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2013.0507

Olympic gold medalist Berki visits campus

NTNU received a special visitor last Friday, when Hungarian Olympic champion Berki Krisztián made the school his first stop on a visit Taiwan. Berki, who grabbed the gold in the pommel horse category of the 2012 London Olympics, is in the country at the invitation of the Chinese Taipei Gymnastics Association and the Sports Administration.


Berki told athletics students Friday that earning a gold medal is a great feeling, but it also means a social responsibility to be a role model for young athletes.


After the press conference on campus, Berki changed into something more comfortable -- his gymnastics outift -- to show off some of the skills that helped him win big. He led students in warm-up and stretching exercises before launching into a display of his impressive moves.


Professor of athletics Yu Chih-ying (余智贏) encouraged students to pay close attention to every aspect of Berki's performance as it's the little details that make a victory.


Berki is known for his highly complex routines and long list of awards earned. He told reporters that despite being rather tall for the sport -- 178 cm -- he has overcome what would otherwise be a disadvantage through rigorous training and dedication.