Spectator.sme.sk - The Slovak Spectatorhttps://spectator.sme.sk/rssSlovakia's English-language newspaper covering politics, business, culture, sport and opinion -- with real time news updates.rss_contact_emailskSlovak biathletes surprise in women’s relayThough they were not considered favourites, Slovak biathletes fought bravely for medal positions but ended fifth.Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:33:33 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766779/slovak-biathletes-surprise-in-womens-relay.htmlSkier Vlhová missed the medal by 0.65 secondsShe competed in the Alpine Combined Slalom for the first time.Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:07:33 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766379/skier-vlhova-missed-the-medal-by-0-65-seconds.htmlBratislava ice stadium will require €2 millionAt the same time, its tenant, ice hockey club Slovan, owes some €1 million in rent.Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:36:13 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20766057/bratislava-ice-stadium-will-require-2-million.htmlSlovak mixed relay was withdrawn from competitionPaulína Fialková botched the shooting, thus thwarting the hopes of the Slovak Olympic mixed team of biathletes.Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:03:05 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20765063/slovak-mixed-relay-was-withdrawn-from-competition.htmlSlovak ice hockey team goes homeThe United States defeated their rivals from Slovakia for the second time, ending their performance at the Olympics.Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:24:26 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20764716/slovak-ice-hockey-team-goes-home.htmlPyeongChang is Kuzmina's last OlympicsShe has no plans for the Olympics in Beijing but she may compete in Tokyo.Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:19:43 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20764247/husband-coach-talks-about-plans-of-the-most-successful-slovak-athlete-in-peyongchang.htmlSlovakia ends last in its preliminary groupSlovenia defeated the Slovak team on shootouts.Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:44:03 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20763014/slovakia-ends-last-in-its-preliminary-group.htmlUPDATED: Slovakia’s Kuzmina wins Olympic goldThe Slovak biathlete dominates the 12.5km race at this year’s Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang.Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:06:40 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20762999/kuzmina-dominates-the-12-5km-race.htmlSlovakia loses its second Olympics matchThe chances of advancing to the next round are still open.Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:34:01 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20762049/slovakia-loses-its-second-olympics-match.htmlAnother silver for KuzminaSlovak biathletes competed in PyeongChang today: The best Slovak female biathlete, Anastasiya Kuzmina, confirmed her good shape. Paulína Fialková finished fifth.Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:46:35 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20761349/another-silver-for-kuzmina.htmlSlovakia surprisingly wins over the match favouriteThe national ice hockey team wins its first Olympic Games match.Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:30:31 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20760736/slovakia-surprisingly-wins-over-the-match-favourite.htmlSlovakia gets its first medal at winter Olympics: biathlete Kuzmina wins silverAfter a disappointing start on February 10, Anastasiya Kuzmina won silver in an exciting pursuit race.Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:14:55 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20758977/slovakia-gets-its-first-medal-at-winter-olympics-biathlete-kuzminova-wins-silver.htmlBratislava will get a world-class water sports resortThe course was built dozens of years ago and it is necessary to finish the surrounding facilitiesFri, 09 Feb 2018 12:15:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20756644/bratislava-will-get-a-world-class-water-sports-resort.htmlPyeongChang: Slovaks have high hopes for their athletesSlovakia can expect medals in biathlon, alpine skiing and snowboarding.Tue, 06 Feb 2018 11:39:20 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20754317/pyeongchang-slovaks-have-high-hopes-for-their-athletes.htmlSlovak Olympians promise to compete towards the glory and fame of SlovakiaSlovak Olympians take historical oath before President Kiska.Tue, 30 Jan 2018 22:54:06 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20750115/we-will-compete-towards-the-glory-and-fame-of-the-slovak-republic-in-the-spirit-of-morality-and-without-doping-or-drugs.htmlSlovak skier Vlhová became a star of World Cup Slalom in SwitzerlandPetra Vlhová notched her fourth win in her career and her second in the season.Mon, 29 Jan 2018 13:23:33 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20748745/slovak-skier-vlhova-wins-the-world-cup-slalom-in-switzerland.htmlPope did not christen Sagan’s sonBut the Slovak cycling champion gave him a special bike and a rainbow jersey.Wed, 24 Jan 2018 21:58:03 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20745665/pope-did-not-christen-sagans-son.htmlSlovak racer Svitko finished at DakarAfter a serious fall in the tenth leg, Slovak motorcyclist Štefan Svitko resigned from the 40th year of the Dakar Rally due to pain in his upper body.Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:05:42 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20740005/slovak-racer-svitko-finished-at-dakar.htmlSagan starts the season off well, winning the People’s Choice ClassicThe Slovak cyclist is the first foreign racer to win this event since 2015.Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:46:22 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20738098/sagan-starts-the-season-off-well-winning-the-peoples-choice-classic.htmlSagan’s son may be baptised by the PopeThe Slovak cyclist is expected to meet with Pope Francis in a private audience. He will gift a bicycle.Wed, 10 Jan 2018 23:41:18 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20735180/sagans-son-may-be-baptised-by-the-pope.htmlUEFA included two Slovaks among biggest talents for 2018The international football association put two Slovaks on the list of most promising talents for 2018, which is a huge honour.