He joins his younger brother, Milan, on the Czech roster for his first Olympic experience. Separated by two years, this will mark the first time the two have competed together on the international stage. They will be one of six brother combinations competing in Vancouver (Belarus' Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn; Finland's Jarkko and Tuomo Ruutu, Mikko and Saku Koivu; Slovakia's Marian and Marcel Hossa; Sweden's Daniel and Henrik Sedin).
Michalek represented the Czech Republic at the World Championships in 2006, 2007 and 2008, winning a silver medal and finishing tied for second among defensemen in scoring with three goals in 2006.
Your team is going to want to recapture the feeling. What they're going to have to figure out is they're going to have to rewrite the story. Because you're going to rewrite the story doesn't mean you want a different end. It's just that you're going to have to learn that there's different challenges to get there, and if you're going to try and tap the same feeling, it ain't going to happen.
— Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi on maintaining their success from last season