Source: Langrenn.com — Translated by Torbjorn Karlsen
The new Swedish head coach, Inge Braaten is putting the bar high for the upcoming Olympics, they didn’t win any World Cup races besides sprint this season, but Braaten's is despite this aiming for six cross country medals in Torino.
– I believe it’s possible to get a lot more out of this team than what’s previously achieved, says Inge Braaten to the Swedish news agency TT
What has not worked out?
– We have to be better at keeping the team healthy and injury free. We are strengthening the medical support. I also have quite a bit of experience from the Norwegian team regarding altitude training ahead of championships, says Braaten
You are aiming for six Olympic medals?
– I’m very optimistic, but I have reasons for this. We have a men’s and women’s that is already among the World’s elite. Two good sprint teams and a good men’s team that’s good at the other distances. The goal is to get the women up to the top in the traditional distances.
Inge Braten explains that he has written a three-year contract with the Swedish ski federation, but it’s clearly stated that he will be fired after one year if he is not achieving results. He will evaluate his position if they only end up with three Olympic medals.
Thomas Alsgaard will accompany Braaten at all their pre-season camps.
Inge Braaten New Swedish National Team Head Coach http://www.fasterskier.com/news2206.html
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