The Hungarian Olympic, world and European champion gymnast was hospitalised at the beginning of December due to coronavirus infection. Despite the long struggle, the tragic news has been announced today that the Hungarian Olympian passed away at the age of 51.
Szilveszter Csollány was born on 13th April 1970 in Sopron. Thanks to his above-average physical abilities and perseverance, he achieved considerable success in gymnastics from an early age.
The breakthrough success came at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where the athlete won an Olympic gold medal. This achievement earned him the title Hungarian Sportsman of The Year in 2000 and 2002. His success story was completed when he won the 2002 World Championships in Debrecen. The following year he retired after winning one Olympic gold and silver, one World Championship gold and five silver medals, and one European Championship gold, one silver and four bronze medals – reported by Metropol.
After his retirement, Csollány worked as a gymnastics coach. He spent a few years teaching in Iceland and Switzerland. In the last few years, he commuted between Sopron and Austria.
The Hungarian Olympian was hospitalised on 3rd December with coronavirus infection.
Due to his worsening pneumonia, doctors kept him alive with artificial lungs in a Budapest hospital. The condition of the Olympic athlete was unknown for a few weeks.
Unfortunately, today the Hungarian Gymnastics Federation and the Hungarian Olympic Committee have announced
the tragic news that the Hungarian Olympian passed away at the age of 51.
In addition to his outstanding sporting achievements, Szilveszter Csollány was an excellent husband and father. The Hungarian Olympic champion is mourned by his three daughters and his wife, the Hungarian Gymnastics Federation, the Hungarian Olympic Committee and the entire Hungarian nation.