28 March 1987 |
Hradec Králové, Czechoslovakia
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
Martin Sladek (born March 28, 1987) is multiple world and European freestyle footbag champion. Historically he is the most successful footbag doubles player (with his team-mate Tomas Tucek) currently holding 6 world titles. In 2009 they won in 2 disciplines: the main one (Open doubles freestyle) and Doubles circle contest. In 2008 they won the 1st place in 2008-The most successful athlete in the Special sport performance category. He has invented many tricks that noone else can hit, have performed over 2 000 professional shows and workshops and is also active in corporate marketing (especially brand marketing) for middle and big companies such as Jadberg (sport equipment), Atom Rat (streetwear), Big Shock (energy and sport drinks).
Open doubles freestyle is one of the main disciplines in the sport of footbag. Competitors perform 3 minutes long routine to any music of their choice. The scoring of performances is quite similar to the scoring of figure scating. There are 6 judges giving their marks for technical and artistic level of the performance. The technical mark includes mainly difficulty, variety and execution of performed tricks. The artistic mark includes mainly choreography, "communication" with spectators and originality. Both marks are strongly influenced by the number of mistakes (these mistakes are called drops). All marks are transformed into the ranks (the highest mark means rank 1 etc.). The competitors with the lowest sum of ranks win.
Martin Sladek and Tomas Tucek are innovators of the discipline. They have invented dozens of new tricks and have been showing some of these in their competing routines. The most of these tricks haven't been performed by other competitors and few of them haven't been ever executed by others.