Czechs can take pride in the fact that they were among the pioneers of the modern Olympic movement. Although they missed the first games in 1896, they did take part in Paris in 1900 - thanks in no small part to the work of Jiri Guth, the founder of the Czech Olympic Committee and a close friend of Pierre de Coubertin. At that time they were still part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Since then Czech athletes have come a very long way indeed. We now look back at some memorable Czech moments in Olympic history gone by.
A statue of the legendary Czech long-distance runner Emil Zatopek has just been erected in a very fitting location - the garden of the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. We hear from his widow Dana Zatopkova, and the greatest Czech athlete of the modern age, Jan Zelezny. Also in Sports News, AC Milan are reportedly interested in Slavia's Stepan Vachosek and Jiri Novak says he will play at tennis's Paris Masters, despite an injury.
Recently, the Czech team from the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games got together to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the event. Among those present was the gold-winning javelin-thrower from Helsinki, Dana Zatopkova, who celebrated her 80th birthday in September. In this week's Profile we look at Dana Zatopkova's sporting career and her life with her, now deceased, husband Emil.