JD Lind, second right, has left his position as national coach of Japan ©Getty Images

JD Lind has departed the Japanese Curling Association (JCA) after six years as national coach, having led the women's team to consecutive podiums at the Winter Olympic Games, including a silver medal at Beijing 2022.

In a statement, the JCA said Lind - who previously was the assistant coach of the women's team before leading the national programme - has moved on with consideration to his family situation.

The 37-year-old Canadian was appointed to the head coaching role in 2016, with the JCA saying his departure allows the national set-up to focus and commit to the next Olympic cycle.

On departure, Lind said he was thankful for his years with the Japanese team.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank the JCA and Japanese Olympic Committee for their support over my past six years as national coach," Lind said.

Japan's women claimed the silver medal at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics ©Getty Images
Japan's women claimed the silver medal at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics ©Getty Images

"In that time, we have seen exceptional growth and success on the international stage that I am very proud of JCA provided me the opportunity and support to apply my vision to the national team programme and for that I am grateful.

"I want to thank all of the athletes and coaches whom I have had the pleasure of working with for entrusting me as national coach. 

"The Japanese curling community is a tight-knit group of amazing people and I am forever grateful for the amazing relationships we have built together. 

"Although I will not be the national coach, I am still excited to follow and support all of the great friends I have made."

Lind's women's team - skipped by Satsuki Fujisawa - lost the final at Beijing 2022 to Eve Muirhead's Britain.