After many years as a pro snowboarder, Roger Hjelmstadstuen (27) is probably more stoked on snowboarding than ever. And that is exactly why he now is taking on new challenge of becoming head coach for the Norwegian National snowboard team.
Roger teams up with new sports manager Vidar Nyhus (38), and The Norwegian Snowboard Association (NSA) is confident that the new duo will be the winning combination for developing young Norwegian talent and helping elite riders to progress in the years to come.
"We are incredible happy to get them on board," says Annika Johnsson, General Secretary of the NSA. "Since former head coach Petter Levin ended his career at the Norwegian team after Torino, we’ve spent a lot of time developing a new team structure, as well as finding the right people."
The mellow Scandinavian, who along with epic video parts is known for spinning his way up on the podium in Japan and USA, was roaming around back home in Lillehammer planning for a new pro season when the opportunity unfolded. "I was super stoked on the idea right away," says Roger. "Being a snowboard pro for a decade, I knew that at one point I had to start thinking about doing something new. I am so glad I found a way to use what I have learned all these years.
"I think the most fun part of my new job will be to help young riders that want to become the best, and give them what they need to get there. I hope that Vidar and I can pass on the fun of snowboarding to the younger generation!"
The focus now is on building a new Norwegian national team. Along with established pros such as Kjersti Buaas, Andreas Ygre Wiig, Fredrik Austbø and Mikkel Bang, there are also plenty of Norwegian riders knocking at the door, and Roger plans to broaden the team's perspective a bit to put more weight on slope style, not only half pipe and boarder cross.
The New Norwegian National Snowboard Team will be announced in the end of October. Watch this space...