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Maria Bakos

Class of 1990· Disciplines(s): Rhythmic· Inducted as: Coach

The former national Hungarian coach helped blaze the trail of rhythmic gymnastics— particularly in the United States — as the movement in the late 1960s took root and became a major cornerstone of modern competitive rhythmic gymnastics.

A past national Hungarian rhythmic champion, Bakos defected to the USA and started rhythmic gymnastics classes at the American Sokol Organization in New York and New Jersey. Her most notable student was Candace Feinberg, who went on to win gold twice at the USGF National Championships. Bakos was named head coach of the U.S. Team at the 1979 Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in London. She also coached Ellen Garlicki, Monica Volkman, and Anu and Salma Parming. She died in 1990.