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Famous people from Slovakia

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Martina Hingis

Tennis Tournament Champion

Martina Hingis is a Swiss professional tennis player who spent a total of 209 weeks as World No. 1. She won five Grand Slam singles titles. She also won nine Grand Slam women's doubles titles, winning a calendar-year doubles Grand Slam in 1998, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title. Hingis set a series of "youngest-ever" records before ligament injuries in both ankles forced her to withdraw temporarily from professional tennis in 2002 at the age of 22. After several surgeries and long recuperations, Hingis returned to the WTA tour in 2006. She then climbed to world no. 6 and won three singles titles. In June 2011, she was named one of the "30 Legends of Women's Tennis: Past, Present and Future" by Time. In 2013 Hingis was elected into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. In July 2013, Hingis came out of retirement to play a doubles tournament in California and said she might also play singles and doubles tournaments in the future.

Daniela Hantuchová

Tennis Player

Daniela Hantuchová is a Slovak tennis player. She turned professional in 1999 and had her breakthrough year in 2002, when she won her first WTA tournament, the Indian Wells Masters, defeating Martina Hingis in the final and becoming the lowest-ranked player to ever win the tournament. She also reached the quarterfinals of that year's Wimbledon Championship and US Open, ending the year in the top 10. She was also part of the Slovak team that won the 2002 Fed Cup. Hantuchová reached her highest ranking, fifth, in January 2003, after reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. She has gone on to win a further five WTA tournaments, including the Indian Wells Masters for a second time in 2007 and most recently the 2013 Aegon Classic. She also reached the semifinals of the Australian Open in 2008, the furthest she has progressed in a Grand Slam. She is the most successful Slovak tennis player of all time and became only the 37th woman in the Open Era to reach 500 career wins when she beat Laura Robson in the second round of the Aegon Classic in June 2013. Hantuchová is also an accomplished doubles player. In 2005, she completed the career Grand Slam in mixed doubles, becoming only the fifth female tennis player to do so. She won the mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2001 with Leoš Friedl, at the Australian Open in 2002 with Kevin Ullyett, at the French Open in 2005 with Fabrice Santoro and at the US Open in 2005 with Mahesh Bhupathi. She has also reached the finals of the mixed doubles at Wimbledon in 2002 with Ullyett and the finals of the women's doubles at the Australian Open in 2002 with Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, at the French Open in 2006 with Ai Sugiyama and at the Australian Open in 2009 with Sugiyama.

Peter Sagan

Professional Road Racing Cyclist

Peter Sagan is a Slovak professional road bicycle racer for World Tour team Cannondale. Sagan had a successful junior cyclo-cross and mountain bike racing career, winning the Junior World Championship in 2008, before moving to road racing. Sagan is considered one of cycling's most promising young talents, having earned many prestigious victories in his early twenties. Supporting this view are victories in: two Paris–Nice stages, three Tirreno–Adriatico stages, one in the Tour de Romandie, two and the overall classification in the Tour de Pologne, a record ten in the Tour of California, eight in the Tour de Suisse as well as the overall classification and three stages of the Giro di Sardegna. He has won seven stages in Grand Tours: three in the Vuelta a España and four in the Tour de France. He was also the winner of the points classification in the Tour de France, in 2012 and 2013; as a result, Sagan became the second rider to win the classification in his first two attempts, after Freddy Maertens.

Dominika Cibulková

Tennis Player

Dominika Cibulková is a professional Slovak tennis player. Known for her quick and aggressive style of play, she has won three career singles titles. Her career-high ranking of world no. 12 was achieved in July 2009. In majors, she has reached the semifinals of the 2009 French Open, as well as the quarterfinals of the 2010 US Open, 2011 Wimbledon Championships and 2012 French Open.

Marián Hossa

Ice Hockey Right winger

Marián Hossa is a Slovak professional ice hockey player who currently plays for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. Hossa was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. After spending his first seven NHL seasons with the Senators, he has played for the Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, and his current team, the Chicago Blackhawks. Over the course of his career, he has made five NHL All-Star Game appearances and played in three consecutive Stanley Cup Finals' with three different teams before finally winning the Stanley Cup in 2009–10 with the Blackhawks. On December 8, 2011, Hossa became the 85th player in NHL history to score 400 career goals. As a member of the 2012-2013 Chicago Blackhawks, during the lockout shortened year, he won his second Stanley Cup.

Zdeno Chára

Professional Ice hockey Player

Zdeno Chára is a Slovak professional ice hockey defenseman who currently serves as captain of the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. He won the James Norris Memorial Trophy while playing for the Bruins in 2008–09. At 6 ft 9 in, he is the tallest player ever to play in the NHL. He is also the second European-born and trained captain to win the Stanley Cup and the first born and trained in a country beyond the Iron Curtain.

Peter Lorre

Actor

Peter Lorre was an American actor of Jewish Austro-Hungarian descent. Lorre caused an international sensation with his portrayal of a serial killer who preys on little girls in the German film M. He later became a popular featured player in Hollywood crime films and mysteries, and, though frequently typecast as a sinister foreigner, became star of the successful Mr. Moto detective series.

