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Miroslav Novotny

Para Ice Hockey

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Prague, CZE
Occupation
Driver
Languages
Czech

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 2014 in Prague, Czech Republic.
Why this sport?
He saw a report about Para ice hockey while watching the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi and decided to try it himself.
Club / Team
HC Sparta Praha: Czech Republic
Name of coach
Jakub Novotny [club, national]
Training Regime
He trains for 18 hours a week.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Forward

General interest

Nicknames
Mirek, Guma [Rubber]. (Cesky para hokej YouTube channel, 15 Mar 2021)
Hobbies
Travel, cars, listening to music. (Facebook profile, 12 Jan 2021; Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2019 World Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Hero / Idol
US Para ice hockey player Declan Farmer. (Athlete, 05 Mar 2022)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Legs aren't everything. I do more than an able-bodied person does, so you could say I lost something but I also gained a lot." (Cesky para hokej YouTube channel, 15 Mar 2021)
Impairment
Both of his legs were amputated after he fell under a train in 2004. (paralympic.org, 02 May 2019; sport.aktualne.cz, 30 Apr 2019)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He is a taxi driver in Prague, Czech Republic. "If someone recognises me [after the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games], I will really warmly invite them into my car and drive him around Prague. It doesn't matter if they are from Czech Republic or anywhere else." (OIS, 09 Mar 2022; Facebook profile, 13 Dec 2021)