Who is Martina Sablikova?
Martina Sablikova was born in 1987. She is a Czech speed skater who specializes in long distance races. Sablikova is an Olympic gold medal winner and a multiple European and World allround champion. She was the first Czech to win two Olympic gold medals at one Winter Games in the 2010 Olympiad. Sablikova competes in inline speed skating and road cycling races as a part of her summer preparation for the skating season when she is not participating in the Olympics. She focuses especially on individual time trial discipline in cycling, in which Sablikova holds several Czech Republic National Championships titles. Sablikova belongs to world's top 15 female time-trialists. She is the elder sister of fellow speed skater Milan Sablik.
Career of the skater
In 2005, Sablikova was placed seventh in the 5000 m during the World Single Distance Championships. She was the Czech youth champion in 1999, 2001 and 2004. In the 2006 European allround championships in Hamar, she finished fourth overall, placing third at the 3000 m and winning the 5000 m. At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, she finished fourth in the 5000 m. Because of Sáblíková's results, her position on the all-time world ranking increased from the 94th to the 15th place within a year. In March 2006, she skated a world record at the 10,000 m. The year later, Sablikova won her first major tournament, i.e. the 2007 European Speed Skating Championships in Collalbo. She won both the 3000 m and the 5000 m in outdoor world record times. She did not perform as well at the World alround championships in Heerenveen, where she finished fifth, but she managed to win the 3000 and 5000 m events at the 2006–07 Speed Skating World Cup. At the end of the season she won two gold medals at the 2007 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships in Salt Lake City, in the 3000 m and 5000 m events. On 15 March 2007, Sáblíková became the first female speed skater to skate a 10,000 m below 14 minutes. In December 2007, she got the 18th place in the poll European Sportsperson of the Year of the Polish Press Agency. She also won the title of the Sportsperson of the Year of the Czech Republic twice – in 2007 and 2009. One week before the start of the 2007–08 World Cup season, Sáblíková fell during her training, and fractured her humerus and stretched ligaments.But she still participated and finally got the title with 6 out of 7 world cup wins at the 3000 m and 5000 m distances. On 13 January, she took bronze medal at the 2008 European allround championships in Kolomna, Russia. On 10 February she finished 5th at the World Allround Championships in Heerenveen, again winning the 5000 m, but with a poor 500 m result. On 9 March 2008 she won gold medal at the 5000 m at the World Single Distance Championships in Nagano, Japan. On 8 February she took gold medal at the World allround championships in Hamar after winning the 3000 m and 5000 m distances. It was the first world allround medal in her career. On 1 February 2009, Sablikova and her fellow Czech competitors Andrea Jirku and Karolina Erbanova won the team pursuit competition at the World Cup Final in Erfurt, setting new Czech national record of 3:05.32. After defeated the leading Dutch team, they also won the whole 2008/2009 World Cup. At the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver in 2010, Sablikova won three medals, two golds (3000 and 5000 metres) and one bronze (1500 metres). With her victory, she became the first Czech to win two gold medals in the same Winter Olympic Games. At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Sablikova successfully defended her title in the 5000 meter, and also won a silver medal in the 3000 meter. After finishing 12th in 2015 in the women's time trial at the UCI World Road Championships in Richmond, U.S. (9th in the reduced rankings), Sablikova was thought to have got a place at Rio 2016. But when the UCI published the list of nations that had qualified for this event at Rio 2016, the Czech Republic was not among them. The reason was that the UCI used an interpretation of the qualification rules where an athlete also has to qualify for the road race. To overturn the decision, she decided to travel to Rio, but did not compete. In 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Sablikova won a silver medal at the 5000 m event. She did not get any other wins at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games this year.
The net worth of the skater is currently unavailable.
Světový pohár Holandsko - stříbrná medaile a druhé místo pro Martinu Sáblíkovovou na distanci 1500 m.Porazila ji jen Grovesová.— Martina Sáblíková (@msablikova) March 13, 2010
Sablikova is available on her Twitter handle @msablikova. She is quite active on her Twitter handle and uploads her random photos and photos from her competitions. She can also be followed on her official Facebook page. Her Facebook account is @Martina.Sablikova.OFFICIAL.