John Aalberg (49) will become the new Director of Sports of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2011. Aalberg is currently both director of sports for the Nordic disciplines (Cross-Country, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined and Biathlon) and Whistler Olympic Park venue's general manager for the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010 as well as a consultant for the Olympics in Sochi in 2014.
He has previously been responsible for Cross-Country Skiing at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002, worked on sports preparations for Turin in 2006 and the World Championships in Sapporo in 2007 whilst serving as FIS Technical Delegate at numerous FIS World Cups. Aalberg will commence in his new role with Oslo 2011 in April 2010.
Current Director of Sports Espen Bjervig is leaving his position in October. Assistant Sports Director Lasse Ottesen and experts from the Norwegian Ski Association and the Federation for the Promotion of Skiing will help during the transition.
"John has an enormous amount of event expertise to offer. He is assuming the Director of Sports role, which is an extremely important one for us. We are focusing on the competitors and facilitating the best possible sports conditions. I am proud to have John join our World Championships team," says Åsne Havnelid, CEO of Oslo 2011.
John was in Grand Rapids, Michigan a few years back, giving a dryland training clinic. Here are a couple related articles, with a very rare video of John on rollerskis: