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Diving at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Date Started: July 27, 1952
Date Finished: August 2, 1952
Events: 4

Participants: 76 (51 men and 25 women) from 22 countries
Youngest Participant: GBR Charmain Welsh (15 years, 74 days)
Oldest Participant: URS Aleksey Zhigalov (37 years, 153 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): USA Pat McCormick (2 medals)
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (9 medals)


The 1952 diving events were held at the Helsinki Swimming Stadium, which was also the site of the swimming events and the water polo tournament, but not the swimming section of the modern pentathlon, as that sport was held in Hämeenlinna, which is 100 km north of Helsinki. There were four diving events – 3-metre springboard and 10-metre platform 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 9 of 12 medals. [Pat McCormick] doubled for the US in winning both women’s events, and she would repeat that in 1956.