An intoxicating, visually intense portrait of legendary runner Emil ZÃ¡topek Emil ZÃ¡topek is arguably the greatest Olympic champion of all time. The Czech runners three gold medals at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Olympics, for the 5,000 meter, 10,000 meter, and marathon, is an achievement that has never been matched. His success as a runner made him a national hero, but as a public figure, outspoken and unafraid to take a stand, he was equally impressive. Even before the Helsinki Games, ZÃ¡topek had scored a remarkable victory, successfully pressuring the communist regime to allow his colleague Stanislav Jungwirth, who until then had been excluded on political grounds, to compete. In ZÃ¡topek, Jan NovÃ¡k and JaromÃr 99 trace the extraordinary life and times of the great Olympian, from his first meeting with Dana, the love of his life, to the victories that would ensure his lasting legacy.