Leon Štukelj listen (help·info) (12 November 1898 – 8 November 1999) was a Yugoslav gymnast of Slovene ethnicity, Olympic gold medalist and athlete.
He is a noted figure in Slovenian sporting history. Štukelj is one of the few Slovene athletes to have risen to the very top of his sport, where he remained right from the World Championships in Ljubljana in 1922 all the way to the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, at which he finished his competitive gymnastics career.
Štukelj competed at seven major international competitions and captured a total of twenty medals: eight gold, six silver and six bronze. At the Olympic Games alone he won six medals: two gold medals (counted for Yugoslavia) in Paris in 1924, one gold medal and two bronze in Amsterdam in 1928, and a silver medal in Berlin in 1936, with which he concluded his career.
Štukelj was born in Novo Mesto, Austria-Hungary (now Slovenia).
In 1927 he completed his studies in law. Since the young age, he was an active member of the Slovenian Sokol athletic movement. After finishing his sports career he became a judge, first in his hometown Novo Mesto. Later he moved to Lenart, and then to Maribor, where he lived until his death. After World War II Štukelj was not a supporter of the newly formed Communist regime of Yugoslavia. It has been suggested that during World War Two, he took part in the Yugoslav royalist (Chetnik) movement, hostile to Tito's partisans, and maintained contacts with the British Special Operations Executive. For these reasons, he was suspicious to the new Communist regime. After the war, he was first imprisoned, then released but permanently disbarred from being a judge. He worked as a legal assistant for the rest of his career.
Štukelj was presented at the opening ceremony of the Games of the XXVI Olympiad in Atlanta in 1996 as then oldest living Olympic gold medalist, where he shook hands with the President of the United States Bill Clinton. He also presented the medals to winners in the men's team competition.
His 100th birthday in 1998 was a major celebration in Slovenia. Štukelj still exercised regularly until even just before his death, only four days short of his 101st birthday.
Today a sports hall in Novo Mesto, mainly used by a local basketball team, is named after him, in addition to the University Sports Hall situated on the campus of the University of Maribor.
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leon štukelj- atlanta1996
Leon Štukelj, legenda svetovnega športa, je zapisan v zgodovini slovenskega športa kot tekmovalec z največ uspehi na velikih mednarodnih športnih tekmovanjih, kot so svetovna prvenstva...
Berlin 1936 Gymnastics Rings
Rings details Alois Hudec Czechoslovakia (TCH) Leon Štukelj Yugoslavia (YUG) Matthias Volz Germany (GER)
Leon Štukelj: Induction video (International Hall of fame)
LEON STUKELJ is inducted with the honor of being the oldest living Olympic gold medalist. At the time of his induction, Mr. Stukelj was 98 years young. More: http://www.ighof.com/honorees/honorees...
Leon Štukelj: Olympic Games Atlanta, 1996: Opening Ceremonies
In the company of the worlds best athletes Leon Stukelj was an honoured guest at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
"1999 NBC Sports Profile Leon Stukelj" Presented by DCT Goddess
We are very pleased to offer up this video of this amazing Olympic gold-medalist legend. In 1998, NBC briefly partnered with Radioshack to create a monthly in-store video promo VHS tape, played...
Dominik Sky - Half "Reverse Muscle Up/Elevator" In Memory of Leon Štukelj (HD)
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Dobrodelni Miklavžev koncert 1993-2011 - LETOS 20 LET!
Prvi Miklavžev večer, ki ga je organiziral Rotary klub Ljubljana, je zaživel leta 1993. Prenašala ga je TV Slovenija, tako kot tudi vse ostale, ki so sledili. Po dolžini je bil zgodovinski:...
Drawing a portrait of Leon Štukelj (olimpic gold medalist)
The first in a series of portraits of famous people of Novo mesto, commissioned by Mestna občina Novo mesto for the 650th anniversary of the town.
1996 Opening Ceremonies - Martin Luthor King/Olympic Heroes
(12:08am) This includes flying of 100 Dove kites released after the raising of the Olympic Flag. There is also a tribute to Martin Luthor King as well as a shot of Coretta Scott King at the...
STA - Slovenska Tiskovna Agencija (subscription)
Mon, 06 Apr 2015 02:00:00 -0700
Prime Minister Miro Cerar will be a guest speak at a ceremony held in the Leon Štukelj Arena on Thursday, while the city will also host a fun run on Sunday. Basic information. Publish time: Apr 6, 2015, 11:00. Category: Around Slovenia. Keywords ...
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 03:18:45 -0700
Na poti smo najprej srečali kip Leona Štuklja, ki krasi Kandijsko križišče - otrokom smo razložile, kako pomemben telovadec je bil gospod Leon Štukelj - in nato nadaljevali pot skozi stari most. Na koncu mostu se nam je prijazno nasmehnila čajarna, kjer se ...
Fri, 12 Dec 2014 21:01:27 -0800
Doma ima tri olimpijske medalje, od tega dve zlati. Čeprav se ne mara širokoustiti, prej nasprotno, se zaveda: Ko vidim, kako se me ljudje še danes spominjajo, takrat se zavem, da sem bil kar dober. Olimpionik, ki ga je Leon Štukelj označil za največjega ...
Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:55:20 -0800
Google is celebrating the birthday of 115th Birthday of Leon Štukelj, a Yugoslav gymnast of Slovene nationality, Olympic gold medalist and athlete, with an interactive doodle. He is a noted figure in Slovenian sporting history. Štukelj is one of the ...
Tue, 10 Jan 2012 17:03:58 -0800
Maribor will solemnly open the European Capital of Culture on January 14 at Leon Štukelj square, followed by Guimarães a week later on January 21. The main event marking the official start of the European Capital of Culture will begin at 8:00 pm. Right ...
Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:26:15 -0800
Na današnji dan se je pred 116 leti v Novem mestu rodil legendarni slovenski telovadec Leon Štukelj. Slovenski olimpionik, ki je umrl nekaj dni pred 101. rojstnim dnevom pred 15 leti, je še danes edini slovenski športnik, ki je osvojil tri zlate olimpijske kolajne ...
Sun, 13 Jul 2014 00:01:49 -0700
... ko je prvi slovenski športnik okrog vratu prejel zlato olimpijsko odličje. To je bil seveda legendarni telovadec Leon Štukelj, ki je leta 1924 v Parizu na igrah osme olimpijade ugnal konkurenco v mnogoboju, za nameček pa je zlato odličje osvojil še na drogu.
Tue, 04 Nov 2014 03:26:15 -0800
Almost one year after IOC President Thomas Bach delivered a speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) calling for “sport to enjoy responsible autonomy” and that “politics must respect this sporting autonomy”, the 69th regular session of the ...
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