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Birthday girl postpones celebrations to Disentis

Michaela Knoblochova (right) celebrates her birthday
Prague, Czech Republic, March 8, 2017 - It is International Women’s Day and for Czech female snow volleyball player Michaela Knoblochova it is also her birthday. But between studies, work and her upcoming trip to Disentis she has no time to celebrate either of these occasions.

Knoblochova is one of the most active and successful athletes in the world of snow volleyball. She and her partner Anna Dostalova have made three appearances on the CEV Snow Volleyball European Tour so far and already have two podium finishes behind them, hoping to add another when they head for the Swiss Alps this weekend to take part in their fourth tournament.

During the week, Michaela is busy with her studies at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport at Prague’s Charles University, where she is pursuing a Master’s degree. She also has a job as a beach volleyball coach.

“During the week I don't have time for celebrations,” she explained. “Today, for example, I will be working from 3 to 10 PM. I am also working on my final thesis for my academic degree…”

But weekends are a different story. Michaela did not have a tournament last weekend, so she celebrated her birthday, though somewhat prematurely, with her friends on Friday. She spent Saturday and Sunday with her family in the town she is from – Terezin, in the north of Czechia.

“Well, I hope to celebrate in Disentis this coming weekend,” Knoblochova said. “I hope we play well, we get good results and we win some medals in Switzerland. This would be the best gift for me! And I sure wish for some sunny weather during the competition.”

On home snow, in Spindleruv Mlyn this year, the Czech tandem claimed bronze, but during the match for third place, Michaela sustained a toe injury.

“It was very painful at first,” she said. “Fortunately, it wasn't very serious and I was able to practice again a few days after it happened. I went to a hospital in Prague and they helped me fast. It is not completely gone yet, but it is not painful now.”

The setback will not stop her from playing in Disentis and at the other stops on the 2017 European Tour. Dostalova and Knoblochova currently share sixth place in the individual CEV Snow Volleyball Ranking and if they do well at upcoming tournaments, they could improve on that.

The fourth stop on the 2017 CEV Snow Volleyball European Tour for women and men will take place in Disentis, Switzerland on March 11 and 12.

For more detailed information, visit SnowVolleyball.com and the CEV's dedicated pages.

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