U.S. Olympic Swimming Legend Adolph Kiefer Has Died, Aged 98

Reuters) – Swimming legend Adolph Kiefer, who had been the oldest living U.S. Olympic gold medalist in any sport, died on Friday at his home in Illinois at age 98, the International Swimming Hall of Fame said.

Kiefer won the 100-meter backstroke at the 1936 Berlin Olympics as a 17 year old in an Olympic record time that stood for 20 years.

“Adolph Kiefer embodied swimming and lived it every day of his life. He was a pioneer for our sport in the truest sense of the word,” USA Swimming Interim Executive Director Mike Unger said in a statement.

Kiefer later was an instructor in the U.S. Navy and a business owner whose swimming products helped advance the sport.

The first man to break one minute in the 100-yard backstroke as a high schooler in Illinois, Kiefer was inducted into the inaugural class of the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1965, and served on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition under three U.S. presidents.

Cristiano Ronaldo Is The First Athlete To Join This Super-Exclusive Club

Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has just reached a major Instagram landmark.

The Real Madrid and Portugal player this week became the first athlete to hit 100 million followers on the picture-sharing service. He joins pop stars Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande in the super-exclusive club.

“Hi guys, I’m so happy to have reached 100 million, it’s a magic number,” the 32-year-old said via Instagram to mark the occasion. “I have to thank you, all of you, for the support that you give me all over the world.”

Ronaldo uses his social media accounts to post photos from his matches and images of his young son and their life at home. Often, the posts are accompanied by inspirational messages.

With 120 million Facebook fans and 50 million Twitter followers, Ronaldo now has a global audience of around 290 million accounts. To date, this is his most-liked Instagram post:

Was the NFL’s Decision Fair? One Organization’s Act Of Solidarity For Colin Kaepernick

Football is a game that has been coined to reflect America’s national identity as a transformative sport. A sport that has propelled members to activate a strong work ethic and perseverance while enduring physiological and psychological challenges both on and off the field. For many Americans, these challenges have symbolically portrayed the strength of the nation, which is one of determination, heroism, and freedom.

In August of 2016, the San Francisco 49ers quaterback, Colin Kaepernick, would exercise this freedom by kneeling down in a silent protest to advocate for people of color in America who have for centuries fought against the plight of oppression. More specifically, Kaepernick’s advocacy would serve as a stand against racist policing that has resulted in the homicides of people of color such as Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and more recently Jordan Edwards.

Kaepernick’s display of free agency would be indicative of the ideals of heroism and freedom that spectators profess football represents. However, with the shoe on a different foot, this free agency cost Kaepernick the opportunity to re-establish his contract with The National Football League (NFL) on April 29, 2017.

Many questions have grown out of the NFL’s actions, leading parties following this story to question the criteria for redrafting Kaepernick. These actions are of major concern, especially as Kaepernick is known as a strong quarterback player who has scored numerous touchdowns for his team.

This has left reporters, in support of Kaepernick’s actions, to liken the NFL’s decision to the traditional silencing of Black activists speaking out against oppression.

In addition to reporter feedback, former president—Barack Obama—has suggested this act was merely an exercise of Kaepernick’s constitutional right. And as Kaepernick would reiterate in a later discussion, his intention was not to stand against America but rather to raise awareness for people of color.

Since this game, Kaepernick has announced a plan to donate to $1 million to charitable initiatives focused on racial issues. Kaepernick has held true to this promise by donating to organizations like Meals on Wheels that provided meals for Somali citizens after Trump rescinded major funding, among his work with his organization Know Your Rights Camp, and many other initiatives.

One of Kaepernick’s greatest acts of kindness has been his work with 100 Suits, a NYC based organization that aims to provide formerly incarcerated men with better opportunities for stable employment and self-empowerment. 100 Suits founder, Kevin Livingston, shared that “I went on air with Nessa of NYC’s Hot 97 and she introduced our organization to Kaepernick some time last year. They called me last Saturday and shared that they wanted to stop by.”

That day Kaepernick gave away multiple suits to formerly incarcerated men in need. Livingston shared that: