Diary

Memorable programs, memorable people

07 March 2018

Gold of Golds

This dinner hosted in honour of our guests was somewhat different from the previous ones. Rarely does it happen, that there is so many of us around the table or that our guests are so young. Our dinner companions this time were the members of the men’s speed skating relay team, gold medallists at the winter Olympics in PyeongChang, Sándor Liu Shaolin, Liu Shaoang, Csaba Burján, Viktor Knoch and Bence Oláh, the reserve member of the team, together with Anita Márton, world champion shot putter and their coaches, Ákos Bánhidi, Zhang Jing and László Eperjesi. When we gathered for a family picture on the terrace of the Sándor Palace, my husband and I noted, smiling, that these young athletes are all more or less the same age as our children. Their achievement is special not only because they have all proven that they are the world’s best in something but also because the relay team of speed skaters won Hungary’s first gold medal at a winter Olympics and Anita Márton won the first world championship gold medal in athletics for Hungary. Zhang Jing, head coach of the speed skating relay team also said that since winning the 500 metres race is the most desired triumph at the winter Olympics, that gold is the “gold of all golds”. For us Hungarians, the medal of the shot putter from Szeged is also the gold of golds because of its novelty in sports history.