Johan Flodin, has been awarded the 2013 World Rowing Coach of the year. For good reason: He is the man behind Norway's incredible World Championship results where the men's double scull and the men's lightweight double scull won gold.
Flodin is a former Olympian himself, having raced in Atlanta in 1996. Following which, he worked with 2010s World Champion women's single sculler: Frida Svensson. Only after London 2012, did Flodin take the position as the Head Rowing Coach in Norway.
Johan Flodin's talk
Flodin's talk covered the following topics:
- Norway structure: Two main centers with 4 regions. One paid coach with 11 athletes in the elite group.
- Long term development: A review of the structure.
- Training: Focussed based all year strength and power program. Personalized training program vital for success in athletes. Important to have variety in the training program. Athlete care is vital due to limited numbers.
- Planning: A periodized model for physiological development.
- Technique: Keep it simple. Basis off the Italian rowing of the 80s. Economy of rowing.
- The environment: “Performance is the sum of all behavior. It is what we do every day; it is our environment,” Flodin says.
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