Vavrinec Hradilek (CZE)

Vavrinec Hradilek (CZE)

CZCzech Republic
Canoe Slalom
Date of birth
10 March 1987
169 cm
73 kg
Prague, CZE
Czech, English


General Interest

Vavra (Instagram profile, 28 Aug 2015)
Rock climbing. (, 05 Jul 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and winning a gold medal at the 2013 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic. (, 05 Jul 2015;, 16 Jun 2014)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (, 17 Aug 2015)
Hero / Idol
French paddler Tony Estanguet. (NOC, 19 Jul 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Do what you can and what you really wish to do." (, 05 Jul 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named the Czech Canoe Slalom Athlete of the Year by the Czech Canoe Association in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. (, 25 Dec 2013)
To win a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 16 Jun 2014)
Other information
In 2015 he unveiled his new kayak with a unique design. The boat has the appearance of a painting, with a picture of Poseidon, the Greek god of the sea, as the main subject. The picture was printed on a thin film which was then stuck to the surface of kayak. (,07 May 2015)

He has had asthma since birth, but sees the condition as something to keep at bay with sport rather than something to prevent him from competing. (, 05 Jul 2015)

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began paddling in 1996.
Why this sport?
He was inspired after watching Czech athletes win two medals in the sport at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. "It was just another sport for me that many other people enjoyed. It was a way to enjoy my free time and I didn't train everyday."
Club / Team
USK Praha: Czech Republic
Name of coach
Miloslav Riha [personal], CZE


Olympic GamesK1England, London1 August 20122012Men94.782Best result
Olympic GamesC2England, London2 August 20122012Men115.509
Olympic GamesK1China, Beijing12 August 20082008Men88.9711
World ChampionshipsK1England, London20 September 20152015Men95.3816
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamEngland, London20 September 20152015Men104.191Best result
World ChampionshipsK1United States, McHenry, MD20 September 20142014Men107.9822
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamUnited States, McHenry, MD20 September 20142014Men115.112Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Czech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Men94.521Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamCzech Republic, Prague15 September 20132013Men112.904Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Slovakia, Bratislava11 September 20112011Men145.778Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovakia, Bratislava11 September 20112011Men114.525Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Slovenia, Tacen12 September 20102010Men93.562Best result
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovenia, Tacen12 September 20102010Men120.0315
World ChampionshipsK1Spain, La Seu d'Urgell13 September 20092009Men151.1118
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamSpain, La Seu d'Urgell12 September 20092009Men98.171Best result
World ChampionshipsK1Brazil, Foz do Iguaçu22 September 20072007Men146.4336
World ChampionshipsK1 TeamBrazil, Foz do Iguaçu21 September 20072007Men205.913Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Slovakia, Liptovský Mikuláš14 May 20162016Men91.452Latest resultBest result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovakia, Liptovský Mikuláš14 May 20162016Men108.001Latest resultBest result
European ChampionshipsK1Germany, Markkleeberg30 May 20152015Men99.3423
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamGermany, Markkleeberg30 May 20152015Men117.619
European ChampionshipsK1Austria, Vienna31 May 20142014Men88.469
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamAustria, Vienna31 May 20142014Men99.124Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Poland, Kraków8 June 20132013Men145.4815
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamPoland, Kraków8 June 20132013Men92.301Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Germany, Augsburg12 May 20122012Men96.584Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamGermany, Augsburg12 May 20122012Men114.794Best result
European ChampionshipsK1Spain, La Seu d'Urgell12 June 20112011Men17
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamSpain, La Seu d'Urgell12 June 20112011Men108.695
European ChampionshipsK1Slovakia, Cunovo15 August 20102010Men89.853Best result
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovakia, Cunovo14 August 20102010Men111.924Best result
European ChampionshipsK1England, Nottingham31 May 20092009Men96.387
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamEngland, Nottingham30 May 20092009Men10
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamPoland, Kraków9 May 20082008Men216.747
European ChampionshipsK1 TeamSlovakia, Liptovský Mikuláš15 June 20072007Men275.4816
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1Australia, Penrith21 February 20162016Men92.081Latest resultBest result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1New Zealand, Managahao3 February 20132013Men33
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1Australia, Penrith, NSW26 February 20122012Men14
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1Australia, Penrith21 February 20102010Men99.422Best result
Oceania Open ChampionshipsK1New Zealand, Levin1 February 20092009Men86.611Best result
World CupK111 September 20162016Men20Latest result
World CupK116 August 20152015Men5
World CupK117 August 20142014Men46
World CupK125 August 20132013Men10
World CupK12 September 20122012Men3Best result
World CupK113 August 20112011Men2Best result
World CupK14 July 20102010Men3Best result
World CupK13 August 20092009Men3Best result
World CupK16 July 20082008Men71
World CupK115 July 20072007Men29
Oceania ChampionshipsK130 January 20112011Men144.259