The World Rowing Junior Champion 2014 Lukáš Helešic is a rower who successfully managed the transition to senior elite without any problems. When he was just 20 years old he represented the Czech Republic in the coxless pair with Jakub Podrazil at the Olympic Games in Rio. They confirmed their position among the world’s elite by winning in the B final. Early this season they changed positions in the boat. Lukáš moved to bow seat and Jakub took the role of the stroke. And the result? A fantastic entry into the World Cup! After placing second in Belgrade Podrazil and Helešic dominated the second part of the World Cup in Linz when they defeated the legendary brothers Sinkovic too.
He has started the World Cup very successfully this year, winning in the first round of the World Cup in Belgrade. Ondřej Synek – five times World Rowing Champion and three times Olympic medallist – and an idol for this generation of young rowers. We met for this interview at the Měřín training centre where Ondra usually prepares for the highpoints of the season – the final of the World Cup in Luzern and the World Rowing Championships, taking place this year in Plovdiv.