Good morning! The winner of this year's Hel Championships, right arm, +90kg – Konrad Gaca. He won with Adrian Cirocki and Grzegorz Grębski, among others. He's back? Well, read and find out! ()
Konrad Gaca: So, it happened. I'm back to armwrestling after 16 years.
Konrad: It's a niche but very exciting discipline. It pushes a man to care about himself. Ever since I got back to training, I've been eating better, I move and sleep more. This by itself is enough to make me want to come back. In times of endless, mindless striving to move forward, the basic but extremely important parts of our lives are neglected and it usually ends up badly for people who disregard their importance. I, myself, was guilty of that, too, so I'm trying to change it.
PeSzy: Sixteen years ago, you were one of the top. Why'd you resign?
Konrad: Other responsibilities, university (political studies and English philology), then my career (English academy).
I left by winning the Professional League, being the top as one of the 5 best Polish armwrestlers. I gave up the two times I was selected to represent the national team in favour of my friend because the European Championships coincided with my university exam session.
PeSzy: Sixteen years... What's changed in armwrestling and in your life during that time?
Konrad: A lot. I graduated, started a family, set up a business. Polish armwrestling has been developing during that time, too. The events are better, we have athletes who are World Champions, serious and hard-working clubs.
MY COMEBACK WAS VERY UNCERTAIN.