Place of birth: Pisek
Birthdate: June 03, 1986
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Height: 5’10” (1.80 m)
Hobbies: soccer, movies, reading
Country represented: Czech Republic
Verner started skating at the age of five. He also did athletics and played football before choosing to focus on skating. At the age of 12, he moved from Písek, where he was born, to Prague where his talent was spotted by coach Vlasta Kopřivová.
He won his first national title in the 2001–02 season. Over the next four years, Verner finished as high as 10th place at Europeans and 13th at Worlds. Verner became the first man from the Czech Republic to win Europeans in 16 years when he took the title in 2008. Petr Barna was European Champion in 1992.
He missed much of the 2004–05 season after he twisted his ankle and tore part of the muscle from the bone. He trained in Prague and also traveled regularly to Oberstdorf, Germany to train with Michael Huth. Verner switched coaches and moved to Canada for training in summer 2010.
In August 2013, Verner announced that he would return to Oberstdorf full-time to work with Michael Huth as his coach.
In December 2014, Verner competed at the Czech Championships where he won his tenth title, twenty-eight points ahead of second-place finisher, Michal Brezina, securing himself a spot at his third Olympics. He finished 11th at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Although he initially intended to retire in February 2014, Verner decided to compete at the 2014 World Championships in Saitama, Japan, and finished tenth at the event. He then retired from competition.
Offcial site: http://www.tomasverner.com/