I am amazed that I am still alive
Jan Nagy was born on April 12, 1945 in Sereď (Trnava district) in Slovakia. His ancestors included Hungarians, Slovaks, Germans and Czechs. He spent his childhood in Ostrov nad Ohří. He enjoyed sports, especially running, already as a young boy. When Jan was eleven years old, he contracted rheumatic fever and he spent a year in hospital undergoing treatment. After elementary school he attempted to take entrance examination for a military school as a pilot, but he did not pass the tests due to his past illness. Although he had been forbidden to engage in sports and physical activity, Jan started weightlifting together with his friends. Before starting the basic military service in Týniště nad Orlicí in 1964 he was already able to lift 120 kilograms in clean and jerk technique. Since 1969 he was actively involved in sports while working a full time job at the same time. Jan trained in the Baník sports club in Sokolov under the guidance of coach František Škarda. His achievements include bronze medal from the championship of super heavy weights in 1975 in London, or the third place from the World Championship in Montreal (1976). At the end of 1979 he decided to end his career. The following summer he emigrated with his family via Yugoslavia to Germany where he then lived until 2000. After 2000 he returned to the Czech Republic. Jan Nagy devotes his time to painting, he lives in Karlovy Vary and he has two sons and a daughter.