IOC launches new approach to candidature process for Olympic Winter Games 2026

On Oct. 2017, the International Olympic Committee officially launched the candidature process for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games.

In line with Olympic Agenda 2020, the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, the new candidature process is based on increased flexibility and an in-depth dialogue with the IOC and the Olympic Movement. It has been reformed and redesigned to enable cities and National Organizing Committees (NOCs) to have even more sustainable, feasible and cost-effective Olympic Winter Games, and to align with their local, regional and national long-term development goals.

Sion, Switzerland, has already expressed interest in hosting the 2026 Games and Salt Lake City, Utah, is reportedly considering a run for the 2026 or 2030 Games.

A two-stage approach
The candidature process for the Olympic Winter Games 2026 ensures a reduction in the workload for the candidates by requiring fewer deliverables, and comprises two stages:

A new, one-year non-committal Dialogue Stage (October 2017 to October 2018) that will provide interested cities and NOCs with an opportunity to engage in a collaboration with the IOC to assess the benefits and requirements related to hosting the Games.
Cities will not be required to submit any formal proposals and guarantees, or make any presentations. The IOC and Olympic Movement will take a more proactive role in assisting and supporting them well before any commitments are made, by sending teams of technical experts to help develop their candidature. The cost of this assistance provided to all cities will be covered by the IOC.

In October 2018, the IOC Session, upon recommendation of the Executive Board, will invite a number of interested cities to participate in the Candidature Stage.

A shortened formal candidature stage (October 2018 to September 2019) with streamlined procedures will enable those selected candidate cities to work closely with the IOC to ensure the best possible Games delivery and long-term legacy plans.

Candidates will be asked to submit a single Candidature File, due in January 2019, and the number of questions in the questionnaire has been reduced by one third.

Stronger IOC support
The Host City Contract 2026 will be published in July 2018, and will include an IOC contribution to the success of the Games estimated at $925 million, based on contributions related to broadcast and TOP program revenues; host broadcasting and services provided by Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS); and transfer of knowledge activities.

The new process for the Olympic Winter Games 2026 builds on the recommendations of the Olympic Winter Games Strategic Working Group, composed of IOC members, representatives from the seven Winter International Federations, National Olympic Committees, winter-sport Olympians, TOP Partners, the IOC administration and experts. The Working Group conducted a review of the Olympic Winter Games by focusing on their uniqueness and specificity, and paid particular attention to issues related to sustainability, legacy and the process of applying for and hosting the Games.

To better support Games organisers, the IOC’s “Games Management 2020” initiative has been established to identify ways to further reduce the cost and complexity of hosting the Olympic Winter Games. This set of measures will help Organising Committees, from the very start of the project and through their entire lifecycle, to streamline their planning, make better use of IF and NOC technical expertise, improve venue planning and adapt service levels to their actual needs and use.

Release from FIS

BMA inaugurates Shelley Glover Tech Center

Shelley Glover ‘04 was a gregarious Burkie, who embodied a passion for excellence and an exemplary love of life. To the great sadness of her family and all of those who loved her, she passed away in 2004 from injuries sustained while training as a member of the U.S. Ski Team.

On Oct. 15, 2017, the Burke Mountain Academy community gathered as part of the annual Parents’ Weekend to celebrate Glover’s legacy through the inauguration of the Glover Tech Center (GTC) – a cutting-edge facility dedicated exclusively to ski racing equipment preparation.

“The GTC represents all that we stand for at BMA, namely a relentless commitment to making sure our student-athletes have access to the best resources to attain their fullest potential,” said Head of School Willy Booker ‘96. “Our high performance model makes it clear that in addition to striving for being at their fittest, having the most resilient minds, being guided by the best coaches and training on top hills, making sure our student-athletes have the best possible equipment is another of the essential pieces of the puzzle that supports their journey to excellence. It’s a true honor to be able to associate this exciting project with Shelley’s strong and positive legacy at BMA.”

Thanks to a major investment of approximately $250,000 and following the successful recent opening of the Ronnie Berlack Center (RBC) – BMA’s best-in-class indoor training – the academy was in a position to completely redesign its former athletic training space to create a new infrastructure dedicated exclusively to ski racing equipment preparation.

In addition to featuring individual ski lockers for each athlete as well an increased number of tuning benches equipped with safe, timer-operated electrical outlets thoughtfully hanging from the ceiling, one of the key highlights of the GTC is the Montana Saphir B Robot.

