|CASLAVSKA Vera Czech Republic
Discipline: Womens Artistic
|Last update: 05/09/2011|
|Date of birth:||03/05/1942||Age:||72|
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|A Gymnastics legend!
This was the gymnast who succeeded Larissa Latynina in the international hierarchy. She also held two Olympic titles with 22 gold medals. She was the last gymnast of the "romantic era", feminine grace personified. In Mexico 1968, in winning her second all-around title, Vera set still unbeaten record for a femal gymnast four Gold medals from the one and the same Oylmpic Games. She brought feminity in Gymnastics so highly appreciated for decades and so much missed nowadays. She is also known as a coach, international judge and a former member of the UEG Technical Committee.
The role she played in Tchecoslovakian politics is significant, as well as is her role in the sport. Vera was proclaimed as best sportswoman of the year 1968. The same year, she signed the Manifest 2000 Words and was persecuted for her civil attitude.
She never compromised on her opinions and never gave up, always taking her own responsability. She has learned this through gymnastics and has remained faithfull to this credit.
In 1990, President Vaclav Havel named Vera as adviser for sports, education, health, social tasks and various matters in foreign affairs.
She is former President of the Czech Olympic Committee and, since 1995, member of the International Olympic Committee.FIG.