U.S. Ski Team Fires Men’s Head Speed Coach After Conviction In Austria
“Core values, including integrity, are a cultural mainstay of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and the standard that we expect from out athletes, staff, coaches and volunteers,” said USSA President and CEO Tiger Shaw. He added there are no immediate replacement plans.
The U.S. men’s speed team won three medals at major championships under Evers’ coaching, all in super G. Ted Ligety won gold at the 2013 World Championships in Schladming, Austria, while Andrew Weibrecht (silver) and Bode Miller (bronze) won their medals in February at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Evers, 46, was found guilty by a regional court in Salzburg of laundering 1.7 million Euros ($2.35 million), which his former girlfriend allegedly stole from a computer company she worked for from 2001-2005. The woman was convicted of stealing a total of 7.6 million euros and was released in 2012 after serving 30 months in prison.
Evers allegedly used the funds for investments and to build a home in Flachau, Austria, since confiscated by the Austrian justice department. The court said Evers had been aware of the origin of those funds since 2005.
The former coach of Austrian superstar Hermann Maier had been arrested in Salzburg by Austrian police in 2012 when he returned home following races in North America, but was released from custody the next day. The U.S. Ski Team reportedly said at the time that Evers had not violated any terms of his contract and the arrest did not appear to have affected his coaching.
Evers won a silver medal in downhill at the 1986 junior world championships. He coached on the Austrian national team for 17 years before joining the U.S. Ski Team.
(This report was prepared from a news statement from the U.S. Ski Team and a variety of news accounts).
Photo: Andreas Evers released as head coach of the U.S. men’s speed team