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 13:55:41 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20733875/uefa-included-two-slovaks-among-biggest-talents-for-2018.htmlSlovak biathlete ranks first with a big leadAnastasiya Kuzmina has great form prior to the Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang.Thu, 04 Jan 2018 21:03:06 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20731293/slovak-biathlete-ranks-first-with-a-big-lead.htmlSlovak footballer Škriniar named one of the best players of the seasonHe is described as “a strong tackler who is quick to make clearances”.Wed, 03 Jan 2018 22:10:13 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20730591/slovak-footballer-skriniar-named-one-of-the-best-players-of-the-season.htmlSlovak Olympic medal winner is innocentRace walker Matej Tóth wants more rights for athletesWed, 27 Dec 2017 18:00:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20726830/slovak-olympic-medal-winner-is-innocent.htmlKuzmina has no competitors on the track, living out a fantasyAnastasia Kuzmina is currently the leader of the female Biathlon World Cup.Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:04:49 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20722499/kuzmina-has-no-competitors-on-the-track-living-out-a-fantasy.htmlHamšík matches Maradona recordThe goal by the Slovak star helped his SSC Napoli team to win over Inter Milan.Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:30:00 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20721517/hamsik-matches-maradona-record.htmlSagan shows impressive core exercisesThe three-time world champion will start the new season in a month's time in Australia.Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:40:07 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20719303/sagan-shows-impressive-core-exercises.htmlSlovak floorball team was a positive surprise at World ChampionshipThe host team only lost once.Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:56:09 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20716256/slovak-floorball-team-finishes-fifth-at-world-championship.htmlSlovak floorball players lose to FinlandThey are now in a contest for the 5th-8th places.Thu, 07 Dec 2017 23:23:26 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20713806/slovak-floorball-players-lose-to-finland.htmlSlovak floorball players continue to ride their wave of successThey defeated the Germans and advanced to the quarterfinals.Tue, 05 Dec 2017 23:15:07 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20712042/slovak-floorball-players-continue-to-ride-their-wave-of-success.htmlSagan’s crash with Cavendish during Tour de France was unintentionalNew evidence, including video-recordings, supports Slovak cyclist’s version.Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:26:54 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20711471/sagans-crash-with-cavendish-during-the-tour-was-unintentional-cycling-association-acknowledgesd.htmlFemale Slovak floorball team crushes rivals with two-digit victoriesAt the first floorball world championship, Slovak female players are doing even better than expected, beating all other teams in their preliminary group.Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:36:06 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20710632/female-slovak-floorball-team-crushes-rivals-with-two-digit-victories.htmlOur asset: the coachSlovakia hosts women’s world floorball championships, for the first time.Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:53:10 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20707809/slovakia-hosts-womens-world-floorball-championships.htmlNational Football stadium has a blind spotPart of the grandstand next to the VIP lounges will have permanently vacant seatsTue, 28 Nov 2017 22:16:56 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20706228/national-football-stadium-has-a-blind-spot.htmlThe Slovak Davis Cup team has a new captainDominik Hrbatý, who is replacing Miloslav Mečíř (due to his health problems), smoothly beat Karol Kučera.Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:57:15 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20705769/hrbaty-is-the-new-captain-of-the-slovak-davis-cup-team.htmlVlhová contested a hat-trick but stayed behind ShiffrinSlovak skier: To beat Shiffrin, I needed two good rounds but I failed to do so.Mon, 27 Nov 2017 13:52:32 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20705029/vlhova-contested-a-hat-trick-but-stayed-behind-shiffrin.htmlSlovak hockey league will not rest during OlympicsUnlike the Slovak premiere hockey league, Swiss, German and Russian leagues will take a break during the 2018 Winter Olympics.Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:28:39 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20702031/slovak-hockey-league-will-not-rest-during-olympics.htmlFifty Shades of Grey: Slovakia's Olympic outfits will not stray from traditionThe official outfit for Slovak athletes at the PyeongChang Olympic Games has been presented; the Slovak Olympic Committee (SOV) is not satisfied.Tue, 21 Nov 2017 13:43:04 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20700798/fifty-shades-of-grey-slovakias-olympic-outfits-will-not-stray-from-tradition.htmlSlovaks ended the year with a victoryThe Tuesday friendly match in Trnava meant a farewell to Slovak centre-back, Ján Ďurica, who ended his national team career with his 91st match.Tue, 14 Nov 2017 23:50:01 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20696409/slovaks-ended-the-year-with-a-victory.htmlIce-hockey stadium revamp requires €5 millionAdjustments are required by the International Ice Hockey Federation who changed the criteria for holding world championship matchesMon, 13 Nov 2017 22:11:27 +0100https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20694363/ice-hockey-stadium-revamp-requires-5-million.html