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Marcus Cooper Interview


Marcus Cooper Walz is a Spanish athlete who competes in calm water canoeing. He participated in the 2016 Rio Olympics, in which he obtained the Olympic gold medal in the K1 1000m event. In addition, in his record he has 6 medals in the World Canoeing Championship and 3 medals in the European Championship and recently double gold in the World Cup.

He was born in Oxford, the son of a British father and a German mother… Who is Marcus Cooper Walz? He was born in Oxford but raised since he was little in Cala d'Or, Mallorca. My grandparents' generation were the first to fall in love with the island. I always say that I am of English blood but with a Spanish heart. I consider myself a calm and slightly introverted person but with very clear things and a good balance between seriousness and humor. With my goals in life I am very ambitious. I know how to lose and I know how to win, both cases give me a lot.
What are your characteristics (as an athlete)? I consider myself ambitious and detailed. I expect a lot from my performance in training and competitions but because previously I will have been very detailed, seeking to be as close to perfection in all the factors that may alter my performance throughout the day.


As a child he tried various sports, such as basketball and soccer, but was not hooked and at the age of 12 he started canoeing. Why this sport? Canoeing suited my tastes very well, both sports and leisure in general because it is a very complete sport as it requires strength, endurance, strategy, technique and mental strength. In addition, it is a sport that is practiced on the water, which is a medium with which I have always gotten along very well.
Rio 2016 was the first participation in the highest event in sport at a global level and climbing to the top drawer at the Olympic Games at the age of 21, what sensations did it give you? How is this achievement affecting his career? One of the most difficult questions to answer, my feelings after winning were various; on the one hand I felt the obvious joy of when a very significant success is achieved, on the other hand I felt the surprise of having achieved such a result; and finally, and perhaps more importantly, the confirmation that our results are based on our previous efforts since that year I had sacrificed everything to reach the Olympics in the best possible way.
What memory do you take from Rio? My greatest memory is of when I won the medal and the following days I did not stop celebrating it with my colleagues and family who came to see me.
Do you feel pressure not to disappoint fans or not live up to expectations? Canoeing is the second sport with the most Olympic medals in Spain, just behind sailing. In our country we have a very strong level in canoeing. But we don't feel that pressure. At the moment it seems that there are still enough promising results, at least, we will see future generations.
Looking ahead to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, together with Craviotto, Arévalo and Germade, you will form a team for the k4-500, how do you see the boat? It paints very well, but that's because our track record allows us to think like that. We are not going to ensure that we will achieve a medal, much less the gold, but we are aware that we will be fighting for it. We go with very high ambition and we know that we are worth a lot.
In terms of mental preparation, how do you deal with stress, sleepless nights, weight loss, and how do you stay motivated from day to day…? I think you get used to both stress itself and stress management skills. It really is a positive stress, a stress that you like because you know it is getting you on the right track. In the end it is a feeling that makes you feel alive and entertained. The motivation is based on the ambition and the effort and sacrifice that one is willing to invest, it really is as simple as that.

Finally, as an islander, what area of ​​Mallorca would you recommend?
I've always been drawn to the Levante area. Portopetro, Cala d’Or, with its Ibizan style, pine forests and hidden coves, has an ideal environment for a relaxed family vacation. Cala Esmeralda is one of my favorite beaches.
For an extra dose of relaxation and rest after a competition, I choose Inturotel Cala Esmeralda. An adults-only hotel with spectacular views over the cove and the Mediterranean Sea. A refuge to disconnect and from which to explore this beautiful area of ​​Mallorca.



What link do you have with Inturotel?
My grandparents lived next to one of their hotels, I have grown up with them as a neighbor. I can say that it is one of the highest quality hotel chains in the area, its gardens are dreamlike. A few years ago the opportunity to collaborate together arose and since 2018 they have been my sponsors. I hope that together we can take Mallorca and Cala d’Or to the top.


Marcus Cooper Gold Candidate at TOKYO 2020.


