It was nice to have a representative from the MoravianSilesian Region at the Olympics. What is the best age
to start training if an athlete wants to be as successful
In my sport it is according to the famous saying: the sooner,
the better. I started skiing at the age of two, when my
parents buckled me in skis, put me on a slope ...and let go.
I fell in love with skiing at once and I have spent most of my
time and energy on training.
On which slopes did you begin your sporting career?
The shortest distance from Havířov takes me to the slopes
at the Bílá and Praděd Mountains. I have always been at
home at these two skiing resorts.
What is your favourite skiing discipline?
I like the Giant Slalom the best. It is the most beautiful yet
most demanding discipline. The “Giant Turn” is the cornerstone of racing skiing in general, the techniques of all
the turns in all other disciplines are derived from it.
It takes guts to race down the slope in the typical
crouching position at incredible speeds on an icy
surface. Isn’t downhill racing much too risky?
No guts, no glory, right? It is a fantastic feeling to go skiing
at about 100 km per hour, jump over 30 metres and fight
for each hundredth of a second when all of that depends
only on me. That is the right adrenalin which puts me at
the top of the slope over and over again. However, I do
not consider myself a downhill racer, I am in these races
only for sake of Alpine Combined Events. We do not have
enough finance or resorts to train at.
You came 17th in the Alpine Combined Events.
What were your ideas, hopes and feelings on the
way to Korea?
The nomination for the Olympics made me very happy.
I was injured, had surgery and missed much training
time. I didn’t have much time to attend all races so
I wasn’t sure until the very last moment if my nomination
would come true. I feel happy about placing 17th in the