Swiss Ski: Athlete retirements and a coaching change

27 March 2014 06:07
Tor Arne Hetland
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With a sprint title at the Swiss Championships this past weekend Bettina Gruber has successfully completed her career. The sprint specialist debuted in the Davos World Cup in 2006. " In my career I was able to celebrate successes, but also had setbacks. The crowning highlight was the Olympic Games in Sochi for me. Now the right time has come for me to begin a new chapter in my life," says Gruber.

Bettina Gruber

Also with the end of the season Christoph Eigenmann announced that he will retire from professional skiing. The 34 -year-old sprinter competed a three Olympic Games and five World Championships.  "I look back happily on 15 exciting and interesting years in professional sports. I was able to turn my hobby into a career which has given me over the years a tremendous amount of fun. I would like to thank all those who supported me on this journey. Now I am looking forward to a new life with work at the frontier guard, coach training and more time with my family, " says Eigenmann.

Christoph Eigenmann SUI

Contract with Tor Arne Hetland is not extended

Swiss-Ski has decided not to renew the contract with Tor Arne Hetland. The Norwegian has worked since the 2010/11 season for Swiss Ski as the trainer for the sprint team. "Looking at the new Olympic cycle we want to put through a change in the coaching staff with new impetus. We thank Tor Arne Hetland for his good work in the past four years and wish him well in his future endeavors, "said cross country discipline chief Hippolytus Kempf. 

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