Michal Martikán (SVK)

Michal Martikán (SVK)

Canoe Slalom
Date of birth
18 May 1979
170 cm
74 kg
Marital status
Wife Lenka, daughters Tamara and Emma
Liptovský Mikuláš, SVK
English, Slovak


General Interest

Ice hockey, golf, windsurfing. (michalmartikan.sk, 01 Jun 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. (sport.sme.sk, 06 Mar 2015)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 04 Sep 1999)
Hero / Idol
British paddler Richard Fox. (Athlete, 01 Sep 1999)
He has suffered chronic pain in his left elbow. (NOC, 14 Jul 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Victories are wonderful, but losses give much more motivation. You cannot win without analysing your losses and mistakes." (NOC, 14 Jul 2012)
Awards and honours
He was named Slovak Canoe Association whitewater Athlete of the Year eight times between 2003 and 2014. (canoeslalom.sk, 23 Dec 2015)

In 2010 he was inducted into the Whitewater Hall of Fame in Bretton Woods, NH, United States of America. (NOC, 14 Jul 2012)

He was named Slovakian Athlete of the Year four times, in 1996, 1997, 2007 and 2008. (tvnoviny.sk, 22 Dec 2015)
Famous relatives
His father and coach, Jozef Martikan, also competed in slalom canoeing. (Athlete, 01 Sep 1999)
Other information
At Athens in 2004 he became the first slalom canoeist to win three Olympic medals. Since then he has become the only slalom canoeist to win five Olympic medals, which he achieved at five consecutive Games from 1996 to 2012 [also an unprecedented feat]. In 2014 he won his fifth overall World Cup title, more than any other C1 paddler, and he won a medal at 13 consecutive world championships from 1995 to 2014. In 1995, at age 16, he became the youngest canoe slalom World Cup winner. Then in 1996, at age 17, he became the first Olympic champion in any sport from the newly independent nation of Slovakia. (IOC, 13 Sep 2005; sport.pravda.sk, 20 Sep 2014)

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began paddling at age nine.
Club / Team
KTK Liptovsky Mikulas: Slovakia
Name of coach
Jozef Martikan [father], SVK
Training Regime
Each year from 1999 he trains on the Olympic whitewater track in Penrith, Australia.


