Biathlon: the difficult break between French biathletes and their coaches
Since Friday afternoon and the announcement made by Vincent Vittoz et Patrick Favre of their next departure from the coaching of the French men’s biathlon team, the revelations do not stop. It had started with the coaches themselves, targeting their future former biathletes at a press conference.
There was then, in response, Saturday morning, the tweet fromEmily Jacques : “Saying that someone is depressed or ill is a doctor’s responsibility. Publicly announcing it without the person’s consent betrays medical secrecy […]. It is probably a clumsiness due to too many emotions, but the subject is too important not to talk about it,” he wrote, addressing the Cluse in particular.
During the pursuit of the final ofOslo Holmenkollen (Norway) was a sporting response that took place, with the podium of Quentin Fillon Maillet and the top 6 of Fabien Claude. But in the traditional photo of joy after the flower ceremony, Vincent Vittoz did not pose. Proof that something has indeed broken in France’s house.
“If we fired them? No “
To understand it, as revealed The team this Sunday morning we have to go back to Wednesday. That day, a meeting takes place between the duo Patrick Favre/Vincent Vittoz and their biathletes. The target ? Tell them they no longer want to work with them, a decision made by the group’s executives: Quentin Fillon Maillet, Fabien Claude, Antonin Guigonate et Emily Jacquesremote after the end of his season.
“If we fired them? No, but we were initiated by [leur départ], the Jura points out daily in the sport. It was very complicated to announce. The coaches agreed with our decision, agree might not be the word, but decided to stop. They fell from above because maybe we didn’t make enough felt [cette envie de] change, it was very gradual, we talked about it a lot between athletes. We tried to send certain messages to the coaches that were not necessarily understood. »
No coaches in sight
“I would have liked to find a compromise, but we need a small change. It is something that has been well thought out. Such a change is very difficult. We do it knowing the consequences,” then developed the same Quentin Fillon Maillet for AFP, in comments adopted by Eurosport.
Be that as it may, the tricolor biathletes, after this difficult break, will run out of coaches in a few hours. “We have not another carriage in sight,” the Grandvallier swears. This work will return in the coming weeks Stephane Bouthiauxvery touched by the departure of the French-Italian duo, and at the DTN Pierre Mignery.