Originally opposing the new regime, he overcame hard times in communist Yugoslavia after his gymnastics career, to work as a judge until late in life. And he had a remarkable 'late life', becoming a national inspirational celebrity in the newly independent Slovenia in 1991, and renown for his longevity. Crediting the sport needed mental and physical discipline for his good health, he continued exercising on rings into his 90's.
He was a special guest at the 1996 Olympics Opening Ceremony, presented as the oldest living gold-medalist at the time, and was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1997. At 100, he was spry enough to attend a national birthday celebration for him in Slovenia, and remarked that he "looks forward to each day". Four days shy of turning 101, Stukelj passed away in 1999.
Cheers to you, Leon! Wish I had known you.