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.
Zuzana Čaputová is a Slovak politician, environmental activist, and lawyer. In 2019, Čaputová became the first woman to be elected as the President of Slovakia. She also became the youngest Slovak president of all time as she was 45 years old when she was elected. In 2020, Zuzana Čaputová was included in Forbes magazine's World's 100 Most Powerful Women list.
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.
Adriana Karembeu is a Slovak actress and fashion model. Karembeu, who achieved popularity by modeling for Victoria's Secret, went on to establish herself as an actress, appearing in many TV series. In 2009, she won the Vienna Fashion Award under the Style Icon category. She previously held the Guinness world record for having the longest legs for any female model.
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.
Daniela Hantuchová is a Slovak retired tennis player. She achieved popularity in 2002 when she won the WTA Tour title for the first time in her career; she defeated Martina Hingis in the finals of the Indian Wells Masters, becoming the lowest-ranked player to win the tournament. Also an accomplished doubles player, Hantuchová completed the Career Grand Slam in 2005.
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.
Magdaléna Rybáriková is a Slovak former tennis player who won four WTA singles titles during her professional playing career that spanned 15 years. Magdaléna Rybáriková's best Grand Slam result came in 2017 when she reached the semifinals of the Wimbledon Championships, becoming the first Slovak woman to do so; she lost to the eventual winner Garbiñe Muguruza.
Slovac model Kyla Cole soared to fame after being named the Penthouse Pet of the Month, but she was forced to reject the Penthouse Pet of the Year honor due to visa issues. Though she once revealed she was bisexual, she later said the confession was a marketing tactic.
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.
Petra Vlhová is a Slovak alpine ski racer who won the gold medal at the 2019 World Championships in the Giant slalom event. She became the first Slovak skier to win the World Cup overall title in 2021 as well as the gold medal in the 2022 Olympics in China in the slalom event.
Hungarian-origin Slovak actor Vica Kerekes started her career with the Slovak movie Konečná stanica. Also known as Vica, she later soared to fame with her award-winning roles in films such as Ki/Be Tawaret and Seven Days of Sin. She also appeared in the popular Slovak-Czech series Odsúdené.
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.
Anna Karolína Schmiedlová is a Slovak professional tennis player who has won three singles WTA Tour titles in her career so far. She has also won the ITF Women's World Tennis Tour titles on 12 occasions. Anna Karolína Schmiedlová competes in both singles and doubles events in Grand Slams and other prestigious tournaments like the Billie Jean King Cup.
Dominika Cibulková is a Slovak retired tennis player who won eight WTA Tour singles titles during her playing career. In 2014, she became the first female player from her country to reach the final of a Grand Slam event when she reached the Australian Open finals where she lost to Li Na.
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.
Anastasiya Kuzmina is a Russian-born Slovak retired biathlete best known for winning three Olympic gold and three silver medals, representing Slovakia. She also won a gold medal at the 2019 World Championships in Östersund, Sweden. Anastasiya Kuzmina also represented Russia and won a gold medal each at the 2003 Youth World Championships and 2005 Junior World Championships.
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.
Jarmila Wolfe is a Slovak-Australian retired tennis player who won 14 ITF Women's World Tennis Tour titles and two WTA Tour titles during her playing career. Jarmila Wolfe is perhaps best known for winning the 2013 mixed doubles title at the Australian Open alongside fellow Australian player Matthew Ebden.
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.
Viktória Kužmová is a Slovak tennis player who has won 14 singles and six doubles titles on the ITF Women's World Tennis Tour so far. She has also won three doubles titles at the WTA Tour. Viktória Kužmová first achieved prominence in 2015 when she won the girls' doubles event alongside Aleksandra Pospelova at the US Open.
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.
Galina Chistyakova is a former athlete best known for representing the Soviet Union in the Olympic Games, European Championships, World Indoor Championships, and European Indoor Championships, winning a bronze medal, one silver medal, one gold medal, and six medals, respectively. In 1988, Chistyakova reached 7.52 metres in the long jump, creating a new world record which she continues to hold.
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.
Kristína Kučová is a Slovak professional tennis player who has won 11 singles ITF Women's World Tennis Tour titles and one WTA Challenger title so far in her career. Kristína Kučová has also won five doubles titles on the ITF Circuit so far.
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 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.