Rio de Janeiro, the second largest city of Brazil, is the first South American city in history to have hosted the Olympic Games. The hosting of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad was awarded to Rio, the city famous for its beautiful beaches, including the renowned Copacabana, or the gigantic statue of Christ the Redeemer.
The collection was prepared by a team of ten designers led by Lucie Kuříková and Patrik Nábělek for two years in cooperation with the Czech athletes who tested the garments. The main motif of the collection is a stick figure of a runner which the phenomenal runner Emil Zátopek sometimes added to his signature. The figure was slightly tweaked by the academically trained painter Milan Jaroš. “In fact, the only thing I’ve changed is the expression of the figure’s face. The original Zátopek’s figure did not smile but we wanted to feel joy radiating from the motif,” said Jaroš. Zátopek himself once said that he was not able to smile when running.
“The Olympic collection has been prepared with an utmost emphasis on functionality and design. As usual, this unique collection, which will be available not only for the Czech Olympic team members but also for any true fan, was developed with the participation of athletes who tested individual garments and commented on them. We are proud to be a partner of the Czech Olympic Committee for the fourth time, thus being allowed to contribute to the success and outstanding performance of the Czech team. We hope that the collection will appeal to every fan our athletes will need for their performance,” said Václav Hrbek, the company owner and founder.
Lukáš Krpálek – Judo Men -100 kg
Josef Dostál – Canoeing Men’s Sprint 1.000 m
Jaroslav Kulhavý - Mountain bike
Jiří Prskavec - Canoeing Men's slalom K-1
Ondřej Synek - Rowing Men's single sculls
Petra Kvitová – Tennis Women's singles
Lucie Šafářová, Barbora Strýcová - Tennis Women's doubles
Lucie Hradecká, Radek Štěpánek – Tennis Mix doubles
Barbora Špotáková - Athletics Women's javelin throw
Daniel Havel, Lukáš Trefil, Josef Dostál, Jan Štěrba - Men's Kayak Four 1000m