Manuel Gamper has left the Canadian ski team.
After an upheaval last year, it is now settled: Manuel Gamper is leaving Alpine Canada and will not continue as head coach of the women’s team. Asked by SportNews, he provides insights about the past few weeks – as well as what he looks forward to.
23 March 2022
Manuel Gamper’s relationship with the Canadian Ski Association has faced some tough tests over the past nine months (read the full backstory here). The high point of all this was of course the surprise sacking in June, which sports director Phil McNichol then had to withdraw at the urging of the athletes.
After that, however, Gamper was no longer able to work in peace: “It was somehow clear that I would no longer have the freedom I wanted and needed. Internally, it was even harder than I expected.” After the end of last season, a line was drawn that was close to Altner from the start: “A cycle has ended, it was near.”
Multiple options for the coming season
The final balance isn’t entirely satisfactory, Gamper says: “I had always envisioned an Olympic medal and it would be possible. It bothers me that a lot was settled over last winter.” For the ski trainer, however, he not only looks back, but also looks into the future. Gamper has a few options, a decision to be made in the next ten days. “I am in the process of sorting myself out, there are many options. But I am also a father and I want to find a good balance. However, it is clear that if you want to achieve something you will eventually have to step on the gas I love new work and it has to be fun,” Gamper says.
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