Olympic Competitor nr 2241
Olympic Competitor nr 6423
Olympic Competitor nr 3281
B. 1942-05-03, Prague, Czech Republic
Gymnastics (7 gold, 4 silver)
|Asymetrical Parallel Bars||-||gold||fifth||1850|
She initially showed great promise as an ice-skater but she was invited in
1957 to take part in nationwide trials to find gymnastic talent. One year
later, she made her debut at the World Chamionships, winning silver in the
team event. Her first European title came in 1959 on the beam. By 1962, only
Larissa Latynina stood between her and the individual world title, but at
Tokyo, she was at her peak. In the 1965 and 1967 European Championships,
she won all five individual gold medals.
In 1968, in Mexico City, she married Josef Odlozil, silver medalist of the 1500 m at Tokyo, but they would divorce in 1992 and in 1993 their son Martin would shoot and kill his father.
Just like Emil Zatopek, she supported the causes for freedom in 1968. It got her into big trouble with the government, but after the collapse of socialism in 1989, she was appointed president of the Czech Olympic Committee and later became a member of the IOC.
B. 1895-12-02, Spandau, Berlin, Germany, D. 1982-04-19
Fencing (1 silver, 2 bronze)
B. 1872-11-05, Germany; D. 1910-10-02
Fencing (2 gold, 2 silver)
|Épée, team||1st rd||153.8|
|Sabre, individual, one hit||silver||3000|
|Sabre, individual, three hits||gold||4800|
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Written 2001-01-16 - last modified 2011-08-15
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