President János Áder congratulated in a letter and Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in a Facebook video five-time Olympic champion gymnast Ágnes Keleti on her 100th birthday on Saturday.
Áder said that Keleti’s global achievements as a gymnast and her dedication to her work as a trainer showed an example to everyone. He said he felt honoured to personally know her and experience Keleti’s “enviable zest for life”.
Orbán said Hungary was a “fantastic but difficult place, surrounded by empires where we always had to fight for our lives, freedom and independence”.
At the same time, Orbán said “God has sent us great heroes … who showed us an example in perseverance, dedication, fantastic performance and the love of our nation”, and added that Keleti was such a hero.
The veteran gymnast was also congratulated by Thomas Bach, head of the International Olympic Committee, and leaders of the Hungarian Olympic Committee.
“Happy 100th Birthday Agnes Keleti, the oldest living Olympic Champion. Your Olympic story is inspirational; ten Olympic Medals, five of them gold. You showed courage and determination throughout your life – a true Olympic Champion. Enjoy your day.” IOC President Thomas Bach pic.twitter.com/jIpJNjpi2d — Olympics (@Olympics) January 9, 2021
Fellow Hungarian Olympic Champions also congratulated “Ági néni”: