Pat McCormick, an iconic diver who swept both the 1952 and 1956 Olympic Games, passed away at the age of 92 on Tuesday.
McCormick began her diving career at the age of 12 and quickly rose through the ranks of the sport. She was the first woman to win two consecutive Olympic gold medals for diving, first in Helsinki in 1952 and then in Melbourne in 1956. She also won the bronze medal in the platform event at the 1956 Olympics.
McCormick’s success in the sport earned her recognition as one of the greatest divers of all time. She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1967 and the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.
McCormick also enjoyed a successful career as a coach, training future Olympic champions such as Greg Louganis and Tom Dolan. She was a member of the United States Olympic Committee and served as the president of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
McCormick will be remembered as an Olympic legend and a pioneering figure in the sport of diving. Her influence and inspiration will be felt for generations to come. Pat McCormick was a true champion and her legacy will live on.