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Emil Zátopek

The Czech sporting elite includes numerous famous personalities whose achievements during the Olympic Games gained worldwide attention. The top watched sporting events won by Czech medallists include Věra Čáslavská (gymnastics), Martina Navrátilová (tennis), Jan Železný (javelin throw), Aleš Valenta (acrobatic skiing) or Martina Sáblíková (speed skating) who all helped to build up the Czech Republic’s image as sport superpower. However, there is one legend honoured for remarkable accomplishments that stand out above all others – Emil Zátopek. By single-handedly redrawing the boundaries of his sport, Zátopek became the greatest runner of the 20th century.

 
 
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Tomáš Baťa

Tomáš Baťa, a Czechoslovak born in Zlín (the region of Moravia), is considered to be one of the world’s greatest…

 
 
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Zdeněk Burian

Zdeněk Burian was a Czech painter and illustrator of adventure books. He gained international recognition for his…

 
 
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Johann Gregor Mendel, founding father…

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Saint Agnes of Bohemia

An extraordinary woman who lived an extraordinary life – one of the most renowned female saints and the patron of…

 
 
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Jan Zrzavý

(1890–1977)

 
 
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Otto Wichterle

(1913–1998)

 
 
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Josef Ressel (1793–1857)

Josef Ressel, an inventor and a writer, was originally a forest engineer. He was born in 1793 in Chrudim and his family…

 
 
 
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