Slovakia wins first-ever Winter Games medal

SLOVAK snowboarder Radoslav Židek won Slovakia's first-ever medal at a Winter Games on February 17, taking the silver in the men's snowboard race at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

Židek, 24, from Žilina, was beaten by a fraction of a second by favoured Seth Wescott (USA) in the four-man race. The bronze medal went to Paul Henri Delerue from France, the TASR news wire reported.

"After the first qualifying round, I was perhaps the biggest outsider. However, when it warmed up a little before the second round, we changed the wax on the board and it helped. In the final I went flat out. However, Wescott waited patiently for the mistake I made at the end of the race," Židek said shortly after the final round.

"I can't believe this success. Slovakia's historic first medal!"

Compiled by Beata Balogova from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Top stories

A sad anniversary: The High Tatras turned into a moonscape 15 years ago

A strong windstorm damaged vast forests in 2004, leaving two people dead.

Slovakia was hit by a strong windstorm on November 19, 2004, causing massive damage to nature and people

Blog: 30 years after the Velvet Revolution, we still haven't found the Slovak original

November 17, 1989 was all about giving another chance to dreams stolen in 1948 and 1968.

Illustrative stock photo

Where the rules of the outside world do not apply

Volunteer-run Bystro has flourished thanks to its philosophy of de-growth.

Nicolas Giroux (L) and the "food savers" of Bystro.

What the president said about the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution

Someone attempted to shake the foundations and we are still able to argue about ornaments. Read the whole speech of President Zuzana Čaputová.

President Zuzana Čaputová attended the official ceremony of naming the square.