Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast, Died at 74

Věra Čáslavska was born on May 3, 1942, and died on August 30, 2016.

She was a Czechoslovakian artistic gymnast and Czechian sports leader.

She was a attractive, cheerful and possessing impressive stage presence, she was popular with the general public and won a total of 22 international titles between 1959 and 1968 including seven Olympic gold medals, four World titles and eleven European championships.

She was the most decorated Czech gymnast in history and is one of only two female gymnasts, along with Soviet Larisa Latynina, to win the all-around gold medal at two consecutive Olympics.

Along with her gymnastics success, Čáslavská was known for her outspoken support of the Czechoslovak democratization movement and her opposition to the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia.

Věra Čáslavská passed away at 74 years old.