Monday marked the return of one of the Czech Republic's greatest sporting heroines, as Katerina Neumannova, the holder of the country's only gold medal in the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics, finally arrived back in Prague. Much excitement surrounded her homecoming, with Neumannova, who undoubtedly provided the jewel in the crown for this year's Czech Olympic team, having achieved both silver in the Women's 15km pursuit and gold in the Women's 30km cross country skiing events. Chris Jarrett spoke to Neumannova about her recent success and plans for the
The Czech Republic and Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has just been named Czech Footballer of the Year for the first time. The award is the latest in a very impressive series of records and other achievements for Cech, who is still only 23. Like the rest of the Czech squad he is currently in Prague preparing for a friendly against Turkey on Wednesday. Before the game, and before Monday's Footballer of the Year awards, I asked Petr Cech how much - with three months till kick-off - this summer's World Cup is on his mind.
In Sports News: in her sixth and last Olympic Games cross-country Katerina Neumannova finally wins her first gold, as the Czech Republic records its highest tally of medals since the state's foundation; the Czech ice hockey team win bronze in Turin and the "golden" generation begin hanging up their international skates; and Czech tennis number one Radek Stepanek finally wins his first ATP title after losing in three previous finals.
People around the Czech Republic stayed up late on Wednesday night to cheer on the Czech ice hockey team, who - in an intriguing twist of fate - faced former federal partners Slovakia in the quarter-finals at the Winter Olympics in Turin. All the disappointment with the Czech Republic's poor results in the group stage were forgotten on Wednesday, as the Czech team finally gelled and won 3:1 to reach the semi-finals.
We are about two-thirds of the way through the Winter Olympics in Turin, and so far they haven't gone as well for the Czech Republic as many Czech fans would have hoped. The country has two medals, silver for both Katerina Neumannova and Lukas Bauer in cross-country skiing. But ski jumper Jakub Janda had a disastrous Olympics, an injured Ales Valenta didn't even make the final in freestyle aerial skiing, and the ice hockey team have yet to find any real rhythm. Czech Radio's Petr Soucek is in Turin - I asked him if there was some feeling of disappointment
In Sports News: a dramatic weekend for the Czech ice hockey team at the Winter Olympics in Turin, with Jaromir Jagr brutally fouled by a Finnish player; the manager of the cross country skiing team is sacked after submitting the wrong names ahead of the relay final; ski jumper Jakub Janda's Olympics end with a poor tenth place, while freestyle aerial skier Ales Valenta is set to defend his title despite an injury; the Czech football league resumes after the winter break, and three new players are called up for the national squad.
There's been mixed success for Czech sportsmen and women at the Winter Olympics in Turin. The Czech ice-hockey team beat Germany 4-1, but star goalkeeper Dominik Hasek is injured. Meanwhile cross-country skier Katerina Neumannova failed to follow up Sunday's medal success after coming fifth in the 10-km classical event.
On Tuesday the Czech ice hockey team plays its first match against Germany, a highly-anticipated match that should see players like Jaromir Jagr and new team captain Robert Lang in top form. One mystery that has been resolved for the time being: the question of who would start between the pipes. It will be none other than Dominik Hasek, who led the Czechs to gold at the Olympics eight years ago. At 41, Hasek is enjoying the season of the lifetime in the NHL, and the Czechs are hoping he will keep up the good work in the first game. Although originally
In Sports News: cross country skier Katerina Neumannova wins the Czech Republic's first medal at the Winter Olympics in Turin; eighteen-year-old speed skater Martina Sablikova is satisfied with seventh place in her first Olympics; ski jumper Jakub Janda finishes a poor 13th, while Nikola Sudova and Lukas Bauer are also disappointed; and - away from Turin - javelin legend Jan Zelezny has announced he is retiring this year.