UNIQUE GATHERING: From left to right Alice Kertész,
Erzsébet Köteles, Ágnes Keleti, Andrea Bodó,
Olga Tass (Photo by Károly Jocha)
BUDAPEST, June 17, 2011 - Pal Schmitt, President of Hungarian Republic in a moving ceremony awarded the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Gold Medal winners in rhythmic gymnastics team competition the 'Hungarian President's Medal'. .
The Hungarian Gymnastic Federation honoured each team member, Alice Kertész, Andrea Bodó, Margit Korondi, Olga Tass, Erzsébet Köteles and Ágnes Keleti the most successful Hungarian female athlete of all times decorated by five Olympic gold, three silver and two bronze medals.
The atmosphere during the ceremony was joyous, as five of the six team members were present and one by teleconference ( Margit Korondi lives in USA). Andrea Bodó and Ágnes Keleti live outside of Hungary since 1956 as well.
After 55 years, there is no other Olympic team champions of Melbourne that can come together today. All energetic and active, ranging in age from 76 to 91, clearly gymnastics is very good for health and long life. (By Dobor Dezso,Member AIPS Executive Committee)