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It is important to distinguish between an active sport – a sport, that a person exercises for health, fun and recreation – and a passive sport or TV-sports, that the people are talking about, but not necessarily do them.

Active Sports

In Summer, many people spend the warmest days near water. There are quite many natural and artificial lakes, that allow people to swim or sail a boat.

Slovakia is a mountainous country. Winter ski resorts are usually full of skiing people. Besides skiing, snowboarding is becoming more and more popular.

The tourist roads in the mountains are very well marked and hiking maps are available for each region. You can meet hikers in the woods of High Tatras, as well as around Bratislava in Small Carpathes (Malé Karpaty). Many of these roads are suitable for bikes too. Some roads are used by inline-skaters, but there is no real track network.

It is not always fun to do a sport alone. Sport games are more social, they make the people interract with each other. So what are the most popular games?

Football (European football, soccer in US, futbal in Slovak) is the most popular game in Slovakia. It is the cheapest collective game – only a relatively flat ground and a ball is needed to make almost any number of people (four up to twenty-two or more) enjoy the game. Almost every town and village has its own playground and a team that is playing in the regional league.

Ice-Hockey (ľadový hokej or simply hokej) is more expensive. However, all clubs have their youth teams to support young talents.

Other popular games are volleyball (volejbal), basketball (basketbal), tennis (tenis), handball (hádzaná) and for the wealthier also golf.

Games, that are very popular in other countries, such as baseball, rugby, softball or pétanque have only started their invasion of Slovak playgrounds. There are some organizations, that try to propagate the games and hold public tournaments, but only small percentage of Slovaks is playing these. Paintball is becoming more and more popular in Slovakia.

Passive Sports

The number one is ice-hockey. Since the team of Slovakia takes part at every World Championship and Olympics and has reached very good results (WCH: gold in 2002, silver in 2000 and bronze in 2003; OG: 5th in 2006, 4th in 2010), many people like to identify themselves with the team and become the greatest patriots, at least for the two weeks the championship lasts. ;) The results of the North-American NHL are also one of the most important news items, because there are quite many NHL-players from Slovakia.

Football is also very popular “passive” sport. The reason, that it is on the place two behind the ice-hockey is probably because the Slovak team does not perform on the international scene as well as the Ice-Hockey team.

Tennis, which probably seems to be too boring to be watched, can be attractive too. People also like to watch the Grand Prix of Formula 1, at least the most exciting first and final rounds.

Tennis

Men single
Karol Beck – highest ranking – 35.
Dominik Hrbatý – highest ranking – 12., titles – 6
Ján Krošlár – highest ranking – 53.
Karol Kučera – highest ranking – 6., titles – 6
Miloslav Měčíř – highest ranking – 4., titles – 11, Olympic gold medal (1988)

Women Single
Dominika Cibulková – highest ranking – 12., titles – 2
Karina Habšudová – highest ranking – 10., title – 1
Daniela Hantuchová – highest ranking – 5., title – 6
Janette Husárová – highest ranking – 31., title – 4
Ľubomíra Kurhajcová – highest ranking – 59., title – 4
Henrieta Nagyová – highest ranking – 21., title – 9
Martina Suchá – highest ranking – 37., title – 2

Canoe & Kayak

Michal Martikán
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 68 kg
Date of Birth: May 18, 1979
Nationality: Slovak
Birthplace: Liptovský Mikuláš
Club: KTK Liptovský Mikuláš – Dukla Banská Bystrica
Coach: Jozef Martikán
Occupation: Athlete
Achievements
Olympic Games:
Gold Medal: Atlanta 1996
Peking 2008
Silver Medal: Sydney 2000
Athens 2004
World Championships
Gold Medal: Bratislava 2010 (C-1 team)
2 x Tres Conoas 1997 (C-1, C-1 team)
Bourg St. Maurice 2002 (C-1)
2 x Augsburg 2003 (C-1, C-1 team)
Foz do Iguassu 2007 (C-1)
La Seu d’Urgell 2009 (C-1 team)
Silver Medal: Prague 2006 (C-1)
La Seu d’Urgell 2009 (C-1)
Bronze Medal: 2 x Nottingham 1995 (C-1, C-1 team)
La Seu d’Urgell 1999 (C-1)
Petrith 2005 (C-1)
European Championships
Gold Medal: Nottingham 2009 (C-1)
Roudnice nad Labem 1998 (C-1 team)
Mezzana 2000 (C-1 team)
Tacen 2005 (C-1 team)
Liptovský Mikuláš 2007 (C-1, C-1 team)
Krakow 2008 (C-1, C-1 team)
Silver Medal: Roudnice nad Labem 1998 (C-1)
Čunovo 2002 (C-1 team)
L´Argentiére la Bassé 2006 (C-1, C-1 team)

