Thursday, September 1, 2016

V 6 N. 65 Vera Caslavska R.I.P.

We saw the obituary of Vera Caslavska in the New York Times today.  She was 74 years old.   You may remember her as the Czechoslovakian gymnast who won four gold medals in Mexico in 1968  only a few weeks after the Soviet invasion of her country.  She later married Josef Odlozil who was the 1500 silver medalist behind Peter Snell in Tokyo in 1964.  Caslavska would continue in sport and  become the IOC rep from Czechoslovakia.     Later divorced, from Caslavska, Odozil would serve on peacekeeping missions with the Czech military but would suffer the ignominy of being killed by his own son in a bar fight.  See an earlier post on this blog.

Josef Odlozil  the reference appears near the end of the post.

Caslavska Obituary International NY Times

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