ESSENT ISU EUROPEAN SPEED SKATING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012



Who we are proud



Pajor | 08/09/2011
Kornél


The first − and to this day only − Hungarian speed skater ever to have won the World Championships. He became an athlete of the Budapest Skating Club in 1941. In 1949 he held the world record in both 5000 and 10 000 meters. In the very same year he won the bronze medal at the European Championships in Davos and then became world champion in Oslo. He retired from competitive skating in 1960 and currently lives in Sweden.



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Martos | 08/09/2011
György


He started his competitive skating career in 1955 which lasted for no less than 21 years. Ever since his retirement from active skating he has remained deeply involved in speed skating, currently as Vice-President of the Hungarian National Skating Federation and Council Member of the International Skating Union. His achievements include Hungarian (Senior) Championships (15 times) and Junior Championship (once). He competed at the 1968 Olympic Winter Games in Grenoble, France, where he skated a new national record in 1500 meters.


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Hunyady | 08/09/2011
Emese


There has never been a Hungarian speed skater on the top of the podium at any Winter Olympics. Or has there? Although Emese Hunyady made it to the top at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, she was already an Austrian citizen at the time. Despite this fact, we are immensely proud of her and respect her as an Olympic champion. The skater, who has been living in Austria since 1987, participated in six Olympic Winter Games and amassed twelve championships in Winter Olympics, World and European Championships.


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Egyed | 08/09/2011
Krisztina


Her career lasted from 1983 to 2004 during which she collected 26 national championships and won the bronze medal at European Championships. She skated at four Olympic Winter Games: in 1992 she became the youngest Hungarian Winter Olympic skater, and later gained the honour to be the Olympic flag-bearer for the opening ceremonies twice.
Even since her retirement from competitive skating she has been involved in speed skating, currently she is a member of the Speed Skating Committee of the Hungarian National Skating Federation.


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Tóth | 08/09/2011
Ágota


The current big hope of Hungarian female speed skating: with several national championships under her belt she is preparing in KIA Speed Skating Academy in Inzell, Germany. As a result of all her hard work and dedication she has good chances to qualify for the next Olympic Winter Games.




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Szöllősi | 08/09/2011
Szabolcs


Having won several Hungarian championships, Szabolcs is considered as the male skater with the strongest hopes to qualify for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, if he can keep up with the high standards of preparation.





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Baló | 08/09/2011
Zsolt


Speed skating has played a cenral role of his life for 21 years, since he was 8. Throughout the period of 1995 − 2003 he gained the Hungarian champion title in both sprint and overall speed skating every year. At the height of his professional skating career he came 6. and 8. in the European Championships and then he participated at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Speed skating has been his passion ever since.



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