Czech ice skating duo Anna Dusková and Martin Bidař have announced they
will go their separate ways.
Bidař says he wants to take opportunities to train abroad with a view to the next Olympics and preparations for them. Dusková though wants to stay in the Czech capital and finish her studies.
The duo won the world junior ice skating championships in 2016 and were regarded as the big hope for Czech ice skating. In last year’s European championships they were seventh.
Czech speed skater Karolína Erbanová took first place in the 500 metres
world cup finals event in Minsk, Belarus, on Saturday.
She came in a tenth of a second ahead of second placed Vanessa Herzog from
Erbanová with that win now occupies second place in the overall rankings, four points behind Japan’s Nao Kodaira, with more events to take place over the weekend. Kodaira is not competing in Minsk.
Erbanová won a bronze medal in the South Kprea Olympics in the same event.
The Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecká finished eleventh in the last World
Cup downhill event of the season, which took place in Sweden’s Are on
Wednesday. She trailed by 0.77 seconds on the winner, Lindsey Vonn of the
Ledecká, who is the only woman in history to win gold at a Winter Olympics in two unrelated events, will appear in the super-G competition on Thursday.
Eva Samková, holder of two Olympic medals in snowboard cross, triumphed in
Moscow on Saturday on the FIS SBX World Cup tour. The race was the
first-ever SBX in-city, under the lights of Lata Park.
Technical difficulties in the form of a gate malfunction at the start of the 350 meter- long track meant the race had to be re-run, meaning the Czech racer had to win twice.
The racer said the protest lodged which led to the final heat being re-run had been justified and had motivated her to prove that "she was the best".
Czech snowboarding (and skiing) phenom Ester Ledecká, who won two gold medals at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, secured the FIS Alpine Snowboard World Cup crystal globe with a first-place finish in Scuol, Switzerland on Saturday. It is her sixth win in the giant slalom and 15th overall. It is the third straight year the 22-year-old clinched the globe.
Ester Ledecká has won a small Crystal Globe for best rider of the season
in the snowboard parallel giant slalom after coming second in a World Cup
event in Turkey’s Kayseri on Saturday. The Czech recently won Olympic
gold in the event, as well as picking up a shock gold in the super-G in
In La Molina, Spain, Ledecká’s compatriot Eva Samková, who took bronze in snowboard cross in Pyeongchang, won her first World Cup event since the Winter Olympics for her second victory in the series this year.
Members of the Czech Olympic team touched down in Prague on Monday – back from Pyeongchang and one of the most successful winter games in recent memory. It was an Olympics where speed skater Martina Sablíková and snowboard cross competitor Eva Samková confirmed they still had it and Ester Ledecká made history by winning golds in snowboard and super-G. On Monday afternoon, she, Martina Sablíková and others were greeted by thousands at the Old Town Square.