When the only World Rowing Championships was held in the Czech Republic in 1993, Pavlina Flamenkova and Radka Novotnikova were not yet born. Now – 29 years later – he is on the two steps without a bird, waiting for the World Championships in Račice to make his debut in the big event in a home environment. The race starts on Sunday.




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Rowers Radka Novotníková and Pavlína Flamínková at a press conference | Photo: Eva Rohalchkova | Source: Czech Radio

“So it only came to my mind a couple of weeks ago, when my parents started asking me for tickets. It suddenly dawned on me that there would be people who, for example, would write to me after the race they saw me etc… I am really looking forward to it and I think it will be an experience Radka Novotnikova smiles as she looks forward to the next world championship.

Listen to Czech rowers Pavlína Flamíková and Radka Novotníková

Pavlina Flamykova is also happy to have her loved ones in the stands.

“Maybe it is important in a way, because it’s usually family members who lead us to exercise from a young age and in some way help us to be better,” Flamenkova says.

And they help not only with a sports career, but also how to combine ordinary life, including study obligations, with rowing.

And if the parents were not in his bride, for example? “I don’t really insist that they are there physically, but I am happy to hear my mom screaming at me from the stands. I can hear her 100% here, and she has a very penetrating voice,” laughs Flamenkova.

She is happy that she is not sitting in the boat alone, and that she has a partner on the two without a captain.

“Thanks to the fact that there are two of us it’s easier for me. I’m a little stressed out and can’t even eat breakfast on my own. When I have Radka I feel safer, I know I’m there for them. When it hurts, it hurts both of us. And it must. To work hard because I know she will never give up. I probably won’t be able to do it on my own, I don’t think I have the racing head for that yet,” says Flamenkova.

The breath is one of the important parts not only in rowing, and it can decide the ultimate success, which doesn’t just have to be a result among the best.

“Even if you go through coach training in the winter, where you sit in the room and just stare at the small screen where you see the numbers, and they start to fall, the breath starts doing a lot more. When you’re calm, you can drive a passenger car, and if you push yourself unnecessarily, It can go in exactly the opposite direction,” says Novotnikova.

Together with their partner Flamíková, they will try to get things going in the right direction at the local Rowing World Championships. The race will start at Račice on Sunday, then the whole next week.

Mirko Vasic

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