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01 Aug

Budapešť 2017: Rišo vo finále a koniec “výletu” (Riso in the finals and the end of my “trip”)

In Budapest 2017,Worlds by Peter Sukenik / 1. August 2017 / 3 Comments

Yesterday, nothing special happened.

Andrea swam 50m breaststroke, I took a photo of her on the start but then she turned her back :-)

She’s quite tall, isn’t she? :-)


Včera sa neudialo nič extra zvláštne.

Aďa plávala 50m prsia, cvakol som ju na štarte, potom sa mi už otočila chrbtom :-)

Je poriadne vysoká, że? :-)

But something did happen… I got a present. Notebook cover from Nikon.

I’ve been looking for something like that for a while now, it’s used as a shield from the sun. It’s possible that someone saw me like this on the Spring Prix of Zilina :-)

Ale predsa čosi… Dostal som darček. Kryt na notebook od Nikonu.

Už som dlhšie niečo také pozeral, je to na zaclonenie pred slnkom. Možno ma už niekto videl takto na Jarnej cene v Žiline :-)

Today, I’ve tried again shooting the individual medley from the podium for victory ceremony in dark blue.
Vyskúšal som si dnes opäť v tmavomodrom fotenie z “victory ceremony” pódia na polohovke.

However, I didn’t like it very much. So, I have been taking pictures of Riso from behind the starting blocks but today, I’ve been shooting them a bit askew.
Moc sa mi to ale nepáčilo, a tak som Riša fotil zase spoza blokov, dnes ale trochu zošikma.

Talking about the relay, that was a complete chaos. I didn’t want to be behind blocks again so I tried being on the side but that didn’t work too.

I tried to change the spot and tripped over a strap from the photographic objective. Fortunately, it didn’t fall but my camera started act weird; there were no numbers on the screen. I swore a bit but luckily, it started to work right after a while.

I wanted to take a pic of all girls from the relay together. They even got together quite nicely but in the last moment, photographers shooting the start of another relay came standing right in my shot and ruined it. This is the best I have…

To štafeta, to bol iný chaos. Nechcel som byť zase za blokmi, tak som skúsil zboku. Ale nič moc.

Skúsil som zmeniť miesto a zakopol som o popruh z objektívu, našťastie nespadol, ale foťák mi úplne schaosil, zrazu neboli na displeji žiadne číselká.
Dobre som si zanadával, no po chvíli sa našťastie spamätal.

Chcel som baby zo štafety cvaknúť spolu a aj sa.pekne k sebe naskladali, no pred nich sa v poslednej chvíli postavili zrazu fotografi fotiaci štart ďalšej štafety a zo záberu nebolo nič. Toto je asi to najlepšie, čo mám…

I took a photo of them later but I had only about 5 seconds to shoot it and right away, I was told off that I’m not supposed to be taking pictures there. Mea culpa.
Cvakol som ich potom aspoň takto, ale to.bola fotka asi za 5 sekúnd a už som aj dostal zdrba, že na tomto mieste sa fotiť nesmie. Mea culpa.

For the first time, I am going to the hotel during lunch today. I need to work on my photos from previous days. On my way, I get a message from Miro Nowak if I can upload a picture of Riso on Facebook since he made it to the finals. I’m in the underground and I don’t have any yet so later I work on few photos of Riso and upload them in special album on Facebook. But I’m not satisfied with them, today’s obviously not my day.

I’m leaving to the Arena at 3 PM. I have to mention as to not offend anyone that few underground trains are newer even equipped with a screen and from time to time announce in English too :-)

Cez obed idem dnes po prvýkrát na hotel, treba mi dorábať fotky z predchádzajúcich dní. Cestou mi píše Miro Nowak, či dám nejaké foto Riša na facebook, lebo postúpil do finále. Som v metre a zatiaľ nemám, tak trochu neskôr robím zopár Rišových foto a dávam ich do extra albumu na facebook. Nie som ale s nimi spokojný, dnes sa mi akosi nedarí.

O tretej odchádzam nazad do arény. Aby som nikoho neurazil, tak niektoré súpravy metra tu majú aj novšie, dokonca s displejmi a občas aj hlásia v angličtine :-)

For a late lunch, I’m having scones and coffee again :-)

Riso’s final heat is second on the program and for the first time, there is a Slovak flag on the screens. I’m taking photos of Riso, then other finals and I’m leaving before the last final heat finishes.

Voila :-) I guess it’s enough…

Na neskorý obed mám opäť pagáče a kávu :-)

Riŝove finále je druhé v poradí a po prvýkrát svieti na obrazovkách slovenská vlajka. Fotím Riša, potom ostatné finále a ešte pred doplávaním poslednej finálovej disciplíny odchádzam.

Tadááá :-) už by toho aj stačilo…

I’m going to the hotel hoping that I can work on the photos from the morning women’s individual medley relay and from Riso’s finals so I can leave for the closing ceremony at 9 PM with a clear conscience.
However, I’m coming to the hotel after 8 PM which means I have only time for a shower, copying photos from finals to the disk, checking the route and I can leave…

Closing ceremony was really something, especially the beginning. What those people were showing was unbelievable. There were some speeches afterwards, then they handed over the mace to the organizer of the following Championships, presented the new place and finito.

Idem na hotel v nádeji, že skúsim urobiť ešte fotky doobednej ženského polohovkovej štafety a Riša z finále, aby som s čistým svedomím mohol ísť okolo deviatej na closing ceremony.
Na hotel prichádzam ale až po úsmej, čo znamená, že si dám tak akurát sprchu, skopírujem fotky z finále na disk, pozriem si cestu a môžem ísť…

Closing ceremony, hlavne v úvode, bola poriadne namakaná. To, čo tam tí ľudkovia predvádzali bolo neuveriteľné. Potom nejaké prejavy, odovzdanie žezla usporiadateľovi nasledujúci MS, prezentácia nového miesta a končíme.

I get on a tram and even take a picture of the luxury I have since I’m the only passenger but in no time I find out that I’m on the right line however with the wrong destination. Oh, damn it…

I get off and wait for another one losing about 45 minutes in the process.

