Remi Korchemny Training Philosophy
Remi Korchemny is the former sprint coach of a number of high-profile athletes, mainly from the US. He was an early coach for Soviet Olympic champion Valeri Borzov.
After the 1972 Olympics Korchemny moved to America. There he worked as a coach or advisor for a number of high-profile athletes, including British sprinter Dwain Chambers, and American athletes Kelli White, Chryste Gaines, Chris Phillips, Alvin Harrison, John Register and Jamaican athlete Grace Jackson.
Korchemny was introduced to athletics when he was drafted into the Soviet Union’s Red Army. He ran a best time of 10.4sec in the 100m. But as a qualified engineer he found his analytical qualities better suited to coaching, which he started in 1957.
His most renowned sprinter was the Soviet star Valery Borzov, who won the 1972 Olympic gold medals in the 100m and 200m. There is, however, some dispute as how much work Korchemny actually did with Borzov.
Korchemny was five when his father was executed by a firing squad on charges of sabotage during a docks dispute in 1937 and his mother was sent to a labour camp.
After that, his hatred of the Soviet system was deeply ingrained and he spent years lobbying to leave the Soviet Union before he was allowed to move in 1975 to the United States, where he worked with the US army athletics team.
The US track and field community undoubtedly held him in high esteem. When he threw a 70th birthday party in San Francisco last year he was presented with a plaque by the 1992 and 1996 Olympic 100m champion Gail Devers that read “The Greatest Track Coach of All Time”.
The track community, though, rallied round him. “Remi is one of the best,” said Randy Huntington, the former coach of the world long jump record holder Mike Powell. “This is like everyone’s grandfather: gentle, sweet, caring. To see him go through this hurts a lot of us.”