Doctors and lawyers became street sweepers and dishwashers. Zatopek was forced out of the army, expelled from the Communist Party. The only job he could find for a time was with a surveying team, traveling into the woods, living in a trailer, digging ditches and carrying large bags of cement. For most of the next 22 years, until the second Czechoslovakian revolution, in November 1989, the world was told that the country's most famous athlete was "not available."
"I think sometimes about our lives, Emil's and mine," Dana said on that 1990 day in the house in Prague, three months into the second revolution. "They have been like this...."
She ran her hand through the air, up and down, up and down, describing a roller coaster. At the finish, her husband next to her on the couch, available again, her hand was held high.