It was 16 years ago that Jaromír Jágr was part of the team that won Olympic gold for the Czech Republic at the Winter Olympics at Nagano in Japan.
This year, the now 41-year-old ice hockey supremo will be picking up his stick once again when he represents his home country at this year’s games in Sochi, Russia.
Jágr, who plays for the New Jersey Devils in North America’s National Hockey League (NHL), will be taking part in his fifth Olympics and is the sole representative of the gold-winning side of 1998.
Born in Kladno, Jágr is nothing less than an all-time great of ice hockey, having achieved five wins of the Art Ross Trophy, which goes to the highest-scoring NHL player in a season, and two victories in the Stanley Cup, a team award. In addition to his gold from Nagano, the forward picked up a bronze medal at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin in Italy.
Despite being one of the more mature players, Jágr is still performing at the highest level, and is the second highest-scoring Czech player in the NHL this season.
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(Jaromir Jagr playing for his NHL team, New Jersey Devils, in November 2013. Photo: Bridget Samuels/flickr.com)