I can assume that in the world of armwrestlers there aren't any others with such a hobby... Or are there? If there is, anyone, let me know. Meet a guy whom... you already know very well. Or maybe – not quite so. ()
PeSzy: Is it true that you teach birds how to speak?
Peter Ceco Racek: True...
PeSzy: What is harder, teaching human speech to a parrot or teaching armwrestling to a human?
Peter: We all learn armwrestling our whole lives, nobody's perfect and we can always learn something from others. For a parrot, it's just a matter of two or three days, it all also depends on the species. I have many of them. I also rear lizards, spiders, dogs and cats. I have about 100 of these in total.
PeSzy: It requires a lot of space...
Peter: It's fine, I have a house with a garden.
PeSzy: How long have you been in armwrestling?
Peter: I began in 1998. The trainer of the national team was Janko Dalák back then. I worked in the Slovak Federation for many years but after a few misunderstandings I moved to SUA under the command of Marián Čapla where I currently work as a trainer of the national junior team and the disabled team.
PeSzy: What are your biggest achievements as a sportsman and a trainer?
Peter: In the previous federation, with the Awk Červenik club, my teammates and I became Slovak Champions multiple times. In the new federation we have a little less clubs now but the number is constantly growing. My club, Rival Fitness Arena, got 12 Slovak Championships medals. My biggest success so far is the silver medal at the World Championships in Rumia. Three teammates of mine also took part in this event: Ivan Puškáč, Filip Vajsábel and the double silver medalist Šimon Chlpatý who started in the motor-impaired category.
PeSzy: How has our sport changed throughout the years?
Peter: Armwrestling hasn't changed much in the years I've been here to witness it (23 years). The only thing that's changed is the training equipment. In the past, I used to train with what was at hand. We used this and that, we tried everything that could improve our strength and technique. Nowadays the technology is on the next level and therefore we can all improve more quickly.
PeSzy: Are you popular, recognizable?
Peter: Am I famous? Yes! Almost all armwrestlers know me here, in Slovakia. I started in the times when Ján Germanus, Peter Gazdarica and Rado Dobrovič were the best. Everytime I fought with them, I regretted that I wasn't as strong and famous as them, and that I couldn't be in the national team.