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Louis Balbach

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameLouis James•Balbach
Used nameLouis•Balbach
Born23 May 1896 in San José, California (USA)
Died11 October 1943 in Portland, Oregon (USA)
Measurements169 cm
AffiliationsColumbia Lions, New York (USA)
NOC United States


Louis Balbach, a Californian studying at Columbia University, placed sixth on the platform at the 1920 Olympics in addition to taking the bronze medal in the springboard. Balbach first came to prominence as a teenager, winning the diving competition at the 1915 San Francisco World’s Fair. He also entered the Olympic trials of both 1924 and 1928, by which time he was practicing law in Portland, Oregon.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Diving (Aquatics) USA Louis Balbach
Springboard, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Platform, Men (Olympic) 6