László Hidvéghy

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameLászló•Hidvéghy
Used nameLászló•Hidvéghy
Born9 November 1910 in Budapest, Budapest (HUN)
Died11 October 1989 in Waltham, Massachusetts (USA)
AffiliationsBKE, Budapest (HUN)
NOC Hungary


László Hidvéghy began his sports career as a mid-distance runner with MAC and swimmer with NSC, but his greatest success came as a speedskater. Between 1934 and 1946, as an athlete of BKE and MAC, he won a total of seven national championships. During his career, he broke the national record 26 times.

Hidvéghy competed in three World and European Championships and participated at the 1936 Winter Olympics. He achieved his best result at the 1938 Worlds, where he finished 12th in the all-around competition.

In addition to his sports career, Hidvéghy studied film making and worked in film production at the Hungarian Film Office. From 1932-38 he was involved in the making of more than 30 movies. In 1947, he left Hungary legally and moved to Sweden, where he worked for a publishing house for seven years. In 1954 he went on to America and settled in Boston, where he was a manager at a health club until his retirement. In 1960, he made a 45-minute film at the Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley.

Personal Bests: 500 – 44.6 (1939); 1500 – 2:19.8 (1939); 5000 – 8:40.2 (1948); 10000 – 17:19.6 (1938).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) HUN László Hidvéghy
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) =25
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 17
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 14


Year of birth not 1912.