Henrietta Onodi (HUN)

1986 Kraft International: 3rd AA
1986 Jr. European Championships: 12th AA, 4th BB, 7th FX
1987 American Cup: 7th AA
1988 Catania Cup: 1st AA, 1st FX
1988 Jr. European Championships: 8th AA, 6th V, 2nd UB, 4th BB
1988 Junior Friendship Cup (Druzbha): 4th T, 3rd UB
1989 American Cup: 3rd AA
1989 European Championships: 5th AA, 1st UB, 3rd FX
1989 World Championships: 19th AA, 5th BB
1989 Arthur Gander Memorial: 2nd AA
1989 DTB Cup: 1st AA, 2nd V, 2nd UB, 1st FX
1989 Hungarian Nationals: 1st AA
1990 Chunichi Cup: 3rd AA
1990 Grand Prix: 1st AA
1990 Goodwill Games: 3rd AA, 4th V, 5th UB, 7th BB, 4th FX
1990 European Championships: 3rd AA, 8th UB, 8th BB, 3rd FX
1990 World Cup: 3rd AA, 1st V, 3rd UB, 8th BB, 2nd FX
1990 DTB Cup: 1st AA, 1st V, 1st FX, 2nd UB
1991 Chunichi Cup: 1st AA
1991 World Championships: 31st AA, 2nd V, 4th UB, 7th BB, 8th FX
1991 Joaquim Blume Memorial: 3rd T, 4th AA
1992 American Cup: 2nd AA
1992 Cottbus Tournament of Champions: 1st AA
1992 World Championships: 1st V, 2nd FX
1992 Hungarian International: 1st AA, 1st V, 1st UB, 1st BB, 1st FX
1992 Olympic Games: 6th T, 8th AA, 1st V, 2nd FX
1995 World University Games: 7th T
1996 Olympic Games: 9th T
1997 World University Games: 7th T

The majority of these results were compiled from information found at Gymn Forum and Henrietta's Dominion.
Additional results obtained from various back issues of IG magazine.

Photo by Matthew Barber

Henrietta began gymnastics at the age of 4, in her native country of Hungary. She rose to international success in 1986 with several strong performances, including a 3rd place finish at the 1986 Kraft Invitational. Age-ineligible for the 1988 Seoul Olympics, Henrietta made a big splash at the 1989 European Championships, winning the gold on the uneven bars. In doing so, Henrietta became the first Hungarian female gymnast since 1956 to win a gold medal at a major competition.

With a high level of difficulty, innovative moves and nice technique, Henrietta was able to play a key role in international gymnastics for much of her competitive career. Many felt that she could have placed higher in several key competitions, such as the 1991 World Championships and the 1992 Olympic Games, but injury often kept Henrietta from performing at her peak. Regardless, Henrietta made a mark on the sport and has a skill named after her on the balance beam.

Following the 1992 Olympics, Henrietta retired from competitive gymnastics. In 1994 she moved to the United States to coach, give clinics, and pursue a university education (studying marketing in San Antonio, Texas at the University of Incarnate Word). She tried to compete NCAA, but had only two years of eligibility remaining and became disheartened when she could not arrange course transfers, etc. in a timely manner.

Onodi at the 1995 World University Games
Photo used with the expressed permission
of Sato Takeo of the OEFC Gymnastics Gallery

Although she competed in the 1995 World University Games, it was in 1996, at age 22, that Henrietta decided to make her major comeback onto the elite international scene. She moved back to Hungary, where she began training with the Hungarian team and in Atlanta, led her team to a respectable ninth place finish.

Following the 1996 Olympics, Henrietta moved back to the USA to resume her education. Soon after returning to the Texas, Henrietta's father took ill and she returned to Hungary to be with him. Sadly, he passed away.

Henrietta retired from competition in 1997, following the World University Games. She spent some time working in Miami, Florida as the Director of Community Relations for World Olympians Association and now coaches in Plymouth, Minnesota at Olympic Gymnastics Academy.

Onodi was born on May 22, 1974.

. This page was created May 4, 1999 and last updated November 17, 2003.

 

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