René Novotný

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René Novotný
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Novotný in 2006
Personal information
Country represented Czech Republic
Czechoslovakia
Born (1963-06-10) 10 June 1963 (age 53)
Brno, Czechoslovakia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Former partner Radka Kovaříková
Lenka Knapová
Jana Havlová
Ingrid Ženatá
Former coach Irina Rodnina
Ivan Rezek
Retired 1995

René Novotný (born 10 June 1963) is a Czech former competitive pair skater. With Radka Kovaříková, he is the 1995 World champion and 1995 European silver medalist.

Personal life[edit]

Novotný was born on 10 June 1963 in Brno.[1] He was married to Radka Kovaříková from 1996 to 2010.[2] His second wife is named Soňa.[3]

Skating career until 1988[edit]

Novotný skated with Ingrid Ženatá from the late 1970s until 1981. Their partnership ended because she had spinal problems.[3]

Partnership with Havlová[edit]

Novotný's next partner was Jana Havlová. After winning bronze at the 1982 Prague Skate, they won the Czechoslovak national title. They went on to compete at two ISU Championships, placing 9th at the 1983 Europeans in Dortmund and 15th at the 1983 Worlds in Helsinki. Havlová struggled with ankle injuries.[3] The partnership ended in 1984.

Partnership with Knapová[edit]

In 1984, Novotný teamed up with Lenka Knapová. The pair won four Czechoslovak national titles and competed at seven ISU Championships; their best result, fourth, came at the 1987 European Championships in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. They also competed at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, but withdrew after placing 9th in the short program.[4] Ivan Rezek served as their coach.[5]

Making their final appearance together, Knapová/Novotný placed 8th at the 1988 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. She retired due to knee problems.[3]

Partnership with Kovaříková[edit]

Novotný teamed up with Radka Kovaříková 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.[6]

1992–1993 season[edit]

In autumn 1992, Kovaříková/Novotný moved to train in the United States, choosing Irina Rodnina as their coach.[3][7] 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.[4] 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.

Political career[edit]

In 2014, Novotný was elected to Brno's city council as a member of ANO 2011.[8] He was elected mayor of Brno-Židenice on 5 November 2014.[9]

Results[edit]

With Kovařiková[edit]

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

With Knapová[edit]

International
Event 1984–85 1985–86 1986–87 1987–88
Winter Olympics WD
World Championships 10th 11th 8th
European Champ. 7th 6th 4th 6th
NHK Trophy 4th
Skate Canada 7th
National
Czechoslovak Champ. 1st 1st 1st 1st
WD = Withdrew

With Havlová[edit]

International
Event 1982–83 1983–84
World Championships 15th
European Championships 9th
Prague Skate 3rd
National
Czechoslovak Champ. 1st 2nd

With Ženatá[edit]

International
Event 1978–79 1979–80 1980–81
Prague Skate 7th 3rd
International: Junior
World Junior Champ. 10th
Grand Prize SNP 1st
National
Czechoslovak Champ. 3rd

References[edit]

  1. ^ "René Novotný". Czech Olympic Committee. Archived from the original on 15 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Krasobruslařští šampioni Kovaříková s Novotným se rozvedli" [Figure skating champions Kovaříková and Novotný are divorced]. Týden (in Czech). 19 October 2011. Archived from the original on 3 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d e 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. 
  4. ^ a b "René Novotný". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on 3 December 2016. 
  5. ^ "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. 
  6. ^ "Radka Kovarikova & Rene Novotny". Pairs on Ice. Archived from the original on 1 November 2005. 
  7. ^ "Kovarikova and Novotny official website: About us". Archived from the original on 28 May 2008. 
  8. ^ "Volby do zastupitelstev obcí 10.10. - 11.10.2014, Jmenné seznamy, Výběr: všichni platní kandidáti dle poř. čísla, Zastupitelstvo statutárního města, Kraj: Jihomoravský kraj, Okres: Brno-město, Obec: Brno, Kandidátní listina: ANO 2011" (in Czech). Czech Statistical Office. 2014. 
  9. ^ Kremr, Tomáš (22 November 2014). "Slib nových radních: v městských částech otevřeme radnice". Deník (Brno) (in Czech). Archived from the original on 15 April 2017. 

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