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Barbara Benko

Date of birth: January 21, 1990

Nationality: Hungary

Height: 174 cm

Weight: 63 kg

Hobbies: Family, friends, coffee addict, outdoor adventures

Social Media: Instagram: @benkobarbi Twitter: @barbara_benko Facebook athlete page: Barbara Benkó

Barbara Benko, who goes by “Barbi”, doused her competitors even as a child. That was mostly due to the fact that she loved water at the tender age of three years, and competed in many swim competitions in her youth.

“I loved being in the water and did a swim class when I was only three years old. As I got older, I competed at many swim competitions. Swimming is huge in Hungary, we are very proud of our Olympic medal winners and World Champions. But I still got bored with it fairly quickly.” Barbi comes from a very athletic family, her Mother is a physical therapist and her Father was a track star who today owns two bicycle shops and coaches the National Team. That’s how all roads led to sports for Barbi.

After a short excursion into basketball, she found MTB and knew after her first training that this would end up being her sport. A few short weeks later, she participated in her first competition and won – her Dad as her coach right there with her. Her first competition happened to be the National Championships in the U11 age bracket! The father-daughter combo traveled together on countless very successful MTB trips until Barbara moved up to U23.

As a Junior, Barbi was very successful as well, which is even more impressive because the 27-time Hungarian Champion graduated from high school at that time. She always realized that life after sports was very important. She wanted to go to college and build a foundation for her career afterwards. She started to study medicine, but realized that it was not possible to combine her medical studies with a professional mountain biking career. So she switched to optics and mountain biking stayed Barbara’s number one. The last few seasons were very successful for her, but she is not content yet. “I am highly motivated and hope that I will be able to demonstrate my potential with the help of the professional team in the background! I am really looking forward to next year and the new team. I certainly still have some items on my agenda which I want to check off!” says Barbara and she also wants to support the younger girls on the team with her wealth of experience.

Barbare Benko


TOP10 results at World Cup and European Championships

-27x Hungarian Champion

7x CycloCross, 2x Marathon, 18x XCO


Olympic Games London


2nd place Overall World Cup U23 XCO