Czech Republic at the 1994 Winter Olympics

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Czech Republic at the Olympic Games

Flag of Czech Republic
IOC code  CZE
NOC Czech Olympic Committee
Website www.olympic.cz (Czech) (English)
At the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer
Competitors 65 in 7 sports
Flag bearer Pavel Benc (cross-country skiing)
Medals Gold
0
Silver
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Bronze
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Total
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The Czech Republic competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. It was the first Winter Games since the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, and so the Czech Republic and Slovakia competed as independent teams.

Cross-country skier Pavel Benc was the flag-bearer of the country in the opening ceremony – he thus had a chance to lead the last Winter Olympic Czechoslovak team in Albertville and the first ever Czech team in Albertville.

Although the three medals won by Czechoslovakia in Albertville in 1992 were all won by Czech athletes, the result of Lillehammer Olympics were less satisfying as fifth places of ice hockey and Nordic combined teams were the Czech Republic’s best results. It can be explained with the growth of competition as the former Soviet Union countries entered their athletes (only Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia participated in the 1992 Winter Olympics besides the Unified Team).

Biathlon[edit]

Men
Athlete Event Final
Time Pen. Rank
Petr Garabík 10 km Sprint 30:31.2 1 21
20 km Individual 59:48.9 1 11
Jiří Holubec 10 km Sprint 30:45.2 2 29
20 km Individual 1:00:18.9 1 17
Tomáš Kos 10 km Sprint 31:52.0 1 46
Ivan Masařík 20 km Individual 1:01:46.0 3 34
Petr Garabík
Tomáš Kos
Ivan Masařík
Jiří Holubec
4 x 7.5 km Relay 1:35:26.0 0 12
Women
Athlete Event Final
Time Pen. Rank
Irena Česneková 15 km Individual 59:29.0 4 50
Eva Háková 7.5 km Sprint 26:48.2 1 9
15 km Individual 57:43.2 6 35
Iveta Knížková 7.5 km Sprint 28:18.3 3 34
15 km Individual 57:23.7 6 34
Jiřína Pelcová 7.5 km Sprint 29:23.0 3 49
15 km Individual 58:07.3 3 37
Gabriela Suvová 7.5 km Sprint 30:25.8 4 63
Jana Kulhavá
Jiřína Pelcová
Iveta Knížková
Eva Háková
4 x 7.5 km Relay 1:57:00.8 3 7

Bobsleigh[edit]

Jiří Džmura and Pavel Polomský became most successful Czech bobsledders in Lillehammer Olympic Bobsleigh and Luge Track. They finished fifth in the first run of two-men bobsleigh competition, falling slowly in the results to eventually finish in seventh tied with Canada’s Pierre Lueders. In the four-men competition, the Czech team went through the competition in the opposite manner – starting 14th and moving up step by step to the 10th-place finish with a fifth best fourth run.

Athlete Event Final
Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Total Rank
Jiří Dzmura
Pavel Polomský
Two-man 52.66 53.18 53.02 53.32 3:32.18 7
Pavel Puškár
Jan Kobián
Two-man 53.44 53.42 53.54 53.85 3:34.25 20
Jiří Dzmura
Pavel Puškár
Pavel Polomský
Jan Kobián
Four-man 52.35 52.45 52.31 52.40 3:29.51 10

Cross-country skiing[edit]

Kateřina Neumannová presented a huge leap in form since last Olympics, finishing only 13 seconds behind podium in 5 km classical and moving up to sixth place in the pursuit. She recorded the second best time on her third leg of women’s relay (losing only to Russia’s Nina Gavriliuk) and had the leading role in the ninth place finish of the Czech relay team as other women had 11th to 13th times in their respective legs.

Men participated with almost the same squad like in Albertville, but their performances were far worse than in French Alps.

