Sometimes coaches teach the girls and the boys, though it is a lot less common to do so in the higher levels and the elite level. One exceptional exception is Former Russian national head coach for both the women's and men's teams Leonid Arkaev.
Interview with Arkaev:
Do you keep statistics on the number of Olympic, World Championships, and European Championships medals that you, as the coach, have helped win?
[COLOR=#004080]L. A.: I used to have those statistics. I haven't been keeping up with the numbers anymore, but I can say, of course, that about 400 Olympic, World Championships, and European Championships medals have been won under my leadership, about 150 of those gold. As far as the team medals are concerned, every single medal isn't counted, but rather one per team.
With those numbers you are the most successful gymnastics coach of all time, maybe even the most successful coach of all time...
[COLOR=#004080]L. A.: As far as gymnastics goes, I agree, but I haven't really thought about the second part of the question.
[/quote][quote]Is the fact that you never competed in an Olympic Games, World Championships, or European Championships, although you had the skill, the reason that you have become such a succesful coach? [COLOR=#004080]L. A.:
I think so. This circumstance motivated me to achieve with my gymnasts what was denied me as an athlete.
[/quote]Arkaev (in the picture he is the one on the left) was a very good gymnast, "the captain and the best gymnast of the URSS national team in May 1966 in a friendship competition against the GDR in Schwerin"
At the 1966 World Championships in Dortmund, 32 year-old Latynina stood on the world gymnastics stage for the last time, where the young gymnast Leonid Arkaev also wanted to be...
[COLOR=#004080]L. A.: I was too weak in Dortmund, and was for that reason only the alternate, but that made a big impression on me. I understood that because of my not-so-good behavior, I hadn't made it to world-class sport. Because of that I try to make sure that the young gymnasts I coach behave otherwise.
[/quote]Arkaev is not known to have an overbearing harsh coaching style though; for example with Elena Produnova they said it was like a father-daughter relationship, and he didn't try to control her strong personlity. The best is to treat each gymnast differently and not try to fit them in a mold.
Know how to work with the gymnast:
Was Dimitri Bilozerchev the most complicated situation to you?
[COLOR=#004080]L. A.: No. You could work with him. He enjoyed doing everything, with a little convincing, but you could also convince him to stick to a certain training regime. It was no problem for him to stick to certain rules, and it was pleasant coaching him.