In Sports News this Monday: Zdeněk Štybar becomes the first Czech ever to win the World Cup in Cyclo-cross; Kateřina Novotná takes the all-round title at the European Short Course Championships for the first time in her career; and the Czech team for next month’s Winter Olympics in Vancouver is the biggest ever.
Štybar first Czech to win nine-stage Cyclo-cross World Cup
“Finishing in second place, or at worst second place, was very difficult, given the competition. Albert rode an excellent race and it was extremely hard. I went all out and couldn’t have given even half a percent more. From the start of the race to the last metre I fought to stay in second. Fortunately it worked out, but it was the hardest race of my career.”
Next weekend Zdeněk Štybar will be in action rather closer to home, when the Cyclo-cross World Championships are held in the central Bohemian town of Tabor.
Speed skater Novotná takes first all-round title at European Short Course Championships
“The last day is definitely the most important, because that’s when the two finals are. Thanks to the fact that Fontana wasn’t in the final it made it possible for me to catch up with her. That gave me a chance, and in the end it was decided in the super-final. It went well for me, I was feeling good physically – everything was just right.”
Four or more medals would be good result in Vancouver, says member of Czech Olympic Committee
“You can read in the newspapers that we could gain seven or eight medals. But to be realistic, we are looking to have something like in Turin. And if we get one more medal, that would be great.”