Josef Smolka

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJosef•Smolka
Used nameJosef•Smolka
Born22 March 1939 in Troubky (CZE)
Died1 June 2020 in Liberec (CZE)
Measurements183 cm / 85 kg
AffiliationsDukla Jihlava, Jihlava (CZE)
NOC Czechoslovakia
Nationality Czechia


Josef Smolka won a bronze medal in Olympic volleyball at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. Smolka also helped Czechoslovakia win the 1966 World Championships and take a silver at the 1967 European Championships. With Dukla Liberec, he won three Czechoslovak national titles.

Smolka was a career soldier. He joined the Army in 1958 and retired in 2003 as a lieutenant-colonel. After his playing retirement, he also worked with Dukla Liberec as a coach and official.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1968 Summer Olympics Volleyball (Volleyball) TCH CZE Josef Smolka
Volleyball, Men (Olympic) Czechoslovakia 3 Bronze

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