|STUCKELJ Leon Slovenia
Discipline: Mens Artistic
|Last update: 05/09/2011|
|Date of birth:||12/11/1998||Age:||17|
|Place of birth:||NOVO MESTO||
|Start Discipline (year):||1908|
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|National Team Since (year):||1920|
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|Two years after the first modern Olympic Games were held, Leon Stuckelj was born in Novo Mesto, Slovenia.
After viewing the performance of the Slovenian Sokols in 1906, he dreamed of becoming a Sokol himself. His first attempts were made on the bar where the housemaids cleaned carpets, and his first coach was Rihard Pintar, who taught him to execute elements with stretched legs and pointed toes. His small, light figure with wide shoulders and thin hips combined with extreme strength made him one of the most powerful gymnasts in the Olympic Games from 1924 - 1936. During this period he won 3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals. It is possible that he could have taken additional medals had he been allowed to compete in the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, 1932. As it was, Yugoslavian authorities forbade him.
Leon Stuckelj's recipe for long life is the following: don't smoke, exercise moderate eating and drinking habits, enjoy family life, be mentally active every day and exercise daily (i.e. basic gymnastics, walking and swimming). He is the most successful Slovenian sportsman to this day, and for his 100th birthday, November 12th, 1998, the Slovenian government prepared a special celebration in his honour which took place in the town of his birth.
The IOC President, SE Juan Antonio Samaranch and the FIG President, Mr Bruno Grandi and Secretary General Norbert Bueche personnaly attended this unique celebration.
Leon Stuckelj died in Maribor on November 8, 1999, four days before his 101st birthday.
Mssrs Samaranch, Grandi and Bueche attended the funeral in Slovenia.