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Emil Iversen Secures Former National Team Coach

In a bid to reclaim his position at the top of cross-country skiing, Emil Iversen has devised a detailed plan, setting his sights on a triumphant return to the World Championships in 2025. 

Photo: Barbieri/NordicFocus

Emil Iversen (NOR) during Tour de Ski 2022/2023.

After being excluded from the Norwegian national team earlier this year, Emil Iversen, the 31-year-old athlete, has organized a personal plan to carry out his aspirations.

The final piece of the puzzle falls into place as Iversen appoints the experienced Trond Nystad, former coach of the Norwegian men’s national team, to spearhead his comeback journey. Nystad confirmed his involvement in an interview with Adresseavisen, expressing his commitment to assisting Iversen in reclaiming his rightful place at the forefront of the sport.

“We had a conversation, and Emil reached out to me for assistance. Next week, we will meet in Trondheim to create a concept and outline the path forward. The goal is to guide Emil back to the right track,” shared Nystad with Adresseavisen.

As the article reveals, Iversen is set to unveil the remaining aspects of his plan, including his private investment team, in the coming week.

Nystad: A Coach for Comebacks

This isn’t the first time Nystad has played a pivotal role in bringing talented skiers back and facilitating their return to the national team. Previously, he successfully collaborated with Didrik Tønseth, who was dropped from the elite national team before the 2021/22 Olympic season. 

Under Nystad’s guidance as a coach, sparring partner, and supporter, Tønseth staged a remarkable comeback, culminating in his reinstatement to the elite national team in the spring of 2022. Tønseth also received renewed faith from the national team management for the upcoming season.

Also Read: Norway’s National Cross-Country Ski Team for Season 2023/2024

Vast Experience and Track Record

Trond Nystad boasts an illustrious coaching career, having served as the head coach of the Norwegian men’s national team from 2011 to 2016. 

Before that, he held coaching positions with the American, German, and Swiss national teams, nurturing skiing talents across international boundaries. After concluding his tenure as Norway’s head coach, Nystad assumed the role of cross-country coordinator for the Austrian national team. However, he resigned following the unfortunate revelation of blood doping incidents involving Austrian skiers Max Hauke and Dominik Baldauf during the 2019 World Championships in Seefeld.

Nystad’s wife, Claudia Nystad (formerly Künzel), achieved remarkable success as one of Germany’s most accomplished cross-country skiers until her retirement in 2015. Presently, Nystad lends his expertise as a valued resource in the coaching team of Norwegian powerhouse Team Aker Dæhlie. Although Iversen engaged in discussions with Team Aker Dæhlie, he has chosen to chart his course under his independent initiative.

By enlisting Trond Nystad’s seasoned guidance and assembling a dedicated private investment team, Emil Iversen is determined to rise again, relentless in his quest to leave an indelible mark on the forthcoming World Championships on home soil in Granåsen in 2025.

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