Johan Flodin represented Sweden at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games ©SOK

Former rower Johan Flodin has been appointed as sports and development manager at the Swedish Olympic Committee (SOK), following a successful stint as head coach of the Norwegian rowing team.

Flodin competed for Sweden at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games, where he reached the final of the men's quadruple sculls alongside Pontus Ek, Fredrik Hulten and Henrik Nilsson.

He also won two silver medals in that event at the World Championships in 1991 and 1992.

He began his coaching career at a rowing high school in Strömstad and coached 2010 World Championships women's single scull gold medallist Frida Svensson.

Since assuming the position as head coach of Norway's national team in 2013, the country won 30 medals at international competitions, including Kjetil Borch's silver in the men's single scull at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The 54-year-old has now returned to his native Sweden, where his new role with the SOK includes leading its resource team and striving for performance development.

Sweden ranked 23rd in the medal table at Tokyo 2020 with three golds and six silvers to its name, the country's best performance at the Games since Athens 2004.

Sweden secured its best performance at an Olympic Games since Athens 2004 in Tokyo this summer ©Getty Images
Sweden secured its best performance at an Olympic Games since Athens 2004 in Tokyo this summer ©Getty Images

Flodin is confident he will help the SOK to build on its successes.

"There is already a lot of expertise within SOK," he said.

"Sweden has had an impressive medal outcome in recent years and has been at its best when it comes to the most in Olympic Games.

"But in order for us to continue to take medals at the same level, we must build capacity from the ground up and focus on the development of training and I hope to be able to participate and contribute."

Peter Reinebo, the operations manager at the SOK, believes Flodin's coaching background makes him well-suited to the role.

"Johan has a high level of competence and an impressive international track record," Reinebo said.

"He will work with analysis and performance development and will be important for Swedish Olympic sports in the coming years.

"Very fun to have him back in Sweden."