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Berthold hired by Germany as head coach for men's ski team

Ski coach Mathias Berthold who helped Austria on their way to win Olympic gold and World Cup medals in the latest competitions has been hired by the German ski federation.

Last week the Alpine ski instructor reported that he was in discussions with Germany over a coaching position there after he decided to not extend his contact with Austria citing "personal and private" reasons.

"The last couple of years have been defined by a very high amount of work," he said earlier this month.

Bethold has previously trained the German women's ski team and helped them to secure three gold medals at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He is now returning to the country to take over the position that has been held by Charly Waibel as head coach of the men's ski team. Waibel is to move to a different position within the German ski federation.

In the latest Olympic Games that took place at Sochi in Russia in February Austria took home two gold medals for downhill and slalom. It was a marked improvement on their performance in the previous 2010 games in Vancouver where in a rare occurrence Austria's ski team failed to take home any medals.

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