Canoeing: Josef Capousek on achieving Top Quality

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What do Chinese athletes do when their careers are over?

Many become coaches after competitive sport, because they can only compete for about ten years. The only thing they know about is sports. But most of them lack the qualification, i.e. a sports science education. It is often difficult for me to explain the content of my training because the athletes do not understand the context.

Do you have an example ?

It is very important to me that an athlete basically knows why he is doing something. But with the Chinese it’s a vicious circle: The athletes have no training; they don’t understand a lot of things, and it’s no better with the coaches either. So now I usually say: „Do it first and ask me afterwards.“