The Montana Saphir B is a dual feed automated stone grinder designed specifically for race services. With it, we’re able to fully customize our grinds and structure patterns to best meet the needs of BMA athletes. The quality and consistency of the Montana stones produce consistently clean grinds, allowing bases to better take wax and get up to speed quicker than standard recreational shop machines. The Saphir allows us to control all equipment variables, bringing consistency and precision to BMA athletes resulting in better performance.

“In a sport with so many variables, it’s important to control the few that we can.  The resources in the new Glover Tech Center bring world-class ski tuning in-house to BMA athletes.  We’re able to provide world-class tunes and new ski preps to our athletes to assure the highest level of quality and consistency,” said Steph Darling, GTC Director of Equipment and Tuning at BMA.  “It’s exciting to carry on Shelley’s legacy, growing up racing with Shelley, I look forward to carrying on the traits I remember most about her, her positive energy, work ethic and taking care of the little details.  It’s an honor to launch the BMA High Performance Equipment Initiative in the newly renovated GTC and I look forward to witnessing the growing success of our BMA athletes.  What an exciting time to be a Burkie!” added the experienced technician who has more than 20 years in the ski racing industry including a few seasons on the FIS Ski Cross World Cup and Jeep Tours, and current owner and operator of her own elite ski tuning business, RTuning.

Shelley was born in Madison, Wisconsin. She raced at Tyrol Basin Ski Area before attending BMA from 1999 to 2003. In 2002, she joined the U.S. Ski Team’s development team. That year, she was the Eastern Junior Olympics giant slalom champion in addition to achieving several top-five finishes in international-level (FIS) races.

She passed away from injuries sustained in a ski training accident in 2004. Her legacy lives on through the Shelley Glover Foundation which seeks to increase access to athletic opportunities and competition, advocate for improved safety and injury prevention, improve the quality of life for children through participation in sports, and assist children in strengthening their physical and emotional health.

“One of my favorite photos of Shelley at Burke is her class picture,” told Rich Glover to the BMA community members in attendance for the inauguration. “It’s a black and white photo. She is standing dead center in the standing row, head up, looking ahead, with a big, joyous smile, with her arms out around the two women flanking her, embracing them, really embracing the whole class. Very happy. Very content.”

“When I see that photo I also see her embracing the idea of BMA and all of those who came before her. Students, teachers, coaches. All who have embraced, committed fully and made a contribution to this idea. I see her embracing all of you who are here now, and all who will come here in the future to follow your dreams here. I think she would be comfortable knowing that is what you all see and feel when you walk into this beautiful building.”

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Bone bruise sidelines Schoerghofer for Soelden

Austrian GS specialist Philipp Schoerghofer will skip the World Cup opener at the end of October in Soelden due to a painful cartilage injury and a bone bruise in his right knee.

“I’m not feeling well,” he said. “The knee is still very painful. It is not possible to practice normal skiing or strolling. I must now have patience and therapy and hope that it will fit in the U.S.”

The giant slalom in Beaver Creek, Colo. is now the next milestone for the 34 year old.

“Missing a home race is very painful,” he continued. “Now I have to get the bone bruise away as quickly as possible, so I can be back at the start in early December.”

This would have been Schoerghofer’s 10th World Cup start at the Austrian venue. One of his six career World Cup podium results was a third-place finish at Soelden back in 2011. His best race last season was a third-place result in the Adelboden World Cup GS.

Release courtesy of the Austrian Ski Federation

2017-18 Stacey Cook/SVST Scholarship recipients announced

Veteran U.S. Ski Team member and three-time Olympian Stacey Cook has announced scholarship recipients of the 2017-18 Stacey Cook/Sun Valley Ski Tools (SVST) Competition Team. Recipients are chosen based on criteria such as passion and dedication to the sport, community involvement and character.

Cook, who hopes to be skiing in her fourth Olympic Winter Games this season in PyeongChang, South Korea, is proud of the program and the support she has been able to give juniors in this scholarship program over the last 11 years, in tandem with Jim and Norma Vermillion, owners of SVST.

“I’m very proud of this program to now be in its 11th year. Sport does produce many successes other than just winning, which this scholarship tries to recognize,” said Cook. “I believe heavily in honoring the many successes that this sport creates.

What is so unique about the scholarship is that it is not awarded simply based on merit on the hill, but also looks at attributes of juniors off the hill, encouraging a well-rounded approach to life.

“This group of athletes put many successes on display like the value and joy in working hard, establishing and reaching goals, passion, strong character, and strong mind and bodies amongst many other characteristics,” Cook said. “I truly love this opportunity to give back, but I also know it is really big to have a company and an older athlete believe in you because I was once a recipient of this program myself and owe a lot of my confidence to it.”

