Obituary : Adolph Kiefer, Oldest U.S. Olympic gold medalist dies at 98

By | May 6, 2017

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that our Founder, Adolph Kiefer, passed away on May 5, 2017, at the age of 98. A man larger than life, Adolph had such a huge passion and joy for swimming. He has touched many in this industry and paved the way for future athletes with his historic swimming career.

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.

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.

YMCA, and a host of so many who taught learn to swim and water safety. A number of service men in the second world war owe their lives to Adolph Kiefer. He taught 1000s the “liberty stroke” incase they went into the water. God Bless you Adolph, Rest in Peace.

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