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I saw this square packed like this in 1989 for the last time

22. 02 2009 09:45:00

(Liberec, own) The 47th FIS Nordic World Ski Championships Liberec 2009 is a big event deserving the presence of top representatives of the country. We could hear the words of the Chairman of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic Premysl Sobotka at the Opening Ceremony of the World Championships on Wednesday. We held a less formal interview in the Cross-Country Ski Area Vesec before the start of the 2 x 7.5 km pursuit Ladies´ event.  
* How do you like it here_
So far I´ve been very satisfied, everything is going as it should. Starting with the Opening Ceremony in the Tipsport Arena and including Lukas Bauer´s success in 15 km Men´s event on Friday. I am very happy about great numbers of spectators during the Men´s race or during the winners ceremony in front of the Liberec City Hall in the evening. It was in 1989 for the last time that the square was so packed. The numbers of spectators really make me happy.
* Which do you prefer: cross-country or ski jumping_
Both, as a spectator. Both disciplines offer nice experience and a lot of thrill. As for me personally, I used to jump when I was a very little boy and so my hill was very little too. (He is laughing). That sort of hill one makes of snow, all know it from their childhood. Of course, it is cross-country, I like to get in the trail, and I rather prefer the skating technique.
* When was the last time you managed to get on your skis_
Two weeks ago. For me it is a good way to relax.
* Having mentioned ski jumping, what do you think about women´s ski jumping which has its debut at the World Championships_
Emancipation of women has been progressing. Women have been trying all formerly men´s disciplines from ski jumping to weightlifting. I don´t mind it personally but I would be in favour of setting an age limit – maybe 15 years. I don´t think that younger girls are up to it, especially mentally.
* You are a doctor of medicine, you have daughters. What would you tell them if they wanted to do ski jumping_
Well, if they wanted to practice it on such a hill I had, I wouldn´t mind. Otherwise I would try to talk them out of it.
Many thanks for the interview from Marketa Hozova









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