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Helena Rakoczy
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Rakoczy at the 1956 Olympic Games

Country represented

Flag of Poland Poland

Born

Helena Krzynówek
December 23 1921 (1921-12-23) (age 95)
Krakow, Poland

Current status

Retired

Helena Rakoczy (née Krzynówek), also Rákóczy or Rákóczi (born 23 December 1921) was a World Champion Polish gymnast. She was born in Kraków, Poland.

Career

A member of the 1952 and 1956 Polish women's gymnastics team, she managed only one Olympic medal, in Melbourne, a bronze in the Team Portable Apparatus Event, tying with the USSR team. Disappointing performances at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, particularly on the uneven bars, kept her well out of the higher-finishing individuals in the all-around (she was 43rd), failed to qualify her to any of the event finals competitions, and saw her team place 8th. Stronger performances at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics garnered her an 8th-place finish in the all-around, a 5th place place on uneven bars, and saw her team to a much-improved 4th place all around with her compatriate, two-time Olympian (1956, 1960) Natalia Kot.

Her real successes came at the World Gymnastics Championships in 1950 and 1954. At the former, she became the World Individual All-Around Champion, as well as becoming champion on 3 of the 4 individual apparatuses (Vault, Beam, and Floor), and at the latter, she took bronze in both the individual all-around and uneven bars. These accomplishments make her the most decorated Polish gymnast - male or female - ever.

Rakoczy was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2004.

Medal Count

Year Event TF PA AA VT UB BB FX
1950Basel World Championships1st1st3rd1st1st
1954Rome World Championships3rd3rd
1956Melbourne Olympic Games3rd


World All-Around Champions
Vlasta DěkanováHelena RakoczyGalina RudkoLarisa LatyninaVěra ČáslavskáLudmilla TourischevaElena MukhinaNellie KimOlga BicherovaNatalia YurchenkoElena Shushunova | Oksana OmelianchikAurelia DobreSvetlana BoginskayaKim ZmeskalShannon MillerLilia PodkopayevaSvetlana KhorkinaMaria OlaruSvetlana KhorkinaChellsie MemmelVanessa FerrariShawn JohnsonBridget SloanAliya MustafinaJordyn WieberSimone Biles


World Vault Champions
Vlasta DěkanováHelena Rakoczy • Anna Petersen • Larisa LatyninaVěra ČáslavskáErika ZucholdOlga KorbutNellie KimDumitriţa TurnerMaxi GnauckBoriana StoyanovaElena ShushunovaOlesya DudnikLavinia MiloşoviciHenrietta ÓnodiElena PiskunGina GogeanSimona Amânar | Lilia PodkopayevaGina GogeanSimona AmânarElena ZamolodchikovaSvetlana KhorkinaElena ZamolodchikovaOksana ChusovitinaCheng FeiKayla WilliamsAlicia SacramoneMcKayla MaroneyHong Un-JongMaria Paseka


World Balance Beam Champions
Vlasta DěkanováHelena RakoczyKeiko TanakaLarisa LatyninaEva BosákováNatalia KuchinskayaErika ZucholdNellie KimLudmilla TourischevaNadia ComăneciVera CernaMaxi GnauckOlga MostepanovaDaniela SilivaşAurelia DobreDaniela SilivaşSvetlana BoginskayaKim ZmeskalLavinia MiloşoviciShannon MillerMo HuilanDina KochetkovaGina GogeanLing JieAndreea RăducanAshley PostellFan YeNastia LiukinIryna KrasnianskaNastia LiukinDeng LinlinAna PorgrasSui LuAliya MustafinaSimone Biles


World Floor Exercise Champions
Matylda Pálfyová • Helena RakoczyTamara ManinaEva BosákováLarisa LatyninaNatalia KuchinskayaLudmilla TourischevaNellie Kim | Elena MukhinaEmilia EberleNatalia IlienkoEcaterina SzaboOksana OmelianchikDaniela Silivaş | Elena ShushunovaDaniela Silivaş | Svetlana BoginskayaCristina BontaşKim ZmeskalShannon MillerDina KochetkovaGina GogeanGina Gogean | Kui YuanyuanGina GogeanAndreea RăducanElena GómezDaiane Dos SantosAlicia SacramoneCheng FeiShawn JohnsonBeth TweddleLauren MitchellKsenia AfanasyevaSimone Biles

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