Important figures of the South Bohemian Region

Adolf Born (*12. 6. 1930, České Velenice)

Adolf BornHe studied art education at the Pedagogical Faculty of Charles University and later transferred to the College of Applied Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, where he graduated under Professor A. Pelc. Since 1960 his works have been exhibited around the world and have won many awards. His domain is graphics – in particular drypoint, etching, and lithography. His best known works include illustrations of books by Miloš Macourek (Max and Sally, Žofka), Jules Verne (In Search of the Castaways), Alexandre Dumas the elder (The Three Musketeers), Vojtěch Steklač (the series Bořík's Turmoil), and others. He is also the author of costumes and decorations for Antonín Dvořák's opera The Devil and Kate, staged at the National Theater, as well as for productions of the Music Faculty of the HAMU Academy of Music – opera In the Well by Vilém Blodek. In 1974, he was named cartoonist of the year at the World Fair in Montreal. In 1988 he received the title of Distinguished Artist. In 2013 at the Anifilm festival, he won an award for his lifetime achievement to animated film.

Marian Jelínek (*18. 11. 1963, Český Krumlov)

Martin JelínekCzech hockey coach, currently (from September 2014) working with the team BK Mladá Boleslav, where he is the assistant for head coach František Vyborný.

He started with hockey as a forward in Písek and graduated from the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport at Charles University. Apart from his active coaching career, he is also interested in sports psychology, having written several books and earned a doctorate in philosophy on the subject.

In 2003-2005 he worked as assistant coach at the Czech national hockey team, who won the 2005 world title. At the highest Czech competition, he worked as an assistant for coach František Vyborný for HC Sparta, who won the title of champion twice under their leadership.

Marian Jelínek's career is also interesting for his cooperation with Jaromír Jágr. Jelínek was his personal coach for a long time, also serving as head coach for the Jágr-team summer school.

Petr Jirmus (*26. 12. 1957, České Budějovice)

Petr JirmusCzech aerobatic pilot who was awarded the title of absolute world champion and twice the absolute champion of Europe. He also became the Czechoslovak champion four times.

He is still an active pilot, flying a Boeing 737 since 1986. He has flown many types of aircraft. He also worked in the "government pilot team" of former Czech President Václav Havel. Except for a short break in 2011, he flies for the Travel Service company as the captain of a Boeing 737. In his spare time, he serves as a referee for acrobatic competitions and flies his own LSA recreationally.

Jan Jindra (*6. 3. 1932, Třeboň)

Jan JindraHe began to row on the Svět fishpond near Třeboň in 1949. In 1951 he defeated all his opponents for the Czechoslovakian championship in Brno, and was nominated for the XV Olympic Games 1952 in Helsinki, where he won a gold medal. At the European Championships in 1953 in Copenhagen, the already famous "Trebon Four" confirmed their victory from the Olympics, then a year later came in third in the same competition.

In Amsterdam in 1954, and he sat in a crew of eight that took fourth place. He then linked his fate to rowing in a team of eight. In 1957, the crew of J. Jindra finished third in the European Championships in Duisburg, fourth in 1958, and in 1959 he went against the Germans again for the victory in Mâcon. The interplay of the “Czechoslovak Eight” showed off at the XVII Olympics in Rome in 1960, where with only slightly a changed line-up they took the bronze medal for rowing behind Germany and Canada. After the end of his racing career, he worked as a coach of the rowing section in Třeboň and was a member of the Czech Rowing Association.

Jan Koller (*30. 3. 1973)

Jan KollerBorn in Prague, growing up in the South Bohemian village of Smetanová Lhota from the first grade of elementary school. As a former Czech soccer offense, he also represented the Czech Republic in beach soccer. Since summer of 2014 he has been the coach of AS Monaco C.

He previously worked at the AS Cannes club in the third French league, and even before that he played in the Russian FC club Krylia Sovetov Samara. With 55 goals, he is historically the best scorer of Czech and Czechoslovak soccer teams. With 180 achieved goals, he is tied for fourth in the league Gunners Club. With its imposing physical parameters (202 cm in height and weighing about 107 kg), he features in the game a serious threat to the opposing defense in any game.

At present he focuses on beach football. He is also a member of the team Real Top Praha, in whose jersey he participates in charity games and events. He is married, and with his wife Hedwig they have two children – daughters Hedvík and Kateřina.

Jiří Lála (*21. 8. 1959, Tábor)

Jiří LálaFormer Czechoslovak hockey forward who played most of his career FOR TJ Motor České Budějovice. He is a silver medalist from the 1984 Olympics and world champion in 1985. During his career, he has scored 89 goals in the national team, 297 in the Czechoslovak league, 230 in the German league, and four in the Swiss league – he is thus a member of the club of hockey shooters of the daily periodical Sport (14th place) and the Club 300 of MF Dnes (6th place). He is a member of the Hall of Fame of Czech hockey. He is married for a second time in Germany with wife Silvia, daughter Francisca, and son Joe. He lives with his family in Regensburg.

Kateřina Neumannová (*15. 2. 1973, Písek)

Kateřina NeumannováFormer Czech cross country skier and cyclist, Olympic champion and world champion in cross country skiing. She served as President of the World Championship Organizing Committee for Nordic skiing in 2009, which became notorious for its high debts and which she was criticized for. She currently works at the Ministry of Defense as a coordinator, in charge of conceptual military sport and representation.

During her long career, she won many victories, medals, and other awards. She is a world champion and has a few Olympic medals in her collection. She competed in the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics, then in 1998 won the bronze at the Nagano Olympics at the 10-kilometer freestyle run and added a silver for the 5 km classic. At the next Olympics in 2002 in Salt Lake City, she won two silver medals. After the Olympics, she interrupted her career for a time due to pregnancy (her daughter Lucy was born on July 2, 2003), but she managed an admirable return. Half a year after the birth, she won her first race. At the age of 33, Neumannová became the Olympic champion to 30 km freestyle at the Turin Olympics in 2006, and won a silver medal in the skiathlon.

Pavel Pavel (*11. 3. 1957, Strakonice)

Pavel PavelCzech technician and experimental archeologist who focuses on exploring possible ways of transporting heavy loads during the construction of monumental antique buildings.

Pavel Pavel became interested in Thor Heyerdahl's discovery on Easter Island and was fascinated in how the natives could have moved the giant statues. He built several models to verify his reasoning. In 1981 he became friends with a 20-ton concrete model of the moai statue and experimented with how it could be moved only by ropes controlled by a small group of people.

In 1986, Heyerdal Thor invited him to Easter Island, where he repeated the experiment with the original statue. He needed only 16 people with one supervisor and several ropes to move the statue. Heyerdal's previous experiments showed the need for hundreds of people.

Karel Poborský (*30. 3. 1972)

Karel PoborskýFormer professional soccer midfielder and representative of the Czech Republic. At present he is a businessman and soccer functionary. During his playing career, he mostly he operated as right flank and his advantages were technical sophistication and speed. With 118 matches, he is the current recordholder for the number of matches for the Czech national A-team. Karel Poborský has attended a total of four senior championships:

  • EC 1996 in England
  • EC 2000 in the Netherlands and Belgium
  • EC 2004 in Portugal
  • WC 2006 in Germany

Poborský is the first Czech representative to have exceeded 100 international matches and in 2004 added another representative success – 3rd place at the European Championship in Portugal.

Jaroslav Pouzar (*23. 1. 1952, Čakovec)

Jaroslav PouzarFormer Czechoslovak hockey striker, now a businessman and a member of the Hall of Fame of Czech hockey.

He first appeared in the Czechoslovak league in 1975, when entered for Motor České Budějovice. In 1982 he was chosen by the NHL draft at 83rd place for the Edmonton Oilers. He played his first match for Edmonton in the 1982/83 season. In the following year, he was the first Czechoslovak to win the famous hockey trophy, the Stanley Cup. He later transferred to German Rosenheim in 1987, where he finished his active career in 1990.

He participated in six World Championships (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982), two Olympic Games (1976 - silver, 1980 - 5th place) and two Canadian Cups (1976, 1981).

Vladimír Remek (*26. 9. 1948, České Budějovice)

Vladimír RemekFormer military aviator and the only Czechoslovak cosmonaut, he is the world's 87th cosmonaut. Vladimir Remek flew into space under the program Interkosmos, when the Soviet Union offered Member States of the program a visit by their cosmonauts to the Soviet space station. He flew along with Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Gubarev on March 2, 1978 on his flight to the Salyut 6 station aboard the Soyuz 28 spacecraft; he has spent 7 days, 22 hours and 17 minutes in space.

Since January 2014 he has been the ambassador of the Czech Republic in Russia.

Jiří Sosna (*19.1.1960, Vimperk)

Jiří SosnaFormer representative of Czechoslovakia in judo. Until 1979 he lived in České Budějovice. In addition to being the champion of South Bohemia and the Czech Republic, he achieved the title of European Champion (Pamplona, ​​1988). During the World Championships in Barcelona in 1991, he reached third place. He took part in the Olympic Games twice, in Seoul and in Barcelona.

Zdeněk Troška (*18. 5. 1953)

Zdeněk TroškaA Czech film director from South Bohemian Hoštice u Volyně, a village which appeared in several of his films. He also directed theater performances.

