Erik Adlerz

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameErik William•Adlerz
Used nameErik•Adlerz
Nick/petnamesLoppan
Born23 July 1892 in Stockholm (SWE)
Died8 September 1975 in Göteborg (Gothenburg) (SWE)
AffiliationsStockholms KK, Stockholm (SWE)
NOC Sweden

Biography

Erik Adlerz was the first Olympic diver to win two gold medals at the same Olympics. He was only 16-years-old at his first Olympic Games in 1908, where he did not advance to the final. In front of his home crowd, he won both the platform event and the plain high diving at Stockholm. He again competed in those events at the 1920 and 1924 Games, winning a silver medal in Antwerp. Adlerz grew up swimming in the Strömbadet, Stockholm’s first major bathhouse. Nationally, he won 22 championships and another seven Nordic Championships in the period from 1910-22.

After the 1924 Olympics Adlerz was declared professional, and then took up coaching, first in Oslo and from 1932-57 as Sweden’s national coach. In 1986 he was posthumously inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. For unknown reasons Adlerz’s two Olympic gold medals disappeared during the medal distribution at Stockholm in 1912. He only received new medals in 1967 at his 75th birthday. His younger sister Martha was also a diving Olympian in 1912 and 1920.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1908 Summer Olympics Diving (Aquatics) SWE Erik Adlerz
Platform, Men (Olympic) 3 p1 r1/3
1912 Summer Olympics Diving (Aquatics) SWE Erik Adlerz
Platform, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Plain High, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1920 Summer Olympics Diving (Aquatics) SWE Erik Adlerz
Platform, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Plain High, Men (Olympic) 4
1924 Summer Olympics Diving (Aquatics) SWE Erik Adlerz
Platform, Men (Olympic) 4
Plain High, Men (Olympic) 4 p1 r1/2

Olympic family relations