Gold medals are awarded to the athlete, only. In fact, all three of the medals (gold, silver and bronze) are awarded to only the athletes. Coaches do not receive medals in the Olympics. Neither do trainers, or doctors or parents or training partners. The reason is that the athlete is the one who earns the medal. The athlete is the one who trains and pushes themselves beyond limits to execute their plan. Coaches are critical in the success of an athlete. Most athletes would not reach their potential without a coach. However, the coach is an aid or assistance to the athlete. It is the athlete who is responsible for executing the plan. Often times, athletes expect the coach to "make them into" an athlete. The athlete must realize that they are the ones who are responsible for their ultimate success and they are responsible to utilize their resources, but not rely on those resources to reach their potential.