Compact archive January 15, 2007

Yellow Spa opens a skating ring

O2 Yellow Spa (O2 Zlute lazne) started its winter season last Saturday. Visitors can enjoy ice-skating on a special skating ring, buy sport equipments in the local bazaar and or have a drink in the Blue cafe.

The ring is open every day in several blocks: 11:00 – 11:30, 12:00 – 14:00, 16:00 – 18:00. For two hours of skating you have to pay 50 CZK. For the whole day 100 CZK. Skates can be borrowed there for 100 CZK.

You can also hire the whole ring for yourself for 1200 CZK/hour. The ring can be reserved individually only at the times: 7:00 – 10:00, 14:00 – 16:00, and 18:00 – 22:00.

How to get there? You can take metro, get off at Palackeho namesti (metro station Karlovo namesti) and then continue by trams 3, 16, 17, 21, 52 (stop Dvorce). Or take bus 118, 124 from Budejovicka station to the terminus Dvorce.

Night of open churches in Prague

Christian Churches plan to open several churches to the public on 22nd January during the action called The Night Of Open Churches (Noc otevrenych kostelu). People can visit the churches from the afternoon until late at night and join many activities for children and adults, as well as attend concerts there.

This action will take place for the first time in Prague. The organizers were inspired by similar activities in West Europe. If the action is successfull, they plan to organize it every year. One of the the aim of this action is to introduce new members of the European Union.

Among the churches, that are included in the programme, are St Nicholas Church in Old Town Square, Salvator Church in Salvatorska street, the refectory of Dominican monastery in Jilska street, and The Brethren Evangelical Free Church in Soukenicka street.

Conductors in night trams from tomorrow

The night from 16th to 17th January is the first night when conductors appear in Prague’s night trams. The conductors can be recognized by black uniforms.

Night trams run in Prague in nine lines. The most critical lines are 54, 58, and 59. The conductors will watch closely especially trams going to Andel, Lazarska street and Main Station (Hlavni nadrazi). Their shift will start about 0:30 and finish at 6:00.

From tomorrow 30 conductors will guard in some of the 60 trams running at night. In three months their number will increase five times. Prague Public Transit Company hopes that this action will improve the quality and safety in trams at night.

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Neumannova is the best Czech sport person

Katerina Neumannova, a cross-country skier, is the best sportperson of the year 2006. That is the opinion of Czech journalists who chose her in the annual poll Sportovec roku. Neumannova was given a golden crown at a special award ceremony in Prague last night.

Neumannova won an Olympic gold medal in the 30-kilometer cross country race in Turin. She announced that this is her last season as a professional skier.

Second position belongs to ice-hockey player Jaromir Jagr, who won this poll last year. Third position belongs to Lukas Bauer, a cross-country skier and an Olympic silver medallist. Among the first ten people were also Tomas Sebrle (athletics), Jakub Janda (ski jumping), Petr Cech (football), Barbora Spotakova (athletics), Martina Sablikova (speed skating), Tomas Rosicky (football) and Tomas Janku (athletics).

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova was given Emil Zatopek Award for Sport Legend. Czech ice-hockey team was awarded the best sport team.

Martina Sablikova won the European Speed Skating Championship

Martina Sablikova is the first Czech woman in history who won the European Speed Skating Championship. It took place at the Collalbo outdoor artificial track. She won two out of four races, finally gaining 162,954 points, which is the world’s record.

Sablikova (19) became the youngest European champion in speed skating. She set new world’s records in 3,000 with 4 minutes 3.52 seconds and in 5,000 with 6 minutes 58.45 seconds.

“I didn’t expect that,” said overwhelmed Sablikova after the competition. Now Sablikova with her coach Petr Novak will train for the Speed Skating World Cup 2007 in the Netherlands.