Residence Olomouc, CZE
Languages Czech, English
Higher education Physical Education - Palacky University Olomouc: Czech Republic
License number 13061999000
When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing in 2006.
Why this sport? The sport is popular in his family. He was encouraged to start fencing by his father and his grandfather, although his mother hoped he would take up another sport instead.
Club / Team TJ Dukla Olomouc: Czech Republic
Name of coach Tomas Jurka [father], CZE
Nicknames Sampion (Facebook profile, 25 May 2018)
Hobbies Travel, hiking, cycling. (Facebook profile, 07 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol Czech fencers Jaroslav Jurka [his grandfather], Martin Rubes, and Jiri Beran. (idnes.cz, 28 Apr 2017)
Injuries He injured his hand at the 2021 World Cup event in Bern, Switzerland, and was unable to train or compete for several weeks. (olomouc.rozhlas.cz, 26 Dec 2021)
In 2019 he sustained a herniated disc in his back. (olympijskytym.cz, 25 Jul 2021)
An injury to his Achilles affected his performance at the 2018 European Junior Championships in Sochi, Russian Federation. (idnes.cz, 11 Jan 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto "The cups will be covered with dust, but the memories will remain. Only a real winner can win, only a real winner can lose and stand up again." (olympijskytym.cz, 23 Jul 2021)
Awards and honours In 2022 he was named Best Athlete of Olomouc in the Czech Republic. (olomouc.eu, 16 Mar 2022)
Famous relatives His grandfather Jaroslav Jurka represented Czechoslovakia in fencing at the Olympic Games in 1976 and 1980. His father Tomas Jurka also competed in the sport. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Jul 2018; idnes.cz, 28 Apr 2017)
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