Adolph Kiefer died this morning (5 May) at his home in Wadsworth, Illinois. He was 1 month shy of 99-years-old. Kiefer was the world’s greatest backstroker in the 1930s and won a gold medal at the 1936 Olympics in the 100 backstroke. At his death he was the seond oldest living Olympic medalist and gold medalist.
Our OlyMADMen group has one remarkable guy, Canadian Paul, actually known as Paul Tchir, whose hobby is studying the ages of Olympians and determining the oldest living this or that. He has a private Wikipedia page where he tracks these – see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Canadian_Paul/Olympics.
For the record here are the current oldest Olympian records, courtesy of Canadian Paul’s webpage.
Oldest Living Olympian / US Olympian
John Lysak 16 Aug 1914 None USA 1936 WLT
Oldest Living Olympic Medalist
Clara Marangoni 13 Nov 1915 Silver ITA 1928 GYM
Oldest Living Olympic Gold Medalist
Durward Knowles 02 Nov 1917 Gold BAH/GBR Multiple SAI
Oldest Living US Olympic Medalist
John Russell 02 Feb 1920 Bronze USA 1948 EQU
Oldest Living US Olympic Gold Medalist
Cliff Bourland 01 Jan 1921 Gold USA 1948 ATH
For the record, besides Lysak, there is one other US Olympian still alive from the 1936 Berlin Olympics – Iris Cummings, a swimmer who was born 21 December 1920. Canadian Paul lists 9 Olympians in all still alive from those Games. There are no known Olympians alive from the 1932 Olympics, although Clara Marangoni (above) competed at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.