Šárka Strachová

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Šárka Strachová
Alpine skier
Sarka Zahrobska Semmering 2008.jpg
Strachová in December 2008
Disciplines Slalom
ClubSki Team Krkonoš
Born (1985-02-11) 11 February 1985 (age 34)
Benecko, Czechoslovakia
Height175 cm (5 ft 9 in)
World Cup debut15 December 2002
(age 17)
Retired28 March 2017
(age 32)
Website sarkastrachova.com
Teams3 – (2006, 2010, 2014)
Medals1 (0 gold)
World Championships
Teams9 – (200117)
Medals4 (1 gold)
World Cup
Seasons15 – (200317)
Wins2 – (2 SL)
Podiums17 – (17 SL)
Overall titles0 – (9th in 2007)
Discipline titles0 – (2nd in SL, 2009)

Šárka Strachová (Czech pronunciation: [ˈʃaːrka ˈstraxovaː] ; born Záhrobská on 11 February 1985) is a retired Czech World Cup alpine ski racer. Born in Benecko, she specializes in the slalom event. Strachová is the first alpine racer representing the Czech Republic to medal at the Winter Olympics and at the World Championships and just the second Czech alpine skier ever to medal in the Olympics.

FIS Alpine Ski World Cup international alpine skiing competition during northern winter

The FIS Alpine Ski World Cup is the top international circuit of alpine skiing competitions, launched in 1966 by a group of ski racing friends and experts which included French journalist Serge Lang and the alpine ski team directors from France and the USA. It was soon backed by International Ski Federation president Marc Hodler during the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 1966 at Portillo, Chile, and became an official FIS event in the spring of 1967 after the FIS Congress at Beirut, Lebanon. The first World Cup ski race was held in Berchtesgaden, West Germany, on January 5, 1967. Jean-Claude Killy of France and Nancy Greene of Canada were the overall winners for the first two seasons.

Alpine skiing Sport of skiing downhill

Alpine skiing, or downhill skiing, is the pastime of sliding down snow-covered slopes on skis with fixed-heel bindings, unlike other types of skiing, which use skis with free-heel bindings. Whether for recreation or sport, it is typically practised at ski resorts, which provide such services as ski lifts, artificial snow making, snow grooming, restaurants, and ski patrol.

Benecko Municipality and village in Liberec Region, Czech Republic

Benecko is a village and municipality in Semily District in the Liberec Region of the Czech Republic.


Ski racing career

Záhrobská won the gold medal in slalom at the 2007 World Championships and narrowly missed a bronze in the super combined, finishing in 4th place by 0.20 seconds. Two years earlier, she won her first medal at the 2005 World Championships, taking the bronze in slalom while placing fifth in the combined. It was the first World Championships medal for a Czech alpine skier. In the 2006 Winter Olympics, Strachová finished 13th in slalom, 19th in the combined, and 27th in super-G; she did not finish the second run of the giant slalom.

FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2007 2007 edition of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2007 were the 39th FIS Alpine World Ski Championships, held 2–18 February in Åre, Sweden. Åre previously hosted the world championships in 1954, and often hosts late season World Cup events.

Combined is an event in alpine ski racing. A traditional combined competition consists of one run of downhill and two runs of slalom, each discipline run on separate days. The winner is the skier with the fastest aggregate time. A modified version, the super combined, is a speed race and only one run of slalom, with both portions scheduled on the same day.

FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2005 2005 edition of the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships 2005 were held in Bormio, Italy, between January 28 and February 13, 2005.

On the World Cup circuit, Záhrobská made her debut in December 2002 at age 17 and finished 5th in her first race, a parallel slalom (an experimental format using a series of elimination races) in Sestriere, Italy. She ended the 2004 and 2006 seasons ranked in the top 10 in slalom, and broke into the top 30 in the overall ranking in 2006. She reached her first World Cup podium in January 2007, with a third place in the slalom on at Zagreb, Croatia, and followed it up with a 2nd place in the slalom three days later at Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. This ended a 21-year-long drought for Czech alpine skiers on the World Cup podium, since Olga Charvátová took 2nd place in Bromont, Quebec, on 22 March 1986. She won her first World Cup race in November 2008 in Aspen, Colorado, and reached the podium two additional times in the 2009 season to finish as the runner-up in the season slalom standings. She won again at Aspen in November 2009.

