Competing in her second Olympics... Since taking fourth in the 5000m in Torino, Sablikova has come to dominate that event and the 3000m... Has won three straight world titles in the 5000m ('07, '08 and '09)... Also won the 3000m/5000m combined World Cup title three straight times... Known for her ability to skate consistent lap times, even in her distance races... Started in basketball before she was introduced to the top coach in the Czech Republic, Petr Novak, who still coaches her today... Trains in Erfurt, Germany, because there is no skating oval in the Czech Republic.
As the pilot for the USA-1 bobsled, I broke a 62-year gold medal drought when my sled, the 'Night Train" won the Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A degenerative eye condition nearly caused me to quit my sport in 2008, but corrective surgery restored my vision to 20-20.