VIT PRINDIS (Czech Republic) - Nominee for the 2017 Sportsman of the Year Award (Photo: Adam Svoboda)
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- Born: 1989, Represents: Czech Republic, Sport: Canoe Slalom K1M
- Overall World Cup winner 2017, European Champion K1M teams 2017, 2016, 2013, 2nd place Overall World Cup 2016
The most decorated male slalom paddler of the season, Czech Republic's Vít Přindiš, has had an exceptional year on the water.
Přindiš commenced the ICF 2017 international season with a win in the K1M teams event and a 5th place at the European Championships in Tacen, Slovenia. The 28-year-old proceeded to dominate the ICF World Cup circuit, claiming three victories in Prague, Augsburg and Ivrea. This led him to become the first ever K1M paddler from the Czech Republic to win an overall World Cup title.
Following the revision of the International Rankings, Přindiš entered the Pau World Championships as the world's number one K1M. Despite the confidence built up by his impressive performances, the Czech athlete kept to his main performance target; to make the final and enjoy the ride. Part of the athlete's success can be attributed to his laid back mentality on and off the water. Přindiš claimed a silver in the individual event, finishing only 0.02 seconds behind fellow team mate Ondřej Tunka. In the K1M teams event, Přindiš and fellow dream team members Jiří Prskavec and Ondřej Tunka, won the World Championship title.
Like many athletes on the international circuit, Přindiš comes from a background of kayakers. His dad represented CzechoSlovakia at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. Přindiš first sat down in the kayak at the age of five and made his debut debut on the senior team in 2010 at the age of 21. Off the water, Přindiš is currently studying a PhD in biomedical engineering at the Czech Technical University in Prague and is a contributor for the magazine Pádler.
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