Barry C. Weitzenberg
One of America's top water polo players in the 1960s and 1970s, Weitzenberg competed in two Olympiads. At the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, the U.S. defeated Brazil 10-5, and then tied Cuba 6-6, despite outshooting the Cubans 19-0 in the game (11 of the 12 goals were scored on penalty throws). The U.S. finished third in their preliminary group with a record of 3-2-1 (they lost to Hungary and the Soviet Union), and then defeated East Germany in the fifth place game, 6-4. At the Games, Weitzenberg was selected to play in the "Gala," a match held on the final night of the competition featuring all-stars selected from all countries.
Barry returned to the U.S. Olympic water polo team four years later at the 1972 Munich Games. The U.S. ended the opening round undefeated (5-0), including a victory over Hungary, the defending Olympic champions. The Americans then tied West Germany and the Soviet Union, thus ending their hopes of a gold medal, but qualified to play Italy in the bronze medal match. The U.S. team defeated the Italians 6-5 to capture the bronze; it was first Olympic medal for the U.S. in water polo since the 1932 Games. One of Weitzenberg's teammates in Munich was Peter Asch.
An All-America water polo player at the University of California for three consecutive years (1965-67), Weitzenberg was a member of the U.S. team that won the gold medal at the 1967 and 1971 Pan American Games; one of his teammates in 1971 was Peter Asch. Weitzenberg is a member of the U.S. Water Polo Hall of Fame and the University of California Athletic Hall of Fame.
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Jewish Sports Legends: The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, by Joseph Siegman (Washington, D.C.: Brassey's, 2000)
New York Times, October 14-October 28, 1968