Juno Stover-Irwin

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Juno Stover-Irwin
Juno Stover-Irwin and Vicki Draves 1948.jpg
Stover (left) and Draves in 1948
Personal information
BornNovember 28, 1928
DiedJuly 2, 2011

Juno Stover-Irwin (November 22, 1928 – July 2, 2011)[1] was a four-time Olympic diver for the United States in 1948, 1952, 1956 and 1960 [2] Primarily a 10-meter platform performer, Irwin was a native of Los Angeles, California; she attended Hoover High School and Glendale Community College.[3] Juno was three and a half months pregnant when she took the Bronze medal at the Helsinki Olympic Games. She travelled to competitions with her ukulele which she played for relaxation and enjoyment.[4]


As Juno Stover, she placed fifth at the 1948 Olympics in London. Four years later in Helsinki, as Juno Stover-Irwin, she captured a bronze medal. At the 1956 Olympics, in Melbourne, Australia, Stover-Irwin was the 10-meter platform silver medalist. Irwin would later become the first diver to compete in four Olympics, when she placed fourth at the 1960 Games in Rome.[2] Stover-Irwin was also a two-time USA National AAU champion and two-time Pan-American Games silver medalist.[3]

Upon retiring from active competition, Stover-Irwin coached the women’s diving team at California State University (Berkeley Campus). She was honored with induction to the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1980. She was the mother of four children born between 1952 and 1965. [4]


  1. ^ Juno Stover-Irwin's obituary
  2. ^ a b https://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/st/juno-stover-irwin-1.html
  3. ^ a b http://www.glendale.edu/halloffame/2005/stover.html
  4. ^ a b "An Olympian's Oral History - Juno Stover-Irwin" (pdf). LA84 Foundation. Retrieved 8 September 2017.

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