At precisely 3:30pm Central European Time today, July 27, a group of runners will set off around Stromovka, the country park on the northern edge of Prague 7, to follow in the metaphorical footsteps of, while paying homage to their hero – Emil Zátopek. Because 64 years ago, at that same time on this same […]
QUICKSILVER, The Mercurial Emil Zátopek by Pat Butcher (published today, July 25, 2016*) Pat Butcher shared the company of quadruple Olympic gold medallist Emil Zátopek at international events on several occasions, dating back to the Games in Munich in 1972 when Emil was guest of honour.
The history of indeterminate sexuality is as old as the Ancient Olympic Games, if you count the (roughly) two and half thousand year old example of Kallipateira who disguised herself as a man in order to coach her son to victory in the boxing. Under the all-male rules of the time, she was busted when […]
As we hove in rapidly towards Rio and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, the interim period, ie July 20-27 marks the 64th anniversary of one of the greatest of Olympic feats – Emil Zátopek winning all three distance races at a single Games, Helsinki 1952. Appropriately, next week will also (finally) see the publication […]