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Sam Hall

Full name: Samuel Wesley "Sam" Hall
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: March 10, 1937 in Dayton, Ohio, United States
Died: August 11, 2014
Affiliations: WBNS Swim Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Diving

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

While at Ohio State, Sam Hall won the NCAA 3 m springboard championship in 1959 and 1960 and silver in the 1959 Pan American Games 3 m springboard. He also won two AAU outdoor titles and one indoors. Hall actually lettered in four sports at Ohio State – diving, track, gymnastics, and soccer (football). He competed in athletics in the pole vault and javelin and considered trying for the 1960 Olympic team and in those events but his diving success made him realize his best chances were in that sport. After the Olympics he enlisted in the Air Force and competed in track & field for them, until a knee injury ended his sports career.

Hall later entered politics and served a term in the Ohio State House of Representatives. He also made some headlines when he fought as a mercenary for the Nicaraguan Contras. He was captured as a “spy” by the Sandanistas but was released within two months. Hall wrote two books of his exploits, not all of which are believed by experts, entitled Danger’s Disciple and Counter-Terrorist. He later entered the real estate business in Florida, where he helped develop condominiums. Hall was known for his wild streak, chasing hurricanes in Florida and tsunamis and Asia, but was also known as a philanthropist and animal lover, he himself claiming to have rescued animals on four continents.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 23 Roma Diving Men's Springboard United States USA 2 Silver

Men's Springboard

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS FP SFP DP SP
1960 Summer 23 Roma Diving United States Final Standings 2 167.08
1960 Summer 23 Roma Diving United States Final 2 167.08 59.59
1960 Summer 23 Roma Diving United States Semi-Finals 1 QU 107.49 45.33
1960 Summer 23 Roma Diving United States Qualifying 1 QU 62.16
1960 Summer 23 Roma Diving United States Final Round Dive #1 5T 15.62
1960 Summer 23 Roma Diving United States Final Round Dive #2 2 22.10
1960 Summer 23 Roma Diving United States Final Round Dive #3 1 21.87
1960 Summer 23 Roma Diving United States Semi-Finals Dive #1 1 15.13
1960 Summer 23 Roma Diving United States Semi-Finals Dive #2 10 10.40
1960 Summer 23 Roma Diving United States Semi-Finals Dive #3 3 19.80
1960 Summer 23 Roma Diving United States Qualifying Dive #1 3 12.18
1960 Summer 23 Roma Diving United States Qualifying Dive #2 1 16.91
1960 Summer 23 Roma Diving United States Qualifying Dive #3 2 14.44
1960 Summer 23 Roma Diving United States Qualifying Dive #4 3 18.63
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