Thursday, June 24, 2021
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
Friday, June 18, 2021
Nobutaka Taguchi (JPN) 1987 Honor Swimmer
FOR THE RECORD: OLYMPIC GAMES: 1972 gold (100m, 200m breaststroke); 1976 member of Japan Olympic Team; WORLD RECORDS: 2 (100m breaststroke); WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1973 bronze (100m, 200m breaststroke); 1975 silver (100m breaststroke).
In 1972, Nobutaka Taguchi won Japan's first Olympic swimming gold medal since 1956. Fifteen years is a long dry spell for the proud nation that held the world's first competitive swimming championships in 1810. Japan dominated the 1932 and 1936 Olympics and won the breaststroke crown in 1928, 1932, 1936 and 1956 in spite of three radical rule changes that completely changed the stroke each time.
Taguchi did it all alone in 1972 beating three Americans in his Olympic victory. He was the only Nippon winner, as Americans dominated the 1971 Japanese Nationals the year before the Olympics, and he followed his Olympic triumph by again beating John "the rocket" Hencken in the Santa Clara Invitational in 1973. Taguchi's accomplishments are all the more remarkable in that he won during a five year era dominated by Hencken and David Wilkie, two of the greatest breaststrokers of all time. He also bronzed behind "the Rocket" and the "Flying Scott" in the 200 breaststroke at Munich and in both breaststrokes in the 1975 World Championships at Cali. He closed out his career at the Olympics in Montreal.
The highlight of his career was definitely his "Lone Ranger" over three Olympic champions and a fourth world record holder in Munich. Taguchi is today a world renowned construction executive, a fitting follow up for Japan's best constructed swimmer in many years.
Montenegrin and Yugoslavian Water Polo Player, Mirko Vičević to be Inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as part of Class of 2021
Mirko Vičević has won gold at every major event on the water polo world stage; the Olympic Games, the World Championships and the FINA World Cup. His original club was Primorac of Kotor, Montenegro (formerly Yugoslavia), where he played from 1982 to 1989. After that, he played for several teams, Jadran, in Split, Croatia, Savona (Italy) Barcelona (Spain) Brixia (Brescia, Italy) and Pro Recco (Italy). Vicevic won the LEN Trophy for the years 2002, 2003 and 2006 with his club Brixia, and was selected as Best Sportsman of the Municipality of Kotor in 1986, 1988 & 1989 and Best Sportsman in Montenegro in 1988.
[caption id="attachment_409833" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Mirko Vičević mid-play Photo Courtesy: Mirko Vicevic[/caption][caption id="attachment_409832" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Mirko Vičević Photo Courtesy: Mirko Vičević[/caption]
Meet Vičević in person and hear his incredible life story at the ISHOF Induction dinner on Saturday, October 9, 2021. Become an ISHOF Legacy Member and attend the ISHOF Induction dinner for FREE. Can’t attend the event? Please consider donating to ISHOF, support Vičević and our other inspirational Honorees.
[caption id="attachment_409834" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Mirko Vičević on the Savona team in Italy Photo Courtesy: Ribelli Savona[/caption]
More about Mirko Vicevic:
After retiring in 1991 Mirko graduated from the School of Water Polo Trifun-Miro Ćirković and began coaching water polo. He received his coaching diploma in 1997. As a coach he won the Italian Junior Championships with the water polo club Savona in 1999. Since 2008, he has been the A-Team Coach of the newly-founded club, Vaterpolo Akademija Cattaro, where he is also the team manager, winning the LEN Trophy in the season 2009/2010. Vičević won the European championship gold medal in 2013, with the National Junior Team of Montenegro. He has also been the adviser of sport in the municipality of Kotor since December 2013.
[caption id="attachment_409831" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Mirko Vičević at Akademija Cattaro Photo Courtesy: Mirko Vičević[/caption]
About the International Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Weekend:
The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Induction Ceremony is shaping up to be a star-studded weekend with ISHOF Honoree and Sullivan Award Winner, Debbie Meyer, and double Olympic gold-medalist and everyone’s favorite Olympic swimming broadcaster, Rowdy Gaines acting as co-emcees and hosts of the induction with multiple events spread out over two days in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Make your plans now to attend the weekend of October 8-9, 2021! ISHOF Members can purchase the Complete Weekend Package (see below) and save! (Get info on membership here.) Can’t attend the event? Donate to ISHOF to support our honorees.
This year’s International Swimming Hall of Fame Honorees include:
- HONOR SWIMMERS: Brendan Hansen (USA), Michael Klim (AUS), Jon Sieben (AUS), Rebecca Soni (USA), and Daichi Suzuki (JPN)
- HONOR DIVER: Matthew Mitcham (AUS)
- HONOR SYNCHRONIZED (ARTISTIC) SWIMMER: Elvira Khasyanova (RUS)
- HONOR WATER POLO: Mirko Vicevic (YUG/MON)
- HONOR OPEN WATER SWIMMER: Marilyn Bell (CAN)
- HONOR COACH: Ursula Carlile (AUS) and David Marsh (USA)
- HONOR CONTRIBUTOR: Bob Duenkel*(USA) and Peter Hürzeler (SUI)
In addition to the Class of 2021, the MISHOF, Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame Class of 2021 will be inducted.
Get more information about this year’s induction class here and more information about the Masters Class, Click here:
The Induction Weekend Schedule
Friday, October 8, 2021
Paragon & ISHOF Awards Night
- 5:30 pm Cocktails
- 6:30 pm ISHOF and Paragon Awards
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Honoree Induction Day Luncheon – Meet Rowdy Gaines and go on a behind the scenes tour of the Aquatic Complex construction
- 12-1:30 pm Luncheon
Official 56th Annual International Swimming Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner
- 5:30 pm VIP Reception
- 6:30 –10:00 pm Induction Ceremony & Dinner
- October 8-9th Complete Weekend Package (Includes Paragon/ISHOF Awards Night, Saturday Luncheon, and Induction Ceremony)
- October 8th Paragon Awards and ISHOF Awards Night (Hors D’oeuvres and Open Bar) 5:30 pm
- October 9th Saturday Luncheon 12:00-1:30 pm
- October 9th Induction Ceremony and Dinner5:30 pm
Upscale retreat with private beach access, two pools, four restaurants, full service spa and oceanside bar. Location of the Saturday evening induction ceremony. ¼ mile south of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
3030 Holiday Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 525-4000
Special ISHOF Guest Rate of $259 per night
NOTE: RESORT FEE IS INCLUDED in the $259 rate
Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach
440 Seabreeze Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 (954) 524-8733
Special ISHOF Guest Rate of $169 per night
Honoree Ceremony October 9, 2021
Start Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2021
End Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Last Day to Book: Friday, September 15, 2021
Questions: contact Meg Keller-Marvin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-594-4367