Kateřina Neumannová

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Kateřina Neumannová
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Kateřina Neumannová in 2007
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Born (1973-02-15) 15 February 1973 (age 45)

Kateřina Neumannová (Czech pronunciation: [ˈkatɛr̝ɪna ˈnojmanovaː] (About this sound listen)) (born 15 February 1973) is a retired Czech cross-country skier. She won an Olympic Gold medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics, in the 30 km freestyle event. She is one of five cross country skiers to ever compete at six Olympics.

She was also the first Czech woman to appear in both a Summer and Winter Olympics, having participated in the mountain biking event at the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Neumannová retired after the 2006-07 World Cup season.[1]

Career overview[edit]

She was a flatwater canoeist and downhill skier before moving to cross country skiing at sixteen. Neumannová made her first appearance in the Winter Olympics in 1992 in Albertville. Her goal was only to gain experience.[2] However in all races (both individual and relay) she belonged to the best Czechoslovak athletes.[2] Two years later in Lillehammer she was already among the best.[2] She was 8th in 5 km classical and 6th in combination with 10 km free.

Her training during summer involved riding mountain bike and when the sport become popular she decided to race in it. Thanks to her strong muscles she quickly achieved successes. In 1995, she won a bronze medal at the European Championships,[3] and she also qualified for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Although cross-country skiing remained her main sport and her summer training was usually lighter she took preparations for Atlanta seriously. "This time I left out the pleasant period and started abruptly. Thanks to it I achieved results in athletic tests that I last run in junior categories"[4] she said before Olympics. But her preparations were not in the best conditions. She practised in a cold weather in Šumava while great heat was expected for Atlanta race[5] On 31 July 1996 she became the first Czech female athlete to compete on both Winter and Summer Olympics when starting in the mountain bike race at the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers, Georgia, USA. But the race itself was a horror for her. She fell off the bike early in the race. "I overrun about 15 racers but then a terrible crisis came upon me. I did not race anymore, I just wanted to finish," she described the race.[6] She mainly complained about the terrible heat and said it was one of her worst experiences.[5]

First major medal[edit]

Neumannová started the 1996/1997 season with a fourth place in the World Cup opener. The race took place in Kiruna and was run on 5 km free. Neumannová was content with the result but complained about soft snow she did not like. "If the track was more firm, I believe I would stand on the platform", she commented.[7][8] At the end of the year she clearly dominated the Czech Championships on 5 km free and 10 km classic. She commented it was mainly training for her as the main goal for the season was World Championships. For it she announced a goal to finish among best six.[9]

Only two weeks later, on January 11 and 12, she achieved two second places in the World Cup. It was again on the 5 km and 10 km distances, but this time it was 5 km classic and 10 km free. The race was run in Hakuba, Japan on the tracks ready for 1998 Winter Olympics[10][11]

On 17 February 2005, she won the 10 km free at the Nordic skiing World Championships. Neumannová defended her 10 km free title at the following championships in Sapporo on 27 February 2007.

On 24 February 2006, in her final Olympic race, Neumannová won her first Winter Olympic gold medal in the 30 km freestyle mass start and became the oldest winner in the event.

On 14 January 2007 Neumannová received the title Czech Sportsperson of the Year 2006, a trophy awarded by journalists in the Czech Republic.

World Cup results[edit]

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[12]

Individual podiums[edit]

