The Czech speed skater Karolína Erbanová has made the surprise
announcement that she has quit the sport at the age of 25. She told
journalists she would no longer tolerate the behaviour of national team
trainer Petr Novák, whose approach she described as manipulative,
humiliating and aggressive.
Erbanová earned a bronze medal in the 500 metres at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang earlier this year. She also took gold at speed skating’s European Sprint Championships in 2017.
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".
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