In Sports News this Monday: the Czechs take their first medal at the Winter Olympics, gold for speed skater Martina Sáblíková in the 3000 metres – she now sets her sights on a second gold in the 5000 metres next week; and freestyle skier Nikola Sudová comes 16th in the moguls after gamely taking part in Vancouver despite a recent injury.
Martin Hosták is one of Czech TV’s most popular hockey co-commentators, a job he took on after a successful career in Czech hockey, the NHL and in Sweden’s Elitserien. In this edition of One on One, we talk about his years on the ice, his current TV work as well as Czech hopes for a medal from the hockey tournament at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Looking back at the time when he first appeared in the Czech extraliga in the 1980s, Martin Hosták says the game has completely changed.
In Sports news this week: the Czech women’s tennis team beats Germany to reach the Fed Cup semi-finals; in football, Czechs will face title holders Spain in the next European 2012 championship qualifications; goalie Petr Čech contributes to Chelsea’s win over city rival Arsenal; and hockey star Jaromír Jágr returns from Russia fit for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
The freezing cold weather in this part of the world has lasted for more than a month now and most people cannot wait to see temperatures rise. For the country’s hardy men and women however the cold snap has brought new challenges. On Saturday they gathered on the bank of the Vltava River for an annual swimming competition called ‘Branické ledy’, after a former ice storage facility located on the riverbank. I went along to see them in action.
In Sports News this Monday: Zdeněk Štybar becomes the first Czech in 19 years to win the Cyclo-cross World Championships, in front of a home crowd in Tábor; Czech Karolína Plíšková takes the junior title at the Australian Open; and goalie Tomáš Vokoun sets a new personal record for shutouts in one season in ice the NHL.
In Sports News this Monday: Zdeněk Štybar becomes the first Czech ever to win the World Cup in Cyclo-cross; Kateřina Novotná takes the all-round title at the European Short Course Championships for the first time in her career; and the Czech team for next month’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver is the biggest ever.
Pavlína Ščasná is one of the greatest Czech women’s soccer players ever. She took up the sport as a child when her father, coach Zdeněk Ščasný, was managing a club in Cyprus and her older brother needed somebody to play against. Ščasná played football with boys until she was 14, before only two years later being named Czech player of the year for the first of five times. Now 27, she is soon set to play alongside the Brazilian star Marta at Los Angeles Sol, after what has been described as the biggest transfer in the history of Czech women’s
In Sports News this Monday: first place in Estonia’s Otepaa represents a double hat-trick for cross country skier Lukáš Bauer; Šárka Záhrobská admits to lacking “zest” after another off-the-pace finish in the slalom World Cup; Czech ice hockey captain Patrik Eliáš is knocked unconscious during an NHL game; and Czech men’s number one Radek Štěpánek exits the Australian Open in the first round.
In Sports News this Monday: Martina Sáblíková takes the all-round title at the European Speedskating Championships; Lukáš Bauer wins the Tour de Ski for the second time, after a strong performance in the final stage; Nikola Sudová comes third in the women’s moguls in the Freestyle Skiing World Cup in Calgary; and Radek Štěpánek is beaten in the final of tennis’s Brisbane International.