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Diving at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games

1904 Summer Games: Next Summer Games


Host City: St. Louis, United States
Date Started: September 7, 1904
Date Finished: September 7, 1904
Events: 1

Participants: 5 (5 men and 0 women) from 2 countries
Youngest Participant: GER Alfred Braunschweiger (18 years, 326 days)
Oldest Participant: USA George Sheldon (30 years, 113 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 3 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (2 medals)


This was the first appearance of diving at the Olympic Games, with one event held, a springboard diving competition, termed “Fancy Diving". For many years, this has been considered a platform diving event, but Olympic diving gold medalist and historian [Bob Clotworthy] has shown fairly conclusive evidence that the event was held off a springboard. The venue was the [Life Saving Exhibition Lake], which was also used for swimming and water polo in 1904. At the far event of the lake from where the aquatics competitions were held, cattle from various World’s Fair agricultural exhibits grazed and cooled themselves in the lake.