Dorothy Poynton-Hill

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 4
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameDorothy•Poynton-Hill (-Teuber)
Used nameDorothy•Poynton-Hill
Born17 July 1915 in Salt Lake City, Utah (USA)
Died18 May 1995 in Riverside, California (USA)
AffiliationsLAAC, Los Angeles (USA)
NOC United States


When Dorothy Poynton won the silver medal in the 1928 Olympic springboard, she had barely passed her 13th birthday and set the record of being the youngest U.S. Olympic medalist in history In 1932 she won the Olympic highboard and in 1936, as Mrs. Hill, she became the first woman to defend an Olympic highboard title and also won a bronze medal in the springboard. Among U.S. women divers only Georgia Coleman and Pat McCormick have equalled Dorothy Poynton-Hill’s record of winning four Olympic medals and only Paula Myers-Pope has matched her performance of winning medals at three different Olympics. Poynton-Hill made several television commercials, won seven AAU titles and, after her competitive retirement, operated her own aquatic club in Los Angeles.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Diving (Aquatics) USA Dorothy Poynton
Springboard, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
1932 Summer Olympics Diving (Aquatics) USA Dorothy Poynton
Platform, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
1936 Summer Olympics Diving (Aquatics) USA Dorothy Poynton-Hill
Springboard, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Platform, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold