At that time, the speed skating trio will also begin, of which Sáblíková has six world champion titles, gold from Vancouver and silver from Sochi and a world record. Last year she was second on this track at the World Championships in Heerenveen, but this year’s season is not dazzling yet due to injuries. The best result was third place in December in Calgary, but the best Dutch were missing at the start – world champion Antoinette de Jong and the first woman of the World Cup Irene Schouten. In the fight for her seventh Olympic medal, the Sabers are given greater hope on the five-kilometer track, which is scheduled for Thursday. Nikola Zdráhalová will also present herself on the ice oval.
Pančochová was the first snowboarder in history to qualify for games in three disciplines and her strongest one on the program is slopestyle. She was in it eight years ago in Sochi after the first ride, but in the second she had a severe fall and finished fifth. In the same year, she triumphed in the World Cup. She has not been so successful in recent years, but she finished fourth at last year’s general in Beijing. The biggest favorite is 17-year-old Japanese woman Kokomo Murase. After Saturday’s qualification, the final will take place on Sunday from 2:30 CET. At the games, Pančochová will also appear in the U-ramp and Big Air.
The Olympic biathlon script will open on Saturday’s mixed relay race, which the Czechs have fond memories of thanks to silver from Sochi. But no one from the team at that time is racing anymore and the current results do not give much hope. Last year, the 11th relay finished at the World Championships in Pokljuka, and finished ninth in the only race of the season in Oberhof. In both cases, the Norwegian quartet triumphed, which should also fight for first place in Beijing, mainly with the defending champions from France.
Biathlete Michal KrčmářPhoto: Barbora Reichová / WWTP
According to paper assumptions, the Swedes, together with the Japanese, should be the most serious competitors of Czech hockey players in the fight for first place in Group B and thus for a more favorable position for the quarterfinals. Coach Tomáš Pacina’s trustees know their opponents well from the Swedish league, in which eleven players of the Olympic team work. They have recently won over the Northerners three times, including the last world championship and the last time in a training match in Beijing. At the Olympic premiere in Beijing, the Swedes lost 1: 3 to the Japanese.
The middle bridge in Changjia will belong to women on Saturday and men who have to qualify before on Sunday. Only a trio of Roman Koudelka, Čestmír Kožíšek, Filip Sakala will probably appear in it, as Viktor Polášek is in quarantine and Radek Rýdl covid did not allow him to fly to China. According to the course of the season so far, the duel of the German World Cup leader Karel Geiger with the Japanese Ryoya Kobayashi is expected. Covid eliminated the biggest favorite of the women’s race, the Sara Sara Marita Kramerová.
Husband and wife Zuzana and Tomáš Paul will play another four matches in the doubles curling tournament and will try to improve the 7th place, which after two wins and two defeats belongs to them after four of the nine rounds. However, the finalists of the last Olympic tournament, Canada and Switzerland, as well as the last world champions from Great Britain, will oppose them. The four best pairs will advance to the semifinals after the basic part.
|Olympic Games in Beijing on Saturday (finals and Czech participation):|
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|3:45 snowboarding – slopestyle women – qualification (Pančochová),|
|7:05 curling – mixed pairs: CR – Great Britain,|
|7:20 ski jumping – middle bridge men – qualification (Koudelka, Kožíšek, Sakala),|
|8:45 cross-country skiing – women’s skiathlon (Nováková, Hynčicová),|
|9:30 am speed skating – 3000 m women (Sáblíková, Zdráhalová),|
|9:40 hockey – women: Czech Republic – Sweden,|
|10:00 biathlon – mixed relay (Czech Republic),|
|11:45 ski jumping – women’s middle bridge (A. Indráčková, K. Indráčková, Ulrichová),|
|12:00 women’s short speed skating 500 m qualification (Hrůzová), mixed relay – final,|
|12:10 men sled – 1st and 2nd ride (Lejsek),|
|12:30 acrobatic skiing – bulge men – final,|
|13:05 curling – mixed pairs: CR – Switzerland.|