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István Hernek

Full name: István Hernek
Other name(s): Steve Hernek
Gender: Male
Born: April 23, 1935 in Törökbálint, Pest, Hungary
Died: September 25, 2014 in St. Ignace, Michigan, United States
Affiliations: Budapest Honvéd, Budapest (HUN)
Country: HUN Hungary
Sport: Canoeing

Related Olympians: Husband of Mary Ann DuChai.

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


István Hernek competed at the 1954 World Championships, winning a silver medal in the C1-K and a bronze in the C1-10K. After the 1956 Olympics he defected to the United States, as did many Hungarian Olympians in response to the Soviet repression of the Hungarian October Revolution. In the United States Hernek coached canoeing and spent 32 years as a hydraulic engineer. He married [Mary Ann DuChai], a 1960 US Olympian, and together they ran a resort, the Dune Shore Motel, on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, for over 50 years. Well into his 70s, Hernek also served on the ski patrol at HoliMount Ski Area near his home. Hernek died when he was attempting to make repairs to the roof of their motel, and he fell from the roof.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Canoeing Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres Hungary HUN 2 Silver

Men's Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Canoeing Hungary Final Standings 2 5:06.2
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