As the Swedish TV station SVT reports, the Swedish Olympic Committee employed veteran biathlon coach Wolfgang Pichler (64) to develop talents in winter sports. Pichler is part of a working group called "Olympisk Offensiv” together with former Cross-Country national team manager Rikard Grip, among others.
One of Pichler’s big goals: to build up a Swedish Women’s Nordic Combined team.
Pichler, who quit his job as Swedish Biathlon coach after the last season looks confidently at this new challenge: “If we start now, we can do something. We have a lot of good cross-country skiers in Sweden, a big tradition, why should we not be able to find some girls who will do [Nordic Combined]. These will be easy medals.”
“If we start now, we have seven years of time [until the Olympic Games Milano-Cortina]. We have a lot of knowledge in cross-country and also some in ski jumping. We have to find girls who are eight to ten years old now. There is a good chance.”
While Pichler and the Swedish Biathlon team celebrated great results in past years, Sweden did not have any elite Nordic Combined athletes in the recent past.
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