Czech team for Winter Olympics biggest ever

The Czech Republic’s team for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver next month will be the biggest ever, with 88 members. Among the country’s main medal hopefuls are the speed skater Martina Sáblíková and the cross country skier Lukáš Bauer. While the Czech Olympic Committee has set the financial rewards it will give team members who win medals in Canada, officials admit they would not have sufficient funding to pay the ice hockey team if it wins gold in Vancouver; however, they say they are hopeful a sponsor could be found to cover any such shortfall. The Winter Olympics get underway on February 12.

Author: Sarah Borufka