"10" />The president of the FIRS (Association of Speed Skaters) met the
chairman of the candidate committee of Paris for the Olympic Games in 2012 in
San Antonio (Texas) in April. Obviously Speed Skating was one of the topics of
their discussion. Philippe Baudillon and Armand de Redinger expressed their
interest to support Speed Skating on its way to Olympia 2012. The first
obstacle will be the IOC meeting in Lausanne in 2005 where the decisions what
sports will be incorporated in the Olympic program in 2012 will be made.
At the 26th Int. Criterion in Groß Gerau there was positive response
towards the efforts “SKATE for OLYMPIA” of the german speed
skaters. Stars of the speed skating scene like Anne Tietze Göhl, Christoph
Zschätzsch, and Sebastian Müller as well as Pia Knecht (Switzerland)
and Theresa Ryan (former Cliff), one of the most successful american speed
skaters, signed the list that will be available at all Races of the GBC and
other big Speed Skating Events.