World CupC111 September 20162016Men22Latest result
World CupC116 August 20152015Men4
Oceania Open ChampionshipsC1Australia, Penrith, NSW25 February 20122012Men95.683
Oceania Open ChampionshipsC1Australia, Penrith20 February 20162016Men104.7515Latest result
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamCzech Republic, Roudnice nad Labem23 August 19981998Men116.431
World CupC117 August 20142014Men1
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamSlovakia, Bratislava12 July 20022002Men232.771
European ChampionshipsC1Slovakia, Bratislava14 July 20022002Men211.915
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamSlovenia, Tacen24 June 20052005Men227.331
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamItaly, Mezzana25 June 20002000Men130.091
European ChampionshipsC1Italy, Mezzana25 June 20002000Men228.154
European ChampionshipsC1Czech Republic, Roudnice nad Labem23 August 19981998Men195.872
World CupC113 September 19981998Men1
World CupC14 July 20102010Men18
World CupC13 August 20092009Men11
World CupC113 August 20112011Men26
World CupC12 September 20122012Men44
World CupC125 August 20132013Men28
World CupC16 July 20082008Men33
World CupC115 July 20072007Men6
World CupC13 October 19991999Men2
World CupC125 July 20042004Men4
World CupC124 July 20052005Men5
World CupC111 June 20062006Men1
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamFrance, L'Argentière-la-Bessée30 June 20062006Men256.092
European ChampionshipsC1Slovenia, Tacen26 June 20052005Men204.425
Olympic GamesC1England, London31 July 20122012Men98.313Best result
Olympic GamesC1China, Beijing12 August 20082008Men176.651Best result
Olympic GamesC1Greece, Athens18 August 20042004Men189.282Best result
Olympic GamesC1Australia, Sydney18 September 20002000Men233.762Best result
Olympic GamesC1United States, Atlanta, GA27 July 19961996Men151.031Best result
World ChampionshipsC1England, London20 September 20152015Men146.8410
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamEngland, London20 September 20152015Men106.121Best result
World ChampionshipsC1United States, McHenry, MD20 September 20142014Men114.9112
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamUnited States, McHenry, MD20 September 20142014Men125.101Best result
World ChampionshipsC1Czech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Men111.8918
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamCzech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Men118.981Best result
World ChampionshipsC1Slovakia, Bratislava11 September 20112011Men106.547
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamSlovakia, Bratislava11 September 20112011Men109.971Best result
World ChampionshipsC1Slovenia, Tacen12 September 20102010Men98.612Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamSlovenia, Tacen12 September 20102010Men105.341Best result
World ChampionshipsC1Spain, La Seu d'Urgell13 September 20092009Men98.762Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamSpain, La Seu d'Urgell12 September 20092009Men100.841Best result
World ChampionshipsC1Brazil, Foz do Iguaçu22 September 20072007Men192.871Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamBrazil, Foz do Iguaçu21 September 20072007Men268.159
World ChampionshipsC1Czech Republic, Prague6 August 20062006Men209.002Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamCzech Republic, Prague5 August 20062006Men245.534Best result
World ChampionshipsC1Australia, Penrith1 October 20052005Men210.643Best result
World ChampionshipsC1Germany, Augsburg24 July 20032003Men208.141Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamGermany, Augsburg25 July 20032003Men212.241Best result
World ChampionshipsC1France, Bourg-Saint-Maurice25 August 20022002Men192.921Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamFrance, Bourg-Saint-Maurice23 August 20022002Men277.634Best result
World ChampionshipsC1Spain, La Seu d'Urgell11 September 19991999Men207.003Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamSpain, La Seu d'Urgell9 September 19991999Men128.056
World ChampionshipsC1Brazil, Três Coroas28 September 19971997Men267.611Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamBrazil, Três Coroas28 September 19971997Men151.631Best result
World ChampionshipsC1England, Nottingham3 September 19951995Men135.973Best result
World ChampionshipsC1 TeamEngland, Nottingham3 September 19951995Men172.233Best result
European ChampionshipsC1Slovakia, Liptovský Mikuláš14 May 20162016Men101.662Latest result
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamSlovakia, Liptovský Mikuláš14 May 20162016Men118.261Latest result
European ChampionshipsC1Germany, Markkleeberg30 May 20152015Men148.9318
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamGermany, Markkleeberg30 May 20152015Men115.031
European ChampionshipsC1Austria, Vienna31 May 20142014Men89.762
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamAustria, Vienna31 May 20142014Men102.163
European ChampionshipsC1Germany, Augsburg12 May 20122012Men1:01.918
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamGermany, Augsburg12 May 20122012Men110.471
European ChampionshipsC1Spain, La Seu d'Urgell12 June 20112011Men25
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamSpain, La Seu d'Urgell12 June 20112011Men114.604
European ChampionshipsC1Slovakia, Cunovo15 August 20102010Men90.061
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamSlovakia, Cunovo14 August 20102010Men112.731
European ChampionshipsC1England, Nottingham31 May 20092009Men95.661
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamEngland, Nottingham30 May 20092009Men8
European ChampionshipsC1Poland, Kraków10 May 20082008Men186.911
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamPoland, Kraków9 May 20082008Men214.811
European ChampionshipsC1Slovakia, Liptovský Mikuláš16 June 20072007Men211.871
European ChampionshipsC1 TeamSlovakia, Liptovský Mikuláš15 June 20072007Men209.481
European ChampionshipsC1France, L'Argentière-la-Bessée2 July 20062006Men224.822