ILSA OLYMPIANS

 This page is dedicated to the ILSA athletes and coaches who have participated in the Olympic Games.

1952 - Helsinki, Finland

ILSA's Olympic debut

(water polo, swimming)

1956 - Melbourne, Australia

ILSA's 2nd Olympic trip

(water polo)

1968 - Mexico City, Mexico

ILSA's 2nd Olympic presence in swimming

1992 - Barcelona, Spain

ILSA's final Olympic presence

KOSZTA LADISLAU 

(Laci)

ILSA's second swimmer to participate in the Olympic Games

  • Born 1947

  • Coach Lovas Peter's most successful athlete

  • Emerged in 1965 as Romania's top breaststroker

  • Romanian national champion, 100 and 200 meter breaststroke, circa 1966-1970

  • First major international competition: Rome, Italy, circa 1965

  • Olympic semifinalist, 100 meter breaststroke, Mexico City, 1968 (13th place overall)

  • 11th place finisher, 200 meter breaststroke, Mexico City Olympics, 1968

  • Semifinalist in the European Swimming Championships (circa 1967-1969)

  • Romanian record holder, 100 meter breaststroke (1:08:50) (circa 1968)

  • Shamelessly renamed Costa Vasile by the official sports media

  • Great rivalry with Bucharest's Angel Sopterian

  • B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering (Facultatea de Electrotehnica, Timisoara, 1971)

  • Left Romania during the late 1970's

  • Settled in the New York area 

  • Multilingual (Romanian, Hungarian, English)

 

LOVAS PETER (Peter-Bacsi)

  ILSA's only swimming coach to participate in the Olympic Games

  • Born 1934

  • Multilingual (Romanian, Hungarian, German)

  • Participated in the Mexico City Olympic Games, 1968, as Koszta Laci's coach

  • Romanian national champion, butterfly, 1950s

  • Timisoara's most successful swim coach ever

  • Has produced many national champions

  • Known for his ability to develop thinking athletes

  • Settled in Germany in the early 1970s

  • Coached in Freiburg, Germany, for nearly 30 years

  • Passed away in Freiburg, Germany, in January 2001

 

 

ADALBERT STANESCU (Stubi)

ILSA's undisputed longevity champion

  • Born circa 1924 (surname at birth: Sterbenz)

  • One of the original ILSA athletes

  • Surname changed to Stanescu in the 1940s

  • Two decades of playing for ILSA (1938-1958)

  • Member of ILSA's Dream team (multiple national champion)

  • Many times Romania's scoring champion

  • Member of Romania's water polo national team

  • Participated in the Helsinki Olympic Games, 1952

  • Two decades of coaching (1950-1970)

  • International and Major League water polo referee (1958-1968)

  • Honorary titles: Antrenor Emerit; Maestru Emerit al Sportului

  • Multilingual (Romanian, Hungarian, German)

 

 NORMAN ZOLTAN (Zoli)

One of ILSA's best goalies ever

  • Born in 1919

  • One of the original ILSA athletes

  • Member of ILSA's DreamTeam (multiple national champion)

  • Member of Romania's water polo national team

  • Participated in the Helsinki Olympic Games, 1952

  • Coached ILSA's youth team

  • Remained connected with the club for decades 

  • Arguably ILSA's best goalie ever

 

 IOSIM OCTAVIAN (Yotza)

Played and coached on two continents

  • Member of ILSA's Dream Team (multiple national champion)

  • Member of Romania's water polo national team

  • Played in the Helsinki Olympic Games, 1952 

  • Played in the Water Polo European Championship, Torino, Italy (1954)

  • Honorary title: Maestru al Sportului

  • Brother of ILSA swimmer Mariana Iosim

  • Settled in Israel with wife Gerti (born Weisz)

  • Nicknamed Yotza

  • Coached Hapoel Tel Aviv's water polo team

  • Passed away in Israel

 

 TRK GABOR (Gabi)

Outstanding coach and player

  • Born in Hungary (1919)

  • Member of ILSA's Dream Team (multiple national champion)

  • Coached the water polo team during its most successful period

  • Member of Romania's water polo national team

  • Coached Romania's water polo national team

  • Participated in the Helsinki Olympic Games, 1952

  • Honorary title: Maestru al Sportului

 

 HOSZPODAR ZOLTAN (Zsoni)

Olympic water polo player and swimming standout

  • Born in Arad, 1933

  • Only ILSA athlete to have competed in two Olympic Games

  • Excelled in freestyle events, from 100 m to 1500 m

  • Won eight national champion titles between 1950-55 (swimming)

  • Played in the Water Polo European Championship, Torino, Italy (1954)

  • Played in the Helsinki Olympic Games, 1952 (17th place) (water polo)

  • Played in the Melbourne Olympic Games, 1956 (8th place) (water polo)

  • Defected immediately after the Melbourne Olympic Games in 1956

  • Settled near San Francisco, California, USA

 

NOVAK IOSIF (Bupsi)

 

  • Born in 1922

  • One of ILSA's best ever

  • Made Romania's National Team in both swimming and water polo

  • First swimmer from Romania to participate in Olympic swimming

  • Participated in the Helsinki Olympic Games, 1952 

  • Olympic times: 1:00.60 (100 meter freestyle) (26th place)

  • Multiple Romanian national champion and record holder during 1947-1955

  • Prominent member of ILSA's Dream Team (Arany Csapat)

  • Dominated the domestic scene in the 100 meter freestyle event

 

 

TOTH TIMEA

PHOTO COMING SOON

 

  • Born in Timisoara in 1968

  • Started swimming at age 5 

  • Brought by Coach Doina Pentia to national prominence

  • Also coached by Sala Codruta

  • National record holder in butterfly 

  • Emigrated to Israel in 19??

  • Represented Israel in the Barcelona Olympic Games, 1992

  • Olympic results: 20th & 29th place (200 & 100 meter butterfly)

  • Olympic times: 1:03.18 (100 meter butterfly); 2:16.84 (200 meter butterfly)

 

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