Jim and Norma Vermillion also would like to extend a warm welcome to the 2017-18 Stacey Cook/SVST Team.

“We are very proud to provide you with a few products to tune and repair your equipment to the finest standards in the industry,” the Vermillions shared. “Observing the intensity of your commitments as the season progresses is a huge shot in the arm for us to continue with this program year after year. It is our hope that the tools and wax, along with guidance in tuning/waxing techniques from Jeff, and watching Stacey compete in World Cup competitions all over the globe, will inspire you in every area of your life! Being so dedicated as you all are is not easy – we admire your commitment and courage to do what most of us will never experience! Ski safe, ski fast!”

This year Cook has selected seven juniors. Scholarship recipients receive $500 of tools from SVST and $500 of Raceservice Wax.

(Name, Birth Year, Club, Hometown)

Preston O’Brien, ’01, Sugar Bowl Academy, Greenwood Village, Colo.
Chris and Jack Orear, ’02, Winter Park Competition Center, Winter Park, Colo.
Grace Palmer, ’03, Stratton Mountain School, Arlington, Mass.
Ava Pekarek, ’02, Squaw Valley Ski Team, Truckee, Calif.
Blake Piper, ’99, Green Mountain Valley School, Waitsfield, Vt.
Anastasia Seator-Braun, Mammoth Mountain Ski Team, Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

Release courtesy of U.S. Ski & Snowboard

Killington World Cup Committee now accepting grant applications

The Killington World Cup Committee (KWCC), created in response to the Audi FIS Women’s Ski World Cup’s two-year commitment to Killington Resort and the Northeast, has announced it will award grants to qualifying 501(c)3 organizations to facilitate competition and training infrastructure, and to increase participation in winter sports programs throughout the Northeast for youth and athletes with disabilities. The application deadline for the first grant cycle is Jan. 15, 2018.

“Our goal is to support those organizations who want to see our young athletes in the Northeast thrive and become life-long participants in winter sports,” said Phill Gross, KWCC committee member and U.S. Ski & Snowboard board trustee. “It is critical to support these programs in order to encourage and grow participants in winter sports and to support the dreams and aspirations of young athletes. The women on the World Cup circuit are incredible role models, and we are excited to have their visit to Killington for the World Cup lead to an opportunity to grow and enhance winter sports programs in the region.”

This grant program was established to assist in enhancing the permanent ski and snowboard racing and training infrastructure in the Northeast, to enable athletes from the Northeast to access superior training facilities, programs and competitions in the region, and to increase access to winter sports for all youth and athletes with disabilities.

A portion of the monies raised through the sale of premium VIP Packages to the World Cup at Killington Resort Nov. 25-26 will be the platform for the first round of grants. At press time, approximately $300,000 has been raised so far this year, and the committee hopes to raise an additional $100,000 before the January 15 deadline.

“Sales from these packages and direct donations are going to support something much larger than just the World Cup,” said Gross. “Monies raised will help to grow youth development programs and participation in ski resort communities and their surrounding towns throughout the Northeast.”

Grant applications will be reviewed by a committee that will include: Tiger Shaw, CEO of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard; Tom Karam, founder of T2 Foundation and a U.S. Ski & Snowboard trustee; Tao Smith, Head of School at Killington Mountain School and VARA President; Grace Macomber Bird, Volunteer, Kelly Brush Foundation; Harry Ryan, Ryan, Smith & Carbine, Ltd.; and representation from other Northeast ski academies/programs, and regional community representatives. This grant committee will make recommendations to the KWCC. The KWCC will approve the funding awards. Planning Grant awards will be announced on March 15, 2018. Funding begins June 30, 2018.

“We are encouraging all nonprofits that have a direct relationship to winter sports and young athletes to apply,” said Smith. “This opportunity is not just for traditional ski academies, but also for local school programs near ski resorts, who want to provide afternoon skiing access, ski clubs and their foundations, adaptive sports programs, town recreation departments. The ideas are endless. Any and all qualified 501(c)3 organizations are encouraged to apply.”

Prospective grant recipients must be from the following states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina. Grants will be made once a year.

To apply for a grant from the first cycle, organizations should submit an application online

A limited number of premium VIP Packages to raise funds toward this effort are still available. Packages include Killington World Cup VIP-venue event tickets, VIP access to transportation and parking, unrestricted Killington lift tickets, tickets to the Killington World Cup Peak Gala honoring the 1968 Alpine Olympic Team on Friday evening, Nov. 24, at the Killington Peak Lodge, plus other benefits. Packages start at $5,000 and support the grant program.

