Well, it isn’t really. Coaches who maintain their form were training alongside active athletes for yonks.
A squire – or ” coach who trains along” – fulfills many roles including conducting training sessions , leading by example ( how about 5 hour mountain trekking or equally long biking? ) and to some, namely team leaders, being quasi-personal coach.
It could be argued that recent successes of both Team Slovenia and Team GB are linked to that active coaching system.
But it’s the Russians who polished the system and in some ways took a step further in the last couple of years. Here’s how it works:
Not every team can afford to have dedicated squire or two – that’s clear. But having one definitely helps to both atmosphere in the team – and results