time for me it was in 1996. Well, I just did the same race, but
clearly I didnt race for olympic t shirt. Though there were three
places for K1w to go, I simply havent even think about it. My sister
my first year racing czech national cup. Ceske Budejovice. Maybe
mid April, maybe little bit later.
remember how I went to warm up to start. And the start was up there,
where the course begins, not where is now, in the middle just above
the walking bridge. Walking in the snow. And more snow was falling
down. Than wind came. I couldnt see the first gate from start pool.
Yet it was qualification for summer olympic games.
than I saw somebody
running up to the start and girls started to got out of the boats.
still waiting in the start gate. Not knowing whats going on. My
sister yelled at me: „come on, get out, lets go run to get warmer!
they interrupted race, judges cant see the
we were running there
around the start pool.
Still in paddling gear. In our neoprene shoes. Nobody told us whats
going on, whether they
are going to postpone
it of just interrupt or what.
storm was gone after 20 minutes. So why delay the race more, if the
judges can see clearly...
remember how I raced. I just remember how glad I was that my sister
was there and despite the running, how cold I was.
make the olympic team and I think she retired that year or maybe year
are going to be two selection races again in Ceske Budejovice.
mid April. Though
the course is brand new, by Scott Shipley`s
Tomorrow starts selections into Czech national team for Worldchampionship 2013 which is held at home field.
I'm not racing. After 21 years...
Since I was 16 I raced on Czech cup. First time I made senior team I was 17. I was quite lucky and I LOVED easy smooth moves which water gave me. Years passed and I had never won a race (maybe some but not those which I wanted ;D). I tryed to work harder, but it didn´t help at all ... frustration came, ups and downs... Than came an injury. I had to travell to Penrith (met Jacqui!) to find out how serious it is and that not being pation can affect rest of my life, real life.
But still I wanted one of those medals with five rings.
I was pation, I worked hard. I have had really tought times, because I knew I can't train what I needed. Than I realized that I have to train what my BODY needs.
I hoped for miracle. I went to prepare for olympic selection to Brazil. I have had really great time there. Saw Sarah again. She was, once again, very supportive, thought it was her olympic selections. Met Ettore and chicos, who taught me to do it your way. I raced in Brazil. Well I tryed to race. After two years of preparation, and my body told me I should not spin any fast? Though I haven´t hear it yet. I still wanted that medal, right? Than came selections 2012. And I heard it, and felt it aswell. I felt like a piece of shit! So I quit, with tears of pain and a bitter feeling. ...... 10 months after olympic selection I gave birth to our daughter. ..... I´m packing to see my husband having fun this weekend. Racing at Trnavka! Our favourite course. It takes ages, I'm not used to nappys, little clothes, toys and all those other crazy little stuff. I'm not having medal with five rings and I never will. But it was plesure to be in! I know now how much have I learned and that paddling intensifyed my deep trust in "mother nature" and justice. And I´m quite sure that its not coincidence that I feel that I share this oppinion or life philosophy with other former paddlers (Jacqui, Kate, Sarah, Paul, ...) and with recent kayakers (Angela, Alberto, Alexander, Vavra, Ciaran, Mike, Tim&Etienne,...) and hopefully also with those who come in future.
I also hope that we will be able to transfer this philosophy to other people...
(btw. isn´t this great marketing potential of canoeing? sport&nature? can anybody hear me? ICF?)
PS: this is what I do now (next to brestfeeding ;)):
For many olympic began way sooner than on friday 27th July. Seeing all the advertisemeents with Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, Roger Federer and other world wide sport stars made many people who are not interested in sport quite tired.
Passing citylight vitrine from McYellow butt attacted also my attention:
"Olympic glass Coca-Cola, with wristband. Free with every menu!.....get whole collection!"
Black, yellow, blue, red and green! and white! White?
They don`t know there`s only five olympic rings? Maybe the colour of the flag, hmm.
And than it has finally began.
Spectacular, yet so touching opening ceremony.
Shooting, basketball, badminton, swimming, gymnastic, fencing and finally!
Finally CANOE SLALOM!!!
