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China orders the big success

Glenn Lindholm is in his red-and-white sweater obvious. So he but it is also associated quite definitely with the national colors of the country, denounces on his back fat of the lettering: China. Lindholm, a Finn from the Swedish minority, is China's most important snow-sports Coach and catalyst of a bold dream.

As the Chinese Olympic Turbos came in his office, they wanted to know from the long-running specialists there are two things: Can you novices to Olympic Champions coach? Rich you for it for four years, because we are hosting the 2022 games at home?

While Lindholm was neither the one nor the other promise, trained on the small man with the eye-catching earring is now the largest athlete group of Chinese would-be winter athletes of the currently most daring global sports project: the Chinese, the top athletes have neither snow sports culture, to 2022, to your home to play forms of medal candidates.

From zero to hero

"From zero to hero", from zero to hero, call to catch the Chinese. In order to illustrate after all, from where you start: from the zero point. Nevertheless, Lindholm from the start of the project got to hear from the Chinese officials: "Just be not enough for us!" The Chinese themselves want to have guaranteed to the width.

In all 109 of the competitions you intend to make in three years athletes. This was in Olympic winter sport history, and not just Americans, in 1980 and 2002 – but at 38 and 78 competitions.

Only: Where the athletes of the self-proclaimed giants of the winter sports come from? The country had a flight of Teenagers across all the regions of your snow talent test. 134 of them were sent Glenn Lindholm in Vuokatti in the far North of Finland. There Lindholm at the Institute for sport, is employed. It is the Magglingen to the Finns.

That just 20 of these messengers had ever seen snow, facilitating the Lindholms task, as is their origin: they derive the majority of from the rowing. The Chinese Selektionäre believed, in the long run, there is a need for especially trained torso. To the leg work you thought less, what led to some of these long-running rowers from Vuokatti injured.

cross-country Coach Glenn Lindholm. Photo: PD

Even Glenn Lindholm has to laugh when he talks about the first snow day of his charges. To be "only on the cross-country skiing, was hard for you. For some of you, we began not to – but felt clear." The Chinese demanded for their chosen one at the same time, the best Material, although freshmen are unable to cope, difficulty in the introduction of values. "Only the Best for the project is good enough. Money plays no role," says Lindholm.

He has 14 coaches, the majority of Finns. In seven groups they train with the Chinese, between 14 and 40 years 2 times a day. The athlete is a senior is a darling of the party, and that's why. That Vuokatti can have one of the oldest cross-country skiing tunnel in the world, helped in the decision of the location. Thus, it is ensured that all the year round, even on snow.

A Chinese village in Vuokatti

don't limit The challenges on the Sport. The cultural differences are big, says Lindholm. Only out of geographical reasons. The majority of its athletes come from the Region around Shanghai. Sub-zero temperatures are rare. In Vuokatti there is the half of the year, very cold – also a long time dark.

in order for the Chinese, who hardly speak English and that Translators have to feel a little at home, have you set up the fins on the outside of Vuokatti, a "Chinese Village" with WGs and its own Restaurant with local cuisine. English courses you will get. And Lindholms wife is the contact person for all Concerns and Sörgel.

Each week, Lindholm will have to create a Rapport and to Beijing to send, so that the officials know how the athletes develop. Lindholm has been testing the Fitness of his athletes about on a regular basis. In a couple of weeks, you may shortly home, he will then have significantly less of them. Those who return to him, the Chinese officials.

That dealing with them is often exhausting, conceal Lindholm second to none. He continues, by saying: "We could work more efficiently if we only could." But Lindholm has received in addition to the athletes also 15 Chinese coaches sent. The have hardly any idea of the long-run, bargain talk with and like.

"all the time you want abbreviations, what is impossible. Because it develops within a few months, for the athletes," says Lindholm. Of himself he says this: "We have made the Chinese since the beginning of the project clear: Dope does not go with us. Finally, it goes to our reputation." For it is clear that he will be satisfied, if by 2022 from its group, a Top 20 Athlete, or a Top-20 athlete developed. Currently, his Best level is at the level just below world Cup.

in Order to boost internal competition and to avoid cluster risks, stationed by the Chinese in 15 countries with a winter sports culture of their athletes, preferably in sports institutes, but nowhere more than in Vuokatti. The Switzerland is one of Magglingen. She has Eishockeyaner, which will compete with project colleagues from Finland or Russia.

The head of state, before

Where several cells are missing, have tried the Chinese to engage at least the best staff. So the Olympic form of the winner from the abroad about biathletes, snowboarders or Bob pilots. 80 foreign coaches to contribute to the planned Chinese winter sports miracle. Finally, the command from the very top: of the head of state, Xi Jinping.

How many billions the Chinese in their Olympic dream flow, is unknown. What you know: you attract trainers, physiotherapists or sport scientists with a monthly income of up to 10'000 dollars, with amounts, how you paid, in many countries, never in these industries.

As these Legionnaires take the one or other setback. As the Austrians Heinz Kuttin, who takes care of the women ski Jumpers, accommodated to the world Cup with his Staff, missing his athletes. They were not coming from him for unknown reasons.

Such problems Glenn Lindholm does not know. He has his Eleven finally. Nevertheless, he says: "The athletes are great and easy to lead. In the case of the officials, but you never know what your next projects or demand."

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 13.03.2019, 23:03 PM

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