Ili Raška – Ski Jumper with Flawless Style
As soon as you remember, you will recall the sport in which Czech athlete jiri raska excelled. This ski jumper represented Czechoslovakia already in the 1970s.
- He had been touted as a skiing hope by coach Zdeněk Lemsa since the war.
- It threatened to unnecessarily delay Rashek\’s career.
In 1964, at the age of 23, he had already competed in the Winter Olympics in Innsbruck.However, he still took part as an alternate and followed the style of his colleagues: at the 1966 World Championships, he placed fourth and a year later was in a good position for a silver medal.
In Lashka\’s case, it was not only the result – the length of his jumps – that was admired and admired, but also his style.
- She also managed to lead at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble.
- Despite jumping 79 meters, one meter short of Austrian rival Baldur Preiml, Raschka was already in first place after the first round thanks to his style.
He held on to win, becoming the first Czech gold medalist in Olympic history.In addition to his gold medal in the large hill, he also won a silver medal.
Somewhere along the line,
he became the world record holder.Thus, Laska became one of the elite ski jumpers in the world. In 1969, he jumped 164 m on the new hill in Planica, becoming the one-day world record holder. He broke Nora Björn Wirkola\’s world record by 4 meters. This made Wirkola\’s record valid for one day only.
- Raschka did exactly the same.
- The day after the record was set, Manfred Wolf of Germany took the record.
A year later,Lashka won the silver medal in the Large Hill at the World Championships. The following year,he won the Intersport Tour; in 1972, the first ever World Ski Championships were held. Lashka won the bronze medal. The same year, the Sapporo Winter Olympics were held, where she placed fifth.
- On January 20, 2012, Ili Raška passed away and his remains are kept in the Wallachian Open-Air Museum in Rožnov pod Radhoštěm.