Swiss Ski have paid tribute to their former coach Jaques Reymond ©Swiss Ski

International Ski Federation (FIS) and Swiss Ski have paid tribute to Jaques Reymond following his death at the age of 69.

Reymond had worked for Swiss Ski between 1979 and 1995 in several roles, firstly serving as a fitness coach of the women’s team until 1987.

He later worked as an assistant for the men’s team, before serving as head coach from 1993 to 1995.

Swiss Ski said highlights of Reymond’s time as coach included the 1987 World Alpine Skiing Championships, where Switzerland won all five gold medals in women’s competitions.

As fitness coach he worked with six-time world champion and two-time overall World Cup winner Erika Hess.

Reymond married Hess on May 6 1988, with the couple having three sons.

Jaques Reymond married six-time world champion Erika Hess in 1988 ©Getty Images
Jaques Reymond married six-time world champion Erika Hess in 1988 ©Getty Images

Swiss Ski confirmed Reymond died on May 6 from coronavirus, following several weeks fighting the infection.

"Swiss skiing and the Swiss Ski family have lost an extremely committed person and a great coaching personality," said Urs Lehmann and Bernhard Aregger, Swiss Ski President and chief executive, respectively.

"Even after his time at Swiss-Ski, Jacques Reymond stood up for Swiss skiing, so he organised races and camps for young Alpine athletes together with Erika Reymond-Hess or accompanied athletes on their way to professional life after their sporting career.

"In addition, the former President of the Ski Romand regional association provided strong support in Lausanne's application to host the Youth Olympic Games, which were successfully carried out last January."

The FIS also paid tribute to Reymond, with the governing body saying it offered its "deepest condolences" to his family, friends, loved ones and Swiss Ski.