Hannes Trinkl, Emmanuel Couder and Jean-Philippe Vulliet and Markus Waldner have been named to key leadership roles with FIS Alpine (credit: FIS)
OBERHOFEN, Switzerland (Sept. 18) - Markus Waldner, Hannes Trinkl, Emmanuel Couder and Jean-Philippe Vulliet have been namd to key Audi FIS Alpine World Cup leadership positions beginning in the spring of 2014, the FIS announced Wednesday. Waldner will take over for Guenther Hujara, who will retire after 23 years with the organization. He will work in sync with Trinkl and Couder, who will overtake the roles of Race Director for men's speed events and Coordinator for men's technical events respectively. Vulliet will move into the role of Race Director for women's speed events replacing 21-year-veteran Jan Tischhauser. Gerdol will step into the position of Continental Cup Coordinator, formerly held by Waldner.
Hannes Trinkl, 45, becomes Race Director for the men’s speed events. His glittering ski racing career included becoming downhill world champion in St. Anton 2001, Olympic super G bronze medal in Nagano 1998 and 6 World Cup victories. Since retiring in 2004 Trinkl has taken on a number of roles on the organisational side of the sport, including as vice-president of the Austrian Ski Association, as well as chief of race for the FIS World Cup in Hinterstoder.
Emmanuel Couder, 42, takes on the role of Coordinator for the men’s technical events. A qualified FIS Technical Delegate, for the past 7 years he has served as Director of the Val d’Isère Sports Club, during which time he was also Sports Director of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in 2009. Couder has led the organisation of the annual men’s and ladies FIS Alpine World Cup amongst many other events run by the Val d’Isère Sports Club throughout the year.
Jean-Philippe Vulliet, 54, is appointed as Race Director for the women's speed events. Coach of the French Ladies teams since 1988 in different positions and notably for 9 years as head coach, Vulliet’s career has also included coaching spells in the U.S. and with the Swiss team.
Peter Gerdol, 50, will succeed Markus Waldner as FIS Continental Cup Coordinator responsible for the European, Nor-Am, Far East, South American and Australian New Zealand Cups. These circuits provide an essential platform for young athletes to prepare for the step up to World Cup. Gerdol is the is the sport manager in the ski resorts of Tarvisio and Sella Nevea (ITA) and has served as chief of race for all international competitions Tarvisio since 1996 including the FIS World Cup and Junior World Championships, as well as being a FIS Technical Delegate.
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FIS Alpine World Cup from spring 2014 - Women's Team Atle Skaardal - Chief Race Director Jean-Philippe Vulliet - Race Director Speed Events Markus Mayr - Race Director Technical Events Andi Kroenner - Technical Operations Manager Jerome Krieg - Media Coordinator, Women's
FIS Alpine World Cup from spring 2014 - Men’s Team Markus Waldner - Chief Race Director Helmut Schmalzl (until 2015) Hannes Trinkl - Race Director Speed Events Emmanuel Couder - Race Director Technical Events Mike Kertesz - Technical Operations Manager Ana Jelusic - Media Coordinator Alpine Skiing
FIS Continental Cup Janez Fleré - Alpine Technical Coordinator / European Cup Women's Peter Gerdol - Continental Cup Coordinator
FIS Administration Tatjana Lüssy - Alpine Assistant Anja Joerg - World and Continental Cup Assistant