The U.S. Ski Association board of directors unanimously agreed Saturday to propose immediate changes in the International Ski Federation's (FIS) Alpine World Cup circuit.
The decision came after a recent World Cup meeting in Oberhofen, Switzerland, where U.S. delegate John McMurtry advised the FIS the United States would refuse to host future events until the FIS takes action to reform international alpine skiing.If the plan is rejected, the U.S. Ski Team would continue entering athletes in overseas World Cup races, "but only in selected competitions" to allow the skiers to qualify for Winter Olympic and World Championship events, said team spokesman Ron Goch.
The United States will formally submit its list of nine demands at the Nov. 9-10 FIS Council meeting back in Oberhofen, Switzerland, Goch said.
The proposed reforms include: formation of a World Cup commission reporting directly to the FIS Council; hiring a fulltime commissioner to manage the World Cup; and development of a marketing plan for the approximately 65 men's and women's alpine races each winter season.
The U.S. Ski Team has been especially upset by the World Cup's traditional scheduling of races in the United States in November or March, rather than in the middle of the season.
National team officials also have objected to holding World Cup races on weekdays, when there is little chance of television coverage, and to poor relations between the FIS and equipment manufacturers, who cover most of the costs of supplying top racers and major competitions.