Martin Kopecky - Nov 22, 2011 - RIP

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Martin Kopecky - Nov 22, 2011 - RIP

Post by Jani Soderhall » Tue Nov 22, 2011 11:50 pm

News is spreading that Martin Kopecky died today, Nov 22, 2011.

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The Czech skate site http://www.skaterock.cz is having a tribute article:
http://www.skaterock.cz/clanky.php?ru=1&cl=11856

Martin Kopecky was, as someone said, the GodFather of Czech skateboarding. He was the guy holding together the events in the 80's in Czechoslovakia (the joint country it was at the time) and thereafter. Together with Tomas Potucek he founded Rock'n Roll Skateboards, but later left skateboarding to concentrate in import of dart boards and promotion of dart as a sport. What is less known is that he in 2000 participated in the men's synchronized swimming in the Sydney Olympics! A true pioneer in all what he did! http://www.skaterock.cz/clanky.php?ru=3&cl=276

In 1987 Martin took over my position as President of the AES - Association of European Skateboarders and brought the European Championships to Prague in 1988. It was to be the most important Euros ever held, and the last great one where all the skateboard disciplines still kept together as one big family. It was organized in the World Championships Hockey stadium. Visiting skaters had never seen anything like it before. Here we were greeted with respect unseen in this sport, with dedicated translators (yes, of course good looking), great organization, great audience and live TV coverage during the race. Eurosport sent the event over and over again in the years to follow. At the end of the race, a party where we all literally bathed in champagne was held. There's never been anything like it ever since!

Martin's name is forever associated with Czech skateboarding's history and if it wasn't for Martin, Czech Republic wouldn't be the slalom nation it is today.

His absence at the European Indoor Championships a week ago was felt, but we all talked about him at one time or another during the weekend, going through old skate memories, not knowing then that 10 days later he'd no longer be with us.

Martin, you'll always be with us in our hearts and memories!
Thanks' for everything you've done for our sport!

RIP

/Jani


Links:

http://www.sipky.cz/images/who/cz/kopecky_martin_01.htm
http://www.sipky.cz/images/who/cz/kopecky_martin_02.htm

http://www.skaterock.cz/clanky/rozhovor ... u-276&pg=1
http://www.skaterock.cz/clanky/rozhovor ... u-276&pg=2
http://www.skaterock.cz/clanky/rozhovor ... u-276&pg=3

http://www.krasoplavci.cz/17-slozeni-tymu/

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Re: Martin Kopecky - Nov 22, 2011 - RIP

Post by Tomas Potucek » Thu Nov 24, 2011 1:34 am

Thank you Jani for your article. His funeral will be this Saturarday in Litomyšl, town where he was born. The whole Czech skate nation is deeply sad. For those who knew him, give him your last good bye around 11 a.m. on Saturday. Thanks, Tomas.

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Re: Martin Kopecky - Nov 22, 2011 - RIP

Post by Claude Regnier » Sat Nov 26, 2011 5:55 am

Our sympathies go out Martin's family and friends.

We wish you all the best!!!!!
Many Happy Pumps!

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Re: Martin Kopecky - Nov 22, 2011 - RIP

Post by Peter Pletanek » Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:08 am

Tribute to Martin Kopecký by Vojťas

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http://vimeo.com/32980253

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Re: Martin Kopecky - Nov 22, 2011 - RIP

Post by Jani Soderhall » Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:26 pm

Thanks for sharing this with us!

ps. There's also some really old slalom videos in there, about 5 minutes into the video.

/Jani

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