Sestriere Comune in Piedmont, Italy

Sestriere is an alpine village in Italy, a comune (municipality) of the Metropolitan City of Turin. It is situated in Val Susa, 17 km (11 mi) from the French border. Its name derives from Latin: ad petram sistrariam, that is at sixty Roman miles from Turin.

Italy republic in Southern Europe

Italy, officially the Italian Republic, is a European country consisting of a peninsula delimited by the Italian Alps and surrounded by several islands. Located in the middle of the Mediterranean sea and traversed along its length by the Apennines, Italy has a largely temperate seasonal climate. The country covers an area of 301,340 km2 (116,350 sq mi) and shares open land borders with France, Slovenia, Austria, Switzerland and the enclaved microstates of Vatican City and San Marino. Italy has a territorial exclave in Switzerland (Campione) and a maritime exclave in the Tunisian sea (Lampedusa). With around 60 million inhabitants, Italy is the fourth-most populous member state of the European Union.

Zagreb Capital and largest city of Croatia

Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of Croatia. It is located in the northwest of the country, along the Sava river, at the southern slopes of the Medvednica mountain. Zagreb lies at an elevation of approximately 122 m (400 ft) above sea level. The estimated population of the city in 2018 is 810,003. The population of the Zagreb urban agglomeration is about 1.2 million, approximately a quarter of the total population of Croatia.

At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Strachová took the bronze medal in the slalom at Whistler. This made her the first Czech to ever medal in alpine skiing for the Czech Republic and just the second Czech ever, once again joining Olga Charvátová, who won a bronze in the 1984 Winter Olympics while competing for Czechoslovakia.

Alpine skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics alpine skiing competitions during the 2010 Olympic Winter games

Alpine skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics was held in Canada at Whistler Creekside in Whistler, British Columbia, north of Vancouver. The ten events were scheduled for February 13–27; weather delayed the first event, the men's downhill, two days until Monday, February 15.

Vancouver City in British Columbia, Canada

Vancouver is a coastal seaport city in western Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. As the most populous city in the province, the 2016 census recorded 631,486 people in the city, up from 603,502 in 2011. The Greater Vancouver area had a population of 2,463,431 in 2016, making it the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada. Vancouver has the highest population density in Canada with over 5,400 people per square kilometre, which makes it the fifth-most densely populated city with over 250,000 residents in North America behind New York City, Guadalajara, San Francisco, and Mexico City according to the 2011 census. Vancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada according to that census; 52% of its residents have a first language other than English. Roughly 30% of the city's inhabitants are of Chinese heritage. Vancouver is classed as a Beta global city.

The women's slalom competition of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics was held at Whistler Creekside in Whistler, British Columbia on February 26, 2010.

Strachová has also won numerous medals at the National Alpine Skiing Championships of the Czech Republic and other nations. She has been the National Champion (i.e. gold medalist) at the Czech (2002: slalom; 2003: slalom, giant slalom and super-G; 2004: slalom, giant slalom; 2005: slalom, giant slalom; 2006: super-G), Slovenian (2006: giant slalom), and Croatian (2006: giant slalom) national championships. Her giant slalom victory at the 2006 Croatian championships was by a narrow 0.15 second margin over Janica Kostelić, who had just beaten Strachová for the super-G title the previous day and was coming off one of the most dominant seasons in World Cup skiing history.

Czech Republic Country in Central Europe

The Czech Republic, also known by its short-form name, Czechia, is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast. The Czech Republic covers an area of 78,866 square kilometers (30,450 sq mi) with a mostly temperate continental climate and oceanic climate. It is a unitary parliamentary republic, with 10.6 million inhabitants; its capital and largest city is Prague, with 1.3 million residents. Other major cities are Brno, Ostrava, Olomouc and Pilsen. The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union (EU), NATO, the OECD, the United Nations, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe.

