Diving in History

Events in Sport

  • 1936-08-12 Diver Marjorie Gestring is youngest Olympic gold medalist (13y 268d)
  • 1982-08-01 Greg Louganis, US becomes 1st diver to score 700 (752.67) in 11 dives
  • 1988-06-16 In Santa Barbara, CA, a team of 32 divers begin cycling underwater on a standard tricycle, to complete 116.66 mi in 75 hrs 20 mins
  • 1988-06-19 32 divers finish cycling underwater on a standard tricycle, to complete 116.66 mi in 75 hrs 20 mins
  • 1988-09-19 US Olympic diver Greg Louganis hits his head on diving board
  • 1988-09-20 Greg Louganis wins Olympic gold medal in springboard diving
  • 1991-04-20 Mark Lenzi is 1st diver to score 100 pts on a dive (101.85)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1881-11-16 Joel H. Hildebrand, Camden New Jersey, American Chemist and Educator whose work on the chemistry of solutions helped treat divers with the 'bends' through the introduction of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures
  • 1903-03-06 Elizabeth Becker-Pinkston, American platform diver (Olympic gold 1924 and 1928), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1989)
  • 1906-05-02 Aileen Riggin, springboard diver (Olympic gold 1920, 24), born in Newport, Rhode Island
  • 1907-04-10 Pete Desjardins, American platform/springboard diver (Olympic gold 1928)
  • 1909-01-28 Lionel KP "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WW II-George Medal)
  • 1915-07-17 Dorothy Poynton-Hill, American platform diver (Olympic gold 1932)
  • 1920-08-01 Sammy Lee, American doctor and platform diver, 1st Asian American to win Olympic Gold (1948, 52), born in Fresno, California (d. 2016)
  • 1922-11-18 Marjorie Gestring, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1936)
  • 1924-06-09 Peter Heatly, Scottish diver and Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation, born in Leith, Scotland (d. 2015)
  • 1924-12-31 Victoria Draves, American platform/springboard diver (Olympic gold 1948)
  • 1928-11-22 Juno Stover-Irwin, American diver (Olympic silver 1956)
  • 1930-05-12 Pat McCormick-Keller, diver (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Lakewood, California
  • 1931-06-21 Enzo Maiorca, Italian freediver (17 world records), born in Syracuse, Sicily (d. 2016)
  • 1934-11-11 Paula Myers-Pope, American platform diver, 2 silver, 1 bronze (Oly 1952-60)
  • 1938-10-25 Robert Webster, diver (Oly-gold-1960, 64), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1940-12-27 Jerry Lambert, jockey (rode Native Diver)
  • 1943-07-29 Ingrid Krämer, German diver (Olympic gold medalist), born in Dresden Germany
  • 1944-07-26 Micki J King, springboard diver (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1947-10-06 Klaus Dibiasi, Italian platform diver (Olympic gold 1968, 72, 76)
  • 1948-09-21 Michael Finneran, diver (1st perfect 10 on 10m platform)
  • 1950-08-27 Cynthia Potter, American springboard diver (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • 1950-10-06 David Brin, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Nebula, Sundiver, Postman)
  • 1957-01-13 Christina Seufert, Sacraento California, diver (Olympic bronze 1984)
  • 1959-02-08 Irina Kalinina, USSR, springboard diver (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1960-01-29 Gregory Efthimos Louganis, diver (Olympic gold 1984, 88), born in San Diego, California
  • 1960-02-13 Kelly McCormick, Anaheim California, diver (Olympic silver 1984)
  • 1962-02-27 Veronica Ribot-Canales, Buenos Aires Argentina, US diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1962-05-12 Mark Bradshaw, Happy Camp California, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1962-12-25 Mary Ellen Clark, Abington Pa, diver (Olympics-2 bronze-92, 96)
  • 1963-03-09 Kent Ferguson, diver (Olympics-92, 96), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1963-06-11 Bruce Kimball, American diver
  • 1963-06-26 Wendy Lucero-Schayes, US diver (Olympic-92), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1963-10-23 David Bedard, 3m springboard diver (Oly-84, 88, 92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1964-11-25 Wendy Wyland, American platform diver (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Jackson, Michigan
  • 1965-06-24 Patrick Jeffrey, diver (Olympics-5th-96), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1965-07-12 Russ Bertram, diver (Olympics-96), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1966-04-18 Chuck Wade, Menomonee Falls Wisc, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1967-06-14 Wendy Lian Williams, US diver (Olympic bronze 88, 92), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1968-03-06 Russell Butler, Dandenong Victoria Australia, diver (Oly-28th-88, 96)
  • 1968-06-12 Patty Armstrong, Torrance California, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1968-07-04 Mark Lenzi, American 3m spring diver (Olympic gold 1992), born in Redstone Arsenal, Alabama (d. 2012)
  • 1968-09-03 David Pichler, Butler Pa, diver (Olympics-6th-96)
  • 1968-10-16 Scott Donie, Vicenza Italy, diver (Olympics-4th-96)
  • 1969-12-15 Sean Briscombe, diver (Olympics-96), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1970-05-17 Jodie Rogers, Australian diver (Olympics-96), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1970-09-04 Janae Lautenschlager, Canoga Park California, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1971-07-15 Dean Panaro, diver (Olympics-96), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1971-09-10 Brian Earley, diver (Olympics-96), born in Fresno, California
  • 1971-10-26 Cinnamon Woods, Anderson Ind, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1971-12-16 Kristen Kane, diver (Olympics-96), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972-02-17 Tony Lawson, NSA Australia, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1972-02-28 Melisa Moses, diver (Olympics-4th-96), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972-02-29 Chris Devine, diver (Olympics-96), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1972-05-31 Eileen Richetelli, Milford Conn, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1972-08-01 Karen Dalton, American diver (Olympics-96), born in Mt View, California
  • 1973-01-07 Ricky Wood, Van Nuys California, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1973-03-23 Kathy Carboy, diver (Olympics-96), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1973-04-25 Paige Gordon, North diver (Olympics-16-92, 96), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1973-05-11 Dean Pullar, Cobram Victoria Australia, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1973-10-08 Tracy Bonner, Webster Texas, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1973-11-22 Michael Murphy, Brisbane QLD Queensland Australia, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1973-12-22 Annie Pelletier, 3m diver (Olympics-bronze-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1974-03-04 Sherry Wigginton, diver (Olympics-96), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1974-03-20 P J Bogart, American diver (Olympics-96), born in NYC, New York
  • 1974-03-25 Vyninka Arlow, Australia, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1974-05-31 Bindi Mansfield, Mooerbank NSW Australia, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1974-06-12 Vanessa Baker, Australia, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1974-06-24 Carrie Zarse, diver (Olympics-96), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1974-08-11 Audrey Mestre, French diver
  • 1974-08-25 Chris Mantilla, diver (Olympics-96), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1974-09-23 Doris Glenn Easterly, diver (Olympics-96), born in Richmond, Virginia
  • 1975-01-28 Anne Montminy, 10m diver (Olympics-17-92, 96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1975-06-11 Thomas Bimis, Greek diver
  • 1976-02-26 Nikolaos Siranidis, Greek diver
  • 1976-02-29 Bryan Gillooly, diver (Olympics-96), born in Auburn, New York
  • 1976-06-24 Tyce Routson, Bellevue Wash, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1976-08-01 Eryn Bulmer, diver (Olympics-96), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1976-08-25 Philippe Comtois, Canadian 3m springboard diver (Olympics-96), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1976-11-18 Sandy Zubrin, Tamuning Guam, US diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1977-02-23 Angie Trostel, diver (Olympics-96), born in Oxford, Ohio
  • 1977-05-29 Brent Roberts, Leesville La, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1977-11-23 Myriam Boileau, Canadian diver
  • 1977-12-23 Becky Ruehl, Lakeside Park Ky, diver (Olympics-4th-1996)
  • 1978-06-17 Jenny Keim, diver (Olympics-9th-96), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1978-08-05 Kristin Link, Fairfax Va, diver (Olympics-96)
  • 1978-08-16 Fu Mingxia, Chinese female diver
  • 1979-08-27 Tian Liang, Chinese diver
  • 1981-10-15 Guo Jingjing, Chinese diver
  • 1981-12-14 Emilie Heymans, Canadian diver
  • 1985-06-08 Alexandre Despatie, French-Canadian diver
  • 1987-04-01 Li Ting, Chinese diver
  • 1988-03-02 Matthew Mitcham, Australian diver
  • 1994-05-21 Tom Daley, English diver

