IOC member, President of the International Skiing Federation (FIS)


Psychology, Philosophy and Journalism at the University of Zürich.


Sports practised

Alpine and cross-country skiing, golf, water skiing.

Sports career

Competitor in Alpine and Nordic Skiing, Skeleton, Bobsleigh, Riding and Water Skiing.

Sports administration

Organiser of World Skiing and Bobsleigh Championships, European Championships in Yachting and Riding; manager of the Swiss National Tourist Office in Montreal (Canada); Secretary General (1975-1998) then President (1998-) of the International Ski Federation (FIS); Secretary General (1975-1998) then President (2000-2002) of the Association of International Olympic Winter Sports Federations (AIOWF); GAISF Council Member (1986-); Manager of an international non-profit foundation since 1998 in the field of education, environment, sport promotion and social assistance for athletes.

IOC history

Elected as President of an International Federation; member of the following Commissions: Radio and Television (1981-), Coordination for the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City in 2002 (1999-2002), Coordination for the XX Olympic Winter Games in Torino in 2006 (2000-2006), Olympic Games Study (2002-2003), Coordination for the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 (2003-2010), Coordination for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014 (2007-); Chairman of the Coordination Commission of the 1st Youth Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck in 2012 (2009-)


French, German, English, Italian, Spanish and Romanche.

Next Games: Kansai 2021