Gabor Deli 1945-2022

Gabor Deli

Hungary, 1945 - Rockford, MN July 2022

 

With our deepest sorrow we announce that a beloved member of our Hungarian community Gabor Deli has passed away. With great sadness, we extend our deepest sympathy to Katalin Dali and the Deli family.

From the Star Tribune: "Deli, Gabor died peace- fully on July 7, 2022 at age 76. He is survived by his wife Katalin Deli, their sons Gabor Jr and Gergely Deli, and nieces Kati and Gabriella Deli. Gabor will be remembered as a devoted father and loving husband of 56 years. One of Gabor's true loves was the sport of gymnastics. He grew up in Hungary and became an accomplished gymnast competing on the Hungarian International team for 10 years and in the 1968 Olympic Games. Gabor was the first European men's gymnast to execute a round off double backflip on the floor exercise during competition. Gabor met the love of his life, Hungarian gymnast Katalin. They were married and soon pregnant- and ready to escape Hungary. Their dream, America!! A better way of life. Gabor and Katalin became American Citizens and put their gymnastics experience to the test in Minnesota. First was the opportunity to coach Mini-Hops gymnastics in Minnetonka MN. Gabor took the program and turned it around so gymnasts were truly pushing themselves to levels they never dreamed of! Gabor and Katalin Deli started, developed and coached the 1st University of Minnesota Women's Gymnastics Team from 1973-1992. Three of those years they were big 10 Champions. During this time they were also the founders and head coaches of the Olympic Gymnastics Academy. Once again with fantastic coaching and helping athletes make their dreams come true, many women went on to college gymnastics while others became Elite level and competed internationally.

"Gabor Deli will truly be missed; on behalf of many gymnasts who had the opportunity to be coached by him we say " Thank You!" He helped provide many miracles in gymnasts' lives. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to support the family; any support would be greatly appreciated -- please click here to donate. Gabor's Memorial Service to be held - August 14, 2022 - 3-5 pm - 5695 Lake Sarah Heights Dr Rockford MN 55373."