No. 4.12.97 (room number represents the time of his European record in a short pool at 400m medley)
swimmer, excellent Czechoslovak national team member, representative of Sweden after emigration, renowned swimming coach of the top teams in the Olympics and world championships, coach of excellent swimmers – medal winners from the Olympics and world championships.
A native of Rakovník; Kladno swimming team formere charge, his performance exceeded his peers from an early age; he joined VŠ Praha at 14; he soon got into the national team, a member of the Czechoslovak national team in 1980–1985; he won a lot of national titles in the men’s category; he has a very good (for that time) Czechoslovak record of 02.03.50 in a 50m pool swimming 200m backstroke in Bratislava in 1983.
After graduating from high school, he emigrated in the autumn of 1985, he was granted Swedish citizenship after three years and represented the country at the Olympic Games in Seoul (1988) and Barcelona (1992); he became a thirty-time Swedish champion; he created a European record in a short pool, 400m medley with the time of 12/4/97 in Malmö, Sweden in 1989; he ended 6th in a 50m pool, 200m medley with a time of 02.03.07 in the World Championships Final in Perth, Australia in 1991.
He ended 14th in a 400m medley with a time of 4.23.52 at the Barcelona Olympics; he graduated from university in Nebraska, the USA and has become a very successful coach of a wide range of well-known Olympians and medallists from the World Championships; the best known of these is the double Olympic champion from Atlanta (1996) and fourteen times world record holder, the South African Penny Heyns.
As part of his coaching, he was a head coach of the South African Olympic team in Atlanta (1996), coach of the Canadian Olympic team in Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004), he coached this team at the World Championships in Perth, Australia (1998); Fukuoka, Japan (2001); Barcelona, Spain (2003) and Montreal, Canada (2005) as well; he has been successful as a head coach of a swimming academy in Calgary since 2006; he has not forgotten about Kladno and still visits the city.