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 http://www.paralympic.org/alpine-skiing , 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.”