Team Portrait: Meet the Hungarian gymnasts!
The line-up for the Hungarian national team was finalised last weekend. In the women’s competition Mirtill Makovits, Hanna Szujó and Nikolett Szilágyi are to compete for Hungary with Anna Szmirnov as a reserve gymnast. The MAG line-up: Krisztián Balázs, Ádám Dobrovitz and Szabolcs Bátori will be competing at the Junior Worlds, Márton Kovács is the reserve.
But that was just the foreword, let’s get to know the Hungarian team better!
THE MEN'S TEAM
Born: 2 March 2002
Krisztián Balázs or “Kiki” is probably the best-known gymnast of the Hungarian team because of his performance at last year’s Youth Olympic Games. He came home with a full medal collection from Buenos Aires, being member of the winning Team Simone Biles (mixed multi-discipline team), getting a silver medal on floor and a bronze medal on horizontal bar – while struggling with an ankle injury. Krisztián is the gymnast of Ferencváros (FTC), the most popular Hungarian sports club, wearing proudly its green and white colours. His hobby is gastronomy and he aims to compete at the Olympics.
Born: 7 May 2002
Miskolc-born Szabolcs Bátori is the gymnast of KSI, The Hungarian Central Sports School, that offers specialised schooling for young athletes. His favourite event is vault and in his free time he’s an avid watcher of movies.
Born: 13 December 2002
Ádám is the “Lord of the Rings” in the Hungarian team, still rings being his favourite apparatus. His club is KSI, The Hungarian Central Sports School (KSI stands for Központi Sportiskola, Central Sports School) – one of the traditional hotbeds for Hungarian sports talents. His hobby is hiking.
MÁRTON KOVÁCS (RESERVE)
Born: 3 June 2003
Márton is from Budapest and is club teammates with Krisztián Balázs for FTC. His favourite apparatus is horizontal bar and his goal is – perhaps not surprisingly – the Olympic participation. He likes snowboarding and hiking in his free time.
THE WOMEN’S TEAM
Born: 30 March 2004
Club: Dunaferr SE
Hailing from Dunaújváros, Mirtill is the gymnast of local traditional sports club Dunaferr. She won the Hungarian trials for the Junior Worlds, her favourite event is uneven bars and her dream is competing at the Olympics. She graduated from her primary school this summer and was granted a leave to attend the ceremony – because it clashed in the schedule with the pre-Worlds training camp.
Born: 26 September 2005
Club: Újpesti TE
Beam and floor are her favourite events, and she’s pursuing her Olympic dream – not only she wants to be an Olympian, but she wants to stand on the top of the podium. She’s from Debrecen, the second largest Hungarian city, but competes for Budapest-based UTE. She loves drawing, music and hiking. She’s the youngest member of the Hungarian team.
Born: 15 February 2004
Club: Torna Club Békéscsaba
Hanna is from Békéscsaba, one of the main Hungarian centres for women’s artistic gymnastics – Olympic, World and European Champion Henrietta Ónodi is the biggest pride of the Southeast Hungarian city. She loves dancing, so it’s maybe not a big surprise that her favourite event is floor.
ANNA SZMIRNOV (RESERVE)
Born: 5 January 2005
Club: MTK Budapest
Anna hails from the capital and competes for Budapest-based traditional club MTK. Her favourite apparatus is uneven bars, and her hobby is drawing.
The Junior World Championships begin on 27 June in the city of Győr and conclude on 30 June.