Nasadám na električku, ešte si fotím, že aký luxus, že ňou idem sám, keď zistím, že som síce nasadol na správnu linku, ale s iným cieľom. Kurnik šopa…

Vystupujem a čakám na ďalšiu, strata asi 45 min.

I arrive at the hotel, I help myself to a beer and even though I would like to work a bit I’m too tired and go to sleep.
It’s 2 AM.

And it’s the final day…
I wake up at 6 AM, work on photos I wanted to do the previous day, have breakfast and pack myself. At 9 AM, there is a taxi waiting for me and I’m heading to the hotel where Slovak representation team was accommodated.

The ride in the taxi is quite adventurous. Until now, I thought that the orange light on the traffic lights means ‘speed up’ :-) today I’ve learnt that it means ‘speed up even third in the row’. The taxi driver is showing off his racing skills.

I wait for a while at the hotel and then with the crew we all get in the bus and head to Bratislava. There I change the vehicle to the car of our nice masseuse and we drive to Zilina straight through Brno :-) where I return the borrowed technique.

I’m really grateful, thanks to her I can be with my kids tonight.

The end of the show, goodbye :-)

Prichádzam na hotel, dávam si ešte pivko a hoci by som chcel ešte niečo urobiť, tak už nemám sily a idem spať.
Sú dve hodiny ráno.

No a je tu posledný deň…
Vstávam o šiestej, robím fotky, ktoré som chcel už včera, idem na raňajky a balím sa. O deviatej ma už čaká taxík a veziem sa do hotela, kde bývala slovenská repre.

Cesta taxíkom je vcelku dobrodružná.
Doteraz som si myslel, že oranžová na semafore znamená “pridaj” :-), oddnes už viem, že to znamená “pridaj aj z tretieho radu”.
Taxikár predvádza svoje závodnícke umenie.

Na hoteli po chvíli čakania nasadám už spolu s výpravou do autobusu a vezieme sa do Bratislavy. Tam presadám do auta našej milej pani masérky a vezieme sa do Žiliny priamo cez Brno :-), kde vraciam požičanú techniku.

Ďakujem krásne, vďaka nej budem dnes aspoň večer s deťmi.

Koniec vysielania, majte sa :-)

28 Jul

Budapešť 2017: Konečne dobrý deň (finally a good day)

In Budapest 2017,Worlds by Peter Sukenik / 28. July 2017 / 0 Comments

Ha, today, I finally heard Slovak. I met Andrea Podmanikova with the coach Vladimir Zeleznik by the pool. I was so happy I didn’t even take a photo of them even though I was holding the camera.

I tried to arrange my spot for Katka’s backstroke in the morning but the rules became one big mess. At the end, they let me only on my standard place. Damn it :-(


Ha, tak dnes som konečne počul slovenčinu. Pri bazéne som stretol Aďu Podmaníkovú s trénerom Vladimírom Železníkom. Od samej radosti som ich ani neodfotil, hoci som foťák mal v ruke :-)

Ráno som sa snažil dohodnúť si pozíciu na Katkin znak, no ale poriadne to tu s ich pravidlami schaosili a nakoniec ma nepustili nikde inde, len na štandardné miesto. Sakra :-(

Today, Slovak mixed medley relay was swimming too.
I had a spot behind starting blocks, which is quite a good position to shoot all styles except the crawl
Dnes plávala aj slovenská mixová polohovková štafeta.
Bol som za blokmi na obrátke, to je celkom dobrá šanca na dobré zábery pre všetky štýly okrem kraula.

After the relay, our swimmers were supposed to pose for me. Andrea was my ‘insider’.
However, it did not work as I planned and on the top of it, one ‘professional’ stood perfectly in my view.
So, this is all I got…
Po štafete mi naši mali zapózovať, Aďa bola moja “spojka”.
No moc z toho pózovania nebolo a naviac mi jeden “profík” krásne zablokoval celý výhľad.
Tak len toto…

Well, how about the afternoon?

Today, I finally managed to send my photos to SwimSwam just few minutes after the end of every final heat. After the first one, only 10 minutes might have passed and already there was an article with my photo released. The shot was no miracle but I will work on that :-)

So, I’m proud. It was a good day today :-)

No a poobede?

Dnes sa mi konečne darilo posielať fotky do SwimSwamu pár minút po doplávaní každého finále. Po prvom finále to bolo snáď len 10 minút a už s mojou foto vyšiel aj článok. Fotka nič moc, ale to ešte vyladíme :-)

Tak som dnes pyšný, bol to dobrý deň :-)

26 Jul

Budapešť 2017: Júlia a jej zdvihnutý prst (Yuliya and her pointing finger)

In Budapest 2017,Worlds by Peter Sukenik / 26. July 2017 / 0 Comments

What interesting has happened today?
Surprisingly, it was all about swimming again.

In the morning, there were Katka Listopadova and Andrea Podmanikova representing Slovakia in the pool. I think their photos turned out pretty good. I even changed my clothes because of Andrea :-) I changed a light blue bib for a dark blue bib so I could take photos of her swimming breaststroke from front.


Čo sa dnes udialo zaujímavé?
Kupodivu sa aj dnes opäť hlavne plávalo :-)

Doobeda sme mali za Slovensko vo vode Katku Listopadovú a Aďu Podmaníkovú a myslím, že ich fotky mi celkom vyšli. Kvôli Adi som sa dokonca aj prezliekal :-), svetlomodrú vestu za tmavomodrú “pool bib”, aby som ju na prsiach mohol cvaknúť spredu.

I managed to work on morning photos, both Slovak ones and the ones for SwimSwam, during the break. Then it went much quicker at the hotel in the evening.

It went worse with the photos from finals, I didn’t handle that completely. However, the photo of Yuliya Efimova with the pointing finger after she missed the world record just by one hundredth of a second had success, as well as series of photos of Yui Ohashi finishing second after Katinka in 200 IM.

Fotky z doobedia, či už tie slovenské alebo podľa požiadavky SwimSwam, sa mi podarilo počas prestávky celkom dobre rozpracovať. Večer na hoteli to už išlo celkom rýchlo.

