“Be patient and work with honor. Hard work always pays off“
Apart from physical training, do you have mental training scheduled in your routine?
Of course! I do mental training every day, it’s very useful to be mentally fit.
How do you manage to keep calm before and during a competition?
I learned to be just in the moment. I don’t really care about the competition until I get in the boat. That way I don’t waste my energy.
What is a normal day like as a professional paddler?
An average day for me looks like getting up, having breakfast and prepare for the training that awaits me. Paddling, strengthen and finally having lunch. After that, mental training and having some sleep. Before dinner, in the afternoon, some rowing to end the day.
What are your hobbies apart from sport? What other activities are part from your routine?
I am a big Formula 1 fan and, my friends and I, always watch the Grand Prix together and cheer. Last year I was at a Grand Prix for the first time, which was the Italian Grand Prix in Monza. We usually go karting after watching Grand Prix and we are planning to organize a home karting championship this year!
Is there a place you enjoy the most training? Why? And for competition?
I really like to be at home and sleeping in my own bed, and the Dunavarsányi Olympic Center is not far from there, where you have everything you need to prepare properly.
Is there and athlete you enjoy the most training with?
I can’t ask for anything better than my teammates, as we motivate each other and there is a kind of competition between us in training, which also helps.
Last year you became world champion in K2 500, which will be Olympic next year in Paris. What are your expectations for this year’s qualifier and the Olympic Games in Paris?
This year, the focus will probably be on the K4 500m and the goal will be getting the maximum quota number. Obviously, we want to make progress in K2 as well. At the Olympics, K2 500m and K4 500m will be in focus together. We work to bring out the best from ourselves and return home with an Olympic medal.
What are your objectives for this season?
The most important goal is to get the Olympic quota in K4, but I would be happier if we could return home with a medal in K4 from the World Championships in Duisburg.