Full name: William Arnold Landvoigt
Born: February 6, 1879 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Died: December 15, 1970 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Affiliations: SC 1880 Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main (GER)
Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)
Contrary to previous publications Arnold Landvoigt was not British but American. He studied music (cello) and played alongside his brother, Thomas Elmer, in a string quartet ensemble after their return from Germany. His maternal grandparents lived in Wiesbaden, where Landvoigt frequently visited them. His grandfather William Harald Arnold was an American educated doctor in Wiesbaden and his Praha-born grandmother Rose Arnold was an opera singer.
Landvoigt was the most prominent athlete and rugby player of the Heidelberg-based English boarding school “Neuenheim College” which was founded in 1835 and existed until 1881. He played on the SC Frankfurt 1880 rugby team that lost to France in the 1900 Olympic final, 27-17. He was also a member of the South German team at the very first representative rugby game, North vs. South (result\: 11-3) on 4 November 1900 at Carls-Aue in Kassel. According to the former guidelines of the DSBfA, foreigners who had lived at least a year later in Germany were eligible; therefore, Landvoigt also participated in the 1899 German Athletics Championships, winning the title over 100 metres. His brother, Thomas Elmer, also competed as a sprinter.
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