Czechoslovakia at the Paralympics

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Czechoslovakia at the Paralympic Games

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IPC code   TCH
Paralympic history
Summer Games
Winter Games
Other related appearances
Czech Republic (1994–)
Slovakia (1994–)

Czechoslovakia made its Paralympic Games début at the 1972 Summer Paralympics in Heidelberg, where it was one of just four Eastern Bloc nations competing (the other three being Hungary, Poland and Romania). Czechoslovakia sent a delegation of nineteen athletes, who all competed in track and field, and won a single bronze medal in the shot put.[1][2]

The country's participation in the Summer Paralympics was sporadic. It missed the 1976 Games, sent a delegation of seven athletes to the 1980 Summer Paralympics in Arnhem, missed the 1984 Games, then competed in 1988 and 1992, before its dissolution in 1993. At the Winter Paralympics, however, Czechoslovakia took part in the inaugural Games in Örnsköldsvik in 1976 (with a delegation of five athletes), and participated in every edition of the Games until its dissolution. Since 1994, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have competed separately.[3]

During their nine participations in the Paralympics, Czechoslovakians won a total of 27 medals - seven gold, ten silver and ten bronze. Thus the country ranks fifty-fourth on the all-time Paralympic Games medal table (behind both of its successor states).[4]

Only four Czechoslovakians have won gold medals at the Paralympic Games. Eva Lemezova is the country's most successful Paralympian, having won three gold medals in women's alpine skiing in 1976, as well as a silver in 1980. Pavla Valnickova won two gold medals in track events in 1992, as well as a bronze, and a bronze and a silver in cross-country skiing that same year. Miloslava Behalova won a gold in the discus in 1992, and Vojtech Vasicek is Czechoslovakia's only male Paralympic champion, having won the pentathlon in 1992.[5]

Medallists[edit]

Medal Name Games Sport Event
 Gold Lemezova, EvaEva Lemezova 1976 Örnsköldsvik Alpine skiing Women's alpine combination III
 Gold Eva Lemezova 1976 Örnsköldsvik Alpine skiing Women's giant slalom III
 Gold Eva Lemezova 1976 Örnsköldsvik Alpine skiing Women's slalom III
 Gold Behalova, MiloslavaMiloslava Behalova 1992 Barcelona Athletics Women's discus throw THW4
 Gold Valnickova, PavlaPavla Valnickova 1992 Barcelona Athletics Women's 1500 metres B1
 Gold Pavla Valnickova 1992 Barcelona Athletics Women's 3000 metres B1
 Gold Vasicek, VojtechVojtech Vasicek 1992 Barcelona Athletics Men's pentathlon PW3-4
 Silver Gronsky, RomanRoman Gronsky 1980 Arnhem Swimming Men's 100 metre butterfly D
 Silver Eva Lemezova 1980 Geilo Alpine skiing Women's slalom 3A
 Silver Lachman, JosefJosef Lachman 1988 Seoul Cycling Men's 60 km LC3
 Silver Jiraskova, VeraVera Jiraskova 1992 Barcelona Athletics Women's discus throw THW5
 Silver Sluka, AntonAnton Sluka 1992 Barcelona Athletics Men's marathon B3
 Silver Simovec, LubomirLubomir Simovec 1992 Barcelona Cycling Men's road race LC2
 Silver Misunova, MarcelaMarcela Misunova 1992 Tignes-Albertville Alpine skiing Women's super-G LW5/7,6/8
 Silver Tepla, KaterinaKaterina Tepla 1992 Tignes-Albertville Alpine skiing Women's giant slalom B1-3
 Silver Katerina Tepla 1992 Tignes-Albertville Alpine skiing Women's super-G B1-3
 Silver Pavla Valnickova 1992 Tignes-Albertville Cross-country skiing Women's short distance 5 km B1
 Bronze Chmelova (full name not recorded) 1972 Heidelberg Athletics Women's shot put 1B
 Bronze Roman Gronsky 1980 Arnhem Swimming Men's 4x50 metre individual medley D
 Bronze Bogdan, StefanStefan Bogdan 1992 Barcelona Athletics Men's javelin THW4
 Bronze Godri, FrantisekFrantisek Godri 1992 Barcelona Athletics Men's pentathlon B2
 Bronze Leipert, DusanDusan Leipert 1992 Barcelona Athletics Men's discus THS4
 Bronze Pavla Valnickova 1992 Barcelona Athletics Women's 800 metres B1
 Bronze Zemanova, PavlaPavla Zemanova 1992 Barcelona Athletics Women's long jump B3
 Bronze team 1992 Barcelona Volleyball Men's standing
 Bronze Marcela Misunova 1992 Tignes-Albertville Alpine skiing Women's slalom LW5/7,6/8
 Bronze Pavla Valnickova 1992 Tignes-Albertville Cross-country skiing Women's long distance 10 km B1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Czechoslovakia at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  2. ^ "Participation Numbers: Heidelberg 1972 Paralympic Games", International Paralympic Committee
  3. ^ Czechoslovakia at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  4. ^ Czechoslovakia at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  5. ^ Czechoslovakia at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee