Champion javelin thrower who won Olympic gold medals in 2008 and 2012. She set a javelin-throwing world record at the 2008 IAAF World Athletics Final with a distance of 72.28m.
She attended the University of Minnesota, where she was an All-American.
She won the Czech Federation award for Athlete of the Year five consecutive years, from 2007 to 2011.
She had her first child, a son, in 2013.
She was coached by former Olympic javelin champion Jan Zelezny.