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Women's Springboard

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Swimming Hall, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: August 27, 1972
Date Finished: August 28, 1972
Format: 3 metre springboard.

Gold: USA Micki King
Silver: SWE Ulrika Knape
Bronze: GDR Marina Janicke


[Micki King] had been leading this event at Ciudad de México through eight dives, but hit the board on her ninth dive, fracturing her forearm. Though she completed her last dive, she fell out of the medals. Back at the Olympics in 1972 King trailed Sweden’s [Ulrika Knape] in the qualifying. But she took the lead on her first dive of the finals and held on to win the gold medal, finishing with a final dive of a reverse 1½ layout with 1½ twists, the same dive on which she had hit her arm in 1968.

Knape would come through in a few days and win gold on the platform, and in 1976, added a platform silver to her sideboard. In between the two Olympics she won the inaugural World Championships on platform in 1973, and added a bronze in the Worlds in 1975. King retired after München, serving for many years as the diving coach at the US Air Force Academy, retiring as a colonel in 1992. America’s [Cynthia Potter], later a renowned diving announcer on television in the USA, was expected to contend for a medal, but had struck her foot on the board in training the day before the event started and struggled with the pain throughout, eventually placing 7th.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Micki King 28 United States USA Gold
2 Ulrika Knape 17 Sweden SWE Silver
3 Marina Janicke 18 East Germany GDR Bronze
4 Janet Ely 18 United States USA
5 Beverly Boys 21 Canada CAN
6 Agneta Henrikson 19 Sweden SWE
7 Cynthia Potter-McIngvale 21 United States USA
8 Elżbieta Wierniuk 21 Poland POL
9 Heidi Becker-Ramlow 17 East Germany GDR
10 Milena Duchková 20 Czechoslovakia TCH
11 Christa Köhler 21 East Germany GDR
12 Alison Drake 19 Great Britain GBR
13 QR Michaela Herweck 24 West Germany FRG
14 QR Nataliya Kuznetsova-Lobanova 25 Soviet Union URS
15 QR Bertha Baraldi 24 Mexico MEX
16 QR Tetiana Shtyreva-Volynkina 17 Soviet Union URS
17 QR Tamara Fedosova-Pogozheva-Safonova 26 Soviet Union URS
18 QR Regina Krajnow 22 Poland POL
19 QR Teri York 16 Canada CAN
20 QR Liz Carruthers 20 Canada CAN
21 QR Sorana Prelipceanu 14 Romania ROU
22 QR Helen Koppell 17 Great Britain GBR
23 QR Mariët Dommers 24 Netherlands NED
24T QR Taeko Kubo 23 Japan JPN
24T QR Laura Kivelä 20 Finland FIN
26 QR Ann Jones 22 Australia AUS
27 QR Melania Decuseară 26 Romania ROU
28 QR Christiane Wiles 19 France FRA
29 QR Betsy Sullivan 16 Jamaica JAM
30 QR Mirnawati Hardjolukito 18 Indonesia INA