April 10, 1907|
St-Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba, Canada
May 6, 1985 (aged 78)|
Miami, United States
Born in St-Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba, Canada, Desjardins grew up in Florida. In 1924 he won the silver medal in the 3 m springboard competition and finished sixth in the plain high diving event. Four years later he won gold medals in the 3 meter springboard and 10 meter platform.
At the 1928 Games Desjardins had the maximum score for two of his springboard dives, but his platform gold medal was unexpected. Farid Simaika from Egypt initially won the competition, and the Egyptian anthem was already being played at the award ceremony, when the judges reconsidered their scoring and placed Desjardins first.
Desjardins studied economics at Stanford University and is a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame, though he never won a collegiate championship. He performed swimming exhibitions in the Billy Rose's Aquacade, together with Johnny Weissmuller, Martha Norelius and Helen Meany, for which he was declared a professional. He continued to appear in the Aquacade until World War II, and later performed in diving shows through the 1960s.
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