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Emil Zatopek
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    (September 19, 1922-November 22, 2000)
    Born in Koprivinice, Czech Republic
    Distance runner
    Won Olympic gold medals in the 10,000 meters (1948, 1952), 5000 meters (1952) and marathon (1952)
    His training techniques and running style were unorthodox.
    He was nicknamed 'the Czech locomotive' for his audible wheezing and panting during races.
    Sportswriter Red Smith said his grimaces while running were 'the most frightful horror spectacle since Frankenstein.'
    He suffered a hernia while training by running with his wife sitting on his shoulders.
    Ohio State track coach Larry Snyder said, 'He does everything wrong but win.'
    He noted about his training techniques, 'Everyone said, 'Emil, you are a fool!' But when I first won the European Championship, they said, 'Emil, you are a genius.'
    He is not just the only person (as of 2008) to win the 5000 meters, 10000 meters and marathon at the same Olympics, he is the only athlete to run in all three events at a single Olympics.
    He won an Olympic gold medal in the first marathon he ever ran.
    After he supported democracy during the Prague Spring (1968), he was stripped of his rank as colonel in the Czech army and was forced to work menial jobs for seven years.
    He was married to his wife Dana, a gold medalist in the javelin, for 52 years until his death.

Credit: C. Fishel

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