The last and sixth nomination of Team Director of the Year award goes to Anton Järnberg, the director of Lager 157 Ski Team from Sweden.
Anton Järnberg has steered his squad for many many years with great success. Lager 157 Ski Team has been one of the best Swedish Pro Teams in Visma Ski Classics since the beginning. They have been among the best three Pro Teams overall for four consecutive years, and Britta Johansson Norgren has won the Hertz Champion title five times in a row starting in Season VI. In Season X, the team’s male athletes shone brightly and managed to get four podium places; two victories for Emil Persson and two third places for Marcus Johansson.
Anton possesses relentless stamina and total commitment to his team and Visma Ski Classics. Anton has together with Lars Ljung developed the podcast Vasapodden increasing the interstate's for long distance skiing in the Swedish and nordic markets. He says that it is absolutely necessary to stay current and create hype around his skiers beyond the confines of the Visma Ski Classics Pro Tour. According to him, it is a make or break situation, and Lager 157 Ski Team has shown that their proclivity for mastering social media has paid off.
“It’s great to be nominated and it’s nice to know that I’m appreciated outside of my Pro Team as well. My core task is to make sure that our team has the best possible means to do their job and that we stay as a team working together from May to April. But we still have things to improve. We need to get better organization-wise and take one step further in the skiing world by showing up for the new season with better prepared skiers. On my part, I need to improve my delegation skills to serve our organisation better and also improve my English, as always,” says Lager 157 Ski Team’s director Anton Järnberg, the final, and 6th, nominee of the Pro Team Director of the Year award.