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Ondrej Nepela

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Igor Piačka
Rudolf Cigánik
November 3, 1997
Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague
Rotary-recess printing combined with recess printing
FDC Design:  Igor Piačka
FDC Engraving:  Rudolf Cigánik
Cancellation Design:  Igor Piačka
FDC Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
FDC Print Technology:  Recess printing from flat plates
FDC Print Run:  10 000

Ondrej Nepela secured his place in the history of Slovak sport as our first victor at the Winter Olympics. In addition to a Gold Medal at Sapporo (1972) he gained three world titles (1971-1973) and five European titles (1969-1973) in figure skating. A worthy successor to Karol Divín, with whom he represented Czechoslovakia at his first Olympics in Innsbruck in 1964, he was assisted in his achievement by the legendary trainer, "auntie" Hilda Múdra. He bad farewell to the world of amateur sport with a freestyle mark of 6.0 for artistic impression at the World Championships in 1973.

Bratislava's Winter Stadium, Nepela's home base as a member of Slovan, now bears the skater's name.

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