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  • IOC Winter Olympic Program Commission Report: Skiing


    The International Olympic Committee has released its report on the Winter Sports from the Turin Olympics. The report, prepared by the IOC Program Commission and IOC Sports Department, is a compilation of information on the seven sports of the Winter Games, including data on the popularity and cost of staging competitions. Here is information from the report on skiing.

    Federation: International Ski Federation

    Number of Olympic Events: 38, divided among six disciplines: alpine, cross-country, freestyle, Nordic combined, ski jumping and snowboard.

    Year introduced to Olympic Games: Mens' cross-country, Nordic and jumping events have been in the Games since 1924. Alpine was the first women's discipline, added in 1936. Snowboard is the newest sport, introduced for men and women in 1998.

    Number of Member Federations: 107

    Tickets Sold at 2006 Turin Olympics: 298,852 (Freestyle had the highest sell rate at 93.1%; Nordic combined came last in ski events with a 61.6% sell rate)

    Television Coverage:
    - Average number of viewer hours per day of competition for 2006 Olympics:
    Alpine: 63,944,732
    Cross-country: 50,321,297
    Freestyle: 52,110,451
    Nordic combined: 96,976,628
    Ski jumping: 42,732,973
    Snowboard: 112,728,260
    - Average number of prime-time viewer hours per day of competition for 2006 Olympics:
    Alpine: 23,038,911
    Cross-country: 6,236,779
    Freestyle: 20,850,885
    Nordic combined: 25,398,557
    Ski jumping: 12,639,673
    Snowboard: 52,227,132

    Published Articles from 1/27/06 – 3/12/06: 4,187 (40% of total articles about the Winter Olympics, based on a private marketing study used by the IOC)

    Sport Page Visits on IOC Website during 2006 Olympics: 110,194 (8% of total views)

    Gender in Sport:
    - Percentage of national federations which took part in Turin qualifying events:
    Alpine: Men – 54.7%; Women – 38.7%
    Cross-country: Men – 63.2%; Women – 44.3%
    Freestyle: Men – 29.2%; Women – 28.3%
    Nordic combined: Men –18.9%; Women – NA
    Ski jumping: Men – 27.4%; Women – NA
    Snowboard: Men – 31.1%; Women – 32.1%
    There are no Women's Nordic combined or ski jumping events in the Winter Olympics

    - Federation’s Governing Body (18 members): Men – 17; Women – 1

    Athletes’ Commission: Yes

    Number of Doping Tests in 2005: 3,930 (7 violations; 0.17% of all tests)

    Revenues (2002-2005):
    - From Olympics: 12.2%
    - Marketing & Broadcasting: 82.9%

    Costs (as assessed by IOC experts; no benchmark figures are available):
    - Venue: Low to moderate
    - Technology: All high to very high, except medium-ranked Nordic combined.
    - Technology complexity: All high to very high
    - TV Production cost per day of competition:
    Alpine: $1,102,486
    Cross-country: $315,723
    Freestyle: $334,520
    Nordic combined: $649,223
    Ski jumping: $400,200
    Snowboard: $353,347

    Click here to access the full report at the IOC website.

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