Marek Hamšík

Soccer

Marek Hamšík is a Slovak footballer who plays as a midfielder for Serie A club Napoli and the Slovakia national team. He captained Slovakia at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, its first ever major tournament as an independent nation. In 2013, Hamšík was ranked as the eighth best footballer in Europe by Bloomberg.

Martin Škrtel

Soccer

Martin Škrtel is a Slovak footballer who plays as a centre back for Liverpool and is the captain of Slovakia. He has been named Slovak Footballer of the Year on four occasions, and appeared for the country at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Magdaléna Rybáriková

Tennis Player

Magdaléna Rybáriková is a Slovak professional tennis player. On 12 August 2013, she achieved her career-high WTA singles ranking of 33rd.

Miroslav Stoch

Soccer

Miroslav Stoch is a Slovak international footballer who plays as a winger for the Greek football club PAOK, on loan from Turkish side Fenerbahce. His father realized his talent at an early age and placed him with his local club's academy Nitra. Stoch developed his goal-scoring abilities by kicking a ball into the net and claiming it as a goal. His hard work paid off as he was drafted into Nitra's first team after scoring a hat-trick in an under-17 match, at only 15 years old. Due to age restrictions in the Slovak First League, he could not play until his 16th birthday. He made his first-team debut at the age of 16 and by this time he was already being watched by European scouts. On 7 January 2013, he won the FIFA Puskás Award for the best goal of 2012, as voted for by the general public. He saw off competition from Neymar's mazy dribble from the halfway line and Falcao's extravagant bicycle kick to win the award for his sweet volley from just outside the penalty box. Chelsea had scouts in one of the international competitions he played in and offered him a trial around the same time that Nice was about to sign him. He duly impressed and was signed by Chelsea's youth academy in 2006. He was a regular for the under-18s in the 2006–07 season and scored 11 goals. He ended the season as top scorer for the under-18s even though he had always played on the wing. He started the 2007–08 season well and quickly progressed to the reserve team. Stoch bases his game on his two footballing idols Ronaldinho and Ronaldo and tries to emulate them on the pitch.

Adriana Sklenaříková

Fashion Model

Adriana Karembeu is a Slovak fashion model and actress. She is a former Guinness record holder for the longest legs among female models.

Johann Nepomuk Hummel

Composer

Johann Nepomuk Hummel was an Austrian composer and virtuoso pianist. His music reflects the transition from the Classical to the Romantic musical era.

Mirka Federer

Tennis Player

Miroslava "Mirka" Federer is a former professional tennis player from Switzerland. She reached her career-high WTA singles ranking of World No. 76 on 10 September 2001 and a doubles ranking of World No. 215 on 24 August 1998. She is the wife of professional tennis player Roger Federer, having first met him at the 2000 Summer Olympics. She retired from the game in 2002 due to a persistent foot injury. She has since frequently been seen on the ATP circuit attending her husband's matches.

Angel Dark

Pornographic actor

Angel Dark is a Slovak pornographic actress and nude model. She began her career in the adult film industry in 2002, and has since appeared in over 230 films. She was working as a bartender in restaurants and cafes. She was approached on the street by a makeup artist who worked on porn sets, who asked her if she wanted to do some lingerie shoots. While Dark was shocked when she discovered that it was not a lingerie shoot but a porn shoot, her fears were quickly eased and she began doing regular work. She has performed in A2M, double penetration, interracial, hardcore, lesbian, and anal sex scenes.

Ivan Reitman

Film Director

Ivan Reitman, OC is a Czechoslovakian-born Canadian film producer and director, best known for his comedy work, especially in the 1980s and 1990s. He is the owner of The Montecito Picture Company, founded in 2000.

Miloslav Mečíř

Tennis Player

Miloslav Mečíř is a former professional tennis player from Slovakia. He won the men's singles gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games, where he represented Czechoslovakia, and played in two Grand Slam singles finals. In 1987 he won the WCT Finals, the major season-ending championship for the World Championship Tennis tour. His son, Miloslav Jr., followed his father's footsteps and is a professional tennis player.

Vladimír Weiss

Soccer Midfielder

Vladimír Weiss is a Slovak footballer who currently plays as a Winger for Superleague Greece club Olympiacos.

Jarmila Gajdošová

Tennis Player

Jarmila Gajdošová, known as Jarmila Groth from 2009 to 2011, is a Australian tennis player who as of 4 March 2013 is ranked World No. 165 by the Women's Tennis Association. She achieved a career high singles ranking of World No. 25 on 16 May 2011. Highlights of Gajdošová's career thus far including winning two WTA singles titles, one WTA doubles title and the 2013 Australian Open mixed doubles title with Matthew Ebden.

Dominik Hrbatý

Tennis Player

Dominik Hrbatý is a professional tennis player from Slovakia. He reached the semi-finals of the 1999 French Open and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 12 in October 2005.

