Róbert Zimonyi

Róbert Zimonyi (18 April 1918 – 2 February 2004) was a Hungarian-born American rowing coxswain. He competed for Hungary in various events at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics and won a bronze medal in coxed pairs. After the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, he moved to the United States and became an American citizen in 1962.[2] With American teams, he won an Olympic gold medal in 1964[1] and a European bronze medal in 1965,[3] both in the eights, and a gold medal at the 1967 Pan American Games in coxed fours.[4]

Róbert Zimonyi
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Personal information
Born18 April 1918
Sárvár, Hungary[1]
Died2 February 2004 (aged 85)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Height170 cm (5 ft 7 in)
Weight52 kg (115 lb)
ClubDuna Budapesti-i Evezős Egylet
Budapesti Kinizsi
Vesper Boat Club[1]

Zimonyi had a sister in Hungary.[5] He left rowing for good in late 1960s, and did not coach. He was an accountant by training, but after immigrating to the United States had to take odd jobs, such as working at a brick company of a fellow rower John B. Kelly Sr.[6] In 1963, he became an accountant at Sandmeyer Steel, and worked there until retiring by age in 1983.[6] After that he moved to Florida to improve his health, together with his partner of 45 years Isabel Gressner.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Róbert Zimonyi. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Stowe, 25
  3. ^ Rudern – Europameisterschaften (Herren – Achter). sport-komplett.de
  4. ^ Steven Olderr (14 September 2009). The Pan American Games / Los Juegos Panamericanos: A Statistical History, 1951–1999, bilingual edition / Una Historia Estadística, 1951–1999, edición bilingüe. McFarland. p. 169. ISBN 978-1-4766-0468-8.
  5. ^ Carl Posey (18 November 2015). XVI Olympiad: Melbourne/Stockholm 1956, Squaw Valley 1960. Warwick Press Inc. p. 158. ISBN 978-1-987944-13-6.
  6. ^ a b Stowe, 24
  7. ^ Stowe, 175

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