In Sports News this Monday: Second consecutive big Crystal Globe in Snowboard World Cup’s parallel giant slalom for Ledecká; Kvitová on road to recovery but yet to hold racket; Plzeň back on top of Czech league; and Bohemians end goal drought but take nul points.
After last year becoming the first Czech to win the big Crystal Globe in the Snowboard World Cup’s parallel giant slalom, Ester Ledecká has just repeated that success. The 21-year-old sealed the title with a second-place finish in the last meeting of the season at the German resort of Winterberg on Saturday. Ledecká – who is also an alpine skier – had this to say after her fresh triumph.
“It was a great season. I have to say that my team take an enormous amount of the credit for my successes – I’d like to thank them very much... I think there are still many things that I can improve, not only in terms of results but also with regard to my technique. My team and I are going to keep working on that – and I hope successfully.”
Gabriela Koukalová won a small Crystal Globe in the Biathlon World Cup after coming second in the mass start event at a World Cup meeting in Oslo on Sunday. However, she missed out on the overall World Cup title, which went to Laura Dahlmeier of Germany.
Tennis star Petra Kvitová is on the road to recovery after a brutal knife attack at her home left her with damaged tendons in her left, playing hand, along with injuries to all five fingers and two nerves. Three months after the attack Kvitová’s spokesman Karel Tejkal outlined her rehabilitation programme in an interview with Czech Radio.
“Right now she’s facing the most important period, when she will undergo gradual rehabilitation and start to move her hand more – in lay terms, returning it to regular use. She’s now starting to attempt to grasp items and to move her fingers more. And eventually she will pick up a racket again.”
Viktoria Plzeň have regained pole position in Czech soccer’s top division. The West Bohemian side leapfrogged Slavia Prague into first place after coming from behind to win 3:2 away over Karviná on Sunday. They left it late, though, with Tomáš Hořava grabbing the winner in the 89th minute. Slavia had previously dropped two points after a 1:1 away draw with Slovan Liberec. Third-placed Sparta did not get off to an ideal start under new manager Petr Rada; the Prague side could only manage a 0:0 draw against Zlín. And Bohemians 1905 succeeded in ending a 12-hour scoreless streak but ended up losing 2:1 to Dukla Prague in any case.