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The Czech Republicmarker competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammermarker, Norwaymarker.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 have 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).

Results by event

Alpine skiing

The last Czechoslovakia’s participation in Olympic alpine skiing events was done by Slovak skiers and no Czech skier took part in the Albertville Games.

Biathlon

Jiřina Adamičková returned to Olympics two years after finishing close to a medal in Albertville, but under a new name Jiřina Pelcová, she was below par. Only Eva Háková’s ninth place in sprint was the best Czech Republic result.

Men’s Sprint
  • Petr Garabík – 30:31.2 (21st)
  • Jiří Holubec – 27:16.8 (29th)


Men’s Individual Race

Men’s Relay

Women’s Sprint
  • Eva Háková - 26:48.2 (9th)
  • Iveta Roubíčková – 28:18.2 (34th)
  • Jiřina Pelcová – 29:23.0 (49th)
  • Gabriela Lehká – 30:25.8 (63rd)


Women’s Individual Race
  • Iveta Roubíčková – 57:23.7 (34th)
  • Eva Háková - 57:43.2 (35th)
  • Jiřina Pelcová – 58:07.3 (37th)
  • Irena Česneková – 59:29.0 (50th)


Women’s Relay
  • Czech Republic – 1:57:00.8 (7th)


Bobsleigh

Jiří Džmura and Pavel Polomský became most successful Czech bobsledders in Hunderfossenmarker bobsleigh 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.

Two-men Bob

Four-men Bob

Cross-country skiing

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’s 10 km Classical

Men’s 15 km Free Pursuit

Men’s 30 km Free
  • Jiří Teplý – 1:17:37.8 (17th)
  • Pavel Benc – 1:18:49.5 (25th)
  • Ondřej Valenta – 1:20:04.1 (34th)
  • Martin Petrásek – did not start


Men’s 50 km Classical

Men’s 4x10 km Relay

Women’s 5 km Classic
  • Kateřina Neumannová – 14:49.6 (8th)
  • Iveta Zelingerová – 16:15.6 (43rd)
  • Martina Vondrová – 16:27.3 (47th)
  • Jana Rázlová - 16:39.7 (55th)


Women’s 10 km Free Pursuit
  • Kateřina Neumannová – 42:49.8 (6th)
  • Iveta Zelingerová – 46:40.2 (33rd)
  • Martina Vondrová – 47:51.9 (44th)
  • Jana Rázlová – 49:46.8 (52nd)


Women’s 15 km Free
  • Kateřina Neumannová – 43:25.1 (14th)
  • Martina Vondrová – 45:29.1 (31st)
  • Iveta Zelingerová– 46:56.3 (41st)
  • Lucie Chroustovská - 47:37.8 (48th)


Women’s 30 km Classical
  • Martina Vondrová – 1:34:50.1 (36th)
  • Lucie Chroustovská – 1:36:07.8 (39th)
  • Jana Rázlová – 1:36:40.9 (42nd)
  • Iveta Zelingerová – did not finish


Women’s 4x5 km Relay
  • Czech Republic – 1:02:02.1 (9th)


Figure skating

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

Pairs

Ice Dancing

Ice hockey

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.

Men – 5th place

Nordic combined

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.

Individual Race
  • František Máka – at 6:18.3 behind winner in cross country (18th)
  • Milan Kučera – at 8:14.6 (31st)
  • Zbyněk Pánek – at 8:16.1 (32nd)
  • Miroslav Kopal – did not start the cross country


Team Race
  • Czech Republic – at 12:04.1 behind winner in cross country (5th)


Ski Jumping

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.

Normal Hill Competition
  • Jaroslav Sakala – 235.0 points (13th)
  • Jiří Parma – 226.5 points (19th)
  • Zbyněk Krompolc – 189.5 (36th)
  • Ladislav Dluhoš – disqualified


Large Hill Competition
  • Jaroslav Sakala – 222.0 (7th)
  • Zbyněk Krompolc – 151.4 (29th)
  • Ladislav Dluhoš – 141.8 (30th)
  • Jiří Parma – 124.7 points (39th)


Team Competition


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