Former Luge Secretary General Reflects on Tenure -- ATRadio

(ATR) Svein Romstad speaks with Around the Rings about his lengthy career in luge.

(ATR) After nearly 25 years at the International Luge Federation Svein Romstad has stepped down as Secretary General.

Romstad began his career competing for Norway in the Olympic Games in luge. After his competition career, Romstad became a coach in the United States, eventually being elected to the U.S. Luge Federation.

Through that position Romstad made the jump to FIL where he stayed until this year's Congress in Bratislava, Slovakia. In his over two decades of work the federation has seen growth from a small operation to one that is fully professionalized and sustainable.

Romstad joined Around the Rings in our offices in Atlanta for a wide-ranging interview on his career and journey in the Olympic Movement.

"In 1994 we had just a fledgling staff, a temporary office, we had really no sponsors, no television agreements and at that time it was a little tenuous with the Olympic Movement, so it was a little shaky then," Romstad says. "Now I’m proud to say that we have a permanent office, full time staff, full sponsors, a television agreement, a reserve fund, and I think our role in the Olympics is pretty secure."

Written by Aaron Bauer , with interview conducted by Ed Hula

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