Vera Caslavska, Czech gymnastics great who fought Soviet invasion, dies at 74

Vera Caslavska, a seven-time Olympic gymnastics gold medalist who stood up against the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, has died. She was 74.

The Czech Olympic Committee said Wednesday that Caslavska died in Prague late Tuesday. Caslavska had cancer of the pancreas and underwent surgery last year, the committee previously said. She later had chemotherapy treatment.

"She was always a great role model to others," said Jiri Kejval, the committee's president. "Till the last moment, she was full of energy which she managed to pass on to all those around her. We will miss her greatly."

Born on May 3, 1942, in Prague, Caslavska won her first...