Fantastic venue, great atmosphere (thank you Jonathan Edwards!), and top athetes of this sport. Though I couldn`t stop thinking about many more fantastic paddlers sitting at home....
It was a great experience seeing the calm man wining his third gold. Sadness of bronze holder. Great performance from young silver man.
Next day became show performed by our exhibicionist - kayakers! Which I enjoyed very much. We have seen muscles, happines and beautiful white smile and again something more.
GB one man show, though there were four musketeers. Sad twins. Sad Frenchs. But not for long. And balley at the end. Not so many mistakes as I expected after 2008. Battle of generations and admirables performances.
And again something more...
Between tears which came from knowing very well how hard everyone worked to get there yet valuing friendship more than medals, I have seen THE white ring.
Thanks EVERYBODY for showing the world that this sport is worth to be part of olympic family.
I won a battle in a big fight yesterday and realized how much I have learned over the years spended in paddling family.
Inspired by Kate, would like to share several outsight:
The family atmosphere of frendship, which is in paddling is simply
unique. We all are part of it and all of us are making it. Great!
-there is no warm hug from rival (from anybody!) when you screw it up; thank you Sarah, Claudia, Jacqui, Angi, Verča, Irča, Carole, Jenny, Mathilde, Rosalyn and many others for making the difference
-there is no cheering up from member of different team or even from
member of your team, bcs everyone is busy with his problems; thank you
Ettore, Cathy, Thomas, Shaun, Yves, Jean-yves, Scott, James and many
others for making the difference - there is no free help offered at
all, thank you Tim, Etiene, Huw, Richard, GB team trailer, Jorg, Annet
street gang, Kayak Vavrovo, Nouria, Alberto and many others for making
the difference - there is not much of everyday joy and happines, thank you brasilien chicos and many others for making the difference - there are no judges and some people simply dont play fair game, thanks to everybody for making the difference
- there are no warm and nice word or even "Hi" from people who were
more succesfull than you are, thank you Elena, Jana, Connie, Peter,
Daniele, Tony, Hochschorners, David, Robin, Mandy, Richard and the others for making the difference
Yet this doesnt mean Im not happy with my decision to quit. Under
circumstances, I still dont know exact answer on question which Ettore
gave me in February, when I told him that one way or another my body
says that 2012 is my last year being top athlet.
"What will you do when you stop with paddling?"
But what I know most certainly is: I will NEVER STOP paddling. I will just slow down a bit and use my eyes instead of muscles.
Looking forward to see those, who were more lucky in the selection roulette! GOOD VIBES to all of you!
Marie Sehnalova formerly (long time ago) known as a "big CZ hope" Marie Rihoskova :-D
PS: if your
name isnt written here it doesnt mean that I do not value your presence
For many reasons, but one of the most important were our happy memories from 2007.
Still reality exceeded my expectations.
5 weeks seems to be quite long time, yet it has run really quickly and we are going home ...
When Vasek first told me that we will stay with Brasilians, I thought we are going to help Ettore with some kids or advanced paddlers, having just a foggy memory about Poli from Peking 2008....
I was just a little bit mistaken .-)
These chicos are joung (especially compare to CZE team) but most of them are better paddler than me recently and if not they soon will. Yet they have a lot to learn still, they have one great advantage; time.
At least four more years.
Im not going to describe them one by one, I just want to summarize what I have learnt or seen here:
selfconfidence without necessarily having nose up
morning samba before race
to change boat (producer and type) at qualifications day and win race
the bussinging after race
training results with drawed course which we did that session
if you have birthday, celebrate them
Sandra, adoptive mother for everybody
Brasil es un pais muito bonito
And what have I tried to show (some of) them:
PVC, polyester, epoxy, fiberglas, carbon, kevlar and other materials are not biodegradable
boat and paddle cover are great things
sun is no good for any of your equipment, ecpecially brand new boats, carbon paddles and lifejackets
do not use grinder infront of open window to someones bedroom
measure twice, then draw it, then check it again and then drill
its good to have tool ready before you start work
its not good to use grinder in your team suit
its good to have handshoes when working with epoxy
its good to cut carbon or glass pieces before your hands are dirty from polyester