(ats) Eliasch was elected to almost everyone’s surprise in the first ballot, obtaining 65 votes out of 119. Urs Lehmann, president of Swiss-Ski, was only able to collect 26 votes. Briton Sarah Lewis had 15 and former FIS vice-president Mats Arjes of Sweden 13.

Gianfranco Kasper was unable to attend the congress for health reasons. The 77-year-old Swiss leader is currently hospitalized with respiratory problems. He was only able to leave intensive care on Thursday.