I totally agree, very well said.
The only thing is I would say it is more akin to hard-style KB lifting.
I also would say that athletes should be versed in pure "I'm going to the Olympics" form and what is necessary to complete a task. Which is why I emphasize "pure" technique first, then move into metcon with a barbell when it becomes necessary and possible to use that much weight. Our less experienced clients use dumbbells and kettlebells first.