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Thelma Payne

Full name: Thelma R. Payne (-Sanborn)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-5 (166 cm)
Born: July 18, 1896 in Salem, Oregon, United States
Died: September 7, 1988 in Laguna Niguel, California, United States
Affiliations: Multnomah AC, Portland (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Diving

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)


Thelma Payne grew up in Portland, Oregon and competed for the Multnomah Athletic Club there. She was AAU indoor champion on the springboard in 1918-20. At the time of the 1920 Olympics she worked at City Hall as a receptionist. After the Olympics she started coaching swimming at the Los Angeles Athletic Club and Breakers Beach Club in Santa Monica, coaching two Olympians, [Bowen Stassforth] and [Sharon Geary]. Payne also taught swimming to John Wayne’s, Loretta Young’s, and Bing Crosby’s children. She also became a swimsuit model for Jantzen suits. Payne married Guy Sanborn and in 1947 the two raced in the Trans-Pacific Yacht Race together.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 23 Antwerpen Diving Women's Springboard United States USA 3 Bronze

Women's Springboard

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
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