Róbert Zimonyi

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Róbert Zimonyi
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Personal information
Born 18 April 1918
Sárvár, Hungary[1]
Died 2 February 2004 (aged 85)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Height 170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 52 kg (115 lb)
Sport Rowing
Club Duna Budapesti-i Evezős Egylet
Budapesti Kinizsi
Vesper Boat Club[1]

Róbert Zimonyi (18 April 1918 – 2 February 2004) was a Hungarian-born American rowing coxswain. He competed for Hungary in various events at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics and won a bronze medal in coxed pairs. After the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 he moved to the United States and became an American citizen in 1962.[2] With American teams he won an Olympic gold medal in 1964[1] and a European bronze medal in 1965,[3] both in the eights, and a gold medal at the 1967 Pan American Games in coxed fours.[4]

Zimonyi had a sister in Hungary.[5] He left rowing for good in late 1960s, and did not coach. He was an accountant by training, but after immigrating to the United States had to take odd jobs, such as working at a brick company of a fellow rower John B. Kelly Sr.[6] In 1963 he became an accountant at Sandmeyer Steel, and worked there until retiring by age in 1983.[6] After that he moved to Florida to improve his health, together with his partner of 45 years Isabel Gressner.[7]


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