SOC launched a new program of athletes high performance support in 2005 with 2012 and the 100-year anniversary of the Olympic Games in Stockholm as the final goal.
The long-term goals are:
- 20 medals in the Olympic Games
The specific long-term goals are a symbol of the belief that if our most promising athletes are given the proper tools, it is possible to compete with true sportsmanship.
As the Olympic Games approach, specific medal goals will be set. These goals will be an expression of the competitiveness of the team.
The SOC´s athletes high performance support program is divided into two areas:
- Elite & talent program
- The support program
All support from the SOC shall be customized according to specific needs of the athlete and the sport. This support is concentrated on a few selected athletes to give them the opportunity to do what it takes to reach the top.
Everybody will have the opportunity to try out; however, performance and results will be the deciding factor. Positive development and dedication shown by the athletes and the federations are required for continued and/or increased support.
The SOC´s support is in addition to the national federations´ own commitment for the Olympics. The federations are responsible for the implementation, which is one reason SOC support goes through the various federations. This way the results can be analyzed, and the experience and competence gained will be shown throughout their specific sport.
Positive teamwork and coordination between the federations and the SOC is very important and increases their relationship, which is critical to achieve success, even for the youngest athletes.
The requirements for an athlete and their coach to be included in one of the SOC´s high performance programs is that the national federation has their own high performance program in place through to the next Olympic Games, as well as an annual plan for their national team. They also need to demonstrate requirement analyses, a training concept and a follow-up program.