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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 Czech Republic Czechoslovakia
Nationality Czech Republic

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 NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1992 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) TCH CZE Kateřina Neumannová
5 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 13
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) CZE Kateřina Neumannová
5 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 8
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) CZE Kateřina Neumannová
Cross-Country, Women (Olympic) 18
1998 Winter Olympics Cross Country Skiing (Skiing) CZE Kateřina Neumannová
5 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
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) CZE Kateřina Neumannová
Sprint, Women (Olympic) 13
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) CZE Kateřina Neumannová
10 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 5
30 kilometres, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
15 kilometres Skiathlon, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
4 × 5 kilometres Relay, Women (Olympic) Czech Republic 6

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
2006 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony CZE Kateřina Neumannová

Special Notes