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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Novo mesto, 22. aprila (STA) - Košarkarji Krke so v 8. krogu lige Telemach za prvaka premagali Helios z 69:54 (19:13, 38:24, 51:39). * Dvorana Leon Štukelj, gledalcev 600, sodniki: Boltauzer, Vučković (oba Maribor), Mlakar (Škofja Loka). * Krka: Lapornik 10 ...
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Tue, 08 Apr 2014 01:43:56 -0700
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Dvorana Leon Štukelj, gledalcev 1200, sodniki: Vojinović, Nešković (oba Srbija), Perlić (Hrvaška). Krka: Lapornik 10 (2:2), Kastrati 9, Rojc 8 (1:2), Booker 6 (0:2), Hukić 17 (1:2), Bolčina 2, Buljan 5, Klobučar 16 (5:12). Szolnoki Olaj: Simon 2 (2:2), Keller 15 ...
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Dvorana Leon Štukelj, gledalcev 800, sodniki: Jeršan (Ljubljana), Majkič (Hrastnik), Škrbec (Kranj). * Krka: Lapornik 11 (4:6), Kastrati 11 (1:3), Rojc 3 (3:4), Bečirović 10 (1:2), Pavić 6 (2:4), Booker 8, Bolčina 4, Buljan 6 (2:4), Klobučar 16 (3:6). * Hopsi Polzela: ...
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Novo mesto, 26. marca (STA) - Košarkarji Krke so v 2. krogu lige Telemach za prvaka po podaljšku premagali Rogaško z 91:88 (12:16, 35:39, 55:65, 76:76). * Dvorana Leon Štukelj, gledalcev 500, sodniki: Majkič (Hrastnik), Špendl (Maribor), Škrbec (Kranj).
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