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Věra Čáslavská

 
photo:  (britannica.com)
 

(*1942)

 

This gymnast won gold medals at many Olympic Games and, alongside Emil Zátopek, is the most successful Olympic athlete in the history of Czechoslovakia. In 1958, she was the youngest competitor at the World Championships in Moscow at the age of only 16. In 1968, during Prague Spring, Čáslavská was politically active against the communist regime and for this reason was almost not allowed to fly to the Olympics in Mexico.


After 1989 (the International Committee for Fair Play awarded her the Pierre de Coubertine Prize that year), she became a counselor for the president, Václav Havel , for society and sport, and from July 1991 she became his assistant.


In 1990-1992 she was also chairperson of the Czechoslovak Olympic Committee and after the break-up of the Czechoslovak Federation in 1993, she headed the Czech Olympic Committee in 1993-96 (from 1996 as honorary chairperson).


In 1991, she was awarded the Olympic Order and from 1995 she was the Czech representative on the International Olympic Committee. After the death of her husband, however, she chose completely withdrew from public events into seclusion.

Successes:

  • 1959: EC, Krakow (Poland), balancing beam, 1st place
  • 1960: OG, Rome (Italy), team, 2nd place
  • 1962: WC, Prague, vault, 1st place
  • 1964: OG, Tokyo (Japan), vault, 1st place
  • 1964: OG, Tokyo (Japan), balancing beam, 1st place
  • 1964: OG, Tokyo (Japan), octathlon, 1st place
  • 1964: OG, Tokyo (Japan), team, 1st place
  • 1965: EC, Sophia (Bulgaria), parallel bars, 1st place
  • 1965: EC, Sophia (Bulgaria), balancing beam, 1st place
  • 1965: EC, Sophia (Bulgaria), floor exercises, 1st place
  • 1965: EC, Sophia (Bulgaria), vault, 1st place
  • 1965: EC, Sophia (Bulgaria), multiple events, 1st place
  • 1966: WC, Dortmund (Germany), vault, 1st place
  • 1966: WC, Dortmund (Germany), multiple events, 1st place
  • 1966: WC, Dortmund (Germany), team, 1st place
  • 1967: EC, Amsterdam (Holland), parallel bars, 1st place
  • 1967: EC, Amsterdam (Holland), balancing beam, 1st place
  • 1967: EC, Amsterdam (Holland), floor exercises, 1st place
  • 1967: EC, Amsterdam (Holland), vault, 1st place
  • 1967: EC, Amsterdam (Holland), vault, 1st place
  • 1968: OG, Mexico City (Mexico), parallel bars, 1st place
  • 1968: OG, Mexico City (Mexico), floor exercises, 1st place
  • 1968: OG, Mexico City (Mexico), vault, 1st place
  • 1968: OG, Mexico City (Mexico), octathlon, 1st place
  • 1968: OG, Mexico City (Mexico), balancing beam, 2nd place
  • 1968: OG, Mexico City (Mexico), team, 2nd place
 

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