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Pete Rademacher

Full name: Thomas Peter "Pete" Rademacher
Gender: Male
Height: 6-1 (186 cm)
Weight: 209 lbs (95 kg)
Born: November 20, 1928 in Tieton, Washington, United States
Affiliations: US Army, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Pete Rademacher eventually fought professionally but his amateur record was far more impressive. Rademacher won several Golden Gloves titles in the Seattle area before entering Washington State University which made him ineligible for NCAA boxing. Instead, Rademacher lettered for two years in football and played baseball in college. He continued to fight as an amateur and piled up championship after championship. In 1956 he won his gold medal by three consecutive knockouts, a true rarity in Olympic boxing, where the bouts are only three rounds long. He was then selected to carry the U.S. flag at the 1956 closing ceremonies. After the Olympics, Rademacher turned pro, and fought his first fight against [Floyd Patterson] – for the heavyweight championship. He floored Patterson in round two, but Patterson got up and eventually knocked Rademacher down seven times, winning by a KO in six. Rademacher fought until 1962 as a pro, winning 17 and losing six, but he never again fought for the title. Pete Rademacher had a very successful career as a salesman, and also patented several inventions. One company of which he eventually became president, Kiefer-McNeil, was started by another Olympian, swimmer [Adolph Kiefer]).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 28 Melbourne Boxing Men's Heavyweight United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MR R T
1956 Summer 28 Melbourne Boxing United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1956-12-01 Rademacher (USA) , Mukhin (URS) referee stops contest 1 2:27
1956 Summer 28 Melbourne Boxing United States USA Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1956-11-30 Rademacher (USA) , Bekker (RSA) referee stops contest 3
1956 Summer 28 Melbourne Boxing United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #2 1 1956-11-29 Rademacher (USA) , Němec (TCH) referee stops contest 2
1956 Summer 28 Melbourne Boxing United States USA Round One Match #3 1 1956-11-24 Rademacher (USA) bye
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