Czech speed skater Martína Sáblíková earned bronze in the 1500 meters race on Sunday at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. This is the second medal that the Czech athlete has won, after last Sunday’s gold in the 3000 meters. The 22-year-old Czech was sent to compete in the race by her trainer Petr Novák who believed that she would be successful in it. Sáblíková delivered the fastest closing lap of all competing athletes, earning two seconds over runner-up Margot Boer, who represented the Netherlands. Sáblíková told journalists after the race that she was shocked to have won the middle distance race. The medal is a big surprise, given that the Czech speed skater was competing against athletes whose specialty is the single distance.