Making a crazy bet with his son or running out of the house in his underpants to catch the dustmen – that is no problem for him. Roman has everything, just not a boring life. In this interview for Luxury Prague Life, Roman revealed why he no longer has so much time for sport, who wears the trousers in his house and also what his plans for the future are.
I suppose I would need a bit more time, but what can you do. I do try to do things in such a way that I find some time. But it is difficult, particularly in winter, finding a place to go and train.
I have got quite a bit of time for those. I sometimes have a game of football and I also go running and do weights.
I have to. When I stopped top-level sport, things were still OK for a little while. I didn’t have to do anything for eight months. But then I started to notice it. Now I notice it even more because it has been quite a long time now. It will be four years soon. But I do keep an eye on it now. I am running again and doing weights and trying to eat well to get back in shape.
Maybe. In terms of the normal population it’s OK, but when you get used to something, then it bothers you.
You could say that, but I was eating quite badly in general and wasn’t running much because I didn’t have the time or the inclination. I am back again now. I have got stuck into it and have even made a bet with my son.
I don’t even remember how it all came about anymore. It was all a bit of fun. I said that I would have a six-pack again and my son said that it would be a six-pack of beers at the very most. So I said that I would get my six-pack back by July. We bet that if I didn’t manage to do it, I would give him five thousand crowns and if I did, he would give me five hundred. But another condition I insisted on was that his grade point average was at most 1.8. He is in the eighth class, so that’s pretty good I think.
I’m not sure whether I shouldn’t have been a bit more demanding, because now he had 1.7 and he only had grade 1 in four subjects. Music, art, P.E. and civic studies.
Hold on! If he didn’t get a 1 in P.E., he would be in trouble! If he puts a bit of effort in with English, he could improve his score.
I am. But it is more that you underestimate things and then all of a sudden realise that things are not the way your thought they would turn out. But I really do have the advantage that when I say to myself “right, now I really am going to stick at it and go for it”, I usually do so.
I don’t think you could say I have any specific goal at the moment. At the moment, it is more like me concentrating on what I am doing and trying to do it well. I am changing my golf trainer to try to improve my game.
He wasn’t bad. He was excellent. But we sort of came to an agreement with my team which wanted me to change him. So I said to myself that maybe it would help me to progress. And as far as the news is concerned, I found an exercise to do on the internet and since I started doing it, I feel a little more at ease. There is always room for improvement. Apart from improvement, the goals couldn’t really be anything else in the news, but in golf, as soon as I improve, the results will be visible.
What people wrote or said didn’t make me nervous, because I am not so blind and deaf as to not have known that it really wasn’t all that good at the start. But the preparation was really short. I started doing something I knew nothing about. It was like throwing somebody who can’t swim into the middle of a lake. You either sink or swim. I am swimming so far.
The main thing there was that I don’t have any background in radio, speaking or doing reports, where I would have found out what suits me and what doesn’t. Or also in front of the camera for example. I lacked that progression there. I had to find out everything for myself and still do.
Not in sport, no.
What I tried in presenting is not possible there. In presenting, I basically went straight from the district championships straight into the Olympics. In sport, if you are competing in the district championships, your performance is not good enough to get you to the Olympics and nobody would take you there. That progression must be there in sport.
Above all, I don’t think I am any sort of idol. People like looking up to someone who has achieved something in their field, and all the more if it is the number one sporting discipline, which athletics certainly is. But I have never regarded myself as an idol and when I was doing athletics I couldn’t really have cared less. Now that I am working in television, I do like it.
I don’t know! I think the only way the figures would increase would be if I read the news in my underpants. But that did surprise me. Such a stupid thing and how people were interested in it. Social networks these days are a crazy thing. But I thought it was funny. Seeing as I had already run after those dustmen and my son had taken the photo, I said to myself why not put in on Facebook.
No. That was the first time and it was actually quite by accident. We have lived there for twelve or thirteen years, so it has happened to me quite a few times that I just forgot to put the bins out. I’ve got an application in my telephone which reminds me about it, but even so, you just forget. There really was a lot of rubbish. Although I have got another property I can take it to, I can never be bothered to do that. So when my wife shouted out that the dustmen were there, I realised that I hadn’t put them out and I just quickly threw on a jacket, put my shoes on and ran outside.
(Laughs) There is nothing to get all excited about as I don’t run out like that on a regular basis.
Everyone likes compliments. Luckily however, I am able to distinguish between two types of compliment. Those from people who I know admire me and from people who understand or who have a normal relationship with me. If the compliment is too great, you know it is exaggerated. Then there are the compliments you accept. But I think that not only those compliments are a good thing, but also criticism.
It is the same as with those compliments. Just as there are people who praise me whatever the circumstances, there are also people who criticise me whatever the circumstances. Regardless of what I might do. I only think about criticism like that a bit and then tend rather to forget about it.
I suppose when one of my family or friends criticises me and then you really do think whether they were right and you can learn from it and get something good out of it.
I am able to take criticism from him. For example, as regards fashion. He has good taste unlike me.
Fourteen. I really am able to take criticism from him. Maybe even much more than from my wife, because women are sometimes too critical.
My wife dresses me. She and my son have good fashion sense. My daughter unfortunately inherited her ways from me and is not interested in fashion.
That’s hard to say. Probably me. But only with regards to the more important things and there are not many of them. My wife is in charge for everything else. I realised that when we were furnishing the house. First of all, we argued about what we would buy and how we would furnish the house. But when we had furnished two rooms, we realised that we have the same taste and even if we didn’t, women do spend time at home more often and I realised that if I left it to her, it wouldn’t be so bad anyway and that I would like what she had done. So I left it all up to her.
Luckily my wife has the same opinion about that as me. She is a reasonable and modest person. I think the main luxury she has is travelling places with me almost every month. We either go alone or with the children. It might be to Italy, Spain, the mountains … So I think that is a luxury for her.
I am not really the sort of person who goes looking for luxury. I am quite conservative. For example, the friends I have from my childhood. I am not exactly the richest of people, but I do have friends among the richest. I think that I am quite level-headed in the way I live and what I can afford. I know not to overdo things. So I treat myself within those bounds I have set myself. I can imagine even greater luxury, but I don’t even really want that. The greatest luxury for me is to be content.