Date of Birth Budapest, 1977. augusztus 26.
Height 188 cm
Weight 88 kg
Age begun canoeing? 1989
Favourite Training Venue? Szeged
What Made you decide flatwater was the sport you wanted
The club was near our house, it was not a question
Preferred Racing Distance? 500m
Favourite Training Session?
About 2 minutes, the quantity depends on the season
Favourite Training camp Location?
Australia, Gold Coast
Why do you enjoy canoeing so much?
Freedom being in the nature, seeing that I gratify so much people
What is the current situation with Canoe Kayak in Hungary?
Women are on the top, man kayak and canoe is in a really hard situation,
but we have chenged our training methods, we are trying to get better
for the Olympics.
Do you have any pre race ritual ..which brings you luck?
I Dont believe in this
What makes you different from other paddlers in the fact
you have so many world titles?
Maybe you should ask my opponents!
1.36 is the fastest time ever recorded. What specific training do you
do for this event?
I didnt do anything different then before, I was in a really good
shape at that time.
What does it feel like when you cross the finish line
in Szeged and record this time?
Stupid journalist question J I realized it only when I went back to garage
with my boat, I was happy, but nothing special
Has becoming one of the greatest 500m paddlers ever changed
your life in anyway?
Of course I love my life, I love that people love me
What does your typical day consist of?
I wake up at 7.30, I have my breakfast, the first traning starts at 9.30.
It ends about 12.00, then I go to my favouirate restaurant in Budapest
(it is a small pub). Then I have a rest before the training, which begins
at 15.00. In the evening I spend my time with my girlfriend.
Do you have any desire to compete over 200m? Not really
What current equipment are you using and how does this
benefit your performance?
Last year I used Plastex boat and Baracsa I paddle, I dont know what I
will use next year, I will try everything I can. This is the first year
I will use a GPS (Garmin Forerunner), I like it very much, Garmin is my
Do you have any other interests other than kayak?
Computers, Internet, travelling, books
How well are hungarian athletes funded?
Only the best athletes can have a good life (less then 10 athletes)
What is the selection policy like in Hungary?
Two selections, if the selections have a different winner, there is one
more race between the two winners.
How long have you spent on the team?
I won my first gold medal in 1997 in k4, that was my first year in the
What is you favourite distance (K1-2-4, 200, 500, 1000)?
K1 500m, K4 1000m
Do you study and if so what are you studying?
University of Sports
How do you feel about your overall performance this year?
I am not satisfied, we were too much behind the Slovakian and K4, about
the K1, I was really bad
What do you wish to improve upon for next year?
What do you feel is the most important part of your race?
From start to finish line
Talk us through your k1 500 race at gainsville?
I am really frustrated. During the season I did better times on a simple
training, then in this race, where neither Baggaley has done a fantastic
time. The mistake is in myself, I want to correct it.
Finally.. What damage do you intend to do at the Sydney
games in 2004?
At least one more gold medal