Until now no Czech cross-country skier had ever clinched the World Cup title, not even the great Kateřina Neumannová who won gold in the Turin Olympics. That has now changed: on Wednesday it became clear that this year Czech skier Lukáš Bauer will be crowned king, after his closest rival in the standings pulled out of competition. Now, no one can overtake him.
In Sports News this week: cross country skier Lukáš Bauer is almost guaranteed to become the first Czech to ever win the prestigious, season-long World Cup; leaders Slavia Prague bounce back from defeat to notch up three more points in their quest for the league title, while Žižkov beat Bohemians in a Prague derby; and Jan Koller could face punishment after allegedly spitting at an opponent.
In this week’s Sports News: Czech cross country skier Lukáš Bauer draws closer to victory in this season’s World Cup; Radek Štěpánek loses in the final of tennis’s San Jose Open; Sparta Prague, wearing a special strip, trounce Viktoria Žižkov; and Chelsea keeper Petr Čech will, like Slavia Prague, be cursing his luck against Spurs.
Pavel Bárta, the spokesman for the Czech Ice Hockey Association, is a former hockey journalist and author with more than 20 years experience. His most recent book covers everything from the 1920s in Czech hockey to the Olympics, including the Czechs’ famous gold win at Nagano ten years ago. In this edition of One on One: a look back at that tournament as well as Pavel Bárta’s early career. When we met at his Prague office recently, the former Bruins fan admitted to a lifelong fascination with North America’s NHL and he began by telling me what it
In today’s Sports News: the Czech football Gambrinus Liga restarts after the winter break; Slavia Prague lose to Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Cup, a cross-country skiing World Cup event takes place in Liberec, with Czech Lukáš Bauer reaching the podium; and the Czech hockey Extraliga’s regular season is almost over.
It was meant to be a big day for Czech skiing but now it looks more like an international fiasco. This weekend, the north Bohemian village of Vesec is due to host a World Cup event in cross-country skiing, but its organizers were up against a last minute hitch: there was no snow on the track. Instead of calling the event off, they decided to transport some ten cubic metres of snow from the Jizera Mountains, aggravating both nature conservationists and the public. I spoke to Jakub Kašpar from the Environment Ministry and asked him what exactly went
In tennis, the Czech Republic have booked a safe passage to the Davis Cup quarterfinals by beating Belgium; cross-country star Lukáš Bauer wins classic 15 km to add to commanding lead in World Cup standings; Czechs finish last in Euro Hockey Tour; a TV crew is robbed during World Cup ski jumping event.
In Sports News this Monday: the Czech women’s team hold their nerve to overcome Slovakia in the last match of a Fed Cup tie in Brno; another season, another World Cup medal for speed skater Martina Sáblíková; footballer Martin Fenin makes a dream start for Eintracht Frankfurt, scoring a career-first hat-trick on his Bundesliga debut; and the Czech national team are in Cyprus for two friendlies – minus ill manager Karel Bruckner.
The figure skater Tomáš Verner has been all over the Czech media since last week taking the Czech Republic’s first European men’s gold medal in 16 years. A year ago he had led the field in the European Figure Skating Championships after the short programme on day one, but ended up finishing second after surrendering his lead on day two. When I spoke to Tomáš Verner (21) on his return to Prague, he told me what the difference had been this time out.
The 2008/2009 National Hockey League season will open in Prague and Stockholm next October. While the Swedish capital will see two games between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators, hockey fans in Prague are in for a one-off treat. Jaromír Jágr, the most brilliant Czech star in the NHL and the captain of the New York Rangers, will lead his team in two matches against Tampa Bay at Prague’s Sazka Arena.