Pat McCormick (diver)

Olympic medal record
Women's Diving
Gold1952 Helsinki3 metre springboard
Gold1952 Helsinki10 metre platform
Gold1956 Melbourne3 metre springboard
Gold1956 Melbourne10 metre platform


Pat McCormick (born may 12 1930, Seal Beach California) is the only woman diver in history to win 3 m Springboard and 10 meter platform gold medals in back-to-back Olympics.

Growing up

Pat McCormick was born in a bare apartment above a grocery store in Seal Beach, California. Her father, a World War I hero, died on Skid Row. Her mother worked all hours to pay the rent.

For fun, they swam, did flips off the bridge over Alamitos Bay, hung out at Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, and competed in every competition they could find.

A diving coach spotted Pat roughhousing , admired her strength and raw talent, invited her to the prestigious Los Angeles Athletic club, found a bathing suit for her, introduced her to two of the world’s premier divers, Victoria Draves and Sammy Lee – and inspired a dream – to compete in the Olympic Games.

In 1948, scarcely 18 she finished fourth in the Olympics Trials by half an eyelash – 1/100th of a point.

1952 and 1956 Olympics

In the 1952 Summer Olympics at Helsinki, Pat competed in the 10 metre platform and 3 metre springboard competitions, winning both.

In the 1956 Summer Olympics at Melbourne, Pat competed same two events and repeated her gold medal performances. No other women was won double-double in Olympic diving.

Sports titles

Holder of 27 national titles and 3 Pan American Games gold medals.

Honors

Recipient of Athlete of the Year - Sports Illustrated; Woman Athlete of the Year- United Press International and Associated Press; Babe Zaharis Trophy; Thurman Munson Award; Recipient of the James E. Sullivan Trophy for Outstanding Amateur Athlete of the Year.

Elected to the Olympic Hall of Fame December 12, 1985.

In 1990 honored as one of 20 top “Athletes of the Year’ by Sports Illustrated in celebration of their 35th Anniversary.

Since then, honors have been nonstop and unparalleled… the Ed Sullivan show…Cover of Sports Illustrated…American Women Athlete of the Year…First Woman elected to the U.S. Swimming Hall of Fame…Long Beach Century Club Hall of Fame…Century Club Athlete of the Year…Official Olympic representative to two U.S. Presidents…One of nine U.S. athletes to carry the Olympic flag in opening ceremonies of the Los Angeles Games in 1984…World Sport Humanitarian Hall of Fame.

Post-Olympics

Since her Olympic Games triumphs, Pat has translated her skills as a leader and motivator into inspirational presentations for major corporations including IBM, Xerox and Sports Illustrated. Pat has established a foundation to support her activities – Pat McCormick Educational Foundation.

Pat’s awards and achievements have brought her great pleasure and fame, but her greatest rewards, she insists, come from “my kids” – known by her T-shirts as “Pat’s Lil’ Champs.”

Pat and her volunteers, many of them fellow Olympic medallists, work with at-risk and economically challenged young students. Her motto is “love our children, teach our children, for they are our future.” Her philosophy is simple and profound – “if you have a dream and a passion, and you really believe, you will find a way.”

Pat teaches her kids the process to make it happen. She teaches them to put focus, direction and hope into their lives.

Since winning four gold medals on the friendly field of strife, Pat has filled the role of student, mother, professor, radio and television commentator, professional speaker, entertainer, fund-raiser, and carrying the flag for young folks in need.

Her dog, Cody, has graduated and is now a Trauma and Therapy Dog. Together, Pat and Cody have developed a new joy - working with children in hospitals and schools.

Education

Pat is a graduate and honored athlete of Wilson High, Long Beach City College and California State University, Long Beach.
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The 1952 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XV Olympiad, were held in 1952 in Helsinki, Finland. Helsinki had been elected as the host city over rival bids from Amsterdam, Athens, Lausanne, and Stockholm and five American cities: Chicago, Detroit, Los
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The women's 3 metre springboard, also reported as springboard diving, was one of four diving events on the Diving at the 1952 Summer Olympics programme.

The competition was split into two phases held on different days:
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The 1952 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XV Olympiad, were held in 1952 in Helsinki, Finland. Helsinki had been elected as the host city over rival bids from Amsterdam, Athens, Lausanne, and Stockholm and five American cities: Chicago, Detroit, Los
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The women's 10 metre platform, also reported as high diving, was one of four diving events on the Diving at the 1952 Summer Olympics programme.

The competition was held from both 10 and 5 metre platforms and was split into two phases on different days:

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    The 1956 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVI Olympiad, were held in 1956 in Melbourne, Australia, although the equestrian events could not be held in Australia due to quarantine regulations.
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    The women's 3 metre springboard, also reported as springboard diving, was one of four diving events on the Diving at the 1956 Summer Olympics programme.

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    The 1956 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XVI Olympiad, were held in 1956 in Melbourne, Australia, although the equestrian events could not be held in Australia due to quarantine regulations.
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    Olympic medal record
    Women's Diving
    Gold 1948 London 3 metre springboard
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    Men's diving
    Competitor for the  United States
    Gold 1948 London 10 m platform
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