Czech Republic: Eight facts on the Sochi 2014 Paralympics

Traditionally strong in skiing, the Czech Republic’s strongest medal chances are in ice sledge hockey at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games

 Anna Kuliskova of the Czech Republic Anna Kuliskova won the Czech Republic's only medal at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games © • Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

• Czech athles have won five gold medals and 15 total medals at the Paralympic Winter Games as an independent NPC.

• All five gold medals and seven of the total medals were won by alpine skiing star Katerina Tepla at the 1998 and 2002 Paralympic Winter Games.

• All 15 of the Czech Republic's Paralympic Winter Games medals have come in alpine skiing. Cross-country skiing and ice sledge hockey are the other sports in which the Czech Republic has been a medal contender.

• The Czech Republic won at least one medal at all five Paralympic Winter Games in which it has participated (1994-2010), with a best haul of seven medals in 1998.

• At the 2010 Games, the Czech Republic's only medal was a bronze won by Anna Kuliskova in the women’s super-G visually impaired race.

• The Czech ice sledge hockey team finished fourth at the last two World Championships A-pool (2012 and 2013) and should contend for a medal in Sochi.

• Before the creation of the Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia won three gold medals and 10 total medals at the Paralympic Winter Games from 1976-1992. All three gold medals were won by Eva Lemezova in alpine skiing races in 1976.

• At the Paralympic Games, the Czech Republic have won 40 gold medals and 122 total medals in the five editions in which it has participated (1996-2012).

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Athletes:

Alpine skiing

Patrik HETMER, Facebook

Oldrich JELINEK

Stanislav LOSKA

Snowboard

Tomas VAVERKA

Ice Sledge Hockey

Jiri BERGER

Erik FOJTIK

Michal GEIER

Zdenek HABL

Miroslav HRBEK

Libor HULIN

Zdenek KRUPICKA

Pavel KUBES

Tomas KVOCH

David MOTYCKA

David PALAT

Jiri RAUL

Zdenek SAFRANEK

Michal VAPENKA, Twitter: @MichalVpenka