Slovenia republic in Central Europe

Slovenia, officially the Republic of Slovenia, is a country located in southern Central Europe at a crossroads of important European cultural and trade routes. It is bordered by Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Hungary to the northeast, Croatia to the southeast, and the Adriatic Sea to the southwest. It covers 20,273 square kilometers (7,827 sq mi) and has a population of 2.07 million. One of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia, Slovenia is a parliamentary republic and a member of the United Nations, of the European Union, and of NATO. The capital and largest city is Ljubljana.

Croatia Republic in Central Europe

Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia, is a country at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe, on the Adriatic Sea. It borders Slovenia to the northwest, Hungary to the northeast, Serbia to the east, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro to the southeast, sharing a maritime border with Italy. Its capital, Zagreb, forms one of the country's primary subdivisions, along with twenty counties. Croatia has an area of 56,594 square kilometres and a population of 4.28 million, most of whom are Roman Catholics.

Šárka Strachová and her brother Petr Záhrobský are the only skiers of the Ski Team Krkonoš. Their personal coach is their father Petr Záhrobský. The team has not had good relationships with the Czech Ski Association. The coach protested, especially after the association officials approved the rule that Czech skiers have to prefer their home competitions to the foreign ones, and refused to follow it, stating that Strachová needs better rivals to remain a premier international skier. Šárka Strachová also does not prepare with the rest of the Czech national team because her father believes it would disadvantage her career. [1] [2]

Petr Záhrobský Czech alpine skier and olympionic

Petr Záhrobský is an alpine skier from Czech Republic. He competed for Czech Republic at the 2002 Olympics, 2006 Olympics and the 2010 Olympics. His best result was 24th in the Super-G in the 2002 Olympics.

Both Šárka Strachová and her brother Petr race on Fischer skis.

On 28 March 2017 Strachová announced her retirement from professional skiing aged 32. [3]

Personal life

In 2013, she married her long-time boyfriend, Antonín Strach and became Šárka Strachová. [4] On 14 November 2017 Strachová announced her pregnancy. [5]

World Cup results

Season standings

SeasonAge Overall  Slalom Giant
2003 18531910
2004 19321060
2005 20421117
2006 2130104224
2007 229320456
2008 23165212931
2009 24122373711
2010 251854327
2011 263610
2012 277025
2013 285320
2014 2936139
2015 30174
2016 31205
2017 32177

Race podiums

2007 4 Jan 2007 Flag of Croatia.svg Zagreb, Croatia Slalom 3rd
7 Jan 2007 Flag of Slovenia.svg Kranjska Gora, SloveniaSlalom2nd
11 Mar 2007 Flag of Germany.svg Zwiesel, GermanySlalom2nd
2008 25 Nov 2007 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Panorama, CanadaSlalom2nd
14 Mar 2008 Flag of Italy.svg Bormio, ItalySlalom3rd
2009 30 Nov 2008 Flag of the United States.svg Aspen, USASlalom1st
4 Jan 2009 Flag of Croatia.svg Zagreb, CroatiaSlalom3rd
13 Mar 2009 Flag of Sweden.svg Åre, SwedenSlalom3rd
2010 29 Nov 2009 Flag of the United States.svg Aspen, USASlalom1st
2015 29 Dec 2014 Flag of Austria.svg Kühtai, AustriaSlalom2nd
22 Feb 2015 Flag of Slovenia.svg Maribor, SloveniaSlalom3rd
14 Mar 2015 Flag of Sweden.svg Åre, SwedenSlalom3rd
2016 29 Nov 2015 Flag of the United States.svg Aspen, USASlalom3rd
5 Jan 2016 Flag of Italy.svg Santa Caterina, ItalySlalom2nd
12 Jan 2016 Flag of Austria.svg Flachau, AustriaSlalom2nd
2017 3 Jan 2017 Flag of Croatia.svg Zagreb, CroatiaSlalom3rd
11 Mar 2017 Flag of the United States.svg Squaw Valley, USASlalom2nd

World Championship results

  Year   Age  Slalom  Giant 
2001 1621
2003 18DNF29
2005 203105
2007 22 1 12 4
2009 24 2 16 15 11
2011 26 12
2013 28 8 37
2015 30 3
2017 32 5

Olympic results Olympic rings.svg

  Year   Age  Slalom  Giant 
2006 21 13 DNF2 27 19
2010 25 3 DNS2 27 7
2014 29 10 DNF1 9

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