Horšie to už bolo s fotkami z finále, tie som úplne už nezvládol, ale fotka Júlie Jefimovej so zdvihnutým prstom, potom ako o jednu stotinu sekundy zaostala za svetovým rekordom a takisto séria fotiek Yui Ohashi, druhej po Katinke na 200m IM, mali celkom úspech.

Others were celebrating too. Among them, Sarah Sjostrom and Adam Peaty celebrated both becoming World Champions and breaking Championship records.
Radovali sa ale aj ďalší, Sarah Sjostrom a Adam Peaty okrem získania titulov majstra sveta, aj z rekordov šampionátu.

I have to mention also the atmosphere in the Arena when Katinka finished. Home audience was cheering for all Hungarians but the noise after her finish was overwhelming.
Nespomenúť sa nedá tiež atmosféra v aréne, keď doplávala Katinka. Domáce publikum povzbudzuje všetkých maďarov, ale po titule Katinky to burácalo naozaj poriadne.

What else?
I managed to stand in other photographer’s view twice :-), I had time for lunch even time for a pleasant chat and I finally bought a swim cap for my Maťko :-)
It’s nice and for a good price, 5100 HUF (about 17€) :-)

Originally, I wanted to take a few shots of EYOF, since my accreditation applies to that too. However, I decided not to. And I heard I did a right thing; they said it was quite a chaos over there.

So, that’s it for today. I hope that those guys looking like Indians who love to make a noise around 2 AM will soon come to senses…

A čo ešte?
Podarilo sa mi počas dňa vliezť dvakrát iným fotografom do záberu :-), stihol som obed a dokonca sa aj príjemne porozprával a kúpil som svojmu Maťkovi konečne čiapku :-)
Pekná a za “ľudovú cenu” cenu, 5100 HUF (asi 17€) :-)

No a pôvodne som chcel ísť včera pofotiť trochu aj EYOFku, kde mám akreditáciu tiež. Nakoniec som sa ale rozhodol, že nepôjdem. No a vraj som urobil dobre, vraj tam bol celkom chaos.

Takže to je na dnes všetko.
Dúfam, že chalani, čo vyzerajú ako Indovia a ktorí celkom radi robia v hoteli hurhaj o druhej ráno, čoskoro prestanú…

25 Jun

Londýn 2016: mesiac po (one month after)

In Europeans,London 2016 by Peter Sukenik / 25. June 2016 / 1 Comment

At first, I thought that I would write few sentences in London every day just like in Kazan. However, in the end I am writing almost month after the European Championships :-( There was just too much to do during that week and after :-)

Every morning the swimming started at 10am but we had to be at the pool about an hour earlier. Before finals an hour and half was almost not enough. There were many people with cameras and if I did not catch a good spot at the beginning, it was too late later. Sometimes we were packed like sardines :-)


Pôvodne som si myslel, že podobne ako z Kazane, napíšem zopár viet každý deň aj z Londýna. No a nakoniec píšem skoro mesiac po skončení ME :-( Bolo toho skrátka za ten týždeň a po ňom viac než dosť :-)

Každé ráno sa začínalo plávať o 10-tej hodine, no pri bazéne bolo treba byť už asi o hodinu skôr. Na finále bola niekedy aj hodina a pol málo. Bolo nás tam s fotoaparátmi dosť a ak som si nechytil dobré miesto zavčasu, potom už bol problém. Niekedy sme boli naozaj ako sardinky :-)

We had two spots for taking photos, first right behind the starter near the starting blocks and second in the opposite corner of the pool, on the turn.

Again, they used the system of colourful bibs, 3 colours equalling 3 allowed areas of movement. Dark green was for broadcasters, the people involved in television somehow. For example the cameraman by the pool. These people had the biggest privileges. Dark blue and light blue were colours for the real photographers. People with the dark blue bibs could (besides mentioned spots for photographing) move freely at the pool except for the side behind starting blocks. From there were starting all disciplines with the exception of 50m disciplines that ended on this side of the pool and in that case there was no ban. Light blue bibs meant the smallest ‘freedom’. We had two spots for taking photos and it was possible to move around the pool, too, but only with special yellow belt. In the morning, they gave us quite a lot of them but during the finals, we rotated with only two. We could use the belt just for one discipline then we had to return it. Without yellow belt, we had to stay within restricted areas.

Easy, right? :-)

And, of course besides these ‘colour’ rules we had to abide by the standard rules for instance not getting into officials way and things like that. However, I must admit that officials were very helpful and mostly we could talk to them so they did not stand in our shots :-)

Na fotenie sme mali k dispozícii v podstate dve stále miesta, jedno za štartérom pri štartových blokoch a druhé v protiľahlom rohu bazéna, na obrátke.

Opäť tu fungoval systém farebných fotovést, 3 farby = 3 úrovne pohybu. Tmavozelená sa týkala broadcasterov, ľudí majúcich niečo do činenia s televíziou. Bol to napríklad kameraman pri bazéne. Najvyššie privilégiá. Tmavomodrá a svetlomodrá už boli farby naozaj pre fotografov. Tmavomodrí sa mohli okrem spomínaných fotopozícií pohybovať aj v podstate voľne okolo bazéna s výnimkou strany za štartovacími blokmi, kde sa štartovali všetky okrem 50-metrových disciplín. Tie sa na tejto strane dohmatávali a počas 50-tok tabu neplatilo. “Light blue bib” = najmenšia “sloboda”. K dispozícii 2 fotopozície a možnosť pohybovať sa aj okolo bazéna, ale iba s “yellow belt”, špeciálnym žltým pásom. Tých sa na doobedie vydávalo pomerne dosť, na finále sme si ale striedali tuším iba dva. Pás platil na jednu disciplínu a potom sa musel vrátiť. Bez pásu sa byť inde ako na vyhradených pozíciách nesmelo.

Jednoduché, že? :-)

No a samozrejme okrem tohto kolorytu bolo treba dodržiavať aj také tie štandardné pravidlá, ako napríklad nemotať sa rozhodcom popod nohy a podobne. Musím ale povedať, že rozhodcovia boli ústretoví a dalo sa s nimi väčšinou dohodnúť, aby sa nestavali do záberu :-)

After the end of the morning session I always got back to the hotel (except in one case) to work on my shots from morning. At first, I thought I could finish them before finals but that never happened :-) The finals were starting at 6pm and the end was usually about 8.30pm. I always got back to the hotel after 9pm. And that was the time for finishing the work on morning shots and working on photos from finals. I did not enjoy much sleep that week :-)

However, I had the satisfaction of seeing new articles from European Championships with my photos on SwimSwam.com and summersportsworld.sk as well as the reactions of members of SPF Facebook profile.

Po skončení doobedia som sa až na jednu výnimku vždy vracal na hotel, kde som rozrobil fotky z doobedia. Pôvodne som si myslel, že ich ešte pred finále stihnem aj spracovať, no ani raz sa mi to nepodarilo :-) Finále začínalo o šiestej večer a končilo približne o pol deviatej, na hotel som sa dostal vždy až po deviatej. A to bol ten správny čas na dokončenie fotiek z doobedia a spracovanie foto z finále. Moc som si za ten týždeň nepospal :-)

Zadosťučinením pre mňa bolo ale sledovať nové články z ME s mojimi fotografiami na portáloch SwimSwam.com a na summersportsworld.sk a tiež reakcie návštevníkov facebookového profilu SPF.

Because I am writing this almost month after the European Championships ended, I cannot keep a good track of what happened on which day. Nevertheless, I do remember a few interesting things :-)

It always surprised me how many taxis were queued up by the roadside and all of them without drivers. Hmm, they were sitting on the other side :-)

Grocery shops around the hotel were a bit weird. There was no baked goods no ham nor cheese or anything like that, everything packed. In addition, every night I had ‘healthy’ chicken burger, kebab or pizza, not the best choice :-) Besides the trip to the centre, I afforded a visit to the souvenir shop and enjoyed some ‘extra light meal’. Yummy, 12£ gone :-) But Stella in can cost 1£ and draft Guinness was 4£ :-)

Tým, že toto píšem skoro po mesiaci od ukončenia ME, už som stratil presný prehľad, čo sa v ktorý deň udialo. Zopár zaujímavých vecí ale ešte v pamäti mám :-)

Vždy ma prekvapilo, koľko taxíkov stojí pri ceste za sebou a všetky bez šoféra. Hm, sedeli na druhej strane :-)

Potraviny v okolí môjho hotela boli nejaké divné. Nikde žiadne pečivo, krájaná šunka, syry a podobne, všade len všetko balené. No a každý večer “zdravý” chicken burger, kebab alebo pizza? No nič moc :-) Okrem výletu do centra som si doprial ale ešte raz výlet do nejakého obchoďáku za suvenírmi a “extra light meal” bolo dobré. Mňam, 12 libier cink :-) Plechovková Stela bola ale v obchode za libru a za 4 sa dal kúpiť čapovaný Guiness :-)

I guess I had the best experience from travelling. I wrote one or two things about the tube so now I can mention something about typical red double-decker buses. Firstly, they were all red :-) However, the interesting thing was that normally the bus stopped, opened up the back door and people got off. Then according to the number of the people in the bus, the driver either opened or did not open the front door for people to get on. If the bus was full, he simply left. However, that was no tragedy because other bus came in no time. On the route I was taking, the interval between two buses was at any hour of the day 4-9 minutes. It happened more than once that right after one bus came another one going the same route. Ordinarily the drivers were black and you had to pay them for the ride electronically with contactless Oyster Card or as I did with contactless credit card. Inside of the bus there was a special area for luggage, also seats reserved for pregnant women, disabled persons, and the wheelchairs as well. I counted five cameras in every bus usually placed on the ceiling. In some vehicles, the video from cameras was directly projected on the screen. Buses did not stop at every stop you had to ring the driver. The stop buttons were placed on every stanchion. Stuff as LED panels that informed passengers about the next stop were necessity in every bus.

Once I met an inspector. He had some kind of device where you put your card (in my case the Slovak credit card) and he immediately knew if everything was all right.
And it was :-)

Cestovanie, z toho mám asi zážitok najväčší. O metre som už trochu písal, tak teraz skúsim zopár vecí o tradičných červených double deckroch. No ako prvé asi to, že boli všetky červené :-) Zaujímavé bolo ale napríklad aj to, že štandardne autobus zastal a otvoril zadné dvere. Ľudia vystúpili. Podľa toho, koľko ich vnútri zostalo, šofér buď otvoril alebo neotvoril predné dvere, ktorými sa nastupovalo. Ak bol plný, jednoducho odišiel preč. Nebola to ale žiadna tragédia, za chvíľu išiel ďalší. Na trase, kde som sa pohyboval ja, bol interval medzi dvomi autobusmi v akúkoľvek hodinu 4-9 minút. Viackrát sa stalo, že jeden autobus odchádzal a už prichádzal ďalší na rovnakej linke. Šoférovali ich spravidla černosi, platilo sa pri šoférovi. Samozrejme elektronicky, bezkontaktne, priložením Oyster Card alebo ako ja pomocou contactless platobnej karty. Vnútri bol vyhradený priestor na batožinu, takisto miesta na sedenie pre tehotné ženy a invalidov a tiež aj vyhradený priestor pre invalidný vozík. V každom autobuse som napočítal 5 kamier umiestnených väčšinou na strope, v niektorých autobusoch sa aj obraz z nich rovno premietal na monitor. Autobusy nestáli na každej stanici, bolo treba zazvoniť šoférovi. Tlačidlá na zazvonenie boli na každej zvislej tyči slúžiacej na pridržiavanie sa pasažierov počas jazdy. No a také veci ako LED panel, ktorý informuje o ďalšej zastávke, bol samozrejmosťou všade.

