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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Wembley Arena, Wembley, London
Date Started: July 31, 1948
Date Finished: August 3, 1948
Format: 3 metre springboard. Final round only. Four compulsory and four optional dives.

Gold: USA Vicki Draves
Silver: USA Zoe Ann Olsen-Jensen
Bronze: USA Patsy Elsener


This was a very close competition between American [Vicki Draves] and [Zoe Ann Olsen]. Draves led the preliminary round by only 1.1 points over Olsen, but Olsen outscored her in the final round, just barely. But Draves was able to hang on to win the gold medal, with Olsen second. American [Patsy Elsener] completed the American sweep. Draves would return in a few days and become the first woman to win the springboard/platform double at a single Olympics, with Elsener taking silver on platform.

Vicki Draves had been born Victoria Manolo as the daughter of a Filipino father and had to overcome racial discrimination to be able to dive at some clubs in the San Francisco area, where she grew up. Her first club required her to use her mother’s maiden name, Taylor, in order to swim and dive at the club. Zoe Ann Olsen later became part of a dream American sports pairing when she married Boston Red Sox and New York Yankee outfielder and one-time American League MVP Jackie Jensen, although they would later divorce. Victoria Manolo would later marry her coach, Lyle Draves, and take his name.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Vicki Draves 23 United States USA Gold 108.74
2 Zoe Ann Olsen-Jensen 17 United States USA Silver 108.23
3 Patsy Elsener 18 United States USA Bronze 101.30
4 Nicole Péllissard-Darrigrand 17 France FRA 100.38
5 Gudrun Grömer 28 Austria AUT 93.30
6 Edna Child 25 Great Britain GBR 91.63
7 Mady Moreau 20 France FRA 89.43
8 Kiki Heck 24 Netherlands NED 87.61
9 Birte Christoffersen-Hanson 24 Denmark DEN 87.12
10 Jeannette Aubert France FRA 86.96
11 Alma Staudinger 26 Austria AUT 86.93
12 Cobie Floor 18 Netherlands NED 83.14
13 Esme Harris Great Britain GBR 74.10
14 Kay Cuthbert 23 Great Britain GBR 72.40
15 Inger Nordbø 33 Norway NOR 70.86
16 Ibone Belausteguigoitia 18 Mexico MEX 58.18
DNS Irén Zságot 24 Hungary HUN