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Aileen Riggin

Full name: Aileen Muriel Riggin (-Soule)
Gender: Female
Height: 4'8" (142 cm)
Born: May 2, 1906 in Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Died: October 19, 2002 in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, United States
Affiliations: Women's Swimming Association
Country: USA United States
Sport: Diving, Swimming

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Aileen Riggin won the first Olympic springboard title in 1920 when she had just passed her 14th birthday and she was, at the time, the youngest-ever woman Olympic champion. She lost her record to another U.S. diver, Marjorie Gestring, at the 1936 Olympics. Riggin won three AAU outdoor and one indoor springboard titles and was twice a member of the Women’s Swimming Association team which won the AAU relay. In 1926 she turned professional, having earlier made the first underwater films and the first slow motion coaching films for Grantland Rice. As a pro she toured the world giving exhibitions, and helped organize Billy Rose’s first Aquacade at the 1937 Cleveland Exposition. She made several films in Hollywood, was a successful journalist and later married, becoming Mrs. Howard Soule.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 13 Antwerpen Diving Women's Springboard United States USA 1 Gold
1920 Summer 13 Antwerpen Diving Women's Plain High United States USA 5
1924 Summer 18 Paris Diving Women's Springboard United States USA 2 Silver
1924 Summer 18 Paris Swimming Women's 100 metres Backstroke United States USA 3 Bronze

Women's Springboard

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank O PTS JO JP
1924 Summer 18 Paris Diving United States Final 2 12.0 460.4
1924 Summer 18 Paris Diving United States Round One Pool One 2 QU 13.0 439.3
1924 Summer 18 Paris Diving United States Final Round Judge #1 4 4.0 77.8
1924 Summer 18 Paris Diving United States Final Round Judge #2 2 2.0 92.6
1924 Summer 18 Paris Diving United States Final Round Judge #3 2 2.0 102.8
1924 Summer 18 Paris Diving United States Final Round Judge #4 1 1.0 90.8
1924 Summer 18 Paris Diving United States Final Round Judge #5 3 3.0 96.4
1924 Summer 18 Paris Diving United States Round One Pool One Judge #1 2 2.0 89.9
1924 Summer 18 Paris Diving United States Round One Pool One Judge #2 2 2.0 93.4
1924 Summer 18 Paris Diving United States Round One Pool One Judge #3 3 3.0 93.5
1924 Summer 18 Paris Diving United States Round One Pool One Judge #4 3 3.0 73.1
1924 Summer 18 Paris Diving United States Round One Pool One Judge #5 3 3.0 89.4

Women's Plain High

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank O PTS
1920 Summer 13 Antwerpen Diving United States Final 5 20 157.00
1920 Summer 13 Antwerpen Diving United States Round One Pool Two 2 QU 15 155.50

Women's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Summer 18 Paris Swimming United States Final 3 1:28.2
1924 Summer 18 Paris Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 1:29.6