Name Jari Aittakari
Date of Birth 25/03/85
Canoe Club Ahlaisten Urheilijat
Home At the moment Vuosaari Helsinki
Age begun canoeing? 12
Coach Susanne Gunnarsson
What Made you decide flatwater was the sport you wanted to do?
As a youngster i had many sports as a hobby and somehow i ended up going
to a kayaking school kept by my first kayak club, and the campleaders
asked me to participate in to a competition kept a week after the camp,
it was by the way a 200 meter race and i won it.
After that there were no questions as to which of my sports will be
the number one.
Why do you enjoy canoeing so much?
I like canoeing because it's so versatile, there are different racing
distances, and you cannot be good by just paddling all the time, you
have to train
many other things too.
Preferred Racing Distance?
I like the most K-1 500 meter but i am better in 200 meter and i also
like to paddle K-2 all distances.
Favourite Training Session?
I enjoy when i go for a Long cross-country skiing session or the max
On the water the sessions i like the most consist of a lot of max speed
efforts and working with high rates.
Favourite Training Camp Location
In Finland Ruovesi , and abroad Tolna Hungary, a small place
good for just training.
What is your most memorable moment in racing?
My first gold medal in Finnish Championships as a kid.
Do you have any pre race ritual ..which brings you luck?
Not any ritual but i think i do preparing every time the same way. But
one ritual I have, I always use a white cap backwards on my head when
I race... without exception.
Do you study and if so what are you studying?
I have a place at the University of technics in Helsinki and there my
main subject will be at first wood processing.
What do you have planned for the future??
I will start my military service in Sport academy troops in autumn.
It will last one year, when i will get a time to totally concentrate
And i will use that opportunity as well as i could. And of course paddle
next summer a lot faster than this year!
How do you feel about your overall performance last year?
I was very disappointed for this season, i expected to break my records
a lot more clearly than i did.
And i didn't qualify into Under 23 years old EC races as I also expected
What do you wish to improve upon for next year?
Almost everything i think. I have been discussing a lot with my coach
what to improve. Firstly improve the basic and gain more strength.
I Paddle at the moment with Plastex Ares 390 but i may soon update into
something else. As a paddle i use Braca 6 with max blades
And as an technical equipments i have Garmin Forerunner and Polar
heart rate monitor.
What is the current situation with Kayak in Finland?
Our situation has been quite bad since Mikko Kolehmainen was on the
After that we have had many talented young paddlers and it's sad that
there aren't so many who have made it to the top or near it after that.
But now our athletes in Athens showed that they are getting on the top
And i think that we are going to improve a lot during the way to the
next Olympic games.
What do you feel is the most important part of 200m racing?
The start is the most important, after getting good start it's easier
to concentrate to push all, knowing you are the first.
Second place is the first looser!