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B2B meetings in Central Slovakia

28.11.2018, Slovkiya

AVK GmbH is in Slovakia again – this time in the central part of the country.

Central Slovakia, with its extensive forests is the least densely populated region of the country. It is home to the Low Tatras and Muránska planina national parks. The hilly terrain is well suited for ski resorts Donovaly or Jasná in the Low Tatras. The rich mining industry tradition, which generated considerable wealth in a number of towns, is still visible through architecture built from those profits. In addition to the mines, caves are among the biggest attractions in the region with the huge mountain cave, the Dead Bats’ Cave and Bystrianska cave (both in the Low Tatras) or the Harmanecká Cave among the most popular. The wooden church Hronsek, a UNESCO site, is also in Central Slovakia.

Several years ago Central Slovakia became a home and training venue for Anastasia Kuzmina (or Kuzminova in Slovak language). Kuzmina has been representing Slovakia from December 2008 and won the silver medal in mass start at the 2009 Biathlon World Championships in Pyeongchang. She won a gold medal in the 7.5 km sprint and a silver medal in the 10 km pursuit at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Kuzmina's victory made her the second Slovak after Ondrej Nepela to win a Winter Olympic gold medal, and the first for independent Slovakia. She won another medal - bronze, at the 2011 Biathlon World Championships in Khanty-Mansiysk. At the 2014 Winter Olympics, she again won the gold medal in the 7.5 km sprint. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, she took silver medals in the pursuit and the individual before taking the gold in the mass start, hitting 19 out of 20 targets to become the first biathlete to win gold medals in three consecutive Games, and tying her as the Slovak sportsperson with the most Olympic golds alongside canoeists Pavol and Peter Hochschorner. Anastasia’s brother Anton Shipulin is a famous Russian biathlete.

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