Diving in History

Events in Sport

  • 1936-08-11 An American clean sweep of the 3m diving medals via Richard Degener, Marshall Wayne and Alan Greene at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1936-08-12 American diver Marjorie Gestring wins 3m springboard gold at the Berlin Olympics, youngest Olympic gold medalist (13 years 268 days)
  • 1936-08-13 Americans Dorothy Poynton-Hil and Velma Dunn take the gold and silver medals in the 10m platform diving at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1936-08-15 Marshall Wayne and Elbert Root make it an American 1-2 in the 10m platform diving at the Berlin Olympics
  • 1948-08-03 An American clean sweep of the medals in the men's 3m springboard diving at the London Olympics with Bruce Harlan winning gold, Miller Anderson silver and Sammy Lee bronze
  • 1948-08-03 American divers Vicki Draves, Zoe Ann Olsen and Patsy Elsener go 1-2-3 in a US clean sweep of the medals in the women's 3m springboard at the London Olympics
  • 1948-08-05 Americans Sammy Lee and Bruce Harlan go 1-2 in the 10m platform diving at the London Olympics
  • 1948-08-06 Vicki Draves wins her second diving gold medal at the London Olympics beating American team mate Patsy Elsener in the 10m platform
  • 1972-09-04 Italian diver Klaus Dibiasi wins his 2nd of 3 consecutive 10m platform gold medals the Munich Olympics
  • 1982-08-01 American Greg Louganis becomes 1st diver to score 700 (752.67) in 11 dives in winning 3m springboard gold, World Championships in Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • 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 American diver Greg Louganis smashes his head on diving board during the 3m springboard preliminaries at the Seoul Olympics; recovers to qualify for the final which he wins the following day
  • 1988-09-20 American diver Greg Louganis wins the 3m springboard gold medal at the Seoul Olympics after famously hitting his head on the board the previous day
  • 1988-09-27 American diver Greg Louganis wins the 10m platform gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; wraps up diving double after also taking out the 3m springboard gold
  • 1991-01-04 12 year old Chinese diver Fu Mingxia wins 10m platform gold medal World Swimming Championships in Perth, Australia
  • 1991-04-20 Mark Lenzi is 1st diver to score 100 pts on a dive (101.85)
  • 1992-08-04 The diving competition at the Barcelona Olympics concludes with Chinese athletes dominant, winning 3 of 4 gold medals contested - American Mark Lenzi wins 3m springbaord
  • 1994-09-04 Chinese diver Fu Mingxia wins 10m platform gold medal at World Swimming Championships in Rome, Italy; becomes first female to win back-to-back world titles in the event
  • 2004-08-28 The diving competition at the Athens Olympics concludes with the Chinese contingent dominant, winning 6 of the 8 gold medals
  • 2008-08-23 Australian diver Matthew Mitcham wins the men's 10m platform gold medal with final dive at the Beijing Olympics; prevents Chinese from winning every diving event; achieves highest score for an individual dive in Olympic history (112.10)
  • 2016-08-20 Chinese diver Chen Aisen does the Olympic 10m platform double in Rio de Janeiro; having already won the synchronised event, he wins the individual gold by a comfortable margin
  • 2018-08-12 An American clean sweep of the 3m diving medals via Marjorie Gestring, Katherine Rawls and Dorothy Poynton-Hill at the Berlin Olympics

