June 19, 2013: Thirteen athletes were elected to the FIS Athletes’ Commission 2013-2015 by their peers during the FIS World Championships 2013 for a two-year term in office. The official announcement of the members who will represent the athletes within FIS was made following the FIS Council Meeting on 10th June 2013 in Cavtat-Dubrovnik (CRO):
Kikkan Randall, USA (re-elected)
Oystein Pettersen, NOR
Sabrina Windmüller, SUI (re-elected)
Kamil Stoch, POL
Alessandro Pittin, ITA
Jessica Lindell-Vikarby, SWE
Veronika Velez-Zuzulova, SVK
Michael Janyk, CAN
Julien Lizeroux, FRA
Lydia Lassila, AUS
Filip Flisar, SLO
Marion Kreiner, AUT
Konstantin Schad, GER
The newly elected Athletes’ Commission will be carrying on the successful work of the previous Commission, whose term came to an end this spring after four years of service. Kikkan Randall will chair the Commission.
During their first meeting on 6th June in Cavtat-Dubrovnik, the Athletes’ Commission appointed Kikkan Randall as its chairperson. The Cross-Country World Cup 2012/13 sprint title winner and 2013 World Champion in team sprint has already been a member of the Commission for four years.
“I am excited to be taking on the role as the new Chair of the Athletes’ Commission. We’ve built a solid foundation over the last four years that we can continue to take forwards and we have great new energy from the incoming members. It has been really encouraging to see the Athletes become a part of the process, enhancing the collaboration with FIS to make our sports even better”, Randall underlined.
Athletes have always been at the heart of the International Ski Federation with many Committee Members, Officials and professional staff former athletes, but it was not until the formation of the FIS Athletes’ Commission in 1996 that they were given an official role. The Commission represents the athletes within FIS and discusses and addresses diverse issues that have an impact on athletes across all FIS disciplines.
In 2013, a total of 24 candidates from 12 different nations in the six Olympic disciplines stood for election and athletes who were present and participating at the four World Championships cast their votes. Following an analysis of the results, it proved necessary to conduct re-elections in Nordic Combined and men’s Snowboard in order to adhere to the rules that state that no nation may have more than one representative on the Commission. —- FIS