Soldiers compete in open alpine ski championship

From 24th - 26th February, during the open alpine ski championship in the Krkonose Mountains (Giant Mountains), forty nine contestants tested their skills and stamina.

The championship, traditionally organised by the 15th Engineer Regiment from Bechyne, was very well attended, not only by professional soldiers, but also by competitors from other bodies of the Czech Integrated Rescue System, as well as personnel from the Krkonose National Park.

"The track is 17 kilometres long with altitute differences of two thousand metres, and our personnel were trained and prepared based on the same criteria as a national championship," said Colonel Robert Bieleny, Commander of the 15th Engineer Regiment, who was the starter of the race.

The championship’s racing base was at Bradlerovy Boudy in Spindleruv Mlyn. Radoslav Groh from the Mountain Rescue Service (Krkonose) won first place, second place went to Jan Hepnar from the Czech Fire Rescue Service, and the “bronze“ medal went to Captain Michal Skobrtal from the Military Police Headquarters.

At the medal ceremony, Colonel Bieleny congratulated the winners, the contestants and thanked the organisers of the championship. Special recognition went to the personnel of the Military Geographic and Hydro-meteorological Office who were in charge of the GPS tracking of the competitors.

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By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

February 29, 2016