Lukáš Bauer, the Czech Republic's newest sporting hero, arrived in Prague on Tuesday, proudly in possession of the Crystal Globe for winning cross country skiing's season-long World Cup. Bauer, who is 30, is the first Czech ever to win the prestigious trophy. He actually had the World Cup in the bag two weeks ago, but had to wait for the last race of the season to get his hands on the Crystal Globe. I spoke to Lukas Bauer about the reaction to his success here in the Czech Republic.
In Sports News: the Czech cross country skier Lukáš Bauer finally gets his hands on his trophy after becoming the first Czech ever to win the season-long World Cup; biathlonist Michal Šlesingr wins his first ever World Cup race, after a photo finish in Norway; Slavia remain on top of the Czech football league, but leave it late to sink Bohemians; and Marek Matějovský is the talk of the Premier League after a stunning goal for Reading.
One of the world’s most successful tennis stars, Martina Navrátilová, is again a Czech citizen after more than 30 years. The nine-times Wimbledon champion made the announcement to journalists in Tokyo on Tuesday, but stressed that the move would have no effect on her status as an American national, nor was her decision politically motivated, as many had speculated.
In Sports News this week: there are no medals for the Czech Republic at the World Indoor Athletics Championships, while Roman Šebrle is stretchered off with a hamstring injury in the heptathlon; Slavia Prague drop two points in the race for the Czech football league title with a draw against Ostrava in front of almost 17,000 fans; and speed skater Martina Sáblíková retains her world title in Japan.
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