Martin Rufener to leave Swiss team

Updated: December 31, 2010, 12:38 PM ET
Associated Press

GENEVA -- Switzerland's Alpine coach is leaving the team at the end of the season.

The country's ski federation says in a statement it could not agree on a contract to keep Martin Rufener as the men's coach through the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. It has started looking for a replacement.

Rufener took charge in 2004, when Switzerland was overshadowed by a dominant Austrian squad.

Under Rufener, the Swiss men won their first Olympic Alpine gold medals since 1988. Didier Defago captured the downhill and Carlo Janka took giant slalom gold at Vancouver in February.

Janka also became Switzerland's first World Cup overall champion since 1992.


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