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Norbert HOSNYÁNSZKY
Sport Water Polo
NOC Hungary   
GenderMen
Born04 Mar 1984 in Budapest, HUN
Height1.96 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Son Zalan, daughter Szonja
Residence
Budapest, HUN
Occupation
Armed Forces Athlete
Languages
English, Hungarian, Italian
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began playing water polo in 1993.
Why this sport?
"I didn't really think of water polo at first, I swam all the time, my brother and I went to swim lessons. I also played basketball, I played football, I played a lot of sports, and then I got bored of swimming because it was very monotonous. My parents then took me to the BVSC club to play water polo to make us stay in the water."
Club / Team
Budapesti Honved SE: Hungary
Name of coach
Marton Szivos [club], HUN; Tamas Marcz [national], HUN
Training Regime
He trains five days a week.
Preferred position / style / stance / technique
Driver
Handedness
Right
General Interest
Nicknames
Hosi (vlv.hu, 21 Jul 2012)
Hobbies
Fishing, football, wakeboarding, spending time with his family. (nemzetisport.hu, 28 Oct 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (honvedelem.hu, 26 Jan 2021)
Hero / Idol
Hungarian water polo player Tamas Kasas. (olimpia.hu, 11 Jun 2016)
Injuries
He suffered minor facial injuries and a twisted neck in a car accident in September 2015. (vlv.hu, 23 Sep 2015)
Awards and honours
He was named 2020 Male Player of the Year by the Hungarian Water Polo Federation. (honved.hu, 28 Jan 2021; honvedelem.hu, 26 Jan 2021)

In 2012 he received the Ministerial Certificate of Merit in Hungary. (sport.hir24.hu, 17 Sep 2012)

In 2008 he received the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of Hungary [civil division]. (nemzetisport.hu, 30 Aug 2008)

He received the 2002 Ivan Szalay Award, which is given to the best junior player of the year in Hungary. (vlv.hu, 14 Jul 2014)
Ambitions
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (digisport.hu, 11 Jun 2020)
Other information
OCCUPATION
In September 2020 he began serving in the sports squadron of the Hungarian Defence Forces. "When I joined the Honved [in 2020], I didn't even think I would be a soldier. Then they mentioned the sports squadron, where I can serve as both an athlete and a military personnel. I have always been attracted to the military and I think team sports are an excellent terrain where I can serve my country." (honved.hu, 28 Jan 2021; honvedelem.hu, 26 Jan 2021; szentendre.media.hu, 17 Nov 2020)

RETIREMENT PLANS
He plans to retire from the national team after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I'll still be playing as a club player, probably with the Honved. I am basically from Budapest, but during my career I have played in many rural clubs and now [speaking in 2021] that one of our children has reached school age, we are planning to stay in Budapest for the long term. The Honved simply seemed like a good decision." (honvedelem.hu, 26 Jan 2021; waterpolo.hu, 11 Jun 2020)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team  
5 2012 London, ENG Team  
1 2008 Beijing, CHN Team  
World Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2017 Budapest, HUN Team  
6 2015 Kazan, RUS Team  
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team  
4 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team  
5 2009 Rome, ITA Team  
European Championship
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2020 Budapest, HUN Team  
3 2016 Belgrade, SRB Team  
2 2014 Budapest, HUN Team  
3 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team  
4 2010 Zagreb, CRO Team  
3 2008 Málaga, ESP Team  
2 2006 Belgrade, SRB Team