Athlete in focus: Alena Prochazkova
FIS Cross-Country News brings you portraits of some of the best Cross-Country Skiers. This time Slovakian skier Alena Prochazkova is in focus.
• Age: 09.08.1984
• Birthplace: Banska Bystrica, SVK
• Residence: Banska Bystrica, SVK
• Coach: Jan Valuska, SVK
Alena Prochazkova is the most famous female Cross-Country athlete in Slovakia. She started her sports career in another sport, because her father wanted to have a competitive cyclist at home. When she went to her Cross-Country club in Banska Bystrica for the first time, she became highly interested in Cross-Country Skiing. Alena met her first coach Jan Valuska, who built her up to a top Cross-Country skier. She started her international career in 2002 in Schonach at the FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships. The young athlete from Slovakia took part in her first FIS Nordic World Ski Championships already in 2003 and her Olympic debut was in 2006. A year later, in Sapporo 2007, she made her first top ten rank at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships with 7th place in team sprint, and won the U23 World Ski Championship title in sprint in Tarvisio. At the beginning of 2007/08 she stepped on the World Cup podium for the first time with a third place in Kuusamo. Her biggest success was the World Cup victory in classical technique sprint which she won in January 2009 in Whistler. Last season at Oslo 2011, Prochazkova went to the final in sprint and finished 6th.
Alena Prochazkova has a Master degree in college education from Matej Bel University, Faculty of Humanities and is employed as Sport Instructor in the National Sport Center Bratislava. During the Cross-Country season her father Benedikt helps her as team support in the technicial service.
Alena Prochazkova enjoys skiing and trains with enthusiasm: “I am thinking that we sometimes do miracles with our results in the Cross-Country World Cup, compared with the budget and support of the other teams. We are a very small family team but we have a big Cross-Country skiing heart!”
The likable Slovakian skier prefers training at home in Kremnica-Skalka, and abroad in Muonio, Ramsau, and Livigno while her favourite holiday destination is Croatia.