The great Czech cross country skier Katerina Neumannova won the tenth major medal of her career on Sunday, when she took silver in the ladies' 15 km pursuit at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Japan's Sapporo. Neumannova finished just half a second behind Olga Savialova of Russia in what is not her favourite competition, and was clearly satisfied with second place.
"It was a really good result for me. It has relaxed me ahead of the rest of the World Championships. Sometimes you miss out on gold and you're left with silver, which happened to me in the ladies' pursuit at the Olympics last year. But today I feel I have won silver, because I didn't feel I had the strength to win. I gave my all at the end of the race."
Katerina Neumannova said that after coming second her young daughter Lucka had asked: why didn't you win? Perhaps the child's wish will come true on Tuesday, when Neumannova goes for gold in the 10 km free. But, she says, the weather could pose a problem...
"For me the biggest worry isn't the form of my rivals, but the weather. The forecast is for relatively warm weather - up to 5 degrees Celsius above zero and 25 cm of new snow. The conditions could really influence the outcome."
Neumannova hasn't been the only Czech among the medals in Sapporo: Dusan Kozisek and Milan Sperl took bronze in the men's team sprint.
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