For more information or to purchase a premium VIP package or to make a direct donation to KWCC, go to You may also contact Lynn Boynton, 802.422.5671;216, with questions about the grant process or VIP Packages.

Release courtesy of Killington World Cup Committee

SVSEF assumes Rotarun Ski Area operations

Since its inception in the early 1950s, the nonprofit Rotarun Ski Area in Hailey, Idaho, has been geared toward building community through engagement in affordable alpine skiing. The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) will continue to foster this initiative through its recent agreement to take over the management of ski operations for the 2017-2018 season. The organization will manage grooming, staffing, lifts and maintenance in order to continue to offer public session skiing, as well as SVSEF after-school alpine programming with a primary focus on providing affordable learn-to-ski programs for South Valley residents.

Jesse Foster, president of the Rotarun Ski Area board of directors for five years and a member of the board since 2011, explained how the two organizations have a symbiotic relationship beneficial for a transition at this time.

“Rotarun is the perfect venue for SVSEF to achieve its mission. Without SVSEF participation and programming, Rotarun is not able to complete its mission of providing a community-based seasonal activity facility and offering affordable day and night recreational activities and educational opportunities for people of all ages.”

In introducing new programs and increasing participation, SVSEF looks to develop the sustainability of the venue.

“SVSEF held its LASAR program at Rotarun last year, and while it was only two days a week for about two thirds of the season, it counted for over half of Rotarun’s skier days,” Foster continued.

SVSEF will be doubling access to South Valley youth with the introduction of Rota-Rippers, an additional alpine after-school program. Much like LASAR, the Learn to Alpine Ski and Race program that saw a successful 2016-2017 season, Rota-Rippers is a developmental entry-level ski program for kids starting at five years old. The new Rota-Rippers program will be particularly focused on entry-level and first generation skiers.

SVSEF Alpine Program Director Scott McGrew described the benefits of expanded programming.

“We believe that every kid in the Wood River Valley should have the opportunity to engage winter sport, build confidence, and establish a lifelong relationship with the mountains around them,” he said. “The ability to provide after-school winter programming is a critical role that Rotarun, and its programs, play. For families who are looking to have their children participate in a professional and high quality program, at an affordable cost, this is an amazing opportunity.”

Both Rotarun and SVSEF are eager to maximize the venue’s potential.

“In an effort to keep Rotarun vibrant, financially viable, and culturally impactful, it is critical that the programming is inspired and meets the needs of our lesser-served community,” McGrew continued. “Replicating what is already in place cannot be the vision; rather, leveraging Rotarun’s unique characteristics to expand the spectrum of opportunity for all is the overarching aim.”

Foster echoed these sentiments, saying, “The knowledge that SVSEF offers is derived from the fact that they understand what is needed at this location; from how a surface should look, to what makes a hill safe when kids are ripping down the mountain.”

In continuing Rotarun’s mission of serving as a community hub and encouraging a healthy outdoor lifestyle through snowsports, public session skiing will be available with the purchase of a season pass through SVSEF. Community events such as the Arkoosh Cup will continue to be held at Rotarun, with an events schedule and public session skiing hours to be released later this fall.

SVSEF has created the First Turns Initiative, a donor-funded scholarship program to help young athletes afford team fees and gear. The First Turns Initiative has a simple one page application process and is specifically geared toward Rotarun programs. If you would like more information about how you can contribute to the success of Rotarun Ski Area and the programs offered by SVSEF, please contact SVSEF Director of Development Cynthia Knight (; 208.726-4129).

To purchase a season pass or find out more about Rotarun objectives and SVSEF programs associated with Rotarun, please visit or call the administrative office at 208.726.4129.

Release courtesy of SVSEF

Hirschbuehl injured in slalom training

Austrian technical specialist Christian Hirschbuehl has been injured on the Moelltaler glacier during slalom training. The 27-year-old Vorarlberg native suffered a medial ligament tear in his left knee and will be sidelined for six weeks.

Hirschbuehl will now miss the first two World Cup races in Soelden, Austria, and Levi, Finland. The Austrian enjoyed a breakout season on the World Cup slalom circuit last year, finishing in the points five times with a season’s best fourth-place finish coming in the iconic Wengen slalom on Jan. 15 en route to finishing the season ranked inside the top-30 slalom skiers in the world for the first time in his career.

