Snowboard champion Ester Ledecká, footballer Petr Čech and poet Karel
Sýs are among the 28 nominees for a state award proposed by the lower
house of Parliament. War veterans Josef Ocelka, Josef Bernát and
Květoslav Prokeš have been nominated for state awards in memoriam.
The country’s highest state distinctions – The Order of T.G. Masaryk, the Order of the White Lion and medals of merit are traditionally handed out by the president on October 28th, Czechoslovak Independence Day. Nominations are put forward by both houses of parliament and the president.
This year the anniversary will be especially important since it marks 100 years since the birth of Czechoslovakia.
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.
Members of the Czech Olympic team, returning from the Winter Games in
Pyeongchang, touched down in Prague shortly before 2 pm on Monday. The team
won seven medals, including two golds, at the games which just wrapped up
in South Korea.
Later in the day medalists, including the Games’ snow queen Ester Ledecká who won gold in the women’s super-G and the snowboard parallel slalom, were scheduled to appear on stage at Prague’s Old Town Square, to be greeted by thousands of fans and well-wishers inspired by their performances at the Olympic Games.