Raz som zažil aj revízora. Bezkontaktná krabička, každý priložil svoju kartu (ja tú svoju slovenskú platobnú) a revízor hneď zistil, či je všetko ok.
Bolo :-)

Nevertheless, one more thing from the tube… you can see even this in there…
Z metra ale predsa len ešte niečo… Aj toto sa v ňom dá vidieť…

 

One day it rained. I guess quite untypical for London that it rained so little in one week. Still I got wet pretty badly and from that day I started to call my horrible hotel a den :-) Besides every day washed clothes I had to dry also the wet ones. It turned out to be a bit of a problem :-(
Jeden deň pršalo. Na Londýn asi nezvyk, že za týždeň tak málo. Zmokol som ale kvalitne a od tohto dňa som svoj horrible hotel začal nazývať brlohom :-) Okrem každý deň praných vecí bolo treba sušiť aj veci zmoknuté. Hm, vcelku problém :-(

One morning I walked to the Aquatics Centre from the bus stop with Katarina Listopadova. I got to know two Czech officials and photographer Andrea Staciolli, too. On European Championships, there was also Tino Henschel with whom I had talked already during ISM in Berlin.
Jedno ráno som si zo zastávky autobusu odkráčal cestu k Aquatics centru s Katkou Listopadovou. Zoznámil som sa tiež s dvomi českými rozhodcami a s fotografom Andreom Stacciolim. No a na ME bol aj Tino Henschel, s ktorým sme sa dali do reči ešte počas ISM v Berlíne.

There seem to be certain swimmers whom the audience like more than others. With the regard for the home swimmers that get the biggest applaud and cheering, I noticed that the audience paid more attention to Cameron van den Burgh in Kazan and in London to Sarah Sjoestroem. Maybe it was because of her cheerful personality. For example, Laszlo Cseh was also very popular.
Niektorých plavcov má publikum obzvlášť rado. Keď odhliadnem od toho, že najviac potlesku, výskotu a povzbudzovania vždy dostanú domáci pretekári, tak v Kazani som si toto všimol u Camerona van der Burgha, v Londýne u Sarah Sjoestroem. Možno to bude jej veselou povahou. Dosť obľúbený je ale napríklad aj Laszlo Cseh.

Somehow, the week was over and suddenly it was Friday’s evening, the last day. I started to plan my journey home. Departure at 10.10? I should be at the airport 2 hours before, 2 hours to get there and leave a spare hour just for case. Wow, it seems that I have to leave from the hotel at 5.10. Ouch :-) I should walk in the dark in I think quite dangerous neighbourhood and get the tube. I was not sure about this plan. Therefore, I ordered a taxi to the hotel in the morning and got off at Stratford station.

I quickly managed to fulfil one of my resolution I stepped on the prime meridian :-)

A tak nejako ten týždeň prešiel a zrazu tu bol posledný piatkový večer a ja som začal plánovať cestu domov. Odlet o 10,10? 2 hodiny predtým treba byť na letisku, 2 hodiny na dopravu, hodina rezerva. Wau, treba mi z hotela odísť o 5,10! Vrrr :-( V noci peši potme po na môj vkus nie vcelku bezpečnej štvrti a potom metro? No, nebolo mi všetko jedno. K hotelu som si objednal na ráno taxík a nechal sa odviesť na Stratford station.

Splnil som si ešte narýchlo jedno predsavzatie, “pošliapať” nultý poludník :-)

As I walked into the station, I found out that there is some kind of trouble with my scheduled line. I took out my phone and removed that line from the lines for route scheduling. Within minutes, I moved a bit further and got on different line with the same destination, Heathrow airport. The tube was clean, well lit, with no worries about safety. There were two girls in the carriage with me. They still had a paper strip around their wrists, probably a ticket from some party :-)
Vchádzam do stanice a vidím, že moja naplánovaná linka metra má nejakú poruchu. Vyberám mobil, linku odoberiem z výberu liniek pre plánovanie trasy a behom chvíle sa už presúvam kúsok ďalej a nasadám na inú linku s rovnakým cieľom, letisko Heathrow. Metro čisté, vysvietené, žiadne obavy o bezpečnosť. Vo vagóne idú ešte dve dievčatá, na ruke majú ešte papierový pásik, zrejme vstupenku zo žúrky :-)

I got to the airport ok. I did a self-checking and found out that it is not possible to print my plane ticket. I was supposed to contact the airline management. Houston, we have a problem! I was feeling my adrenaline going as an employee of the British airways was trying to explain to me that they sold more tickets than the number of seats in the plane and that he was going to solve the problem :-) In turn, I was explaining him that I wanted to take this plane because my journey did not end in Vienna. Eventually I sat before the desk for half an hour and then the employee informed me with a smile that everything was all right and I had the ticket. Even though the seat was in the last row before the toilets next to the aisle, the guy was a small hero for me at that time :-)
Na letisko prichádzam v poriadku. Robím si self checkin a dozvedám sa, že pre mňa nie je možné vytlačiť letenku, “kontaktujte manažment leteckej spoločnosti”. Houstone, máme problém. Cítim ako mi stúpa adrenalín, keď sa mi pracovník British airways snaží vysvetliť, že predali viac leteniek, než je miest v lietadle a že sa pokúsi situáciu vyriešiť :-) Ja na oplátku vysvetľujem, že týmto letom letieť chcem, lebo vo Viedni moja cesta nekončí. Nakoniec sedím pred prepážkou približne pol hodiny, keď na mňa pracovník zavolá a s úsmevom mi oznámi, že je všetko v poriadku a letenku mám. Hoci je to do poslednej rady pred toaletami a pri uličke, ale je v tom momente pre mňa malým hrdinom :-)

I moved further, bought some presents, boarded the plane and then safely landed in Vienna. I got on the bus to Bratislava and continued in traveling. In Bratislava, I got off on the same dirty, ‘sweet-smelling’ bus station Mlynske Nivy as few days before. I approached a taxi driver before the station and asked him how much would cost a ride to the main railway station. ’20€.’ I pointed out that it is a bit expansive and got a choice to take it or leave it. Hmm, I was already in Slovakia. I called a VB taxi and paid 3,90€.

I could not decide which station is more ‘beautiful’. The main railway station or the bus station Mlynske Nivy. I guess they can easily compete. I was looking forward to having lunch at the station but after I entered the station restaurant, I minimised it to one beer and as little time as possible. In the waiting room, I was estimating how long it would take someone to ask me something like ‘What’s up, buddy?’. After about five minutes, I heard: ‘How are we, boss?’ :-)

The last public means of transport of my return journey was the Regiojet train, the business class. My impression improved a bit. During the ride there was just one ‘restart’ of the locomotive and with a little delay, we got to Zilina. Taxi, tube, plane, bus, taxi again, train and finally my own car – is there anything left? :-)

Presúvam sa ďalej, kupujem posledné darčeky, nasadáme do lietadla a v poriadku prilietame do Viedne. Presúvam sa k autobusu do Bratislavy a cestujem ďalej. V Bratislave vystupujem na rovnako špinavých a “voňavých” Mlynských Nivách ako pred pár dňami. Oslovujem taxikára pred stanicou a pýtam sa na cenu cesty na hlavnú železničnú stanicu. “20 eur”. Odpovedám, že to je vcelku dosť a dostávam na výber “chceš, alebo nechceš?” Hm, už som na Slovensku. Volám si VB taxi a platím 3,90€.

Ktorá stanica je krajšia? Železničná hlavná alebo autobusová na Nivách? No, myslím, že si nemajú čo vyčítať. Teším sa, že si dám na stanici obed. Po vkročení do staničnej reštaurácie to minimalizujem len na jedno pivo a minimum času. V čakárni odhadujem, za aký čas budem oslovený vetou typu “no ako vedúci?” Minút prešlo nakoniec asi 5 a veta “ako sa máme, šéfko?” :-)

Posledný verejný dopravný prostriedok spiatočnej cesty je vlak RegioJet, business trieda. Trošku sa mi dojem napráva, cestou len 1x “reštartujeme” rušeň a s malým oneskorením pristávame v Žiline. Taxík, metro, lietadlo, autobus, znova taxík, vlak a nakoniec vlastné auto – čo je ešte dnes v ponuke? :-)

During the return journey, I found out about the silver medal that Riso Nagy managed to win. I was glad to hear that but why did he have to wait until Sunday? :-) At least I sent one early photo for the article to SwimSwam, which they are already writing…
Počas spiatočnej cesty zisťujem, že Rišo Nagy zaplával striebro. Teším sa, no musel s tým čakať až do nedele? :-) Tak posielam aspoň jedno skoršie foto pre článok do SwimSwam, ktorý sa už píše…

What more to say?
Maybe the next year I will visit Budapest :-)
A čo povedať na záver?
Budúci rok Budapešť? :-)

Neverthless, I have to mention this – thanks to Riso and his silver medal my photos appeared for the first time in televison broadcasting. It was broadcasted on 7th of June 2016 on television channel TV JOJ in the proramme called ‘Noviny o 12:00′ in which you can see more than 7-minue long interview with him.

Thank you, Riso :-)

No a ešte predsa len jedna poznámka – vďaka Rišovi a jeho striebru sa moje fotografie objavili po prvýkrát aj v televíznom vysielaní. Bolo to 7.6.2016 na TV JOJ v relácii “Noviny o 12:00″, v ktorej bol s ním odvysielaný viac ako 7-minútový rozhovor.

Ďakujem Rišo :-)

07 Aug

Kazaň 2015: posledny deň “misie” (the last day of our “mission”)

In Kazan 2015,Worlds by Peter Sukenik / 7. August 2015 / 0 Comments

Wednesday 5th of August 2015 was the last day of our “mission” on World Championships in Kazan…

Today, I went to the Arena all by myself in the morning.
During the breakfast I noticed two girls who looked like swimmers by their figures :-)
When I was asking for a taxi on reception desk the girls probably found out I was heading to the Arena after seeing my accreditation card on my neck. So, we took a taxi together.
They were swimmers and they travelled from Brazil to Kazan to support.
Quite a distance…

The color is important and blue is very good :-)
According to the color on the accreditation card you have access to particular places. It’s simple, quick and effective. There are sections for organizers, for athletes, for referees and for media. Broadcasters are special category, they are quite respected here. That is because they pay for transmission rights.
There is always someone before particular section who controls the access.

Special colors are also for bibs. The standard color was sky blue. I had this bib the whole time. I could stand on reserved places which weren’t bad at all. If a photographer wanted to go on the pool deck he had just to ask for it. For morning session he must have made the request till 3pm and for finals till 9am. These photographers then got dark blue bib. There were always about ten of them.

I planned to go to the pool deck for the last finals. But in the morning I got hold up for a while with Peter in the hotel and the taxi ride took a bit more. I came to the Arena at about 9.20. But I didn’t mind because reserved places were good as well. And this is not the last event there is, isn’t it? :-)

Bibs came also in third color – dark green. These were, for example, for Giorgio Scala, the chief FINA photographer. By the way, he was a very friendly and easy-going Italian…

I can’t help myself not to mention something about taxis… :-)
White line on the road doesn’t mean a thing for these drivers. J And the number of lines on the road is understood as the minimal number of cars that can go side by side on the road. :-)
This is mainly applied to crossroads. If you can fit with your car somewhere it’s almost obligation to jam in there :-)

The most adrenaline ride was the last one to the hotel after the finals. Taxi driver seemed to think that he was on some motor race and he drove through several short-cuts. I was a little bit worried for a moment if we would make it to the hotel.

But let’s talk about swimming…

In newspapers Sport-Express there appeared achievement of Yuliya Efimova.
These newspapers have eight pages and the two thirds of the last one were dedicated to swimming…


Streda 5.8.2015, posledný deň našej “misie” na Majstrovstvách sveta v Kazani…

Do Arény som dnes ráno cestoval sám.
Už na raňajkách som si ale všimol dve dievčinky, prišlo mi, že majú také plavecké postavy :-) Keď som si na recepcii objednával taxík, zistili podľa mojej akreditačnej karty na krku, že zrejme pôjdem do Arény. A tak sme nakoniec išli jedným taxíkom spolu.
Boli to plavkyne a pricestovali fandiť do Kazane z Brazílie.
Dooosť dobrá štreka…

Farba je dôležitá a modrá je dobrá :-)
Podľa farby na akreditačnej karte sa Vám otvárajú dvere na miesta, kde máte prístup. Jednoduché, rýchle, účinné. Organizátori máju svoje zóny, športovci zase svoje, takisto rozhodcovia a médiá. Špeciálna kategória sú broadcasteri, dosť sa to tu okolo nich točí. Oni totiž platia za prenosové práva. Pred príslušnou zónou potom vždy niekto stojí a prístup kontroluje.

Svoju farbu majú ale aj fotovesty. Štandardná bola svetlomodrá (sky blue). Tú som mal celý čas aj ja. Mohol som stáť na vyhradených miestach, ktoré neboli ale vôbec zlé. Ak sa chcel fotograf dostať priamo ku bazénu, bolo treba o to iba požiadať. Do 3-tej hodiny poobede pre doobednú časť a do 9-tej hodiny doobeda pre finále. Títo fotografi potom dostali vestu tmavomodrú. Tých bolo vždy približne 10.

Ja som mal v pláne ísť na “pool deck” na posledné finále. Zdržal som sa ale chvíľu ráno na hoteli s Peťom a takisto akosi dlhšie trvala cesta taxíkom. Prišiel som do Arény asi 9,20. Ale až tak mi to nevadilo, aj vyhradené miesta boli fajn. A toto predsa nie je posledná takáto akcia… :-)

Fotovesty mali ešte aj tretiu farbu – tmavozelenú. Takú nosil napr. aj Giorgio Scala, hlavný FINA fotograf, inak veľmi priateľský a ústretový Talian…

Nedá mi to, musím ešte o tých taxíkoch niečo napísať… :-)
Plná biela čiara tu až tak veľa neznamená :-) A počet jazdných pruhov na ceste je tu chápaný ako minimálny počet áut, ktoré na ceste môžu ísť vedľa seba :-). Platí to hlavne v križovatkách. Ak sa dá niekde vopchať, tak sa tam určite vopchať treba :-)

Naviac posledná, večerná jazda po finále na hotel, bola dosť adrenalínová. Taxikár ju poňal ako preteky a navyše išiel kadejakými skratkami. Trošku som mal aj chvíľami strach, či na hotel vôbec dorazíme :-)

Ale poďme ku plávaniu…

Noviny Sport express a úspech Yuliye Efimovej…
Noviny majú 8 strán a plávaniu boli venované dve tretiny poslednej strany…

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And what interesting things have happened in the Arena today?

First and foremost, Katka Listopadova swam 50m backstroke. She was in the zero line and I didn’t see her well but I took some photos anyway…

A čo zaujímavé sa dnes udialo v Aréne?

No v prvom rade dnes plávala naša Katka Listopadová 50m znak. Bola v dráhe 0 a nemal som na ňu moc dobrý výhľad, niečo som ale aj tak nafotil…

We saw a duel between Adam Peaty and Cameron van der Burgh on 50m breaststroke. That preceded yesterday’s semifinals where these two guys fought together over world record :-)
It was an impressive battle. Peaty won.
Whom did you support? Should I give happy or sad emoticon? :-) :-(
Videli sme súboj Adama Peatyho a Camerona van der Burgh na 50m prsia. Tomuto finále predchádzali včerajšie semifinále, v ktorom sa chalani pretláčali v svetových rekordoch :-)
Bol to pekný súboj. Vyhral to Peaty.
Komu ste fandili Vy? Dám veselý alebo smutný smajlík? :-) :-(

We saw a false start of Morozov in semifinals of 100m freestyle, too. It was obvious and if he wasn’t disqualified I would have been very disappointed. Not that I have anything against him but the rules should apply to everyone…
Videli sme aj predčasný odskok Morozova v semifinále 100m voľný spôsob. Bol úplne očividný a keby nebol diskvalifikovaný, tak by som bol veľmi sklamaný. Nie preto, že by som proti nemu niečo mal, ale ak pravidlá majú platiť, tak majú platiť…

We also saw happy Sun Yang after his victory on 800m freestyle. He ran around the pool to his fans :-) I didn’t catch that with my camera or I could have but I didn’t have good position. I couldn’t see it from my spot.

But when he repeated it after handing out of medals I caught it :-)

Videli sme tiež šťastného Sun Yanga po jeho výhre na 800m voľný spôsob. Rozbehol sa okolo bazéna ku svojim fanúšikom :-) To som nafotiť nestihol, teda vlastne nebol problém s tým, že by som nestihol, ale nemal som na to dobrú pozíciu. Z môjho miesta to nebolo vidieť.

Keď to ale urobil znova po odovzdávaní medailí, tak to už mám :-)

Another interesting thing was a swim-off of Roberto Pavoni and Conor Dwyer to determine who will get to the finals of 200m medley. I guess it’s pretty unusual for two swimmers to have the same time and at the same time to be in semifinals on 8th place :-)
No a zaujímavý bol tiež aj rozstrel medzi Roberom Pavonim a Conorom Dwyerom o postup do finále 200m polohový pretek. Asi dosť neobvyklé, aby mali dvaja plavci na stotinu rovnaký čas a súčasne aby bolo v semifinále na 8.-mom mieste :-)

Then I just glanced at the Arena for the last time, visited the press centre and headed to the hotel.
We had a dinner and packed up our things. At six in the morning we leave from hotel and fly to Moscow and in the afternoon to Vienna.

By the way, I didn’t think I had such bald head :-)

Have a nice evening…

No a potom už len záverečný pohľad na Arénu, posledná návšteva presscentra a hajde na hotel.
Na večeru a pobaliť sa na cestu. Ráno o 6-tej odchádzame z hotela a odlietame do Moskvy. Poobede potom do Viedne.

Inak ani som nevedel, že mám takú plešinu :-)

Pekný večer…

 

04 Aug

Kazaň 2015: dnes bolo všelijako (today, it has happened this and that)

In Kazan 2015,Worlds by Peter Sukenik / 4. August 2015 / 0 Comments

Yes, today it has been this and that. At first in the morning the taxi driver dropped us on the other side of the Arena as we were used to. No problem but it was a little bit further and the entrance security check was stricter. I’m already used to explaining two times a day that my backpacks won’t make it through X-ray checks but here they wanted to unpack them completely… Considering that yesterday they wanted to try besides functionality of phone, camera and flash also if my umbrella was functional it was not that crazy :-)

Today it has started with 100m backstroke women and men. So, I took a risk and I picked different spot, on the other side of the pool. Of course, it was higher and above spectators. The bee-line distance between me and starting blocks could have been about 80m. I wanted to try to take a photo of backstroke start when a swimmer bends backwards. Katka took off and this is a result. I still have to work on my skills…


Áno, áno, dnes bolo naozaj všelijako. Najskôr nás pán taxikár ráno vysadil na opačnej strane Arény, než sme boli doteraz zvyknutí. Žiadny problém, len to bolo trošku ďalej a bola tam prísnejšia vstupná bezpečnostná kontrola. Už som si zvykol, že 2x denne vysvetľujem, že moje batôžky skrátka pod rontgen nepôjdu, tu ich chceli ale aj kompletne vybaliť… Ale zase včera chceli okrem skúšky funkčnosti mobilu, foťáka a blesku vyskúšať aj či mi funguje dáždnik :-)

Dnes sa deň začínal znakom 100m ženy aj muži. Tak som to riskol a “nainštaloval” sa na druhú stranu bazéna, než sa štartuje. Samozrejme ale vyššie a za divákmi. Od štartu to mohlo byť vzdušnou čiarou možno aj 80m. Chcel som skúsiť urobiť foto zo znakového štartu, keď sa plavec prehupne dozadu. Katka vyštartovala a tu je výsledok, ešte musím na sebe popracovať…

Yesterday, we (me and Peter) had decided that we wanted to see Kazan as well. So, today we have given up women’s 1500m freestyle and before the beginning of these heats we left the Arena and went to the city. We saw beautiful Kremlin and I found out that it is actually a mosque. During our absence in Arena there didn’t happen anything more than one new World record :-) Katie Ledecky broke it on “sacrificed” 1500m freestyle.
Včera sme si s Peťom povedali, že by sme chceli vidieť aj niečo z Kazane, a tak sme dnes “obetovali” disciplínu 1500m voľný spôsob ženy a pred jej začiatkom sme z Arény odišli a išli do mesta. Videli sme krásny Kremeľ a ja som zistil, že ono je to vlastne mešita. V Aréne sa neudialo počas našej neprítomnosti nič väčšie než jeden svetový rekord :-) Zaplávala ho práve na tých obetovaných 1500m Katie Ledecky.

During our trip to the city I finally understood how to get a taxi not just from the hotel. There is this system that when you order a taxi by calling you get information – when it will come, what type of car it will be. Phone number on taxi company Tatarstan is everywhere to find. It probably works well but the problem is that if you are calling from different phone number than Russian one you are out of luck. You can’t get a taxi with this number. So, when a foreigner needs a taxi it must be called by some native, for example a volunteer on World Championships. We have tried it after today’s finals and it really works this way.

We haven’t caught today’s finals, too :-) There is an hour’s time shift between here and Slovakia and on my computer I still have the Slovakian time. So, I was calm until I realized that we weren’t going to the Arena an hour before the start of the finals but that it had already started. For that reason we didn’t see how Cameron van den Burgh missed the first place by seven hundredth of a second on 100m breaststroke and we also missed second World record of the day. It was broke by Sarah Sjostrom on 100m butterfly. Well, very clever of us… :-(

But we did see handing out of four medals on 50m butterfly and I really liked when the guys came before photographers to pose. They weren’t bigheaded or anything at all.

Počas výletu do mesta som konečne pochopil, ako si zohnať taxík aj inde, než z hotela. Ono tu majú totiž taký systém, že telefonicky si človek objedná taxík a dostane informáciu za koľko minút príde a aké auto to bude. Číslo na taxislužbu Tatarstan nájdete snáď všade a ono to možno aj fajn funguje, problém je jedine v tom, že ak voláte z iného ako ruského čísla, tak máte smolu. Na takéto číslo taxík nedostanete. Keď teda “inostránec” taxík potrebuje, tak ho musí zavolať nejaký domáci, napr. volunteer na MS. Vyskúšali sme si to po dnešnom finále a ono to naozaj funguje.

Dnešné finále sme nestihli zase :-) Je tu o hodinu viac ako na Slovensku a na počítačí čas nemám zmenený. A tak som si bol veselo v tom, koľko máme času, než som zistil, že nejdeme do Arény o hodinu skôr, ale že už vlastne finále začalo. A tak sme nevideli ako Cameronovi van der Burgh ušlo zlato o 7 stotín na 100m prsia a tiež sme nevideli druhý dnešný svetový rekord. Bola to Sarah Sjostrom na 100m motýlik. No čo už, šikovní sme :-(

Videli sme ale odovzdávanie štyroch medailí na 50m motýlik a bolo to moc fajn, keď prišli chalani pózovať pred fotografov. Neboli to žiadne nafúkané bubliny.

Following discipline was 200m medley and Katinka Hosszu with new World record. At least we saw one new record and it was worth it. I can’t put the sound into the article but this is how it looked…
Potom prišla 200m polohovka, Katinka Hosszu a jej nový svetový rekord. Takže jeden sme dnes predsa len dnes videli a stál za to. Neviem do tohto článku vložiť zvuk, ale obraz bol takýto…
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At last there was the awarding ceremony and end of finals. In the end, Laszlo Cseh came to pose before photographers but I had my equipment already packed and didn’t want to unpack it again. But he seemed like a nice guy…

After we returned to the hotel we went to have a dinner, again to the hotel’s restaurant, again the pasta. We order pasta with chicken or with seafood over again and for me also spicy pasta :-) So far, we enjoy the meal.

That’s it for today’s news.
Wait till tomorrow for upcoming news.

Stay with us! :-)

Vyhlasovanie víťazov a koniec dnešného finále. Na záver dobehol pred fotografov už len Laszlo Cseh a pózoval… Ja už som bol ale zbalený a nechcelo sa mi znovu všetko vyberať. Je to ale sympoš…

Po návrate na hotel sme sa vybrali na večeru. Znova do reštiky nášho hotela a znova na cestoviny. Striedame dokola cestoviny s kuracím mäsom, s morskými plodmi a ja ešte pikantné :-) A celkom nám zatiaľ chutia…

Toľko dnešný spravodajský blok.
Ďalšie zaujímavé informácie sa dozviete zajtra.

Zostaňte s nami! :-)