SZABO Matyas


Personal Information

Residence Dormagen, GER

Occupation Athlete

Languages English, German, Hungarian

Higher education Media Studies - Fresenius University: Cologne, GER

World Cup1113
Chicago (USA), 2013-05-03Varsovie (POLAND), 2018-02-23Moscow (RUSSIA), 2014-03-21
Grand Prix-1-1
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2015-05-29

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing at age four in Dormagen, Germany, and fenced his first tournament at age nine.

Why this sport? His parents both competed in the sport at the Olympic Games. "My parents were both fencers, so I almost grew up in the fencing hall."

Club / Team TSV Bayer Dormagen: Germany

Name of coach Vilmos Szabo [national, father], ROU

Handedness Right

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement Carrying the Olympic torch through the athlete village at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. (matyas-szabo.com, 01 May 2018)

Most influential person in career His parents. (ksta.de, 21 Apr 2011)

Hero / Idol German fencer Nicolas Limbach. (ksta.de, 21 Apr 2011)

Injuries He suffered a minor back injury in mid-2017 which he says was a result of improperly lifting something heavy during training. (faz.net, 21 Jul 2017)

Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He keeps the deck of cards that he got his first royal flush with during a game of poker in his fencing bag. (deutsche-olympiamannschaft.de, 01 Sep 2016)

Sporting philosophy / motto "Fencing is a pure life for me." (matyas-szabo.com, 16 Jun 2019)

Awards and honours At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro he was one of five athletes to carry the Olympic torch through the athlete village prior to the opening ceremony. (rp-online.de, 03 Aug 2016)

In 2011 he was named Junior Sportsperson of the Year by Deutsche Sporthilfe. (sporthilfe.de, 2012)

Famous relatives His mother Reka represented Romania in fencing. She won team bronze and team silver at the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games respectively. His father Vilmos represented Romania in the sport as well, winning bronze in team sabre at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. He has also coached the German men's sabre team. (dosb.de, 25 Dec 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 02 Apr 2016; fechten.org, 11 Jun 2015; sporthilfe.de, 2012)

Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (matyas-szabo.com, 01 May 2018)

Other information FAMOUS FATHER
His father is a national coach for the German team. He says his father is tough on him, but that they manage to keep their fencing and personal relationships separate. "As a rule, he scolds me, even when I win. He expects a lot from me. At home he is my father, but when we're training he is in charge." (faz.net, 17 Jul 2017; ksta.de, 21 Apr 2011)

He fenced for Romania until 2009, at which point he decided to join the German national team. (sporthilfe.de, 2012)


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