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Szilveszter Csollany: Hungarian Olympic gold medalist against vax dies of Covid at age 51

A Hungarian Olympic gold medalist and anti-vax conspiracy theorist has died of Covid-19 at age 51, weeks after being given the shot to continue his work as a coach.

Szilveszter Csollany fell ill in December and was hospitalized and on a ventilator for weeks, with local authorities announcing his death on Monday.

While Csollany had shared several “anti-vax” posts on his Facebook page, he had been vaccinated to take up work as a gymnastics coach, the Budapest newspaper Blikk reported in early January.

Szilveszter Csollany, the winner of the 2000 Olympic Games in Hungary, has died of Covid-19 at the age of 51, local authorities said Monday.

Csollany became ill in December and was hospitalized and on a ventilator.  Pictured: Hungary's Szilveszter Csollany holds his gold medal on the podium, September 24, 2000

Csollany became ill in December and was hospitalized and on a ventilator.  Pictured: Hungary's Szilveszter Csollany holds his gold medal on the podium, September 24, 2000

Szilveszter Csollany, gold medal winner at the 2000 Olympics in Hungary (pictured left and right with his gold medal on the podium in Sydney, Sept. 24, 2000) has died of Covid-19 at the age of 51, locals said. authorities Monday.

However, the publication stated that shortly before he became ill, it had not allowed him to develop sufficient antibodies.

“It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the passing of Szilveszter Csollany,” the Hungarian Olympic Committee said.

Csollany took a silver medal on the rings at the 1996 Atlanta Games, and four years later he did even better in Sydney when he saw Greece’s Dimosthenis Tampakos and Bulgarian Yordan Yovchev take the gold.

European champion in 1998, he also won gold at the 2002 World Championships in Debrecen.

“The Olympic champion gymnast achieved excellent results not only as an athlete, but also as an excellent husband and a very good father,” said the Hungarian Gymnastics Federation.

After his retirement, Csollany went on to work as a coach in both Iceland and Austria.

“Farewell champion,” Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban wrote in a message accompanied by a black and white photo.

Fellow gymnast Zoltan Magyar, a Hungarian Olympic champion in 1976 and 1980, lamented “a tremendous loss, at such a young age.”

Csollany’s last post on Facebook — on Aug. 10 — featured the medalist talking on the phone with a medical professional about the vaccine.

In the caption below, he wrote, “Just want to understand! I’m not against or for vaccine… really don’t know what’s right… and this video shows exactly why I don’t know.

Pictured: Szilveszter Csollany (second from right) with his wife Jutka and her two children.  According to Facebook, he married his wife only months ago on August 12, 2021

Pictured: Szilveszter Csollany (second from right) with his wife Jutka and her two children.  According to Facebook, he married his wife only months ago on August 12, 2021

Pictured: Szilveszter Csollany (second from right) with his wife Jutka and her two children. According to Facebook, he married his wife only months ago on August 12, 2021

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1643115030 797 Szilveszter Csollany Hungarian Olympic gold medalist against vax dies of

In a post on Instagram (pictured), he shared a photo of him with what looks like vodka. “I vaccinated myself!” He wrote. “And you didn’t have to wait weeks for the repeater,” he added, presumably referring to a second dose or booster shot. [Note: Google translate translated the Olympian’s name to New Year’s Eve]

‘The information they give is nonsense. If they can explain it logically, then everyone will be amazed for a long time.’

In a post on Instagram, he shared a photo of him with what looks like vodka. “I vaccinated myself!” He wrote. “And you didn’t have to wait weeks for the repeater,” he added, presumably referring to a second dose or booster shot.

According to Facebook, he married his wife Jutka Csollany only months ago on August 12, 2021.

Like other European countries, Hungary is experiencing a spike in Covid-19 infections, fueled largely by the highly contagious Omicron variant.

On Monday, the country saw a record number of new infections in one day, with nearly 40,000 new cases reported.

Csollany’s death comes after a Czech anti-vax folk singer died after deliberately catching Covid in order to get a health pass that allowed her to visit the sauna and theater.

Hana Horka, the singer of the band Asonance, died on January 16 after contracting the Delta variant at the age of 57, according to her son Jan Rek.

She voluntarily exposed herself to the virus when her husband and son, both vaccinated, contracted it before Christmas, Rek told public radio iRozhlas.cz.

Evidence of vaccination or a recent infection is required to access cultural and sports facilities, as well as travel and visit bars and restaurants in the EU member state, which is facing a rising Covid count.

Czech folk singer Hana Horka (pictured) died after deliberately catching Covid to get a health pass that allowed her to visit the sauna and theater

Czech folk singer Hana Horka (pictured) died after deliberately catching Covid to get a health pass that allowed her to visit the sauna and theater

Czech folk singer Hana Horka (pictured) died after deliberately catching Covid to get a health pass that allowed her to visit the sauna and theater

The singer of the band Asonance died on January 16 after contracting the Delta variant at the age of 57, according to her son Jan Rek.

The singer of the band Asonance died on January 16 after contracting the Delta variant at the age of 57, according to her son Jan Rek.

The singer of the band Asonance died on January 16 after contracting the Delta variant at the age of 57, according to her son Jan Rek.

Horka went for a walk outside, but when she returned she started complaining of back pain and died shortly after, suffocating in her bed, her son said.

Rek blamed the death on a local anti-vax movement, saying leaders had brainwashed his mother against vaccination and had “blood on their hands.”

“I know exactly who influenced her… It saddens me that she believes in strangers more than in her own family,” Rek said.

“It was not just total misinformation, but also beliefs about natural immunity and antibodies obtained through infection,” he added.

The country of 10.7 million people announced nearly 13,000 new Covid infections on Monday, while averaging about 22,000 new cases over a seven-day period.

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