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Chancellor of Austria Werner Faymann and Sports Minister Gerald Klug to welcome journalists at AIPS celebration in Sochi
Chancellor of Austria Werner Faymann at the 2012 AIPS Congress in Innsbruck. File photo
By Edna Zhou, AIPS
SOCHI, February 6, 2014 - On Saturday, February 8, journalists who have covered six or more Winter Olympic Games will be honored by Chancellor of Austria Werner Faymann, Austrian Sports Minister Gerald Klug, and IOC members including Vice President Nawal El Moutawakel at a special ceremony hosted by AIPS, Austria House Tirol, and the Austrian National Olympic Committee.

To honor their achievements, journalists will be presented with a commemorative Sochi 2014 award and certificate.

Topping the impressive list are Swiss journalist Peter Frei and Austrian Michael Kuhn, and Japanese photographer Hiro Yakushi, all of whom are marking their 12th Winter Olympics in Sochi. The first Winter Games covered among them was by Michael Kuhn, who reported from Innsbruck 1964.

Presidents of various international federations will be present at the event to congratulate the awardees, as well as Peter Schroecksnadel, president of the Austrian Ski Federation; and former Austrian legends Egon Zimmerman, Olympic downhill champion at the Games in Innsbruck 1964, and Karl Schranz, giant slalom silver medalist in 1964.

The award luncheon will begin at 10:30 Austria House Tirol, located in the Mountain Cluster and only a few steps directly opposite the Krasnaya Polyana train station.

The following is a list of journalists present in Sochi who have covered six or more Winter Olympic Games (in alphabetical order by number of Olympics covered):

Peter Frei                      Switzerland            12          Sportinformation Si
Michael Kuhn                 Austria                  12          Austrian Magazine News
Hiro Yakushi                  Japan                    12
Giovanni Merlo               Italy                      11         La Gazzetta dello Sport
Helene Elliott                 USA                       10         LA Times
Michael Farber               Canada                  10         Sports Illustrated
Phil Hersh                      USA                      10         Chicago Tribune
Sammy Minkoff              Germany               10         Sammy Minkoff Photo
John Powers                  USA                       10         Boston Globe
Volker Kluge                  Germany                9          Freelance
Dieter Kuehnle               Germany                9          SID
Bob Martin                     Great Britain           9          Sports Illustrated
Ernst-Friedbert Raulf       Germany                9         Topsport Media
Arthur Thill                     Luxembourg           9          ATP
Christine Brennan           USA                       8          USA Today
Brian Cazeneuve             USA                       8          Sports Illustrated
Vladimir Drbohlav           Czech Republic        8          Ceska Televize
Georg Fraisl                    Austria                   8          Kronen Zeitung
Thomas Haberlein           Germany                8          SID
Lee Martin                      Great Britain           8          Getty Images
Petr Vichnar                    Czech Republic       8          Ceska Televize
Michael Berger                Austria                   7          ORF
Filip Bondy                     USA                       7           New York Daily News
Soenar Chamid               Netherlands            7          Soenar Chamid Sportfotografie
Alexander Chernykh        Russia                    7          Sports.ru
Slavo Cvitkovic               Hungary                 7          HRT
Richard Demak               USA                       7          Sports Illustrated
Jon Eeg                          Norway                  7       
Andreas Frank                Germany                7           SID
Gary Kemper                  USA                       7       
Jiri Kolis                         Czech Rep              7          Kolis Agency
Lembitu Kuuse               Estonia                   7          Estonian TV/Estonian Public Broadcasting
Tim Layden                    USA                       7          Sports Illustrated
Alain Luzenfichter           France                   7          L’equipe
Jurgen Magh                  Germany                7          SID
Pierangelo Molinaro        Italy                       7          La Gazzetta dello Sport
Alexander Ratner           Russia                    7          Olympic Panorama
Steve Rose                    Great Britain           7          Getty Images
Andreas Schirmer           Germany                7          DPA
Michael Smejkal             Austria                   7          Salzburger Nachrichten
Stefano Vegliani             Italy                       7          Sport Mediaset
Anton Waldmann            Germany                7                         
Georgi Banov                 Bulgaria                  6          24 Chasa Bulgaria
Charles Belle                  USA                       6          National News Publishers Association
Ine Katharina Bjolseth    Switzerland             6          Eurovision
Mattia Chiusano             Italy                       6          La Repubblica
Slavo Citkovic                Croatia                   6          Hrvatska radiotelevizija
Nickolai Dolgopolov        Russia                    6          Rossiyskaya Gazeta
Tono Hoenigmann          Austria                   6          ORF
Ed Hula                         USA                       6          Around the Rings
Hong Jiang                    China                     6          Xinhua
Zhou Jie                        China                     6          Xinhua
Duncan Mackay             Great Britain           6          Inside the Games
Judger Oto                    Mongolia                 6         Mongolia NOC/MSPU
Boris Titov                     Russia                    6         Izvestia
Peter Wikstrom              Sweden                  6         Tidningarnas Telegrambyra
Steve Wilson                  USA                       6         AP       
Matteo Pacor                  Italy                      6          Sky Italia

*Note: this list is constantly being updated. Please direct all inquiries to edna.zhou@aipsmedia.com
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