The head of the Party unit told me with sadness that I would need to become a communist
Jiří Vrdlovec was born on 29 June 1956 in Prague. He learned the basics of canoeing under the coach Bohuslav Karlík. Thanks to his good sports results in 1975 he began his compulsory military service with the army sports center Dukla Praha. He then represented Dukla at competitions all until 1987. He was a successful member of the Czechoslovak national team, competing at various international races and at two Olympic Games. In between 1987 and 1998 he worked as a coach in Dukla. Ever since he has been making a living as a craftsman.