He completed his high school studies at Lycée Carnot in Dijon, France, then studied film and television directing at the Prague Film and Television Academy of Performing Arts, graduating in 1978. Was assistant director on the Oscar-winning B. Streisand film Yentl (1982). His feature debut, A Shoe Named Melichar (1983) won more than ten prizes at domestic and international festivals. In the film Treasure of Count Chamaré (1984) he received the award for artistic performance at the Montreal Film Festival. He is the director of many successful fairy tales – About Princess Claire and the Flying Shoemaker, Princess from the Mill, and the famous trilogy Sun, Hay, and Strawberries; Sun, Hay and a Few Slaps; and Sun, Hay and Erotica.

Roman Turek (*21. 5. 1970, Strakonice)

Roman TurekFormer hockey goalkeeper. He last played for the České Budějovice HC in the Extraliga. Previously he played in the NHL teams Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, and Calgary Flames for nine years. In 1996 he became world champion at the World Championships in Vienna, won the Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999, and received the William M. Jennings Trophy in 1999 and 2000. He is currently dedicated to training and works as an assistant coach and goalie coach for the HC České Budějovice team.

Tomáš Verner (*3. 6. 1986, Písek)

Tomáš VernerCzech figure skater, he is the 2008 European champion.

At the European Championships 2007 in Warsaw, he led after the short program before finishing with the silver medal behind Brian Joubert. At the 2007 World Championships in Japan, he finished fourth overall.

In 2008, Verner became the first Czech male to win Europeans since Petr Barna's victory for Czechoslovakia in 1992.

Verner's 2008–09 Grand Prix assignments were the Cup of China and the Cup of Russia. He finished third and second. At the 2009 Europeans, he finished fourth at the 2009 World Championships.

Verner began the 2009–10 season with a silver medal at the 2009 Trophée Eric Bompard. He finished fifth at the 2010 Skate America.

Verner was fifth in the short program at the 2011 Europeans following a fall on his triple Axel, but finished second in the free skate to move up to third overall. The bronze medal was his first podium finish at the Europeans since winning the event in 2008.

He finished 11th at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Although he initially intended to retire in February 2014, Verner decided to compete at the 2014 World Championships in Saitama, Japan, and finished tenth at the event. He then retired from competition.

Pavel Vondruška (*15. 11. 1925, České Budějovice)

Pavel VondruškaCzech actor and conductor. A member of the Jara Cimrman Theater since 1969. During studies, he worked as an accompanist at the National Theater and conducted the Prague operetta.

He worked at the National Theater, where he conducted the orchestra during performances of drama and was also the director for this theater orchestra. He is also known as a writer and arranger for incidental music for several productions. He has also appeared as an actor in episodic roles occasionally at the National Theater.

On Saturday, February 5, 2011, he died after a serious accident.

Ája Vrzáňová (*16. 5. 1931)

Ája VrzáňováCzech figure skater and businesswoman, two-time world champion in figure skating in the women's competition from 1949 and 1950, four-time champion of Czechoslovakia from 1947 to 1950, and European champion in 1950. She made her debut at the European Championship in 1947 in Davos, Switzerland, taking fifth place. After a successful start to the World Cup, she applied for political asylum in London in 1950 and later emigrated to the United States, where for the next 16 years she worked as a professional skater in the Ice Follies ice show and later in the Ice Capades under the stage name of Aja Zanova. She was involved in the Trump skating rink in New York.

In 2004, he received a 2nd degree Medal of Merit on 28 October from Czech President Václav Klaus. In 2009 she was listed as the first Czech skater in the Hall of Fame in Los Angeles and was declared a Czech sports legend.

She died on Thursday, July 30 in New York, and is buried in the family tomb in Husinec.

Miloslav Vlk (*17. 5. 1932, Líšnice)

Miroslav VlkCzech Catholic priest and theologian who between 1991 and 2010 served as the 35th Archbishop of Prague and the Czech Primate; in 1990-1991, he was briefly the 10th bishop of České Budějovice. His episcopal motto is: "That all may be one".

From 1991 to 2010, he was the Czech Primate from the title of Prague Archbishop, i.e. the head of the Roman Catholic Church in the Czech Republic. From 1993 to 2001, Miloslav Vlk was the President of the Council of European Bishops' Conferences.

Having become a bishop after the fall of the communist regime, he worked for the renovation of the devastated church structures and has led a so far unsuccessful struggle for the return of church property that was taken from the church by the totalitarian regime.

He actively speaks German and Italian and has a passive knowledge of Russian, French, Latin and Esperanto. He is the holder of numerous honorary doctorates in theology in Illinois, Minnesota (USA), Passau (Germany), Krakow, and Opole (Poland) as well as numerous honorary citizenship abroad.

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