This story began exactly 4 years and 1 day ago. Whoever experienced World Championships in his own country knows it is the most emotional competing ever. And I mean especially a relay race where the home team shares „magic“ atmosphere with all friends, spectators, organizers and volunteers. That day from WOC 2008 stays in my memory the most. We finished 4th 20 seconds behind Switzerland. Exciting experience with a little bit sad end. Our desire starts to grow up.
WOC 2008 – Czech Republic: So close so far.
WOC 2009 – Hungary: The battle finished before finish line…
WOC2010 – Norway: Extremly tight race again. 5th position.
WOC2011 – France: In wonderful terrain we were stopped by tricky control in a pit in the end of the course. 1st leg 3 minute mistake, 2nd leg 4 minutes…
Hunger becomes bigger and bigger. Other teams inspired us – British winners from 2008 or French team who starts to dominate in this century.
But the time went against us. Michal Smola finished his career and I considered it too. I focused on my study and a new job. But after wintertime I found new energy for running and hoped to be qualified for WOC again. Although my results were up and down, I got a trust to represent Czech relay team. Desire came back.
Hungry wolves stood on the starting line and did not want to wait another long year. The rest you know. We cried for joy together with our friends and supporters.
WOC 2012 – Thank you everybody who kept fingers crossed
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