Diving in History

Events in Sport

  • 1920-08-25 Swedish divers sweep the medals in the men's plain high diving event at the Antwerp Olympics; Arvid Wallman wins gold ahead of team mates Nils Skoglund & John Jansson
  • 1920-08-27 American diver Louis Kuehn leads a US medal sweep in the men's 3m springboard event at the Antwerp Olympics; team mates Clarence Pinkston & Louis Balbach take the minor medals
  • 1920-08-29 An American sweep of the medals in the women's 3m springboard diving event at the Antwerp Olympics; Aileen Riggin wins gold ahead of team mates Helen Wainwright & Thelma Payne
  • 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
  • 1936-08-15 Americans make a clean sweep of the 3m diving medals via Marjorie Gestring, Katherine Rawls and Dorothy Poynton-Hill 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
  • 1956-12-04 American diver Pat McCormick wins the 3m springboard gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics with 142.46 points; later wraps up the women's double when she takes the 10m platform gold
  • 1956-12-07 American diver Pat McCormick wraps up the women's double when she wins the 10m platform gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics with 84.85 points; also won the 3m springboard gold
  • 1968-10-26 Italian diver Klaus Dibiasi wins first of 3 consecutive men's 10m platform gold medals when he comfortably beats Álvaro Gaxiola of Mexico at the Mexico City Olympics
  • 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 at World Swimming Championships in Perth, Australia; youngest world champion in the history of any aquatic event
  • 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
  • 2019-04-28 American diver Victor Vescovo makes the deepest dive ever to the bottom of the Mariana trench at 10,927m (35,849ft), and finds a plastic bag

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1881-11-16 Joel H. Hildebrand, American chemist and educator (research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures), born in Camden, New Jersey (d. 1983)
  • 1900-02-01 Clarence "Bud" Pinkston, American diver (Olympic gold 10m platform, silver 3m springboard 1920), born in Wichita, Kansas (d. 1961)
  • 1900-04-01 Stefanie Clausen, Danish diver (Olympic gold 10m platform 1920), born in Vesterbro, Denmark (d. 1981)
  • 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 diver (Olympic gold 3m springboard 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)
  • 1917-06-14 Katherine Rawls, American swimming and diving champion, born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1982)
  • 1920-08-01 Sammy Lee, American diver (Olympic Gold 10m platform 1948, 52), born in Fresno, California (d. 2016)
  • 1922-11-18 Marjorie Gestring, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1936) (d. 1992)
  • 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, American diver (4 x Olympic gold women's springboard & platform 1952, 56), born in Seal Beach, 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, American 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
  • 1945-02-13 Ken Sitzberger, American diver and broadcaster (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1964), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa (d. 1984)
  • 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, Argentinian-American 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, American diver (Olympics 2 bronze-92, 96), born in Abington, Pennsylvania
  • 1963-03-09 Kent Ferguson, American diver (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1963-06-11 Bruce Kimball, American diver (Olympic silver 1984), born in Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 1963-06-26 Wendy Lucero-Schayes, American diver (Olympic-92), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1963-10-23 David Bedard, Canadian 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
  • 1967-06-14 Wendy Lian Williams, American diver (Olympic bronze 1988, 92), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1968-06-12 Patty Armstrong, American 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)
  • 1968-10-16 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, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Canoga Park California
  • 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
  • 1972-05-31 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, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Troy, New York
  • 1973-03-23 Kathy Carboy, diver (Olympics 1996), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1973-04-25 Paige Gordon, Canadian 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, American diver (Olympics bronze 1996), born in Webster, Texas
  • 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)
  • 1974-06-24 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 (Olympic gold 2004), born in Athens, Greece
  • 1976-02-26 Nikolaos Siranidis, Greek diver, born in Athens, Greece
  • 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
  • 1977-11-02 Leon Taylor, English diver and broadcaster (Olympic silver 10m synchro 2004; BBC), born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
  • 1977-11-23 Myriam Boileau, Canadian diver, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1977-12-23 Becky Ruehl, American diver (Olympic 4th 1996), born in Lakeside Park, Kentucky
  • 1978-08-05 Kristin Link, American diver (Olympics 1996), born in Fairfax, Virginia
  • 1978-08-16 Fu Mingxia, Chinese diver (Olympic gold women's 10m platform 1992, 96; 3m springboard 1996, 2000), 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, born in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1985-06-08 Alexandre Despatie, French-Canadian diver
  • 1987-04-01 Li Ting, Chinese diver (Olympic gold platform synchro 2004; World C'ships gold 2003, 05), born in Lingui, Guilin, Guangxi, China
  • 1988-03-02 Matthew Mitcham, Australian diver (Olympic gold 10m platform 2008), born in Brisbane, Australia
  • 1994-05-21 Tom Daley, English diver

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding 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
  • 1961-11-18 Clarence "Bud" Pinkston, American diver (Olympic gold 10m platform, silver 3m springboard 1920), dies at 61
  • 1981-08-02 Stefanie Clausen, Danish diver (Olympic gold 10m platform 1920), dies at 81
  • 1982-04-08 Katherine Rawls, American swimming and diving champion, dies at 64
  • 1983-04-30 Joel H. Hildebrand, American chemist and educator (research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures), dies at 101
  • 1984-01-01 Ken Sitzberger, American diver & broadcaster (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1964), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 38
  • 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
  • 1992-04-20 Marjorie Gestring, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1936), dies at 69
  • 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 diver (Olympic gold 3m springboard 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 diver (Olympic Gold 10m platform 1948, 52), dies from pneumonia at 96