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Kateřina Neumannová

 
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(*1973)

 

The best Czech female skiing star of all time. During her career she won a total of six Olympic medals. She is a favourite of sports fans because of her naturalness and her comeback to world-top form after the birth of her daughter.

First proof of her abilities came at the Junior World Championships in 1993. At the Harrachov event she took gold and bronze. She has won the Czech Republic Championships several times.

In 1997, she came in third place in the World Championships in Trondheim in the 15-kilometer cross-country. She won the World Championships twice. She came in first in both Obersdorf and Sapporo in the 10km freestyle.

In the year 1998, she finished in second place in the 5-kilometer cross-country ski race in the Olympic Games in Nagano and third place in the 10-kilometer race. In the Salt Lake City Olympic Games (2002) she brought home one bronze medal (for 15-kilometer free skiing), but after Larissa Lazutinov from Russia left the competition, she additionally won the silver for the 15-kilometer and bronze for combination.  At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin she added another two medals to her collection when she won a silver medal in the 7.5 km + 7.5 km double pursuit and a gold in the 30km freestyle.

Kateřina Neumannová also competed in the Summer Olympics. In Atlanta in 1996 she finished in 18th place in the mountain bike event.

She became the first woman in twenty-two years to achieve the Czech Republic’s highest honor in sport when, in 2006, she was named Sportsperson of the Year. She ended her professional career in March 2007.

 

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