The 2018 Winter Olympics are officially underway, as athletes from all 92 countries unveiled their teams and uniforms during the opening ceremony earlier today in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
You might have noticed the Czech team’s striking white jackets and tri-color hats, traditional beanies with poms in Czech red, white & blue.
But these aren’t just any hats.
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the very first Czechoslovak gold medal at the Winter Olympic games, when skier Jiří Raška took home gold in the normal hill ski jump event to go along with a silver in the large hill event at Grenoble.
The hat worn by the Czech team this year, nicknamed ‘Raškovka’, is modeled after the one worn by Raška on his historic jumps back in ‘68.
Jiří Raška would go on to be named the best Czech skier of the 20th century. He passed away in 2012.
The hats aren’t only for Czech athletes in South Korea.
In Prague, you can buy the special limited edition Jiří Raška hat directly from manufacturer and official Czech winter Olympics sponsor Alpine Pro.
The Raškovka comes in three sizes and retails for 399 crowns. A portion of the proceeds from each hat sold will be donated to a charity that supports children from socially disadvantaged homes.
More information about Jiří Raška and the Raškovka hat can be found at www.raskovka.cz.