Cala d’Or: a little slice of Ibiza on Mallorca
Cala d’Or: a little slice of Ibiza on Mallorca
Do you know why they say Cala d’Or is like a little slice of Ibiza on Mallorca? Well, we’ll tell you! And then, if you like, make a reservation at one of our Inturotel hotels in Cala d’Or and prepare to enjoy the most unforgettable summer days and nights.  The origins of Cala d’Or can be found in the love affair the Ibiza-born painter and cartoonist Josep Costa - “Picarol” - had with this place and its exuberant nature and coves with their crystal-clear water, sometime around the year 1933. Just like that lightbulb that switches on and illuminates creative minds, light immediately flooded into Picarol’s brain and he devised a sublime place in which to unwind and live surrounded by nature. Here you can find some of Mallorca’s most beautiful coves: Cala Gran, Cala Petita, Cala Ferrera, Cala Serena and of course, Cala Esmeralda, opposite the Inturotel Cala Esmeralda Beach Hotel & Spa, an exclusive Adults-Only hotel with suites with pool or private terrace, gourmet cuisine and the relaxing Salinas Spa. Cala d’Or is the site of the third-oldest functioning hotel on the island.   The paradise Josep Costa traced out in his mind was a scenic architecture with all white houses, flat roofs, typical low Balearic stone walls, garden areas around the houses, in the image and likeness of the founder’s native island. Simple, pure and organic architectural lines, with total respect for the privileged natural surroundings. Any future house could not be higher than the tallest pine tree in the area. Even back then, the idea was for Cala d’Or to become a resting place for artists, sophisticated travellers and sensitive people in search of the ideal holiday.   The name of Cala d'Or - literally “golden cove”, because of the golden reflections the sun casts on the sea in this area - comes from the similarly-named cove in Ibiza, Cala d'Hort. Costa originally called it Cala d’Hort, although the name would soon morph into the present one, Cala d’Or. After the first houses were built, top architects like Josep Maria Sert or the German Erwin Broner were amazed by the way the village was so perfectly integrated into nature. Another great architect who fell in love with the southeast coast of the island, and also worked in the area, was the Dane Jorn Utzon.   One characteristic of our resort is the terrain, as it is set on a coast full of coves, rocky promontories, cliffs… we don’t have a seafront promenade as such, but dotted all around the town you will find places where you can access the sea, veritable windows onto the blue and turquoise waters of our Mediterranean. You will never tire of taking photos.   Artists who loved Cala d’Or The popularity of Cala d’Or as an idyllic place in which to spend a few days’ holiday spread by word of mouth. And this was how, from the ‘70s on, international creators and artists could be seen on the village streets like so many other residents: Rita Pavone, Juan Manuel Serrat...   The case of the famous Catalan singer-songwriter Joan Manuel Serrat is very well-known, as he sought refuge in Cala d’Or where his parents had a holiday home, to compose some of the songs on his famous 1971 record “Mediterraneo”. He had a piano brought to the house, on a cart pulled by donkeys so he could rehearse with his friend, the musician Ricard Miralles. The Mallorcan painter and sculptor Riera Ferrari lived in Cala Llonga for over four decades. He inaugurated the legendary oriental-flavoured Shamas, and opened the Galería Picarol, where he exhibited the work of talented youngsters, including that of Felanitx-born Miquel Barceló. He also innovated by creating Estudi Joan, a studio located in the Cala d’Or marina which functioned as an art gallery and a café as well. A idea unheard of in Mallorca until then, but one that was widely imitated later.   The epicentre of that creative and artistic life was the Bar Fernando, which is still open today. Located in the old town, an area where there is hardly any traffic, with ancient pine trees and a charming pedestrianized centre. Here artists like Serrat or Camilo Sesto would sit down with their guitar, delighting visitors from all over the world with their songs.   Cala d’Or stands out for its varied, excellent range of gastronomy. In the luxurious Marina or the old town, restaurants for all tastes await. As do terraces and Beach Clubs with the best views, such as Sa Cala Beach Club in Cala Esmeralda. You simply must try the typical Mallorcan food and some local wine. Cala d’Or is the perfect destination for gourmets!   You really want to discover this picturesque enclave now, right? The place that once attracted, and indeed still continues to attract, people from all over the world with its beauty, beaches, gastronomy and light.    Well, it is precisely in Cala d’Or that the Inturotel hotels of Mallorca are located, where we await you with open arms so that you can live out the very best island experience on your next vacation.  
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