Czech cross-country skiers Dusan Kozisek and Milan Sperl have surprisingly won a bronze medal in the men's team sprint at the world ski championships in Sapporo, Japan. Kozisek and Sperl finished less than a second behind the Italian pairing of Renato Pasini and Cristian Zorzi with a time of 17.51 seconds. It was a particularly sweet moment for both men who had been at the centre of a selection mix-up during an Olympic relay race in Turin last year, which scuppered the Czech Republic's chances of a medal in the event.
In sports news this week: Katerina Neumannova is named Czech sportswoman of the year, while Martina Navratilova is declared a Czech sports legend; Speed skater Martina Sablikova wins the European championships in Italy; and goalkeeper Petr Cech may make an early return to action after being sidelined with a fractured skull.
In Sports News: the Czech couple Berdych and Safarova are knocked out in the first round of tennis's Hopman Cup, while newly engaged Radek Stepanek makes a losing return from injury in Adelaide; ski jumper Jakub Janda is too far behind the leader to defend his Four Hills title, while cross country great Katerina Neumannova notches up her best sprint result in two years; Juventus declare an interest in Zdenek Grygera; and Slavia beat Sparta in the annual New Year's day old boys derby.
A World Cup event - Nordic skiing - traditionally held at this time of year at Nove Mesto na Morave (Moravia) has been cancelled because of warm weather and lack of snow. The event was to be held next week. The decision to cancel the race was taken on Wednesday morning by organisers together with the head of the International Ski Federation's cross-country section Jorg Capol. An alternative site is reportedly being considered in the Krkonose (Giant) Mountains in northern Bohemia.
In Sports News: the Czech women's cross country skiing team took their first relay medal in over two decades; the Czech ice hockey team come last yet again in a Euro Hockey Tour event; Jarosik and Sionko become the first Czechs to face each other in Glasgow's Old Firm derby; and two-time Olympic canoeing Martin Doktor becomes a doctor.
In Sports News: it was a successful weekend for Czech skiing, with first place for Katerina Neumannova and third for the men's relay team at a meeting in Sweden; Sparta Prague lead the domestic football league into the winter break, despite conceding their first league goal in almost 800 minutes; Aston Villa's manager threatens Czech striker Milan Baros with the boot: and Jaromir Jagr has scored his 600th NHL goal.
In Sports News: after a poor start Sparta Prague are closing in on football league leaders Slovan Liberec, though Sparta's manager says it's too soon to get excited; Liberec defender Tomas Zapotocny says he's keen to leave the Czech league after receiving a record fine from the football association; Tomas Kaberle scores his first hat trick in ice hockey's NHL, while Jaromir Jagr leads the players' points table; and Katerina Neumannova begins her final season in cross country skiing.
In Sports News: Roman Sebrle takes bronze in the heptathlon at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Moscow; ski jumper Jakub Janda is extremely close to taking an historic World Cup title, while cross-country skier Katerina Neumannova comes second in her second-last meeting of the season; Liberec lose, and lose goaltender Milan Hnilicka, in their opening game in ice hockey's Extraliga playoffs; and Slovan Liberec forge further ahead in the Czech football league.
In Sports, success in Scandinavia this weekend as ski jumper Jakub Janda returns to form in Finland while cross country skier Stanislav Rezac scores well at the Vasaloppet marathon in Sweden. The Czech ice hockey Elite League regular season moves into its final round, while Slovan Liberec extends its lead in the Czech soccer league and Jaromir Jagr reaches another milestone.