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Karel Pešek

Full name: Karel Pešek
Other name(s): Káďa
Gender: Male
Born: September 20, 1895 in Olomouc, Olomoucký kraj, Czech Republic
Died: September 30, 1970 in Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Czech Republic
Affiliations: Sparta Praha, Praha (CZE)
Country: TCH Czechoslovakia
Sport: Football, Ice Hockey

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Karel Pešek is unique for having competed in a winter and a summer sport at the same Olympics, competing in both football and ice hockey at the 1920 Olympics. Initially, he played under his pseudonym, Káďa, for his youth club ČAFC Královské Vinohrady. In 1913, he was recruited by Sparta Praha, for whom he played until 1933, interrupted only by military service during World War I. With Pešek as a winger or midfielder, Sparta won the national title in 1919, 1922, 1926, 1927 and 1932. They also won the inaugural edition of the Mitropa Cup, in 1927. At the Antwerp Olympics, Karel Pešek played the first of his 44 matches for the Czechoslovakian team, scored one goal. After reaching the final in 1920, the Czechs walked out after 38 minutes in protest of the referee's decisions, and they were promptly disqualified. In winter, Pešek played ice hockey rather than football, and he was also very successful in that sport. With Bohemia (1914) and Czechoslovakia (1922, 1925), he won the European title three times, in addition to a bronze medal at the Antwerp Games. Pešek retired from sports in 1934, after playing one season for SK Židenice. Pešek then worked for the Czechoslovakian Health Ministry, until he was fired for not being a member of the Communist Party in the early 1950s. He died of cardiac arrest, shortly after his 75th birthday.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Ice Hockey Men's Ice Hockey Czechoslovakia TCH 3 Bronze
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Football Men's Football Czechoslovakia TCH AC
1924 Summer 28 Paris Football Men's Football Czechoslovakia TCH 9T

Men's Ice Hockey

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G AST PIM TG IG
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Ice Hockey Czechoslovakia TCH Final Standings 3 1920-04-23 0 0 0
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Ice Hockey Czechoslovakia TCH Quarter-Finals Match #3 2 1920-04-24 CAN 15, TCH 0 0 0
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Ice Hockey Czechoslovakia TCH Second-Place Tournament Final 2 1920-04-28 USA 16, TCH 0 0 0
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Ice Hockey Czechoslovakia TCH Third-Place Tournament Final 1 1920-04-29 TCH 1, SWE 0 1 0

Men's Football

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G YC RC
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Football Czechoslovakia TCH Final Standings AC 1920-08-28 0 0 0
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Football Czechoslovakia TCH Final Round Match 1/2 AC 1920-09-02 BEL , TCH 0
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Football Czechoslovakia TCH Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1920-08-31 TCH 4, FRA 1 0
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Football Czechoslovakia TCH Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1920-08-29 TCH 4, NOR 0 0
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Football Czechoslovakia TCH Round One Match #1 1 1920-08-28 TCH 7, YUG 0 0
1924 Summer 28 Paris Football Czechoslovakia TCH Final Standings 9T 1924-05-25 0 0 0
1924 Summer 28 Paris Football Czechoslovakia TCH Round Two Match #4 1T 1924-05-28 TCH 1, SUI 1 0
1924 Summer 28 Paris Football Czechoslovakia TCH Round Two Replay #1 2 1924-05-30 SUI 1, TCH 0 0
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