Ingemar Walder new Swiss Head Coach
Ingemar Walder has been announced to follow up Christian Rufer as Swiss Head Coach for the alpine snowboarding team.
Walder will start at April 1.
The former Austrian national team rider had been competing until the end of the 2014 World Cup season but missed to qualify for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
The 35-year-old has 137 World Cup starts to his belt in which he podiumed twice. In addition, the 2010 Olympian participated in three World Championships.
“It took me a long time to decide to retire from active racing. But I always had the idea of working as a coach after my career. It's great that Swiss Ski gives me the opportunity to follow this path. I'm looking forward to take up this challenge,” said Walder who admitted that his last season's poor results might also pushed him to sign the contract earlier than expected.
“I noticed that I didn't have the fire in me anymore to compete. Maybe not being able to repeat my overall fourth rank of the 2013 season and failing to qualify for the Olympics alpo played a role in the decision making.”
The 2008 Europa Cup title winner is now hoping to share his experience with his athletes – much to the delight of the Swiss Federation.
“We are happy to welcome a true raceboard specialist aboard. Ingemar speaks the athlete's language and brings in all relevant trainer skills,” said sporting director Markus Wolf before adding that Walder has put his ability to the test successfully many times over the past years.
“We are sure that we found the perfect successor of Christian Ruf whom we have to thank for many years of hard work and a lot of great results.”