The Czech ice hockey team defeated Canada 3-2 in penalty shooutouts in
their second group match against Canada at the Winter Olympics on Friday
Although Canada won the shots battle by a 33-21 margin, Czech goaltender Pavel Francouz made 31 saves and allowed just one goal in the shootout. Striker Jan Kovář scored the game-winning shootout goal for the Czech Republic.
The Czech team next face Switzerland in the final game of the preliminary round on Sunday.
The Czech Republic has won its first gold medal in the Winter Olympics and
its fifth overall.
Czech world champion snowboarder, Ester Ledecká, delivered one of the biggest surprises in Winter Olympics history on Saturday, winning the women’s super-G by the slimmest of margins.
Ledecká, who is the first ever athlete to compete in both skiing and snowboarding at the Olympics, finished with a winning time of 1min 21.12sec to snatch the gold from the the two-time overall World Cup Anna Veith by one-hundredth of a second.
The 22-year-old Czech, who was racing out of the 26th position on skis borrowed from American star Mikaela Shiffrin, had never before finished on podium in an alpine event.
The Czech Republic’s two medal winners so far at the Winter Olympics in
Pyeongchang have missed out on chances to reach the podium again. Veronika
Vítková came third in the biathlon sprint for the Czechs’ first medal
on Saturday but could only come seventh in the pursuit event on Monday.
It was a similar story for Michal Krčmář. He took silver in the men’s biathlon sprint but finished way down the field in the pursuit after making numerous errors in shooting.
Around 50 members of the 93-member Czech team took part in the opening
ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Friday.
During the spectacular opening the Czech flag was carried by Eva Samková
and the snowboard cross star is one of two Czech competitors hoping to
defend their Olympic titles from the last Winter Games in Sochi, Russia in
The Czech team at the curtain-raiser were all wearing what have been dubbed Raškovka hats. In the Czech national colours of red, white and blue, they resemble the wool hat in which Jiří Raška won his first gold in ski jumping at the Olympics in Grenoble in 1968.
The Czech House at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea was
officially opened on Friday, the first day of the Games. The venue will
host athletes, fans and international visitors for the duration of the
Olympics, which conclude on February 25.
Among the guests at the ceremonial opening were the president of the Czech Olympic Committee, Jiří Kejval, the speaker of the Senate, Milan Štěch, the Czech ambassador to South Korea, Tomáš Husák, and the president of Slovakia, Andrej Kiska.
Ninety-three Czech athletes are taking part in Pyeongchang. The Czech team picked up eight medals, including two gold, at the last Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Jaromír Jágr was one of the stars of the Czech squad that took ice hockey gold at the Nagano Olympics, which began 20 years ago on Wednesday. The veteran forward admits playing again at this year’s Olympics did cross his mind – and says the absence of NHL players increases Czech chances of repeating the famous victory of 1998.
The snowboard competitor Eva Samková will carry the Czech flag at the
opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea on
Friday, the Czech Olympic Committee announced on Tuesday.
Twenty-four-year-old Samková, who won a gold medal in snowboard cross at the last Winter Olympics in Sochi, won the honour after taking three-quarters of the votes in a poll of the Czech team.