Jennifer Chandler

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Jennifer Chandler
Jennifer Chandler 1976 Paraguay stamp.jpg
Personal information
Born (1959-06-30) June 30, 1959 (age 59)
Langdale, Alabama, United States
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 52 kg (115 lb)
Sport Diving
Club Ron O'Brien Diving School, Columbus

Jennifer Chandler (born June 13, 1959) is a retired American diver who won the gold medal in the women's 3 metre springboard event at the 1976 Summer Olympics.[1] She also won a gold medal at the 1975 Pan American Games and a bronze medal at the 1978 World Aquatics Championships. She is also a seven-time national diving champion.[2]

Chandler started diving when she was nine. When she was 12 she went to the junior Olympics. In 1975 she won the AAU national indoor 1-meter springboard event. In 1976 she won the national indoor 3-meter springboard championship. She retired when she was 21 due to back injuries.[1]

Chandler was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame (ASHOF) in 1985.[3] She was also inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1987.[4] Chandler has done work as an expert commentator for several national television networks. She became the Educational Outreach Director for ASHOF in 2003.[5] She now works for the Lakeshore Foundation, a world-class rehabilitation and athletic training facility located in Birmingham, Alabama, as their Development and Special Events Coordinator.[6]

She earned a BFA in drawing and painting from The University of Arizona. She is married to John W. Stevenson, the publisher and editor of The Randolph Leader in Roanoke, Alabama.[2] In 2017 Chandler, who is a painter with work on display through the Art of the Olympians organization.