Susan sacrificed a lot to live the Olympic dream - 60 years ago
There are some people it is a particular pleasure to meet. Grandmother of seven Susan Halter represented Hungary in the London Olympics in 1948. Despite being the grand old age of 81, she still swims every day in the Swiss Cottage pool on Adelaide Road. L
There are some people it is a particular pleasure to meet.
Grandmother of seven Susan Halter represented Hungary in the London Olympics in 1948. Despite being the grand old age of 81, she still swims every day in the Swiss Cottage pool on Adelaide Road.
Last week she was there to support the London 2012 Olympics Roadshow as it passed through the area to raise awareness about sport.
She remembers how in post-war London, she had to commute by tube to Wembley Arena to compete in the Olympics 60 years ago.
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"I wish it was being held in Wembley this time," said Mrs Halter, who lives in Crouch End.
"The training was so much lighter then than it is now."
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Success did not come easily for her generation. As a young athlete, she was banned from competing in Hungary during the war because she was Jewish.
She remembers how, in 1948, only her Hungarian uncle and aunt who were living in the UK could come and support her, as all her other relatives were in Hungary which was gradually falling under Soviet control.
Mrs Halter was at Swiss Cottage leisure centre last Tuesday for the Olympics Roadshow, an event created by the Mayor of London and the London Development Agency, aimed at promoting sport amongst young people and boosting awareness of business and job opportunities created by the games.
Young Olympic hopeful Ben Humphreys, from Kentish Town, was also in attendance. Ben, 13, hopes to be in the archery trio that will represent England in 2012, having netted gold in the London Youth Games in 2006.