Sir Steve Redgrave highlighted in a recent interview during the rowing at the London 2012 Olympics the importance of experience. This is also backed up learning theory which reinforces that the best way to learn is through experiential learning i.e. experience.  Within training and the build up to major competitions a coach should build in simulations and situations that replicate as closely as possible the environment and competition that the athletes will face.  This may be difficult especially with something like we are seeing at London 2012 and the fact that it is a home Olympics.  When it is difficult to do this prepare and build in visits to the venue to gain experience and a great technique to perform is the 'What if' session where different 'What if's' are discussed and strategies are formulated. Preparation is also important if experience is at premium.