Gérard Blitz (swimmer)
|Competitor for Belgium|
|Men's water polo|
|1920 Antwerp||Team competition|
|1924 Paris||Team competition|
|1936 Berlin||Team competition|
|1920 Antwerp||100 m backstroke|
Gérard Blitz (1 August 1901 – 8 March 1979) was a Belgian Olympic swimmer and water polo player during the 1920s. Born in Amsterdam, he was the younger brother of Maurice Blitz, also a waterpolo player, and uncle of Gérard Blitz who founded Club Med in 1950.
Blitz was Jewish. In the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Blitz won medals in both swimming and water polo. He was third in the 100 m backstroke, and was a member of the Belgian team who won silver in the water polo tournament. His brother Maurice was also a member of that team.
On 16 September 1921 he set a new world record for 400 m backstroke at 5:59.2, that lasted until 1927.
At the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, the Blitz brothers were still part of the Belgian water polo squad. The team won another silver medal.
Twelve years later at the Berlin Games he won the bronze with the Belgium team. He played all seven matches. He was one of a number of Jewish athletes who won medals at the Nazi Olympics in Berlin in 1936.
- Taylor, Paul (2004). Jews and the Olympic Games: The Clash Between Sport and Politics – With a Complete Review of Jewish Olympic Medalists. Sussex Academic Press.
- "The Nazi Olympics (Berlin 1936)—Jewish Athletes; Olympic Medalists". United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Retrieved July 16, 2015.