In Sports News this Monday: ski jumper Koudelka’s excellent season continues – and he’s hoping to carry recent winning form into Four Hills tournament; hockey coach Růžička says keep calm and keep working after historic poor start to season; Kvitová is Czech tennis player of year; and Čech won’t leave Chelsea in January, says agent.
Koudelka tops podium in ski jumping World Cup for third time in month
His latest success leaves Koudelka only two points off leader Anders Fannemel in the World Cup rankings.
On the phone from Engelberg, the 25-year-old explained how he’d done even better on the second day of the World Cup event.
“I managed to take off more accurately and my overall technique was also better. I’m really happy. For me it’s very important to win a competition ahead of the Four Hills competition and to feel that I’m jumping well. That worked out for me, so there’s a great sense of satisfaction.”
“It’s definitely important for me that I’m mentally strong at the moment. I think that could play a role in the tournament. But there are eight jumps in total and it will depend on who makes the most mistakes. I hope it won’t be me and that I come back with a great feeling.”
Růžička puts poor start down to inexperience of players
Coach Vladimír Růžička points out that his team are relatively inexperienced – and is taking their travails philosophically.
“The team are relatively young and we have a relatively high percentage of players from the Extraliga. It’s not so easy for them to change gear and play in European competitions against the Swedes, the Finns and the Russians. I’m not interested in whether it’s the worst ever start – just in succeeding at the World Championships… I think the main thing is to keep calm, and keep working, naturally.”
Kvitová becomes Czech tennis player of season for second time
Čech staying put at Chelsea for now, says agent
Petr Čech’s agent has reiterated that the football goalkeeper will not leave Chelsea during the January transfer window. Viktor Kolář told Monday’s edition of Sport that if Čech does move on in the summer he will prioritise staying in England’s Premier League.