26 August 2016
With the recent return of Great Britain’s Olympic team, a lot of attention is being paid to their success and how they achieved it. Many put it down to meticulous and detailed planning, with talk of small changes (marginal gains) being the key. For example there was a discussion at the Olympics about the aerodynamics of the cyclists’ kit. I don’t disagree with this assessment however, for me it is much more than that. There was a four year plan for the Olympians, culminating in performances where the difference between winning a medal or not was often only a few millimetres or fractions of a second. The plan set out in detail what the athlete needed to do over that period to be successful: the training regime, equipment and ability needed to peak at the right time.