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Věra Čáslavská

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 7
Silver 4
Bronze 0
Total 11
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, IOC member
SexFemale
Full nameVěra•Čáslavská (-Odložilová)
Used nameVěra•Čáslavská
Born3 May 1942 in Praha (Prague) (CZE)
Died30 August 2016 in Praha (Prague) (CZE)
Measurements160 cm / 58 kg
NOC(s) Czech Republic Czechoslovakia
Ethnic nationCZE

Biography

Attractive, vivacious and talented, Věra Čáslavská of Czechoslovakia was the outstanding gymnast at the 1964 and 1968 Games. In Tokyo she won three gold medals and a silver, winning the all-around, on the balance beam, and the horse vault, and finishing second in the team event. In 1968 at Mexico she dominated, winning four golds (one shared) and two silvers. Her 1968 golds came in the individual all-around, floor exercises, horse vault, and uneven parallel bars. Čáslavská also won a silver medal in the team event in 1960, giving her a total of 11 Olympic medals, which has only been bettered by Larisa Latynina (URS) among female gymnasts. After winning her final gold medal in 1968 she married Czech Olympic silver medalist (1,500 metres in 1964) Josef Odložil (1938-1993), in Mexico. Her victories at Mexico City were dramatic, given the political tenor of the times. She defeated Soviet gymnasts shortly after Soviet tanks had invaded her homeland of Czechoslovakia. At the World Championships, Čáslavská won the 1966 all-around, and the horse vault in both 1962 and 1966. She was all-around European champion in 1965 and 1967, and in 1965, she won the title in all five individual events. In 1989, Čáslavská was appointed President of the Czech Olympic Committee, and in 1995 she was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1960 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Women Olympic 8 Representing Czechoslovakia    
  Team All-Around, Women Olympic Czechoslovakia 2 Silver
  Floor Exercise, Women Olympic =9 r1/2
  Horse Vault, Women Olympic 7 r1/2
  Uneven Bars, Women Olympic 21 r1/2
  Balance Beam, Women Olympic 6
1964 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Women Olympic 1 Gold Representing Czechoslovakia    
  Team All-Around, Women Olympic Czechoslovakia 2 Silver
  Floor Exercise, Women Olympic 6
  Horse Vault, Women Olympic 1 Gold
  Uneven Bars, Women Olympic 5
  Balance Beam, Women Olympic 1 Gold
1968 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Women Olympic 1 Gold Representing Czechoslovakia    
  Team All-Around, Women Olympic Czechoslovakia 2 Silver
  Floor Exercise, Women Olympic =1 Gold
  Horse Vault, Women Olympic 1 Gold
  Uneven Bars, Women Olympic 1 Gold
  Balance Beam, Women Olympic 2 Silver

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure Details
President Československý olympijský výbor 1990—1993 Representing Czechoslovakia    
President Český olympijský výbor 1992—1996 Representing Czech Republic    
Member International Olympic Committee 1995—2001 Representing Czech Republic    

Olympic family relations

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