Holocaust survivor and oldest living Olympic champion, Agnes Keleti, turns 99
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Holocaust survivor and oldest living Olympic champion, Agnes Keleti, turns 99

Athlete who won 10 medals as a gymnast in 1952 and 1956 games trails only Mark Spitz and Dara Torres among Jewish stars in having the most gongs

Ágnes Keleti training a student at the Wingate Institute in Israel (05-12-1960) (Wikipedia/Israel National Photo Collection/Author: Fritz Cohen)
Ágnes Keleti training a student at the Wingate Institute in Israel (05-12-1960) (Wikipedia/Israel National Photo Collection/Author: Fritz Cohen)

The oldest living Olympic champion has turned 99 years old.

Agnes Keleti won 10 Olympic medals as a gymnast at the 1952 Helsinki Games and the 1956 Melbourne Games and is also a Holocaust survivor.

She was aged 31 and 35 during her two Olympics and won five gold medals.

Keleti’s father and uncles were killed in the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp.

She trails only American swimmers Mark Spitz and Dara Torres among Jewish athletes in having the most Olympic medals.

Keleti lived for decades in Israel teaching gymnastics before returning a few years ago to Budapest, Hungary.

She said the most important thing children should learn is “the joy of life”.

 

Mazel tov, Agnes Keleti!

Jewish Olympic gymnast, Holocaust survivor and legend, Agnes Keleti, turns 99 today!

פורסם על ידי ‏‎JTA News‎‏ ב- יום חמישי, 9 בינואר 2020

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