Originally Posted by Curcubeu
If you look for instance back at the junior world championships in Biathlon a couple of years ago you will find quite an amount of Romanian athletes in the Top 10, even on the podium. Needless to say that none of them was able to fulfil his/her potential. The training facilities are a catastrophe.
At least for sports like biathlon, skiing and ice skating you can blame the non-existent facilities for a good part of the year, but you'd think there are enough tennis courts around to support at least a few elite athletes. Somehow, though, we manage to limit their access to indoor courts in the winter to the point where even they struggle to train properly year round. Takes some talent & skill, really.