Coaching changes in Cross-Country Skiing

Several National Ski Associations have announced coaching changes. Here’s a brief of overview.

Norway

Roar Hjelmeset decided not to extend his contract with the national team as the ladies’ team head coach. The Norwegian Ski Federation engaged Ole Morten Iversen (59) as the new national team coach for the ladies' elite Cross-Country team. Iversen, who has been the Swedish national team coach for the past two years, takes over the main responsibilities from Hjelmeset, who decided to work at Skigymnaset at his home town in Hovden, where he started his career in 2003.

Germany

Peter Schlickenrieder (48) was appointed national head coach of the German cross-country team for the next four years.

Schlickenrieder, the silver medallist from Salt Lake City 2002, will exercise an overall and coordinating leadership role with a focus on the World Cup teams. Erik Schneider has been appointed as the World Cup ladies’ team head coach. Andreas Schlütter continues to be responsible for cross-country skiing as the sports director.

The goal is to bring the German cross-country skiers back to their former success with a view on the home World Championships 2021 in Oberstdorf and the Olympic Winter Games, Beijing 2022.

Sweden

The Swedish Ski Association announced that former Swedish national team coach and personal trainer of Charlotte Kalla, Magnus Ingesson, has returned to the national team as the ladies’ team head coach. He will be supported by Annika Zell and Stefan Thomson. On the men’s side, a strong team of coaches has been formed with Mattias Nilsson, Fredrik Uusitalo and Johan Olsson. Nilsson will be responsible for distance skiers and Uusitalo for sprinters.

Finland

Matti Haavisto has been appointed Finnish Cross-Country team head coach. Haavisto was previously working as the head of waxing service. Mikko Virtanen was appointed as sprint and technique coach. Teemu Pasanen will continue in his role with the men’s distance team.