|Posted on May 23, 2010 at 11:52 PM|
The most popular sports in the Czech Republic remain football and ice hockey. The Czech Republic is a world superpower in these sports.
Czechs prepare for finals in World Ice Hockey Championship
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Town squares, pubs and namely hockey fans across the Czech Republic are preparing for the final match of the Ice Hockey World Championships, in which the Czech team will be taking on the reigning champion, Russia, in Cologne, Germany. Thousands of spectators are expected to watch the match in Prague’s Old Town Square, where two large television screens have been set up for the event, while President Václav Klaus said he will be travelling to Germany to attend the game in person. The Czech Republic advanced to the final round by defeating Sweden 3:2 in on Saturday. The third round of normal play ended in a 2:2 draw after Karel Rachůnek scored eight seconds prior to the whistle. Penalty shots then decided the outcome. Sunday’s final match begins at 20.30 CET.
Tomas is a huge fan of ice hockey... knows a lot of the big names in the Czech Republic team.
(Tomas seen here end 2006)
Tomas and Lucie too were thrilled about the Sunday's final! They watched it at their hotel in Paris till late in the evening, even they had to play early at 11:00 am on Monday. Listen to their interview in Czech! Tomas already had the chance to attend in person the QF between the Czech Republic and Finland, it was last Thursday in Cologne -not far from Düsseldorf- when he was playing at the ARAG World Team Cup... Lucie told: "We watched it until the end. It was a terrible thriller, we cheered from our seats and when they won, we jumped for joy. It was so much fun and happiness!"
Listen to Lucie and Tomas (in Czech)
Czech Republic Crowned Ice Hockey World Champions
The 2010 Ice Hockey World Championships concluded Sunday, May 23, in Germany, with Czech Republic grabbing the crown from defending champion Russia.
The finals ended with a score of 2-1 in favor of Czech Republic. Russia was aiming for its third straight win since 2008. Taking the bronze medal is Sweden. Host country Germany took fourth place. Dennis Endras of Germany took the Most Valuable Player award. He is the first German to be given the MVP award in the 74 year history of the tournament.
Jaromir Jagr, who scored the first goal for Czech Republic, exclaimed after winning, ”This was most likely the biggest surprise in hockey history. Russia had big names, stars and we had guys who play in the Czech Republic. But this win proves that it is not just talent that matter, you have to work hard.”
This is the sixth title for Czech Republic. They previously won in 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2005. It also won another six titles as part of the former country Czechoslovakia.
Czech Republic Captures Gold at Hockey World Championships