Bjørvika (Dagbladet): Earlier this fall, tragedy struck international skiing, and Austria was at the forefront.
On a mountain trek in the Alps this September, Britta Maria Eugen, wife of Austrian co-trainer Christoph Eugen, lost her life in a tragic accident.
According to Britta Maria Eugene A variety of media After he lost his footing and fell more than a hundred metres.
The fall resulted in her sustaining life-threatening injuries, and despite ongoing rescue efforts, her life could not be saved.
Britta Maria Eugene was only 52 years old.
Her husband Christophe Eugene and their 11-year-old son Simon are said to have witnessed the horrific incident.
Norwegian Joint Commander Ivar Stoan heard of the tragic death.
– Unfortunately, I’ve heard about that. I don’t know anything more than what was reported in the media, because I didn’t speak to Christoph, Stoan tells Dagbladet.
– He was a good runner in his time, and manager of the Austrian men’s team. He’s a very nice guy, so I thought this was very tragic. very sad. I was in complete shock when I heard how it happened.
– It is incomprehensible and terrible to think about. There are a lot of steep mountains in Austria, so maybe that was a result of that. “It’s obviously bad luck, and at the same time everything probably went wrong at the same time,” adds Stoan.
Christophe Eugene has not yet commented publicly on the death.
The Austrian Ski Federation confirmed in a statement the tragic accident.
– It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of the wife of coach Christophe Eugene. She fell while hiking last Sunday and died from her injuries. “Our thoughts go out to Christoph Eugene and his family at this difficult time,” the message said.
Eugene served as head coach of the Austrian national team for more than ten years. It is not surprising that he will reduce his attendance at skating in the coming period, as the association has learned.
– However, he supports the team as best he can from home. We ask for your understanding that there will be no further statements from Christophe Eugene on this matter, the union said, citing Several media.
Stoan says he plans to have a conversation with Eugene when the opportunity arises.
– But I heard he’ll be staying home a lot this winter – and won’t go out much. But once I meet him, I’ll have a proper chat to see how things are going and if there’s anything we can help with. Unfortunately, there’s probably not much we can do – because the loss occurred anyway.
“No, that was terrible,” concludes Stoan, before Dagbladet changes the subject.
I look forward
The stage was immediately set for the start of the combined season. Next weekend, he will be ready for the national opening in Beitostolen.
However, Stoan makes it clear that he is not completely satisfied until next season.
– First, the list of terms is a bit weak. I think that’s a real shame. We miss Val di Fiemme, the Olympic Games city of Milan and Cortina. Germany has a shorter weekend than usual, due to the difficult financial conditions in the German Football Association. Then we lost Chau Neuve in France, which I think could become a huge arena, with these good Frenchmen on their way up.
– So the list of terms is a bit weak. It should have been bigger. We also have to move the girls to the big hill, so we can move the girls to all our yards. It’s a goal. We want to get the girls into Storback, so we can have more competitions for girls, Stuan continues.
It reminds us that, as is known, there is a tournament-free season before the World Cup kicks off in Trondheim in 2025.
– There will be a mediocre season on the way to the World Championship, before ending with a very exciting weekend with the World Cup Trial in Trondheim. It is a prelude to the World Cup that will come in 2025. I was the manager of the national team in 1997 combined in the previous World Cup, and it was a unique experience. It’s something very special, so I’m looking forward to it, concludes the joint technical director.
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