From 22nd to 24th October, FIS organized a seminar for FIS Cross- Country Technical Delegates of OPA countries in Ramsau. More than sixty participants from eleven nations gathered to update their knowledge of competition rules and event organization. Participants from traditional OPA alpine countries were accompanied by representatives of Great Britain, Japan, Mongolia and Romania. Four candidates for Technical Delegate passed the exam successfully and many new participants were registered as candidates.
On Saturday evening, the participants were invited by the mayor of Ramsau and the Tourist office for a Sunset Dinner on the Dachstein glacier – an excellent experience. During the day, well-known grooming machine company Käsbohrer presented their new machine “Pistenbully 100” and explained the new possibilities and approaches to course preparation as well as sponsoring a lunch.
“It was a very intensive and fruitful seminar. I was very happy with the group and I want to take the chance to congratulate our new TDs and wish them good luck in their work in Cross-Country Skiing,” said Karl-Heinz Lickert, Chairman of the FIS Sub-Committee Cross-Country Rules and Control. “I wish to also thank Helfried Stiegler and Stefan Scholz for the organization of this seminar in Ramsau.”
The Scandinavian TDs made their update already in early October in Sweden with great success whilst the East-European TDs came together last weekend in Rybinsk (RUS).
Ben Theyerl was born into a family now three-generations into nordic ski racing in the US. He grew up skiing for Chippewa Valley Nordic in his native Eau Claire, Wisconsin, before spending four years racing for Colby College in Maine. He currently mixes writing and skiing while based out of Crested Butte, CO, where he coaches the best group of high schoolers one could hope to find.