Dana Zátopková – one of the greatest Czech sportswomen of all time and a national sweetheart – died last Friday at the blessed age of 97. The winner of two Olympic medals and one-time world record holder in the javelin-throwing category was also known as the wife of the legendary runner Emil Zátopek.
Czechs are increasingly buying on–the–go meals according to a new analysis released by the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises. The trend is leading to healthy fast foods being offered not just in local shops, but also by online retailers and becoming a challenge for established fast food stores.
Sport has always played a big role in Czech life. At the time of the national revival in the 19th century, the Sokol gymnastics movement was founded on the idea that a healthy body was a recipe not only for a healthy mind, but also for a civilised nation. In this episode of our series drawing from the archives, we hear recordings from the huge Sokol gathering of 1938 and from the Spartakiáda displays of mass callisthenics that replaced Sokol during the communist period. We also feature an ice hockey report from the Olympics in 1936, as well as Europe’s
A woman was fined 5,000 crowns for an act of vandalism at the top of the
Czech Republic’s highest mountain, Sněžka, the spokesman for the
Krkonoše National Park informed on Friday.
The woman, who created a mandala on the mountaintop using stones and paint, voluntarily turned herself in to the authorities. She has also promised to take part in voluntary clean-up operations in the park.
According to the Krkonoše park management, the mandala could have damaged the fragile ecosystem of the alpine tundra.
The legendary runner Emil Zátopek and his wife Dana, a javelin thrower, made history at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, when they won altogether four gold medals for Czechoslovakia. The story of one of the world’s most famous sporting couples is the focus of a new film by David Ondříček, which has just started shooting.
Director David Ondříček will begin shooting a film about the life of
Czechoslovak long-distance runner Emil Zátopek, who won three gold medals
at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, in April 2019. With a draft budget
of over 92 million crowns, the biopic will be among the most expensive
Czech films ever made. Much of it will be shot in Helsinki, adding to
This Monday marks 70 years since Zátopek, nicknamed the "Czech Locomotive", won his first Olympic gold medal, in the 10-kilometre race at the London Games. He was the first runner to break the 29-minute barrier in the 10,000-metre race. Zátopek is the only athlete in history to win gold in the 5,000-metre, 10,000-metre, and marathon in the same Olympics.
Richard Askwith is a well-known writer and journalist, but perhaps more than anything else he is a runner. In his native Britain he won a cult following with his book Feet in the Clouds, which maps his obsession with the strange and exhilarating sport of fell-running. His hobby left him well placed for writing a biography of the greatest of all Czech runners, Emil Zátopek, legendary for his will-power and endurance. Richard Askwith was in Prague recently to launch the Czech translation of the book, Today We Die a Little: Emil Zátopek, Olympic Legend
Strong winds on Monday meant that the use of the cable car on the Czech
Republic’s highest peak at 1,602 metres, Snežka, was restricted to the
lower level, from Pec pod Snežkou to Růžová hora. The cable car can
remain in operation during winds of up to 60 kilometres per hour.
Meteorologists warned that along the ridges of the peak, winds could reach up to 110 kilometres per hour. There is around a metre of snow at the mountain’s top.
Monday is the 25th anniversary of the opening of the first branch of the fast food chain McDonald’s in the then Czechoslovakia. An estimated 11,000 people turned up for the opening of the company’s first outlet on Prague’s Vodičkova street on 20 March 1992, iDnes.cz wrote. Visiting McDonald’s was for many a rare treat in the beginning, with hamburgers costing 19 crowns compared to 25 crowns today.