Former coach of the Russian national biathlon team Pichler was put into a coma

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Former coach of the Russian national biathlon team Pichler was put into a coma

Wolfgang Pichler

Wolfgang Pichler, the former coach of the Russian women's national biathlon team, was put into an artificial coma. Expressen reports.

According to the newspaper, the 65-year-old specialist suffered a heart attack after cycling near Ruhpolding. Pichler was resuscitated on the spot and later taken to the Traunstein hospital.

The trainer's brother Klaus Pichler said that he was optimistic, as the patient was under the supervision of the best doctors. “The condition is assessed as difficult, but stable,” added the manager of the Swedish Olympic Committee Peter Reinebo.

In 2018, Pichler completed his coaching career. In recent years, he has worked with the Swedish national team. After leaving the sport, the specialist remained an advisor to the team.

Pichler coached the Russian national team from 2011 to 2014. Biathletes Olga Zaitseva and Yana Romanova, with whom he worked, were charged with an anti-doping rule violation based on the testimony of Grigory Rodchenkov. Pichler expressed confidence in the innocence of the athletes and accused the WADA informant of lying.

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