Born into a family with a predetermined plan of developing champion skiers, Šárka Strachová has implemented her father’s vision on the slalom slopes. In 2007, she won gold in the event at the World Championships in Are, Sweden. At the Vancouver Games in 2010, She won slalom bronze and became just...
Born into a family with a predetermined plan of developing champion skiers, Šárka Strachová has implemented her father’s vision on the slalom slopes. In 2007, she won gold in the event at the World Championships in Are, Sweden. At the Vancouver Games in 2010, She won slalom bronze and became just the second Czech athlete to win an Olympic medal in Alpine skiing, following Olga Charvátová, who won a bronze in the 1984 Winter Olympics while competing for Czechoslovakia. Strachová overcame serious health concerns to return to skiing in 2012-13.
2010: Olympics – Bronze (slalom)
2009: World Championships – Silver (slalom)
2007: World Championships – Gold (slalom)
2005: World Championships – Bronze (slalom)
Things to know:
1. Strachová followed her older brother, Petr Zahrobsky, onto the ski slopes at age two and began competitive racing four years later. Her father, Petr Sr., never skied but studied the sport and devised a theoretical framework for the slalom which he was convinced would produce a winning run when implemented. He still serves as their coach, manager, and ski technician.
2. Strachová was forced to stop training in July of 2012 after suffering from neurological problems. After spending a week in a medically-induced coma, doctor’s diagnosed her with having a benign tumor on her pituitary gland. She returned to training in late August and competed all of last season, finishing eighth in the slalom at the World Championships. In April, she married Anton Strach, who is 16 years older.
3. Strachová’s favorite Olympic moment growing up was watching the fervor in her country when the Czech men’s hockey team, led by goaltender Dominik Hasek, won the gold medal in Nagano in 1998. "It was a huge thing for the country,” Strachová, who was 13 at the time, said. “There were big celebrations in the streets of Prague and thousands of people in the old town square."