So how did he end up in Germany? Did he leave Czechoslovakia illegally as prior generations of Czech and Soviet skaters did?
Thank you for this thread. I always wondered why there is so little footage of Nepela, who was the most successful athlete in men's singles in the late 60's- early 70's: the same era of Janet Lynn and Rodnina-Ulanov, who have a much bigger video legacy.
He can not be compared to Shuba: she was an outstanding figure skater and B-list free skater, Nepela was great in figures and very competent and pleasant in free skating, with his own style.
Was back then the average level of men's free skating superior to women's? France's Pera, 8th in the free skating in Sapporo, was a good free skater as far as I know.
He had the cutest sideburns.
I think men skating in general tends to be more intricate and interesting than the women. Compare the choreography Robin Cousins and Charlie Tickner were doing verses their women counterpart, Fratianne and Poetzch, for example.
^ Fast intricate skating takes a lot of stamina, so the men probably have an advantage.
Some good news on this front. I've managed to make contact with a few people who knew and skated with Ondrej back in the day. If I can get enough info, I might write an article on his career. Hopefully it's all interesting stuff.
Yes floskate! Do it!
In my spare time, I like to interview figure skating legends.
That would be wonderful!
I'll look forward to this, floskate!
Floskate, that would be brilliant!
Count me in and I'm sure many more people are interested. I watched some of his skating but other than that didn't know much about Nepala, so all this has been an interesting read for me so far. This is one of the reasons I often come back to this board, even if I haven't been here for months; eventually someone posts very informative threads. Thank you to all the people who always provided en continue to write fascinating posts and links.