Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Erich Rademacher, Germany

Olympic Games: 1928 gold (water polo), silver (200m breaststroke); 1932 silver (water polo); German National Champs: 25
Erich "Ete" Rademacher was denied his chance to compete in the 1920 and 1924 Olympics because his country was not back in good graces with the IOC following World War I. He was in the nets that night when the Germans won the Olympic water polo title in overtime against the Hungarians. Erich Rademacher and his brother "Acki" (also a water polo player) became the first brothers to win gold medals at the same Olympics in an Aquatic sport. Rademacher's 12 year struggle to get into an Olympics and to win had finally been rewarded. He was back in the goal again in Los Angeles in 1932 as the Germans silver medaled in water polo. Many consider Erich Rademacher the all time water polo goal tender and many others rank him first in all time breaststroke. His famous "Hellas" Magdeburg team won 9 national water polo championships with Rademacher guarding the nets.

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