Adolph Kiefer

American swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, businessman, chief executive officer

Adolph Gustav Kiefer (27 June 1918 – 5 May 2017) was an American former competition swimmer. He was the oldest living American Olympic champion and last Olympic champion of Berlin. He was also a former world record-holder. Kiefer was also an inventor and innovator of new products related to aquatics competition. He was the first man in the world to swim 100-yard backstroke in under one minute.[1]

Kiefer was born in Chicago, Illinois. He studied at the University of Texas at Austin.

In the 1960s, he worked with Mayor Richard J. Daley to build swimming-pools across the inner city of Chicago, providing the facilities needed for thousands of children to learn to swim.

Kiefer died on 5 May 2017 at his home in Wadsworth, Illinois at the age of 98.


  1. International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Adolph Kiefer. Retrieved April 12, 2015.

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