KATALIN SZOKE (HUN)
1985 Honor Swimmer
FOR THE RECORD: OLYMPIC GAMES: 1952 gold (100m freestyle; 1 relay); WORLD RECORDS: 4 (Relays); EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1954 gold (100m freestyle, relay).
Katalin Szoke was the double gold medal star of the winning team--Hungary--in the women's swimming events at the Helsinki Olympics in 1952. Four years later, at Melbourne, she and her future husband, Arpad Domyon (a Hungarian gold medal water polo player in the 1956 Olympics) joined the Hungarian athletes invited by President Eisenhower for a three-month tour of the United States in an appeal for Hungarian War relief. They currently live in California.
In addition to her participation in two Olympics, Katalin won two European Championships in 1954 and set four World Records. She was also Hungarian National Champion several times. Her club coaches were Hall of Famers Imre Sarosi (coached Katalin ages 9-11) and Steffen Hunyadfi (remainder of her career). Hers was the fast lane of many fast lanes in the world-dominant Hungarian women's team of the early 1950s.