Michal Riszdorfer
Height: 177 cm
Weight: 78 kg
Date of Birth: May 26, 1977
Nationality: Slovak
Birthplace: Bratislava
Club: ŠKP Bratislava
Coach: Tibor Soos
Hobbies: Cinema, Nature
Occupation: Athlete
Achievements
Olympic Games
Silver Medal: Beijing 2008 (K-4 1000 m)
Bronze Medal: Athens 2004 (K-4 1000 m)
World Championships
Gold Medal: Szeged 1998 (K-2 500 m)
Milan 1999 (K-2 1000 m)
2 x Seville 2002 (K-4 500 m, K-4 1000 m)
2 x Gainesville 2003 (K-4 500 m, K-4 1000 m)
Szeged 2006 (K-4 500 m)
Duisburg 2007 (K-4 500 m)
Silver Medal: 2 x Zagreb 2005 (K-4 500 m, K-4 1000 m)
Dartmouth 2009 (K-4 200 m)
Bronze Medal: Poznan 2001 (K-4 500 m)
Duisburg 2007 (K-4 1000 m)
Dartmouth 2009 (K-4 1000 m)
European Championships
Gold Medal: 2 x Milan 2008 (K-4 500 m, K-4 1000 m)

Richard Riszdorfer
Height: 181 cm
Weight: 80 kg
Date of Birth: March 17, 1981
Nationality: Slovak
Birthplace: Komárno
Club: ŠKP Bratislava
Coach: Tibor Soos
Hobbies: Computers, hokey
Occupation: Athlete
Achievements
Olympic Games
Silver Medal: Beijing 2008 (K-4 1000 m)
Bronze Medal: Athens 2004 (K-4 1000 m)
World Championships
Gold Medal: 2 x Seville 2002 (K-4 500 m, K-4 1000 m)
2 x Gainesville 2003 (K-4 500 m, K-4 1000 m)
Szeged 2006 (K-4 500 m)
Duisburg 2007 (K-4 500 m)
Silver Medal: Zagreb 2005 (K-4 1000 m)
Dartmouth 2009 (K-4 200 m)
Bronze Medal: Poznan 2001 (K-4 500 m)
Duisburg 2007 (K-4 1000 m)
Dartmouth 2009 (K-4 1000 m)
European Championships
Gold Medal: 2 x Milan 2008 (K-4 500 m, K-4 1000 m)

Erik Vlček
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 84
Date of Birth: December 29, 1981
Nationality: Slovak
Birthplace: Komárno
Club: ŠKP Bratislava
Coach: Tibor Soos
Hobbies: Computers, cars
Occupation: Athlete
Achievements
Olympic Games
Silver Medal: Beijing 2008 (K-4 1000 m)
Bronze Medal: Athens 2004 (K-4 1000 m)
World Championships
Gold Medal: 2 x Seville 2002 (K-4 500 m, K-4 1000 m)
2 x Gainesville 2003 (K-4 500 m, K-4 1000 m)
Szeged 2006 (K-4 500 m)
Duisburg 2007 (K-4 500 m)
Silver Medal: Zagreb 2005 (K-4 1000 m)
Dartmouth 2009 (K-4 200 m)
Bronze Medal: Poznan 2001 (K-4 500 m)
Duisburg 2007 (K-4 1000 m)
Dartmouth 2009 (K-4 1000 m)
European Championships
Gold Medal: 2 x Milan 2008 (K-4 500 m, K-4 1000 m)

