Everyone would like to win, not only participate

Autor: Oldrich Holecek

Meetings of soldiers of allied and partner countries do not include only joint exercises and multi-national deployments on peacekeeping or humanitarian missions but also sports events. The recent one was organised by the 10. Panzerdivision, Bundeswehr, as the International Division Ski Championship 2013.

The start list of more than 70 competitors included also groups of representatives from Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Slovenia and the United States.

For all international participants it was very difficult to succeed in the competition when they were surrounded by a huge turnout of German military sportsmen and women taking advantage on their home ski resort.

1st Lieutenant Pavel Bendl from the 142nd Service Battalion based at Klatovy has won the silver medal in the giant slalom, one of four championship's events, in his category.

The 'first right after the winner' said: "It was nice that German fans vigorously supported not only their own racers but all the competitors. It was my first competition abroad and I am very satisfied with organisation and good background and conveniences."

The 10. Panzerdivision International Ski Championship was held at the Bad Reichenhall Ski Resort from 4th to 8th March 2013.

1LT Bendl would like to represent the Czech military also sometimes in the future.


Courtesy: 10th Panzer Division.

Posted: April 8, 2013