Swiss Ski has fired Hugues Ansermoz, coach of the women’s alpine team, following poor results in the slalom and giant slalom races.
“Now I have time for my family!” Ansermoz said via his Twitter account shortly after the announcement on Tuesday.
He will be replaced by Mauro Pini, 45, who helped guide Didier Défago to an Olympic gold medal in the downhill and Didier Cuche to the overall World Cup title in the same event.
Pini was also the personal coach for 18-year-old Lara Gut when she won silver in the downhill and super-combined at the 2009 World Championships in Val d’Isère, France. Gut missed the Winter Games this year after dislocating her hip in a training crash.
“We very much appreciate Ansermoz’s work over the last year,” said team director Dierk Beisel in a statement, noting that Ansermoz had helped place ten Swiss women on the podium this season, including two World Cup victories in the super-G.
Swiss Ski added that his achievements had been mostly in the speed disciplines and that “little to no progress” had been made in the technical events. The time was right for a “new impetus”, it said.
Fabienne Suter placed fourth in the giant slalom, the best showing for the Swiss women alpine skiers at the Winter Games. She also took fifth in the downhill.
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