A Hungarian Olympic Gold Medalist, One Week Later

Aron Szilagyi of Hungary, right, competes against Diego Occhiuzzi of Italy in the gold medal men's sabre individual match during n the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL in London, on July 29, 2012 Photograph by Ian Walton/Getty Images

Aron Szilagyi started fencing at age nine, when his mother took him to a local fencing club in Budapest, Hungary. The sport is big there, with Hungarians winning more than 80 medals in the country’s Olympic history. Szilagyi says he knew right away that he would compete seriously. Six months later, he won the national championship for 10- and 11-year-olds. On the first Sunday of the London Games, the underdog 22-year-old reached the top of his sport, defeating Italy’s Diego Occhiuzzi to win the gold medal in men’s saber. Because Hungary had failed to qualify for the team competition, he was done for the fortnight. So what did the freshly minted Olympic champion do with two weeks to spend in London? Stroll around the Olympic Village with a gold medal around his neck? Dine out on his victory all over the city?

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