Mária Kövi-Zalai

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMária•Kövi-Zalai (-Kocsis)
Used nameMária•Kövi-Zalai
Born20 October 1924 in Târgu Mureș, Mureș (ROU)
Died28 October 2013 in Budapest, Budapest (HUN)
AffiliationsPostás SE, Budapest (HUN)
NOC Hungary
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 1
Total 3


Mária Kövi-Zalai took up gymnastics while in high school and was on the Hungarian national team from 1946-52. Kövi-Zalai won team all-around silvers at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics and team portable apparatus bronze at the 1952 Olympics. She also won silvers in team all-around at the 1949 and 1951 World Festival of Youth and Students, a precursor to the Universiade. Domestically Kövi-Zalai was the Hungarian vault and floor exercise champion in 1946 and team champion in 1949.

After finishing her sporting career, Kövi-Zalai worked as a gymnastics coach, serving as head coach of the Hungarian national gymnastics team in 1954 and later worked as the department head at a watch factory in Budapest.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) HUN Mária Kövi-Zalai
Team All-Around, Women (Olympic) Hungary 2 Silver
1952 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) HUN Mária Kövi-Zalai
Individual All-Around, Women (Olympic) =14
Team All-Around, Women (Olympic) Hungary 2 Silver
Team Portable Apparatus, Women (Olympic) Hungary 3 Bronze
Floor Exercise, Women (Olympic) =13
Horse Vault, Women (Olympic) 9
Uneven Bars, Women (Olympic) =12
Balance Beam, Women (Olympic) 33

Olympic family relations