You Gotta Love Slovakia

A Slovakia soccer stadium has one of the most interesting attractions on Earth. In this case, a railroad track was placed between the soccer field and the bleachers, and the train comes by frequently.

Slovakian amateur football club TJ Tatran Cierny Balog prides itself on having one of the most unique stadiums in the world, complete with a railway track and a steam engine running straight through it.

Cierny Balog, a small Slovakian town of about 5,100 people, has become somewhat of a tourist spot in the last seven years or so, and it was all thanks to its football stadium. In 2015, a video of a steam engine passing through the stadium, on tracks positioned right between the field and the only existing grandstand went viral online, leaving a lot of people scratching their heads. The Čiernohronska Railway goes right through Cierny Balog stadium, and a steam-powered tourist train passes through it all summer long.

I’m going to be completely honest here; the railroad is fantastic and I would have no problem having the train drive through as I’m watching a soccer match.

Cierny Balog stadium was built sometime during the 1980s, at a time when the old railway was not in use anymore. It’s unclear why the municipality chose that exact location to build a football stadium, but for an entire decade, the train tracks passing through it were just part of the decor. Things changed in the early 1990s, when a group of Slovakian enthusiasts started repairing the train tracks. In 1992, it was officially reopened as a heritage railway for tourists.

I really want to visit Slovakia – my maternal grandparents were from there – and if that happens, I absolutely want to take in a soccer match at that stadium.

Slovakia Wins Olympic Bronze Medal!

While I watched very little of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, I was very interested in the ice hockey competition. Well, to be fair, I was interested in Slovakia’s performance.

You see, my maternal grandparents emigrated from Slovakia around the time of World War I. They moved to Bridgeport, Pennsylvania which had a large Slovak population. The church said mass in Slovak, and the Slovak food in the area was crazy great. I spent so much time with my grandparents that I loved everything Slovak.

Since the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1991, Slovakia’s ice hockey team has been average at best. They have not done well in the World Junior Championships, so I didn’t expect much in the Olympics. They lost 6-2 against Finland, then lost 4-1 to Sweden. I assumed this was going to be the norm, but I decided to watch the games anyway.

They played Latvia and stomped them by a score of 5-2, then shut out Germany 4-0. Slovakia was 2-2, and I thought that was all I could ask. The next game was against the U.S. and Slovakia, miraculously, won 3-2 in a shootout. Holy. Crap. Slovakia was going to the semifinals. Amazing!

They lost to Finland by a score of 2-0 (the second goal was in an open net), so they would move on to the Bronze Medal Game… against Sweden. Ugh.

Yesterday, Slovakia destroyed Sweden by a score of 4-0, winning their very first ice hockey medal. Yes, it was a bronze, but that medal did so much for that team, and their country. They had no business beating teams like Germany, the United States, or Sweden, but they fought and hustled, and they did it. I have never been more proud of their accomplishments.

This tournament was Slovakia’s “Do You believe In Miracles” moment, and they truly earned it.

Your Olympic Babe O’ The Day

Since the Winter Olympics end today – thank Vishnu – I’m putting up a few babes from countries I haven’t mentioned. In all seriousness, it’s not easy scrolling through a few hundred athletes, looking for someone to post. While I like doing this every two years, I am very happy when it’s over.

Above is U.S. snowboarder Chloe Kim, one of the only athletes I looked up whose Instagram wasn’t completely woke. Chloe won the gold medal in the Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe. The girl has talent.

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Your Olympic Babe O’ The Day

Meet Petra Vlhova, a 26-year old alpine skier from Slovakia. Yes, I know I already posted a babe from by favorite country, but Petra did something fantastic yesterday. She earned Slovakia’s first medal in the 2022 Winter Games. Petra, already an accomplished skier, won the gold medal in the Women’s Slalom.

The best part? I looked her up, and she’s gorgeous!

Petra made her professional debut in 2010, and she took to it. Two years later, she was voted Slovakian Skier of the Year. In 2021, she won the World Cup overall title, and now she’s an Olympic gold medalist!

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Your Olympic Babe O’ The Day

Well, the Olympics are here… again. Thanks to Covid, we get two Olympiads in as many years, and while I love the Winter Olympics, I could have used a break. I’m also not a fan of Chi-Coms hosting these games, so my interest in the Olympiad will likely be solely on the babes.

Having said that, I have a responsibility to continue the Olympic Babe O’ The Day, a series I have done since 2006.

So with that, I give you the fabulous Veronika Machyniaková, a biathlon competitor from my ancestral homeland of Slovakia.

Veronika is a 24-year old fabulous babe who is a great skier and a better shooter. She finished 11th in the 2018 Women’s 12.5km Individual. Hopefully, she’ll do well in China, too.

Also, I would assume she’s not the type of girl you want to make angry, what with being able to snipe you from the next town.

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Your Olympic Babe O’ The Day

Well, the Olympics are here again, so I might as well continue a time-honored tradition here since 2006. Namely, Your Olympic Babe O’ The Day.

Throughout the Tokyo Olympic Games, I will highlight an Olympic babe each day from a different country and a different Olympic sport. Since my ancestors came from Slovakia, our opening ceremonies will focus upon Skeet Shooter, and fabulous babe Danka Bartekova.

Danka is a 36-year old skeet shooter who won the bronze medal in the 2012 London Olympics, and has won fourteen gold medals in the Slovak Championship sine 1999. Suffice to say, she has a lot of talent.

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Your Olympic Babe O’ The Day

Since I obviously began the OBOTD with my native country, it made sense to follow up with my ancestral country. In this case, Slovakia, and gorgeous biathlete Paulina Fialkova.

Paulína Fialková (born 25 October 1992) is a Slovak biathlete. She competed at the Biathlon World Championships 2012 and 2013, and at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Her younger sister Ivona Fialková is also Slovak biathlete.

For the record, Paulina’s sister is equally hot.

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Does A Bear Flit In The Woods?

Ah, Slovakia. Ancestral home to my maternal grandparents. It is the pearl of eastern Europe, where the men are men and the bears are hungry.

Video shared by Dusan Vinzik shows helmet camera footage of himself riding behind a friend on a trail in Malino Brdo when a bear emerged from nearby woods and charged at the cyclist in front.

The bear pursued Vinzik’s friend for a few feet before turning off the trail and back toward the wooded area.

I’m assuming the bear mistook the cyclists for Russians or Germans, and was defending the Motherland from the invading hordes. The pants-wetting video can be viewed at the link.

Your Olympic Babe O’ The Day

Danka Barteková

Since I began this year’s Babe O’ The Day with an athlete from the host country, I figured I had to post a babe from my maternal grandparents ancestral home, Slovakia. Meet Danka Barteková, a smokin’ hot chick with a gun.

Danka Barteková is a 31-year old Slovak skeet shooter. Barteková finished 8th at the Women’s Skeet event at the 2008 Summer Olympics and won the bronze medal in Women’s Skeet at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Danka was the flag-bearer for Slovakia last night, and for my money the hottest Slovak athlete evah.

Danka Barteková Slovakia Skeet Shooting

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