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Kateřina Neumannová

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 4
Bronze 1
Total 6
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexFemale
Full nameKateřina•Neumannová
Used nameKateřina•Neumannová
Born15 February 1973 in Písek (CZE)
Measurements175 cm / 67 kg
NOC(s) Czech Republic Czechoslovakia
Ethnic nationCZE

Biography

Czech athletes had competed at the Winter Games, either under their own flag or that of Czechoslovakia, since the inaugural Games of 1924 but no Czech woman had ever claimed an Olympic title until Kateřina Neumannová’s victory in Torino in 2006. For Neumannová this was the culmination of a long career that took in 5 Winter Olympics and 8 World Championships over a 16 year period. She wasted little time in establishing herself as one of the world’s top skiers and scored her maiden World Cup victory in late 1992 whilst still a teenager. This was the first of 18 World Cup victories. Although she won a trio of silver medals and a bronze across the 1998 and 2002 Winter Games and a pair of World Championship bronze medals, it was not until 2005 that she won her first major title, the 10 km title at the World Championship at Oberstdorf. At the Torino Olympics she placed 2nd and 5th in her first two races before emerging victorious from a three woman sprint finish in the 30 km mass start event. She retained her world title in 2007 before retiring at the end of the season although she continued to make sporadic appearances in marathon races.

Part of her summer training involved mountain biking and she became so good at this sport that she was chosen for the Czech national team and earned a bronze medal at the 1995 European championships. She was then chosen for the Atlanta Games where she became one of only four competitors who have combined mountain biking and cross country skiing at Olympic level. In 2009 she was elected vice-president of the athletes’ commission of the European Olympic Committees.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1992 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 5 kilometres, Women Olympic 13 Representing Czechoslovakia    
  15 kilometres, Women Olympic 14
  5/10 kilometres Pursuit, Women Olympic 22
  4 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women Olympic Czechoslovakia 6
1994 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 5 kilometres, Women Olympic 8 Representing Czech Republic    
  15 kilometres, Women Olympic =14
  5/10 kilometres Pursuit, Women Olympic 6
  4 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women Olympic Czech Republic 9
1996 Summer Olympics Cycling Mountain Bike (Cycling) Mountainbike, Cross-Country, Women Olympic 18 Representing Czech Republic    
1998 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 5 kilometres, Women Olympic 2 Silver Representing Czech Republic    
  15 kilometres, Women Olympic 9
  5/10 kilometres Pursuit, Women Olympic 3 Bronze
  4 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women Olympic Czech Republic 6
2002 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) Sprint, Women Olympic 13 Representing Czech Republic    
  15 kilometres, Women Olympic 2 Silver
  5/5 kilometres Pursuit, Women Olympic 2 Silver
  4 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women Olympic Czech Republic 4
2006 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) 10 kilometres, Women Olympic 5 Representing Czech Republic    
  30 kilometres, Women Olympic 1 Gold
  15 km Skiathlon, Women Olympic 2 Silver
  4 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women Olympic Czech Republic 6

Other participations

Games Role Details
2006 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony Representing Czech Republic    

Special Notes