giant
slalom and the big Globe for the Overall.
Only 17 when she made her debut in December 2007 at the World Cup race
at Lienz, Brignone had to fight hard and overcome difficult moments
including a foot injury in 2012 before finally enjoying her maiden World
Cup win at Soelden in October 2015.
Supported by her brother Davide for several years, also a promising
racer prior suffering several injuries, Federica was inspired by the
successful career of her mom, Maria Rosa Quario, one of the best slalom
specialists on the World Cup tour in the early 1980s with her 4
victories and 15 podium finishes.
Quario is now a established and respected ski journalist on the « White
Circus » that she has been reporting on for a long time on behalf of
several Italian media.
« It surely is very special for me to see Federica being awarded that
AIJS Trophy which also wears the name of my dad, as I have known her
since she was a little girl , » said AIJS President Patrick Lang about
« It’s also pretty funny for me to be watching her doing so well, so many
years after having attended many races in which her mother has been so
Because of the complicated sanitary situation that the World Cup tour
has been facing for over a year now, Federica could not receive her AIJS
Trophy at Soelden like many of the previous recipients during the FIS
Hopefully she will have the chance to receive the beautiful AIJS Trophy
in crystal provided by Joska on behalf of FIS in a few months time at
the next Forum Alpinum together with the winner from the present season,
Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy February the 17th – 2021
AIJS Photo Ski Contest Prix Armando Trovati – 3rd Edition
Giovanni Auletta, an Italian photographer for Pentaphoto, is the winner of the third edition of the AIJS Photo Ski Contest Prix Armando Trovati for his photograph of Federica Brignone (ITA) at the Women’s Downhill in Bansko (BUL) on January 24 at the Audi FIS Ski World Cup 2019-2020.
11 photographs were also selected for the annual exhibition: Gabriele Facciotti (Pentaphoto/AP), Alexis Boichard (Zoom), Lisi Niesner (Reuters), Gianpaolo Piazzi, Leonhard Foeger (Reuters), Alain Grosclaude (Zoom), Christophe Pallot (Zoom), Sébastien Boué (L’Equipe), Christian Bruna (EPA-EFE) and Giovanni Pizzato.
Thank you to all photographers who entered the competition. We look forward to the fourth edition of the award next year.
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Solden, Austria October the 25th – 2019
Fabrice COFFRINI a photographer for Agence France-Presse is the winner of the second edition of the AIJS Photo Ski Contest Prix Armando Trovati for his photograph of American Lindsey Vonn competing during the Women’s Downhill at the 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships at the National Arena in Are, Sweden on February 10, 2019.
Fabrice Coffrini, born in 1967, in Switzerland has led the photo operations in Switzerland for Agence France-Presse since 2005. He has covered nine FIS Alpine World Ski Championships and nine Olympics (winter and summer), he also covered regularly the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup the last 25 years.
He set up a remote to do this photograph.
Data of the photograph:
Model: NIKON D5
Lens (mm): 58
ISO: 640, Aperture: 2.8
Shutter: 1/8000, Exp. Comp.: +1.7
Flash Comp.: 0.0, Program: Manual
Focus Mode: MANUAL, White Bal.: AUTO0
ICC Profile: sRGB Profile, Quality: RAW
Fabrice Coffrini: “I pictured Lindsey Vonn, the greatest female alpine skiers of all time jumping during the last race of her career with the resort of Are (Sweden) as the landscape and a ray of light shining just on her.”
11 photographs were also selected for the annual exhibition:
Johann Groder (EXPA), Miguel Medina (AFP), Harald Steiner (GEPA), Christian Hartmann (Reuters), Alexis Boichard (Zoom), Leonhard Foeger (Reuters), Alain Grosclaude (Zoom), Jean Christophe Bott (Keystone), Gabriele-Facciotti (Pentaphoto/AP), Gianpaolo-Piazzi, GiovanniAuletta (Pentaphoto/AP).
Skieur d’Or AIJS – Serge Lang Trophy » 2019 – Second AIJS award for Mikaela Shiffrin (USA)
Grazie, Thanks to @cortina2021 for the first @PATrovati photo exhibition during the @fisalpine Ladies Ski World Cup in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. See you next year ! @cortinadolomiti #Mostra #Photocontest #Photojournalism #AIJS www.prixarmandotrovati.com
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