Pat McCormick (diver)

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Pat McCormick
Pat McCormick 1957.jpg
McCormick in 1957
Personal information
Full namePatricia Joan McCormick
BornMay 12, 1930 (1930-05-12) (age 89)
Seal Beach, California, U.S.[1]
Height162 cm (5 ft 4 in)
Weight58 kg (128 lb)
ClubLos Angeles Athletic Club

Patricia Joan "Pat" McCormick (born May 12, 1930) is a retired American diver, who won both diving events at two consecutive Summer Olympics, in 1952 and 1956. She won the James E. Sullivan Award for best amateur athlete in the US in 1956 – the second woman to do so.

As a child in the 1930s and 1940s she was notable for executing dives that were not allowed in competition for female divers (dives reputed to scare most men) and for practicing off the Los Alamitos Bridge in Long Beach, California Harbor.[2] She attended Woodrow Wilson Classical High School, Long Beach City College, and California State University, Long Beach.[3]

After the Olympics McCormick did diving tours and was a model for Catalina swimsuits. She served on the Los Angeles 1984 Summer Olympics organizing committee and began a program called "Pat's Champs"—a foundation to help motivate kids to dream big and to set practical ways to succeed.[4]

McCormick's husband John was the AAU champion in the platform in 1950–51. Their daughter Kelly (born 1960) won two Olympic medals in diving. McCormick also had a son, who was born five months before the 1956 Olympics.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Pat McCormick.
  2. ^ "Amazing Moments in Olympic History: Pat & Kelly McCormick". Archived from the original on 2010-01-30. Retrieved 2010-09-12.
  3. ^ "Going For Gold". Beach. California State University, Long Beach: 15. Summer–Fall 2016.
  4. ^ Carpenter, Eric (2008-08-03). "Memories as good as gold". The Orange County Register. pp. News 6.

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