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— The 48th International Ski Federation (FIS) Congress begins next week in the Gangwon Province of South Korea, and about 800 delegates will attend from 75 member nations.

With PyeongChang hosting the 2018 Winter Games, Korea will be hosting several international ski and snowboard events over the next six years. One of the highlights of the upcoming Congress will be a site visit to the PyeongChang venue in the mountains near the Alpensia Ski Resort.

Other central points of the Congress will be the selection of a host for the 2017 World Championships, which will be streamed live over the various FIS websites on May 31. The final race calendar for the coming season will be approved, and 16 new FIS Council Members will be elected for the next two-year term.

Kikkan Randall (USA) will be in attendance along with fellow athlete representative Sami Jauhojaervi (FIS). After a year of collected feedback from World Cup skiers, Randall said in a recent interview with FIS that the athletes are proposing an agreed-upon change to the prize money distribution in multi-stage events.

— The 2012 World Cup Québec City sprint course was unveiled on Thursday by FIS president Gian Franco Kasper and Pierre Karl Péladeau, president and CEO of event sponsor Quebecor. The course is an 800 meter loop “just a snowball’s throw from the Québec Parliament.”

“It will be a great opportunity for the public to watch the cross country ski racing up close and to encourage our Canadian World and Olympic champion athletes,” says Jim McCarthy, president of Cross Country Canada.

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