Laszlo “Les” Sasvary, who was a judge at three Olympic Games and is a member of the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame, died on Oct. 29 in his native Budapest, Hungary. In addition to judging, he also was a high school teacher and gymnastics coach and served on a number of gymnastics organization boards and committees.
Sasvary was a judge at the 1972,1984, and 2000 Olympic Games; 1978, 1979, 1983, 1995, 1996, 1999, and 2003 World Championships; 1975 and 1987 Pan American Games; and numerous other international events. He also was the editor and translator for the International Gymnastics Federation Code of Points from 1985-89; the editor of the National Gymnastics Judges Association Rules Interpretation Book, 1979-82; and wrote articles for several publications.
His service to various gymnastics organizations was outstanding, including serving as the vice president of the U.S. Gymnastics Federation (now known as USA Gymnastics) from 1977-83: executive director, National Gymnastics Judges Association, 1977-84; U.S. Olympic Committee House of Delegates member, 1980-83;
Sasvary, who held dual U.S. and Hungarian citizenship, was a physical education teacher and coach at several Los Angeles high schools: Muir, 1961-65; Wilson, 1965-66; and Monroe, 1966-94. While at Monroe, his teams won the Los Angeles City High School Championships a total of 10 times.
His accolades included USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame (1991); National High School Gymnastics Coach of the Year, 1976; U.S. Gymnastics Federation Special Service Award, 1988; and Frank Cumiskey Gymnastics Judging Hall of Fame Award, 1974.
He is survived by three children (Gina, Roland, and Georgia) and four grandchildren (Booke, Brett, Dillan, and Reece), all of whom live in the United States.