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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Sun, 10 May 2015 03:18:45 -0700
The paper is still located in the same building at Leon Štukelj Square, where an exhibition featuring photographs by the paper through the decades has been opened to celebrate the anniversary. Radio Maribor will celebrate its anniversary on Monday ...
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, 06 May 2015 00:23:30 -0700
Novo mesto - Košarkarji Krke so v prvi tekmi četrtfinala lige Telemach premagali Portorož s 76:68 (14:15, 42:32, 58:51). Državni prvaki zadnjih petih sezon so pred svojimi gledalci upravičili vlogo favorita in proti osmouvrščeni ekipi po rednem delu zabeležili ...
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 ...
Wed, 13 May 2015 13:15:00 -0700
Dvorana Leon Štukelj, gledalcev 1200, sodniki: Pukl (Maribor), Krejić (Kranj), Španič (Postojna). * Krka: Rojc 2, Wangmene 10 (6:7), Armstead 4 (1:2), Mulalić 11 (2:3), Joksimović 17 (3:4), Booker 2, Lapornik 7 (5:6), Halilović 13 (1:2). * Tajfun: M. Sebič 4 (2:2), ...
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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