It was a phenomenal set up and it was also for a multitude of different sports. So it was cool to be able to see different coaches from a variety of different sports in that venue. That the gym is still there and accessible. And I believe that was part of the arrangement for Team USA to come in and use that facility was to equip it and then leave all the equipment post Olympics.”
Andreas Behm on SportsDock and UEL’s Docklands campus
Andreas also discusses the legacy of the 2012 Olympics, his successful coach-athlete relationship with Aries Merritt, who still holds the world record for the 110m hurdles from a Diamond League meeting in Brussels in September 2012 with a time of 12.80 and offers advice to any aspiring sports coaches and sports science students.
For the last eight years, Andreas has been the sprints and hurdles coach, education director and recruitment director for the sports company ALTIS. ALTIS provides elite training facilities for athletes and provides education to enhance sport performance from its base in Phoenix Arizona.
Andreas has worked with athletes at three Olympic Games and eight World Athletics Championships and recent successes include the Chinese athlete Xie Wenjun winning the Asian Championships and finishing fifth at the World Athletic Championships in the men’s 100m hurdles, which were both held in Doha.
ALTIS provides elite training facilities for athletes and provides education to enhance sport performance from its base in Phoenix Arizona.
Further interviews with athletes and support staff with a connection to UEL and the local community from the London Olympics in 2012 will be posted on the UEL website and social media platforms over the next few months.