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The heroine of the week: Martina Sáblíková

The Czech Centres, in cooperation with Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art of the University of Western Bohemia in Pilsen and Radio Prague International, present important women of the Czech history and the present. Every week we bring you one portrait of a heroine. The heroine of this week is Czech speed skater Martina Sáblíková, Olympic gold medal winner and a multiple European and World allround champion.

Martina Sáblíková was born on May 27, 1987 in Nové Město na Moravě. She was brought to speed skating at the age of 11 by coach Petr Novák, whose trainee she still is. She has been active on the international scene since the spring of 2002, when she participated in the Junior World Championship for the first time. In the autumn of the same year, she ran the first races of the World Cup. The turning point in her career was the 2005/2006 season: she participated in the Winter Olympics in Turin, finished fourth on the 5,000m track and won a silver medal at the Junior World Championships. Since that moment, she won dozens of medals at the European Championships, World Championships, and the Winter Olympics (Vancouver, Sochi, Pyongyang). In 2007, 2009 and 2010 she became the Czech Athlete of the Year and in 2017 she was awarded the Czech state award - the Medal of Merit.


© Alina Pylaeva


About the project

An illustrated mosaic of the stories of prominent Czech women - rulers, politicians, artists, scientists, and athletes – who left an important mark on history and the present day in the Czech lands and internationally. The project is inspired by the 100th anniversary of the ratification of women’s suffrage in Czechoslovakia in 1920 and the 200th birthday of author Božena Němcová. It offers portraits of fifty distinguished female personalities as seen through the eyes of the contemporary wave of young illustrators, students of the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art at the University of West Bohemia under the guidance of their mentor and teacher Renáta Fučíková. The profiles of the selected hereoines were written by the historian Lenka Křížová and the writer Kateřina Tučková. The exhibition project will be complemented by a book of the same name, which is going to be published in autumn 2020.


Czech Heroines in Pilsen

You can currently see the exhibition České hrdinky / Czech Heroines at Ladislav Sutnar Gallery in Pilsen. The exhibition is open until August 1, 2020.

© Kamran Julfayev

© Kamran Julfayev

© Kamran Julfayev

© Kamran Julfayev



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