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FOJTIK Erik
Sport Para ice hockey
NPC Slovakia   
GenderMen
Age50
Place of BirthŽiar nad Hronom, TCH
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Further Personal Information
Family
Twins Sofia and Erik
Residence
Slavicín, CZE
Languages
Russian, Slovak
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2002 in Zlin, Czech Republic.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to begin playing Para ice hockey after watching video footage of the sport.
Club / Team
Parahokej Havirov: Czech Republic
Name of coach
Petr Kudrna [club], CZE; Radoslav Bielecka [national]
Training Regime
He trains between four and eight hours a week.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Defence
Senior International Debut
Year
2001
Competing for
Czech Republic
General Interest
Nicknames
Philosopher (Vancouver, 21 Mar 2010)
Hobbies
Reading, listening to rock music, numismatics. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing fifth with the Czech Republic team at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010 and 2014. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
Czech coach Tomas Zelenka. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
US Para ice hockey player Sylvester Flis. (Athlete, 04 Mar 2022)
Impairment
He had both legs amputated at age 19. (spv.sk, Mar 2015; mr-sport.cz, Mar 2010)
Other information
COMPETING FOR SLOVAKIA
He represented the Czech Republic in ice hockey at the Paralympic Winter Games in 2010 and 2014 before switching to compete for Slovakia, his mother's country of origin. "After some problems with the Czech team in Sochi [2014 Paralympic Winter Games], I decided to try something different." (rozhlas.cz, 03 Mar 2015; spv.sk, 24 Feb 2015; SportsDeskOnline, 15 Mar 2014)

OCCUPATION
He works for an engineering and manufacturing company, NTS Prometal Machining, in Slavicin, Slovakia. (Facebook profile, 04 Sep 2021; regionvalassko.cz, 26 Dec 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2010 Team  
5 2014 Team  
7 2022 Team  
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2008/2009 Team  
4 2012 Team  
4 2013 Team  
8 2020/2021 Team  
European Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2011 Team