Johan Brolenius is about to make his comeback in the Swedish national team. After retiring three years ago from active competition Brolenius now plans comeback as coach.
"It feels just right. I have gained some distance from the times that I raced myself and it is extremely inspiring to be able to work with something you love and with the Swedish team that we now have," said Johan Brolenius.
Overall the Swedish coaching crew for the 2012/13 season is starting to take shape. Most changes have been on the speed side for both ladies and men with the new cooperation with Norway.
"For us to develop as a speed nation we have to optimize our resources. I am a great believer in that and happy about this new cooperation with Norway. Speed events are highly resource intensive and in this way we will be stronger against the international competition," says sports chief Anders Sundqvist.
On the men's side, Åre-native Ulf Emilsson returns to the Swedish team and takes charge of the speed team. Ulf most recently worked in Norway where he coached top racers such as Kjetil Jansrud and Aksel Lund Svindal. Helmuth Krug (AUT) and Alois Prenn (ITA) have left the team; Prenn to take over the Swiss ladies' tech team.
Marko Pfeifer (AUT) will continue as the men's head coach while Anders Andersson will still be responsible for the men's giant slalom team. Oscar Larsson will go on as conditioning coach for the men's World Cup team and will also work with Alpine development in cooperation with the Winter Sport Center in Åre/Östersund. Johan Brolenius, who currently lives in Innsbruck, will replace the previous men's tech coach Magnus Larsson.
On the ladies' side there are few changes. Fredrik Steinwall continues as the ladies' head coach whilst Rudi Soulard will be in charge of tech training with the help of Pierre Olsson. Stefan Abplanalp, who previously coached one of the Swiss ladies' speed groups, will be leading a combined Norwegian and Swedish ladies speed team. Christian Thoma, who previously served as the head coach for the Finnish ladies team, will work with Stefan, replacing Pavel Cebulj (SLO).
Mikael Junglind has decided to move on after twelve years with the Alpine ladies' team to look for new professional challenges. Johan Wallner, who coached Anja Pärson in the past years, will return to his job as coach at the Torsby Ski High School.