Latest News

Czech skiers Patrik Hetmer, Miroslavem Máčalou and Miroslav Lidinský ready for IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships

Flag of the Czech Republic. Flag of the Czech Republic.
Visually impaired skier and guide going down a moutain

Photo of Patrik Hetmer and Miroslav Lidinský. Image credit: Andrea Carloni (Facebook profile Patrick Hetmer)/ Český paralympijský výbor

With the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships scheduled to get underway later today in Panorama, British Colombia, the Czech Republic’s Patrik Hetmer, Miroslavem Máčalou and Miroslav Lidinský are prepared. Oldřich Jelínek was originally supposed to be part of the team, but a shoulder injury requiring surgery has kept him out of the competition.



Two days on Facebook, Hetmer wrote, “Good morning to the Czech Republic from Canada! The journey was long, but we are here with good team spirit. We have passed the first official training run, it was snowing, the track is good and long.”  Yesterday, he said, “We have significantly improve our speed compared to yesterday. Now we will have our first start at the World Championships, downhill starts at 11 am local time, which is seven in the evening at home. You can watch on , Cheer Number 24! Thanks for your support everyone.”


Visually impaired Hetmer is skiing with guide Miroslavem Máčalou.  The pair competed at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, where they had a best finish of seventh in the combined event, with an eighth place finish in the slalom event.


Lidinský is newer to the Czech team, and did not compete at last year’s Paralympic Games.  He is scheduled to compete in the men’s standing downhill events.


Jelínek was a member of the Czech team at last year’s Paralympic Games, but had a DNF in every event he competed at.  At the last World Championships, he had a sixteenth place in the men’s sitting Super-G.  He was quoted Český paralympijský výbor by as saying, “At the moment, I am in a state where I am in rehabilitation and am gradually trying to warm-up my shoulder, but unfortunately everything is going slower than I anticipated, and this racing season is already lost. I can not even predict when I will be able to active movement. I hope you still in April or May glacier skiing for a bit, I have a little better mood.”

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.


%d bloggers like this: