Hinsdale Central Foundation, Partnership in Lifelong Learning

Robert Nieman

Membership level: Hall of Fame

Robert Nieman

Inductee Year 1997
Robert Nieman
Robert Nieman, Class of 1966, has distinguished himself numerous times in the sports of Modern Pentathlon and Fencing. He made 3 Olympic Teams in Pentathlon. He was also a member of the U.S. Olympic Fencing Team in 1980, when he also Co-Captained the U. S. Summer Olympic Team.

While at Hinsdale Central High School, Mr. Nieman was an outstanding member of the swimming team. He was the only double winner in the State Championship in 1966, winning the 100 and 200 yard free style events. His later accomplishments include winning the U. S. National Pentathlon Championships ('76, '82, and '88) and the U. S. National Team Fencing Championships (1979 through 1983, and 1990). He is the only American ever to win an individual World Championship in Modern Pentathlon (Budapest, Hungary -- 1979), and a member of the first American team ever to win the team World Championship, also in 1979.

Mr. Nieman was a two-time Sullivan Award Finalist (1980 and '81), an award given to the top amateur athlete in the United States, and he also held the world record in Pentathlon swimming from 1976 to 1980. Most recently he served as a Modern Pentathlon judge at the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain.
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