Alexander Dubček

Politician

Alexander Dubček was a Slovak politician and, briefly, leader of Czechoslovakia. He attempted to reform the communist regime during the Prague Spring. Later, after the overthrow of the government in 1989, he was Chairman of the federal Czecho-Slovak parliament.

Jozef Tiso

Politician

Jozef Tiso was a Slovak Roman Catholic priest, politician of the Slovak People's Party. Between 1939 and 1945, Tiso was the head of the Slovak State, a satellite state of Nazi Germany. After the end of World War II, Tiso was convicted and hanged for treason.

Pavol Demitra

Professional Ice hockey Player

Pavol Demitra was a Slovak professional ice hockey player. He played sixteen seasons in the National Hockey League, two in the Czechoslovak First Ice Hockey League /Slovak Extraliga and one in the Kontinental Hockey League. Known as an offensive player, Demitra was a first- or second-line forward throughout his career. After a season with HC Dukla Trenčín in the CFIHL, Demitra was selected 227th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. He subsequently left Slovakia to join the Senators organization and played three seasons between the NHL and the American Hockey League with Ottawa's minor league affiliate, the PEI Senators. Demitra began the 1996–97 season in a contract holdout with the Senators, resulting in him being traded to the St. Louis Blues in November 1996. After spending the majority of his first season with St. Louis organization in the International Hockey League, he secured a regular roster spot with the Blues in 1996–97. Demitra spent his most successful seasons with St. Louis, being named to three NHL All-Star Games and winning the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in 2000. He achieved the 30-goal mark three times and the 90-point mark once with the Blues. Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Demitra returned to HC Dukla Trenčín for one season. Upon returning to the NHL the following year, he signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Kings. After one year with Los Angeles, he was traded to the Minnesota Wild, where he played on the team's top line with winger Marián Gáborík. In July 2008, he became an unrestricted free agent and signed with the Vancouver Canucks.

Michal Handzuš

Professional Ice hockey Player

Michal Handzuš is a Slovak professional ice hockey centre currently playing for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League.

Marián Gáborík

Ice Hockey Right winger

Marián Gáborík is a Slovak professional ice hockey right winger currently playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League. He began his career in the Slovak Extraliga with HC Dukla Trenčín for two seasons before being drafted third overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild. Spending eight seasons in Minnesota before signing with the New York Rangers in 2009, Gáborík is the Wild's all-time leading scorer in goals and points. Internationally, Gáborík is a two-time Olympian with Slovakia and has won a bronze medal at the 1999 World Junior Championships.

Cornel Wilde

Actor

Cornel Wilde was a Hungarian-American actor and film director.

Sándor Márai

Novelist

Sándor Márai was a Hungarian writer and journalist.

Kyla Cole

Pornographic actor

Kyla Cole is a Slovak glamour model, Penthouse Pet and former television presenter.

Lukáš Lacko

Tennis Player

Lukáš Lacko is a professional Slovak tennis player. His career-high ATP singles ranking is World No. 44, achieved in January 2013.

Ľudovít Štúr

Politician

Ľudovít Štúr, known in his era as Ludevít Velislav Štúr, was the leader of the Slovak national revival in the 19th century, the author of the Slovak language standard eventually leading to the contemporary Slovak literary language. Štúr was an organizer of the Slovak volunteer campaigns during the 1848 Revolution, he was also politician, poet, journalist, publisher, teacher, philosopher, linguist and member of the Hungarian Parliament.

Dara Rolins

Singer-songwriter

Dara Rolins, also known as Darin[k]a Rolincová is a Slovak recording artist and entrepreneur. Her music career began at the age of nine, after being cast in television musical Zázračný autobus in 1981. The early role established a formula for her regular assignments as a child singer and resulted in recording her debut album Keby som bola princezná Arabela on OPUS Records. By her late teens, Rolins appeared in a number of exclusively TV films of varying quality, as well as managed to deliver a series of teen pop-orientated albums, such as Darinka, Čo o mne vieš and Témeř ružový příběh; all released by Supraphon. Along with Karel Gott, she experienced a one-off success in the German-speaking region in 1986, peaking with their duet "Fang das Licht" at number seven on the Austrian Singles Chart, respectively at number fifteen in the fellow Germany. As she reached adulthood, her popularity had stalled in the nineties. Although, she made an attempt to replicate her local status abroad via English set What You See Is What You Get. The work distributed through a subsidiary of BMG, however, failed to attract the international market and singer returned to homebase to resume her former course. Sen lásky served as her initial comeback release featuring cover versions, produced a ZAI Awards-nomination within Slovak outputs. Following that, she continued in publishing other dance material, namely What's My Name and D1; both on Epic Records. Her additional recordings included best-of compilation 1983-1998 on Bonton Music, remix collection D2: Remixy by Epic and Christmas album Šťastné a veselé, released on Universal Music. On TV, she rebuilt her presence in 2007 for one season as a co-judge of reality show Slovensko hľadá SuperStar, respectively in 2009 series of Česko Slovenská Superstar; also based on United Kingdom Pop Idol. In 2011, she joined the cast of Let's Dance.

