At the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, Hoffman was a member of the Belgian water polo team that captured the bronze medal. Belgium lost their first game against Great Britain, 7-5, despite taking a 2-0 lead early in the game. They won their next two contests, 6-5, over Hungary and 4-1, over France, to qualify for the semifinals. Because of their loss to Britain, however, the best the Belgians could hope for was the silver medal.
After Austria lost to Sweden in an elimination match for second place, Belgium then defeated the Austrians, 5-4, to guarantee themselves at least the bronze medal. In their final game, the Belgians faced Sweden to determine who would be awarded the silver medal; Hoffman and Belgians fell, 4-2, and won the bronze. During the tournament, water polo was played with a leather soccer ball which absorbed water causing it to become heavy, slippery, and lopsided.
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Use links below to navigate through the olympics section of Jews In Sports.
The Jewish Almanac, edited by Richard Siegel and Carl Rheins (New York: Bantam Books, 1980)
The Olympic Games: Athens 1896-Sydney 2000, (New York: Dorling Kindersley, 1999)