Jaroslav Kulhavý

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Jaroslav Kulhavý
Jaroslav Kulhavy 2008 Summer Olympics.jpg
Kulhavý at the 2008 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Full name Jaroslav Kulhavý
Born (1985-01-08) 8 January 1985 (age 33)
Ústí nad Orlicí
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 76 kg (168 lb)
Team information
Current team Specialized Racing
Discipline Mountain bike racing
Role Rider
Rider type Cross-country
Major wins
Absa Cape Epic Champion 2013 and 2015

Jaroslav Kulhavý (Czech pronunciation: [ˈjaroslaf ˈkulɦaviː]; born 8 January 1985 in Ústí nad Orlicí), is a Czech mountain biker

He is currently riding for the Specialized Racing team. He won the gold medal in the cross-country event at the 2012 Summer Olympics and the silver medal four years later at the 2016 Summer Olympics. He is the overall winner of the UCI World Cup in 2011, along with taking 3rd place in 2010 and 2012. In 2013 and 2015 Kulhavy partnered with Christoph Sauser to win the Absa Cape Epic mountain bike stage race ("Tour de France of mountain biking") Kulhavy raced the Absa Cape Epic with Sauser again in March, 2017, but their bid for a third win together was foiled by Nino Schurter and Matthias Stirnemann (Scott-Sram), who eventually prevailed by eight minutes. In June 2014 he took the world title in mountain bike marathon. At the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 he came in second in the cross country race. Shortly after the start, he entered the front group and gradually formed a leading couple along with Nino Schurter, who was slowly passing by. In the penultimate sixth lap, Kulhavý was unable to respond to the arrival of a Swiitzerland cyclist and a gap grew gradually between the two rivals. Jaroslav Kulhavý, however, watched his second place and won the silver medal.

Achievements[edit]

2016

Silver medal olympic.svg 2nd place in Olympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Silver medal blank.svg 2nd place at UCI Mountain Bike World Championships (Nové Město na Moravě, Czech Republic)
2015
Gold medal blank.svg UEC MTB Marathon European Champion
Winner with Christoph Sauser of the Absa Cape Epic
2014
Gold medal blank.svg UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Champion (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa)
2013
Winner with Christoph Sauser of the Absa Cape Epic
2012
Gold medal olympic.svg 1st place in Olympic Games (London, Great Britain)
3rd place at World Cup (overall ranking)
2011
UCI Mountain Bike World Champion (Champery, Switzerland)
Gold medal blank.svg 1st place at UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships
1st place at World Cup (overall ranking)
Gold medal blank.svg European Champion
2010
Silver medal blank.svg 2nd place at UCI Mountain Bike World Championships (Mont Sainte-Anne, Canada)
3rd place at World Cup (overall ranking)
Gold medal blank.svg European Champion
National Champion in MTB Marathon
2009
9th place at UCI Mountain Bike World Championships (Cambera, Australia)
2008
National XC MTB Champion
10th place at World Cup (overall ranking)
18th place in Olympic Games (Beijing, China)
2007
3rd place at World Cup (U23)
2nd place at European Championship (U23)
2003
Junior World Champion
Junior European Champion

Sports career[edit]

For the first time, he became more aware of himself in 2003, when he became junior champion of the world and Europe. As a result, he also looked at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, but the Olympic race did not finish due to the defect.n 2008 he entered the Elite category and gradually began to overcome the best results of the Czech bikers. At the World Championships in St. Petersburg, Wendel finished eleventh, improving three places to the best Czech result of Miloslav Kvasnička in 1991.In 2009, he finished the 11th European Championship, at the World Cup in Canberra, Australia, the ninth. The medal position in the World Cup race has not been successful yet.In 2010, the first major medal successes came. In July, he won the title of European Champion in Israeli Haifa.At the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 he defended the gold in the cross country race. Shortly after the start, he entered the front group and gradually formed a leading couple along with Nin Schurter, who was slowly passing by. In the penultimate sixth lap, Kulhavý was unable to respond to the arrival of a Swiss cyclist and a gap grew gradually between the two rivals. Jaroslav Kulhavý, however, watched his second place and won the silver medal.

Winner of the Afxentia Stage Race[edit]

26 February 2017 Jaroslav Kulhavy has successfully completed the first start of the new season. The Olympic winner from London and the Silver medallist from Rio Jaroslav Kulhavy has won the fourth stage of the Sunshine Cup race Afxentia 2017.

Friend's death[edit]

Kulhavy lost his one ob best friend in 2013.His name was Burry Stander. Burry was in the same racing team as Kulhavy. His death was for Kulhavy very devastating because they were very good friends.

Here is a bit of conversation after Burrys death:

reporter: Jaroslav, can you tell something about this tragedy?

Jaroslav: I do not know what to say at the moment. He was a good man, we had a lot of fun together. I will remember him.

reporter: Did you know well?

Jaroslav: We spent a lot of races together for the last two seasons. He still had most of his life ahead of him. It's a big blow and a loss for our team. And especially his family. We are in the team as one family, from mechanics to racers.

World Cup of Mountain Bikes XCO[edit]

2013 Germany Czech Italy Andorra Canada Norway
3 26 3 34 16 1
2014 South African Republic Australia Czech Germany Canada USA France
10 DNF 87 6 36 DNF 30
2015 Czech Germany Switzerland Canada USA Italy
1 3 1 13 32 4

King of bicycling Kulhavy[edit]

23.6 in 2016 he became the fourth time winner of the Survey of the Czech cyclist. Again in the Olympic year, when he won the medal at the most prestigious event of the year, Kulhavý surpassed all Czech stars including riders on the road. His first triumf was in 2010, second 2011 and third in 2012. To the last he won this valuation in year 2016 and he became a king again in his sport in Czech republick.

References[edit]

  1. https://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaroslav_Kulhav%C3%BD
  2. http://jaroslavkulhavy.cz/
  3. http://isport.blesk.cz/clanek/ostatni-cyklistika/286856/kral-cyklistiky-kulhavy-doufam-ze-pristi-rok-stihnu-vedle-zavodu-i-svatbu.
  4. http://www.ahaonline.cz/clanek/sport/82168/jaroslav-kulhavy-ztratil-kamarada-cyklistu-standera-25-zabilo-auto-citim-se-hrozne.html