Snowboardcrosser Jan Kubičík chipped his tibia at the ankle while losing freely in the venue of the Winter Olympics and will lose the races. He could be represented by Radek Houser, who a week ago finished tenth in the World Cup qualifiers in Cortina d’Ampezzo and then scored 26th place.
After the injury of the two-time Olympic medalist Eva Samková, who did not manage to recover from the fractures of both ankles in time, the Czech snowboardcross team received another blow.
“Honza Kubičík was injured today at the venue of the Olympic Games. During free riding on the training slope, he fell and chipped his shin ankle,” lamented coach Marek Jelínek.
The doctors of the Czech Olympic team then decided that the injury was incompatible with participating in the race that the men have on the program on February 10. “The injury will require a three-week rest period and further treatment,” Jelínek revealed.
Kubicik could be represented at the last minute by a 25-year-old Houser. “At the moment we are fighting to be able to handle all the procedures and be able to get to the Olympic venue as soon as possible. It is very fresh information and the process is at the beginning,” the coach said.
“We firmly believe that we will be able to get him here and he will be able to take part in his race and the doubles race with Vendulka Hopjáková,” he added.
From the Olympic track, Houser has three months of experience in the test race.
The mixed doubles race is scheduled for February 12.