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May 4 Roundup: South Korean Team Shakeup; Lamy Chappuis Returns

— Four male cross-country skiers from South Korea were recently suspended from the national team after being caught drinking during the Asian Winter Games in February in Sapporo, Japan. The four athletes were banned for six months after being caught drinking at the Games and reportedly saying they drank two cans of beer, according to the Korea Herald. Wanting to send a message, the Korea Ski Association handed the four men six-month suspensions to discourage a similar incident from happening again at international competitions. The South Korean men’s national team is now down to two skiers, Kim Magnus and Cho Yong-jin, who did not take part in the drinking.The KSA decided not to renew three coaching contracts and will hire a new staff for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.


— Jason Lamy Chappuis is making a comeback after a year away from competing in nordic combined at the highest level, according to the French Ski Association. A 10-time World Championships medalist (with five golds and an Olympic gold in 2010), Lamy Chappuis put his career on hold to pursue his other passion: flying. He completed his commercial pilot education last week and plans to compete during the upcoming 2017/2018 season before retiring to become a full-time pilot for Air France.

“It will be very difficult to come back, as I spent two years without ski jumping,” Lamy Chappuis, 30, said at a press conference. “But I am fit, I ran half marathons, I was registered at a gym center, I did not lose all my physical condition. There are many examples of athletes who have stopped their careers to come back. This pause allowed me to step back, to question myself and today I am more peaceful, and stronger in my head. I will not put myself under pressure, before I almost wanted to do too well.”


— The Czech cross-country team has a new head coach in IIkka Jarva, according to an announcement last week. He plans to spend 150 days a year with the team and will be joined by other Czech coaches starting in May for the first training camp.

“After 13 years of working as a cross-country ski coach in Finland, I feel really excited to work with the Czech team,” Java said, according to a team press release. “There are many young athletes and young coaches so we have a lot of energy to work hard. Hard work is the only way to succeed in our sport. I would like coaches and athletes to find a Czech way of success.”


— Former Swiss cross-country skier Peter von Allmen has accepted a position coaching the Swiss women’s cross-country team, Inside the Games reported. Von Allmen competed at the 2010 Olympics and started 70 World Cup races. With Dario Cologna being the only Swiss skier to earn a medal during the 2016/2017 season, von Allmen is aiming to propel the team to improved results.

“I am convinced that with my experience as an athlete and coach I can contribute to develop the athletes and give them new inputs,” he said. “Together with my coaches, I am already in the middle of the planning of the upcoming Olympics season.”

–Ian Tovell

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