09 JUN 2014 Feature

Work, rest and play – Barbora Spotakova

Barbora Spotakova, winner of the javelin at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome (Gladys Chai von der Laage)Barbora Spotakova, winner of the javelin at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome (Gladys Chai von der Laage) © Copyright

Next up for our work, rest and play questions is two-time Olympic javelin champion and world record-holder Barbora Spotakova.

The dog lover and punk rocker made a winning return to serious competition at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rome last Thursday, after giving birth to her son Jan – partly named after her coach and javelin great Jan Zelezny – last summer.


What is your favourite training session?

Barbora Spotakova: It depends on my actual mood but mostly running, running the hurdles and throwing the javelin. 

What is your least favourite training session?

BS: Most of the time, I don’t like weightlifting or shot put training.

What are your three favourite things about being an athlete?

BS: The fact that my job is my hobby; I can be a master of my time and that I get the chance to reveal my competitivness. 

Who is your favourite training partner?

BS: My dog. She doesn´t complain and never gets tired. 

What is the worst thing about being an athlete?

BS: It is that a small injury can ruin the whole season and that a full year’s training is in vain.  


What is your favourite music to chill to?

BS: It depends on the mood, but I like the rock and punk music the most.  

Describe your perfect day without training.

BS: It would be a nice hiking trip with my family somewhere in Czech Republic. 

What is your favourite stress reliever?

BS: Walks in the wood with my dog, or a punk concert with friends.

Where is your favourite place to relax?

BS: In the woods, next to my house.  

What TV shows do you like to relax to?

BS: I like to watch Top Gear and Little Britain, because I love british humour.


When did your passion for football start?

BS: I love the fact with you can play anywhere in the world. We played as young kids next to garages.  

Did you play football and, if so, to what standard?

BS: I have never played on what you would call a ‘proper‘ team. 

Which footballer were/are you closest in style to?

BS: I can't tell. I don't have style. I just have the passion.  

Which football team do you support?

BS: In Czech Republic it is a Slavia Prague. I went to high school next to their stadium. They are the team I’ve supported since childhood. In the rest of the world, I don’t support one club in particular, but I like the English teams and the Spanish teams.

Steve Landells for the IAAF

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