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István Hernek

Full name: István Hernek
Gender: Male
Born: April 23, 1935 in Törökbálint, Pest, Hungary
Affiliations: Budapest Honvéd, Budapest (HUN)
Country: HUN Hungary
Sport: Canoeing

Related Olympians: Husband of Mary Ann DuChai.

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

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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 he coached canoeists at a kayak club in Ohio and spent 32 years as a hydraulic engineer. He married Mary Ann DuChai, a 1960 US Olympian, and together they’ve run a riding resort 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 in upstate New York.


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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