Paolo Bernardi retired as U.S. coach


Paolo Bernardi quit his assignment as coach of the American team.

Only three weeks before this winter’s World Cup season starts, Paolo Bernardi retired from his job as head coach of the American World Cup team. Bernardi announced this step already on Thursday on his personal Facebook page, and quoted personal reasons for this decision. However, that message was removed from Facebook after a few hours, and since an official confirmation by the U.S. Ski Team, that was announced for Friday, is still expected. Nevertheless the International Ski Federation FIS has published this news on their website, so there is actually little reason to doubt it.

The Italian Bernardi worked as the team’s coach for the last two years, and became famous to television viewers around the world for the exuberant cheering he showed after far jumps of his athletes. He had very often reasons to cheer, as Sarah Hendrickson won the overall World Cup in 2012 and became World Champion in 2013 under his guidance, in addition the U.S. team took the Nations Cup twice.