Juraj Bača
Height: 186 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Date of Birth: March 17, 1977
Nationality: Slovak
Birthplace: Komárno
Club: ŠKP Bratislava; finished carrier in 2005
Coach: Tibor Soos
Hobbies: Sport
Occupation: Athlete moderator
Achievements
Olympic Games
Bronze Medal: Athens 2004 (K-4 1000 m)
World Championships
Gold Medal: Szeged 1998 (K-2 500 m)
Milan 1999 (K-2 1000 m)
2 x Seville 2002 (K-4 500 m, K-4 1000 m)
2 x Gainesville 2003 (K-4 500 m, K-4 1000 m)
Bronze Medal: Poznan 2001 (K-4 500 m)

Juraj Tarr
Height:
Weight:
Date of Birth: February 18, 1979
Nationality: Slovak
Birthplace: Komárno
Club: ŠKP Bratislava
Coach: Tibor Soos
Hobbies: Computers, hokey
Occupation: Athlete
Achievements
Olympic Games
Silver Medal: Beijing 2008 (K-4 1000 m)
World Championships
Gold Medal: Duisburg 2007 (K-4 500 m)
Silver Medal: Zagreb 2005 (K-4 500 m)
Dartmouth 2009 (K-4 200 m)
Bronze Medal: Duisburg 2007 (K-4 1000 m)
Dartmouth 2009 (K-4 1000 m)

Peter Hochschorner
Height: 188 cm
Weight: 86 kg
Date of Birth: September 7, 1979
Age: 30
Nationality: Slovak
Birthplace: Bratislava
Club: ŠKP Bratislava
Coach: Peter Hochschorner
Occupation: Athlete
Achievements
Olympic Games
Gold Medal: Sydney 2000 (C-2)
Bronze Medal: London 2012 (C-2)
Athens 2004 (C-2)
Beijing 2008 (C-2)
World Championships
Gold Medal: Tacen 2010 (C-2)
Bratislava 2011 (C-2)
Bourg St.-Maurice 2002
Foz do Iguacu 2007 (C-2)
2 x La Seu d’Urgell 2009 (C-2, C-2 team)
Silver Medal: Bratislava 2011 (C-2 team)
Bronze Medal: Augsburg 2003 (C-2)
Prague 2006 (C-2)
European Championships
Gold Medal: La Seu d’Urgell 2011 (C-2)
Roudnice nad Labem 1998 (C-2)
Mezzana 2000 (C-2)
Čuňovo 2002 (C-2)
Krakow 2008 (C-2)
Silver Medal: Augsburg 2012 (C-2)
Roudnice nad Labem 1998 (C-2 team)
L´Argentiere 2006 (C-2)
Krakow 2008 (C-2 team)
Bronze Medal: La Seu d’Urgell 2011 (C-2 team)

Pavol Hochschorner
Height: 176 cm
Weight: 76 kg
Date of Birth: September 7, 1979
Nationality: Slovak
Birthplace: Bratislava
Club: ŠKP Bratislava
Coach: Peter Hochschorner
Occupation: Athlete
Achievements
Olympic Games
Gold Medal: Sydney 2000 (C-2)
Athens 2004 (C-2)
Beijing 2008 (C-2)
Bronze Medal: London 2012 (C-2)
World Championships
Gold Medal: Tacen 2010 (C-2)
Bratislava 2011 (C-2)
Bourg St.-Maurice 2002
Foz do Iguacu 2007 (C-2)
2 x La Seu d’Urgell 2009 (C-2, C-2 team)
Silver Medal: Bratislava 2011 (C-2 team)
Bronze Medal: Augsburg 2003 (C-2)
Prague 2006 (C-2)
European Championships
Gold Medal: Nottingham 2009 (C-2)
La Seu d’Urgell 2011 (C-2)
Roudnice nad Labem 1998 (C-2)
Mezzana 2000 (C-2)
Čuňovo 2002 (C-2)
Krakow 2008 (C-2)
Silver Medal: Augsburg 2012 (C-2)
Roudnice nad Labem 1998 (C-2 team)
L´Argentiere 2006 (C-2)
Krakow 2008 (C-2 team)
Bronze Medal: La Seu d’Urgell 2011 (C-2 team

