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  • Writer's pictureMichael Plugge

FIS drops details on the upcoming season

The FIS Ski Jumping Committee met in Dubrovnik on Friday to discuss various issues and make important decisions regarding the future of the sport. The meeting resulted in several key outcomes that will shape the upcoming season and beyond.

Maren Lundby, Silje Opseth and Anna Odine Strøm last March after writing history in Vikersund (Photo: NTB)
Maren Lundby, Silje Opseth and Anna Odine Strøm last March after writing history in Vikersund (Photo: NTB)

Several changes will be made for the upcoming season in regards of body measurements and safety, but the biggest change might be the birth of a completely new competition for the women, the FIS Inter-Continental Cup. Next season's draft was also released and it left some to be desired.

Two of the major changes that will be implemented next season are a new way of measuring the body and the ban on the use of fluorine. In the past the controllers used an analogue measuring method that had flaws. FIS now wants to put a stop to that with the use of new digital measuring machine. The new device will measure the body using lasers and is supposed to be more accurate.

The ban on fluorine will start in July and the teams will be checked on the use of it during the Summer Grand Prix. During the winter season, when teams get caught using fluorine, penalties will be imposed.

The biggest change for next season might be the birth of a new division in women's ski jumping. The FIS Inter-Continental Cup will combine the Continental Cup and the FIS Cup and will serve as the second division under the World Cup. No calendar of the new division has been released, so it's yet unknown on which hills the women will jump.

The newly released draft for the 2023/2024 World Cup season has raised some concerns for women's ski jumping. Germany has pulled out of hosting women's races in Klingenthal and on the ski flying hill in Oberstdorf, leaving gaps in the calendar. But the bigger issue is the disproportionate number of small hills on the calendar. Villach has been singled out as a particularly problematic event, given that there are competitions for the men on large hills in the country at the same time.

These developments have raised concerns about the commitment of some nations to promoting gender equality in the sport. In particular, the resistance form Austria to allow the women to join the 4 Hills Tournament continues to be a source of frustration.

The Norwegian races are solid as usual and with the return of Trondheim, there's definitely enough to look forward to. After a successful competition in Vikersund in March, the women will now have two races there and a granted the World Cup status. For the ski flying races, the prize money has also been increased. A total 66.300 Swiss francs will be awarded during each competition, with the winner taking home 10.000 Swiss francs.

There is also an increase in the number of participants, going from 15 to 20.

The summer calendar is looking good and there are no changes in regards to the last draft. The men and women almost have an identical calendar with the exception of Austria, who will not organize a women's race.

Overall, the upcoming season promises some exciting developments and opportunities for women's ski jumping. However, there are still some concerns regarding the distribution of races and the lack of parity with the men's calendar, especially in Austria's continued opposition to including women in the 4 Hills Tournament. That shows that it is still very important to continue pushing for greater equality and opportunities for the athletes, both on and off the hill.

(Source: FIS)


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