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Andreas Puelacher replaces Berthold as ski coach

Andreas Puelacher has replaced Mathias Berthold as the head coach of the Austrian men's Alpine ski team.

It was announced earlier this month that Berthold would be leaving the Austrian ski federation, and a few days later it was confirmed that he had got a position training the German ski team instead.

Puelacher has worked under Berthold for four seasons as a technical coach to the men's ski team and has been praised by the sports director of the Austrian ski federation Hans Pum as someone who "not only brings a lot experience and knowhow, he also has great social skills."

As well as gaining experience in Austria, 49-year-old Puelacher from Tyrol has also spent time working as a coach in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

About his new position, Puelacher said: "I see it as a beautiful, new challenge. I have been a trainer 25 years now and I have gained a lot of experience working with athletes. Now I am going a step further."

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