Men
Athlete Event Final
Start Rank Time Rank Total Rank
Pavel Benc 10 km Classical 27:38.6 65
15 km Free Pursuit +03:18 65 38:06.1 18 +5:35.3 36
30 km Free 1:18:49.5 25
Lubomír Buchta 10 km Classical 26:17.6 26
15 km Free Pursuit +01:57 26 38:37.0 33 +4:45.2 24
50 km Classical 2:14:50.0 20
Václav Korunka 10 km Classical 27:22.8 59
15 km Free Pursuit +03:02 59 38:40.0 34 +5:53.2 37
Martin Petrásek 10 km Classical 28:10.0 71
15 km Free Pursuit +03:50 71 40:13.8 53 +8:15.0 58
50 km Classical DNF
Jiří Teplý 30 km Free 1:17:37.8 17
Ondrej Valenta 30 km Free 1:20:04.1 34
50 km Classical 2:26:08.6 58
Lubomír Buchta
Václav Korunka
Jiří Teplý
Pavel Benc
4 x 10 km Relay 1:47:12.6 8
Women
Athlete Event Final
Start Rank Time Rank Total Rank
Lucie Chroustovská 15 km Free 47:37.8 48
30 km Classical 1:36:07.8 39
Kateřina Neumannová 5 km Classical 14:49.6 8
10 km Free Pursuit +00:41 8 28:00.8 6 +1:11.7 6
15 km Free 43:25.1 14
Jana Rázlová 5 km Classical 16:39.7 55
10 km Free Pursuit +02:31 55 33:07.8 52 +8:08.7 52
30 km Classical 1:36:40.9 42
Martina Vondrová 5 km Classical 16:27.3 47
10 km Free Pursuit +02:19 47 31:24.9 42 +6:13.8 44
15 km Free 45:29.1 31
30 km Classical 1:34:50.1 36
Iveta Zelingerová 5 km Classical 16:15.6 43
10 km Free Pursuit +02:07 43 30:25.2 31 +5:02.1 33
15 km Free 46:56.3 41
30 km Classical DNF
Martina Vondrová
Iveta Zelingerová
Kateřina Neumannová
Lucie Chroustovská
4 x 5 km Relay 1:02:02.1 9

Figure skating[edit]

Radka Kovaříková and René Novotný were fourth in the 1992 Winter Olympics and in 1994 they recorded their fourth consecutive fourth place in the European Championships. Two great pairs-champions however returned this season and were great favorites, which was confirmed as 1988 Olympic champions Ekaterina Gordeeva and Sergei Grinkov beat 1992 Olympic champions Nataliya Mishkutenok and Artur Dmitriev. The Czech couple was not able to fight for a medal in such competition. It finished fifth in the short program, but fell down to sixth in a free program behind United States’ Jenni Meno and Todd Sand. The next year Kovaříková and Novotný however won the Figure Skating World Championships and turned professionals. Kateřina Mrázová and Martin Šimeček recorded their best Olympic finish in ice dancing competition in eighth place in a competition crowned by Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean comeback to the Olympics, 10 years after their revolutionary Bolero.

Women
Athlete Final
Short Program Rank Free Skating Total Rank
Lenka Kulovaná 5.5 11 14.0 19.5 13
Irena Zemanová 13.5 27 Did not advance
Pairs
Athlete Final
Short Program Rank Free Skating Total Rank
Radka Kovaříková
René Novotný
2.5 5 6.0 8.5 6
Ice Dancing
Athlete Final
Compulsory Dance 1 Rank Compulsory Dance 2 Rank Original Dance Rank Free Dance Total Rank
Radmila Chroboková
Milan Brzý
3.2 16 3.2 16 9.6 16 16.0 32.0 16
Kateřina Mrázová
Martin Šimeček
1.6 8 1.6 8 4.8 8 8.0 16.0 8

Ice hockey[edit]

Czech Republic arrived to Lillehammer as the unbeaten winner of the recent Globen Cup, the Swedish part of the European Hockey Tour. The Olympic tournament however had a rather different result. Finland, at the start of the tournament not supposed to be a favorite, was in the lead since the fifth minute power play goal, following three games added the compulsory victories but only win over Germany coached by Luděk Bukač was supported by a good play. The team was not able to beat any of the strong European team and lost to Russia 3-4 to leave it in fourth place in group but to finish only third behind Finland, which hammered Russia, and Germany.

