Lawrence Andreasen

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Lawrence Andreasen
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Diving
Olympic Games
Bronze Tokyo 1964 Springboard

Larry Andreasen (November 13, 1945 – October 26, 1990) was a diver from the United States. He represented his country at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where he received the bronze medal in springboard diving.[1]

In later years, Andreasen several times attempted to set the record for the highest dive from a bridge. On September 29, 1988 he successfully jumped 160 feet (49 m) from the Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, California. A 4-foot overhang meant he could not attempt a dive headfirst, thus preventing him from breaking the record. He was arrested for this undertaking.

In December 1988, he was talked down by police from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles in another attempt to break the record. On October 26, 1990, Andreasen was killed diving from the 385-foot (117 m) west tower of the same bridge. His death was ruled an accident.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1964 Summer Olympics – Tokyo, Japan – Diving" databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on August 14, 2008)
  2. ^ Wallechinsky, David; Loucky, Jaime (2012). The Complete Book of the Olympics 2012 Edition. London: Aurum Press. pp. 593–594. ISBN 978 1 84513 695 6.