New job for former coach
Stefan Abplanalp completes the team of ski experts at SRF
From next season, the team of figure skating experts will once again consist of four people: Stefan Abplanalp (48) will take turns commenting on the women’s races with Tina Weirther (33).
In the upcoming ski season, Stefan Abplanalp (48) will alternate with Tina Weirther (33) to comment on the women’s races at SRF. The team once again includes four experts, Marc Berthod (38) and Didier Blashy (49) who will accompany the men’s events from now on.
For about 20 years, Bernese Oberlander has taken care of various women’s teams. Between 2004 and 2012 he was a speed coach for Swiss athletes. This was followed by involvement with the Ski Association of America superstars Mikaela Shifrin (27), Lindsey Vonn (37) and Julia Mancuso (38), later taking over the Norwegian women’s team.
New challenge, new perspective
For the past three years, Abplanalp has been part of the coaching staff of two-time world champion Ilka Stuhec (31). In March, the 48-year-old confirmed to “skinews.ch” his separation from the Slovenian: “It is true. I will not extend my expired contract as coach of Ilka Stohk.”
Now he is looking forward to a new challenge at SRF: “Through my job as an SRF expert, I get the opportunity to analyze athletes’ performance from a different perspective.” He wants to share his experience, expertise and enthusiasm for skating with the public in an “entertaining and informative way”.
The ladies start the season on October 22 in Sölden (Austria) with a giant slalom, and a day later in the same discipline. (Che)
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