Olympic Champion Pat McCormick Passes Away

by USA Diving

USA Diving is saddened to learn of the passing of Pat McCormick, who died March 7 at the age of 92.

McCormick was one of the most decorated and dominant divers of all-time. To this day, McCormick remains the only female diver to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals on both springboard and platform, a feat she accomplished in 1952 and 1956.

McCormick won 26 U.S. national titles, second all-time among U.S. women. Her titles spanned from 1949-1956 and included 11 titles on 1-meter, 10 on 3-meter and five on platform. She was undefeated at national championship meets in 1951 and 1954, winning all 10 national titles available to women in those two years.

She won gold on platform and silver on 3-meter at the Pan American Games in 1951, and she followed up with gold on both events at the 1955 Pan American Games.

McCormick was inducted into USA Diving’s Rings of Honor in 2012 and was also inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.