Adolph Kiefer

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Pine in Vienna 1935

Personal information
Name: Adolph Gustav Kiefer
Nickname(s): “Sonny Boy” and “Old Man Jaws.”
Nation: United StatesVereinigte Staaten United States
Swimming Style(s): Back
Association: Lake Shore Athletic Club
College team: The University of Texas at Austin
Birthday: 27. June 1918
Birthplace: Chicago, United States
Date of death: 5. May 2017
Place of death: Wadsworth, United States
Medal table
Olympics 1 × Gold 0 × Silber 0 × Bronze

Adolph Gustav Kiefer (born June 27, 1918 in Chicago, Illinois; † May 5, 2017 in Wadsworth, Lake County, Illinois)[1] was an American swimmer.


The son of German emigrants became Olympic champion in the 100 m backstroke at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin at the age of 18. In his sports career from 1935 to 1944 he achieved 17 world records over various distances

During World War II, he was involved in training soldiers in the U.S. Navy and wrote a textbook on swimming. After World War II, he founded a company that manufactured swimming products and swimming pool accessories. In 1965, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Following the death of Olympic water polo champion Sándor Tarics on May 21, 2016, Kiefer was the last living Olympic champion from the 1936 Olympics.[2][3] Kiefer was married for 75 years to his wife Joyce, who died in 2015. He lived in Wadsworth, Illinois, and was most recently a consultant to two companies.[4]

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Individual references

  1. Marc Lancaster:Adolph Kiefer, gold medalist at 1936 Olympics, dies at 98.In: Perform Sporting News Ltd, 5 May 2017, accessed 6 May 2017 (English).
  2. Gunnar Meinhardt “I met Hitler at the swimming pool in the Olympic Village”. In: Die Welt. 1. August 2011, retrieved 6 May 2017.
  3. Barbara Munker Alex Tarics – Oldest living Olympic champion. In: Westdeutsche Zeitung. 12. July 2012, retrieved 6 May 2017.
  4. Gunnar Meinhardt “I wish I had drowned Hitler back then” In: Die Welt. 1. August 2016, retrieved 6 May 2017.