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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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Karel Čapek

(1890-1938)

 
 
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Jan Werich

(1905-1980)

 
 
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Max Švabinský

(1873–1962)

 
 
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Saint Wenceslas

(probably 907 – probably 935)

 
 
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Vilém Mrštík

(1863-1912)

 
 
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Mikoláš Aleš (1852–1913)

A Czech painter, draftsman, graphic artist and illustrator, as well as a stage and costume designer.

 
 
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Bedřich Smetana (1824–1884)

One of the greatest Czech music composers. Today he is mainly known for his symphonic cycle Má vlast (My Fatherland…

 
 
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Jan Amos Komenský (1592–1670)

A Czech theologist, philosopher, pedagogue, school and education system reformer, writer, the last bishop of the Unity…

 
 
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Karel Havlíček Borovský

An important Czech poet, newspaper reporter, politician and social critic.

 
 
 
 
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