In NHL hockey on Friday Czechs were instrumental in the Columbus Bluejackets' win over the St Louis Blues. Jaroslav Balastik scored while David Vyborny and Jan Hrdina both notched up assists. The Bluejackets are currently 13th in the Western Conference, well out of play-off contention, as are the Blues in 15th.
In Sports News: Lukas Pesek becomes the first Czech to reach the podium in a motorcycling Grand Prix for 35 long years, while Jan Kopecky equals the best ever result for a Czech in the World Rally Championship; speed skater Martina Sablikova sets her first senior world record; Liberec edge ever closer to winning the Czech football league; Tomas Rosicky shines for Dortmund; it's semi-finals time in the Czech ice hockey league; and Radek Stepanek reaches the fourth round in Miami.
In Sports News: Roman Sebrle takes bronze in the heptathlon at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Moscow; ski jumper Jakub Janda is extremely close to taking an historic World Cup title, while cross-country skier Katerina Neumannova comes second in her second-last meeting of the season; Liberec lose, and lose goaltender Milan Hnilicka, in their opening game in ice hockey's Extraliga playoffs; and Slovan Liberec forge further ahead in the Czech football league.
Jan's guest in One on One is Zdenek Marek. Born in 1925 in the heart of Moravia, in the town of Prostejov - Zdenek Marek made his fame in the late 1940s playing ice hockey for some of Czechoslovakia's top teams, including Sparta Prague. More importantly, he was a member of the national team that won the 1949 World Championship in Sweden. The event changed his life. The occasion allowed Marek to escape from Czechoslovakia - where the Iron Curtain was descending - to start anew in the West. Jan spoke to Mr Marek - now in his 80s - via phone to New
In Sports, success in Scandinavia this weekend as ski jumper Jakub Janda returns to form in Finland while cross country skier Stanislav Rezac scores well at the Vasaloppet marathon in Sweden. The Czech ice hockey Elite League regular season moves into its final round, while Slovan Liberec extends its lead in the Czech soccer league and Jaromir Jagr reaches another milestone.
In NHL action on Friday Czech player Ales Hemsky, a member of the Czechs' recent Bronze-medal team at the Turin Winter Olympics, was instrumental in helping his team, the Edmonton Oilers bury the San Jose Sharks. Hemsky scored the decisive goal with 1:07 left in the third period, cheekily sidestepping defenseman Josh Gorges and scoring artfully on San Jose's goalie, by sliding the puck between his pads. The Oilers' 3-2 win snaps a four-game losing streak, leaving the team momentarily in position to clinch an eighth and final play-off spot in the Western Conference.
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.
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