György Holovits

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGyörgy•Holovits
Used nameGyörgy•Holovits
Born15 June 1946 in Balatonföldvár (HUN)
Died3 May 2018
Measurements177 cm / 93 kg
AffiliationsBudapesti Spartacus SC, Budapest (HUN)
NOC Hungary


György Holovits started to sail at age 10, although he also played handball during his university years. He began competing in Star class in 1965 with András Gosztonyi. In 1968, the Hungarian Sailing Association nominated them to compete at the Olympics, but they did not participate. In 1972, they finished eighth. At György’s second Olympic appearance, he sailed alongside his brother, Tamás Holovits, finishing 10th. They also placed third at the 1984 Friendship Games.

His brother left the team in 1987, prior to the Seoul Olympics, and György competed in non-Olympic boat classes afterwards. He won 31 Hungarian Championships, many major races, and several top competitions on Lake Balaton and other European lakes. He later formed the Holovits Sailing Shop and Sailing School in 1997, and also contributed greatly to Balatonföldvár, one of the centres for Hungarian sailing sport. Holovits was later made an Honorary Citizen of Balatonföldvár.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1972 Summer Olympics Sailing HUN György Holovits
Two Person Keelboat, Open (Olympic) András Gosztonyi 8
1980 Summer Olympics Sailing HUN György Holovits
Two Person Keelboat, Open (Olympic) Tamás Holovits 10

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