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Leon Štukelj

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 1
Bronze 2
Total 6
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameLeon•Štukelj
Used nameLeon•Štukelj
Other namesЛеон Штукељ
Born12 November 1898 in Novo Mesto (SLO)
Died8 November 1999 in Maribor (SLO)
AffiliationsSokol
NOC(s) Yugoslavia
Ethnic nationSLO

Biography

Leon Štukelj was the world’s top gymnast in the 1920s, winning 6 Olympic and 11 World Championship medals. He was the Olympic individual all-around and horizontal bars champion in 1924, rings champion in 1928, won rings silver in 1936, and individual and team all-around bronzes in 1928. Štukelj probably missed more Olympic medals as Yugoslavia did not send athletes to the 1932 Olympics due to the Great Depression. At the World Championships, he won rings, parallel bars and horizontal bar golds in 1922, rings and horizontal bar golds in 1926, team all-around and pommelled horse silvers in 1922, team all-around silver in 1926, parallel bars bronze in 1926, and team all-around and horizontal bar bronzes in 1930.

Štukelj, who took up gymnastics in 1907 with the Novo Mesto Sokol Society, graduated with a law degree in 1927, and worked as a judge in Novo Mesto, Lenart and Maribor before World War II. During the war, he was a member of the Yugoslav royalist movement, opposing Tito’s partisans. For this reason, Štukelj was imprisoned after the war and after his release was permanently barred from being a judge and was forced to work as a paralegal until his retirement.

Štukelj was the recipient of the Olympic Order in Silver in 1987 and was invited to the Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Olympics as the then oldest living Olympic champion. He was one of the Olympic Flagbearers at the ceremony and later handed out the medals to the winners of the men’s team all-around competition. In 1997 Štukelj was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1924 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Yugoslavia    
  Team All-Around, Men Olympic Yugoslavia 4
  Horse Vault, Men Olympic 4
  Parallel Bars, Men Olympic 20
  Horizontal Bar, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  Rings, Men Olympic 4
  Pommelled Horse, Men Olympic 10
  Rope Climbing, Men Olympic =10
  Side Horse, Men Olympic 17
1928 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing Yugoslavia    
  Team All-Around, Men Olympic Yugoslavia 3 Bronze
  Horse Vault, Men Olympic 28
  Parallel Bars, Men Olympic =7
  Horizontal Bar, Men Olympic =21
  Rings, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  Pommelled Horse, Men Olympic =12
1936 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) Individual All-Around, Men Olympic 32 Representing Yugoslavia    
  Team All-Around, Men Olympic Yugoslavia 6
  Floor Exercise, Men Olympic =46
  Horse Vault, Men Olympic 92
  Parallel Bars, Men Olympic 22
  Horizontal Bar, Men Olympic 35
  Rings, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  Pommelled Horse, Men Olympic 39

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