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Mickey Galitzen

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 2
Bronze 1
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMichael Riley "Mickey"•Galitzen
Used nameMickey•Galitzen
Born6 September 1909 in Los Angeles, California (USA)
Died9 June 1959 in Los Angeles, California (USA)
AffiliationsLos Angeles Allied Athletic Club, Los Angeles (USA)
NOC United States


Michael Galitzen only used that name early in his career, preferring his nickname of Mickey Riley. He competed in four Olympic diving events and won a medal in each. While at Southern Cal he was twice the NCAA springboard champion and indoors and outdoors won a total of 10 AAU titles. Like his brother, John, also an AAU diving champion, Mickey competed for the Los Angeles AC. He often performed synchronized diving with his brother. He worked as a film editor in the movie business and later gave diving comedy routines at swim meets. In 1959, Galitzen was found dead in his apartment, but the cause of death was established as natural causes. In 1977 he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Diving (Aquatics) USA Mickey Galitzen
Springboard, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Platform, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1932 Summer Olympics Diving (Aquatics) USA Mickey Galitzen
Springboard, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Platform, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver