|Name|| ||Vaclav Chalupa|
|Date of birth|| ||7th December 1967|
|Place of birth|| ||Jindichov Hradec, Czech Republic|
|Marital status|| ||Married to Alice, with a son called V … c l a v (6)|
|Occupation|| ||Captain in the Czech Army|
|Domicile|| ||Prague (family), Racice (training)|
|In his own words:"My dad (member of two Olympic teams himself in 1960 and 1964) introduced me to rowing at the age of 13 after I tried many other sports. I am a skilled repairman of agricultural machinery, but now I am a captain in the army.
I have been Czech Republic Sculling Champion uninterrupted since 1989. My first International race was at the World Junior Championship in 1985, becoming 9th in the 2x. My first World Silver Medal I gained in Bled in 1989. I won a Silver Medal in the single at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, and became 5th in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. I also started in all World Championship and Olympic finals uninterrupted since 1989." (written in early 2000).
Vaclav won the Hackett Thames World Sculling Challenge last year - the first time he had raced it and in doing so beat the 1999 winner, Iztok Cop. Chalupa was unfortunately pushed out of a place in the 2000 Sydney Olympics final while ill at the semi-final stage, but returns to defend his Thames World Sculling title in 2001.
Vaclav is the current champion and raced extremely well last year in rough conditions to beat Iztok Cop. It was a titanic race and no doubt Iztok will be fighting hard to regain his title. They musn't forget that they will have the very experienced and skilled sculler Giovanni Calabrese in their midst, as well as two hardy lightweights, Rod and Michal. Vaclav recently achieved a personal best 2 km ergometer time of 5.51.
|1988 Olympic Games Seoul||4+||11th|
|1990 World Championships Tasmania||1x||2nd|
|1990 Goodwill Games||1x||1st|
|1991 World Championships Vienna||1x||2nd|
|1991 World Cup||1x||1st|
|1993 World Championships Racice||1x||2nd|
|1993 World Cup||1x||1st|
|1995 World Championships Tampere||1x||3rd|
|1998 World Championships Cologne||1x||3rd|
|1999 World Cup||1x||1st|
|2000 Thames World Sculling Championship||1st|