Leon Štukelj

About Leon Štukelj

Who is it?: Gymnast
Birth Day: November 12, 1898
Birth Place: Novo Mesto, Slovenian
Country: Yugoslavia
Sport: Men's artistic gymnastics
Medal record Men’s gymnastics Representing Yugoslavia Olympic Games 1924 Paris All-around 1924 Paris Horizontal bar 1928 Amsterdam Rings 1928 Amsterdam Team competition 1928 Amsterdam All-around 1936 Berlin Rings World Championships 1922 Ljubljana Parallel bars 1922 Ljubljana Horizontal bar 1922 Ljubljana Rings 1926 Lyon Horizontal bar 1926 Lyon Rings 1922 Ljubljana Pommel horse 1926 Lyon Parallel bars 1930 Luxembourg Horizontal bar Men’s gymnasticsRepresenting YugoslaviaOlympic GamesWorld Championships: 1924 ParisAll-around1924 ParisHorizontal bar1928 AmsterdamRings1928 AmsterdamTeam competition1928 AmsterdamAll-around1936 BerlinRings1922 LjubljanaParallel bars1922 LjubljanaHorizontal bar1922 LjubljanaRings1926 LyonHorizontal bar1926 LyonRings1922 LjubljanaPommel horse1926 LyonParallel bars1930 LuxembourgHorizontal bar

Leon Štukelj

Leon Štukelj was born on November 12, 1898 in Novo Mesto, Slovenian, is Gymnast. Leon Stukelj was a legendary Slovene gymnast. He dominated the arena of gymnastics for nearly 14 years: from the 1922 World Championships in Ljubljana to 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, he became the top Slovene athlete and a giant of world gymnastics. This legendary Olympian won 20 international medals: eight gold, six silver and six bronze, through his participation in seven major international competitions, of which six medals were claimed at the Olympics. This brains-and-brawn personality worked as a lawyer before venturing into gymnastics and resumed his law profession after retiring from the sport after the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He lived a long-life of more than 100 years, and at one time he was the oldest living Olympic gold medalist—a record he held for over ten years. His sportsmanship and phenomenal performances at the Olympic Games were appreciated with several honors, including his induction into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame and Slovenian Athletes Hall of Fame.
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As per our current Database, Leon Štukelj has been died on 8 November 1999(1999-11-08) (aged 100)\nMaribor, Slovenia.

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When Leon Štukelj die, Leon Štukelj was 100 years old.

Popular As Leon Štukelj
Occupation Sportspersons
Age 100 years old
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Born November 12, 1898 (Novo Mesto, Slovenian)
Birthday November 12
Town/City Novo Mesto, Slovenian
Nationality Slovenian

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Leon Štukelj’s zodiac sign is Sagittarius. According to astrologers, Sagittarius is curious and energetic, it is one of the biggest travelers among all zodiac signs. Their open mind and philosophical view motivates them to wander around the world in search of the meaning of life. Sagittarius is extrovert, optimistic and enthusiastic, and likes changes. Sagittarius-born are able to transform their thoughts into concrete actions and they will do anything to achieve their goals.

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He is a noted figure in Slovenian sporting history. Štukelj is one of the few Slovene athletes to have risen to the very top of his sport, where he remained right from the World Championships in Ljubljana in 1922 all the way to the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, at which point he finished his competitive gymnastics career.


Štukelj competed at seven major international competitions and won a total of twenty medals: eight gold, six silver, and six bronze. At the Olympic Games alone he won six medals: two gold medals (counted for Yugoslavia) in Paris in 1924, one gold medal and two bronze in Amsterdam in 1928, and a silver medal in Berlin in 1936.


In 1927 he completed his studies in law. Since the young age, he was an active member of the Slovenian Sokol athletic movement. After finishing his Sports career he became a judge, first in his hometown Novo Mesto. Later he moved to Lenart, and then to Maribor, where he lived until his death. After World War II Štukelj was not a supporter of the newly formed Communist regime of Yugoslavia. It has been suggested that during World War Two, he took part in the Yugoslav royalist (Chetnik) movement, hostile to Tito's partisans, and maintained contacts with the British Special Operations Executive. For these reasons, he was suspicious to the new Communist regime. After the war, he was first imprisoned, then released but permanently disbarred from being a judge. He worked as a legal assistant for the rest of his career.


Štukelj was presented at the opening ceremony of the Games of the XXVI Olympiad in Atlanta in 1996 as then-oldest living Olympic gold medalist, where he shook hands with the President of the United States Bill Clinton. He also presented the medals to winners in the men's team competition.


His 100th birthday in 1998 was a major celebration in Slovenia. Štukelj still exercised regularly until even just before his death, only four days short of his 101st birthday. He is the longest living individual Olympic gold medalist.

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