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
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
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
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