Marek Čech

Soccer

Marek Čech is a Slovak professional footballer who plays for Bologna. He primarily plays as an attacking left-sided wing-back.

Diana Doll

Graphic Designer

Diana Doll is a Slovak pornographic actress and model. Doll was previously known as Sue Diamond, but changed her name due to being confused with fellow Slovak porn actress Suzie Diamond. Aside from her activity on adult industry, Doll is also a graphic designer.

Robert Fico

Politician

Robert Fico, has been Prime Minister of Slovakia since 4 April 2012 and leads the Direction - Social Democracy party. Fico served as Prime Minister from 4 July 2006 to 8 July 2010. First elected to Parliament in 1992, he would later be appointed to the Council of Europe. Following his party's victory at the elections in 2006, he formed the first Fico Cabinet. While later in opposition, Fico again sat as a member of parliament. Following a motion of confidence against the Iveta Radičová cabinet, Fico was re-appointed Prime Minister, forming Fico's Second Cabinet.

Juraj Kucka

Soccer Midfielder

Juraj Kucka is a Slovak footballer who plays as a midfielder for the Italian Serie A club Genoa and the Slovakia national football team.

Ladislaus the Posthumous

Monarch

Ladislaus the Posthumous was Duke of Austria from 1440, King of Hungary from 1444 and King of Bohemia from 1453.

Lukas Ridgeston

Pornographic actor

Lukas Ridgeston is a Slovak actor in gay erotic movies and model in Bel Ami gay erotic magazines and books. He was born in Bratislava, then part of the former Czechoslovakia, now capital of Slovakia. In 2005, he made his final appearance as an actor, but he is still very much involved with Bel Ami as a cameraman, editor, and director of Internet episodes.

Peter Velits

Cyclist

Peter Velits is a Slovak professional road racing cyclist for Omega Pharma-Quick Step. His career highlights include winning the 2007 UCI Road World Championships - Men's Under-23 Road Race and the 2012 Tour of Oman. His twin brother, Martin Velits rides on Omega Pharma-Quick Step as well. After two seasons with the team, Velits will leave Omega Pharma-Quick Step at the end of the 2013 season to join the BMC Racing Team.

Jaroslav Halák

Professional Ice hockey Player

Jaroslav Halák is a Slovak professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League. Halák was the 271st overall pick by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Miroslav Šatan

Professional Ice hockey Player

Miroslav Šatan is a Slovak professional ice hockey right winger and team captain for HC Slovan Bratislava of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Žigmund Pálffy

Professional Ice hockey Player

Žigmund "Ziggy" Pálffy is a retired Slovak professional ice hockey player. He played right wing for the New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings and Pittsburgh Penguins between 1993–2006. He announced his retirement in January 2006, and his comeback from retirement in the summer of 2007. Pálffy signed a contract to play for his boyhood club HK 36 Skalica in the 2007-08 season and continued to do so until the end of his career. He also retracted his decision from 2005 never to play for the Slovak national team again by participating at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. In July 2013 he announced his definite retirement.

Richard Müller

Singer

Richard Müller is a Slovak singer, songwriter, and occasional actor. He is one of the most successful singers both in the Czech and Slovak Republics where he sold more than one million records.

Ernő Dohnányi

Composer

Ernő Dohnányi was a Hungarian conductor, composer and pianist. He used a German form of his name, Ernst von Dohnányi, on most of his published compositions. The "von" implies nobility, and, according to the biography by his third wife, his family was ennobled in 1697 and given a "seal," which she describes in some detail.

Milan Rastislav Štefánik

Politician

Milan Rastislav Štefánik was a Slovak politician, diplomat, and astronomer. During World War I, he served as a General in the French Army and, at the same time, as the Czechoslovak Minister of War. As one of the leading members of the Czechoslovak National Council, he contributed decisively to the cause of Czechoslovak sovereignty. Štefánik's personal motto was: To Believe, To Love and To Work.

Róbert Vittek

Soccer

Róbert Vittek is a Slovak football player who currently plays for ŠK Slovan Bratislava. With 23 goals in 80 matches since 2001, Vittek is the highest-scorer ever for the Slovakia national football team. He played for them at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, in which he scored four goals.

Jana Čepelová

Tennis Player

Jana Čepelová is a Slovak tennis player. Čepelová has won four singles and three doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 17 June 2013, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 61. On 8 July 2013, she peaked at world number 186 in the doubles rankings. Čepelová's best tennis achievement to date is by winning the girls' doubles event at the 2010 Australian Open with Chantal Škamlová, defeating Tímea Babos and Gabriela Dabrowski in the final. Čepelová reached the third round of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, where she fell in straight sets to second seed Victoria Azarenka. Čepelová made her Fed Cup debut for Slovakia in the 2013 Fed Cup World Group first round tie against Serbia where she defeated Bojana Jovanovski in a thrilling three-set match. Slovakia went on to defeat Serbia 3–2.

