Helen Meany

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Helen Meany
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Personal information
Born December 15, 1904
New York City, U.S.
Died July 21, 1991 (aged 86)
Greenwich, Connecticut, U.S.
Height 152 cm (5 ft 0 in)
Sport Diving
Club Women's Swimming Association

Helen Meany (later Gravis, December 15, 1904 – July 21, 1991) was an American diver who competed at the 1920, 1924 and 1928 Summer Olympics. In 1920 she was eliminated in the first round of the 10 m platform competition. Four years later she finished fifth in the 10 m platform. In 1928 she won the gold medal in the 3 m springboard.[1]

Meany was the first American female diver to compete at three Olympics. Domestically she won 17 AAU titles in 1920–1928, before appearing in paid exhibitions that disqualified her as an amateur.[1] In September 1930 she married Harry Balfe.[2] In 1971 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.[3]

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