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Valéria Gyenge

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameValéria•Gyenge (-Garai)
Used nameValéria•Gyenge
Born3 April 1933 in Budapest (HUN)
AffiliationsBVSC, Budapest (HUN)
NOC Hungary


Valéria Gyenge was the daughter-in-law of János Garay, Sr. who died a brutal death in the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp in 1945. In 1956 directly after the Melbourne Olympics, Gyenge emigrated to Canada and became a famous photographer. As opposed to many of her teammates, she often returned to Hungary, showing her photographs in exhibitions. Her daughter Sue “Soo” Garay became a famous television actress, best known for playing Dr. Claire Davison on the series Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal. Gyenge was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in in 1978.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) HUN Valéria Gyenge
400 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
1956 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) HUN Valéria Gyenge
100 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 11
400 metres Freestyle, Women (Olympic) 8
4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay, Women (Olympic) Hungary 7

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