The king of the orienteering, frenchman Thierry Gueorgiou, informed one month ago that season 2017 will be his last at top level (http://www.vjsport.fi/fi/farewell-tour-2017/). Back then he didn’t yet tell the big audience what are his plans after that. However today 25.11. Swedish orienteering federation announced Thierry will be a new national team coach from 2018 on.
– This is a great opportunity and also a good way to start my new career, Thierry comments to VJ Sport.
– I am really looking forward to this and it felt like a natural step to take. I have been considering coaching as my next step for some time. It is my own father who first gave my inspiration to coaching as he used to work in French national team back in the days, Thierry tells on the release of Swedish national team.
Thierry will work as one of the coaches of Swedish national team starting next season 2018. At the moment he is still fully focusing on World Championships in Otepää Estonia next summer 2017. On national team Thierry will be focusing on orienteering technique and will for example plan the training programs for the training camps. Thierry lives currently in Sweden in Uppsala with his partner former elit orienteer Annika Billstam.
– My task is to take care that no one will train better than us, we will have the best quality in our trainings. I am happy to have Annika home to test my ideas with her, Thierry says.
Swedish orienteering federation calls Thierry as a ”dream catch”. The current head coach Håkan Carlsson who will continue working with Thierry is already looking forward to season 2018.