Members of the U.S. Ski Association say if their list of eight demands for reforms in World Cup skiing aren't granted, they'll pull out and start their own ski races after this season.
Association spokesman Ron Goch said Thursday in Salt Lake City that a U.S. delegation has left for Oberhofen, Switzerland, with a list of reforms that will be taken to Federation of International Skiing meetings today and Saturday.The list includes a demand for a new World Cup commission to manage events and set marketing strategy.
"The existing World Cup right now is actually going to fade away," Goch said. "The U.S. is trying to reform the World Cup into something that's going to be successful."
The Park City-based association drafted the demands during a meeting last month. Goch said federation members have been aware of its demands and that the U.S. is not alone in calling for reform.
"The FIS is seeing that, and they're going to take a serious look at the reforms," he said. "I'm sure they're going to act appropriately."
He also said the U.S. federation hasn't mentioned "anything about compromise.
"Compromise isn't in our reforms," he said. "I don't think there is a compromise. The U.S. has outlined the eight reforms they feel are necessary for a good World Cup."
Under the proposal, the World Cup Commission would include as voting members representatives from "major alpine nations," as well as athletes, sponsors and the news media.
The World Cup Commission would report directly to the FIS council, which would have specialty groups of five members each in each discipline.
Each specialty group would include three council members plus the president and secretary general in alpine, cross country, ski jumping, nordic combined and freestyle categories.
The association also is calling for appointment of a commission chairman who would develop a new marketing plan, a World Cup calendar to maximize exposure of athletes and criteria for selecting "only the best sites . . . for World Cup competition."
The United States also is asking the FIS to prohibit athletes from accepting appearance money and for simultaneous translations in German, French, English and other languages at all commission meetings.