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FIS director Gian Franco Kasper poses in the finish area prior to the women's World Cup downhill race in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012. Gian Franco Kasper has attended every Winter Olympics in his lifetime, since the five-ring circus came to his hometown St. Moritz in 1948, one week after his fourth birthday.Now 68, the International Ski Federation President is leading efforts to bring back the games in 2022 as part of a joint bid with another ritzy Alpine resort, Davos. The project is, he acknowledges, intensely personal to make St. Moritz the first three-time Winter Games host. "My grandfather was involved in 1928, and my father was president _ not for the whole time _ of organizing the '48 Olympics," Kasper told The Associated Press in an interview. "It would be extremely important. It's my home town and my wish, of course."
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland — The president of the International Ski Federation has been to every Winter Olympics in his lifetime since the five-ring circus came to his hometown of St. Moritz in 1948 — one week after his fourth birthday.
The now 68-year-old Gian Franco Kasper plans to help bring back the games in 2022 as part of a planned joint bid with another ritzy Alpine resort, Davos.
Kasper acknowledges that the project to make St. Moritz the first three-time Winter Games host is an intensely personal one.
Kasper tells The Associated Press: "My grandfather was involved in 1928, and my father was president ... of the '48 Olympics."
The Swiss IOC member says it's an "extremely important" wish to bring the games back.