Andreas Widhoelzl has once before trained the Austrian ski jumpers as an assistant coach under Alexander Pointner. Now the Austrian Ski Federation announced him as successor to Andreas Felder.
The 43-year-old Widhoelzl was an active athlete for over 15 years. He won 18 individual and six team competitions. Moreover, he received a bronze medal in the indivudual competition of the Olympic Games 1998 in Nagano, as well as a bronze and gold medal in the team competition. The athlete from Tyrol is also double world champion with the team. His best individual result is the victory in the Four-Hills-Tournament in 1999/2000. Thus, he is one of Austria’s most successfull athletes of all time.
After he ended his career, he worked in Stams, an elite ski-school in Austria, where he trained the pupils and later also the B-Team.
“The new challenge honours me. I have worked together with Alexander Pointner and Heinz Kuttin, two very successful coaches, who have taught me a lot. Now I want the positive development started by Andreas Felder to continue. My predecessor did a great job. It is very important to me as a coach to train the athletes in a creative way, to concentrate on our strength see our weaknesses as a development. Fortunately, our top-athletes have a lot of potential, as well as the younger athletes. The current situation is of course a difficult one, but it is challenging for everybody. We try to find a good solution quickly.” (ÖSV)
Andreas Widhoelzl is supported by his assistant coaches Harald Diess and Robert Treitinger.
Mario Stecher, the sport director of the ÖSV, told the media that they have chosen Andreas Widhoelzl because of his enormous sucesses with the B-Team last season. Furthermore, he has great knowledge about the technical part of ski jumping (ÖSV).