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Mexico City, October 1968, Games of the XIX Olympiad. Women's artistic gymnastics: Czechoslovakian Vera CASLAVSKA in action in the vault event.
Vera  CASLAVSKA
The Heroine of Mexico City








After winning three gold medals and one silver medal at the 1964 Tokyo Games, Vera Caslavska was the favourite to repeat her success in 1968. In April she had signed the "Manifesto of 2000 Words," which rejected Soviet involvement in Czechoslovakia. Two months before the Olympics, Soviet tanks rolled into Prague. Warned by friends that she was in danger of being arrested, Caslavska fled to the mountains. In hiding, she kept in shape by swinging from tree limbs and practicing her floor exercise in a meadow. After three weeks, the government allowed her to join the rest of the team in Mexico City. There Caslavska successfully defended her all-around and vault titles and added two more gold medals and two silvers. Hugely popular with Mexican fans, she added to her popularity by marrying fellow Olympian Josef Odlozil in a ceremony in Mexico City. After the fall of Communism in Czechoslovakia, Caslavska served as president of the Czech Olympic Committee and, later, as a member of the International Olympic Committee.










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IDENTITY CARD

Born :
3 May 1942


Birthplace:
Praha (Czech Republic)


Nationality:
Czech Republic


Sport :
Gymnastics
ATTENDANCE AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES

Rome 1960
Tokyo 1964
Mexico 1968
AWARDS

Olympic medals:
Gold: 7
Silver: 4
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Other results:
World Championships


Gold: 4 (62, 66)
Silver: 5 (58, 62, 66)
Bronze: 1 (62)

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