With the beginning of the new training season after a long Cross-Country winter, there have been several changes in the coaching ranks of many World Cup teams. Here is a summary of some that have come to the attention of the FIS Newsflash:
There have been some small changes in the coaches’ team in France as well: Pierre Mignerey has been appointed as Head of Cross-Country, replacing Jean-Pierre Burdet. Olivier Michaud, with the assistance of Anael Huard, will train the ladies’ team, while the established coaching team Roberto Gal and Christophe Deloche are responsible for the men.
Following the motto â€˜Never change a winning team,’ the teams from Norway with Age Skinstad in the lead, Finland (head coach: Magnar Dalen), Estonia (head coach: Mati Alaver), USA (head coach: Pete Vordenberg), Russia (team leader: Jury Tcharkovski) and Slovenia (head coach: Ivan Hudac) will continue towards Liberec 2009 with the existing staff.
However, not all staff changes are complete yet. After the retirement of Barbara Broger as Chief of Cross-Country and the completion of the cooperation with Giachem Guidon, Swiss Ski will announce its new Cross-Country leadership as soon as possible. Following the election of a new President of the Italian Winter Sports Federation, a final confirmation of the coaching crew there is also still outstanding.