Oldest U.S. Olympic gold medalist Kiefer
dies at 98
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[May 06, 2017]
Swimming legend Adolph Kiefer, who had been
the oldest living U.S. Olympic gold medalist in any sport, died on
Friday at his home in Illinois at age 98, the International Swimming
Hall of Fame said.
Adolph Kiefer, winner of the 1936 Olympic gold medal for the men's 100m
backstroke, raises his arms before the medal ceremoney during the U.S.
Olympic swimming trials in Omaha, Nebraska, June 27, 2012. REUTERS/Jeff
Kiefer won the 100-meter backstroke at the 1936 Berlin
Olympics as a 17 year old in an Olympic record time that stood
for 20 years.
“Adolph Kiefer embodied swimming and lived it every day of his
life. He was a pioneer for our sport in the truest sense of the
word,” USA Swimming Interim Executive Director Mike Unger said
in a statement.
Kiefer later was an instructor in the U.S. Navy and a business
owner whose swimming products helped advance the sport.
The first man to break one minute in the 100-yard backstroke as
a high schooler in Illinois, Kiefer was inducted into the
inaugural class of the International Swimming Hall of Fame in
1965, and served on the President's Council on Fitness, Sports
and Nutrition under three U.S. presidents.
(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Gene Cherry)
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