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New season, new faces: Coach changes in Nordic Combined
The start of summer also signifies the beginning of the new season - preparations have now begun for most Nordic Combined World Cup teams. For the coming season, some changes in the coaching structures have taken place. Below a summary of the ones that have come to the attention of the FIS Newsflash:
In Finland, Petter Kukkonen is taking over responsibility as national coach for the Finnish Nordic Combined team, replacing Kimmo Savolainen, who was a former athlete and national coach since 2008. Petter Kukkonen was formerly the head coach of Estonian Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping teams.
Christoph Eugen (AUT) will be the new head coach of the Austrian Nordic Combined team and follows the Norwegian Bard Joergen Elden, who resigned from the job at the end of last season for personal reasons. Christoph Eugen who won two medals in the team competitions at the World Championships 1997 and 2001, ended his career as an athlete in 2004 and then started his coaching career with the Austrian Ski Association. Looking forward to the upcoming tasks, he stated "now we have to prepare our team that has a good mix of experienced and young athletes, in the best possible way for the new season and upcoming highlights. My goal is to form a strong and close team. That's the foundation for success".
Furthermore, Thomas Vesteraas (NOR) will become new Assistant Coach in Russia.