olympiade72 wrote:When I ran the 200 meter final in the 1972 Munich Olympics, I had a 105 temp and the flu. I was happy just to make it to the final. I had been sick for two days prior to my race. I am not complaining it is what it was for that day. But due to the requirements in 1972 of the USTA and the US Olympic committee, we were required to participate in certain meets, as well as a training regimen that was in complete contradiction to what I had been doing for the last two years. That combined with the poor food choices that were presented to the team I lost 10 lbs and got the flu. Just wanted to set the record straight after 40 years on the eve of the 2012 games. Chuck Smith US National champion 72.
That's ridiculous that you should have to follow someone else's training program that late in the process other than the one that you used to get there in the first place. Aside for relay purposes, I cannot see the point for them to also dictate your racing schedule leading up to the games. I hope now national team coaches, again other than the actual exchange work the relay coach would require, let the personal coaches have as much daily contact and coaching as is possible for any given athlete. While someone's coach can certainly screw up a tapering schedule if one is used, your coach certainly knows better what you respond to, what you don't respond to and specifically what your program has consisted of along the way.