— Published June 5, 2024

Double voting, an idea that is gaining ground

Events Focus

Let it be said: the Olympic movement no longer wants to choose. Like the IOC and its Paris 2024/Los Angeles 2028 double vote, the first of its kind, the international federations are in turn beginning to prefer addition to subtraction, multiple winners to frustrated losers.

Gathered for two days at an annual congress in Reykjavik, Iceland (June 4 and 5), the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) rushed fully into the breach. On the first day of debates, Tuesday, members of the Council were invited to vote on the award of the Alpine Ski World Championships in 2029. One of the most anticipated moments of the congress.

On the starting line, three candidates: Soldeu in Andorra, Val Gardena in Italy, and Narvik in Norway. Three European applicants, only one of whom, Val Gardena, had already organized the event, in 1970. On the eve of the vote, rumors announced a close battle between the Andorran and Italian projects. Surprise: the Norwegian station of Narvik won (photo above). It was in the lead in the first round of voting with 11 votes, compared to 8 in Val Gardena and only one in Soldeu.

Second surprise: the FIS did not want to stop there and send the two beaten players of the day back to the exit. A second round of voting was organized, this time for the next edition, in 2031. Val Gardena won, collecting 14 votes against 6 for Soldeu.

The resort of the Principality of Andorra, whose file had nevertheless been judged excellent, once again misses the mark. Italy is securing a new world winter sports event, five years after the Milan-Cortina 2026 Olympics. While waiting, perhaps, to also secure the organization of the Winter Youth Games in 2028 .

As a reminder, the next two editions of the Alpine Ski World Championships, awarded earlier by the FIS, will take place in 2025 in Saalbach, Austria, then two years later in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

A double vote, therefore. Very trendy. The body followed the example of the IOC. It produced two winners and only one disappointment. Always good to take.

For the rest, the choice was more limited. The only candidate in the running, China won the hosting of the freestyle skiing and snowboarding world championships in 2029. A first. The competitions will take place in the Zhangjiakou station, used for the Beijing Winter Games in 2022. The legacy, already. The IOC will appreciate it.

Also without competition, the Planica bid, in Slovenia, was selected for the Ski Flying World Championships in 2028. The French resort of Tignes, for its part, was chosen to organize the Alpine Para Ski World Championships in 2027, an event passed under the supervision of the FIS.

On the other hand, the body was unable to resolve the question of the Nordic world ski championships in 2029. They seemed promised to a regular, the Finnish town of Lahti. But the FIS felt that its project was not yet completely ready. It was given 30 days to correct the gray areas.

Another postponement, little expected: the attribution of the first edition of the FIS Games, the new discovery of the international body, sort of super world championship bringing together all the disciplines and stretched over 16 days. Scheduled for 2028, it was on the agenda of the Reykjavik congress. But the FIS pushed back the decision, in agreement with the Swiss Ski Federation and the St. Moritz and Engadine Valley bid team. Patience.