Richard Farda

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRichard•Farda
Used nameRichard•Farda
Born8 November 1945 in Brno (CZE)
Measurements176 cm / 80 kg
AffiliationsZSC Lions, Zürich (SUI)
NOC Czechoslovakia
Nationality Czech Republic


Richard Farda was one of the first Czechoslovaks to skate professionally in North America. A right winger, he was drafted as a free agent by the Toronto Toros of the World Hockey Association (WHA) in 1974, and played for them from 1974-76, and then moved with them to Alabama, playing with the Birmingham Bulls in the 1976-77 season. His club career in Czechoslovakia started in 1962 with ZJS Spartak Brno and he later played for HC Dukla Jihlava (1963-65), TJ ZKL Brno (1965-74), before moving to Switzerland after his North American stint, playing for Génève-Servette HC in 1977-78, ZSC Zürcher from 1978-82, and finishing his career with a single season (1984-85) with Ilnau in the 3rd division of Swiss hockey. A top scorer in Europe, he played in over 640 games, with over 330 goals and 660 points – records are not complete for his early years.

In addition to his bronze medal at the 1972 Winter Olympics, Farda skated for Czechoslovakia at six World Championships, consecutively from 1969-74, winning a gold medal in 1972, silver medals in 1971 and 1974, and bronze medals in 1970 and 1973.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1972 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) TCH CZE Richard Farda
Ice Hockey, Men (Olympic) Czechoslovakia 3 Bronze

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