Hirschbuehl’s next opportunity for World Cup starts will come Dec. 8-9 in Val d’Isere, France, at the annual Criterium de la Premier Neige.

Hirscher makes first turns since injury

On Wednesday morning, six-time World Cup overall winner Marcel Hirscher skied for the first time since his ankle fracture on Aug. 17. After a few free runs, Hirscher said it was “quite nice.”

His return to snow is earlier than expected. Just two weeks ago, Hirscher had indicated he would not return to snow before the end of October.

While he is ahead of schedule, Hirscher has already said he will skip the World Cup in Soelden later this month. The Austrian indicated he could return in Levi, but he has not made any definitive decisions about when his season will start.

This was a really nice try. #89 #weareskiing #verleihtflügel #IWILL #championstrainwithtechnogym #startenstattwarten

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FIS selects Lenzerheide to host 2021 World Cup Finals

The traditional FIS autumn meetings were held last week in Zurich, Switzerland, as an occasion for the various alpine subcommittees and working groups to meet and finalize preparations for the upcoming season. As usual when heading into an Olympic season, there were no major rule changes. However, some important topics were discussed and decisions made.

At the Subcommittee for Alpine World Cup, two candidates were bidding for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals 2021: the Bulgarian venue Bansko and the Swiss resort Lenzerheide. The FIS race directors inspected both competition sites and attested that Bansko and Lenzerheide are both in a very good shape to host the Finals, and the subcommittee voted in favor of the Swiss organizer. Lenzerheide will host its sixth World Cup Finals and welcome the 25 best ladies and men for the season finale in 2021.

On the men’s World Cup, the new giant slalom ski radius that was decided on last year will go into effect from the Soelden opener onward. Additionally, the coaches’ working group agreed to no longer appoint all course setters at the beginning of the season. Instead, they’ll draw each course setter five days prior to the competition. This will bring more suspense to the tour and improve fairness by preventing the teams from planning to train specific combinations on specific slopes prior to the competition. Not having experienced any issues with course setters in the past, the ladies’ side opted to draw all course setters at the start of the season.

Another topic was of great interest to the ladies’ tour: the official proposal from U.S. Ski & Snowboard to grant Lindsey Vonn a one-time exception–based on her great achievements–to race with the men in the 2018 Lake Louise downhill. Earlier in the week, the Executive Board decided to table this decision and discuss this motion again at the FIS Congress next May since the request is for a competition in the 2018-19 calendar year.

World Cup calendars for the upcoming seasons were also presented. The 2017-18 season will count 79 competitions at 32 resorts with a season finale in Are, Sweden, where all the tracks and infrastructures for the 2019 World Championships will be tested. Oslo made its entrance onto the World Cup calendar with a highly anticipated City Event in the Holmenkollen Arena on Jan. 1, while Courchevel, France, will host a parallel slalom and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, a two-run downhill for the first time.

The season highlight will undoubtedly be the Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang in Feb. 2018. The final inspection showed that the speed venue in Jeongseon and the tech venue in YongPyong are ready to welcome the athletes and host the event. View the full 2017-18 calendar here.

All proposals and decisions are subject to approval of the FIS Council, which will meet in November for the final decisions.

Release courtesy of FIS

Brem decides to skip Soelden World Cup

Almost a year ago, Eva-Maria Brem’s World Cup season came to an abrupt end due to a broken leg during slalom training. Now, the winner of the 2016 World Cup GS globe winner looks optimistically at the upcoming Olympic winter, but will not push out of the Soelden start gate.

“As it currently runs, I can be really very satisfied,” the Austrian said. “I am doing well, and I can train without any problems to full extent. I would like to continue the good training and the high-quality construction in the coming weeks. Unfortunately, the race in Soelden does not fit into my schedule, which is why I do not adhere to it.”

In early May, Brem returned to her new skis after her injury. During the training and racing break, she decided to change her equipment.

“That may sound unusual. With the Fischer ski boot, I had already very good experiences in the years before, so I was sure that the ski would fit well with me; and it is as I expected it to be,” she shared.

Brem is very pleased with her new material and works with Manfred Gahr, the former service man for Olympic medalist Nicole Hosp. In the coming weeks, Brem will continue to work on her race return as meticulously and concentratedly as possible in order to be able to return to racing.

Brem is just the latest in a list of athletes who have decided to skip the World Cup opener in favor of additional recovery time including Marcel Hirscher and Lara Gut.

Release courtesy of the Austrian Ski Federation

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