Mutual Inspirations Festival 2021 - Věra Čáslavská

Fitness Challenge

October 13, 2021, 8:00 PM

The Czech Embassy's outside space turned into a training facility with DC’s leading personal trainer and fitness specialist, Czech-American Tomas Trnka, on October 13 as part of the Embassy's focus on sports diplomacy. Fitness enthusiasts worked out together, following Trnka’s guidance on proper form and best exercises to target certain muscle groups and get in shape. Afterwards, Trnka answered questions, shared his ten wellness tips, and emphasized that, “Your body is a machine. There is no secret. Move daily and laugh every day!”

Celebrating Olympic Athletes

September 21, 2021, 9:00 AM

Over 500 people attended the Czech Embassy’s Olympic Village on September 18, celebrating the accomplishments of Czech Olympic athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, as part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2021 honoring Věra Čáslavská.

Czech Ice Hockey Heritage Night

September 15, 2021, 11:00 AM

Czech Ice Hockey Heritage Night evoked patriotic spirit at the Czech Embassy on September 14! Attendees enjoyed the acclaimed documentary "The Nagano Tapes," practiced their ice hockey skills in the virtual "arena" by Sense Arena, and tested their hockey knowledge.

Festival Remembers Star

Festival Remembers Star

September 03, 2021, 11:00 AM

The Embassy opened the Mutual Inspirations Festival on September 2, at 7:45 pm, with the screening of director Olga Sommerová's documentary Věra 68, revealing the incredible life story of our festival personality - Olympic champion Věra Čáslavská. Cultural Attaché Jan Woska kicked off the event speaking about Věra's life and legacy, while photographs (provided by the Czech Olympic Committee) of her extraordinary achievements were displayed on the big screen and along the Embassy's front railing. Woska also played a short piece  of Čáslavská winning one of her many medals. As the stars twinkled in the clear skies, one could only hope that Věra was smiling down from above.
Festival Banner Personality Announced

Festival Banner Personality Announced

June 24, 2021, 3:55 PM

The Embassy of the Czech Republic honors Věra Čáslavská, via its twelfth annual Mutual Inspirations Festival. Věra Čáslavská (1942 –2016) was an incredible athlete, winning a total of 34 medals, including 22 gold medals, at the Olympic Games and at the World and European championships in the 1950s and 60s. She was also a strong advocate of democracy in former communist Czechoslovakia. Despite her absolute dominance at the 1968 Olympic Games, she was penalized by her own government for her subtle act of defiance upon the podium against the Soviet invasion of her nation. Over twenty years later with the fall of the totalitarian regime in 1989, she was able to gain the recognition she had been denied. She became the President of the Czech Olympic Committee and served as an advisor to late President Václav Havel.
In celebration of her achievements and courage, the festival will focus on mutual transatlantic inspirations and, in promotion of everyone’s good health and fitness, the legacy of an Olympian we can all be inspired by.

Photo courtesy of the National Museum in Prague

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