On the subject of the international Olympic Day – celebrated on 23 June –, we collected all our students who have won a gold medal at the Olympic Games.
Pál Ádám Kovács (Debrecen, 17 July 1912 – Budapest, 8 July 1995) six-time Olympic gold medallist fencer, sports director and military officer. Starting from 1936, he participated in five Summer Olympics, and won six gold and one bronze medals in total. With these results, to this day, he is one of the most successful fencers in the history of the Olympics.
Zoltán Dömötör (Budapest, 21 August 1935 – Budapest, 20 November 2019) Olympic gold medallist water polo player and swimmer, coach. As a player of the Újpest Dózsa SC, he participated in three Olympic Games. In 1960 in Rome, his team took third place, in 1961 in Tokyo, first place, and in 1968 in Mexico City, his team won the bronze medal. He became a Master Coach in 1985, and in 2004, he was appointed the President of the Hungarian Club of Olympic Champions, which he fulfilled until 2012.
Pál Schmitt (Budapest, 13 May 1942 –) two-time Olympic gold medallist duel fighter, holder of the Sportsman of the Nation title, sports diplomat, diplomat, economist, politician. Between 1983 and 2010, he was the Secretary General, and later, the President, of the Hungarian Olympic Committee. In 1995, he became the Vice President of the International Olympic Committee, which he fulfilled until 1999. From 2010 until 2012, he was the President of Hungary. At the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, together with the other members of the épée team, Pál B. Nagy, Csaba Fenyvesi, Győző Kulcsár and Zoltán Nemere, he won the gold medal.
Attila Czene (Szeged, 20 June 1974 –) Olympic gold medallist swimmer, politician. In the 1996 Olympic final, with a personal best and an Olympic record, he won the gold medal. For the first time in his life, he managed to finish the individual medley in less than 2 minutes. Later, he became a member of the Hungarian Swimming Association, then, together with Norbert Rózsa, was voted Swimmer of the Year, and came in second at the Sportsman of the Year vote.
Botond Norbert Storcz (Budapest, 30 January 1975 –) Olympic gold medallist kayaker and coach. At the Sydney Olympic Games, at the 500 m kayak double with Zoltán Kammerer and the 1000 m kayak four (Zoltán Kammerer, Ákos Vereckei, Gábor Horváth), he won the gold medal. At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, he came in first again at the 1000 m kayak four.
István Gergely (Dunaszerdahely, 20 August 1976 –) two-time Olympic gold medallist water polo player. As a member of the Hungarian team, he won the gold medal at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. Since January 2017, he has been the Acting President of the Budapest Honvéd SC.
Ágnes Kovács (Budapest, 13 July 1981 –) Olympic gold medallist, two-time world champion and seven-time European champion, world cup winner, Perpetual Hungarian Champion swimmer. The only Hungarian swimmer to win gold medals at the most prestigious world competitions of the year between 1997 and 2001. She was a member of the Hungarian national swimming team for 13 years. During this period, she finished at a point-scoring place at every international competition. She has been voted Europe’s best swimmer multiple times and is considered one of the world’s best athletes.
Danuta Kozák (Budapest, 11 January 1987 –) five-time Olympic gold medallist, fourteen-time world champion and seventeen-time European champion kayaker. Of all Hungarian women kayakers, she has won the most Olympic gold medals.
At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she won the gold medal at the 500 m kayak four and 500 m kayak single. In 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, together with Gabriella Szabó, she came in first at the 500 m kayak double, then, two days later, defended her Olympics title at the 500 m kayak single. As a member of the 500 m kayak four (Gabriella Szabó, Danuta Kozák, Krisztina Fazekas-Zur, Tamara Csipes), she won the gold medal as well, thus raising the number of her Olympic gold medals from Rio to three, while also winning the 500th Hungarian Olympic medal.