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Kateřina Neumannová

Full name: Kateřina Neumannová
Gender: Female
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight: 148 lbs (67 kg)
Born: February 15, 1973 in Písek, Jihočeský kraj, Czech Republic
Country: TCH Czechoslovakia, CZE Czech Republic
Sport: Cross Country Skiing, Cycling

Medals: 1 Gold, 4 Silver, 1 Bronze (6 Total)

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 Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Winter 18 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Women's 5 kilometres Czechoslovakia TCH 13
1992 Winter 18 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Women's 15 kilometres Czechoslovakia TCH 14
1992 Winter 18 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Women's 5/10 kilometres Pursuit Czechoslovakia TCH 22
1992 Winter 18 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Czechoslovakia TCH 6
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Women's 5 kilometres Czech Republic CZE 8
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Women's 15 kilometres Czech Republic CZE 14T
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Women's 5/10 kilometres Pursuit Czech Republic CZE 6
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Czech Republic CZE 9
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Cycling Women's Mountainbike, Cross-Country Czech Republic CZE 18
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Women's 5 kilometres Czech Republic CZE 2 Silver
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Women's 15 kilometres Czech Republic CZE 9
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Women's 5/10 kilometres Pursuit Czech Republic CZE 3 Bronze
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Czech Republic CZE 6
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Women's Sprint Czech Republic CZE 13
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Women's 15 kilometres Czech Republic CZE 2 Silver
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Women's 5/5 kilometres Pursuit Czech Republic CZE 2 Silver
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Czech Republic CZE 4
2006 Winter 32 Torino Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Czech Republic CZE 5
2006 Winter 32 Torino Cross Country Skiing Women's 30 kilometres Czech Republic CZE 1 Gold
2006 Winter 32 Torino Cross Country Skiing Women's 15 km Skiathlon Czech Republic CZE 2 Silver
2006 Winter 32 Torino Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Czech Republic CZE 6

Women's Sprint

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Czech Republic Quarter-Finals Heat 1 4 3:18.9
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Czech Republic Qualifying Round 1 Q 3:12.76

Women's 5 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1992 Winter 18 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Czechoslovakia Final Standings 13 14:59.1 5:55.3 8
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Czech Republic Final Standings 8 14:49.6 6:01.4 6
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Czech Republic Final Standings 2 17:42.7 6:09.3 1

Women's 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
2006 Winter 32 Torino Cross Country Skiing Czech Republic Final Standings 5 28:22.2 6:55.2 3 16:56.4 5 25:23.7 2

Women's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1992 Winter 18 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Czechoslovakia Final Standings 14 45:28.6 5:53.9 =10 23:41.3 7
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Czech Republic Final Standings 14T 43:25.1 5:06.5 8 24:01.6 13
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Czech Republic Final Standings 9 49:01.9 5:51.5 6 27:39.5 7
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Czech Republic Final Standings 2 40:01.3 5:41.7 2 20:11.5 3 31:10.9 4

Women's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
2006 Winter 32 Torino Cross Country Skiing Czech Republic Final Standings 1 1-22:25.4 26:51.7 3 54:51.5 3

Women's 5/5 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T SB RT RR
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Czech Republic 5 kilometres, Classical 6 Q 13:27.6
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Czech Republic 5 kilometres, Freestyle 2 12:11.8 +0:28 11:43.0 3

Women's 15 km Skiathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T CT CR PST PSR FT FLR
2006 Winter 32 Torino Cross Country Skiing Czech Republic Final Standings 2 42:50.6 20:25.6 3 33.0 8 21:51.9 2

Women's 5/10 kilometres Pursuit

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T SB RT RR
1992 Winter 18 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Czechoslovakia Final Standings 22 28:56.5 +0:45 28:11.5 28
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Czech Republic Final Standings 6 28:41.8 +0:41 28:00.8 6
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Czech Republic Final Standings 3 28:37.2 +0:05 28:32.2 6

Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1992 Winter 18 Albertville Cross Country Skiing Czechoslovakia TCH Final Standings 6 15:13.0 30:47.8 3
1994 Winter 20 Lillehammer Cross Country Skiing Czech Republic CZE Final Standings 9 14:08.0 46:52.6 7
1998 Winter 24 Nagano Cross Country Skiing Czech Republic CZE Final Standings 6 14:04.2 29:02.5 5
2002 Winter 28 Salt Lake City Cross Country Skiing Czech Republic CZE Final Standings 4 11:26.4 38:24.6 4
2006 Winter 32 Torino Cross Country Skiing Czech Republic CZE Final Standings 6 12:45.9 55:46.3 6

Women's Mountainbike, Cross-Country

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank M
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Cycling Czech Republic Final Standings 18 at 13:12