Hilda Múdra Death – An Austrian-born Slovak figure skating coach Hilda Múdra has died on Monday, November 22, 2021, in Bratislava. Múdra was born on January 1, 1926, in Vienna as Hildegard Klimpel. She married Slovak manager Jozef Múdry on 26 October 1947 and gave birth to their daughter, Dagmar, in 1949, and to their son, Pavol, in 1950. Her husband died in November 2010. She spoke both Slovak and German. Mudra died on 22 November 2021 at the age of 95 in Bratislava.
Hilda Múdra was popularly known as the coach of Ondrej Nepela, the Olympic winner, and multiple world champions. The famous figure skater called her “aunt,” and she even became something like his second mother. Múdra coached Ondrej Nepela for 15 years, having first met him in February 1958. Nepela won his first medal – the bronze at the European championship in Bratislava, which he gave as a present for her 40th birthday. He would win gold at five European Championships, three World Championships, and the 1972 Winter Olympics. In 2000, he was named Slovak athlete of the 20th century — Múdra accepted the award from the Slovak president, Rudolf Schuster, on behalf of her deceased student.
Múdra was coached by Rudolf Kurtzer and Will Petters in Vienna. She trained first in single skating and then ice dancing. In her 80s, she fractured the vertebra as a result of a fall, preventing her from returning to the ice, but she continued to coach children from behind the boards in Dúbravka, Bratislava. Múdra’s charges included other top Slovak figure skaters, such as Marián Filc, the biggest Slovak rival of Nepela, as well as Agnesa Búřilová-Wlachovská, who later coached Jozef Sabovčík, another successful figure skater.
Múdra also coached Miroslav Šoška, Ľudmila Bezáková, Eva Križková-Ďurišinová, Marián Filc, Eva Grožajová, Miroslav Šoška, Ľudmila Bezáková, Miljan Begović, and Eva Ďurišinová, and successful ice dancer and coach Martin Skotnický. Moreover, she was active abroad, and coached Charlotta Walter from Switzerland and Sanda Dubravčić from Croatia.
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