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Pete Desjardins

Full name: Ulise Joseph "Pete" Desjardins
Gender: Male
Born: April 12, 1907 in St. Pierre, Manitoba, Canada
Died: May 6, 1985 in Miami, Florida, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Diving

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Pete Desjardins’s family moved from Canada to Miami Beach when he was a small boy and it was there that he took up diving. Having become an American citizen, he qualified for the U.S. Olympic team in 1924, winning a silver medal in the springboard and placing sixth in the plain highboard event. In 1928 he retained both Olympic diving titles for Stanford by matching Al White)’s double victory of 1924. At the Olympics, Desjardins was at his best in the springboard, being awarded a perfect 10 for two of his dives, but he was rather more fortunate to take the platform title. Initially the verdict went to Farid Simaika, an Egyptian studying at UCLA, and the victory ceremony was actually underway with the Egyptian national anthem being played, when the decision was reversed. Although Simiaka had accumulated more points than Desjardins, four out of five judges had placed Desjardins ahead of the Egyptian and, under the rules in force at the time, the gold medal went to Desjardins. Pete Desjardins won a total of 13 AAU titles, with nine of the victories coming while he was still a high school student. He was an economics graduate of Stanford, and after the 1928 Olympics he was declared a professional for appearing in a Miami water show with Johnny Weissmuller, Martha Norelius and Helen Meany. He continued to appear in Billy Rose’s Aquacades until the outbreak of World War II and was still featured in diving shows thru the 1960s.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving Men's Springboard United States USA 2 Silver
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving Men's Plain High United States USA 6
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving Men's Springboard United States USA 1 Gold
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving Men's Platform United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Springboard

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank O PTS JO JP
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Final 2 8.0 693.2
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Round One Pool Three 1 QU 5.0 662.8
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Final Round Judge #1 2 2.0 134.2
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Final Round Judge #2 2 2.0 129.2
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Final Round Judge #3 2 2.0 132.3
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Final Round Judge #4 1 1.0 150.2
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Final Round Judge #5 1 1.0 147.3
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Round One Pool Three Judge #1 1 1.0 137.1
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Round One Pool Three Judge #2 1 1.0 120.2
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Round One Pool Three Judge #3 1 1.0 129.2
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Round One Pool Three Judge #4 1 1.0 138.2
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Round One Pool Three Judge #5 1 1.0 138.1
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Final 1 5.0 185.04
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Round One Pool One 1 QU 5.0 182.10
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Final Round Judge #1 1 1.0 187.9
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Final Round Judge #2 1 1.0 181.1
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Final Round Judge #3 1 1.0 181.6
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Final Round Judge #4 1 1.0 186.8
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Final Round Judge #5 1 1.0 187.8
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Round One Pool One Judge #1 1 1.0 179.1
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Round One Pool One Judge #2 1 1.0 180.5
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Round One Pool One Judge #3 1 1.0 179.7
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Round One Pool One Judge #4 1 1.0 185.2
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Round One Pool One Judge #5 1 1.0 186.0

Men's Platform

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank O PTS JO JP
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Final 1 6.0 98.74
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Round One Pool Three 1 QU 5.0 104.52
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Final Round Judge #1 2 2.0 91.6
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Final Round Judge #2 1 1.0 99.6
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Final Round Judge #3 1 1.0 102.0
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Final Round Judge #4 1 1.0 98.9
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Final Round Judge #5 1 1.0 101.6
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Round One Pool Three Judge #1 1 1.0 101.0
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Round One Pool Three Judge #2 1 1.0 103.7
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Round One Pool Three Judge #3 1 1.0 102.9
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Round One Pool Three Judge #4 1 1.0 107.2
1928 Summer 21 Amsterdam Diving United States Round One Pool Three Judge #5 1 1.0 107.8

Men's Plain High

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank O PTS JO JP
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Final 6 28.0 141.0
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Round One Pool One 2 QU 13.5 155.0
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Final Round Judge #1 4T 4.0 32
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Final Round Judge #2 6T 6.5 28
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Final Round Judge #3 7T 7.5 23
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Final Round Judge #4 1 1.0 35
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Final Round Judge #5 9 9.0 23
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Round One Pool One Judge #1 1 1.0 34
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Round One Pool One Judge #2 4 4.0 33
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Round One Pool One Judge #3 2T 2.5 28
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Round One Pool One Judge #4 1 1.0 32
1924 Summer 17 Paris Diving United States Round One Pool One Judge #5 5 5.0 28
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