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Some thoughts about the FIS and the rule changes!

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Nice opinion piece about FIS rule changes affecting ski dimensions and lengths by Gary Black Jr.
 
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Even though I have duly paid for my USSA Masters license, which entitles me to Ski Racing...digital...don't even get me started on "no more printed copy"...I can't access it, despite repeated emails to Ski Racing and the USSA.  As far as I'm concerned, they're both worse than the FIS, and that's saying a lot...

 

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Nice opinion piece about FIS rule changes affecting ski dimensions and lengths by Gary Black Jr.
 


 

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Are you saying that you were not able to read the article? The link doesn't take you to it? Anyone else not able to get it?  confused.gif
 

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Even though I have duly paid for my USSA Masters license, which entitles me to Ski Racing...digital...don't even get me started on "no more printed copy"...I can't access it, despite repeated emails to Ski Racing and the USSA.  As far as I'm concerned, they're both worse than the FIS, and that's saying a lot...

 

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Are you saying that you were not able to read the article? The link doesn't take you to it? Anyone else not able to get it?  confused.gif
 



 



 



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Even though I have duly paid for my USSA Masters license, which entitles me to Ski Racing...digital...don't even get me started on "no more printed copy"...I can't access it, despite repeated emails to Ski Racing and the USSA.  As far as I'm concerned, they're both worse than the FIS, and that's saying a lot...

 

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x 2.  It is enough of a PITA to try to use the digital version but at least last year I could access it!

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I cant access it

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Don't want to turn this into an anti USSA rant, but I miss the printed copy too. I also think for $110.00 they could at least send a

cheap plastic membership card rather than making the racer print it out.........

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Hey, don't hold back...I thought that's what this was (an anti USSA rant)...

 

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Don't want to turn this into an anti USSA rant, but I miss the printed copy too. I also think for $110.00 they could at least send a

cheap plastic membership card rather than making the racer print it out.........



 

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x 2.  It is enough of a PITA to try to use the digital version but at least last year I could access it!


Finally managed to access it after emiling their tech support

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Yep, tech support got the problem straightened out. I disagree, as usual, with a whole lot of stuff Gary Black says. It's possible that there is an Austiran Federation/Atomic federation conspiracy of sorts behind this, but I think that's a little overstated. If the new regs go through, it'll be a major adjustment for everyone, including the Austrians. Right off the bat, there's no way that the Austrians and/or the Atomic skiers are going to have an advantage. That's patently ridiculous. I also disagree with what he says about the inevitability of the FIS mandates coming to pass next season.  It is amazing how much power the FIS appears to have, but it can be countered. At the Soelden meeting, all the interested parties appeared to be united versus the FIS. Almost universally, the reactions, including in Ski Racing and in the BB fora, have been negative re the FIS proposals.  The problem is that the FIS isn't likely to back down, and nobody, singly or as a group, has come out and said, in essence, "Go jump in the lake...we are not going to race under those regs."  I think a response like that is coming, but I doubt very much that it's going to be a united response from all the equipment manufacturers, all the national federations, and all the athletes.  Well, maybe all the athletes, or a significant percentage of them. The money, for the competitors, isn't anywhere near what it is for any of the US pro sports, but still, it seems strange that there isn't a "players' union" in ski racing. Maybe up until now it hasn't been necessary, but I believe that now is the time.  I think the racers are beginning to see that nobody except possibly the other racers is looking after their interests.  Not the national federations, not the manufacturers. The federations and the manufacturers may not like the new regs, but what I'm seeing is that they'll go along with them and let the athletes take their best shots. If the athletes want to have a voice in this discussion...and in the future...they need a ski racers union.  And one of my Masters racing buddies, who has solid contacts on the WC, told me that, as we speak,  the racers are working on such a union...

 

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Keep spreading the word in the battle against tyranny:

 

http://www.tedligety.com/

 

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Thanks,

JF

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/\/\ I wish I could turn like that without wiping out.

 

Your link is to a subscriber version of the skiracing article.

 

And I think there is another thread on here about this topic. A quick search with terms fis rule changes skiracing found it:

http://www.epicski.com/t/106056/fis-gs-changes-online-account-of-fis-athelete-meeting

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