Tibor Sekelj

Author

Tibor Sekelj, also known as Székely Tibor according to Hungarian orthography, was a Hungarian born polyglot, explorer, author, and 'citizen of the world.' In 1986 he was elected a member of the Academy of Esperanto and an honorary member of the World Esperanto Association. Among his novels, travel books and essays, his novella Kumeŭaŭa, la filo de la ĝangalo, a children's book about the life of Brazilian Indians, was translated into seventeen languages, and in 1987 it was voted best Children's book in Japan. In 2011 European Esperanto-Union declared 2012 "The Year of Tibor Sekelj" to honor the 100-year anniversary of his birth.

Filip Hološko

Soccer Midfielder

Filip Hološko is a Slovak football striker who currently plays for the Süper Lig team Beşiktaş and the Slovakia national football team.

Philipp Lenard

Physicist

Philipp Eduard Anton von Lenard, was a German physicist and the winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1905 for his research on cathode rays and the discovery of many of their properties. He was also an active proponent of Nazi ideology.

Karol Beck

Tennis Player

Karol Beck is a male tennis player from Slovakia, who turned professional in 2001. His career-high singles ranking is World No. 36, achieved in August 2005.

Rudolf von Laban

Author

Rudolf von Laban aka Rudolf Laban was a dance artist and theorist, notable as one of the pioneers of modern dance in Europe. His work laid the foundations for Laban Movement Analysis, Labanotation, other more specific developments in dance notation and the evolution of many varieties of Laban Movement Study. He is considered to be one of the most important figures in the history of dance and fencing.

Ján Mucha

Soccer

Ján Mucha is a Slovak football goalkeeper who plays for Krylia Sovetov Samara.

Richard Zedník

Professional Ice hockey Player

Richard Zedník is a retired Slovak professional hockey winger. He has played in the National Hockey League for the Washington Capitals, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, and Florida Panthers. He is known for sustaining and surviving a life-threatening injury during a February 2008 game in which a falling teammate's skate sliced his external carotid artery.

Peter Šťastný

Professional Ice hockey Player

Peter Šťastný, also known colloquially as "Peter the Great" and "Stosh", is a retired Slovak professional ice hockey player who played in the National Hockey League from 1980 to 1995. During his time with the Quebec Nordiques, Stastny became a Canadian citizen. Since 2004, he has also served as a Member of the European Parliament for Slovakia. During his NHL career, he played with the Quebec Nordiques, New Jersey Devils, and St. Louis Blues. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998 and ranks 34th all time in NHL points.

Gustáv Husák

Politician

Gustáv Husák was a Slovak politician, president of Czechoslovakia and a long-term Communist leader of Czechoslovakia and of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. His rule is known as the period of the so-called "Normalization" after the Prague Spring.

Edita Gruberová

Singer

Edita Gruberová, is a Slovak soprano who is one of the most acclaimed coloraturas of recent decades. She is noted for her great tonal clarity, agility, dramatic interpretation, and ability to sing high notes with great power, which made her an ideal Queen of the Night in her early years. In recent years, she has enjoyed some success with a number of the most important bel canto roles. Gruberová was born in Bratislava in Slovakia, the daughter of a Hungarian mother and a father with German ancestors. Her native language is Slovak. She began her musical studies at Bratislava Conservatory where she was a student of Mária Medvecká. She then continued at Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. While studying, she was a singer of the famous Lúčnica folk ensemble and also appeared several times in the Slovak National Theatre. In 1968, Gruberová made her operatic debut in Bratislava as Rosina in The Barber of Seville. After winning a singing competition in Toulouse, she was then engaged as a soloist of the opera ensemble of the J. G. Tajovský Theatre in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, from 1968 to 1970. Since communist Czechoslovakia was going through a period called Normalization, during which the borders were closed with non-communist countries, Medvecká surreptitiously arranged for an audition for Gruberová in the summer of 1969 at Vienna State Opera, which immediately engaged her. The following year, she made her first major breakthrough when she sang the Queen of the Night. Gruberová then also made the decision to emigrate to the West. In subsequent years, she became a soloist in Vienna and was invited to sing at many of the most important opera houses in the world, especially in coloratura roles.

Francis II Rákóczi

Noble person

Francis II Rákóczi was a Hungarian aristocrat and leader of the Hungarian uprising against the Habsburgs in 1703-11 as the prince of the Estates Confederated for Liberty of the Kingdom of Hungary. He was also Prince of Transylvania, an Imperial Prince, and a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Today he is considered a national hero in Hungary. His full title was: Franciscus II. Dei Gratia Sacri Romani Imperii & Transylvaniae princeps Rakoczi. Particum Regni Hungariae Dominus & Siculorum Comes, Regni Hungariae Pro Libertate Confoederatorum Statuum necnon Munkacsiensis & Makoviczensis Dux, Perpetuus Comes de Saros; Dominus in Patak, Tokaj, Regécz, Ecsed, Somlyó, Lednicze, Szerencs, Onod. His name is historically also spelled Rákóczy, in Hungarian: II. Rákóczi Ferenc, in Slovak: František II. Rákoci, in German: Franz II. Rákóczi, in Croatian: Franjo II. Rakoci.

Stephan Endlicher

Botanist

Stephan Ladislaus Endlicher aka István László Endlicher was an Austrian botanist, numismatist and Sinologist. He was a director of the Botanical Garden of Vienna. He was born in Pressburg and died in Vienna.

Gyula Andrássy

Politician

Gyula Count Andrássy de Csíkszentkirály et Krasznahorka was a Hungarian statesman, who served as Prime Minister of Hungary and subsequently as Foreign Minister of Austria-Hungary. A conservative, his foreign policies looked to expanding the Empire into the Balkans, preferably with British and German support, and without alienating Turkey. He saw Russia as the main adversary, because of its own expansionist policies toward Slavic and Orthodox areas. He distrusted Slavic nationalist movements as a threat to his multi-ethnic empire.

Miroslav Žbirka

Pop rock Artist

Miroslav Žbirka is a Slovak pop music singer and songwriter. He performs in Slovak, Czech, and English. Žbirka was born in Bratislava. In the late 1970s, Žbirka co-founded two Czechoslovak pop music bands Modus and Limit. He currently lives and works in Prague. In 1982, he received the annual Zlatý slavík award for the best male singer in Czechoslovakia. After the separation of Czechoslovakia, he repeated this achievement in the Slovak annual Slávik award, coming number one in the annual end of year charts in 2002, 2004 and 2005. He had some performances with Jon Anderson in 2012.

Marcel Hossa

Professional Ice hockey Player

Marcel Hossa is a Slovak professional ice hockey player currently playing for Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League. His older brother Marián plays for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League.

Rudolf Vrba

University Professor

Rudolf "Rudi" Vrba was a professor of pharmacology at the University of British Columbia. Originally from Slovakia, he is known for his escape, at the age of 19, from the Auschwitz concentration camp in German-occupied Poland during the Second World War, and for having provided some of the earliest and most detailed information about the mass murder that was taking place there. Vrba and a fellow prisoner, Alfréd Wetzler, managed to flee Auschwitz on 10 April 1944, three weeks after German forces had invaded Hungary, and after SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann had arrived in Budapest, the Hungarian capital, to begin the deportation to Auschwitz of the country's Jewish population. The 40 pages of information the men passed to Jewish officials when they arrived in Slovakia on 24 April – which included information about the use of gas chambers and crematoria – became known as the Vrba-Wetzler report. While it confirmed material in earlier reports from Polish and other escapees, Miroslav Kárný writes that it was unique in its "unflinching detail." Mass transports of Hungary's Jews to Auschwitz began by train on 15 May 1944 at a rate of 12,000 people a day, most of whom were sent straight to the gas chambers. There was a delay of several weeks before information from the Vrba-Wetzler report was distributed widely enough to gain the attention of governments. Vrba argued until the end of his life that, had the deportees been given access to the report – in particular had they known they were being sent to their deaths and not "resettlement", as the Nazis had said – they might have refused to board the trains. His position is generally not accepted by Holocaust historians.

Marek Mintál

Soccer Midfielder

Marek Mintál is a retired Slovak footballer.

Henrieta Nagyová

Tennis Player

Henrieta Nagyová is a former Slovak female professional tennis player. She turned professional in 1994 and has been ranked as high as the 21st in the world. In recent years her ranking has fallen due to constant injury. In late 2005, she brought her ranking up to a year ending 145, after it fell below 200. As of 26 June 2006, she is 140th in the WTA rankings.

Marián Vajda

Tennis Player

Marián Vajda is a former Slovak tennis player. Vajda was born in Považská Bystrica. He was a member of the Olympic Team of Czechoslovakia, and in 1992 he competed in the Olympic Games of Barcelona, being eliminated in the first round by Gilad Bloom 7–6, 6–1, 6–0. He reached the third round of the 1991 French Open; won 2 singles titles and achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 34 in September 1987. Vajda is a former captain of the Slovakia Davis Cup and Fed Cup teams. Since June 2006, Vajda has been the coach of Novak Djokovic. For his great success with the Serbian tennis player, he won the award for best coach by the Olympic Committee of Serbia in both 2010 and 2011.

Kornel Saláta

Soccer Midfielder

Kornel Saláta is a Slovak football defender who currently plays for the Russian Premier League club Tom Tomsk on loan from FC Rostov and the Slovakia national football team.

Frank Lowy

Businessperson

Frank Lowy, AC is an Australian-Israeli businessman. He is a co-founder of the Westfield Group, operator of over 100 shopping centres in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom. In 2010, Lowy was ranked No. 1 on the BRW Rich 200 list and in 2013 was ranked second.

