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Věra Čáslavská

Full name: Věra Čáslavská (-Odložilová)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: May 3, 1942 in Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Czech Republic
Country: TCH Czechoslovakia
Sport: Gymnastics

Related Olympians: Wife (divorced) of Josef Odložil.

Medals: 7 Gold, 4 Silver (11 Total)

Biography

Attractive, vivacious and talented, Věra Čáslavská of Czechoslovakia was the outstanding gymnast at the 1964 and 1968 Games. In Tokyo she won three gold medals and a silver, winning the all-around, on the balance beam, and the horse vault, and finishing second in the team event. In 1968 at Mexico she dominated, winning four golds (one shared) and two silvers. Her 1968 golds came in the individual all-around, floor exercises, horse vault, and uneven parallel bars. Čáslavská also won a silver medal in the team event in 1960, giving her a total of 11 Olympic medals, which has only been bettered by Larisa Latynina (URS) among female gymnasts. After winning her final gold medal in 1968 she married Czech Olympic silver medalist (1,500 metres in 1964) Josef Odložil (1938-1993), in Mexico. Her victories at Mexico City were dramatic, given the political tenor of the times. She defeated Soviet gymnasts shortly after Soviet tanks had invaded her homeland of Czechoslovakia. At the World Championships, Čáslavská won the 1966 all-around, and the horse vault in both 1962 and 1966. She was all-around European champion in 1965 and 1967, and in 1965, she won the title in all five individual events. In 1989, Čáslavská was appointed President of the Czech Olympic Committee, and in 1995 she was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 18 Roma Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around Czechoslovakia TCH 8
1960 Summer 18 Roma Gymnastics Women's Team All-Around Czechoslovakia TCH 2 Silver
1960 Summer 18 Roma Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise Czechoslovakia TCH 9T QR
1960 Summer 18 Roma Gymnastics Women's Horse Vault Czechoslovakia TCH 7 QR
1960 Summer 18 Roma Gymnastics Women's Uneven Bars Czechoslovakia TCH 21 QR
1960 Summer 18 Roma Gymnastics Women's Balance Beam Czechoslovakia TCH 6
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around Czechoslovakia TCH 1 Gold
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Gymnastics Women's Team All-Around Czechoslovakia TCH 2 Silver
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise Czechoslovakia TCH 6
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Gymnastics Women's Horse Vault Czechoslovakia TCH 1 Gold
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Gymnastics Women's Uneven Bars Czechoslovakia TCH 5
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Gymnastics Women's Balance Beam Czechoslovakia TCH 1 Gold
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around Czechoslovakia TCH 1 Gold
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Team All-Around Czechoslovakia TCH 2 Silver
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise Czechoslovakia TCH 1T Gold
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Horse Vault Czechoslovakia TCH 1 Gold
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Uneven Bars Czechoslovakia TCH 1 Gold
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Women's Balance Beam Czechoslovakia TCH 2 Silver

Women's Individual All-Around

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP
1960 Summer 18 Roma Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final Standings 8 75.298 37.399 37.899
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final Standings 1 77.564 38.432 39.132
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final Standings 1 78.25 38.85 39.40

Women's Team All-Around

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1960 Summer 18 Roma Gymnastics Czechoslovakia TCH Final Standings 2
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Gymnastics Czechoslovakia TCH Final Standings 2
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Czechoslovakia TCH Final Standings 2

Women's Floor Exercise

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP QP FP
1960 Summer 18 Roma Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final Standings 9T QR
1960 Summer 18 Roma Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Qualifying 9T 19.100 9.500 9.600
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final Standings 6 19.099
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final 6 19.099 9.633 9.466
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Qualifying 3 QU 19.266 9.500 9.766
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final Standings 1T 19.675
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final 1T 19.675 9.775 9.90
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Qualifying 2T QU 19.55 9.70 9.85

Women's Horse Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP QP FP
1960 Summer 18 Roma Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final Standings 7 QR
1960 Summer 18 Roma Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Qualifying 7 18.699 9.433 9.266
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final Standings 1 19.483
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final 1 19.483 9.750 9.733
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Qualifying 1 QU 19.500 9.700 9.800
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final Standings 1 19.775
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final 1 19.775 9.875 9.90
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Qualifying 1 QU 19.75 9.90 9.85

Women's Uneven Bars

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS CEP OEP QP FP
1960 Summer 18 Roma Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final Standings 21 QR
1960 Summer 18 Roma Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Qualifying 21 18.733 9.233 9.500
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final Standings 5 18.416
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final 5 18.416 9.716 8.700
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Qualifying 1 QU 19.432 9.666 9.766
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final Standings 1 19.650
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final 1 19.650 9.750 9.90
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Qualifying 1 QU 19.50 9.60 9.90

Women's Balance Beam

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS QP FP CEP OEP
1960 Summer 18 Roma Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final Standings 6 19.083
1960 Summer 18 Roma Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final 6 19.083 9.383 9.700
1960 Summer 18 Roma Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Qualifying 6 QU 18.766 9.233 9.533
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final Standings 1 19.449
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final 1 19.449 9.683 9.766
1964 Summer 22 Tokyo Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Qualifying 1 QU 19.366 9.566 9.800
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final Standings 2 19.575
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Final 2 19.575 9.725 9.85
1968 Summer 26 Ciudad de México Gymnastics Czechoslovakia Qualifying 2 QU 19.45 9.65 9.80