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1881-11-16 Joel H. Hildebrand, 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, born in Camden, New Jersey
  • 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, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1920, 24), born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 2002)
  • 1907-04-10 Pete Desjardins, American platform and springboard diver (Olympic gold 1928), born in St-Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba (d. 1985)
  • 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 (Olympic 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, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1972), born in Pontiac, Michigan
  • 1947-10-06 Klaus Dibiasi, Italian diver (Olympic gold 10m platform 1968, 72, 76), born in Hall in Tirol, Austria
  • 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 Greg Louganis, American diver (Olympic gold 10m & 3m springboard 1984, 88), born in San Diego, California
  • 1960-02-13 Kelly McCormick, US diver (Olympic silver 1984), born in Anaheim, California
  • 1962-02-27 Veronica Ribot-Canales, US diver (Olympics 1996), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1962-05-12 Mark Bradshaw, Happy Camp California, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1962-12-25 Mary Ellen Clark, Abington Pa, diver (Olympics 2 bronze-92, 96)
  • 1963-03-09 Kent Ferguson, American diver (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1963-06-11 Bruce Kimball, American diver
  • 1963-06-26 Wendy Lucero-Schayes, American diver (Olympic-92), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1963-10-23 David Bedard, 3m springboard diver (Olympics 1984, 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 (Olympic 5th 1996), born in Morristown, New Jersey
  • 1965-07-12 Russ Bertram, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1966-04-18 Chuck Wade, Menomonee Falls Wisc, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1967-06-14 Wendy Lian Williams, US diver (Olympic bronze 1988, 92), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1968-06-12 Patty Armstrong, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Torrance, California
  • 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 (Olympic 6th 1996)
  • 1968-10-16 Scott Donie, Vicenza Italy, diver (Olympic 4th 1996)
  • 1969-12-15 Sean Briscombe, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1970-05-17 Jodie Rogers, Australian diver (Olympics 1996), born in Melbourne, Victoria
  • 1970-09-04 Janae Lautenschlager, Canoga Park California, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971-07-15 Dean Panaro, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1971-09-10 Brian Earley, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Fresno, California
  • 1971-10-26 Cinnamon Woods, Anderson Ind, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1971-12-16 Kristen Kane, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972-02-17 Tony Lawson, NSA Australia, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972-02-28 Melisa Moses, diver (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1972-02-29 Chris Devine, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • 1972-05-31 Eileen Richetelli, Milford Conn, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1972-08-01 Karen Dalton, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Mt View, California
  • 1973-01-07 Ricky Wood, Van Nuys California, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973-03-23 Kathy Carboy, diver (Olympics 1996), 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 1996)
  • 1973-10-08 Tracy Bonner, Webster Texas, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973-11-22 Michael Murphy, Brisbane QLD Queensland Australia, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1973-12-22 Annie Pelletier, Canadian diver (Olympic bronze 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1974-03-04 Sherry Wigginton, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Austin, Texas
  • 1974-03-20 P J Bogart, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in NYC, New York
  • 1974-03-25 Vyninka Arlow, Australia, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974-05-31 Bindi Mansfield, Mooerbank NSW Australia, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974-06-12 Vanessa Baker, Australia, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1974-06-24 Carrie Zarse, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1974-08-11 Audrey Mestre, French diver
  • 1974-08-25 Chris Mantilla, diver (Olympics 1996), born in West Palm Beach, Florida
  • 1974-09-23 Doris Glenn Easterly, diver (Olympics 1996), 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 1996), born in Auburn, New York
  • 1976-06-24 Tyce Routson, Bellevue Wash, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1976-08-01 Eryn Bulmer, Canadian diver (Olympics 1996), born in Edmonton, Alberta
  • 1976-08-25 Philippe Comtois, Canadian 3m springboard diver (Olympics 1996), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1976-11-18 Sandy Zubrin, Tamuning Guam, US diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977-02-23 Angie Trostel, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Oxford, Ohio
  • 1977-05-29 Brent Roberts, Leesville La, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1977-11-23 Myriam Boileau, Canadian diver
  • 1977-12-23 Becky Ruehl, Lakeside Park Ky, diver (Olympic 4th 1996)
  • 1978-08-05 Kristin Link, Fairfax Va, diver (Olympics 1996)
  • 1978-08-16 Fu Mingxia, Chinese female diver, born in Wuhan, China
  • 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
  • 1985-05-06 Pete Desjardins, American platform and springboard diver (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 78
  • 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)
  • 2002-10-17 Aileen Riggin, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1920, 24), dies at 96
  • 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