Apart from physical training, do you have mental training scheduled in your routine?
No, I don’t have any mental training.
How do you manage to keep calm before and during a competition?
I can’t really keep calm. I am focused and a little bit crazy.
What is a normal day like as a professional paddler?
Train hard, enjoy the little free time I have and do some stuff for marketing.
What are your hobbies apart from sport? What other activities are part from your routine?
My hobbies are Fly fishing, fishing, playing the guitar and SoMe.
Is there a place you enjoy the most training? Why? And for competition?
For training it’s Kadan, basically because it is close to some good fishing spots. For competition, my favorite place is Racice.
Is there and athlete you enjoy the most training with?
My coach. He is funny.
You’ve been in London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokio 2020 Olympic Games winning 4 medals, but no Gold Medal. What are you expectations for Paris 2024? Are you dreaming with the Gold?
I have always been dreaming with the Gold, but I also dream of inspiring youngsters to have passion, and not just to our sport. Of course, any medal from Paris would be nice.
We could say you’re commonly known as a 1000 meters specialist. How do you feel about the change of the K2 and K4 to the half kilometer in the Olympic Program?
I would prefer the K1 in 500m and team boats in 1000.
And what would you feel about a change to 500 meters in K1?
That would be just great.
One of the most famous images about you is when you stood up a Starting Block in a False Start. Could you explain how did you manage to do that?
My first stroke was a little bit too powerful and my nose just slipped on the starting machine. It happens mostly to k4.
What are your objectives for this season?
I would love to come back in better shape that last season. It was not bad, but full of stress.