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Sándor Tarics

Full name: Sándor Tarics
Other name(s): Alexander G. "Alex" Tarics
Gender: Male
Born: September 23, 1913 in Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Died: May 21, 2016 in Belvedere, California, United States
Affiliations: MAC, Budapest (HUN)
Country: HUN Hungary
Sport: Water Polo

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Alex Tarics competed for Hungary in water polo at the 1936 Olympics, helping his team to a gold medal. He played on the national team through 1939, once scoring seven goals to help Hungary defeat Germany at the Universiade, which made him a national hero. In 1948 he moved to the United States to teach engineering, moving to the Bay Area in California. There he became a professor as an architectural engineer, and an earthquake specialist, helping develop a revolutionary method of implementing seismic "base isolation" shock absorbers under large buildings, which was used on the city halls of both San Francisco and Oakland. He died in 2016 as the eldest living Olympic Champion.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 22 Berlin Water Polo Men's Water Polo Hungary HUN 1 Gold

Men's Water Polo

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G
1936 Summer 22 Berlin Water Polo Hungary HUN Group B Match #3 1 1936-08-09 HUN 12, MLT 0 4
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