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Jelinek, Otto

LC control no.n 97857625
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Personal name headingJelinek, Otto
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Variant(s)Jelínek, Otakar, 1940-
Associated countryCzechoslovakia Canada
Birth date19400520
Place of birthPrague (Czech Republic)
Field of activityFigure skating Pairs figure skating
AffiliationOlympic Winter Games (8th : 1960 : Squaw Valley, Calif.)
Canada. Parliament. House of Commons
Canadian Skate Industries
Profession or occupationFigure skaters Olympic athletes Businesspeople Politicians Legislators Cabinet officers
Found in*MGZIA 4-1970 Magic memories on ice [videorecording] c1989.
*MGX 89-22657 Stevenson, Sandra. The BBC book of skating (1984).
Wikipedia, March 10, 2015 (Otto Jelinek; Otto John Jelinek, PC (born Otakar Jelínek, May 20, 1940) is a businessman, former figure skater, and Canadian politician. Jelinek's family fled to Canada from Czechoslovakia in 1948 at the beginning of the Cold War. Jelinek was appointed as ambassador of Canada to the Czech Republic in August 2013; born Prague, Bohemia; competed as a pair skater with his sister, Maria. They are the 1962 World Champions, the 1961 North American national champions, and 1961-1962 Canadian national champions. They represented Canada at the 1960 Winter Olympics, where they placed 4th. After retiring from professional skating, Jelinek started a business, Canadian Skate Industries, to manufacture figure and hockey skates for the mass market. He also had considerable investments in real estate. After a time in business, Otto Jelinek entered politics and was elected in the 1972 election to the House of Commons as the Progressive Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for High Park-Humber Valley in Metropolitan Toronto. He was re-elected in 1974. In 1979, he switched to the riding of Halton, where he ran and won in the 1979 federal election. When the Tories formed government after the 1984 election, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney appointed Jelinek to Cabinet as Minister of State for Fitness and Amateur Sport, and the Minister responsible for Multiculturalism. In 1988, he was named Minister of Supply and Services, and later, Minister of National Revenue. Jelinek was returned to Parliament in the 1988 federal election in Oakville--Milton left politics after Mulroney retired and did not run in the 1993 election. In 2013, he was appointed as ambassador of Canada to the Czech Republic)