The Swiss ski federation is traditionally among the first to announce the squad selection for the upcoming season – pretty much the moment the last one is over. Corona-crisis or not, the Swiss have decided to keep with traditions
Only three athletes made it to the national team this time around: Dario Cologna, Nadine Fähndrich and Laurien van der Graaff. No surprises there – all three had strong last season.
There are two losses compared to the last season: Nathalie von Siebenthal has finished her career rather abruptly last year while Jovian Hediger is now part of A-team, which is one step below. Hediger had a rather good season with several top-20 positions, but the bosses of the Swiss skiing are obviously satisfied with podiums only.
Juniors World sprint medalist Valerio Grond, 19, is now part of Team B and super-talent and Juniors World champion Siri Wigger is in the junior team. Well, Siri is only 16.
A well-known specialist took helm of the Swiss xcski team a cooule of weeks ago. Christian Flury, 43, in the last three years was running ( a rather swanky) National Performance Center in Davos. Named after – you guessed it – Dario Cologna. Under Flury it quickly rose to become a place of choice for training camp for some of the world’s best.