If you believe in numerology and you happen to know people who are born on the 11th, here is what you should know about them. They possess great determination, are very inspiring, they are born-leaders and have the qualities of visionaries being able to excite others with their ideas for a better world. Well, the next series of interviews with Šárka Strachová reconfirm what makes her such a loving, inspiring and true Olympic champion. Here is Šárka's memory of how it felt to win for her country!
WINNING AN OLYMPIC MEDAL
Šárka Strachová participated in three Olympic Games during her career, 2006 in Turin, Italy, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada and 2014 in Sochi. She only had one chance every four years to prove herself, which she did in 2010, winning a bronze medal in Slalom, the first winter Olympic medal in slalom for the Czech Republic and the second ever winter Olympic medal for her country alongside Olga Charvátová, who won a bronze medal in Sarajevo in 1984 in the downhill event.
WINNING FOR HER COUNTRY, THE CZEH REPUBLIC
Being a flag bearer for your country in the Olympic Games is one of the biggest honours for an athlete. Due to her outstanding result in 2010 in Vancouver, Šárka Strachová was designated as flag bearer in Sochi, four years later. Please watch the next video and judge for yourselves how winning for your country feel like.
TRAINING HARD FOR ALPINE SKIING
They may try other sports while training, but the main discipline is the most important, so for a winter athlete, it is imperative to find the best places across the globe to practice. For Šárka Strachová, the winter season used to be a long one, not just because in Europe you can find great locations to train for a few good months of the year, but also because even if the winter ends in one part of the world, it always starts in another. For a normal person, this may be just an excuse to travel, but for an athlete it is a must!
DEALING WITH MEDICAL SETBACKS
After she won the bronze medal in the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, Šárka had to face a big challenge two years later, a benign brain tumor which she fully recovered from and she was back on the ski slopes for the 2012/2013 season. This may be a major setback for many and especially for an athlete, but Šárka found the strength to overcome this moment and continue competing and winning medals, not letting anyone or anything dictate her retirement age.
Author: Delia Dobritoiu