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February 6, 2014
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
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
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