After a stellar season, Alpine principal Walter Reusser just wants to make selective changes at Swiss-Ski.
After the dream season, the brightness of the Swiss ski team. What looks good to the crowd and the media also pleases Alpine manager Walter Rosser. It has achieved “tremendous success” in recent years.
In addition to a strong performance week after week in the World Cup with 3 national ranking wins in 4 years, Rosser mentions the major events that have recently been medal-rich for Swiss-Ski, from the 2021 World Championships in Cortina to the 2022 Olympic Games in Beijing and the World Championships For this year in Courchevel / Meribel.
be able to assess success
At the same time, Rosser stresses the “importance of being able to assess whether a project is successful or not.” Unlike in the past, when Switzerland fell far behind after its golden age, the Ski Association now understands that things don’t have to go on like this forever.
If you do something wrong in the junior division for 2 years, you will have to pay for it in 4 to maybe even 6 years.
“Even if it works, you need good planning,” says Rosser. It’s all about finding the right balance “between innovation and consistency,” says the 46-year-old from Bern. One should not be afraid of innovative methods or even confrontation.
Good youth work as a basis
Mistakes in the system or even just incorrect decisions can have long-term effects. Reusser: “If you do something wrong in the junior division for 2 years, you’ll pay for it in 4 to maybe even 6 years.” In snow sports, you can’t buy athletes like in a soccer club to keep your head above water. “You have what you have, and you have to look at it well.”
Switzerland currently has “very good drivers” in the youth sector, says Rosser, who has himself been a coach at various levels. The intensity of the performance is massive, especially for men.
Don’t forget any system
Even with the current success, Reusser is “always busy making sure we have the necessary density and no holes.” Swiss-Ski has “a difficult claim that we want to be world leaders in all four disciplines for women and men. This is why intensity and good structures are necessary even in the youth sector. We are faced with constant challenges.”
It is about a minor modification of the constellation or structures in one place or another.
Rosser aspires “not to be blinded by goodness, but to constantly improve.” The stability that has been found in recent years is useful in that “you don’t have to ask and turn everything upside down. It comes down to a slight adjustment of the constellation or structures in one place or another.”
This aims to ensure that skiers in the Swiss Alps will remain on top of the world in the years to come or even extend their current edge.
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