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Current world class athletes

David Pastrňák
The ice hockey player from Havířov, David Pastrňák is among the best players in the NHL. In 2019 he led his team, the Boston Bruins, to the Stanley Cup Finals. Pastrňák was named the best ice hockey player of the Czech Republic. In 2020 he was elected captain of the Atlantic Division All-Stars, and became the MVP of the tournament among NHL stars

Jan Veselý
This basketball player from Ostrava won the Turkish league with Istanbul Fenerbahce and greatly helped the Czech national team as they made historic progress in the world chmapionships.

Petra Kvitová
An excellent tennis player from Fulnek has remained in the top 10 of the WTA rankings for the last 3 years. In 2019 she battled her way to the final of the Australian Open. She is the holder of the title of Czech Sportswoman of the Year – a member of the Fed Cup team and winner of the national award – the Medal of Merit.

Barbora Závadová
The Ostrava swimmer won the silver medal at the 2015 World Universiade in the 400 meters individual medley. In the same discipline, she finished fifth at the World Championships. She was also one of the first athletes to be selected for the Summer Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil in 2016.

Pavel Maslák
The Havířov sprinter has already won the 400m title 3 times at the European Indoor Championships, adding to gold and silver medals from the European Athletics Championships, and a bronze medal in the 4 x 400 metres relay. At the Under 23’s European Championship, he also took 2 bronze medals in the 200m.

Successful athletes from previous years

Radek Štěpánek
A tennis player born in 1978 in Karvina, twice a doubles Grand Slam winner, twice winner of the Davis Cup as well as bronze medal winner at the Olympic Games in 2016.

Ivan Lendl
Tennis player
born in 1960 in Ostrava, 1980 – victory in the Davis Cup, from 1984 to 1990 – 8 Grand Slam titles, from 1983-1990 – 270 weeks as world number one.

Karel Loprais
Racing car driver
born in 1949 in Ostrava, 6x gold at the Dakar Rally, 4x silver at the Dakar Rally, 1x bronze at the Dakar Rally.

Verner Lička
Footballer
, gold at the 1980 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, bronze medal from the European Championship, in 1980 – 3 times winner of the Czechoslovak league (1975-1976, 1979-1980, 1980-1981), 2 x top scorer in the Czechoslovak league (1979-1980, 1983-1984).

Jiří Raška
Ski jumper
, born in 1941 in Frenštát pod Radhoštěm, won gold at the 1968 Olympic games in Grenoble in the mid hill category and silver from the large hill, also won gold at the Four Hills tournament in 1971 and bronze at the masters world championships in Planice in 1972.

Josef Mikoláš
Ice hockey player
, born in 1938 in Frýdek; 1961– gold at the 1961 European Championships in Geneva, silver from 1961 World championships in Geneva, bronze at the 1963 world championships in Stockholm, bronze at the 1963 European championships in Stockholm.

Dana and Emil Zátopek
Emil Zátopek, born in 1922 in Kopřivnice, was a four-time Olympic champion in long-distance running.
Dana Zátopková, born in Fryštát in 1922, was an Olympic champion in the javelin.

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