Olympic champion Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann is to accompany the rebuild in speed skating. Under provisional President Matthias Große, the 53-year-old and former top athlete Andreas Behr as “Performance Manager” in the German association DESG will take over the training for women and men for the team competitions. Both should work for the new national coach; the position is vacant, for the time being team leader Helge Jasch. Claudia Pechstein and third world champion Patrick Beckert were nominated as team captains. “Matthias Große is completely behind my athletic path and I am 100 percent behind him as President,” says Beckert. Pechstein’s significant other wants to be elected DESG head at the Association Day in September.

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