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Jan 10, 2020

Hungary's Agnes Keleti is the oldest living Olympic champion in the world

Keleti won 10 medals in gymnastics — including five golds — at the 1952 Helsinki Games and the 1956 Melbourne Games.

Hungary's Agnes Keleti is the oldest living Olympic champion in the world.

Keleti won 10 medals in gymnastics — including five golds — at the 1952 Helsinki Games and the 1956 Melbourne Games.

“It’s not the medals that are significant but the experiences that came with them,” Keleti told the Associated Press while holding some of the nine medals she still has (one was lent to a journalist for a project and never returned). “I loved gymnastics because it was possible to travel for free.”

After winning a gold medal in the floor exercise at the Helsinki Games, as well as a silver and two bronzes, Keleti won three individual golds in Melbourne — balance beam, floor exercise and uneven bars — and another in a team event plus other medals. She could have won even more but an injury kept her from competing at the 1948 London Olympics.

The former athlete also tells a rather sad story. Her family was decimated during the Holocaust, which she survived thanks in part to assuming a false identity and working as a maid.

Read Keleti's full story here.

Photo credit: Euronews