BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Switzerland men's Alpine skiing head coach Osi Inglin will pay for the team's poor results by losing his job after the season.
Inglin will leave after the World Cup finals on home snow at Lenzerheide end on March 17, the Swiss ski federation said on Thursday. "The situation and the circumstances demand a fresh start and a new look," Swiss Ski president Urs Lehmann said in a statement.
One year from the Sochi Olympics, the Swiss men failed to win a medal at the world championships which finished last Sunday at Schladming, Austria. "I must accept it," Inglin said in a statement published by the federation, which said he had lost the confidence of team management. "Before the world championships I felt fully supported. In the meantime, the situation changed."
A dismal World Cup season has left 37th-ranked Carlo Janka, the 2010 overall winner, as the highest placed Swiss in the standings. Janka's third place in super-combined at Wengen, Switzerland, last month is the team's only podium finish.
In 2011, Inglin was handed the task of preparing the team for the 2014 Winter Games. Last season, breakout star Beat Feuz finished second in the overall World Cup standings and veteran downhill racer Didier Cuche was a team leader.
However, Cuche's retirement and Feuz's persistent injuries have left Switzerland short of results and confidence. Inglin's departure could allow his predecessor, Martin Rufener, to return after a successful seven-year stint as head coach.
Under Rufener, the Alpine nation got its first men's Olympic gold medals since 1988, as Janka won the giant slalom and Didier Defago the downhill at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. Lehmann said he hopes to find Inglin a new job within the federation.