STYLE competition, my spirits rose after I hadn’t finished the Giant Slalom, which usually is my greatest ambition. How does a skier at the start feel when she hears that a fellow racer fell in the race? It is always an extremely uncomfortable situation. You never know how much delay to expect, what happened to the competitor and why, and basically, you really do not want to know. When things like that happen, I do my best to concentrate on myself and keep my racing mode. How do you feel about the success of Czech representatives? The achievements of Czech athletes are amazing, a great motivation to me. You were the ambassador of the Olympic Festival in Ostrava and the Moravian-Silesian Region. Can a festival like this become an incubator of young talents? I believe that the idea of Olympic Parks is a wonderful project. I was very sorry that I didn’t have a chance to enjoy the attractions of the Olympic Park in person. This kind of sports promotion is excellent and I sincerely hope that it is a motivation for kids as well. Is family and background important for your skiing career? Without my family there would be no skiing career. My parents introduced me to skiing and their support is extremely important. I really do appreciate that. How do you finance training and participation in competitions? Do you get some support from companies from the Moravian-Silesian Region?
Skiing is one of the most expensive sports. You can’t do that without sponsors, support from family, the union and sports resorts. We are amateurs, we do not have a great team, coaches, service, physiotherapists liked Austrians, Italians, Swedes and others. We try to organize training with the best teams in the best resorts which, of course, costs lots of money. Sponsors from our region include the family business Sport Service Paulát, B4B and the town of Havířov. Back to your birthplace, the Moravian-Silesian Region. Gabriela Capová from Brušperk went to the Olympics with you: did you make yourselves “at home” in Korea together? Gabča and I (and few others) stayed in the same apartment, we have been friends for ages. However, it was quite impossible to make ourselves at home in Korea for many reasons. There was hardly any time: the busy programme was a real challenge. After technical disciplines I moved to a hotel right at the racing slope, in the resort where the racing disciplines took place so as to avoid a one-hour bus commute. Which skiing resorts in the Moravian-Silesian Region do you like most? Bílá in the Beskyd Mountains, indisputably. Text: Aleš Vítek Foto: Kateřina Pauláthová www.katerinapaulathova.cz