First Czech Winter Olympics champion Jiří Raška dies at age 70
Saturday, January 21, 2012
, one of former 's most popular athletes in the 1960s and 1970s, died in at age 70. He won the normal hill competition.
Raška was a national hero after his win and after he added another, silver medal in the large hill competition in Grenoble. Writerhelped popularizing him with his book The Tale of Raška. Raška also won the and was a bronze medalist in 1972 ski flying world championships.
"I am very sorry, because Jura was not only a great athlete, but also a good friend, companion and a popular member of the Olympic club" ((cs))Czech language: Je mně to velice líto, protože Jura byl nejen vynikající sportovec, ale i dobrý kamarád, parťák, oblíbený člen olympijského klubu., said fellow Olympic champion . Jura is the regional form of Raška's given name Jiří.
After ending his career in 1976, Raška worked as a coach. He opposed the communist regime, signing the Czech Republic President awarded him the . He was named Czech Skier of the Century in 2003.appeal. In 2011
The ((cs))Czech language: celý život byl věrný sportu a lyžování, Jirásek said. "Until the last moment, he was an active member of the Czech club of Olympians" ((cs))Czech language: Do poslední chvíle byl aktivní v Českém klubu olympioniků.chairman named Raška a legend. "He was a devoted athlete and skier for all his life"
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- "Odešla legenda. Zemřel olympijský vítěz Jiří Raška" — , January 20, 2012 ()