Peter Dubovský

Soccer

Peter Dubovský was a Slovak footballer who played as a forward. After starting his career with Slovan Bratislava, he played seven years in Spain, amassing La Liga totals of 151 games and 19 goals for two teams. Dubovský died in 2000 at only 28, while on vacation in Thailand.

Zuzana Kučová

Tennis Player

Zuzana Kučová is a Slovakian former professional tennis player. Kučová won eight singles and four doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 7 June 2010, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 101. On 7 December 2009, she peaked at world number 175 in the doubles rankings. Favourite Surface:Clay. She is the sister of Kristína Kučová.

Ľubomír Višňovský

Professional Ice hockey Player

Ľubomír Višňovský is a Slovak professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League. During the 2012–13 NHL lockout he previously played for hometown team, HC Slovan Bratislava of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Karol Kučera

Tennis Player

Karol Kučera is a retired ATP professional male tennis player from Slovakia. He achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 6 in September 1998, reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Open the same year.

Filip Šebo

Soccer

Filip Šebo is a Slovak footballer who is currently a free agent.

Andrej Sekera

Professional Ice hockey Player

Andrej Sekera is a Slovak ice hockey defenceman. He was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the third round, 71st overall, in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Barbora Bobuľová

Actor

Barbora Bobuľová is a Slovak actress. Since 1995, she has lived and worked mainly in Italy.

John Zápolya

Noble person

John Zápolya or John Szapolyai was King of Hungary from 1526 to 1540. His rule was disputed by Archduke Ferdinand I, who also claimed the title King of Hungary. He was Voivode of Transylvania before his coronation.

Claudia Rossi

Pornographic actor

Claudia Rossi is a Slovak pornographic actress. Rossi began appearing in adult movies in 2003, aged 20, going on to appear in over 200 films in her career. She was an exclusive contract performer for the European production company, Moiré Candy. Rossi writes in her own personal blog about her life and loves, which include her dog and going horse riding on her own horse with her friend and fellow porn star, Barbara. In September 2008, she confirmed on her MySpace page to be dating British Jay Snake, also in the industry.

Ľubomír Moravčík

Soccer Midfielder

Ľubomír "Lubo" Moravčík is a football manager and former footballer from Slovakia who played internationally for Czechoslovakia and Slovakia. He was a member of the Czechoslovakian team at Italia 90, where he was sent off against Germany in the quarter-final in Milan.

Stanislav Šesták

Soccer Midfielder

Stanislav Šesták is a Slovak football striker who plays for Bursaspor and the Slovakia national football team.

Ivan Gašparovič

Politician

Ivan Gašparovič is a Slovak politician and law professor who has been the President of Slovakia since 15 June 2004. He is also the first Slovak president to be re-elected.

Franz Schmidt

Opera Artist

Franz Schmidt was an Austrian composer, cellist and pianist.

Kristina

Pop Artist

Kristína Peláková, professionally known as Kristina, is a Slovak singer. Kristina started her career as a child singer, dancer and piano player in Svidník, Slovakia. Following the advice of her music teacher, she took singing as her major and attended the Conservatoire in Košice. While studying, her favourite place in the town was the Jazz Club where she met Martin Kavulič. He became her producer and helped her to secure a contract with the record label H.o.M.E. Production. Her first single was "Som tvoja", featuring the rapper Opak, released in 2007. The first track, named "Vráť mi tie hviezdy", became a hit in Slovakia in 2008. Her début album ....ešte váham was also released in this year. Kristina won the national selection to represent Slovakia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with the song "Horehronie". She got the largest share of television votes and came second in the jury vote. Horehronie is a countryside region in Slovakia. The lyrics tells the story of a heartbroken girl who finds solace in the nature, its woods and "black hills to make her grief disappear." The song was composed by Martin Kavulič. The song peaked at No.1 on the Slovak airplay chart and she became a very popular hit in Slovakia and for the eurovision fan. Kristina failed to qualify to the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 Final from Semifinal 1 on 25 May.

Tamás Priskin

Soccer

Tamás Priskin is a Hungarian footballer who plays for Russian National Football League club Alania Vladikavkaz and the Hungarian national football team as a striker.

Dušan Kuciak

Soccer

Dušan Kuciak is a Slovak footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for the Polish T-Mobile Ekstraklasa side Legia Warsaw and the Slovakia national team.

Vladimír Weiss

Soccer Midfielder

Vladimír Weiss is a Slovak football coach and former player.

Marek Sapara

Soccer Midfielder

Marek Sapara is a Slovak footballer.

Ferenc Szálasi

Politician

Ferenc Szálasi was the leader of the fascist Arrow Cross Party – Hungarist Movement, the "Leader of the Nation", being both Head of State and Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Hungary's "Government of National Unity" for the final three months of Hungary's participation in World War II, after Germany occupied Hungary and removed Miklós Horthy by force. During his brief rule, Szálasi's men murdered 10,000–15,000 Jews. After the war, he was executed after a trial by the Hungarian court for crimes against the state committed during World War II.

Tomáš Tatar

Ice Hockey Left Winger

Tomáš Tatar is a Slovak professional ice hockey left winger for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League.

Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav

Playwright

Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav was a Slovak poet, dramatist, translator and for a short time member of the Czechoslovak parliament. First, he wrote in traditional style, but later became influenced by parnassism and modernism.

Ármin Vámbéry

Philologist

Ármin Vámbéry, Arminius Vámbéry born Hermann Bamberger, or Bamberger Ármin, was a Hungarian Turkolog and traveler. According to Ernst Pawel, a biographer of Theodor Herzl, as well as Tom Reiss, a biographer of Kurban Said, Vámbéry's original last name was Wamberger rather than Bamberger.

Ľuboš Micheľ

Referee

Ľuboš Micheľ is a former top-level Slovak football referee who currently works as head of the international competitions department of FC Shakhtar Donetsk. Micheľ became a FIFA referee at the age of 25. One big milestone in his career was refereeing the 2003 UEFA Cup Final between Porto and Celtic. He also appeared at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2004, refereeing the quarter-final between Sweden and the Netherlands. Micheľ was ranked the world's third best referee in 2005 by the IFFHS, second best in 2006 and third best again in 2007. He was selected as a referee for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He also refereed the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final between Manchester United and Chelsea. Micheľ was a manager of a car tyre factory outside of refereeing, and previously a teacher. He speaks English, Russian, German and Polish in addition to his native Slovak. He founded the society Talent to support young Slovak football players. Micheľ has been a Member of National Council of the Slovak Republic since 2006. On October 23, 2008 he retired from active referee activity due to problems with Achilles tendon, that should be operated on as soon as possible. Though recovering may take only up to 4 months, Ľuboš Micheľ informed the Slovak Football Association and UEFA, that he will not continue to referee anymore. His last match was the game Metalurh Zaporizhya against Metalist Kharkiv in the Ukrainian Premier League.

Martina Moravcová

Swimmer

Martina Moravcová is a medley, butterfly and freestyle swimmer from Slovakia. She made her international swimming debut in 1991 for Czechoslovakia, and has gone on to compete in five consecutive Summer Olympics. She is a two-time Olympic silver medalist, both achieved at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. In the 100-meter butterfly, she finished second to Inge de Bruijn, and in the 200-meter freestyle, she finished eight one-hundredths of a second to home favorite Susie O'Neill. She is one of Slovakia's greatest female athletes, although she has lived in Dallas, TX, USA since she started attending Southern Methodist University in the mid-1990s. Moravcová's autobiography was published in December 2003 in her home country, shortly before she was voted as the Slovakia’s Sports person of the Year for the sixth time since 1993. The title of her book is Martina s rodokmeňom Evy, which is loosely translated as Martina with the pedigree of Eva - Eva is the name of the old thermal swimming pool in the famous Piešťany Spa. In 1999 she was named the NCAA's Women's Swimmer of the Year In 2001, she was the top women's winner on FINA's World Cup series.

Vladimír Mečiar

Politician

Vladimír Mečiar is a former Slovak politician who served three times as Prime Minister of Slovakia serving from 1990 to 1991, from 1992 to 1994, and from 1994 to 1998. He is the leader of the People's Party - Movement for a Democratic Slovakia. Mečiar led Slovakia to disengagement from the Czech Republic in January 1993 and was one of the leading presidential candidates in Slovakia in 1999 and 2004. He has been criticised by his opponents as well as by Western political organisations for having an autocratic style of administration.

Ján Ďurica

Soccer

Ján Ďurica is a Slovak footballer who plays as a central defender for Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow.

Erik Jendrišek

Soccer Midfielder

Erik Jendrišek is a Slovak football striker who plays for Energie Cottbus.

Milan Lalkovič

Soccer Midfielder

Milan Lalkovič is a Slovak striker who plays for Walsall on loan from Chelsea until January 2014. He can also play on either wing or as an attacking midfielder.

Richard Réti

Chess Player

Richard Réti was an Austro-Hungarian, later Czechoslovak chess player, chess author, and composer of endgame studies. He was born in Pezinok which at the time was in the Hungarian part of Austria-Hungary, where his father worked as a physician in the service of the Austrian military. His older brother Rudolph Reti [he did not use the acute accent] was a noted pianist, musical theorist, and composer. He is the great-grandfather of the German painter Elias Maria Reti.

Lukas Hradecky

Soccer Goalkeeper

Lukas Hradecky is a Slovak-born Finnish football goalkeeper who currently plays for Brøndby IF.

Johan Paulik

Pornographic actor

Johan Paulik is the stage name of a Slovak former gay pornographic model. In 2000, he was inducted into the GayVN Hall of Fame with Lukas Ridgeston and George Duroy, owner of Bel Ami, the studio Paulik worked for his entire career. In 2002, Paulik became general manager for Bel Ami in Europe.

Andrej Martin

Tennis Player

Andrej Martin is a Slovak tennis player playing on the ATP Challenger Tour. He achieved a career-high ATP singles ranking of World No. 120 in September 2013.