Illustrative photo – Former ski jumper Antonín Hájek died at the age of 35 (pictured on March 13, 2014). The national association informed about the death of the Czech record holder and later national team coach.
Prague – Former ski jumper Antonín Hájek died at the age of 35. The national association reported the death of the Czech record holder and later national team coach, who, according to earlier information from Blesk newspaper, had been missing since October 2, without further details.
“On Friday, March 10, the Union of Skiers of the Czech Republic received devastating news. Former excellent ski jumper, Czech record holder and national team coach Antonín Hájek died. His life ended at the premature age of 36,” SLČR said on its website.
Hájek had been missing for several months, and the police had been looking for him since the beginning of October based on a family report. According to information from Blesk, he was in Malaysia.
Hájek is the holder of the Czech flying record with a performance of 236 meters, which he performed at the World Championships in Planica in 2010. The native of Frýdlant ended his career eight years ago. In the World Cup, he started in 111 races and was twice close to the podium in fourth place. He participated in the Olympic Games in Vancouver 2010 and Sochi 2014. In Canada, he finished seventh on the large bridge. At the World Championships in 2015, he was the best.
After his career ended in 2015, he started coaching. He first focused on youth and between 2018 and 2022 he successively led the women's and men's national teams.