  • 19 victories – (18 WC, 1 SWC)
  • 49 podiums – (48 WC, 1 SWC)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place
1 1992–93 12 December 1992 Austria Ramsau, Austria 5 km Individual C World Cup 1st
2  1995–96  9 December 1995 Switzerland Davos, Switzerland 5 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
3 4 February 1996 Germany Reit im Winkl, Germany 1.0 km Sprint F World Cup 3rd
4  1996–97  11 January 1997 Japan Hakuba, Japan 5 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
5 12 January 1997 Japan Hakuba, Japan 10 km Pursuit F World Cup 2nd
6 21 February 1997 Norway Trondheim, Norway 15 km Individual F World Championships[1] 3rd
7 8 March 1997 Sweden Falun, Sweden 5 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
8  1997–98  22 November 1997 Norway Beitostølen, Norway 5 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
9 8 January 1998 Austria Ramsau, Austria 10 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
10 9 January 1998 Austria Ramsau, Austria 5 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
11 1998–99 28 November 1998 Finland Muonio, Finland 5 km Individual F World Cup 1st
12 12 December 1998 Italy Toblach, Italy 5 km Individual F World Cup 1st
13 9 January 1999 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 10 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
14 22 February 1999 Austria Ramsau, Austria 5 km Individual C World Championships[1] 3rd
15 9 January 1999 Finland Lahti, Finland 10 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
16  1999–00  28 December 1999 Germany Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 3rd
17  2000–01  17 December 2000 Italy Brusson, Italy 1.0 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
18 10 January 2001 United States Soldier Hollow, United States 5 km + 5 km Pursuit C/F World Cup 1st
19 2001–02 25 November 2001 Finland Kuopio, Finland 5 km Individual F World Cup 1st
20 9 December 2001 Italy Cogne, Italy 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
21 29 December 2001 Austria Salzburg, Austria 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 2nd
22 5 January 2002 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 5 km + 5 km Pursuit C/F World Cup 3rd
23 6 January 2002 Italy Val di Fiemme, Italy 1.5 km Sprint F World Cup 1st
24 12 January 2002 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 5 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
25 2003–04 20 December 2003 Austria Ramsau, Austria 10 km Individual F World Cup 1st
26 6 January 2004 Sweden Falun, Sweden 7.5 km + 7.5 km Pursuit C/F World Cup 1st
27 17 January 2004 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 10 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
28 6 February 2004 France La Clusaz, France 10 km Individual F World Cup 1st
29 21 February 2004 Sweden Umeå, Sweden 10 km Individual C World Cup 1st
30 13 March 2004 Italy Pragelato, Italy 15 km Individual F World Cup 3rd
31 2004–05 26 November 2004 Finland Kuusamo, Finland 10 km Individual F World Cup 1st
32 28 November 2004 Finland Kuusamo, Finland 10 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
33 8 January 2005 Estonia Otepää, Estonia 10 km Individual C World Cup 3rd
34 15 January 2005 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 10 km Individual F World Cup 1st
35 22 January 2005 Italy Pragelato, Italy 7.5 km + 7.5 km Pursuit C/F World Cup 2nd
36 6 March 2005 Finland Lahti, Finland 10 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
37 12 March 2005 Norway Oslo, Norway 30 km Individual C World Cup 2nd
38 19 March 2005 Sweden Falun, Sweden 7.5 km + 7.5 km Pursuit C/F World Cup 2nd
39 2005–06 27 November 2005 Finland Kuusamo, Finland 10 km Individual F World Cup 1st
40 31 December 2005 Czech Republic Nové Město, Czech Republic 10 km Individual F World Cup 1st
41 14 January 2006 Italy Lago di Tesero, Italy 15 km Mass Start F World Cup 1st
42 21 January 2006 Germany Oberstdorf, Germany 7.5 km + 7.5 km Pursuit C/F World Cup 3rd
43 8 March 2006 Sweden Falun, Sweden 5 km + 5 km Pursuit C/F World Cup 2nd
44 11 March 2006 Norway Oslo, Norway 30 km Individual F World Cup 2nd
45 2006–07 18 November 2006 Sweden Gällivare, Sweden 10 km Individual F World Cup 1st
46 7 January 2007 Italy Cavalese, Italy 10 km Individual F Stage World Cup 1st
47 20 January 2007 Russia Rybinsk, Russia 15 km Mass Start F World Cup 2nd
48 16 February 2007 China Changchun, China 10 km Individual F World Cup 1st
49 24 March 2007 Sweden Falun, Sweden 7.5 km + 7.5 km Pursuit C/F World Cup 2nd

Team podiums[edit]

  • 1 victory – (1 TS)
  • 2 podiums – (1 RL, 1 TS)
No. Season Date Location Race Level Place Teammate(s)
1 1998–99 8 March 1999 Finland Vantaa, Finland Team Sprint F World Cup 1st Hanušová
2  2006–07  17 December 2006 France La Clusaz, France 4 x 5 km Relay M World Cup 3rd Erbenová / Rajdlová / Janeckova

Note: 1 Until the 1999 World Championships, World Championship races were included in the World Cup scoring system.

