Liese Prokop

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Liese Prokop
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Minister of the Interior
In office
22 December 2004 31 December 2006
President Heinz Fischer
Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel
Preceded by Ernst Strasser
Succeeded byWolfgang Schüssel (Acting)
Personal details
Born(1941-03-27)27 March 1941
Tulln District, Austria
Died31 December 2006(2006-12-31) (aged 65)
Sankt Pölten, Austria
Political party People's Party
Alma mater University of Vienna
Liese Prokop
Medal record
Representing Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
Women’s Athletics
Olympic Games
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1968 Mexico City Pentathlon
European Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1969 Athens Pentathlon
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1967 Tokyo Pentathlon

Liesel ("Liese") Prokop-Sykora (27 March 1941 31 December 2006) was an Austrian athlete who competed mainly in the pentathlon and, later in her life, a politician.

Austria Federal republic in Central Europe

Austria, officially the Republic of Austria, is a country in Central Europe comprising 9 federated states. Its capital, largest city and one of nine states is Vienna. Austria has an area of 83,879 km2 (32,386 sq mi), a population of nearly 9 million people and a nominal GDP of $477 billion. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The terrain is highly mountainous, lying within the Alps; only 32% of the country is below 500 m (1,640 ft), and its highest point is 3,798 m (12,461 ft). The majority of the population speaks local Bavarian dialects as their native language, and German in its standard form is the country's official language. Other regional languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene.

Modern pentathlon sport which combines fencing, swimming, show jumping, shooting and running

The modern pentathlon is an Olympic sport that comprises five different events; fencing, freestyle swimming (200m), equestrian show jumping, and a final combined event of pistol shooting and cross country running (3200m). This last event is now referred to as the laser-run, since it alternates four legs of laser pistol shooting followed by an 800m run. The event is inspired by the traditional pentathlon held during the ancient Olympics; as the original events were patterned on the skills needed by an ideal Greek soldier of the era, the modern pentathlon is similarly patterned on events representing the skills needed by cavalry behind enemy lines.


Born as Liese Sykora in Tulln District, Lower Austria, on 27 March 1941, she graduated from the University of Vienna with a degree in biology and sport. [1] [2] In 1965 she married her former coach, Gunnar Prokop. The couple had two sons and a daughter. [2] in 1967, she became student world champion in Tokyo. [2] She competed for Austria in the 1968 Summer Olympics held in Mexico City, Mexico in the Pentathlon where she won the silver medal. [3] In 1969, she became European champion in Athens, breaking the world pentathlon record. [2] In addition, she was Austrian champion in pentathlon, long jump, high jump, hurdles, relay and shot putting. [2]

Bezirk Tulln is a district of the state of Lower Austria in Austria.

Lower Austria State of Austria

Lower Austria is the northeasternmost of the nine states of Austria. Since 1986, the capital of Lower Austria has been St. Polten, the most recently designated capital in Austria. Previously, Lower Austria's capital was Vienna, even though Vienna has not officially been part of Lower Austria since 1921. With a land area of 19,186 km2 (7,408 sq mi) and a population of 1.612 million people, Lower Austria is the country's largest state; it is the second most populous after the federal state of Vienna. Other main cities are Amstetten, Krems an der Donau and Wiener Neustadt.

University of Vienna public university located in Vienna, Austria

The University of Vienna is a public university located in Vienna, Austria. It was founded by Duke Rudolph IV in 1365 and is the oldest university in the German-speaking world. With its long and rich history, the University of Vienna has developed into one of the largest universities in Europe, and also one of the most renowned, especially in the Humanities. It is associated with 20 Nobel prize winners and has been the academic home to a large number of scholars of historical as well as of academic importance.

Prokop began her political career in 1969 and became a member of the Parliament of Lower Austria. [4] She served as regional minister from 1981 to 1992 and vice president of Lower Austria during the period between 1992 and 2004. [4]

She joined Assembly of European Regions (AER) in 1996 and held different administrative positions in the AER, including the president of the AER which she assumed from 2001 to 2004. [4] Later she was made honorary president of the assembly. [4]

The Assembly of European Regions (AER) is the largest independent network of regions in wider Europe. Bringing together regions from 35 countries and 15 interregional organisations, AER is a forum for interregional cooperation.

Beginning in December 2004 she was Austrian minister of interior for the conservative ÖVP, becoming Austria's first female interior minister. [3] [5] She served in the cabinet led by Prime Minister Wolfgang Schuessel until her death on 31 December 2006. [3] She died unexpectedly of aortic dissection while being rushed to a Sankt Pölten hospital on New Year's Eve, 2006. [3] Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel became acting interior minister upon this incident. [6]

Austrian Peoples Party conservative political party in Austria

The Austrian People's Party is a conservative Christian-democratic political party in Austria. A successor to the Christian Social Party of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it was founded immediately following the reestablishment of the Republic of Austria in 1945 and since then has been one of the two largest Austrian political parties with the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ). In federal governance, the ÖVP has spent most of the postwar era in a grand coalition with the SPÖ. Most recently, it has been junior partner in a coalition government with the SPÖ since 2007. However, the ÖVP won the 2017 election, having the greatest number of seats and formed a coalition with the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ). Its chairman Sebastian Kurz is the youngest Chancellor in Austrian history.

Chancellor of Austria Austrian politician

The Chancellor of Austria is the head of government of the Austrian Republic. The chancellor chairs and leads the government, which is composed of him, the vice-chancellor and the ministers. Together with the president, who is head of state, the government forms the country's executive leadership.

Aortic dissection injury to the innermost layer of the aorta allows blood to flow between the layers of the aortic wall, forcing the layers apart

Aortic dissection (AD) occurs when an injury to the innermost layer of the aorta allows blood to flow between the layers of the aortic wall, forcing the layers apart. In most cases, this is associated with a sudden onset of severe chest or back pain, often described as "tearing" in character. Also, vomiting, sweating, and lightheadedness may occur. Other symptoms may result from decreased blood supply to other organs, such as stroke or mesenteric ischemia. Aortic dissection can quickly lead to death from not enough blood flow to the heart or complete rupture of the aorta.

She was the sister of Maria Sykora, who competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics, [1] and aunt of Winter Olympic bronze medalist Thomas Sykora.

Maria Sykora is an Austrian sprinter. She competed in the women's 400 metres at the 1972 Summer Olympics. She also competed in handball at the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Thomas Sykora Austrian alpine skier

Thomas Sykora is a former alpine skier from Austria. He comes from a sporting family: his father Ernst Sykora was a ski instructor, and his aunts Liese Prokop and Maria Sykora were both successful athletes. He competed at the 1994 Winter Olympics and the 1998 Winter Olympics, wining a bronze medal at the latter.

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Preceded by
Flag of Austria.svg Olga Pall
Austrian Sportspersonality of the year
Succeeded by
Flag of Austria.svg Karl Schranz
Political offices
Preceded by
Ernst Strasser
Interior Minister of Austria
2004 2006
Succeeded by
Günther Platter