Emese Hunyady

Emese Hunyady

Emese Hunyady
Personal information
Born (1966-03-04) 4 March 1966
Budapest, Hungary
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb)
Spouse(s) Thomas Nemeth
Country Hungary
Sport Speed skating
Turned pro 1981
Retired 2002

Emese Hunyady (born 4 March 1966 in Budapest, Hungary) is a former speed skater. At age 10, Hunyady participated at the 1977 Hungarian Sprint Championships for Juniors, finishing sixth. Representing Hungary, she had her first international competition in 1979 and in the following years, although still a junior, she entered several senior tournaments. In 1985, after marrying her Austrian coach Thomas Nemeth, she obtained Austrian citizenship and started competing for Austria. The marriage was dissolved some years later, but she retained her Austrian citizenship.

During her 25-year-long career, she was a steady performer, almost always finishing in the top 10 of the events she participated in. Her best year was 1994, when she won bronze at the European Allround Championships, became World Allround Champion, won the 1500 m World Cup, and became Olympic Champion on the 1500 m, while winning Olympic silver on the 3000 m. After that, her successes became fewer, but in 1999, she surprisingly won the World Single Distance Championships on her favourite distance, the 1500 m.

Hunyady participated in six Winter Olympics from 1984 to 2002 and won a large number of Hungarian and Austrian National Allround, Sprint, and Single Distance Championships. She started her sporting career in figure skating, something she used to show when celebrating her victories as a speed skater.

Hunyady is married to Timo Järvinen, a former speed skater from Finland. They have a son, Jasper.[1]


An overview of medals won by Hunyady at important championships she participated in, listing the years in which she won each:

Championships Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
Winter Olympics 1994 (1500 m) 1994 (3000 m) 1992 (3000 m)
World Allround 1994 1992
World Sprint
World Single Distance 1999 (1500 m) 1996 (1000 m)
2000 (1500 m)
World Cup 1994 (1500 m) 1991 (1500 m)
1992 (1500 m)
1992 (3000 m / 5000 m)
1993 (1500 m)
1995 (1500 m)
1990 (1500 m)
1993 (3000 m / 5000 m)
1998 (1500 m)
European Allround 1993 1992 1994
Austrian Allround 1995
Austrian Sprint 2001
Hungarian Allround 1984 1985
Hungarian Sprint 1980

World records

Over the course of her career, Hunyady skated one world record:

Mini combination164.65827 March 1994Calgary

Personal records

To put these personal records in perspective, the last column (WR) lists the official world records on the dates that Hunyady skated her personal records.

500 m38.8715 March 2001Calgary37.40
1000 m1:15.9930 January 2000Calgary1:14.61
1500 m1:56.5120 February 2002Salt Lake City1:54.38
3000 m4:06.5510 February 2002Salt Lake City3:59.26
5000 m7:15.2320 February 1998Nagano7:03.26
Small combination164.8857 February 1999Hamar163.020

Hunyady has an Adelskalender score of 162.320 points. Her highest position on the Adelskalender was a third place.

See also


  1. Ohlinger, Gerhard (14 March 2011). "Emese Hunyady: Eine Goldmedaille öffnet keine Türen". Salzburger Nachrichten. Retrieved 9 December 2012.

Preceded by
Austria Anita Wachter
Austrian Sportswoman of the year
Succeeded by
Austria Ursula Profanter
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