In Sports News: in her sixth and last Olympic Games cross-country Katerina Neumannova finally wins her first gold, as the Czech Republic records its highest tally of medals since the state's foundation; the Czech ice hockey team win bronze in Turin and the "golden" generation begin hanging up their international skates; and Czech tennis number one Radek Stepanek finally wins his first ATP title after losing in three previous finals.
Perennial runner-up Katerina Neumannova finally takes gold in dream end to Olympic career
"At the last hill I was completely dead, my legs felt like they were made of stone. I could see that the two women in front of me were much more at ease than I was, but as I came out of that hill I got closer to them. I told myself to hang on, that I would take the bronze. But then I said, hey, it's my last race, I have to try it."
Katerina Neummanova - before Friday the perennial runner-up - had earlier taken silver in Turin in the 15 km pursuit, the fourth silver of an Olympic career that also saw her take one bronze. Incredibly, it was her sixth Olympics, including one summer games; she came 18th in mountain biking in Atlanta in 1996.
Four medals highest Czech tally at Winter Olympics since foundation of Czech Republic
Ice hockey team take bronze as bell tolls for "golden" generation
But this era does seem to be over: immediately after the game Jaromir Jagr said he was almost certain to retire from international hockey, and Jaroslav Spacek also said he was quitting. Meanwhile, Martin Straka and Martin Rucinsky are also believed to be considering calling it a day.