Beijing 2022 Olympic champion in cross-country skiing Veronika Stepanova in her column on , she recalled a story that unfolded during training camp in January.
– In January of this year, we met in the same mountain hotel with Marcus Kramer’s group, which included Federico Pellegrino. Federico is a world champion, Olympic medalist, one of those who has been at the top of cross-country skiing for many years. He has tried various training systems and is clearly prone to process analysis. So Pellegrino openly praised what he called the “Russian approach”: long, weeks-long training camps, where you disconnect from everything – just training, training, coaching. More precisely, you are “extinguished”, creating all the conditions for you – only Pasha. It’s very difficult, it requires a solid back end in the person of loved ones who understand everything, you have just come off the hook during these weeks. But the main progress is laid precisely at such training camps.
Thus, Western athletes do not. A week, a maximum of ten days together – and went home. It suits someone – otherwise Johaug and Clabo wouldn’t have won. But for the majority, especially for young athletes, this approach is not ambitious and does not meet the modern demands of the training process. Therefore, they are less and less ready to fight with us,” Stepanova wrote.
Source : MatchTV
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