Lindsey Vonn Final Career Race in Åre!

Renowned Lindsey Vonn claimed a bronze medal at the 2019 FIS World Championships this year, ending her career with one last podium to add to her tremendous accomplishments as a downhill skier. At 34 years old, this makes her the oldest female skiier to ever medal at the World Championships.

Vonn leaves behind the world of ski racing as one of the most accomplished athletes of all time. With eight World Championship medals, three Olympic medals, and 82 World Cup wins, the most of any female skier and just 4 behind all-time record holder Ingemar Stenmark, her long career leaves behind a legacy of success.

Vonn began skiing at age two. She burst into the international racing scene at age 14 when she became the first American female to capture gold in Italy’s Trofeo Topolino competition. Just three years later Vonn made her Olympic debut in the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, and from there it was nothing but up.

As Vonn steps away from competition, there is no doubt that she will be remembered as one of the most legendary skiers the world has ever seen.

Chongli, China, voted one of the places to visit in 2019

Chongli’s growing snow industry comes as part of China’s quest to become a major country for winter sports — and, they’re succeeding. The capital city of Beijing will host the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympic Games and Chongli itself will be the competition grounds for several snow events including snowboard, freestyle skiing, cross country skiing, ski jumping, Nordic combined and biathlon.

Click here to see the full list of New York Times 52 places to go in 2019!

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Åre, Sweden set to host 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships!

In 2019 Åre, Sweden, will host the 2019 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships where skiers from all over the world will compete for first place, and members of the Champions Club can watch the fierce competition from the world’s best athletes.

The town of Åre is well-known as being one of the greatest places to ski in Northern Europe. It has been a popular destination for tourists, drawing in locals and visitors alike to enjoy the tall mountains and sweeping slopes.

But underneath the ski town surface, Åre has much more to offer.

For the avid outdoorsman, an abundance of activities await. In the warmer months visitors can enjoy kayaking, hiking, climbing, biking. In the colder months, of course, Åre resort is the largest resort in Sweden with spectacular views and even better snow.

For the foodie, Åre boasts a variety of restaurants to choose from. You can try local Swedish and Scandinavian scene, or hit something a little more familiar and try a local pizza straight from the oven.

For the history buff, Åre boasts beautiful churches and fascinating museums where you can learn about the history and culture of the town. Åre Old Church was Åre’s first Christian church, and its oldest sections were built in the 12th century.

With sweeping mountains and splendid scenery, delicious restaurants, and captivating history, Åre has something for everyone. We hope you’ll join us as we explore the town and cheer on our athletes as they work hard to become the best.

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IOC Pleased with PyeongChang Test Venues

Test event venues come in for praise as IOC completes fifth Pyeongchang 2018 Project Review

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has completed its fifth Project Review visit to Pyeongchang ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralaympic Games, with the venues for next year’s test events, as well as the Alpensia Sliding Centre, coming in for particular praise.

Led by the chair of the IOC’s Coordination Commission Gunilla Lindberg, the delegation were briefed across two days of meetings on areas of Games preparations including venues, governance, workforce, marketing and technology and venue visits.

It comes some six months after the fourth Project Review, following which Lindberg stressed that timelines remained tight, particularly with the 2016 test events in mind.  

“We had a very good fifth Project Review visit to Pyeongchang,” said Lindberg.

“We could see that the Organising Committee, under chairman [Yang-ho] Cho’s leadership, is fully focused on its first test events, as it transitions from being a planning organisaton to one that must deliver operationally.

“We also visited the Bokwang and Jeongseon venues, where next year’s test events will be held, as well as the Alpensia Sliding Centre.

“The quality of the construction work at all three sports venues underlined Korea’s well-deserved reputation in this field.”

The Pyeongchang 2018 Organising Committee (POCOG) explained during the meetings how its workforce is evolving, as it moves into its delivery phase, and also presented a number of its communications and engagement initiatives

It is claimed the IOC delegation was happy with the growth in staffing that POCOG is planning in order to deal with this new role.

“We had very productive meetings and I am pleased that since the last Coordination Commission visit in March, we have made good progress in preparing for Pyeongchang 2018,” said POCOG President and chief executive Yang-ho Cho.

“Now we are making utmost efforts and working closely with the International Federations to successfully deliver the first test events which are only six months away, making headway with sponsorships with new signings and cooperating with all stakeholders including IOC, Central Government and Gangwon Province to ensure a successful Winter Games.

"I appreciate the continued support of chair Lindberg and the International Olympic Committee, and will move ahead to reach operational readiness, as well as increase our communication with the local and international audience."

The IOC visit coincided with the signing of another top tier domestic partner for POCOG, which confirmed the interest and support for the Games by the Korean business community.

Chair Lindberg also met with Gangwon Governor Moon-soon Choi during her stay.

The Project Review meetings are technical visits to the host city and serve as interim updates between full Coordination Commission visits.

The next update to the IOC will be POCOG’s presentations to the IOC Executive Board and Session next week in Kuala Lumpur with the next Coordination Commission visit scheduled for September.