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Diving at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's Springboard

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Olympic Park Swimming Stadium, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 10, 1932
Date Finished: August 10, 1932
Format: 3 metre springboard. Final round only. Three compulsory and three optional dives.

Gold: USA Georgia Coleman
Silver: USA Katherine Rawls
Bronze: USA Jane Fauntz


[Georgia Coleman] had won a silver and bronze medal in diving at the 1928 Olympics, but improved in 1932 to a gold and silver medal, winning the springboard, after placing third in 1928. She was the first woman to perform a 2½ somersault in competition. Coleman contracted polio in 1937 and would die at the early age of 28. Silver medalist [Peggy Rawls] would repeat her silver medal at the 1936 Olympics and also add a bronze medal in swimming in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay. The Americans swept the medals with [Jane Fauntz] winning bronze. Fauntz had competed at the 1928 Olympics but not in diving. She was also a swimmer who competed in the 200 breaststroke at Amsterdam.

Although they swept the medals, the Americans almost did not get to compete in the finals. All three appeared for warm-up dives and the officials ruled that their uniforms were showing too much back. They were instructed to find other suits to wear for the competition. Rawls and Fauntz had other suits they could use, but Coleman did not, and had to borrow one from breaststroker [Peg Hoffman].

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Georgia Coleman 20 United States USA Gold 87.52
2 Katherine Rawls 15 United States USA Silver 82.56
3 Jane Fauntz 21 United States USA Bronze 82.12
4 Olga Jensch-Jordan 19 Germany GER 77.60
5 Doris Ogilvie 20 Canada CAN 70.00
6 Magdalene Epply-Staudinger 21 Austria AUT 63.70
7 Etsuko Kamakura Japan JPN 60.78
8 Ingrid Larsen 20 Denmark DEN 57.26