Peter Sagan is a Slovak road bicycle racer. He is currently associated with Bora-Hansgrohe, a popular UCI WorldTeam. Widely regarded as one of cycling's greatest talents, Peter Sagan has won several prestigious championships over the course of his career. He has won UCI Road World Championships and European Championship among many other contests.
Slovakia-born David Dobrik lives in America and is a very popular social media personality. His humorous videos on YouTube are a raging hit, especially among teenagers and the youth and his followers are in millions. He initially gained recognition as a teenager through six-second video clips on the now-defunct social media app Vine.
Marek Hamšík is a Slovak football player who has captained the Slovakia national team in important tournaments such as the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship. In 2018, Marek Hamšík became the most capped player for Slovakia and marked the occasion with his 22nd goal, becoming the second-highest goalscorer for his country.
Marián Hossa is a Slovak retired ice hockey player best known for winning the prestigious Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, 2013, and 2015. Marián Hossa, who accumulated 525 goals during his illustrious career, was made an inductee of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2020.
Starting his career with Broadway, Cornel Wilde later gained fame for his Academy Award-nominated role of Frédéric Chopin in A Song to Remember. Though he had made it to the US Olympic fencing team in 1936 and had also joined Columbia University to become a physician, he decided to focus on acting instead.
The First Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia, Alexander Dubček, was no stranger to politics as a child, being the son of a Communist Party member. He resisted the Nazi occupation, while his liberal policies later led Soviet authorities to invade Czechoslovakia. He eventually died in a car crash.
Rory Sabbatini is a South African-Slovak golfer who won a silver medal for Slovakia at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He has also represented South Africa in several World Cups. Between 2000 and 2011, Sabbatini had six PGA Tour wins under his belt.
Lukáš Hrádecký is a Finnish football player who plays as a goalkeeper for the Finland national team and Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen. Starting from 2016, Hrádecký was adjudged Finnish Footballer of the Year for three years in a row. In 2020, Lukáš Hrádecký helped his national team qualify for the UEFA European Championship for the first time.
Marián Vajda is a Slovak tennis coach and former player. He is best known as the former head coach of the current world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. Vajda helped Djokovic win 20 Grand Slams and is deemed the most successful coach of all time. The Olympic Committee of Serbia honored Vajda with the best coach award in 2010 and 2011.
Vladimír Weiss is a Slovak football player best known for his role as a winger for the Slovak national team. He has also represented several prestigious clubs and is currently playing for Slovan Bratislava. In 2011, Vladimír Weiss helped the Rangers win the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish League Cup.
Attila Végh is a Slovak mixed martial artist best known for winning the Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship title in 2013 after defeating the inaugural Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Christian M'Pumbu. Attila Végh, who has been competing since 2008, has also competed in the M-1 Global promotion.
Milan Rastislav Štefánik was a Slovak politician, diplomat, aviator, and Freemason. He served as the minister of war for Czechoslovakia during World War I while simultaneously serving as a general in the French Army. He was a leading member of the Czechoslovak National Council and contributed to the cause of Czechoslovakian sovereignty. He died in a plane crash in 1919.
Andrej Kiska is a Slovak politician, entrepreneur, writer, and philanthropist. He became the 4th president of Slovakia in 2014 after running as an independent candidate in the 2014 presidential election. He was popular as the president, and polls in 2018 indicated that he was Slovakia's most trusted politician. He is the author of two books about happiness, success, and life.
Miloslav Mečíř is a Slovakian retired professional tennis player best known for winning the gold medal in the men's singles event at the 1988 Olympic Games, earning Czechoslovakia its first ever medal at the event. In the same Olympics, Mečíř and Šrejber shared the bronze medal with Sweden's Stefan Edberg and Anders Järryd as there was no bronze medal match.
Slovak author and politician Ľudovít Štúr was a major figure of the 19th-century Slovak national revival. He had started writing poems as a teenager and had also penned The Theory of the Slovak Language. He was also part of the Hungarian Assembly. He later accidentally shot himself during a hunt.
Juraj Sagan is a Slovak road bicycle racer best known for winning the National Road Race Championships on four occasions. He currently competes for the popular UCI ProTeam Team, TotalEnergies. Juraj Sagan is also known as the younger brother of the famous World Road Race Champion, Peter Sagan.
Kyle Kuric is an American-Slovak basketball player and a multiple-time Spanish Cup champion with his present club, FC Barcelona, which competes in prestigious tournamens like the EuroLeague and the Liga ACB. He achieved prominence in 2010 when he led the Louisville Cardinals men's basketball team to a win in the final game played at the Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.
Slovak politician Milan Kňažko, who has been associated with the Public against Violence movement and the Velvet Revolution, or Gentle Revolution, is also a fine actor. He is known for his appearances in films such as the Czech movie Devět kruhů pekla and the American horror flick Hostel: Part II.
Ondrej Nepela was a Slovak figure skater best remembered for representing Czechoslovakia at the Olympic Games and World Championships. He won a gold medal at the 1972 Winter Olympics and three gold medals, one each at the 1971, 1972, and 1973 World Championships. Ondrej Nepela also won five gold medals at the European Championships during his career.
Jozef Tiso was a Slovak politician best remembered for his service as the president of the Slovak State from 1939 to 1945. The Slovak State was a client state of German Reich during World War II. After the war, Jozef Tiso was executed for crimes against humanity and war crimes in Bratislava.
Dominik Hrbatý is a Slovak former professional tennis player best known for his unique record of beating the Big Three in his first match against them, joining an elite list comprising only Nick Kyrgios, Lleyton Hewitt, and himself. Dominik Hrbatý is also known for winning the prestigious Hopman Cup in 2005 and 2009.
