Cornelia Gilissen

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCornelia•Gilissen (-Schappel, -Desmond)
Used nameCornelia•Gilissen
Born21 September 1915 in New York, New York (USA)
Died21 March 1994 in Key Largo, Florida (USA)
AffiliationsWomen's Swimming Association
NOC United States


Cornelia “Corky” Gilissen competed in platform diving at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, finishing fifth. She was third at the 1936 Olympic Trials. Gilissen competed for the Women’s Swimming Association. She later worked as an instructor at a swimming school and also did stunt diving with the Water Follies. Gilissen married Harold Schappel but they divorced in 1940. She later married Joseph Desmond in March 1946, but when she died, she was listed as Cornelia Schappel.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Diving (Aquatics) USA Cornelia Gilissen
Platform, Women (Olympic) 5