Sat. May 28th, 2022

“When I was a kid,” Adam Sebastian Helcelet recalls, “Czech Republic had the greatest decathletes in the world. I watched them with my father. He said ‘You are coordinated. You can feel your body, and I guess that you’re going to be a big guy. You should try it.’”

He did. His story would quickly become intertwined with those of the great Czech decathletes, surviving the brutal Czech school of decathlon, spreading his passion for combined events, and navigating the curious moment in history that is 2020.

And behind it all, a love of history. Read the story of the International Man of History in my article for World Athletics.

Photos: Daniele Morandi (Multistars), Olavi Kaljonen (Goetzis)