Former Czech athlete Tomas Matura has been appointed head coach of the United States women's Nordic combined team prior to their first World Cup season.
Matura has been chosen by USA Nordic to lead the squad during the historic inaugural International Ski Federation Women's Nordic Combined World Cup campaign.
He has targeted a podium finish at the 2021 Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf in Germany, due to feature the first medal events for women's Nordic combined.
"I’m so happy and excited that USA Nordic has given me this opportunity," Matura, who worked with the American women's Nordic combined team last season, said.
"I think that with my passion and ideas, I can help this team to become the best in the world.
"I would like to see personal bests from our athletes across the board, while being able to walk away from the season and all say, ‘we were successful and had fun."
USA Nordic sport director Jed Hinkley said Matura's elevation into the role was natural, considering his previous experience with the team.
"Given the success our athletes have had under his guidance, as well as the great relationships he has with the team, we are very excited to move Tomas into this role," Hinkley said.
"Having a full-time women’s Nordic combined coach is another step in the right direction for the sport and Tomas is the right person for the job."
Lillehammer is set to host the first women's Nordic Combined World Cup in December.
Alternative plans have also been made in case the pandemic affects the winter calendar.