HALASSY Oliver (1909-1946),Hungary / Water-polo and Swimming
A legendary water-polo player, Halassy was twice Olympic champion with the Hungarian team, at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932 and again four years later in Berlin. He was also an excellent swimmer and was European Champion for the 1500 metre free-style event. However, Halassy owed his legendary abilities to an accident which, at the age of 11, had meant the loss of one of his legs. He fell under a tram and had to have his leg amputated. After having overcome this terrible disability and gone on to a successful swimming career, he was murdered at the age of 37.