In Sports News this week: speed skater Martina Sablikova wins World Cup gold in Turin; Michal Slesingr is a surprise silver medallist at the Biathlon world championships, and the end seems nigh for the career of two-times world 800-m champion Ludmila Formanova.
Sablikova takes Czech Republic's first World Cup speed-skating gold
"Definitely, everything here reminds me of the Olympics. That's for sure. Even at the start of the race when the gun went off, I said to myself that I have to get off to a good start and not start slowly like I did at the Olympics. In the end it worked out. It was a good tactic from my coach. It really was perfect."
Slesingr takes surprise silver at biathlon world championships
Formanova retirement looks increasingly likely
Speculation is mounting that former world 800-metres champion Ludmila Formanova may be about to retire after she pulled up during an indoor race in Prague at the weekend. She had previously pulled out of earlier indoor meetings this season in Vienna and Stuttgart. The 33-year-old runner has had problems with a long-term back injury and says she would prefer to quit rather than continue running through the pain.
Liberec continue to dominate Extraliga
Ice hockey now and Liberec seem unstoppable in this year's Extraliga following a 2-1 away win over fellow play-off hopefuls Pardubice. The victory now leaves Liberec 11 points clear at the top of the table ahead of Ceske Budejovice.
Prima wins rights for Euro 2008
Finally, the commercial Prima TV channel has pipped state broadcaster Czech Television for the right to screen matches from next year's European football championships in Switzerland and Austria. It's the first time a commercial television station has won broadcasting rights in the Czech Republic for an event of this magnitude.