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Diving at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Women's Platform

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Swimming Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: August 1, 1952
Date Finished: August 2, 1952
Format: 5 and 10 metre platforms.

Gold: USA Pat McCormick
Silver: USA Paula Jean Myers-Pope
Bronze: USA Juno Stover-Irwin


[Pat McCormick] completed the springboard/platform double, three days after winning her springboard gold. This had only been accomplished by a woman at the Olympics before in 1948 by [Vicky Draves], but McCormick would return in 1956 and win both events again to complete a double/double. Although McCormick remains the only woman to have accomplished this at the Olympics, [Greg Louganis] also won the men’s diving double/double in 1984-88. The Americans swept the platform medals, with [Paula Jean Myers] winning silver and [Juno Irwin] the bronze. The three would again sweep the platform medals in 1956, although Myers and Irwin would reverse positions.

Myers would compete at the Olympics again in 1956 and 1960, winning four medals in four events, but never managing a gold. Irwin was a platform specialist who competed in 1948 at London, placing fifth, and would also dive at the 1956 and 1960 Olympics, improving to a silver in 1956, but missing the medals in 1960 when she placed fourth. Irwin won her 1952 bronze medal despite being 3½ months pregnant while competing in Helsinki.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Pat McCormick 22 United States USA Gold 79.37
2 Paula Jean Myers-Pope 17 United States USA Silver 71.63
3 Juno Stover-Irwin 23 United States USA Bronze 70.49
4 Nicole Péllissard-Darrigrand 21 France FRA 69.08
5 Ann Long 16 Great Britain GBR 63.19
6 Tatyana Vereina-Karakashiyants 26 Soviet Union URS 61.09
7 Diana Spencer 18 Great Britain GBR 60.76
8 Yevgeniya Bogdanovskaya Soviet Union URS 57.50
9 Eva Pfarrhofer 24 Austria AUT 40.26
10 Carlota Ríos 23 Mexico MEX 39.76
11 Masami Miyamoto 17 Japan JPN 36.24
12 Valerie Lloyd-Chandos 19 Great Britain GBR 35.39
13 Irma Lozano 19 Mexico MEX 33.33
14 Ninel Krutova 26 Soviet Union URS 32.35
15 Fernanda Martini-Pautasso 28 Switzerland SUI 30.04