The standings in the other group set a tie against Canada in the quarterfinals. The Czechs lead twice in the game and Canada scores the tying goal five minutes to the end of regulation. In the overtime, Paul Kariya scored the sudden-death power-play goal (Horák served the penalty). The Czechs had to settle with the 5-8th places classification games and avoided surprise beating United States 5-3 after losing to them 0-2 early in the first period. The 5th to 6th place game was the first confrontation of former compatriots, but Slovakia was overmotivated and outplayed 7-1 (the game was decided in the first period, despite losing 0-1 in third minute, the Czechs won it 5-1).

Canada eliminated Czech Republic also in the 1994 World Championships; the two 5th place finishes forced Ivan Hlinka to withdraw. His successor Luděk Bukač then leads Czech Republic to the 1996 World Championships title, first since 1985 and first of four titles in six years.

Results
Stage Opponent Result Points Rank
Group Stage Finland Finland 01-03
Group Stage Austria Austria 07-03
Group Stage Germany Germany 01-00
Group Stage Norway Norway 04-01
Group Stage Russia Russia 03-04
Group Stage 16-11 6 3
Quarterfinal Canada Canada 02-03
Placement Round 5-8 United States United States 05-03
5th Place Match Slovakia Slovakia 07-01 5


Nordic combined[edit]

The team competition brought a surprising result for the Czech Republic which eventually occurred to be one of the biggest successes of the whole Olympic team. Zbyněk Pánek, Milan Kučera and František Máka all had one good and one worse jump in the ski-jumping competition (Pánek and Kučera were better in first round, Máka who was better cross-country skier bettered his result in second round). The Czechs started the cross-country relay in sixth place, 10:50 minutes behind sovereign Japanese jumpers.

The relay was not a dramatic one, as no change happened from first to fourth place, Zbyněk Pánek moved the Czechs past Austria to fifth place already in the first leg. Milan Kučera held the place despite his worse cross-country performance and František Máka brought the relay home in fifth ahead of fast finishing France.

Athlete Event First Round Second Round Cross-country
Points Rank Points Total Rank Start Time Rank Total Rank
Miroslav Kopal Individual event 80.0 48 85.0 165.0 48 +09:06 DNF
Milan Kučera Individual event 102.5 17 91.5 194.0 24 +05:53 41:29.5 36 47:22.5 31
František Máka Individual event 99.5 24 102.0 201.5 17 +05:03 40:23.2 22 45:26.2 18
Zbyněk Pánek Individual event 89.5 41 81.5 171.0 41 +08:26 38:58.0 5 47:24.0 34
Zbyněk Pánek
Milan Kučera
František Máka
Team event 306.0 6 297.5 603.5 6 +10:50 1:24:05.9 6 1:34:55.9 5

Ski jumping[edit]

Two-time team Olympic medalist Jiří Parma was below par in Lillehammer and thus only Jaroslav Sakala managed to record a good individual result in Lillehammer, finishing seventh in large hill competition, but he did not improve in the next two competitions. In the team competition Parma was the weakest member of the team as Zbyněk Krompolc surprisingly recorded best results of the whole team.

Athlete Event First Round Final
Points Rank Points Total Rank
Ladislav Dluhoš Large hill 67.4 38 74.4 141.8 30
Normal hill 108.5 31 DSQ
Zbyněk Krompolc Large hill 90.2 24 61.2 151.4 29
Normal hill 106.0 35 83.5 189.5 36
Jiří Parma Large hill 88.1 25 36.6 124.7 39
Normal hill 118.0 18 108.5 226.5 19
Jaroslav Sakala Large hill 113.1 9 108.9 222.0 7
Normal hill 109.0 30 126.0 235.0 13
Zbyněk Krompolc
Jaroslav Sakala
Ladislav Dluhoš
Jiří Parma
Team Large Hill 401.9 8 398.8 800.7 7