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Gabriela Svobodová-Sekajová

Full name: Gabriela Svobodová-Sekajová (-Soukalová)
Nickname(s): Gaba
Gender: Female
Height: 5-4 (163 cm)
Weight: 128 lbs (58 kg)
Born: February 27, 1953 in Kremnica, Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
Affiliations: Ruda Hvezda i ZKL Brno
Country: TCH Czechoslovakia
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Related Olympians: Wife (divorced) of Jaroslav Svoboda; Mother of Gabriela Soukalová.

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Gabriela Svobodová made her international début at the 1974 World Championships, where she won a bronze medal in the relay and the high point of her career came a decade later at the 1984 Winter Olympics, when she, Dagmar Švubová, Blanka Paulů and Květa Jeriová won a surprising silver medal in the relay. Besides those successes, Svobodová also competed at the 1976 and 1980 Olympics and the 1978, 1982 and 1985 World Championships, her best individual finish at those tournaments being 13th in both 5 km at the 1976 Olympics and 10 km at the 1982 World Championships. Svobodová retired from sports in 1985 and later worked as a school teacher and cross-country coach in Jablonec nad Nisou. Although an ethnic Slovak, Svobodová opted for Czech citizenship after the split of Czechoslovakia. After the 1976 Olympics, Svobodová married fellow Czechoslovakian cross-country skier Jaroslav Svoboda, but they later divorced. She later married former Czechoslovakian ski jumper Karel Soukal and their daughter Gabriela Soukalová represented the Czech Republic in biathlon at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Winter 22 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Women's 5 kilometres Czechoslovakia TCH 13
1976 Winter 22 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Czechoslovakia TCH 19
1976 Winter 22 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Czechoslovakia TCH 6
1980 Winter 26 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Women's 5 kilometres Czechoslovakia TCH 20
1980 Winter 26 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Czechoslovakia TCH 19
1980 Winter 26 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Czechoslovakia TCH 4
1984 Winter 30 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Women's 5 kilometres Czechoslovakia TCH 15
1984 Winter 30 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Women's 10 kilometres Czechoslovakia TCH 14
1984 Winter 30 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay Czechoslovakia TCH 2 Silver

Women's 5 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R
1976 Winter 22 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Czechoslovakia Final Standings 13 16:53.22
1980 Winter 26 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Czechoslovakia Final Standings 20 16:01.41
1984 Winter 30 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Czechoslovakia Final Standings 15 17:59.8 9:08.9 16

Women's 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1976 Winter 22 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Czechoslovakia Final Standings 19 32:28.76 17:43.60 22
1980 Winter 26 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Czechoslovakia Final Standings 19 32:23.05 17:39.19 21
1984 Winter 30 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Czechoslovakia Final Standings 14 33:29.1 19:15.8 15 26:58.6 15

Women's 4 × 5 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1976 Winter 22 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Czechoslovakia TCH Final Standings 6 17:34.71 35:48.48 4
1980 Winter 26 Lake Placid Cross Country Skiing Czechoslovakia TCH Final Standings 4 15:54.20 32:32.63 4
1984 Winter 30 Sarajevo Cross Country Skiing Czechoslovakia TCH Final Standings 2 16:46.2 51:22.1 4
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