I met Andy Young over dinner in Birmingham with Matthew Turnbull, the elite event coordinator for some of the top elite events in the UK a few years ago. What I first noticed about Andy Young was the amount of soda he drank. The guy lived on the stufff. Over the evening, we chatted about training, his challenges as a Scottish coach, and his philosophy of coaching.
I have been lucky to see Andy and also chat with him at events. I like how he has developed Laura Muir, Jemma Reekie and Gabriela DeBues Stafford. Andy Young knows his craft, and his athletes show that.
EDINBURGH (GBR): The coach of Laura Muir believes the postponement of the Olympics will be to the benefit of the European 1500m champion. Andy Young said: “Come Tokyo, she’ll still be in her prime. She’s fortunate that it’s not come later in her career. But she had a bit of an injury over the winter so we didn’t really get near a track in December. She was still coming back in January and, although she ran some exciting times indoors, preparations had still been disrupted and having the world championship in October meant she already had a shorter run-in. She needed time off but it didn’t go as well to plan as previous years so she wasn’t as fit as she normally would have been.” From Athletics Weekly.