Czech skier Šárka Strachová has finished second in a slalom World Cup event in Italy’s Santa Caterina, achieving the best result of the season. The 30-year-old former world champion finished a second behind Nina Löseth of Norway. Slovakia’s Veronika Velez-Zuzulová finished in third place. Šárka Strachová is currently fourth overall in the World Cup standings.
Organisers have been forced to curtail the famous cross country Jizerská 50 event next weekend because of the lack of snow. The circuit will be limited to between four and six kilometres with the event now spaced out over three days. Conditions have now allowed the creation of artificial snow but a natural snowfall of around 30 centimetres would be necessary for the event to return to its usual format. Forecasters say that is very unlikely in the next days. Around 4,000 contestants have already signed up for the event.
In Sports News this Monday: Czech mixed biathlon relay team come third in first event of season – coach Rybář says competition will be high this time out; Šárka Strachová enjoys best start to slalom World Cup in six years; Extraliga strugglers (and champions) Litvínov sack assistant coach; and Sparta Prague FC have now lost over CZK 1 billion since owner took over.
In Sports News this Monday: Sparta slip off top of table after over three months after Congo’s Delarge gives Liberec 1:0 win; new leaders Plzeň and Sparta prepare for Europa League action; Sáblíková enjoying best ever start to season, says coach after her latest feats; and Synek named Czech rower of year for sixth time.
World snowboard champion in parallel slalom Ester Ledecká will sport a newly-designed outfit in the 2015/16 season inspired by classic comic book heroes, news site iDnes reports. The snowboarding kit was designed by her brother Jonáš, according to iDnes. The design features “metallic” shades of gray, white and red, reminiscent of characters such as Iron Man. Notably, the outfit appears to feature the provocative words “Kiss this” on the behind.
Otto Jelinek (75) is in the highly unusual position of being ambassador to the city of his birth. Canada’s envoy to the Czech Republic was born in Prague during WWII but fled with his family after the Communist takeover of 1948. Fourteen years later, he returned to the city as a Canadian – winning gold with his sister Maria at the World Figure Skating Championships in front of a delighted “home crowd”.
Today in Mailbox: WW2 fighters interviewed by Czechoslovak/Czech Radio in the past, answers to Radio Prague's listeners' quiz question, a new question for the coming weeks. Listeners/readers quoted: Alan Keith, Wendy Parez, Syed Khizar Hayat Shah, Shahzad Shabbir, Jayanta Chakrabarty, Hans Verner Lollike, Dipita Chakrabarty, Hamad Kiani, Deblina Biswas, Colin Law, Mary Lou Krenek.
In Sport News this Monday: Czechs seek to build on excellent biathlon season; Martina Sáblíková wins ninth event in a row in 3000 metres; Brno and Zlín face off for last play-off place; Sparta Prague scrape win to stay in touch with Viktoria Plzeň; and last places filled for UEFA 2016 qualifier against Latvia.
Remnants of medieval wall dating back to 1041 unearthed in Břeclav
Prague flats most expensive in Central Europe, in terms of average earnings
Prague’s Žižkov TV Tower set for videomapping of Apollo 11 moon launch, landing
Measures taken as over 60 percent of Czech Republic hit by extreme drought
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