In Sports News this Monday: Czech speed skater Martina Sáblíková cements her lead in the World Cup standings and takes gold as part of the Czech team in the World Cup Team Pursuit; Zdeněk Štybar has mixed feelings about coming second in the Cyclocross World Championships two years in a row; and Jaromír Jágr disappoints Czech ice hockey fans by pulling out of the squad for the Swedish Games due to illness; Czech football league leaders Slavia Prague lose another key player; and Radoslav Kováč joins West Ham on loan.
The town of Liberec is bracing for the biggest event in its history - the Nordic World Ski Championship, which is due to kick off in less than three weeks’ time. The long awaited championship has many fans but it is not without its critics. Opponents say the event has received overly generous subsidies from the state and argue that given the country’s relatively mild climate a ski event is a luxury that the Czech Republic can ill-afford.
In Sports News this Monday: Lukáš Bauer wins his first World Cup event of the season, less than a month before the Nordic World Ski Championships begin in Liberec; Tomáš Berdych takes two sets against Roger Federer in the fourth round of the Australian Open, before the Swiss claws back to secure a dramatic victory; Tomáš Verner fails to defend his European Figure Skating Championships, coming sixth in Helsinki this time out; and Tomáš Rosický could return to competitive football in March.
In Sports News this Monday: 18-year-old Czech tennis player Petra Kvitová wins the first WTA title of her career in Hobart; Nicole Vaidišová rules herself out of Fed Cup action again; Josef Macháček wins the quad category in the Dakar Rally for the fifth and final time; and speed skater Kateřina Novotná comes second in the European Short Track Championships.
In Sports News this Monday: tennis player Radek Štěpánek wins his first tournament of the year, and the third ATP title of his career; Nicole Vaidišová is no longer Czech number one; Olympic javelin champion Barbora Špotáková is named Czech sportsperson of the year; and Martina Sáblíková makes a great comeback to take bronze at the European Speed Skating Championships.
In Sports News this Monday: last season’s winner of cross country skiing’s Tour de Ski, Lukáš Bauer, comes 11th this time out, his hopes of at least a top five finish ending with an asthma attack in the penultimate race; Šárka Záhrobská finishes third in a slalom event in Zagreb; the Czech Republic end up coming sixth at ice hockey’s junior World Championship in Canada; and truck driver Aleš Loprais receives help from a Czech rival on day two of the Dakar Rally.
In Sports News: ahead of the Tour de Ski’s arrival in Prague, last year’s winner Lukáš Bauer gets off to a less-than-ideal start in the first stage in Germany; the Czech Republic are demolished by hosts Canada in their first game at ice hockey’s World Under 20 Championship, before narrowly losing to the US; goaltender Stanislav Neruda makes a splash in the Extraliga at the age of 34; and striker Roman Bednář gets his sixth goal of the season to help West Brom beat Spurs in the Premier League.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech Republic’s ice hockey players come third in Moscow’s Channel One Cup, with a show of indiscipline costing them dear in their closing game against the Finns; goaltender Milan Hnilička takes a break from the Extraliga due to exhaustion; New Jersey’s Patrik Eliáš extends his points streak to nine games; footballer Milan Baroš scores another hat-trick for Galatasaray to take his league tally to 14, while Roman Bednář’s goal for West Brom sinks Man City.
In Sports News this Monday: heartbreak for the Czech Republic as they lose in a game to decide third spot in the Floorball World Championship in front of over 13,000 fans in Prague – their coach says they can be proud of their participation in the “best championship in history”; skier Šárka Záhrobská records her second best finish of the season in the Slalom World Cup; and Czech football legend Pavel Nedvěd dismisses reports he is preparing to sign a new deal that would keep him at Juventus for one more season.