Andrea Gyarmati won two Olympic medals for swimming before stepping away from the spotlight at the height of her career. The daughter of water polo champion Dezso Gyarmati and swimmer Eva Szekely, both Olympic medalists themselves, Andrea Gyarmati began training at age twelve and competed in the 1968 Olympics at fourteen. At the 1970 European Championships, she placed first in two events and second in two more. In the 1972 Munich Olympics she won a silver medal for the 100-meter backstroke and a bronze medal for the 100-meter butterfly. The following year, she won a bronze medal at the World Championships for the 200-meter backstroke. Over the course of her brief career, she won 28 Hungarian national championships and set two world records. Then, in 1974, she walked out in the middle of a training session and refused to compete again, saying she had stopped enjoying the competition. She chose instead to become a pediatrician working in Budapest, and as of 2017 also manages a blog to answer questions about pediatric health for concerned Hungarian parents. She was elected to the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1995.
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