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GB CYCLE COACH HEADS TO SNOWSPORTS
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He's Dan Hunt and comes to the national governing body for elite British snowsports from the Premier League, where he was Head of Elite Performance.

Prior to his job in football, Hunt was Sport Director at Team Sky and achieved success on the World and Olympic stage as a coach at British Cycling.

It's a big appointment and a sign of the ambitions of British Ski & Snowboard.

Hunt will be heading the performance strategy across all disciplines: Alpine, Cross Country, Freestyle Skiing, Park & Pipe, Ski & Snowboard Cross, Ski Jumping, Speed Skiing and Telemark.

And he will ultimately be judged on whether GB achieves its targets for Winter Olympic medals at PyeongChang in 2018 and beyond. 

He will also have to ensure that money raised through the recently announced industry funding scheme, the British Snowsports Fund, as well as money from corporate sponsorship, UK Sport and the National Lottery are used to drive forward those ambitious plans.

You can read more about the British Snowsports Fund and GB's medal targets here. 

The Chief Executive of BSS, Dave Edwards, said he was confident that Hunt's experience and success would translate into snowsports.

"Dan has held a variety of significant positions in high-performance sport," he said, "and has been integral to the implementation of a long-term medal winning programme at British Cycling".

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PlanetSKI looked at whether the GB Park & Pipe team could become as successful as our cyclists in this earlier article.

Hunt said he was ready to get back to the front-line and lead BSS towards medals.

"I hope that I will bring a fresh pair of eyes to the organisation by bringing my performance philosophies and values to what is a new landscape for me," he said.

"I will be joining British Ski and Snowboard at a very exciting time, and I hope that my experience of working in a high performance environment in two big sports will mean I can help drive success.

"I know what it takes to win and although I have a huge amount to learn about all the ski and snowboard disciplines, I am looking forward to working with the programme and coaching teams to look at sustainable success at world and Olympic level."

Following Jenny Jones' bronze medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014, last season was the most successful to date for British Ski & Snowboard.

GB athletes secured 20 podiums at World Cup level.

There was a bronze medal in the Snowboard Big Air at the Oslo X Games for Billy Morgan, the country's first ever World Cup gold in Snowboard Slopestyle for Jamie Nicholls,  and a Gold for Madi Rowlands in the Lillehammer Winter Youth Olympics Ski Halfpipe. 

There were strong results, too,  in alpine and cross country skiing.

Dan Hunt has some real talent to work with. 

We wish him luck in his quest for more medals for Great Britain. 

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