Translations by Tomas Jandik
Straka interview before his return to Pittsburgh - "Sport" daily - 6-Sep-02
How do you feel?
Right now I am quite OK. I have been living with this uncertainty for many days, and now I should finally find out what will happen with me. I have been waiting for this final result for seven weeks, and no matter what it will turn out to be, at least I will know exactly where I stand. I need that.
The decision to leave [for the US] was your own, or did some other circumstances made you do that?
The decision was made by me and the club. I’d like to thank to all the doctors in Pilsen so very much; I caused a lot of extra work for them. The treatment was excellent, and they tried to help me with my emotions as well. That was extremely important, especially immediately following the injury.
What have you packed for the trip?
A lot of things, but most importantly, I am taking my hockey stuff with me.
How long will you stay in Pittsburgh?
I firmly believe that until the end of the season. It may happen that because of the surgery I would have to go back home, but I hope that everything will be OK, and I will be able to start practicing as soon as possible.
When will you hear the final verdict?
Everything should be known on Monday.
So that means you’ll spend September 11 in the US. Do you think about this black date?
To say the truth, I have somehow different problems right now. You actually reminded me of that date. Definitely, though, a lot of Americans will be impacted by it, they will be remembering that terrible tragedy. I myself am quite curious about what will happen around September 11.
Tomas Jandik is the resident Czech on LetsGoPens.com and is a man who unifies all the goodies of the American dream - meaning, of course, being a Pitt graduate, a Razorback, and a Penguins fan.
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