The International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF) is honoured to announce that ski mountaineering will be an official sport in the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games, where it will join seven other international winter sports federations.

The ISMF was provisionally recognised by the IOC in April 2014 and after 2 years under observation it was awarded full Olympic recognition in August 2016.

The ISMF has worked very hard over recent years to gain IOC recognition, and eventually it hopes to partecipate fully in the Winter Olympic Games.

The decision to include ski mountaineering in the next Youth Olympic Games, in Lausanne in 2020 was recently made by the International Olympic Committee Executive Board during the meeting held in Lausanne on 9 July 2017. In the months leading up to this positive decision the ISMF has developed a close working collaboration with members from the IOC and the organisers of Lausanne 2020 – Youth Olympic Games.

Villars sur Ollon, Switzerland has been selected as the location for the ski mountaineering events; in choosing this location immense assistance has also been provided by CAS. During the near future the ISMF, IOC, Lausanne 2020 Organizing Committee, CAS and the local organisers will work on preparing the location for this prestigious sporting event.

The ski mountaineering disciplines represented will be the Individual, Sprint and Relay races with participation from 48 athletes, in the 17/18 age group open to all the 31 ISMF member federations, all of whom are working hard to further this sport.

As ski mountaineering is a new sport to the Olympic family the ISMF is also hoping to organise some promotional activities around its competitive events.

Armando Mariotta

The ISMF President

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In the women race Laetitia Roux completed her comeback over Jennifer Fiechter. After several seasons the Valtellina Orobie is back among the great worldwide ski mountaineering events as second appointment of the 2016 ISMF World Cup. The 30th edition featured an unusual start and finish to be crossed on foot. The athletes of the individual event have had to prove their worth on a track with 1750 m of positive altitude difference, 5 uphill stretches, 5 slopes, 11 set-up changes, open ridges and spectacular downhill chase-downs. The little snow that fell so far this winter had made these parts all the more athletically challenging. On his home mountains Michele Boscacci has attempted since the very start to win the race; he lived the dream and gave hope to his fans for three quarters of the race, before Kilian Jornet caught up and got the better of him. After a spectacular head-to-head, the two came together at the finish line in Campelli, a few kilometres from Albosaggia. The winner was declared by photo finish and then using the chip. Jornet finished the race in 1h, 35’28”609, Boscacci in 1h 35’28”690. Anton Palzer, the first among the Espoir, came third in 1h 35’56”, followed by a steadily and progressively growing Robert Antonioli. The top ten also included Xavier Gachet (FRA), Valentin Favre (FRA), Mathéo Jacquemoud (FRA), Martin Anthamatten (SUI), Matteo Eydallin and Alexis Sevennec (FRA). The women – and junior men – race comprised 4 uphill and as many downhill stretches (1315 D+ 1315D-). As for the women the French Laetitia Roux got her first success. The queen of ski mountaineering was restored to her throne ending the race first in 1h 42’30” before her Swiss rival Jennifer Fiechter - 1h 44’59” – and the Swede Emelie Forsberg – 1h 46’51”. Worth reporting is that Forsberg lost the second place after a time penalty: incorrect position of her skis in the bag. The Spaniard Claudia Galicia finished fourth before the azzurra Katia Tomatis; then, Valentine (France), Martina Valmassoi (Italy), Mireia Mirò and Marta Garcia (Spain) and the young – and first among the Espoir – Alba De Silvestro (Italy). In the Junior race Italy conquered the first two spots with Davide Magnini e Giulia Compagnoni; after 3 uphill and 3 downhill stretches (990 D+ 990 D-), the podium was completed by Lena Bonnel (France) and the local favourite Giulia Murada. As regards the men podium, the French Samuel Equy finished second and Nicolò Canclini won the bronze medal. Tomorrow the World Cup circus will be back on track at the Centro Sportivo Caspoggio with the Sprint event. Photo Gallery HD https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0Bxbuxds-oXM6aENMQ0FIa3E3U2c&usp=sharing Online on ISMF website : http://ismf-ski.org/www/content/races-result?id=152 All the ISMF World Cup rankings are online on http://ismf-ski.org/ismf2011/rankings.php