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Best known as: Jiri
Living now: Brandýs nad Labem – Stará Boleslav
Class: K1m & C1m
Current boats: Salto 3 & Demon
Big volume or tight and technical: Tight and technical
Favourite paddling spot: Prague Troja, London – Lee Valley, Penrith, Sydney.
How did you get into paddling: My parents were both involved in the sport so it probably just happened as it was a normal thing to be a professional athlete.
Achievements: Olympic Gold,2x World Champion,2x World Cup champion, 4x European Champion
What's next... ambitions / plans: I want to have fun doing sport that I love as long as it gives me the joy.
Best things about paddling: Fun, there are always new things to learn, the sport is still evolving and you have to adapt to it.
Best boating moment: Probably gold in Tokyo, 1st place at the Seu worlds is right behind as I had my family including my 1st born there with me.
Worst boating moment: Foix Junior Worlds as well as Deep Creek worlds. Both races I was in a good shape and didn’t show my paddling.
Any other Hobbies: I like SUP, XC skiing, also we live in a house now and there is something to do all the time. I enjoy that a lot actually.
Ultimate worldwide destination: Czech republic
Favourite Stuff Section:
Food: Fried cheese, Pizza, Svíčková
Music: Whatever I like, currently Czech oldies song
Movie: I like documentaries, Comedy and also fairy tales
Read: Harry Potter is always gonna be number one, but currently I like to read sport biography and sport psychology.