Weddings in Sport


HeartWedding of Interest

1937-07-12 Explorer Jacques Cousteau (27) weds scuba diver Simone Melchior (18) at Saint-Louis-des-Invalides in Paris

Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist Jacques Cousteau
Oceanographer, Explorer and Scientist
Jacques Cousteau
  • 2013-10-12 Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis (53) weds paralegal Johnny Chaillot in Malibu, California
  • 2017-05-06 Olympic diver Tom Daley (23) weds Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black at Bovey Castle in Devon, England

Deaths in Sport

  • 1956-04-19 Lionel K P "Buster" Crabb, British diver (WWII), dies at 47
  • 1983-04-30 Joel H. Hildebrand, American Chemist whose research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures, dies at 101
  • 1989-04-06 Elizabeth Becker-Pinkston, American platform diver (Olympic gold 1924 and 1928), dies at 86
  • 1992-08-01 Stanley Dudek, US platform diver (watershows), dies
  • 2002-10-12 Audrey Mestre, French diver (b. 1974)
  • 2012-04-09 Mark Lenzi, American springboard diver (Olympic Gold 1992), dies at 43
  • 2013-06-16 Hans Hass, Austrian diving pioneer, dies at 94
  • 2015-09-17 Peter Heatly, Scottish diver and Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation, dies at 91
  • 2016-11-13 Enzo Maiorca, Italian freediver (17 world records), dies at 85
  • 2016-12-02 Sammy Lee, American doctor and platform diver, 1st Asian American to win Olympic Gold (1948, 1952), dies at 96