In Sports News: the Czech women's cross country skiing team took their first relay medal in over two decades; the Czech ice hockey team come last yet again in a Euro Hockey Tour event; Jarosik and Sionko become the first Czechs to face each other in Glasgow's Old Firm derby; and two-time Olympic canoeing Martin Doktor becomes a doctor.
First medal placing in years for Czech women's cross country skiing team
The Czech women's cross country skiing team took their first relay medal in over two decades on Sunday, when they came third in a World Cup race at France's La Clusaz. The Czech team was made up of Helena Erbenova, Kamila Rajdlova, Ivana Janeckova and the famous Katerina Neumannova. Coach Vladimir Pavlata said after coming fourth in a recent race in Sweden the team felt they had it in them to reach the podium.
"After Gallivare we became a bit more ambitious. We knew if it worked out well we could do it, that it was possible to come third. During the race itself it didn't look to good after the second part, but then in the last part Katka Neumannova put in a fantastic performance, perhaps her best of the season so far. "
A day earlier Neumannova had come fourth in the 15 km free. That leaves her in fourth place overall in the World Cup placings.
Another poor showing for Czechs in Euro Hockey Tour event
Coach Alois Hadamczik said he didn't want to make excuses but the Czech squad in Moscow was the weakest in some time. Many Czech Extraliga clubs refuse to release players for Euro Hockey Tour tournaments, making it difficult for selectors to assemble a team.
Czechs Jarosik and Sionko on opposing sides in famous Old Firm derby...
Two Czech players on Sunday took part in one of the most keenly fought clashes in world football, Glasgow's Old Firm derby. Jiri Jarosik lined up for Celtic while Libor Sionko was in the blue of Rangers, in a game which ended 1:1.