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Věra Čáslavská

Marc S. Ellenbogen presents HRE Award Certificate to Věra Čáslavská
Marc S. Ellenbogen presents HRE Award Certificate to Věra Čáslavská
Hanno R. Ellenbogen Award Recipient

Věra Čáslavská won seven Olympic gold medals before she was forced into retirement and for many years was denied the right to travel, work and attend sporting events following her protest against the Soviet-led occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968. A signatory of the '2000 Words' manifesto, Čáslavská was known for her outspoken support of the Czechoslovak democratization movement. At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City she quietly looked down and away while the Soviet national anthem was played during medal ceremonies. Her subtle but highly public and widely understood protest resulted in her becoming a persona non grata in the new regime.

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