Among today's headlines in sport: Ostrava Banik remain unbeaten in the Czech first division / Football side Olomouc blanks Slavia at home for first time in 8 years / Hockey goalie Hasek notches first shutout of the season / Czechs help Ottawa Senators trounce Montreal / Koukal achieves career high in 15 km cross-country skiing freestyle sprint.
Triple-jumper Sarka Kasparkova, who took gold at the 1997 World Championships in Athens, has failed to make the final this time out. Meanwhile Jaroslav Baba, 18, says he's happy to have reached the final in Paris and Vera Pospisilova will be disappointed if she doesn't take home a medal. Moravian teams Ostrava and Brno have surprised pundits by topping the Czech football league, leaving their more glamorous Prague rivals in the shade. Acrobatic ski jumper Ales Valenta has won his first competition with his new "icy breath" jump and Jiri Novak is
After 16 years without a Czech medal in individual competition, two Czech biathlonists made it to the podium at the sport's World Championships in Siberia on Saturday. The Czechs took only one medal at the European Indoor Atheltics Championships in Birmingham, when Roman Sebrle scored a disappointing bronze. The line-ups for the ice hockey Extraliga play-offs have been decided, and in football Sparta stay in front with a win over Stare Mesto.
In today's Sports News: Czech skier Martin Koukal adds a 5th place finish to a successful week at the cross country skiing world championships in Italy; Czech football side Slavia get set for the second leg of the UEFA Cup last sixteen; and Jaromir Jagr and Petr Sykora both shine in team wins in NHL ice hockey action.
One of the country's most popular ski-resorts, Harrachov, which has only 1730 inhabitants and is just about five minutes away from the Polish border. Situated some 650 metres above sea level in Northern Bohemia, Harrachov's main profit comes from tourism. There are over ten ski lifts and 8 trails in the area and lit slopes make it possible to ski in the evening. Conditions for both downhill and cross-country skiing are favourable and one can even find ski-jumps, where some World Cups take place.
Recent snowfalls have improved conditions ahead of the tough Jizerska padesatka cross-country skiing competition in north Bohemia. Katerina Holubcova has come third in the 7.5 kilometre biathlon sprint at the world cup in Oberhof, Germany. In ice hockey, Vsetin have been stripped of three points in the Extraliga after fielding a player who had been suspended after a sending-off in the previous round. And record six-time winner of the Paris to Dakar rally Karel Loprais will not be winning a seventh trophy, at least not this year, after his Tatra
Skier Katerina Neumannova is one step closer to a pair of belated Winter Olympic medals, after two disqualified Russian skiers lose an appeal. Meanwhile, with Neumannova on a career break to have a baby, Lukas Bauer proves she is not the only Czech cross-country star of international quality. Tennis ace Jiri Novak has won the curiously-named Golden Canary award, and the Czech teams left in the UEFA Cup have an uphill battle in next week's third round second legs. All those stories and more are in Sports News.
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