Miroslav Sláma

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMiroslav•Sláma
Used nameMiroslav•Sláma
Other namesMichael Slama
Born17 February 1917 in Třebíč (CZE)
Died30 November 2008 in Thousand Oaks, California (USA)
AffiliationsČLTK Praha, Praha (CZE)
NOC Czechoslovakia
Nationality Czechia


Miroslav Sláma played for Charles University (Prague) while a law student, and joined ČLTK during World War II. Initially a forward, he switched to defense, but remained a frequent scorer. After trying to help a friend’s mother, Sláma was briefly imprisoned in the concentration camp at Terezin (Theresienstadt), but returned to ice hockey after the camp was liberated by the Soviets in May 1945. ČLTK was one of the top Czechoslovakian teams in that era, finishing second in the championships from 1946 through 1948. As a member of the Czechoslovakian national team, Sláma won the country’s first World Championship title in 1947, without Canada competing, however. At the 1948 Olympics, Canada did play, and they defeated Sláma and Czechoslovakia only on goal difference. After the Soviets rose to power later that year, Sláma and his teammate Oldřich Zábrodský defected to Switzerland during a tournament in Davos. Sláma stayed there as a coach and player, before moving on to the United States in 1953, where he worked as a library administrator.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1948 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) TCH CZE Miroslav Sláma
Ice Hockey, Men (Olympic) Czechoslovakia 2 Silver

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