Radka Kovaříková

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Radka Kovaříková
Kovarikova radka.jpg
Kovaříková in 2006
Personal information
Country represented Czech Republic
Czechoslovakia
Born (1975-02-26) 26 February 1975 (age 42)
Brno, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.61 m (5 ft 3 12 in)
Former partner René Novotný
Former coach Irina Rodnina
Ivan Rezek
Retired 1995

Radka Kovaříková (born 26 February 1975) is a Czech former competitive pair skater. With René Novotný, she is the 1995 World champion and 1995 European silver medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Kovaříková was born on 6 February 1975 in Brno.[1] She and René Novotný were engaged in 1993 and married on June 1, 1996.[2] In 2011, Kovaříková confirmed that they had divorced.[3][4] She is married to the director of Cinderella on Ice, Jindřich Šimek, with whom she has a daughter, Klára.[3]

Career[edit]

Kovaříková teamed up with René Novotný in 1988.

1989–1990 season[edit]

They won the 1989 Prague Skate and took bronze at three events – the 1989 Nebelhorn Trophy, 1989 Grand Prix International de Paris, and 1989 Skate Electric. The pair placed sixth at the 1990 European Championships in Leningrad, Soviet Union, and 8th at the 1990 World Championships in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

1990–1991 season[edit]

Kovaříková/Novotný won silver at the 1990 Skate America, bronze at the 1990 Nations Cup, and bronze at the 1990 Skate Electric. They placed fourth at the 1991 European Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, and sixth at the 1991 World Championships in Munich, Germany.

1991–1992 season[edit]

Kovaříková/Novotný received the silver medal at the 1991 Grand Prix International de Paris, bronze at the 1991 Nations Cup, and silver at the 1991 NHK Trophy. They placed third in the short program, fourth in the free skate, and fourth overall at the 1992 European Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland. They finished fourth at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France, having ranked fourth in both segments.

They concluded their third season at the 1992 World Championships in Oakland, California. Ranked third after the short program, they overtook Canada's Isabelle Brasseur / Lloyd Eisler for the silver medal behind Natalia Mishkutionok / Artur Dmitriev (CIS). They were coached by Ivan Rezek until the end of the season.[5][6]

1992–1993 season[edit]

In autumn 1992, Kovaříková/Novotný moved to train in the United States, choosing Irina Rodnina as their coach.[7][2] They took silver at two events, the 1992 Skate America and 1992 Grand Prix International de Paris. Ranked fifth in the short and third in the free, they finished fourth at the 1993 European Championships in Helsinki, Finland. They placed sixth in the short, fourth in the free, and fourth overall at the 1993 World Championships in Prague, Czech Republic.

1993–1994 season[edit]

Kovaříková/Novotný received silver medals at the 1993 Skate Canada International and 1993 NHK Trophy. They placed third in the short program and fourth in the free skate at the European Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark; they finished just off the podium for the fourth consecutive year.

In February 1994, they placed sixth at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Hamar, Norway, having ranked fifth in the short and sixth in the free.[8] They ended their season with a 5th-place result at the 1994 World Championships in Chiba, Japan.

1994–1995 season[edit]

Kovaříková/Novotný won bronze at the 1994 Skate America and silver at the 1994 NHK Trophy. At the 1995 European Championships in Dortmund, Germany, the pair placed first in the short program and second in the free skate. They received the silver medal behind Germany's Mandy Wötzel / Ingo Steuer. Ranked first in both segments, they won gold at the 1995 World Championships in Birmingham, England, ahead of Russia's Evgenia Shishkova / Vadim Naumov.

Professional career[edit]

Kovaříková/Novotný turned professional in 1995. They would win the World Professional Championships in 1995 and 1997. The pair toured with Stars on Ice for one season (1996-97) and continued to skate in shows around the world for a number of years.

Results[edit]

With Novotný
International
Event 88–89 89–90 90–91 91–92 92–93 93–94 94–95
Winter Olympics 4th 6th
World Champ. 8th 6th 2nd 4th 5th 1st
European Champ. 6th 4th 4th 4th 4th 2nd
Skate America 2nd 2nd 3rd
Skate Canada 2nd
Int. de Paris /
Trophée de France
3rd 2nd 2nd 4th
NHK Trophy 6th 2nd 2nd 2nd
Nations Cup 3rd 3rd
Nebelhorn Trophy 3rd
Prague Skate 1st
Skate Electric 3rd 3rd
National
Czech Republic 1st
Czechoslovakia 1st 1st
International
Event 1995 1997
World Professional Championships 1st 1st

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Radka Kovaříková". Czech Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 15 April 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Kovarikova and Novotny official website: About us". Archived from the original on 28 May 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Kremserová, Eva (22 October 2011). "Radka Kovaříková o Reném Novotném: Už jsem vedle něj nemohla ani dýchat!" [Radka Kovarikova about Rene Novotny: I could not breathe]. ahaonline.cz (in Czech). 
  4. ^ "Krasobruslařka Kovaříková o Novotném: Nemohla jsem vedle něj dýchat" [Figure skater Kovarikova about Novotny: I could not breathe]. isport.cz (in Czech). 25 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Radka Kovarikova & Rene Novotny". Pairs on Ice. Archived from the original on 1 November 2005. 
  6. ^ "Zemřel ing. Ivan Rezek" [Ivan Rezek has died] (in Czech). Czech Figure Skating Association. 1 February 2017. Archived from the original on 14 April 2017. 
  7. ^ Brabcová, Monika (2016). "Rebel krasobruslení" [Figure skating rebel] (PDF) (in Czech). Aha!. p. 32. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 April 2017. 
    "Rebel krasobruslení" (PDF). p. 33. Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 April 2017. 
  8. ^ "Radka Kovaříková". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 3 December 2016. 

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