first boxer in Olympic history to win three successive gold medals
Papp won gold medals in the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, and the 1956 Summer Olympics held in Melbourne, Australia. It is remarkable that he won without 12 of 13 fights without losing a round and only dropped a single round in his last final. Budapest’s largest multipurpose stadium was named after him: Papp László Sportaréna.
chess grandmaster, the strongest female chess player in history
In 1991, she achieved the title of Grandmaster at the age of 15 years and 4 months, at the time the youngest to have done so, breaking the record previously held by former World Champion Bobby Fischer. She is the only woman to qualify for a World Championship tournament, which she did in 2005.
Hungarian international football player, later manager and sports official
The club legend of Ferencváros TC was named European Footballer of the Year in 1967, nicknamed “The Emperor” and described as one of the most elegant footballers of all time. He also starred for Hungary, winning 75 international caps and scoring 31 goals. He was joint top-scorer at the 1962 World Cup with four goals.
former world record holding swimmer and one of the greatest Hungarian Olympic champions of the modern era
She is a three-time Olympian (1988, 1992 and 1996) and five-time Olympic champion; one of only three individuals to have ever won the same swimming event at three Summer Olympics. She held the world record in the long 200-m backstroke for almost 17 years (August 1991 – February 2008. As of June 2009, that time remains the European and Hungarian records. It is the oldest record on the European list, and the second-oldest on the Hungarian list. She is considered by many to be the greatest female backstroker of all-time.
soccer player, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time
Captain of Hungary’s golden team of the 1950s, the ‘Galloping Major’ posted 83 goals in 84 internationals and helped both the ‘Magical Magyars’ and Real Madrid reach new heights during his illustrious carrer.
boxer in the light-heavyweight division
Erdei is also known as 'Madár' which means Bird in Hungarian. He is the former undefeated Lineal & WBO light-heavyweight champion, and WBC cruiserweight champion. Erdei is also the first Hungarian to win a world title in two weight divisions. Erdei boxed at the 2000 Summer Olympics and won a bronze medal in the middleweight division.
István “Koko” Kovács
retired world amateur boxing champion
As an amateur he won the bantam-weight gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics, and was the flyweight world champion at the 1991 World Amateur Boxing Championships and in featherweight at the 1997 World Amateur Boxing Championships. In 2001 he held the WBO featherweight belt as a professional.
George “Papa Bear” Halas
player, coach, owner and pioneer in professional American football
He was the iconic founder and owner of the National Football League's Chicago Bears. He was also lesser known as an inventor, jurist, producer, philanthropist, philatelist, and Major League Baseball player. Most notably, he is considered one of the original co-founders of the National Football League (NFL) in 1922.
professional tennis player
She is the former Yugoslav world no. 1 professional tennis player and a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. She was born and raised in Novi Sad, SR Serbia, SFR Yugoslavia. She became a naturalized United States citizen in 1994 and also received Hungarian citizenship in June 2007. She won nine Grand Slam singles titles, winning eight of them while a citizen of Yugoslavia and one while a citizen of the United States. In 2009 Seles released her memoir with the title Getting A Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self.
water polo player, actual head coach of the National Water Polo team
Benedek played in the gold medal squads at the 2000 Summer Olympics, 2004 Summer Olympics and 2008 Summer Olympics. He also competed at the 1996 Summer Olympics, where the Hungarian team was placed 4th. He was a member of team Domino-Honvéd and has been the head coach of Hungary men's national water polo team since 2013. Benedek was named Hungarian Water Polo Player of the Year in 1992, 1993 and 1994.