Václav Chalupa

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Václav Chalupa
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Born December 7, 1967

Václav Chalupa, Jr. (born December 7, 1967 in Jindřichův Hradec, Czechoslovakia) is a Czech rower who competed at six consecutive Olympics from 1988 to 2008, winning a silver medal in 1992 behind Thomas Lange in the single scull.

His first coach was his father Václav Chalupa Sr., who competed at the 1960 and 1964 Olympics and reestablished the only rowing club in their small town when he was thirteen. From 1989 till 2004 he was coached by Zdeněk Pecka.[1]

He rowed at sixteen world championships. In the single scull, he came second at four consecutive meets from 1989 to 1993, and third in 1995, 1998, and 2001 (when just 0.7 seconds separated the top three rowers).[2] At his final world championships in Poznan, he came second in the coxed pairs.[3][4]

He came first at the 1990 Goodwill Games in the single sculls,[5] at three World Cup events in 1991, 1993, and 1999, and at the Hackett Thames World Sculling Challenge in 2000.[6]

He is a captain in the Czech army and a skilled repairman of agricultural machinery.[6]

It is estimated that he has rowed 60 000 km in his career.[1] He isa fan of fellow rowers Thomas Lange and Steve Redgrave, and of Mr. Bean.[7]

His oldest son Václav (born 1994) is also a rower.[8]

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