Cross-country skiing is becoming the thing "to do" in the Czech Republic. In the past two or three decades, more Czechs preferred downhill skiing either at home or in one of Europe’s Alpine countries, such as neighbouring Austria. Nowadays, the number of cross-country skiing enthusiasts matches those who prefer to head for the slopes and lifts. Radio Prague’s Vít Pohanka visited one of the country’s popular ski resorts - Vysočina Arena in the Bohemian-Moravian Highlands.
Czech speed skater Martina Sablíková has won the silver medal at the
World All-round Speed Skating Championships in Italy’s Collalbo on
Saturday. The long-distance specialist won the women’s final 5,000-meter
race on Saturday and finished second in the overall competition.
Antoinette de Jong of the Netherlands took home the winning title, while Italy’s Francesca Lollobrigida finished third. It is the eleventh medal in the ladies’ tournament for the 31-year-old Czech, who has won the championship five times over the course of her career.
The Czech speed skater Karolína Erbanová has made the surprise
announcement that she has quit the sport at the age of 25. She told
journalists she would no longer tolerate the behaviour of national team
trainer Petr Novák, whose approach she described as manipulative,
humiliating and aggressive.
Erbanová earned a bronze medal in the 500 metres at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang earlier this year. She also took gold at speed skating’s European Sprint Championships in 2017.
Czech ice skating duo Anna Dusková and Martin Bidař have announced they
will go their separate ways.
Bidař says he wants to take opportunities to train abroad with a view to the next Olympics and preparations for them. Dusková though wants to stay in the Czech capital and finish her studies.
The duo won the world junior ice skating championships in 2016 and were regarded as the big hope for Czech ice skating. In last year’s European championships they were seventh.
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