Ondrej Nepela (22 January 1951 – 2 February 1989) was a Slovakfigure skater who competed in the late 1960s and early 1970s for Czechoslovakia. He was the 1972 Olympic champion and a three-time World champion. Later in his career, he performed professionally and became a coach.
In his second autobiography, Toller Cranston details a sexual tryst between himself and Nepela at the 1973 World Championships. Cranston was distracted and affected by their sexual affair and placed fifth while Nepela won the event and even earned a perfect 6.0 during his free skate.
Following his amateur skating career, Nepela toured for 13 years as a soloist with Holiday on Ice. He then established himself as a coach in Germany. He coached Claudia Leistner to her European title in 1989.
Nepela died of AIDS-related complications in February 1989, at the age of 38. Since 1993, the Slovak Figure Skating Association has held a competition each fall called the Ondrej Nepela Memorial. In December 2000, the Slovak Republic named him Slovak athlete of the 20th century. His former coach, Hilda Múdra, received the award on his behalf.