'Longines Watch Rising Ski Stars' Prize Celebrates Young Skiers

 

A Longines watch and a cheque for 20,000 CHF will be presented to to the best young female (under 21) and male (under 23) athlete in the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, as part of the 'Longines Rising Ski Stars' prize.

As Official Timekeeper of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup competitions and the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, Longines introduced the new prize at the start of the 2012/2013 ski season. It is said to reflect Longines' continued support for young athletes.

After strong performances in the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup competitions, Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA and Alexis Pinturault of France are currently top of the ranking. The prizes will be awarded at a gala event at the end of the season.
"This is an excellent initiative," said Atle Skaardal, FIS Chief Race Director for the ladies' Alpine. "Besides underlining the great cooperation between FIS and Longines, it will provide an additional highlight for the circuit to be keenly followed by the fans and will surely also be well-received by the racers."

Günter Hujara, FIS Chief Race Director for the men's Alpine, commented: "When you know how difficult it is to break through in the very competitive and tight field of the world's top athletes competing in the men's FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, it is absolutely correct to focus on the extraordinary performances by the best young athletes and bring them to the spotlight of the global audiences."