Bruce Harlan

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Bruce Harlan
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Bruce Harlan
Personal information
Full name Bruce Ira Harlan
Nationality United States
Born (1926-01-02)January 2, 1926
Marple Newtown, Pennsylvania
Died June 22, 1959(1959-06-22) (aged 33)
Norwalk, Connecticut
Occupation Diving coach
Years active 1945–1959
Sport Diving
University team Ohio State University
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 1948

Bruce Ira Harlan (January 2, 1926 – June 22, 1959)[1][2] was a diver from the United States and Olympic champion. He represented his native country at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, where he received one gold medal and one silver medal.[3]

Harlan was a high school wrestler and pole vaulter in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, and served in the United States Navy during World War II. Harlan coached diving at the University of Michigan from 1954 to 1959.[4] On June 21, 1959 he took part in a diving exhibition in Fairfield, Connecticut. While helping to dismantle the scaffolding of the diving tower, Harlan fell 27 feet (8.2 m) to his death.[5]

Harlan was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1973.[4]

In 1961 the Michigan Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (MISCA) honored Bruce Harlan when they created an award in his honor. The award is given annually to a diving coach who demonstrates continued leadership, contributions, and service to Michigan High School Diving.


  1. ^ "Biography – Bruce Harlan". Ralph Hickok. February 18, 2009. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bruce Harlan Biography and Olympic Results". Sports Reference LLC. 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Diving results for the 1948 Summer Olympics". Archived from the original on September 23, 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "ISHOF – Bruce Harlan (USA) – 1973 Honor Diver". ISHOF, Inc. 1973. Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2012. 
  5. ^ Wallechinsky, David; Loucky, Jaime (2012). The Complete Book of the Olympics 2012 Edition. London: Aurum Press. p. 593. ISBN 978 1 84513 695 6. 

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