The Czech snowboarder Eva Adamczyková (née Samková) showed her sovereign runs at the World Championships in Bakuriani, Georgia. Adamczyková made a fantastic comeback a year and a quarter after breaking both legs above the ankles.
The 29-year-old is now world champion for the second time.
Adamczyková broke both of her ankles in December 2021, just two months before the beginning of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.
“I had to win because I changed my last name and Eva Adamczyk doesn’t have many medals yet. No, I’m just kidding. I tried to enjoy it and go as fast as possible. I couldn’t be happier,” she said.
Adamczyková used a proven strategy in the medal fight, gaining speed in the first turn and then taking the lead. She developed a significant lead over her three rivals, twenty-year-old Australian Josie Baff and the five-time world champion, Jacobellis of the USA.
“I almost couldn’t ride in the autumn, and I didn’t think this season would turn out like this. I also talked to (physical therapist) Pavel Kolář in the fall, and he said it takes time. And it took time, but I’m happy it worked out that way. I was really worried that I was going to ride badly or not at all for the whole season. I couldn’t have asked for better,” she adds.
Other Czech athletes, Vendula Hopjáková, Radek Houser, and Jan Kubičík, failed in the opening round. Jakub Žerava and Kryštof Choura finished in the eighth round, where they placed fourth.