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17 Amazing Female Divers Throughout Olympic History

From the 1920 Antwerp games to London in 2012, these images of American women epitomize Olympic grace.

1. 1920, Antwerp

Aileen Riggin won gold in Women’s 3m Springboard. At 94, she would attend the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games as one of the oldest living medalists.

2. 1932, Los Angeles

Jane Fauntz won bronze in Women’s 3m Springboard.

3. 1936, Berlin

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Marjorie Gestring won gold in Women’s 3m Springboard. She was 13. The next two Olympic games were cancelled due to World War II.

4. 1948, London

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Zoe-Ann Olsen-Jensen competing in Women’s Springboard at the Empire Pool in Wembley. She won silver.

5. 1952, Helsinki

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Patricia McCormick won gold in both diving categories, platform and springboard — not only in Helsinki, but also in Melbourne four years later.

6. 1956, Melbourne

Patricia McCormick, competing again in 1956. She won gold in both Women’s 3m Springboard and 10m Platform.

7. 1960, Rome

Paula Jean Myers-Pope won silver in both Women’s 3m Springboard and 10m Platform.

8. 1968, Mexico City

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Micki King in the Women’s 3m Springboard. During competition, King would hit the board and break her arm. She finished fourth.

9. 1976, Montreal

Jennifer Chandler on an old trading card. She won gold in Women’s 3m Springboard.

10. 1984, Los Angeles

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Christina Seufert during the Women’s 3m Springboard competition. She would win bronze.

11. 1988, Seoul

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Michelle Mitchell would win silver in Women’s 10m Platform.

12. 1992, Barcelona

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Marie Ellen Clark trains on the 10m platform. She would win bronze.

13. 1996, Atlanta

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Melisa Moses during the Women’s 3m Springboard finals. She placed fourth behind divers from China, Russia and Canada.

14. 2000, Sydney

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Jenny Keim dives in Women’s 3m Springboard. She would place 8th, higher than any other American.

15. 2004, Athens

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Sara Hildebrand competes in the Women’s 10m Platform final. She placed 10th.

16. 2008, Beijing

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Haley Ishimatsu competes in the Women’s 10m Platform semifinal. She would place 14th.

17. 2012, London

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Cassidy Krug will compete in Women’s 3m Springboard, with the preliminary round on Aug. 3.

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