Paula Jean Myers-Pope

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Paula Jean Myers-Pope
Myers-Pope with husband Karl Pope
Personal information
Birth namePaula Jean Myers
BornNovember 11, 1934 (1934-11-11)
La Verne, California, U.S.[1]
DiedJune 9, 1995 (1995-06-10) (aged 60)
Ojai, California, U.S.
CountryUnited States
Event(s)Platform, 3m
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals3 time US Olympic Women's Diving Team Member

Paula Jean Myers-Pope (November 11, 1934 – June 9, 1995) was an American diver and Olympic medallist.[2]

Paula Pope, Ingrid Kramer and Elizabeth Ferris at the 1960 Olympics

Life and career[edit]

Born in La Verne, California, Myers-Pope was a member of the USA Olympic Diving Team three times.[1] At 17 years of age, Paula Jean Myers won a silver medal in the 10 meter tower event at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, a bronze medal in the same event at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, and two silver medals at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy, one in the 3 meter springboard event and one in the 10M tower.[2] She won two gold medals at the 1959 Pan American Games, in both platform and springboard.[3] She has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.[3]

Myers-Pope attended Ohio State University in the mid 1950s, and ultimately graduated with a degree in dental hygiene from the University of Southern California and became a dental hygienist.[1] She married Karl Pope (a USC basketball player) in 1958.[3] The couple had two sons and three daughters.[1] In 1984 she retired from her career in dental hygiene, and proceeded to co-operate a family owned business, the Ojai Valley Racquet Club, with her husband in Ojai, California.[1] She died at the age of 60 in 1995.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Paula Jean Myers Pope; Olympic Medalist". Los Angeles Times. June 13, 1995. p. EVB4.
  2. ^ a b "Paula Jean Myers-Pope". OlyMADMen. Retrieved January 5, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "Paula Jean Myers Pope (USA). 1979 Honor Diver". International Swimming Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on August 4, 2019. Retrieved August 4, 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Paula Pope at Wikimedia Commons