Ok, I just looked up the article because it sounded a little weird to me. But it's not that bad. The newspaper spotlighted a sports-related movie, Perfect Body, that's on Belgian television tonight about the relationship between a gymnast and her coach becoming all too funky. So that's why they asked Carl Maes about the relationship between coach and athlete.
Maes says that there is a big difference between being the coach of a team that competes in a national league and coaching an inidivdual athlete who has to travel all over the world. In the latter case, the coach often is the person the athlete is closest to and trusts the most. So it make sense that you talk about more than sports. "During the last years, Kim spent more time with me than with her parents. When she was really young [the article mentions they started travelling together when kim was 12], I had to decide when it was time for bed or when she had to tidy up her hotel room. You work together, eat together, spend your free time together and together try to not let the monotony of it all get to you."
The journalist then mentions that that relationship has all the necessary ingredients to turn into a romantic one.
Maes' answer: "Absolutely, everything's there to fall in love. But I swear on my two children that nothing ever happened between Kim and I. Our professional relationship would never have lasted this long otherwise."
Sorry I didn't have time to translate the whole thing, but that's all he said about his relationshio with Kim. So if you look at the context of the interview and then the leading questions of the journalist, the quotes make sense. Seems a little weird to imagine Kim and Carl sharing a room, but then again, she was only 12 at the time. No way my parents would have let me stay in a room by myself at that age.
Anyway, hope this helps.