Diving at the 1932 Summer Olympics

Dates 8 – 13 August 1932
Medal Events 4

The 1932 diving events were held at the Olympic Park Swim Stadium in Los Angeles, which was also the site of the swimming events, the water polo tournament, and the swimming section of the modern pentathlon. There were four diving events – 3-metre springboard and platforms for men and women, which remained the standard Olympic diving program through 1996. United States’ divers won all four events, as they would from 1924-56, and all 12 medals. Because of the depression and the travel distance to the United States, the entry list was small, and no preliminary rounds were held. In addition, the old system of scoring by ordinals was eliminated and only point scores were used, which has continued at all diving competitions since.


Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Springboard, Men Olympic 8 August 1932 13 7
Platform, Men Olympic 13 August 1932 8 5
Springboard, Women Olympic 10 August 1932 8 6
Platform, Women Olympic 12 August 1932 7 5
28 (17/11) 9 (7/7)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Springboard, Men Mickey GalitzenUSA Harold SmithUSA Dick DegenerUSA
Platform, Men Harold SmithUSA Mickey GalitzenUSA Frank KurtzUSA
Springboard, Women Georgia ColemanUSA Katherine RawlsUSA Jane FauntzUSA
Platform, Women Dorothy PoyntonUSA Georgia ColemanUSA Marion RoperUSA

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
United States USA 4 4 4 12