David Browning

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David Browning
David Browning 1952.jpg
Browning at the 1952 Olympics
Personal information
Full name David Greig Browning, Jr.
Nickname(s) Skippy
Nationality United States
Born (1931-06-05)June 5, 1931
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.[1]
Died March 13, 1956(1956-03-13) (aged 24)
Near Rantoul, Kansas, U.S.[1]
Education Business administration, University of Texas
Occupation United States Naval Aviator
Years active 1948–1956
Sport Diving
Event(s) Springboard diving
University team University of Texas
Club Texas Longhorns[1]
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 1952
Updated on 25 July 2012.

David Greig "Skippy" Browning, Jr. (June 5, 1931 – March 13, 1956) was a diver from the United States and Olympic champion. He represented the US at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, where he received a gold medal in springboard diving.[2][3] After his Olympic victory in Helsinki Browning shinnied up a flag pole to steal an Olympic flag and was arrested.[4]

Browning married Corinne L. Couch on September 7, 1950. In January 1953 he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in business administration. In June 1955 he received his wings as a pilot in the United States Navy at Pensacola, Florida. On March 13, 1956, he was on a training flight in an AFJS Fury jet carrier fighter when the plane crashed near Rantoul, Kansas, killing Browning.[3] At the time, he was scheduled to be reassigned to Los Angeles to begin training for the 1956 Summer Olympics.[5]

Browning was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1975.[5] His father was his coach and instructor.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Skippy Browning. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ "Diving results for the 1952 Summer Olympics". databaseSports.com. Archived from the original on September 23, 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "BROWNING, DAVID GREIG, JR". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ Wallechinsky, David; Loucky, Jaime (2012). The Complete Book of the Olympics 2012 Edition. London: Aurum Press. p. 593. ISBN 978 1 84513 695 6. 
  5. ^ a b "David "Skippy" Browning (USA) – 1975 Honor Diver". ISHOF, Inc. 1975. Retrieved July 25, 2012.