Two-time Olympic champion Ester Ledecka will spearhead a document variety of Czech athletes on the Winter Video games in Beijing.
Ledecka made historical past on the 2018 Pyeongchang Video games by turning into the primary individual to win gold medals in each snowboarding and snowboarding, claiming the snowboard parallel large slalom and the super-G in snowboarding. She is going to defend each of these titles subsequent month and likewise compete within the downhill.
Ledecka was amongst 113 athletes named by the Czech Olympic Committee on Friday, a document quantity for the Winter Video games.
Former Boston Bruins heart David Krejci will lead the hockey crew in Beijing, the place the NHL received’t take part. The 35-year-old Krejci left Boston in July after 14 NHL seasons to proceed his profession at residence within the Czech Republic.
The 24-man hockey squad additionally consists of NHL veterans Michael Frolik, Vladimir Sobotka and Roman Cervenka. Twelve of the gamers are primarily based within the KHL, whereas the remainder play within the Czech, Finnish, Swiss and Swedish leagues.
Anticipating attainable optimistic coronavirus checks, Czech Republic coach Filip Pešán has 30 substitutes accessible to step in.
The Czech ladies’s hockey crew will compete on the Olympics for the primary time.
Martina Sablikova, a three-time Olympic champion in speedskating, and Marketa Davidova, the 2021 biathlon world champion within the 15k particular person race, are amongst Czech medal prospects.
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