Elena Kaliská
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 68 kg
Date of Birth: January 19, 1972
Nationality: Slovak
Birthplace: Zvolen
Club: KTK Liptovský Mikuláš
Coach: Peter Mráz
Occupation: Athlete
Achievements
Olympic Games
Gold Medal: Athens 2004 (K-1)
Beijing 2008 (K-1)
World Championships
Gold Medal: Nottingham 2009 (K-1)
Penrith 2005 (K-1)
Silver Medal: Nottingham 2009 (K-1 team)
Foz do Iguassu (K-1)
Bronze Medal: La Seu d’Urgell 2011 (K-1 team)
Augsburg 2012 ( K-1 team)
European Championships
Gold Medal: Roudnice nad Labem 1998 (K-1)
Čunovo 2002 (K-1)
Skopje 2004 (K-1)
Tacen 2005 (K-1)
L´Argentiére la Bessé 2006 (K-1)
L´Argentiére la Bessé 2006 (K-1 team)
Silver Medal: Skopje 2004 (K-1)
Liptovský Mikuláš 2007 (K-1 team)
Krakow 2008 (K-1 team)
Bronze Medal: Augsburg 1996 (K-1)

Swimming

Martina Moravcová
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 62 kg
Date of Birth: January 16, 1976
Nationality: Slovak
Birthplace: Piešťany
Coach: Steve Collins
Occupation: Athlete
Achievements
Olympic Games:
Silver Medal: 2 x Sydney 2000
World Championships
Gold Medal: 3 x Honk Kong 1999
Athens 2000
2 x Moscow 2002
Indianapolis 2004
Silver Medal: Rio de Janeiro 1995
Gutenberg 1997
2 x Perth 1998
2 x Athens 2000
Moscow 2002
Barcelona 2003
Bronze Medal: Rio de Janeiro 1995
Gutenberg 1997
Athens 2000
Barcelona 2003
Indianapolis 2004
Shanghai 2006
European Championships
Gold Medal: Rostock 1996
3 x Sheffield 1998
2 x Lisbon 1999
3 x Valencia 2000
Helsinki 2000
3 x Antwerp 2001
Berlin 2002
3 x Riesa 2003
Dublin 2003
Madrid 2004
2 x Vienna 2004
Terst 2005
Silver Medal: Sheffield 1993
Rostock 1996
3 x Seville 1997
Sheffield 1998
Lisbon 1999
Valencia 2000
2 x Helsinki 2000
Antwerp 2001
2 x Berlin 2002
Dublin 2003
Madrid 2004
Vienna 2004
Budapest 2006
Bronze Medal: Rostock 1996
Helsinki 2000

Ľuboš Križko
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 82 kg
Date of Birth: August 9, 1979
Nationality: Slovak
Birthplace: Trenčín
Club: Dukla Banská Bystrica
Coach: Jiří Walter
Occupation: Athlete
Achievements
Olympic Games
Peking 2004 – 27.
European Championships
Bronze Medal: Helsinki 2006
Eindhoven 2008
Rijeka 2008

Skiing

Alpine Skiing – Men
Jaroslav Babušiak
Height 178 cm
Weight 84 kg
Date of Birth September 6, 1984
Nationality Slovak
Birthplace Slovakia
Nickname Kelso. (fis-ski.com, 30 Jun 2009)
Club Ski Jasna Nizke Tatry: Slovakia
Coach Vincent Kekeli (SVK Media Guide 2010)
Hobbies Football, tennis, music and movies. (SVK Media Guide 2010)
Occupation Student
Achievements
Olympic Games
Vancouver 2010 – 37.
Torino 2006 – 24.
World Championships
Garmisch Partenkirchen 2011 – 19.
Åre 2009 – 40.
Val-d’Isère 2007 – 19.
Bormio 2005 – 32.
Alpine Skiing – Women

Veronika Zuzulová
Height 172 cm (5′ 7″)
Weight 72 kg (159 lbs)
Date of Birth July 15, 1984
Nationality Slovak
Birthplace Bratislava
Nickname Roza. (fis-ski.com, 30 Jun 2009)
Club Army Sports Center Dukla Banska Bystrica: Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
Coach Timotej Zuzula [father] (zuzulova.com, 30 Jun 2009)
Hobbies Reading, relaxing, spending time with friends, windsurfing, shopping, travelling and playing tennis. (zuzulova.com, 30 Jun 2009; osobnosti.sk, 30 Jun 2009; salomonracing.com, 30 Jun 2009)
Occupation Student

