Lídia Sákovicsné Dömölky
Dömölky at a hairdresser at the 1964 Olympics
9 March 1936 |
|Height||1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||55 kg (121 lb)|
Vörös Meteor, Budapest
In 1955, aged 19, Dömölky won her first and only individual world title, though she continued winning other medals at world championships until 1967. She soon married József Sákovics, a fellow fencer and changed her last name. After the 1956 Olympics, while touring the United States, they defected and stayed there for a year, with Dömölky working as a draftswoman and her husband as an auto mechanic. Dissatisfied, they returned to Budapest, where they lived ever since. After retiring from competitions around 1968 Sákovicsné Dömölky received a degree in physical education and a coaching certificate, yet instead of coaching she mostly worked as a sportswriter and co-authored several books on gymnastics and the culture of artistic movement. In 1996 she and her husband spent another year in the United States, as visiting coaches to the Harvard fencing team.
Her brother, Georges Dömölky, also competed in fencing and defected to the United States, though contrary to his sister he did not return to Hungary.
- "Lídia Dömölky-Sákovics". sports-reference.com.
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