Eva Samková

Eva Samková (Czech pronunciation: [ˈɛva ˈsamkovaː]; born 28 April 1993) is a Czech snowboarder who is the 2014 Olympic champion in snowboard cross.[1] She was also the 2019 World Champion in the same discipline.

Eva Samková
Eva Samkova (cropped).jpg
Personal information
NationalityCzech
Born (1993-04-28) 28 April 1993 (age 28)
Vrchlabí, Czech Republic
Height1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb)
Websiteevasamkova.cz
Sport
CountryCzech Republic
SportSnowboarding
Event(s)Snowboard cross
ClubDukla Liberec
Coached byMarek Jelínek, Jakub Flejšar
Achievements and titles
World finalsGold medal with cup.svg Gold medal in Snowboard cross at Utah 2019
Olympic finalsGold medal with cup.svg Gold medal in Snowboard cross at Sochi 2014
Highest world rankingFIS Crystal Globe.svg 1st in Snowboard Cross World Cup (2017, 2019, 2021)

CareerEdit

Samková initially competed in freestyle snowboarding but after several injuries she began competing in snowboard cross in the 2008/2009 season. Her trainers are Marek Jelínek and Jakub Flejšar. Her signature in competitions is a moustache drawn on her upper lip.[2]

Samková won the Junior World Championship three times (2010, 2011, 2013) and the Czech national title in 2013.[3] She also won three races of the World Cup series (Blue Mountain and Montafon 2013, Vallnord-Arcalís 2014).[3] After skipping the 2011/2012 season due to knee injury,[4] she was placed 4th in the FIS Snowboard World Cup series in the 2012/2013 season[5] and in December 2013 she won the Winter Universiade.[6]

Samková took part in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where she won the Czech Republic's first gold medal of the games, in snowboard cross. Samková attracted additional comment because she participated in the quarter-final, semi-final and final races with a moustache drawn on her face, which she said was for luck.[7] In the same year Samková placed second at the Winter X Games in Aspen.[8]

At the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships 2019, Samková became world champion in Snowboard Cross, defeating Brit Charlotte Bankes in the final.[9] Two years later at the 2021 World Championships, Samková took bronze behind Bankes and Michela Moioli.[10]

Samková has her own show called Eva tropí hlouposti (Eva Fools Around)[11] named in reference to famous Czech comedy film by Martin Frič.

World Cup resultsEdit

All results are sourced from the International Ski Federation (FIS).[12]

Season titlesEdit

  • 3 titles – (3 snowboard cross)
 Season  Discipline
2017 Snowboard Cross
2019 Snowboard Cross
2021 Snowboard Cross

Season standingsEdit

 Season  Snowboard Cross
2011 7
2012 1
2013 1
2014 5
2015
2016 2
2017 1
2018 1
2019 1
2020 1
2021 1

Race podiumsEdit

  • 17 wins – (17 SBX)
  • 27 podiums – (27 SBX)
Season Date Location Discipline Place
2010–11 18 March 2011   Valmalenco, Italy  Snowboard Cross  2nd
2012–13 2 February 2013   Blue Mountain, Canada Snowboard Cross 1st
16 March 2013     Veysonnaz, Switzerland Snowboard Cross 3rd
2013–14 7 December 2013   Montafon, Austria Snowboard Cross 1st
12 January 2014   Vallnord-Arcalís, Andorra Snowboard Cross 1st
2015–16 23 January 2015   Feldberg, Germany Snowboard Cross 1st
21 February 2016   Sunny Valley, Russia Snowboard Cross 1st
27 February 2016   Bogwang, South Korea Snowboard Cross 3rd
5 March 2016     Veysonnaz, Switzerland Snowboard Cross 3rd
20 March 2016   Baqueira Beret, Spain Snowboard Cross 2nd
2016–17 21 January 2017   Solitude, USA Snowboard Cross 1st
4 February 2017   Bansko, Bulgaria Snowboard Cross 2nd
12 February 2017   Feldberg, Germany Snowboard Cross 1st
25 March 2017     Veysonnaz, Switzerland Snowboard Cross 2nd
2017–18 20 January 2018   Erzurum, Turkey Snowboard Cross 1st
3 March 2018   La Molina, Spain Snowboard Cross 1st
10 March 2018   Moscow, Russia Snowboard Cross 1st
2018–19 21 December 2018   Cervinia, Italy Snowboard Cross 2nd
22 December 2018   Cervinia, Italy Snowboard Cross 1st
9 February 2019    Feldberg, Germany Snowboard Cross 3rd
2 March 2019   Baqueira Beret, Spain Snowboard Cross 1st
16 March 2019     Veysonnaz, Switzerland Snowboard Cross 1st
2019–20 13 December 2019   Montafon, Austria Snowboard Cross 1st
2020–21 23 January 2021   Chiesa, Italy Snowboard Cross 3rd
24 January 2021   Chiesa, Italy Snowboard Cross 1st
4 March 2021   Bakuriani, Georgia Snowboard Cross 1st
20 March 2021     Veysonnaz, Switzerland Snowboard Cross 1st

Olympic resultsEdit

  Year   Snowboard Cross
  2014 Sochi 1
  2018 Pyeongchang 3

World Championships resultsEdit

  Year   Snowboard Cross
  2011 La Molina 5
  2013 Stoneham 7
  2015 Kreischberg 7
  2017 Sierra Nevada 12
  2019 Utah 1
  2021 Idre 3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jason Blevins (16 February 2014). "Eva Samkova of Czech Republic wins gold in women's snowboard cross at Sochi Olympics". The Denver Post. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Profil | Eva Samková – snowboardcross – SBX". Evasamkova.cz. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  3. ^ a b "SAMKOVA Eva – Biographie". Data.fis-ski.com. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Eva Samková – Aktuálně.cz". Sport.aktualne.centrum.cz. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Výsledky a ocenění | Eva Samková – snowboardcross – SBX". Evasamkova.cz. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Eva Samková potvrdila na zimní univerziádě roli hlavní favoritky". Sport.cz. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  7. ^ Chris Chase (16 February 2014). "Why was this female gold medalist sporting a painted mustache?". USA Today Sports. Retrieved 21 February 2014.
  8. ^ Mark Sandritter (24 January 2014). "Winter X Games 2014: Lindsey Jacobellis, Nate Holland win gold again". sbnation.com. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  9. ^ "Samkova, Dierdorff capture snowboardcross titles at worlds". AP. 2 February 2019. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Charlotte Bankes wins snowboard cross World Championship gold". BBC Sport. 11 February 2021. Retrieved 26 October 2021.
  11. ^ "VIDEO: Eva Samková předvádí, jak krásně může být pod hladinou". Lidové noviny. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  12. ^ "Eva Samkova". FIS-Ski. International Ski Federation. Retrieved 15 January 2017.

External linksEdit

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