Achievements
World Championships (Slalom)
Gold Medal: Semmering 2013
Silver Medal: Åre 2012
Zwiesel 2011
Špindlerův Mlýn 2008
Maribor 2008
Bormio 2008
Bronze Medal: Kranjska Gora 2012
Lenzerheide 2011
Zwiesel 2004
Kranjska Gora 2007
Sierra Nevada 2007
Lenzerheide 2007
Zagreb 2008

Jana Gantnerová
Height 165 cm (5′ 4″)
Weight 65 kg (143 lbs)
Date of Birth July 15, 1989
Nationality Slovak
Birthplace Kežmarok
Club SK Zelené Pleso: Slovakia
Coach Juraj Gantner (SVK Media Guide 2010)
Hobbies Rap music, reading and watching romantic films. (SVK Media Guide 2010)
Education Business – University of Economics: Bratislava, Slovakia

Cross-Country Skiing – Men
Martin Bajčičák
Height 169 cm (5′ 6″)
Weight 70 kg (154 lbs)
Date of Birth June 12, 1976
Nationality Slovak
Birthplace Dolný Kubín
Club SKP Strbske Pleso: Štrbské Pleso, Slovakia
Coach Peter Barton (bajcicak.sk, 15 Apr 2009)
Hobbies Other sport and listening to music. (bajcicak.sk, 15 Apr 2009)
Occupation Athlete, Coach
Education Physical Education – Comenius University: Bratislava, Slovakia

Achievements
Olympic Games
Nagano 1998 – 18.
Salt Lake City 2002 – 12.
Torino 2006 – 2 x 8.
World Championships
Sapporo 2007 – 6.

Ivan Báthory
Height 188 cm (6′ 2″)
Weight 82 kg (181 lbs)
Date of Birth May 3, 1975
Nationality Slovak
Birthplace Slovakia
Club SKP Strbske Pleso: Štrbské Pleso, Slovakia
Coach Peter Barton (tramtaria.com, 15 Apr 2009)
Hobbies Listening to music and mountainbiking. (FIS, 15 Apr 2009)
Other Sports He has competed in biathlon and mountain running and was the 1996 Slovakian biathlon champion. (Slovak Ski Association, 21 Dec 2005)
Occupation Athlete

Achievements
Olympic Games
Nagano 1998 – 19.
Salt Lake City 2002 – 21.
Torino 2006 – 8.

Michal Malák
Height 178 cm (5′ 10″)
Weight 70 kg (154 lbs)
Date of Birth August 25, 1980
Nationality Slovak
Birthplace Poprad
Club ŠKP Štrbské Pleso: Štrbské Pleso, Slovakia
Coach Peter Barton (SVK Media Guide 2010)
Hobbies Extreme sports. (SVK Media Guide 2010)
Other Sports Prior to 2003 he competed in mountain running. (SVK Media Guide 2010)
Achievements
Olympic Games
Torino 2006 – 47.

Peter Mlynár
Height 186 cm (6′ 1″)
Weight 80 kg (176 lbs)
Date of Birth March 1, 1988
Nationality Slovak
Birthplace Slovakia
Club SKP Strbske Pleso: Štrbské Pleso, Slovakia
Coach Peter Barton (SVK Media Guide 2010)

Cross-Country Skiing – Women
Alena Procházková
Height 171 cm (5′ 7″)
Weight 57 kg (126 lbs)
Date of Birth August 9, 1984
Nationality Slovak
Birthplace Banská Bystrica
Club LK Slavia UMB: Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
Coach Jan Valuska (SVK Media Guide 2010)
Hobbies Cycling and swimming. (Fischer, 09 Jan 2009)

Achievements
World Cup
Gold Medal: Whistler 2009
Silver Medal: Trondheim 2009
Bronze Medal: Kuusamo 2007
World Championship
Sapporo 2007 – 13.

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