Ladislav Rygl new head coach of the Czech team

15 April 2014 15:53
Tomas Slavik flying above Oslo
Tomas Slavik flying above Oslo -

Former athlete Ladislav Rygl has been appointed by the Board of the Nordic Combined division in the Czech Ski Association as the new head coach of the Czech Nordic Combined team and will follow in the footsteps of Ludek Sablatura who has lead the team from 1990 - 2002 and from 2007 until now.

"Based on a detailed evaluation, we decided to change something in the existing setup of them team as the performance, especially during this year's Olympics, the results did not match the potential of most athletes. We thank Ludek Sablatura very much for all the work he has done for this sport but given that we start into a new Olympic cycle, the team needed a new impulse" Radek Cikl, the president of the Nordic Combined division of the Ski Association explained.

Rygl, 37, who won three World Cups in his time as an athlete and can add 10 podiums to this number is surely not lacking in experience concerning Nordic Combined. Two overall World Cup rank threes can be found among his merits as well as well a taking part in two Olympics and five World Ski Championships. In recent years, he has worked as a Nordic Combined expert for  Czech TV.

"I am glad that I got an offer from the Ski Association", Rygl says on his new job. "It is always a risk to take the "hot seat" yourself but at the same time, it's a new challenge and a new motivation for me. With young Tomas Portyk, we have a promising new athlete and I firmly believe that experienced the skiers like Miroslav Dvorak can do more than they were able to show lately."

As to who will retire and who will continue in the seasoned Czech team is not fully clear yet, but new coach Rygl is sure that the next weeks will see the formation of a "capable and hardworking team".