Also known as Peter the Great, Peter Šťastný was one of the most prominent offensive players of the NHL. The Slovak-Canadian ice hockey player was second to Wayne Gretzky in terms of the highest scores in the 1980s. A 2-time world champion, he has also been a European parliament member for Slovakia.
Robert Fico is a Slovak politician best known for his service as the Prime Minister of Slovakia on two occasions; he held the prime minister's office from 2006 to 2010 and again from 2012 until his resignation in 2018. Robert Fico is currently serving as a member of the National Council.
Slovak Catholic priest Andrej Hlinka was a major part of the Slovak opposition to the Czechoslovak government. He co-founded the Slovak People’s Party and was part of the National Assembly of Czechoslovakia. He is now regarded as a Slovak patriot and was also featured on Slovak currency, before the introduction of the Euro.
Ján Volko is a Slovak sprinter who has won a gold, silver, and bronze medals at the European Indoor Championships. Volko has also won a couple of silver medals at the European Games. Ján Volko's popularity increased in 2020 when he was chosen as the face of a game called Athletics Mania developed by PowerPlay Studio.
Ján Mucha is a Slovak retired professional football player best known for representing his country as a goalkeeper from 2008 to 2016. He played a major role in helping his national team qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 2010 for the first time in history.
Norbert Gombos is a Slovak tennis player who plays for the men's national Davis Cup team. Gombos also competes on the ATP Challenger Tour and Grand Slam events. His best result so far in Grand Slam is reaching the third round at the French Open in 2020. Norbert Gombos is the current No. 2 singles player in Slovakia.
Ivan Gašparovič is a Slovak lawyer and politician who served as the third president of his country from 2004 to 2014. Since he had already served as an acting president for a few months in 1998, Gašparovič became the first president to be re-elected in Slovakia when he won the presidential elections in 2004.
Martin Kližan is a Slovak former tennis player who won six ATP titles during his professional career that spanned 14 years. Before turning pro in 2007, Martin Kližan won the French Open boys' singles title in 2006.
Jozef Kovalík is a Slovak tennis player who came into prominence in 2010 when he won the bronze medal in the doubles event at the Summer Youth Olympics alongside fellow Slovak player Filip Horanský. Since turning professional in 2010, Jozef Kovalík has been competing in many prestigious tournaments, winning the Capri Watch Cup in 2016.
Vladimir Brodziansky is a Slovak basketball player who currently plays for the Spanish basketball team, Club Joventut de Badalona. Brodziansky represented the TCU Horned Frogs men's basketball team at the collegiate level. He then signed with Obradoiro CAB before becoming an important member of Club Joventut Badalona.
Anton Hrnko is a Slovak politician and historian best known for his book, Slovak history from dawn to present. A long-time associate of the Slovak National Party, Anton Hrnko is currently serving as a member of the National Council.
Slovak tennis player Andrej Martin had a successful junior career, gaining the world number 8 rank. He also reached a career-high senior ranking of 93 in singles and was part of the 2016 Summer Olympics. He is now associated with charities such as Drahuskovo, a non-profit that works for autism-affected people.
Vladimír Mečiar is a Slovak politician who played a major role during the disunion of Czechoslovakia in 1992–93. Mečiar served as the prime minister of Slovakia on three occasions. He also served as the country's president for a short period of time in 1998. Known for his autocratic style of administration, Mečiar has been criticized by Western political organizations.
Michal Kováč was a Slovak political figure who served as the first President of Slovakia from 1993 to 1998. He also served as the Finance Minister of Slovak Federal Republic from 1989 to 1991, a phase marked by the Velvet Revolution. Michal Kováč is also credited with co-founding a national-populist political party called The Movement for a Democratic Slovakia.
Mikuláš Dzurinda is a Slovak politician best known for his service as the Prime Minister of Slovakia from 1998 to 2006. He is credited with founding and leading important political parties, such as Slovak Democratic Coalition and the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union. Mikuláš Dzurinda also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2010 to 2012.
Though Slovak tennis player Filip Polasek retired in 2013 due to ill health, he returned to tennis in 2018 and won his first Grand Slam in 2021. He has a career-high ranking of 7 in singles and has also become the first Grand Slam men’s singles or doubles champion from his country.
Matej Toth is a Slovak race walker best known for winning the gold medal in the men's 50 kilometres race walk event at the 2016 Olympic Games. He has also won a gold medal at the World Championships and a couple of silver medals at the European Championships. In 2016, Matej Toth was named Slovak Athlete of the Year.
Vladimír Clementis was a Slovak minister, lawyer, politician, publicist, author, and literary critic. An important member of the famous Czechoslovak Communist Party, Clementis served as the Foreign Minister of Czechoslovakia from 1948 to 1950. As the Foreign Minister, Vladimír Clementis played a decisive role in involving Czechoslovakia in Operation Balak to help the newly founded Israel and its Air Force.
Karol Kučera is a Slovak retired professional tennis player who won six ATP singles titles during his playing career that spanned 13 years. Kučera is best known for reaching the semi-finals of the 1998 Australian Open. In the same year, he also won the prestigious Hopman Cup. Nicknamed the Little Cat, Kučera was known for his deceptive style of play.
Known as the Radio Priest, Jozef Murgaš was a Slovak Roman Catholic priest who is remembered for his contribution to the development of wireless transmission. Regarded as one of the inventors of the radio, he was also an acclaimed botanist, an architect, and a painter.