Career successes[edit]

  • 1992 Olympics in Albertville: 13th at 5 km classical, 14th at 15 km classical, 22nd at 10 km free, 6th at relay
  • 1993 Junior cross country skiing world championships: 1st at 5 km classical, 3rd at 15 km free
  • 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer: 14th at 15 km classical, 6th at 10 km free, 8th at 5 km classical, 9th at relay
  • 1995 Nordic skiing world championships: 11th at 5 km classical, 13th at combined, 7th at 15 km classical
  • 1996 Olympics in Atlanta: 18th Mountain Bike Cross Country [13]
  • 1997 3rd at Cross-country skiing World Cup
  • 1997 Nordic skiing world championships: 3rd at 15 km free, 4th at combined, 6th at 5 km classical
  • 1998 Olympics in Nagano: 2nd at 5 km classical, 3rd at 10 km free, 9th at 15 km classical, 6th at relay
  • 1998 1st at Mountain bike Czech Cup
  • 1998 1st at Czech Mountain bike Championships, Velké Losiny
  • 1999 Nordic skiing world championships: 3rd at 5 km classical
  • 1999 3rd at Mountain bike Czech Cup
  • 1999 1st at Czech Mountain bike Championships, Most
  • 2000 Czech Mountain bike Championships, Olomouc, 1st at relay (with Kořínek and Kášek)
  • 2000 2nd at Czech Mountain bike Championships, Velké Losiny
  • 2001 9th at Cross-country skiing World Cup
  • 2002 2nd at Cross-country skiing World Cup
  • 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City: 2nd at 15 km free, 2nd at combined, 4th at relay, 9th at sprint
  • 2002 Czech Championships, Jablonec nad Nisou: 1st at 5 km classical
  • 2002 2nd at Cross-country skiing World Cup
  • 2004 9th at Cross-country skiing World Cup
  • 2005 Nordic skiing world championships: 1st at 10 km free, 7th at 30 km classical, 7th at pursuit
  • 2006 Olympics in Turin: 1st at 30 km free, 2nd at pursuit, 5th at 10 km classical
  • 2007 Nordic skiing world championships: 2nd at 7.5 km + 7.5 km double pursuit, 1st at 10 km free

FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009[edit]

In late 2006, Neumannová was named an honorary vice president of the organizing committee for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2009 at Liberec, Czech Republic. On 25 July 2007, she succeeded Roman Kumpost as chair of the organizing committee for the 2009 championships.[14]

Personal life[edit]

On 2 July 2003, Neumannová became a mother, giving birth to a girl named Lucie.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FIS Newsflash 122. 11 April 2007.
  2. ^ a b c Profile on Czech Olympic Committee's webpage Archived 19 November 2005 at the Wayback Machine., accessed 22 August 2006
  3. ^ "Neumannová neví, zda bude jezdit", MF Dnes, 10 April 1996 page 23
  4. ^ Original (Czech): "Tentokrát jsem příjemné období vynechala a šla jsem na to rovnou zostra. Díky tomu jsem při atletických testech zaběhla časy, jakých jsem naposledy dosáhla v juniorkách
  5. ^ a b "Neumannová se na vedro málem chystala ve sněhu", MF Dnes, 18 July 1996, page 18, available through "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 May 2006. Retrieved 18 February 2006.  (registration required)
  6. ^ Original (Czech): "Dojela jsem asi patnáct závodnic, ale pak na mě padla hrozná krize. Už jsem nezávodila, jen jsem se snažila dojet."
  7. ^ Original (Czech): "Kdyby trať byla tvrdší, věřím, že bych stála na stupni vítězů"
  8. ^ (25 November 1996). Neumannová doběhla čtvrtá i na měkkém sněhu. MF DNES p. 13
  9. ^ (30 December 1996). "Neumannová běhala v krutém mrazu suverénně". MFDNES, p. 02
  10. ^ (13 January 1997). "Neumannová zazářila v Japonsku". MF DNES p. 01
  11. ^ (13 January 1997). "Neumannová doběhla v Hakubě dvakrát druhá". MF DNES p. 02
  12. ^ "Athlete : NEUMANNOVA Katerina". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 29 March 2018. 
  13. ^ "Neumannová ve vedru vzpomínala na mrazy", MF Dnes, 31 July 1996, page 19, available through "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 May 2006. Retrieved 18 February 2006.  (registration needed)
  14. ^ FIS NewsFlash 138. 1 August 2007.

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Awards
Preceded by
Jaromír Jágr
Czech Athlete of the Year
2006
Succeeded by
Martina Sáblíková