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Marianna Némethová – Krajčírová celebrating the jubilee

Marianna Némethová – Krajčírová, the participant of the three Olympic Games, the World Champion, a coach and a Slovak gymnast of the 20th century.

She was dragged to gymnastics by her father and older sister Dagmar, who initially used to be a great figure for her.
She started her career in Bratislava, where she moved with her parents from Košice. She introduced herself on the gymnastic stages when she was 9.

First coach of gymnast was Ján Čížik, with whom she trained in Slavoj Bratislava. Later she trained under the supervision of Antonín Kojdecký, Slávka Matlochová, Vladimír Prorok, Alena Tintěrová, Milada Nedavašková and Viera Mehešová.

She was just 16 when she became the youngest participant of the Czechoslovak team at the Games of XVIII. Olympiad 1964 in Tokyo. She contributed to the silver medal in team competition through her performance in the sports gymnast team headed by Věra Čáslavská. At the World Championship 1966 in Dortmund, she brought her contribution to the historic victory over the Soviet gymnasts in all-around competition . She individually won recognition at the European Championship 1967, she won bronze medals in individual all-around and on uneven bars, she was fourth in vault and floor exercise, she took the fifth place in balance beam event. She reached the same silver Olympic success also at the Games of XIX. Olympiad 1968 in Mexico, while taking the unpopular fourth place in the individual competition in vault, she was ninth in all-around competition. At the World Championship 1970 in Ljubljana, Marianna Némethová – Krajčírová, being a captain, led the team of Czechoslovakia to bronze medals. At the Games of XX. Olympiad 1972 in Munich, where she ended her sport career, she was fifth in the team competition and she took 18th place in all-around competition.

She is graduated of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports of Comenius University in Bratislava and she followed on in sport gymnastics as a coach. For almost twenty years, she trained young talents. She raised several national team gymnasts in Bratislava and attempted to coach abroad as well. Nowadays, she again assists in coaching of young gymnastic talents in Slovakia. In 2016, she got the Sport Legend award as the seventh one in Slovakia.

She donated the silver Olympic medal from Mexico together with the World and European Championship medals, documents and objects from her sport activity to the SOC – Slovak Olympic and Sport Museum in 2002.

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