Bernard Wrightson

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Bernard Wrightson
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BornJune 25, 1944 (1944-06-25) (age 75)

Bernard Charles "Bernie" Wrightson (born June 25, 1944) is a former Olympic and Pan American Games gold medalist for the United States.[1] The Denver, Colorado native[2] was primarily a three-meter springboard diver, but he also won a national AAU championship on the ten-meter platform. Between 1964 and 1968, Bernie Wrightson captured a total of eight USA Open titles in the sport of diving. He represented US at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, where he received a gold medal in Springboard Diving.[3]


Wrightson was raised in Denver, Colorado where he attended Morey Junior High and Denver East High School.[2] He attended Arizona State University; in 1966 he was the National Collegiate Athletic Association champion on both the one and three-meter springboard. The following season, Wrightson won a gold medal at the Pan-American Games in Winnipeg. During the 1968 Games of Mexico City, Bernie moved in front during the first round – and never looked back; he set an Olympic record of 170 points to win the gold medal.[4]


He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1984.[4]

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  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Bernie Wrightson". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.
  2. ^ a b Moss, Irv (May 14, 2014). "Colorado Classics: Bernie Wrightson, Olympic champion diver". The Denver Post.
  3. ^ "1968 Summer Olympics – Mexico City, Mexico – Diving" Archived September 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved June 13, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Bernie Wrightson (USA) 1984". International Swimming Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on May 29, 2007.