One of the Czech Republic’s most successful Olympic teams back home
For the Czech Republic, the London Olympics proved to be the most successful summer games since Atlanta 16 years ago. With four gold, three silver and three bronze medals, the country ranked 19th in the international medal count. Some of the athletes made the trip back home as soon as their events were over but on Monday two special flights brought the rest of the team –including a number of medalists - back home. JP went to meet them at Prague’s Kbely airport.
“I can’t wait to feel a bit better and rest for a while. After that I hope I will be able to get on my bike for a ride and get some fresh air. Soon, I will be defending my gold medal at the world championship although I don’t think it will be the highlight of the season – that has just happened at the Olympics. The most important thing for me now is to enjoy my medal and relax which is what I am really looking forward to.”
“There is a Diamond League event in Lausanne on August 24, and in Birmingham on the 26th, and then the finals on September 7, in Brussels. I would be silly if I just let it go being in such great form. As an Olympic champion I just don’t want to put my feet up and do nothing.”
While Barbora Špotáková was certainly one of the hottest Czech candidates for Olympic victory, the gold medal in modern pentathlon came as a bit of a surprise although David Svoboda came close to winning at the Beijing games, too. David Svoboda says he is planning to take off a bit longer than usual.
The Czech team on Tuesday also received words of high praise from Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas who described their performance at the London Olympics as one of the biggest sporting successes in the country’s history.