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Diving at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Date Started: August 8, 1932
Date Finished: August 8, 1932
Events: 4

Participants: 28 (17 men and 11 women) from 9 countries
Youngest Participant: USA Katherine Rawls (15 years, 58 days)
Oldest Participant: AUT Josef Staudinger (25 years, 285 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 3 athletes with 2 medals
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (12 medals)


The 1932 diving events were held at the Olympic Park Swim Stadium in Los Angeles, which was also the site of the swimming events, the water polo tournament, and the swimming section of the modern pentathlon. There were four diving events – 3-metre springboard and platforms for men and women, which remained the standard Olympic diving program through 1996. United States’ divers won all four events, as they would from 1924-56, and all 12 medals. Because of the depression and the travel distance to the United States, the entry list was small, and no preliminary rounds were held. In addition, the old system of scoring by ordinals was eliminated and only point scores were used, which has continued at all diving competitions since.